The Renegade Rip

Maria Johnson

Jillian Sanchez, Centennial High School

June 23, 2004

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If you asked 17-year-old Maria Johnson what she would like to do in high school, she would tell you, "I just want to do what I have to do and get out." That's why she decided to be home-schooled for her high school years. The only regret she has about her choice is that she misses out on sports. Johnson, a native of Bakersfield, comes from a big family, the second of seven...

Cody Schneider

Kirsten Wirth, Bakersfield High School

June 23, 2004

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Cody Schneider, 16-year-old Foothill High School senior, is living proof of the statement, "Musicians aren't made, they're born." As a matter of fact, Schneider's happiest memory occurred at the age of 11, when he received his first bass guitar. "That's what I'm going to keep doing the rest of my life," Schneider said of his passion for guitar playing. But music isn't his...

Kasie Cameron

Krystin Kirby, Centennial High School

June 23, 2004

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"I hate school - maybe this workshop will open my eyes to something new I can be more involved in," said Vista High student Kasie Cameron. The child of divorced parents, Cameron believes that she could help young teenagers with problems in their lives by being a juvenile counselor or possibly a kindergarten teacher, though she is undecided on her goal. Aside from modeling...

Ian Hamilton

June 26, 2002

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Tehachapi High School senior Ian Hamilton is not your typical teen. With his straight stature and solemn face he appears to be withdrawn, but that is not the case. "Don't go by first impressions because they are usually wrong, especially with me," he said. The 16-year-old joined the journalism workshop to better his skills as a journalist, but also to do one of his favorite...

Becca Moore

June 26, 2002

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At the age of 15, North High School junior Becca Moore is confident in who she is and where she is going in the future. "I have always been myself, and have never tried to be anyone else," Moore said. "I've seen a lot of people trying to be someone else, they completely try to change who they really are." Although self-assured, Moore does not deny that friends and family...

Ashley Owens

June 26, 2002

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When you meet 17-year-old Ashley Owens, you think she is a nice, quiet person. But as you get to know her, you realize that she is anything but quiet. "I'm crazy," Owens said. "I can tell you that much. I'm always jumping down the hall, singing or dancing. People think I'm quiet, but when they get to know me, I'm crazy." The Bakersfield High School senior enjoys acting, forensics,...

Lauren Davis

June 26, 2002

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Lauren Davis is what most people would call a "people person." "I like school because I get the chance to meet new people," she said. She thinks the best thing about school is making friends and the worst thing is finding out your grades at the end of the year. Davis is 14 years old and now a sophomore at Foothill High School. "I like the school but the rallies suck," she...

Bianca Franco

June 26, 2002

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Bianca Franco is a sports fanatic. She has played golf, tennis, baseball, volleyball, thrown shotput and the discus. A volleyball player since the sixth grade, she has been on the varsity volleyball team for two and a half years at Highland High School. "They are like therapy," she said about sports. "They relieve anger." While Franco enjoys all sports, football is No....

Brynn Galindo

June 26, 2002

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Brynn Galindo knows exactly where she is going in life and how she will get there. The 17-year-old East High senior maintains excellent grades in the honors program and wants to work in the fashion industry. "I like runway fashion, even though I don't wear it. It's innovative and I have a taste for beauty that's against the norm," said Galindo. Galindo was inspired to take...

Anne Kleinsasser

June 26, 2002

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How many students can say that they don't cheat and like to take French? One student is Anne Kleinsasser. She cites these as reasons for her focus. "It is good to know French because it is the second most widely spoken language in the world," she said. She also uses her conscience as her main cheating deterrent. "I don't cheat because I feel really bad afterwards." Cello...

Adelaida Munoz

June 26, 2002

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Adelaida Munoz is just like any other 18-year-old Highland High School graduate. "My goals are to move out of Bakersfield," she said. Munoz plans to leave after she attends Bakersfield College first. Munoz is the baby of the family. She lives with her mother, Olga, her father Tony, and has a 28-year-old sister, Martha. "I want to explore and travel in other cities and towns,"...

Monique Simpson

June 26, 2002

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Monique Simpson is a 17-year-old graduate of Foothill High School. Simpson has lived in Bakersfield all of her life. She has three brothers, one older and two younger. "I like Bakersfield but I do not like the justice system," she said. "I don't like the justice system because they use anything they can to put people in jail." Simpson said she joined the workshop so she...

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