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JANUARY 2010 Vol. 38

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Dear Students, Re-evaluations come spiraling in with a new year. Eagerness to get rid of bad habits and a thought out list of the re-invention of the new you and new rules are given life. The message I would like to deliver in this letter is I would like students to take the time to list 10 great qualities you had in 2009. I would like the focus to be on enhancing some of the old and mixing it with some of your new views and with your new chapter 2010. For years, I always focused on long term goals. I have realized with experience that the best goal I can have is short term. My main resolution now every year is to focus on the day. I focus on making sure every day I smile and I laugh at least once. This month CH focuses on 2010 tips from sports to fashion to health. CH has dedicated the entire issue to 2010 with top ten tips for each category to help you brainstorm. Just for fun, below are a few of some of your peer’s resolutions.

“Since last year was a bit rocky for me I just want 2010 to be better than last. So my New Years resolution is to have a better year!” Mike, Los Angeles “I want to be a better student than I was last year. No more slacking off in 2010!” Sharon, Sherman Oaks “My New Years resolution is to save more money!” Samantha, Los Angeles “This is my last year in high school and for my New Years resolution I want to get into a great school and get a job.” Jonathan, Los Angeles May you have a healthy and blessed New Year! Sincerely, Coline Witt

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By Nyvia Weathersby

Bell High School’s

Rock Band Takes the Act on the Road by

Stu Semigran of Educare


ell High School’s band, aptly named “Rock Band”, prepares to perform at a local children’s hospital as part of a community outreach component of their Beyond the Bell “TAKE ACTION” High School Leadership Campaign. Bell High is one of twenty-five high schools participating in a citywide leadership campaign. Students at each site are actively organizing civic awareness campaigns and producing talent shows and performing arts festivals, with the winners from these events going on to represent their schools at a spectacular culmination event at UCLA Ackerman Union at the end of the school year. Rock Band decided to take the show on the road after a successful school site concert. Months of preparation and hours of rehearsing were culminated with a two-hour performance in the auditorium. Performing a set seemingly dedicated to the Beatles, the band impressively covered the entire Abbey Road album as well as other songs from the sixties. A sense of pride and accomplishment could be read on each band member’s face as they finished the last song of their set. The crowd’s warm reception was a pleasant surprise, as all the songs dated back to a time before most of the audience was born. Looking to recreate that feeling, the performers have decided to venture out and put on small shows within their community. First stop, the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital when school reconvenes after Winter Break. “Performing at a children’s hospital will provide entertainment but more importantly foster creativity and awareness of those in greater need”, says the after school site coordinator Gerardo Mungaray. He goes on to say, “enthusiasm and spirit around campus is on the rise because the leadership campaign students are so visible and proactive.” This positive presence has led to excitement felt campus-wide, as students look for more ways to “Take Action” on school grounds and in the neighboring community. One way is the start of a mentoring program to be facilitated by leadership students. Seniors will take freshmen under their wings and students from all four grades will provide guidance to middle school students. Clearly, Bell High School leadership students look to have their voices heard not only on campus but also in the surrounding neighborhood. Taking matters into their own hands, they have found ways to spread positivity and hope through the arts and civic events. Kudos to Bell High School!

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he School Gyrls are the real thing when it comes to sweet high school students. Composed of Mandy a.k.a. Mandy Rain (15), Jacque, pronounced “Jackie,” a.k.a. Jacque Nimble (15) and Monica a.k.a. Mo’ Money (16), these three pint sized pop stars pack major charisma and talent into an adorable adolescent package. Though barely old enough to drive, these young ladies are seasoned professionals, with over twenty years of acting, singing and dancing experience combined. All professionally trained triple threats, the group officially formed in November 2008 and have been hard at work ever since. Their debut album under the Island Def Jam imprint is due out this year and a self titled, full length feature film, written and directed by Nick Cannon, recently wrapped and centers entirely around the three teen stars. Among the film’s feature cameos include Reverend Run, Justin Bieber, Kristina DeBarge, Soulja Boy, Angie Stone and others. The School Gyrls movie is slated to air on Nickelodeon in February 2010.

In the following interview, CH finds out at the end of their huge resume are still sassy teenage girls who share a love for shopping, fashion and roller coasters. CH: How did the name School Gyrls come about? SG: School Gyrls came about when Nick took me (Mandy) from Nickelodeon’s CH: Is there a ‘theme’ for the album, what can fans expect? “Star Camp”, Monica, from “Jam-X Kids”, discovered Jacque, and put us all SG: The theme is about the lives of young women. The songs are about love, together to form a Supergroup! cheaters, haters, and having fun. Fans can expect an album with a lot of different types of music on it. No two tracks sound the same. CH: What is it like working with Nick Cannon? SG: We love working with Nick Cannon because he’s a positive influence. He CH: What type of musical genre would you categorize School Gyrls lives a clean life. He’s determined, he’s focused, he’s a positive person and is under? a lot of fun to be around! SG: Pop/Rock-- its fun, catchy, and high energy. CH: With Destiny’s Child, TLC and Cheetah Girls how does School Gyrls differentiate as a girl group? SG: We are different because each of us has our own style and personality. We feel like just about every girl in America and around the world can relate to one of us.

CH: Do you feel that you’re missing out on the ‘high school’ or ‘middle school’ experience when you do independent study? SG: we do not feel like we are missing out on the high school experience. I had my share of those days, and so I’d like to leave the drama in the fictional world on screen. No drama zone!

CH: What is a day in the life of School Gyrls? SG: Depends on which day you’re talking about! Some days we’re flying to exotic places to perform live, pose for pictures, and be treated like princesses. Other days we are texting, working out, doing vocal or dance training…or cleaning my room!

CH: What are some of your goals as a young group? SG: To be a household name! CH: What advice would you give other young artists? SG: Stay true to you, and when you think you can’t train anymore, train harder, and never stop believing that you can do anything you put your mind to.

CH: What would you say your favorite song is collectively on the album? SG: It’s hard to pick a favorite, we love them ALL! But we love “Something like a Party,” mainly because it’s so much fun to dance to!

CH: Who are some of your musical influences? SG: Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Lady GaGa, Britney Spears, Rydznrtist, Boys to Men, Honor Society, and Debbie Gibson.

CH: When is your album coming out? SG: Our album is coming out shortly after TODAY!! lol

CH: Is there a part of the industry or your work that you dread to do? SG: Not looking forward from being away from my loved ones on long trips.

the movie...RESERVE


CH: What is the film ‘School Gyrls’ about? SG: It’s about three everyday high school girls dealing with cliques, learning to be true to themselves, and maybe kickin’ a little butt on the dance tip. CH: How is it working with Justin Bieber? SG: Justin Bieber was super fun to be around. He is what you get type of guy. He’s down to earth and very funny!

you see is what

CH: What was it like working with artists your age? SG: We liked working with artists our age, because you creatively feed off each other and rise to the level of the people you are working with, which is really good

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Decide what you really want. Focusing on what is the most important thing to you can help you really succeed in getting what you’re after. Write down all the reasons why getting your behind in gear and getting a handle on your New Year’s resolution will help you. Remind yourself by reviewing these reasons regularly and by putting them up in visible locations in your daily life. If you don’t even have a clear picture of why you want to do something then there will be motivational problems. Above all, aim for things that are truly important to you, not what you think you ought to do or what others expect of you.


Be realistic by setting achievable goals. Winning the lottery, for example, is out of your grasp and making sweeping declarations like “I will lose 50 pounds in two months” will just set you up for failure. But a more attainable goal such as I’d like to lose 10 or 15 pounds will give you a better chance for success.

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Describe your resolutions in specific terms. Instead of “I don’t want to be lazy,” try “I want to exercise regularly” or “I will cut down on my television watching.”

Break down large goals into smaller ones. For instance, commit to losing weight by resolving to walk 30 minutes every day and improve your eating habits. Find alternatives to a behavior that you want to change, and make this part of your resolution plan. Replace an old habit with another habit to make it easier to transition into your new lifestyle choice.

Don’t overload yourself. It’s difficult enough for the average person to follow through on one ambitious New Year’s resolution; why saddle yourself with three or four? Choose the most pressing issue at hand (getting better grades, making new friends, improving your relationship with your parents) and concentrate on that. Trying to do everything simultaneously practically guarantees failure across the board.


Tell everyone you know and anyone who will listen. Look at it this way: the more people to whom you announce your resolution, the more people there will be to push you along if you fall behind. There’s no shame in seeking help if you can’t accomplish your resolution on your own.


Reward yourself. Following through on a New Year’s resolution is rarely easy, so definitely applaud yourself when you manage to stick it out. If you’ve resolved to shop less, treat yourself for not buying those shoes by springing for a steaming hot cappuccino at the mall.

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Wait until you are ready. Sometimes the best way to accomplish a New Year’s resolution is to make it at a time of year of your choosing, instead of one dictated by the calendar. Don’t Quit. No one is perfect. If you fall off the horse, get back on. If you fail, try again. It’s never too late make a resolution or try again to keep one!

10 Tips to Help Make and KEEP your 2010 Resolutions


the beginning of the year and you’re super excited to make the new year mean a new you … But where do you start? And maybe even more importantly how do you make sure your resolutions haven’t fizzled before the months end? Most New Year’s resolutions are easier said (or written) than done but whatever it is, you’re attitude should be BRING IT ON! There is nothing quite like a good old fashioned challenge to see what you’re made of; to push the boundaries and test your limits. It is ONLY when we overcome these trials that we get to reap the sweetest rewards. Here are 10 tips on how to do it right.

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Don’t be afraid to shop sales! Clearance items and sales can provide deep discounts that can help you get more clothes for less money; especially for basics which you can wear multiple times in multiple ways. Buy more basics. It’s tempting to spend the $300 you have saved for your “going out gear”, but chances are that sparkly dress will spend the rest of 2010 in your closet. Instead of paying a lot for trendy, flashy pieces, invest in the basics: a few good pairs of jeans, some stylish knee-high boots, a blazer, tank tops, black leggings, etc. Update your hairstyle. Your hair is one of the first things people see when they look at you and one of the easiest to change on a budget. These days, almost anything goes except maybe a short-haired, curly perm (aka the old lady ‘do). Cut it, color it, maybe even experiment with a wig or just look in front of the mirror one day and practice some great hairstyles. You can look through magazines for styles you may like. The only limit is your own creativity! Look to the Stars. Celebrities are often a source for the latest fashions. Check out magazines, blogs, celebrity images and more. Trendy stores such as Forever 21, American Apparel and Urban Outfitters are great for finding the latest fashions at a fraction of the price celebrities usually pay for their trendsetting gear. GET BOLD. Adding bright colors or an “unplain” piece can really add style to pieces you already have. Girls can try a flashy bag or big bright earrings. Both guys and girls can try some fancy footwear. If you’re considering adding a piece don’t be afraid to take your existing outfit with you to make sure you’ve got a good match. Get Creative! Getting tired of wearing the same old thing or looking like everyone else? You don’t have to spend a ton of money or shop for hours to get a whole new wardrobe. Instead of getting new clothes or throwing out your old ones, why not try recycling them? Pick one item and think creatively about if you can embellish it in some way (paint, beads, extra fabric, trim, lengthen it, etc.) or if you can deconstruct it into something else (take off sleeves, shorten it, slash it for peek-a-boo effect with or without fabric underneath, iron on a transfer that you printed from your computer, etc). You can find inspiration on the internet and in magazines as well as how-to’s. - there are lots of ideas and how-to’s out there! The point is you can make something that is uniquely yours and that you just love. Then when someone gives you a compliment, or asks you where you got that amazing shirt/dress/etc., proudly say “I made it myself!” Recycle your clothes. Invite all of your friends over for a night, and tell them to bring clothes they are tired of and swap! (sharing clothes with friends could double your wardrobe!) Sell or give away the items that don’t fit or that you don’t wear. You can also find a local, second-hand consignment store, and take them there. Usually these stores give you the option of receiving cash or in-store credit for your items that sell. If you bring in clothes to consign every time you visit the store, you will most likely have credit the next time you come in, and can establish a monthly or bi-monthly wardrobe rotation without spending any money. Try stores like Buffalo Exchange, Goodwill, or Salvation Army. These store’s will buy your clothes, or accept them as a donation, and also sell vintage clothes that are in pretty good condition. Resurrect Old Pieces . Look in your closet and in your dresser drawers you may be surprised by clothes you have that you’ve forgotten about. Get out your mirror and spend a day mixing and matching outfits in new ways. Try different accessories and shoes. Resurrect old pieces and consider others that you can transform with a little creativity. Get Groomed for Good Style . Take care of yourself. Life is all in the details. Sometimes looking like you simply care about your appearance goes a long way in the style department. Scour the internet for beauty tips. You don’t necessarily need really expensive makeup to achieve a celebrity look. Find a good regimen for your skin. Remember to wash your face twice a day as well as exfoliate with a scrub once a week you can also find great over-the-counter home facial kits. Moisturize your skin every night and drink lots of water for healthy flawless skin. Good grooming and hygiene skills such as clean hair, showering/bathing and taking care of your skin, teeth and nails can improve your outlook, help to keep you healthy and will keep you stylish in 2010.


Don’t be afraid to experiment. If you want, opt for leggings instead of jeans. Dare to be daring! Be different and exciting. Nothing is more stylish or exciting than confidence and individuality. Walk upright, be proud of who you are. You are a star in your own way. Everyone might own Uggs, and a Coach purse, but true style is unique. Make the effort to wear something that expresses who you are every day, and never buy something just because everyone else did.

10 Tips to Revamp your Style (on a budget) in 2010


o you want your style to reflect an all new you in the new year but your budget won’t seem to let it happen? Want the latest trendsetting looks you see on the stars but can’t manage the sky-high prices for designer labels? Never fear Celebrity High is here with 10 tips to revamp your style without breaking the bank!

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by Ethan Segura class of 2010

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Sports have hidden health benefits. Some benefits of sports are obvious; like improving fitness and maintaining a healthy weight. But playing sports when you’re young can reduce the risk of certain health problems later in life as well as establish lifelong habits for good health. Sure, you can get these benefits from any type of exercise. But if you have trouble getting to the gym, there may be more incentive to show up and play if you know your coaches or teammates depend on you. Playing sports builds self-confidence. Teens involved in athletics feel better about themselves, both physically and socially. It helps to build confidence when you see your skills improving and your goals becoming reality. Other esteemboosting benefits of sports participation include getting in shape, maintaining a healthy weight, and making new friends. Exercise can cut the pressure. Playing sports can help you deal with pressure since exercise is a natural mood lifter and a great way to relieve stress and fight depression. Sports can help you literally run off the tension that’s accumulated in your muscles. Many people report better grades and an increased ability to concentrate when they move. Some colleges even encourage exercise during test times as stress relief for students. Plus, when you are on a team, you have friends who support you both on and off the field. Valuing preparation. Sports increase self-discipline and the awareness of the value of preparation which can lead to better grades and better work habits later in life. Competitive athletes learn the importance of effort, being prepared (mentally and physically), and enlightened risk-taking. They see that raw physical talent is not always sufficient to win the game, but that preparation is essential. This includes mental preparation (staying focused) and physical fitness as well as practicing the plays with their teammates in team sports. They learn to evaluate risk versus reward. Another invaluable lesson is discovering that mistakes are part of learning; they signal that a particular approach is unsuccessful and you must try another. Resilience. Sports provide an unparalleled model for dealing with disappointment and misfortune. Young athletes learn to handle adversity, whether it’s picking themselves up after losing a big game or not getting as many minutes as they wanted. They find ways to deal with losing and go on, because there’s another big game next week or next year. They figure out what to do to get what they want for themselves. They put in extra time on fitness or work on specific weaknesses in their game (long-ball trapping, hitting to the opposite field, looking the ball into their hands). People can find their internal drive through training and hard work, but adversity really brings it out. Teamwork. Working with coaches, trainers, and teammates to win games and meet goals is great practice for success later in life. Being a team player can make it easier to work with others and solve problems, whether on the field or in the workplace. On a team, you will learn about cooperation, camaraderie, give-andtake. You learn that you don’t have to like someone in order to work together toward a common goal. You can also discover that you can work for people you don’t respect and still be productive, improve your skills, and have fun. Time management. Young athletes learn to manage their time productively. They know they have to get their homework done, so they learn not to waste time (some of them even quit watching television and hanging out at the mall). They plan ahead and even figure out they have to eat well and get a good night’s sleep. Countless athletes, in school and the workplace, say that being an athlete taught them discipline that is invaluable in their lives on and off the field. Long-term thinking. Athletes learn the fundamental lesson of sacrificing immediate gratification for long-term gain. This is the basis for personal success as well as for civilization in general, and no lesson can be more valuable. Leadership opportunities. Team sports offer a rare opportunity to serve as leaders. Teens can be in a position to assess the strengths and weaknesses of their various teammates and help to maximize their strengths and compensate for their weaknesses. They can minimize conflicts among players. They can reinforce values such as, fair play, hard work, mental preparation, by speaking up when appropriate and setting a good example. They can also take the initiative in arranging for team dress on game days, organizing team dinners or team movie nights, and inviting teachers and administrators to their games.


Make New Friends. Sports are a social activity. Team sports are obviously done with other people, but even individual sports are often done as a team (tennis, golf, track) and as such athletes develop relationships with their teammates. Sports can also be a way to meet a variety of kids from different backgrounds. Sports are a great equalizer; rich or poor, black, brown, or white, are irrelevant. What counts is talent and heart.

10 reasons to play a sport in 2010


play sports to have fun, learn and improve their skills, be with friends, succeed or win and even to become physically fit. Those who play usually get all of these benefits from sports, but there are secret benefits to athletics that most don’t realize they get as well. Participants benefit in various ways physically, personally and even socially. Sports can help you develop skills and talents that will be very valuable for your life ahead. So whether you’re already participating in a sport, considering joining one or maybe never even thought about it before, here are the 10 secret benefits of playing a high school sport.

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“Wellness is a verb. Think of health not as a target but as a journey that has no end” James Beckerman, MD

“Get a physical in 2010! And

those who have had regular checkups should not stop!”

-JOSEPH ZUCKERMAN, MD “Happiness is the least known health tip. It’s not that unhappy people will always live shorter lives. But when an individual has a happy life that is well balanced with family, love, a great career and interesting hobbies, they will live longer.” -PASCAL GOLDSCHMIDT, MD “Laugh a lot—why? It will put you in the right mood to not take life so seriously. We spent years studying cortisol, and when you laugh stress hormones plummet” Have a rich social life. “Use your head. The secret to living a healthy life starts with a healthy mind that must be maintained throughout your life. It’s gotta be worked .” -Pamela Peeke MD “Think of solutions, not problems.” “Listen to relaxing, uplifting music” “Always

have confidence. If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.” Carl Lewis, Olympic Athlete

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work,learning from failure” Colin Powell

10 Tips to find health and happiness in 2010


time to go directly to the sources in 2010! If you’ve been ‘googling’ tips for happiness and health we’ve got you covered. The New Year calls for a new way of thinking about health and wellness. Check out how the experts weigh in.

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