Eye of the Lobo NHS’s new members hope to help

Eye of the Lobo
The Award-Winning Newspaper of
La Joya Community High School
Volume VIII, Issue IX
April 8, 2011
Avondale, AZ
NHS’s new members hope to help Special summer programs
available to students
out school as well as community
By Paula Herrera
Feature story
March 9 was a special day
for 32 students on that day
they were officially inducted
as a National Honor Society
NHS is a nationwide club
that teaches members the
importance of community
One is invited only once.
If the student rejects the
invitation, he or she will not
be invited again.
Every year, the members
are assigned to donate
50 hours of their time,
consisting of 20 community
service hours, 20 NHS hours,
and 10 meeting hours. New
inductees have to donate
12 hours of time, made up
of four community service
hours, four NHS hours, and
four meeting hours.
Loveland is very excited for
the new group of members.
She said they are a “group
of students that show
Junior Alyssa Hunt was
one of 32 members who
were accepted.
She is very excited and is
looking forward to helping
out as much as she can.
“I like how NHS teaches
its members to be leaders,”
she said.
Loveland hopes the new
members get something
beneficial out of it as past
members have.
“I hope they will learn
how to become lifelong
servers in their communities
and learn how to become
leaders,” she said.
inducted were: Bahran
Gabrielle Bautista, Julian
Cruz, Samantha Daly, Ivan
Diaz, Wendy Gallegos,
Jennifer Gonzalez, Nayeli
Hernandez, Natalie Hetu,
Yesenia Ledezma, Adriana
Loza, Mireya Morales, Hiep
Nguyen, Adrianna Sanchez,
Donyetta Slover, Jaylah
Staten, Angelica Tejeda,
and Darius Yellowman.
The juniors inducted
were: Vanessa Canjura,
Whitney Fuertes, Alyssa
Hunt, Evelyn Moncada
Muñoz, Kiara Rodriguez,
and Huixian Cindy Tan.
The seniors inducted
Barisuka Nsagne, Crystal
Onpeng, Erika Solis, and
Elizabeth Yakoob.
The ceremony featured
speeches given by English
teacher Tara Suggs and
current NHS members
Miranda Guzman, Ashlee
Kneip, Denise Parel, and
Erika Sarrazin.
Then the new inductees
went on stage to receive
their certificate and pin
and to be congratulated by
Principal Cheryl Ingram and
Loveland. The NHS pledge
was given by NHS president
Charles Solares.
By Veronica Sanchez
News story
During the summer, many
students find themselves
bored with nothing to do.
Now students are being
offered the chance to learn
about different careers.
There is a summer
academy that students can
attend which features three
different types of courses.
The different courses
are Automotive Academy,
Future Builders Academy
and Healthcare Academy.
All these courses will be held
at GateWay Community
students about the different
career opportunities in
the automotive industry.
Classes will start on June 6
and end June 23. Class time
will be from 8 a.m. to noon,
M o n d a y - T h u r s d a y. T h e
cost of this course will be
$228; financial assistance is
Future Builders Academy
is another course available.
It will be held from June 6
to June 10 from 8 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday.
The cost will be $157, but
financial assistance is also
available for this course.
The Health Academy
will be about radiography,
physical therapist assisting,
respiratory care, nuclear
medicine and surgical
This course will take
field trips to a local medical
facility. It will also earn
credits for Fundamentals
in Healthcare Delivery.
Class will be from June 13
to 30 from 8 a.m. - noon,
cost of this course will be
$300; financial assistance
will also be available for it.
Business teacher Mike
Vialpando is overseeing this
academy for La Joya so if
interested see him in Room
819 before spots are filled.
Students learn the true difficulties of taking care of infants
Students enrolled in
Living with Children
class took care of
“flour babies” and
electronic ones
By Paula Herrera
Feature story
Aww! He has your eyes! She has
your smile!
That’s probably what Living with
Children students heard while being
responsible for taking care of a baby
twice this school year.
All Living with Children students
had to take care of a bag of flour and
a simulated baby as if they were
real. The purpose of the project was
to experience what it’s like having
a baby and to learn the expenses of
raising one.
Students would lose points off
of their projects if there was any
class disruption or mistreatment,
like throwing or stabbing the baby.
Teachers were also allowed to have
a “play pen” for the babies and the
parents were required to use it. If no
play pen was offered, they had to
carry and hold their baby and were
not allowed to put it on a desk or
the floor.
Teacher Alicia Griffin, who runs
the Living with Children class, said
this year her students got really engaged in the projects.
“I enjoyed watching these students’ faces and getting attached to
the babies,” she said.
During the flour baby project,
students were required to buy their
own flour. Most had their own
clothes for their baby, but Griffin
provided clothes and blankets if
they were needed. Each class was
also assigned a morning in which
they had to call any time from 2-4
a.m. leaving a message to let Grif-
fin know the baby was awake. They
had to wait fifteen minutes and
leave another message to let her
know that the baby was okay and
had fallen back asleep.
The other project they had was
being responsible for a simulated
baby. Students were to keep a baby
for three days, either MondayThursday or Friday-Saturday. The
simulated babies would act like
real babies. They had to be fed and
changed, however it didn’t really
soil itself. They would also cry. If
the baby was treated badly, it would
register abuse.
No matter how hard it was, junior
Alyssa Hunt still liked the projects.
“It helps people to understand
how difficult it is to be responsible
for another life,” she said.
Hunt said the projects helped her
realize how lucky she is not to be a
teen mom and appreciate her freedom more. However, it did help understand the situations a parent goes
Junior Yazmin Garcia agreed that
it was challenging, but she had a fun
time with her both of her babies.
“I was so excited to start the projects. I had been looking forward to
it since the first day of school,” she
Garcia said although it was cool,
she is still not ready for to take care
of a real baby.
Griffin’s goal is to give students
a different look of what teen pregnancy is like.
“I’m hoping to discourage teen
pregnancy both ways, the guys and
the gals,” she said.
She feels there have been positive
results from the project and feels
our school’s “pregnancy population
has decreased quite a bit.”
Hunt’s advice for future students
is to “treat your baby as if it was
your real child.” After the activity,
the bags of flour were donated to
the La Joya food drive.
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Paintball is a great way to get active and have fun
Feature story
By Savannah Greenough
It is Earth friendly and
fun to play.
Paintball is a sport in
which players compete
either individually or as a
team. There are competitive
leagues, military leagues,
and professional teams.
There are a variety of
ways to play it depending
on where you are and who
you are with. Common rules
are that you must always
have a mask on. This mask
will keep you from injuring
your face, especially your
eyes. Also, in many areas
there are more strict rules
It can be an expensive
sport, depending on the
way you play and what
you buy. You must have
a paintball gun to hold the
paintballs. The paintballs
are biodegradable spheres
that contain a liquid to be on
you so you know you have
been hit. You will also need
a mask.
The object of the game
varies from the way you
play. You may either play
capture the flag, elimination,
or defending a particular
place. Usually you play on
a field with hiding areas.
The area of the field differs.
Depending on the game, it
can last from either a couple
of minutes to a couple of
hours, even days.
There are certain rules
that are commonly known,
such as keeping a certain
distance from player to
player while shooting so
the players will not get hurt.
Also, to see if the player
actually got hit, there has
to be a quarter sized mark
of solid paint on the player.
Also, to stop from hurting
the player they do not allow
over hitting. Ramping is
a device that you may put
on the gun to let the gun
shoot faster than the trigger
is moving; it is prohibited
from most fields, but
sometimes allowed during
a tournament. Players may
try to wipe off the paintball
splatter so they can stay in
the game longer, but that is
illegal everywhere.
The closest paintball
fields to La Joya are West
World, Cow Town and
Fightertown. The prices
for Fightertown are $25 for
all day field use and rental
March brought many new albums
Music story
By Adam Johnson
The month of March
was packed with artists
dropping their new albums.
Two of the top ten albums
just released were “Lasers”
by Lupe Fiasco and “Give
The Drummer Some” by
Blink 182’s drummer Travis
Lupe’s album “Lasers”
has been long anticipated by
all his fans. Well, the wait
was worth it. The charttopping album reached
number 4 on iTunes the first
week it came out, which
was on March 8.
The breakout singles
“Shining Down” with
Matthew Santos and “The
Show Goes On” were a
great way to promote his
album because fans and
non-fans got to hear his solo
style beforehand.
The new album features
guest artists such as Sarah
Green, Trey Songz, Skylar
Grey, MDMA, sELF, Eric
Turner, Sway, and John
Legend. They surely did
not come up short either.
Although it may seem
like Lupe used a plethora
of artists to add to his
songs, there are also some
great solo songs. “Till I
Get There” and “All Black
Everything” are two of the
three that Lupe goes solo
The great part about this
album is that the listener can
really feel Lupe’s passion in
Lupe Fiasco brings some of his best talent on this new album “Lasers”
which came out March 8.
this new music. Overall, I
would give it an 8 out of 10.
There are definitely some
great songs in this one.
In Travis Barker’s new
album, he delivers greatness
once again. Being arguably
one of the best drummers of
all time, Barker shows off
his skills in each song.
Barker features many
popular artists in this album,
including Lil Wayne, Rick
Ross, Swiss Beatz, Game,
Pharrell, Lupe Fiasco, RZA,
Raekwon, Tom Morello,
Ludacris, Snoop Dogg,
E-40, Dev, The Cool Kids,
Slaughterhouse, Yelawolf,
Twista, Busta Rhymes, Lil
Jon, Transplants, Slash, Kid
Cudi, Tech N9Ne, Bun B,
Beanie Sigel, Kobe, and
Cypress Hill.
Aside from the amazing
drumming skills showcased,
this album features all these
artists which add to each
song. You get to hear some
of music’s best performers
as well as a taste of Barker
in each song. After hearing
just a few songs, it is
obvious to note that Barker
has brought his talent to us
The number one song off
his album so far is “Can a
Drummer Get Some.” A
song in which he brings in
rapper Lil Wayne to headline
it all.
Overall, I give this album
a 7 out of 10, mostly because
it is more of a various
artists album with Barker
drumming on each song.
These albums are worth
a listen to if you are a fan
of either hip hop or rock
music. They are even more
worth it if you are already a
fan of either artist. Get your
copy now!
equipment with unlimited
air all day, and paint costs
either $35, $40, $50.
Here at La Joya, we have
a few students in a paintball
league, along with a few
Junior Vicktor Russel
has been playing for about
a year now. He first learned
about at in summer camp.
He plays it because it’s fun.
“The new players should
expect a lot of fun and being
part of a large group, making
a ton of new friends, also
getting shot with paintballs,
though it does not hurt that
bad,” Russell said.
Russell offered to take
anyone as long as they pay
for themselves and contact
Another player who is on
the team is Manuel Santana,
a former La Joya student.
“I play because it’s a
nice, fun, adrenaline rush,”
he said.
Santana has been playing
for about a year and a half.
He was introduced by one
of his friend. The first time
he went he was hooked.
“You should expect team
work,” he said.
Also in the group is Joel
Rivera, another La Joya
graduate who has been
playing for about a year.
“I joined paintball because
a friend recommended me
because of the adrenaline
rush and the whole fun
atmosphere,” he said.
Rivera thinks anyone can
join as long as they can take
the pain.
“You should go in with
an open mind,” he said.
‘Yogi Bear’ a fun family movie
DVD review
By Marisol Valdez
Do you enjoy watching
animated cartoons like
“Yogi Bear? If so, there’s a
movie out just for you.
“Yogi Bear” is a live
action movie with some
animated bears and a
cartoon turtle. The movie
stars Dan Aykroyd , Justin
Timberlake, and Anna Faris.
It is rated PG.
This movie is about Ranger
Smith (Tom Cavanagh)
who runs Jelly Stone Park.
Jelly Stone is celebrating
its 100-year anniversary.
Unfortunately, it might be
its last anniversary because
attendance is low and Mayor
Brown (Andrew Daly)
wants to close the park and
sell the land.
Aykroyd), who’s smarterthan-the average bear, and
his best pal Boo Boo (Justin
Timberlake) are willing to
do whatever it takes to save
Jelly Stone Park.Yogi Bear
and Boo Boo will lose their
home if Jelly Stone Park
closes down, so they join
forces with Ranger Smith
to save Jelly Stone from
closing forever.
Later on in the movie,
Ranger Smith and his
Deputy Ranger Jones are
being visited by Rachel
(Anna Faris), a nature
documentarian who wants
to record Yogi and Boo
Boo’s antics.
Mayor Brown feels they
Now on DVD, “Yogi Bear” is a
great film for kids and families
to watch together. It includes
the voices of performer Justin
Timberlake and comedian and
actor Dan Aykroyd.
have other issues than the
park closing, such as helping
Jelly Stone for “agricultural
purposes” to help the
bankrupt city’s budget. So,
Ranger Smith, Rachel, Yogi
and Boo Boo attempt to
raise thousands of dollars in
one week before the park is
closed to the public forever.
This DVD has special
features such as “Jellystone
Jewels: Litterbug” and
“Jellystone Jewels: Yogi’s
Secret Hiding Spot” —
tips from Ranger Jones
(TJ Miller) on park visitor
etiquette and a particular
bear’s favorite hideaway.
Also, Yogi Bear MashUp — fun moments with
Yogi and Boo Boo from the
classic animated series to
the new movie.
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Varsity softball working hard to have good season
Sports story
By Helen Carbajal
Whether it’s out in the
field during a game or
practice, the varsity softball
team is working very hard
and giving it their all.
Softball season is going
very well so far and the
players are working hard
and getting better in every
Senior Ashley Ayala
thinks the team is playing
very well and she is satisfied
with this year’s team.
“We are playing very
good and I am happy with
the team we have this year;
they are like my sisters,”
she said.
Coach Geoff Johnson
also thinks the team is
playing very well and said
that leadership takes place
on the field.
“Our leadership comes
from Ashley Ayala, Mariah
Hojonacki, Alexis Gonzales,
Muppet Jurado, Nancy
Cloud, Carla Acosta, and
Salina Soto,” he said.
Johnson also said that the
team is one of the fastest
This year’s varstiy softball team hopes to make it to the playoffs as they did the year before. Photo by Savannah Greenough
in the state and works
extremely hard.
Ayala has stolen more
bases than anyone in the
state and junior Myleena
Torres is the most consistent
hitter, he said.
The team hopes to make
it to the playoffs like they
Track hopes to go
to state this year
the relay races and 100m
“It’s fun running; it gets
me energized,” he said.
Freshman Jaime McElroy
loves competition that the
other opponents bring him.
Even though he sometimes
doesn’t come in first place
Sports story
all the time, he’s working
By Keith Jones
“Being a freshman on a
Coach Amanda Ramirez JV track team is the finest
and the Lobo track team time because it’s preparing
are doing well this season me for competition next
thanks in part to their new year,” McElroy said.
A n d r a e “It’s fun running; it
Walters, who
gets me energized,” pretty good
-Freshman Andrae so far.
varsity track,
has been on
H e r
top of his
for the team
He has been coming in are that they are very young
first in his races, taking and inexperienced.
on seniors on opponents’
“The goals we are trying
varsity teams.
to reach are to decrease their
“Running varsity is a timing in events,” she said.
challenge for me to race
The Lobos are trying to
upper classmen,” he said.
go to state and show off
Walters’s best events are their talents to Arizona.
did last year.
“We made it last year; we
expect to make it again,”
Johnson said.
Senior Mariah Hojonacki
believes they will make it to
the playoffs as well because
they play well together and
have a lot of heart. Her
teammates are like family
to her.
“I think we will because
we play well together and
we also have a lot of heart
for the game; they are like
family to me,” she said.
Ayala agreed with both
of them. She thinks they
will make it to the playoffs
because they have good
teamwork and are hard
“Yes, I think we will
make it because we really do
work hard at the games and
practices and we have good
teamwork,” she stated.
Focus on a fellow Lobo
Antwaun Edmonds
New runners
bring loads of
energy to track
team in 2011
Dessert: Ice Cream
Sophomore literacy
Favorite Subject in
school: History
Baltimore, Maryland
Favorite Book:
“The Art of War”
“To be
successful in
everything I
Favorite Food:
Hobbies: Playing
and listening to
Kingdom of
Favorite Sports:
basketball and football
Favorite TV
show: The
Sports Team:
Baltimore Ravens
Favorite Artist:
Anita Baker
Dream Vacation:
Proudest Feat:
“Becoming a man”
Where do you
see yourself doing
20 years from this
point in time: “On
my couch eating
steak, watching The
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Eye of the Lobo
Track & Field
Members of the track team looking tired after one of their practices, but confident as they walk off the track.
Photo by Vicktor Russell
Senior Chris Lowe sprinting on the track. Photo by Vicktor Russell
Three of the track team’s sprinters pushing each other to get better. Photo by
Vicktor Russell
Senior Terry Johnson practices the long jump for an upcoming meet. Photo by Vicktor
Track runners competiting against each other as a warm up to future
meets. Photo by Vicktor Russell
Junior Valeria Norzagaray running a race in preparation for a
competition. Photo by Vicktor Russell
Senior Charles Solares readying himself for a practice
run. Photo by Vicktor Russell