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The winner of the 2024 Kinetic Grand Championship: HumBULLdt Pie Factory
Competing for the glory at the annual Kinetic Grand Championship
Ryenne Kile and Taya Holmes June 12, 2024

The 2024 annual Kinetic Race took place over Memorial Day Weekend. It launched on Saturday, May 25 at 12:07 p.m. from the Arcata Plaza and concluded...

Cast of Alice by Heart bowing at the end of closing night
Down the rabbit hole: A review of “Alice by Heart”
Ilana Maclay, Feature editor • June 12, 2024

Lights fade. Drapes open. The audience falls quiet. The Spring musical production of “Alice by Heart” opens with a beautiful image of Alice...

Ethnic studies class postponed yet again
Taya Holmes, Copy Editor • June 12, 2024

California will be the first state to implement a high school graduation requirement for an ethnic studies class. California is requiring that...

Bathrooms vandalised, students suspended
Caterina Morones, Production Manager • June 12, 2024

Admin closed multiple bathrooms until further notice due to accounts of vandalism, vaping, and other disrespectful acts. Principal Ron Perry...

Gary: The man behind the cemetery gate
Andrea Merezko, Social Media Director • June 12, 2024

When one goes to school it isn't plain to the mind what surrounds the school campus. Whether that’s coffee shops or gas stations for snacks...

Tiger Chariot

The Tiger Chariot features junior Ronnie Rieke and his 2015 Kia Optima in its second Pepperbox installment. Rieke drives an all-black Sedan with 5% tint all around. Most people recognize Rieke’s Kia by the loud, straight pipe exhaust he has had installed on it. The car has a loud sound for a small 4-cylinder turbocharged motor. Rieke also installed a set of 6-spoke blacked-out rims to add to the all-black style he’s going for on his car. 

“I’d say my favorite part about the car is how loud it is, and the all-black look,” Rieke said.

 To top the Kia off, there is a rear glass spoiler, added for looks and aerodynamics while cutting up at high speeds. He still maintains a smooth 23/24 miles per gallon. 

Rieke has some work to do on the Kia after his dad backed into it. “I really need to get my front bumper fixed. My dad hit it with the sports van on the way to a game,” Rieke said.

Rieke saw a vision while he was car shopping and looking at the car; it clicked and he knew he could do something fun with it, and he liked that it was fuel-efficient. 

If you are interested in purchasing a car soon, Rieke recommends that you find something good on gas, due to high gas prices. Rieke is planning on getting another car in the future, but for now, Rieke will stick with the Kia.

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