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Confronting Our Sexual Harassment Culture

Elizabeth Metz, Editor-at-Large May 26, 2019

I. A Life-Changing Moment Taylor woke up on a sunny, beautiful morning in May of her senior year, 2018. She made herself breakfast, running slightly behind schedule. Taylor drove herself to school, not...

What are the advantages and disadvantages of artificial intelligence?

The Promises and Pitfalls of Artificial Intelligence

Michael Karpov, Staff Writer May 16, 2019

We encounter artificial intelligence (AI) every day on our phones and computers. This technology can really help us as its capabilities grow, but it could also be dangerous. Currently, companies are...

“I think [the coyotes have] made a difference because there are no geese nesting in a couple of areas of the school that they usually do,” Asst. Principal Ryan Patti said.

Coyote Decoys Reduce Goose Nuisance

Tal Rothberg, Staff Writer April 29, 2019

The school district has placed fake coyotes on the high school and middle school grounds to ward off geese. The plastic decoys have no set location. “We’ve noticed [in mid-April] that the geese...

Show Choir rehearsing for their upcoming performance.

Show Choir Finds the Harmony

Vivian Li, Editor-in-Chief March 16, 2019

The BHS Solid Gold show choir is planning to perform at this year’s White & Gold talent show on April 13. In addition to individual performances from each member, the group plans to sing “Somebody...

A hallway runs underneath the cafeteria with a room to the right that used to be the woodshop. To the left are shelves piled high with custodial products and boxes of supplies. Photo by Nicole Breger

Above & Below the School

Joe Spero and Nicole Breger January 26, 2019
Two Beachcomber reporters get a tour of secret spots in the school
There are a variety of resources available for students trying to improve their scores. Photo by Elizabeth Metz

A Student Guide to the SAT & ACT

Prerna Mukherjee, Managing Editor January 26, 2019

With second semester beginning, juniors are preparing to take the ACT and SAT exams. Here are some tips to help prepare. Format: Both exams test topics that students have learned through core classes...

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Vaping an Increasing Problem Among Teens

Alyssa Murphy & Klea Marku, Staff Writers January 25, 2019

High school bathrooms have become hot spots for vaping during school hours. In recent years, e-cigarettes, or vaping, has replaced burned cigarettes as a source of nicotine for teens. Assistant Principal...

Introspect 2018

Introspect Provides Opportunity for Creative Expression

David Kuang, Staff Writer January 24, 2019

In early December, a group of student writers and artists sat in a circle in English teacher Evan Luzar’s room while images were projected onto the whiteboard. Students wrote pieces or made sketches,...

Students enjoyed a visit from therapy dogs during December exams.

Because Finals are Ruff

Nicole Breger, Staff Writer December 22, 2018

BHS welcomed therapy dogs from Therapy Dogs International on Wednesday, Dec. 19 to help relieve the stress of exams for staff and students.   The community room was the place to be. Therapy pets...

Lader taught at Cleveland Heights for four years before being hired at BHS. Photo by Joe Spero

Jamie Lader: Beachwood Has Only Gotten Better

Haleigh McPhillips, Staff Writer December 12, 2018

In 1992, Jamie Lader walked the BHS hallways as a graduating senior. Now he walks them as a teacher. Lader reflects on his years as a high school student. He says they had more freedom than students...

Shapiro returned to Beachwood after working in publishing and teaching English in the city of Chicago. Photo by Simon Anastos

Carrie Shapiro: It’s Not Just About the Classwork

Haleigh McPhillips, Staff Writer December 11, 2018

It has only been 15 years since Carrie Shapiro graduated from BHS. She has enjoyed teaching Beachwood students since she was hired four years ago as an English teacher. “Teaching in Beachwood...

Julian Valdivia prepares for his test on A Midsummer Nights Dream. Photo by Simon Anastos

From Chile to Cleveland

Carrington Peavy, Staff Writer November 29, 2018

The number of foreign students at U.S. colleges has dropped since 2016, but BHS is lucky enough to have a foreign exchange student this year. Meet Julian Valdivia, a sophomore at BHS who will return...

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