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Check out Conner’s Last Conspiracy on Page 3.

Go look at where the seniors are headed on Page 4.

Take a look at Senior Athletes on Page 8.

Seniors Show Off Seniors participate in Memorial’s annual Senior Fashion Show. Chase Fitzgerald StaffWriter The Senior Fashion Show is a Memorial tradition where graduating seniors advertise clothes for several clothing stores while performing skits and walking the runway in front of friends and family. This year, the Senior Fashion Show was held at the Golden Palace Banquet Hall. “At first I wasn’t excited for it at all, but then I slowly warmed up to the idea of it. Once I warmed up to it I got pretty excited about it,” Jack Lion said. The name of the show was “Wherever We Fly This Is Not Goodbye.” This name is supposed to represent the unity of the senior class and how they will always have each other. The show consisted of many different themes such as airlines, cowboys, and party people. Groups of people dressed up as these different

themes and showcased many different types of clothing. “The most exciting thing was going out with my buddy G and getting a big laugh from the crowd and making everyone smile. It’s one of the last times I had to chance to be with all of my classmates together so it was most definitely significant,” Ryan Christensen said. This event was a memorable moment for all of the seniors because this was one of the last times that this senior class will be together. The seniors expressed much excitement at the event. Skits were performed by the seniors to entertain the crowd and the crowd enjoyed it. Nadia Nunez shared her feelings about this last big senior event and what it meant to all those graduating “being able to spend time with my friends and enjoy a moment that only comes once during our senior year.” Being able to have fun with friends and the rest of

Seniors Conner Markarian and Patrick Lewis pose for pictures.

the senior class is the point of the fashion show. Many of the families and friends enjoyed watching the seniors

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showcase some nice clothes and being entertained as the seniors performed some entertaining skits.

New Year Brings New ASB The new ASB staff has been selected. Tony Fagundes Designer Another year is coming to an end and a new ASB staff has been elected. ASB stands for Associative Student Body and is the council of students that represent the students of a school. The council is comprised of a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, publicity, rally commissioner, and spirit commissioner. A set of juniors ran for each spot and the school voted for each position. This year’s winners of the ASB elections are: Presi-

dent- Tony Fagundes, Vice President- Patrick Monreal, Secretary- Julia Gonzalez, Treasurer- Adam Kazarian, Publicity- Parker Nassar, Rally Commissioner- Ally Martin, and Spirit Commissioner- Andrew O’Rourke. This was an important choice for the student body because ASB plans a lot of events. From all the rallies to panther palooza, ASB plays a huge role in this school. “I am very excited to be a part of ASB next year. I will be the Publicity officer and will be in charge of getting all the information out to the students. I will try to make it as fun as possible” Parker Nassar said.

This year, ASB will be very experienced. Six out of the seven members have had a previous spot on a council, and this experience should translate into a good year. “Learning to plan and set up rallies helped me learn to organize. Now as a member of the ASB we will be in charge of planning the rallies and other events and the methods of planning and organizing I learned from being Junior Class Vice President will really help me as ASB Vice President,” Patrick Monreal said. With all the experience and new staff looking to make the school better, be ready for a fun new year!

Class council presidents for next year: (LR) junior class Jake Negrete, sophomore class Francesca Wood, ASB Tony Fagundes, and senior class Dean Raymond. Courtesy of Vanessa Lasso

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May 12, 2017

SJM’s 3D art class puts on an art show at A Sense of Place. Rachel Giardullo

Web Master This is the second year that the Panthers have put on an art show at A Sense of Place art gallery. The students that had work in this art show are third and fourth year 3D art students. The pieces that were shown all had a personal and unique concept. They either dealt with issues that are going on in the world today or problems that the students,

themselves, face. The project was an eleven week process, so each student got to put their all into their piece. The only guideline to this project was it had to portray the concept that the student chose. Each student could use any material, any color, and could work as big or small as they would like. “My hope for this art show is that the students realize that their issues are valid and real” art teacher, Joanie Hathaway said. Most art teachers’ main goal is for the art

to connect to the audience, but for Hathaway, she wanted this show to be all about her students and what they get out of the experience. Leading up to this art show, each student went to A Sense Of Place. While at the gallery the students bonded with the owner, Ginny, and helped set up for previous art shows. They did various things from taking inventory to painting the walls and everything in between. A Panther’s Perspective art show took place on Thursday, May 4th.

Saving Money Makes Cents Every way to save money for the future. Brandon Kendall

Out of Uniform Editor With this year coming to a close, seniors are off to college and all that is on most of their minds is, “how am I going to pay for all of this?’ Well for this graduating class it's too late, but for the younger ones there's still time to avoid crippling debt for the rest of your lives. Here are the best tips to save money on college, and ultimately make your future easier: 1) Get Good GradesOkay, now I know this is the one everyone thinks about,

and to be honest it's probably the least likely to happen out of the three. When a college sees a student with a 5.0 who took only AP classes for their entire high school career, they know they want that kid, and they will pay any price to have them. On the other hand when they see someone with a 1.5 who's favorite period was lunch they might not be willing to fork over the dough. 2) Be a Star Athlete- For those who have ruled out the academic aspect of school, this is the next best option. It's time to quit eating donuts for breakfast everyday and get outside because

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practicing whatever sport interests you will bring in rewards. Colleges know that a good sports team makes the school look good and because of this they'll pretty much let someone in for free even if they can't spell their own name. So get out there and try hard because this is what will land you where you want to go for the price you want to go there. 3) Have Daddy's Credit Card- Finally the last option, and definitely the easiest, is to have a family who is willing to pay for everything. Not everyone has this luxury, but when thinking about how to save money, this solves the problem for you… because it isn't a problem! So for all those people out there who got a brand new car for their 16th birthday, you're in luck because this issue really isn't one for you. Now if you follow at least one of these tips before you graduate high school, your future will be a lot easier, so you better start now!

Staff Box: Editor-in-Chief of Content: Victoria Vidales Editor-in-Chief of Design: Francesco Giordano Primavera News Editor: Mia Gambero Opinion Editor: Edward Medina Elliott Nerenberg Out of Uniform Editor: Brandon Kendall Sports Editor: Max Coyle Web Masters: Rachel Giardullo Kerri Weisert Designers: Patrick Lewis Tony Fagundes Sadie Gleason Staff Writers: Melanie Abercrombie Penelope Estrabao Francesca Favagrossa Chase Fitzgerald Sara Garcia Conner Markarian Kendall McKinney Sasha Tomaino


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A wise man follows public opinion, an ignorant man makes his own decisions. Francesca Favagrossa

StaffWriter After four years of sweat and tears I realized that I have learned a thing or two and I would like to pass down that wisdom. This is the most sound advice you will receive during the duration of your high school career. First things first, when a teacher says “Don't wait until the last minute to do this project,” they really mean it but they always leave out the ending. “If you have no problem pulling an all-nighter then this warning doesn't

apply to you.” Second, homework is meant to be done at home, however homeroom is close enough. It does have the word “home” in it so I'm sure that's what the teachers meant. On top of that, during the Christmas, spring, and summer break make sure to read and review all class material so you don't fall behind or forget, that is unless you want to have an actual break. In that case go to the beach, forget about school for a little and have fun. As an added bonus, the phrase “class is always mandatory” is simply a matter of

perspective. Over the years you begin to hear it differently, and better may I add. By senior year it morphs into something like “class is always optional.” Lastly, and by far the best piece of advice, the most successful way to combat stress and anxiety is to stay on top of your work load, however when that doesn't work, I suggest resorting to wallowing in a puddle of your own tears. It has solved many of my problems over the years and is a skill that you can surely take with you to college. If you care to be enlightened, carefully review and abide by my advice.

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School: Preparing us for the future? Conner Markarian

Resident Conspirator By the time that we all graduate, we are around the age where we become independent adults. Many of us will go off to college and gain even more independence, but what exactly does our time in high school do to get us prepared? Well for one, it teaches us all the knowledge

of European history and important calculus skills that we all will use in our everyday lives. Schools refrain from teaching us the useless knowledge of how to file taxes and build up the credit that we need to buy frivolous things such as homes and cars. Creating sound financial accounts for us to build a future on is something that we all should learn through trial and error, right? I mean it is only our

lives. What could possibly go wrong? Granted, we have families to teach us fiscal responsibility, but it makes sense that the place that kids go to for eight hours a day, five days a week, would teach them how to be responsible adults. The point of schools is to shape students to be productive members of society, and English and Math classes help with that, but so would classes teaching students

financial responsibility. Punishments for being tardy or not doing an assignment are not enough to teach America’s youth the importance of paying bills on time. At the very least, education has to be reformed in such a way that allows for students to continue learning the way they do currently, but also allows for a new curriculum to be added to schools. If no new curriculum could not be added, then courses such

as economics, that contain materials concerning what has been aforementioned, should be changed to include that information. This is simply a critique of one aspect of the American school system, and not any school in particular, with the goal of having a positive impact on the futures of students.

Thank You Teachers A transfer student reflects. Sara Garcia

StaffWriter I transferred to Memorial at the beginning of sophomore year and, needless to say, I was nervous. I had plenty of past classmates from Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and knew plenty of others from other private schools, so I knew I already had some friends. I was prepared to take my first AP class, AP European History, and was ready to be in Honors English. I knew the dress code, I knew the schedules,

I knew the campus, but one thing I didn’t know was the teachers. Now, at OLPH, you get to know the teachers extremely well. I invited my old teachers to my Quinceañera and even babysat for one of them! We were family something that I thought all schools were. That was until I ended up at Clovis East my freshman year. My parents wanted me to try something different and I obliged considering my older brother preferred public school over private school but, obviously, I hated it. I got lost on campus almost every-

day and hated the schedule. What was especially sad for me was how I went from knowing teachers personally to barely having a conversation with them. Thankfully, when I transferred I had amazing teachers. Ms. Nardocci and Mrs. Dewey were extremely nice and caring and willing to stay after school for a couple hours doing Italian or AP Euro homework, or even just talking about life. Mrs. DeSantis, Ms. Robbins and Mrs. Zanutto welcomed me with open arms and helped me excel in their classes. Mrs. Wilson made geometry

bearable while Mr. Duncan’s dad jokes, understanding and off topic tangents, made honors biology fun. Honestly, I was blessed with an amazing group of teachers. As I get ready to graduate in a few weeks, I realize how incredibly thankful I am for the teachers I had when I transferred. I’m thankful for Ms. Nardocci for introducing me to a language I’ve learned to love. I’m thankful for Mrs. Dewey’s AP Euro class for introducing me to 6 kids who quickly became my best friends. I’m thankful for Mr. Duncan and his uncondition-

al compassion and caring. I’m thankful for Ms. Robbins for introducing me to amazing books. I’m thankful for Mrs. Wilson for making math easy to understand. I’m thankful for Mrs. DeSantis for reigniting my faith and I’m also thankful for Mrs. Zanutto for teaching me how to express my feelings creatively and effectively. Due to these teachers, Memorial instantly became my second home, and because of them, and my other teachers over the years, I’m going to miss Memorial very much.

No Matter Where We Fly, It’s Never Goodbye

Melanie Abercrombie Jack Benscheidt Eric Wiseman Michael McConnon “Moranda” Jiawei Gao

Cooper Engelman “Annie” Xunyi Gao Molly Oakes Kenan Sagouspe Jason Schuh

Ryan Christensen Mia Gmabero Patrick Lewis Conner Markarian Garrison Quinn

Tatiana Arredondo Kaitlin Beaston Jose Perez Jr. Matthew Smith Austin Wigh Josiah Alfaro

Caroline Escobar Sara Garcia Reginald Grimes Jr. Gabriella Ramirez Victoria Vidales

Dakota FauntLeRoy Marco Robles Olivia Sailor Brittany Shayesteh

“Nancy” Munan Han “Amber” Po Hou “Leo” Songlei Li

Harrison Euell Carly Fisher Luciano Santeufemia

Carson Chapman Shane Jacoby

Brandon Kendall Ryan Murray

“William” Wei Lin “Vivian” Xinyi Wu

Max Coyle Victoria Scarbriel

“Jenny” Xuebing Chen

Jacob Fleming

Sarah Gonzalez

Edward Medina

Richard Ramirez

Nicholas Dybas

“Lily” Baoming Xu

Blake McGuinness

Christopher Alam “Jim” YuHeng Che

Braden Fitzgerald Jacob Macias

Makayla Bailey Jack Lion

Logan Billingsley Siena Ferdinandi

“Elaine” Kunxuan Li

Benjamin Diener

“Jay” Wenjie Peng

Elizabeth Santoyo

“Shawn” Shengyang Wu

Nicholas Wintz

Michael Alvarez

Haley Billingsley

Kyera Franklin

Sarah Sheehan

Kristen Cagara

Jonel Richards

Molly Campbell

Kevin Wiseman

Arianna Ruvalcaba

“Victor” Zhengyao Huang

Isabel Altero Bella Bispo Jordan DiViccaro Pampi Etchechury Francesca Favagrossa Rachel Giardullo Sadie Gleason Vince Gonzalez Juan Gutierrez Bailey Heskett David Johnson Nickolas Lara Alexis Leon

Hanyi Jiang

Jacob Orlando

Christopher Marsh Miekel Mendoza Ruben Mireles III Nadia Nunez Aaron O’Day Chatherine Otero Robert Padilla Luis Pelayo Peter Pozovich Giordano Primavera Katie Rhodes Kerri Weisert Preston Young

“Junlan” Zhangjunlan Yin

Lexi McKinney

Delaney Kearns

Nicholas Trahan

Blake Blackburn

Isabella Prieto

Taylor Allen

“Olivia” Xiran Wang

Michael Baeza Zachary Carr Pavneet Dhillon Penelope Estrabao John Gahagan Gabriell Gavia Joscelyn Gozinez Roman Gonzalez II Alec Gonzalez Roberto Gonzalez

Chris Milam

“Elliot” Songyao Xu

Matthew Haines Zachary Hendrix Briana Jones Martin Lassotovitch Jacqueline Ledezma Paul Perez Aaron Story Alexandra Tomaino Brennan Vosburg Demarcus Wilson

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Since this year marked my first year being in journalism, I sought to have an impact on the class by starting something that would highlight the students who were otherwise ignored or underappreciated. I never imagined that I would have the opportunity to go so far in depth into the workings of the various aspects of art on campus. In this article I will recount my experiences with the different aspects of art.

1.Fall Play- The overall chemistry of the cast inspired me to want to participate in future Panther Playhouse productions (like XANADU!). Being my first article, I tried hard to show readers what goes into creating such a production. 2. SJM Band- I personally love the band. They can carry excitement through an entire stadium. I am very hopeful that the band will improve and grow into something amazing over the years I am gone. 3. Art Club- This article was never published and I did not personally write about the club and the mural they produced for Christmas

STAFF EDITORIAL: OUR HOPES FOR NEXT YEAR’S STAFF As the school year reaches its close, this last issue is produced with mixed feelings. The Red and Blue as a staff are proud of the quality of our work, and end this year with a triumphant attitude. However, as many of our staff members are seniors, they will not be returning next year, and it is with sorrow that we wave goodbye to some of the best writers and designers SJM has known. We wish them the best of luck with every objective they pursue in life, and are thankful for what they have contributed to The Red and Blue as a whole. While we must sadly acknowledge that many of us are moving on to college, we are also hopeful that the next staff of The Red and Blue will be equally, if not more, successful. We hope that with a new staff comes new opportunities, and are confident that they will make meaningful contributions to the newspaper. In the context of improvement, we hope to expand our News and Out of Uniform sections

in order to discover and shed light on the lives of our students. In particular, we will focus on feature articles that will highlight their achievements. Of course, this will only come with hard work and dedication, and we urge the future staff to stay focused, write responsibly and keep in mind the power of their words. We also advise them to maintain a cooperative, positive and optimistic attitude, and remember to take into account any constructive criticism. It is a learning experience, after all. Going into this next exciting year, The Red and Blue pledges to continue to uphold the values of journalistic ethics and responsibility. As always, we will report honestly and remain true to our word. As we continue to grow as journalists, we will strive to personalize the news for the school, keep the school informed, and bring parents, alumni and the student body closer to school activities. See you next year!

Tree Lane. The murals are always beautiful and I will be proud to see them down the lane for many years to come. 4. 2D and 3D Art Classes- Having been a student on campus in both classes really inspires me for college by reminding me that no matter how busy I am with school and activities, I must always make time for art whatever it may be. 5. Spring Musical- Obviously my greatest accomplishment from high school, being a part of this musical allowed to meet so many people who I would not have otherwise known and I created long term friendships.

For any student debating whether to be in the musical or not, I’d 100% say to do it because you will never forget the production, no matter how small your part is. My hopes for this aspect of the paper is that it will be carried onto future papers and will be cared for next year when I am gone. I also never got to highlight the SJM Choir, so I urge that it is covered first. If my hopes are realized, I look forward to seeing the person who is devoted to this concept appreciate all the work that goes into the Arts at SJM.




FRESHMAN YEAR: “HOT BOY” BY BOBBY SHMURDA As we all entered high school, we had no idea what was going on. While many of us adopted the facade of knowing where all of our classes were, which side of the hallway to walk on and the difference between a red, blue and white day, we still were simply clueless. Just like the eloquent saying “about a week ago,” coined by Mr. Shmurda, the nostalgia of freshmen year feels like it really did just happen a week ago. SOPHOMORE YEAR: “ALRIGHT” BY KENDRICK LAMAR Our second year of high school flew by, as we all slowly realized “we gon’ be alright.” The schedules were less confusing, the upperclassmen less intimidating and we even began to take AP classes. As many of us began to drive and grow facial hair, we adopted a rather sophomoric attitude regarding our niche in the food pyramid, but the class of ‘17 still managed to come out on top. JUNIOR YEAR: “ALL TIME LOW” BY JON BELLION Junior year hit us harder than expected. As we all signed up for too many extracurriculars, too many AP classes and had much too little sleep, we were hitting an “all time low.” However, we formed new friendships and had new experiences, and the time really began to fly by. Finally upperclassmen, we all felt cooler, yet still infuriated we had to stay for mandatory collaboration. SENIOR YEAR: “LOOK AT ME” BY XXXTENTACION


We made it. After 4 years of constant academics and sports, we finally had some clout to show for it. As we filed away countless college applications, we needed colleges to “look at me” and realize just how hard we worked throughout the years. At the same time, we were ready to take flight and finally experience life outside of our Memorial family. Yet, we will always have a soft spot for our alma mater, San Joaquin Memorial.


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BY KERRI WEISERT WEB MASTER The man, the myth, the legend of all legends – Chet Frantzich. Also known as “The Chet”, “Chester”, or “ChetMoney”. In 2013, like myself, Chet was also a new member of the Memorial family. But over the past four years, he has come to be a major part of my high school experience, as well as to those around me. During my freshmen year, he was just the freshmen Honors English teacher. One would assume that is how I met Chet, but it was actually

through friends of mine who had him as a teacher. I was hearing such positive comments about him all the time, I decided that I wanted to go in and introduce myself. Well, he reacted fairly well to this random small Asian gal coming up and asking him a bunch of space bubble invading questions. For the rest of that year, I could count on Room 13 always being open so I could just sit and wait for my ride to arrive. He would never turn me away or say he did not want to talk, he would just go on with grading while simultaneously answering the thousands of questions I had. This began to become a routine of mine – go to school, finish


school, go to Chet’s and talk, write the quote of the day. But as I got older, I started to not go into his class as often. This was a little saddening, but would you like to know what the best thing about Chet is? Whenever I see him, he always strikes up a conversation, makes some jokes, or asks where I have been. Teachers do not get as much recognition as they should at Memorial and are a large part of what makes our SJM community. They provide advice whenever a student asks, and Chet is just one of many who have made a difference in my life. #ChetRocks


DEAR CLASS OF 2018 BY PENELOPE ESTRABAO STAFF WRITER You’re finally seniors! As we prepar to graduate, you prepare to move on to the next and last step in high school, you’ll soon be seniors and you’ll live in the moment you’ve been waiting for since freshman year. Some words of advice from a graduating senior: enjoy your time while you have it! You never believed that saying “high school is the quickest four years of your life!” Often thinking “how can 4 years fly by quickly, no way!” But you never know until you’re finally a senior, getting everything ready in order to graduate. A word on college--apply to many schools, and apply for many many scholarships early on. Those deadlines really sneak up on you especially if you’re trying to keep up with schoolwork. Senioritis is very, very real and it’ll want to sneak up on you before Christmas break--don’t let it get to you. Grades still matter in your second semester and your accepted schools still expect you to keep up the good work. Finally, you see all your hard work pay off when you receive your first acceptance letter. Let me tell you, there is going to be a denial letter, and receiving them sucks but it happens. Last but not least, enjoy your senior year. You’ll never be as young and free as you are in your senior year. With college comes responsibilities and complications, so go out and have fun. Make new friends, branch out, go out, and do your homework before you party. Enjoy your last year here with everyone. Chances are this is the last time you will all be together in one place.


BY VICTORIA VIDALES EDITOR IN CHIEF To begin, I would like to thank the entire staff of The Red and Blue, each of whom was a valuable contributor to the paper. To the underclassmen: the future of the paper is in better hands than I could have possibly imagined. To my senior classmates: it was an honor to fly with you one last time. The staff of The Red and Blue has had a challenging year, yet has managed to practice teamwork and

cooperation with each other. From the section editors to the designers, all staff members did their best to work well together to produce a publication they were proud to call their own. That is not to say that everything was always smooth and perfect. Each staff member had their own opinions and personal views on how the world should be. Over the year one of the main hurdles to tackle was learning to listen to the voices of others, and work together in spite of our differing beliefs. During my junior year I decided to apply to be a part of the Journal-

ism staff, hoping it would help me grow as a writer in a working environment. I found that though challenging, my classmates and adviser pushed me to write better than I ever have, giving me the knowledge to become the EIC this year. By being apart of the Journalism class I have learned to have my own voice, and to channel it into my writing. Over the year I have witnessed my classmates work better together to produce monthly publications, each an improvement on the one before. By growing in both experience and maturity we developed our own

recipe for success: the importance of teamwork is not to try and get others to agree with you, but instead to work with those who disagree with you, and together, learn to compromise and cooperate. Each member of the team had their strengths and made a lasting contribution to The Red and Blue. Though many of us are traveling in different directions, I know that I will take the lessons I have learned with me as I continue my education.




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Senior Athletes with Big Plans Class of 2017 athletes.

Max Coyle Sports Editor Michael Alvarez - #8 QB, WR, FS; three year varsity football player Attending Whittier College for football “I am thankful for what I have accomplished in my career. To say that I was going to play football in college was crazy to think of, but since time has passed it’s bittersweet knowing that God has given me another opportunity to take my talents elsewhere. I loved being a part of this school/family and glad that I made my mark here at this school.” Jacob Fleming -#55 DE; two year varsity football player Attending University of Redlands for football “I am grateful to be given the chance to play in college, as well as the memories I have made at this school.” Garrison Quinn - #17; four year varsity tennis player

Elizabeth Santoyo, Richard Ramirez, Mikey Alvarez, and Jacob Flemming sign to their colleges. (left to right)

Attending California Polytechnic State University for tennis “My career at Memorial has been a fair share of prac-

ticing myself and coaching, which has greatly expanded my abilities as both a player and a coach. I am very appreciative to continue to play

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tennis in college as it allows me to continue something that has been an important part of my life for most of my life.”

Richard “Goo” Ramirez #52 NG, T; three year varsity football player Attending Pacific University for football “I feel good about my time at Memorial and that I have really grown as a person through high school. Also, that I was given an amazing gift to continue on playing football for these next four years.” Elizabeth Santoyo - #10 C, P; four year varsity softball player Attending Notre Dame de Namur University for softball “I have gotten some of the best competition, memories, and friends over the past 4 years playing this game and that is something I am truly blessed for with this game. I feel truly blessed to call NDNU my new home for the next four years not only for my education, but for softball as well.”

Celebrating the World Millions of people gathered to honor the environment and science this Earth Day. Edward Medina Opinion Editor This April 22nd, the world celebrated Earth Day to honor and create awareness for the environment. As the rising temperatures and natural disasters from climate change negatively impact the whole world, the significance of Earth Day is ever more pertinent. A healthy Earth is something that every decent human being wants for themselves and their family. Every person has an impact on the environment and it is important to attempt to practice habits that promote a clean planet. If we fail to act, we will continue to feel the devastating ramifications

of climate change. It has led to famine, deforestation, animal extinction, just to name a few global consequences. Tremendous natural wonders like the Great Barrier Reef in Australia are under threat. An estimated 93% of the coral in the reef has been affected from bleaching which is essentially the coral dying from overheating. The warming of the planet is one of the most dangerous phenomena that modern society faces since its impact is so irreversible. Individuals can make a change and keep the spirit of Earth Day by practicing sustainable practices that will lead to a healthier environment. Recycling, eating organic and non-GMO foods and conserving electricity

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The Red and Blue is an award-winning, student produced publication that is executed in a professional manner by delivering quality stories that are up to date and accurate. All staff members understand and abide by the standards of ethics and professionalism set forth by California State Law and the proposed Diocesan Publications Policy. The school community anticipates and appreciates the publication and plays an active role in providing feedback. The thoughts and opinions expressed herein are not necessarily those of San Joaquin Memorial High school and/or the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno.

and water are some ways each person can make a difference. Businesses can reduce the amount of paper, electricity, water and other resources they use by using recycled materials or working to become paperless. As renewable energy becomes cheaper, there is now an economic incentive for households to look into solar, too. In order to have substantive change, everyone should be mindful of wasteful habits and focus on sustainable practices. Clean air and water is not a political issue but rather a moral one. As Pope Francis said, “For human beings to contaminate the earth’s waters, its land, its air, and its life — these are sins.”


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