National FFA Week

By Student Reporters: Isabella Torres & Isabel Garcia

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National FFA week is when FFA members from all over nation show their pride in taking part of the FFA organization. Traditionally, FFA chapters set up dress up days and activities for their members/school community. Woodlake not only participated in these dress up days and lunch time activities, but they also host a host donkey basketball game for the Woodlake community in honor of National FFA week. during that game, the Miss Sweetheart and Mr. Sweetheart royalty is crowned.

Dress Up Days:

Tuesday: College Day

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Wednesday: Camo Day

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Thursday: Barnyard Day

Friday: Blue and Gold

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FFA Sweetheart Candidates

By Student Reporters: Isabella Torres and Isabel Garcia

National FFA week is where FFA members all over show their pride to be in this organization. It is typical for chapters to do dress up days and activities to display their FFA spirit. Woodlake not only does dress up days and lunch time activities, but they also host a donkey basketball game in honor of National FFA week and during that game, they crown their Miss Sweetheart and Mr Sweetheart royalty.

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Sweetheart Candidates:

Freshman: Izaiah Benavides and Sierra Bolaños

As freshmen, do you think you have a chance against the upperclassmen?

Izaiah: “As freshmen, I did not think that I had chance against the upperclassmen, I didn’t think I would win.”

Sierra: “I think I have a chance because I try my hardest when I’m put into something, and I just pour my heart into it, so yeah I definitely think I have a chance to win royalty.”

Sophomores: Rogelio Chavez and Celeste Medina

What sets you apart from the other candidates?

Rogelio: “I believe that my very flamboyant personality and drama self sets me apart. Other than that all of the other candidates have similar personalities.”

Celeste: “My personality is definitely different from the other candidates, and I think that will help me win.”

Juniors: Anthony Guzman and Edith Guijon

What are your strategies to win?

Anthony: “Looking good and having positive vibes.”

Edith: “My strategies would be giving it my all and having a good attitude.”

Seniors: Reyes Aguilar and Jessica Sandoval

Were you expecting to be nominated?

Reyes: “I was not expecting to be nominated for stud, or whatever it’s called.”

Jessica: “No, I didn’t expect to be nominated at all.”

How’s Your Mental Health?

By: Claudia Zacarias

As WHS students get back into the groove of learning, Art classes throughout the day took the time to tell us about their last project, Mental Health. Several classes participated in the seven-day course that taught them how to be proactive in Mental Health situation. A huge shout out to Art (taught by the talented Mrs. Bowers) for positively informing students and trying to make Woodlake High a better place.  

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“Why is it important to learn about Mental Health?”

Bunn: “ It is important to learn about mental health because you can help save a life. There’s nothing worse than hearing about a tragedy and knowing how you could have prevented it.”

 

“What was the most interesting part about Mental Health?”

Bunn: “The most interesting part about mental health was the very  similar signs between suicidal and teenage development.”

 

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“What made you decide to learn about mental health; were you happy you decided too?”

Ellis: “I’m glad I took the course because several upperclassmen told me that it’s a great, and it’s really informational.”

 

“What was the best part about learning about Mental Health?”Ellis: “ The best part about taking Mental Health course was learning how to prevent a suicide.”

 

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“Would you recommend taking Mental Health to other  WHS student? Why?”

Rodriguez: “I would definitely recommend taking it because it gives you a better understanding of how to be proactive.”

 

“What’s that craziest thing you found out while in the course?”

Rodriguez: “The craziest thing was probably hearing all the statistics of how common it is within schools.”

Teacher of the Month! by Reyes Aguilar

Teachers are the backbone of any high school, they provide students with the information we need to succeed while also caring for us as their own. One teacher in particular this month is being recognized for her courageous attitude and her drive to put any student into the path of success. The teacher that Woodlake High School has chosen to recognize is Blanca Lucatero. Blanca Lucatero, also known as Mrs. Luc by her students, is a jack of all trades by nature. She wears many hats here at Woodlake High School. She is the AP Spanish teacher, GSA and CSF Advisor, the cross country assistant coach, and even the swim teams coach. Students are excited to enter her room, not only because she’s a phenomenal teacher, but also because she acts as a motherly figure to every single one of her students. She supports her students in multiple ways, which is much appreciated.

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Q: What’s your favorite part about teaching at Woodlake High school for 18 years?
“My favorite part about being here and teaching here is building relationships with the parents of my students, and as a matter of fact, I actually now have one of my past student’s daughter in my class now; Kayla Rueda”
Q: What’s your motto for the way you handle students?
“Usually my motto for children is ‘portansen bien’, haha, but my main motto is usually to keep your options open; don’t back down to anything new as in to scholarships and college applications and things like that”
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“I know this may be heartbreaking to hear, but I almost just gave up on teaching in 2009 after 10 years of teaching, mainly because I just wasn’t happy with teaching. I was left with a decision, either leave my job or continue working, despite the fact that I was unhappy. I made a decision to just go back to school and get my masters in social justice, and that is what motivated me to continue teaching”

The Start of Something New

By: Amarys Gonzales

It is finally the second semester of the 2017-2018 school year. This year has flown by leaving WHS with four months left until summer break, and for some, graduation. This semester marks the last year for many seniors, and the end of  the first year for the freshmen. Let’s see how the first semester went for some of WHS’s students.

Sierra Bolanos, Freshman

How did your first semester as a high school student go, and how is it different from middle school? “The first semester for me was a lot different than I predicted it to be; the teachers grade harder than in middle school, so I had to step up my work. It was also different being put into classes with mixed grade levels as a freshman, made things very intimidating for me.

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Andres Aguilar, Sophomore

How was first semester and was it more challenging than freshman year?

“First semester was a bit of a struggle for me personally. I like to think that I’m a pretty top student, so having a C for most of the semester really woke me up. Sophomore year is more challenging than freshman year only because the teachers are assigning more work with quicker deadlines.”

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Arianna Medrano, Junior

Are you looking forward to senior year? Why or why not?

“Junior year has been a lot more challenging than sophomore year, so I think I will be prepared for senior year. I am looking forward to what next year has to bring.”

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Adam Lupercio, Senior

How was first semester for your senior year and do you think this semester will be more challenging?

“Personally, I felt like the first semester was more of a challenge for me coming back and getting ready to face my last year in high school, as for the second semester, I feel like if do what I did last semester, I’ll have no problems.”

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Flashback Football

By: Andres Aguilar

Woodlake is preparing for another alumni game against Exeter. The two teams will compete on the Woodlake High School football field on March 10, 2018; this game will be a thriller! Woodlake and Exeter have had a vicious rivalry for many years now, and the tension will still be evident as the two teams take the field. Last time these teams faced off in an alumni game, Exeter won 30-17.  But this  year belongs to Woodlake.   Buy your presale tickets for $10 now from the Woodlake football team! Presale tickets and concessions will benefit Woodlake High School. Tickets will be sold at the door as well. Adults $10, kids 6 and under are free, 7-11 years old $5 at the gate. Hope to see you there.

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Lights, Makeup, Drama!

By: Elian Andrade

The Woodlake High School Theater Arts Club is at it again with ambitions of reimagining yet another Shakespearean Play. This year’s musical production is a revamped telling of the well-known “Much Ado About Nothing”, with a 50’s twist. This classical tale is told in a 50’s diner with musical accompaniment from “Grease”. Along with this music is choreography these students are working tirelessly on. The cast can’t hold their excitement. The play will show on the 17th, 18th, and 19th of May at 7 in the PAB. Tickets will be on presale for: $1 students, $5 adults, and $3 Seniors. Prices will increase at the door.

 

Orange Month

By: Isiah Maldonado

This month is teen dating violence awareness and prevention month, and so far it has had a lot of public interest. Every year, “approximately 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner”. With teen dating violence becoming more and more common, many people are trying to help those going through these situations. They also help prevent them by educating young adults on how to respect one another and what to do if their partner starts getting abusive. Local organizations such as My Voice and My Strength have meetings held every week at select schools, teaching students on early signs of an abusive relationship, and what to do. These local club members are even taught how to help others going through an abusive relationship. For one of the teen dating violence awareness month activities, My Voice and My Strength came together to hold an awareness booth during lunch to educate students and staff on signs of teen dating violence.

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See You at Sadies!

By: Vanessa Meza

Have you purchased your tickets for this years Sadie Hawkins? If not, make sure to pay for you tickets in the front office while they are still $5. The sophomore class has been working hard to put on a glamorous dance for the students. Sadies will be held in the old gym on March 9th from 7pm-12am. The theme of this dance will be Passport to Paradise, so book your trip to sadies now! Here are a few ideas on how you can dress up…

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Coraline

 

By: Isenia Lopez

Image result for coraline bookCoraline is dark fantasy children book written by Neil Gaiman. The plot of the story is Coraline Jones and her parents have just moved into a new house were it is divided into apartments. Her neighbors are retired stage ladies Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, and her upstairs neighbor is Mr. Bobo who is also referred to as “the crazy man upstairs.” There is one room that is unoccupied, and that room connects to Coraline’s apartment by a tiny door. Coraline calls Mr. Bobo “the crazy man upstairs” because he claims to be training a mouse circus, so when Coraline goes to greet Mr.Bobo, he delivers her a warning from his mice saying “Do not go through the small door”  and Coraline disregards his message about the door. Coraline has tea with Miss Spink and Miss Forcible where they read her tea Image result for neil gaimanleaves and give her a warning that she is in terrible danger, so Miss Spink gives her a lucky stone with a hole in the center which is supposed to be used for  locating spirits.  Coraline does not listen to her neighbors warning about the door and continues  to go through the tiny door. What is on the other side  of the door? Tune in next month to book club to see what happens to Coraline as she goes through the “dangerous” door.