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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

Alex Levitt

Alex Levitt, Editor in Chief


Number of years in The Coat of Arms: 4

Favorite aspect of journalism: working with my classmates to share hidden stories with the community!

Interests outside of school: watching football and hockey

Class of 2023

All content by Alex Levitt
A recent NBC news poll found that 76% of Americans believe there is a threat to democracy and majority rule. Staff illustration: Tatum Herrin

Discussion: What is America’s Political Outlook?

Alex Levitt and Penelope Stinson
February 9, 2023

With the start of a divided Congress, Editor in Chief Alex Levitt and Opinions Editor Penelope Stinson look back on the long lasting political impacts...

Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar hosted the 2022 FIFA World Cup Final.
Photo courtesy of Ross Muchnick

Discussion: What Role do Sports Have in Human Rights?

Alex Levitt and Penelope Stinson
January 16, 2023

In light of the social justice controversy stemming from player protest, or lack thereof, during the World Cup in Qatar, Editor in Chief Alex Levitt and...

The NFL touts their “player first” mentality but they are underdelivering. They need to set in place stricter guidelines, no matter how unpopular they may be, that ensure players don’t get back on the field with a possible concussion. Staff illustration: Sutton Inouye

Discussion: How are Serious Concussion Issues Changing Football?

Alex Levitt and Penelope Stinson
December 5, 2022

Miami Dolphins franchise quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was at the center of the NFL’s concussion controversy, after seemingly suffering concussions in back-to-back...

A variety of Menlo faculty are departing at the conclusion of the school year. Staff graphic: Sophie Fang

From 48.5 Print: Departing Teachers Share Favorite Memories Continued

This collection of stories is an online extension and reproduction of the Coat of Arms 48.5 print edition. This package includes the original articles...

California high school basketball players are still required to have masks on their face, although almost all players have worn them under their chin to prevent fatigue, shortness of breath or loss of consciousness. Despite no medical advantages, this routine continues to be mandated and practiced across the state. Staff photo: Lexi Friesel.

Two Years In, It’s Time To Start Living Freely

Alex Levitt, News Editor
February 3, 2022

Two. Long. Years. That’s how long it’s been since COVID-19 was first detected in America, and that’s how long it’s been since people started panicking...

Flik served chicken tikka masala on Thursday, Jan. 13 using ingredients from last weeks deliveries. This week, Flik used a similar menu to the week of Jan. 2 in an attempt to incorporate leftover ingredients due to online learning. Staff Photo: Alex Levitt.

[Photo] Flik Team Makes Adjustments During Online and Return To On-campus Learning

Lizzie Freehill, Staff Writer
January 14, 2022

Flik served chicken tikka masala on Thursday, Jan. 13 using ingredients from last week's deliveries. This week, Flik used a similar menu to the week of...

Seniors Tessa Grosso and Stella El-Fishawy, both in the Gold hybrid group, study on the quad together. When all students return to campus April 19, only seniors will be allowed to study on the quad during free periods, as many areas of the quad will be used as classroom space. Juniors, sophomores and freshmen are assigned other areas on campus for free periods. Photo courtesy of Lucas Vogel.

Menlo to Bring 100% of Students on Campus After Spring Break

Alex Levitt and Carly McAdam
April 1, 2021

Menlo intends to bring 100% of students back to campus each day starting Monday, April 19. According to an email from Head of School Than Healy, there...

Capitol police officer Eugene Goodman helped protect the building during the Jan. 6 riot. Staff illustration: Andrea Li.

Top Picks From Print: The Capitol Police Officers Need to Be Celebrated, Not Criticized

Alex Levitt, Assistant News Editor
February 16, 2021

Note: This story originally appeared in the 47.3 print edition of The Coat of Arms in February 2021. --------- Americans witnessed an insurrection on...

The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines both have been approved for distribution throughout the U.S., representing a key development toward overcoming the pandemic. Staff illustration: Dorinda Xiao.

Vaccines Offer Hope for Returning to School and Normality

Alex Levitt, Assistant News Editor
January 12, 2021

As America has authorized and begun inoculations of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, economists, school leaders and scientists all see...

Members of the Proud Boys, a neo-fascist political group, stand on the street in Washington, D.C. Pro-Trump rioters, including many members of the Proud Boys, stormed the Capitol Building on Jan. 6. Creative Commons photo: Elvert Barnes on Flickr.

Pro-Trump Rioters Storm Capitol, Menlo Holds Special Assembly

Alex Levitt, Assistant News Editor
January 7, 2021

Extremist pro-Trump protesters stormed the Capitol building and breached security on Wednesday, Jan. 6, the day that Congress was scheduled to certify...

Californians voted on 12 state propositions during the 2020 elections. The Menlo community discussed four of these propositions during an exercise in civil discourse leading up to the election. Creative Commons photo: Account #472301 on Pixabay.

California Votes on Key State Propositions

Alex Levitt, Assistant News Editor
November 19, 2020

On Election Day, millions of Californians voted for candidates in a variety of elections; however, the state of California also voted on 12 state propositions,...

School closures during the pandemic have contributed to a rise in mental health struggles among teenagers. Staff illustration: Michele Hratko.

Distance Learning Harms Teenagers’ Mental Health, Experts Find

Alex Levitt, Assistant News Editor
November 5, 2020

By creating an environment conducive to increased anxiety and depression, COVID-19 school closures have had a negative impact on the mental health of many...

Menlo plans to reopen with a limited hybrid model starting Oct. 16. The school has equipped classrooms with new technology to enhance virtual classes, as well as reconfigured classrooms to accommodate more social distancing. Staff photo: Alex Levitt.

Menlo Announces Modified Hybrid Plan, To Begin Oct. 26

Alex Levitt, Assistant News Editor
October 10, 2020

Head of School Than Healy wrote in an email to the Menlo community on Friday that the school plans to return to a limited form of hybrid learning on Oct....

The Menlo campus has undergone various changes, most as a response to the pandemic, including modifications to classrooms and athletic facilities. Staff photo: Alex Levitt.

In Photos: Menlo Implements Campus Changes for Coronavirus and Sustainability

Sylvie Venuto, Sophia Artandi, and Alex Levitt
August 29, 2020

    A fence has been put in place around Menlo’s campus, with a single entrance through the gate along the loop. Once in-person classes...

On Tuesday, March 3, California and 13 other states will vote for their candidate of choice in the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primaries. Creative Commons photo: Penn State on Flickr.

All You Need to Know Before Super Tuesday

Alex Levitt, Staff Writer
February 27, 2020

With all that is going on in the news, you may be feeling confused on what the 2020 election is shaping up to be. There is news coverage on the candidates...

Student protests demonstrate political action, showing that the voting age should be again lowered, this time to 16, because 16 and 17 year olds have valuable perspectives that should be represented in government. Creative Commons Photo: Lori Shaull on Flickr.

Research Suggests the Voting Age Should be Lowered to 16

Alex Levitt, Staff Writer
January 28, 2020

On July 1, 1971, the 26th Amendment was ratified, lowering the voting age from 21 to 18. The decision to lower the voting age was largely influenced by...

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