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The Cardinal Times

Vol. 127

Summer Issue

© SUMMER 2021 • cardinaltimes.org • Lincoln High School • Portland, OR 97205

Saying goodbye

As the year comes to a close, we say goodbye

to a few of the teachers who are moving on

from Lincoln next year. Read each teacher’s

Q&A on cardinaltimes.org.


Sam Roberson, Lauren Boubel, Richard

Tinling, Micheal Bulkin, Nancy Abens, Neomi

Navarro, NOT PICTURED Matt Reed

State champs

The varsity girls volleyball team and varsity boys

tennis team both went undefeated this season

in the Portland Interscholastic League (PIL).

Read more about these district champions on


BOTTOM LEFT: Courtesy of the varsity girls

volleyball team BOTTOM RIGHT: Courtesy of

the varsity boys tennis team

Continue reading at cardinaltimes.org

- Portland protest art: An homage to strong Black leaders

- Opinion: A push to join the Arabic program

- Lincoln junior goalkeeper commits to Stanford University

PAGE 2 • The Cardinal Times, SUMMER, 2021 PROFILES

Cardinal Times staff says “goodbye” to 2021 seniors

Cole Pressler: Editor-in-chief


Although his time as editor-in-chief was

reduced to an online environment, Cole

Pressler will forever look back fondly at

his time at Lincoln and on The Cardinal


Pressler was always interested in journalism

and communication. In elementary

and middle school, he dreamed of becoming

a broadcaster when he grew up. When

he entered high school, his dad, a former

sports journalist, encouraged him to join

The Cardinal Times. After his first year,

Pressler felt a personal responsibility to

create a better paper for Lincoln and to

see the paper through to his senior year,

he said.

He began in the Intro to Mass Communications

class his freshman year and

quickly went up in rank after transitioning

into the Advanced Mass Communications

class sophomore year, when he served as

the sports editor. Junior year, Pressler

became digital editor for the paper, and

was chosen as the editor-in-chief his senior


“[I didn’t really have a favorite position,]

I enjoyed all of it,” he said. “It was really

fun being the digital editor, just working

on the website and expanding the digital

side of the paper, because I got to develop

Sydney Ward: News & Features editor


skills that I didn’t previously really associate

with journalism. And, of course, I have

also greatly enjoyed being editor-in-chief.”

However, being editor-in-chief did not

go as expected. Because of the COVID-19

pandemic, The Cardinal Times was not

able to create hard copies of the paper.

Although it was a rough transition at the

beginning, Pressler believes that the staff

did a good job conquering the challenge.

“This year’s staff really stepped up. They

did a great job taking over their roles with

very little to no prior experience,” he said.

“It was obviously a very, very hard thing to

adapt to because so much of our previous

work had to do with focusing on the print

issue. [This year] we mostly focused on

engagement. I think consistency [with

posting on the website and on social media]

was the key to transitioning to online.”

In reflecting on his time on the paper,

Pressler believes that he has become a

better leader, communicator and problem


“I think journalism teaches you a lot of

responsibilities, especially The Cardinal

Times. We do a really good job with that as

a student publication,” he said.

Being on the paper also gave him the

opportunity to develop new connections.

“I really just loved the community of The

Cardinal Times,” Pressler said. “It took a

bit of a hit when we went online, because

Former News & Features editor Sydney Ward will

be attending the University of Washington

next fall.

Photo courtesy of SYDNEY WARD

After moving across the world from Auckland,

New Zealand to Lincoln High School

during her second semester of freshman

year, Sydney Ward knew she wanted to find

a place at her new school.

As her senior year comes to a close, Ward

is happy to have served as News & Features

editor and appreciative of the community

she created through The Cardinal TImes.

“It was really hard to make friends and I

knew that I wanted to join something that

would allow me to have a community at

Lincoln and make friends,” she said. “I like

writing and I’ve always been interested in

news, so I thought Mass Communications

was the perfect thing to join.”

It turns out that what she thought would

be a good fit landed her an environment she

was a part of for the following two years.

After getting her start in Mass Communications,

Ward wanted to continue in journalism

and find her voice on The Cardinal


“I did the intro class in my sophomore

year, and joined the paper in my junior

year, then applied for News & Features at

the end of that year, and I’ve been News &

Features for a year,” she said.

Working on The Cardinal Times has left

Ward with lots of fond memories to look

back on. One of her favorites was from her

junior year on the paper when she got to

write an article about Lincoln’s rugby team.

“I found out they were playing a game…

and we just turned up there and we awkwardly

went up to the coaches and were

like, ‘Can we interview you guys for an article?’

It was just so funny, we took pictures

there and they had no idea who we were,”

Ward said.

Looking back, she has spent time doing

a variety of projects and writing all kinds

of articles for the newspaper, but one of

her favorites was “Some Students Must

Choose: Dance or Tradition,” an article

about how the Winter Formal Dance fell on

the same day as Lunar New Year, leaving

many students forced to choose between a

dance or their traditional celebration.

Continued on cardinaltimes.org

it was really fun just being with everybody

and laughing and getting each other’s

advice, but, regardless, I think it was just a

great environment to work in. I’ve gotten a

lot closer with the people on the paper and

strengthened friendships that I previously


His most memorable experience in his

time on the staff was attending the JEA/

NSPA 2019 National High School Journalism

Convention in Anaheim, Calif..

“Having the opportunity to attend

[conventions] was something that made

the class unique,” Pressler said. “It’s just

a really great class to develop life skills

that will actually be useful outside of class

because, like, not everybody is going to use

calculus or literary analysis in their life,

but everybody needs interview and critical

thinking skills. The things you learn in

journalism are very real life skills you can

translate to almost every profession and

every interaction.”

Pressler is far from done with journalism.

In the fall, he plans to attend California

Polytechnic State University, where he

will major in journalism.

“I’ve known for quite a while that I just

want to keep writing. Journalism is a really

interesting profession and something that

I want to pursue in the future, partially because

of The Cardinal Times, partially just

because I love reading news and absorbing

media,” he said. “I just couldn’t really see

myself not doing it.”

Mei Xu: Arts & Culture editor


As Arts & Culture editor for both her junior

and senior year, Mei Xu has been extremely

beneficial to The Cardinal Times.

She looks back at her time on the staff with

fond memories.

“Being able to collaborate with my

friends and other people on articles has

been my favorite thing,” she says.

Her start in The Cardinal Times was

atypical. After asking herself, “What is

something I’m not good at?” Xu joined Intro

to Mass Communications as a freshman

with the hopes of improving her writing

skills. While most students gravitate towards

what they can succeed in, Xu chose

to challenge herself.

Now, her writing is celebrated not only

by other members of the staff, but also Student

Newspapers Online (SNO). Three of

her articles have been awarded with a Best

of SNO award, with the most recent one being

an article on Black Lives Matter protest


Her time on staff has also enabled her to

see things in a new way.

“Being on The Cardinal Times has really

shown me that authentic journalism is

something that incorporates all aspects of a

story. Rather than just reading posts online

I have become a more critical thinker about

issues,” Xu reflects. “I’ve learned how to

navigate the 21st century in terms of social

media and activism.”

Xu is looking forward to her multitude of

post-Lincoln plans.

“This summer, I am definitely going to

continue in the journalism arena,” she says.

Former editor-in-chief Cole Pressler will be

attending California Polytechnic State University

in the fall.


Pressler has advice for current and future

Cardinal Times staff members:

“Recognize the impact of this publication.

A lot of people may not notice when

we do our job right, but that doesn’t mean

it’s not something we shouldn’t still do,” he

said. “Working for a newspaper is challenging,

but if it doesn’t challenge you, it

won’t change you. Journalism is something

that can really help you in life, and

it’s something that you should stick with

regardless of the difficulties.”

Former Arts & Culture editor Mei Xu will be

attending Dartmouth College next fall.

Photo courtesy of MEI XU

Xu will be researching and writing about

constitutional law while also doing social,

journalistic and media work with nonprofit


She also plans to help out the 2021-2022

Lincoln Constitution Team.

“I am still connected to my Lincoln

roots,” says Xu.

In the fall, Xu will be attending Dartmouth


“This is going to sound like a lot,” she

says before explaining her major.

Continued on cardinaltimes.org

PROFILES The Cardinal Times, SUMMER, 2021 • PAGE 3

Avery Hellberg: Arts & Culture editor


Being a part of The Cardinal Times for

two years was a huge learning experience

for senior Avery Hellberg.

Hellberg joined the staff as a junior, following

in the footsteps of her brother, who

was part of The Cardinal Times while in

high school.

“I wanted to carry out the legacy,” said


She also thought journalism might be

something that she wanted to do for a living.

By joining the newspaper, she felt like

it was the perfect place to start.

During her first year on the staff, Hellberg

served as a reporter and co-hosted the

podcast series Gettin’ Flicky With It. Hellberg

and fellow reporter Michelle Yamamoto

made several episodes where they talked

all about movies, whether that was reviews

or recapping award shows.

After her junior year, Hellberg knew she

wanted to be an Arts & Culture editor.

“We have a very rich culture and a lot of

really great things constantly going on, so

I knew immediately that I wanted to be an

Arts & Culture editor,” she said.

As an Arts & Culture editor, Hellberg enjoyed

hearing other people’s ideas and collaborating

with people.

With last year’s in-person classroom environment,

she felt that the collaboration

aspect was really strong.

“It was always really great to come into

the classroom and be surrounded by people

who [were] working,” said Hellberg.

One of her favorite things about being

Former Arts & Culture editor Avery Hellberg will

be attending Boston University next fall.

Photo courtesy of AVERY HELLBERG

part of The Cardinal Times was the inclusive

community. She always felt accepted,

and knew that her ideas were going to be


Having people tell her that they read her

article or seeing people hold copies of the

paper showed Hellberg that The Cardinal

Times truly has an impact on the community.

Out of the several articles that she has

written for The Cardinal Times, there are

two that particularly stick out to her.

Continued on cardinaltimes.org

Amanda Ngo: Social media and community

engagement manager


For Amanda Ngo, her journey through

high school has had its ups and downs, but

the experiences that she’s gained as a part

of the Lincoln community and The Cardinal

Times have been nothing short of memorable.

Ngo was a junior when she joined The

Cardinal Times as a reporter, and, at the

end of the year, she transitioned into her

current position of social media and community

engagement manager for her senior

year in order to make sure that The Cardinal

Times was accessible to everyone. She

has enjoyed reading the work that The Cardinal

Times has put out and learning how

to market it to certain audiences.

“Being social media manager and being

community engagement manager are both

really important things,” said Ngo. “You

just have to make sure that you’re getting

an interaction from other people and make

sure you’re putting in the work to make a


Ngo admires the leadership of The Cardinal

Times, and through the student leaders

she was working with , Ngo has been able to

learn more about herself.

“The Cardinal TImes has always picked

great leadership. Student leaders are always

so amazing because they’re the same

age as you… and it’s really great to be surrounded

by people who are passionate,

driven, intelligent [and] know what they

want to do, and I think that’s a lot of the

people on The Cardinal Times,” said Ngo.

“Getting to experience that has taught me a

Former social media and community engagement

manager Amanda Ngo will be attending the

University of Oregon in the fall.

Photo courtesy of AMANDA NGO

lot about myself too, and how to be a better

person when in a team environment.”

In addition to her work on The Cardinal

Times, Ngo has also participated in Red

Cross and student leadership. She will attend

University of Oregon in the fall, and

after she graduates, she hopes to do something

that puts her in a position to help

people. She has appreciated the opportunities

that Lincoln has given her to make a


Continued on cardinaltimes.org

Isabella Lo: News & Features editor


Former News & Features editor Isabella Lo will be

attending Oregon State University in the fall.

Photo courtesy of ISABELLA LO

As senior Isabella Lo prepares to leave for

Oregon State University, she reflects back

on her two years as a reporter and News

and Features editor on The Cardinal Times.

Lo began her journey freshman year, after

she joined Mass Communications to further

her writing skills.

“I liked writing, and I wasn’t really sure

what the class was going to be about, but I

thought it might be fun. And I wanted to try

and develop some better communication

skills. And then I just ended up really liking

it. My freshman year, there were only a few

of us in class, but it’s definitely grown. It’s

been a lot of fun, so I just kept going with

it,” Lo says.

After taking Mass Communications

freshman year, Lo wasn’t able to move on

to Advanced Mass Communications until

her junior year due to class scheduling conflicts.

While she wasn’t able to officially be

in class this year, her dedication to the paper

and her role was evident. Over the past

two years Lo has been a part of the staff,

the people and connections she was able to

make stood out.

“For one, I really liked the community.

It’s unfortunate I wasn’t able to be in the

class this year, but I’ve met a lot of cool people.

And a few are now good friends. I think

it’s also been fun to develop writing skills

and it’s not, you know, your typical English

writing,” Lo says. “You get a little bit more

freedom with it. And I’ve learned to work

under deadlines and develop my communication


One of Lo’s favorite memories was the

workshops the staff went to each year.

“Last year we went to a writers convention

at the University of Oregon. That was

really fun. Instead of going to school, we

met in the morning and drove over to the

University of Oregon campus and attended

some workshops on journalism. It was a lot

of fun spending the day with the staff,” says


Continued on cardinaltimes.org

Jaden Schiffhauer: Arts & Culture editor


Former Arts & Culture editor Jaden Schiffhauer

will be attending the University of Victoria in the


Photo courtesy of JADEN SCHIFFHAUER

As senior Jaden Schiffhauer prepares

to attend University of Victoria next fall,

she reflects on her time with The Cardinal

Times and at Lincoln, admiring the memories

and skills she’s gained.

Schiffhauer decided to take the Intro to

Mass Communications class in her sophomore

year after a friend recommended it to


“I first heard about the paper through my

friend Mei Xu, who is also one of the Arts &

Culture editors,” said Schiffhauer. “She had

taken the first intro class, and she liked it.

She told me I should take it, so sophomore

year I decided to take Intro to Mass Communications

and I enjoyed it and I continued

on to the paper.”

Schiffhauer has really enjoyed getting

the opportunity to write more outside of

the standard English classes and tune into

what others are doing in the Lincoln community.

“I really just like being able to write, so

being on The Cardinal Times in general has

been a really great opportunity for me to

just write in every opportunity that I can,”

said Schiffhauer. “And then being an Arts &

Culture editor especially, it’s fun to be able

to look at other peoples’ pieces [and] see

what they’re interested in and what they’ve

been reporting on, especially about the Lincoln


She has taken a particular interest in the

Arts & Culture position.

“Its nice being in Arts & Culture specifically

because that’s the facet of news that I

would be most interested in reading myself;

seeing what other people at Lincoln are doing

with their free time,” said Schiffhauer.

One of the most challenging aspects of

The Cardinal Times for her has been asking

people if they would be willing to do an


“Getting interviews and making myself

reach out to other people, other students,

has been very difficult for me… It’s hard for

me to reach out to people and be like, ‘Hey!

Do you want to do an interview for The

Cardinal Times?’ especially if I don’t know

them,” said Schiffhauer.

Continued on cardinaltimes.org

PAGE 4 • The Cardinal Times, SUMMER, 2021 NEWS

The flock takes flight

Out of the 384 graduating seniors, The Cardinal Times was able to compile information for 221 students. Stats provided via MaiaLearning.


Designed by OWEN ADAMS

FEATURES The Cardinal Times, SUMMER, 2021 • PAGE 5

Along with the 209 students who plan

to attend a college or university in the

fall of 2021, two seniors will be serving

in the Marine Corps and 10 seniors will

be taking gap years. See below for the

list of schools our 2021 seniors will be


American University

Arizona State University

Australian National University

Bates College

Baylor University

Belmont University

Boston University

California Baptist University

California Polytechnic State University San

Luis Obsipo

Capilano University

Carnegie Mellon University

Case Western Reserve University

Chapman University

Claremont McKenna College

Colorado College

Colorado State University

Columbia College Chicago

Cornell College

Dartmouth College

Denison University

DePaul University

Drexel University

Flight School

Fordham University

George Washington University

Georgetown University

Gonzaga University

Haverford college

Hofstra University

Humboldt State University

International Christian University

Johns Hopkins University

Lewis & Clark Liberal Arts College

Linfield University

Loyola Marymount University

Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University New Orleans

Marquette University

Missouri State University

Montana State University

Mount Holyoke

Northeastern University

Northern Arizona University

Oberlin college

Oregon Institute of Technology

Oregon State University

Oregon State University Honors College

Pacific University

Parsons School of Design

Portland Community College

Pratt Institute

Reed College

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rhodes College

Rice University

Rochester Institute of Technology

San Diego State University

Santa Clara University

Santa Monica College

Scripps College

Seattle University

Southern Oregon University

Stanford University

Sydney University

Temple University

Thomas Jefferson University

Trinity College Dublin

Tulane University

University College Maastricht

University of Arizona

University of British Columbia

University of California Berkley

University of California Irvine

University of California Los Angeles

University of California San Diego

University of California Santa Barbara

University of California Santa Cruz

University of Colorado Boulder

University of Denver

University of Edinburgh

University of Hawaii at Manoa

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

University of Michigan

University of Montana

University of Oregon

University of Portland

University of San Diego

University of San Francisco

University of Southern California

University of St. Andrews

University of Tampa

University of Utah

University of Vermont

University of Virginia

University of Warwick

University of Washington

University of Wisconsion-Madison

Utah State University

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State


Washington State University

Washington University in St. Louis

Western Washington University

Whitman College

Yale University

PAGE 6 • The Cardinal Times, SUMMER 2021 PROFILES

Holden Kilbane: Designer


Holden Kilbane is a graduating senior attending

the University of Southern California

(USC) in the fall. Kilbane has worked as

a graphic designer since the beginning of

the 2020-21 school year.

Graphic design has been a big part of Kilbane’s

life since middle school. He enjoys

the process of designing and the reward of

seeing people appreciate them.

“Getting to make things for my friends

I’d say it’s really rewarding more so than

even having a client and being paid to do

something,” says Kilbane. “It is nice to see

how much people value your work when

you do something for your friends and they

use it or they appreciate it.”

Becoming a graphic designer for The

Cardinal Times staff has taught Kilbane

many lessons and has been a very important

part of Kilbane’s highschool life.

“First of all, I enjoy just the process of

making graphics. Sometimes when I was in

class I would walk over to the mass communications

classroom and spend some time

there also during flex and I just really liked

the work environment and the process of

watching everybody working together at

the same time. Obviously this year I haven’t

had the same in-person experience,

but I think it’s still the same getting to meet

a lot of people I work alongside well,” says


Kilbane plans to continue learning more

about journalism and graphic design in college.

He is going to major in communications

and minor in advertising. He plans to

Michelle Yamamoto:


In her two years on The Cardinal Times,

Michelle Yamamoto has specialized in both

reporting and designing. She joined to continue

her brother’s legacy on The Cardinal

Times and to combine her love of writing

and art.

Yamamoto enjoyed the freedom of The

Cardinal Times and that she was able to

work with other designers and writers to

produce the best visuals.

“I really liked that it gave me a creative

outlet within school, because a lot of times

I feel like I don’t have time to do creative art

and things because of schoolwork,” Yamamoto

said. “So [becoming a designer] was

a way to kind of incorporate both into one.”

Michelle’s favorite memories while

working on the newspaper were writing review

articles with her fellow reporter Avery

Hellberg about local food in Portland. They

wrote one about the best donuts in Portland,

and another reviewing the local coffee


“We literally just went around the city

trying different donuts, and because it was

for reporting we could just leave during

class time and go eat donuts. I think that

people liked reading it because it was a really

fun article that was different from a lot

of typical Cardinal Times formats.”

Yamamoto worked hard on her designs

and writing, but said she faced some challenges

working as a designer that, through

overcoming, helped her improve her visuals

and design process.

“The first idea you have for a visual usually

won’t work out,” she said. “You usually

have to play around with it a lot. It’s a little

bit of a challenge if you are set on one visual

idea, it might not always turn out exactly

how you want it to.”

Yamamoto learned some important lessons

while working as a designer that she

will continue to use as she goes off to college.

Continued on cardinaltimes.org

Gracie Pixton: Reporter Katlyn Kenney: Reporter


Gracie Pixton has been a reporter for The

Cardinal Times since her junior year. She

joined the newspaper to pursue one of her


“Writing has been a passion of mine, and

I thought The Cardinal Times would be a

great place to exercise that,” she said. “I

wanted to be a part of a team that would...

get me more involved in my school community.”

Being part of the newspaper has allowed

her to be more involved in school and more

experienced at writing.

This involvement has led to her creating

the column, “Let’s talk mental health.”

Spreading positivity about this topic was a

key passion of Pixton’s.

“I am thankful to have gotten the opportunity

to share important mental health

resources and ideas with my Lincoln community,”

she said.

Prior to writing articles for her column,

she wrote on a diverse array of topics, from

substance abuse groups to International

Women’s Month.

“I have really enjoyed writing pieces

where I get to share my opinion with other

students and explore different topics,” she


One of her opinion pieces was about

the climate walkout and certain student’s

choices on the matter.

Because of the pandemic, Pixton was not

able to have a normal senior year.

“The pandemic has been a challenge, but

I feel like I have adjusted well,” said Pixton.

“It was sad not to be able to participate in

Former designer Holden Kilbane will be attending

the University of Southern California next fall.

Photo courtesy of HOLDEN KILBANE

take some more journalism courses while

in college. He has also joined the American

Institute of Graphic Arts club at USC.

Before he leaves The Cardinal Times, he

wants to give some advice to those coming

into the position and those just starting out

as graphic designers.

“Never turn down any graphic requests

because the best way to get better is practice

and every graphic you do it’s in your

hands to make it interesting and valuable,”

said Kilbane.

Former reporter Gracie Pixton will be attending

Baylor University in the fall.

Photo courtesy of GRACIE PIXTON

senior traditions, but I definitely still had

experiences that helped make this year


Pixton’s ability to explore her interests

in the newspaper were some of her fondest

memories at Lincoln.

“I was thrilled to be writing things about

what I was passionate about,” she said.

Next year, Pixton will attend Baylor University,

where she is planning to major in

religion. However, Pixton will always remember

The Cardinal Times by its many

great memories and for helping her improve

her writing skills.

Continued on cardinaltimes.org



A reporter for The Cardinal Times, tennis

star and senior Katlyn Kenney brought

a sense of maturity, intelligence and hard

work to the newsroom, as well as her amazing

work ethic that led to her winning multiple

Best of School Newspapers Online

(SNO) awards.

Kenney has been part of The Cardinal

Times for the past two years, working on

countless different articles, her favorite being

about Lincoln’s janitors and a new district-wide

search and seizure policy.

“I talked to [Principal Peyton] Chapman

about [the policy] and I heard some interesting

stories about how it was used in Lincoln,”

said Kenney.

Kenney is the varsity girls tennis team

captain, and has been on the team since her

freshman year. She also volunteers with the

National Charity League and with Lincoln’s

Constitution Team.

Being a reporter for the paper allowed

Kenney to interview many different types

of people. For her, a big achievement was

speaking to Portland’s district attorney for

an article on Portland’s response to protest

property damage.

“I spoke with him about how he was handling

property destruction in protest. It was

a very good experience,” says Kenney.

Throughout her time on the paper, Kenney

says she has grown .

“Taking mass communications and

learning about journalism has made me a

better writer and has allowed me to connect

with people across the school and city that I

Former designer Michelle Yamamoto will be

attending George Washington University in the


Photo courtesy of MICHELLE YAMAMOTO

Former reporter Katlyn Kenney will be attending

the University of Oregon in the fall.

Photo courtesy of KATLYN KENNEY

would not have otherwise known,” she said.

As for the future, Kenney plans to continue

pursuing journalism.

“I plan on joining the paper at my college,”

said Kenney. “Hopefully [I’ll be able

to] write for a couple of papers abroad

when I study in England.”

FEATURES The Cardinal Times, SUMMER 2021 • PAGE 7

Lets Talk Mental Health: Column 3—

social media romanticizes life


Social media romanticizes every aspect

of life and sets unrealistic and unattainable

expectations for young adults.

There are so many impossible expectations

disguised as lifestyle inspiration hidden

all across the Internet. These unrealistic

expectations keep many people from

feeling satisfied with their own lives.

While I am equally guilty for falling into

the endless rabbit holes known as Pinterest

and Instagram, I have come to realize that

these pictures and posts are not inspiring

us. Instead, they are making us feel like we

are inadequate in every aspect of our life.

Harsh but true.

Fitness is a widely discussed topic on

social media. While there are some good

online resources for fitness, many of the

ideas presented on social media are detrimental

to our mental wellbeing. In fact, the

media is considered to be a contributing

factor to both eating disorders and body

dysmorphia, according to the National Eating

Disorders Association. Why? Because

when you are constantly bombarded with

images of people with the “ideal body,” one

that is commonly associated with thinness

and sameness, it is easy to stop nourishing

yourself in a healthy way.

Self care is another widely discussed social

media concept, especially among young

female social media influencers (For more

Q&A: Senior Jina Lim crowned Lincoln’s 2021

Rose Princess


In early April, senior Jina Lim was elected

by the student body as Lincoln’s 2021

Rose Princess. She will now represent Lincoln

at the Rose Festival and in the greater

competition for Rose Queen. Learn more

about Lim, including why she chose to run

for Rose Princess and what she will be up to

over the summer, below. This interview has

been edited for brevity and clarity.

Q: Why did you decide to run for

Rose Princess?

A: I’ve seen a lot of friends run for Rose

Princess in the past, and I’ve seen some

seniors elected as Rose Princess, and I

thought that was a great way to just engage

with the community. It looked like a very

exciting program.

Q: What does being Lincoln’s Rose

Princess mean to you?

A: I am definitely honored to represent

Lincoln as one of the Rose Princesses in the

court. [To me,] I think it means just [doing]

something to give back to the community.

I got a lot back from Lincoln, in terms of

information on what an influencer is, read

Avery Hellberg’s article on the Cardinal

Times.) A common idea promoted on social

media is that, if you take a night to yourself

to light a candle, do a facemask and watch

your favorite Netflix show, all your problems

and mental health-related issues will

magically go away. This is a very dangerous

assumption to make. For those who are

genuinely struggling, options such as therapy

have the potential to make a far greater

impact than following your favorite YouTuber’s

“Self Care Routine.”

Unrealistic expectations connect to travel-related

social media posts. All over Tik-

Tok, there are videos telling you to pack all

your bags and move to Europe or to leave

home and live in a Volkswagen bus off the

road. While these are all fun ideas and lifestyles

that work well for some people, realistically

it is not the path that most people

end up taking. Furthermore, for most people,

these options are extremely financially

unrealistic. These types of videos have

the potential to make people who choose

to live in their hometown and take a deskwork

job feel like they are being boring or

unadventurous. In actuality, these types of

lifestyles are equally satisfying. Social media

constantly promotes the idea that you

are missing out on life unless you are doing

something unconventional.

activities in academics and just the school

itself. I think it’s nice to give back.

Q: Speaking of activities, what extracurriculars

did you do during your

years at Lincoln?

A: I was in band for all four years, and

it’s the same with Speech and Debate. I did

[Constitution] Team in sophomore year,

and I engaged in golf team for three years.

Q: What kinds of things did you

have to do this year to become a Rose

Princess, in terms of application and


A: First, you turn [in] the application, and

that’s pretty simple. It’s just answering the

questions on a form and emailing it to the

right person. There was an interview from

the Rose Princess committee, that wasn’t

democratic, it was just interviews, and they

got who passed onto the next round. At Lincoln,

there were only four candidates, so the

interviews didn’t mean much in terms of

who got to continue on to the next level. All

four got to go on to the second round, which

Are you beginning to see a pattern yet?

Social media glamorizes almost every aspect

of life and makes it challenging to be

satisfied with where you are. It can leave us

feeling ungrateful. Thoughts like “I wish I

looked like that,” or “I wish I lived there,”

make it difficult for us to be present.

Almost every Instagram page is meant to

convey one message: “I am happy.” It is not

often that we see people sharing the more

challenging moments of their life. experiencing

any other emotion.

I think the question we ask ourselves is,

what can we do to protect our own mental

health from social media and all its unrealistic

standards and expectations?

One practical technique is not to fall into

the endless scroll. Limit your screen and

social media time. Apps like TikTok and

Instagram are created to keep you scrolling

forever. Once they have your attention, they

do not want to let it go. You have the ability

to combat that by limiting your social media

time and sticking to the limits that you

set for yourself. There are lots of practical

ways to do this such as setting screen time

limits on your devices, connecting with

friends and family, having them hold you

accountable, and much more.

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is the popular vote at Lincoln. We had to record

a speech for the student body and the

student body voted.

Q: What does the future look like

for you in terms of Rose Princess? I

know previous Rose Princesses had

to travel during the summer, but is

that different with COVID-10 precautions?

A: Yeah, there still is what they call a

travel season. It starts in June. I’m not

quite sure what’s going to go on and where

we’re going yet, because that hasn’t been

announced. But yeah, there is going to be

an in-person travel season that I’m looking

forward to, and there’s going to be a

Queen’s coronation at some point.

Q: What is your future outside

of Rose Princess? What are your

post-graduation plans?

A: Next year, I’ll be attending Johns Hopkins

University, [where] I’ll be majoring in

International Studies. I hope to have a great

time there.


Social media is not the most reliable

place to find help. Below are some resources

that are reliable and accurate!

Nurse Mary Johnson (Lincoln School

Nurse) - johnsonm@pps.net

Giovanna Bocanegra (Licensed Clinical

Social Worker) - ​gbocanegra@pps.net

Judy Marantz-Herzberg (Licensed Clinical

Social Worker) - ​jmarantzherzber@pps.


Jim Hanson (Lincoln School Psychologist)

- ​jimhanson@pps.net

Multnomah County Call Center/Crisis

Line: (503) 988-4888 (24 hours a day, 7

days a week)

Urgent Walk-In Clinic: 4212 SE Division

(503) 963-2575 (Like Zoom Care for Mental


DAILY 7am-10:30pm - insurance not a


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline -

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

The Trevor Project (For LGBTQ young

community) - 1-866-488-7386

Friends For Survival, Inc. (Support for

suicide survivors) - 1-916-392-0664

YouthLine (For teens in crisis) - 1-877-


Senior Jina Lim was named this year’s Lincoln

Rose Princess. She will now represent

Lincoln at the Rose Festival and in the greater

competition for Rose Queen.

Courtesy of JINA LIM

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Opinion: Online school’s impact on 2021’s

graduating class


Senior year is the best of times and the

worst of times. College applications and IB

testing make it stressful. Growing up and

entering adulthood make it a new chapter.

But most importantly, it should be

exciting. After four years of high school,

we finally get the opportunity to celebrate

our achievements and flaunt our seniority.

However, during our most important year

of high school, we’ve been left in the dark

with no appreciation and little assistance.

With the global pandemic causing monumental

loss around the world, participating

in annual rituals such as Color Wars, prom

and Winter Formal would’ve allowed for

seniors to feel a semblance of normalcy.

Although it is impossible to attend these

events in person, that doesn’t eliminate the

possibility of having them virtually. Normally,

seniors are the center of attention

at these events, and they are able to receive

recognition from their fellow classmates.

The upcoming Supreme Court case involving

a cheerleader and her Snapchat

account could change student free speech

rights for the better— or worse. Students

everywhere should be aware of what’s at


In 2017, high school freshman Brandi

Levy posted an explicit message on her

Snapchat story— “F--- school, f--- softball,

f--- cheer, f--- everything”— to express her

frustration with not making her school’s

varsity cheerleading team. A teammate

showed a screenshot of the story to the

cheerleading coaches, who decided to suspend

her from the team for a year. Levy’s

parents appealed to her principal and

school board, who upheld the suspension,

and eventually filed a federal lawsuit alongside

the American Civil Liberties Union


So far, two lower courts have ruled in

Levy’s favor— it should be simple, right?

The suspension obviously violated the precedent

set in the 1969 Tinker v. Des Moines

Not only were these events absent, but we

were never told by the administration if we

would get any sort of appreciation in any


When students began applying for colleges,

there was unclear communication

and support from the administration. With

so many virtual responsibilities, important

announcements were often drowned out in

students’ inboxes among countless Canvas

notifications. Due dates for important documents,

like the counselor recommendation

form, were not clearly outlined, leaving

students with insufficient time to complete

them. In past years, important information

was often communicated to students

through their teachers. This year, it often

seemed as though teachers are just as confused

as we are.

In addition, seniors and counselors

struggled to transition to a brand new college

application platform: Maialearning.

decision, which dictates that on-campus

speech can be restricted by school officials

if it causes “material and substantial” disruption

of school functions. Levy posted

the message off of school grounds, outside

of school hours.

The ugly fact is that the Levy case threatens

the First Amendment rights of all high

school students. A ruling against Levy

would threaten students’ right to speak

freely on public forums such as social media,

which constitute spaces outside of


Facebook, Twitter and other social media

platforms have become more and more

closely regulated in recent years after criticism

that their laissez-faire approach to

gatekeeping contributed to the outcome of

the 2016 election. This is fine— those corporations

own that space and can choose

which content they feature and which content

they deem unacceptable.

For schools to decide that they need to

hand down real-life punishments to students

based on content already approved

and deemed acceptable by professional

Because of the multitude of features on

the unfamiliar website, simple tasks like

requesting recommendation letters were

made exponentially more difficult. Navigating

through Maialearning, Common

App, Coalition App and College Board was

a nightmare for students with no guidance.

Even for our technologically savvy generation,

we felt like we were using a computer

for the first time.

With the abrupt conclusion of the last

school year, last year’s graduating seniors

were exempt from their end-of-the-year

academic responsibilities. Despite our

online circumstances, it felt as though we

were given a comparable workload to a

typical in-person school year. From switching

to Canvas to having limited class time

with only so many synchronous classes per

week, learning how to learn with online

school has been a challenge. Last year’s

seniors were commended for finishing the

As this online school year draws to an end, staff

members from the class of 2021 reflect on their

treatment as seniors.


year online, where we have been expected

to quickly adapt to this foreign format.

Without this lenience, it was easy to forget

that this was our senior year.

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Opinion: The upcoming free speech case will

either protect or harm student voices for years


While concerns about hate speech and

cyberbullying are valid, it should not be

justification for schools to punish students based

on speech that they see as inflammatory, writes

Cole Pressler.

By JAREK TUSZYÑSKI (courtesy of Wikimedia


moderators? That’s unacceptable. Authority

figures have preached to teens for years

about how the Internet is a public forum:

“once you post something, it’s there forever.”

In authority figures’ own words, they

can’t regulate what we post on the internet.

So why the double standard, then, of

punishing students for what we post on the


While concerns about hate speech and

cyberbullying are valid, it should not be

justification for schools to punish students

based on speech that they see as inflammatory.

States have an obligation to protect

students’ constitutional rights, and it’s

wrong to limit them simply based on fears


Before social media, students had the

right to say whatever they wanted about

their school with few repercussions. The

same principle should apply with the Levy

case and all student free speech in general;

the emergence of social media shouldn’t

dictate what we can and can’t say outside

of school.

For now, we can only pray that the Supreme

Court recognizes how a ruling

against Levy would bring a gross power imbalance

to schools and to administrators.

Let’s hope that sensibility prevails, and that

social media is not the next pillar to fall to

schools’ oversight.

The Cardinal Times Awards

To the Lincoln community,

Despite the challenges and difficulties we’ve

faced over the past year, we are proud to

publish this extensive list of awards we have

received for our writing, photography, design

and podcasting over the past year. Thank you

for supporting The Cardinal Times and our

staff, who has worked tirelessly to deliver you

high-quality student journalism. We hope that

this list displays this.


Cole Pressler and Cate Bikales

Columbia Scholastic Press Association:

Breaking News

2nd place, Sydney Ward: Some students must

choose: dance or tradition

Certificate of Merit: Evan Reynolds: Students

lobby for CROWN act

Sports News

Certificate of Merit: Cate Bikales and Cole

Pressler: Mike Walsh field meets its end

Entertainment Reviews

Certificate of Merit, Skylar DeBose: Book

review: ‘Black Enough’

Best of Student Newspapers Online

Sports, Cole Pressler: Opinion: Fans need to

stop attacking athletes for taking a stand

Features, Gracie Pixton: Lincoln juniors create

online platform for Black students

News, Cate Bikales: Cafeteria workers contribute

to city-wide efforts; deliver meals to youth

Features, Cate Bikales and Abby Yium: Student

organization encourages Oregon youth to vote

Features, Katlyn Kenney and Mei Xu: Cats

prove to be purr-fect distraction for online


News, Katlyn Kenney and Max Edwards:

Wilson High School nears the end of name

change process

News, Cate Bikales and Leela Moreno: Teachers

reflect on lack of diversity in Lincoln staff

News, Hadley Steele: Portland houselessness

protocol draws controversy

News, Katlyn Kenney: Portland DA responds to

property destruction with new regulations

Opinions, Joel Reyes: Mi Viaje: A Lincoln student’s

journey to the United States

News, Kate Haddon and Sydney Ward: Teaching

tribal studies with Senate Bill 13

News, Hadley Steele: New ‘safe park’ program

could help Portland’s houselessness

Opinions, Amanda Ngo and Michelle Yamamoto:

Editorial: Asian-American violence is

nothing new

Features, Jaden Schiffhauer: Politics: Can they

be avoided in classrooms?

Arts & Entertainment, Mei Xu: Portland protest

art: a reflection of the past, present, and future

Opinions, Lucia Aballay and Translated by Tapley

Sorenson: Todos somos Americanos (We

Are All American)

For more award winners, visit

@cardinaltimes on instagram.

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