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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: 

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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)

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 SOFTBALL Team ADVANCES to Quarterfinals

Updated June 6, 7:45am

Behind a complete game shutout by pitcher Gabby Ortega, the JGHS Eagles Softball team defeated Magnolia High School 10-0 by 5-inning mercy rule to advance to the quarterfinals in the CIF-SS Division 7 playoffs.

Gabby Ortega is all smiles after the shutout of Magnolia

It was a mismatch from the beginning, as Ortega set the Sentinels down in order in the top of the first, while the Eagle bats came to life with 4 runs in the bottom half. It would be more than enough run support.

The Eagles continued to pile on, however, as a big 3-run home run by Julia Cole to deep left-center field effectively put the game away in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Cole (#23) was the ultimate cleanup hitter, finishing the day 3-3 and just a single short of the cycle.

Magnolia’s defense didn’t help, as the Sentinels made 7 costly errors, including 4 in the first inning when the Eagles sent 10 batters to the plate.

JGHS also won in a 5-inning shutout in round 1 of the playoffs, traveling over 200 miles to beat Shandon High School 14-0 on June 3. So far, then, the Eagles have outscored their opponents 24-0 in these playoffs.

Up next: A home game on Tuesday, June 8 against Alverno Heights Academy who beat Bethel Christian Riverside by a score of 12-5 on Saturday.

Eagles Softball a Sensation

By D.Higgins

The JGHS softball team is off to a sensational start, earning coverage around the city and a reputation as a new force in the 605 League.

Backed by a group of nearly all freshman girls, the Eagles currently sit at 7-1 overall, and 3-1 in the 605 League, in 2nd place behind undefeated Cerritos.

The impressive victories include a 27-1 trouncing of Whitney, and a crazy two-game sweep of Western High, by scores of 11-0 and 19-9.

In their most recent home game against Oxford Academy (gallery below), the Eagles cruised to an easy 10-1 win behind strong pitching from starter Diana Bravo, and junior Gabby Ortega.

Left-fielder/Catcher Sienna Contreras highlighted a 4-run first inning, hitting an RBI double that nearly went over the fence.

The young team is building a strong softball program for years to come, led by head coach Larry Leal.

You can catch the Eagles at home for 3 games this week, facing off against Artesia on Tuesday, 5/11, and then in back-to-back games vs. Whitney this Thursday and Friday.

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