California FFA State Convention

By: Kiara Benavides

Every year, each state in the FFA Association puts on a statewide conference for its members to take part in. Being one of the biggest states in the association, California FFA is famous for their elaborate, thrilling conferences (with more than 7,000 members in attendance) consisting of motivational speakers, keynote out-of-state officer speakers, leadership workshops/ seminars, awards, scholarships, delegate work, concerts, and installation of new state officers. This year, the conference made its debut in Anaheim and had sessions and workshops hosted inside the California Adventure and Disneyland parks. Taken from the state officer’s message, “We are thrilled to celebrate our state’s talents and achievements from this past year! We will be empowered by our Keynote Speakers, Brett Culp and JesseLeBeau,as well as our visiting National Officers,Breana Holbert and Gracie Furnish! We are looking forward to seeing members innovate in their Supervised Agricultural Experiences, as we present STAR and Proficiency Awards. We will embrace those who support us, envision a brighter tomorrow, and accelerate towards the future, as delegates vote on amendments that shape the future of our association.” The conference is extremely high energy and is something that members look forward to all year. Edith Guijon represented the California FFA Association as a member of the nominating committee. Kiara Benavides and Daniella Frausto took part as voting delegates and voted on FFA constitutional amendments and state officers. Alexis Morales and Gary Spivey showcased their talents as they participated in state band and state talent. Overall,  members were able to active during the impactful and lively event.

Sports Recap

By: Vanessa Meza


Spring sports have been in session for a few months now. Are you wondering how they’re all doing? Here’s some information to keep you updated with our players.


IMG-3935What is your favorite thing about the sport you play? My favorite thing about tennis is how thrilling and intense it can be at times during a match. Many underestimate tennis players because they think it is an easy sport but in reality it is super fun to play and it is always nice seeing new faces and making friends. Victor Leon, 10 Boys Tennis



How has swim been doing this season? This year we are 4th in league and no one has drowned yet. Pia Martinez, 12 SwimIMG-3930






What do you enjoy most about the sport you play? Once game time comes, once you step in the box, it’s competing you against the pitcher.You can’t think of your mechanics, you gotta just let your natural abilities take over. Knowing how hard the game of baseball is, knowing you can go 3 for 3 one game and strikeout four times the next makes the sport so interesting a fun. Ray Rodriguez, 11 Boys Baseball


How does it feel to have a new coaching staff? We all love the new coach and staff, they really know what they’re doing and they motivate us so much. They’ve pulled our team together, and now we’re headed in the right direction. Claudia Zacarias, 12 Softball


What has been your set goal for this season? My set goal is to beat my PR of 6 feet. Henry Hagen, 12 Track


What has been the most memorable moment this season? My most memorable moment was when I made my first par. Enrique Martinez, 12 Golf



By: Victoria Benevidez

On February 16, 2018, Woodlake Art Club went on a field trip to CalArts in Valencia, California. They have five specific schools of art offered on their campus: Dance, Film/Video, Art, Theater, and Music. The school was founded by Walt Disney and his brother Roy in 1961. CalArts was officially founded in 1970.

“Innovators from CalArts have set the leading edge of contemporary artistic practice from conceptualism, feminist art and design, video and computer music in the early years, to the Disney Renaissance, Pixar revolution, and Spongebob from interdisciplinary performance and digital design to the latest directions in creative music, interactive media, hybrid arts and immersive experience.” (CalArts catalogue)

Famous art professionals who attended CalArts include: Tim Burton (Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands), Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda, Crash), Stephen Hillenburg (Spongebob), and Ed Harris (Apollo 13, The Truman Show). Students enjoyed the exposure to the offerings on campus and ate lunch on campus. IMG_1935IMG_1939