Letter from the Editors

We did not foresee that we would once again create our annual special edition magazine remotely. This past year has been an undeniably challenging year, but it has also been a year full of reflection, growth and empathy. We wanted our eighth magazine to highlight the tests that students have faced mentally, as well as the passions and triumphs that many have made despite the circumstances.

On pages 4-5, you can find our editorial on the current CVUSD DIS counseling situation. It is crucial to emphasize the importance of mental health in a year like this one, so we start off by advocating that the district provide quality, professional mental health services to students who need it the most.

We included a series of features around our seniors’ post-graduate plans on pages 6-9. On page ten are our senior quotes, followed by our much anticipated Class of 2021 senior map on pages 11-13.

Our mental health theme continues on pages 14-19 with our mental health cover story, which includes student and teacher testimonials and a reflection on our district’s mental health resources. We wanted to record the personal stories from our students and community to raise awareness and eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

We dedicated pages 20-21 to Caitlin Meaney, an NPHS alumna who impacted many with her bravery, contagious smile and strong determination. Her story of resilience while fighting osteosarcoma before and through the pandemic will continue to inspire Newbury Park.

The pandemic has not stopped NPHS students from making incredible athletic achievements. On page 29, you will read about the comeback story of the NPHS boys’ swim team and senior Wonjin Ko, who have consecutively broken two school records. Our back cover highlights the accomplishments of junior Colin Sahlman, who won the 2021 Gatorade California Cross-Country Player of the Year award, continuing the legendary reputation of our cross country program.

It has been an honor to be with our staff in a year like this one where we pushed our limits and explored new ways of reporting. Thank you for your endless support and we hope that you will take away a memorable story from our final issue.

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