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Love in High School Stop Bullying Me Gold Importance of Family Black Friday Survival Guide La Dia de los Muertos

REGULARS 10 Senior Project Spotlight 11 Music Trends 14 Recipe 15 Wigdor’s Tips 19 Show Review

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Photo By: Mohammad Asaad

Samantha Brown

Co-founder of Vivid Arts, Sam is the graphic designer and head of Vivid Arts magazine, handling all activities regarding the project. From inquiries, to designs, and article writing, she has it all under control. Sam created this magazine in hopes of giving students an outlet to express their creativity and have a place to show their art

Alyssa Ortiz

Co-founder of Vivid Arts, Alyssa is the photographer, social media manager and art coordinator since she runs the instagram account, handles inquires, and organizes events. Alyssa will be hosting an Art show under Vivid Arts, which will display the magazine, other student work and more, for one spectacular night.

Chloe Berezowsky

Mental health awareness counselor and Vivid Arts marketer, Chloe is a major contributer to our team. She writes articles regarding family matters, mental health, or student issues while giving us the marketing materials and ideas we need to be successful.

Emily Chung

Madison De Smet

Website designer and grammar police, Maddy assures that this magazine is kept to its perfect standard while she edits all the work done and designs our aesthetically pleasing website.

As an inspirational leader, Emily has given everyone in this project the emotional support as well as the ideas they need to continue working and staying motivated.

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of students said that they believe that love can be found in high school.

of students said that they would say “I love you” to their partner within the first six months of a relationship.


It’s a Love Story


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- Jacqui Caulderon and Robert Romero have been together for over four years, falling in love as high schoolers. - Chloe Berezowsky’s great grandparents were high school sweathearts and would have been married for 60 years on October 28th of 2018. - Logan and Chilly (from SML) have been dating since senior year in high school and have been together to this day for over 7 years!

Here at Santa Su, over t�o-thirds of the st�dents said that somene never forgets their first love.

Almost all high school students typically just casually date. However, there are a few that have really serious relationships that might just last forever... About half of students said that they believe technology is ruining today’s relationships. In today’s modern world, teenagers spend half their day on their phones, and now many relationships are built over text or direct message, which causes a lot of social Page 9 anxiety when in person.


Michelle Alvarez Michelle Alvarez is an art major in her senior year here at Santa Susana High School. For her senior project she is illustrating an entire story and creating a portfolio presentation about the process of animation.

For this project, Michelle has created a story about a young girl in her teenage years living in the slums of Mexico and her journey as she paints and tags in the cartel. However, while she is tagging buildings a scout from America finds interest in her and invites her to come to the states to continue her art. The young girl is then torn between staying where she knows and where she is from or going and pursuing her passion away from her family and her current life. Michelle has created this project as she aspires to be an artist and animator. She also hopes that with this project, she can show what life is really like in the slums of Mexico and that she can share her own experiences from when she lived there as a little girl. Michelle is striving for success and hopes that everyone enjoys her project and that maybe one day she can fully animate this story and pitch her ideas to Netflix.

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Music Trends

ALTERNATIVE - Without Me by Halsey - When the Party’s Over by Billie Ellish - High Hopes by Panic at the Disco


- Beautiful by Bazzi & Camila Cabello - Youngblood by 5 Seconds of Summer - Girls Like You by Maroon 5 & Cardi B



- Flip The Switch by Quavo & Drake - ZEZE by Kodak Black & Offset & Travis Scott - Never Recover by Lil Baby & Gunna & Drake

- Guiding Light by Mumford and Sons - Broken by Lovelytheband - Zombie by Bad Wolves

R&B - Dark Side of the Moon by Lil Wayne & Nicki Minaj - Trip by Ella Mai - Keep in Touch by Bryson Tiller & Tory Lanez

Spotlight Artist

SHECK WES Raised in Harlem New York, Wes went to playing basketball on the streets, to writing lyrics and rapping under Drake and Travis Scott. He has just released a new album titled MUDBOY which features his hit Mo Bamba.

Written By: Anshel Ahmad, Mohammad Asaad, Samantha Brown, and Austyn Frisk


Movie P laylist:

- The Blind Side - A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving - Good Will Hunting - Cheaper by the Dozen - Friends (Thanksgiving Episodes) - Planes, Trains, and Automobiles - You’ve Got Mail - We Bought a Zoo

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SSHS junior, Paige Barella asks everyone to join her in her fight against bullying as she speaks about her project Stop Bullying Me Gold.

Stop Bullying





veryone at Santa Su thinks that bullying doesn’t exist, however, I sit here writing this at 11PM on a Saturday night because I know people at Santa Susana High School are being bullied. I know this because I’ve seen it, heard about it, and been victimized by it. Whether it is body-shaming, blackmail, or popularity-shaming people are still bullied at our school. his summer I started “Stop Bullying Me”, a social media platform reaching out to former victims of bullying as well as current victims of bullying for my Girl Scout Gold Award Project. At first, it started off as something I was just doing as something that will look good on my college apps, but as I kept working on it, I realized how passionate I was on the issue. We have a Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and website (, all found with the username/handle @stopbullyingmegold. While our Facebook and Instagram is used more to uplift the spirits of those being bullied or promote local events that are related to bullying awareness, our YouTube has a nine part video series that teaches people about what bullying is and how to prevent it. I have used my knowledge from past experiences, as well as the bullying prevention training course on to make these videos. Our website contains links to all our social media pages, as well as hotlines to many different teen crisis outlets. However, the main feature of our website is the stories from past victims of bullying. Many people have submitted stories anonymously about their past experiences with bullying and how they overcame this. Most people who have submitted stories are shockingly Santa Susana High School students. t has come to my attention that the reason why this is, is because many students believe that admin won’t do anything to mediate the bullying or the “snitches get stitches” policy. However, schools are legally required to respond to bullying. Nothing will ever get better if you don’t tell a trusted adult. This could be a teacher, counselor, or anyone else you think would be able to help you through this time. If you are someone who has witnessed bullying or is scared of what


might happen if the bully retaliates against you, I want you to think about the people who are being bullied or have tried to say something. By staying silent or saying that something didn’t happen when it did, you are allowing the bullying to occur and you are allowing this person’s suffering to continue. I feel like when we talk about or hear about bullying we brush it off or make a joke out of it. We jokingly say we are going to beat up whoever is bullying them. But what are we doing to stop the bullying? Nothing. We are doing nothing. We’re not helping our friends stand up to them. We’re not telling the bully that what they’re doing is wrong, hateful, and is actually considered a crime. Nobody is helping the victim of the bullying, we just say that we’re not going to get involved because we’re scared of what they’ll do to us, or that we’ll just start “drama”. But it already is drama. So the next time you hear someone talking about their bullies, you should think about what you can do to help them stand up to those bullies. Even just referring your friend to a counselor or teacher helps. hat I am definitely not saying is to spread rumors about a bully, to physically beat up a bully, or any other means of “getting back” at them. A good knuckle sandwich isn’t going to do anyone any good. It just makes you a bully as well. The best thing to do in this situation is to tell a trusted adult, whether it be a principal, counselor, or even a parent. The definition of bullying is actually when one person has more strength or influence and uses it to intimidate or harass another person. That’s why it typically requires a mediator with more influence or power, such as a teacher, to stop the bullying. That being said, it is the mediator’s responsibility to condemn the bullying. They need to realize that the majority of the time both sides are not partially wrong or right. There is always a bully and a victim. If the mediator does not condemn the bullying and put a stop to it by means of punishment or otherwise, the bullying will continue. f you’d like to find out more information on what you can do to prevent bullying, please follow @ stopbullyingmegold and visit our website stopbullyingmegold. If you are a past victim of bullying, please share your story with us on our website. We cannot stay silent.




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Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Ingredients: - Pillsbury Pie Crust - 1 can pumpkin puree - 3/4 cups of sugar - 1/2 tsp. salt - 1 tsp. ground cinnamon - 1/2 tsp. ground cloves - 1/2 tsp. ground ginger - 2 eggs - 12 oz. evaporated milk


1.) Preheat Oven to 425 2.) Mix together eggs, pumpkin, sugar and spices in a large bowl until it is completely blended. Then slowly incorporate evaporated milk. 3.) Place pie crust in a pie dish and then pour mixture into the crust 4.) Bake for 45 minutes or until the center is set. 5.) Refrigerate for two hours and enjoy!

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Mrs. Wigdor’s Tips and Tricks to: Financial Aid Figuring out how to pay for college can be a daunting and overwhelming task. Below is a list of things you can do to help alleviate some of that pressure: 1.) I cannot emphasize this enough: FILE THE FAFSA (or Dream Act)! It is a government hosted financial aid form that is REQUIRED for federal grants and loans. It is also used for many state programs. In addition, many colleges use the FAFSA as a base for school-based scholarships. It opened on October 1st. Bottom line: You should complete the FAFSA and you should do it early! 2.) If you are applying to private schools, check to see if they require you to fill out the CSS Profile. If required, this should be filed in addition to the FAFSA. The deadline is usually early (NOVEMBER/DECEMBER) but varies by school. While the FAFSA is FREE, this form costs $25 to file to send to one school, $16 for additional schools. There are fee waivers available, so if you need one, please see your counselor! Make sure that you are checking deadlines! They can vary from school to school! 3.) After you file your applications for college, check your emails regularly! They will let you know if there are any documents or information missing that is hindering the processing of your application (this includes financial information). Did you know?? The sooner you file the FAFSA, the more aid you may receive?? File ASAP! As always, please see me with any questions! --Mrs. Wigdor

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The Importance of


Family does not solely consist of those who you are blood related to, but those who you choose to surround yourself with and that love you for you. These are the people who you can tell your deepest and darkest secrets to and who you share some of your fondest memories with. These are the people who you can consider your “home away from home”. November is a time filled with thankfulness, family, warmth, and love. A time where families of all kinds are brought together. Your family can be whoever you want it to be, whether it’s those who you are related to or those who have stuck by your side through the good, the bad, and the ugly. The most important thing is that they are loyal to you and are always there for you, no matter what.

Your family consists of people who are there to pick you up when you fall and who push you to be the best person that you can be; it’s those who can accept you with all of your flaws and mistakes, your crazy and your calm, and everything that makes you who you are. Your family is one of the most important parts of your life, they are your safety net, the ones who you can lean on and trust to catch you when you fall, the ones who know you better than you know yourself. These are the people who you turn to when you need a pep talk or a reality check. Your family is the source of your strength and without them, you wouldn’t be the person you are today. Those who you call your family have an influence on every decision that you make. Whether it is learning from their mistakes or following in their footsteps, they mold you into the person that you are becoming. Family is something that many people take for granted. All it takes is a moment to remind your loved ones how thankful you are for them and how much you love and appreciate them. So take a moment after reading this to remind your family how much you love them, whether it’s those you are forced to be related to, your closest friends, your boyfriend/girlfriend, or anyone who you consider family.

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Getting a Cart

-A cart can be essential if you want to get large items such as TV’s or if you simply want to ram people out of your way. However, if you only need one item or are by yourself., don’t get a cart because it is easier to crowd weave and get through the store faster. P.S. if there are not enough carts avalible at the store besides the ones with the child seats attached, ABANDON SHIP. Those carts are impossible to manuver and will leave you stuck in an isle.

If you want to cover the most g�ound or have multiple hot items that you need to get to, it is best to go shopping in a g�oup and then divide and conquer. Make sure to discuss where you are going ahead of time so ever�one knows the game plan.

Make a Plan Of Attack - go through catalog deals - dowload a Black Friday app. - write down ever��hing you are going to buy - go to the store before Black Friday and scout out Page 18

the layout of the store

SNACKS Black Friday is an extremely energy draining experience., so while you are waiting in lines, in the car, or running around stores, you must re-energize yourself and eat something of substanance. Cliff Bars, Granola, Pop-tarts, and more are all good snacks to keep on you while shopping on black friday.


Instrumental Music Concert Review

From the welcoming drumline to the fabulous finale, the Instrumental Music department put on a spook-tacular show even though it had a few minor bumps along the way. The performance, despite its lack of fog and connection to the Halloween theme at times, gave the audience great musical talent, beautiful pieces, and fantastic rhythm in every beat. In almost every song performed, Matthew Pauls stole the show, playing the saxophone, the reed, the bassoon, the snare drum, and singing monster mash (which could have definitely used some choreography and also memorization of lyrics). Matthew did it all and more as he exceeded the standard, giving us soul and power behind every note he played. With an array of added entertainment, from a movie montage to a Michael Jackson impersonator, the department certainly tried to give their audience a fun-filled performance. However, after only a few Halloween melodies, the audience was sadly disappointed throughout almost the entire rest of the show for they were songs performed were plain and classical, lacking the spooky sensation the audience came for. However, the music behind the concert was filled with perfect harmonies and gorgeous sounds from all instruments as they blended together to fill the room with their lush sound. Looking at the concert as a whole, I believe that the instrumental department has a few important things they need to work on to improve their production and performance. The concert simply needs smoother transitions, more enthusiastic music, and a more diverse array of soloist so that the performance would run smoother and keep the audience engaged at all times. Written By: Samantha Brown Page 19

La Dia de los

La dia de los Muerto November 2nd that are fi During these three days, graves of lost loved ones from life. On the day of the spirit world and see left for them on their gra and great importance in music, laughter, food, an

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os is a series of days from October 31st to filled with celebration, remembrance, and love. , families and loved ones create altars on the s, and leave them their favorite foods and trinkets f the dead, lost loved ones are able to visit from their living family and the offerings that they aves, which is cause for this grand celebration culture. Throughout the three days, there is nd love shared throughout all of Mexico. Designs By: Alyssa Ortiz Written By: Samantha Brown

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