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Deirdre Shepard

Editor in Chief (Web)

Deirdre Shepard is a senior at Redwood. Due to a speech impediment, Shepard could not pronounce her first name until she was seven years old. Her theme song is “Climb Every Mountain” from The Sound of Music, her role model is Yzma from The Emperor’s New Groove, and her dream hairstyle is bald. Shepard used to be addicted to the Hokey-Pokey, but then she turned herself around. After school, she spends her time literally asking people if they would like fries with that. In her free time, she enjoys eating unhealthy foods and watching the worst reality television. Someday, Shepard hopes to be a hermit and live in a van down by the river, but as of now, she is content sharing a bedroom with her German Shepherd named German Shepard. Her biggest accomplishment to date is that she once cracked a crystal glass in half using only her forehead, which earned her the moniker “Hammerhead.” She is bilingual, speaking both English and sarcasm fluently.

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Students hold ‘die-in’ protest

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Students heading out to their cars for lunch on Monday first had to navigate around human obstacles lying on the floor in the hallways. About 20 students participated in a “die-in” during lunch on Dec. 15 in front of the administration offices. Organized by seniors Gabe Gennarelli and Sam Cook, the “die-in” protested recent shootings […]


Local headmaster arrested for alleged drug possession

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The headmaster of The Branson School in Ross was arrested on Friday in Sacramento County after allegedly being found with drugs and an unconscious woman in his hotel room. Thomas Woodrow “Woody” Price, 54, of Ross, was booked on Oct. 3 under drug-related charges. Police found cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and prescription drugs in a hotel […]

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National Merit Semifinalists announced

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Five Redwood students were recently named National Merit Semifinalists by the College Board. Seniors Giorgio Cico, Margaux Garcia, Jacob Mates, Shauna Perigo, and Kenan Perry were selected based on scores they received on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) in October of their junior year. Around 16,000 seniors across the country were named […]

Junior Hayden Dean cradles the ball during a game held last spring against St. Francis in Sacramento.

Junior verbally commits to play Division I lacrosse

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Though most of her classmates are only beginning to think about where they want to go to college, junior Hayden Dean has already verbally committed to play Division I lacrosse at the University of Denver. Dean, a midfielder, averaged three goals per game last season for the Giants, and was placed on the Marin County […]

Sophomore Kelsey Urban and senior Sarah Ogden race at the state championship.

Mountain biking wins consecutive state title

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The coed mountain biking team capped off its season by winning the State Championship on May 11 for the second year in a row. The team was led by sophomore Kelsey Urban and senior Sarah Ogden, who placed second and third respectively in the state in girls’ varsity, and Teddy Hayden, who won the freshman […]

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Care about students’ safety, not only your reputation

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Something needs to be done about sexual assault on college campuses. According to a 2007 National Institute of Justice study, twenty percent of women will be sexually assaulted in college, as will six percent of men. The U.S. Department of Education recently released the names of 55 colleges currently facing investigations for violating Title IX, […]

Marin named healthiest county in whole state

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Marin was named the healthiest county in California for the fifth consecutive year by collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Public Health Institute on March 26. Marin was ranked first in the state in nine measures, including the lowest premature death rate, teen birth rate, violent crime rate, percent […]

Junior Monica Gomez performs the Tremors’ long program routine at nationals. They skated to a medley of Stevie Wonder songs. “The whole arena was cheering for us the whole time [we were competing], which made it fun and easier to entertain,” Gomez said.

Synchronized skater glides to Nationals

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While her classmates sat in classrooms last week, junior Monica Gomez was several states away, gracefully gliding across an ice rink with 11 of her friends. Gomez skated in the U.S. Synchronized Skating National Championships in Colorado Springs from Feb. 27 to March 1. She is a member of the Tremors, a San Francisco-based ice […]

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She IS a Hollaback girl: The reality of street harassment

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It’s a typical cross country practice for junior Mary Monda Oewel. Besides the familiar sounds of her feet pounding on a trail and steady, even breathing, she and her teammates are distracted from their run by a shrill whistling noise coming from someone in a car riding down the street on their left. They’re being […]


It’s a Beautiful Day for a Coed Ball Game

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The passing of the Super Bowl has traditionally signified the beginning of baseball season. February marks the beginning of the Little League in California, and spring training for Major League Baseball begins next week. It’s no surprise that I wound up playing baseball. I have two brothers with whom I am very close in age, […]