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 LeeContinue
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 McKassonContinue
Animal 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 PinonContinue
May...getting close to summer and AP tests just finished. Since AP tests were just administered, we wanted to provide advice for students taking their AP tests next year. Many students feel overwhelmed as they try to review the entire curriculum. On the other hand, some feel calm and prepared to tackle these important tests. In order to help other AP students next year, current AP students told us what they did to prepare for this stressful time of testing. BELLA CRAFTON: "Prayed, stress ate and colored in my coloring book." RACHEL DANGL: "Read the AP crash course and reviewed my notes." SAMMY KERRIGAN: "Absolutely nothing." CHRISTIAN YASSA: "I used study books and practice tests from past years." PIPER HJORT: "Read crash course and studied all my notes and I also watched crash course videos online." Written By: Katie Clark & Megan CareyContinue
As the school year begins to come to a close seniors are busy doing their senior exits projects. In this last task to achieve their diploma students are asked to conduct an experiment where they test a new way of life that pushes them out of their comfort zones for a whole 10 days. From becoming speechless to getting rid of your phone these ten days truly put the seniors to the test. Cooper Hendrix is still struggling to decide how to use this valuable opportunity to walk in someone else's shoes. Hendrix says "I'm not sure, I have like three approved projects, and I've been doing all of them, but I haven't really selected just one yet." This project is definitely something that takes lots of research and preparations. Billy Mazzerelli decided to give up social media and replace it with physical activity. Mazzerelli says that "I liked it cause I realized how much I was using my phone in a day, and I learned how much more productive I was. And plus their where some benefits to the physical activity." For freshmen, sophomores and juniors start getting ideas for this amazing project and make the most out of this amazing opportunity. Written By: Megan Carey and Katie ClarkContinue
Since summer is approaching, we wanted to know what people's plans are. Rachel, a Freshman, is looking forward to spending most of her days at the beach this summer and also playing a lot of tennis. So far she has no travel plans but will probably end up going to Palm Springs or Catalina for a weekend this summer.
Nikki, also a freshman is looking forward to going to the beach as well and is also planning on spending most of her summer relaxing and not having to worry about school.
Written By: Kate LaContinue
Just this past week, the NHHS drama department put on three productions of the Addams Family. These shows included two evening shows and 2 matinees. This show was adapted from the popular TV series and movie. We talked to a couple people from our drama department to get the inside scoop! Senior, Austin Christensen played the role of Mal Bienke and says it was one of his favorites series! His favorite part of doing this play was doing the show for the elementary kids when they came in during lunch. Christensen also claims that this play was not different in terms of the process, but it was different in the way the cast has ever acted before. Everyone acted as a family and they all felt a really tight bond through the works of this production! Christensen says, “After [his] four years and 13 shows, [he] has never seen a closer cast and crew.” After interviewing the lovely Austin, we got the chance to talk to the very talented Chris Surridge! Chris began preparing for the play early this January upon receiving the script to study up on his role of Pugsley Addams (the younger son of Gomez and Morticia). Surridge says he had watched the original Addams Family on television (it always preceded the Twilight Zone re-runs) and also watched the two live-action films (The Addams Family and The Addams Family Values, the latter being his and his father's favorite). Chris’s favorite part of the play was one performance when a light bulb shattered on-stage during the opening, “my ratchet chain snapped off, and I got broken glass in my leg from the bulb.” After this encounter, Surridge realized that “as an actor, the gift of something going wrong both heightens our energy and keeps us on our toes.” The main thing that made the Addams Family different from their other shows was the fact that it was so modern, rather than classical like other plays they have done in the past. Surridge says this show was the second most successful play (besides the sold-out Mousetrap) this year and by having a good mix of both modern and classical pieces, the audience (parents and students) is able to truly appreciate the diversity of the acting and technical abilities as well as educating and enlightening everyone with all facets of theatrical joy. The mix of modern musicals of today and the classics of yesterday will keep our department thriving with new audiences and new challenges to the actors and tech. There's a show for everyone out there, whether modern Hach or legendary Shaw, and with our popular Addams Family and sold-out Mousetrap, we can safely say this diversity will continue. Written by Sophia Mendoza Photo Credit : Jillian BrazeltonContinue
With the school year nearing the end, ASB typically holds an election in which students campaign and vote on the next year ASB positions during the month of April. This year, campaigns only lasted about a week. After interviewing current Junior Class President, Jake Toohey we got the insight into why the elections were postponed. During every election a rulebook is handed out, in the first week of campaigning, “multiple rules were broken by multiple people leaving some candidates disqualified because of a minuscule rule” says Jake Toohey. Because the consequences for rule breaking was never defined in the book administration was aware of how much this election meant to the candidates and decided they would clean up the discrepancies and called for a reelection in May. This brought mixed emotions as “some candidates were relieved and grateful and other were bummed out but understood the rewrite was for the best” according to Jake Toohey who has been a member of ASB since freshman year.
Written By: Trudy Padden
While many Newport Harbor students basked in the sun in Cabo San Lucas or hit the slopes in Big Bear some very adventurous sailors trekked to Peru! From the heights of Machu Picchu to touring around the adorable town of Cusco these students were able to experience the beauty and fun that Peru has to offer! Many students who participated in this trip truly feel in love with this country. “My favorite part of the trip was being to interact with all the locals” says Betsy Calder. Not only was the trip itself an amazing experience but the participants truly made this trip magical. Calder also said that “the group that went to Peru was such a great group of kids.” Kate LaGranduer similarly speaks of the fun the sailor travelers had. LaGranduer explains that her favorite memory “was our last night in Peru where us girls had a prank war against the guys.” Overall Betsy Calder summed up her thoughts of this trip. “Peru was a once and a lifetime experience and I would do anything to go back. Words cannot describe how much I love and miss Peru” says Calder. As these sailors explored the beautiful land of Peru the bond between the students grew to create lasting friendships that will last a lifetime. The Peru trip truly was a “once in a lifetime experience” as Calder explained. The stunning pictures from the travelers give a glimpse into the exotic wonder of this vacation but nothing will compare to being in these places in person. These students were able to see much more than the sandy beaches of Mexico or the snowy mountains of a ski resort. From flaunting the native styles in Lima, boating in Lake Titicaca or playing with the adorable cats in the streets of Peru these students redefined the definition of a fun spring break. The excitement from everyone who participated in this adventure is evident of just how fun these trips are. If you’re ready for the experience of a lifetime sign up for a school trip, you won’t regret it! Written By: Katie Clark & Megan CareyContinue