March 29, 2017

Water polo thrives despite lack of student attention


Patrick Ryan- While most sections in Spokesman can prompt conflict between readers over the types of material covered, there is one section that often causes disputes between readers more than any other: the sports section. Some readers want more girls basketball coverage while others say that the football team gets too much attention. Aside from the critiques of readers, one WHS sport that does not receive enough coverage and is thus unknown to many students is water polo. For those who are unfamiliar, a standard water polo game is played by two teams with seven players each (six field players…

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Girls embarrassed to be involved in academic clubs


Katie Chong- In the 2004 hit movie, “Mean Girls,” Cady Heron is told to not join Mathletes because Regina George thinks it is “social suicide.” When Cady eventually joins Mathletes, she is the only girl on the team. Unfortunately, her experience is where the line between movies and real life is blurred. As a member of Math Team, Scholastic Bowl and the Debate team, I proudly call myself a “nerd.” However, in my two years at WHS, I can’t help but notice the disparity between male and female student participants. Most students I interviewed, male or female, agreed that boys…

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District 214 new pool rules


New rules have been implemented in D214 regarding pool dress codes. The new rules state that all girls wearing a two piece must wear a shirt over her bathing suit, and boys are no longer allowed to wear speedos in the pool. “Who wears a speedo in school for swimming class?” Alicja Sieracka, freshman, asked me when I told her about the new rule regarding speedos. Even though I’ve never seen a speedo during school outside a swim meet, I have seen a lot of two piece and bikinis in the pool over only two years. “I have yet to…

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Vitamin Water offers no health benefits

by Solinna Chong, Associate Editor Since I was a little girl, I have been involved in athletic programs, from the district soccer team to the school’s track and field team. Throughout the athletic history, staying hydrated is the key to survival, yet athletics and companies are finding different beverages to stay quenched. Vitamin Water has become the “new trend” to staying hydrated and healthy.  The fetish seemed to start when I was in sixth grade when all my friends were accompanying their lunches with the latest flavor of Vitamin Water. Vitamin Water is made under the same company as Coca…

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Tomb Raider reboot revives gaming standards

by Robert Perales, A&E Editor Every plot has its beginning and that’s exactly what the latest installment of the “Tomb Raider” series has. The 10th addition to the highly established franchise follows lead heroine, Lara Croft, and her origins as a tomb raider. Rather than extending the series, Crystal Dynamics, the creators of the Tomb Raider series, chose to create a long overdue reboot. The recreated storyline finds Croft stranded on an island alongside her crew. While on the island, Croft must gather food, maintain her health, defend herself from unknown entities, and must find a way for her and…

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Review: Ginza’s grand buffet

    by Solinna Chong, Associate Editor Buffets are basically all-you-can-eat sanctuaries; you pay a single price and eat whatever you want.  Now imagine an all-you-can-eat buffet, a full sushi bar and a supervised but also open bar. Yes, a place like this does exist, and it is located in Golf Mill. Ginza Steak, Seafood & Sushi Buffet opened its doors in early February.  It is a new contemporary buffet with a cool, calming environment and serves a variety of Asian cuisines prepared fresh everyday. The buffet has more than 300 different dishes to choose from, over 50 different kinds…

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Discovery of S.O.S. helps voice personal struggles

by Rossy Peralta, Asst. La Voz Editor Over the years, discussions of mental illness have increased because of awareness programs and people opening up about their struggles. This year, freshmen were given information about a program called Signs of Suicide, also known as S.O.S. This program for teens teaches about the symptoms of depression, specifically suicidal thoughts. According to Elyssas Mission, an organization that provides the resources to support at-risk teens and to prevent suicide, some of the warning signs of suicidal thoughts include expressing the belief that life is meaningless, having a lack of motivation, feeling hopelessness and more….

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Editorial: Relay negatively interferes with AP testing

Relay For Life promises a fun overnight event with friends while being able to give back and raise money for cancer research. For the past four years, members of Spokesman have participated on a publication team. However, Relay’s event planning has a conflicting problem. Relay’s planned event for Saturday, May 4, conflicts with the upcoming week of Advanced Placement (AP) testing starting on Monday, May 6 and brings forward the issue of sleep schedules and distractions with test preparations. Spokesman is concerned with how pulling an all-nighter the weekend before tests will affect AP students. At 6 a.m., students hazily…

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Top 10 Cures to Senioritis

by Jacquelin Camacho, Staff Reporter Fourth quarter has just begun. Seniors are now feeling the closeness of graduation. Everyone has the number of hours, minutes, and seconds left until graduation memorized. Who cares about homework? What are finals? We have a library? It is getting harder and harder to push through school work everyday. This illness they call senioritis is grabbing hold of the Class of 2013, and it is not letting go. Seniors, just wait, we still have this last quarter to survive. Top Ten Cures to Senioritis 10. Stop counting down the days. You are driving yourself crazy…

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What to eat when stressed out

by Solinna Chong, Associate Editor It is the second day of finals, and students, you guys are almost there.  Finals can be one the most stressful times of student’s high school career.  A cumulative test on everything learned from day one worth 20% of the final grade. Surprisingly enough, what a person eats before a test can help improve or disprove their overall performance.  Before a big test, one should eat oranges to keep calm.  Remaining calm before a big test will boost self-confidence and enhance academic performances. The reason why eating oranges helps relieve stress is they could be considered as…

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