Social Media Scandal

Circulating in Newport Harbor news this week is the danger and impact of social media and the correlation that it has on the safety of our school. This Thursday teachers were alerted in 6th period to check their emails which told of a possible threat to the schools safety and that a lockdown would then be conducted. The threat was given on the popular app Ogle, a social media network that aims to keep the campus unified. Not only did Ogle tell of a school threat, but it's also a hub of cyber bullying. This threat is an obvious reminder of the power of social media on our campus as a whole and our need to stop using social media negatively. We interviewed students and asked their thoughts about this growing problem. "First of all, I would like to say that I do not think Ogle is a healthy environment for high schoolers to be involved with, especially since there is no censoring of the user, as it completely removes the feeling of responsibility for someone's actions. Not to mention, there have been cyber bullying events as well as postings of naked students on the app. As for the lockdown, I would say it's another drawback to the app. As I said before, without responsibility, someone can realize they have a test tomorrow, do not want to take it, announce they will shoot the next day and ditch to avoid the test, claiming they were scared of the shooting so they were absent. I think our school reacted in a perfectly valid and responsible way in that they did not overplay it, but still requested police intervention because the one time that we don't take threats like this one seriously, an event could happen that costs lives of the students at our school." - Jantzen Fenn "I was a little confused about it. I did not know what the app was IMG_0501until the day Mr. Cusik sent an email. It just makes me sad that this app is used to hurt people and create problems that are not necessary for anyone." -Kaela Whelan Written By: Katie Clark & Megan Carey


Many students are currently making the decision; IB or AP? We are here to help sophomores with this decision. When I first came to Harbor, I asked many people what “IB” was. I was never given a straight answer and was always confused as to what it entailed. Well, here is information that may aid you in your decision:

  1. IB tests are focused on short answer
  2. AP tests are focused on multiple choice
  3. In the IB Diploma Programme, you must write an extended essay, take TOK, and be involved in a CAS project, which is an activity/service for your community, take three HL courses, and have 6 IB classes total
  4. TOK means Theory of Knowledge- which currently is offered as a seventh period class and as a night class for athletes
  5. HL IB courses are two years and students are given college credit for completion
  6. SL IB courses are one year and students are not given college credit IF they are not in the IB Diploma Program
  7. Also, IB helps if you want to go to college in a different country
If you are interested in IB or the IB Diploma Program, talk to Alma Di Giorgio for more information and your counselor! If you are a freshman, then attend College Knowledge Night next year to get extra information. Keep in mind that both AP and IB courses look great on college applications and prepare you for college. Written By: Jordan Golden

Men’s Dance Team

The Men’s Dance Team, a team composed of juniors and senior, made a memorable appearance at the Aries Dance Show last month. They were trained by the very talented dance team. Their performance was based off of the music video of Justin Bieber’s hit song “Sorry.” Almost all of the Men’s Dance Team had never danced in a choreographed dance in front of large audience. In years past, the Men’s Dance Team has been a crowd favorite and this year was no different. They came on near the end of the Aries show which rounded out this amazing show put on by all of the dance teams. Many of the dance team members found a new respect for what the dance team does and all the hard work and time they put in to it. “Dancing was definitely harder than I expected. I have so much more appreciation for what the girls do and how hard they work.” said Senior Grady. Men’s Dance Team member Josh describes his time of the team as “ a life changing experience” and it is something he will never forget. Apart from the dancing the team bonded. Sean Kormaz said his favorite part was “waiting around in the scene room before we went on stage. It was just all the boys having a good time and bonding.” The Men’s Dance Team attributes their success to the dance team that helped them prepare and went over and over the choreography until the the boys could do it in their sleep. Overall all of the dance teams did a tremendous job putting on an excellent show for students, parents and the community. Written By: Mollie Crook

Mr. Newport

On Wednesday, March 23rd, Newport Harbor High School hosted its annual Mr. Newport competition, a mock beauty pageant in which eight senior boys go head to head, showing off their special talents, formal wear, and swimsuits, in order to find out who would be crowned Mr. Newport that year. The contestants this year were Briggs D’Eliscu, Gavin Kunkle, Carter Ling, Joey Shaprio, Talanivalu Olotoa, Austin Christensen, Joe Ahern, and Henry Lopez. All eight showcased their special talents, with D’Eliscu rolling sushi, Kunkle showing how to properly pack a suitcase, Ling telling stories whilst painting a picture, Shapiro lip-syncing, Olotoa cooking minute rice in fifty-seven seconds, Christensen singing “Luck be a Lady”, Ahern playing the cello, and Lopez playing Mario Brothers on his flute. The show posed a difficult decision for the judges, but the title of Mr. Newport was given to Carter Ling. The second place winner was Henry Lopez, followed closely by Briggs D’Eliscu who took third. Ling showed true sportsmanship following his win, as he graciously gave his crown to Joey Shapiro. Mr. Smith and Mr. Constandse hosted the event and provided witty banter with the contestants, entertaining the audience between acts, and making for an extremely enjoyable evening. Written By: Declan Sullivan

Diving to Success

IMG_2771.JPGFrom 6 am practices to dry land workouts, our waterpolo team has trained vigorously for this year's season. The team ended victoriously winning 20 games out of the 25 they played. Erin and Maddie Ross have been playing for 5 years, and as freshmen they played their first year on the Newport Harbor team. Erin was very proud with the teams progress and also with how strong and close the team was, as she tells us “I loved it. The whole team became very close from all the morning practices and the afternoon practices.” IMG_5421Her good experience also extends to how she loved that “Everyone is so kind to each other and everyone bonded. Even the freshmen and seniors.” Ending the season with success, swim season has just started for spring. IMG_5267It is during this time that swimmers begin diving in Newport Harbor’s pool, and Waterpolo continues training. As polo players and swimmers train together this season, we wish that swim season will also have great success. Go Sailors! Written By: Solange Pinon

Captains Ready To Wrestle

c1088537-b58c-4783-be76-1f4be18b27df The Newport Harbor wrestling team had a great season this year under their two senior captains, David Santos (left) and Harrison Reich (right)! I even had an opportunity to interview David who went to the CIF finals and heard about his experience as a wrestler. He told me that being picked for captain "felt really great" because "[he] wasn't expecting it" and "[he] was glad his teammates chose him out of all of the seniors." David also told me that his favorite moment of the season was when he and his team "[woke] up at nine o'clock in the morning to go to a fundraiser" and that they "had a lot of fun bonding at the beach" together. Lastly, after being on the wrestling team for all four years of high school, he said that he learned that "it was really tough until [he] let [himself] think [he was] able to do it" and that the key to success "is all about mentality." David and Harrison did a wonderful job in leading their team to many victories this season and one day their fellow teammates will take on the positions as captains, following in their footsteps. Until next season wrestlers! Picture: Senior captains, David Santos (left) and Harrison Reich (right). By Jillian Birt-Russell

Boys Basketball Season

IMG_0657 The Basketball experience Newport Harbor’s Varsity Boys Basketball’s 2015-2016 season can be described as thrilling. When they beat Huntington Beach in overtime in early February, they became the seventh Newport Harbor team to record 20 wins. When they defeated Edison 61-51 at home, they ended a 15-game losing streak to the Chargers. It was an awesome season but it came to a disappointing finish with the first round playoff loss to Perris High School 52-44. In the words of sophomore six foot seven inches center Josh Phillips, “it was a quick playoff experience.” The Sailor boys finished 6-4 in league and 21-7 in the entire season, the team felt “pretty good” about the direction their season went. The highlight of the varsity season was definitely the win over Edison at home. It was the first victory for the Sailors against Edison since the 2007-2008 season and, as they split the season series in a tie for 2nd place, a coin flip determined the league’s No.2 entry into the CIF Southern Section Division 2AA playoffs. The Sailors lost the coin toss and ended up having to face a more difficult playoff opponent than Edison. It was the 4th year in a row that the Sailors have made the CIF Playoffs. The Newport Harbors Junior Varsity Basketball team also had a good season that ended as the boys finished second in league with a 6-4 league record and an all around record of 21-6. IMG_0656 “We started off good at first but [we] did not finish well,” said JV starter RJ Haskell. Haskell described his JV experience as all round “good support from the guys.” The highlight of the JV season came as they defeated cross-town rival Corona Del Mar in the Battle of the Bay game. The Newport Harbor Freshmen Basketball team had an epic season finishing 10-0 in league with first place and 24-0 in the entire season. This was thought the first undefeated boys basketball at any level ever. In the words of freshman James McConnaughey, “it was fun winning” and their coach, Coach Offer “an amazing coach and he helped us be prepared for every game.” Pictures: Left- JV Team, Right- Charlie Stassel on Varsity Written by Eann McKasson

Valentines Day Thoughts

Valentines Day can either be viewed as a loving holiday or just a cheesy excuse to celebrate. We decided to ask students about their views on the holiday and compare their views. First, we asked the girls perspectives, one of which was Betsy Calder, a sophomore, shared her thoughts with us on Valentines Day. 27396328-d528-47d0-ad0e-311d846f17e5 She said that it is anything but a cheesy holiday and she loves all aspects about it. Her favorite part about Valentines Day is the flowers and bouquets that are gifted. Betsy believes that everyone in a relationship should celebrate Valentines Day! Processed with VSCOcam with e1 preset Another sophomore, Maddie Ciano, believes that Valentine's Day "would be great if everyone had a significant other. But seeing as that is obviously not the case, Valentine's Day seems to be a commercialization opportunity for most restaurants and stores. It is a great money-making opportunity and if you love someone you should show it to them everyday and not just on February 14."  Well said, that's right, you should show your significant other that you care for them everyday. If you don't have a Valentine, then just hang out with friends. In the photo, Ciano is pictured on the RIGHT with a friend. Written by: Jordan Golden & Kate LaGrandeur

Holiday Spirit Week

The second to last week at Newport Harbor High School before winter break was full of holiday spirit, as Newport Harbor’s first Holiday Dance was about to be thrown. The days leading up to the dance were celebrated with a spirit week, with days such as Pajama Day, Happy Hula-Days, Winter Sportswear Day, Star Wars Day, and lastly Ugly Holiday Sweater Day. These themed days were accompanied by an Instagram competition amongst the students, as posts could be marked with the hashtag “nhhsholidayspiritweek”. Each day would have one winner who would receive a ticket to the Holiday Dance, and one winner was chosen for the entire week, their prize being a free Winter Formal Ticket. The overall spirit week winner was Sara Ramirez whose costumes and enthusiasm for spirit week earned her the victory. Ramirez “didn’t expect to win since a lot of people with great pictures participated as well” but followed through with her costumes anyway, providing inspiration to her friends and others to participate in spirit week.   Daily winners can be seen on Instagram: @newportharobr_asb. The week concluded with the rally for the Holiday Dance, which featured performances from Drama, ASB, and students who volunteered to be in games during the rally. On Saturday night, the Holiday Dance was held with a large turnout, as students from Newport Harbor attended, as well as students from other schools’ ASBs in the Orange County area. Students danced the night away to N-EFFECT’s DJs and had a break from the rush of school work prior to getting away for the holidays.   Sara Ramirez on spirit week: “Yes, it was very fun, embarrassing at times, but I think that is what spirit week is about. Being able to support your school and laughing at how we do it.”unnamed-1

Holiday Traditions

Kate LaGrandeur:
  As the holiday season is approaching we went around and asked students about their favorite holiday traditions. Sophomore Holly Kanen, told us that one of her favorite traditions is going to Disneyland every Christmas Eve with her family.  She loves how all the decorations are put up and it is something she looks forward to every year. Other Sophomore Kaela Whelan told us that being surrounded by friends and family every year is something she has always done and is her favorite thing about the holiday seunnamed-2ason.                 Kaela Whelan unnamed-1             Holly Kanen
Stephanie Ramirez:
  What are your family's Christmas traditions? Bella E Marler-Mulvenna “My family will come to our house and have a huge dinner. Later we will swap presents and varies whether it is on Christmas Eve or Christmas day since we switch it every year.” What is your Christmas wish for this year? Melissa Lima “I want Justin Bieber for Christmas because he’s hot and I’ve been wanting him since 2008.” Bella E Marler-Mulvenna “I want to have my great grandmother get through another Christmas, she’s 98.” What your favorite Christmas song or movie? Eunice Nacho “I love hearing the song Oh Christmas Tree. I don’t know why it’s weird.” Bella E Marler-Mulvenna “I love the movie Home Alone and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer by Dean Martin is hilarious.” Would you rather have to ruin the illusion of Santa for kids every year or listen to any Christmas song until your ears bleed? Melissa Lima “I would rather ruin Santa to kids every year.” Bella E Marler-Mulvenna “I would rather have my ears bleed. I wouldn’t want to do that to kids.”
Jordan Golden:
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Julia Gregory

{Sophomore Cheerleader @ NHHS}


Griffin Saltron

{Sophomore Surfer @ NHHS}

What are you thankful for during Christmas time? Julia Gregory: "I'm thankful for the opportunity Christmas gives, to spend time with family and friends." Griffin Saltron: "Time I get to spend with my family." What food do you eat? Julia Gregory: "On Christmas my favorite food is probably all the deserts, especially apple pie. But during the whole season I drink peppermint mochas." Griffin Saltron: "Tons of grub." What do you want the most for Christmas? Julia Gregory: "The Rose Gold iPhone 6s 😍." Griffin Saltron: "My two front teeth."   What do you and your family do to celebrate christmas? Do you decorate your house, if so, how? Julia Gregory: "We visit a lot of family and go to tons of dinners and brunches throughout the whole holiday. We decorate with a really big tree and lights up on our house. My mom puts up poinsettias and wreaths everywhere around the house and we even have a blow up Frosty the Snowman on our rough." Griffin Saltron: "Drive to a bunch of houses to visit family and  grub hard."