Furry Friends

Posted on April 23, 2019 by in Op-Ed

Albert (Top left), Oreo(Top right), Bella(Bottom left), Leno (Bottom right) , & Pablo (Middle)

Rafael Hernandez
Chronicle Reporter

Since I was little I’ve always wanted a dog. My parents always turned down my request because we aren’t able to care for a dog and our apartment isn’t big enough. When I was nine my parents bought me a bird. I found that I was pretty good with birds, they easily trusted me and found that caring for one was very easy. Throughout the years I got different kinds of birds like Doves, Lovebirds, Finches, Budgerigars, and Cockatiels. After a while we either let them go or we give them away to family members we know will take care of them.

Recently I’ve been taking care of two cockatiels that lift my spirits when i come home after school. I’ve had one since freshman year and took in another my junior year. Cockatiels are friendly birds if treated well. Usually when I get home I let them out of their cage to wonder around the apartment. They have gotten use to their surroundings which makes it easier for me to take care of them. Occasionally they eat with us at the dinner table and have their own plate. They like to eat scrambled eggs and rice. I usually have them in my room after school, they like being on my shoulder or on top of my laptop.

I went around school and asked students if they have any pets at home and if so what do they mean to them?

TCA Junior Joseph Guerrero said, “I have two dogs named Leno and coco, these pets mean so much since most of my pets ran away or have died. So these are the first pets I’ve had in a while so I cherish them and try to hold on to them as much as possible. My pets mean the world to me!”

TCA Senior Jonathan Hernandez said, “Yes, I have a dog. Her name is Maggie. She means a lot to me because I can rely and depend on her to make me happy on my down days.”

NMA Senior James Mezovari said, “I do, one of them is named Pablo while the other is Bella. They’re okay. Bella is annoying and Pablos is too but I still love them.”

PAM Senior Daisy Pinto said,”I have two cats and their names are Oreo & Albert. I’ve only had them for a couple of months but they mean the world to me I love both equally.”

College admissions reflection

Posted on March 21, 2019 by in Op-Ed

College admissions reflection

Katie Adaya

Chronicle Reporter

Getting rejected by one of the colleges I was looking forward to was very disappointing. It was difficult to deal with it at first, but then I learned how to cope with it. Though it wasn’t easy, I learned how to push through and looked at the bright side.

College admissions are something we all look forward to our second semester of senior year. It can be exciting and heartbreaking to hear back from the colleges we applied to. However, an acceptance or rejection from a college doesn’t define your worth. Whether or not a college accepts you, it doesn’t reflect your full potential, intelligence, or talent. These are all qualities that only you know for yourself, and you shouldn’t let a college define that for you.

Many reasons play into the part as to why you got accepted or not. Although it can sting, a rejection isn’t the end of your life. There are many different opportunities in the colleges you got admitted to, so don’t be afraid to take them. These colleges might not have been the ones you dreamt of, but at the end of the day, they are colleges that you still had an interest in, so might as well give them a try.

At the end of the day, as long as you’re content where you attend that’s all that matters. Try not to focus so much on the negative but focus more on the positive. Always strive for the best and know that at the end of the day anything is possible as long as you work hard.

Short or long periods?

Posted on March 20, 2019 by in Op-Ed


Rafael Hernandez
Chronicle Reporter

From middle school to my first year of high school I grew to the comfort of block schedule.

Three classes a day for two hours. There were benefits from it like having more time in class to finish assignments or homework wouldn’t be due the next day. The thing I dislike about it is that every class is about two hours and sitting for two hours straight can be very draining.

I went around school and asked two students on how do they feel about block schedule and which do they prefer, normal or block schedule?

TCA Senior Giselle Santiago said, “I prefer block schedule because we get time to catch up on work and as a senior it really piles up.”

PAM Senior Daisy Pinto said, “I feel like the block schedule is better because you don’t go to all six classes and feel stressed about multiple assignments due the next day and if your in a class you like you should have no problem.”

I personally don’t like block schedule because I don’t like being stuck with the same people for two straight hours. I like seeing other people and having different conversations throughout the day.  

My advice to underclassmen

Posted on March 13, 2019 by in Op-Ed

My advice to underclassmen

Katie Adaya

Chronicle Reporter

As senior year winds down, I would like to reflect upon my past years. Here is some advice I would have told myself based on my experiences and some advice I would like to share with underclassmen.

  1. Don’t procrastinate: “Due tomorrow do tomorrow” is a common phrase many follow. Don’t wait until the last minute to work on a project, assignment, etc. Although you might get away with it at times, it will catch up one day and you’ll have to face the consequences.
  2. Join clubs/sports: It’s important to join anything that sparks your interest. You might think that a sport or a club isn’t “for you”, but you never know unless you try. It could also be the other way around. You might think that you like something but once you join you realize that it doesn’t interest you anymore.
  3. Volunteer: Look for internships or any local organizations and apply to volunteer. You can gain a lot from these volunteering opportunities. For instance, you learn how to work with others, manage your time, expand your knowledge, and discover abilities you didn’t know you had.
  4. Take your time on college apps: Once again, don’t wait until last minute to complete something as important as your future. Write your essays on time and try to get an admissions counselor to revise your essays and take the advice they give you. Also, don’t forget to research important factors of colleges that interest you, such as the environment, school size, and student life.
  5. Have fun: With everything being stressful, don’t miss out on after school and school activities, like football games and school dances. Those will be one of the most unforgettable memories you’ll treasure when looking back at your high school years.

Cool off this spring with some boba tea

Posted on March 12, 2019 by in Features, Op-Ed

Boba from Mini Monster
Photo credit: Frida Larios
Boba from Mini Monster

Photo credit: Frida Larios

Frida Larios
Chronicle Reporter

With our clocks changed for daylight savings, it’s a sign that spring is approaching.

One of my favorite things to do during a sunny day is sip on a refreshing drink, but sometimes lemonade and Arizona teas get old so here are some great boba places to try near by.

1. It’s Boba Time
This boba shop is probably the most well known in Los Angeles because there are many locations including one down the street from our school. If you’re looking for just a quick drink of boba this is the place to go.
6660 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

2. Pearl’s Finest Teas
This fairly new boba shop is very well known for their creative drinks such as their Horchata Milk Tea, and Orange Yuzu which has an instagram-worthy look to it. It’s located right in the heart of Fairfax and is perfect for people looking for something different.
523 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90048

3. Mini Monster
Located in Citywalk, just take the red line from Hollywood and Highland to Universal City for this very unique and adorable boba shop. You can choose if you want your beverage in a regular plastic cup, or a giant glass light bulb which you can refill for half the price of whichever drink you want. You also get the option to put a flower crown on your drink or cotton candy.
1000 Universal Hollywood Dr Suite 143, Universal City, CA 91608

Maximizing your concert experience

Posted on March 8, 2019 by in Op-Ed


Sidney Gonzalez

Chronicle Reporter

With music being accessible in just the press of a button, we tend to want more of it. If you have a favorite artist or band, you usually want to experience their music live. But you might not be too familiar with the concert experience, so here are a few quick tips so you can enjoy your time.

  • Getting your tickets

Most tickets are purchased online and if this is your case, make sure you know when they go on sale. Sometimes there are pre-sale tickets, so sign up for them if you can. When they go on sale make sure you have your method of payment and information on hand, and  refresh the page during this time to see if you’ve been let into the queue. Sometimes you are unable to get tickets and they sell out, but there are other places where you can get tickets. Websites such as TickPick offer resales.

  • Make sure you have your tickets at the gate

If you have a physical copy, make sure the ticket is secure and with you. For digital tickets, make sure you either have good Wifi to access the ticket or screenshot it and prepare to demonstrate it at the gate.

  • Plan for the weather

Make sure to check the news or your weather app for the day of and dress appropriately. If it’s going to rain, bring a poncho, raincoat, or umbrella. If it’s at night, it’s likely to be cold, so bring a sweater just in case.

  • Plan to get there early

Typically the area around the location will be very busy if a crowd is to be expected. Plan to leave early enough to give you time to get caught up in traffic or find another route and still get there in time

  • Don’t stress over getting there a slightly late

Most bands and artists do not arrive and start performing at the exact time treated on the ticket. Also, there is usually other artists opening for them, so unless you also want to watch them, don’t worry too much.

  • Buy merchandise before the show

A lot of people are very interested in buying merchandise as a memento, if that’s you, consider going before the show during the opening acts as the line is least likely to be as long compared to later on at the end of the show.

  •  Plan your ride back

Not everyone has a car, so make sure to plan how you’re going to get back. No matter the time of day, traffic and crowds get in the way of a commute. For public transportation, make sure you know the location of stops and stations and around how often they pass as well as the route. For those taking Uber or Lyft, it’s a good idea to find a distinguishable place to put as your location, that way there is no confusion to where you are.

  • Be aware of the type of concert it is

Not every concert is a sit down and in your own seat type of event. While there, look around you to check the area. Rock concerts in particular are known for their mosh pits, so know what you’re getting into and remove yourself from that area if you are uncomfortable.

  • Don’t look at your phone the whole time

People tend to get caught up on the taking photographs and recording videos when they go to a concert. Put down your phone even if it’s only for a few songs so that you are able to enjoy the experience and the music.

Metro’s “big” change

Posted on March 5, 2019 by in Op-Ed

metros change

Rafael Hernandez
Chronicle Reporter

Before 2018 ended the LA Metro Board of Directors approved on Dec. 6 to give trains letter names over keeping the color system. I think that this approved plan will not be a huge change at all and that train riders will still call them by their current names. This approved plan won’t be implemented till 2028 when the Olympics is set to happen in LA.

I went around school and asked a student and a teacher who ride the train on a daily basis how they felt about the change and if they prefer the current system or the new one.

NMA Senior James Mezovari said, “I don’t like that change. Everything right now is simple and easy to understand. By changing the system most people will get confused, I prefer the color system.”

TCA Senior Natalia Torres said, “I think it’s pointless because everybody knows it as it is right now. So why change it? Just to confuse people? I prefer the color system because the new system is pointless.”

Color system over to letter system names (Draft):

Blue line -> A train

Red line -> B train

Green line -> C train

Purple line -> D train

Gold line -> E train

New rail lines going to be added:

K train ( LAX to Torrance )

Q train ( Sylmar to West LA )

S train ( Downtown LA to Artesia )

Roma: A Changing Perspective

Posted on February 25, 2019 by in Op-Ed


Chronicle Reporter
America Flores-Hernandez

Receiving 10 nominations for the 91st Academy Awards, Alfonso Cuaron’s cinematic reflection of a troubled childhood not only has broken barriers between typical film plots, but also opens a new door for underrepresented cultural groups. Winning three more Oscars in his directing career, Cuaron focuses this thought provoking family drama through Cleo, an indigenous domestic worker (of Oaxacan-Zapotec descent) who goes through many problems while working for a family who’s relationship grows apart.

With great effort from the cast and crew, the film won in three categories within the most important for the Oscars: foreign language film, cinematography, and directing.

Cuaron’s view towards this year’s awards show was targeting the actors in their selected nominated films and how they make a difference based on the roles they partake, “as artists, our job is to look where others don’t.” Roma is also a personal journey for the director himself going back to a metropolitan Mexico City in the 1970s, an enclave in which he grew up. In which comes the distant memory of the housekeeper who raised and cared for him while dealing with problems of her own.

Watching the film is something else that even I felt I could relate too, and so did my mother. Yalitza Aparicio, the film’s leading actress represents the Academy putting a step towards diversity based on the selection of movies they choose. Having an indigenous individual make it to the ranks of other well known actresses also reminds other aspiring young females who are in that sector that they can make anything they put their mind to. Even if it seems impossible.

Welcome 2019 scholastic journalism week

Posted on February 19, 2019 by in Announcements, News, Op-Ed

Welcome 2019 scholastic journalism week

Scholastic Journalism Week 2019 is here, running from Feb. 17-23 with different activities to follow everyday. Join along and support this dedication to our community. Here is a list of the daily engagement.

Tuesday, Feb. 19 – #RealNews. High school journalist do important world, not fluff. What #RealNews have you reported in the past year?

  • Our story on mental health has been one of great importance as many teenage students may be going through a tough time and it must be spoken about. Therefore, Katie and I took matters into our own hands and worked on an advice column for the first issue of the 2018-2019 school year.

Wednesday, Feb 20 – #EverydayJournalism. Wednesday’s focus is about the hard work that students journalist do every day. It’s #EverydayJournalism

Thursday, Feb 21 – #SavingDemocracy. Scholastic journalism often has to step up and report on public officials and public institutions because of the systematic gutting of professional newsroom around the U.S. How are you doing your part in #SavingDemocracy

  • As a high school journalist our duty is to speak in behalf of the other students and whether it be regarding a controversial issue we must remember that we have our rights just as real reporters do.

Friday, Feb. 22 – #NewVoices #studentvoice. Fourteen states have instituted anti-Hazelwood laws since that disastrous 1988 decision. But #NewVoices laws guaranteeing freedom of the press for students are being considered in Nebraska and Missouri. Help spread the word about the value of #StudentVoice.

  • The Crimson Chronicle staff will be holding a gathering where anyone will be allowed to share their concerns regarding the school community. It will be held on Friday during lunch and it will be a new beginning for all of the Hollywood High students to have a voice alongside the Chronicle staff.   

My experience in Cuba

Posted on February 12, 2019 by in Op-Ed

My experience in Cuba

Frida Larios
Chronicle reporter

During winter break, my parents and I visited Cuba to see the country for what it really is before it possibly changes.

Throughout our one week trip, we went to six different cities in Cuba, the first being Havana. Right when you land you realize how different this country is. You’ll rarely see any advertisements on build boards or posters, and you definetley will not see any offers for free wifi or wifi at all, which is really scary at first, but turns out to be a super refreshing detox.

Right when you step out of the airport you’ll see colorful, vintage cars waiting for you to get a ride.

Once you drive into the capital (Havana), you see that every building is very old, some more preserved than others. There are lots of Spanish style buildings that will make you think for a second that you are in Europe instead of Cuba.

The local people in Cuba are some of the kindest people I have ever met. With wifi and internet being very hard to get in all of Cuba, people don’t really focus on what they don’t have but instead they enjoy everything they do have. They welcome you with warm smiles and after a few minutes of talking, they will treat you as if they have known you their whole lives.

During my short visit, I learned so much about Cuba’s history and culture and do hope I can go back in the near future. Going to this country should be on every travelers bucket list.

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