The Torch

  • Athletes of the Week: WRESTLING: David Lopez; WEIGHTLIFTING: Leidaly Riveria; CHEER: Zoe Silver

  • Athletes of the Week: BASKETBALL; Micah Octave & Savana Crews; SOCCER: Patrick Zullo & Victoria Barreto

  • Students of the Month: Nicholas Defrancesco (fr.); Alexis Rejouis (sph.); Jordyn Geller (jun.); Jamison Turenne (sen.)

  • Teacher of the Month: Robert Carruthers; Non-Instructional Employee of the Month: Vivian Nelson

EDITORIAL: #MeToo Movement Not Doing Enough to Safeguard Teen Victims

EDITORIAL: #MeToo Movement Not Doing Enough to Safeguard Teen Victims

November 14, 2018


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In October 2017, an online movement developed after numerous allegations came to light about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein sexually harassing and assaulting women. Thousands of celebrities and women took to the internet to proclaim their support for the victims that came forward. This support blos...

EDITORIAL: Vote “Yes” on School Property Tax Referendum

EDITORIAL: Vote “Yes” on School Property Tax Referendum

November 5, 2018


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Election Day, November 6th, is tomorrow, and many issues that have accumulated since the last election cycle are now ready to be voted upon.   A major issue that will be voted on is a school referendum influenced by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act.  The tragic mass shoo...

OPINION: Trump’s Move to Legally Define “Gender” Makes Sense in Regards to Title IX Cases

OPINION: Trump’s Move to Legally Define “Gender” Makes Sense in Regards to Title IX Cases

Jacob Pasternack, Editor-In-Chief

November 2, 2018


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The Trump Administration, over the last two years, has been controversial, to say the least. And, to continue the trend, the Trump Administration is considering making a move that has many members of the LGBT community worried. According to the New York Times, the Trump Administration is considering...

COMMENTARY: When Unqualified Students Are Pushed into Taking Advanced Placement Classes, All AP Students Suffer

COMMENTARY: When Unqualified Students Are Pushed into Taking Advanced Placement Classes, All AP Students Suffer

Jacob Pasternack, Editor-In-Chief

March 1, 2018


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Let’s just get this out of the way now: many AP classes at Olympic Heights aren’t what we’ve been led to believe. Decreased rigor, increased class sizes, and constant test reform has led to this reality in a cyclical pattern. Yet, every cycle must have a beginning, and this cycle begins with human...

COMMENTARY: Labeling Legitimate Media Outlets as “Fake News” Is Dangerously Ignorant

COMMENTARY: Labeling Legitimate Media Outlets as “Fake News” Is Dangerously Ignorant

Jacob Pasternack, Editor-In-Chief

January 22, 2018


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MSM. The utterance of those three letters in consecutive order causes unbridled gesticulations and irrepressible accusations among the detractors of mainstream media. Such senseless blithering about the fallacy behind popular news networks is consistently countered by proponents of the reliability...

COMMENTARY: Want To Make America Great? Try Listening to One Another

COMMENTARY: Want To Make America Great? Try Listening to One Another

Jacob Pasternack, Editor-In-Chief

December 7, 2017


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The degradation of American politics is upon us. The once great institution established by some of the brightest political minds in history has devolved into a petty brawl of ad hominem attacks perpetuated by both the leaders of our political parties and the members within them. Our political environment...

TORCH EDITORIAL: President Gives White Supremacist/Neo-Nazi Groups Validation and Cover by Not Labeling Them Domestic Terrorists

TORCH EDITORIAL: President Gives White Supremacist/Neo-Nazi Groups Validation and Cover by Not Labeling Them Domestic Terrorists

Marie Preuss

August 31, 2017


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Over the past few weeks, the country has been in a frenzy over a white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally held in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, Aug. 12, that turned violent. Tiki torch-wielding people also marched through the University of Virginia campus on the preceding Friday. The...

Editorial: The Political Correctness of the Anti-Body Shaming Movement Has Its Dangers

Editorial: The Political Correctness of the Anti-Body Shaming Movement Has Its Dangers

January 11, 2017


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A new movement is starting. It is turning people against the foundations of today’s society to make the world a kinder and more sensitive place for everyone. This movement is the PC movement, or political correctness movement. It abducted youth in excessively liberal communities, giving them the desire...

Media Loses Focus on Kaepernick’s Kneeling Anthem Protest

Media Loses Focus on Kaepernick’s Kneeling Anthem Protest

Jacob Pasternack, Sports Editor

September 15, 2016


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Actions speak louder than words; we all know the phrase. Taking action on a problem is better than saying something about a problem. Tell that one to 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Let us flashback for a moment. We’ll specifically go back to July 13, 2016, which was the day of the 2016 ESPY...

A Liberal Arts Degree Can Be More Beneficial Than Most People Think

A Liberal Arts Degree Can Be More Beneficial Than Most People Think

Carly Poloskey, Editor-in-Chief

March 28, 2016


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As any second-semester high school senior would sympathize, the pressing question when any relative or family friend interacts with me recently has been, “Do you know where you’re going to college yet?” Which is always swiftly followed with, “What do you want to study?” After I lay out my...

Coming to Understand and Appreciate the Value of Educational Opportunity

Coming to Understand and Appreciate the Value of Educational Opportunity

Carly Poloskey, Editor-in-Chief

March 13, 2016


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Almost every morning, Monday through Friday, for the past twelve years I’ve gotten up bright and early, just like virtually every other child growing up in the western world. Why? To go to school. To get an education. Of course. Some students might say that they’re forced to attend as part of...

Senate Must Dutifully Consider Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee

Senate Must Dutifully Consider Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee

Alec Fisher, Editor-In-Chief, Online Editor

March 2, 2016


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We already have a Congress that is unproductive. It shut down the government for a couple of weeks last year, and it seems incapable of doing even their primary duty of passing laws. Congress is so dysfunctional right now that it can only agree that the sky is blue but only if it’s not a cloudy day. And...

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