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!

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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.

Save the Drama for your Mama By: Nikole Kimble

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Get ready for this year’s exciting Spring play, which will be Lady Pirates of the Caribbean. This whimsical musical is about Esmerelda, the captain of the Lawless Ladies, a her ruthless pirate crew. Esmerelda and her lady pirates are on an adventure, recovering stolen gold from a different group of pirates. She and her ruthless crew disguise themselves as a shipwrecked theater troupe who happen to stumble upon the luckless Parrot Isle. There will be singing and dancing and a good old fashion, pirate sword fighting. Auditions begin on Tuesday, January 24 in the PAB at 6:30 PM. Be prepared to sing, dance and read from the script! Their is a total of 21 speaking parts, (male and female) and lots of extra roles for pirates!

Christmas Day in Ukraine

By Valeriy Khimyuk

Many Ukrainians have a day off on Christmas Day, which celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. It is an annual public holiday across Ukraine and falls on January 7.

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Christmas Day celebrates the day Jesus Christ, pictured above, was born.

Christmas for many Ukrainians is an important family holiday. When Ukraine was part of the former Soviet Union, Christmas Day was not a public holiday, but Christmas traditions were not forgotten. After Ukraine gained its independence in 1991, Christmas Day was made a public holiday. Many Ukrainian Christmas traditions are based on pre-Christian Pagan customs. The Ukrainian Christmas festive days according to the Julian calendar, start on 6 January, Christmas Eve, and end on 19 January, “Jordan” or Epiphany.

Svyatyi Mykolai (Saint Nicholas) – Ukrainian Santa Claus?

The image of Svyatyi Mykolai as a person who brings the Christmas gifts for children, the feast of which is marked on 19 December. It is supposed, that children should find their Christmas gifts under their pillow on that morning.

Holy Evening – time for family celebrating.

Sviata Vecherya or “Holy Supper” is the central tradition of the Christmas Eve celebrations in Ukrainian homes. The dinner table sometimes has a few wisps of hay on the embroidered table cloth as a reminder of the manger in Bethlehem.

Kutia (sweet grain pudding) is traditionally served at the Ukrainian Christmas dinner table. It is often the first dish in the traditional twelve-dish Christmas Eve supper and is rarely served at other times of the year.

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Koliadky (Caroling)

At the end of the Sviata Vechera the family often sings Ukrainian Christmas carols. In many communities the ancient Ukrainian tradition of caroling is carried on by groups of young people and members of organizations and churches calling at homes and collecting donations. The Ukrainian song “Shchedryk” became the basis for the world famous Christmas Carol, “Carol of the Bells”.  Another well-known carol is Boh predvičnyj narodivsja.

Didukh (Grandfather)

When the children see the first star in the eastern evening sky, the Sviata Vecherya may begin. In farming communities, the head of the household now brings in a sheaf of wheat called the didukh which represents the importance of the ancient and rich wheat crops of Ukraine, the staff of life through the centuries. Didukh means literally “grandfather spirit” so it symbolizes the family’s ancestors. In city homes a few stalks of golden wheat in a vase are often used to decorate the table.

Christmas Day is a public holiday across Ukraine, so many businesses, schools, universities and public offices are closed.

Many Orthodox Christian churches in Ukraine observe the Christmas Day date from the Julian calendar, which is different from the more commonly used Georgian calendar. So, while Christmas is still on December 25 in the Julian calendar, it appears on January 7 in the Gregorian calendar, up until 2100. After that, the Gregorian date for Orthodox Christmas will be January 8 in 2101.

My family also has it’s own traditions for Christmas, and this time of the year is my favourite time, because all our family gather together. I like the atmosphere of Christmas, and I will miss my family at this year’s’ Christmas.   

Tiger Talk

By: Claudia Zacarias

The city of Woodlake is known for its small town hospitality. It is a town known for its neighborly citizens and friendly school system in which students have known one another since pre-school. However, though you may know a lot about someone, you can never know too much about a person. Here are some Tigers that got interviewed for their perspectives on some random questions.


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If you were granted three wishes, what would you wish for?

Ray: “I’ve actually put some thought into this before and my first wish would be to have an unlimited amount of money. My second wish would be to have 20/20 vision because I have glasses. My third wish would be to be the fastest man alive.”

Jessica Sandoval, Junior

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Jessica: “It was during an assembly, my second grade year and I wasn’t paying attention. They were giving out parent awards and they called Jessica Sandoval, which is my name. Although it was actually my friend’s mom’s name, so I go up in front of the whole school thinking it’s me. And they tell me that it’s not me they were calling and tell me to go sit down. Everyone was laughing at me.”

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Reeana Muñoz, Freshman

Which Netflix shows are you watching right now and would recommend?

Reeana: “Shows I would recommend include The Walking Dead, Pretty Little Liars, and Vampire Diaries. ”

What Happens at Prom Stays at Prom

By: Crystal Zaragoza

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Have you heard? Well if you haven’t, let me tell you, Prom is May 28, and the theme is a Night in Vegas. If you plan to attend prom it will be held at Wyndham Hotel (formerly known as the Holiday Inn.) Prom will begin at 8:00 pm and end at 12:00 pm (Pictures will start at 7 pm). You know what that means…find a date, start shopping for your “Vegas” night out, and be prepared to have the time of  your lives.  Test your luck and take a gamble on your prom date, it may be the best kept secret of a lifetime.

 

Spring Fling Is Clean

By: Crystal Zaragoza

Spring Fling at WHS is usually done a week before Spring Break, sort of a way to start off your break. It is full of fun dress up activities and fun for all students. Throughout the week many students dress up for the fun and the welcoming of the Spring season. It’s not only fun, but it also lightens up the mood around school with smiling faces, great dress up ideas, and excitement for the next day to dress up. All in all, it is just a great way to have fun, be involved, and show some school spirit!

Dress up Days:

Monday: PJ’s

Tuesday: Gender Bender

Wednesday: Beach Day

Thursday: St. Patrick

Friday: Orange & Black

Black History Month is Back

blackhistorymonthBY: Misty Stevenson

What we now know as “Black History Month”, was first known as “Negro History Week”, which originally was only celebrated  the second week of February. This week was chosen because it coincided with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln on February 12, and of Frederick Douglass on February 14, who are respected icons in the African American community. Both of these dates have been celebrated by Black communities since the early 19th century, and now has progressed from one week of celebration to a full month of recognition. Black History Month is used to celebrate and remember all of the trials and tribulations that the African American race has endured throughout the course of written history. All over the country, big commemorations are held to honor important African American people in history. Join in on the history and learn about the hardships that African Americans faced so that none of which, will be repeated to any race around the world.

Leap Year Is Here

 

By: Crystal Zaragoza

            So, guess what ya’ll ? This year is LEAP YEAR and it happens to land this month, February 29. Leap Year occurs every four years where there is one day added to the month of February. The reason for Leap Year is because it usually takes the earth approximately 365.242189 days to orbit the sun. However, the Gregorian calendar, which is the standard calendar followed by most of the world, only has 365 days in the year, so if leap didn’t exist,approximately 6 hours would be lost from each calendar year, and this was the solution. Here are the following upcoming leap years.

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Year February 29- Day of the Week
2016 Monday
2020 Saturday
2024 Thursday
2028 Tuesday
2032 Sunday

The Man Behind The Camera

By: Isabel Lopez

On February 12th, Woodlake High School’s Journalism class released their first weekly bulletin. It was a trial that went well, so we decided to make it our goal and post one every Friday. We received positive feedback and many students enjoyed it. The video added some spice to our daily routines at school. You see the students who give the updates, the ones that are interviewed, and even the ones who happen to walk by, but you never see the man behind the camera, Ezekiel (Zeke) Guerrero. Zeke films and edits the bulletin every Friday . It may not seem like a lot of work, but when you’re doing it alone it can be beyond stressful. Editing is not easy, he must cut and trim anything that does not sound or look right. He then has to insert words and music in the correct spots, which can be frustrating. While filming, he has to make sure the sound quality is loud enough, and that we did an “okay” job to lessen the time he will be spending editing the video. He stays after school as long as he needs to put the video together, which causes him to leave around 6 or even later some days. With all the video stress, he still finds the time to do other class work and participates in outside school activities. So if you ever happen to pass Zeke around school, be sure to give him a high five and compliment him on our weekly bulletin!