Pancreatic and Prostate Cancer Awareness Months of September and November – Did You Miss it?

By Marianna Reynoso

November is the awareness month for pancreatic cancer. If you didn’t know, pancreatic cancer is cancer that begins in the organ lying behind the lower part of the stomach (pancreas). Pancreatic cancer is very rare and it affects individuals from the ages 41-60+, more than younger children. Pancreatic cancer has claimed many lives and it’s up to us to find a cure even though it takes a lot to cure any type of cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that 55,440 people (29,200 men and 26,240 women) were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the year of 2018 as of now. And about 44,330 people (23,020 men and 21,310 women) have passed away due to pancreatic cancer as of now in the year of 2018.

September is the awareness month for prostate cancer. In case you didn’t know, prostate cancer is a cancer in a man’s prostate, a small walnut-sized gland that produces seminal fluid. Prostate cancer is very common and it  affects individuals mostly from the age of 60+. The American Cancer Society estimates that there are 164,690 new cases of prostate cancer in the United States as of now in the year of 2018. There is also an estimate that there have been 29,430 deaths as of now in the year of 2018 for the United States.

So when the time comes again, take some time to reflect on the severity of these cancers, among the many other hazards we face.

“Support the Fighters, Admire the Survivors, Honor the Taken, and Never Give Up Hope!”

Florida Man Mails At Least 12 Bombs to Top Democrats Around the Country

By Nicci Contreras

Potentially explosive packages were delivered to well known Democrats, actor Robert De Niro, former Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama, and even CNN’s offices in New York City.

According to USA Today, all of these suspicious packages have been targeted at well known Donald Trump critics.  Law Enforcement believed all of the packages came from the same source, and they were right, according to the latest updates from the investigation.

Most of these packages had six Forever stamps and a computer-printed return address for “Debbie Wasserman Shultz,” which is a Florida Congresswoman’s misspelt name. These packages were also mailed in manila envelopes.

According to Business Today, the suspect for these attempted attacks was arrested the Friday after. He was identified as Cesar Sayoc, 56 of Aventura, Florida.  

Luckily, no one was injured by these explosive packages.

Mass Shooting at Pittsburg Synagogue

By Adin Ross

A mass shooting in a Jewish Synagogue on the date of October 28, 2018 took place in Pittsburg, taking the lives of 11 innocent people. The gunman, whose name will not be mentioned here, was part of an anti-semitic cult.  He expressed how he felt about Jewish people on social media, writing many vicious and brutal tweets talking about the race.  The suspect will be sentenced in accordance with roughly 29 felony charges that he is accused of. 

All of the victims that died were over the age of 54; the oldest attendee, who was thankfully late to the service, was 90 years old and a Holocaust survivor.  It is very heartbreaking to survive a nightmare like the Holocaust, only to be threatened with death in America at the hands of a violent anti-semite.

Although this story made national headlines for days, Americans have become terrifyingly numbed to the breaking news of further mass shootings.  Violence and hate laws seem to be declining and getting worse, resulting in more mass shootings and violent acts. The way that mass murderers can be prevented is for people to have awareness about how serious these massacres are and be cautious. Every victim woke up on a Saturday morning looking to praise their God and instead, many lost their lives due to hatred and misconceptions. I truly believe that mental health is a very serious issue in today’s society and the lack of understanding on the topic creates tragedies all around the world.  

Brazil Hangs on a Thread with New President Jair Bolsonaro

Brazil could crumble to the ground with electing their recent President, Jair Bolsonaro. Whether or not this is seen as a mistake depends on the person, but Bolsanaro’s beliefs could only make you dislike him.

Many Brazilians have made it clear that they are disgusted with their new president, and are sickened by his long history of offensive, rude remarks regarding women, black people, and homosexual men.

Bolsonaro said the following in a speech he gave out about a year ago regarding black settlement in Brazil founded by the descendants of slaves, “They do nothing. They are not even good for procreation.” It is also reported that he refers to black people as “animals” who in his opinion “should go back to the zoo.”

In the year of 2014, Bolsonaro got into a heated conversation with congresswomen Maria de Rosario. Ms. Rosario claims that he encourages rape, and in response, Bolsonaro said, “I wouldn’t rape you because you don’t deserve it.” He later said that he was not a rapist, but if he was, he wouldn’t rape Ms. Rosario because she is ugly and “not his type.”

In an interview with Playboy magazine in 2011, Bolsonaro said that he would be incapable of loving a homosexual son, “I would prefer my son to die in an accident than show up with a moustached man.”

Our hearts are with Brazilians and we hope Bolsonaro does not ruin the human spirit of Brazil.  All we can do is say that we wish Brazilians the best, and we are hoping he does not implement policies that violate or alienate entire groups of Brazilian minorities.

Timberwolves’ Derrick Rose Shows Further Promise

By Jakob Bischoff

It was a cold, snowy Halloween night in Minneapolis, and on this night of thrills and terror, perhaps no one was more thrilled than the 19,000 emphatic fans in the Target Center Arena. The final buzzer sounded, and the image viewers were left with was a man with maybe the toughest reputation in sports, breaking down and crying on the Timberwolves logo at center court.  This man is Derrick Rose,  and he accomplished what many people will consider one of the greatest moments in sports history, but it is the story that led up to the end of those 48 minutes that really defined this moment.

Rose was born and raised in what is considered the most dangerous neighborhoods in the most dangerous city in America: Englewood, Chicago. He didn’t know his father and was raised by his mother and three older brothers who kept him out of trouble throughout his childhood. At the age of 14 Rose enrolled in Chicago Simeon academy and immediately became one of the nations best high school recruits. People started speculating that he was bound for the NBA and because of this no one really wanted to mess with him. Rose was getting recruited by hundreds of colleges but inevitably decided to play at the University of Memphis and while there he led his team to the most wins in NCAA history. He looked destined to be the first pick of the nba draft and as destiny would have it his hometown team ,the Chicago Bulls, had the first pick of the 2008 draft.

In 2008 a declining Chicago Bulls team on the brink of disaster made a bold choice and selected the 6’3 hometown kid from Englewood, Chicago . This choice would immediately prove to be beneficial for the Bulls, as in his rookie season he averaged 17 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds while winning rookie of the year. Rose was a game changing type of player over the next few seasons and helped carry the Bulls to the playoffs over the next few seasons. Just 2 seasons after he was drafted Rose became the youngest player to win a MVP, carried his team to 1st place in the eastern conference, and led them to the eastern conference finals. People had already begun saying that Rose was destined for one of the greatest careers in NBA history, but unfortunately Roseś knees had other plans

That next year in the first playoff game the Bulls appeared in Derrick Rose went down with what is considered one of the worst knee injuries in NBA history. He was out for the rest of the playoffs and the whole next season. Unfortunately for Rose and basketball fans everywhere Rose was never able to recover back to the MVP caliber player people had come to know. The Bulls would eventually trade him, and after bouncing around tons of teams in the NBA, Rose ended up being signed by the T-Wolves. People stopped thinking of Rose as the future of the NBA and instead were left repeating a phrase in their heads: “what could have been.”

All of this led up to this historic Halloween night in which Rose completely took over the game and started scoring from what seemed like everywhere on the court.  Fans could hardly believe their eyes as this 30 year old guard looked as if he had found a time machine and had used it to return to age 23. He was finishing around the rim, hitting step back threes, and making defenders look silly. When it was all said and done Rose finished the night with a total of 50 points and proved to the league and everyone at home that he was still able to accomplish the extraordinary. Now the only question that remains is can he keep this type of play up?


By Andres Sanchez and Brandon Renteria

The world has recently lost a legend. Comic book genius Stan Lee, the architect of the contemporary comic book, has died.  Stan Lee passed away on November 12th at the age of 95. The creative fireball who revolutionized the comics by introducing human frailties in superheroes created or co-created Spider-man, Black Panther, Thor, Iron Man, X-men, The Incredible Hulk, and many other Marvel super heroes. He began this business back in 1939, and is a big part of what Marvel is today. He was the top writer at Marvel Comics and later was its publisher, reviving the comic industry in the 1960s by offering the costumes and action craved by younger readers while insisting on sophisticated plots, college-level dialogue, satire, science fiction, even philosophy.

There will never ever be another Stan Lee. For decades he proved both young and old can be filled with adventure, comfort, inspiration, strength, escape, and joy. Decades before us Walt Disney reshaped our society, but Stan Lee has also impacted the modern world, selling as much as 7.1 million copies of a single comic and raising prices of comic books past $3,200,000.  He showed everyone what it takes to be a superhero. It isn’t just the powers, but rather character. Most importantly, he taught everyone that one person can make a difference. Don’t be afraid to make that difference; you matter.

CRISPR and the Ethical Dilemma of Human Genetic Modifications

By Juan Macias

Human. It is such a simple term to describe the people a person surrounds themselves with. Being human is having the ability to think on one’s own and pursue those thoughts with free will.  Being human is making mistakes and learning from them.  Being human is having distinct characteristics that set them apart from their peers.  In the mind, each person is different and imperfect, allowing each person to be their unique selves aside from just their physical aspects. At first glance, flaws are just part of genetics and are part of being human, but what if humans could adjust themselves to their pleasing and omit, or discard, perceived flaws?

Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats of genetic information, commonly referred to as CRISPR or Cas9, is a genetic engineering tool that allows humans to edit the gene sequences of DNA.  Being able to change gene sequences would give people the opportunity to modify the functions of their genes.  Depending on who you talk to, this new discovery may be the answer to the inherent flaws that lie within the human body, or a tool that will create very serious questions concerning ethics. 

In the first experimental stages of CRISPR in 2013, this gene modifier proved to provide a cure to diseases such as cystic fibrosis, cataracts, and fanconi anemia. This same technology has opened the doors for agricultural industries to tweak the gene sequences of their crops in order for them to survive different climates, last longer, and even provide higher yields.  This new tool has countless benefits that people can prosper from. People can live longer to live a long and fulfilling life without having to worry about the new wave of problems that will arise as we age.

As useful as this tool is, it has also sparked a complicated debate, with many people asking if this is ethical to alter a human’s genetics.  The CRISPR process has the potential to modify humans to fit specially requested features, or in other words, to create a genetically engineered baby. 

On November 25, 2018 He Jiankui released a statement that he had created a pair of twin girls – Lulu and Nana – using CRISPR.  Immediately, people began to criticize Jiankui, claiming his work was “horrifying,” “monstrous,” and “‘profoundly disturbing.”  Others saw the other side to what CRISPR can offer.  For many, CRISPR violates their beliefs in humanity and what it means to be human because they weren’t sure how accept these “humans” as people, or natural creations.

The world is changing, and people will change with it.  Change is a big part of being human because we learn to adapt to our environments in order to react accordingly. There is nothing abnormal with being afraid of change – fear is typically our first instinctual reaction to change.  However, people must decide if they encourage important change.  The change that CRISPR offers is potentially revolutionary for humanity.  Being human is being able to choose what we feel is right based on reasoned conclusions.  So, is CRISPR ethical?  That will be for all of humanity to decide.

California FFA State Convention

By: Kiara Benavides

Every year, each state in the FFA Association puts on a statewide conference for its members to take part in. Being one of the biggest states in the association, California FFA is famous for their elaborate, thrilling conferences (with more than 7,000 members in attendance) consisting of motivational speakers, keynote out-of-state officer speakers, leadership workshops/ seminars, awards, scholarships, delegate work, concerts, and installation of new state officers. This year, the conference made its debut in Anaheim and had sessions and workshops hosted inside the California Adventure and Disneyland parks. Taken from the state officer’s message, “We are thrilled to celebrate our state’s talents and achievements from this past year! We will be empowered by our Keynote Speakers, Brett Culp and JesseLeBeau,as well as our visiting National Officers,Breana Holbert and Gracie Furnish! We are looking forward to seeing members innovate in their Supervised Agricultural Experiences, as we present STAR and Proficiency Awards. We will embrace those who support us, envision a brighter tomorrow, and accelerate towards the future, as delegates vote on amendments that shape the future of our association.” The conference is extremely high energy and is something that members look forward to all year. Edith Guijon represented the California FFA Association as a member of the nominating committee. Kiara Benavides and Daniella Frausto took part as voting delegates and voted on FFA constitutional amendments and state officers. Alexis Morales and Gary Spivey showcased their talents as they participated in state band and state talent. Overall,  members were able to active during the impactful and lively event.

Sports Recap

By: Vanessa Meza


Spring sports have been in session for a few months now. Are you wondering how they’re all doing? Here’s some information to keep you updated with our players.


IMG-3935What is your favorite thing about the sport you play? My favorite thing about tennis is how thrilling and intense it can be at times during a match. Many underestimate tennis players because they think it is an easy sport but in reality it is super fun to play and it is always nice seeing new faces and making friends. Victor Leon, 10 Boys Tennis



How has swim been doing this season? This year we are 4th in league and no one has drowned yet. Pia Martinez, 12 SwimIMG-3930






What do you enjoy most about the sport you play? Once game time comes, once you step in the box, it’s competing you against the pitcher.You can’t think of your mechanics, you gotta just let your natural abilities take over. Knowing how hard the game of baseball is, knowing you can go 3 for 3 one game and strikeout four times the next makes the sport so interesting a fun. Ray Rodriguez, 11 Boys Baseball


How does it feel to have a new coaching staff? We all love the new coach and staff, they really know what they’re doing and they motivate us so much. They’ve pulled our team together, and now we’re headed in the right direction. Claudia Zacarias, 12 Softball


What has been your set goal for this season? My set goal is to beat my PR of 6 feet. Henry Hagen, 12 Track


What has been the most memorable moment this season? My most memorable moment was when I made my first par. Enrique Martinez, 12 Golf



By: Victoria Benevidez

On February 16, 2018, Woodlake Art Club went on a field trip to CalArts in Valencia, California. They have five specific schools of art offered on their campus: Dance, Film/Video, Art, Theater, and Music. The school was founded by Walt Disney and his brother Roy in 1961. CalArts was officially founded in 1970.

“Innovators from CalArts have set the leading edge of contemporary artistic practice from conceptualism, feminist art and design, video and computer music in the early years, to the Disney Renaissance, Pixar revolution, and Spongebob from interdisciplinary performance and digital design to the latest directions in creative music, interactive media, hybrid arts and immersive experience.” (CalArts catalogue)

Famous art professionals who attended CalArts include: Tim Burton (Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands), Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda, Crash), Stephen Hillenburg (Spongebob), and Ed Harris (Apollo 13, The Truman Show). Students enjoyed the exposure to the offerings on campus and ate lunch on campus. IMG_1935IMG_1939