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List of 20 news stories.

  • Hopkins Prom 2023

    All You Need to Know About Prom

    Veena Scholand ’26 Assistant Features Editor
    Hopkins prom is an annual event for juniors, seniors, and their guests. Ava Maccaro ’24, a member of the prom Committee, says this year “the theme for the dance is Mean Girls and Y2K.” Mean Girls was a popular movie from the 2000s, and Y2K means “year 2000,” or fashion trends from the 2000s. Maccaro shared that the prom Committee arranged for the event to be held at Woodwinds Venue in Branford on June 4th at 7pm.
  • Sample roommate placement form

    Seniors finding roommates

    Elona Spiewak ’26 Assistant Features Editor
    As the 2023-2024 school draws to a close, Hopkins seniors are focusing on their next four years. Now that they have selected what college they will attend, they can dive into the more nitty-gritty aspects. Out of the many details to consider, one of their concerns is finding a roommate for their college dormitory. A roommate is more than just someone who sleeps across the room from you. 
  • Spikeball fun

    Eric Fusscas assistant features editor '26
    As the springtime weather warms up the Hill, students are venturing outside to the quad during their freetime to play the most popular game on campus: Spikeball. Students need a break from the academic push at the end of the school year and find relaxation and joy through playing Spikeball. Students also recognize the unifying impact Spikeball has on our community and its ability to benefit others, like Brayden Gray ’24 who hosted a recent Spikeball tournament.
  • Summertime traditions and vacations

    Abby Rakotomavo ’26 Features Editor
    With the 2023-24 school year coming to an end, students and faculty alike are looking forward to enjoying summer’s heat, blue skies, and freedom from school-related obligations. Free time may entail relaxing and focusing on hobbies, and several people partake in yearly traditions that make summer a more special time for them.
  • Flames, Fumes, and Follies: The HARPS Lab Explosion

    Elona Spiewak ’26 Assistant Features Editor
    Since 2016, the Hopkins Authentic Research Programs in Science (HARPS) has given qualifying Hopkins students hands-on experience in a lab while simultaneously continuing their studies in the sciences. For almost a decade, dozens of students have been able to conduct their own experiments and research, both within
    and outside of Hopkins. This unique opportunity, however, was nearly extinguished.
  • Free Block Freedom with Friends

    Free Block Freedom with Friends

    Veena Scholand ’26 Assistant Features Editor
    Don’t know where to go during your free block? Hopkins students have varying opinions on the best place to hang out during their free blocks. Students’ opinions range from those who prefer to lounge on the couches in Upper Heath to those who play sports in the Athletic Center, and some even prefer the outdoors.
  • Paper vs. Digital: The Battle for Notetaking Supremacy

    Abby Rakotomavo ’26 Features Editor
    In an era where pirated online textbooks replace traditional ones and SMART boards overtake chalkboards, the age-old question persists: What is the superior method of note-taking? Hopkins students remain divided on this issue, with some defending the classic paper-and-pen experience and others arguing that digital notes are better.
  • 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.
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