Paige Atkison

Paige Atkison is a youth reporter for South Kern Sol. She is the editor in chief at The Renegade Rip at Bakersfield College and has been selected to partake in South Kern Sol's CA 2020: Democracy Media Fellowship.

Posts by Paige Atkison:

‘A pretty big change’: Some college students struggle to make adjustment to online education

March 17, 2020 / By

With the closures of local colleges, universities, and K-12 schools, Kern County’s young people and families are left to rearrange their lives and adjust to alternate methods of education amid the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. 

Sol on the Street: Local students speak about elections and voting

March 3, 2020 / By

Featured photo: Haley Schlechta

With the California 2020 primary elections happening today, young people across California are preparing to vote today. 

Residents remain concerned over KHSD’s disciplinary policies; district denies discrimination allegations

January 31, 2020 / By

Though the Kern High School District asserts that the rates of suspensions and expulsions have decreased, local activists and parents of KHSD students took to the streets to show their continued discomfort with the district’s disciplinary policies.

‘It’s just what I have to do’: Teen toils in fields to help keep food on his family’s table

August 17, 2019 / By

Photos by Lizette Chavez

Carlito’s feet sank a foot into the mud as he hummed along to Trap music over the repeated snapping of branches.

Discrimination down as local schools embrace LGBTQ-friendly policies

July 24, 2019 / By

Students report feeling safer, less fearful at Kern High School District

When Samantha De La Cruz first arrived at Independence High School as a freshman more than eight years ago, it was a campus devoid of LGBTQ resources.

COMMENTARY: Free speech or white supremacy? Students concerned about safety after group vandalizes BC campus

May 30, 2019 / By

A white supremacy group made their presence known at the tail end of the spring semester on the Bakersfield College campus, and following the bold statement, along came apologists from the school’s own staff.

Bakersfield Police Department discusses protocol for use of deadly force at community event

May 29, 2019 / By

The sound of a gun shot rang out from speakers as a screen showed Walter Scott fall to the ground – dead.

‘Dreams do come true’: Arvin High color guard team to compete in World Championship Thursday; ranked first in the world

April 3, 2019 / By

Ivory Iglesias has spent her last two summers working in the fields and saving every bit of money she can to afford to join Arvin High’s color guard team.

‘It’s becoming a crisis’: Community marches in honor of those lost to police violence

March 24, 2019 / By

Saturday was an emotional day for Marissa Barrera. Her brother Michael, who was killed by a police officer in 2017, was on her mind all day.

Bakersfield College seeks to provide more support for undocumented students with $115,000 Grant

January 29, 2019 / By

A group of Bakersfield College staff and students and community organizers gathered for the first time Friday afternoon on campus since receiving the Project Conexiones grant.