My High School Life

  • The team in 2013
As the dawn of a new journey appears on the horizon, I want to take this time to talk about my experiences during my freshmen, sophomore, and junior years of high school.

Starting in freshmen year, I came in not knowing anybody because everyone around me came from Taft Middle School, and I came from Correia Junior High School. Despite my attempts to make friends with all the other freshmen, I found it hard to fit in. Eventually though, I found a friend in Joey Nguyen, whom I met in my fourth period freshmen English class. Even though I slowly started to make friends at Kearny, I found that I became a target for bullying.

Oftentimes, I would find myself sitting in Mr. Sanchez’s office talking about how hard it was for me to like Kearny. Sometimes, I would cry in his office because of how much I missed my old friends and how often I was being picked on by the other students. The combination of all this, made me want to leave Kearny and attend Point Loma High School. But with kind words of encouragement from both my parents and Mr. Sanchez, I stayed.

Freshmen year was one of the toughest experiences of my life and to this day I look back at it and laugh at how different I was back then compared to how I am now.

Coming back for my sophomore year was a difficult choice for me. On one hand, my experiences with bullying my freshmen year made me afraid to come back, and on the other hand, I had already became close friends with so many people that it didn’t matter if I was going to be bullied or not. Because of my friends, I chose to come back, and that decision helped shape me into the person that I am today.

My sophomore year was the turning point because, I decided to go out for wrestling. I found that the even though it was difficult, I was able to enjoy myself and found a way to fit in. Despite my many losses at the start of the year, I persevered. Through all the criticisms from my fellow students and the struggles of trying to keep up with the skill level of all my teammates, I had fun, and developed confidence that will stay with me for the rest of my life.

Junior year is where I really started to open up to people beginning when I met my friend Enrique Sosa in our political science class. Enrique served as a gateway that allowed me to meet many new people that eventually became my close friends. A group of us decided to band together and establish our own group on campus known as the Geek Squad. We met everyday at the IMIN Student Center on campus, and we all bonded together as more than friends: We became a family.

Wrestling in my junior year was an improvement over my sophomore year. Thankfully, with maturity and age my skill and strength increased earning me the respect of fellow athletes and my new teammates. Like the year before, I still lost a lot of my matches, but I balanced it out by winning more often. Although I didn’t make it to CIF due to a head injury that I suffered from near the end of the season, my continued experience with wrestling set me up for my third and final successful season as a senior.

All my hard work has paid off; everything has worked out; I am more than ready to graduate from Kearny; I’ll attend California State University Los Angeles and major in computer science with a minor in acting.  I am excited. Currently, I am in my second year of employment with SeaWorld, which I plan to continue for two more months while finishing off my last childhood summer in San Diego before moving to Los Angeles.

My advice to all my underclassmen and upcoming freshmen is to never give up when things look bleak and to always move forward and learn from your past experiences.

Wish all your seniors luck in this next chapter of our lives and always remember to smile!

 

The Woman

20160613_113153Hillary Clinton breaks the glass ceiling and makes history as first woman to be a major-party presidential nominee. Almost 100 years after women received the right to vote with the passing 19th Amendment, Democratic citizens have come together and have nominated her as the Democratic Party leader.

Sadly of all the Republicans out there, the Republican Party has chosen a trash talking Trump.

Our student poll shows that Hillary is the Kearny High School students’ choice for president.

I would have liked for Bernie to have won California, but since it looks like he is out, I hope Bernie continues to use his platform to put Donald in his place.

Senior Year Retrospect

  • Nice two pages for wrestling.
The time has come…for seniors to start thinking about the beginnings of a new journey: college, the work force, or their next…unsure or possible steps—leaving  high school, leaving childhood—and entering into the next chapter of their lives.

As with everyone else leaving this year, I have experienced many things that I wish to share.

As a senior, this year has been quite an experience. It feels weird that this year is ending so quickly. From the very beginning of the year, I felt that everything has changed so drastically since my freshman year. Every senior has matured so much since we first arrived. And as seniors, everyone has expectations that we are ready to be on our own becoming fully fledged members of society. Some of us will even vote today.

The winter season was especially difficult seeing almost all of my senior friends leaving as early grads and only a couple of us stayed behind. Difficult choices. Seeing our friends moving on. I chose to remain so I could wrestle.

This years wrestling season was challenging as expectations were raised for returning wrestlers from last year. For half the season waiting for a team captain to be chosen, I led the team by conducting our daily stretches and warm-ups. Finally, a captain was chosen by the coaches near the end of the season.

Despite the challenges, this year of wrestling was the most exhilarating as my desire grew challenging stronger opponents and never deterring from my goal to become the best. At the end of the season, though I wasn’t the best, I was satisfied. I fulfilled my high school wrestling dream. Now I have the opportunity to continue wrestling in college.

After wrestling season was over the greatest challenge awaited: The wait…for graduation. Despite my initial boredom, I slowly began to have fun as a Teacher’s Assistant for first period, the editor-in-chief of the Kearny Galaxy for second period, and a student lead for the Komet Korner in third period. These experiences helped make surviving the last semester of high school tolerable and allowed me to meet and help underclassmen with schoolwork or life in general.

This year has been a blast.

I will sorely miss everyone that I have met and all the teachers that helped me through the years. I will miss the wrestling team. Wrestling has inspired me to push myself to become stronger and has instilled in me a new confidence. But the people I will miss the most is a group of friends that are very special to me—the Geek Squad. They have stuck with me since my junior year becoming my second family.

With two weeks left of school, I look forward to what the future holds for me and my friends.

 

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Trading Card Game Brief Introduction

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The announcement of the new anime movie Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions has given the card game a new and younger audience. This renewed interest in the card game has allowed more people to enjoy the game as much as experienced players as myself.

This article is just a basic introduction to the game and its simple rules and game play.

Yu-Gi-Oh is a card game based around simple and basic rules to understand.

The first rule to know is that each player at the start of the game starts out with 8000 life points and 5 cards in hand. To the start of the game the first player plays their cards in hand for an offensive or defensive advantage. To win is to basically reduce your opponent’s life points to 0.

The next to thing for new players to understand is the various cards a deck can contain. There are three different kinds of cards: monster cards which come in several varieties, spell cards which come in 4 varieties, and trap cards which come in 3 varieties.

Monster cards are your basic line of defense between opponents. For newcomers there are two types of monster cards: Effect and Normal. Normal monster cards are signified by a yellow background. Effect monsters are signified by a light brown background. Effect monsters have effects that can be activated at the time of it’s summoning or when a specific action is occurring. Each monster has a star count which signifies it’s strength. The stars also represent if a monster can be summoned normally. Monsters also have a strength and defense number located at the bottom of the card.

Summoning a monster is as simple as declaring the summon of the monster and placing it on the playing field. Now with that being said, only monsters with 4 stars or less can be summoned by declaration. Monsters with more than 4 stars require what is called a tribute summon. A tribute summon requires a certain amount of monsters on the field to be executed. For example, a 5-6 star monster requires 1 monster to be on the field to be used as a tribute, and 7-8 star monsters require 2 monsters to be on the field to be used as tributes.

Another kind of card a player can play is a spell card. Spells are cards that can be activated from the hand at any point during the turn-players turn. There are 4 kinds of spells: normal, quick-play, field, and continuous spell cards. Normal spell cards can be activated before entering a battle and after the battle has been resolved. Quick-play spell cards can be activated at any point during the turn-player’s turn and can also be set face down on the playing field for later activation. Field spells are cards that affect both players as long as it remains active on field. For example, a field spell can allow both players to declare the normal summons of 2 monsters per turn. Continuous spells continue on after the initial activation. Normally, the effect of a continuous-spell card benefits the player who played the card and stays on the playing field until its destroyed.

The third and final card that can be found in a deck is a trap card. Most trap cards are meant to give players an advantage over their opponent. Some trap cards prevents their opponent from doing certain actions such as summoning a monster to the field, or activating a spell, or a trap card. Trap cards are set face down and can only be activated when exactly one turn has passed since it was set face down. For example, player 1 starts turn by setting one card face down and summoning a four star monster and passes, player 2 starts turn and player 1 activates his set trap card to stop his opponent from summoning a monster to the field.

Trap cards come in three varieties normal, continuous, and counter. Normal trap cards are like normal spell cards in that they have a one off effect that happens when you activate the card. Continuous traps have effects that continue on after the card is activated and stay on the field until its destroyed. Counter traps are cards that can be activated in response to a certain action taking place: the summoning of a monster,  the activation of a spell, or a trap card.

These three cards are what make up a standard deck in the card game Yu-Gi-Oh,  and a good deck normally finds a good balance between the three.

For more information regarding the rules of the game please refer to the updated official rule book linked below. For anyone interested in playing the game with experienced players, there is a Yu-Gi-Oh Club on campus that meets everyday in room 405 during lunch. Yu-Gi-Oh is a great game to play and makes a great hobby despite it being expensive for those looking to play competitively in local, regional, and national tournaments.

 

 

Seaworld’s Seven Seas Food Festival

Seven SeasJust recently Seaworld has just started its annual Seven Seas Food Festival. The festival allows guests to experience different cultures through sampling different kinds of food from around the world served in certain areas of the park. The kind of food being served at the festival comes from Latin America, Asia, California, Polynesia, France, The Caribbean , and The Mediterranean.

Being a second year employee in Seaworld’s Culinary Operations Department, I prepare and serve food in the Latin American section of the festival. In that section we prepare things like Tacos, Ceviche, Nachos etc. We also offer alcoholic beverages to guests who are over the age of 21.

Also, when working in the festival servers are required to wear a grey chefs coat instead of their normal blue uniform during service hours. Non-Servers can be easily identified by a purple Seven Seas Festival uniform and can be normally found behind a cash register or in front of the facilities directing guests and answering questions about the festival.

Guests can also experience some of our restaurants normal menus at these locations: Fusion Smoothies and Wraps, Flatbread and Fry Cones, Shipwreck Cafe, Mama Stella’s Pizza Kitchen, Pineapple Pete’s Island Eats, and Seaside Coffee & Bakery. The facilities working the Seven Seas Festival are California Flavors, California Gastro Pub, Latin American Flavors, Asian Street, Caribbean Flavors, Mediterranean Flavors, and French Flavors. All of these facilities can be found on a SeaWorld San Diego Park Map.

Normal rides and shows will still be running alongside the festival. Normal closing time for SeaWorld will still be in effect, with the food festival going on until 10 pm.

Enjoy SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival and sample all of their tasty offerings everyday at 11 am.

  • Credit for the picture goes to SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment

 

 

 

A GOOD MONDAY

What makes a good Monday?

For me it is simple; it means getting enough sleep the day before because it allows me to wake up in a good mood. Another requirement would be to have a good and healthy breakfast that will give me the energy, so I can focus and not fall asleep in class.

According to some of my classmates what makes a good Monday for them is playing or watching sports, or just simply, keeping active.

Other students said that eating certain foods makes their Monday much better. Also having a good weekend makes a better Monday like not having any homework, watching their favorite shows, listening to their favorite music, and having their phones 100% charged.

How is the United States number 12 in Education and College Grads?

We are no longer number 1

We are no longer number 1

In the world today, the United States is number 12 in terms of education and college graduates when compared to the rest of the world. Why is that? The answer in my opinion is in our own culture and how it impacts the next generation of young pre-teens and coming of age teenagers preparing to go to college.

I feel that the United States culture today promotes ignorance through pop culture, while deep and thoughtful thinking is often not a priority with the next generation. Today’s young teen mindset seems to focus so much on glamorizing “stars” like Kanye West, Drake, and Beyonce and others that they focus on what is popular jumping on Madison Avenue advertising bandwagon and media hype. This is an over simplified mindset that pop culture continuously shoves into their minds. This, at best, is a disaster: and at its worst a social breakdown.

I feel this is evident because the young mindset is too focused on whats best for them and not whats best for everyone—including themselves. This self-absorbed personality created through the influence of pop culture means that there is no such thing as caring for anyone else or helping your community: there is only me, myself, and I.

On the other side of the argument, people might say that we recognize that this is dangerous and that we are pursuing higher education to mediate this problem. But based on my experiences, as a senior and seeing many arguments between students and teachers, I can see that the generation, next in line after my generation, outright refuses to listen to authority or to try at all in any of their classes.

Also, the use of social media like Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram etc, only puts more fuel in the fire. The use of social media creates an addiction in the young mind that they can’t go through their daily lives without at least picking up their smartphones to check social media posts during times of learning and hard work. My viewpoint is based on my observations as a teachers assistant and seeing so many students drop their work in favor of going on their smartphones.

I also feel that this generation of privileged young minds lacks the hardships that some underprivileged students experience growing up. Coming from this background, I understand the hardships faced by others, and I’m grateful they found success. Others, I feel, are too used to having life being spoon fed to them and never once having to go through the struggles that I and so many others have faced in our lives. Even though this might not be true for all students, it still appears that way in most classes I have observed.

This issue can easily be solved at home with the intervention of parents and/or guardians. Parents/guardians should teach their children the importance of focusing on education and continue to remind them of how important it is as they grow into young adults. While this can help remind flourishing young adults that their time should be focused on studying with some time reserved for being with friends and family, it is up to the students to listen and follow these instructions.

In conclusion, I feel that the growing influence of pop culture and the continued use of social media is impacting young minds and distracting them from the importance of an education. With the United States dropping down to number 12 in terms of education and college graduates in the world, I hope that the next generation will understand the importance of getting an education and influencing their communities in a positive way by attending class, focusing on work, and respecting their teachers.  This is an important issue that should remain in the forefront receiving our full attention as we continue on this Sisyphean task of trying to fix it. I know we can do it.

 

Jericho Reviews: Justice League Vs. Teen Titans

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While DC has trouble making it on the big screen, their small screen movies seem to be having more success. With a long line of movies starting with Justice League War in 2014, DC has slowly released movie after movie in an attempt to gain success in the direct-to-dvd market. Most of the movies garnered from very mixed to positive reviews, and with the release of Justice League Vs. Teen Titans, DC is beginning to gain momentum on the small screen.

Justice League Vs. Teen Titans (JLVTT) is next in line for DC in the direct-to-dvd market and it goes off with a bang. JLVTT is a fantastic introduction movie for the Teen Titans in the DC Animated Universe. The movie benefits from having a likeable cast that includes Damien Wayne/Robin, Garfield Mark/Beast Boy, Jaime Reyes/Blue Beetle, Rachel Roth/Raven, and Koriand’r/Starfire. Each character is unique and has qualities that separate them from the other characters. Despite having the Teen Titans as part of the movie, the main focus is on Damien Wayne as he struggles to work with a team.

Damien Wayne as our main character is incredibly unlikeable in the beginning, but his character arc slowly begins to make him more likeable. The rest of the cast does a fantastic job and allows Robin to develop as a character while they themselves establish their individual characterizations.

Story wise the movie makes its own plot easy to follow by identifying a clear villain and a common goal that unites our heroes to fight as one. The story is well paced and balances out action and character development that allows the story to flow. In terms of action, the movie is choreographed wonderfully, and the animation is great.

In conclusion Justice League Vs. Teen Titans is another great movie in DC’s line of animated movies and clearly shows the effort they place into their movies. I highly recommend this movie to anyone looking to get in on the DC hype with all the movies coming out making this movie a 4.5 out of 5.

  • Credit for the box art goes to DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation

A Moment of Silence

  • We Begin to Understand.

Jericho Reviews: Batman V. Superman Dawn of Justice

 

The two titular heroes, Batman and Superman, are confronting each other, with the film's logo behind them, and the film's title, credits, release date and billing below.Batman V. Superman just hit the theaters a couple weeks ago and many people including myself flocked to go see it. Although the initial satisfaction of seeing some of the two biggest comic book characters go head to head on the big screen was great, problems soon arose and the experience became very mixed. The movie started having issues with its plot and character portrayals, but the movie overall did not disappoint.

On the topic of story, Batman V. Superman has a great setup, but the payoff is unsatisfying. To put it straight, if you watched the trailers before seeing the movie then you’ve already spoiled about half of the movies key plot points. Besides the immediate spoilers shown in the trailers, the plot of the movie becomes very hard to follow with many questions being brought up and almost none of them being answered. The story, however, is well paced and has great choreography making it entertaining to watch.

Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman maybe the most threatening Batman ever to hit the big screen, and in my personal opinion, is the best representation of the character since Christopher Nolans Dark Knight Trilogy. Also, Henry Caville, as the Man of Steel Superman, once again gives a fantastic performance and brings his best to the role. 

The complete opposite of those two is Jesse Eisenberg playing Lex Luthor. Eisenbergs portrayal of the character is without a doubt a case of miscasting. His performance is not bad.  He makes Lex Luthor look and sound more like the Joker and that is what brings him down. Also, the appearance of Gal Gadot as Wonder-Woman is one of the movies strongest points because she shows up near the end of the movie and her brief appearance is entertaining and her performance is noteworthy.

Finally, the main reason why most people will go to see the movie is the fight between Batman and Superman. The fight is amazing as it showcases how someone without powers like Batman can take on the god-like power of Superman. Without spoiling the winner, the outcome is  as expected and it answers the age old question of who would win, Batman or Superman? Also, the fight is greatly choreographed and keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting to see who will come out on top.

But it still is worth watching. I recommend the movie to those who want to see Superman and Batman duke it out making the movie a 3 out 5, not perfect, but its still entertaining.

  • Credit for the poster goes to Warner Bros. Pictures
  • You can see Batman V. Superman Dawn of Justice in theaters and IMAX

 

Coming of Age: The Process of Turning 18

Turning eighteen is the end of one journey and the beginning of another. Physically we are the same, but mentally we are maturing, and we are beginning to get ready to face the rest our lives as adults.

As a teenager who just recently turned eighteen, it felt awkward at first. The prospect of becoming an adult felt like a breath of fresh air. Looking back, it felt like that the first year of high school was the start of the journey to adulthood.

As freshmen, we all were young, wild, and still in the middle school mindset. As sophomores, we begin to grow a bit and start showing signs of maturity. As juniors, we become more mature and become wise to how our world will be like after high school. And finally as seniors, we come full circle having gained the knowledge needed to move on from our high school lives and mentality begin the mindset of transitioning into college and the workplace.

I having matured greatly since my arrival here at Kearny: having realized that the past three years have been only stepping stones to that eventual point where we as seniors move on to create new experiences and memories in college.

Here at Kearny, where early graduation is offered to students who want to get a head-start in college, senior year becomes more of a time to rest and prepare for college life.

At the beginning of my senior year for me, it felt normal and unchanged, but as soon as second semester started, it began to feel long and unsettling. The desire to leave high school and begin college life began to take hold. This desire led to many seniors, including myself, to getting senioritis.

Senioritis basically means that as seniors the desire to leave makes us lazy and sometimes unfocused in class. To mitigate this, most seniors decided to leave early and go to Mesa College. I chose to opt out and stay at Kearny because I already received an acceptance letter to  go to California State University Los Angeles.

As a senior I am extremely proud to have accomplished so much in my life, and now, I feel like I’m ready to face the world on my own.

At the end of it all, graduation is fast approaching. And two months from that, the spring semester of college begins and new memories and experiences awaits all of us.

So turning 18 means that our lives are in our hands now, and it is up to us to make and do something good with it

 

 

End of the Quarter Is Coming

Prepare yourself!

The end of the quarter is right around the corner. If any students are falling behind on their class assignments, they should start working harder these next two weeks. The quarter ends the week after we return from spring break.

It is very important that students get their grades up by the end of the quarter—because once the quarter ends—there is no going back. If you have an F, it will remain like that forever.

That is why it is important to have good grades.

Thoughts on Daredevil Season 2

Daredevil S2With the Marvel Cinematic Universe expanding beyond the silver screen into the small screen, several characters have made their debut. One of these characters is Matt Murdock, a.k.a Daredevil. He is the star of his own show which had a fantastic first season. Now, Daredevil is on his way to having a second season. From what the trailers have shown, it appears that more characters like The Punisher  and Elektra will be joining the universe.

After watching the whole first season of Daredevil, I was excited to hear that a second season was in the works. But after watching the first trailer, some concerns popped in my head. One of the concerns I had was that the show could struggle with trying to develop two characters simultaneously: Elektra and Punisher. The reason for this is because I believe the show is rushing these two characters in, and therefore, could struggle trying to balance their appearances with the already established cast. Although it might be interesting to see Daredevil’s viewpoint on the apparent registration of superheroes. I am also concerned how this season will tie in with the upcoming movie, Captain America Civil War. The reason for this is with the established superhero community already on the verge of splitting in two. It could be confusing  on when the season takes place in unison with the events in Civil War. Also, it might present continuity issues that could go against with what is happening on the big screen. Despite my concerns, the second season of Daredevil is looking to surpass the first season, and I’m personally looking forward to it.

  • Credit for the poster goes to Marvel Studios