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“High School Ignites: The Electrifying Excitement of the Initial Two Weeks!”

Reflections on the opening weeks of school
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Samantha Garcia
After French class, Freshmen Laura Fagundes stays for an interview. She shares her wishes for the upcoming year and excitement for her first year of high school, including the opportunities it will bring. “I hope it is going to be fun, especially because I’ll be able to go on the trips that are out of state.”

Everyone’s first day back at school is unique, with factors such as new classes, schedules, and teachers. While student may feel stressed, high school offers fun moments like reuniting with friends and planned activities.

Let’s see what our high school bulldogs thought about their first two weeks.

What do you hope your high school years are like?

Freshman year brings a lot of new challenges for students as they head toward their college years and incoming ninth graders have mixed feelings about what to expect. “I hope that my high school years are good and not as hard as people describe them because that kind of stresses me, “said Arianne Scanu, 9. Many students come back eager to participate in Riviera’s abundance of activities. “I hope its going to be fun, especially because I’ll be able to go on the trips that are out of state,” said Laura Fagundes, 9. While freshman year can bring obstacles, Riviera’s out-of-state trips excite incoming ninth graders and are a great way to bond with classmates heading into future years of high school.

How are you going to treat this year of high school?

During a break on a Friday afternoon, Sophomore Ella Wohl stops by for an interview about the first two weeks back at the Riv. (Manny Eberwein)

Achieving high grades is essential for success in sophomore year. The tenth graders are motivated to make this year their best ever. “I’m treating this year of high school as a very important year, and I’m going to take my grades very seriously this year,” said Maria Bezerra, 10. Mariel St. John, 10, dedicates herself to trying her best academically and athletically as the starting middle of the varsity volleyball team. “I’m gonna try and do my best academically and athletically, so hopefully I’ll have a good year,” St. John said.  Ella Wohl aims to study harder this year to guarantee success. “I’m going to study hard and get good grades this year,” said Wohl. From academic to athletic aspirations, our sophomores are looking to make a lasting impact on the Bulldog community.

Junior Lucia Salazar takes a break from classes in the library to speak to us about her first two weeks back at the Riv. (Louis Leibowitz)

 What are you looking forward to in the upcoming year?

Riviera provides a range of amenities, from Spirit Week to numerous athletic teams, enabling students to engage deeply in the Bulldog community. “I’m looking forward to a lot of the school events we are going to be having like the dances and spirit week,” said Miranda Blanco, 11. “I’m looking forward to prom because it’s the first year I will be going,” said Lucia Salazar, 11. Thanks to all of the student events and activities, this year will be full of opportunities for all our bulldogs.

Despite the ups and downs, high school is all about making memories with friends and being part of something bigger.

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Louis Leibowitz
Louis Leibowitz, Writer
Louis Leibowitz is a senior and second year staff writer for the Riviera Press. His journalism interest extends to areas like yearbook, which he joined this year for the first time. Fun fact about Louis that many don’t know, he is a first degree black belt in Taekwondo. He lives by the quote, “Time is money” by Benjamin Franklin and is excited to specialize in sports coverage this year.
Manny Eberwein
Manny Eberwein, Writer
Emmanuelle (Manny) Eberwein is a junior and second year staff writer for the Riviera Press. She appreciates music and can often be found at the latest concerts. Manny is excited to develop her photography skills and growing her writing portfolio. If you spot her in the halls, remind her to get to class on time!
Samantha Garcia
Samantha Garcia, Writer
Samantha Garcia is a senior and staff writer for the Riviera Press. This is her first year on staff. Samantha’s favorite pastime is scrolling through Instagram or TikTok on her phone. In an effort to challenge herself and explore new horizons, she decided to join Multi-Media Journalism to step out of her comfort zone.
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