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The Spectator

The student news site of Lake Forest Academy

The Spectator

The student news site of Lake Forest Academy

The Spectator

Podcast

Sage Ye and Bela De Jesús spend the first podcast of this school year sitting down with Nirali Dalia, LFA’s new School Counselor and returning alumna. Listen as they discuss how the community is dealing with the crossroads of academics and the pandemic, as well managing anxiety, normalizing care of our mental health, and focusing on empathy and grace as we continue to push through such difficult times.
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James Kuhns and Nick Alutto spend their final podcast as LFA seniors returning to interview Head of School José De Jesús, as he reflects on both the challenges of the past year, as well as the progress he’s excited for the school to take on going forth. Listen as they discuss the differences between the medial triumph of first semester versus that exhaustion of second semester, the incoming Deans and how they’ll be restructuring the curriculum, addressing the needs of the community at large after last summer’s murder of George Floyd, and the excitement of De Jesús finishing up his private pilot’s license.

James Kuhns, Nick Alutto, and Rohan Miglani interview the faculty sponsor of LFA's eSports club, Joe Ward, as well as player and coach, Garrison Sloan. Listen as they discuss how they got this innovative new way to compete going at LFA.


James Kuhns, Nick Alutto, and Rohan Miglani interview LFA’s Head of School José De Jesús for this latest podcast of The Spectator. Listen as De Jesús discusses the difficult decisions that have gone into leading LFA since the onset of the pandemic. Hear him reflect on the weight of his decision-making, and dealing with the hardest moments of determining how best to keep the community safe. Join James, Nick and Rohan as they get to know our Head of School more intimately, and in honor of the holidays, hear about one of his favorite things--music.


The Spectator staff wanted a format to allow for telling more in-depth stories about the students and teachers that make up LFA's community, and in The Spectator's third podcast, James Kuhns, Nick Alutto, and Rohan Miglani interview Director of Health Services Anna Kliner. Listen as Kliner discusses the substantial buy-in that the LFA community has given to Covid precautions, and how it allowed the in-person semester to actually happen. Join James, Nick and Rohan as they get to know this new, vital faculty member whom we depend on to help keep us safe.


James Kuhns, Nick Alutto, and Rohan Miglani interview Ramya Herman for this second podcast of The Spectator. Listen as Ramya discusses what it's like to be a published author, with her book of poetry, Headspace of a Headcase, now available at Barnes and Noble. Learn about her process, the journey to publishing her work, and as she and the hosts try at a little pick-up poetry competition.
(Recorded 9/17/20)


James Kuhns, Nick Alutto, and Rohan Miglani interview Frank Gu for the first first podcast of The Spectator. Listen as Frank discusses what it was like to be quarantined in China, observe some cultural differences in lock-down, and manage school and AP testing from his home abroad. (Recorded 5/12/20)
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Ambika Gupta and Finnian Harrison | October 1, 2021

    For nearly two decades, Afghanistan has been looming in the background of American politics. Now that the conflict has finally come to an end, at least for the United States, many Americans have been trying to understand the conflict.      The Afghanistan war began in 1978 when a coup known as the “Saur Revolution” overthrew the Afghan Republic and established a soviet aligned socialistic...

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Richard Zhang, Managing Editor of Digital | October 1, 2021

    On August 28th, 2021, history was made as Kathy Hochul took the oath of office and stepped into her role as the 57th and first female governor of New York. Hochul takes leadership of the state in unprecedented times, as it struggles to recover from both the pandemic and Hurricane Ida. She is a Democrat hailing from a blue-collar Irish family in upstate Buffalo, New York, and has taken a long...

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Our Stories: Shylee Saladi–Making sure others less fortunate are able to eat

May 17, 2020

"For the past month, my family and I have been at home, ordering groceries, only going out when necessary, and making sure that others who aren't as fortunate as us are able to eat. We have been quite worried about the growing cases of COVID in Illinois as it keeps rising even with the stay-at-home order in place. In Glencoe, I feel that people are taking this very seriously as I have not seen many...

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Our Stories: Ashley Guo–“People should try to be more understanding”

May 17, 2020

Even though I am staying in Illinois, many of my friends have gone back to China. There, they are facing lots of hardships. Many people are criticizing the students who are coming back to China from the US online by saying they are bringing back the virus and undermining the government's work. I understand their perspectives; however, everyone who is going back home is doing all they can to stay safe....

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