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Teen Life

News and opinion from local teens

Maxwell Yu, 17

Don’t Cut the Back Is that short enough in the front? Yes, that’s short enough, now I can see without all that hair in my eyes. What about the back? Ehh, I don’t have eyes in the back of my head, so don’t cut the back. Don’t cut the back? Don’t cut the back. Wake up. School next morning. Guys I barely talk to pat me on the back. Nice haircut, Max! What a change! Girls I talk to give… Read More »

Katie Sachen, 17

No Ending In sixth grade I wrote a scary story about a girl who goes to stay at her creepy aunt’s house.  Freshman year I wrote a dystopian story about predetermined futures.  Sophomore year I wrote a short story about meeting my seventy-five year old self.  What do all these stories have in common?  None of them have endings.  Or at least, not satisfactory ones.  The girl in my scary story may or may not have died, the protagonist in… Read More »

Rebecca Cisneros, 17

Finally Home I am not American. Technically speaking, I am an American citizen, and I was born in San Francisco; however, I have never been able to fully identify myself as living among the American culture. While my father and his brothers were the first generation to be born in America, they were brought up through Argentinean, Spanish, and Italian ethics. After living in Argentina and going to school there, my father ultimately became an Argentinean.    Having a mother from… Read More »

Audrey Hall, 17

Bug Girl For the entirety of elementary school, I was the weird bug girl. whenever the errant beetle, earwig, or spider wandered into the room, it became my time to shine. I would delicately carry out each six- or eight-legged creature amid the horrified gasps and screams of me classmates. for years, I would wear a scummy purple t-shirt illustrated with pictures of giant insects, and lecture anyone who would listen on the anatomy of insects and arachnids. I felt… Read More »

Kate Hoover, 15

Graffiti Artist Walking through the streets of downtown Portland, Oregon, trying to find a place to eat dinner in the mecca of food trucks and creative doughnuts, I remember seeing graffiti everywhere: on the side of a building, framing a walk through an alley, on a bridge across the Willamette River. From intricate, colorful designs to a simple word or symbol, spray paint was a main source of expressing artistic creativity. These painted compositions were not only displayed throughout Portland,… Read More »

Book Review: Brain on Fire

By Sierra Maciorowski Flight risk. Those words re­verberate through her mind, as she pictures the orange wristband over and over again. Flight risk. What does it mean? Why is she here, in an un­known hospital? It takes one month to find out. Journalist Susannah Caha­lan was 24 years old, finally begin­ning to settle down into her life and skin. With a steady relationship, a job at the New York Post, and her own apartment, everything seems smooth and generally easy-… Read More »

Mind the Gap

By Allison Ashley It is common for Sonoma Academy students to take a year off between high school and college; it is a chance for students to have learning experience outside the classroom. These adventures can happen close to home or across the world. Here are what some seniors had to say about the gap year adventures they are embarking on after graduation. Starting on August 25th, Emily Gaynor is leaving on a 3 month backpacking, rafting, climbing, and mountaineering… Read More »

Don’t Doubt the Drought

By Sierra Maciorowski Sorry, skiers and snowboarders, fishers and farmers: next year’s conditions will probably not give you any thrills. With reservoirs still at around 30% of normal water levels, and the Sierras’ snowpack at 32% of average, according to National Geographic, the next few years could de­stroy some parts of the California lifestyle. For many, the recent rains have taken the edge off of winter’s fears. The hills are green, the apple trees have blos­somed, and spring feels like… Read More »

The Gender Gap in College: Not Equal Yet

By Allison Ashley Not only do men enter col­lege at significantly lower rates compared to women (who now graduate with 60% of the bach­elor degrees earned in the United States) but they’re more likely to drop out of college once they get there. It all begins at a young age. Compared to girls, boys are more likely to get expelled or suspended during their first years at school, and they are more likely to be diagnosed with a learning disability… Read More »

Sleepless in Santa Rosa

By Jess O’Connor “I don’t sleep.” This is what sophomore Alyssa Goody said when asked how much sleep she got on a typical night. “I have sports, and then I get home and I have things other than sports, and then I get home at nine, and I eat dinner at nine, and then it’s like, ‘Oh, okay, it’s ten now, I have to do some homework.’” According to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, as well as al­most every medical authority, teen­agers… Read More »