Local Community Heroes Issue 36: Journey To Success

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Local Community Recipe Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast

Journey To Success Teacher James Lick High School

Teacher Oak Grove High School

Anna Chavez

Tara Coburn

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Oak Grove High School

Jalen Butcher

Student

James Lick High School

Brian Baltazar

Story • Historia Two stories of students achieving outstanding academics with the inspiration of a mentor. Dos historias de estudiantes que logran académicos sobresalientes con la inspiración de un mentor.

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Brian Baltazar is currently a student at James Lick High School. He is involved with a number of on campus organizations, and enjoys outdoor activities in his free time. Brian Baltazar es actualmente un estudiante en James Lick High School. Participa en varias organizaciones del campus y disfruta de actividades al aire libre en su tiempo libre.

Journey To Success Viaje Al Exito

This past summer, I attended multiple programs. One of those programs was for engineering here in the Bay Area. The program had people from all over California and the rest of the country. Throughout the program, I began to feel inferior. They all spoke of how many engineering classes they had taken and are being offered at their schools, how many AP Physics classes they had, and how easy the college process was for them. I felt a foreigner in my own city. It took some time to finally come to terms with myself. It was not about what we did not have, but what we did have. I am proud of who I am and where I come from, always.

Was there a teacher that inspired you in the classroom? How?

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Is there an incident that happened in your life that you would like to share with readers? What made you decide to be a teacher?

¿Hay alguna historia que te gustaría contar a los lectores? Qué te hizo ser un maestra?

Ms. Chavez was my first teacher in high school ever, having her first period for Spanish Heritage. Growing up, I was embarrassed to speak Spanish in public. Taking her class allowed me to become one with who I am. Her ability to connect with students surpassed any teacher I had ever had before. She understood the mental struggles that students were undergoing, and did her best to try to reach out and provide as much help as she could. The following two years, I continued my Spanish career with Ms. Huerta.

El verano pasado, asistí a múltiples programas. Uno de esos programas fue para ingeniería aquí en el Área de la Bahía. El programa contó con personas de toda California y el resto del país. A lo largo del programa, comencé a sentirme inferior. Todos hablaron de cuántas clases de ingeniería habían tomado y se ofrecían en sus escuelas, cuántas clases de Física AP tenían y qué fácil les resultó el proceso universitario. Me sentí un extranjero en mi propia ciudad. Tomó algún tiempo finalmente llegar a un acuerdo conmigo mismo. No se trataba de lo que no teníamos, sino de lo que sí teníamos. Estoy orgulloso de quién soy y de dónde vengo, siempre.

¿Cómo pueden los estudiantes tener éxito como Brian?

La Sra. Chávez fue mi primera maestra en la escuela secundaria. Tuve su primer periodo en la clase de Herencia Española. Al crecer, me avergonzaba hablar español en público. Tomar su clase me permitió ser quien soy. Su capacidad para conectarse con estudiantes superó a cualquier maestra que haya tenido antes. Ella entendió las luchas mentales que los estudiantes tuvieron, e hizo todo lo posible para tratar de llegar y brindar toda la ayuda que pudo. Los siguientes dos años, continué mi carrera española con la Sra. Huerta.


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Local Community Recipe Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast

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Preparation

Prep: 15 Minutes Cook: 35 Minutes Ready In: 1 Hour

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

INGREDIENTS · 1/4 Cup Crumpled Feta · 1 Large Turkey Breast · 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Oregano Cheese · 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cumin · 12 Slices Reduced Sodium Bacon · Salt and Ground Pepper to Taste · 1 Cup Fresh Spinach, or to taste

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Slice turkey breast down the middle and lay it flat. Sprinkle oregano, cumin, salt, and pepper on the inside of turkey. Arrange spinach leaves in 1 layer on 1 of the pieces of turkey and top with a layer of feta cheese. Repeat layering with spinach and feta cheese. Fold the other turkey breast half over the feta layer so the filling is sealed. Wrap the entire turkey breast with bacon. Place wrapped turkey in a baking dish and season with salt and pepper. Cook turkey breast until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 30 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Turn on oven's broiler and broil wrapped turkey until bacon is crisp on each side, about 2 minutes per side. Let turkey rest for 10 minutes before slicing.


Journey To Success Viaje Al Exito

Is there an incident that happened in your life that you would like to share with readers? What made you decide to be a teacher? As I pursued my bio career in college, I continued to work with different programs that in some way connected with education. I worked with programs like Migrant Ed and California Mini-Corps, that helped aid students during their school day to be successful in their education. In my second year in college, I realized that I was not happy with my chosen major and felt like I was in quicksand. The more time that would pass by, I was digging myself in something that I truly did not want to do with my career path. It was then I realized that I needed to change. I remembered how much I enjoyed my Spanish classes while in high school and decided to switch my major to Spanish in order to pursue my new career of being a Spanish teacher.

What is that one thing all students can do to Succeed Like Brian? One thing that students can do to be successful is to be an agent of where they want to go in life. It is important to have agency and really push for what you want, even if it may not be the correct choice at first.

Anna Chavez

Teacher at James Lick High School

¿Hay alguna historia que te gustaría contar a los lectores? Qué te hizo ser un maestra? Mientras estudiaba mi carrera biológica en la universidad, continué trabajando con diferentes programas que de alguna manera estaban relacionados con la educación. Trabajé con programas como "Migrant Ed y California Mini-Corps", que ayudaron a los estudiantes durante su día escolar a tener éxito en su educación. En mi segundo año en la universidad, me di cuenta de que no estaba contento con mi especialización elegida. Cuanto más tiempo pasaba, me estaba hundiendo en algo que realmente no quería hacer con mi trayectoria profesional. Fue entonces cuando me di cuenta de que necesitaba cambiar.

Anna Chavez is currently a teacher at James Lick High School. She initially wanted to pursue biology so she could practice dentistry but then realized her passion was in teaching Spanish. Anna Chavez es actualmente una maestra en James Lick High School. Inicialmente quería dedicarse a la biología para poder practicar la odontología, pero luego se dio cuenta de que su pasión era enseñar español.

Recordé lo mucho que disfruté mis clases de español en la escuela secundaria y decidí cambiar mi especialización al español para seguir mi nueva carrera como profesor de español.

¿Cómo pueden los estudiantes tener éxito como Brian?

Una cosa que los estudiantes pueden hacer para tener éxito es ser un agente de donde quieren ir en la vida. Es importante tener agencia y realmente presionar por lo que desea, incluso si inicialmente no fue la elección correcta.

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What I learned through my experience is that even though I did not choose the correct major at first, I knew I wanted to do something with my life.

Lo que aprendí a través de mi experiencia es que, aunque al principio no elegí la especialización correcta, sabía que quería hacer algo con mi vida.


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Jalen Butcher

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Journey To Success Viaje Al Exito

As a young child I felt different than my peers, and still do. I see this as a beneficial matter than a negative personality.

Jalen Butcher is currently a student at Oak Grove High School. He is inspired by the simpler things in life like music, food, and extracurricular activities. Jalen Butcher es actualmente un estudiante en Oak Grove High School. Se inspira en las cosas más simples de la vida, como la música, la comida y las actividades extracurriculares.

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Is there an incident that happened in your life that you would like to share with readers? What made you decide to be a teacher?

¿Hay alguna historia que te gustaría contar a los lectores? Qué te hizo ser un maestra?

Who was the most influential person in your life besides your parents? The most influential person in my life besides my awesome teacher Tara Coburn, is my brother, because of all the things I’ve seen him go through.

What do you like to do when you are not in school? I’m not a great student to be completely honest. My normal routine is to eat food, do “some” of my homework, eat some more, go to my gym for a couple hours, go home, and eat more. I do enjoy trying new ideas like where I can try new food or music. Listening to music really pushes me to be better, but also helps me see into myself. Two of my favorite artists are Naz and Whitney Houston. I also enjoy Mozart. I’m not that social with people so I tend to hangout with family often or by myself. After high school I plan on taking a gap year, go to community college, or a four-year university. After all of that I plan on starting a business by myself and with my brother.

Desde un niño pequeño me sentía diferente comparado a mis compañeros, y todavía sigue. Veo esto como un asunto benéfico en vez de una personalidad negativa.

Quién fue la persona más influyente en tu vida además de tus padres? La persona más influyente en mi vida además de mi asombrosa maestra Tara Coburn, es mi hermano, por todas las cosas que le he visto pasar.

¿Qué te gusta hacer cuando no estás en la escuela? No soy un gran estudiante para ser completamente honesto. Mi rutina normal es comer comida, hacer "algunos" de mi tarea, comer un poco más, ir a mi gimnasio por un rato, ir a mi casa, y comer más. Me gusta probar nuevas ideas como dónde puedo probar nueva comida o escuchar nueva música. Escuchar música realmente me empuja a ser mejor, pero también me ayuda a ver en mí mismo. Dos de mis artistas favoritos son Naz y Whitney Houston. También me gusta Mozart. Yo no soy tan social con la gente, así que yo quedo con la familia. Después de la preparatoria, planeo tomar un año sabático, ir a colegio, o a una Universidad de cuatro años. Después de todo planeo en el inicio de un negocio con mi hermano.


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Journey To Success Viaje Al Exito

Is there an incident that happened in your life that you would like to share with readers? What made you decide to be a teacher? My mom was a teacher and watching her in the classroom inspired me to want to do what she did. I also saw all the opportunities to make a difference in my community and with youth.

Who was the most influential person in your life besides your parents? My aunt Lorri. She was born with a disability, but she never let it hold her back from being successful.

Was there a teacher that inspired you in the classroom? How? Judith Shushan at Cabrillo College. She believed in me and my skills as a writer, creative problem solver and future educator.

How did the other teachers and friends react to your accomplishments and how has it challenged you? I find that they are really supportive and are my best cheerleaders.

What do you like to do when you are not teaching?

Tara Coburn

Teacher at Oak Grove High School

Hay alguna historia que te gustaría contar a los lectores? Qué te hizo ser un maestra? Mi madre era maestra y verla en el aula me inspiró a querer hacer lo que ella hacía. También vi todas las oportunidades para hacer una diferencia en mi comunidad y con la juventud.

Quién fue la persona más influyente en tu vida además de tus padres? Mi tía Lorri. Ella nació con una discapacidad, pero nunca dejó que la espalda de tener éxito.

Había un maestro que te inspirara en salón de clases? Cómo? Judith Shushan en Cabrillo College. Ella creía en mí y mis habilidades como escritor, solucionador de problemas creativos y futuro educador.

Tara Coburn is currently a teacher at Oak Grove High School. Tara has previously starred in one of our issues and we would like to thank her for the impact she undoubtedly has show for her students. Tara Coburn es actualmente profesora en Oak Grove High School. Tara ha estado anteriormente en una de nuestras ediciones y nos gustaría agradecerle el impacto que sin duda ha tenido para sus estudiantes.

Cómo reaccionaron los otros maestros y amigos ante tus logros y cómo te ha desafiado? Me parece que son realmente de apoyo y son mis mejores porristas.

¿Qué te gusta hacer cuando no estás enseñando?

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I love being with my partner, family, friends, doing yoga, hiking with my dog, traveling, and exploring the world.

Me encanta estar con mi pareja, familia, amigos, hacer yoga, ir de excursión con mi perro, viajar y explorar el mundo.


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IS IT HARMFUL? ¿Es Dañino? Here’s what we know. Esto es lo que sabemos.

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La Proposición 64 en California se encuentra entre las pocas leyes aprobadas en los Estados Unidos a nivel estatal para declarar que la marihuana (o cannabis) es legal para el uso recreativo por parte de adultos. Sin embargo, aprobar una ley no garantiza que el nuevo sistema funcione bien para todos. Inicialmente, California tuvo problemas con la forma en que implementaría la nueva ley para las tiendas que se abrirían. Mientras que los asuntos legales se resuelven, sin embargo, un tema sigue siendo misterioso. ¿Cómo afecta el consumo recreativo de cannabis a la vida de la gente común? To shed light on whether or not ¿Debemos esperar más problemas relacionados con la Marijuana is a positive develsalud en nuestra comunidad? opment for our state, we first decided to research what the Para aclarar si la marihuana es medical potential of the plant o no un desarrollo positivo was seeing how this is a common argument in favor of para nuestro estado, primero its use. The result was shock- decidimos investigar cuál era ing in that we found that Mari- el potencial médico de la juana is such an effective pain planta viendo cómo este es un argumento común a favor de relief agent, that in some su uso. El resultado fue impacinstances, it’s an excellent tante ya que descubrimos que substitute to opiates such as la marihuana es un agente tan Vicodin, which are for more sedating, and far more addic- eficaz para aliviar el dolor, que en algunos casos es un tive. Marijuana also has use excelente sustituto de opioides for patients suffering from como el Vicodina. Los opioiterminal illness such as HIV, des son más sedantes y and Cancer where appetite mucho más adictivos. La loss is notorious. marihuana también tiene uso para pacientes que sufren In contrast, Marijuana isn’t perfect. Just as any controlled enfermedades terminales como el VIH y el cáncer. substance, it has its side Proposition 64 in California is among few laws passed in the United States on a state level to declare Marijuana (or Cannabis) as legal for recreational use by Adults 21 and older. However, passing a law doesn’t guarantee that the new system is going to work well for everyone. California initially struggled with how it would allow legal cannabis stores to obtain permits and obtain product. But even less touched on is the subject of how recreational cannabis use is affecting the lives of common people. Will there be more health-related issues in our community?

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In Colorado where Marijuana has been legal for some time already, fatal traffic collisions and in school drug violations saw a sharp increase. The worst side effect we came across however was that young people under the age of 17 are thought to be likelier in developing learning disabilities with chronic Marijuana use. At Local Community Heroes our verdict is that in moderation, the substance can be used responsibly as with Alcohol. Conversely, Marijuana’s use in medicine undoubtedly has immense potential. However, we believe as with all controlled substances such as Tobacco and Alcohol, adolescents should avoid use all together to prevent issues related to the brain such as with cognitive development.

En contraste, la marihuana no es perfecta. En Colorado, donde la marihuana ha sido legal por algún tiempo, las colisiones fatales de tráfico y las violaciones de drogas en la escuela aumentaron sustancialmente. Sin embargo, el peor efecto secundario que encontramos fue que se piensa que los jóvenes menores de 17 años tienen más probabilidades de desarrollar problemas de aprendizaje con el uso crónico de marihuana. Nuestro veredicto es con moderación que la sustancia se puede utilizar con la misma responsabilidad que el alcohol. El uso de la marihuana en la medicina también tiene indudablemente un inmenso potencial. Sin embargo, creemos que, como el tabaco y el alcohol, los adolescentes no deben usar marihuana para prevenir problemas relacionados con el cerebro, como el desarrollo cognitivo.

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