Welcome to The Journalism Club's November and October newsletter! Please feel free to browse and read all of the wonderful articles written by our hard-working and dedicated students. Thank you and we hope you enjoy our newsletter!
Meet Mr. Rodriguez
A musician, a teacher, and a soon to be father; meet Mr. Rodriguez! He teaches music theory, music history, and choir ensembles. His love for this school, it’s students, and teachers are what make his career worthwhile. With a strong care for his students, Mr. Rodriguez has become one of the most liked and well known teachers at VAPA. After ten years of teaching he never lost any gratitude or passion for it.
Mr. Rodriguez would have never thought he would be a teacher; or even have a strong love for music at all for that matter. During his youth, he was never fond of school nor enjoyed his time there. “I hated it!”, he said repeatedly with a reinforced tone. The future didn’t seem bring and he had a great deal of uncertainty in what he wanted to do with his life. Graduate school was a remarkable turning point in his life and it provided him with a new way of thought. He developed a powerful bond with music and himself. Music was so significant for his life because it gave him a better understanding of it and knowledge of the foundations behind it. That connection set a new groundbreaking perspective on who he was as an individual and what he wanted to do with his life.
Mr. Rodriguez’s experience of teaching has had its failures and achievements. He walked into a job where he had a different ideal on what teaching was all about. He was faced with tough times and loads of frustration as his career started. After learning from his past mistakes, Mr. Rodriguez learned how meaningful his job is and that the students always go first.
His musical influences include Bob Dylan and The Beatles. He was born in inner-city San Diego. In the future Mr. Rodriguez wants to continue to build a large music program at VAPA. Mr. Rodriguez is an amazing teacher who is working in a career that he both enjoys and loves. A little piece of advice he has to offer for all of you aspiring musicians and people is to always do your absolute best, work hard, and no matter what happens don’t let anything get in the way from accomplishing your goals.
By: Brian A.
MOTM â November
Emmanuel Alcantar has received the member of the month award for outstanding work and dedication brought to club in a short manner of time.
He will receive acknowledgement in his portfolio and his work the featured article of this month. Congratulations!
Meet the Crew!
The History of Thanksgiving
Most of us celebrate Thanksgiving, yet almost all of us don’t really know how it originally started. Let’s roll back time to December 4th, 1619. Approximately 38 settlers arrived at Berkeley Hundred, just north of the James River in an area near Jamestown. This was the first settlement of the Virginia Colony. This moment of arrival was considered as “a day of thanksgiving” to God. The captain or person of power said the following, "We ordain that the day of our ship’s arrival at the place assigned for plantacon in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God.” However, one of the following Thanksgivings were cut short due to the Indian Massacre of 1622 resulting in the death of nine settlers. Although the very first Thanksgiving was taken place in 1619, the official origin was 1621. Squanto from the Wampanoag tribe taught the pilgrims how to catch eel, grow corn and also acted as a translator for them. Squanto had learned English when he was enslaved in Europe and in his travels. In return for the kindness of Squanto and the Wampanoag Leader Massasoit, they set apart a day to celebrate “Thanksgiving”.
Thanksgiving in modern day and age is a lot different than Thanksgiving in the 1600s but, still hold the same foundations at heart. Example, although we may love to play and watch American Football, we still say and give our thanks to “God” or others for Family, friends, food, etc. Much modern day food we eat on Thanksgiving is of course Turkey, Stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet corn, and pumpkin pie. Other families like to visit relatives or travel on Thanksgiving rather than stay at home.
From the simple beginnings of Native Americans and Pilgrims to the complexities of Football plays and Turkey dinners Thanksgiving has been a day where everyone gets together, aunts, uncles, cousins and parents to say Thanks.
By: Emmanuel Alcantar
Halloween: Dance the Night Away by Emmanuel Alcantar
(Pictures by: Natalie Franco)
The Halloween Dance is one of the many events students from Central Los Angeles High school for the Visual and Performing Arts get to socialize. After conducting a survey of a total of three hundred and fifty ninth, tenth, and eleventh grade students, the results showed about a thirty two percent average of ninth, tenth, and eleventh graders would actually attend the dance. After most students heard that they can’t bring their friends from other schools, they decided not to go at all. I’m here with Tenth Grader Alexxa Anzures at the Fine Arts Building in Cal State LA asking about her experience at the Halloween Dance on Friday.
Emmanuel: What were you looking forward to in the Halloween Dance?
Alexxa: The Music, I love music and how it expresses who you are.
Emmanuel: How was the DJ in this dance, was it the same as the one last year?
Alexxa: No, we had a teacher doing songs in some random room above. The DJ last year was on the ground. The DJ we had last year been pretty good but, the teacher was alright as well.
Emmanuel: According to the survey I just showed you, ten percent of 10th graders said they were going to attend while about fifty percent said they were not going to attend; did you notice a difference in the number of people at the dance?
Alexxa: Yeah, a lot of my girlfriends didn’t show up but, many of my guy friends did. There were barely any people in this dance.
Emmanuel: In your own opinion, did you like the Halloween Dance and what could it do to improve its experience for students next year?
Alexxa: I thought it was okay, not great but okay. I think they should make the system less complicated and let people bring students from other schools to this dance like they did last year. A lot of my friends go to different schools and some of them don’t even have a Halloween Dance. I think they should allow students from other schools to come so that a lot of people attend and to let other people experience this as well.
Emmanuel: After this year’s dance, will you be attending the one next year and if not why?
Alexxa: I will probably go to the one next year but, I won’t stay the entire time, I’ll just stay an hour and probably leave with my friends.
This is Emmanuel Alcantar saying Farewell.
By: Nicholas Robinson
"Our theatre has been said to have ghosts in it." Multiple students and teachers have said to have seen or heard some sort of paranormal event around the school, the most sights being the theatre. Before the school was what it is today, it was a burial ground. Teachers and students believe that there is something lurking in the lower levels of the theatre so I went and did some investigation.
But first, I decided to look into the history of the land where VAPA now sits. The school is located on what used to be known as Fort Moore. The fort was established by US forces during the Mexican American War, when the Americans occupied California, then claimed by Mexico. The first American flag to fly over California was raised near where our swimming pool is now on July 4th, 1869. The fort was named after Captain Benjamin D. Moore, who was killed in action earlier in the war. He died after being punctured in the heart by a Mexican lance in the Battle of San Pasqual in San Diego County, on December 6, 1846.
It turned out there was never much fighting on the Ft. Moore hill, but according to the LA Times, the first deaths on the hill were four soldiers who were killed when a powder magazine exploded. They were the first people known to be buried on the hill. The first officially recorded civilian burial was of Andrew Sublette, on Dec. 19, 1853. He was hunting in Malibu Canyon when he shot a grizzly, but the bear managed to kill Sublette before it died. After he was buried on the hill, his dog refused to leave his grave, and died there three days later. The hill was the city’s first non-Catholic cemetery, and many bodies were buried secretly in the middle of the night.
By 1857 what was then called “Cemetery Hill” was the site of public hangings. The most famous hanging was held on Valentine’s Day of that year, when two men were hanged for murder. Three thousand people crowded the hill to watch. The hill became famous as the final resting place of men who were on the losing end of a wild-west shoot-out. According to the Southern California Genealogical Society, six deputy sheriffs were killed on the hill in a shoot out with cattle thieves. They were all buried on Cemetery Hill.
Since the theater is where the sightings were the most reported, that is where I headed. I took a camera and explored the lower levels. I went down there with out a doubt there was nothing there. Not to my surprise, I was right. I was down there for about 20 minutes and left disappointed. You can see the video on our website. (Coming soon!!)
I asked students that thought they heard something He said that it was a weird noise ringing throughout the hall. There is a very simple explanation for that, there is a lot of work on the floor above and it could easily have been someone sweeping. I had the same experience. Now that you know the facts, what do you think about this? Have you ever had a paranormal experience here at VAPA? Share with us at email@example.com!
Thanksgiving: Be thankful
Thanksgiving is a festival which has great importance in history and which binds people together in the bond of love, affection and happiness. It is now necessary to celebrate such festivals. In its celebration, the most significant aspect is a Thanksgiving meal, with the classical foods that American tradition indicates one should eat at this meal: turkey and cranberry sauce. Thanksgiving is a platform and a unique American holiday, which is celebrated at a social level with gifts and meal to enhance the relationships and make them stronger. It is celebrated by all without any regard to faith, religion and the most loved ones are honored. It helps us in giving a feeling of being special to others as well as ourselves.
Thanksgiving day is a day when everyone says thanks to all the help everyone had received. Maybe it is parents, friends, or anyone really. It is celebrated without any deviations in age, or gender and everybody participate in the feast to celebrate their happiness. It is a sign of living comfortably in better health, and the Thanksgiving feast is a symbol to celebrate their good fortune. The Thanksgiving feasts in November delights everyone who has never been a part of it should also learn the importance of that special moment. It shows the significance of ,the essence of life in building relations and it teaches us to understand the satisfaction in saying thanks to someone.
I am trying to highlight all the reasons for celebrating thanksgiving day to you, so that you can also engage yourself in thanking someone who has helped you in your life. You also have a wonderful opportunity to thank your parents who support you in every decision you take, your siblings or friends etc who have always been with you in your times of sadness and happiness. Every person in their life feels that they must get a chance to thank everyone for all their support, and so do you. This is the opportunity, this is the time! Take advantage of it! Celebrate Thanksgiving and thank everyone for the great support and love they have bestowed upon on you. Appreciate all that life has to offer, be thankful, and have a Happy Thanksgiving.
By: Dustin B.
You never know when you're being watched By Angel Guerado Austin Radley was on his way to a family reunion in Michigan unfortunately, his car broke down and he had to call for assistance. The mechanic told him that his car would take several days to repair, so Radley decided to check into the closest hotel. The clerk at the hotel warned him not to leave his room past 11:11 PM. Radley went to his room forgetting to ask why. That night he heard a bizarre noise outside his room. He looked through the peephole and saw a ghoulish young girl about 9 years old skipping through the hallway. Remembering the Clerk's ominous warning, he decided to go back to sleep instead of investigating. The next night he was getting to ready to go bed, but looked through the peephole to see if the same girl was around instead, all he saw was red. The next morning he was leaving the hotel, Radley asked the clerk about his warning. The clerk told him that there was once a young girl who died outside that room, and every night at 11:11 pm she skips down the hallway as a ghost. She's dressed in white and has red eyes. When Austin was leaving the motel, he remembered something-- the night when he could only see red, he was looking at her. She was looking back at him!
On October 23, Central LA High School #9 hosted its first fencing tournament Southern California Scholastic Fencing League. The tournament went from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM. It was a novice tournament, meaning that only students that have been fencing for less than a year would be able to participate.
The Scholastic Fencing League is a league specifically for high school and middle school students. The mission of the league is to promote the sport of fencing within high schools and middle schools throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area. The current president of the league is Greg Schiller, one of our science teachers and our fencing coach. There were a variety different schools at the tournament such as Brentwood, Vistamar, Victor Valley, Polytechnic High School, and Harvard West Lake. While our school didn’t get any medals, we still placed, and fairly high at that. Kyle Grotefend came in 8th place in men’s foil, Christopher Lopez came in 6th in mens saber, and Destinee Alvarez came in 5th place in women’s Epee. It was a fantastic tournament, and we did good for, considering it is our first and most of us were fencing for a little over a month. Congratulations to all who attended!
By: Nicholas Robinson
A Message From the President (Janine Ibrahim):
Greetings from The Journalism Club! This is the president speaking, congratulating you all on our first successful newsletter! The Journalism Club is made up of 19 hard-working students. We’d also like to thank our sponsor Mr. Hood and the lovely Ms. Harrison for helping us get recognized for our tremendous amount of hard-work and dedication to create something truly extraordinary. Let’s not forget our technology director, Mr. Williams, for being there by our side throughout the entire process. Congratulations to you all! We couldn’t have done it without you!
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Halloween Dance - Survey
26% said they were going to the dance.
50% said they don't know.
24% said no.
10% said they were going to the dance.
48% said they don't know.
42% said no.
62% said they were going to the dance.
16% said they don't know.
22% said no.
This survey is based on 100 9th graders, 100 10th graders, and 50 11th graders. Credits: Emmanuel Alcantar
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