On the night of September 23, 2017, many students got together in our gymnasium for our first formal dance of the new school year. This dance follows our annual homecoming football game where our 2017 homecoming queen and king were announced during halftime. This year, Mary Hernandez was crowned queen alongside Omar Rangel as her king. Mary said, “When I saw my name on the fence I felt like I was dreaming. It didn’t hit me until my dad started saying all these sweet things and congratulating me. I was really happy. Being queen didn’t really have an impact on on my last homecoming because I still would have enjoyed the night but it was definitely a dream come true and I’m really thankful for this experience.” Omar states, “When I won I was surprised because there was tough competition with this year’s court but it didn’t hit me until the next day at the actual homecoming dance. I was looking forward to homecoming even more because I had the privilege to wear a sash that said ‘Homecoming King 2017’. As king, I didn’t feel any different. At the dance I was just hanging out with my friends and having fun like everyone else.” As soon as the school gates were entered, there was already a line formed to get into the dance. Our eagles were greeted by Mrs. De La Rosa who checked ID’s and they were also handed blue bracelets that said “South El Monte High School 25th Anniversary 2017”. Once the students got into the gym, they walked through an arch of white balloons and stepped onto the dance floor. There was a mixture of different types of dresses worn by the girls from short dresses with long sleeves, to velvet dresses, to sparkly and sequenced dresses, each which not only made them look like princesses but like feel like one as well. As for the guys, many went dressed up in suits and others went in nice button ups with jeans and dress shoes. Every year, the homecoming dance is paired with a theme and this year it was Disney. Large posters of a variety of vintage disney characters covered the walls as well as posters displaying our 25th anniversary which were made by our ASB members who worked very hard on them nonstop. The students danced the night away to fun and upbeat music. During the dance, people loosened up and made sure they had a great night. Some students stood on top of the little platforms that were on the dance floor which created a crowd around them. One student who really stood out all night was Timothy Evora. “I don't want to sound conceited or anything but I do feel like I was the life of the party, but I think it was mostly because of the platforms because I felt higher than everyone so that was really cool. I had a great time and I don't regret going at all. It was my senior homecoming and they made it really fun.” Tim also said that ASB should continue what they're doing because it was great. Freshman Michael describes his first homecoming as “fun and pretty lit” because his friends made the best out of it. He also says his favorite part was when people started going on the platforms and everyone created a circle and started dancing around them. The DJ played a diverse amount of songs going from today’s hits such as “Bodak Yellow” by Cardi B, old 2000s R&B like “Low” by T-Pain, and Spanish music like “Danza Kuduro” by Don Omar. He also played songs such as the Cha Cha Slide and El Caballo Dorado to get students involved in the customary dances. During the middle of the dance, the DJ switched it up by playing “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran which allowed the couples to dance a slow dance together. With all the dancing that’s going on, people are bound to get hungry or thirsty which is why ASB sold food and beverages outside behind the gym. For the food, there were tacos with rice and beans and cookies and as for the drinks ASB sold sprite and water. Jasmine Robles, who was in charge of this event, was “satisfied with the outcome of our homecoming dance” but all good things must come to an end and as the final song was playing it created mixed emotions from not wanting the night to end to wanting to get some rest.
Club Rush Kateleen Lao Staff Writer
Club Rush, the day where every Eagle new and current is able to join and learn about the new and exotic clubs here at South EL Monte High. Club Rush also helps students explore more options for themselves, come may want to join a club for a career path they desire. Some may join clubs that soothe their interests and hobbies. On this day, every club on campus sets up on tables and tries their best to interest and persuade newcomers to join their alluring club. It lands on September 29, 2017, a Friday. The purpose of Club Rush is to help new and every student learn about the different clubs here at South El Monte High School and even help them join some. This event happens during lunch, so everyone is able to enjoy a meal while learning about the new clubs they may not have known about while attending SEMHS. There are many clubs on campus, so there is always a chance for possibly every student to join one that they will like. “We set a goal of obtaining of 120 members, so hopefully we get to that goal”, says President of the Future Business Leaders of America club David Tan. Raymond Rios, member of the Drama Club, exclaims,“My goal today is to get many people involved into clubs but specifically my club, Drama Club. My club is more than just acting” “Our goal today was to get other people to like Kpop as much as we do and to make new friends, so that for other people that have trouble making friends it’d be easier for them”, from Natalie Mendez, President of the Kpop Club. “My goal today in Club Rush is to help kids know that there are other clubs available other than just simple ones that they see stereotypically. This is a club where we don’t just do the normal thing, this is something that they can all enjoy and not have to worry about doing work or anything else besides just bringing themselves to the table”, explains Lyza Mendoza, member of the Anime club. Many students wandered around the grass area, questioning and joining new clubs to them at South El Monte High School. All clubs in South El Monte High School were set up on the quad area near the cafeteria building. Flyers, applications, and much more were handed out to students to get them moving on which club(s) they would've chose to join. Each club out did a good job at signing up students of each grade for their clubs. Some may have had a specific amount needing to exceed for students to join, some did not. Many clubs had trifolds, posters, and objects demonstrating some of the many things that those students do in their club. Every club did an outstanding job on Club Rush. Hopefully, every club’s needs and goals were fulfilled to their satisfaction. Highlighting David Tan and his table for FBLA, was truly one of the big and main attractions. Kpop club President Natalie Mendez trying their best to gather as many students to help those in trouble of making friends and to just have thorough fun while attending her club. Many clubs had big groups of students interested in seeing what clubs have to show to prove that those students should join their club.This years club rush seems to have made a big impact and turned out successfully. Each year more new clubs are represented during club rush which makes SEMHS have a diverse amount of clubs on campus available for students. Next year’s club rush is hoping to be the same or even better.
Cal Poly Mustangs Donate Tool Bag for Eagle Femineers Fatima Trejo Staff Writer
The project lead the way class gives students opportunities to divulge into engineering. The class also encourages students to get more involved in math, science, art careers, and engineering careers. What is an engineer? A person who designs, builds, or even maintains engines. Xochitl Solorzano stated, “ The project lead the way class has helped me learn how to work with groups and problem solve when you have limitations. Whether it be a limited amount of materials, little time, or like in robotics, usually both.” Every year California State Polytechnic University Pomona donates a tool box to the project lead the way class, to expose the girls to learning how to work with them. The tool box comes in handy as the girls learn how to use the tools boxes by doing a coding project. Mr. Huerta believes in the girls and in what they are capable of doing. Because of him, these females get to be a part of something great, that they may later on appreciate and look back on and be thankful for the opportunity. Mr.Huerta states,” I want to let them learn how to use the tools more than anything else and expose the female gender to stem related careers.” Something interesting Mr.Huerta mentioned was, “ We want students to accomplish or to create anything, to have students learn as well to every project we do in here should intrigue the students.” He is very passionate and ambitious for the girls, as he sets a goal from the very beginning to how far he wants these girls to go. “The goal is to give students opportunities to discover and become involved in stem related projects and careers.” California State Polytechnic University Pomona is one of the highest engineering colleges, with about 5,600 graduated students in the engineering department. In the Southern California, Cal Poly is ranked the second largest engineering school in the university system. It is also the largest engineering college ranked number seventeen in the United States. Mr. Huerta is encouraging as an advisor. In his classroom he has a whiteboard in his room that states,” Engineers use math and their imagination.” Everything done in the project lead the way class is project based as they do mini projects that all lead up to a big project. Mr.Huerta pushes his students to learn on their own as he states, “I want them to learn and know other engineer fields they aren’t aware of.” Cal Poly has an engineering department and does encourage people to become mechanical engineers. Math is involved and used a lot in The Project Lead the Way class and Mr. Huerta has been the advisor for two years in a row. So far Mr.Huerta has encouraged and made the females believe in themselves and set a goal for them. For example, “The club purpose and goal is to allow students to learn engineering and science in a fun and involved way,by working hands on with professional engineers on projects that will help students acquire many now skills and prepare them for more professional engineering environment.” Commented Xochitl Solorzano.
Pink Day Angelina Tovar Staff Writer
On October 20th, Mr. Escamillaalong with our ASB students covered the campus in pink to help spread breast cancer awareness. Breast cancer is a very serious disease. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Although it’s mainly found in women, men can have it too. Pink Day here at South El Monte High School began 10 years ago when Mr. Escamilla’s sister, Liz San Roman, passed away from breast cancer on May 10, 2007. As a result, Mr. Escamilla wanted to keep her memory alive and he succeeded. During this day, students wear any article of pink clothing and our staffulty does anything they can to show their support. Mr. Escamilla shared his appreciation saying, “It means so much to me that our school got behind me and my family over the last 10 years to help me put this on because breast cancer is a terrible disease so I wanted to do anything I could to help spread breast cancer awareness so that no one else has to go through what [my sister] did and I hope that someday we’ll find a cure for breast cancer.” At the beginning of October, Escamilla’s students and ASB sold t-shirts that were worn throughout the school to fundraise for the Pink Ribbon Scholarship. The money for this scholarship only comes from this one fundraiser. Altogether, over 650 t-shirts were sold plus a second order was placed. Escamilla says that choosing the winners of this scholarship “is getting harder and harder every year.” He also says, “I remember the first year I only had five people apply and I gave out two scholarships for $500 and last year I had thirty-two people apply and I gave out four for $1,000.” Escamilla doesn’t base the winners on their GPA and who the highest ranked student is but he looks for students that are involved in some extracurricular activity. “One of the things that my sister and I both agreed on was being involved in school. That’s really what I look for, someone who is more than just getting straight A’s.” The decorations around the school were immense. In the middle of the pepstand there was a big ribbon made up of pink balloons. The hallways were filled with posters that helped spread breast cancer awareness and that also had important statistics about it. This helped inform students about the ugly truth of breast cancer. Also, the football field was painted with pink with one big breast cancer ribbon in the middle and one on each side of it. During the middle of lunch Mr. Escamilla thanked everyone for their support and cooperation. He also gathered many students up to take a large group photo. “It was really fun, I never understood all the pressure ASB was under setting up the whole campus for pink day and other events but I’m glad to be apart of it.” says first year ASB student Natalie Lopez. This day gives students the opportunity to really show their support for those fighting not only breast cancer but other types of cancers. Words from Mr. Escamilla to anyone who is battling breast cancer, “Be strong and fight and never give up. My sister fought for eight years and she beat it then came back and beat it but came back again and you never know when they’re going to find a cure so if you continue fighting and put it in God’s hands hopefully things will work out but just never ever give up. Probably the most important thing for all women is to get early detection because the earlier you find out you have breast cancer, the better your chance is to beat it.”
Eagles Gather Under 'Winter Moonlight' for Annual Formal Daisy Vergal Staff Writer
After a hectic week, South El Monte High School managed to end the week in a positive note. To keep the school spirit going, South El Monte High School held the annual Winter Formal. The theme chosen was, “ Winter Moonlight”. Winter Formal was held at the Crystal Marquis located in Whittier,CA. As guest were arriving with their dates, girls wore their most elegant formal clothes. As for the boys, they wore tuxedos matching their dates. As they entered the dance, they were greeted by Mrs. De La Rosa and Mr.Clark. As students were walking into the hall they witnessed the glamorous decorations. Once the students were sitted, they had an option of what they liked to eat which included salads, veggies, or fettuccini chicken alfredo. There was also a dessert table with cookies, brownies, cake, and bread. The DJ was splendid with many trap music and a little spanish music here and their. He played Drake, Migos, Snoop Dogg, Future, Lil Jon, Flo Rida. The spanish section was short, he played merengue, rock español, and el caballo dorado but that's what got the whole crowd up and dancing. The timing of the event was a cold night, but overall it was a great night. For the first time in school history, the Winter Moonlight court was elected differently. When guests arrived at the dance, they had the option to nominate anyone that attended the dance. There was a provided list that included the names of every student that had bought tickets to Winter Moonlight. Whoever had the most nominations were crowned. After playing various spanish songs, Mrs. De La Rosa announced that it was time to crown this year’s Winter Moonlight court. Once the dance floor cleared and the lights turned on, the announcers, Helena Sensente and Karla Gomez, welcomed every Princess and Prince to the stage. The Princes included Carlos Armendariz, Erick Espitia, Ruben Aguilar, and Kevin Salvador. The Princesses included Stephanie Sosa, Alexa Mercado, Briana Patrick, and Dani Desales. The crowning couple was Arturo Ocegueda and Tatiana Patrick. As they were crowned, the DJ played All of Me by John Legend. As the couple danced, guests pulled out their cellphone’s flashlights to create a fairytale effect. “It was great being able to win with my boyfriend, I mean it was awkward the way they crowned us but other than that the song was cute and we had a great time overall” stated, Tatiana Patrick the queen of the night.
South Brings Out Spirit with Classes Competing for Glory Akira Anda Staff Writer
On the week of January 30th - February 3rd, South commenced its annual spirit week. Like former spirit weeks, Monday was reserved for blue and gold day. Blue and gold day is a time to come together as a whole school and show your school spirit. The students unite as one before each grade proudly wears their designated color. Spirit days represent, “The class’s individual spirit, you show how proud you are of your year and would you like to demonstrate that by decorating the school and representing your class.” says senior, Cesar Santacruz. Freshmen spirit day was held January 31st. Freshmen really put in the work while decorating the side entrance of the school, the stage, and quad with posters, balloons, and streamers. They also arrived to school wearing green attire, which is their designated color. Wearing green shirts, tutus, bandanas, and green paint coated on their faces really shows off their school spirit. At lunch, freshmen provided drumsticks and lime ice cream to fellow 9th graders. Class of 2020 president, Karla Gomez, said, “Honestly at first it was really chaotic and stressful but throughout time, I got really excited.” As it was her first year managing spirit day decorations, she worried if they would have enough posters or if they would finish on time. Despite the inevitable first year stress and doubt, Gomez was proud of the accomplishments her class demonstrated,Sophomores really out did themselves by decorating the quad with tons of red balloons and streamers. There were two sets of tables at the quad for the 10th graders to sit out at for lunch, and play some music. Sophomores really represented their class by wearing red clothing and red paint on their faces. The sophomores showed us what red was all about. Sophomore class president, Jasmine Robles started, “Planning my spirit day was very stressful since I had basketball games and practices all week, but nevertheless it turned out great and my class loved it.” The juniors really strutted their stuff by wearing yellow colored morph suits and having their whole entire face coated with yellow paint. The 11th graders decorations out on the quad were very attracting, especially with their bright color. The yellow balloons floating above the quad were really a nice touch. The juniors did put in a lot of work into this year's spirit week. “Waking up at 5 am wasn’t in my interest but I knew it was going to be worth it. Putting up posters and tying balloons was fun especially being with your friends. I’ll really recommend someone to go at 5 am because it’s a memorable high school experience.”, explains Yvonne Razon. Last but not least, the seniors really showed us how it's done by repping the color purple. Purple posters, streamers, and balloons really filled up the school. A wooden cut out of the year they graduate ‘2017’, was placed in front of the quad. A very nice touch. Although it rained on the seniors spirit day and the balloons floating over the quad came down, the seniors happened to still steal the show and managed to hang the balloons on top of the trees to keep them up. The rain was no match for the seniors. Their decorations were very captivating and jaw dropping. Senior, Samantha Ramirez states, “I think this spirit day was the most organized we have ever had. We also had more participation this year with a lot more people wanting to be involved.” As class president, Ramirez, planned the senior potluck, photobooth, and DJ. There was designated seating in front of the quad for the seniors to enjoy the music. Overall, the four classes did an astounding job for their individual spirit day. All of the cooperation and innovative ideas were very much appreciated and really showed off everyone's school spirit
Eager Eagles Battle for Mr. New Year Crown Jose Correa Staff Writer
With a new year, the title of mister new years is up for grabs. This year Anthony Venegas, Victor Gonzalez, Jason Ortiz, Damian Michel, and Jose Correa compete for the title to win 150 dollars. From January 17th to the 19th, the nominees must participate in activities to earn points in order to reach first place. The activities are different each day and test the guys on their reflexes and creativity. Additionally, if the nominees dress according to the daily theme they can earn more points. The first activity entailed a game of musical chairs followed by a game of trivia. With the theme being tourists, the contestants had to test their knowledge from a wide range of products and companies to identify the logo shown. Similar to any game of musical chairs the game got heated. As the song played the contestants were only focused on hopping to the closest chair at the cut off. Every time a contestant lost a chair was removed. With every chair that was removed the excitement grew as the crowd tried to determine who would win. When the last chair was left it would be a shocking tie between Jason and Anthony.The trivia game spoke wonders about the tendency for consumers to recognise the symbol but not the company. Most of the contestants had trouble quickly determining the company attached to the logo. Though even with all the difficulties, Jason Ortiz had a ten point lead over Anthony Venegas. The Second challenge tasked the nominees with having to roll a large dice. The number of competitors increased along with the difficulty of the challenge as Jose Correa stumbled into the fray. From there the guys had to get in a potato sack and hop forward according to the number they rolled. The potato sack proved to be a real problem with most of the contestants stumbling to get out. They then had to reach a hula hoop and hula hoop their way to some cups and create a pyramid with five cups at the bottom. For all of the contestants the real issue was the hula hoop as they all realized that not a single one knew how to use a hula hoop. In order to solve the issue Jason Ortiz simply took the hula hoop and spun it around himself with his hands. After seeing this all of the other contestants followed suit. When it came to the cup stacking, the contestants had to concentrate to stack the cups as quickly as possible without dropping their stack. When the dust settled and the cup stacks came down Anthony Venegas came in first with Victor Gonzalez coming close in second followed by Damian Michel, Jose Correa, and Jason Ortiz. The theme for the second day of activities was sports wear. With the competition almost over the contestants were excited to have the points tallied up and the winner declared. Though it was clear that the contestants were surprised by the challenges, with Victor Gonzalez feeling that he “was gonna do good until i got out there” and Damian Michel was “surprised because I thought it was going to be easy”. The challenges were very different each day but Jason Ortiz felt that “it was going to be a good challenge”. Though not everyone was there to compete with Anthony Venegas who “just thought it would be fun”. Overall the competitors and the organizers of the competition all had fun. Organizer Dani Desales felt “It was a good experience, and we (ASB) hope to improve our competitions next year”. Despite the success some people doubted that only five contestants would make a good competition, but organizer Neyda Campos wanted to stress “we did not need a lot of contestants to have a fun competition”. On the third and final day the nominees had to face the teachers on a five on five dodge ball match. In order to win at this activity the contestants had to have skills appropriate to the theme, super heros. The rules were the same as any game of dodgeball. The match was a rollercoaster of action, with sudden fits for balls being flung left and right with sudden stop to gather the balls. For the first round the nominees were slowly whittled down to the last man, Anthony Venegas. Outnumbered five to one anthony was backed to the very edge of the court with ammunition. The teachers were still only for a second before they started throwing. As each ball came hurtling towards him, Anthony jumped and dodged like Batman. It seemed very fitting as Anthony chose to dress only in Batman labeled clothes. Being the last man, Anthony won. Once all of the points were tallied up Anthony Venegas came out as Mr. New Years and 150 dollars richer.