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Honoring Vicente Fernández

By: Itzmali Vasquez and Diego Avalos

Vicente Fernández was born February 17, 1940. He was born and raised in Huentitán del Alto, Jalisco, Mexico to a poor family and had to work since his childhood to maintain himself. He was forced to drop out of school in the fifth grade to help support his family. He entered a singing contest in Guadalajara when he was 14, and won first place. That win gave him the confidence to start performing in restaurants and weddings. In the summer of 1966, Fernández signed with CBS México (now Sony Music) and recorded his first hits: “Tu Camino y El Mío,” “Perdóname” and “Cantina del Barrio.” Fernández ‘ recording career had begun. Other hits followed including “Soy de Abajo,” “Ni en Defensa Propia” and “Palabra del Rey.”  

Fernández also branched out into movies. His first film was Uno y Medio Contra el Mundo. He won his first Grammy Award 2010 Fernández was awarded his first Grammy Award for best regional Mexican album for his record Necesito de Tí — which he also earned a Latin Grammy Fernández’s work earned him three Grammy Awards, nine Latin Grammy Awards, fourteen Lo Nuestro Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He sold over 50 million copies worldwide, making him one of the best-selling regional Mexican artists of all time. Maria del Refugio Abarca Villaseñor, a.k.a. Maria Abarca Villaseñor is Vicente Fernandez’s wife.  The couple met in Huentitán and later got married on 27 December 1963 the two were married for almost 58 years and had 4 kids.

Fernández died in Guadalajara in his home state of Jalisco. He had been hospitalized for four months after a fall at his ranch. Fernández suffered from Guillain-Barré syndrome, which made it difficult for him to recover; he was buried at Los Tres Potrillos. He was a strong enough artist that he could take our deepest desires, our passions, and our pain, and he could get up on stage for the world to see and release them. He had a huge impact on mariachi music. Vicente Fernandez’s memorial service was held just 12 hours after his passing, with thousands of people in attendance. There wasn’t a moment without the melodies that the iconic Mexican charro gifted to the world. Throughout the memorial service, videos of Fernández’s most iconic performances filled the back screen and his voice rang throughout the crowd. His beautiful words will live on forever in the hearts of his fans all over the world.

SEA 9/11 Ceremony

By Diego Avalos

The tragedies were massive. 2,996 people died and over 6,000 were injured after the tragedy that ensued the morning of September 11, 2001. Two aircrafts struck the Twin Towers in New York City and one struck the Pentagon in Washington D.C. The final plane also known as flight 93 landed in a field in Pennsylvania after attempting to crash into the White House. 19 Al-Qaeda members were the hijackers of the four different aircrafts, the most notorious of them being Osama bin Laden. This has been America’s most tragic event so far (the day of September 11, 2001). It affected Americans daily lives severely in many different ways. 

Every year Southeast Academy High School has a ceremony to remember all of the lives that were lost on that tragic morning. This ceremony consists of emergency responders, Norwalk city council, and the cadets of Southeast Academy. The ceremony also includes the flag folding team, and a 30×20 foot flag held up by two cranes. Many cadets take pride in partaking in the ceremony, and some cadets come around 5:30 to help set up for the ceremony.

There was a massive change to our ceremony this year because of COVID-19 health and safety measures that were in place. Usually there are fire fighters, police officers, and emergency responders who attend the ceremony. Another aspect that was missing from previous years was the presence of John Glenn’s band and color guard. The changes made to this year’s ceremony resulted in a much shorter memorial, but not in any way less important. 

Mayor Perez, a guest speaker at the ceremony this year, helped cadets understand the value of the ceremony a little more. When cadets know that the mayor will come, it symbolizes that the ceremony is something important- so important that even the mayor attends. She has spent most of her life in Norwalk and decided to run for mayor, since she believes that it is important to have someone who will put everyone’s perspective into practice and tries to figure out the best situation for all of Norwalk’s residents. She considers what is best for everyone using programs to help the community grow stronger.

After the ceremony, everyone goes back to class with the thought of all who lost their lives that day. Many of our guests paid tributes to our fallen heroes. This tragedy forever changed Americans’ daily lives. After this event all Americans were traumatized for a while, but we  stood as one nation, and 20 years later, we still do.

Spooky Traditions

By: Diego Avalos, Jacob Quintana & Itzmali Vasquez

Around fall there is a holiday most of the kids are happy to celebrate. The holiday is Halloween where kids can express themselves through the costumes they wear. Whether the costume is scary, funny, or creative, people always find a way to enjoy and have fun on Halloween night. We asked freshman and senior cadets about what they did for Halloween.

About 80% of the freshman and senior cadets celebrate Halloween. One of the many activities people partake in and is very common amongst the younger generations–trick or treating. 54.9% of the cadets plan on trick or treating this year. Out of all of the cadets’ favorite candies, the Hershey’s Bars were favored above the rest. Aside from eating delicious candy, Halloween is also a great way to spend time with family and have fun.

Another fun thing to do during the Halloween season is going to theme parks to experience frightening mazes or just generally get the thrill from the park actors. Out of all of the amusement parks, Knott’s Scary Farm got the majority vote as the most visited amusement park during the Halloween season. Although the prices are high and guests deal with the long lines of an amusement park, people still visit these attractions seeking the thrilling blood rush of being chased around by scary actors.

Overall, Halloween is a great time of year to go out and experience all the different activities that there are to enjoy. So this Halloween, whether you trick or treat, go to an amusement park, or just simply stay home and binge watch scary movies or shows. Whatever you do, though, make sure to stay safe.