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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 — specialized in getting involved. Dances. Picnics, Graduation-related events. School spirit activities — Mejia was in on it, even as she balanced a full schedule of school sports and 20 hours a week… Read More »

Torre VS Mawhinney

Torre VS Mawhinney by: Savanna Thomas Ninja stars, Nerf guns, and power tools were all components of one of the most legendary rivalries at Rancho. Roughly ten years ago, this classic battle of the sexes all began with the lust to win the canned food drive. What started as innocent flyers and propaganda between teachers, Ken Torre and Dawn Mawhinney (and their shared students), whirled out of control and became the most well known prank-war that Rancho has ever seen.… Read More »

Gone for Summer

By Hayley Fox and Catherine Chadwick Is the school in danger from the budget cuts? No, but the summer school program happens to be. That’s right: Rancho Cotate High School’s summer school is no more, due to the tough financial times and rough economy the district is going through, students who need summer school to make up their credits have to look for another alternative. “It has been confirmed, there will be no summer school this year,” said Counselor Margarita… Read More »

Tattoo Survival Guide

Tattoo Survival Guide By: Krysta Sterns Tattoos are an edgy distinctive feature that has developed over the decades along side the trends of each passing season. If we were living here thirty years ago, tattoos were stereotyped to mostly biker gangs. Only as the reputation of tattoos evolved, so did its fan base. Now, in 2010, they are a way to express your self through designs and can be seen on most celebrities as well, from Rihanna to Eminem. These… Read More »

Rancho Steps Up to Save Lives

Rancho steps up to save lives Rancho may have a bad rep but the student’s generosity goes above and beyond that of students at other schools. Many students stepped up to donate blood and help save countless lives in the fall semester blood drive. Rancho students rose above all other schools that participated in the blood drive with a total of 2,245 high school students in Sonoma, Lake, and Mendocino counties participated. 404 CRPUSD students donated blood creating almost 20%… Read More »

Parking Prohibited

Around 7:30 A.M. it’s a hectic time for Rancho students. Fighting for a parking spot all the way at the end of the lot isn’t exactly what anyone wants to do this early. Instead of driving in circles in the back, why not take an available spot in the teacher’s lot? We’re already paying $20.00 to park on the school’s grounds; doesn’t that give us the right to park anywhere? Fixing this issue would allow students to save time getting… Read More »

Hardcore Havoc Review

Hardcore Havoc By: Hunter Roberts As I step in the doors of the graffiti ridden palace, there is suspense in the air. Sound check is the fore bearer of what’s to come, an amazing musical performance of some very talented musicians. The headliner was Sleeping Giant, who came onto the stage with stride full of confidence. Their sound, was more of a punkish sound, than the hardcore scene that the concert had in the previous bands. Sleeping Giant’s songs were… Read More »

More Than A Bad Reputation

More than a bad reputation Why is it that Rancho Cotate High School has such a bad reputation? Could it be the age? The size? The students? No, Rancho is truly a wonderful school. What matters is the quality of your education. Once you graduate, all that you receive is your diploma. You don’t go around for the rest of your life saying, “my high school had a new paint job” or “my high school had a lot of money”.… Read More »