April 13, 2018
Ohio Teen Dies Stuck In A Minivan
On Tuesday afternoon, 16 year old Kyle Plush was stuck underneath the third row seats of his 2002 Honda Odyssey while in a parking lot at school. The teen called 911 using the hands free technology on his phone, and called twice, but with no help to follow. Although police searched for his van, he wasn't found until it was too late and there was nothing they could do.
Kyle was headed to a tennis match, and although some details are unclear, authorities think he could have been grabbing his equipment when the seat folded in on him, leaving him trapped and most likely panicked. Using the hands free technology on his phone, he was able to call 911 and alert them of his situation. Because of the distance between him and his phone, the conversation led to confusion on both ends, him crying for help and the receiver of this horrible call unknowing of his exact location or the details of the car that just became jail. As he struggled underneath the seat, police searched the parking lots of his high school for a teen boy stuck somewhere in some van. They tried calling him back, but with no answer as he probably couldn't get to his phone. Later, another 911 call from him, now with detailed and crucial information for his rescue. "This is not a joke. This is not a joke. I'm trapped inside a gold Honda Odyssey van. I probably don't have much time left. Tell my mom I love her, if I die." The call lasted more than 2 1/2 minutes, but the operator never responds to his plea for help, and his last goodbye. After hours of searching, police finally find his car, but with no luck as it was too late and he was already gone. His father used a phone tracking app to find his location, which led to the parking lot where he was. He had passed away in a life struggle underneath the seat, alone and scared. There is now an ongoing investigation as to why the crucial information shared in the second call never got to police, how he got trapped, and if it was user error or the mistake of the manufacturer.
I feel horrible for the family who had to face the mortifying facts of the passing of their son, brother, sister, cousin, friend, peer, or student. To know he was so close and yet so far from being found, being helped. There are so many questions I have which have still to be answered, so I can't imagine the tremendous amount of questions which someone such as his parents could have. Why didn't anyone answer him the second time he called? Why wasn't anybody notified about the information of his car details? Did anyone see and not say something? What could they have done? What could we have done? How on Earth did this happen?
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San Diego Union Tribune
March 2, 2018
D-V Girls Soccer: North County High Tech Savors First Title
The Lady Raptors of High Tech High North County were able to score our first CIF Championship title on Friday, the final score being 3-1. We played as the first seed against Calvin Christian, the second-seeded team. Our team had climbed throughout the season and took the top spot in our league, and had made school history when gaining the W against Sweetwater 2-1. We moved onto the championship and pushed to sweet, sweet victory.
As we took the field, you could feel the excitement sprinkled through the air. We all entered the stadium and watched as the game before took place. Everyone sat anxious in the seats as I looked down at the field which would soon hold memories of hardship and triumph. As warm-up time came, the butterflies flew in and out and I began to focus on the game itself. All I could think is, We’re going to win. I had no doubt in my mind that we can and will accomplish what we needed to. Once we began working on shooting, I could look to my left and see the stadium flooded with blue, our audience wearing matching shirts and representing our newly developed school spirit. The whistle was blown, and we got in our final huddle. Our pump-up song - because every good team needs a pump-up song - God’s Plan played loudly through the speaker which sat in the middle of our bubble. We jumped, danced, and let loose before our nerves would jump through the roof. The classic pep talk, the national anthem, announcements, and final breathes. Then the whistle and the clock beginning. In the eighth minute of the first half, Freshman Karina Chavez scored our first goal, holding the score at 1-0. Three minutes later, Junior Aubree Anderson got a goal, evening out the score to 1-1. In the last minute of the half, I was fouled in the Calvin Christian penalty area and earned the penalty kick. Junior Lucy Guthy took the kick and made it into the left corner of the goal, bringing the score to 2-1. In the second half, we were able to keep working with the confidence of having one point up, and the uncomfortability of that small space between victory and failure. Sophomore Jazmin Calvario was able to get a goal three minutes into the second half, which let us breathe easy as we continued through the half. The Lady Raptors continued to work and sweat hard, which ultimately led to our 3-1 win and earning the trophy. We all gave the trophy a kiss, grateful and excited for this beginning of a new era of success for HTHNC sports.
High Tech High has struggled in the past when it comes to achievements in sports, as it is a fairly new school with a developing program. Thanks to our lovely athletic director Brett Faber and the devoted coaches such as our soccer coach Alex Martis, we have been able to work our way up to pep rallies and championships, new jerseys and school posters. We were able to set school records and work past the status quo.
I am extremely proud of my team for making it so far through our season and CIF, to say the least. We worked very hard to make it to that point, and refocused ourselves from just a small school´s soccer team to a winning one. Our coach was a huge part of our success, as he pushed us to credit ourselves more and demand more respect from peers and teammates. He wanted to see more that just a team, he wanted to see us prosper and succeed. At first we were reluctant, but finding it beneficial to stop underestimating ourselves. As we began to change our mindset, we became more and more successful and worked our way up the rankings in our league to ultimately make school history, break records, and win.
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New York Times
Jan 25, 2018
Fire Kills at Least 41 People at South Korea Hospital
On Friday, a fire at a hospital in the southern city of Miryang near Seoul, South Korea killed at least 41 people and injured 70 or more. Due to lack of high safety standards and a fast-aging population, South Korea is struggling to keep incidents like these from happening as they create more and more hospitals and nursing homes to cater to the people in their country. As the demand for nursing homes goes up, their safety standards go down.
A fatal fire cost 40 or more people their lives, and 70 or more serious injuries. It happened in Miryang on Friday, January 19th. Sadly, this is not unheard of in South Korea. In fact, because there is an imbalance in supply and demand - demand being the fast-aging community and supply being the amount of nursing homes - South Korea is lacking in their public safety standards. That lack of standards is causing incidents like this one to happen more frequently and without warning for those who have disabilities or are simply less capable because of an injury or age. Within the past few years, many fires like this one have started in hospitals, endangering the lives of many patients. President Moon Jae-in took steps to help by responding and re-evaluating, and Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon sent equipment and supplies to Miryang. Mr. Moon also vowed to raise safety standards and has taken steps forward to help and become proactive.
I am hopeful that South Korea's government will follow through on their promise of safety standards rising. I do also believe baby steps will need to be taken and it will be a challenge to balance quantity and quality, supply and demand. I think the people of South Korea are expecting a lot of improvement as they should be, but they also need to realize it will take time and there will be setbacks.
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