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On Wednesday, November 23, Japanese students from Hanasaki Tokuharu High School stirred up roaring applause from their captivated audience during a special concert in the Aragon Memorial Theater. Hanasaki’s third and final performance during their stay, the concert featured the Aragon wind ensemble and the award-winning Hanasaki wind orchestra in a musical exchange.
This year Aragon Leadership certainly is stepping up its game. The group which plans student body activities such as rallies, spirit weeks, dances, and other events is planning an activity-filled spring for Aragon. For the first time in two years, Leadership is hosting five dances. And while there are voices of discontent among the student body, Leadership is looking at an array of changes which are sure to excite the student body.
Students at Aragon are constantly surrounded by the noise of drills, hammers and people walking around on the roof. “Sometimes I feel like it’s kind of going really slowly,” says sophomore Marie Mihara. Construction is progressing, and despite the fact that it seems that it is dragging on forever, students do not need to worry; the noisy construction is going to be done before the end of the school year.
Aragon has over 50 clubs, ranging from the Bike Club to ethnic club. Each club serves a specific purpose and each is unique. Clubs about serious topics like the UNICEF club are about helping people and the planet. They are created for a cause that affects many Aragon students.
The 2010 winter concerts occurred on Tuesday, Dec. 7, and Wednesday, Dec. 8, in the theater. Orchestra and choir, under the direction of David Martin, performed on the first day. It consisted of the string orchestra, chamber orchestra, women’s choir, concert choir and chamber choir. Troy Davis’s concert band, symphonic band and wind ensemble played on the second day.
Three murders made up an enticing murder mystery in Aragon’s very own musical production of “Curtains,” which took place between Nov. 18-21. Set in Boston in 1959, “Curtains” featured Lieutenant Frank Cioffi, played by senior Alex Phinney. After the star of “Robbin’ Hood of the Old West” is murdered on opening night, Cioffi must quarantine the cast, save the show, and solve the case before the show reopens, without getting killed himself.
Nov. 23 marked the day that Aragon had its annual blood drive. Blood Centers of the Pacific set up in two trailers in the parking lot opposite of room 112. They do this every year at Aragon and other schools and businesses around the Bay Area.
School districts across the state are facing hardship as the California budget crisis continues to frustrate lawmakers. The current economic situation has already put strains on our own school district, seen earlier this year in the abnormally tense negotiations process between the district and the Teachers’ Union over healthcare, which eventually led to secretive mediation sessions.
Take three months of solitude in a Wisconsin cabin. Add a Silvertone guitar and a pair of old drums. Mix in thoughts of love, loss, and almost everything in between. What do you get? Bon Iver’s hauntingly beautiful For Emma, Forever Ago. A generally slow-paced acoustic album, For Emma, Forever Ago appropriately reflects the name of the band: Bon Iver (pronounced “bon-eevair”), which means “good winter” in French.
The holidays are upon us, and aside from the stress of finals, students at Aragon have to deal with the stress of gift-giving as well. Some students have a method of giving that they fall back on, others switch it up from year to year. “I usually buy someone a gift if I know they would like it for sure. If I don’t, then I would draw them a really good picture,” says Sophomore Savanna Fuentes.
“Around the holidays we make cards and flower arrangements or give gifts during the meetings for hospitals or family services. We get to make cute holiday things for the ‘chilluns’ and old people, and just giving, it’s holiday-y! And there’s an adorable man at Maple Street who loves everything, and the people clap at the end of the meal and smile and it’s nice.”