Diversity on Campus

Posted on June 6, 2013 by in Op-Ed

Hollywood High is populated with many personality types: performers, dancers, nerds, rockers, guitarists, models and filmmakers. The community around Hollywood High encourages students to dream big and has a little bit of everything. Students are able to walk across the Walk of Fame every single day. People around the globe wish to be there and see the famous landmarks, the Walk of Fame, the Chinese Theater, the Pantages Theater, and for students it is just around the corner. 

The “nerds” have a library right across the street from them, book stores, and all types of tutoring programs around them. The musicians have the Guitar Center, Amoeba Records, and the LA Recording studio at their fingertips.

They are able to walk right up and explore all types of music and see that artistic view differently.Fashionistas have the mall right across the street where they can explore the different brands.

Filmmakers have the LA Film school where they are able to see their dream everyday as they walk by the Nokia Theater hoping that one day they will be sitting their as their film is being nominated for an Oscar. 

Hikers are able to walk up and see the sign for themselves, not to mention the Griffith Park Observatory that draws tourists from all over the world.

Hollywood gives so many opportunities other schools do not have. The neighborhood is filled with all types of food to please every different taste. The diversity around Hollywood High is often taken for granted, when it should be appreciated.

2012-2013 Sports Highlights

Posted on June 5, 2013 by in Sports

Football, basketball, volleyball, swimming and the PowderPuff flag football game. It’s all here in one exciting highlight reel.

Staff Editorial

Posted on June 1, 2013 by in Op-Ed

The new seven period schedule will prove to be a little confusing in concept and execution for us students, especially sophomores and juniors who are used to the old system.

One major change would be the removal of advisory. For freshmen, this change may be quite difficult, since it has proven to be an excellent bridging environment for the transition from the junior high to high school mentality.

Juniors and Sophomores who are used to having advisory may endure a loss that would be more personal. Advisories have largely developed into close knit communities since the students all stay in the same class for every year. In this system they have something regular to center themselves in when changes happen and new things and challenges enter their lives. By changing it up, the students stand to lose that sense of regularity.

Perhaps the most irksome challenges faced by some students, especially the advanced ones, would be the inability to leave school early after four classes. Rather than enjoy the free time some students have been working toward, they must take electives that they did not plan for.

There will always be a series of hiccups in any serious change to the lives of students and staff in a high school, but over the years the Sheiks have proven themselves ready to face change and adapt to any challenge. In a year, the troubles that may be incurred could very well devolve into little more than a conversation starter.

Escape The Fate fans are anything but ungrateful

Posted on May 29, 2013 by in Entertainment

The boys of Sin City are back! After two years, Escape The Fate brings out their fourth studio album, “Ungrateful.”

This album is heavier than their previous album “Escape The Fate.”  The new sound makes the band sound more mature and their lyrics are much more powerful. Of course, as this band did lose many fans since they got a new vocalist in 2008, I am sure that this album will gain them back and the fans will give them the respect they deserve.

Their single “Ungrateful” premiered along with a new video on March 7 which left fans speechless. The video is a warning about how bullying and violence can end lives and how people should end the cycle. This video left people wanting more from the band and excited for the album to come out.

The album was not set to be released until May 14 but Alternative Press streamed the album online for fans that could not wait. It was no surprise that fans gave positive feedback on the comments in the website.

This album is powerful and it comes with a great message behind the majority of the songs and personally, this band has inspired me ever since I was 13. Take a listen and maybe they can inspire you too. I recommend this album to those who have not listened to this band, those who have stopped listening to them , and those who need something new to listen to this summer. Be sure to pay attention to the music and lyrics before you judge the band. Check out “Ungrateful!”

Athletes of the Year

Posted on May 29, 2013 by in Sports

Ronald Clayton

SAS 12th grade

1. Q: How does it feel being athlete of the year?

A: It feels great its been a loooong four years of hard work.

2. Q: What sports did you play in high school?

A: I only played football and track and played two years for both.

3. Q: What has been your best memory playing for Hollywood?

A: I’ll have to say it was going back to Torres where my injury occurred and single handedly bringing my team back to win the game.

4. Q: What do you do in your spare time besides sports?

A: All I do is sports. I also mime for church, I love doing that. I just work on doing better in everything.

5. Q: Do you plan on continuing sports in college?

A: Yes, I plan on going all the way (which is the NFL) if God lets me. I’m going to Pasadena Community College and looking forward to transfer to UCLA or San Diego State.

Rebekka Grammenos

SAS 12th grade

 

1. Q:How does it feel being athlete of the year?

A: I’m so honored. It’s so exciting! I can’t believe it, it’s so awesome!

2. Q: What sports did you play in high school?

A: I played volleyball first semester and swam my second semester. But I’ve been swimming for four years.

3. Q: What has been your best memory playing for Hollywood?

A: One of the best memories was actually this Tuesday having to do a swim-off in order to get to finals and I had to push myself past  what I thought were my limits.

4. Q: What do you do in your spare time besides sports?

A: I study, I do schoolwork, I do volunteer work with my extra curriculars and that’s about it.

5. Q: Do you plan on continuing sports in college?

A: Yes, but I still want to have different experiences in college too.

6. Q: Which college are you going to?

A: I’m going to UC Berkeley.

The Jerry Herman Awards

Posted on May 28, 2013 by in News

Hollywood High School was handed the Best Musical Award for In The Heights by the host George Pennacchio. On Sunday May 19  PAM students did a surprise performance with In the Heights at the Pantages Theatre for judges Kenny Ortega, John Bowab, Nancy Dussalt, Karen Morrow, and Cathy Rigby to win a Jerry Herman Award.

   “It was an amazing feeling being able to know that we won the Best Musical Award,” said PAM senior Devon Yaffe, who played the father who desperately wants his daughter to succeed at Stanford University.

Twenty two schools participated in the awards show. Hamilton High School performed Once Upon A Mattress, Notre Dame Academy performed Legally Blonde, Taft High School performed Grease, and Calabasas High performed West Side Story. For the Sheik cast, they had to go from their final performance to the show at the Pantages.

“It was really amazing,” said junior Bianca Neal.  “It felt really humbling to see everyone enjoying the show,” said junior Roger Neal who played Benny, the male love interest.

Cell Phones belong in school

Posted on May 28, 2013 by in Op-Ed

As a student subject to the rules of this school, I have found many regulations and policies to be quite helpful. Coupled with expectations of success, and working beyond what is asked for in the classroom, the standards here are something worth aspiring to.

The problem is, is that some of the rules have been outgrown not just by general society, colleges, and many volunteering agencies, but in the classroom as well. The unsung hero of the school, the cellphone, is responsible for several positive contributions to the average students’ success, including my own.

On my trips home, I navigate clusters of crazy folks that hang out not one block from the school, and having my phone ready gives me assurance that screaming for campus police at the La Brea bus stop does not.

My phone use extends past personal safety, it improves my ability to succeed during school hours as well. I have used it to contact my friends for updates on group activities when I or one of them fell ill and stayed home, kept it handy in case my friends and I were separated on a field trip, and I have witnessed several instances where teachers requested students to whip out their smart phones to look up facts or to participate in classroom activities such as taking notes on Today’s Meet, in which students’ notes are projected on the screen for all to see.

Cell phones definitely helped in my college preparations. The office hours of SDSU for example, were limited to weekdays and did not go past 3:00pm. These hours were for inquiries to their office of financial aid and other information resources. Some of the offices, like the financial aid one, did not accept emails. I did the responsible thing and violated the no cell phone rule to remain a well informed college bound student at Hollywood High.

Colleges do not play by the rules and make it easier for students to access them. Crazy people do not play by the rules and stay away from us just because we were at school that day. Diseases and accidents do not care whether or not I get my school work done. Teachers with new ideas that incorporate technology from the 21st century should not need to keep their brilliance on the down low.

Cell phones are too useful to be so callously and carelessly abandoned by the district and its supporters. It is true that they can be a distraction and have potential for malicious misuse, but so can sharpened pencils, paper, rulers, staplers and books. These items and cell phones all can cause mischief in their own way, but tell me this, which item is the only one that can get help when a nutcase attacks people with the pencil, sends threats and vulgarities via paper airplanes, bludgeons innocents with a large textbook and staples the unwary to one another with the stapler? Cell phones would look pretty good at that point.

In The Heights takes its last flight

Posted on May 28, 2013 by in Entertainment

Hollywood High School is the very first high school in America to get the Broadway Rights for In The Heights. The Tony-Award winning play production is all about family, chasing your dreams, and finding where you truly belong. Opening night took place on May 10 running through the 19. Those who missed out, missed seeing a show that won Best High School Musical.

It was the final performance for many graduating seniors and the last time they would step across the school auditorium. It was the ride of their lifetime, and now it’s time to move on to bigger and better things with the skills they have learned and the abilities they have fine tuned.

Abby DeMauri, PAM senior, played Nina, a Stanford dropout who after 4 months goes home to confront her parents, played by Devon Yaffe and Yalitza Lopez, to tell them the news. On the way she starts to fall in love with Benny, a trusted employee of her father’s limousine service, played by PAM junior, Roger Neal.

        Meanwhile Usnavi ,played by PAM senior Jordan Mantor, figures out what to do with his life and how to get the love of his life Vanessa, played by PAM junior Ayla Stackhouse. Both Nyallah Noah and Kelly Taylor gave a shining performance as Abuela Claudia. Comic relief was provided by the hairdressers, who were played by Olivia Johnson, and Anna Chavez.

 The play was directed by retired English and drama teacher Paul Itkin. Stormy Sacks was the musical director, Lisa Goldschein was the choreographer and Katherine Morrison was in charge of the production design.

Runners compete in city prelims

Posted on May 28, 2013 by in Sports

     Six runners from Hollywood’s team competed in City Prelims on May 16 after doing well in the Central League Finals. Unfortunately,the six didn’t do as expected, crushing their chances to compete in the championship.

    “Everyone did their best,but sadly they did not make it to the next round,”  said senior, Karla Hernandez.

Those students were Dulce Mandujano in the high jump event, Karyos Tyus in the high jump event, Jackai Hernandez in the pole vault event, Andrew Vargas  in the pole vault event, Ronald Clayton in the 100 meter dash, Alfredo Robles in the 2 mile event and Karla Hernandez  in the 2 mile event.

Although the team was not able to move on, they did do very well in the central league finals on May 9 at Belmont High School, coming in third place overall. Both the boys varsity and girls varsity team won numerous events advancing them to city prelims. Frosoph boys placed in third while girls placed last. Sophomore Issael Castro did exceptionally well, winning first place gold medals in both the 800 meter event and mile run. It was the last meet of the year for all five schools including Bernstein, Belmont, Miguel Contreras LC and Robert F. Kennedy High School. Bernstein High School placed first.

    “My four years have been a joy ride and it sadly has to come to an end. These have been best years of my life, ”said Karla Hernandez.

 

Cell Phones belong in school – especially in the 21st Century

Posted on May 28, 2013 by in Op-Ed

William San Nicolas

Co-Editor in Chief

As a student subject to the rules of this school, I have found many regulations and policies to be quite helpful. Coupled with expectations of success, and working beyond what is asked for in the classroom, the standards here are something worth aspiring to.

The problem is, is that some of the rules have been outgrown not just by general society, colleges, and many volunteering agencies, but in the classroom as well. The unsung hero of the school, the cellphone, is responsible for several positive contributions to the average students’ success, including my own.

On my trips home, I navigate clusters of crazy folks that hang out not one block from the school, and having my phone ready gives me assurance that screaming for campus police at the La Brea bus stop does not.

My phone use extends past personal safety, it improves my ability to succeed during school hours as well. I have used it to contact my friends for updates on group activities when I or one of them fell ill and stayed home, kept it handy in case my friends and I were separated on a field trip, and I have witnessed several instances where teachers requested students to whip out their smart phones to look up facts or to participate in classroom activities such as taking notes on Today’s Meet, in which students’ notes are projected on the screen for all to see.

Cell phones definitely helped in my college preparations. The office hours of SDSU for example, were limited to weekdays and did not go past 3:00pm. These hours were for inquiries to their office of financial aid and other information resources. Some of the offices, like the financial aid one, did not accept emails. I did the responsible thing and violated the no cell phone rule to remain a well informed college bound student at Hollywood High.

Colleges do not play by the rules and make it easier for students to access them. Crazy people do not play by the rules and stay away from us just because we were at school that day. Diseases and accidents do not care whether or not I get my school work done. Teachers with new ideas that incorporate technology from the 21st century should not need to keep their brilliance on the down low.

Cell phones are too useful to be so callously and carelessly abandoned by the district and its supporters. It is true that they can be a distraction and have potential for malicious misuse, but so can sharpened pencils, paper, rulers, staplers and books. These items and cell phones all can cause mischief in their own way, but tell me this, which item is the only one that can get help when a nutcase attacks people with the pencil, sends threats and vulgarities via paper airplanes, bludgeons innocents with a large textbook and staples the unwary to one another with the stapler? Cell phones would look pretty good at that point.