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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

Annie Stent

Annie Stent, Copy Editor


Number of years in The Coat of Arms: 3

Favorite aspect of journalism: writing stories on topics I’m passionate about

Interests outside of school: volleyball, spending time with friends and family, walking my dogs

Class of 2023

All content by Annie Stent
Seniors should be mindful about wearing college merch throughout the college admissions process because it can be a sensitive subject for some students. Staff illustration: Sutton Inouye

Students Should Be Mindful of Wearing College Merch During the Admissions Process

Annie Stent, Staff Writer
May 16, 2023

Whether it's a sweatshirt, hat, T-shirt, pajama pants or key chain, the reasons behind wearing college merch can range from simply liking the look of an...

Sofia Flierl fakes out the goalie before shooting. Photo courtesy of Flierl.

Female Athlete Profile: Sofia Flierl, Water Polo

Annie Stent, Copy Editor
April 17, 2023

For sophomore Sofia Flierl, being in the water has been non-negotiable since she was just five years old. Flierl swam recreationally for years before...

Junior Sage Huddleston swims competitively at the Burlingame Aquatic Club. Staff Illustration: Michelle Hratko

Female Athlete Profile: Sage Huddleston, Swimming

Annie Stent, Copy Editor
March 28, 2023

Between the general two-year-old activities of eating, sleeping and throwing temper tantrums, junior Sage Huddleston was already swimming competitively. Swimming...

Chou dribbles the ball in a 2-1 win over WBAL rival Sacred Heart. Photo courtesy of Gina Skinner

Female Athlete Profile: Angelica Chou, Soccer, Basketball, Track

Annie Stent, Copy Editor
January 19, 2023

Sophomore Angelica Chou played two varsity sports — basketball and track — as a freshman, and recently added another, soccer, forcing her to make a...

There has been up to a 40% decrease in serious injuries and fatalities for young drivers since the Graduated Driver Licensing laws, according to Impact Teen Driver representative Tonya Gonzalez. Staff illustration: Sutton Inouye

Administration Organizes New Distracted Driving Curriculum for Assembly as a Part of Two-Year Educational Platform

Annie Stent, Copy Editor
January 10, 2023

On Nov. 29, 2022, Menlo held an assembly discussing the important issue of distracted driving. Sophomores through seniors attended the assembly, as many...

Labatt prepares to hit a ball in a Menlo tennis match. Staff photo: Lexi Friesel

Female Athlete Profile, Sofia Labatt

Annie Stent, Copy Editor
January 5, 2023

Senior Sofia Labatt began playing tennis at four years old by chance. On a rainy day in her former home in San Francisco, her parents needed something...

Hirsch rushes to get the ball live after a foul. Photo courtesy of Kate Hirsch

Female Athlete Profile: Kate Hirsch, Water Polo

Annie Stent, Copy Editor
November 17, 2022

Making a varsity team as an underclassman, especially as a freshman, is an uncommon accomplishment; however, freshman Kate Hirsch has done so this year....

Barkely hits a ball at her softball tournament with the Cal Nuggets. Photo Courtesy of Helen Barkley

Female Athlete Profile: Helen Barkley, Softball, Soccer, Track

Annie Stent, Copy Editor
November 6, 2022

Once a student-athlete chooses their high school, everything else is essentially set for their athletic career: schools cannot recruit athletes to their...

Williams is an impressive example of someone with love and respect for her sport. Staff Illustration: Sophie Fang

Thank You Serena Williams: A Woman Who Redefined Being a Female Athlete

Annie Stent, Copy Editor
October 16, 2022

Babe Ruth, Lionel Messi and Michael Jordan are all considered to be some of the greatest athletes of all time. I would like to add one more to that list:...

Xin dribbles the ball on offense. Photo Courtesy of Karen Xin

Female Athlete Profile: Karen Xin, Basketball

Annie Stent, Copy Editor
October 14, 2022

An Introduction to the Female Athlete Profile Column: Women’s sports can go underappreciated; they receive less viewership and pay than their male counterparts.  There...

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,...

Fast fashion outfits are generally not worn again. Illustration by Sutton Inouye

Spirit Week’s “Fast Fashion” Practices Must Change

Annie Stent, Copy Editor
October 6, 2022

Spirit Week is chock full of fun traditions, games and assemblies. To promote spirit and general enthusiasm, every day of Spirit Week has a different dress-up...

Chen attempts to block a ball with teammate Sharon Nejad against Saint Francis. Photo courtesy of Pam McKenny.

Committed Corner: Jazlin Chen

Annie Stent, Copy Editor
June 29, 2022

This spring, senior Jazlin Chen committed to play Division III women’s basketball and volleyball at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.  Chen...

Opinions from 48.5 Print covered free periods, Will Smiths slap, graduation requirements and more. Staff illustration: Michele Hratko

From 48.5 Print: Free Periods, Free Students: Dismantling the Stigma Around Free Periods

Annie Stent, Copy Editor
May 15, 2022

Menlo’s curriculum is challenging: classes are difficult and workloads are almost always heavy. Many students also do extracurricular activities on top...

 Simone Adam attacking the ball against rival, Sacred Heart Prep. Photo courtesy of Simone Adam.

Committed Corner: Simone Adam

Annie Stent, Assistant Opinions Editor
March 7, 2022

Last July, senior Simone Adam committed to play Division III women’s volleyball at Johns Hopkins University.  Adam started playing volleyball in...

Due to excessive crowd-surging at Travis Scotts music festival, Astroworld, dozens of concertgoers were injured and 10 were killed. Staff illustration: Dorinda Xiao.

Travis Scott Could, and Should, Have Stopped his Concert

Annie Stent, Assistant Opinions Editor
January 19, 2022

Travis Scott’s music festival, Astroworld, was held from Friday, Nov. 5 to Saturday, Nov. 6 at NRG Park in Houston, Texas. The festival featured more...

Both the SAT and ACT are standardized tests that many colleges use to determine whether to admit a student.

SAT versus ACT

Annie Stent, Assistant Opinions Editor
January 3, 2022

Literature Comparison Infographic by Annie Stent

With the COVID-19 pandemic normalizing masks, they might be a permanent part of future daily life. Staff illustration: Sophie Fang.

What is the Future of Masks?

Annie Stent, Assistant Opinions Editor
November 30, 2021

Masks: they’ve been a predominant feature on people’s faces since April 2020. We’ve seen bandanas, disposable masks, homemade and store-bought cloth...

Teachers reflect on the pandemics impacts on students learning this year. Staff illustration: Tatum Herrin.

Teachers are Hopeful That Students Can Recover From the Setbacks of Distance Learning

Annie Stent, Assistant Opinions Editor
November 4, 2021

Distance learning left students in different places academically: it worked well for some and not as well for others. According to multiple teachers, students’...

Gender inequality in sports remains a pressing issue. Staff illustration: Dorinda Xiao.

Menlo Juniors Start Club to Spread Awareness on Gender Inequality in Sports

Annie Stent, Assistant Opinions Editor
October 20, 2021

Unequal pay. Unequal treatment in schools. Unequal opportunity in the workforce. The fight for gender equality is an ongoing struggle, and two student-athletes...

Teachers and students admit that classroom environments still lack normalcy. Staff illustration: Tatum Herrin.

Menlo Is Slowly Returning to Normalcy, but Progress Still Needs to Be Made

Annie Stent, Assistant Opinions Editor
October 13, 2021

Menlo is nearly back to normal this year, and teachers are working to connect with their students once again. Last year, teachers taught remotely, but...

Staff Illustration: Sophie Fang.

Looking Back And Reaching Forward: The Administration Reflects On The Year

Annie Stent, Assistant Opinions Editor
June 2, 2021

Throughout this year, students and teachers have worked to try and get through the pandemic together. However, while students and teachers work in the...

To conserve resources and help make the planet greener, empty egg cartons can be repurposed as garden starters and small plant holders. Creative Commons photo: Chris Feser on Flickr.

Four Ways to Reuse Household Items

Annie Stent, Staff Writer
April 29, 2021


Many teachers are excited to welcome all of the student body onto campus. Previously, students attended school virtually or in person with their Blue and Gold cohorts. Staff illustration: Sophie Fang.

Teachers Are Excited to Welcome All Students Back and Ready to Make Adjustments

Annie Stent, Staff Writer
April 19, 2021

After spring break, Menlo will return to in-person classes with 100% of the student body allowed on campus. The school observed a one-week quarantine period...

Sias lack of consultation with members of the autistic community led to harmful characterizations of autistic people in her recent movie Music. Staff illustration: Tatum Herrin.

Don’t Watch Sia’s New Film ‘Music’

Annie Stent, Staff Writer
April 6, 2021

Australian pop singer Sia released the movie "Music" on Feb. 10, 2021. The film is about a girl named Music who is on the autism spectrum. The movie follows...

Being part of the undersized category creates extra challenges for for athletes, but hard work can always bring positive results. Staff illustration: Tatum Herrin.

My Perspective on Being an “Undersized” Athlete Has Changed

Annie Stent, Staff Writer
March 23, 2021

In sports, bigger is better — or at least that's how it feels to me. I always thought I was tall at five-foot-nine-inches, but as a volleyball player,...

Students both in-person and on Zoom in Spanish teacher Janet Tennyson’s class play Kahoot to practice their vocabulary. Staff photo: Annie Stent.

Menlo Students and Teachers Readjust to Hybrid Learning

Annie Stent, Staff Writer
March 3, 2021

From Tuesday, Jan. 19 until the start of mid-winter break on Friday, Feb. 12, Menlo returned for its second round of hybrid learning. During this four-week...

Nasal swabs are placed in test tubes once the test has been administered. At many public COVID-19 testing sites, healthcare professionals administer the test to patients; however, at Menlos on-campus testing site, school community members self-administer their tests. Staff illustration: Annie Stent.

On-Campus COVID-19 Testing is a Must-Use Resource

Annie Stent, Staff Writer
February 2, 2021

Nasal swabs are placed in test tubes once the test has been administered. At many public COVID-19 testing sites, healthcare professionals administer the...

CRIs Menlo student volunteers meet to discuss plans for the organization. Staff photo: Annie Stent.

Restorative Justice Advocate Helps Menlo Students Make an Impact

Annie Stent and Kaylie Wu
January 15, 2021

Collette Carroll is the founder of the California Reentry Institute (CRI), an organization that provides pre-release and post-release programs for incarcerated...

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