The award-winning student news site of Olympic Heights High School

The Torch

The Rigged Market of Selling and Buying Art

The Rigged Market of Selling and Buying Art

Megan Foster

August 20, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but what force determines the worth of art? The process of pricing a piece may confuse those who are not involved in the art market. Therefore, it is understandable that the biggest area of concern lies in the value of art, and whether the financial benefits...

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Uses Athletes to Feature Different Body Types

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Uses Athletes to Feature Different Body Types

Mia Marks, Editor-In-Chief

February 14, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

As a society, we often associate the term “model” with women with perfect bodies and epitomize the definition of beauty. However, men and women featured in magazines, commercials, and other ads often display unrealistic body ideals that can give modeling a bad name. Starting in 2016, the Sports Ill...

The Aftermath of ACA Repeal Remains Uncertain

The Aftermath of ACA Repeal Remains Uncertain

Alexa Domash, Staff Writer

January 30, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “Obamacare” was signed into law by President Barack Obama in March 2010, much of our country thought we had finally found a way to ensure that “everybody should have some basic security when it comes to their healthcare.”   At least,...

Do Silly GoFundMe Pages Detract from the More Serious Ones?

Do Silly GoFundMe Pages Detract from the More Serious Ones?

Alyson Garcia, Staff Writer

December 10, 2016


Filed under Features, Showcase

Do you wish complete strangers would chip in for your new Mustang? Are you stuck with an ancient PS2 when you’re entitled to a new Xbox One? Are you desperate to make money but too lazy to get a job? If you answered “yes” to any of the aforementioned, you’re not alone. In fact, there’s a platform...

Too Much Caffeine Can Be Problematic for Teens

Too Much Caffeine Can Be Problematic for Teens

Arielle Perry, Staff Writer

November 3, 2016


Filed under Features, Showcase

You stop at your nearest Dunkin` Donuts and order a medium iced coffee. You think that it’ll help you stay up and be alert for the day, but does it really? The consistent use of caffeine, which is found in chocolate, energy drinks, over-the-counter medications, caffeine pills, and of course, coffee,...

Teen Sleep Deprivation Hinders Academic Progress

Teen Sleep Deprivation Hinders Academic Progress

Ashley Perry, Staff Writer

October 25, 2016


Filed under Features, Showcase

We have all experienced the feeling of exhaustion, a desire to close our eyes and fall into a deep, peaceful slumber. Sometimes we might feel this way in the middle of class, at work, or even throughout our entire daily lives. Teenagers are the most susceptible to this feeling. They might lay their heads...

Pokemon Go Distraction Can Be Dangerous

Pokemon Go Distraction Can Be Dangerous

Jessica Diana, Staff Writer

August 22, 2016


Filed under Features, Showcase

Last month, the United States saw a major leap into the realm of augmented reality following the release of the mobile phenomenon Pokémon Go. The popular app immerses users in the world of Pokémon, requiring them to venture out of their homes in search of the well-known pocket monsters. The goal, as...

Keeping Busy Is Good for the Brain, Study Reports

Keeping Busy Is Good for the Brain, Study Reports

Jessica Coyne, Staff Writer

May 27, 2016


Filed under Features, Showcase

In the global world of the present, the ability to relax became a foreign ideal that is almost impossible to comprehend. However, stretching brain muscles on a day-to-day basis may prove to be a healthy endeavor. The University of Texas at Dallas conducted a study where they examined 330 healthy participants...

High Schools Failing to Prepare Grads for the Reality of College Living

High Schools Failing to Prepare Grads for the Reality of College Living

Jessica Diana, Staff Writer

May 27, 2016


Filed under Features, Showcase

With the newest wave of high school graduates preparing for a life in college, both students and their parents continue their pursuit of a successful transition into the real world. However, in recent years, expectant high school grads have felt much less prepared for the demanding course load that college...

Victoria Edwards Reflecting on Her Own Life

Victoria Edwards Reflecting on Her Own Life

April 22, 2016


Filed under Features, Showcase

Last weekend, the Olympic Heights community was saddened by yet another student death with the passing of senior Victoria Edwards as the result of an auto accident. With the permission of her family, The Torch is sharing the final chapter of Victoria's Senior Memory Book done in Ms. Verzaal's English ...

Uber’s lack of background checks puts users in danger

Uber’s lack of background checks puts users in danger

Julianne Marciante, Staff Writer

April 17, 2016


Filed under Features, Showcase

In light of recent events, handily calling an Uber when in need of a lift does not live up to its previous reputation. Multiple dangerous experiences associated with the company have been illuminated to the public within the past few months, and the findings are frightening for those who had previously...

Larger Battle Looming Now that Apple vs. FBI Case Settled

Larger Battle Looming Now that Apple vs. FBI Case Settled

Nicolas Cristino, Staff Writer

April 17, 2016


Filed under Features, Showcase

With the exponential increase of the ubiquity of technology, the issues concerning digital devices and the privacy or security related to them are growing just as fast. While the Constitution never explicitly mentions “privacy,” many interpret this idea from several places within it. The government...

The award-winning student news site of Olympic Heights High School
Features