It was the week of February 13, 2021 when an unusual snowstorm hit Texas, leading to massive damages including power outages, no water, no electricity, and very limited supplies, including food.
The storm left millions of people in a very dire situation. Many of their houses’ pipes burst open causing water to gush and flood the floors. This led to the point where they had to boil water from the snow for the heat inside their homes. The storm was so bad that it also delayed the federal government’s delivery of Covid-19 vaccines which had caused many other shortages.
In one of the most unexpected snowstorms of early 2021, approximately 58 people died, including an 11-year-old boy who froze to death. The parents of this young child filed a lawsuit of $100 million dollars after not having any electricity. In Houston, a woman and her 7 year old daughter died inside her car while it was parked and running in the garage in an attempt to keep warm. Most families were cooking outside, charging phones in their car and using snow to melt and shower. All of the wild chaos made it very difficult for hospitals to take care of patients.
While some schools were open in Texas, the storm then led to them being closed for several days as their crews would have to repair pipes, damages, and clean the classrooms. The horrific snow storm temperatures were the coldest it has been since the year of 1989. Driveways were covered in snow, and without a car or road access, it was difficult for the residents of Texas to go to their grocery stores. The only way to get there was by walking. When residents could drive, the weather conditions caused more than 450 car accidents between the days of Sunday and Tuesday in the Houston area alone.
The stores looked like it was the beginning of Covid-19 all over again. There were long lines to get in, all shelves were empty, including all toilet paper and wipes. Water, first aid kits, and food were also eventually completely gone. When you’re in a situation like this, you don’t know what to do; so, some people started panicking.
Overall, around 290,000 Texas residents were left without power and more than 22 million other people across the South were put under frigid temperatures in the coldest winter of their lives.
Hello John Glenn Staff and Students. On behalf of the Shoemaker Bugle, I would like to take a moment to congratulate the class of 2021! We have made it through the first semester with all this chaos and we have entered a new phase in our lives. We are all taking a new step towards adulthood, and I’m honored to celebrate this special moment with all of you.
As we all know, college acceptance letters have been rolling in and I would like to say that we are extremely proud of everyone! Our class has been stolen of a year that should’ve been filled with memories and happiness, but we have managed to get through it. We are strong, we are powerful, and we will succeed!
Many do not understand the struggles we are going through or have faced this year just to get to where we are right now. But I place myself in all your shoes, seniors, to tell you that I understand. I understand the struggle–which is why I am here today to congratulate you all and honor your hard work. No matter what path you have decided to take, we honor your hard work and respect your decisions. Many have chosen to go straight to work, or to a community college, private university, vocational school, Cal State University or a UC, and we are very proud of you for all your accomplishments.
I would like to name some students that have shared with us their college acceptances and to once again honor their hard work and dedication this year.
Nancy Alejo- Cal State Long Beach
Katherine Ambriz- Cal State San Marcos
Andrea Alaniz- Cerritos College
Andrea Arias- Cal State Fullerton, CSU Channel Islands, Cal State Long Beach, Humboldt State University
Ximena Cabrera- Cal State LA, Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Long Beach
Daysi Castillo- Cal State LA, Cal State Dominguez Hills
Flor Castillo- Cal State LA, Cal State Dominguez Hills
Andrea Charro- Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Long Beach
Alyssa Chavez- Chico State, Channel Islands
Daisy Chiquito- Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Long Beach, Cal Poly Pomona
Celeste Cruz- Cal State LA, Cal State Long Beach
Samantha De Avila- Cal State LA, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Dominguez Hills
Herbert Diaz- Cal State LA, Cal State Dominguez Hills
Karina Flores- Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State LA
Kassandra Flores- Cal State LA
Nicholas Forquer- Cal State Fullerton
Andrea Gonzalez- Cal State LA, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Long Beach
Stephanie Hernandez- Cal State East Bay, Sonora State
Monserrat Juarez- Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Long Beach, Cal Poly Pomona
Anthony Lira- Cal State Long Beach
Natalie Luna- Cal State LA, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Long Beach
Ashley Manzano- Cal State LA, Cal State Dominguez Hills
Meegan Mirasol- Cal State LA, Cal State Dominguez Hills
Kaitlin Molina- Cal State LA, Channel Islands
Valery Montinola- San Diego State, Cal State Long Beach, Cal Poly Pomona
Evelyn Ordaz- Cal State LA
Aideth Palacios- Cal State LA & Cal State Bakersfield
Destiny Perez- Cal State LA, CSU Channel Islands, Cal State Dominguez Hills
Reyna Perez- Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Long Beach
Arlett Renteria- Chico State
Lizbeth Reyes- Cal State LA
Dante Rojas- Cal State LA, Cal State Dominguez Hills
Mathew Ruiz- Cal State LA, Cal State Dominguez Hills
Hermaione Sanchez- Cal State LA, Cal State Long Beach, Cal Poly Pomona
Nayeli Tec- Cal State LA
Caleb Tzic- Arizona State University, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Dominguez Hills
Jimena Urena- Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Long Beach, Cal Poly Pomona
Daniela Vazquez- Cal State LA
Rafael Valdez- University of Oregon, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Sacramento State, University of San Francisco, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Azusa Pacific University, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Northridge, & Fresno State