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Posted on May 30 at 4:38 p.m.
Since i was very little, I have been living downwind of a venoco offshore drilling platform. About once a month, the barge would come and collect oil. When this happened, a lot of toxic gases would be released in the process, and we could even smell it. I am 14 years old and have been living at that house for 13 years. 5 months ago, i was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a cancer that often occurs to exposure to harmful chemicals. I am all for stopping offshore drilling, not only for the health of the people, but for the good for the environment and animals in it as well.
On Big Oil Takes On Small Town
Posted on March 4 at 12:10 p.m.
Unfortunately, henryjk, In elementary school or Junior high, there is no such thing as AP or IB. This year, (I am a freshman) I tried to get into an IB class for biology instead of having to be in the non-GATE class (they didn't have an advanced one), but they insisted that I was too young. I tried to seek challenges every day, and in my biology class, I never encountered one. I support GATE, and do not want it's removal. It will not affect me next year, but the removal will affect younger students. Has anyone tried asking what the students thought before asking their parents? We like our education too, you know. Every one of my friends that I have spoken to about this issue all agree that the removal of GATE is completely biased and GATE is looked at in the wrong way. We would all like more diversity in our GATE classes. This is a latina speaking, by the way. GATE has nothing to do with racial differences. It's about if you like school, try your best every day, and want to succeed in life.
On What’s in a Name?
Posted on March 3 at 5:50 p.m.
I am a 9th grade student, and am in GATE. This year, I wanted to take a biology class, but they only had non-advanced ones for freshman to take, and I took it anyways. There was an immense difference in everything- the challenge of the class, the character of the students. The class was too easy, I had loved biology before, and during the class, I was bored out of my mind. Any time I offered a complex explanation, or corrected a student or the teacher, they just stared at me blankly. I did al the homework that was assigned, got A's on all the tests, and it seemed like I was the only one doing so. No one else took interest in the class but me. When we got to choose our seats in the class one day, I chose mine, in the back, isolated from the other students, so they wouldn't copy my homework or cheat of my tests like they had done many times before. When nothing academic was happening in the class- I was unimportant, invisible, the nerd. However, suddenly when a group project approached the class, everyone hurried to my table, and made me do the work by myself. In my GATE classes, everyone seemed to love school, helped each other out, and I was faced with a challenge every day. GATE has nothing to do with what race you are, or what you look like, it's about if you like school, like challenges, and want to excel. I have good memories from being in GATE, and I would not want anyone else to be deprived of ones like I had. Please, don't take away my education.
On The GATE's Closing