MHS’s Annual Dance Concert
On Friday, May 31, 2019, at 7:00pm in the auditorium, the sixth annual Montebello High School Dance Concert took place. The concert consisted of about thirty different performances by the five different dance groups. The groups are beginning, intermediate, advanced professional dance groups, MHS Drill Team, and the Dance Company.
The dance groups danced the night away to a variety of songs from lots of genres, from pop, hip hop, slow jams, and even some theater soundtracks. The Dance Company kicked off the night with a bang, performing “Can’t Dance,” by Meghan Trainor. After they woke up the crowd with that number, Preshiss Jaymes did a solo performance of Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love.” The intermediate dance group came on next and performed “Bad Idea,” by Ariana Grande. Then the beginning dance group got the excitement going with an awesome performance of “Way I Are,” by Timbaland. Then, the Company took it down a notch with a soulful performance of Rozzi’s “Uphill Battle.” A cool treat was when the seniors from the Company danced Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings.” This was an audience favorite that got lots of applause and whistles. The Drill Team Small Military then showed what they could do with a cool synchronized performance. The Company ended the first half of the show with a heartfelt performance of the song “You Are Enough,” from Sleeping at Last.
The advanced dance group riled up the audience back from intermission with a high energy performance of “Break,” by Odeza. Then, a duo performance by two company seniors, Jessica Marin and Valeria Galindo, who danced to Phillip Phillips’ “Gone,” made the crowd feel sentimental. But that did not last long because the next song picked up the pace right back. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced groups came out and danced “Gimme Dat,” by Ciara. The girls all seemed to have a great time, flowing on and off the stage with huge smiles on their faces. One interesting and cool performance of the night came from Alyssa Menendez and the first period group who did a performance to “The Greatest Showman.” Menendez even wore a coat and top hat! The Drill Team Large Military then wowed the crowd with another cool synched performance. Another outstanding performance of the night came from the company and its dance number to “Bad Man,” by Missy Elliot. The girls were fierce, in synch and owning the stage.
The dance groups and soloists did a good job on their performances and the audience seemed to really enjoy themselves. Even though the dancers had to take more responsibility for their performances because Mrs. K. was on family leave, the girls seemed to pull through together along with the help of alumni dancers. Congratulations to the all the dancers on a great night of dance.
Montebello war vet finally comes home
By Jonathan Coronado
Fifty-two years ago, US Navy Journalist Raul Antonio Guerra’s unit was gunned down in a plane during the Vietnam War. Recently, Guerra’s body remains has just been identified by the Navy and 52 years later and he is returning home to Montebello to be officially laid to rest.
Guerra enlisted on Oct. 17, 1966, at 23, and was ranked as a journalist, third class, according to Larry Greer of the Pentagon’s Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office. Although his four other servicemen in his unit remains were found with Guerra’s many years ago, it was difficult to differentiate. Raul Guerra was adopted as a child, which was the reason why the military could not find any DNA matches to help identify his remains all this time. This wouldn’t have happened if his best friend Ruben Valencia had not advocated to help identify Guerra. Valencia can now finally be relieved to bring his best friend peace.
There will be a public memorial for Guerra at Montebello Risher Mortuary and will begin at 6:30 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 and will be buried at Rose Hills National Shrine Thursday, April 25, 2019.
Never Forget: Remembering Armenian Genocide
By Leslie Reynoso
On April 24, 1915 Armenian people were gathered by the Turkish government during the Ottoman Empire. They were citizens yet they were deported to prison camps or marched to the desert, where they were starved, tortured and mass murdered. Armenians today calls this event the Armenian genocide. To this day, the government of Turkey has never officially admitted that the Armenian genocide ever happened. The Armenian club at MHS hosted an assembly to honor the lives of approximately 1.5 million Armenians that were killed and to remember this terrible event in history.
The Armenian club invited all students and teachers to attend an assembly that paid respect to the victims of the Armenian genocide. The event was held at the MHS auditorium and was hosted by club members, advisors Mrs. Chong and Mr. Ruiz. It included some special guests, too, including councilman Jack Hadjinian. Students learned from them about the genocide and why it was important to know about what happened. The club also showed a Powerpoint presentation showing pictures of the event and important details. Besides being given an important history lesson about this horrible crime to Armenians, students also got to enjoy some Armenian dance performances as well.
The hundreds of students at the Armenian genocide assembly seemed really interested in what was said to them. Something the club members really wanted students to remember is never forget the millions of Armenian people that died by the government of Turkey, and be aware to stop future genocides.
“The Crucible”: A Reflection
By Destiny Mendoza
“The Crucible” is a 1953 play by Arthur Miller. “The Crucible” falls under the genre of historical fiction. It was just a tool that Miller used to get his real message through to the public. During 1953 the US government became in fear of communism spreading “irrational ideas.” The US government began a “witch hunt” where they sought out any form of communism in hopes to completely destroy it. Miller uses “The Crucible” to symbolize and represent the US government’s actions on the fear of communism spreading.
The play takes place during the Salem Witch Trials. Although the play is fiction the witch trials were very much real. The plot focuses on the fight between good and bad. Good is represented as Elizabeth Proctor, played by Valerie Acosta, who was truthful, believed in God, was pure, etc. Bad is represented as Abigail Williams, played by Priscilla Barrios, who is evil, a liar, and speaks of hell. Caught in the middle to choose between the two is John Proctor, played by Ricardo Mejia who in the end chooses his name and wife.
As thespian president and assistant director, working to perform this play at school held a lot of weight on my shoulders. Rehearsals were held daily until as late as eight o’clock. Costumes for all the actors were a struggle to find. Some costumes were reused, or made, or bought in smaller pieces and put together. Makeup had to match the ages and descriptions of each character. The set was mostly built by our own construction crew, who built the items from scratch.
“The Crucible” was such a huge play that had so many small parts that needed to be perfected. Lights, curtains, scene changes, sound, props, etc., all took much time and effort to get down. The actual performance of the play lasted over three hours long, including two intermissions. The show was held on Friday, April 5th and Saturday, April 6th at 7:00pm at the MHS Auditorium. Although it was stressful finding actors to remember lines and allowing Procter to kiss another girl multiple times. In the end we were able to pull off two amazing nights. No, it was not perfect, but it sure was amazing.
MHS Club Features
The AVID club can help a student with community service and it can be put on a college application. The AVID club focuses on a students’ ability to work with others.This club can be joined by anyone who would like to participate in different events. If you are not in the AVID program, you could still join the club, it is open to everyone.
AVID club meets every other Monday in classroom F-8. The only requirement is anyone who joins should be responsible about showing up to events that they have signed up for. Usually, AVID meetings do not take the whole lunch time because they consist of event dates and sign ups. AVID club understands not all who join are outgoing. This is why different types of events are offered. As time progresses, they should be willing to sign up for an event that involve more socializing. The only pressure put on a student is that of showing up on time to events. AVID has movie nights where a movie is played and snacks are sold. AVID Play Day is a community service opportunity that also help students interact with other grades.
Although dates have yet to be confirmed, AVID club will be participating in the Mariachi 5K run and more events are yet to come.
California Scholarship Federation
California Scholarship Federation (CSF) is a student club for students who have an academically strong grade point average and the goal to attend college. However, CSF is not just about promoting academics and college readiness.
Members of CSF also provide services to the school and to the community. These services include offering tutoring after school for all students on any subject, hosting a school-wide college fair in spring, and volunteering in community service events such as food drives, parades, etc. CSF is a club offered throughout many high schools in California, making it well known to universities. CSF requires you to apply every semester, so that your grades are maintained and calculated regularly. An “A” is worth three points and a “B” is worth one point. You need a total of ten points to meet the GPA standards for CSF.
CSF meets every other Friday in B-9 during lunch. For more information, see Ms. Endo.
Key Club International club is where members can serve their community alongside adults and make new friends. Key Club’s purpose is to give to those in need. At Key Club, officers find community events for its members to offer help to throughout the year. Each member’s community service hours are accounted for as well.
If interested, Key Club meets in Room F-12 during lunch every other Thursday. During meetings, members are handed an agenda listing current community events planned. However, students may be asked to provide their own transportation as only some events provide rides. To become a member, a student must complete an application and submit $12 dues, which go to the Kiwanis International organization.
Anyone interested in giving back to community and taking on leadership opportunities can join Key Club. This is also a great place to meet new people and make friends as you embark on beach clean-ups, distribute food to those in need, or raise funds for a good cause.
Snap chat online shopping
By: Leslie Ramirez
Everyone knows our generation loves social media. Teenagers and younger use social media to communicate with friends and family about our days. No matter where you look, students are “snapping” pictures of themselves and posting them on Instagram and Snapchat. Well, Amazon is now partnering up with Snapchat to get business from young people by making shopping as easy as taking a picture.
Teenagers cannot get enough of selfies and playing with Snapchat filters. Now, users can snap a picture of an object or a QR Snap code of something they are interested in and get instantly linked to that item on Amazon. With one click, the user can order the item and maybe sport it on future pictures. Snapchat and Amazon are not the only app to make it easy to shop and be on your social media at the same time. Instagram has also launched shopping tags in Stories and now has a shopping channel in Explore.
So, what do people have to say about these new features? One senior admitted she thinks the shopping features are a great idea to buy new clothes and shoes. This may be a great way of letting people shop on Snap who does not have the time to shop in person. One concern she had was how difficult would it be to return items that may not fit right. Another person’s concern is it may encourage young people to steal from their family such as saving their credit cards on their phones to use for shopping later.
Social media seems to be here to stay, and so is online shopping. Less people go to stores to shop when they can order it in the comfort of their homes. It may be time for teens to learn how to be more responsible with their apps, especially if it may cost something to their parents.
MHS Oiler Crew
By Janely Aragon
There is a new program at Montebello High School, Oiler Crew, that is designed to benefit freshmen. This program is new to MHS and Ms. Rego was happy to provide more information about it. She showed enthusiasm for the students who are part of the Oiler Crew and with the contribution and support of other teachers, this program will reach its full potential and make a great impact on the MHS campus.
Ms. Rego along with Ms. Martinez are heading up the Oiler Crew program with the desire to improve the experience of all freshmen, and hope that by extension, the rest of the MHS student body. The purpose of Oiler Crew is to help connect the incoming freshmen to MHS. The program hopes this will improve school culture as well as help freshmen transition to the realities of being in high school. Ms. Rego shared, “I used to teach freshman English and for a lot of students, intermediate school and high school are a lot different so coming here is a big shock to the system.” It is also well documented that freshmen overall grades as well as attendance and class behavior need improvement. The Oiler Crew hopes to help facilitate those improvements.
To be in the Oiler Crew, a student had to have been nominated by a teacher last spring. According to Ms. Rego, the program received over 95 student nominations from teachers. These students were then required to attend an event at the end of last year, then come to a training this summer prior to the beginning of school. For those interested in becoming an Oiler Crew leader for the upcoming year, current 10th and 11th graders will be able to apply in the month of February. Those who should apply are people who care about helping others, can attend trainings and most of the events, and has reasonable grades. This does not necessarily mean straight A’s and B’s, but not more than a couple of classes that they are struggling with currently.
Since the Oiler Crew is focused entirely on helping freshmen, especially those who are struggling with grades and attendance, the Oiler Crew is looking for students to be role models to these students.
Some may ask what are some specific requirements of the leaders in Oiler Crew? Since this is its first year of operation, the Oiler Crew leaders, were given some flexibility. Next year, the plan is to hold quarterly grade conferences with the freshmen to make sure they get any help they need.
The Oiler Crew program is still a work in progress, but it is the hope that it will become a class where freshmen can seek help/mentoring with schoolwork or school-related issues, including social issues. This is one of the ways Oiler Crew is set apart from MHS’s AMP program, which focuses only on academic mentoring. Ms. Rego stated, “I hope to make Oiler Crew a big part of the school that works side by side with ASB and does regularly scheduled meetups, tutoring sessions, and activities.”