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Nick Ichien and Kelly Pray

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The Poly community has always valued charity and the positive impact that it can have on our community.  Personally, the concept of tzedakah, particularly as laid out by the Medieval philosopher Maimonides, and its applicability in the world have been among my core moral tenets.  In all societies worldwide, philanthropy on an individual and organizational level is critical to public well-being.  There are very few instances in which the practice of giving can have negative effects.  Still, I am disappointed with the majority of the Poly community’s general attitude towards this subject. (more…)

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By TANNER JOHNSON
Student contributor 

As the girls varsity volleyball team’s long and moderately suc­cessful season comes to an un­fortunate end, a few key players stand out for their overall value to the team and their great contribu­tions to the success of the team. Among these noteworthy players is Freshman Alexis Genske, who has proven to be a major asset to this year’s girls varsity volleyball team. As a newcomer to Poly’s volleyball program, Genske ex­hibited great skill and consistency in her game and has proven to ev­erybody that she deserves her spot as starting middle blocker for the team.

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By BRIAN HOLMAN
Student contributor

While he may not get the at­tention that athletes in football or basketball do, junior Ricky Neal works just as hard. He spends two to three hours Wednesday through Sunday training for an equestrian event called show jumping, in which he and his horse must race to hurdle a course of several ob­stacles at a height of 1.4 meters (about 4.6 feet.)

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A couple of weeks ago, as I grabbed my tennis bag and headed off to practice, I ran into Felix Reyes cleaning up the Senior Pa­tio.

While I highly doubt his Operations job description includes picking up after 377 messy teenagers, I am guessing that, in 11 years working at Poly, he has thrown away a lot of Coke cans and half-eaten sandwiches. And when people like Mr. Reyes are the ones dragging around garbage bags after lunch, there’s something wrong with how we stu­dents are treating our environment. The prob­lem here, though, is not really our obvious inability to throw away trash; it is, rather, the overall lack of responsibility in our student community.

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By CHARLOTTE CLEARY
Life editor

Senior Kate Hamilton got her start acting in the Poly third grade production of “The Lorax” and has held a passion for performing ever since.

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By MIMI BEA
Assistant sports editor

Senior Jenny Lamb stands out both as an excellent athlete and a motivating leader on the cross country team. Lamb has run cross-country since her freshman year, and this year, she is ranked the number one girls runner on the Poly team.

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