By Crystal Chavero

Club M.E.C.H.A stands for Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano Aztlan (Chicano movement of Aztlan). M.E.C.H.A meets every Thursday during lunch in room 522.

The purpose of the club is to have a space in high school where students can be supported for higher education and culture.

“Anyone who cares about culture and higher education and anyone who wants to be empowered to be a strong leader is welcomed,” said Advisor Mirna Hernandez

Students in M.E.C.H.A organize events, fundraise, learn about culture and there are bonding nights where students dance and do karaoke.

  Students should join to learn about culture and to interact with other students who have goals of higher education. Also, the students can get scholarships and attend field trips.

  However, the best reason to join, according to Hernandez, is “to have fun and eat good food!”

To join, talk to Hernandez or the other advisor Spanish teacher Elizabeth Prieto, show up every Thursday or join them for their events.



Link crew is the place to go

By Paola Duran

Link Crew is a club that helps incoming ninth graders be successful throughout their four years in high school so they can have a good high school experience.

   Advisor Nathan Reinking said, “We as Cougars have to make sure that students that come after us succeed in high school and that the school gets better and better.”

   Link Crew leaders are people who are focused on their success throughout their four years in high school. They are also people who make the right choices. Link Crew leaders also give incoming Freshman a lot of information that they can use throughout their four years in high school at orientation.

   It’s a very rewarding club, but it also benefits those who are in it.

   Advisor Lisa Strader said, “Link Crew is a club that helps others and it shows the Link Crew Leaders their time and experiences are needed.”

   If you want to join Link Crew you have to fill out an application and you either have to be a Sophomore or Junior to be able to join or if you’re currently in Link Crew and want to join again you have to reapply.

   Link Crew is a really fun and interesting club that helps those who come after them be successful in high school, but it’s also a great way to earn community service.


Interact prepares for another year of service

By Jillian Frankel

At Escondido High School, the community service-based club known as Interact is preparing to seek out and develop new opportunities to serve the local area throughout the school year.

   Adviser, Becky Rudeen, has noted throughout her experience that the club has positively affected the lives of many of its participants as well as those who receive the acts of support.

   “Students feel like they are giving back to their community and making a positive change, which builds self-esteem and confidence,” said Rudeen.

    According to Rudeen, allowing students to get involved in various service projects will not only benefit them personally, but will also improve the lives of those who have been assisted.

   Rudeen explained, “We discuss community events and members can pick and choose which ones they wish to participate in.”

   Typical activities include participating in the Reading Legacies program, which allows high school students to read to preschool children for one hour per week;  landscaping at the Escondido men’s or women’s shelters; beach, park, and lake cleanups; putting together toiletry boxes for the less fortunate;participating in campus cleanups and stacking books at the Lincoln Elementary Library.

   This year, meetings for Interact are scheduled to be held weekly in Room 414 on Wednesdays during lunch and all are welcome to join.

   Senior, Melissa Gutierrez, 18, the president of Interact, is responsible for overseeing club meetings and ensuring that members are made properly aware of the numerous activities in which they can get involved as well as attending many of the events herself.

   “When we hear about community service opportunities, we announce them to our club members, so that they don’t have to search for events by themselves,” said Gutierrez.

   Providing these hours of service is essential for students planning to receive acceptance into a UC-level or state college, as community involvement is often an admissions requirement.

   Interact has continued to grow despite specific challenges unique to our campus.

   According to Heather Weiner, the ASB adviser who grants permission for clubs to begin and participate in certain activities, informing students of a club’s existence can often prove to be a difficulty that limits numbers.

   “Publicity on a campus as large as ours is the most difficult part of developing a club,” Weiner said.

   To prevent such limitations, Interact meetings are often promoted through word of mouth among club members and other students who have not yet joined.

   Gutierrez explained that the main purpose of the club, as well as the reason most members have originally joined, is to experience the positive atmosphere and sense of accomplishment that providing assistance to others brings.

   As she said, “You can bring your friends along to do community service and have fun!”


Introducing the class of 2014

It’s the day every Senior looks forward to.

  That’s right it’s Graduation.

   EHS has the privilege of holding graduation at our very own, Wilson stadium on June 3 at 6:30pm.

By Liz Gomez

Each Senior has a at least 7 to 8 tickets that is given to them. However, the amount of tickets doesn’t seem to satisfy some.

 “I have a pretty big family. I don’t think 7 or 8 tickets will be enough,” said senior Benson..

 Seniors are able to buy an extra ticket if another Senior student has it on to sell or give away. Other than that, there is a specific number.

  During the ceremony, every Senior is sitting in rows on our very own football field. Each Senior’s name is called out as family and friends cheer.

  As the Seniors are walking they are followed by teachers:Jason Jacobs, Lisa Ireland, Liz Adams, Beckie Nelson, Deanna Barron, Tira Mino, Mike Jackson, Becky Rudeen, Brigid McGuire, Jen Franey, Nicole Clymer, Brittany Knudsen, Aira Villalobos, Leanne Glassett, Rudy DeLatorre and Chrissy Wright, Jan Komancheck, Torri Hernandez and many other teachers.

  The horner chain students will also be attending the Senior graduating class:Alondra Gutierrez, Brittany Bessell, Claire Kosinski, Desiree Lopez, Janelle Serrano, Janet Martinez, Janin Rodarte, Julissa Gearing, Katrina Krzywicki, Kimmy Le, Lourdes Sarmiento, Marlene Mendoza, Micaela Krumweide, Olivia Manzano, Patricia Wierl, Soufia Shenouda, Tiffany Phan,

  “I am excited to explore my options in the adult world but I know I will also miss all the joys of EHS.” said Senior Rebecca  Benson, 18.


Seniors set for Grad night

Grad Night. The night Seniors look forward to celebrating their accomplishments is happening on June 4, at Disneyland and California Adventure.

  Seniors will be having the park all to themselves, departing from Escondido High School at 3pm and expecting to arrive at 5-5:30pm.

By Joe Linquist

Many parents have had the privilege to attend Grad Night with the graduating class. This year will be Shenetha Williams’ first year attending Grad Night with this year’s class of 2014.

  “This is my first time attending, I am doing this for Rejalla Desuse. I want him to have a good time. My son Hasani graduates next year, and I will probably be attending next year as well,” said Shenetha Williams.

Expectations are high for this year’s class of 2014, as this is the most fun event seniors will experience this year.

   Some people are really looking forward to going on the rides at Disneyland such as Space Mountain, a thrilling ride that takes passengers through space at a zooming speed.

  “It has always been my dream to get stuck on that ride,” said Senior Isabel Moreno, 17.

   Another thrilling ride people look forward to going on isn’t even in Disneyland, it’s in Disney’s California Adventure.

  The Hollywood Tower of Terror, is a creepy hotel that drops passengers in a elevator at crazy speeds. Not only does it drop once, it brings you back up and drops multiple times.  It is sure to have Seniors screaming.

  “I like all the sudden drops,” said Moreno.

Get roped into FFA

By Liz Gomez

Getting dirty is a good thing.  Just ask Future Farmers of America (FFA) members.

 According to advisors Marc Reyburn and Nicole Hoofard, FFA students get their hands dirty, take care of animals and learn leaderships skills. FFA not only shows you how to do all of that but shapes you as a person.

 “FFA gave me countless opportunities to offer that really shaped me as a person and really helped me for the future,” said Senior Frank Cristarella, 17.

  FFA is an organization to not only teach agriculture but to help experience it. FFA isn’t just about farming.  Students raise animals, landscape or have gardens, judging teams whose job it is to teach students how the market quality is for each species (pig, steer, goat or lamb) and work on speaking skills whenever they have speaking contest in front of others or big crowds such as parli-pro, extemporaneous and creed.

 “Be prepared for hard work but a lot of fun.” said Senior Brooke Liscome, 17.

 FFA hosts many school activities like their annual Pumpkin Fest held in October, a Christmas tree lot held in December,  PALS farm day in April, and mud sports in August. Students also get together for fun activities like going to the beach, having BBQs, going, ice skating and participating in the San Diego County Fair.

  Being able to fundraise is a big thing in FFA. All of the money they fundraise is used for fun field trips and keeping this club alive