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The year in review: A look at 2014

By Bevan Connor

It was a busy year for Hornets, and The Oak Leaf has recapped some of our bigger stories from 2014.

January

Arctic animals convene on Ms. Turpin's door.
Arctic animals convene on Ms. Turpin’s door.
  • The winners of the “Deck the Halls” holiday classroom-decorating competition are announced; along with Allen Nakamura and Denise LaBarre, Anne Turpin won a pizza party for her fourth period class and their narwhal decorations. Read more
  • Link Crew starts a tutoring program as freshmen anchor down and study for finals. Read more

February

Doss, Ciapponi and Hameed prepare to compete in Division 1 college athletics. Photo by Paula Ciapponi
Doss, Ciapponi and Hameed prepare to compete in Division 1 college athletics.
Photo by Paula Ciapponi
  • Then-seniors Sulaiman Hameed, Keelan Doss and Sara Jo Ciapponi sign National Letters of Intent (NLIs) to play Division I sports. Read more

March

Vincent Morton's promposal to Alanna Reyes went well. Photo courtesy of twitter.com/AlamedaHS_2015
Vincent Morton’s promposal to Alanna Reyes went well.
Photo courtesy of twitter.com/AlamedaHS_2015
  • “Promposals” pop out of nowhere around campus in the weeks and months leading up to Junior Prom. Read more
  • Senior Caitlin Shener secures a grant to install a water bottle refilling station that, since its installment, has saved Alameda High students tens of thousands of plastic water bottles. Read more
  • Beloved Alameda High student Bianca Salazar-Henderson tragically passes away. Read more

April

The author models a fanciful mask on her blog. Photo courtesy of lainitaylor.com
The author models a fanciful mask on her blog.
Photo courtesy of lainitaylor.com
  • Young Adult fantasy novelist Laini Taylor visits The Alameda Free Library, drawing scores of Alameda High students. Read more

May

  • Junior Isabel Sullivan organizes a popular creative writing forum for students. Read more

June

Photo by Marcus Stollger
Then-senior Mitchell Meadows bids farewell to AHS.Photo by Marcus Stollger
  • Seniors depart Alameda High for colleges, jobs and even other countries. They leave behind heartfelt goodbyes and parting guidance. Read more

September

A Canadian police officer makes an appearance in 'Clue.' Photo by Alanna Greene
A Canadian police officer makes an appearance in ‘Clue.’
Photo by Alanna Greene
  • “Clue,” the school’s fall play, is cast and rehearsals start. Read more
  • Hornet football gets off to a rocky start. Read more

October

The AHS football team was a focal point of the Homecoming assembly. Photo courtesy of the Acorn yearbook.
The AHS football team was a focal point of the Homecoming assembly.
Photo courtesy of the Acorn yearbook.
  • Students aren’t thrilled by the Alameda High’s new, stricter, tardy policy. Read more
  • Leadership students help spark a renewed interest in the Homecoming Dance through creative public proposals. Read more
  • Alameda and Encinal face-off in a controversial edition of the annual Island Bowl. Read more

November

The team in action. Courtesy of the water polo team
The team in action.
Courtesy of the water polo team
  • The girls’ water polo team takes home a league championship after a dominant season. Read more
  • The fall play “Clue” is a rousing success – combining strong acting, elements of improv and months of preparation. Read more

December

Humans of AHS, a student-run social media publication, focuses on the recent loss of student Clay Harding. Read more

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