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November 6, 2012
Fremont High School, Issue No. 2
Science chemical sink waste gets proper draining By Erika Jefferson
Imagine drinking water that is polluted with toxic chemicals that can become hazardous. When underground tanks don’t catch all the pollutions, the pollutions go to lakes, ponds, and our drinking water. Here at Fremont high school, there are underground tanks that catch
chemicals used in science class labs. Many different chemicals are used in science labs, some hazardous and some not so much. Some chemicals such as Lead, Zinc, and Copper can be dangerous if found in drinking water. The underground tanks ideally should be cleaned every couple of years but the tanks at Fre-
mont have no set clean time and one of the tanks haven’t been cleaned in nearly 10 years. This chemical pollution problem is 50 percent because of improper cleaning and 50 percent because of student’s carelessness.
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College apps create craze
By Tali Perelman
Every college application season, the number one question overwhelmed students ask College and Career Counselor Lorena Villagomez is “Where do I start?” At this moment, Fremont seniors are probably staring at a blank page or thinking about staring at a blank page. This is the reality of college applications, a process that takes months and adds a heavy stress load to those hoping for accep-
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CAREER advisor Lorena Villagomez helps a student find the right path to college.
tance to a four-year college. “You want to get everything right,” senior Elisabeth Messner said. “But you don’t know how. You don’t know what’s right.” With higher piles of homework than ever before and perhaps dozens of extracurricular activities, including daily sports practices or games, commu-
nity service, clubs and even a job, it seems impossible to fit anything else into a senior’s life. But somehow, every year, most seniors manage to stack college applications on top of the already teetering tower of activities. Senior Chris Swanson, for example, has his heart set on attending the
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LARGE black barrels were used to properly dispose of leftover chemicals trapped in the underground pipes.
Naval Academy, located in Annapolis, Md. To apply to this highly selective school – whose admission rate is 7.5 percent, the sixth lowest in the country – he not only has to apply directly to the school, but also must be nominated. Swanson can receive this nomination from the U.S. Representative of the district, one of the two state Senators, Vice President Joe Biden or President Barack Obama. “It was really cool when Representative Anna Eshoo mailed me my packet with her signature on it,” Swanson said. “I kept the envelope.” To be a strong candidate for the Naval Academy, an applicant must have an impressive academic record, like most other universities. However, the Naval Academy places more emphasis on
Senioritis epidemic taking over teens By Ruben de la Cerda
A sudden outbreak of senioritis has hit Fremont right where it hurts, commonly known to have devastating effects and relentless casualties. Senioritis, according to Urban Dictionary, is a crippling disease that strikes high school seniors. Symptoms include: laziness, an over excessive wearing of track pants, old athletic shirts, lack of studying, repeated absences, and a generally dismissive attitude. The only known cure is a phenomenon known as graduation. Every senior that has been diagnosed with senioritis has a reason or excuse to not care about school anymore. The leading cause of senioritis is the thought of having the rest of the year to catch up on work. Reasons vary from pressure in AP and honors classes to not being able to take the time off work. “Senioritis is when seniors get lazy and don’t do much,” Bianca De la Cerda, senior, said. “I have senioritis because I’ve been getting way more homework from all my honors classes. Now I only focus on my academic classes because they’re my ticket to graduating.” While many say they’ve fallen for academic reasons,
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Best Buddies breaks down barriers with smiles, laughter By Melissa Parlan
A friend is someone you can turn to for help, comfort and companionship. A best buddy can do so much more. Anthony K. Shriver founded the Best Buddies organization in 1989 with a mission to raise awareness about intellectual and development disabilities (IDD), and help individuals with disabilities to form friendships, employment opportunities and leadership skills. When walking into Fremont’s own Best Buddies club, big smiles and joyful laughter fill the room. A
typical club meeting is essentially peer buddies (students) interacting, talking and hanging out with buddies (students with disabilities). The atmosphere is meant to be relaxed, fun and positive. “Going into high school, I really wanted to be involved in everything Fremont has to offer, so I asked my brother and sister what kinds of clubs they think I would be interested in,” Monique Santos, junior, longtime club member and president, said. “I’ve always had experience with people with intellectual and development disabilities
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STUDENTS have lunch with their buddies and play a game of Uno.
so they suggested the Best Buddies club.” The students at Fremont are what make the Best Buddies club on campus so successful. “Fremont has the best Best Buddies club out of
the three other schools I’ve taught at,” Seamus Quillinan, Best Buddies club advisor said. “Every year the club has gotten better.” The growth in club members each year has been extremely beneficial to the club and
its popularity on campus. “People know who we are and what we do,” Quillinan said. “The kids (buddies) are well-known and respected and that’s meaningful.” Best Buddies is an exclusive club accepting 30 students at the most. Because the club’s purpose is to promote one on one friendship, only a few students actually get paired up with a buddy. “Sometimes it’s hard to pair buddies because some of my students don’t talk too much or think differently,” Quillinan said. Being a club member requires certain character-
istics, including complete dedication to the club. “To be a Best Buddies member, students have to take an interest in their buddy, get to know them and respect them for their differences,” Quillinan said. Those members who don’t get paired with a buddy are called associate buddies and have the freedom to interact with all the members of the club. The same goes for people who aren’t in the club but would like to get involved. Because the goal of Best Buddies is to help students with disabilities
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