La Quinta High School's student-run newspaper


La Quinta High School's student-run newspaper


La Quinta High School's student-run newspaper



Mariana De La Peña is currently working to complete her needed courses to graduate with the Class of 2022.

Four years of work accomplished in three: Meet the juniors intent on graduating with the Class of 2022

Lilli Koch, Reporter January 3, 2022

La Quinta High School, like many other high schools, offers its students the opportunity to graduate in three years instead of continuing on to their fourth year.  This is not a well-known option as...

Julie Van Vacter served as the career guidance specialist for nearly 20 years before retiring in December 2021.

Career guidance specialist, Julie Van Vacter, retires after nearly 20 years

Avery Webb, Editor-in-Chief December 21, 2021

Question: How long did you work at La Quinta High School? Julie Van Vacter: Just under 20 years. I started in February of 2002.  Q: So you weren’t a teacher—you had more of a faculty job, yes? JV:...

Scott Di Lorenzo is a theater lover and English teacher at La Quinta High.

Scott Di Lorenzo: Actor, carnival game addict, game show contestant, and now teacher at LQHS

Lexi Noguera, Editor-in-Chief December 21, 2021

A few weeks into the school year, a new teacher arrived at La Quinta High School and is ready for what is in store for him.  Scott Di Lorenzo was in luck when he began searching for a school in need...

The La Quinta High kitchen staff prepares the cafeteria for lunch.

Kitchen staff and the “hustle” in the cafeteria

Christina Montes, Reporter December 20, 2021

After a year-and-a-half, students and staff have returned to campus. Yet when the halls were always empty during remote learning, the kitchen was always open.  Due to COVID-19, the kitchen staff worked...

Elena Labastida, La Quinta Highs mental health therapist at her desk in room 415.

Elena Labastida and how she helps struggling students

Taylor Graham, Managing Editor December 20, 2021

Loneliness. Guilt. Shame. Hopelessness. Signs of a struggling student aren’t always easy to see, but Elena Labastida is trained to know them all. Labastida has been the school’s mental health therapist...

Janessa Cardenas ’23, Hailey Manning ‘24, Aryanna Ferguson ‘23

How do brands and social media endorse fast fashion?

Laly Bautista, Reporter December 20, 2021

As fast fashion continues to manufacture clothing, not a lot of people understand the impact of their purchases and the consequences that come with it. Social media has become a big influence on the industry...

Ceramics teacher Terry Kauffman has been at La Quinta High for 26 years.

Terry Kauffman: Ceramics teacher, friend, Blackhawk Legend

Layla Freiberg, Editor-in-Chief December 17, 2021

In room 710, unfinished clay projects line the counters.  Terry Kauffman, clad in his mask and plaid blue button-up shirt, looks back at the quote written on a yellow poster atop his back wall, before...

Students returning to campus face mental health struggles

Students returning to campus face mental health struggles

Miranda Muir, Editor-in-Chief December 17, 2021

Choruses of bargaining with teachers for less homework, more local crisis and domestic violence hotlines added to the back of student IDs, students noticing the phrase “mental health” being heard in...

Joshua Sessa teaches psychology and U.S. History.

Joshua Sessa: “More than a teacher”

Alex Rodriguez, Reporter December 16, 2021

On a Tuesday morning, a man arrives at room 513 and is ready to have a great first year. Wearing a sweatshirt and jeans with white shoes, he begins to go over the warm-up in the beginning of class.   Joshua...

Esports Club: Best thing to ever happen on campus

Esports Club: “Best thing to ever happen” on campus

Travis Gerald, Reporter December 14, 2021

When people walk into room 706, students can be heard cheering and their controllers clicking and clacking while they play Rocket League, Halo, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and many more. It’s Thursday...

Students express their discontent over the schools dress code in August 2021 during a student-led protest.

Dress code protest sparks conversation at LQHS

Hannah Tovar, Managing Editor December 13, 2021

La Quinta High School welcomed students back to school for in-person this school year after a year of learning remotely via Zoom. As staff and students began to find their way back into the normalities...

Darren Rivera 25 in his Halloween costume.

Celebrating Halloween in a pandemic

Leila Terrazas, Reporter November 1, 2021

Halloween is widely known and celebrated around the world and enjoyed by many cultures and people. Although due to COVID-19, many people’s Halloween plans were canceled. This year, some people found...

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