High Life: A WEEKLY FORUM FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS : Summer Trends That Won't Quit

It may have been hot at the beach and cool at the mall, but did it make it back to campus when the first bell sounded earlier this month?

Hot Topics wonders, "What summer trend has stayed alive through the beginning of the school year?"

"Wearing little or no shoes--or clothes."

Julie Lewczyk, 17, senior, Troy

"Rollerblading. Down at the beach on weekends, it's hard to walk on the bike paths because you almost get run over by skaters."

Jennifer Beauvais, 15, freshman, Mater Dei

"Working, but this time it's for grades and graduation."

Mike Calovich, 17, senior, Dana Hills

"Sideburns and teen-agers involved in protecting the environment."

Trang Vu, 16, sophomore, Santiago

"People reciting 'Things That Make You Go Hmmmm . . . ' "

April Crane, 17, senior, University

"The Generra Hypercolor line of clothing. I see lots of people wearing the shirt."

Royce Lin, 18, senior, Villa Park

"Everyone slicks their hair back."

Scott Hardin, 17, senior, Katella

"Wearing Birkenstocks with or without socks."

Jenny Ford, 16, junior, El Toro

"Sleeveless shirts."

Niloofar Nejat-Bina, 16, junior, Brea-Olinda

"People are shaving the sides of their heads and wearing bandannas."

Robert Rodriguez, 16, junior, Orange

"Short, denim overalls."

Rashida Swan, 15, sophomore, Kennedy

"Having a fake bronze glow--going to tanning salons and totally ignoring any fear of skin cancer."

Amanda Ream, 16, junior, Mater Dei

"Having long hair for guys and short hair for girls."

Tuyen Sam, 16, junior, Los Amigos

"People still go to the beach on weekends."

Peter Wong, 18, senior, Irvine

"Reggae colors. Many people seem to be wearing clothes with red, green and yellow."

Christina Burnett, 16, junior, Savanna

"Bad weather."

Kelly Krajacic, 17, senior, Rosary

"Turning into yuppies--buying contemporary things."

Scott McClure, 16, junior, El Dorado

"Boxer shorts for outer wear."

Allison Granger, 16, senior, Valencia

"Sport caps, not just baseball caps."

James Chun, 18, senior, University

"I see a lot of people still wearing those 'Save the Environment' or 'Save the Planet' T-shirts."

Phillis Lin, 16, sophomore, Villa Park

"People wearing psychedelic threads from the hippie years."

Dav Alexander, 14, freshman, El Toro

"GQ fashion, especially baggy jeans and silk shirts."

Jud Sickler, 17, senior, Santiago

"Nose rings."

Mary Collins, 17, senior, Esperanza

"Perpetually zoning out in class as you did in front of the TV set."

Sarah Lee, 16, junior, Dana Hills

"Fluorescent nail polish."

Casey Scales, 17, senior, El Dorado

"Cruising the streets at night."

Hiten Patel, 17, senior, Valencia

"The growing awareness in politics. Russia's not Communist anymore. I still can't believe it."

Ken Chen, 17, senior, Sunny Hills

"The trend of doing whatever you want as long as you're comfortable."

Victoria Dean, 15, junior, Rancho Alamitos

Responses gathered by Brian Lee (Brea-Olinda), Sara Schibanoff (Dana Hills), Jason Singer (El Dorado), Tiffani Chin (El Toro), Jennifer Leuer (Esperanza), Ken Lee (Irvine), Amy Johnson (Katella), Eugenie Jovilett (Kennedy), Troy Grudin (Los Amigos), Jenny Sewell (Mater Dei), Tram Nguyen (Orange), Beth Mueller (Rancho Alamitos), Christine Madracki (Rosary), Hieu Phan (Santiago), Nghi Phan (Savanna), Jedidiah Yueh (Sunny Hills), Layne Mosler (Troy), Claudine Ko (University), Laura Kim (Valencia), Juanita Chang (Villa Park) and Carolyn Bates (Woodbridge).

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