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Karina Aronson

Karina Aronson, Editor-in-Chief

Karina Aronson (12) is on her second year as Editor-in-Chief and fifth year on staff. She is passionate about writing stories that shed light on undiscussed topics. When Karina's not writing or stressing over layout, you can find her reading, eating Asian food with friends, or baking a frankly concerning amount of apple pies.

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The True Value of Journalism

Karina Aronson, Editor-in-Chief May 3, 2024

I never joined journalism to write. I joined for the sweatshirt. In 8th grade when I was small, painfully anxious about interviewing upperclassmen and an overzealous comma user (still am today), I followed...

Senior Scooter Madness: The Rise of Razor Rebels & The Decline of Parking Lot Civility

Senior Scooter Madness: The Rise of Razor Rebels & The Decline of Parking Lot Civility

Karina Aronson, Editor-in-Chief March 27, 2024

I love the wind whipping in my hair as I crank the tunes, screeching to a halt after tearing down Fremont Road at a brisk 3 mph and, of course, tooting my hand-held horn at drivers who are simply going...

Percy Jackson: A Fresh Take

Karina Aronson, Editor-in-Chief February 4, 2024

I am not the target audience of Disney’s new TV show “Percy Jackson and the Olympians,” based on Rick Riordian’s hit book series of the same name. Neither are my friends who won’t stop sending...

Senior and co-president of Health Science Club, Jakob Kleiman donates blood.

Pinewood’s Health Science Club Hosts Blood Drive Amid National Shortage

Karina Aronson and Sophia Cheng September 14, 2023

The Pinewood Upper Campus community donated approximately 51 lifesaving units of blood from 14 donors Sept. 13 at a blood drive hosted by the Health Science Club. The donations were collected by local...

To Our Senior Editors: Thank You!

To Our Senior Editors: Thank You!

Samantha Hsiung  If you’ve ever spent even five minutes with Sam, you know that her humor and passion are infectious. From her insistence of calling everyone, including Ms. Wetzel and Mr. Jezak,...

Returning To Our Origins: The End of the Dumpling Column

Returning To Our Origins: The End of the Dumpling Column

After months of restaurant hopping and late night article crunches, the infamous dumpling column club returned to our original location: Fu Lam Mum. Despite being our final dumpling excursion, no one...



Citing the all powerful Wiki, a dumpling is “pieces of cooked dough. . . often wrapped around a filling.” So using our cupcake batter as our tasty, crusty dough and our delicious, fresh (and definitely...

A Proposed Return to Illiteracy

Karina Aronson, Editor-in-Chief March 29, 2023

Humanity has come a long way since the time when we communicated through grunting and crafted weapons out of sticks that we used to hunt the next day’s lunch. With communication and global interconnectedness...

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[Photo] Critters in my Cheeseburger?

Jake Reynders, Sports Writer March 28, 2023

A fallen tree crushes a Middle Campus fence, finding its way into a neighboring homes yard. The only damage was done to the fence.

Power Outages and Fallen Trees: High Speed Winds Impact Pinewood Campuses

Samantha Hsiung and Karina Aronson March 16, 2023

Bleachers flopping over on football fields. Trash cans flying into nearby buildings. Neighborhood fences knocking each other down like dominoes.  Pinewood’s Upper Campus is closed for a second day...

Since the beginning of the 2022-23 school year, free menstrual products have been available in womens bathrooms.

Going with the Flow: Menstrual Products & Pinewood

Karina Aronson, Editor-in-Chief March 1, 2023

   When senior Rachel Farhoudi got her period for the first time in elementary school, she remembers her lack of access to menstrual products, instead using toilet paper.     “I did not know...

Scouring through Safeways freezers, Sam,  Sophia, Karina, and Sally ponder which of the repulsive flavors to try.

Hot Pockets: America’s Abominable Dumplings

Did you know that Hot Pockets are considered a type of dumpling? Well, we didn’t! But according to Wikipedia, anything that “consist[s] of pieces of dough… oftentimes wrapped around a filling”...

Empanadas: A Multicultural Dumpling Fusion

Empanadas: A Multicultural Dumpling Fusion

Karina Aronson, Samantha Hsiung, Sophia Yao, and Sally King February 1, 2023

Located in Campbell, Best Artisan Empanadas Cafe is a multigenerational South American-style empanada restaurant, run by Ernesto May and daughter Stephanie Solorio. At BAE Cafe, empanadas (Spanish and...

Counselor Stephanie Fugita teaches both the junior high and high school health classes.

Examining Pinewood’s Sex Ed Curriculum

Karina Aronson, Editor-in-Chief November 9, 2022

   Everyone’s been there: a school gym or classroom resounding with awkward giggles and filled with students attempting to look everywhere but the lecturer discussing sexual education.     The...

Dumping a NEW Dumpling Column

Dumping a NEW Dumpling Column

Samantha Hsiung, Karina Aronson, Sally King, and Sophia Yao November 9, 2022

  We’ve set out to expand our cultural culinary exposure, naturally forcing some of the Perennial editorial staff to try different types of dumplings. Our fascination with dumplings comes...

Photo courtesy of Grand Rapids Pride Center.

Pinewood’s New Pride Club

Karina Aronson and Mia Gustavson October 4, 2021

The Pinewood Pride Club, or Alphabet Soup, as members of the affinity and ally club like to call it, was recently started by juniors Alex Sheiba and Rye Kianpour in an effort to provide a safe space for...

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