Estancia High School will be undergoing some changes this upcoming school year. Estancia’s current pool will be updated to a brand new Olympic size pool. According to Mr. Tolzda, Estancia’s vice principal, the new facility will be named Estancia’s Aquatic Center. Additionally, the girls and boys locker room will be remodeled along with the pool. The construction of this project began Friday, May 3rd, 2019 and will finalize February of 2020 just in time for the upcoming water polo season.
The new pool will be built on the blacktop area right in front of Jim Harryman gym. The area where the anterior pool was located will be remodeled into an outdoor lunch area that will also be used for future dances and assemblies. New mobile lunch tables will be purchased so that it will be easy to remove them for other future activities, such as outdoor dances, banquets, etc. The locker rooms will be remodeled by small sections so that physical education students can still make use of the locker rooms to change.
Both projects and construction will be safe for students to be around. The fencing around the construction area will remain to keep people safe until the project is completed. Tolzda informed, “They have a safety inspector on sight, his main job is to walk around the area making sure that it’s safe not only for the workers, but for the students as well.'' Currently the project is on track to meet the completion date.
Reporter: Jeraldy Gomez
Estancia's 2019 prom was held at The Mansion nightclub on Saturday night June 1. The dance started at 7 pm and ended at 10:30 pm.
At the start of the dance it was a bit slow but it didn't take long for people to get their groove on. There was a game room where you could play Super Smash Bros as well as Billiards but was not accessible to students because the cues could be used as weapons. There were sacks like strawberries and bananas that you could dip into a chocolate fountain. There was also salted chips, rice krispie treats, cookies and small sandwiches. The whole time people were dancing and singing along to songs. An Estancia High School senior, John Mojica said, “Prom was really fun, I enjoyed my night.”
Throughout the night, multiple mosh pits were going off, but was later stopped by a teacher. Towards the end of the dance the Prom king and queen were being announced. Raul Gonzalez was chosen as Prom King and Mackenzie Mcintyre for Prom Queen. After the announcement the dancing kept going. It wasn't only students dancing at this point but some teachers as well. An Estancia High School senior, Georgina Gonzalez said, “Prom was fun with my friends and so was the photo booth.”
Reporter: Brian Luna
A new pop singer has surged in popularity and is taking over the industry. Billie EiIlish, a 17 year old girl from Los Angeles is challenging the norms of society. At 13 years old she uploaded her song “Ocean Eyes” which went viral overnight. The song now has over 19 million plays. Since uploading “Ocean Eyes” in 2015 she now has several songs with bold messages and influence. Amy Romero says, “I love her song Ocean Eyes, it’s so peaceful and I listen to it on repeat.”
Today artists flash a lot of skin and perform provocative shows but not Eilish. She’s always sporting baggy clothes, explaining in a Calvin Klein ad that she dresses the way she does because she doesn’t want the world to know everything about her. Therefore she uses fashion to protect herself. Eilish says, “Nobody can have an opinion because they haven’t seen what’s underneath.” Her second album titled “Don’t Smile at Me” is gloomy and catchy with sad lyrics. It’s eerie at best. She explains in an interview one of the reasons for the title of her album saying, “Girls are. ‘Look happy, look like you're having fun!’ I'm not gonna look like anybody except what I am. I want to impress myself.” She has also said before, “ I hate smiling, it makes me feel weak and powerless.”
In her song “Xanny” she sings, “In their secondhand smoke still just drinking canned coke.” Billie Eilish admits she doesn’t do drugs despite them being everywhere around her at her convenience. She says,”It used to be like, ‘Oh my god, you smoke?’ And now it's like, ‘Oh my god, you don't smoke?’ It's stupid.” Billie Eilish is in the minority of celebrities that choose to be sober. Estancia student Nancy Serrano said, “She is so inspirational, it makes me feel like can do anything cause she’s so young.”
Eilish is typically seen with electric blue hair, sometimes deep purple and other times silky silver. Meanwhile her expression is intimidating. Her eyes say, “don’t look at me” with her lips parted just barely as if she’ll spit on you if you came any closer. She doesn’t appear to wear any makeup besides lip gloss. Her outfits are carefree and vibrant to stand apart from the crowd. Eilish is not a “one hit wonder” she is talented and unique and produces catchy songs with addicting choruses. She is on her tour “When We All Fall Asleep” traveling the U.S. through May 29 to mid July.
Reporter: Claudia Arce
On June 1, 2019 students were lined up to enter the Prom venue The Mansion, formerly known as Shark Club, and were greeted by a red carpet and tons of security. As students entered the venue they were given the option of voting for their prom King and Queens. The prom court for the boys included Victor Jacinto, Miguel Pena, and Raul Gonzalez. The prom court for the girls included Mackenzie McIntyre, Leticia Mondragon, and Jennifer Neri.
The Mansion had an open space to walk, there was no way of being cramped: except on the dance floor, Junior, Wendy Galvan said, “The venue was very nice and suited the theme.” The dance floor was full of students and the line for the photo booth was almost reaching the dance floor and because of that, very few students were playing in the game room or eating, everyone was enjoying the presence of the soon to be leaving seniors, and just having a good time, the only downfall once again, the music.
There was a sea of students that filled the dance floor and as soon as a song came on that the crowd wasn’t a fan of, there were waves of students leaving the dance floor. The DJ, who came with the venue, was loved for his Spanish music. Senior, Brandon Cordero said he didn't enjoy the music and said, “We’re not in school so we should just let the cuss words play in the music.” Besides the music, there was a good vibe from everyone and tons of photos taken at the photo booth. Students were asked to leave the venue at 10:30pm as the venue was a nightclub, and students weren’t given a chance to slow dance with their dates, but before the night ended, seniors Raul Gonzalez and Mackenzie McIntyre were crowned Prom 2019 King and Queen.
Reporter: Nessa Osso