My name is Makai Walker and I am a Junior at Estancia High school. I was born in Aurora, Colorado and moved down to southern California later in the summer of 2015. I enjoy new experiences and meeting new people. #BlueHairedKid #GoodVibesOnly #EstanciaPoductionDrama
On Friday, April 19th, I was fortunate enough to see Poor Yella Rednecks, a play about the struggles of a family starting a new life in America, written by Qui Nguyen. The cast includes Tim Chiou (Quang, bully kid), Samantha Quan (Huong, Thu, San, Cop), Maureen Sebastian (Tong), Paco Tolson (Playwright, Immigration Officer, British Narrator, Little Man, Puppeteer, Bobby, Bully Tommy, Grocery Boy) and Eugene Young (Nhan, Little Man, Cowboy, Grocery Boy).
The play was very discriminative toward the Asian and Caucasian races in a very humorous way. For example, actress Samantha Quan, who had a great performance, portrayed a hilarious but spot on accent of someone of Vietnamese descent. The reality of immigration is implemented in the play by the family who consist of Quang the dad, Huong the mom, Tong the grandma and Little Man the son who struggles to start a new life. The family faces issues like racism, poverty, infidelity and the problems of their previous lives.
Poor Yella Rednecks presents real problems that a lot of families endure coming to the United States as “aliens”. For example Little Man gets bullied and ignored at school because he can only speak the Vietnamese language. The family and friends are also harassed by rednecks of their new home in El Dorado, Arkansas. This results in Nhan trying to convince Quang to move to Houston, Texas in order to be around more of their kind.
The family begins to struggle as Huong refuses to move anymore and Quang sends their life savings to his abandoned family in Vietnam. Their relationship is impacted further after Quang cheats on Huong in Houston and they go their separate ways for a while. The family begins to realize how much they mean to each other in a place where they have to survive being viewed differently.
I give this play an A because of its authenticity and how down-to-Earth it was in addition to how much swearing took place. I think all the actors did great but the best was Samantha Quan. Worth noting was her mindset on stage that, to my knowledge, resulted in great facial expressions and reaction time. The play had obviously had a lot of care and effort put into it when you notice the small details. For example, the actors had made it look natural in segments that required perfect timing. I also really enjoyed the hip hop segments where a character would appear out of nowhere with sick rhymes.
This play is great for those who enjoy comedy as well as live entertainment. You can see this play on the date of April 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 and 30th.
Everyday 100 people are killed with guns in America. The US also holds the record for most gun-related homicides for every 100,000 residents. There’s an average of 36,383 deaths per year with 22,274 of the being suicide. Colorado has now passed a legislation that allows law enforcement, family, or household members to petition the court to have weapons seized or surrendered. This bill also states that in order to repossess the weapon(s) the owner must prove he/she no longer poses a risk.
To begin I want to state that I am a gun advocate. I plan to obtain a conceal and carry permit later in my future for self-defense purposes. Ever heard of the phrase “guns don’t kill people, people kill people”? This phrase is a fact. We humans are the ones wielding the guns and what’s stopping us from using any other object to kill? In this sense, it comes down to how dangerous a particular weapon is in addition to the owner. This is what makes the previously stated legislation great because it still allows anyone(permitted) to own weapons.
To only have law enforcement handling firearms may be our justice systems demise. Not only will this allow for an increase in the loss of defenseless-lives but it could also increase the amount of “dirty cops” by having such power. An example can be seen in a home robbery. The owner of the house will be defenseless against the robber until law enforcement comes, possibly resulting in injury or even death of the owner.
I cannot see reason why not to make guns control stricter for the safety of others. However, there are still other factors that come into play. For example, some argue that making guns illegal( or harder to obtain) would render most citizens defenseless against criminals who can inevitably obtain a gun. I believe that, because guns will always be around, gun control should be lifted. My idea is to fight guns with guns. I don’t advocate fighting but self-reliance.
Captain Marvel is a fantasy/science fiction movie that released in theatres on March 8, 2019. Actress Brie Larson plays the leading role of Carol Danvers who is Captain Marvel. The movie made $61.4 million on Friday, March 9th and is estimated to hit $156 million. The film takes the viewers back in the Marvel timeline to the story of Captain Marvel with Jude Law as Yon-Rogg and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.
If you are a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe than you will definitely enjoy this film. The movie was comedic, with special regards to Goose, a cat, or so we thought, who happens to be the most entertaining character. The movie was filled with intentional inside jokes and previous Marvel movie references.
An interesting scene worth reminiscing is the one where Goose scratches Nick Fury’s eye. As seen in a vast majority of Marvel films, Nick Fury is known as a character with an eye-patch and the cause is now revealed. Viewers are also brought to an earlier time of the Tesseract and witness it being apprehended by Nick Fury for the first time. The special effects were great, seen in so much detail with Carol’s powers. Captain Marvel is able to project energy out of her hands as seen in the movie but I especially like detail. For example, the vibrantly-glowing veins and the flames are awesome. The plot of the movie was great as well. In the beginning she has dreams of an earlier memory of an enemy that obviously haunts her. The viewers later discover that the enemy yet to be her ally. Plot aside, this film would be great for a family night out because it’s for all viewers. I give this movie solid B due to my personal believe that there should’ve been more battles to show off Captain Marvel.
Global warming. It’s a long-term rise in the average temperature of the Earth’s climate system. This phenomenon is correlated with the greenhouse effect which occurs when the sun’s warmth is trapped in earth’s lower atmosphere. This is predicted to have numerous effects on earth and the oceans as well as ice caps in the poles.
In my opinion, global warming is inevitable. Today’s the potential for it happening has increased and it keeps increasing. As one human in a world of 7.7 billion I see that not enough people are noticing the signs as well as the possible effects that it has on the planet.
Global warming will basically turn mother nature against us and I couldn’t blame her. Ice caps will melt and raise sea levels affecting the Eastern Seaboard. The increase in heat will also cause early snowmelt as well as droughts. The extreme weather conditions will cause a disturbance for animals in there natural habitats. There is potential for an increase in allergies, asthma, and infectious disease outbreaks due to increased growth in pollen-producing ragweed, pollution, pathogens and mosquitos. Said effects will continue and increase if we humans don’t pay attention to what we do to our planet.
Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent, wrote about global warming in her news piece published on February 26, 2019, Evidence for man-made global warming hits ‘gold standard’:scientists. It says, “evidence for global warming reached the five sigma level by 2005 in two of three sets of satellite data widely used by researchers, and in 2016 in the third”. “sigma” is a statistical term that measures how much a process varies from perfection, based on the number of defects per million units. Keep in mind this research was conducted in earlier years. Doyle also says, “The last four years have been the hottest since records began in the 19th century”.
Global warming isn’t a hard concept to acknowledge so that means people are just ignoring it like it couldn’t happen any time soon. A mentality as such is selfish regarding the future inhabitants of this planet. That includes your future family...
On January 22nd of 2019 Estancia High School’s varsity girl’s soccer team played against Santa Ana High School. The Eagle’s won with a score of 4-2 now making their overall 6-7-1 with the Saint’s now 9-10-2.
This match had started off one-sided in terms of ball handling. Estancia had obtained and possessed the ball the majority of the game with sharp handling as seen by Desiree Mendoza (center forward) #9. Desiree says “we started off strong but we realized that we got a little too comfortable and that resulted in us picking it up to finish them off strong.” Adriana Ruiz (center-back) agrees stating “we did well connecting the ball at the beginning but in the second half we improved our communication.” The Eagles displayed skilled ball control as if the ball was prisoner to the feet of Desiree mendoza as she moved through Santa Ana defense to score three goals. A memorable goal worth noting was that of Mendoza (#9) zig-zagging through almost a hallway-like path made out of defensive players. The end result was that of Mendoza sending the ball from the 20th yard line straight over the opposing team's goalie to score the third goal. The first was scored by Paulina Cortez who plays right forward with solid determination. Paulina says ”We started off good and we new we had to beat them,” as she explains that losing to the Saints previously was a strong motivation to win the game. Next, the Eagles will play a home conference game against Calvary Chapel on January 28, 2019 at 5p.
The United States government has been shut down since midnight of Saturday the 22nd of December 2018. This has been the longest recorded time that the government has ever been shut down. The reason for this shutdown is due to a disagreement. Our president, Donald J. Trump and Democratic Congress have not decided on whether or not to fund the U.S.-Mexico border wall. The Democratic Party is a no go for the wall as opposed to Trump’s yes.
So far Trump has pinned the all the fault on the Democratic Party. Workers have been furloughed for over three weeks now. No matter who’s fault it is, we are definitely in the midst of a crisis. I could not imagine not being paid over such an infantile dispute.
People have literally missed rent payments as #ShutdownStories fills social media pages to prove so. I understand that Trump must fill his promises regarding his candidacy but that does not make him just in shutting down the government. That does not allow him to force federal workers to struggle in effort to pay rent or go into bank accounts with money saved up for emergencies when such an ordeal could be settled in a whole different manner.
Now I’m not too invested in the world of politics but I do know that the furloughing of federal workers could have been avoided if the funding of the wall had been passed. This would be the best way to go because the wall would not be finished by the end of Trump’s term.
As of right now after all Trump has gotten himself into, I do not believe that he will be re-elected. Thus, the funding can be cut by the next president and we lose money as opposed to having workers either not work or work without pay until we(democrats) agree to fund the wall. The repercussions for this were not properly weighed out on both sides of the argument. As for the shutdown, it occurred in a hasty decision as would be expected of President Donald J. Trump.
Swinging right into the facts, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse(2018) follows the story of teenager Miles Morales the first African American Spider-Man and the second Latino Spider-Man after Miguel O’Hara who was the title character of the 1990’s series Spider-Man 2099. The protagonist Morales grew up in Brooklyn with a father of African American descent and a Puerto Rican mother. Following the storyline, Morales’ first appearance was in 2011 in Ultimate Fallout #4 following Peter Parker’s death in Death of Spider-Man. Similar to Parker, he gets his powers when bitten by a radioactive spider on a subway in New York.
This 2018 animation brought forth a lot of laughter in the theater. From Miles nonchalantly brushing off a radioactive spider bite to getting stuck on ceilings at the wrong time. I wouldn’t have been surprised to see people falling out of their seats. One thing worth noting is the style of the motion pictures. The story Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has been created in comic book-like illustrations adding a classic touch in recognizing comic origin. Another cool detail in the making of Morales like previous Spider-men and Woman (Gwen Stacy), he is alienated and has to experience a heartbreaking loss in order to fully understand his powers and how to use them. That being said, like a true hero, he stays positive singing to “Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee. Honestly, I bought the ticket not expecting much from the movie but it was awesome! I give the movie an A+ no doubt. If you fancy the originality and humorous personality of Peter Parker as seen in Ultimate Spider-Man, Marvel’s Spider-Man and Avenger’s Infinity War you will definitely like this movie.
On December 17, 2018 Andrew Cuomo, 56th governor of New York, announced his support for the legalization of recreational marijuana for adults in the Big Apple. Both the state Senate and the state Assembly currently have bills proposing the legalization of the “drug”. Cuomo is also interested in dropping charges of those who have been arrested for marijuana.
I fully support the usage of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Medicinal as treatment for illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease, Cancer, Crohn’s disease, Epilepsy and eating disorders like Anorexia, the list goes on. Marijuana is a great medicine straight from the Earth.
Some may argue that legalization of this “drug” will make it easier for minors to obtain it, but is that really such a bad thing? Current legalized substances like alcohol and cigarettes kill humans with no good benefits and they’ve been around since North America was discovered. Scientists try so hard to find problems with marijuana when the results of alcohol and cigarettes are clear as day. Marijuana alters the mind? Well so does alcohol. Marijuana is a gateway drug but so are cigarettes. If addiction is the feared factor than what’s not an addiction these days? Addiction is the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity. Everyday people are becoming addicted to coffee, television, and even fitness. I would much rather be addicted to marijuana instead of cigarettes or being an alcoholic.
Stepping back, Cuomo wants to legalize the usage of marijuana for adults, meaning it will still be illegal for minors to use and possess it. Cuomo says “Let’s legalize te adult use of recreational marijuana, once and for all”. In agreement with Cuomo, the marijuana industry is what some may call ‘’boomin”. Cuomo states “states like Colorado, the first to establish a regulated adult-use marijuana marketplace, have seen successes that have debunked some lawmakers’ and law enforcers’ predictions that such policies would result in disaster.”
Nepotism is the practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs. President Donald J. Trump has been under investigation for collusion during the 2016 election by Robert Mueller special council. Michael Cohen Trump's personal lawyer, is now backing the charges against Trump.
There should be no person in the white house related to the president including that of friends and the promising of jobs in an unprofessional manner as the president has done. Currently his Cabinet consists of his daughter Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and son in-law Jared Kushner. Reasons for this should be very obvious. Where there is nepotism there is favoritism, inequity and corruption.
Zooming out to see the bigger picture, corruption is dividing the people. Making matters worse, it's in the White House, the heart of America. Nepotism puts all the power in the hands of one and our president controls it all. The heart of America has been poisoned and it now makes sense as to why we have been so sick. We have lost sight that the purpose of the white house is to think of and for the people of America.
Nepotism has not only the potential to effect the people but has come with it’s repercussions for our president. He stated that he had given Cohen the job as reward for a “favor”. Trump’s lawyer has now plead guilty to lying to Congress about negotiations to build a tower for President Trump in Russia. According to Trump, his personal lawyer Cohen is now cooperating with the investigation in order to shorten his sentence. Trump has responded to Cohen's actions by calling him a “weak person”. If this were to be the case, would the president still have put Cohen in the position of his lawyer knowing this? When I see it from that perspective I believe that rewarding him for the “favor” is to blame.
Unity is the state of being united or joined as a whole. Unity Day is the national day of bullying prevention where orange clothing is worn to to give light to a rather dark subject. In support of this day, retailers sell orange products or someone may take an orange coffee thermal to work as another form of support of Unity Day. It’s not just about wearing orange and bullying, it’s about coming together to be unified.
On Wednesday October 24, 2018, Estancia High School commenced its first Unity Night. Unity Night, like Unity Day, is about people coming together in support of the prevention of bullying. Unity Night at Estancia High School was hosted and supported by ASB and the Link Crew program. Admission to Unity night cost $6.00 including a TK Burger meal of one’s choosing. “The food was delicious!” junior link leader Xitlali Martinez said. Food options included either a cheeseburger, hamburger, chicken sandwich, grilled cheese or veggie burger. These also included a side of some delicious thin crispy fries. Leslie Ventura, another junior Link Leader said, “The fries were pretty bomb”. Hanging with friends and eating TK Burger was only the beginning of Unity Night. After eating from 5-6:30pm came the movie. Unity Night 2018 presented Avengers Infinity War. The night ended with a PG-13 rated movie in the big gym from 6:30-9pm.