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World Cup Finals Prediction

By Edmundo Manriquez

The World Cup Final is all set: Argentina vs France will be held this Sunday, December 18 at 7:00am and will be the first time these nations have faced each other in the final of the World Cup.

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This game will be a fierce and tough game for both nations, but I see Argentina winning this game 3-2 in overtime with a late goal from an Argentina corner kick.

I originally predicted Argentina going all the way to the finals of the World Cup and even saw them beating France to secure their spot as the 2022 World Cup Champions. Argentina will be led by Lionel Messi and with a strong and motivated Argentina team behind him that is hungry for World Cup glory.

The last time Croatia and Argentina met up in the World Cup, Croatia overcame Argentina and defeated them to a 3-0 game in the group stages. Since then, this Argentina team has developed serious players and a new system with a new coaching staff that should lead this team to the championship.

The third place game is tomorrow, Saturday, December 17 between Croatia and Morocco at 7:00am. This will be the first time Morocco has made it to the semifinals and since they didn’t manage to defeat France, they will have the chance to play to get third place, which will be the first time any African team has made it to this point. That alone could put a whole lot of pressure on Morocco.

Croatia will be frustrated from the game against Argentina, and I could see Croatia breezing through this game, since the Moroccon team will be tired from the France game and will have less time to rest and prepare for Croatia. Overall, I predict Croatia winning this game 2-0.

When the Final 16 of the World Cup was released, Brazil and France were the favorites. Many were predicting them to head up against each other in the final. Many failed to see that while Brazil may have had a star-studded team, they lacked the discipline to play as a team and had a lackluster coaching staff. France not only has a star-studded team, they have the discipline to play as a team and a coaching staff that are more than comfortable enough to lead the team throughout the tournament. They did all this while missing key starters such as The Ballon d’or winner Karim Benzema (which is the highest individual level a pro player can achieve in their career). Pogba and Kante are other key players for France and lead them to win the 2018 World Cup.

The Final 16 was also just the second time Germany had not qualified to the knockout rounds due to goal difference. Belgium did not see the knockout rounds either, due to goal difference, despite having their “golden generation.” Due to not qualifying, Roberto Martinez, the head coach of Belgium has resigned and will not coach Belgium’s men’s national team for future games. He will not be the only coach to resign due to not qualifying further into the World Cup as the Mexico National Team has failed to qualify into the final 16 since 1994. Uruguay has also failed to qualify to the knockout stages from the same problem the last few teams have suffered, which was from having a low goal difference.

Opinion: The Importance of Voting

By Stany Hernandez

Voting is one of our most important civic duties and you should be getting involved.

Gen Z (that’s us!) and other younger generations have tended to have a low voter turnout versus older generations. We are part of a generation that has constantly called for change from both sides of the aisle. The most controversial topics of our time are now gun control and abortion rights and if you have opinions on it, you should be reflecting that. Voting is one of our most important ways in which we can impact our country’s decisions. Wherever you stand in the political spectrum, it does not matter as long as you are an informed voter and trying to help your fellow Americans.

How can I take action?

Well, dear reader, here are some of the best ways to get involved:

  1. Pre Register to Vote

In the state of California, you are allowed to pre register at 16 or 17 years old, if by the next election, you will be 18 or older. When you go to get your ID or driver’s license, you can also pre register, which is made easier using one of the kiosks. If you already have your ID or driver’s license, then you can pre register online at registertovote.ca.gov

  1. Read up on the candidates

When you are able to vote, you should research your state’s candidates. We have midterm elections and presidential elections that greatly impact the trajectory of our country. Our representatives voted in during the midterm elections should represent what we want because they initiate the process of signing a bill into law and creating policies, which, in turn, affect us. If the people who win the elections aren’t representing your values or what you would like to see in our country, then you have the chance to change something! Every single vote matters and your lack of participation creates an impact as well.  

  1. Stay up to date with proposed props/bills

It is mostly bills and propositions that affect our day-to-day life. Bills eventually get passed into law and they can affect our learning, economy, and environment, like in the “Don’t Say Gay” Bill and the Inflation Reduction Act. If your representative proposes a bill that doesn’t reflect the needs of your state or can have harmful ramifications, then maybe it’s time to vote them out. Propositions are a way for citizens to directly change laws to help those around you. Knowing the long-term influence of the props you are voting in favor or against will help you make your decisions.


If you believe that the elections don’t concern you, you are dead wrong. It’s your indifference that could severely hurt people if the wrong people are in power. We are part of the process that prevents power from being placed into the wrong hands. You can’t complain about the issues our country faces when you’re not voting because you become part of the problem. We need to be educated on these topics because at the end of the day, they affect us.

Who is Saint Nicholas?

By Gabby Martines

We know Saint Nicholas is another name for Santa Claus. But what is the real story of Saint Nicholas? I did some research and here’s what I found out.

The full name of Saint Nicholas is Saint Nicholas of Myra, also known as Nicholas of Bari, and he was an early Christian Bishop, living between the years 270-343.

Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need. He had love for children and showed concern for sailors and ships.

He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Myra was a town in ancient Greece located on the coast (of what is now the country of Turkey).

Displaying more generosity, Saint Nicholas also provided for the poor and the sick.

He had wealthy parents who raised him to be a devout Christian. He believed that wealthy people should sell what they owned and give money to the poor.

Knowing all of these basic facts about the generosity and giving spirit of Saint Nicholas, it is no wonder we started to use this Saint as the model for Santa Claus.

Opinion: Avoid Consumerism and Black Friday

By The Grinch

It feels sad to me that all we care about now are the sales and online purchases for the holiday seasons and not the fact that we get to enjoy the holidays. 

I try my best to avoid holiday shopping, but my family is so consumed by the sales of clothes and toys that it’s hard to avoid. Even seeing the Christmas commercials in November brings an icky feeling to my chest. I find it upsetting that Christmas lost its meaning, and it really is like the movies with the people rushing around grabbing all the toys from the shelf. I described Black Friday and holiday shopping as “ridiculous.” It is such a hassle to get the items you want for Christmas and since people every year decide to start shopping early, now everyone is deciding to shop early. If we continue like this we might as well start Christmas shopping in September.

I’m not saying that the gifts I have received in the past years have been terrible; the shopping itself is a nightmare. In the time during Covid when we bought everything online it felt even worse. There are many issues with Black Friday starting with the hours, employees availability, and now the shopping experience. 

Employees will probably have the hardest time getting through work when the holidays come by. During the holidays I experience so many employees rushing and going through all the aisles to deliver the shoppers items or even stock the shelves. I have tried my best to avoid shopping in stores to avoid conflicts like pricing and the risk of it being out of stock by the time I have the money for it. I watch as my family bargains and rushes to get gifts out of the way due to their past experiences with Christmas shopping. Even though their techniques are effective, soon enough other people will follow. Like this recent month, Thanksgiving hadn’t even passed and there were deals, trees, red, white, and green everywhere. It boils my blood to see so many people rushing through the holidays just for the deals.

I asked multiple sources how they felt about the Christmas season starting early and this is what they said:

One of my friends had a very enthusiastic opinion that Christmas shopping early was “good,” but that was because they were able to buy more at an affordable price. 

Another anonymous source notes, “I think it’s good to shop early because of the sales and that you can save money. The only thing that makes it ridiculous is dealing with people at the store and the lines.”

Holiday shopping, especially so early, feels like a lot of stress and planning that is only gonna last until those kids tear into those presents.

If there were any solutions to avoiding the conflicts of holiday shopping it would be to shop online or do pick-up in the store. If you wanna avoid the rush of people and store sales, online shopping will always have deals going on until the holiday season is over.

Avoid the rush, people; and please don’t start holiday shopping during August next year.

Events in the Norwalk Area for December

By Muna Agada

Event: CHRISTmas Services and Fellowship Meal

Date: Saturday, December 17, 2022 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Boys & Girls Club of Fullerton, 340 West Commonwealth Avenue Fullerton, CA
•The Fullerton Boys and Girls Club will be hosting their annual holiday event. Families will be able to drive around the community for treats, crafts, and most importantly, toys! 

Event: Long Beach’s Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl 

Date: Sat, December 17, 2022, 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Downtown Long Beach 300 The Promenade N. Long Beach, CA 90802
Tickets: $12-$20
•Drink specials with no cover charge with purchase of a wristband. Enjoy contests, games, and chances to win prizes.

Event: RGE Cares 3rd Annual Christmas Giveaway

Date: Saturday, December 17, 2022, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM PST
Location: 961 W Alondra Blvd, Compton, CA 90220
•Event will help the countless families that might struggle during the holiday season.

Event: Once Upon A Holiday 

Date: Sunday, December 18 2022 from 09:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location: Liberty Baptist Church of Norwalk, 12029 Pine St., Norwalk, CA
•Regular church service with a Christmas-themed lunch 

Event: An Irish Christmas 

Date: Sunday, December 18, 2022 at 2:30 pm
Location: Downey Theatre, 8435 Firestone Blvd, Downey, CA
•Showcases some of the great Irish holiday traditions. Christmas carols you know plus some high energy Irish Dancing

Event: City of Compton’s 67th Annual Christmas Parade

Date: Monday, December 19, 2022 11 AM – 1 PM
Location: Along Compton Blvd., Compton, CA 
•The city of Compton will be holding their annual Christmas Parade, starting from Compton Boulevard and Bullis Road and ending at Alameda Street. 

Event: Bellflower Farmers Market

Date: Monday, December 19, 2022 at 9:00 am
Location: Simms Park parking lot, 16614 S. Clark Avenue, Bellflower, CA 90706
•Vendors will be selling fresh fruits, vegetables, and holiday treats.

Event: Las Posadas 2023

Date: Saturday, Jan 7th 2023, 6-9pm
Location: Norwalk City Hall Lawn, 12700 Norwalk Blvd, Norwalk, CA
•A candle lit on the city hall lawn. Will have caroling, light refreshments, and performances from mariachis and ballet folklorico dancers. 

In Memoriam: People We Lost in 2022

By Leslie Cardenas

Christine McVie

English musician, and the vocalist and keyboardist of Fleetwood Mac. McVie joined Fleetwood Mac in 1970. She wrote many of the songs including “You Make Loving Fun,” “Songbird” (which she also sings), and “Say You Love Me.” McVie’s death was announced through her family on Facebook. “She passed away peacefully at hospital this morning, Wednesday, November 30th 2022, following a short illness.” Christine’s friend and longtime singing partner Stevie Nicks also posted a statement.

Leslie Jordan

American actor, comedian, writer, and singer. Jordan was in several television shows. His television roles include Beverly Leslie on Will & Grace and several characters on American Horror Story. He was known to be a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Jordan passed away on October 24th in a car crash. He was 67 years old.

Robbie Coltrane

Scottish actor and comedian who gained recognition for bringing the loveable character Rubeus Hagrid to life in the Harry Potter movies. Coltrane was appointed an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 2006 in the New Year’s Honours by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to drama. Coltrane died on October 14th. He was 72.

Sacheen Littlefeather

Native American actress, model, and activist on behalf of Native American civil rights. In 1973, Littlefeather went up on stage at the Oscars. She was dressed in her beaded buckskin dress. Littlefeather rejected an award on behalf of Marlon Barndo because of the mistreatment of Native Americans in the film industry at the time. She also mentioned Wounded Knee in her speech. The reaction of the audience was very disappointing with everyone booing her off stage. Actor John Wayne was so enraged with her speech that he had to be restrained by bodyguards because he attempted to physically attack her. Littlefeather sacrificed her whole career in order to give the speech that would make history. Sacheen will forever be a Native icon. She passed away on October 2nd at the age of 75.

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II had the longest reign of any British monarch and the longest reign of any female monarch in history. The Queen’s reign lasted 70 years. She was born in Mayfair, London. She was married to Philip Mountbatter, they had four children, Charles, Anne, Andrew, and Edward. She passed away September 8th at the age of 96.

Olivia Newton-John

British-Australian singer, actress, and activist. She was a four-time Grammy Award winner. She was best known for her role as Sandy in Grease. Olivia was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, and in 2017 she announced that the cancer had spread to her lower back. Olivia passed away August 8th with her family and friends by her side. She was 73.

Vin Scully

American sportscaster. He was known for being the “Voice of the Dodgers.” Scully entertained Dodger fans for 67 years. He was the longest tenured broadcaster with a single team in pro sports history. Scully passed away August 2nd at his home in Los Angeles. Scully was 93.

This Month in History: October Events through Time

By Carlos Lopez

As we approach the end of October, I wanted to highlight some memorable events that have happened in the month of October in recent years:

  1. October 3, 1990 –  Reunification of East and West Germany. The West German flag was raised above the Brandenburg Gate at the stroke of midnight.
  1. October 4, 1957 – The Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the 1st artificial Earth satellite into elliptical low Earth orbit
  1. October 13, 2010 – The Copiapó mining accident in Chile comes to a happy end as all 33 miners arrive at the surface after surviving a record 69 days underground. This has since been made into a 2015 film called “The 33”.
  1. October 4, 2022 – Yankees’ Aaron Judge hits homer No. 62 to break AL record set by  Roger Maris with the 1961 Yankees.
  1. October 6, 1993 – After 9 seasons & 3 Championships with the Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan announces his retirement from the NBA. He would return on March 18, 1995 and lead the Bulls to another 3-peat.

Famous birthdays

  • Bill Gates – October 28, 1955
  • Eminem – October 17, 1972
  • Bob Odenkirk – October 22, 1962
  • Bruno Mars – October 8, 1985
  • John Lennon – October 9, 1940

Opinion: Unprepared ASB Not Representing Our Students

By Stany Hernandez

From the start of the school year, many students at John Glenn High School feel that ASB hasn’t done their job very well.

The issues of timeliness and preparedness are things that turn off students from participating. When things are poorly planned, it gives the students the impression that other school events will be just as bad, despite ASB’s best efforts. It leads students to believe that the school has nothing good to offer, making school spirit drop in the process. We deserve to have a student government that represents what we want and creates the best high school experience for us possible to make us proud to be John Glenn Eagles.

However, this responsibility does not solely lie with ASB, but rather the students as well. ASB needs help and they can’t do it alone. Students don’t want to be involved, yet still seem to blame ASB when they don’t have any fun. You can’t call something “cringe” or “wack” when you don’t even give yourself a chance to enjoy it. We’re allowed to do silly, dumb things, even if others may judge us. As long as you’re having fun, it’s always worth it.

If you feel school spirit is dropping, do something about it. We have so many programs and activities that have the potential to expand your view of this school besides being “boring.” Spirit comes from all of us, and you play a part–even in your indifference.

School spirit is one of the things our campus most struggles with. Although it has become normal for students to not participate in school activities, it is incredibly alarming how little people care. Arguably, the biggest part of ASB is to improve and promote the school spirit, so when students have the lowest opinion of school that we’ve ever seen, there should be sirens going off that there’s something to be fixed, and frankly ASB is not responding well. When there is poor execution, the end results are bound to be less than what is expected. People want to get involved, improve on school spirit, if and when ASB plans events thoroughly, in a timely manner. Many students want to get involved and improve school spirit, but ASB needs to plan events more thoroughly to allow them to build on it. 

We first saw this lack of planning play out in the coordination of the “Senior Sunrise.” If you aren’t a senior, perhaps you aren’t aware of what happened during the event. Students watched the sunrise from the gates of the schools because nobody was there to open them up, and once somebody was there, we sat silently on the field waiting for the sun to fully come up. There was no music, no posters until everybody had left, and food wasn’t provided until much later. One student remarked, “Senior sunrise was … okay. It wasn’t really anything special.”

Shouldn’t it have been special? While it wouldn’t necessarily be something that ASB needs to go all out for, it still would have elevated the first senior experience of the year and made it memorable, if there had been more preparation. Instead, it left a poor first impression of ASB on this year’s seniors.

Homecoming events also experienced poor planning, as key figures were informed of things at the very last minute. When it comes to homecoming royalty, the changing of the previous process has been viewed as unnecessary. Instead of being inclusive, the new process has scared many underclassmen from running in future years. ASB tried to fix something that wasn’t broken, and many members of ASB also felt that it wasn’t a necessary change.

For the majority of the candidates’ campaigning, they were kept in the dark as to when voting took place, or many other details regarding the event. We were made aware of the existence of a pep rally the day before it was set to happen and of our placement on the football field (in a message sent to the entire student body, we were told to meet in the ASB room during first period). Teachers were not informed of a Friday pep rally until the morning of the event, and many were confused about the day’s schedule, which also included an earthquake drill. Previous homecoming court candidates were at least given a rough outline of what to expect through the application process, voting, and rallies and events, and it seemed that more teachers and adults were aware of the information well ahead of time.

None of this is to undermine the efforts of the ASB students creating countless posters for the quad and to decorate at football games. It is also important to highlight ASB’s struggles because of the pandemic. Last year, there were a lot of COVID restrictions, so we couldn’t obtain the full experience our school has to offer because of it. A faculty member reflected on this point, saying, “ASB has faced tremendous difficulties this year so I feel that considering those difficulties, they are performing admirably.” The faculty member also mentioned that, “The last few years have been extremely difficult–not just for students and staff but also for clubs and organizations. It definitely takes a while to get back into the swing of things. I think they’re doing the best they absolutely can. I think we’re seeing some of those rewards, but also there’s room for growth.” ASB is dealing with a lot of changes and struggles, of which we could be of service to. 

Possible solutions to ASB’s issues that would soften the harsh perspective that students have on them (if they accept our constructive criticisms and concerns) include the following: One solution would be to simply plan things a month or a month and a half ahead of time. This is just to account for any hiccups that may be encountered and to get ahead of any issues as they arise. Schoolwide events should have at least a week’s notice, but normally we would like to have a two-week’s notice. A good rule of thumb for big events is to assume that everything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Think of any possible question about the event and figure out possible solutions ahead of time, so you have all the answers and nobody is left confused.

Another suggestion would be to ask for student opinions or feedback regularly. We should encourage a place where students can submit their quarrels or requests about events they think could be enjoyed by the student body. Members of ASB should be known and recognized so people could know where to direct their questions and input to, but a form or anonymous feedback box would keep things organized.

The senior class has been the only ones to experience an ASB that hasn’t been impacted the entire term due to COVID, and we should be the ones to give that experience back to the underclassmen. I implore this senior class of 2023, especially, to get involved and keep these Eagle traditions alive. Anyone who feels especially spirited and wants to help towards this effort should join ASB or become a class senator and do what you can towards this effort. ASB will never have too many people, so consider joining and talk to Mrs. Cruz in room 704.

Opinion: New Pick-Up System at Glenn is Confusing

By Em Holy

At the beginning of the school year, John Glenn High School input a new pickup system and many people have found it confusing and unnecessary. 

This new system was a sudden change that almost no one was informed of prior to  the change. Many parents were only made aware as they arrived to pick up their kids, but almost none of the student body was told.

Many parents and children were left confused at the end of the day. Some people couldn’t find their parents and were left wandering around the parking lot. This also caused a lot of traffic because no one knew the correct place to go.

This lack of communication with the student body and parents was definitely a failure on the faculty’s behalf, but many feel like the entire situation was completely unnecessary and preventable.

A student, Moth Vera said, “There’s other things the school should be worrying about, there was nothing wrong with the pickup system.”

Another concerned parent also said, “I don’t see how it makes anything safer or better, and not everyone follows the system.”

The general consensus is that this change was unnecessary, it wasn’t broken, so why fix it? It shows a level of organization within the school’s problems and priorities. There are bigger issues concerning the school and its students. The school should take more time to look into maybe changing other things would be more beneficial to all students.

ed. note: Below is the information that was shared to our Eagle parents and families in early September:


Please be reminded of the important changes to our Pick-Up procedures:

Your child’s SAFETY is our priority. To avoid the danger caused by congestion near the crosswalk and the front of the school, we are asking that you adhere to the new guidelines for after school pick-up. Our goal is to keep everyone safe, especially our Eagles and Bulldogs, and we thank you for following the guidelines below beginning Tuesday, September 6th.

PICK-UP (After School)

Students who…

  • Walk to School: Exit Gate 4.
  • Ride the School Bus: Exit Gate 4.
  • Are picked up in a car by a parent/guardian: Exit Gate 1 (by the gym).

Parents/Guardians please….

  • ENTER the first gate by the tennis courts off of Shoemaker Ave.
  • Use the turn-around to pick up your child by Gate #1
  • Exit through the gate by the MPR
  • At no time, should a driver be:
    • parked any red zone(s)
    • double parked anywhere on Shoemaker or Foster
    • parked in the middle of the street
    • Waiting in the front parking lot where the busses pick up
    • Crossing a double-yellow line to make a u-turn
  • Be mindful of the crosswalks on Shoemaker and Foster
  • Slow down for crossers
  • Do not enter the Staff Parking Lot

Opinion: Dress Code Inconsistent

By Leslie Cardenas

While the dress code is made to encourage a positive learning environment, it frequently is used inconsistently and targets girls more than guys.

“I believe that the dress code system is a double standard; guys are allowed to wear and show certain things and certain parts. But when girls are showing or wearing something it’s seen as inappropriate or distracting,” said Daniel Flores.

The sexualization of young women’s bodies is a great issue when it comes to the dress code. Crop tops, tank tops, shorts, and skirts are all seen as “distracting” or “immodest” whenever a young woman is seen wearing them. Meanwhile, if a young man is seen wearing any of these it is not seen as such. Many students believe that this clothing that is socially seen as “immodest” isn’t really immodest. 

A few weeks back, California went through a massive heat wave. This heat wave hit temperatures as high as 100 degrees. Many people could be seen around campus wearing tank tops and shorts. But because of the dress code, girls were more cautious when wearing said tank tops. “The fact that this heat wave was super bad and they were still kind of being strict about it.” said Adriana Zaragoza. Girls brought cover-ups just in case a staff member told them to cover up. While the girls had to be cautious, the guys did not need to do a double-take when it came to getting dress-coded.

The dress code is also often used inconsistently. According to the handbook, many trends around campus, like sagging and pajamas, are not allowed. Yet, you rarely see people getting dress-coded for these kinds of things. “I feel like it’s starting to become an eyesore of seeing dudes with shorts hanging down and at some point, you’re hoping they have something underneath,” said Jimmy Jimenez.

The school has offered some solutions to the dress code. During the 2019-2020 school year, slides and open-toed shoes were taken off the dress code and were allowed to be worn to school. The school is taking proposals to change the dress code once again. This year, the school should allow any type of tank tops like cami tops and spaghetti straps to be worn.

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