By MICAELA PENALOZA
On April 7, Citrus Valley clubs joined together to host the annual Optimist Games held at Redlands High School, run by the Redlands Optimist Club. Possibilities and Octagon Club have participated every year. Student athletes from Redlands High School also participated in the games. Students from all elementary, middle and high schools in the Redlands Unified School District are involved of the playing the games. There are about 25 stations that each of the students attend. Later they had lunch and every student got an award. Also Girl Scout members handed out free Girl Scout cookies.
By MIA DELMONICO
On April 14 Redlands East Valley High School was visited by extreme sports specialist in an attempt to spread anti-bullying awareness. Members of the ASA high school tour program expressed the importance of bullying awareness in a new, engaging way and focused on mind opening statistics that shocked the school’s population. With a high flying show grasping the young generation’s interest, including a miraculous jump over a teacher volunteer, Mr. Ducey, attention was high and the teens were given the message in a more understandable way. This new approach to make people aware of the issues is sure to take the nation by storm and positively impact the United States public schools.
BMX bike experts performed several tricks impressing the students and creating a face to the anti-bullying project. The show gathered all kids together for an important cause. This bike presentation made possible with X Games competitors and extreme athletes worldwide. During the show several statistics about bullying across America alarmed kids and staff alike. These facts were followed by clarification and advice for all kids to further their knowledge on the topic. As the rally went on the heart stopping jumps continued and the advice turned into things each and everyone can do in their lives.
Along with the mind blowing stunts the U.S. Marines were also involved to support the project. They were holding a pull up contest and providing kids with information not only on the military but also on the subject of the day. With their support and the ASA tour team anti-bullying awareness is being taught around the country rather than hidden. The kids today are more informed and have less excuses to turn away from helping a known victim and tell someone about a bully. The main message of their visit was made clear by 24 year professional BMX rider, Gabe Weed, when he said, “ stand up to bullying, if you see anything take a screenshot and show someone, don’t be afraid to come to school because of some bullying, and take advantage of the resources around you.”
Citrus Valley seniors Emily Fu and Lindsay Neighbors. Photo by LAURYN BEST
BY LAURYN BEST
On March 25 to 26 the National Speech and Debate Association held a national qualifier at Claremont High School in Claremont, California. Citrus Valley seniors Lindsay Neighbors and Emily Fu took their last shot at Nationals in their high school careers. Fu qualified in the Domestic Extemporaneous event which is a one-on-one debate where the students are given a topic, their position, and only 30 minutes to prepare. Neighbors placed in Domestic Extemporaneous and Lincoln-Douglas which is another one-on-one debate in which the students are allowed to research their topic beforehand and lasts about 45 minutes. The following is a Q & A with the two girls.
Q: Can you explain how a typical competition works?
Emily: It usually runs from 7am to 7pm. You debate as my rounds as you can, but as soon as you loose 2 rounds you’re out. Lindsay made it to round 7 with only one loss in the Lincoln Douglas debate.
Q: How long have you been doing speech and debate and what’s your favorite aspect of it?
E: 4 years for both of us. I like that you can cover a large range of topics about things you’ve never heard of. You can also get a good understanding of things you thought you knew about.
Lindsay: That and a better understanding of how the world works. You can get a global view of different topics.
Q: How much preparation goes into a speech, and how does your coach help with that?
E: Well we’ve had 5 different coaches in the past 4 years we’ve been doing this. So most preparation comes from students. I’ll usually email Lindsay what I’ve prepared and she’ll give me feedback and comments on it.
L: It can take 2 or 3 hours to build a case or up to 2-3 days from scratch.
Q: Isn’t that hard to juggle with school work? You both take a lot of AP classes.
L: Yea, it gets hard to juggle with APs. Especially the week of competitions.
Q: Would you consider doing this in college?
E: The college speech and debate format very different as they have 5 person debates. At this level now we do individual events. I’m not going into law or politics so probably not.
L: I’m going into political science, so I’ll definitely look into it.
Q: What’s one important thing you’ve learned about the world, or even yourself, throughout your speech and debate career?
E: Definitely keeping an open mind. We have to debate both sides of a topic and you might realize both arguments are justified. Sometimes at the end I don’t know where I stand.
L: For me it was about personal growth. At first people who join are not very outgoing. You may join to know how the world works, but learn more about themselves in the process.
By ALEXIS CHAVEZ and MICAELA PENALOZA
The Youth Citizenship Seminar is a program designed to enhance the leadership qualities of the youth in the upcoming college bound direction.One of the perks are having the chance to speak “one-on-one communication with world renowned speakers and leaders from all walks of life” according to the Pepperdine University’s website. The YCS Program offers an opportunity for additional personal growth in hopes of returning that growth to their own community. Two out of Citrus Valley’s four nominees became the finalists, Bailee Kimery and Ryan Burton. Bailee Kimery was able to answer a few questions regarding the youth citizen seminar program.
What do you hope to gain from the experience ?
I would like to personally grow since the program emphasizes growth in communicative abilities and expression, encouraging students to put dreams to action
How will it benefit the community and your future?
This would benefit those around me since the conference aims to shape leadership qualities in people, crafting those who attend into the leaders of tomorrow
How did you get in?
I got in through a selective process.. first my teacher nominated me, then I applied and submitted an application answering questions to school. Then the staff at CV chose the 4 best students of those who were recommended. Then the remaining 4 sent in a long application to Pepperdine who chose the two finalists (Ryan and I)
By CAMERON KROETZ
On April 4 2017 at 6:30 am local time, an airstrike hit the rebel-held town of Khan Shaykhun in the northern Idlib Province. A few minutes after the strike, people began to notice symptoms of chemical poisoning, particularly pinpointed pupils, the mark of the neurotoxin known as sarin gas. About an hour after the attack people started arriving at the local hospital where they were treated but many were unable to reach it in time. Authorities in Idlib Province have determined that 74 people have died due to the attack but others such as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and French Ambassador to the United Nations Francois DeLattre have suggested that over 100 may have died.
The United States and its allies in Europe and Asia and the rebels in Syria have come to the consensus that the Syrian government is responsible for the chemical attack. President Trump has called the attack “reprehensible” and that the Syrian government should be held in contempt “by the civilized world” while France called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council. Russia, a staunch supporter of the Syrian government, maintains that there is no concrete evidence that President Assad is behind the attack on Khan Shaykhun while the Syrian government itself has denied any involvement and has blamed the rebels.
On the morning of April 7 the American ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley addressed the Security Council saying, “When the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action.” Later that day around 8:30 pm Eastern Standard Time the United States Navy fired 59 Tomahawk missiles aimed at the Syrian airbase from which the chemical attack was launched. The American attack killed six Syrian servicemembers and, according to Defense Secretary James Mattis, destroyed 20% of the Syrian government’s aircraft. This military response has divided opinions but there is one consensus: it sent a message.
The U.S. Administration has not publicly laid out any further plans for the region. The Civil War in Syria continues to rage on and it does not appear there is an end in sight.
By AHLORA SMITH
On April 12, 2017 there was a meeting to raise awareness for Autism presented by Zoe, who has had personal trials with the syndrome, as her brother had autism. In her introduction, she stated, “you may consider them unintelligent but they’re not… they’re just like us, they’re just a little quirky.” She also gave some examples of other autistic people she knew; for example, she mentioned someone she knew who had autism could simply glance at a cityscape and draw it from memory. There was also another autistic child who could ramble on forever about cars. Zoe said that people are usually diagnosed at the age two, and added her insight by stating that, “it’s so crazy they’re fighting to cure it… it’s not curable!” and continues on with, “they don’t get it. It’s heartbreaking.” She revealed later in the meeting that her brother died in a car accident that bother her and her mother were present for. It is so important to raise awareness for these types of real situations and ensure that those affected do not become forgotten. This is what the main message was from Zoe’s performance; autistic children are people just a little different and that doesn’t mean that it’s wrong, just that people naturally back away because they don’t understand it but it is something very amazing.
By CAROLINA SANCHEZ
On the weekend of April 7-9 was the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. The name may be misleading because there was not an awards ceremony, but instead a three day long camp filled with juniors from all over Southern California.
The camp consisted of groups of 6-9 students paired with one discussion group leader, or DGL for short, who would eat together, compete in challenges, and talk with each other. While this sounds like any other camp it is not. Each day was filled with motivational talks that were followed up with group discussions with the smaller groups. The topics ranged from how to be a good leader, to how to recognize and respond to bullying. Each camper was encouraged to expand their comfort zone.
This lead to students discussing things that never get talked about. This intimacy lead to the small groups becoming more than friends from camp, but family. That is what makes this camp so unique.
And because it was hosted by Rotary there were community service operations. The camp made about 1,000 bags of meals for people in need. The one held in April is also the largest in the country that is held with only volunteers on the staff and is hosted by Rotary 5330.
By LIAM McABEE
March 21, 1933: Hitler, Goering, Prince Ruprecht, Bruning & top army meet in Berlin
March 22, 1790: Thomas Jefferson becomes the 1st US Secretary of State under President Washington
March 23, 1775: Patrick Henry proclaims "Give me liberty or give me death" in speech in favour of Virginian troops joining US Revolutionary war
March 24, 1832: Mormon Joseph Smith beaten, tarred & feathered in Ohio
March 25, 1776: Continental Congress authorized a medal for George Washington
March 26, 1942: German offensive in North Africa under General Erwin Rommel
March 27, 1855: Abraham Gesner patents kerosene
March 28, 1933: German Reichstag confers dictatorial powers on Hitler
March 29, 1848: Niagara Falls stops flowing for 30 hours due to an ice jam
March 30, 1953: Albert Einstein announces revised unified field theory
March 31, 1889: Eiffel Tower officially opens in Paris. Built for the Exposition Universelle, at 300m high it retains the record for the tallest man made structure for 41 years.
April 1, 1924: Hitler sentenced to 5 years labor but Gen Ludendorff acquitted
April 2, 1866: US President Andrew Johnson ends civil war in Ala, Ark, Fla, Ga, Miss, La, NC, SC, Tn & Va
April 3, 1776: George Washington receives honorary Ll.D. degree from Harvard College
April 4, 1841: Vice President John Tyler becomes the 10th President of the United States after the death of President William Henry Harrison
April 5, 1792: George Washington casts 1st presidential veto
April 6, 1830: Joseph Smith & 5 others organize Mormon church in Seneca Co, NY
April 7, 1954: US President Dwight D. Eisenhower in news conference is first to voice fear of a "domino-effect" of communism in Indo-China
By LAURYN BEST
Future Crafton Hills Students
Any Citrus Valley students planning on attending Crafton Hills College can sign up for the Crafton Hills College High School Priority Enrollment Program taking place April 18th-May 2nd. Students can fill out their application and meet admissions counselors among other things. Sign up starting April 3rd in the counseling center.
Any student pursuing a trade school certificate or Associateś Degree can be considered for a $1000 scholarship from The American Legion Post 421. Grab an application from the counseling center.
Interested in getting ahead for next school year? Sign up for summer courses at www.aaa-academy.com.