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The Blab With DJ Reimer–The Latest News At RHS!

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by D.J. Reimer

Change is among us at Reedley High School. Upperclassmen entered the parking lot on August 27, 2012 to discover an unprecedented tragedy: Ms. K is no longer with us. The Anglo-Saxon community at RHS briefly mourned her absence that Monday morning. Luckily, she is happy at her job at Reedley College, chasing the same kind of kids, just bigger and older. We wish her the best.

A new face at RHS includes former United States Olympics runner-up and half woman/half Avatar, Ms. Lopes. Don’t let her muscular body fool you, this woman has a heart, a big one. She is mother to more children than most homo sapiens can count on one hand and she loves Reedley, no really. I had the privilege of speaking with her at great lengths during registration. She will be a wonderful addition to the Reedley High Administration.

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New teachers include Algebra 2 teacher Patrick James and Chemistry teacher Kathryn Connolly. Luckily this year I bailed on a fourth year of math, but nervous about looking like a bad senior on my transcript, I decided to sign on for a third year of science; this is where I met Ms. Connolly. She replaced the ever-so popular and quick-witted Dr. Bob and she seemed like an average everyday chemistry teacher…until last Tuesday. One student mentioned sand in a class discussion which erupted into a 30 minute discussion about… sand. She had a look on her face like a child going to Disneyland for the first time. I have a theory (or hypothesis, whatever) that she sleeps in a bed full of sand. No blanket, no pillow, just sand.

Moving on! Currently, the school is encompassed in a week of dialogue to build bridges among things like race, class, and social-economic status that can sometimes divide us. This week has been entitled “Breaking Down the Walls” in an attempt to resolve the schools pigeon-holing problem. In other words, just because someone has a nice car and a nice phone, doesn’t mean that their life is wonderful and perfect. Hopefully this candle of hope holds a longer flame than the “Friends of Rachel” program.

The rival game versus Sanger High School is on September 28. Lucky us, we do not have school that day! For this reason, there will be a rally during lunch on Thursday September 27. It will feature the Reedley High pep band and hopefully we can get a big congo line started!

Homecoming will be INCREDIBLE this year. I’m not just saying that because I’m the student body president, I’m being serious. The theme is “blockbuster movies” (i.e. Harry Potter, Star Wars, Hunger Games, Saw, The Hangover). Follow RHS ASB on Twitter and “like” us on Facebook for more information regarding Dress up days. For the record, the Associated Student Body is trying to work towards a more inclusive student body, including students from all different walks of life in activities and the parade. Homecoming week is the first week of October with the parade, game versus the McLane Highlanders, and dance on the 5th of October.

As a rule of thumb, I would like to encourage my fellow RHS students to either join a club or participate in an extra curricular activity. You won’t be sorry. High school offers so much for those that are willing to utilize their free time and energy.

Check back on KRL for more articles. This has been a pleasant dosage of The Blab. I hope to have pleased you as much as this has pleased me. I’m DJ Reimer. See you soon folks!

Follow RHS ASB on their Twitter @RHS_ASB, and like them on their Facebook page.

You can also know when DJ has another article up, or when other teen related articles go up, by following KRL on Twitter @kingsriverlife

If you’re looking for some great young adult book reading suggestions check out these reviews-Our Summer Young Adult Book Haul!

D.J. Reimer has lived all of his life in Reedley and is a senior at Reedley High School where he serves as President of the Associated Study Body & Editor in Chief of the Yearbook. He is also very active in student clubs, choir, and drama at Reedley High School. After graduating, he intends to pursue either international business or political science and improve the world in which he lives.

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1 Kristalyn PatzkowskiNo Gravatar September 22, 2012 at 8:13pm

DJ, I’m so excited for you! You’re already a senior in high school, and so busy too. I’m glad you found time to write for KRL, though. You have a great energy that translates not only through a microphone, but also on paper, even virtual paper. I hope you enjoy your senior year– it’ll go by really fast.

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2 Sandy KetterlingNo Gravatar October 3, 2012 at 11:39am

Hey DJ!!! Thanks for the acknowledgement in the article…you crack me up!!! LOL Hope your senior year is filled with excitement, entertainment, good times…and is EDUCATIONAL!! Will miss seeing you on RHS campus, but maybe will see you here next year??? Good luck in all that comes your way…you are a bright young man and I know great things are in your future!!! Ms. K

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3 Yama PloskonkaNo Gravatar October 16, 2012 at 8:59pm

A friend and long time Reedley educator sent me a link to this publication. Ever since printing our 3rd grade “newspaper” (with letterpress, really!) I have been convinced of the great value of school journalism. I eventually did journalism professionally, was a teacher many years, and somewhere in between I spent a couple days in Reedley, of which I have still fond memories. Best to y’all!

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