By: Sonni Hacobian
Saturday, February 13, 2016, the Woodlake Museum opened its doors to VIP Members for a very beautiful Opening Ceremony. The project of opening the museum doors took almost three years, but now successfully has established a very educational and historical place for anyone to visit. The Ceremony consisted of music by a group of Native Americans and their drums, Keynote Speakers, and thank you’s to all the deserving people who helped make this dream a reality. The Four Directions Native-American Drumming Quartet gave a spiritual blessing to the museum, and the Keynote Speaker, Carl Peden, gave a very interesting speech about the time he spent in the war and generously gave his Fighter Pilots Jacket to the Woodlake Museum. This gentleman, through his actions, showed just how important Woodlake is and what a great deal of history we possess. The history of our town can now be preserved and shown for years and years to come. Overall the opening was a beautiful event and ran very smoothly with the help of the Chamber of Commerce. The public opening is on the 27th and the museum is located by the Miller Brown Park, stop by and say hello!
By: Yarimel Barreto
Race was released Friday, February 19 in theaters. It’s based on the true story of Jesse Owens, the legendary athletic superstar and his track and field experience. Jesse Owens, a young
African-American who would become one of the greatest Olympic athletes, proved Hitler’s boast about the “Aryan athletic superiority” wrong by winning four gold medals, setting world records, and becoming the star of the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Owen was the first American to win four gold medals at a single Olympics, a record that stood unbroken for 48 years. His quest was to become the greatest track and field athlete in history. Race is a film about determination, tolerance, and friendship. Its an inspiring drama about one man’s fight to become an Olympic legend. Jesse Owens is an exceptional athlete and he quotes “One chance is all you need.” The movie highlights the struggles of Jesse Owens, and his power and determination to overcome the challenges he faced. Click on the link below to preview the movie Race.
BY: Misty Stevenson
What we now know as “Black History Month”, was first known as “Negro History Week”, which originally was only celebrated the second week of February. This week was chosen because it coincided with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln on February 12, and of Frederick Douglass on February 14, who are respected icons in the African American community. Both of these dates have been celebrated by Black communities since the early 19th century, and now has progressed from one week of celebration to a full month of recognition. Black History Month is used to celebrate and remember all of the trials and tribulations that the African American race has endured throughout the course of written history. All over the country, big commemorations are held to honor important African American people in history. Join in on the history and learn about the hardships that African Americans faced so that none of which, will be repeated to any race around the world.
By: Arthur Reynoso
Sunday, February 7, 2016, the final showdown for the 2015-2016 NFL season took place at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. The final showdown was between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. With the Panthers to a slow start, the Denver Broncos were able to gain the upper hand at the start of the game. With the second half starting up, Carolina wasn’t ready to give up hope on winning the title. Reviewing the number of turnovers, sacks, interceptions, fumbles, and punts rising for both teams, the championship could have gone either way. After a grueling four quarters of blood, sweat, and tears, the Super Bowl 50 Champs finally were decided. The winners of Super Bowl 50 are the 2015 Denver Broncos! After celebrating their victory, it was time to finally award the Lombardi Trophy to the Denver Broncos. At the end of the night, Super Bowl 50 needed to name an MVP, but who was worthy of the title of Super Bowl 50 MVP? With not a single question of doubt, the MVP was awarded to Denver’s very own Vaughn Miller. With the 2015-2016 season over, it is now time to take a break and wait to see what every team in the NFL will bring next season.
by: Marin Apodaca III
Spring sports are in full swing: baseball, softball, swimming, golf, track and field. These sports have finally begun and are looking for others to get involved in their programs. Feel like hitting dingers? Baseball and softball are the sports for you. Practices have already begun. and some sports have already participated in their first scrimmages. Have a passion for diving into the water and racing others? Get on out there and join this year’s swim team. Golf practice has not been announced according to ESPN News, and track & field as of now, has begun if you are interested you still have time to join (via the Bleacher Report). If you are interested in any of the sports, speak to the coaches and see if there is time to join any of the teams.
Again here are the options for spring sports:
Track & Field
Woodlake High School’s first Chalk Art Festival, Healing with Heart, will be held on Saturday, March 12, from 9 am to 2 pm. This event is inspired by the “Festival of Hope” which reflects mental health, healing, and suicide prevention. The involvement of other clubs and departments have been requested. There will be food, music, and an art show. This event will be to celebrate student and community art, as well as raise awareness about mental health. This activity is funded through sponsors of the Youth Male Leadership(YML) program, SHAPE and Act for Women and Girls. If your club or group is interested in participating in this great opportunity, participation forms are available from Mrs. Bowers and Mrs. Ledesma. Students of all ages and community members will be invited to do chalk murals across the sidewalks and under the canopy at WHS. The mages created will inspire hope. Free t-shirts are possibly being given out to participants.
****We need a student created design for the t-shirts that our peers will be wearing at the festival. If you want your artwork on a shirt for your peers to wear, please see Ms. Bowers (in the art room).****
By: Caprice Bursiaga
In a small school like Woodlake High School, every student generally knows every student. Unfortunately, most of the time their talents go undiscovered. At a school like ours, it’s easy to be lost in the shadows of the talents of football, volleyball, and other sport players. WHS puts on rallies praising athletes who show talents in aspects of sports, yet we rarely give recognition to the talented artists on our campus. Beneath the crust of Woodlake High, you can find some of the most amazing, talented artists. With that, I decided to dig deep and give these students the spotlight they deserve. These are just a few artworks by the astounding artists at Woodlake High. Enjoy!
By: Crystal Zaragoza
So, guess what ya’ll ? This year is LEAP YEAR and it happens to land this month, February 29. Leap Year occurs every four years where there is one day added to the month of February. The reason for Leap Year is because it usually takes the earth approximately 365.242189 days to orbit the sun. However, the Gregorian calendar, which is the standard calendar followed by most of the world, only has 365 days in the year, so if leap didn’t exist,approximately 6 hours would be lost from each calendar year, and this was the solution. Here are the following upcoming leap years.
Leap Days 2016-2032
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By: Zeke Guerrero
January was an exciting month for The SHAPE group here at Woodlake High School. If you are unaware of what SHAPE is, it is a club put together by the organization ACT For Women and Girls. The club consists of tackling social justice issues, oppression, political systems, and culture. Every Tuesday SHAPE is learning new things after school and putting those skills to work. My favorite aspect of SHAPE is getting to share my passion for change with my peers who are also passionate. San Francisco was a wonderful experience for the fellow Shapers. SHAPE arrived in San Francisco on a Friday January 29 and as soon they got there, they started their expedition for new knowledge and seek for change. The group visited an on-campus clinic where they learned about many things such as students rights, teen pregnancy statistics, and much more helpful knowledge. Immediately after, the group relocated at the ACLU headquarters and endured a tough 3 hour long meeting where they voiced their opinions and made plans for future endeavors. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a non-profit organization whose mission is, “To defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.” The ACLU works to lobby and empower the community. The ACLU has over 500,000 members and has a yearly budget of over $100 million. The ACLU was a big deal for the SHAPE crew, so it was very exciting for them. Along with meeting with the ACLU the Shapers also meet with another organization called Service Employees International Union (SEIU). SEIU is a labor union that represents 1.9 million workers. SEIU is focused on organizing workers in three sectors: health care, public services, and property services. These two organizations taught the group many new tactics on facing social issues, oppression, and rights humans have as workers. The SHAPE trip was not all work as it seems it was. After all the work was done, the group got to explore San Francisco’s exquisite malls, beautiful architecture, and even visit the mission district to learn more about their roots and dance to the exquisite cultural music played by the street performers. Overall San Francisco welcomed SHAPE with open arms. The trip was a success. “It’s going to be huge!” says the SHAPE group.