NBA All-Star Weekend

By Jakob Bischoff

This years Oscars were full of drama, happiness, and lots of records. They were hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, who hosts a late night talk show, who in many people’s opinion did an amazing job. 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 act.

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.

2017 Lunar Eclipse


By Jordan Price

Friday nights are usually pretty special, but one with a lunar eclipse makes this Friday  even more special.  This event occurred on February 10. The penumbral lunar eclipse, as it’s called, should be easily visible from much of the world. The comet will fly past Earth, coming within 7.4 million miles, this may seem far, but it is the closest one that will come in the next 30 years. The comet appeared in the western sky, in the constellation Hercules. Binoculars and telescopes will help in the search, but at its closest approach, it might even be visible with the naked eye. If you did not see the lunar eclipse then, here is another look at it.

Hee-Haw Game Time

By Alyssa Baker

For those who are unfamiliar, Donkey Basketball is an annual FFA basketball game that takes place every year. The amazing AG teachers, run a presale of tickets before the day of the game, and the top sellers get to ride donkeys. On Thursday, February 23, 2017, Woodlake FFA vs Exeter FFA had their annual donkey basketball game, taking the win at 8 to 7. The game was intense and fun. The whole night was filled with laughter and cheers as Woodlake took home the win! The game was almost sold out of tickets, and everyone enjoyed the game. Congratulations to our riders on the amazing game!

During halftime of the game, our FFA Sweetheart was crowned by last years queen, Kiara Benavides! Congratulations to Reanna Munoz for winning the crown for FFA Sweetheart last Thursday night. Good Job to the other competitors; Callie Vincent, Pia Martinez, and Edith Guijon.

Stop and Smell the Roses!

By: Charlotte Lira

This year’s Sophomore Ag. Academy has been working diligently for the past five months on what is to be a rose garden at the School Farm. Over the last five months, they created their own designs within small groups and created presentations with a price list of the cost of their design ideas. They presented their presentations to a panel of judges, and the judges chose the top three designs to make it to the final round. In the final round, the top three groups were put to the test and had to combine three other designs along with theirs. The top three groups then presented again to another panel which helped choose the winning design. Congratulations to Clarissa Elias, Marianna Reynoso, Josefina Ramirez, Christopher McDermott, Luis Reyes, Bianca Tafoya, Micaela Rodriguez-Monroy, Manuel Cardenas, and Virgil “Ethan” Murehead for winning the top design. The Ag Academy will begin demolition in March in hopes of finishing the designed rose garden by the end of May. The Ag Academy hopes to see that once the Rose Garden is completed, all can visit the beautiful student led project and enjoy the smell of roses! 20170228_091122

California Thursday


By: Misty Stevenson

The school district has recently implemented a new food program called “California Thursday”. The reason behind the name is to serve the freshest fruit and vegetables possible on Thursdays. By doing this, Woodlake schools are supporting local and state farmers. The food that is served on “California Thursday” is 100% grown in California. This is also a way to celebrate California and all this state has to offer. By serving food fresh from California, it helps diminish the carbon footprint that is found in the food. It started off as a once a month event, but the district is hoping to make it an every Thursday event.  So far it has been successful, and it will be interesting to see how this event can impact the students and staff of Woodlake. Woodlake, let’s take the time to appreciate the food California has to offer!

Super Bowl 51

By: Dylan Mills


Super Bowl 51 was a banger! This game was played by the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. This year’s game was action packed and included the first ever overtime in Super Bowl history. In the first quarter, the game started off very slow  with each team scoring a whopping zero points. The second quarter, on the other hand, was very interesting. The Falcons put up 21 points on the board, leaving the Patriots down 21-3. Going into halftime, the Patriots were down by 18 points.


Lady Gaga takes over the stage and gives a spectacular halftime show.


The Patriots dug themselves into a huge hole. In the start of the third quarter, the patriots score a quick field goal, and then another later in the quarter. The fourth quarter is where it all happened. Tom Brady and the patriots are down by 19. They get two touchdowns and two, two point conversions tying the game. The Falcons score 0 once again giving the Patriots a chance to come back in the first ever Super Bowl overtime! The Patriots are praying that they win the overtime coin toss. They manage to win it and drive down the field for a come back. This is an unforgettable Super Bowl and is one of the most intense games in NFL history.



I Just Called To Say I Love You…

By: Claudia Zacarias

February is best known for one specific day that celebrates love and romance, yet  heartbreak and loneliness for others. While some WHS students show the appreciation by giving each other gifts such as chocolates and flowers, other students want nothing more than to go home and binge-watch their favorite Netflix series. We decided to ask a couple of students Valentine’s Day questions in order to see their different perspectives on this day of love.

file_000-8Priscilla Saucedo, Junior

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

Priscilla: “I plan on chilling with my boyfriend. Most likely watching some Netflix with my boyfriend and get chocolate wasted.”

What’s the perfect gift you want your boyfriend to get you for Valentine’s Day?

Priscilla: “Definitely one of those giant teddy bears from Costco.”

file_000-7Regina Franco, Senior

What’s your favorite romantic movie?

Regina: “The Notebook”

How would you deal with the unwanted romantic attention of an admirer?

Regina: “Be nice about it and tell him you’re not interested. Let him know that he should move on to someone else.”

Describe your perfect Valentine’s day?

Regina: “Going to a romantic dinner”


file_000-10David Paul Alvarado-Coa and Clayton Vincent, Juniors

What’s your favorite romantic movie?

David : “Fifty Shades of Grey because Christian Grey changes; it’s beautiful. ”

Clayton: “Fifty Shades Darker because it’s a beautiful movie.”

Do you prefer chocolates, flowers, or a card with a personal message?

David: “ Chocolate because… I like chocolate.”

Clayton: “ Chocolate because I got to get them GAINZ!!”

Describe your perfect Valentine’s date?

David: “In & Out and Chill.”

Clayton: “Goin muddin’ in the mud! Oh and chillin’. ”

file_000Elian Andrade, Junior

Have you ever received a gift or card from a secret admirer?

Elian: “Yes, it was a card in middle school, and it said something like ‘Hey we don’t talk much but that should change’ it was basically an Instagram Tbh.”

Is a romantic gesture more powerful on Valentine’s Day or on another day of the year?

Elian:” I don’t think it should really matter. I mean Valentine’s is a corporate scheme so we can spend lots of money on one day, but no matter what your still showing affection.”

Describe your perfect Valentine’s Day?

Elian: Umm okay, forget relationships, I’d rather spend my Valentine’s Day with my friends at my house, eating waffles and playing Cards Against Humanity.”

World Ag Expo!!


By: Jocelyn Sanchez

Last week February 16, our Woodlake Academy of Sustainable Agriculture Academy class traveled to the World Ag Expo Farm Show in Tulare. Our Academy students visited several interesting work cite booths and made connections with hundreds of business all around Fresno and Tulare Counties. There were over 49 country business representatives that attended this three day event. Countless people waited in line for the famous tri-tip sandwiches and homemade peach cobblers made by vendors all around the county. Andrew Skidmore, our state FFA President, gave our students a tour around the entire expo. The Academy students were given the opportunity to meet our California State FFA officers, and build connections will their fellow peers to prepare for State Conference this upcoming year.

Flicks to Watch

By: Juan Sandoval



A Dog’s Purpose
Rated: PG

A Dog’s Purpose is a must watch movie that is a roller coaster of emotions. The story revolves around the many lives of a dog. In his first life, the young dog loses his best friend at his death. Later he realizes that he keeps being born over and over into new lives, and with each one, he must fulfill his purpose. In one life, the dog is reunited with his initial owner, little does the owner know it is his long lost friend. This movie will be out on January 27.


Rated: PG- 13

Rings, a new thriller coming out on February 3, 2017 will make you drop your popcorn and hate videos. It all begins when a girl receives a video and opens it, by watching the video her death countdown begins. Anyone who watches the video will die in seven days, throughout the movie her and her boyfriend try to escape death. Will they make it? Catch this movie in theaters near you.


The Lego Movie Batman
Rated: PG

Now in theaters, an action-packed comedy, Legos and Batman team up to fight evil. This duo will have you hooked to the screen with its ups and downs and comedic plot. Why wouldn’t you want to watch this flick, it’s Legos and Batman, every boy’s favorite duo. Get your tickets and save the date, because this movie will be out on February 10, 2017.


By Juan Macias
Many students ask their educators and fellow peers why portfolios are a requirement to graduate from high school? With many high schools today requiring a portfolio to graduate, it’s no wonder why students are becoming curious. Many students say that portfolios are time consuming, stressful, and in the end, not enough of the required information is put to valuable use. Students are required to have current and past grades, list of classes taken, an introduction essay, resume, and a plethora of past assignments in their portfolio. This doesn’t even include the mass amounts of community service hours that are required from each student as well. Through the many mind boggling times, and countless hours spent finishing portfolio and community service, is the end product useful? Students from Woodlake High School were asked their opinion regarding whether or not portfolios are necessary for graduation requirements.


A junior, Arbol Ortega, a fellow student and Woodlake High School says they are useful in some cases to get job and and possibly to get into college; however, not receiving much help from the teachers and counselors made it difficult, and maybe if they made tutorials on how to perfect their portfolios would be helpful.


Leonel Mercado, also a junior at Woodlake High School, believes they are pointless and worthless. He explains that students shouldn’t be required to fill some binder full with records when the school already has records of their grades, classes, and attendance. He states, “If they were less time consuming a student would gladly get them done with no hassle.”


Mixy Barreto, a soon graduating senior, said that the portfolio helped her to decide what she wants to pursue as her career, as well as what college she would like to attend. She says she wished she started earlier because the process does take time, and she rushed through her portfolio. She believes she could have done better if she would have slowed the process down an bit and really thought about her plans. She says that, “the Graduate Outcome portion appears to be of no use because the colleges look more at your grades and your extracurricular activities, and they don’t bother to look at work you did in ninth, tenth, or eleventh grade.”


Shea Bartlett, another student of the class of 2017, says it helped her with her resume, and opened the door to a variety of colleges that she could attend in the near future. Like many others, she regrets not taking her time on this important requirement. Also she wishes she could have put more effort into certain parts because it really helps students get into colleges and get jobs. Shea says that.” the Graduate Outcome portion is unnecessary because they make no difference when attending a college or filling out your resume.”