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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.”

The way of the curl

“I hate my hair.” Now I say, “It’s still annoying but at least now it looks good. (Most of the time.)”
Taylor Sutherland

What’s your daily hair routine? It’s probably fairly simple, wake up, brush it, shower at night. But for those of us blessed with oval shaped hair follicles, it’s not so simple. If you have curly hair, chances are you have a very specific hair routine you follow every day. You can’t have too much product in it, or it will be weighed down and crunchy. But if you don’t have enough product in it, it will be too frizzy.

When asked about her daily hair routine, senior Kleo Gaiera said that she braids it every night before bed if she doesn’t shower to protect it and make it less frizzy in the morning. “I shampoo it twice a week. I condition every time I shower, which is about every day. I wet it a little bit, put some conditioner, and twist it. If I don’t shower, I don’t do anything to it,” she said. Gaiera stated that the back of her hair is much flatter than the front, which is also a problem I have with my hair.

“In middle school, I had straight hair because I would always wear it in a ponytail, I really didn’t know my hair was curly at that point,” Gaiera said.

This is a common thing for people with curly hair. Her favorite products are Strictly Curls by Marc Anthony and the Shea Moisture shampoo/conditioner. Elana Griffin, another senior at Arcata High who has curly hair, also loves the Shea Moisture products. When I asked Kleo who at the school has the best curly hair, she said she thinks Danielle Witten does, and also Kayla Fiedler, who just recently transferred to Arcata.

The Queen herself, Danielle. Witten said: “So, when I was younger, my hair was straight, but when I hit puberty, my hair got curly. And so there are pictures of me in 5th grade, where my mom was combing my hair, and it was just this massive fro. It was really unfortunate.” She also said that in 5th grade, she went to an outdoor learning camp for a few days. Her parents didn’t go, so she didn’t comb her hair the whole time, even though she did shower. When she came back, it was all curly, and that’s how she discovered she had curly hair.

“All through the 90’s, I had a lot of hair shame,” Witten said, “and especially in the 2000’s. It wasn’t until really recently that I stopped straightening my hair. Now, I just let it do its thing. I’ve learned to embrace my full self exactly as I am.”

Everyone with curly hair undoubtedly had dark times. My hair used to be frizzy and knotted all the time. It took Witten around 20 years to fully develop a system that works for her hair.

“As a kid, I had a side part afro, and I think that was one of the darkest times in my life,” Owen Peterson said. It’s all about finding what works for you, all curly hair is different. Learning to embrace it can be hard, especially if you don’t know how to take care of it. But there’s time, try things out. Find your groove.

I used to say: “I hate my hair.” Now I say, “It’s still annoying but at least now it looks good. (Most of the time.)” #curlyhairrocks!

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Linzi Chow, Reporter
LinZi Chow is a senior at Arcata High. She has lived in Humboldt her whole life. She began writing in 5th grade, when a small dialogue assignment turned into a multi-hundred-page story. She discovered that she finds pleasure in creative writing, going on to take the class junior year and greatly enjoying it. She’s written a couple other long stories, and many other short stories along the way. She also enjoys reading books, backpacking, spending time in nature, going to the beach or river with friends, traveling, and listening to music. But overall, she’d have to say her favorite activity is sleeping…honk shoe honk shoe.
Taylor Sutherland, Business Manager
Meet Taylor Sutherland, an enthusiastic junior at Arcata High School doing her first year as a journalist for the Pepperbox. She has always been interested in writing and English literature at school and enjoys the subject. She is curious and plans on writing about either school sports or students' thoughts on school, the new schedule, rules, what they enjoy about school and policies. She would like to focus on good with so much negativity in the world. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends in her free time, participating in FFA, watching sunsets, getting Dutch Bros, and going on drives.
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