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EAGLE SOFTBALL Team ADVANCES to Quarterfinals

Updated June 6, 7:45am

Behind a complete game shutout by pitcher Gabby Ortega, the JGHS Eagles Softball team defeated Magnolia High School 10-0 by 5-inning mercy rule to advance to the quarterfinals in the CIF-SS Division 7 playoffs.

Gabby Ortega is all smiles after the shutout of Magnolia

It was a mismatch from the beginning, as Ortega set the Sentinels down in order in the top of the first, while the Eagle bats came to life with 4 runs in the bottom half. It would be more than enough run support.

The Eagles continued to pile on, however, as a big 3-run home run by Julia Cole to deep left-center field effectively put the game away in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Cole (#23) was the ultimate cleanup hitter, finishing the day 3-3 and just a single short of the cycle.

Magnolia’s defense didn’t help, as the Sentinels made 7 costly errors, including 4 in the first inning when the Eagles sent 10 batters to the plate.

JGHS also won in a 5-inning shutout in round 1 of the playoffs, traveling over 200 miles to beat Shandon High School 14-0 on June 3. So far, then, the Eagles have outscored their opponents 24-0 in these playoffs.

Up next: A home game on Tuesday, June 8 against Alverno Heights Academy who beat Bethel Christian Riverside by a score of 12-5 on Saturday.

JGHS Sports Round-Up

Press Release courtesy Mrs. Linda Parra

•Wrestling Advances to Quarterfinals

The John Glenn High School boys wrestling team won their first round dual match against Nordhoff 52-24 on Tuesday night, May 25.

They will now travel to Thousand Oaks High School on Saturday, May 29 for the Quarterfinals. The match will begin at 1:00 PM. Wish them luck!

•Track and Field

Eagles track and field star Gabriel Pasillas qualified for CIF Division 4 in Discus. The match, last weekend at the 605 League Track & Field Finals, was held at Pioneer High School.

Pasillas will now travel to Carpinteria on June 5 to compete against athletes from other schools across California. Congratulations, Gabriel!

Press Release: New JGHS/SEA Administrators

(Press Release courtesy Dr. Michael Gotto-NLMUSD)

Dear NLM Family,

At the Board of Education Meeting held this evening, the Board of Education appointed the following individuals to their respective roles:

Dr. Jennifer Padilla

Principal, John Glenn High School/Southeast Academy

Jennifer Padilla, Ed.D. began her educational career in 2001 serving as an English Teacher. Since that time, she has served in roles as Dean of Students, Secondary; Assistant Principal, High School; Assistant Principal, Curriculum & Instruction; Summer School Principal; Interim Principal, High School; and Principal, Middle School. She is well-experienced in designing and facilitating professional development for staff, supporting Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), incorporating rigorous instruction and assessments, implementing Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and developing tiered systems of academic and social-emotional supports. In addition, she has vast experience in student discipline, master schedules, and certificated and classified evaluations.

Mr. Orlando Beltran

Assistant Principal, John Glenn High School/Southeast Academy

Orlando Beltran began his educational career in 2010 serving as an English teacher. Since that time, he has served in roles as Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA), High School Guidance/School Counselor, and Assistant Principal, High School. He is well-experienced in professional development planning, pupil services, counseling, community and student engagement, response to interventions, student enrichment activities, athletics, and implementation of schoolwide initiatives.

Congratulations, Dr. Padilla and Mr. Beltran!

Senior Farewell: Thanking Impactful Teachers

By Monse Juarez

To Ms. Braun: 

First off, I would like to thank you for always having thoughtful conversations with me. I really learned a lot from you about what it’s like to be a responsible adult. I appreciate that you always took your time to make sure that your students were well-informed about college. Lastly, thank you for teaching me the importance of  hard work and diligence. 

To Ms. Walizadeh:

Thank you for taking the time to check up on your students and give them a place to engage in academic and philosophical discussions. The questions you asked us showed me that there is always more to discuss than what is on the surface. I really appreciate how you made us question things instead of simply accepting them. Lastly, thank you for the great books you suggested for us. I really enjoyed them and they helped me become a more attentive student. 

To Mr. Le:

I would like to thank Mr. Le for all of his hard work and his amazing dedication to his students. Thank you for all the time you have put into test corrections and for all the opportunities you have given us to learn. Thank you for all the memories from AP Chemistry my junior year. I never imagined such a hard class could be so fun, but you made it possible. 

P.S. I think I’m taller than you, Mr. Shortie.

To Ms. Johnson:

Thank you for always being a positive and encouraging teacher throughout my 4 years at Glenn. Thank you for showing your students how to be active members of the community in Norwalk. You have set the best example in community service. I appreciate your efforts in promoting the CSF club because the club has helped so many JGHS students get scholarships for college.

To Ms. Kennedy:

Ms. Kennedy I can’t tell you how much I missed you as a math teacher during my junior year. You are truly a great math teacher and role model for anyone that is lucky enough to have you as a teacher. I am grateful that I got to know you because your jokes are by far some of the best. Your banter with Rafa was priceless and I wish to become a great jokester like you one day. 

To Ms. Alcala:

Ms. Alcala, thank you for all the positive vibes that you give. I have never met such an optimistic teacher as yourself. It amazes me how you manage to keep such a vibrant attitude even when things aren’t going well. Thank you for showing me that it’s always better to keep a positive attitude. Your class has always been a great environment to learn in and I thank you for creating a place where students feel encouraged to pursue their dreams.

To Mr. Higgins: 

Mr. Higgins, I will never forget your amazing acting skills. I honestly believe that no other Hollywood actor could take your spot as Holden Caulfield. It is simply impossible. Thank you for making writing feel like a breezy thing to do. I’ve always felt that writing is tedious, but in your class I actually felt like I wasn’t such a bad writer (even though I probably am). Lastly, thank you for inspiring so much creativity in your students. It was a really fun experience and all the memories I made in your class are priceless for me.

To Ms. Garcia:

First off, I would like to thank you for being such an inspiring teacher and person overall. You are one of the most amazing women I have ever met in my life. I was really impressed with the changes in your career and how when you came to the United States you had to go to college all over again. Thank you for making me into the most responsible and hardworking person I could be. There are so many lessons that I learned from you and I am grateful that you always pushed me to do my absolute best in your class. 

To Ms. Frazier:

Ms. Frazier, I really missed your class after my freshman year because I didn’t have you as a teacher anymore. You are such a great teacher and I really had the most fun doing sports in your class. Thank you for always being an encouraging person. I’ve always enjoyed talking to you because you’re a very kind and understanding person. Thank you for all the fun memories!

To Mr. Barr: 

Mr. Barr, thank you for always being a cool history teacher. I always enjoyed your sarcastic remarks in class even when other students in the class didn’t quite catch on. Thank you for always making us participate in AP Human Geography even though we were severely antisocial. Lastly, thank you for always teaching us about practical things like credit scores because it was the first time most of us realized that we didn’t actually want to grow up.

Graduation Update: In-Person Ceremony June 2

By Ximena Cabrera

Save the date! The Norwalk La Mirada School District announced that the seniors at John Glenn High School will get an in-person graduation ceremony on June 2nd at John Glenn High School Stadium at 7:00 PM. Seniors, you might want to start ordering your cap and gown now!

What other details do we know apart from the date, time, and location? In a recent short interview, assistant principal Ms. Choi was kind enough to discuss some of those details with us. We now know that JGHS is planning on only having one ceremony instead of breaking it into a series of different ceremonies the day of graduation. Given that all of the graduating students will be at the same ceremony, each student will only be allowed to bring four guests with them. As far as we know, the graduation ceremony will be a traditional one, as graduates will have the honor of walking up to the stage and receiving their diploma as their names are called.

Will the class of 2021 have any other senior activities such as senior awards, prom, and grad night? With Covid cases decreasing, students are hopeful for additional senior events. Unfortunately, at this time, the school administration along with the district have not yet completely decided if seniors will have any other events other than graduation. We hope to be updated with a decision soon, but for now don’t forget to purchase your cap and gown at www.socalgrad.com.

CSF Round-Up

By Edmund Shryock

A small group of CSF members represented John Glenn by helping pick up trash in Huntington Beach in a beach clean-up event on April 24. CSF members had also gathered donations that consisted of Dawn detergent and trash bags. The donations that they gathered were given to the Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach, which provides care for animals that are affected by trash or are lost.

Of the trash that was collected that day there was a shovel, balloons, bottle caps, paper, and food wrappers. The bottle caps were the most dangerous object to the wildlife that resides in the wetlands as they can become lodged in their throats. Special thanks go out to Lizbeth Ruano, Nicholas Forquer, Cynthia Gomez, Dante Rojas and family, my mother Yvonne Shryock who had to be the designated driver, Mrs. Kennedy, and Mrs. Johnson, and all members who woke up early and helped make a difference!


In a separate event, CSF raised $415 dollars in their Chick-fil-a fundraiser on Wednesday, April 28. This was double the amount made in the first fundraiser back in October 2020. As the night went on, we had many cars in the drive-thru recognize our school and organization and were delighted to help.

This money will be used to help pay for events within CSF and help honor the seniors and their academic success through their time at John Glenn. A special thank you to Chick-fil-a who allowed us to fundraise. Also to CSF members Diana Vaca, Issac Santos, Lizbeth Ruano, and Mrs. Johnson for their hard work and dedication to the success of our student scholars.

Senior Farewell: Advice to Underclassmen

By Abby Corado

In my four years at JGHS, I can confidently say that I’ve gained knowledge on the do’s and don’ts of high school.

After taking about a handful of AP courses, I want to note that you should not overexert yourself. In this sense I mean don’t over do enrolling in honors and AP classes as it will lead to you burning out and having little to no motivation on doing absolutely anything (at least for me anyway). I advise you that, even though you should take your high school education seriously, have fun, too. While having fun you should also put yourself out there. I encourage you to join any extracurriculars that may hold your interest as it provides new friendships and more to put on your college application. 

Overall, just enjoy these years that you have now because as cheesy as it sounds, high school is gone as soon as it comes.

Senior College Commitments: Congrats class of 2021!

By Aideth Palacios

Congratulations to our Seniors who have shared with us their college commitments! We are extremely proud of the hard work you guys have put in to accomplish such an important milestone. Whichever path you have decided to take, we wish you the best of luck and hope to see you guys accomplish your dreams.

With that being said, the class of 2021 wraps up our senior year and heads to a new path as college freshman. Congratulations once again, and go conquer the world, Seniors–CLASS OF 2021!

-Nancy Alejo; Diane Rayo; Daisy Chiquito; Lizbeth Reyes; Samantha De Avila; Andrea Arias; Meegan Mirasol; Kimberly Perez; Aideth Palacios; Reyna Perez; Hermaione Sanchez; Celeste Cruz 
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Mary Torres; Mathew Ruiz
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Valery Montinola; Fatima Castillo
Evelin Garcia
Heidi Olmedo; Mario Ruiz
Dante Rojas; Andrea Alaniz; Gabriela Reyes; Jessalyn Sierra; Herbert Diaz; Karizma Magaña; Kaitlin Molina; Maria Arleth Vilanova; Sergio Velez; Sofia Mancilla; Ethan Jimenez
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Kids over 16 can now get the Covid-19 Vaccine

By Mario & Mathew Ruiz

Teens are now able to get the Covid-19 vaccine. With all states now starting to open slowly, vaccination eligibility to residents 16 and up, these teens are among the latest groups trying to get the vaccine. Children as well as teens tend to get mild cases of Covid-19, though some have gotten very ill, and have even died from the virus. So by getting vaccinated it can help protect them. Vaccinating these younger populations will help limit the spread of the virus, as proven by the experts.

To my knowledge, many teenagers want to get vaccinated to be able to go out more and keep themselves safe. WIth the reopening of many schools, graduation being around the corner, some health officials are reminding the teenagers about how they may be at lower risk of Covid-19. Many parents want their kids to get vaccinated but others are unsure so it is both-sided. The plan is to get millions of people vaccinated so the rates can drop and everything can go back to normal again. Well, that has already begun. Disneyland has reopened, as well as Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags, Universal Studios and many other attractions starting to reopen with precautions. 

When teenagers were first eligible to get vaccinated, over 2,000 kids got the shot in the third phase among those who have received it and have no side effects. It has been said that 12-15 year olds produced higher levels of antibodies on average than older teens and adults. So far, it has been successful for the vaccinations on these kids. But everybody’s body is different and they can also react to things differently. Results of further data are being expected in the second half of the year.

Staff spotlight: Custodians

By Jimmy Gomez

One year has passed since the COVID-19 pandemic started, and finally, the reopening of schools is starting to become an even greater discussion. Custodians have played an important role in the reopening of schools and are helping prepare for hybrid learning in order for the students and staff to feel safe to return to school.

Even though health workers and law enforcement are crucial during these times, we can not forget about our custodial staff. Our custodial staff consists of: Carlos Feliciano (Head Custodian), Robert Lopez (Day Custodian), Daniel Vargas (Night Lead Custodian), Anthony Zaragoza (Night Custodian), and Paul Galvan (Night Custodian).

At school, they have been preparing and setting up the classrooms and other parts of the campus, which has made it reassuring to return to school. “We have been trying to keep busy setting up for hybrid learning and taking care of other projects that are not possible during regular class hours and days,” says Mr. Galvan. Some of the actions they have taken to prevent more COVID-19 cases from arising at school are setting up each desk with clear plastic dividers, measuring & separating desks to make sure they are 6 feet apart, and having marked stand-by lines for entrances and exits.

The custodians have also made sure that all the classrooms and offices are deep cleaned and disinfected after being used by any staff. They have also been adding air purifiers to all rooms, gyms, and offices and have been removing any extra furniture to make as much space possible. Mr. Zaragoza stated, “As a custodian it’s just preparing for new safety measures we must take to make sure students and staff can return to school and feel safe to want to come back.” 

The pandemic has also affected the custodial staff and the work that they do. They no longer have students to take care of, which is an important part of their job. Mr. Zaragoza says, “Covid has been tough, with the schools being closed and the world being closed, it’s given me little options to do anything.” Others have lost loved ones or family members. I’m sure that most of us, if not all, can relate to this. And it has not been such a grand experience. However, they have found ways to distract themselves and do things that they love.

I am sure that I can speak on behalf of the seniors of this year’s graduating class that we are thankful for them because without our custodians, there wouldn’t be any possibility that we could return to school. Some of us have lost our motivation, but returning to campus as a student for the last time is meaningful to us. It is important that we remind ourselves that our custodians work very hard to make sure that we are safe and comfortable at school. Not only during this pandemic, but also during “normal times.”

The Bugle thanks them all for their work and the actions they have taken in order to make us feel safe.

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