Seniors’ Favorite Teachers And Classes

Dhruthi Mahesh

This year is special for the class of 2021 Seniors in many different ways. It is the first full year of distance learning or hybrid learning, and also the last year that they will be on campus before college. We asked Seniors in a survey to reflect back on the courses they’ve taken at Leigh High School, and choose their favorite classes which are displayed in the graph below.

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Connecting With The Classics

Lynn Chen, a Senior and president of Leigh’s Connecting With The Classics club, gives a little insight into the club’s purpose and intentions

When did you start the club, and what were your goals?

I started Connecting With the Classics with Maggie Malin and Julianne Park when we were juniors, so last year. We really enjoyed the discussions we had in Ms. Leah-Martin’s English 2H class, especially with all of the minutiae we analyzed and the tangents we went on. The club started as a way to have those sorts of discussions while removing academic pressure and creating a more casual environment overall. I’m pleased to say that framing literary analysis outside of grades has had the exact impact we were aiming for. Since people know their points don’t need to be fully developed with several pieces of specific evidence, the ideas they bring up are very creative; there have been several meetings where we spent nearly the entire time throwing around different angles on and interpretations of a single moment.

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Theater Club

Dale Tanner, president of Leigh’s theater club answers some interview questions.

What is the International Thespian Society and how does the “point” system work?

The International Thespian Society is an organization dedicated to supporting and providing opportunities for Theater students everywhere (think of it like a National Honors Society, but for Theater). Our school has a troupe (Troupe #7618) that is registered with ITS. ITS hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year that allow students from various different troupes to meet, participate in workshops, compete, and enjoy all things theater. The Points system is a way of ranking each members’ place within ITS; the more performances you participate in at your school, the more points you earn, and the higher you rank within ITS. There are a variety of levels, the highest being the International Honors Thespian (that’s me!). 

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Teen Pandemic Outlook

Natalie Bachman

As a pandemic surges, many can’t help but realize the varying opinions with regards to protective measures. Society has continually noted that teenagers often don’t adhere to protective protocols, but a recent survey sent out to the school indicates that most teens are actually taking these protective measures. Rather, the few students who aren’t have caught the community’s attention.

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Performing Arts

Natalie Bachman

From concert ensembles to theater, many students have found themselves at home within Leigh’s performing arts department. During a typical school year, students dedicate large chunks of their time to these activities; however, as the pandemic surges, students and teachers alike have to develop creative ways in which to pursue the activities virtually.

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The Longhorn Robotics Team

Danwanth Jeyakumar and Andrew Choi

We are Longhorn Robotics Team #13274, the official robotics team of Leigh High School since 2017. The team is composed of a diverse group of students of all ages and backgrounds who currently attend Leigh High School. The primary goal of the club is to teach people about competitive robotics and robotics in general. We prepare students for FTC (First® Tech Challenge) which we have usually around February. This year we will be competing in a qualifying tournament on April 10th. 

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Microorganisms: A Hidden World Of Wonders

Caden Sherman

Introduction

One of the most important natural resources is water. It acts as a source of hydration for all living things and it can serve as a habitat for many. Oceans, rivers, lakes, ponds, and many other bodies of water are some examples. However, what microscopic life lives in the water? Are there miniature beasts that inspired tales of sea monsters? Or is it all just fantasy? Well, bodies of water ranging from still puddles to raging oceans all contain some form of microscopic life. The microscopic life can range from simple single-celled organisms to complex multicellular life forms. Either way, they are all essential parts of a natural ecosystem. Some examples of microorganisms include diatoms, ciliates, and rotifers. These creatures and their fellow microorganisms are many times smaller than a grain of sand, but they are an interesting part of the world.

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Leigh’s Mock Trial Team

Dhruthi Mahesh

Have you ever wondered what happens in a courtroom trial? Mock Trial is a club that simulates a court in session where students are given a criminal case and asked to argue their assigned position in front of a judge against another school. Members of mock trial meet with attorney coaches, and are responsible for committing their time to attend practices, practice competitions, as well as the final competition. 

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Ringing In A Lunar New Year

Karen Guo

The Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival in China and East Asia, is a traditional holiday that people in Asia celebrate at the beginning of a new year on the lunar calendar (a day normally falls between late January and early February on the solar calendar). The solar calendar counts the time it takes for Earth to orbit the sun once in a year. Similarly, the lunar calendar also counts the time it takes for Earth to orbit the sun, but the difference is that it counts the length of time it takes for the moon to orbit around Earth as a month while counting the time it takes for Earth to orbit around the sun at the same time. Hence, there is no specific day to this holiday because it is based on the lunar calendar, not the solar calendar. For example, in the year of 2020, Lunar New Year occurred on January 25, 2020. Yet, this year – the year of 2021 – it will occur on February 12, 2021.

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