While some students own dogs, cats, or freshwater fish, some, like sophomore Ashley Lentz, have three ducks living in their backyard. A closer look at a few students at Aragon reveals that the variety of pet preferences are not at all limited to the most common.
As the sun beats down on him and his feet pound against the ground, sophomore Jared Dilibero sees two people coming up from behind. They are also drenched in sweat and wearing Aragon track uniforms. Even though they are his teammates and not his opponents, Dilibero’s competitive drive kicks in and he sprints to the finish line. The friendly competition between him and his friends gives him the extra strength needed to excel during the race.
We are a school of athletes. In the halls, sports bags are as abundant as silly bands. Dribbling a soccer ball, shooting a free throw, swimming a fifty meter race, or smashing a volley ball comes second nature to many of the students who strut through the Aragon halls. But while running non-stop for ten miles or sinking a half-court shot is impressive, they are not as surprising as seeing a boy casually back-flipping over the pavement.
Students see them in the parking lot before school directing traffic. During passing period, they may be seen helping the occasional injured student to class. For the lunch period, they are out in the halls, watchful of general activity. These individuals are the campus aides here at Aragon High School. Almost everyone has observed or interacted with them at one point or another, but few are familiar with who they are or what they do on a day to day basis.
“Intramural basketball is like an orange. Just peel back the sweat and hard work, and you can get to the sweet friendship,” says junior Robert Konopka, a regular participant in intramural basketball.
With an all new Freshman team coached by Aragon graduate Kelsey Stiles, and a promising Varsity and JV team with a series of victories under their belts, volleyball is the sport to watch this season. While volleyball may not be the most known sport at Aragon it certainly has the attention of the world. It is the seventh most popular sport in the world it also enjoys the title of the national sport of Sri Lanka.
The Portland to Coast Relay, an annual 127-mile-long relay event, takes a considerable amount of perseverance and determination. The race starts in downtown Portland where the runners run west and cross the beautiful rural lands of Oregon, eventually finishing at the coastal city of Seaside, Oregon. Eight runners from the Aragon cross country team drove for ten hours, participated in this long race and finished with third place.
The opposing team has secured a 40-love lead. Just one more point and the other team would win the match. But with the encouragement of teammates, Aragon advances to a duece score. The advantage is now Aragon’s. A long suspenseful rally goes on for the last point, and the Aragon girls’ tennis team wins the match. Cheers all around ensue for this amazing come-from-behind victory.
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.