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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Jay’vier Cook
News Reporter

Do you have a friend who is playful, funny, and sometimes even cocky around people? If not then meet Jay’vier! Jay’vier is a 16-year-old student in his Junior year of high school in Agua Fria. Jay’vier...

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Gavin Sanchez
Lifestyle Reporter

Here at Agua Fria, there are many types of students with so much to say. But rather than focusing on one person, let’s focus on first-year student Gavin Sanchez. As a fellow Agua Fria High School...

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Best of the Best :Jaden Best

Jaden Best
Jaden with someone wearing a mask

As the years close out earlier for some rather than others Jaden Lux Best prepares for her next steps exiting high school. Jaden began attending Agua Fria her freshman year right before covid 19 in August 2020. Best is an excellent example of a scholar. Best had one of the highest scores on the ACT among 8 previous Juniors selected for their overall ACT superiority. Best scored a 26! When asked Jaden said she is happy that she scored well but still believes she could’ve done better.

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Once she graduates, Best plans on attending Estrella Community College to knock her prerequisite out of the way before attending a university. Jaden aspires to become a marine biologist and has been fascinated with ocean life for a long time. Best said that Science is usually her easiest subject however this year challenged her. Jaden says “AP Bio is not for the weak!”

Jaden’s Favorite teacher as she leaves high school behind is Mrs. Torress Jaden Appretittes Mrs Torres because she is down to earth and overall pretty cool. The class Best enjoyed this year the most was Art she said there were a lot of different and cool projects/assignments this year. Jaden’s Favorite thing about high school or the most memorable she says was the friends she made along the way. Jaden says she has learned through various friendships how to discern between good relationships and bad. She said that you must pay attention to the bigger things in friendships rather than the little things. A small argument compared to repeated behavior is important to take into account when determining who your true friends are. Jaden says she enjoyed her sophomore year the most. She didn’t have as many friends as she does now, but she had a lot of fun and shared good times with others. 

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What makes Jaden laugh is different from others but this helps her get along with almost everyone. When asked if Jaden was an extrovert or introvert she said” I’m not sure I think it depends on who I’m with but I would say I am most likely an extrovert. Jaden has a boyfriend whom she spends a lot of time with Adrian. They met her Junior year and eventually after being friends for a while started dating 

Jaden is not just a part of Agua Fria but a key part and will be missed. She is an exceptional student, co-worker/employee, and friend. Truly one of the best of the best; Jaden Best

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About the Contributor
Melea Gaskins
Melea Gaskins, News Reporter
If you are in search of a kind, energetic, charismatic, positive, and welcoming person, look no further than Mel. Mel is a junior who has spread her positive energy at Agua Fria for the past three years. Mel is also an Agua Fria cheerleader and loves that she is able to bring some cheer and spirit to our campus! She can be seen cheering at games, being the epitome of school spirit, and doing her part for the community through the JROTC program at school. Mel’s passions lie with the Agua Fria ROTC and has been working towards her dream of becoming a Traveling Journalist with an Officer rank in the U.S. Military. Mel dreams of combining the two by using her ROTC background to get up close and personal to the action and give the people accurate information. Mel came to Agua Fria with the intent of joining the JROTC program to help make her dreams come true. Mel is no stranger to dreams and knows what motivation she needs. Mel is motivated by her thoughts on her future and what she wants to achieve. She says “If I can see myself there, I can get myself there, I want to be there.” She understands the discipline it will take to get where she wants to be and the challenges that may arise, but that won’t stop her!  Cheerleading is another thing that sets Mel apart, here at Agua Fria. Mel joined freshman year right out of middle school. She tried out with the encouragement of friends and family and worked hard to make the JV team. Her nerves about the competitions and her skills slowly melted away as she became part of the team and happiness ensued. The adrenaline rushes, crowd response, and helping school spirit to spread makes it all worth it to Mel.  Some of the highlights of cheering have been the cheer camps in the summer when they learn stunts, and routines and the comradery of the team expands.  As much as she loves Agua Fria and enjoys her time at school, Mel firmly believes that summer is the best time of year. Nothing competes with the heat (even in Arizona), the freedom from homework, being with friends, swimming and her birthday all blend together to create the perfect season, in Mel’s opinion.  Nevertheless, Mel has high hopes for the current school year and even higher school spirit. 

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