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Senior Spotlight: Geovana Ramos

By: Laci Basaaj

Geovana Ramos is a senior at JGHS who is involved in clubs and activities such as volleyball, soccer, and CSF, while taking AP classes like AP Statistics and AP Literature. She is a hard worker both in and outside of school, and is planning on furthering her education at a 4-year university after high school. Recently, I got the opportunity to ask her some questions regarding herself, sports, and her plans for college.

Question 1: What sports do you play, and how long have you been playing them?

Answer: I am currently on the volleyball and soccer teams at JGHS. I’ve been playing volleyball since elementary school. As for soccer, I’ve been playing since I was in middle school.

Question 2: What is your favorite sport to be in?

Answer: My favorite sport to be in is soccer because I love the adrenaline I get from such a fast-paced sport, where I’m constantly making plays with my teammates and trying to score.

Question 3: What college do you plan to attend and what do you want to major in?

Answer: I’m not sure of which school I plan to attend yet, but I plan to go to a 4-year university and I plan to major in business.

Question 4: Are you currently in any clubs?

Answer: I am currently in CSF.

Question 5: What are some highlights of senior year that you can remember?

Answer: A highlight of senior year would be playing the sports that I love and having fun with my teammates.

Question 6: What is your favorite song at the moment?

Answer: My favorite song at the moment is “No Se” by T3R Elemento. I would like to thank Geovana for taking the time to answer my questions! Great job on all your hard work; you have a bright future ahead of you!

Music Review: “Red (Taylor’s Version)” by Taylor Swift

By Laci Bassaj

Taylor Swift released her second re-recorded album, Red (Taylor’s Version), on
November 12, 2021. While the original album was only 16 tracks, Red (Taylor’s Version)
consists of 30 tracks, including re-recordings of songs from the original album, as well as songs
“From The Vault” that were originally supposed to be on the album but didn’t make the final cut.
The album has a runtime of 2 hours and 10 minutes, including features from Gary Lightbody of
Snow Patrol, Ed Sheeran, Phoebe Bridgers, and Chris Stapleton.

This album is the second re-recorded album by Taylor Swift, following her first re-
recorded album Fearless (Taylor’s Version), released in April 2021. Similarly to her first re-
recorded album, Red (Taylor’s Version) stays true to the original, with few noticeable
differences. The only exception is “Girl At Home (Taylor’s Version),” which originally had a
country sound to it, but has been transformed into a pop song. Along with “Girl At Home
(Taylor’s Version),” some of my other favorites from the album were “Message In A Bottle
(Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)” and “The Very First Night (Taylor’s Version) (From The
Vault).”

Another song that stood out to me was “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault).” When I was listening to the album, this was the song I was most excited for. This was the very last song on the album, and I almost wanted to skip all the other 29 tracks just so I could listen to this song as soon as possible, but I chose not to. “All Too Well” was already one of my favorite songs, and I love this version even more. To go along with the emotional song about heartbreak, Taylor Swift released a short film, which I also enjoyed. Overall, I loved Red (Taylor’s Version), and have been listening to it nonstop since it was released. Taylor Swift took an album that was already amazing, and made it even better. The songs “From The Vault” have become some of my favorite songs on the album, and I love the re-recordings even more than the originals. I loved this album and I look forward to the music Taylor Swift releases in the future.

Laci Bassaj

My name is Laci Bassaj, and I am a senior at John Glenn High School, and the News & Opinion Editor for The Shoemaker Bugle. I spend most of my time sleeping and stressing over homework. In my free time, I love listening to music, reading, hanging out with friends, and watching movies and TV shows. My favorite shows are Jujutsu Kaisen, Tokyo Revengers, and The Penthouse: War in Life. I like most genres of music, and my favorite artists include BTS and Paramore. My favorite news sources are CNN and The Los Angeles Times.

Music Review: “Lalisa” by Lisa from Blackpink

By Laci Bassaj

Lisa from the K-pop group Blackpink made her solo debut on September 9, 2021 with her first single entitled “Lalisa.” This single makes Lisa the third member of Blackpink to make a solo debut, following bandmates Jennie, who made her solo debut in 2018, and Rosé who made hers earlier this year. The highly anticipated single album includes two tracks called “Lalisa” and “Money,” along with instrumental versions of both.

“Lalisa” is a hip-hop song full of confidence, celebrating Lisa’s rise to success. The first time I listened to this song, I immediately loved it, and it only gets better the more I listen to it. I particularly enjoy the third verse, and find myself replaying it nearly every time I listen to the song. The repetition of the song’s title “Lalisa” in the chorus made the song extremely catchy, and I’m sure this song will be stuck in my head for quite some time.

The second track, “Money,” is about exactly what the title suggests. The song features how much Lisa loves making money and spending it. I found that the lyrics of “Money” were quite generic, and there wasn’t anything about them that really stood out to me. The majority of the song felt repetitive and underwhelming, but it finally picked up in the outro. The outro is much more upbeat and energetic, making it stand out from the rest of the song.

Overall, this release was pretty enjoyable, but since it was a single album it left me wanting more. Although “Money” wasn’t the best, I still liked the song, and I really loved “Lalisa.” I give it a solid 7/10 rating.