Estancia High School Girls’ Basketball lost to St. Joseph High School, 63-32, on pre-season scrimmage on November 9, 2018.
St. Joseph started the quarter with the ball in their position. Estancia had an unproductive quarter until senior, Dayana Martinez entered and scored their first few points. A few seconds later senior, Daisy Albarran, was injured and then removed from the game in an attempted layup. The ending score for the first quarter was 13-7, in St. Joseph’s favor.
In the second quarter, Estancia came out aggressive and physical sending the Jesters to the foul line where they scored the majority of their points. Senior, Queen Ceruti, recorded Estancia’s first three pointer of the game bringing them within 15 points at the half, 31-16.
Both teams came out aggressively in the third quarter with many trips to the free throw line and buckets being traded back and forth. Coach Barry Fryslie stated, “Our team played really hard, I was really glad that they were passing the ball during the game. They played aggressive on defense, we were worried they wouldn’t play aggressive because we are a young team.” The Jesters pulled away in the third quarter with a 23 point lead, 49-26.
The Eagles started to create more open shots but failed to make their free-throws throughout the fourth quarter, losing to the Jesters 63-32.
La Creperie Café, is a French Restaurant with a 4.5 star rating. Most popular for their crepes, they have selecting from dinner to dessert crepes. Once you step in this restaurant it creates this feeling that you are not in California but somewhere else in the world.
The setting has a vintage/ hipster vibe. The staff members there are attentive and approachable people.
Trying the Banana Cream Pie adding strawberries to it was a blast of heaven getting that savory taste with an additional crunchy texture to top it off. That combination of the vanilla custard, bananas, Lorna Doone shortbread cookies, strawberries, and crème anglaise was sweet but the strawberries with their tanginess and sweet flavor made it a bit less sweet. This was a perfect match for me since I have a special spot for sweets…it was delicious. One of the house members is not a big fan for sweets; he tried my crepe and ended up liking it more than one he ordered. He ordered a Latin lover which consists of Nutella and bananas. The member decided it was too much of a chocolate taste for him. Meanwhile house member number two, got the exact same thing just addition of two vanilla ice cream scopes. She loves chocolate but with the vanilla ice cream she said it smoothed out the taste of chocolate with vanilla led to a nice blend.
Price averaged $10-13.00. If you are looking for a dessert place, this should be next on your list. La Creperie Café, is located at 4911 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803.
Drugs and alcohol are becoming a regular part of the lives of adolescents today and they have easier access to them. This year at Estancia High School administration has had to deal with related issues the very first week of school and it continues to be a problem. There are many high schools having similar problems, where freshmen are choosing to partake in risky behaviors. Consequently, there has been suspension and expulsion, but is that truly helping? The trained dogs just come and sniff throughout the school to see who has possession of any substance. Due to these circumstances, there is a greater chance that there are more students under the influence that do not carry substances around school. There should be a three-part program that would consist of: improving our prevention system, drug testing, and help for those who need it.
One can’t help getting slapped with smoke clouds while entering the school bathroom. Since, there is no faculty or staff that enter the student bathrooms, most of the time these students do not get caught. Sometimes there are even students who are vaping in classrooms, with teachers oblivious to this occurring. Recognizing there are some people who have family problems, difficulty adjusting themselves to a new country, or even pressured to get involved in drugs; and play the game to fit in. There are so many ways people can do healthy coping, yet it is avoided just to feel “good” for a couple of hours.
On average, a human loses “…a gram of brain mass per year” after the age of 20 assuming if you are healthy (Brenda Hefti). According to The Drug Policy, when students had a physical dependence to drugs before the age of 18 their IQ level dropped 8 points until reaching the age of 38. If a good majority of this generation becomes dependent on drugs, how will they be capable of taking care of themselves, much less their parents some day.
Some may argue that drugs and alcohol have a health purpose and people should not be denied the access to it. National Institute on Drug Abuse states, marijuana plants have two cannabinoids “…that are of medical interest are THC and CBD.” Unfortunately, a good majority of people are not using it for healthy purposes. The Mayo Clinic informs us, that alcohol with moderate use can help, “Reduce your risk of developing and dying from heart disease, possibly reduce your risk of ischemic stroke (when the arteries to your brain become narrowed or blocked, causing severely reduced blood flow), [and] possibly reduce your risk of diabetes.” Do we truly use these substances those ways?
Unfortunately, banning drugs and alcohol consumption is not an option; especially since these two concepts can provide medical benefits. Schools have prevention by enforcing the service dogs to sniff the school and allocate if there is any drug or alcohol in position. As well some schools have guest speakers that only come once a year, and talk to students about drugs and alcohol abuse. That becomes a temptation for young people; unfortunately the negative impact does not show right away. This is a not enough only coming once, shows how the people who come to inform also consider this a joke, if they are not following up after it. Maybe a partnership like the one Estancia has with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, that will be following up once a month might be the game changer for freshmen. I believe this is a great opportunity for all ages, and strongly believe it should be accessible to everyone. It should be mandatory for these students to get help to break this “cool” habit. It should be optional if the rest of the students want to go learn about it.
Acting now is essential with freshmen and these habits can be broken if they receive the attention and the help that is necessary. Prevention is needed to stop the spread, and making it harder for these activities to go unnoticed at school. Another factor, is random drug testing to discover which students need to be approached. Lastly, help; the mentor or advisor should be devoted into the student care not just neglecting everything they are doing. Adolescents are still sensitive at this age, therefore the mentor or advisor should be assigned to create an impact in their lives, but if they show no care it can only push them to remain with their habits. The key for this problem is improving prevention methods, random drug testing, and more help.
Sophomore president, Emma Goodman announced to Estancia’s student body that ASB is bringing back class competitions this year, starting with musical chairs.
On Friday, September 14th, 2018 participants from each grade level that were selected, played the first round of class competitions. When the song by Miley Cyrus started: “Party in the U.S.A.”; the first-class competition began. Within a couple of seconds the first participant was out – leaving the juniors short one person. Goodman announced, “so now the juniors have less of a good chance of winning.” Students cheered for their own grade level competitors. Seniors, Eric Kenneth and Bryan Sandoval received most of the cheers. Eric Kenneth was the next to fall out of the competition allowing sister, Melia Kenneth to tease her brother with the comment, “the taller they are, the harder they fall.”
In the final round, Sandoval and Adriana Ruiz (junior) were the last two left. Ruiz stayed strong even though the juniors were short one person from early in the competition. The upperclassmen fought for the first-class competition point. The song was changed for the last round to La Chona by Los Tucanes. The crowd continued to support Sandoval. When the song paused… Ruiz stole the chair and the first point for the class competition! Despite the crowd calling for a do-over, Ruiz got the marker to tally the juniors win.
These class competitions will resume every other Friday during lunch.
Video courtesy of Maritza Gomez
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