Zada Sanger




Class of 2023

Zada Sanger is a volleyball player, writer and Berkeley High student. She is committed to play at the University Of Pennsylvania.

BHS senior Maxwell Jamison chose to prioritize academics over sports in his higher education.

Athletes weigh priorities in college search


“Before I found out you could get full-rides from sports and that I would be successful in football, I was just planning on going to community college because I didn’t feel like it was worth being in that much debt,” said Berkeley High School senior and Stanford football commit Jackson Harris.

Athlete Profile: Oliver Shrieve


Oliver Shrieve, junior and Berkeley High School boys volleyball captain, started playing volleyball at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School when he was 11 years old.

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Late athletic start: Daunting but rewarding


For some sports, success is rooted in talent and physique, while for others it is diligence and time. Simply put, there are some sports where it is nearly impossible to be good if you do not start engaging with them at a young age.

BHS swimmers dive into the 2023 spring season.

Athletes preview BHS spring season


Track and field had a massive tryout turnout of 300 people following their last season, when they sent one of their 200 runners to state championships.

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Coaches overlook importance of sleep


For high school students, sleep is often sacrificed in favor of homework, college applications, friends, and extracurriculars. Despite a generally callous attitude towards sleep, it is foundational to mental and physical well-being.

Student athlete Brianna Smyth

Athlete Profile: Brianna Smyth


Brianna Smyth, a senior in Academic Choice, had never even heard of water polo before she got to Berkeley High School. When her close friend Krithi De Souza, Class of ‘22 graduate and last year’s captain, recommended she try it, she did.

Rap Culture Impacted By Queer Celebs


Rising hip hop artist Isaiah Rashad broke his silence on the highly publicized controversy over his sexuality at his performance at the 2022 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.  In February, a sex tape was leaked, allegedly depicting Rashad with other men, intended to ‘tarnish’ his reputation.

Recycling Plotlines: Has It Gone Too Far?


Journalist Christopher Booker famously said, “There are only seven basic plotlines in all stories in the universe.” Most of what we see in books, movies, and all forms of stories is a derivative of something else.

Questlove Helps Redefine Untold History


The highly anticipated soundtrack to Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s film debut Summer of Soul was officially released on January 28, 2022. The documentary, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in July 2021, became an instant hit and was quickly dubbed as “the best concert film ever made.” With the awards season on the horizon, many

Does SNL Honor Its Liberal Reputation?


Saturday Night Live is a sketch comedy show hosted by a celebrity guest each week. It first aired in 1975 and was created by Lorne Michaels, who is the show’s executive producer to this day.

Taylor Swift Explores Age Gaps


On November 12th, 2021, Taylor Swift re-released her immensely successful third studio album Red. After losing the rights to her own music, Swift decided to re-record all her previous albums up to her album Reputation, which was released in 2017.

Romanticism of Art Museums Leads to Disconnect With Youth


Generation Z has a different relationship with art museums than prior generations. Art museums have recently become a site for teenagers to take Instagram photos and film TikToks instead of appreciating the artistry around them.

‘Squid Game’ Probes Humanity


Korean TV series Squid Game has taken the world by storm. The show follows a group of poverty-stricken, financially-challenged people as they are given the opportunity to compete against one another in simple playground games for 38 million dollars.

Celebrities Wear ‘America’ In Contrasting Ways at Met Gala


The Met Gala’s annual display of the rich and famous took place last week on September 13. The theme? “In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion,” hosted by actor Timothee Chalamet, poet Amanda Gorman, musical phenomenon Billie Eilish, and tennis champion Naomi Osaka.

Gen-Z Humor in Film Misses the Mark


What is this Gen-Z Humor? Contrary to what you might think, Gen-Z Humor is not what young people find funny; it is better described as what adults think young people find funny.