I served as the Editor-in-Chief of The Bolt, the independent student newspaper at Sage Hill School, from 2013 to 2014. While many pieces were only published in print, below are an assortment which were duly published on LightningBoltOnline.com, the Bolt’s online component which was launched during my tenure as E-I-C:
‘Coffee House Reviews’ – May 12, 2014
Before you grab the taurine-laced energy drink or an instant coffee at home, I must make a case for my specific genre of caffeine consumption—the coffee house experience. Depending on where you go, the coffee house experience may include a pretentious girl with lensless glasses with a Parliament tucked behind her ear or a guy reading Lolita while wearing a cat sweater.
I would have never made it through my 35-hours-awake stretch of junior year in which I started and completed three essays and aced three tests without the help of my Ray Bans-adorned baristas. Here are the best places in Orange County to get wired and get work done.
‘Debate Team Places 3rd in Tournament’ – April 14, 2014
A cultural zeitgeist of young adult culture at the end of the 20th century, the cartoon television program Daria failed to achieve the longevity of its more raunchy contemporaries such as South Park, Futurama and Family Guy. However, the eponymous Daria’s condescending, Mona Lisa smile has stood the test of time, achieving a substantial cult following in the last decade. Hence, MTV’s recent decision to re-release Daria, which originally aired from 1997-2001, feels like a decision not out of laziness, but instead one of realization.
Daria Morgendorffer’s surroundings are two-dimensional, not only in terms of animation style but also in the cast of characters that surround her.
Vapid solipsism permeates Daria’s setting, which viewers instantly see in an initial scene of the pilot, which involves Daria, voiced by Tracy Grandstaff, and her unfortunately loquacious sister Quinn, voiced by Wendy Hoopes, taking a psychological exam upon the beginning of their tenure at Lawndale High School.