Estancia junior varsity girls basketball played against Santa Ana High School on January 22, 2019 in Estancia’s Robert C. Francy main gymnasium. The game was their third to last game as the season is coming to an end. At the end of play, Estancia lost 62-25.
The Eagles started off playing aggressively as Santa Ana pressured them and played equally as aggressively. In the first quarter of the game, Estancia earned a few free throws that caused them to be a few points behind Santa Ana. After Estancia made two free throw shots, Adriela Sandoval, a sophomore at Estancia, captured the ball, passed it to junior, Daniela Alejandre, but got the ball knocked out of her hands. In another play, Miriam Arriaga, junior, passed the ball to sophomore, Yahaira Melendez who drove to the net, shot, and with a slow spin around the rim, scored two points.
In the first half of the second quarter the score was 28-14, and the coach asked them to be more aggressive so they could catch up their opponents. Melendez stole the ball and passed it to sophomore, Ashley Frias, who assisted the shot made by Alejandre, as she had a better chance of shooting. Alejandre had a great impact on the game, as she was “helping the team mentally is…has at least the most experience out of a lot of the girls,...[and] usually brings [the team] a little bit of heart,” stated the girls basketball junior varsity, coach Adrian.
In the beginning of the third quarter, the Eagles were down by 19 points. They began to progress with better team defense, on the court picking up fewer fouls. Frias moved around and got defensive players off of her and made a shot. Towards the end of the third quarter, a Santa Ana player fell to the ground and screamed in agony that she could not get up or breathe. After the injured player’s commotion, the Eagles took advantage of that loss of a player of their opponent and scored a few more shots.
In the fourth quarter of the game, frustration came into play as one of the Santa Ana players threw the ball at the referee then walked out of the gymnasium. Mayra Mondragon, sophomore at Estancia, continued the scoring with a two point shot. With time winding down Santa Ana continued to kill the clock ending the game.
When asked about the Eagle’s playing, coach Adrian stated, “They played hesitant, I think we could’ve done a better job of showing who we are. I never want to lose like that. I take it personal whenever we lose that way just because I feel like I didn’t do enough in order to get the girls prepared.” He shared that his goals in future games are “to be successful to where they go undefeated in the last three games [and] they’ll see what I see...then I’ll be able to give them the opportunity to understand that they’re way better than what they think they are.”
Estancia girls junior varsity basketball will play against Calvary Chapel on January 28, 2019 at Estancia High School with a 5:30 tip off time.
Estancia varsity girls soccer team played against their cross town rival on January 8th, 2019, at Costa Mesa High School’s Mustang Field. The game was the first of the Battle of the Bell series. In the end of intense playing, Estancia lost to Mesa 2-1.
In the first two minutes of the match, Estancia received a corner kick where Daniela Garcia, junior at Estancia High School, kicked the ball to Anika Scott, junior at Estancia and center mid position, and attempted a header into the goal nearly making it in, but Mesa’s goalie had not caught the ball giving forward position, Paulina Cortez, junior at Estancia, a chance to score but the referee ended the play.
The back line of defenders played a large role in keeping their opponents away from the goal. Estancia sophomore and defender, Crystal Arellano, got caught up with her opponent causing her to fall. Once again, Scott came rushing in against an open attacker ending the scoring threat. The girls had multiple opportunities to score on Mesa, but their shots either went over the goal or allowed the goalie to make a play.
Towards the end of the first half, Garcia juked three players, had a chance to score, but sent the ball over the goal. Estancia continued to play aggressive, trying to break the tie they had been in for three fourths of the game. The Eagles continued to pressure offensively. After receiving a free kick, Garcia used her body to try and make it into the goal but Mesa’s goalie quickly punched it out.
“Coming out of half-time I think we made some pretty good adjustments, the girls responded really well, I thought we had a lot of energy...we were really putting a lot of pressure on Mesa, [and] creating some good opportunities to score, so overall the effort, I was pretty happy with,” said coach Juarez.
In the last five minutes, play became intense with junior, Desiree Mendoza fighting to score. When asked about the team’s playing and goals for their next game against their rival, coach Juarez explained; “I think our team, overall, we played a pretty good game,...we started the game well, then we got scored on…our goal is to come out, really bring that same energy we brought in the second half,...to really create those opportunities maybe, you know, fix a couple mistakes that we made in this game, and hopefully correct those in the next game. With a little more urgency, with that passion, the fire, the hard work that we've had...I'm hoping the next time we play Mesa, we can do that for 80 minutes long”
Estancia girls varsity soccer will play against Calvary Chapel on January 28, 2019 at Estancia High School’s Jim Scott Stadium at 5:00 pm sharp.
It has been a while since we have last seen her. At last, Mary Poppins has returned in the movie, “Mary Poppins Returns,” released on December 18, 2018. Mary Poppins Returns is the sequel to Disney’s 54-year-old well known Mary Poppins musical. The movie, begins with a familiar setting and familiar faces. As the plot rises, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and children through a difficult time in their lives.
The movie takes place in the 1930’s Depression-era in London, England, about 20 years after the events of “Mary Poppins.” The storyline revolves around the now grown Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw), along with his three children Anabel (Pixie Davies), John (Nathanael Saleh), and Georgie (Joel Dawson), finding out that their house will be repossessed in five days unless he pays off a loan. His only hope is finding the certificate that proves he has valuable shares that were left by his father years earlier. Entirely as all is hopeless, Michael and his sister, Jane (Emily Mortimer), receive a visit and surprise of a lifetime from Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt), the dearest, magical nanny from their childhood. Throughout the climax of the movie, Mary Poppins takes the Banks children and Lamplighter Jack(Lin-Manuel Miranda) on an experience of a lifetime. Mary Poppins eventually saves the day as she takes the Banks family on a miraculous, pleasant adventure.
Emily blunt played the ultimate role of Mary Poppins and was practically perfect in every way. The Banks children’s acting is performed sensibly and show multiple shades of being playful, mischievous, and adventurous very effectively. Lamplighter Jack or the famous Lin-Manuel Miranda brought the singing, dancing, and secret action skills that made the sequel better in almost every way.
Although the movie was a sequel to the original movie and not a remake, I recognized that some songs represented callbacks to the classic 1964 Mary Poppins. “Can You Imagine That?” transports the Banks children from a bathtub to an underwater realm to make dull task fun, just like “A Spoonful of Sugar.” “A Cover is Not the Book” is an amusing, fast-paced number featuring Mary Poppins with Jack, similar to “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” with Bert. “Turning Turtle,” is a wacky number performed by Cousin Topsy (Meryl Streep) that supposedly takes place in the same alley where Uncle Albert (Ed Wynn) lived and replaces “I Love to Laugh.” “Trip a Little Light Fantastic” mirrors “Step in Time,” with its rooftops at twilight setting and long dance routine full of wild stunts. Lastly, “Nowhere to Go But Up” is the finale in the park, just as the optimistic as “Let’s Go Fly a Kite.”
The features that were in the classic Mary Poppins made the film interesting and heartwarming as it took me back to my childhood. This movie can teach everyone to release their imagination and not take everything so seriously because in the end everything will be okay.
After hearing arguments what category cheerleading falls into, as in sport or not, I came to a conclusion that cheerleading is absolutely a sport. Cheerleading meets all of the athletic specification, but because the primary purpose of cheerleading is to support schools’ athletic teams, competition comes second. In other words, cheer is more than a sport.
When asked about her opinion on why cheer is a “sport,” Natalie Hutchinson, a senior and cheerleader at Estancia High school, stated that people who claim it is not a sport, “...probably haven’t taken into consideration comp[etition] season, which takes up majority of the time. Comp[etition] team, also at Estancia, travels to local and out of state competitions to compete against other teams with stunting, jumps, dance, and (sometimes) tumbling.” Recently, cheer has been signed to classify competition cheer as a California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) sport beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.
A sport is defined as an increase in breathing and heart rate, the ability and capacity acquired through effort to smoothly and adaptively carryout complex activities, effective and efficient combined action from a group of people, and the action of providing amusement or enjoyment. For practice, cheerleaders are required to frequently exercise and go over cheers or performances which all involve physical activity. Along with learning new cheers, dance routines, and being spirit-full, all involve skill in order to fulfill their performances. It also takes a certain skill level to flip multiple times, stick the landing, and then immediately do it again; jump multiple times, doing different variations, and land perfectly. On top of their stamina, strength, and commitment, they add excellent choreography and yell through the majority of it. Not only that, but cheerleaders must work together to stay in the right count, lift a flyer about 10 feet in the air, sometimes throw the flyer in the air, and catch her without her falling to the ground and getting hurt.
Senior and cheerleader at Estancia High, Micaiah Patterson exclaims, “We sweat, we bleed, we win, and we lose; The only difference between us and any other sport, is we look good while doing it! So is cheer really a sport? Sure you could say that, but to me we are more than just a sport.”
Women at Estancia High School have now received free feminine product dispensers inside all women’s restrooms at the school. They were first seen by students on Monday, November 26, 2018. Rather than visiting the nurse when students are forgetful of their feminine hygiene products, the dispensers serve to provide access to them at school providing for those who can not obtain or afford these products at home.
When asked how the women had felt with the change, many of them replied that they felt comfortable. Jaqueline Olivares-Mendoza, a senior at Estancia, stated that this would help women become, “ready to seize the day at school.” Menstruation is often unexpected for young women who are still managing the changes going on with their bodies. “Having these products be inside the restroom is helpful,” sophomore at Estancia, Yuridia Zarate exclaimed.
The dispensers are found in the restrooms by the front office and the sophomore lockers, the restroom by the art court and drama room, the restroom by the main gym and the commons, and the one between the math and science courts and freshman lockers.
Estancia girls varsity soccer team had their first scrimmage on November 15, 2018 at Estancia High School’s, Jim Scott Stadium losing to Corona Del Mar 6-0. The game was against CDM girls varsity soccer team which was merely for the girls to gain an understanding how they work together and for their coach Joshua Juarez to see what they need to work on before their league games begin for soccer season.
Before the game began, Anika Scott, a sophomore at Estancia High School, stated, “I feel nervous and excited at the same time, to finally be playing with my team.” During the first half of the game, the defense was the most dependable for keeping the opposing team away from the goal. Corona Del Mar scored two goals during the first half of the game. Goalkeeper, Kimberly Martinez, a senior at Estancia, made two big saves. One off of a CDM penalty kick and the other was defended on a free kick.
The cold weather took a toll on some of the Estancia players, as well as injury when defensive player, Daysie Hernandez, a junior at Estancia, earning them a penalty kick. Center back player, Adriana Ruiz, a junior at Estancia, put the ball on goal and Scott attempted a header, missing the goal by inches. Through the second half of the game Estancia played more aggressively. But CDM was too much, even scoring in the last minute.
When asked about the team’s performance, Juarez stated, “I think they played their very best,...they gave a lot of effort today,...they’ll play their very best at the end of the season not at the beginning of the season, but I definitely think they tried and worked very hard. For the first scrimmage I thought it was okay,...CDM is a very strong opponent and so that gives us a chance to like slowly get the groove...we know we’re gonna make mistakes in our first scrimmage, so today it was about working hard defensively...how well we can work as a unit...but we gave up quite a few set play goals.”
Estancia girls varsity soccer will play against Santa Ana on December 11, 2018 at Santa Ana High School.
Estancia held their “Club Rush” on October 16, 2018 in Estancia’s gym, where former students at the school, or members of the clubs, represent a variety of clubs that are available during and after school. Club Rush is held to give students the opportunity to learn about the various clubs offered at Estancia. This event gives the opportunity and encourages students to join a single or multiple clubs and participate in club activities.
This year’s clubs include: Art Club, Acts of Random Kindness Club, Australia Club, Band Club, Best Buddies Club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters Club, California Scholastic Federation, Dance Club, Drama Club, Entrepreneur Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Girls Empowering Girls Club, Health Occupations Students of America Club, Interact Club, Key Club, King Pong Club, Leos Club, National Honor Society, Robotics Club, Servicemen Academy Club, Surf Club, World Cultures Club, and Youth & Government Club. Most clubs require members to, “attend weekly meetings, and collaborate over the topics that the clubs cover [and] it is a fun way to find people with the same interests as you,” Estancia High School sophomore, Renee Ranes describes.
The Acts of Random Kindness(ARK) club randomly selects a name from a jar and decorates a staff member's office or a teacher's classroom. California Scholastic Federation (CSF) learns about scholarship opportunities and create different donation drives like toy or food drives. One of Estancia’s new clubs, Eco Club, “talk about environmental issues...,” Mayra Mondragon, the club’s founder and president, clarified. During Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) meetings, they talk about the Christian religion along with public speakers sharing their experiences and enjoy pizza at the end of the meetings. Estancia’s Key Club is an international club, run by Kiwanis International, where community service projects are discussed at the meetings and students have opportunities to sign up for various events and earn community service hours attending them. In World Cultures Club students get to learn about different cultures and try samplings of their food.
The clubs offered on Estancia’s campus provide opportunities for students and experiences in a special area of interest, to make new friends, expand leadership skills, go on field trips, and possibly earn community service hours. Club meeting times are given during the daily announcements.
Since schools waste up to 80 percent of recyclables, schools make a huge impact when or if they recycle. Recycling is in fact cheaper than trash disposal which helps the environment and school budgets. There’s every reason for schools to recycle, but why doesn’t Newport Mesa Unified School District recycle?
The district partners with waste hauling contractor Ware Disposal Inc., where at least 50% of trash that is collected from the schools and offices is taken from the landfill and recycled per state of California requirements.
Ware partners with the Madison Materials transfer station which handles and sorts trash, recyclables, etc. They claim that Ware picks everything up with one vehicle and no longer requires source separation on the part of schools. “This saves time, reduces traffic and promotes a safer environment for our schools,” as stated by the NMUSD website. Although Ware Disposal makes recycling and getting rid of waste easier, the school could help make separating recyclables and waste more manageable by having blue or green recycling bins beside the trash cans around Estancia’s campus.
Many students like Yuridia Zarate, a sophomore at Estancia High School, says, “I use plastic water bottles and during school I don’t know where to dispose [of] them and I don’t like throwing it[them] away in the trash.” Many students, in fact 38.5% of students who are concerned about the environment, believed that the district does not recycle and 30.8% believed that the district expected them to recycle themselves. With the presence of recycling bins the students and staff gain the habit of keeping the school and environment a clean place. Generally, people will most likely not do it on their own unless there are bins. Savanna Ortiz, a Estancia High School sophomore claims that, “this is a step closer to a happy and peaceful environment for students and staff.” Our environment will not improve unless further steps are taken into consideration, like adding recycling bins around Newport Mesa campuses.
When recycling bins are introduced to the schools, they surely can earn some money, so why throw away bottles when Estancia can get money for the school? It would be a wiser option because it is cheaper and beneficial for the environment. Samantha Sanchez, a sophomore at Estancia High School, believes that, “since the students use a large amount of plastic and aluminum it would be better for...our school to get recycling bins.” Not only will adding recycling bins beside each trash can on school campuses “be a good way to bring a small amount of funds into Estancia as well as educate students on what items can be recycled, but perhaps Estancia could use those funds to support some of our lesser known clubs or groups on campus. Maybe we could work out a system that whoever volunteers to take the bottles/ cans to the recycling centers would be able to keep the money for their clubs,” one of Estancia High School’s special education teacher, Crystal RIncon responded.
Recycling makes an impact on our environment. It can also be a positive step towards Estancia’s contribution to improving the environment on a local scale and can hopefully influence students outside of school to make a global impact.
Costa Mesa held its 4th annual art event, ARTventure filled with art, live music, and refreshments to celebrate the talents of local artists with an opening reception and awards presentation. The event is an family-friendly day full of live art entertainment, including musical, theatrical, literary, culinary, and hands on demonstrations. This ARTventure was held on October 5th and 6th, 2018, at the Reneé and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, by the Costa Mesa Cultural Art Committee highlighting Costa Mesa’s “City of Arts” motto.
The work of visual artists was displayed in various ways from paintings to drawings to photographs to sculptures. Over 100 different artists were featured at the event, along with young aspiring artists. Students from Costa Mesa High School shared their creations of clay plates, bowls, cups, etc. for sale, along with student demonstrations of how to use pottery wheels. Patrons enjoyed the art comparing various works to see which was their favorite out of hundreds of masterpieces.
There were relatively more adults than children along with some teenage volunteers helping out with exhibits. Live string music played while children and adults participated in making paper activities, painting, art, and crafts.
Art enthusiasts in Costa Mesa enjoyed a perfect chance to view local talented work while introducing their kids to appreciate creativity through art as many aspiring artists thrived on admiration.
Hello, my name is Guadalupe Olivares-Mendoza (on the left) and I am the sister to four other girls that are all older than me. I am a sophomore at Estancia High School and I enjoy creating art, skating, running and listening to music.