JAGUAR TIMES STUDENTS SERVING THE SOUTH EAST HIGH SCHOOL COMMUNITY SINCE 2006
VOLUME 6 ISSUE 2
WINTER FORMAL, CANCELED
SPECIAL NEEDS FOR SPECIAL FRIENDS
By Daniel Rodriguez Editor-in-Chief & Gaby Gomez Sports Editor
Special education students gain support from SEHS and South Gate to compete in the 2011 Special Olympics. By Karla Rodriguez Staff Writer
field competitions,” recalls Chavez. Instantly, she began planning a fund raiser to collect money for the group of students. She had only one week to overcome the sudden “hurdle”. “This is [something that] is close to my heart,” said Chavez. As a means to facilitate the dilemma, Chavez created the show, “Special Needs for Special Friends” with the choir and band classes.
“The school did not have money to send our special education students to the track and field competitioms,”recalls Chavez. In the show, theatre students, choir, and the band performed the highlights of last year’s performances. The show premiered in January of 2010 and it raised a large amount of money --an estimated $1,300-- for the special needs students, who were ultimately able to compete in their first Special Olympics while “proudly wearing the school colors,” said Chavez. Due to personal matters, Ms. Chavez is impassionate and caring for kids with special needs. “They’re totally wonderful. They need people to appreciate them as much as they appreciate others.”
“This is [something that] is close to my heart,” said Chavez. Karla Rodriguez/ Jaguar Times
INSPIRATION- Leader of the drama department, Chavez. coordinates the onlySEHS fundraiser for special needs. South East’s special education students planned to participate in the Special Olympics at the beginning of this year. An inadequate amount of funding for their team uniforms and transportation almost took the opportunity away from them. Ms. Chavez, leader of the drama department, created a benefit show when she learned about the insufficient funds. The money that was collected gave our special needs students the opportunity to
participate in southern California’s Special Olympics. Ms. Chavez was distraught when she discovered that the special education students did not have sufficient funds to compete in the track and field meets and competitions. “I was in the office when a faculty member walked in during a meeting. I remember she was [stressed] because she found out the school did not have enough money to send our special education students to the track and
And appreciated they are. Vice Mayor of South Gate, Mrs. Maria Davila, recognized and is very supportive of the benefit show “Special Needs for Special Friends.” She will help by providing Chavez with South Gate’s city auditorium, meaning more available seats will be sold. Davila will also help advertise the show in South Gate’s business letters and marquee. More money will be provided to the deserving students at South East High. The 2nd annual “Special Needs for Special Friends” will showcase on January 27 at 6 P.M. Tickets will be sold for $8, with donations welcomed.
INSIDE THE TIMES
IN NEWS: South Gate Student Struggles After Dropping Out- According to the California Department of Education, nearly one in five or 18.9 percent, of high school students dropped out of California high schools during the 2007-08 school year. (more on page 2) IN OPINON: Christmas goes Bankrupt- Christmas, for many families, will not be the same this year (More on page 3)
Due to insufficient ticket sales, leadership decided to pull the plug on Winter Formal, and it will not be rescheduled. December 10, 2010 would have marked SEHS’s second school dance, “A Night in the Clouds.” Many students who bought tickets to the dance were left disappointed as the after school intercom announcement stated that “Winter Formal is canceled.” “I [was] upset...because I was not only excited[about the dance], but...as a senior, it...[would] be one of the last school dances I could of enjoyed with my friends,” said JoseMascorro, a senior in the Justice and Law Academy. “Some people don’t have the money,” said Cassandra Perez, a junior. Some blame the economy, some blame the lack of spirit, but students do not realize that most funding comes from SEHS’s leadership, and when there is a lack in
“Nothing is cheap,” said Wendy Sanchez, a senior and a member of leadership. funding, the student body suffers. ”It would have been better to have winter formal as soon as we came back [from break] because students would most likely have Christmas money. Students would rather spend money on a dance after Christmas instead of before,” explained leadership’s treasurer and senior, Yarely De Leon. “Nothing is cheap,” said Wendy Sanchez, a senior and a member of leadership. “We have to pay for decorations...supplies...tables, chair covers, table cloths,...security... DJ, and helium tank,” said Sanchez. If students, particularly seniors, do not participate in school activities, senior dues, grad night, and prom, prices will increase. “The Senior class has no type of money at [the] moment,” said senior class president, Steven Monzalvo. “We currently have no money for the graduation fireworks. We
need to find ways to get money [for the senior class].
JAGUAR CALENDAR DECEMBER Friday, Dec. 17Minimum Day Moday, Dec. 20Winter Recess Begins Saturday, Dec. 25Christmas Sunday, Dec. 26Kwanzaa Begins Saturday, Jan. 1New Years Day
SENIOR DUES Mariah Martinez Staff Writer An additional 25 dollar fee for seniors if not purchased before January 31, 2011. Senior dues may be purchased in the students store with Dolly Inumerable the financial manager; so far 22 paid out of about six hundred seniors. “There are very few [who] don’t buy the dues, [but] come the end of January there should be plenty of seniors paying, it’s a once in a life time thing,” said Inumerable. “Many [students] don’t want to miss out but, I don’t mind. It’s [just] too much for me so I choose not to participate. I think they should drop the prices for people who can’t afford it, so seniors can [participate] in the activities,” said Frank Mendez, a senior in the Tech and Media Academy who will not pay the dues. Neither Prom nor, Grad Night, nor the yearbook, nor graduation rings are included in either of the packages. “It’s pretty expensive, but if students want to participate in all events they are going to have to pay,” said Kimberly Alvarez, a senior in the Business and Finance Academy. “Compared to last year’s dues, the class of 2011 is cheaper because last year there were three packages and this year there’s only two,” said Joey Lopez, a senior in the Archi
tecture and Engineering Academy. In the packages a senior may pick individual activities, if they do not want some of the things that a package has or if something is not included
There are very few [who] don’t buy the dues, [but] come the end of January there should be plenty of seniors paying, it’s a once in a life time thing,” said Inumerable. According to Inumerable only cash with full amount will be accepted no checks. If a senior does not pay the dues before January 31, students must meet the deadline before graduation which is April 15.
IN FEATURES: Ms. Valerio is one of the custodians who helps keep our school clean. (More on page 4) IN ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT: Artist Spotlight on Marcos Arista- Artists at South East High School are rarely recognized around the school. (more on page 5) IN SPORTS: Senior football players say goodbye- Having their final season come to an end makes the players gloomy because, to a lot of these players, football was a “life changing experience.” (More on page 6)
NEWS Wise Up!
By Karla Rodriguez Staff Writer
ILLUSTRATION BY KARLA RODRIGUEZ & ERIKA ALCALA / JAGUAR TIMES to school because they were bored es people’s lives in many ways. and unmotivated—not because “Not being able to help my daughthey were failing academically.” ters [with] homework makes But there are many ways to me feel bad because I can’t teach prevent teens from making the mis- them,” said Jaramillo. Jaratake of dropping out. People think millo said she didn’t face many teachers could help by helping stu- struggles when she recently dropped dents stay motivated and make school out, but as time passed her struggles fun for them. Parents can help by began. For instance, she was not able talking to their children about how to help her kids with homework. their life could turn out if they drop She can’t help them on sub out, and students can help one an- jects such as math and history beother stay focused in school and cause she doesn’t remember anything on their path to a successful future. she learned when she was in school. “Dropping out of school didn’t make a difference to me at the moment. Now, I’m a mother [with] three kids “School is very im[and] it is very hard,” said Jaramillo. portant. So, I think Some people think that teens drop out of high school because they kids should take addon’t have parental support or that vantage of the free By Marlene Flores their parents don’t care, but JaramilStaff Writer lo’s case was very different. She said education they get that her mom never gave up on her. According to the California because some chil“Many people think I dropped out Department of Education, nearly one because I didn’t have my mother’s dren don’t have it in five or 18.9 percent, of high school support, but the truth is my mom was students dropped out of California high and they wish they a good mom. She tried everything schools during the 2007-08 school year. she could to make me stay focused did,” said Maria Jaramillo, now 24 years [on] my education, but I was so atold, attended South Gate High School, Jaramillo. tached to my father that I didn’t care but she dropped out of school when what my mom did to change me,” she was in the 9th grade. Jaramillo said Jaramillo. She added “My mom said, “Dropping out of school was a Education is important be- even sent me to Mexico to see if I big mistake, but the reason I dropped cause without it you can’t get a changed but nothing she did worked.” out was I didn’t care about anything good job. Even with a high school Many people think it is up once my father passed away.” Madiploma people struggle to find a to the parents to keep their kids foria Jaramillo’s reason is only one of job, now you imagine how hard cused on their education, but it is also many reasons teens drop out of school. it is for someone without one. up to the student to put the effort in According to Edweek, “Most Dropping out of high school trying to become something in life. dropouts say they stopped going leads to many struggles and it chang-
South Gate student struggles after dropping out
Charter Established-SEHS Newspaper snd Yearbook sudents with 3.0 and above G.P.A qualify for the Honor Society for jounalists. Membership in the “Inter- eligible to apply for “Quill and Scroll” national Honor Society” for high scholarships, which allow them to purschool journalists and yearbook sue an advanced career in the media. students recognizes students who If one is selected to be part of have taken newspaper or yearbook, this society, they will be recognized and have a 3.0 G.P.A or higher. with a national gold key and cord By Arely Sanchez “Quill and Scroll” members en- during their graduation ceremony. News Editor joy many rights, benefits, and privileges The “Quill and Scroll” is a way SEHS has been grant- that “allow them to further their school of recognition for those exemplary ed the right to establish a chap- publications program.” Also, students achievements made by students who ter of the “Quill and Scroll.” who are initiated into this society are are involved with media publications.
SEHS establishes “Quill and Scroll” chapter
SALEF mi futuro mentorship program By Mariah Martinez Staff Writer
SALEF Mi Futuro, a mentor-
ship program, is mainly to help support, guide and give advice to students in the junior class of 2012 who have questions. Every Tuesday after school in room P103 students learn about college including what it takes for admission, financial aid and more. “The goal of this program is to support, guide, and advise students about what it takes to graduate, and to be a successful college student. This program is important because when a student applies to a college they will be looking for a student who is diverse
and does a variety of things, [which will make a student] competitive with other students applying to college,” said Mr. Leyva, a Gear-Up counselor. College students can be role models to high school students. The mentors are college students, and will be there to help students who have any questions for them. In this program students will be able to receive volunteer hours by doing community service. Several students will be awarded a scholarship through this program.
South East’s Wise Up! Members inform themselves and spread knowledge about current immigration reforms in California. Wise Up!, ran by SEHS seniors Omar De Los Santos and Jesse Pantoja, is a school club that promotes equal human rights. “[The club] informs students about current issues on immigration,” said vice president Jesse Pantoja. The politics behind current immigration reforms such as the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, also known as the DREAM act, and the eligibility for undocumented students to pay in-state tuition are predominant topics discussed at the weekly meetings. The near failure of the DREAM act stunned the
Illustration by Karen Alfaro
members of Wise Up! Rejection of the bill would mean that undocumented students would access higher education by paying expensive out of state tuition. These students would also struggle to acquire residency since the bill grants citizenship if a two year college degree is earned or two years are served in the military. Wise Up! focuses on students, regardless of their residency. On November 15, California’s Supreme Court decided that undocumented students can receive lower in-state tuition at California universities and colleges. Daniel Rodriguez, a senior and Wise Up!’s sergeant of arms said, “I was elated that undocumented students have the opportunity to further their higher education. I was really happy because a lot of my friends wanted this to pass, and it passed.” Many opportunities are also offered to Wise Up! members. They include volunteer work, college advice, and the chance to attend
CORE meetings—weekly meet ings in Downtown LA in which officers from different Wise Up! clubs discuss their club’s progress and give updates on immigration issues, explained Pantoja. Wise Up! is held on Tuesdays during lunch in room A201. “In a school that’s approximately 99% Latino, I’m sure that many students could somehow connect to immigration,” said Pantoja. “By informing students [about the issues], we intend to have our word spread even further by having them talk to their peers, parents, relatives, etc.” Adam Espindola, a senior and member of the club, believes many SEHS students can start practicing equal human rights by simply joining Wise Up! Espindola said, “People who attend the club obtain knowledge about immigration reforms. This is passed onto others, bringing more awareness to these dire social issues.”
Christmas goes bankrupt
By Karla Conteras Staff Writer
Christmas is well-known as the season of giving. Each year families around the world gather for what is supposed to be a celebration. Unfortunately, Christmas for many families won’t be the same this year.
“It will be a sad Christmas for many because we need to manage our money due to the lack of employment,” said Jennifer Vasquez, a SEHS parent. Due to the economy in California many people have less to spend. Many hard-working people have lost their jobs and homes, which is making it harder for many families. Students feel pressured to save and are obligated to find jobs. Keeping in mind that there are other responsibilities to take care of, “we have to manage our money carefully because my parents have to pay the mortgage bill every first week of the month and we can barely afford any luxuries,” said Gabriela Gonzalez, a senior in the Justice and Law Academy. On the other hand, students are concerned about certain debts in school, especially seniors now that graduation is near. Senior dues, overdue fees on books and- for some students-college appli-
Editorial Going back to school earlier will be beneficial for student test scores. LAUSD considers a new policy in which students will enter school three weeks earlier and end three weeks earlier. LAUSD proposes that entering school earlier and ending earlier will benefit the students academically because they are going to take exams sooner. And students will also benefit since they will take finals before a 3 week winter break that will allow students to enjoy their winter break and study for new classes that they will be receiving when they return to school. Also, if the new LAUSD policy is added to the school calendar, then students will have no assigned homework during their vacations because their courses will have ended. The policy implies that the students will have
cations if they did not qualify for the fee waivers, must all be paid before graduation day. “My parents were planning to buy me a laptop to use for schoolwork, but now with four new payments that will cover my college applications I have to wait until the summer,” said Gonzalez.
to enter August 15 rather than in September after Labor Day. The temperature in August is high, but schools invest their money in air conditioners for the students’ convenience. Those in favor of this new policy say that taking exams sooner will improve their test scores and the schools API because they will take exams before they have winter break exams, giving them an advantage to succeed in their exam scores. If the new policy is added than schools will be well credited and will be seen as a high- ranking schools. Many parents want the best education for their children and changing the school calendar is a change that will improve both the school and the students’ academic performance. The students will have no assigned homework if the new policy is put into place, since students are going to return to school with new classes the policy will give them time
The Jaguar Times Editors- in- chief Daniel Rodriguez
Features Editor Denise Robledo
Editor-in-chief (Design) A& E Editor Erika Alcala
In addition, gas prices have slightly increased. According to the LA Times, the U.S. economy has experienced five price shocks over the last three decades in which crude oil prices rose an average of 179% in one year.“We cannot go as far as we want to, we have to limit ourselves and have in
to prepare for new classes rather than to study or finish projects for previous classes. This will allow students to enjoy their vacations and feel no pressure to get assignments done. In August the temperature is high and many parents are concerned of students’ health; with this new policy schools will have to invest their money in air conditioners for classes. In Other schools such as Arizona—where the climate is high, students attend school during months with high temperatures and they have attended school as usual. And they still perform well likewise, in schools with tracks, students have to be in school all year around and that has not prevented students from finals.
mind that gas isn’t cheap,” said Vasquez. According to a recent poll on the Daily Fuel economy Tip website, nearly 75% of consumers plan spending less on gifts this holiday season than they normally would. “Gas prices have affected my holiday spending plans, I will have to
Interact aids little ones in need By Karen Alfaro Opinion Editor
When the holidays come, students spend time with their families feeling warmth and love; but students often forget that there are other children who desire a family during the holidays. Though many children in Tecate, Mexico are under privileged, the Interact Club is bringing happiness and joy to kids there, by holding a toy before the holidays. Families with the privilege of having a home celebrate the holidays surrounded by a Christmas tree—pine scented with sparking ornaments, while children in need desire a parent to experience laughter, joy and the love. The Interact Club and the SEHS students are making a contribution to the children of Tecate, Mexico. “SEHS is donating toys because we want to make a difference in children’s lives and help those less fortunate than ourselves,” said Laura Orozsco, Interact President and a senior in the VAPA academy. The Interact Club is donating Toys for children who do not receive presents every year, because their parents do not have money to purchase toys for them. “Its going to change [children’s] lives because there are kids who don’t receive [gifts] for the holidays so we are changing that by giving them toys
Adviser News Editor Arely Sanchez
Opinion Editor Karen Alfaro
do my shopping in near by shop- Drawing By Jocelyn Bermudez ping centers rather than driving further out to an outlet mall and spend less,” said Vasquez. “ We cannot go as far as Due to the economy and how it is we want to, we have to affecting us financially, families limit ourselves and have should still enjoy themselves over in mind that gas isn’t the holidays because it is a time when cheap,” said Vazquez. one reunites with their loved ones.
The Jaguar Times is generally an eight page page publication produced by the South East High School journalism department. The entire student body, the primary audience, receives the paper free of charge to encourage readership and to ensure the showcasing of student journalistic work. The secondary audience for the paper is the faculty, staff, and administration of the school district. Other audiences include members of the local community, other school journalism programs throughout the country, and organizations that promote the develpoment of scholastic journalism.With-
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and showing them [there are] people that care about them,” said Oroszco. Students at SEHS made their contributions in classrooms or the main office, where boxes are labeled with a toy drive sign,“Since some kids are alone or their parents might not [be able to] afford to give them a gift, we are putting a smile on their face this holiday season,” says Oroszco. Children will appreciate student’s donations and they will surely remember the holiday because of the gifts they received. “It’s great to have it in [the month of] December because it’s [during] the time of the holidays and the time for giving,” said Oroszco. This is the time for celebrating the holidays, but also to share the love with children that desire it the most.
out their support, the department cannot maintain a high-quality program. The newspaper attempts to inform and entertain its audience in a broad, fair, and accurate mannner on all subjects that affect readers. The publication seeks also to provide a forum for the opinion of students, the staff of the paper, and the faculty, thus encouraging an exchange of ideas and opinions on issues of importance to the readers. Although the staff will allow constructive criticism of any part of the paper before publication, final authority for content of the paper rests soley in th hands of journalism students. In accordance with
“SEHS is donating toys because we want to make a difference in children’s lives and help those less fortunate than ourselves,”
State of California Education Code 48907, despite the cort ruling in Hazel v. Kuhlmeier; administrators rely on the adviser and staff to make all content decisions.
YAHOO SPORTS WRITER VISTS JOURNALISM CLASS A Day in a Life of a Custodian By Daniel Rodriguez Editor-in-Chief
Marc Spears, a sports writer for Yahoo.com, brought encouragement and motivation to room A212 in his unexpected visit to South East High School. For those who are interested in writing or journalism Spears suggests “its really hard to work in this type of industry;” however, he encourages students to never give up on a dream or profession. Spears has
worked in print—he has worked in newspapers such as The Boston Globe and The Denver Post, but he has just recently gone digital. He enjoys working for Yahoo, but he wouldn’t be where he is today without being recognized in print. His best piece of advice to students is ”to intern as much as you can before you start college. “ To read Marc Spear’s articles, visit: www. yahoo.com/sports, Keyword: Marc Spears.
By Denise Robledo Features Editor
“I needed a job, [and] it’s [a pleasure] to work with kids. [I enjoy being] part of a large organization, and making a difference,” said Valerio. Picking up trash everyday can be exhausting. And cleaning up after also every student here at SEHS can be frustrating. But who really is that person behind the cleaning and frustration? Ms. Valerio is one of the custodians who helps keep our school clean. “I was born in T.J., Mexico, [and] I was raised in South Central L.A.,” said Valerio. Valerio has work at SEHS for almost four years. “I get paid $9.85, [per hour] and I work from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.,” said Valerio. Even though Valerio has “no regrets [in being a custodian].” She would have chosen to have a better career in her life. For example, instead of being a custodian she wanted to be a “school facility attendant, or a doctor,” said.Valerio. According to Valerio no student would last a day as a custodian. “[No student would like to have] the dirty job and clean all the dirty [substances that I do].” Hiral Patel, a sophomore in the Business and Finance Academy agrees. “I personally would never last a day as a custodian, but I will try my best in picking up after myself,” said Patel. Many students would agree that the work is hard, but then again it will pay off in the end because you can get such comments. For instance,
“I did an [excellent] job and I know that I [cleaned everything that needed to be completed],” said Valerio.
Photo By Denise Robledo Ms. Valerio Cleans- Custodian gets supplies needed to clean a men’s bathroom
For this matter, it is hard because “the majority [of students mostly] males, don’t keep clean,” said. Valerio. Students may have not been impact with leaving behind trash because there’s someone else to pick it up. “Yes, it does affect me because I have to pick up after [the majority of all the] students,” said Valerio. Similarly, “it affects me because no one will ever want to go to school where [it] is all trashed up,” said Patel. Because Valerio works a full time job it’s difficult for her. “It’s not fair because I believed [that] we should get paid a reasonable amount of money [for all the work that we do], said Valerio. Despite it being a lot of work, she takes pride in her job. “I needed a job, [and] it’s [a pleasure] to work with kids. [I enjoy a being] part of a large organization, and making a difference,” said Valerio. MOTIVATION- Spears, discussing his life in Journalism
Photo By Denise Robledo
Hiral Patel- A sophomore from Buisness and Finance is considerate and helps keep the school clean by picking up
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MESA presidents strive for a new year Angel Gastelum Staff Writer
As 2010 comes to a close, Yesenia Martinez, senior, and Juan Bravo, junior, start to look forward to a new and better year for MESA. For some, a new year can be a new beginning. What wasn’t accomplished in 2010, allows something to be strived for in 2011. It’s a time to set new goals. A time to learn from mistakes and work to prevent their reoccurrence. A New Year’s resolution can be used as motivation to achieve your goals. Yesenia Martinez, president of the MESA club, has great expectations for the club this year. The clubs is only in their second year here, but after a successful one last year hopes have become high for them this year. “We hope to get members more interested in math, science, and engineering; to not only think of it as boring school subjects but to actually have fun,” Martinez said. Part of this resolution is to get teams ready for MESA day in order to bring the school mare awards than last year said Martinez. Martinez’s goal for this year is to, “Make MESA’s second year at SEHS one of the best!” The MESA club is a club that is dedicated to the creation of engineering structures like bridges through the use of everyday house objects such as tape and popsicle sticks using math and science. Juan Bravo, vice president of MESA, hopes to lead his peers to success in their future through MESA. In only his second year at the club, he has risen above the ranks and has become a vice-president that is dedicated to helping members. “My New Year’s resolution is thus to prepare my brothers and sisters even more for college by dedicating more of my time to their successful participation in as many [events] as possible,” said Bravo.
Daniel Rodriguez/ Jaguar Times WORKING TOGETHER- Martinez(Far Right) with MESA members, working on a project
Bravo contributes his time in order to make MESA one of the most successful clubs in the school. Bravo said the club is more like a family rather than a team. A family of future scientists, engineers, and other successful professionals.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT The sky sets on fire since 2009
By Giselle Rodriguez A&E Editor
Drawing by Yesenia Macias
The band, the Sky Set Fire, was created since the Halloween of 2009. The band plays progressive and rock alternative music. The band was formed by a group of students that were motivated to show that anything can be possible. “The purpose of the band is to show that you can have fun, and that you don’t have to fit in to create music,” said Antonio Palomero, the lead guitarist and vocalist who is a senior in.
the Technology and Media Academy. Palomero is the last band member that is still a student at South East High School; the others graduated last year. The band consists of only three musicians: Palomero, lead guitarist and vocalist; Joe Ibarra, bassist and vocalist; and Carlos Canova, drummer and vocalist. According to Palomero, he’s the one that composes the songs that they play. He said, “I make
the guitar part and vocals and the band adds on to it.” Some of their original songs include: “Seriously”, “Cynical Dream”, “Safely Spin”, and “Honestly I’ve Tried”. Recently they’ve also composed a few others, including “Fair Grounds” and many others that don’t have titles yet. Additionally, they play cover songs like “FCP” by Fall of Troy, and “Enertia Esp.” by Marks Bolton.
Ibarra, the band’s representative, is the one who coordinates the band and sets up all the events and shows where they perform. One of their performances was held on Saturday November 4 at the Key Club. The event was called “The Next Big Thing Tour” and it took place in Hollywood. The event lasted from 11 a.m. -11 p.m. and their show set the event on fire between 1:40-2 p.m. The band leaves their heart on stage when they perform. “We had been shy about it but now we [leave everything on stage]. We didn’t have that much confidence, but we have it now,” said Palomero. Many of their fans have followed them closely since their beginning. “I have witnessed them audition since they were first starting... and they [have] kind of changed their style a bit, but it has just gotten a lot better,” said Anthony Romero, a senior in the Technology and Media Academy. It is evident that they dedicate a lot of energy to their rehearsals. They practice once a week for 3 hours. Does it pay off? “The best thing about having a band is having a hobby that you enjoy and interacting with people [that become] like your second family,” said Palomero. The band was born on October of 2009, and it emerged to last. “The band will live on. For the others it has, and for me it will too,” said Palomero.
By Karla Rodriguez Staff Writer
I’m staring up at the blue sea And laying on blue skies Clouds of Bliss above and around Impact even blind eyes Caressed. I’m loved by the wind Taken in it’s pirouette And tantalized as it spins Dressed in the rays of the sun The warmth becomes my crown I feel of royalty as the sun sets down A walk through a forest or a field of any kind It’s always welcomed For my presence, they don’t seem to mind Caution? Even toxic thorns commit no strife I question why I’m in search of beautiful When beautiful is life By Daniel Rodriguez Editor-in-Chief
The sun rises now Earth’s tears in the atmosphere Clouds are like Magnets
Ever Flipped Over Flipped? Artist Spotlight on Marcos Arista By Giselle Rodriguez A&E Editor
erything “flips” in the eighth grade. Each character has a very distinctive voice, and pretty soon the readers feel as if they have known the characters very well, which allows them to draw parallels between their lives. “What teenager can’t identify with them? I think we’ve all experienced the same feelings [of infatuation] during our childhood. And we’ve all gone through a similar process of maturity, developing a better understanding of the world and of life,”said Brenda Morales, a senior in Drawing by Giselle Rodriguez the Technology and Media Academy. In this novel teens learn a “Flipped” is a romance novel written by American author Wen- valuable lesson: to look beyond the delin Van Draanen in May of 2003. surface of people; that there’s more This unique book is a stand- than meets the eye. “Get beyond his alone teen romance novel that fea- eyes and his smile and the sheen tures dynamic lead characters and of his hair -- Look at what’s really very realistic dialogue scenes. there,” Bryce’s Grampa advised Juli. Each chapter alternately “If we haven’t realized it switches narration between the two main characters, Bryce Loski and Juli already, it’s a great eye-opener: Baker. It is uniquely written in a he- true love is not solely based on said she-said manner that allows each physical attraction. It’s deeper of the main characters to share their than that and that’s what the perspective on a shared set of events. Therefore, this novel truly allows the book shows,” said Morales. reader to get both sides of the story. There is more to this nov“It was really interesting because you can see what a guy and a el than just teen romance. It has girl think. Sometimes one [of them] many unthinkable twists and turns thinks [that] they think alike but they that make the book all the more really don’t,” said Claudia Castro, readable. It definitely includes a senior in the California Academy. all the elements that you would Juli Baker and Bryce Los- expect to find in a quick read. “It’s a really good book. At ki, were both seven when they met and became neighbors. The second first I thought it was going to be lame, Juli saw Bryce’s blue eyes she fell but at the end [ I found out] it was rein love with him, and that’s how she ally interesting. I would recommend felt for him for the next six years. this book to all kinds of people, [even] Bryce, on the other hand, never felt to those who wouldn’t be interested the same way for her, that is, until ev- in love or romance novels. It tells the actual truth [about life],” said Castro.
By Daniel Rodriguez Editor-in-Chief
“In the future, everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes.”-Andy Warhol, Pop Artist Artists at South East High School are rarely recognized around the school. “Anybody can be an artist,” said Marcos Arista, a senior in the Business and Finance Academy. Arista is recognized, out of the five nominated candidates, by the Jaguar Times staff, for his artistic portraiture. “I just started experimenting with portraits,” said Arista. His work pays homage to the Dia De Los Muertos holiday. He envisions the Virgin Mary, stoic and poised. From the meticulous detail in the facial make-up of the subject to the drawn ornaments on her veil, the work is almost realistic. His work entitled The Virgin took him two weeks, and it was made with pencil and charcoal, and he is very proud about his work. “It took me a long time,” expressed Arista. “[But] I didn’t know how it would turn out... [And] I [was] surprised how it [came] out,” said Arista on how long it took him to complete his artwork. Art “is all up to you,” said Arista, expressing his view about art.In his art making process, he makes his subjects seem “as they are,” said Arista. Arista developed an artistic perspective at an early age. “When
I was small, I remember drawing weird things,” says Arista. Now that he is in high school, he mentions that he is inspired by “the works of Frida Kahlo and Picasso,” and after high school, he wants to work on art as on the side. “It’s a hobby [of mine],” said Arista. Arista wants to venture into different forms of art, and he is very optimistic in his experimentation; “I’m actually just starting to experiment with different forms or art,” said Arista. His work is proudly hung in the counseling office.
Daniel Rodriguez / Jaguar Times MARCOS ARISTA RECOGNIZED- ARTIST MARCOS ARISTA IS RECOGNIZED AS ARTIST OF THE MONTH FOR DECEMBER OF 2010 FOR A DRAWING OF VIRGIN.
Varsity boys soccer anticipate upcoming season By Gabriela Gomez Sports Editor The soccer season is almost here and the boy’s soccer team is anticipating it because they want to show everyone that they are a better team. With a team that has made great improvement, the boy’s soccer team is hoping to be Eastern League Champs for the third time. Juan Martinez, a junior on the varsity team thinks the team is ready to take on any opponent. “I believe that we are really prepared for the season because we practice hard in the mornings and in the afternoon,” said Martinez. The boys put a lot of time into practice because they want to have the respect from the school and all the other sports.
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THE IMPORTANCE OF PRACTICE- JV PLAYERS BRENDA FIERRO (RIGHT), CASSANDRA PEREZ, JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ, GENESIS CARRERA, AND MARIAH MARTINEZ (LINED UP ON THE LEFT) GOING OVER ONE OF THEIR TAKE-OUT PLAYS
Girls JV basketball await season By Gabriela Gomez Sports Editor The Lady Jaguars junior varsity basketball team has been working hard to have the best season they’ve ever had. During the last season the girls ended with a record of five wins and 6 lost games. The ladies are determined to make their 2010-2011 season a successful one. It is said that practice makes perfect, and practice is what they JV girls have been doing since the last season ended. The girls practice just as hard on weekends as during the week. Jennifer Rodriguez, a senior on the ju
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nior varsity team said, “It’s important to practice during off and on season because we have to correct the mistakes we make during games [in order to] improve our skills. Having practice during the off-season has also helped us to be more prepared before the school season starts.” Practice isn’t the only thing the girls have been doing during the off-season to get better. They have been participating in tournaments against other schools as well. One of the tournaments they were in was a varsity level tournament in Lawndale High School. For most junior varsity teams, it is a bit difficult for them to keep up with the varsity teams. Because of that, they find that varsity tournaments aren’t for them. Cassandra Perez, a junior on the Lady Jaguars JV basketball team, said that she thought the Lawndale tournament was a bit difficult and intimidating at first. was different than any other year. “This year the whole team bonded as a family, [so] we got many things accomplished,” said Samuel Encarnacion, wide receiver and defensive end. According to these players, this was the best teamwork they’ve ever
“In the end it was a beneficial challenge that helped all of us improve our game.” -Cassandra Perez. Like many of the other JV girls, Perez says that having lost many games against varsity level teams has been a very good way for them to get better. “We got faster and more tactical with our plays and we got more aggressive on defense by playing teams that required us to hustle more instead of playing a team that we could easily beat. I get so much out of our losses [because] it pushes me to do better next time,” added Perez. The objective of having a lot of practice and participating in tournaments is all to improve the teams chances at winning first place in the Eastern League. Aisel Alfaro, a junior who is also on the JV team, said “I believe that
embarrass South Gate High for the fifth year in a row.” Getting along with one another was the team’s key to success. “All that bonding and teamwork was what allowed us to win a lot of games because we helped one another out andout [on that] field, and we had each
“I am very confident that all that extra hard work will increase our chances of being on top in the Eastern League.” -Aisel Alfaro
Not only have the girls improved their skills, but they are one of few JV teams that have a majority of older and experienced players. The girls want to beat the two top schools Roosevelt and Garfield for the number one spot. The Lady Jaguars JV team has already won their last pre-season game against University High School with a score of 43-10. The JV girls are pumped up and ready to officially start their season. DRAWING BY ERIK VALDEZ- DIAZ velop my full potential, and [become] those great hits you put on people; it is a better person as well,” said Encarna- an amazing feeling I cannot live withcion. “My senior year I was able to ex- out,” said Scott. perience winning, playing at a championship game and even a playoff game. “All those inspirations from our [This is] something that I know would great coaches, our fans, and the have never happened at South Gate
“Having played for so many years has inspired me to go pro, but my big dream is to one day play Canadian ball,” said Encarnacion.
“[It] makes me really sad to know that season is over, but at the same time happy because now I can dedicate myself [to] getting ready for college ball,” said Barba.
“Football got me to where I am now. If I would have never joined football, I probably would be out on the streets doing inappropriate things. Football taught me discipline and responsibility. Not only have I’ve come far as a person, but GOODBYE SENIORS- SENIOR FOOTBALL PLAYERS TOGETHER FOR A PICTURE WHICH ARELY SANCHEZ/ JAGUAR TIMES as a student as well,” said Win- THEY HOPE WILL NOT BE THEIR LAST TOGETHER dale Scott III, defensive tackle. had because it allowed them to accom- other’s backs,” said Ruben Rosero, High,” said Barba, defensive tackle. Football has also allowed the players to go through the better routes of life. “Football allowed me to develop better decision mak ing skills, because at the end of the day every step you take counts,” said John Belton, wide receiver and defensive end. Many of the players on the team believe that the football team of 2010
The seniors believe this has been the greatest bond they have experienced and they want it to last forever. “This bond will never be broken,” said Belton. “It’s a family that was created and we will be there for one another no matter where we go,” said Scott.
dedication of our team, have inspired us to take it to the next “We cried for one another, level and play college ball,” said we’ve cheered each other on, both Scott and Belton. we’ve helped each other out
The football season has ended. The SEHS football team lost in the first round of the Los Angeles Section playoffs in an exciting double-overtime game against Panorama. To the seniors on the team this was a devastating moment since their high school football career is now over. Having their final season come to an end makes the players gloomy because, to a lot of these players, football was a “life changing experience.”
middle linebacker. Many of the players that had the opportunity to play for SEHS would say “it has been the best decision that they’ve made throughout high school life.” Samuel Encarnacion and Miguel Barba, both former South Gate High football players, would both agree that transferring to South East has really changed their experience in football. “Moving to SEHS allowed me to de-
The people they really want to prove wrong are the boy’s soccer teams from Bell and South Gate High. Martinez said that the reason they want to beat Bell is because they lost to them twice last season and they want to show Bell how much better they are. The reason they want to beat South Gate is just to show who the best soccer team in the city is. The boys varsity soccer team is determined to have another successful season.
all the practices and tournaments we were involved in during the off season helped the team gain more experience and improved our skills that will prepare us for the upcoming season.”
By Arely Sanchez News Editor
plish great victories this year. “This year we were able to accomplish great things such as, having the best football record SEHS has ever had, 8-2, and we beat Jordan High School for the first time in South East history,” said Belton. Miguel Montes, Linebacker, added “Not only were we the first to beat JHS, but we were also the first team that came closest to [becoming] Eastern League Champs, and we managed to
“We are good. We want to prove that to everyone who doesn’t like us.” - Martinez
To the football players, football became their life. Many of them have mixed emotions because to some it’s the end, but for many it’s just the beginning. “Every single moment of football is indescribable and it is something you never want to let go. I cannot imagine myself not playing football anymore. I cannot imagine never putting that on, or those pads. After putting on your gear, going out onto that field, and feeling
on and off of the field, and we will continue to do so,” said Rosero. The players are positive that the bond created by SEHS’ football team of 2010 will last forever.
Upcoming Sport Events 12/15 Girls Soccer: South East vs. Jordan (Home) 12/15 Boys Soccer: South East vs. Jordan (Away) 12/15 Girls Basketball: South East vs. Centennial (Away) 12/20 Boys Basketball: South East vs. Carson (Home) 12/27 Boys Soccer: South East vs. San Fernando (Away) 12/27 Girls Soccer: South East vs. Huntington Park (Away)