Sophie Dreskin




Class of 2026

Sophie Dreskin is a writer and Berkeley High student. This is her first year on the jacket, and she’s excited to continue to write throughout her high school career. She is enjoying her time on the opinion section!

Service workers often rely on tips for fair wages.

The U.S. tipping system must be revised


When buying something, you might assume that the labeled cost of the product is the amount you’ll pay. However, it’s become more and more common for the person working the register to flip around the iPad and ask how much you’d like to tip, with tips like 15 percent, 20 percent, and even 25 percent

Cheating in school: A nuanced issue?


Yes: Sabine Rosen EDITORS NOTE:  Neither Sabine Rosen nor the Jacket condone cheating.  In a survey of over 70,000 students, more than 95 percent of students admitted to cheating in school in some capacity.

GoGuardian: A danger to student privacy or a useful online tool?


Pro GoGuardian is a very controversial platform at Berkeley High School. While many teachers use it often and appreciate it, students don’t always share the same views.

Person saying hi to friends through her phone.

Devices connect people over the holidays


As the holiday season approaches, many Berkeley High School students reach out and spend time with their loved ones, whether that be friends, family, or both.

In Donahue Gym, BHS’s girls varsity volleyball gathers as a team before a set.

Girls volleyball dominates Alameda


On September 12, the Berkeley High School girls varsity volleyball team played against the Alameda Hornets. Berkeley crushed Alameda; not one set was lost.  The first set was the closest.

A student is at a desk, with Chat GPT open.

Should AI be allowed as an educational tool?


PRO There’s no denying that the Artificial Intelligence revolution is here, but it looks nothing like the warped realities from The Matrix or Terminator.

Illustration of girl holding a sign that says: "VOTE"

Popularity must not decide ASB elections


Right before spring break, Berkeley High School held the annual schoolwide Associated Student Body elections. In this election, students had the sole power to decide who should be elected.

Students holding hands in a circle

BHS should require community service hours for the benefit of all


Some high schools across the country require students to complete a certain amount of community service in order to graduate. However, at Berkeley High School, students do not have to complete this requirement.

Books falling on a student in summer

Summer break is for personal growth, not educational prep


“What are your plans for the summer?” This is a common question that high schoolers are asked, including students at Berkeley High School. A question that was once a fun opportunity to talk about exciting vacations or plans has turned into yet another stressful interrogation about college prep.

Class discussions must remain impartial


​​It’s no surprise that both the City of Berkeley and Berkeley High School students are very left-leaning when it comes to politics. In the last presidential election, 79.83 percent of Berkeley voted democratically.

Students show their spirit by dressing in costume.

Why Halloween is truly for the imaginative


Every year on October 31, around Berkeley and throughout the country, excitement and elation fill the air. The day is like no other, magical in every way.