HAPPY HOMECOMING!! by Jasmine Sandoval & Amarys Gonzales

 

It’s getting chilly here in Woodlake, you know what that means?.. HOMECOMING!! Homecoming was a blast, the seniors, especially, enjoyed spending their last homecoming playing dress-up with their friends, and of course attending the football game as well as the dance after the game. The dress up days for this year’s homecoming were music festival based; Electric Daisy Carnival, 1969 Woodstock, Pueblo Fest, Coachella, and Tiger Spirit. The Woodlake football team had an intense game against the Lindsay Cardinals. Despite their tough loss, the players, as well as students, had a blast. This year, there were four couples on the homecoming court; Callie Vincent & Leonel Mercado, Kiara Benavides & Reyes Aguilar, Jackie Villalpando & Jonah Balderas, Dominique Franco & Marcos Cruz. Below are interviews of all of the candidates and pictures of the dress up days.

 

 

Callie Vincent & Lionel Mercado: Why would you like to win? Callie; “I don’t care if I win or not, I think it’s a nice memory to make for my senior year.” Lionel; “It doesn’t matter if I win or not, I’m having a great time with Callie and my peers.” 

Kiara Benavides & Reyes Aguilar: What are you most excited for this homecoming week? Reyes; “I’m more excited about Seeing Kiara in that dress.” Kiara; “Being able to participate with the school and dressing up with all the crazy dress up days.”

Dominique Franco & Marcos Cruz: What was the best part of being nominated this year?  Marcos; “The best part of being nominated was getting closer to my peers and getting involved with my school a little bit more.”  Dominique; “The best part about being nominated was getting closer to all the people and my partner in the court, and just having fun, because I love dancing, so I just had fun with it.”

Jackie Villalpando & Jonah Balderas: What is the worst part about being elected? Jonah; “I could not find good outfits to match the dress up days.” Jackie; “I’m not a pessimist, but one thing that was definitely not so bright about being nominated was there was at least a couple hateful people that didn’t like the idea of me being on the court, but I’m happy that the majority of people were supportive and were with me throughout the whole thing.”

 

Student Spotlight

By: Callie Vincent

There are many unique students that attend Woodlake High School that deserve recognition. Student spotlight is designed to showcase different students monthly and allow each to share a little about themselves.  It is important for WHS to get to know their fellow classmates because each student has a story to tell, and something interesting to share. 

Freshman: Kirsten Killian

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What is your favorite thing to do outside of school that nobody knows about?

“I like to go to the river with my friends in Three Rivers.”

How do you feel about high school classes? Is it overwhelming?

“My classes are easy for me, and they aren’t overwhelming.”

Sophomore: Skylar Rodriguez

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What is the best thing about being a sophomore? How does it compare to your freshman year?

“The best thing about being a sophomore is not being a freshman.. It’s a lot more fun and exciting.”

What is the most memorable thing you’ve done so far this school year?

“I’ve gone to Friday Night Lights with my best friends.”

Junior: Dylan Mills

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How does it feel to finally be a upperclassmen?

“ I feel like a medium sized fish in a big pond this year instead of being minnow as a sophomore.”

Do you play any sports? What are your hobbies?

“I play baseball and basketball, and I like to go to the river ; I also play the x box and hang out with friends.”

Senior: Adam Lupercio (Boo Boo)

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What are your plans after high school? Any colleges in mind?

“I want to continue my education and travel.”

Any tips for underclassmen when it comes to college applications and scholarships?

“I would say to jump on all opportunities that are given here in order to prepare yourself for the next level after high school, and to start your portfolio early.”

What do you hope to achieve this year before you graduate? Any things you want to do with friends?

“Other than graduating, I just want to have a great year with my friends and make a ton of memories.”

 

#Choose Your Path- 2017 WHS Career Day By: Reyes Aguilar

Career Day is an annual event that takes place at Woodlake High School. The entire day consists of students visiting different presenters and learning about the multiple professions in hopes of sparking some sort of interest for future careers. Many of the presenters happen to be Woodlake High School Alumni. Ralph Diaz, a Woodlake High School Alumni,  was this years guest speaker, and successfully gave an incredibly heartfelt and powerful speech. The students loved his breathtaking presentation and learned from his wise words, “Learn from your yesterdays, prepare for your tomorrows by living a life of purpose today.” Overall, the students enjoyed their information filled day, and their extended lunch time.  Many guest speakers enjoyed returning to their Alma Maters to be examples to the current student population to show what’s possible with an education from Woodlake High School.  

Teacher of the Month

By: Michelle Raya

For many years, Woodlake High School has been proudly able to call Mr. Campe a part of their staff. Mr. Campe is Woodlake High School’s Chemistry, AP Physics, Physics teacher, and this month’s teacher of the month. He continues to fill students with knowledge every year and encourages students to do their best in everything. Mr. Campe has been teaching for many years and continues to proudly represent Woodlake High School at its best. Mr. Campe gives each of his students equal opportunities, and believes that each and every one of them has the chance to succeed as long as they put their mind to it.

 

How long have you been teaching at Woodlake High School for?

“This is my seventh year at WHS.  Before that I taught for four years at WVMS.”

What is your favorite thing about teaching?

The students.  I am very fortunate to have a job that continues to energize me and provide me with great joy.  That energy always comes from my interactions with my students”

What made you want to become a teacher?  

When I was at Cal Poly SLO in mechanical engineering, I watched the movie “Dead Poet’s Society”.  While I come from a family of teachers (my dad was actually my 6th grade teacher), I didn’t truly consider the profession until watching this movie.  After watching it, I decided immediately that I wanted to teach and inspire. The next week I went into counseling, changed my major to Physical Science, and here I am!”

What is something that your students do not know about you?

“Hmmm.  I tell my students quite a bit about myself.  Let’s see…… Do that know that my left ear is pierced?  Do they know that I’ve known my wife since I was 9?  Do they know that I haven’t owned a television since I was in college?”20171030_15172920171030_151728

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.
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#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.”

 

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#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.”

 

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#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.”

Mexican Folk Dance

By: Isiah Maldonado and Jasmine Gomez

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Mexican folk dance was believed to first be practiced in the early 1500’s. The dance is an uneven synthesis of different cultural traditions. It’s historical roots is the synthesis of indigenous, European and African cultural influences but it continues to evolves with influences from modern pop culture. The attire of the dancers is so beautiful the different contrast of the colors catch many of the viewer’s eyes leaving them amused, not only with the beautiful dance performed, but by their amazing outfits.

Here at Woodlake High School, Mexican Folk Dance is offered as an elective, in which many partake in to honor and learn about the heritage. One student here at Woodlake High School has a remarkable passion for Mexican Folk Dancing and you can tell by the way she talks about it and the way she dances. That student is Jackie Villapando; Ms. Villapando believes that dancing has made a tremendous change in her life by giving her a better insight about her culture and letting her get first hand experience with the many types of dances. She also states that, “It helps express myself”. We urge all students to try out something new like Mexican Folk Dancing, so the next time you’re choosing electives, think about this great opportunity of having the chance to learn about the Mexican culture.

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Spring Dress Code- Do’s and Don’ts

By Jordan Price and Jacey Reisinger

Spring season is here! With the change of weather, there will be a change in the student’s outfits. Girls, make sure your shorts are long enough and your shirts are high enough at the top, no low cut shirts. Also make sure that your tank tops have thick straps, no shoulders and no razor backs. Boys, make sure your pants are pulled up and your underwear is not showing, also tank tops must be fitted around the armpits and cannot be low cut, no skin should be showing on the sides, on the back, or shoulders. Girls, If your bra straps are showing than that is not in dress code. All bra straps must not be showing in order to follow dress code. If students do not follow the dress code you will be representing your high school with a P.E shirt, so if that is not your desired outfit, be sure to follow this code.

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Senior Exit Interview

By: Alyssa Baker and Isabella Franco

On April 21st, and April 28th, all the seniors at Woodlake High School completed the stressful process of Senior Exit Interviews. The purpose behind the Senior Exit Interview is to help prepare the students gain some interviewing skills for future job or college interviews.  It also helps the students get rid of some nervous nerves that they might have for future interviews because they already have some interviewing experience based on their Local Scholarship interviews. Most of the questions were about where do you see yourself in 5 years, or either mostly about how your skills can help your career, or any job that is being considered. The FotorCreated7Senior Exit interview is a very important day for the seniors of Woodlake High School. The interview is a final requirement for graduating seniors. If students are a no show to their interview, then they will not receive their diploma and will not be able to participate in the Graduation Ceremony on June 2nd. After Seniors go through a stressful 25 minutes, they end with relief as their final requirement finishes up.

 

Spring Break Recap

By: Juan Sandoval & Juan Macias

 

Spring Break,  a time where every student forgets about the responsibility of school. A time where the weather is warm and the beach is the place to go. Here are some amazing activities the Tigers did during break!

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Nikole Kimble

“During Spring Break I did many amazing activities. I went to Disneyland with my good friend and it was a blast. Towards the end of break, I also went to the beach and I got sunburn, that was definitely the highlight of my break”.

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Lauren Little

“I went to San Diego! I took the bus from Hanford to Los Angeles, and from Los Angeles, I took the  Amtrak (the train) to San Diego. I spent two nights with my cousin along with Julian, then we went kayaking in the ocean and swam with the sharks”.

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Jakob Bischoff

“I went to London  and I hung out with my cousins. I saw many castles and Big Ben. This trip was definitely one for the books”.

Mr. Steal Your Girl

By: Isiah Maldonado

 

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This year one of our fellow classmate, Juan Sandoval has received an amazing opportunity to be apart of Boys State. So what is a Boys State? The Boys State summer time educational program was first founded by The American Legion, specifically two Illinois Legionnaires in 1935. Boys State is a well known program and has 2.9 million members. Those who participate in Boys State learn the rights, privileges and responsibilities of franchised citizens.The training objective is structured on the the branches of government, judicial, legislative, and executive. The Boys State program specifically recruits high school boys for  governmental experiences. These experiences offered by the Boys State program can open up many future opportunities. Not just anyone can be apart of Boys State, you must be selected, have good grades, and a leader of their class.

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Congratulations Juan for the great opportunity!