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Honoring Vicente Fernández

By: Itzmali Vasquez and Diego Avalos

Vicente Fernández was born February 17, 1940. He was born and raised in Huentitán del Alto, Jalisco, Mexico to a poor family and had to work since his childhood to maintain himself. He was forced to drop out of school in the fifth grade to help support his family. He entered a singing contest in Guadalajara when he was 14, and won first place. That win gave him the confidence to start performing in restaurants and weddings. In the summer of 1966, Fernández signed with CBS México (now Sony Music) and recorded his first hits: “Tu Camino y El Mío,” “Perdóname” and “Cantina del Barrio.” Fernández ‘ recording career had begun. Other hits followed including “Soy de Abajo,” “Ni en Defensa Propia” and “Palabra del Rey.”  

Fernández also branched out into movies. His first film was Uno y Medio Contra el Mundo. He won his first Grammy Award 2010 Fernández was awarded his first Grammy Award for best regional Mexican album for his record Necesito de Tí — which he also earned a Latin Grammy Fernández’s work earned him three Grammy Awards, nine Latin Grammy Awards, fourteen Lo Nuestro Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He sold over 50 million copies worldwide, making him one of the best-selling regional Mexican artists of all time. Maria del Refugio Abarca Villaseñor, a.k.a. Maria Abarca Villaseñor is Vicente Fernandez’s wife.  The couple met in Huentitán and later got married on 27 December 1963 the two were married for almost 58 years and had 4 kids.

Fernández died in Guadalajara in his home state of Jalisco. He had been hospitalized for four months after a fall at his ranch. Fernández suffered from Guillain-Barré syndrome, which made it difficult for him to recover; he was buried at Los Tres Potrillos. He was a strong enough artist that he could take our deepest desires, our passions, and our pain, and he could get up on stage for the world to see and release them. He had a huge impact on mariachi music. Vicente Fernandez’s memorial service was held just 12 hours after his passing, with thousands of people in attendance. There wasn’t a moment without the melodies that the iconic Mexican charro gifted to the world. Throughout the memorial service, videos of Fernández’s most iconic performances filled the back screen and his voice rang throughout the crowd. His beautiful words will live on forever in the hearts of his fans all over the world.

Bob Saget- A Remembrance

By: Brian Scott

On January 9, 2022 Bob Saget, one of the world’s most beloved TV dads and comedians, sadly passed away in his hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando, Florida. Bob Saget will be remembered by not only his loving wife Kelly Rizzo and his children Aubrey, Jennifer, and Lara but also his TV children Jodie Sweetin, Candace Cameron Bure, Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen and the world. Dying at the young age of 65, many people around the world are remembering him by watching his hit show Full House, where he starred as Danny Tanner or by watching his time as the host of America’s Funniest Home Videos, for which he was also well-known.

Bob Saget will always be remembered as the man who took the 20th century by storm. Bob will always be loved, adored and remembered by his loving personality and outgoing spirit. The cast of Full House wrote a tribute to Bob saying this: “Thirty-five years ago, we came together as a TV family, but we became a real family. And now we grieve as a family. Bob made us laugh until we cried. Now our tears flow in sadness, but also with gratitude for all the beautiful memories of our sweet, kind, hilarious, cherished Bob. He was a brother to us guys, a father to us girls, and a friend to all of us. Bob, we love you dearly. We ask in Bob’s honor, hug the people you love. No one gave better hugs than Bob.”

Rest in peace Bob Saget

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The Legacy of John Madden

By Nathaniel Enciso and Damian Murillo

The legacy of John Madden is being one of the best coaches out of all coaches the Raiders ever had. This is particularly impressive when you consider that the Raiders was the only team he ever coached and was the coach for the Oakland Raiders from 1969 to 1978. Since then, this team is now the Las Vegas Raiders. At the time John was coaching, he was one of the best in the league. However, as good as he was at his job, he didn’t get into the Hall of Fame until 2006, many years after his retirement from playing football in 1958. Unfortunately, John Madden passed away at the age of 85 due to unidentified causes in his home in Pleasanton, California on December 28, 2021.

Before John Madden coached for the NFL, he coached college football at California Polytechnic State University for 3 years (1959-1961). The first year John coached the Raiders, he led them to a 12-1-1 record; they were first in the AFL western division, but lost the AFL Championship Game. After a couple of years of getting into the playoffs and losing, finally John Madden led the Oakland Raiders to their first Super Bowl win in 1976. Madden retired after the 1978 NFL season when he couldn’t take the Raiders to the playoffs. During his 10-year coaching career the combined record for wins, losses, and ties was 103-32-7, so you can say that his time as a coach was pretty impressive.

After Madden retired as a coach, he became a commentator for the NFL in 1979. His voice was broadcast from all the four major sports networks: CBS, FOX, ABC, and NBC. John Madden was a great coach, commentator, and father. He has two kids, Joseph Madden who was born in 1954, and Michael Madden, who was born in 1958. His children were in their late sixties when their father passed. This is the great legacy of John Madden and one that should and will forever be remembered.

Spring 2022 Zodiac Watch

By: Juliet Tarot

It is Aries, Taurus , and Gemini season. Aries is a fire sign; Taurus is an earth sign; and Gemini is an air sign.

Aries (3/21-4/19)

Aries this week please think before you do. Actions have consequences.

Aries is a fire sign. You are most compatible with fellow fire signs Sagittarius and Leo, along with air signs Libra and Aquarius. Aries are known to be spontaneous and bold. I think of Aries and the first thoughts that come to mind are fierce. You definitely have a reputation.

Taurus (4/20-5/20)

Taurus this week treat yourself to something nice. You deserve it.

Taurus is an earth sign. We are most compatible with our fellow earth signs Capricorn and Virgo, and water signs Scorpio and Pisces. Taurus are known to be very materialistic. As far as I know, that just means you’ll work hard to get everything you want in life.

Gemini (5/21-6/20)

Gemini will be on the lookout this week. Maybe it wasn’t you being two-faced all along.

Gemini is an air sign. You are most compatible with fellow air signs Aquarius and Libra, as well as fire signs Aries and Sagittarius. Gemini are known to be the fakest sign. I for one don’t think that’s true. You just adapt to other people’s personalities and go from there.

Eagle Staff Spotlight: Mr. Ray Niemann

By: Edmund Shryock

This month’s staff spotlight focuses on Mr. Ray Niemann, who teaches at both John Glenn and Southeast Academy. Mr. Niemann has been a teacher at Glenn for 22 years and has not lost his passion to help his students succeed in anything they do. I had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Niemann and was able to get a true sense of how much he cares for his students. 

When asked What is your favorite part about being a teacher? He was quick to express how much he loves the students. He would go on to explain that his love for the students encouraged him to be a part of numerous activities at Glenn throughout his teaching career. Some activities that Mr. Niemann has been a part of include ASB coordinator, Head Wrestling and Football coach, Athletic Director, Renaissance committee, TCAP, and ACE.  

When asked if he always wanted to be a teacher? Mr. Niemann would explain that he went to school to become an archaeologist. However, it took a former high school teacher to help him find his love for teaching.

Mr. Niemann would express how he loves listening to classic rock, naming the group Journey in particular. He also said that one of his favorite all-time singers is Sam Cooke, sharing a connection to the song “A Change is Gonna Come.”

Mr. Niemann was asked what he loves to do in his free time? He smiled and answered that he loves to spend time and travel with his wife, be in the company of friends and family, and loves cooking barbecue. Also, he expressed that some of his favorite movies include Glory, The Green Mile, and The Godfather. Finally, Mr. Niemann expressed his love for Notre Dame Football and the Raiders as some of his favorite sports teams to watch. 

Mr. Niemann was asked at the end of our interview: Any advice that you would like to give the student body at Glenn? Which he responded: “Don’t sell yourself short, and start developing a plan now to be successful in the future. This involves getting over roadblocks that present themselves, however do not be stopped by these roadblocks as they are steps to help you reach your goals.” 

It was a great pleasure to interview Mr. Niemann, his passion and care for Glenn truly shows both inside and outside the classroom!

Eagles Robotics Champions

Press Release (courtesy of Mr. Sergio Franco)

The JGHS Robotics team — juniors Diego Contreras, Sammy Hamouda, and Benjamin Sanchez — won their fourth consecutive district robotics championship on Thursday, February 24, 2022.  They defeated eight other robotics teams from NHS and LMHS in a competition that combined all of the previous skills and tasks (autonomous, search and rescue, and battle).

They overcame many challenges to achieve their victory: a less than optimal competition field, cortex malfunctions, motors not working, wiring issues, code not parsing, removing a part of the robot that completely stopped working mid-competition, and all while helping other teams fix their robot and code.

The students are extremely dedicated and passionate. Their success is proportional to the huge amounts of time they invested in preparing for the competitions; they met before school, during break, during lunch, after school, and on late starts.

They are proud of representing our wonderful learning community. Please let them know you are proud of them as well!

Senior Spotlight: Geovana Ramos

By: Laci Basaaj

Geovana Ramos is a senior at JGHS who is involved in clubs and activities such as volleyball, soccer, and CSF, while taking AP classes like AP Statistics and AP Literature. She is a hard worker both in and outside of school, and is planning on furthering her education at a 4-year university after high school. Recently, I got the opportunity to ask her some questions regarding herself, sports, and her plans for college.

Question 1: What sports do you play, and how long have you been playing them?

Answer: I am currently on the volleyball and soccer teams at JGHS. I’ve been playing volleyball since elementary school. As for soccer, I’ve been playing since I was in middle school.

Question 2: What is your favorite sport to be in?

Answer: My favorite sport to be in is soccer because I love the adrenaline I get from such a fast-paced sport, where I’m constantly making plays with my teammates and trying to score.

Question 3: What college do you plan to attend and what do you want to major in?

Answer: I’m not sure of which school I plan to attend yet, but I plan to go to a 4-year university and I plan to major in business.

Question 4: Are you currently in any clubs?

Answer: I am currently in CSF.

Question 5: What are some highlights of senior year that you can remember?

Answer: A highlight of senior year would be playing the sports that I love and having fun with my teammates.

Question 6: What is your favorite song at the moment?

Answer: My favorite song at the moment is “No Se” by T3R Elemento. I would like to thank Geovana for taking the time to answer my questions! Great job on all your hard work; you have a bright future ahead of you!

Boys Volleyball Makes Best of Tough Schedule

 By Oliver Cisneros

The JGHS boys volleyball season is off to a decent start considering we have a relatively new team. Eagles volleyball currently has a record of 2-4 (through March 20).

The team has been struggling to maintain their numbers and have had to practice elsewhere without our gym here at Glenn (the gym is currently under construction as they prepare a new floor). Every day we have to be at school at 5pm to take a bus over to La Mirada High School and practice from 6-8 on just a fraction of their gym. We then take our bus back to Glenn and go home, making us all get home around 9pm. This leaves little time for any homework to do at night.

Despite these setbacks, the team has been able to win against Cabrillo High School and Lynwood High School. Our league games are soon starting and we are hoping for a better position than in previous seasons. With our gym coming back within the next month, we will be able to practice here in our own home and continue to win more games and grow as a team. The two captains, me and Richard Castro, return for their 4th year of playing to help support the newer players and grow as a team.

Track and Field Season Underway

By Daniela Galindo

It was a rough start for the JGHS track & field team when there were very few members, but after winter break, as more students joined, their hopes started to rise. Now the team has about 35-40 members.

Since December, coach Andy De La Torre and captain Javier Reynoso have been training with the members in preparation for their first meet, which occurred in late February. There, sophomore Melanie Hernandez (pictured below) placed top 10 in the 3-mile run and qualified for CIF to represent JGHS at Mt. SAC.

Melanie Martinez proudly displays her medal

A few of the highlights of the team’s second competition for this year at Norwalk on March 10 were that junior Stany Hernandez took 1st place in discus for throwing a disc at 61’ ½”. With an effort of 59′ 3.6”, Jasmine Madina took 2nd place in discus. For the girls shot put throw, Anh Dang took 1st place with a throw of 23’10’’. Mikel Udengwu placed 1st in the Boys Varsity discus with a throw of 116′ 6″ in the competition. Second place went to Gabriel Pasillas, who threw 108′ 10”. Among the boys varsity miles, captain Javier Reynoso (pictured below, with the distance runners) took 4th place. In addition to taking 4th place, he also set a new personal record of 5 minutes, 17 seconds.

Captain Javier Reynoso (back row, third from left) and the Cross Country Squad

During a recent interview with Reynoso, he mentioned that they share great memories from bus rides, especially since they weren’t able to go on bus rides previously due to COVID, and even just attending meets is a great experience, particularly after almost two years of not being able to do so. Additionally, we discussed the goals the team has, such as going to as many competitions as possible and having a good overall performance as a team.

He also noted that the main goal is for every individual to improve. They train hard so they can win against other schools and have personal records at each meet. Communication seems to be the most important key in order for the team to have improvement and win competitions.

Track athletes prepare to start

Eagles Basketball Recap

Successful Season Complete as Boys Get Deep into CIF Playoffs

By Pedro Torres

The John Glenn boys varsity basketball team qualified for the CIF playoffs this season and had a deep run to cap a successful journey. Finishing the season with a record of 14-13.

With a 50-44 win over Pioneer on January 31st, 2022, the boys finished in 3rd place in the 605 League. This was the first time in 22 years that the team had automatically qualified for the playoffs due to league placement (the last time the team went to the playoffs was in 2014 with an at-large bid.)

In the first round of the playoffs, the Eagles defeated River Springs Charter from Hemet 55-24 on February 11, 2022. This is the first time Glenn’s varsity basketball team has won in the playoffs in over 20 years. 

The Eagles made even more school history in round two when they advanced to the quarter finals on Friday, February 15, 2022, with a 61-58 win over Hawthorne MSA here at JGHS. It was such a great game! Thank you to all our staff who attended the game. Our students really had a great time cheering on our team.

In the final playoff game against Fontana, the Eagles’ playoff run came to an end with a 48-40 defeat on February 18th, 2022. In that final game, there were lots of turnovers. Despite the fact that we lost, there were two key 3-pointers by Seyharmony Somchan to get the Eagles back in the game. Yet it was not enough to secure a win. The Eagles trailed just 28-26 at halftime, yet the game got away in the third quarter, as the Eagles were outscored 12-2.

Although the season ended in defeat, Eagles basketball should be proud of a good playoff run with only having 6 players for the season. Next year, the Eagles hope to build another program that can make the playoffs and make some noise.

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