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MAYOR’S CHOICE: Vice Mayor Larry Agran, Mayor Farrah Khan and award winning sophomore Eileen Zhang pose at the opening reception of the Irvine City Hall High School Art Exhibition.

Eileen’s expressive art at city hall

Shreya Aithal and Hannah Liu
June 4, 2024

The slow scratch of colored pencil filled the room as sophomore Eileen Zhang added the finishing touches to her piece. A highlight here, darkening the shadow there and it’s complete. Weeks later, Zhang’s...

FEMALE FRIENDSHIPS ON AND OFF CAMERA: Director Coco Wu (Northwood Class of 2023) and location manager Nicole Toshima (Northwood Class of 2023) work together during a production meeting to search for locations to film a cabin scene

“Iris”: Capturing change and friendship on film

Alyssa Quintana, Staff Writer
June 4, 2024

Although the bittersweet reality of growing up and graduating may not have kicked in yet, this summer is a season of transitions and new beginnings, a sentiment that the crew behind the short film “Iris”...

PORTRAIT OF JOY: Freshman Jiyoung Yun created a char- coal portrait for Malak, a Syrian girl who enjoys writing stories. Photo provided by Kim Rohrs

The Memory Project: Giving back with art

Lauryn Chew, Staff Writer
April 22, 2024

The most meaningful gifts are not always the most expensive. For the past six years, artists in Northwood’s Drawing and Painting class have shared their love with children in orphanages and impoverished...

LUNCHTIME MELODIES: Junior Chen Yang and senior Leyna Doan practice the alto part for “Bare Necessities” at Acapella Club.

Creative Communities: A look at Northwood’s VAPA clubs

Amy Jeon, Staff Writer
April 22, 2024

From grand milestones to simple connections with peers in the classroom, the fleeting moments of high school will be a memory to look back on fondly.  A great way to form meaningful connections is...

JUBILANT JAZZ: Senior Luis Maldonado solos over “Strut” on his guitar at the IUSD Jazz Festival.

Northwood’s festival feats

Timothy Shin, Staff Writer
April 22, 2024

The IUSD music festivals start just like any other: the lights dim as the conductor struts onto the stage and lifts their baton. However, you sit forward in anticipation, because this time, the concerts...

EXPLORING THE ARTS: Juniors speak on their experience in unique art electives at Northwood

Junior Speak: Exploring unique arts electives at Northwood

Vincent Yang, Staff Writer
March 20, 2024

I think the most important lesson that culinary has taught me isn’t about food itself. A big part of culinary is actually learning how to work in a team because we always cook as a group. My favorite...

DIRECTOR WITH DIRECTION: Junior Charlie Parris looks through her script with enthusiasm.

From Script to Stage: Charlie Parris, take it away

Hannah Liu, Staff Writer
March 20, 2024

With a huge grin, junior Charlie Parris leaps onto the front table with energetic flair. Heads turn towards the sound of her voice, which echoes around the room as she stands before Northwood’s Advanced...

Obituary: for a bigger sleep, for a smaller death, 2023
Made with Intaglio, mulberry, paper, wax, and wood, Suzie Zhu handwrote the compact characters onto a small scroll

Pieces Worth a Thousand Words: Great Park’s Contemporary Book Art Exhibit

Jihoo Yoon, A&E Editor
March 20, 2024

It is well known that a picture is worth a thousand words, but it’s rarely expected for artworks to be quite literally founded in written language. Up until early May, the Great Park Gallery will be...

SPRINGTIME SYMPHONIES: The flutes fill the stage with notes that signal the start of a new season

What your favorite Spring Concert piece says about you

Courtney Lee, Staff Writer
March 20, 2024

Music’s beauty lies in its ability to enchant someone even if they don’t have a complete understanding of every note and rhythm. It can serve as a guide, revealing hidden parts about yourself. So sit...

SKADOOSH: “Kung Fu Panda 4” concludes the beloved childhood series with a fantastic blast

“Kung Fu Panda” strikes again?

Raya Abu-Tarif, Staff Writer
March 20, 2024

From laughing at his goofy antics to suspensefully following along with action-packed kung fu scenes, viewers have grown up alongside Po (Jack Black), the dumpling-loving Dragon Warrior. In the fourth...

YIP YIP: The newest adaptation of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” has fans and Team Avatar soaring into a new chapter of wondrous enchantment.

“Avatar: The Last Airbender”: A spellbinding journey through water, earth, fire and air

Lian Le, Staff Writer
March 18, 2024

In a blaze of glory and honor, “Avatar: The Last Airbender” has returned with an epic comeback, taking audiences back into childhood nostalgia. From legendary fight scenes to fantastical story-building,...

CHANGING CINEMA FROM A GALAXY FAR FAR AWAY: Star Wars was a technical and thematic marvel for its time that many still cherish today.

The Pawscars: Northwood teachers talk their favorite movies

Timothy Shin, Staff Writer
March 5, 2024

Although this year’s Oscars are bursting at the seams with shiny, new movies, it’s important to take the time to look back at one’s favorite motion pictures and remember what makes the film industry...

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