By: Isiah Maldonado and Jasmine Gomez
Mexican folk dance was believed to first be practiced in the early 1500’s. The dance is an uneven synthesis of different cultural traditions. It’s historical roots is the synthesis of indigenous, European and African cultural influences but it continues to evolves with influences from modern pop culture. The attire of the dancers is so beautiful the different contrast of the colors catch many of the viewer’s eyes leaving them amused, not only with the beautiful dance performed, but by their amazing outfits.
Here at Woodlake High School, Mexican Folk Dance is offered as an elective, in which many partake in to honor and learn about the heritage. One student here at Woodlake High School has a remarkable passion for Mexican Folk Dancing and you can tell by the way she talks about it and the way she dances. That student is Jackie Villapando; Ms. Villapando believes that dancing has made a tremendous change in her life by giving her a better insight about her culture and letting her get first hand experience with the many types of dances. She also states that, “It helps express myself”. We urge all students to try out something new like Mexican Folk Dancing, so the next time you’re choosing electives, think about this great opportunity of having the chance to learn about the Mexican culture.
By Jordan Price and Jacey Reisinger
Spring season is here! With the change of weather, there will be a change in the student’s outfits. Girls, make sure your shorts are long enough and your shirts are high enough at the top, no low cut shirts. Also make sure that your tank tops have thick straps, no shoulders and no razor backs. Boys, make sure your pants are pulled up and your underwear is not showing, also tank tops must be fitted around the armpits and cannot be low cut, no skin should be showing on the sides, on the back, or shoulders. Girls, If your bra straps are showing than that is not in dress code. All bra straps must not be showing in order to follow dress code. If students do not follow the dress code you will be representing your high school with a P.E shirt, so if that is not your desired outfit, be sure to follow this code.
By: Alyssa Baker and Isabella Franco
On April 21st, and April 28th, all the seniors at Woodlake High School completed the stressful process of Senior Exit Interviews. The purpose behind the Senior Exit Interview is to help prepare the students gain some interviewing skills for future job or college interviews. It also helps the students get rid of some nervous nerves that they might have for future interviews because they already have some interviewing experience based on their Local Scholarship interviews. Most of the questions were about where do you see yourself in 5 years, or either mostly about how your skills can help your career, or any job that is being considered. The Senior Exit interview is a very important day for the seniors of Woodlake High School. The interview is a final requirement for graduating seniors. If students are a no show to their interview, then they will not receive their diploma and will not be able to participate in the Graduation Ceremony on June 2nd. After Seniors go through a stressful 25 minutes, they end with relief as their final requirement finishes up.
By Jocelyn Sanchez and Charlotte Lira
This year, Woodlake FFA took 25 FFA students to the 89th Annual State Leadership Conference. The conference is a four day leadership convention with over 7 thousand FFA members in attendance from all across California. Here the FFA members come together to better their leadership skills and build great memories and friendships that last forever throughout their chapters. The Monday night concert was hosted by country star, Brent Young. Young did an outstanding performance for the 7,000 members that attended the conference. At this event our National officers held workshops that expanded comfort zones, and the various workshops consisted from welding to learning how to swing dance. The students also got the opportunity to explore the Fresno State campus.
Woodlake High School State award recipients were recognized on stage for their great accomplishments. Pia Martinez went on stage to represent Woodlake FFA for receiving Gold National Chapter, Mrs.Pena went on stage as a San Joaquin Regional Star Counselor. There were also competition teams: Ag Computers received first high in state, with having the top four individuals representing Woodlake. Also Ag Marketing received third high at the Fresno field day competition. We also had two students in the State FFA Band, Jimi Ledesma and Rogelio Chavez. Crystal Sandoval also represented Woodlake FFA in the state choir. Gary Spivey participated in the state talent with is outstanding yo-yo tricks. California FFA was able to give members limitless opportunities within the four days!
By: Juan Sandoval & Juan Macias
Spring Break, a time where every student forgets about the responsibility of school. A time where the weather is warm and the beach is the place to go. Here are some amazing activities the Tigers did during break!
“During Spring Break I did many amazing activities. I went to Disneyland with my good friend and it was a blast. Towards the end of break, I also went to the beach and I got sunburn, that was definitely the highlight of my break”.
“I went to San Diego! I took the bus from Hanford to Los Angeles, and from Los Angeles, I took the Amtrak (the train) to San Diego. I spent two nights with my cousin along with Julian, then we went kayaking in the ocean and swam with the sharks”.
“I went to London and I hung out with my cousins. I saw many castles and Big Ben. This trip was definitely one for the books”.
By: Julian Duran & Lauren Little
This Year’s Woodlake High School’s girls swim team are 2nd in league so far, with 2 more meets to go. The boys aren’t doing as well considering they only have 6 males. Within the Woodlake swim team, there are two swimmers who have qualified for the 2017 Valley Finals. One of the swimmers is Mason Smith who has qualified for 100 butterfly with a 1:01, and 50 freestyle with a 25.03. The other qualifier is Lauren Little, who has qualified for the individual 100m breaststroke with a 1:19.33, and 50m freestyle with a 27.54. Even though it is just the two attending Valley, the other swimmers still have been competing strongly throughout the season. Several have cut off multiple seconds and improved far past expectation. Coach Suzie has put countless hours into making the team better as a whole, which has payed off. Let’s see how the swim team continues to do, good luck to them!
In this year’s spring musical,a bundle of ruthless pirates embark on their adventure. The cast for this play consists of 28 characters, and 4 people helping backstage. Esmeralda is one of the main characters, she is the captain of her crew, “the Lawless Ladies”. Esmeralda and her group have to recover stolen gold from another group of mischievous pirates. How will they retrieve their gold? What obstacles will come their way? Who will they bump into along their journey? Make sure to watch the play next month to find out! The dates for this magnificent musical are the 18th, 19th, 20th of May.
By: Shania Finney and Claudia Zacarias
This month TRiO students are taking a trip to four of San Diego’s best colleges and Universities. On April 24 and 25 the Woodlake High School Students- along with other TRiO students in the Valley- will be going to San Marcos college, University of San Diego, San Diego State, and UC San Diego. TRiO is an amazing program to be involved in; however, many people do not know what TRiO is. TRiO is an Upper Bound Math and Science program that has an emphasis on science and math based majors. The program is world wide and takes students to colleges and helps the students enhance their education on college and how to get there. They also help tutor students once a week in math, science, and many other based subjects. College of the Sequoias in Visalia is the main TRiO center around here. It houses Woodlake High School, Farmersville High School, Orosi High School, and Lindsay High School. Together, these schools gather and go to college trips. It is a great way to see old friends from other schools who have been in TRiO, and to meet new incoming TRiO members.
On the 24th, several of the TRiO students woke up at 4:00 am and went on a charter bus to the San Marcos College. It was a beautiful campus and there was a great tourist. After that, the group went to UC San Diego where they had a quick tour, and then went off into groups to participate in a fun-filled, photo scavenger hunt. The hunt was a blast and the students learned how to better navigate new surroundings by asking for assistance and exploring around the campus. After the hunt, one of the high school alumni, who was attending UC San Diego, took the group of students to a beach location, where the view was absolutely breathtaking.
On the 25th, the students got up bright and early to visit the private school University of San Diego. The school was absolutely gorgeous and quite calm. Then they headed to their last school, San Diego State. The school was lively and overly impacted, but not overwhelming. Most of the students fell in love with this campus! The tour was split into two groups and one of the groups got to meet the president of the campus!
It was a great trip and the students look forward to the next one.
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.