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Read what other teens have to say about school, books, movies & more, along with YA book reviews from those who are teens at heart. Click on article titles to see full articles.

by Jessica Runnels



All of John Green’s books are wonderful but this one is one of the best. It’s unique in that it is not really a love story and is more about a young boy’s journey to “seek a great perhaps” or a great life. “Looking For Alaska” is John’s first novel and has won numerous awards. Many list it as their favorite for its unique chapter styling and intelligent protagonist.

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by Jessica Runnels



Cry, laugh, smile; that is what you will do when you read The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. John Green is my favorite author of all time. He writes the greatest young adult books I have ever read. He makes you feel like he understands you. Some adults treat teenagers or “young adults” like they are not equal and that everything they feel is silly. But John Green does not treat teenagers that way. His writing shows you that he sees all humans equally and that everyone’s feelings are valid. His writing and stories are so wonderful that adults will enjoy them as well.

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Immanuel High School Seniors Say Goodbye

IN THE May 10 ISSUE

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by Gabby Rivas




This year has been a whirlwind for the seniors at Immanuel High School. Words are unable to express how quick it has gone by and how remarkable these four years have been. At the beginning of the year we were focused on homecoming week and football games. Now all our attention has been focused on the junior/senior banquet, grad day, the academic awards, the drama production, college visits, AP tests, baccalaureate, sober grad, and graduation.

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Forensics Class At Reedley High School

IN THE March 29 ISSUE

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by Ashley Brandon



When you think of the word “forensics,” the first thing that pops into your head is CSI. In high schools, forensics is actually a speech and debate class. When some students don’t look at the course definition, they are often disappointed to find out that they won’t be solving crimes! Going into forensics, I knew that it had nothing to do with catching serial killers and saving the world. Having an overwhelming fear of public speaking, let alone one-on-one speaking, I knew it would be a struggle.

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by Gabby Rivas



Immanuel Schools’ mission is to equip students to serve God and neighbor with mind, body and soul, based on a Christ-centered foundation.
This mission statement is apparent in every way students carry themselves; in Mr. Knaak’s Senior Bible classes, students have the opportunity to serve their neighbor and community by participating in service projects during class

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by Gabrielle Rivas



As individuals age, learning a second language can be challenging. At Immanuel High School, students have come to realize that learning Spanish can be enjoyable. Previously known as a teacher’s aide at Alta elementary school, Mrs. Brandt, the Spanish teacher on campus, is now spending her twenty-second year teaching at Immanuel High School. When asked what inspired this Immanuel graduate to pursue a teaching career she responded with, “The teachers whom I worked with encouraged me to return to college and get my teaching credential.

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Reasons To be Vegan

IN THE February 1 ISSUE

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by Ashley Brandon



I ordered a Big Mac the other day and I told them to hold the meat, the sauce, and the cheese. Why? Because I’m a vegan. I’m not going to be one of those vegans who preach it as if it’s a religion, but there are many benefits of veganism. First of all, veganism isn’t so much a diet as it is a philosophy and a lifestyle. There are environmental benefits, health benefits, and the benefit of saving animals from cruel treatment.

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Girls Basketball This Year At Immanuel High School

IN THE February 1 ISSUE

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by Sadie Ascano



There’s a special buzz around Immanuel campus, especially with regard to the basketball teams. With four talented transfers on the girls and seven on the boys, the games are producing a gargantuan amount of school pride. Between both teams beating Kingsburg and the girls leaving Minarets behind by over fifty points, the school is definitely rising up to the occasion, both teams wishing to obtain a Valley title.

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Catching Fire By Suzanne Collins

IN THE November 16 ISSUE

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by Trista Holmes



In 2008, Suzanne Collins made us mere mortals think about civilization itself with her release of the inaugural book in The Hunger Games, a novel set in a post-apocalyptic society known as Panem.

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Immanuel Football 2013 Season

IN THE September 28 ISSUE

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by Ryne Preheim




This year of Immanuel Football has kicked off to a great start. With the addition of some new faces, the Eagles squad is set to do better than ever. After the 2012 season finished the Eagles offense knew they would have to replace the star power that Sam Isaak brought to the running back position, while also filling some key spots on the line. Their entire offense needed to be shaped once again by the incoming talent the Eagles had coming into the year.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



What’s a pretty Latina supposed to do when her skin turns gray and breaks open in gooey sores that don’t heal (I mean, she’s had breakouts before, but this is FIERCE!)? She can’t eat her favorite foods, and she has a wandering eye (Like, of course, she likes guys, but—REALLY—one eye keeps going off in other directions!)

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Teen Poetry Corner June 2013

IN THE June 1 ISSUE

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by Valley Teens



This time our poetry contest is a little different–we only had one entrant so here is our winner of the Teen Talk poetry contest. The contest is open to anyone age 13-19. Any subject or type of poem will be considered with five or more poems selected each time, details below.

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by D.J. Reimer




My final prom took place on April 27 at the Grand Hotel in Fresno. This years’ prom saw one of the greatest ticket sales in RHS history (over 500). The theme was Lucky 13 and the luxurious hotel was decorated with red and black and included a comfortable upstairs region with poker tables and photographs. The dance floor was crowded, exactly as it should be! I was nominated for prom king and I was crowned king alongside my close friend Avery Perez! We danced a lovely dance serenaded by Joseph Ham singing a Sinatra song, and the 500 plus students seemed completely satisfied. Mission accomplished.

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by Lauren Tashjian


Immanuel Junior High and High School are headed into the future of technology. The school will be starting the one-to-one iPad program for the 2013-2014 school year. This program will include grades seven through 12. Although it requires an enormous amount of planning, Principal Ryan Wood seems up for the task.

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by Cheyenne Crawford



The Kingsburg High School Theater Company presents the heartwarming comedy The Curious Savage, written by John Patrick and directed by Laura Vallenari and Richard Mynderup.

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Immanuel Teacher Profile: Jeff March

IN THE May 4 ISSUE

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by Ryne Preheim



“A great man of God.”
“A wonderful and uplifting human being.”
“An awesome teacher.”
All these quotes are to describe one of my favorite people in the community. Jeff March has been at Immanuel for quite awhile serving as a chaplain, a Bible and U.S. History teacher and many other wonderful positions at the school.

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