The Treaty

A Critical Analysis of “The Platform,” a Gut-Wrenching Allegory

The slab descends into a purgatory-like area amidst a beam of light. Goreng, played by Iván Massagué, is collapsed on the left.. Zihara Llana, who played the girl, is on the right.

Sydney Haulenbeek, Editor in Chief

April 22, 2020

Note: Contains spoilers and details the plot of “The Platform”. This can be read without having seen the movie, but previous viewing contributes to the analysis.    “The Platform”, like many Netflix movies, has been among the many trailers at the top of the website before I see my lis...

Dear Worried and Scared

Dear Poppy design created by Sydney Haulenbeek.

Poppy, Advice Columnist

March 4, 2020

Dear Poppy,   A few days ago, I found out that my ex is coming to this high school. He goes to a different high school, but he's transferring here. To be honest with you, I'm not ready to see him. I tried my hardest to avoid him for all these months and he's coming back. He didn't harm me...

“To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” Loses the Balance Between Drama and Romance


Janelle Camba, Editorial Assistant

February 25, 2020

In the summer of 2018, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” was a smash hit among teens, prompting a sequel released February 12, 2020, and a third movie in the making. In the sequel, “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You,” Lara Jean is thrown into an entirely different love triangle and ...

“The Circle”: A Show For and About the Next Generation

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Janelle Camba, Editorial Assistant

February 4, 2020

Most high schoolers start the day in the same way: on social media. We spend hours combing through Tumblr posts and scrolling for miles on Instagram. In fact, it’s not uncommon to be told by adults that we’re “wasting our time.” But Netflix found a way for us to put our years of experience wi...

A Moment in History: Trump’s Impeachment Inquiry

A Moment in History: Trump’s Impeachment Inquiry

Mylynn Hopper, Staff Writer

January 31, 2020

As the 2000s come to an end and the page turns to 2020, the world begins to face various new challenges and changes as it starts the new decade. In the U.S., Americans are in the middle of a significant moment currently affecting the government. At this time, President Trump’s impeachment case has...

“Little Women” is Sensational, Heartwarming, and Motivational

The “little women” in Little Women: Jo and her sisters. Photo credit attributed to Sony.

Jakelynn Credle, Staff Writer

January 16, 2020

Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” was a sensational, heartwarming, and motivational film. As I watched this movie, I saw young love bloom, teenage heartbreak, the power of being a strong family, and pushing through tough times. I felt every ounce of emotion for the March family. Having never read the...

Please Don’t “Remind” Me

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Sydney Haulenbeek, Editor in Chief

January 3, 2020

My phone doesn’t ping - I’ve set it to mute, because of the constant alerts - but it does flash, lighting up on the couch beside me to remind me of the economics test. The text pops up among others like it, snuggled with reminds for AP classes. It’s a Wednesday evening, and I’m studying for the test...

“OK Teacher”: How the Generation Gap is Affecting Kempsville

Mylynn Hopper, Staff Writer

January 2, 2020

It’s nearing the end of the school day and everyone is ready to go home as last block begins. However, as the minutes on the clock count down, and class draws closer to its end, students become restless and their attention starts to drift away from class, feeding into distractions that carry them to...

Netflix’s “Klaus” is Memorable and Unique

Netflix’s “Klaus” is Memorable and Unique

Alexis Waters, Staff Writer

December 19, 2019

If you’ve ever been flipping through the channels on cable TV, you’ve probably seen one advertisement for a holiday movie filled with at least a dozen cliches. Thankfully, Netflix’s new movie “Klaus” is not one of them. “Klaus” is about a young man named Jesper Johansson (voiced by Jas...

Best Gifts for Every Age Group on Your Shopping List

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Jack Shupe, Staff Writer

December 18, 2019

One of the hardest things about the season of giving is figuring out what exactly to give. And when it comes to loved ones, it is important to find a gift that they will enjoy but also a gift that isn’t out of budget - we are students, after all! - especially if one distributes gifts to multiple p...

YouTube’s “Rewind 2019: For the Record” is Far from Record-Breaking

YouTube’s “Rewind 2019: For the Record” is Far from Record-Breaking

Janelle Camba, Editorial Assistant

December 16, 2019

Beginning in 2010, YouTube has released a “rewind” of the year consisting of everyone’s favorite content creators and popular internet trends. In recent years, YouTube Rewind has received backlash because of the perceived decline in quality, escalating in 2018 when the people of the internet made...

“The Knight Before Christmas” is a Modern Classic

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Cate Benedict, Staff Writer

December 12, 2019

As Christmas grows closer, it’s only expected to see more movies based on the holiday. "The Knight Before Christmas", released on November 21, 2019, on Netflix and directed by Monika Mitchell, is a modern and Christmas-filled take on a classic love story.    A Medieval Knight, Sir Cole ...