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News From the Students, For the Students

The Griffin Gazette

Senior girls wave from the back of their white Jeep parade vehicle, decorated with a custom graduation sign and balloons.
Along for the ride: Grads say goodbye with annual Senior Parade
Ella Suos and Katie ArnoultJune 4, 2024

LOS ALAMITOS, CA – On June 1, 2024, Los Al seniors and their families participated in the iconic drive through Rossmoor. The annual event marked...

This summer is the time to sit back and relax with these summer must-watches.
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Jaya Eapen and Jasmine LeeJune 3, 2024

LOS ALAMITOS, CA -- As summer draws near, it can be hard to get in the vibe of the season; however, these five movies will make the transition...

It’s important to read [during the summer] because it gets you off screens and keeps your mind thinking about turning words into images. It helps with your imagination and depth of thinking, especially when learning concepts, said Henry Miller, a freshman.
Summer escapes: Dive into these summer page-turners
Kalea Davies, Staff Writer • June 3, 2024

LOS ALAMITOS, CA -- Summer is quickly approaching, Griffins! This means that during summer there will be times when we are bored and looking...

Four years ago this week: COVID reflections part two

Griffins remember March 13, 2020 and their quarantine experiences
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Four years ago this week, the pandemic lockdown began in Los Alamitos. “It was so weird how, in one week, everything changed so fast,” said Los Al sophomore Yara Saadeh.

Yara Saadeh and the backwards birthday

On March 13, 2020, Los Al sophomore Yara Saadeh was in sixth grade, in third period World History when her teacher paused the video the class was watching and told the students to go outside and take out everything from their locker.

Yara Saadeh recalled her COVID-19 experiences and described the moment she found out about the new pandemic on March 13, 2020. (Yara Saadeh)

“I thought that it was normal since it was a Friday… then my teacher tells us that for the next two weeks, we are out of school because of COVID!” she said.

But the pandemic lasted far more than two weeks, as we all realized. Los Al students had to adapt both their academic lives and their social lives to quarantine. Even birthday celebrations were affected, as Saadeh explained. Her birthday in 2020 was only a week after the first lockdown, and cakes were suddenly in short supply.

“I remember running into five different grocery stores trying to find a cake, but every store was practically empty,” Saadeh recalled. “It was so weird how, in one week, everything changed so fast.”

At such a young age in sixth grade, Saadeh’s daily life and routine were constantly on repeat. Then, quarantine flipped everything upside down, but almost in a good way. Although the pandemic had many negative effects, Saadeh remembers having more opportunities to get out of her comfort zone, try new hobbies, and connect with family and friends.

In the future, perhaps we will remember our pandemic years for all of its unexpected moments and hilarious memories.

“One of my funniest memories was my aunt’s wedding in Tunisia. Since it was still [during the pandemic] at that time, me and my entire family weren’t sure we would be able to get tickets. We ended up getting tickets, and all 30 of us ran on the plane and barely made it in time for the wedding. It was a crazy plane ride but such an exciting experience!” Saadeh said.

Honestly, looking back at the pandemic, I truly find that period of time [to be] unique to any other.”

— Yara Saadeh, Los Al sophomore

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Katie Arnoult, Editor | Reporter
Katie Arnoult is a sophomore at Los Alamitos High School and an editor for the Griffin Gazette. She was the Editor-In-Chief for the McAuliffe Birdwatch during middle school and has begun working with The Youth Center's marketing committee this year in Los Alamitos. She loves to write articles about underrepresented groups at Los Al and about student life on campus. This year, she hopes to write more book reviews and about performances at Los Al. Her hobbies include photography, graphic design, reading, and playing with her dog, Jett. You can contact Katie at [email protected].
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