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Articles by Philipa Villalobos

While this past presidential election has been discussed endlessly, California made history on another part of the ballot, Proposition 67 also known as The California Plastic Bag Ban Veto Referendum. With 52.64 percent of voters supporting the proposition, California became the first state to ban plastic bags. This makes grocery and other retail stores unable to provide any single-use bags at checkout, unless they are charging 10 cents for bags that are recyclable or more durable and able to be used more than once.

Everyone faces struggles and this past August brought an unimaginable obstacle for Samantha Bodger with the diagnosis of high-grade osteosarcoma in her tibia. Bodger is a 16-year-old junior at Granite Hills High School. While she can be described by her excellent academics or athletics as a long time soccer player, I know her as a best friend and I have been lucky enough to witness her strength. She is an incredible example of our generation. 

Hearing the phrase “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” has become far too common when the expression represents a society that allows endless demands to overshadow the necessary sleep for teens. A perfect SAT score, an outstanding GPA, a normal social life, a job, extensive extra-curricular activities and sports, and these are just a handful of expected tasks that fall on teenagers. It seems as though there aren’t enough hours in a day to fulfill this reality, and too often the solution is giving up sleep.

No matter what language is spoken, math is a universal language that everyone can understand. And that is the context behind the special tutoring services that Mathnasium of Santee approaches to teaching math to any child. East County’s youth gained opportunity to better education on Aug. 27 when the worldwide franchise Mathnasium of Santee and the Santee Chamber of Commerce held its grand opening of a math-learning center that caters only to the education and comprehension in math.