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HIGH LIFE : Road to School Paved With Good Intentions

When human beings make fresh starts, most have a tendency to make promises or set goals for themselves.

We will probably start thinking about our New Year’s resolutions in a few months, but the start of school is only a weekend away; thus, this week’s Hot Topics asks: “What’s your resolution for the new school year?”

“To get a girlfriend.”

Eric Dee, 16,

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Junior, Costa Mesa

“To go to school at least three days out of the week.”

Chris Oprison, 17,

Senior, Dana Hills

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“Same as every year--dedicate myself to giving more time to schoolwork and, therefore, get better grades.”

Brandy Elser, 16,

Senior, Dana Hills

“To budget my time better. I always get more and more frantic as the year goes on. I want to be able to put a lot of effort into all my activities, not little chunks of me.”

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Jennie Elliott, 17,

Senior, Dana Hills

“Do math homework.”

Richard Hartzell, 16,

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Senior, Dana Hills

“Not to procrastinate, but that was my last year’s resolution too. I just haven’t gotten to it yet.”

Kindra Larson, 17,

Senior, Dana Hills

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“To improve my grades.”

Eric Watson, 17,

Senior, Estancia

“To apply myself to get good grades.”

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Bonnie Blackburn, 17,

Senior, Estancia

“To survive.”

Karl Bui, 17,

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Senior, Estancia

“To get my driver’s license.”

Shelley Wilcox, 15,

Sophomore, Fountain Valley

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“To graduate.”

Bob Wilcox, 17,

Senior, Fountain Valley

“To get a 4.2 grade-point average.”

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Rob Bates, 16,

Junior, Fountain Valley

“To stay alive.”

Carrie Hardeman, 15,

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Sophomore, Fountain Valley

“To decide which options I want on my new 1989 white Toyota four by four.”

Brigit Bernier, 17,

Senior, Kennedy

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“My new school year’s resolution is to try.”

Jennifer Jarrard, 17,

Senior, Kennedy

“To study at least an hour every week.”

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Ami Makena, 15,

Sophomore, Newport Harbor

“As commissioner of school spirit, my year will be spent getting people fired up for school activities and letting them know that being cool means being yourself.”

Shawn Cutler, 17,

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Senior, Orange

“Getting good grades. It’s a recent life goal of mine.”

Brent Nightingale, 15,

Sophomore, Orange

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“To make sure we have a good football team.”

Colby Stroud, 16,

Junior, Orange

“Since this is my last year, I want to make it the best and most memorable. I want to do good and have fun doing it.”

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Jacquie Waldrop, 17,

Senior, Orange

“To graduate, I’d say. That’s my life’s resolution.”

Adron Collie, 18,

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Senior, Orange

“I’m going to be friendlier.”

Carin Ming, 14, Sophomore,

Southern California Christian

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“To think of a new school year’s resolution.”

Mike Johnston, 15, Sophomore,

Southern California Christian

“To do better in school.”

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Stacie Swain, 14, Junior,

Southern California Christian

“To invent more hours in the day to finish all the schoolwork given.”

Aoi Mizushima, 16,

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Junior, Trabuco Hills

“To avoid procrastinating with my homework papers and essays. Last year I would put off these things until the last minute and find myself cramming only to get a lousy grade.”

Erin Horan, 16,

Junior, Trabuco Hills

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“To work hard in everything I do and in school to make my future a success.”

Nancy Fong, 15,

Sophomore, Valencia

“I want to work hard in swimming and water polo so I can be good.”

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Julie Swail, 15,

Sophomore, Valencia

Next Week’s Hot Topic: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would that be and why?

Hot Topic responses gathered by Chris Bergerud, Tanya Diaz, Kristin Hardeman, Stephanie Jeffers, Soojin Kang, Chi Mai, Monica Neal, Hai Pham, Jana Swail

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