The PCS Roar

How Amanda Gorman Became the Youngest Inaugural Poet in U.S. History
How Amanda Gorman Became the Youngest Inaugural Poet in U.S. History
Sophie Folger, Staff Writer • April 8, 2021

On January 20, 2021, Amanda Gorman became a household name. Overshadowing President Biden’s inaugural address and J. Lo’s medley as the most...

Students Push for More Equity at PCS
Students Push for More Equity at PCS
Kira Valles-Knoll, Art Editor • April 8, 2021

A little while ago, I sat down with Alejandra Meza, a sophomore at PCS, to discuss the opening of her new organization, Students for Equity on...

Pandemic Interviews
Pandemic Interviews
Sophia Casaletto, Staff Writer • April 7, 2021

COVID-19 is awful, and quarantine has its ups and downs. While we are collectively experiencing our first global pandemic, everyone’s experiences...

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...

Review of The Queen’s Gambit
Review of The Queen’s Gambit
Xander Coomes, Assistant Editor • April 8, 2021

The Queen’s Gambit, a newly released Netflix series, chronicles the journey of Beth Harmon, Beth is a chess prodigy, who, growing up as an...

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Podcast Review: Avengers Endgame
Zoe Perera and Sivanna Sommerville March 26, 2021

In this podcast Zoe and Sivvana, two seventh graders at PCS, discuss the last Avengers movie, Avengers: Endgame and whether they believe it was...

The History and Significance of Cow Tools
The History and Significance of Cow Tools
Alec Barker, Writer • March 16, 2021

The 1982 comic “Cow Tools” by Gary Larson is a one panel, simple comic as a part of Larson’s disjointed series known as the Far Side. This...

Take A Hike: Quail Hollow Ranch
Take A Hike: Quail Hollow Ranch
Aaron Saunders, Writer • March 28, 2021

I will be doing a series of reviews of hiking trails around Santa Cruz. First up: Quail Hollow Ranch.

PCS Teachers and Staff Crossword
PCS Teachers and Staff Crossword
Ellen Zhan, Writer • March 13, 2021

Play this crossword to learn more about your PCS teachers and staff! Look at the PCS Staff and Faculty Bios on the PCS website for the crossword...

Online Community Read Continues PCS Tradition
Online Community Read Continues PCS Tradition
Zanthee Schwarzmann, Assistant Editor • February 21, 2021

The English department, in partnership with Bookshop Santa Cruz, organized the second annual PCS community read, which took place on January...

Photo by Ashley Gilbertson  for The New York Times.
Impeachment and Insurrection Set New Precedents
Pakal Gonzalez-Montejano, Writer/Cartoonist • March 22, 2021

In the history of our country, a total of three presidents have been impeached, those being President Andrew Johnson in 1868, Bill Clinton in...

Magic Carpet Ride at UCSC
Magic Carpet Ride at UCSC
Jonah Guyer, Writer • March 16, 2021

In this issue of the paper, I will be reviewing a mountain bike trail (More on hiking trails next issue). The mountain bike trail of the month...

Some Food For Thought Before I  Eat a Snickers Bar
Some Food For Thought Before I  Eat a Snickers Bar
Ayla Ferrell February 21, 2021

We’ve all been there. It's 3pm after a boring school day. We’re feeling sluggish and wandering aimlessly around the house. We need an activity....

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...

A beautiful deep blue sky that contrasts the deep orange leaves of a tree during the fall.
Student Photo Submissions
Meris Childs, Writer • March 28, 2021

A gallery of random photos taken by various students at PCS. Whether these photos be old or new, professional or not, in Santa Cruz or elsewhere,...

“Faces” Alexandria Myers, 8th grade. This painting was done with watercolor, which captures the fluidity of the faces and poses perfectly. By combining lots of colors and elements, we get a feel of creativity and strong emotions.
ROAR Art Gallery
Kira Valles-Knoll, Art Editor • November 3, 2020

The Roar has had a revamp this year, and wants to include more colorful and artistic elements in our new and improved newspaper. We thought a...

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
Nirshan Perera
Nirshan Perera
Faculty Advisor

Mr. Perera is the faculty advisor of PCS Roar. Before he became a teacher, he worked as a community news reporter. He also teaches English at PCS. His hobbies include running and baking.

Xander Coomes
Xander Coomes
Assistant Editor

Xander joined journalism this year because journalistic writing was new to him and sounded appealing. He is excited to cover stories about sports events and extra-curricular activities during Covid-19...

Ayla Ferrell
Ayla Ferrell
Staff Writer

Paper View Plain Text View Ayla joined journalism because it seemed like a fun way to stay in touch with the school and meet new people. She is excited to update the cartoons section. Outside of...

Sivanna joined journalism because she really enjoys photography and thought it would be fun to contribute to the school news website. She is really excited about developing the sports section of Roar....

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