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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.”

Road rage vs. road rizz

“When I’m driving with my one arm out the window, one on the steering wheel, laid back as f*ck, with shades on, and you lock eyes and the other person smiles as you drive by,”

When the bell rings at 3:35 p.m., drivers race to their cars from their classes in order to be the first to pull out of the parking lot. The time period from 3:35 to 3:50 is the ultimate showcase of road rage vs. road rizz. While everyone may know what road rage is, most people are confused with the idea of road rizz. When describing road rizz, it’s easier to define it in terms of examples. Junior Lennon Geider described how he shows his road rizz while driving. “When I’m driving with my one arm out the window, one on the steering wheel, laid back as f*ck, with shades on, and you lock eyes and the other person smiles as you drive by,” Geider said. 

Having road rizz comes with many perks. Senior Beyla Jones said, “When someone rizzes me up in the parking lot I have no other option than to let them go.” Many people wonder how they can achieve as much road rizz as possible in order to benefit from such perks. Senior Alex White described that “letting someone pass when you have the right of way and being charming about it” is one potential step to achieving road rizz. 

In a recent poll on the Arcata High Pepperbox Instagram (@ahspepperbox), 42% of people believed they had road rage, and 58% of people believed they had road rizz. Although one student believes that no matter what she will own her road rage.   “Everyone who drives with me knows that I blurt out ‘MY TURN’ at a stop sign,”  Senior Aliviana Baca-Lastra said. “I have zero regular rizz. I don’t think I could turn it into road rizz if I tried.”

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Natalie Lehman, Social Media Director
Natalie Lehman is a 16-year-old senior at Arcata High School. She is new to The Arcata High Pepperbox staff this year! Natalie is interested in pursuing a career in social media content work. She hopes to learn more about social media’s influence on journalism. As her mom is the teacher for the journalism class at Arcata High, Natalie has watched a decade of Pepperbox issues being published. From watching over the years, Natalie has been waiting for the opportunity to join the staff herself. She is excited to finally join her senior year!
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