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?

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

Diversity and Equity Club: Critical Connections for Our Community

By Viansa Reid, Editor-in-Chief The Diversity and Equity Club (DEC) focuses on helping students feel accepted at Summit, emphasizing the importance of including people of all backgrounds and identities. Because Bend is predominantly white, it can be difficult for people of color to feel welcome, the  DEC reasoned. “I think [the club] has become more of a comfortable place for people to just hang out, … Continue reading Diversity and Equity Club: Critical Connections for Our Community

New XC Coach Ensures Athletes are Healthy in Mind and Body: A Look at RED-S

By Ellie Skjersaa, News Editor The stereotypical daily routine of a cross country runner consists of eating oatmeal and running for an obscene amount of time, but what people don’t get to see is the behind the scenes of how much work goes into shaping a successful long distance runner.  As a runner on the Summit cross-country team, let me tell you- physical therapy has … Continue reading New XC Coach Ensures Athletes are Healthy in Mind and Body: A Look at RED-S

Mt. Bachelor: Parking Reservations Gone Amok

By Jess McComb, Features Editor It was a Tuesday morning, Mt. Bachelor had received some much needed snow the night before and I was jonesing for that Northwest Bowl powder. Of course, a parking pass is the modern equivalent to gold for local ski enthusiasts and by that standard, my trek to the mountain was not made alone. Accompanying me in the cramped space of … Continue reading Mt. Bachelor: Parking Reservations Gone Amok

Online Learning: The Positive Effects on Mental Health of Students

By Ella Messih, Staff Writer It’s a Wednesday morning. I roll out of bed to check my phone, and the clock reads 10:30. I slowly make my way out of bed with ease, not a care in the world. Life is good. How could I complain with the current online school climate due to Covid-19, when what used to be my biggest challenge and anxiety … Continue reading Online Learning: The Positive Effects on Mental Health of Students

Club Activities: For Passion or for Resume Padding?

By Brooke Leggat, Sports Editor With the surging tension of the college application season, many high school students feel  compelled to stack their resumes with a top-notch GPA, unsurpassable standardized test scores and remarkable college essays. For decades these three pillars have carried the academic weight for college applicants across the country. But, increasingly, high-school students are expected to be well-rounded. Colleges and universities, moved … Continue reading Club Activities: For Passion or for Resume Padding?