The new season has brought some changes for Aragon’s water polo team, with a different pool being but one of them. Due to Aragon’s ongoing pool renovation, the water polo team has been practicing at CSM. Though its distance from Aragon causes some inconvenience, the pool at CSM has been for the most part a benefit. “CSM’s [large] pool is nice, and is helping us with spacing. It gives us a lot more to work with,” says junior Aaron Kim.
In the best performance of the season since it began, the Aragon varsity football team dealt a decisive blow to the visiting Capuchino Mustangs last Friday night. The Dons dominated the line of scrimmage on both offense and defense and their success at the point of attack was evident by gaining 441 yards of total offense with 272 yards on the ground. The victory brought a renewed sense of confidence to the team after suffering losses to San Mateo and Carlmont in the weeks before.
After a resounding 30-20 victory at Lincoln-San Jose last Friday, the Dons were on the road again this time facing Carlmont High School in Belmont. The Scots were coming off a 14-7 loss last week against the San Mateo Bearcats and both teams came in to the contest hoping to further prove themselves as contenders for playoff contention.
The sounds of workers stomping on the roofs of classrooms and jackhammers during school hours mean only one thing: construction. It began on the Aragon campus began three weeks before school started as bulldozers tore apart the two old swimming pools adjacent to Center Court.
The new pool was slated to be finished in November. However, according to Aragon Principal Patricia Kurtz, there was a delay in the pool’s approval by the State of California’s Division of the State Architect, thus delaying the overall construction of the pool.
Every day over a hundred Aragon seniors wake up early to race to secure a spot in Aragon’s already cramped parking lot. The unlucky ones resign themselves to parking on the less-desirable hill, a longer walk to the buildings. However, with only 127 spaces available for student use, they still consider themselves lucky.
The number of students who drive to school and need to park has increased steadily over the years. With the smallest campus and the largest student body in the district, 1595 students, Aragon has never had enough spaces for students to park.
Last Friday, the Aragon Dons hosted the San Mateo Bearcats in a clash of San Mateo High School football supremacy. Despite Aragon racking up 370 total yards of offense to San Mateo’s 323, multiple turnovers by the Dons coupled with a slew of injuries failed to convert the successes on offense into points.
“When I was eight I really wanted to do something physical and active,” says senior Alex Catiggay. “My uncle suggested this kung fu school and that’s when it all started for me.” Today, Catiggay is a second degree black belt in kung fu, a striking style of martial arts that utilizes kicks, blocks, and both open and closed hand strikes to defend against attackers.
Over the summer, two Aragon seniors took summer training to a whole new level. Seniors Anthony Nichols and Trevor Stocker participated in and completed two triathlons. Both students, after undergoing rigorous months of training, finished both the San Francisco Triathlon at Treasure Island and the Santa Cruz Sprint Triathlon.
Although the myth that teachers live in their classrooms has long been dismissed, students today still find it hard to believe that their instructors actually lead double lives outside of school. Here, we expose the secret passions and hobbies of the Aragon staff, some quirky, some practical, and all more fun than grading student work.
His pinstripe fedora is the only clue to his secret identity. His classmates know he is in four band classes, and his friends might know that he wants to be a musician when he’s older, but not many people know the secret life of this American teenager: senior Cole Stillman by day, jazz-band-member and tenor-saxophone-player by night.
The change that occurs in four years of high school is dramatic, to say the least. The difference between entering freshman year and senior year is the difference between riding a bike and driving a car, being the understudy and being the lead, or even from babysitting to working a part time job. However, the most dramatic difference is the perspective change that most students experience.
She examines herself in the mirror, letting her eyes focus first on her hair, then her eyes, then her nose. Slowly, she lets her gaze travel to the rest of her body. It is something that senior Zoe Bartlett does every morning, whether she wants it to happen or not. She shakes the image of herself out of her mind and goes through the process of changing her outfit multiple times. She wants to find the right clothes which will conceal her hips and her thighs from the rest of the world.