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Humans of our School

Profiles students and staff in a more personal, get to know you, way.

Ariadna Romero: Guiding Her Community

May 10, 2019 4:19pm | Eliseo Merida

No matter where you’re heading to on campus, whether your speed-walking to get to your class or breezing by because you have all the time in the world, chances are you’ve probably come across Ariadna Romero and her guide dog. Many people have speculated on […]

Ruben Padilla: Born to Lowride

March 13, 2019 3:39pm | Eliseo Merida

At first glance, you would assume that Santa Maria High School sophomore Ruben Padilla was just another stoic outsider who was hanging with the wrong crowd. However, if the old saying is true, then looks may very well be deceiving because those crude, stereotypical remarks […]

Rosa Rivera: Parenting is Not Easy For This Teen, But Worth It.

October 18, 2018 3:28pm | Griselda Rodas

You probably have seen Rosa Rivera around school, but do you know her? Rosa Rivera is a senior here at SMHS and she is a teen parent. At the age of 15 she became pregnant with her baby boy, Julian. She was a Sophomore when […]

Yared Portillo: Once a Saint, Always a Saint

October 15, 2018 2:33pm | Eliseo Merida

A saint is expected to represent positivity, respect, integrity, dedication, and excellence. Santa Maria High alumni Yared Portillo far exceeds all of those expectations. After graduating from Santa Maria High, she is currently a student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education (PENN GSE). […]

In the Life of Joseph Cruz

April 24, 2018 3:32pm | Natalie Oregon

Each person has a story that helps shape them into who they are. Not everyone’s story is perfect, as a normal human being we have struggles and setbacks that can alter our life in a drastic manner. Joseph Cruz’s story is one of those. Joseph […]

Humans of our School: Ella and Dana

April 10, 2018 3:37pm | Madison Zaragoza

I feel like most people have seen these two students around school once in their high school life and may have had a question or two. The two people who I am talking about are Ella and Dana Rodriguez, both seniors here at Santa Maria […]

Rise Up – Jennifer Ballesteros

March 23, 2018 4:12pm | Brenda Ballesteros

Jennifer Ballesteros is known to be one of the school’s best female wrestlers. She has explained that she joined this sport because it pushed her to show what she can actually accomplish. Wrestling has helped Jennifer to be more of a leader and help her […]

Keeping the Dream Alive

March 7, 2018 4:06am | Vincent Sanchez

The United States of America is often regarded as a place where people can chase their dreams, whether that’s being able to provide for a family or create a better future; the possibilities are seemingly endless.  In recent times, this idea has not always held […]

Humans Of Our School: Breaking Stereotypes

February 26, 2018 5:04pm | Justin Rilveria

It’s undeniable. Our school is filled with many interesting people. All of which each exhibit characteristics exclusive to them themselves. There are people who love to party and chat ‘til the ends of earth, and then there are those who prefer to congregate for weekly […]

Through the Eyes of an Artist

January 13, 2018 4:12am | Vincent Sanchez

The concept of art is one of the most intriguing ideas that people, in one way or another, are exposed to daily.  Art has many definitions, and perhaps that is its greatest attribute.  It can change and be molded over and over again, taking on […]

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