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Winter Athlete Spotlight: Andrea Urena–Girls’ Wrestling

By Stany Hernandez

Andrea Urena is a senior and long time member of the Lady Eagles Wrestling team.

She has been dedicated to the program for her entire high school career and won league champ. She reflected back on this experience in the following interview:

  • What drew you to the sport?
    • It made me tired, like I’d never been in such a sport that made me tired like that. I got a good night’s sleep; and you know what, I want a good night’s sleep all the time. After my first win, the rush of getting your hand raised and you doing it for yourself, it was the best feeling ever.
  • Why did you stick with it for so long?
    • I just didn’t want to leave after a while. My friend dragged me to the first practice and I kind of fell in love with it since then. Even if I ever wanted to quit, I wouldn’t, my love for the sport is so much I wouldn’t want to leave.
  • What are your season’s goals? What do you want to achieve?
    • Probably get first place at a tournament, like I’ve done it before, but I’ve never done it individually. Probably be league champ again, two times in a row and just win league again because like I’ve never lost league since I’ve joined the team so if we lost my senior year that would be pretty embarrassing, just do my best and work harder than I’ve ever worked before.
  • What are you most excited for in your last season? Will you cry?
    • I will definitely cry. Probably on my last match, I’ll break down on the mat crying and I won’t get up. You’ll probably have to drag me away. I’m excited for how the season’s gonna go, right now, we have a good, solid team. We’re strong, everybody shows up, and it’s really united. Since it’s my senior year it pushes me to do more, like work harder, and enjoy every moment I have left.
  • How does it feel being a senior and getting your senior night, finally?
    • It’s, like… bittersweet. For senior nights I’ve been a part of, I’ve always tried to make it the most memorable night for my seniors and I’ve noticed that sometimes I’m the only one that does the work, and I think “Will I get that?” But it’s gonna be different; it’s gonna be weird not being the one doing the work, and getting the work done for and I hope it’s nice, and I’m probably gonna cry again. I’ll be crying a lot.

JGHS Boys Wrestling: Are We off to a Good Start?

By Daniel Altamirano

This wrestling season started off pretty well with a 46-0 Win against Bell High School and a 66-18 win against Gahr High School.

Recently, at the San Clemente Tournament, we had three placers with sophomore Jacob Enriquez (128 wt) taking second, senior Emmanuel Enriquez (122 wt) taking third, and senior David Barahona (HWT) taking fourth. We also have two sophomore transfers: Cameron Nuñez (132 wt) and Ruben Gomez (220 wt) doing really well.

Pictured L-R: Jacob Enriquez, Emmanuel Enriquez, David Barahona (picture courtesy JGHS Wrestling Instagram)

It looks like the JV team and the Varsity team both have a full lineup which is good news because that means more people are joining the team.

However, even with all these victories we have some bad news to share, two of our key seniors — Diego Lopez (152 wt.) and Emmanuel Rebollar (220 wt.) have gotten hurt in a tournament and are out for most of the season; and a couple of our JV and Varsity wrestlers also have gotten sick.

We still have two months left in the season so let’s make this season count! GO EAGLES!

2022 Wrestling Squad (credit)

Here are the big league matches to look forward to:

John Glenn Vs Cerritos 1/12/23

John Glenn Vs Pioneer 1/19/23

John Glenn vs Artesia   1/24/23

Here are the dates for Finals:

Glenn CIF Duals 1/28/23

John Glenn 605-League Finals 2/3/23

Eagles’ Wrestling is led by coaches Monaco Enriquez, Adrian Enriquez, and Martin Gevorkian.

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.

Glenn Boys Basketball off to a Great Start

By Carlos Lopez

As teams in the NBA season continue to dominate, our JGHS boys’ varsity basketball team has also been brewing up a storm of their own.

As of today (December 9), Glenn has gone 2-5 during their pre-season campaign (not counting many successful tournament games) starting with their season-opening win versus Bassett High by a score of 66-43. Armando Arreola was the leading scorer with an impressive 29-point performance accompanied by Sebastian Figueroa’s notable all-around performance.

I had a chance to talk with the team’s head coach, Sam Abebe, after their first win. The following is our Q&A session:

Q: How do you feel about tonight’s game?

A: “Obviously I’m glad we got the win. But as a coach who wants excellence and wants perfection, I thought that we struggled a little bit: not understanding what we needed to do to break that zone that they played all night. But at the end of the day, I have to understand that we got a win and move on and come back tomorrow and just get ready to work again tomorrow.”

Q: Who or what stood out to you the most?

A: Armando Arreola. The whole game he just played with high intensity; it’s just unfortunate that other guys couldn’t match his intensity. But for his first game here at John Glenn, for him to play that well and be able to score tonight and pretty much be the best offensive player for them all night, I thought he did a great job; he stood out to me the most and I’m proud of how he played.

Q: What should we expect for the rest of the season?

A: “I mean, on paper, this team is better than last year’s team–we’re deeper, we have more guys. But again, it’s a mental thing with this team; today felt like a loss even though we won but how are we going to come back tomorrow? Are our leaders going to step up and say something, or are we just going to keep letting the mediocrity fester? That’s the thing. But we’ll see; it’s early in the season obviously. I’m glad we got the win and we just got to move on now and look forward to Saturday.”

605-League play begins with a home game against Whitney on Wednesday, January 4.

Small Clubs Spotlight

By Stany Hernandez

Over the years, many clubs have been dead, founded, and revived, here are some of the most recent that we believe deserve more attention:

1) Key Club

Key Club is an international volunteering organization with many social aspects involved. It serves on a club, division, district, and international level, providing many opportunities to network and build connections outside of high school (neighboring clubs are grouped into divisions and districts are combinations of states, further divided into regions). In 2019, the club was revived after being dormant for a couple of years by a senior named Vidal Reynoso; it had 7-10 members in its start, mainly composed of younger siblings who were freshman and friends who hung out in the same social groups.

He started it as a way for students to do “real volunteer work” in a way that was impactful and non-exclusive. During the 2020 term, the same group remained after the two seniors had left. It was during this time that we established a division presence and became more active on a district level through underclassmen representation. Last year, now-senior Javier Reynoso served as their president increasing member participation, improving organization and framework within the club, and setting resources for the leaders to come. His term was revolutionary for the club, marking a great change within Key Club, and establishing a district presence while creating a name for itself on campus.

Due to his work, we were able to double membership to 23 dues-paid members and increase Fall Rally South attendance. Some of our most popular events include: Fall Rally South where we go to Six Flags all day and have a giant spirit battle between five other divisions, and Rose Parade Float Decorating, where we help with flower cutting and scaffolding to decorate the Key Club, Kiwanis, and Lions Club floats.

Key Club Members in 2022

2) Anime Club

Anime Club was founded in 2019 by a senior named Jose Cervantes to discuss anime titles and host watch parties during lunch meetings. The pandemic would mean a pause in the club’s history, as there was no one to take over or get it started again during a hectic time. Last year, the club was taken over by AMP’s very own Logan Torres, hosting meetings every Friday in Mr. Barr’s room as soon as he agreed to be the club advisor. Unfortunately, many of the members involved in the club went to other schools, causing the club to disband.

3) Debate Club

Debate Club was founded in 2020 by myself during my sophomore year. The club was founded in response to the controversial summer that year in which the Black Lives Matter movement was in full swing, and many controversial social & political topics were being brought to light. I felt it was important for students to have a voice and have discussions with their peers about issues which they found passionate, so my co-founder, Valery Montinola , thought it would work well as a Debate Club. Our club only had 7 members in its first and ultimately last year. We tried starting it last year, however, we had low member turnout, resulting in its disolution. As of now, we have no advisor, as our old advisor left this school year to become an administrator at Benton Middle School. We are incredibly happy for her, but we have not found an advisor since.

If any of these clubs intrigue you and seem like something you would want to revive, I would suggest talking to their original advisors, current presidents, or founders. Clubs are an essential part of the high school experience and look great on your college applications, however, they do take time to start up, so if you also want to support your fellow peers by helping with that process, I suggest you start with the clubs on this list.

Self Love is the Best Love: Winter Skin Care Guide

The Best Skin Care and Self-Care Products for the Holiday Season

By Destiny Padilla & Marleane Trujillo

As winter makes its appearance, it is important to prioritize yourself and take care of your body. At the top of your Christmas list should be spoiling yourself. 

For this month’s “Self Love is the Best Love,” we want you to take care of your skin. Here are the most popular recommended seasonal skin care and self-care products:

1. Tree Hut Frosted Sugar Cookie Shea Sugar Scrub

This product is amazing! It feels so good and makes your body feel nice, even when it’s cold it keeps its smell. Definitely worth buying.

 

2. Tree Hut Frosted Cranberry Shea Sugar Scrub

Tree Hut Frosted Cranberry smells really good and makes your body smooth. It gives a good boost to your shower routine.

3. Bath and Body Works Snowflakes and Cashmere Body Lotion 

We recommend Bath and Body Works’ Snowflake and Cashmere Body Lotion because they are both good combinations. Snowflake is really popular out there right now and smells really good, while the cashmere scent leaves you smelling  and feeling classy.

4. Yankee Candle’s Movie Night Cocoa

Yankee Candle makes a “Movie Night Cocoa” candle, which we love not only because it smells pretty but also because it makes you calm when you put it on at night.

 5. Burt’s Bees Vanilla Bean Lip Balm

Burt’s Bees Vanilla Bean Lip Balm is highly recommended because it feels good and makes your lips smooth. And since it is cold out, your lips won’t be chapped.


During the holiday season remember that life is too short to not treat yourself. Do something nice for YOU, simply because you deserve it. You deserve every ounce of happiness and love that is given to you, embrace and treasure the appreciation for yourself.

The greatest gift you can give yourself is to take care of your precious soul and body. In the time of gift giving, luxuries may seem like the best option, but giving someone the gift of having you in their life is just as valuable as the riches.

Yule Celebrations & the Origins of Christmas

By Leslie Cardenas

Christmas is the time that we spend with our families and friends, but the usual traditions we all enjoy come from long-ago Pagan traditions.

Yule marks the beginning of the winter solstice. The winter solstice is the longest night of the year, and it celebrates the return of the sun. Lighting candles, lights on the tree, and stars represent the return of the light. After the winter solstice the days start to get longer and brighter, which is why we celebrate. Yule is traditionally celebrated by the Germanic peoples; they call it Midwinter.

The Christian holiday Christmas is heavily influenced by yule and the traditions surrounding it. Now, this holiday has become a representation of the characters, traditions, and symbols associated with Christianity.

During this time, we set our wishes into the universe for the new year. One way many witches do this is by making a yule log.

The yule log is one of many traditions that many Pagans participate in. The yule log is made up of the bark of a tree (or at times, a cake). The log is adorned with red, white, green candles, pine cones, mistletoe, pine, and evergreen. At times, cinnamon sticks and dried oranges can also be used if your intentions are to bring abundance into your life. The log is usually set in an altar or a centerpiece on the dining table. On the night of the winter solstice, the candles are burned to release the intended wishes into the universe.

Top Presents to Give

By Jason Leyva

Having trouble with a present to give? Worry no more, here is what The Shoemaker Bugle thinks you should give, in no particular order.

1. Money:

Why should you give someone money? What can’t you do without it, you can buy whatever you want, which makes it a good present to give. Clothes, shoes, food, and anything else somebody wants to buy for themselves!

2. Electronics:

Why should you give electronics? Electronics make a great gift since electronics are part of our everyday life. You can give AirPods, phones, watches, and the list goes on.

3. Clothes:

Why should you give clothes? Everybody needs clothes! It is a good simple gift, it is affordable, and a nice gift overall. 

4. Your Affection:

Affection is a simple thing you can give that is free and it is worth more than any other present. You can give it to anyone–your family, friends, etc. Affection goes down a long way and it is very meaningful.

5. Unnecessary Things:

Why should you give unnecessary things? Unnecessary things are stuff everyone loves to have. Whether it be extraordinarily expensive clothing, consoles, and more everyone loves having them here and there. So go ahead, gift someone an unnecessary thing.


What are the other great gifts you can give? Take the survey below to help us rank the best Christmas gifts.

Your New Year’s Resolutions

The Shoemaker Bugle sent out a survey to ask our readers for their New Year’s Resolutions. Here were the best responses:

To gain 100 subscribers on YouTube.

Anonymous

• To graduate high school
• Stay consistent with my work
• Take a break from my stresses


I want to become buff and have the physique of a body builder.

To be honest, my New Year’s resolution is to focus more on myself than on what others think of me.

JGHS Student

“My New Year’s resolutions are to learn a new skill or hobby, spend less money, and do a random act of kindness.”

–Halie Ambriz


“Just to graduate, man. I’m done with school!”

-Anonymous

What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Let us know in the comments section below. Happy new year, Bugle readers!

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