An unforgettable Prom and Senior Activity Day does not pay for itself. As the new school year sets in, each class is actively making efforts to find ways to raise money, so that by senior year , their class will have a great way of ending their high school career. Classes have multiple ways to fundraise, from finding sponsors to selling goods at public events like dances and food fairs and each class has made a lot of progress through these means.
Aragon is holding five dances this year with the addition of the Welcome Back Dance and the Winter Ball. Last year, the Welcome Back Dance was not held due to lack of leadership enthusiasm, despite being held in the past. Leadership Advisor Catherine Williamson says, “The Welcome Back Dance was discontinued because of attendance …, the detention policy, tardies … and maybe we didn’t get it off the ground soon enough.” The Winter Formal was not held last year because of difficulty in finding a venue large enough to host 400 to 500 students for less than $10,000.
Aragon has excellent standardized test scores, high AP exams pass rates, and dedicated students. However, when it comes to style, many believe that Aragon is inconsistent and often mediocre. Junior Dani Cutts believes that Aragon is “not really” a fashionable school. She explains that Aragon “is more focused on academics rather than fashion. Because of that, we see a lot of sweat pants and big sweat-shirts.”
Darkness shrouds the last night of October and only the light from the moon illuminates a crowded street. Thrills and chills fill up the neighbor’s house as they excitedly wait for the knocking of the door and the beaming words of “trick or treat!” Straddling the line between fall and winter, fun and fear, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition.
“Most of them are from people and places,” says freshman Emma Mamis as she held up a collection of bracelets on her wrist. “This one is from a little town in Spain,” she said, pointing to a bracelet given to her by her friend. “And this one says ‘dance’ on it because I like to dance,” she says, pointing to another. We all have that certain object we have a strong sentimental attachment to, whether it be a teddy bear, a baby blanket, a trophy, or even something completely unexpected. Many Aragon students have objects like these that they consider to an irreplaceable part of their lives and are willing to share.
Though scholarships provide great financial opportunities, they can often act as an emotional process for students as they put their full efforts into their applications. However, many of the students at Aragon do not even know about the broad range of scholarships offered to Aragon students. Whether based on academics or creative arts, scholarships that apply to different activities exist by the dozens.
Almost every day, substitute teachers occupy various classrooms and take the place of our absent educators. They have a constant, yet important, presence at Aragon. However, it seems that very few students actually know about neither the substitute process nor the substitutes themselves.
We see it everywhere: plastered on bus stations, on buttons and bumper stickers, even in the reddened, bleary eyes of the occasional student. We hear it whispered about among the halls and joked about during passing period. Marijuana has always infiltrated our communities, although some might try to deny it. However, after years of battling a slew of failed marijuana policies, California has placed the long overdue Proposition 19 on the November ballot.
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.