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Teen Life

News and opinion from local teens

Teen Face: Matthew Mulligan

By KERRY BENEFIELD THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Piner High School track and cross country coach Luis Rosales said there may be more gifted runners out there, but there are not a whole lot of athletes who work harder than senior Matthew Mulligan. “People look at him. He has gotten where he is because he just works his butt off,” Rosales said. “If I told the kids to run 50 miles, 55 miles, then he would run 65, 70 miles all on… Read More »

Teen Face: Holley Maassen of Piner High

By DEREK MOORE THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Holley Maassen’s dream is to become a forensic pathologist and unravel the mysteries of how a person died. It’s an interesting goal, given that the 17-year-old Piner High School senior describes herself as a sunny person who enjoys nothing more than being around other (live) people. It’s also noteworthy given the teen’s experience with her father’s untimely death. Kim Maassen took his own life in 2010 when Holley was just a freshman. Wouldn’t she… Read More »

Teen Face: Luis Luna

By LORI A. CARTER THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Piner High School student Luis Luna has left his mark on Sonoma County cross-country and track records, but he plans to make another bit of history soon: To be the first member of his family to go to college. Luna, who was born in Guanajuato, Mexico, and moved to Sonoma County when he was 11, is being recruited to run for the private, four-year University of Portland. “I want to go to college… Read More »

Teen Face: Nichole Ahern

By PAUL PAYNE THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Hardworking and competitive are two words that describe Nicole Ahern. The Piner High class of 2010 valedictorian earned straight A’s all the way back to fifth grade. She aced calculus, tutored ESL students and set the school record for 100-meter hurdles at a blazing 16.4 seconds. Her efforts paid off. She got accepted to UC Berkeley, and this fall started school with plans to major in English. “I always strive to be the best… Read More »