Every year, Estancia students can't wait for the long-awaited fall production. However, here we are coming into Winter Break, and still nothing. Where has Troupe 1224 been? Our beloved drama crew has been writing an original play, To Whom It May Concern, for nearly a whole semester.
To Whom It May Concern is a play unlike any other meant to address topics that are usually overlooked and avoided by society. Concerning controversial topics such as anxiety and depression and immigration, this production speaks to these issues through the stories of students, families, peers, and citizens of Costa Mesa. While these topics can create some uncomfort, Troupe 1224 believes that they need to be addressed in order to begin change, even if only within the halls of Estancia. By bringing up thought provoking affairs, the audience is made to think about these issues - something that many try to avoid doing.
The entirety of the production has been written and produced by EHS students after they began brainstorming last school year. With help from writers John Williams and Carlo Odicino, the tales written and told are completely thought up by Troupe 1224. Pauline Maranian, Estancia's Drama Teacher, reveals that the stories will be told through a series of "Movement, music, comedy, and drama." With all this blood, sweat, and tears put into the production, it has become highly anticipated around campus.
The purpose of To Whom It May Concern, Maranian says, is to make the audience think about issues that they typically avoid or rarely question. It is also to show those who can relate that they are not alone and things will get better; it all starts with using your voice and asking for help.
To Whom It May Concern plays January 17-19 in the Barbara Van Holt Theatre. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Come out and watch a show that will make you more understanding of those around you.
Reporter: Cosette Terriquez
Unity is the state of being united or joined as a whole. Unity Day is the national day of bullying prevention where orange clothing is worn to to give light to a rather dark subject. In support of this day, retailers sell orange products or someone may take an orange coffee thermal to work as another form of support of Unity Day. It’s not just about wearing orange and bullying, it’s about coming together to be unified.
On Wednesday October 24, 2018, Estancia High School commenced its first Unity Night. Unity Night, like Unity Day, is about people coming together in support of the prevention of bullying. Unity Night at Estancia High School was hosted and supported by ASB and the Link Crew program. Admission to Unity night cost $6.00 including a TK Burger meal of one’s choosing. “The food was delicious!” junior link leader Xitlali Martinez said. Food options included either a cheeseburger, hamburger, chicken sandwich, grilled cheese or veggie burger. These also included a side of some delicious thin crispy fries. Leslie Ventura, another junior Link Leader said, “The fries were pretty bomb”. Hanging with friends and eating TK Burger was only the beginning of Unity Night. After eating from 5-6:30pm came the movie. Unity Night 2018 presented Avengers Infinity War. The night ended with a PG-13 rated movie in the big gym from 6:30-9pm.
Reporter: Makai Walker
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.
Reporter: Guadalupe Olivarez-Mendoza
Since 1986 Merle Hatleberg has been supporting the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa. Merle Hatleberg, was working as a Costa Mesa site director for the Orange County seniors program when she founded the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in 1986. Currently, the Soup Kitchen is serving about 200 guests per day, 7 days per week.
Meals are served Monday through Friday from 12:00pm to 3:00pm, and breakfast is served every Saturday and Sunday, from 9:00 am to 11:00 a.m. Estancia Senior, John Mojica said “The work is fast and demanding… Its a loving place, warm and welcoming”. Another volunteer Kurtny Gajotan said, “It's easy, they could ask us to do more… it's a comfortable place to be.” Someone Cares gets some of their food from people who donate every saturday and sunday but they also receive donations from Stater Brothers markets.
Someone Cares Tutoring Program provides help to children and their parents who don't speak English. Their belief is that, “feeding both the minds and bodies of the children is important to their well being.” In 2001, they started an after school program for children who live within the neighborhood. The Someone Cares Tutoring Program is open Monday through Thursday from 2:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. They help children with reading, spelling, language, math, science and technology for three hours weekdays after school. Children are served either a meal or a healthy snack while being tutored and a take home snack after tutoring. The Someone Cares Soup Kitchen really focuses on helping the community and those in need. Someone Cares Soup Kitchen is always looking for volunteers for either of their programs.
For more volunteer information, visit their location 720 W 19th St, Costa Mesa CA, 92627
Reporter: Brian Luna
On Friday, September 1st, 2018 North Carolina, recently suffered from a hurricane called Florence. Florence was first considered a tropical storm with winds of 70 miles per hour and became the third hurricane of 2018. Florence expanded and was categorized as a level 4 in areas with winds of 140 miles per hour and dropping up to 12 inches of rain. Due to the amount of rain it caused large waves at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina which worried many of the residents who lived nearby making them leave their homes. The hurricane caused major damage to homes and buildings which made people evacuate their homes because it wasn’t safe. The death tolls increased to 39 in North Carolina and about 890,000 people had no electricity and thousands in South Carolina were out of power as well. The power outages were estimated to grow by 3 million in Carolina due to the amount of rain and wind. North and south Carolina received help from the U.S. Army and National Guard sending 6,600 U.S. soldiers were in north and south Carolina to help in affected areas. While both North and South Carolina deal with the aftermath of the hurricane, Mexico Beach is now dealing with the potential of hurricane Michael. As result of hurricane Florence there have been deaths in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.
Sophomore president, Emma Goodman announced to Estancia’s student body that ASB is bringing back class competitions this year, starting with musical chairs.
On Friday, September 14th, 2018 participants from each grade level that were selected, played the first round of class competitions. When the song by Miley Cyrus started: “Party in the U.S.A.”; the first-class competition began. Within a couple of seconds the first participant was out – leaving the juniors short one person. Goodman announced, “so now the juniors have less of a good chance of winning.” Students cheered for their own grade level competitors. Seniors, Eric Kenneth and Bryan Sandoval received most of the cheers. Eric Kenneth was the next to fall out of the competition allowing sister, Melia Kenneth to tease her brother with the comment, “the taller they are, the harder they fall.”
In the final round, Sandoval and Adriana Ruiz (junior) were the last two left. Ruiz stayed strong even though the juniors were short one person from early in the competition. The upperclassmen fought for the first-class competition point. The song was changed for the last round to La Chona by Los Tucanes. The crowd continued to support Sandoval. When the song paused… Ruiz stole the chair and the first point for the class competition! Despite the crowd calling for a do-over, Ruiz got the marker to tally the juniors win.
These class competitions will resume every other Friday during lunch.
Reporter: Jennifer Neri
Vampire facials have become very popular ever since the reality tv star Kim Kardashian posted a picture of herself on instagram getting this facial done on her. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) also known as a Vampire Facial got its name from the use of the patient's own blood during treatment.
Not everyone is a candidate for the facial if they have blood issues such as ammonia or are on blood thinners. The facial itself can take up to 30 minutes to an hour and can cost up to $1,000 per treatment. The facial is said to reduce wrinkles in the face along with crows feet, dark circles around the eyes, dull/rough skin, acne scarring, and sun damage. What many people don’t know is the process of getting the facial done and how it works.
The first step is getting blood drawn and then put into a machine that spins the test tube for 5-10 minutes. It’s spun at a high speed separating a light yellow gel like plasma from both the red and white blood cells. The face is then cleaned and prepared with numbing cream. Once the numbing cream has kicked in, the dermatologist uses a tool that has small needles that poke into the skin. As the patient’s face starts to bleed, the yellow plasma is then placed in small amounts and rubbed into the skin. The plasma is used to heal the area which has been poked by giving it a fresh layer of skin.
For best results it is recommended to get three or more vampire facial treatments, but some people are happy with the results after just the first. After getting the facial done the skin is red and irritated similar to a sunburn, but by the second day the redness often fades but swelling may remain. The healing process can take from 2 to 3 weeks to even a month for the skin to be completely healed.
Reporter: Gisselle Suarez
Costa Mesa Police Department officer, Oscar Reyes passed away on Wednesday, September 12 after a fatal heart attack. He was found unconscious and later pronounced dead at the age of 43.
A memorial for Reyes was held September 21 at Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove.
Reyes worked for the Costa Mesa Police Department for 13 years and leaves behind many including his wife and three children. He was best known for riding his motorcycle around the streets of Costa Mesa and being a mentor in the Police Explorers program offered to high school students. At his funeral service, he was honored by many other officers and his loved ones. Reyes aided in keeping the streets of Costa Mesa safe from harm and has left his mark on those whom he worked with.
Reporter: Cosette Terriquez