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Eagle Staff Spotlight October 2021: Mrs. Maleno Braun

By Edmund Shryock

Questions:

  1. How long have you been teaching at Glenn?

“I have been a teacher for six years here at John Glenn, I was also an AVID Tutor for 2 years.” Mrs. Braun has been a serving member of the district for 8 years. 

  1. What is your favorite part about John Glenn? 

“I love the community on campus and the family feel from the students. My students go out of their way to make me feel appreciated as a teacher.” 

  1. What clubs and activities are you involved with on campus?

“I participate in the Cinema club!”

  1. Did you always want to be a teacher? 

“No way! When I was younger I did not want to be a teacher.” She realized in her 20’s that she really enjoys helping people. She expressed how, “It takes time to know who you are as a person, and to accept yourself.” 

  1. Favorite genre of music?

Mrs. Braun really enjoys 90s rock. Her favorite band is Weezer.

  1. What do you do in your free time?

“If I am not playing with my kids, I love spearfishing, rock climbing, and rollerskating.” Mrs. Braun is a certified free diver who has the ability to hold her breath for 3 minutes and dive to 60 feet underwater. She is also a rescue certified scuba diver. 

  1. Favorite sports team?

She does not watch professional sports but she follows the Orange County Octopush Team, which is an underwater hockey team. She has played before and was quick to admit that it is a really difficult sport.

  1. Favorite movie?

“My favorite movie is Labyrinth!” she said with excitement. One of her favorite things about the movie is that it had the singer David Bowie which she really enjoys. 

  1. Any advice that you would like to give the student body at Glenn?

“Find what motivates you in life, whether it is a hobby, sport or an idea! However, find something you love to do because doing it will bring you joy in life when things get tough.” 

  1. Anything else you would like the students to know about yourself?

“I have a lot of hidden talents, however if you do not ask me, I won’t end up sharing. I am more than just a teacher, so reach out if you ever see me!” 

JGHS Football Round-Up (10/28/21)

By Pedro Torres

John Glenn’s Varsity Football team overall record this year is 2 – 7, and they are 0-2 in The 605 League. Although our Eagles are facing losses, they do not plan on giving up and will give it their all on the field.

On September 24th, 2021, our Eagles were up against Hawthorne, they put up a great  game but finished on the losing end of a 48-34 game. In the first half, our players were positive minded and never thought of giving up, they completed passes and moved the chains. John Glenn had an excellent start in the 2nd half against Hawthorne, better than the 1st half, it was surely a very close game and they were head to head most of the time.

The week after the Hawthorne game, the Eagles faced off against Covina and unfortunately lost. “John Glenn did not give up and all our players kept a positive attitude and gave it their all,” says kicker Jimmy Torres. 

On Friday, October 8th, 2021, it was our homecoming game and the Eagles were up against Garden Grove. Even though the Eagles lost the Homecoming Game our players did not give up so easily and were always giving it their all. After the game the Homecoming King and Queen were announced.

 A huge congratulations to Natanael Jacobo and April Zavala, both amazing students here at John Glenn High School for being nominated as Homecoming King and Queen.

In the first 605-League game against Artesia, the Eagles lost 32-14. John Glenn and Artesia were head to head during the first and second half of the game but eventually lost the lead. Finally, last Thursday against Cerritos, the Eagles offense put up some good numbers, but Glenn ultimately lost by a final score of 52-31.

Please join us Friday October 29th, for our last football game of the 2021 season, here at John Glenn High School Stadium against the Pioneer Titans (1-7; 0-2 in league). It is senior night, with festivities set to begin at 6:30pm. Kickoff is at 7:00pm.

October Athlete of the Month: Natanael Jacobo

By Joseph Kilis

Natanael Jacobo is a senior who is a current member of the JGHS Football team. He has been with the football, basketball, and volleyball teams since his freshman year, and even made his way to playing for the varsity basketball team in his first year here, as well as playing varsity for the other two sports as a junior. Natanael also plays clarinet in the marching band, and is the known leader of the clarinet section. The positions he has played in his various sports are point guard/shooting guard for basketball, a quarterback and middle linebacker for football, and also outside hitter/opposite hitter for volleyball.

Just recently I had the pleasure of being able to ask him a couple questions about himself in general, his wishes for the future, and also some “fun facts” he wished to share with our Bugle readers.

Natanael Jacobo, Homecoming King, at the Homecoming Game on October 8, 2021

Question 1: What is your favorite sport you have ever played or participated in?

Answer: Basketball is my favorite sport and the best sport I have participated in. I take it very seriously and I have the most fun playing basketball.

Question 2: How do you feel you have done personally throughout this football season?

Answer: I think I have had a great season playing both quarterback and middle linebacker. It’s been hard for me throwing the ball but this is my first season playing the QB position and I have thrown the ball pretty well. I will say I have made many mistakes but I move on and stay positive by making big plays. I have had many forced fumbles, touchdowns, and impacted the team by being a team leader. As a team I think we had a great season due to everyone on the team and not just one player.

Question 3: What sports are you planning to play throughout the school year?

Answer: I played football for the winter. I have two competitions for band, play basketball and volleyball.

Question 4: How do you juggle school work, life, and classes?

Answer: I try to manage my time with everything. A philosophy that I stand by is communication with my parents, teachers, and my coaches. Then in all my free time I make sure I get all my homework done and get enough sleep. Also, throughout the day I keep positive energy and a positive attitude.

Question 5: Have you thought of wanting to go to college? If so, what college will you strive to attend?

Answer: I want to attend UCLA to play basketball and I plan to major in engineering.

Then I got to the serious questions.

Question 5: What is the best movie you have ever seen?

Answer: My favorite movie is Hacksawridge and I also love all the Marvel movies. 

Question 6: What was the best food you have ever tasted?

Answer: I love my mother’s cooking but my favorite meal is tostadas with beans, meat, lettuce, tomato, sour cream and a salsa on top. 

I want to give one more huge thanks to Natanael for allowing me to bombard him with questions. I have personally known him since sixth grade, and I am so happy to be able to interview him for our newspaper and see him thrive through the things he loves to do. If you are attending any further football, basketball or volleyball games, make sure to cheer him on!

Eagle Staff Spotlight: Mr. Derrick Wroten

By Orion

Meet the Bugle Staff Spotlight member of the month, Mr. Derrick Wroten. Mr. Wroten is a long time Social Studies and Child Development/ACE Academy teacher in room 707.

Q: How long have you been teaching?

A: This would be my 18th year.

Q: Did you always plan on teaching?

A: I have known since high school that I wanted to work with high school students, but originally I wanted to be counselor. I eventually became a teacher instead.

Q: Where did you go to college?

A: I went to Riverside Community College then transferred to Cal State Long Beach

Q: Are you planning on involving yourself in clubs?

A: I was planning on doing a DJ Club but only two people showed up, one of which thought it was the Gamers Club, which is now run by Mr. C.

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Q: What do you do in your free time? Hobbies?

A: I DJ for backyard stuff, birthday parties, quinces, park gatherings, etc.

Q: How long have you been a DJ?

A: About 8 years now, all the stuff is on the computer.

Q: Any favorite sports you are into? What are your favorite teams?

A: Football it’s the Steelers; soccer is the U.S., more international stuff; basketball it’s the Lakers; baseball is the Dodgers, obviously, and I like boxing.

Q: How long do you plan on teaching?

A: Probably for the next ten years or so.

Eagles Girls Volleyball Recap

By April Zavala

Despite the challenges faced by the 2021 Girls Volleyball team, they continue to put forth their best efforts in hours of daily practice. The main challenge the girls faced this year was having a team consisting mostly of first year players since there were only a few returners. 

Many of the students didn’t know that volleyball started during the summer, which pushed tryouts to the first week of school. This gave the Coach the challenge of putting together two teams with little to no preparation, with the fact that the first game was in a few days.

Although this made it extremely difficult for the team, they always put up a great fight and never lose their energy or passion to keep playing. I, April Zavala, am on the team myself, and this year has been a great learning experience for everyone. We do not regret anything.

Our star Volleyball Player is Kaylani Moncada, captain of the Varsity Team. She is a junior who has been playing volleyball for 7+ years. She holds the position of outside hitter and never lets her team down. She is always there when her team needs her, and she never fails to inspire her teammates to keep pushing through a tough game with her kind words.

2021 Girls Volleyball Team
Junior Kaylani Moncada

Eagles Football Recap (10/14)

By Pedro Torres

The John Glenn Varsity football team is 2-5 after 7 preseason games, including losses in our Mayor’s Cup game against Norwalk, and the Homecoming Game on October 8 vs Garden Grove. Despite the Eagles’ current record, the games don’t count until October 15 when 605 League play begins.

The first game of the season started off with an amazing win. On August 27th, John Glenn High School football team won by a score of 40-8 against Firebaugh (from Lynwood) which would kick off a great season for our returning athletes.

The following game, on September 3rd, the Eagles played their first home game of the year and beat Cabrillo by a score of 22-6.

During an interview with the players, I asked, ”How does the team work together to execute a win?” Wide receiver and kicker, Jimmy Torres explained, “We won games due to us executing the game plan and going on the field doing everything that was told to us.” Jimmy Torres and Fabian Avalos also wanted to mention that Iona Young, one of the players on the team, “Has raw talent and is an amazing athlete. He is quick and runs through holes made by our offensive line.”

Sadly, on September 10th, their two win streak was put to an end by Bonita Vista, with a devastating score of 41-6. Although we lost that game, Richard Ramos, a linebacker and an outstanding athlete, had an amazing performance that night, scoring his first touchdown. With pressure on our players, The Mayor’s Cup game against Norwalk High School was the week after their big loss.

With hope that our school will be victorious once again, all of a sudden during the Mayor’s Cup Game, at around 8:24 p.m. there was a 4.3 magnitude earthquake in Carson, California, that shook all of Los Angeles County. Students that attended the Mayor’s Cup Game say they did not feel the earthquake because of all the commotion and intensity at the game. When the dust settled, Norwalk had snatched back the Mayor’s Cup for the first time in three years after a decisive 51-7 victory.

The Eagles are looking to get back on track when 605-league play begins Friday, October 15. The final home game of the season will take place on October 29.

Pictures courtesy WeAreEagles, JGEaglesAthletics, and _JGHS_Football_ on Instagram

Eagles Girls’ Tennis Recap (10/14)

by Coal Ahime Ruiz

It’s been a great learning experience for the Eagles Girls’ Tennis this year. From showing sportsmanship, to going through every round of the game with grit, they managed to encourage each other from one match to the next, all while showing personal and athletic improvement. 

Girls’ tennis put in hours of practice, and displayed dedication to the team. So far they have held matches against seven schools, all showing incredible results, but to no avail–they have yet to score a win despite a few close calls. With our seniors, Abigail Avila, Alexa Cabrera, Jocel Valdez, Anyssa Nerio, Breanna Song, and Jessica Gomez, they are making sure to leave their mark and imprint onto their teammates. Our Juniors, Andrea Urena, and Stany Hernandez, showing motivation and spirit through their plays. The sophomores, Destiny Aguilar, Iris Buckley, Gianna Morales, and Arianna Hernandez, emphasizing and being there for their team. And our Freshmen, Ida Turner, Anh Dang, Meera Ghandi, Jennifer Medina, Alondra Juarez, and Moaniuee Commander, are making a name for themselves. All of them have put in a huge amount of effort in trusting their teammates, but to also improve after each game,

Regardless of having free days, they still meet up as teammates to help each other with things such as making posters, or even forming a study group where they all help and collaborate. Having these sessions, games, and practices all brought them closer as teammates, but also makes everyone feel like they are part of a family.

2021 Eagles Girls Tennis

Eagle Athlete of the Month for September: Alexa Cabrera

By Ros Avila

Senior tennis player Alexa Cabrera has been playing tennis for three years. She started playing during her sophomore year, deciding to join tennis at El Rancho High School after her friend Coryln informed her about tryouts. She said that it keeps her active and she enjoys sportsmanship and playing tennis with her friends on the team.

Alexa plays in the number one singles position. Her best move is her forehand where she swings her arm across her body towards her left shoulder where it makes an efficient hit.

Congratulations, Alexa, for being named our Eagle Athlete of the Month for September 2021!

Eagle Senior Spotlight: Vince Bulosan

by Coal Ahime Ruiz

Moving from the Philippines to California at a young age, Vince Bulosan has demonstrated not only academic and personal success, but is also currently ranked #1 in the 2022 senior class with an overall 4.5 GPA.

Not only did moving negatively affect him, but he managed to pursue his academic achievements and pushed through his hardships to get where he is. Due to moving to an entirely new country than where he was born, he had a hard time recovering emotionally after leaving what he was accustomed to. This prompted him to keep to himself and have difficulty relating to others. However, after a while he gained the courage to associate himself with others and meet people through his select friendships.

Thanks to friends, Vince managed to get through the stress and pushed forward with his goals. Vince gratefully admires and adores his friends; and because of this, his best advice to freshmen is to always have friends to rely on whether it is to help each other in class or to also feel good enough to push through and achieve your goals.

Ultimately, after graduation, Vince hopes to pursue his dream of becoming an astronomer at Caltech, his dream school.


Interview: Meet Dr. Padilla

Interview and story by Jacob Miranda

On September 10th, our new principal, Dr. Jennifer Padilla, allowed me to interview her as a way for us to better understand her goals at this school. During the interview, she was very proud of us and what we have accomplished while she was away. Nevertheless, she wants everyone to succeed, and wants to let everyone know that no matter what, her door is always open. She allowed me to record the conversation, and the full Q and A is below: 

Press Release: New JGHS/SEA Administrators | The Shoemaker Bugle

Q1: Where did you go to High School and College? What type of degree(s) did you get?

A: I went to Victor Valley High School, and I graduated in 1996. I got my AA degree at Victor Valley Community College, and then I transferred to Cal State San Bernardino, where I got my Bachelor’s degree in language arts. I got my credential and masters degree with Chapman University and then my doctorate from Pepperdine University.

Q2: What did you originally plan to do as a career? When did you realize you wanted to work in education?

A: I decided on teaching kind of on a whim. I remember being in my high school counselor’s office and them asking me, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and I thought, “I don’t know… I like language arts, I like theater and drama, maybe I’ll be a teacher.” And at that time we didn’t have a lot of access like you all do now with, you know, the internet and being able to really research a career. I think I decided based on what I knew, and that was school. I’d been in school, so I decided really early, at like age 17, that I wanted to be an English teacher and I just did that.

Q3: I heard that you were here at Glenn before as the interim principal. Where did you work before that? And what did you do after that before returning?

A: I taught for about ten years before I came to NLMUSD. Then as an administrator, I started at Norwalk High School as the “Dean of Students” for a couple of years. Then I was promoted to assistant principal over here at Glenn. I was here for five years as assistant principal and then the principal took another job [during the second semester], and that’s how I became the interim principal for a few months before I moved on to be a middle school principal in another school district for a while. I did a few other things, but I came back home!

Q4: What do you plan to do differently compared to when you were here five years ago? What do you plan to keep the same?

A: I feel like some things have stayed the same but so much has changed since I was here last that I don’t know that I can fully answer them now. Unfortunately, I do know that Glenn has always had a lot of people in the community and surrounding areas have really this negative perception of Glenn. I’ve heard it from parents and community people, like “Oh, that school.” But I know and the people who are here know that that’s not true; we know that Glenn is a great place. There’s a lot of great things going on here. I think that one of my biggest goals is to help the community and the people who don’t know to better understand that it’s a good place and we have a lot of great things happening for students. I would say that’s my biggest goal.

Q5: What do you believe is your favorite part of Glenn?

A: The people. I was telling someone the other day that I didn’t realize how much I missed the students and teachers here. I had an opportunity to go and experience and explore other districts and there’s something really special that feels like a family here at Glenn. There are wonderful things about academics and we have some great programs and academies but it’s definitely the students and staff that I enjoy the most.

Q6: What is your average, non-principal life like? Do you have any pets, children?

A: I have my husband and my three little girls that are 7, 6, and 5. So, I’m very busy being a mom when I’m not here. I would say that most of my off time is doing that. You know, you have all those mom things that have to be done, right? They are my world, outside of work, for sure.

Q7: If you could give the students one piece of advice (life, school, etc.), what would you say?

A: You can either work hard now or work hard later. Don’t be afraid and set goals for yourself. Everything you do on a day-to-day basis should be working towards reaching those goals. So, if your goal is to graduate high school, then every action you take should help you with that. Focus on those things, but have fun, keep a balance. Enjoy being a teenager, but definitely keep focus, and it will happen.

(Dr. Padilla hard at work in the principal’s office. photo by Jacob Miranda)

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