By: Yarimel Barreto
Let’s celebrate the holidays with the stars this year! Jingle Ball NYC, and iHeartRadio 2015 recently announced their lineup that kicked off December 1st in Dallas, TX. On December 11th, the tour landed at Madison Square Garden, the 5th city of its tour, and was just as massive as they hoped! The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour includes an extensive lineup on each date. Jingle Ball and iHeartRadio will travel across the country, making an appearance in 11 different cities before its final show in Tampa, Fl on December 19th. Tickets to the general public went on sale October 12th, and if you missed out on tickets, you’re totally not out of luck!
Jingle Ball NYC 2015 Full Lineup
A recap of last year’s Jingle Ball. Z100 pulled together some of the most popular entertainers including Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Maroon 5, One Republic, Ariana Grande, 5 Seconds to Summer, Becky G and many many more. The staging of the show was phenomenal. Madison Square Garden is such a huge venue, packed with people. Everyone seemed to have had a great time cheering, singing along and enjoying this spectacular lineup.
By: Alondra Aguilar
Congratulations to senior Katelyn Laird and sophomore Katie Pfaff for auditioning for Tulare-Kings Music Educators Association, TKMEA, and being chosen to play in their concert. When auditioning for the TKMEA Honor Band, an audition piece must be played, as well as a sight reading piece. Katie Pfaff earned 15th chair out of 20 clarinet players, and Katelyn Laird earned 2nd chair out of 8 percussionists. Many, many musicians try out every year for every single section, so being accepted to the Honor Band is a prestigious opportunity. Soon, Katelyn Laird and Katie Pfaff will be part of a large ensemble which include all the other 2015-2016 Honor Band musicians. There will also be a concert where the Honor Band ensemble performs their newly practiced music pieces.
Great job Tiger Band musicians!
By: Isabel Lopez
This year the Woodlake Annual Christmas Parade occurred on December 12th . It was the second Woodlake Christmas Parade to take place. The Christmas parade is much different from the normal mother’s day weekend, Rodeo Parade. Our school’s band and FFA department participated in the parade alongside dancing horses, twirlers, and the grinch. Due to the cold weather, venders were selling hot chocolate and donuts. The parade was enjoyable to everyone who attended, and I expect next year’s parade to be just as great.
By: Kiara Benevides
On December 2, 2015 Woodlake FFA hosted their chapter’s annual Canned Food Scavenger Hunt Meeting. All FFA members were invited to spread holiday cheer that evening as they helped collect cans and boxed goods throughout the neighborhoods and community. Our chapter did succeed in collecting over 500 canned and boxed food items. All donations were later donated to the Woodlake Food Pantry. Members had a wonderful experience spreading spirit throughout the community as they received generous donations and kind words of support and encouragement. In the end, as quoted by a Woodlake FFA supporter, the Canned Food Scavenger Hunt taught our members the feeling of giving back during this Christmas season. Again, congratulations to Woodlake FFA!
By: Sonni Hacobian
On December 2, 2015, fourteen people were killed and 21 injured in a terrorist attack consisted of a mass shooting and bombing at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, United States. The bombing was unsuccessful; however, many lives were still taken. Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, targeted a San Bernardino County Department of Public Health training event and Christmas party of about 80 people in a rented banquet room. They target the people who do not fit their description of how people should be, and that is just what they did. Farook was an American-born citizen of Pakistani descent, while his wife was a Pakistani-born legal resident of the U.S. The two were a husband and wife team, and after dropping their young infant daughter off with her grandmother, planned for a major killing spree. He had attended the event as an employee before the shooting. After the shooting, the couple fled in a rented SUV. Four hours later, police pursued their vehicle and killed them in a shootout. FBI and Obama have debated whether it is terrorist related or not; On December 6th, however, President Obama confirmed it was a terrorist attack. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families during this time of loss.
By: Jordan Lee
Elf on the Shelf, a Christmas tradition that captures the heart of children all around the world. People everywhere will be opening up their homes for one of Santa’s scout elves. These elves are Santa’s magical little helpers, by keeping an eye on the children and reporting back to Santa every night to keep his naughty and nice list updated. When the elves report back to Santa,
they return to the same home, but in a different place, for the children to awaken and find them. The Elf, often times, has a little fun when showing back up in the most random places in the house that Santa assigned them to be.
By: Cynthia McDermott
The Nobel Prize is any of the six International prizes awarded annually for outstanding work in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, economics (since 1969), and the promotion of peace. The Nobel Prizes, first awarded in 1901, were established by the will of Alfred Nobel, and are traditionally awarded on December 10, the anniversary of his death.
This year’s prizes go to:
Peace Prize: Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet
Literature: Svetlana Alexievich; Russian
Physics: Arthur B. Mcdonald; Canadian, Takaaki Kajita; Japanese
Chemistry: Paul L Modrich; American, Tomas Lindahl; Swedish, Aziz Sancar; Turkish, American
Physiology or Medicine: William C. Campbell; Irish, Satoshi Omura; Japanese, Tu Youyou; Chinese
Economic Sciences: Angus Deaton; American, British
By: Mixsari Barreto
Grapple up! The WHS wrestling team attended their first scrimmage of the season on Tuesday, November 24th at Golden West High School. Weight classes ran as low as 106 lbs to heavyweights of 220 lbs. Golden West had a full girls team at the scrimmage, which was a real eye opener to any female interested in joining. Regardless of male or female, WHS did fairly well in the tournament. Robert Montiel (Sr) took three wins during the scrimmage, and Diego Barrientos (Jr) took one. Everybody did great, and wrestled their heart out on the mat.
Brianna Holt: “So far, I think it’s going good, I believe this season we’ll have a successful team once the football players who wrestle gets here. I plan on staying in the 220’s this season. However, wrestling girls is much easier because we’re not worried about where to grab or touch parts we aren’t supposed to. Either way, you don’t worry too much who your opponent will be, you’ll still have to go full mode despite the gender difference. We’re here to finish business, and I’m really eager to see what they’ll bring on the mat this season.”
Come out and support your WHS Tigers. We are looking forward to a strong season, and if you’re still interested in joining come out this week to the wrestling room or talk to Coach Gibson in room 22. See you there!
By: Mixsari Barreto
Michael Dougherty (director) returns with a “feel-bad” movie once again for the holiday season. This movie takes place with a normal family, but suddenly a nasty blizzard arrives and traps the whole family without power. A supernatural creature awaits for them in the snow ready to take them one by one, “Krampus doesn’t come to give, but to take.” If you have watched the trailer, Max’s’ (little boy) Christmas spirit has taken a turn for the worse when he tore up a letter that was supposed to be for Santa. This incident resulted with a demonic ancient ghoul who shows up at their doorstep. Krampus is now playing in theaters, if you’re looking for an alternative view of the holiday season, coupled with a good scare, this would be a perfect holiday movie to watch with your family. Happy holidays!
By: Caprice Bursiaga
Every year at the start of December, ABC Family kicks off their annual 25 Days of Christmas. Counting down to Christmas day, ABC Family plays classic, well-loved Christmas movies dating way back. As of January 2016, ABC Family will be changing their name to “Freeform”. Therefore, this will be the last “ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas” and next year the event will be called “Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas”. Adjust your schedules, click record, grab a cup of hot chocolate, warm up under a blanket, and experience the many Christmas movies provided by ABC Family this time of year. Check out the full 2015 schedule below.
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