Two protesters drawn with signs reading #stopasianhate and #hateisavirus, trending social media hashtags on the topic of violence towards Asian Americans.

The Normalization of Hate

By Kelly Yang | March 25, 2021

“Ching chong nee how ma!!” The words were terse and scornful. The empty park echoed these slings, and my face burned as I looked over at my brother, hoping I had misheard. The bewildered expression...

The Class of 2021 partakes in their movie night social at the beginning of second semester senior year.

What does it really mean to be a second-semester senior?

By Raveena Lele | March 25, 2021

The second I hit the “submit” button for my last college application, I sunk into my chair and prepared myself for a semester of relaxation. For some reason, I, like many other seniors, was under the...

Students marched around campus during Castilleja's 2019 Global Climate Strike Walkout

It’s 2030, and Palo Alto is a champion of sustainability. Here’s how we got here.

By Julia Zeitlin | March 25, 2021

I am twenty-four years old today. Three years ago, I graduated from college and am now home, visiting my family in Palo Alto for the winter holiday season. I walk into our kitchen and make pancakes for...

This collage of photographs depicts Jeong-in's gradual change in appearance before, right after, and during her adoption.

Jeong-in’s death: Why the Korean police needs to do better in finding and prosecuting child abuse

By Yonu Oh | March 19, 2021

TRIGGER WARNING: Mentioning of death, murder, and abuse Mok-dong, Yangcheon District. October 13, 2020. 16 months old. Bruises. Fractured bones. Head wounds. Ruptured pancreas. At barely 1 year old,...

Palo Alto residents gather to show support to victims of sexual assault.

Palo Alto, sexual assault, and looking forward

By Lila Bock | March 11, 2021

This article contains mention of sexual assault. Students seeking support should feel empowered to reach out to Castilleja Counseling. For a comprehensive list of resources and rights, please visit this...

Larry Ellison, the founder of Oracle, speaks at a 2012 conference

An abundance of Larry’s

By Sara Baudler | March 11, 2021

Recently, it has come to my attention that an absurd amount of the influence in the Bay Area is named Larry. Off the top of my head I can think of three: Larry Ellison, Larry Page, and Larry Sonsini. Larry,...

The cows in the barn eat in cramped and non-eco-friendly conditions

The problem with eating animals

By Sophie Lamm | November 15, 2020

Today is my last day of living. I am shoved on a big overcrowded truck, and I hear the doors slam shut behind me. The summer heat drains my body of water, as the inside of my mouth foams from thirst. But...

Mulan Movie Cover

“Culturally inaccurate and bland”: The controversies associated with the Mulan live-action remake

By Kelly Yang | November 15, 2020

22 years after it’s original Disney animation release, fans were anticipating the long-awaited live-action release featuring the tale of Mulan. Between its pushback from the original March 27 air date...

Social media platforms are making people more lonely than ever before

How social media is making you more lonely

By Allison Row | November 14, 2020

Ten years ago, in October 2010, Instagram was officially released to the world. The photo sharing app quickly gained popularity and had over a million registered users within two months, 10 million users...

Moira King and her sister, Claudine, posing in Rwanda on July 13, 2012

Reckoning with reconciliation: Let’s learn from a “third world country”

By Moira King | November 13, 2020

I remember the day quite vividly when someone mentioned that my new sister was from a third world country. I had been sitting at my first-grade table when the comment struck my heart in a way it hadn’t...

Castilleja 2019 varisty water polo teammates exchange high-fives at a game

The lack of diversity in aquatics is dangerous

By Serafina Cortez | November 13, 2020

The first time I learned to swim, I was four. I was safe. I was lucky. I glided, not quite effortlessly through the water, but oblivious to anything other than its cool touch. I’ve been in and out of...

Castilleja's BIPOC Instagram that was created in summer 2020 has been showcasing the voices of Castilleja's BIPOC community

How anonymous submissions can foster inclusion: The @bipocatcasti Instagram account

By Sela Dingpontsawa | November 13, 2020

This past summer an Instagram account was created in order to highlight the stories of the Castilleja BIPOC community. Since then, the account has garnered 740 followers and has been a topic of conversation...

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