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Yosemite Unified School District Appoints New Superintendent

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OAKHURST — The Yosemite Unified School District Board of Trustees is pleased to announce their intention to appoint Brian Beck as superintendent effective July 1, 2022. Mr. Beck’s appointment is subject to contract approval at the June 13, 2022, board meeting. A brief reception will be held at the board meeting to welcome him aboard. Mr. Beck comes to Yosemite ...

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Dream It, Be It Conference

Oakhurst – It’s that time of year again for the popular Dream It – Be It Conference for girls 8th through 12th grade that live in the mountain area. This will be Soroptimist International of the Sierras 7th year in making the program available to girls who live in Oakhurst, Coarsegold, North Fork, and Ahwahnee. The event is free and ...

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Minarets Cross Country Comes Up Just Short at Finish Line

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By Conor Kelly, student journalist for Minarets Press The Minarets Boys Cross Country team came up just short of their season-long goal on Wednesday, Dec. 10. After dominating the West Sequoia League all season and being ranked number one in the D5 Valley Section behind top runners Hunter Cornett and Kalé Simmons, the team traveled to Woodward Park in Clovis ...

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Minarets’ Speech and Debate Team in Major Competition

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Article by Matisen DeBenedetto, student journalist for Minarets Press Video by Abigail Campbell, student journalist for Minarets Press After weeks of preparation, the Minarets’ speech and debate team’s second in-person tournament took place at Mountain House High School, on Saturday, Nov. 6. Leaving the school at 4 a.m., the early morning jitters were common throughout the whole team. Junior Devon ...

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Minarets’ Community Welcomes Officer Michael Lewis

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By Acacia Edeluchel, student journalist for Minarets Press This year, Minarets is excited to have another addition to the Minarets community. Michael Lewis, a deputy sheriff with the Madera County Sheriff’s Office, will be on campus every day this year serving to help keep Minarets a safe and uplifting environment. Officer Lewis explains what he will be up to while on ...

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A Student’s Perspective on COVID-19 and the Human Condition

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By David Perez, student journalist for Minarets Press While it isn’t the most likely of connections to be made, there is a measurable correlation between COVID-19 and mental health. On the surface level, it may seem ridiculous, but if you analyze the course of events that led to where we are now, it’s not. Being isolated, having virtually nothing to ...

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Minarets’ Students React to COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

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By Janine Alven, student journalist for Minarets Press At Minarets, there is a wide variety of students so it’s only right for these students to have a variety of opinions on what is affecting them. Recently, the COVID-19 vaccine mandate has caused controversies among the students; some are for the vaccine mandate and others are against the mandate, while there ...

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Minarets CSF Hosts 10th Annual Blood Drive

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By Hazel Taintor, student journalist for Minarets Press Minarets’ California Scholarship Federation (CSF) will be hosting Minarets’ 10th annual blood drive through the Central California Blood Center on Nov. 18 in the gym from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Donating blood is extremely important to hospitals as blood transfusions are required for surgeries and other operations. Every two seconds, someone ...

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The Effects of Social Media

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By Stevi Valenzuela, student journalist for Minarets Press Social media has been a big problem ever since its beginning. More recently, it has more or less taken over the lives of teenagers all over the globe. Apps like Snapchat, Instagram, Tik-Tok, Twitter, and Discord have ruled young minds for some time now. We need to talk about it. Over time, ...

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Paige Camacho, a Rising Star in Agriscience

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By Cassidy Gibbs, student journalist for Minarets Press Paige Camacho was the 2021 winner of Division 3 Power, Structural, and Technical Systems in Agriscience in California. She also made it to the top 10 in the nation. Her project included testing the effects of UVA and UVB on the skin and what damage it could cause over long periods of ...

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