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In Memory of Uchechi Amaechi

A message from the her family:

"Dear Lincoln Mustang community,

 Uchechi Amaechi was a powerful young person who continuously inspired those around her.
 She had a passion for politics and was determined to change the world.

 During her time with us, Uche was able to achieve multiple victories. She graduated from Abraham Lincoln High in 2011. She was a member of Summer Search youth organization, the Youth in Government of San Francisco, and was accepted to UC Berkeley in the fall of 2011 with a full scholarship.

 In 2010, Uche delivered a memorable speech at a Summer Search Event.
 She said, “I learned that real strength is not found in those who avoid help, but in those who seek it.”

 Uche was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2009 but refused to let that slow her down. She was a fighter and always remained positive.  On January 29, 2012, Uche passed away from cancer on her 19th birthday.

 Although she was taken from us at such a young age, it is without a doubt that she touched many lives.

 As her family, we need your support to help cover Uchechi’s funeral expenses.  All donations will be greatly appreciated.  You can donate at  Please spread the message to those that knew her."

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"RO is the way to go!"

By Kimberly Alvarado

The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps is a program offered at Abraham Lincoln High school that provides leadership skills to students. This class is an elective, and can also be replaced for physical education. It is similar to classes that can be taken in college for adults, but is meant to prepare young adults in high school for a disciplinary future in military service and activities similar to regular RO classes in college.
    JROTC not only provides a motivational environment for the kids taking part in it, but also makes and creates goals to push and empower kids forward in academics as well as physical and mental health. With all these skills to be obtain, there are many activities done throughout the year in the RO class that ensures kids help and assistance to become successful. This class provides a financial course for all those a part of it. Also, many kids take courses in learning the basics of health aid, just in case there may be an emergency. Students also take courses in maps and navigation, and lessons in the history and traditions of the United States of America.

    Chris Avila is a “training and operations officer”. His job in the RO program is to make sure the entire bulletin’s announcements are updated and posted, and he stays alert for any upcoming events and occasions  to be listed.
    There are many jobs like this in the RO program, all very alike and different in the some ways. For example, there are leaders in RO who take responsibility for other students in the classes, also known as ‘cadets’. These leaders learn motivational skills and teach them to the cadets. “These motivational usually involve how to achieve and become very successful in life by any means necessary”, says Avila.
    Each RO class is also called a ‘company’. Every school year, and throughout the year, companies begin a ‘competition’. This competition involves the gaining of points. Points are gained when a cadet of each class does something good, like volunteer work. At the end of the school year, all the points are tallied up and the company with the most points gains the title ‘honor company’, which is a very important rank in the program.
    The JROTC program is very disciplinary, motivational, and successful. If you do not enjoy taking PE classes, taking an RO class is always another great option. This class “has one main goal”, says Avila, “that each cadet come to every class, take skills we taught them and helped learn from them and apply to the classes, and everyday situations.”

K&A Advice Column

"My brother just made some new friends, and they come over all the time to do drugs in his room. They cut school and come early to do it while my parents aren’t home, but when I get home and I see my brother he is always high and smells funny. He’s also changed a lot since he made his new friends. I miss my old brother. What can I do to get my real brother back?"

Its not uncommon to face a new struggle in your life where you feel those closest to you have chosen to separate themselves from you. First off, you should figure out why your brother is doing the drugs. Is it because he wants to fit in with these new friends he has? Is it because of pressure? Is it because he wanted to try new things and got too hooked on them to stop? Is it because he felt isolated and believed these drugs would help him escape? Did he feel too cut off from the world that he decided he needed to take these substances to help him get through it? Whatever the reasons may be, it is highly likely your brother has had a change of personality or character because of these drug uses. As many of us know, drugs have a very harmful effect on all of us. They can cause mental illnesses, addictions, physical malfunctions, and can lead to problems with other people. Your brother may have changed because A.) he doesn’t want you to get involved, and has a fear that you might get caught up in the same problems he is in B.) he has become a different person because of these new friends and his beginning of drug usage. But to answer your question: the key thing you need to have in these situations is patience. Having patience with your brother is going to help him trust you and become more comfortable than he is now to be able to come to you. Honestly, depending on what kind of drug he is using and how much of it he is using there is no guarantee that your brother is ever going to be the same with you or with anyone, as upsetting as it is, this becomes a sad truth to many people who have gone through the same situation that you have. You just need to stay determined that whatever it is your brother is going through. You have to support him through it all, and help him… because there is no human being on this planet who should have to be taking drugs and abusing them for any sort of reasons. Keep your head up, and always be positive! The outcomes may come out better than you expect them to be!

“I have been dancing for over ten years, and I love it. I’m top in my class, but my Grandma expects me to do better. She was an AMAZING dancer, and I don’t think I could get to her level. She was wealthier than I was as a teenager, and had the best teachers in her city. She is expecting too much of me, and I feel unaccepted by her. How could I meet her standards?"

Like you said, your grandma comes from an area where, probably, the dancing skills she learned and obtained are much better than yours… or maybe that’s only what you think. She may have worked harder than you and went to a school for dancing and worked out and practiced and exercised more than you did. Try practicing more, but I believe you are already doing the best you can to make her feel satisfaction by approaching this question to me, and I congratulate you for being brave enough to do that, and for being so hopeful that I can help you. Keep fighting to gain her approval. Talk to her, provide witnesses, such as your current dance teachers, or friends who have seen you perform to explain to her that you are doing your best and you are good enough. It may be very difficult to meet her standards in anyway because of her high skills and because she probably had higher expectations than you have. Start by appreciating what you have and what skills you have obtained and what skills you have accomplished. By doing that you gain more confidence, and it begins to glow with those around you.