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NFL 2023 Championship Game Predictions

It is time to make our picks for the NFL Conference Championships. In the NFC Divisional Round last week, the 49ers advanced by beating the Cowboys in a close one, 19-12, while the Eagles easily took care of business against the Giants, beating them 38-7.
In the AFC, the favored Chiefs just squeaked by the Jaguars, 27-20, and the Bengals continued to surprise, winning in Buffalo by a score of 27-10, setting up a rematch of last year’s AFC Conference Championship.

In our picks last week, Richard Sanchez went a perfect 4-0 in his picks; Mr. Higgins went 3-1 (incorrectly picking the Bills to beat Cincy); while Rodolfo Garcia and Carlos Lopez each went 2-2.
Joining our sports editor Carlos Lopez and Mr. Higgins this week are reporters Stany Hernandez and Evelyn Magaña. Let’s get to the Championship games, both on this fun-filled Sunday, January 29.

NFC Championship Game: 49ers @ Eagles | Noon, FOX

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Carlos is the only one picking Philly, and the reason he picks the Eagles is because, “They’ve been on a roll all season. A lot of people are picking against Philly because they want to root for the underdog. I think the inexperience of Brock Purdy will cost the Niners the game.”

AFC Championship Game: Bengals @ Chiefs | 3:30, CBS

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So why is everyone picking the Bengals? The injury to Patrick Mahomes is concerning, and, as Mr. Higgins said, “I’m just tired of the Bengals proving me wrong!” Cincy obviously has a very complete team, and we see them repeating as AFC champs and moving on to Super Bowl LVII on Sunday, February 12.

Opinion: The Importance of Voting

By Stany Hernandez

Voting is one of our most important civic duties and you should be getting involved.

Gen Z (that’s us!) and other younger generations have tended to have a low voter turnout versus older generations. We are part of a generation that has constantly called for change from both sides of the aisle. The most controversial topics of our time are now gun control and abortion rights and if you have opinions on it, you should be reflecting that. Voting is one of our most important ways in which we can impact our country’s decisions. Wherever you stand in the political spectrum, it does not matter as long as you are an informed voter and trying to help your fellow Americans.

How can I take action?

Well, dear reader, here are some of the best ways to get involved:

  1. Pre Register to Vote

In the state of California, you are allowed to pre register at 16 or 17 years old, if by the next election, you will be 18 or older. When you go to get your ID or driver’s license, you can also pre register, which is made easier using one of the kiosks. If you already have your ID or driver’s license, then you can pre register online at registertovote.ca.gov

  1. Read up on the candidates

When you are able to vote, you should research your state’s candidates. We have midterm elections and presidential elections that greatly impact the trajectory of our country. Our representatives voted in during the midterm elections should represent what we want because they initiate the process of signing a bill into law and creating policies, which, in turn, affect us. If the people who win the elections aren’t representing your values or what you would like to see in our country, then you have the chance to change something! Every single vote matters and your lack of participation creates an impact as well.  

  1. Stay up to date with proposed props/bills

It is mostly bills and propositions that affect our day-to-day life. Bills eventually get passed into law and they can affect our learning, economy, and environment, like in the “Don’t Say Gay” Bill and the Inflation Reduction Act. If your representative proposes a bill that doesn’t reflect the needs of your state or can have harmful ramifications, then maybe it’s time to vote them out. Propositions are a way for citizens to directly change laws to help those around you. Knowing the long-term influence of the props you are voting in favor or against will help you make your decisions.


If you believe that the elections don’t concern you, you are dead wrong. It’s your indifference that could severely hurt people if the wrong people are in power. We are part of the process that prevents power from being placed into the wrong hands. You can’t complain about the issues our country faces when you’re not voting because you become part of the problem. We need to be educated on these topics because at the end of the day, they affect us.

Opinion: Avoid Consumerism and Black Friday

By The Grinch

It feels sad to me that all we care about now are the sales and online purchases for the holiday seasons and not the fact that we get to enjoy the holidays. 

I try my best to avoid holiday shopping, but my family is so consumed by the sales of clothes and toys that it’s hard to avoid. Even seeing the Christmas commercials in November brings an icky feeling to my chest. I find it upsetting that Christmas lost its meaning, and it really is like the movies with the people rushing around grabbing all the toys from the shelf. I described Black Friday and holiday shopping as “ridiculous.” It is such a hassle to get the items you want for Christmas and since people every year decide to start shopping early, now everyone is deciding to shop early. If we continue like this we might as well start Christmas shopping in September.

I’m not saying that the gifts I have received in the past years have been terrible; the shopping itself is a nightmare. In the time during Covid when we bought everything online it felt even worse. There are many issues with Black Friday starting with the hours, employees availability, and now the shopping experience. 

Employees will probably have the hardest time getting through work when the holidays come by. During the holidays I experience so many employees rushing and going through all the aisles to deliver the shoppers items or even stock the shelves. I have tried my best to avoid shopping in stores to avoid conflicts like pricing and the risk of it being out of stock by the time I have the money for it. I watch as my family bargains and rushes to get gifts out of the way due to their past experiences with Christmas shopping. Even though their techniques are effective, soon enough other people will follow. Like this recent month, Thanksgiving hadn’t even passed and there were deals, trees, red, white, and green everywhere. It boils my blood to see so many people rushing through the holidays just for the deals.

I asked multiple sources how they felt about the Christmas season starting early and this is what they said:

One of my friends had a very enthusiastic opinion that Christmas shopping early was “good,” but that was because they were able to buy more at an affordable price. 

Another anonymous source notes, “I think it’s good to shop early because of the sales and that you can save money. The only thing that makes it ridiculous is dealing with people at the store and the lines.”

Holiday shopping, especially so early, feels like a lot of stress and planning that is only gonna last until those kids tear into those presents.

If there were any solutions to avoiding the conflicts of holiday shopping it would be to shop online or do pick-up in the store. If you wanna avoid the rush of people and store sales, online shopping will always have deals going on until the holiday season is over.

Avoid the rush, people; and please don’t start holiday shopping during August next year.

Opinion: Unprepared ASB Not Representing Our Students

By Stany Hernandez

From the start of the school year, many students at John Glenn High School feel that ASB hasn’t done their job very well.

The issues of timeliness and preparedness are things that turn off students from participating. When things are poorly planned, it gives the students the impression that other school events will be just as bad, despite ASB’s best efforts. It leads students to believe that the school has nothing good to offer, making school spirit drop in the process. We deserve to have a student government that represents what we want and creates the best high school experience for us possible to make us proud to be John Glenn Eagles.

However, this responsibility does not solely lie with ASB, but rather the students as well. ASB needs help and they can’t do it alone. Students don’t want to be involved, yet still seem to blame ASB when they don’t have any fun. You can’t call something “cringe” or “wack” when you don’t even give yourself a chance to enjoy it. We’re allowed to do silly, dumb things, even if others may judge us. As long as you’re having fun, it’s always worth it.

If you feel school spirit is dropping, do something about it. We have so many programs and activities that have the potential to expand your view of this school besides being “boring.” Spirit comes from all of us, and you play a part–even in your indifference.

School spirit is one of the things our campus most struggles with. Although it has become normal for students to not participate in school activities, it is incredibly alarming how little people care. Arguably, the biggest part of ASB is to improve and promote the school spirit, so when students have the lowest opinion of school that we’ve ever seen, there should be sirens going off that there’s something to be fixed, and frankly ASB is not responding well. When there is poor execution, the end results are bound to be less than what is expected. People want to get involved, improve on school spirit, if and when ASB plans events thoroughly, in a timely manner. Many students want to get involved and improve school spirit, but ASB needs to plan events more thoroughly to allow them to build on it. 

We first saw this lack of planning play out in the coordination of the “Senior Sunrise.” If you aren’t a senior, perhaps you aren’t aware of what happened during the event. Students watched the sunrise from the gates of the schools because nobody was there to open them up, and once somebody was there, we sat silently on the field waiting for the sun to fully come up. There was no music, no posters until everybody had left, and food wasn’t provided until much later. One student remarked, “Senior sunrise was … okay. It wasn’t really anything special.”

Shouldn’t it have been special? While it wouldn’t necessarily be something that ASB needs to go all out for, it still would have elevated the first senior experience of the year and made it memorable, if there had been more preparation. Instead, it left a poor first impression of ASB on this year’s seniors.

Homecoming events also experienced poor planning, as key figures were informed of things at the very last minute. When it comes to homecoming royalty, the changing of the previous process has been viewed as unnecessary. Instead of being inclusive, the new process has scared many underclassmen from running in future years. ASB tried to fix something that wasn’t broken, and many members of ASB also felt that it wasn’t a necessary change.

For the majority of the candidates’ campaigning, they were kept in the dark as to when voting took place, or many other details regarding the event. We were made aware of the existence of a pep rally the day before it was set to happen and of our placement on the football field (in a message sent to the entire student body, we were told to meet in the ASB room during first period). Teachers were not informed of a Friday pep rally until the morning of the event, and many were confused about the day’s schedule, which also included an earthquake drill. Previous homecoming court candidates were at least given a rough outline of what to expect through the application process, voting, and rallies and events, and it seemed that more teachers and adults were aware of the information well ahead of time.

None of this is to undermine the efforts of the ASB students creating countless posters for the quad and to decorate at football games. It is also important to highlight ASB’s struggles because of the pandemic. Last year, there were a lot of COVID restrictions, so we couldn’t obtain the full experience our school has to offer because of it. A faculty member reflected on this point, saying, “ASB has faced tremendous difficulties this year so I feel that considering those difficulties, they are performing admirably.” The faculty member also mentioned that, “The last few years have been extremely difficult–not just for students and staff but also for clubs and organizations. It definitely takes a while to get back into the swing of things. I think they’re doing the best they absolutely can. I think we’re seeing some of those rewards, but also there’s room for growth.” ASB is dealing with a lot of changes and struggles, of which we could be of service to. 

Possible solutions to ASB’s issues that would soften the harsh perspective that students have on them (if they accept our constructive criticisms and concerns) include the following: One solution would be to simply plan things a month or a month and a half ahead of time. This is just to account for any hiccups that may be encountered and to get ahead of any issues as they arise. Schoolwide events should have at least a week’s notice, but normally we would like to have a two-week’s notice. A good rule of thumb for big events is to assume that everything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Think of any possible question about the event and figure out possible solutions ahead of time, so you have all the answers and nobody is left confused.

Another suggestion would be to ask for student opinions or feedback regularly. We should encourage a place where students can submit their quarrels or requests about events they think could be enjoyed by the student body. Members of ASB should be known and recognized so people could know where to direct their questions and input to, but a form or anonymous feedback box would keep things organized.

The senior class has been the only ones to experience an ASB that hasn’t been impacted the entire term due to COVID, and we should be the ones to give that experience back to the underclassmen. I implore this senior class of 2023, especially, to get involved and keep these Eagle traditions alive. Anyone who feels especially spirited and wants to help towards this effort should join ASB or become a class senator and do what you can towards this effort. ASB will never have too many people, so consider joining and talk to Mrs. Cruz in room 704.

Opinion: New Pick-Up System at Glenn is Confusing

By Em Holy

At the beginning of the school year, John Glenn High School input a new pickup system and many people have found it confusing and unnecessary. 

This new system was a sudden change that almost no one was informed of prior to  the change. Many parents were only made aware as they arrived to pick up their kids, but almost none of the student body was told.

Many parents and children were left confused at the end of the day. Some people couldn’t find their parents and were left wandering around the parking lot. This also caused a lot of traffic because no one knew the correct place to go.

This lack of communication with the student body and parents was definitely a failure on the faculty’s behalf, but many feel like the entire situation was completely unnecessary and preventable.

A student, Moth Vera said, “There’s other things the school should be worrying about, there was nothing wrong with the pickup system.”

Another concerned parent also said, “I don’t see how it makes anything safer or better, and not everyone follows the system.”

The general consensus is that this change was unnecessary, it wasn’t broken, so why fix it? It shows a level of organization within the school’s problems and priorities. There are bigger issues concerning the school and its students. The school should take more time to look into maybe changing other things would be more beneficial to all students.

ed. note: Below is the information that was shared to our Eagle parents and families in early September:


Please be reminded of the important changes to our Pick-Up procedures:

Your child’s SAFETY is our priority. To avoid the danger caused by congestion near the crosswalk and the front of the school, we are asking that you adhere to the new guidelines for after school pick-up. Our goal is to keep everyone safe, especially our Eagles and Bulldogs, and we thank you for following the guidelines below beginning Tuesday, September 6th.

PICK-UP (After School)

Students who…

  • Walk to School: Exit Gate 4.
  • Ride the School Bus: Exit Gate 4.
  • Are picked up in a car by a parent/guardian: Exit Gate 1 (by the gym).

Parents/Guardians please….

  • ENTER the first gate by the tennis courts off of Shoemaker Ave.
  • Use the turn-around to pick up your child by Gate #1
  • Exit through the gate by the MPR
  • At no time, should a driver be:
    • parked any red zone(s)
    • double parked anywhere on Shoemaker or Foster
    • parked in the middle of the street
    • Waiting in the front parking lot where the busses pick up
    • Crossing a double-yellow line to make a u-turn
  • Be mindful of the crosswalks on Shoemaker and Foster
  • Slow down for crossers
  • Do not enter the Staff Parking Lot

Opinion: Dress Code Inconsistent

By Leslie Cardenas

While the dress code is made to encourage a positive learning environment, it frequently is used inconsistently and targets girls more than guys.

“I believe that the dress code system is a double standard; guys are allowed to wear and show certain things and certain parts. But when girls are showing or wearing something it’s seen as inappropriate or distracting,” said Daniel Flores.

The sexualization of young women’s bodies is a great issue when it comes to the dress code. Crop tops, tank tops, shorts, and skirts are all seen as “distracting” or “immodest” whenever a young woman is seen wearing them. Meanwhile, if a young man is seen wearing any of these it is not seen as such. Many students believe that this clothing that is socially seen as “immodest” isn’t really immodest. 

A few weeks back, California went through a massive heat wave. This heat wave hit temperatures as high as 100 degrees. Many people could be seen around campus wearing tank tops and shorts. But because of the dress code, girls were more cautious when wearing said tank tops. “The fact that this heat wave was super bad and they were still kind of being strict about it.” said Adriana Zaragoza. Girls brought cover-ups just in case a staff member told them to cover up. While the girls had to be cautious, the guys did not need to do a double-take when it came to getting dress-coded.

The dress code is also often used inconsistently. According to the handbook, many trends around campus, like sagging and pajamas, are not allowed. Yet, you rarely see people getting dress-coded for these kinds of things. “I feel like it’s starting to become an eyesore of seeing dudes with shorts hanging down and at some point, you’re hoping they have something underneath,” said Jimmy Jimenez.

The school has offered some solutions to the dress code. During the 2019-2020 school year, slides and open-toed shoes were taken off the dress code and were allowed to be worn to school. The school is taking proposals to change the dress code once again. This year, the school should allow any type of tank tops like cami tops and spaghetti straps to be worn.

Opinion: Restrooms Make Students Uncomfortable

By Jacob Gonzalez

Students at John Glenn High School are disgusted and uncomfortable with their student restrooms. On a normal day at school, students sometimes need to go to the restroom. The problem with it is that they don’t even feel comfortable doing so. The school restrooms are something you can’t even describe.

It is gross for the boys’ restroom when there is trash everywhere and graffiti on the walls. The restrooms are too small and all the stalls feel so small. When inside a stall there’s often no toilet paper, and the toilet paper that is used is so cheap it’s too delicate for use.

For the womens’ restroom it is also similar. I’ve interviewed a couple of female students and they’ve told me that it is sometimes so gross that they can’t even do their business. Girls say that there are hygiene products on the floor or even on the toilet.

I interviewed a student whose name is Mikalya. She is a 12th grader here at Glenn and she also agrees with my opinion. She thinks that the school restrooms need to be open more often and there should be more trash cans in the bathroom area. Students would say they would use the office restroom because there is privacy and that it is cleaner and just better in general.

With the restrooms we are given, it isn’t that the janitors don’t clean it right. The janitors here are great; they do their job as best as they can. Rather, it is we the students who don’t take care of our restrooms. It is disappointing that there are some of us that are more mature than others. It isn’t hard to be clean and respectful to our restrooms. We the students should keep our stalls clean and pick up after ourselves.

Opinion: JGHS Needs More Sports Involvement–Here’s How

By Edmundo Manriquez

Involvement in sports at John Glenn High School is declining. Why? Most of our sports fail to win games, win titles, or make it to the CIF playoffs, and why is that?

I believe it’s due to the high workload and expectations that the student athletes have to get in order to play for the school. Student athletes are not able to continue sports due to having low grades, and for that reason, many are not able to continue playing their sports.

Most student athletes who are in sports don’t do advanced classes or strive to gain a higher GPA, and that is due to having to dedicate most of their time in their sport and having to decide which to sacrifice, which is either sleep or doing homework for their classes. Student athletes have a certain amount of time to get a GPA of 2.0 and if they don’t get to that requirement they will not be able to participate in that sport for the entire season of that school year.

As a student athlete, ways to overcome these problems is to communicate with your teacher and let them know that you may be busy or overwhelmed and most of the time they will understand. It is very important to let your teachers know ahead of time or they will mostly deny your requests.

Use your time in school wisely, use the time you have in class to finish up schoolwork so you don’t have to work as much at home. Communicate to your coaches, let them know that you may not be able to show up due to school work, and most of the time they will be understanding. Just make sure you let them know beforehand or else they will think that you are irresponsible and will affect how future practices work.

Protect our Bewitching Black Cats

By Destiny Padilla

The superstitions of black cats have led to the cruelty, abuse, and non-tolerable acts on Halloween day. Usually cats are adorable furry animals that people adopt to love for a lifetime, but on Halloween, black cats do not get the same treatment.

For centuries, black cats have been viewed as cursed and causing you to have misfortune, this has led to the despicable injuries that go as far as death to black cats.

European folklore tells how if a black cat crosses your path then they will give you a future worth of bad luck. The reason this myth is valued is because black cats are viewed as witches’ companions. The injuries that they endure are getting their fur cut off, being held against their will, and even being beaten.

These harmful acts only get more extreme during Halloween, and some people go to the extent of adopting black cats the day before Halloween. The reason why they adopt them is not your typical “love at first sight adoption,” it is to hold the black cat captive until the 31st so that they can take advantage of them.

Black cats do not deserve this treatment, there needs to be protection to make the abuse stop. One thing you can do to help is when you see a stray black cat you can take care of it or let someone trustworthy give it a home. Protecting our loving black cats must start now!

Wordle: A New Way to Explore the English Language

By: Joseph Kilis

Now, if you have not heard of Worlde, the hit word-guessing puzzle game overcoming Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram feeds around the globe, I’m convinced that you live under a rock. Sorry if that was a little harsh, but I’m going to be seriously surprised if you say you’ve never heard of it, let alone have not seen those stacked green, yellow, and black squares. Go try it out for yourself, you might enjoy it. (Yes, I don’t mind if you stop reading this story, just come back once you’re done to realize how right I am.)

You see, I’m not one to fall through the rabbit hole of what’s trending or not, but this game (for some odd reason) has got me quite obsessed. I can’t go a day without playing it; but why? Why does almost every student and teacher need to play this game on the daily? I get that teachers probably think it’s cool their students are “into vocabulary words” all of a sudden, but why do we, as the human species (I know, very broad, but you get the gist) feel so drawn to play an online word game?

Competition. Competition, competition, competition. I am going to humble myself, and go on and say that I am an extremely competitive person. Sports aren’t up my alley, so I think I manage to use all that competitive energy within this game. In case you are not aware, Wordle functions kind of like Wheel of Fortune; except instead of guessing fun phrases its five-lettered words. Every twenty-four hours, you get only six chances to correctly guess one word by inputting in other words to find letters that are in said “word of the day.” (Sorry for saying the word “word” way too much, I’m starting to think that this Wordle story is getting a little wordy.) Anyway, when you get a correct letter in the correct spot, the square around it turns green. But, if you were to guess a letter that is in the incorrect spot in the word, it would turn yellow. Using the letters that you input, you need to find the correct word. (If this was confusing, just play it for yourself; it’s free!)

Anyway, back to competition. It’s always a great feeling to see that you correctly guessed a hard word in three tries when everyone else got it in four or more tries; and I think this is one of the reasons people are flocking back to Wordle day in and day out. This competitive aspect is what makes this game engaging for families and friends, as they all share their scores with others to brag about their score. Trust me, I have a whole group chat called “Wordle” on my phone, just for my family to go back and forth with their scores. The competitiveness of this game is very apparent, because if it wasn’t, I don’t think it would have been this popular.

On top of this competitive part of the game, another reason this game became such a hit (and so addicting) was because you could only play once a day. If there were unlimited words to guess, it would diminish the reason to post your score. You still could post your score, but it would mean a lot less since you are bound to have a good round every once in a while. The time limit makes it all the more competitive, and (in my opinion) that much more fun.

Simplicity and accessibility is also a very important thing to note when talking about Wordle’s success. It is probably one of the simplest games out there; just type in words and pray you do good. It is a simple premise, but also can be very challenging; I’ve had days that I have wanted to give up (but then I remembered that I needed to show off my score, so I continued). The challenging part of this is brought on by the player, since usually the word is painfully simple (with exceptions to the words “ulcer” and “cynic.” I HATED THOSE!) This game, in a way, shows the consequences of our own actions; if you put in a bad word, that’s on you.

Back to the point of accessibility, Literally just look up “wordle” in your browser. It literally is that simple. And also, to mention that this is free, also widens the population of people playing. For someone as broke as I am, it’s nice to be in on something that connects everyone without spending a dollar.

The collaborative aspect is also very special, as it brings many people together to talk about something harmless, such as a word that they guessed. In a world with such division, it is really nice to have a harmless puzzle game bring family and friends together. Heck, a woman was even saved from being held hostage because of Wordle. (Yes, it’s true. Look it up.) This game that unifies us all is really something special, and I think is one of the main reasons I enjoy the game so much. (Other than showing off, that’s fun too.)

On the surface, Wordle is just a simple daily puzzle game that challenges the mind. But it has grown to connect families and friends, build vocabularies–save lives, even–and provide some harmless competition for the competitive ones out there.  If you haven’t checked it out yet, go do that right now! Just don’t spoil the word for anyone. They won’t appreciate it.

(I feel the need to mention we aren’t sponsored or anything fancy like that. I just really enjoy this game.)

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