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Michael Shtrom

Michael Shtrom, Arts & Culture Editor

Michael Shtrom (10) is a copy editor for the Perennial. He joined the Perennial team in seventh grade because of his passion for writing and communications. In his free time, Michael enjoys writing, filming, and volunteering.

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Senior edits pictured from left to right: Sophia Yao, Arjun Kelkar, Brandon Ge, Karina Aronson, Raghav Ramgopal, Emma Hwang, Colin Ternus and Sophia Cheng.

A Teary Goodbye to Journalism’s Senior Editors

Karina Aronson I knew you when I was five years old. Though our conversations were likely lacking in those first few years, you have since become a role model for me in every way. Calm and collected,...

Michael’s a Changed Man: On the Adele Hate Train

Michael’s a Changed Man: On the Adele Hate Train

Michael Shtrom, Arts & Culture Editor March 27, 2024

Hello, it’s me. I was wondering if, after all these years, you’d like to … blah blah blah. We’ve all seen this lead in articles about this woman so many times that it’s hard to keep count at...

The Hidden Beauty of Sports

The Hidden Beauty of Sports

Michael Shtrom, Arts & Culture Editor March 11, 2024

In the interest of being as forthcoming as possible, I’ll start with this: I’ve never understood the appeal of sports. I have baked my apathy toward sports into the very core of my personality, a move...

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Take Note Releases Fifth EP

Michael Shtrom, Arts & Culture Editor October 31, 2023

   On Sept. 19, Pinewood’s a cappella group Take Note released their fifth extended play record. Following the group’s tradition of releasing a new EP each year, “Every Little Thing,” was recorded...

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Musical Review: “Something Rotten!” Is Certified Fresh

Michael Shtrom, Copy Editor May 3, 2023

The Pinewood Performing Arts department has done it again. With seemingly endless dedication, the PPA has performed one of the greatest spectacles I have seen in a long time: the Renaissance-era cast of...

Concept Art Hedge Maze

“I WAS REALLY IN A LOT OF PAIN”: Head of Upper Campus Mandates INSANE HEDGE MAZE In Upper Campus Parking Lot

Michael Shtrom, Copy Editor March 28, 2023

The faces of parents and students alike were aghast on Monday morning as they drove up to Pinewood and saw massive walls of shrubbery that towered over the surrounding neighbor in the shape of a 20-foot...

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Pinewood Singers and Women’s Chorus Anticipate March Disneyland Trip

Michael Shtrom, Copy Editor March 1, 2023

From demanding rehearsals to stressful academic life, one thing’s for certain: members of the Pinewood choirs are ready to feel the Disney magic. Luckily for them, Pinewood Singers and Women’s Chorus...

Movie Review: Peeling the Glass Onion

Michael Shtrom, Arts & Culture Writer February 1, 2023

I never thought I’d relive the year 2020, but as soon as I started watching “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” I immediately felt transported back. From lead detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig)...

How to Watch a Movie: Pinewood’s Film as Literature Class

How to Watch a Movie: Pinewood’s Film as Literature Class

Michael Shtrom, Copy Editor November 9, 2022

Most Pinewood students imagine literature class as a time when they pour over pages of books, analyzing the deeper significance of commas, phrases, or stanzas. However, for students of the Film as Literature...

Fall Play, Mr. Burns, Coming Soon

Fall Play, “Mr. Burns,” Coming Soon

Michael Shtrom, Arts & Culture Writer October 5, 2022

The Performing Arts department is rehearsing its fall play, “Mr. Burns, A Post Electric Play,” for its premiere in November.  The play follows a group of actors who try to distract themselves from...

Overview of Fall Play

Michael Shtrom and Kaavya Mehrotra September 30, 2021

Excitement is building as the Pinewood Performing Arts department (PPA) is gearing up to put on its fall productions. Contrary to the typical schedule of the PPA, Pinewood is putting on two separate plays...

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