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Stories from Teen

Teen Face: Music, film help fill void from loss of mom

Santa Rosa High senior Zola Ruiz makes documentary films and hopes to complete a double major in college in history and film studies.

Straight Talk: Top gifts for young people

Get it right from the horse’s mouth: Socks are the absolute worst present for a teen.

Straight Talk: Thanksgiving and family

Holiday offers an opportunity for intergenerational bonding and support.

Teen Face: Volunteer finds a job with Boys & Girls Club

As a Boys & Girls Club program coordinator, Maria Villagomez takes charge of about 26 first-graders after their regular school day ends.

Straight Talk: Thank you for not smoking

Cash incentives to graduates for not smoking can save big money.

Teen Face: Maria Carrillo senior has passion for making things work

Evan Drake, a 17-year-old track and cross country runner, is also a founding member and president of the school’s Make Club.

Teen Face: Sonoma Academy junior shoots for charity

Teen photographs people at charity events around Sonoma County in which most of profits go to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Straight Talk: Anatomy of the high school party scene

There are some innocent parties, but most have alcohol, weed, and sometimes cocaine, Ecstasy, Molly and roofies.

Teen essay: Living with narcolepsy and cataplexy

Teen tries hard to keep condition from defining who he is, but his life has changed dramatically since diagnosis.

Teen Face: Piner senior shines after tough start in new country

Girl who arrived in U.S. six years ago friendless and knowing very little English, now a role model for others students, teachers say.

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