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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! Continue
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. The 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. 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. Some 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. "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. Continue
Written By: Tori Carrese
For as long as harbor students can remember, our field hockey team has had a tradition of performing a dance at the homecoming rally. When interviewing Rylee Warmington (a junior) and the starting defender on why they perform, she responded with “to carry on the long standing tradition. Our coach performed and every year since and she has been excited to watch us not only ‘perfect’ our dance skills but our leadership skills by unifying the team with a fun activity”. On how the tradition started, Annie O’connor a junior who plays midfield, responded with “ No one quite knows the origin of [the dance] although its been around for as long as we can remember”. Although the girls don't know exactly how the tradition started, junior Sarah Sheldon, a three year varsity player says “ We may not know how it started, although I believe it holds significance because at our school, girls sports used to never truly matter although with this dance it makes us seen and acknowledges that we are here, we matter, and we are just as significant as the boys teams are."
As the homecoming rally came closer and closer, our varsity field hockey advanced in their league to the sunset league by beating Glendora high school 3-1 and Harvard Westlake high school 2-1, prior to their amazing victories they played in the Helix tournament down in San Diego where they came in first place, sweeping the field 5 times! All of these wins came during the rally week, boosting their reputation and sky rocketing their place in league. Sammy Kerrigan, a junior on the team, spoke about their success and how they have gotten so far “ Whenever we are playing or practicing we aren’t doing it for winning we are doing it for each other, proving to everyone else on the team that we have other one of our teammates back. We also have amazing coaches who push us every single day to finish strong." Even though these girls have played some "scary" teams, they said that the most nerve racking aspect of being on the team is always their performance in font of the whole school, and having all eyes on them. Although the team may have been nervous, they never broke a sweat, and acted cool and collected. Not only did they pull off a perfect juju, but they truly stole the show!
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 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 her 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. Continue
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). Initially, 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 PaddenContinue
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 CrookContinue