Athlete of the Year

by Tatiana Jackson // Co-Editor-in-Chief and Sports Editor

Some people may think an athlete is just a person who is proficient in physical exercise, but a true athlete is characterized by dedication, focus, intelligence, and a strong work ethic. At Carson High School, Denaylan Fuimaono has showed us his skills throughout the year by competing for the Colts in three different sports include: football, rugby and volleyball. Additionally, he is an academic who takes great pride in earning superior grades.

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Say Hello, Wave Goodbye

by Israel Johnson // Staff Writer

With graduation fast approaching, the reality is finally settling in for high school seniors. As the days come and pass, seniors are preparing for their next steps in life and transitioning from high school students to young adults. Most are worried sick about what will happen once we leave the only people we’ve known all our lives. Most of the seniors here at Carson High School haven’t been too far outside of California, and though many are staying home, a few are leaving the nest and exploring life outside of sunny California.

Some students will have to deal with friends being miles away and in different time zones. CHS senior O’mya Butler said, “Although my friends will be journeying out of state while I stay home, I believe our friendships will not alter, even if we aren’t in the same time zones. Time won’t be a factor with us, because no matter the time, if someone calls, we’ll answer.”

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Classified Staff is Victorious

by Israel Johnson and Tristan Anesi // Staff Writers

Carson Complex understands the importance of all who contribute to make our campus life enjoyable. Besides the teachers and administrators, there are plenty of who help create the Colt Love that we are so proud of. These individuals include: custodians, bus drivers, teacher’s assistants, campus aides and cafeteria workers. Without their contribution, our school would not be able to function.

These workers, known as classified staff, were scheduled to strike on Tuesday, May 15 because “after nearly a year of negotiations, LAUSD has not made any significant movement to improve wages and staffing…”, according to a bulletin circulated by affected staff.

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Finding Comfort in Finality

by Edgerrin Panaligan // Op-Ed Editor

Many outgoing seniors can agree that the looming end of their entire high school careers has been wildly conflicting to deal with. They’re generally stuck in between wanting to finally leave and, at times, wishing that high school never had to end. They reflect on the good memories and moments they’ve shared with their friends and families, but they’re also left with a sense of wonderment about where their lives will take them come fall time. It’ll be the first time in a long time that they won’t be required to be at a school, they’ll mostly be of legal adult age with the freedom and flexibility to gain some type of employment, continue their education at the collegiate level, or do whatever they please. The transition from going through an established daily routine to having outright independence seems overwhelming at first sight, but before any of that happens, seniors must first accept the fact that such a large part of their lives is coming to end. The big question remains: how?

There are many senior-related activities and events near the end of the school year that serve as a culmination of four long years of hard work and commitment, events such as prom, grad night, and ultimately, graduation. Students might find getting through these events quite troubling, because while they should be having a great time and enjoying themselves, they might see the events as notches inching them closer toward denouement; the end of a significant act in their lives. In high school, people arguably learn so much more about themselves than at any other point in their entire lives. An incoming freshman will never be the same exact person they end up becoming as an outgoing senior. In high school, you learn about what fascinates you, what kind of personality you exhibit to others, and the type of people you feel comfortable around, amongst so many other things. All those feelings of resentment having to stay up late nights to finish a project, or to study a subject you’ll never coherently understand, seem to subside in hindsight, because they indirectly served as learning experiences that contributed to one’s ever-growing understanding of themselves. Many people are afraid to let go of that sentimental feeling, which makes it increasingly difficult to come to terms with the reality that their days left in high school are numbered.

“Personally, it’s pretty hard because [I’ve] been in school for so long, it’s become a part of who I am,” said Academies of Education and Empowerment senior Liliana Rodriguez. “But I’m really excited to move on and become more independent, and try to figure out what I’m going to do on my own.”

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Honor and Sacrifice

by Mark Tuufuli // Staff Writer

A sacrifice comes in many forms and shapes, such as life, and how precious it is. Four Marines were killed when their helicopter crashed while they were practicing desert landings in Southern California, the Miramar Air Station in San Diego on Wednesday April 4, 2018.

The Marines took off from a ground-combat center in the city of Twenty-Nine Palms for the routine training mission on Tuesday. The massive CH-53E Super Stallion crashed about 100 miles to the south in a remote desert area just outside of El Centro, near the U.S.-Mexico border. There were no survivors.

The helicopter was with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing out of Miramar Air Station in San Diego. Practicing desert landings is a routine part of training, said Capt. Morgan Frazer with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.

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Poetry Slam!

by Erik Espinoza // Guest Writer

Over 15 students participated in this year’s 2nd Annual Walk-up and Express Yourself Poetry Slam competition to celebrate National Poetry Month. This event was sponsored by the Social Justice Book Club on April 19 and 20 and concluded on April 27 in the Carson Complex Library where contestants read aloud their original poetry in front of an audience and in front of a panel of judges to compete for the grand prize.

Carson High School Librarian and Social Justice Book Club adviser Mrs. Bollinger
stated, “I started this competition because I had students who asked if there is an
open form for them to express whatever is on their mind, whether it’s home life, school, or relationships, they felt like they needed an open safe spot for them. I thought it was a great idea so I put the event together which happens to be in April and also falls in line with National Poetry Month.”

National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world which is celebrated by tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in today’s society.

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LGBT Club’s First Guest Speaker

by Rafael Dedios // Staff Writer

The Carson High LGBT Club has recently welcomed their first guest speaker, Mariel Fiedler from the Long Beach LGBT Center! She attended the club’s meeting on April 6, to discuss the ideas on how to make the club grow and how to contact the Long Beach LGBT Center.

Club advisor Ms. Schaefer said, “I am glad that we have had our first guest speaker to help guide and give advice to LGBT kids in our club who don’t feel comfortable with themselves.”

During the meeting Mariel introduced herself and had everyone say their names, what pronouns they go by, and what color they were feeling that day. She also informed kids on the important topics on what to do in terms of coming out, who to talk to when they are confused with their sexuality, and encouraged students to be vocal on their self identity in the political climate that America is in today.

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