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  • Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
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    The class of 2020 is going to be walking across the stage…alone. We are not going to be able to graduate together, and be with each other as we close this chapter of our lives. We have waited for this moment

    Graduating in a Pandemic

    The class of 2020 is going to be walking across the stage...alone. We are not going to be able to graduate together, and be with each other as we close this chapter of our lives. We have waited for...

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    • Dear Ella:
      I found your post “Graduating in a Pandemic” to be relatable because I’m a part of the class of 2021. I know that this virus hit everyone unexpectedly because no one was ready for it. We all just assumed we would be back at school in a few weeks, but that never happened as we are still currently learning through online classes. It’s a weird way of learning because not every student is comfortable with this new learning style in which we have to adapt due to our current situation. Not only do some students find these Zoom classes uncomfortable, but our teachers are also struggling with them. Our first semester is supposed to be just online classes and we are expected to return back in January to school. From this point to our graduation date who knows what’s to come. Who knows if we’ll even return back to school? But like you said we should stay positive and be thankful for what we have right now as we can at least see each other through online classes. Hopefully, things can get better soon and I wish the best for the class of 2020, 2021, and the next upcoming classes. Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I like your optimism even through hard times like these.
      -Yamile

    • Dear Ella,

      I am discouraged by reading your post, “Graduating in a Pandemic,” because I started senior year online and it has been such a difficult time trying to adjust to this new way of learning. Things have not been the same since this pandemic took place and who knows when it will come to an end. Throughout this whole quarantine, it has been very difficult for me. I had planned my future which was to graduate from East High and attend the University of U in Salt Lake City, Utah. Unfortunately, I have to think of a back up plan just in case if we don’t return back to school.

      Something you wrote that stood out to me is: “I realized that being sad will not/can not change the events at hand. What is important is to remember all the good things that happened during my high school experience.” I think this is true because we have to keep moving through the obstacles of life and not dwell on what could’ve happened. I am fortunate that I had so many fun moments with my friends, teachers, and other classmates throughout these past three years. I am hoping that we return back to school at least for a semester and get to live that senior experience.

      Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because many graduates and soon to be graduates can relate.

      Melissa Aguilar

    • Dear Ella:

      I find your post, “Graduating in a Pandemic” relatable because this senior is something I was looking forward to. I quickly realized at the beginning of this school year, the potential of my graduation being online or not as memorable as it should be is very possible. This pandemic is something that has made many people, especially the youth, realize that the social aspect of going to school and communicating with others face to face, is something that played a great part in their daily lives, but now that daily aspect of their lives is gone. These depressing thoughts have gone through everyone’s mind, so rather than dwelling on such thoughts, many have used the time we’ve had in this pandemic as an opportunity to self improve, develop new hobbies, learn new skills, or grow mentally and physically.

      One sentence that caught my eye is: “After all these years spent together, we don’t get to finish it together.” This is heartbreaking to think about, because of all the relationships that we’ve created and the people we’ve stuck by since the beginning of this four-year journey is something that can’t finish the same way it began. I’m fortunate enough to have the ability to communicate with some of the people who I started this journey with.

      I truly am grateful for your writing. I’m looking forward to what you have stored for the future. Reading this was refreshing for me because you seem like a relatable person and your writing is very authentic and doesn’t try to sound overindulgent. Keep up the great work!

      -Matthew Meza

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    For my topic, I have mainly focused on why climate change needs to be taught in schools and given many reasons of why it should. I found a source though that shows both sides. It tells why and why not teachers

    More about the education of climate change

    For my topic, I have mainly focused on why climate change needs to be taught in schools and given many reasons of why it should. I found a source though that shows both sides. It tells why and why...

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    • I really enjoyed how you had both sides of why and why not, that gave a good perspective on you topic about climate change. I loved the way you presented both sides, I do lean towards one side more. I personally think we should teach kids about climate change. But, your research shows a lot of good and reasonable reasons on why we shouldn’t teach it.

    • Hi Ella, I like your idea about the climate change.
      As the growth of the industrail, the climate is becoming worse. With the wildfire of Australia recently and the fire of Amazon forest. It’s even worse. 2020 is a year with horrible beginning, we have to stop the heavy pollution right now.
      Here is some thoughts might help you:
      https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/

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    Over the past week I have been doing more research about the education of students in schools regarding the subject of climate change. Climate change is a very controversial topic that people need to pay

    Schools Must Educate the Youth on Climate Change

    Over the past week I have been doing more research about the education of students in schools regarding the subject of climate change. Climate change is a very controversial topic that people need to pay attention too. One of...

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    Climate change is a very controversial issue sweeping our planet today. As time goes on, we see it show up more and more in the news, conversations, and politics. One thing that we must do is educate everyone on

    Education in Schools About Climate Change

    Climate change is a very controversial issue sweeping our planet today. As time goes on, we see it show up more and more in the news, conversations, and politics. One thing that we must do is educate everyone on...

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    • I agree with everything stated. It is imperative to have the younger generations educated in climate sciences and generating solutions since these generations are the ones that will have to deal with the issue and the consequences of climate change.

    • I agree, once we start to teach about it in schools it may be taken more as a serious topic. I feel like in school I haven’t actually been taught about climate change and how I can help with the problem. Once our society starts to understand it that is when we will be able to help it and make a change.

    • I agree this, I find it insane that something scientifically proved is still not being taught in schools, especially since teaching it would reduce the problem in the future.

    • I agree that people should be educated about climate change. It’s an important issue that we will have to live with and hopefully it can be fixed.

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    Climate change is something that affects all living organisms in our world. One of these is a species of tortoise in the Galapagos Islands-the Galapagos tortoises. A team of students from Cazares High School are

    Save the Tortoises

    Climate change is something that affects all living organisms in our world. One of these is a species of tortoise in the Galapagos Islands-the Galapagos tortoises. A team of students from Cazares High School are trying to make a...

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    The article “Standardized Tests Provide Valuable Indicators of Students Potential” by Jack Buckley, the senior vice president of research and evaluation at the American Institutes for Research, is about the res

    Should Standardized Testing Still Be Used When Viewing a Student's Potential?

    The article “Standardized Tests Provide Valuable Indicators of Students Potential” by Jack Buckley, the senior vice president of research and evaluation at the American Institutes for Research, is about the research of how valid standardized testing is when accepting...

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    There was data found in 2017 based on data from 2012-2016 that showed this. It reported that male African Americans got sentences (on average) 19.1 percent longer than white males who were charged with the same

    Racism in Courts

    There was data found in 2017 based on data from 2012-2016 that showed this. It reported that male African Americans got sentences (on average) 19.1 percent longer than white males who were charged with the same crime. In the...

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    • I really enjoyed reading this Ella. I appreciate that you recognize that discrimination against black men is prevalent in American society. The story of the Central Park 5 shows the flaws of our government and how they place stereotypes on the minority simply because of the way that they look. Racism and discrimination do exist in this day and age and as a country, our goal should be dealing with the issue before it begins to grow out of control. There’s a movie called Brian Banks that about a black man (a football player) who was wrongly accused of a crime he did not commit that I think you’d find interesting. Thanking for sharing your opinion on the matter, I look forward to what you write next!

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