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Alexandra Li

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Northern Lights in New Jersey

Northern Lights in New Jersey

Alexandra Li June 14, 2024

During the second week of May, residents of the East Coast received a rare treat: a glimpse of aurora borealis, typically only seen in remote Northern areas of the world, in their backyards.    The...

AP Classes Review

AP Classes Review

Alexandra Li and Jordan Sang May 20, 2024

Alex: Over my high school career, I have taken eleven AP classes and twelve AP tests. My experience has ranged from highly intellectually stimulating to easygoing. While I walked out of every AP class...

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Mock Trial Review

Alexandra Li March 14, 2024

Midterms weren’t the only thing the JCHS Mock Trial Team had to worry about during the week of the 28th of January. On Tuesday, January 30th and Thursday, February 1st, the defense and prosecution...

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Mock Trial Team Attends Scrimmage

Alexandra Li February 20, 2024

  On Saturday, January 6, 2024, JCHS’s Mock Trial team traveled to Piscataway High School to participate in an inter-county scrimmage. Featuring schools from Bergen, Middlesex, Essex, and...

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My Favorite Parks in Manhattan

Alexandra Li December 30, 2023

One of the many benefits of living in Caldwell/West Caldwell is our proximity to New York City. It is easy to forget that we live practically next door to arguably the most global and important city in...

Senior Tennis Reflections

Senior Tennis Reflections

Alexandra Li December 30, 2023

  Looking back on my four years of tennis, it is easy for me to see how everything fell into place—how every lesson, practice, and season shaped me into the player I am today. But at the...

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Renovation of JCHS Tennis Courts Reveals Unexpected Twist

Alexandra Li November 3, 2023

The JCHS tennis community was absolutely thrilled when the school decided to renovate its four tennis courts in the spring of last year. But upon digging up the first layer of courts, construction...

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Longtime JCHS Girls Tennis Coach Jack Kloss Passes Away

Alexandra Li November 3, 2023

On August 16, 2023, the morning of the JCHS girls tennis team’s first day back on the courts, the JCHS tennis community received saddening news. Jack Kloss, who would have begun his 30th season as...

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FBLA September Member of the Month Interview

Alexandra Li November 3, 2023

This past month, sophomores Nicolina Castellano and Carter Kaiser were named JCHS FBLA’s Members of the month. Both students have not only excelled academically, but committed commendable amounts...

Pickleball Players, Rejoice: Grover Cleveland and Westville Pool Tennis Courts to be Renovated into Pickleball/Tennis Facilities

Alexandra Li June 9, 2023

The hottest sport in the area has gotten two new major developments: the Grover Cleveland and Westville Pool Courts, once exclusively tennis courts, are being converted into tennis and pickleball facilities. The...

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Mock Trial at JCHS

Alexandra Li March 11, 2023

  Mock Trial may be an unfamiliar name to many JCHS students. However, Mock Trial offers students one of the most powerful opportunities JCHS has to offer—a true courtroom experience. This...

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Meet Nancy Friedlander: the Accomplished Teacher and Artist who Founded JCHS’s Caldron

Alexandra Li and Grace Szostak February 11, 2023

Last month, Grace Szostak and I had the immense pleasure of meeting with Nancy Friedlander, a long-time JCHS (or should I say GCHS) English teacher and founder of The Caldron. Now 92 years old, many things...

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Bring Back the “Paper” in “Newspaper”

Alexandra Li and Grace Szostak November 23, 2022

Photo courtesy of Grace Szostak and Alexandra LiPhoto courtesy of Grace Szostak and Alexandra LiPhoto courtesy of Grace Szostak and Alexandra LiPhoto courtesy of Grace Szostak and Alexandra Li Alexandra...

Keeping Our Speech Free: Why We Need Section 230

Keeping Our Speech Free: Why We Need Section 230

Alexandra Li October 25, 2022

Photo courtesy of NPR.org Over the past few months, the Supreme Court’s unprecedented conservative rulings have generated heated discussions. Social media has been a vital breeding ground...

The Met Operas 2022-2023 Season

The Met Opera’s 2022-2023 Season

Alexandra Li April 2, 2022

"nytimes.com" Saying the coronavirus was “rough” for the Met Opera would be a gross understatement. The pandemic shut the Opera for 18 months, resulting in a loss of $150 million in anticipated...

FBLA Conference Review

FBLA Conference Review

Amanda DeMaria, Alexandra Li, and Uma Attreya April 2, 2022

The State Leadership Conference (SLC) for the FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) club has finally become a reality! After a year of virtual competitions and conferences, FBLA members...

JCHS’ Very Own: Reviews of the 1995 Indie Film Welcome to the Dollhouse

JCHS’ Very Own: Reviews of the 1995 Indie Film Welcome to the Dollhouse

Grace Szostak, Lia Vaiserman, and Alexandra Li March 1, 2022

Photo Courtesy of Alexandra Li Welcome to the Dollhouse is a 1995 independent/dark comedy film that was filmed largely right here in JCHS. Many other scenes were also filmed around West Caldwell,...

What Attending My Dream School Means to Me

What Attending My Dream School Means to Me

Alexandra Li January 15, 2022

"medium.com" I have many memories of visiting some of our nation’s finest universities. When my family went to California, we made sure to visit Stanford, Berkeley, and Caltech. When we did a...

Pandora Papers

Alexandra Li October 30, 2021

On October 3, 2021, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, or ICIJ, released the results of an investigation on the financial secrets of many of the world’s wealthiest and most...

Colonial Pipeline Cyber Attack

Sahana Vijay Krishna and Alexandra Li June 14, 2021

Colonial Pipeline Co., the largest refined-products pipeline in the U.S. and the main pipeline carrying gasoline and diesel fuel to the East Coast, was shut down after being hit with a cyberattack...

iHerb vs. Amazon

iHerb vs. Amazon

Alexandra Li and Sahana Vijay Krishna April 18, 2021

  "twitter.com" "amazon.com" iHerb and Amazon are among the largest e-commerce shops for health and beauty products today, with both sites boasting an impressive...


Alexandra Li February 7, 2021

"fbla-pbl.org" The new Future Business Leaders of American (FBLA) chapter of James Caldwell High School gives students the opportunity to explore a wide variety of interests and learn and interact...

Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic Review

Alexandra Li December 6, 2020

"theocean.bandcamp.com" Founded twenty years ago, German progressive metal band The Ocean has experimented with a variety of album concepts, from astronomy to existentialism. In 2018,...

Yes, Big Tech Needs Antitrust

Alexandra Li November 2, 2020

Today, big tech is embroiled in countless issues: consumer privacy, the cost of being able to access the internet, and with the controversial Earn It Act set to make its House debut, many Americans...

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