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Penelope Stinson

Penelope Stinson, Assistant Opinions Editor


Fun fact: Penelope is the only right-handed person in a family of left-handed people!

Interests outside of school: Student government, theater, Mock Trial.

Favorite fictional character: Leslie Knope.

Grade: 10.

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More than 100 students attended Menlo's virtual event on Saturday, Jan. 30, which featured DJ Will Gillz and comedian Joel Bryant. Staff photo: Penelope Stinson.

Behind the Screen of Menlo’s Virtual Dance

February 20, 2021

Dancing alone in your room on a Saturday night might not seem conventionally “cool.” However, the virtual semi-formal event hosted by Menlo on Saturday,...

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be the highest-ranking African American woman in U.S. history, and she has the opportunity to pave the way for more female politicians. Staff illustration: Sophie Fang.

The Road For Women in Politics is Difficult; Kamala Harris is Just Getting Started

January 13, 2021

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be sworn in as President and Vice President on Wednesday, Jan. 20. Their inauguration will be historic for two reasons:...

The LGBTQ+ Experience at Menlo: LGBTQ+ in History and English at Menlo

The LGBTQ+ Experience at Menlo: LGBTQ+ in History and English at Menlo

December 8, 2020

Note: This story is the sixth in an eight-part package about the Menlo community and the LGBTQ+ experience. It also appeared in the December 2020 47.2...

Distance learning has resulted in changes to how many Menlo teachers assess their students. More tests are now open note, meaning that students can refer to their class notes during assessments. Illustration courtesy of Sophie Fang.

Online Learning Creates New Opportunities for Cheating on Assessments

December 8, 2020

As Menlo switched to an online learning program last spring, teachers had to quickly figure out how to transfer their in-person classes to an online format....

Junior Claire Lenden and senior Langley Ward step out of their plexiglass boxes at the end of the show. Staff photo: Sadie Stinson.

In Photos: Menlo Drama Performs ‘Dracula: A Comedy of Terrors’

November 12, 2020

The Menlo Drama department put on “Dracula: A Comedy of Terrors” on Oct. 30 and Oct. 31; however, because of the pandemic, this production included...

Students have not been allowed on campus for classes since Menlo's coronavirus-prompted closure in March 2020. In anticipation of the Gold A cohort's return on Oct. 26, Menlo implemented many new campus and procedural changes. Staff photo: Sadie Stinson.

In Photos: Students Return to Menlo Campus for First Time Since March

October 28, 2020

Menlo began their on-campus hybrid learning on Monday, Oct. 26. The Upper School was split into four cohorts; each cohort has the opportunity to return...

Instagram and other social media platforms have been increasingly used as advertising platforms. Influencers can make millions of dollars by posting sponsored content. Illustration courtesy of Sophie Fang.

Influencer Sponsored Social Media Content is the New Generation of Marketing

October 2, 2020

Kylie Jenner makes at least one million dollars from each of her sponsored Instagram posts, more than 22 times the yearly salary of the average American...

Vocal instructor for “Pippin,” Rick Reynolds, leads the cast in singing one of the songs from the show over Google meet. Staff photo: Penelope Stinson.

Menlo’s Spring Musical ‘Pippin’ Continues With Online Rehearsals

March 30, 2020

The show must go on, and in the case of the Menlo spring musical, "Pippin," the show will go on.  In light of the recent school closure, many Menlo...

In this new system, instead of giving letter grades, teachers evaluate students with feedback in different categories such as “proficient,” “excelling” and “needs additional support.” Staff photo: Elisabeth Westermann.

Evaluating the New Grading System in the Middle School: Why Students Should Receive Letter Grades

January 12, 2020

Editor's note: Starting this school year, Menlo Middle School students will only receive letter grades in their trimester report cards. All other assessments,...

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