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The Choice by AnnaRose Chaney

Submitted by AnnaRose Chaney O’NEALS – We have all been there before. We have all sensed, or heard, or seen the common chaos of moments such as those. Somewhere in the distance, the urgent cry of a speeding ambulance fills the air. The lights flash, warning the world of the impending danger that the loss of one moment could allow.

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Minarets' Grant Hall Receives Full West Point Scholarship

Submitted by Kristen Berry O’NEALS – May 19 at Minarets High School was the annual Senior Scholarship Award Night. Although lots of scholarships were given out, the most prestigious went to Grant Hall. Hall received a full ride scholarship to The United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. West Point is one of the five service academies, and ...

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The Untold Story Of Divorce

Submitted by Kristen Berry Divorce sucks! But for some it can be awesome. Both the intrinsic and extrinsic rewards of divorce can, at times, be fruitful: twice the Christmas, twice the competition of parents’ love through gifts, and more quality time with each parent. Unfortunately, for many it is not all rainbows and butterflies. Heartbreak, feelings of blame, and neglect ...

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Dark Side Song Fiction By Isabella Clark

Minarets student Isabella Clark submitted the following work under the category Song Fiction, with the Kelly Clarkson release, Dark Side. Written by Busbee and Alexander Geringas and produced by Greg Kurstin, Dark Side was released by RCA Records. “Song Fiction is basically when you take the song of your choice, and write a story that goes along with the song,” ...

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Advice From A Teenager About Driving

Submitted by Remi Lee O’NEALS – Taking Drivers Ed was very annoying, it took me months and months to get it done. I was super lazy about it until I made it a competition with my friend, Becky. We decided that whoever finished their lessons first won. So I stayed up all night the next night finishing everything. I won, ...

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Rain Day Poem

Rain Day Poem by Beth Wilson I stood on the curb of this flooded city.Silently I watch the world drowning,from the safety of my umbrella.Pitter patter, pitter patter. The rain drums endlessly down above my head.The snaking chill pervades through my bloodstream.The flowers in their earthy tubs droop under overbearing water, droplets sliding off their tender petals. As the clouds ...

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Spring Valley 4H Hopping In Spring

Submitted by Chapter Reporter Rhett Samper O’NEALS – Spring Valley 4H-ers have been very busy this spring season and our members have been representing our club extremely well in a variety of activities. Horse Expo was held on Sunday, Nov. 9 at the Madera County Fairgounds, where our members received the following medals:

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DUI Crash Made Real At Minarets

O’NEALS – Two cars sit smashed and broken in the aftermath of what has been reported as a head-on collision at Minarets High School. In one car, the dazed teenage driver is moaning in pain; his 17-year-old passenger is lying across the hood, bloodied and broken, and another is severely injured, trapped in the back seat.

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E-Waste Recycle At Minarets

O’NEALS – With spring cleaning on the minds of many this month, take note that you can safely dispose of just about anything that has a cord or battery at Minarets E-Waste Collection Day, this Friday, Apr. 10 from 9 a.m. – noon in the school parking lot. Minarets E-Waste Collection Day is the Senior Legacy Experience project of Mitchell ...

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Help For Homeowners With Dead And Dying Trees

With estimates of a 40 percent die-off of Ponderosa Pine this year, and dead and dying trees dotting the landscape in the mountain area, Cal Fire is offering some important assistance for homeowners. The oncoming fire season, which is forecast to be even more volatile than 2014, makes it critical that diseased, dead and dying trees be removed as soon ...

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