Category Archives: Student Life

Andrea Alfaro

Andrea Alfaro is currently a junior at John Glenn High School and the Entertainment and Food editor of The Shoemaker Bugle. She resides in Norwalk with her parents and brothers. In her free time she participates in boxing matches against her brothers, draws, and listens to true crime podcasts. One of her favorite things to do is to watch shows and movies, from trashy reality television to 1950’s rom coms–she is willing to watch it all, no matter how much her eyes bleed. Andrea’s favorite news sources include Los Angeles Times and Twitter, because everyone knows everything on Twitter is 100% true.

Richard Sanchez

Richard Sanchez is a 17-year-old John Glenn High School student. His favorite activities and sports are football, dance, baseball, wrestling, and hockey. His favorite teams are the LA Rams, LA Dodgers, New York Yankees, and the Anaheim Ducks. He currently attends “And Dance” dance studio and has been there for 9 years. His hobbies consist of anything that piques his interest but has been more recently into photography and film
photography. You can find him on all social media sites under the username @Djpanda250. You can catch him streaming on twitch randomly at Twitch.tv/djpanda250.

His favorite news sites are the L.A. Times, Whittier Daily News, and the New York Times.

Eagles Wrestling Champs Again

By Jacob Miranda

With the wrestling CIF finals done, both the boys teams and the girls team have finished their season as 605-League Champions. With Coaches Monico Enriquez leading the varsity team and Adrian Enriquez leading the junior varsity team, the boys were able to obtain a record of 12-3 for JV and 14-7 for Varsity. Despite their best efforts, though, neither team was able to make it past the second round of the CIF tournament, with Daniel Espinoza being the only boy to qualify during the 1st round.

When asked for comments, both coaches agreed that Jacob Enriquez and Julian Rodriguez were highlights of the team, stepping up from their first year (normally first timers are JV) to wrestle for Varsity. They also mentioned how proud they were that Freddie Valdivia finished off his senior year as the varsity wrestling Captain.
The girls wrestling team, on the other hand, are able to win all of the league dual meets. Led by their Coach, former JGHS alum Hector Ramirez, they were able to win the 605-League Championships. Sadly, they weren’t able to progress past the first round of CIF, though. When questioned, Coach Hector mentioned Mia Ramirez and Rain Aranjo as the people he believed went the farthest.

Girl’s Softball Powered by Strong Bats

By: April Zavala

Despite dropping their first 605-League game at Pioneer by a score of 12-11, the Eagles’ softball team proved themselves to be a great team during their pre-season games. At press time (Monday, March 21) the girls currently hold a record of 8-7 (5-1 home and 3-6 away).

The Eagles had an 11-8 lead heading into the bottom of the 6th inning, but Pioneer stormed back with a walk-off win, scoring two in the 6th and 2 more in the 7th to take the first  league game of the season. The teams will have a rematch at Glenn on Friday, April 8.

Some of their amazing preseason wins highlight the booming offense of this team, including defeats of Firebaugh by a score of 19-5, Ganesha (19-6), Cabrillo (20-1), Leuzinger (17-3), and Gabrielino (12-2). They currently stand at 3rd in the 605 League and 18th in the Division VI for softball.

Some of their star players include senior Gabriela Ortega, junior Kaylani Moncada, as well as Julia Cole, Beatriz Galvez, Aileen Lopez, Anais Perez, and Kristy Rodriguez.

We look forward to seeing how great the girls will do during the rest of their 605-League games. The girls would love and deserve your support, especially at home where the Eagles have dominated. Here is the remaining softball schedule:

  • Fri, 3/25 (@ Whitney)
  • Tue, 3/29 (@ Oxford)
  • Wed, 3/30 (vs. Montebello)
  • Fri, 4/1 (vs. Cerritos)
  • Tue, 4/5 (@ Artesia)
  • Fri, 4/8 (vs. Pioneer)
  • Tue, 4/12 (vs. Oxford)
  • Thu, 4/14 (@ Cerritos)
  • Fri, 4/22 (vs. WDVHS)
  • Tue, 4/26 (vs. Artesia)

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.

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

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.

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!

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!

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!

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