UC in-state admissions rates drop

May 23, 2012

The bar has been raised even higher to get accepted into a University of California school. There has been a recent spike in the number of out-of-state students getting accepted into the UC system. Because of the struggling economy, the UC system has been facing budget cuts. It is speculated that one of the solutions to make up for the deficit is admitting more out-of-state students. Indeed, out-of-state students do…

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Aragon students kick off summer with athletic camps

May 23, 2012

Most can easily agree that sports are a vital part of a balanced lifestyle. Aragon offers many different sports throughout the seasons of the year. When the last season finally comes and students are dismissed for the summer, most tend to continue their athletic practices during their vacation. Incorporating sports into a part of their summer schedule is an important decision for many student athletes. Oftentimes, the financial aspect of…

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Euro 2012: Watch some football for a change

Poland and Ukraine are known to many as the lands of Kielbasa and post-communism sentiment. These countries might seem irrelevant during your summer months while you soak up all that Northern California has to offer. But for you not-so-selective few that have spare time and would rather not watch Sal Palantonino derive meaning from Brett Favre’s trash can while the summertime ticks away, change the channel, invite a couple of…

May 23, 2012
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Girls track and field wins PAL team title while boys finish in second place

On May 4, the Aragon girls won the PAL team title while the boys finished in second place. The majority of the girls points came from the running events. Senior Lauren Croshaw and junior Katherine Chinn won most of their events, while junior Chanel Joyce finished first in the long jump and took second in the triple jump. In the 4×400 relay, Aragon clinched the division title. The Aragon girls…

May 23, 2012
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After active year, Aragon Gay Straight Alliance ranks top four in nation

After a year worth of activism and activities, Aragon’s Gay Straight Alliance was recently named as one of the top four high school Gay Straight Alliance clubs in the nation by the GLSEN (Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network), a prominent national LBGT organization. A large part of Aragon GSA’s recognition is thanks to the hard work done by the leadership of the club. Junior Tyler Bray says, “Sam Alavi…

May 23, 2012
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Aragon Badminton players advance to CCS

May 23, 2012

The Aragon badminton team has finished its season undefeated for the second straight year. The team competes in the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division, and several individuals who competed in the PAL championships will also be moving on to the CCS championships. The team has quite a few talented players who are looking to do well in the playoffs. Candy Zhang, only a freshman, is one of the stars on…

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Tennis ends after brief CCS appearance

This year the Aragon boys varsity tennis team went further than it had in a couple of years; it successfully reached the first round of CCS. The team had placed third in the Peninsula Athletic League in Division I, and this qualified the team for CCS. “It was really exciting and different, being able to go to CCS,” commented sophomore Devon Hughes, who was also on the team last year….

May 23, 2012
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Swim team switches to joint-coaching

May 23, 2012

The Aragon swim team has undergone a new coaching system. Since Fred Farely, last year’s coach, was unable to coach this season, former Aragon student Masa Ota and Josh Tatro co-coach the swim team this year. The coaching system works out with Ota coaching varsity and Tatro coaching Junior Varsity. Things have been running smoothly, as Ota says, “There haven’t been any issues with having two coaches run the program….

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The new schedule on the block

With the spring semester drawing to a close, Aragon High School finds itself looking to the 2012-2013 school year and a radically new schedule, the modified block. The final schedule will have a traditional schedule on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays the school day beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 3:15 p.m. Furthermore, Wednesdays, a modified block schedule day, will have a lunch that is immediately followed by 15 minutes…

May 23, 2012
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Aragon’s aesthetic reputation gets a due makeover

May 23, 2012

Many students find great amusement in the comparison of Aragon to a jail. However, with a new gym, locker room, biotech wing, and stunning new theater underway, the school seems to be shaping up and outgrowing its poor aesthetic reputation. Although the new changes will prove beneficial in the coming years, the construction complicates the lives of students and faculty alike. “The new changes for Aragon were requested about two…

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ART team goes to FIRST robotics championships

May 23, 2012

The Aragon Robotics Team (ART) concluded its competition at the FIRST international Championships in St. Louis, Missouri from April 25 to 28. ART placed eleventh out of 100 teams in the Newton Division, one of four divisions, but did not advance. The FIRST Championships were divided into four divisions of 100 teams each where robots would compete in qualifying and elimination rounds. The qualifying rounds were a series of nine…

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A walk to remember fighting bladder cancer

Recently, many Aragon students have been participating and organizing various walks to raise money for cancer research, such as junior Olivia Maggi’s Walk for Bladder Cancer. Originally scheduled for this May, the event has been rescheduled for a later date in May 2013. Maggi says, “I run marathons, so I tried to find a marathon that was for bladder cancer. There are none, so I just decided I’d make one…

May 23, 2012
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