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Teen Life

News and opinion from local teens

Lucy Slavin, 17

Views on Feminism The first time I saw Gilda Radner was the day her “best-of” DVD arrived in the mail and my mother sat me down to watch one of her childhood heroes on Saturday Night Live. I latched on to the vigor and passion that spurted out of her performances. She was so hilarious and I wished with every fiber of my being that I could be like her someday. I knew, right then, that I wanted to be… Read More »

Gabriella Fleischman, 17

Defining Diabetes I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in April of 2009. I stayed up that night for hours crying, clutching the bed sheets into my tearstained face, knowing that somehow my life was different; I would depend on something more than the standard necessities of life to keep me alive. From April of 2008 until I was diagnosed, I underwent a series of tests as a part of a study of siblings of diabetics. From the first test,… Read More »

Paco Villegas, 16

A Loving Companion     To me he is a friend, a loyal companion that never leaves my side, a lovable pooch that forgives without remorse, and a gullible pup that chases after every stick, but to society he is a criminal, an awful animal with a bad reputation, a cruel creature bred to attack without shame, and a serious threat to the safety of the community. It’s difficult to fathom the severe stereotypes regarding such a beautiful and loyal breed,… 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 »