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An Hour In ... Robotics II

An Hour In … Robotics II

Emmanuel Miranda, Staff Writer
April 21, 2023
As the build season comes to a close, students clean up and work on different projects.
An Hour In ... Photography

An Hour In … Photography

Emmanuel Miranda, Staff Writer
March 24, 2023
Using techniques they learned, photography students recreate famous paintings using props in the classroom.
An Hour In ... Interior Design II

An Hour In … Interior Design II

Philipos Alebachew
March 6, 2023
Making use of room-building kits, Interior Design II students produce unique rooms.
 Listening and watching closely to Dr.Breslin’s instruction, junior Iris Kellett prepares to follow her directional guide through to the inside of the cat’s body. The majority of students struggle to ease their emotions, while others see it as a part of strictly scientific procedures. “The cat’s dead already so I’m not very emotional,” Kellett said. “Plus, the teacher is carrying us through the whole process.”


Paizley Swaney, Staff Writer
February 21, 2023
Dissecting cats, Anatomy and Physiology Honors students take part in a hands-on examination of real organisms.
Preparing to bathe their “patient,” junior Christine Wu is working on providing the best care for their future patients. Wong was trying to get a time of 20 minutes or less to finish a bed bath skill on the mannequin. “There are definitely skills I am better at, but I think for all of them you just need to practice,” Wu said. “I feel pretty good about the nursing exam. Ms. Trummel explains well why each skill is important and stresses why its important for the test and real life.”

An Hour In … Nursing

Carmen Ruiz, Staff Writer
February 1, 2023
To prepare for an exam, students practice care routines for patients.
Pulling from real world inspirations, sophomore Elenarose Telona thinks up new concepts for a society. Telona and her teammates decided to reference their own ethnicities, which made their civilization more personal to them. “Right now were brainstorming ideas,” Telona said. “One of us is Peruvian, one Incas, and Im Filipino, so we named it Phillinca. Then another thing was to find a middle ground where we could place our civilization, so we made it an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. So were thinking of things that already exist and adding them into our civilization.”

An Hour In … World History

Venice Jingco, Staff Writer
December 9, 2022
Imagining themselves 3000 years in the past, students think up new civilizations.
Brainstorming new mechanics for the game “Witches and Ditches,” sophomore Ayden Ionescu suggests adding a trial system. Before testing, players cast spells at random, hoping to uncover the witch. “Testing is beneficial for most games,” Ionescu said. “You can point out all the flaws for a video game. For example, bugs may be a problem for the gameplay and its balance.”

An Hour In … Digital Game Development

Venice Jingco, Staff Writer
December 2, 2022
Finishing their board games, students in Animation II begin playtesting.
Beginning the new unit in 3D animation, students are tasked with animating a flour sack— the same exercise as Animation I, but in 3D rather than 2D.  However, some students like sophomore Rayan Awad dislike the change in dimensions. “2D animation is so much easier to do, I think it looks better, Im just more comfortable with it,” Awad said. “With 3D, you dont have to redraw everything and you just have a rig and its really easy to deal with. But 2d animation, it feels like you put more effort into it feels more rewarding.”

An Hour In … Animation II

Venice Jingco, Staff Writer
November 18, 2022
Animation II students are introduced to 3D animation through an expressive flour sack exercise.
Throughout the duration of the unit, junior Ilani Miron is confident in her comprehension of what the story is about. The students started reading the play in the month of November. “The play is about the Salem Witch Trials how certain people were counted as witches in the town of Salem Massachusetts,” Miron said.

An Hour In … English

Yaritzza Montenegro, Staff Writer
November 10, 2022
Reading aloud in class, students in English 11 begin analyzing "The Crucible."
An Hour In ... Graphic Design I

An Hour In … Graphic Design I

Kailie Sicolo, Staff Writer
November 4, 2022
Using Adobe Photoshop, students in Jennifer Gonzalez's Graphic Design l class create infographics based on their favorite movies/TV shows.


Emmanuel Miranda, Staff
October 14, 2022
Using the techniques they learned, students in Chef Habodas’ Foods II learn how to make cream puffs and eclairs.
Finding an easier way to conduct the experiment, sophomore Christain Qualls uses the table top to his advantage. Students collected their beans, weighed them and learned important concepts. “We’re finding out the mass of the bans themselves, it’s simple,” Qualls said. “But it was pretty interesting and it provided perspective on electron configurations.”

An Hour In … Chemistry

Hannah Paine, Social Media Editor
October 7, 2022
Covering complex topics, students in Theresa Sager's Chemistry course approach the subject in a simpler way.

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