The Black Student Union’s 6th annual Dance Competition occurred on January 22 in Aragon’s main gym. Teams ranging from four to twelve dancers from twelve schools participated in the competition against The Exprezzion team, Aragon’s competing team. The Aragon Dance Team opened the show. Sophomore Exprezzion dancer Gabrielle Tompkins says, “Seeing the competition last year made me want to do it; I love it. I think the event is the fun part.”
At the beginning of lunch on January 12, music blared from the loudspeakers like any other day. But senior Peter Zhan had a strange feeling as he walked out of the counseling office. Stopped suddenly by a crowd of students, faculty, and his own mother, Zhan’s premonition was confirmed; something was amiss. Within moments, Principal Patricia Kurtz began a surprise award ceremony. She started by introducing Leroy Tripette of the Intel Science Program; Tripette explained that Zhan had been selected as a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search and presented him with an oversized $1,000 check.
The new tardy policy at Aragon dictates that after receiving five tardies, the student must attend Saturday school. The four-hour sessions are held every Saturday. After the fifth tardy has been given, the student in question must attend Saturday school at the end of the same week the fifth tardy was received, “If students come and speak to me in advance about a conflict, then arrangements can be made. Rescheduling is a possibility… it’s not etched in stone,” says Dean Michael Valmonte on scheduling conflicts with Saturday school.
With the dawn of 2011, Aragon students experience the first winter formal that the school has seen in three years with the theme “Under the Neon Lights.” This last dance before Prom will be held in the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday February 5. The dance, as the name suggests, will be held under colorful lights at the Hiller Aviation Museum. Tickets began at $20 and $25 with and without PAL respectively, and both rose by $10 this week.
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On Wednesday, November 23, Japanese students from Hanasaki Tokuharu High School stirred up roaring applause from their captivated audience during a special concert in the Aragon Memorial Theater. Hanasaki’s third and final performance during their stay, the concert featured the Aragon wind ensemble and the award-winning Hanasaki wind orchestra in a musical exchange.
This year Aragon Leadership certainly is stepping up its game. The group which plans student body activities such as rallies, spirit weeks, dances, and other events is planning an activity-filled spring for Aragon. For the first time in two years, Leadership is hosting five dances. And while there are voices of discontent among the student body, Leadership is looking at an array of changes which are sure to excite the student body.
Students at Aragon are constantly surrounded by the noise of drills, hammers and people walking around on the roof. “Sometimes I feel like it’s kind of going really slowly,” says sophomore Marie Mihara. Construction is progressing, and despite the fact that it seems that it is dragging on forever, students do not need to worry; the noisy construction is going to be done before the end of the school year.
Aragon has over 50 clubs, ranging from the Bike Club to ethnic club. Each club serves a specific purpose and each is unique. Clubs about serious topics like the UNICEF club are about helping people and the planet. They are created for a cause that affects many Aragon students.
The 2010 winter concerts occurred on Tuesday, Dec. 7, and Wednesday, Dec. 8, in the theater. Orchestra and choir, under the direction of David Martin, performed on the first day. It consisted of the string orchestra, chamber orchestra, women’s choir, concert choir and chamber choir. Troy Davis’s concert band, symphonic band and wind ensemble played on the second day.
Three murders made up an enticing murder mystery in Aragon’s very own musical production of “Curtains,” which took place between Nov. 18-21. Set in Boston in 1959, “Curtains” featured Lieutenant Frank Cioffi, played by senior Alex Phinney. After the star of “Robbin’ Hood of the Old West” is murdered on opening night, Cioffi must quarantine the cast, save the show, and solve the case before the show reopens, without getting killed himself.
Nov. 23 marked the day that Aragon had its annual blood drive. Blood Centers of the Pacific set up in two trailers in the parking lot opposite of room 112. They do this every year at Aragon and other schools and businesses around the Bay Area.