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The Archer School for Girls is a contemporary girls school in Los Angeles serving grades 6-12. The Oracle is Archer’s student-run news site, which we update dynamically September through May. Archer upper school students who have taken or are currently enrolled in the 21st Century Journalist class are responsible for all aspects of the Oracle.
Student media at Archer connects directly to the school’s mission to “strengthen girls’ voices” and “promote challenge-seeking and support risk-taking” in order to “graduate courageous, committed, and ethical young women.”
For these purposes, as well as to teach students responsibility by empowering them to make and defend their own decisions, student news media at the Archer School for Girls are designated open forums for student expression where students make all final decisions of content. Therefore, student material published on The Oracle may not reflect the opinions or policies of The Archer School for Girls, and neither school employees nor the school itself are legally responsible for its content.
The Oracle goes on summer hiatus from June through August.
Oracle Mission Statement
As a student-run publication, the Oracle’s mission is to provide a forum that encourages authentic voices and discussion in our increasingly diverse educational community. We serve as a resource for the Archer community and beyond to report relevant, interesting and newsworthy information. The Oracle staff is committed to fostering critical thinking in our reporting as well as providing a venue for creative expression. Through these endeavors, we strive to strengthen student voices.
Oracle Comment Policy
As members of Archer’s active and engaged community, the Oracle welcomes reader comments and debate. We encourage community members to take ownership of their opinions by using their names when commenting. However, in order to ensure a diverse range of opinions, we do allow anonymous comments as long as they are respectful, relevant, and abide by Archer’s Responsible Use Policy. Comments are moderated, but not edited, and will appear once approved.
For information about submitting a formal letter to the editor, see the Letters to the Editor page.
Meet the Staff: 2015-2016
Co-Editor-in-Chief: Syd Stone is the Co-Editor-In-Chief of the Oracle with Sarah Wagner. She became the Voices Editor and the Social Media Manager during the 2013-2014 school year. She plays cello in the Upper School Orchestra, is a member of the Honor Education Council and is the senior chair of the Ambassador Leadership Team. She attended the journalism institute for high school seniors at Northwestern University this summer.
Co-Editor-in-Chief: Sarah Wagner is the Co-Editor-In-Chief of the Oracle this year along with Syd Stone. She is a senior, and has been involved with the Oracle since her sophomore year. In her sophomore and junior years, she served as the News and Features editor. Two summers ago, she worked as an intern at the local paper The Brentwood News. Outside of the Oracle, she is a volunteer at the teen hotline Teenline, Co-President of the Student store, a member of the debate team and a PAWS peer tutor.
News & Features Editor: Carina Oriel joined the Oracle staff in the middle of her junior year and became News, Features and Sports Editor for the 2015-2016 school year. Her parents own a Filipino-American newspaper, exposing her to journalism at a very young age. As a senior, she is Co-President of the Diversity Club and the Director of Human Resources of the Student Store. She is also a member of Archer’s InvenTeam and the Eastern Star Gallery.
Lifestyle Editor: Isabelle Kantz joined the Oracle Staff during the 2014-2015 school year and took over the position of Lifestyle Editor for the final quarter of the year. She also became the Voices Editor during the first quarter of the 2015-2016 school year and still holds both positions. Her passion for lifestyle and entertainment writing stems from her interest in films and movies. Over the summer of 2014, Isabelle attended the National Student Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. where she took classes in Communication Studies and Entertainment Management. More recently, Isabelle began an internship with film and lifestyle journalist, Elaine Lipworth.
Sports Editor: Cybele Zhang joined the Oracle writing staff in 2015 and was promoted to sports editor in 2016. She is on the junior varsity volleyball team and enjoys anything sports related. She is a member of the Classics Club and has been part of Archer’s Dance Troupe since 2012, where she is the current Middle School Captain Coordinator.
Co-Voices Editor: Anika Bhavnani became a member of the Oracle staff in the 2015-2016 school year and was promoted to co-Voices editor in 2016. She is a member of the Diversity Board, an Archer Ambassador, a member of Peer Support, and the speech chair of Archer’s Speech and Debate Team.
Co-Voices Editor: Eloise Rollins-Fife joined the Oracle staff in 2015 and was promoted to co-Voices editor in 2016. She regularly participates in Archer musical theater and is an executive member of the Model UN club. She also enjoys working and volunteering outside of school. In her free time, she can be found catching up on current events and watching sitcoms.
Logan Connors joined the Oracle writing staff in 2015. She is on the varsity equestrian team and has been riding for 11 years. She is a member of the Best Buddies Club and is a volunteer at the Mesereau Free Legal Clinic.
Chloe Davenport became a member of the Oracle writing staff in 2015. She is on the Archer equestrian team and is a member of Best Buddies. She enjoys riding horses, spending time with friends and family, and creative writing.
Helena Heslov became a member of the Oracle staff in 2013 and was the Lifestyle editor for the first three quarters of 2014-2015. She is an excited student who is eager to learn and has a passion for fashion. She loves helping out the community, which is why she is a member of Archer’s Community Service Board.
Shelby Mumford began to write for the Oracle staff in 2015. She is a member of the swim team and the Speech and Debate team. Shelby also co-runs the Black Student Union.
Nelly Rouzroch joined the Oracle Staff during the 2015 year. She is in Dance Company and has been a part of Archer’s Dance Troupe since 2012. She loves anything related to music and Buzzfeed.
Ella Tollman joined the Oracle staff during 2015. She is a member of the club Best Buddies as well as the “I Am” club. She is also a member of the Archer Dance Troupe. She loves to travel and is excited to write for the Oracle this year.
Alexandra Chang joined The Oracle as a contributing writer in 2014. She is a member of the Model UN Club and loves to play tennis. She also enjoys writing for her fashion and lifestyle blog, www.alexandella.com.
India Halsted was the co-Cuisine editor of the Oracle from 2010-2013. Since 2013, India has worked on Iris Magazine, a publication dedicated to informing Archer students of Los Angeles’ culture, and as a contributing writer to the Oracle. India also participates in Archer’s dance program, Archer Abroad, Pillars of Salt, the Eastern Star Gallery, is a peer tutor for P.A.W.S., and is a co-founder and co-leader of the Jane Austen Society. In her free time, India can be found with a good book or camera in hand.
Cat Oriel joined The Oracle as a contributing writer in 2015. She is on the Archer Varsity Volleyball team, a founder of the Feed2SucceedFund Archer Chapter, a member of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Culture Club and is a shift manager at the Student Store. She was named the Middle School Poet Laureate in 2013 and the World Language Poet Laureate in 2015. Her interests include Graphic Design, writing and dogs.
Ciel Torres is a junior and a new contributing writer to The Oracle. She hopes to learn all there is about journalism, & write thought-provoking, incendiary pieces throughout the year.
Kristin Taylor teaches The 21st Century Journalist at the beginning and advanced level. She is a strong proponent of student voices and believes journalism teaches skills needed in all aspects of professional life. She has been an English teacher since 1997 and began teaching at Archer in 2006. She is a JEA member and a 2014 ASNE Reynolds High School Journalism Institute Fellow. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Journalism Education through Kent State University.