February 25, 2020

Ending the year with Hollywood Idol

Posted on May 28, 2019 by in Features

Staff of Hollywood Highschool performing to Bruno Mar’s Uptown Funk.

Kimberly Figueroa

Chronicle Reporter

Hollywood Idol took place on Friday May 24, ending the 2018-2019 school year off in a perfect note.

It started off by showing a short video clip of the person who started the tradition of Hollywood Idol, the one and only J.B Carmicle. This year, senior Isaak Ramirez from SAS hosted the event. The judges were Johnny Wood, William Manning, Mauricio Arocha, Alyssa Pinedo, and Lisa Hertzner.

Hollywood Idol mostly consisted of singing, but a group named Black Spadze brought intense dancing to this years show. A surprise performance by the teachers definitely made Hollywood Idol one to remember. Ms. Escobedo thought of the idea to have teachers come together to perform to Bruno Mar’s “Uptown Funk”. Secret rehearsals took place in Ms. Goldshein’s dance studio after school, where Ms. Escobedo choreographed and taught the flash mob dance to teachers and counselors.

The third place winner was Black Spadze, second place was Kings of No Nation, and the winner of Hollywood Idol 2019 was Randella Drew. Randella Drew sang a song that she wrote which was based on taking risks and standing up for eachother.

NMA Senior Jayson Duran shared his thoughts on this years show. ¨The show was great, it was also surprising to see the teachers perform. It was fun to cheer them on and laugh.¨

Billionaire pays off student loans

Posted on May 22, 2019 by in Features, News


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. 

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.”

Tips on how to enjoy Grad Night

Posted on May 9, 2019 by in Features


Yadira Romero

Chronicle Reporter

This Friday the seniors will attend one of their biggest senior activities, which is Grad Night at Disneyland. After having a stressful year, the seniors will be able to let loose and enjoy the night at the happiest place in the world.

To the seniors who are going, do not forget to meet at the Orange gate by 3:30 p.m. or else you will be left behind. Here’s a list of what you should do to ensure that you enjoy your time at Disneyland.

-Be sure to wear comfortable sneakers because you will be walking a lot.

-Bring money in case you want to buy something that you really like.

-Take pictures to have memories.

-Bring a sweater because it will be cold at night.

-Don’t forget to bring a portable charger because it’s a long drive to Disney so you might drain your battery.

-Don’t stray away from your friends.

-Lastly, have fun and be safe!

Weekly Sports Roundup

Posted on May 4, 2019 by in Features, Sports


Kenyon Dawson and Kahliyah Williams

Crimson Chronicle reporters

Photo Credit: Jasmine Cortez
Girl’s Varsity taking the lead in the 1600m race at Central League finals on Thursday.


Girls Varsity and boys Frosh/Soph took first place in the Central League Finals on Thursday beating Belmont, Bernstein, Contreras, Downtown Business Magnet, and Roybal high school. Girls Frosh/Soph placed second while boys Varsity placed fourth.

On the girls’ side, sophomore Da’Keya Rogers broke the triple jump record jumping a whopping 29 feet, 5 inches. Also, SAS senior Stephanie Starks broke her own league record in the 100 meter dash running at a time of 12.65 seconds.

While on the boys’ side, they started the meet with a disqualification from an event due to some unsportsmanlike conduct, but they eventually pulled away with wins in several races. Junior Edwin Garcia won the 200 meter dash in a time of 23.95, while sophomore Aimar Aguilar lit up the track with his wins in both the Frosh/Soph 400 meter race and 200 meter, Fellow sophomore Edson Ortiz won first in the frosh-soph high jump, jumping 5 feet.


The boys volleyball won their last league game against Bernstein 3-0, leading  them to the playoff. On April 30, the boys lost in the first round of playoffs against Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies with a score of 3-0. They ended the season with a record of 13-8.


  The boys baseball team won their most recent game at home on Wednesday against Contreras. They beat Contreras with a score of 9-6. With the win of the last game, it leads the boys with a overall record of 10-5.


The Lady Sheiks are on fire with their most recent softball win versus the Bernstein Dragons on Apr. 30 with a score of 18-0, solidifying their 10-game winning streak, nine of which ended as a mercy win. TCA senior Kylese Francis and SAS senior Lesley Lujan both scored a home run. Not only was it their last league game, it was also senior night in which families and friends presented seniors with posters, flowers, and balloons.The girls advance to playoffs.

Seniors sign off to college

Posted on May 3, 2019 by in Features

Seniors sign off to college

Salma Rodriguez

Chronicle Reporter

Today Hollywood senior students were able to enjoy some fun out in the sun at the quad during their fourth period class to celebrate college signing day. At the event, they gave ice cones, popcorn, and had customized shirts. There were also life size games like Tic-Tac-Toe, Connect Four, Jenga, and toss the bean bags. There was also music that was played and enjoyed by everyone to make the event even more livid and exciting.

I asked some students about their thoughts on the event overall just to see how they had enjoyed it, what they liked about it, and how it went. Here is what they had to say:

Roselyn Lopez, 12th grader PAM student said, “College signing day wasn’t too bad overall, I really enjoyed the games and the popcorn was delicious.”

Ali Dugally, 12th grader SAS student said, “I feel like the college signing event today was more fun due to the games provided, rather than the actual college admission appreciation. I feel like it gave us students an opportunity to talk together about the colleges we are going to and how we feel about it.”

Recognize these empowering women

Posted on March 28, 2019 by in Features


Yadira Romero

Chronicle Reporter

Women’s History Month is about to end and there hasn’t been much recognition. Before the month ends, let’s recognize these women who have accomplished so much.

1.Amelia Earhart

She became the first woman to cross the Atlantic in an airplane.

2.Harriet Tubman

She helped slaves escape through the Underground Railroad and was considered the first African American woman to serve in the military.

3.Sonia Sotomayor

She became the first Hispanic justice nominee on the United States Supreme Court.

Official Portrait of Justice Sonia Sotomayor

4. Dolores Huerta

She is an American labor leader and civil rights activist and is a co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association.

Huerta organizes marchers in Coachella, Calif., in 1969. She’s been an outspoken activist for the rights of farmworkers and the downtrodden for much of her life

5.Michelle Obama

She is the first African-American First Lady, a lawyer and university administrator and writer.

AP Exams are nearly here

Posted on March 26, 2019 by in Announcements, Features

AP Exams are nearly here

Mayeli Acuna

Chronicle Reporter

It is that time of the year again to prepare for AP exams considering they are just around the corner. It is pretty difficult to remain calm when it comes to preparing for an exam that will be taking multiple hours and many students are taking more than one of these exams. Students have been on this ongoing cycle of trying to keep up with school work, sports, family and their social life, but it is important to prioritize what can benefit you in the future. Passing an AP Exam with a four or five can potentially give you college credit, saving you and your parent’s money. It is rather hard to take time out of a students daily routine to study for these exams, but here are some tips on how to add reviews to your day.

  1. During breakfast in the classroom look over previous worksheets and or test, you have taken.
  2. Purchase 5 Step To A Five – A new copy cost ruffly around $15 for a new copy depending on the course, a used copy is about $8. https://www.amazon.com/s?k=five+steps+to+a+five&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss_2
  3. On your way to school or home watch Khan Academies to freshen up your memory. (Only applies to math, science, and history AP’s) https://www.khanacademy.org/about/blog/post/163503591115/khan-academy-is-the-official-practice-partner-for

Mentally Preparing

  1. Just breath, don’t overthink the idea of passing the exam and go in ready to show what you have learned.
  2. Do not focus on the time limit, looking at the clock constantly will only add more pressure and nerves; focus on what you know.
  3. Do not cram before the test, study efficiently.
  4. Dwelling on getting college credit will only add extra stress, look at this exam as if it were another class exam.
  5. GET SLEEP AND EAT BREAKFAST. https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/pdf/ap-exam-schedule-weeks-1-and-2-2019.pdf

Runners go the Distance

Posted on March 25, 2019 by in Features

Senior Anthony Sales showing off his commemorative medal.

Chronicle Reporter

Kimberly Figueroa

Senior Anthony Sales showing off his commemorative medal.

The LA Marathon was highly anticipated by many. The marathon took place on Sunday March 24. The marathon is a 5k run and has a maximum duration time of six hours and thirty minutes, starting from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica. The top three runners received a commemorative award, and the rest of the runners receive a commemorative medal. Anthony Sales, a senior in TCA, participated in the marathon and described his thoughts towards the marathon.

“Once I finished the marathon, I felt very accomplished, yet tired. I struggled after mile twenty because that is when I felt my body starting to give up.”

The next marathon will take place on March 8, 2020. Make sure to sign up to participate in the 35th anniversary of the LA Marathon.

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

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