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// Check out the Blueprint staff’s top song choices for this week! Graphic by Gabi Gruber, Online Editor-in-Chief
By Gabi Gruber, Online Editor-in-Chief // With winter holidays approaching quickly, impress your family and friends with this homemade hot chocolate recipe! Ingredients: Directions: Photos by Gabi Gruber, Online Editor-in-Chief
By Haley Chelemedos and Sophie Chinn, Staff Writers // Blueprint interviews athlete, Wendy Heffelfinger, in this episode of Athlete of the Week. Graphic by Gabi Gruber, Online Editor-in-Chief
By: Gus McKinney, Jake Boseli, Henry Hagel, and Kiran Foster, Podcast and Video Content Manager, Copy Editor, Print Sports Editor, Online Sports Editor // The first episode of Hot Takes documents a fast food draft. They take turns selecting their favorite places to eat while
// Check out the Blueprint staff’s top song choices for this week! Graphic by Gabi Gruber, Online Editor-in-Chief
By Gabi Gruber, Online Editor-in-Chief // In this installment of Blueprint’s holiday recipe series, Gabi Gruber explains how to make cinnamon sugar palmiers! Ingredients: Directions: Photos by Gabi Gruber, Online Editor-in-Chief
By Maddyx Bride and Zoe Stafford, Staff Writers // Acalanes seniors gathered on the Senior Deck to celebrate the annual Senior Friendsgiving celebration on Nov. 18. The event is made possible by Acalanes parents, who donate the food which makes up the majority of the
By Grace Gallacher and Sophie Chinn, Staff Writers // Senior Dodgeball took place in the Acalanes big gym during the week of Nov. 14. Watch the video recap below!
By Haley Chelemedos and Sophie Chinn, Staff Writers // Blueprint interviews athlete, Theo Stoll, in this episode of Athlete of the Week. Graphic by Gabi Gruber, Online Editor-in-Chief
// Check out the Blueprint staff’s top song choices for this week! Graphic by Gabi Gruber, Online Editor-in-Chief
By Maddyx Bride, Staff Writer // Volunteers counted and recorded ballot after ballot after ballot. However, the votes were not from U.S. citizens 18 and older, but from Acalanes’ own students. Acalanes students engaged in an election simulation on Nov. 8 to practice the experience
By Haley Chelemedos and Sophie Chinn, Staff Writers // Blueprint interviews athlete, Audrey Cox, in this episode of Athlete of the Week. Check out the interview below! Graphic by Gabi Gruber, Online Editor-In-Chief
By Haley Chelemedos and Sophie Chinn, Staff Writers // Blueprint interviews athlete, Katelyn Olin, in this episode of Athlete of the Week. Graphic by Gabi Gruber, Online Editor-In-Chief
By Hannah Geraghty and Zinnia Khan, Staff Writers // During the week of Oct. 31, Acalanes students participated in CARE Week through engaging in student-run academy sessions and lunchtime dialogues, designed to educate students and staff on important issues. CARE stands for Compassion, Acceptance, Respect
By Cedric He, Staff Writer // The Lafayette Library Public Art Gallery is currently hosting a new Ukrainian exhibit that will remain on display until Jan. 18. Called Ukrainian Song, it features the artwork of Ukrainian-Canadian artist, Yana Verba. At the age of 16, Verba
// Check out the Blueprint staff’s top song choices for this week! Graphic by Gabi Gruber, Online Editor-In-Chief
By Gabi Gruber, Online Editor-in-Chief // Kick off the fall and holiday season with these festive sugar cookies! Ingredients: Directions: Photos by Gabi Gruber, Online Editor-in-Chief
By Haley Chelemedos and Sophie Chinn, Staff Writers // Blueprint interviews athlete, Kendal Geddes, in this episode of Athlete of the Week. Check out the interview below! Graphic by Gabi Gruber, Online Editor-In-Chief
By Aya O’Neal and Maddyx Bride, Staff Writers // Stage manager N Embeleton stepped in to play the part of Ken Gorman in Acalanes’ fall play, Rumors, on October 27. The play had a strong start with its first show the night prior. “Opening night
// Check out the Blueprint staff’s top song choices for this Halloween! Graphic by Gabi Gruber, Online Editor-In-Chief
By Haley Chelemedos and Sophie Chinn, Staff Writers // Blueprint interviews athlete, Martha Burns, in this episode of Athlete of the Week. Check out the interview below! Graphic by Gabi Gruber, Online Editor-In-Chief
By Haley Chelemedos and Avery Robb, Staff Writers // On a much-anticipated day in the Lafayette community, kids, parents, grandparents, and hundreds of runners hit the road: not in cars, but on foot. On Oct. 23, the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and the City of
By Marisa Guerra Echeverria and Robin Parmelee, Head Section Editor and Staff Writer // For the upcoming Governing Board election on Nov. 8, members of the Lafayette School District (LAFSD) will vote to fill the District’s three open Board seats in a race of six
// Check out the Blueprint staff’s top song choices for this week! Graphic by Gabi Gruber, Online Editor-In-Chief
By Maya Agarwal, Staff Writer // Credits roll on the big screen, silencing the tightly packed audience and engaging them in an opening message: “May the tuning fork be with you.” As the lights set and the first note of Frank Sinatra’s “Come Fly With
By Zinnia Khan, Staff Writer // Doris Anahi Muñoz shared her experiences growing up in a family of undocumented immigrants in the United States with community members during a virtual conversation on Wednesday Oct. 12. Leadership and the Acalanes Parents Club hosted the event in
By Asher Meklin and Ariel Shehter, Head Copy Editor and Staff Writer // In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Acalanes Women’s Volley team hosted its annual fundraiser called the “Think Pink” game on Oct. 13. Athletes and spectators were encouraged to wear pink to
By Haley Chelemedos and Sophie Chinn, Staff Writers // Blueprint interviews athlete, Tyler Worthington, in this episode of Athlete of the Week. Check out the interview below! For more videos visit our YouTube, ahsblueprint. Graphic by Gabi Gruber, Online Content Manager and Social Media Manager
By Helen O’Neal, Kiran Foster, Lulu Levy, Online Editor-in-Chief, Online Sports Editor, and Online Feature Editor // As the Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD) and Lafayette School District (LAFSD) school board elections approach, candidates have been working to gain popularity amongst voters to secure
By Haley Chelemedos and Sophie Chinn, Staff Writers // Blueprint interviews athlete, Ella Del Rosario, in this episode of Athlete of the Week. Check out the interview below! For more videos visit our YouTube, ahsblueprint. Graphic by Gabi Gruber, Online Content Manager and Social Media
// After a week of lunchtime events, a football game, skits, and the rally, students ended Homecoming week with a dance on Saturday night. Check out the 2022 A Night Out Homecoming Dance fashion trends below! Photos by Maya Agarwal, Staff Writer, Jemma Teran, Online
By Owen Salmon, Staff Writer // The Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD) hosted the BSU (Black Student Union) Summit at the Acalanes Adult Education center on Sept. 19 for Black students and staff from schools in the AUHSD. The day-long summit aimed to provide
By Maddyx Bride and Sophie Gold, Staff Writers // Acalanes High School held its annual Homecoming Rally on Sept. 30 during Academy! Check out the video recap below!
By Maddyx Bride and Hanna Wisniewska, Staff Writers // Acalanes students gathered on Sept. 28 to watch their peers play a game of inner tube water polo during Homecoming Week. Check out the video recap below!
By Robin Parmelee, Staff Writer On Sept. 19, the Lafayette Library hosted Drag Queen Storytime with Bella Aldama for the first time. The event celebrated Latine Heritage Month; Aldama read books and lip synced to music by Latine artists. Aldama performs across the Bay Area.
By Sophie Chinn, Staff Writer // The lunch bell rings as students file into the big gym. The stands are quickly packed, and the voices echo around the walls. The Unified athletes take the floor, the crowd cheers, and the game begins. Unified Sports, a
By Nico Ortman, Staff Writer // As the train comes to a stop, the noise of the metal wheels on the tracks quiets. Soon the doors slide open. Commuters shuffle in, hoping to find a seat on their ride home. It might be an average
By Haley Chelemedos and Sophie Chinn, Staff Writers // Blueprint interviews football player, Trevor Rogers, in this episode of Athlete of the Week. Check out the interview below! For more videos visit our YouTube, ahsblueprint. Graphic by Gabi Gruber, Online Content Manager and Social Media
By Henry Hagel and Gus McKinney, Print Sports Editor and Online Podcast Manager // Kicking and Screaming, an Acalanes Blueprint podcast focused on sports, returns for its tenth episode with hosts Henry Hagel and Gus McKinney. In this episode, the hosts discuss their top picks.
By Cedric He and Owen Salmon, Staff Writers // After a two year wait, Arshay Cooper returned to Acalanes High School to share wisdom and guidance about his experience growing up in an underprivileged community. The Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD) hosted a district-wide
By Ariel Shehter, Staff Writer When it’s dark and it’s late and it’s lasting And the space between you and the oven clock Is enough to nuzzle into the corner When on some rooftop A hand over the edge is Dipping into the evening light
By Haley Chelemedos and Sophie Chinn, Staff Writers // Blueprint interviews tennis player, Emily Berkowitz, in this episode of Athlete of the Week. Check out the interview below!
By Ruby Deeming, Liaison Editor and Business Assistant // Blueprint interviews cross country runner, Megan Yee, in the second episode of Athlete of the Week. Check out the interview below! For more videos visit our YouTube, ahsblueprint.
By Henry Hagel and Gus McKinney, Print Sports Editor and Online Podcast Manager // Kicking and Screaming, an Acalanes Blueprint podcast focused on sports, returns for its tenth episode with hosts Henry Hagel and Gus McKinney. In this episode, the hosts discuss their fantasy football
By Grace Gallacher and Avery Robb, Staff Writers // Campus doors that were once blue and bare are now adorned with bright, exciting colors to celebrate the rich and diverse culture of Latine people. Door decorating is just one of several events planned at Acalanes
By Juliet Becker and Violet Hemmingsen-Smith, Online Editor-in-Chief and Staff Writer // At this time last year, student athletes patiently awaited to hear whether or not their practices and games would continue through poor air quality. Wearing masks during practice to protect from smoke and
By Zoe Stafford, Staff Writer // While many students migrate to their grade’s quad to find their friends during lunch, others choose to meet in classrooms to learn new subjects, participate in activities, and discuss important causes. From philosophy to volleyball, students can join clubs
By Aya O’Neal, Staff Writer // With their eyes glued to their schedules, parents swarmed campus’s hallways in search of their assigned classes at Back to School Night. Acalanes hosted its annual Back to School Night on the evening of Aug. 28, allowing parents and
By Levand Koopah, Staff Writer // Acalanes hosted Senior Sunrise on Aug. 26, an annual senior tradition that includes watching the sunrise over breakfast and taking a class-wide panorama photo. Check out the photos below! Photos by Aya O’Neal, Staff Writer
By Haley Chelemedos and Sophie Chinn, Staff Writers // Blueprint interviews volleyball player, Hanna Hageboeck, in the first Athlete of the Week of the 2022-2023 school year. Check out the interview below! For more videos visit our YouTube, ahsblueprint.
By Sophie Gold, Staff Writer // Acalanes High School held its first tailgate and football game of the school year on Aug. 26 against San Marin High School. Check out the video recap below! For more videos visit our YouTube, ahsblueprint.
By Hanna Wisniewska, Staff Writer // Acalanes High School Leadership held a Fire vs. Ice themed Welcome Back Rally on Aug. 19 in the Acalanes Big Gym. Check out the video recap below! For more videos visit our YouTube, ahsblueprint.
By Maya Agarwal and Olivia Foster, Staff Writers // With upwards of 200,000 people attending the three-day festival, Outside Lands draws people together under the summer sun to enjoy music, food, and bonding. Upon entering the concert, Bay Area participants see the iconic Golden Gate
By Marisa Guerra Echeverria and Taylor Daggs, Head Section Editor and Staff Writer // Individuals wait, forming a snaking line in front of the local clinic in the hot summer sun. A familiar sense of anxiety prickles their skin as they wait to access that
By Sophie Chinn, Staff Writer // As athletes left campus to enjoy their summer, their school’s athletic facilities underwent a fresh, new makeover. The Acalanes Administration, Sports Boosters, and team foundations funded the renovations beginning during the 2021-2022 school year and continuing into this summer
By Brady Quinn, Staff Writer // The weight room shakes with energy as a girls’ volleyball player pushes their maximum bench press. Their team’s support helps the athlete hit a new personal record. The Acalanes Liftathon took place on July 28 and 29 in the
By Sophie Gold and Cameron Powell, Staff Writers // As yet another summer weekend approaches, people look for new ways to switch up their routine. Many kids, teenagers, and adults have come together to attend an outdoor summer concert every week in the Moraga Commons
By Jenna Kessler, Staff Writer // As soon as summer began, children, teens, and adults rush to their local library to collect a Reading Passport for this year’s Contra Costa Country (CCC) Summer Reading Challenge, returning later to collect their prizes. Every summer, the CCC
By Avery Robb, Staff Writer // Every summer, parents enroll their kids in various activities to keep them busy and active. Over the years, these hobbies that used to be ways to keep them out of the house turn into essential parts of their lives.
By Jack Gebhardt, Staff Writer // Staying busy during summer break can look like many different things for high school students, whether it be traveling, training for sports, taking summer classes, or just relaxing. In contrast, other high school students choose to spend their time
By Haley Chelemedos, Staff Writer // A massive influx of animals crowds local shelters, leaving little room for hope. For many dogs, animal shelters are becoming their outlook of a forever home. As Bay Area animal shelters quickly reach capacity, many blame people who bought
By Cedric He, Staff Writer // In the days following July 4, a student drives their car into a local gas station. The student expects this trip to cost at least $6.50 per gallon, but they are pleasantly surprised to see that their participation in
By Griffin Ruebner and Cole Ruebner, Head Section Editor and Staff Writer // Americans woke up to the news on June 24 that the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) voted 5-4 in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade, a 1973 Supreme Court case
By Ruby Deeming, Liaison Editor and Business Assistant // Stanley Middle School hosted their annual Jazz Cafe on May 20 to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of Bob Athayde, the director of band and chorus at Stanley. Check out the recap below! For more videos
By Juliet Becker, Online Editor-in-Chief // This year, Blueprint received 36 awards and recognitions from the county-wide Dean S. Lesher Foundation, California-wide CA Press Women’s Communication, nationwide Quill and Scroll, and nationwide Journalism Education Association (JEA). Most notably, Blueprint tied for third place for Overall
By Henry Hagel and Gus McKinney, Print Sports Editor and Online Podcast Manager // Kicking and Screaming, an Acalanes Blueprint podcast focused on sports, returns for its ninth episode with hosts Henry Hagel and Gus McKinney joined by special guest Andy Dolich. Dolich is an
By Josephine Teran, Online Arts Editor // Every year, Lafayette community members look forward to attending the Concert at the Res to watch student musicians, singers, and dancers showcase their talents. This year, the event’s regular crowd returned after a two year-long break due to
What is The Azure? The Azure is Acalanes High School Blueprint’s literary magazine. We partner with Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE) to publish the winners of Project LPIE, and we accept submissions directly from the Acalanes student body to create this publication. This year, Managing Editor and senior Ella
// Acalanes seniors look back and reflect on their high school careers as the 2021-2022 school year comes to a close. Here is a recap of some of the interviews that were conducted! For more videos visit our YouTube, ahsblueprint. Filmed by: Melina Nath, Print
By Abbey Palmer, Staff Writer // Acalanes High School’s band performed at the annual Spring Concert on May 10 in the Acalanes Performing Arts Center. Check out the recap video below! For more videos visit our YouTube, ahsblueprint.
By Ruby Deeming, Liaison Editor and Shadow Business Manager // Every year, Acalanes awards students for excelling in their various classes, academically and otherwise. This year, the Acalanes Administration wanted to award a wider array of students outside of the traditional academic awards. The administrative
By Gabi Gruber, Online Content Manager and Social Media Manager // In this episode of Gruber’s Grubs, Gabi Gruber walks through a shockingly simple recipe for peppermint patties. These candies take under thirty minutes to make and are guaranteed to surprise your family and friends!
By Juliet Becker, Online Editor-in-Chief // Each year, Acalanes students have the opportunity to submit a variety of art, writing, and science projects to Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE) for a chance to win awards and receive recognition for their work. LPIE announced the winners
By Miles Thomas, Staff Writer // Records shatter under the thundering footsteps of runners, jumpers, and throwers as their phenomenal season comes to an end. The Acalanes Track and Field team saw massive success this season that included athletes breaking multiple school records, the boys’
By Kiran Foster, Online Sports Editor // Every semester, the Acalanes Parent Club (APC) receives multiple applicants for their grant program. Recipients use these grants for specific necessities in and around school, materials to better the Acalanes campus, or ideas to improve student life. The
By Gus McKinney, Podcast and Video Content Manager Acalanes hosted the annual Special Olympics for special education students throughout Contra Costa County on April 22. Check out the recap video below!
By Henry Hagel and Gus McKinney, Print Sports Editor and Online Podcast Manager // Kicking and Screaming, an Acalanes Blueprint podcast focused on sports, returns for its eighth episode with hosts Henry Hagel and Gus McKinney. In this episode, they share updates on professional basketball
By Gabriella Gruber, Online Content Manager and Social Media Manager Impress your family and friends with this delightful, decadent, and delicious dessert! Enjoy! The instructions are listed below. Ingredients: For the pastry cream: 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup sugar ¼
By Henry Hagel and Gus McKinney, Print Sports Editor and Online Podcast Manager // Kicking and Screaming, an Acalanes Blueprint podcast, returns for its seventh episode with hosts Henry Hagel and Gus McKinney, joined by special guest Kiran Foster. In this episode, they share their
By Melina Nath, Staff Writer // Whether he is volunteering, mentoring a local Scouts troop, or on the field coaching Acalanes High School athletes, longtime Lafayette resident Bill Fraser prioritizes giving back to the community every day. The Lafayette Chamber of Commerce recognized Fraser in
By Henry Hagel and Gus McKinney, Staff Writers // Kicking and Screaming, an Acalanes Blueprint podcast focused on sports, returns for its sixth episode, with hosts Henry Hagel and Gus McKinney going over how they made their March Madness brackets and how their brackets are
By Henry Hagel and Gus McKinney, Staff Writers // Kicking and Screaming, an Acalanes Blueprint podcast focused on sports, returns for its fifth episode, with hosts Henry Hagel and Gus McKinney sharing their opinions on the Golden State Warriors’ performance, the preparation they’ve done for
By Arlyne Noguera, Online Graphics Manager // The Acalanes High School Queer Straight Alliance club staged a walkout yesterday at 10 a.m. in protest of the anti-LGBTQ laws in Florida, Georgia, Iowa, and Texas. Check out the photos below!
By Helen O’Neal, and Gabriella Gruber, Online Shadow Editors // As the lights dimmed and the spotlight hit center stage on the opening night of the spring musical, Acalanes High School performers put on their first stage production without masks in approximately two years. The
By Henry Hagel and Gus McKinney, Staff Writers // Kicking and Screaming, an Acalanes Blueprint podcast focused on sports, returns for its fourth episode, with hosts Henry Hagel and Gus McKinney having a conversation with Saint Mary’s College basketball player Logan Johnson. Available on Anchor
Juliet Becker and Gabi Gruber, Online Feature Editor and Online Shadow Editor // In the first few weeks of 2022, student and staff absences were off the charts as the Omicron variant ran rampant throughout the Acalanes High School community. Just over a month later,
Juliet Becker, Online Feature Editor // “If states can now shield their laws from review by the federal courts that compare assault weapons to Swiss Army knives, then California will use that authority to protect people’s lives, where Texas used it to put women in
By Natalie Hiatt, Staff Writer // Acalanes High School students participated in Compassion, Acceptance, Respect, and Equity (CARE) Week to facilitate discussions about equity on campus during the week of Feb. 22 to Feb. 25. Throughout the week, students attended CARE workshops in their fourth-period class
By Brendan Connelly and Helen O’Neal, Online News Editor and Online Shadow Editor // After a season of hard work, the varsity women’s basketball team culminated their efforts in a final victory in the Northern Coast Section (NCS). The team beat Northgate High School (57-37)
By Henry Hagel and Gus McKinney, Staff Writers // Kicking and Screaming, an Acalanes Blueprint podcast focused on sports, returns for its third episode with hosts Henry Hagel and Gus McKinney talking all about the NBA. They share their opinions on the 2022 All-Star Game
By Lulu Levy, Staff Writer // Staying up until midnight finishing homework and waking up at the crack of dawn to get to school by first period is the reality for many high school students. All the while, teachers, parents, and scientists urge students to
By Henry Hagel and Gus McKinney, Staff Writers // Kicking and Screaming, an Acalanes Blueprint podcast focused on sports, returns for its second episode with hosts Henry Hagel and Gus McKinney reflecting on the Super Bowl LVI predictions they made in episode one. Check back
By Henry Hagel and Gus McKinney, Staff Writers // Kicking and Screaming, an Acalanes Blueprint podcast focused on sports, debuts with hosts Henry Hagel and Gus McKinney making predictions on who will win Super Bowl LVI and sharing their opinions on how the Los Angeles
By Justin Law, Staff Writer // At the third event of Acalanes High School’s Black Excellence Month calendar on Feb. 9, Athletic Behavioral Health Coach (ABC) Jason Gant discussed the impact of adversity and the importance of self-love. Gant is from Bayview-Hunters Point in San
// Students placed QR codes linked to a student-created publication entitled The Fine Print across the Acalanes High School campus on the morning of Feb. 4. The publication features articles allegedly misquoting students and teachers. It also displays photos of students as well as students’
By Ben Brekke, Staff Writer // Wood Technology students created pinewood derby cars and raced them on Jan. 27 during lunch. Check out the recap below! Staff Writers El Reid and Val Penati contributed videos to this product.
By Shrida Pandey and Jacqueline Kuhner, Head Online Section Editor and Staff Writer Under the cover of darkness, an unknown individual scales the Acalanes High School roof, armed with an idea and a bag full of spray-paint. Shaking their blue bottle, they begin drawing graffiti
By Graham Klingler, Photographer // Acalanes High School Leadership hosted Club Day for second-semester clubs on Jan. 14 in the Front Quad during lunch. Check out the recap below!
By Brendan Connelly, Online News Editor // The City of Lafayette adopted its current General Plan, the blueprint for Lafayette’s growth, 20 years ago in 2002. As the General Planning Advisory Committee (GPAC), the Planning Commission, and the City Council prepare to adopt a new
By Ben Brekke, Staff Writer // Between dozens of students missing from classrooms and kids returning from quarantine just to find a stack of work waiting on their desks, the Omicron variant of COVID-19 shifted students’ and staff’s school experiences drastically. With cases continuing to climb,
By Gabi Gruber, Online Shadow Editor // Kick off the new year by making some delicious strudels! Enjoy! The instructions are listed below. Ingredients: 2 Granny Smith apples 1 cup sugar 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 tablespoons cornstarch 2 teaspoons cinnamon ½ teaspoon kosher salt
// As 2021 began, many people hoped for a possible return to normality. With vaccines becoming more widely available and COVID-19 deaths dropping, the tragedies plaguing 2020 seemed to be coming to an end. However, this year was filled with unprecedented events, beginning with the
By Helen O’Neal and Valentina Penati, Online Shadow Editor and Staff Writer // Acalanes High School’s Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Octet, Choir, and Orchestra performed at the annual Winter Concert on Dec. 7 and Dec. 8 in the Acalanes Performing Arts Center. Check
By Ruby Deeming, Staff Writer // With finals week approaching, many students find themselves searching for extra help as they try to raise their grades and eliminate unwanted stress before the end of the semester. The Acalanes High School library hosted their annual Exam Jam
By Connor Faust, Helen O’ Neal, and Kylie Choi, Print Feature Editor, Online Shadow Editor, and Staff Writer // Acalanes is an American high school, in a town with a French name, with a Spanish-Mexican mascot. California is the epitome of a mixed bucket with
By Melina Nath and Henry Hagel, Staff Writers // As many Acalanes High School student-athletes competed in California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) events, one athlete in particular took the high school sports world by storm. She excelled at two sports in one season, breaking course records
By Lulu Levy and Grace Chehlaoui, Staff Writers // Anxiety creeps in as hundreds of seniors spend their late, caffeine-fueled nights balancing homework, extracurricular activities, and college applications in their final months on campus. Many Acalanes High School seniors face various pressures this time of
By Natalie Hiatt, Staff Writer // Acalanes High School Jazz Ensemble, along with members from Las Lomas High School Jazz Ensemble, held a jazz concert on Nov. 16 in the Acalanes Performing Arts Center. Check out the recap below!
By Gabriella Gruber, Online Shadow Editor // With Thanksgiving less than a week away, give thanks to your taste buds with Thanksgiving treats! In this installment of Gruber’s Grubs, Gabriella Gruber bakes pumpkin tarts. Enjoy! The instructions are listed below. Ingredients for tart crust: 2
By Juliet Becker, Online Feature Editor // After being disheartened by the loss of beloved physical education (PE) teacher and coach Chris Huber on Jan. 21, 2020, the Acalanes High School community continues to celebrate his life and his impact on the school. The Acalanes
By Kylie Choi, Staff Writer // Acalanes High School students gathered to make over 300 lunch bags containing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, oranges, granola bars, and water on Nov. 5 before handing them out to homeless people in San Francisco on Nov. 6 for
By The Blueprint Editorial Board The Editorial Board is composed of journalists who share an opinion after conducting collective research and discussion. The Board’s opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the Blueprint staff or advisors. A letter from Acalanes Principal Eric Shawn dated Sept.
By Brendan Connelly, Online News Editor // For the first time in ten years, the women’s golf team qualified for the North Coast Section (NCS) championships, scoring their second highest result in Acalanes High School women’s golf history. After finishing their league season with a
By Catherine Lomond, Head Print Section Editor // Social media users curate their online identities and choose the themes, aesthetics, and trends they want other people to perceive them as. Users can embody someone else online and create the dream “you.” Our social media presence
By Arlyne Noguera, Online Graphics Manager // After several months of preparation, the Acalanes High School DramaDons performed John Cariani’s “Almost, Maine” every night last week for their annual fall play. Check out the photos below!
Print Copy Editor Asher Meklin conducted this interview for the issue 3 cover story “Across, Beyond, and Through the Binary Universe”. Could you state your name and spell it? My name is Reuben Zellman. Pronouns? I use he or they, either one is fine. How
By Fallon Emmer, Contributing Writer // Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the Menstrual Equity Act on Oct. 8, requiring free menstrual products in 50 percent of bathrooms in public middle and high schools, community colleges, and the California State University system beginning in the 2022-2023 school
By Gabriella Gruber, Online Shadow Editor // As Halloween quickly approaches, celebrate this year’s spooky season with goblins, ghosts, and Gruber’s Grubs! In the first installment of this new cooking series, Gabriella Gruber bakes a Halloween themed red velvet cake. Enjoy! The instructions are listed
By Zubin Acuña, Staff Writer // To raise awareness about environmental issues and bring students together, Acalanes High School Leadership’s Environmental Board and Student Support Board, in coordination with the Wellness Center, hosted an Environmental Wellness Fair for students in the front quad on Oct. 22.
By Juliet Becker, Online Feature Editor // Throughout distance learning, Acalanes High School’s Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, and Choir could not perform in a traditional setting due to COVID-19 guidelines. For the first time since the 2019-2020 school year, musicians brought the crowd to their
By Graham Klingler, Videographer // Blueprint asked some varsity athletes a few questions, including how they manage their time and what it means to represent Acalanes High School as an athlete. Check out the video below!
By Kea Yoshinaka and Josephine Teran, Staff Writers // Acalanes High School hosted the “Hero Night” tailgate before the varsity football game against Campolindo High School on Oct. 15 to give thanks to firefighters for their work against wildfires. The tailgate consisted of activities such
By Lulu Levy, Staff Writer Trigger Warning: The following story mentions suicide. // In response to growing rates of teen suicide across the nation, senior Tyler Singh, in coordination with A Brighter Day, organized a concert fundraiser at Acalanes High School in the front quad
By Shrida Pandey, Arlyne Noguera, and Nastia Grits, Head Online Section Editor, Online Graphics Manager, and Photographer // For the first time, Acalanes High School held a school wide celebration of Latine Heritage Month. The month consisted of activities and events showcasing Latine culture and
By Melina Nath and Zack Lara, Staff Writer and Liaison Editor // 456 players with nothing to lose line a barren field overseen by a mechanical doll. Viewers hold their breath as contestants play a simple game of “Red Light, Green Light,” backdropped by an
By Stella Heo and Kayli Harley, Online Editors-in-Chief // The Acalanes Union High School District reinstated Acalanes High School Junior Varsity Football Head Coach Greg Young on Wednesday after placing him on paid administrative leave following an incident during the Sept. 3 junior varsity football
By Brendan Connelly, Online News Editor // As a result of wanting to connect equity leaders more on campus, school administrators created a new equity board this year to improve Acalanes High School diversity work and unite the school as a whole. Headed by Acalanes
By Keith Johnson, Helen O’Neal, Daniel Adri, and August Walker, Head Videographer and Head Liaison Editor, Online Shadow Editor, Liaison Editor, and Staff Writer // Acalanes High School students participated in hallway decorating, lunchtime activities, dodgeball competitions, and a rally to celebrate homecoming last week.
By Tom Bequette, Online Sports Editor The Acalanes High School varsity football team defeated Castlemont High School 56-18 in the homecoming game on Oct. 1 in front of a packed crowd. Acalanes started strong with quarterback and senior Luke Souza firing a pass to wide
By Juliet Becker, Online Feature Editor // As Americans continue to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and most schools across the country return to in-person learning, the question of whether or not there should be vaccine mandates for educators has become a growing debate. The Acalanes Union
By Kea Yoshinaka, Staff Writer // California residents either breathed sighs of relief or groaned after the results of the gubernatorial recall came out on Sept. 14. The Republican-led attempt failed by a large margin, both in the real election and the Acalanes High School
By Juliet Becker and Kea Yoshinaka, Online Feature Editor and Staff Writer // Prolonged lockdowns, unpopular policies, and an unmasked dinner party at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic: the controversies that might cost California Gov. Gavin Newsom his political career. The campaign to recall Newsom,
By Graham Klingler, Photographer // The various student-led clubs at Acalanes High School had the opportunity to spread their messages to the student body and recruit new members on Sept. 10 during Club Day. Check out the video below!
By Helen O’Neal and Kylie Choi, Online Shadow Editor and Photographer // The Acalanes High School womens water polo teams competed at the Acalanes Invitational on Sept. 10 to 11 against several other high schools in Northern California. This was the first home water polo
By Brendan Connelly, Online News Editor // Volunteer Stanley Middle School crossing guard Ashley Dias, 45, was killed in an automobile accident on Sept. 8 on School Street outside Stanley Middle School. Shortly after the school day ended, an SUV struck Dias as he was
By Juliet Becker, Online Feature Editor // After an incident at the varsity football game at Acalanes on Sept. 3, the Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD) released Greg Young from his position as a junior varsity football coach. Many community members began to discuss
By Stella Heo and Brendan Connelly, Online Editor-in-Chief and Online News Section Editor // With air quality levels above 160 ppm, temperatures reaching 100 degrees, and memories of previous fires in the back of peoples’ minds, this year’s fire season has many students wondering what’s
By Juliet Becker and Melaney Noguera, Online Feature Editor and Cartoonist // The Acalanes High School Wellness Center hosted a carnival on Thursday at lunch in the Freshman Quad, where students could participate in various games and activities, including spikeball, cornhole, a basketball shooting game,
By Gabriella Gruber, Online Shadow Editor // In any school, discussions about equity are crucial to creating a safe and inclusive environment for all students. This past week, Acalanes High School Leadership’s Diversity Board held the first of many discussions on equity. The Diversity
By Keith Johnson, Head Liason Editor and Head Videographer // After over a year in distance and hybrid learning, Acalanes High School students and staff returned to campus fully in-person last week on Aug. 11. Watch the mini-documentary below to see how administrators, teachers, and
By Erin Hambidge, Print Opinion Editor // Current water polo players, returning alumni, and coaches gathered on Aug. 14 to celebrate the Acalanes High School water polo program in an alumni match. The game was part of an annual tradition that began seven years ago
Interviews by Online Sports Editor Tom Bequette. Photos by Head Photographer Mara Korzeniowska. // Acalanes’s instructors Cassidy Mulholland and Kenneth Lorge will coach girls and boys golf for the upcoming 2021-2022 season. They will replace 2020 head coach Dan Weiner and longtime head coach Tim Scott
By Arlyne Noguera, Online Graphics Manager // Acalanes High School Leadership hosted a barbecue for the class of 2022 on Sunday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., where students could get food, play games, and relax with friends. Check out the photos below!
By Juliet Becker, Online Feature Editor // The Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD) Governing Board announced both in a meeting on August 4 and in a district-wide email that AUHSD students, teachers, and staff members must wear masks indoors. They also implemented several other
By Brendan Connelly, Online News Editor // During the Contra Costa County Championship Swim Meet at Acalanes High School this past weekend, Lafayette police briefly detained and questioned a man who has frequently come onto campuses across the Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD). This
By Arlyne Noguera, Online Graphics Manager // After a school year filled with unique circumstances, distance learning, masks, and much more, the class of 2021 graduated on Friday, May 28, in an in-person ceremony on the Acalanes High School track field. Check out the pictures
By Bluepers Staff // In the season finale of season 2 of Bluepers, host Keith Johnson interviews Acalanes High School TikTok star Onn Matalon and Director Zack Lara reviews 7-Eleven snacks. Enjoy!
By Juliet Becker and Connor Faust, Online Feature Editor and Print Feature Editor // This year, Blueprint received 21 awards from the county-wide Dean S. Lesher Foundation, nationwide Quill and Scroll, and the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW). For the fourth consecutive year, the
What is The Azure? The Azure is Acalanes High School Blueprint’s literary magazine. We partner with Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE) to publish the winners of Project LPIE, and we accept submissions directly from the Acalanes student body to create this publication. This year, Managing
By Marisa Guerra Echeverria and Lyanne Wang, Print News Editor and Print Feature Editor // Festive homemade signs, floating balloons, and cheering family members greeted Acalanes High School seniors as they drove down Mount Diablo Boulevard in adorned, blue-and-white painted vehicles. As the month of May
By Brendan Connelly, Online News Editor // May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. In order to celebrate this month, Acalanes High School invited Shaan Dasani, a transgender South-Asian American actor and performer, to speak to the community. Leadership hosted a virtual
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// In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Day and the amount of work Acalanes High School teachers have put in this school year, Blueprint asked students what they appreciate most about their teachers. Watch the video below!
By Juliet Becker, Online Feature Editor // In a typical, COVID-free setting, people would pack into the theater to watch the DramaDons perform together on stage. In what now feels like a completely different world, audience members sit before their screens to watch the actors take
By Brendan Connelly, Online News Editor // While Homecoming week in April is virtually unheard of, Acalanes High School intends to maintain the hallway decorating tradition and give students the opportunity to celebrate despite COVID-19. As a part of this Homecoming tradition, students in all
By the Board of Inclusive Lafayette // The Board of Inclusive Lafayette asked Blueprint to publicize their viewpoints on housing in Lafayette. There will be a City Council meeting on April 26 at 5:45 p.m. for readers who are interested in attending and learning more.
// The Acalanes High School class of 2021 gathered on the football field on April 15 and April 16 for the annual Senior Breakfast. This year’s breakfast was Hawaiian themed, and seniors received leis, raffle tickets, and their choice of breakfast upon their arrival. Check
By Gabriella Gruber, Online Shadow Editor // The Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD) Governing Board unanimously voted on April 14 to continue with the current hybrid model for the rest of the 2020-2021 school year rather than combining cohorts and creating a new schedule
By Brendan Connelly, Online News Editor // Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Acalanes High School’s Garden Club cared for the chickens at Acalanes. However, after the return to hybrid instruction, the chicken coop has been broken into three times. The chicken coop in
By Griffin Ruebner, Print Sports Editor // “Silly rabbit! Trix are for kids!” I can’t count the number of times I viewed this silly advertisement and others just like it during my cartoon-watching days. As I sat on the couch, my eyes locked on the rabbit
By Emerson Brown, Print Editor-in-Chief // According to The Trevor Project, transgender youth are five times more likely than their cisgender peers to attempt suicide, and one in three transgender youth have attempted suicide. The Pew Research Center reported that only 30 percent of the
By Stella Heo and Griffin Ruebner, Online Editor-in-Chief and Print Sports Section Editor // The Acalanes High School varsity women’s lacrosse team held a memorial on March 25 to honor Alexa Despins and her battle with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), a genetic blood disease. Despins was
By Tom Bequette, Online Sports Editor // Instrumental Music Director Lauren Gibson, Director of Choral Activities Bruce Lengacher, and drama teacher Ed Meehan hosted the COVID Cabaret on March 25 where students presented their self-made musicals to their peers on Zoom. Instead of having a
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By Juliet Becker, Staff Writer // At the fifth meeting of Acalanes High School’s Women in Leadership series on March 18, Associate Superintendent of Educational Services Aida Glimme shared her experiences and challenges as a woman in education, spanning from her childhood to her current
By Noah Glosson, Head Print Section Editor // The wait is finally over. After 476 days since their last game, the Acalanes High School varsity football team returned to action on Saturday, March 13 to play against the Monte Vista High School Mustangs. Football players
By Bluepers Staff // In this episode, host Keith Johnson hosts a debate between two of our staff members. Enjoy!
By Marisa Guerra Echeverria, Staff Writer // After multiple projections, hours of careful planning in meetings, and the gathering of new COVID-19 data, a new projected date for hybrid reopening brings hope after a year of distance learning. In a message sent out on Feb.
By Kayli Harley, Stella Heo, Shrida Pandey, and Asher Meklin, Online Editors-in-Chief, Online News Editor, and Staff Writer // In honor of Black History Month, Blueprint profiled a few Black figures who helped pave the way for the future generations. Enjoy! Gwendolyn Brooks Gwendolyn Brooks
By Erin Hambidge, Staff Writer // Arshay Cooper’s documentary “A Most Beautiful Thing” follows the story of the first African-American high school rowing team in the nation and each member’s life growing up in the West Side of Chicago. The Acalanes High School administration hosted
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By Tom Bequette, Online Sports Editor // The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) announced on Friday, Feb. 19 that high school sports may start as early as Feb. 26 in parts of California. Contra Costa County (CCC), however, is excluded from this return and must wait
Erin Hambidge, Staff Writer // Acalanes High School Leadership provided students looking to enter into public service with the opportunity to learn more about what the profession entails and how they can make an impact on the world starting at a local level. Lafayette Mayor
By Helen O’Neal and Anastasia Grits, Staff Writers // Elizabeth Brown, the director and case manager at the Housing Authority in Augusta, Ga., met with Acalanes High School students over Zoom on Wednesday, Feb. 17, and shared her experiences with racism and sexism. As part
By Marisa Guerra Echeverria, Staff Writer // As schools approach nearly an entire year of Zoom meetings, asynchronous school work, and a lack of in-person instruction, recent Contra Costa County COVID-19 updates may signal hope for a return to in-person learning. The Acalanes Union High
By Jacque Peacock, Staff Writer // Abby VanMuijen, a University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) alumna, spoke about their academic and professional experiences during the third installment of the Women in Leadership series on Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. The series, organized
After a long battle against Parkinson’s disease, Acalanes High School physical education teacher and coach Chris Huber passed away on Jan. 21. In honor of Huber and his impact on the Acalanes community, Blueprint compiled stories, pictures, and “huber-isms” from various members of the community.
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By Stella Heo and Erin Hambidge, Online Editor-in-Chief and Staff Writer // For years, many students and parents disapproved of the College Board providing standardized tests that colleges used as measures of students’ capabilities. In response to COVID-19 and the growing criticism, the organization updated
By Erin Hambidge, Staff Writer // In alignment with their goal of creating an inclusive and welcoming campus environment, the Acalanes High School Diversity Board provided students with a place to discuss female-oriented issues. The Diversity Board hosted a meeting on Friday, Jan. 15 to
In a previous publication of this story, Blueprint misquoted varsity basketball player Theo Stoll and incorrectly stated that Stoll is a junior varsity football player. Blueprint has since updated the story. By Tom Bequette, Online Sports Editor // Before the pandemic, the notion of protesting
By Miller Smith, Staff Writer // California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) North Coast Commissioner of Athletics Pat Cruickshank released an update on Jan. 14 stating that high school sports could return as early as Feb. 1 based on COVID-19 tiers if the California Department of Public
By Zack Lara, Staff Writer // In this episode of “Good Ones!”, host Zack Lara discusses the dangers of social media, political misinformation, and how to stay safe online. Enjoy!
By Bluepers Staff // In this episode, host Keith Johnson talks with guests about moving into the new year. Enjoy!
By Liam McGlynn and Shrida Pandey, News Editor and Online News Editor // Democrat Joe Biden won the 2020 Presidential Election, unseating incumbent President Donald Trump. Trump refused to concede to Biden under the pretense of voter fraud in several states and filed 62 lawsuits aimed
// A year ago, when the words “Happy New Year” reverberated worldwide, people celebrated the accomplishment of another finished year and cheered for luck and success in 2020. Yet, as the same words prepare to make their rounds again soon, people will instead be celebrating
By Marisa Guerra Echeverria and Helen O’Neal, Staff Writers // Acalanes High School’s Drama Dons performed several skits in the DramaDons Holiday Special on Tuesday, Dec. 22 on YouTube. Check out the recap below! Click here to watch the full performance.
By Shrida Pandey, Online News Editor // Although they seem complicated, madeleines are quite simple with the right ingredients. Watch the video below and learn how to make these classic french cookies! Ingredients ¼ cup of butter 2 eggs ⅓ cup of sugar ½ cup
By Emerson Brown and Connor Faust, Opinion Editor and Staff Writer // In previous years, many Acalanes High School instrumentalists never imagined seeing a recording of themselves on-screen while they watched alone from home for the annual winter concert. Acalanes instrumental students performed in their
By Keith Johnson, Head Videographer // The Acalanes High School choir shared a virtual concert over YouTube on Dec. 15. Check out the recap below!
By Brendan Connelly and Griffin Ruebner, Staff Writers // In order to maintain an effective and thoughtful curriculum throughout the Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD), proposals for new classes may be made, vetted, and approved. The AUHSD Governing Board unanimously voted to adopt five
By Stella Heo and Kayli Harley, Online Editors-in-Chief // Through racial equity education and community dialogues, the Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD) worked to create an inclusive and supportive school environment. Despite these efforts, possible acts of racially-motivated hate still plague the community. An
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By Brendan Connelly, Staff Writer // Throughout 2020, the Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD) worked to create a more inclusive environment for members of the LGBTQ+ community. On a recent panel, student leaders from around the District helped spread this message across California. Leaders
By Shrida Pandey, Marisa Guerra Echeverria, and Lyanne Wang, Online News Editor and Staff Writers // The 2020 United States (U.S.) election cycle brought a historical amount of increased representation and diversity in politics. With the first transgender state senator, the first non-binary state senator, and
By Bluepers Staff // In this episode of Bluepers, host Keith Johnson does a blind monologue, co-director Zack Lara reviews two burgers, and Keith makes a Thanksgiving tier list with special guest George Rogers. Enjoy!
By Brendan Connelly, Staff Writer // Beginning with discussions about race and identity in Academy cohorts at the start of the semester, Acalanes High School students continue to have the opportunity to engage in dialogues to promote inclusivity and understanding in the community. Acalanes Leadership’s
By Stella Heo, Marisa Guerra Echeverria, and Erin Hambidge, Online Editor-in-Chief and Staff Writers // A sea of purple washed over 41 out of 58 California counties this week after a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases spread across the state. This new development comes as
By Tom Bequette, Online Sports Editor // The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) announced on Tuesday, Nov. 16 that Governor Gavin Newsom and Dr. Mark Ghaly from the California Department of Public Health postponed the release of California’s updated youth sports guidance. CIF competitions will remain
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By Zack Lara, Staff Writer // In this episode of “Good Ones!”, host Zack Lara talks with Acalanes High School students about the presidential election, young voters, and other political topics. Stream it on Spotify and Anchor now. Enjoy!
By Shrida Pandey and Lyanne Wang, Online News Editor and Staff Writer // As citizens all around the country voted through mail-in ballots and at poll booths, students at Acalanes High School participated in their own mock election. The Acalanes library hosted its annual Election
By the Acalanes Democratic Club The Acalanes High School Democratic Club created a voting guide with tips to help voters before Election Day. Check it out below!
By Saylen Cardoni and Arlyne Noguera, Staff Writer and Photographer // Acalanes High School Leadership hosted a haunted hallway on Oct. 30 between 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. for Acalanes families to walk through. The hallway started in the 500 wing and ended near the
By Julia Poole and Sabrina Agazzi, Online Feature Editor and Copy Editor // Acalanes High School students met with Congressman Mark DeSaulnier via Zoom on Thursday, Oct. 29 to discuss current issues in the United States and the importance of the upcoming election. The 11th
By Bluepers Staff // In this episode of Bluepers, host Keith Johnson talks with some of our staff members about Halloween, conspiracy theories, sports, and more. Enjoy!
By Ethan Wellerstein, Contributing Writer In light of the recent anti-Semitic hate crime in the Lamorinda community, Blueprint opted to repost this piece from 2017 by Acalanes High School alumnus Ethan Wellerstein, class of 2017. I never asked to be Jewish. My parents never consulted
By Shrida Pandey, Online News Editor // In a nation already divided as Election Day approaches, a vandal spreads hate and fear in Lamorinda. The unknown perpetrator vandalized homes and structures around the community with spray paintings of swastikas this Monday. On some structures, the swastikas
By Aisha Mohanty and Juliet Becker, Staff Writers // Although those under 18 may consider themselves useless during the election period, in reality, they are often the catalyst for major political change in various ways. Below are several methods for Acalanes High School students who
By Shrida Pandey, Lyanne Wang, and Marisa Guerra Echeverria, Online News Editor and Staff Writers // In a time of multiple American crises, including a deadly pandemic and a national political divide, it is crucial now more than ever for Americans to act on their
By Shrida Pandey, Online News Editor // As students rely on technology now more than ever due to distance learning, days consist of back-to-back Zooms, uploading work through Canvas, and partaking in online activities. This week, however, all of that came to a halt due
By Stella Heo and Sabrina Agazzi, Online Editor-in-Chief and Copy Editor // According to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, in 2019, 31 percent of people in leadership roles behind the camera for television shows
By Shrida Pandey and Julia Poole, Online News Editor and Online Feature Editor // With schools now allowed to reopen in Contra Costa County, community members are divided about whether schools should continue with distance learning or return in a hybrid model. The Acalanes Union High
By Aysha Craig, Copy Editor // The Acalanes High School Performing Arts Center, once filled with performers on stage and friends and family in the audience, is emptier than ever. Unable to return to school for music purposes, many students partake in concerts virtually. Several
By Gabriella Gruber and Marisa Guerra Echeverria, Staff Writers // As the United States celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, Americans also remember the people who dedicated their lives to the suffrage movement. Their contributions to society are apparent now more than ever
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By Zack Lara, Staff Writer // In the debut episode of the “Good Ones!” podcast, host Zach Lara talks with students, parents, teachers, and other dignified guests about how students can succeed during distance learning, remain active, and prepare for the SAT. Stream it on
By Helen O’Neal, Staff Writer // Some people can find it difficult to stay connected to the community while being isolated in their homes during the pandemic. With Acalanes High School planning to remain in distance learning for the entirety of the first semester, many
By Lue Van Handel, Head Photographer // Many students drove through the Acalanes High School parking lot yesterday between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to collect spirit wear, write thank you notes, and wave to teachers. Check out the pictures below!
By Shrida Pandey, Online News Editor // With depression and anxiety heightened during the pandemic, mental health awareness is important now more than ever. Acalanes High School teachers and administration found new ways to discuss mental health during distance learning in honor of September being National
By Bluepers Staff // Welcome back to Bluepers! After a short hiatus because of COVID-19, Bluepers is finally back for season two with a brand new host. Enjoy!
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By Shrida Pandey, Online News Editor // In 2018, the Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD) Governing Board voted to deny most interdistrict transfers due to budgetary concerns. The decision, which went into effect during the 2019-2020 school year, sparked controversy throughout the Lamorinda community.
By Lyanne Wang, Staff Writer // Following a series of grave incidents posted on social media, many individuals were forced to face something seldom talked about yet experienced by everyone: mental health. The Acalanes High School Wellness Center and the Bring Change to Mind club
By Zach Snyder and Brendan Connelly, Staff Writers // The transition from a boy scout to an Eagle Scout requires hard work, dedication, and leadership. One Acalanes High School junior recently completed the process after revamping portions of the Acalanes campus. Junior Rhett Skvarna demonstrated
By Shrida Pandey, Online News Editor // During the 2020 protests for George Floyd, people nationwide recognized the inequalities that people of color face in American society. In the Lamorinda community, many students and parents turn to the school system to demand education on racial
A note from Blueprint regarding our second print issue’s planned cover story on Race: One of our main goals as a paper this year is to elevate the voices of students of color. Our initial approach for the cover piece of our second issue was
By Alexandra Ames, Staff Writer // While walking from the fridge to the sofa before watching something on Netflix has become normal exercise for many people during quarantine, two Acalanes High School students have been teaching lacrosse and donating their profits to help the community. Acalanes
By Aysha Craig, Copy Editor // While protests fighting for justice and equality may have simmered down in the Lafayette community, two Acalanes High School clubs push to keep educating students on how to be anti-racist. Acalanes’ Black Student Union (BSU) and Bring Change to Mind
By Anastasia Grits, Staff Writer // Acalanes High School sophomores partook in a scavenger hunt around downtown Lafayette on Aug. 23 and took pictures in front of five preselected locations to compete for gift cards and school merchandise. While Leadership wanted to create a bonding
By Connor Faust, Staff Writer // During a normal year, freshmen would begin their Acalanes High School experience in-person. However, with COVID-19 preventing students from meeting at school, Leadership hosted an online bonding event for the incoming freshmen. New Crew, a Leadership board dedicated to
By Keith Johnson, Head Videographer // Blueprint’s first years documented their first week of academic learning between Aug. 17 and Aug. 21. Watch the recap below!
By Aisha Mohanty and Mara Korzeniowska, Staff Writers // Attempting to replicate the experience of in-person rallies, Acalanes High School Leadership hosted a welcome-back rally on Friday, Aug. 21 via YouTube to commend students who participated in community projects over quarantine, encourage the viewers to
By Shrida Pandey and Griffin Ruebner, Online News Editor and Staff Writer // Many parents look forward to back to school night as a chance to connect with their students’ teachers and learn more about their classes. This year, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise
By Tom Bequette, Online Sports Editor // SportsStars Magazine selected the Acalanes women’s water polo team as their Northern California Team Of The Year on Aug. 17, for their undefeated season last year, the program’s second in a row. The magazine announced on Aug. 6
By Julia Poole, Online Feature Editor // As the Acalanes High School community returns to roaming the “Zoom” halls, students must form connections with peers and new teachers through distance learning for the first time. For decades, freshmen and returning students used the first week
“Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” – Elie Wiesel By Amani Williams, Contributing Writer To Whom It May Concern: Over and over again, I’m told that “we have expanded to teach more of a conclusive history” or “we are reading more books written by
By Keith Johnson, Head Videographer // During the first week of school, Acalanes High School students met in their Academy cohort groups everyday to learn about Canvas and race. Some Blueprinters documented their experience throughout the week. Enjoy!
By Shrida Pandey, Online News Editor // As demonstrations protesting the murder of George Floyd spread all throughout the nation, multiple videos of students from Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD) using various racial slurs and stereotyping of minorities surfaced. Under rising pressure for more education
By Mason Archer, Sports Editor // With the 2020-2021 school year now underway, the California Interscholastic Federation suspended all sports until Dec. 14. Despite the suspension of fall sports, the Acalanes High School Athletic Department plans to conduct camps for various sports during this suspension.
By Keith Johnson, Head Videographer // At the beginning of every school year, Acalanes High School holds Dons Day, where students can go to school to get their class schedules, learn about clubs and fundraisers, and get ready for the upcoming year. However, restrictions due
By Zoe Edelman, Graphics Manager // Many community members rallied outside of the Acalanes Union High School District Office yesterday at 4 p.m. to demand for the reinstatement of inter-district transfers, a new accountability program against racism, and a diversified curriculum. Check out the photos
By Tom Bequette, Online Sports Editor // After nearly four months of anticipation, high school sports are officially scheduled to return to Acalanes High School. The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) confirmed on Monday, July 20, that high school sports will take place during the 2020-2021
By Miller Smith, Staff Writer Disclaimer: Blueprint is using the term “Redskin” to refer to the team’s name for accuracy. // After decades of protests, countless emails from the public, and criticism from big organizations, including Nike, FedEx, and Pepsi, one of the most controversial team
By Stella Heo, Shrida Pandey, and Aisha Mohanty, Online Editor-in-Chief, Online News Editor, and Staff Writer // After watching the total number of cases of COVID-19 in the United States skyrocket in June and continue to rise as the upcoming school year approaches, students, parents
By Stella Heo and Shrida Pandey, Online Editor-in-Chief and Online News Editor // Instead of soaking up the summer sun, many Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD) students, parents, and staff already look ahead to what the 2020-2021 school year will be like in the midst
Online News Editor Shrida Pandey conducted this Blueprint interview with Inclusive Lafayette cofounders Benjamin and Jeremy Levine. Pandey: Why did you start Inclusive Lafayette? Benjamin: We went to the Geroge Floyd protest, and people were chanting, but what they were doing is what we asked
By John Kalil, Contributing Writer // In 1971, the social scientist John Rawls explained what he called the Original Position thought experiment. If we knew what societies looked like, but didn’t know what place we would inhabit in society, what kind of society would we like
By Shrida Pandey, Online News Editor // What many teens use as a scenic Instagram photo opportunity has been a hub for conflict for nearly a decade. After several meetings and hours of planning, O’Brien Land Company’s “Terraces of Lafayette” Deer Hill project may come
Not White Like You By Ava Moran, Contributing Writer // Blueprint reporters reached out to Miramonte High School senior Ava Moran for comment after hearing her speak at the Lafayette Peaceful Protest on June 7. I don’t want to die and nothing has changed. I
By Zoe Edelman, Graphics Manager // It is pathetic that the spread of a 38-second video of brazen, horrifying racist dialogue by Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD) students was the catalyst for addressing racism within the Lamorinda community. As a member of this community,
By Liam McGlynn, News Editor // Since the death of George Floyd, organizations across the country have decided to use this moment of reckoning with racial inequity and systemic racism as a catalyst to institute systematic policy changes. During Wednesday’s Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD)
By Stella Heo, Online Editor-in-Chief // With grocery store shelves filling, toilet paper hoarding declining, and community members reverting to their previous habits, many are beginning to question what the upcoming school year will look like. The Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD) Governing Board met
By Jamie Lattin, Editor-in-Chief // At first glance, the murder of 46 year-old George Floyd appeared to be just another horrific instance of police brutality. But for a wounded nation, enough was finally enough. Protests swept the country as groups called for increased accountability in
Editor-in-Chief Jamie Lattin conducted this Blueprint interview for the Antiracism in Lamorinda story. To view the story, click here. Lattin: How do you think our district can best support antiracist practices? Bell: I think there’s a lot to that. I think first and foremost is
By Liam McGlynn and Arlyne Noguera, News Editor and Staff Photographer // In honor of George Floyd and other people of color who were killed by police, many Lafayette community members participated in a peaceful protest on Sunday, June 7, at 2 p.m. The protestors
By Jamie Lattin, Editor-in-Chief // The blatancy of racism within our community and schools recently revealed itself in the form of a video that leaked on social media on June 4. In an email to the Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD) community, Superintendent John Nickerson
By Stella Heo and Kayli Harley, Online Editors-in-Chief // Whether it be fires within a mile radius of the school, a global pandemic, or the removal of a classic tale from the school’s reading list, Acalanes High School’s student-run newspaper, Blueprint, strived to inform the community.
By Julia Poole, Online Feature Editor // Bleachers full of family and friends became small crowds of observers, chairs on the football field turned into a line of students in the hallway, and the hours of glory a typical graduation brings became a few seconds
// We want to recognize the privilege of our platform as members of the free press. We are committed to amplifying Black voices and voices of people of color. We support our fellow students as they fight against racism and will continue to tell their
By Stephanie Liu, Contributing Writer // George Floyd was killed on May 25, 2020, when police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for at least five minutes. Three other police officers stood by while Floyd was suffocating, pleading for his life. One of those police
By Shrida Pandey, Online News Editor // With COVID-19 limiting in-person activities, students and administration turn to online outlets to reach out to the Acalanes High School community. This year, an annual Acalanes event transitioned from the Performing Arts Center to the internet to promote worldwide
By Kayli Harley and Stella Heo, Online Editors-in-Chief // In Minneapolis, Los Angeles, London, Philadelphia, Miami, Washington D.C., Dallas, San Francisco, and countless other cities across the world, people are protesting for change. Now, Lafayette residents are answering the call for change as well. Many members
By Stella Heo and Tom Bequette, Online Editor-in-Chief and Online Sports Editor // Cheering and applause turned into YouTube comments. Certificates of achievement transformed into video messages. Students and teachers in the stands became faces behind a screen, witnessing the first virtual senior awards ceremony at
By Lue Van Handel, Head Photographer // The class of 2020 paraded around downtown Lafayette last Friday, May 29, at 4 p.m. during the senior car rally. Check out the photos below!
By Kayli Harley, Online Editor-in-Chief // Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth? Try these delicious French Toast Roll Ups! Here is a video for you to follow. Enjoy! Ingredients 1 or more slices of bread 2 or more strawberries Nutella 1 egg Cinnamon Sugar ..
By Liam McGlynn, News Editor // The COVID-19 pandemic is a situation that most never could have planned for. But with each day followed by the next, many are becoming more adapted to a new environment. Over the past several months, Acalanes High School teachers scrambled
By Aysha Craig and Sabrina Agazzi, Copy Editors // Although many may feel helpless during this time of isolation because of the lack of functioning services worldwide, the Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD) continues to support those in need. The AUHSD cafeteria staff will
By Alex Ariker, Copy Editor // Religion has historically offered an escape for those suffering in times of uncertainty and dread. However, as social distancing mandates force religious buildings to temporarily close, local religious communities must alter how they worship. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Temple
By Aysha Craig, Copy Editor // As COVID-19 panic continues to spread, unreliable sources plague the internet with fake news and false alarms; in a time of social isolation, the media is increasingly important in keeping people updated and access to accurate information grows more
By Keith Johnson, Head Videographer // Despite the school closure, Acalanes High School Leadership held the end-of-year rally on Friday, May 22 on YouTube to celebrate three retiring teachers, recognize all senior spring athletes, and acknowledge the achievements of the class of 2020. Watch the
By Stella Heo, Online Editor-in-Chief // Cool off during a hot day in the spring or summer with a dalgona matcha latte! Here’s a video for you to follow. Enjoy! Ingredients 1 egg 1 tbsp sugar 1 tsp matcha powder Milk or a substitute .
By Jamie Bishop, Contributing Writer This is an opposing piece in response to Julia Poole’s article, “The U.S. Government Has Failed to Act Under Pressure of Coronavirus.” As reported coronavirus (COVID-19) hospitalization cases start to drop and treatments underway, we as Americans, in the midst
By Emerson Brown, Opinion Editor // As lockdowns persist, schools teach online, and offices remain closed, everyone is faced with the continuing burden of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ensemble musicians are faced with a challenge other groups are feeling as well: the necessity for in-person gatherings. Neither
By Zack Lara, Staff Writer // The COVID-19 pandemic stimulated a quarantine culture complete with trends, memes, and activities fit for isolation. Puppy adoptions joined the lineup as families scrambled to keep themselves engaged, but many turned their backs to one crucial detail: ordinary life
By Tom Bequette, Online Sports Editor // Although the 2019-2020 athletic year ended early due to COVID-19, athletic celebrations at Acalanes High School have not come to an end. Acalanes Boosters, parents, and faculty recognized 22 senior athletes recruited to play at the collegiate level during
By Tom Bequette, Online Sports Editor // Not only did the COVID-19 pandemic change school as students knew it, but it also changed the world of professional sports. With team practices canceled, seasons suspended, and players stuck at home, Acalanes High School students got the chance
By Anne Thiselton-Dyer, Staff Writer // For high school seniors, the end of the school year is the last time they can celebrate their successes and hard work together before going their separate ways. Instead of partying with friends, this year’s seniors are confined to
By Zoe Cate, Staff Writer // Do you want to try making some homemade pasta? Try out this recipe! Here’s a video for you to follow. Enjoy! Ingredients 1 cup flour 2 eggs . . Makes 3/4 lb pasta . . Directions Step 1 Spread
By Sabrina Agazzi, Copy Editor // Amongst the COVID-19 updates, White House briefings, and political disputes that currently encompass the world of news, many Acalanes High School seniors found themselves in a news broadcast dedicated to the Class of 2020. The local American Broadcasting Company
By Katrina Ortman, Contributing Writer // Fish swim in the eerily clear canals of Venice, Japanese sika deer wander into urban areas, and coyotes howl through San Franciscan streets. Reports of healthier air quality and reduced nitrogen pollution pour into the media from international scientists.
By Lue Van Handel, Head Photographer // Instead of hazmat suits and masks, seniors prepared to take on a modified graduation with their caps and gowns. In order to prevent gatherings and limit traffic, the school gave students specific time slots to pick up their
By Aisha Mohanty, Staff Writer // As car horns become the new “happy birthday”, face-to-face conversations turn into online interactions, and school courses remain on digital platforms, COVID-19 continues to prompt Acalanes High School Leadership to find virtual substitutes for school activities. Aiming to shed light
By John Kalil, Staff Writer // Despite the challenges of school cancellation and shelter-in-place orders, the show, more specifically the senior end-of-year traditions, must go on. The executive director of pop singer Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, Maya Smith, headlined the second installment of
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Nelson Rogers: Grand Strategy in Catan This piece received first place in Project LPIE’s Science and Engineering category. Ariel Shehter: Soap This piece received second place in Project LPIE’s Science and Engineering category.
Sophie Krayna: Close the Door This piece received first place in Project LPIE’s Sustainable Lafayette category.
Owen Myall: Lamorinda Skate Park Project This piece received first place in Project LPIE’s Community Service category. Kayley Altbaum: Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center This piece received second place in Project LPIE’s Community Service category. Jon Davis: COVID-19 Free Shelter-In-Place Essential Shopping Service This piece received
Zevin Acuna This piece received first place in Project LPIE’s 3-D Art-Applied Design category.
AJ Hesby: Discord My programming project for LPIE was a bot for the voice conferencing application “Discord.” The bot interfaced with the text chat through user commands (e.g. “$play [chosen_song]”). It used Google’s Youtube API to search for videos and to play an audio stream
Blake Levinson: “‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore”This piece received first place in Project LPIE’s Acting category. Madison Payne: “Children of Virtue and Vengeance”This piece received second place in Project LPIE’s Acting category. Keith Johnson: “The Laramie Project”This piece received third place in Project LPIE’s Acting
Brahm Sasner: “Pure Imagination”This piece received first place in Project LPIE’s Instrumental Music category. Stella Heo: Rachmaninoff “Prelude in C Sharp Minor”This piece received second place in Project LPIE’s Instrumental Music category. Andrew Zheng This piece received third place in Project LPIE’s Instrumental Music category.
Blake Levinson: “She Used to be Mine”This piece received first place in Project LPIE’s Vocal Music category. Daisy Ohleyer: “There are Worse Things I Could Do”This piece received second place in Project LPIE’s Vocal Music category. Madison Payne: “Liability”This piece received third place in Project
Jordan Pratt: The Changemakers of the Future This piece received first place in Project LPIE’s Video Production category. Oliver Lane: Live in the Moment This piece received second place in Project LPIE’s Video Production category. Lizzy Xie: Shanghai by Day and by Night This piece
By Zoe Edelman, Graphics Manager // In the final episode of the Corona Chronicles, some of our senior staff say farewell and reminisce on their fondest memories in Blueprint. Enjoy!
By Sofia Olsson, Staff Writer // Try making these lemon bars while you’re stuck in quarantine! Here’s a video for you to follow. Enjoy! Video edited by Charlotte Glass, Staff Writer Click here for the written directions.
By Julia Poole, Online Feature Editor // Be it musicians, dancers, singers, or 3-D animation designers, Acalanes High School students displayed a multitude of talents at this year’s talent show. Students worked hard to show off their unique talents to the virtual crowd on YouTube. Instead
By Stephanie Liu, Staff Writer // As doctors and nurses put on their masks, politicians take to the media, and families close their doors, students pick up their guitars, grab their paintbrushes, and wield their pens. While COVID-19 and the ensuing shelter-in-place prevent students from
By Zoe Edelman, Graphics Manager // In today’s episode of the Corona Chronicles, some of our staff show us what they’re cooking. Enjoy!
By Keith Johnson, Head Videographer // Ever since it replaced the lip-syncing app musical.ly in 2018, TikTok has seen a rise in popularity, especially with many teenagers downloading the app in the past year. Many creators on the app gained hundreds of thousands of followers
By Katrina Ortman, Online Arts and Opinion Editor // Uncertainty of the future is now a constant in the lives of Californians, especially as the COVID-19 curve flattens under the eyes of vigilant healthcare workers and state policies. To keep the Bay Area, a major urban
By Zoe Edelman, Graphics Manager // In episode eighteen of the Corona Chronicles, we hear from some of our amazing Acalanes staff. Enjoy!
By Shrida Pandey, Online News Editor // As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic progresses into April, the unemployment rate in the United States continues to skyrocket. With five percent of people now unemployed in California, food banks need supplies more than ever. Acalanes High School joined
By Liam McGlynn, News Editor // “Once there was a penguin. And every day, he went for a walk…” And so it began, an improvised story in the first-ever Acalanes High School Zoom improvisation session. In a newly distanced world, teaching has never been harder
By Zoe Cate, Staff Writer // While quarantine may seem like a perfect excuse to lay in bed all day and binge-watch Netflix, it is important to remember to get some form of physical activity during the day. Exercising is extremely beneficial during this time,
By Zoe Edelman, Graphics Manager // In episode seventeen of the Corona Chronicles, we see some of our staff outside on Earth Day. Enjoy!
By Aisha Mohanty, Staff Writer // As the current Associated Student Body (ASB) representatives hang their hats, several ambitious and spirited individuals take the reins as the student leaders of Acalanes High School. Every year, students elect a new group of ASB officers who supervise
By Catherine Lomond, Feature Editor // During the annual election week held at the end of each school year, class officer candidates typically hang colorful posters in the halls, shower students with pins and stickers, and parade around trying to convince their peers to vote
By Katrina Ortman and Aysha Craig, Online Arts and Opinion Editor and Copy Editor // Between Zoom sessions and mid-day naps, many Acalanes High School students find ample free time to explore hobbies and start new projects. For many, arts and crafts can provide happiness
By Sam Bequette, Staff Writer // Instead of spending their final months of high school celebrating their accomplishments, Acalanes High School seniors find themselves isolated at home. With plans for events like senior ball and graduation up in the air because of the shelter in place,
By Zoe Edelman, Graphics Manager
By Zoe Edelman, Graphics Manager // In episode fifteen of the Corona Chronicles, we meet the pets of some of our staff. Enjoy!
By Mason Archer and Liam McGlynn, Sports Editor and News Editor // Transitions are never easy. One of the most complicated life changes can be entering a new school. As eighth-graders progress from middle school to high school, this stressful transition places burdens on students
By Zoe Edelman, Graphics Manager // In episode fourteen of the Corona Chronicles, we learn some facts about one of our staff members and how some of our staff are doing during the quarantine. Enjoy!
By Zoe Edelman, Graphics Manager // In episode thirteen of the Corona Chronicles, we discover how some of our staff have been spending their time during the shelter-in-place policy. Enjoy!
// Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Acalanes High School community and Lafayette residents rally together to support each other during these difficult times. To bring the community together, Leadership created the Community Can’t Be Canceled campaign and invited students, teachers, and community members to “paint
By Zack Lara, Staff Writer // Students prepare for another month of YouTube tutorials, Zoom calls, and everything in-between as schools forfeit classroom learning in light of a new county instruction. Public health officers and superintendents of six Bay Area counties, including Contra Costa, issued
By Zoe Edelman, Graphics Manager // In episode twelve of the Corona Chronicles, we catch up with some of our staff and hear about their recent experiences with quarantine. Enjoy!
By Ella Alpert, Arts Editor // Defined in the Oxford English Dictionary, an opinion is “a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.” The first amendment of the U.S. Constitution grants the inalienable right to this “judgment”. It is
By Emerson Brown and Katrina Ortman, Opinion Editor and Online Arts and Opinion Editor // “Tomorrow there’ll be more of us” echoed through the air as protestors united for the March for Our Lives demonstration in Walnut Creek on March 24, 2018; 2,500 miles away
By Kayli Harley and Stella Heo, Online Editors-in-Chief // Amidst the various uncertainties about the status of the nation’s toilet paper supply and the questions arising about whether or not hygiene existed before this pandemic, a less widespread yet prominent concern circulated throughout the Acalanes
By Zoe Edelman, Graphics Manager // In episode eleven of the Corona Chronicles, we hear about what some of our staff are doing to cope with quarantine. Enjoy!
By Kayli Harley, Online Editor-in-Chief // “Hope is the sun. It is light. It is passion. It is the fundamental force for life’s blossoming.” – Daisaku Ikeda Hope is the warmth that courses through our veins. It is the light that radiates within us and
By Claire Mueller, Staff Writer // When thinking of Disney, a multitude of images come to mind: theme parks, two mice, or any one of the movies that they released over decades, including classics like “The Lion King,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and “The Little Mermaid”. Underneath
By Katrina Ortman, Online Arts and Opinion Editor // Acalanes students first scrambled to adjust to a new shelter-in-place lifestyle, one heavily dependent on the use of technology, when they transitioned to distance learning. After an unprecedented local accident, they adapted yet again to the
By Zoe Edelman, Graphics Manager // In episode ten of the Corona Chronicles, we celebrate Editor-in-Chief Charlotte Glass’ birthday and hear more about what life is like in quarantine from our staff. Enjoy!
By Zoe Edelman, Head Videographer // It is currently April 2, 2020. At this point, the shelter in place has been active for over two weeks, causing everyone to stay in their homes with limited access to the outdoors besides exercise and running to the
By Tom Bequette, Staff Writer // It’s 2020. By now, you are undoubtedly sick of hearing the ravings of misguided parents or talking heads, claiming that video-games are causing our countries downfall. Sick of how political figures use the idea in an attempt to avoid
By Noah Glosson, Sports Editor // This is getting out of hand. I am not sure how much more the sports world can take. As the Coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League (NHL), Major League
By Sofia Olsson, Copy Editor // Stuck in quarantine? Hey, me too! Since there’s not really anything else to do, here’s a recipe for some amazing lemon bars. It’s a super simple springtime treat that the whole Blueprint staff adores (especially EIC Nelson Rogers). Hopefully
By Zoe Edelman, Head Videographer
By Alex Ariker, Staff Writer // The Bechdel test, named after American cartoonist Allison Bechdel, was created as a simple way to gauge representation of women in a piece of media. For a film to be deemed “woman-friendly”, two female characters must have a conversation
By Zoe Edelman, Head Videographer
By Katrina Ortman, Staff Writer // As the number of local COVID-19 cases continues to increase, so does community pressure on schools to keep students safe, healthy, and learning. After serious deliberation, the Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD) took the next big step in
By Zoe Edelman, Head Videographer
Stella Heo and Aisha Mohanty, Staff Writers // The history of the LGBTQ+ community represents a history of standing proud in the face of adversity. Although high schoolers throwing out “that’s so gay” in the hallway is not as severe an offense as notorious cases
By Julia Poole, Staff Writer // As the Coronavirus spreads across the world, governments scramble to provide enough support for patients and fearful public. With the virus invading a total of 196 countries and affecting 416,200 people, many citizens want to prevent the spread from
By Anna Yiannkos, Head Photographer // On this episode of Corona Chronicles, Blueprint’s artists display what they have been practicing during shelter-in-place.
By Katrina Ortman, Staff Writer // After over a week of public health warnings, school closures, and distance learning, it seemed like little more could be done to upend the course of normal life further. However, students flocked to their phones, and frantically texted their