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The Student News Site of Menlo School

The Coat of Arms

The Student News Site of Menlo School

The Coat of Arms

Alyssa McAdams

Alyssa McAdams, Print Editor

Number of years in The Coat of Arms: 2

Favorite aspect of journalism: Layout days, because we get to listen to music and eat snacks and talk while we work together on print

Interests outside of school: Soccer, flag football, piano, and spending time with my dog

Class of 2025

All content by Alyssa McAdams
Something To Chew On: What’s the Best Gum Brand?

Something To Chew On: What’s the Best Gum Brand?

Alyssa McAdams, Print Editor
May 29, 2024

The crinkle of a gum wrapper in a quiet Menlo classroom turns more heads than the latest gossip. The minute a shiny pack of gum makes its debut from someone’s...

Ben Lasky (19), aka Quadeca, performs while on tour for his 2022 studio album “I Didn’t Mean To Haunt You.” “My fans just have this great energy and in my recent show I felt it even more,” he said. Photo courtesy of Lasky

Menlo Alum and Rapper Quadeca Soars to Hip-Hop Heights

Alyssa McAdams, Print Editor
May 3, 2024

Menlo alum Ben Lasky (‘19) has always considered music his greatest passion. Though most now know him as the rapper and singer-songwriter Quadeca —...

To Bridge the Millenial and Gen-Z Divide, We Must Stop Labeling Everything as “Cheugy”

To Bridge the Millenial and Gen-Z Divide, We Must Stop Labeling Everything as “Cheugy”

Alyssa McAdams, Print Editor
April 24, 2024

Side parts? Uncool. Calling your dog “doggo”? Cringe. Knee-high Uggs? Giving 2012. Especially on social media, us Gen-Zers jump at the chance to label...

Why You Should Ditch Coffee and Embrace the Tea Lifestyle

Why You Should Ditch Coffee and Embrace the Tea Lifestyle

Alyssa McAdams, Print Editor
April 22, 2024

The moment a Starbucks Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino first hit my lips, I was convinced that coffee was the one thing I had been missing all my life....

Jane Goodall answers one of the student-submitted questions. “What do I miss about nature? Everything.”

Jane Goodall Speaks to Menlo Community

Alyssa McAdams, Opinions Editor
April 2, 2024

Jane Goodall, a world-renowned primatologist and anthropologist best known for her groundbreaking observations on chimpanzees, spoke to the Menlo community...

Aaron Lowe uses his text-input-based program to record statistics at a varsity boys basketball game.

Students Elevate Menlo Athletics by Keeping Stats

Alyssa McAdams, Opinions Editor
March 25, 2024

Menlo is known for its rigorous academic expectations, but it also is filled with an athletic spirit both in and beyond the field. While over four-fifths...

Colorblind Students Experience Learning Through Different Hues

Colorblind Students Experience Learning Through Different Hues

Alyssa McAdams, Opinions Editor
March 25, 2024

In their chemistry classes, Menlo sophomores are introduced to the world of acids, bases, and indicators — substances that offer a visual color change...

Junior James Wernikoff looks to feed the ball to a teammate from behind Sacred Heart’s goal.

Boys Lacrosse Toppled by Sacred Heart

Alyssa McAdams, Opinions Editor
March 25, 2024

The Menlo boys varsity lacrosse team was defeated by Sacred Heart Prep 17-2 on Wednesday, March 20. “It’s really hard to go up against a team that...

Staff illustration: Amber More

If “Mean Girls” (2024) Taught Us Anything, It’s That Not Every Movie Needs a Sequel

Alyssa McAdams, Opinions Editor
March 12, 2024

In recent years, we’ve seen an eruption of sequels popping up in our Netflix recommendations. It seems that every major entertainment studio has decided...

Alyssa’s gnocchi was “like a cloud, with black truffle on top.” Staff photo: Alyssa McAdams

[Photo] Che Fico Review: Upscale Italian Worth the Sticker Shock?

Geoffrey Franc and Sonia Dholakia
January 30, 2024

Alyssa’s gnocchi was “like a cloud, with black truffle on top.” Staff photo: Alyssa McAdams

Looking Ahead: Fashion Trend and Style Predictions for 2024

Looking Ahead: Fashion Trend and Style Predictions for 2024

Sonia Dholakia and Alyssa McAdams
January 24, 2024

Drop waists: From fashion week to the it-girls on your For You Page, drop-waist dresses are stepping into the spotlight. The elongating silhouette...

Staff illustration: Amber More

Students Must Rethink Tutorial Time Usage

Alyssa McAdams, Opinions Editor
January 23, 2024

It’s 10:01 a.m., and you’ve just made it through your most boring class of the day. You know you should head to your math tutorial, but as you’re...

Then-sophomore Sienna Swanson gets a COVID-19 vaccine during Menlos vaccine clinic in the Spieker Center on Nov. 11, 2022.

Admin Drops COVID Vaccine Mandate, Mask Use Declines

Geoffrey Franc and Alyssa McAdams
January 15, 2024

Menlo students and faculty are no longer required to get the COVID-19 vaccine as of the beginning of this school year, removing a mandate that had been...

Photo Courtesy of Kaufman

Print 50.2: Menlo’s Self-Taught Musicians Share Their Stories Continued…

Alyssa McAdams, Opinions Editor
December 7, 2023

It’s no secret that Menlo is a second home to countless creative minds, from visual artists to dancers and photographers. However, there is one group...

Minning meets with his cast and crew during a rehearsal of “Little Shop of Horrors.” “The Little Shop of Horrors” was performed at the end of October, kicking off the 2022-2023 school year as the first musical. Staff Photo: Sonia Dholakia

Steven Minning Steps Down From Role as Creative Arts Director

Alyssa McAdams, Opinions Editor
December 5, 2023

As of this 2023-2024 school year, Creative Arts Director of seven years Steven Minning will step down from his broader director position to focus his attention...

Freshmen Parker Richardson, Merrick Ward, Rafe Weiden (left to right) and Benji Rubin (far right) listen to a con-
versation between Ethics teacher Jack Bowen and freshman Charles Mura (second from right) about the ethicality of ‘flopping’ while playing soccer. “I’d learned a little about [ethics] while in Menlo Middle, but the seminar class was really cool because I got to learn about the topic in a different way,” Rubin said. Staff photo: Alyssa McAdams

Freshman Rotation Is Menlo’s Most Underappreciated Required Course

Alyssa McAdams, Opinions Editor
October 25, 2023

Virtually every Menlo student has participated in freshman seminar, a required semester-long course for ninth graders in which students rotate through...

Staff illustration: Amber More

Class-Wide Communication Must Be Made More Inclusive and Accessible

Alyssa McAdams, Opinions Editor
October 19, 2023

While Menlo School seniors must face the harrowing journey of college applications, they also get to enjoy beloved traditions and exciting social events...

Kim smiles as she tracks her shot at a match against Notre-Dame Belmont on Oct. 11, 2022. Her teammates report that they rarely see Kim without a smile on her face, especially not when she plays golf. Photo courtesy of Joelle Kim

Joelle Kim Shoots Beyond Just Hole-In-ones

Alyssa McAdams, Staff Writer
February 6, 2023

Junior Joelle Kim became the first Menlo girls’ golf team member to shoot a hole-in-one in early October. Kim's impressive achievement did not come without...

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