The Renegade Rip

Stephanie Rodriguez

Randy Newton, Liberty High School

June 23, 2004

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Stephanie Rodriguez has a passion for music. "If I didn't have music, I would go insane," she said. She plans to start her own music magazine after she graduates college. She said she couldn't see herself working without music. "I won't work without it," she said. Rodriguez, 18, was born in Bakersfield. She moved to Germany when she was 1 and returned to the United States...

Nikki Byrd

Sabrina De La Cruz, Centennial High School

June 23, 2004

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Sixteen-year-old Sonya Nicole Patterson-Byrd, or Nikki, as she likes to be called, is ambitious about the many goals she wants to accomplish. "After I graduate high school, I want to go to Multnomah Bible College in Portland, Oregon, and major in journalism and minor in youth ministries," she said. "I would like to graduate early by two or three years. While there, I'll work...

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...

Valerie Urso

Nikki Byrd, South High School

June 23, 2004

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Valerie Urso has a simple goal in life: to serve coffee to Peter Jackson. But that is not where it ends. Of course it gets more complicated after that. Urso was born in Cairo, Egypt, as were her two younger brothers, but none of them are Egyptian. Her parents were working for Crusade for Christ, a worldwide interdenominational Christian ministry, when they were born. When...

Emily Davis

Randy Newton, Liberty High School

June 23, 2004

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Wearing tan Dickies, sandals and a blue and green button-down shirt that looks like graph paper, Emily Davis' brown eyes lit up when she said, "I'm homegrown." Davis, 16, attends Liberty High School, where she is the focus editor for her school newspaper. She hopes to be the paper's editor in chief in the fall, which will be her senior year. In her spare time, she enjoys...

Kirsten Wirth

Cody Schneider, Foothill High School

June 23, 2004

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When fall arrives, Kirsten Wirth will step in as senior class president at Bakersfield High School. Her election is one of the proudest moments of her life, which she will look back on years from now. At age 4, Wirth's family moved to Bakersfield from Fresno. Now, a senior in high school, she keeps a very positive outlook on everything and loves life no matter what obstacle...

Sabrina De La Cruz

Valerie Urso, Bakersfield High School

June 23, 2004

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Sabrina De La Cruz has 12 cats lazing about her porch. "I don't even like cats that much. I prefer dogs," said De La Cruz, who also owns three of the latter, as well as a bird named Pee Wee. The incoming Centennial High School junior has lucid plans: De La Cruz wants to major in journalism at a four-year college and then put her schooling to use in the real world, possibly...

Markie Johnson

Jillian Sanchez, Centennial High School

June 23, 2004

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A typical teenager one may think at the first sight of Markie Johnson. She's blond, she hangs out with friends and she loves English class. However, there is a glitch in the cliche system. Her writing skills are almost innate, her "friends" turned on her in the test of freshman year, and she's not a natural blonde! That last one was a joke. However, despite her complacent...

Krystin Kirby

Kasie Cameron, Vista High School

June 23, 2004

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For the past year, Krystin Kirby has found an interest in kickboxing. "What started out as a mild hobby turned into something I knew I wanted to do. I found a connection to stay involved. Kickboxing pumps you up. It's a good way to release stress. It's invigorating." During her spare time, she is a busy girl. Kirby, graduate of Centennial High School, has traveled to Canada,...

Vanessa Heinicke

Laura Bustamante, East Bakersfield High School

June 23, 2004

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Seventeen-year-old Vanessa Heinicke enjoys helping others. "I want to be a nurse because I enjoy helping people, and they make good money," she said. Heinicke will be a senior at West High School in the fall and also plans to attend classes in nursing at the Regional Occupational Center. She is looking forward to her graduation in spring 2005. "I can't wait to graduate so...

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