Friday, December 20, 2013 CHANNEL ISLANDS HIGH SCHOOL THE Volume XVIII, Issue III First Person Cherishing holiday memories By Vanessa Valerio Staff writer n my family, no holiday season is complete without our family reunion held every year at my grandparents’ house, here in Oxnard. The day before Christmas Eve, I spend the night at my grandparents’ and wake up bright and early to help my grandma make tamales and buñuelos. Even though I’m not good at making tamales, I always look forward to helping my grandma. She always tells me stories of her childhood in Mexico and of the many lovers she left behind for my grandpa. After my grandma and I finish gossiping, we start getting ready for the actual Christmas Eve party. Slowly, family guests start arriving and our lonely Christmas tree is soon packed with piles of gifts from left to right. The house, too, starts to become full with excitement and little kids are running around, impatiently waiting to open their presents. One year, the whole family felt so enlightened by the Christmas spirit that we even went Christmas caroling. It was a bit hilarious going caroling since most of my family sound like dying animals when they sing, but either way all the laughs and smiles from the little kids and our family bonding made it worth it. As the clock strikes twelve we all huddle up in the living room and my grandma passes around the baby Jesus, which we kiss and get candy from. Then we open our gifts. Another family tradition we do as a joke is wrap the gifts in cereal boxes. It is so hilarious seeing the little kids’ expressions when they unwrap their gifts and see that they got a cereal box. Once they open the cereal box and realize it is not cereal but instead what they wanted, it gets me every time. We continue eating the remaining tamales and sit in the living room watching Christmas movies. As we sit around, conversations start surfacing and soon memories of past Christmases fill up the air. I always look forward to spending Christmas with my family. Just seeing the joy and how it brings my family together is what makes the holiday memorable. I Class of 2010 Ms. Shirley Moore, far right, is the lead singer for Oxnard band Dirty Rice. Last month they played the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. Dirty Rice on the side Counselor by day, Ms. Moore rocks at night By Kenia Perez Staff writer Flashback to 2010, when CI counselor Ms. Shirley Moore and Mr. Mau Valoaga, volleyball coach, along with a few other friends, decided to play a few songs at a birthday party. That was the dawn of Dirty Rice, a South Oxnard-based band that is proud to represent the city in a positive light. Their style of music is described as feel good reggae, influenced by J. Boog as well as Bob Marley. “It was supposed to be a one-time thing, but it’s turned into almost four years now,” says Ms. Moore. Mr. Valoaga says, “My favorite part is saying we are from Oxnard.” Along with Ms. Moore (vocalist) and Mr. Valoaga (guitar), the band has five other members: Pika Maiava (drums), Mataio Valoaga (bass), Charleen Morla (keyboards), and Henry Otineru and Nasau Galeai (both vocals and guitar). They were all friends or knew of each other before they became Dirty Rice. Ms. Shirley Moore at her desk. Ms. Moore, a CI graduate, says, “Feeling like I gained more family is my favorite part about being in the band.” Students at CI have been able to see the band grow and enjoy their music as well. Jonathan Butler, a senior, saw the band perform at CI two years ago and became a fan since then. He admires the band for what they represent and says, “Dirty Riced gives hope to garage bands of making it further than expected.” “My favorite song is ‘Number One’,” says Ralph Navarro, a sophomore. Navarro is actually related to band members Otineru and Galeai. He says that he legitimately likes the band, not because he has relatives in the band, but because he enjoys the sound. The band has come a long way from their beginnings at a birthday party. They have opened for J. Boog at the Ventura Theatre, and recently for Shaggy this past November. Dirty Rice now plays in front of thousands, which can be intimidating, but Ms. Moore is happy with this accomplishment because it has pushed her boundaries. They have proven that dedication and talent go a long way, even when being based from a small town. The only person with past professional training in music is Ms. Morla; the other members have the special ability to See MOORE on Page 2 Coach Jones stepping down By Vanessa Valerio Co-captains Alex Astudillo and Edgar Almaguer with Ms. Carly Jones. Staff writer Ms. Carly Jones, a science teacher at CI, recently decided to step down as head water polo coach after 10 years of leading the team. Ever since she first started the water polo program at CI, Ms. Jones has focused all her heart and soul on the team, but being a fulltime coach for water polo and swim as well as a teacher has taken its toll on her. Although she has gained a lot of memories from coaching water polo, Jones says, “It seems like the right time to step down and be more involved with friends and family.” After being a dedicated coach for so long, Ms. Jones says she wants to focus her time and not be so overwhelmed with managing both polo and swim. Instead she wants to remain coaching swim, but not water polo. Mr. Kip Atwater, a first-year science teacher, will be taking over the boys’ and girls’ water polo teams. He assisted Ms. Jones with the boys’ team this year. “I never imagined how much joy coaching polo would bring me,” says Ms. Jones. She still remembers when Josh Biggerstaff scored the first goal in water polo for CI and also scored the first goal against CI by accident. Jones says she is going to miss the tournaments and staying overnight, but most importantly bonding with her boys’ water polo team. Lorenzo Garcia, a third-year water polo See JONES on Page 2 The Isle File Page 2 MOORE: Fashion Spotlight Contiued from Page 1 be able to play by ear, not by reading music. Mr. Valoaga says that to this day he still gets very nervous about going on stage and adds, “When I don’t get nervous anymore, I feel I will not have the same passion as when I first started.” Both Mr. Valoaga and Ms. Moore are grateful for the blessing of being part of Dirty Rice, but Mr. Valoaga does admit that the possibility of this ending scares him. He further explains this feeling by saying, “When you get scared of the end of something, it just means you have something special in your life.” Ms. Moore says, “This was a dream and it has gone further than I expected, so I would be upset, but it’s OK because this has been such a blessing.” The future for these “Weekend Warriors” is unknown, but with all the success and accomplishments they have achieved so far, they have given the 805 a lot to be proud of. From left: Ryan Yere, Catalina Posadas, Adrian Capili, Patricia Manansala, and Joshua Camaclang. Illustration by Alyssa Yambao Time for cool-weather wardrobe By Alyssa Yambao Staff writer It is finally getting chilly here at the Islands, and it’s time to pull out some heavier clothing, bundle in layers, and play with different textures. Cooler weather calls for heavier fabrics. Combining different textures makes an outfit more interesting, and a great way to wear a monochromatic outfit work. For example, if you can wear an allblack outfit without looking Goth by pairing different textures. Ladies, a great wardrobe staple is a parka or anorak. Throwing on anorak instantly makes an outfit casual and is a great force field against the wind. The cold weather shouldn’t stop you from busting out your skirts. You can keep your legs warm by adding nylon tights, long socks, or both. It’s always nice to have a couple pairs of sheer or opaque tights in your closet. When wearing sheer black tights, try wearing a pair of black knee high socks over them. This combo is adorable and gives the allusion of longer legs. Another great way to elongate your legs while maintaining warmth is to wear the same colored bottoms and shoes. A great thing about the winter season is texture play! Velvet and leather are excellent textures to wear in the winter. Velvet is a nice and soft fabric that doesn’t way you down and keeps you surprisingly warm and looks elegant. A nice leather jacket is also great for the winter and they come in a variety of colors and styles and provide a little bit of edge to any outfit. A great way for guys to keep warm is to wear a nice coat or jacket. If you want to be a little more casual, wear a military style jacket. If you want to be a little fancy, you can wear a nice coat with a button up layered under. Flannels and button ups are always a nice way to spruce up any look. If you’re wearing a button up and you want to make it more casual, cuff the sleeves and layer a casual t-shirt or graphic top under. Some no brainer winter essentials include scarves and beanies. Ladies, a great alternative for a beanie is a head wrap. Head wraps are an excellent way to keep your ears warm and they are adorable. For guys if you want to trade out a beanie for a hat, you can’t go wrong with a 5-panel or a newsboy cap. Scarves are a great way to grab attention to your face. When wearing a pretty neutral outfit, wear a colored scarf. JONES: Continued fromPage 1 player at CI says, “Coach Jones has seen us all grow up. It’s going to be different next year without her, but she will still be there during swim.” Ultimately Garcia is happy that Jones won’t be as stressed next year and will be more energized during swim season. As for next year’s boys’ water polo players, Jones says, “They’re going to have a great coach and I will enjoy cheering them on from the sidelines.” Correction: The winner of the Halloween Contest’s Scariest Costume was incorrectly reported in the November issue. The winner was Juanita Quiñones, a senior. The Isle File regrets the error. Page 3 Friday, December 20, 2013 Piece of Mind What is the worst gift you ever received? “My sister gave me a Hot Wheels, because I had told her I wanted a car.” -- Veronica Campuzano, freshman Horoscope forecast for 2014 By Ruby Ochoa Gemini (May 21- June 20) Staff writer Gemini, if you’re trying to have the best year yet you’re going to have to work hard. Sagittarius (Nov. 22- Dec. 21) Sagittarius, this year will be a bumpy and rocky ride. You will have up’s and down’s and when the ride is going down, remember that there will be up’s. Capricorns (Dec. 22- Jan.19) This coming year is going to be nothing but great. Everything is going to go your way. Take what life gives you; don’t fight it, just go with it. Aquarius (Jan. 20– Feb. 18) “The worst present I’ve ever gotten was getting absolutely nothing.” Aquarius, this year will be filled with love and appreciation. Show the people you care for exactly how much you care for and love them. Like they say: The love you give is the love that you will receive. -- Edward Lopez, freshman Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Pisces, 2014 might not be so great to you at first, but there will be something that changes your year, something special, so keep your eye out. “My mom got me a liquadora (blender); she said I needed to learn how to shake, shake, shake.” Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Nancy Gonzalez, sophomore Aries, 2014 will be one of the luckiest years in your life and you will find that missing part that you have been looking for! Taurus (April 20 – May 20) You’re ready for the new year to come, but the year isn’t ready for you. You need to shake off all the negativity and just keep positive vibes flowing. “My grandma gave me a cross, because she said I needed Jesus.” -- Jonathan Avalos, sophomore Cancer (June 21- July 22) Cancer, your family will be on your mind a lot this year. You will be super busy doing activities with your family and close friends. However, these activities will keep you, your family and friends stronger than ever. Leo (July 23-August 22) Leo, this year is your year to shine and do all the things that you have been holding back on. It’s you’re time to show what you can do. Virgo (August 23-Sept. 22) Virgo, this year will be different for you but open with great opportunities. You and the people around you will enjoy all of these opportunities that you get. Libra (Sept. 23-October 22) Libra, you have what it takes to make a great impression on people, you’re a good friend, and always there for others; however, there will be situations where you have to think about yourself even if you think you’re being selfish. Go with what you want and what you feel is right. Scorpio (October 21- Nov. 21) Scorpio, this year is all about you. This is your year to be selfish with whatever you want to do. Put it this way you’re the queen and your wish is other people’s command. Ask Raider Sam Jealousy issue causing problems By Juan Cortez should I do? Staff writer “I got an ugly looking sweater, and to top it off it had a hole in the underarm!” -- Eunique Washington, junior “I got underwear as a present, and the worst part was they made me wear it.” -- Christian Solis, junior “They gave me a box, and once I opened it a big chicken popped out and scared me so much.” -- Estela Rodriguez, senior -Confused Junior Dear Raider Sam, Recently, my boyfriend’s “best friend” has been saying things about me. She has told him that I’m no good for him and that he can do better. I’m the best he’s got for sure; I treat him right and I really care about him. Should I confront his “best friend” or leave it alone? Please help! –Innocent Girlfriend Dear Innocent Girlfriend, I think the best thing for you to do is to confront your boyfriend and not his best friend. You should talk to your boyfriend about it because if he is a good boyfriend he will tell his “best friend” to stop and accept you for you. If his best friend doesn’t stop then ignore her comments because she is just jealous that you are dating her best friend. Don’t let your boyfriends best friend get in the way of your relationship. -Raider Sam Dear Raider Sam, I thought junior year was going to be fun and exciting, but it hasn’t really been that fun because all my friends that I used to hang out with all left and now they hang out with different people. What Dear Confused Junior, You should go out and round up a new group of friends. Your other friends probably left because they found a new group of people who are as equally crazy as they are. Go look for people with the same interests and maybe even the same hobbies as you. In the end, they may become your best friends, even after high school. -Raider Sam Dear Raider Sam, I’ve recently made some mistakes in how I have treated my friends and now I don’t have anyone. I’ve apologized to one of my friends via Kik, but she still ignores me. Any ideas on how I can get my friends back? -Drama Queen Dear Drama Queen, If this girl was your friend, you would have apologized to her personally and not via Kik. The only reason she’s ignoring you is because you didn’t have the courage to apologize to her face. My advice to you is to go up to your friend(s) and apologize or spend the rest of your “friendship” being ignored. -Raider Sam Staff Information The Isle File, Channel Islands High’s student newspaper, is written and produced by the Writing for Publication class. “Last Christmas my brother got me a present, and when I opened it there were bras in it.” -- Danny Landeros, senior Text and Photos by Jazlin Alarcon Editors: Myriam Akbar and Aylin Rodriguez; Photo Editors: Vanessa Valerio and Alyssa Yambao; Copy Editors: Kenia Perez and Audrey Reyes. Secretary/Treasurer: Lesly Fernandez. Staff Members: Jazlin Alarcon, Danny Alvarez, Celeste Briceño, Juan Cortez, Jason Diaz, Elsa Fraire, Denisse Gonzalez, Edgar Gonzalez, Manuel Hernandez, Gladys Ibarra, Griselda Ibarra, Ruby Ochoa, Alejandra Romero, Stephany Valencia, Salina Vasquez and Alissa Vestal. Staff Advisor: Mr. John Grennan, Room 29 Contact Information For advertising information, story ideas, questions or concerns, or to submit a Letter to the Editor, contact us at: The Isle File, 1400 E. Raiders Way, Oxnard, CA 93033. Room 29. Telephone: 3855890. E-mail: [email protected] Page 4 The Isle File New Faces at CI Ms. Kristen Gabasan Mr. Sean Blumenthal and his bleeding bride Ms. Angela Zapata had a zombie-themed wedding. Wedding Bells Recently, many Raiders take walk down aisle By Lesly Fernandez Staff writer Quite a few of our beloved staff here at the Islands recently decided to make the deeper commitment with their significant others. Mr. Sean Blumenthal, science department and multimedia teacher, exchanged rings with the love of his life, Angela Zapata, on Nov. 1. Their wedding was celebrated in a totally unique way -- a zombie theme. Both Mr. Blumethal and his wife are fans of the TV show “The Walking Dead.” “We both love zombies and Halloween is my favorite holiday,” said Mr. Blumenthal. Of course, it all had to begin with the first day he met his wife. Mr. Blumenthal met Ms. Zapata, a Columbian, in 2009 via the Internet. A year ago, he knew it was time to step up and make things happen. Blumenthal knew he had to make this proposal one that Zapata would remember for the rest of her life. “I took her to her favorite restaurant that served Shabu-Shabu, which we actually both loved, located right “He has made next to the Kodak Theater in Hollywood,” said Blumenthal. my life much “She always wanted to sit in easier. He’s an this specific table that had two amazing man, plaques, and we did.” my rock.” Marriage isn’t just about -- Ms. Carri McDevitt getting on one knee and saying “I do,” but it’s about knowing the value of it for both the man and woman. Blumenthal and Zapata both had a previous marriage, which made her second guess herself. Blumenthal kept telling her to leave the past in the past. Later, she agreed and they got married. It wasn’t anything huge, just a 60-person wedding at the Wedgewood Wedding and Banquet in Ventura. Although this zombie couple didn’t have a honeymoon right after their wedding, they both knew there would always be time in the future. Meanwhile, you might be thinking, “When’s the baby coming along?” Well, great news: Blumenthal will be a dad in the upcoming year! His lovely wife is 15 weeks pregnant. Not that long ago, CI counselor Ms. Carri Jimenez also got married. Jimenez met her Prince Charming, Mr. Ed McDevitt, in July 2009 through mutual friends. From there, it all began. Every girl always dreams about the day her true love will propose to her and so did Jimenez. “It was simply wonderful, totally out of the blue,” said Jimenez. “We went wine tasting which lead us to take a walk at the beautiful Butterfly Beach in Montecito.” He then took out a jewelry box shaped like a rose Age: 23 Hometown & High School: Oxnard; Channel Islands High School Position: School Nurse Previous Employment: Beverly Hills Endoscopy Clinic, UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center College attended and degree: Mount St. Mary’s College, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Family: 2 Parents, 2 brothers, 1 sister. 2 doggies Hobbies and interests: I enjoy reading books leisurely such as Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series or Sarah Dessen books. I am a Disney enthusiast. I love going to Disneyland, and I love all the Disney characters and movies. Impressions of CI: Once a Raider, always a Raider. It’s nice to come back and give back to this community. Interesting fact about me: When I was a student here, I was involved in several clubs. I am an All Female, Co-ed, and ASB alumnae. Favorite Quote: “The choices you make now, the people you surround yourself with, they all have the potential to affect your life, even who you are, forever.” -- Sarah Dessen, “The Truth About Forever” Ms. Julie Euan Age: 29 Hometown and High School: Oxnard, Oxnard High School Classes Teaching: Freshman English classes Previous Employment: Outreach Specialist at Marina West Elementary school College(s) Attended and Degree: UCSB- Major: Sociology, Minor: Education; Cal Lutheran - Masters in School Counseling; Azusa Pacific University - Teaching Credential Family: My husband. We have no children yet but we have three nephews. I also have the most amazing parents. Hobbies and interests: Running, reading, and traveling. I also enjoy watching boxing. Impressions of CI: Both the staff and students are very kind and helpful. CI has a lot of school spirit! Interesting Fact About Me: I am a pescatarian. I eat fish but no other meat. Favorite Quote: “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey Ms. Lili Castellanos CI counelor Ms. Carri Jimenez became Ms. Carri McDevitt on Sept. 14. Here she is with husband Ed. and proposed. “I jumped up and down, it was just the sweetest thing.” said Jimenez. They were both officially engaged as of April 2013 and got married on Sept. 14 during the mid morning at The Cross in Ventura. It was an intimate wedding, about 45 people in attendance. “We didn’t have that much time to plan a huge wedding, all that mattered was that we made commitment to ourselves,” said Jimenez. In the future, the lovely couple plans to make their own family and travel a lot more. Some of their previous traveling includes Costa Rica, Hawaii, New York, Yellowstone, and many others. As of now, their marriage has been excellent. “No complaints, he has made my life much easier,” said Jimenez. “He’s an amazing man, my rock.” Other recently married staff members from the Islands include: Ms. Debra Covarrubias, physical education teacher, married Mr. Trevor River, special education deparment, on July 13. Ms. Ethel Alfaro, computer lab staff, married her husband Tetsuya Yamada on Oct. 12. And Mr. Jed Colvin, social science teacher, married his longtime girlfriend Stephanie on Oct. 18 in what Mr. Colvin described as a small wedding. Age: 28 Hometown and High School: Oxnard, Hueneme High School Class Teaching or Position: Counselor Previous Employment: K-8 substitute teaching; teaching adults English as a second language; Hueneme School District outreach specialist in Oxnard Elementary School District. College(s) attended and Degree: CSU Channel Islands bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies; Cal Lutheran University master’s degree in School Counseling + PPS Credential. Family: Husband and two boys (3-year-old and 6-month-old) Hobbies and Interests: Photography, jogging, watching movies, baking, and costume jewelry. Impressions of CI: Everyone has been so nice and helpful. I love it here. Interesting Facts about Me: Completed a half marathon this year. Favorite Quote: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau -- Pictures and Text by Salina Vasquez Holiday Page Friday, December 20, 2013 Page 5 Where to go, what to do for the holidays By Alejandra Romero Staff writer During the holidays, a lot of people complain that there isn’t much to do in Oxnard and they claim it’s such a boring city. But this year, Oxnard has a chance to change their minds. This year in Riverpark, passing the Esplanade, The Collection has opened itself to the public to show its holiday spirit. They’ve started a tradition of lighting their giant Christmas Tree, and get this: they’ve opened up an ice-skating rink! For those of you who love the snow, ice, or any frozen type of water, ice skating is the place to go. Only $15 for adults and children, and $12 for toddlers. Each session lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes, and it’s open all week. Seems to me that The Collection is one of Oxnard’s highlights of the city this year. Another familiar, traditional Christmas event held here in the city of Oxnard is none other than Candy Cane Lane. (Also referred to as the Lights on F Street or Christmas Tree Lane) Every year, practically every single house on F Street lights up their front yard for visitors, near and far, to enjoy the decorations displayed. This street is so popular; people from out of town come see the lights on trolleys. A fun fact about Candy Cane Lane: there is a house that decorates their yard with an entire train track set, and some years they even sell hot chocolate and coffee to those who stop by. Hot chocolate, coffee, family and friends, AND Christmas lights? What could be better than all of that on one little street? If you’re stuck at home these holiday nights, make some plans to visit The Collection and Candy Cane Lane. Grab a few friends, do some afternoon ice skating, grab a bite to eat, and head on over to Candy Cane Lane to end the night. Don’t miss out on the wonderful opportunities Oxnard has given us this year; make memories this holiday season with your friends and family. Catchy holiday tunes By Stephany Valencia Staff writer The holidays are here and the whole country is filled with festivity. Everywhere you go you see lights, decorated lawns, real Christmas trees for sale, advertisement after advertisement, and the best holiday music you will ever listen to playing everywhere. You walk into most stores and Christmas music is playing. Everyone loves that! There’s something about “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” that is so catchy and has you singing along. Maybe it was his “very shiny nose” or that one foggy Christmas Eve when Santa wanted Rudolph to guide his sleigh. Everyone has their own favorite pick.You soon catch yourself humming, singing, or simply just thinking about that one Christmas song that catches your attention. My favorite Christmas song is probably “Deck the Halls.” I guess you can say it’s pretty safe to say that it’s fun to sing to because of the beat. It’s something about the fa-la-la-la-la, la-lala-la part that gets me going and singing really ugly to it because, well, I can’t sing well. Those who have heard me attempt to sing know. Some people say most Christmas songs are really annoying, but they still like singing along. Yamilex Corral, a senior, claims that her favorite holiday song is “12 Days of Christmas.” Corral says, “It is an annoying song, but I like it, it’s fun to sing along to, not to mention, it’s probably one of the most complicated and longest holiday songs ever.” Ms. Imelda Blanc, Spanish teacher, also has a favorite tune or tunes of her own. One of her favorite holiday tunes is “Jingle Bells.” She says, “It gets into my blood stream, it gets me happy.” It is indeed a very happy joyful song. Good choice, good choice, Ms. Blanc. Another of her favorites is “Noche de Paz,” a Spanish version of Silent Night. Blanc says that the song, “Esta muy bonita” and adds “it puts me to sleep.” It is such a peaceful song; I can see why she likes it. This time of year the music is always jolly, jingly, and full of joy. We all have that favorite Christmas song we like to shower to, or simply just to do busy work too. It’s about that time to deck the halls, jingle your bells, and rock the night away. Happy Holidays, Raiders! We’re back to school Jan. 6 Islands Tradition: Raiders had a chance to have their picture taken with Santa Claus (Mr. Paco Reynoso). The magic of Santa Claus By Gladys Ibarra Staff writer Christmas is right around the corner and the first thing that comes to mind is Santa Claus. CI students and teachers reflect on how they found out about Santa Claus and whether they still believe in him or not. Senior Osvaldo Serratos started to believe in Santa when he was about 4 years old. Osvaldo was told by his dad that Santa wasn’t real one day when they were at Toys ‘R’ Us. He asked his dad if Santa was going to get his presents and he replied, “No, I’m Santa.” Junior Chris Barrera believed in Santa up to the second grade. He was exposed to the truth when his sister and brother told him that Santa wasn’t real. They showed him the presents that they had gotten for him revealing that Santa didn’t exist. Mr. Gary Porter, a history teacher here at CI, started believing in Santa when he was 5 years old. He never told his kids that Santa isn’t real. “Till this day I still get up at 2 a.m. and put presents for my grown kids,” said Porter. Mr. Craig Davis, a supervisor here at CI, remembers believing in Santa when he was about 3 years old. He stopped believing when he got a little bit older, “because I wasn’t getting what I wanted.” “I wanted a race track, but you know he doesn’t come to the hood,” said Craig. Sophomore Alejandro Serratos started believing in Santa Claus at around the age of 4 and stopped believing at 10. “I didn’t leave out milk or cookies -I left out tacos if that counts -- but it wasn’t for him. It was on an accident,” said Serratos. Ka Chun Choi actually never believed in Santa. “It is so unreal,” he said. “I have never found a gift next to my bed or anything. My parents are boring.” Here at the Islands, there are still those who are taken back by the question When did you stop believing in Santa? “I thought he was still real...,” said Alex Astudillo. Holiday traditons center on family By Aylin Rodriguez Staff writer Christmas is right around the corner. Houses will be twinkling and homes will be filled with the scent of pine tree and food. Gifts will be wrapped and traditions will be shared. For Paola Arriaga, a senior at the Islands, every Christmas Eve is the same for her. First she goes to her mom’s house to play board games with the younglings while the adults get everything ready. After everything is ready, they eat tamales and champurrado and wait until 10p.m. to open up presents. Afterwards, Arriaga goes to her dad’s house and takes a stroll down Candy Cane Lane. After the twinkling lights, Arriaga then “clicks her heels three times” and finds herself back in time at her dad’s house to open up more presents. On Christmas day, Arriaga then finds friends to go to the park by the Ocean View Pavilion, to feed the ducks. Another senior at the Islands, Vanessa Gomez, does Christmas a little different. On Christmas Eve, Gomez visits her grandmother’s home. Like Arriaga, Gomez has a feast at her grandmother’s home with tamales and champurrado. Although sometimes to shake things up a bit, her aunt makes chicken alfredo. While waiting for midnight on Christmas Eve to approach Gomez and her family like to play Christmas games. Some of the games that Gomez and her family like to play are naming all the reindeer and singing Christmas songs. When midnight, or Christmas day, finally approaches then the exchange presents among her family. Afterwards, she goes back home to sleep and to wake up to even more presents from her immediate family. After opening the presents at her house with her immediate family Gomez goes back to her grandmother’s house for leftovers and to give even more presents that anyone else might have wanted to give. When the whole celebration is over, Gomez and her family clean up and everyone sits at the living room to watch Christmas movies. Christmas traditions are special to everyone, whether it is something like celebrating Christmas with two different parents, or going over to the same house twice. Page 6 The Isle File OPINION Benefits of being a vegetarian By Myriam Akbar Staff writer became a vegetarian during my freshman year of high school. Because I was raised in an Islamic household, I didn’t grow up eating pork, so I only had to stop eating, beef, chicken, and seafood. At first I technically became a pescatarian, which unlike a vegetarian, allowed me to eat seafood but not other meats. During the summer after my freshman year, I decided to finally become a full on vegetarian. I’ve been a vegetarian now for about two and half years now and I wouldn’t go back even if I could. Vegetarians make the choice to not eat meat for various reasons, such as personal health, the environment, economic and world hunger concerns, compassion for animals, belief in nonviolence, food preferences, or spiritual reasons. Regardless of why someone becomes a vegetarian, there are lots of health benefits for us all. For one, vegetarian foods are a major source of nutrition and vegetarians have lower rates of heart disease and some forms of cancer than non-vegetarians. Other health benefits include being at lower risk for developing heart disease; colorectal, ovarian, and breast cancer; diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure. This is because a healthy vegetarian diet is typically low in fat and high in fiber; however, even a vegetarian diet can be high in fat if the person eats a lot of snacks, fried foods, whole milk dairy products, and eggs. Therefore, a vegetarian diet, like any healthy diet, must be well planned in order to help prevent and treat certain diseases. The most common question people ask me because I’m a vegetarian is, “Are getting the proper nutrition you need?” Yes, yes I am. First of all, protein is found in both plant foods and animal foods. It’s not necessary to combine specific foods within a meal in order to be “complete.” Vegetarian sources of protein include beans, tofu, low-fat dairy products, nuts, seeds, tempeh, eggs, and peas. Other vitamins and minerals vegetarians following a healthy diet are NOT lacking are calcium, vitamin D, and iron. It’s easy for vegetarians to obtain these by eating foods such as leafy greens, broccoli, and beans for calcium. Iron can be found in breads, cereals, dark green vegetables, dried fruits, and soybean nuts. What scares most people about vegatarianism is that they think they can’t enjoy all the food they’re used to. Trust me, you can. All you have to do is basically subtract the meat from your favorite foods. For example, pizza. I can still eat it however, but now I have to eat pizza with just cheese on it or I eat it with pineapple or veggies. Restaurants are a little trickier. It’s hard to find restaurants with vegetarian menus, but I’ve picked up on a few good ones such as Red Robin, Yard House, Urbane Cafe, and The Habit. I Illustration by Jullianne De La Cruz Staff Voices Favorite holiday memories By Edgar Gonzalez One of my all-time favorite holiday memories was the time I went to Mexico in December/Christmas. It was the best experience ever. The day before I left, I prepared everything including my clothes and some presents my mom was sending to my grandparents, and my aunts and uncles. The day I left I was so excited I swear I couldn’t stop saying “Are we there yet?” I was about 12 years old when my godfather and I made the trip to Jalisco. I took a plane from Tijuana and arrived at Guadalajara. One of my uncles went to Guadalajara and picked us up. When I got to my pueblo San Miguel El Alto, Jalisco, the first thing I did was visiting my grandparents and then went to church. I thanked god for receiving me one more time in this beautiful pueblo. The next day was fun because I went with my godfather and my uncle to Santa Ana, Jalisco. Walking it was about 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes. It was an awesome experience because on the way, I got to see the different animals. The best part about the trip was that I got presents on Christmas, spent time with almost all my family, ate some bomb Mexican food, for example tamales, pozole and the best menudo that my grandma makes. By Stephany Valencia I think it’s pretty safe to say that everyone likes Christmas. I mean what’s not to like? I love the smell of the air, cold and crisp, just as winter should smell. I remember this time around in 2007 I went to Blythe, California, to celebrate Christmas with my mom’s side of the family. This little desert town was so cold and lit up with the festive lights and star filled sky, I was in love with the atmosphere. It definitely felt like Christmas, especially because the whole family was there, not a single soul missing. Everyone was having a good time hanging out, stuffing their faces with yummy Mexican dishes, kids running around, music playing to influence the mood, and a nice bonfire in the yard for the men to sit around and drink. We even played games and won prizes. I didn’t win one single game, but I still had tons of fun. I remember opening presents at midnight and seeing my aunt’s living room filled with presents and family. By the time everyone was done opening presents, the floor was covered in pretty wrapping paper and colorful bows. That Christmas was probably the most fun and last Christmas that the whole family was actually present. As the years go by, the family has been slowly separating for the holidays because their own immediate family is expanding, or they can’t all make it to be there anymore. By Denisse Gonzalez My favorite holiday memory was when I went to Guatemala for Christmas in 2010. I have gone many times before, but the most memorable time was by airplane. It was a pretty fun experience because it was my first time (that I remember) going on an airplane with my sister. I had such a great time seeing all the different things, from checking our luggage in, to boarding the plane, to finally arriving in Guatemala. Their culture is so different to ours. On actual Christmas Eve, everyone lit fireworks. I never knew that they did that plus, they are actually legal there. It was so much fun to finally light up our own. One of the fireworks actually kind of followed you, so it was even scarier than just seeing them go up in the sky. After that, everyone went inside and just spent time with each other. They don’t have presents — it’s not something they do over there. At first, I was a little bummed out about that because I wanted to rush and open presents at midnight, but it was nice to just spend time with my family: talking about anything, making jokes about one another, or just playing pranks on each other. That was one of my most memorable holidays because it was the last one I go to spend with my grandpa. He passed away a couple of years after that, so I will never get to spend Christmas with him again. Page 7 Friday, December 20, 2013 Alumni Spotlight CI graduate fired up to serve his home city By Danny Alvarez Blanca Urbano likes the people, not the food in U.S. Photo by Stephany Valencia Spaniard loving the Islands By Elsa Fraire Staff writer Here at the Islands, our students seem to excel at making people feel right at home. The Raiders were ready to receive a new foreign exchange student with open arms as soon as they heard the news. Blanca Urbano, a 15-year-old foreign exchange student from Spain, is living the California dream. She’s visiting the U.S. on a foreign exchange program and is loving every moment of it. “One of my favorite things has to be the people,” said Urbano about her time in the U.S. Urbano says that people here are much nicer than back home and adds, “I was walking the other day and a random girl stops me and says, ‘OMG, I love your eyes.’ ” Urbano explains how in her family learning proper English is a key to success. Her older sister is also studying in a different country. Their parents encourage them to continue improving their English so they could be well prepared for college. She is enjoying CI along with all the Raider spirit, but is a little overwhelmed with all the students and how big the campus is. While trying to do well on her academics Urbano makes time to go out and take advantage of all the wonderful things California has to offer. She loves the California sunset, but isn’t all that thrilled with the food. “The food here isn’t that great and there’s a lot of junk food,” said Urbano. “In America I had my first corn dog and Hot Cheetos, which make me cry every time I eat them,” Urbano adds that she works out as much as she can on the weekends. Urbano still has 6 months until it’s time for her to head back home. She is savoring every minute she has left in the U.S. When she gets homesick she tries to remember how great of an opportunity she is living. Senior Spotlight Hernandez makes the most of high school opportunities By Kenia Perez Staff writer As a freshman, people embark on a journey that each person paves for himself or herself. For Rebecca Hernandez, senior, her hopes were to basically be an average high schooler. She wanted to be involved, but would have never pictured herself being as involved as she is today. Hernandez, who has been playing soccer since she was 5 years old, decided to try out for CI’s soccer team. Her freshman year she made the varsity team and is now one of four captains. She was also on varsity cross country during her freshman year. From her freshman year to today, Hernandez has been a part of swim, track and field, CSF, MESA, Students against Animal Cruelty, Key Club, Upward Bound, Link Crew, a Youth Ministry leader, and has volunteered with Rosie’s Rescue. As a student at Blackstock Junior High, Hernandez became aware that those students who had a 4.0 did not have to wear uniform on Fridays. “I would see Megan Garcia not wear uniform on Fridays and I wanted the same!” says Hernandez about her first encounter with wanting a 4.0 back in middle school. As well as she did in middle school, she never expected to be top ten class of 2014 for all of her high school career. “I just did my work, that’s all,” Hernandez states was her key to high achievement. Her climbing to the top of the 2014 class was the first motivator in Hernandez life to wanting to attend university. This fall she applied to UCSB, UC Berkeley, UCSD, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, CSUN, Chico State, with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo as her number one choice on the west coast. Hernandez is also very interested in schools on the east coast, but these applications are still in progress. Hernandez is very excited to be done with all of her applications and looks forward to taking a course at OC, as well as a job. She realizes that the past weeks have been very busy and stressful and even though she knows it will be worth it, she can’t wait to catch up with friends. With only six months left of high school, Hernandez says she will miss Mrs. Hall greatly, “She met me my freshman year and has watched me not only grow up, but has been there through some tough times for me.” She wants to thank everyone that has been with her through thick and thin for the last four years. Hernandez will always hold a special place for the Islands and never wants to forget about what CI has given her. Staff writer Back in the 1980s when he was a student at Channel Islands High School, Sergio Martinez had a passion for becoming a firefighter. He grew up around firefighters and around the age of 6 or 7 he knew he wanted to become a firefighter. “I didn’t know how I wanted to get there, but I just wanted to,” Martinez said. His dream ended up becoming true, and recently he got promoted to become Battalion Chief of Oxnard Fire Department. “It’s an honor,” said Martinez. “What makes it a higher honor is doing this job in the city I grew up in. It’s like I’m protecting my family here in Oxnard.” This is his dream he’s living and his opportunity to give back to the Oxnard community and inspire young children or even teenagers to become firefighters. “Our doors are always open to those who are interested,” he said. He started off going to Oxnard College to become a firefighter with their Oxnard Fire Academy. He went to the reserve volunteer in 1997 and became a full-time firefighter in 2000. He now has 14 years of being a firefighter and has loved every minute of it. “I knew I wanted to become Battalion Chief one day,” said Martinez. “The time came faster than anticipated, and the experience came even faster.” The community of Oxnard pushed him to become the firefighter he is today, Martinez said, and now he wants to give back to the community. “My community, I want to be a part of it,” said Martinez. “I want to be part of the “What makes it a higher honor is doing this job in the city I grew up in. It’s like I’m protecting my family here in Oxnard.” -- Sergio Martinez, on his promotion to Battalion Chief change.” Martinez married his high school sweetheart Tina Marie Martinez. They have been happily married for 24 years. They now have two children, Julien, 18, and Yamira Jade, 12. They also have a dog named Massive Arson and three horses named James Bond, Bomb Girl, and Money Penny. SPORTS Page 8 The Isle File Winter Sports Boys’ Basketball Coaches: Mr. Mike Keddington, Mr. Craig Davis Team Captains: Jaymart Sabater, Miguel Sosa, Paul Gonzales Returning Players: Jaymart Sabater, Miguel Sosa, Julio Medina Newcomers: Francis Chico Juliano, Victor Navarro, Jake Meja, Larry Grefalda, Miles Minier, Paul Gonzalez, Lorenz Raqueno, Erik Alvarez, AJ Oto Strengths: Leadership, work ethic, and 100% effort. Areas for Improvement: Rebounding, taking care of the ball and making sure we “think the game” while on the floor. Last Year’s Record/Highlights: 11-12 overall; 2nd place in the Fillmore Tournament; Carpinteria Tournament consolation championship. Early Season Results: (1-3); beat Hueneme in first round of Carpinteria Tournament. League Schedule/Outlook: Carpinteria Tournament today and Saturday; Santa Barbara Tournament, Dec. 26-29. Quote: “Great teamwork is the only way we create the breakthroughs that define our careers.” – Pat Riley --Compiled by Juan Cortez Girls’ Basketball Coaches: Mr. Matthew Merricks, head coach; Mr. Mike Johnson and Mr. Ron Ford, assistant coaches. Team Captains: Leah Salanoa, Lahni Salanoa, and Heather Thompson Returners: Lahni, Leah, Heather, Frances Dominguez, Tabitha Cunanan, Gabby Mendez, Vanessa Soto, Stephany Barrera, and Aleesha Zuniga. Newcomers: Kelsea Illengo, Charlyee Amos, Liz Raya, Tania Avila Strengths: Strength, willingness to learn Areas for improvement: Physicality and aggressiveness Last year’s record: 20-7 Quote: “If the girls could learn to use their strength and get more physical, I believe we could compete for a league title.” – Coach Merricks --Compiled by Gladys Ibarra Girls’ Water Polo Coaches: Mr. Kip Atwater, Mr. David Haynes Co-Captains: Karla Zavala, Vanessa Valerio Returning members: Judith Aguilar (12), Citlalli Aguirre (12), Vanessa Alvarez (11), Alexus Barreto (12), Sarah Briones (12), Ceci Carungcong (12), Mariah Decker (12), Adelina Fernandez (12), Liliana Galvan (10), Iridian Hernandez (11), Monica Mendieta (12), Vanessa Valerio (12), Karina Zavala (10), Karla Zavala (12), Yurica Zuniga (12), Leslie Valdivia (11), Yvette Chairez (11), Melody Lopez (11), Yulisa Mendez(10), Aisha Jimenez (10). Newcomers: Daniela Aguirre, Makaila Foster, Brianna Garcia, Vanessa Garcia, Michelle Hernandez, Lauryn Chouinard-Howell, Hanidenui Maldonado, Elizabeth Nino, Flor Quinones, Kimberly Ramos, Julia Sanchez, Kylan Wark, Rachel Jashinsky, Maria Navarrete, Brittany Garcia, Kimberly Hernandez. Strengths: Cohesion, strong work ethic, communication, conditioning Areas for improvement: Tech. skills, game awareness, conditioning. Last year: 0-13, but lost 9-6 to Villanova to end the season. Early season results: Lost to Carpinteria in opener. Quote: “Take down Hueneme.” -Coach Atwater -- Compiled by Jazlin Alarcon Luis Mottu scoring a goal against Fillmore High School. Photo by Stepahny Valencia Soccer off to a good start By Denisse Gonzalez Staff writer The boys’ varsity soccer team’s season barely started and they are already off to a good start with five wins, no losses, and two ties. Varsity player Danny Landeros, a senior forward, has been playing soccer since he was 5 years old. He said that this year is different without Coach Rogelio Juarez, who is currently fighting cancer. “We are keeping our prayers out for him,” said Landeros. Substituting for Coach Rogelio Juarez is Mr. Francisco Salazar, a U.S. History and Economics teacher at Channel Islands who has been Juarez’s assistant. Also helping with coaching is Mr. Salvador Orozco, who’s been JV coach for 3 years. “Coach Juarez is still needed but Salazar and Chava are still great coaches,” said varsity player Uriel Sanchez. Sanchez, a senior defense/middle, has been playing soccer since he was 8. The Raiders are coming off back to back trip to the CIF championship game. Girls’ Soccer Preview Coach: Ms. Emily Hall Team Captains: Roxanne Leon, Karina Orozco, Rebecca Hernandez, Jaijaira Covarrubias Returning Players: Covarrubias, Andréa Juarez, Maria Gomez, Leon, Yvette Mota, Jasmine Padilla, Andrea Rios, Jenay Torres, Ashley Reyes, Vivian Rocha, Hernandez, Jacky Lopez, Orozco. Strengths: Two strong goalkeepers, a lot of returners, good team chemistry. Working On: Passing and shooting. Last year’s Highlights: Last year was a rebuilding year since we had 12 seniors graduate in 2012. We tied Camarillo, which might be a first for CI. Early Season results: 2-2-2. League Outlook: Should be competitive in league and able to fight for a CIF berth. Quote: “Always Compete!” – Coach Hall “We are a new team so we still have to get used to communicating with each other,” Sanchez said. “We’re playing good but not how we’re supposed to. When we start communicating and understanding each other better, we’re going to get better.” Alan Zaragoza, a junior, plays defense and is one of the captains on the varsity team. Zaragoza has been playing soccer since he was 10 and on the school team for one year. “It’s going pretty good; we’re undefeated,” said Zaragoza towards the start of this season. Out of all the players Coach Salazar contemplates that goalkeeper Salvador Perez, Alan Zaragoza, and Alex Quinones have stood out the most. Perez has stood out the last two games, giving it his all out in the field; Zaragoza and Quinones have both played solid in the back. Most improved is Fernando Blancas, Salazar said. “He’s a very good player but has improved; his knowledge of the game has improved and is very solid in organizing, often he’s a very dangerous player when the ball comes near the goalkeeper. He has become more solid than last year,” said Coach Salazar. Their strengths are counter-attacking, Coach Salazar said, but some areas for improvement are to work more fluidly as a team and to be more consistent. Students, staff drawn to UFC action By Danny Alvarez Staff writer The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the largest mixed martial arts organizations and promotion company in the world, has many fans here at CI. The UFC hosts most of the top-ranked fighters in the sport and produces events worldwide. The first UFC event was held in 1993 in Denver. The purpose of the event was to identify the most effective martial art in a real fight between competitors of different fighting styles, including boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, sambo, wrestling, muay Thai, karate, judo, and other styles. “I started following MMA and UFC around ’97-’98; that’s when I started getting into it,” says Mr. Jed Colvin, social science teacher. When Colvin had his business for a little while he was one of the sponsors for the UFC for clothing, and so he went to a lot of live UFC events in Las Vegas. “Going to live events is a cool experience, but to focus on fights you’re probably better off watching it on TV,” Mr. Colvin said. Colvin watches most of the big pay- per-view fights when he can. As for the Dec. 28 rematch between Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva, he’s not really sure how this fight will end, but he’s really excited and also hoping that Weidman will win. “Just to spark things up,” says Colvin. “My favorite fighter right now would probably be Chael Sonnen,” added Colvin. “He’s driven, determined and disciplined, just what a fighter should be.” Another UFC fan at here at CI is visual arts and photography Mr. Ben Clancy. “I started training MMA as a kid and saw the first fight in ‘93. That’s when I knew this sport was amazing,” said Mr. Clancy. Although he may not pay to see this next fight, he still keeps up with the whole UFC fighting world. He said it’s hard to get all the fights like he used to since he has a young son. Still, he watches all the free fights and shows like The Ultimate Fighter. He’s also hoping that Silva will win by knockout to prove that the last loss was a fluke. Connor “The Notorious” McGregor is Clancy’s favorite fighter even though he fights in the featherweight division. “That guy is a knockout machine,” Clancy says. Another UFC fan and martial artist him- self is Cristian Zapien, a CI junior. “I have been training MMA for about 4-5 years now and it’s definitely my favorite thing to do,” said Zapien. He’s also rooting for Silva to win by KO. His favorite UFC fighter is Cain Velasquez, the heavyweight champion in the UFC right now. “I like his fighting style,” said Zapien, “He has great cardio and I just enjoy seeing him fight. I like how he can knock people out.” Some of the top fighters right now in the UFC are Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, flyweight champion; Dominic Cruz, bantamweight champion; Jose “Junior” Aldo, featherweight champion; Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, lightweight champion; Georges “Rush” St. Pierre, welterweight champion; Chris “The All-American” Weidman, middleweight champion; Jon “Bones” Jones, light-heavyweight champion; and of course Cain Velasquez, heavyweight champion. The Weidman-Silva fight (UFC 168) will be on pay-per-view. Weidman is 10-0 and Silva is 33-5. Also on the card, bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey (7-0) looks to shut down Meisha Tate (13-4) once again.
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