Stop Stress

Written By: Ava Glassen, Carly Yasko, and Amanda Wertheimer
The Best Ways to Not Stress Out During Finals
With the school year coming to an end and summer nearing closer, it is easy to lose focus on tests, homework, and other things school-related. But before the fun of summer can begin, everyone first has to get through finals and AP testing. As the countdown until the end of school begins and finals quickly approaching, it can be natural to stress out and lose patience. Especially at this time of year, it's important to stay focused and calm throughout the last couple of weeks. Here are a few tips to help you to keep pushing through the end of the school year:
  1. Make sure to get enough sleep leading up to and during finals week. Although you might feel like you need to stay up late and cram in studying and homework, getting a decent amount of sleep will ultimately help you the most.
  1. Study in advance, so that you do not have to stay up late. By beginning to study in the weeks leading up to finals, it leaves less on your plate during finals week. With less to do during that week, you will be left a lot calmer and less stressed out. It will also make it easier to get enough sleep before your tests because you will have less to do.
  1. Plan out your after school activities- between sports, clubs or anything else that you are involved in, you can easily “over-book” yourself. Make sure that you are giving yourself enough time to get your homework done before you plan anything else.
  1. Stay organized and on top of any work and studying you have by using a planner. By using a planner you have your whole schedule laid out before you, so that you can plan out when you will study and do any extra homework you may have.
  1. Study strategically: start studying things that you know will definitely be on the test. It is important that you start with things that are on the test for sure, in case you run out of time and cannot finish studying.
  1. Get some exercise if you are ever feeling too stressed out. Go on a walk or run just to get your mind off of the idea of all of the tests. Overthinking your tests will not help or change the results at all.
Ultimately, the most important thing to do during finals week is to stay calm, relaxed, and confident. Maintaining a positive mindset will keep yourself, focused a ready to go. Just know that doing your best on finals will send you into summer feeling on top of it and accomplished. Do not let your workload get to you, take a deep breathe, and just realize that summer is just around the corner, so leave all your hard work on the table because you have nothing to lose.

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Mixing it Up: Mingling with the Sailor Community

Written By: Kyoko Downey “There are 2400 students at NHHS, Meet Them” For weeks the colorful posters have decorated every hallway advertising the *Bridges’ first ever Mix-it-Up at lunch, members handing out lollipops, sign-up sheets in hand collecting names and numbers for the highly anticipated event. Come April 27th a wave of curiosity came awash campus as rows of tables extended past the science stairs and zen garden, every blue chair quickly inhabited by a smiling face, most of which reached for one of the many plentiful treats to be found. President of the organization, Jose a la Torre beckoned and welcomed all to join in the activity, speed friendships, which as the name lends itself is a more platonic, less pressured version of speed dating, assisted by a single question each round to deter chances of awkward encounters. And so, it began with a mixture of smiles, nods, and handshakes as names and ideas were exchanged the entirety of that very special extended lunch. Students of every ethnicity, grade, and background conglomerated into a medley of friendliness in a  judgement free environment to step outside atypical friend zones and cliques. Despite the enticing ideals of friendship, incentives were put in place, raffle tickets drawn a multitude of times with awards of gift cards to In-n-Out and Yogurtland which for those lucky students such as sophomore Natalie Gess made the event “worth it and then some.” Among the most prominent clubs on campus, Bridges had been working tirelessly for the gratification of hosting the single day with planning, poster making, and advertising, the genuine smiles plastered onto each member’s face, most especially coordinator and staff adviser, Mrs. Pogue, demonstrating the obvious pride and feelings of success from one of their biggest projects to date. While perhaps it did not cause immediate relationships, the event displayed for many students, those watching and participating, the uplifting individuality of every student at Newport Harbor and ease of finding a kind face willing to both listen and talk. Truly following their mantra, the walls of the sailor community are slowly being torn down, and bridges in their replacement. *Bridges is a primarily student-run organization on the Newport Harbor Campus that is focused on the unity of the sailor community and features an open leadership system. For those interested in participating and planning such events they meet every Thursday in Mrs. Pogue’s room Sims 286

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Volleyball- Best of the West

Written By: Jarrtan Ellis-Josch & Nathan Medina  An arm injury for senior star, Spencer Lawrence, did not phase the Sailors. They won the Best of the West invitational in San Diego. Spencer Lawrence had to sit this one out due to a strained tricep, similar to an injury that sophomore Dane Chalmers had previously this season. It was the second week of the month when Spencer, headed to Ohio State, got injured. Chalmers returned just last week, a couple of days before the Orange County Championships started on Friday. Coach Ciarelli explained how he had never had two of his players suffer the same injury during his 30 years of coaching volleyball. Lawrence, Newport Harbor’s middle blocker, had the role of taking stats at the San Diego tournament. Despite missing Lawrence, who is planning returning Monday, the sailors beat the Chargers, 21-25, 25-15, 15-8, in the best-of-three finale. Monroe, finishing with five kills, four coming in Game 2 to even the contest, earned the all-tournament MVP award. Cole Pender a junior outside hitter committed to UCLA, and Talley finished with 8 kills, made the all-tournament team. Pender also lead Harbor to a 4-0 lead by producing two straight service aces. Sophomore Dayne Chalmers had a few kills as well, and Cole Pender and Drew Johnston recorded winners. The game against Edison was a thriller, the opening set was back and forth until the chargers went on a 4-0 run going up 13-8. Both Corey Taylor an all-tournament selection, and Trent Williams had a block shot which got the team a significant lead. James Carpenter and Joe Leas from Edison each recorded a block to turn away Pender, putting the Chargers ahead by 3 24-21. For the set point Conor Hanks an all-tournament selection and Kyle McCauley went up together to hold of Talley. Edison also had the first points of the second game too, but being tied at 11-11 Chalmers a sophomore for Newport Harbor gave the sailors their first lead of the game. Edison started to feel the pressure being down 13-11, so they decided to call a timeout. When the game resumed Harbor kept pushing to increase their lead.. Edison committed a net violation at a critical moment in the game and Pender followed it up by hammering a kill. They increased their lead by eight now being up 20-12. The match was one by the Newport Harbor Sailors and with all the momentum they additionally won the last match to take the game.

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A Successful Turning Point

​​ Written By: Lea Ozdere and Kenia Trujillo

The Newport Harbor Girls’ Varsity team has been doing an amazing job representing our school, winning almost every game in their 2017 season. They continued their success during Battle of the Bay on last Friday, March 24th, winning against Corona Del Mar and simultaneously initiating a turning point for the Harbor Girls’ Lacrosse team. It was the first game in three years that the Varsity girls beat CDM in Battle of the Bay, and with a score of 9-7. This has not only showed that the girls have improved over the years of practice, but also that CDM is not undefeated as they had claimed to be, and Harbor might be making a comeback.

They began their game the same as any other sport begins; both teams warming up on their own side. Then, they huddled in a team circle, yelling and chanting at one another to encourage and pump each other up for the big game. The first half began with a draw between a CDM player and Katie Hendrix, #4, and possession was won by Newport Harbor. Newport started off the game strong with a shot made by Katie Hendrix, #4, within the first 5 minutes. Soon, the score is 2-1, then, CDM made their first shot with only 10 minutes left in the 25 minute half. Between many turnovers, Hendrix scored two more consecutive goals to be followed up by a shot from CDM. The first half ended with Newport in the lead, 5-2, leaving the fans and players roaring from their performance.

In the second half, Harbor was determined to finish what they had started. Newport once again scored in the first five minutes, with the goal made by Sarah Farley, #7. There was 20 minutes left in the game with 6-2 on the scoreboard until CDM scored two consecutive goals making the score gap smaller. The only freshman on Varsity, Caroline Farley,#20, scored a shot over the heads of CDM defenders and into the back of the net. CDM then scored another goal making the score 7-5. With determination to stay in the lead, Katie Hendrix, #4, drove to the goal and went for a difficult angle shot, but caused her to fall over a CDM defender, leaving the crowd silent with worry. After a minute of comfort from her teammates, Hendrix stood up and continued to play with the cheers from the fans on the sidelines. CDM once again made a shot leaving the scores too close for comfort with 5 minutes left of the game. At 3 minutes and 52 seconds left, CDM scored their 7th goal, leaving Newport only 1 point ahead. The clock was counting down the last few minutes of the game, the intensity was rising, both Newport Harbor and CDM were giving their all, when our own Sarah Farley, #7, scored the last goal of the game with only 1 minute left, making the final score 9-7. Newport Harbor came out victorious in the Battle of the Bay against Corona Del Mar high school for the first time in three years.
This astonishing win has set a new-found confidence and determination within the Varsity girls, persuading them to continue their hard work and return to the field next year with another win against CDM. Not only for Battle of the Bay, but the girls will fight on throughout all their games, hopefully making it to the CIF championship and bringing the crown home. No matter what happens however, we are extremely proud of the effort and work each of these girls have put into their games and practices, portraying our school in the most positive way. Way to go Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse!

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A Spirit Night To Remember

Written By: Jillian Birt - Russell Every year the NHHS Pep Squad works hard to promote spirit on campus by attending numerous sports events, performing at rallies, and enduring weekend competitions. Their support for the school’s athletes is endless, whether they’re making posters for their basketball buddies or they’re on the sidelines cheering on football players. But there’s one night out of the year where the team gets some cheerleaders of their own – Spirit Night. It takes place in the main gym and showcases all of the routines performed by the cheer, song, and baton teams throughout the school year. There are even some numbers put on by local preschool and elementary groups as well as a competition routine from the Ensign Seabees. Newcomer to the team, freshman Madelyn Ocana felt that the evening of Sailor Pride required an immense amount of dedication to make happen. “A lot of work went into the performance. We worked for days to get the routines right and make sure we all knew them, but in the end I think our hard work really paid off,” she explains. The girls learned multiple sideline dances and competition routines during their summer practices and had to remember all of them when their big showcase arrived. "We need to review routines from the beginning of the school year and create new routines in a limited amount of time, but it is so exciting to perform in front of everyone so they can see how hard we have been working," says sophomore baton twirler, Zoe Gleason. However, this year the event was very special, because a portion of the show served as Senior Night and honored the thirteen graduating Pep Squad members that had been a part of the team since they were freshman. Each girl was escorted by her family out onto the gym floor and received a bouquet of flowers as a video of them that was filmed earlier that day played, sharing their favorite memories of the team and their aspirations for the future. There was also a slideshow of photos dating back to as early as their freshman year, which reminded them of all of their favorite moments they experienced with their teammates. “I will miss the relationships I've made with all the girls, especially the sophomores on my team, because they are like my little sisters,” shares senior varsity cheer captain, Margaux Brook. It also made many of the seniors realize that being a part of the team taught them more than just skills needed to stunt or tumble. For senior Cassidy Peterson, her role as overall Pep Squad captain and her four years on cheer have helped her attain skills for the future. "Being captain is more than just being a leader, it is being a friend or a person who could offer a helping hand, a shoulder to cry on, or even just someone to be there for her teammates. It is the most important part of leading a group of individuals to give their all to the team and work as a family to ensure the success and happiness of the entire team.” The lessons she learned as a member of the team will follow her well into the future. Although, Spirit Night was already a very emotional time for the seniors and the teammates they're leaving behind, it became even more so when it was announced that veteran Coach Amanda Pabon would also be saying her final farewell. As niece of the Pep Squad advisor and former high school cheerleader, Amanda coached every team from Ensign cheer, to JV, and varsity, but now she is on the road to becoming a school teacher. Many of the senior girls ran to huddle with Amanda in a group hug, each one in tears but also very excited for the changes in the near future. Margaux Brook went on to say that she was emotional over Amanda’s farewell, but also pleased that she was able to have her as a coach for four years. “I'm really sad about Amanda leaving, because she’s been in my life since freshman year, but I am happy that she is leaving as I am graduating.” Spirit Night was an evening of entertainment, Sailor Pride, excitement, and emotional goodbyes. Though the event was one of last Pep Squad performances of the year, the memory will stay anchored with the team members for many years to come.

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