FCA


 Written By: Sophie Stameson


 Welcome to FCA! FCA stands for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Each month at lunch we have an athlete or pastor come and speak about their life experiences 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 Haley Hudson, a Sophomore volleyball player at Stanford.  Her message was one of how to persevere in the face of adversity.  Referencing James 1:2-3, which says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance,” we are reminded that our struggles will result in a stronger faith in God.  Life is hard and stressful, but if we remain in God, we can remain joyful, with the hope of knowing that there is light at the end of our trials.  Our joy can be evident in how God loves us.  He wants to offer us eternal joy.  James 1:12says that, “ Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” Have no need to fear in the trials that lie ahead, knowing that you can remain safe in Jesus Christ, his love enduring forever.  Know that the struggles you face can lead to a better future if you remain in God.  From everyone at FCA, have a blessed new year!

FCA would also like to shout out to our friends over at Young Life Ministry, who meet every Monday night at 7:15 at 1501 Galaxy Dr, Newport Beach. 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. 

 

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5 Future Gadgets


  Written By: Kyoko Downey
  Celebrating its 50th debut, the Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, recently had its annual showing in Las Vegas on Thursday, January 5th and closed January 8th, revealing some of the most impressive and show stopping concepts and pieces of the future set to be released within this year or coming ones. The following are among the top 5 most entertaining, convenient, and futuristic gadgets that made their way into the spotlight this year.
  • “Smart” tattoos Smart Tattoo
These wearable and almost inconspicuous feeling pieces of technology released as the Rotex E-Tattoo that acts a biometric means of measuring without the hassle and weight of traditional watches or carry-on devices. This nifty device merely adheres to the skin and can track anything from vitals or brainwaves to one’s muscle movement and the data is eventually sent to the user’s smartphone. Temporary, they may be of more use to those in medical need but their system and flashy design make it all the more alluring.
  • Wallpaper TV“Wallpaper” TV

Television has evolved greatly from its original tubes and boxes and only continues to be innovated upon, LG boasting a 2.54 mm (that’s 1/10 of an inch!) thick TV that rightfully earns the title of “wallpaper,” the concept being that a whole room could utilize the screens, but at the modest price of $8,000 (available for pre-order on Best Buy soon) the idea may remain a conference room dream for now.

  • Virtual Reality Theater, Meet IMAX VR
Considering the limitless possibilities provided by devices like the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, it’s no wonder the idea of utilizing such equipment in IMAX VRanother applicable entertainment would eventually come around. Business director of IMAX, Rob Lister, is doing just that. Four of these locations equipped with 10ft by 10ft viewing pods will be the main attraction to truly get the most out of your movie.
  • Razer Project Valerie; Three Screens in One
Razer Valerie LaptopThe gaming and electronics company, Razer has prompted a new concept that would contain two foldable screens to maximize one’s multi-tasking capabilities from watching Netflix, writing a paper, and Skyping a friend all at once with the viewing range close and personal.
  • Concept-i
How about your car driving you instead of you Concept-idriving your car? That’s Toyota’s basis of their newest concept car that will feature assistant “Yui” an artificial intelligence that will supposedly adapt and learn about the driver’s needs or preferences to best suit the owner. The CES continues to be ahead in the technology and electronics department with its ostentatious displays and proposals for the future, truly demonstrating that creative and intellectual extent of the human mind is truly unlimited. Photo Credit: Google images and CES.com

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CSF FOOD TRUCKS 1/19

Hello Sailors!!!! It’s January!  That means CSF is hosting food trucks again! CSF's first food truck fundraiser of the year will be Thursday, January 19thfrom 4:30-8:30pm in the 15th street parking lot.  (Weather permitting: We will let you know closer to the event if we need to cancel or not due to rain.) If Mother Nature is good to us, it should be a night of food, community and fun.  We have themes for each month and this month is Super Bowl themed!  Remember, a portion of the money you use to purchase your dinner will help provide college scholarship money for students.  So tell your family, friends and neighbors. Trucks Lineup: (Subject to change)

  1. Ragin Cajun
  2. Classic Taco
  3. Belly Bombz
  4. Mad Dumplings
  5. Buqqa Burger
  6. Scooter’s Italian Ice

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Written By: Ava Glassen, Amanda Wertheimer, and Carly Yasko
On December 9, 2016, the Freshman and Sophomore Class Councils hosted a “Holiday Night” in the quad. The class councils held multiple meetings leading up to the fun-filled night. During the meetings, members of class council were assigned to different committees; such as food and decorations, while the other members were in charge of getting a DJ. After weeks of preparation and planning, the fun and highly anticipated evening arrived! Instead of just a dance, there were other activities to participate in as well; including cookie decorating and a hot chocolate bar! Plain sugar cookies in different holiday shapes were decorated by guests with frosting and sprinkles. The hot chocolate bar included whipped cream, candy canes, sprinkles and other candies. Guests at Holiday Night were also able to participate in dancing and karaoke. Here are some quotes of the students who had a fun time at Holiday Night: “I really liked how the dj played good music and good remixes. I also liked that there were many activities like decorating cookies and karaoke. I also liked the holiday decorations and lights.” -Rachel Naegle (9th Grade) “I enjoyed holiday night because it was filled with fun, laughter, and friends. The extensive decorations and great dining really set the mood for the whole night. Overall it was a fantastic experience and would not have wanted to miss it.” -Jackie Minken (9th Grade) “My favorite part of holiday night was being with all of my friends from freshmen class council and having lots of hot chocolate and getting in the holiday spirit!” - Jasmine Amirie (9th Grade) All the work that class council put into the night paid off because it was a very fun night! They all brought in supplies to help make this night a success. With all of the candy and cookies, everybody there really enjoyed the special treats. The fun music played from a DJ, a Newport Harbor student, really made Holiday Night an even better experience. This unique idea of not only having a dance, but also fun activities like cookie decorating made this a super awesome event to participate in. Thank you to the Freshman and Sophomore Class Councils and Ms. Via for organizing such a fun-filled event to kick off the holidays. We hope everyone had an amazing holiday season and a great start to the new year!

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Holiday Traditions


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Many different families and religions and cultures have different and similar cultures that they celebrate during the holidays. One holiday is Christmas. From Christmas songs on be radio, to stockings on the fireplace, Christmas is a holiday that brings family together.
 Another holiday is hanukkah. This holiday celebrates eight days and nights of light in the Jewish culture. Each night children get one present to open and light another candle on the Menorah. This year Hanukkah started on Christmas Eve and ended on New Year’s Day.
There are so many different traditions celebrated by so many different religions it is impossible to name them all. Many students at Newport Harbor have their own activities that have become a routine this time of the year. Mathew A. shares that, “A tradition is that I go over to my cousins house and I usually travel to New York or Arizona.” Not only do people celebrate traditions for their religion around the holidays, families also have their own personal family traditions to uphold.  Another student, Sammi Nowak says that, “My favorite holiday tradition is on Christmas Eve when my whole family gets together at my grandparents house and we have our traditional dinner and make creme brûlée, it's a great time to spend with my extended family and I love it!” Similarly Elizabeth Miner says, “On Christmas Eve I go to my aunt’s house and we open presents at midnight and I also make cookies with both my grandma's on Christmas.” There are a variety of ways to celebrate, Kiersten Comp shares how her family does, “On Christmas Eve I go to my aunt’s house and have a Swedish celebration. We all get pajamas and then on Christmas Day my family wakes up, open presents, and watch Christmas Vacation.”
Everyone has different traditions. Whether they travel up to Big Bear or open presents with family, or just relax around the house during our two week vacation, everyone enjoys the break. That is  until they remember the homework they have been procrastinating. Despite the mild damper homework puts on vacations, here at the Beacon we hope everyone enjoyed the break just as much as we did.
 

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Pep Squad Goes LIVE!


Written By: Jillian Birt–Russell
Last month, the Newport Harbor Pep Squad had the exciting opportunity to travel to Universal Studios Hollywood where they got to watch and be extras in NBC's Hairspray Live. IMG_3352The team traveled to the taping location two separate days, one for the dress rehearsal and the other for the televised live performance. As advised by the studio company, the Pep Squad came decked out in makeshift vintage attire to fit the musical's original time period set in 1962 Baltimore. Once they arrived at Universal, they received wristbands and were split into groups before riding the theme park's tramcar down to their assigned sets. Many of the girls got to experience the performance as members of the studio audience on the Corny Collins Show, the popular teenage dancing broadcast that serves as the central sound stage for most of the musical. The Pep Squad got to enjoy numerous acts of Hairspray Live and got to see many celebrities in person. "The most exciting thing was getting to meet part of the cast and walking onto the actual set," explains senior Rilie Read.IMG_3474 A few of the actors they got to see in person included the talented Kristin Chenoweth, Derek Hough, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson and many more. In between takes, the audience was even taught a small dance routine so they could participate in the show's final act where the cast performed the staple number, "You Can't Stop the Beat.” Watching and being a part of the musical was especially fascinating and an amazing experience for sophomore Karoline Shannon. "The most exciting part about being in the performance was getting to see the live actors and the cameras moving around during the scenes, showing how much work it takes to do a huge theater production," she says. IMG_3347Some of the girls got to experience the production outside on the Universal metropolitan sets, where numbers like "Welcome to the 60's" and "You're Timeless to Me" took place. They also got to see Darren Criss host the entire evening as he ran around the different sound stages during commercial break, giving viewers at home the inside scoop about the show from their couch. Though they were able to experience an incredible production, be on television, and meet some of their favorite stars, they also learned many important things about performing a live show in the fast-paced industry of entertainment. "While watching [Hairspray], I learned that when these amazing people are performing, they're scared and they're nervous, but even if they miss a line or mess up, they never ever give up and the show must always go on," says junior Emma Botros. Seeing the cast interact with each other and enjoy themselves during each musical number and even between separate acts inspired many of the girls on the team and taught them showmanship. IMG_3473"From watching the show, I learned how vital it is to connect with the people you are performing with and to just have fun while performing," explains freshman Katie Tarnitzer. The Pep Squad got to travel with their teammates and experience the opportunity of a lifetime in being a part of Hairspray Live, creating an unforgettable memory for them and also enhancing their ability as performers and their dedication as members of a team.    

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“Shoot!” We’ll Get ‘Em Next Time!


Written By: Lea Ozdere and Kenia Trujillo


Having just placed second in their most recent basketball tournament, Harbor’s Varsity girls basketball team were disappointed to lose their game against Edison on Thursday, January 12th. Nevertheless, they ended the loss with smiles on their faces, eager to practice more and dominate their next one.Displaying image5.JPG

The girls poured their hearts and souls into the game; their sweat being the evidence of their hard work. They started by practicing some shots and passes to get fired up. Meanwhile, loud music echoed through the gym, hyping up the audience and exciting the fans to cheer with hoots and hollers. Then, the starting line-up was announced, and the first quarter began.

Starting off the first quarter with a bang, Lisa Hamilton, #42, scored the first shot, setting a nice tone for the game. Exchanging the ball between both teams the score was 10-6 with Edison in the lead, with shots by Lexi Alvarez, #2, Eunice Nacho, #3, and Lisa Hamilton, #42. Continuing in the lead, Edison scored another 4 shots, two of which being foul shots. Harbor’s own Lisa Hamilton, #42 once again made a basket to bring up the score now, 8-16. The score didn’t stay long when Lexi Alvarez, #2, made another shot, followed by three more foul shots, making the score for the 1st quarter 20-13.Displaying image4.JPG

The second quarter was looking up for Harbor with scoring one foul and one two-point shot by Lisa Hamilton and Eunice Nacho, catching up the score to 15-20. Edison struck back with a 3-pointer made and 2 foul shots. Edison’s streak was broken by the 3-pointer shot and a 1 point foul shot by #2, Lexi Alvarez. Soon 2 foul shots were made by Edison and a 3 pointer by #33. Lisa Hamilton made a 2-pointer and one foul shot, while Edison reciprocated with 2 shots and a foul shot, with the timer just below the minute mark, the score at 22-35. With 5 seconds left at the clock #3, Eunice Nacho shot a buzzer beater, completing the end of the second quarter with a score of 24-35.

With one half of the game down and a current score of 24-35, our Newport Harbor girls varsity basketball team rallied together for the second half. After a group huddle and cheer, Harbor’s girls went out onto the court, determined. Our very own freshman, Ashleigh McPhie, #35, scored the first shot of the 3rd quarter, making it 26-35. Running full speed down the court after a turnover, Harbor eventually made an outstanding 3-pointer, by #3, Eunice Nacho, after a couple passes around the hoop, leaving the fans on their feet cheering at the advance in the score of 29-43. After the ball traveled to both sides of the court with a few minor baskets, Edison attacked, once again, making two 3-pointers, expanding the gap between the two scores, Edison leading, 48-32. Harbor closing the gap with a shot by #2, Lexi Alvarez, however, only to be followed by EdisonDisplaying image1.JPG's 3-pointer. The 3rd quarter ended with Harbor still behind, 34-53.

Looking for a change in the 4th quarter, the starters were in their positions, after their small routine of huddling and getting pumped. After playing roughly for a few minutes, Harbor made a foul, giving Edison the opportunity of two foul shots. One missed, but swished the second, raising the score for Edison to 54-34. After back and forth on the court and switching possession, the score remained the same. The final buzzer rang with a buzzer beater from Edison, obtaining victory, 56-34.

Although our Harbor girls varsity basketball team were not the winners tonight, they still walked off the court full of pride and huddled together, appreciating one another for the hard work in the game. Their attitudes towards themselves and the opposing team remained positive, proving Harbor’s maturity and respect. They may not be winners in this game, but they are winners in our hearts, and we cannot wait to see them continue to push themselves and excel throughout the season. Go Girls Basketball!

Checkout the team’s website here: http://nhhsgirlsbasketball.weebly.com/varsity.html

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