Grade Wars Rally

Once a year, a group of students from each grade join together to compete in a series of events during an assembly. ASB worked hard the past couple weeks to put the props and games in order for this assembly. Paige Warmington, a junior on ASB, said that “ASB did a good job managing [everything] in the short amount of time we had to prepare” and the best part of the rally was “definitely the class involvement because it gets everyone hyped about going to Harbor.” All of the competitors enter the competition hoping to bring glory to their grade. The participants competed in a total of three main events: the hungry hippos game, apple tea game, and the trash can game. To compete in the hungry hippos game, each team is given a skateboard, bucket, and large trash bin. One participant pushes the other, who is laying on the skateboard, and they have to capture as many small balloons as possible using their bucket. The seniors brought home the win in this game. In the apple tea game, two participants, each from different grades, are attached together by a bungee rope and they face opposite directions. One participant is attempting to grab an apple off of a baseball-batting tee using only their mouth, while the other participant is running in the opposite direction. In the girl’s round, the juniors won but in the boy’s round, the seniors won leaving the score to be 2-1 with the seniors in the lead. The final game, the trash can game, involved people from each grade in a circle around a large trash bin holding onto each other by a rope. The object of the game was to pull people using the ropes so that they hit the trash bin. If you hit the trash bin or fell over, you are out of the game. The junior boys dominated against all other grades and the so did the junior girls during this game. The two wins from the juniors during this game put them ahead, 3-2. The junior class won the grade wars 2017! The winning class from these competitions then competed in a relay race against the staff team. To complete the relay race, participants had to first complete a bottle flipping challenge, where they had to flip and land a water bottle, cone, and trash can. After flipping all of these items, the participants then had to run and knock down boxes while in an inflatable hamster ball. The final step of the relay race was to throw and make “baskets” into multiple cans. Whoever completed the relay first wins. This was a very exciting rally because it was one of the first times the juniors have ever beat the seniors in Grade Wars! Written By: Ava Glassen & Carly Yasko

#GrabYourWallet – Political Freedom or Marketing Fail?

It’s no surprise that the heavily divided election of 2016 would accordingly have backlash on the rest of America, and hitting family first, daughter to the current president, Ivanka Trump has in the span of two weeks had her clothing line dropped partially or completely by six major retailers; Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Belk, T.J. Maxx & Marshalls, Sears & Kmart, and Burlington. Most notable was Nordstrom who, even prior to Donald Trump’s presidency, decided to stop stocking the Ivanka Trump line, which had since her father’s election, most especially in weeks prior to November 8th, experienced a 70% drop in sales. The line suffered economically from $20.9 million in sales to $14.3 the following electoral year and according to Nordstrom, they “believe that the strength of a brand is measured not only by the profits it generates, but the integrity it maintains” in response to the conflict regarding their decisions. While this may be construed as surprising and perhaps unethical, geographically, the evidence justifies the means. The highest congregation of Nordstroms are in California, New York, Illinois, and primarily liberal states against the 1/3 of stores being in republican areas. Even the more republican states were dominated in areas that were swayed towards or voted for Clinton, which despite 46% of Americans voting Trump, clarifies Nordstrom and their economic decision which may very well be in the favor of the company and their sales in the market. These clothing retailers are not among the only companies distancing themselves from the namesake, Uber’s CEO has decisively removed himself from Trump’s business advisory council for the many alleged remarks made by the people in response to his relations with the president. Despite these companies attempts at discreetness their sudden market behavior is questionable, many of which are instead making broad general statements of their silent boycotts, Donald Trump has defended his daughter via Twitter, directly admonishing Nordstrom for Ivanka being “treated so unfairly.” Are these companies justified in their decisions against the Trump name? Or are their political parties merely harming their own companies and integrity on the market? This is not a matter of wrong and right but determining the line of political freedom and ethics in the market. Written By: Kyoko Downey


Last Wednesday, the Newport Harbor music department put on their first ever Cabaret Night where students had the opportunity to perform and showcase their talent for friends and family. The new choir instructor, Mr. Ledón thought the evening of entertainment was a perfect way to allow members of ladies ensemble and chorus to sing solos, straying away from their usual group harmonization. The Open Mic Night included students from NH and Ensign Junior High and was hosted by sophomore Samantha Nowak. It gave a diverse array of performances ranging from beautiful ballads to classic rock and even country. Junior Brooke Sorrell who sang a rendition of Florence and the Machine’s piece, “I Wish You Were Here,” felt that the event was a very special moment for everyone to share their voices. "A lot of people can sing but they don’t get to do it and having a place where you are actually able to do it is really nice. We haven’t been able to have solos at the concerts this year and it was really nice to have a night that was specifically for that,” she says. When Mr. Ledon first organized the event, he decided to have it in the Blackbox theater, thinking that the smaller venue would be more than enough space for audience members. However, on the evening of the show, the crowd was much larger than anticipated and the ushers had to arrange new rows of seats. After Open Mic Night, the NHHS Choir Instagram account posted a picture of Mr. Ledón at the piano with ]many of the people that were a part of evening in the background. The caption of the photo read, “When you run out of chairs in the Blackbox because you were expecting 10 people but you get a full house… it calls for a selfie with Mr. Ledón.” The amount of people who attended enhanced the energy of the showcase and made the theater a room of endless support and fun. The tiny and quaint Blackbox was bustling with excitement as the audience awaited the performers to take the stage. Keishaun Takahashi sang a few of his favorite numbers from Hamilton, the Broadway production that’s taken the musical world by storm, adding a theatrical essence to the show. "When I perform, I usually feel nervous before, but once I start singing I feel like I'm a totally different person and I just get a lot of courage,” he explains. Though many of the soloists featured in Cabaret Night felt rather nervous before they went on, they knew it was a moment for their individuality to shine. Junior Jade Mendoza who chose to sing a Sam Smith cover felt that the evening allowed each of the artists freedom in how they wanted to interpret the music. "Performing a solo piece is special because it's literally just you. No back up, no nothing. Just you and the piano. And even if you mess up the entire first half of the song, you just have to keep going,” she says. Being able to take the mic in front of a room of people can make a person very anxious, but it can also make them feel exuberant as they are overcome with an adrenaline rush of pure happiness. Hopefully, the music department will hold another Cabaret Night sometime in the near future so that even more people will be able to share their musical talent and even more people will come to support them at the show. By: Jillian Birt - Russell

Harbors CIF Hopes Continue

Friday night brought a very strenuous game for both the Newport Harbor Sailors and the Huntington Beach Oilers. Sharing the same record (16-11) both schools looked to take third place which meant an automatic place in playoffs. Beating them at home on the day before “they felt pretty confident going in” Bradley Siegel says. Bradley Siegel a junior starting on Newport Harbor has shown tremendous potential as his first year on varsity basketball. The momentum was in Harbor’s favor around about 80 seconds left in the game, when they scored and put them only down by 1. However, the momentum switched back 10 seconds later when Gonzalez made his first 3 pointer of the night, putting the Oilers at a 4 point lead. Brodt, who received the assist to the 3 pointer, explained how it was a "Big shot by [Gonzalez]." The game took a turn for the worst with a final score of 48-40 in favor of the Oilers. And with playoffs approaching the Harbor Basketball faced the illuming possibility that they would not make the cut. After the disappointing loss, Newport Harbor Coach Bob Torribio explained to his team that "You're not going to win a Sunset League [game] scoring 40 points, and you're not going to win a Sunset League game not making free throws. You better make a lot of three-pointers, if you're not going to make free throws. You got to do one or the other. We didn't make many threes tonight and we didn't make our free throws." Ending the game going 5 for 28 on three pointers it was easy to see why coach Toribio felt like they did not put their best foot forward. On the other side of the ball, Coach Billy Thompson explained to his team that "[Newport Harbor] is a super-tough team. We're eventually going to have to win a game where we don't shoot well, and we finally did." In an overall recap of the game harbor scored 40 points, Zach Blaine ended the game with 18 and 4 3s, and the second most for Harbor was Colin Pipkin with 13 points. On the oilers, Starkel ended the game with 15 points, and Sueda came in with the second most on his team at 11 points. Although Newport Harbor did end up winning the game, our boys put up a good game and ended up winning their next, leading to another CIF game versus Buena Park on February 17th at home. Sadly on Friday February the boy’s season ended short with a home loss against Buena Park in the second round of the CIF Playoffs. The team fought hard but lost in the final minute of the game. Written By: Jarrtan Ellis-Josch & Nathan Medina


 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. 


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


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


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!

Holiday Traditions

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.

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.