Our Beloved Tui

by Zonaye Tupuola & Kitahna Moe // Staff Writers

It has been shared that on April 24, 2020, we lost our beloved friend, teacher, and fellow colleague, Nu’usoliafaifuaina Tuimolau aka Tui. Looking back, all that is remembered of Tui are the good times and the incredible impact that he had on many.

Ms. Bird, his loving wife and Carson High School teacher, shared, “43 years ago I met Tui at Venice High School.  He was my goofy fun friend who would just show up. 30 years later, we reconnected.  He was my trifecta: best friend, love of my life, and partner in all things Carson and soon to be beyond. Together, we created a garden teeming with life and lessons, a robotics lab full of creativity, and Enginuity.”

Tui and Ms. Bird continued to honor their Carson family in every way for many years while simultaneously building a proud legacy.

“We never had children together, (Tui has 3, his youngest, Taimai, is soon to be a senior at Carson) but we do…we always considered Carson High School students as our ‘kids’”, said Mrs. Bird. “We will all miss Tui for so many reasons, and we need to keep those memories fondly in our hearts.  More importantly, take the lessons he taught and succeed in life.  Enjoy life! Tui enjoyed life to its fullest not by following a set of rules but by incredible integrity, generosity, intelligence, and humbleness.”

“Tui was an amazing and passionate person in every way! He dedicated many years of volunteer service toward the development and care of Carson’s ‘Edible Urban Garden’, toward the animals that thrive there, toward building the robotics lab in the ESET Academy, and toward helping individual students,” added CHS principal Dr. Warren.  “He cared deeply about making the ESET Academy great in every way and was instrumental in bringing public attention to the wonderful work that ESET students and staff accomplished throughout the years.  He was always willing to give a hug, share his thoughts, and cook a great meal! Tui will be sorely missed.”  

Many showed their love for Tui by creating posters and signs in remembrance of him. 

“Carson High School will be developing a plaque in his honor to be placed in the Edible Urban Garden,” Dr. Warren explained.

April 24th will forever be marked as a sad day for CHS, but we will always cherish the wonderful memories made with such a sweet soul. Kisses to the sky. Rest in peace Tui!

UC Berkeley Fiat Lux Scholarship Winners

by Jaelah McDonald & Charisma Mosley // Staff Writers

COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus, has taken precious moments, experiences, and people from our great world. Though this whole situation has been a very hard ordeal, a few of our Carson Colts have still managed to rise to the occasion and not let such a horrible situation ruin their future college experience. The Fiat Lux Scholarship Association has awarded full-ride scholarships to these three amazing ladies: Sydney Henderson, Sasha Guerrero, and Frances Suavillo.

This specific scholarship is awarded to students who have done exceptionally well throughout their high school career and are carefully selected through thousands of UC Berkeley applicants to be apart of a private program. The perks of this scholarship are paid tuition, books, and dorm to UC Berkeley. In order to receive this scholarship, you must’ve been attending a partnered school, such as Carson High School, and have applied to UC Berkeley because there is no application. Nominees are then informed of their nomination through their acceptance letter. Lastly, an interview is then set in place and after that nominees are then notified if they have received the scholarship.

CHS Senior Frances Suavillo stated, ”I’m really proud of myself for getting this
scholarship. I’ve worked hard and it’s so nice to see that my hard work is paying off.”

When asked who helped her through the process of applying to Berkeley, CHS Senior Sydney Henderson said, “My coach, Ms. Devercelly, helped me get in contact with a Carson alumni/swimmer who also received the scholarship… also CHS staff like Ms. Carter. Mrs. Cave and Mrs. Naufahu.”

The support system for any student is vital in the beginning of their college and future
career. The Carson High staff have put in long hours helping reach goals that they could only dream of. It’s a really amazing thing seeing students come from such a small city go on to start big careers and lives.


“When I read my acceptance letter from UC Berkeley, I immediately started crying..finding out that UC Berkeley chose me out of thousands of other applicants was the best feeling in the world”, stated CHS Senior Sasha Guerrero.

It’s amazing to hear the emotions the gorls got when they received that life changing letter. The scholarship is a testament to the long hours they put in to show these universities the type of student and person they are in their community. These three ladies are just a few of the proud seniors who got into their dream school this fall. Good luck to all in Class of 2020 and future Class of 2024. Colt Love! Carson High School showcasing true excellence and hard work to achieve the achievable.

Reopening? (Pro)

by Zonaye Tupuola // Staff Writer

There has been a lot of controversy since the start of the spread of coronavirus both at school and in the world. Before students at Carson High were asked to grab work packets from their teachers to prepare them for a two week break, there was already a lot of talk about the dangerous virus. A lot of the controversy was based off of whether covid19 was worth the huge fuss or not.  

For example, Academy of Education and Empowerment senior Tayla Puaina shared, “I honestly think everybody’s makin it bigger than it is. I mean think about it, if the way to prevent the virus is to wash your hands and make sure everything is sanitized 24/7 then we really just are scared of germs all of a sudden. Why does it take an actual “virus” to be spreading for people to wash their hands?”

Carson City resident Zelan Tupuola stated, “I feel like everyone is over exaggerating. Especially if the coronavirus has been around since forever and now all of a sudden we can’t go outside the house.”

I understand that statistics in states have been going up thus far for deaths from the coronavirus but, doctors have said themselves that the people who are most prone to dying from covid19 are old or already sick. I don’t agree with the stay at home order. The stay at home order is supposed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus and is instead putting people out of work. It would make more sense to have ordered cleansing systems everywhere. A lysol spray down before you come in the building or antibacterial sprays going off every 15 minutes in each corner of every store. I feel there are so many other ways to help prevent the spread of this virus and that we should have considered them before basically shutting the whole city down. The world went straight to the idea of a stay at home order and only keeping “essential businesses” open. But, now some are struggling to survive in these times because their job may have not been considered essential, so they’re out of work.

Reopening? (Against)

by Cynthia Ortiz // Editor-in-Chief

On April 16th, 2020 President Donald Trump announced his three phase plan to “reopen” the country by May 1st. The first phase of Trump’s plan includes the reopening of restaurants, movie theaters, sporting venues, places of worship, and gyms if they “observe strict social distancing,” according to Politico.com. Phase one also consists of continuing the closure of schools, prohibiting visits to senior living facilities and hospitals, continued closure of bars, and all those who are deemed “high risk” being instructed to remain in quarantine inside their homes. Phase two would be the gradual reopening of all schools and youth groups (under the assumption that phase one is a success), resuming nonessential travel, and the reopening of all parks, shopping centers, and large venues. The exception here would be no large gatherings over 50 people, and high risk individuals continuing to remain in quarantine. If phase two is a success, then phase three would then take effect, starting with ending quarantine for high risk individuals, resuming all work and visits to senior care facilities and hospitals, along with large public venues being able to operate under limited social distancing rules. Naturally, this has caused an uproar amongst many Americans as our country is still being heavily impacted by the virus on a daily basis. People are afraid of returning to their old lives so soon, and think it isn’t safe to do so this early.

This reopening isn’t mandatory, however, as Trump intends to give the final say to each state’s respective Governor. However, he has already garnered state supporters who are in agreement to the concept of reopening. These states are, according to The Washington Post: Texas, Minnesota, and Vermont, who are “announcing dates for easing certain restrictions.” 

The problem with this divide between states reopening is the possibility of further spreading the virus and as a result, worsening the condition of our citizens health. And although our economy is also taking a big hit, is our health and safety truly worth risking? Is the economy more valuable than the lives of millions? 

This current pandemic is the biggest and most deadliest we’ve ever had. Reopening by next month just seems ignorant given the fact that the death toll continues to rise as days go by. It is unsafe in the world right now, and therefore unwise to pitch this concept to our nation. As of right now, the best thing to do is to stay home and continue practicing strict social distancing. As Michigan Governor, Gretchen Whitmer said, “It is better to be six feet apart right now, than six feet under.”

“AMA”zing Senior Class of 2020

by Ashleigh Almodiel // Entertainment Editor

Amber Nicole Francisco

AMA Class of 2020

Los Angeles Harbor College – Nursing

– Carson High School Girls Tennis Senior Head Captain -Placed 10th in California for Healthy Lifestyle in Freshman Year
– 10th Grade Representative in Sophomore Year, Co-Historian Junior Year, Co-President Senior Year
– Carson High School College Peer Counselor 2019-2020

“My parents encouraged me to join clubs or a sports team, to do well in school [which] made me as a [AMA-zing] student and shaped me to be the person I am today… being in [the Academy of Medical Arts]… [helped] me to become more outgoing and to speak more for myself. I can now confidently project my voice and present comfortably to even strangers, an accomplishment that I could only obtain from AMA.”

Joshua Miguel Royo Chan

AMA Class of 2020

UC Berkeley – Environmental Science/Engineering

– Recognized by the city of LA for being an upstander to the LGBTQ+ community
– UC Berkeley SEED Scholar
– HOSA- Future Health Professionals :Vice President – GSA – President
– Senior Council – AMA Representative President 2019-2020

“Coming to the [Academy Of Medical Arts] gave me the mindset I needed for college. Throughout my high school career, I made sure to not think of “at the moment” but to think of “in the future” I shaped my actions to benefit me in the long run…”

Charity Lameta

AMA Class of 2020

BYU-Provo – Mass Communication

-HOSA JUMP Coordinator (11th & 12th grade) -PEER President (12th grade)
-Organist for Church Ward
-Received Young Women Medallion (awarded for doing minimum 80 hours of service)
-Youth Citizenship Seminar at Pepperdine University (Nominated & Awarded)
-Admitted at BYU-Provo as a Pre-Communications major

“The amount of support and love I felt from the Academy Of Medical Arts community and staff will continue to stay with me as I go out of State to College and show others who I am and where I came from. I will always cherish the amounts of stress and lessons I learned from the teachers of AMA. Their words of encouragement have allowed me to stay motivated to push through the hard times and endure to the end. “

Teachers who are Going Above and Beyond

by Ashleigh Almodiel // Entertainment Editor

Not all Heroes wear capes nor granted superpowers to save the world, like in T.V shows or movies, but the real Heroes are the shapers of our Future, individuals who do not give up on their students despite the deadly pandemic. The Coronavirus that took away students’ experiences of good education inside the classrooms.


The educators of Carson High School, Academies of Education and Empowerment, and Academy of Medical Arts signifies as the real saviors of the world as they wholeheartedly continued teaching with productivity as well as positively interacting with their students, through the use of digital education.


AMA teacher, Ms. Niki Engler said, “I teach six classes and have four different preps. I try to stay as organized as possible and stick to a schedule…I mainly use Schoology, Zoom, and Email to stay connected with my students. Specifically, I like to use the discussion board feature on Schoology [for students] to interact with each other and have online “discussions.” One example is our goal setting in my class. I love seeing how my students have adapted during this time and are still working hard to achieve the goals they set for themselves back in January…they are very supportive of their peers and the progress they have made!.”

AEE teacher Mr. Raphalone Mertens said, “Just like the majority of teachers on this campus, I teach six periods, but two sets of my classes are the same subject. This year I am teaching two Algebra 2 classes, one Honors Algebra 2 class, two Pre-Calculus classes, and I coach the boys’ volleyball team…Keeping in touch with students is crucial… I prefer to sparingly use phrases and slang common amongst the students…[but] I think that earning students’ trust and respect is the most important thing I can do as a teacher. I also infuse as much humor (corny jokes and all) as possible in the class. This is who I am – someone who LOVES Math and insists on having FUN while teaching it.”


Just like Ms. Niki Engler and Mr. Raphalone Mertens, several educators dedicate themselves to educating and supporting their students who need help. Both teachers are the best “HEROES” that we students should look up too, as they are Above and Beyond Extraordinary Teachers of our school.

Thank you to all teachers around Carson High School, Academies of Education and Empowerment, and Academy of Medical Arts, on their commitment to teaching. Our teacher superheroes influenced and encouraged us to do better, to be productive, to do well in school, and to be awesome.

Teachers are Above and Beyond Heroes, you continued spreading good education, despite this global pandemic. So, Teachers, Faculty, and Staff, as well as Principals and Counselors- You, are the best! YOU ALL ROCK! You have made a great impact on our lives, the inspiration that we need. Thank You!

Maintaining Mental Health During Pandemic

by Keyla Walker // Staff Writer

It’s time to understand that Good Mental Health is significant during this crisis. Mental Health includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. Although some individuals seem to struggle with coping in the current situation due to the Virus, yet maintaining good Mental Health can fight off this ongoing crisis.


Performing Arts and Media councelor Mrs. Adler stated, “When you are feeling lethargic and don’t know how to get yourself going, make a [short] list…[to] feel [that] you [have] accomplish[ed] something. Then you can check off more things [on your list]. For example, have a check-off [to] stretch for 5 minutes.”


There are different methods to help maintain mental well-being as well as to stay productive, such as exercising, writing poetry or journal, meditating, reading books, finding hidden talents, drawing, calling a friend, blasting music, and dancing. These ideas will develop effective mental health as it eases stress.


Academy of Medical Arts senior Mia Usui shared “An article in Los Angeles Times: Feeling drained by coronavirus quarantine? Science can explain why by Deborah Netburn, [this article helps to] keep a strong mental boost [on] your immunity to any diseases… read[ing] [this article shows] meditation and deep breathing techniques [that] are important [as] it keeps low anxiety, depression…”

“[Remember to] be gentle with yourself. Don’t blame [or] hate yourself if you are falling short of your goals. If you have 10 things on your check-off list, and you accomplish 3, then say to yourself, “OK, I accomplished 3 things, tomorrow, I will update my list and try to do better”…[make sure to] watch some good TV and eat chocolate”, explained Ms. Adler.

Make sure to keep in contact with friends, families, councilors, and teachers through video chat, text, regular phone calls, and Zoom. Lastly, make sure to stay positive and bright, despite the situation.

There are some ways to help maintain mental health and stay productive. Do stretches, write poetry, meditate, read a book, find hidden talents, walk outside, write in a journal, color with crayons, notice your body, call a friend, watch the clouds, watch the stars, write a letter, view different art pieces, put on music and dance, let go of something hindering you, sit in nature, forgive someone, and make some music.

“Second, be gentle with yourself. Don’t blame yourself and hate on yourself if you are falling short of your goals. If you have 10 things on your check off list, and you accomplish 3, then say to yourself, “ OK, I accomplished 3 things, tomorrow, I will update my list and try to do better. Then IMHO which is not professional and has no basis in science, watch some good TV and eat chocolate”, explained Adler.

Make sure you step outside and enjoy some sunlight, you miss a lot when you’re surrounded by four walls. Keep in contact with friends, families, councilors, and teachers. It isn’t healthy to just stay in the house and keep in contact with no one. Being separated from everyone else can make you feel lonely and alone. Call your healthcare provider if you are extremely stressed out. You can always video chat, text, and have a regular phone call with someone so don’t completely shut people out. Lastly, just make sure you are being happy and thinking about the bright side of the situation.

How Students Really Feel About the Pandemic

by Ryan Wade & Jeremiah Woodard // Staff Writers

The Coronavirus pandemic has affected countless lives as it infects people of all ages, according to the World Health Organization. The pandemic not only took away the opportunities to see family and friends, but others have struggled in hunger, unstable mental health, unproductivity, and more.
Academies of Empowerment and Education sophomore Lia Baquir answered, “The pandemic caused stress on me, [as well as looking how] horrible [the] prevalent racism has been, [but] the quality of school work has diminished because of the pandemic, a great negative about this unfortunate situation, [because] the pandemic brought surprising benefits to me, [such as] managing time for school work and productivity…”

Carson High School freshman Angela Bis said, “I believe this pandemic is tragic because of all the deaths and the toll of hospitals around the world… I have been affected by the [schools’ shutdown], [but] I think it [was] a good [idea] to [implement] to lower the spread of Covid-19.”

Carson High School, including the Academy of Medical Arts and the Academies of Education and Empowerment, had closed on March 13, 2020, which counts as the 8th week of quarantine, students had ongoing Zoom classes to complete school works as well as to keep them productive. Although, some have been longing to end this crisis to ease the stress and anxiety.

CHS senior Ann Marie Di Pietro stated, “…it’s important… [to] follow the rules from the government. [The Covid-19 has] affected my social life… I can’t see my friends in person or go to my favorite place to help myself if I’m down.”

AMA junior Precious Molina shared, “I get to be with my family more, specifically my parents… [but] I felt nervous and anxious because like everyone else we have someone [we know] who is in the front lines…knowing that they have a high risk of getting the virus scares me.”

Coronavirus has been affecting millions of individuals around the world, not only in the U.S, whether it’s positive or negative, yet All have only one question to ask; When will be the end of this deadly pandemic?

COVID-19 School Update

by Kerieon Miller & Toby Uchendu // Staff Writers

The highly anticipated year of 2020, where we all thought it was going to be a year full of dreams being fulfilled and to just enjoy life better. However, it seems that we have jinxed it. Unfortunately, our school year has been terminated due to an outbreak of a new virus called COVID-19, otherwise known as Coronavirus. During the first phase of the spread of the virus, school remained in session and students were complaining about their safety going to school being in large groups for seven hours everyday, being at risk of contracting the virus. 

Each day teachers were notified on how to explain how to prevent being in contact of COVID-19 to the students. As the number cases went up, schools were finally set to close down until further notice. Teachers were to prepare a two week packet to keep the students learning and busy during their absence of school. This was a big adjustment to not only students, but to teachers as well because it happened so quick and teachers began rushing to get information and to be prepared for the next phase which is working  home. Last day of school, teachers handed out packets and workbooks that should be completed at the two week mark. Two weeks have passed and students think that people are taking this virus too seriously and quarantine is not necessary. 

“I think this is the most exaggerated strand of the flu, small businesses losing their jobs and that’s a bad factor,” said Carson high senior Darrius lewis. 

Carson high senior Nehemiah Woodard said, “Honestly the school should make it up to us somehow after all this over, because we deserve it. We worked so hard and to not be able to enjoy our activities is not fair.

Although activities such as prom, grad night and even graduation are canceled, students believe that the school should accommodate them.

Stay Inside, Stay Safe

by Cynthia Ortiz // Editor-in-Chief

On April 16th, 2020 President Donald Trump announced his three phase plan to “reopen” the country by May 1st. The first phase of Trump’s plan includes the reopening of restaurants, movie theaters, sporting venues, places of worship, and gyms if they “observe strict social distancing,” according to Politico.com. Phase one also consists of continuing the closure of schools, prohibiting visits to senior living facilities and hospitals, continued closure of bars, and all those who are deemed “high risk” being instructed to remain in quarantine inside their homes. Phase two would be the gradual reopening of all schools and youth groups (under the assumption that phase one is a success), resuming nonessential travel, and the reopening of all parks, shopping centers, and large venues. The exception here would be no large gatherings over 50 people, and high risk individuals continuing to remain in quarantine. If phase two is a success, then phase three would then take effect, starting with ending quarantine for high risk individuals, resuming all work and visits to senior care facilities and hospitals, along with large public venues being able to operate under limited social distancing rules. Naturally, this has caused an uproar amongst many Americans as our country is still being heavily impacted by the virus on a daily basis. People are afraid of returning to their old lives so soon, and think it isn’t safe to do so this early.

This reopening isn’t mandatory, however, as Trump intends to give the final say to each state’s respective Governor. However, he has already garnered state supporters who are in agreement to the concept of reopening. These states are, according to The Washington Post: Texas, Minnesota, and Vermont, who are “announcing dates for easing certain restrictions.” 

The problem with this divide between states reopening is the possibility of further spreading the virus and as a result, worsening the condition of our citizens health. And although our economy is also taking a big hit, is our health and safety truly worth risking? Is the economy more valuable than the lives of millions? 

    This current pandemic is the biggest and most deadliest we’ve ever had. Reopening by next month just seems ignorant given the fact that the death toll continues to rise as days go by. It is unsafe in the world right now, and therefore unwise to pitch this concept to our nation. As of right now, the best thing to do is to stay home and continue practicing strict social distancing. As Michigan Governor, Gretchen Whitmer said, “it is better to be six feet apart right now, than six feet under.”