Holiday Spirit Week

The second to last week at Newport Harbor High School before winter break was full of holiday spirit, as Newport Harbor’s first Holiday Dance was about to be thrown. The days leading up to the dance were celebrated with a spirit week, with days such as Pajama Day, Happy Hula-Days, Winter Sportswear Day, Star Wars Day, and lastly Ugly Holiday Sweater Day. These themed days were accompanied by an Instagram competition amongst the students, as posts could be marked with the hashtag “nhhsholidayspiritweek”. Each day would have one winner who would receive a ticket to the Holiday Dance, and one winner was chosen for the entire week, their prize being a free Winter Formal Ticket. The overall spirit week winner was Sara Ramirez whose costumes and enthusiasm for spirit week earned her the victory. Ramirez “didn’t expect to win since a lot of people with great pictures participated as well” but followed through with her costumes anyway, providing inspiration to her friends and others to participate in spirit week.   Daily winners can be seen on Instagram: @newportharobr_asb. The week concluded with the rally for the Holiday Dance, which featured performances from Drama, ASB, and students who volunteered to be in games during the rally. On Saturday night, the Holiday Dance was held with a large turnout, as students from Newport Harbor attended, as well as students from other schools’ ASBs in the Orange County area. Students danced the night away to N-EFFECT’s DJs and had a break from the rush of school work prior to getting away for the holidays.   Sara Ramirez on spirit week: “Yes, it was very fun, embarrassing at times, but I think that is what spirit week is about. Being able to support your school and laughing at how we do it.”unnamed-1

Kicking it Off

Although season has not officially started for the JV girl’s soccer team, they have already played a number of games for their pre-season. Sophomore player, Sammy Kerrigan, describes the first few games, “We were not getting the results we wanted and that made it tough to keep a good morale, but this team has been able to be positive and because of that I think we are improving. Even though the beginning games have not been what most of us expected, we are continuing to get better.” Despite the lack of results, joining the soccer team has opened up the opportunity for the girls to make new friendships. Another Sophomore player, Sarah Sheldon, says “Whether or not we win or lose, getting to play alongside my new and old friends is really fun. Since this is my second year on the team I get to play with some of the people I became friends with from being on the Frosh-Soph team. Also we plan to do a lot of team bonding this year that I am looking forward to.” When January comes around the girl’s JV team will be ready for the upcoming season.

Holiday Traditions

Kate LaGrandeur:
  As the holiday season is approaching we went around and asked students about their favorite holiday traditions. Sophomore Holly Kanen, told us that one of her favorite traditions is going to Disneyland every Christmas Eve with her family.  She loves how all the decorations are put up and it is something she looks forward to every year. Other Sophomore Kaela Whelan told us that being surrounded by friends and family every year is something she has always done and is her favorite thing about the holiday seunnamed-2ason.                 Kaela Whelan unnamed-1             Holly Kanen
Stephanie Ramirez:
  What are your family's Christmas traditions? Bella E Marler-Mulvenna “My family will come to our house and have a huge dinner. Later we will swap presents and varies whether it is on Christmas Eve or Christmas day since we switch it every year.” What is your Christmas wish for this year? Melissa Lima “I want Justin Bieber for Christmas because he’s hot and I’ve been wanting him since 2008.” Bella E Marler-Mulvenna “I want to have my great grandmother get through another Christmas, she’s 98.” What your favorite Christmas song or movie? Eunice Nacho “I love hearing the song Oh Christmas Tree. I don’t know why it’s weird.” Bella E Marler-Mulvenna “I love the movie Home Alone and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer by Dean Martin is hilarious.” Would you rather have to ruin the illusion of Santa for kids every year or listen to any Christmas song until your ears bleed? Melissa Lima “I would rather ruin Santa to kids every year.” Bella E Marler-Mulvenna “I would rather have my ears bleed. I wouldn’t want to do that to kids.”
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Julia Gregory

{Sophomore Cheerleader @ NHHS}


Griffin Saltron

{Sophomore Surfer @ NHHS}

What are you thankful for during Christmas time? Julia Gregory: "I'm thankful for the opportunity Christmas gives, to spend time with family and friends." Griffin Saltron: "Time I get to spend with my family." What food do you eat? Julia Gregory: "On Christmas my favorite food is probably all the deserts, especially apple pie. But during the whole season I drink peppermint mochas." Griffin Saltron: "Tons of grub." What do you want the most for Christmas? Julia Gregory: "The Rose Gold iPhone 6s 😍." Griffin Saltron: "My two front teeth."   What do you and your family do to celebrate christmas? Do you decorate your house, if so, how? Julia Gregory: "We visit a lot of family and go to tons of dinners and brunches throughout the whole holiday. We decorate with a really big tree and lights up on our house. My mom puts up poinsettias and wreaths everywhere around the house and we even have a blow up Frosty the Snowman on our rough." Griffin Saltron: "Drive to a bunch of houses to visit family and  grub hard."          

Dancing with the Staff

In the month of December, our Varsity and J.V. Dance Team joined together with our faculty, and put on the wonderful show of Dancing With the Staff. The concept is a spin off of the T.V. show, Dancing the Stars, but instead of celebrities we use teachers and faculty of Newport Harbor High School. “It was a splendid show!” says Junior, Bella Palazzo, after attending the Wednesday night show with a few of her friends. A lot of time and energy gets put into the making of this show. The dancers and teachers have a limited time to learn and perfect their performances. They practice the dance in any available time they have, such as break, lunch, before and after school. Two shows are performed, both at the Robert Wentz Theater located at our very own high school. Each night had very high attendance, that included family, students and staff. This year the crowd voted Adrianna, one of the schools security guard’s, who danced with Olivia Jones and Rachael Hall, as the winner for the Wednesday night performance. The second night, Thursday, Math teachers O’Leary and Malcus, took the favored glitter ball trophy. Senior Olivia Jones, who danced with Adrianna Wood, who says, “I learned to really appreciate all she does for our school, and realized how much she cares about everyone”. They worked long and hard to perfect their army themed dance and created custom costumes. The dancers love getting to know the staff better and the staff loves the opportunity to show off their moves on stage in front of their student, coworkers, and family. It was a great two-night event that both the students and the staff greatly enjoyed. Written By:Trudy Padden and Sophia Mendoza

The Pep Squad’s Victory

The Newport Harbor Pep Squad show their spirit at sports events, perform at school rallies, and endure rigorous practices everyday. But when they aren't cheering on campus, they are competing in competitions. Early this December, they attended a SHARP cheerleading competition at Alta Loma High School where they took first place overall! Varsity Cheer, Varsity Song, and Varsity Baton won first in their division and the JV Cheer team took second! They represented NHHS with their difficult stunts, tumbling, and dance routines! Because they scored so high, they will be attending a Las Vegas competition in the Spring! Way to go Sailors!

Varsity Girls Water Polo

Girls water polo started out the season strong with their first game on December 5th at Newport Harbor. First year varsity sophomore, Kaela Whelan, described being on the team as "a very fun and different experience. Girls are very strong and fast so I knew that I needed to step up my playing to be able to stick with them." In order to bring the team together and go forth stronger, varsity bonded by "get[ing] food a lot. Sometimes [they] will see movies together, go to the beach, or just hang out at a teammate's house and relax," said Whelan.
Their most recent game was the Battle of the Bay against Corona Del Mar on December 18th. Kaela Whelan said going into the game, "Our team came in with a determined mindset to play to the best of our abilities and  play as hard as we can for all four quarters." Altogether, they played a strong game and the stands were packed with roaring fans as they cheered them on throughout the entire game.
Kaela concludes that so far her favorite part of varsity water polo has been "learning new skills everyday and becoming a better player. And also becoming closer with my teammates. They are all amazing my girls who are like my sisters." Come and support Kaela and the rest of girls water polo before the season ends! Schedule and roster posted below.image2

(Tur)KEY Things to be Thankful For

Thanksgiving…a time to reflect on the many blessings we are so privileged to have. As Thanksgiving break comes to a close, the Beacon asked many NNHS students about what they did over thanksgiving and most importantly what they’re most thankful for.
Kayla Korhonen: IMG_2309 “This Thanksgiving break I spent quality time with my family. I am thankful for my brother and being able to celebrate his first thanksgiving with him.” Andy Myers: “I went to Palm Springs with my family and I played a tennis tournament while I was out there. I am thankful for all of my friends and family, animals and nature, and all the opportunities I am given to have such a great life, oh and I am grateful for Beyonce's existence." Kaela Whelan: “I practiced sports, enjoyed time with friends and family, and ate a lot! I am thankful for amazing friends and family that make me happy each and everyday!” Cody Campbell:IMG_0285

"For thanksgiving we all dressed as princesses and went to my uncles house and celebrated. Then we went Overlanding with my dads truck (aka camping). I am thankful for my family and friends." 

Sammy Kerrigan: “For Thanksgiving I went to my uncles house with the rest of my family and we had a big dinner. I’m thankful for the beautiful city I live in, my heath, my loving family, my amazing friends and delicious food!” Bella Crafton: “We had all of our family over for a Thanksgiving feast, rented a house down on the beach, surfed, rode bikes and played a big poker game! I am thankful for my crazy family, the beach, good food and music.” Malia Moore: “I went to San Diego and I’m thankful for my community.” Karis Couch: “I went to Ventura on Friday to be with my godfamily and I’m so grateful for my friends and family.” Taylor Craig: “I went to Arizona and I’m thankful for friends and family.” Holly Kanen: “I was grounded. I’m thankful for being grounded.”

Teachers Give Thanks

With Thanksgiving this week and the most wonderful time of the year on its way, it's time to get into the holiday spirit! It's also a great time to cherish everything and everyone you have in your live, so we went and asked some of the staff of NHHS about what they are most thankful for! Here's what they said:
"I am thankful for family, friends, wonderful books and good food." - Mrs. Pogue, English
"I'm thankful for my family's health." - Mr. Constandse, Science
"I'm thankful for my awesome students. I love them very much." - Mrs. Albitar, Foreign Language 
"I'm thankful for my family, friends, health, functions and graphing." -Mrs. O'Leary, Math

There are so many wonderful things to be grateful for this holiday season! We hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving!!

Look for Cook!

a4e3c1c3-40fa-4c1b-aae0-581d3881a355For the first time ever, YMCA’s Youth and Government program hosted its first conference of the year in Fresno, California. For those of you who don’t know, Youth and government is a nationwide high school program that allows students to run a model government. Along with numerous delegations from across the state, the Newport Harbor delegation attended with flying colors. In addition to Newport Harbor’s delegation bearing a significant increase of delicates this year, its very own Kabele Cook ran for the programs secretary of state. The secretary of state is responsible for being in charge of elections, and is the programs spokesperson thus constitutes that position as the second highest in command. “I chose this role because it’s a very physical role within Youth and Government and I really wanted the opportunity to speak in front of the entire program” said Kabele Cook. Unfortunately Cook’s ‘Look for Cook’ slogan and campaigning skills didn’t cut it against her competitors. However, Cook will still go on to play an important role as the Department of finance’s Deputy Director which will put her in charge of not only 75 delicates but also allows her to present their proposal on what the California State budget should be. The Newport Harbor delegation is very proud of her and as for the rest of our Newport Harbor delicates, we’ll see you next conference!

Behind the Scenes of Pygmalion

This fall I had the amazing opportunity to work on Newport Harbor’s technician crew for their newest play, “Pygmalion”. During this experience I got to work with an amazing team of hard working individuals. The entire cast and crew invited me and put me to work! Pygmalion is a British comedy about a young peasant who is taken in by two speech specialists and she is trained to speak and act like a lady. On stage the show was a riveting comedy, but the real action took place backstage. From the audience all you see are the actors and the sets, but there is a lot more than that going on behind the curtain. Just a few feet to the left or right of the stage and there is a whole new world. In order to run a perfect show, or any show at all really, you need stage managers, assistant stage managers, lighting people, fly masters, sound people, and many more. We all have to work like a well oiled machine. It certainly is hard work but the best part of any work is seeing it turn into something beautiful. After we run what’s called “transitions” where we move sets on and off stage, we get to watch our work come together from behind the curtains. All together it was an amazing experience and if you ever get the chance to be part of the NHHS Drama Department, definitely take it!

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