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The Law class watched this documentary to be informed of the bad things that can happen on college campuses before leaving for college. (photo credit: Mia Lopez/ atone online)

Dana Nazaretian’s Law class watches “The Hunting Ground”

Mia Lopez, Senior Staff Writer January 26, 2018

Second semester Law class, led by Social Studies teacher, Dana Nazaretian, is currently watching a documentary called “The Hunting Ground”. The movie is about young women and men who share their stories...

Dana Nazaretian has walked the Academy halls as both student and teacher. Having been through it all, she gives advice to her students so that they may live a happy and passionate life. 
Photo credit: Maria Cacciatore/Achona Online

Life Lessons As Told By Dana Nazaretian

Maria Cacciatore, Senior Staff Member March 10, 2017

Dana Nazaretian, who has been teaching at Academy for over ten years, is known for her endless knowledge on history and her iconic phrases. The wise owl that she constantly shares her top life lessons...

Technological advances and the ability to acquire personal information on the internet has contributed to the increased safety risk judges undertake each time they take the bench. And the travesty undergone by Judge Salas is another indication that protection for federal judges should be heightened.

Federal Judges Deserve More Protection as an Increase in Threats Leave Them Susceptible to Danger (EDITORIAL)

Adriana James-Rodil and Emara Sáez March 19, 2021

College Sophomore, 20 year-old, Daniel Anderl was cleaning the basement after his birthday party with his mom, U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas, and his dad, Mark Anderl, until they heard someone...

Markers of status can be bought as demonstrated by the viral website Blue Check Homes, buying social media followers, and the Swell and HydroFlask water bottle trends at the Academy.

Blue Check Homes Popularity Reveals How Far People People Will Go to Reach “Elitist” Status (EDITORIAL)

Adriana James-Rodil, Editor-in-Chief February 19, 2021

To begin class in Achona one day, our teacher displayed the website Blue Check Homes (that launched on Saturday, Jan. 30), which provides a verified blue badge on the homes of an “authentic and notable...

A two-year investigation conducted by PBS Frontline for its docu-series — Flints Deadly Water — found that although Michigan officials stated the death toll to be 12 people, an outbreak of Legionnaires disease, the largest outbreak in U.S. history, which is caused by waterborne bacteria is linked to 115 deaths in Flint.

Indictment of Former Michigan State Officials Further Exposes Discrepancies in the Criminal Justice System Between the Rich and Poor (EDITORIAL)

Adriana James-Rodil, Editor-in-Chief February 4, 2021

Six-year old Jaylon Wakes went from an involved school student to a hysterical one the following school year. It was then announced in 2015 that his neighborhood drinking and bathing water which he had...

The storming of the Capitol has left people wondering how we got to this point.

Capitol Protest Causes People to Question the Rhetoric of the Media (OPINION)

Raquelle Elson, Sophomore Staff Writer January 15, 2021

On Jan. 6, the world witnessed an outpour of rage from Trump supporters attempting to change the election. This event that put the lives of our congress, their staff members, and the workers of the capitol,...

Sofia Girgenti (‘23) reacts to only nine women being in Rolling Stone’s “50 Best Stand-up Comedians Of All Time:” “I am not surprised by [the low number of women selected in the Rolling Stone article]. It’s a reflection of the fact that we are seen as not being as funny.”

Where are the Female Comedians? (EDITORIAL)

Adriana James-Rodil, Editor-in-Chief December 11, 2020

As Maddy Bye, one-half of the comedy duo Siblings, was distributing flyers for her show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival,  one woman expressed interest in attending, yet said her boyfriend believes women...

According to USA Today, Millennials, Gen Z, and younger generations outnumber older generations in the U.S.

Gen Z: The Damaged Generation? (EDITORIAL)

Adriana James-Rodil, Editor-in-Chief October 19, 2020

A young girl posts a picture on social media which subsequently receives multiple positive comments, but one negative comment stands out: “can you make your ears bigger?”  Then, she stands in front...

Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives,  said Andy Rooney.

Academy Students Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week

Chloe Mintz, Sophomore Staff Writer May 8, 2020

Dear members of Academy’s faculty and staff, On behalf of my peers, I would like to wish you all a very happy Teacher Appreciation Week. It is with great regret that I cannot express such sentiments...

Mrs. Meyer said, I connect music with feelings and memories as well as my faith. At Achona, we decided to interview the various teacher departments about the songs and artists they prefer in order to view them with a different perspective: through the lens of music.

What Are Your Teachers Listening To?

Sydney Wills, Senior Staff Writer February 12, 2020

For many people, their music taste offers a lense into who they are as a person: humans tend to connect music with experiences, emotions, and even their faith. Whether you prefer classic rock, country,...

What do we need to do to live longer? Achona interviewed the sisters on how to live a longer and healthier life in God.

How to Live A Long Life In God (with the Sisters of SNJM)

Sawyer Salgado, Senior Staff Writer January 28, 2020

On January 22, 2020, history teacher Dana Nazaretian’s students of Set 1 were discussing the longevity of the lives religious affiliations and members. Nazaretian said, “There is a correlation between...

The environment of the classroom with a male teacher is loose and interactive as they slide in funny jokes to get the class attention. The experience I have had with male teachers has been good because they put an emphasis on a stress-free environment, but on the negative side, students find themselves getting rowdier and getting off task. I believe that male teachers should keep the balance between a fun and strict environment by doing the following: when the classroom discussion gets off task, use their stern ‘side’ to bring the class back together and remain organized, says Angelie Pena.

Do Academy Students Perceive Discipline Differently with Male and Female Teachers?

Adriana James-Rodil, Multimedia Editor December 4, 2019

Discipline in school and students' perceptions towards it has evolved throughout the centuries from enforcing corporal punishment to suspensions, expulsions, and simple lectures. For instance, during the...

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