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Crime rates spike in Stockton

Story by Amber Birchell, Messenger Staff Writer

November 13, 2012

When it comes to high crime cities, Stocktonis usually one that first comes to mind. This reputation came about after eight homicides occurred within 72 hours. As of October 23rd of this year, it brought a total of 59 homicides. According to www.recordnet.com,Stockton is the second most dangerous city inCal...

Placer recieves higher API score after STAR testing in 2011-2012 school year

Placer recieves higher API score after STAR testing in 2011-2012 school year

Story by Erin Anderson, Messenger Staff Writer

October 26, 2012

  Each year Placer High School is evaluated among the other school’s in California. The evaluation is based on a number of statewide tests which reflect the school’s performance level. It earns a score which ranges from a low 200 to a high 1000. This score is known as the school’s Academic P...

Shark finning affects marine life ecosystems all over the world

Shark finning affects marine life ecosystems all over the world

Story by Holly Hockett, Messenger Staff Writer

October 26, 2012

Shark finning in the United States and Asia has been affecting marine life across the world. Should this act continue, most species of shark will be extinct. With an absence of predators, marine ecosystems will essentially collapse. This is because with nothing there to regulate the population of prey...

Lance Armstrong Stripped of All His Wins

Story by Payton Ambrosia, Messenger Staff Writer

October 26, 2012

It is not uncommon for professional athletes to sometimes risk their jobs by using illegal drugs to enhance their performances. Some suffer the consequences for breaking the rules of their sport more than others. During the past few months, Lance Armstrong has been accused of doping during the Tour...

Placer hosts semi-annual blood drive

Placer hosts semi-annual blood drive

Story by Amber Birchell, Messenger Staff Writer

October 26, 2012

PlacerHigh Schoolhosts a blood drive twice yearly that is put on by Blood Source, a local blood bank that has been coming to Placer since the mid 80’s. Placer has broken records with the amount of blood given in one drive in the past.   Blood Source collects blood throughout northern and...

Baby ads add on to senior year expenses

Story by Amber Birchell, Messenger Staff Writer

October 15, 2012

Senior baby ads are a big part of Placer High School’s potpourri. While many love documenting baby pictures and stories, many hesitate in purchasing, and argue that the cost is too high. "It [the page space] is very expensive, but it is a one time deal," said Martha Lewis, grandmother of senior...

Iranian conflict affects the US

Story by Hayden Tucker, Messenger Staff Writer

October 15, 2012

Today we, the United States of America, find ourselves in a very precarious situation. Not only are we already engaged in a war in the Middle East, tension between Iran and Israel have risen to extremely dangerous levels and the United States is directly involved. The Iran – Israel tensions are...

New lab created to help struggling students

Story by Jennifer Eich, Messenger Staff Writer

October 15, 2012

For students who are falling behind in their classes and need some educational aid, help is on the way. This year, Placer High School has created an intervention room to provide extra help for students failing two or more classes. The new intervention room is located in the foreign language building...

Apple releases iPhone 5 to mixed reviews from consumers

Story by Hayden Tucker, Messenger Staff Writer

October 15, 2012

Apple released the iPhone 5 this month, and it is the fastest, thinnest, and lightest iPhone to date. Apple, for the most part, completely redesigned the iPhone. It is only 7.6 mm in depth and weighs 112 (g). To achieve success in the down sizing, Apple reduced the size of many components inside the...

Legislation reduces Standardized Testing

Story by Lauren Taber, Editor in chief

October 15, 2012

  A new piece of legislation was signed by Governor Jerry Brown in late September that could change the way California schools are annually ranked. Standardized testing currently accounts for a significant portion of how schools are ranked, but the bill will reorganize the way the Academic Perform...

Certain courses at Placer to begin using iPads for instruction

CJ Kannady, freshman, uses one o fthe iPads that the Placer science department provided for the first time.

Story by Madison Hernandez, Messenger Staff Writer

September 28, 2012

This fall semester students might be hearing your science teachers say “Hey, there’s an app for that,” as iPads are being provided for students who are taking the biology course. Only a small amount of classes are being provided as a reflection to whether they will be purchased for every student...

Placer’s yearbook comes together

Story by Zak Liske, Editor-in-chief

March 12, 2012

Now that the unofficial deadlines to purchase yearbooks has passed, students are still wondering if they can still get their very own copy of the greatest book on the Hill. The answer is a definite yes, there are still roughly 100 yearbooks left. “When we signed our contract at the beginning of...

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