Artists show their creativity through art club

By Scarlett Cardenas

Aira Villalobos, advisor of the EHS Art Club for nine years, explains how art club encourages students to find their artistic and creative sides and helps them improve their artistic skills while also meeting other students interested in visual art.

  “Being an art club member is a great opportunity to meet other people who are interested in art and collaborate with the California Center for the Arts. It provides a great opportunity to be an active community member and learn new techniques and skills in art making,” said Villalobos.

  Whether art is a passion or just a hobby, art club teaches students who are or aren’t enrolled in art class new artistic techniques and skills and incorporates them at events inside and outside of school to showcase their artistic talents outside of school.

  “Art club is in charge of the Pumpkin Fest face paint, face paint for the Fourth of July at the California Center for the Arts, and the face paint and the crafts for the Dia De Los Muertos celebration, the Winter Fest at the Center for the Arts and the annual Fall Window Painting,” said Villalobos.

  Art club teaches students who find an interest in visual arts to be a better artist and to express themselves with their pieces of work. Whether or not they are good at it, they can learn new skills and meet other artists with similar interests.

  “Art club has shown me how many people at school are interested in art. Its given me a space to express myself and has made me appreciate EHS even more,” said Junior Maxine Yang, Art Club member for two years.

  Art club is a place where artists can feel free to express themselves while also learning new techniques and skills. It’s a friendly atmosphere where all artists are welcome. 

Art club members often particpate in community events at places such as the Center for the arts and the Grand Municipal Art Gallery. 


Californians forced to adapt to changing weather

By Damiyon Ware 

The change of seasons has students constantly battling against the weather, and in order to remain safe, I believe students should really take into consideration their actions during the bipolar weather.

  It is uncomfortable to be on the road whether it be walking or driving while in the rain for someone like me. The constant feeling of someone not paying attention to you or the road can make my mind wonder about a car accident, or being run over.

  “When I’m driving in the rain, I’m more concerned for other people and their driving. I’m a safe driver, but not so much other people,” said math teacher Rebecca Nelson.

  For teachers such as Nelson who must drive from Oceanside to Escondido High School five days a week, the rain can cause safety hazards.

  According to the California Highway Patrol the best option for rainy weather drivers is to slow down and allow extra space between you and the car ahead of you. Also it is important to gently apply your brakes to avoid skidding.

  Now everyone loves a nice sunny day, but the sun can be just as dangerous as the rain. The strong heat and winds crack my skin and make my lips dry while also dehydrating me; the school nurse explains why.  

  “It’s important to drink lots of fluid, and increase the amount of your regular water intake. It’s also important to protect your skin by moisturizing because the Santa Ana winds dry out your skin,” said EHS substitute nurse Ms. Leilani.

  The Santa Ana winds are extremely strong and dry and they originate inland and affect coastal Southern California and Baja California. It is extremely important to remain hydrated during this dry season to prevent heat strokes, blisters and many more uncomfortable irritations. It is also important to wear protective gear such as sunglasses to protect from the strong winds that could possibly blow objects into your eyes, for I myself have had many leaves and dust particles fly into my eyes when I walk to school.

    Mornings are also a problem for me. In the morning it can be very cold having temperature in the 60s but by noon temperature sky rockets into the mid 80s. This sudden rise affects many people.

   “It’s too much. I wake up in the morning and wear a sweater and pants because it’s cold, but later it starts to get hot and I’m stuck in a sweater,” said Senior Michelle Mazariegos.

The best solution for students going through this problem is to check the weather and see how warm the day is supposed to be. Depending on the weather you can bring a sweater while wearing clothes for the warmer weather underneath or bring extra clothes to change into.

Heading into the fall season change reveals a rainy beginning but ends  in sunshine in the low 80’s




2016 Albums that influence people

By Analina Valenzuela 

The music of 2016 has influenced Music teacher Phil Felix, Senior Ana Velasco, and Junior Salma De La Torre and has been enjoyable for them as well.

  “Music is an expression of how people feel and see the world,” Phil Felix said.

  Music teacher, Phil Felix, has been a teacher at EHS for five years. The reason he went into music was because he saw kids playing instruments in junior high and it looked like fun and wanted to give it a try, according to Felix.

  Felix’s favorite album of 2016 is “22, A Million” by Bon Iver.

  Felix likes the album because Bon Iver is, “a group that doesn’t do the same thing.”

  Felix means that with each of their albums they’ve changed their sound and they don’t always keep it the same.

  “Music is always changing. That’s what makes it interesting…As a musician, you don’t just pay attention to music this year but enjoy music from past years,” Felix said.

  Senior Ana Velasco is a musician outside of school. She has been playing the accordion since 2010. The 2016 album that has influenced her is “Desde El Rancho” by Calibre 50. This album has influenced her because it has challenged her to play their songs and motivate her to do better.

  “There’s a variety of songs that talk about Mexico, friends who stay with you through hard times, and the beauty of love,” Velasco said.

  Music is really important for Velasco because it has been a part of her family and it’s a great achievement for her to play her own music, according to Velasco.

  Junior Salma De La Torre is a dancer on the EHS dance team. De La Torre’s favorite 2016 album is “Blond” by Frank Ocean because he hasn’t dropped music in a while and it was a good comeback, according to De La Torre.

  “The album in general has a relaxed vibe to it and it influences my dancing by doing movements that express the meaning of the songs. It helps me express the vibe that he delivers to his fans,” De La Torre said.

  Music influences her in dancing because the flow of the music helps her be careless. With dancing, music is important to her because it gives her inspiration for her dance and the point of view of the singer, according to De La Torre.

Senior Ana Velasco playing songs from her favorite album, “Desde El Rancho,”  on her accordion around her neighborhood on Nov. 1. She smiles to people passing by cheering her on her amazing skills.


Best Buddies helps students build strong, lasting relationships with each other

By Sophie Speckhahn

 The Best Buddies club pairs general education students with special education students to get to know each other and build strong, lasting friendships in the process that benefit everyone.

  Junior club president Priscila Perez said, “Best Buddies helps form friendships with students with intellectual disabilities. We have monthly activities such as crafts, community service opportunities, and we even go to the homecoming football game.”

  Perez got into Best Buddies during freshman year because she heard that they were in need of officers. She said it was a really cool thing to join and experience.

  Club member Annaliese Jimenez said, “I have lots of family members with disabilities and wanted to become more involved.”

 According to Jimenez everyone in the club is really nice, and she enjoys talking and laughing with them. It brings awareness to people with disabilities.

  Jimenez got into Best Buddies because Priscila Perez recommended it. Jimenez is the historian, so she keeps track of files and pictures.

  “You become more compassionate and think about others besides yourself,” said Perez.

  It not only helps the special education teens make more friends, it helps build everyone’s character by getting involved. They plan other events such as a friendship walk and a Best Buddies Prom.

  Junior club member Aide Rocha said, “You build a good connection, rely on each other, and just have a great year with your buddy.”

  According to Rocha, Best Buddies is a way to make friends and help each other out. It gives the special education students the high school experience.

  “I want to major in child development,”  said Rocha.

  Best Buddies can help in opportunities that get people jobs. It also makes you more outgoing.

At a Best Buddies club meeting during lunch, the special education students work on making paper turkeys for the Thanksgiving season with the help of their partners.


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New Feminism club makes an effort towards gender equality

By Kirsten Soto

Carolina Flores, president of the 77/100 club, is proud of being able to create a club to discuss gender equality throughout the school community to make a change.

  Gender equality is the view that everyone should receive equal treatment and not be discriminated against based on their gender.

 “I think a lot of people on campus don’t talk about feminism and the word itself has kind of been twisted into a hateful word that excludes men and that’s not what it is. So I figured with a club, more people could learn about feminism and create change on campus,” says Flores.

  She hopes more people would join, so more people will learn about gender equality and spread the word about it through school.

  “When you have more people involved, you really have the opportunity to create change and you open the minds of a lot more people,” said Flores.

  With more people joining, it also helps create discussion about topics regarding feminism and gender equality to make people aware of certain issues.

  “People should join so that they can learn more about feminism and have conversations with different people on campus about important issues, like body awareness, gender roles, and media’s perception on women,” says Flores.

  Junior Monica Garcia enjoys being a part of the club because of the safe and warm environment.

  “Everyone is really positive and open about the subject,” said  Garcia.

  She is passionate about the topic of equality and believes that it is important in society and the world so there would be no separation between individuals.

  “I feel that it should be represented in society for it to be balanced. It would be corrupt if one gender was referred to as more superior than another. There would be conflicts and divisions between individuals,” says Garcia.

  Kymberley Atkins, club advisor of 77/100, believes that the 77/100 club will bring more awareness and support of gender equality to the school to change the mindset of more people.

  “I think it will bring awareness to both men and women about issues that they face because of their gender roles and the equity that is lacking because of these preset notions about gender,” says Atkins. 

Carolina Flores, president of 77/100 feminism club, stresses the importance of gender roles in society and how it affects future generations as members of the club come together to a conclusion to end their meeting on Oct. 25 in room 403.


Agriculture to set up students for real world

By Colin Atlas

Teamwork, responsibility, time management, and all the hands-on work prepares agriculture students for real world and working with others in a business like environment.

  “Agriculture develops students not only with academic success but students can also develop leadership skills” said Nicole Hoofard, Agriculture teacher of 19 years.

  Agriculture gives students real world experience as they host events such as the pumpkin fest and Christmas tree sale.

  “Students gain real world skills with all the hands-on work and events they do in which the run the class like a business,” Hoofard said.

  As the year continues, students can win a variety of awards that span from regional-based awards all the way to national awards.

  “Agriculture is unique as it is more than just a classroom and students can develop a very focused work ethic and time management skills,” Hoofard said.

  When it comes to applying for different jobs and resumes, businesses love this field of work as it mimics that of an actual business.

  From a student’s perspective it is like a business as they have to communicate with fellow classmates and learn how to work well with them.

  “You really get to know people through this program and it changes you positively as a student,” said Sophomore Sierra Takcas.

  Agriculture students develop friendships throughout their time in the agriculture program and working with their friends develops responsibility.

  Getting younger students involved in the agriculture program can help them later on in life when getting into colleges and getting jobs.

  “We introduce the program throughout the middle schools to get students thinking about Agriculture as an option,” Takcas said.

Floral agriculture gets spiced up as they are painting their own unique flower pots