The PCS Roar

Pride Flag Stolen, American Flag Defiled
Pride Flag Stolen, American Flag Defiled
Casey Strattan (he/him) and Phillip Gonikberg (he/him) May 8, 2022

On Saturday, April 9th, an unknown individual vandalized the flagpole by the amphitheater. Late at night, they entered the campus riding a BMX...

There was a fire in the trash can in the boys bathroom
Bathroom Bandit at Large! Vandalism Continues...
Phillip Gonikberg (he/him) and Casey Strattan (he/him) March 14, 2022

Bathroom vandalism is back. The viral trend thought to have run its course at PCS seems to be back and stronger than ever with male students...

via Santa Cruz County Office of Education
Coronavirus Across Local High Schools
Anaïs Huet (she/her), Assistant Editor • March 9, 2022

*This article was written before the new masking rules in California   In light of recent surges of Coronavirus variants throughout...

Student Government - What You Need To Know
Dani Mattson November 22, 2022

Are you confused about the PCS student government, what they do, and what they are in charge of? These questions are commonly asked, and these...

Ms. Gorski (middle), Ms. Firenzi (left), and Ms. Hughes (right) at the 2015 Seussical musical
Farewell Ms. Gorski!
Hazel Campbell (she/her) and Bodhi Malkin (he/him) June 10, 2022

Ms. Cindy Gorski, described by her students as “very dedicated”, “enthusiastic” and “caring” , has been the drama teacher and...

Farewell Ms. Hughes!
Farewell Ms. Hughes!
Hazel Campbell (she/her) and Ellen Zhan (she/her) June 10, 2022

Alice Hughes first joined the PCS community when her children were admitted in 2001. PCS has historically taken pride in being an arts school,...

Above: The Junior High team celebrates at the Penny Ice Creamery after a meet.
Junior High Cross Country
Jack Davis November 22, 2022

Welcome back PCS! The Roar is up and running with a new update, here's an overview of the Junior High cross country season.  Cross country...

Photo is from Mountain Bike Action Magazine
Mammoth Bike Park Review
Jonah Guyer, Staff Writer • November 21, 2021

Not far from Santa Cruz there is a place where you can mountain bike downhill without climbing ALL DAY. This place is called Mammoth Bike Park....

Take a Hike: Baldwin Loop
Take a Hike: Baldwin Loop
Aaron Saunders, Staff Writer • May 22, 2021

I am doing a series of reviews of hiking trails around Santa Cruz. Next up: Baldwin Loop.

A&E
Ms. Gorski (middle), Ms. Firenzi (left), and Ms. Hughes (right) at the 2015 Seussical musical
Farewell Ms. Gorski!
Hazel Campbell (she/her) and Bodhi Malkin (he/him) June 10, 2022

Ms. Cindy Gorski, described by her students as “very dedicated”, “enthusiastic” and “caring” , has been the drama teacher and...

Farewell Ms. Hughes!
Farewell Ms. Hughes!
Hazel Campbell (she/her) and Ellen Zhan (she/her) June 10, 2022

Alice Hughes first joined the PCS community when her children were admitted in 2001. PCS has historically taken pride in being an arts school,...

Seong Gi-hun, the main character of Squid Game.  ©Netflix 2021, All Rights Reserved.
Squid Game Review
Ronan Keith (he/him), Assistant Editor • March 15, 2022

Disclaimer: The spoilers in this article are all fake. Squid Game is a somewhat recently released television series on Netflix.  It follows...

Nature Photography
Nature Photography
Sivanna Sommerville, Staff Writer • May 23, 2021

This is a gallery of the best photos I have taken in Spring 2021. Most of them are outdoor and close-up photography.    

The Poison of Our Seas
The Poison of Our Seas
Anareli Hernandez , Staff Writer/Cartoonist • May 22, 2021

My watercolor painting is explaining how pollution really harms sea animals, especially turtles. Every time you don’t properly dispose of a...

COVID Photo Gallery
COVID Photo Gallery
Isaac Seymour, Writer, Photographer • April 3, 2021

My name is Isaac and I'm in 7th grade. This is my photo gallery. The theme of these photos is "Life in Aptos during COVID-19." I have been taking...

[Right to left: Ben, Jackson] Ben: I don’t care. If I had to wear a mask, I would do it, if I didn’t have to wear a mask... I don’t care.
March Photo Poll - Opinions on Updated Masking Policy
Sierra Fong (she/her), Ellen Zhan (she/her), and Ronan Keith (he/him) • June 6, 2022

In March, PCS updated the school masking policy to make mask-wearing highly recommended and optional instead of required. We went around...

Student Opinions on the COVID-19 Vaccine
Student Opinions on the COVID-19 Vaccine
Taylor Flynn (she/they) and Hazel Campbell (she/her) April 3, 2022

Coronavirus vaccinations have been required for entry to certain places like restaurants, which began in 2021, but vaccination is not required...

Why Students Need to Know Paleontology
Why Students Need to Know Paleontology
Alec Barker, Staff Writer • May 22, 2021

As a lifetime fan of paleontology, I have always been bothered by how disconnected the subject is from other sciences. By this I mean the lack...

First Pandemic Thanksgiving
First Pandemic Thanksgiving
Tanya Sorin & Amogh Tandon March 17, 2021

In their podcast produced for Mr Hunt’s Rhetoric class, Tanya and Amogh discuss their chaotic Thanksgiving together this past year. They describe...

Lake Powell
Lake Powell
Evan Hedrick March 17, 2021

In the podcast he created for Mr. Hunt’s Rhetoric class, Evan shares a story from a trip to Lake Powell in 2014. He briefly recalls a trick...

Latinas at PCS
Latinas at PCS
Natalia Jimenez-Ortiz and Emily Garcia-Solis March 16, 2021

Natalia and Emily’s podcast, which was produced for Mr. Hunt's Rhetoric class, explores the unique experience of being two of the few Latinas...

School vs. Online School
School vs. Online School
Anareli Hernandez, Writer and Cartoonist • March 28, 2021

What inspired me to write this short comic about pros and cons of school in person and online school, was about real experience. I feel like...

PCS Puma
PCS Puma
Ayla Ferrell, Staff Writer/Cartoonist • November 6, 2020

COVID Cross Country
COVID Cross Country
Pancho McKee, Staff Writer/Cartoonist • November 3, 2020

Staff Spotlight
Mario Lari
Staff Reporter

Hello there, my name is Mario Lari. I joined journalism because I enjoy writing. I have a passion and talent for flying model aircraft.

Jack Davis
Jack Davis
Staff Reporter

My name is Jack Davis, and I’m a student here at PCS. I joined journalism to improve my writing skills and to stay up to date with current events. During my free time I surf, play soccer, swim, and run.

Ronan Keith
Ronan Keith
Staff Reporter

My name is Ronan Keith and I am a senior here at Pacific Collegiate School. I joined journalism because I was interested in observing events around the school and reporting on them. Additionally, I was...

Tam Ly Mai-Clark
Tam Ly Mai-Clark
Staff Reporter

Hello, my name is Tam Ly (she/her). I am a 7th grader at PCS. I joined journalism because writing is one of my passions, and I wanted to learn and participate in something I enjoy. I love animals and I...

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