Stop and Smell the Roses!

By: Charlotte Lira

This year’s Sophomore Ag. Academy has been working diligently for the past five months on what is to be a rose garden at the School Farm. Over the last five months, they created their own designs within small groups and created presentations with a price list of the cost of their design ideas. They presented their presentations to a panel of judges, and the judges chose the top three designs to make it to the final round. In the final round, the top three groups were put to the test and had to combine three other designs along with theirs. The top three groups then presented again to another panel which helped choose the winning design. Congratulations to Clarissa Elias, Marianna Reynoso, Josefina Ramirez, Christopher McDermott, Luis Reyes, Bianca Tafoya, Micaela Rodriguez-Monroy, Manuel Cardenas, and Virgil “Ethan” Murehead for winning the top design. The Ag Academy will begin demolition in March in hopes of finishing the designed rose garden by the end of May. The Ag Academy hopes to see that once the Rose Garden is completed, all can visit the beautiful student led project and enjoy the smell of roses! 20170228_091122

California Thursday


By: Misty Stevenson

The school district has recently implemented a new food program called “California Thursday”. The reason behind the name is to serve the freshest fruit and vegetables possible on Thursdays. By doing this, Woodlake schools are supporting local and state farmers. The food that is served on “California Thursday” is 100% grown in California. This is also a way to celebrate California and all this state has to offer. By serving food fresh from California, it helps diminish the carbon footprint that is found in the food. It started off as a once a month event, but the district is hoping to make it an every Thursday event.  So far it has been successful, and it will be interesting to see how this event can impact the students and staff of Woodlake. Woodlake, let’s take the time to appreciate the food California has to offer!

I Just Called To Say I Love You…

By: Claudia Zacarias

February is best known for one specific day that celebrates love and romance, yet  heartbreak and loneliness for others. While some WHS students show the appreciation by giving each other gifts such as chocolates and flowers, other students want nothing more than to go home and binge-watch their favorite Netflix series. We decided to ask a couple of students Valentine’s Day questions in order to see their different perspectives on this day of love.

file_000-8Priscilla Saucedo, Junior

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

Priscilla: “I plan on chilling with my boyfriend. Most likely watching some Netflix with my boyfriend and get chocolate wasted.”

What’s the perfect gift you want your boyfriend to get you for Valentine’s Day?

Priscilla: “Definitely one of those giant teddy bears from Costco.”

file_000-7Regina Franco, Senior

What’s your favorite romantic movie?

Regina: “The Notebook”

How would you deal with the unwanted romantic attention of an admirer?

Regina: “Be nice about it and tell him you’re not interested. Let him know that he should move on to someone else.”

Describe your perfect Valentine’s day?

Regina: “Going to a romantic dinner”


file_000-10David Paul Alvarado-Coa and Clayton Vincent, Juniors

What’s your favorite romantic movie?

David : “Fifty Shades of Grey because Christian Grey changes; it’s beautiful. ”

Clayton: “Fifty Shades Darker because it’s a beautiful movie.”

Do you prefer chocolates, flowers, or a card with a personal message?

David: “ Chocolate because… I like chocolate.”

Clayton: “ Chocolate because I got to get them GAINZ!!”

Describe your perfect Valentine’s date?

David: “In & Out and Chill.”

Clayton: “Goin muddin’ in the mud! Oh and chillin’. ”

file_000Elian Andrade, Junior

Have you ever received a gift or card from a secret admirer?

Elian: “Yes, it was a card in middle school, and it said something like ‘Hey we don’t talk much but that should change’ it was basically an Instagram Tbh.”

Is a romantic gesture more powerful on Valentine’s Day or on another day of the year?

Elian:” I don’t think it should really matter. I mean Valentine’s is a corporate scheme so we can spend lots of money on one day, but no matter what your still showing affection.”

Describe your perfect Valentine’s Day?

Elian: Umm okay, forget relationships, I’d rather spend my Valentine’s Day with my friends at my house, eating waffles and playing Cards Against Humanity.”


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.”

Shining Stars

By: Isiah Maldonado

Take a look into the spotlight and see a few of the many shining stars on Woodlake’s campus.  Every month students are randomly selected to be in the school’s spotlight, maybe next time will be you!

Isabel Garcia



Q: Apple or Android?

A: “Apple because it’s better!”

Q: If you could do one thing to help the world be better a better place, what would you do?

A: “I would kick Donald Trump out of office.”

Isaiah Rodriguez



Q: Who do you admire most, and why?

A: “I admire my mom and dad because they are always there for me.”

Q: What is your favorite color, and why?

A: My favorite color is green because it’s a cool looking color”


Jorge Garibay


Q: What’s your favorite sport, and why?

A: “My favorite sport is football, because it is a fun, well known sport”

Q: Who’s your best friend, and why?

A: “Guillermo is one my best friends because he has been nice to me since I moved here.”

Love Doctor!

By Shania Finney

It is that time of the year again! Flowers, candy, teddy bears, hugs, and more is given out. Every year on February 14th, gifts are exchanged between loved ones and this is considered a well known day such as Valentine’s Day. Love is in the air!


The reason behind how and why Valentine’s Day was created is because of a man called Saint Valentine. Valentine was a priest who was known in the third Century in Rome and served time. During that time, the Emperor, Claudius II made a rule that men who are not married, or are in any relationship with a women, were the only people who were fit to serve in war. Valentine saw injustice in this, and decided to secretly marry young couples together anyways. Soon Valentine was discovered, and Claudius ordered for him to be put to death. There are many other murky stories to why Valentine’s was considered the iconic figure to starting Valentine’s Day, such as helping Christians escape the Roman prisons. Behind all these several reasons and stories, the main thing about them was that he was well known for being a sympathetic, heroic, romantic man. Many believe that Valentine’s Day is in remembrance of Valentine’s death and it lives on every single year on the 14th of February.


By Sandra R. Murrietta

In a world where having your natural features and flaws is an ugly sight to see, extreme plastic surgery is a must the day you turn 16 in the book Uglies, written by Scott Westerfeld in 2005.  According to the book, it is not ideal to be ugly at 16 or older, especially when one is used to seeing so many pretty faces at a young age.


Tally Youngblood, a 15 year old girl, could not wait any longer to be transformed into a pretty girl. She can not wait to party and have fun with her friend Paris, who is a pretty. She longs to have pretty friends and has met so many pretty people. Sneaking into New Pretty Town to meet her best friend Paris, she gets into some trouble for breaking into a party. She manages to not get caught by authorities for being an ugly at a pretty party. She meets a girl named Shay who is an ugly too, and just so happens she was at the New Pretty Town to meet a friend also. Her and Shay became close friends, and the closer Tally gets to Shay, the more strange she notices how Shay feels about becoming a pretty. On their 16th birthday, the day they were supposed to become a pretty, becomes a nightmare for Tally, because Shay ran away to escape becoming pretty. Somehow the known myth, Special Circumstances, knew a lot more about Shay’s mysterious disappearance. Now Tally has to find her, and help Special Circumstances find the place she has left, if she does not, she will be ugly for the rest of her life.


One Billion In Rising

By: Jasmine Gomez

One in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime, to bring awareness to this, a global movement was created. That global movement is now called One Billion In Rising, founded by Eve Ensler in 2012, to end rape and sexual violence. Thescreenshot_2017-02-14-18-16-14 movement took place in Visalia, California on February 14 from 4:30 p.m to 6:00 p.m where many women, men, and children gathered together to march from Garden Street Plaza down Main Street. Many of the gatherers were carrying posters for a way to speak what was on their mind. They were given beautiful red flowers as well to hand out to the strangers that they came across, and to see the joy that came across these strangers’ faces when they were given a flower was just peaceful to the eye. After the
march, a couple of people decided to sing a songs. A man was singing a song, and the main words that stuck out were, “Stop The Violence, End The Silence”, those words were deep because imagine how many girls speak up about the abuse, just imagine the one’s that don’t. The next person to sing a song was a young lady, and her voice wascreenshot_2017-02-14-18-27-51s so touching it almost made you want to cry, the words that stuck out were “I Can’t Keep Quiet, There Must Be Someone That Understands”, all over the world their are many people getting abused physically and mentally, if the people speak up about it, they can be united and won’t be divided. The One Billion In Rising was an event that opened up the community’s eyes and helped spread awareness that no one deserves to be abused.

Anti – Bullying


By: Isabella Franco

Minute by minute, second by second, someone around us, or around the world is currently getting bullied. The antagonizer might see it as all fun and games, but they never think about how it might affect them emotionally and mentally. The little whispers and memories are what the victim has to live with for a lifetime. There is nothing that can take away all the memories and hurt. The outcome of bullying that can not be handled or put to a stop to,can result in suicide or mental illness along the way. We, as individuals, have the power to put a stop to end bullying. Ways that we could put an end to  bullying is to speak up, do not be afraid to talk to an adult, a teacher, or friend; they are here for you. Trust me, it might be scary, but don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself because bullying needs to be addressed and stopped for the mental health of everyone.

Rallied Up for Wrestling

This past winter rally was a success! This 2017 rally was to recognize Winter Sports: both girls and boys basketball, soccer, and wrestling. Speaking of wrestling…during the successful rally, students watched a match between Mr. Gibson, a prior UFC fighter, and Will Theis, a high school wrestler. After the match, both the fighters were interviewed about the intense match.

Will Theis Interview:

How was your feeling before the match?

Will: I felt a lot of butterflies in my stomach knowing that I’m going to wrestle against a previous UFC fighter and not knowing the outcome.

During the match did your feelings change?

Will: I was constantly thinking, I’m going to beat this guy.

How did you feel after the big win?

Will: I surprisingly didn’t feel anything but had pride that I beat a UFC fighter.

Awesome, congratulations on the win!

Mr. Gibson Interview:

How did you feel before the big match?

Gibson: I was confident, I thought I would put Will away pretty easy.

During the match, what were your thoughts and feelings?

Gibson: Things were going smooth in the beginning but the next thing I knew I was spinning in the air, and soon after, Will pinned me.

After the loss how did you feel?

Gibson: I felt like my pride was hurt and I was pretty embarrassed.

Well I’m sorry for the loss Mr. Gibson, but you’ll get him next time!


So, turns out, the Woodlake Tigers are much stronger than what they seem! Our 2017 rally was a success and turned out to be very entertaining! Good luck to the rest of the winter sports season and let the new spring sports have a blast and work hard!