200th Article

It seems hard to believe that it was only three months ago that school shut down, but in that short time a whole 100 City Voice articles have been published! This article marks 200 posts on The City Voice website, and none of that would have been possible without such amazing support from you, the students at City High Middle. We have been amazed at how many people have been willing to write articles for the newspaper during this time of crisis, and we are grateful for their knowledge and insight. Even if you have not written something, your readership means a lot to us.

We hope that you have enjoyed reading The City Voice, and that you continue to do so when we return next year! In the meantime, consider taking a look back at the hundred articles we have published during this difficult time. Some of them are about the health crisis, but others are about the moments of wonder, discovery, and even happiness that continue to take place even when so much is falling apart. If you have not had a chance to read them yet, we hope you will this summer.

Articles from the Shutdown

The Princes of Daerlun

Hooves beat fiercely on a well worn sandy path, spraying a shower of dust backwards with every strike as the heat of the suns beats down harshly on the back of Ithaca’s neck. The desert suns were unforgiving, and the creatures even less so. Wiping the sweat off his forehead, Ithaca continued across the vast … Continue reading The Princes of Daerlun

Tom Brady vs. Bill Belichick

After 20 very successful years of football together, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick parted ways. On March 17, 2020, Tom Brady announced that he would be ending his long, Super-Bowl filled career with the New England Patriots. He would then continue that career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a team that has improved a great … Continue reading Tom Brady vs. Bill Belichick

What is the Personal Project?

As the new school year has begun, there’s a fresh class of incoming sophomores, myself included. In some schools, it’s another year of high school working towards a diploma, but at City, it’s a whole different story. Students in their sophomore year at City are finishing in their final year of the Middle Years Programme, … Continue reading What is the Personal Project?

Banned: The Great Gatsby

In Banned, we review books on the American Library Association’s list of frequently challenged young adult novels, banned books. The intended audience for all books is “young adult”, typically defined to include ages 12-18. We review them because challenging ideas are the heart of democracy and diversity, because even harmful perspectives should be discussed so that they … Continue reading Banned: The Great Gatsby

Live DP Q&A

In this week’s live Q&A, panelists Mr. Antuma, Ms. Emperor, Mr. Tweedale, and Ms. Vecziedins joined host Kumar Varma to answer live viewer questions about the Diploma Program here at City. About the Author Related Posts DEVAN “KUMAR” VARMA Lead Anchor at The City Voice | MIPA Honorable Mention Award Winner I’m Kumar. Do I … Continue reading Live DP Q&A

All About Homecoming

While this year’s Homecoming themes are fun and playful, they sure are interesting choices. First, let’s talk about spirit week: This week’s themes were College Day, Twin Day, Barbie Day, Early 2000s Fashion Day, and, finally, House Shirt Day. Personally, I understand all but two: 2000s Fashion and Barbie Day. So seniors, can you explain? … Continue reading All About Homecoming

What are the Streaming Wars?

Did you know that Netflix started as a business mailing DVDs to people, not a streaming service? Or that Hulu means gourd in Mandarin Chinese? They’re both true! But what these facts have in common is that these companies are both streaming services!  What are the streaming wars? With the number of streaming services around … Continue reading What are the Streaming Wars?

The Song of Achilles Review

The Song of Achilles is rated adult by Amazon. The Song of Achilles is a YA novel written by Madeline Miller. Achilles, demigod son of the Nymph Thetis and King Peleus of Phthia. Patroclus, banned from his kingdom, finds a safe haven in Phthia with Achilles. In the long and seemingly everlasting Hero Era of … Continue reading The Song of Achilles Review

The Future of Star Wars

The year was 1977, and a new sci-fi series was making its debut on the big screen. Star Wars: A New Hope was a resounding success when first released, and the Star Wars universe has grown consistently since then, creating a rich and detailed universe for fans to delve into. The success of the first … Continue reading The Future of Star Wars

The Fox’s Story

Wind blows through my white ruff, fluffing it up. I turn my nose up into the wind. It smells like autumn, decaying leaves, and dirt. The trees reach their spindly fingers up to the blue sky, and leaves dance through the air around me like fire. I am not far from my den, so I … Continue reading The Fox’s Story

Final Dune Trailer Is All About the Thopters

Dune, director Denis Villeneuve’s epic adaption of Frank Herbert’s equally epic 1965 novel, will premiere in theaters two weeks from today, and I can’t wait. So I was beyond excited when Warner Bros. released the third, and apparently final, trailer for the movie that calls itself “the new Star Wars”. Unfortunately, as undeniably grand and … Continue reading Final Dune Trailer Is All About the Thopters

Calling All Artists!

Attention all artists of City: The City Voice is hosting an art competition that will occur monthly. The winner, runners-up, and honorable mentions will all get an article highlight in our 10,000 user publication. This week’s theme is nature: think sustainable, environmental, ‘save the planet’. It’s really up to your interpretation! You may use any medium, from paint … Continue reading Calling All Artists!

US Open Recap

Unlike last year’s US Open, the 2021 US Open allowed spectators to attend one of the biggest professional tennis tournaments in the world in person. This news was quite exciting for the tennis community, and it showed. The crowds were like no other, the contenders were more competitive than ever, and several teenage underdogs shone … Continue reading US Open Recap

The Flash Review

The Flash (show) is rated TV-PG by the MPAA The Flash is a great show for anyone who likes superheroes. The Flash’s name is Bartholomew Henry Allen, or people call him Barry. He got his powers from a lightning bolt and chemicals that he was knocked out by. He was in a coma for nine … Continue reading The Flash Review

Happy Banned Books Week

Happy banned books week! To celebrate this very important holiday, The City Voice is officially relaunching our banned books review column for the 2021-22 school year. Check back every other week for reviews of the American Library Association’s most frequently challenged young adult novels, and head to bannedbooksweek.org this week to check out all of … Continue reading Happy Banned Books Week

The Inheritance Games Review

The Inheritance Games (book) is rated ages 12 and up by Amazon.  Avery Gambs comes from almost nothing. An average high school student, she hopes for little more than to get scholarships to find a major where she makes enough to get by. Everything changes when she receives billions of dollars in inheritance from a … Continue reading The Inheritance Games Review

MLB Award Predictions 2021

The last week of baseball is coming to an end and the awards are up in the air. These awards include the most exciting MVP race of the past decade and a very intriguing Rookie of the Year race in both the American League and National League. Here are my picks for the MLB awards. … Continue reading MLB Award Predictions 2021

Give Foundation a Chance

Foundation (show) is rated TV-14 by the MPAA. Reviewers need to cut Apple TV’s Foundation some slack. In the week since the show premiered, I’ve been surprised and disappointed to read a parade of disillusioned reviews of Apple’s new flagship series, all written by reviewers seemingly eager to pick holes in what is, by and … Continue reading Give Foundation a Chance

How the Gap Creates a Gap

Commonly coined as the ‘Gap Within the Gap’, economic status plays an important role in the success of students in districts across the country, state, and city. This issue is relevant within our own school district Grand Rapids Public Schools, and how our students are affected. Students who are at an economic disadvantage more often … Continue reading How the Gap Creates a Gap

You Left People Behind To Die: An Interview with Congressman Peter Meijer

This past week, I was lucky enough to sit down with Michigan Congressman and Grand Rapids native Peter Meijer, representative for Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District and a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, to discuss the hottest topic in the news this past month: the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.  The following interview has been … Continue reading You Left People Behind To Die: An Interview with Congressman Peter Meijer

iPhone 13 Signals A New Era For Consumer Technology

Last week Tuesday in a short company event spanning just over an hour, Cupertino, Calif. tech giant Apple Inc. announced the release of several new products. Due to coronavirus concerns, the company elected to deliver the entire event experience online — sans live audience — from its own native website Apple.com. In a characteristically clean … Continue reading iPhone 13 Signals A New Era For Consumer Technology

How Schoology Works

As the new GRPS platform Schoology is new to many of us, I wanted to inform everyone on the ins and outs of it. I had already been struggling with Schoology for weeks when I joined The City Voice, where I got the assignment of doing a deep dive on Schoology that led to some … Continue reading How Schoology Works

What Happened at the 2021 Met Gala?

This year’s coveted Met Gala happened on Monday, September 13th. The novel COVID-19 pandemic canceled the 2020 event, but due to vaccination rates and safety precautions, it became a much less risky event this year.  The theme of this year’s event is “America: A Lexicon of Fashion”, which suggests American independence, celebrating American designers, and … Continue reading What Happened at the 2021 Met Gala?

MYP Live Q&A

In this week’s live Q&A, host Sparsh Aiyar interviewed panelists Mr. Antuma, Ms. McCumber, Mr. Tindall, and DP student Maya Oeverman about CAS, the Personal Project, and all things MYP. Watch to learn more about City’s unique curriculum for 7th-10th graders, and check back next week Thursday at 2:15 for part two: a DP focused … Continue reading MYP Live Q&A

Opinion: When Fashion Matters

Last fall, I had one dress on my mind: A knit, green, mid length garment hailing from the brand house of Sunny, and I wasn’t alone. Celebrities like Kendall Jenner wore the original, and the world went wild. With every turn I took across the whole of fashion Instagram, I was bound to stumble across … Continue reading Opinion: When Fashion Matters

Crossword

About the Author Related Posts AVI HUNTRESS Writer at The City Voice Loves writing, reading fanfic, and watching anime. AVI HUNTRESS #molongui-disabled-link May 14, 2020 A Look Back at Normal School Life AVI HUNTRESS #molongui-disabled-link May 21, 2020 The Inside Explanation of CHMS Part VII AVI HUNTRESS #molongui-disabled-link May 21, 2020 Do You Know These … Continue reading Crossword

Stand Your Ground

UFC Vegas 37 was an exceptional UFC card. The first three fights saw knockout finishes. After a back and forth match with Antonio Arroyo, Joaquin Buckley scored a knockout finish that earned him a $50,000 performance of the night bonus. After a rocky first round in which Nathan Maness was almost finished, he came back … Continue reading Stand Your Ground

Featured Interview: Graduation

In a special feature length video segment reporter Sparsh Aiyar interviews PTSA President Angela Schmidt and City High Middle senior Madeline Uren about the class of 2022’s petition to change the location of City’s graduation. About the Author Related Posts SPARSH AIYAR Editor at The City Voice | MIPA Honorable Mention Award Winner Hello, my … Continue reading Featured Interview: Graduation

Shang-Chi Review

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (film) is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America.  Starring Simu Liu, Fala Chen, and Awkwafina, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is the most recent movie in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe).  Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings came out … Continue reading Shang-Chi Review

Act II: Broadway Returns

“Opening up, letting the day in”, it’s official, Broadway’s back! As the world ‘moves on’ from the COVID-19 pandemic, normalities are returning, including the reopening of theatres across the country. Curtains closed and the final lights turned down on March 12, 2020 on the assumption that Broadway would return very soon. Of course weeks turned … Continue reading Act II: Broadway Returns

What Effect Does Capitalism Have on the Economy?

Capitalism is an economic and political system where private owners (or capitalists) can run the economy for profit, without the government interfering in the production of goods, services, and other products. Additionally, pricing gets set by the free market, Meaning prices are determined by unrestricted competition between privately owned businesses. Capitalism gives people the freedom … Continue reading What Effect Does Capitalism Have on the Economy?

Opinion: How Rising Medicine Costs Affect Us

In the last decade, prescription drug costs have increased exponentially. These costs are rising wildly, and many people are unable to comfortably afford these new prescription drug prices. Struggling families who cannot afford these excessive prices have to resort to either using less effective medicine or making significant sacrifices. The unfortunate fact is that these … Continue reading Opinion: How Rising Medicine Costs Affect Us

Meet the Writers

With a new year here at City High Middle School and at The City Voice, now seems to be the perfect time to introduce the amazing writing team that makes The City Voice what it is! Don’t forget, City Voice membership is open year round and joining is as easy as signing up at thecityvoice.org/contribute. Continue reading Meet the Writers

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Crossword

About the Author Related Posts AVI HUNTRESS Writer at The City Voice Loves writing, reading fanfic, and watching anime. AVI HUNTRESS #molongui-disabled-link May 14, 2020 A Look Back at Normal School Life AVI HUNTRESS #molongui-disabled-link May 21, 2020 The Inside Explanation of CHMS Part VII AVI HUNTRESS #molongui-disabled-link May 21, 2020 Do You Know These … Continue reading Crossword

Summer in Review

With the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing, alongside so many other dark stories in the news each week, current events can sometimes feel overwhelming. That’s why the staff of The City Voice student newspaper have decided to kick off the new year by reviewing the best news stories of summer 2021. Read on to find out … Continue reading Summer in Review

Six Word Sci-Fi

Every month, Wired magazine hosts a contest challenging readers to write a story that’s only six words long in response to a given prompt. A formidable challenge, but not one beyond The City Voice! These are our writers’ entries in response to the June prompt: “In six words, write a story about a casual encounter … Continue reading Six Word Sci-Fi

99 Red Flashcards Go By

“Ninety-nine red balloons Floating in the summer sky Panic bells, it’s red alert! There’s something here from somewhere else! The war machine springs to life Opens up one eager eye Focusing it on the sky When ninety-nine red balloons go by” Why am I quoting song lyrics at you, you ask? Dear reader, I do … Continue reading 99 Red Flashcards Go By

Getting Started in Scholastic Journalism Q&A

Last week The City Voice’s very own broadcast anchor Kumar Varma hosted a special live Q&A panel with student representatives from other Michigan Interscholastic Press Association school newspapers to discuss ways to get started in scholastic journalism. If you’re curious about The City Voice, want to find out more about what we do, or are … Continue reading Getting Started in Scholastic Journalism Q&A

MLB The Show 21 Review

A little over a month ago, history within the video game industry was made. For the first time since its initial release in 2006, MLB The Show was coming to Xbox. This made this game extremely exciting for many different groups of people, including myself, who have been waiting for a better baseball game to … Continue reading MLB The Show 21 Review

Music in Commercials

Our ears are incredible organs: body parts that take frequency waves and send them to your brain to process them into something that actually makes sense! Our ears and brains have an inseparable bond, and even more so with music! Certain songs and tunes remind us of things, or make us feel certain emotions, because … Continue reading Music in Commercials

Shadow and Bone Review

Shadow and Bone is rated TV-14 by the Motion Picture Association of America. On April 23rd Season One of Shadow and Bone was released on Netflix! Based on the Grishaverse books by Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone is the story of Alina Starkov: an orphaned mapmaker who learns she is the Sun Summoner, a magic … Continue reading Shadow and Bone Review

How Did We Do?

As the 2020-21 school year draws to a close, The City Voice is looking for feedback from you, our readers. How did we do this year? What should we do better next year? Let us know below so that we can make next year even better! Loading… About the Author Related Posts DECLAN Editor in … Continue reading How Did We Do?

The 59 Second Minute

December 31st, 2016. The clock was at 23:59:58. Tick. The clock struck 23:59:59. Tick. Now, in a normal year, the time would change to 00:00:00, January 1st. But 2016 was no normal year: Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton had become a nationwide sensation, Harambe had been transformed into a meme, Pokemon Go had taken over everyone’s … Continue reading The 59 Second Minute

Epic Reps News May 2021

The City Epic Reps met for the first time this year on Tuesday to reflect on the difficulties and successes of the 2020-21 school year, and the anticipated hurdles and benefits of next year. Reps were asked to work in breakout rooms (Zoom), or small groups (in-person) and share feedback with administrators. Here are some … Continue reading Epic Reps News May 2021

Two Months Of Baseball!

We’re two months into the regular season of baseball and there’ve been some major surprises and some predictable outcomes. In this article I’ll go over both and give my predictions for awards and the postseason, plus some surprises and predictable outcomes. Surprises As of this writing there have been 6 no-hitters in the MLB this … Continue reading Two Months Of Baseball!

The Queen Rises Again

UFC Fight Night Vegas 27 was a relatively boring event. Of the six fights on the main card, five went to decision. The Heavyweight bout between Justin Tafa and Jared Vanderaa was relatively impressive, considering the lack of name recognition for either of the two fighters. Vanderaa was able to demonstrate some impressive striking while … Continue reading The Queen Rises Again

Fighting Spirit

UFC 262 started with a bang! The first fight on the main card featured the veteran contender Edson Barboza, against prospect Shane Burgos. Burgos entered the fight as a slight favorite, but after two hard rounds of fast-paced back and forth action, Barboza secured the victory with a powerful punch combination that landed flush on … Continue reading Fighting Spirit

Banned: The Call of the Wild

In Banned, we review books on the American Library Association’s list of frequently challenged young adult novels, banned books. The intended audience for all books is “young adult”, typically defined to include ages 12-18. We review them because challenging ideas are the heart of democracy and diversity, because even harmful perspectives should be discussed so that they … Continue reading Banned: The Call of the Wild

Gifted Review

Gifted (film is rated PG-13) by the Motion Picture Association of America. I believe that the success for this film had quite a lot to do with the casting. The plot and drama alone was sweet and thought provoking but the actors added a special dynamic that many production companies strive to achieve but never … Continue reading Gifted Review

2021 Exam Schedule Released

This week The City Voice is excited to announce that City High Middle has officially shared this year’s exam schedule! Here it is: Thursday June 3 Hours 1, 3, 5 and 7 take place, with exams in 1st and 3rd hours. Friday June 4 Hours 2, 4, 6, and 8 take place, with an exam … Continue reading 2021 Exam Schedule Released

2021 Award Winning Articles

This week the results of the annual Michigan Interscholastic Press Association awards were announced and The City Voice took home six awards! Jonathan Hoffman earned an Honorable Mention in the Sports Columnist Category, Sparsh Aiyar an Honorable Mention in the Feature Columnist Category, Declan Bradley an Honorable Mention in the Human Interest category and 1st place … Continue reading 2021 Award Winning Articles

In Defense of Google Classroom

In a year marred by chaos, uncertainty, and the daily struggle of getting to class online, Google Classroom remained unwaveringly steadfast. My classes have used Google Classrooms since 7th grade, but this year especially classroom.google.com became my home base, the first site I visited once I’d gotten my laptop powered on in the predawn light. … Continue reading In Defense of Google Classroom

Special Edition: Entertainment For IBs, IAs, EEs, APs, and Everything Else

It’s that time of year again: everyone seems to have an abundance of homework, quizzes, tests, projects, IB assessments, AP assessments, and more, including us! So this week we decided to forgo a standard edition in favor of this collection of entertainment that you might find helpful whenever you need a break from studying. Devan … Continue reading Special Edition: Entertainment For IBs, IAs, EEs, APs, and Everything Else

Time Management Tips!

The rigorous International Baccalaureate program at City makes time management essential for academic success. These are some of the best time management tips I’ve picked up over my years at City! DO: Use a planner! It can be digital or physical, as long as it works well for you.  Planners help me remember assignments that … Continue reading Time Management Tips!

With Epic vs. Apple In Court, It’s Time to Revisit The Steve Jobs Movie

Steve Jobs (film) Is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America Catch up on the story thus far at thecityvoice.org/battleroyale I sat down this morning to write what I hoped would be a clear and lucid explanation of the arguments that Epic Games and Apple are presenting in their era-defining court case this … Continue reading With Epic vs. Apple In Court, It’s Time to Revisit The Steve Jobs Movie

Banned: Neverwhere

In Banned, we review books on the American Library Association’s list of frequently challenged young adult novels, banned books. The intended audience for all books is “young adult”, typically defined to include ages 12-18. We review them because challenging ideas are the heart of democracy and diversity, because even harmful perspectives should be discussed so … Continue reading Banned: Neverwhere

An End to the Forever War

The war in Afghanistan appears to be coming to an end, closing yet another chapter in the War on Terror. General Scott Miller, commander of the foreign forces in Afghanistan, confirmed on April 25th that the United States has officially begun its withdrawal from the country. Having been started in 2001 as a response to … Continue reading An End to the Forever War

The 2020 Pandemic: A Timeline

Sources https://www.ajmc.com/view/a-timeline-of-covid19-developments-in-2020 https://www.who.int/news/item/27-04-2020-who-timeline—covid-19 About the Author Related Posts MICAIAH LANE Writer at The City Voice Hi! I am Micaiah and I am a Freshman here at City. This is My 3rd your at City and I am passionate about writing, singing, painting, and animals. Anything fluffy or furry is my best friend! MICAIAH LANE #molongui-disabled-link … Continue reading The 2020 Pandemic: A Timeline

Banned: The Hunger Games

In Banned, we review books on the American Library Association’s list of frequently challenged young adult novels, banned books. We review them because challenging ideas are the heart of democracy and diversity, because even harmful perspectives should be discussed so that they may be challenged with understanding, and because we believe that reading can make … Continue reading Banned: The Hunger Games

Understanding Banned Books

When I first began writing for The City Voice – more than two years ago now – the place where I first found a passion for writing and journalism was the book review column. I wrote The City Voice’s first book review, an admittedly disorganized collection of sci-fi and fantasy YA novels that had caught … Continue reading Understanding Banned Books

What is Vocaloid?

If you’ve been keeping up with social media and Japanese pop culture in the past few years, you may have heard terms such as vocaloid and buzz about music artist Hatsune Miku. However, you may be wondering, what exactly is vocaloid? Originally invented in 2000, vocaloid is a singing voice synthesizer software that enables users … Continue reading What is Vocaloid?

Serpent and Dove Review

Serpent and Dove (book) is rated ages 14 and up by Amazon.  Louise is a young witch on the run. Fleeing from her coven, she takes up residence in the city of Cesarine. Their witches are hunted, so Louise forgos magic and turns to surviving off whatever she can steal. Reid Diggory has been a … Continue reading Serpent and Dove Review

Elon Musk’s Boring Company Makes a Debut in Las Vegas: Is it Worth it?

On the 17th of December, 2016, the unthinkable happened. It was like a catapult to a futuristic world, a society 10 times more advanced than us that gave us all one less problem to worry about: traffic. And yes, I’m talking about Elon Musk’s Tweet about starting an underground tunneling company. Claiming he was bored, … Continue reading Elon Musk’s Boring Company Makes a Debut in Las Vegas: Is it Worth it?

Calling All Seniors!

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed school for everyone, but I can only imagine that for seniors the experience has been all the more surreal. Nevertheless, whether you’ve been at City for years or only joined recently we want to celebrate your story with a special Senior Spotlight edition of The City Voice. Check out the … Continue reading Calling All Seniors!

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Editor in Chief at The City Voice | MIPA Honorable Mention and 1st Place Award Winner

Editor in Chief and in my fourth year at The City Voice. If you have a question about any of my articles, a topic you want us to write about, or you're interested in contributing to the paper, please feel free to email me at contact@thecityvoice.org.