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Teen Life

News and opinion from local teens

Teen Face: Madison Bradshaw

By MARTIN ESPINOZA THE PRESS DEMOCRAT For high-achieving students as accomplished as Montgomery High School’s Madison Bradshaw, picking the right college means weighing a number of priorities, including campus prestige and academic rigor. But for Bradshaw, a 4.85 GPA student who is first in her class of 434, finding a campus near a horse stable was one of the most important requirements. “I’m going to take my horses to college with me,” the 18-year-old equestrian rider said. “All the schools… Read More »

Teen Face: Alicia Sheerin

By MARY CALLAHAN THE PRESS DEMOCRAT On Veterans Day, a school holiday, Montgomery High School senior Alicia Sheerin headed to the mall like millions of other American teens. At 17, Alicia loves dogs and art. She wears skinny jeans and dislikes school work, preferring to sketch or listen to music instead. She dreams — a bit whimsically — of owning a bakery for dogs one day, although she doesn’t bake. She plays recreational soccer, basketball and baseball and takes theater… Read More »

Teen Face: Nalani Genser

By NATHAN HALVERSON THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Some teenagers, gifted with intellect and focus, can make adults look downright immature. Nalani Genser, at 17, is one of those youthful iconoclasts. The aspiring model pauses before answering a question. She backtracks out of an opinion, reassesses, and then proceeds to opine in a different direction if warranted. Not only does she shed the stereotype that shrouds most teens, she downright tears the fabric off society’s view of fashion models. In fact, this… Read More »

Teen Face: Lisa Gilardoni

By BOB NORBERG THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Lisa Gilardoni grew up on her grandfather’s Santa Rosa ranch and doesn’t remember the first time she mounted a horse. “I’ve been riding since I’ve been able to,” she said. She started competing in barrel racing when she was 7 years old, then moved into gymkhana and speed events. In high school, she added rodeos and roping, eventually winning a state championship. Gilardoni, a recent Montgomery High School graduate, said education also is important… Read More »

Teen Face: Emily Goldfield

By CLARK MASON THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Emily Goldfield climbed Africa’s highest mountain when she was 14, reaching the summit of 19,340-foot Mount Kilimanjaro at dawn. In addition to fulfilling a personal goal, it set the agenda for the Sebastopol teen’s freshman year of high school. Emily Goldfield has raised money for an ultrasound machine for a Tanzanian clinic and was a member of the Montgomery High track and cross country teams. Photo by Jeff Kan Lee of The Press Democrat… Read More »