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I recently learned that a young woman named Carlene Ho who attended the same middle school at the same time as I did, passed away.  A few months ago, she was out for the day with friends at a lake, and they apparently left Carlene briefly on shore while they went to swim to a nearby island. Carlene could not swim.  Her friends came back to find her face down in the water, and were unable to revive her with CPR. I can only surmise that she attempted to follow them to the island, and drowned in the process.

Come 2014, it will only be recommended that students be able to pass the San Francisco Unified School District's swimming proficiency test, it still a requirement for all public high schools at the time Carlene was attending Abraham Lincoln High School.  If I remember correctly, the test consists of being able to swim two laps, (forward and back along the length of the pool,) using any stroke, and treading water for one minute.  A little daunting if you don't know how to swim, but also a pretty reasonable requirement.  However, the number of students being waived of having to take this test by doctor's notes and the like has been increasing, and resulted in the school board deciding it should no longer be required for graduation.

San Francisco is a peninsula, surrounded by water.  (Not to mention also major earthquake territory.) Granted, people don't often swim in the Bay or Ocean because they're both so horribly cold, but there are still pools at hotels, lakes, beaches that can tempt on day trips and vacations.  If the swim test requirement had been enforced, maybe Carlene would still be here.  Finding the time and a pool to learn might be difficult with the busy schedule of a student, but it is still a skill that can save lives- your own, or that of a friend.  

Peace be with you, Carlene.

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Kelsey Wong
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
United States
So. As you can see from my gallery, I do a variety of different arts. I paint, draw, sculpt, photograph, sew, craft... I'm like an Asian Martha Stewart.

Current Residence: Seattle, Washington
Favourite genre of music: umm....right now i feel like classical. and broadway stuffs
Favourite photographer: hiroshi sugimoto
Favourite style of art: i'll go for pretty much anything, so long as it's good
Operating System: LEOPARD!
MP3 player of choice: ipod video
Personal Quote: 'just shut up! i need to talk to myself for a minute'~opal koboi
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Gilrean Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you for the fave!
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello!

And good tidings to you as well. Than you once again for adding my work to your list of favourites. I hope this will bring you some happiness in the year of the Horse!

With many thanks,
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tusifahmad1 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the fave, I really appreciate it. :D
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Udavrajati Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks for the fav!
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wandering-pen Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
Thank you for the fav on Saint Paul's Cathedral!
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libbysscribbles Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you as ever for the fave and the support :)
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello!

It's been a while, how are you doing?
Thank you once again for adding my work to your list of favourites. I know I have said it before, but I highly appreciate all of your support!

With many thanks,
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Udavrajati Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks for the favorite!
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fungostine Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student General Artist

Hey! :wave: Thank you for :+fav: on my Mini Clockwork Angel- It was a while ago I know, but I wanted to let you know that it’s now available on Etsy here just in case you were interested!: www.etsy.com/uk/listing/155966...

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Myrvel Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks so much for the fav!!~ (:
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