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2211 McKinley Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76164

February 2019 Volume 6 Issue 1

A Student Publication of North Side High School

New Parking Lot to be Built This Summer By Destiny Gomez The current 82 student parking spaces leaves about 100 students without a place to park. Instead they have to park on the streets blocks away from school, or on narrow streets that cause accidents. There have been incidents after school where passing cars knocked off students’ mirrors. “One day, my friends and I wanted to go out to lunch, but when we got to my car someone had scraped the side of my car and knocked off my mirror,” Dean Rosales, a former student said. “The

back door of my car wouldn’t even open because there is no camera, I had to pay for the damages myself.’’ The construction for the new parking lot will take place summer 2019 and will be done before the new school year starts. The new parking lot will include 74 new parking spaces and be located behind the football field. “I think that 74 new parking spaces will help a lot of people feel better about driving to school,” Rosales said. “I know if I was still in school I would feel a lot better about driving to school and actually

having a safe place to park instead of a small narrow road.” The new parking spaces like the current spaces will be gated and the fee for each space is $20. The spaces are first come first serve and will be reserved for the entire year. No other student can park in the reserved spot or the vehicle will be towed. “I think paying a fee won’t be bad. I would rather pay a $20 fee than $500 in damages,” Rosales said.

Safety First: New Magnetic Locks Improve School Security

Kevin Benavides tries to enter the main building during lunch. Photo by Denys Guerrero.

By Elizabeth Del Rio and Destiny Gomez Access Control locks have taken control of all the doors in all FWISD schools. North Side High School has 15 locks, for safety. This was done with a multimillion dollar bond that Fort Worth voters passed to install them. “They are great for students safety and teachers safety, building safety,” Melissa Rincon, Assistant Principal, said. “They take a lot of getting used to; we are in a learning phase, and when we learn new things, sometimes it is a struggle. Overall, it is good for our safety and security.” The doors are magnetic and are to be open during passing periods, before school from 7 to 8:40 a.m., and after school until 4 p.m. when the school closes. They are meant to open with a chip that badges have inside of them as well. Visitors must ring in so that the people in the office can unlock the

doors for them. However, sometimes the ideal management of the locks isn’t accurate. “They would be great if they worked more,” Mrs. Rincon said. “We have a very old building, so sometimes they don’t open when they are supposed to.” Some students haven’t gotten used to these locks. They are locked out of the buildings, late to classes due to door traffic, and some students even think they aren’t useful. “The door locks, I think, are unnecessary,” sophomore Cecilia Mota said.” I was running an errand for a teacher during class and I got locked out. I didn’t realize it, but I had missed most of the period. My biggest problem is that students don’t have the ability to open the doors. I don’t feel extremely safe, but I feel safe enough.” Mrs. Rincon believes that the locks are very much needed

even though they do have their flaws. They have kept the school safe in certain times. Even though some may not be grateful of these locks, many parents and authority are glad that the locks are installed. “It’s just a sign of the times,” Mrs. Rincon said. “We did have a lockdown situation, and it is because of those locks that we were safe. You can never be too careful.” The locks are made with magnets that need a chip to be opened which only the teacher badges have, the student IDs don’t have chip necessary to control the door but hopefully within the next few years the students will get the chip IDs. “What if there is an emergency? We won’t be able to get in the building,” Wendy Flores, 10th grader said. “If you’re trying to get away from someone or something and the doors don’t open, you’re in trouble. I wouldn’t feel safe with or

without the locks; this world is just not safe.” The percentage of students who don’t bring their IDs is still too high enough which is why students don’t get ID chips to open the door. North Side still has a high percentage of people who forget their ID and must get a new one every day, Teachers IDs cost $25 to replace if they forget or lose theirs. “I really don’t like the locks; I get that it’s for safety and everything, but I don’t understand why they put them on schools,” Flores said. “There are thousands of students that go through the doors every day and it isn’t fair that we are the ones to get punished for something that hasn’t happened yet. I think instead of the locks we should get more security and have more officers than some dumb door locks that aren’t going to stop a person who could be in the school. We need some actual people to protect us.”


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Features Saturday School Canceled Starting new procedure By: Daisy Ruiz There’s no more Saturday school. Administrators said that students were taking advantage and cutting class; so, the school decided that there would be no more Saturday school hoping that students would miss less school. For many years, Saturday school has been a way that students can regain credits once they have lost them; they could also make up days that they had missed. One day of Saturday School was 8 hours, every hour is counted as one period. If they lost credit for a class, Saturday school could help you make up, up to 8 periods that they had missed. “Saturday school is a bad idea because students think they can cut class and there will be no consequences,” Ms. Rodriguez Chemistry teacher said. “They can just go to Saturday school and their absences will be made up.” According to Ms. Rodriguez before Saturday school was canceled there were a lot of kids missing school with unexcused

absences. Now that that Saturday school has been canceled the number of unexcused absences has decreased. “With Saturday school students were getting a second chance to get their credits back, but most of them did not deserve it because they did not work for it,” Ms. Rodriguez said. Ms. Rodriguez also says that now that there is no more Saturday school, in order to get your credits back, a group of teachers get together and decide if the student should get a second chance to get their credit back. The way they decide is by looking at their grades, looking at how many times they were absent, and why they were absent. If they decide that the student should get a second chance, then they give them a project that they need to complete. “Saturday school was a good thing because if you are a kid that misses a lot of school for health reasons, Saturday school helped you make up those days that you are missing,” Tania Sosa sophomore said.

By Hector Avila Angel Salazar, is a sophomore at North Side High School, and he’s worried about losing his credits because of his absences. Other students find themselves in the same situation. In the FWISD District, the policy is that each student can only have a total of 8 absences per semester. As of now, Angel only has 3 and is now relieved, others aren’t as lucky. Many students like to slack off and they don’t understand how negatively this can affect them. It’s important to understand the rules so students to be in a comfortable position at the end of the semester. “I believe the 8-day rule should change. Schools are getting really strict and don’t understand what students go through,” Angel Salazar said. He went on to say that Administra-

tors need to expand the number of days because adults don’t know what adolescentsare “going through.” Counselors disagree and argue that students can talk to their teacher and ask for help to see how they can be assisted. “Obviously there are days you need to miss school. That’s why there are available spots per semester,” Amy Garza 11th grade teacher, said. “If more, there should be a good reason therefore you’ll be fine depending on your situation.” Other teachers say school is not hard and as long as students walk in the class with their head up and do their work, teachers won’t have a problem with students. “If you come to school and your classes, you’ll be fine,” Alisa Hernadez, a junior said. “If you’re sick or not feeling well, it’s okay for you to miss. But once you do get back to usual, keep track how many days you miss.”

8-day Absent Limit Rule Affects Students

Students’ Influences for Dress Vary

By: Diana Soto “I can express myself however I want to in the way I dress,” Genesis Hernandez, senior said. Students dress the way they do because they want to stand out by expressing themselves. Music is one of the main contributors that influences students’ style and personality. They like to show their interests to people just by looking at the clothes they’re wearing. “Old dead rock stars inspire me to dress the way I do,” Hernandez said. “For example, some days I want to dress like John Lennon.” People like to dress from different decades as a way of standing out. The different trends that occurred over the years are in style now. “Nowadays everyone is wearing everything,” Hernandez said. “You’ll see people walking down the halls dressed looking like they’re from the 80s. It’s really cool.” The people that students follow on

social media: Instagram, Snapchat, or Twitter, also play a role in inspiring the students to dress like they do. Since they are constantly seeing them online, they try to stay in the current trends. “I get inspired by other teens I follow on social media.” Kassandra Ibarra, sophomore said. Students like to shop for clothes in many different places, but thrifting seems to be the most popular place to shop for clothes. These students want their style to be original. “I like to thrift shop,” Hernandez said. “Sometimes I don’t even shop for clothes. I just upcycle something. I’ll take my mom’s old pieces, or take old clothes that I may not like anymore, and I’ll cut them up and just do stuff to them to make it my own.” In the end, students like to dress comfortably, yet make a statement. They just want to be themselves. “Clothes come off at the end of the day,” Hernandez said. “We all came into the world without clothes. You can wear whatever you want, and nobody cares.

Special Thanks to Advanced Graphic Design students for page layout:.

Alberto Castillo. Dalila F lores, Griselda Ortiz, and Christopher Resendiz


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Benefits of Owning a Car

By Edwin Velasquez and Paty Ramirez According to CNW Marketing Research, which tracks national purchasing trends, 41 percent of 16- to 19-year-olds in the United States own cars. North Side is no different, many junior and senior students drive to school. Sophomore Miguel Violante was lucky enough to get a car at 16. Miguel Violante and Brian Garcia got their cars sophomore year and they say their cars are useful and important to them in their everyday life. “I got a 2001 Toyota Camry, my parents helped me get a car because they aren’t always able to drive me to school or work,“ Miguel Violante said. “I stay in the North Side area that is their one rule. Having a car gives me freedom to get to school, work and be out with my friends.” Sophomore Brian Garcia also got a

car this year. “My car benefits me because it takes me to places I want to go, and its way faster than walking!” Brian Garcia said. “I got a Dodge Charger, I really like it. I keep it clean and wash it 2 times a week.” Not all cars driven to North Side are the same. They vary from size to the year it came out and people customize their vehicles. It’s common that some of the student’s trucks or cars are going to be different from others because of the things the cars have added to them. Some are very well known because of the owner or because it’s a nice car/truck. “Francisco, a junior student’s truck is most known because it’s one of the newer models and because it’s dropped,” Roberto Ramirez, a sophomore said. “Every truck is different, some dropped some are different colors, some with different designs on it,” Edgar Guevara said.

Cravings Take Over

By Elizabeth Del Rio “I can’t choose one place to eat because I have many favorite places,” Ana Mendez, senior, said. The gurgle feeling of hunger is something everyone experiences and going through the school day with an empty stomach can be nerve wracking. Students have multiple ways of having access to the meals they desire. Many take advantage of their lunch to have a good meal. “Sometimes I go out for lunch with my friends or my brother brings me food,” Mendez said. “I usually go to McDonalds, QuikTrip, or Whataburger.” Since most of the areas where students eat are very popular, it is very common to see classmates. “I usually do see a lot of people I know,” Mendez said. ”This is because everyone stays close for lunch.” Letting the cravings get the best of them, some students aim to go to further places, but then they are late returning to class. Knowing lunch is only 40 minutes long,

it is important to think wisely about how far to go because students can pressure themselves into risky situations. “I prefer somewhere nearby, in case there is an emergency,” Mendez said. “When I didn’t have double lunch, I felt pressured to eat fast. If you’re constantly late to class, don’t go out at all or pass by your teacher’s class to let them know you might be late.” On the other hand, many students eat meals every day in the cafeteria. They sit and eat as they see others come in with fast food bags enjoying their lunch. “I feel unhealthy,” Diana Soto, sophomore said. “They give the same food in a row. I see people with Whataburger, McDonalds, and even pizza boxes. I wish I could go get food.” Diana suggests that the cafeteria make a change on the foods they give out. This change will convince more people to start eating in the cafeteria and enjoy it. “They should have more varieties of food,” Diana said. “I think that is the reason people leave because they get bored of it.”

Last day to buy a Yearbook for $60 is February 28. After that, prices will go up. Go to room 133, the main office, or online at yearbooks.friesens.com to purchase yours today!


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Community Mural depicts Mariachi Students By Jesse Olmos North Side High School 2006 alumnus and artist, Arnoldo Hurtado, unveiled one of his latest murals featuring North Side’s Mariachi Espuelas de Plata Sunday, September 16th. It is located on an exterior wall of Franko’s Market, 2622 Azle Avenue, which is five minutes away from North Side. “I see everything through an artistic and creative lense,” Arnoldo Hurtado, Artist said. “I think that we weren’t acknowledging the talent that we have in our community, and I wanted to highlight that.” The mural entitled, “Convivio (coexists): Murals of Community & Inclusion,” is 110 feet, and on one of the external walls of one of the longest family owned businesses in the area. Hurtado grew up on 27th Street and always saw how broken it looked. He started planning a mural to beautify North Side and the wall. “When I saw the mural on the wall,

I thought it was a masterpiece,” Jessica Hernandez, Junior said. “When I look at it, I see a piece of our culture and heritage. When people would drive by they can see not just the Mariachi, but the neighborhood, the town, and the bond we share here with the people of North Side.” Arnoldo hopes that when people look at his artwork, they will feel inspired and proud of their community. “I think it’s important to get the community involved in projects that are happening within that community,” Hurtado said. “It was a big project, a project that included tons of people. The whole thing wasn’t just to paint a mural, it was to get the community together and to get people that perhaps haven’t connected just yet. So the mural was an excuse for us to come together and create the North Side that we want to see, one mural at a time, one project at a time, whatever it takes.”

North Side’s Mariachi students end the celebratory unveiling of the mural with magnificent music.

The Ballet Folklorico Quetzal dancers steal the spotlight with their colorful dresses and choreographed dances.

Arnoldo Hurtado with the community and local artists who helped paint the first layer of the mural, proud because of their hard work.

Children in the Ballet Folklorico Quetzal program dance and twirl to the festive music with giant smiles.


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Deadly Deal Culinary and Theatre Team Up

On January 15th and 16th, the North Side High School Theatre Works teamed up for the 5th annual Dinner Theater Production. The audience was asked to help solve the murder in Deadly Deal by Billy St. John. Cast: Lt. Kenneth Paris-Robert Barrera Madam Arcadia-Ti’Ana Wells Carolyn Bascomb-Marytza Munoz Fenton Marshbanks-Ty Moreno Minnie Marshbanks-Hope Flores Charles Lansing-Sebastian Flores Evelyn Lansing-Virginia Calvillo Laura Williams-Abigail Garcia Craig Williams-Ulani GomezEvelyn LansingVirginia Calvillo Evelyn Lansing-Virginia Calvillo

Annual HST blood drive

Kevin Javilla makes a donation.

On October 25, the Red Cross made a stop at North Side so students and staff could donate blood.

Approximatley 85 students signed up and 62 pints were collected. Each pint donated can save up to three lives. The next blood drive is February 19th.

Azul Gonzalez and Amy Moreno wait together to dontate blood.


Editorials Too many broken laptops Minimum 6

At the beginning of the school year not all students got laptops. I think it’s because a good amount of the laptops were old and they didn’t work anymore. The students that didn’t get their laptops had to wait over two weeks to get their laptops, some students are still waiting and they didn’t get to do the assignments that the teachers had provided for the students. The way to solve the laptop problem is by buying new laptops that are more durable and that have more life because we are using laptops that have 3-4 years of life and that is not much. That’s bad for the school because that means they have to buy new laptops every 3-4 years or earlier.

By Yesel Ibarra On December 4, 2018, Jaime Thongphanh was indicted for shooting his girlfriend, Heather Teter, in the chest during a domestic dispute that happened in May. She spent three weeks in the hospital and underwent nine surgeries before being released in early June. Luckily, she wasn’t killed during this incident but she might due to our society’s failure of not doing enough to stop domestic violence. Domestic Violence is a huge problem that happens in many places. According to NBC News, about three U.S. women are killed every day due to domestic violence. Also, approximately 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men in the United States are victims of intimate partner violence and on a typical day more than 20,000 phone calls are placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide. Sadly, there have been worse incidents than Heather’s. Between 2003 and 2004, there was a total of 10,018 deaths from domestic violence, according to The Atlantic News. When tragedies like these occur,

people wonder how something like this could happen. Some people blame the cops, the court, the abuser, and sometimes even the victims themselves. They say things like “Why don’t they just leave the abusive relationship?” when they don’t even know the dangers of leaving. The truth is, we are also the ones to blame. We need to find ways to stop domestic violence. We all have a part to play in stopping violence and supporting victims. We all must do something to be part of the solution. If you witness domestic violence, call the police; don’t ignore it. Know the number to a nearby shelter for someone that might need it. Also, know the signs of domestic violence, if a partner controls them, abuses them, isolates them from friends and family. To successfully put a stop to domestic violence we all need to play our part. We need a coordinated solution that involves everyone: the entire community, health care providers, police officers, and concerned citizens. No more victims should be losing their lives to domestic violence because we fail to take domestic violence seriously.

Domestic Violence needs to stop

wage too low

By: Jose Monger Many people think that raising the minimum wage could help the people in poverty. They think that it is not enough for them with just $7.25 an hour. For me, the minimum wage must be raised because it is too low. There is too much stress over money concerns. Raising the minimum wage would raise the standard of living for impoverished workers. This means that people who don’t get paid much would now have a bigger check to take home and it may relieve some of the stress that their having. Raising the minimum wages wouldn’t cause inflation because they are way below the poverty level. I believe that raising it wouldn’t be a problem if the stock market wouldn’t go down. However, there might be a few issues on raising the wages. One of the problems is that school dropouts may increase because even if they don’t go to school, they can still get good money. There are also concerns about companies with a fixed wage that will start having slower hiring because everybody with minimum wage will increase rapidly. So, in the end I believe that we should raise the minimum wage, but not by a large scale. A dollar or maybe two-dollar raise would be a good start. With time, we can evaluate the results and see how much the raise has changed the economy. We cannot just do nothing and let those people in poverty continue to stress over money. Everybody deserves a good life!

Self-Defense classes are a must

By: Diana Soto

Public schools don’t offer self-defense classes. By doing so, students are incapable of defending themselves in real world situations, such as as assault. If schools were to offer these classes to students of all grade level, more students would feel safer. It should also be a mandatory grade on report cards. Self-defense classes are important and need to be available to students. If students are taught self-defense in school, they can use it for the rest of their lives. Self-de-

fense is good exercise as well. It is good exercise because the person is working out and learning different tricks for defense. Some people might say that self-defense classes shouldn’t be offered. One of the reasons is because students are prone to fighting more. Since students can properly defend themselves, they could possibly start a fight instead of only using it when necessary. These are assumptions. If students are taught to only use these skills when they are threatened, then they won’t start fights.

Second, people may argue that the students can get hurt badly while trying to learn these techniques. It isn’t true unless the students are taught wrong. If the student is properly trained by a teacher, then they are sure to be fine. Adding self-defense classes to schools should be a mandatory grade. By making it mandatory, more students will strive to pass the class and learn which will help keep people safer whether they are in school, or not.

THIS SITE CAN’T BE REACHED

By: Katherine Flores Any student who tries to do research for school will get a screen popping out saying the site is not available. FWISD schools have a system, called Lightspeed System, which blocks students from opening certain websites. The screen says that it protects the students from viewing inappropriate sites, but half the time the site has nothing inappropriate to do with it and are legitimate learning sites. The school blocking system is going overboard with all the websites they have blocked. Sometimes students don’t even have internet access at home so the only chance they get to do research is at school, and if the site they need is blocked then it might affect their grade. And when it affects their grade, it’s getting in the way of their education. One student even said that they can’t get information on websites talking about breast cancer or sexual abuse because they have the words ‘breast’ or ‘sexual.’ Students, teachers, and school librarians in many schools are frustrated daily when they discover legitimate websites blocked. Filters stop the ability of students to do online research on a range of subjects. Which doesn’t even protect the students from inappropriate things online, instead it just damages and messes with their education. FWISD says that the reason for the filter is to prevent minors from gaining access to sexually explicit, obscene and harmful materials. Instead of just blocking any websites the district thinks is “harmful” why don’t they just do a deep search on the sites they have blocked and unblock the sites that are legitimate and educational. That way sites that are inappropriate stay blocked with the light speed system filter, and sites that are educational are available for students. Photo by: CC BY 2.0, https://commons. wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=789312

By Edwin Velasquez Students got laptops this year, but in fact, have been getting the same laptops year after year. The laptops are getting old and the school should upgrade to something newer and longer lasting. The past two years the students of North Side High School have been using Dell laptops model 210-ABYW. Some students are having problems with their laptops. The chargers don’t work; they don’t last more than three years and they are old. These laptops are made to last 3-4 years but 20-30% of them fail in that period. If students had new laptops they wouldn’t have any problems, and they could do better in their classes.

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Trapped During Lunch

By: Michelle Pinuelas North Side High School has a rule that only upper classmen, juniors and seniors, can go off campus for lunch. This is not fair for freshmen and sophomores. They often feel left out that they can't leave campus for lunch with the rest of their friends. “I worry for the younger students’ safety; they’re just kids and they don’t recognize their responsibilities to come back after lunch on time unlike the juniors and seniors," Principal Martinez said. Administrators often say that they don’t want immature kids driving around and are concerned about everyone’s safety. But, this policy is unnecessary for under classmen. There are some upperclassmen that follow the traits that were said about lower classmen, in fact there are upperclassmen that are immature and cause the most trouble. And, in addition, sopho-

mores and freshmen are capable of coming earlier to school if the administrators gave them a chance. Kids are stuck in a classroom the whole day and their only time to relax from school is during lunch. If you are an underclassman, you can't leave because school does not allow it. Most students, 9 out of 10, say they prefer to eat out then school food. It also benefits them because they can enjoy the fresh air. “It's unfair that I can't leave campus for lunch,” Katherine Flores, a sophomore said. “I leave with my friend who has a license and a car, and she is very responsible, but the security guards never let me leave with her.” Can a new policy be made that gives out a pass that only mature underclassman can leave? There could also be a special rule for underclassmen such as parent/ guardian consent to leave campus at lunch.

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Not Enough People Adopting Pets

By Jacquelinne Herrera

Each year, around 1.5 million pets are euthanized (put to sleep) because not enough people are adopting from shelters. Shelters are often overcrowded, so animals only have 72 hours to get adopted until they are euthanized. More people should be adopting from shelters instead of buying their pets from breeders. Breeding a pet, no matter how reputable the breeder is irresponsible because more animals are being created while there are thousands at shelters waiting for a loving home. Although getting a pet from a breeder can give a person exactly what they’re looking for, adopting from a shelter gives many

animals the opportunity to live. Many people think that you can only get pure bred animals from a breeder; however, you can also get them from a shelter and at a lower price. Most of the time, when you get a pet at a shelter, vaccination, spaying and microchip fees are included in the adoption cost. People need to look at their options before deciding to get their pet from a breeder. Having a pet is a responsibility and needs commitment. They shouldn’t get a pet from a breeder just to later leave it at a shelter, contributing to the overcrowding problem. If someone really wants a pet, they should adopt from a shelter. The more people adopting, the faster the overcrowding problem is solved.

You Gotta be Kitten Me!

Exotic Animals are Better

By Elizabeth Del Rio Many of us love pets. Many extend this love to animals such as chimpanzees and snakes rather than cats or dogs. Having an exotic pet has been an issue for years, yet the debate has no real solution. Are they harmless or not? People that believe exotic animals shouldn’t be kept as pets are wrong. Taking care of a lizard, frog

or even a snake is less expensive than providing care for a dog or cat. These animals also don’t need a lot of attention, which is beneficial for busy owners. Let’s not forget the fact that these animals are adorable and different from a regular pet. Although some have diseases, your everyday pets also can get diseases such as rabies, and

there are cures for them. It is often said that these animals are dangerous and a threat to society, never the less, according to PetPonder, there has been more than 350,000 dog attacks per year. Yes, people do love their pets when they are small and as soon as they grow, they sometimes neglect them; however, these animals don’t need much attention.

The people that want to be owners of unique pets should go to training on how to care for an exotic animal before they get one. It is for the safety of them and those around them. It is important to learn of the pet’s nature so that there is no radical change to its regular life. They also may require state licenses.

Hector Avila Elizabeth Del Rio Carranza Camilo Diaz Kathrine Flores Alvaro Garcia Destiny Gomez Rolando Guevara Jacquelinne Herrera Yesel Ibarra Esteban Molina Jose Monger Santillanes Michelle Pinuelas Maximiliano Proa Patricia Ramirez Grimaldo Daisy Ruiz Sergio Sepulveda Diana Soto Edwin Velasquez Advisor: Andres Bentley

Principal: Antonio Martinez The Lariat is the official publication of North Side High School. As a public forum, we will publish letters to the editor as space allows. Letters must be signed and names may be withheld. Opinion columns represent the opinions of the Lariat Staff Newspaper members at North Side High School. The Lariat will not accept advertisements for products or services that are not legally available to students.


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Go Center Helps Students Choose Colleges By: Jose Monger Many colleges are available for recently graduated high school students. However, some are more popular than others. The Go Center is a good place for students to get help to decide which college to attend. “I love being here; I like to help kids get to college,” Abigail Villagrana, Go Center teacher, said. “This job is what I wanted to do.” The Go Center also offers help for all grade levels which has a major impact. The Go Center helps students understand how college works and teaches them some ways they can improve. They also help create a good relationship with the students and their families. “I like to know the students’ parents and have good relationships with them,” Ms. Villagrana said. Some of the most popular colleges that students like to go to are Texas Midwestern, Texas Woman’s, Tarleton, University of North Texas (UNT), but above all, University of Texas Arlington (UTA). Students prefer these colleges because they are not far away from home, especially

UTA.

“Most of them are close to home,” Ms. Villagrana said. “Students don’t want to go too far from home or more than five hours. However, I feel that they should maybe expand their view.” For students who want to apply to college, they must follow certain steps: apply first at the college website, use the common application that is used on out of state school, and then complete TAFSA or a FAFSA, some require an essay or other admission tests. “I want to go to Tarleton State University because they have a program that I want to go into,” Gloria Reyes, senior said. “They also have good Financial Aid.” The Go Center also hosts a College Fair to help students learn more about colleges. At the College Fair, students get to interact with each other and meet college administrators. “I am in the Go Center every day because I like being here, “Gloria Reyes said.

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A student publication of North Side High School in Fort Worth, TX.