High school students are possibly the most commonly stereotyped age group, and the tropes are not at all original. "Lady Bird," directed by Greta Gerwig and up for Best Picture at the Academy Awards on Sunday, encompasses many of these cliches, ranging from rehearsals for the after-school musical to awkward teen sex, to crushing on a boy in a rock band. However, it manages to do so in a way that feels veritable and not stilted or over-exaggerated.
In the United States you are as likely to be killed by a gun as you are to be killed in a car accident. In South Korea, you are just as likely to be killed by a gun as being crushed between two objects. In Japan, the comparison is made with being killed by lightning and in New Zealand, with falling off of a ladder, according to the New York Times.
"Venture," Palo Alto High School’s next theater production, is not a contemporary interpretation of Shakespeare, neither is it a cheery tale written by Disney nor a renowned American classic. Rather, "Venture" is an original work full of unique perspectives written by none other than Paly's choir teacher Michael Najar.
Recently, current students of Jordan Middle School proposed new names for their school following a decision by the Palo Alto Unified School District School Board to rename both Jordan and Terman as a result of their founders' ties to eugenics. In light of these events, The Paly Voice has compiled 20 of our favorite potential names for Jordan, along with our justifications for each.