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.