Sydney Hilbush Editor

Sydney is a junior at Redwood and is very excited to be a Lifestyles Editor for the Bark this semester. She can be found in the dance studio seven times a week and loves adventuring and exploring around Marin.

Contact Sydney Hilbush:


College Essays

by , , , , and on

In this series, the Bark’s Remarks explored college essays. Seniors read and discussed their favorite college essay with us. You can find this podcast and more by visiting the Redwood Bark on Soundcloud.

IMG_0628 (2)

District wide program cuts to be implemented due to $6 million budget deficit

by on

The Tamalpais Union High School District (TUHSD) is projected to reach a $6 million structural deficit as district funding has surpassed the budget. Within the next four years, the district hopes to balance the current deficit through adopting a district-wide parcel tax as well as pursuing alternative methods of revenue sourcing through the newly adopted […]


Annual Chinese New Year Parade captures eyes and ears of local community

by on

On Saturday, Feb. 24, thousands gathered in the streets of Chinatown, San Francisco, to celebrate the annual Chinese New Year Parade. A wide array of groups performed in front of eager crowds, representing their cultural heritage with Chinese song and dance. Scroll down to view the full story. 

2018-01-26 11:29

It’s time to change up the same ol’ drill

by on

Growing up in La Jolla, San Diego, my childhood revolved around the ocean. Spending a relaxing day on the beach was just steps outside my front door, and weekend beach cleanups were the norm for my family. The main culprit of ocean pollution during these cleanups was plastic; although this material endangered the sea animals, […]


Norwegian student adapts to Redwood community after experiencing Santa Rosa fires

by on

Within the first few weeks of adjusting to a brand new life in a country across the world from her family, experiencing a natural disaster was not on senior Sandra Fredriksen’s to-do list. In early August, Fredriksen decided to pack her bags and experience high school as an American teenager for her second-to-last year of […]

IMG_9361 (1)

Senior engages in physical altercation over attempted car break-in

by on

At around 5:00 p.m., senior Rocco Allenstein engaged in a physical altercation with two middle-aged African-American males who were attempting to break into his 2006 Porsche Cayenne in the front parking lot of Redwood. As Allenstein approached his vehicle after leaving early from wrestling practice, he saw two men near his car. One was inside the […]

IMG_3122 (1)

Ryan Brady’s journey from hospital bed to homecoming court

by on

The last thing you would expect from a 17-year-old awakening from a coma is for him to be smiling. But he was, as usual. Ryan Brady started Wednesday, Aug. 30, like any typical day. Driving his mom’s car to school with his little brother, Keiler Brady, in the passenger seat, the boys were heading down […]

IMG_0395 (1)

New special education teacher interlaces passion for surfing with teaching

by on

Rhythmic waves crash gently over the ocean shore, washing away the light imprint of footsteps soaked up by the sun-drenched sand. The numbing water slaps against the smooth bottom of the surfboard, bracing for the right wave. A splash of cold water in the face fuels the adrenaline of Natalie Pepper as she steadies her […]


Raging wildfires force cancellation of sports and school

by and on

Wildfires continue to scorch Northern California’s wine country regions, quickly becoming the deadliest fire in California’s history with a confirmed death toll of 35 and over 600 people still missing, according to the San Francisco (SF) Chronicle. The forceful velocity of these fires has rained ash and poured smoke over the Bay Area, resulting in […]


Confronting the cancer: breast cancer rates in Marin fall to their lowest level since the 90’s

by on

As “Deb,” a local parent who preferred to remain anonymous, walks into the hospital waiting room to receive her annual mammogram check up, the room is already abuzz with women anxiously awaiting their test results for the same evaluation. Scanning the room, “Deb” questions an underlying trend she has noticed over her past few appointments […]