Stanford Online High School's student run news site

OHS Observer

Stanford Online High School's student run news site

OHS Observer

Stanford Online High School's student run news site

OHS Observer

Psilocybe cubensis, or the Magic Mushroom, is the main source of psilocybin.

Psilocybin: the Miracle Drug of the 21st Century

Anders Daly, Staff Writer November 15, 2022

At only six inches tall with a three-inch wide cap, Psilocybe cubensis is an unassuming savior. But when used properly, these Magic Mushrooms have the power to treat some of the most terrible medical conditions...

 Cars drive on the slumbering highway, framed by forests in the background, as the night settles in.

Reflections 2

Knox Choi, Associate Editor November 13, 2022

I was driving. Again. However, instead of country music and twinkling stars, I was surrounded by an eerie silence which was representative of the unholy time - 4:30 am. Now, you may be wondering...

Madeline Millers two books side by side—contrasting colors but similar silhouettes.

On the Outskirts of an Epic: Why We Are drawn to Madeline Miller’s Vivid Reimaginings of Ancient Myths

Kate North, Associate Editor November 4, 2022

“Rage—goddess, sing the rage of Peleus’ son Achilles, / Murderous, doomed, that cost the Achaeans countless losses, / hurling down to the House of Death so many sturdy souls.” So go the first...

Capitalist Education

Capitalist Education

María José Lagunas Rojo, Staff Writer October 30, 2022

We live in a polarized, competitive, capitalist society. From a young age we are taught to succeed, to improve, and to climb the ranks. This is not necessarily bad, as it allows us to advance as a community...

 Cars drive on the slumbering highway, framed by forests in the background, as the night settles in.

Reflections From A Car

Knox Choi, Associate Editor October 24, 2022

As cars whizzed by on the freeway, I felt my Prius shudder and groan - one of the cons of having a 60 mpg car is that it isn’t the sturdiest of vehicles. The cool, Cali wind softly tousled my hair while...

Coach Oleg (left) with his wife, Katya (middle), and mother, Zina (right)

It’s About Humanity: The Cruel Reality of the Russian- Ukraine War

Isabella Huang, Staff Writer October 17, 2022

The spring breeze didn’t carry the usual ambrosia of sweet petals earlier this year, but was rather infected with the stench of death and destruction. Words like “Russia”, “war”, “NATO”,...

Student typing at keyboard.

A Journey Towards Equity

Amelia Zai, Staff Writer October 2, 2022

From text-to-speech software to assistive devices, the physical nature of brick-and-mortar schools provides students with a wide range of accommodations for learning disabilities. But how do online learning...

Students exit Robb Elementary in Uvalde, and are guided onto buses by law enforcement .

When Will It End?

Ella Blanco, World News Editor May 25, 2022

In 2019, I wrote an article for my middle school’s journalism program after the shooting at Saugus High School, one of the six high schools in my school district. In it, I implored the adults in power...

We often look to external pressure, but what about the pressure we place on ourselves - even unconsciously?

Pressure to Succeed: A Double-Edged Sword

Amanda Yu, Staff Writer May 8, 2022

It’s Saturday night and you’re on your computer, three assignments sitting on your to-do list as they wait to be turned in before Monday. There’s a test next weekend, studying you need to get through,...

The 996 work culture is harmful to the much-needed work-life balance of employees.

Confronting the Toxic 996 Work Culture

Eddy Li, Staff Writer May 8, 2022

In December of 2021, an employee at the Chinese e-commerce company Pinduoduo collapsed while coming home from work and died. Two weeks later, an ex-employee at Pinduoduo leapt to his death after being...

Stephanie Hsu, Michelle Yeoh, and Ke Huy Quan as Joy Wang, Evelyn Quan Wang, and Waymond Wang in the interdimensional sci-fi film, Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022).

Everyday Superheroes: Tokenism and Misrepresentation of Asian Pacific Islanders in Film

Lily Sun, Co-Editor-in-Chief May 2, 2022

I grew up watching Michelle Yeoh. At ten years old, I saw her flip and twist through the air as Yu Shu Lien battled Jiao Long for the Green Destiny blade in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. At thirteen,...

A shell dissolving over time as carbonic acid is decalcifying the shell.

The Evil Twin of Climate Change: Ocean Acidification

Aanya Gupta, Staff Writer May 1, 2022

Imagine: All marine life on Earth dying because people wanted to make a few more bucks selling crayons or bundles of paper. Well, there is no need to imagine, because each day, as more and more greenhouse...

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