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Teen Life

News and opinion from local teens

Teen Face: Leah Kaufman

By CLARK MASON THE PRESS DEMOCRAT On her 16th birthday, Leah Kaufman woke up with her eyes swollen shut. A big fan of romance comedy movies, the Santa Rosa High School student initially thought “maybe I cried too much at the romantic comedy last night.” But her body soon began doing other disturbing things. Her legs and feet swelled up and her shoes no longer fit. She experienced rapid weight gain — 20 pounds in a month — and began… Read More »

Teen Face: Jasmine Elliot

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ THE PRESS DEMOCRAT When life handed Jasmine Elliott emotionally challenging circumstances, she turned them into an opportunity to give and to grow. Elliott was in seventh grade when her mother was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer. Her mom since has recovered, but Elliott remembers those difficult months of radiation and chemotherapy and the toll the treatments took on her mother’s energy and appetite. A neighbor was very ill at the same time as Elliott’s… Read More »

Teen Face: Kelsey Tarantino

By ROBERT DIGITALE THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Kelsey Tarantino is one big step closer to her goal of acting on Broadway. Tarantino, a 2012 Santa Rosa High School graduate who has performed in more than 20 local productions, recently began acting classes at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. The ArtQuest dance student was among a small group of students selected in auditions for the university’s theater program. Even better, she is receiving a full-ride scholarship there. “I’m pretty much beginning this… Read More »

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 Santa Rosa with her mother by the sixth grade. After seven schools in 12 years, including Spanish-language immersion programs, charter, college prepatory and public schools, Soto said the experience made her strong.… Read More »

Get me a #6: Mom and Pop’s Sandwich Shop

Jacob Whiton, Staff Writer Having eaten there several times now, I’ve become a cheerleader for Mom and Pops Sandwich Shop on 4th street.   Knowing nothing about it initially, I was coaxed into trying it by a friend of mine who was keen to point out their selection of sandwiches named for local high school mascots (that includes the Mighty Panther).   You may have originally recognized it as Mr. Pickles, but the establishment has since defranchised and adopted the… Read More »

Peanut butter chocolate cupcakes

Paige Abrams, Staff Writer Can anyone resist the temptation of a match made in heaven: chocolate and peanut butter? These peanut butter chocolate cupcakes bring together the best of both worlds into a single small treat. This simple recipe uses boxed cake mix to keep things easy, but the homemade frosting makes these cupcakes truly special and amazingly delicious. Trick everyone into thinking that you are a master baker with these delicious desserts, or keep the batch all to yourself.… Read More »

Panera Bread

Isabella Froman, Staff Writer Food isn’t the only awesome thing about Panera Bread. Of course, the food is absolutely fantastic, but eating at the restaurant is half the fun.   The cafe/bakery is decorated in modern, earthy tones and artistically unique paintings. The toasty atmosphere makes it a great place for eating with the family, hanging with friends, or holding a study group meeting.   Instead of being seated at a table and serviced by a waiter like at a… Read More »

The surprising benefits of safflower oil

Megan Korsak, Graphics Editor Safflower oil is an extract from safflower seeds. There are multiple benefits to using safflower oil that can alleviate the symptoms of coronary heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and arteriosclerosis. Although these claims have yet to be proven, many people have sworn that there are significant benefits to safflower oil.   Safflower oil known for its high levels of vitamin E which can lower respiratory problems, helps blood circulation, and strengthens the immune… Read More »

Crepe Daze satisfies both sweet and savory cravings

Celine Sargis, Staff Writer Walking into Crepe Daze, I had a clear vision in my mind of what it would be like: a typical French café, well, the American version of a French café. I imagined dark walls, little round table with two chairs on each side, and the smell of coffee in the air, kind of like a fancier Starbucks, but with a bitter short man at the counter with a funny mustache and an accent, rather than a… Read More »

You named your kid WHAT?

Alicia Soto, Editorial Board When Jay-z and Beyoncé’s baby girl arrived, some were shocked that Blue Ivy was her name. The couple named her after their favorite number, four; which translates to roman numerals as IV, hence the name Ivy. However, these celebs are not the only creative parents to give their child an unusual name.   What follows are just some of Hollywood’s most unusual baby names throughout the years.   The star of National Treasure, Nicolas Cage named… Read More »