A Homecoming Tradition: Field Hockey’s Dance

Written By: Tori Carrese
For as long as harbor students can remember, our field hockey team has had a tradition of performing a dance at the homecoming rally. When interviewing Rylee Warmington (a junior) and the starting defender on why they perform, she responded with “to carry on thunnamede long standing tradition. Our coach performed and every year since and she has been excited to watch us not only ‘perfect’ our dance skills but our leadership skills by unifying the team with a fun activity”.  On how the tradition started,  Annie O’connor a junior who plays midfield, responded with “ No one quite knows the origin of [the dance] although its been around for as long as we can remember”. Although the girls don't know exactly how the tradition started, junior Sarah Sheldon, a three year varsity player says “ We may not know how it started, although I believe it holds significance because at our school, girls sports used to never truly matter although with this dance it makes us seen and acknowledges that we are here, we matter, and we are just as significant as the boys teams are."
As the homecoming rally came closer and closer, our varsity field hockey advanced in their league to the sunset league by beating Glendora high school  3-1 and Harvard Westlake high school 2-1, prior to their amazing victories they played in the Helix tournament down in San Diego where they came in first place, sweeping the field 5 times! All of these wins came during the rally week, boosting their reputation anunnamed-2d sky rocketing their place in league. Sammy Kerrigan, a junior on the team, spoke about their success and how they have gotten so far “ Whenever we are playing or practicing we aren’t doing it for winning we are doing it for each other, proving to everyone else on the team  that we have other one of our teammates back. We also have amazing coaches who push us every single day to finish strong." Even though these girls have played some "scary" teams, they said that the most nerve racking aspect of being on the team is always their performance in font of the whole school, and having all eyes on them. Although the team may have been nervous, they never broke a sweat, and acted cool and collected. Not only did they pull off a perfect juju, but they truly stole the show!

Spirit Week & Homecoming

  Written By: Amanda Wertheimer, Ava Glassen, & Carly Yasko
This upcoming week is spirit week, and thus, each day ASB has created four different fun-filled costume days all relating to the theme of homecoming, Classical Disney movies, in order to build excitement for the upcoming event. In addition to these fun dress-up days, there will also be activities at lunch, all related to Disney, and prizes will be awarded to those who participate! Monday is twin day, in relation to tweedle-dee and tweedle-dum from Alice in Wonderland. So grab your best friend and decide on a super cute matching outfit, even if it is a white shirt and blue jeans. Also, this day is Halloween so if you are dressing up as something within a group, make sure everyone participates! The lunch activity will be two people licking icing off a translucent icing board at the same time, to model the Disney movie, Frozen. Wednesday (Tuesday we have off) is pajama day so set your alarm later, roll out of bed, eat breakfast, and come to school. This creative idea is similar to Sleeping Beauty pre- Prince Charming. During lunch, you will be able to bob for apples like in the classic Disney film, Snow White. Thursday will be western day to mimic Woody or Jessie from Toy Story. Just wear a cowboy hat, boots and jeans, and you will be set for the day. Thursday’s activity at lunch will be a water balloon toss. The final day of spirit week falls on the day of homecoming. Start off this exciting day by getting into spirit and dressing up; it will make the whole Homecoming experience even better! For this final day of spirit week, just wear Hawaiian attire, in relation to the classic Disney movie Lilo and Stitch. On Friday, be sure to participate in the final lunchtime activity: a hula-hoop contest! During the contest, participants will be dressing up in hula attire (such as grass skirts), so be ready to channel your inner hula dancer! Grab your grass skirt and coconut bra to be ready for this year’s homecoming week. It will be a great way to get ready for the big dance! This year’s homecoming is going to be one that you do not want to miss! The theme is Disney, so get ready for a magical night! Newport Harbor’s homecoming will be at the AV club in Irvine, and according to all ASB it will be “a night to remember!” This week is definitely going to be spirit filled around campus so don’t forget to buy your homecoming ticket and join in on the fun! 7 56 6 3  

Club Corner: FCA

Written By: Sophie Stameson

Welcome to FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes)! Each month at lunch we have a new athlete or pastor come and speak about their life experiences. Our meeting are held in the big gym. We offer free pizza to everyone after the meeting, so don't miss out! Remember, you don't have to be a Christian or an athlete to attend, we’re just glad you’re there. Our last speaker was Stephen Angulo, the Junior High pastor at Saint Andrew's Church and FCA member. This month, he spoke to us about the story of the Good Samaritan. In this parable, Jesus was being questioned by a teacher of the Law.  The teacher asked, “what must I do to inunnamed-1herit eternal life?” Jesus asked him what the Law said.  He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ‘You have answered correctly,’ Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” So Jesus told the story of a Jewish man who was robbed, lying on the side of the road about to die when his enemy, a Samaritan man, saved him when no one else would.  Keep in mind that at this time, the Jewish and the Samaritans were bitter rivals.  In Luke 10: 30-35 it says,  “ In reply Jesus said: ‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.  But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii aunnamednd gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’” Imagine this in your own life.  You are attacked and left to die, and none of your friends will stop to help you. Then, your worst enemy walks by, and they see you on the ground. They stop. They pick you up, run you to the hospital and save your life.  And then, they pay for all your expenses.  We learned that this is what Jesus wants for us.  We have been called to love our neighbors as ourselves.  Next time you see someone in need or alone, help them, reach out to them. Know that you can make a difference.

 Want to grab a cup of coffee with friends? Then come see us at Coffee and Devos every other Monday morning at the Coffee Bean in Westcliff for some morning joe and a devotional. Finally, if you want to become an official member of FCA and receive updates, sign up for our remind by texting @NEWPORTHAR to 81010 and follow us on Instagram at NHHSFCA.

Co-Drum Majors Working Together

Written By: Jillian Birt-Russell

Because Newport Harbor’s Davidson Field is under renovation, this year has been difficult for many sports teams who use the field for practice and for events, including the Marching Band. Though they are considered a part of the music department, they are also considered a sport, because they have rigorous practices to prepare for their fall marching season.
They utilize the practice field during their zero period everyday before class but they also have to take a bus every Tuesday evening to practice at Estancia High School, which is Newport Harbor’s home away from home for the season. Every single football game that the band attends is away and they have to bring all of their instruments and equipment along with them. Though this has been a challenge for band and all sports teams alike, it hasn’t broken their drive or spirit to represent Sailor Pride through their performances during football games and competitions.unnamed
This year the Marching Band has Senior Drum Majors, Jose Alatorre and Elise Denghausen leading them to victory. Anyone can easily spot these two sporting an all white uniform while raised above the band as they sit in the stands and conduct many of Newport Harbor’s traditional fight songs such as “Go Big Blue,” “Hey,” and “the Alma Mater.” They have also played some more recent and popular songs like “Shut Up and Dance with Me,” sung by Walk the Moon and “Sorry,” originally performed by Justin Bieber to really pump up the crowd.
The Beacon had a chance to interview Alatorre and Denghausen about being Co-Drum Majors and they both agreed that it was a big responsibility. Alatorre says that “the band expects [him] to know most everything and have answers at all times,” and the position has many duties including being “responsible for running practices, rehearsals, and teaching the band members to march and play music.” He knows how important his role is and that he’s “supposed to be a living example of composure for the band members to follow a rigid set of rules” and that he’s “an image of the band” meaning he “must present [himself] in a respectful manner.” Denghausen also believes that being a Co-Drum Major “is more than just conducting.” She’s “in charge of running band camp and teaching marching technique” as well as “conducting during football games and pep rallies.” It’s also their job to make sure that “everything goes smoothly on competition days.”
Denghausen said that her favorite memory was at band camp “seeing all of the crazy costumes the Seniors made the Freshmen wear.” While Alatorre’s favorite memory of the season so far was “the awards ceremony at the Newport Open” where “[they] did a special salute to the winners of the sweepstakes trophy.” Alatorre also remarked that being Co-Drum Major has taught him that, “people can’t read minds, so the directions he gives have to be explicit,” in order for his fellow musicians to understand while practicing. Whereas Denghausen has learned that she wouldn’t have been able to lead the band “on her own and that [she] is so thankful that Jose is drum major with [her].”
At the band’s last competition in Corona, thunnamed-2ey received fourth place and Denghausen felt proud about it, because the band “went up six points” and “[looked] and [sounded] a lot better than” the week before. Alatorre believes that the score “reflected [their] performance accurately but not [their] potential.” His goal for their next competition at Oceanview High School “is simply to put on a better show, because what [is the band] if not performers.” Denghausen wants the band “to improve as much as [they] can, indivually and as a group.” She says that even though “winning would be nice, it doesn’t matter as much as the experience [one] gets and the things [they] learn from it.” The Newport Harbor Marching Band works extremely hard throughout the entire school year so be sure to go support them at their competitions or at sporting events and school pep assemblies!

Pride or Die

Written By: Lea Ozdere & Natalie Robinson
As the fall season sports are unfortunately coming to an end, the Newport Harbor Varsity Girls’ Volleyball team continues to demonstrate an amazing amount of effort and poise within their games. Despite the loss of their second to last (home) game of the season against Edison High School on October 18th, the girls maintained their sense of determination, cooperation, and sportsmanship throughout all three matches.

The volleyball players began by getting ready wunnamed-3ith different types of techniques to prepare themselves for the game. Edison’s girls mirrored Harbor’s on the opposite side of the court with similar strategies. The girls managed to unwind and ease their nerves while warming up before players from both sides were properly introduced and the first match, of five, officially began.

Edison took the lead of the first match, 8 to 1, before Harbor made their second point. Claire Covina, #5, hit a remarkable spike against Edison that landed on the boundary line, confirmed as Harbor’s third point by the referee. Although Harbor’s girls continued to work hard, Edison created a major gap in the lead at 20unnamed-1 to 6. During Edison’s match point, Harbor’s attacking players were unable to block their opponent's strike, establishing a domina ting win by Edison with the score of the first match, 25 to 9. Claire Covina, #5, starts the second match with a point for Harbor. Harbor’s girls, working hard together, blocked Edison’s shot, making the score 9 to 6 (Edison’s lead). Both teams played an amazing rally, ununnamedtil Claire Covina, #5, ended it with a point for Harbor, still behind at 9 to 16. Slowly, they started making a comeback, Edison still in lead, until Harbor unfortunately lost the match when their ball went into the stands. Edison led the third match 6 to 3, before Harbor made their fourth point. As Harbor’s ball shot high between the bars on the roof, Delaney Decinces, #15, and Jasmine Amirie, #15, continue to play a remarkable rally and try their best to get the ball over. Edison fights back and creates a 6 point streak before Callie Govaars, #24, breaks it with a point for Harbor, 12 to 20. Edison continues to score, winning the match 25 to 17, therefore winning the game.

Field Hockey Season Successes

  Written By: Kenia Ciraulo
  The Newport HarbUntitledor Field Hockey girls have been taking their season by storm! Varsity placed second in their league heading into playoffs and both JV and Frosh/Soph held a winning record, many could say that 2016 has been a success for the Sailors. The varsity team had many great accomplishments throughout their league season and in tournaments, such as winning first place at the Highlander Cup played in San Diego. After waking up before sunrise to travel, the sailors played a total of five games. All of which they won, and kept winning until they had claimed the title of “champions” for the second year in a row. A total of 17 goals were scored by the sailors throughout the day, 11 of which were sent into the back of the cage by senior McKenzie Porteous, and the defense was on fire resulting in an almost shutout tournament. Only 1 goal was scored on them, and it was late in the championship game. The tournament was an all-around success for the team and created a sense of unity within the team. When asked about this year's team chemistry, senior defender Hayden Allen said “the team has played really well overall; we really connected together and improved a lot over the season.”9 Going into the league championship game against Edison, the team is feeling stronger than ever and ready to win! This year, over half of the varsity team is made up of graduating seniors. Composed of 12 seniors and only 9 underclassmen, the team has many experienced players who are able to contribute their skills to winning the game. “Having a lot of seniors allows for the younger girls to get a feel for everything that will be expected from us in the future,” says varsity sophomore Maddie Vargas. The seniors have years of experience they will be able to pass down onto younger grades, contributing to the growth and helping to strengthen the field hockey program. JV and Frosh/Soph have also been incredibly successful. “I think that we started out not knowing anything about how we would work as a team, but overtime and throughout the season we were able to bond and remain undefeated” 19said Tristan Warmington, a junior, about the JV Field Hockey team. In their season, JV had some tremendous wins ranging from 10-0 against Chaminade High School to aggressive 1-1 ties against the field hockey rival, Edison High School. The season ended October 22, and JV was happy to announce that they placed first in our league and “finished the league undefeated,” as said by Lauren Dewan, sophomore captain.  Personally, I can't wait to bring it next year and hopefully get that win against Edison.

Renewable Energy for the Future

  Written By: Kyoko Downey

As fossil fuels being to dwindle the people of the world are in a constant race to seek renewable energy to support the future. Costa Rica is a prominent example of this tremendous feat, running for 299 days in two years on hydropower, wind, geothermal, and solar energy, without the burning of any fossil fuels. With its early investments in discovering new means of acquiring energy, the country has successfully created a model for other cities and may quite possiblyunnamed, as they have acknowledged, become entirely, environmentally sustainable. Their future plans and ventures in this field demonstrate their dedication to the cause; spending close to 100 million dollars in three 50 MW geothermal plants and revealing a 305.5 MW hydroelectric plant predicted to power over half of a million homes.

This proposes the question, “What can we do here?”

It’s obvious driving by our school the prominent solar panels in the parking lot, but aside such energy sources, few students could contribute new forms of renewable energy that we could implement into the communities of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. As sophomore Cielo Cuenca admits “there isn’t a lot that can feasibly be done at our school with the budget we have.” It is true that solar panels are among the most expensive forms of renewable energy but really, for southern California are the only devices that pay back those expenses in a reasonable time frame, not relying on our unpredictable wind patterns and rainfall like other forms of renewable energy depend on. However, this could quite change in the coming years, as scientists are beginning to develop solar panels that do not rely on the costly photovoltaic cells they do today, but rather on magnetic fields, drastically cutting down on material costs.unnamed

With every interview, a steady trend became clear, nobody saw or noted the possibility of such switches to environmental sustainability in the near future, all for multiple reasons. Tenth grader Maddy Wilkens contributed it to the fact it “depends on how much as a society we want it,” focusing on big fossil fuel companies’ corporate greed and the amount of initiative by the people and coming generations to innovate to solve these issues. Meanwhile, fellow sophomore, Keeley Wandrocke states that “we have such a dependency on fossil fuels as of today that such an extreme change in our ways would be cumbersome and time consuming.”

But perhaps our students are thinking too obviously of the big, well known energy sources, or rather, they don’t know that smaller ones exist. HERO products, founded in Newport Beach, focus and advertise different systems that can be put into the home from new exterior windows to even a simple window film that “save[s] energy by limiting both the amount of solar radiation passing through and the amount of internal heat escaping” as the site discloses.

Which goes to show, a little goes a long way, and in the case of renewable energy, it’s a small step in a long journey to the future.


Norwegian Exchange Student: Kristine Wowie

Written By: Trudy Padden
This year Newport Harbor High school received students on exchange from all across the globe. Kristine Wowie, a Norwegian 17-year-old decided to attend her senior year at Newport Harbor over 5,000 miles away. What made her want to do the Untitled exchange is her passion to travel. Kristina said in Norway your 12th year of school is “unimportant and people just want to get it done”. This is because they still have another year oh high school after their 12th year. When Kristine gets back to Norway she will have another senior year, Norwegian style. While experiencing her American senior year her favorite part is “the school spirit”. She had never experienced this because sports are not connected with school back home. Kristine has loved going to pep rallies, seeing the cheerleaders, and athletes all around campus. She lives with a host family in Newport Beach and has had many wonderful experiences with them going to football games, dinners, boating, and experiencing a very different setting and culture. She enjoys her new life but says she has had trouble missing her family and friends back home. Despite and changes she had made great memories her favorite being meeting two new friends and realizing what she had gotten herself into. She also really enjoyed going to Los Angeles with her host sister. She said her exchange decision was “spontaneous and without thinking”. She was influenced to go to America from her sibling who attend American Universities. In contrast to her3 life back in Norway, she views Orange County as a city. The town she lived in was very green and rural so all the development and info structure is new for Kristine to experience. As seen in the pictures below there was lots of open space and hiking was common. Kristina says she is very excited for the winter in California because the days stay basically the same length. In Norway it would become dark for almost 20 hours a day in the winter. Kristina says she finds simple pleasures in what we consider normal such as “not having to wear a sweater out and being able to go in the ocean”. Despite her excitement for a California winter she will miss the snow and the great skiing she typically does with her family. Kristine say at at times she thinks she is crazy for leaving all her friends, family, and life behind but she is very thankful for this new endeavor and is excited about what’s to come at NHHS.

2016 Back to School Night

Thursday, September 29th was Newport Harbor High School’s annual Back to School Night, an evening where parents come to school to meet their children’s teachers, and learn about the curriculum for the year.  For some parents this can be a breeze, as this may be their third, fourth, year attending, and perhaps for some with multiple kids, even more.  For those parents who are as new to the high school as their kids, ASB students were scattered across campus and prepared to provide assistance in finding classes, teachers, and buildings.  The evening for the parents was easy enough, aside for some having to hear about all the projects and stress that their kids would be put through, but other than that it went smoothly.  The student store was open for business selling spirit gear and there was an opportunity to vote for which parents would become a part of the school Site Council.  Homecoming tickets were also on sale for the first time this year at the lowest price that they will be, until the prices rise in a week.  Yearbook was also out selling The Galleon, and as the night continued, music was brought out to dance to and encourage sales.  Many parents were “excited to meet the teachers” and others were interested in the methods that were to be used to teach their children.  There was some concern over ideas like flipped classroom, but parents are open to new ways of teaching and optimistic about the outcome.  Back to School Night is a fantastic way to meet teachers and inform parents about how the curriculum will affect the students, and what kind of workload they will have.  Without it, parents would be in the dark about what methods are being used to teach their children and what different teachers are like, which is very beneficial to understanding the stress that their kids will be under.  Back to School Night was definitely successful, and will be successful in future years. Written By: Declan Sullivan

The Great Debate

As the November voting season looms ahead the two candidates battle for the highly sought position with people on either sides fearful of the “unique” options for the next president.  People around the nation have a variety of different views regarding the candidates but what do the Newport Harbor Sailors think about this controversial topic. We asked their thoughts on the event and here’s their response.

  “So I side with Trump, not just because I was raised so conservative, but because he is honestly the most suitable candidate. Hillary has been showing she is incapable of being in office not only with her lies that she got caught up in at the beginning of her campaign, but she has lately been showing many signs of health problems which could be really bad if she was elected into office then suddenly died because then we would have to find ourselves a new president. Trump is underrated as a presidential candidate because all people hear are that he's going to "build the wall" and send people back to Mexico, which isn't necessarily true. he only wants to rid the country of ALL illegal immigrants. this is NOT just Mexico. this could be from any country. even Canada or England or Germany. I am the child of an immigrant who is voting for trump and when people hear that they think I'm crazy, but I'm not because we actually pay attention to what he says and he is right. the amount of illegal immigrants here is out of control and illegal immigrants can be dangerous. Trump is doing this for the good and safety of our country, not because he wants to "get rid of all of the Mexicans." just because we, you, or someone in your family if an immigrant, doesn't mean you shouldn't vote for trump. he is only looking for the illegal people and sending them back to their homes. Make America great again.”---Camille Baron “I think it's publicly accepted that this year is kind of a dumpster fire when it comes to politics. Well in the description of John Green this year has been a bit of a dumpster fire. It's no secret that either candidate seems to be at all qualified for president. On one hand you have a corrupt man who sees America as a business, yet doesn't know how to run a business anyway so he just screams things at people and hopes for the best. On the other you have a woman who doesn't understand laws and kind of slides outside of punishments. Not to mention she is praised for representing beliefs she specifically went against in the past 5 years (for instance she was against gay marriage), making her a bit of a conformist. Not to mention she has changed a few policies for the popular vote recently. If you want to look at the third option then you have a deranged man who although has something of a plan for the country, he's absolutely crazy. If you don't believe me, look at the video by Colbert on him. He's been shooting down his chances left and right in speeches from the "Aleppo" comment to sticking his tongue out a reporter while talking to attempt to prove a point.”---Jantzen Fenn [caption id="attachment_14028" align="alignleft" width="245"]Processed with VSCO with c1 preset “I think that Donald trump handled himself very well since he could have easily attacked Hillary at many points for being illegitimate and not being able to back up the points she tried and failed to make. I thought it was also very comical that Hillary brought up her book like a commercial would and really embarrassed herself by making it seem like this was all just a big joke to herself. trump knows what he was talking about and talked to the people of America, not at them like Hillary did.” -Betsy Calder[/caption] “On the subject of the debate, I thought that the debate was relatively civil compared to expectations. Trump started off strong, but soon got derailed by Clinton. Clinton started off shaky but her preparation helped her later in the debate. I was impressed that Trump respectfully referred to his opponent as Secretary Clinton, and I was a bit disappointed that Clinton only referred to him as Donald. In my opinion, Clinton came out on top, but neither candidate particularly shone. I'm really looking forward to the vice presidential debate. On the subject of the campaign: I don't particularly like either candidate. Neither of them have all of the qualities that I would hope for in a presidential candidate. This seems to be reflected in the fact that both of their unfavorable are high. I think Secretary Clinton is the more qualified for the job of the two candidates, but neither are exceptional choices. Personally, I think that the vice presidential candidates on both sides would make better options. Regardless, I am somewhat relieved that I will not be able to vote in this election.”----David Sharp       Written By: Megan Carey & Katie Clark