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BHS Student Visits Island of the Giant Animals

Posted by bhspioneerspirit on January 14, 2009

By Linh Tran


The trip to the Galapagos Island was more than just a vacation for Clare Brown. Her experience at the island was unforgettable as well as the time she spent with her best friend, former BHS student, Michelle Novillo.


After landing, Brown first noticed the building that was the so-called airport. “It was merely a shack with no walls,” commented Brown. 


Brown and Novillo then got on a bus, which took them to a ferry and later went on a taxi ride to their hotel. Staying for five days, the girls found the room and board were just as interesting as the airport building, especially when the girls found lizards and different species of insects in the room with them. Luckily the critters did not cause any problems.


These were not the only animals that were found on the island.  There were sea lions, blue footboobies, the Galapagos turtles, land iguanas, terrestrial iguanas, sea turtles, and a lot of bird species.


 “Once while we were at a fish market, the venders threw down their scraps of fish and several birds and even a few sea lions were on the ground right beside us eating.  Sometimes birds would come and eat off of your plates after you set them off to the side of the table once you were done eating,” Brown stated.


Food choice was not that out of the ordinary. “We ate a lot of fish there, considering it was surrounded by the ocean.  The first course was always a soup and then a meat course served with rice.  We also always had fresh juice to drink,” noted Brown. 


Not only did the animals captivate Brown’s interest, the ocean did too. “The water was the bluest and clearest water I have ever seen.  It was a very unique aqua/light blue color,” explained Brown.


The ocean’s wave currents are extremely strong in the Galapagos, so they swam in a cove, which blocked all of the waves.  They got to snorkel where the fresh water met the ocean, and instead of getting wildly high currents, they got water that was completely still.


Some other things they got to do was visit The Charles Darwin Research Center, where they saw several tortoises in captivity for observation, La Playa de Perros where there were thousands of iguanas, and Tortuga Bay where they saw many more marine iguanas and also a place where the tortoises lay their eggs. 


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Student’s Blog Published in National Magazine

Posted by bhspioneerspirit on January 14, 2009

By Krystle Pham


Once again, technology has managed to change the lives of those seeking a way to reach others in this generation.  Blogs are the new way both faculty and students voice their opinions on current issues and other mind-compelling topics. 


Online literacy surprised senior Jon-Michael Poff in a way he never thought possible when one of his posts was published in Edutopia Magazine.


The California Magazine’s choice of Poff’s blog post proves that writing is a powerful way to be heard.  “Powerful writing has the ability to shape the hearts and minds of people,” said Jon-Michael.


Ideas are only as effective as the number of people who hear them.  Jon-Michael stated, “Blogging lets you write to a huge audience – no less than the web-using world.”


While Jon-Michael was overwhelmed with this once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity, he gives full credit to his English teacher Mrs. Huff for her influence in his blog. 

Mrs. Huff also has her own blog that she tries to frequently update. “It inspires me to keep learning, to keep improving, to give back to education and to improving our schools,” said Mrs. Huff.


Blogging has become more and more involved in education and across the nation as a means of influence in the ever-changing world.  Mrs. Huff stated, “I read.  I think.  I write.  I discuss and debate.  These are the habits of a literate lifestyle.” 

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