Alumna classes up red carpet | Full Article

Natalie Palter, class of 2012, walked the red carpet with her winning design, a powder blue Grecian gown accentuated with crystal baguettes around the waist and décolletage. The Grand Prize Winner of designer Adrianna Papell’s Red Carpet Design Contest, Palter won $2,500 and appeared on E! Entertainment’s “Countdown to the Red Carpet Academy Awards.”

March 8, 2012
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After trying season, Mock Trial picks up and moves on

March 7, 2012

The mock trial season has just come to a close. Although Aragon came in last place, the team members have already begun to prepare another exciting season for next year’s team. The Mock Trial team is a student team where students learn about the law and use information about a trial to compete against other schools. Similar to a real trial, the mock trial team has attorneys and witnesses. The…

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From school to ‘schule’

March 7, 2012

Studies show American students don’t perform as well on academic tests and don’t study as much as their global peers. According to the Broad Education Foundation, which provides philanthropic support to American K-12 public education, 1.2 million students drop out of high school every year and 44 percent of dropouts under 24 are jobless. Even though American education varies state to state, it seems as though other developed countries’ education…

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Life of an equestrian

March 7, 2012

Horseback riding is one of the unique sports that many schools cannot offer due to animal involvement. Lessons are only available in barns and are therefore only offered in places of specific environments. Since San Mateo is scarcely surrounded by nature, all nearest ranches and barns preside in cities like Woodside, Half Moon Bay, and Petaluma, leaving San Mateo inactive in the horseback riding community. Due to the dedication and…

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Brace yourselves…a meme article is coming

March 7, 2012

As of recently, Internet memes—humorous images, phrases, or photos that spread throughout the Internet—have become a staple of the social networking world. Most often taking the form of photos with captions, a variety of Internet memes have gained recognition as they continue to be “liked” and “reblogged” throughout the world-wide-web. The majority of Aragon students have, at some point, encountered one of these memes, and as their popularity spreads to…

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President of GSA meets President of USA

“We went downstairs and got in line. I waited for a half an hour before I got to go in. When I walked through the doors of the room, a lady in uniform announced ‘Sam Alavi, GSA Network.’ I walked toward him, barely able to let all the emotions sink in. I walked up to him and shook his hand. He looked just as I had pictured him, but a…

March 7, 2012
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Textbooks minimized: digital education powers up

With the ever increasing presence of student tablets in the classroom, handheld digital technology is poised to revolutionize education. In recent years, high consumer demand for iPads, Kindles and Nooks has already devastated the book industry and textbooks are not far behind. On January 19, 2012, Apple introduced the iBooks 2 app, which features textbooks for download on the iPad. At Stanford School of Medicine, hardcover textbooks have already been…

March 7, 2012
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Faculty, parents and students collaborate in WASC process

Every two years are the Olympics, every four years is leap day and every six years (or less) WASC comes to Aragon to evaluate the school. WASC stands for The Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The association is committed to making sure that schools’ students receive the best education they can get and need. “Every six years the organization gets a committee together to visit each school and in…

March 7, 2012
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They’re coming: two new classes

March 7, 2012

While many students were perplexed by the various “It’s coming” signs around the school as far back as November, the signs placed by teacher Asif Rahman were in fact alluding to next year’s set of new classes. Upcoming courses include Anatomy and Physiology 1-2 and Leadership Technology. Counselor Steve Allekotte says, “Anatomy and Physiology is going to be taught by Mr. Rahman. It’s going to be offered to sophomores to…

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Sojourneying to the past, students and teachers alike reconnect

Courtesy of Jennifer Seif
March 7, 2012

In the early morning of Thursday, Feb. 16, five Aragon students and one teacher, along with scores of students and teachers from surrounding Bay Area High Schools, embarked on Sojourn to the Past, a ten day journey throughout the Southeastern United States to study the African American Civil Rights Movement, focused in that area of the country from around 1954 to 1968. These Aragon students follow in dozens of fellow…

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Claremont McKenna reports inflated scores, calling college ranking system into question

In an attempt to boost the national ranking of her college, an administrator at top liberal arts college Claremont McKenna reported falsely high SAT scores to U.S News & World Report. Though many colleges have previously tried fudging their rankings in the past, Claremont McKenna is the highest ranked college to have been exposed doing so. In turn, this brings further attention to the college rankings themselves. How are colleges…

March 7, 2012
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