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Cesar E. Chavez High School, Delano, CA 93215

Volume 10 Issue 5 – January 25, 2013

In This Issue

the GRAPEVINE LOCAL NEWS p. 2 Meet Anissa Rodriguez What’s up with Drama? What's National Hug Day?

ENTERTAINMENT p. 3 Who won in the NBA? Discover The Hobbit Meet Shrek the Sheep

OPINION p. 4 The World Didn't End! Disney Takeover What's with Photo shopping?

Welcome Back Titans

The Holidays Aftermath

Superintendent’s Message By Rosalina Rivera Guest Writer

It happened again. Another tragedy at a school. Another community feels the shock, the loss, the despair. Another set of parents and teachers look into the television cameras and say, “I didn’t think it could happen here.” Meanwhile, in communities across the country, including Delano, parents stare into their TV screens (or computer screens, or iphone screens) in disbelief, fighting back the tears and the hopelessness, wondering how they can protect their children, and wondering if they can ever again trust the schools to keep their children safe. I want to reassure every parent of every child in this community that we consider the safety of the students to be our highest priority. We have plans and procedures in place at every school site to maximize safety and minimize risk. All staff members take student safety and campus security very seriously. But we must do more. And doing more starts with having the courage to admit to ourselves that it can happen here. Having done this, we must then prepare ourselves accordingly. This will require vision and wisdom, but we have plenty of both here in Delano. We must also be honest with ourselves, and admit that it is not in our human power to make our schools into fortresses containing miniature paradises where our children can learn and play with no possibility of disruption or danger. Moving forward, we need to avoid both unreasoning fear and naïve optimism. Between these two extremes lies the path that we must travel. To this end, we are conducting a top-to-bottom review of all of our plans and procedures relating to student safety. There will be changes. It will not be business and usual. Students, staff, and parents will all need to change expectations and make adjustments. I would ask all the parents in our community to think of their homes as the first line of defense in keeping our schools safe. Provide your child with a respectful, nurturing home environment. Teach your child the fundamental value and equality of every human being. Make a determined, consistent effort to limit exposure to violent/abusive television shows and video games. Give your child good adult role models. Listen to your child and pay close attention to their emotional and psychological needs. Reach out for help when your child seems angry, confused, or alienated. Can a tragedy happen here? Yes. Can we keep our children safe? Yes – with God’s help, and if we work together - we can. Equal Opportunity Cesar E. Chavez High School is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals in education. School programs and activities shall be free from discrimination based on gender, sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation or the perception of one or more of such characteristics. The school shall promote programs which ensure that discriminatory practices are eliminated in all district activities. (BP 0410)

Source: Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January. It celebrates the life and achievements of MLK, an influential American Civil Rights leader. He led the movement to end radical By Jerome Maragisan segregation in the United States. Staff Writer MLK was an advocate of the non-violent protest. His most famous address, the “I Have A Dream” speech, was given on August 28th, 1963, during the march in Washington. The march drew in more than a quarter of a million people at the Lincoln memorial for a congressional passage of a civil rights bill. When MLK spoke, he effectively defined the Civil Rights Movement and the struggles for justice with the inspirational words: “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed; we hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.” He became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1968, shortly after MLK died, a complaint started for his birthday to become a holiday to honor him. Trade unions lead the campaign for the federal holiday. In 1976 it was endorsed, and a petition with six million signatures was made and soon the bill became a law in 1983. It was first observed three years later but was not acknowledged until 2000.

Martin Luther King Jr.

A NEW YEAR, A NEW SEMESTER By Janette Garcia Grapevine Editor

It’s a new year and a new semester. For some this is a time for change but for some it’s back to old habits. Whether you made new years resolutions or not this year was very anticipated for some. This is the time for Seniors to shine. It is the last semester they will be spending on this campus and for some the last few months they will be living in town. There are many activities in store for seniors and many more memories to create. Although there is excitement among the class of 2013 there is also the anxiousness to know what to do after high school. High school has taught everyone a bit about themselves. Throughout high school one finds themselves and discovers who their real friends are. High school, as many have realized by now, is completely different from middle school. In high school you have to speak up or not be heard at all. You are given more choices and a lot more responsibilities. High school may not have been the best experience for some, yet for others it was, so far, the best time of their lives. Everyone has a different experience but one thing they all

have in common is that they will never forget those four years they spent with people who they either enjoyed being around or avoided. Not only are the seniors buzzing with excitement but also the freshmen. They are almost done with their first year of high school. Many freshmen have realized just how difficult high school can be, but these are only four years of their life. The best thing a person can do this year is to give it their best and strive to achieve their goals. Who knows, maybe this is the year you will talk to that guy you’ve been liking for the past year or you will finally read that book you’ve been putting off. You might finally pass that class you’ve been retaking. You never know what this year will bring. Expect the unexpected.



Meet Anissa


Julie Marie Perez Staff Writer

A few weeks ago I sat down with CCHS senior, Anissa Rodriguez, to discuss the perks of being a wrestler and the challenges and sacrifices she had to face in this tough sport. Anissa wrestles in the 98 lbs. weight class for the women’s division as well as the 106 lb level for the male division. Rodriguez has wrestled for approximately four years, mostly competing in freestyle competitions. For this coming season, Anissa has competition yet to come. Since she is the only female wrestler in the Delano area competing on a regular basis, wrestling has definitely motivated her to do better. She also says that her coaches do not discriminate against her and neither do the guys on the team; they all have respect for her. Being in any sport, you have to travel. Anissa tells us that the farthest she has ever traveled was in North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Colorado. She states, “It’s crazy when I go to nationals; I see people all over the United States. It’s different to see people with these accents and the different cultures and backgrounds. I even wrestled a girl from Puerto Rico before.” She expresses that “wrestling is the hardest sport in high school. It’s one of the hardest sports period. If you want to be good, you have to commit so much. Big tournaments are two days long and

Choir Concert

nationals is about two weeks long because it’s every division of wrestling. My family sacrifices. I sacrifice my social life and time. I sacrifice FOOD. You know how hard that is?” When asked what her motivation was for starting wrestling, she states, “My dad was a wrestler. He always wanted to have a boy to follow in his footsteps but instead, he had 6 girls but I’m the closest thing he’s got!” Anissa’s favorite wrestler is Marina Doi, who wrestles in the same weight class as she. “She’s really good, and Tatiana Padilla is someone I met a long time ago.” The advice she gives is to “not be afraid to try it. If you really like it, then commit to it.” Wrestlers practice every day and their only day off is Sunday. Anissa reveals to me that “wrestling breaks a person. It pushes you beyond your limits and helps you discover who you really are and whether or not you have determination or drive. “ I was very curious if she sought wrestling in her future and she states that she wants to be around wrestling her entire life but doesn’t want to compete her entire life. She wants to be able to have a life and a family one day. She concludes that she would like to wrestle in college and she has also talked to a couple of college coaches who are scouting her. The future is near and so is the embarking wrestling career of Anissa Rodriguez.


By Myla Garcia Editor in Chief

Presents. Holiday cheer. And the sound of French revolution. With the start of the year, Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel, Les Miserables, premiered in theaters as a musical film deemed “mesmeric and compelling” by the UK’s The Guardian news. Set in 19th century France, the film centers on the uprising of 1832 while conveying universal themes. From an AP student’s point of view familiar with the novel and play, each actor’s character was played out beautifully. Who else would lose weight for the film as Samantha Barks had done or had a “real hair cutting” scene as Anne Hathaway which she replies with wanting to “authentically communicate a physical transformation” with Fantine’s character. Such emotion was poured into her rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” and it’s amazing to see how far Hathaway had come from once being a princess of Genovia. Among the most noted performances was Samantha Bark’s “On My Own” as Eponine. After all, how sad and disappointing must it be to have the love of her life, Eddie Redmayne’s Marius, to be stolen away from her in but a glimpse by the wonderful and lovely Cosette played by

Amanda Seyfried. This film won ‘Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical’ during this year’s 20122013 Golden Globes Awards with Hugh Jackman winning ‘Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical’ and Anne Hathaway winning ‘Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture’. Is this a movie worth watching? With two hours and 38 minutes, a prospective viewer can expect the transformation of Hugh Jackman’s Jean Valjean of a criminal into an honest man being chased throughout his life by the noble antagonist, Javert, played by Russell Crowe. The pride of French nationalism is brought out by Eddie Redmayne’s Marius and his group of friends ready to die at the hands of the king’s soldiers for their beliefs. Partnered with themes of love by the relationships centered around Cosette who may just be the embodiment of love. All in all, ‘Les Miserables’ is a moving and mesmerizing film that should be watched by those competent and patient enough willing to discover a beautiful piece of art sung in 2 hours and 38 minutes.

By Sonia Maldonado Staff Writer

their preformance with the song “Follow the Christmas Star.” Advanced Choir member Cynthia Herrera (12), then sung the song “Only Hope”, follwed by Angelica Berrones The long hours spent preparing this magnificient event paid off. The (11) preforming “Something About December” with guitarrist Ralph Berrones. Advanced Choir began their set night began with a grand entrance in which CCHS Combined Choirs with the song “African Alleluia”, “Thirty Second Fa-La-La”, and “Riu, Riu, Chiu” with soloist Sonia Maldonado performed “One Candle” accompanied by soloists: Ana Soto and Thomas (11). Advanced Choir Men the sang the beautiful lullaby “La Loo, La Low” followed by Advanced Choir Women Garza. Then, Beginning Choir member Breanna Carrillo (10) performed singing “Do You Hear What I Hear?”. Then, Advanced Choir ended their set with the song “Child of God” with “White Christmas” as sung by Taylor Swift. Beginning Choir took the soloist Yamine Valencia (10). Viridiana Ramos (11) then preformed the song “A Merry Little Christmas.”The stage with the song “African Noel” with soloists Gabriela Ochoa (11) and CCHS Festival of Lights ended with Combined Choir prefoming “Light a Candle” with soloists Gisselle Ayon(9) Monica Ballesteros (10). Then Beginning Choir men sang the very enerand Edmundo Carino (12). getic carol, “I Saw Three Ships”; Followed by Beginning Choir women This year’s Choir Concert was a rather noted event, for in attendance were none other than Mr. DeLeon and singing “Carol of the Star” with soloists Aleeza Malasig (10), Monica several Distrsct Board Members. CCHS Choir Director Mr. Justin Witt said “I’m proud of all my students and am Ballesteros (10), and Mabelin Torres (10). Beginning Choir then ended proud to have them. This year’s cocert was awesome!!!”. Mr. Morrison, a highly esteemed District Board Member, commented,”You’ve set a new standard for CCHS Choir and I will be expecting more from you.”

Drama Club By Javier Contreras Staff Writer

As the president of this year’s Drama Club, my biggest goal is to be successful. In the past years that I’ve attended CCHS, I have never heard of a school drama club. Maybe there has been one, but it has sure been a while since. Last year, a drama club was beginning to develop, however, it failed. This year has been filled with lots of drama, laugh out loud, right? Even though we’ve gone through changing the script multiple times, to losing our club advisor, we will be successful by the end of this school year. This year’s production is entitled “Sixteen in 10 minutes or less” by Bradley Hayward. The story is about teenagers in high school who experience feeling of love, hatred, and even bullying. My goal is to start directing the play in February, and have it complete and ready to perform by May. As of right now, the drama club is quite small; however, we have enough to fill the cast that we need to perform the play. Backstage members are needed, and if you are interested in joining, please listen to the announcements to know when a new meeting will be held. The club officers are President, Javier Contreras, Vice President, Myla Garcia, Secretary, Jerome Marasigan, and Treasurer, Janette Garcia. Drama Club has also been a bit slow right now as we are not fully stable with everything, but with a lot of work and dedication, this year should definitely be a success. Please remember to listen to the announcements if you are interested in being part of the backstage crew, and also support by watching the end of the year production.

Shrek the Sheep By Julie Marie Perez Staff Writer

In 2004, Shrek the Sheep was found in a cave in New Zealand for six years. In the years of hiding Shrek, carried 60lbs of fleece on his body, which is enough to make 20 suits! That’s more than the average wool a sheep should have. He somehow was able to avoid being captured by anyone. After being found, he became a nation icon in a country where there were more sheep than people in its population. Shrek had his own children’s book and he also got to meet the prime minister of New Zealand. This sheep even had his own televisions show in New Zealand. Owner, John Perriam, declared that Shrek had to be put down on June 6 th, 2011, since his health had begun to fail. Shrek died at the age of sixteen. Perriam told New Zealand TV that “he was just an ordinary sheep, went AWOL and hid, and when he was found he became the darling of the nation.” Following up his death at the age of 16, the television coverage of his shearing reportedly rivaled Princess Dianna’s 1997 funeral and his wool was auctioned at high prices at charity auctions for specifically children’s medical charities. After the auction, Shrek raised more than $150,000 dollars. Experts estimate that the photos of Shrek were worth $100 million of publicity for New Zealand’s export industry. John Perriam tells Shrek was “excellent” with people and had this “unbelievable personality you could not over,” although he was merely a sheep.



In memoriam: 1. Shaylyn Anela Pinoliar, 3/6/ 2000-11/14/2012 2. Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/06-12/14/12 3. Daniel Barden, 9/25/05-12/14/12 4. Rachel Davino, 7/17/83-12/14/12 5. Olivia Engel, 7/18/06-12/14/12 6. Josephine Gay, 12/11/05-12/14/12 7. Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 04/04/06-12/14/12 8. Dylan Hockley, 3/8/06-12/14/12 9. Dawn Hochsprung, 06/28/65-12/14/12 10. Madeleine F. Hsu, 7/10/06-12/14/12 11. Catherine V. Hubbard, 6/08/06-12/14/12 12. Chase Kowalski, 10/31/05-12/14/12 13. Jesse Lewis, 6/30/06-12/14/12 14. James Mattioli , 3/22/06-12/14/12 15. Grace McDonnell, 12/04/05-12/14/12 16. Anne Marie Murphy, 07/25/06-12/14/12 17. Emilie Parker, 5/12/06-12/14/12 18. Jack Pinto, 5/06/06-12/14/12 19. Noah Pozner, 11/20/06-12/14/12 20. Caroline Previdi, 9/07/06-12/14/12 21. Jessica Rekos, 5/10/06-12/14/12 22. Avielle Richman, 10/17/06-12/14/12 23. Lauren Rousseau, 6/19/82, -12/14/12 24. Mary Sherlach, 2/11/56-12/14/12 25. Victoria Soto, 11/04/85-12/14/12 26. Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/06-12/14/12 27. Allison N. Wyatt, 7/03/06-12/14/12

NBA Wins and Losses By Lydia Hernandez Staff Writer

Wins Losses Oklahoma City LA Clippers San Antonio Miami New York Memphis Golden State Atlanta Indiana Houston Chicago Brooklyn Denver Portland Milwaukee Minnesota Utah Boston LA Lakers Philadelphian Dallas Sacramento Orlando Detroit Toronto Phoenix Charlotte New Orleans Cleveland Washington

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Connecticut Tragedy

By Mr. DeLeon


To our CCHS Parents, Students, Staff and Community Members Our thoughts and prayers are with those who grieve because of the nonsensical school violence in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14th. And in light of this and other horrific events across our country, I feel it is important to re-assure our students, staff, and parents that we are taking every pre-caution to ensure students are safe and secure at Cesar E. Chavez High School. CCHS places a high value on the safety and well being of all our students. Our children are our greatest commodity and our highest priority; we can never be too safe. Our District Administration and our own Site Administration are scheduling a series of meetings with District and School Site Safety Committees to review current safety protocols and procedures and update any areas needing attention in our Safe School Plans. It is important that measures that are in place (and that are annually updated during the summer months) are re-visited to ensure soundness of strategy, security, response and overall safety. We also want to raise the awareness of any potential problems to our students, staff, parents and community members and strongly encourage you to take the time to review the following tips with your children at home: Students need to REMEMBER TO: 1. Be cognizant and aware of their surroundings. 2. Use extreme caution when approached by strangers. 3. Never get into a vehicle with someone they don’t know. 4. Whenever possible, try to avoid walking to and from school alone. 5. Plan ahead to request transportation from school when participating in late or evening events. 6. If they are a witness to or are confronted with any suspicious person or activity, they should report it immediately to a school official. Thank you for your support and understanding. We will have a memorial display in our lobby commemorating those who lost their lives, both here in Delano and in Newton, Connecticut during the months of January and February. We pray for the victims and their families.

Disney’s Tron Legacy By Issac Ramirez Staff Writer

‘Tron: Legacy’ is the sequel to 1980s original ‘Tron’ movie. The sequel didn’t turn out so great according to box office hits, and now Disney is trying to push everything they can for a Tron 3. Tron: Legacy was not a good film to box office hits, as many had predicted. Tron is a movie about a


world that has to do with motorcycles that have one wheel around the entire vehicle, and racing. The greatest thing about Tron, is the bright lights. Many think Disney shouldn’t try to make a Tron sequel and just deal with the projects they are working on right now. Disney will lose money by

making the sequel. Tron: Legacy was the downfall for Disney in 2011. With that outcome there certainly are not high expectations for this new project.


By Leanne Valdez Staff Writer

By Luis Ochoa Staff Writer

What is your New Years olution?


1. A Pokémon episode called “Electric Soldier Polygon” which aired in Japan on December 19, 1997 caused 685 viewers seizures and some loss of consciousness, these viewers had to be rushed to nearby hospitals. 2. An island in the South pacific released official currency featuring various Pokémon such as Pikachu and mew two.

Not eat rice - Yasmine R. (11)

Get strain A’s - Alex Aguilera (9) (10)

More Vacation time - Mr. Ali

3. In 2008 a Japanese scientist named Shigeru Sato discovered a protein and named it Pikachurin after the Pokémon character Pikachu 4. The Pokémon charizard which resembles a westernized dragon is the same height as Lionel Andrés Messi most commonly known as "Leo" Messi, they both have a height of 5' 7"

Actualy study in school - Moises Delira (10)

Not stay at school until 5 - Mr. G. Garza

To be happy - Ivanka Lagunilla (12)

5. The original Pokémon movie was 15 minutes longer in Japan than in the American version this was because it dealt with the human cloning, of a young girl named Amber two.



The World Didn’t End…Again By Janette Garcia Grapevine Editor

Once again the world was believed to end. Obviously it didn’t happen but the notion that it would has gone to extremes. This time with the Maya calendar as supposed evidence there were many reports of people committing suicide because they believed this rumor and wanted to die in their own hands. This idea of the world suddenly ending is completely irrational. Hollywood has done a great job and enabling the imaginations of people to run wild. There are many movies out there that depict the end of the world in different circumstances but how can anyone be one hundred percent sure of when and how the world is going to end? The debate on how the world started has not even been settled yet.


By Jerome Maragisan

There are many theories on how to know when the world will end. Once again the dispute between science and religion dominates this discussion. Everyone talks about the end of the world and posts about it on social networking sites. In fact, it has gotten to the point where people avoid accessing their accounts online to not be bombarded with people who seek to make you believe their point of view. This topic has gotten out of hand. In fact in some cases the whole “the world is going to end” phrase has become an excuse for people to justify their actions. Everyone has their opinions on this topic but the truth of the matter is that no one knows who is correct. A person who is constantly trying to force people to believe their religious views on this topic is no better than the person who believes the world will end. The point of view of a person should obviously be respected but constantly arguing with someone about it is useless. If the world ends any time soon, we will know on that who was right and who was wrong. Source:

Staff Writer

Most of the photographs people encounter, whether it’s on line, on a billboard, or on a magazine, there is a 99.99% chance they were retouched, most likely using Adobe Photoshop. With simple retouching to complex manipulation. Adobe Photoshop is a professional image editing software package that can be used by experts and novices alike. It is the leading digital image editing application for the Internet, Media, and Entertainment. It is embraced by millions of users. The most common types of pictures that are being edited right know are self-portraits. “ I don’t think that imperfections that every person has should be brushed away to make that one person appear perfect. No one is perfect so why try to make them appear that way,” as Bekah Reed (10) points out many people have imperfections and that tremendous expectations a person has of putting themselves to be perfect of to look perfect will only end up unappealing. Looking at the “perfect” photo of a person, who looks like a doll, makes one think of how fake or how much retouches they had. The thought of that makes one think of how truly unattractive they really are.

Disney Takeover Disney is the studio that owns Pixar Animation Studio, Marvel Studios, and recently bought, LucasFilm. But is that not enough for Disney? There has been news about Disney planning to buy off Hasbro, the company that makes family board games. It’s a Disney apocalypse! Disney has made some board games before but are they

80’s Movies

By Issac Ramirez Staff Writer

planning to make that a major in there company? Will they even have enough time with their plans with future Pixar animation films, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and their new Star Wars trilogy being palnned out starting with Star Wars Episode VII? What will Disney do if they do buy Hasbro off? Will they

plan to buy Nintendo and make the Wii U Disney Edition? To buy off Microsoft and make a Disney Kinect? They can do almost anything now with all of the box office money collected from The Avengers, Brave, and Wrek-It Ralph. But for now, it’s just a rumor. Or is it?

By Jerome Maragisan Staff Writer

Back to the Future (1985) Rating: 9.5/10 -A teenager is accidentally sent 30 years into the past by his friend Dr. Emmett Brown, and must make sure his high-school-age parents unite in order to save his own existence. Comment: “It’s a good movie!” Jonathan Mendoza (12) The Breakfast Club (1985) Rating: 10/10 -Five different stereotypical students meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought. Comment: “That is one of the best 80’s movies. I love this movie it was hysterical.” Tanpreet Dhaliwal (11) Ferris Buller’s Day Off (1986) Rating: 10/10 -A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, with his friend and girl friend. Comment: “It’s entertaining” Angel Ahumada (11) Pretty in Pink Some Kind of Wonderful

(1986) (1987)

7.5/10 9.5/10

The Lost Boys



Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure



Fast Times at Ridgemont High



16 candles



Weird Science Say Anything St. Elmo’s Fire

(1985) (1989) (1985)

9/10 9.5/10 9/10




The Outsiders Footloose

(1983) (1984)

8.5/10 8/10

Revenge of the Nerds



Better off Dead



Can’t Buy Me Love



The Karate Kid



Source: - The Grapevine The Grapevine is a student publication distributed several times a uyear by the Journalism staff of Cesar E. Chavez High School. The Grapevine is an open forum for students and staff. The Grapevine encourages guest writes and authentic signed letters to the editor. The staff takes sole responsibility for the opinions herein expressed by the student body and acknowledges that these opinions are not reflective of CCHS or DJUHSD. Editor-in-Chief Myla Garcia Staff Writers Javier Contreras Betania Tapia Lydia Hernandez Leanne Valdez

Editors Janette Garcia Carmela Alonzo Isaac Ramirez Julie Marie Perez Sonia Maldonado Jennifer Herrera

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