By Andres Rivera
Staff Writer

RIVERSIDE—Around 130 youth gathered to celebrate and share their cultures at the 6th Annual Asian-Pacific Youth Day held Oct. 27 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Riverside. Themed “Roots before Branches,” the youth day offered talks, skits, music, activities, prayer and faith sharing.

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SAN BERNARDINO—A new elective but a not so new concept has become the latest discussion at Aquinas High School. 

 The philosophy course entitled “Critical Thinking” serves as an introduction to philosophical and critical thinking, providing the principles of good reasoning and logic. Taught by Mr. Jonathan Keck, a young and energetic teacher who joined the Aquinas faculty last fall, it also incorporates new technology into this age old study.

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SAN JACINTO—The St. Hyacinth Academy Folklorico Mexican Dance Group delighted attendees of the San Jacinto State of the City Dinner held Oct. 26 at Soboba Country Club. In addition to a speech from San Jacinto Mayor (and St. Hyacinth alumn) Andrew Kotyuk, the evening consisted of recognition and acknowledgement to businesses, schools, teachers, and students, as well as discussion and sharing ideas about the future direction of the City. 

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RIVERSIDE—The Julian Alexander Memorial Scholarship was awarded to four Notre Dame High School students on October 19. The presentation took place at the varsity football game held at Riverside Community College. The winners of this year’s scholarship are Doug Permann, Stephanie Brady, Jessica Meiners, and Andrea Aceituno.

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Both Aquinas and Notre Dame high schools made big displays of pink in October to raise awareness and funds in the fight against breast cancer. (Above)On October 5, Notre Dame High School’s ASB held its first Pink Breakfast to raise funds for Breast Cancer Research and Awareness.  Although the primary focus was to raise funds, the day was also a time to remember or support loved ones who are battling through the disease, have overcome it, or are no longer with us.  Students were allowed to wear jeans and a pink polo for a $2 donation, and/or for a $3 donation, have a pancake breakfast.  The result: a morning collection of over $600. (Below) Aquinas welcomed the Pink Heals Tour to campus on Oct. 4, which included a pink fire engine and firefighters in pink uniform. The awareness raising Pink Heals organization distributed information and sold merchandise in the Aquinas parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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