On March 2nd there was a party, one hosted by a Newport Harbor High School student. This particular party set up a beer pong game in the shape of a swastika and saluted it just as Hitler. Among these students of Newport Harbor High School, they have a group chat called “Superior Race”. There is alleged accusation made about this group that threatened the students of the Jewish Club at their school. Most of these students have received a week of suspension.
Society has become soft, when something occurs it is to not give them a slap on their wrist. Problems like these will continue to happen if we keep up our softness or get softer in our punishments. As a society we should be developing more effective forms of punishment such as the one who commits the crime has to actually pay for their crime and to apologize for their actions. There is no punishment actually being established; the school only suspending them for a week can be a blessing for some of these students because they don’t like school. Potentially being rejected by colleges won’t hurt them since they have their parents who will provide for them. This has to change and the way society is raising the future generations.
Green Book was released in theaters November 21st, 2018 is directed by Peter Farrelly also known by his movie Dumb and Dumber. This film was inspired by the true story of a tour of the Deep South by African American classical and jazz pianist Don Shirley who was represented by Mahershala Ali and Italian- American bouncer Tony Lip who was played by Viggo Mortensen who served as Shirley’s driver and bodyguard. It was written by Farrelly, Brian Hayes Currie and Vallelonga’s son, Nick Vallelonga, based on interviews with his father and Shirley, as well as letters his father wrote to his mother. The film was named after The Negro Motorist Green Book which was a guide book for African-American travelers to know what hotels they could stay at in the mid 1920’s.
This movie expressed many feelings that not only African-Americans feel but any immigrant descendant can feel at some point in their life. “If I’m not black enough nor white enough, what am I?” and that is what society can make anybody question. Don Shirley was able to go anywhere to be able to entertain the white people, but he was not able to eat in those places he was there to entertained. He decided to not perform in one of his nights for refusing the way he was being treated. That same night they went to a place to eat where Blacks were allowed to eat, and he enjoyed playing music with them and for them for free.
This movie expressed many social problems that went on during the time period of 1962 that still resemble some of the social problems we face today. This movie is about racial injustice. They also show how a true friendship is developed in places that were least expected. This movie deserves an A for being an impactful and doing a well way of playing the time period.
Walk. Ride. Rodeo. is a Netflix production released March 8, 2019. It is based on a true story about a barrel racer named Amberley Snyder, directed by Conor Allyn is known for Overexposed(2018) and Zoe Gone(2014). Spencer Locke is from Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guideas Bitsy Johnson, played the role of Amberley Snyder, Missi Pyle as Tina Snyder, Bailey Chase acted the part of the father Cory Snyder, and Max Ehrich as Tate Watkins the boyfriend. As the film itself says Amberley Snyder performed her own stunts.
On January 10th, 2010 Amberley Snyder got in a car crash, that left her paralyzed from waist down. Even before her accident, she was self-centered. She never went to go watch her brother’s baseball games, yet he went to go watch her rodeo performances. After, her mother was always right beside her even when times were rough, as she had to be the strong one for both her own daughter and herself. While Amberley Snyder was going through therapy and she had days in which she wanted to quit. Especially, the day of her 19thbirthday she spent it in the hospital. Snyder’s goals were to walk, ride, and rodeo. Although she was able to accomplish the two of her goals, she inspired many people.
The movie the audience can take valuable lessons from the picture. From the very obvious never give up to keep trying even when you feel like giving up. Another would be that just because you are the one physically or emotionally going through something doesn’t mean it is not affecting someone else right beside you. This was a great movie because it was inspirational by knowing anyone is capable of doing anything you just have to have faith. I give it an A. I, personally feel that it can get to all types of audience there is no specific group that this movie is only for.
On February 4, 2019 at the Jim Scott Stadium the Estancia girls’ varsity soccer won their wildcard game against Lynwood High School 2-1. Junior forward, Desiree Mendoza scored both goals for Estancia in the first half, while Lynwood was only able to score one goal in the first half. Senior forward, Valerie Ruiz said, “We had great communication from the start of the game, opening up and finding the right spot to receive the ball. Finding and giving the ball to our point (Mendoza) where she had multiple tries to score but couldn’t find the finish inside the net. But overall communication is key for our team.”
In the second half senior keeper, Kimberly Martinez directed her defense with open communication and stopping each of Lynwood’s offensive advances. Junior defender, Adriana Ruiz stated, “Our first half, we weren’t playing our best game but we were more calm whereas in the second half I feel like we panicked way too much trying to get a third goal.” On Wednesday, February 6 Estancia will be taking on Hemet High School at Hemet High school at 5pm in the CIF Southern Section first round.
Estancia High School drama Troupe 1224 wrote and performed To Whom It May Concern on January 17,18, and 19 at the Barbara Van Holt Theater to sellout crowds. The production was a four act production dealing with the idea that as teenagers no one is really alone, there is someone else dealing with something similar or the exact same thing. Troupe1224 began brainstorming ideas since the summer and started officially writing the scenes in early September 2018.
The first scene, Under Pressure, deals with high school students not having parents that are educated about the education system in the United States. Also, it reinforces the idea how even ones’ parents have difficulty in supporting their own child with their dreams. Senior, Angel Morales said, “When I was writing it, the meaning intended for the audience to grasp was to see that the immigrants have it harder and parents don’t know much about college. For example, my mom doesn’t know about college. Well, she knows the big names such as UCLA, and this scene shows how we have to work harder than other people since our parents aren’t educated on the schooling system here in the United States.”
In the second scene, Easy Street shows how economic problems can effect us all but can also be misunderstood. Those points of view showed someone struggling financially and the other showed that they can be economically stable but lack family values. Senior, Andrew Padilla stated that, “The idea behind the scene is that everyone one way or another is affected by money. Personally, it does affect me both positively and negatively to the point where I have a family that is family oriented but we also sometimes hit points where we just aren’t economically stable. The focus of the scene was to bring light that your problems do not go unnoticed and there are others who are going through the same thing as you are. I believe people with a decent amount of money still have problems - just I can’t say that they are severe or not. Problems are different for everybody and are handled differently.”
Dream, the third scene presented anxiety, depression, and the difficulty teens have talking to their parents. Within this scene it showed how people can bottle up their emotions and problems instead of searching for help because they do not want to cause any embarrassment or disappointment to their parents. Junior, Makai Walker stated that, “Most of the audience were young teenagers and in the act, most teens were probably focusing on the yelling that was a result from a lost father. But, the idea of it was to show how it is difficult for teenagers to communicate with their parents. Also, to show that we have difficulty even speaking about our own problems such as anxiety or depression, but we have others that have dealt with those problems that you can trust.”
The last scene, The Connection dealt with the reality of all of these situations. There are points in life that you are doing okay, but then it can turn to a downfall and some adjustments need to be made. Junior, Leslie Ventura stated that, “The fourth scene shows how that families are never perfect. We see the family’s problems unfold on stage tearing them apart bit by bit. But, then at the end, the carolers are a sign of hope to the family, meaning that everything will be okay if they have each other.” Senior Taylor Steadman said, “That was the scene that we show what happens behind closed doors and it is okay to talk about them. And, we don’t always have a happily ever after, but at the end we are family and have each other.”
Troupe 1224 will be back at it with the Addams’ Family Musical currently scheduled to be performed in April 4-7, 2019 at the Barbara Van Holt Theater.
DC Entertainment released Aquaman on December 21, 2018 directed by James Wan and produced by Peter Safran and Rob Cowan. The movie had two story lines; the first plot foreshadows to the next movie in the sequel. It has Arthur-Aquaman (Jason Momoa) getting a submarine out of the sea. Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) and Jesse- Manta’s father (Micheal Beach) were in the submarine while pipelines fell on the father. Manta did not want to leave his father but the water level in the submarine kept getting higher. Manta finally left his father to drown, his anger led to wanting revenge on Aquaman. Meanwhile, under the sea there are more problems occurring King Orm-Arthur’s half-brother (Patrick Wilson) wanting to claim his crown and wanting to get into war with the human world because of the trash going into the water. Humans are just being irresponsible toward the water bodies in the world.
While Arthur is warned, what his half-brother wants to do and is convinced to take his crown. Arthur throughout his voyage to get his crown, he has Atlanna (Nicole Kidman) by his side to guide him. When they get to the last location for this adventure, Arthur discovers his dead mother to be alive in a trapped area that only the true king can safely get out. (His mother was a queen of the sea who wanted to bring the sea world and human world together. She met a man on land who she had Arthur and was raised by the father while the mother left back to her home before she set danger to the man she loved nor her baby. She had plans that hopefully Arthur would bring both worlds together.) Not surprising at all, Arthur can walk out of that place safe and sound.
Being that this a fictional superhero movie that viewers knew some of the events were going to happen. Aquaman’s journey takes too long for it to come to the end. One can see the outcomes before it even happens. Some of the action sequences seemed forced since they were short and quick. This movie was a DC product, but I don’t think it was their best product. Instead of the early foreshadowing of where Manta comes from it would have been better at the end to set the sequel. I give it a B.
On January 11,2019 at the Jim Scott Stadium, the Estancia boys varsity soccer [2-1-1(league) and 10-5-2 (overall)] beat Orange High school 4-2. Senior, defender Brian Alvarez was injured about the 20-minute mark and did not return until the second half as Orange continued to play aggressively. Senior, Gerardo Leon scored the first goal of the game on a corner kick, giving the Eagles a lead 1-0. Minutes later Leon was injured and did not return until the second half. Orange responded with a goal of their own and a quick second during the extra minutes before half taking the lead 2-1.
Entering the second half, both teams raised their intensity. In the eighth minute Orange received a yellow card for pushing senior, Daniel Delgado. Some key passes led to senior Fernando Martinez tying the game up 2-2.
After the exchanging of fouls and yellow cards. Junior, Marcos Arreola broke away for a shot on goal but missed. Orange earned a red card resulting in them playing down a man for the rest of the game. In extra minutes Senior, Miguel Peña scored on a penalty kick opportunity along with Leon scoring his second of the game putting it away 4-2. On January 16 Estancia will be taking on Calvary home at 5pm.
The week of December 19-23, 2018 the annual Christmas Boat Parade came back to Palm St, Newport Beach. While driving up there it was as if you were part of some car parade! Cars everywhere lead to traffic and difficulty finding parking. In fact, there were people parking where it wasn’t parking and standing right next to their car to see the boat parade pass them by.
Areas were crowded to stand and watch the parade, but it was still manageable to see the bright lights from the boats. It was fascinating looking at all these boats pass by with their own light designs. There was a great variety from a circus, Santa’s sleigh, a Christmas tree, Charlie Brown, and so much more! Most boats had music and members aboard giving holiday wishes. Some people who got into the roles, such as Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus which was a delight to see especially since there was so many kids around.
The last day of the boat parade there were some fireworks launched from the Balboa Pier. The boat parade already has up a schedule for this year’s Christmas Boat Parade located on their websites with more details of times. This year’s boat parade will initiate the 18-22 of December with three parades each day. It was just a great place to spend some quality time with family and friends and get into the Christmas spirit.
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez received National Book Award Finalist in the category of Young People’s Literature for the year of 2017. The main character’s name is Julia. She is a typical first generation American, teenager from an immigrant family. The book reveals that Julia has numerous hardships and is not a person with a lot of friends, even with her closest friend, Lorena she is reserved. One of Julia’s strengths is writing and her weakness is communicating and making handmade tortillas. Julia represents a revolutionary figure. Her revolution is being first generation American and chasing her own dreams. Although, it’s not a historical period of time in the book; she shows how we have our own revolution within ourselves. That is what most people like Julia are struggling with, parents choosing the career for their child even though that does not make them happy. Immigrant families consist of parents who left their hometown and want their children to succeed in life. Success comes in different shapes and forms, but some parents don’t see it as success if you are not sitting on a desk with your own assistant, being a doctor, a lawyer, etc. That becomes a problem going against their parents’ desires.
I have three siblings. Two brothers and one sister. My favorite fruit is strawberries. My favorite movie is Cars. I enjoy being around nature. I love listening to Spanish music, all genres.