November 16, 2018

Wildfire devastates Northern and Southern California

Posted on November 15, 2018 by in News

Wildfire devastates Northern and Southern California

Ysayana Sandavone

Chronicle Reporter

Wildfire experts claim that the Northern California’s wildfire is the deadliest fire that has occurred in a century. Ernest Foss, 63, Jesus ‘Zeus’ Fernandez, 48, Carl Wiley, 77, and Ellen Walker, in her 70s, Lolene Rios, 58, were the first five victims of the campfire which then led to the deadliest wildfire in the states history. Campfires now rank the most destructive fire on record in California. Approximately 56 people have passed away from the wildfire and 228 have gone missing. Leaving 8,000 firefighters battling blazes across the state.

If one can help, one should help the people impacted by the wildfire(s). Some ways to help those affected by the wildfires is donating money. Donating money is the most efficient way to help in a disaster such as this one. Crowdfunding is another alternative. Besides donating, nonprofits, such as American Red Cross, is helping by opening shelters for evacuees. In addition, California Community Foundations Wildfire Relief Fund (nonprofit) is lending a helping hand by offering aid to those affected by wildfires. Their grants have been invested in rebuilding homes, providing financial and mental health and medical treatment.

Numerous people have lost their homes and loved ones in this wildfire. “John Digby was an Air Force vet who died in the #CampFire. The last time his son spoke with him was by phone Thursday morning. John was sick in bed and didn’t answer a knock at the door. His son told me that he later realized it was a warning to evacuate” – Donald Trump plans to visit California on Saturday because he wants to “meet with the individuals impacted by the wildfires”.

Latest mural receives mixed reviews

Posted on November 15, 2018 by in News

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Kenyon Dawson

Chronicle Reporter

Hollywood High School has recently been under works for a new mural on the southwest wall of the building, and as of Nov. 13 2018, it is complete. Students have very strong opinions towards the mural illustrated by artist Don Rimx entitled, “Unifying Eternities”. The mural depicts two colorful, yet anonymous, faces constructed by abstract shapes and objects, alongside various patterns, plants, and shapes. “I like it because it’s really vibrant and pops out at you..” says TCA senior Kelvin Salazar.

On the other hand, many students don’t see eye-to-eye with the intentions of the mural. “…I just don’t understand the historical significance of it, that’s all.” says PAM senior Scarlett Gomez. Hollywood High Principal Edward Colacion says “It celebrates not only the diversity we have here at Hollywood High School but also the diversity in the community of Los Angeles. It was a great opportunity to [improve] this corner, which was kind of neglected.”

The real superhero passes

Posted on November 14, 2018 by in News


Novalee Lopez

Chronicle Reporter

Stan Lee is a name many, if not all, are familiar with. Sadly, Monday, Nov. 12, Lee passed at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. Stan Lee is the infamous creator of all Marvel comics, characters and the mind behind the movies. He was well known and very respected in the industry. Stan Lee was able to bring action, joy, and inspiration with words and a few pictures to all comic enthusiasts.

Lee was well rounded, he was well respected not only in the creative world, but in the ‘real’ world as well. He was a veteran, he served his military time fighting in World War 2. Needless to say he was a selfless person at heart. This is exemplified in his founding of the Stan Lee Foundation, which mains purpose was education, literacy, and the arts. This foundation supported programs that wanted to improve access to literacy resources. He’s giving personality, popular comics and even more popular films will be missed. Stan Lee is a man whose legacy will not be forgotten.

Wildfires in California have caused great destruction

Posted on November 11, 2018 by in News

Wildfires in California have caused great destruction

Maria Alfaro

Chronicle Reporter

Certain counties in Southern California have been under evacuation because of the fires that started on Thursday afternoon. The fire has threatened and destroyed many homes and businesses. 

Thousands of residents fled their home in Paradise, north of Sacramento, on Thursday, Nov. 8, escaping the blazing fire. The Camp Fire burned more than 20,000 acres and has destroyed the town. 

The largest fire is called Hill Fire, which started on Thursday afternoon in Ventura County. It started near the Santa Rosa Valley, about 10 miles northwest of Thousand Oaks. The fire kept growing and had reached 15 square miles by Friday morning. This caused the 101 Freeway to be closed down and have mandatory evacuations for California State University, Channel Islands campus. 

The other fire that started in Ventura County is called the Woolsey Fire near Malibu, which started at Woolsey Canyon and spread into the community of Oak Park early Friday, burning homes and forcing residents to evacuate. The strong winds and dry conditions caused the fire to burn about 12.5 square miles on Friday morning. The fire moved into Los Angeles County late Thursday, causing evacuation to take place in Westlake Village.

The fires have caused many streets and highways to be closed down. It affected Students Run LA Lake Balboa 15k, which was going to take place on Nov. 11. It was canceled because of the air quality relating to the fires. Firefighters have done everything they can to stop the fires and continue to do so.

New mural to be installed

Posted on October 30, 2018 by in News


Chronicle Reporter

Cristal Rincon

A new mural is being installed on Hollywood High School grounds at the corner of Orange Drive and Sunset Boulevard.

It will be seen covering the outside of the previously blank walls of the Liberal Arts building and the sides of the stairs directly in front of the mural. The mural’s art features two large scale faces drawn surrounded by different colors and winding details. The new artwork aims to complement the already existing murals found along the walls facing Orange Drive beside the Wellness Center.

The mural is a part of the Mural Beautification Project, which is a project launched by the Los Angeles Police Department in efforts to inspire creativity and deter from vandalism and graffiti. The project is in partnership with the Los Angeles Consulate of Israel and is supported by School Board Melvoin, various LAUSD facilities and the LA Historical preservation committee.

The mural will begin being installed this week, starting on Thursday, Nov. 1 and ending next week on Thursday, Nov. 8, and will be followed by a ceremony to display it.

Celebrating Day of the Dead in the library

Posted on October 25, 2018 by in News


Ysayana Sandavone

Chronicle Reporters

Come by the library to watch the movie Coco, eat treats and scrutinize student altars on Nov. 1 and 2. On the week of Oct. 22 students brought pictures of deceased family and pets for the library altar. On Oct. 25, the library welcomed students to learn how to make paper marigolds with members of the Latino Student Union.

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican tradition celebrated on Oct. 31 through Nov. 2. This Mexican holiday is to articulate one’s death by placing altars; Flor de Cempasuchil (marigold flower), candles, pan de muerto (bread of the dead), photos of loved one’s, the favorite food of loved ones and and sugar skulls. On Nov. 1, deceased children visit their family. On Nov. 2, deceased adults reunite with their family. If you have watched the movie “Coco” you may know what I am talking about.

The tradition continues to take place at a cemetary where a loved one is buried. Families bring their loved one’s a whole picnic, listen to music with their loved ones or spend the night with their loved ones to celebrate a life that was once lived. Dia de los Muertos has been around since the 16th century during the time of the Aztecs. This holiday tradition is not a Mexican version of Halloween, whereas Halloween is meant for terror. On the other hand, Dia de los Muertos is demonstrated to articulate love and respect for loved ones who are deceased.

Key club attends 28th annual “Hunger Walk”

Posted on October 24, 2018 by in News


Photo Credit: Kimberly Mora, SAS Senior

Kenyon Dawson

Chronicle Reporter

Key Club participated in Westside Food Bank’s 28th Annual 5K “Hunger Walk” to raise awareness on local hunger and poverty on Sunday, Oct. 21. This event took place at Ocean View Park (2701 Barnard Way Santa Monica) and started around 12 noon and lasted until 3pm. Participation was free and the event included live entertainment, family-friendly fun zones, games, activities and even an opportunity to win raffled prizes and awards. First year Key Club member, Kimberly Mora, says, “It was fun and it was nice helping out others…”.

The “Hunger Walk” is a great way to spend time with family, friends and colleagues, yet at the same time, raise awareness for a noble cause. TCA senior, Diego Medina, expresses, “I felt like it made a change… not just in myself, but in a community to come together for a cause…”.

NOTICE: If you are interested in knowing what is the next event Key Club has planned out, it will be the “Light the Night” 1 mile walk to raise awareness of leukemia and will take place on Nov. 3.


Falling into Pep Rally with Spirit Week

Posted on October 18, 2018 by in Announcements, News


Mayeli Acuna

Chronicle Reporter


As pep rally approaches this Friday, that means spirit week is here. Be apart of the school spirit and follow the themes that lead up to our massive school gathering. Fall spirit week is three days in, but it is not to late to join. It lift ups the spirit of the school and that is what Hollywood High as all about. Here are the themes of  the remaining days of spirit week.

Wednesday 10/17: Wear Pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Thursday 10/18: Wear your favorite sports team jersey for Sports Day

Friday 10/19: ROLL CALL

Reminder: Freshman wear gray, Sophomores wear black, Juniors wear white and Seniors wear red

Join and be apart of the school spirit. You can take pictures with your friends and create fond memories for the fall 2019 spirit week. There are a few days left, do not hesitate. If you decided not to take part or think it is to late, there is always the spring spirit week.


Fire drill happening first thing in the morning!

Posted on October 17, 2018 by in News


Alex Glebov

Chronicle Reporter

Tomorrow at 9:30 am a fire and earthquake drill will happen. The first drill will be the earthquake drill where audio of an earthquake will be played over the loudspeaker, and students will be required to take up the “Drop, Cover, and Hold” positions in the classrooms. This drill will last only 5 minutes and will then be followed by the fire drill.

The fire drill will start at 9:35 am and will last for almost 40 minutes. During that time classes will take roll and leave for the field where everyone will have to wait until the drill is over. Tomorrow will be quite hot so make sure not to wear anything too warm as you will be standing in the sun for quite some time.

Phora shuts down Hollywood Boulevard

Posted on October 11, 2018 by in News

Phora shuts down Hollywood Boulevard

Kahliyah Williams

Chronicle Reporter

A rapper who goes by the name “Phora” held a meet and greet with fans at the Hollywood and Highland center on Oct. 8 that had fans lining up early in the morning outside of Shoe Palace . At the meet and greet he bought hundreds of shoes for his supporters.

Many people showed up for this event, so many that at one point there was a stampede and a few injuries. Phora even brought his own private security, but it wasn’t enough to handle a crowd that big. Hollywood blvd and Yucca street were shut down because there were a lot of people in the streets stopping traffic. This was a really big outcome for Phora, because this was the first stampede event that has happened in Hollywood.

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