THE WILDCAT CHRONICLES
Volume 5, Issue 2
Westland Hialeah Senior High School
Be Smart, Be You, Just Be….H.I.P. By Amanda Blanco and Javier Gonzalez For the first time at Westland, we are introducing the Health Information Project club. The club is based purposely on teaching students about health awareness and how to be healthy. The club also encourages and assists teens in accessing existing community health resources. Club members meet twice a month to discuss topics such as relationships, health, and different types of drugs. The program includes peer-topeer discussions, several multimedia presentations, social marketing, and health promotion activities. Club finder and director, Risa Berrin, started the club to teach and address the health crisis within teens in America.
The club is made up of all juniors who go around talking to ninth grade classes about different health issues and what can be done to prevent them. “The freshmen are very interested by the information,” said club leader, Ms. Margarita Carrasco. Throughout the entire district, over 6,000 freshmen will be informed about all types of health issues and places they can go to receive more information on how to stay safe. The club is very informative on how the students can make the best decision concerning their health. To join the club, you must be a junior, have a 2.0 GPA, and a flexible schedule. For more information on the club, visit www.behip.org .
Upcoming Wildcat Events!
February 8-Senior Breakfast March 22-March 31Spring Break April 15-24-FCAT
May 4-Grad Bash
The Road To Education By : Brayan Diaz On November 20, 2012 Westland students, mainly composed of freshmen and sophomores, embarked on a journey of discovery and motivation. For three days they visited; the University of Central Florida, University of Florida, Florida State University, University of South Florida, and Florida Gulf Coast University. They learned about the school’s background, facilities, and requirements needed to attend. The objective of the trip was “to expose and moti-
vate students, particularly underclassmen, to gear their studies toward fulfilling the requirements necessary for admittance to at least one of the 11 major, public universities in the state of Florida,” said Mrs. Katrina Cordova, of the English Department. According to Ayamey Caro, junior, “the trip was entertaining; everyone was getting along, it turned out to be a learning experience for everyone.” It is still up for debate if there is going to be another trip in the spring.
“Model behavior and academic excellence is required for attendance, students should make sure that they are demonstrating their aptitude and desire to attend the trip by exhibiting these characteristics in all of their classes,” added Mrs. Cordova. College can be frightening for anyone and these trips help the students get some exposure to the college atmosphere and lifestyle. Let’s hope for another trip this spring, Wildcats.
Inside this issue: Opinion
Is The Safety Of America At Risk? By: Julio Fumero & Javier Gonzalez Since the Civil War Era Americans have had the right to bear arms. It arose when the Second Amendment was ratified in 1791. The Second Amendment contains two clauses: The Militia Clause and The Right to Arms Clause. Those clauses were intended primarily for security purposes. It allows people to protect themselves and their homes from harm and it made it easier for soldiers that were part of the militia to have access to guns. Since then, there has been much argument on the subject in light of recent events, such as the school shooting in Newtown, CT., which has the United States divided.
Massive Shootings in the US Dating back to 1999, there has been a total of 61 mass shootings in the United States. The rate of people killed by guns in the United States is 19.5 times higher than similar high income countries in the world (Shen). Below is a timeline of some of the shootings from 1999 to present: * April 20, 1999- Columbine High School in Littleton, Co., 13 people killed and 21 wounded. * July 29, 1999- Mark Barton murdered his wife, 2 children and 12 other family members before killing himself. * March 25, 2006- Kyle Aaron Huff, went on a shooting spree through Capitol Hills in Seattle, WA. The massacre was the worst killing in Seattle since 1983. * April 16, 2007- Virginia Tech became the deadliest school shooting in United States history. Seung-Hui Choi gunned 56 people, 32 of those perished. * January 8, 2011- Former Rep. Gabby Gifford was shot in the head when a gunman opened fire at a market. 19 people total were shot, one of Gifford’s staffers was killed, along with a 9 year old girl. * July 20, 2012- Aurora, CO., 58 people were wounded, 12 killed inside a theater during the release of The Dark Knight Rises. * December 11, 2012-Newtown, CT., 27 were shot and killed inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School. 20 were children and 6 were adults, including the school’s Principal and school counselor Shen, Aviva. "A Timeline of Mass Shootings in the US Since Columbine." Think progress.. 14 December 2012. Web. 23
Many questions have arisen due to these national tragedies. As a nation, what measures need to be implemented? Some suggest more gun control, stating that the Second Amendment does not have much validity to us anymore. Others want more security measures at school, such as having more armed guards present in every doorway and teachers carrying weapons. Some demand better mental healthcare since most of these gunmen have had serious illnesses. Many citizens have even turned in their weapons to their local police in an effort to ensure more safety in their households. Yet, we can always argue the other side. What about those illegal weapons that criminals will not turn in? Are we still that much safer? The topic of gun control is a controversial one and will likely not be solved overnight. We shall see what measures the government plans to put into action in the coming days as Vice-President Joe Biden shares his plan of action with President Obama. For now, we should never forget the victims of these tragic massacres in our nation’s history. We must honor their lives and treat each other with respect and dignity as we stay hopeful for a resolution to this crisis.
Just Say No! By: Dora Gonzalez On, December 7th, 2012, the Westland Wildcats were honored to have their 1st smoke-out assembly. Not only was it a way of reaching out to the Wildcat student body about how smoking affects everyday life, this assembly also featured performances from our Wildcat Dance Troupe, The Drama Club and our Wildcat Drum line. The assembly welcomed important personnel from MDCPS, such as Dr.Moran, and students who achieved a score of 4 or higher on their FCAT exam.
To close the event, guest speaker, Jordan Bontrager, from the Tobacco Prevention Youth Advocacy. Julio Fumero, senior, attended the assembly said that “Listening to Mr. Bontrager and saying the pledge alongside Dr. Adderly, proved to me that tobacco just isn’t the route to go.” Before we dissmissal, Dr. Adderly put together a tobacco pledge and had all the invited classes pledge to never to use the deadly drug. Miami Dade Health Department closed the ceremony with their slogan. “Help create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.”
Wildcat Chronicles Vol.5 No.2 Westland Hialeah Senior High 400 West 18th Avenue Hialeah FL, 33012 (305) 818-3000 Ext: 2198 The Wildcat Chronicle’s mission is to inform and entertain all students, faculty, and staff with everything Wildcat. We aim to cover every event pertaining to Westland Hialeah Senior High. Editor in Chief: Dora Gonzalez Managing Editor: Brayan Diaz News Editor: Amanda Blanco Sports Editor: Julio Fumero Opinion Editor: Javier Gonzalez Entertainment Editor: Madelaine Farrada Photo Editor: Dora Gonzalez Advertising Manager: Brayan Diaz Staff Writers: Dora Gonzalez, Amanda Blanco, Madelaine Farrada, Javier Gonzalez, Julio Fumero, Brayan Diaz Page Designers: Dora Gonzalez, Amanda Blanco, Madelaine Farrada Advisor: Ms. Arlene Socorro
Winter Festivities By: Dora Gonzalez This year the Drama Club put on a Christmas play, “T’was the Night of Noche Buena” written by Nicole Mujica. Kateryn Sanchez stared as “Elina”. The play focused on the CubanAmerican teenager, Elina who’s given a Christmas break project to re-write the famous poem ,“T’was the Night Before Christmas.” Elina, coming from a Cuban heritage, begins to think that her family is not normal because they do not celebrate Christmas the American way. The show premiered on December 12, 2012 and was the perfect start to the holiday season.
Ms. Karla Briceño did her own show called Fall Frills. The show premiered November 29th, 2012 and was a huge success! This show featured The Wildcat Dance Troupe and repertoire guest performers such as, the Marlins Energy team, Hotspot dancers, and the Showstoppers. Troupe Captain, Jennifer Garcia, stated “During the summer we worked hard in our camp and learned the dances we presented.” The show featured a variety of dances from Hip-Hop, Lyrical, and Contemporary.
The Wildcat Chronicles
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* Suit & Tie—Justin Timberlake feat. JAY Z * I Knew You Were Trouble—Taylor Swift * Ho Hey—The Lumineers * Locked Out of Heaven—Bruno Mars *Don't You Worry Child - Swedish House Mafia * Don't Stop the Party—Pitbull feat. TJR * Beauty and a Beat—Justin Bieber feat Nikki Minaj * Home—Phillip Phillips * Daylight—Maroon 5 * Sweet Nothing - Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch
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Now that we’ve survived, what the Mayans called “The End Of the World” let’s flash-back on some 2012 Wildcat memories.
Congratulations to the Boys Soccer team on their success on becoming district champions! Page 5
One Team, One Heartbeat By: Julio Fumero Wildcat basketball is back in season as the boys played their first game of the 2012-2013 school years on Monday, November 19th, against the Belen Wolverines. “Belen has always been a tough district opponent, along with Mater and Central,” stated basketball coach, Samuel Watts. Off-season training was no joke this year. “It’s been the toughest but most beneficial off-season conditioning so far,” said varsity starter, Roger Chirino. This year many of the players participated in the cross-country team as a form of conditioning. This is something that has not been done since the basketball program here at Westland initiated. “Being part of the cross-country team has given me more endurance, leg strength and speed. It put me in a better overall physical shape,” stated Chirino.
The Wildcats also participated in summer leagues and team camps in preparation for their season. The expectations this year for the team are pretty high. “I believe we have a chance in making the playoffs this year,” claimed coach Watts. He feels the team this year is more experienced and more united compared to previous years. The thought of new starters on the field isn’t much to worry about either. “The loss of last year’s seniors isn’t going to be a problem at all, “ added Coach Watts. “Our new starters are more than ready to fill in their shoes,’’ commented varsity starter, Christian Gonzales. The Wildcat Chronicles, along with the rest of our Wildcat family, wishes our Basketball program the best of luck in reaching their expectations.
Teamwork Makes The Dream Work! By: Madelaine Farrada The Wildcat Boys Soccer team is back and better than ever. Since last season, the team as a whole has made tremendous improvement. Their goal this season is to make it to playoffs and earn the district title, by triumphing over Homestead, American, and Belen. Thus far, they have played nine games this season with two wins, two losses, and six ties. Coach Greg Solano is extremely proud of his soccer team and their advancements. Luigi Infanzon, senior, has scored a total of 5 goals this season. Infanzon is determined and ready to reach district ; since their one point loss last year.
Maykol Valdes, senior, is proud to be a starter for the Westland Hialeah soccer team. When asked about other teams, Valdes stated “Playing against American feels like playing in the finals. Daniel Gonzalez, senior, gave the same sentiment about the team and how proud he is. This year the Westland Hialeah Boys Soccer Team became district champions! The entire faculty and student body would like to congratulate Coach Solano and the entire team on their incredible achievement!
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