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April 2019 Volume 6 Issue 2
A Student Publication of North Side High School
Vape Pens Have Dangerous Consequences By Alvaro Garcia Five students were arrested in February for bringing vape pens to school. Many of these pens are odorless and they are becoming more and more popular and dangerous. Vape pens/e-cigarettes are devices that heat a liquid into an aerosol that the user inhales. They contain nicotine or marijuana along with other harmful chemical additives. “They have been a problem all school year,” Dr. Trimble, assistant principal, said, “but when we got our first two felony arrests is when we realized it was very serious.” Students will get a felony arrest charge for taking the vape pens to school if it contains marijuana. School campuses are drug free zones, so students get up to a 3rd degree felony. Outside of school, if caught with a vape pen under age they get a citation. It is unclear why students bring the devices to school. “I don’t know; it doesn’t really make sense. I
guess because they just think they can get away with it,” Dr. Trimble said. “Any time they have drugs on campus it’s a higher degree punishment because all the schools are considered drug free zones. If someone is found with a vape pen with nicotine then the punishment is six days in OCI.” Not only can students get into a lot of trouble, but it can even hurt them physically. Earlier this year, a Keller man was using a vape pen and it exploded in his face. Vape pens can cause harm in explosions or when people use them, they damage their lungs. Vape pens that contain nicotine can be more addictive than regular cigarettes. “It actually destroys parts of the lung and you can’t get another set of lungs,” Ms. Jackson the school nurse said. “They are subject to explode while in your pocket which means your clothes catch on fire, so you catch fire. If they explode near your face, there is a possibility of losing your eye sight.”
By Diana Soto The North Side area is getting 3 million dollars for improvements from the city of Fort Worth. On February 19th there was a meeting held at the North Side community center. People from the neighborhood came to listen to Carlos Flores, City Council member for North Side. He gave a speech about the new improvements that will be done to North Side using the money. “It will bring a sense of security, a sense of helping the neighbors ex-
press what they want done in their neighborhoods,” Joanna Hudspeth, a neighborhood services liaison said. “It’s giving them a voice.” The 3 million dollars are funds that the city of Fort Worth distributes to neighborhoods. They examine each neighborhood to see which need the most improvementsworked. “Residents can’t get the money but there are some programs that they have to help them improve their homes or qualify for some utility assistance,” Hudspeth
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Improvements come to the North Side Community said.
The residents aren’t literally going to be handed the 3 million dollars. The city is only using this money to repair the more important things that will help the community as a whole. “The improvements focus on adding and repairing street lights, sidewalks, safety, and community center improvements,” Hudspeth added. “It will make it better and will have a positive effect.” The city wants to focus on all these things be-
cause they are what make up a community. There are many houses on the North Side that either have abominable sidewalks or don’t have any at all. People are likely to feel safer when walking on a sidewalk rather than walking on the street. “The project is already in motion; it started in January,” Hudspeth said. Slowly but surely, new improvements can be seen. They have already begun fixing lights, and even streets that are in poor conditions. There are some stu-
dents at North Side high school that have to walk to and from school every day. Sometimes these students might not want to come because they don’t feel safe walking around. But if the side walk or street lights were fixed, it might boost the chances of them coming to school. “I think the North Side neighborhood improvements will help our students be safer and be determined to come to school every day,” Antonio Martinez, the Principal said.
Features The Hidden Closet of Care
By Destiny Gomez The North Side Care Closet opened about six years ago as a place for students having trouble getting clothes or are in financial need. What began organized and very much put together has gone downhill. Dresses and purses are thrown over the shelves and floor while bags filled with clothes collected dust. It was time to clean up the Care Closet. “We just started getting a lot of donations and people just dropped stuff off, and it just started collecting,” Mrs. Sharpe, teacher of 11 years, said. “We used to have it sorted by men, women, and different sizes, but it just started getting chaotic.” The closet is currently undergoing renovations with shelves and cabinets being installed and being organized and cleaned out thanks to volunteers in the United Voices 4 Change. “I think the renovations happening in the Care Closet are much needed because it really is a good thing we have,” Jimen Martinez, a Sophomore said. “It deserves to be nice and organized, and people need to start donating and helping out because this is what makes our school great.”
The Care Closet is helpful to students and families on the North Side providing clothes for those in need and helping students in need with free prom dresses, UIL attire, Tuxedos, dress shirts, accessories, and much more. “It serves a need in our school by providing students with useful needs,” Sharpe said. “I think it’s a well-kept secret that many more people need to know about. People need to take advantage of the closet because many people still don’t use it.” The closet is available during school hours for all students. Just ask the counselors or a third-floor teacher for the key. The organization and renovations should be done soon. They are also updating the styles of clothes included. Many students feel grateful to have this kind of program at school. “One time during gym I tore my pants and I couldn’t get new ones,” Martinez said. “I went to the closet and got a pair and I was very grateful for the counselors because they completely understood and didn’t ask any questions.”
The Care Closet in disarray earlier this year.
Steer Battalion’s Military Ball By Elizabeth Del Rio “I myself served in the JROTC in high school,” Major Raul Padilla said. “It left a big impact. I want to have the same impact on young men and women.” One of the ways JROTC impacts students is by getting cadets involved by having events such as the Military Ball. The North Side Battalion is a huge family working together to achieve the goal for this year’s Military Ball on April 13 to be a success at the Radisson Hotel. The JROTC instructors want nothing but the best for cadets. They enjoy being there and watching them grow up as they experience new challenges. “We love cadets like our own kids,” Major Padilla said.” Some of these kids really do lighten up your day. I enjoy challenging cadets, making sure they understand how valuable they are and showing them how to prepare themselves after high school. I want to steer them in the right direction.” The instructors host many events for cadets to enjoy. One of them is the military ball which is where females dress up in a fancy dress and males look sharp in uniform. It’s a chance for all cadets to experience some-
thing new while having a time full of excitement. “I enjoy seeing cadets out there having a good time getting to know each other,” Major Padilla said.” It’s a way to get them out of the environment and have a nice meal. It’s a family environment and we give out a lot of awards.” Major Padilla explained that every school with JROTC is required to have a Military Ball due to program policies. With saying so, everyone is to attend. However, many students have financial issues and have trouble attending. “I hope everyone attends,” said Major Padilla.” I try to keep the cost down as much as possible by fundraising. For the cadets that can’t afford it, I can usually get them sponsored.” Even though some don’t want to go due to lack of interest in JROTC participation, nevertheless, there are cadets that make this ball the best that they can. “We make the program,” Adrianna Rodriguez, Junior, said.” You have to be involved to love it. It’s a sense of belonging to a team and having pride in the school”
An Athlete to Remember Eric Tovar’s Sports Career at North Side
By: Jose Monger Eric Tovar is an athlete that plays Football, Baseball and Soccer at North Side. He is in varsity in all three of these sports and is good at keeping these on track. Eric has been practicing hard so he can improve his skill in each sport. “I have played 5 sports in total, but have only played 3 this year,” Eric Tovar said. Eric considers all these sports important, but he likes baseball a little bit more since he began playing as a 3 years old. At age 5, Eric began playing soccer. He added basketball at age 9, and finally football and track at age 13. “I grew up playing baseball and I can always practice baseball with my family since we all love baseball,” Eric said. For Tovar it is fun for him to play sports because it keeps him busy and motivated.
“He is a good athlete, always working hard, always trying to get better,” Coach Garth Briggerman said. For Tovar, managing these sports isn’t a big deal because he can manage his time throughout the week. He is even able to manage his time if two sports are at the same time. For example, soccer and baseball start pretty much at the same time. “It’s all about managing your time throughout the week and have time to do your homework and work,” Eric said. Tovar takes all these sports seriously and tries to make the best of each game. For home games he even tries harder than ever because he doesn’t like losing at his own field. “The athlete shows a lot of promise on the games, and I like that,” Coach Briggerman said.
New Tax Rules for 2019 By Sergio Sepulveda The new tax reform known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is set to impact tax payers this coming tax season. The 2018 tax reform bill updates income tax brackets and marginal tax rates. Tax rates determine how much money taxpayers get back or pay. Each tax bracket corresponds to a tax rate. Lower marginal tax rates mean tax payers can pocket more money from their paycheck. In the 2018 tax reform bill, standard deductions have almost doubled. “My thoughts on taxes is that they are required, or they’re needed because otherwise how can we keep the roads and the people that keep our community safe and clean,” Mr. Manzanarez, a Spanish Teacher said.
“It affected my refund greatly. I did not receive as much refund than I did in previous years.” Taxpayers don’t like paying taxes, but the taxes paid go toward helping the community; for example, taxes help keep the roads safe and maintained. Police and Firefighters services are funded by taxes. “Even though we don’t like them we still need them,” Mr. Manzanarez said. John Gomez, a North Side student works with fencing sometimes 70 hours per week. He hasn’t done his taxes yet. “I don’t know how it will affect me,” John Gomez said. “As long as you pay them I guess you’re good, you get them back either way so I guess Photo by Maklay 62 https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ab/Money-1428594_1920.jpgey-1428594_1920.jpg you’re good. I expect less money.”
North Side’s Got Talent Senior Fundraiser Showcased Various Acts By Rolando Guevara and “As the Senior sponMichelle Pinuelas sor, I wanted to make money for the Senior class; we needThe first talent show in ed the money for the Prom,” three years was a success. The Mrs. Martin said. talent show was held on FebLots of planning made ruary 20th to showcase the the talent show a great expespecial talents the students at rience for everyone. the school have. Mrs. Martin “It took months. We and Ms. Rodriguez, the Se- originally wanted to have it in nior class sponsors, held the November, but it was a busy fundraiser. month and the only available “I wanted to have a time was in February,” Ms. talent show because we have Rodriguez said. so much talent here; it’s fun to get to see it,” Mrs. Martin A variety of acts persaid. formed that day singing, Funds from the talent dancing and many had other show were raised to benefit unique talents. There were the senior class. Admission two show times: one during was three dollars for everyone 8th period and another after and was held during 8th peri- school at 6 pm, that same day. “I wish we could have od. They raised about $1000. it in 7th and 8th, not just The money will be going to done th, th the Senior class needs such as 8 because it was only in 8 , we had to cut the acts short,” Prom and other senior activMrs. Martin stated. ities.
“Grupo 4” perform.
Out of 15 groups that auditioned, more than half of them were cut due to timing or couldn’t make to rehearsals. There were 6 acts, Angel Resceandez sang and played strings to a song by The Lumineers. Robert Barrera took the stage with Childish Gambino’s “3005.” Mark Ceja wowed the audience with his voice, singing “Burn” by Sam Smith. Genisis Hernandez played her ukulele and sang Britney Spears’ “Toxic.” Mwanafunzi “George” Kurawige excited the crowd as ‘Young GMK,’ rapping with a smooth flow over a hip-hop instrumental. Finally, “Grupo 04,” Cesar Juarez and Aaron Baltazar playing guitar, while Robert Ruiz sang, grabbing the audience’s attention. “I’ve been singing for probably a year,” Roberto
Ruiz claimed humbly. “We weren’t going to join, but this friend told us about it, and we were posting a lot of videos on Snapchat, so we decided to do it for fun.” Because the show was held during 8th period, the auditorium was packed. “It was a lot of fun, it was great how everyone reacted to the talent show. The audience involvement and enthusiasm was something I was not expecting,” Ms. Rodriguez said. “I didn’t expect kids to be that enthusiastic while they were there.” For the people that did not make the talent show this year, there will be many more of them to come. “We are considering doing a talent show every year,” Ms. Martin said.
Robert Barrera firing up the crowd with his performance of “3005” by Childish Gambino.
Angel Resceandez sings.
Below: Cesar Juarez has a guitar solo in “Grupo 4.”
Mwanafunzi “George” Kurawige excites the crowd with his performance under the alias of “YoungGMK
Mark Ceja dazzles the crowd with his performance of “Burn” by Sam Smith.
Jobs affecting grades By Jacquelinne Herrera Having a job as a high schooler can teach students many valuable things such as responsibility and communication skills. Many students work in fast food restaurants as cashiers or babysit. However, there are times when students cannot keep up with school and work. Jobs can start to affect grades when a student takes on too many hours a week, causing them to not have time to study and do homework. According to Mary Jian, the junior counselor, approximately 400-450 students work at North Side. Many of these students get jobs in order to buy items for themselves, help their parents with costs, or save money for the future such as college. In Texas, minors 16 and over can work without any hour restrictions so it’s mostly junior and seniors who work. “I got a job because I wanted to buy my own things.” Jennifer Herrera, a junior said. “I want to be more independent.” Jennifer works at El Rancho Supermarket from 5 to 10 pm most days. “Sometimes jobs can really distract you,” Jennifer said. “I used to worry about nothing, just
school, but now I have to think about school and going to work.” While work can give students money and valuable life skills, it can also hurt them. “Unfortunately, we have kids who are juniors and seniors who work from 4 to 11,” Jian said. “That negatively affects them because they have no time to do anything after school like any schoolwork or to prepare for the next day. They go straight to work till close, go home, shower, sleep, and go to school the next day.” Some teens also drop out of school in order to work. According to researchers at the Urban Institute, nearly a third of the 563,000 teenage dropouts left school to work. These students earn less than $10,000 a year by working in restaurants, construction sites, etc. “With technology and the fact that there are not factories like there used to be,” Jian said, “physical manual labor is being replaced by robotics. Nowadays in order to be effective, you need to have a skill or a degree. To not have a degree and not being able to go into the workforce with something to offer, it’s just going to keep you
at minimum wage for the rest of your life.” There are many challenges that high school students face when they have a job. Many of these include time management and maintaining a social life. Working more than 15 hours a week may cause an impact on grades. Mackenzie Gonzales a junior works 10-15 hours. “My grades got better,” Mackenzie said, “because I know that I need to be more organized now and I have to make lists in
order to get all my work completed on time.” Mackenzie does have advice for students who work. “Just don’t overwork yourself ” she said, “because I’ve done that, and it really stresses you out.” Jian also has advice on how students can work and go to school successfully. “Do not work late at night, keep your hours short,” she said. “If you have to work, try to work more weekends and take off
some days during the school week so that you have time to study. You need to have time to be at home and get a good night’s sleep so that you are rested and ready for the school day.” In the end, students are responsible for balancing school and work. “Definitely know and understand that having a job is a responsibility,” Jennifer said. “Actually getting a job means putting in that extra hard work because you’re going to be dedicating part of you time there. Some students are so focused on school that they don’t have time to have a job. So, if you’re a student like that, don’t get one. Wait for the right time.”
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Racist Teen Videos are Going Viral Bringing Old Movie Theaters Back to Life By Edwin Velasquez High schools students at Southlake Carroll are finding themselves in trouble for making racist videos that have gone viral. In the past year, there have been two videos with racial acts in them. In the latest video, there was music in the background saying the n-word, but I don’t think the students were singing because they just kept repeating the word. In the first video, teens are in a room chanting the word and saying it without caring for the consequences. This is not the first incident of racism by Southlake students. In 1996, a student was caught with a sign at a football game with the letters T.A.N.H.O. — the acronym for “Tear A [N-word] Head Off.” In these cases, students get suspended from school, suspended from extra-curricular
events and received detentions. In my opinion, that is not enough. They should be expelled from school for these acts, and should also be given some sensitivity training on why they should not be making these kinds of videos and signs. Students should not be making these videos because being racist is very wrong in many ways. Also they could get hurt by other people that don’t have the same opinion as them. I believe these students are feeling free to do this because of the political climate that we are currently in, but this is nothing new. This sort of behavior has been going on for decades at that school. Hopefully these types of events will not come to North Side High School because that would be an embarrassment and disappointment to the teachers and students.
By: Paty Ramirez Global warming has been changing the Earth’s climate drastically. On the other hand, people still chose to believe global warming is not true. The effects of global warming are environmental and social changes caused (directly or indirectly) by human emission of greenhouse gas. Many impacts of climate change have already been observed, including glacier retreat, changes in the timing of seasonal events, and changes in agricultural productivity. People have different opinions on whether they think global warming is true or not. The people who think global warming
By: Yesel Ibarra On February 14, 2018 a 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. He then opened fire killing 14 students, 3 adults and injuring 17 others. This all happened in the span of 6 minutes. Since then in the following 12 months after the attack there has been up to 1,200 deaths due to gun violence. Gun Violence is a huge problem that continues to happen, and nothing is done about it. There have been many cases having to do with gun violence, too many. The Parkland shooting is not one of the worst shootings that has happened, there has been many more. We need better gun laws, the ones we have right now are not doing us
By: Daisy Ruiz Old movie theaters around Fort Worth are coming back to life. The historic Haltom Theater opened on December 7, 1941 and closed in 1970 is being reopened into a multi-use facility including a restaurant, a theater, and a coffee bar with Wi-Fi. On New Year’s Eve the theater was opened for the concert of the band Metal Shop. The new owners of the Haltom Theater aren’t letting the buildings go to waste which is a great idea. Instead of abandoning it, they are trying to find new ways to use them. Like the Historic Haltom Theater was used as a video store, a pawn shop, and a furniture store and now it is reopened for a concert venue. The reason the theater was abandoned is because new movie theaters started taking over. Newer movie theaters are more advanced and they have more things that
people can enjoy. Redevelopment of old buildings like this need to happen more. There are a lot of buildings that are abandoned and there are so many thing people can do to use them again. Another movie theater that is being reopened is “The Art Deco New Isis Movie Theater” which opened in May 1914 on Main Street in the Stockyards, but has been closed for the past 30 years. The theater is being reopened by Jeffery Smith, high school drama teacher which hopes to reopen it under the name “Downtown Cowtown at the Isis.” He wants to reopen the theater and turn it into a performing arts auditorium. Two other abandoned movie theaters, the Berry Theater and The Hollywood Theater could have similar outcomes. Plans have been a venue, café, independent movie theater or playhouse.
is not true are just being hardheaded and don’t want to listen to why the people that think global warming is true say that it is. They are not openminded and stick to what they think is true. The Earth’s climate has changed throughout history. Just in the last 650,000 years there have been seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat, with the abrupt end of the last ice age about 7,000 years ago marking the beginning of the modern climate era –and of human civilization. Most of these climate changes are attributed to very small variations in Earth’s orbit that change the amount of solar energy our planet receives.
Most climate scientists agree that the main cause of the current global warming trend is human expansion of the “greenhouse effect” warming that results when the atmosphere traps heat radiating from earth toward space and has a horrible effect on the earth’s climate. Although people don’t want to listen to this, they have their reasons like “fake science” and they choose not to trust it. Some deny that climate change exists based on their personal experience. Although weather is not the same as climate, the weather they witnessed stays the same and because of this they assume that climate
change can’t exist which would otherwise change their experience. On the other hand, the people who choose to believe it’s true say there is real proof and evidence which would be things like the rising global temperatures, warming oceans, shrinking ice sheets, glacial retreat, sea level rise and declining Arctic sea ice. When these people don’t listen, it creates conflict and makes them argue with the people who have proof to back up their statements. Those who do not believe in global warming should try to listen to the facts being stated by scientist and start being more open-minded.
most recent and brutal shootings that has happened was in New Zealand. The shooting took place on the 19th of March 2019 at two Christchurch mosques, 50 people were killed. This shooting was enough to show Prime Minister that something needed to be done, and something was done. The gun laws were changed, 72 hours after the attack had happened, all military-style semiautomatics and assault rifles were banned in New Zealand.
Australia also made a similar ban, they destroyed up to a million weapons, and had additional gun buybacks. Last year, more than 57,000 weapons were handed in. This made a big change, mass shootings in Australia dropped to zero and gun suicides went down by an average of 4.8% per year and gun related homicides went down by 5.5% per year says CNN news. These changes that are happening in other countries are things that need to happen in the U.S. We need to start making big changes with the way we handle guns and what we do with them. We cannot keep letting horrible things like this happen. We cannot keep letting horrible things like this happen.
Global Warming Happening
Gun Laws Need to Change Nikolas Cruz was able to buy the gun he used in the attack legally. If there were better gun laws, he wouldn’t even be able to obtain that gun and there’s a great chance the shooting would have not happened. Having the gun laws changed can be one of the first steps to stopping gun violence or at least reducing the amount of deaths happening. One of the
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Cooking with by Camilo Diaz
Love Serving up Orange Chicken and fried rice. Rosario Anaya greeting students as she prepares their meals.
All of the cafeteria staff come together to take a group photograph.
Photos and story by: Camilo Diaz “We’re here for the students. We prepare the food the best we can for all the students; we don’t have any preferences,” Rosario Anaya a cafeteria worker of North Side High School said. “We do it with a lot of dedication and especially with a lot of love.” The 11 Cafeteria workers of North Side are very hard working and are passionate about their jobs. They enjoy preparing and providing nutritious meals to all Steers. They contribute to the significance of what makes North Side High School great. “I enjoy cooking here because I
see the students arriving in the line very comfortably and they pass by and say, ‘Thank You!’ very happy and that is a satisfaction for us; to serve for you guys,” Rosa Aguilar said. With the responsibility to provide food for hundreds of students is no an easy task. They serve anywhere from 700 to 830 meals a day in the cafeteria. Workers make it possible with much love and positivity. Regina Mendez said her favorite thing about being a cafeteria worker at North Side is “spending time with the students.”
Yolonada Lopez, Cafeteria manager making sure everything is running smoothly.
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