Torch

A letter from everyone at the bottom

Sophie Sperber, Opinions Editor

January 17, 2019

Filed under OpEd

Dear people at the top, You have been graced with power. Crowned with the authority of decision-making. Placed at center stage with the spotlight only on you. Starter of every game. Smartest in the class. Congratulat...

Serving up some sweet humor

Nora Smith, Executive Opinions Editor

January 17, 2019

Filed under OpEd

Kept hidden inside the refrigerator under aluminum foil and a dish towel, no one knew what we were planning to serve for Thanksgiving dessert in 2009. My brothers and I had baked with our babysitter, Judi, during Thanksgivi...

Ignorance is not bliss

December 7, 2018

Filed under OpEd

Tragedy is becoming normal in our lives. With media coverage ranging from local hate crimes to international terrorism, it seems we cannot avoid hearing or seeing news stories displaying acts of inhumanity. But as we see more and more headlines describing violence, we are...

Plumber wanted for leak repair

November 2, 2018

Filed under OpEd

For years, access to the publications room was strictly limited to Torch and Laconian staff. Our computers and valuables were protected and our story ideas kept from the hallways until publication. Since the keypad is the only lock on the do...

Fixing your hallway hellos

Nora Smith, Executive Opinions Editor

November 2, 2018

Filed under OpEd

There are many ways to be awkward in the hallway, and we each have embarrassing habits. To make our hallways encounters less painfully weird, we need to decide on how to go about saying “hi” to each other. I’ve come up with some ideas, so find which character matches you the best and discover what you can do ...

Debating dissection

Alexandra Chertok, Staff Writer

November 2, 2018

Filed under OpEd

With a shiny silver scalpel in one gloved hand and an instruction manual in the other, I made the first incision. The first specimen I remember dissecting was a flower. Separating the stamen and pistil was simple enough. T...

The impurity of our security

Shane Olson, Opinions Editor

November 2, 2018

Filed under OpEd

I do not want to die. As I reflect on all of the tragic school shootings across the country, I grimace at the idea of one occurring here. All it takes is one person and a trigger to cause my friends and teachers to disappear before my eyes. I drafted this article prior to...

Find your filter

Alexandra Chertok, Staff Writer

September 28, 2018

Filed under OpEd

I distinctly remember the first day of freshman gym class.  It wasn’t because we did anything out of the ordinary. All we did was sit in attendance lines and talk about our summers. What shocked me was all the swear words I ...

Capture the moment, print the proof

Isabel Vayser, Opinions Editor

September 28, 2018

Filed under OpEd

 Sometimes my mom will venture into the basement in hopes of finding memorabilia from her youth. The shelves are stacked to the brim with dusty boxes overflowing with stories for me to discover and memories for her to redisc...

Love whomever you want

Andreea Sabau, Executive News Editor

September 28, 2018

Filed under OpEd

It all started with a simple question. “Who’s your celebrity crush?” Bracing myself for a potentially adverse reaction, I innocently replied, “Ellen DeGeneres.” An all-too-familiar twinge of confusion appeared...

Drawing lines of communication

September 28, 2018

Filed under OpEd

Text messages. Group chats. Emails. From schedule updates to homework questions, it only takes a few taps for students to contact teachers outside of school. When teachers need to send quick alerts to classes, clubs or teams, the convenience of digital conversation is...

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