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Teen Life

News and opinion from local teens

Student reactions to the attack on 9/11 and the death of Osama bin Laden

By Johanna Fleischman and Elvis Wong Rebecca Gehlen, 12 “I was late to school and I stayed at home. I didn’t understand why I wasn’t going to school, and I remember my mom saying, ‘Shut up, you are watching history.’ I was in third grade. I didn’t understand what was happening, except that I knew that ‘Later on this is going to come up again.’ 9/11 is the only thing I remember from third grade, even after the concussion that… Read More »

Teen Face: Elvis Wong

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Elvis Wong is an ambitious high school senior by any measure. He’s captain of Casa Grande High’s award-winning academic decathlon team, co-editor-in-chief of the school newspaper and a volunteer on annual missionary trips to Mexico through his church. But the challenges Wong faces in his demanding final year of high school weigh more heavily on his shoulders than most because he’s doing it all while his family is hundreds of miles away. Still, Wong… Read More »

Uncle’s death a sad reminder to cherish loved ones

By  ELVIS WONG CASA GRANDE HIGH SCHOOL I bowed my head, closed my eyes and listened to the hymns that were sung as the music resonated off the arched walls of the church sanctuary. I listened to the obituaries of those close friends and family as they spoke with brittle and broken voices, tears filling their eyes. I listened, to those who were mourning and crying for the loss of a beloved father and husband, dearest friend and wonderful co-worker… Read More »