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Celebrating Women’s History Month: The Most Iconic Women in History

By Adriana Zaragoza

1) Florence Nightingale:

Born on May 12, 1820, in Florence, Italy. Nightingale was an outstanding social reformer and statistician famously known for being the founder of modern day nursing, starting when she had foundational views on sanitation in the Crimean War. Thank you, Florence, for your work.

2) Helen Keller:

Born June 27, 1880, in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Hellen Keller was struck by a horrible illness at a young age, causing her to become deaf and blind. Anne Sullivan, her teacher, helped Keller to develop communication skills. Keller had then attended college, and famously became an educator, advocate for the disabled, and founder of the American Civil Liberties Union. Thank you for all your work, Helen. 

3) Amelia Earhart:

Earhart was born July 24, 1897. Not only was she the first woman to ever fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and to the US mainland from Hawaii, she was a well known aviator who set various flying records. Changing aviation for women, she championed the advancement of the flying world. We can thank Amelia for changing things up in the flying business for us women.

4) Mother Teresa:

Born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, in Uskup, Ottoman Empire, on August 26, 1910. Mother Teresa was the founder of The Missionaries of Charity, aimed to help and look after abandoned babies, children, and the poorest of the poor. She was a Roman Catholic nun, who devoted her life to help the poor and destitute of the world. You will forever be our Mother Teresa, thank you.

5) Rosa Parks:

The famous Rosa Parks was born February 4, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama. Parks is one of the biggest initiators of the Civil Rights Movement. Sticking up for herself and her race, she refused to leave her bus seat, as it was a “White’s Only” seat. Risking her freedom, this one action started not only the Civil Rights Movement, but helped start the Montgomery Bus Boycott, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Thank you for your confidence, Rosa.

6) Maya Angelou:

Born Marguerite Ann Johnson on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. She is better known as the famous Maya Angelou, being an American poet, memorist, and actress. She has used her upcoming fame to write various autobiographies about her hardships, racial, and sexual oppression. We can thank Maya for her use of fame to spread awareness.

7) Anne Frank:

Annelies Marie Frank, born on June 12, 1929 in Frankfurt, German, is famously known for her forceful move and hiding in the Netherlands, as Adolf Hitler made the lives of the Jewish incredibly difficult. Anne and her family spent their time in a small apartment, safe and hiding away, as Anne kept a now famous diary of their accounts. Anne’s father was the only left survivor, but her diary will live on forever as one of the most documented events of the Holocaust. Thank you for your bravery, Anne.

8) Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

Ruth Joan Bader was born March 15, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York (happy belated Birthday!). Ruth was best known as the second female justice of the U.S Supreme Court. Being the first female tenured professor, she also became the director of the Women’s Rights Project, using her granted power of many high positions, to fight for gender equality. Thank you for fighting for us, RBG.

9) Dolly Parton:

Famous country singer Dolly Parton was born January 19, 1946 in Locust Ridge, Tennessee. Being a great singer, she has used her money and fame to create and give out various scholarships, donate over $3.7 million and even more to coronavirus efforts, hospitals, and natural disaster aftermaths, including food and mental health resources. We are incredibly thankful to Dolly.

10) Malala Yousafzai:

Malala, born July 12, 1997 in Mingora, Pakistan. In January 2008, Malala was stripped of her school life due to the Taliban taking control. Later in 2012, she spoke out for all girls and their right to learn, making her a target of the Taliban. After being brutally shot, and having to take many years to rehabilitate, she started the Malala Fund in 2014. The Malala Fund is dedicated to giving all girls an opportunity to choose their future. Thank you for your educational help and sacrifice, Malala.

Review: Sprouts Farmers Market Opens in Norwalk

By Adriana Zaragoza

LOCATED ON ALONDRA BLVD: 11522 Alondra Blvd, Norwalk, CA 90650

I went to the new Sprouts Farmers Market on Alondra in Norwalk. As a resident in Norwalk, who lives around middle class, I was pretty curious as to what this store offered to us. When we pulled up, it was a very nice and fixed up area compared to what was there before. I honestly thought it looked impressive, and my dad said it “didn’t look like it belonged there.” The manager himself says he tries to keep up the good look they have, hoping to attain more business and keep them going.

The parking lot was actually pretty populated, yet still somewhat spacious. It includes an empty dirt area for what looks like future pumpkin patches or Christmas tree lots.

Walking in, you are introduced to about three to four self checkout machines, and a beautiful array of food. They even have a personal area where you can fill up personal goodie bags with peanuts, seeds, dried fruit, and other dry food products. 

It was all beautiful and nicely arranged. The food was all healthy and organic of course, being a farmers market. Now I did notice the prices of the food being more pricey and expensive compared to regular grocery stores like Walmart, or Target even. All the food was packaged nicely, and you definitely are paying for good quality food but it definitely does depend on your budget.

Besides prices, the variety was high. Lots of new, great, organic products to look through and find. Sprouts has absolutely great and welcoming service, and the lines went by pretty quickly. It genuinely is a nice place, although maybe a little too nice for Norwalk. Although it is new, and what I feel is out of my low/mid class budget, I do feel it has some hope. Healthy food is good food. Hopefully Norwalk can see that with this new Sprouts Farmers Market.

Movie Review: Scream VI

By Adriana Zaragoza

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Scream VI, surprisingly, was one of the biggest, and most thrilling additions to the franchise since Scream 4. As a horror movie lover, who loves keeping up with the Scream movies, I was excited to see this. Promotions for this movie were thrilling and exciting, as they had people dress up as Ghostface in public areas around the world.

  • Cast: Jenna Ortega (Tara), Melissa Barrera (Sam), Hayden Panettiere (Kirby), Mason Gooding (Chad), Jasmin Savoy Brown (Mindy), Courtney Cox (Gale), Liana Liberato (Quinn), Devyn Nekoda (Anika), Dermont Mulroney (Wayne), and Jack Champion (Ethan)
  • Directors: Tyler Gillet and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin (directors of Scream (2022) and Ready or Not)
  • Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

I saw Scream VI on its opening night. I went with a friend who I previously saw Scream (2022) with. As the famous opening scene took place, it definitely had us hooked. Keeping you on your toes, it takes complete turns left and right. Having one of the best opening scenes, and opening line to a Scream movie yet!

We now see the new characters–introduced from the last movie–take full control over this new movie. These characters are now the “Core Four” in Sam, Tara, Chad, and Mindy. All played fabulously by Melissa Barrera (Sam), Jenna Ortega (Tara), Mason Gooding (Chad), and Jasmin Savoy Brown (Mindy). We also see great, new additions to the cast and character list, such as Dermont Mulroney (Officer Bailey), Liana Liberato (Quinn), Jack Champion (Ethan), and Devyn Nekoda (Anika).

 I thought Jenna Ortega brought great acting skills playing an emotional sister, barely getting over the last attacks of Ghostface. Melissa Barrera, playing Sam, Billy Loomis’ daughter, brought her full strength to this movie. As she is now basically the new Sidney, and “final girl” to the Ghostface killers, because remember, there is never one.

One of my personal favorite parts would be the upcoming release of the new Kirby Reed, brought back from Scream 4. Grown, she is now a detective putting herself in this specific case due to her past connections with the Ghostface killings. Her addition added so much suspense to this movie. Along with Gale’s hilarious return.

Now as they explain in the movie, they tell us how we’ve now entered a franchise within the Scream universe, creating new rules, new kills, new killers, and a new setting. We follow this group in their college years, set in New York City. This is a new environment for the killer Ghostface, as we usually see him in Woodsboro, a small town. This changed the movie up immensely. It was incredibly exciting seeing this NYC setting, creating new and interesting kills we’ve never seen from a Ghostface killer before.

As we reach the core part of the movie, or the unraveling of the mystery, we are introduced to a whole new “stab” obsession and motivation. Now if you love the Scream movies, you are absolutely going to love this collection the killer’s have created, and you are going to love the outcome of this film. Again, keeping you on your toes, you will continue to be completely tossed and turned in your seat as the killers are revealed, with new backgrounds connecting their motivations as one.

Overall I guess you can say I really enjoyed this movie. The nostalgic feelings they brought from the first original Scream movie was so amazing to see. I am very excited for the turn this franchise took and I have faith in this new group of survivors. Scream VI is a genuinely good slasher film, and a Scream fan’s dream.

Best Date Spots for Valentine’s Day

By Adriana Zaragoza and Carlos Lopez

Are you trying to figure out where to go this year for Valentine’s Day? These are the top ten best places to take your Valentine, both affordable and expensive. Picked by yours truly at The Shoemaker Bugle.

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  • A dinner for two at Olive Garden
  • A bookstore date (Barnes & Noble)
  • A picnic for two, with a side activity (painting, flower lego sets, We’re Not Really Strangers card game)
  • A day at the aquarium (Aquarium of the Pacific, around $40 per person)
  • Sweethearts Night at Disneyland Resort (ticket price starting at $129 per guest)
  • Heart-shaped food date (Chick-Fil-A brownie or mini sandwich heart trays; heart-shaped pizzas at California Pizza Kitchen; donuts at Dunkin’ Donuts)
  • Night at the movies (AMC Norwalk, Harkins Cerritos, or Regal Cerritos)
  • Evening at Golf N’ Stuff
  • Picnic at the park or beach of your choice
  • Evening at a upscale sit-down restaurant

Homecoming Dance 2022: Destination Homecoming

By Adriana Zaragoza

Last Friday, October 21, was John Glenn High School’s first 2022-2023 school dance, the annual Homecoming Dance that took place the day after the Homecoming Game vs Artesia High School.

Homecoming Queen for 2022 is Stany Hernandez and the Homecoming King is Manny Sigala.

Let me just say, it was definitely a dance to remember. The dance was themed “Destination” and was held at our own football stadium. There were multiple photo opportunities featuring backdrops from different exotic areas around the world. We were also served dinner, had a professional photo booth, a henna artist, and an open area for outside games and dancing.

Let’s start with the photo opportunities. The photobooth was super fun, you got three poses and two printed-out pictures. I believe the only downside was the lag in the camera, causing some pictures to mess up, which some students were upset about. Besides that, all the photo areas were super cute!

We were served tacos for dinner, offering full plates and even sides. Overall the food was a 6/10. Although super filling and various options were served, many students mentioned the temperature of the food being slightly cold, and not having an authentic taco taste. Dessert was also provided, and gone SUPER QUICKLY. There were different cupcakes and some brownies. Lastly, the drinks served were adequate. We felt we could’ve used some more options. 

Now I don’t have much to say on the henna artist provided. Not only was the line incredibly long to get henna, many people were unsatisfied with the fact that the henna designs only lasted that night, fading after less than 24 hours.

The outside games, and especially the dancing made the night, however. The DJ took a little while to get used to, since she wasn’t really taking our requests or playing any banda, Spanish, or corridos, and MANY students wanted Latin music. Once we got comfortable, everyone got into it. All students from every grade level were dancing, dance circles were made, and some seniors even started the snake around the stadium. Special shout out to seniors Pablo Acosta, Edgar Medel, Cristian Mendez, Ismael Alberto, Giovanni Martinez, and Andrew Donis for getting the party started! Overall, it was a great night that brought us all together. I’ve never seen so much school spirit.

Adriana Zaragoza

Adriana Zaragoza is a senior at John Glenn High School. Not only is she happy about graduating soon in 2023, she enjoys trying new things at school. She hopes to attend a Long Beach College and work with children in the future. For now, she enjoys taking photographs, writing for the school paper, and hanging out with her friends. She has her curious mind and creative inspiration from her father, and her favorite news sources include CNN.com, Los Angeles Times, and MSNBC.

Homecoming Postponed

New date scheduled for October 20-21

By Adriana Zaragoza

John Glenn High School had their homecoming dance postponed due to a scheduling error on Hawthorne High School’s behalf. The homecoming dance was originally scheduled for September 23, 2022.

It was postponed due to the fact that Hawthorne High School scheduled a football game with our school, but they were not supposed to play any more preseason games, having already played the maximum of five games. Our homecoming football game is now Thursday, October 20, 2022 vs. Artesia High School.

The new homecoming dance date is Friday, October 21, 2022, and not many students are happy about that. Students do not want to go to a dance the night after school, and you are not allowed to leave school early or skip the day for any reason, or else you can NOT attend the dance.

Many students, specifically seniors, were super bummed about the date being moved. They already had purchased things such as full outfits, entry tickets, and had even made schedule changes, since most of our seniors actually work. 

The announcement of homecoming’s postponement was released on Sunday night, September 18. Many people were anxious, upset, and confused because no details as to why it was postponed came out until the following Monday, the 19th. Nothing was officially confirmed until that following Tuesday and Wednesday, the 20th and 21st. 

A football player, Mikel Udengwu, first gave me the information about the upcoming games, and it was finally confirmed by our athletic director Mrs. Linda Parra later that day.

The Destination Homecoming Dance will have things such as dinner, dancing, games and even photo opportunities, and I’m excited to see the outcome. Be sure to read my follow-up article in The Shoemaker Bugle, coming to newsstands Friday, October 28.