On Tuesday, June 11, 2019, Estancia High School had their first hands on Disaster Drill. The drill was a way to get the community, teachers and staff members to prepare and meet the expectations needed if a real disaster were to occur.
Staff members were given certain tasks whether it was to take part in the search and rescue, provide supplies, take care of the students on the field, and other selected duties. Staff members and students evacuated to the Jim Scott Stadium and the students remained on the field with their fourth period classes. The students seemed to be more prepared for the drill than the staff bringing hats, umbrellas and snacks while they waited. To kill time, most students gathered around to hangout and talk, play games such as Uno, and some did homework as well.
Prior to the drill, some students in Estancia’s Medical Pathway participated in the 3 day Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. The program taught students how to do a proper search and rescue, how to provide assistance to those in danger, and further skills. The students were given different tasks the day of the drill. Some were responsible for helping the staff with the search and rescue or played the role of the injured patients. Estancia's Medical Academy instructor Hayato Yuuki, was beyond proud of the CERT students, “We have 49 CERT students… they were able to play a vital role in the emergency team and they were able to be student representatives for other students to see”. Although the drill might not have gone as planned, it definitely helped the staff get a picture of what to expect if there were a real emergency.
Women have always been expected to be wife and mother material, dress a certain way and depend on their husbands financially, but the minute they choose to make their own decisions receive backlash for it.
Between 2010 and 2014 there was over 25 million unsafe abortions that occured worldwide. It may be that they live in a country where healthcare is not an option, they can’t afford healthcare, or they are too afraid to get professional help. Those are only a few of the numerous other reasons.
Recently nine states passed laws which will forbid abortion from occuring in their states. Alabama being one of those nine states has the cruelest ban. The Alabama abortion ban states that a woman can not have an abortion at any given time, period. Georga, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Ohio are the states that do not allow abortions regardless if it was rape or incest. The only time an abortion is permitted is if the mother’s life is at risk and she is no more than 6 to 8 weeks pregnant.
The bill was passed forward by men and the final approval for the bill was approved by Alabama’s governor Kay Ivey which is a woman. Those voting for the abortion ban were Republican men in Alabama. Those men were some of which were important to the Alabama state such as Senator Garlan Gudger and politician Clyde Chambliss and many more. The number of votes were so high to the point where it was enough to have the bill passed through both the State House and Senate, despite a number of women voting against the bill.
As a female myself, it terrifies me that such nonsense is being allowed. It doesn’t matter if they just found out they are a couple days pregnat because they will not be allowed to have an abortion. No one is to say what another person is or isn’t allowed to do to their own body. No man or woman should be there to justify and take a woman’s right to an abortion.
How is it that men get a choice on how a woman chooses to treat her body? As strange as it may sound, some may experience an unnoticed pregnancy for weeks and even months. It can be that they may have an irregular period, no signs and symptoms, and if they are overweight they may not be able to notice. The possibilities are endless as to why some may not know they are pregnant, but why should someone be punished for not knowing?
Over the past year Estancia High School has made some major improvements to the campus facility. The school library was remodeled and had new furniture, Chromebooks, and televisions installed. Also, the Estancia Medical Academy has relocated the classroom to double the size as before. One side is set up for an academic setting and the other side mimics the setting of a hospital room.
As of Friday, May 3rd, Estancia’s pool construction began. The pool is being moved horizontally from where it is now, facing the Jim Scott Stadium. The remaining dirt that is being dug out to create the new pool will be used to back fill the old pool. This will create a large open area for the students to spread out and socialize during school. It was mentioned that the area won’t only be another hangout spot for students, but it will also be used for events such as school dances or award nights.
The pool isn’t the only thing that is getting fixed up, but new team rooms are being added for every individual sport. Including four locker rooms for girl sports on one side and four more on the other side for the boys. The locker rooms for students in physical education will be renovated as well. The only downside with the pool construction is that the aquatics team will have to use Costa Mesa High School’s pool for the upcoming seasons.
All these changes have been funded by the school district and further changes will be made as well. The pool will be called Estancia Aquatics Center and should be completed by February of 2020.
Human and sex trafficking has never received the proper attention even though it can affect anyone at anytime. Those affected can wind up with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which mentally and physically damages a person.
According to Eleanor Goldberg, a writer for the Huffington Post, Trafficking can have different meanings to it such as, “when a person is recruited, harbored, provided or obtained for the purposes of exploitation and often sold as an object.” Most people don’t realize the severity of human trafficking, which is a worldwide phenomenon. It doesn’t matter who the person is because there is always a risk of being trafficked, regardless of gender. However, women and young girls are most likely to be sold into sex or human trafficking. In the past two years there was an estimation of 5,000 potential traffickers in the United States. Although the number may seem high, it really isn’t because there are still hundreds which have not been caught yet.
The number of people being trafficked have been increasing over the years, and up to 4 million victims of trafficking have yet confirmed that they were sexually exploited while being trafficked. The victims aren’t always older people but they are young children and teenagers as well. In a year 300,000 Americans under the age of 18 were trafficked into the sex trade. According to Cathy Zimmerman, In a year about half of human and sex trafficking victims reported that they were sexually and physically abused and 22% of victims suffered from severe injuries. The traffickers are aggressive to the point where the victims may sustain cuts, bruises, and a massive amount of unbearable pain and trauma.
Human and sex trafficking is so common that most don’t realize that it occurs anywhere even in ones backyard. The community may hear about cases of human/sex trafficking that occur in poor countries, but never think that it can be a local issue. The victims are trafficked in places such as night clubs, hotels, amusements parks and many more places, but for all we know it can be happening right in front of us. A victim who had been trafficked for sexual exploitation mentioned how the Super Bowl was one of the busiest nights for traffickers. The day of the Super Bowl, she had been forced to sleep with 25 different men in one night. If she were to have tried getting out of the situation she would be punished by her trafficker. On days like these the authorities make sure to be aware of any strange activity.
Many people lack support from family and friends which is why they keep quiet when they are put in these situations. If that is the case there are places where one can get help or report suspected trafficking to the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-788.
On Friday, March 15, 2019 the city of Christchurch, New Zealand was shocked over the shooting deaths of 49 people. The shootings were said to be an act of terrorism towards the Christchurch mosques that day.
The first attack took place in the Al Noor Mosque at 1:40 p.m., while the other attack started at 1:55 p.m. in the Linwood Islamic Center. The combined shootings left seven dead at the Linwood Mosque and 41 others dead in the Al Noor Mosque with a 42 which died later at the Christchurch Hospital.
There have been many church and school shootings over the years, but no action has been taken to prevent the shootings from occurring. Within 72 hours of the Christchurch shooting a law was proposed to ban military-style semi-automatic and assault rifles. After the incident action was taken, Jacinda Ardern the Prime Minister of New Zealand made sure to put an end to this gun violence. Families will no longer live in constant fear that another tragedy such as the Christchurch shooting will be repeated.
If the government does not take any action the number will increase. If the rest of the U.S. government were to do the exact thing as the New Zealand government there would be less shootings. There was 262 American mass shootings in the United States in 2018 alone. Without a doubt, our system needs to put politics aside and put the the lives of the American people first.
Some may argue that money can either bring happiness to people or cause issues. In some cases that can be true. If you’re having a bad day you can just buy yourself a long lasting vacation, but for other people that’s not an option due to a lack of money.
Recently the FBI uncovered a college admissions scandal which involved extremely wealthy families and celebrities such as Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman who allegedl illegally paid their childrens’ way into college.
University of Southern California,UCLA, and Yale are some of the schools that are currently being investigated. Athletic coaches were being paid to lie and tell colleges that the students had been involved in sports, and some students lied about having learning disabilities so that they were allowed more testing time on the ACT and SAT. Both of Loughlin's daughters were granted admission at USC with the help of athlete coaches. The senior associate athletic director at USC was bribed by both parents to recruit both daughters as athletes to increase their chances of getting accepted.
I was not surprised when I first heard about the college scandal. Celebrities, wealthy, and the privileged have always had a way of getting away with things due to their financial status. Loughlin, Huffman and the 50 other people accused in the scandal could be charged with jail time for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud as well. Of course, Huffman was able to pay her bail of $250,000 to avoid jail time. As long as these people have money they will never have to deal with the consequences of their actions. It is time that the law makes an example of those who feel like they are above it.
School is what keeps most of students occupied. We spend up to 7 hours in school being educated on different topics, but we aren’t taught about other topics such as mental health. In elementary school kids are taught about changes that occur in our body as we get older, but mental health isn’t part of the curriculum.
Statistics show that 1 in 5 teens aged 14 to 24 suffer from a mental health illness. Only a third of those teenagers are getting the proper help and resources needed. Some students may not know that they are experiencing a mental illness because they've never been taught the warning signs to look out for. The lack of knowledge later on leads to questions which can’t always be answered.
As of 2018, anxiety is the most common mental illness in the U.S. that is affecting up to 40 million adults starting at the age of eighteen. Only 36% of those suffering with anxiety receive the proper treatment. That is only one example, but there are other disorders that remain untreated as well. The government and school districts spend thousands of dollars designing curriculum for students of all ages yet fail to address the growing epidemic of mental illnesses in the United States today.
To Whom it May Concern is an original play written by the students of Estancia’s production drama. They performed on January 17 through the 19th at the Barbara Van Holt Theater located in Estancia’s High School. Estancia’s drama teacher Pauline Maranian and Carlo Odicino worked together to produce the show. The play is based off of 4 different scenes. Each scene covered a different situation based on students, families, children, parents and peers from Costa Mesa. These stories are based on real life scenarios presented by members of Estancia’s student body. Each of the four scenes covered topics such as anxiety, depression, immigration, finances and the common struggles that many of us share.
Under Pressure was about a Mexican household with two parents who came to the U.S. as immigrants with hopes to provide their children with a better lifestyle. The youngest child Jordan was the only child in the family with the a goal to go to college, however, his parents were not supportive of his decision. Like many immigrant families they wanted him to work to provide for the family.
Easy Street was about a family struggling financially. The father was unemployed with nothing to little luck with finding a job, a mother who worked day in and day out cleaning houses, and a daughter who wishes her family didn’t have to struggle anymore. The episode gave two different points of views of the story. One being the family that doesn’t have money, and another family that has more than enough money but are a broken family.
Being able to relate to these two episodes brought a mix of emotions. They were so relatable that it was as if I was seeing my family up on stage. My parents came to the U.S to give my siblings a better life than the one that they had. With me being the only girl in the household my dad was completely against me wanting to go to college just like Jordan’s family. Till this day I struggle with my parents being accepting of what I want to do with my future.Just like in Easy Street, my dad is unemployed and money plays a major role in my family. With my mom being our only source of income we struggle trying to keep everyone at home happy.
For To Whom it May Concern being my first ever play I am glad to say that I had a great experience. The play was well organized and the students were incredible with their acting skills. I was able to notice the amount of emotions put into each episode. The four stories show how regardless of one’s issue they are not alone. The play was written by the drama students and It was no surprise that all three shows were sold out.
Estancia boys soccer beat Costa Mesa High School 2-1 on January 9th, at Estancia’s Jim Scott Stadium.
Throughout the first half both teams were trying to score on one another, but Mesa scored their first goal of the night. Mesa’s goalkeeper continued to come up with big saves preventing Estancia from scoring on multiple chances. With the half ending with Mesa up 1-0.
Estancia opened up the second half with more aggressive play. Senior defense man, Brian Alvarez earned a yellow card as he explains, “protecting my player was what I had to do. He had no chance to win a fight against someone who was bigger and stronger than him.” After play continued, Senior forward, Miguel Peña scored two goals during the second half putting Estancia on the board with a 2-1 lead. Peña remarked, “as one of the captains I felt pressured to do what I had done previously, to score the first goal.”
Estancia went on to hold the lead and win the Battle of the Bell game. The Eagles who are 3-1-1 in league will play again on January 18th against Saddleback High School at home with a 5:00 p.m. kickoff.
Estancia boys soccer played against Marina High School on November 30, at Estancia’s Jim Scott Stadium. The bleachers were empty but by the second half they filled to watch Estancia win 3-2. Aside from a goal by junior, Marco Arreola a few minutes into the game, it was a defensive struggle throughout the first half. Arreola’s goal was first in question but was finally allowed.
The game began to get intense during the second half when Marina High School scored their first goal tying it up 1-1. Marina went up 2-1 on another score until Arreola scored his second of the game. “I always feel like I need to prove myself to the school because I have such a high standard for what I can do.”
For most of the second half the score remained 2-2 with each team having scoring chances. Senior goalkeeper, Victor Jacinto blocked numerous shots from the Viking attack. Jacinto said, “I had to stay focused and be ready at any time.”
Minutes before the game ended a rebounded ball hit one of Marina’s players, scoring for Estancia and put them in the lead for good putting them in the lead
Estancia won 3-2 and will play again on December 14 against Saddleback High School.
My name is Gisselle Suarez, I enjoy spending time with friends and family because they are the people that matter the most to me. I'm a very shy person but once you get to know me you'll realize that I'm not as shy as I seem. I hope you enjoy going through my blog and learn something out of the stories posted.