By: Isenia Lopez
Tired of rereading the same book? If so, then book club can help solve that situation. In book club the group discusses a new book every month. February’s book is Simon vs. Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. In Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, a sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Join book club and see what happens in the book.
What is your favorite book?
Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
Share a favorite quote from the book. Why did this quote stand out?
“Death brings life; life brings death. There are no words in that fleeting moment between hope and the knowledge. There is no way to express how a heart can burst and break at the same time, how the sun can cut through the darkness but will cast shadows everywhere.”
If you had the chance to ask the author of this book one question, what would it be?
Could you please make this a movie?
What was your favorite childhood book?
Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Favorite genre to read is romance.
By: Isaak Martinez
Having trouble looking for something to watch or listen to? Well, new music by your favorite artists include Drake and Kendrick Lamar. These artists have come out with some hot new music featuring other very talented artists. Not only did new music come out earlier this year, but so did a few movies starring your favorite actors/actresses. Here is a list of just a few.
-After the death of T’Challa father, He returns his to home land in Wakanda in Africa.
-February 16, 2018
-Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s best-selling Novel, takes place where the law of nature doesn’t apply.
– February 23, 2018
A Wrinkle in Time
– Meg Murry and her little brother Charles Wallace have been without their father for 5 years after he discovered a new planet.
– March 9, 2018
Ready Player One
– The film is set in 2045 with the world on the edge of chaos and collapse, but the people have found salvation in the OASIS.
-March 30, 2018
You Were Really Never Here
-A contract killer uncovers a conspiracy while trying to save a kidnapped teen from a life of prostitution.
-April 6, 2018
Avengers Infinity War
-The Avengers gather some new recruits to fight against their most powerful enemy they have ever faced, Thanos, that threatens to destroy their home Earth.
-May 4, 2018
– A relentless red ninja like character was a project that was a success… well in some accusations.
-May 18, 2018
-”Finesse (Remix)” By Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B
– “All the Stars” By Kendrick Lamar and SZA
– “Camila” By Camila Cabello
“Diplomatic Immunity” and “God’s Plan” By Drake
By: Robby Stevenson
As Spring sports are up and running, lets see what some of the athletes have to say about their expectations and goals this season.
This years baseball team’s new head coach, Ryan Martinez will be taking over the Tigers with hope of a repeat of a winning season. This year the Tigers are looking forward to star returners Clayton Vincent, Jordan Price, Ray Rodriguez and Dylan Mills, who hold high standards for the season. They will also be accompanied by the JV star last year Jacob Bischoff, who is ecstatic to get on the field and play ball. Jordan Price says “We are just going to go out there and get dubs”. What a great attitude for a great season.
Track is back and better than ever with Henry Hagen coming back looking to place first in high jump and also relay runner Marcos Mendez. Henry Hagen doesn’t have much to say about this season, but when does he have much to say at all?
Softball is in between head coaches and are looking forward to this season, however, the passionate girls are hoping for a great season and to making a tight bond with their new team. Returner Pria Bun says “I’m looking forward to how close we all get during softball, we all love to dance at practice.” Sound like Tiger softball will have a bright season. Good luck Girls!
Along with the other sports, swimming is making a comeback with many speedy returners in hopes of taking the gold at Valley. The teams relay time looks like the strongest point of this team and hold promising wins for the team. We can’t wait to see how far the Tigers get this year.
By: Kiara Benavides
Agriscience Fair is a leadership development event which recognizes student researchers studying the application of agricultural related scientific principles and emerging technologies in agricultural enterprises. As part of their curriculum, Woodlake FFA Ag Academy students are required to complete an agriscience fair project. Students are compelled to create a project following one of six categories: animal systems, environmental services/ natural resource systems, food products and processing systems, plant systems, power structural and technical systems, and social science. After the completion of all projects, a local competition is put together for the academy students to display their research and experiments. The competition is judged by the advisory board and will be hosted on January 31. Those projects that meet a certain threshold grade will advance to compete at the state level. Here is insight on two agriscience projects.
Kirsten’s project is on the effect of root stocks on several mandarin varieties. Kirsten planted Argentina Clementine and Mihowase Satsumas on Keriza root stock, C35 root stock, and Rich 16-6 root stock (she used the most well known mandarins and root stock in the citrus industry). Kirsten tested the sugar level and the acidity level. Her hypothesis was that Argentina and Mihowase on Keriza root stock would have the highest sugar to acid ratio. Following her experiment, Kirsten concluded that her hypothesis was wrong. The highest sugar to acid ratio was on the C35 root stock.
Izaiah’s project is about water sealants effect on various wood types. Izaiah sprayed three different types of water sealants (polyurethane, lacquer, and oil) on redwood, pinewood, and oakwood. He did so to figure out which water sealant worked the best. After some online research, Izaiah conducted a hypothesis stating that polyurethane would work best on all wood types. Following his experiment, Izaiah concluded that his hypothesis was correct.
By Karyme Martinez and Victoria Benavidez
On Jan 20th 2018, Around the World Women’s Marches took place nationw ide. The Women’s March was for all women to show their rights and to let the world know that they have a voice, and they deserve to be heard. Women have an innate ability to be intuitive with people that they truly love, but they have to trust their inner voice. Women of all ages, women of diverse ethnicity, professional women, campesinas marching side by side, mothers marching with their children, transgender women and LGBTQ+ members, and so many male supporters, which truly embraced the chant of “THIS IS WHAT COMMUNITY LOOKS LIKE!” The rally had speakers from ACT for Women and Girls, College of the Sequoias educators and the COS Puente Program, from the Dolores Huerta Foundation, and the LGBTQ+ Source community support group. U.S. Citizens and Dreamers chanted for “Education, Not Deportation!” There was a large turnout of people marching from COS to the Visalia Mall who chanted “¡Sí se puede!” and welcomed the honking of passing cars which added to the support of the Women’s March cause.
By: Reyes Aguilar
Winter sports 2017-2018 is coming to a close and what a season it has been. Boys and girls soccer have had a tremendous season. Boys soccer has outplayed Strathmore and Corcoran with a final score of 1-0 on both games. The boys have won two games and have unfortunately lost two in league. They have a chance of making playoffs with a total of 3 wins within their next 7 games. The tigers have entered league with some confidence and are almost positive they’ll be prepared for playoffs. Girls soccer has had a rough season but are pulling through and have a chance on going to playoffs. With a total record of 1-2-1 in league, the girls are stepping up the game and are ready to plow through the rest of their league. Woodlake boys and girls basketball have given it their all this season but unfortunately have been overpowered in 3 games in league. They are currently seeking wins to compete in playoffs.Tiger wrestling has yet to know who will be qualifying for sectional, but have enjoyed their fun-filled trips to the coast to compete in coastal tournaments. And along the ride, winter cheer has supported Woodlake basketball and other winter sport. Cheer has given our winter teams confidence to finish every game with 100%.
Woodlake Union High School has given a senior a huge opportunity to attend the Sacramento Leadership Experience. SLE is a four day FFA conference during National FFA week. The top 75 seniors from all different schools get to attend this amazing opportunity. Woodlake FFA President, Pia Martinez, is going to attend this leadership experience.
By: Jessica Ruelas
Q: What does Leadership mean to you?
A: “Leadership to me means focusing on guiding others and helping them achieve their goals. I believe a true leader cares more about helping those around them succeed, and less about their own personal success.
Q: How has FFA helped you as a person?
A: “FFA helped me personally grow into the person I am today. It has given me a sense of family and a passion for agriculture. Through my involvement in the FFA, I have learned leadership skills, about self-improvement and professionalism, as well as about all the wonderful things that the Agricultural Industry has to offer. I have experienced the power The Blue Jacket has, and it is truly life changing.
Q:What does being a FFA officer mean to you?
A: “Being an officer in FFA to me means fully devoting your time to servant leadership and the improvement of the organization. Being an officer has truly enriched my FFA experience and sparked my love for serving others. I am so grateful for the experience of being in a leadership role within the FFA, and could not picture my life without it.
By: Vanessa Meza
Mock Trial has done it again! Guided by Mrs. Inchcliff and Mrs. Parreira, Mock Trial students have competed at the Tulare County Superior Courthouse in Visalia. These hardworking students have been meeting every week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. When Mock Trial students attended their first scrimmage back in December results looked grim, but through hard work and perseverance they got their act together. On January 23rd, they competed against Orosi and got the win . Their upcoming competitions will be against El Diamante High School and their defense team will compete on January 30th against Tulare Union. Here are some pictures of the students working hard to win their case.
By: Nikole Kimble
Everybody was dancing so hard they fell! If the students were not dancing, they were enjoying a wonderful selection of candy! This years 2018 Winter Formal took place at the Wyndham Hotel on January 20th. The theme being, “The Black and White Ball”. A big thanks to the Senior Class for doing such a great job decorating. The next big event is prom! Here are some pictures of people who had an amazing experience at this years formal.
By: Callie Vincent
When Xavier was living in Woodlake he spent his high school summers working as a ranch hand and school days with his face in the books. He had no idea what the future had in store for him. Now he lives in Los Angeles and is a proud alumni of the University of Southern California with a degree in engineering. It was a tough journey but he made a really good friend along the way. Marvin is an engineering graduate of USC as well – He is that friend and he is also from the Central Valley. Together, they were able to reach their goals of graduating from their dream school and making a positive impact in the STEM field. Now they want to share that experience with you during their upcoming STEM speech at Woodlake High School.
STEM stands for (Science Technology Engineering Math). It is one of the fastest growing fields in the world and has so much opportunity for people to learn how to improve themselves and the world around them. This speech will expand on those opportunities you have as a student majoring in the STEM field. It’s a fun and fast paced world at college. It’s not all that easy though. Xavier and Marvin will share how they struggled to find their footing and push past their early academic failures. Their talk will be genuine and they’ll share why they never gave into the voices telling them to quit during tough times. On February 2, 2018, the duo will once again join forces to bring to you a speaking tour like no other covering their college experience from the fall to the rise.
STEM has been integrated into Woodlake’s school system for the past 2 years and the students seem to find it intriguing, challenging, and fun to learn all at the same time! The students have learned to use an engineering program called solidworks, where they can create any kind of 3D model imaginable. They will be building robots by hand and in 3D form during the second semester of the school year.
In one hour Xavier and Marvin will share with you what took them 5 years – or 43,800 hours – to learn. You will learn how to be resilient in your journey after WHS. You will learn how your diversity will be your advantage. You will learn how to build a great support system. You will learn how to improve your quality of life. You will learn how all this ties into the STEM field. As engineers they were taught how to create something out of nothing. Xavier and Marvin thought to themselves why not apply that concept to create success? – so that’s what they did. Welcome to Engineering Success: The Speaking Tour!