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By Cristian Magaña

 My name is Cristian Magaña and I am 19 years old. I am a student at Riverside Community College and I am a ride operator at Castle Park. I am currently a leader in a youth group called Grupo de Adolescentes (Adolescent Group) at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, Riverside. To me, Christmas is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ and it’s widely observed and celebrated on December 25 by billions of people around the world.

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SAN BERNARDINO—While many throughout America await the coming of Santa Claus, and others await much needed help to take them out of the devastation of war and natural disasters, the film students of Mr. Matt Troy at Aquinas High School have produced a short film that challenges what we have come to know as “Christmas” in this holiday season.

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PALM DESERT—On their own volition, seventh graders Justin Wickstrand and Roman Putnam did not want to have a traditional Halloween trick or treating night. They decided that there was a greater need than their need for candy. A week prior to Halloween, Justin and Roman blanketed their neighborhood with flyers indicating that they would be picking up canned goods instead of candy on Halloween night.

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By Andrew Alonso
Grade 12

ANAHIEM—“CADA. CADA. CADA.”

 That was all that was on the minds of every ASB member at Notre Dame High School from the beginning of November till the actual event on November 19th. The California Association of Directors of Activities (CADA) is a statewide leadership conference held each year in November in conjunction with the California Association of Student Leaders (CASL). 

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PERRIS—In nearly 50 years of history St. James Catholic School in Perris has educated thousands of students and relied upon the selfless sacrifice of parent volunteers.

 So on December 3, when the California State legislators were sworn into office, it was with a great deal of satisfaction and pride that students gathered to watch the historic moment as former St. James PTG President and mother to five current students, Melissa Melendez, became the Assembly representative for the 67th District.

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INDIO—Every year Our Lady of Perpetual Help School faculty, staff, students and parents make time to give to those who are less fortunate. Helping and serving others is always a reminder that sharing and making contributions teaches us to experience the gift of living out our Gospel values. One of the ways OLPH School shares the light of faith is by giving donations to Desert Mobile Home Park in Thermal, otherwise known as Duroville.

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