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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.”

Vadenplas returns as QB for win over Panthers

The Tigers are a different team than fans have seen before
Kloe Bryant

Senior quarterback, Cole Vandenplas, led the Arcata Tigers to a rivalry win against the McKinleyville Panthers. The Tigers defeated the Panthers 44-6 on Friday night at the Redwood bowl. 

Vadenplas threw for 337 yards, with six touchdowns in his first game back after missing games due to injury. Vadenplas made connections with junior Lennon Gieder for three touchdowns. 

Senior Oscar Carlson, sophomore Lincoln Neuman and junior Dayquan Dunn, all had one receiving touchdown. Then junior Alex Greenway had one rushing touchdown. 

“Defense played lights out all night,” head coach Matt Magers said. Neuman led the Tigers for tackles with eight total tackles, including one tackle for loss. 

Friday was also Senior Night and the seniors honored were Oscar Carlson, Ronnie Franklin, Cole Vandenplas, Tanner Via-root, David Halligan, Jafet Herrara, Matthew Anderson, Brycen Collinson, Destinlee Mendez and cheerleader Evangelina Reed. 

The Tigers are a different team than fans have seen before. Magers said, “This year and last year are the only teams I’ve had that will play back from a losing situation.” During the Homecoming game on October 6th, the Tigers were down 13-27 by halftime, but came back to win the game 32-27.

Kloe Bryant

The Tigers are now 3-0 in the league and 5-2 in the season. Arcata will play the Hoopa Valley Warriors at Hoopa High School on October 20th at 7:30 p.m. The Tigers have shut out the Warriors both times this season with both wins reaching at least 50 points. 

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Kloe Bryant, Reporter
Kloe Bryant is a freshman who is a driven and passionate writer. Kloe is ready to expand her writing from just writing essays and personal pieces to reporting and writing for the Pepperbox. She finds excitement and enjoyment in sport articles, especially pieces that go into the mind of an athlete. She loves books, specifically the ones that make you forget about reality, but not fantasies. Kloe wants to be a writer who can write about anything, the one who can take a boring topic and make it a phenomenal and engaging piece. You can find her on instagram @kloebryant.
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