Social Media Awareness

by Kayla Villaruz

One way people interact with one another, entertain themselves or others, and share or gain information is through social media, which becomes more and more popular each day for its convenience. Social media platforms such as Snapchat, Twitter, And Instagram- the three most common forms of media used in this generation- can be used on a personal level to make stronger connections with family and friends, regardless of how far away they are from each other. At times, social media may even be informative, spreading around reports on events viewers might not have heard about. Though social media can be an amusing place, the most important thing it can be is a dangerous place, which tends to slip people’s mind.

Academy of Education and Empowerment (AEE) junior, Joshua Viado, says, “Social media, in my opinion, isn’t a safe place. People are so reckless as to accidentally [leak] private information. There are also stalkers online so we need to be careful about what we put online.”

Getting involved with social media puts you at risk for things such as cyberbullying and cyberstalking, which is a big issue in today’s society, though it may not be such a big deal at Carson Complex. Many people come across a post with extremely negative content, and instead of reporting or blocking it, they take part in the disturbing behavior by commenting or continuing to spread it onto other, perhaps younger, viewers’ and users’ timelines. Sometimes it is done in secret where the bully hides their identity by creating a false one, an entirely different account, sending messages people wouldn’t know to hold them accountable for. So to keep the younger generations safe, should young children have more restrictions on social media?

Carson High School junior, Kent Zeballos says, “I don’t think younger people should have restrictions on social media because sooner or later they will be exposed to what they see on there.”

You can try all you want to not expose your younger relative to the inappropriate posts, comments, and pages on social media, but it’ll come to a point where you cannot manage their timeline at all time and supervise what they view. They’re bound to find out, it’s inevitable.

Meanwhile, other people like Academy of Medical Arts freshmen, Eliza Argentera, says “I do think that younger people should have restrictions on social media. I feel like the more they spend time on [social media], they won’t really care about the [type of content they view].”

Possible restrictions can be in correlation to their age. It is a common dilemma for parents to decide at what age they should allow their kids have access to social media. The purpose this idea of prohibiting young children from having social media or following certain accounts on there is to teach them what is and is not appropriate to view and post. Such things are important to consider for an individual’s safety and for the safety of others.

CHS junior James Dix says, “I don’t think there should be a restriction on the time used, however there should be a restriction on pages they visit…”

Numerous people vary in their perspective on social media restrictions- to agree, to disagree, or to remain neutral and compromise on resolutions or preventions of the dangers of social media. Should younger generation social media users have restrictions or is awareness on the issue of fake accounts, cyberbullying, cyberstalking, and other dangers enough for their safety?


Rose Scholars

by Jahiem Hopper – Staff Writer

The scholarship search has been extended to yet another opportunity. 3x NBA All Star point guard Derrick Rose of the Minnesota Timberwolves has started a college scholarship fund for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Rose created the scholarship fund hoping to motivate students.

“Derrick hopes to inspire students to be creative, put in some work, chase dreams, change the world, make it better”, according to Continue reading “Rose Scholars”

Should School Start Later?

by Jenna Okada: Photography Editor

Carson High School (CHS) has been starting school at 8:00 a.m. for generations and the amount of students coming late has peaked within the 2000s.
Staff member of CHS, Ernie Enesi said, “The tardy problem [this year is] not as bad. It’s not at a level that it’s been in the last six to seven years.”
The students are not the only ones at fault for the tardy issue; the people who bring them are too. Everyone can do a better job at arriving to campus before class starts, but starting school later in the day may help the parents or guardians get their children to school on time and give students more time to get to class in the morning.
Enesi said, “Parents wake up late, students wake up late, traffic… it could be a number of things. Being tired could be another factor.”
To add on, Academy of Medical Arts junior, Reign Casino said, “School should start at 9am. People could get here earlier and get breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”
This hints that students may be tired and aren’t really energized or motivated to come to school because they don’t have the time to start their morning with a proper meal. Many of the teens on campus don’t eat anything at all in the morning because time just doesn’t permit.
Casino reasoned, “Some students walk here. They need time. Students can catch up on homework because these AP classes aren’t doing it for me.”
School is already viewed as a challenging place for the youth; the workload itself may be overwhelming and stressful. It is common for students to sleep late due to the amount of homework they receive, and often, the ones who go home right after school aren’t the ones who struggle with the school’s schedule.
The majority of students on campus participate in extracurricular activities, which includes both school related and non-school related activities. Members of the youth are also members of clubs, sports teams, and other organizations, which demands their time, dedication, and energy. These students have practice, which may require working out, service events, church maybe, and on top of that, they are expected to uphold a social life with both family and friends.
Not getting enough rest and nutrients in the morning only contributes to the negativity the students undergo. For such reasons, starting school as early as 8am is not a clever idea.

Plastic Straws: the Environment or the People?

by Kryssel Villaruz: Co-Editor in Chief

Recent controversies regarding plastic straw bans have drawn focus to the products itself and to its distribution in businesses and public venues. Plastic straws were originally created as a temporary solution to the difficulties of the elderly, the disabled, and the hospitalized in being able to consume fluids. But for how much longer are such individuals going to turn to plastic straws? What are the problems in using plastic straws anyway?
Well, the buoyancy of plastic straws that allow it to travel outside of bins into the environment is problematic. Online sources declared 8 million tons of of plastic products end up in landfills, oceans, and streams each year, and 100 million marine animals die annually because of it ( and In addition, biodegradable and substitute straws have other issues- not being sanitary, posing cutting risks, and having potentially fatal food allergies. So if no kind of straw is 100% effective, we should ban plastic straws.
Wrong. Plastic straws are an essential part of life to several members of the disabled community. During times when plastic straws are not available to them, they often cannot drink. The problem is not the plastic product itself, but that the majority of people use the plastic creation for convenience rather than for necessity and do not recycle it.
Academy of Medical Arts (AMA) junior, Shekina Villacrusis, stated, “I think some people don’t recycle because they’re too lazy to collect it, bring it home, [and] bring it to the recycling center”.
Senior student Kamryn Alferos from AMA claimed, “People are ignorant to the fact that if you don’t recycle, it’ll pollute the world.”
The lack of effort to properly dispose of plastic waste contributes to pollution, releasing gases that take years to fully disintegrate into the atmosphere, but most people couldn’t care less about it.
Carson High School’s (CHS) senior Jasmine Hurtado, who is co-president of the Go Green Club- an organization at the Environmental Science, Engineering, and Technology (ESET) academy that helps with the beautification of the school and the community- believes the issue stems from “…lack of knowledge [of what’s recyclable and what isn’t].”
In fact, when asked if they knew any policies regarding the matter of recycling, Villacrusis and Alferos, along with junior student Khameron Belleza from CHS, said, “No, I don’t.”
But Hurtado mentioned that “…in school we don’t force people [to recycle], but we try to provide as many blue trash cans for kids to recycle more often.”
The idea of making recycling bins just as abundant as trash cans and encouraging people to recycle starting at a young age are especially important in both private homes and public venues. Making an effort to recycle, promote recycling, and create a secure disposal bin made specifically for lightweight recyclables are the best ways to prevent plastic waste from doing harm to our world- not banning necessities for the handicapped or disabled. We must consider where our trash ends up, be as eco-friendly as possible, and remember to recycle and spread awareness!

Super – Intended Changes

by Matthew Alvarez: Editor in Chief

If you’ve been clued in to district happenings, you might know that this year the Los Angeles United School District voted a new superintendent into office on May 1st of this year, with a 5-2 vote from a “charter majority.” His name is Austin Beutner, and he has held a variety of positions prior to his contracting- former deputy mayor of Los Angeles (LA), publisher of the LA Times, as well as investment banker.
You may take notice that none of these are related to educational experience. It is because Mr. Beutner has none, which was one of the catalysts for the two votes against his selection.
“The new superintendent is in the business of education,” United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) teacher representative Ms. Coyle of Carson High School said, “I’m in the education business.”
The reasoning behind Mr. Beutner’s selection as the new LAUSD superintendent is that there are long-standing issues within the district such as “soaring pension costs, underfunded benefits for those who retire, and disappearing state dollars due to lack of enrollment” (LA Times) that the superintendent is expected to address.
What is the significance of Mr. Beutner’s selection regarding the future of LAUSD and its schools? Teachers, who wish to remain anonymous, have expressed concern over planned reductions of resources overall, both for them and for students. This includes, but is not limited to, a reduction in salary and benefits, an increase in classroom population, work hours, and testing.
Additional concerns regarding Beutner include his assessment of the treatment of educators. Mr. Beutner is under the impression that teachers’ salaries are too high and that their medical benefits are too expensive. He also seems to consider some student resources- like librarians, mental health experts, and nurses- expendable.
A notable effect of Mr. Beutner’s prospective plans for the district is the organization of a teacher strike. This would indeed entail teachers picketing outside of the school rather than staying in their rooms and directing lessons . The prospect of such an event is as alien as the selection of a superintendent with no experience in the positions of educators or board members. Have you ever entertained the mental image of teachers and staff doing that sort of thing?
Perhaps, though, this new “acquisition” by the district is not to be permanent. According to UTLA representative, Ms. Inouye, who is working to inform teachers here at Carson High of the superintendent’s actions as well as organize the planned strike, Mr. Beutner has a history of holding stable occupations for only a few years at a time. His contract states that he is to be our superintendent for three years, but knowing him, that may be cut short.
“Give [the district] feedback in terms of what you want to see,” Ms. Inouye said.
As one student in an ocean of thousands, you may feel that your significance to the school is similar to an ant. This is actually not the case. The school district is built to serve and educate you, not the other way around. Your feedback allows the district to know which things require change and improvement. If you have a problem with something, staying silent is definitely not going to help. Voicing your opinion on such matters and speaking up gives you a viable chance at causing change, or at the very least, making the issue known, and your teachers, counselors, and even the principal are always available for assisting you in matters that are important to you in regards to your learning environment.

Seniors, Stop Procrastinating!

by Diamond Washington: Staff Writer

Seniors, generally speaking, have issues with procrastination. They often wait until pressure builds at the very last minute to get things done, whether it’s completing assignments, buying a yearbook, paying for tickets for senior events or activities, etc. As seniors, we all have responsibilities and expenses to take care of.
Many seniors believe being a senior is costly, “…because the activities such as prom, homecoming, yearbooks, field trips, picnics,and all the other things that deals with being a senior,” said Carson High School Senior Ian Bell.
However, there are various ways to resolve money issues.You can plan ahead by calculating the average cost of such things and creating a savings account, or even just storing your money into a small jar that can be sealed away for later use. All the money teens spend on entertainment devices or convenient items can instead be used to pay senior fees.
Academy of Medical Arts (AMA) Senior Rayiana Smith states, “Our school should do more fundraisers, and students should come together [off campus to] help raise money for all seniors”.
It’s evident that effort is required not only from the individual themselves but from the entire class, students’ parents or guardians, and the administration.. Self control is a skill that many lack in regards to paying for something, however, it is an essential skill for such matters.
According to CHS senior D’Anthony Rhines, “it’s a little bit of both our parents and the administration.We are still under our parents control but I know we all have our ways of getting money.The school should still give back to the students for working hard all 4 of these years.”
Agreed; parents have a large portion of responsibility in pertains to their child’s financial situation. However, high school students are young adults nearing their stage of independence and adulthood. They are old enough to find a job or paid internship. In addition to raising funds and finding a job, the school administration can decrease the expenses for senior events and activities.
“I am in charge of the things for seniors at AEE. [I’m also in leadership, and I] think there are ways to lower prices,” said Academy of Education and Empowerment Senior Kailey Gavin.
The people in charge of planning such activities can find alternatives for their venues, decorations, and activities. They should consider various ideas for funding and think ahead of time as to how the seniors are going to afford to pay to attend and participate in the sort.
“My responsibility as a senior is to make my grades go higher and to do what I need to do to be successful,” stated Carson High SChool Nia Hicks.
Yes. Seniors’ top priorities are keeping their grades up and doing their best to comprehend what they are being taught in class. But senior year is the year prior to the start of adulthood and the end of being able fully dependent upon others- your parents, your teachers, your peers,etc. Senior year is meant to be enjoyed and senior events are planned specifically to fulfill that expectation. However, there are more relevant expenses to cover than a dance, cheaper venues to spend time with your friends than wherever grad night is, and better meal options to eat than the pasta at prom… Save up for personal transportation, for college so student loans don’t put you in debt, for basic necessities, etc. Seniors need to step up- stop procrastinating and learn to prioritize.

ZT on TV

by Manaia Moala: Staff Writer

Carson High School’s very own junior Zonaye Tupuola recently received national exposure due to the epic performance she displayed during her rugby game.

One of her highlight plays went viral on social media and on Rugby 7’s magazine, which was later posted on Sport Center.

Off of a penalty, Tupuola received a pass from Pacifica High junior, Punipuao Skipps. Following the pass, Tupuola CRUSHED the defender in front of her to and added points onto the board.

Tupuola started playing rugby when she was 9 years old and she’s going into her 4th year of play. This was a big moment in her rugby career. Her peers are very proud of what she has achieved.

“When I saw my highlight on Sports Center I was shocked and proud of myself at the same time. I was hopeful for college scouts to see”, said Tupuola.

Tupuola’s teammate, junior Amaya Moala from Academy of Education and Empowerment said, “I was very surprised because not a lot of rugby videos make it on Sports Center. I was also very proud and happy that she made it very far.”

Zonaye’s teammates feel that she’s had a big impact on their rugby team and their enjoyment of the game. They believe that she’s a great leader and is very hard working.

Tynesa Taulua, senior from Academy of Medical Arts said, “Zonaye is younger than me by a couple months, but she’s someone I look at on the field. She always puts forth her best effort & never gives up which definitely shows in practice and every game that we play. Her impact on the team is really strong, she constantly pushes us to give it our all. All her hard work is paying off and I’m excited to see where this is going to take her.”

AEE junior Klarice Sakamoto adds, “This is going to be my 3rd year playing with Zonaye. She has impacted my rugby life only for the better. Every time I see her make a big play she motivates me to make one too. I just watch her form, technique, and her performance. She inspires me to be just like her!”

Tupuola wishes to continue her rugby career by get an athletic scholarship to play in college. Best of luck to her in the future!