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.
PicsArt_10-25-10.33.16Genesis Gonzalez

#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.”


IMG_6342Dominique Franco

#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.”


IMG_6347Kiara Benavides

#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.”

IMG_6346Skye Perez

#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.”

FFA Opening and Closing Speaking Competition

By: Kiara Benavides

On October 12, Woodlake FFA took 8 teams to compete in the Sequoia Section Opening and Closing competition hosted at Tulare Union High School. The contest consisted of testing members’ abilities to properly open and close a FFA meeting. All the Woodlake FFA members have put forth much time and practice into the speaking competition in hopes of taking home winning titles. They surely did not fail. With over 200 FFA members from over 10 schools, Woodlake FFA took home the champions plaque for two out of three divisions and multiple members took home outstanding award titles! Woodlake FFA took three freshman novice teams to compete with one team rising to the top as champion novice division team and outstanding award recognitions going to Andrew Leon for outstanding president, Izaiah Benavides for outstanding vice president, Parker Davis for outstanding treasurer, Alejandra Sandoval for outstanding treasurer, Emily Mull for outstanding sentinel, and Alyssa Mendez for outstanding secretary. Woodlake’s four open teams also did phenomenal with another team taking home the champion title with outstanding award recognitions going to Jackie Rodriguez for vice president, Celeste Medina for secretary, and Kyle Davis for sentinel. The officer team represented Woodlake FFA just as well with outstanding awards going to Pia Martinez for president and Rogelio Chavez for secretary. Woodlake FFA’s hard work and dedication payed off that evening.

Fall Destinations

By: Vanessa Meza

Having trouble figuring out where to go on a chilly October night? Maybe just a place to hangout with friends? Lucky for you there are spooky places all around. Here are just a few that you can visit throughout this month to get your fill of spooky thrill:

Hobbs Grove- located in Sanger CA, come enjoy the haunted hayride, haunted house, and the haunted forest before October ends! A new attraction this year is “The Portal”, an interactive haunted house in which you, the victim, is given a laser gun to fend off evil fiends and make your way to safety. Visit soon as prices will grow as Halloween approaches.



Vossler Farms Corn Maze- located in Visalia CA, this is the 18th year that the corn maze has been open. Try finding all 12 checkpoints as you try to maneuver your way through the maze. If you’re feeling brave, you can try their Field of Screams attraction in which a ghoul guides you through a corn maze of your worst nightmares.

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Horror Nights at Universal- located at Universal Studios, come and enjoy all the thrills of the normal Universal Studios, but this time with the added terror of infamous horror movie villains. Come and get your socks scared off and have a great time!


Fright Fest- Six Flags Magic Mountain, come to the park and hangout with the ghouls and zombies that roam the park. Try not to get eaten as you make your way to every roller coaster, as there are monsters at every turn.

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Marvelous Movies To Watch

By: Nikole Kimble

Struggling to find something to watch this year? Well here is a list of great movies that are coming out! All of these movies will be premiering this month, or in December! Make sure to watch them!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi


~Luke Skywalker’s life gets upended when he meets a girl named Rey. This movie comes out on December 15, 2017. Rated PG

The Snowman


~A hair raising thriller, based on a novel by Jo Nesbo. Local Detective Harry Hole looks for the Snowman killer. He has to find him before he kills another person. This movie will appear in theaters on October 20th, 2017. Rated R.

Jumanji 2

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~ Sequel to the adventurous film, Jumanji. Similar to the first film, four high school students get into a online game. They all have to survive, or else they will be stuck in the game forever. The release date for the movie is December 20th 2017. Rated PG

Pitch Perfect 3 (Last Call Pitches)

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The final movie to the Pitch Perfect series. All of the Bella’s are coming together one last time. Premieres on December 22, 2017. Rated PG

Readers Make Leaders

By: Isenia Lopez

Looking for a new book to read? Then book club is the club for you! Book Club is a group of students who meet at the end of each  month to discuss a book that they have collectively read.  At the meeting, students get to ask questions about the book, learn new things about the author, and get to share their thoughts and some of their favorite quotes.  If you are interested in joining book club please see Mrs. Mitchell in the library.  Join us next month as we will be discussing Eragon by Christopher Paolini.


Mrs. Mitchell  

Q: What is your favorite book?

A: The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak

Q: Share a favorite quote from the book. Why did this quote stand out?  

A: “I am haunted by humans.”   It is ironic because it is the Grim Reaper, the Angel of Death, saying this.

Q: If you had the chance to ask the author of this book one question, what would it be?

A: What gave you the idea to use the Grim Reaper as the narrator?

Q:What was your favorite childhood book?

A: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell  

Q: What is your favorite genre to read?

A: Historical fiction or non-fiction



Y’all It’s Fall

  Reporter: Alicia Vail

Tis the season of orange leaves and a cool breeze; is your closet ready for a weather change? It’s starting to get chilly, so is your closet ready for those foggy mornings, rainy puddles, and Halloween nights? Summer trend consist of kicking back in a cool tank top and shorts, but sadly summer has to come to an end. Luckily, winter season means you can finally wear those boots you bought on sale, or that scarf that you’ve been wanting to wear.  This is the season for knee-high boots, raincoats, those fuzzy socks everyone loves. Remember, the weather will be dropping by 30 degrees, and the color of trees will be changing to different shades of red, orange and yellow. These vibrant colors only come as an advantage, so here are some comfortable, yet trendy outfit ideas for Fall 2017.street-style-fall-fashion-large-msg-13494772176573624793032ccc5b2b7c1a3798a3c1da-winter-outfits-casual-fall-season-outfits-e1509377825212.jpg3e6a5235ec0de15a2c304545df2715d0-texas-fashion-fall-fashion-e1509377866760.jpgb513579c00b4594f6e19b3dc0daa7723-e1509377752491.jpg

Current Events


Las Vegas Shooting: On September 25th, 2017, a 64 year old man by the name of Stephen Padlock started shooting the Vegas Strip from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel during a country concert. This shooting marks the largest mass killing in U.S. history. During this tragedy, at least 58 people were killed, and 489 people were injured. Why did this happen?  These questions still remain a mystery.  Regardless of why, many people are showing their support by putting #PrayForVegas on social media. A go fund me account has been set up for the victims families.



California Fires: This year, California has had a multitude of wildfires, devastating wildlife and air quality across the state. A single northern California fire has destroyed 5,700 buildings, and claimed the lives of 13 people. California is known for its many yearly fires, but this year’s number of wildfires has skyrocketed to an all time high. With the recent drought and lack of rainfall, many parts of California have been dry, making it easier for fires to start and spread. Many people are donating their time through volunteering to help firefighters, passing out water, and meals to those fighting the fires. If you would like to help, donate cases of water and canned food to your local fire department.

By: Isiah Maldonado