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COVID Can’t Stop Your Future

by Amya Felix, Student Life Editor

Every senior wants to remember their last year of high school, but the class of 2021 has it rough. 

The senior class hasn’t spent one day on campus together this school year. They haven’t had the opportunity to make lasting memories together as a graduating class.  And the high ranking SEA seniors haven’t had the chance to personally mentor and encourage the younger up-and-coming leaders on campus. 

As March comes to a close without a clear answer on whether or not school will resume on campus, it’s looking less likely that the class of 2021 will get those opportunities at all this year.

However, as much as the pandemic has taken away from them during their last two high school years, it won’t steal away their bright futures.  So, we’re taking this time to recognize their accomplishments and celebrate their future plans. They deserve that much. 

Let’s give a BIG SHOUT OUT to our amazing SEA seniors (and some of our JG senior peers too) who have received college acceptance letters and to those choosing either the community college or military path.  Note: The following list does not represent the entire senior class; however, it does include all of the seniors who responded to our survey.

College Path

  • Cynthia Almanzar – CSULA, CSULB, CSUPoly, CSUF, CSUDH
  • Gerardo Vera Barajas- CSULB, UCI
  • Jael Benitez – CSUPoly ; CSU Northridge, CSULB
  • Melanie Carranza – CSU Poly,  CSUDH 
  • Hailey Coliz – Penn State, San Diego State
  • Brieana Flores – Cerritos College 
  • Silvia Herrera – CSU Channel Islands, Cerritos College 
  • Edward Lozano – CSUDH
  • Shaianne Mak – Cerritos College 
  • Gisell Martin – CSULB,  CSUS, CSUDH
  • Alejandra Mireles – Cerritos College 
  • Alondra Miranda – East LA Community College
  • Angelica Moreno – Cerritos College  
  • Angelica Nieto – UC Merced, CSUPoly, CSULB, CSUF, Cerritos College
  • Matthew Ramirez – Cerritos College 
  • Vanessa Ramos – Cerritos College
  • Oswaldo Rodriguez – Cerritos College
  • Valeria Rodríguez – CSUDH
  • Tanya Rubi – Cerritos College
  • Diana Ruiz – Fresno State, CSUDH, CSUF and GCU 
  • Isaiah Saavedra – Cerritos College
  • Chanmarafine Som – UC Berkeley 
  •  Kushal Tavva – CSUPoly,  UCSC, UC Merced, UCR, UCI, UC Berkeley 
  • Carson Torres – CSUSM
  • Mia Veran -CSUSM and Cerritos College 

Military Path

  • Priscilla Cardenas – United States Marine Corps 
  • Joseph Felix – United States Marine Corps 
  • Johnathan Hernandez – United States Marine Corps 
  • Daniel Nava – United States Air Force
  • Matthew Ortiz –  United States Marine Corps 
  • Melissa Rizo – United States Navy 
  • Anthony Viramonte – United States Marine Corps

Preparing For An 8-Week-Old Puppy

A Female Shih Tzu named Oreo McFlurry Martinez

by Mia Martinez

Would you own a puppy right now if you were able to?

For weeks, I had been wondering what to name my new puppy. She would be arriving in 7 weeks! I needed a name. It took me a while to figure out the perfect one. While my cousin, who is also getting a puppy, and I were texting, she gave me the idea of Oreo McFlurry. Instantly,  I thought YES! My puppy’s black and white fur and the name Oreo fit perfectly.

The puppy was born January 3rd,  so I have to wait a total of 8 weeks to bring my new friend home. In the meantime I will be creating a little corner for her in my room with a crate, bed, blankets, pads, and toys.


This puppy will be the 2nd dog I have owned. But I haven’t had a dog in a couple of years. So I am going off of my memory of what I remember from having a dog in the past. I recall some of the basic necessities they needed on a day to day basis. 

She will need pads, training treats, food, a crate, a bed, blankets, and toys, And Items for her hygiene care such as a brush, shampoo, conditioner, etc. From YouTube videos I watched about the same breed of a dog is that some leashes and collars are better than others and now I know which ones are better.

It was important to research this breed to learn how big she’d get. The reason it was important is because I needed to know what size bed and crate to get her, so I wouldn’t need to continue buying new beds and crates as she grows.

Why get a puppy right now?

Since COVID-19, everyone is at home–well–everyone should be staying at home–so instead of being bored, doing nothing, and especially instead of being by yourself you could have a little buddy to lighten up your day!

The dog could bring pleasure into your day. Since there is a lot of negativity in the world right now, having a puppy might bring you joy and help you emotionally and physically. Even though taking care of a puppy is a lot of work, the benefits are worth it. 

Dogs can reduce stress and anxiety, and they can ease loneliness and depression. For these reasons, dogs are great companions for older adults too. 

Dogs can help you be more physical because they need to go on walks, and they enjoy activity. You can chase them around the house or the yard and play catch or fetch with them. All of this gets your heart beating faster in a good way. Something many of us really need these days. 

So since we are in quarantine, and since we really don’t know how much longer this pandemic will last, we should all make the most out of being at home. 

For me, the answer was simple: I got a puppy!

from TheSprucePets.com

How to Deal With Artist’s Block

What is artist’s block? And how do you deal with it?

By Paula Huerta

Have you ever sat in front of a blank page or canvas just staring at it, and not knowing what to create? It’s so frustrating! But it’s not uncommon.

This is called the artist’s block also known as a creative block. And according to author Lee Hammond, this block is “a common dilemma that links all of the creative fields together, and plagues every artist.” 

Art block prevents one from connecting with their creative side resulting in difficulty in creating new artwork.

So how do you deal with it? 

Put down that palette and take a break!

If you are trying to create something non-stop, you will most definitely get tired. This is true for anything you overdo, so taking a break is a great way to rejuvenate yourself and your creativity. 

Remember, putting down the pencil or stepping away from the canvas for a little while won’t affect your ability to draw, and drawing is not the only way to improve as an artist. 

How to GET OUT of an art block:

Here are a few things you can do to find your creativity again: 

  • Redrawing old sketches can help you see how much you have improved. 
  • Doodle something random and go with it; this is fun to do when you’ve been stressing over not being able to make something new. 
  • Watching other artists can help you as well since you can learn new techniques and draw inspiration from them.
  • Listening to your favorite songs can also help you find inspiration. This can come from the lyrics themselves or simply from the relaxation you’ll enjoy while hearing it. 

The outcome: 

Once you have taken a break and maybe practiced your artistic skill, a little lightbulb will turn on and give you an idea. 

Believe it or not, even though they are difficult to endure, these types of blocks help you grow as an artist.  You just have to be patient and find the solution that works for you. In the end, you’ll create something awesome!

Capitol Riot: Student Voices Ring Out

By Daisy Penaloza

Rattling Insurrection

The events that took place on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at our nation’s Capitol Building have rattled everyone, including cadets and students at Southeast Academy and JGHS. 

Students in Shock

Many cadets watched in disbelief as events unfolded. Daniel Ramos, a junior at SEA, shares his impressions: “I feel ashamed [of] the people who made a fool of our country and [of] themselves.” Similarly, JGHS senior Joseph Nunez laments, “It is ridiculous and disgusting that these people with privilege are doing an act of domestic terrorism on our country.”

Our very democracy was challenged by these rioters, and students are questioning the motives behind it. “Why would they disrespect their country’s symbol of a democratic government?” asks Cpl. Sarah Shim. An article in the Washington Post attempts to answer that question. Trump lost the election, yet he convinced his supporters that it was “stolen” from them. President Trump further encouraged followers to go to the Capitol to intimidate Congress and stop the certification of the electoral college votes. This dangerous rhetoric is what instigated these heinous actions. 

The United States is a country at war with itself, and this civil unrest will have long lasting ramifications. Senior 1st Lt. Nieto believes that our current leaders share much of the blame because not “all politicians” have a positive influence on their followers. Additionally, she states that, “Opposing political views not only have an impact on an individual, but [also on] all of society.”

All eyes are upon our nation. Since we as a country have wreaked “havoc” on ourselves, observes 1st Lt. Kushal Tavva, this insurrection has, “turned us into the laughing stock of the world.” SEA Journalism staff editor and reporter Ace Castro adds to this sentiment, stating, “Not only are our enemies laughing at us, but our allies might… be embarrassed to be ASSOCIATED with us!” 

Students Call Out Inequity

The sharp inequity between how these mostly white rioters were treated as opposed to the treatment inflicted upon the protesters of color during the Black Lives Matter movement last summer did not go unnoticed by students. 

Sophomore Paul Vargas noted that, had this been a BLM riot, “They would have armed guards and armor around the Capitol.” JGHS senior Kaitlyn M. agrees. The BLM protesters were calling for “basic human rights,” yet they were met with armed guards in “riot gear.”

Jon Schuppe of NBC News noted that while some police officers did try to deal with the insurrectionists, “Others took selfies and appeared to offer no resistance, allowing dozens of rioters to leave without being arrested.”

Alternative Opinion

But not all students see it this way. At least one student believes that the difference in police response has more to do with the fact that the authorities learned a valuable lesson about using excessive force and less to do with discrimination or white privilege. Cadet Eric Rodrigueza explains, “I believe that the reasoning for [police] lack of action against the protesters/rioters is that they were trying to prevent what had happened before.” Rodrigueza adds, “I truly believe this is the reason why [the police] choose to let the protesters/rioters enter the U.S Capitol.” 

No matter where we stand politically, I hope we can all agree that what happened at the Capitol Building on Jan. 6th was wrong.

Student Reactions

Click here to see more student reactions to this historic event.

LGBTQ+ Voices in Politics

by Daisy Penaloza

In prior times, the LGBTQ+ community has been silenced and disregarded, whether it be in society, or in politics. The community has been shunned in this harsh field of games we call politics, but not today and not anymore! There has been an amazing uprising in growth of the LGBTQ+ in recent politics, and here are two examples.

Sarah McBride is a strong Democratic activist. She has been known for being the spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign. Back in 2013, she urged for the gender identity non-discriminaton act for the state of Delaware, which was later signed into law that same year. McBride made her win to become a Delaware state senator-elect on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020. She took the win with a staggering 73% vote against a Republican candidate, located in Delaware’s first district. Sarah McBride will become the nation’s first transgender state senator.

Mauree Turner, a Muslim non-binary millennial from Oklahoma, focuses on issues such as the raising of the state’s minimum wage, criminal justice restructring, and Medicaid expansion. In the June primary vote, Turner led with 51 percent of the vote against a Republican candidate. In the months leading up to the campaign, Turner says they received an outpouring of support from a multitude of people from all over the country. Turner was elected on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020, to the Oklahoma Legislature. This made them the first non-binary state legislature in the country.

We will see how far these two politicians will take us, but for now they will be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.

The Silverado Burns

By Paul Kang

The Silverado Fire began its journey on October 26, 2020 at 6:47 a.m. A blaze sparked causing a fire on a vegetable farm. More than 500 firemen arrived for battle as the fire burned and consumed the land. The high winds made containing the fire extremely difficult.

As more and more people evacuated, more and more firemen came in to try and put it out. Tens of acres burned, but as time passed, that number increased to hundreds, then thousands. The firefighters were spread thin across the lands as the winds blew on.

More than 14,000 acres burned as only 60% of the fire was contained. More than 70,000 people in Irvine had to evacuate and another 9,500 in Lake Forest had been ordered to move. There was smoke and ash everywhere, and the wind blew burning debris towards the cities. Everything was grey and dark; the sun was covered, and ash settled on everything it could find.

By November 7 the fire was out, having finally been fully contained. In the end, two firemen were injured, five structures were burned, and nine more structures were damaged. Overall, the firefighters–our guardians–did a great job of protecting the community.

Album Review: Eternal Atake by Lil Uzi Vert

By David Gomez

Eternal Atake, the new album from rapper Lil Uzi Vert, acts like the tumultuous catharsis of a prolific rapper with eighteen songs and 62 minutes, silenced by powers entirely out of his control. One moment is smashing and the next is slippery, a place where a jarringly saccharine sample of the 1999 hit “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys coexists with a jittery, steamrolling track designed around the music from the Space Cadet 3D Pinball video game from Microsoft Windows.

This album has been around for a long time. Artist Lil Uzi Vert went to battle with his Generation Now label bosses DJ Drama and Don Cannon over his contract after releasing his double-platinum major-label debut album Luv Is Rage 2 in 2017. He beefed up with Rich the Kid in the streets of Philadelphia, cut off his trademark dreadlocks, left music, returned to the fold, and forged a new relationship with Jay-Roc Z’s Nation label, all without missing a release date.

A rap album released to such fervent expectations is hard to recall, let alone one that lived up to those expectations. With a cohesiveness, sleek concept, and performance that justifies every ounce of hype, Eternal Atake is Lil Uzi Vert’s best album yet.

Album Review: The Weeknd’s After Hours isn’t hard to love at all

By Melody Castro

The Weeknd, a Grammy award-winning artist, has released his new album After Hours this year,  so here’s my take on it. 

The album features fourteen tracks and three bonus tracks. I’ll only be talking about the main fourteen because, well, things get hectic. 

The first track, “Alone Again,” includes a lot of synth sounds that overlap with his vocals, creating a euphoric atmosphere. It was a good intro; it set up the soundscapes and the theme of the album altogether. 

The lyrics of the next four tracks start to tell a story. He is asking forgiveness for all the terrible things he’s done to his significant other. “Too Late” features a lot of vocal effects but again, they complement his vocals nicely. “Hardest To Love” continues his apologetic tone and adds feelings of being very blessed that he was given another chance. Production-wise, he used a lot of drum beats. An odd choice I must say, but his vocals made up for it. In “Scared To Live,” he is hoping his lover can heal from all of the things he’s done.

I found a lot of clever wordplay in “Snowchild.” The singer reminisces about life before fame–not something I’d typically expect from The Weeknd, but, hey, pretty cool. The music overall is stripped back since it’s more lyrically focused.

Two favorites of mine are “Escape From LA” and “Heartless.” In the former, it turns out, his lover isn’t exactly a good person and cheated on him. He starts to get bitter and blames Los Angeles for everything going wrong, hence the song title. As a resolution for his partner’s infidelity, he cheats back. In “Heartless,” he goes through a drastic change. He goes from being so blessed and apologetic to giving up on women in general. The beat in this song reflects the shift in tone as it goes the hardest compared to the others.

Boy, oh boy, do things escalate in “Faith.” He talks about drugs and ends up having an overdose. This sounds like a movie; but there are actually siren effects in the song to provide more imagery. So not only is he being self-destructive but he wants to pull his lover down with him. Crazy stuff, huh?

The next song, “Blinding Lights,” became a quick favorite for everyone and made the top of the charts for a while. It features an ‘80s beat and reconnection with his lover. It’s not even about the music anymore; the music is just there to provide you the story. He and his lover reunite, and he’s at an all-time high in this song. 

More of my favorites are found on tracks 12 and 13. In “Repeat After Me (Interlude),”  uh, yikes, he’s literally brainwashing her, telling her to repeat after him, that she loves and needs only HIM. It is very toxic behavior, but it’s oddly calming and the music is very soft. In “After Hours,” he talks about needing his lover, not being able to live without her, and stuff like that. He then faces reality and realizes that she’s not there with him and is extremely hurt, saying things like, “Where are you now when I need you most?” Towards the end of this song, he apologizes again and talks about never breaking her heart again.

The last song on the album, “Until I Bleed Out,”  features a much more slowed and serene beat. Here, he talks about not being able to push further for this relationship and is slowly wanting to give up on everything. Despite this, he still needs his lover  and would rather die than continue living with this feeling of regret and guilt. 

After Hours is a whole loop. It ends with him considering suicide and starts with him being alone again, meaning that this relationship cycles through this time and time again. It’s genius. 

This album will forever be one of my favorites, and with the cool beats and beautiful vocals, I think it’ll be one of yours too.

Opinion: True or False? Is SEA Merging with JGHS

by Daisy Penaloza

Great news, Southeast Academy. The rumors are false: we are not moving to the John Glenn High School campus. The Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Board of Education has decided not to merge both campuses after a meeting on Monday, October 12. With the assistance of SEA students, teachers, staff, and parents, we were able to convince the school board to stay where we belong–at Southeast Academy.

There was a lot of controversy surrounding this whole plan of the school board wanting to move Southeast Academy students over to the John Glenn campus. This whole situation had started as an idea, and has even tried to take place in the previous years, but the board decided to not do this in the end because it would result in a loss of income. However, the decision was not all about money. As school administration notes, “The major reason for not considering SEA’s move to JGHS was the board’s interest in growing SEA and attracting more students to the unique program.”

Although most Southeast Academy cadets agreed that this was a terrible idea, there were some cadets that didn’t mind the idea. “Personally, I  really like it better in SEA, although it wouldn’t bother me if we did move,” stated a cadet who wishes to remain anonymous.

This decision wasn’t just about keeping the school where it’s at, it was about the students and their experiences. Cadet Victoria Ceja mentioned, “I feel like I wouldn’t be able to experience all of SEA, if we move over to JGHS.”

This whole situation was quite the experience and very stressful, to say the least. In conclusion, hopefully this will be the last time we ever hear of this again.

SEA Chick-fil-A Fundraiser a Success

by Johnny Barraza 

During a recent October Chick-fil-a fundraiser–sponsored by the Southeast Academy Booster Club–staff, cadets, and families were all invited to eat, see friends, and support the school. Thanks to the Booster Club, who were set up in the restaurant parking lot, the event was a great success, raising over $400 for our school.

For the first time in a long while, cadets were able to see friends that they haven’t been able to see. One cadet said it was so great to see a friend he hadn’t seen since quarantine, and he shared how this event was a great idea.

Both MSgt. Allard and MSgt. Schafer attended the event. Personally, I found it motivating seeing MSgt. Allard at the fundraiser talking to students and supporting the school. Another cadet said he really appreciated seeing them both there because it motivated him too.

Parents also commented about what a great sight it was to see these two SEA leaders. They said that they admired their dedication and commitment, and that they hoped to plan more events like this in the near future.

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