The Student News Site of Agua Fria High School


The Student News Site of Agua Fria High School


The Student News Site of Agua Fria High School


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Jimmy Palacios: One of A Kind Soul

Jimmy at the senior field trip

Here at Agua Fria High School, we have tons of unique students and so much to learn about them. You know that friend that you can tell anything to? That friend that is always going to be on your side and be able to give you advice? Many have had the privilege to be around him including myself. Jimmy Palacios is that person. He is funny, relatable, and overall a genuine person. He will tell you things how they are, caring for you every step of the way and making sure you are completely okay. Over this past year, I got to know Jimmy and his traits and also what he has to say about situations.

Jimmy when he was small skating Credit: Jimmy’s Mom

Born and raised in Arizona and moved around a lot, Washington was one of the places he lived in when he was very very young. “I miss it A LOT,” Jimmy says, “ it was cold and breathtaking and just overall so beautiful.” Even though he misses it a lot he made a great life here in Arizona. After knowing Jimmy for a while, telling him about situations has been refreshing and everyone needs that type of person. The one that’s going to be there and not only that he will make sure you don’t feel uncomfortable while talking. He has a one-of-a-kind mindset, a well-spoken insightful person. After asking him a series of questions I got to learn more about him. After high school, Jimmy would like to study mechanics but one of the things that was really cool to me is if he wants to learn how to build a car properly. That’s not something you see every day, having the knowledge to know how to build a car and WANTING to learn more about it is fascinating. 

During the first 2 years of high school he struggled a lot, COVID-19 made nothing fun and everything was off, a lot of people went through depression there were a lot of situations that were overcome but thankful that it got better for Jimmy! His taking FBLA in his sophomore year was really fun because “after being alone for a long time during the endemic, you get to know a lot of people”, he says. FBLA stands for “Future Business Leaders of America”, Jimmy being a part of a program is already a huge accomplishment. Another one of the things that were one of my biggest accomplishments was winning senior Assassin, “It was a lot of fun”. Senior assassin is played like water tag and everyone gets a water gun and has different targets and overall you end up getting a huge prize at the end. 

Jimmy as a kid at the beach Credit: Jimmy’s Mom

More on the personal side, Jimmy is an overall amazing person, he helps with problems even if he isn’t the best of it and sees something in everyone. Someone you want to be around, getting to know him has been an amazing experience of how it can be when you have someone who truly knows and cares about you, therefore if you are looking for someone to understand who you are, inside and out. Talk to Jimmy and who knows maybe you will grow closer together than you ever thought possible.

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Zoe Perez
Zoe Perez, Opinion Editor
If there's a person who you want to talk to about colleges and academics, then Zoe Perez is the right person for you! Interviewing and writing about Zoe Perez was an honor because of how straightforward and educated her answers were.  Zoe is a 15-year-old sophomore and she will be the Opinion Editor, Media Editor, Opinion Columnist, and Treasurer for this second year of her journalism journey. Last year, she was only an opinion writer. June 22, 2008, is her birthday meaning she has the zodiac sign of cancer.  She is the type of person who is going to be honest with you even if it means telling you what you may be doing wrong, despite that she describes herself as a very social person, she says “I am the type of person who is social and would come up to you to ask for your Instagram if I see you from afar and decide that if you seem friendly.”  She mentioned that she enjoys talking and giving advice about colleges, medical schools, or how to write an article while also wanting to help those students who need help with any classes in between Honors to AP. Zoe spoke about wanting to live in Washington D.C. after high school because Washington has the best medical school that she could think of. She says “ What motivates me to work hard is myself because I believe that even though taking Honors and AP classes may be hard, It will all be worth it when I become a radiologist, technician, or an Anesthesiologist”. Zoe Perez has an understanding of what she wants to be doing with her life. Zoe is very passionate about writing which brought her to be in journalism. She stated that she loved to inform people about what was going on, seeing different opinions, while giving people a fast and easy answer. Her love for journalism has brought her to meet new people and to be more active in the community when writing stories. She touched upon her interests like reading, writing, and psychology. Her favorite series book to read is called “A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder” where she describes the story as a girl who opens a close case and along the way finds something captivating. She remarked about why she enjoys the book saying.”It takes all the characters' points of view and I am amused by a good murder mystery book.”  Zoe introduced her love for psychology and said that she was from Trevor Browne High School and found out that Agua Fria had psychology as a class and so on went to this school now. She said, “I am obsessed with psychology and basically wrote most of my articles based on psychology, so I am technically an opinion editor with a psychology theme.” All of these circumstances in her life have brought her to be the person she is. So if you ever need a person to talk about academics, psychology, or even books then Zoe Perez is the person you’re going to be looking for!!!

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