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Emily Han, Online Editor

 

Fun fact: Emily is happiest when she's drinking boba and listening to Taylor Swift!

Interests outside of school: Volunteering, mock trial, board games, tennis.

Favorite celebrity: Bryan Stevenson.

Grade: 11.

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Among this week's major news stories: California enabled earlier release for 76,000 incarcerated people. Creative Commons photo: JoshuaDavisPhotography on Flickr.

Quiz: The World This Week – May 2, 2021

May 2, 2021

Quiz yourself on Biden's first 100 days in office, Chloé Zhao's historic Oscar award and other topics. ——— The World This Week (TW2) is a newsletter...

Among this week's major news stories: Dozens of world leaders met at a virtual climate summit on April 22, which was Earth Day. Many pledged to reduce their countries' carbon emissions in coming years. Creative Commons photo: Steve Corey on Flickr.

Quiz: The World This Week – April 25, 2021

April 25, 2021

Quiz yourself on former police officer Derek Chauvin's verdict, India's COVID-19 surge and other topics. ——— The World This Week (TW2) is a newsletter...

Amid this week's major news stories: As former police officer Derek Chauvin continues to face trial for the death of George Floyd, recent deaths at the hands of the police have sparked more outrage. Creative Commons photo: Andrew Ratto on Flickr.

Quiz: The World This Week – April 18, 2021

April 18, 2021

Quiz yourself on recent police shootings, Biden's decision to withdraw remaining U.S. troops in Afghanistan and other topics. ——— The World This...

Among this week's major news stories: Derek Chauvin is on trial for the death of George Floyd. Since the trial started, protesters have often gathered outside the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn., where the trial is taking place. Creative Commons photo: Chad Davis on Flickr.

Quiz: The World This Week – April 11, 2021

April 11, 2021

Quiz yourself on the former police officer Derek Chauvin's trial, Prince Philip's death and other topics. ——— The World This Week (TW2) is a...

Among this week's headlines: Most schools in the Bay Area and across California remain unable to fully reopen. Menlo School, which has been using a hybrid learning model for several months, recently announced plans to return to 100% capacity in three weeks. Photo courtesy of Tripp Robbins.

Quiz: The World This Week – March 28, 2021

March 28, 2021

Quiz yourself on the vaccine eligibility in California, the shooting in Boulder, Colo. and other topics. ——— The World This Week (TW2) is a newsletter...

Among this week's major news stories: A gunman killed eight people, including six women of Asian descent, in a series of shootings in Atlanta-area spas on March 16. This event was one of the deadliest among recent anti-Asian attacks across the U.S. Creative Commons photo: Miki Jourdan on Flickr.

Quiz: The World This Week – March 21, 2021

March 21, 2021

Quiz yourself on the Biden administration's border efforts, anti-Asian violence, vaccine diplomacy and other topics. ——— The World This Week (TW2)...

Among this week's major news stories: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, also known by their official titles as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, told Oprah Winfrey in a recent interview that Meghan faced racism from the royal family. Creative Commons photo: Commonwealth Secretariat on Flickr.

Quiz: The World This Week – March 14, 2021

March 14, 2021

Quiz yourself on vaccine progress as the pandemic reaches its anniversary, Meghan Markle's interview with Oprah and other topics. ——— The World...

Among this week's major news stories: The U.S. Senate approved a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. If the House re-approves the plan, new stimulus checks will become available to many Americans. Creative Commons photo: Phil Roeder on Flickr.

Quiz: The World This Week – March 7, 2021

March 7, 2021

Quiz yourself on indoor sports reopening in California, the coronavirus relief package Senate approval and other topics. ——— The World This Week...

Among this week's major news stories: California's COVID-19 restrictions forced many restaurants to adapt to outdoor dining. As some counties now move to less restrictive tiers, however, certain indoor businesses are freer to reopen. Creative Commons photo: Cindy Shebley on Flickr.

Quiz: The World This Week – February 28, 2021

February 28, 2021

Quiz yourself on COVID-19 vaccine inequities, the discoveries of a newly released U.S. intelligence report and other topics. ——— The World This...

The Perseverance rover landed on Mars on Feb. 18, carrying the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter. Pictured is one of the first images that Perseverance captured after touching down on Mars. Creative Commons photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

Quiz: The World This Week – February 21, 2021

February 21, 2021

Quiz yourself on high school sports reopening, the Perseverance Mars rover and other topics. ——— The World This Week (TW2) is a newsletter by The...

Among this week's major news stories: The Biden administration is ending U.S. support for the Saudi-led offensive in Yemen, where the world's largest humanitarian crisis is taking place. Creative Commons photo: ibrahem Qasim on Flickr.

Quiz: The World This Week – February 7, 2021

February 7, 2021

Quiz yourself on Super Bowl LV during the pandemic, Alexei Navalny's prison sentence and other topics. ——— The World This Week (TW2) is a newsletter...

Among this week's major news stories: California lifted its regional stay-at-home order on Jan. 25; many businesses and schools now have more opportunities to reopen. Menlo opened campus for hybrid learning on Jan. 19. Staff photo: Emily Han.

Quiz: The World This Week – January 31, 2020

January 31, 2021

Quiz yourself on Newsom's recall threat, Biden's coronavirus relief package and other topics. ——— The World This Week (TW2) is a newsletter by...

Among this week's major news stories: On Wednesday, Jan. 20, President Joe Biden was sworn into office. He is pictured with First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff. Creative Commons photo: GPA Photo Archive on Flickr.

Quiz: The World This Week – January 24, 2021

January 24, 2021

Quiz yourself on California's vaccine rollout, President Joe Biden's inauguration and other topics. ——— The World This Week (TW2) is a newsletter...

Among this week's major news stories: On Wednesday, Jan. 13, President Donald Trump was impeached a second time. Only two other presidents in U.S. history have been impeached, and Trump is the only president ever to be impeached twice. Creative Commons photo: Marco Verch on Flickr.

Quiz: The World This Week – January 17, 2021

January 17, 2021

Quiz yourself on Trump's second impeachment, Italy's historic mafia trial and other topics. ——— The World This Week (TW2) is a newsletter by The...

Among this week's major news stories: Pro-trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday, Jan. 6. The riots created panic -- both inside the building and nationwide -- and led to several deaths. Creative Commons photo: Elvert Barnes on Flickr.

Quiz: The World This Week – January 10, 2021

January 10, 2021

Quiz yourself on the riots at the U.S. Capitol, California's shelter-in-place order extension, coronavirus variants and other topics. ——— The World...

Across the nation and globe, 2020 saw countless historical moments. Photos: Jonathan van Smit, Neil Moralee, yashmori and Victoria Pickering on Flickr.

The World This Week: 2020 Recap Edition

December 20, 2020

The World This Week (TW2) is a newsletter by The Coat of Arms. TW2 seeks to provide a compact and digestible source of world and local news, sent to your...

Among this week's major news stories: If he is confirmed, Xavier Becerra will work as President-elect Joe Biden's secretary of health and human services. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who will appoint Kamala Harris' senate replacement, will also choose a new person to fill Becerra's position. Quiz yourself on Becerra's current position below! Creative Commons photo: Gage Skidmore on Flickr.

Quiz: The World This Week – December 13, 2020

December 13, 2020

Quiz yourself on the new CA Notify system, U.S. vaccine distribution and other topics. ——— The World This Week (TW2) is a newsletter by The Coat...

Among this week's major news stories: President-elect Joe Biden has started nominating his cabinet members. He promised to build an administration that

Quiz: The World This Week – December 6, 2020

December 6, 2020

Quiz yourself on California's new lockdown measures, Biden's cabinet picks and other topics. ——— The World This Week (TW2) is a newsletter by The...

Among this week's major news stories: Iran's top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated on Friday, Nov. 27. Several international authorities believe that Israel was responsible for the killing, but Israel has not confirmed anything on this matter. Creative Commons photo: futureatlas.com on Flickr.

Quiz: The World This Week – November 29, 2020

November 29, 2020

Quiz yourself on California's COVID-19 status, Purdue Pharma's criminal settlement and other topics. ——— The World This Week (TW2) is a newsletter...

Among this week's major news stories: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised the public against traveling for Thanksgiving. Their website offers alternative ways to spend the holiday with loved ones virtually. Creative Commons photo: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Quiz: The World This Week – November 22, 2020

November 22, 2020

Quiz yourself on Trump's election lawsuits, Tokyo Olympics updates and other topics. ——— The World This Week (TW2) is a newsletter by The Coat...

Among this week's major news stories: California becomes the second state, following Texas, to record a total of one million coronavirus cases. Pfizer, a pharmaceutical company, recently announced a promising vaccine amid consistent increases in daily U.S. case counts this week. Creative Commons photo: duncan c on Flickr.

Quiz: The World This Week – November 15, 2020

November 15, 2020

Quiz yourself on COVID-19 this week, violence in Ethiopia and other topics. ——— The World This Week (TW2) is a newsletter by The Coat of Arms....

Among this week's election stories: New Yorkers -- as well as others throughout the nation -- celebrate Joe Biden and Kamala Harris' victory in the 2020 election. Meanwhile, many Trump supporters still reject the election results, and Trump has raised several legal battles. Creative Commons photo: Geoff Livingston on Flickr.

Quiz: The World This Week – November 8, 2020

November 8, 2020

Quiz yourself on the 2020 election! ——— The World This Week (TW2) is a newsletter by The Coat of Arms. TW2 seeks to provide a compact and digestible...

Among this week's major news stories: Sen. Kamala Harris could become the next vice president. Her record as California's Attorney General from 2011 to 2017 and her self-described status as a

Quiz: The World This Week: November 1, 2020

November 1, 2020

Visit this page for the November 8, 2020 Elections Edition quiz!   Quiz yourself on Kamala Harris' past and potential roles, 2020 election predictions...

Knight Vision’s first virtual meeting of this school year brought increased student participation, allowing for the start of several service-based projects. Staff photo: Emily Han.

[Photo] COVID-19 Brings Increase in Student Community Engagement Participation

October 27, 2020

Knight Vision’s first virtual meeting of this school year brought increased student participation, allowing for the start of several service-based projects....

The results of the 2020 election could substantially impact several contentious matters in the United States, according to Menlo community members. In addition to these consequential matters, controversies over voting have also arisen so far during the period leading up to this year's election. Staff illustration: Grace Tang.

Various Key Issues, Voting in Question During 2020 Elections

October 26, 2020

Note: This story is the second of a two-part series about the 2020 elections; read the first one here. The series is an extension of a story that appeared...

Among this week's major news stories: President Trump and Joe Biden faced off in the second presidential debate on Thursday, Oct. 22. While Thursday's debate reflected slightly more civility than did the first one on Sept. 29, both candidates still became bitter or sarcastic at many points. Screengrab: C-SPAN.

Quiz: The World This Week – October 25, 2020

October 25, 2020

Quiz yourself on the death penalty in California, Senate races, Russian cyberattacks and other topics. --------- The World This Week (TW2) is a newsletter...

Menlo students and teachers reflect on America’s deteriorating condition in anticipation of the Nov. 3 elections this year. Many members of the school community fear that regardless of the election’s outcome, extreme national polarization will lead to mayhem in the following months and beyond. Illustration courtesy of Kate Richardson.

Menlo Community Members Consider Trump and Biden, Anticipate Election Outcomes and Perils

October 23, 2020

Note: This story is the first of a two-part series about the 2020 elections; read the second one here. The series is an extension of a story that appeared...

Among this week's major news stories: The Senator Judiciary Committee -- including key figures like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) -- spent hours questioning Judge Amy Coney Barrett about her stances and qualifications. President Trump nominated Barrett to the Supreme Court shortly after Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death last month. Photo: C-SPAN.

Quiz: The World This Week – October 18, 2020

October 18, 2020

Quiz yourself on the Barrett confirmation hearings, the second coronavirus wave and other topics. ——— The World This Week (TW2) is a newsletter...

Among this week's major news stories: President Donald Trump makes his first public remarks since contracting COVID-19 last week. According to an internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a total of 34

Quiz: The World This Week – October 11, 2020

October 11, 2020

Quiz yourself on the vice presidential debate, North Korea's new weapon and other topics. ——— The World This Week (TW2) is a newsletter by The...

Among this week's major news stories: 2020 Elections: 12 different propositions are on the ballot in California this year. The propositions cover topics ranging from criminal justice to affirmative action. With the 2020 general election approaching, many Californians and political figures have expressed varying stances on these possible new laws. Creative Commons photo: Marco Verch on Flickr.

Quiz: The World This Week – October 4, 2020

October 4, 2020

Quiz yourself on Trump's coronavirus diagnosis, the propositions on California's ballot this year, and other topics. --------- The World This Week (TW2)...

Among this week's major news stories: President Trump has nominated Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy in the wake of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death. Barrett is known for her religion and for her conservatism; her clerkship with the late justice Antonin Scalia has led many commentators to describe her as his

Quiz: The World This Week – September 28, 2020

September 28, 2020

The World This Week (TW2) is a newsletter by The Coat of Arms. TW2 seeks to provide a compact and digestible source of world and local news, sent to your...

Among this week's major news stories: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who served on the Supreme Court for 27 years, died on Friday. As Americans mourn her death and remember her legacy, political conflicts begin over how to fill the new vacancy on the Supreme Court. Creative Commons photo: yashmori on Flickr.

Quiz: The World This Week – September 20, 2020

September 20, 2020

The World This Week (TW2) is a newsletter by The Coat of Arms. TW2 seeks to provide a compact and digestible source of world and local news, sent to your...

Among this week's major news stories: An orange haze settled over many areas in California as a result of perilous, record-setting wildfires. Oregon and Washington have also experienced fires and hazardous air quality. Photo courtesy of Bridgett Longust.

Quiz: The World This Week – September 13, 2020

September 13, 2020

The World This Week (TW2) is a newsletter by The Coat of Arms. TW2 seeks to provide a compact and digestible source of world and local news, sent to your...

This week, President Donald Trump and presidential candidate Joe Biden both visited Kenosha, WI, a city that has endured intense conflict recently. Creative Commons photo: Becker1999 on Flickr.

Quiz: The World This Week – September 7, 2020

September 7, 2020

The World This Week (TW2) is a newsletter by The Coat of Arms. TW2 seeks to provide a compact and digestible source of world and local news, sent to your...

Students, coaches and the rest of the team support Menlo football players during the homecoming game in 2019. As a result of the the coronavirus pandemic, the team is now limited in how they can practice together, and gatherings without social distancing are prohibited. Staff photo: Emily Han.

Football Summer Sessions Canceled in July After Player’s Family Member Tests Positive for COVID-19

August 21, 2020

The Athletics department canceled two football workout sessions scheduled for July 23 and 24 after learning that a family member of one of the players...

Protesters in Los Altos march on June 5 to show support for the intensifying demand to end systemic racism and police brutality in the United States. June 5 would have been the 27th birthday of Breonna Taylor, an innocent black woman shot and killed by police in her home. Staff photo: Emily Han.

Be Radical — But Not Hateful

June 19, 2020

George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Say their names, and say the names of the untold other black victims of police violence. Remember them...

The Class of 2018 graduates and celebrates during their reception ceremony. This year, the post-commencement reception will not happen, and the commencement ceremony will take place at the Circus Club. Photo courtesy of Tripp Robbins.

Upper School Commencement and Middle School Promotion Ceremonies Undergo Modifications to Meet Social Distancing Requirements

June 1, 2020

Senior commencement and eighth grade promotion ceremonies have been adjusted this year to comply with San Mateo County Department of Health social distancing...

Our worlds are changing rapidly every day, and fear is inherent to these distressing times. But it’s important that we also remember how lucky we are to have lives that are only disrupted, and not devastated, by the pandemic. Creative Commons photo: Gerd Altmann on Pixabay.

Everyone Else Is Hurting, Too: Maintaining Perspective Now is More Important Than Ever Before

March 31, 2020

I’ve spent much of this past month lamenting all the things in my life that have been cancelled because of the coronavirus: Menlo Abroad. Summer plans....

A blueprint sketch of the kitchen layout. Staff illustration: Emily Han.

Video: Flik Kitchen Tour

March 18, 2020

  As a result of the recent school closure due to COVID-19, Menlo and Flik are working toward determining appropriate arrangements for the...

Senior Adam Kasser, junior Leo Jergovic and senior Aaron Morgan present their IP project, a major addition to the humanities department. Staff photo: Bella Guel.

Despite Greater STEM Growth, Menlo Humanities Also Expanding

December 4, 2019

Opportunities in both STEM and humanities at Menlo have expanded and evolved over the past couple of decades in response to changing interests among the...

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