Aragon students get head starts on future career paths

“It was kind of like Disneyland to me,” says Senior Stanley Krzesniak about his visit to visit the United Technical Operations MRO Center at SFO. Says Krzesniak about his experience at the MRO Center, “They do engine overhauls there. There were so many engine parts and so much machinery that I would just love to use.” Krzesniak has been dreaming about aerospace engineering for years. The summer after his junior…

December 12, 2013
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Manase Tonga’s journey from Don to Raider

Manase Tonga started his journey to the NFL at Aragon just like any other NFL player would start his high school football career: by leading the team in a key statistic. His just happened to be fumbles. “My first year of football was pretty horrendous. I think I had like five fumbles in one game,” says Tonga. No one expected that the Aragon class of 2002 graduate would eventually go…

December 12, 2013
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Ratto and Pillot-Sampson: Wrestling then and now

December 12, 2013

Current wrestling coach and physics teacher Steve Ratto wrestled at Aragon just over a decade ago. Senior Christopher Pillot-Sampson wrestles on the team now. Although they competed a decade apart, there are still many apparent similarities between the two wrestlers. Even though Coach Ratto has a lot of influence over the wrestlers’ technique, both of them agree that each wrestler develops his own style. Pillot-Sampson says, “The way Ratto teaches…

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Young varsity boys basketball team prepares for season

December 12, 2013

Groups of players eagerly gather outside the small gym door, hoping that their name is on the varsity basketball roster. Now that the roster is set, the Dons look to prepare for the tough season in front of them. In order to put together the best possible team, Head Coach Sam Manu must make the tough decision of choosing who to cut. He states, “We run a lot of drills…

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Lady Dons look to run their way to victory

December 12, 2013

Speed, youth, finesse, and collaboration. That sums up the 2013 Aragon Lady Dons varsity basketball team heading into the season. The Dons lost three tall, key seniors from last year’s team in Chanel Joyce, Corie Stocker, and Mana Vaea. In their place, sophomores Briana Reynolds and Maya Collins, as well as freshman Jen Horita, will look to start. As one of the shorter teams in the league now with the…

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Custodial Staff Manager Rick Masterson retires after 35 years

December 12, 2013

Rick Masterson has been everywhere. “I’ve been at Aragon for eight years, but I’ve been in the district for 35,” he says. Masterson has worked at other public schools in the Bay Area, and he most recently was the custodial staff manager for both Aragon and Hillsdale. “When I first come in in the morning, I walk the site, see if anything’s changed, check out water leaks, double check that…

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Year of successes for LGBT rights advocates

December 12, 2013

2013 saw many victories for LGBT rights, including the Supreme Court’s declaration of the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional, and the legalization of gay marriage in eight new states, bringing the total to 16. In particular, gay marriage was legalized in California on June 26, 2013, following a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling that decided Proposition 8 proponents did not have the standing to appeal the district court’s decision, which…

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