Archie Williams High School News

June 16, 2021

Last summer, with the murders of innocent Black Americans like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, a nationwide reckoning seemed to take place. Suddenly, white communities that had dismissed the Black Lives Matter movement seemed to finally grasp the meaning of BLM. For a while, ideas that had been formerly deemed too radical-like defunding or abolishment-were...

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Societal expectations of leadership excludes introverts, embraces extroverts

Samantha Parr, Editor-in-Chief
April 29, 2021

The world is loud. And introverts? That’s not particularly our cup of tea. However, in a world where extroverts are praised for their bravery, expression, and outgoing personalities, this leaves little room for acknowledgement of the power of introverts. We are led to believe that the only way to be a leader is to be an extrovert. This is simply not true. Extroverts...

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HS 1327 Leadership (STARR, PR, ASB, and AVID)
March 23, 2021

Dear H.S. 1327/Drake

We the students of Associate Student Body, Peer Resource, AVID, and Students Taking Action for Anti-Racism at H.S. 1327/Drake, would like to address the current name change.

As representatives of our school’s student body, we recognize a common trend among our peers: many students would simply like to have a name for their school. Throughout the ongoing process of this...

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Putting Harriet Tubman on American currency is an insult to her legacy

Katie Hausammann
March 1, 2021

American money is adorned with the smiling faces of the white men who came before us, proud of the land they stole and the atrocities they committed. Our twenty-dollar bill, in particular, boasts the bust of Andrew Jackson, a controversial character who committed egregious acts in his time as president. Jackson climbed the socioeconomic ladder exponentially through his...

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Alice Simenstad and Georgia Schroeder
January 31, 2021

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The Best Days of My Life: A COVID-19 Story

Henry Pratt, News Editor
January 28, 2021

COVID-19 has bettered certain aspects of our insane world. Here are a few that have stuck out to me.


Now that COVID-19 has graced us with its presence, I no longer worry about our family Thanksgiving Dinner. Heading to my uncle's house on Thanksgiving after an eight-hour drive is a joy.  Last year, I shook the hand...

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American white privilege demonstrated once again at Capitol insurrection

Kelsey Riemer and Katie Hausammann
January 26, 2021

By now the riots at the Capitol may have left the forefront of your mind. But it’s imperative that they don’t. President Joe Biden rightfully denounced this display of unchecked whiteness, but in a sweeping claim that much of his party mirrored: “...

Marin IJ accused of imbalanced censorship

Katie Hausammann
December 5, 2020

Marin is generally believed to be a progressive county. Local activists working to further anti-racism and change systemic injustice argue that this belief is far from the truth. The Marin Independent Journal, or the “IJ,” has been the staple source of local news coverage for decades. They’ve also managed to cause upset with activists through their seemingly biased...

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Samantha Parr, Editor-in-Chief
November 30, 2020

Think of your favorite television shows or movies. How many of them have a character who has a physical, intellectual, or developmental disability? More importantly, how many of these characters with disabilities are actually played by actors and actresses with disabilities?

According to a report conducted by the Gay and...

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Changing Mondays to advisory days would improve students’ schoolwork and mental health

Fiona Swan, Design Editor
October 29, 2020

A common question asked by the Tam District community is, “Are Monday classes beneficial, and is 30 minutes really enough time for students to learn new material?” The simple answer is no, it’s not.

It’s obvious that distance learning is an ongoing struggle for students. Students wake up at 8:30 each morning just to sit...

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Goodbye Ruth Bader Ginsberg, may your memory be a revolution

Samantha Parr, Alice Simenstad, Kelsey Riemer, Melissa Auchard, Avery Yudice, Dylan Carson, Georgia Schroeder, and Katie Hausammann
October 6, 2020


Dear Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,


You once said, I would like to be remembered as someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability.”

Your memory will live on as the second ever woman Supreme Court justice, and...

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Absentee ballots are necessary for the democracy of America

Melissa Auchard, Editor in Chief
October 4, 2020

A 64-year-old woman is at risk for contracting COVID-19. She has had asthma since she was a child. If the woman falls ill from the disease, she will likely die, her doctor told her. For the duration of the pandemic, she will stay home unless she has an essential need. Due to her age, she is not yet eligible for an absentee ballot in Indiana. Indiana also requires another...

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