JAGUAR TIMES The Student Voice of South East High School
olume 7 Issue 5
Fremont 1-0 Girls Varsity continue on as Semi-Finalists
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By Jacqueline W. Aldana Editor-in-Chief (Content) South East soccer girls won their first playoff game on Thursday, February 16, against San Fernando. “They have what it takes,” said Assistant Coach Ibarra a week before the game. Having worked with some of the girls before and knowing what they were capable of, Ibarra had the feeling that they were going to win their first playoff game. “I believe we have the team to take it all the way and be champs,” said Ibarra. Some players are better than others in certain areas like speed, ball control, and reading the game. So as a preparation for playoffs General Coach Pelayo and Ibarra will be working with the girl’s one on one to help them in the areas they struggle
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in. “[We will] polish each player, work individually as defense and offense and work strategy,” said Ibarra. Before playoffs the coaches were split with Ibarra on JV and Pelayo on the varsity team, now the focus is on one level. Being solemnly focused on one level gives the coaches and the players a greater opportunity in getting to know one another’s abilities and builds more confidence amongst the team. “Everyone is surprised that we’re in playoffs,” said Stephanie Nicole Marquez, a senior in Tech and Media Academy, captain of the soccer team. The girls soccer team has gone through many rough situations this season. To begin they had no coach throughout the summer. They practiced but had no idea what was to come this season, if they were even going to have a season. “It was kind
of bittersweet because we were getting ready for season but we weren’t sure we’d have a season,” said Pamela Pelayo, a junior in the Tech and Media Magnet program, a varsity player. It wasn’t until early September that Pelayo’s dad stepped up to be the soccer girls coach. Armando Pelayo, the general coach of South East soccer girls, was referred to Bautista by Satti. Pelayo has had experience in AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) for three years so he knew the basic fundamentals of coaching. According to Lindsey Alas, a JV soccer player, “Coach Pelayo has significantly impacted the team. He has pushed our girls to make it far this season and hopefully pushes them to make it far in playoffs.” Aside from the fact that they had to get used to the new coach, the soccer team had some problems
with in the team. Because they had so many problems, the soccer girls were quickly writen off as just another team that won’t get anywhere. “I believe that this year a lot of things are different and a lot of those different things have benefited us,” said Marquez. Even though two of the three captains left the team in early January, causing discomfort and drama throughout the team, the team pulled together and carried on through it. As united as the soccer team has ever been, they confided in one another and made it to playoffs. In Playoffs, the won both of their games, that put them into the semi-finalists position. The first game was against San Fernando high, with a win of 3-0; their second game was against Fremont, with a win of 1-0. With two teams down South East Lady Jaguars were semi-final-
ist. Confident in the team Marquez said, “this is the furthest we [SEHS Girls soccer team] have made it, and I am ready to take it all the way.” The semi-finalist game was held here at sout East on Tuesday. Playing a great game, with tough defense and ofense, the Lady Jaguars went into penalties, loosing 2-1 to Manual Arts. Though, they did not win, they have taken the Girls Soccer team to a new level
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Adding a new chapter to love
Three in one: Mario Ibarra
News Raising Awareness: scholastic journalism week Page 2
Journalism promotes journalism week.
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By Richard Perez Reporter Scholastic journalism week was from the 19th of February to the 25th. Scholastic Journalism Week, according to Journalism Education Association, is a week to raise awareness regarding the benefits of scholastic journalism. It can be accomplished by holding special events, events like Media Day on Monday and WE CAN on Wednesday, taking time to discuss what journalism means to you. “I encourage kids to let me know if there is a concern. If concerns are addressed, we can have a
better school,” said Mrs. Sotomayor, personally encouraging freedom of speech. On Friday, the 24th of February, Free Speech Friday was celebrated. Without free speech, “we may live in a world of silence,” said Mariana Montoya, a senior in the Visual and Performing Arts small school. During Scholastic Journalism Week, students can research various journalists throughout history and find information about how they have impacted journalism today, or they can research the history of journalism. According to an article on
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Editor-in-chief(Content) Jacqueline W. Aldana Editor-in-chief(Design) Manuel Mejia Managing Editor Alejandra Aguilar Section Editors Sports Editor: Desiree Villatoro Asst. Editor: Jaime Carrillo Features Editor: Sergio Gallegos Asst. Editor: Mariana Montoya Special Features Editor: Alejandra Aguilar Asst. Editor: Monica Rodriguez News Editor: Breshawna Ramsey Asst. Editor: Richard Perez Opinion Editor: Diego Munoz Asst. Editor: Oscar Basurto Arts & Entertainment Editor: Gritsy Urrutia Co- A&E Editor: Ashley Covarubbias Online Editor Richard Perez Opinion Editor Melissa Mayoral Oscar Basutro News Editor Luis Gonzalez Bryan Villanueva Features Editor Rosemary Sanchez Sports Editor Anthony Lopez Ashley Covarrubias Arts&Entertainment Angelica Farris Eva Luna Special Features Editor Breshawna Ramsey Annabel Gonzalez Photographer Monica Rodriguez Gritsy Urrutia Jessica Iniguez Jocelyne Ramos Jeffrey Mendez
Reporters Alejandra Aguilar Desiree Villatoro Diego Munoz Ambrocio Almanza Jaime Carrillo Vanessa Navarro Ramiro Suazo Christopher Casillas Melissa Mayoral Daniel Canales Jose Diaz Emmanuel Delgado Leonardo Martinez Mariana Montoya Daniel Navarro Richard Perez Jacqueline Martinez Jazmin Marin
Writers and reporters have helped shape history by Bradley Wilson, some journalists or writers like Jacob Riis, a Danish immigrant, use unique styles of reporting. He wrote about the slums in New York City and revealing the deplorable part of the city that very few knew existed. Dorothea Lange, 1895-1965, was a talented photographer who documented the Great Depression for the Farmers Security Administration, created in 1937. She took photos on Japanese internment camps during World War II, in which 27 were incorporated by Whitney Museum, an art museum in New York. Dorothea shot a photo of a “Migrant Mother” that gave a face to the Great Depression. According to the Library of Congress, “New York Times critic A.D. Coleman called Lange’s photographs ‘documents of such a high order that they convey the feelings of the victims as well as the facts of the crime.’ ” Some journalists from The Jaguar Times believe, journalists should have freedom of speech because, “without freedom of speech
we wont be able speak our minds freely. There might be possible consequences, but we are allowed to speak our minds,” said Montoya. Freedom of the press is important, “because news wouldn’t be revealed to the public and people want to know everything that goes around,” said Ramiro Suazo a junior, and reporter for The Jaguar Times. Freedom of speech “means you can have an opinion and voice your opinion without feeling that something [bad] will happen,” said Sotomayor. According to JEA, “more than a thousand student journalists took the pledge to be transparent, accountable and open in their practice of journalism.” Freedom of speech is “absolutely” [important] and, “we want to prepare you for what happens outside in the world. Practice [freedom of speech] here to be able to do well in the real world,” said Sotomayor.
“I encourage kids to let me know if there is a concern. If concerns are addressed, we can have a better school,” said Mrs. Sotomayor, personally encouraging freedom of speech. Check out Richard Perez’s blog at http://rperez13.edublogs
Poster Contest By Manuel Mejia Editor-in-chief(Design)
tendance,” says Ms. Ramirez, the AIC counselor. Many posters and slogans already exist trying to encourage positive outcomes from students, such as school attendance, school policies, and school goals. Ms. Gongora, the PSA Counselor and Ms. Ramirez are looking for something more recent. The poster can be created digitally or by hand. It must be appropriate and represent South East. “They are allowed and encouraged to be creative as long as it’s appropriate,” says Ms. Ramirez. Therefore, no type of profanity, violence, or sexual references will be allowed. The winner of the poster contest will have their poster printed and displayed on the schools website and Jaguar Times March issue. Along with this the winner will be awarded two tickets to Knott’s Berry Farm. As of today no entries have been handed in, so the possibilities of winning are greater and students are highly encouraged to participate and submit entries. Students with any questions may contact Ms. Gongora and Ms. Ramirez in the Attendance Office. Good Luck jaguars! May the best win!
“Every good campaign needs a poster and a slogan! South East needs a poster that is posi- Check out Manuel Mejia’s blog at http://manuelmejiablog.blogspot.com tive and encourages school At-
The show must go on
By Mariana Montoya Reporter A new semester has recently started with many changes occurring school wide. Some changes have been Adviser larger than others. This year the theMr. Cottom ater department has been the one who The Jaguar Times is generally has had many visible changes. The an eight-page publication produced by the theater teacher Ms. Chavez has been South East High School Journalism departgone for the past few months. Adment. The entire student body, the primary ministration has declined to disclose audience, receives the paper free of charge the reasoning behind her absence. to encourge readership and to ensure the showcasing of student journalistc work. The This has in a way affected secondary audience for the paper is the facsome of the students, especially seulty, staff, and administration of the school niors, because some of them have district. been in this class since their freshOther audiences include members man year, and they simply do not of the local community, other school journalism programs throughout the counrty, find it in their interest to remain in and organizations that promote the develop- the class. Students really miss Ms. ment of scholastic journalism. Without their Chavez. “Even though the substisupport, the department cannot maintain a tutes we have had have been really high-quality program. good. I miss Ms. Chavez, because The newspaper attempts to inform and entertain it’s audience board, fair, and she was the one who controlled and accurate manner on all subjects that aflead the class,” said senior Carfect readers. The publication seeks also to men Hernandez from the Visual provide a forum for the opinion students, and Performing Arts small school. the staff, of the paper, and the faculty, thus Hernandez decided to drop encouraging an exchange of ideas and opinions on issues of importance to the readers. the class because “it simply was not Although the staff will allow the same, and I wanted to be able to constructive criticism of any part of the take other classes”. She is not the paper before publication, final authority for content of the paper rests solely in the hands only one who decided to leave. Many other students have also made the deof journalism students. In accordance with State of California Education Code 48907, cision to leave the class because they despite the court ruling in Hazel v.. Kuhlwanted to either have more free time meier; administrators rely on the adviser or take a different class. At the same and staff to make all content decisions. time there are also those students who decided to remain in the class because it is what they are passionate about. Currently students are working on things such as small skits in
Students manage a productive day without Ms. Chavez.
class. “Nothing to big,” said Bianca Donlucas a junior in the Justice and Law, and Service small school. They are also working on the show Fake it to Make it. “Fake it to Make it was supposed to be presented sometime in February, but due to Ms. Chavez’s absence we had to postpone it until further notice” said Donlucas. This is her first year in theater and she has really enjoyed being in this class because it has been a really good experience for her, and at the same time she has had a lot of fun. Donlucas also said that this is the class
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where she has met many new people. The future of this class is still undefined. No one really knows if the class will still exist next year, or if there will be more changes to the class. In reality nothing is secure. “We still do not know what will happen next year with that class [theater]. It is still too early to define or to make any decisions,” said Ms. Rivera-Contreras, the Visual and Performing Arts small school counselor.
“Even though the substitutes we have had have been really good. I miss Ms. Chavez, because she was the one who controlled and lead the class,” said senior Carmen Hernandez from the Visual and Performing Arts small school.
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No more reverse banked Tuesdays By Diego Munoz Reporter
The school year started with major changes to it’s schedule, and once again students will have to adjust their schedules. This year students were introduced to reverse banked Tuesdays which meant that class would start at 9:00 a.m. Now Jaguars will have to deal with another change as reverse banked Tuesdays will be canceled for the remainder of the school year. School will now start at 7:25 a.m. and will end at 12:54 p.m. “The school needs to make up their mind. Too many changes get annoying because they say one thing and then come up with another thing. It irritates me,”said Itza Mendoza, a sophomore in Health and Science Environment small school. Due to so many students arriving tardy for class the school has decided to make the change. “The school is only being fair. Students can’t manage to
school year,” said Alexis Gonzales, a senior in Tech & Media magnet. As the school year goes on students will have to go on with this change. The first banked Tuesday is scheduled to be March 6.
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come early when school starts late. That’s the main reason why the school has eliminated the reverse Tuesdays. It’s ridiculous [when] students come in late when school starts at 9:00 a.m.,” said Mrs. Tovar, a teacher in VAPA small school. According to the schools monthly bulletin Jaguar News, the Shared Decision Making Committee (SDMC) has decided to
eliminate the rest of the schools reverse Tuesdays to try to reduce the number of students coming late. “I could say that this won’t stop people from coming in late. It affects us as students because we never have something stable. Many of us were already getting used to waking up late,”said Jessica Palos, a sophomore in the Architecture and Engineering small school.
“I could say that this won’t stop people from coming in late. It affects us as students because we never have something stable. Many of us were already getting used to waking up late,”
Some students come in late on purpose and some can’t make it on time. “I live all the way near South Gate Park. Tuesdays [are] the only day I would get to school [on] time. When we would come in at 9:00 a.m. It’s small things like Check out more of Diego Munoz at: this that affect us in the long term, email@example.com because we can’t adjust to a schedule when we’re in the middle of a
Computer server problem solved By Christopher Casillas Reporter amounts of parts were sparse and costly, it only accumulated to a colossal problem,” said Mr. Pacheco, a teacher in Technology & Media Magnet. The low budget of the school district worsened the situation. “The bad economy of the school district forced the Andres Paniagua uses a computer after a four month waiting period. Photo by Jeffery Mendez school itself to complexity of the process was starfix the server diThe computer server was out tling for teachers. Now that the server lemma. Many teachers includof order from Late September to early is up and running many are relieved ing myself had to pay the company February. Some students and teach- . “There were multiple prob- Arey Jones to come and check the ers were worried due to this server lems with the server, the motherboard server to figure out the problem and crisis; students were unable to save and other key components were not we had to buy the parts which endfiles into their accounts, only a num- functioning. Since the server we cur- ed up costing $400,” said Pacheco. ber of printers were working, and the rently have is five years old and the Solving the problem was not
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a simple task for teachers. “It was a complicated procedure to input all the parts and to restore the software; it took all the teachers involved long hours to put the server in an operational condition. The important part is that it’s all fixed and all the hard work paid off,” said Pacheco. The school librarian also experienced some horrible incidents while the server was failing to work. “I was unsatisfied when I found out that the server wasn’t working, the server is decisive when it comes to the success of the library. Due to this setback students were having trouble saving their work into their account. Not to mention only four of the computers printed and the Accelerated Reader program was down,” said Mr. Acevedo, the librarian. Many students are pleased that the computer servers are back to normal. “When the server wasn’t working I was in deep trouble; I
would always save my work on my account because I didn’t own a flash drive and I didn’t have a printer at home so I relied on the school printers. Now that it’s all resolved, I have nothing to be concerned about, but I had to wait four anxious months to be worry free,” said Fernando Martinez, a junior in the Health Science and Environment small school. Now that the server is functioning, many teachers and students expect that this drawback should be prevented. “I saw many students struggle during the server crisis, I hope that the school sets up a plan to avert this situation from ever happening again or if it ever occurs again, the school should solve it as soon as possible,” said Rocio Cumplido, a student in the Business and Finance small school. Check out more of Christopher casillas at: christopherc.edublogs.org
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Dear South East Students Faculty and Staff, I am writing this letter to inform you that I will be leaving South East High School at the end of this month. This is my ninth year as an assistant principal. I have worked at several high schools during that time. When I was assigned to South East last June, I was very excited about coming. I knew of the wonderful programs here and knew many of the staff members already. The entire staff and students welcomed me when I first arrived. Since my arrival we have had some tough times, but we have persevered. Attendance at school is up from last year, discipline problems are down and all our sports teams , student groups and clubs have been very successful especially the football team, who won the City Championship. I have been very proud to be a part of the Jaguar family this school year. When I decided to interview for a new job, it was not because I wanted to leave South East but more because it was an opportunity that does not come along too often. It was a position I have looked at in the past and felt that now was the time to pursue it. I was fortunate that Principal Sotomayor supported me and helped me to follow this opportunity. I will now be working at the central offices of LAUSD in downtown Los Angeles. My hope is that this will begin a new and rewarding chapter in my career. My fear is that I will miss being around students and helping them become young adults. This was always the most rewarding part of my job as an educator and assistant principal. I wish you all the best. Go Jaguars!! ROAR!!!! Kevin Kilpatrick
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An end to jaywalking by Jacqueline Martinez Reporter On Tweedy Blvd., a median is being built to prevent students from jaywalking. In front of SEHS, students and staff have been jaywalking since the school was built. Putting a crosswalk in the middle of the street or a median can ensure the safety of the students. A crosswalk in the middle of Tweedy Blvd. would be convenient, but still dangerous. Students wouldn’t have to walk all the way to the light and instead cross in the middle, but the cars passing by might not be as careful. Many students jaywalk because the stores are right across from the school and students won’t go to the crosswalk at the end of the street. This is where a crosswalk would be more suitable. The city is in charge of all construction on the streets. According to Mrs. Sotomayor, the city decides what is best and there are certain rules that the city has. If a crosswalk
Students jaywalk to avoid walking further to Truba Ave. and Stanford Ave. crosswalks.
in front of the school to eliminate jaywalking instead of a crosswalk. It’s a long process and requires going through different meetings. “[It] concerns me as principal [because] I “I think it’s an absohave a strong relation with students and adults,” said Sotomayor. A melutely great way to dian would benefit the school for a prevent [jaywalking], way to keep the students from jaywalking. I think all schools As a result a median is being built. A median is a divider along the should [have one],” of the street that improves said Leonardo Castillo. middle safety and prevents students from crossing the street illegally. A median would be better for the school because it would eliminate jaywalkwere to be built the city would have to ing for good. Students in a Computer consider hiring another cross guard. Auto Design class designed the meAbout four years ago, the school re- dian. Sotomayor said the median quested that the city build a median would hopefully have symbols that
represent the school like a music note to represent the band, a football to represent the football team, and an Azalea flower to represent the Azalea Bowl. About three years ago, there was an accident where a car flipped over because they weren’t careful enough on the street. “[We] shared concerns and need for a median, something bad [is] bound to happen starting now,” said Sotomayor. Accidents will continue if a median is not made and put in front of the school. The principal also said that accidents have not only been from students, but also from the faculty from the school. The students’ intentions are not bad; they’re either in a rush or just hungry and want to get some
senior from the Health, Science and Environment small school. The median being built in front of SEHS will be similar to the one in front of Lynwood High School. It’s colorful and full of different symbols like a football and math signs. “I think it’s an absolutely great way to prevent [jaywalking], I think all schools should [have one],” said Leonardo Castillo, a sophomore from LHS. According to Sotomayor, a median is the only way to prevent students and faculty from jaywalking for good. Having security or teachers outside to make sure students won’t jaywalk is not enough. Once they turn their heads, the students take the chance to cross the street. Photo by Jessica Iniguez The median will hopefully be http://jessicainiguez.blogspot.com/ done for the graduates of this year to snacks. “It takes too long to go to see it. A median would be the alternathe light, they’re in a rush, too lazy, tive to a crosswalk for the school. and impatient [and] students think Check out Jacqueline Martinez’s they’re cool,” said Jessy Ramos, a blog at: http:/savie25.edublogs.org
Students pass by construction zone on the corner of Photo by Jacqueline Martinez Stanford and Tweedy Ave.
New tardy policy helps students get the point by Daniel Canales Reporter
To help students who have been frequently tardy, Mr. Kiplatrick, the assistant principal, and the Discipline Committee created a new detention policy. This detention policy is fair because it is intended to make students come on time and puts pressure on students to meet the school’s expectations. This detention policy is expected to “curb behavior” because the ultimate goal is to get “kids to be able to graduate,” said Kilpatrick. With the enforcement of the tardy policy, students will become more responsible and maintain a timed schedule that will help them in the future. The new policy calls for unexpected tardy sweeps throughout the day to get kids on time to their classes. The policy states that if students are caught in the tardy sweep they will receive a hour of detention from the Dean, Mr. Lopez, or administrators and another hour of detention from their teacher once they get to class. The policy also allows students to get lunch and take it to the referral room where students could stay in for 15 minutes to clear an hour of detentions. This new detention policy is supposed to help decrease the detention rates because a lot of students come late to school. The average
the teachers as well. Ms. Garcia, a substitute teacher who mainly teaches from the Health, Science and Environment small school, believes that when a student is late “the first five minutes of class are disrupted which leaves the class with negative vibes.”, Garcia also said that, “students accumulate too many detention hours that they’ll never complete them.” Even though student’s tardy rates haven’t noticeably affected her students, she is worried that students are getting more detentions everyday that can be easily avoided if students arrive to school on time. Teachers like Ms. Lowe, a teacher from the Tech & Media Magnet, have a different point of view to this tardy policy. Mr. Perez waits outside the classroom making sure students are Photo by Jessica Iniguez Ms. Lowe has barely begun to on time. teach at the school and was unaware of the tardy policies. In her number of detentions given in just icy.” Martinez believes that students previous school, Bell High School, the morning last semester was “160 should understand that it’s useless to if students were late, they would a day,” said Kilpatrick. With these come to school late because later on, be automatically sent to the referral rates, students won’t be able to they will be paying it off when it room. Even though she was skeptigraduate without having to is inconvenient for them. Many cal at first because she thinks that stress about completing destudents may think that com- students may have hard time making tentions before they graduing to school late is consid- it to their classes “especially if they ate. ered “cool”, but it can cre- have questions to ask their teachers Students have had ate unnecessary visits to after class.” She feels that this new mixed feelings over the new the referral room that can policy is a “necessary evil” since the policy. One student, Brenda ruin a student’s social life, tardy policy enforces a strict schedMartinez, a junior from the Health, especially when they’re on ule throughout the day, it “makes Science and Environment small the verge of graduating. [her] feel happy that students are getschool, said “this tardy policy will ting here on time.” help those kids whose teachers didn’t This tardy policy has not only Overall, the new detention previously enforce a strict tardy pol- affected the lives of the students, but
policy has raised up different feelings towards it within students and teacher. Even though students may feel as though this policy is unfair because they are receiving many detentions, it is expected to get students to come
“This tardy policy will help those kids whose teachers didn’t previously enforce a strict tardy policy,” said Brenda Martinez on time. Students must understand that it does not take a lot of effort to come to school on time and that being frequently tardy to school can be an obstacle to those who are almost graduating. Students should take matters into their own hands and do whatever is possible to get here on time.
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Cell phones on the run By Leonardo Martinez Reporter
“No, they shouldn’t. If they senior in the Business and Finance Most teenagers in the 21st century have a cell phone or want can’t muti-task, what makes one small school. When random searcha cell phone. Schools don’t allow think they can do their work,” said es come into play, Serrano feels phone usage during school hours, Ms. Diaz, a teacher in the Tech & they shouldn’t take them away. Serbut students find ways to trick Media magnet. She feels it is okay rano said it’s unfair for administratheir teacher or even hide their cell for students to use them during tion to take away their phone even phone during lectures. If they get lunch, that there’s nothing wrong though it’s on. He feels that even caught using their phone, they will with it. She thinks cell phones are though their phones are on, doesn’t be forced to release their phones best when it comes to emergency mean the student are using them. and hand it over. Some students usage. She said that there is a time Cell phone have became feel it is unfair for them to take and place when to use them, but into an everyday thing for many stuaway their dents. cell phones. Most “I believe that we should be able to use cell phones in “ W e teens should be able school. I don’t see any problem with it, especially if we n o w to use them,” are in lunch or in passing periods,” said Michael Serrano. hc ae vl el said Jacqueline Martinez, a senior in the VAPA small school. Martinez during class it shouldn’t be allowed. phones and wouldn’t go anywhere feels that students should at least “ I believe that we should without them. Cell phone show how be able to use them during lunch be able to use cell phones in school. much they have impacted the lives to find friends. She feels that stu- I don’t see any problem with it, of teens living in the 21st century. dents should just be allowed to especially if we are in lunch or in use when they feel its necessary. passing periods. Maybe not in class Check out more of Leonardo MarA teacher’s point of view can because that is where we learn and tinez at: see both sides of the argument. Nev- work; however we should all be re- firstname.lastname@example.org ertheless, some teachers may feel sponsible for using our cell phones Photo by Luis Santana the necessity of having a phone. in school,” said Michael Serrano, a
South East student using his cell phone during class.
Sports vs. Clubs Battle of Extracuricular activites
By Emmanuel Delgado Reporter Sports and clubs can cause a tough decision for students because sometimes they are unsure of what to join. The best time to join an extracurricular activity is freshmen year, so that students may receive four years of experience by graduation.
Mackenzie Cooper a senior English major at Stanford University, wished she would have “Join[ed] a club/team/activity...A lot of what you learn you will forget... but the experience of being on a team or president of a club or writing for the newspaper is what you will remember.” Some school clubs at South East high school are MESA, CHIRLA, Debate, Yearbook, Student Council, Photography, NHS, Interact, Quill and Scroll and much more. The sports are Swim, Football, Softball, Baseball, Track and Field, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball and several others. School clubs are very beneficial, and can help in the future. Speech can aid you in being more confident through communication. Lindsey Alas, student in the Tech and Media Magnet small school has been president for student council and that looks great in a college application. Her leadership skills and participation are really great opportunities she might have when trying to apply to college. Arturo Saucedo a freshmen in the Visual and Performing Arts said “I want to join a club because my cousin said that the clubs in school are fun and help you in the future because, I am planning go to college.” Saucedo is still undecided which club to join but, he really wants to join MESA, “Maybe next year ill join it’s to late for me now.” The eligibility for sports in school is grades which can be an issue for some students. Colleges can identify the experienced athletes and can give them scholarships for having experience in the sport. Even though Alas is in both a club and sport she said, “When applying for college sport involvement is better than club involvement because it shows your commitment and dedication to an extracurricular activity. You show more effort and participating in sports as opposed to clubs.” When in an extracurricular activity colleges notice the com-
mitment and the management of time and priorities. Colleges do not really have a “checklist” when it comes to extracurricular activities but, notice the individual participation, according to College Board’s article on Extracurricular Activities.
Flyer of boys tennis team in SEHS hallway
Racism is the belief that characteristics and abilities can be defined simply on the basis of someone’s race and that some racial groups are superior than others. Racism is the cause of discrimination. They have been taught to the people around the world, including South East. They have both been exercised through the government and taught in history classes. It is commonly known that black people are the ones who have suffered racism the most, but it is not known that racism and discrimination are reoccurring themes. Beginning with blacks. Before there were laws to fight against slavery and segregation,
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blacks were taken advantage of. They were thought to be of low class and thought to be uneducated. They were not seen as whole people, only seen as one-third of a man. It wasn’t until the 13th Amendment that the abolition of slavery took place. Having fought long and hard and having this amendment back them up there was still discrimination. To present day blacks are still discriminated against and thought to be uneducated or as a lower class. Even though blacks are discriminated against they aren’t the only ones. “When jobs are overloading in America, immigrants are welcomed in America. Now when jobs are scarce immigrants begin to suffer,” said Mr. Palomo, a U.S. History
teacher. Immigrants begin to get blamed for the job decline and the discrimination against the immigrant groups begin. In the 1830’s it was the Irish and German who were discriminated against. In the 1880’s it was the Southern and Eastern Europeans, like the Chinese and Japanese people. In the 1980’s it began to be the Central American people, and since 2001 to now it’s the Islamic people. Since September 11, 2001, Islamic people have been hated on. They are all judged by their appearance and are all thought to be terrorists. In NYU Muslim students were kept under surveillance, because of their race, by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police commissioner Ray Kelly.
VAPA council flyer posted up a SEHS campus in the wall.
When they were interviewed by NY1 they said they would like an apology from these two men who have violated their rights. “ ‘This like one thought that’s been coming to my head is that I’m synonymous with terrorism, and that’s not what I’m about at all. And that’s not what, you can say, all Muslims are about,’ said NYU student Aisha Abdelmula,” one of the men in the group. It’s when something goes wrong in our world that we begin to discriminate against other groups, “it’s racial profiling, one of the ways Americans function through,” said Palomo. Racial profiling is in fact used as a powerful weapon to encourage fear or hatred towards others.
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Is it okay, is it right for us to think of our peers that way? Should we be judged solely on our appearances? Then why is it still present? Why do we walk the halls and hear people use derogatory terms like “nigga” or “frijolero”? It is not okay to make fun of one another, by doing so we leave ourselves open to the negative comments from someone else. It is contradicting to ask someone who is Caucasian to stop calling a certain individual bad racial names, because we do the same to one another. To have an end to the racism and discrimination it has to start from everyone’s person choice of words.
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Adding a new chapter to Love
Story by Jaime Carrillo Reporter
In the month of February love seems to find its way to everyone. For some its love for the first time, but for others love has always been there. For one teacher love is waiting to be born sometime this year. If you didn’t know, Mrs. Gutierrez, a math teacher from the Health & Science small school, is pregnant and awaiting her first child. She is three months and counting. “It’s really exciting and I’m happy and excited to be a mother,” said Mrs. Gutierrez. This love story started back in 98’ in the fields of America’s past time, where Belinda Gutierrez saw love at first sight with her later to be husband, Danny Gutierrez. “I think it was love at first sight for me and the fact
husband Danny met at South Gate Park. She umpired softball while he umpired baseball, and little did they know that this sport would pull them so close together. Since they both umpired in the same park for the same program t h e t w o s a w each other often. The more they saw each other the closer they grew. One day Danny asked Belinda on a date. “He asked me on a date to Knott’s Scary Farm, a double date as a matter of fact, and it was nice. We had a great time,” said Mrs. Gutierrez. One date led to many more and soon enough they were in love, not knowing
where it would lead but trusting the feeling they felt for each other. Years went by and the two stayed together and on November 8, 2008, 10 years since the day they first got together, they got married.
“It’s really exciting and I’m happy and excited to be a mother,” said Mrs. Gutierrez.
“I found out I was pregnant right before Christmas; the news was a blessing for me,” said Mrs. Gutierrez.
that he is tall is something that I love, so for me it was love at first sight,” said Mrs. Gutierrez. Mrs. Gutierrez and her
True Love always finds a way Story by Ambrocio Almanza Reporter
February is the month where cupid magically finds its way to match make couples into falling in love with one another. For Brian and Jenzi Jacoby it wasn’t love at first sight, in fact this all happened 8 years ago in the year 2004. They met while working in the same restaurant, FOX
Sports Grill in Arizona. Mrs. Jacoby was still attending college and had little time for a relationship, but little did she know that her soul mate was standing not too far away. Before Mr. and Mrs. Jacoby made it official they would always hang out with friends from work. “We were friends long before we got together so it was never awkward,” said Mrs. Jacoby an English teacher in the Justice and Law small school.
A year had past and they both still remained in the same restaurant, and one day Brian invited Jenzi out for lunch, they had pizza. Since then they made it official, and later married. Mr. Jacoby didn’t
propose like most men do, in fact they both agreed on getting married since they both knew they were headed in that direction, so they just planned it out and set a date. They married on December 16, 2010 and they’ve been together for 7 years and have been married for 5 years. In the year 2007 they received great news that they were expecting a little girl, a few years later in 2010 they received another blessing with their second daughter.
To present day both Mr. and Mrs. Jacoby work together. They work here at South East High School; Mrs. Jacoby is a 10th grade English teacher and Mr. Jacoby a physical education teacher. They don’t spend a lot of time together while on campus. When they drive to school and during lunch is the only time they spend to-
As for Mr. and Mrs. Jacoby it doesn’t bother them or interfere with the way they work at school. “I do my thing, he does his thing, and I kind of don’t really see him that often except for lunch,” said
Mrs. Jacoby. Most married couples celebrate Valentine’s Day by going out on a romantic date, or going somewhere special that they would enjoy. As for the Jacoby’s they don’t gether. “That’s the added always celebrate Valentine’s Day inbonus, that I can spend my lunch stead they celebrate their daughter’s with him,” said Mrs. Jacoby. A lot birthday. “Since our oldest daughof students know both teachers and ter’s birthday is in early February most of the sophomore’s also have we simply just celebrate it on her both teachers in different periods. v birthday,” said Mrs. Jacoby.
This year they didn’t celebrate it simply because they were in the process of moving and they were too busy packing and unpacking boxes. The Jacoby’s have been together for 7 years and are going on strong with more years to come.
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Media magnet. The theme for the Ball is A Night in Enchantment and it will be held in the Queen Mary on March 23. “I’m excited that the dance will be in the Queen Mary because I’ve never been there and it sounds fun,” said Maritza Rocha, a junior from the Health, Science and Environment small school. Junior class president and head of the junior cabinet Part of the Junior Ball committe, Photo by Sergio Gallegos for leadership, ArianYvette Perez takes charge to make na Angel, and Yvette sure that this ball will be a success. Perez, Junior class-vice president, have been working with the rest of by Alejandra Aguliar the junior class cabinet to make this Reporter dance successful and fun. They will Junior Ball is not far from now. There provide the dance with a DJ that will are many juniors who are getting their play a variety of music. They will also dresses and suits ready for this spe- have an unlimited dessert and soda cial occasion. “I am very excited for bar. Tickets are limited and they will Junior Ball because the theme and ev- soon be on sale for $50 at the quad. Check out Alejandra’s blog at: erything else sounds really nice,” said alejandraaguilar.edublog.org Betsy Navarro a junior in the Tech
Review: Chronicle by Vanessa Navarro Reporter
A dramatic thriller comes to the public by James Watkins director of The Woman in Black. It begins with a young lawyer Arthur Kipps who goes into an isolated town to sell a house. A house in which lies the
Book Recommendation: The Hunger Games
Director Josh Trank has created a thrilling movie in which he brings action and drama. by Alejandra Aguilar Two young high school students Andrew Det- Reporter The Hunger Game books are a tril- ing, which was a big problem in all districts. She mer and Matt Garetty gather to go to a rave. At the rave Matt meets one of ogy series that explores the ideas of oppres- hunted outside the districts jurisdictions, which his good friends Steve Montgomery and they sion, revolution, and includes a love triangle was against the law and punishable by death. When she volunteered for the games wonder off into the woods. There they find between the main protagonists. The author, something very intriguing to them: a hole in Suzanne Collins, has made her books a phe- she left her family in the care of her best the ground. Steve looks for Arthur because nomenon that has people reading all over the friend Gale. He shows an interest in Katniss, he wants him to record them going inside this world. The trilogy consists of: The Hun- but does not express it before the games. The male tribute for district 12 was a hole, since he always carries a camera with him. ger Games, Catching Fire, and Mocking Jay. Something unexplain- The trilogy revolves around a period of time boy named Peeta Mellark. In the story Peeta able happens once they’re inside. They in which a new government has replaced what holds very strong feelings for Katniss even find a weird looking rock. Then, Steve gets was once known as North America. This gov- though she doesn’t notice him. The games close to the blue glowing alien rock, and it ernment is known as Panem. Panem consists provides Peeta with time to build a bond with seemed as though the rock absorbed Steve’s of a wealthy capitol in which the people live a Katniss even though Katniss does not want very luxurious life; unfortunately the capitol is to develop a friendship with him because she sweat. He instantly passes out. The next morning they’ve dis- the only place where people enjoy their lives. had the idea that she would have to kill him. There are twelve districts and each disPeeta and Katniss are taken to the capicovered their powers gained from the alien rock. Since then they use their powers to prank other trict provide the capipeople including their fellow high school mates. tol with essential The Because they misused their powers they lose materials. complete control; they cause complete chaos members of each district have to throughout the city. Check out Vanessa’s blog at: submit to the vanessanavarro.edublogs.org capitol and they are the ones that deal with the hardships such as hunger and poverty. Panem has a ghost of an angry twisted woman. Her anger very way of keeping comes from having her son taken away their people under The Hunger Games is not only a New York Times Photo by Monica Rodriguez by her siblings, and their submission best seller, but soon to be a major motion picture. due to a time pewhen her child died no one gave him a riod known as the proper funeral, in- “Dark Days” where some of the districts had re- tol where they are introduced to their mentor stead he was left in volted. It was a time of crisis. The “Dark Days” and their prep team, who get them ready for caused the capitol to arrange The Hunger Games. interviews in order to get the people in the the mud to rot. In these games a boy and a girl from capitol excited for the games. In an interview She’s a spirit that makes the town’s every district would be attributed to the Peeta confesses his love for Katniss and she children commit games and they have to fight to the death takes his “love” as a ploy to keep them alive in suicide by letting until only one person became victorious. the games and in order to get more sponsors. After, a week of training Katniss her guide them. These games not only served as a way to keep the people in check, but it also served and Peeta are taken to the arena where The lawyer stays in the haunted house as entertainment to the people in the capitol. they will fight to the death with the othwhich he’s about The story starts off with 16-year-old girl, Katniss er districts tributes, and with each other. These books are highly recommendto sell, organizing Everdeen who volunteers herself as a tribute to some paperwork the 74th annual Hunger Games just so that her ed to those who love books on revolution, that had belonged little sister Prim would be spared from the games. drama, action, and romance and once you Katniss is a citizen of district twelve, start reading you won’t put the book down. to her, and then he which contributes coal to the capitol. She is the The books have become such a phesees her. Soon enough he realizes that she’s not yet at peace and tries to end this by finding her head of her family since her father died in a nomenon that they have made a movie about son’s body and reuniting them. The woman in tragic coal mine accident and her mother lost the first book, which will be released March 23. sight of what was important. She provides her black leads him down a dark path. family with food, to prevent them from starv-
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You saying goodbye...us letting go By Desiree Villatoro Reporter In memory of Cindi Santana, many gathered to make a special closure to her passing. February eight, was the official day that the South Gate City Council declared Prince and Princess Day. On this day Woodcraft Rangers Youth Advisory Board (YAB) held the culminating event for a series of workshops that related to her death. These students organized workshops to prevent abusive relationships. They prepared four workshops: communications, types of abuse, identifying healthy types of relationships, self defense and self-esteem. “We have decided
“This assembly was very nice, very touching, inspiring to see how students came together from this tragedy,” said Luevanos. to do something that brings closure to this event,” said Selena Romano a junior, in the Business, Finance, and Leadership small school. To honor Cindi Santana, the students decided to come up with Prince and Princeess Day to educate the youth on how to maintain a healthy relationship. Cindi Santana’s mother attended the assembly and made a special video, to make teens and parents aware about being in an abusive relationship and what can happen if there isn’t a stop to it. The purpose of the video was to stop the cycle of violence amongst teenagers. Lastly, she thanked everyone for coming out to support YAB. The purpose of the event was for everyone to dress in formal attire and to have the girls wear their Quinceañera dresses. The principal of South East High School, Ms. Sotomayor, gave a speech introducing the main points of the event. There were special performances from the YAB, USC dancers, South East Mariachi and a special
Some of the Princesses accompanied by their Prince.
guest Sharine Gadia singing “Amor Eterno,” in honor of Cindi Santana. Students of the YAB were recognized by Congresswomen, Linda Sanchez. She passed out certificates and students were applauded for their hard work. Mayor Davila gave recognition to the YAB students because they made the assembly possible. “This assembly was very nice, very touch-
ing, inspiring to see how students came together from this tragedy.” said Ms. Luevanos a teacher from the Visual Performing Arts small school. “I think it’s nice for the girls to wear their dresses and its like [a] once in a lifetime thing to wear it again other than [on] their Quinceañera,” said Edward Sosa, a junior in the Visual and Performing Arts small
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school. The event Prince and Princess Day was not only for the students that attended South East, but it was also for the community of South Gate. There was a magial ending that captivated everyone. “The confounding lights of the lanterns were a spiritual and meaningful ending to the witness,” said Jaime Peraza, a club leader from Woodcraft Rangers.
(Top Right) Mirabel Diaz (left), Alexis Lopez (middle), and George Trejo (right) prepare to let go. (Middle Right)A special photo of Cindi Santana in her Quinceanera dress. (Bottom Right) George Garcia and Ashley Velez dress to honor Cindi Santana. Drawimg of Cindi Sanatna By Jennifer Ramos
This culminating ceremony touched many hearts and created a better understanding of what a true relationship should look like. Their journey doesn’t end here, the goal is to reach as many people as possible to inform them about the serious magnitude being in an abusive relationship.
Color Guard spins their way to the top By Ramiro Suazo & Gritzy Urrutia Reporter & Photographer Color Guard is one of the extra-curricular activities that SEHS has to offer. “Color guard is an activity that took place of my playing soccer, color guard is now my life, my one commitment. It is everything I have,” said Kryshna Garcia, a junior from the Technology & Media Magnet, and captain in Color Guard. Color Guard is made up of 36 members in total. Seven of them are veterans, who teach the new girls. There are 15 girls in JV and thirteen girls are in winter guard, who are the varsity girls. Color Guard isn’t only for girls. Guys are also wel-
Coach Juan Hernandez demonstrates a routine.
comed. As of now, Color Guard has just one guy who is doing winter with them. Color Guard is an activity that requires lots of practice and dedication. The girls practice about three hours daily. Last year Color G u a r d went to c h a m p i o n -
Color Guard girls practice a dance.
ships and during field season in all and Environment small school. of the competitions they had reIt would be too much for just ally high scores. This year they one coach to deal with all the restarted of with their first competi- sponsibility that color guard brings. tion with the same score they had So, Coach Hernandez set three of in championships, which was high. the veterans as captain. One of those With their captains is Jethard work and “Guard is my life. I spin zell Verduzco, a practice everyday, not because [it] is a junior from the they have become Health, Science, hobby, but because [it] a successful team and Environment that not only they is something that keeps small school. enjoy but commit me busy and away from “It was a lot of to. “Color Guard fighting and arstress,” said Robledo. is my life. I spin guing with the not because [it] other girls that is a hobby, but because [it] is some- were running as captains as well. All thing that keeps me busy and away I practically did was step it up and from stress,” said Denise Robledo, help the girls a lot. I also took care of a junior from the Health, Science, paperwork and everything else that
Joseph Oliva prepares to throw flag.
Team huddles up for instructions.
was needed,” said Verduzco. This shows that Color Guard captains not only put the girls in place to perfect a move, but take care of other business. “As Captain I have to set the example for the rest of my teammates. I also have to learn to take initiative, and be able to help my teammates in any situation,” said Verduzco. Color Guard is not only about performing with the band or doing shows. It is also about having responsibility and leadership. Color Guard has dedication and because of this they have top the scores.
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Kenya Guardado focuses during practice. Photos By Eva Luna & Gritsy Urrutia
Tennis Season is here Tennis Schedule
By Jesus Nunez Reporter
Mon, March 5 @ Santee-Away
As the tennis season starts, new coaches, new players, and old players are practicing for upcoming matches. Alfredo Perez is a new coach coming from South Gate high School. “I played for South Gate and I fell in love with the sport,” said Perez. Perez used to play soccer until coach Satti cut him. Due to this cut Perez tried out for track, but didn’t feel the full success as he did when he was in soccer or tennis. When Perez walked in as a coach he had goals for himself and the players. “I want a program for both boys and girls,” said Perez. Perez walked due to the success of football and soccer. Perez was an assistant coach at South Gate for two years. Tennis is a mixture of partici- Perez explains tennis game types. pants from other sports. “I have three kids from football, three from basket- ball, and two from track,” said Perez. Every tennis player has their own reason why they joined the team. Every student that joins a sport joins for there own benefit and to try something new. “I wanted to try something different,” said Albert Radillo, a sophomore from the Tech & Media magnet. Perez calls for attention. Photo by Jesus As newcomers join the tennis Nunez
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team they are introduced to a different aspects on the game. “Its very competitive because the teams aren’t as big and you rely on yourself and your teammate,” said Jose Robles, a sophomore in the Tech & Media magnet. Every new tennis player came from a sport but Oriel Gomez has a different background to tennis. “ I
“Its very competitive because the teams aren’t as big and you rely on yourself and your teammate”
Baseball Schedule Mon, Feb 27 @ Marshall-Away(V) Mon, Feb 27 @ Marshall-Home(JV)
have been in the Interact club three years, Jaguar Scholars three years, and the Harry Potter Alliance one year.” Even though students come out of their comfort zone to try something new, surprisingly they are introduced to something new. Some students join certain sports or clubs, but overall some students do it to prove a point. “I joined tennis to make a point because people say it’s a girl sport,” said Robles. Some students may believe it is a stereotype, but every person has their point of view. Benjamin de la Torre practices Photo by his two hande forehand.
New Season, New Player
Thur, Mar 1 @ Maywood-Home(V) Thur, Mar 1 @ Maywood-Away(JV) Mon, Mar 12 @ South Gate-SGP(V) Mon, Mar 12 @ South Gate-Home(JV) Wed, Mar 14 @ HPHS-Salt lake park(V) Wed, Mar 14 @ HPHS-Home(JV) Thur, Mar 15 @ Bell-Home(V) Thur, Mar 15 @ Bell-Away(JV) Wed, Mar 21 @ Jordan-Home(V) Thur, Mar 22 @ Garfield-Belvedre Park(V) Thur, Mar 22 @ Garfield-Home(JV) Thur, Mar 29 @ Roosevelt-Evergreen Park(V) Thur, Mar 29 @ Roosevelt-Home(JV) Thur, April 12 @ HPHS-Home(V) Thur, April 12 @ HPHS-Salt Lake Park(JV) Jonathan prepares for a pitch. Photo by Jacqueline W Aldana
Mon, April16 @ Bell-Away(V) Mon, April16 @ Bell-Home(JV) Thur, April 19 @ Garfield-Home(V) Thur, April 19 @ Garfield-Belvedre Park(JV)
Jonathan looking to make his throw.
Thur, April 26 @ Roosevelt-Home(V) Thur, April 26 @ Roosevelt-Evergreen Park(JV)
By Daniel Zamuedo Reporter
Wed, May 2 @ South Gate-Home(V) Wed, May 2 @ South Gate-South Gate Park(JV) Mon, May 7@ Jordan-Tad Watkins Park(V)
Baseball season is only a few weeks into its season, and official practices have already begun. The team has been practicing everyday in order to prepare for all the games that they will be playing this season. A new player, which recently transferred from Warren high school, Jonathan Verduzco, a junior in the Justice and Law academy, has changed the team’s roster for the good. Verduzco has been playing baseball for twelve years. Even though he is new the baseball players look to him for help. Verduzco is willing to help the others by answering simple questions or showing a
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teammate how to do a drill properly. His goals for this season, “to help the team win,” said Jonathan. According to players from Warren, Verduzco was ranked number one as a pitcher. Verduzco can play many positions but mainly plays pitcher and occasionally outfield. According to Verduzco he is looking forward to, “getting recognized by scouts and getting my baseball career moving.” He has shown the team that he is a very motivated player and wants to be the best he can be and hopefully play at a higher level. “I look up to the other left handed pitchers so that I can learn from them, I also take notes for my own benefit,” said Jonathan. He learns from other people who can help him do things right and finds
ways to better him. Most baseball players do this as well because by learning from people who are better than them, they can become an all around better player. His favorite part about playing baseball is, “just being good and playing it because there are not a lot of people who can play this sport at a high level.” Teammates like Alberto Lopez, a player in varsity, a sophomore in the Justice and Law academy, think Verduzco has major talent, agreeing that he can play at the next level. “I think that he is talented enough and skilled enough to play at the college level,” said Lopez. The baseball team would be a lot different without Jonathan because he plays two important positions. He plays centerfield where he is able to read the balls movement better because he has to cover two sides, and
staying alert if he should call for the ball or let the other outfielder, catch the ball. To pitch, a player must have different types of pitches like a curve ball or change up demanding a lot of skill. Verduzco has started a couple of games, the most recent at Banning high school where he pitched three innings and did not give up a run. Verduzco shows up to practice everyday and works hard in each one. “He makes sacrifices just to be with the team or help out,” Lopez replied. Being an athlete definitely takes up a lot of time, hard work on and off the field, and motivation to put in your best effort, but to Verduzco it’s worth it. Verduzco would like to one day play professional baseball.
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Three in one: Mario Ibarra
Mario Ibarra, father of two girls, a math teacher and a soccer coach. He has been teaching math at SEHS for four years and coaching for three years. “Ibarra is a descent math teacher here at school and I can tell that math is a subject he enjoys doing,” said Sonia Vasquez, a junior from Tech and Media Magnet. Ibarra is dedicated to his work and tries to help each and every one of his students. He first became interested in becoming a soccer coach when he heard that the girls soccer coach had been fired. “I asked to be a coach because the girls were left without a coach,” said Ibarra. The previous soccer coach was fired, due to sexual harassment, Bautista, the athletic coordinator, didn’t want to hire another male coach. He was trying to get a female coach involved. Though his mind was set on a female coach Mr. Ibarra was deter- Mr.Ibarra helping his student. mined to help the girls soccer team the soccer team. He left the soccer and asked for the position as the girls to focus more on his family. girls soccer coach. Bautista wasn’t The team understood his decision, looking to hire “He had other a male coach “Ibarra is a descent math things to take but gave Ibarra of and here at school care the position. “I teacher couldn’t be think that when and I can tell that math our coach and I told him that I do his stuff at have two daugh- is a subject he enjoys do- the same time, ters [and that] ing,” sais Sonia Vasquez so he left us I’d like to coach for a bit,” for them too, it said Stephopened the possibility,” said Ibarra. anie Nicole Marquez, a senior After getting the position as from Tech and Media Academy the General Coach he continued to and captain of the varsity team. teach math and as a result he’d spend When Ibarra got the chance he most of his day on campus. The re- came back and coach the girls soccer lationship with his family began to team again, he did. But it was mid-seafeel like a second priority, so after son that he came back and there was three years of coaching, last year, already a coach. So he came back as he announced his departure from the assistant coach. “In the beginning
Mr. Ibarra teaching his class from the front of the room
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Mr. Ibarra teaching his studetns using the overhead.
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only soc- net program. cer coach As a father, as a teacher and as a when we were just getting settled, it and losing him was hard on her, so coach Ibarra is always ready to help. was really hard without Ibarra. A lot of people felt like quitting because his return was great news for her. His return to the team has reit wasn’t the same, so when Ibarra ally made a difference and helped the came back it was a lot of hope for many of us. For me personally it was girls. “Ibarra has helped me improve a very intense happy feeling,” said and helps others,” said Lindsey Alas, Marquez. Having had Ibarra as her a Junior in the Tech and Media MagMr. Ibarra kicking a soccer ball
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A new beginning arises By Jazmin Marin Reporter
dinator. Bautista also let us know that Warren High School is one For this coming year the foot- of the schools with a third team. ball team will be having not two “The Jv team will be coached teams, but three. In which it will by coaches Edwin Samoya and Rayinclude Varsity, Junior Varsity, mond Franco, and the freshmen and a freshmen-sophomore team. sophomore team by coach Raymond Altamirano.” Said coach Henderson. The Varsity will stay the “This team will not same and be coached by coach Henbe for the whole sea- derson himself. The third team was only because the football son, but only for some created team won CIF division two chamschools, in which we pionship. Because of that the footteam moved up to division By Jose Diaz will just break up the ball one, in which they will play some Reporter JV team in order to play of the top schools in Division one.
Froh-sophs set new record
against those schools”
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Alex Alvarez and other team members workout.
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The frosh-soph basketball team just finished a 10-2 record. ”Frosh-soph teams set the best record in the school for winning,” according to Christian Hernandez, a sophomore in the Tech & Media and a player on the team. To many players this was a season they will always remember and will never forget, but many would have liked to have the memory of being undefeated which they came close to achieving but did not,
“Our goal was to finish the season undefeated [but] we didn’t finish undefeated but we won every game as a team,”
said Christian Hernandez. They might not have won the right to be called undefeated, but they did win the chance to be Eastern League Champs. A great accomplishment. A lot of players had fun this season, but that fun had a lot of hard work behind it the coaches expected a lot from his players. Dae-Quan Howell, a sophomore in the Tech & Media magnet and a player explained that, ”Coach expected a lot from Frosoph basketball team ready to Photo by Ana Uraga defend their victory. the players but everything he expected we Checkout Jose Diaz’s could have gave it to him.” With this blog at : mentality they ended their season http:Josemauriciodiaz.edublogs.org