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Eagle Senior Spotlight: Angel De Alba

By Coal Ahime Ruiz

Angel De Alba, a Jalisco native, immigrated to the United States at the age of 14 to reunite with his father, who had relocated to the United States to provide a better life for his family. He was immediately enrolled in Benton Middle School after arriving here, where he struggled to keep up due to a significant language barrier. He was able to take English classes before coming here, but they were insufficient for him to maintain a conversation. He didn’t feel like he fit in at school or in society, feeling lonely and like a pin in a stack.

Angel recalls telling his father on his first day of school that he couldn’t do it, that he couldn’t adapt to a new nation, culture, society, language, and a new life. Not to be discouraged any longer, he took a break from school and did everything he could to assist him to improve his language skills. Angel was encouraged to overcome all odds and learn from it by taking English classes, reading small books with small stories, and even watching TV in English as much as possible. Not only did he use his feelings of loneliness and frustration to propel him, but he was also able to communicate with his cousins in English. With this assistance, he was able to travel to Waite, where he made wonderful friends who made the transition much easier.

Not only did this experience change him, but he also used it to his advantage, allowing him to grow and obtain a better grasp of his capabilities. With his charisma and motivation, he was able to place in the Top 10 of our graduating class and participate in programs, clubs, and athletics, including our school’s soccer team, CSF, AVID, and Cerritos College’s President Scholars Academy. It is also with his faith, that he also takes pride and is grateful for being catholic as it helped him keep a clear head and that good will come to those who work for it. He would like to express his gratitude to his friends, family, instructors, and tutors for making all of this possible and for assisting him in achieving his objectives. Now that he has been reclassified as a fluent English speaker, he wishes to inspire others who have had to adapt to a new environment to not give up and to keep working hard, because one day everyone will achieve their full potential.

His advice to other students is to get involved in as many activities as possible to not only get unique experiences and outstanding awards but also to value any kind of aid and direction, particularly from our amazing instructors. Angel hopes to pursue Kinesiology or Exercise and Sports Science after high school because he wants to be a physical therapist or an athletic trainer, and thus support and assist his parents as they have always done for him and his three younger siblings. He also hopes that not only his peers, but also his siblings will see that with hard work, devotion, and support, everything is achievable. He hopes that his experience inspires others to not only achieve and pursue their goals but also to keep pushing forward no matter what obstacles they face.

Marching Eagles Defy the Odds

By Edmund Shryock

As the 2021 school year started, the JGHS Marching Eagles found themselves smaller than previous years. They were facing the decision whether or not to have a marching season.

However, the determination of both the students and their band director, Mr. Hinojoz, allowed them to push through their concerns and compete. This commitment came with hardwork and dedication. Every day during first period, the band slowly developed their skills in marching and playing. As the weeks progressed, the Marching Eagles had found their groove. 

The first competition took place on Saturday, November 13 at Martin Luther King High School, where the Eagles took second place in their division. Other bands had scored lower than they usually do on average at that competition, however the Eagles kept their same score of 91.25.

The second place win gave the Eagles a confidence boost before heading into the big Arcadia Band Review. This review is the band’s equivalent to championships and one of the biggest band reviews in California. 

On Saturday, November 20 the Marching Eagles placed second in their division, earning one of the highest scoring years for the Eagles at Arcadia with a 89.75. That was not it for this band as they also got the second place Seaver Award for the best music score on a John Philip Sousa march. Finally, the Eagles also placed 18 out of the top 20 bands for marching and maneuvering, which means that next year the band will move into Division A. 

This success and dedication is a huge honor for the band and John Glenn High School! I would like to give a special thanks from the senior band members to Mr. Hinojoz for all his hard work and support throughout their high school career.

Community Schools Update: Food Drive

By Edmund Shryock

District members, school officials, and volunteers from both John Glenn and SEA, gathered together in association with Community Schools on Thursday, November 18, kicking off John Glenn High School’s first Food Drive.

Starting at around 3 pm, numerous cars were already lined up to receive food. The John Glenn Community Schools program teamed up with Norwalk city officials and public safety distributing bags alongside the food boxes. 300 boxes were ready to be given to families. 

As the cars pulled into the school, they were all given the opportunity to sign up for the CalFresh program. This would provide families with monthly nutritional food needs. The event started at 4 pm and lasted until 6 pm.

All 300 boxes were successfully distributed to families in need. The success of this event has encouraged The Community Schools program to do another food drive in the spring. 

  Through this event, John Glenn was able to help families–not just in Norwalk, but in neighboring cities too. Special thanks to all the volunteers and staff that helped support Community Schools as they change the lives of others.

Christmas Traditions from Mexico

By Betsy Carranza and Rigo Macias

During the Christmas season, the weather is warm and mild in Mexico. This is the time of year when the Mexican celebration of Christmas, called Las Posadas, takes place. Candle-lit processions, beautiful nativity scenes, Spanish Christmas carols, dancing, and fireworks are all part of the festivities. While Christmas trees and Santa Claus have made an appearance in Mexican celebrations, the holidays are deeply rooted in Spanish and indigenous cultures.  

Christmas is celebrated in Mexico from December 12th to January 6th. Children usually perform ‘Posada’ processions or Posadas from December 16th through Christmas Eve. Posada is a Spanish word that means “inn” or “lodging.”

There are a total of nine Posadas. They commemorate the time when Joseph and Mary were looking for a place to stay, according to the Christmas myth. The outsides of houses are decorated with evergreens, moss, and paper lanterns during the Posada celebration. A Posada party is held in a different residence each night.

On Christmas Eve, at the final Posada, a manger and shepherd figures are placed on the board of a Nativity scene. After finding the final Posada house, a figurine of baby Jesus is placed in the manger and families attend a midnight church service. Following the church service, there are usually fireworks to welcome the beginning of the Christmas season.

Opinion: Admin Zoom Wednesdays

By Jacob Miranda

Ever since the beginning of November, we have had a 10-minute Zoom meeting discussing different parts of the student handbook for JGHS during 4th period. The first one was about the phone policies, the second was about tardies, absences, and the procedures and consequences of both. The most recent ones were about dress code on November 17, and information about tutoring this past Wednesday, December 1.

The main point of these meetings is to make sure students stay informed and know what the rules are at school. Dr. Padilla also puts the slides for each meeting on her weekly newsletter, and then tells us the subject of the next meeting and the pages of the student handbook to look for.

In my opinion, we are actually better off without these meetings. When Dr. Padilla tells us what is going to be covered days beforehand, we don’t really need 10-15 minutes of class time to be lost just for the school to tell me not to flash people with inappropriate clothing. And that is assuming that students are actually paying attention to said meetings. If they aren’t, then it just seems to waste everybody’s time.

Instead, I propose that we should just have a friendly reminder whenever situations get too extreme (for example, if people are on their phones way too much during class, we should have an announcement saying that the next day, phones being used for unimportant reasons will be taken away).

EaglesXChange Rising Up

By Daniela Galindo

For the first time in JGHS history, an EaglesXChange thrift store is set to open in room 302. It will open its doors to students with a grand opening on Wednesday, December 15. The store will be open every Monday-Thursday after school from 3pm-5pm.

The thrift shop will be selling dresses, shoes, jewelry, school supplies, toiletries, and more. From prom dresses to sneakers, this shop is filled to the top with great, practical items, and all for only one dollar each!

EagleXChange items are donated by students and staff, and has been put together by Mrs. Frances Valdez through our Community Schools. Proceeds benefit Community Schools and John Glenn High School students and the community.

How to Make Holiday Yams

By Joseph Kilis

Ingredients:

  • 2 Large Cans Yams
  • 2 Cups Cranberry Sauce
  • Miniature Marshmallows

For Crumble:

  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Cup Oatmeal
  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Cup Butter (Softened or Melted)

Instructions:

     1: Preheat your oven to 350°. Mash your yams at the bottom of a 13×9 casserole dish, and mix half of your crumb mixture in with the yams. Smooth out.

     2: Add your cranberry sauce over the mashed yams, and also smooth it out. Make sure the sauce is cooled so it has some stability for the next layers.

     3: Add the rest of your crumb mixture on top of the cranberry sauce. It will crumble, so attempt to smooth it out without mixing it too much with the cranberry sauce beneath it. Add the cut nuts of your choice to this layer.

     4: Add a good amount of marshmallows to the top, just enough to cover all the cranberry sauce and crumble added. 

     5: Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the marshmallows are a nice golden color. Take out to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

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School Menu Revisions

By Jacob Miranda

Starting this November, the entire school menu, for both lunch and snack, has been revised and reworked. 

At snack, bean and cheese burritos, chocolate muffins, new cinnamon rolls, and PB&Js will now be served on a rotating basis. As for lunch, each quick lunch lane will now be giving out only a select few items, so make sure you know your lines!

From left to right, these are the selections: 

1 and 2: Pizza only

3 and 4: Cheeseburgers, Chicken Sandwiches, and Taco Nadas

5: Premade Asian bowls on Monday and Tuesday, and Tyson Popcorn Chicken Nuggets on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Friday.

6: Sandwiches (Turkey, Italian, or Both), Chicken Salad Wraps, and Yogurt Parfaits. 

The inside left lane is also getting changed. In addition to the usual fried chicken, some days will also allow you to make your own Asian meal, with a choice of Orange chicken or Korean beef and Chow Mein or Rice. 

Every food item is also getting a designated side (except for the Yogurt). Asian bowls are getting a cookie alongside it (chocolate chip for make your own, double chocolate for quick line), and every other item is getting a bag of Doritos. Veggie smoothies will also be offered as a side on Mondays and Fridays.

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Eagles Football Ends on a High Note

By Pedro Torres

John Glenn High School played their last football game of the 2021 season on Friday, October 29 against the Pioneer High School Titans and came home victorious by a final score of 31-26, ending the season on a high note.

One of the two major highlights of the first quarter was when John Glenn kick returner Manny Sigala scored on a kickoff return, running 99 yards for a touchdown! Then, minutes later, Iona Young capped off a 62-yard drive with a touchdown run, tying the score at 13-13. Fans were in for a good game as John Glenn and Pioneer were neck and neck when the first quarter came to a close.

During the second quarter, the Eagles were close to defeat. Pioneer had scored two touchdowns, pushing their lead to 26-13. All of a sudden, senior athlete Richard Ramos returned an interception and scored a touchdown, bringing the Eagles to within a touchdown at 26-19 at halftime.

The biggest play, however, finally came when junior Mikel Udengwu returned an interception 77-yards for a touchdown, his pick-6 bringing the Eagles to within one at 26-25, leaving the crowd on their toes.

The Eagles and Titans were head to head, but Pioneer had the lead by one point. During the final minutes of the fourth quarter, senior quarterback Natanael Jacobo scored the final touchdown after an 80-yard drive making the comeback complete. After a couple of key defensive stops, the Eagles secured the win for John Glenn High School at 31-26, improving their overall record to 3-7, and finishing in third place in the 605 League with a 1-2 record behind league champions Cerritos (3-0; 5-6 overall) and Artesia High (2-1; 2-9 overall).

Toys for Tots at SEA

By Jawan Moreno De Souza

The Toys for Tots event at Southeast Academy has been happening for two decades now. Toys for Tots is an event that allows students to consider what we have and be grateful for what we have and give back to the less fortunate by donating a toy or two. Other than just benefiting those less fortunate, you are also benefiting yourself.

Southeast Academy finds ways to motivate their cadets to participate in this event. There are six boxes placed in the front office. Each box has a different platoon name, and whichever platoon gets the most toys in for the drive wins a mini prize, either having a platoon day at the beach, or a small gathering for a pizza party. Another prize that has been added for individual cadets is that if you buy a toy for the event that is a value of $15 or more, you qualify for a ribbon. Ribbons are colorful tabs for acts of kindness, courage, or skill that a cadet receives in order to decorate their uniform.

With that being said, Southeast Academy will always care and strive for a better future for those less fortunate, and keep striving for excellence.

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