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Celebrating Minarets Seniors with a ‘Stampede’

By Hailey Carlton, student journalist for Minarets Press O’NEALS — With the ongoing pandemic and school closures, seniors are missing out on all of the fun end of the year senior activities, including prom, grad night, the senior assembly — and even an in-person graduation ceremony. To try and make these seniors feel special, senior Rebecca Townsend came up with ...

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New Principal Named at Rivergold Elementary School

COARSEGOLD — Yosemite Unified School District has hired Virginia (Gini) Pierce-Cummings to be the new principal of Rivergold Elementary School. The announcement was made by YUSD Superintendent Glen Billington Tuesday afternoon. Pierce-Cummings, who will begin her new position in July, replaces longtime Rivergold Principal Bob Rose, who is retiring. “Gini comes to us from Madera Unified School District where she ...

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OES: ‘We’re All In This Together’

Editor’s note: SNO received the following update this week from Oakhurst Elementary: OAKHURST — The teachers and staff at Oakhurst Elementary School are trying to bring light to the dark shadow that COVID-19 has spread across our town. Since the school’s closure on March 13th, the staff has done some amazing things to keep spirits high. We started off by ...

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Yosemite High Cross Country Team Hosting ‘Virtual Race’

OAKHURST — The Yosemite High School cross country team is hosting a virtual run/walk that participants can do at home — or anywhere in the world — any time they like until May 24. To participate, just sign up here and then give proof of your best run or walk between May 3 and May 24. Proceeds from the virtual ...

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Student: ‘Amazing’ Minarets Teachers, Staff ‘Rising to Challenge’

By Joseph Langley, student journalist for Minarets Press O’NEALS — After a year of hard work, dedication, and growth, everything stopped. One week, everyone was still going to school. The next week, they weren’t. This, of course, came as a shocking change to the lives of everyone at Minarets, including the teachers. They had to make the transition to teaching ...

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Minarets’ Student Hunter Ahrens Earns Eagle Scout Honor

O’NEALS — Working since he was nine years-old, now eighteen-year-old and senior Hunter Ahrens has earned the honor of Eagle Scout. Hunter started as a Cub Scout in 2011, as a Bear, then he went to Bobcat, and then earned his Arrow of Light Award. He then joined the Boy Scout troop at ten and half and worked his way ...

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COVID-19 Altering Students’ Lives: ‘We’re All in Same Boat’

By Johanna Ziegler, student journalist for Minarets Press O’NEALS — Almost 90 percent of the worldwide student population is out of school according to recent reports from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. In other words, more than 1.5 billion students across the planet have been sent home because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. In the United ...

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Minarets’ Class of 2020 ‘Shocked’ by COVID-19

By Katelyn Hough and Autumn Pecarovich, student journalists for Minarets Press O’NEALS — The foundations of Minarets High School’s students’ lives have been shocked this spring. We find ourselves meeting online for classes. Religious worship looks different. Social life is now digital and we are spending much more time with our families. These experiences are magnified for our seniors as ...

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Chancellor: All SCCCD Classes Online-Only Through Summer

OAKHURST — State Center Community College District (SCCCD) officials have announced the district will continue to offer all classes online-only through the remainder of the spring and summer semesters. “In keeping with our goal of assisting in the efforts to decrease the spread of COVID-19, we will cancel all campus gatherings through June, including graduation,” said Dr. Paul Parnell, SCCCD ...

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