By Jongyeop Jeong, 12th Grade On January 19, NewJeans’ Danielle (a K-pop girl group member) sent a message to her fans on Phoning, a fan communication platform, asking them what they were doing for “Chinese New Year.” However, this phrase soon drew criticism as it implies that the holiday is only celebrated in China when it is also celebrated by many other East Asian cultures. … Continue reading Is it really called the “Chinese New Year”?
By Ana Perez, 10th Grade VTubers, also known as Virtual YouTubers, are online entertainers who use a virtual avatar generated using computer graphics for their activities. Originally a niche form of livestreaming that originated in Japan, the VTuber industry has seen an explosive rise in popularity, turning the market into a profitable one filled to the brim with many livestreamers from around the world. But … Continue reading VTubers: What Are They?
By Heillie Santana, 11th Grade Though he may be only 34 years old, Congressman George Santos has already made a name for himself with his many incredible achievements. Coming from a family of Brazilian immigrants, Santos graduated from Baruch College and soon after worked for firms like Goldman Sachs and Citigroup. Eventually, he became a successful financier who started an animal rescue charity. Santos’ biography … Continue reading Congressman George Santos: Too Good To Be True?
By Sofia Rojas, 10th Grade Sexualization and obscene portrayal of female animated characters appear to rise. Female characters in comics have had a strong protagonism in literary pieces since the 1980s, but as their presence grows, so does their lack of clothing. Since its inception in 1938, comic books have shaped American pop culture in their natural form. Wonder Woman debuted in 1941, representing a … Continue reading The over-sexualization of comics
By Jongyeop Jeong, 12th Grade Every year on March 17th, people worldwide celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the anniversary of the death of the patron saint of Ireland in 461. For over a millennium, the Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday, attending church in the morning and celebrating in the afternoon. However, in the United States, this holiday has evolved into a secular … Continue reading What Saint Patrick’s Day is all about
By Daniela Morales, 10th Grade The New Horizons Debate Team, along with teams from other Dominican schools, left for the Harvard Debate Tournament on February 16th. But if you ask me, we had already been mentally in Boston since December 2022, the month in which the resolution we would be debating was announced: “In the United States, right to work laws do more harm than … Continue reading My Experience at the 2023 Harvard Debate Tournament
By Jongyeop Jeong, 12th Grade On February 1st, a 60-meter-tall white entity was detected in the sky of Montana. This mysterious object was later revealed to be a solar-powered balloon equipped with high-resolution cameras and sent by the Chinese government for an unknown purpose. The U.S. Air Force shot down the balloon with an F-22 after it passed through South Carolina and was heading towards … Continue reading Mysterious White Balloon Shot Down Over U.S. Territorial Waters
By Jongyeop Jeong, 12th Grade On November 30, 2022, OpenAI, the developer company of the AI art generator Dall-E, released a new AI chatbot, baptized as Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3 or ChatGPT. This chatbot can generate human-like syntax with high accuracy and fluency across various topics. ChatGPT is currently the most advanced language model available, with 175 billion parameters and the ability to process billions … Continue reading ChatGPT: The future of natural language processing
By Heillie Santana, 11th Grade Known worldwide as the candy that melts in your mouth and not your hand, M&Ms has a long history of being most people’s favorite candy. First created in 1940 for the US Army, M&M became a popular candy even in the post-war years. However, this popularity didn’t last for long, and in the mid-1990s M&Ms were just another candy. This … Continue reading Goodbye M&Ms!
By Daniela Morales, 10th Grade On February 6, 2023, Turkey and its next-door neighbor Syria, suffered from a terrible earthquake with a 7.8 magnitude at around 4 a.m. After the initial tremor, more than 60 aftershocks, earthquakes that follow the principal one, were reported (Mogul, 2023 ). One of these aftershocks was especially detrimental, since it had a magnitude similar to the initial earthquake, 7.5, … Continue reading Turkey’s devastating earthquake