Heavy rain may have cut into the crowd a bit, but the Beyer High School cafeteria still was bustling Friday night when student groups held their annual Winter Fest crafts and games events for younger children. At various tables, kids were making ornaments and other crafts. They could have their picture taken with Santa or drop a letter to him in a special mailbox. They could enjoy cocoa and treats, then burn off the energy on an obstacle course or by playing hockey within the confines of small wooden arenas that were set on the floor. The entirely free event was promoted through posters, fliers and social media.
U.S. Representative Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, last week announced the 2014 service academy nominees from California’s 10th district. Denham nominated 16 students from cities across the district to three of the country’s prestigious military academies.
Zachary Senn, a Modesto Junior College student and a member of The Bee’s Teens in the Newsroom program, is in Jakarta, Indonesia, interviewing families who work in Nike factories. For Thanksgiving, he was in Tokyo; Japan has a Thanksgiving holiday of its own, called Labor Thanksgiving Day.
As protesters across the country expressed their anger regarding the decision Monday by a Missouri grand jury not to indict a white police officer in the killing of a black, unarmed 18-year-old, teenagers watched violence unfold on Twitter and gave their opinions – an example of how powerful the social media tool can be.
Juliana Presto knows what it means to chase your dreams. “I think I was around 8 or 9 years old when I realized I really wanted to become a published author,” says Juliana, a 13-year-old living in Modesto. “That’s when I started working on different stories and really writing my ideas down.” Just four years after the realization of her dream job, Juliana has published her first novel, “Fire and Ice: The Awakening.”