“Not afraid to rebuild the team”

April 25, 2012

After reentering the competitive scene this year, the Aragon Robotics Team (ART) recently participated in the Silicon Valley Regional Tournament (SVR) and qualified for the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, Missouri from April 26 to 28. At the Silicon Valley Regional Tournament (SVR) on March 30 and 31, ART won the Engineering Award which included $5,000 from NASA to enter the FIRST Championship. Senior Crystal Cheung said, “Having attended the…

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Transitioning from high school to community college, students find their niche

April 25, 2012

Studies show that community colleges are becoming increasingly popular these days. Due to the economic recession, many families can’t afford college tuition. Since students still want to get a good education, they enroll in a community college. Community colleges not only save a lot of money, but also allow students to transition smoothly from high school to college. One reason many students choose to enroll in community colleges is to…

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Modified block schedule approved for 2012-2013

On Tuesday, April 13, the Aragon faculty voted to approve a proposal to implement modified block schedule in the 2012-2013 academic year. The decision reflected months of deliberation and discussion extending back to the middle of the fall semester. In contrast to the full block schedule currently in place at San Mateo High School, the modified block schedule, which will replace Aragon’s current traditional schedule, consists of a 7-period day…

April 25, 2012
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GOP presidential hopefuls debate women’s health

April 25, 2012

In the United States today, women’s health is not simply an issue regarding the medical needs and rights of women. The topic has exploded and developed into a major factor in the upcoming presidential election and current GOP primaries. The issue of contraception and how it fits in to the larger scheme of federally funded healthcare has ignited heated debate among candidates and citizens all over the country. During the…

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Dons in Disneyland

April 25, 2012

On March 30, Aragon Chamber Orchestra and Choir, along with Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, and Symphonic band drove down to Disneyland and California Adventure, where they performed on Saturday, March 31. David Martin, Chamber Choir and Chamber Orchestra director, commented on his experience performing at California Adventure, “I think the schedule was really smooth…it was one group after the other, so most of the groups had the opportunity to hear…

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The dangers of technology

April 25, 2012

Did you know that every time you use your cell phone, you might be exposed to potentially harmful levels of electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation? Cnet reports, “Research abounds, but there still is not conclusive or demonstrated evidence as to whether cell phones cause adverse health effects in humans. The science will continue… but it can take years of exhaustive research before studies actually prove anything (if they ever do).” In…

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You are where you sit

There are many types of seating arrangements that work for different teachers and class environments. Straight-row is the style students most encounter at Aragon. It consists of five to six vertical rows, with five to seven chairs in each. Most of the time, the teachers reinforce the assigned seating arrangements, yet there are some teachers that permit free seating. Sophomore Edgar Tenorio prefers choosing his seat. “I like it because…

April 24, 2012
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AP Physics C petition draws support

Students do have the power to make new classes happen at Aragon. A student initiative for a new class takes some talking with administration, a teacher willing to teach the course, and students who are willing to sign up for it, but it is possible. This year, some juniors and sophomores have spoken up about their interest in having an AP Physics C class next year, which has led to…

April 24, 2012
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“The Importance of Being Earnest”

The satirical play The Importance of Being Earnest came to Aragon’s Student Lunch Room (SLR), the first such performance by the Aragon drama department in the SLR. The SLR was transformed into a black box theater, where yards of thick black fabric covered the entirety of the room, blocking out all of the light. “It was an incredibly unique situation to work with and it was hard develop an appropriate…

April 24, 2012
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The drinking age should be 19

Alcohol seems especially attractive to many high schoolers, being easier to obtain and seemingly safer than most drugs while still providing euphoric effects and, to some, a thrill of lawlessness. As such, many teenagers choose to try alcohol before they reach the legal drinking age of 21. The drinking age was set to 21 after the passage of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, a law that cuts highway funding…

April 24, 2012
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PHONY 2012

For about a week in March, you couldn’t go on Facebook without seeing at least ten posts, fifteen new groups and another 20 event invitations all asking you to buy posters, repost videos and arrest a defunct Ugandan warlord. You’re probably sick of hearing Joseph Kony’s name. That’s why this column isn’t about Kony—it’s about us. Why did we react like we did, and why did the hype die down…

April 24, 2012
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Have you scheduled your gym appointment?

For many students, staying in shape once meant dragging oneself off the couch for a run around the block or doing crunches in front of the TV, but with a kitchen nearby or a convenience store around the corner, distractions made getting a real workout difficult. However, as gyms become more abundant and affordable in the San Mateo area, many students have turned to a gym membership as an alternative…

April 24, 2012
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