Shining Stars

By: Isiah Maldonado

Take a look into the spotlight and see a few of the many shining stars on Woodlake’s campus.  Every month students are randomly selected to be in the school’s spotlight, maybe next time will be you!

Isabel Garcia



Q: Apple or Android?

A: “Apple because it’s better!”

Q: If you could do one thing to help the world be better a better place, what would you do?

A: “I would kick Donald Trump out of office.”

Isaiah Rodriguez



Q: Who do you admire most, and why?

A: “I admire my mom and dad because they are always there for me.”

Q: What is your favorite color, and why?

A: My favorite color is green because it’s a cool looking color”


Jorge Garibay


Q: What’s your favorite sport, and why?

A: “My favorite sport is football, because it is a fun, well known sport”

Q: Who’s your best friend, and why?

A: “Guillermo is one my best friends because he has been nice to me since I moved here.”

Love Doctor!

By Shania Finney

It is that time of the year again! Flowers, candy, teddy bears, hugs, and more is given out. Every year on February 14th, gifts are exchanged between loved ones and this is considered a well known day such as Valentine’s Day. Love is in the air!


The reason behind how and why Valentine’s Day was created is because of a man called Saint Valentine. Valentine was a priest who was known in the third Century in Rome and served time. During that time, the Emperor, Claudius II made a rule that men who are not married, or are in any relationship with a women, were the only people who were fit to serve in war. Valentine saw injustice in this, and decided to secretly marry young couples together anyways. Soon Valentine was discovered, and Claudius ordered for him to be put to death. There are many other murky stories to why Valentine’s was considered the iconic figure to starting Valentine’s Day, such as helping Christians escape the Roman prisons. Behind all these several reasons and stories, the main thing about them was that he was well known for being a sympathetic, heroic, romantic man. Many believe that Valentine’s Day is in remembrance of Valentine’s death and it lives on every single year on the 14th of February.


By Sandra R. Murrietta

In a world where having your natural features and flaws is an ugly sight to see, extreme plastic surgery is a must the day you turn 16 in the book Uglies, written by Scott Westerfeld in 2005.  According to the book, it is not ideal to be ugly at 16 or older, especially when one is used to seeing so many pretty faces at a young age.


Tally Youngblood, a 15 year old girl, could not wait any longer to be transformed into a pretty girl. She can not wait to party and have fun with her friend Paris, who is a pretty. She longs to have pretty friends and has met so many pretty people. Sneaking into New Pretty Town to meet her best friend Paris, she gets into some trouble for breaking into a party. She manages to not get caught by authorities for being an ugly at a pretty party. She meets a girl named Shay who is an ugly too, and just so happens she was at the New Pretty Town to meet a friend also. Her and Shay became close friends, and the closer Tally gets to Shay, the more strange she notices how Shay feels about becoming a pretty. On their 16th birthday, the day they were supposed to become a pretty, becomes a nightmare for Tally, because Shay ran away to escape becoming pretty. Somehow the known myth, Special Circumstances, knew a lot more about Shay’s mysterious disappearance. Now Tally has to find her, and help Special Circumstances find the place she has left, if she does not, she will be ugly for the rest of her life.


One Billion In Rising

By: Jasmine Gomez

One in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime, to bring awareness to this, a global movement was created. That global movement is now called One Billion In Rising, founded by Eve Ensler in 2012, to end rape and sexual violence. Thescreenshot_2017-02-14-18-16-14 movement took place in Visalia, California on February 14 from 4:30 p.m to 6:00 p.m where many women, men, and children gathered together to march from Garden Street Plaza down Main Street. Many of the gatherers were carrying posters for a way to speak what was on their mind. They were given beautiful red flowers as well to hand out to the strangers that they came across, and to see the joy that came across these strangers’ faces when they were given a flower was just peaceful to the eye. After the
march, a couple of people decided to sing a songs. A man was singing a song, and the main words that stuck out were, “Stop The Violence, End The Silence”, those words were deep because imagine how many girls speak up about the abuse, just imagine the one’s that don’t. The next person to sing a song was a young lady, and her voice wascreenshot_2017-02-14-18-27-51s so touching it almost made you want to cry, the words that stuck out were “I Can’t Keep Quiet, There Must Be Someone That Understands”, all over the world their are many people getting abused physically and mentally, if the people speak up about it, they can be united and won’t be divided. The One Billion In Rising was an event that opened up the community’s eyes and helped spread awareness that no one deserves to be abused.

Anti – Bullying


By: Isabella Franco

Minute by minute, second by second, someone around us, or around the world is currently getting bullied. The antagonizer might see it as all fun and games, but they never think about how it might affect them emotionally and mentally. The little whispers and memories are what the victim has to live with for a lifetime. There is nothing that can take away all the memories and hurt. The outcome of bullying that can not be handled or put to a stop to,can result in suicide or mental illness along the way. We, as individuals, have the power to put a stop to end bullying. Ways that we could put an end to  bullying is to speak up, do not be afraid to talk to an adult, a teacher, or friend; they are here for you. Trust me, it might be scary, but don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself because bullying needs to be addressed and stopped for the mental health of everyone.

Rallied Up for Wrestling

This past winter rally was a success! This 2017 rally was to recognize Winter Sports: both girls and boys basketball, soccer, and wrestling. Speaking of wrestling…during the successful rally, students watched a match between Mr. Gibson, a prior UFC fighter, and Will Theis, a high school wrestler. After the match, both the fighters were interviewed about the intense match.

Will Theis Interview:

How was your feeling before the match?

Will: I felt a lot of butterflies in my stomach knowing that I’m going to wrestle against a previous UFC fighter and not knowing the outcome.

During the match did your feelings change?

Will: I was constantly thinking, I’m going to beat this guy.

How did you feel after the big win?

Will: I surprisingly didn’t feel anything but had pride that I beat a UFC fighter.

Awesome, congratulations on the win!

Mr. Gibson Interview:

How did you feel before the big match?

Gibson: I was confident, I thought I would put Will away pretty easy.

During the match, what were your thoughts and feelings?

Gibson: Things were going smooth in the beginning but the next thing I knew I was spinning in the air, and soon after, Will pinned me.

After the loss how did you feel?

Gibson: I felt like my pride was hurt and I was pretty embarrassed.

Well I’m sorry for the loss Mr. Gibson, but you’ll get him next time!


So, turns out, the Woodlake Tigers are much stronger than what they seem! Our 2017 rally was a success and turned out to be very entertaining! Good luck to the rest of the winter sports season and let the new spring sports have a blast and work hard!





Springin’ Into the Season

By: Julian Duran

      Winter, in all its essence, was a beautiful season with its fires, snow, and hot cocoa, but something new is right around the corner; Spring. Spring brings blooming flowers, the buzz of the bees, and the freshest air around. It also brings with it the Spring sports season. With Baseball, Softball, Swimming, Track, Golf and Tennis going on, it’s quite rare to find a student not involved. Athletes all come together to perfect that throw, hit the ball just right, or obtain the horrific swimmer’s tan. At Woodlake High, Spring sports have begun with games already coming their way. The swim team started swimming in January, and the team has accumulated over 20 eager swimmers in the pool. Baseball and softball both show a variety of skill levels between experts and beginners. Baseball has already taken a tough loss; however, the boys say they plan on working hard and showing their tiger stripes in the near future. Tennis has not had any matches as of today, but they have about 5 boys out there who are ready to make that backhand look perfecto! Track is always one of Woodlake’s strong suits, and although they have just begun the season, many are excited to see them bring home the gold!  Golf has its first match on Thursday, March 2nd, so best of luck to the traveling golfers. The season has only started, and yet one can already see the future outcomes based on the athletes’ high spirits and love for the sport.


Save the Bees!!!! By: Nikole Kimble

Specifically in North America, the honey bees alone are endangered. They are very vital for crops. Thanks to Anna Haldewang, she’s going to change this problem with her school project known as, “Plan Bee”. The honey bees are dying at an enormous rate. The Bee Drone is known as a robotic flower pollinator. It is controlled by a smart device and is designed to pollinate crops and flowers. Plan Bee has a foam core, and the body is made out of plastic to keep it light. It also has propellers so it can fly. Right now, Haldewang wants it to be used as an education tool, but in the future she hopes to have them as a marketable product. With this device, bees will not be the only ones who pollinate.


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.