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News and opinion from local teens

Teen Face: Austin Hay of Analy High

By KEVIN McCALLUM THE PRESS DEMOCRAT A few years ago, Austin Hay thought it would be cool to build himself a tree house. But then he got to thinking: Why put all that work into something he couldn’t take with him when he went off to college? Then he heard about a guy in Graton building fully functional miniature houses, and the answer became clear. Instead of building a house in a tree, he’d build one on a trailer, and… Read More »

Teen Face: Paulina Cradeur

By PAUL PAYNE THE PRESS DEMOCRAT It is the rare teen who does not dread doing homework. But in Paulina Cradeur’s case, the hours spent hitting the books every night are a prelude to a career in the sciences. The Analy High School junior hopes someday to parlay her affinity for math and biology into a job as an animal researcher and environmentalist who travels the globe trying to make a difference. “My schedule is pretty hectic,” said the 15-year-old… Read More »

Teen Face: Gianna Pendleton of Analy High

  By BRETT WILKISON THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Gianna Pendleton can’t resist offering a helping hand. The 15-year-old has plenty of responsibilities of her own, starting with the full yard of farm animals she must care for at her family’s property outside Sebastopol. Those duties start at 6 a.m. during the school year. At Analy High School, where Pendleton will be a junior next month, she also serves as vice president of the Future Farmers of America chapter. But that’s just… Read More »

What’s Too Far?

By Alyssa Mintz  “Coach: noun. A person who trains an athlete or team of athletes.”                                               “Coach: verb. To give instruction or advice…” A coach to most here at Analy is someone whom athletes trust. He or she is someone who pushes an athlete because a coach knows what the athlete is most capable of.  Recently, the Maria Carillo… Read More »

Technology: The Road to Ruin

By Natalie Ambrosio   Imagine a world where no one thinks for themselves. Everyone has beady eyes and stubby fingers – the perfect fit for typing on computers and cell phones, but not for much else. Instead of using interpretive thinking and empathy to solve their problems, the people of this deranged future have turned to technological devices to accomplish things easily, quickly, and without having to think at all. Technology is gradually making us lose our ability to think… Read More »

A Debate Over The Death Penalty

  By Riley Ping Medvigy and Grayson Dimick The Analy High School drama department’s production of Dead Man Walking has inspired many to take a look at the arguments surrounding the death penalty, both for and against its abolishment. Here are two student perspectives on the topic. Arguing for the Death Penalty- by Riley Ping Medvigy The late director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Edgar Hoover, once asked, “Have you ever thought about how many criminals escape punishment, and… Read More »

When Push Comes to Suicide

By Cameron Keegan At this very moment, every teenager in America possesses a deadly weapon. In fact, I’m almost positive all of you have it. Maybe you today left it at home. Maybe, you have instant access to it right now. I am, of course, talking about the internet, the number one enabler to teen suicides today. Currently, valuable and priceless, innocent lives full of potential have had all of their energy and enthusiasm relentlessly whittled down by bullying from… Read More »

Teen Face: Pauline Allen

By CLARK MASON THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Pauline Allen has a passion for environmental activism that’s manifested in a number of ways. She’s president of Analy High’s Students for Sustainability Club, she is taking an ecological action class in school, and she is trying to get the school district to include a reading list with environmental themes. The 16-year-old, an 11th grade Sebastopol honors student, does restoration work on the nearby Laguna de Santa Rosa. She helped get recycle bins at… Read More »