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Opinions On Being Back In School 

By Martin Gonzalez & Christian Bernal

Being back in school may be a difficult transition from distance learning, we wanted to know the opinions on how students feel about being back in school. A survey was given to students to see how they felt about the transition. They were asked if they had felt comfortable being back in school and the results were 57.6% of the students who took the survey said that they do feel comfortable to be back in school, 36.4% of the students say that they kinda feel comfortable to back in school and 6% of the students said that they do not feel comfortable at all.

We had felt that maybe students are having a tough transition being back in school, so we wanted to see if being back in school was more difficult than online learning. The majority of the students had said that being back in school is easier than online learning because they are able to receive better help through face to face assistance and not just through a computer. The rest of the students say that it is more difficult because since we go to a military school we have more responsibilities than a regular student would have, students say that it was easier and because it was not as stressful to be in online learning then in person learning.

Being in online learning did separate a lot of students from their friends because not being able to see each other. The students were asked how they felt about returning to school and seeing their friends. Majority of the students had said that they were excited to be reunited with their friends and to be able to talk face to face, 24.3% of the students said that they were on the fence about it, and 12.5% said that they weren’t excited at all to see their friends. Being on distance learning was very different from in person learning because the student didn’t have that face to face help that they can receive back in school. The students were asked which subject is the most difficult in person learning then from online learning. The majority of them responded that math was the hardest subject with the runner up being language arts. Students have a difficult time right now because they have to transition back into school and have to struggle with subjects that felt so different from online learning to in person learning.

Being back in school with masks, 55% of the students say that they don’t like wearing masks but they understand why they have to wear them. 32.5% of the students say that they like wearing masks in school. 12.6% of students say that they hate wearing masks in school. In addition to that, almost all of the students are saying that it’s easier being back to school than doing online learning because they don’t have to worry about wifi issues and sleeping, and about 82.4% say that they would rather be back in person compared to the 17.6% that they would rather be back in distance learning.

Freshman Perspectives at SEA

by Itzmali Vasquez

The pandemic affected a lot of people’s daily lives. One of the groups most affected by the pandemic were students, especially the ones after quarantine ended and returned to in person learning at school. Incoming freshmen have never experienced a high school environment, in addition to not being on a campus in nearly a year and a half. 

We surveyed freshmen at Southeast Academy on why they wanted to attend and what their expectations were. Student responses varied from wanting more structure to improving themselves; some even expressed interest in military and /or law enforcement. We surveyed them on their thoughts and struggles coming into a high school environment and how COVID affected them. The responses that we received varied from grades dropping, not being with friends, or being with other family members. Surprisingly, 21.4% shared that COVID did not affect them at all. 

When asked how they felt about attending school in person, some said that it felt good being in class and hanging out with friends and better than having a screen in front of their faces. About 64% of students say that they feel more productive without the distraction of phones, and many enjoy hanging out with their friends again. Students’ negative responses were that they felt weird, anxious, and stressed. Some even had a feeling of hating school. 

This year is a unique one for our current freshmen. Having to come back to a school environment that is entirely new after being gone for more than a year is a challenge, but one they will surely overcome.

Opinion: Problems with P.T. Field at SEA

By Rigo Macias and Daniel Espinoza

What does privilege mean to you? Southeast Academy has a lot of problems on the campus and it includes a lot of items that need to be remodeled and it doesn’t get the attention that it deserves. We have been given hand-me-downs while the district helps out other schools, allowing them to get new items every year. Where are the resources for SEA? Southeast Academy has not been remodeled, which it badly needs and students are also getting injured every year because of the numerous holes in the grass. John Glenn just got a new field and it made their campus look very impressive, while Southeast hasn’t gotten anything from the district. We need a new field because so many cadets have gotten injured and we don’t have a voice here because the district never listens and this needs to change. Student voices matter. The following are a few comments about this issue that were brave enough to speak up.

These are some of the questions asked of Cadets and their thoughts about our P.T. Field: 

  1.  Do you feel safe running on the grass at P.T.? 

Cadet Martin Gonzalez: “I don’t feel safe at all when I run on the field at P.T. and I’m constantly looking out for holes in the grass worried about rolling my ankle. This is not fair because John Glenn never has to worry about the issue.”

  1. Do you have any likes or dislikes about P.T.? 

Cadet Bernal: “I am very motivated to workout because the workouts are very intense and I learned through the challenging workouts how to push myself to my limit and not give up.”

  1. Have you or someone you know at Southeast Academy gotten injured while running on the field at P.T.? 

Cadet 2nd Class Bandera : “Yes. When we were running a mile for the PT test, Cadet Macia and I were running together. His ankle got stuck in a hole and he rolled it. Luckily everything was okay.”

  1. How challenging are the workouts at P.T.? 

Cadet Johnny Quezada: “PT has been really challenging but it is getting easy day by day for me and I want to get in shape.” 

  1. Do you have any solutions to fix the problems at Southeast? 

Anonymous: “Funding from the district so we can make our school look very appealing.” 

  1. Should we be required to work out in the P.T. field?    

Anonymous: “If safe, yes. I’m just a little frustrated that cadets at Southeast Academy keep on rolling their ankles constantly and I just want to stop worrying about it and hopefully the district comes up with a solution soon. “

We are not asking for a lot, just what we know that we deserve. Students shouldn’t have to worry about possible injuries they could sustain while exercising. Southeast students have enough on their plates as it is. We need this problem addressed. It’s the right thing to do.

SEA 9/11 Ceremony

By Diego Avalos

The tragedies were massive. 2,996 people died and over 6,000 were injured after the tragedy that ensued the morning of September 11, 2001. Two aircrafts struck the Twin Towers in New York City and one struck the Pentagon in Washington D.C. The final plane also known as flight 93 landed in a field in Pennsylvania after attempting to crash into the White House. 19 Al-Qaeda members were the hijackers of the four different aircrafts, the most notorious of them being Osama bin Laden. This has been America’s most tragic event so far (the day of September 11, 2001). It affected Americans daily lives severely in many different ways. 

Every year Southeast Academy High School has a ceremony to remember all of the lives that were lost on that tragic morning. This ceremony consists of emergency responders, Norwalk city council, and the cadets of Southeast Academy. The ceremony also includes the flag folding team, and a 30×20 foot flag held up by two cranes. Many cadets take pride in partaking in the ceremony, and some cadets come around 5:30 to help set up for the ceremony.

There was a massive change to our ceremony this year because of COVID-19 health and safety measures that were in place. Usually there are fire fighters, police officers, and emergency responders who attend the ceremony. Another aspect that was missing from previous years was the presence of John Glenn’s band and color guard. The changes made to this year’s ceremony resulted in a much shorter memorial, but not in any way less important. 

Mayor Perez, a guest speaker at the ceremony this year, helped cadets understand the value of the ceremony a little more. When cadets know that the mayor will come, it symbolizes that the ceremony is something important- so important that even the mayor attends. She has spent most of her life in Norwalk and decided to run for mayor, since she believes that it is important to have someone who will put everyone’s perspective into practice and tries to figure out the best situation for all of Norwalk’s residents. She considers what is best for everyone using programs to help the community grow stronger.

After the ceremony, everyone goes back to class with the thought of all who lost their lives that day. Many of our guests paid tributes to our fallen heroes. This tragedy forever changed Americans’ daily lives. After this event all Americans were traumatized for a while, but we  stood as one nation, and 20 years later, we still do.

Spooky Traditions

By: Diego Avalos, Jacob Quintana & Itzmali Vasquez

Around fall there is a holiday most of the kids are happy to celebrate. The holiday is Halloween where kids can express themselves through the costumes they wear. Whether the costume is scary, funny, or creative, people always find a way to enjoy and have fun on Halloween night. We asked freshman and senior cadets about what they did for Halloween.

About 80% of the freshman and senior cadets celebrate Halloween. One of the many activities people partake in and is very common amongst the younger generations–trick or treating. 54.9% of the cadets plan on trick or treating this year. Out of all of the cadets’ favorite candies, the Hershey’s Bars were favored above the rest. Aside from eating delicious candy, Halloween is also a great way to spend time with family and have fun.

Another fun thing to do during the Halloween season is going to theme parks to experience frightening mazes or just generally get the thrill from the park actors. Out of all of the amusement parks, Knott’s Scary Farm got the majority vote as the most visited amusement park during the Halloween season. Although the prices are high and guests deal with the long lines of an amusement park, people still visit these attractions seeking the thrilling blood rush of being chased around by scary actors.

Overall, Halloween is a great time of year to go out and experience all the different activities that there are to enjoy. So this Halloween, whether you trick or treat, go to an amusement park, or just simply stay home and binge watch scary movies or shows. Whatever you do, though, make sure to stay safe.

April Zavala

April Zavala is a High School student at John Glenn High School. She is on the 2021 Varsity Girls’ Volleyball team and plays lead trumpet for the John Glenn Marching Band. She is also an avid member of the CSF (California Scholarship Federation) club on campus. Some of her favorite hobbies include painting, listening to or making music, cooking, playing volleyball, & annoying her younger sister. She got a job over the summer as a cook for Pizza Hut alongside her father who has worked there as his second job for over 18 years! She has lived in Norwalk her whole life with her parents, two sisters, one brother, two cats, and two dogs. April loves her pets very much, she believes they all have the most unique and dorky personalities. She is a very busy individual, so when she finally gets free time she enjoys napping or laying in bed watching TikTok.
INSTAGRAM: @aprillzavala
TIKTOK: @aprillzavala

Yael Ventura

Yael Ventura is a senior at John Glenn High School. He is a bit clumsy but has a heart of gold. His ID may say he’s 17 but his face says he’s 13. During his free time he likes to play video games, draw and sleep. He may not know what’s going on most of the time, but he knows how to go with the flow. His favorite new source is AllSides.

Jeremy Santiago

Jeremy Santiago is a senior student at John Glenn High School. In his free time, he does one of his favorite extracurricular activities–cartooning–which helps him experiment with new ideas. Besides cartooning, his other hobbies include playing video games, listening to music, and reading. There are also many news sources that he likes to scan over and read, which are CNN, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Whittier Daily News.

Coal Ahime Ruiz

Coal Ahime Ruiz is a senior at John Glenn High School and an enthusiastic observer. They plan on attending college in Fall 2022 with the hopes to pursue a career in animation & character design. With this, Coral has worked on various projects that conduct working with others, taking patience, and influencing organization skills in a timely manner. They conduct projects such as lining and coloring animations for a small YouTuber with over 120k subscribers under a hidden and discreet alias. They own great knowledge of video and photo editing, along with drawing, design, and animation concepts. Coral is also currently the manager of the girls’ tennis squad at JGHS and plans on spreading their expressive and exuberant influence onto others.

Brandon Orion Nunez

Brandon Orion Nunez is a high school senior in John Glenn High School. He partakes in enjoying variety of music, movies/tv, food, games, and reading/writing stories. His top 5 favorite artists/bands currently are Kid Cudi, The Doors, Nick Rattigan, Kendrick Lamar, and Beach House. Orion has a lovable dog and an eccentric cat. The news sites he are the most are the LA Times, Vice News, and TLDR News.

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