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The Student News Site of Agua Fria High School


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Evianna Wright is a 16 year old girl who was born on Feb 26, 2006. She is a sophomore in Agua Fria, and this is her second semester in Journalism.  Evianna enjoys writing things down and finds it calming...

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As the class of 2026 enter Agua Fria, new personalities and people come into our campus. Many of these freshmen came into our Journalism class and made our class fun and thrilling. One person specifically...

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The Tragedy of Wales

The Royal Navy
The Princess of Wales meets the ship’s company of HMS Glasgow at Windsor Castle today (29/09/2022).HMS Glasgow will be the first Type 26 frigate to be built for the United Kingdom.ROYAL NAVY sailors from HMS Glasgow travelled to Windsor Castle on 29 September for their first meeting with the ship’s sponsor, Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales.The state-of-the-art Type 26 frigate is currently under construction at BAE Systems’ shipyard in Govan, Glasgow. To date, fifteen sailors have joined the vessel, the first contingent of the eventual complement of 161 Royal Navy personnel.The crew were invited to Windsor where they met with The Princess of Wales for the first time since her appointment as HMS Glasgow’s ship’s sponsor was announced in June last year. The Royal Navy, OGL 3, via Wikimedia Commons

On March 22, 2024, the world went into a state of shock, with a video of Kate Middleton addressing the public that she had been diagnosed with cancer. This caused a wave of shock of questions and concern from the people around the world wondering if she would be okay or not. She had brought some relief when in her announcement she had stated she was undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

All this first had started with a simple photo that had been altered causing an uproar in the public. The Princess had been seen for quite some time and her first public appearance and people beginning to wonder why she had been missing from the public eye for so long. People began to speculate that maybe there could be some issues between her and William, rumors of separation and a potential mistress had begun to circle the internet. With the public pushing for answers, Kate had to address she had an invasive abdominal surgery at the beginning of January, where it was believed that her condition was to be non-cancerous. Once it was discovered the Prince and Princess had decided to try and stay out of the public eye as much as possible to deal with her health privately. They wanted to do this only for their personal sake but also for the sake of their children who are only between the ages of 6-10 years old. There has not been much information released on the topic but what we do know is that throughout this tough time, Kate has been able to remain positive and certain she can recover from this with the help of her medical team and the support of her family. 

With this news of our beloved Princess of Wales dealing with a life-threatening sickness, it has reminded people of loved Princess Diana who passed away almost 27 years ago. The public had already had to mourn the loss of one princess and the mere thought of losing another one is too much for some of the public to handle. Diana was not only the country’s sweetheart but had become loved by the world. Making everyone she meets fall in love with the kind-hearted woman she is. This is not the first time an incident has happened to the subject who holds the title of Princess of  Wales. With Kate following in her footsteps many hope she doesn’t go down the same path as Diana did and is the one who is spared. 

There is only so much the public can do to show support in this tough time for the Princess. The royal family has shown their strength with their response to the situation especially now with this being the second royal to have announced they have been diagnosed with cancer. Just a few months prior it was announced that King Carles was diagnosed with cancer causing a series of articles to be released on his just health and state. A situation like this would be a hard time for anyone, but with the royals being in the public eye I can not imagine the stress this must put on them. However, the royals being the calm and collective individuals they are handling it beautifully. In these tough times, the last thing anyone would want would be the public snooping around in their business. As hypocritical as it is to say, as this is another article being written about their situation, it is news and the public is allowed to distribute information that has already been released to the world.  All we can do is send our best wishes to the family and hope for a fast recovery for our beloved princess and future queen. 

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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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