Word on the Street

Photo of Orion Canaday.

Word on the Street: How do you feel about Valentine’s Day?


Orion Canaday, a junior, looked beyond the sweet facade of Valentine’s Day. “Valentine’s Day is a day that is very heartfelt, but you have to think about what intentions lie outside of the … aesthetics of it.

Photo of Corina Blaton.

Where do you feel most connected to the Black community?


“I feel connected to the Black community here at Berkeley High because I take African dance,” said sophomore Corina Blanton, later explaining the connection she gains from the class by being surrounded by other Black youth, as well as the appreciation she feels from others in the class interested in the art of African

Photograph of Charlotte Lee

What’s your favorite place to hang out in the Bay Area?


Berkeley High School senior Charlotte Lee mentioned her love for nature in Berkeley. “Up behind the Claremont, there’s this grove of eucalyptus trees,” she said, “It’s great.” She also shared her appreciation for the Berkeley Hills, “It’s really pretty up there, it’s a great place to go on hikes and stuff like that,” Lee said.

What was your first musical memory


Lily Lampach, a senior in Academic Choice, was reminded of her experience watching the musical “Frozen”. “Elsa and Anna singing about how they like to ‘let it go,’” she said, was particularly captivating at the time.

How did you find your closest friends at BHS?


“We’ve been hanging out as family friends and then at school,” said Rubèn Murillo, a senior. Despite an incident where he destroyed his friend’s favorite toy, a fire truck, Murillo still sees him regularly to this day.

Analisa Appleyard, BIHS junior

What was your relationship like with social media over the summer?


BHS junior Analisa Appleyard had a generally positive relationship with social media this summer, “I think was pretty good! It was cool seeing everybody’s trips and where they went, and it was really fun to see everybody doing fun things.”  “I wasn’t really active over social media during the summer.

Maya Hill

Word on the Street: Have You Ever had a Crush on a Friend?


Maya Hill, a senior, said, “I had a crush on my best friend.” She told her and ended up being rejected. In response to the rejection, however, Hill said, “I think that it helped me move on, because if I hadn’t told her I would’ve kept thinking about it without doing anything.” Adrienne Melodia has

Word on the street: what is your favorite part of fall fashion?


Kelilah Newman-Anand, a freshman in Hive 6, loves a variety of autumn attire, but especially the snug and comfortable type. “Sweaters, and Doc Martens … boot-cut and flare jeans.

Margaux Vuillequez

Word On The Street: What are your predictions for this school year?


For junior Margaux Vuillequez, summer break brought a lot of positivity. “Personally, I feel very ready [for the school year]. Last year it really went downhill for me and I was behind on a lot of my classes … This summer really refreshed me … ” When asked about the students as a whole, Vuillequez

Word On The Street: Do You Experience Climate Anxiety?


Nathaniel Holmes, a junior in Academic Choice, said that climate change is not a source of anxiety in his everyday life. “I mean, it’s sort of just something you see on like the news and stuff every once in a while,” Holmes said.

Word on the Street: Where Do Students Get Their Fashion Inspiration?


Raphaella Laurence, a sophomore in Academic Choice says when it comes to her style, she likes to be herself. “Some days I’m like emo, and other days I’m like ‘Let’s dress up fancy’ and then other days I just want to wear my pajamas.

Nina Thompson

Word on the Street: 2021 Hopes and Resolutions


For Nina Thompson, a freshman in Universal Ninth Grade, “This new year doesn’t feel as big.” Because of the pandemic, gatherings and celebrations are prohibited, so Thompson noted, “Everything is just kinda fading into one big year, so I haven’t really paid much attention to resolutions….

Word on the Street: What’s Your Favorite Holiday Movie?


Holidays are full of joyous traditions and festive celebrations. Even during COVID-19, families can find ways to celebrate the holidays and practice their favorite rituals in the comfort of their home.

While the school board discusses the reopening of schools, Berkeley High School remains empty.

Word on the Street: Would You Return to School?


If the school board determines that school is safe to attend, would you go? June McNally, a freshman in Universal 9th Grade Hive 6, said, “I know nothing about science, but I would trust the people who know the most.