Varsity soccer strikes for CIF


Senior Nicole Alvarado does a supper kick to score a goal.

By Ellie Carrillo and Derry Solano

Esco takes the ball,  dribbles it down the field, shoots, and scores!

Soccer season is starting and many students are joining our school’s teams and making them stronger.

“We plan to have a good team and try to make it to CIF and finals,”said Senior Jorge Gomez, who is returning to the boys’ team.

Gomez expects this season to be challenging with schools like San Pasqual to beat.

The girls’ team includes returning players Lisette Uribe , Rachel Carrillo  and Samantha Ontiveros, who are looking forward to a great season.

According to Uribe, “this season we are looking forward to lots of new accomplishments.”



Sports injuries sideline athletes

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Varsity volleyball fights hard to get to CIF.

By Emily Fountaine

The most fearful consequence of playing sports: injuries. However, injuries can be prevented by stretching and taking care of your body.

Coach Jason Foote, the Athletic Trainer, attends every game for all sports not only because of his admiration for the different sports, but to also care for the injured players.

The most common injury that is seen in every sport is an ankle sprain and wrist sprain said Foote.

“Injuries are lame because they prevent you from doing what you love, ” said Foote.

Coaches need to allow players to warm up and make sure equipment and fields are safe and in working order. Players need to take care of themselves and eat healthy.

The varsity basketball coach Paul Baldwin most commonly sees ankle and wrist injuries. To help his players avoid injuries he has them stretch and ice.  

“When one of my players gets injured, they go to Coach Foote to get checked out to make sure it’s nothing too serious, “ said Baldwin.

Junior Trevor Hon was out half of the football  season due to a hip injury. His injury kept him out of the game for a month.

“It was hard seeing my friends and other players getting better while I was getting worse,” said Hon.

Students raise grades with Gear Up

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Gear up staff and students take a group picture.

By Esteban Pablo

For students in their sophomore or junior year who are having trouble with their grades, Gear Up is there to help.

Gear Up is designed to prepare students for college and help them to graduate high school by tutoring students on their homework and classes to raise their grades up.

“We try to bring in students that need help and create a space where they can feel comfortable and welcome,” said Ivan Heredia, one of the program ambassadors.

Gear Up tutors helps students with time management and study skills.

“We create an academy to improve in A.P classes if it’s their first time, and work with students to help them communicate and manage their time,” said Elizabeth Alvarado, the site coordinator of Gear Up.

  They are available before school, nutrition, lunch, and after school. They offer a lot of resources and are happy to help students out in Room 224 on Monday-Friday.

Upperclassmen up their game

By Anna Chanthaphavong

 In high school some underclassmen follow the examples of the upperclassmen. Some upperclassmen are more mature and responsible, acting like adults, but there are others who aren’t.

Some upperclassmen need to be more responsible and live their lives as young, respectable adults because there some underclassmen who look up to them and follow their actions sometimes.

  “Some underclassmen are very impressionable and seniors should be aware of this,” said Sophomore Adam Tan.

  Although some don’t realize this, some underclassmen do follow what the upperclassmen do. For instance, during the Homecoming pep rally, many seniors got up during the dance performance because the heat was getting to them, and after seeing this, some underclassmen thought it was okay and got up too.

  Their behavior also influence others students academically. Some seniors are having senioritis, which is perfectly understandable, but it gives the impression that classes don’t matter; and if some seniors don’t do or try  to work, others won’t want to either. Also if they talk or mess around in class, underclassmen will also do the same since the upperclassmen can.

  “Underclassmen get an expectation of how they should be when they see upperclassmen,” said Senior Andrew Garcia.

 We’re not saying that everything the upperclassmen do is bad because they do influence underclassmen in good aways too. During spirit days, activities and football games, lots of seniors participate in all these events which helps others feel more comfortable and give them the courage to participate too.

 Many of them also participate in sports and clubs which is another way that influences others in a good way because it encourages others to join and be apart of the school. Also many seniors are officers or presidents in different clubs, which makes them role models to others.

 Despite the good and the bad stuff that the upperclassmen do they still need to realize that there are others who look up to them. They don’t have watch their actions and become the perfect role models all the time, but they should behave more in class and participate in school.   Teachers can also help by  talking to the students who aren’t the best examples and remind them what the expectations they have for their class.

  “If they [Upperclassmen] do what they need to do as young adults and good students, then they’ll be good role models,” said Principal Rich Watkins.


 Upperclassmen CSF members who volunteer to be officers are examples of good role models since volunteer to lead other members and work hard so things can be successful in their club.

High school vs prison

By Noemi Vazquez

Our campus may feel enclosed, due to the tall thick black gates that surround us and with security roaming around as if they’re watching our every move, but this is high school.

Despite what we young, impressionable youths are feeling, as if we are trapped inside prison, when we walk through the black gates of EHS every morning, we are not in prison. Prison is very different.

“No [high school] is like prison. You get to come and go as you please,” said Substitute Security Larry Gordon.  

Our campus is very open. A prison, by definition is, a building (or vessel) in which people are legally held as a punishment for crimes they have committed or while awaiting trial. We are not held against our will on campus as punishment for crimes nor awaiting trial.

“Students don’t understand the freedom they have.. We don’t have uniforms… We are a student-centered campus,” said Principal Rich Watkins.

Our campus may feel as if we are in prison, due to the gates that surround us and with security, but those measurements are there for our safety. With those gates, unwanted intruders stay out and have trouble getting onto our campus. Security is an extra set of eyes to keep us all safer.

“Security is not as much a part of your life as they would be if you were in prison,” said Police Officer Aaron Reeber.

Yes, I agree that high school and prison have similarities. For example, in prison, they are placed by classification and their are four ranks. In high school we have four years. The difference is we get to go home at the end of each day, they don’t.

“I don’t think school is like prison since I get to go home. It’s a place where I’m bettering my education and preparing for my future,”  said Junior Kim Hernandez.

Prisoners spend most of their days in cells. away from loved ones. Some spend years and others maybe just a few months. They are there due to felonies they have committed. Either way, they’re locked up and they can’t leave. They made their choices that landed them in prison. While we still have our freedom, we decide what we do with it.

“The thing is parents want their kids to go to school, but they don’t want them to go to prison,” said Police Officer Reeber.


The campus is more open and gives us more room to hang out. Prison courtyards are smaller and feel more restricted. Our gates keep unwanted people out, there gates are meant to keep people in. 


Escondido High puts extra food to use


Junior Sarah Shoopman gives leftover salad from the cafeteria to chickens at the farm.

By Hayley Stevenson

Approximately 40 percent of food in the U.S. goes to waste, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.

“America fills landfills too quickly and wastes too many resources,” said Agriculture Advisor Nicole Hoofard.

Roughly a third of the food produced in the world for human consumption each year, 1.3 billion tons, gets wasted or lost, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization. Also consumer and foodservice food waste is the most common source of food waste, as stated by Economic Resource Services.

Cafeteria Manager Marla Martin said that there is not much waste of food in the school, except for on food sale days and early on in each school year.

When food does go unused, some of the remaining food items are put to use.

Although extra hot food has to be destroyed, salads may be saved for service the following day.

Also, on Fridays the Agriculture Department brings a can for extra sandwiches that go to feeding chickens at the school farm, which is useful because it is beneficial to the quality of the chickens’ eggs, according to Hoofard.