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Voices from 10th grade Menlo-Atherton High School Students

Original post made by Emily Lee, Menlo-Atherton High School, on Feb 1, 2012

The following letters are written by 10th grade students at Menlo-Atherton High School. Any positive feedback about any or all letters would be much appreciated.

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Teens in Shape

Dear Editor:

Throughout many years teenagers have become more self-conscious about their weight. Many are willing to do anything to get their best body image. Diet pills, fasting, and making themselves throw up, make up the desperate attempts to lose weight. But many do not realize that there is a healthier way to lose weight. The solution is plain and simple: just get involved with sports.
When I was an incoming freshman, I was an unhealthy 240 pounds. Durign this time, I just switched schools and was slightly depressed because I knew nobody in Menlo Park and left my friends in San Jose. As a comfort, I began eating a lot because it satisfied me and it made me feel good. I soon began to realize how food affected me in bad ways. That was when I made the decision to play football for Menlo Atherton, the future high school that I was going to be going to.
As football started in the summer, I slowly began to lose weight. All of the conditioning, drills, and practice got me down to 225 pounds by the end of the summer. Now, ever since, I love to keep my self in shape.

Sincerely,


Enzo Santos
Menlo-Atherton High School Student

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Dear Editor:

Chicano studies classes are being taken off by the government, all that history is part of everything. People need to know because it's unfair to "hide" or just not teach our culture. Every human being has the right to study a complete history. This is disrespectful to us because I'm a Mexican student, and our history is part of the U.S.A. history. This made me angry because we feel discriminated. I think Chicano students should have the opportunity to learn different perspectives on history because we have to learn how our world is. Not showing our part that makes a complete history is like destroying ourselves.

Sincerely,


Raquel Rodríguez Escobedo
Menlo-Atherton High School Student

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Dear Editor:
The problem about students not been able to study Mexican American studies does not only affect students in the Tucson Unified School District. It affects the whole nation. As a student, I worry that the districts here in California are going to start getting new ideas. I worry that in the future we would no longer learn about different cultures, communities and how to work as a civilization. Taking the class away is a racist act. The District suspended the class because it "offended" ignorant people living in Arizona. Money was not the reason why the district took the class away. It was not just racist against a class, a school or the state, but the nation. As we all know, Arizona, as well as 49 other states sings "land of the free" in our national anthem. Can we really think it is "land of the free" when we are told what to read and learn about?

Sincerely,


Stephanie Castellanos, Menlo-Atherton High School 10th Grade Student
Redwood City, CA

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Dear Editor:

Two weeks ago, you published an article about a 17-year-old who got convicted as an adult for slashing another teenager's face. I am a teenage mom and I agree that Carlos Zamora should be convicted as an adult. If Zamora doesn't go to jail, he might try to do it again. People should learn from their mistakes.
Sincerely,


Maria Alvarado
Menlo-Atherton High School Student

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Dear Editor:

I applaud Judge Ariadne Symons' decision to send 17-year-old Carlos Zamora to jail for slashing another boy's face with a knife. He deserves to have been tried as an adult because he is showing he didn't learn from his first three charges. As someone who is a teenager, I know that there are many experiences and lessons in life. But there will always be consequences if you do something bad. I think that three mistakes are enough for him to realize that the path he is going through is bad and he should start going through the right path to lead him to a bright future.

Sincerely,


Brisa A.
Menlo-Atherton High School Student

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Dear Editor:

Two weeks ago, the math teachers at Palo Alto High School refused to agree with parents who want to make Algebra II required for graduation because of the high number of Mexicans and African American students that didn't graduate from high school last year.
Whether they graduate from high school or not, Algebra II is a class that students will need for college, so it is wrong to let students decide not to take it, even though they will need it for college. I think this tells parents that they are lowering our expectations of their students. I am a sophomore and I'm taking Algebra II and I can achieve it.

Sincerely,


Ernesto Jasso
Menlo-Atherton High School Student

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Dear Editor:

I think that the Sequoia Union High School District should have a girl's football team. As a student at Menlo-Atherton High School, I feel that the girls are not given a lot of opportunities. Also, I think this would keep girls out of violence. The football team would not be expensive. We can use the boys' supplies. This can help all the girls in this district get out of gangs. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, girls accounted for 30 percent of al juvenile arrests. That is why I need the district's help to make this football team come true.

Sincerely,


Graciela Alvarez
Menlo-Atherton High School Student

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Dear Editor:

At Gunderson High School, the coach of the boys' basketball team dismissed the entire team for their actions towards the coach. For preventing the negative actions the players have demonstrated, the coach could have not let them play if they were "constantly late to practice" and "disrespecting." I play varsity girls basketball for my school and if we did something negative toward the coach or to our fellow teammates, our coach would have given us consequences so we can learn from our mistakes and not do it again. Instead, coaches at Gunderson High School literally took someone's future away from them by not teaching them any life lessons they can take from it. The article says .03% will make it to the pros, showing that the coach didn't take this situation seriously. This shows that the coach didn't take any action to try to save his team from tearing apart.

Sincerely,


Lakai Mataele
Menlo-Atherton High School Student

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Dear Editor:

I think the East Palo Alto police need to be more aggressive in achieving their goals because I feel that there are always crimes in East Palo Alto. Almost everyday, I see on the news that there's been death, robbing, horrible accidents, etc. The copes have to reduce that so people won't be frightened to go to East Palo Alto. I have lived in East Palo Alto since I was 12 and I live at the border between East Palo Alto and Palo Alto. Where I live, it's usually safe, but on the other side, it's very dangerous. When I see crimes in the news, I react by being horrified and disappointed.

Sincerely,



Jimmy Martinez
Menlo-Atherton High School Student

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Dear Editor:

68% of battered women reported violence towards their animals. 87% of these accidents occurred in the presence of women and 75% in the presence of children to psychologically control and coerce them.
Why do people kill animals? Why do people treat animals wrong? Animal abuse has been around for a long time. Yet, most people don't do enough about it. Seeing animals get killed makes me think about how heartless a person can be when they kill poor harmless creatures. Animals are being killed or being thrown in the streets. We people should put an end to animal abuse.

Sincerely,


Elvis Abarca Cervantes
Menlo-Atherton High School Student

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Dear Editor:

I agree with Judge Symons that Carlos Zamora should have been tried as an adult for his horrible crimes. However, he deserves more time in jail because he knows what he was doing, he's not stupid. He knows that person to somebody else is his/her son, boyfriend, cousin. He wouldn't like it if that happened to him. And it wasn't a little thing that he did. He actually slashed somebody's face. It wasn't just one time he was arrested for several incidents. The first might have been a mistake but the rest he knows what he was doing. He should be tried as an adult because he's not small, he knows what he was doing.

Sincerely,


Jennifer Lombera
Menlo-Atherton High School Student

Comments (1)

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Feb 3, 2012 at 7:51 am

It is encouraging to see how articulate these students are. If they maintain a positive attitude and take pride in who they are, they can be role models. Healthy minds make for healthy bodies.
Use the libraries and the Internet to fill in for those things not provided in your school curriculum.


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