Aelia Gyger




Class of 2025

Aelia Gyger is a writer, journalist, artist, and photographer in her free time. She enjoys either reading stories or writing them. She has been a writer for the Berkeley High Jacket for the past two years. She likes to run and swim.

A gym full of tables and chairs.

Seniors weigh significance of  AP exams


As the end of the school year rapidly approaches, seniors are finding themselves participating in high school activities for the last time. It might be their last time taking a certain class, seeing a certain teacher, and for many, the last time taking AP exams.

Student teaching provides inimitable learning experience experience


In order for a person to become a teacher and be able to teach students, they must obtain their credential, pass tests, and spend 600 hours as a student teacher.

Diana Dar holds up some crackers in her facility.

Woman-run Cult Crackers loved by locals


In West Berkeley the Berkeley Kitchens reside, where 15 medium sized businesses have their own independent kitchens. One of the kitchens, with a clean industrial look and a big window illuminating the room, is the center of production for Cult Crackers.  Seven years ago, in 2017, Cult Crackers was founded by Dianna Dar, who set

Anatomy students dissect hearts and ethics through class


Dissecting animals happens around five times a year in Honors Anatomy and Physiology classes at Berkeley High School. It allows students to have a physical representation of what they’re learning about and gives them a hands-on activity.

The Berkeley ‘Bubble’: How Berkeley’s liberalism influences BHS


In 1954, Berkeley became the first city in the United States to racially desegregate buses, 17 years before the desegregation of buses was written into the constitution.


BHS gun safety: An ongoing issue that must be addressed


On Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023, two guns were found in separate Berkeley High School students’ backpacks. “The response was pretty swift and comprehensive,” said Enikia Ford Morthel, Berkeley Unified School District’s superintendent.

Students who graduate early: What are they planning to do?


In order to graduate high school, students must complete a certain number of required classes such as four years of English, three years of Math and four semesters of physical education.

Student feedback helps classes improve


At the end of the semester or school year, many teachers at Berkeley High School  request feedback from their students. Teachers usually ask for feedback through a Google form.

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Family languages strengthen cultural ties


Exploring languages other than English can be a gateway to understanding different cultures, widening the perspective of history, and connecting more with one’s ancestors.

Teachers embracing their baby, as they huddle under the burden of financial strain.

Lack of financial support for maternity leave burdens teachers


“I would have loved to stay home with my newborn child longer than I did, but it was financially impossible,” said Yoshi Salaverry, an English teacher at Berkeley High School.

School board and multilingual education symbols

School Board: New multilingual curriculum, budget summary


On December 14, the Berkeley Unified School District held their last board meeting of the year. The meeting included the welcoming of two new members, as well as presentations on ethnic studies classes, the superintendent’s future plans, the Multilingual Master program, and the district’s budget allocations.  At the beginning of the meeting, Jennifer Shanoski and

College counselor Maya Martinez works at her computer, where students are free to drop by.

BHS counselors and students offer college interview guidelines


As the fall semester comes to a close, Berkeley High School seniors are starting to submit their applications to colleges, and experience their first college interviews.

A title 9 meeting

‘They should be getting more’:Teacher Title IX training lacks


“Title IX is effectively supposed to be a set of protections, it’s supposed to be protections set in place for you and me, and every other student at the school to be able to demand equity based on gender and sex,” said Genevieve Mage, the current yearbook teacher at Berkeley High School, who has been

The breakdown: How do students at BHS spend their money?


As many high school students age, they develop the means to acquire an income — whether they or get an allowance, choose to invest in stocks, or work a part time job.

Student proctors practice responsibility and autonomy in school


While teachers relentlessly work around the clock, before and after the bell rings, a little help to our educators is always welcomed with open arms. Student proctors, or teacher’s assistants, can be seen in some classes, either grading small papers, washing lab equipment, or helping out students, all in efforts to make the teacher’s job

The Logo of the Redwood Literary Magazine

BHS literary magazines reignite creativity through writing


The Redwood Literary and The Foundress, both student-made magazines at Berkeley High School, are starting up again this new school year. The Foundress is a BHS class, and publishes regularly on their website, and distributes hard copy editions at the end of the school year.

An illustration of a person with 4 arms, holding various objects inlcuding a notebook and dirty dishes

Balancing jobs and school strains students


In the fourth grade, Tyler Blue, now a senior at Berkeley High School, got his first job, and he’s been working ever since.  “With my family circumstances, I’ve been doing any and everything to make a quick dollar,” Blue said.  “My job was stuff on the street … I did

Juniper Dorado roller-skates at the Berkeley Skatepark.

Bay Area Teenagers Defy Gender Norms at Local Skate Parks


“If I’m a girl, and I’m good at skating, the first thing that guys will resort to is just being really threatened by me,” said Naiya Leighton, a sophomore at Oakland Technical High School who has been skating for three years.