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Christmas Traditions from Mexico

By Betsy Carranza and Rigo Macias

During the Christmas season, the weather is warm and mild in Mexico. This is the time of year when the Mexican celebration of Christmas, called Las Posadas, takes place. Candle-lit processions, beautiful nativity scenes, Spanish Christmas carols, dancing, and fireworks are all part of the festivities. While Christmas trees and Santa Claus have made an appearance in Mexican celebrations, the holidays are deeply rooted in Spanish and indigenous cultures.  

Christmas is celebrated in Mexico from December 12th to January 6th. Children usually perform ‘Posada’ processions or Posadas from December 16th through Christmas Eve. Posada is a Spanish word that means “inn” or “lodging.”

There are a total of nine Posadas. They commemorate the time when Joseph and Mary were looking for a place to stay, according to the Christmas myth. The outsides of houses are decorated with evergreens, moss, and paper lanterns during the Posada celebration. A Posada party is held in a different residence each night.

On Christmas Eve, at the final Posada, a manger and shepherd figures are placed on the board of a Nativity scene. After finding the final Posada house, a figurine of baby Jesus is placed in the manger and families attend a midnight church service. Following the church service, there are usually fireworks to welcome the beginning of the Christmas season.

Red Ants, Potholes, and No Water Fountains. . . OH MY!

By Naidy Cuardras & Betsy Carranza

For the past years, Southeast Academy has had many issues that should be taken into consideration. We do physical training for less than an hour around 4-5 days a week. Discipline is something that many students learn here, however due to the presence of red ants and potholes in our field, this has recently become a health and safety concern. Many students have been injured as a result of these red ants and potholes. Potholes cause cadets to trip and twist their ankles, while red ants inflict severe discomfort and burning (itchiness). Mrs. Johnson, a math and Physical training teacher at Southeast Academy, said “It’s horrendous. This issue has been brought up by the school faculty and nothing has been done. We’re not asking for a big football field… just a track. That way they have a clear path that won’t cause any injuries. ” Ms. J has been out there herself and has avoided going out since, mostly due to the swarm of red ants that will bite her again. Melody Castro, a Southeast Academy junior, is one among the numerous kids that has been injured in the grass area.

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At Southeast Academy High school we are constantly staying hydrated. In fact, it is a part of our uniform to bring water bottles with us. When it comes to P.T. (physical training), Southeast cadets are always on their feet. The majority of the time, students finish their water bottles and have to constantly refill them.  Yes, there are drinking fountains, but do they actually help? When we look at our fountain stations, we can see that half of them don’t function, and the water doesn’t come out. In this school, a water filter would be quite useful because the water supply is inequitable for Southeast Academy cadets. Staying hydrated and having to complete P.T. without water is a risk, since dehydration may lead to many cadets passing out. The fountain itself is likely covered in germs, in addition, the tap water could likely become polluted with chemicals and bacteria. The more individuals who come in contact with the fountain, the more contaminated it becomes. With a water dispenser, we would just place a water bottle on the dispenser and water would flow. 

As a cadet at Southeast, I feel that we should have a change similar to what John Glenn has surrounding its football field. We hope to create little but meaningful improvements, not just for ourselves, but also for future Southeast Academy High School cadets. WE WANT THINGS TO BE DIFFERENT! It is not fair for any student to have an unsafe environment at school. Some schools get more of what they need for students, while others are left with less resources. Isn’t it true that we’re all one and the same?

Top 3 Tik Tok Trends

By Betsy Carranza 

Tik tok is an app full of entertainment; it started the year of 2016 by the chinese company ByteDance. The app has about 1.1 billion active global users by early 2021. Tik tok is a popular social media platform where people go out and make videos based on their opinions or on anything they wish to let others know about, or also videos of them and their friends going out and having fun. Tik Tok allows users to make and share 3 minute, 60 second or 15 second videos.  Based on Investopedia.com 69% of Tik Tok users are between the ages 13 and 24. 60% are females. Its users spend an average of 46 minutes per day on this app. What made this app so astronomically big was the trends that were happening through the app. For example, the top three trends as of 2021 are 1. Devious Lick 2. Dom Toretto and Family 3. Doja Cat (feat Sza) verse “Kiss Me More”.

There’s a  trend that even made it on the news which was called the “Devious lick”. This trend encouraged high school students to steal soap dispensers, laptops, and boxes of face masks. This all started when someone posted a video that got more than 7.2 million views in just two days. The video was about a kid opening up his Jansport backpack, with the caption of  “Only a month into school and got this absolute devious lick”, which was revealed  later in the video that he took a hand-sanitizer dispenser. The majority of people participating in this trend did this on school campuses. According to USA Today, students as young as 15 years old have been arrested and charged in states including Kentucky, Florida, Arizona, and Alabama for offenses including vandalism, theft, and criminal mischief. This is a trend where students would get together and try to impress others. This trend is an example of how you shouldn’t always participate in every trend that is going on in social media. Just because others are doing it, does not mean you should tag along and do the same. 

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If you’re obsessed with Tik tok as so many of us are, you would have also seen the trend “Dom Toretto and Family” getting memed so hard all over Tik Tok. This all started when the new movie “Fast and Furious 9” came out with the main character “Dom Toretto” played by Vin Diesel. His role was all about being with and fighting for family. “Fast And Furious” is not just one movie; it has a series. In order for you to understand these movies, you will have to watch them from the beginning, but in order to understand this trend, you could watch any movie from “The Fast and the Furious”. Vin Diesel  just wants to enjoy a grill out with his loved ones, but now people online have turned his admirable dedication to his family into a meme. Everyone has a family, but not quite like “Dom Toretto”. They turned Dom Toretto’s soft side into a meme. This whole trend was about Toretto being obsessed with his family. People would videotape themselves anywhere and simply say the word “Family,” and a picture of Toretto would emerge, along with an audio message that said “Did you say family?”

This last trend involves the singer Doja Cat (feat sza)  and her song “Kiss Me More”.  This was a trend I believe everyone can participate in since it was so easy to do. In the song when SZA was just singing, you would hear this sound of a bicycle bell. How this trend works is you would be in the beginning of the clip dressed casually, and then when you hear that bicycle bell then you would flick your wrist and then change into a nice fit. Many do this trend when it’s their prom day or a special occasion. This trend is to show off your outfit. TikTok has inspired countless dance trends since its debut, but one of the most viral (and simple) of 2021 involves a simple flick of the wrist.