Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 8.16.57 AMAs the school year rolls in, so does the stress of homework, tests, and for some, college applications. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the same routines: school, work, club meetings, sports practices. It’s easy to get lost in the mayhem that is high school, but it’s never been more important to be aware of what’s happening around you.

There are events happening, decisions being made, and changes being implemented that impact you, your family, and your neighbors greatly, and it’s up to you to stay informed.

As Editor in Chief, it’s up to me to make sure you can do that through Arlingtonian. Managing Editor Kelly Chian, Copy Editor Ellise Shafer and I are committed to covering local, national, and international news in each issue.

This year, my goal is for Arlingtonian to explore all the facets of UAHS and the community at large. Sometimes, even within our school, decisions are being made without our input. I’m dedicated to informing you of what’s going on, so that you can take hold of your education.

I’m hoping to highlight more student and faculty accomplishments through the publication. People are doing all sorts of extraordinary things, and they deserve some recognition. I’m proud to debut a new section, “UA Profiles”, to serve this purpose.

In addition, I believe it’s imperative to expose and analyze the larger problems in our society, as it pertains to our community. I will not shy away from controversy. And in today’s world, I recognize that things aren’t usually black and white, yes or no. I aim to reveal all sides of a story, whether that be two, three or five sides, in the pursuit of the objective truth.

The Arlingtonian staff and I are stepping out of our comfort zones in order to provide the most accurate and relevant information to our readers. We are going to report what we believe is important, even if we face opposition along the way.

I’m asking you to do the same: step outside your comfort zone. Learn about an issue. Understand the different perspectives. Think. Question yourself. Formulate your opinions. And then, tell us about it.

If you have ideas, suggestions or comments, please email

Enjoy the issue!

Jenny Jiao