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Women’s rights are more than a day


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


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


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


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)


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?


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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: and Continue reading “Get the scoop: New study hacks”

Student feature: Nethmi D’Alwis


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


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


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”