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November 6, 2020 Volume 30 | Issue 1

Eastlake Edge

Editor-in-Chief: Marts Reyes

1120 Eastlake Parkway, Chula Vista CA 91915

2020: There is No Coming Back


CHRIS PETERSON News Editor COVID-19 has significantly changed the way learning has occurred in our education system. When distance learning began in August, many were unsure about when, how, and even if students will be able to return to campus. Finally, that uncertainty was snuffed out on September 21st when the Sweetwater High School District (SUHSD) released their highly anticipated announcement to update students, staff members, and families about their official distance learning plans. In a public YouTube video on the official SUHSD account (@sushdk12), Board of Trustees President Nicolas Segura and active Superintendent Dr. Moses Aguirre broke the news to thousands who awaited the verdict:

distance learning is to continue until at least the end of 2020. Mixed reactions and opinions surround the district’s decision; however, SUHSD claims that this is a precautionary measure made to keep students safe and healthy. In the video, Dr. Aguirre emphasizes the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) data collected within San Diego county as a driving force behind the board’s decision. He cites many reasons in order to create a better understanding behind the district’s choice, including a recent spike in the number of COVID-19 cases among youth ages 0 through 19 and the higher concentration of cases within the southern area of San Diego county. “Throughout this pandemic, we have stated that health and safety are our primary priority. We have measured that through the case rates which are specific


SUHSD Board members meeting and discussing distance learning, alongside other important topics.

to our region.” the SUHSD superintendent explains. “There may be long term health consequences as identified by the CDC.” In response to the district’s ruling, Eastlake High School (ELHS) Principal Dr. Cooke revealed that, “From the heart space of what I do as a leader, obviously I was saddened because I was really looking forward to seeing the students and teachers on campus.” This sentiment is also held by most ELHS teachers as well. Many educators go into the field because they love what they do— inspiring future generations through hands-on, interactive content. “However, the main part of what I do as a principal is putting safety first. You can’t go into a place of education if the kids aren’t feeling safe, physically or emotionally,” Dr. Cooke adds. Realistically, he admits that while the staff is hoping for the best, they also must simultaneously prepare for the worst. The principal further explains how he is aware of how impactful this situation can be on the students who are all challenged in various different ways by the pandemic, including academic, emotional, and familial issues. “I try to come from a place of empathy. I want students to have a safe space to talk to people, including myself.” The goal for this year is for all of us— staff and students— to be flexible during these

uncertain times and have grace with ourselves when we slip up. In order to lessen the weight of these troubles that many students are currently facing, Dr. Cooke voiced that he is

name a few (covid-19.sdcoe.net). Even so, he admits that the return to school will probably be at a much slower pace than most anticipate. There is no set plan for how this will oc-

“Health and safety continue to be a paramount importance for out district.” Dr. Nicolas Aguirre working closely with the ASB to create a sense of community within ELHS, even when the community is all stuck typing behind a screen. He stressed that student voice and input is vital for Eastlake and is trying to ensure students have accessible means of communication with each other in a safe manner. In terms of re-opening, Dr. Cooke references that the guidelines will follow those directly from the San Diego County Office of Education in order to prevent coronavirus infections on the ELHS campus. Procedures students will potentially have to adjust to are face covering regulations and regular symptom screening, just to

cur as of the publication of this issue, but possible options include going to classes only on certain days or having particular groups who are most academically affected by the pandemic return first to limit the possibility of widespread outbreak. “I feel confident because the district has laid out a plan for us. We know what that plan is and we are ready to execute once the orders are given that we can return to school under safe cirGABRIELLE CHONG cumstances.” On November 30th, the SUHSD Board will hold a meeting and update further plans for the upcoming 2021 semester. But for now, there isn’t a foreseeable way of returning to campus by the end of this year.

Inside The Edge

Open up Opinion to learn about the safe ways people celebrated this Halloween See Opinion page 4

Head over to Health to learn how to identify the signs of and prevent burn out. See Health page 7

Flip to Student Life to see how students are making the best of the pandemic. See Student Life page 8

Turn to the Pandemic page to get the answers for your COVID-19 questions. See Pandemic Page page 11

Check out Creative Journal to read about talented student artist, Natalia Paredes (12). See Creative Journal page 12


Editor: Chris Peterson


Happy 30th Volume!

For all the crealight the talented and accom- plished Titan athletes and artists. tive Titans, we have happi The Edge wanted to ly decided to resurrect our Creative Journal Page! It is the 30th Volume of highlight the importance of the This page will The Eastlake Edge and we are Titans’ health and well-befeature prompts in back with more stories to share! ing during the pandemic, a which students can For the first time ever, reason why we decided to submit any creThe Eastlake Edge will be pub- implement the Health ative work that lishing in an online format. All page. This new double showcases the issues for the 2020-2021 school page is an extension talent our stuyear will be accessible through of the Peer Mediation dent body posthe electronic publishing plat- feature in Student Life sesses, ranging form, issuu.com. We will also and our now retired from writing, drawbe utilizing our official Insta- Sports page. Featuring ing, and photography. gram page (@eastlake.edge) content that focuses on to post informative publica- balancing and taking HANNAH RAMIREZ Be sure to check out the tion materials that will high- care of one’s physical, emotion- Linktree on our official Instalight some of the pages’ head- al, and mental health, we hope gram page biography in order lines in every upcoming issue. that this page gives Titans the to find the links to our surveys The Edge leader- resources in coping with the cur- and our submission guidelines. Lastly, we are planning ship has decided to make sev- rent events and its limitations. eral changes in order to ac- Our staff values spread- to launch a podcast named Becommodate for the absence of ing the truth and only the truth. yond The Word Count. Inspired the student body on campus. The pandemic has brought upon by the frustration of having so Our News, Politics, a plethora of misconceptions much to say but so little space Opinion, Student Life, and Col- and myths in terms of the se- to do so on a page, we wanted lege Corner pages will remain verities of the COVID-19 and to use this as an outlet to exintact. However, we decided to its numbers and restrictions. press our thoughts, experiences, retire our Sports, In order to and stories without limitations. Our bi-weekly podcast The Arts, Entertaincombat the fake news ment, STEM, and and confusion regard- intends to talk about topics that Photojournal Page ing the complexities of will pique any interest of our to create new pages COVID-19, we decided student body, ranging from pop that will provide the to implement the Pan- culture, society, politics, hobnecessary news and demic Page. This page bies, current events, extracurHANNAH RAMIREZ content that is imperwill contain all updates riculars, and more. We also plan ative to share during the pandemic. and information about the pan- to invite guest speakers to talk This year’s Student Life demic, both on a global and lo- about their passion or advocacy. We hope that our pubpage will include content across cal scale. We decided to separate our old Entertainment, Sports, these headlines from our News lication reconnects you back to and The Arts pages. Aside from Page and place all content regard- Eastlake High School’s campus covering news and opinions re- ing COVID-19 on its own page culture, as well as informs you of garding the student body, we in order to give priority and em- current events and ideas that our wanted to use this page to high- phasis to this monumental topic. staff is passionate to share about.

MARTS REYES Editor-in-Chief

Teaching From Behind A Screen


ISABEL DURAZO Staff Writer Distance learning has proven how valuable a relationship between a student and teacher can be in order to make sure that students are getting the proper education they need. With distance learning comes new challenges, especially for teachers. A couple of teachers were asked about their experiences and struggles with distance learning. Mark Brickley, a Freshman English teacher at Eastlake High School, feels that building personal connections with the students helps determine if a student is struggling, “One of the strengths I feel I have as a teacher is making those personal connections. I know my subject doesn’t appeal to everybody, but I feel like I can get you to care about it more because you enjoy the time we spend in the class, and without those personal con-

nections it just doesn’t happen.” When asked if his lenience with grading has been made easier on the students he emphasizes, “Even though my grade expectations are easier, it might be the same amount of effort required to get there because they don’t have the same amount of support from the teacher.” Eastlake High School’s Human Anatomy and Physiology Honors teacher Kenneth Colarusso believes that returning to in-person school might have a positive effect on students, “I think some of the students that might be getting C’s might actually do better.” He explains that by being in class, students unintentionally listen more and will therefore perform better. Colarusso encourages students that are having trouble adapting to distance learning to turn on their cameras, “If your camera’s on, you feel obliged to make sure you at least look like you’re engaged, and then that will accidentally make you more engaged as well.” Distance learning is proving to be a challenge for both students and teachers. To be successful, we will need to find new ways to teach while also keeping everyone engaged and interested.

November 6, 2020

A Word From The Edge

PAULINA ZACHARKO College Corner Editor

We, The Eastlake Edge Newspaper staff, condemn racism, hate speech, xenophobia, in all its forms. This past month, racially charged insults were directed towards Eunice Kim, an Eastlake High School Senior and involved member of the Visual and Performing Arts community. The inappropriate comments made towards Kim were made on the Eastlake Football team’s Instagram post surrounding the sports reopening protests. While Kim was voicing her thoughts on the protests, pointing out the harms of prematurely returning to in-person activities during a pandemic, a group of Sweetwater Union High School District students made comments such as “you started this s***” and “go watch anime.” As our principal, Dr. Ricardo Cook, PhD said in response to the incident, “In this time of information at your fingertips and being exposed to diversity at high levels within our community and social media feeds, there is simply no excuse for understanding the challenges and strengths of different members of our community and the world.“ We, as Eastlake students, ought to know better than to verbally attack our classmates, especially when our classmates

are concerned for our collective public health and safety. According to the City of Chula Vista, as of October 25, 2020, there have been 7,003 known cases of COVID-19 in the city alone. As this number still increases by 10-70 cases daily, our staff, like many other VAPA and STEM programs, understand the need for only a safe return back to campus. We are familiar with the desire for activities such as sports to be back in session. With many of our own staff members being athletes themselves, we sympathize with the desire to get back to the court, stage, pool, and field. We especially feel for students who have used sports as a refuge away from home obstacles or as a means for an affordable college education. However, nothing justifies ignorant or hateful comments made towards our students. We advocate for colleges to consider the circumstances of our athletes, and not unfairly penalize them for the lack of opportunities to be scouted. We encourage students to get creative, to join the rest of the student body in using imagination and intellect to do what we love without risking the livelihood of others. As the voice of the students, we stand for inclusivity of all students at Eastlake High School. As our principal said, “Wage love, understanding and a celebration of our diversity.”

The Fight for Fall Sports


ISABEL DURAZO Staff Writer Eager for sports to make a return, Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) students protest in hopes the district will listen. Many upset parents of young athletes at a SUHSD board meeting in mid-September began to push for sports to start up again. A petition had been sent out to students, parents, and staff members to sign if they felt it was a good idea for sports to return. After getting 2,077 signatures, the parents and students felt they still were not being heard by the district, so they

decided to take further action. The Eastlake High School’s football team posted a video to their Instagram page on September 29, 2020, featuring athletes giving their opinion on why they think sports should be brought back. In the video, Eastlake High School Junior Savannah Drew argues, “You’re determining whether I can get a spot in college, or even just a club team, and that’s not fair for me or other student athletes in this district.” A fear in future education rises upon the young athletes, as they are missing out on their opportunities to earn

scholarships and be accepted into their dream schools due to the inability to participate. On October 12, 2020, dozens of parents and students showed up outside of the district headquarters to protest for their cause. Recently, information sent out by the district on October 21, 2020 stated, “preparation for the official start of Athletics on December 12, 2020.” This is not something they are taking lightly. Their main focus is on the health and well-being of all students, while also taking consideration of concerns of athletes.


3 Race in a Southern Californian Suburb

Editor: Jessica Garcia

MATTHEW BLATCHFORD Politics Columnist George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner. These are names that echo in the minds of every American old enough to remember their deaths and the movements they inspired. Many of our peers came of age in a world where stories of police brutality were shown on cable news on a near-nightly basis. In California, the most diverse state in America, discussions about race are not unfamiliar. Some of the first settlements in California, Spanish missions such as those found in San Juan Capistrano, utilized forced labor on behalf of the local Native American tribes and attempted to replace Native American culture with that of Spanish culture. Fast forward to World War II, California was home to 10 internment camps that held over 120,000 Japanese Americans in total, with anti-Asian segregation policies still existing until 1947. California was also the site of extreme segregation as far as housing is concerned, with nonwhite workers not being granted access to government-built housing until after the war, forcing many to live in makeshift housing made out of cardboard.

California continued to grow in both its size and diversity as the years went on, eventually going on to house the second-largest city in the country, Los Angeles. Los Angeles in 1992 was home to extreme racial tensions between its White, Black, and Asian communities, which came to a head during the 1992 LA Riots, a nearly weeklong riot fueled by the beating of Rodney King by the police and their subsequent acquittal. Chula Vista, like all of California, does not exist inside of a racial vacuum. Chula Vista is also extremely diverse, with 43% of its citizens being non-white. It is widely believed to be a fairly liberal and tolerant city, with very few racial issues. This claim may ring true for the most part, but it does not paint the full picture of race in Chula Vista. Chula Vista is extremely close to the United States-Mexican border, leading it to have a very high Hispanic population, with Hispanic and Latino people of all races accounting for 53% of Chula Vista’s population. In fact, Chula Vista’s current mayor Mary Salas is a Latina herself. The high Hispanic population has always impacted how outsiders have perceived it, with long time resident Laura Porter describing her father re-

Media Takeover GABY CHONG

JESSICA GARCIA Politics Editor Since the early 2000s, social media has taken the world by storm. From platforms like MySpace and Friendster becoming less popular and the rise in popularity of Instagram and Snapchat, the younger generation has new opportunities when it comes to letting their voice be heard. Messaging friends, posting fun pictures, and updating stories are what these programs were intended to do, but there is also a major political presence when it comes to important issues. Generation Z, or Gen Z, has made a name for themselves by being very involved in the conversation regarding social issues and the environment. Topics like climate change, elections, and injustice have been heavily pushed by young activists. Creators on TikTok, the newest and arguably fastest growing social media platform at the moment, have been urging the youth to speak up and to let their voices be heard. From small accounts to big-name influencers, there is a strong message relayed towards the younger generation to take care of the planet and be knowledgeable about the world around them. One specific account that has been attracting a lot of

attention these past weeks is an account named TikTok for Biden. With more than 300 creators and over 700,000 followers, this account pushed people to vote blue during the presidential election and stand up for equality. They post tips on how to register to vote, how to deal with discrimination, and most importantly, help minors make a difference. Although there are many safe and reliable resources out there, social media should not be the only source of knowledge and information a person gets. Learning to fact-check statistics or claims made online can be a helpful habit especially in these times. According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, 62% of Americans get their news off of social media platforms. The spread of headlines and protests through stories and digital messages should always be checked before thoroughly believing in the cause or claim. Having an online presence can be a helpful resource when it comes to events and topics a person believes in. Learning about a current conflict across the world or how to support a government representative you trust is just one of the few ways the youth have been spending their time over the quarantine.

ferring to Chula Vista as “Chulajuana.” Citizens have also described anti-Latino racism being found within the community. Samantha Machuca (11) stated that she has been referred to as a “beaner” and “immigrant” by non-Hispanic students in a disparaging manner. Machuca, herself the granddaughter of immigrants, primarily notices instances of casual racism among the student body as opposed to acts of intentional racism. Black students have expressed similar sentiments, with Kyle Bockus (12) saying, “Being an African American at Eastlake is not as hard as being an African American at other schools or parts of the city but there is discrimination everywhere ranging from how I am treated by students, to the opportunities I have.” A somewhat similar sentiment was expressed by Marwan Alga (12) when asked how his race and culture impacted his experience in Eastlake. “Eastlake is a really diverse community so I don’t think there is a major race issue in our community, I think there are economic and cultural issues,” Marwan stated that he has been attacked for his Muslim faith, especially when Islamic holidays such as Eid and Ramadan approach.

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People peacefully protesting against racism in their community.

Marwan highlighted examples such as how the San Diego and Eastlake mosques were the subject of so many threats that he “...thought it was funny until the Christchurch shooting in New Zealand, after that I started to have fear of practicing my religion publicly and proudly representing my culture.” Marwan further stated that as an immigrant he does not believe that racism is an exclusively American phenomenon and that “...hate has no boundaries.” When Marwan said “that hate has no boundaries”, he inspired another saying that can be extremely useful, “inequality knows no boundaries”. Even though the average income in Chula Vista is around 85,000 dollars as of 2018, non-white workers oftentimes earn much less than their white counterparts. White elementary and middle

school teachers oftentimes make nearly 8,000 dollars more than their black colleagues, and 6,000 dollars more than Asian elementary and middle school teachers. This trend exists in nearly every profession whether it be truck driving or retail sales jobs. Race is, to put it mildly, an extremely complex subject that seems to be more pressing today than it has been in recent history. Chula Vista, like every other city in America, must tackle the issue. That means coming together and having difficult conversations about everything from the language we use to our school curriculum.pressing today than it has been in recent history. Chula Vista, like every other city in America, must tackle the issue. That means coming together and having difficult conversations about everything from the language we use to our school curriculum.

What’s The Deal With Mail-In Ballots Anyway? MATTHEW BLATCHFORD Politics Columnist These days it seems like there is one thing that everyone can agree on, that these are unprecedented times; and yes, this statement has gotten incredibly old incredibly fast, the statement is still true, and nowhere is this statement more present than the 2020 election. An estimated 70% of voters cast their votes via mailin ballots according to the Bipartisan Policy Center, and according to the New York Times many states could take up to a week to count all the late ballots sent their way via the post office. This change has led to an oft-repeated (yet unfounded) claim that mail-in ballots are rife with fraud. Everybody from President Donald Trump to congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard have raised concerns about the use of mail in ballots, with both expressing fears about possible fraud being carried out.


An example of a ballot drop off.

But how true are these claims? Well to answer this question, the American Statistical Association, the most prominent group of American statistical experts in the country, published a 28 page study on October 26th entitled “Does voting by mail increase fraud? Estimating the change in reported voter fraud when states switch to elections by mail.” In this peer reviewed study, statisticians Jonathan Auerbach and Steve Pierson found that there is no significant difference in the rate of voter fraud between those who vote in person (which is already exceedingly rare) and the rate of voter fraud by those who vote by mail. So how does voting by mail work? It is a rather simple process as far as most Americans will be concerned. If you are not voting in person, all you will have to do is fill out your ballot appropriately then put your signature on your ballot (keep in mind that your signature must be close in appearance to the one that appears on your driver’s license/ID card.) After that, all you have to do is seal your ballot and send it off by November 3rd by either dropping it off at a polling station or by mailing it out. Many states were prohibited from counting their ballots until election night, and with millions of citizens voting in each state, it is clear to see why the winner could not be declared that

exact night. In fact Kentucky will, at the earliest, be reporting their official election results on November 6, the last day they will be accepting late mail in ballots. So then what is the big deal? The problem arose from many top Republican figures such as President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr claiming that mail-in voting was simply a plot to earn the democrats’ votes, oftentimes providing no evidence to support their claims. In fact a report by the Brookings Institute found that “... one group that benefits from absentee ballots is senior citizens, who often skew GOP.” This trend was exemplified in the 2020 Special Election for California’s 25th Congressional district. The heavily democratic country was the sight of the first party flip in favor of Republicans in California since 1998, per New York magazine. This election was primarily voted in using mail-in ballots, proof that it is simply a matter of getting supporters out to vote. Regardless of whether your preferred candidate wins or loses one thing remains clear, the 2020 presidential election is as legitimate as almost any other in American history; and while there still may be flaws in the election process the claims being made about absentee and mail in voting are, at the very least, extremely over exaggerated.



Editor: Nayely Noriega

November 6, 2020

Titan Friendly Halloween

RENEE ROLDAN Managing Editor Halloween is a holiday meant for tricks, treats, and all manner of spooky things. But nothing is spookier than getting yourself or your loved ones sick. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, every aspect of normal life has had to change in some way to keep people safe and prevent the spread of the virus. Our celebrations are no exception, as the proper way to safely celebrate Halloween became a hot topic of discussion in the weeks leading up to the holiday. Many took to social media to express their thoughts, making posts on how to safely hand out candy to Trick-or-Treaters, or discouraging house parties on Halloween. But after all that discussion of safety and precautions, how safe was Halloween? In order to find the general consensus on how safe Halloween was, we reached out to the larger Eastlake community. In a Facebook post in the “Eastlake Chula Vista Resi-

dents” Facebook group, the Eastlake Edge surveyed community members on how they felt the community as a whole managed the spooky holiday, and if they felt it was celebrated safely. Bernardo Vasquez, a parent of Eastlake High School Alumni, responded with positive feedback, writing about his fun and safe night. “We had a socially distanced Halloween celebration on our street. 4 houses decorated and handed out candy bags to those families that wanted to bring RENEE ROLDAN their children.” He added, “It was a great night with neighbors and children enjoying a great holiday in a safe manner!” Vasquez also attached a video to the Facebook post of his neighbors cel-

ebrating from their own driveways, complete with decorated houses and party music playing. Jenny Martinez, a parent of an Eastlake High School student, responded positively as well, saying, “...I feel like Halloween was handled well in the community…” She wrote that she

spent Halloween passing out candy to Trick-orTreaters, and was one of the few houses on her street to do so. Martinez mentioned the safety precautions she and her family took, writing, “My family sat in our garage and set out a table at the end of the driveway more [than] 6 feet away for the few kids that came out. The candy was spread out individually

with hand sanitizer available too.” Martinez added that she is glad she participated in Halloween and Trick-or-Treating this year. “It was worth seeing the joy on the

little kids’ faces that did stop by, especially in this unprecedented time…” A fellow Eastlake community member, Kristen Abbott Dobberteen, echoed Martinez’s sentiment. “It was definitely handled safely in my opinion.” Dobberteen wrote, “My daughter... mostly received pre-made goodie bags that were separated out.” She wrote that she did not encounter any large groups of people that would violate social distancing protocol. She says of the socially distanced holiday, “... kids were still able to have fun!”

A common theme throughout many of the comments posted was that very few people were out on Halloween night. Many community members reported seeing significantly fewer Trick-or-Treaters than there are in normal years. John Rodgers, an Eastlake Community member, wrote, “We may have had 40 kids [come Trick-or-Treating]. Normally we get well over 100.” Some commenters reported little to no Trick-or-Treaters at all. Overall, the feedback received from the community was overwhelmingly positive, Most commenters say they felt that Halloween was celebrated safely, with appropriate safety precautions taking place, like sanitization measures and social distancing. While it seems that very few people celebrated Halloween outside with the community this year, those who did were happy with the experience. Amidst a strange and uncertain time, a sense of normalcy with safety can make all the difference for a community.

Is Cancel Culture Cancelled? Distant Learning, Distant Dreams CIERA FLETCHER Staff Writer Regardless of who you are – freshmen or senior, athlete or musician, and everything in between, you have been affected by distance learning in some way. Many students are relying on their athletic abilities to get them into a good college, such as Eastlake High School varsity wrestler Chris Klomp (11), who argues that “distance learning has affected [her] athletic career greatly. [She] has to spend a lot of money to practice with strangers, and the practices are not full or good… [feeling] unequipped for state competitions this year because of the lack of practice.” Wrestling is impossible to practice in compliance with social distancing measures, as well as many other sports, such as football, wrestling, soccer, and lacrosse. This leaves many

athletes in a sort of gridlocked state. Not only does distance learning greatly hinder the athletes, but also the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) students. Alex Morgan (12) is a dedicated musician in Eastlake High School’s orchestra. Similar to sports, it is difficult for musical groups such as band, orchestra, and show choir to progress as they cannot progress as a group if they are not in person. Alex describes her virtual orchestra experience, “[It is] difficult to get the same amount of progress through distance learning; we haven’t even been assigned any material besides scales.” As a musician, this is just as frustrating as the gridlocked athletes. In regards to the aspirations that seem to be on hold, athletes and VAPA students are not the only ones. The Class of 2024 has been let down time and time again. With their

8th-grade promotions getting canceled, their new beginning into high school was also less than perfect. Freshman Jillian Jeter states that “the teachers give us a lot of work, I feel overwhelmed with the amount of work they give us to finish in such a short time period. This isn’t what I imagined high school is like.” Building this idea, Alicia Ramirez (9) states, “...everything now is so stressful, I’m used to being organized but now I’m forgetting things easily. It gets frustrating when technology doesn’t work, it’s something we can’t control.” The points made by Ramirez are also observations observed by other students. Many agree with the fact that their memory and academic performance has declined and often state that they feel extremely unmotivated and bored.

CIERA FLETCHER Staff Writer Logan Paul, Jeffree Star, Nikita Dragun, Ellen Degeneres, J.K Rowling, Doja Cat, the list goes on. All of these creators– ranging from award winning authors to YouTube vloggers, have been “cancelled” for various reasons. According to Dictionary. com, Cancel Culture is “the popular practice of withdrawing support for (cancelling) public figures and companies after they have done or said something considered objectionable or offensive.” This phenomenon, which emerged in 2017, has become more prominent in today’s society with many public figures getting “canceled” for old posts that have resurfaced. These posts feature them exhibiting problematic behavior, including but not limited to racist, homophobic, and other discriminatory and insensitive tweets, video clips, or quotes. One main factor to the

spread of “cancel culture” was to expose these actions to the public and addressing the figure at fault, which all seem to be viewed in a positive way overall. This seems to be the initial intention of “cancel culture” – to call out and hold these public figures accountable for their insensitive remarks or acts. The groups of people “cancelling” others, those tired of discrimination being dismissed in mainstream media, take a harsh approach, often using cyberbullying, harassment, and hate speech. They also do not allow the public figure to prove that they have changed for the better, a reason why many believe that Cancel Culture does more harm than good. Holding someone accountable for their actions and encouraging them to acknowledge and fix the issue before they gain their platform back, however that idea has morphed into something counterproductive.

Based on a survey regarding the effectiveness of Cancel Culture with 145 Eastlake High School students, the students believed that “Cancel Culture is harmful to society”

“It depends on the scenario”



“Cancel Culture is helpful to society”


Eastlake Edge

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A Message From The ASB

Black Lives Matter.




Black Lives Matter protest that occurred on June 7, 2020 within the Eastlake Community.


The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has been such an important stance for people to be a part of. Although the series of protests have been on the rise since 2013, in the midst of 2020, it has increased in value. Those who have not thought much of the movement a few years ago have begun to realize its significance and started participating. During the time we have been in quarantine, BLM has resurfaced and been used to finally gain the support and justice for black lives. Many students from Eastlake High School have also joined in on the movement to further represent the demands for equality and justice. Some students even participated in the Black Lives Matter march that took place within the Eastlake community on June 7, 2020. Eastlake High School’s student body has always worked to participate in representing cultures, so students who have taken time to spread awareness and positivity is not surprising. Eastlake High School also has a variety of clubs that have worked to increase cultural awareness and inclusivity on campus. There are many clubs that work represent certain cultures such as MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlan), Black Student Union, Tahitian Dance Company, and many others. Students use their voices and platforms to help diversify campus and educate those who are not a part of the culture. I interviewed Black Student Union member Kei-la Anderson (12) and asked if she felt that the progress currently made within BLM was significant or not. Anderson said, “Yes.. it has created a sense of awareness to people of all skin tones about understanding the meaning of oppression.” As a woman of color, she agrees that the progress that has

been made within the movement has been important and needed during this time of change. Then when Anderson was asked what future accomplishments she would like to see happen with the BLM movement, she said, “...demands for equality and justice finally being given to them and for their voices to be heard…” Black Lives Matter has been something that has sparked a nationwide debate, those who feel that BLM is taking attention from other races are those who are not fighting for the justice of black lives. The oppression that black people and many other people of color have had to endure is an issue that deserves this kind of attention and needs to have solutions. There are too many cases of innocent lives being lost due to discrimination and injustice. A previous member of the Black Student Union and also Show Choir President, Ravyn Mccoy, was also asked if she felt the progress that has been made within the BLM movement has been significant, she said, “Yes because it is advocating for civil disobedience in protest of police brutality and all racially motivated violence against black lives.” Mccoy is advocating and wanting change for black lives, as for herself and her fellow students. And after asking what further progress she wanted to see she also said, “I want to see police reform, people using their voice to spread awareness about BLM, and corporations who racially discriminate be held accountable.” The more people speak up about equality and the need for these changes, the more possible it will become to fix the issues we are advocating for. Too many years have been put into not focusing on these issues, so it is extremely successful to get this much attention for the Black Lives Matter movement. Everyone’s voice is important, those who are people of color and those who are not, all are allies and can make an impact.


Protesters spreading awareness along the roads of Eastlake Parkway.

Do you feel that you, the ASB, are involved enough with students during distance learning?


Obviously during distance learning it’s been a lot more difficult to get student involvement but the ASB has been doing our best to come up with new ideas and ways of promoting school spirit. We’ve had a virtual club fair, virtual spirit weeks, and a virtual assembly and we’ve gotten a fair amount of student

participation in each. We hope that as the school year goes on and students adjust to distance learning more they become more encouraged to participate.

Distance learning is obviously a concept we are all still getting used to. As an ASB we are constantly working to make sure student involvement is our top priority but there are so many limitations as of right now in terms of how we can connect with students. That set aside, our team has incorporated some great ways to connect students to school. On the senior class Instagram

account, we highlight two students a week and on the official school account, our audio tech team gives us a chance to include our favorite songs into the playlists put together every month. There is always room for improvement but given the challenges the entire student body has faced this year, I’d say we’re doing pretty good.

Through the challenges we have faced this year, I believe that the ASB and I are trying our best to push as many opportunities and resources for students to feel connected virtually. Just recently in October, our Halloween Spirit Week brought out multiple activities for students to get involved and participate in our spirit events. I know seeing all the

different classes participate on Instagram with the different days and events really made our school spirit. The ASB is actively finding ideas to bring our school together from school playlists to virtual club fairs to bring out the best for students here.

Joey Collarusso 2020-2021 ASB President


Mia Sepulveda 2020-2021 Senior Class President


Isabelle Lumahan 2020-2021 ASB Secretary

What is something that you want to tell the students that you have not been able to relay since distance learning? JOEY COLLARUSSO



Something I would say to the students is simply that this year will be what you make of it. Although it might not be what we are used to if we are all open to new ideas we can have some fun virtual events and make some good memories this year. I’d also like to remind students to prioritize their mental health and make sure they are not letting quarantine stress overwhelm them.

I want students to know that’s they’re not alone. I know it’s a cheesy thing to say but, I think if we’ve learned anything throughout this year it’s that we are a lot stronger now than we were before. This is not easy but remember that by staying home and practicing social distancing, you are helping us get one step closer to being back on campus. We all want to spend our senior year together but we can save lives and make a real impact by using our voices to support important and overall keeping each other safe.

Something I want to tell students is to accept and embrace all these complex emotions that are being built this year. These circumstances may not be what we have hoped for but overcoming these chaotic moments in life can bring you to getting the most from this year, creating strong connections with everyone in the Eastlake community. Create the environment you want to get from this year.



Editor: Maya Parra

When is Enough?


A student asleep on the desk as she is doing her schoolwork.

COLLIE COLLINS Staff Writer We have all reached a point where you feel exhausted, your mind is foggy, you can not concentrate; it is as if you have forgotten how to be you. Burnout is unfortunately common in the current world we live in, many of times people glorify overworking yourself as a way to show how productive one is. But there is a thin line between working hard and pushing yourself to extremes. A few questions to ask yourself to tell whether or not your experiencing burnout is: Is it difficult to concentrate? Has your sleep schedule changed? Are you experiencing any unexplained headaches or other physical complaints? Are you working at a slower work pace than before or have difficulty starting tasks? Do you no longer feel accomplished by your effort? If you answered yes to any of these questions, most likely you are experiencing academic burnout which must be managed before it gets worse. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), burnout is a result of chronic stress that

has not been dealt with properly which can spill into your personal and social life. Three major characteristics of burnout are depersonalization (in which you no longer feel like yourself and you are not in charge of your actions), a lost sense of achievement, and energy depletion. If stress continues, you begin to fall into even larger consequences. As stated by the Mayo Clinic, workplace burnout can result in sleep changes or insomnia, mood swings, immune system vulnerability, high blood pressure, and Type 2 Diabetes. In consonance with Mayo Clinic, there are possible causes of burnout and one might not even notice until it is too late. Some possible red flags that could lead to a downward spiral is a work-life imbalance in which your study begins to infringe your time and takes up more of your effort and energy. This also includes flawed workplace dynamics, lack of social support, and isolation. Now more than ever, people must get the help and support they need. Before social distancing, many were able to spend time and destress with friends. But with the current pandemic

challenging old habits and coping mechanisms, other methods are now needed to relax oneself. Recovering and preventing future workplace burnout is much simpler than one would think. The most difficult step is realizing and deciding to advocate for one’s physical, mental, and emotional health and decide to take action. In the Harvard Business Review, Monique Valcour (Ph.D. PCC) wrote, “It’s essential to replenish your physical and emotional energy, along with your capacity to focus, prioritizing good sleep habits, nutrition, exercise, social connection, and practices that promote equanimity and well-being…” Beating burnout is simple and in turn, makes you feel more balanced and less stressed. Taking a few hours out of your day to meditate, exercise, write, read, draw, walk, or even taking a restful nap can steer you away from the awful clutches of burnout. Anything that allows you to relax and makes you happy is useful and valid. If you are having trouble making time in your schedule to practice any of these activities, self assess yourself to see what is consuming most of your time throughout the day. These mini self-check ups allow you to reflect and serve good use as mindfulness. A big and often overlooked way to recover and prevent workplace burnout is to simply ask for help. It can be from family, friends, and Eastlake High School’s Peer Mediation program. The most important thing is to seek support and just let yourself wind down. A helping hand is always available, even during these trying times.

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Choosing a Thankful Heart KIANA FIGUEROA Staff Writer Being thankful for the littlest things is truly imperative when you are not taking everything for granted. It also helps you get through life’s tough times since you effectively call all of the great things in your life to mind. Gratitude is fair, makes you cheerful, and being upbeat can offer assistance and keep your mind and body healthy! A simple thank you can make anyone’s day and make them feel good about themselves. Appreciation is the joy of seeing the good in something or someone, making us forget about the negative things. We should be thankful for everything we have in our life because many people in this world do not have the bare necessities such as food, shelter, and clothing. To that we have been born as ordinary human beings, we have all the senses like having the vision which allows us to see the beauty of the world with our own eyes, hearing which enables

us to listen to our favorite music and sounds of nature, can smell. These are gifts that not everybody is blessed with and we must not take the little things for granted. You can make other people feel good by showing your appreciation for the things they do for you. A good gratitude activity to try is to get a couple of rocks, paint these rocks, and write one thing you are grateful for. You can also tell your loved ones what you are grateful for and why you love them, showing that you truly care for them. If you are too shy to tell them, then write them a letter or a note. You can even make a gratitude jar, decorate and make it colorful, then grab a paper and pencil to start writing gratitude notes. Try making one note per day of what you are grateful for. This jar is a good way to look back at the happiest points in your life when you are feeling down. Not only are you benefiting other people’s emotions but you are also benefiting yourself. Do not let greediness get in the way, just remember not everyone could have some of the things you have.


It’s Okay to Not Be Okay: Learning How to Deal With Toxic Positivity MAYA PARRA Health Editor “Stay positive,” “keep your head up,” “look on the bright side”. These are all common phrases we usually hear when we share the problems we are currently facing. However, when you look more closely into it, what do these phrases really do for us? Most of the time, these comments just invalidate our feelings and do not allow us to feel heard or understood. Instead of listening to the issue at hand


and comforting us, these expressions judge and shame us for feeling any kind of negative emotion. This unnecessary push for always staying positive is a serious issue, labeled as toxic positivity. Defined by Thepsychologygroup.com as “the excessive and ineffective overgeneralization of a happy, optimistic state across all situations,” , toxic positivity can be seen in our everyday lives without us ever noticing it. Due to this, it is important that we learn how to recognize this problem. The website moves to explains how some signs of toxic positivity include masking your feelings, burying your emotions, feeling that you are overreacting, minimizing experiences or trying to give perspective with words such as “look on the bright side” or “it could be worse”, and ignoring the things that are bothering you.

Toxic positivity can be both inflected onto yourself, and pushed onto you by others, and I think it is safe to say that this came about due to societal norms. Sure, we want to promote positivity, but as a society we have come to undermine and hide what are normal and healthy feelings. It can also create a norm that diminishes the validity of negative sentiments. We have become accustomed to not ever wanting to be unhappy, but as the Pixar movie Inside Out puts it best, we need some anger, sadness, and disgust in our lives every now and then. These feelings can allow us to express ourselves and learn from our experiences. It is only once we face our emotions that we can truly overcome them, and toxic positivity prevents us from doing that, which is why it is so important that we learn how to avoid it. As high schoolers, we

are always going through a lot. With school, homework, extracurriculars, and relationships we have a lot to balance and this can all easily build up to cause us stress, anxiety, and make us feel overwhelmed. It is good to understand that this is normal and should be expressed completely. Especially now in quarantine, we have lost so much. We have not seen our friends in months, we can not go out and have fun, and some of the things we were most looking forward to were cancelled. For the seniors out there, we lost our last sports season, LUWOW, Homecoming, and we face the prospect of missing our prom, Grad-nite, and maybe even graduation. Sure, there are people out there who are losing a lot more, but that is always going to be the case. Pain is not a competition, we all have a right to feel

upset sometimes, even when others have it worse. So cry if you want to, yell, scream, and wallow in self pity because in the end, it is actually good for you. Do not let those pushing toxic positivity tell you to “get over it” or make you feel that you have no reason to feel the way you do. Our feelings are valid and deserve to be felt. In the end, toxic positivity is about balance. You never should be happy all the time, but you also should not be overwhelmed with sorrow. It is ok to make mistakes, to have bad days, and to be less than perfect, because that just makes you human.



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Escaping Reality KIANA FIGUEROA Staff Writer This pandemic had brought many people to react with fear and anxiety due to changes and overwhelming situations. They feel isolated and alone being away from things they love and scared for their loved ones catching the virus. However, these emotions build up and could cause depression or lack of motivation in life. The most important thing people should know is that they are not alone and have their family right beside them. During this time, we need to keep ourselves productive and even find new hobbies; this is a good time to try new things and even work on our mental health. Dealing with our emotions is important; it can affect people’s actions and could hurt the people around us. At the beginning of this pandemic, everyone felt disconsolate by being away from their friends and loved ones, not being able to go out, and having to change their routine. As days pass by, people’s anxiety and stress are increasing. A good way to let go of those emotions is by talking to someone you trust. This could be your parent, a guardian, a close friend, or maybe your counselor. If you talk about it to someone, you will feel relieved and relaxed because they can give you their feedback and advice. Another strategy is writing your thoughts and feelings down in a journal if you do not feel comfortable with opening

up to someone, and that is okay. Write about how you feel daily and try creating a pros-andcons list about life but try and think of positive things ranging from what you would like to accomplish your future goals. For


the cons, you can write about things you want to work on for yourself or even about your day. One thing you should not do is isolate yourself. It is not healthy and could cause more sadness. It is an easy way to get depressed and in their brain, they would begin considering them. You also need social contact and human nature around you. Try going outside,

taking a walk, riding your bike, or sitting outside while listening to your favorite music. However, technology is a big issue, since people cannot go out. Whereas, you are viewing other stories and seeing they are having fun and going out, while you are stuck at home. This is a good time to take a break from social media and focus more on yourself. Even if rumors are fake news, you should not entirely depend on social media. A good strategy is taking a break from social media and have a self-care day. Go forget about reality, take a bath, go try new food, have a movie night, or try baking. Staying productive is the key to detach yourself from problems and at the same time enjoy yourself. Holding a grudge towards someone could also be a reason for negative feelings and anxiety. Grudges bring stress to our bodies and negative effects on our health. These are a continuous feeling of anger or sadness from a past event. It is very healthy to let go of those grudges or negative feelings you feel because it will make you feel free and lighter. Letting go of negativity also brings you peace and happiness, if not, you will drain your energy by not releasing these emotions. You have to let go of the past. If you keep thinking of it, you are only hurting yourself. Be active, stay distracted, and be around loved ones because in the end, being around family is important. You are not alone, make sure you are well-rested and eat well, and most importantly, stay safe.

Self-Care List

Remember to do these things in moderation. Choose something that you enjoy and will provide you with the comfort needed.

• Watch your favorite shows • Play video games • Take a long bath or shower • Eat some of your favorite foods • Go on a walk to clear your head • Exercise • Go outside and soak up some sun • Bake something fun

• Write in a dream journal • Give yourself self-affirmations • Get dressed up just for fun • Feel free to cancel plans when needed • Take a nap, go to sleep early, or let yourself sleep in late • Read a book

• Talk to your friends and family • Draw or color something • Spend time with your pets • Listen to music • Do some yoga or meditation • Don’t touch social media for a few hours of even a whole day

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Always Here to Help: An Introduction to Peer Mediation DERRICK MUNOZ Peer Mediation Writer Peer Mediation is a great student resource at Eastlake High School that is focused on conflict resolution and the mental health of all students on campus. The most prominent resource we offer are mediations, in which all of the mediators in our class spend 9 weeks training in order to successfully help others. There are two types of mediation: internal, revolving around yourself and the issues you face, and external, involving 2 or more disputants. These conflicts are treated with the highest respect as mediators try to understand all sides of the story. They work with the people in conflict to help them come to a resolution together instead of just telling them what to do. Peer Mediation also has a strict policy of confidentiality, meaning that everything that the disputants tells any mediator will stay between you and them. Also, this entire process is voluntary, meaning mediators can stop at any time during the mediation. In the end, there is no harm in trying a mediation session. Other than mediations, there are a handful of programs and events that Peer Mediation host. The biggest event that Peer Mediation sponsors on their own is the Tunnel, a large presentation that is available to the whole school. It covers many different topics revolving around mental health such as being LGBT, dealing with anxiety, and struggling with substance abuse. This presentation helps with mental health awareness around the school, which is extremely important given that it becomes a more prominent issue that affects many students.

Some other programs that Peer Mediation are involved with are Peer Counseling and the Wellness Room. Peer Counselors are peer mediators that spend a period inside the counseling center. They are available to any student that needs a mediation since mediations are usually only sent out during third period. Alongside Peer Counselors is the with them comes the Wellness room, a room inside the counseling center that any student is allowed to go to if they just need a few minutes to themselves. If you want to request a mediation for yourself or anyone you know, just contact any teacher or counselor. You can also contact Mr.Brickley, the teacher moderator of peer mediation, and directly request a mediation. However, if you feel uncomfortable reaching out to ask for a form, you can instead use the QR code on this article that leads to the online mediation request form. While we know distance learning has limited many of the mental health resources on campus, peer mediation is still available for mediation. The mediators will work with the disputant to find the best way for you to contact each other. Never be shy to request a mediation, if you notice that one of your friends is in need of any help or acting in an alarming way, know that we are here to improve your situation.

QR code to the Peer Mediation Request Form

Eastlake High School’s Peer Mediation 2020-2021 Staff



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November 6, 2020

Persevering Through A Pandemic

BARÓN CASTAÑARES Student Life Editor The COVID-19 out-

break has been unprecedented, to say the very least. The repercussions since the first confirmed case in January have been life-changing worldwide. The mass quarantine has brought about the closures of businesses, restaurants, and schools, leaving most citizens stranded in their homes. For many, the prolonged quarantine has led to a decline in motivation and productiveness, detrimental to one’s mental health. Polls conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation have revealed that the effects of the Coronavirus have negatively impacted 53% of American adults’ mental health. Many of those who struggle have turned to substance use as a method of coping. Self-isolation is by no means a simple task. However, many Americans have tried taking a more optimistic response to overcome the vast restrictions. As juxtaposing as it sounds, the mandated quarantine has given many citizens newfound freedom.

This freedom comes from the increased amount of personal time available. There has never been a better opportunity to develop skills, improve education, or pick up a new hobby. The Eastlake Edge has identified some of the most effective and safe ways to stay busy and entertained throughout the pandemic: 1. Expression and enjoyment through the many forms of art. Art encompasses much more than oil paintings of a starry night. It includes but is not limited to photography, baking, knitting, calligraphy, video creation, pottery, scrapbooking, jewelry making, and origami, to name a few. Although some of these activities seem relatively obscure, they all have similar benefits. Experts such as Dr. Patrick Alban of Be Brain Health have found that art relieves stress, encourages creative thinking, and boosts the sense of accomplishment, among other bonuses. The process of seeing a project through and coming away with a finished product is always encouraging. These new creation based hobbies will raise the bar for gifts in 2021. 2. Self-education. The

How Are Titans Staying Busy? “With all the extra time I’ve been able to paint more, practice French in my own studies, and spend more time with my family.”

Tegan Blanchard “I finished a short novel, have written countless songs, and become increasingly comfortable with my voice.”

Kaitlyn Blagrave “I have stayed busy through baking and dancing.”

Angelica Escamilla Ibarra

“I’ve taken up reading in the park near my house.”

Astrid Maves

closures of schools do not have to signify a break from learning. Knowledge is unbelievaly accessible. Libraries have continued sharing their collections through virtual adaptations of books, which can be obtained anywhere. Looking beyond the traditional methods of learning, platforms such as Youtube and Khan Academy have incredibly comprehensive tutorials that outline just about every topic imaginable. The beauty of self-education is that those who want to learn can do so to whatever extent they please while focusing

on the issues that interest them. 3. Safe local activities. Amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, society has had to adapt to a “new normal.” This drastic change has forced local services to adopt new safety measures to limit the spread of the highly infectious virus. These precautions include enforced social distancing, regular sanitization, limited capacity, and the requirement of facial coverings. Many local parks and trails have reopened, which are fantastic open-aired areas for exercise, socially-distant picnics,


Many popular attractions such as the San Diego Zoo have safely reopened by striclty following CDC guidelines.

biking, or just a breath of fresh air. Some more notable activities that have recently opened include the San Diego Art Museum and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Both are operating at minimal capacities, heavily enforce the CDC’s guidelines for preventing the spread, and require a health check prior to admission. There are many safe and accessible ways to quench the wanderlust that many are feeling. There is no way to downplay the immense impact that the Coronavirus outbreak has had over recent months. The pandemic has brought its fair share of hardships for all. Through all the struggles, society has continued to persevere and look to the future. Optimism is what keeps the world going through the most challenging times. Quarantine has given an ideal chance for self-betterment in all aspects of life. When you look back at 2020, will you remember the growth and accomplishments you achieved over the pandemic? If the answer is yes, maybe there was a silver lining among the madness.

Eat,‌ ‌Sleep,‌ ‌School,‌ ‌Repeat?‌ ‌ DESTINY WILCOX Student Life Columnist We all have routines. Some have elaborate skincare routines; others get up at the crack of dawn to run before the troubles of the world catch up with them. While we may not be getting up to go to campus, routines still manage to keep our sanity during distance learning. Maybe it is the need for consistency that draws us to repeat actions over and over again. With our daily routines abruptly changed, the Eastlake Edge wanted to know what are your quarantine routines. Jenna Walsh is a senior at Eastlake High School. Like the majority of the student body, she also finds herself rolling out of bed five to ten minutes before class to start a new day of grueling online lectures. When interviewed, she stated that for her first period, she is “...in PJs.” but in between periods, she changes her clothes to be more presentable for her remaining classes. While Jenna certainly looks the part, here are some tips to act the part too! Set up your workspace at a desk/table. Attending classes from your bed is not the best environment for learning. Make sure to sit up in a chair during lectures to reduce fatigue. “I always sit at my desk for class !” attests Jenna when asked about her posture during distance learning. Get up and get dressed. Taking care of your appearance can make you feel like a suc-

cessful Titan. It gives you confidence and encourages you to stop hiding out behind your camera. The next step may be awkward but turn on your camera. “I feel like everyone is on their best behavior when people are watching,” Jenna replies when asked about her attentiveness in class when her camera is on. Turning on your camera holds you accountable for your actions. Teachers are also more willing to make acceptions and extend deadlines when you are an active participant in class discussions. Lastly, get a good night’s rest and stay active. Adequate sleep is the key to a successful academic life. Not getting enough sleep can inhibit you from retaining valuable information in your classes. Staying active is also essential to your health. Jenna expressed how much keeping active made her feel happier and healthier. “Never underestimate the value of some sunshine!” Jenna stated after

suggesting students stay active; by going on hikes and walks. Distance learning is not easy. However, by striving to put our best foot forward each day, we can overcome the challenges that come our way. Our school also has resources such as free tutoring with Tutors for SD, The Eastlake Atlas through Flipgrid, and teachers that are available to help during asynchronous learning. The Eastlake Atlas is a social learning space where one can ask questions anonymously, share insight, and be creative. The Eastlake Atlas is a safe and anonymous way to ask for extra help without feeling embarrassed. By making efforts to get up earlier and set up your workspace at a desk/table, and using our school resources you can increase your rate of success during distance learning. Remember, the Titan way is not just an image but also an action.


Jenna Walsh has grown accustomed to taking class from the comfort of her bed.

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HANNAH RAMIREZ Chief Financial Officer Around this time of year is usually when Homecoming as well as our big football game takes place. This is a big event with anticipation from students as well as teachers with the passion found in planning, spending time with loved ones, and basking ourselves in school spirit cheering on our team. Here are some students’ accounts of their experience at last year’s homecoming and cherished memories. Ashley Hidalgo (12), Co-Captain of Eastlake’s Color Guard reminisced, “Our color guard performance at Homecoming last year was definitely one to remember. We were all so ecstatic to perform our show ‘Bright Ideas’.”


Kamdyn Purvis, Miranda Gregory, and Madeline Miele all dressed up in traditional Homecoming attire.

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Glory Memories



Julia Barcelona, Ana Chamizo, Madelyn Mones, Khloe Knox, and Brianna Larson were the proud members of Eastlake High School’s 2019 Homecoming court.

It was a gorgeous performance with Color Guard’s choreography in golden costumes, flashing before the audience. Adding to the changing of props and the combination of Eastlake High School’s talented musicians, their performance gave a story with their mesmerizing music. “Every performance and competition has always felt extremely empowering and full of energy, like your second family, a feeling of comfort,” commented Malia Casiano (12), Vice president of Eastlake High School’s Band and member for 3 years. She took pride in the passion shared by band members to coordinate with the choreography and tempo. Both Hidalgo and Casiano are grateful for last year’s representation of their programs, seeing Brie Larson and Zach Evangelista on the field among the homecoming court being

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celebrated under the fireworks. The highlight of last year’s Football season was the nerve-wracking game held at our home field against rival, Olympian High School, with the final score being 12-7. Football player Anthony St John-Gonzalez (12) who played safety net



Eastlake High School’s Titan Regiment helps set the mood throughout the football season.

The Eastlake High School Color Guard never fails to entertain and excite during our halftime show.

on varsity commented on one of the action-packed moments, “[It was] when Max Susi was coming off the edge for a blitz and caught the quarterback for Olympian from his blind-side and completely drilled him.” This year, some students at our school have been taking it upon themselves to recreate Homecoming. Miranda Gregory (12) and Nabil Khoury (12), to

note a few, with their friend groups have gotten dressed up, taken pictures, and gone out to dinner. “I’m super grateful for being able to be with my friends while I had the chance and especially with the rest of the class,” Gregory said on recreating the experience. Khoury also added saying he enjoyed the opportunity to dress up nice and spend the day with his friends. Madelyn Mones who won Homecoming queen last year shared fondly, “I will forever cherish the experience of being a homecoming candidate and will be forever grateful for the memories and friendships that were made on the Homecoming court, cheer team, gymnastics team, wrestling team.” In a difficult season for our students not being able to be on campus and school events, it is great to see a shared love for memories of our school events and recognition of amazing memories to be grateful for.


Eastlake High School’s football team entering the field for the traditional homecoming game.

Eastlake Edge 2020-2021 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Marts Reyes






NEWS EDITOR Chris Peterson OPINION EDITOR Nayely Noriega POLITICS EDITOR Jessica Garcia


CREATIVE JOURNAL EDITOR Gabrielle Chong STAFF WRITERS Collie Collins Alexis Nunez Eliya Yoo PHOTOGRAPHERS Isabel Durazo Kiana Figueroa Ciera Fletcher CARTOONIST Nick Zendejas


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college corner

Editor: Paulina Zacharko

College Spotlights

Problem-Solving: “What do I do with my scores now that schools are ‘test-optional’?”

PAULINA ZACHARKO College Corner Editor

Do you have either the SAT or ACT to send? YES


Are your scores average or above Only apply to average to the schools you are schools that are ‘test-optional’ applying to?

OR Schedule yourself a spot for the next safe test date

YES Send away!

Home State Edition

ELIYA YOO Staff Writer

1. Pomona College

Pomona College is a private liberal arts college in Claremont, California. Forbes named Pomona College as one of the nation’s 10 best colleges. Pomona College is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. Established in 1887, Pomona is known for its quality academic programs, a challenging curriculum, close relationships between students and faculty and a range of student research and leadership opportunities.

2. California Institute of Technology

3. Claremont Mckenna College

Established in 1946, Claremont McKenna College is known for its highly ranked programs in government and economics. Other popular majors at this LA-area school include philosophy and international relations; Claremont also offers strong science and math majors.

4. Harvey Mudd College

Harvey Mudd is one of the country’s top math, science and engineering undergraduate colleges. The school offers a variety of student organizations on campus, from the break-dancing club to the Harvey Wallbangers Climbing Club, among others.

5. San Diego State University

SDSU is a hub of student invention and innovation,

The California Institute of Technology is a private research university in Pasadena, California. It was founded as a preparatory and vocational school by Amos G. Throop in 1891 and began attracting influential scientists such as George Ellery Hale, Arthur Amos Noyes and Robert Andrews Millikan in the early 20th century. It is one of the most prestigious science and technology universities.

led by the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center and the Zahn Innovation Platform. Forbes magazine ranked SDSU No. 23 on its list of America’s Most Entrepreneurial Universities, while U.S. News and World Report ranked SDSU’s entrepreneurship program No. 21 among the nation’s public universities. Fortune ranked the university among the Top 25 Most Entrepreneurial in the nation.








Is Your College Loud Enough? PAULINA ZACHARKO College Corner Editor




Don’t send unless school is NOT “score-choice”

November 6, 2020

One must not be a quiet and shy supporter of a cause; one must refrain from inaction and be bold. Therefore, it makes sense for students to take into account how an institution responds to the causes they so passionately believe in before they consider applying. In order for students to find these stances, colleges and universities ought to formally acknowledge socio-political events, especially of the year 2020. Too much harm has been done by those who stay moderate between fact and fiction. Leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and texts like the Bhagavad Gita have been known in many cultures to condemn the neutral. Even during the Cold War, where both players were afraid of fighting each other, they could not stand the idea of doing nothing. Considering most higher education institutions

teach these subject matters, they should take a page from their own textbooks and publicly speak on the crumbling state of our nation. The collapse of our democracy is not an unimportant issue. It is not one that should be controversial, but universal. The United States of America has been seen as a refuge from those fleeing persecution, but when many of its citizens face persecution at home, the credibility of our nation is at stake. Central to our democracy is informative discourse.


If the institutions believe that it is best to be unclear about their stances in current events to stay bipartisan, then students should be weary about wanting to be taught by the institution. A higher education is supposed to challenge your beliefs, but also teach you how to be an honorable citizen through effective communication of strong stances. All it should take for an institution to voice their opinion should be a phone call to their communications professors for advice.


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NICK ZENDEJAS AND KRISTEN ANG Staff Writer and Pandemic Page Editor

Issue 1

Debunking COVID-19 Myths

2020 has been a year unlike any other. We have seen the multitude of ways that COVID-19 has affected communities and individuals. The news has played a key role in informing society on what might happen next. Despite this, there are still many questions that go unanswered or are inaccurately responded to, leaving people uninformed. Many Eastlake High School students share this feeling of being kept in the dark and are unsure of what may happen next. To help settle some of this tension, the Eastlake Edge staff reached out to the student body asking for any questions that students may have on the Coronavirus. To start, Brooke Cote, a junior at Eastlake High School, asked the question, “Do masks actually help prevent COVID [from spreading] from person to person?” To answer this question we looked at multiple reputable websites such as CDC.gov, UCSF.edu, and Mayoclinic.org.

Throughout these websites, the consensus was that, yes, masks do help prevent COVID from spreading from person to person. As Mayo Clinic put it, masks are one of many “preventive measures” that can “help slow the spread of the virus.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expands on this noting that, “COVID-19 can be spread by people who do not have symptoms and do not know that they are infected.” By wearing a mask, a sick person can prevent themselves from spreading the virus to others. On the basis of proving that masks work, UCSF.edu wrote about a recent study that Health Affairs published, comparing the COVID-19 growth rate before and after mask mandates in 15 states and the District of Columbia. The study found, “that mask mandates led to a slowdown in daily COVID-19 growth rate ...

at three weeks, the daily growth rate had slowed by 2 percentage points.” The CDC reports that new information will continue to be put out as more scientific evidence becomes available. Another fellow Eastlake High School student asked,

“How many cases are [currently] in the city of Chula Vista?” Chulavistaca.gov shows that in the most recent months, cases in Chula Vista have taken up between 12% to 15% of the total county cases. During September, daily positive cases began to decrease, however, this is no longer true as rates are beginning to go up again. As of October 24, 2020, Chula Vista had a total of 6,970

positive COVID cases, making up 13% of the county’s overall numbers. Compared to Chula Vista’s cases on October 23rd, there was an increase of 61 cases. As a whole, KPBS. org states that San Diego County almost fell into the “most restrictive” tier, the purple tier, after reporting an average of 7.8 positive cases per 100,000 people in mid-October. Being that Chula Vista is part of San Diego county, experts recommend NICK ZENDEJAS that the community, “follow the local health guidance to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep the region from falling into the purple tier.” One other question that we received was, “Is COVID really deadly?” SARS-CoV-2 is six times deadlier than the Flu as stated by Dr. Fauci, our director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH), and other experts.


Locally, Sandiegocounty.gov reports that there has been a case fatality ratio of 1.6%. For every 100 people infected, at least one person has died since the beginning of the pandemic in San Diego. It is well within the realm of possibility to assume similar results in the future from COVID-19. It only goes to show that Covid may not mortally affect all Eastlake High School students and teachers. But taking precautions does save others within our community, such as the elderly. Pre-existing conditions such as heart disease and diabetes are more likely to occur within the elderly, increasing their susceptibility to COVID (keranews.org). To exemplify, there is a collection of seniors living in Chula Vista, including the many living in the Sedona Apartments. They are but one mile away from Eastlake High School and are encompassed by dense numbers of domestic housing. To ensure the safety of their lives, students and staff can take the suggested measures to keep themselves safe.

Forecast: Case Numbers Will Rise


Starting from fall, San Diego may end up taking heavy numbers of deaths during the winter. San Diego County is surrounded by greater Coronavirus hotspots and rising national cases. Los Angeles, San Bernandino, and Imperial County are in a state of widespread risk. Their COVID-19 rates already surpass an alarmingly high 7 per 100,000 residents, according to covid19.ca.gov. Locally, San Diego has steadily risen and recently reached the Red Tier rate of 7. The COV-

ID-19 tracking project shows cases in the United States have been rising since September. Many of the rural states like Montana are still fighting the deadly surge of cases from lifted quarantines. Cable News Network (CNN) also warns that “over 30 states reported more COVID-19 cases this past week than they reported the previous week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.” And the local rates in San Diego are still rising. Are we due for another wave? Experts agree the current statistical data is very late and limited relative to reality. As John Hopkins University describes, “it can take up to two weeks be-

fore [an infected person will] become sick enough to go to the doctor, get tested and have their case counted in the data.” It is safe to assume cases are higher than what is reported with this upward trend. In summary, a second wave is expected. Locally, San Diego’s case rates are in-fact too high. There have been over 67 confirmed community outbreaks for October, and the common outbreak trigger should only be around seven each week (nbcsandiego.com and countynewscenter. com). These numbers could cause many casualties this winter. With the continued presence of COVID-19, coinfections


of winter diseases and coronavirus could bring major consequences. During the beginning of the epidemic, sciencemag.org reports that since there is very limited information on how the coronavirus interacts with other infec-

tions, Health Care workers are under-prepared for the Flu season and COVID-19 outbreaks to happen at the same time. This could lead to weak immune systems and more complications or deaths for patients afflicted with both.

COVID Vaccines: What You Can Expect KRISTEN ANG Pandemic Page Editor As we enter Fall, the race for a Coronavirus vaccine only intensifies as COVID-19 continues to spread and new factors come into play. The USA alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), continues to see a rise in cases and deaths. As of October 18, 2020, there were 53,157 reported new cases and 593 re-

ported new deaths throughout the country. In addition to the rise in cases, other factors like the election and the upcoming flu season also push for a safe vaccine. In the US, there is currently no official, certified, or FDA approved vaccines available to the public. However, many efforts are being made by multiple manufacturers to help with this. Such organizations include but are not limited to, Operation Warp Speed (OWS), a partnership between government establishments like the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), DREAMSTIME and the CDC.

The objective of OWS is to “accelerate [vaccine] development while maintaining standards for safety and efficacy.” To achieve this, they have been simultaneously working through their production steps rather than eliminating steps as a whole. The OWS has reached the point where they expect to see at least 300 million safe and effective vaccines sometime between the end of 2020 and January 2021. Along with the reassurance of a future vaccine, many questions have been asked about the reliability, functionality, and estimated price of a COVID-19 vaccine. In a survey conducted by Gallup News back in August 2020, members of Gallup’s probability-based panel were

asked if they would want to receive a vaccine. The results of the survey concluded that 65% they would, but 35% would not. The slight hesitancy that comes with possibly being able to eradicate a pandemic is shared by many. But as UCHealth.org describes, getting a vaccine is, in general, “overwhelmingly safe.” UC Health shared that around half of the people who have been a part of test trials for a vaccine have only experienced mild effects such as, “headaches [and] muscle aches.” UC Health also reports that none of the final COVID-19 vaccines will involve viruses that could furthermore spread diseases. Rather, the vaccines that are being tested will function as messengers in the body to instruct

and trigger an immune response. On the subject of vaccine pricing, there are speculations that the vaccine will be costly to communities that need it most. Being as there is no set price for any COVID-19 vaccine yet, Marketplace.org reports that pricing will be left up to, “negotiation between insurers, vaccine makers and sometimes governments.” This means that we may see pricing that charges “$16 per dose” or nothing at all. There may even be the possibility that we see several vaccines that are each priced differently. As Professor Bruce Y. Lee stated in the report, though we cannot ‘rule out a possibility that these vaccines will be [at a] very high price,’ we can count on there eventually being a solution.


Editor: Gabrielle Chong

creative journal

November 6, 2020

Artist of the Issue: Natalia Paredes

GABRIELLE CHONG Creative Journal Editor In honor of bringing back the Creative Journal, I would like to feature a wonderful artist, Natalia Paredes, an Eastlake High School senior and an extraordinary artist. Natalia’s artistic outlets include painting and traditional drawing, utilizing mediums of ink and watercolor paints. Her main inspirations come from her family and culture, along with illustrations from books such as Alice in Wonderland. Japanese lineart is also a vital inspiration to her, it is also how she learned many of her artistic techniques. One can only imagine the time and dedication that goes

into her work, seeing all the colors blend together seamlessly and the tiniest details, along with the lighting and shadows incorporated into these pieces of art. There are two pieces being featured that were done by her, one being “Till Death Do Us Part” in honor of Day of the Dead, along with “Weeds” in which Natalia was also generous as to give commentary on, with this also being her current favorite piece: “Weeds was commissioned by my Uncle who’s a surgeon, this was actually based on a photo of him doing what he considered the most complicated surgery which is removing a Cancer tumor. I thought of Cancer being like a weed, and weeds don’t stop growing unless


ink and watercolor

you take it out from the source.” You can see the surgeon in this painting, or in this case her uncle, removing weeds from a patient to symbolize a tumor in a delicate but yet beautiful manner. From the immaculate lighting to the smallest dandelion seed, the painting captures so many details that fit captures the story amazingly. The colors as a whole stand out wonderfully, and the white ink highlights add lovely touches to the painting overall. A wonderful piece accompanied by such a wonderful message and meaning, it is one truly worth sharing. Natalia continues her work and occasionally shares on her Instagram (@natpar_art).

“Till Death Do Us Part” ink

Want to be featured on our next issue? The Eastlake Edge is accepting creative writing, photography, and drawing submissions. Email our Creative Journal Editor, Gabrielle Chong (gchongcebreros@sweetwaterschools.net), for more information regarding submissions, prompts, and features. Happy creating, Titans!

“Containment” black charcoal

“The Omen’s Dame” ink and watercolor

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