Teen Face: Jessie Peterson

By RANDI ROSSMANN THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Petaluma born and raised, high school senior Jessie Peterson plans to be a lifelong resident and turn her agriculture interests into a local career. Active for most of her life in 4H and FFA programs, Peterson also works at a local veterinary [...]

By | February 4th, 2013|0 Comments

DREAM Act: Punishing immigrant youths makes little sense

By GRACE ACKLES HEALDSBURG HIGH SCHOOL, 17, SENIOR Everyone has their share of “first-world problems,” whether they are aware of it or not, and many will go though life continuing to get upset about such things as not being able to get the latest version of their smartphone [...]

By | December 10th, 2012|0 Comments

E-books: A reader’s options become limited

By BRYCE ASTON PETALUMA HIGH SCHOOL, JUNIOR, 16 It’s true. E-readers are the new black in the world of literature. At Petaluma High, one can find converts in every classroom, with their sleek new Kindles or Nooks, separated from all those who still deal with old-fashioned paper and [...]

By | November 11th, 2012|0 Comments

E-books: Eco-friendly approach to reading

By ZAC COOPER PETALUMA HIGH SCHOOL, 15, SOPHOMORE That special touch or feel we get from reading a traditional book cannot be replaced. The feeling of accomplishment every time the page is flipped is amazing. But gone should be the days when humans don’t care about the Earth. [...]

By | November 11th, 2012|0 Comments

Teen Face: Morgan Schmidt-Petersen

By LORI A. CARTER THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Without a mother in her life every day, 10-year-old Morgan Schmidt-Petersen took matters into her own hands. She nominated herself to be a mentee in Mentor Me Petaluma, a Big Brothers/Big Sisters-like pairing coordinated by volunteers through local schools. Today, six [...]

By | August 6th, 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|1 Comment

TV and children: The negatives

By IZZIE BITTON PETALUMA HIGH SCHOOL, SOPHOMORE One of America's favorite activities is watching TV. Whether its movies, short films, documentaries, TV series or reality shows, being able to watch people create stories of what we would never find possible is what hooks people. Some can say they [...]

By | December 19th, 2011|0 Comments

TV and children: The positives

By TROY ROMSTAD PETALUMA HIGH SCHOOL, SOPHOMORE I believe TV is completely fine for children. In fact, in some ways, TV can be beneficial for children. There are many educational programs made for kids to learn and develop their knowledge. Such shows as “Dora the Explorer” are completely [...]

By | December 19th, 2011|0 Comments

A wakeup call on loving our country

By CYPRIEN PEARSON PETALUMA HIGH SCHOOL On a quiet afternoon at home earlier this year, I happened upon “The Glen Beck Show” — the conservatively biased “news” hour that used to be on Fox. At first I laughed: What is this about a girl not being allowed to [...]

By | September 26th, 2011|1 Comment