(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.”

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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:
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"I am thankful for family, friends, wonderful books and good food." - Mrs. Pogue, English
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"I'm thankful for my family's health." - Mr. Constandse, Science
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"I'm thankful for my awesome students. I love them very much." - Mrs. Albitar, Foreign Language 
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"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!!

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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!

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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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Is Halloween Celebrated Everywhere?

In Germany and Sweden, Halloween is not an official holiday. Some people celebrate it, but most people don’t. If you walk down a German or Swedish street, you wouldn’t know it was Halloween. This is because people don’t decorate their houses like they do here. Not a lot of people go trick or treating, but the people that do go, are mostly young kids. If you go, you can`t assume that every house will be prepared with candy. Linda (German Exchange Student): I have only been trick or treating once and that was when I was little. It was mostly because I went to a birthday party and all the kids wanted to go trick or treating. I dressed up as a traditional witch.


  Alicia (Swedish Exchange Student): I have been trick or treating a couple of times when I was little. I dressed up as a witch, but since October is a cold month in northern Europe, I had to cover my costume with a jacket, hat and gloves. In Sweden, most parents make their make Halloween cards before they go trick or treating. You give the cards as a thank you to the people that give you candy and if you don’t have a card it is kind of impolite. We were both excited to celebrate an American holiday and be a part of the American culture. We saw this as a great opportunity to spend time with our host families. We both dressed up and went trick or treating with our host siblings and friends. It was interesting to see all the decorated houses and it was fun to try a lot of American candy that we had never tried before.

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CIF Individuals Varsity Tennis: Jenn Kingsley

Tennis wraps up their season and finishes off CIF Individuals with incredible results. Varsity Tennis takes back the title of Sunset League Champions after beating Los Alamitos in season, and they also ranked #2 in Orange County. With confidence, Kendall Cosenza, Anna Burke, and Jenn Kingsley headed into CIF Individuals. Jenn Kingsley, senior, is #1 singles on Newport’s Varsity Tennis team. Kingsley was a finalist in CIF and won the first set 6-4 but lost the second 5-7 and had a score of 7-10 in a super tie breaker. Despite the loss, she is “proud of [her] accomplishment,” and it was “one of the best [matches she has] ever played.” unnamed-2 Jenn Kingsley is Sunset League Singles Finalist. Anna Burke and Kendall Cosenza are Sunset League Doubles Finalists.Jenn is one of five senior captains. Others are Kendall Cosenza, Anna Burke, Olivia Zehnder, and Elle Zielinski. Besides leading by example as shown through Kingsley’s success, she “leads [her team] with a competitive mindset but yet still keeping the teams well-being in mind. [She] pushes people to their full potential because [she] knows everyone involved in the Newport Harbor Tennis program is capable of such success.” Being a captain not only entails her to lead varsity, but also the other teams, Junior Varsity and the Freshman/Sophomore, who look up to her and desire to follow her footsteps. unnamed-1 Anna Burke and Kendall Cosenza are Sunset League Doubles Finalists. Jenn is one of five senior captains. Others are Kendall Cosenza, Anna Burke, Olivia Zehnder, and Elle Zielinski. Besides leading by example as shown through Kingsley’s success, she “leads [her team] with a competitive mindset but yet still keeping the teams well-being in mind. [She] pushes people to their full potential because [she] knows everyone involved in the Newport Harbor Tennis program is capable of such success.” Being a captain not only entails her to lead varsity, but also the other teams, Junior Varsity and the Freshman/Sophomore, who look up to her and desire to follow her footsteps. Newport Harbor says farewell to those five senior captains as they head off to college next fall. Kinsley will continue her tennis career in college. Jenn describes what she will miss most about the season which is “the unity [they] have and how [they] are all like sisters, there is not one girl [she] would hesitate to call if [she] needed anything and vice versa.” She will take Coach Kristen Case’s advice with her through life. She has learned to “keep working toward goals no matter how far away the deadline is” and “give 100% in everything.” Kingsley also was taught “what the heart of a competitor truly resembles.”unnamed

Girls Varsity Tennis Team
Top Row: Taryn Anderson, Kendall Cosenza, Coach
Kristen Case, Hannah Blower, Eva Newsom
Middle Row: Jenn Kingsley, Olivia Zehnder, Elle Zielinski
Bottom Row: Anna Burke, Misha Pokusa, Lily Walkow
In December, Tennis off season will commence and therefore begins the preparation for the 2016 season. Returning Varsity, Taryn Anderson, Hannah Blower, Eva Newsom, Misha Pokusa and Lily Walkow will lead the incoming players next year.
***Picture Credit: Tennis Page (on school website)

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