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  • A pumpkin pie resting on a table filled with fall flavors.

    A Cornucopia of Fall Flavors: Students Reflect on Food Traditions

    Sarvin Bhagwagar’24 Features Editor Rania Das’26 Assistant Features Editor
    With the sweltering summer days behind us, the arrival of fall is a welcome one — a lingering chill, showers of red and gold fluttering down from the trees, the crunch of leaves underfoot — autumn is in the air.
  • A bar graph representing responses from the Hopkins community.

    Hottest Takes on the Hill: Agree or Disagree?

    Mira Krichavsky ’24 Features Editor Eric Roberts ’25 Assistant Features Editor
    When asked to share its controversial opinions, known as “hot takes,” the Hopkins community jumped at the chance. A school survey polled students on hot takes ranging from dessert and dining hall snacks to Taylor Swift and fashion.
  • Navigating the College Application Process

    Anika Madan ’24 Lead Features Editor
    Fall has officially arrived on the hill: afternoon highs in the mid-60s, apple cider donuts in the cafe — and college applications for seniors. For insight and advice into the fall application experience, the Razor reached out to members of the Class of ’24 and Hopkins College Counseling Office.
  • Matt Ferreira

    Welcome, New Hopkins Faculty!

    Welcome, New Hopkins Faculty!
  • Tim Griffin speaks at a HangTime session.

    HangTime at Hop: Budding Community Service Initiative

    Mira Krichavsky ’24 Features Editor Rania Das ’26 Assistant Features Editor
    With Spring Service Week completed, the Hopkins community shifted its focus to alternate forms of community service. Students, parents, and faculty have been contributing to the work of HangTime, an organization based in Bridgeport that helps reintegrate formerly incarcerated people back into society.

  • Abigail Murphy '23

    Senior Spotlight: Senior Projects Fair

    Anika Madan ’24 Lead Features Editor Eric Roberts ’25 Assistant Features Editor
  • Sarvin Bhagwagar ’24 and Rania Das ’26 read in Calarco Library.

    Books on The Hill: Students Reflect on Their Reading Habits

    Anika Madan ’24 Lead Features Editor, Eric Roberts ’25 Assistant Features Editor
    On April 23, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognized World Book Day.
  • Students meet in Upper Heath for the tournament.

    Checkmate For Charity: Maroon Key Board Hosts Tournament

    Sarvin Bhagwagar ’24 Features Editor, Rania Das ’25 Assistant Features Editor
    A recent Washington Post article proclaimed that “Teachers nationwide are flummoxed by students’ new chess obsession.”
  • Marie Doval pictured in faculty directory.

    Hopkins Students Name 2023 Women of Distinction

    Mira Krichavsky ’24 Features Editor
    The month of March commemorates women’s history in the United States, and this year Hopkins began a new tradition in celebration of women.
  • Hanna spends her last day in France with her friends from the study abroad program.

    Hanna en France: Disgraced Expat Returns Home!

    Hanna Jennings ’24
    I’ve been preparing myself to experience culture shock ever since I accepted my admissions decision to SYA France last March. Sitting here almost a year after I clicked that “YES” button, I can confidently say that my planning was way off.
  • Album of the Year  Winner: “SOS” by SZA (23.1% of total votes) Nominees: “Harry’s House” by Harry Styles, “Dawn FM” by The Weeknd, “Her Loss” by Drake and 21 Savage, “Midnights” by Taylor Swift, “SOS” by SZA, and “Mr. Moral & The Bog Steppers” by Kendrick Lamar

    Introducing...The Hopkins Grammy Awards!

    Results compiled by Amelia Hudonogov-Foster ’26.
    The Hopkins Grammys consisted of two Google Forms sent to the student body. The first form allowed students to nominate candidates for various categories and then the results were compiled into a second survey where students voted in a runoff.  The survey focused on five categories: Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Artist, Best New Artist, and Best Genre. Below are the results of the second survey.
  • The college decisions page for the Hopkins Class of 2022.

    Yellow Bands and Instagrams: Seniors Share College Decisions

    Eric Roberts ’25
    As the 2022-23 college application season comes to a close, many Hopkins seniors have already received their early application decisions. Students now face the difficult question: Should I share these decisions with my peers?
  • The Hopkins mascot dresses up for Thanksgiving.

    A Twist on Turkey: Different Cultures Celebrate Thanksgiving

    Layla Kenkare ’25 and Asher Joseph ’25
    Thanksgiving is a holiday that has become synonymous with family, feasting, and gratitude, but people across different cultures have created new ways to incorporate their own heritage into the festivities. The Razor explored how members of the Hopkins community celebrate Thanksgiving within their own cultures.
  • Hopkins competes with long-time rival Hamden Hall on the football field.

    An Ongoing Battle: Hilltoppers vs. Hornets

    Vivian Wang ‘23 and Megan Davis’23
    Along the walls of the Walter Camp Athletic Center’s gym, a dozen colorful flags display the names and emblems of the other FAA schools that Hopkins competes against in various sports. One of the flags hanging in the athletic hub belongs to Hamden Hall Country Day School, Hopkins’s long-standing athletic and academic rival. The Razor asked members of the Hopkins community about their thoughts on Hopkins’ relationship with the Hamden private school and its impact on athletics, team morale, and the overall attitude on campus.
  • Hanna celebrates Thanksgiving with with her host parents.

    Writings from Rennes: La Nouvelle Normalité

    Hanna Jennings ’24
    As I currently sit on my bed staring at a blank Google Doc, I am fully at a loss for how to start this article.
  • You Had Me at the First Line: College Essay Hooks

    As early decision and early action colleges begin to release decisions, The Razor asked the Class of 2023 to share the first sentence of their personal statement, a 650-word essay that gets sent to all the schools they apply to through the Common App. Here are some of their actual college essay hooks:
  • Dr. Jean Bennett during her visit to Hopkins in 2020.

    Alumni Interviews: A Chat with Dr. Jean Bennett ’72

    Asher Joseph ’25
    As scientists continue to expand the boundaries of technology, gene modification has become an increasingly common solution to diseases and medical conditions. Dr. Jean Bennett ’72 is a molecular geneticist who studies ophthalmological gene therapy at the University of Pennsylvania, where the impact of her work extends outside of the lab.
  • J-Schoolers Ask, Seniors Answer!

    The Class of 2023 offered their wisdom to the Classes of 2027 and 2028:
  • Jennings and her host parents walking on the beach in Corozon after a crêpe dinner.

    Writings from Rennes: “Ça Ne Va Pas”

    Hanna Jennings ’24
    This semester, Hanna is studying abroad in Rennes, France with School Year Abroad (SYA). While there, she will be writing about her experiences for The Razor.
  • Alvaro Cerqueira

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