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Karl Selga
Biography:
  • What is your name? Karl Selga
  • When and where were you born? I was born on Hawaii on December 12, 1998
  • Where did you attend middle school? I was a student at St. John the Baptist Catholic School
  • Do you have any pets?   Yes, I own 1 dog.
  • Where do you live? Kauai st.
  • What was your childhood like? My childhood was fun to say the least.
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses? A strength I would have is that I am very keen and a weakness would be my anxiety.
  • What motivates you to excel in school? My motivation would be that I always want to keep learning new things.
  • What is your biggest achievement? I don’t really have a “biggest achievement.” If I grow up to have a job which I love and a family then I suppose that would be my greatest achievement.
  • What 5 adjectives would you use to describe yourself? Odd, funny, introvert, arbitrary and influential.
   Interesting Tidbits: 
  • If you could bring one celebrity back to life who would it be? If I had the power to bring back any celebrity back to life I would most likely bring either George Carlin, Charlie Chaplin, Robin Williams, Frank Sinatra or Sammy Davis Jr.
  • What do you enjoy doing in your free time? In my free time I would be on the internet, reading, writing or thinking. I am always thinking about something.
  • Who is your inspiration and why? My inspiration is Charlie Chaplin. My infatuation with Charlie started ever since I saw his performance in the old film “The Great Dictator.” His love for the people inspired me to think a little less and feel a little more. Honestly I think this world could use a little more of a new age Charlie Chaplin.
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? I would go to baltimore to visit the grave of Edgar Allen Poe.
  • If you could name any person in the world you resemble the most, who would it be? I don’t think I look like anyone. I have yet to find someone who looks as good as I do.
  • What is the most creative creation you’ve ever created? My most creative creation is still yet to be created.
  • What is the biggest challenge you ever faced? The biggest challenged I ever faced is still yet to be faced, I would like to think. But, the biggest challenge as of right now would be the ex- girlfriend predicament.    
  • What color resembles you the most and why?  I would say black because all I wear is dark or black clothing.
  • What animal resembles you the most and why?  A dog would resemble me the most because my mom would always call me “puppy” or some other kind of animal.
  • What is your opinion on “freedom of speech?” I think freedom of speech is well needed in this society reason being that the government has everything on lockdown. They pretty much brainwash the kids in school to become these robots just so they can grow and make these large corporations money. I myself am in news writing so I can practice my skills so I can become better. I want to be the people’s voice, say things the people can’t or are too afraid to say.

Teen overcomes a dark past

Senior is transformed from one of the biggest challenges in his life 

by Sarah Kim


According to Mental Health America, one of the most common mental illnesses that haunts many teens, with its ability to lead to emotional anguish, is known as depression.  Senior, Karl Selga, was one of the many teens that had to endure the dismal length of this abhorrent mental illness, but in the end his character changed. The entire process began when Karl’s parents displayed papers in front of him that filed for a divorce.
There were numerous times when Karl would be asked by both, his mother and father if the divorce was acceptable to him. Karl did not take the situation as a reality at first as he always would answer with “Yes, it’s okay.” Consequently, the journey of depression began as he completely shut himself out when his parents were officially separated.
Yet, there was still hope as he had met someone that was his “sunshine,” for she made him feel content when he didn’t want to be around anyone. Karl described her as a “complete getaway” and kept his mind off the dreadful situation that was occurring at his home. Furthermore, Karl had began going to therapy, but the outcome was not entirely positive. Karl’s mother began to understand his pain while simultaneously discovering that he did not have a relationship with his mother. “It really sucks to see your parent cry,” Karl Selga said. Unfortunately, Karl’s father was not apart of the picture anymore and he was somewhat careless about his son’s feelings toward the divorce. Karl described a time when he saw his father on his birthday and specifically asked him, “Dad, do you know what day it is?” and his father casually replied, “It’s just another normal day.”
As time progressed, the sentimental moments with Karl’s “sunshine” began to become gloomy and dark as there were several conflicts in the relationship including major complications that the girl was enduring at home. The girl had trusted him as she discussed personal issues with Karl, yet the problem established Karl to become worrisome. Thus, her entire story was told to a counselor by him and her issues had slowly disappeared since. To this day, the girl is jubilant and beyond content.
However, the feeling of regret does not overcome Karl even though he did break a crucial promise. The girl’s friends didn’t take any action in the situation, thus Karl defended her and became the bigger person.
Karl, however, still lives with depression, but he is unlikely to dwell over things, his whole attitude completely transformed, and his writing keeps him from hurting himself. “You have a working body, you have two working arms and legs, you have a working system, you have a working heart, you have a head, you have a roof over your head, you have water, you can take a shower anytime you want, you have food...I mean what is there really to be sad about? You have all of these great things and you’re just thinking about that one thing that shouldn’t be taking up your time or stopping you” Karl Selga said.  

Karl Selga, reporter

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