When describing the career and accomplishments of Hallie Rojeski, one could say that the word “teacher” is an understatement. After hearing her life story, some might find that it is nearly impossible to ascribe a single descriptive adjective to her name. Rojeski grew up in Denver, CO with her parents and two younger siblings. As the daughter of a WWII veteran, she spent the first year of her life with only her mother before her father returned home from the war.
As most of the world continues to shelter-in-place due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many students adjust to new learning strategies and responsibilities. Students from South Carolina, Argentina, Kentucky, New Jersey, Georgia, New York and more attended a Student Voice Zoom webinar to discuss the struggles of online learning, April 5. The video conference, led by Student Voice, provided a space for students to ask each other questions and share concerns about online learning. Topics included balancing work, study tips and ways to cope during the pandemic.
According to Common Sense Media, 78 percent of teens aged 13-17 believe it is important to keep up with the news. While this percentage reassures teenage awareness on national and global levels, where they acquire this news is just as important as consuming it. Whether through social media, local newspaper reports, or television, it is crucial that teens develop the skills of deciphering the fake from factual when tackling topical issues. With the expansion of modern day technology, nearly everyone has the capability to access news with the press of a button. The ideas of influencers, and celebrities on social media have impacted the way that young people conceptualize current issues. While many influencers seek to use their platform to promote positive ideals, viewers must also take into consideration the reliability of these personalities.
Following two months of scarce snowfall and low attendance, the China Peak Mountain Resort temporarily shut down for the season in early March. But as major rainfall swept over the Central Valley, the resort began to see signs hope signal in the form of falling snow. Last week, China Peak received about three feet of fresh powder, tempting local skiers and riders to pull out their gear once again and hit the slopes. However, just as snow conditions were looking up, the resort faced a new obstacle that was not as easily overcome. Over the past few weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic that has shut down businesses and schools has led to the closure of almost all ski resorts throughout the nation. Bucking the trend, China Peak managed to keep its lifts running for a couple of epic days last week.
Though Skiing can be a fairly simple sport to learn, there are always critiques to be made and new lessons to learn. Even the best skiers in the world go over various techniques and training drills to enhance their skill set. Whether it's learning how to ski powder, moguls, or carving on a groomed run, this snow sport translates to various methods that can be as complex as you make them. I don’t say this to intimidate the hopeful novice, but rather encourage them that there are greater aspects to skiing than just getting down the hill without falling. Once the basics have been mastered, the skier can begin to explore a diversified playing field of new abilities.
Unsanitary tenement housing, overpopulation and political corruption swept over New York City like a disease in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Amidst civilian cries for justice, numerous basic human rights in America suffered hierarchical abuse, one being the First Amendment right to speak freely. Though ratified in 1791, signs of foul play regarding freedom of speech rose up over a century later in a movement known as The Newsboys’ strike of 1899. The event went down in history as one of the most influential strikes in American, as it was all started by a group of orphaned and runaway children in New York City.
The City of Fresno suffers as one of the worst cities for poverty concentration in the nation. Of the 500,000 residents from around the globe that inhabit Fresno, 28.2 percent live under the national poverty line. Moved by the city’s statistics, organizations gather together to mobilize the community for action. The Well Community Church hosted Discover Fresno, a one-day event used to inform citizens about the needs of the city and volunteer opportunities for Fresno residents, Feb. 8. Over 250 guests attended the event which included ten breakout sessions and opportunities to engage with the session speakers.
Change can begin anywhere, even in a small city like Fresno. Fresno’s past shortcomings have left a negative impact on how its residents view themselves as homelessness, abortion, pollution and human trafficking have left a mark on the city. However, while Fresno is a microcosm of these global issues, steps to improve and restore the community are already underway.
Skiers and snowboarders alike welcomed the winter season with open arms. For the Fresno and Clovis communities, this looks like rejoicing on a rainy day. Rain in Fresno means fresh snow at the China Peak Mountain Resort. As regulars at China Peak, Natalie and I have experienced how weather conditions can determine whether it’s a great day or a miserable experience. It may not occur to first-time skiers and riders to check the weather in the mountains, but this should always be done before heading up the hill.
Balancing multiple sports and academic work loads often appears as a challenge to high school students. Some feel the need to sacrifice extracurriculars, sports or individual interests in order to stay ahead in school. With a passion for music, athletics and academics, junior Ellie Scully embraces the activity while also prioritizing a balanced schedule. Scully’s fervor for athletics dates back to kindergarten when she began to pursue soccer. From there she gained an interest in various other sports including volleyball, softball, swimming and track, which she played during middle school and her first few years of high school.