Co-Drum Majors Working Together

Written By: Jillian Birt-Russell

Because Newport Harbor’s Davidson Field is under renovation, this year has been difficult for many sports teams who use the field for practice and for events, including the Marching Band. Though they are considered a part of the music department, they are also considered a sport, because they have rigorous practices to prepare for their fall marching season.
They utilize the practice field during their zero period everyday before class but they also have to take a bus every Tuesday evening to practice at Estancia High School, which is Newport Harbor’s home away from home for the season. Every single football game that the band attends is away and they have to bring all of their instruments and equipment along with them. Though this has been a challenge for band and all sports teams alike, it hasn’t broken their drive or spirit to represent Sailor Pride through their performances during football games and competitions.unnamed
This year the Marching Band has Senior Drum Majors, Jose Alatorre and Elise Denghausen leading them to victory. Anyone can easily spot these two sporting an all white uniform while raised above the band as they sit in the stands and conduct many of Newport Harbor’s traditional fight songs such as “Go Big Blue,” “Hey,” and “the Alma Mater.” They have also played some more recent and popular songs like “Shut Up and Dance with Me,” sung by Walk the Moon and “Sorry,” originally performed by Justin Bieber to really pump up the crowd.
The Beacon had a chance to interview Alatorre and Denghausen about being Co-Drum Majors and they both agreed that it was a big responsibility. Alatorre says that “the band expects [him] to know most everything and have answers at all times,” and the position has many duties including being “responsible for running practices, rehearsals, and teaching the band members to march and play music.” He knows how important his role is and that he’s “supposed to be a living example of composure for the band members to follow a rigid set of rules” and that he’s “an image of the band” meaning he “must present [himself] in a respectful manner.” Denghausen also believes that being a Co-Drum Major “is more than just conducting.” She’s “in charge of running band camp and teaching marching technique” as well as “conducting during football games and pep rallies.” It’s also their job to make sure that “everything goes smoothly on competition days.”
Denghausen said that her favorite memory was at band camp “seeing all of the crazy costumes the Seniors made the Freshmen wear.” While Alatorre’s favorite memory of the season so far was “the awards ceremony at the Newport Open” where “[they] did a special salute to the winners of the sweepstakes trophy.” Alatorre also remarked that being Co-Drum Major has taught him that, “people can’t read minds, so the directions he gives have to be explicit,” in order for his fellow musicians to understand while practicing. Whereas Denghausen has learned that she wouldn’t have been able to lead the band “on her own and that [she] is so thankful that Jose is drum major with [her].”
At the band’s last competition in Corona, thunnamed-2ey received fourth place and Denghausen felt proud about it, because the band “went up six points” and “[looked] and [sounded] a lot better than” the week before. Alatorre believes that the score “reflected [their] performance accurately but not [their] potential.” His goal for their next competition at Oceanview High School “is simply to put on a better show, because what [is the band] if not performers.” Denghausen wants the band “to improve as much as [they] can, indivually and as a group.” She says that even though “winning would be nice, it doesn’t matter as much as the experience [one] gets and the things [they] learn from it.” The Newport Harbor Marching Band works extremely hard throughout the entire school year so be sure to go support them at their competitions or at sporting events and school pep assemblies!

Pride or Die

Written By: Lea Ozdere & Natalie Robinson
As the fall season sports are unfortunately coming to an end, the Newport Harbor Varsity Girls’ Volleyball team continues to demonstrate an amazing amount of effort and poise within their games. Despite the loss of their second to last (home) game of the season against Edison High School on October 18th, the girls maintained their sense of determination, cooperation, and sportsmanship throughout all three matches.

The volleyball players began by getting ready wunnamed-3ith different types of techniques to prepare themselves for the game. Edison’s girls mirrored Harbor’s on the opposite side of the court with similar strategies. The girls managed to unwind and ease their nerves while warming up before players from both sides were properly introduced and the first match, of five, officially began.

Edison took the lead of the first match, 8 to 1, before Harbor made their second point. Claire Covina, #5, hit a remarkable spike against Edison that landed on the boundary line, confirmed as Harbor’s third point by the referee. Although Harbor’s girls continued to work hard, Edison created a major gap in the lead at 20unnamed-1 to 6. During Edison’s match point, Harbor’s attacking players were unable to block their opponent's strike, establishing a domina ting win by Edison with the score of the first match, 25 to 9. Claire Covina, #5, starts the second match with a point for Harbor. Harbor’s girls, working hard together, blocked Edison’s shot, making the score 9 to 6 (Edison’s lead). Both teams played an amazing rally, ununnamedtil Claire Covina, #5, ended it with a point for Harbor, still behind at 9 to 16. Slowly, they started making a comeback, Edison still in lead, until Harbor unfortunately lost the match when their ball went into the stands. Edison led the third match 6 to 3, before Harbor made their fourth point. As Harbor’s ball shot high between the bars on the roof, Delaney Decinces, #15, and Jasmine Amirie, #15, continue to play a remarkable rally and try their best to get the ball over. Edison fights back and creates a 6 point streak before Callie Govaars, #24, breaks it with a point for Harbor, 12 to 20. Edison continues to score, winning the match 25 to 17, therefore winning the game.

Field Hockey Season Successes

  Written By: Kenia Ciraulo
  The Newport HarbUntitledor Field Hockey girls have been taking their season by storm! Varsity placed second in their league heading into playoffs and both JV and Frosh/Soph held a winning record, many could say that 2016 has been a success for the Sailors. The varsity team had many great accomplishments throughout their league season and in tournaments, such as winning first place at the Highlander Cup played in San Diego. After waking up before sunrise to travel, the sailors played a total of five games. All of which they won, and kept winning until they had claimed the title of “champions” for the second year in a row. A total of 17 goals were scored by the sailors throughout the day, 11 of which were sent into the back of the cage by senior McKenzie Porteous, and the defense was on fire resulting in an almost shutout tournament. Only 1 goal was scored on them, and it was late in the championship game. The tournament was an all-around success for the team and created a sense of unity within the team. When asked about this year's team chemistry, senior defender Hayden Allen said “the team has played really well overall; we really connected together and improved a lot over the season.”9 Going into the league championship game against Edison, the team is feeling stronger than ever and ready to win! This year, over half of the varsity team is made up of graduating seniors. Composed of 12 seniors and only 9 underclassmen, the team has many experienced players who are able to contribute their skills to winning the game. “Having a lot of seniors allows for the younger girls to get a feel for everything that will be expected from us in the future,” says varsity sophomore Maddie Vargas. The seniors have years of experience they will be able to pass down onto younger grades, contributing to the growth and helping to strengthen the field hockey program. JV and Frosh/Soph have also been incredibly successful. “I think that we started out not knowing anything about how we would work as a team, but overtime and throughout the season we were able to bond and remain undefeated” 19said Tristan Warmington, a junior, about the JV Field Hockey team. In their season, JV had some tremendous wins ranging from 10-0 against Chaminade High School to aggressive 1-1 ties against the field hockey rival, Edison High School. The season ended October 22, and JV was happy to announce that they placed first in our league and “finished the league undefeated,” as said by Lauren Dewan, sophomore captain.  Personally, I can't wait to bring it next year and hopefully get that win against Edison.

Renewable Energy for the Future

  Written By: Kyoko Downey

As fossil fuels being to dwindle the people of the world are in a constant race to seek renewable energy to support the future. Costa Rica is a prominent example of this tremendous feat, running for 299 days in two years on hydropower, wind, geothermal, and solar energy, without the burning of any fossil fuels. With its early investments in discovering new means of acquiring energy, the country has successfully created a model for other cities and may quite possiblyunnamed, as they have acknowledged, become entirely, environmentally sustainable. Their future plans and ventures in this field demonstrate their dedication to the cause; spending close to 100 million dollars in three 50 MW geothermal plants and revealing a 305.5 MW hydroelectric plant predicted to power over half of a million homes.

This proposes the question, “What can we do here?”

It’s obvious driving by our school the prominent solar panels in the parking lot, but aside such energy sources, few students could contribute new forms of renewable energy that we could implement into the communities of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. As sophomore Cielo Cuenca admits “there isn’t a lot that can feasibly be done at our school with the budget we have.” It is true that solar panels are among the most expensive forms of renewable energy but really, for southern California are the only devices that pay back those expenses in a reasonable time frame, not relying on our unpredictable wind patterns and rainfall like other forms of renewable energy depend on. However, this could quite change in the coming years, as scientists are beginning to develop solar panels that do not rely on the costly photovoltaic cells they do today, but rather on magnetic fields, drastically cutting down on material costs.unnamed

With every interview, a steady trend became clear, nobody saw or noted the possibility of such switches to environmental sustainability in the near future, all for multiple reasons. Tenth grader Maddy Wilkens contributed it to the fact it “depends on how much as a society we want it,” focusing on big fossil fuel companies’ corporate greed and the amount of initiative by the people and coming generations to innovate to solve these issues. Meanwhile, fellow sophomore, Keeley Wandrocke states that “we have such a dependency on fossil fuels as of today that such an extreme change in our ways would be cumbersome and time consuming.”

But perhaps our students are thinking too obviously of the big, well known energy sources, or rather, they don’t know that smaller ones exist. HERO products, founded in Newport Beach, focus and advertise different systems that can be put into the home from new exterior windows to even a simple window film that “save[s] energy by limiting both the amount of solar radiation passing through and the amount of internal heat escaping” as the site discloses.

Which goes to show, a little goes a long way, and in the case of renewable energy, it’s a small step in a long journey to the future.


Norwegian Exchange Student: Kristine Wowie

Written By: Trudy Padden
This year Newport Harbor High school received students on exchange from all across the globe. Kristine Wowie, a Norwegian 17-year-old decided to attend her senior year at Newport Harbor over 5,000 miles away. What made her want to do the Untitled exchange is her passion to travel. Kristina said in Norway your 12th year of school is “unimportant and people just want to get it done”. This is because they still have another year oh high school after their 12th year. When Kristine gets back to Norway she will have another senior year, Norwegian style. While experiencing her American senior year her favorite part is “the school spirit”. She had never experienced this because sports are not connected with school back home. Kristine has loved going to pep rallies, seeing the cheerleaders, and athletes all around campus. She lives with a host family in Newport Beach and has had many wonderful experiences with them going to football games, dinners, boating, and experiencing a very different setting and culture. She enjoys her new life but says she has had trouble missing her family and friends back home. Despite and changes she had made great memories her favorite being meeting two new friends and realizing what she had gotten herself into. She also really enjoyed going to Los Angeles with her host sister. She said her exchange decision was “spontaneous and without thinking”. She was influenced to go to America from her sibling who attend American Universities. In contrast to her3 life back in Norway, she views Orange County as a city. The town she lived in was very green and rural so all the development and info structure is new for Kristine to experience. As seen in the pictures below there was lots of open space and hiking was common. Kristina says she is very excited for the winter in California because the days stay basically the same length. In Norway it would become dark for almost 20 hours a day in the winter. Kristina says she finds simple pleasures in what we consider normal such as “not having to wear a sweater out and being able to go in the ocean”. Despite her excitement for a California winter she will miss the snow and the great skiing she typically does with her family. Kristine say at at times she thinks she is crazy for leaving all her friends, family, and life behind but she is very thankful for this new endeavor and is excited about what’s to come at NHHS.

2016 Back to School Night

Thursday, September 29th was Newport Harbor High School’s annual Back to School Night, an evening where parents come to school to meet their children’s teachers, and learn about the curriculum for the year.  For some parents this can be a breeze, as this may be their third, fourth, year attending, and perhaps for some with multiple kids, even more.  For those parents who are as new to the high school as their kids, ASB students were scattered across campus and prepared to provide assistance in finding classes, teachers, and buildings.  The evening for the parents was easy enough, aside for some having to hear about all the projects and stress that their kids would be put through, but other than that it went smoothly.  The student store was open for business selling spirit gear and there was an opportunity to vote for which parents would become a part of the school Site Council.  Homecoming tickets were also on sale for the first time this year at the lowest price that they will be, until the prices rise in a week.  Yearbook was also out selling The Galleon, and as the night continued, music was brought out to dance to and encourage sales.  Many parents were “excited to meet the teachers” and others were interested in the methods that were to be used to teach their children.  There was some concern over ideas like flipped classroom, but parents are open to new ways of teaching and optimistic about the outcome.  Back to School Night is a fantastic way to meet teachers and inform parents about how the curriculum will affect the students, and what kind of workload they will have.  Without it, parents would be in the dark about what methods are being used to teach their children and what different teachers are like, which is very beneficial to understanding the stress that their kids will be under.  Back to School Night was definitely successful, and will be successful in future years. Written By: Declan Sullivan

The Great Debate

As the November voting season looms ahead the two candidates battle for the highly sought position with people on either sides fearful of the “unique” options for the next president.  People around the nation have a variety of different views regarding the candidates but what do the Newport Harbor Sailors think about this controversial topic. We asked their thoughts on the event and here’s their response.

  “So I side with Trump, not just because I was raised so conservative, but because he is honestly the most suitable candidate. Hillary has been showing she is incapable of being in office not only with her lies that she got caught up in at the beginning of her campaign, but she has lately been showing many signs of health problems which could be really bad if she was elected into office then suddenly died because then we would have to find ourselves a new president. Trump is underrated as a presidential candidate because all people hear are that he's going to "build the wall" and send people back to Mexico, which isn't necessarily true. he only wants to rid the country of ALL illegal immigrants. this is NOT just Mexico. this could be from any country. even Canada or England or Germany. I am the child of an immigrant who is voting for trump and when people hear that they think I'm crazy, but I'm not because we actually pay attention to what he says and he is right. the amount of illegal immigrants here is out of control and illegal immigrants can be dangerous. Trump is doing this for the good and safety of our country, not because he wants to "get rid of all of the Mexicans." just because we, you, or someone in your family if an immigrant, doesn't mean you shouldn't vote for trump. he is only looking for the illegal people and sending them back to their homes. Make America great again.”---Camille Baron “I think it's publicly accepted that this year is kind of a dumpster fire when it comes to politics. Well in the description of John Green this year has been a bit of a dumpster fire. It's no secret that either candidate seems to be at all qualified for president. On one hand you have a corrupt man who sees America as a business, yet doesn't know how to run a business anyway so he just screams things at people and hopes for the best. On the other you have a woman who doesn't understand laws and kind of slides outside of punishments. Not to mention she is praised for representing beliefs she specifically went against in the past 5 years (for instance she was against gay marriage), making her a bit of a conformist. Not to mention she has changed a few policies for the popular vote recently. If you want to look at the third option then you have a deranged man who although has something of a plan for the country, he's absolutely crazy. If you don't believe me, look at the video by Colbert on him. He's been shooting down his chances left and right in speeches from the "Aleppo" comment to sticking his tongue out a reporter while talking to attempt to prove a point.”---Jantzen Fenn [caption id="attachment_14028" align="alignleft" width="245"]Processed with VSCO with c1 preset “I think that Donald trump handled himself very well since he could have easily attacked Hillary at many points for being illegitimate and not being able to back up the points she tried and failed to make. I thought it was also very comical that Hillary brought up her book like a commercial would and really embarrassed herself by making it seem like this was all just a big joke to herself. trump knows what he was talking about and talked to the people of America, not at them like Hillary did.” -Betsy Calder[/caption] “On the subject of the debate, I thought that the debate was relatively civil compared to expectations. Trump started off strong, but soon got derailed by Clinton. Clinton started off shaky but her preparation helped her later in the debate. I was impressed that Trump respectfully referred to his opponent as Secretary Clinton, and I was a bit disappointed that Clinton only referred to him as Donald. In my opinion, Clinton came out on top, but neither candidate particularly shone. I'm really looking forward to the vice presidential debate. On the subject of the campaign: I don't particularly like either candidate. Neither of them have all of the qualities that I would hope for in a presidential candidate. This seems to be reflected in the fact that both of their unfavorable are high. I think Secretary Clinton is the more qualified for the job of the two candidates, but neither are exceptional choices. Personally, I think that the vice presidential candidates on both sides would make better options. Regardless, I am somewhat relieved that I will not be able to vote in this election.”----David Sharp       Written By: Megan Carey & Katie Clark

Insiders Perspective: BOTB Rally

Dance rehearsals, late night decorating sessions, costume finding. These are all things that ASB to that goes into the creation of our school rallies that most students don't realize. The Beacon talked to Holly Kanen Junior Class VP about what it's like to put on rallies like the past battle of the bay rally and the approaching Homecoming rally. "It takes a lot of hard work and effort but it all pays off in the end. The rallies are so fun to be apart of and I got the chance to be on both sides. Freshman year I was just a student watching them but now that I am apart of ASB I'm the one putting it on." We asked her why ASB chose the purge theme this year for battle of the bay and she told us that at their ASB camp earlier in the summer another school has used that as a theme and they thought it was really clever and would be fun to do for the rivalry.
Along with the rally itself ASB has seemed to create a tradition over the past two years. Members create motivational posters for the different sports playing in their own battle of the bay games, plastering what looks to be 100 posters from ceiling to even the floor. Holly told us that this process is very time consuming but the end appearance is so amazing and motivational for the other students walking into school that day. The poster making takes a lot of progress and then on the night before the rally ASB members have to stay at school usually until 11 creating the amazing display. Being a regular student watching these rallies we often forget that the whole event is put on by our own students who take many hours from their day to motivate our school and provide us with amazing events. Now that the Battle of the Bay rally has passed the next step for ASB is Homecoming.
We tried to get Holly Kanen to give us some insight on Homecoming and the theme. Although she couldn't tell us the theme just yet she said that it will be a very fun night and the halftime show as well as rally will be something to look forward.
Written By: Kate LaGrandeur

Victory in Defeat: BOTB Football

Despite Newport Harbors fourth straight loss in their huge football rivalry between Corona Del Mar, signs of character and potential were revealed by not only our players but fans as well. Cal’s future quarterback Chase Garbers threw for five touchdowns (three which came in the second half) and 277 yards. He led his team to yet another victory for the Sea Kings making them 2-1 in the season. Taevon Le who set a record for receiving yards in the previous week was double teamed by Newport Harbors defenders. This left senior receiver Billy Shaw with 1-on-1 man coverage, and as a result caught two touchdowns in the second half for 34 and 57 yards, which devastated the sailors. The sailors quick score in the third was soon followed by a explosive drive where Garber pulled off a 48 yard run, the drive ended in a 8 yard touchdown by Moses on of the two main running backs on CDM. CDM’s first drive was quick and explosive, only 70 seconds and ended in a 27 yard touchdown to Murphy (junior running back). Harbor’s next drive was more tradition and they took the ball down the field slowly each gain short but effective. This drive was put to an end with a 30 yard field goal by Chandler Siemonsma. Harbor had a rough first half, despite moving the chains they only scored two field goals resulting in a 14-6 lead by the Sea Kings. The third quarter was a new start for the Sailors, fired up they dominated on both sides of the ball. Senior defensive end Alex Michelson stripped Garber for CDM’s only turnover of the night, the loose ball was recovered by defensive tackle Blake Terry. The offense wasted no time in pushing the ball up the field, and senior running back Cole Kinder rushed for a 27 yard touchdown on first down. This was momentum changing for the Sailors finally giving them hope they could win. Instead of going for the two point conversion that would tie the game at 14-14, sophomore Ethen Schroeder kicked the extra point which brought the sailors to within one. After this touchdown, the Sea Kings dominated the rest of the third quarter by constantly running at the defence. CDM’s Moses and Murphy both ran for more than 85 yards in the last 8 minutes of this quarter. And ultimately, in the fourth quarter CDM pulled away by scoring 2 more touchdowns, which lead them to a 41-13 win against the Sailors. Newport Harbors head coach Jeff Brinkley stated that "We let them hit a couple of slants and the kid [Shaw] broke it, and that kind of wiped it out”. He also added that "We've got to learn to play with teams like this because the teams in our league are equal to or better than these guys. They're probably going to be in the league next year." Although the score did not turn out in our favor, our students and fans represented our school in a respectful matter, unlike our opponent’s student body who are now facing numerous violations and penalties. Due to their actions not only has their homecoming dance been canceled for the first time in school history but they are also forbidden from ever returning to OCC stadium.   Written By: Jarrtan Ellis-Josch & Nathan Medina

Freshmen Win First Round: Tennis

At this year’s Battle of the Bay match, the Varsity Tennis Team came in ready to compete. Although the team didn’t reach their goal of beating CDM, they came out with fire and passion that will continue until they get revenge next year.

All pumped and ready to go, Freshmen doubles team, Amra Barton and Lauren Lipkowski, headed to the courts to start in their first Battle of the Bay Match. They knew this match wasn’t going to be easy, and Lipkowski admitted, “It was a little intimidating, but once [she] knew [she] had to do it for the team, [she] blocked everything out and just played [her] game.” Barton agreed and added how exciting it was. Although many believe that tennis is a single person sport, it is actually a team sport as Lipkowski had mentioned above. Everyone has a role to play in making the win happen. Even though the team fell short the first round 1-5, the Freshman duo pulled through gaining one win for the team. Going into that match, Barton described their mindset as focussing on “giving 100% and never stop being on [their] toes” because they “wanted to show those [CDM] girls just how bad [they] wanted it,” and they certainly accomplished that. During a match, Lipkowski loves having Barton as a partner because “[she] feels like [she] has no worries and always have each other’s backs.” Barton repeated the same for Lipkowski in saying, “[she] is so grateful for such an amazing partner [because] Lauren is able to pick [her] up on days that [she’s] struggling, and [she] is able to pump Lauren up when she needs it.” Barton admits that one of their secrets to success is that their “their friendship that continues off the court.” After the match, the pair came off the courts “not believing it but knowing [they] could do it” (Lipkowski) and “feeling overjoyed” (Barton). Although this win gave hope for Newport Harbor that they were beatable, the team knew it was going to be a tough battle ahead if they could pull it off. Barton explained that even though they had just won an amazing match that “[she] was going to go out there and grind for the next one because they were playing the #1 seed.” Unable to catch CDM, Harbor settled knowing that they are going to work harder next year and learning from the match to play their best in league.

In their last match before league, Barton and Lipkowski played phenomenally against Sage Hill last Wednesday, September 28th. They played as the #2 doubles team winning their first round in a tiebreaker and finishing off the day with a passionate celebration of their hard but well earned win against the Sage’s #3 team.

Harbor continues to fight on as they are 2-1 in league, winning to Marina and Edison but losing to Los Alamitos. More information about the Battle of the Bay match and about league are below.


Line-Up for BOTB Match:


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  1. Taryn Anderson and Eva Newsom

  2. Megan Carey and Ally Harano

  3. Lauren Lipkowski and Amra Barton (Pictured to the right)



  1. Hannah Blower (Pictured playing to the right)

  2. Elise Rimland

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Sage Match from Daily Pilot:

Varsity Tennis Schedule:






Oct. 4



Var @ Fountain Valley

3 PM

Oct. 6



Var @ NHHS

3 PM

Oct. 11



Var @ Marina

3 PM

Oct. 13



Varsity @ NHHS

3 PM

Oct 18



Varsity @ NHHS

3 PM

Oct. 20



Varsity @ NHHS

3 PM

Oct. 24



Varsity @ HB

2:30 PM

Written By: Rachel Davis