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The Plastics make their iconic entrance walk to the song Meet The Plastics.

“That’s So Fetch!” Drama gears up for a mean musical

Maleia Ferguson, Horizon Staff March 22, 2024

Back and pinker than ever, Encina's Drama department presents a musical rendition of the classic 2000s film, "Mean Girls." Directed by drama advisors and on-campus teachers, Megan Taylor and Lachelle Morris,...

Jets see success at DECA NorCal conference

Jets see success at DECA NorCal conference

Justice Petersen, Horizon Staff January 30, 2024

On January 12th, 93 Encinal DECA members embarked on a journey to the San Ramon Marriott for the Northern California DECA conference—a three day business extravaganza that would conclude with 39 Encinal...

Senior Josie Farris battles for the ball in the first half of Encinals 2-0 loss to Alameda on January 25, 2024. The match was moved to Estuary Park after AUSD closed both high schools soccer fields.

District closure of fields has sports scrambling

Max Millot and Jacob Benaquista January 25, 2024

Torrential downpours last week led to the closure of both high school soccer fields in the district, causing turmoil amongst players and coaches alike. Unfortunately, the closure coincided with the...

Preview: Fall play Clue is a real whodunit

Preview: Fall play “Clue” is a real whodunit

Samantha Cleminshaw December 1, 2023

Get ready for a grand whodunit. Encinal’s Drama Club will perform an on-stage production of the infamous board game Clue for this year's fall play. The cast, crew, and directors have been working...

Senior Sofia Layzer finishes a serve against Tennyson on Octtober 13.

Layzer completes dream season with tournament victory

Max Millot, Sports Editor November 6, 2023

After four years of playing tennis, Sofia Layzer had reached a precipice. The Encinal tennis star led 6-5 in the second set of the WACC (West Alameda County Conference) Tournament final. Layzer, a two-time...

Jets Lose First Island Bowl Since 2015

Jets Lose First Island Bowl Since 2015

Jacob Benaquista, Copy Editor September 29, 2023

With the Jets down 20-0 at halftime and their offense not being able to generate much momentum, it was evident that the Hornets lead would be almost impossible to come back from. Encinal had held the Island...

Coding craze: Island Hackathon inspires Alameda students

Coding craze: Island Hackathon inspires Alameda students

Chris Setera, Horizon Staff September 18, 2023

On September 16th, 80 high schoolers from all over Alameda gathered at Encinal’s media center to participate in a coding hackathon. The event, hosted by IslandHacks, exceeded expectations as both beginning...

Senior Reagan Caoili warms up her throwing arm on September 7.

Inaugural flag football season kicks off

Maleia Ferguson, Horizon Staff September 14, 2023

On September 14th Encinal High School played its first girl’s flag football game at Tennyson High School. Early this year, the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) made history by officially sanctioning...

Alameda Fire Department arrives on scene after a car accident on the corner of Central and 3rd street on August 15.

Collision on Central serves as warning to student drivers

Maleia Ferguson and Chris Setera August 17, 2023

A dangerous street race down Central Avenue resulted in a crash outside of Encinal High School on Tuesday August 15th. The accident, which occurred during lunch, involved five cars in total, three of which...

Sweden v. Italy on July 29.

From the Stands: Attending the Women’s World Cup

Emilia Arneson, Horizon Staff August 15, 2023

The whistle blows; five minutes to go. The score is tied, nil-nil. Five minutes and the United States Women’s National Team advances to the knockout stage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. But one goal...

Photos via AP, New York Times (Cassidy Araiza), Getty Images (Suzanne Cordiero) | Ilustration via Megan Lam, Boston Globe

Welcome to “Swiftie Clara”

Amy Screechfield, Horizon Staff August 4, 2023

“It’s been a long time coming” - As she moved between every musical era of her life, Taylor Swift provided the full experience for concert attendees with props, dancers, and pyrotechnics. Performing...

Demonstrators protest outside of the Supreme Court in Washington on June 29, 2023, after the Supreme Court struck down affirmative action in college admissions, saying race cannot be a factor.

Why the Supreme Court struck down Affirmative Action

Benjamin Dow, Horizon Staff August 3, 2023

“The Supreme Court Deems Affirmative Action to be Unconstitutional.” That was the recent headline in the news this past month. The recent court ruling is one that is significant to students across...

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