Shorewood Ripples

COVID is not over, re-establish safety standards

Editorial Staff

October 15, 2020

The U.S. reacted slowly and poorly to the coronavirus pandemic. We had warnings from scientists and other countries being affected. We sat by and watched as China’s and Italy’s numbers climbed in February and early March. It wasn’t until March 13 that President Trump declared a national emergency. E...

Taking the dive into chaotic Gen Z humor

Taking the dive into chaotic Gen Z humor

Naomi Raicu

June 15, 2020

We’ve heard it before - Gen Z humor is weird. It’s unpredictable. It’s a bit depressing. But there’s a method to this madness - some ways to organize and label the different manifestations of Gen Z’s humor. To begin to understand our sense of humor, we need to understand some of the most com...

Why holding out hope for in-person graduation is so important

Why holding out hope for in-person graduation is so important

Ella Kamm

May 10, 2020

In any normal year, the month of May is a busy time for seniors. There are recitals, pranks, awards, skip days, proms and college decisions to be made. Unfortunately, just like every other event imaginable, these celebrations have been altered due to coronavirus, or COVID-19. Instead of spending our last few m...

How wealth impacts academic success

How wealth impacts academic success

Noe Goldhaber

January 9, 2020

In March of this year, Lori Louglin, Felicity Huffman and about 50 other families were implicated in an FBI investigation nicknamed “Operation Varsity Blues,” which is currently investigating privileged families who used their money and power to get their children into elite level colleges, including uni...

‘Tis the season to scrutinize holiday gifts

Garbage and cheaply made gifts fall out of Santa's sleigh.

Naomi Raicu

January 9, 2020

It’s that time of year again - the holiday season. We know the drill: buy gifts for our friends and family, wrap presents, purchase and put up decorations, and so on. Commercialism has always been prominent during the holidays, but in recent times it has been taking center stage. First came the ch...

New AP exam registration isn’t all that bad

New AP exam registration isn't all that bad

Naomi Raicu

September 3, 2019

Starting this school year, students must register for AP exams before November 4, unless they want to pay $40 in addition to the $94 baseline fee. Students canceling their exam will be refunded all but $40. Last year, students could register until March, paying, in the relatively rare case that they regist...

Grade inflation: an affliction of high schools across the nation

Grade inflation: an affliction of high schools across the nation

Naomi Raicu

August 29, 2019

In a 2018 study from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, researchers studying North Carolina high schools found that while high school GPAs have risen, SAT, ACT, and other standardized test scores have stagnated. Other researchers have observed this occurrence in other states, concluding that grade inflation, a phenom...

Create summer memories, not snap memories

Create summer memories, not snap memories

Eva McNally, Lulu Fregoso, and Ellie DeWeerdt

June 5, 2019

As the school year comes to a close, students are excited for the warm weather and freedom of summer. However, teens are often too immersed in their technology to truly appreciate the outdoors and enjoy summer to the full extent. A study by the Pew Research Center reveals that 45 percent of teens report...

Shorewood lacks political diversity

Nick Bucciarelli

June 5, 2019

Not long ago I was talking to a friend of mine who is not very politically inclined but generally thinks himself a Democrat. I mentioned the topic of affirmative action, which he had not previously heard of. After giving him a brief explanation of it, he opined that it seemed to be a terrible policy....

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