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Navigating life and school after an attempt
Navigating life and school after an attempt
Ell Franklin and Anthony Vasek November 3, 2023
“I’ve been focusing more on myself and what I need because I used to be a really bad people pleaser. I’ve always put everyone else first before me.”
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The CCLL Leadership team 

(top row, left to right: Erika Homan, Carolyn van Mantgem, Melanie Zapper, Taylor Nada, Tim Clewell.
bottom row, left to right: Johanna Mauro, Fionn Conroy, Kayla Gaskill)
Hello CCLL!
Taylor Nada, Online Editor • December 7, 2023
This year, the Arcata Arts Institute joined a new program known as the Creative Careers Leadership Lab (CCLL), an organization aimed at helping art students gain skills to succeed in future careers in the arts.  
Pepperbox Broadcast
Pepperbox Broadcast
Rey Barber, Art Director • November 17, 2023
“It’s the first time we’ve ever had a broadcast,” Kloe Bryant said, “so it’s really just testing everything out,”
Difference Between America and Other Countries
Shu Yamashita November 14, 2023
“In Italy, we have just one class and the same classmates, we don’t change classes. We have been in the same class for four years. We have twelve subjects,”
Is study hall really for studying?
Kyndle Eisner, Production Manager • November 14, 2023
“I feel like it’s less strict than last year, but the pass system is stupid and doesn’t work.”

Leadership is loco for hoco!

“A lot of people think we just do rallies and play games, but we do a lot of more odd things too,”

Brainstorm extraordinaires, the stars of every single AHS promo video, the planners, producers, and executors of Arcata High events, and most likely the noisy kids filming outside your classroom: this is the Arcata High leadership class. Under the advisory of Ar- cata High’s Tami Taylor-figure, Ms.Coriell, Leadership has chosen a theme, and started preparing for its most anticipated, imminent function, Homecoming: We got the Beat! And, while most people go to Homecoming and see the fruits of Leadership’s labor, this is a behind-the-scenes look at what a typical week in Leadership looks like “Kicking off” the biggest event of the year.


Mondays are usually reserved for odd jobs and brainstorming. “A lot of people think we just do rallies and play games, but we do a lot of more odd things too,” Senior Evangelina Reed said. Accord- ing to Reed there’s a lot of running notes, making signs, and attempting to organize the Leadership Closet. In the week leading up to Homecoming, however, class time is usually spent discussing rally scripts or logistics of rally games.


Tuesdays are for more concise brainstorming, and actual voting on themes, rally games, or dress-up days. “Every year it’s different,” Junior Fallyn Mill-Griggs said of the brainstorming process. Adding on to Fallyn’s observation Luke Moxon said, “Someone’s up at the board, and everyone pitches in on what they think is best.” This week, Tuesday was spent reading over the complete Kickoff Rally script, finalizing games, and delegating jobs.


On Wednesday you wear pink, on Wednesday Leadership films promo. “I think they’re really fun to do, they’re usually on the fly, but it’s real-
ly enjoyable to put yourself out there,” Junior Bella Campbell said. Via TikTok and Instagram, Arcata High is very active on social media, thanks to ASB Secretary Natalie Lehman. “We’ve doubled last year’s views on almost every reel,” Lehman said of Arcata’s thriving Instagram page. Pre-Homecoming, Wednesdays will be days for making social media posts to remind people about dress-up days, and new additional Homecoming-related, so stay tuned!


Thursdays can include filming, making signs, finalizing job assignments, and making sure people remember what they need to bring for the rally. ASB Vice President Alex White says these days are time for Leadership to “prep for last minute things and pray the packages show up.”


Fridays usually involve finishing anything that wasn’t done during the rest of the week: filming, painting signs, etc. Fridays also are rally days: leadership’s most important, chaotic, and entertaining days of the week. Everyone is preparing for their role in the event, going over the script, or getting the game materials ready. Junior Lennon Geider said of his rally prep process,

”I get to the gym, get ready, then it’s time to lock in. When it’s time to go, it’s time to go, there’s no going back.”

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Melanie Luh, Executive Producer
Melanie Luh is a Journalism student at Arcata High School. An involved member of the student body, she is ASB President, a 2-sport Varsity athlete, and an officer in many clubs on campus, giving her a unique perspective of student life at Arcata. Being an ASB officer while enrolled in Leadership gives her the ability to influence school events, including Homecoming and pep rallies, where she would love to promote the Journalism agenda! Her writing experience is limited to assigned work in English AP classes, but she's very excited to expand her linguistic hemispheres and write for the Pepperbox.
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