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Teen Face: Willa Mei Kurland

By GLENDA ANDERSON THE PRESS DEMOCRAT The summer before Willa Kurland started kindergarten, she decided she wanted to read and write. With quiet determination, she notified her parents, who helped her accomplish her goal. “It was pretty cute. She has always been extremely bright,” said Tashe Kurland, one [...]

By | July 2nd, 2012|0 Comments

Teen Face: Connor Rutten

By DEREK MOORE THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Swing Set, the jazz combo Connor Rutten founded when he was a student at Santa Rosa’s Maria Carrillo High School, has earned raves in performances at festivals and special events. That includes the group’s first-place performance at the 2012 Reno Jazz Festival [...]

By | June 25th, 2012|0 Comments

Trying to become the person my dog thinks I am

By SIMONE VAN OMMEREN-AKELMAN CASA GRANDE HIGH SCHOOL I’m typically home from school at around 3:15, and I already know what to expect as soon as I unlock my door and walk through the entryway. No matter how my day went, I can always be assured that I [...]

By | June 25th, 2012|0 Comments

Teen Face: Kirsten Smith of Healdsburg High

By PAUL PAYNE THE PRESS DEMOCRAT When Kirsten Smith goes to Cal Poly this fall to study business management, she'll be one step further down the road of achieving her career goal: Becoming the head of a large company. It’s a path the 2012 Healdsburg High School graduate [...]

By | June 17th, 2012|0 Comments

Teen Face: Michelle Mejia of Rancho Cotate High School

By JEREMY HAY THE PRESS DEMOCRAT At Rancho Cotate High School, if it happened in the last few years, there’s a good chance Michelle Mejia helped make it so. The 18-year-old Mejia, who graduated June 1 — at a ceremony where she collected a barrelful of honors — [...]

By | June 11th, 2012|0 Comments

Teen Face: Alicia Soto

By JULIE JOHNSON THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Alicia Soto has moved a lot. She moved from a Central Valley farming town to Santa Rosa when she was about 4. She returned to Delano near Visalia to be with her father for much of elementary school and was back in [...]

By | June 4th, 2012|0 Comments

Is early graduation a good idea? No

By RACHEL LOUGHMAN PETALUMA HIGH SCHOOL, SENIOR, 18 The inherent eagerness to grow up is never surprising. Everyone believes they are capable of so much more than high school allows. But whether one is ready for the trials of adulthood is another matter entirely. Graduating high school does not make [...]

By | May 21st, 2012|0 Comments

Is early graduation a good idea? Yes

By CECILIA HEATER PETALUMA HIGH SCHOOL, JUNIOR, 16 Young adults graduating early in high school means giving up activities students usually experience during their senior year, but it also means gaining opportunities that students usually do not obtain when they are in school all day. It is a [...]

By | May 21st, 2012|0 Comments

Teen Life: Drew Gonzales

  By BOB NORBERG THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Cycling takes up a large part of Drew Gonzales’ life. He competes in races most weeks and hopes to qualify to race internationally, a dream of his. “I am looking forward to a race in Canada this summer,” said Gonzales, a [...]

By | May 13th, 2012|0 Comments

After high school: Multiple choice

  By ADAM SILOW MARIA CARRILLO HIGH SCHOOL When Alec Miller entered high school in 2008, he did not expect that by the time he graduated he would have a full-time job with the eventual possibility of a six-figure salary, while many of his peers would be going [...]

By | May 7th, 2012|0 Comments