2017 National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) California State Champions!

Please congratulate the following students and coaches for winning the 2017 NASP California State Championship Archery Tournament on Saturday in Rocklin, CA.

Richard Nguyen
Eric Mains
Christpher Flannery
Jake Taylor
Ethan Meckler

Melissa Osorio
Logan Voegele
Jonessa Ocampo

Mikaila Lane
Joselin Villegas
Victor De La Vega

Asia Dunbar
Andrew Linbeck

As individual female high school archers Melissa Osorio placed first and Jonessa Ocampo placed third in California.

The team was escorted and coached by 1SG Roy Olson and 1SG Marlon Rice.

Tim Swann
Colonel, US Army Retired
JROTC – Senior Military Instructor


Fuego – Dance – Catching Fire

The Fuego dance team kicked off their club this month and it is catching fire! Students from each of the 4 small schools were thrilled to hear that one of their favorite dance crews “Fuego” would be leading this years dance club. The crew is looking forward to performing at future pep rallies and the IMIN Showdown. Stay tuned for updates on the Fuego dance crew on campus!

Lights On – Small School Game

Football has the super bowl, baseball – the world series, NBA the finals… at Kearny it is all about the small school games. While Kearny functions as one big happy campus on a day to day basis, the small school spirit, colors and claws come out when it comes down to small school competitions. For over a decade, the 4 small schools at Kearny have battled for the title of “Small School Champion” of various sports, each of the small schools having held the title of champion at one time or another.

In coordination with celebrating the national “Lights on After School” day, the Kearny small schools battled it out on the basketball court. In the first game, SCT and EID squared off in a good battle with EID edging SCT out in the final half. In the second matchup, SCC was quite overmatched by the DMD squad who ran away with the second game and earned a spot in the finals to face EID. The final game was set between EID and DMD, and the match did not disappoint. EID put up a good fight, but the power of the DMD players lead to a DMD small school victory. This first small school game of the year was a great success with over 100 students participating and cheering on their small school. DMD looks forward to holding the crown, while the other 3 schools look to steal the title in the next smalls school game.

Stay tuned for small school volleyball next quarter!

The Red Queen Arrives

Back by popular demand, the Kearny theater club has kicked off this years audition for their performance of the Red Queen. Kearny theater was re-inspired last year by DMD teacher Matt McGlenn and the many leaders of the theater group. This year, Mr. McGlenn is teaming up with Theater School of San Diego to offer this unique production. Auditions took place on October 17th and 25th, where over 20 students gave it their all in a solo audition setting.

Though auditions have completed, the theater club is still open to students joining as members at large, and is still looking for stage hand assistance. Once roles are selected this month, and rehearsal begins, students have the unique opportunity to work on their language and script writing skills by editing the script to their personal style and desire. The IMIN team is thrilled to see the theater groups dedication, and the overall experience expand each year. The production of the Red Queen will open in the spring so stay tuned for show dates in the new year. Following the production close, theater group will continue to meet and practice for the IMIN Showdown!

Cooking up Some Magic

Kearny cooking club continues to be a hit on campus week after week, and year after year. Cooking club gives students the chance to expand their food, nutrition and cooking knowledge, and of course eat great food! While eating the food might be the end result of the activity, students recognize the valuable skills and recipes that they learn each week. This month at IMIN cooking club, students blended up healthy fruit & vegetable smoothies, grilled up delicious chicken quesadillas, and created nutritious home made granola mix.

Many students noted that at first – “salad” sounded boring, but that notion ended quickly once they dug into their flavor and protein packed dish. Cooking club and the leadership team will be hosting a Thanksgiving meal for the whole school this November, and everyone is invited. Join the cooking club on Wednesday November 17th, for a fresh cooked meal celebrating the holiday of giving!

Fresh Clubs – Fresh Fun @ IMIN

IMIN and Kearny ASB (aka KSB) teamed up to host the bi-annual club expo this month. Student leaders rallied with their club leaders to promote existing and brand new clubs to the entire Kearny campus. Over 25 IMIN clubs participated at the expo, and students loved the variety of academic, enrichment, and physical activities that were available. Following the club sign ups, many new clubs kicked off on a great note with new and returning students to their programs.

As usual, the Robotics squad showed up in force bringing their award-winning robot to the event. Students got the chance to see the robot in action, and were able to recognize the detail and teamwork that goes into the annual robot build. Like Robotics, a new club kicked off at the expo called “Blue Tech”. Kearny’s Blue Tech club capitalizes on the engineering expertise of our many STEM minded students. Blue Tech focuses on robotic engineering, but what makes it even more unique is the fact that the robot will be  created for underwater use. The Blue Tech participants will be working on designing, building and competing with other schools all under water. Students are very excited to expand their STEM knowledge, and explore the uncharted waters, while building this first of its kind robot at Kearny! Look out for more info regarding Kearny’s Robotics and Blue Tech teams competing locally, and nationally throughout the year.

The Differences between Popular Sports in China and America

IMG_0043[1]Generally, the popular sports that Chinese teens play are different from Americans.

The main sports that Chinese teens play at schools are badminton, table tennis, rope skipping, and basketball. In the U.S.A. teens also play basketball, while also playing football, soccer, volleyball, baseball, kickball, and tennis.

Chinese middle school is from seventh to ninth grade, and the Chinese students take their physical education (P.E.) exams in the ninth grade. This exam is like the FitnessGram here, but they have different items, such as long-distance running, standing long jump, rope skipping, and shot-put. This exam is very important for Chinese middle-schoolers because it is one of the cumulative entrance examinations for the best high schools. If students score poorly on the physical examinations, it will lower their academic grades, and the students are not be able to attend the prestigious high schools, which could affect their livelihood.

My favorite sport is badminton. I used to play it weekly, and I was good at it. But since badminton is not really a popular sport in America, I haven’t practiced for a long time.

I have just learned how to play kickball last week. At first, I did not want to try because the rules sounded complicated, and I was afraid of making mistakes, but Sergeant Poynter told me that I would never learn how to do something unless I tried it. So eventually, I tried. I liked it. I found out kickball was so enjoyable because it is not a serious sport, and it is played for entertainment. So now it is one of my favorite sports.

Uber Everywhere?

The app that allows you to find a ride anywhere by just simply ordering one off your phone and paying an affordable price is Uber. The game changing and trendy app has not only changed the game by making transportation more convenient and affordable, but it has also changed the economy. It has created more jobs for people and is almost the perfect side job. Uber drivers can choose their own hours, can make tips, and use their own vehicle.

However, Uber has also changed the economy by making it harder for the traditional taxi companies to compete with Uber and make money. Despite this, I personally like Uber, which lead me to look more into the cons of having this app. After just simply typing “Uber incidents” into Google, it popped up with about 647,000 results. After viewing about three websites, it was clear that there aren’t just a few cons but very serious incidents that have occurred.

One story from the Los Angeles Times was about an Orange County woman who was allegedly raped by her Uber driver. This wasn’t the only case of an Uber rape which was very surprising and unsettling. It made me realize how this affects students. A lot of students use Uber and other apps such as Lyft to get around due to the fact they can’t drive yet. This summer Uber just might be the biggest transportation for teens, but with these events happening, it’s so important to be cautious. When using Uber or Lyft be safe, and check out this article in USA TODAY: Safety Officials Recommend 4 Tips for Using Uber  

Crazy Heat Is Back

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Torrey Pines Beach

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Torrey Pines Overlooking the Pacific







The Crazy Heat is back, and we are baking like cookies an oven!

Since Friday night the weather started to get crazy hot.

Saturday was windy and cloudy. I started feeling the heat on Saturday night and had to turn on the fans in order to sleep.

Sunday was even hotter, approximately 88° with the heat constantly fluctuating. At night it was cooler, but I could still feel the miserable stalking heat.

Today, we are still being stalked by the crazy heat; it is going be 91°. Students should wear shorts and short sleeve shirts. Students should bring water bottles and stay hydrated. They should stay out of the sun as much as possible since we still don’t have our promised air-conditioning. When school is almost out, go to the beach; wear sunscreen; play in the waves—it’s free.

Kimbo Slice

Kevin Ferguson, also known as Kimbo Slice, was born in the Bahamas on February 8, 1974 until his death on June 6, 2016, and was a mixed martial artist. He was an undefeated boxer and an actor; he became famous for his mutual-combat-street fights which were spread across the internet.

Kimbo Slice left the underground street fighting scene and signed a professional contract with EliteXC in 2007. He competed in The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights, where he lost his first fight to series winner Roy Nelson. In his UFC debut, he fought Houston Alexander and won in The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights finale.

From January 2015 until his death in June, Kimbo Slice was under a contract with Bellator MMA.

R.I.P. You were one of the best fighters around. Kimbo Slice, you will be missed.

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Final Days

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Osprey on Torrey Pines Beach

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The Pacific

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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Today is the first day of finals with periods one and  two testing today, and periods three and four testing tomorrow.

Students will be dismissed at 1:20 p.m rather than the normal 3:30 time.

On both days, first  period (on Monday) and third period (on Tuesday) will begin at 8:45 a.m. and go to 10:40 a.m.

Lunch is afterwards  10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

After lunch on both days, second and fourth period will be from 11:20 a.m. to 1:20 p.m.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, will be the last day of school with the ending time also being 1:20 p.m.

For more information, students can go to their small school office, or take a peak behind their school IDs.

Good luck on your finals and enjoy your summer!

never fret, most beautiful thing

Never Fret, Most Beautiful Thing

She looks up to see that her skies, darkening
Their mindless games begin to deceive
Her heart, but the only thing that she’s bleeding
Is the unholy pain obtained, she grieves

The loss of her voice even though she screams
She feels herself slip from the cruel earth’s peak
Her only escape is hopes and daydreams
She begins to sees herself grow too weak

Until she sees her lights begin to beam
The most beautiful thing that she’s ever seen
He has become her exact lifetime dream
He promised a lifetime, full and serene

She’ll look up to gaze at the stars and smile
She’ll never fret about another trial

Andrew Lincoln

Andrew Lincoln

When I see you your as hot as can be
Looking at your eyes, I am memorized
Your eyes are perfect blue, like the blue sea
The thought of you can make me paralyzed

Every strain of your hair is perfection
Mainly when it glistens in the sunlight
When I’m with you I feel a connection
Your personality is bold and bright

Meeting you for the first time changed my life
Your smile filling me with happiness
Watching you through the screen in Afterlife
You make me fill up with such sadness

My feelings for you are really amazing
But they might go away leaving me crazing.

3 Things to do this summer


Three things students should do this summer:

Del Mar Fair: Go to one of the most visited fairs in San Diego from June 3rd– July 4th. At the Del Mar Fair students can enjoy their favorite fried foods. Students can go on many rides and spend memorable times with families and friends. Students should take advantage of the opportunities to socialize and experience the San Diego culture, and check out the artist that are coming to perform.

Go to the beach: If students feel the hot summer heat hitting their skin, all they care about is going somewhere refreshing and nice. Well, then go to the beach! San Diego is known for its beaches. Students can go to La Jolla or Pacific Beach and explore our beautiful beaches spending quality time with their family and friends. Students can swim, build sand castles, take pictures, or eat ice cream. Students can also make a bonfire and eat s’mores making summer memorable.

Padres Game: Everyone has there eye on the ball. All of a sudden there is a BOOM! The game has started. The Padres have plenty of summer games coming up.Students can go to Downtown San Diego with a group of friends and enjoy the game. Make sure to check out there schedules, and what theme they may have that day. Students can buy their tickets online or at the stadium, and maybe win a free t-shirt.





Choosing the Right College

After reading the Lancer Link article on choosing a college with the best fit, here is a quick summary.

Choosing the right college can be overwhelming like being in a chaotic rush hour traffic with bad drivers. Students will often become anxious and excited due to all of the majors, minors, and classes. Many students worry about the academic options at colleges. But students shouldn’t accept a college just because of the programs. The college/university that you choose will become your home for 4 years. The choice of college can become an investment in happiness. But don’t worry, here are some tips to help students choose the right college.

  1. Plan a College Visit: This may require extensive time and effort, but it will help students acquire information regarding their choices in college.
  2. Location: Pick somewhere enjoyable that promotes studying.
  3. Involvement: It is the key to success in the real world. Student organizations allows for active involvement; it provides a sense of belonging, opportunity to meet new people, and the camaraderie of working towards shared or personal goals.

Choosing a college may seem overwhelming at first, but if students break it down and stay informed, students will be able to cruise through the doors of their dream college.

For further information, click on this Lancer Link article.

My First Year Of High School

When I first came to Kearny, I was scared because it was my first year of high school. I was scared because everyone was saying that high school is going to be hard. Everyone was just freaking me out.

But after the first week, it was all good; I made lots of new friends, and I still have most of my old friends. I am happy to report that all the scary nonsense about high school being scary was false. Kearny is a really fun school. I like Kearny because there’s no bullying on campus; everyone is nice to each other. I didn’t think the staff was going to be so cool, but I was impressed;they are. The principal, Ms.Diaz, is so nice, cool, and funny.

My High School Life

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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!


Summer Break

Summer break is right around the corner, and if students are looking for some fun activities to do over break, they should visit Aquatica SeaWorld’s WaterPark. They are open from 10 a.m-5 p.m.

Students can go and relax in the lazy river, or they can ride the fun and exciting water slides. There is a section in the water park for little kids (if you have to take your younger siblings) that has two water slides and other fun activities.

If students buy their tickets now, students can pay for one day but go all summer season. A summer season pass is $44 for ages 3 and up. An adult single-day-ticket is $44, and a kid’s tickets, ages 3-9, is $39. There are many fun activities to do in this WaterPark; I only named a few.

Remember there are many other things to do during the summer just stay safe, hydrated, and have fun! 🙂aquatica


Seniors…graduation is so close! We are almost out of school. Graduation rehearsals will be on June 20th which is next Monday. The rehearsal will take place in the gym. Seniors will not need to report to first period; just be at the gym at 9 a.m. But before rehearsals, seniors will be served a free breakfast.

I’m glad that after rehearsals we don’t have to attend to any classes or take any finals like the freshmen, sophomores, or juniors.

Graduation is on June 21st: no balloons, confetti, air horns, or glitter will be allowed on the football field. Seniors are not allowed to wear spiked high heel shoes for graduation.

Boy Athlete of the Year


Sports are a big thing all around the world for all types of people. It does not matter what age you are, if you’re a female, or if you’re a male.

At Kearny High School, one of our student athletes, Takoda Browne (aka T.K.) was nominated as Student Athlete of the Year. The San Diego Union Tribune sponsored the contest and voting took place online. Three athletes were chosen as the top picks for student athlete of the year: T.J. Leaf, Foothills Christian High School; Mickey Moniak, La Costa Canyon High School; Takoda Browne, Kearny High School.

Congratulations to Takoda Browne for winning Male Athlete of the Year.

Takoda Browne is a senior who participated in football, basketball, and track. In the fall, he was a wide receiver for football. During the winter, he was a point guard in basketball. And in the spring, he was a runner and high jumper for track.

Portland State offered him a football scholarship. Takoda Brown attends Digital Media and Design (DMD) at Kearny High.

With all these sports activities, he is a busy person and student; however, he does maintain good grades.




That day was not what I had expected.

Cameras flashing and people yelling.

During the dance, I felt spotlighted.

On the screams of people, I began dancing.


First came the slow-waltz part of the party

I felt so emotional and began crying.

While spinning, I looked around it was so pretty

Everyone watched; Nana began crying


After the crying, people began dancing.

With all the dancing, it all turned dark.

After people sat, lights began flashing.

On the dance floor my gloves began to spark.


Standing at opposed corners, we aligned

The song Bailando played; we intertwined

Are You Ready for Finals?

Finals are coming soon. Are you ready for it? Here is some advice that might help.

  • Have clear plans for what and when you will review.
  • Stay away from distractions: such as cell phones and televisions.
  • Pay attention to your instructors in class, especially in the following review week.
  • Recall the past mistakes you’ve made in your assignments or quizzes.
  • Practice problems more often, so you will be proficient.
  • Figure out what is confusing you by consulting with others.
  • Make sure you have a goodnight sleep to stay energetic.
  • Be confident about yourself.

I hope my suggestions help: Good skills and good luck!

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.

The Death Of A legend


Cassius Marcellus Clay, also known as Muhammad Ali, was born on January 17, 1942 and died last week on June 3 2016 at the age of 74. He was a strong boxer and activist. Actually, he was the world’s greatest boxer. Ali was an Olympic Gold Medalist, a 3 time lineal heavyweight champion, and received the Presidential Citizens Medal, and he also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

His life affected millions.

We will miss him.

Muhammad Ali was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. At the age of 12 he began training as a amateur boxer. At the age of 18 he won a gold medal in the light heavyweight division, in 1960 at the Summer Olympics in Rome. Also in 1960, he converted to Islam. In 1964 he changed his name legally from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali because he said that it was he slave name.


Ali was married to Lonnie and had 9 children. His daughter, Laila Ali, was also a boxer. Ali was the greatest heavyweight boxing champion of the world. Ali fought 61 fights and lost only 5. One of Muhammad’s famous quotes is “I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want.”

This quote has been an inspiration to me because everyone is always trying to change because of someone else. Rather than change like a flipflopping fish out of the water, people should discover who they are, and what they really believe in, while being proud of their heritage, their identity, and beliefs, and if they do need to change, change becoming a better person.

Muhammad was famous for many things not only boxing. He lived a long good life. Rest In Power, Champ: We’ll remember to “Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee!”

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