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Homosexual student barred from blood donation Normans perform MorTorq meeting inspires next generation of robotics Boys basketball poised for successful season Pete Van Rossum, globetrotting teacher

Homosexual student barred from blood donation

Brenna Nouray, Watchtower yearbook staff writer The day of the yearly blood drive, Dec. 4, senior Aaron Azizi was seen walking around campus with a sign that read, “I am not allowed to donate blood.” According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, men who have had sex with another male, even protected, cannot donate […]

Normans perform “Die-In” during nutrition

Jackson Prince, co-editor-in-chief At least 15 Normans dropped to the wet cement of the second-floor patio today during nutrition as part of a “Die-In”, intended to protest the decisions made regarding Eric Garner and Michael Brown, two black men who are faces of a fight against police brutality. According to the Facebook event, this demonstration was intended to […]

MorTorq meeting inspires next generation of robotics

Lolita Gorbacheva, staff writer Eleanor Bogart-Stuart, staff writer The MorTorq robotics team met with middle school students to spark interest in the Robotics program at Beverly on Monday. The team designed this event to give middle school students a sneak peek at high school life and what a higher level Robotics class entails. “We’re trying to […]

Boys basketball poised for successful season

Lucas Harward, staff writer The boys varsity basketball team is preparing to begin its highly anticipated regular season. After a preseason filled with weekend tournaments and weekday training, the team is confident in its ability to not just win league, but find success in the CIF tournament and reach the State tournament. The team is […]

Pete Van Rossum, globetrotting teacher

Ben Shofet, graphic editor World History and AP European teacher Pete Van Rossum has traveled nearly all over the world. From Madrid to Prague and everywhere in between Van Rossum has seen it all. And when he began his teaching career at Beverly in 1999, he became of of the only teachers in the entire […]

‘Tis the season for holiday tunes

17 December 2014

Jackson Prince, co-editor-in-chief This holiday season, a plethora of fine music has been released for the public’s pleasure. Old artists and new have added to the playlist, making for a delightful-sounding December. Here are four of the season’s hottest songs.   “Mary, Did You Know?” by Pentatonix  Three years ago, this group took the stage of Sing-Off, […]

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Bullying misconceptions skew student perspective

17 December 2014

Veronica Pahomova cartoonist Eleanor Bogart-Stuart staff writer Lolita Gorbacheva staff writer Marty Schnapp news editor Guy Ginsberg sports editor Ben Shofet graphics editor Bullying is inescapable, and is something that can be found in every school. Even though bullying isn’t a particularly new epidemic, the staff of Highlights has sought to break misconceptions surrounding the issue, portraying […]

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NormanAid provides comfort for students in need

15 December 2014

Marty Schnapp, news editor Sadie Hersh, photo editor Ben Shofet, graphics editor At the NormanAid center, students can come and speak about anything concerning them with professional or peer counselors. NormanAid also offers a multitude of other services, including an online support blog and Normanonymous, where students may confidentially notify NormanAid professionals about students that […]

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On-campus resources seek to prevent suicide

13 December 2014

Lucas Harward, staff writer Suicide is an issue in today’s world, especially among adolescents. Teenagers are in the middle of a complex developmental phase, so any stressor’s effect is expanded. Suicide is not often caused by one stressor, however. There is usually a mental illness, like depression, that goes untreated and is joined by the […]

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Student succeeds as Miss California Teen

11 December 2014

Since the age of 10, junior Ora Kohan has actively participated in the National American Miss, a pageant for teen girls that takes place across the country. During the summer, Kohan was named Miss California Teen and ranked Top Five in the national competition. Contestants in the competition are judged in three categories: interview, personal […]

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High expectations for Winter Formal

10 December 2014

Lucas Harward, staff writer Winter Formal is right around the corner, accompanied by a post-finals’ sigh of relief. Formal will be held at the Playhouse Nightclub in Hollywood on Dec. 18 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. ASB members, including ASB secretary Mazal Sarafian, are especially excited about the potential for this year’s venue. “A […]

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Ben ShoFives: Week Eight Edition

09 December 2014

Ben Shofet, graphics editor  This will be the first of many, your weekly guide on how to prosper in your ESPN fantasy basketball league. I will provide you with new and insightful information on how to manage your team. And with the week coming to an end, it is critical that you get the best […]

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ROP night provides insight for parents

04 December 2014

Lolita Gorbacheva, staff writer ROP director Cindy Dubin will host an event to highlight the technical education teachers and classes, hoping to foster parental support for these important offerings and clubs tonight, Dec. 4. “Communicating directly with our parents is critical right now in the face of the potential and major funding challenges that our […]

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Teacher inspires kindness on campus

02 December 2014

Karen Shilyan, business manager English teacher Krisha Deaver takes on a leadership role on campus by reinstating “Kindness Week.” This is the second year that Deaver has implemented the grass roots movement. While it began as a positive thing her English classes could do for their peers, it has become much more. Deaver’s goals for […]

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Top four Thanksgiving pie picks

24 November 2014

Juliette Deutsch, co-editor-in-chief With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the day might call for turkey and stuffing, but is never complete without a slice of pie at the end of the delicious meal. Here is a hand-picked selection of the best pies in Los Angeles that will definitely have your Thanksgiving guests coming around for […]

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