December 2006 - Los Angeles Unified School District

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December 2006 - Los Angeles Unified School District
A W OODROW W ILSON H IGH S CHOOL P UBLICATION
HITCHING POST
Volume 59, Issue 2
Wednesday,November
December 26,
13, 2006
2006
G ET W ELL S OON M R . K WAN
B Y : L IDIA R IVAS
Mr. Wilson
Kwan has
proven for
many years to
be an incredible teacher and
mentor. His
commitment
towards his
students and
love for teaching chemistry
has earned him
the label of one
of the best
teachers here at
Woodrow Wilson High
School. He
Mr. Kwan receiving the 2006 Outstanding
even received
Chemistry Teacher Award.
the 2006 Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher Award from the
Southern California Section of the American Chemical Society (SCALACS). For more than eight years, Mr. Kwan has
contributed greatly to this school and his sudden absence has
truly influenced his students. He was recently was diag-
S NOBALL : T AKING I T B ACK
B Y : J ENNIFER M ARTINEZ
Photo Courtesy of Yearbook: Students having a good time at the 2006
Snoball as they dance the night away!
As we all know Wilson has been around for many
years. Some of us have Wilson alumni within our family like
siblings, cousins, uncles, aunts, and for some of us even our
parents and grandparents. Even within the Wilson faculty
and staff are Wilson Alumni, like our very own Assistant
Principal Mario Cantu. He has been here at Wilson since
1965 when Wilson was known as Wilson Jr High School.
Mr. Cantu started high school in 1971, and graduated in
1975. A couple years later, he started working at Wilson.
For 30 years, Mr. Cantu has been motivating and helping out
students at Wilson. Each year when he sees students excited
Check It Out!
nosed with cancer and is currently on leave for treatment.
G OODBYE J OSE O CHOA
On Monday, November 13, Mr. Kwan announced his leave of absence to his students. A former
student, Junior Rebekah Mendoza, says: “I feel very sad
that he is taking a few months off, but I know he will get
better.” Like Mendoza, students are saddened by his
prompt leave. To show their appreciation, many students wrote him notes wishing him the best of luck and a
fast recovery.
Mr. Kwan’s presence has inspired many Woodrow Wilson students. It is clear that his dedication to
helping others has gained him the respect of many faculty
members and students. Mendoza expresses, “Mr. Kwan
is a dedicated teacher who would stay after school and
help students with their work. He has inspired me to
want to take the time and help others too.” Like Mendoza, Junior David Grande’s life has been greatly influenced by Mr. Kwan. Grande says, “Mr. Kwan made
Chemistry exciting and energetic for me. Students actually want to learn in his class. I remember on the first
day of school he scared many students and told us that if
we don’t do our work he will fail us. This made me serious about school and it improved my study habits. It’s
because of teachers like Mr. Kwan, I’m a better student.”
As students like Grande and Mendoza strive to be better
individuals, it’s clear that Mr. Kwan has greatly impacted
the lives of many students here at Wilson.
(Continued on page 6)
about Snoball, he remembers when he went as a student. Yes, Snoball is nothing new. It’s been a part of
the Wilson tradition for many years. Mr. Cantu recalls,
“We even had live music with a live band ‘Cold Duck’,
which was probably the last time that Wilson had live
bands at any dances. Despite the fact that their dances
were held in the MPR the students still managed to enjoy their dances. All these years later some things have
changed, but others have not. Snoball is no longer held
in the MPR. We don’t have live bands. Yet its popularity and prestige still exists at Wilson today!
This year, Snoball was held on Friday, November 17 at Almansor Court in Alhambra. Snoball is the
first formal dance of the year and many students love to
get dressed up in their fancy dresses and the tuxedos.
Even though the girls obsess over getting their hair and
make-up done, the boys are just as consumed with what
color tux they should wear. It is definitely a night to
remember. After all the fuss about what to wear, students had a lot of fun and (Continued on page 6)
S ENIOR S TEPHANIE M ADERO
COMMENTS , “T HIS WAS THE BEST
S NOBALL EVER ”.
W EB R ESO URCES
FOR
B Y : A L MA A GUILAR
Every student at
Wilson High
School has a life,
along with goals
that they want to
achieve. Unfortunately, all of this
ambition ended
for one student on
Saturday, November 4, 2006. This
day marked the
sudden death for
sophomore Jose
Ochoa. Mrs.
Kristen Jorden,
Photo Courtesy of Jose Ochoa’s Family Jose’s History
teacher recalls,
“He was a great kid, he had potential”. In speaking
with Ms. Jorden, it was clear that Jose will be missed
by the people he shared his life with: his family, friends,
and teachers.
On the following Monday after his death,
many teachers like Mrs. Jorden had to break the news
to their students. In addition, there were on-site grief
counselors to help students with their emotions.
While some students went to find comfort in speaking
with counselors, many students found closure through
talking and even crying with one another.
Teachers also helped students with their
grieving processes. Mrs. Jorden, helped her students
find comfort by having them to write letters to Jose.
In these letters, Jose’s classmates wrote to say goodbye
and express anything they would have wanted him to
know. From this, many students not only remembered a friend and classmate, but they also got a chance
to say good-bye.
It’s clear that as a community, many Wilson
students feel like there is a void here. Now when we
go to school many feel as though something is missing—what’s missing is a friend and student who used
to walk the halls, sit in that seat, and even the student
friends used to say “hi” to. Sophomore Denise Fernandez recalls, “Everyday in third period I would talk to
him. If I had any problems, he always gave me good
advice. Jose was a really good listener. I’m really
going to miss him and his smile”. No matter how you
remember Jose, all we know that he will be greatly
missed.
In remembering Jose, some of us need to
remember that he is important, he was cared about,
and he definitely influenced the lives around him. To
all friends and family members of Jose Ochoa, the Wilson community offers our condolences.
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ASVAB Testing
December 14, 2006
Winter Show (P. 2 to 5)
December 15, 2006
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Winter Break
January 15, 2007
Martin Luther King Jr. Day/No School
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SAT Testing
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February 05, 2007
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V OLUME 59, I SSUE 2
W EDNESDAY , D ECEMBER 13, 2006
Wilson Tutoring Center
P OEMS OF THE M ONTH
E VERY YEAR AT JUST THIS TIME ,
I N COLD AND DARK D ECEMBER ,
F AMILIES AROUND THE WORLD
A LL GATHER TO REMEMBER ,
W ITH PRESENTS AND WITH PARTIES ,
W ITH FEASTING AND WITH FUN ,
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FOR PEOPLE OLD AND YOUNG .
Want space to do your work? Need help with your homework?
—H ELEN H. M OORE
When: 3:30-4:30 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and
Thursdays
Where: School Library
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Wilson Career Center
What’s Available in the Career Center?
The following is a list of information/services that are available in the Career Center, which is located between the
Library and the Seymour Zone. Mrs. Smith is the Career
Advisor, and some of her responsibilities include:
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Assisting students with finding part-time employment.
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Issuing students work permits.
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Assisting students with volunteer programs.
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Referring student to the East Los Angeles Skills Center
and the East Los Angeles Occupational Center in order
to earn credits, or take a vocational class.
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Overseeing the Senior Portfolio, and collection of all
documents. Planning and hosting Career Day.
She should have
used her Wilson
planner!
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A H,
DISTINCTLY I REMEMBER IT WAS IN
THE BLEAK D ECEMBER ;
A ND EACH SEPARATE DYING EMBER WROUGHT
ITS GHOST UPON THE FLOOR .
E AGERLY I WISHED THE MORROW ; — VAINLY I
HAD SOUGHT TO BORROW
F ROM MY BOOKS SURCEASE OF SORROW —
SORROW FOR THE LOST L ENORE —
F OR THE RARE AND RAIDIANT MAIDEN WHOM
THE ANGELS NAME L ENORE —
N AMELESS HERE FOR EVERMORE .
—E DGAR A LLAN P OE , 1809-1849, T HE R AVEN
I’m so cute! I’m the
best looking butterfly
at Wilson!
Wasn’t Halloween
two months ago?
Be cool!
Use
your
Wilson
Planner!
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W EDNESDAY , D ECEMBER 13, 2006
Editorial
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S TUDENT T RUANCIES C AUSE L EGAL A CTION
B Y : L AUREN P ADR ON
Improving
student
attendance
this year is
top priority
at Wilson
High School
as well as
ensuring
that all children succeed by
City Attorney Gordon Turner receiving a
speaking to parents and students great educain the MPR.
tion. Excessive absences not only deprive a child of becoming educated, but children who lack education can go down unlawful paths in life. To
improve student attendance, Wilson High
School informed the District Attorney’s
office of students who have excessive absences and/or truancies from school. In
October 2006, a letter was sent home
informing parents of this action. It also
informed them of a mandatory meeting
S TAFF @ T HE C AF
B Y : A LMA A GUILAR
that they must be present for, or legal
actions would be taken.
The meeting was held on November 2, 2006 at 6:00 PM in the MPR.
The following people were present: Principal Roberto Martinez, Erica Salcido
(Pupil Services and Attendance Counselor), Leonor Ulteras (Assistant Principal
of Attendance), and Deputy City Attorney Gordon Turner. The meeting informed parents of the legal consequences
that would take place if their child did not
attend school and classes daily. Some of
the consequences are fines that could
reach up to $10,000. If a parent can not
pay their fines, then they would serve
time in jail and their child would be sent
to juvenile hall.
The many students and parents
that were in attendance had mixed feelings. One parent anonymously states,
“The school and District Attorney may
come into the picture but there won’t be
a thorough follow up. When my child
was in middle school, I went to the Dis-
trict Attorney’s office and nothing was
done”. Numerous parents carried the
same sentiments believing that it was another false warning. On the other hand,
some parents did take it seriously and told
their children that they better straighten
up in life and start coming to school.
medical problems and notes from my doctor”. Mr. Turner commented that major
illnesses should be set apart from fabricated medical excuses. For students like
Vasquez, although her absences were excused, she had to be present to be informed of the school’s truancy policy.
Across the board, most parents
feel helpless because their words are not
getting through to their children. These
parents are turning to the school, but still
are struggling to find the answer to: “How
do I get my child to attend school, when
they are not listening to me?” Mr. Turner
advised parents that they can do the following: call the school to get their children personally escorted to school, put
their children on daily reports, and even
call the school often to check if their child
is in class.
Although some parents and students felt the meeting was not a significant
one, Mr. Turner made his point very clear
as he stressed, “If students do not attend
school, we will find and prosecute the
parents.” Whether it is legal, social, or
familial persuasion, it’s clear that we need
to do something of school-wide attendance. There is no reason for students to
miss school. Students who are not attending school regularly should realize that
there are people who care about their
education and future. The school’s administration and faculty are concerned
with each student’s life choices. Whether
it is getting the law involved or having
someone escort a student to school, they
are doing this because they care.
Many students feel that absences
should be better distinguished. Senior
Priscilla Vasquez says, “The meeting was
pointless and ridiculous because it was
only for students who ditch school. I had
W AS A DMIRAL B REWER AN A DMIRABLE C HO ICE ?
B Y : E DWARD G ONZALEZ & E LIJAH V ILLENA
There have been a lot of issues
around Wilson’s cafeteria that many
students and teachers are unaware of.
Everyday during nutrition and lunch,
students swarm to the cafeteria for
their food, but many are unaware of
who is actually serving them. There
are workers and volunteers who
work in the cafeteria everyday.
They work hard daily to prepare the
food, serve the students, and record
how many students received meals.
Cafeteria Manager, Jessica Lopez, comments, “There are students who say
bad words to us, and sometimes even steal.” You might wonder why or
even how students might steal from the cafeteria. Wilson’s cafeteria personnel know for a fact that students walk in baggy-style pants and slip food
items into their pockets. What might sound even more ridiculous is the fact
that the theft occurs after students have been served food already. When
staff members confront the students responsible, the students respond by
Admiral David Brewer
cussing at the lunch workers. What are the workers to do? All they can
really do is call campus aides to help them prevent any of these thefts. Still
For those of you who do not know
it’s pretty silly that students are stealing from their own cafeteria. It’s rude,
LAUSD now has a new superintendent, Admiral
irresponsible, and just plain mean.
David Brewer. So what does this new superinBesides student theft, another issue cafeteria workers face is a
tendent have in store for the second-largest pubshortage in staff. Workers here feel that they need help, but according to the
lic school system in the nation? What are his
main headquarters in downtown, they have the “correct” amount staff workqualifications? How will he impact our educaers. A cafeteria volunteer anonymously stated, “Although they say we have
tion? Let’s find out...
enough workers, it seems we always need help.” The cafeteria will always be
Brewer has no prior teaching experiin need of assistance, but they are managing with the resources that they
ence and no teaching credentials. Mr. Shanley
currently have. It’s not easy, but they are doing their job and are working
comments, “I am concerned that Brewer has no
hard to serve hundreds of students a
background in education. I know he had lots of
day.
administrative duties in the Navy but I am not
I hope that by reading this,
sure it will translate into an effective manager to
you will all be a little more informed
the school district or a good advancement for the
about the issues staff members at WilW HEN STAFF
students.” As Wilson High School students we
son face. Remember, the next time
MEMBERS CONFRONT
wanted to find out more about how this new
you have lunch or pass by the cafeteria
THE STUDENTS
superintendent will impact our education. With
be respectful and appreciative. There
RESPONSIBLE , THE
this in mind we had conversations with teachers
are people who work hard every single
like Mr. Shanley. We even read articles in major
STUDENTS RESPOND
day to provide students with meal sernewspapers about Admiral Brewer and his role as
BY CUSSING AT THE
vices. On behalf of many students
the new superintendent. While all of this inforLUNCH WORKERS .
here at Wilson, I want to thank not
mation really gave us some perspective, one
W HAT ARE THE
only the cafeteria workers, but every
thing in particular really caught our attention: a
WORKERS
TO
DO
?
staff member on-campus. Without
United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) flyer. This
you, students would not have a clean
flyer was circulated among teachers titled: The
school to come to or a hot meal during
Admiral vs. The Teachers. When we saw some of
our school breaks. You all make
its statistical facts, it really shocked us. The folschool feel like a second home.
lowing article is based on information we found
on the flyer including our opinion about the
whole controversy surrounding LAUSD and our
new superintendent.
Admiral Brewer has received special
treatment since accepting the role as the new
LAUSD superintendent. Brewer has a starting
salary of $250,000 where a non-credential
teacher would start at $37,538. Brewer also had
an additional 20% raise which brought his salary
to $300,000 where a regular teacher would have
no guarantee increase in salary from the years
2006-2007. Brewer has also been given a
$3,000 monthly housing allowance where regular teachers get no housing allowance. This is a
big deal considering the average rent in Los Angeles is $1,545. Brewer has also been given a
$45,000 expense account where he can buy
what he needs professionally. Teachers of
course don’t have that luxury. Most teachers’
expense account comes from their own earnings
as they buy classroom materials
This is an unfair action which is common in the LAUSD bureaucracy. LAUSD needs
to take the money that the Admiral is making
and put it to better use. A better use of the
money would go to teachers’ health and human
services. Also it would go to better use if the
teachers would get a housing allowance because
of the high cost of rent. An average price of a
home is $585,730. Teachers’ ability to pay such
high housing costs has gotten worse because
their salary rate has dropped to 44th place out of
47 neighboring districts. It seems that LAUSD
takes claim that they do not have enough money
to spend on teachers, yet they are so quick to
spend so much money to give Brewer a contract. All conveniently, before Mayor Villaraigosa is to take over LAUSD. To many, even to
students like ourselves, it seems that LAUSD has
their priorities mixed up. They need to realize
this soon because the changes that have been put
into effect neglect the real educational issues at
hand: over-crowded classrooms, the need to
recruit credentialed teachers, lack of textbooks,
school safety, and more career-based electives.
With this said, where does education fit in the
LAUSD bureaucratic master plan?
News
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SLC S
TO
N EW Y ORK
AND
V OLUME 59, I SSUE 2
W EDNESDAY , D ECEMBER 13, 2006
B ACK : W ILSON F ACULTY T RAVELS
TO THE
B IG A PPLE
B Y : A L MA A GUILAR
Left to right: Ms. Tong-Lee, Mr. Shock, Ms. Calhoun, Ms. Ultreras
Essentially, Wilson is transitioning from one big
community to autonomous or smaller school communities.
This small learning environment is intended to give students more perspective in their education. While in New
York, Wilson representatives observed various public high
schools. Mr. Shock states, “[The schools we looked at]
have had success with transitioning from a conventional
school design format to the SLC or the autonomous school
within a school design”. This experience showed many of
our own Wilson educators how other schools have
adapted to this new schooling format. More specifically,
they were able to see how teachers interacted with the
students within the SLC model. As many of you may be
aware, Wilson High School is transitioning towards the
SLC format. The trip to New York enabled our very own
teachers to gain new techniques and perspectives towards
teaching. Ms. Calhoun states, “This trip provided concrete examples for some of the issues that the Wilson faculty and administrators were talking about. In other
words, instead of planning and talking about what we
wanted to do for Wilson, we actually saw how small
schools successfully functioned.”
On Friday, September 15, a few Wilson faculty
went on a trip to New York City! The trip was sponsored
by Stanford University’s School Redesign Network. The
purpose of this is to provide schooling perspective to various schools nation-wide. Teachers at Wilson had the opportunity to look at how other schools functioned as Small
Learning Communities (SLCs). Included in this trip were:
Wilson teachers visited the Julia Richman EducaMr. Shock, Ms. Ultreras, Ms. Calhoun, Ms. Tong-Lee,
tion Complex located in the east-side of Manhattan. BeMs. Shimeha, and Mr. Bryant.
D IA D E L OS M UERTO S : W ILSON C ELEBRATES D AY
OF THE
fore transitioning to small schools, they were overcrowded and many students were failing students. Then
several years ago, the school was shut down due to their
lack of progress. Eventually, 6 small schools emerged.
Some of these schools include visual arts, international
school, and it even has an elementary school that collaborates with a high school in a mentorship program. By
actively and personally observing the successful results of
the SLCs in New York, Wilson faculty and administrators now have a better idea of what to plan towards.
From student to teacher to administrator, this
SLC transition is and will everyone at Wilson. This trip
allowed teachers to have an idea of what our school will
be going through. Ultimately, the teachers who went to
New York came back with new perspectives and more
eagerness for teaching. Mr. Shock says, “I gained a
greater enthusiasm for SLCs and for teaching in general.”
Mr. Shock also shared his experiences with his students,
many of which have never been to New York. He let
them know that this trip was for the benefit of all his
students as well as the entire school. Like Mr. Shock and
Ms. Calhoun, the faculty and administration all hope that
it will generate a core of focus within the Wilson community and ultimately in the students themselves.
D EAD
B Y : C ATARINA M ARTINEZ
The Day of the Dead
(Día De Los Muertos) is
an ancient celebration in
memory of the deceased.
It is not a morbid day,
but a day of celebration.
In fact, there are two
days of festivities. Observed on November 1 is
“All Saint’s Day” and on
November 2 is “All
Soul’s Day”. According
to Mr. Dueñas, a Social
Studies Teacher, “The
day of the dead is a celeAn alter created by participants of the Day of the Dead celebration.
bration that has existed
for hundreds of years, if not thousands of years, by the native people of Meso-America
(Latin America). The Aztecs (Mexican) used to celebrate it for the entire month of August, but the Spaniards changed it to November 1st and the 2nd.” Not only is this celebration historical, but it is a part of many people’s family tradition here at Wilson.
On November 2nd, Wilson High School celebrated this very special day with cultural pride and school spirit. As students entered the assembly in the MPR, they were
greeted with wonderful things that their peers made. The MPR was decorated by stu-
dents from different campus groups like Latinas Unidas, W.I.S.E., MEChA, Diverse
Roots, Mr. Sandoval’s AP Spanish class, Ms. Aguilar and Ms. Dabiri’s art classes, and
many other dedicated volunteers. Together they created colorful alters with flowers,
bread (pan dulce), candy, drinks, pictures of the departed loved ones, candles, personal belongings like clothing and diplomas. Alters are made to remind the living of
the departed, celebrate their life, as well as attract the souls of the dead to return.
Not only was this a time for celebration, but it was a learning experience for
many. During the assembly, students role-played as great Chicano heroes. Senior
Maricela Padilla Martinez comments, “I learned about different things like the lives of
Cesar Chavez, Frida Kahlo, and Emilio Zapata.” Students also performed beautiful
folklorico dances. “The dances made the event interesting!” exclaims Junior Daisy
Ramirez.
This is an important day for many students who celebrate Día de Los Muertos. But for those who are unfamiliar with the culture, it educated them about how
death can be celebrated as a continuation of life. “I don’t celebrate Día de Los Muertos. Before the assembly, I didn’t really know much about it. Now I know what it is
and I really respect it,” comments Sophomore Joshua Hernandez. Junior Dominique
Lopez, who painted faces for the event, adds, “I don’t celebrate Day of the Dead, but I
felt it was a privilege to take part in my friends’ cultural celebration.” There are many
students like Hernandez and Lopez, who aren’t familiar with cultural customs like Día
de Los Muertos. Assemblies like these can help the Wilson community be more aware
of each others’ backgrounds and traditions. We all look forward for future cultural
celebrations.
A CADEMIC D ECATHO LO N T EAM I S T AKING W ILSON T O T HE T OP !
B Y : E SPER ANZA A R RIZON
tested on ten subjects: art, economics, literature and language,
mathematics, music, science,
social science, essay, interview,
and speech. This year’s topic is
"China and Its Influence on the
World.”
There is much needed exposure
for Academic Decathlon. It has been very
disappointing to find that not too many
students know that Wilson has been participating in the Academic Decathlon during the past years. The Academic Decathlon is a team competition in which students match their smarts with students
from other schools. The students are
Although Wilson offers a class
for Academic Decathlon, not
everyone in the class will be on
the team. The team consists of
nine students; three students who’s GPA
is in the “C” average range, three students
who’s GPA is in the “B” average range,
and three students who’s GPA is in the
“A” average range. The Wilson Academic
Decathlon team has been preparing ardently. Even though Wilson has not had
good results in past competitions, this
year’s team is determined to make dramatic improvements not only in the com-
petition but also in Wilson’s academic
reputation. On November 18, 2006 Wilson hosted “The Scrimmage,” which is a
practice competition for all LAUSD
schools participating in Academic Decathlon. Since last year, Wilson students doubled their total score!
Besides improving Wilson’s academic reputation, Academic Decathlon is
a great way for students to prepare for
college. Mrs. Jorden, this year’s Academic Decathlon advisor says: “It’s the
best class to make [students] well
rounded, socially capable, and academically successful.” Junior Annette Serrato
says, “Being in Academic Decathlon has
motivated me to be more responsible and
self-disciplined.” Students who participate
in the program spend a great deal managing their time and practicing their study
skills, Academic Decathlon students like
Serrato will be prepared for life after high
school. If the Academic Decathlon team
does well in competition this year, the
team hopes to leave a positive mark for
Wilson students so that they will be more
inclined join programs like the Academic
Decathlon. It is programs like these that
motivate students to pursue goals and
ambitions like a higher education.
B ESIDES IMP RO VING
W ILSON ’ S ACADE MIC
REPUT AT ION , A CADE MIC
D ECAT HLON
IS A GRE AT WAY
FOR STUDENTS TO PRE PARE
FOR COLLE GE .
* * * *
J UNIO R A NNETT E S ERRAT O
SAYS , “B EING IN A CADE MIC
D ECAT HLON HAS MOT IVATED
ME TO BE MO RE RESPONS IBLE
AND SELF - DIS CIPLINED .”
Resources
V OLUME 59, I SSUE 2
W EDNESDAY , D ECEMBER 13, 2006
P AGE 5
H OMEWORK H ELP
C OLLEGE & C AREER
V OLUNTEERING
“A genius is just a talented person who does his homework.”
“Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter al-
“It is a denial of justice not to stretch out a helping hand
—Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931)
mond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college
education.”
to the fallen; that is the common right of humanity.”
There is no excuse for not getting your homework done! There is tutoring in the library on
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Go to
tutoring, ask your teachers for help, or find the
information yourself by visiting these links!
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Search Engine: www.google.com
Need to find something? Are you doing research? Use
Google. You can find whatever you need on the web
using this search engine.
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References: www.reference.com
From almanacs to medical terms to a thesaurus, this site
has it all. It’s an all-in-one reference search.
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Dictionary: www.onelook.com
Can’t seem to find your dictionary? This online dictionary gives you all the help you need. Do you want to find
more than one source? It does a multiple online dictionary search.
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Quote Search: www.quoteland.com
Need to find a quote? Go to this website to help you find
the quote you are looking for.
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Quote Search: www.quotationspage.com
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Encyclopedia: www.wikipedia.com
It’s fast and easy to use, a completely free, multilingual,
and comprehensible online content encyclopedia!
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Citation Machine: www.citationmachine.net
Need to learn how to cite your references for an essay or
for a research paper? That’s what this website is for try it
and you’ll be able to cite all your information.
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BJ Pinchbeck's Homework:
http://school.discovery.com/homeworkhelp/bjpinchbeck/
If you need help with your homework, click on this link
to help you get help. Some of the subjects include: English, Math, Science, Music, Social Studies, and Health.
Before you decide to volunteer, it’s important
to find out what their goals and services are.
Helping others not only helps others, but you
are also helping yourself be a better neighbor
and community member!
High school helps prepare you for the “real
world”. Use your time wisely and explore your
future, before your high school years are up!
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Resume Writing:
www.adventuresineducation.org/highschool/
hs_resume.cfm
Looking for a job but you’re scared they might ask you
for a resume? Worry no longer adventures in education
can help you with your resume and you won’t have to
worry about writing a resume anymore.
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The Princeton Review www.princetonreview.com
Not only does the Princeton Review help you sign up for
test-prep courses, but it also contains several careerbased tests. This can help you figure out if the career
you choose is right for you or you can just explore what
you want to do.
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Fast Web: www.fastweb.com
Find the scholarships that suits you. Fill out a simple profile and Fast Web will notify you about scholarships that
fits your profile and interests.
When are the SATs? How much is it? Learn what tests
you should take for college, prepare for the SAT by receiving daily questions via e-mail, and even prepare yourself for AP tests by looking up past prompts. All this is
possible once you visit the College Board.
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Career Profiles: www.bls.gov/oco/
Use the Department of Labor website and search for
hundreds of different jobs profiles like electrician,
teacher, lawyer, nurse, etc. You can find what training
and education is needed for a profession you might be
interested in. You can look at average earnings, working
conditions, as well as what the particular career entails.
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College Information: www.aie.org
Adventures In Education (AIE) aims to help students plan
and complete their education journey. Stay on-track in
high school, check out this site.
Mentoring: www.mentoring.org
Help someone out, be a companion, be a listener, and a
positive influence in someone’s life. For more than a
decade, MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership has
been working to explan the world of quality mentoring.
Volunteer Match: www.volunteermatch.org
Not sure where you want to volunteer or where you can
volunteer? Volunteer Match is the answer, look for a
close place to volunteer and find several opportunities to
volunteer at animal shelters, schools, or even the Los
Angeles Marathon.
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Mountain Restoration Trust: www.mountainstrust.com
All of us like going to Santa Monica, specially the pier,
but the mountains surrounding Santa Monica need aid,
check out this website and see what you can do to help
Santa Monica looking beautiful.
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College Board: www.collegeboard.com
Habitat for Humanity: www.habitat.org
Feel that you’re not doing enough to help those without
a home? Habitat for Humanity can help you overcome
this feeling; help build a home for those who need it the
most!
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Here’s another resource for quotes. A good student
needs to know to examine more than one resource. If
you can’t find what you are looking for on the other site,
maybe you can find it here.
—Seneca, (5 B.C.-65 A.D.)
—Mark Twain, Pudd’nhead Wilson (1894)
Tree People: www.treepeople.org
TreePeople’s mission is to inspire the people of Los Angeles to take personal responsibility for the urban forest—educating, training, and supporting them as they
plant and care for trees and improve the neighborhoods
in which they live, learn, and work and play.
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L.A. Works: www.laworks.org
On a weekly basis, L.A. Works offers a variety of community service projects. They offer one-time as well as
long-term projects. Volunteers can spend a morning
painting a school or planning a community garden. Volunteers can help tutor or just even read to children.
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P AGE 6
V OLUME 59, I SSUE 2
W EDNESDAY , D ECEMBER 13, 2006
C AHSEE : Y OU C AN D O I T ! P ARENT C ONFERENCE : H OW ’ S M Y C HILD D OING ?
B Y:
B Y : R OSEMARY R EVEL ES
ELIJAH VILLENA
With all the stress that
comes along with a
new school year, Seniors and Juniors who
have not yet passed the
California High School
Exit Exam (CAHSEE)
are once again going to
have to take the exam
in order to graduate
from high school. “I
think making the
CAHSEE a requirement to graduate from high school is not fair”, says senior
Stephanie Nava, senior. “Why should my entire high
school career be based on one single exam?” asks senior
Mario Colocho.
The CAHSEE was created to ensure that every
graduating senior in California has learned what they
needed to in order to graduate from high school. However, the issues surrounding the CAHSEE are much more
complex. There have been debates over whether an average high school student can pass the CAHSEE. Here is a
sample question from the CAHSEE referenced from edsource.org;
Three-fourths of the 36 members of a club attended a meeting. Ten of those attending the
meeting were female. Which one of the following
questions can be answered with the information
given?
A. 1/6
B. 1/2
C. 3/5
D. 5/6
If you can answer this question correctly then
you probably have already passed. If not, then you better
start studying.
On Tuesday, November 14, 2006 students were
heading home delighted after having an early dismissal.
While students got to go home early, teachers had to prepare their classrooms and counselors gathered the 10week report cards. This was all in preparation for Parent
Conference. Though attendance to parent conference has
been a problem in the past, this year administrators and
teachers were delighted to see an increase in attendance.
The more parents participate in their children’s education, the better!
While many students were anxious about what
teachers would tell their parents, one thing was clear,
parents and teachers looked forward to discussing student
progress and potential. Many students feel that parent
conferences are very important. Junior Evan says, “I
really like coming to parent conferences, so my mom can
hear good comments about me”. Some students don’t
feel the same way, senior Vanessa Otero says, “I am not
attending parent conference because my parents know I
am doing well”. Whether your parents “know” or not,
these evening conferences allow both teachers and parents
to discuss and ensure quality education for students.
No matter how much students look forward to
or dread conferences, they really are a great opportunity for everyone to communicate. Don’t look it as a
chance for teachers to “tell on” their students. The
more parents are involved, the better students do in
school. Mr. Cervantes says, “The turnout was pretty
good this year, I saw about 42
parents.” These are 42 more
parents who are involved in
their child’s education. Hopefully in the years to come,
more and more parents attend
parent conferences and become more involved in their
child’s education.
(F ROM P AGE 1: S NOBALL )
really enjoyed the night. “They had good food and the
best part was the D.J,” said junior Steven Bautista.
Some students just don’t like being there because they feel that teachers use this chance to put them
on the spot. As senior Lizette Rodriguez says, “[Teachers]
tell on you”. From a teacher’s perspective, it might be
harsh for teachers to tell on you, but for many students,
they need this added pressure to turn things around. English teacher Ms. Tran says, “It’s not about getting students
in trouble, it’s about giving students a reality check. Both
parents and teachers want students to know that they
matter, so we talk about their education.” Many teachers
All the dances here at Wilson are memorable,
but Snoball is special. For some it’s their first winter
formal, but for Seniors it’s their last. Senior Stephanie
Madero comments, “This was the best Snoball ever”.
Let’s hope that the memories of Wilson’s 2006 Snoball
stay with us long after we graduate. Being able to remember these wonderful high school moments are
valuable to not only ourselves, but to our future generations. You never know they might be Mules too!
G ETTING TO K NOW ...M S . D ABIRI & M R . R OURA
Nevertheless, I do agree that every student
should be able to pass the CAHSEE. We all have one
chance during sophomore year, two during junior year,
and THREE chances during our senior year. In other
words, the state has given everyone a sufficient amount of
chances to pass the test. In my opinion, the CAHSEE is
not a difficult test. If the test is difficult for others, there
are many opportunities and resources out there. There
are even CAHSEE classes to prepare students for the
exam. Which leaves students with no excuses for not
passing the exam.
Ms. Dabiri teaches Painting, Drawing,
and Stage Design.
(F ROM P AGE 1: K WAN )
No matter what problems Mr. Kwan is confronting, we know he will overcome them to once again be
part of the Wilson family. He deserves all the love and
support that his students are giving him. With his dedication to his students over the years and his talent for teaching, the students here at Woodrow Wilson would like to
wish him a rapid recovery. Senior Kevin Vega expresses
the following towards Mr. Kwan’s recovery: “Get well,
we need teachers like you who make us laugh and still
manage to educate us with Chemistry.” With this said, the
Wilson family wishes Mr. Kwan good luck and to remember that he is appreciated and greatly missed.
like Ms. Tran feel it is important to inform parents
about how their child is doing in school. Ultimately,
they are trying to keep students on the right path.
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Education: UCLA, B.A. in Fine Arts; Cal
State L.A., Masters in Art Education (in progress!)
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Hometown: Glendale, CA
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Hobbies: Traveling, going to music and art
shows, reading, and watching films.
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Favorites: Color: olive green Book:
“Too many to name!” Music: mix of
indie, folk, and punk rock
Film & TV: The Motorcycle Diaries, “right
now I like to watch Top Chef”
Mr. Kwan would like to express the following to the Wilson Community:
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What is a little known fact about you?
“I make and design clothes.”
I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the students,
faculty and administrators of Wilson High for their love, care,
and kindness extend toward me. The overwhelming support I received during this difficult time truly makes me feel blessed. Although I am facing a horrible disease, I have no fear. For I know
through the Lord's strength I will find inner peace and the power
to fight the disease and win it at the end.
And to all my students, do not to worry too much about me. I ask
of you, please continue to do what you do best at Wilson - that is,
to study hard and excel in school...just as I will do my best in
enduring my course of cancer treatment in the upcoming
months. Let's work endlessly to achieve our dreams and
goals. Lastly, I am very optimistic about my recovery. With
faith and hope, I must, and I will get well. I look forward seeing
all of you very soon. Thank you. Mr. Kwan :)
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Why are you a teacher? “I am passionate
about art, and even more so about the minds
and hearts of students.”
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What do you consider to be the worst
student habit? “Profanity and excessive use
of the word ‘fool’.”
•
A message from Ms. D to all students:
“Take advantage of the final years of your
education. This is when you are guaranteed a
free education.”
Mr. Roura teachesWorld History, Psychology,
and Sociology.
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Education: East LA Community College
(ELAC), A.A. in Liberal Arts; UCLA, B.A. in
History and Political Science & Master’s in Education
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Hometown(s): South-Central Los Angeles and
Montebello
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Hobbies: Playing guitar, traveling, debating,
and going to plays.
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Favorites: Book: I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala (autobiography) Color: crimson red
Music: Latin Jazz &
World Folk Film & TV: “The Amazing Race,
8pm...Channel 2!”
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What is a little known fact about you?
“During the walkouts in 1968, my dad was a student organizer and my mother was a student at
Wilson. Keeping with the tradition of community involvement...my brother and I are in education and my sister is an El Sereno business
owner of Antiqua Culture Coffee Shop.”
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Why are you a teacher? “I love teaching high
school. Teenagers are smart and have fresh
points of views. I rarely end the school day without learning something from my students. Yes,
my students actually teach me much more than I
could ever teach them.”
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V OLUME 59, I SSUE 2
W EDNESDAY , D ECEMBER 13, 2006
A NOTHER
YEAR HAS GONE BY AND
“I am thankful for life and everything that has been given to me.”
—Freshman Raul Sauceda
P AGE 7
I’ M
THANKFUL FOR ….
“I am thankful for my family, friends,
and all the laughs and the crazy moments that I have with each and everyone I love to be around.”
—Senior Dulce Angel
“I am thankful for having
both of my parents with
me and my brothers and
sisters.”
—Senior Beatriz
“I am thankful for life, love
in a smile that is given to
me. I am thankful for my
Wilson family.”
—Junior Araceli Olivas
Espinoza
C OMMUNITY H ISTORY : K INDERGARTNERS
F ROM THE USC D IGITAL A RCHIVES
IN A
S CHOOL
ON
C ITY T ERRACE D R .
Communities change, people
grow up, families move in, and
families move out. As things
change, take time to remember
what once was.
Place: City Terrace, California,
U.S.A.
Date: unknown
Title: Kindergartners working on projects
in back of City Terrace Elementary on City
Terrace Drive north of Boyle Heights
Description: Photograph of kindergartners working on projects in back of a
school on City Terrace Drive north of
Boyle Heights. Most of the young children
are seated at a low rectangular table at left.
More children are sitting on wooden boxes
in the foreground, while still more are
lined up at right. A woman in a long floral
print dress is standing at left. The school
building is at left, and a large grassy field is
at right. An intersection of paved roads can
be seen in the background. Several houses
line the road, and an early model automobile can be seen parked by a curb.
Check out the
USC Digital Archives at
http://digarc.usc.edu/
cispubseartch
Courtesy of University of Southern California, on behalf of the USC Specialized Libraries and Archival Collections
P AGE 8
Entertainment
V OLUME 59, I SSUE 2
W EDNESDAY , D ECEMBER 13, 2006
G AME R EVIEW : G UITAR H ERO II
F AST F ACTS
B Y : E DWAR D G ONZAL EZ
B Y : L YDIA
For all of you who love video games and music, I have a
game for you! The name of the game is Guitar Hero II and
it’s a sequel to the original Guitar Hero. The original Guitar
Hero first came out on November 8, 2005. When it was
first launched, people were excited about playing popular
songs like White Zombie’s Thunder Kiss ‘65 and David
Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust with their mini Gibson SG controller.
Meeting with great success, almost a year to the date later
on November 7, 2006, Guitar Hero II was introduced to the
many existing and new fans.
Released for Playstation 2, Guitar Hero II is published by
RedOctane and designed by Harmonix Music Systems. Like
the original, it’s packed with impressive music. Exceeding
the original, it has a larger music list with covers from artists
like the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Nirvana, Van Halen,
Rush, and Guns N' Roses. Guitar Hero II wouldn’t be great
if the songs didn't sound or play like the real thing, luckily
Courtesy of RedOctane
Harmonix nailed it with their ingenious design! Due to their
efforts, when you play the game, it feels and sounds like you
are performing the songs as you rock out with Wolfmother’s Woman and Nirvana’s Heart-Shaped
Box.
If you are not familiar with the Guitar Hero phenomenon, this is how it works…When
you pick up the mini Gibson SG controller, there are five-colored fret buttons to work with.
Although it’s only five, the game makes you feel like you're using an entire fret board. Your fingers dance up and down the neck of the guitar as you play scrolling notes while pressing the strum
bar simultaneously. For some extra oomph, you can use the whammy bar to create a cool pitch
blend effect. Guitar Hero II comes in four modes of difficulty: Easy, Medium, Hard, and Expert.
The difference between each mode is the speed and dexterity as they each get progressively difficult with more notes to hit as well as a speedier scroll.
FROM THE
RIVAS
LA’s name is longer than you think!
Did you know that the city of Los Angeles is not the city’s full name?
As surprising as it may be our city’s full and real name El Pueblo de
Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles del Río de Porciúncula," which
means The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels on the River
Porciúncula".
Reference: www.wikipedia.com
Legend’s best basketball
player
One of basketball legend’s players, Wilt
Chamberlain is known for various reasons.
His outstanding athleticism on the court made
him one of the greatest athletes of all time.
Scoring one hundred points against the warriors in the 1960s is another remarkable recognition. But did you know that Wilt Chamberlain holds 56 NBA records and was never
fouled out through his NBA career? Yes, it
takes great skills to become a great basketball
player like Wilt Chamberlain.
Reference: www.amusingfacts.com
A year of Mass!
What happens to a regular crime
sentence? The unusual happens
when a judge sentences a teenage
boy to a year of mass. A teenage
boy from Argentina will have to
attend mass everyday for a year
and help clean the church. The
judge from Argentina decided to
rule on this rare sentence after
hearing that the teenager stole
four empty gas containers from a
church and later sold them. This
sentence was intended for the
teenage boy to overcome his sins
as well as do his time.
While much of the game's mechanics work the same as they did in the original, there are a
few differences. For Guitar Hero II, the new three-button chords are the biggest addition to the
game. To pull of these massive parts, you may think you need an extra finger! Another addition
to the sequel is the ability for each player to independently choose a difficulty level. The Practice
Mode and ability to set individual difficulty levels in multiplayer are one of the best add-ons.
Lastly, the Cooperative multiplayer is lots more fun as the three-button chords help take the
game's challenge to the next level.
Guitar Hero II takes everything that made the original game great and makes it better.
This is the nearly-perfect sequel to one of the best games in forever, and it's an absolute must-buy
or at least must-try!
‘N ET
Reference: www.ananova.com
M USIC R EVIEW : C HIODOS ’ A LL ’ S W ELL T HAT E NDS W ELL
B Y : E LIJAH V ILL ENA
Released: Grade: A+
Chiodos (pronounced as Chee-OH-Dose),
formally known as “The Chiodos Bros.” is a posthardcore band from Davison, Michigan. The band consists of six members: Bradley Bell (keyboards and vocals), Derrick Frost (drums), Matt Goddard (bass), Jason Hale (guitar) Pat McManaman (guitar), and Craig
Owens (vocals). The band’s sound is a mixture of melodic riffs, electronic beats, punk and metal influences.
With the success of their first full length album released
back in 2005, Chiodos wanted to add on to their already
amazing CD. The reissue of All’s Well That Ends Well is
essentially the exact same album which was released in
2005. However, the reissue includes two bonus acoustic tracks.
The first bonus track is an acoustic rendition of Baby, You Wouldn’t Last A Minute On The Creek.
Though while the original version is heavily driven by their lead guitarist, Jason Hale, and drummer, Derrick Frost, the acoustic version is lead by their keyboardist Bradley Bell. The acoustic version, in my opinion, is a much better than the full band version. The vocals of Craig Owens are much cleaner and the harmony shared with Bradley is excellent.
The second bonus track is also an acoustic rendition of a previously recorded Chiodos track. However, the song was not released on All’s Well That Ends Well in 2005. The song Lindsey Quit Lollygagging was
released on an earlier EP in 2002 when Chiodos was known as The Chiodos Bros. The new version contains
simple riffs on guitar but is very entertaining to listen to for the simple fact that the song is such a step away
from what most Chiodos fans are used to.
Though the re-issue is essentially the same album I recommend buying the new CD for the two
new tracks and the new artwork on the cover of the CD.
What is Su Doku?
Su Doku is a kind of logic puzzle made popular in recent
years in Japan and now exploding in popularity across the globe.
Although they look like mathematical puzzles, you don't need any
mathematical skill to solve them. In fact you don't even need arithmetic to solve Su Doku puzzles - you can solve them by reasoning
alone. I think that is what makes them so interesting and so addictive.
A standard Su Doku puzzle is a table of 3 by 3 boxes, each
of which contains a 3 by 3 array of cells to make a 9 by 9 grid. At the
start of the puzzle, some cells are filled with digits and some are
empty. To solve a puzzle you must fill in the empty cells according
to these restrictions: every row, every column and every 3 by 3 box
must contain one instance of the digits 1-9. Each puzzle has a single
solution which can be found by a sequence of logical steps from the
starting position. You know when you've solved one because all the
digits click satisfyingly into place.
From: http://www.phon.ucl.ac.uk/home/mark/sudoku/
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V OLUME 59, I SSUE 2
W EDNESDAY , D ECEMBER 13, 2006
P AGE 9
T HE N EXT G ENERATION OF V IDEO G AMING
B Y : G REGOR Y M IJARES
These two companies have
been bumping heads since the Playstation made its debut, but without a
doubt Nintendo has been a world
wide famous company long before
the Playstation existed. As people
flock to buy, the question for most
consumers this year is: Which console is better? There are many determining factors, but for many, it’s
a money issue. The PS3 is at least
twice as expensive to the Nintendo
Wii. Why so much? PS3 came out
with two different consoles: one
priced at $500 and the other $600. The difference is that
the $600 system includes Memory Stick, Wi-Fi, and a
60GB hard disk drive (HDD), whereas the $500 system
comes with a 20GB HDD. Both consoles have state-of-the
art Bluetooth, four USB ports, and other great features like
Blu-ray Disc, which is the latest in High Definition movies.
The Wii’s market price starts at $250. If money matters,
the Wii is the best pick.
People couldn’t wait for it and now it’s here. For
all you gamers out there, the PS3 and the Nintendo Wii
finally arrived after a long wait. Nintendo and Sony are
proud to release their new consoles just before the holidays. Since the first original console came out in 1995,
the series of the Sony Playstation continues with PS3.
Don’t count out Nintendo just yet. It’s been at the top
right along with the Playstation. Just a year after the
original Playstation came out, Nintendo 64 was introduced in 1996. A decade later, neither Nintendo nor
Playstation wasted any time. On November 17, Playstation 3 was released to the public and just two days
after, it was Nintendo Wii’s turn for its public appearance.
ing. The Wii wireless controller can detect physical
movements in three dimensions. On top of this, its consumers can receive game updates and messages via internet using the WiiConnect24 feature. On console design,
Wii is again a top pick. With its ingenious wireless controller, interactive gaming has reached a new level.
From a first person shooter game to a steering a race car
to playing a tennis match, the Wii makes you part of the
action. So which one is better? It’s up to you to choose!
D ID
THE
YOU
K NOW …
J APANESE P LAYSTATION
GAMES , THE “OK” AND “C ANCEL ” B UTTONS
ARE REVERSED IN THEIR A MERICAN AND
E UROPEAN REL EASES .
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N INTENDO BEGA N AS A SMALL J APANESE
BUSINESS NEAR THE END OF 1889 AS
N INTENDO K OPPAI . T HE COMPANY
MOST OF THE
PRODUCED AND MARKET ED A CARD GAME
CALLED H ANAFUDA .
O N D ECEMEMBER 3, 1994, THE P LAYSTATION
WAS FIRST AVAILABLE IN J APAN .
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N INTENDO IS THE MAJORITY OWNER FOR THE
S EATTLE M ARINERS .
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T HE L AUNCH P RICE FOR THE ORIGINAL
P LAYSTATION IN THE US: $299.
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I N 1978, N INTENDO CAME OUT WITH ITS
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Besides financial reasons, what are consumers impressed with? For PS3, the graphics are definitely more
intense and impressive. But the Wii has everyone amazed
by the new controller design. At first, it might look like a
regular remote control, but it’s the first of its kind in gam-
T OP T HING S T O S HOP F OR D U RING
IN
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VERY FIRST VIDEO GAME CALLED
C OMPUTER
O THELLO .
R IDDLE M E T HIS ...
H OLIDAYS
B Y : G REGOR Y M IJARES
“W HICH CREATURE IN THE
Don’t know what to shop for? Need to drop a hint as to what you want? Well here is a
list of things to shop for during the holidays. Yet for many students, think of it as a “wish list”.
This list was composed through what students have been buzzing about on campus.
MORNING GOES ON FOUR
FEET , AT NOON ON TWO ,
AND IN THE EVENING UPON
THREE ?”
Many of the things on the list are new items that have been recently unveiled to the public. Some of these include the much sought for electronics, video games, music, and DVDs. If
you can’t get them for the holidays, check them out at the store. It’s kind of fun to window shop
and test out the latest video game consoles. Happy Holidays!
E LECTRONICS
—F ROM S OPHOCLES ’ O EDIPUS R EX
T HE E ND
TO A
C AREER
THAT
J UST B EGUN
1. PS3
B Y : C ATARINA M ARTINEZ
2. Nintendo Wii
Valentin Elizalde was a famous Mexican singer who passed away on
Saturday, November 25, 2006 at 2:45 a.m. He was born on February 1st,
1979. He was from a small town called Etchojoa Jitonhueca Sonora. He
started singing banda music in Bencame Nuevo. From there he started a
whirlwind international singing career. Through his singing, he got his nickname: “El Gallo De Oro”, which in English means “The Golden Rooster”.
Many say he followed in the footsteps of his musician father.
3. iPod 80GB ( Stores Up To 20,000 Songs)
4. New Computer
5. Advance T.V.
G AMES : I N S TORES N OW
1. Gears of War (Xbox 360)
2. Guitar Hero 2 (Playstation 2)
3. Scarface: The World Is Yours (Xbox, PSP, PS2)
4. Need For Speed: Carbon (PS2, PSP, Xbox, 360,
GameCube)
5. Call of Duty 3 (Xbox360)
M USIC :
I N S T ORES N OW
1. The Game’s The Doctor’s Advocate
2. Jay-Z’s Kingdom Come
His death was both sudden and controversial for fans around the
globe. On Saturday November 25, 2006, Valentin was performing in a private presentation at an expo in Reynosa Tamaulipas. After the presentation
he was driven by his driver Raymundo Ballesteros. With him was his manager and friend Mario Mendosa. During the drive, an unknown car suddenly
blocked Valentin’s car in then started shooting at it. According to the police
there were 50 bullet casings. Eight of which fatally hit Valentin. All three
victims were found murdered. Unfortunately, the police arrived 45 minutes
after the execution-style attack took place. With evidence left from the scene
the police were able to determine that the weapon used was an automatic
AR-15.
Elizalde leaves behind his three children: Jasmine, Carina and
Tatiana. Valentin Elizalde will be missed but he will always be remembered
in our hearts. Rest in peace Valentin Elizalde!
3. Snoop Dogg’s Tha Blue Carpet Treatment
4. Akon’s Konvicted
D ISCOGRAPHY
5. Wisin y Yandel Presentan’s Los Vaqueros
•
Vencedor (2006)
DVD S :
•
Soy Asi (2005)
•
Volvere a amar (2004)
•
Mi Satisfacción. (2003)
•
Y se parece a ti (2002)
•
17 Exitos En Honor A Mi Padre (2001)
•
Traicion Federal (2000)
I N S T ORES N OW
1. Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
2. 24: Season 5 (2006)
3. Family Guy Vol. 4 (2006)
4. Beerfest (2006)
5.
The Da Vinci Code (2006)
Honor Roll
P AGE 10
C ONGRATULATIONS ! Y OU ’ VE M ADE
T HE
FOLLOWING A RE
ABARCA, HECTOR
AGUILAR, CARINA
AGUILAR, WALTER U.
AGUINAGA, ANGELICA
AKRAM, NADIA
ALCALA, LESLIE M.
ALCAZAR, VICTOR A.
ALVAREZ, CYNTHIA
ALVAREZ, SELINA
ANGEL, DULCE
ANGULO, JESUS R.
ARAGON, EVER A.
ARCOS, NORMA A.
AREVALO, JOANNA M.
ARIAS, JOSE G.
ARIAS, ROCIO
ARRIZON, ESPERANZA
AVILA, ARTHUR
AVILA, NANCY E.
AVILES, ESTEPHANIE G.
BARAJAS, DAVID JR.
BEDOLLA, GRISELDA
BRIONES, PAULA J.
BRUMFIELD, AMBER L.
CAI, JIA H.
CALDERON, JUAN C.
CANALES, ELIZABETH S.
CANO, ANGELICA D.
CAO, HAI F.
CARAPIA, LARISSA E.
CARBALLO, AMELIA
CARD, GEORCHA
CARRANZA, JANET
CARVAJAL, CYNTHIA N.
CASAS, MAYRA
CASTELLANOS, RAQUEL
CENTENO, ANGELICA
CEREN, CINDY J.
CHAN, TAK C.
CHAN, WENDY W.
W IL SON
THE
V OLUME 59, I SSUE 2
W EDNESDAY , D ECEMBER 13, 2006
P RINCIPAL ’ S H ONOR R OLL !
STUDENT S WH O HAVE SUCCESSFULLY ACHIEVED A
CHEN, JOHN
CHEN, LILLIAN
CHEN, LILY
CHEN, MICHAEL J.
CHEN, ZHAN
CHIN, ALICE
CHIPIX, JEFFREY S.
CHIU, BETTY W.
CHU, CARMEN
COLLAZO, MICHAEL
CORONA, LIDIA
CUEVAS, OMAR
CUEVAS, SANTIAGO M.
CUI, ZHEN
DAMAS, STEPHANIE M.
DAO, AMY
DAVIS, NICHOLE M.
DE ANDA, VANIA M.
DENIZ, NAYROBY G.
DIAZ, DALMA L.
DIEP, KEVIN G.
EHRHEART, DEVAN M.
ELIAS, BRITTANIA
ENGERON-ESTRADA, CHARRIS
ESQUIVEL, KARLA
ESTEVEZ, DENNYS A.
ESTRADA, MARGARITA
FERNANDEZ, RAUDEL
FLORES, CHRISTINA M.
FLORES, EDUARDO
FUENTES, GILBERT III
GALLARDO, MIGUEL A.
GARCIA, ABIGAIL S.
GARCIA, JASMINE L.
GARCIA, NADINE R.
GOMEZ, CARMINA R.
GOMEZ, CHRISTOPHER
GONZALEZ, EDUARDO I.
GONZALEZ, INGRID
GUAN, FUSEN
GUERRERO, ISAMAR
GUTIERREZ, ALBERTO
GUTIERREZ, GILBERTO
GUTIERREZ, JORGE
GUZMAN, NESTOR M.
HA, CYNTHIA
HANG, JASON T.
HERNANDEZ, BERTHA G.
HERNANDEZ, DAISY A.
HERNANDEZ, ELIZABETH
HERNANDEZ, MIRIAM
HERNANDEZ, SANDRA
HERNANDEZ, WENDY
HO, MICHELLE Z.
HO, VINCENT
HOANG, NIKKI P.
HUANG, CHUN C.
HUANG, JIAHAO
HUERTA, LUIS F.
HUIZAR, SABRINA F.
JARA, DEISY
JAUREGUI, RICARD
JIANG, HENRY J.
JIMENEZ, FELIPE D.
KHANG, BERTILDE
KHANH, JENNY A.
KHANH, LEONALYN
KHUU, KAREN
LAM, MINDY
LARA MEDEL, XIOMARA
LAZARO, JOSEFINA
LE, BAO H.
LEDEZMA, LUCIA
LOPEZ, DOMENCIA Y.
LOPEZ, JENNIFER P.
LUU, ALVIN
3.50
MACO, DANIELLE M.
MAK, GLORIA
MAK, JULIA
MAK, MEI SEONG
MALDONADO, JENNIFER C.
MANZO, CYNTHIA T.
MARQUEZ, JANELLE Y.
MARTINEZ, AZLIN
MARTINEZ, CARLOS
MARTINEZ, CASSANDRA
MARTINEZ, DEREK P.
MARTINEZ, DYLAN E.
MARTINEZ, EDGAR
MARTINEZ, JACQUELINE S.
MARTINEZ, KEVIN
MARTINEZ, LARAMIE M.
MCPHERSON, JESSICA B.
MILES, GODOFREDO
MIRELES, DANIEL
MUNOZ, ELIZABETH
MURATALLA, GRACE G.
MURILLO, MICHELLE
NGUYEN, NGOC T.
NODA, LAZARO G.
NORIEGA, ALAN D.
NUNEZ, EDGAR
OLAGUEZ, RICARDO
OLIVARES, BIVIANA
ORTIZ, CHANEL N.
PANAMENO, HERBERTH R.
PAYAN AGUILERA, VANESSA
PEDRO, GERARDO
PENATE, EDWARD J.
PERALES, MICHAEL
PINEDA, MARTY A.
PLATERO, FATIMA
PUENTES, JESSE D.
QIU, DONG R.
TO
4.50 GPA.
RAMOS, CARLOS A.
RANGEL, ROSENDO
RIVAS, ALLAN A.
RIVERA, ESTEFANIA
RIVERA, FLOR M.
RODRIGUEZ, ABIGAIL
RODRIGUEZ, RAMON JR.
RODRIGUEZ, RAUL
RODRIGUEZ, VICTORIA E.
ROJAS, SHARON E.
ROMERO, LEISHA B.
ROMERO, MICHAEL A.
SALCEDO, CAROLINA B.
SANCHEZ, JOSE G.
SEDANO, CHRISTIAN L.
SERRANO, ADRIAN
SIU, JOHNNY
SIU, WING-YIN
SOLORZANO, CLAUDIA V.
SOLORZANO, ELIZABETH
SORIANO, ROBERTO
TAN, LISA D.
TREJO, ALEXANDRA
TREJO, NELIDA
TRUONG, LENA
VACA GARCIA, LILIA K.
VALDOVINOS, FRANCISCO J.
VANEGAS, NELLY E.
VAZQUEZ, LINDA
VIDAL, LENZY J.
VILLA, DENISE
VILLARREAL, JOSE L.
WONG, KENT C.
XIAO, SHUXIAN SUSAN
YU, TONY
YUAN, HELEN
YUEN, MARGARET
ZHANG, ZHAOWEI
ZHENG, FANNY
C ONGRATULATIONS ! Y OU ’ VE M ADE THE C OUNSELORS ’ H ONOR R OLL !
T HE
FOLLOWING A RE
AGUILAR, GABRIELA
AGUIRRE, SONIA
ALONSO, XOCHILT
ALVAREZ, JONALYN S.
AMADOR, ANA K.
ARANDA, BRENDA K.
ARANDA, KARLA T.
ARANGO, DORIS L.
ARCOS, GLORIA S.
BAIESC, MARIUS C.
BARTOSEK, AARON C.
BAUTISTA, BERENICE
BENAVIDES, SALVADOR
BENITEZ, JULIE S.
BERNAL, GEORGINA L.
CABADA, ADRIAN
CADENAS, LORNA
CALDERON, MARTIN A.
CAMARENA, ANDRE D.
CARDIEL, VALERIE M.
CASTANEDA, DAVID
CASTELLANOS, CAROLINA
CEJA, AARON B.
CHAIDEZ, MANUEL D.
CHAVEZ, ALEJANDRA Y.
CHAVEZ, KEVIN A.
CHEN, HARMON D.
CLEARY, BRITTANY A.
COREA, RODNEY
COVARRUBIAS, JENNIFER
CRUZ, ALEJANDRO
CRUZ, JENNIFER
DE LA CRUZ, JORGE L.
W IL SON
STUDENT S WH O HAVE SUCCESSFULLY ACHIEVED A
DELGADO, DIANA
DIAZ, JULILAHROSE V.
DIAZ, LUIS A.
DOMINGUEZ, LAUREN R.
DUARTE, VIVIANA
DUONG, DANNY H.
ESCOBAR, TRINIDAD
ESPINOZA, DAVID
ESTRADA, PETRA
ESTRADA, SOFIA
FERNANDEZ, ROCIO M.
GALAN, GEORGE
GALLEGOS, DANIEL
GARCIA, DALIA Y.
GARCIA, KYLE
GARCIA, ROGER A.
GAYTAN, CARISSA J.
GOMEZ, JOSHUA S.
GOMEZ, OMAR G.
GONZALES, DANIEL F.
GONZALEZ, ALEXANDRIA
GONZALEZ, CARLOS
GONZALEZ, DIEGO A.
GONZALEZ, MARIA D.
GONZALEZ-MORA, EDGAR
GUDINO, ELIZABETH T.
GUEVARA, ELZA J.
GUTIERREZ, DOLORES
GUTIERREZ, ELIZABETH
GUZMAN, TANYA C.
HAN, JOANNE
HERAS, GEORGE
HERNANDEZ, FABIOLA
HERNANDEZ, RUBY
HERNANDEZ, SAUL JR.
HERNANDEZ, TIFFANY M.
HIDALGO, ANGELICA
HOLGUIN, PHILLIP M.
HUANG, TOMMY W.
HUTCHINSON, KENRY A.
JAQUEZ, NICHOLAS, R.
JULIO-CUEVAS, KIMBERLEY
KIM, SAKPHAYANA
KIM, SAKPRANETH
LARA, JENNIFER
LEE, JASON J.
LEYVA, CYNTHIA Y.
LOPEZ, BARBARA C.
LOPEZ, DOMINIQUE L.
LOPEZ, LEONIDES
LOPEZ, VANESSA
LUNA, CHRISTIAN
LUNA, CRYSTAL
MACIAS, MICHEAL A.
MANLEY, PAULINE
MARTINEZ, ALEXANDER R.
MARTINEZ, JOSEPH P.
MARTINEZ, LUCIA
MARTINEZ, MARIA E.
MARTINEZ, ROCIO
MASH, LILIAN K.
MAYAGOITIA, ALEXIS A.
MC KINNEY, ROBERT E.
MEJIA, JENNY
MELENDEZ, SAMLY R.
MENDOZA CUENCA, SHAILA
3.00
MONROY-TALAMANTES, PATRICIA
MORALES, CHRISTOPHER
MORALEZ, STEPHANIE M.
MORAN, DANIEL A.
MUNOZ, CRYSTAL R.
MUNOZ, JOSE F.
MUNOZ, MIMI A.
NAVARRETE GARAY, MICHAEL
NAVIA, SUSANA
NEVAREZ, LUIS M.
NGOV, DANIEL H.
OJEDA, ERIC J.
OLIVARES, EDWIN R.
ONG, ERIK J.
ORTEGA, LIDIA M.
ORTIZ, KARINA A.
PALACIOS, LUZ M.
PANAMENO, JENNIFER D.
PAZ, FRANKLIN E.
PECINA, FRANCISCO J.
PENA, JESUS
PEREZ, JOSEPH D.
PEREZ, YAMILA N.
PERLERA, ANA M.
PERRY, JAZMIN M.
PONCE, JUANITA
QUIJADA, GUADALUPE
RAMIREZ, CRISTIAN
RAMIREZ, JOSE I.
RAMIREZ, LIZETTE
RECINOS, EMMA M.
RECINOS, YANIRA A.
RENTERIA, CHRISTIAN A.
TO
3.49 GPA.
REYNOSO, LUIS E.
REYNOSO, ROGELIO JR.
ROBLES, DEYSI
RODRIGUEZ, JASON
RODRIGUEZ, MARIO A.
RODRIGUEZ-CASAS, EDUWIGE
ROSALES, ANABEL
SALAS, REBECCA V.
SALAS, ROMAN P.
SALGADO, ESMERALDA
SANCHEZ, RUTH
SANDOVAL, ARACELY
SANDOVAL, JOSUE
SANTILLAN, NICHOLAS R.
SERRANO, NESTOR M.
SOLIS, MICHAEL
SOLORZANO, ARTURO F.
SOTELO, JESSICA
TAVARES, SARA M.
TEJEDA, PAOLA P.
THACH, RAYMOND
TORRES, BARBARA G.
TORRES, STACEY L.
TRINIDAD, JOCELYN S.
VALENZUELA, NEYRA L.
VALLES, ROSA
VEGA, SURY K.
VILLANUEVA, LINCOLN E.
VOONG, WILMA
XIE, EDWARD
YANES, ROBIN E.
YOUNG, KRYSTAL D.
YU, TINA V.
ZAMORANO, MERCI
V OLUME 59, I SSUE 2
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W ILSON H AS
THE
Sports
P AGE 11
B ELL O NCE A GAIN !
B Y : K EVIN V EGA
A devastating 0-3
start this season,
T HE LAST TIME W ILSON
everything was
RANG THE BELL WAS
pointing to a losing
DURING THE 1998 SEASON
and disappointing
AFTER THE M ULES BEAT THE
season for the
F RANKLIN P ANTHERS .
Mules. However,
hope once again
filled the atmosphere, after the coaching staff and players were reminded and
inspired of the team tradition and pride of El Sereno and Wilson
High School by Head Coach Eddie Martinez. They were reminded to stay focused and show everyone they were better than
their 0-3 start and that the playoffs were not out of reach. While
winning their next four games, Wilson’s Varsity football players
were put to the test as they had a chance to win back the bell and
prove that they are the great athletes they claimed to be. The last
time Wilson rang the bell was during the 1998 season after the
Mules beat the Franklin Panthers. It has been the team’s mission
to bring that past memory back to the present where the Bell
K INGS
OF THE
D IAMO ND
B Y : G REGOR Y M IJARES
Congratulations to the St.
Louis Cardinals for a wonderful
2006 as they defeated the Detroit Tigers in 5 games! Even
though the Tigers didn’t win,
they had an amazing and unbelievable year of their own. Their
victory secured the Cardinals
with their 10th World Series
title in 80 years since their first
championship back in 1926. It’s
been 24 years since their last
World Series title in 1982. With this big win, Cardinal manager Tony
La Russa finally got what he came for in St. Louis. In 2004 he fell
short by losing to the Boston Red Sox in four games. This win gives La
Russa his second World Series ring. He earned the first one back in
Oakland during the 1989 season. It also makes La Russa the second
manager to win World Series titles in both leagues.
The real kudos, however, goes to the field warriors who were full of
talent and team chemistry from Pujols, Edmonds, Eckstein, Carpenter
to bench players like Spiezio, Taguchi, Wilson. Cardinal slugger Albert Pujols stated, "[And] that's what you play for. It doesn't matter
how much money you make or what kind of numbers you put up in
the big leagues. If you walk out of this game and you don't have a ring,
you haven't accomplished everything." As the Cardinals were just
hanging on to first place on the last week of the regular season and
clinching their division on the last weekend, their championship was a
shocker and was considered a “Cinderella” story to most. The way they
were initially playing, many would say it looked as if they were going
to be eliminated in the first round to the San Diego Padres. They luckily managed to make big noises with their bats and kept doing just that
throughout the rest of the playoffs. Well you know the end of their
Cinderella story, they lived happily ever after …until the next season!
•
W ORLD S ERIES T RIVIA :
In World Series history, 50 teams have fallen into 0-2 deficits. 11 of those
teams came back to win: the 1921 Giants, 1955 Dodgers, 1956 Yankees,
1958 Yankees, 1965 Dodgers, 1971 Pirates, 1978 Yankees, 1981 Dodgers,
1985 Royals, 1986 Mets and 1996 Yankees.
•
42 teams fell into 1-3 deficits, only six of which finally came back to win: the
1903 Red Sox, 1925 Pirates, 1958 Yankees, 1968 Tigers, 1979 Pirates, and
1985 Royals.
•
Seven teams have won the Series in the last at-bat of the seventh game: the
1912 Red Sox, the 1924 Senators, the 1960 Pirates, the 1975 Reds, the 1991
Twins, the 1997 Marlins, and the 2001 Diamondbacks.
•
The Chicago Cubs hold the record for the longest World Series drought (still
active heading into 2007), with their last title coming in 1908. Other
substantial droughts include the Philadelphia Phillies (97 seasons, from their
inception in 1883 to 1980); the Chicago White Sox (88 seasons, from 1917 to
2005); the Boston Red Sox (86 seasons, from 1918 to 2004).
•
The New York Yankees have won two or more championships in seven
different decades - the 1920s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, and finally the
1990s.
Reference: www.wikipedia.org
came home were it belongs.
The game took place on Friday, October 20 at Franklin
High School as the Mighty Mules were ready for a show down.
Franklin’s first possession was a great one as they ran all over Wilson’s defense and added seven to the score board. Wilson then
took action as quarterback Dylan Martinez (#5) found Aaron Bartosek (#2) in the end zone. This added extra points to the board
and evened out the score. Wilson’s defense stood up and held their
ground to prevent Franklin from scoring. Dylan came out on top as
he passed a total of 275 yards while throwing three passes for paydirt. This lead to Mules ultimate victory of a final 20-7.
At the game, more than 500 attendees watched and celebrated our triumph. The Bell was Wilson’s once again! Principal
Roberto Martinez participated in Wilson’s post-game celebration at
Wilson High inspiring words about the football team’s tradition
and their great achievements. It was evident that the winning of
the Bell gave the school a surge of school spirit. The Mighty Wilson Mules have high hopes as they are determined to hold on to this
victorious memory and achievement for years to come.
T HE W ILSON H IGH S CHOO L N EW G YM
B Y : B ERTHA H ERNA NDEZ
Photo Courtesy of Yearbook: Boys Basketball Team watching from their new and improved sidelines.
Alley-oop! Watch out Wilson has a refurbished gym! Wilson’s gym has completely new
floors and bleachers. “When you enter the gym,
all you can say is ‘Wow’! It’s the most beautiful
thing I have seen this year. It makes other players
want to play because it’s inspiring to be in such a
beautiful gym,” says Girls Varsity Basketball’s Senior Neyra Valenzuela (#5).
Realistically though, the gym wasn’t revamped for beauty or even for the basketball or
volleyball teams. Though it needed to be fixed,
the gym was restored because of an unfortunate
injury. Principal Martinez says, “Someone actually cut the tip of their finger trying to push the
bleachers in.” Due to this, the district ordered the
gym to be fixed. It took all summer for the gym
to be fixed and now it’s finished. If you are wondering how much the gym cost overall, it was
roughly around $200,000. “That is a lot of money,
but it had to be done,” says Principal Martinez,
“the floors were damaged and the bleachers caused
several injuries.”
Though we got our new gym due to a
terrible incident, now there won’t be any further
injuries. From this, not only does the gym have
bleachers, but new floors as well. Additionally,
the visitors’ section now say “WHS”, the home
section says “Wilson”, and in bold blue print the
sidelines says, “Once a Mule Always a Mule.” Not
only is the new gym safer and looks better, but it
has really made students proud of their school.
Boys Varsity Basketball’s Senior Tony Yu (#13)
says “The gym looks nice! There’s color now, and
it’s not just plain because it has blue and gold.
Most importantly it has our motto which is the
best part of all…making it not just the gym its
‘our’ gym.”
Boys Varsity Basketball’s Senior Santiago
Cuevas (#25) says, “I think it’s really nice, it was
about time they fixed it up because before they
fixed it, the gym was horrible! We would slip all
over the place and the bleachers didn’t go in. The
new gym gives the whole team inspiration.” Many
students agree with Cuevas, the gym is really inspirational for many gym athletes and even nonathletes. Whether or not you play a gym sport,
many Mighty Mules agree that seeing such a school
spirited space gives them much pride in Wilson
High School. The new gym is definitely a work of
art!
B OYS V ARSITY B ASKETBALL ’ S
S ENIOR T ONY Y U (#13) SAYS
“T HE GYM LOOKS NICE !
T HERE ’ S COLOR NOW , AND IT ’ S
NOT JUST PLAIN BECAUSE IT
HAS BLUE AND GOLD . M OST
IMPORTANTLY IT HAS OUR
MOTTO WHICH IS THE BEST
PART OF ALL … MAKING IT NOT
JUST THE GYM ITS ‘ OUR ’ GYM .”
Sports
P AGE 12
F AREWELL
Scores
TO
V OLUME 59, I SSUE 2
W EDNESDAY , D ECEMBER 13, 2006
F OOTBALL
B Y : B ER THA H ERNANDEZ
Wilson entered the 2006 California Interscholastic
Federation (CIF) High School Football Playoffs with a record
of 5-5. Unfortunately Wilson’s Varsity Football team was unable to defeat Eagle Rock on Wednesday, November 22. Wilson was defeated 36-6 and is now out of playoffs. On Friday,
December 8, Eagle Rock beat Garfield (21-17).
B OYS / G IRL S V A RSITY
B ASKETBALL
Date
Opponent
Result
11/22
Oscar de la
Hoya
B W 60-38
11/27
Bell
G W 74-13
B L 39-67
11/29
Bravo
G W 76-19
12/01
Garfield
G L 52-56
12/09
Garfield
G W 72-35
B OYS / G IRL S V A RSITY
S OCCER
Date
11/22
Opponent
Maywood
Result
G W 7-3
B W 2-0
11/27
Roosevelt
G L 0-2
11/29
Bravo
B W 3-2
12/01
Garfield
G L 3-0
B T 1-1
A THLETE
OF THE
Although their season is over, Wilson’s Varsity Football team had a good ride. Senior Ricardo Jauregui (#25) says
“It was an adrenaline rush; it was all about playing your best
getting out there and showing the world you could do it and
that you could do your best.” That is exactly what Ricardo did
and left the season with 136 tackles. Another player who feels
that playoffs were a great experience is senior Rosendo Rangel
(#24). Rangel says, “Playoffs were like war, we either win or
we lose. Unfortunately we lost, but we left the field with a
great season.” Head Coach Eddie Martinez agrees with Rangel,
and says, “It felt good to make it to the playoffs. All the hard
work and determination paid off!”
Playoffs proved to be a great experience for all the
players. Although this season is over Wilson’s Varsity Football
team has a lot in store. This year the team was able to recover
the long lost bell and even make it to the playoffs. Now we
look ahead and wonder…what will the team recover next
year?
Courtesy of Yearbook
P LAYOFFS S CORES
Date
Opponent
Result
11/09
Belmont
W 28-0
11/16
Hollywood
W 34-7
11/22
Eagle Rock
L 36-6
B OYS S OCCER : H OPING TO R ING IN 2007 WITH A W IN !
B Y : J ORGE H ERNANDEZ AND A LBERTO R IVADENEYRA
Football season is over, now soccer season is here.
Coach Sandoval says, “This year will be the championship year
for Wilson High.” Wilson’s Boys Soccer has been practicing
hard, but since they love the sport so much, they are having
fun! Varsity is lead by Coaches Sandoval and Martin along with
team captains Juan A. Jimenez and George Galan. JV is lead by
Coach Vasquez along with team captains Eduardo Loza and
Anthony Frias.
So far, Varsity played three practice games against
Maywood Academy, Bravo, and Garfield High School. On
their first away game in the pre-season, Wilson beat Maywood,
2-0. They continued their winning streak by winning Bravo, 32. Later, they tied with Garfield, 1-1. Although JV didn’t play
Maywood or Bravo, they did play Garfield and also tied at 1-1.
The Girls Soccer team has been supporting the Boys
every kick of the way. Many of the Girls team members show
their school spirit at their games. Girls Varsity Soccer player,
sophomore Yesenia Sanabria says, “I think they will have a good
season this year. They have been winning all of their games and
are very dedicated. Every Boys team member shows up to
practice daily. The team has successful game strategies and
work ethics. Their teamwork and dedication will take them
to playoffs this year!”
With a very successful pre-season, both Varsity and
JV look forward to their season, which starts on Monday,
January 8, 2007 as they face Eagle Rock in a home game.
You are all invited and encouraged to attend on this date.
Wilson’s soccer team would like you to come and show off
school spirit. Football season is over, now it’s time for some
soccer! So please support our soccer team as you would support our football team. Help them ring in the New Year
with a win!
C OACH S ANDOVAL SAYS ,
“T HIS YEAR WILL BE THE
CHAMPIONSHIP YEAR FOR
W ILSON H IGH .”
M ONTH : R ICARDO J AUREGUI
B Y : K EVIN V EGA
NAME: Ricardo Jauregui, Varsity
Football
killer defense moves for the Chicago Bears. Now as a linebacker himself, people are
checking out his defensive stops.
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BIRTHDATE: May 5, 1989
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JERSEY #:25
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POSITION: Linebacker
Aside from football Ricky maintains a 4.0 GPA at Wilson High and hopes
to attend the well-known University of Southern California (USC) next school year.
Although he plans to one day help others by becoming a doctor, he also hopes to
play for USC’s legendary football team.
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STATS: 11.5 Tackles / Game,
136 Total Tackles
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FAVORITES: -Atlanta Falcons,
Player-Brian Urlacher
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Senior standout Ricky Jauregui has been the driving force behind Wilson’s
Varsity football team for 3 years. A starter for two years, Ricky has been Wilson’s
top tackler and playmaker since his first start. Ricky leads the Northern League in
tackles with a total of 136 and has two fumble recoveries along with two and a half
sacks to complement his great statistics. The tackling machine also ranks 10th in the
California’s Los Angeles City Section in tackles per game and also 7th in total tackles.
Ever since he first saw a football game, he fell in love with the contact
sport. At the age of 13, Ricky’s sports career started when he played lineman on a
flag football team in Highland Park. He grew up watching his favorite player Brian
Urlacher. Ricky intensely watched as Urlacher crushed the opposing teams with
Athletically and academically, Ricky’s path seems to be heading to the right
direction. His goals and accomplishments are definitely guiding him there. With
such great statistics and potential, don’t be surprised to see his name—Dr. Ricky
Jauregui—on the map of stardom. After all, he is a mule and we practice like
champs and play like legends!
E VER SINCE HE FIRST SAW A
FOOTBALL GAME , HE FELL IN LOVE
WITH THE CONTACT SPORT .