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2211 McKinley Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76164

May 2019 Volume 6 Issue 3

A Student Publication of North Side High School

North Side Getting a Makeover By: Jose Monger The 25 million dollars North Side got from the Bond vote last year is taking its course. North Side is now in phase 2 and that means that we are going to see some signs of construction all around. “We want to remodel the school, make it looks nicer so that the students feel more comfortable in the school,” Principal Antonio Martinez said. There will be a new mariachi room with more technological advances to help the program progress faster on their music. The new building will have soundproof practice rooms, studio for recording capabilities and instrument storage. The mariachi room will be 5,000 square feet. And the building will have dressing rooms for boys and girls. “The pros about having our own room is that we are going to have space now. We are trying to take care of our instruments,” Ramon Nino the mariachi teacher said. However, the building may not be occupied until the

second semester of next year. This means that they will have to wait a little longer next year. In the meantime, they will still have to share the room with the band. “The room won’t be available until December or January of the next school year,” Mr. Nino said. The Bond has helped North Side and they are trying to make the most of the money. They are trying to spend as much as they can on the school for improvement everyone will benefit from. “The students will now want to hang around here more often and that was what I was planning for,” Mr. Martinez said. North Side is constructing a new parking lot for students behind the football field. This is to reduce the amount of traffic that there is before and after school. There will be at least 80 parking spots for students. “We are trying to help people by trying and getting cars off the streets because we know how bad the traffic gets,” Mr. Martinez said They are also going to make some adjustments to the

sports programs; for example, they are going to make a little soccer field behind the football field, and they will try and fix some of the grass from the baseball and softball field. “We are trying to do as many major improvements as possible, and include our athletics program,” Principal Martinez said. Part of the third building that will soon be for the Mariachi students. Photo by MacKenzie Gonzalaz.

earning 3 hours of college credit,” Mrs. Wueste, College & Career Readiness Coordinator said. “I think it is here to stay.” The students get more opportunities to do things in OnRamps and they get more experience. “It’s a good option. AP is also a great option. It depends on their goals and what kind of student they are,” Ms. Wueste said.

Some students think that the On-Ramps classes are difficult. They think you should only take On-Ramps if you are very intelligent because of all the work they give. “It’s hard; It’s a lot of work,” Madeleine Gault 11th said. “If you {are not ready to test yourself } don’t do it. If you don’t have common sense do not sign up for

On-Ramps Success at North Side

By Alvaro Garcia North Side’s five OnRamps classes got the most college credit overall in the district last semester. They also had the highest enrollment and passing in the district. “We have had a huge number of kids earn college credit in all of those five classes, Some of the classes are earning as many as 6 hours and some of the classes are

On-Ramps.” Some students like the opportunity and the challenge to do better. They want to do harder work and pass with a good grade. “Even though it’s a college class, it’s still passable for high school students because they will get really good grades and get credits for college,” Leslie Andrade, junior said.


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Valedictorian and Salutatorian Named By Camilo Diaz and Sergio Sepulveda “I'd like to give back to my community one day by helping to provide more resources to schools- especially low-income schools with minority students.” Janet Mascorro a senior said. “To give back to the people that made me who I am and set a better path to those with little opportunities.” With hard work and commitment, Janet Mascorro has been able to achieve the position of Valedictorian for the 2019 graduating class of North Side High School. With a staggering GPA of 4.6, Janet is the topranked student of her class. However, a more personal motivation fulfills her aspirations. “Both of my parents were unable to finish their education so I think that’s one of the factors that has prompted me to work as hard as I can these past few years,” she said. “While the United States has offered my parents opportunities, I know that it has also fostered in them some discomfort at times. I hope that in the end, I will be able to provide them with the comfortable lifestyle that they deserve.” By the determination to dominate humbly, Janet has painted a path that will lead to many astonishing opportunities that

will help her attain her goals. Once she graduates high school, Janet intends to progress with her education and attend a University to study Aerospace Engineering or Astronomy. “I stay focused and I always remember what I'm working towards to keep myself going,” she said. “Being the oldest, I want to be a good role model and offer a source of inspiration. I want to show my siblings- especially my sisters, to not be afraid to being too ambitious. Be realistic, but don’t be scared to dream big, either.” Andrea Richards is this year’s salutatorian. “I honestly never thought I'd be salutatorian but I'm really happy,” Andrea said. Andrea has been working hard all 4 years taking advanced placement classes. She has advice for other students. “Just to not slack off, because in the end it really pays off,” Andrea said. Currently Andrea has not received any scholarships, but she wants to go into pediatric nursing. Her teachers are not surprised she has achieved this accomplishment. “She is a very focused young lady and she usually accomplishes what she sets her mind to,” Amy Garza AP literature and

By Elizabeth Del Rio Thousands of students walk the stage with their heads high as they receive their high school diplomas while listening to the crowd’s applause. Many graduates walk out knowing exactly what they are aiming for. This year, North Side’s class of 2019 will have a graduating class of 388 students on June 2nd at TCU. Many of our seniors can't wait to finish high school and start preparing themselves for the real world. They have been thinking about this moment since they stepped foot into high school. Some are taking this as an opportunity to do things for themselves and without the help of others. “I am scared to graduate but I am so ready,” Mariah Renteria said.” My freshman year is when I started to think about everything. Planning out my life would be something I'm doing on my own.” It might all be fun and games at first, but there are many stressful moments that many must go through. This includes all the planning for college, working, being able to keep up with grades and much more while keeping in mind that everything has limited time. “This year has been stressful,” Ana Mendez said. "You have to apply for college, then scholarships, then FAFSA. It's just a big deal. Senior year went by so fast.” Some students such as Mariah Renteria and Hugo Hernandez, are taking the military path after graduating. With the inspiration of family members and recruiters, they both decided to take a major turn in their lives with hope of success.

“My senior year has been stressful, and I can't wait to get it over with,” Hugo said. "I see myself in the Army. After talking to a recruiter about the Army and benefits, I decided to choose the Army. The thing I'm most afraid of is not being successful after high school.” “I have family friends that are in the military and some are in the Marines,” Mariah said.” I like the intimidation they give off.” Other students such as Ana Mendez and Alma Briones have chosen to prepare themselves for college. Both have chosen to study criminal justice and hope they are ready for what life has to come. “After high school I am going to work during the summer then start college in the fall,” Ana said.” I'm going to college at Tarleton. The thing I'm most scared of is dropping out of college and not being able to finish my education. I used to watch Criminal Minds all the time, and I could figure out the case before the people on TV could.“ “It's been an emotional rollercoaster,” Alma said.” I'm the first generation in my family (to go to college) and as the oldest it has come to me to be the role model that they follow. I see myself going to Texas State and pursuing my master's degree in criminal justice and then heading off to Harvard to finish off my doctorate.” Alma also says to don’t slack off because everything will affect the future. Students can focus on school and have fun at the same time, but they must be caution of what is to come. “Don't let Senioritis hit you,” Alma Briones said.

AP language teacher said. Andrea said the most difficult thing was balancing fun and school work to maintain her 4.432 GPA. “She is a very talented musician and she doesn’t let that distract her from her school work, she's been successful in both areas of her life, she works hard,” Mrs. Garza

said.

As the North Side fight song will play at graduation “sail along to higher honor for Old North Side High” Janet and Andrea will indeed do that. They have brought honor to their families, friends and to the school. Below: Janet Mascorro and Andrea Richards

Goodbye High School; Hello World

Once a Steer, Always a Steer Senior Memories and Advice By Camilo Diaz “It’s been really fun. It’s been an adventure,” senior, Andrea Richards said. Among all the Steers who’ve come to North Side, they have created memories that remain in this school forever. Graduation is around the corner and the Class of 2019 memories are coming to an end. These seniors have advice for those still on their journey as a steer. “It’s been eventful,” Jaquelin Valleza, senior, said. “It’s become more fun once you interact with more people.” “My favorite memory was this year’s Homecoming; it was unforgettable,” senior, Megan Gonzales said. “This year when we competed for UIL (Mariachi) and I got an outstanding Performance medal,” Andrea said. “My favorite memory here at North Side is spending time with my friends,” Senior Tsegazgi Habtom said. Teachers play a big part in the ex-

perience a student has in school. Some teachers have had a big impact on students. Many influence student academic attainment and performances. “Mrs. Sharpe has helped me with a lot,” She’s a good teacher,” Tsegazgi said. “Mr. Dorbandt has helped us all get closer and work harder for what we want,” Jaquelin, said. “Ms. Scott and Mrs. Garza have been really helpful,” Andrea said. “They are super nice and they care about everything.” The advice is given to the underclass mates who hopefully will benefit. High school is filled with difficult obstacles that they’ve all come across, but those who have been through it have the best advice. “Don’t slack off because if you do you will be sad,” Andrea said. “Don’t stress out too much, but stay on top of things because it will all pay off at the end,” Jaquelin said.


News VASE Regional Competition

By Maximiliano Proa Visual Arts Scholastic Event is a regional art show that took place in February at Timberview High School in Arlington. North Side submitted 14 entries. 8 students got the highest score of a 4. Two advanced to state placement. North Side junior Camilo Diaz got advanced placement by submitting a photograph of an indigenous woman. “I feel proud going to state because our class hasn’t been to state in a while,” Camilo Diaz said. Students that received a 4 will go through the judging process and the top

50 works of art are chosen to go to state. Students that get advanced placement go to state which is in San Marcos, TX and takes place April 26-27. Juan Estrada a sophomore also got into advanced placement. “I was surprised because I didn’t think I would get in,” Juan said. “I thought everybody’s drawings looked better than mine.” Juan came up with the idea randomly and just started drawing. Both students received a medal at state.

By: Michelle Pinuelas A night to dress up, a night to celebrate, and one more time to make memories before graduation. Here at North Side High School, Prom will be held at the Colonial Country Club on May 25th. The theme will be masquerade. “We started planning during the summer to make prom a fun experience for the people attending,” Ms. Martin prom sponsor said. "It's been difficult but fun at the same time.” A lot of hard work has been put into making Prom a great experience for everyone attending. The money raised by Whataburger,

Canes and even a talent show will help pay the 38,000 dollar price. “I think it would be a fun experience, but a lot of money” senior Alondra Martinez said. Many people are excited and are stressed, but at the end of the night they are going to go home with a great experience to remember. “I'm ready to get Prom over with. It is too much thinking and stress, but I know it's going to be fun," Alondra said. The night will end at 11pm but the memories will last a life time.

A Day to Remember

Camilo Diaz with his photograph.

TexRail, DFW newest train line, runs from downtown Fort Worth to DFW International Airport. Courtesy of Trinity Metro.

A New Train Brings Safety Worries By Esteban Molina TEX Rail is a new 27-mile commuter train track that will run along from downtown Fort Worth, to northeast Tarrant county, through North Richland Hills and Grapevine, and finally to the DFW International Airports Terminal. The train service opened this January in 2019. It has been predicted that the train will transport 8000 people daily at 9 different stations by the end of the year. With this new station so close, located on 3150 NW 79th Street, there are some things that should be kept in mind when students go near the new station “People shouldn’t even be around train tracks,” Mr. Walker, who has been

working at BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway) for 7 years, said. “People should have their cell phones down and their headphones off, especially with the new trains that can be very quiet with the new rails and equipment.” Some students would think that it’s cool to hang out around train tracks, but people like Mr. Walker think it’s a dumb and dangerous idea. “Don’t take shortcuts with your life!” he warned. At the end of April, TEX Rail surpassed 200,000 riders. `“I think it’s really nice that we have a new train station so close,” Lucero Salazar sophomore said.

Juan Estrada with his drawing.

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EARTH FEST 2019 THE BIGGEST FESTIVAL AT NORTH SIDE By Katherine Flores Talent, games, water slides, dunking booths, food, and more at North Side’s annual Earth Fest! It’s a time to celebrate the Earth, enjoy spring coming, and help raise money for school clubs. Earth Fest was April 18th, 2019 from 5pm to 9:30pm at N o r t h Side High School. Earth Fest is one of North Sides biggest Festival’s where people can eat food and play games. Not only do people have fun, but in doing so they raise money for clubs with every purchase. When buying a water balloon, they raise money for student council; when they buy food, they raise money for multiple clubs like AVID, My Brother’s Keeper, band, tennis, and many more. “It was my idea years ago to have Earth Fest,” says Tracy Cravens, teacher at North Sidel in charge of Earth Fest. “It is to enjoy our beautiful campus, to show appreciation to our Earth, to give a platform to our clubs and for them to show their talents and do a fundraising, as well as all of our artist to have a platform to show their talent.” Earth Fest is a tradition at North Side High School because the community can gather and appreciate the Earth and the amazing talent. “I sold ice cream for the Dance Team” Celest Zapata, a junior, said. “We had vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, cookies

and cream, a rainbow one, and more. The ice cream was two dollars. With the money raised we’re planning to use it to buy new uniforms.” Genesis Hernández was one of the many performers at Earth Fest; it was one of her favorite nights. “I have always enjoyed Earth Fest for various reasons, but this year was probably one of the most important to me” Genesis Hernández, a senior at North Side high school, said.“ I loved getting to sing in front of all my friends and loved ones this year. Nothing can beat the euphoria that went through my soul while all my friends bounced around to my original song “Cotton Candy Concrete Paradise.” Ultimately, the focus of the Earth Fest is to celebrate our planet and all the blessings it’s given us. “My song talks about living harmoniously on our space rock home despite the adversity that we encounter in our daily lives,” Genesis said. “I’m glad I was able to share that message with the audience. That’s really the highlight of Earth Fest. Getting to bring an entire audience of people, all with different paths of life, to come together and enjoy music for the magic that it is.” Helping raise money for clubs to make our school and community better is all Earth Fest is truly a night to remember and a great way to show love to Earth.


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A A LARIAT NEWSPAPER North Side High School

2211 McKinley Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76164

The Lariat Staff: Hector Avila Elizabeth Del Rio Carranza Camilo Diaz Kathrine Flores Alvaro Garcia Destiny Gomez Rolando Guevara Jacquelinne Herrera Yesel Ibarra Esteban Molina Jose Monger Santillanes Michelle Pinuelas Maximiliano Proa Patricia Ramirez Grimaldo Daisy Ruiz Sergio Sepulveda Diana Soto Edwin Velasquez Advisor: Andres Bentley

Principal: Antonio Martinez The Lariat is the official publication of North Side High School. As a public forum, we will publish letters to the editor as space allows. Letters must be signed and names may be withheld. Opinion columns represent the opinions of the Lariat Staff Newspaper members at North Side High School. The Lariat will not accept advertisements for products or services that are not legally available to students.

Rich Parents Giving Kids Unfair Advantage Million Dollar Question By: Daisy Ruiz Famous actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are among the 50 people that are being charged for participating in a scheme to get their children into elite colleges by bribing athletic coaches or university administrators and for cheating on exams. These are examples of people going to extremes to get their kids into elite colleges. There are numerous ways you can get into college without paying thousands of dollars to bribe college administrators or lie about your test scores according to Ms. Nabarrete in North Side Go Center. “There’s a lot of way to help students to get into college and a lot of different colleges for different kinds of people,” she said. There are a lot of websites that help students pay for college by giving scholarships and there are a lot of ways to get the scholarships. Some students feel like it is worth

paying that much money. “Colleges are really hard to get into,” Alyssa Paz, junior said. For some students it might be harder to get into a college because of learning disabilities or other problems. “People that don’t have those kinds of resources lose out on a spot that was taken by somebody with money that was able to buy that spot,” Ms. Nabarrate said. There are lots of smart students that really try to get into a good college, but they sometimes get rejected because the spots are full. Some of those spots might be taken by students that didn’t get in by being smart; instead, they got in because they have a lot of money and were able to bribe college administrators to let them in. Because of this scandal, more people are looking at the college admission process to stop the unfair advantage.

By Jacquelinne Herrera A library can be a good place to quietly do homework and read a book. Students go to the library to check out books, work on projects, or wait for their parents to pick them up after school. On April 7th, all Fort Worth central, regional and branch public libraries expanded their closing hours. The schedule was extended in order to give people a better opportunity to come to the library. “They would come up to the library on a day that we were closed,” Jonathan Rubio, City of Fort Worth Northside Librarian said, “and I think that made people not want to come back.” One reason the hours changed was because different public libraries had different hours. “This was just a way so that we have the same hours for every library,” Rubio said. The new hours can also benefit students and parents and give employees a more flexible schedule. “Kids that come from school can stay here a little later,” Rubio said. “That way their parents don’t have to rush to get here either.” Branch libraries hours are from Monday 12pm-8pm, Tuesday to Thursday 10am-8pm, Friday and Saturday 10am-6pm. Central and regional libraries will have the same hours, but will be open on Sundays 12am-6pm. “Come to the library,” Rubio said “Why not?”

By: Hector Avila Fortnite, is a third person shooter game where you collect chest and attempt to survive until the end. Fortnite is a very addicting game since it’s free and people can play with anybody with the new update on Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo and even mobile phones. Some people believe the game is too addicting and is causing mishaps in those who play lives, causing them to stay in the game and spend less time working, socializing or doing something active. Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, said earlier this year, “That game shouldn’t be allowed. Where is the benefit of having it in your household?” Also mentioning, “It’s created to addict, an addiction to keep you in front of a computer for

Fort Worth Libraries Expand Hours

By Yesel Ibarra The highest Mega Millions jackpot was is $1.6 billion and won by someone in South Carolina that chose to remain anonymous. Students at North Side High School were asked “What would you do if you won a million dollars?” We got many different responses. “I would first buy myself a truck,” Paty Ramirez, a sophomore said, “and then later I would buy more trucks to have my very own truck collection.” Many lottery winners don’t spend their winnings as smart as others; many spend all their money at once, or spend it on things that aren’t so useful and go broke for the rest of their lives. One lottery winner gambled their money away. “I would save half of my money in the bank,” Delila Ramirez, sophomore, said, “And the other half I would keep with me to spend on my needs.” On the other hand, oth-

er lottery winners are thoughtful and use their money wisely and on things they need. Some even shared the money and gave it to others in need. “I would give away $20,000,” Lisandra Cervantes, sophomore said.” And I would give the money to people in need or homeless.” Also, many times winning the lottery has been the worst things that has happened to some winners. Many wish they never won. Jack Whittaker, 2002, won $314.9 million in the Powerball multi-state lottery. After the winnings many people kept coming to Jack begging for money, and it would go as far for people to make up lies that their child was dying from cancer when some didn’t even have a child. What ultimately made Jack broke was in January 2007 he failed to pay a woman back, and she had successfully sued him. He then was sued by Caesars Atlantic City casino for $1.5 million for gambling losses.

as long as possible; it’s so irresponsible.” Anthony Olmos, a North Side student has been playing Fortnite for over a year and has spent at least three hours every day on the game. “I get home around 5; I eat dinner and then play Fortnite for up to three hours sometimes more”, he said. “On the weekends I can play up to 12 hours and I only leave my room to eat dinner.” Epic Games are now worth around 5- 11 million dollars not to mention the hours players are online and spending in the game. “I’ve probably spent around 90 dollars on Fortnite skins and dances,” he said. Players can show off the dances to other players and make

their own outfits. A smart tactic of Epic Games the creator of Fortnite uses is, by making the game free, you feel you’re not being ripped off by spending on the game. “The game is fun but it’s challenging, I think that’s why it’s so addicting,” Anthony said. While he says he’s not addicted, spending that much time on something leading to neglect in other areas of a person’s life. Experts say to overcome addiction, don’t stop cold turkey, video games, unlike some other addictions, can fill a lot of time. Stopping altogether may leave a huge void in your life, experts recommend to play in moderation. Set a specific amount of time to play video games per day to avoid addiction. Illustration by Epic Games

Fortnite Addiction


Editorials Help Stop a Worldwide Outbreak By Destiny Gomez Measles have returned to Tarrant County for the first time since 2015 with 4 confirmed cases in Dallas and Fort Worth, spreading from Collin, Keller, and Denton County. In Texas there are 14 confirmed cases. Measles are so contagious that 9 out of 10 people will get the disease if they meet an infected person. Even if you don’t physically meet a carrier, you can still get the disease 3 hours after they leave the room. The US declared measles eliminated in 2000 with a highly effective measles vaccine, a strong vaccination program that achieves high vaccine coverage in children and a strong public health system for detecting and responding to

measles cases and outbreaks. Anyone born after 1957 should be vaccinated and have proof of at least one shot for the mumps, measles, and rubella. Some parents are against getting their kids vaccinated because they believe the vaccine can cause defects and mutations, it can also cause a fever, rash or sickness but the chance of that is less than 5%. Walter Blum who is only 5 months old, is too young for the measles was infected and developed bumps and hives all over his body. Shira Goldschmidt, who is 8 months old was also too young for the vaccine was unfortunately exposed to the measles and had to be hospitalized and will have to deal with complications of the measles

in years to come. The World Health Organization tallied over 112,000 measles cases in the first quarter of 2019. This is up more than 300% compared with the same period in 2018. For the first time in 25 years measles have been found in the US in 22 states, there are also significant outbreaks in Brazil, India, the Philippines, Ukraine and Venezuela. Please help the world and get the measles vaccine, because it is so contagious infants born now have a high chance of being infected and the actual chance of getting the side effects are less than 5% Would you rather get the shot with a 5% chance of getting a fever than an infant getting hospitalized?

By Edwin Velasquez Parents are starting to be concerned about their kids after the death of two Parkland school shooting survivors. In the span of one week, there were two suicides by survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school in 2018. One of the students’ parents who committed suicide said that she had struggled with guilt and was diagnosed with post-traumatic-stress-disorder (PTSD). On

March 16, Sydney Aiello whose best friend died in last year’s massacre took her own life, according to Coral Springs police. It is so sad to think about the pain, and stress that caused these survivors to give up on life. Instead these kids need professional help by psychologists, and mental health Specialists, so they can let go of the past events that has affected them in their lives. This, unfortunately, didn’t happen. Shortly after the suicides,

more than 60 school, county, city, child services and law enforcement officials, as well as mental health specialists, teachers, and parents, met for an emergency meeting, feeling concerned about the health of their kids. Parents were given the “Columbia Protocol,” a set of six questions to ask their children. Based on their answers, they will be given several emergency resource options. If these kids would have gotten the help they needed they wouldn’t have taken their own lives.

Mass Shootings Causing Suicides

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STAAR Testing Needs To Go By: Paty Ramirez Fort Worth State Representative Matt Krause is trying to pass House Bill 2113 that would eliminate STAAR tests that are not federally required. That means that high school students will no longer be required to take the tests to graduate. This bill has passed Stage 1, but it still must go through six more levels for it to become a law. The Legislature meets until the end of May. STAAR is a test that students grade 3-12 are given to move to the next course. It would be a good idea to eliminate the STAAR test because stress would be minimized on students and teachers. The test are also not necessary because teachers can gauge learning on other tests the students are already required to take to see where they are in their education. STAAR testing is a good way of keeping track of where students are academically. It also helps teachers know the students weak points and what they need to work on. The endof-course exams are designed to ensure that students are learning

the specific course material and are ready to succeed in college or careers. Many say that STAAR testing shouldn’t continue because not everyone is a good test taker. It challenges those who have disabilities. Test are punitive, not diagnostic, and will inflict most harm on disadvantaged students. STAAR testing can keep a student from graduating; scores may hurt chances of college admission and timed tests add pressure on students. Many parents and teachers also think students already take too many tests. Students also think there are too many tests. Many want to replace the STAAR with a SAT or an ACT. In this form, teachers will still know where students are because of the other test they take. Eliminating the STAAR test will benefit both teachers and students because it won’t put too much pressure on them and will allow them to focus more on what their supposed to be learning rather than being pressured on the big test coming up.

By Rolando Guevara Some lawmakers want to increase the legal smoking age in the state of Texas from 18 to 21. I believe changing the legal

and more people getting in trouble. Say they pass the new law, smokers who are already 18 to 20 years old, would more than likely continue smoking “underage.” I personally don’t smoke cigarettes or use tobacco, so there’s no reason for me to be biased about being against the idea. It’s only fair that if someone is old enough to go to jail, be able to vote and have the right to bear arms should be allowed to smoke. It’s unfair for those who aren’t in the military, who get the “military exception,” that excludes active military members from the legal age, whether it’s 18 or 21. If someone can have a weapon, that could harm others, legally in possession, they should be able to smoke with the risk of cancer and a stroke to themselves.

Smoking More Dangerous Than Guns?

age is unnecessary and will not change much of anything. Casual smokers would find other ways to smoke, raising would be considered “illegal.” About 95% of smokers start before the age of 21, raising the legal age would only cause more arrests


Features Car Show Raises Funds for Scholarships Story and Photos by: Diana Soto “We wanted to give back to the community by allowing the senior classes to come out and help raise money,” Gilbert Arredondo, the car show organizer, said. On March 31st a car show was held at North Side High school from 11 am to 5pm. Entrance was free for all students and families to come and look at the different cars. They were even selling tickets which anyone could buy and would have a chance to win different things in a raffle. “All the money we raise here at the car show is given back to the students as scholarships,” Arredondo said. The money raised from the raffle is handed to the high school principal, Mr. Antonio Martinez, which he manages in an organized and equal way so that students can use it for educational purposes. This year they were able to raise two $200 scholarships: one for a boy and one for a girl. “You see a lot of unique cars, you see how people have customized them with the different things you can do to them,” Danny Lapman, a classic car owner, said.

Lapman’s wife is a teacher at North Side high school. He found out about this show from her and he decided to bring his personal vehicle to show off in the car show. “We actually do five different shows each year such as an Easter picnic, a trunk or treat for the kids on Halloween, and also a Toy drive,” Arrendondo added. Clubs and businesses that join together to help out as much as they can, and bring their cars, too. “Last year North Side and Diamond Hill participated, and the principals successfully gave out four scholarships,” Arredondo said. This event has brought the North Side community together to have a fun time to enjoy a show and the students get a chance to follow their dreams with scholarships. “We take pride in all of our work and I’m glad that we were able to raise money for those who need it,” Arredondo said.

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Profile for North Side High School Lariat

Lariat Newspaper May 2019  

A student publication of North Side High School.

Lariat Newspaper May 2019  

A student publication of North Side High School.