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The Coat of Arms

The Student News Site of Menlo School

The Coat of Arms

The Student News Site of Menlo School

The Coat of Arms

Alea Marks

Alea Marks, Community Relations Director


Number of years in The Coat of Arms: 3

Favorite aspect of journalism: getting people's reactions to our stories and seeing how our work impacts the community

Interests outside of school: raising Guide Dogs for the Blind, lifting, watching the sunset.

Class of 2023

All content by Alea Marks
Artificial intelligence programs like ChatGPT are creating breeding grounds for cheating, the spread of misinformation, and a decrease in work ethic and integrity. However, people should be working with AI, not against it. Staff illustration: Tatum Herrin

ChatGPT: Artificial Intelligence is Outsmarting Us

Alea Marks, Community Relations Director
February 3, 2023

The rise of technology has made plagiarism an ever-present issue. With the click of a button, students can find answer keys, summaries, sample essays and...

TeenView offered support to companies that felt out of touch with their teenage audience. We worked with companies that were out of touch with teens but had built their entire business around teens,” Mitic said. Photo courtesy of

Students Assist Bay Area Companies on Teenage Outreach

Alea Marks, Community Relations Director
January 23, 2023

Junior Tyler Mitic founded his own company, TeenView, in 2020. According to its website, TeenView served as a global community of teens committed to helping...

Students cheer on the football team during the 2021 Homecoming Game. Photo Courtesy of Cyrus Lowe

Homecoming and Spirit Week Opinions Package

Annie Stent, Erica Fenyo, Alea Marks, and Kaylie Wu
October 6, 2022

The Spirit Week leading up to the Homecoming football game is a highlight for many Menlo students. From the dress-up days to the lunchtime activities,...

The class of 2022 girls football team celebrates their victory in last years contest. Photo courtesy of Michaela Courand

Is the Girls Flag Football Game Beneficial or Harmful?

Alea Marks and Erica Fenyo
October 6, 2022

While the week of Menlo’s Homecoming is filled with activities, dress-up days and pep assemblies to promote school spirit, the week’s main event is...

Spread from 48.5 Print covered technology usage at Menlo. Staff illustration: Tatum Herrin

From 48.5 Print: The Dangers Behind the Screen: Students Explain Snapchat Functions At Menlo

Alea Marks, Community Relations Director
May 18, 2022

Snapchat, “the fastest way to share a moment,” is used by over 75 percent of American teenagers ages 13-17 according to the Associated Press-NORC Center...

Staff illustration: Alea Marks.

Emotional Support Dogs Versus Service Dogs

Alea Marks, Staff Writer
March 1, 2022

Emotional Support vs. Service Dogs V2 by Menlo CoA

On Sunday, Nov. 7, the time changed so the clocks fell back an hour. Staff illustration: Dorinda Xiao.

Daylight Savings Doesn’t Save Us Anything

Alea Marks, Staff Writer
November 18, 2021

When you get out of school and the sun is already setting, it’s easy to feel a sense of exhaustion and lack of motivation. Students already feel tired...

A year after the pandemic started, some students are beginning to feel like they are escaping from the cage of COVID-19. Still, others feel lasting effects that continue to impact their lives. Staff illustration: Sophie Fang.

Menlo Students Reflect on How the Pandemic Changed Their Lives

Alea Marks, Staff Writer
May 4, 2021

In March 2020 when the first cases of the COVID-19 virus were reported in the United States, Menlo was one of the first schools in the nation to shut down....

In the Biotechnology Research class, senior Camille Porteous performs a COVID-19 test on synthetic control RNA samples. Staff photo: Alea Marks.

In Photos: Applied Science Classes Adapt to Hybrid Learning

Alea Marks, Staff Writer
March 31, 2021

Many Menlo science teachers pride themselves on their hands-on approach to applied science classes. “The predominant mode of learning is by doing. The...

Menlo teachers now use 65-inch monitors to display students on Zoom to the students in the classroom during hybrid learning. The Zoom carts have become a staple in Menlo classrooms, and many teachers plan to continue using them in the future. Staff illustration: Dorinda Xiao.

Teachers Comment on New Zoom Cart Technology

Alea Marks, Staff Writer
March 19, 2021

Zoom carts were introduced to all Menlo classrooms during the pandemic, but several teachers plan to continue using them even when all students are back...

Tinsley poses for a photo in front of the Capitol wearing a flag, hat and shirt that read, Make America Great Again and “Keep America Great.” The photo circulated on social media after it was leaked from a group chat that Tinsley sent it to.

Sugar Shack Owner’s Participation in Capitol Protest is Unjustifiable

Alea Marks, Staff Writer
January 29, 2021

On Jan. 6, Americans nationwide watched as chaos unfolded at the Capitol; I watched in astonishment as thousands of people stormed the Capitol building....

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