Rio Americano High School

The Mirada

Rio Americano High School

The Mirada

Rio Americano High School

The Mirada

For Earth Day, The Mirada is running opinion articles from students this week that look at the environment.

A Solution to California’s Wildfires

Daphne Pannell April 20, 2024

Every year it’s getting harder to imagine a crisp autumn day without visualizing someone coughing from the dreary, harsh smoke that California’s wildfire season produces. In 2023 alone, 7,127 fires...

Promote Biking as a Climate-Friendly Transportation Option

Promote Biking as a Climate-Friendly Transportation Option

Cate Kukas, Guest Writer April 18, 2024

Although we can’t possibly reverse all the damage that’s been done by climate change, there are things we can do to alleviate the harm. One of many solutions to address climate change is to increase...

Optimism: Seeing the Worlds Potential

Optimism: Seeing the World’s Potential

Kate Maloy February 29, 2024

What is optimism? How does something so abstract bring us together? There are so many different ways to look at this topic. Optimism is not just about having positivity, it’s about choosing to be happy...

An Easy Solution for Fast Fashion: Dont Buy

An Easy Solution for Fast Fashion: Don’t Buy

Megan Atkinson February 25, 2024

Have you ever bought from Shein? How about H&M? Or Brandy Melville?  In the early 90’s, a new fashion company emerged in New York City. The company, Zara, shocked consumers with the ability to...

Optimism: The Thread that Weaves Communities Together

Optimism: The Thread that Weaves Communities Together

Olivia Huang February 22, 2024

Optimism is the characteristic that pulls students through long study nights. Optimism is the characteristic that gives parents encouragement to raise rebellious children. Optimism is the characteristic...

Optimism: Building Community Through Resilience

Optimism: Building Community Through Resilience

Suraya Halim February 15, 2024

Hope for the future keeps one going through hardships and challenges. An optimistic worldview can have a significant influence on people’s decisions, like migration, which can have positive effects not...

Jason Allen won the digital-art competition at the Colorado State Fair last year for his piece “Théâtre D’opéra Spatial” that he created using the AI software Midjourney. Recently, the US Copyright Office refused to grant him a copyright for his piece, writing, We have decided that we cannot register this copyright claim because the deposit does not contain any human authorship.” He plans to appeal.

AI Needs More Restrictions in the Art World

Theresa Ferguson, Guest Writer February 6, 2024

In a modern world with electronic technology, AI has become a prevalent source of debate. The emergence of AI art has sparked up disagreements within the art world. The majority of traditional and digital...

The Marvels publicity poster.

What’s Going on with the Modern Movie Franchise?

Ben Steffensrud January 21, 2024

It’s November 2016, you just got out of school, and the new “Trolls” movie comes out. You just went to the movie theaters to watch it, and you loved it. Now fast forward to this year, when the new...

Bring Back Nap Time

Bring Back Nap Time

Parvathy Sreedharan, Guest Writer January 18, 2024

Remember the day of nap times and snack times. It has all gone now. Instead, students are ushered from class to class with small breaks and lunchtimes to recover from constant sitting. Schools no longer...

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Middle Housing Can Solve Housing Crises

Grant Elliott, Guest Writer December 17, 2023

When I was in middle school, many of my school friends lived very far away from me, so planning activities with them or going over to their houses was difficult. My mom has made a running joke about how...

Anthony Fauci.

Stop the Spread of Vaccine Misinformation

Morgan Priest, Guest Writer December 10, 2023

When Dr. Anthony Faucicame to Sacramento in October, I had the opportunity to go see him. There were police and security surrounding the area. At first, I was confused, but then I saw the infamous anti-vaxxers...

Mother Laura Collanton speaks to students at a fentanyl awareness assembly in 2022.

Why Is It So Hard to Access Rio’s Narcan?

Will Mann December 7, 2023

It only takes a couple of puffs of Naloxone to save a life, so why was this life-saving drug so hard to find at Rio? Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is a drug that can help save those who are overdosing...

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