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Teen Life

News and opinion from local teens

Going off to college via road less likely

By KATHLEEN SCHAEFER CASA GRANDE HIGH SCHOOL, 2011 GRADUATE Throughout most of high school, I simply assumed I would apply to the UC system, get into a few campuses and choose from those options. I thought as little as possible about college and the complications of getting in. I adamantly refused to participate in any activity simply because it would look good on college applications and, unlike many of my classmates, I waited until late in my junior year to… Read More »

Self-improvement through helping others

By KATHLEEN SCHAEFER CASA GRANDE HIGH SCHOOL Many busy high school students believe they do not have time <NO1><NO>to spare for volunteering, but Casa Grande High School sophomore Rachel Hess’ passion for helping others has caused her to volunteer for two different organizations. Hess helps at the animal shelter where she cares for pets that do not have homes. On Mondays, she also helps with paperwork at Mentor Me, an organization that offers tutoring to struggling students. “It’s nice to… Read More »

Public schools require increased taxes

Because the country is in an economic crisis, multiple programs and services funded by the government suffer from severe budget cuts. The quality of education is threatened by the evident lack of funding that continues to worsen. While increased taxes may seem unfavorable when many families struggle with financial problems, they are necessary to…… Read More »