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Is senior year the best year ever?

Story by Sophie Juarez, Staff Writer

October 7, 2013

Whether you’ve been looking forward to it since freshman year, or have been in denial about its arrival, it’s finally here. But is it really worth all the hype it gets? What are the perks that seniors receive? What, really, is the Senior Experience? “I feel like there’s so much to look forward...

From bunkers to ghosts, Placer is rich in its history

Story by Bernice Kwan, Staff Writer

March 12, 2013

Placer High School is full of rich history dating all the way back to 1897, the birth of our school. Many students have no idea of the historical events, sites, or people that have crossed our campus. One site is the well known and talked about Cold War bomb shelter near the weight room. “It’s...

Placer has the potential to go green

Recycling, turning out the lights, and more can all help Placer go green.

Story by Katelynn Couto, Staff Writter

March 12, 2013

Going green at Placer High could save the school money, energy and help better the Earth. It can also teach students how to be environmentally friendly for a healthy and beneficial future. "I think we should go green at Placer because the world needs help to survive and not many people are doing anything...

Some Placer students are mistreated in the workplace

Some Placer students are mistreated in the workplace

Story by Holly Hockett, Messenger Staff Writer

February 15, 2013

Placer students are being treated unfairly in the workplace, and it is affecting our outlook on the job market and our own job choices.   “Everyone else comes before minors in the workplace. Like, if I ask for a day off I will only get it if no one else asks for it,” said junior Gage Brandin.   Even...

A new super earth has recently been discovered

Story by Payton Ambrosia, Messenger Staff Writer

November 30, 2012

Scientists have discovered more planets that can potentially support life. Scientists have known about the star HD 40307. They only knew about three planets that circle HD 40307. Just recently the family of planets circling the star grew from three to six. These newly discovered planets include potentially...

The holidays can be a difficult and trying time of year for students from divorced families

Story by Elaina Lewis, Messenger Staff Writer

November 30, 2012

As the holidays get into full swing, people everywhere are busy wrapping, baking, caroling and more. But for a season dedicated to celebrating family and friends, it can be a difficult time for those dealing with divorced parents. According to The Orange County Register, the national divorce rate...

Questions stir if Teacher Aids are really necessary

Story by Erin Anderson, Messenger Staff Writer

November 13, 2012

For some being a teacher’s aide means a daily dose of paperwork and red pens, but for others, it is all about Taco Tree runs and long naps on the classroom floor. In some cases a T.A. can be a blessing to a teacher. For example, they can organize a classroom, grade papers, and complete any task...

Bullying at Placer is investigated

Story by Madison Hernandez, Messenger Staff Writer

November 13, 2012

What would you do if you witnessed bullying here at Placer? If you have, how did you react to it? Although bullying is not a common thing at Placer, it still happens. So, the question is, would you just walk by if you saw bullying taking place, or would you stop and do something about it?   "I...

Not everyone eats meat at Placer

Story by Jennifer Eich, Messenger Staff Writer

November 13, 2012

"A life without meat is a life not worth living," freshman Lily Worthington implies. Many people believe that being vegetarian is a waste of time and not healthy. The argument between people who eat meat to the ones who don’t is strong and everlasting. Vegans, vegetarians, and pescetarians are...

Inappropriate internet posts result in negative consequences

Story by Holly Hockett, Messenger Staff Writer

November 13, 2012

There has always been a struggle against drugs and alcohol in high schools, but with the advancement of modern technology, modern day drinking and smoking has been glorified by social media websites.   "I think it’s disgusting and immature," said Jenna Farmer, junior, regarding pictures...

Many are unaware of how McDonalds prepares their chicken nuggets

Story by Alexis Angleton, Messenger Staff Writer

November 13, 2012

A lot of people eat food from McDonalds, Burger King, and other fast food places, but do they really know what is in the food that they are eating? McDonald’s chicken nuggets are made with chicken, but not the parts you would think. They call it “Mechanically separated chicken”, but it is really...

There’s more to teacher’s lives than just teaching

There’s more to teacher’s lives than just teaching

Story by Elaina Lewis, Messenger Staff Writer

October 26, 2012

The dictionary defines it as anything that one has intense desire, strong affection, or pure enthusiasm for. It’s that unique activity that brings one wholesome joy, and always leaves them wanting more. It is one’s passion, and at the end of the day, we all have at least one. Students at Placer...

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