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Blueprint Staff Wins Recognition for Excellence in Journalism

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 Continue Reading

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The Azure: May 2022

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 Continue Reading

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Lafayette Chamber of Commerce Names Acalanes Coach Bill Fraser Lafayette Co-Citizen of the Year

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 Continue Reading

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Kicking and Screaming: Episode 5: Post NBA Trade Deadline Thoughts and March Madness Prep

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 Continue Reading

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Acalanes Celebrates Homecoming Week 2021

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. Continue Reading

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Election Collection: The New Faces of American Politics

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 Continue Reading

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Welcome-Back Rally Goes Virtual

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 Continue Reading

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Governing Board Discusses Plans For Reopening Schools For 2020-2021 School Year

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 Continue Reading

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End-of-Year Rally Goes Digital

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 Continue Reading

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The Azure: Acting

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 Continue Reading

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The Azure: Instrumental Music

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.

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Acalanes Talent Show Goes Digital

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 Continue Reading