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The Eastside Panther

The Student News Site of Eastside College Preparatory School

The Eastside Panther

Seniors help unload a full van of donated food donated to the Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP) in East Palo Alto after the Food Drive. (Photo courtesy of Linda Filo.)
Annual Food and Toy Drives Return With Changes
By Jocelyn Urbina December 17, 2021

The annual Toy and Food drives run by Interact Club returned this year, with a few changes. As usual, members in the Interact Club helped create and hang posters announcing...

Coach Kwodwo Moore from Silicon Valley Urban Debate League advises a Speech and Debate Club team on preparing arguments.
Speech and Debate: Building Bonds, Skills and Confidence
By Michelle Tiburcio December 17, 2021

The Speech and Debate team has jumped into a long season full of competitions, setting its sights on a tremendous goal. “I want to win First Place at the SVUDL championship,”...

Illustration by Azeneth Rocha Coronel
Upcoming Supreme Court Decision Could Change Abortion Rights in the U.S.
By Azeneth Rocha Coronel December 16, 2021

The United States Supreme Court heard arguments on Dec. 1 in a Mississippi case that could change the laws on abortion across the nation. Mississippi had a law that bans abortions...

The Evil C, editorial cartoon by Jocelyn Urbina
Editorial: Let's Rethink the Honor Roll System
December 17, 2021

We all know that one person who excels in every subject but one. They put in time and effort, but it doesn’t make a difference, they still have a C. And that one C blocks their...

Evidence of dog treasure waiting around to be found by a lucky student.
Hey, Fido, You're Cute and We Love You, but...
By Jocelyn Urbina December 16, 2021

Dear teachers and staff, Speaking for myself and many other students, it has been a great pleasure to share the campus with your four-legged children during my years at...

Parents fear over the vaccine. Editorial cartoon by Jocelyn Urbina
Editorial: Pay Attention to Science, get Kids Vaccinated
December 15, 2021

Early in October, California became the first state in the country to announce future COVID-19 vaccination requirements for schools. Governor Gavin Newsom explained that this mandate...

Readers Find Haven in New Library
Readers Find Haven in New Library
By Stephanie Xiloj December 17, 2021

For all the reading that goes on at Eastside, and for all the collections of books that teachers lend and share, in more than 25 years, it has never had a dedicated library. Until...

Unknown security guard stands in front of school. Art by Jocelyn Urbina
Students Consider Campus Security Measures
By Jennifer Garcia Cabrera December 17, 2021

Eastside campus displays a positive, friendly and safe environment. It is a closed campus, where students are not allowed to exit during the school day, primarily to decrease tardiness...

Welcome new staff! (Illustration courtesy of Xochilth Aguila Flores)
Who Are All These New People on Campus?
December 17, 2021

Coming back to school after more than a year has meant that we finally see familiar faces that we had missed dearly. This year, there are even some new faces to get to know. Here...

Shang-Chi and and the Legend of the Ten Rings  movie poster. (Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios)
Marvel and Disney Top Movie Favorites this Season
By Danelle Brito December 13, 2021

With new movies coming out all the time, how can a fan know which ones are actually worth watching? In a poll of Eastside students at the end of November, five movies stood out....

Senior Jasmine Tostado with English teachers Nohely Perez and Amy Reilly dressed up as Squid Game characters during Spirit Week on Oct. 30. (Photo courtesy of Linda Filo.)
Squid Game's Dark Fun Sweeps Campus
By Sarai Wagner December 10, 2021

Walking around campus during breaks these days, you might overhear someone asking, “Would you put your life on the line to get some money?” What?! The macabre question...

Art by Jocelyn Urbina
More than Rocks: Crystals Work as Path to Spirituality
By Sarai Wagner December 7, 2021

Aventurine, citrine, quartz - crystals of different colors, sizes and shapes can be seen on many students, beautifully decorating their necks. Why do so many people wear...

Junior Varsity boys taking off at the sound of the pistol, ready to race.
Cross Country Runners Achieve Personal-Best Times, Honor Seniors with Golf Balls
By Jocelyn Urbina December 17, 2021

After the last race of the Cross Country season on Nov. 5, after the coaches honored each senior individually with the ceremonial presentation...


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Journalism class poses with the iconic Rocky statue in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia 2021: Journalism and Life Lessons from the Annual Convention
By Jocelyn Urbina, Sarai Wagner, and Stephanie Xiloj December 17, 2021
Sophomore Jennifer Garcia and senior Sarai Wagner received awards for their work at the convention
Philadelphia 2021: Speak Up and Represent Yourself and Your Community
By Jocelyn Urbina, Sarai Wagner, and Stephanie Xiloj December 17, 2021
Entrance to Reading Terminal Market, the famous indoor farmers market in Philadelphia. (Photo courtesy of Dan Mall on unsplash.com)
Philadelphia 2021: Untold Stories from the Reading Terminal Market
By Jocelyn Urbina and Sarai Wagner December 17, 2021
University of Pennysylvania professor Amalia Dache leads a chant during the Nov. 14 protest in Philadelphia, holding a sign that says, Homeland and Life.
Philadelphia 2021: Cuban Protests Show Importance of Staying Aware of World Events
By Ariana Delabra and Betsabeth Cacho December 17, 2021