Let’s Wrap it Up Class of 2019

Posted on June 3, 2019 by in News

Let’s Wrap it Up Class of 2019

Melanie Aguilar

Chronicle Reporter

This is it seniors, the moment we’ve all been waiting for, the goal has always been the bowl. After four long years, we wrap up what has been filled with the most stressful yet memorable times. 

Graduation will take place at the Hollywood Bowl on June 6 at 5 PM. Everyone is welcome to join the Class of 2019 as they are officially on their way out. Congratulations to every student who has decided to pursue higher education whether it be a community college or a four year university. 

As a senior myself I am extremely proud to be graduating. Graduation is the next step   towards becoming an adult and entering the real world. The possibilities are endless to those that seek them. Although we will miss Hollywood high school very much on our journeys towards the top,  this is not a goodbye but a see you soon Class of 2019. 

Senior Reminder: turn in textbooks

Posted on May 31, 2019 by in News

Senior Reminder: turn in textbooks

Sharon Ulloa

Chronicle Reporter

As graduation is approaching, seniors main priority is to walk the stage. A big requirement is making sure you do not have any fines or late fees.

It is important for seniors to make sure they do not owe anything by Tuesday, June 4, as rehearsal for graduation begins.

Students who play sports have to make sure they have turned in their uniforms in. Also, a senior can not have textbooks owed or fines are due in order to replace the book that is missing. Those textbooks can range from $15 to up to $200 if not turned in. Many online websites offer good quality replacements at a reasonable price. Lunch fines not paid can also ruin your plan of attending graduation.

“I tell students to make sure they have spoken to each office for their fines before rehearsal to be cleared,” said Ms. Elizabeth Payne.

Students who do not take responsibility and make up their fines will be taken out during rehearsals.

Graduation will be held at the Hollywood Bowl on June 6 at 5pm.

Clippers spark “Spirit”

Posted on May 31, 2019 by in News

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Sidney Gonzalez and Cristal Rincon

Chronicle Reporters

Four team members from the official dance squad for the Los Angeles Clippers, The Spirit, came on campus yesterday, for a private event to celebrate dance and cheer among our dance guard and cheerleading team.

The dancers performed a short piece for the students, showcasing some of their choreography. They then participated in a meet and greet, where students were able to ask questions and receive autographs. Students asked about the dancer’s personal backgrounds in dance as well as their experience auditioning and joining the Clippers’ dance squad.

Members of dance guard and cheer were able to show off their skills after the Q&A, performing their own short pieces for the dancers, while receiving tips for how to improve. These ranged from refining their choreography to enhancing their presence on stage.

Students were surprised and content with this unexpected event. Beatriz Lopez, PAM senior and co-captain of Hollywood’s dance guard was very appreciative of this opportunity.


“I think dance guard has never had it’s time to be appreciated,” said Beatriz. ”Now I can think of dance as more of a profession than just for fun.”

Assistant Principal Furioso initiated the process to make this happen. He donated some of his own money, which was then used to fund the event. “We want to continue to emphasize the importance of arts at Hollywood High School and both dance guard and cheer are examples of artistic expression,” said Furioso. He wanted to give our students a chance to talk with professionals, especially some who came from communities like Hollywood that have succeeded in the industry.

The LA Clippers worked closely with our administration, and were very passionate about coming to support our students. “I hope they were able to see a possible future and that we could spark some joy,” said Kylie Montoya, one of the dancers.

LA Pride is right around the corner

Posted on May 30, 2019 by in News

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Yadira Romero

Chronicle Reporter

One of the biggest events of Los Angeles is almost here. The LA Pride is a two-day festival at the West Hollywood Park, which includes a march on Sunday. It will begin on June 8 and end on June 9 and it will start from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.. According to Timeout, about half a million people attend this hyped event. Anyone is able to attend to show support. If you happen to be available these days, I recommend that you attend this event. Local color is provided by drag queens, divas, and DJs.

If you want to go for one day it will be $25 and if you want to go for the two days it will be $35. There will also be singers attending such as Meghan Trainor and Cupcakke. If you do happen to go be safe but also have fun.

For more information you can click on the link below:

https://lapride.org/festival-2019/

Principal steps down from position

Posted on May 23, 2019 by in News

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Sidney Gonzalez

Chronicle Reporter

Edward Colacion has officially stepped down from his position as principal at Hollywood High School.

Colacion sent out an email to staff at Hollywood at 7:24 on Wednesday night where he stated his gratitude for everyone working towards the needs of Hollywood. In the email, he addressed his “step[ping] down” from the position as being a result of placing his attention to his mother and family.

Until another principal is hired, Fonna Bishop will serve as Interim Principal for the rest of the 2018-2019 school year. Bishop served as principal in the years of 2002-2008 until she retired.

Some students and teachers are confused by how sudden this is.

Francisco Juarez, teacher, said “I just hope that his mother gets better and he is able to provide whatever that she needs.”

Billionaire pays off student loans

Posted on May 22, 2019 by in Features, News

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America Flores-Hernandez
Chronicle Reporter

Billionaire Robert Smith announced last week that he would pay off the student debts for the Morehouse College graduating class of 2019, a class that includes the son of Dean Essick Allen.

Smith was the commencement speaker at its recent graduation ceremony, when he announced he would pay off the student loan debt of the graduates.

“It came as a shock to all of us present at the ceremony, I can recall seeing a few students crying out of joy because once you get your degree and credentials to work in the field within it, you start preparing to pay off those debts, which usually take years to complete,” said Dean Allen.

According to close relatives, “Many of us assumed you would need an application for this sort of thing, but no it was real and not just your regular fantasy.”

Based on this experience, Allen noted the impact of historically black colleges/universities, and how they’ve shaped the progress of the black community in terms of educational, economical, social, and political purposes.

“This wouldn’t happen at UCLA would it? Now that’s the distinction between how giving back to your community no matter what, with nothing holding you back from doing so,” he said.

Known for his philanthropic and investment efforts to organizations that serve under-represented communities, especially those for people of color, Robert F. Smith has a net worth of $5 billion, and is among the group of Forbes’ individuals who rose up from humble beginnings. He has founded his own private equity and venture capital firm, Vista Equity Partners, which serves to assist individuals in times of need. 

Next weeks block schedule

Posted on May 17, 2019 by in Announcements, News

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Next week starting May 20th all juniors will be taking the CAASPP (California assessment performance and progress) test. The purpose the CAASPP system is to assist teachers, administration, students, and parents by promoting high-Quality teaching and learning through the use of a variety of assessment approaches and item types.

Monday May 20
Math Computer Adaptive Test Periods 1,3,5

Tuesday May 21
Math Computer Adaptive Test Periods 2,4,6

Wednesday May 22
Math Computer Adaptive Test Periods 1,3,5

Thursday May 23
Math Computer Adaptive Test Periods 2,4,6

Friday May 24
Special Bell Schedule for Hollywood Idol

Chronicle Reporter 

Kahliyah Williams

Get your vote in at Prom

Posted on May 17, 2019 by in News

Get your vote in at Prom

Sharon Ulloa

Chronicle Reporter

Prom is right around the corner, this Saturday, May 18. Students attending will meet up at the Bonaventure Hotel at 7pm and will last till 12am. 

Prom Court applications were due on Friday, May 10. Requirements to run for the positions were: write an one page essay and a headshot of yourself. 

There are four nominees running for prom court this year. Two prom Queens and two Kings. Heidi Paniagua, Violet Tirado, Chandler Johnson, and Ali Dugaly. 

Voting for the nominees will end 9:30pm, so make sure you get your vote in. 

Math teacher uses her musical skills for a good cause

Posted on May 15, 2019 by in Features, News

Math teacher uses her musical skills for a good cause

Frida Larios

Chronicle Reporter

In an email recently sent to staff, PAM algebra 2 and pre-calculus teacher Alissa Abad explained a project she started to help raise money for the class of 2020 while practicing her violin skills.

The goal was to practice violin for 600 minutes.

“The reward for completing this challenge is
obviously for me to improve my musical skills, but there is also an opportunity for people to pledge money towards fulfilling the 600 minute goal, in which I will give 100% of the pledge money to a charity. Last year I raised some money to go towards the graduating class funds at my previous school. This year, I would like to give that to our very own Class of 2020.”

Abad asked for a donation of 1 cent or more a minute so if she reached 600 minutes, she would have at least $6 to donate to the junior class, but by the time she reached her 600 minute goal, she reached more than she initially thought.

“In total, a check of $146.05 will be written for next year’s graduating class.” Abad wrote in a follow up email.

“I am grateful for Miss Abad for doing that for us because that was her personal time.”

Says PAM junior, Jasmin Kim.

“I am thankful for the other teachers as well for participating because they didn’t have to do that.”

Students win LADWP art contest

Posted on May 15, 2019 by in News

Students win LADWP art contest

Cristal Rincon

Chronicle Reporter

Seven of Ms. Iamboliyski’s students have won awards in the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Student Poster Contest, with artwork that brings awareness to water and power conservation.

It began as an assignment for Ms. Iamboliyski’s art classes, with an additional option to submit their work to the contest. “I think it’s very important that they learn to conserve water and power for the future of the planet and future generations,” said Ms. Iamboliyski.

The contest is a partnership between the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the LA Times in Education. As the second largest city in the nation, Los Angeles uses a large amount of water and energy. This contest served as an effort to promote conservation tips.

Students made original artwork using illustrations depicting different ways that one can do their part to save water and energy. Schools from all over Los Angeles participated, ranging from elementary schools to high schools. Awards were given in first, second, and third place for categories organized by each grade level.

Alyssa Lira, SAS Senior, received first place in the 12th grade category. Her artwork was a watercolor painting of the earth, with a faucet putting water into reusable water bottle. She included statistics on the amount of plastic wasted when using plastic water bottles rather than reusable ones.

“I didn’t think I would win, I think it’s really strange because I don’t consider myself a painter,” said Alyssa. “I just hope I get more people aware of the fact that we only have 12 years to reverse the effects of climate change.”

Along with Alyssa, the following students received awards:

  • Sorokina Maryna has won second place in the 9th grade category.
  • Laisha Salvador has won third place in the 10th grade category.
  • Violeta Torres has won first place in the 11th grade category.
  • Kayla Kwak has won second place in the 11th grade category.
  • Marilyn Chicas has won third place in the 11th grade category.
  • Alyssa Lira has won first place in the 12th  grade category.
  • Kaizz Maniego has won third place in the 12th grade category.

The winners will receive their awards and be celebrated at a luncheon held on May 23, at the Los Angeles Times Printing Plant, alongside the rest of the winners.

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