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Director Mr. Justin Baldridge and the cast rehearse the play in room 303.
HOLD: Sweeney Todd week seven
This week, the cast and crew of “Sweeney Todd" continued to put the finishing touches on the whole show, doing costume fittings, full run-throughs and integration of props.
By Madison Thacker, Arts/Entertainment Editor • Feb 29, 2024
Debunking sports stereotypes
Debunking sports stereotypes
By Jaden Gervacio and Maya Diaz
When it comes to high school sports and student athletes, various myths and misconceptions circulate the halls. It’s crucial to separate stereotypes from facts.
Ms. Kimberly Noble, the schools current acting principal, was previously an instructional director for the LAUSD Local District Northeast.
A new principal takes the wheel
By Olamide Olumide, News/Features Editor
Ms. Kimberly Noble holds down the fort as acting principal while staff and students anticipate the return of Principal Lourdes De Santiago.
Timeline: The Civil Rights Movement
Timeline: The Civil Rights Movement
By Baron Kim and Haik Ushaglyan
Learn about how the civil rights movement has affected millions of Africans Americans over the past century through our timeline.
L to R: Arianna Mairiscal, Nadia Gruhke and Damady Vergenza from Dance Company perform at the Black History Concert.
PHOTO STORY: Black History Concert
By Ivan Alcala, Gianna Iovino, Michael Arredondo, and Jalen Bautista
The school recognized African-American heritage in its latest show on Feb. 16, 2024.
The clash between Stallion and Minaj has seen both of them releasing diss songs about each other and the people they were in relationships with.
Stallion said “Hiss,” Minaj responded with a diss
By Skylie Molina, Staff
Disputes between Nicki Minaj and Megan Thee Stallion have resorted to calling each other out through the release of new “diss” songs.
Feel the love: Valentines Day trivia that will make your heart beat with pride!
Feel the love: Valentine's Day trivia that will make your heart beat with pride!
By Joel Nam, Abigail Kim, and Viktoriya Khanliyan
Do you yearn for days of romance yore? Take our Valentine's Day history quiz to see how much you really know about this special holiday.
What gift should you get your valentine?
What gift should you get your valentine?
By Olamide Olumide and Mia Ramirez
Stressed out about what to get for that special someone? We can help you with that! Take our two-minute quiz to find out what gift you should surprise them with for Valentine's Day.
A 4.6 magnitude earthquake struck Malibu, sending shockwaves all throughout Southern California.
A 4.6 magnitude tremor rocks SoCal
By Delmis Vaquerano, Staff
The earthquake erupted off the coast of Malibu and startled students and faculty at the school.
Yaneli Zuniga jumps high as she gets ready to throw the ball to another player.
Girls basketball advances to final playoff round
By Isabel Valles, Athletics Editor
After putting in the work during their regular season, the girls basketball team was able to advance to the final game of playoffs.
The rise in foreign sports players has lead to a tremendous boom in talent in domestic sports arena, most notably in the MLB, NFL and NBA.
Game changers: International athletes are flocking to the US
By Rogers Levitt, Staff
American sports have never had a large portion of star foreign players, but throughout the years more and more have taken the United States by storm.
Boys basketball Senior Night is spoiled by the Sylmar Spartans
Boys basketball Senior Night is spoiled by the Sylmar Spartans
By Jaden Gervacio, Staff
On Friday, Feb. 2, the boys basketball team held their senior night against the undefeated Sylmar Spartans, and lost with a ravaging score of 71-94.
Guadalupe Tofoya (#3) fiercely kicks the ball to make a goal.
Girls soccer goes out with a bang against the Sylmar Spartans
By Chioma Chiawa, Staff
On Friday, Feb. 2, the girls soccer team went against the Sylmar Spartans and tied with a score of 1-1. 
Scoreboard
Looking down at the row of performers, the cast looks to there sheet music to follow along with Mr. Wilsons directions.
Five, six, seven, eight: "Sweeney Todd" week six
By Madison Thacker, Arts/Entertainment Editor
In a week filled with tedious and slow-moving cleanings of scenes and songs, the cast of "Sweeney Todd" was given the chance to stop and catch their breath before running the dances again.
From L to R: Gabriella Castellano, Melany Sierra, Natalia Navarro, Jimmy Martinez and Anaiya Green enjoy the days festivities on the quad.
Hearts Day Festival: Getting in the Valentine’s Day spirit
By Mia Ramirez, Staff
ASB’s annual event celebrating the romantic holiday fills students’ day with love and fun.
Lights, cameras, action! What movie should you watch this weekend?
Lights, cameras, action! What movie should you watch this weekend?
By Mia Ramirez, Staff
Wanna watch something cool, but you don't know what? Take our quiz to find out which fun flick you should pick!
Tech Theater Club members Adriana Acevedo and Ethan Rhoda show off their clubs spirit.
Club Rush: Bringing students together
By Skylie Molina, Staff
Taking place once again on Jan. 19, Club Rush allowed students to explore new interests and form meaningful bonds with other people.
The coquette aesthetic and reclaiming femininity
The coquette aesthetic and reclaiming femininity
By Viktoriya Khanliyan, Staff
Coquette was the biggest internet aesthetic of 2023, and it shows no signs of slowing down.
While both artists have traded blows in their clash, Minaj is currently taking the matter way too far with her song Big Foot.
Megan’s Law: The feud between Nicki Minaj and Megan Thee Stallion
By Lindsay Han, Staff
The two rap artists have been squaring off on social media and through their music.
Selfies spread the illusion of self-empowerment while placing social media users at risk and feeding into narcissistic behaviors.
The “self” in selfie: Empowering or dangerous?
By Abigail Kim, Staff
The reign of social media and the increasingly self-admiring attitude of society has heightened the peril of today’s selfie culture.
True crime was and is one of the most prominent genres in todays media, but it is not without its issues. While true crime can be a source of enjoyable content to many and actually help listeners.
The ethical dilemma of true crime
By Viktoriya Khanliyan, Staff
True crime has been a fan favorite genre for decades, but the nature of it brings up questions about whether it crosses the line between entertainment or exploitation.
CAMBIO DE JUEGO: Atletas internacionales convergen enérgicamente hacia Estados Unidos, marcando una nueva era en el deporte estadounidense con su diversidad y talento.
Cambio de juego: Atletas internacionales están acudiendo en masa a EE.UU.
By Rogers Levitt, Staff

Las organizaciones deportivas profesionales siempre están buscando jugadores para convertirse en el rostro de su liga. Hoy, atletas de todo el mundo son algunos de los mejores y más populares jugadores,...

Estudiante Dwayne Famenia, contrincante en el debate del Sr. Ferrin, argumentando que la Generación Z no es más perezosa que las generaciones pasadas y que, de hecho, la Generación Z es más exitosa que las generaciones anteriores a pesar de las dificultades adicionales.
Debate de la hora del almuerzo: ¿Es la Generación Z más perezosa que otras generaciones?
By Baron Kim, Staff
Dwayne Famenia y el Sr. Ferrin se enfrentaron en el gran gimnasio para debatir la pregunta de si la Generación Z se ha vuelto más perezosa en comparación con las generaciones pasadas.

Atuendos seguros de sí mismas. ¡Listo! Elegancia con actitud. ¡Listo! Las chicas malas han ganado popularidad en películas y programas desde principios de los 2000, exigiendo implacablemente la atención que se merecen.
En defensa de la chica mala
By Viktoriya Khanliyan, Staff
Desde Sharpay Evans hasta Regina George y Blair Waldorf, las chicas malas han sido una constante en la cultura popular. Debería mantenerse de esa manera.

A medida que el K-pop continúa cayendo presa de la occidentalización, artistas como Jungkook de BTS y TWICE se reducen a copias de músicos estadounidenses mediocres.
K-POP a K-FLOP: La Occidentalización del K-pop será su caída
By Abigail Kim, Staff
El K-pop solía tener un sonido y estilo únicos que se adecuaban a su país de origen. Ahora, con nuevos mercados para conquistar en Occidente, todo eso se está desvaneciendo.
Three fun things to do this weekend to take your mind off of school
Three fun things to do this weekend to take your mind off of school
By Roxana Vasquez, Staff
From thrilling basketball games to a classical symphony concert, there’s plenty to do that will allow you to de-stress this weekend.
Looking down at the row of performers, the cast looks to there sheet music to follow along with Mr. Wilsons directions.
Five, six, seven, eight: "Sweeney Todd" week six
By Madison Thacker, Arts/Entertainment Editor
In a week filled with tedious and slow-moving cleanings of scenes and songs, the cast of "Sweeney Todd" was given the chance to stop and catch their breath before running the dances again.
Taking place on Feb. 9, the Love Songs Showcase featured a number of ballads about love and romance.
Love is in the air at the Love Songs Showcase
By Lilit Aprahamian, Marketing Manager
During the romantic season, students from the Choir Program performed solo pieces, adding onto the sweet, heartwarming feel of Valentine’s Day.
In dramatic flair, freshman Oliver Barrett (red) looks to his script in confirmation of his lines during the fast paced song.
We’ve reached the halfway mark: “Sweeney Todd" week five
By Madison Thacker, Arts/Entertainment Editor
In a week filled with run-throughs and staging, the cast of "Sweeney Todd" is rapidly heading towards showtime, with only five weeks left to go.
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