Students Springin’ into the Spotlight

By: Julian Duran

The flowers are beginning to bud, the sun is starting to shine, and the weather is getting a whole lot warmer! What does this mean? It’s March! This comes with the start of the most beautiful season of spring! We are halfway through the semester, and the end of the year is already in our sights. I’ve rounded up a couple of students to ask them some questions about themselves.

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Charlotte Lira

What would you risk your life for?

“Definitely for all of the members of One Direction! Not Zayn though, he is such a jerk!”

Would you rather be unattractive and live forever, or be amazingly attractive and die in a year?

“I definitely would love to live forever so I can be with all of my loved ones!”

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Adin Ross

Would you rather be unattractive and live forever, or be amazingly attractive and die in a year?

“I definitely would rather be attractive so I can get all the gir… eh, I mean friends!”

What would you risk your life for?

“I would risk my life for J Cole or Drake, the best rappers of all time baby!”

PortfoliNO’s…

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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

Is Dating Still Fun ?

 

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By:Isabella Franco

Back in the 40’s and 50’s, the guys would actually have to find the courage to ask the girl out. For example, what I can gather from movies, is the guys arrive at the girl’s house and takes her out on a fun. innocent date. The perfect couple goes to dinner, and then decides to goon an evening stroll around the park just to get to know each other.  Fast forward 20 years, as women become more independent, the dating scene has dramatically changed. Women start to take it upon themselves to ask the guys out on dates.  Now, in present time, times have changed even more.  We have come to a certain day and age where dating has lost its meaning with all the technology that we have. The guys do not even ask the girl out anymore in person, it is all done by text or through social media. Is dating dead or fun in the eyes of young couples?  Which era would you prefer to fall in love in?

Is the Popcorn Ready?

By: Juan Sandoval

Fall is here and the smell of pumpkin spice is in the air. With Halloween around the corner, some of the best scary movies are being released this month. Get your extra large bucket of popcorn, and your scary movie buddy ready, because these are the newest scary movies that will make you regret turning off the lights.

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Ouija Origin Of Evil is about a woman who is a widow. Being a mother of two, she decides to scam people in LA by telling them that she has the ability to talk to spirits in order to make ends meet. Little does the woman know, that the Ouija board would invite nefarious spirits in her and her 2 daughters’ lives. Catch this film on October 21, 2016 in a theater near you.

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Madea (Tyler Perry’s) new movie Boo a Madea Halloween is a new horror comedy coming this month. Madea spends Halloween taking care of her teen niece and her niece’s friends, when they begin experiencing horrifying experiences with ghosts and other paranormal creatures. This movie will make you laugh, so get ready! It will be in a theater near you on October 21, 2016.

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Stranger Things is not a movie, it is a series that was released in July. Not to mention this amazing, addicting, series would be a sin. Stranger Things is about a scary creature called a Demogoron that is swallowing people to the underside. Throughout the show, the cast looks for Will, a young boy who is taken. Throughout the search the cast is faced with dangerous situations. Make sure you have time because I guarantee you will not have time to take your eyes off the screen.

 

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice: Movie of The Year?

 

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By Arthur Reynoso
As the month of March comes to an end, one of the most anticipated movies of the year hit theaters on March 25. That’s right, Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice was finally released. Zac Snyder, the director of the movie, did a fantastic job and made many comic book fans worldwide proud of how the story stuck closely to the actual comic. The movie begins a bit slow, picking up 2 years later after the events of “Man of Steel” (not considered a sequel). When Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) first meet, tension begins to build  between the two heroes after a discussion regarding how they believe each other’s alter egos are a menace to society. Soon both Batman and Superman prepare to face off one another. One reason why this movie was greatly successful was because of the hype between two greats of the superhero universe. In the comics, when these two phenomenons go head to head, it was like watching “the greatest gladiator match in the history of the world.” With something like this hitting theaters, everybody just had to witness the event. Even though this movie is great, it is a stepping stone leading up to the creation of The Justice League film that will be coming in 2017. Overall, Batman v. Superman was a major hit and broke Box Office records and easily became the number 1 March and Easter movie released on its very first day! If you haven’t seen the film, then you are missing out on one of the greatest movies so far to hit theaters in 2016.

“One Chance is All You Need”

By: Yarimel Barreto

Race was released Friday, February 19 in theaters. It’s based on the true story of Jesse Owens, image1the legendary athletic superstar and his track and field experience. Jesse Owens, a young
African-American who would become one of the greatest Olympic athletes, proved Hitler’s boast about the “Aryan athletic superiority” wrong by winning four gold medals, setting world records, and becoming the star of the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Owen was the first American to win four gold medals at a single Olympics, a record that stood unbroken for 48 years. His quest was to become the greatest track and field athlete in history. Race is a film about determination, tolerance, aimage2nd friendship. Its an inspiring drama about one man’s fight to become an Olympic legend. Jesse Owens is an exceptional athlete and he quotes “One chance is all you need.” The movie highlights the struggles of Jesse Owens, and his power and determination to overcome the challenges he faced.  Click on the link below to preview the movie Race.

http://www.ew.com/trailer-jesse-owens

 

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

By: Isabel Lopez

*Spoilers*

download13 hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi tells the true journey of six soldiers who are stuck defending the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, from Islamic attackers on September 11, 2012. The soldiers are out numbered, and do not have the powerful weapons their enemies do. As the defenders relentlessly use walkie-talkies to contact help or a helicopter gunship, they are left to wait for an answer. When no help arrives, the soldiers must find away to stay alive. 13 hours highlights the sickening truths that contradict the apparent lies Hillary Clinton told. She told the people that American soldiers returned home safely, yet a drone footage revealed the way they were murdered. Could this movie be a way to manipulate Clinton’s position in politics?  Michael Bay’s movie is action filled with the typical war movie plot. The movie has been out in theaters since January 15; Rolling Stones and New York Times highly recommend it to be seen by all Americans being that election is months away.

Here is the link to the trailer:

Krampus Is Comin’ To Town!

By: Mixsari Barreto

Michael Dougherty (director) returns with a “feel-bad” movie once again for the holiday season. This movie takes place with a normal family, but suddenly a nasty blizzard arrives and traps the whole family without power. A supernatural creature awaits for them in the sKrampusnow ready to take them one by one, “Krampus doesn’t come to give, but to take.” If you have watched the trailer, Max’s’ (little boy) Christmas spirit has taken a turn for the worse when he tore up a letter that was supposed to be for Santa.  This incident resulted with a demonic ancient ghoul who shows up at their doorstep. Krampus is now playing in theaters, if you’re looking for an alternative view of the holiday season, coupled with a good scare, this would be a perfect holiday movie to watch with your family. Happy holidays!

American Horror Story: Hotel

By: Isabel Lopez

On October 7th, the season premier of the newest American Horror Story was aired. It is the 5th season of the series. This season is about guests staying in a strange, blood thirsty hotel. The first episode was filled with tons of suspense. There still remains a huge mystery about Hotel Cortez and the people who live there. Lady Gaga, the famous pop artist, guest stars in this season. It seems that Lady Gaga and her “staff” have a obsession for killing and bathing in blood. Some actors and imagesactresses have returned from previous seasons: Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Denis O’hare, and Angela Bassett. Sarah Paulson is playing the role of a diabolic drug addict; Kathy Bates, a hotel receptionist. Denis O’hare plays a mysterious cross dresser who works with Kathy Bates’ character. Matt Bomer plays Lady Gaga’s significant other. In this season, Wes Bentley stars as an investigator with a guilty conscience. His young son, Holden,was kidnapped, and now stays at the hotel. The investigator, John Lowe, decides to leave his home to keep his family safe from the person who had recently broke into their home. He checks into Hotel Cortez, room 64, in hopes to find out more about his son’s disappearance- little does he know of the events that have happened in room 64. Personally, I am looking forward to finding out more about the cast and the true history behind the sinister hotel.

To be continued by the show…

Stress of Senior Year

By: Cynthia McDermott

For most seniors, imagecollege is right around the corner, for all seniors real life is on its way. It’s that time of year, college applications, financial aid applications, and crossing your fingers hoping for an acceptance letter from your dream school. Bring on the stress. Feelings of anxiety and despair come with the job of being a senior trying to fulfill dreams. Ask many of the seniors around you and you’ll hear about mental breakdowns, hair tearing out, and sleepless nights. Applications for Universities of California, as well as California State Universities, have opened and the competition begins. Everyone sees their transcripts, they relive all of the extracurricular activities they have been involved in and they enter their final test scores. This is where senioritis is formed, suddenly, students are not concerned about their homework and class grades. They are too busy worrying about admissions and catching up on sleep.

Some ways to help you stop stressing over school are:

Make a study schedule. Be sure to write down all on your tasks that need to be done so that you know how much time you need for each one and you won’t get distracted.

Take time for yourself. Taking a break in between subjects can help to relieve your mind. Do your favorite things like read a book, listen to music, play sports, or walk your dog.

Learn to say no. If someone asks you to do something that you know you won’t be able to handle you need to be able to say no. Manage your workload.

Remember that life moves on. One bad test score isn’t going to ruin your life, when you start to panic take a deep breath and remember that better days are sure to come.