August SAT Angers CHS Students

by Andrew Song

Hundreds of thousands of students are enraged over a potential cheating scandal on the SAT that occurred on August 24 across the nation. Collegeboard has been confirmed of being guilty of reusing the international 2017 Asia test, allegedly giving some students an advantage and even a handicap large enough to give somebody a perfect score.

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The Miseducation of US History Students (Opinion)

by Chinemerem Nwanze

In 2017, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) released a report titled “Teaching Hard History: American Slavery” as part of the Teaching Tolerance Project. The study yielded stunning results about how slavery is discussed – or better yet, not discussed adequately enough – in American schools. Among the shocking results were:

  • Only 8% of high school seniors surveyed knew that slavery was the main cause of the Civil War.
  • Less than 22% of these students could name ways in which the Constitution benefitted slave owners.
  • 68% of the students surveyed were unaware that slavery was formally ended by a constitutional amendment.

 Although nearly 90% of teachers say they are comfortable and confident in their ability to teach slavery, there are several inadequacies in the way this impactful part of history is being taught and the SPLC study demonstrates how dire the need for a “U.S history intervention” truly is.

Slavery was the destruction of African societies, the separation of Black people from their families and motherland, and the stripping away of the identities of Black people, forcing Black Americans to create an enriched culture of their own. Slavery was an inhumane practice that lasted more than 400 years – and even after those 400 years, Black people today still face discrimination. However, this is not the way slavery is typically described in American history courses. As Cerritos High School senior Adam Yohannes perfectly puts it, “Slavery is seen more as an institution than as an atrocity.”

   We have been taught slavery with a huge emphasis on the perspective of the slave owner rather than the enslaved, which is why it is hard for students to understand how horrific slavery really was. Let’s put it this way: If a massive earthquake occurred in California, yet media sources only covered ways in which people who lived in Montana would be affected by the earthquake, would people around the country understand how serious the earthquake was? No, because the views of the Californians who actually experienced the earthquake were completely shut out. This is exactly the way slavery is taught in most high school American history courses: students are taught about how those in power at the time passed Act after Act to keep slavery within certain state boundaries, how the South nearly seceded because of slavery, and how a war ensued because two parts of the country disagreed on whether Black people should remain enslaved. There is no mention about the terror that slaves had to endure on a daily basis, generation after generation. Why I would want to learn about the lives of slaves? Throughout my 12 years of public education (especially in high school), I have watched documentaries about the Holocaust, written journal entries about the Dust Bowl, and read accounts of Japanese internees during World War II – all as part of my history classes. I’m not saying that these events weren’t awful, because they were. But slavery is something that lasted over 400 years and its effects are still present today. Why don’t we watch documentaries like The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross or Unchained Memories?  Why is it that students don’t get to read the accounts of Olaudah Equiano? Why is it that we don’t talk about Benjamin Banneker, Sojourner Truth, or Phillis Wheatley?

  Mr. Stecher, a US History teacher at Cerritos High School, does his best to be fair, even though he admittedly feels uncomfortable teaching slavery at times. “I try to teach both perspectives,” he says. “Sometimes I’m worried that I’ll be scrutinized if I don’t teach it the right way.” However, not everyone is as considerate. For example, in March 2017, a fifth grade teacher from South Orange, New Jersey was harshly criticized for assigning a project in which students had to make posters advertising a slave auction. Whitney High School in Cerritos, California came under fire in September 2017 because of a slave ship simulation that consisted of students being taped together, laying on the classroom floor with the lights turned off, and watching a clip of the movie Roots. These attempts to “recreate the slave days” are not only insensitive, but very inconsiderate to students of color especially.

    As a Black high school student, I remember feeling extremely uncomfortable every time a history teacher told me to “imagine being a slave owner” so that I could see how valuable slaves were. I remember the stares I would receive from my classmates every time the world “slave” was mentioned in a lecture. Some Black students are descendants of American chattel slavery, and slavery is painful to talk about – being singled out or asked to put yourself in the shoes of the oppressor doesn’t make it any easier.

  Ultimately, slavery is a major part of U.S. History that needs to be taught in depth. Slavery is tied to so many aspects of American history – and slave labor is seen throughout the nation. Who do you think played a role in building the White House and Harvard University? I understand that slavery is a sensitive subject, but American History needs to be written in way that shows both the good and bad.  No country is perfect.

Anticipation for Fallout 76

 

by Oscar Guerrero

     In Bethesda’s latest addition to the Fallout franchise players will be able to explore an apocalyptic Virginia as a dweller from vault 76 which has purposefully been opened for the reason of human civilization being rebuilt after the nuclear destruction of an atomic war. The newest and greatest change to the game is that players will be able to play cooperatively with friends in the same world and it is entirely multiplayer.The same game will have about 20 players playing at once but it should be noted that the size of Fallout’s map is considerably large so you won’t be bumping into another person every five minutes. The game has been designed to still simulate the feeling of survival without the worry other players with better weaponry attacking you constantly.  

When Fallout 76 was announced to be entirely multiplayer fans of the series had several questions: how will settlements be constructed, will pvp affect newer players, and what about those nuclear armaments? The settlement system was first implemented in fallout 4 and it allowed players to construct towns for settlers to live in and from which players could obtain better armor and weapons through venders. The settlements themselves were tethered to a specific location and could not be moved around which is changed in Fallout 76 to accommodate the bigger and changing world. Settlements are built with a device called the C.A.M.P. which allows players to build their homes virtually anywhere and still have the ability to move it around with ease. This device will also save a player’s settlement when exiting the game and will keep it in the same spot upon re entering.  PvP has interesting new mechanics of engagement which punish those who would wish to ruin the experience of other players by instituting beginner damage which gives those being attacked the option to ignore the assault and take reduced damage or return fire and receive the normal amount of damage. If an attacker still is able to kill someone who doesn’t engage in the firefight then the attacker will be able to loot the other player’s junk which is mostly materials for crafting but this comes at a cost. Those who kill others who do not wish to fight will be marked on the world’s map as a rogue player and other players will be given a reward for killing the rouge. The reward itself comes from the rogue player’s personal stash of caps (a currency used to purchase items from vendors) which is meant to discourage players for attacking those who choose not to fight. The damage system itself is also to be balanced between PvP and PvE because there would eventually be big gaps in the qualities of weapon and armor for example a high level player in the game has a minigun and full set of power armor while a lower leveled player may just have a knife and jacket. This obvious gap between the possibility of winning a firefight is pulled together by balances that make a player with a minigun able to deal a bit more  damage than the player with the knife rather than mowing down the other player in an instant.

The biggest issue in the game was the addition of usable nuclear warheads which actually play a more supportive tool rather than a weapon. When using a nuke the surrounding area will change temporarily with harder enemies but also increased loot from those areas. The nuclear missiles themselves can only be obtained through finishing extensive quests and collecting launch code missiles in order to access a missle silo.

Fallout 76 is set to launch November 14, 2018 and both veterans and newcomers alike are preparing their schedules to fit in what is hopefully another great addition to the fallout franchise.

Dons Football joins new 605 League

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by Juelle Ford

Cerritos High School’s varsity football team has stepped into a new league this year, now competing with an entirely new set of teams. The team is led by its new captains Jayden Alderete (11), Tye Anderson (12), Alex Flores (12), and Matt Ryan (12). Joining a new  league gives the team newfound hope for building confidence against a new group of competitors .

The Dons actually moved down a league, no longer facing longtime rivals such as the Gahr Gladiators. So, what opportunities do the Dons have? This league is a more suitable competition for the team, within the similar skill levels, allowing the large amount underclassmen players to boost their confidence and improve their skill while allowing the seniors a chance to finish their high school careers with a bang.

This year is starting off strong, as Cerritos high is 32nd in the state of California and one of our captains, Tye Anderson, is 13th in the state for touchdowns. These statistics haven’t been seen for quite a while in at Cerritos.

“I feel like we have a new look. The team finally has a clean slate and now we leave the losses we’ve been through in the past,” Senior Tye Anderson said.
The team has played fairly well so far, winning two of the four league games. The team has employed new tactics along with utilizing more underclassmen starters like sophomore quarterback “Quick Nick” Litell and receiver Chaz Sanchez (WR), who have already shown promise, both aiding and scoring many of the points in the games.

Senior Wills

I, Elizabeth Abalon, leave my amazing Japanese skills to Adriene I, my inability to get a date to Kwantip Tachasooksaree, my common sense to Eva De La Rosa, and my lack of fear in asking for help from others to Vanessa Velasco.

I, Darshana Pandey, leave my well articulated Spanish skills (kind of) to one of the funniest juniors I know, Fahad Selem, and my advice to not procrastinate and to have an amazing high school experience, to Yash Bashet and Anushka Bimali.

I, Maribel Balaro, will leave my high quality quirkiness to my favorite AP US History teacher Mr. Armstrong. As well as leave weird memories of myself to all of my beloved teachers.

I, Kathleen Vo, leave my good story-telling ability and wonderful Chinese skills to sophomore Mei Chann Lao, and my wise insight and advice to my little sister, sophomore Cindy Byun.

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CAASPP measures you and your school

 

BY DEVINA MUNI

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, better known as CAASPP, is a standardized test that all juniors are required to take. But what’s the point of it? Many students feel like the test is unnecessary and won’t count for anything so they don’t try as hard as they should. The CAASPP shows you how far you’ve come from your english and math skills in elementary when you took the STAR test. It also shows the government how well students are getting educated at school. If you still don’t care about these reasons, the CAASPP also directly affects your future.

The test measure how well your english is which is important if you want to earn the seal of biliteracy. Many high schoolers take a foreign language in school to earn that seal, but you can not receive it unless you also prove that you are proficient in english along with that other language. This test can also be used to determine what english level you’ll be placed in college.

On a broader scale, this test shows how intelligent the school is as a whole. By scoring higher, your school will have a better reputation. When you apply to college, those reading through applications will see that you came from an academically competitive school. This can boost your chances of getting admitted. For instance, if a student has the same gpa and characteristics as another student who came from a less competitive school, it is likely the first student will get admitted instead because it was harder for them to earn that grade.

The CAASPP is not a test that you should take lightly. It can be that deciding factor between you and another student for admission at your dream school. There is no harm in trying because after all it is mainly used to see how far you have progressed. It can also help make our education system in America better.

 

Khan Academy saves grades

 

by Andrew Song

As students, we all know the one website that saved our grade right before finals in a class that we really didn’t understand. Khan Academy has been saving students’ grades since 2006 by providing students with full access to online courses in unbelievable numbers. Ranging from chemistry to language to calculus to economics, students will be able to master these areas from a comprehensive and understandable person behind the video. Sal Khan, creator of this academy, never fails to help kids around the world. His vast areas of knowledge surprise me everyday.

 

Those wishing to prepare for the SAT can also reap benefits by utilizing Khan Academy. Khan Academy claims that those who spent 20 hours on their test prep website saw an average of a 115 point increase; this data is spread across the 3.7 million students they served as of May 2017. Forty percent of all students who took the SAT reported using the resources of Khan Academy.  It does not hurt when your organization is one of the few that the CollegeBoard openly recognizes, even over popular prep books like Barron’s and Princeton Review. Eight free practice tests that best match the official administered tests are located on their website, https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/full-length-practice-tests.

Although the success of this organization clearly has amazing implications, a personal tutor can always trump the resources given by Khan Academy. After all, any online resource is bound to have several inherent problems arise, such as the unavailability of a rapid-fire connection and inability to address specific concerns. Videos only display a predetermined lesson with a set record of words. Thus, if a student has a specific, unique question, nobody will be able to answer his or her question. For example, a lesson regarding stoichiometry cannot help a kid if he or she has difficulty understanding the cancellation of units.  Also, the human connection between a mentor and mentee cannot be made, and students usually understand concepts better when they know the teacher. However, Khan academy’s availability and resourcefulness is unparalleled, and will continue to help students raise their B to an A.

Track and Field Scoreboard

 

Mayfair Bellflower La Mirada John Glenn Artesia Norwalk
Girls F/S  Win Win Win Win  Win  Win
Boys F/S Lose Win Lose Win  Win  Win
Girls Varsity Lose Win Win Win Win  Win
Boys Varsity Win Win Lose Win  Win  Win

League Most Valuable Runner: Justin Kim (11th)

All-League Placement: 

Girls Frosh-Soph: 1st

Boys Frosh-Soph: 2nd

Girls Varsity: 2nd

Boys Varsity: 2nd

 

 

Boys’ Tennis defeats La Mirada again

CHS tennis defeated La Mirada at home 15-12 in a closely played match on April 17.  The match was played on a particularly cold day.

“I honestly did not know what to expect from this game,” Senior Jonathan Tah said.  “La Mirada has one of the better teams in the district.  We thought they were really going to give it to us this time.”  As one knows, playing–and winning–on the opponent’s court is no easy feat.

Furthermore, Cerritos, which has an impeccable League record, was missing some of it’s most prolific players, including the likes of Peter Chea and Brian Shaw.  Either way, the Dons did not disappoint, and the result was a victory against La Mirada similar to the one in March.

Now in their 12th game of the season, the Varsity team has only lost twice, but still maintains a high ranking in the overall District standings.

“I know that we can get far in CIF because we have done it before.  In fact, I am willing to bet that we may actually win it all this year,” said Kevin Kim.  According to most teammates, they have arsenal to do it this year, as they can rely on the experience of many returning players from an already strong team from last year.

‘Love, Simon’: a film for this generation

BY NISA SYED

*Warning: Spoilers

Coming out to family and friends provides the utmost of relief for teenagers and adults; however, the decision to follow through with it is difficult.  

Love, Simon, a film directed by Greg Berlanti, is based on the novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda written by Becky Albertalli. The story focuses on Simon Spier, a closeted gay teenager who, despite having a great family and circle of friends, struggles to live normally with his secret. However, Simon’s life turns around when Blue, an anonymous student, comes out online. Simon takes a shot in the dark and confides to Blue about his homosexuality. Simon’s journey begins here, spiraling into a young man’s fight for love.

Love, Simon has been dubbed  “the most important film” because unlike films reflecting the struggles of homosexuality such as Call Me By Your Name or Blue is the Warmest ColorLove, Simon is a family-friendly film that portrays the life of a regular teenage boy residing in a regular suburban town. Simon is a character that many teenagers can relate to from the realities of social order to friend zones to that amusing school principal. The plot starts off with Simon’s online relationship with Blue. Subsequently, Simon’s secret is accidentally revealed to his classmate who blackmails Simon into helping him impress one of Simon’s friend, Abby. The plot is unlikely to occur in real life, but Simon’s unease reflects the conditions of a high school student. Furthermore, halfway into the film the audience notices that Simon’s closest friend, Leah, has feelings for Simon and struggles to tell him. Near the end of the film, Leah angrily confesses her feelings for Simon. The audience can relate to the realities of “friendzones” and rejection. Falling in  love is beautiful and scary, but it can be even scarier when you’re forced to hold a broken heart.

Love, Simon captures the essence of high school in a nutshell. It nicely depicts the pros and cons of being a teenager with both emotion and humor. High school is hard as it is, but it’s even harder when you can’t be yourself.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Dark sides of Addams Family delights

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BY DEVINA MUNI

As a nominee of the MACY awards which recognizes and awards high school musical theatre students and productions, the Cerritos High School drama production of The Addams Family did not fail to impress. The Musical production, under the direction of John Zamora, did a spectacular portrayal of the Addams Family with a modern take. The musical consisted of humor and horror, keeping the audience invested at all times. The musical sticks to the original plot of the Addams Family, but with their own spin on it to make it more relatable and modern.

The singing, under the musical direction of Tim Trost, was definitely pleasurable to the ear. All singers stayed on key and displayed their vast ranges by shifting flawlessly from their upper to lower registers. Although every actor in the production did an amazing portrayal of their character, the role of Wednesday took the spotlight. The character Wednesday, played by freshman Liesel Arauz, took everyone’s breath away. Her spot-on facial expressions and changing personality throughout the play, made her character truly stand out. She was able to effortlessly shift from daunting and depressing to a lovestruck, happy-go-lucky teenager in a heartbeat.

Not only was the musical aspect of the production up to par, but so was the choreography produced by Nicolette Papile. The dancing was filled with passion and energy while also remaining in sync. Not one person stood out (in a bad way, that is) or drifted from their character. The musical numbers were short and simple to keep the audience’s attention span. The graceful solo of The Moon by Natalia Paz was a good temporary detour from the kooky lives of the Addams family.

The climax took place when Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend refused to run away with her then professes his love to her by showing her that he would die for her. Of course death is a word that appeals to all members of the Addams family. The musical was filled with all kinds of drama from Wednesday’s brother changing her future mother-in-law’s personality to Wednesday’s mom, Morticia, realizing she became the person whom she feared to turn into the most: her mother. Inside all the action, many comedic scenes are apparent throughout like Gomez, the father,  having many asides to figure out how to make both his wife and daughter happy.

Everything eventually resolves itself together and gives the audience a happy ending with the wedding of Wednesday and her boyfriend Lucas.

Overall this musical was designed to be appropriate for all ages to watch. The action, the humor, and the relationships were all crazy yet, in a sense, relatable. The musical delivers a message that teaches people to live on the dark side a little because too much normal can be boring. This was definitely one of the better productions at Cerritos High. Watching proved definitely worth the time and was money well spent.

Women’s rights are more than a day

BY NISA SYED

International Women’s Day praises women for their hard work and reminisces the achievements of important female figures throughout history. Since the 19th century, women such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cody Stanton have fought for women’s suffrage through the organization of the National Woman’s Suffrage Association and the American Woman Suffrage Association. It was the women’s suffrage movement that prompted the  Temperance Era to ban alcohol consumption in the 1830s and most importantly, the abolition of slavery.

In fact, women have played a dominant role in the formation of world history that students currently read in their history textbooks. To name a few: Joan of Arc, who led the French Army against the British in New Orleans. During Elizabeth I reign, she oversaw British victory against the Spanish Armada. Sojourner Truth was an African American who fought for equal rights for African Americans and females. Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin, a novel which influenced many Americans to join forces to abolish slavery. Marie Curie discovered radium and polonium, help develop the x-ray machine, and was the first woman to receive a Nobel Peace Prize in radioactivity and chemistry. And we are fortunate to have notable women among us, such as Michelle Obama, Malala Yousafzai, JK Rowling and Oprah Winfrey, to name a few.

International Women’s Day only brings recognition to how much women are valued each day because women should be valued everyday for their hard work at home and work. The stereotype that women are solely homemakers is an idea that women have refuted since the 20th century, but it’s clear in the present day that we are making progress to close the gender gap. Issues such as the The #MeToo Movement and unequal pay, force women to question this progress, but the reality is that obstacles are inevitable and the women of this generation will have to carry on the fight, like the women before them.

 

Opinion: ‘Mentally Unstable’ not good enough

by IRIS LIN

Another school shooting on the news.  Pictures of victims and heroic stories of saviors.  A sad loss of innocent lives at the hands of a cruel, psychotic teenager.  Right?  Wrong. Stop simply labeling kids as “mentally unstable” when the news doesn’t tell the full story and no one cares enough to find out the whole truth.

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Lessons from an opening night

by OLIVER CLARK

Last Thursday opened “The Last Jedi,” and I was there to see the second installment to the newest trilogy first-hand. It was an exciting night, but due to my many mistakes, it was also a stressful one. But with every mistake comes a life lesson, and as Yoda says: “Pass on what you have learned.” So, here’s a few mistakes that I learned from to help you out for your next opening night.

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Estrada shines at wrestling

by GUS ESPINOZA

Senior Desiree Estrada is one of our school’s standout athletes.  As a member of the CHS Girls’ Wrestling team, Estrada has gained a solid reputation in league matches for the skills she executes on the mat.  The uniqueness of a sport like wrestling is the individually challenge in presents when it’s just two competitors battling drew Estrada towards wrestling.

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Affirmative Action: Racism Towards Minorities (Opinion)

by ANDREW SONG

Affirmative action, simply put, is fighting racism with racism; it never works. This process was first brought about by President Lyndon Johnson, who issued an Executive Order in 1965 that required government agencies to hire more minority employees. To the common man, this makes sense. If members of a certain group are not working as much as other groups, giving the former more chances for success makes sense. For schools, the National Center on Education Statistics (NCES) conducted a study in 2007 that displayed similar results. 70% of whites immediately enrolled in college whereas the percentage was only 61 for African Americans. Hence, colleges actively played a role in accepting more minority students since then. The acceptance rate for minorities is now steadily rising and more and more diversity is seen amongst not only private colleges, but also the most prestigious institutions in the nation. The problems with Affirmative Action, however, are distinctly wicked and outweigh all of its benefits.

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A Double-Double with…hot cocoa?

by SHREYA SHANTHARAJ and ANNIE LIN

To many of us living on the West Coast, In-N-Out has served as a staple in our diets for years. Therefore, it’s no surprise that many were shocked when the company announced its newest addition to the menu: hot cocoa. Even more noteworthy is the fact that there hasn’t been a change to the traditional In-N-Out menu for nearly 15 years. However, this is not the first debut of the hot cocoa: it was initially added to the menu in the 1950s, but it was taken off shortly after.

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Lessons from an opening night

by AARON SEO

Last Thursday opened The Last Jedi, and I was there to see the second installment of the newest trilogy first-hand. It was an exciting night, but due to my many mistakes, it was also a stressful one. But with every mistake comes a life lesson, and as Yoda says it: “Pass on what you have learned.” So, here’s a few mistakes that I have learned from to help you out for your next opening night.

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Cerritos’ NMSQT semi-finalists

by DEVINA MUNI

The National Merit Scholar test, better known as the NMSQT, is a standardized test taken by tenth and eleventh graders that is administered by the College Board. Approximately 3.5 million students take it annually. It is an academic competition used to earn scholarships and recognition by attaining certain high scores. The PSAT is used to determine  one’s eligibility and qualification for the National Merit Scholarship Program, which is how the “NMSQT” got its name.
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Trick or Treat, give me 840 hot dogs to eat

by ANASTASIA HAN

Sweaty hands in gloves were set to make 840 hot dogs from 3:30pm to 5:00pm inside Artesia Park’s kitchen on Halloween. The trains of aluminum foil never ceased to end until the enormous plastic bags of buns were empty. Mountains of steaming sausages piled onto large, deep, silver trays and were placed into hot dog buns through an assembly line by volunteers, the Artesia Lions International volunteers (LEOS).

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A Step in the Right Direction: Adopt, Don’t Shop

by SHREYA SHANTHARAJ

California has officially become the first state to formally ban the pet store sale of puppy mill dogs. Puppy mills are largely known as commercial dog breeding operations where profit is held at a higher status than the actual well-being of the animals. Most puppies that come from puppy mills are usually sold at the age of eight weeks – pretty much an open invitation to all sorts of health problems. Even worse, female dogs are used as reproductive machines in these institutions as they are bred at every given opportunity, often with no regard to necessary recovery time that often pose as huge health risks. Although legislation has been passed in the past to improve these conditions, such as the federal Animal Welfare Act of 1966, the standards required by them are extremely minimal, if any.

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Stories behind a teacher’s desk

by NISA SYED

The common notion is that relationships are built by communication. Socializing is a fundamental part for the majority, without a doubt.  Making conversation with our teachers is easier for some, difficult for others. Situations vary between teachers and students; it can be  easier to have “real talk” with a teacher when a motive is clear.

As I took a trip to room 307 and 311, my motive: the search for unique desks (yes, desks) here at Cerritos High School. I asked around, and I came to a consensus: Mrs. Harding (room 307) and Mr. Stecher (room 311), both a part of the history department, have unique desks. With one eye open, I e-mailed Ms. Harding and Mr. Stecher to schedule an interview.

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Walker’s senior year

by ALINA DAS

Senior year is not only special for the Class of 2018, but for Mr. Walker as well. Being principal comes with a busy schedule, yet Mr. Walker took time out of his day to talk about his experience as principal of Cerritos High, for what is now his fourth year. Mr. Walker still recalls his first impression of CHS during his first day on campus as principal.

“It’s something everybody knows already, and it’s just how great the students are here at Cerritos. The first time I was on the Cerritos campus was during registration, and the first person who came out and said ‘that’s a really cool tie!’ You know what they say, first impressions last forever,” Walker said.

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Get the scoop: New study hacks

by SHREYA SHANTHARAJ

As high school students, test-taking is a part of our everyday life, but what if there were ways to make this dreaded task a little bit easier? Well, according to studies, there are “hacks” that’ll make studying for a test a bit more bearable. To start off, you need to realize what your biggest obstacle is when studying. For many, it’s themselves; if this sounds like you, consider downloading apps such as SelfControl or Cold Turkey that allow you to block websites and apps for periods of time to help you stay focused. (Get the apps here: https://selfcontrolapp.com/or and https://getcoldturkey.com) Continue reading “Get the scoop: New study hacks”

Student feature: Nethmi D’Alwis

by SETU PATEL

The Distinguished Young Women Program, also known as DYW, was first founded in 1958 to honor high-school girls by rewarding them with scholarships for college. This year’s Cerritos-Artesia DYW competition was held on Sunday, April 30, at Whitney High School. At that competition, Senior Nethmi D’Alwis won the official title and proceeded to move onto the state level. Continue reading “Student feature: Nethmi D’Alwis”

CHS welcomes an abundance of new clubs

by IRIS LIN

From Chikara to Octagon to World Vision to HOSA, Cerritos High School’s enthusiastic club representatives kick off yet another school year with the annual Club Week.  Taking place in the quad during the week of September 18, this celebratory occasion gives students the opportunity to learn about the variety of clubs offered at CHS.  In addition to the veteran organizations on campus, the 2017-2018 school year is embracing six new clubs to the community as well.  

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Excuse me, ridiculous excuses coming through

by ANASTASIA HAN

Teachers always hear the “I left it at home” and “I forgot,” but on occasion they hear completely absurd excuses. Throughout their careers, teachers encountered interesting and ludicrous responses to students’ absences, tardies, and homework.

English teacher Mr. Hind, discussed a particular student who did not do his homework in a previous school in which he worked. The student’s parent decided to excuse her son from missing homework because on that day he had been arrested for joyriding. Continue reading “Excuse me, ridiculous excuses coming through”