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Teen Life

News and opinion from local teens

Camille Gasser, 17

Death By Pencil In third grade, I accidentally stabbed myself with a pencil, and decided I was going to die. Never mind the fact that pencils are actually filled with graphite. Death by lead poisoning was thrust to the forefront of my mind, all other thoughts fading to perpetual white noise in the background as I contemplated how painful my demise was bound to be. By lunchtime, I’d begun to mentally compose a goodbye letter to my family, explaining with… Read More »

Camille Gasser, 17

Music Thief In the middle of a sweltering July afternoon, when the stifling air had wrapped into rippling waves of heat, I became a thief of sorts- a thief of music. For the first time, I had created an original piano arrangement of one of my favorite songs. Not once had I resorted to the assistance of premade sheet music or video tutorials on YouTube. Using only my ears and iPod, I had transformed a mix of intermingling sounds and… Read More »

Teen moms: Petaluma girl unaware she was pregnant for 6 months

  By ITXASO GARAY and CAMILLE GASSER CASA GRANDE HIGH SCHOOL Danielle Packett, a student at Casa Grande for two years and now a junior at San Antonio High School, never noticed any changes for six months. She went about her daily life care free and unaware she was carrying something that soon would change every aspect of her world. Packett was six months pregnant before learning of the baby inside of her. At 15, she discovered she was going… Read More »

Fashion: Inspiration via many sources

  By CAMILLE GASSER and RACHEL JANE INSULL CASA GRANDE HIGH SCHOOL For many people, getting dressed in the morning is no more than a meaningless ritual, done out of habit and necessity. But for Casa Grande junior Valentina Gomez, choosing clothes is an adventure of fashion and self-expression that changes from day to day. Despite her passion for constructing an outfit, Gomez believes she is unable to pin down a specific style. “My style is always changing — it’s… Read More »

Bit of advice for students

Editor’s note: With high schools back in session, Casa Grande High seniors last spring passed along to Gaucho Gazette reporters Camille Gasser and Itxaso Garay some of their wisdom. What advice would you give to underclassmen? Brian Baird High school is a small portion of your life. Stay calm and take deep breaths. Take 10 short breaths followed by 10 long breaths, then repeat. Breathing like this always helps. High school is not as serious or important as you think.… Read More »