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David Reynaga
Lifestyle Reporter

Introverted, Gamer, and Lazy. These are three words David Reynaga used to describe himself. Coming from Los Angeles, California, 16 year old David is now a junior who has just recently arrived at Agua...

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Mushroom Ritchie
Lifestyle Reporter

Mushroom Ritchie, a 15 year old sophomore in high school who has a love for drawing, video games, and anime. Her favorite thing to draw is animals, and mostly plays Roblox, Minecraft, and Omori. Some of...

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A World of Plastic

Green turtle, Chelonia mydas in w:Kona District, Hawaii
Brocken Inaglory, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Brocken Inaglory
Green turtle, Chelonia mydas in w:Kona District, Hawaii Brocken Inaglory, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Plastic has become a constant of our daily lives, but its widespread use has led to significant challenges for marine life and potentially human life as well. The rapid production of single-use plastics has resulted in a multitude of problems within the ocean, from things like damage to the ecosystem, wildlife endangerment, and even posing risks to human health. Despite seeing all the effects this has on the world around us, we have yet to do anything that would make an impact on the problem. 

Through all the talk of single-use plastic and the problems it causes, there is one issue known around the world and it is called “Pacific Trash Vortex.” This vortex is essentially an excessively large amount of trash floating in the Pacific Ocean, resembling a small island of waste. It has expanded to a size three times that of France and harbors over 1.8 billion pieces of discarded plastic. This enormous collection of trash continuously drifts across the ocean, gradually collecting more trash as it travels the seas, leaving a trail of destruction and a harmful impact on anything it comes in contact with.

The impact of the Pacific Trash Vortex extends far beyond its physical dimensions. As the island grows bigger and bigger, it poses a grave threat to marine life, entangling animals and filling their stomachs with pieces of plasticity that aren’t digestible. The ingestion of plastic can lead to internal injuries, starvation, and ultimately death for countless marine species, including fish, seabirds, and marine mammals. Furthermore, the presence of plastic debris alters the natural habitat and behavior of marine organisms, disrupting entire ecosystems and exacerbating the decline of vulnerable species.

The consequences of plastic pollution are not confined to the realm of marine biology; they also have profound implications for human society. The toxins released by decomposing plastic can contaminate seafood, entering the human food chain and posing risks to public health. Moreover, the economic toll of plastic pollution is substantial, as coastal communities grapple with the costs of cleanup efforts and the loss of revenue from tourism and fishing businesses.

The ingestion of these microplastics has caused a multitude of problems that humans seem to just ignore. Microplastics have been found to cause endocrine disruption, reproductive problems, cancer, and respiratory issues along with inflammation and oxidative stress. These are just a few of the effects plastic has on the human body, but yet we have not taken any major actions to fix the problem at hand. 

Despite the numerous amounts of evidence of the environmental and societal impacts of plastic pollution, society still turns a blind eye to the problem. Efforts to minimize the effects of this crisis have been not super effective but the effort is still there from cities putting up plastic bands or using alternatives like degradable resources and spreading awareness about the issue to discourage people from using plastic. 

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Aaliyah Villela
Aaliyah Villela, Sports Reporter
As school begins and the 2023 and 2024 school year start, there are many seniors that are all around campus. One senior in particular who is amazing to be around is Aaliyah Villela. Aaliyah is a force to be reckoned with. She is the student council secretary and she is now also the lifestyle section editor. Even though Aaliyah has some big responsibilities, she never lets the fun side of her down. Always finding the humor in things and making sure that everyone is having fun is what Aaliyah loves to do Being the last year of high school for Aaliyah, she is excited about what comes next. However, with the feeling of excitement comes a hard reality check that your years of being a teenager are over. “Honestly, I’m relieved but I’m also sad. I’m finally done with high school, but it also feels like freshman year COVID was a week ago.” Aaliyah’s freshman year of high school was during the pandemic and during the online learning mandates. “ It’s crazy to think about how I stared in my bedroom and now I’m almost done with high school in like one hundred and something days.” During Aaliyah’s years in high school, she has accomplished many things. However, one thing that she was proud of accomplishing was going out there talking to people, and making new friends. “Honestly one thing that I am proud of doing, is actually getting out there and talking to people. For example, in freshman year, I didn't talk to anyone. I maybe had 4 friends and they were from middle school. Now I’m a student body secretary, I talk to everyone, and people come and talk to me,” Aaliyah says, “ It’s really nice to just be out there.”  As the student body secretary, Aaliyah has a lot of responsibilities in that position. “ It’s interesting, Joining student council at first I definitely had impostor syndrome. I did not think I belonged whatsoever, especially because all my friends who were in student council at the time were there way longer than me. And then just being in there on the executive board is a little stressful, but also I’m just very proud of myself for how far I have come.” Throughout the many years of Aaliyah’s high school career, she has come to like and dislike a lot of her high school experiences. However, one of Aaliyah’s favorite memories in High School would have to be the Student Council state meeting. For those who don’t know, Sudnets councils around the whole state of Arizona get together for a weekend and represent their school spirit. “One favorite memory from high school would have to be last year, Student Council. We went to state and it was a three-day trip, where the Agua Fria student council rented an Airbnb.” Aaliyah said, “ It felt like a family, it honestly felt like a cliche family college experience, where you just bond with your friends. It was a lot of us cooking dinner together, hosting movie nights, and playing football in the backyard. It was just a lot of getting along together and being closer than ever.” The outside school life of Aaliyah Villela is hanging out with her close friends and just enjoying life. Though a lot of her time gets used up for student council events, she still finds ways to take care of herself and enjoy her life. “ My life used to revolve around my job, but then I quit. So now it’s a lot of just hanging out with my friends, partially STUCO. I like to thrift a lot, I love doing it with my friends. I don’t really do sports, well not anymore at least.” Miss Villela has a goal of becoming a sports presenter as her further career. “ I want to be a presenter for sports.” Aaliyah said with an adoring tone as she spoke, “ A big goal of mine when I was younger was to be known, as cliche as it sounds. That goal was just to be known, I want as many people as possible to know who I am and what I did in my life, and just be remembered by many people not just my family and friends. So it was always a big dream of mine to just be famous or be associated with someone. That is a really big thing, but also sports are a really big part and I would love to incorporate that with my goals in life.” A few facts about Aaliyah are that she loves the color dark blue because it reminds her of the night sky and space, she loves space. Her favorite season is fall, “It has a nice atmosphere and the colors are amazing.” Aaliyah states with a calm state of mind look on her face. “ Not to mention it has a favorite holiday… Halloween! It's just the vibe and the energy, it’s the best time of the year in my eyes.”   Aaliyah Villela is a girl with passion and grit. She knows what she wants to do and goes for it without hesitation. Known for being the Student Council secretary and an amazing person. In order for you to understand how much of an incredible person she is, you’re just going to have to meet her.

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