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Eagle Staff Spotlight October 2021: Mrs. Maleno Braun

By Edmund Shryock

Questions:

  1. How long have you been teaching at Glenn?

“I have been a teacher for six years here at John Glenn, I was also an AVID Tutor for 2 years.” Mrs. Braun has been a serving member of the district for 8 years. 

  1. What is your favorite part about John Glenn? 

“I love the community on campus and the family feel from the students. My students go out of their way to make me feel appreciated as a teacher.” 

  1. What clubs and activities are you involved with on campus?

“I participate in the Cinema club!”

  1. Did you always want to be a teacher? 

“No way! When I was younger I did not want to be a teacher.” She realized in her 20’s that she really enjoys helping people. She expressed how, “It takes time to know who you are as a person, and to accept yourself.” 

  1. Favorite genre of music?

Mrs. Braun really enjoys 90s rock. Her favorite band is Weezer.

  1. What do you do in your free time?

“If I am not playing with my kids, I love spearfishing, rock climbing, and rollerskating.” Mrs. Braun is a certified free diver who has the ability to hold her breath for 3 minutes and dive to 60 feet underwater. She is also a rescue certified scuba diver. 

  1. Favorite sports team?

She does not watch professional sports but she follows the Orange County Octopush Team, which is an underwater hockey team. She has played before and was quick to admit that it is a really difficult sport.

  1. Favorite movie?

“My favorite movie is Labyrinth!” she said with excitement. One of her favorite things about the movie is that it had the singer David Bowie which she really enjoys. 

  1. Any advice that you would like to give the student body at Glenn?

“Find what motivates you in life, whether it is a hobby, sport or an idea! However, find something you love to do because doing it will bring you joy in life when things get tough.” 

  1. Anything else you would like the students to know about yourself?

“I have a lot of hidden talents, however if you do not ask me, I won’t end up sharing. I am more than just a teacher, so reach out if you ever see me!” 

Community Schools

Editorial

You might have seen all the new activities being offered at John Glenn, like the new Margaret’s Place set up in Room 303, and the reorganization of the 300 building to be exclusive to counseling services. Our school has teamed up with the Los Angeles County Office of Education to become a Community School.

Community Schools like ours get access to new outlets of support for students and their parents and families, such as counseling and wellbeing centers. As a Community School, our professionals help families with COVID-19 testing and vaccination information, assistance for homelessness and hunger, tenant’s rights and housing rights, Medicare/Medical assistance, property tax and financial questions, funeral assistance, and so much more.

One exciting idea is the potential opening of an Eagles xChange Store, a thrift store concept whereby students can both donate items of need like clothing and also purchase items they need. All proceeds would go toward helping the Community School. Students can even volunteer to work in the Eagles xChange Store. Plans are currently in development.

If students would like to get involved in spreading awareness about or volunteering for Community Schools, they should contact Ms. Frances Valdez at F.Valdez@nlmusd.org or call (562) 390-0780 to ask about joining the Student Advisory Council, where students and parents alike are able to input their opinion and change the school in a positive way. There is a link to the Community School resources located on our school website, JGHS.org, and you can follow the JGHS/SEA Parent Partnership Center on Instagram @jgseaparentpartnershipcenter.

Video Game Review: Omori

By Yael Ventura

Content Warning: Omori features a cute hand drawn aesthetic but the plot covers very heavy themes along with containing flashing lights. If you aren’t comfortable with heavy themes, please skip this game.

Pseudonymous artist OMOCAT released the trailer on April 21, 2014 for an upcoming project called Omori. The video gained traction very quickly as people awaited its release. After 6 years and 8 months of development for what felt like forever, Omori was released on Steam for Windows and MacOS on Christmas Day of 2020 to amazing reviews, with a Nintendo Switch port coming in the near future along with an artbook.

What originally started out as a small comic on Tumblr entitled Omori’s Story, it featured panels of a boy named Omoriboy with his friends as they play games and hang around. Later it is revealed that all of the story took place in Omoriboy’s imagination, with him drawing his “friends” and adventures in his sketchbook.

Omori is an indie Horror RPG made in RPG Maker where the player controls the character Omori exploring the world of HEADSPACE, Omori’s dreams. When your best friend Basil goes missing, your group, consisting of your closest friends, go on a big journey to find him. As the story progresses, you begin to uncover the truth behind all the horror elements of the story.

Outside of HEADSPACE, you control Sunny, a boy who became a shut-in after an incident caused him to become more isolated. Sunny is moving out in three days and the player controls Sunny as he hangs out with his friends one last time before he moves away.

The horror aspects of the game are really well made. There are a few jumpscares, as expected of anything in the horror genre. What the game does really well is how it scares players with a tense feeling. Another great aspect of the game is how the game scares those players who like to explore the areas of the game. The music also fills players with a deep feeling of dread and leaves them scared to continue playing. Omori is an amazing RPG, best played blind. The game gives multiple warnings about the themes that the story covers. If you can handle said themes, the game is a wonderful experience. Players really get connected with the characters of the story, which only makes the truth more gut-wrenching. There is a lot of replay value with the multiple endings the game features.

JGHS Football Round-Up (10/28/21)

By Pedro Torres

John Glenn’s Varsity Football team overall record this year is 2 – 7, and they are 0-2 in The 605 League. Although our Eagles are facing losses, they do not plan on giving up and will give it their all on the field.

On September 24th, 2021, our Eagles were up against Hawthorne, they put up a great  game but finished on the losing end of a 48-34 game. In the first half, our players were positive minded and never thought of giving up, they completed passes and moved the chains. John Glenn had an excellent start in the 2nd half against Hawthorne, better than the 1st half, it was surely a very close game and they were head to head most of the time.

The week after the Hawthorne game, the Eagles faced off against Covina and unfortunately lost. “John Glenn did not give up and all our players kept a positive attitude and gave it their all,” says kicker Jimmy Torres. 

On Friday, October 8th, 2021, it was our homecoming game and the Eagles were up against Garden Grove. Even though the Eagles lost the Homecoming Game our players did not give up so easily and were always giving it their all. After the game the Homecoming King and Queen were announced.

 A huge congratulations to Natanael Jacobo and April Zavala, both amazing students here at John Glenn High School for being nominated as Homecoming King and Queen.

In the first 605-League game against Artesia, the Eagles lost 32-14. John Glenn and Artesia were head to head during the first and second half of the game but eventually lost the lead. Finally, last Thursday against Cerritos, the Eagles offense put up some good numbers, but Glenn ultimately lost by a final score of 52-31.

Please join us Friday October 29th, for our last football game of the 2021 season, here at John Glenn High School Stadium against the Pioneer Titans (1-7; 0-2 in league). It is senior night, with festivities set to begin at 6:30pm. Kickoff is at 7:00pm.

October Athlete of the Month: Natanael Jacobo

By Joseph Kilis

Natanael Jacobo is a senior who is a current member of the JGHS Football team. He has been with the football, basketball, and volleyball teams since his freshman year, and even made his way to playing for the varsity basketball team in his first year here, as well as playing varsity for the other two sports as a junior. Natanael also plays clarinet in the marching band, and is the known leader of the clarinet section. The positions he has played in his various sports are point guard/shooting guard for basketball, a quarterback and middle linebacker for football, and also outside hitter/opposite hitter for volleyball.

Just recently I had the pleasure of being able to ask him a couple questions about himself in general, his wishes for the future, and also some “fun facts” he wished to share with our Bugle readers.

Natanael Jacobo, Homecoming King, at the Homecoming Game on October 8, 2021

Question 1: What is your favorite sport you have ever played or participated in?

Answer: Basketball is my favorite sport and the best sport I have participated in. I take it very seriously and I have the most fun playing basketball.

Question 2: How do you feel you have done personally throughout this football season?

Answer: I think I have had a great season playing both quarterback and middle linebacker. It’s been hard for me throwing the ball but this is my first season playing the QB position and I have thrown the ball pretty well. I will say I have made many mistakes but I move on and stay positive by making big plays. I have had many forced fumbles, touchdowns, and impacted the team by being a team leader. As a team I think we had a great season due to everyone on the team and not just one player.

Question 3: What sports are you planning to play throughout the school year?

Answer: I played football for the winter. I have two competitions for band, play basketball and volleyball.

Question 4: How do you juggle school work, life, and classes?

Answer: I try to manage my time with everything. A philosophy that I stand by is communication with my parents, teachers, and my coaches. Then in all my free time I make sure I get all my homework done and get enough sleep. Also, throughout the day I keep positive energy and a positive attitude.

Question 5: Have you thought of wanting to go to college? If so, what college will you strive to attend?

Answer: I want to attend UCLA to play basketball and I plan to major in engineering.

Then I got to the serious questions.

Question 5: What is the best movie you have ever seen?

Answer: My favorite movie is Hacksawridge and I also love all the Marvel movies. 

Question 6: What was the best food you have ever tasted?

Answer: I love my mother’s cooking but my favorite meal is tostadas with beans, meat, lettuce, tomato, sour cream and a salsa on top. 

I want to give one more huge thanks to Natanael for allowing me to bombard him with questions. I have personally known him since sixth grade, and I am so happy to be able to interview him for our newspaper and see him thrive through the things he loves to do. If you are attending any further football, basketball or volleyball games, make sure to cheer him on!

NFL Roundup & Predictions

By Isaiah Almanza

Week eight of the 2021-2022 NFL season has started and the season is shaping up to be a surprising start for the 32 teams and their 18-week schedule. The most interesting teams in the Los Angeles area are the Los Angeles Chargers (4-2), Los Angeles Rams (6-1), and Las Vegas Raiders (5-2). Let’s round up our favorite local teams.

Firstly, the Los Angeles Chargers are competing with the Las Vegas Raiders for the number one spot in the AFC West. After a disappointing loss in Baltimore in week 6, the Chargers are still a very talented team with a good chance to make it to the playoffs. Some of their biggest victories were defeating the Cleveland Browns, their AFC West rival Raiders, and 2020 Super Bowl champions, the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chargers are coming off a bye week, hopefully recuperated. Quarterback Justin Herbert has been exceeding expectations in his second year, throwing for 14 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions.

Next up are the Los Angeles Rams who are in the #2 spot in the NFC West standings with a record of 6-1, with #1 currently being occupied by the undefeated Arizona Cardinals (7-0). The Rams took a 38-11 victory over the NY Giants despite losing second-string tight end Johnny Mundt and running back Jake Funk. New star quarterback Matthew Stafford has led the team taking over for Jared Goff. They have the #11 offense in the league. The Rams moved to 6-1 after their 28-19 victory over the Detroit Lions. Former Rams’ QB Jared Goff and the Lions remain winless as LA’s Matthew Stafford threw for 334 yards and 3 touchdowns against his old team. The Rams take on the last place Houston Texans (1-6) this Sunday, 10/31.

Lastly, we will profile the Las Vegas Raiders who had a strong week 6 victory over the Denver Broncos, which officially broke their two game losing streak at the hands of the Chargers and the Chicago Bears. In Week 7, the Las Vegas Raiders continued their winning ways, beating the Philadelphia Eagles 33-22 to move to 5-2 and in sole possession of first place in the AFC West. In his second game under interim coach Rich Bisaccia, Derek Carr was an efficient 31-for-34 on 323 yards and 2 touchdowns to go along with one interception. The Raiders will now have a bye week, but will return next Sunday, November 7 in New York to face the Giants (2-5). The Raiders have had to overcome the sudden resignation of head coach Jon Gruden, who came under scrutiny for malicious emails.

Predictions:

I am predicting that the AFC Champion will most likely be the Los Angeles Chargers. And the NFC Champion will be the Arizona Cardinals. And in the Super Bowl, I predict that the Chargers will finally earn their first Super Bowl win in a 47-42 victory.

Suicide Squad: Film Review

By Karissa Meno

The Suicide Squad knocks the first movie out of the park with an even bigger cast and an eventful ride.

Directed by James Gunn and produced by Charles Roven and Peter Safran, the film introduces to us a new team of villains. These villains/heroes are portrayed by Idris Elba (Bloodsport), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), John Cena (Peacemaker), Daniela Melchior (Ratcatcher), Sylvester Stallone (King Shark), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag), David Dastmatchian (Polka-Dot Man), Pete Davidson (Blackguard), Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), Julio Cesar Ruiz (Milton), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), Flula Borg (Javelin), Peter Capaldi (Gaius Grieves), Sean Gunn (Weasel), and Michael Rooker (Savant).
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This enormous cast makes the best scenes and the most amazing adventures of the movie. The movie is very vibrant and full of action, the story is driven and well written, making it a fun but impactful story.

The story opens up with the first group on their way to complete a mission along with showing off some of the opening characters. It isn’t until a couple minutes later, after an exaggerated and eventful battle, that we are introduced to the main group that continues the rest of the movie and carry out an important mission.

Bloodsport, or Robert DuBois (Elba), is given a very important role and portrays it well; his character stands out as well as his “abilities.” We are introduced to other important characters and given background on them, yet their background stories didn’t take away from any of the movie’s story time which was a good thing to see.

Amanda Waller (Davis), along with a few other workers, help the team in order to complete their mission. Amanda Waller becomes enraged with the team or makes her to where she could have too much power, not enough to take away from the movie’s true aspect. As the team is on their mission to first retrieve Harley, and to get help from a mad scientist Gaius Grieves (Capaldi), we see some action and slight competition from the characters during their “accidental” cleanout mission to retrieve Rick Flag. We see some solo adventures and action scenes from Harley, which were truly a highlight–her stunts and action were a sight for sore eyes.

We see the team starting to get along and create bonds on their mission to get Gaius Grieves in a momental bar scene. After they retrieve both Grieves and Harley they are on a mission to destroy anything that relates to a mysterious project that is called “Project Starfish.” As per usual, Amanda Waller stretches the truth that the team finding out the main villain is an invasive and enslaving alien that can take over multiple people at a time killing off a human’s life as soon as they enslave them. “Project Starfish” was started when a group of astronauts saw a giant-eyed starfish floating in space named Starro, those astronauts sent by the government took the starfish and brought it home with them to Earth causing a conflicting chain of events.

The final scenes of the movie revolve around taking down Starro, this scene was eventful and a delight to watch. Not too much was going on at one time to take away from the movie. The fight wasn’t making me anxious but making me excited to see what will happen next for the team after the mission is complete.

This movie was incredible, making for a more eventful and much greater story than the first Suicide Squad movie released in 2016. The Suicide Squad as a great addition to the DC Universe. The characters are always close to comically accurate, making them look and have better characteristics then in the comics. The twist and turns of the movie weren’t too dramatic for the movie. Every bit of new information or action didn’t take away from the movie or create any confusion, it just made the story even better. Even though I would have loved to see more screen time of the new characters as well as Harley the movie was perfectly laid out, with perfect inserts of comedy. Even though I wish more DC films could be like The Suicide Squad,  other films are possibly meant to be more light weight. The Suicide Squad, like Joker and Zack Snyder’s Justice League, have sort of a deep and dark storyline that most people like to see. 

Overall The Suicide Squad was truly delightful and had a very laid out and perfectly timed storyline. The action wasn’t too little and wasn’t too much, the story was eventful and easy to keep up with. Even if you didn’t know much about the villains before this, the story has a quick and easy way of giving you that information about the villains without taking away from the events of the story. This great DC film has me and possibly many others wondering: What will DC do next to become an even greater and popular franchise?

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Halloween Kills: Film Review

By Karissa Meno

Halloween Kills was an eventful horror movie and a fun addition to the Halloween series. 

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A Blumhouse, International Pictures, Rough House, and Miramax Production. Directed by David Gordon Green and produced by Malek Akkad, Jason Blum, and Bill Block.

Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis (Laurie Strode), James Jude Courtney (Michael Myers), Judy Greer (Karen Nelson), Andi Matichak (Allyson Nelson), Anthony Michael Hall (Tommy Doyle), Kyle Richards (Lindsey Wallace), Robert Longstreet (Lonnie Elam), Nancy Stephens (Marion Chambers), Dylan Arnold (Cameron Elam), and Omar Dorsey (Sheriff Barker). 

Some can argue that Halloween Kills is “good,” “okay,” or “terrible,” but I would describe the overall experience of Halloween Kills as simply “eventful.” The movie offers a very eventful and fast-moving story. Sometimes you can find the story irrelevant but still enjoy the aspects of the movie.

The beginning felt very rushed, seeming like they wanted to get straight to the point with the movie. It’s very hard to keep up with the actual story of Halloween, but the best part is watching Michael go around on his traditional killing spree. Some scenes felt very dramatized and not involving itself to actually stopping Michael. It was very eventful to watch how Michael catches his prey–idiotic but eventful. The movie isn’t particularly scary except for the loud bumps and loud music, and no real jumpscares. The movie also offers little flashbacks and even characters from previous Halloween movies. Many scary movies nowadays feel like an action movie. Halloween Kills doesn’t truly give you that feeling but it gives you the thrill of watching Michael.

Halloween begins with looking at the story of Lonnie Elam (Robert Longstreet) and his encounter with Michael Myers, as well as the story of two cops who encounter and battle against Michael. The movie then gives you the traditional Halloween opening credit scenes with lit up pumpkins and the familiar music.

The movie starts exactly where it left off with Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis), her daughter Karen (Judy Green), and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) going to the hospital after a battle to get rid of Michael. As you can already tell if you’ve seen the trailer or knew about another Halloween movie, Michael is obviously not dead nor is his terrorizism on Haddonfield. An amazing opening house fire scene shows you exactly the kind of treat you’re in for the rest of the movie.

We continue to see scenes at the hospital as we follow Judy and Karen. At a bar on Halloween night, we are introduced to some of the old survivors from previous Halloween movies, as they and others at the bar find out Michael is very much still alive. The town becomes determined to end Michael’s reign of terror and goes on a town watch to find him. We start to see Michael take out many of his new and old victims throughout the manhunt. Laurie and the rest of the hospital also become involved with the finding and ending of Michael.

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Allyson and Cameron, with Cameron’s dad (the little boy Lonnie all grown up) also become involved with the manhunt for Michael. With the escape of an asylum inmate, it creates complications for the town as they mistake him for Michael, dividing the town in half. After realizing Michael’s plan, Allyson and Cameron head to the original Myers house to put a stop to Michael. The end is near and we see little hope of Allyson stopping Michael, but help comes to step in ultimately stopping Michael but not truly stopping or ending the Halloween series, yet.

Halloween Kills was a very eventful and fun Halloween movie to watch. It doesn’t particularly give you that scare factor or have you sitting on the edge of your seat, but it is still eventful to watch. It felt as if it were missing important factors to make it more of a “scary movie” and not like an action movie. The scenes with Michael were great and the suspense factors were sort of lacking. Many of the actions characters take feel as if they were not involved in stopping Michael and more for the drama of the movie. Even though the logic of the victims wasn’t the best, it was fun to watch and made you want to scream at them, “No don’t do it!” or “Why would you do that?” I couldn’t remember the last time I had fun watching a horror movie, and even if movies like this aren’t scary enough for you it’ll still be very enjoyable to watch. Many of the scenes and actions taken can have you waiting for more, or not waiting at all.
Halloween Kills is an exciting start to the Halloween season.

And just in case you wanted to know, in 2022 the finale to the Halloween series will be released: Halloween Ends gives me the excitement to see how it all finally ends.

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