Mixing it Up: Mingling with the Sailor Community

Written By: Kyoko Downey “There are 2400 students at NHHS, Meet Them” For weeks the colorful posters have decorated every hallway advertising the *Bridges’ first ever Mix-it-Up at lunch, members handing out lollipops, sign-up sheets in hand collecting names and numbers for the highly anticipated event. Come April 27th a wave of curiosity came awash campus as rows of tables extended past the science stairs and zen garden, every blue chair quickly inhabited by a smiling face, most of which reached for one of the many plentiful treats to be found. President of the organization, Jose a la Torre beckoned and welcomed all to join in the activity, speed friendships, which as the name lends itself is a more platonic, less pressured version of speed dating, assisted by a single question each round to deter chances of awkward encounters. And so, it began with a mixture of smiles, nods, and handshakes as names and ideas were exchanged the entirety of that very special extended lunch. Students of every ethnicity, grade, and background conglomerated into a medley of friendliness in a  judgement free environment to step outside atypical friend zones and cliques. Despite the enticing ideals of friendship, incentives were put in place, raffle tickets drawn a multitude of times with awards of gift cards to In-n-Out and Yogurtland which for those lucky students such as sophomore Natalie Gess made the event “worth it and then some.” Among the most prominent clubs on campus, Bridges had been working tirelessly for the gratification of hosting the single day with planning, poster making, and advertising, the genuine smiles plastered onto each member’s face, most especially coordinator and staff adviser, Mrs. Pogue, demonstrating the obvious pride and feelings of success from one of their biggest projects to date. While perhaps it did not cause immediate relationships, the event displayed for many students, those watching and participating, the uplifting individuality of every student at Newport Harbor and ease of finding a kind face willing to both listen and talk. Truly following their mantra, the walls of the sailor community are slowly being torn down, and bridges in their replacement. *Bridges is a primarily student-run organization on the Newport Harbor Campus that is focused on the unity of the sailor community and features an open leadership system. For those interested in participating and planning such events they meet every Thursday in Mrs. Pogue’s room Sims 286

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ArreiS- 2017

Written By: Amanda Wertheimer, Ava Glassen, and Carly Yasko 

For those of you who don’t know, ArreiS is a production from the NHHS Dance Department that consists of 21 dances from Varsity, JV, Dance 3, Dance 2, Dance 1A, and Dance 1B. The dancers have rehearsed, choreographed, and rehearsed for these dances since late August in order to deliver their best performance on all four nights. On March 22 to 25, these performers danced their heart outs in the Newport Harbor Robert Wentz Theater. Some dances were created by the dancers themselves, and others were made by NHHS Dance Alumni. This special night is named for the past director of the show’s daughter Sierra, who was brought to rehearsals and of course all of the performances. She was a talented dancer herself but was unfortunately killed in May 1999. Because of this, ArreiS (Sierra spelled backwards) is named in remembrance. The senior captains, Karson Speth and Carly Sharp, greatly contributed to this show by choreographing many of these impressive dances and leading their team. These dances were very creative and original. Each dance had a different theme such as Grease, Gospel, or 80’s. The solo dances that Tiffany Salerno and Carly Sharp performed exhibited their own creative and personal styles. There were a lot of hilarious and entertaining dances, such as the Boy’s Dance which featured Andy Meyers dancing to Beyonce. Some performances were more emotional and serious such as Kristina Small’s dance which shed light on depression. Not only were these dances very intriguing to watch, but they also exhibited deep emotion. Each Dance Team was introduced by a video which showed the members of each group. This allowed the audience to get to know the dancers better and recognize them on stage. The costumes, props, and music all added to the wonderful performance. Rachel Naegle, a freshman on Dance 3, said that her “favorite part was getting to perform and showing people all the hard work we put into the dances”. After months of constant rehearsals and preparation, all the dedication finally paid off because the show was fantastic! In our opinions, we thought the show was very organized and entertaining to watch. The dancers worked hard to put on a great show, and it was evident. Overall, ArrieS 2017 was very successful. Not only because it sold out almost every night, but because the dancer’s performed amazing dances that left the audience speechless.

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#GrabYourWallet – Political Freedom or Marketing Fail?

It’s no surprise that the heavily divided election of 2016 would accordingly have backlash on the rest of America, and hitting family first, daughter to the current president, Ivanka Trump has in the span of two weeks had her clothing line dropped partially or completely by six major retailers; Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Belk, T.J. Maxx & Marshalls, Sears & Kmart, and Burlington. Most notable was Nordstrom who, even prior to Donald Trump’s presidency, decided to stop stocking the Ivanka Trump line, which had since her father’s election, most especially in weeks prior to November 8th, experienced a 70% drop in sales. The line suffered economically from $20.9 million in sales to $14.3 the following electoral year and according to Nordstrom, they “believe that the strength of a brand is measured not only by the profits it generates, but the integrity it maintains” in response to the conflict regarding their decisions. While this may be construed as surprising and perhaps unethical, geographically, the evidence justifies the means. The highest congregation of Nordstroms are in California, New York, Illinois, and primarily liberal states against the 1/3 of stores being in republican areas. Even the more republican states were dominated in areas that were swayed towards or voted for Clinton, which despite 46% of Americans voting Trump, clarifies Nordstrom and their economic decision which may very well be in the favor of the company and their sales in the market. These clothing retailers are not among the only companies distancing themselves from the namesake, Uber’s CEO has decisively removed himself from Trump’s business advisory council for the many alleged remarks made by the people in response to his relations with the president. Despite these companies attempts at discreetness their sudden market behavior is questionable, many of which are instead making broad general statements of their silent boycotts, Donald Trump has defended his daughter via Twitter, directly admonishing Nordstrom for Ivanka being “treated so unfairly.” Are these companies justified in their decisions against the Trump name? Or are their political parties merely harming their own companies and integrity on the market? This is not a matter of wrong and right but determining the line of political freedom and ethics in the market. Written By: Kyoko Downey

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