Girls Volleyball BOTB

Sea Kings Take the Win But the Sailors Will Be Back Stronger Than Ever
At this year’s Battle of the Bay Girls Varsity Volleyball game, although not pulling through with the win, Newport Harbor was extremely enthusiastic andsupportive of the team. Even though it was an away game, many students and family members came to watch, decked in blue and white, ready to cheer on the team. Delaney DeCinces number 15, said that “the energy made the game so much more exciting and competitive.”
The girls started the match by scoring several points, but CDM caught up with them, ending the first of five sets with a close score of 20 to 25, going to CDM. Number 4, a Junior named Vivian Donovan, stood out with her powerful overhand serves, which often challenged the other team. Donovan said that scoring so many points in a row “felt amazing and built momentum and energy for [the] team, which was something [they] needed.” The girls began the second game behind CDM, but they didn’t stop fighting for the victory and ended the set with a score of 25 to 11 points, again going to CDM. Number 13, a Freshman named Jasmine Amirie, was another star player in the game and took the court multiple times throughout BOTB. She made several important hits and saves, helping to keep the team strong and motivated. “When the other team is pulling ahead, we try and focus on limiting their long streaks of points, and we try to limit our errors and keep the momentum on our side,” shared Delaney DeCinces on how they stay focused and motivated in a game when the other team seems to be winning.
The third game went to CDM, ending Battle of the Bay for the Sailors, but the team fought hard to the end without giving up, and our students’ sportsmanship shined through the loss. Donovan keeps positive with plans to “work so much harder every day in practice from now on, so [the team] will be ready to fight when [they] step out onto the court with [CDM] again.” Though the Sea Kings triumphed this year, the Girls Volleyball team will be back again next year to take back the crown and show them who really rules the bay!
Written By: Jillian Birt-Russell & Casey Church

Back to School

As summer sixteen comes to an end, the beginning of the school year kicks off. The nerves, excitement, and sadness that always come with back to school returned to the Newport HarbDisplaying IMG_4697.JPGor students as September 6, 2016 arrived. Once the first few weeks went by the students became more acclimated to their school schedules and doing what it takes to get to their classes by the time the bell rings. “Coming back to Harbor for my junior year I was most worried about the classes I was going to take. This year I am enrolled inAP US History which is a harder class to take and requires a lot of work. But surprisingly it has not been that hard and the chapter summaries are every other night which is nice” shares Betsy Calder. Displaying IMG_4698.JPGBack to school also means getting to rekindle friendships that were out of touch during the summer, but also meet new people. “The beginning of my school has started off pretty good, I am enrolled in some classes that I have found interesting, meeting new people, playing water polo, and love the teachers I got. This year I am most looking forward to meeting other students!” says Kaela Whelan. Through the transition of summer to fall and vacation to school there are many transitions that happen within each school year. One of the most anticipated changes for Harbor students is sophomore to junior, the year Harbor students can finally go off campus for lunch and are considered upper classmen. Rusball Venalonzo reveals that, “Being a junior at Newport Harbor High School feels really cool Displaying IMG_4696.JPGbecause it means you are almost done with high school, but also have more responsibilities that are challenging like test prepping. The best part of being an upperclassmen is probably not having to worry about leaving campus, and becoming more mature with more responsibilities.” Back to school time has started to come to an end as the month of October is right around the corner, the students have made it through the first month and can look forward to see what the rest of 2016 and 2017 have in store for them. Written By: Andie Lee

Finals Week Studying Tips

As the countdown gets shorter and shorter and summer lies in the near future, students have to conquer one last hurdle to earn the freedom of summer vacation. As students cram for their final exams, they have mastered certain tricks to combat the stress that comes from this busy time of the school year- and would like to share these tips with others. IMG_5334 1. Find something that helps you focus. Sophomore Andy Myers says that he is going "to study and go to ultimate study mode where I will let Queen Bey's music guide me to success." It's definitely important to find something that helps you focus; for Andy this is Beyonce. 2. Take breaks. Although studying is important remember that your body will break down if you don't take occasional breaks. 3. Study the things you feel you need the most help with. If you feel fully ready for one of your tests don't stress about it and instead take that time to focus on a test you may be more worried about. In other words spend your time wisely. 4. Review notes and find ways that will you help you get the most information. Seth Roberts says "I would reviIMG_0903ew my notes, do study guides, maybe study with friends." Definitely a good idea to collaborate with friends and review notes and other resources. 5. Don't stress too much. Finals are definitely important but don't stress yourself out too much. Realize that once you've studied you've done practically all you could do to prepare to ace your finals. As the year finishes up stay strong for these last few weeks and get ready to walk off campus proud of your hard work. Written By: Katie Clark & Megan Carey

The Truth About Vaping

As the tobacco industry collapses in the U.S., a new industry is rises; E-cigs. With the public’s awareness of the long term, disastrous effects of smoking cigarettes, in the United States it has become a great taboo to smoke. It is bad for those who are directly smoking it, those who are breathing in the smoke, and it is a disastrous pollutant to the environment; in the end, no one wins (with an exception for tobacco IMG_4198companies). However, there is now a new industry of vaping, which is taking over the place of smoking. The question is, are vaping “e-cigs” really better for one’s health than to smoke regular cigarettes? Here we question if e-cigs are truly a solution to quit smoking, or if they are just like Tobacco industry. Buying cigarettes requires an ID, and in the United States one must be at least 18 years old to buy cigarettes. You cannot buy cigarettes online, yet however, if you go on Google and just type in “Vaping” you will get results of online “e-cigs” and “e-juice” shops, which have no way of scanning an ID through the computer, and do not properly check if the online customer is actually over age. So if nicotine is now as easy access as if shopping on, then what does this mean to future generations? Like some cigarettes, e-juice is flavored, attracting young generations to start smoking/vaping early. Children and teenagers are likely to be longer-term customers, starting from a young age and continuing IMG_4197to smoke or vape in their adulthood. E-cigs can help people quit cigarettes, yet how are we to know that e-cigs are not just as equally destructive? We can prove that cigarettes cause cancer, but e-cigs are such a new product, that we do not have any evidence of its long term effects. E-cigs are in fact such a new industry, that it was only introduced to the United States since 2007; not enough solid research can be accomplished in 9 years.   To learn more, check out these articles: Written By: Solange Piñón

Mrs. Barry- Teacher of the Year

As the school year is coming to a close, the time has come to show your teachers your appreciation for them, (whether it’s heartfelt or in hope of a grade bump). Either way, it’s important to show gratitude towards your teacher. In lieu of this, our beloved biology teacher, Mrs. Barry, got an early start by receiving the well-deserved award of Teacher of the Year earlier this month. Mrs. Barry has been teaching for thirty-two years in the areas of Biology, Honors Biology, Physiology, and AP Biology (being her favorite). bfd832f1-2ae3-409b-a95a-ea3952cfc4c9Initially, Mrs. Barry did not pursue teaching: She worked in labs prior to becoming a middle school and high school teacher. Mrs. Barry said that she “had always loved playing teacher as a kid” and had remembered that years after college although she originally had planned a career in medicine. Her true passion for teaching is shown through the success in her students and her commitment to them. As a result she has received many awards such as the Bill Boyer award in 2008, which awarded by faculty, and now the teacher of the year award. The science department is very proud of Mrs. Barry representing their department well. Congratulations Mrs. Barry for all of your well deserved accomplishments! Written By: Tim Donald and Trudy Padden

Childhood Cancer Awareness

Diana Gonzalez, a junior at Newport Harbor High School, shares her experiences with childhood cancer.
Death is not an easy thing for anyone to understand, least of all a child. That's the thing. You just don't expect it. When my 4 year old cousin, Justin González, was first diagnosed with Neuroblastoma- a form of pediatric cancer- I was blinded by the illusion that it would be like those St. Jude commercials: cute bald kids dancing around the hallways of the hospital. But it isn't like that at all. Screen Shot 2016-06-04 at 4.16.28 PM The chemotherapy caused constant vomiting, respiratory complications, and it weakened his immune system- later causing more complications, and the rounds of radiation weren't any different. After numerous rounds of radiation and chemo, in late July of 2015, we were told that there was no evidence of disease. We couldn't believe it; the emotion that took over is something indescribable. We were breathing again...we were no longer suffocating on the anxiety that everyday brought due to the uncertainty that accompanies people with the diagnosis of cancer. Justin was finally home and playing, he would go around kicking his soccer ball screaming "Goal!" and singing aloud to Disney songs- such as Frozen-Let it Go (his absolute favorite). A month later, when Justin was having his monthly check up, the look on the nurse's face said it all with the discovery of an unnoticed lump. Our hearts lied heavy as Justin was rushed to the hospital for scans- we knew what was coming, but the thing is, nothing prepares you for something this heavy. And there it was. The screen lit up- and it wasn't just one but it was numerous tumors surrounding his lungs and heart. And I wish I could say that from there things got better. This time I promised myself that it was going to be different- I was not going to allow myself to turn away or be swayed by the delusions of what the media portrayed about cancer. Cancer isn’t just about radiation, loss of hair, and chemo; it is about desperation, complications, and hanging onto hope when things aren’t going your way, it is about being resilient when life gives you every reason to break. I was going to embrace what is and make the best of it. I was going to be there for him now more than ever- every step of the way, and that was a promise. With hesitation, I then chose to open a support page on Instagram, sharing my cousin’s story and updating those in my community about his health. Looking back, I didn't expect his story to grow much. I was wrong though, his bravery and journey was followed worldwide. His very presence touched many. As a team- Team Justin González- we all decided on creating something of unity so I designed and ordered purple silicone bracelets that said "Team Justin Gonzalez" with a golden ribbon (the color for childhood cancer) on both ends. These bracelets are now worn worldwide, all over the United States, Germany, Chile, Canada, Africa, Spain, and many more locations. Some days there were little to no complications- these days were the best.  I would be playing by his bedside a game of bingo or we would both escape into our imagination and build silly creatures with playdoh and give them funky haircuts. Then there were days where it all went wrong. Days where his lungs would collapse and fail him, so as a result he'd have to rely on an oxygen machine and mask in order to breathe properly- the frustration and hopeless was felt throughout the entire hospital room. Days where we would be playing and he would grow silent and break into tears, and with great desperation he would say he wants to feel better. Days where he would mask the fact that he was heaving for air, holding onto his side where the tumors were located, and he would simply mumble to us that he was okay and flash us all a thumbs up. Smiling became harder for all of us as the tumors spread and the percentage of survival dropped, but with the massive growing support of those on his Instagram page and our amazing community, they managed to make him smile. His happiness became our happiness. They spoiled him with many boxes of toys, letters, drawings, and money. Every time they sent him a package he would ask us to take a picture so he can thank them, every picture he would smile- and for just that moment…everything was okay. The smile that formed onto his face was something different. It was like watching a rose blossom or a sunset time lapse right before your eyes. It stretched from ear to ear and was accompanied by laughter of pure innocence and beauty. After seeing the joy that these boxes brought him, I was inspired. I got this crazy idea. A great idea. I want to do that. I want to be the reason why a child, who is being stripped of the many things we take for granted, would smile. So one day, with hesitation, while I was sitting by Justin's side, his hand in mine, I told him and my family about my idea of sending caScreen Shot 2016-06-04 at 4.16.20 PMre packages to kids fighting life threatening illnesses all over the country and while my family found it complicated, his immediate smile drove me towards certainty. And in reality, that's the only approval and motivation I needed.  So now, without any hesitation, I created a name for these packages-- Golden Warrior Packages-- and immediately took action. And at first I struggled getting started due to the various factors: shipping costs, costs for the toys, clothes, and supplies. However, on January 26th, I sent out my first box. The smile that formed on that little boy’s face, it was beautiful. It was pure, and it was hope. Everything seemed to be going great. I would spend most of my hours by Justin’s hospital bed, watching cartoons, reading him a book, or simply just talking to him about the many things we would do, from going to Disneyland, to playing soccer, and simply just singing our hearts out to every Disney movie out there. During my free time, I would work on gathering toys, clothes, drawings, and gathering many more items for these care packages and slowly I began sending out two care packages every two weeks. Things continued for awhile like this, and I just wish it could have been like this for just a bit more. Justin continued his radiations, but when the results came in, luck was not on our side. The tumor had spread to his entire left lung, parts of his heart, and numerous nerves around his body. Doctors said that there is only one way out, but the thing is, this other option had many risks. It was a surgery procedure to attempt to remove the tumor; the problem was that the chances for survival were less than 1%. But that 1% kept us pushing for the possibility of getting our little Justin back. It was a possibility of life and that alone is enough to continue this battle. The day finally came, February 25th; Justin was prepared and he then entered surgery. Every minute that passed held so much desperation. Desperate for it to all be okay. After 12 long hours, Justin beat the odds. He fought like the strong boy that he was. He was moved into the recovery room, but just a few minutes after he was hooked up to the appropriate machines, things took a sudden shift. He was heaving for air, his eyes rolled back, and he was turning purple as everyone was removed from the room and Justin was rushed back into surgery. After another 12 hours, Justin was back in the recovery room. He looked different. He was swollen all over, he didn’t wake up, and he was hooked up to many more machines than before. We were told that during his surgery, things got too complicated so they had to remove his entire diaphragm and left lung. From here, things just continued to drop, slowly, agonizingly slowly. After three weeks, Justin was finally able to move, he no longer relied on an oxygen mask, and he was flashing us all a thumbs up again. Seeing this much strength, we believed it was all getting better. He continued his radiations however since the surgery, it wasn’t the same. The treatment would have him sleeping all day; I would get to the hospital and I wouldn’t be able to hear him call out my name like before. He’d be sleeping, he’d be crying, and he’d sit in silence. In April, everything was getting too hard. Doctors continuously told us there was nothing left to do, however, Justin continued with treatment. Slowly, his body was giving in. He was unable to breathe on his own, he was unable to digest, and he was unable to stay awake for more than 5 minutes. I would get to the hospital, hold his hand in tears, and he would turn to me and with the little strength he had left he would brush away my tears and say, “Be strong, we have to be strong”, not much after he would close his eyes and fall into deep sleep with heavy medication. The sight was painfully piercing, as I felt so hopeless and desperate to have him back. I felt guilty in a way, guilty for the little I could do. On April 12th, I went to visit him in the hospital, and he could no longer open his eyes. I remember that day so clearly. I was by his bed, kissing his cheek and forehead, I held his hand in mine and cried for hours promising him that it will all be okay, we will make it out. He’s proved the impossible, possible many times. This will be another of those times. I wanted him to wake up…to open his eyes. Tell me this is a nightmare, and not our goodbyes. I began talking about all the good times, and for me they were every single day. I began to make promises, I promised him that whatever happens, I will continue to spread awareness, I will fight in his name, in his honor, I will share his story and his bravery, and whatever happens, we don’t forget any of it. When it was time to leave the hospital at 1a.m. of April 13th, my heart ached. I wish I knew then that it would be the last time I would see him with life. I wish I knew then that things weren’t going to be the same anymore. That after this day, a few hours later, I won’t be by his bedside telling him funny stories, seeing him roll his eyes and cross his arms, and that I won’t see him simply smile and say my name with such happiness. A few hours later while I was in school, I got the call. I was told that Justin had passed away. I couldn’t believe it, and I still can’t. And some may say I’m in denial, and that it’s normal. But you see it’s not his absence that I am in denial of. It’s the manner in which he was taken. I refuse to accept that Justin was taken in a way so unjustified. It was wrong, it was agonizing, painful, and it wasn’t right. With his diagnosis, and constant hospital visits, I was exposed to the reality. The reality of children being only 3.8% of the cancer research federal funding, whereas adults receive massive federal funds. This infuriated me. Justin was so much more than 3.8%. The 4 kids that pass away every day from childhood cancer are much more than 3.8%. Everyone knows what the pink ribbon stands for. But hardly anyone understands the golden ribbon; the ribbon that holds our nations future- the generations yet to come. It’s truly sad to see a kid in a hospital; it’s no place for them. They should be outside, running, screaming, going to school, and simply living out their years of innocence. And that’s my goal. My goal is to change that. It is in my desire to help advocate for childhood cancer awareness, to honor Justin’s battle. To keep him alive through the memories and my actions of helping others who are currently undergoing or just starting their heavy journey. Now more than ever, I will send out care packages, continue to lead and create fundraisers and campaigns to help families who are struggling, and share Justin’s story so that maybe no other family has to go the undergo such a heavy loss. So that maybe no will else will have to see someone that young slowly slip away within their very presence. So that maybe one day no kid will have to die of such a monstrous illness. Every passing day now, I live through his example and I use his page to spread awareness and honor his bravery. I learned many things from life because of this. It never goes as expected and life itself is too ironic to fully understand. It takes sadness to know happiness and absence to value presence. Most importantly I learned the true definition of strength. Every now and then, the memories knock the wind out of me. The emotions of hopelessness and guilt take over, but I somehow manage. I get back up and follow the many examples that Justin left behind. His strength to endure any obstacle inspires me to carry on with the war against childhood cancer and like Justin said, “Be Strong, we have to be strong.” And that’s exactly what I’ll be. I’ll do exactly what he did and flash a thumbs up; it will all be okay.  

Pep Squad Takes Las Vegas

Last month, Newport Harbor’s very own pep squad traveled to Las Vegas to attend the SHARP International Competition where they went against many other schools and dance teams around the country. The team was very successful at the event and took home the Spirit Award for Best Overall Performance! Varsity Cheer and Varsity Song came in second place in their division and Varsity Baton took first. JV Cheer won first in their division and were proclaimed National JV Champions. db3e4a14-d435-4d58-8a7d-25c1cb5f1563After the competition was over, the team spent the evening celebrating their victory with dinner and even got to see a musical and comedic show performed by the famous Blue Man Group. The girls also had the chance of staying in a hotel all weekend and bonding with roommates over movies and snacks! Though they were only in Vegas for three days, it was such a great experience to go vacation with friends and compete! Karoline Shannon (Freshman) said that her favorite part of the trip was "staying up watching a movie after a great day of winning the competition." Libby Larner (Sophomore) also had a lot of fun on the trip and "loved how close [she] got with [her fellow teammates] in [their hotel] room” while "watching Fired Up and eating ice cream and chips.” All in all, the pep squad had a wonderful time on their trip and went home champions! Written By: Jillian Russell

Track & Field- Record Breaker Emma Kratzberg

It is not everyday that a student breaks a track record here at Newport Harbor. Senior Varsity track runner and hurdler, Emma Kratzberg, has broken the 400 record and continues to try to break more of them. Kratzberg described how it felt to accomplish something so great as “amazing because I honestly didn’t expect to do it.” She is “actually working towards the 100 and 300 hurdle records as well and [is] 0.16 seconds away from the 300 record and 0.07 seconds away from the 100 record.” The record breaking athlete keeps positive as she attempts to create more history as she says, “There’s still 4 weeks left in my season so I can still do it!” Track has changed Kratzberg’s high school experience because it “made [her] feel a sense of purpose in high school and made [her] motivated, passionate, and the driven individual that [she] is.” Having an inspiration to compete is essential to the success of athletes and Kratzberg finds that from her “humble roots that started [her] career”. “I decided one day that I wanted to do hurdles kind of randomly and I started out okay, but not great. And slowly but surely I worked my way to the top and now am currently ranked 3rd in California. I wasn’t born a runner/hurdler and I had to work very hard to get where I am. So I stayed motivated by seeing where I was, where I am now, and where I want to be,” says Emma Kratzberg about how she has gotten to where she is today and what motivates her to keep putting in hard work. Not everyone can become an statewide ranked athlete, and those who do achieve this have put in that extra time or practice to get to where they are. For Kratzberg a big part of her success is the “amazing coaching from both in school and outside of school.” Also her dedication to the sport can be seen through the “weightlifting which [she didn’t] think any of her teammates did [...and the] practice between two and four hours a day.” After all her achievements at Newport Harbor, what is next for record breaking runner/ hurdler? Kratzberg shares that “track will play a big part in [her] future, [she] is going to Colorado State University on a scholarship for track and field, and will be a 400 hurdler in college. [Kratzberg] has the next four years ahead of [her] at least” regarding her track career future. Written By: Andie Lee


The baseball team had an exciting season nearly making CIF playoffs an impressive feat in the Sunset League while enjoying their season. The Sunset League is a very impressive league with Huntington Beach and Marina who are two of the top teams in the nation. The sailor boys played amazing against both those teams taking a victory against Huntington and Marina. The boys in blue tried their best finishing with a record of 7-8 and finishing 4th place in the sunset league. All the boys had smiles on their faces at the end of the season as the future looked bright for the young men in blue. Varsity players Junior Cade Seabold and Senior Luke Genova, a Santa Clara University commit, are all-league first team and Freshman John Olmstead is Sunset League rookie of the year. Our Tars finished the season with their heads held high as they poured their hearts out into every game no matter the score. In the end, of all the hard work the boys made a realization that winning isn’t everything and the brotherhood that they developed and shared was the most important lesson their coach could teach them. The JV tars also had an eventful season while finishing an impressive 6th place. They finished 3-11 while beating Huntington, Edison and Fountain Valley. Andrew Wolfe, an occasional starter on the J.V. squad, told us “the most memorable moment for me, was when we beat Huntington by an impressive margin” he continued on to say “it was fun!” Written By Eann McKasson

Debate- Animals & Humanity

IMG_8853Animal Rights Club and the Debate Team are collaborating to discuss Animal Right issues. During this event, there are 3 major topics happening under the categories of Local, National, and Global problems. Under Local animal issues, the topic of Coyotes will be discussed, because of how people have made an issue of it in the orange county area and even Newport Beach specifically. In the debate we are to discuss how people see and do not see them as an issue, and if a problem, how to approach the coyote problem humanely. This debate will have a conversational style to it, known as a Socratic Seminar, or recognized as what we do in our english classes. Under National, the topic of Animal Entertainment is discussed as well, which Zoos or Aquariums, such as SeaWorld, become discussed as to whether they truly benefit animals or not. Then finally, the Global issue is Game Reserves. Are Games Reserves truly made to accomplish “the better means” of saving animals by letting other animals die? Or does this only encourage hunting in a negative retrospective? This Debate will take place on campus inside “the Black Box” close to our school theater, on Monday June 6th, at 6 pm. We will have one debate occur on its own, and then 2 debates happening at the same time. With 2 debates occurring at the same time, the audience will be able to chose which one interests them or would like to learn about the most. This event is a great way to see what it means to be a part of the Debate Team and Animal Rights Club, and also a way to enlighten ourselves about the what it truly means to be humane. Everyone is welcome to join! Written By: Solange Pinon