Archive for February, 2009

No Wrestling Team In My High School

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By Fernando Bustos

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I am passionate about wrestling. I remember watching it on TV and on the Olympics. By seeing these athletes toss and grapple each other I developed an interest in the sport. Since then I have started to wrestle with my brothers and then gotten yelled at by my mom for making too much noise in the house. I have always liked sports with physical contact I like using my body as a way to perform moves that seem impossible to do. It’s the rush and contact you get that gets me pumped up and ready to wrestle. I started out with wrestling in the 8th grade. When I came to high school I was so excited about getting onto the wrestling team, since I heard competition is more serious there and people are more committed to becoming better. I knew that that’s the place I wanted to be so that I could grow and become a better wrestler. Unfortunately when I talked to the director of athletics at our school I found out that we didn’t have a wrestling team, and we haven’t had one in a long time. I was disappointed that there was no team because I was really pumped up to start a higher level of sports where I would become a better wrestler.

My high school has not taken any actions to bring back the wrestling team. I think it’s really important to have a bigger variety of sports in high school since its one of the reasons why students are in involved in school. There are many students who have a passion for sports and use high school sports to become better and develop skills in life.

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Encinal Girls Make Playoffs

by Dishan Lowe

According to maxpreps.com the Encinal girl’s varsity basketball team has earned a number three seed in the north coast section division three playoffs. Encinal will play the Tamalpais high tonight at Encinal. The lady jets are coming off of a 60-53 lost to st. Mary’s in the bsal championship game. The Encinal girls varsity basketball team has maintained their heart to fight for more. Although Encinal lost to st. Mary’s the girls aslo lost their jv coach to a heart attack . Their junior starting point guard Raeshel Contreras has scored 418 points and shot 60 three point shots with 111 assists. Raeshel is considered to be the team’s mvp. Being a Encinal high school student and a fan of high school sports the girls team has shown anything can happen while you are having fun

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Maya Angelou Still I Rise!!!

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Poem Title: Maya Angelou Still I Rise

Over the time poetry has been defined as a soulful passion that can express emotions that everyone goes through. Such famous artists such as Maya Angelou, Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes as well as a host of others, have set the bar of what poetry really defines. In her poem Still I Rise, she says, “You may shoot me with you words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still like air I’ll rise. Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise.” This poem is stating that even though you look me up and down or trying to bring me down. I know what gifts I have and I will continue to follow my dream in life. Maya Angelou is a very famous person and inspires her audience in unimaginable ways.

We all go through tough times in our life, Rise and stand Tall!!!

We all go through tough times in our life, Rise and stand Tall!!!

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What is Truly Free Speech?

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By:  Margaret Daly

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The First Amendment states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Today this amendment covers all forms of expression and communication in our American society; the word “speech” represents the many different ways people express themselves, such as talking, writing books and articles, music, and even symbolic actions. Contrary to what many believe, this freedom of speech isn’t absolute. The government does have the ability to restrict speech in certain well defined cases, but how can speech always be judged equally when there are so many conflicting views of the people? An honest opinion to one person may be a hate crime to another. Now, I don’t know much about most mainstream rap music, but when I hear it on the radio and on TV, a lot of it is degrading to women, offensive to different ethnic groups, and supportive of violence. Nobody ever thinks twice about this, but when a Neo Nazi band produces music with racist implications, people get angry. One example of this is in the white nationalist folk pop duo, Prussian Blue. Their publicity and the release of their albums, Fragment of the Future and the Path We Chose, caused the uproar of outrage among many people who wanted their music to be banned. The truth of the matter is they are allowed to produce this music; it is their First Amendment right.

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The Game

By Tyler Clark

Everybody loves sitcoms, right? Ive heard some people say that they think that sitcoms are boring and a waste of time Well, i think the complete opposite of that.One of my favorite sitcoms is The Game. Its staring Tia Mowry, from a former sitcom called Sister, Sister, and Pooch Hall . Even though The Game is very old, it seems like a new episode every time i turn the channel to BET. The reason i love this sitcom so much is because it seemed so realistic. The topics that they had each week were always something that i could really see happening or something i could relate to myself. This sitcom is about a girl named Melanie(Tia Mowry) who leaves her hometown to move out to San Diego with her NFL playing boyfriend named Derwin(Pooch Hall). They go through a series of problems with there friends helping them along the way.THE GAME

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Strength Through Pain

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By: Jovan Thompson

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photo: Rakka/ creative commons/ attribution- non-commercial- no derivative works

It’s amazing how when I’m going through a tough time people always want me to feel worse than I actually feel. I haven’t had the easiest life but I try to remain humble with the joy I do have, knowing that it could be a lot worse. But I’m only human and sometimes the trials I go through may make forget this. Especially when faced with extraneous adversities such as homelessness and family illness. People constantly ask me how I cope with the tribulations I endure and have endured. I suppose my only answer would be I endure simply because I’m strong. I was homeless for three years. I witnessed things no small child should have to witness. My mother was working tirelessly at two jobs to pay for a motel 6 rooms that cost sixteen hundred dollars every two weeks. It was even more difficult of a task primarily because my mother at this time was about three months pregnant. No one would take us into their homes. Not even our relatives. The shelters were terrible. My mother, my new baby sister and I stayed at the Richmond mission shelter center for a while then we stayed at the Salvation Army off of Fruitvale blvd. in Oakland. The facilities were adequate for the time being but were not permanent. We had to share everything. Eventually and miraculously my mother managed to save up enough money to get a small studio off of high street. Though I was thankful for this step in the right direction, this roach infested, crack den, place I called home for two years was not the business. On top of that the hallways were rancid and drunken people, prostitutes and crack addicts were prevalent. How did I manage to handle these things? I ask myself. And honestly looking back at those events I admit I didn’t always handle them accordingly. But over time I grew stronger. I learned to keep my head up.

unfortunately over time a disease known as sickle cell anemia began to cause my mother to be ill more frequently and susceptible to other sicknesses. Though she has lived with this disease for her entire life, the effect of this terrible disease had never hit her as much as it has this past year and a half. Yet through my triumphs in my earlier years people still try to make me fill badly about my circumstances. Saying things like, “oh my god I would just break down if I were you.” and I simply reply,” Well you’re not me”, and I continue to complete what ever task I have at hand. She has been hospitalized more times than I can remember and yes I do notice. But don’t expect me to feel down about my life. I have too much to look forward to, to have my head facing the ground.

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All-American Returns

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by Jacquez Clifton

According to http://www.rivals.com Oklahoma power forward Blake Griffin was cleared to play tomorrow at Texas Tech. The 6- foot-10 sophomore could not play because of a bad concussion during the first half of a loss to Texas last Saturday. He sat on the bench the rest of the game. The then third-ranked Sooners suffered a heart breaking 87-78 loss at home to Kansas. Blake Griffin is very important to his team. He is averaging 22 points and 13 rebounds per game. He ranks second nationally with 22 double – doubles. Griffin is the heart and soul of his team. In the Kansas game , the Sooners were outrebounded by six. He’s considered by many experts to be the number one pick in the 2009 draft. ESPN says that griffin has the size, strength, and athleticism coveted in power players. They compare him to Utah Jazz power forward Carlos Boozer.

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