Covid-19: Your Questions Answered

By Emily Orman, Sports Editor After almost a year of life in a pandemic and weekly updates from the CDC, there is an alarming number of people who don’t know the true facts behind Covid-19. With new variants arriving from the U.K. and South Africa, these misconceptions are only multiplying. Dr. Robert Orman (just a heads up: he’s also my dad) records podcasts and researches … Continue reading Covid-19: Your Questions Answered

Backcountry Sports: Mortality Rates Rise as the 2021 Season Takes Off

By Ellie Skjersaa, News Editor Tanner Wescott and his friends prepare to enjoy a day of powder and face shots on a beautiful day of backcountry skiing. They make sure to grab their beacons, probes, shovels and radios in case of a potential avalanche. While there are resources available to assist in anticipating possible avalanches, it is always necessary to bring survival tools because of … Continue reading Backcountry Sports: Mortality Rates Rise as the 2021 Season Takes Off

Micro Influencers: A Spotlight on Spotify Creating

By Julia Burdsall, Co-Editor-in-Chief Gone are the days of burning CDs and creating mixtapes for your S/O on your dad’s macintosh: enter, Spotify. With well over 50 million songs at your fingertips, the platform boasts 286 million monthly users—fostering a microcosm of the intrinsically creative and musically passionate (and perhaps the emotionally unstable). Currently, there are over 4 billion playlists on Spotify all of which … Continue reading Micro Influencers: A Spotlight on Spotify Creating

The Invisible Wall Between the Students and the Counselors

By Barbara Norton, Editor-in-Chief Summit’s counselors are as integral to the Summit experience as the phrase “Sko Storm!” and the lack of functional locks on the bathroom stalls. That is, Summit wouldn’t be Summit without them. Wearing more hats than the entire Kentucky Derby, the counselors oversee the social, emotional, and academic wellness of the entire student body. However, with approximately 400 students each and … Continue reading The Invisible Wall Between the Students and the Counselors

Why are Summit Students Moving Abroad?

By Hannah Kenneth, News Editor During the college research process, one can’t help but be entranced by the rustic brick buildings of historic New England schools and the sun-soaked, palm tree-lined campuses of California schools. Coupled with the prestigious academic reputations that flank many of these universities, one might wonder why you would ever need to leave the U.S. for college. Newsflash: there’s a lot … Continue reading Why are Summit Students Moving Abroad?

Snapchat: is it benefiting or harming us?

By Viansa Reid, Co-Editor-in-Chief Senior Chelsea Mayer wakes up and gets ready for school. As she is brushing her teeth, a wave of panic overwhelms her. Did she forget to send her streaks? She scrambles to grab her phone, frantically opening the app. The fire emoji still next to each person’s name, her conscience floods with relief as she realizes she didn’t lose any streaks. … Continue reading Snapchat: is it benefiting or harming us?

Questioning over Quarantine: How a Pandemic Sparked a Wave of Gender Awakening

By Natasha Visnack, Crest Editor We’ve seen the changes, whether it be in Instagram bios or on name tags on Webex. We’ve all noticed that the little white text that once read “she/her” or “he/him” now reads “she/they”, “he/they” or “they/them.” We’ve taken note of the miniature rainbow flags now adorning TikTok bios and the new names many have requested to be called by as … Continue reading Questioning over Quarantine: How a Pandemic Sparked a Wave of Gender Awakening

Why I invested Half of My Life Savings into GameStop

By Charlie Hobin, Staff Writer Like many other teenagers over the past year, my friends and I made the transition from winning Fortnite games late into the night, to waking up at 6 AM live chatting about stocks while looking at charts, making trades, and scrolling the infinite pages of Reddit looking for the next big trade.  One morning in Mid-January, as we were talking … Continue reading Why I invested Half of My Life Savings into GameStop

Childhood Trends: Teens Try to Find Normalcy in the Face of A Pandemic

By Brooke Leggat, Sports Editor It’s 6A.M on a Tuesday morning. Subarus decked out with Summit and Bend High stickers line the Fred Meyer parking lot as piles of ambitious teenagers bombard the grocery store’s front doors. They are on the hunt for plushie stuffed animals named Squishmallows, hoping the shelves have been restocked.  As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on every aspect … Continue reading Childhood Trends: Teens Try to Find Normalcy in the Face of A Pandemic

Spotify Vs Apple: The Not-So-Complex Debate

By Emma Andersen, Staff Writer I was just sitting in the car listening to the subtle, yet classy bassline of Arctic Monkeys’ hit “Snap Out Of It” when my friend asked me to switch the next song. I paused, stuck on the realization that I was absolutely oblivious to the Spotify world; the shuffle skip and cue buttons seemed to be nowhere in sight and … Continue reading Spotify Vs Apple: The Not-So-Complex Debate

Astrology during an Age of Isolation: The Rise in Popularity of Astrology

By Wesley Gilbride, Staff Writer     As early as 3000 BC, Babylonians used astrology to make sense of the universe; they believed that the constellations and planets at the moment someone was born could predict their character. Thousands of years later, teenagers—including Summit students—are using that same ideology to guide them through their lives and tell themselves about their personalities.              “Astrology is currently enjoying a broad … Continue reading Astrology during an Age of Isolation: The Rise in Popularity of Astrology

Back to School: What Does this Mean for Teachers?

 By Sasha Stringer, Staff Writer  Shortly after a School Board discussion, a decision was made that would impact every student, family and faculty member in the Bend-LaPine School District: Students were returning to in-person school. After the announcement of the new hybrid model, many were thrilled to get back to a schedule that didn’t involve waking up only to sit hunched over a computer all … Continue reading Back to School: What Does this Mean for Teachers?

New Les Schwab Amphitheater: Hopeful to Host Summer Events

By Elliana Bowers, Staff Writer Bend has no shortage of iconic structures, no doubt the historic Old Mill smokestacks come to mind. But another cherished nostalgic gem, The Les Schwab Amphitheater, is getting a face lift. This structure is known for hosting laid back artists like Jack Johnson and Modest Mouse, as well as being a fun hangout spot with close proximity to the Old … Continue reading New Les Schwab Amphitheater: Hopeful to Host Summer Events

OCSCI Advocacy Group Creates Commotion Following Covid-19 Outbreak

The Oregon Coalition for Student Covid-19 Immunization group comes under fire following the release of their mission statement which aims to prioritize student vaccination. By Jess McComb, Features Editor As the Summit community recovers from a recent Covid-19 outbreak, questions arise concerning the nature of and response to an outbreak. With the virus spreading among Storm students after only two days of in-person learning, and … Continue reading OCSCI Advocacy Group Creates Commotion Following Covid-19 Outbreak

Zoom Trading: Gen-Z takes on the Stock Market

By Charlie Hobin, Staff Writer As Boomers transitioned into adulthood, finance and investing in the stock market was a far-off, complex world that only existed in sleek skyscrapers and unwieldy flip phones. 35 years later, teenagers now have access to buy and sell any stock in any company on a small rectangular screen in the midst of a boring Zoom english class. New simplified, easy … Continue reading Zoom Trading: Gen-Z takes on the Stock Market

Us vs Them: An Inside Look at Schools in Different States During a Pandemic

By Wesley Gilbride, Staff Writer States across America look completely different, ranging from beach, to mountain, to desert, to forest, to plains. Political views also range in this same way. Red and blue states are viewed very differently, Covid-19 protocols differ as well as how school looks for students and teachers. According to the Covid-19 map by New York Times in Deschutes County, 1 in … Continue reading Us vs Them: An Inside Look at Schools in Different States During a Pandemic

COVID-19 Causes Clubs to Adapt

By Bailey Martin, Staff Writer After 10 months of quarantine and a world of constant adaptation, Summit clubs needed to find new ways to keep students involved. New clubs, such as the Science Bowl Club, were founded while school has been online and have shown huge growth in student participation, whereas older clubs have seen a small decrease in engagement all together. Virtual limitations hindered … Continue reading COVID-19 Causes Clubs to Adapt

Return to in-person learning: How the district plans to send students back into the classroom

By Thomas Schwiebert, Opinions Editor Gathered rather unceremoniously on a Webex call populated by some 20 members, the Bend-La Pine School District’s School Board discussed the fate of almost 20,000 students, teachers and staff on Jan 12. Despite the unyielding Covid-19 pandemic, schools around the country have grown increasingly anxious to get students—specifically younger learners—back into an in-person educational environment. During the nearly four-hour-long board … Continue reading Return to in-person learning: How the district plans to send students back into the classroom

We’re All Virtually Absent Here: Why—and How Attendance This Year Needs to Change

By Emi Smart, Staff Writer  Suddenly, the door opens, and a middle aged woman with glasses and a clipboard walks in. It’s Ms. Landis, the campus monitor. “Can I speak with Emily Smart for a moment?” she asks. The whole class looks up from their phones and glares at me. I sigh, and walk out behind her. “You have two unexcused absences from two weeks … Continue reading We’re All Virtually Absent Here: Why—and How Attendance This Year Needs to Change

College Applications: COVID-19 Edition

By Hannah Kenneth, News Editor Junior year. Pandemic. Lockdown. Online school. Senior year. National Election. Riots in the Capitol. These challenges have defined the last 365 days of the class of 2021’s lives and if there’s one thing we can agree on, it’s that life is not peachy keen right now. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Life appears bleak and each month releases a … Continue reading College Applications: COVID-19 Edition