NBA Playoffs

By: Adin Ross and John Poo
The NBA Playoffs are officially here, and you should be very excited! This year’s Western Conference consists of the Warriors, Trail Blazers, Clippers, Jazz, Rockets, Thunder, Spurs, and the Grizzlies. The Eastern Conference consists of the Celtics, Bulls, Wizards, Hawks, Raptors, Bucks, Cavs, and the Pacers. All of these teams have worked very hard to get where they are right now, they put their blood, sweat, and tears into every game. It takes an enormous amount of dedication and shows how dedicated these players really want it. Some series to watch out for, The 8th seed Bulls are currently ahead of the 1st seed Celtics. Chicago with a 2-0 lead, definitely has a major cushion, the 8th seed has never been up 2-0 except one time, in 1993, the 8th seed, Lakers, were ahead of the 1st seed Suns by 2-0. But with playoffs you never know because the Suns ended up coming back from the 2-0 deficit and winning the series. Another important series is the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder, Russell Westbrook, one of the most athletic, destructive, aggressive point guards of all time is going against James Harden, one of the most sharpshooting, relentless, explosive guards of all time. They are currently racing for MVP and we will have to see who really deserves it on June 26, the awards ceremony. The NBA Playoffs is one of the most unpredictable experience because so many times, teams have come back from large leads. Last year, the Golden State Warriors blew a 3-1 lead against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. That was by far the biggest upset of all time, and it just shows that if you work hard for something, put your heart in, strive for your team to win, then great results will show.

We Want Your Blood!!!!


By John Poo

There will be a blood drive here at Woodlake High School on March 25, 2017.  If any student is a new donor please make sure to turn in the New Donor Information form.  Also,  turn in the parent’s consent form for those who are under age. For those who are wondering who can give blood, here are the requirements: the giver must be in good health, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and be at least 16 years of age. If someone is giving blood, make sure to eat a good meal and drink plenty of water within 4 hours prior to donating blood. Only one pint of blood will be donated. Keep in mind that for every 25 pounds of body weight, there is two pints of blood. The body will replenish the lost blood within the next 24 hours. However, people should only give blood every eight weeks. For those nervous first time blood donors, note that is natural to feel nervous but giving blood is safe and easy and the feeling someone who donated gets, after helping a patient in need, is so rewarding. Woodlake’s goal this year is to get 45 pints of blood donated to save lives.


Springing into Spring Break

By Misty Stevenson

With Spring break quickly approaching, students are getting excited to have a break from school. Let us check in with some students to see what their plans are:

What are your plans for Spring Break?

IMG_9086  Kassidy Hildebrand (Grade 9): “I am going to Huntington Beach with my friends, and I also plan to go off-roading in Death Valley.”

IMG_1215 Adin Ross (Grade 10): “I’m going to Santa Barbara. I’m going to go to the beach and see a Travis Scott concert, and it’s gonna be lit.”

FullSizeRender  Juan Sandoval (Grade 11): “My friends and I are going to Mexico.”

IMG_8637Shania Finney (Grade 12): “I may go to Universal Studios, but most importantly, I plan on doing a lot of sleeping.”4581_001-page-001 Arturo Garcia (Grade 12): “I’m going to be driving a lot and spending a lot of time in Bakersfield.”
As Spring Break is approaching, kids are getting restless for a break. Be safe everyone and have a good break!

Lighthouse Club Helps The Central Valley

By: Charlotte Lira

Serving in the U.S. military far away from home – whether in Afghanistan, Iraq, South Korea, Germany, Africa or any of our dozens of other overseas military bases – is difficult at any time of year, but most service members really long for a “hug from home” during the holidays. Something as simple as a package of soup, some powdered drink mix, sunscreen, lip balm, baby wipes, fresh razors or a new deck of cards sent to one person can lift the morale of an entire unit of soldiers.

The Lighthouse Club at WHS are going to be placing bins around the campus during the next few weeks to collect items to send to our service members through Central Valley Blue Star Moms.

If you know any military personnel who are serving outside the U.S., please feel free to contact Mrs. Hallmeyer or any member of Lighthouse Club, and they can help your loved one get signed up.

We are asking your help in gathering materials to send. Here is a list of items that we can use:

Beef Jerky Cup-O-Noodles Baby Wipes

Trail Mix Packaged nuts Disposable razors

Hard candy Breath mints

Protein bars Protein powder

Sunflower seeds Pumpkin seeds

Tuna packets Lunch kits

Playing cards Flavor packets for water bottles

Cotton socks – black only Lip balm

Please note: We are not able to send scented items or liquids since they might contaminate food items. Also, no chocolate or anything that might melt.

Watch for our bins coming in April!

2016 Woodlake Awards Dinner

By: Adin Ross

The marvelous and spectacular Woodlake Awards Dinner occurred on Friday, March 3rd in the one and only, Woodlake Veterans’ Memorial Building. This dinner was hosted by the great Kiwanis of Woodlake. Key Club served a delicious dinner, which included, pork, mac n cheese, salad, and some rich veggies. Some listed awards were Anthony Perez, Man of the Year, Marsha Ingrao (Woman of the year), Lifetime Achievement Award: Frank Ainley and Ida Jean, Spirit of Woodlake, H.O.W (Helping One Woman) – Nicole Macias, Youth of the Year: Brook Rivas and William Theis, Community Organization, Trinity Apostolic Church, Youth Mentor, Juan Gamez, Education of the Year, Darlene Hardcastle, and last but not least, Business of the Year, Panaderia La Estrella. All of the award winners deserve a round of applause because of their sincere representation of Woodlake.



Lights, Camera, Oscars

By Jakob Bischoff

This years Oscars were full of drama, happiness, and lots of records. They were hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, a host of a late night talk show, who in many people’s opinion did an amazing 0228-CREDCARPET-red-carpet-oscars_full_600job. It was held in Dolby Theatre in Hollywood California. It was watched by over two-hundred million people. The big winners of the night were Moonlight and La La Land.

Moonlight, a movie about a young man growing up in a rough neighborhood, won two awards including best picture, which is considered one of the if not the most important award. The movie La La Land, which is about a jazz musician who falls in love with an actress won six awards. These included best actress (Emma Stone), best directing, and best music. Zootopia, a Disney movie, won best animated movie.

La La Land was ironically the biggest winner and loser of the ceremony. During the announcement of best picture the envelopes that hold the winners got mixed up. This caused the host to say that La La Land had won best picture, when in reality moonlight had won. All of the actors and directors from La La Land came to the stage with big smiles on their faces thinking that they had just won one of the most important categories. This all changed quickly when the host, Jimmy Kimmel, start telling the cast members that there had been a mistake. This all ended with a member of La La Land’s cast stepping up and announcing that Moonlight was the real winner of best picture. In the end the members of La La Land all congratulated the members of Moonlight and everything seemed relatively normal again. Many people on twitter called this whole ordeal a publicity imagesact.

All in all this year’s Oscars were extremely entertaining. Whether it was because of the entertaining host or the fact that the drama made it a bit more exciting to watch,  most people are saying that this year’s oscars were a huge success.




Students Springin’ into the Spotlight

By: Julian Duran

The flowers are beginning to bud, the sun is starting to shine, and the weather is getting a whole lot warmer! What does this mean? It’s March! This comes with the start of the most beautiful season of spring! We are halfway through the semester, and the end of the year is already in our sights. I’ve rounded up a couple of students to ask them some questions about themselves.


Charlotte Lira

What would you risk your life for?

“Definitely for all of the members of One Direction! Not Zayn though, he is such a jerk!”

Would you rather be unattractive and live forever, or be amazingly attractive and die in a year?

“I definitely would love to live forever so I can be with all of my loved ones!”


Adin Ross

Would you rather be unattractive and live forever, or be amazingly attractive and die in a year?

“I definitely would rather be attractive so I can get all the gir… eh, I mean friends!”

What would you risk your life for?

“I would risk my life for J Cole or Drake, the best rappers of all time baby!”

Jazzaffair By: Kassidy Hildebrand

April 7th, 8th, and 9th of 2017 marks the 44th Annual Jazzaffair in Three Rivers, California. Jazzaffair is a multi-day jazz concert held by the Sierra Traditional Jazz Club. This event hosts some of the most famous bands and solo artists in the nation. One band in particular, the High Sierra Jazz Band, has been on multiple world tours and is the most famous band at this event. Jazzaffair attracts people from all over the nation. The band lineup this year consists of the High Sierra Jazz Band, Blue Street Jazz Band, Bob Draga, Cornet Chop Suey, Flip Oaks Quartet, Grand Dominion Jazz Band, High Street Band, Jerry Krahn Quartet, Kylie Castro, Carl Sonny Leyland, Shelley, Bill and Eddie, Stardust Cowboys, Titan Hot Seven Jazz Band, and Tom Rigney. These bands travel from all over the nation to perform at Jazzaffairs. If you are interested in this jazz filled weekend, tickets are sold online, and all ages are welcome. The Early Birds 3-day all day event badge is $95. The 3-day all day event badge is $100, and if you want to bring your children along, they are $50 each (no age limit). If you are interested in going to the recognition dinner, tickets are $15 each. The seventh graders at Three Rivers Union School, also work the event serving lunch and dinner to all those who come out.