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Small Clubs Spotlight

By Stany Hernandez

Over the years, many clubs have been dead, founded, and revived, here are some of the most recent that we believe deserve more attention:

1) Key Club

Key Club is an international volunteering organization with many social aspects involved. It serves on a club, division, district, and international level, providing many opportunities to network and build connections outside of high school (neighboring clubs are grouped into divisions and districts are combinations of states, further divided into regions). In 2019, the club was revived after being dormant for a couple of years by a senior named Vidal Reynoso; it had 7-10 members in its start, mainly composed of younger siblings who were freshman and friends who hung out in the same social groups.

He started it as a way for students to do “real volunteer work” in a way that was impactful and non-exclusive. During the 2020 term, the same group remained after the two seniors had left. It was during this time that we established a division presence and became more active on a district level through underclassmen representation. Last year, now-senior Javier Reynoso served as their president increasing member participation, improving organization and framework within the club, and setting resources for the leaders to come. His term was revolutionary for the club, marking a great change within Key Club, and establishing a district presence while creating a name for itself on campus.

Due to his work, we were able to double membership to 23 dues-paid members and increase Fall Rally South attendance. Some of our most popular events include: Fall Rally South where we go to Six Flags all day and have a giant spirit battle between five other divisions, and Rose Parade Float Decorating, where we help with flower cutting and scaffolding to decorate the Key Club, Kiwanis, and Lions Club floats.

Key Club Members in 2022

2) Anime Club

Anime Club was founded in 2019 by a senior named Jose Cervantes to discuss anime titles and host watch parties during lunch meetings. The pandemic would mean a pause in the club’s history, as there was no one to take over or get it started again during a hectic time. Last year, the club was taken over by AMP’s very own Logan Torres, hosting meetings every Friday in Mr. Barr’s room as soon as he agreed to be the club advisor. Unfortunately, many of the members involved in the club went to other schools, causing the club to disband.

3) Debate Club

Debate Club was founded in 2020 by myself during my sophomore year. The club was founded in response to the controversial summer that year in which the Black Lives Matter movement was in full swing, and many controversial social & political topics were being brought to light. I felt it was important for students to have a voice and have discussions with their peers about issues which they found passionate, so my co-founder, Valery Montinola , thought it would work well as a Debate Club. Our club only had 7 members in its first and ultimately last year. We tried starting it last year, however, we had low member turnout, resulting in its disolution. As of now, we have no advisor, as our old advisor left this school year to become an administrator at Benton Middle School. We are incredibly happy for her, but we have not found an advisor since.

If any of these clubs intrigue you and seem like something you would want to revive, I would suggest talking to their original advisors, current presidents, or founders. Clubs are an essential part of the high school experience and look great on your college applications, however, they do take time to start up, so if you also want to support your fellow peers by helping with that process, I suggest you start with the clubs on this list.

Self Love is the Best Love: Winter Skin Care Guide

The Best Skin Care and Self-Care Products for the Holiday Season

By Destiny Padilla & Marleane Trujillo

As winter makes its appearance, it is important to prioritize yourself and take care of your body. At the top of your Christmas list should be spoiling yourself. 

For this month’s “Self Love is the Best Love,” we want you to take care of your skin. Here are the most popular recommended seasonal skin care and self-care products:

1. Tree Hut Frosted Sugar Cookie Shea Sugar Scrub

This product is amazing! It feels so good and makes your body feel nice, even when it’s cold it keeps its smell. Definitely worth buying.

 

2. Tree Hut Frosted Cranberry Shea Sugar Scrub

Tree Hut Frosted Cranberry smells really good and makes your body smooth. It gives a good boost to your shower routine.

3. Bath and Body Works Snowflakes and Cashmere Body Lotion 

We recommend Bath and Body Works’ Snowflake and Cashmere Body Lotion because they are both good combinations. Snowflake is really popular out there right now and smells really good, while the cashmere scent leaves you smelling  and feeling classy.

4. Yankee Candle’s Movie Night Cocoa

Yankee Candle makes a “Movie Night Cocoa” candle, which we love not only because it smells pretty but also because it makes you calm when you put it on at night.

 5. Burt’s Bees Vanilla Bean Lip Balm

Burt’s Bees Vanilla Bean Lip Balm is highly recommended because it feels good and makes your lips smooth. And since it is cold out, your lips won’t be chapped.


During the holiday season remember that life is too short to not treat yourself. Do something nice for YOU, simply because you deserve it. You deserve every ounce of happiness and love that is given to you, embrace and treasure the appreciation for yourself.

The greatest gift you can give yourself is to take care of your precious soul and body. In the time of gift giving, luxuries may seem like the best option, but giving someone the gift of having you in their life is just as valuable as the riches.

Celestial Messages: Your Holiday Horoscopes

December – February Horoscopes

By Lady Selene

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

Blessings will be coming your way, Sagittarius, so make sure you prepare to take on any new responsibilities you may manifest. Now is also the perfect time to share your creativity and to step out of your shell and thrive.


Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

You may keep to yourself this month, which means it is the perfect opportunity to keep your intentions under wraps and begin to focus on yourself and your plans.


Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

Inspiration may take on a big part of your life. You may feel inspired to change the things in your life that are no longer bringing you positive vibes. You may notice that it is hard for you to make connections with other people right now. Take into account the people around you, but don’t completely cut people off. 

Yule Celebrations & the Origins of Christmas

By Leslie Cardenas

Christmas is the time that we spend with our families and friends, but the usual traditions we all enjoy come from long-ago Pagan traditions.

Yule marks the beginning of the winter solstice. The winter solstice is the longest night of the year, and it celebrates the return of the sun. Lighting candles, lights on the tree, and stars represent the return of the light. After the winter solstice the days start to get longer and brighter, which is why we celebrate. Yule is traditionally celebrated by the Germanic peoples; they call it Midwinter.

The Christian holiday Christmas is heavily influenced by yule and the traditions surrounding it. Now, this holiday has become a representation of the characters, traditions, and symbols associated with Christianity.

During this time, we set our wishes into the universe for the new year. One way many witches do this is by making a yule log.

The yule log is one of many traditions that many Pagans participate in. The yule log is made up of the bark of a tree (or at times, a cake). The log is adorned with red, white, green candles, pine cones, mistletoe, pine, and evergreen. At times, cinnamon sticks and dried oranges can also be used if your intentions are to bring abundance into your life. The log is usually set in an altar or a centerpiece on the dining table. On the night of the winter solstice, the candles are burned to release the intended wishes into the universe.

Top Presents to Give

By Jason Leyva

Having trouble with a present to give? Worry no more, here is what The Shoemaker Bugle thinks you should give, in no particular order.

1. Money:

Why should you give someone money? What can’t you do without it, you can buy whatever you want, which makes it a good present to give. Clothes, shoes, food, and anything else somebody wants to buy for themselves!

2. Electronics:

Why should you give electronics? Electronics make a great gift since electronics are part of our everyday life. You can give AirPods, phones, watches, and the list goes on.

3. Clothes:

Why should you give clothes? Everybody needs clothes! It is a good simple gift, it is affordable, and a nice gift overall. 

4. Your Affection:

Affection is a simple thing you can give that is free and it is worth more than any other present. You can give it to anyone–your family, friends, etc. Affection goes down a long way and it is very meaningful.

5. Unnecessary Things:

Why should you give unnecessary things? Unnecessary things are stuff everyone loves to have. Whether it be extraordinarily expensive clothing, consoles, and more everyone loves having them here and there. So go ahead, gift someone an unnecessary thing.


What are the other great gifts you can give? Take the survey below to help us rank the best Christmas gifts.

Your New Year’s Resolutions

The Shoemaker Bugle sent out a survey to ask our readers for their New Year’s Resolutions. Here were the best responses:

To gain 100 subscribers on YouTube.

Anonymous

• To graduate high school
• Stay consistent with my work
• Take a break from my stresses


I want to become buff and have the physique of a body builder.

To be honest, my New Year’s resolution is to focus more on myself than on what others think of me.

JGHS Student

“My New Year’s resolutions are to learn a new skill or hobby, spend less money, and do a random act of kindness.”

–Halie Ambriz


“Just to graduate, man. I’m done with school!”

-Anonymous

What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Let us know in the comments section below. Happy new year, Bugle readers!

Student Voices: Best Christmas Ever

By Cesar Martinez

We asked our readers to send in the stories of their best Christmas memories. Here are some of the best responses:

Book Surprise

“My best Christmas was a few years ago when I got the PS4. But when we opened the box, the box had books inside. We were all surprised and we just laughed it off.”

— Anonymous

Celebrity Meeting

“In 2019, my middle school let a couple of kids with good attendance go to a game. The game was never mentioned, but luckily I was selected to attend the Christmas game between the Clippers and Lakers. It was not only my first ever basketball game, but I also got to meet Kevin Hart in person!”

— Anonymous

PlayStation 5 Story

“My birthday is in November, and so I already got most of the gifts I wanted. I was saving my money to get either an Oculus Quest 2 or a PS5, and then my parents asked me if I had the money, which I would rather have? Then I said PS5. So on Christmas I ended up getting it! I didn’t have anything left to need. Now I want headsets and an Oculus then I’m set for life.”

— Anonymous

What are some of your best Christmas memories? Let us know in the comments section below.

Top 10 Christmas Food & Treats

By Daniel Altamirano

These are the top ten Christmas foods and treats to eat this year, ranked down from #10 to #1. Click on each item in the list for links to great recipes from around the internet.


Merry Christmas everybody, and I hope you guys can enjoy some of these treats!

Iris Buckley

Iris Buckley is a 16 year old at the Shoemaker Bugle. She mainly goes by her nickname ‘Kitty’ and reports the weather for Eagle News at John Glenn High School. She enjoys drawing and writing in her free time. Something she likes is discovering all sides of a story and enjoys learning about shocking true crime cases. Iris is the youngest out of 3 siblings and spends her free time with family and friends. She enjoys long drives and green landscapes. Her favorite news source is the Los Angeles Times.

Student Voices: How Was the First Semester? 

By Genesis Garcia-Rizo

The Shoemaker Bugle went around campus asking fellow John Glenn and Southeast students about how their first semester has been. Here are some responds we’ve gathered:

Jonathan Sanchez: I can’t say that the semester has been so great as I planned. It has been rough from the beginning since I missed a week and got behind a bit. 

Anonymous Senior: The semester has been pretty average for me, but that is because most of my classes aren’t that bad. If I had to say anything, Homecoming was fun, but I do feel like the semester has gone by fast. I have also felt a little bit of senioritis as well when it comes to some of my work. I haven’t been giving it my full effort, but not to the extent where my grades drop below an A.

Karen Lopez: The semester has been very hard when understanding some concepts in class. But it has been very fun, which makes it worth the struggle. 

Erick Estrada: First semester has been quite physically and mentally demanding. Whether it be from homework or events outside of school, getting 2-6 hours of sleep a day, or trying to apply to as many UCs and Cal States or scholarships as possible, it has been quite the challenge; but I know it’ll be well worth it when I’m finally done.

Angel Bautista: This semester has been difficult in some classes and easier in others, but I’ve been able to turn in almost all of my assignments. I didn’t put as much effort into this semester as others.

Katherine Magana: This semester my classes have been more difficult but I learned how to manage my time better. I struggled in the beginning but I learned how to manage school better with a positive mindset.


Every student has had a different experience of their first semester whether it managing their time, understanding different concepts in class or submitting their college applications. Even through all the struggles, we encourage each student to always keep trying.

Shoemaker Bugle is very thankful to the students who gave their input to make this article. We wish both John Glenn and Southeast students to keep striving for excellence in the second semester!

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