Look for Cook!

a4e3c1c3-40fa-4c1b-aae0-581d3881a355For the first time ever, YMCA’s Youth and Government program hosted its first conference of the year in Fresno, California. For those of you who don’t know, Youth and government is a nationwide high school program that allows students to run a model government. Along with numerous delegations from across the state, the Newport Harbor delegation attended with flying colors. In addition to Newport Harbor’s delegation bearing a significant increase of delicates this year, its very own Kabele Cook ran for the programs secretary of state. The secretary of state is responsible for being in charge of elections, and is the programs spokesperson thus constitutes that position as the second highest in command. “I chose this role because it’s a very physical role within Youth and Government and I really wanted the opportunity to speak in front of the entire program” said Kabele Cook. Unfortunately Cook’s ‘Look for Cook’ slogan and campaigning skills didn’t cut it against her competitors. However, Cook will still go on to play an important role as the Department of finance’s Deputy Director which will put her in charge of not only 75 delicates but also allows her to present their proposal on what the California State budget should be. The Newport Harbor delegation is very proud of her and as for the rest of our Newport Harbor delicates, we’ll see you next conference!

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Welcome Home(coming) Sailors!

Homecoming was held at Haborside, Balboa Pavilion. This was the third homecoming off campus and the location was a success. The theme was Welcome Sailors modeled after the famous photo of the sailor and nurse in Time Square. The rally got students excited for the dance with performances by dance, song, cheer, field hockey, baton and ASB. The clever saying publicizes by ASB, BYOB, meaning Bring Your Own Boat was a hit and many students did show up by boat. They had a DJ and for entertainment a fun photo booth.“It was a great way to kick off freshman year” said Freshman Ella Donald. All grades were pleased with the dance and ASB was to thank for that but that does not go without saying, it was a lot of work. “We worked hard for 2 weeks for the rally and the dance and we were really happy when we reached our mark.” said ASB member Junior Sophia Mendoza. This homecoming was one for the books and students can not wait for the next dance, see you at formal!

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Gone but Not Forgotten

The Newport Harbor community lost a great member on October 19th, 2015. Mr. Daniel was a beloved history teacher and friend of many. His passion, and love for his students was greatly admired by his colleagues, and “…not only was he someone who spoke up for kids but he spoke up for his fellow teachers,” shares Mrs. Newman. Something that stood out to Mr. Robinson as a former student of his and now a fellow teacher, was the amount of importance his students’ opinions held for him and he always “let them have that moment of having their opinion have worth.” Mr. Daniel always encouraged his students to feel comfortable sharing their opinions “which I think is what being a good teacher is all about.” One of Mrs. Newman’s favorite memories of him was at a Cultural Diversity rally several years back, when he astonished his colleagues by getting “ out in the middle of the gym and… dancing in front of everyone.” This surprised her because it was something you would never expect from him, and it introduced her to a whole other side of him that she had never seen before. Mr. Daniel was a courageous man, a passionate teacher, and a beloved friend. He loved this school, and he worked hard to make it a better place. He will be greatly missed.

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Club Rush-GET INVOLVED

Club Rush is an annual tradition that invites clubs just beginning or long established to advertise there clubs. Club rush is truly a rush of people running around looking at all the poster and tables put up by different clubs. The tables are elaborately decorated and usually adorned with a bowl of candy in order to entice the students, even though some students only came to get some extra credit from their teachers. Whether they wanted to be there or not there were close to 300 students swarming around tables in a confined space, shouting and campaigning and club leaders forcing putting stickers on an arm or a back of a student passing by. There were many impressive clubs present at Club Rush, but a few stood out above the rest. Stand Up to Cancer was one of the stand outs. It is led by junior Chandler Simonsma. Although this was there inaugural year they had big plans for the year. They plans help get the students and the school involved and aware of cancer. They also planned to raise money to find a cure. They only have 2 members at the moment they are part of the Stand Up to Cancer foundation, which is a nationwide organization. Stand Up to Cancer meets ever Tuesday. Another stand out was Becketts Buddies. The goal of Brecketts Buddies is to, “spread awareness of cystic fibrosis and to get more people involved,” said president, junior Trudy Padden. She was inspired to start this club after a child from her neighborhood was diagnosed with this disease. They fundraise and spread awareness of this terrible disease. Every year they do a walk at Angel Stadium supporting the cure for cystic fibrosis. They meet once a month. There were too many amazing clubs that it was difficult to narrow it down to only a few stand outs. The impressive amount of students that put so much time and effort into there club was astounding. Club Rush is an excellent opportunity for everyone to get involved in their school in some way or another.

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