The Renegade Rip

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...

Cathleen Wang

June 26, 2002

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Cathleen Wang is a Liberty High School student who will be the editor in chief of her high school newspaper next year. She has enjoyed journalism since her freshman year. "I like journalism because of the leadership involved," she said. She has a passion for music and plans to pursue it as a minor in college. She's been taking piano for 10 years. This summer, she is teaching...

Peter Busch

June 26, 2002

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Fifteen-year-old Peter Busch is job searching. In his early years, Busch set his sights on being an astronaut. Several queasy boat rides later, the ambitious young man was looking elsewhere. "If there was an earthquake, I'll probably puke before I die," the East Bakersfield High junior explained. But that hasn't deterred him from his quest to "keep (him)self above the poverty...

Liz Niewiara

June 26, 2002

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If 15-year-old Liz Niewiara had a million dollars, she would move to India to build homes. But since she lives in Bakersfield, she enjoys swimming, playing badminton and community service. "I like to do community service because it's fulfilling to do something selfless for someone else," Niewiara said. "I want to make an impact by helping people, which is why I want to be...

Daniel Cacopardo

June 26, 2002

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He is an average 16-year-old guy doing the regular teen-age stuff, but what makes this East Bakersfield High School senior stand out is that he loves to have fun. His name is Daniel Cacopardo and he likes to play basketball, football and enjoys skateboarding. He plans to become a reporter and cover sports because he likes it best. "I plan to take Chick Hearn's job for the...

Vanessa Galatas

June 26, 2002

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It's not everyday that you meet a student who tries to live out her life to the fullest. Vanessa Galatas is a junior at Highland High School who doesn't have time to waste. "Live life as if there's no tomorrow because eventually, there will be no tomorrow," the 16-year-old said. Attending Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo has always been a goal for Galatas. Her interests include...

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...

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