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I :f ,/ i Students raise funds By Margaret Boyle Over S2600 was raised between the five Beverly Hills Unified schools to donate to Camp Heartland, a non- profit or2anization dedicated to help- ing children impacted by HIV and AIDS. The schools" fundraising efforts were recognized Monday, March 13 during an assembly in the BHHS Salter Family Theatre. Auggie Loya an i 1-year-old from Redding, California was born HIV positive. When he was three, his mother died from AIDS. Loya was the first to carry his message to the students. "I used to be afraid that someone would find out that I ani HIV posi- tive." Loya said. "But vhat I kne the)' didn't realize wa how easily it could be them." Through its uniqu  education pro- gram, Camp Hearthmd camper.,, share their stories about the qruggles of liv- ing with a life-threatening disease, their experiences of going public in their communities, and their hopes for the future. The presentation encour- ages young people to remain AIDS- free and to treat those infected with the virus with empathy. Auggie's brother, 15-year old Arlen Simmons put it best when he said, "You don't have to be infected with this disease to be affected. In some way we will all'be dealing with the disease., that's why it's all of our responsibility to help and to educate each other." Brad Elliott, Camp Heartland's "Adventure program" coordinator, emphasized four main messages of Camp Heartland. "It's about being understanding and having empathy," Elliott said. " It's about realizing that AIDS is not a punishment for anything. Realizing you can't get AIDS from casual con- tact. Most importantly, realizing that AIDS is preventable." 15-year-old Noelle Davis, whose father is suffering from the AIDS virus, spoke of her summer spent at the Camp Heartland program. "It just lets you know that there are other people out there to support you," Davis said. "Eighth grade I sud- denly became the "AIDS child". [At Camp Heartland] we really all made sure to be there for each other, and to help each other get through things." "It's a really important experience for us to get to hear these speakers from Camp Heartland," BHHS com- munity service commissioner Donna Pouladian said. "I'm really glad that we've continued to support this orga- nization." College Fair offers knowledge for the future By Ava izi Beverly Hills High School held ts annual College Fair Wednesday, March 15 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. At the College Fair, students and parents were able to obtain information about colleges from alumni and admission representatives from colleges all over the United States. This year, there were over 50 colleges represented. Some of the distinguished Universities present included Arizona, Boston, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Stanford and Princeton. Guidance Counselor Hanna Zylberberg coordi- nated the event for the first time this year. Zylberberg started working on the event at the beginning of January. "The College Fair is very important because it allows students to explore colleges without having to go to the colleges," Zylberberg said. "We bring the colleges to them." Normally, the College Fair is held during November and juniors and seniors are invited to attend., But this year, due to construction, the col- lege fair was postponed until March, after senior applications were already due. Freshmen and sophomores weren't formally invit- ed because, according to Zylberberg. they aren't ready to start looking into colleges. But, Zylberberg said that all interested students are still welcome. "Each college has a separate booth where students can get direct answers to their questions and other 'information," Zylberberg said. "They might even learn about collflges they've never heard of." The information booths have free pamphlets and books of course offerings and requirements for stu- dents to take and keep. According to Zylberberg, this early gathering of information will help stu- dents decide which college would be best for them. "College Fair is a great opportunity for students and parents because they can get first hand infor- mation from the representatives," Zylberberg said. "Parents and students receive a great amount of knowledge without having to go to the colleges directly." THE PRINCETON REVIEW PSAT . SAT I . SAT 11 . ACT Better Scores, Better Schools (800) 2-REVIEW (310) 473-3423 March 16-22, 2000 13