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.
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.
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.
It is no secret that students dislike the “new” phone policy even though it has always existed at John Glenn. Is it because there is a higher percentage of students failing this year that the phone policy is being strictly enforced? Maybe adults think phones prevent us from getting good grades.
What I’ve seen is that students use their phones for just a minute or so to answer a text. It’s not like students use them all the time in class. Our phones are not the reason why we don’t pass our classes. I was failing a class, but it wasn’t because I was on my phone. It was just because I needed a little help and to concentrate on class. But, it wasn’t the phone that was distracting–it was other classes, exams, and extracurricular activities that I had. Additionally, students dislike how parents need to communicate with us through the office. If there is an emergency, it takes the office some time to contact the student. Rather than that, we should tell the teacher that our parents are calling and maybe show them and allow the students to go out for a moment with the door open so they do not wander off, but still give them privacy.
It would have been great if this policy had been explained more clearly by the school from the beginning, like its consequences. We students need to understand why this is happening so suddenly. We don’t know why suddenly this has become something big, and it’s unfair. Students will feel as if they’re in prison. Rather than feeling forced to study, studying should be enjoyable. Rather than negative reinforcement, kids need motivation.
JGHS’ blood drive was a success, with almost 70 students donating blood. It would not have been possible without the Red Cross nurses and volunteers from CSF and AVID club. While students and staff waited for their turn to donate, they were given some snacks, including juice/milk, croissants, fruits, granola bars, and more. To make the students feel less anxious, calm music was playing, and they were well taken care of by nurses. They were also gifted a shirt when they donated.
“It’s a good thing students are donating” says Daniela Reyna, one of the volunteers that made this possible. She is a student from Vanguard University where she is studying nursing, and she is grateful for the students from JGHS who donated because every day she sees how patients constantly need the blood. Just knowing and seeing those who donated she feels relieved.
CSF Advisor and ELA instructor Mrs. Cynthia Johnson added that she feels proud seeing her students donating. “It’s a great thing; you never know when you need it.” She also added the fact that, “One pint of blood can save 3 lives!” It sure was helpful having those students donate.
I talked with a junior named Stany Hernandez, who said, “If you get a chance, do it. And do it because it comes from the heart.” Jessica Gomez, who is a senior, told me how she felt towards this situation, proceeding to say, “It’s really good because after the pandemic more people need it. It’s so good students are doing this. When there’s an opportunity, take it.”
I couldn’t agree more with my fellow classmates. Students are saving lives and they probably don’t even know. If you didn’t have the opportunity to donate, in March 2022 we will be having our next blood drive.
For the first time in JGHS history, an EaglesXChange thrift store is set to open in room 302. It will open its doors to students with a grand opening on Wednesday, December 15. The store will be open every Monday-Thursday after school from 3pm-5pm.
The thrift shop will be selling dresses, shoes, jewelry, school supplies, toiletries, and more. From prom dresses to sneakers, this shop is filled to the top with great, practical items, and all for only one dollar each!
EagleXChange items are donated by students and staff, and has been put together by Mrs. Frances Valdez through our Community Schools. Proceeds benefit Community Schools and John Glenn High School students and the community.
Daniela Galindo is a senior who used to live in Mexico for seven years, before moving to Norwalk three and a half years ago. They are a senior who hopes to one day be a criminal investigator. They will attend college for 2 years before transferring to UCLA. One day, they hope to travel around the world, especially to Greece. Volleyball, drawing, and listening to music are some of their hobbies. Daniela is also part of the Margaret’s Place peer leadership club and CSF. Their favorite movies are The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline. Daniela is a person that really enjoys going to the beach and hanging out with friends. Their favorite news sources include the LA Times and CNN.
JGHS had an energetic and festive day on Thursday, September 15 thanks to Club Rush Day, which gathered students in the quad. A total of 13 clubs participated, some of which offered snacks when you joined the club or when you followed them on social media, such as the Key Club which gave out lollipops, AVID and CSF clubs which gave delicious chocolate, and the Journalism Club which handed out chips.
If you have strong opinions you should consider joining the Debate Club; or if you are looking to get community hours, CSF, AVID, and Key Club can help you with that. Joining a club will make your High School experiences unforgettable. In the clubs you can meet people that have the same interests as you, for example the Anime Club.
During the event, Mr. Wroten played an important role as the DJ. Thanks to him, it was a very energetic event. Students were singing to the songs whether they were at the club tables or having lunch somewhere else in the school. It would have been sad to hear the bell ring, meaning the club rush had come to an end, but the DJ made the great decision to play “El Caballo Dorado,” a song that everyone knows and dances at parties. It didn’t matter what everyone was doing because they stopped to dance to this song, students were happy to see Dr. Padilla and other staff members take part in this dance.