New College Center

by Cynthia Ortiz // Co Editor-in-Chief

Returning Carson Complex students may have noticed the college center’s brand new room. The relocation occurred over the summer in preparation for the 2019/2020 school year and ever since, has made quite a difference for students and staff alike. 

Carson High School senior and peer counselor, Jasmine Broadnax, said “[It’s the little things] like the lighting is much better and there’s a lot more storage room now. Overall, it’s just less cluttered than last year’s room and we’re able to assist and serve students more efficiently.”

 This new college center also has newly added features such as: more sinks (to help keep the space clean), and better organizational systems. It’s quite diverse too. The college center can help students with anything from fee waivers for college applications and AP exams, SAT and college class sign-ups, and of course, choosing and preparing for the correct college for you. 

In fact, according to CHS senior and peer counselor Ronia Green, “Our mission is to inform and aid students who are unaware or not sure about their college options. On top of this, the inviting nature of the college center is [something] that makes it so special because from the moment you walk in, you’re greeted with smiles and open arms.”

Many underclassmen also might assume that the college center is only available to seniors, but that simply isn’t the case. All resources are free to be utilized by any grade level. One must only reach out and take advantage of the many things they offer.  

“I’ve been going to the college center since freshman year, and I always went there for help when it came to sign ups or [when I had] questions about colleges. I can say with 100% certainty [that] the college center helps people out to the best of their abilities and [I see now] that we all go above and beyond to make sure of that,” explained CHS senior and peer counselor, Brian Gonzalez. 

With the combination of a new and improved location and our wonderful peer and college counselors, the college center’s success is sure to only blossom from here. The inspirational teamwork and passion for further education they exhibit aims to encourage students to pursue college and though it may seem daunting and intimidating, they’re ready and willing to help make the process a lot smoother and easier. With that being said, if you wish to pay the college center a visit, you may do so at room G9. 

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Mr. Rich’s Big Move!

by Nova Gallegos // Staff Writer

Former Carson High School vice principal, Mr. Rich, has moved to the Academy of Medical Arts, now taking on the principal position. And although we are saddened by his departure from CHS, we are overjoyed that he has taken this opportunity, as it has been a desire of his for quite some time. In fact, many individuals at CHS were instrumental in supporting Mr. Rich’s change in schools.

 “Dr. Warren was really nice in supporting me in that area where I wanted to grow and become a principal,” said Mr. Rich.

Staff and students alike have long noticed how helpful he is. Clearly demonstrating that he was always willing to help students with anything, he was a perfect fit for a potential principal. 

“When there was an opportunity to become the principal of AMA, I wanted to help the school and the students become the best they could be and make change happen,” explained Mr. Rich.

He definitely has plenty of goals he strives to achieve for AMA in the hope of making some improvements.

“The goal is to make AMA stand out, and I want it to be the place kids want to come to,” stated the new principal. 

He has many qualities that he can bring to AMA, including an ambition to help the teachers at AMA themselves. 

“This is my first year at the Academy of Medical Arts but just in working with him, he is very efficient. He gets the job done, and he makes you feel very supported. He is overall very helpful,” said AMA teacher Ms.Cianflocco. 

Dr. Warren also took time to recount how helpful Mr.Rich was and said, “Mr. Rich showed that he is very personable, he is a good multitasker, and he leads by example and is very passionate about what he does. I am very happy for him and know he can accomplish  many things at AMA.”

Mr. Rich’s transition is one that many are looking forward to due to his charismatic attitude and consistent positive outlook on education. It is without doubt that he will succeed as he advances with his career.  

The Selling Ban

by Richard Garcia // Staff Writer

Everyone’s been there. Your in class, stomach growling, and you look through your bag to find that you have a complete lack of anything to eat. Lucky for you, the kid two seats over is here to save the day with a bag of Hot Cheetos for the low, low price of one dollar. In this scenario, everyone involved wins right? The seller makes money, and the buyer walks away with a bag of chips that can satisfy his hunger, so is selling chips, candy, etc. really that bad? The simple answer is yes.

 Let’s take a look at why some students sell in the first place. In an interview with Carson High Student freshmen Yahir Patino he stated that, “They [students] can actually, like, save it for their college years as well, or for things that they would go out and buy for school supplies.”

Patino makes a good point in that some students struggle financially at home, and selling chips is one way students can help parents, or even buy things that they would need for school such as notebooks, pens, pencils, etc. Students may also use this money to pay for things such as uniforms or other supplies for sports or activities that they participate in.Most students would agree with Patino, that students should be able to sell during school. However, if you look at this from the perspective of the school, you’ll see why selling food items becomes a bad idea.

“I don’t believe they [students] should. My main concern is safety for the student” replied Ms. Vasques, a CHS math teacher when asked for her opinion on the topic. “Once it’s known that they are selling chips, drinks, etc. then the student body knows that those students have money on them, and that makes them a target for being robbed.” She later added that, “Years ago we had an article on this in the school paper and they actually talked to kids who said they made $2000 a month selling things.”

She brings up a good point in that students often walk away with a lot of money from all of their transactions, roughly $100 a day in cash. If the student didn’t have a safe way of getting home such as a ride from a parent/guardian, it would be easy to follow them after school and catch them off guard. Unfortunately, even if this wasn’t a problem, the school wouldn’t be able to lift the ban anyway.

“California education code 49431, 49431.2, 49431.5, and 49431.7, the sale of candy, chips, soda, and high fat/high calorie items on campus is prohibited  including for team/club fundraisers, and this applies throughout the entire school day.” read Dean Allen from the school dress and safety code

The ban isn’t simply from the school, or even the district, its from the state. These additions to the california education code are a result of Obama administration, more specifically Michelle Obama’s push to put healthier food items on school menus to reduce childhood obesity.

For the foreseeable future, the ban on students selling chips is here to stay, and while many students want to see it lifted, it’ll be better if it remains. The health and safety benefits of reducing obesity, and risk of students being a target of robbery outweigh the little monetary gain, that could be obtained in other ways such as a job, that a few students will receive.

Climate Change

by Kitahna Moe // Staff Writer

Climate patterns are changing in California and across the planet. Over the past century the planet earth has faced a change that can be critical to all living things. There has been little hints that foreshadowed that change was coming and the human race has done little to help it.  Leading from ice caps melting and water rising, global warming is getting worse. If we don’t start changing our ways soon, the world as we know it may never be the same. 

Academy of Medical Arts teacher, Mr.Taylor stated,  “I think if we don’t do anything to change it, it’ll get hotter and hotter and hotter, and weather patterns are going to change in a bad way. If nobody believes this is happening, as the Earth keeps getting worse and worse, people will keep thinking it’s just the pattern with things, and it’s really not.”

According to https://climate.nasa.gov recent studies show that the planet has been getting warmer and warmer since 1998. Due to the burning of fossil fuels or oil burning, the air is being filled with CO2. Warmer conditions will probably lead to more evaporation and precipitation overall. Living in Southern California, where it is overpopulated, may get harder if the weather keeps getting warmer. For example, we may start to get limited on water or food supplies. 

Soon there will be a time when it will be too late to change the climate back to normal. But even if we were to stop emitting greenhouse gases today, global warming would continue to happen for at least several more decades, or even centuries. If we start today, it will benefit the generations that are soon to come.

https://climate.nasa.gov also mentions, “ Responding to climate change will involve a two-tier approach: 1) “mitigation” – reducing the flow of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere; and 2) “adaptation” – learning to live with, and adapt to, climate change that has already been set in motion. The solution will require both a globally-coordinated response (such as international policies and agreements between countries, a push to cleaner forms of energy) and local efforts on the city- and regional-level.”

  When asked what will help global warming, AMA student, Tiara Misa answered, “ God’s timing is perfect it’ll take its course” 

Aside from these useful approaches, we can all do little things to help the world get back to its normal climate. For example, a push to cleaner forms of energy. Such as, transport upgrades, energy efficiency improvements, sustainable city planning, picking up after ourselves, etc. It may take some time but changing our daily lives in the smallest ways will benefit not only us, but the generations yet to come in many ways. The future of the world is based off of the actions we choose to make today.  

Here Comes Comedysportz!

By Blake Fabre // Photography Editor

When it comes to laughter one team on campus has got it in the bag. Comedysportz is an after school improv team celebrating its fifth year on campus. The players compete against each other for laughs in a sports genre, competitive show. Using this format, teams all over the United States and even in Manchester, England compete professionally. CSZLA (Comedysportz Los Angeles)  is the local division that Carson High’s team is registered under. CSZLA has a permanent residency at the El Portal Theater in North Hollywood and is housing three of its four competitive ensembles: the Main Stage Team, the Sunday Team and the College League. At Carson High, the team is officially recognized as part of the final ensemble, the High School League. The High School League includes schools from all the way in the Napa Valley to the Southernmost part of the state, such as San Diego and Encinitas. The High School League was meant to bring improvisation to a young crowd and teach them the skills that come tenfold with the art of improv. 

CHS Junior Brianna Barrera said, “It encouraged me to talk in public more and put out my personality.”

Along with public speaking skills and the ability to learn confidence, Comedysportz offers other valuable skills for anyone open and willing to take the risk of attending practices. 

When asked if she was able to develop confidence she replied, “Definitely, it took me a while, but if you’re surrounded by the right people with an encouraging environment you can [learn] at your own pace.” 

The low pressure environment of Comedysportz allows many students to improve how they handle situations they feel are uncomfortable.

“It gave me valuable things like social skills and helps with talking to people.” she finished. Comedysportz truly does create a safe space where all are welcome and where kids can try new things, laugh with each other and learn how to laugh at themselves. 

Carson’s team is led by two managers.They are seniors who have gone through the program and were elected to run the practices and organize the games.

Carson High Senior, Mia Molina, one of the co-managers said, “Being able to run a practice is quite hard. Managers must work closely together in order to put together a set schedule.”

The managers are also expected to make connections and contact other high schools to organize home and away games along with introducing games to the students who attend practices every week.

“[Teaching and creating the agenda] is the hardest thing we do. We basically act as teachers and try to give our “students” the best possible lesson to improve their improv.” she explains.

Team advisor, Mrs. Barryte keeps in close touch with the managers and help them to approve dates for games and outside activities. An example is the semi-annual GameCon, which is a Comedysportz conference where all the High School League teams gather and play improv games together and take classes taught by professionals who play at the El Portal Theater. Five times throughout the year, one of the professionals comes to the school and teaches improv workshops to Carson’s team. 

Carson High’s Comedysportz team practices after school on Tuesdays from 5:00- 6:00pm. Being that there is no set curriculum and the basis of the club being making ideas up on the spot, they welcome anyone from any school or academy to join in on the fun. If you’re interested or want more information you can visit Mrs. Barryte in F2 or direct message @chs.comedysportz on Instagram. They’d be happy to answer any questions you have. For a better taste of the program and for the loyal fans, they are announcing their first home game of the year on October 17th at 6pm in the MPR.

“IT” CH.2

By Neil Prestegui // Photography Editor

“IT’S” back! “IT Chapter Two” hit theaters on Friday, September 6. The Losers Club comes back to Derry, Maine, after 27 years to fulfill their promise they made as kids to kill the evil entity known as Pennywise, The Dancing Clown or “IT.” As the former childhood friends had grown up and moved on with their lives, they have long forgotten about the events that occurred before (“IT: chapter one in 2017”). It’s up to the Loser that stayed behind all these years to gather everyone up for their final showdown with The Dancing Clown Pennywise.

Mike Hanlon [Isaish Mustafa] stayed in Derry all these years waiting for Pennywise to wake up from his 27 year sleep cycle, as he still remembers all the dreadful events that happened before. 

 When Pennywise finally awakens, Mike calls the rest of the Losers to finally slaughter the “Dancing Clown”. The film follows in tradition with an R rating. However, with adult casts the film definitely takes a bigger advantage of its R rating than the first movie, as it includes some extremely disturbing scenes and real life issues, with a run-time of 3 hours that covers several material and highlights certain subtextual issues from the 1986 book that not even the 1990 mini-series could cover. 

 The big screen adaptation focuses on each of the characters making the viewers feel as if they’ve known the characters their whole life. Since the spectators get to see what these characters think and go through. The film makes people realize that these characters aren’t just potential victims in a movie, they’re people with lives, issues, and loved ones.

The film even seems to have a dream cast with similarities between the first cast and second cast being uncanny, the filmmakers have even pat themselves on the back with their casting to the point where the movie poster highlight the kids and adult actors similarities.

Moreover, Bill Denbrough [James McAvoy] the stuttering leader of the losers returns hoping to finally put an end to the guilt he’s carried all these years for not being there when his brother needed him the most, along with the notorious “TrashMouth” Ritchie Tozier [Bill Hader] who has a secret he’d like to keep under wraps, Mama’s boy Eddie Kaspbrak [James Ransone], New kid on the block Ben Hanscom [Jay Ryan],Female Lead Beverley Marsh [Jessica Chastain], and Librarian Mike Hanlon [Isaiah Mustafa] all return to Derry to end and put down the killer clown Pennywise [Bill Skarsgård] once and for all.

Loyal 2 the Soil

By Klarice Wolf-Gram // Staff Writer

 Carson High School’s football season has had a rough start, yet our captains are still determined. They keep the team motivated and are some of the key players. They continue to give their team hope. These particular athletes play a very big role to the team. The season hasn’t started off so great but these players certainly do not let that affect their game or contribution to the team.

 Athleticism is not the only thing these boys have to offer. They carry a lot of weight on their shoulders, being captains of the team is one of them. Not only do they do their assignments and perform well on the field but they work together to always make sure the passion does not die within the team.

Academies of Empowerment and Education, senior, Judah Foisia stated, “The biggest play I’ve made this season was an interception in the fourth quarter during the game vs Milikan. We should have won after that but we made too many mistakes. Being an upperclassman comes with a lot of responsibilities, so me and my co-captains take the initiative upon ourselves to guide our team.”

“My best play I’ve made so far this season was my pick six against Milikan,” said AEE, senior, Makoa Tuisalo’o.

 Tusialo’o agreed with Foisia about their feelings towards the outcome of the Milikan game. They both felt as if their team should have won but they just made too many mistakes mentally. Although mistakes were made, these individuals work to make sure that their team fixes all errors during practice, so come game time their mistakes will be minimized.

AEE senior, Jahlon Thomas said, “I help lead the defensive line both in practice and in the game. My contribution to the team is just to set the bar for the younger generation, and overall just to provide leadership. “

AEE senior, Micah Gardner stated, “I lead by example. My contribution to the team is providing leadership through my character both on and off the field

Despite the outcome of the first couple of games the captains feel as if we are headed in a good direction.