Orange Month

By: Isiah Maldonado

This month is teen dating violence awareness and prevention month, and so far it has had a lot of public interest. Every year, “approximately 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner”. With teen dating violence becoming more and more common, many people are trying to help those going through these situations. They also help prevent them by educating young adults on how to respect one another and what to do if their partner starts getting abusive. Local organizations such as My Voice and My Strength have meetings held every week at select schools, teaching students on early signs of an abusive relationship, and what to do. These local club members are even taught how to help others going through an abusive relationship. For one of the teen dating violence awareness month activities, My Voice and My Strength came together to hold an awareness booth during lunch to educate students and staff on signs of teen dating violence.

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Carnival Fun

By: Jasmine Sandoval

Are you looking for a fun time and some yummy food? Who needs a night out on the town when you can stop by Woodlake High School’s carnival on March 16th from 5-8 p.m. The carnival will be held in the Leo Robinson Football Stadium and will be open to the public. Tiger athletics and other school clubs will be having carnival games such as; balloon pop, soccer shoot out, a dunk tank, football toss, corn hole, and so much more! Don’t be shy! Play some games and work up a big appetite because Tacos Galacticos, Jamba Juice, Kettle Korn, corn on the cob, and Kona Ice will also be at the carnival! The Tiger leadership class will be selling refreshing drinks as well. Don’t miss out on a fun time, see you there!

Winter Break Fun

By: Jordan Price
Over Winter Break, students had three weeks to fulfill some exciting events. Several Woodlake High School students were interviewed regarding what electrifying events happened over their break.
“What fun events did you do over Winter Break?”
Preston McKellar: “Over break I went to visit my sister, Meg Johnson, in Colorado. We went
snowboarding and I fell many times. I also went to the beach and surfed. The waves were
HUGE!”
“What fun events did you do over Winter Break?”
Caden St. Martin: “I went to Arizona and visited some family. It was a lot of fun. I also got bit by spider and my eye was swollen. That was not so fun.
“What fun events did you do over Winter Break?”
Austin McWilliams: “I didn’t go anywhere, I just hung out on my balcony and with friends. My
Xbox got a lot of use this break too! Fortnite is my new best friend.”

Whether these students traveled or stayed home, it seems as if these students had a wonderful Winter Break away from school.

 

Central Valley Blue Star Moms

By: Isiah Maldonado

The Blue Star Moms are moms, joining together to share pride, devotion, and worries for sons and daughters currently serving in all branches of the Armed Forces in the United States. They first came together shortly after the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001. They collect needed items for Marines, Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen, sending out care packages periodically. They are an official chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of America, a group who formed during World War II.

Last year, WHS, and WVMS participated in the donation drive to support Blue Star Moms. They are planning to have another drive after Spring Break, letters and food will be collected and sent to troops as personal care packages, and delivered on July 4th. Students are needed to participate in the drive, help with donations, and collect them. If interested in participating in this event, talk to Ray Salazar in counseling.Concert-pic2-9-26-16-300x200

Miss Woodlake Who?

By: Claudia Zacarias

This year is full of special events, including this year’s Miss Woodlake Pageant! This year eight seniors: Genesis Gonzalez, Dominique Franco, Kiara Benavides, Gabriella Aguilar, Pia Martinez, Skye Perez, Claudia Zacarias and Crystal Sandoval will be competing for the crown. These beautiful ladies are involved in several community events, clubs, and sports year-round. Their is no doubt in our minds that whoever wins, will definitely make a positive difference in the community, but for now let’s get to know our queens.
PicsArt_10-25-10.33.16Genesis Gonzalez

#1. What made you want to run for Miss Woodlake?Gonzales: “I decided to run for Miss Woodlake because I believe that I represent my town well, and I love it here.”

#2. What are some clubs, sports or extracurricular activities are you in that show you are a leader in your community?

Gonzalez: “I am in leadership, SHAPE, GSA, MyVoice, Book Club, Art club, Interact, Key Club, and Tiger Fusion. I also played volleyball and softball and will be trying out for swimming this year.”

 

#3. What is your talent for the competition?
Gonzales: “For my talent, I will be playing a song on my ukulele.”

 

IMG_6342Dominique Franco

#1. What made you want to run for Miss Woodlake?

Franco: “I decided to run for Miss Woodlake because I love the opportunity to help change the community with the other contestants.”

 

#2. What are some clubs, sports or extracurricular activities are you in that show you are a leader in your community?

Franco: “I am in SHAPE, MyVoice, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, and  cheer.”

#3. If you were to win Miss Woodlake, how would you better your community?
Franco: “I would raise awareness for mental health issues because not many people understand much about it, or realize how serious it is.”

 

IMG_6347Kiara Benavides

#1. What made you want to run for Miss Woodlake?
Benavides: “I would like to serve the community in which I’ve grown up in all my life.”

#2. What are some clubs, sports or extracurricular activities are you in that show you are a leader in your community?

Benavides: “ I am involved in a lot of clubs and sports such as, the FFA program, where I am actually an officer. I am also involved in ASB, leadership, tennis, drama and soccer.”

 

#3.  What is your talent for the competition?
Benavides: “I am doing Zumba for my talent!”

 

Gabriela  Aguilar

#1. What are some clubs, sports, or extracurricular activities you are in that show you are a leader in your community?Aguilar: “I am a year round leader. I play Tennis, Soccer, and golf. I am secretary of our Key Club and treasurer of Interact. I also do color guard and drama.

#2. What is your talent for the competition?

Aguilar: “I will be performing a color guard routine.”


#3. What do you think is going to be the hardest aspect of the pageant?

Aguilar: “I believe that the hardest part of the competition will be the on stage questions.”

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#1. What made you want to run for Miss Woodlake?Perez: “I wanted to run for Miss Woodlake because I want to give back to my community, and overall get more involved.”

#2. What are some clubs, sports or extracurricular activities are you in that show you are a leader in your community?
Perez: “The clubs I’m involved in are Recycle club – which helps the environment- and Tiger Fusion. I also work at Spirit Halloween store in Hanford on the weekends.”

#3. What is your talent for the competition?
Perez: “My talent for the competition is decorating cupcakes in several different way in only two minutes.”

 

IMG_5011Claudia Zacarias

#1. What made you want to run for Miss Woodlake?
Zacarias: “I decided to run for Miss Woodlake because I thought it would be a great opportunity to improve my community as well as get involved.”

#2. What are some clubs, sports or extracurricular activities are you in that show you are a leader in your community?
Zacarias: “I am involved in several clubs such as, SHAPE, Drama, Trio, CSF, Reader make Leaders, and Interact. I am involved in sports such as, soccer and softball. I am also in Leadership which has given me the opportunity to run the students section along with two of my other friends for football games. Lastly, I am a junior chapter leader for H.O.W. Woodlake Chapter and love helping out every month at the dinners.”

#3. What is your talent for the competition?
Zacarias: “ I love to make people laugh and entertain them, so I will be lip-syncing a one woman duet to the song Don’t Go Breaking My Heart by Elton John.”
IMG_5013Pia Martinez

#1.What made you want to run for Miss Woodlake?

Martinez: “I wanted to run for Miss. Woodlake because I wanted to continue to serve my community, and I wanted to serve as a role model for the younger generations.”

#2.What are some clubs, sports or extracurricular activities are you in that show you are a leader in your community?
Martinez: “I am on the Varsity Swim Team, Varsity Cheer Captain, President of the Woodlake FFA, Sequoia FFA Section Secretary, President of the Lighthouse Club, a member of Book club and I am in Drama.”

 

#3. What is your talent for the competition?

Martinez: “For the pageant, I will be doing a Floral demonstration as my talent. “

IMG_6345Crystal Sandoval

#1. What made you want to run for Miss Woodlake?

Sandoval: “I wanted to run for Miss Woodlake because as a younger generation, I believe, we should grow with our community, and as we get older  become a bigger part within it.”

#2. If you were to win Miss Woodlake, how would you better your community?Sandoval: “If I were honored  to win Miss Woodlake, I would better my community by helping our youth become better leaders within our community.”

 

#3. What is your talent for the competition?

Sandoval: “My talent for the competition is showing my lamb, driving a tractor, and public speaking.”

Current Events

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Las Vegas Shooting: On September 25th, 2017, a 64 year old man by the name of Stephen Padlock started shooting the Vegas Strip from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel during a country concert. This shooting marks the largest mass killing in U.S. history. During this tragedy, at least 58 people were killed, and 489 people were injured. Why did this happen?  These questions still remain a mystery.  Regardless of why, many people are showing their support by putting #PrayForVegas on social media. A go fund me account has been set up for the victims families.

https://www.gofundme.com/dr2ks2-las-vegas-victims-fund

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California Fires: This year, California has had a multitude of wildfires, devastating wildlife and air quality across the state. A single northern California fire has destroyed 5,700 buildings, and claimed the lives of 13 people. California is known for its many yearly fires, but this year’s number of wildfires has skyrocketed to an all time high. With the recent drought and lack of rainfall, many parts of California have been dry, making it easier for fires to start and spread. Many people are donating their time through volunteering to help firefighters, passing out water, and meals to those fighting the fires. If you would like to help, donate cases of water and canned food to your local fire department.

By: Isiah Maldonado

 

Lighthouse Club Helps The Central Valley

By: Charlotte Lira

Serving in the U.S. military far away from home – whether in Afghanistan, Iraq, South Korea, Germany, Africa or any of our dozens of other overseas military bases – is difficult at any time of year, but most service members really long for a “hug from home” during the holidays. Something as simple as a package of soup, some powdered drink mix, sunscreen, lip balm, baby wipes, fresh razors or a new deck of cards sent to one person can lift the morale of an entire unit of soldiers.

The Lighthouse Club at WHS are going to be placing bins around the campus during the next few weeks to collect items to send to our service members through Central Valley Blue Star Moms.

If you know any military personnel who are serving outside the U.S., please feel free to contact Mrs. Hallmeyer or any member of Lighthouse Club, and they can help your loved one get signed up.

We are asking your help in gathering materials to send. Here is a list of items that we can use:

Beef Jerky Cup-O-Noodles Baby Wipes

Trail Mix Packaged nuts Disposable razors

Hard candy Breath mints

Protein bars Protein powder

Sunflower seeds Pumpkin seeds

Tuna packets Lunch kits

Playing cards Flavor packets for water bottles

Cotton socks – black only Lip balm

Please note: We are not able to send scented items or liquids since they might contaminate food items. Also, no chocolate or anything that might melt.

Watch for our bins coming in April!

2016 Woodlake Awards Dinner

By: Adin Ross

The marvelous and spectacular Woodlake Awards Dinner occurred on Friday, March 3rd in the one and only, Woodlake Veterans’ Memorial Building. This dinner was hosted by the great Kiwanis of Woodlake. Key Club served a delicious dinner, which included, pork, mac n cheese, salad, and some rich veggies. Some listed awards were Anthony Perez, Man of the Year, Marsha Ingrao (Woman of the year), Lifetime Achievement Award: Frank Ainley and Ida Jean, Spirit of Woodlake, H.O.W (Helping One Woman) – Nicole Macias, Youth of the Year: Brook Rivas and William Theis, Community Organization, Trinity Apostolic Church, Youth Mentor, Juan Gamez, Education of the Year, Darlene Hardcastle, and last but not least, Business of the Year, Panaderia La Estrella. All of the award winners deserve a round of applause because of their sincere representation of Woodlake.

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Jazzaffair By: Kassidy Hildebrand

April 7th, 8th, and 9th of 2017 marks the 44th Annual Jazzaffair in Three Rivers, California. Jazzaffair is a multi-day jazz concert held by the Sierra Traditional Jazz Club. This event hosts some of the most famous bands and solo artists in the nation. One band in particular, the High Sierra Jazz Band, has been on multiple world tours and is the most famous band at this event. Jazzaffair attracts people from all over the nation. The band lineup this year consists of the High Sierra Jazz Band, Blue Street Jazz Band, Bob Draga, Cornet Chop Suey, Flip Oaks Quartet, Grand Dominion Jazz Band, High Street Band, Jerry Krahn Quartet, Kylie Castro, Carl Sonny Leyland, Shelley, Bill and Eddie, Stardust Cowboys, Titan Hot Seven Jazz Band, and Tom Rigney. These bands travel from all over the nation to perform at Jazzaffairs. If you are interested in this jazz filled weekend, tickets are sold online, and all ages are welcome. The Early Birds 3-day all day event badge is $95. The 3-day all day event badge is $100, and if you want to bring your children along, they are $50 each (no age limit). If you are interested in going to the recognition dinner, tickets are $15 each. The seventh graders at Three Rivers Union School, also work the event serving lunch and dinner to all those who come out.

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You Forgot the “e”!

By Juan Macias
3.14159265…How did someone get those numbers? “What are those numbers,” one might ask? Those randomly ordered numbers are not so random, they are actually the solution to 22/7, imagesand they go on forever. They are the digits of Pi, π and were first discovered by an Ancient Greek Mathematician of Syracuse, who gave a close estimation of what Pi is today. Pi is widely mistaken to be another subject taught in school and appears to be useless when being used in a math class, but its use is major. Pi is used in careers that make our everyday lives, si240px-Prince-of-pimple and easy, such as astronomy, physics, engineering and architecture. Without any of those jobs, life today would be impossible. So why not celebrate it? Larry Shaw, a physicist, organized the first celebration of Pi March 14, of 1988, in San Francisco, but became national on the 22nd of July 2009. Well when is Pi day? The correct guess would be 3/14 or March 14, but Pix-wide-communityonce every century people can celebrate not only the first three numbers of Pi but the first five, March 14th of –15. So readers who didn’t celebrate it this year, you’ve always got a chance next year.