Kienna Kulzer

I am a freelance writer interested in news and features journalism. I wrote for three years and served as Features editor for two years on the award-winning high school news publication The Foothill Dragon Press.

The Changing Modern American Family

The stereotypical family model of a mom, dad, 2.5 kids, and a white picket fence is becoming more of a picture of the past than an accurate description of the typical American family. The structures of families in the United States have been evolving and changing over the past 50 years. They are more culturally, religiously, racially, and stylistically diverse than they have ever been before, and Foothill’s families are no exception.

'Train Whistle Sub' reflects on 60 years of teaching

Sam Marsh may be 86 years old, but he has no plans to retire from teaching anytime soon. Known by most as the ‘Train Whistle Substitute,’ this is his sixtieth year of teaching. “Some people may wonder why I still want to teach; why not just retire? I still teach because you students keep me young,” Marsh said. “Some people think you teenagers are going to the dogs. I think you are the hope for the future.”

Students find lifelong benefits from bilingualism

Speaking two languages doesn’t just provide the opportunity for broader skills and communication; bilingualism has also been proven to have positive effects on the brain in its adaptability and aging. Recent studies have shown that the brains of bilingual people tend to be better than the monolingual at focusing and task-switching because of their ability to navigate between multiple languages. Bilingual children are also better at adapting to new environments, but people who learn another language at any point in their life still experience the other positive effects, including the delaying Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

'Slut shaming' impacts Foothill students at school and online, survey shows

Whether they’re directed at Miley Cyrus or a classmate, words like “slut” and “whore” are not uncommon terms among high school students. Foothill junior Paris Dosch believes they are used more often now than they were in previous generations. “Back when our parents were our age, it wasn’t okay to be calling people that right and left. Nowadays I hear it all the time,” Dosch said. The Foothill Dragon Press surveyed 232 students Nov. 4 about their views on “slut-shaming.” Several 9-12th grade English classes took part in the paper survey. Students were allowed to respond anonymously or to use their name if they chose to. While the dictionary defines a slut as a “promiscuous woman,” the definitions provided by Foothill survey respondents were varied. 38 percent defined it by the way someone dresses 47 percent defined it by how sexually promiscuous someone is 16 percent defined it by how many people someone dates

More colleges googling prospective students

All throughout high school, students are taught the “formula” for getting into their dream school: good grades, challenging classes, extracurriculars, community service, stellar essays and test scores. But another less-advertised factor is starting to play more of a role: a student’s digital footprint. In recent years, many schools across the United States have begun googling their applicants. Kaplan Test Prep’s survey – released in fall of 2012 – found that the number of schools doing this has risen to 20 percent of colleges, 27 percent of business schools, and 41 percent of law schools. “What you’re doing online paints a picture of who you are,” said vice principal Carlos Cohen. “Your thoughts, your actions, your values…it’s almost like your resume, in a way.”

Richardson, Canosa not held back by visual impairments

Brittany Richardson navigates through the crowded school hallway using just a cane and her hearing to guide her. Being legally blind, she can only distinguish shapes and colors, not details. She has to rely on her other senses. Though there are many difficulties — sometimes others don’t move out of her way as she walks through the halls — she has adjusted well to attending a public high school.

E15M Day Two: Funeral for "dead" students closes emotional event

Twenty “living dead” students walked somberly into the quad today dressed in solemn black clothing holding two caskets that symbolized the “deaths” of senior Marnie Vaughan and junior Carly Camarillo. The service began with junior Paige Schouten and senior Annabelle Warren reading aloud letters they had written to their friends, Camarillo and Vaughan, who were both “killed” in yesterday’s crash simulation.

Foothill's racial equity gap lower than county average

A new school, no friends, unable to speak a word of English; life was not easy for Foothill sophomore Jenny Castillo when she moved to the United States in third grade. “I had to learn everything from scratch because the English that they teach you [in Mexico] is not good. It is very formal… I wouldn’t do anything that the other kids would do. I would be on a computer learning English the entire day,” Castillo said.