The Coat of Arms

Alea Marks

Alea Marks, Staff Writer


Number of years in the Coat of Arms: 2.

Favorite aspect of journalism: the people on the staff. I love working with them and bonding over journalism.

Interests outside of school: I run cross country and track, and I do Mock Trial. I also lead the beekeeping club and raise Guide Dogs for the blind.

Grade: 11.

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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

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

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

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

March 18, 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

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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