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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

Erica Fenyo

Erica Fenyo, Head Copy Editor


Number of years in The Coat of Arms: 3

Favorite aspect of journalism: connecting with under-reported students and writing feature stories about their unique clubs or interests

Interests outside of school: water polo, watching Hawaii Five-O, playing with my 3 dogs

Class of 2023

All content by Erica Fenyo
Judge Rossman in the Senate for her confirmation hearing on June 9, 2021. Photo courtesy of Judge Rossman

From 1st Period to the 10th Circuit: Alumna Recently Appointed by President Biden

Erica Fenyo, Head Copy Editor
May 9, 2023

President Joe Biden appointed Menlo alumna Judge Veronica Rossman (‘90) to the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in 2021. Even though...

Neumann returns a hit in a professional pickleball tournament for the PPA. Photo courtesy of Alex Neumann

Kind of a Big Dill: Alumnus Alex Neumann Competes in Professional Pickleball

Erica Fenyo, Head Copy Editor
March 8, 2023

After years on the tennis court, alumnus Alex Neumann (‘16) joined the professional pickleball world. Neumann was a successful tennis star at Menlo before...

Listgarten inside the 9’x7’ supersonic wind tunnel at the NASA Ames Research Center. Photo courtesy of Noah Listgarten

For Alumnus Noah Listgarten, it is Rocket Science

Erica Fenyo, Head Copy Editor
January 17, 2023

Menlo alumnus Noah Listgarten (‘16) knew he wanted to become an aerospace engineer since eighth grade. Now, he works at a private company that contracts...

Bitons students practice finding their location on a map during a hike. Photo Courtesy of Lisa Biton

Part Teacher, Part Tour Guide: Alumna Relocates to Israel

Erica Fenyo, Head Copy Editor
November 29, 2022

Menlo alumna Lisa Biton (‘03) always knew that she wanted to be a teacher, but she never expected to find herself in a classroom 7,000 miles from home....

Caldwell gets a shot off during a Menlo basketball game. Photo Courtesy of Jackie Caldwell

Alumna Jackie Caldwell Works Towards Equal Sports Coverage for Women

Erica Fenyo, Head Copy Editor
November 10, 2022

After four years on the Menlo girls’ basketball team, alumna Jackie Caldwell (‘09) pursued collegiate basketball at UCLA. According to Caldwell, her...

Registered voters listed “conflicting schedules” as the primary reason that they didn’t cast a ballot in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014, making Election Day a federal holiday could change that. Staff illustration: Sutton Inouye

Election Day Must be a Federal Holiday

Erica Fenyo, Head Copy Editor
November 8, 2022

In the 2020 election, 158.4 million Americans voted, amounting to only 66.8% of eligible voters. The United States placed 31st out of 50 nations with similarly-timed...

The JCL waffle sale donates their proceeds to the Redwood Family House, typically drawing in $1,000 with each pop-up. Staff Illustration: Michele Hratko

Junior Classical League Promotes Community Engagement with Popular Waffles

Erica Fenyo, Head Copy Editor
November 5, 2022

Menlo’s Junior Classical League graced the quad with their waffle sale yet again on Thursday, Sept. 22, delighting students and staff with their five...

Senior Tommy Kiesling led the Knights with seven goals. Staff Photo: Lexi Friesel

Boys Water Polo Emerges Victorious in Electric Comeback

Erica Fenyo, Head Copy Editor
October 14, 2022

The boys’ water polo team emerged victorious in overtime against Archie Williams on Saturday, Oct. 8. The Knights and Falcons fought neck and neck throughout...

Young was eager to start her first day of EMT school, even though her name was misspelled. Photo Courtesy of Grace Young

Alumna Grace Young Worked as an EMT to Help Detroit During Pandemic

Erica Fenyo, Head Copy Editor
October 9, 2022

While many Americans hunkered down during the pandemic, Menlo alumna Grace Young (‘18) signed up for an Emergency Medical Technician course. After getting...

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,...

The class of 2022 girls football team celebrates their victory in last years contest. Photo courtesy of Michaela Courand

Is the Girls Flag Football Game Beneficial or Harmful?

Alea Marks and Erica Fenyo
October 6, 2022

While the week of Menlo’s Homecoming is filled with activities, dress-up days and pep assemblies to promote school spirit, the week’s main event is...

Illustration from 48.5 Print Edition front page. The cover showcased stories on the Global Expo and unconventional college paths. Staff illustration: Sophie Fang

From 48.5 Print: Menlo Seniors and Alumni Pursue Unconventional Paths after Graduating

Erica Fenyo, Head Copy Editor
May 12, 2022

College sweatshirts abound and students rush to update their Instagram bios as seniors receive their acceptances and decide which university to attend...

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...

Catcher Eric Young gets up after tagging out an SHP runner on a close play at home. Photo courtesy of Chi Nguyen.

Knights Baseball Comes Back to Beat SHP

Erica Fenyo, Assistant Sports Editor
March 29, 2022

Menlo baseball rallied to beat Sacred Heart Prep after a slow start on March 24. The Knights had a rocky first inning, but their game came together in...

Senior Rishi Jain serves the ball during the third annual Bay Area Classic tournament. Jain went 4-0 in doubles throughout the tournament. Staff photo: Lexi Friesel.

Boys Tennis Aces Bay Area Classic

Erica Fenyo, Assistant Sports Editor
March 21, 2022

The Menlo boys tennis team came out victorious in the third annual Bay Area Classic tournament on March 11 and 12.  The Knights beat San Dieguito 7-0,...

Sophomore girls enjoy hot chocolate and donuts on the loop as a part of their Random Act of Fun.  Staff photo: Erica Fenyo.

Random Acts of Fun Spark Joy Within Menlo Community

Erica Fenyo, Assistant Sports Editor
December 14, 2021

This week, parents surprised the sophomore and junior classes with various Random Acts of Fun events to give students time to relax and socialize before...

Students must wear masks properly to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Staff illustration: Sutton Inouye.

Mask Up or Go Home

Erica Fenyo, Assistant Sports Editor
November 13, 2021

Every time I walk into a Menlo classroom, I see black and blue surgical masks sitting just beneath students’ noses. But the issue of mask-wearing, or...

Local Police Chief David Norris offers advice for teens when theyve gotten pulled over. Staff illustration: Sophie Fang.

A Teen Driver’s Guide to Getting Pulled Over

Erica Fenyo, Assistant Sports Editor
October 30, 2021

Most drivers, especially teenagers, receive little instruction about what to do when a police officer pulls them over. Menlo Park Police Chief David Norris...

Global Online Academy offers courses for students across the globe. Staff Illustration: Sophie Fang.

The Global Online Academy Offers A Vast Selection Of Courses For Menlo Students

Erica Fenyo, Assistant Sports Editor
June 8, 2021

The Global Online Academy (GOA) has dozens of online, primarily asynchronous, classes for students worldwide. Since Menlo is one of the academy’s member...

Cars overflow the Menlo loop. Staff Photo: Erica Fenyo.

165 Parking Spots, 281 Students

Erica Fenyo, Assistant Sports Editor
June 8, 2021

With 165 parking spots in the junior and senior parking lot and over 280 possible student-drivers in those grades, Menlo faces an ongoing struggle to provide...

A member of the campus security team talks to a driver in the Menlo parking lot. Staff photo: Sadie Stinson.

An Inside Look at Menlo’s Campus Security

Erica Fenyo, Staff Writer
April 27, 2021

Clad in black and yellow, the Menlo School security team ensures that all students, faculty and staff members are safe during their time on campus. While...

Freshman Stella Buch practices volleyball with social distancing measures in place due to COVID-19. Photo courtesy of Stella Buch.

Menlo Student Sues San Mateo County, State of California Over Indoor Sports Ban

Erica Fenyo, Staff Writer
March 12, 2021

The family of freshman Stella Buch sued San Mateo County and the State of California on Feb. 26 regarding the state’s continuing COVID-19 related ban...

Caption: Pictured from left to right, sophomore Ellie and senior Stella El-Fishawy gear up for the annual Peninsula Bridge Fun Run. This year, participants attempted the 5k in their own neighborhoods due to COVID-19 safety measures. “Especially during this time when everyone is isolated, it’s nice to feel a part of a larger community by contributing to the same cause,” Ellie El-Fishawy said. Photo courtesy of Ellie El-Fishawy.

Students Pursue CE Opportunities in the Era of COVID-19

Erica Fenyo, Staff Writer
October 17, 2020

Menlo’s community engagement (CE) program changed the 10-credit CE requirement to a seven-credit requirement for the 2019-2020 school year due to COVID-19...

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