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Magical Prom-posals

By Betsy Carranza and Naidy Cuadras

What is a “prom-posal”? Zosia Bielski officially invented the phrase “promposal” in Canada in 2011. It’s more than simply a romance but it’s an event that you will hold as a special memory. A prom-posal is asking someone (it does not have to be your significant other) to be your date for the prom. It isn’t necessary for a student to take a date with them, but it is traditional for you to attend with a date. We believe that we should keep the prom-posals coming, even though it’s true that COVID has impacted students in the past but it shouldn’t hold this year’s students back from asking someone out to prom. It’s not just the date itself, it’s the thought of attending a one time event in your life that also counts.

Some may say that prom isn’t really a huge deal, but to others it’s going to be a night they have looked forward to for a long time. Prom should be an event that you always want to remember; a night that you would want to tell your future kids about some day. So how do you go about making a prom-posal? It can simply just be a note, or you can go with creating a poster and writing something cheesy such as Hey, Princess. Will you take this Beast to prom? and the background can have the characters from Beauty And The Beast. These delicately popped questions are incredibly romantic. Some extra details, like rose petal trails, can be included, but anything you decide on should involve lots of creativity if you want your prom-posal to stand out and be a success.

Prom-posals are living proof that romance still exists and it’s a trend that shouldn’t die, so go on, ask someone to prom!

Eagles Wrestling Champs Again

By Jacob Miranda

With the wrestling CIF finals done, both the boys teams and the girls team have finished their season as 605-League Champions. With Coaches Monico Enriquez leading the varsity team and Adrian Enriquez leading the junior varsity team, the boys were able to obtain a record of 12-3 for JV and 14-7 for Varsity. Despite their best efforts, though, neither team was able to make it past the second round of the CIF tournament, with Daniel Espinoza being the only boy to qualify during the 1st round.

When asked for comments, both coaches agreed that Jacob Enriquez and Julian Rodriguez were highlights of the team, stepping up from their first year (normally first timers are JV) to wrestle for Varsity. They also mentioned how proud they were that Freddie Valdivia finished off his senior year as the varsity wrestling Captain.
The girls wrestling team, on the other hand, are able to win all of the league dual meets. Led by their Coach, former JGHS alum Hector Ramirez, they were able to win the 605-League Championships. Sadly, they weren’t able to progress past the first round of CIF, though. When questioned, Coach Hector mentioned Mia Ramirez and Rain Aranjo as the people he believed went the farthest.

Girl’s Softball Powered by Strong Bats

By: April Zavala

Despite dropping their first 605-League game at Pioneer by a score of 12-11, the Eagles’ softball team proved themselves to be a great team during their pre-season games. At press time (Monday, March 21) the girls currently hold a record of 8-7 (5-1 home and 3-6 away).

The Eagles had an 11-8 lead heading into the bottom of the 6th inning, but Pioneer stormed back with a walk-off win, scoring two in the 6th and 2 more in the 7th to take the first  league game of the season. The teams will have a rematch at Glenn on Friday, April 8.

Some of their amazing preseason wins highlight the booming offense of this team, including defeats of Firebaugh by a score of 19-5, Ganesha (19-6), Cabrillo (20-1), Leuzinger (17-3), and Gabrielino (12-2). They currently stand at 3rd in the 605 League and 18th in the Division VI for softball.

Some of their star players include senior Gabriela Ortega, junior Kaylani Moncada, as well as Julia Cole, Beatriz Galvez, Aileen Lopez, Anais Perez, and Kristy Rodriguez.

We look forward to seeing how great the girls will do during the rest of their 605-League games. The girls would love and deserve your support, especially at home where the Eagles have dominated. Here is the remaining softball schedule:

  • Fri, 3/25 (@ Whitney)
  • Tue, 3/29 (@ Oxford)
  • Wed, 3/30 (vs. Montebello)
  • Fri, 4/1 (vs. Cerritos)
  • Tue, 4/5 (@ Artesia)
  • Fri, 4/8 (vs. Pioneer)
  • Tue, 4/12 (vs. Oxford)
  • Thu, 4/14 (@ Cerritos)
  • Fri, 4/22 (vs. WDVHS)
  • Tue, 4/26 (vs. Artesia)

Track and Field Season Underway

By Daniela Galindo

It was a rough start for the JGHS track & field team when there were very few members, but after winter break, as more students joined, their hopes started to rise. Now the team has about 35-40 members.

Since December, coach Andy De La Torre and captain Javier Reynoso have been training with the members in preparation for their first meet, which occurred in late February. There, sophomore Melanie Hernandez (pictured below) placed top 10 in the 3-mile run and qualified for CIF to represent JGHS at Mt. SAC.

Melanie Martinez proudly displays her medal

A few of the highlights of the team’s second competition for this year at Norwalk on March 10 were that junior Stany Hernandez took 1st place in discus for throwing a disc at 61’ ½”. With an effort of 59′ 3.6”, Jasmine Madina took 2nd place in discus. For the girls shot put throw, Anh Dang took 1st place with a throw of 23’10’’. Mikel Udengwu placed 1st in the Boys Varsity discus with a throw of 116′ 6″ in the competition. Second place went to Gabriel Pasillas, who threw 108′ 10”. Among the boys varsity miles, captain Javier Reynoso (pictured below, with the distance runners) took 4th place. In addition to taking 4th place, he also set a new personal record of 5 minutes, 17 seconds.

Captain Javier Reynoso (back row, third from left) and the Cross Country Squad

During a recent interview with Reynoso, he mentioned that they share great memories from bus rides, especially since they weren’t able to go on bus rides previously due to COVID, and even just attending meets is a great experience, particularly after almost two years of not being able to do so. Additionally, we discussed the goals the team has, such as going to as many competitions as possible and having a good overall performance as a team.

He also noted that the main goal is for every individual to improve. They train hard so they can win against other schools and have personal records at each meet. Communication seems to be the most important key in order for the team to have improvement and win competitions.

Track athletes prepare to start

Boys Volleyball Makes Best of Tough Schedule

 By Oliver Cisneros

The JGHS boys volleyball season is off to a decent start considering we have a relatively new team. Eagles volleyball currently has a record of 2-4 (through March 20).

The team has been struggling to maintain their numbers and have had to practice elsewhere without our gym here at Glenn (the gym is currently under construction as they prepare a new floor). Every day we have to be at school at 5pm to take a bus over to La Mirada High School and practice from 6-8 on just a fraction of their gym. We then take our bus back to Glenn and go home, making us all get home around 9pm. This leaves little time for any homework to do at night.

Despite these setbacks, the team has been able to win against Cabrillo High School and Lynwood High School. Our league games are soon starting and we are hoping for a better position than in previous seasons. With our gym coming back within the next month, we will be able to practice here in our own home and continue to win more games and grow as a team. The two captains, me and Richard Castro, return for their 4th year of playing to help support the newer players and grow as a team.

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!

Eagles Robotics Champions

Press Release (courtesy of Mr. Sergio Franco)

The JGHS Robotics team — juniors Diego Contreras, Sammy Hamouda, and Benjamin Sanchez — won their fourth consecutive district robotics championship on Thursday, February 24, 2022.  They defeated eight other robotics teams from NHS and LMHS in a competition that combined all of the previous skills and tasks (autonomous, search and rescue, and battle).

They overcame many challenges to achieve their victory: a less than optimal competition field, cortex malfunctions, motors not working, wiring issues, code not parsing, removing a part of the robot that completely stopped working mid-competition, and all while helping other teams fix their robot and code.

The students are extremely dedicated and passionate. Their success is proportional to the huge amounts of time they invested in preparing for the competitions; they met before school, during break, during lunch, after school, and on late starts.

They are proud of representing our wonderful learning community. Please let them know you are proud of them as well!

Eagle Staff Spotlight: Mr. Ray Niemann

By: Edmund Shryock

This month’s staff spotlight focuses on Mr. Ray Niemann, who teaches at both John Glenn and Southeast Academy. Mr. Niemann has been a teacher at Glenn for 22 years and has not lost his passion to help his students succeed in anything they do. I had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Niemann and was able to get a true sense of how much he cares for his students. 

When asked What is your favorite part about being a teacher? He was quick to express how much he loves the students. He would go on to explain that his love for the students encouraged him to be a part of numerous activities at Glenn throughout his teaching career. Some activities that Mr. Niemann has been a part of include ASB coordinator, Head Wrestling and Football coach, Athletic Director, Renaissance committee, TCAP, and ACE.  

When asked if he always wanted to be a teacher? Mr. Niemann would explain that he went to school to become an archaeologist. However, it took a former high school teacher to help him find his love for teaching.

Mr. Niemann would express how he loves listening to classic rock, naming the group Journey in particular. He also said that one of his favorite all-time singers is Sam Cooke, sharing a connection to the song “A Change is Gonna Come.”

Mr. Niemann was asked what he loves to do in his free time? He smiled and answered that he loves to spend time and travel with his wife, be in the company of friends and family, and loves cooking barbecue. Also, he expressed that some of his favorite movies include Glory, The Green Mile, and The Godfather. Finally, Mr. Niemann expressed his love for Notre Dame Football and the Raiders as some of his favorite sports teams to watch. 

Mr. Niemann was asked at the end of our interview: Any advice that you would like to give the student body at Glenn? Which he responded: “Don’t sell yourself short, and start developing a plan now to be successful in the future. This involves getting over roadblocks that present themselves, however do not be stopped by these roadblocks as they are steps to help you reach your goals.” 

It was a great pleasure to interview Mr. Niemann, his passion and care for Glenn truly shows both inside and outside the classroom!

Spring 2022 Zodiac Watch

By: Juliet Tarot

It is Aries, Taurus , and Gemini season. Aries is a fire sign; Taurus is an earth sign; and Gemini is an air sign.

Aries (3/21-4/19)

Aries this week please think before you do. Actions have consequences.

Aries is a fire sign. You are most compatible with fellow fire signs Sagittarius and Leo, along with air signs Libra and Aquarius. Aries are known to be spontaneous and bold. I think of Aries and the first thoughts that come to mind are fierce. You definitely have a reputation.

Taurus (4/20-5/20)

Taurus this week treat yourself to something nice. You deserve it.

Taurus is an earth sign. We are most compatible with our fellow earth signs Capricorn and Virgo, and water signs Scorpio and Pisces. Taurus are known to be very materialistic. As far as I know, that just means you’ll work hard to get everything you want in life.

Gemini (5/21-6/20)

Gemini will be on the lookout this week. Maybe it wasn’t you being two-faced all along.

Gemini is an air sign. You are most compatible with fellow air signs Aquarius and Libra, as well as fire signs Aries and Sagittarius. Gemini are known to be the fakest sign. I for one don’t think that’s true. You just adapt to other people’s personalities and go from there.

How Has Covid Affected Students On and Off Campus?

By: Christian Bernal, Daniel Espinoza and Rigo Macias

The Corona Virus has affected people in many different ways. Many people have lost their jobs and are going through hardships as we speak, particularly students and teachers. It has affected us as students because there were a lot of difficulties learning how to cope online. Many students were not interested in learning anymore because they had all the distractions in front of them. For example when the students would log in online they would just log in and go back to sleep, or many people didn’t have the motivation to pay attention online. Not only did the students not have any motivation, many didn’t have the best environment for learning online while at home. 

Additionally, the Corona Virus has affected everyone during in-person learning because so many of our students have had to miss school because of testing positive. This has led to students feeling as though they are being left behind because they’re not in school and are missing assignments which leads to failing the class and struggling to raise failing grades back up. Looking around campus back in January, it felt like a ghost town. One third of our campus was out on quarantine and the classrooms were noticeably empty. Things have started to level out since then, but it was definitely a rough start coming back from Winter Break. We have to keep going and hope for the best.

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