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.


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.”

Black History Month

By Adin Ross

February is the great month in which we recognize the African American culture and view how much they have impacted our history. Mr. Trump, professionally changed the admiration to African American History Month to show proper respect for the race, but it can still be spoken as Black History Month with equal amount of respect. Black History Month originated as “Negro History Week” which was created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, an African American historian. The reason why the race is recognized in February is because of Frederick Douglas’ significance of being a social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman.

Nobody can forget about the one and only, Harriet Tubman who helped hundreds of African American slaves escape along the secret route to freedom known as the Underground Railroad. If you are a big sports fan, one must know baseball was affected by African Americans because of the well known Jackie Robinson. Jackie was the first professional African American baseball player who made a huge impact because of his game and the inspiration and motivation for the youth and other professional athletes. It is great to point our full recognition of the African American heroes who made history, and continue to worship this month in their names.

New Year, New Hits!

imagesdownloadbruno-mars-24k-magic-lyrics-2By:Charlotte Lira
As the New Year begins we leave behind the old hits and bring in the new. Here are the Top 20 iTunes hits that we are starting 2017 off with!
1. Shape Of You – Ed Sheeran
2. I Don’t Want To Live Forever – Zayn & Taylor Swift
3. Bad and Boujee (ft. Lil Uzi Vert) – Migos
4. Paris – The Chainsmokers
5. Bad Things – Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello
6. 24k Magic – Bruno Mars
7. I Feel It Coming (ft. Daft Punk) – The Weeknd
8. This Town – Niall Horan
9. All Time Low – Jon Bellon
10. Closer (ft. Halsey) – The Chainsmokers
11. iSpy (ft. Lil Yachty) – KYLE
12. Fake Love – Drake
13. Love On The Brain – Rhianna
14. Don’t Want To Know (ft. Kendrick Lamar) – Maroon 5
15. Way Down We Go -Kaleo
16. Better Man – Little Big Town
17. Say You Wont Let Go – James Arthur
18. Black Beatles (ft. Gucci Mane) – Rae Sremmurd
19. Blue Aint Your Color – Keith Urban
20. Let Me Love You (ft. Justin Bieber) – DJ Snakes

The Great Speech

By Adin Ross

The 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump, gave an interesting speech during the 2017 Inaugural Ball, in which the U.S. citizens will never forget.Throughout his speech, President Trump made many promises to the country,praised Mr. Obama for his glorious work within office, and thanked all of his supporters. One of Trump’s main promises was to bring back much needed jobs for the American  people. He stated that one of his major goals as president is to decrease the amount of people on welfare and put them back to work. Citizens hope he can keep his promise because increasing the employment rate would be a miracle. Several citizens are hardworking, yet it is lazy and unmotivated that need to find a job in order to help the economy.

The unemployment rate has been higher since President Clinton so Trump is hoping to see an increase during his 4 year term. Another questionable topic that most of us are aware of is Trump’s wall idea. Although the border patrol agents have doubled since 2001, and there are still thousands of illegal immigrants and drug smugglers still getting through. Mr. Trump blames past presidents for the crime rate rising because of the lack of border protection. However, this is a controversial topic that is leading to problems. Looking back to Mr. Obama’s Inaugural speech we can notice there are almost double the amount of citizens that attended his events than Trump’s. There has been many parades and marches protesting Trump and his campaign because of his thoughts and beliefs; however, America will have to wait and see if Trump will stay true to his promises and  really makes our country great again.

“What about America?”


by: Anthony Guzman

This year’s election has been one wild ride, with two candidates who are serious but hysterical to watch debate. In the top left, Donald J Trump, and on the top Right Hillary Clinton. After 13 months, these two candidates made it to finals, showing what they’re capable of. Both candidates had different takes on many of the big issues we have in the United States, for example: immigration, gun rights, LGBT, medial, border control, etc. On November 8th, 2016, the day finally came where America would finally have their voice. After hours of waiting, America spoke, and Donald Trump took the office winning with over 290 electoral votes.

Stop Clowning Around!

By Desirae Bryant

October is a month full of falling leaves, pumpkin patches, and spooky stories. It’s the time of the year when Children of all ages- and those few adult children- dress up in costumes and roam the night in search of free candy. Goblins and ghouls, vampires and werewolves, all on the hunt for a sweet snack and a good time.clown This year; however, a new breed of predator has hit the streets, and evidently, they are quite terrifying. Clown sightings have been flooding national news headlines. Now, one might think: “Clowns? What’s so scary about clowns”. Well, these clowns are not your typical birthday party, balloon blowing, friends. These are the types of clowns that cause you to lie awake at three a.m. fearing for your personal safety. The sightings began around late August in South Carolina, when children reported a clown attempting to lure them into nearby woods. A pair of children in Georgia claimed they ran for their lives from a clown while waiting at their local bus stop on their way to school. Stories such as these continue to catch the eyes of concerned citizens all over the nation.clowns Though the accounts have been determined as pranks by law enforcement, police are still taking the situation seriously. More than a dozen individuals have been arrested in connection to the sightings. This new phenomenon is a frightening start to a very fun-filled month, so watch yourselves when trick-or-treating, or even when roaming the streets around town. You may never know what lies ahead. 

Capitol Hill On Lock Down

By: Sonni Hacobian

On Monday, March 28, 2016, in Washington D.C. Capitol Hill was locked down! A man with a pistol was shot by Police Chief Matthew Verderosa. The suspect was identified as Larry Russell Dawson, who has had past run-ins with the law, and he drew his weapon but was shot by law enforcement before he could shoot. During the incident, a 40 year old citizen suffered minor injuries from flying shrapnel which is bullet debris. Dawson has had many reported disturbances at the Capitol, including assaulting a police officer and unlawful conduct on Capitol grounds, according to D.C. court records. This event forced lockdowns in all surrounding areas, including the Annual Egg Roll at the White House. Dawson is currently being treated at a local hospital and is in stable but critical condition as of late Monday, the Associated Press reported.

San Bernardino Shooting

By: Sonni Hacobian

On December 2, 2015, fourteen people were killed and 21 injured in a terrorist attack consisted of a mass shooting and bombing at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, United States. The bombing was unsuccessful; however, many lives were still taken.  Syed Rizwan riverside407640638184Farook and Tashfeen Malik, targeted a San Bernardino County Department of Public Health training event and Christmas party of about 80 people in a rented banquet room. They target the people who do not fit their description of how people should be, and that is just what they did. Farook was an American-born citizen of Pakistani descent, while his wife was a Pakistani-born legal resident of the U.S. The two were a husband and wife team, and after dropping their young infant daughter off with her grandmother, planned for a major killing spree. He had attended the event as an employee before the shooting. After the shooting, the couple fled in a rented SUV. Four hours later, police pursued their vehicle and killed them in a shootout. FBI and Obama have debated whether it is terrorist related or not; On December 6th, however, President Obama confirmed it was a terrorist attack. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families during this time of loss.

2015 Nobel Prize

By: Cynthia McDermott

The Nobel Prize is any of the six International prizes awarded annually for outstanding work in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, economics (since 1969), and the promotion of peace. The Nobel Prizes, first awarded in 1901, were established by the will of Alfred Nobel, and are traditionally awarded on December 10, the anniversary of his death.

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This year’s prizes go to:

Peace Prize: Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet

Literature: Svetlana Alexievich; Russian

Physics: Arthur B. Mcdonald; Canadian, Takaaki Kajita; Japanese

Chemistry: Paul L Modrich; American, Tomas Lindahl; Swedish, Aziz Sancar; Turkish, American

Physiology or Medicine: William C. Campbell; Irish, Satoshi Omura; Japanese, Tu Youyou; Chinese

Economic Sciences: Angus Deaton; American, British


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