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Volume 10 Issue 5

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Bench warrant arrest out for BCCHS coach Scott Silva

Feb. 12, 2019

Itzel Luna and Casey Wanatick Staff Writers

Birmingham Community Charter High School’s (BCCHS) girls lacrosse Coach Scott Silva was set to appear in court on Feb. 8 at the Van Nuys Court West for his pretrial hearing. Silva was arrested without incident on Nov. 16 and at the time only faced 24 counts of sexual misconduct which he plead not guilty to. A restraining order was filed against Silva to stay at least 100 yards away from Daniel Pearl Magnet High School (DPMHS), BCCHS and the 13 named victims. According to the District Attorney’s Office, Silva was set to appear in court on Nov. 28 for his arraignment but failed to do so, resulting in a bench warrant for his arrest. Since November, Silva has been charged with six new counts of sexual misconduct, resulting in a current total of 30 counts. Three of the newest counts are of California penal code 647.6(A)(1) which states that “every person who annoys or molests any children under 18 years of age shall be punished by a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars ($5,000), by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by both the fine and imprisonment.” The remaining three counts include California penal code 243.4(A) which states that “any person who touches an intimate part of another person while that person is unlawfully restrained by the accused or an accomplice, and if the touching is against the will of the person touched and is for the purpose of sexual arousal, sexual gratification, or sexual abuse, is guilty of sexual battery.” If anyone has any information regarding this case, please call the Sexually Exploited Child Unit, Juvenile Division at (213) 486-0580, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Instagram: @casey_902 Instagram: @_itzelluna_

Check out our coverage on the LAUSD teachers’ strike on our website at

Photo by Julissa Rangel The LAVC college class Math: 260 Trigonemetry was dropped this semester due to few students being enrolled in the class.

Math class dropped to few students Farah Faiza

Staff Writer

At the beginning of spring semester, it was decided that the Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) Math: 260 Pre-Calculus course wouldn’t take place, leaving students with the option to either join the online Edgenuity class or not finish their fourth year of math. Students enrolled in Math 240: Trigonometry taught fall semester were required to pass a placement test in order to be admitted into the pre-calculus course for this semester, yet very few students achieved the scores to be able to. “We needed more students to be willing to take the class, but we also needed students with the skill levels to take it,” Guidance Counselor Martina Torres said. With a lack of student interest for the

college class and low placement scores from the beginning of last semester, the class originally only enrolled 15 students. Some students last semester opted to take the Edgenuity Pre-Calculus class to begin with as they feared the college class would be too much work. The remaining students from the previous LAVC class who chose to finish their fourth year of math were transferred into the Edgenuity program in order to complete pre-calculus and receive their credits. However, five students out of the original 15 chose not to proceed with the class due to it being taught online. For seniors who submitted their college applications and listed the class, dropping this class will not affect their applications, although they have been instructed to call the college admissions offices to

update them on this change. “It’s going to be hard to accomplish this, especially for the seniors because we have a limited time gap,” senior Genevieve Avalos said. Like last semester, the online class takes place during period one and is supervised by math teacher Sunita Maxwell from Mulholland Middle School. Students are able to use school laptops and have their own accounts, but the school is lacking two licenses for Edgenuity and are currently negotiating funds for it. Whether or not pre-calculus will be taught on campus next year is dependent on how many students will be moving forward to that level of math. “If we don’t have enough students to fill that class, we really can’t offer it,” Torres said.

DPMHS adopts baby shark doo doo doo Alexis Gutierrez Staff Writer

Daniel Pearl Magnet High School’s (DPMHS) newly adopted shark, “Pearl” was officially named on Feb. 4. Students at DPMHS were able to vote between two name choices, “Sharky McShark Face” or “Pearl,” during Fiesta Friday on Feb.1. Seniors Grantas Jadzevicius and Emely Felix came up with the idea to adopt an animal as a part of their leadership project. Initially, they first had the intention of adopting a penguin. However, upon further thought, they decided to adopt a shark. They went to the World Wildlife Fund where there are packages available to adopt a variety of animals. Included in the adoption package is an adoption certificate, photo and a species card. “We realized that we were the DPMHS sharks, so adopting a shark seemed more thematic with the school,” Jadzevi-

Photo by Rosa Lemus Sophomore Sydnee Blueford votes to name the adopted shark “Sharky McShark Face” during Fiesta Friday on Feb. 1. cius said. “It feels pretty good because you’re Along with purchasing the adoption helping out a noble cause,” Jadzevicius rights to the shark, money from the school said. and fundraiser for the package was also Instagram: @Alexis.g.16 donated to the animal organization.

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High key, note-worthy Hambright

Alliana Samonte


Staff Writer

usic teacher Wes Hambright has spent the past 30 years producing his own music for playing in several bands, studying film scoring and creating music for commercials. “Basically marrying music to picture became something that I really enjoyed,” Hambright said. Hambright also developed his own music publishing company known as Orange Dog Music, which licenses music to television, films and commercials. The name of his company signifies his late dog Disco, who happened to be an orange dog, hence the name Orange Dog Music. Hambright’s most notable music scores were recently featured on the newly released “Not Such a Bad Guy: Conversations with Dabney Coleman,” which can be found on Amazon Prime Video and the Cartoon Network television show “Teen Titans Go.” The Amazon film depicts the legendary career of actor Coleman which came out in 2017 but was released on Amazon in December 2018. Several other television productions such as “American Idol” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” have also featured Orange Dog Music. It’s not the first time Hambright produced for a big project, but as he gets more focused on his teaching career, the time has not allowed for the production of new music for his company. “The level of talent that he has it’s not very surprising that he is doing such amazing things and composing,” senior Jared Medrano said.

Photo by Alliana Samonte Aside from teaching music classes and producing school conercets, music teacher Wes Hambright also composes music.

Outside of his professional music career, Hambright is in charge of annual school concerts such as Daniel Pearl World Music Day and spring and winter showcases. Hambright also teaches choir, guitar and other musical instrument classes. “In the last three years since I’ve been teaching, it’s (been) a lot of late nights and I do less right now,” Hambright said. “Now that I’m in the groove, I’m starting to get back in contact with my old clients.” Earlier in his musical career after film scoring for a couple of filmmakers, he enjoyed the experience and attended UCLA to further study film scores. Choosing to pursue music composition as his career, Hambright worked with other musicians and composers. However, he composed music for the Amazon film by himself, which had to be done within two months. “You give the director and the producers a rough idea of what you are doing and then they give you notes,” Hambright said. “Each time hopefully you’ll get less and fewer notes and then they finally say ‘perfect we love it’ so then we go through the process of mixing the music and giving them the final product.” Hambright’s award-winning music publishing company includes awards from his performance right organization professionally known as “The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers” and about four or five awards for his ballet and concert work. “So many people can relate to music,” Hambright said. “It’s a great way to communicate with a wide range of people, it’s just something that I’ve been doing for so long that it kind of becomes what you do.” Instagram:

Restaurant Review:

Bangin’ buns calls for bangin’ reviews

Briana Lopez

Contributing Writer

The new, vibrant Bangin’ Buns restaurant located in North Hollywood has been catching the attention of many due to their unique take on Nashville-inspired hot chicken. Bangin’ Buns offers few menu options with food that tastes far from ordinary. Ranging in price from $7.50 to $12.50, their meals are affordable and well worth the price. The establishment’s most popular dish is their bangin’ plate, which is definitely a banger, with two French roll sandwiches stuffed with their seasoned tenders, cole slaw, pickles and their housemade bangin’ sauce with fries on the side. As a small business, the owners are dedicated to keeping their customers updated on their social media. Employees constantly post on their Instagram story to show their overwhelmingly long lines. With lines almost always reaching outside, the food waiting for you at the end is not one to disappoint. Although limited business hours and the impossibility

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Chidbachian sums up some equations Sam Torres

Staff Writer

For many people, high school can be a time of finding yourself and preparing for a career, however, senior Michael Chidbachian has gotten a head start on that through a math research project at Cal State University, Northridge (CSUN). In the second semester of his junior year, Chidbachian decided to pursue a research project in the mathematical field due to his sparked interest in exploring options outside the classroom. The research project was with Professor Michael Neubauer and focused on a problem in graph theory. “I’m doing it for the experience and the fun of it,” Chidbachian said. Since June of 2018, he’s been working with Neubauer in a field of math that he lacks previous experience in. “It’s kind of hard sometimes,” Chidbachian said. “Working with the professor takes a lot of dedication and a lot of patience because it’s really difficult to go through the material.” As for college plans, Chidbachian did not apply to CSUN but knows that he is interested in math for a future career. A few of the schools he did apply to include Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, University of California Los Angeles and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.). “M.I.T. is my dream school because they’re really social,” Chidbachian said. “Other schools are more hard on education whereas M.I.T. really thinks about the social aspect too and I think that’s really important.” Although the research paper is still in its first draft and may not officially be published until a couple months from now, Chidbachian has been able to be a part of something that could be a potential breakthrough in the mathematical field. “I’m so excited for him,” math teacher Leslie Hicks said. “ It can be the opening to his interest to this particular field.” Instagram: @torres.sam.jpg

Photo by Julissa Rangel The colorful interior of the new brick and mortar restaurant showcases unique artwork. of finding parking close to the restaurant location was opened on Sherman Way and may be a turn off for many, customers still Bellaire Street. return for the favored foods. Phone orders can be made ahead of The restaurant’s design is extraor- time for pickup, but one should expect to dinarily colorful inside with loud, upbeat wait about 30 minutes until the order is music always playing. ready. Bangin’ Buns is open every day, exAlthough the name has been around cept Sunday, from 6 p.m to 12 a.m. for months, Bangin’ Buns did not open 12714 Sherman Way, their first brick and mortar restaurant unNorth Hollywood, CA til earlier this year. After running as a food 91605 stand in an empty parking lot, their first

Photo by Jade Campbell Through a math research project at CSUN, online editor-in-chief Michael Chidbachian has gotten a head start in his math career.

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Photo by Rachel Bullock Students protest during a walkout on March 14, 2018, against gun violence and a lack of legislation protecting them from shootings.

Slow progress a year after Parkland Casey Wanatick and Preet Aulakh

Staff Writer and Tech Editor

As the one year anniversary of the deadly Parkland Shooting approaches on Feb. 14, many across the country have taken a hard look at the safety of schools. “I think our school is very safe,” Principal Deb Smith said. “One, because we are very small and we know our students. We are pretty on top of watching and looking for signs of trouble.” At Daniel Pearl Magnet High School (DPMHS), there has been an increase in daily locker and backpack searches but aside from that, the small school environment has provided a sense of ease. “I feel like the staff does a really good job of protecting the students,” freshman Daniela Rangel said.


After the threat found on Jan. 30 in the girl’s bathroom, DPMHS contacted the police to investigate it. District police officers monitored the campus the day after. Over the past year, states all over the U.S. have passed laws in an effort to protect students. Last March, Florida Gov. Rick Scott passed a bill after the Parkland shooting titled “The Majory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act,” which imposed a 21-year-old age requirement to own a gun alongside a three-day waiting period on all gun purchases. The bill also allowed some school teachers to be armed in case of an active shooter. Since then, several states including Kentucky, Texas and Arizona have proposed bills that provide more funding toward school safety. California imposes a 10-day waiting period on the sale of all firearms

and raised the minimum age to purchase a handgun to 21. In December 2018 the Trump Administration passed a law that would not allow guns to have bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire almost as fast as automatic weapons. The bill has taken effect in all states. Many high school students have shown their support for school safety by joining protests. On Mar. 24, 2018, thousands of students all across the U.S. joined activists from the Parkland shooting in Washington D.C. to protest for better safety regulations. Many Parkland survivors have also formed the organization “March For Our Lives” to spread the word about gun safety. Instagram:@casey_902 Twitter:@preeta248

Teachers should aim to teach, not aim to kill Farah Faiza and Itzel Luna

Staff Writers

It’s been a year since the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSDHS) ignited the #ENOUGH movement by students across the country to demand change in gun laws to ensure student safety. These demands for stricter laws have been ignored by lawmakers, leaving students and teachers exposed to the danger of school shootings. After the tragedy at MSDHS, 50 new laws have been passed regarding gun safety but all fail to address that guns can easily be obtained. Bulletproof whiteboards, armored doors and other new security improvements are now being introduced in a blossoming industry that focuses on school security and transforms it into yet another

business venture. Instead of throwing money at the problem, lawmakers should focus on the source of the issue which is the accessibility of a gun. The United States has the most inadequate laws concerning guns and the most incidents with gun-related violence.

a 12-year-old girl brought a firearm to Salvador Castro Middle School and shot two students, leaving three others with minor injuries. For some time after the Parkland shooting, additional security was seen at Daniel Pearl Magnet High School. Student petitions for stricter gun laws have also been met with strong resistance from the opposing side, many of whom advocate arming teachers as well. States such as Texas and South Dakota already allow staff members to carry guns on school grounds. A teacher’s responsibility is to teach and care for their students, not to perform the duties of law enforcement. As the MSDHS shooting begins to slip into the cracks of people’s mind, more restrictions on guns is necessary. It’ll be too late when another tragedy occurs. Instagram: @_itzelluna_

“A teacher’s responsibility is to teach and care for their students, not to perform the duties of law enforcement and security.”


Not only are weak laws to blame but attention toward mental health issues is also a factor. More counselors should be accessible on school campuses rather than just security guards. As school shootings occurred in 2018, the Los Angeles Unified School District has experienced them as well. On Feb. 1, 2018,

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A day for all student journalists

As a student-run publication, we value the importance of student press freedom as well as the numerous benefits they have provided us with. Young journalists across the nation celebrated Student Press Freedom Day on Jan. 30, reminding us that a student journalists’ voice matters, given that their perspective often differs from those presented in the media. Student journalists, like us, are protected by the California Education Code 48907. This California Student Free Expression Law states that “pupils of the public schools shall have the right to exercise freedom of speech and of the press.” As a counter to the 1988 Supreme Court case Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, this code was passed to ensure that students’ freedom of speech may not be limited in any school publication so far as it’s not obscene, libelous or slanderous. And under state law, student media publications shall not be subjected to prior restraint by a school official. We value and utilize this code as it ensures that our freedom of expression is secured. It is our responsibility to provide credible and topical news to our audience, which would not be possible without laws like this in favor of student journalism. Other historical landmark cases for students include the Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District case which ruled that students do not “shed their constitutional rights to free-

Courtesy of The 2019 Student Press Law Center logo displayed on their website represents Student Press Freedom Day. dom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.” With California being one of the 14 states in the nation with a “New Voices” legislation, we are lucky to be protected by strengthened First Amendment press and speech rights. Although bills have been introduced to six additional states for 2019, student voices are not fully protected in 36 states. Protection for student journalists is vital when they’re reporting on serious topics, whether on a local or national level. Their perspective of the truth is not

one that can be duplicated by major media outlets-it’s unique to every publication. Student press freedom is not only valued within our publication but in those all across the nation. Student journalists seek every opportunity to tell a story and be heard, which is why our publication focuses on stories unique to our school and the community that surrounds us. All student journalists share the common goal of producing work that can create an impact. #StudentPressFreedom.

Valentine’s Day: The expensive holiday Sam Torres Staff Writer

Every year around this time people spend extravagant amounts of money on items to show their love and appreciation for one another on Valentine’s Day, a holiday that has become a day about showing love through money. For a holiday based on love, it seems like there is more focus on what to buy as a gift for someone, rather than to buy less and show love in a more simple and impactful way. In 2017 Americans spent a whopping 18.2 billion dollars on Valentine’s Day gifts, according to the National Retail Federation. It seems wrong to make it a competition on who gets their significant other a better gift. Chocolates and roses come and go, but making new experiences and memories with someone lasts a lifetime. There are a variety of sources from magazines to websites filled with ideas for what to buy someone for Valentine’s Day. There’re also so many sales that pop up around this time of year especially in jewelry and candy stores. With that being said, it seems like buying someone something is the only thing you can do to show love on Valentine’s Day.

Photo from A day meant for showing your love and appreciation for someone has become a holiday all about spending money on the “perfect” gift. While yes, buying gifts for someone Visit the Santa Monica Pier, as it’s a great is nice and romantic, no one should go spot to walk the beach, play games at and broke on material items. For many, it’s not watch the sunset. Try following an onalways the thought that counts. Buying line cooking tutorial together and make a love is so pushed on by companies that it homemade dinner. is almost expected by people to get gifts Overall, it’s more significant to share on Valentine’s Day. time with someone special than to spend Create an impromptu movie night at money on products that are less memorahome and enjoy snacks like candy, pop- ble and valuable. corn, chips and guacamole. Take a trip to the Grove in Los Angeles, the perfect place Instagram: @torres.sam.jpg to walk around together and grab lunch.

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Print Editor-in-Chief Kirsten Cintigo Online Editor-in-Chief Michael Chidbachian Managing Editor Rudraj Koppikar Features Editor David Eskichyan Opinion Editor Angel Van Horn Entertainment Editor Julissa Rangel Sports Editor Alondra Nuno Tech Editor Parampreet Aulakh New Media Editor-in-Chief Steven Guzman New Media Editor Maria Ruiz Social Media Editor Cassia Ramelb Photo Editors Jade Campbell, Rosa Lemus Copy Editors Alyssa Cancio, Zachary Gephart-Canada, Christopher Gorospe, Karina Mara, Christine Valenzuela Staff Writers/ Photographers Farah Faiza, Harlow Frank, Martin Garcia, Alexis Gutierrez, Tylin Jarrett, Itzel Luna, Alliana Samonte, Mahali Sanchez, Christopher Sarenana, Shannon Sullivan, Samuel Torres, Casey Wanatick Contributing Writer Briana Lopez Adviser Adriana Chavira The Pearl Post is an open forum for student expression as allowed by California Education Codes 48907 and 48950, committed to excellence in reporting, writing and photography. The newspaper strives to inform and educate students and faculty on events affecting Daniel Pearl Magnet High School. The thought and opinions published in these pages are the work of journalism students and do not represent the position of DPMHS, its administrators or the Los Angeles Unified School District. An unsigned editorial is the opinion of the Editorial Boards, which is comprised of the Editor-in-Chief and the editors. Signed opinions in the Pearl Post reflect the views of the authors. A signed cartoon reflects the view of the cartoonist. The Pearl Post welcomes letters to the editor. They should be 250 words or less and may be edited for length. Letters with profanity and obscenity will not be printed. Unsigned or anonymous letters will not be published. Letters may be submitted to Ms. Chavira’s mailbox in the main office, in Room 22 or emailed to The newspaper is published monthly and is the official campus newspaper of Daniel Pearl Magnet High School. The newspaper is also posted online at http://www. Free copies are distributed to magnet students, teachers and staff. The school is located at 6649 Balboa Blvd., Lake Balboa, CA 91604-5529.

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‘Captain Marvel’ purges Marvel’s patriarchal past Farah Faiza

Staff Writer

Step aside Steve Rogers. There’s a new captain in town. After much teasing and speculation, Marvel finally dropped the highly anticipated trailer to “Captain Marvel” and revealed that it will be released on March 8, making this its first female superhero film. The movie brings to life fan-favorite Carol Danvers played by “Room” star Brie Larson, otherwise known as Captain Marvel. However, this won’t be an origin story, which is something that Marvel seems to be drawing back from in their recent films. Instead, the film presents an empowered Danvers, the conflicts of two unseen alien races (the Kree and the Skrulls), as well as her own internal struggles. The events are set during the course of the 90’s, taking place before any other movie on the timeline of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) except for “Captain America: The First Avenger.” Though the MCU has its fair share of strong female superheroes, this is the first of their movies to be led and directed by a woman despite the fact that the film is a collaborative effort between Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. This is their second collaboration since their 2010 drama film “It’s Kind of a Funny Story.” To further highlight and celebrate female empowerment, the release date

Photo by Brie Larson, from the 2015 drama “Room,” depicts Marvel’s first female-lead, Captain Marvel in the new movie “Captain Marvel.” coincides with International Women’s Day. Fury and Agent Phil Coulson respectively, ro franchise as Mar-Vell. This is a huge stepping stone for the repre- for both of whom this movie sheds light The film brings forth a more intense sentation of women in media. on for their origins. In “Avengers: Infinity Captain Marvel, who definitely won’t be Other feature roles include Samuel War,” Fury was last seen sending out a sig- pulling her punches. L. Jackson and Clark Gregg reprising their nal to Captain Marvel. Additionally, this There is still no official rating but it roles as younger versions of Director Nick will be Jude Law’s debut into the superhe- will likely be PG-13 like other Marvel films.

Celebrities whose clownish behavior calls for cancellation Alliana Samonte Staff Writer

In an age where celebrities have more power and influence than ever, it seems only right to shed light on some of their most unforgivable actions. Visit for a full list of celebrities whose behavior needs to be addressed.

Photo by Drake is best known for melancholic lyrics. A 2010 video of Aubrey Drake Graham, known best as Toronto’s Drizzy Drake, recently resurfaced, depicting him fondling and kissing a 17-year-old girl on stage at one of his concerts. After pressing against the teenager, the “God’s Plan” rapper exclaimed, “I get in trouble for s**t like this. How old are you?” After finding out she was just 17, Graham kissed her again. He also made crude comments about her breasts, “I don’t know whether I should feel guilty or not, but I had fun. I like the way your breasts feel against my chest. I just want to thank you.”

Photo by Laura Lee is a beauty blogger on YouTube.

Photo by Instagram Tekashi 6ix9ine is a Brooklyn-born rapper.

Photo by Kanye West is a Chicago-based rapper.

Racist Tweets from makeup artist Laura Ann Lee resurfaced in late 2018 which caused her to lose over half a million subscribers on YouTube, as well as existing partnerships between her company Laura Lee Los Angeles, and companies like Morphe, Ulta, Colourpop and Boxycharm . Just a few months after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was brutally murdered Lee Tweeted, “Tip for all black people if you pull up ur pants up you can run from the police faster... #yourwelcome.” In another, Lee writes, “N**gas in Paris? Whaaaaat I thought they couldn’t afford to leave Compton! LOL!” In late August, she uploaded an apology video, which she soon deleted, where she struggles to apologize through a crying fit. Critics were quick to accuse the YouTuber of delivering an insincere, scripted apology, prompting Lee to delete it.

Daniel Hernandez, more famously known as Tekashi 6ix9ine, will serve anywhere from 32 years to life in prison for his involvement with a gang called “Nine Trey Bloods,” a sect of the Compton Bloods, armed robbery and two shootings. Additionally, the rapper of Mexican descent, frequently uses foul slurs, including the n-word, and has a history of pedophilic behavior. In one especially heinous instance, Hernandez recorded and distributed a video of him performing sex acts with a 13-year-old girl for which he received just two years of probation. In late 2018, the rapper was indicted for federal racketeering charges and spent the release of his album “DUMMY BOY” in prison. The rapper, who has been in custody since late November, has since been charged with nine other crimes and his bail offer of $1 million was denied.

Chicago-born rapper Kanye West, notable for his unique rapping style, $10 million partnership with Adidas and controversial approach to music videos, manages to remain the subject of headlines for his outspoken stance on social issues. One of West’s first displays of problematic behavior dates back to 2009, when he interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for Best Female Video to state that “Beyoncé has one of the best videos of all time.” In 2016, the rapper Tweeted out “BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!!” - an act that invalidates the trauma and PTSD many survivors of sexual assault suffer from after being attacked. In a 2018 TMZ interview, the rapper suggested slavery was a voluntary act, stating, “When you hear about slavery for 400 years...for 400 years that sound like a choice.” Instagram:

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Water polo catches amazing record in season

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Harlow Frank

Staff Writer

The Lady Patriots are having a great start to a fresh season so far with a total of 20-5, even as they lost in the semifinals, they are making big changes to their team and how they play during the game. With that in mind, the Lady Patriots will do their best to make it further and maybe even to the championship. “Communicating while playing and playing more as a team will help us reach our goal to get to the championship,” sophomore driver Amelia Sanchez said. In some of their latest games, they have won against teams like Granada Hills Charter High School with a score of 5-3 and El Camino Real Charter High School with a score of 8-3. This proves that they have taken that semifinal loss to heart and have been working on their gameplay and communication, which is their top priority to improve their gameplay. “I think we should focus on more communicating while we play and when we are on offense.” Sophomore set and

Photo by Harlow Frank Sophomore Petra Vass left wing gets ready to pass the water polo ball to teammate during practice on Feb 5. point Julissa Jacob said. around that the Lady Patriots as they make our last,” sophomore left wing Petra Vass Making these changes to their game- their way up the water polo ladder. said. “This is what we can do to make this play will increase their chances to get fur“Communication and dedication to- season our season.” ther in the league, and better the team wards the game, this is what we will be Instagram: @harlow_252003 itself. This season might yet be the turn doing for this season to be different from

Athlete of the month:

Nava scores goals and recieves passes throughout season Alliana Samonte

Staff Writer

Q: What position do you play? A: I play center midfield for JV. Q: Do you enjoy playing soccer? A: I do enjoy playing it. I like to use practices as stress a reliever. Q: What have you struggled with while playing soccer? A: I think something I struggle with the most is having to adapt to playing with new players every year. Like having to get comfortable on and off the field with new girls and having to be able to trust them when it comes to playing with them. Photo by Itzel Luna Junior Rosalinda Nava prepares to receive the ball during a varsity soccer game against Cleveland Charter High School on Jan. 30.

Athlete of the month:

Q: How long have you been playing and the age you started? A: I’ve been playing for about four years

now. I started when I was 12. I wanted to start playing because it was something my dad was doing with my brothers and I wanted to be a part of it as well. Q: What is the best feeling while playing soccer? A: The best part about playing is probably the feeling we all have as a team after we’ve won a game. Just us all being happy and together knowing we all played a part in getting the win. Q: What goals are you trying to achieve this season? A: A goal I wanted to achieve this season would probably be me wanting to become closer to everyone on the team and not have the team separate into little clicks of girls. Instagram:

Chaar sets, bumps and spikes over the net in new season Sam Torres

Staff Writer

Q: Why did you join volleyball? A: I joined volleyball because I wanted to be more athletic and I also thought it would be a fun sport to play. Q: What is your motivation for playing? A: What motivates me to play is just the feeling I get when I better myself and become the best that I can be at something through hard work. Photo by Sam Torres Junior Rami Chaar gets in position to throw a volleyball in a warm up game.

Q: What are your goals for this season? A: My goal is to help my team as much as I can and have fun.

Q: How long do you plan on playing for? A: I plan on playing for this whole season and if all goes well, tryout for next season to play in my senior year. Q: How does it feel to be part of the team? A: It feels good to be a part of the team, we are all counting on each other and we’re all responsible to put in the work and that feels good. Q: Do you have any doubts on your performance? A: I do have some doubts because I’ve never played volleyball before this year and I’m just a beginner so I feel like I

might have some trouble growing and developing some skills. Q: What is your biggest focus during practice? A: My biggest focus is probably developing the skills, like basic skills and getting stronger. Q: What do you think you can improve on for when you play? A: I can improve on everything because I think you can always improve on anything no matter what. You can’t really get to be the best, you always can get better.


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EA looks to innovate

Feb. 12, 2019

Christopher Sarenana

Staff Writer

Electronics Art’s latest project “Anthem,” a third-person online multiplayer action role-playing video game will be releasing Feb. 22 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows. Developer BioWare Edmonton specializes in a role-playing video game like “Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic” and the “Mass Effect” series. BioWare released a demo letting players play the game and have a taste of what it will look like with the launch of the full game. Based on the trailers, fans have begun to compare the game to “Destiny” with it being an open world that has a lot of customization and a futuristic storyline with a lot of missions. You and four other players can upgrade your javelin suits, fight end mission bosses, complete missions through the storyline and explore the open world map. Combat for the game will consist of choosing one of the four javelin suits available with different styles and abilities. Each suit will have two customizable gear slots, ultimate ability and a support ability you can use during combat. With only a description of the game, fans are left with little information as BioWare wants to keep it a surprise. Instagram: @CleanJumper

Photo by BagoGames “Anthem” has tons of fun futuristc action.

Photos from Wikimedia Commons and Vimeo The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) unveiled new and exciting products such as the OLED TV and the Matrix PowerWatch 2. The covention in Las Vegas is a four-day event that shows off all of the new innovations in technology for that given year.

Future of tech displayed at CES 2019 Casey Wanatick Staff Writer

From a virtual reality system in a car to a rollable TV, CES 2019 provided some amazing products that could change the future of technology as we know it. The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is a major technology convention where major companies like Apple and Verizon can showcase new and innovative products they will come out with in the foreseeable future. CES 2019 took place in Las Vegas from Jan. 8-11 and featured many creative ideas and products that stood out amongst the crowd. One of the most popular products during the convention was the Holoride, a car that has a virtual reality system built

inside it. The product is a collaboration between Disney and Audi and allows you to play games and watch movies through its virtual reality system. The feature making the product unique is that the car interacts with the system. For example, when the car is driving the player is moving forward in their game. Another popular product amongst the crowd was the Matrix PowerWatch 2, a multi tool watch that can track your health through various ways. It can track heart rate, step count and mile count and has a GPS system and can withstand 200 meters of water resistance. The watch runs on solar power and heat power and works with third party health companies to track your health anywhere you go.

App of the Month:

Slice your way to victory in addicting game Itzel Luna

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From addicting daily challenges to unique graphics, “Slices” is the mobile game guaranteed to become your new favorite guilty pleasure. Created by “Great Job Games,” this compelling app features six empty pizza trays that are each divided into six pieces. All trays are empty at the beginning of the game. Pieces are then chosen randomly and the player must use them to fill up a tray. The trick is to make sure there is enough space on your trays for the upcoming piece. If the same piece is filled on all of the trays, the game gives the option to continue the level by watching an ad. This alternative ability restarts all of the trays but lets the player keep the points they previously earned.

The goal is to fill as many trays as possible without filling up the same piece on all six trays. Completing a tray will make those pieces disappear along with pieces on the two adjacent trays. This gives the player points. The number of points needed to win increases per level, making each one harder than the last. Each level also has a new design on the pieces that is bound to peak the player’s interest. Whether the player is a health nut or a donut lover, these designs include everyone’s favorite foods. From eggs and bacon to chocolate chip cookies, the game’s eye-catching daily challenges provide a change of rules for the player. They must now fill up five trays consecutively to win the challenge. A new challenge is available every 24 hours. It provides a nice change of pace from the difficulty of the regular levels.

Photo from Slices app “Slices” is the new addictive mobile app that you won’t want to put down. Although seemingly easy to master, “Slices” proves to deceive initial expectations with its close to impossible levels. Extremely addictive in nature, the app is free to download on Google Play and the Apple Store. Instagram: @ _itzelluna_

One of the biggest products announced at CES 2019 was the OLED TV, a rollable TV that can roll up to a tube size rectangle. The 65 inch TV was made by LG and is scheduled to be released in the second half of 2019. The TV rolls in and out of a rectangular box when you turn it on or off and has features like a weather display, photo album and allows you to play music through bluetooth. Though the products announced still have a long way to go before being sold to the eagerly waiting consumers, CES 2019 satisfied the world with new and innovative products that will change the future of technology. Instagram: @casey_902

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