Nonfiction and Advanced Journalism at Redwood High School

Public Community Schools and Classrooms


A Bathroom Break from Vietnam to the United States – An Immigrant Story

Chad Goodman was a seven-year-old boy in Vietnam during the Fall of Saigon. His mother realized that the only way that her children could have a better life was if she could give them up to adoption, which also meant...

Importance of family: From childhood on

My Auntie Debbie and I discussed how her experiences as a child traveling to family influenced her as to what family should mean to her today.

Dad’s First Time in San Francisco

The time my dad went on a spontaneous trip to to San Francisco with a friend while driving to Oregon.

Grandmother Evangeline Charles recalls how she yearned for a baby girl.

After giving birth to three boys, Evangeline Charles was hoping for a girl. However, her fourth child, Curtis, was born a boy. Nevertheless, when Evangeline first saw her child, she realized "I loved him more than I could any baby...

Dad nearly blows up his apartment building

Dad tells the story of the dumbest thing he's ever done with a little bit of Mom's commentary in the mix. In a three word summary: gasoline, fire, stupidity...

An Educators Journey

This a conversation I had with my dad about his work in education

Interview with my Mom

My mom, Meili, talks about our family and her life living in China and Turkey.

“Tell me who had the biggest impact on you while growing up”

My dad, Kevin, reflects back on his childhood memories and shares his advice for future generations.

“Tell me about your happiest memory.”

Naz Erickson reflects back on her fondest childhood memories and what she feels are the most important lessons in life.

Trish Goodman’s days in middle school

Patricia Goodman throughout her childhood lived in Pensacola, Florida and she had great times in her early childhood and high school. However, she went through a Dark Age period, where a classmate in music did awful things to her, while...

Ligeia Polidora shares about a positive decision that impacted her life forever, that came out of a very difficult time in her life.

Ligeia Polidora, my aunt, had just gone through a very difficult breakup with someone she was really in love with. She was still living in Madison, Wisconsin, her hometown and just couldn't get over him. She began to realize that...

Brian Wade talks to his mom, Kris, about losing her mom at an early age.

Losing her mom at 22-years-old had a profound effect on Kris Wade. Not only did it change the course of her young adult life, it shaped the way she chose to parent. Keeping the legacy of her mother alive within...

Peter Poutiatine explains how he met the love of his life.

Peter Poutiatine talks about the time he met the love of his life, how he won her heart and one special trip in particular that pulled them together and sparked their love.

Carlos Fassler and The Fall of The Berlin Wall

Carlos Fassler talks about how the fall of the Berlin Wall affected his life growing up in Switzerland and the impact it's fall had on him.