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News and opinion from local teens

Itxaso Garay, 18

Robocalypse       Military drones, nanobots, autonomous androids, – we are completely surrounded by soulless, fully capable harbingers of death and destruction. Blinded by their current passive role in society, we will be unprepared to defend ourselves when the machines turn on their creators, us. Thus, this brings me to the top ten reasons why robots will bring about the annihilation of human civilization. 1. We accept them into our homes, hearts, and families. When the uprising inevitably occurs, we are left… Read More »

Itxaso Garay, 18

Compasión Because of my familiarity of working with people who mental and physical impairments, I accepted a volunteer position in a care facility for women, called Cottolengo del Padre Alegre, in Madrid, Spain this summer. This was a group that looked after these women because of their families’ inability to care for them or, in some cases, they were not wanted. The type of work made the volunteer position unpopular for Spaniards who were struggling to even keep a paying… Read More »

Social networking: We know more; what do we know?

By ITXASO GARAY and ADAM LUNDQUIST CASA GRANDE HIGH SCHOOL As the social networking craze increases across all ages, genders and races, the adverse effects of these sites also are increasing. Adolescents are becoming victims of the Internet and are responding with drastic measures. This generation’s creativity and capacity for higher thinking are being damaged by overwhelming amounts of information accessible on social networking sites. Although such sites encourage connections between users, relationships outside of the realm of the virtual… 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 »