If a family member passes away in a disastrous situation, how much do you believe that you should receive as compensation? Should your husband's life cost more than the life of someone's son? The loss of life is not easy to recover from no matter the occupation of the person. No matter if the person was a doctor or a cashier, a life is a life. At the end of the day the person lost is still someone's husband/wife, son/daughter, father/mother, brother/sister, or even someone’s friend. Everyone’s life should have the same value, no more, no less, than another. In the movie Dead Man Walking directed by Tim Robbins the movie focuses on the value of life toward a criminal and whether or not the death sentenced should be enforced on a rapist and murderer. Matthew Poncelet, who was played by Sean Penn, is sentenced with a death sentence when found guilty of rape and murder, in the time leading up to his execution Helen Prejean, a nun played by Susan Sarandon, tries to find redemption for Poncelet. During the movie the thought and argument on whether or not the death sentence should be enforced. My own personal opinion is that the death sentence should not be enforced because I don’t believe in an eye for an eye. Just because the criminal is executed does not bring back their loved one. In saying that, does that mean if a criminal were to die in an accident such as September 11, 2001 would he/she become a victim? And how much compensation should their family receive for the death of their loved one? A life is a life and I believe that everyone’s lives should cost the same amount. No more. No less.
For some high school football players, practices are enough for them to progress and advance in their skills of the game, others choose to push their limits and take the extra time to advance themselves. Men In The Trenches Lineman Academy (MITT) is a 2 hour, 14 week long camp that costs $25 and specializes in training high school linemen that want to excel and to reach the next level of success as a linemen. When asking former NFLer, Jesse Sapolu, why he decided to start a lineman camp, Sapolu expressed that, “Lineman have technique that needs working on and they’re usually taught during training camp and high school.” Sapolu felt that an extra 14 weeks would help change their game and help increase their skill.
Men In The Trenches Lineman Academy was introduced in 2013 and is instructed by Jesse Sapolu. Sapolu was born in Samoa, yet grew up in Honolulu, HI. He actually started out playing football as a quarterback on his high school football team in Honolulu and moved his way up from there. He played both center and offensive guard on the San Francisco 49ers team. Sapolu is also a 4-time Superbowl Champion, he won all 4 Superbowls on the 49ers in the years 1984, 1988, 1989, and 1994. Not only is he a 4-time Superbowl Champion but he also earned Pro Bowl honors in 1993 and 1994. Sapolu retired from the NFL in 1997.
In the next year the camp will actually be expanding its territory and moving to different states as more states are asking for the camp. The Men In The Trenches camp is also improved by the many coaches that help train their incoming football players. When asked about the process in choosing coaches to help coach the linemen, Sapolu said, “I just throw my coaches gas money, they're pretty much here because they want to make a difference in the kids' lives. When we see the kids get a college education it's worth it for us.” The coaches that are present at the camp practices are established a certain teaching and are split up in different stations, especially the defense coaches. Sapolu walks around and hopes to observe and coach in all of the stations, but he is mostly working with the younger group who he says is the “foundation of the camp”.
MITT will soon be traveling to Detroit and New England, and where Sapolu will bring qualified trustworthy coaches to travel with him to the different states to help coach and instruct their next set of linemen. MITT will also be changing their program from a 14 week program to a 10 week program Sapolu says, “I think 10 weeks is good quality work for the kids here.”
See the link below for any further questions or if you are interested in registering to attend the Men In The Trenches Lineman Academy.
On June 1, 2019 students were lined up to enter the Prom venue The Mansion, formerly known as Shark Club, and were greeted by a red carpet and tons of security. As students entered the venue they were given the option of voting for their prom King and Queens. The prom court for the boys included Victor Jacinto, Miguel Pena, and Raul Gonzalez. The prom court for the girls included Mackenzie McIntyre, Leticia Mondragon, and Jennifer Neri.
The Mansion had an open space to walk, there was no way of being cramped: except on the dance floor, Junior, Wendy Galvan said, “The venue was very nice and suited the theme.” The dance floor was full of students and the line for the photo booth was almost reaching the dance floor and because of that, very few students were playing in the game room or eating, everyone was enjoying the presence of the soon to be leaving seniors, and just having a good time, the only downfall once again, the music.
There was a sea of students that filled the dance floor and as soon as a song came on that the crowd wasn’t a fan of, there were waves of students leaving the dance floor. The DJ, who came with the venue, was loved for his Spanish music. Senior, Brandon Cordero said he didn't enjoy the music and said, “We’re not in school so we should just let the cuss words play in the music.” Besides the music, there was a good vibe from everyone and tons of photos taken at the photo booth. Students were asked to leave the venue at 10:30pm as the venue was a nightclub, and students weren’t given a chance to slow dance with their dates, but before the night ended, seniors Raul Gonzalez and Mackenzie McIntyre were crowned Prom 2019 King and Queen.
As the school year comes to an end, Estancia ASB presents, Prom 2019! On Saturday, June 1, 2019, students of Estancia High School will be attending their last dance of the year. This years prom theme is “The Great Gatsby,” inspired by the 2013 movie directed by Baz Luhrmann.
Estancia ASB will be providing three different areas for pictures a photo booth, professional photography, and an area to take your own photos. They will also include snacks such as a chocolate fountain, fruit, & pretzels. Not only will there we a dance floor but, if you are bored of dancing there will be an area to play video games and an area outside to get fresh air.
All attendees must arrive by 8:30 and have an ID to get into the dance. There will also be alcohol detection devices as students enter the dance. Prom will be held at The Mansion in Costa Mesa and doors will open at 7pm. The dance will end around 11pm. Friday, May 24, at Lunch will be the last time to buy tickets. Can’t wait to see you there for a roarin’ time!
On April 25th, 2019, Marvel Studios newest (and allegedly last) Avengers movie hit theatres and it was epic. If you watched Avengers: Infinity War, you know that it left everyone in tears and with lots of questions revolving around the disappearance of numerous Avengers superheroes including, Spider-man (Tom Holland), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Bucky (Sebastian Stan), Groot (Vin Diesel), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), and many more.
With the loss of all of these superheroes the Avengers accepted defeat. In Avengers: Endgame we see some new faces Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) who help the Avengers in their new mission, to fix what Thanos (Josh Brolin) had destroyed in Avengers: Infinity War. Endgame brings back people thought to be dead and gone, and breaks more hearts as they kill off more of everyone's favorite Avengers superheroes. Although the deaths are unexpected and heart wrenching, they are justified and important to the plot and if they had ended any other way the audience would’ve been left unsatisfied.
The movie had the audience clapping, laughing, gasping, and crying. There are a lot of unexpected twists for Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) in the movie and some very heartwarming moments between Hawkeye and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). Endgame still leaves the audience with some questions of the future of some of the superheroes and answers most of the Infinity Wars questions. I suggest re-watching Infinity Wars, going to the bathroom before the movie starts, and bringing tissues. I give Avengers: Endgame an A.
Everyone enjoys music, but more importantly music helps in many psychological ways. There are about 15 main genres of music, and based on specific taste of music the different genres may have different effects on people. There are numerous amounts of negative and positive effects that music can have on the human brain. For example music can affect your emotion and your mental health.
Generally, people don’t think about the psychology behind music and don’t realize that whatever song or genre of music they’re listening to is actually affecting them, more specifically affecting their mental health. In an article titled How Music Affects the Brain writer Deane Alban discusses that “Music improves brain health and function in many ways. It makes you smarter, happier, and more productive at any age.” While Alban says that music improves brain health for any listeners she explains that the effects are even greater on musicians because, professional musicians brains are different from non-musicians. As brain scans have shown professionals brains are bigger, better connected, and more sensitive. In a survey taken by 40 people, 30% of them said they play an instrument.
Our emotions are affected by music, reminiscing during a song is actually not caused by the song but rather the “nostalgic emotional experience” that the song reminds us of. The association of the song with a specific moment of celebration will cause you to reminisce that certain celebration which will cause you to either be sad or happy depending on the situation it reminds you of. Music is also a language of emotion there are different components and patterns to mimic and represent emotions, which is why, often, people use music to express their feelings. Hashmat also explains how rhythm can have a powerful effect on movement ,”...the auditory system has a rich connection to motor systems in the brain.” The auditory system in your brain is the reason that when you hear music your body automatically wants to move with it, dance along with it, or nod your head to the beat of the music.
As I have said before, music can affect the emotion in a person. Research has actually shown that music can help tremendously in managing pain, not just emotional pain but physical pain. In a study of fibromyalgia patients it was found that if they listened to music for at least an hour a day they experienced a decrease in pain compared to those who did not listen to music for an hour everyday. Music is not only a great outlet for emotion but can also improve memory, be an effective treatment of depression or anxiety, and can boost your motivation. Music therapy is actually a safe treatment for those with depression. Classical and music offered mood-boosting benefits. If you are listening to a slow, sad song in a depressive state, you will remain sad, but have you ever tried turning on ,fast paced, music when you are sad? Not only is classical music good for music therapy but classical music has been found to reduce tension and enhance intelligence in verbal ability. Studies have also shown that listening to classical music can reduce tension even if you are not a classical music fan. I actually put this study to the test while I was writing this essay and I felt less tense when listening to classical music and I am not a big classical music fan. “Science has now proven what music lovers already know, that listening to upbeat music can improve your mood. Listening to and playing music reduces chronic stress by lowering the stress hormone cortisol.” Not only can music lower tension but fast paced music can also motivate a person, it is actually mainly in the areas of the brain that focus on motivation, reward, and emotion. Music can also lower stress levels. Music can affect different levels of mental health.
Your brain is actually working harder than you realize. Have you ever realized that you can predict when the drop of a beat will occur in a song or when the song will speed up or slow down? There is actually apart of your brain that synchronizes neural oscillators with the beat of the music. The neural oscillators are actually what makes music so appealing, your ability to predict what will happen next, music also has to keep you on the edge of your seat and change it up, musicians have to change their sound numerous amounts of times because if you keep expecting the same music sooner or later you will get bored of it.
Estancia High School Drama Production put on an original play January 17-19. To Whom it May Concern is written by all of the actors in the play. Ms. Pauline Maranian said she wanted to, “...do theatre that mattered and that would speak to the students of Estancia High School, as well as their parents and teachers.” A survey was sent out throughout the school and the students were asked to express their biggest stresses and issues they deal with.
In Segment 2: Easy Street, the class is given an assignment to write a poem about a world issue, two girls from two completely different worlds are paired together for the assignment. Joey (Ashley Frias) is the oldest child and struggles with not having enough money, her Dad (Andrew Padilla) does not have a job. Kai (Sarah Reich) has separated parent who are never available, her Mom is always on vacation and her Dad is always working, she does not suffer from poverty but rather her lack of poverty and parental absence. The performance of their Money poem was very touching, leaving the audience with chills.
Segment 3: Dream, started off focused on a new student Jack (Makai Walker) as the story went on the story slowly shifted to Jess (Katherin Hernandez) the students start to realize Jess starts to hyperventilate in class when given an assignment, which is a symptom of anxiety. Jacks Mom (Hailey Millon) shares the news that Jacks father has passed away and Jack is so devastated by it that he writes a suicide note and contemplates suicide, Jess reads the note and tells an old friend. The ending of the segment Jess walks into a support group full of students with her same issues.
The 4 segments really touched the hearts of the audience and was a real tear jerker, multiple people walked out of the Barbra Van Holt Theater in tears.
Under pressure, discusses parents immigration for a better life and family not realizing the importance of their children going to college. Easy Street, discusses money issues and the different issues people could have with money. Dream, was probably the most touching segment, discussing anxiety and depression and letting students know they are not alone and that they are not different or weird. Connection, addressed the fear of the future and the unknown.
Estancia boys soccer rang in the New Year with a 2-2 tie of versus the Santa Ana Saints on January 4th. In the first half the Estancia defense held their ground against Santa Ana’s offense until the last 11 minutes when Estancia’s starting goalie, senior, Victor Jacinto, slide tackled a Saints offensive player. Jacinto was yellow carded, therefore having to be subbed out by Pablo Alcala, who then remained in goal for the remaining of the first half. Saul Ortuno, a forward and Junior at Santa Ana High School shot and scored the first goal of the game, which jump started the motivation in the teams. The Saints scored once again in the last 2 minutes with first half lead 2-0.
Only 12 minutes into the second half Estancia’s Carlos Delgado, senior, playing right wing, scored off of an assist by senior, defensive midfielder, Gerardo Leon Camberos. In the last 2 minutes junior, striker, Marcos Arreola, scored a banger assisted once again by Camberos ending the game in a tie. In the second half Jacinto started in goal once again and ended up shutting down the saints with 9 shots saved.
After assisting both of the goals, captain, Camberos was asked what the cause of his motivation was and responded, “My motivation was my Grandpa who recently passed away. I was trying to score a goal for him but instead I ended the game with two assists. I left satisfied with the assists."
The next game for Estancia High School will be their rivalry game on Wednesday January 9, 2019 against Costa Mesa High School at Jim Scott Stadium at 5pm.
During the Winter Break the Estancia Boys Soccer team played in the 2018 North Orange County Classic tournament also known as the NOCC held at Valencia High School. The Estancia High boys soccer team played against numerous teams from all over the OC throughout 3 days.
On day one Estancia played La Habra at 9am & won 3-2 because of help by senior Miguel Pena who scored two of the three goals & junior Marcos Arreola for scoring the other 1one. They later played California at 2pm & won 2-1. The next day Estancia played Walnut at 9am & won 1-0.
Estancia Boys Soccer ended up making it to semi-finals, playing Valencia High School. The team ended up winning in penalty kicks with a 4-1 ratio, thanks to senior captain, Gerardo Camberos, senior captain Brian Alvarez, senior Omar Martinez & Arreola & saves by senior, Victor Jacinto. Estancia ended up making it to the finals playing Sunny Hills unfortunately Sunny Hills scored in the first 5 minutes and maintained their a score of 3-0 throughout second half causing Estancia to lose 3-0 landing them in 2nd place during the NOCC Tournament.
In the 21st century people use clothes as a representation of who they are. In school we are restricted on what we wear. School dress code was brought upon so that what the students were wearing would not distract another student based on what they are wearing, which is understandable. But it seems that the school dress code has become controversial.
As a teenage girl school dress code has tremendously affected me because I have to make sure what I’m wearing is appropriate to wear to school, I have, on several occasions, chosen an outfit, verified my outfit with my mother and gone to school just to be told I was showing an inch of midriff and my shoulders were not covered. Lizzy Martinez, a high school student at Braden River High School in Orlando, Florida got a sunburn on her back and her bra was causing her pain. She decided not to wear a bra and wore a large shirt so as not to draw attention to her chest. She later was called out of class to meet with her Dean and Principal who, after making her explain why she did not have a bra on, explained that her nipples were showing and were distracting to the boys. She was then told to put an undershirt on. After she complied, she was then told to put bandaids on her nipples. Martinez said, “No one said a thing to me until I got to the Dean’s office.”
Girls are told to dress appropriately in order not to “distract” their students but why shouldn’t the students be told to control themselves? In school, students are told they’re “being trained for the real world.” In the real world people are wearing WHATEVER they want and there is no dress code in the real world, so why shouldn’t the students be taught how to control themselves and get rid of the dress code?
If schools are preparing their students for the real world, than we shouldn’t have school dress codes because like I stated in my last paragraph, the real world has no dress code. An unnamed writer at the Times Colonist says, “Part of an education is learning what is appropriate and what is not as you make your way in the world, and that includes how to dress. There is still a place for dress codes in schools. But those codes should be fair, sensible and as gender-neutral as possible, which has not always been the case.” I agree with this statement. Part of an education is learning what is appropriate and what is not but I don’t agree that it means we should keep the dress code. Like I said before we should teach the students what is appropriate behavior when you see someone wearing clothes that are showing more than they should rather than just telling students to change because the boys cannot focus or pay attention. I don’t think I have ever distracted a student in class. I have time and time again been dress coded for silly reasons, such as spaghetti strap tank tops which only show as much as shoulder.
All in all, dress codes should not be imposed but taken away and students should be taught how to act, rather than making a girl change for expressing herself. And I only say “her” because it is very rare that you hear a boy be told what he’s wearing is not appropriate for the time being, other than being told to take their hats off in class. High school students are figuring out who they are in life and their clothing choice is a representation of that. By telling a female student to change her outfit is like asking her to stop expressing herself -and that’s not fair for female students.