Madelyn Philhower is an artist, printmaker, and rugby enthusiast. She is best known for her articles in the Jacket and her involvement as a printmaker at the Berkeley High Climate summit. She is passionate about graphic design and science fiction.
Revival of promposal sparks competition
Boom boxes, big signs, and bare chests painted with the letters P, R, O, and M. These are all hallmarks of an average day in March at Berkeley High School during promposal season.
Afrofuturism in literature: Recommendations from BHS Library
“Memory informs, but it’s not where you live,” said Sarah Rosenkrantz, Berkeley High School librarian. This concept is key to Afrofuturism, a genre of literature where the perspectives, experiences, and culture of Black artists and writers are celebrated within the realms of science fiction.
Ethiopian, Eritrean students form union
“I grew up not knowing a lot of Habesha people in my classes or in school, separate from my sister,” said Maraki Mengesha A. “A lot of times I felt really isolated whenever there’d be conversations about culture, because I’d look around, and there wouldn’t be a lot of Habesha students there too.” Habesha is
Students with IEPs and 504 plans continue to be overlooked
During his sophomore year at Berkeley High School, Luke Prud’homme reached out to his teachers about an incredibly difficult situation. “My mother was dying during the pandemic, and I was one of the people taking care of her,” Prud’homme said, “I wanted to spend time with her before she died, so I emailed all my
A cultural connection: Learning Spanish
Though raised in the same Spanish speaking household, Micaela and Paola Bedolla Garcia have different relationships with the language. Paola Bedolla Garcia, a senior in Berkeley International High School, grew up speaking Spanish and took part in the Two Way Immersion program at Longfellow Middle School.
Traditional school drawbacks highlighted in transfers to BIS
“Of all the bad things that COVID shed the light on in our education system, the one good thing there are kids out there that can thrive in an alternative learning environment,” said Tamara Mays, mother of students in Berkeley Independent Studies.
BHS Recruited Athletes Approach College Transition
For Berkeley High School athletes, chasing the dream of collegiate sports takes hard work and perseverance. “It’s been really tough, but I’ve had people that are with me along the way [and have] helped me and pushed me through challenges,” said Chase McFarland, a senior in Academic Choice, when describing his journey of
Team Berkelium Excels in Competition
Whirs and buzzes filled the room as oversized red and blue tennis balls flew through the air, lobbed by none other than a robot named SQUID. Five members representing Team Berkelium, Berkeley High School’s robotics team, presented their robot to members of the Berkeley Rotary Club on April 13.
‘Power, Prestige, Privilege:’ Pillars of BBQ Club at BHS
“[The Barbecue Club wanted] power, prestige, privilege. They wanted all the benefits of being part of the club and none of the responsibility or accountability of being tied to one of the most visible aspects of rape culture on campus,” said Angela Coppola, a Berkeley High School social studies teacher in Academic Choice
Conversation on Menstruation: Athletes Tackle Taboo Topic
When Anna Eisen, a swimmer and water polo player at Berkeley High School, was younger, nobody on her swim team talked about periods. Since it was never discussed, “[Eisen] had no idea how to deal with [her] period as a swimmer.” She said, “I used to skip a week of practice every month because
Senior Night Games
Spirits were high on February 10 as Berkeley High School’s girls varsity basketball team decisively closed out its season in a game against Oakland High School, winning 64-22 on their senior night.
African Diaspora Uplifts Dancers of Color
The Berkeley High School African Diaspora Dance Department changed its name in 2020 from the Afro-Haitian Dance Department in order to encompass “all the countries where African Black people have been in this world,” Dr.