Articles by Shay Hempeck

“socially-conscious rapper” Khafre Jay visits PHS through Voice Cooperative

May 16, 2017 | in Web

On Friday, May 12, “socially-conscious rapper” Khafre Jay visited PHS through club Voice Cooperative, sharing both his personal story and the story of his non-profit, Hip Hop for Change. Born and raised in Hunter’s... Read More

Spend money on needs rather than wants

Spend money on needs rather than wants

May 1, 2017 | in Opinions

From textbooks to teachers, it seems as though every high school needs additions and improvements. Dusty chalkboards, dilapidated English books, and demolished desks are a common sight in most public high schools. Fortunately for... Read More

Art Jam Club offers students a creative outlet

Art Jam Club offers students a creative outlet

March 28, 2017 | in Arts

Brushes, markers, pencils, and pens blanket the table. Students peer over each other’s artwork, critiquing, laughing, and smiling through every minute of it. This is just one small moment of many in Art Jam... Read More

Sense and Sensibility debuts at Alan Harvey Theatre

Sense and Sensibility debuts at Alan Harvey Theatre

March 11, 2017 | in Web

On March 9, “Sense and Sensibility,” a PHS production, debuted at the Alan Harvey Theatre. The play is an adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility,” centered around two sisters, and the societal and... Read More

New swimming coach dives into the season

New swimming coach dives into the season

March 7, 2017 | in Swimming

From tree pose to the perfect flip turn, there’s a new face on the pool deck this spring. New swim coach Victoria Fernandez brings her multiple talents to the team. Fernandez assumed the position... Read More

Gross-Whitaker returns from a semester abroad in China

Gross-Whitaker returns from a semester abroad in China

February 7, 2017 | in Campus

Junior year: challenging classes, looming standardized tests, college pressures…the list never ends. For junior Kate Gross-Whitaker, these expectations fueled a fire to leave the country. Gross-Whitaker spent her fall semester abroad in Beijing, China... Read More

Cold hard cash: money doesn’t  grow on trees

Cold hard cash: money doesn’t grow on trees

December 21, 2016 | in A Closer Look

$atisfaction rises within as you approach the shop counter with a fresh pair of sneakers boxed and tucked under your arm. Focus becomes difficult as you imagine the joy of fitting the shoes on... Read More

AP Art students help with after school program

AP Art students help with after school program

November 29, 2016 | in Arts

Paint spilling everywhere. Food scattered around the floor. Kids wrestling on the ground. Sounds like a scene of utter chaos, doesn’t it? Not for AP Art seniors Kate Abel and Molly Szczech. Abel and... Read More

New Piper Cafe rule separates lines by grade level

New Piper Cafe rule separates lines by grade level

November 1, 2016 | in Campus

For years, students have battled for spots in line at Food Service, with many becoming frustrated by the lack of respect and patience among their peers. To find a solution to this difficult situation,... Read More

Our thriving community deserves a downtown

Our thriving community deserves a downtown

October 13, 2016 | in Opinions

Piedmont is a town sought after by many, for the great schools, excellent city services, beautiful parks, and community programs; but what is it missing? A thriving downtown that offers residents services that they... Read More