Last Wednesday, the Newport Harbor music department put on their first ever Cabaret Night where students had the opportunity to perform and showcase their talent for friends and family. The new choir instructor, Mr. Ledón thought the evening of entertainment was a perfect way to allow members of ladies ensemble and chorus to sing solos, straying away from their usual group harmonization. The Open Mic Night included students from NH and Ensign Junior High and was hosted by sophomore Samantha Nowak. It gave a diverse array of performances ranging from beautiful ballads to classic rock and even country. Junior Brooke Sorrell who sang a rendition of Florence and the Machine’s piece, “I Wish You Were Here,” felt that the event was a very special moment for everyone to share their voices. "A lot of people can sing but they don’t get to do it and having a place where you are actually able to do it is really nice. We haven’t been able to have solos at the concerts this year and it was really nice to have a night that was specifically for that,” she says. When Mr. Ledon first organized the event, he decided to have it in the Blackbox theater, thinking that the smaller venue would be more than enough space for audience members. However, on the evening of the show, the crowd was much larger than anticipated and the ushers had to arrange new rows of seats. After Open Mic Night, the NHHS Choir Instagram account posted a picture of Mr. Ledón at the piano with ]many of the people that were a part of evening in the background. The caption of the photo read, “When you run out of chairs in the Blackbox because you were expecting 10 people but you get a full house… it calls for a selfie with Mr. Ledón.” The amount of people who attended enhanced the energy of the showcase and made the theater a room of endless support and fun. The tiny and quaint Blackbox was bustling with excitement as the audience awaited the performers to take the stage. Keishaun Takahashi sang a few of his favorite numbers from Hamilton, the Broadway production that’s taken the musical world by storm, adding a theatrical essence to the show. "When I perform, I usually feel nervous before, but once I start singing I feel like I'm a totally different person and I just get a lot of courage,” he explains. Though many of the soloists featured in Cabaret Night felt rather nervous before they went on, they knew it was a moment for their individuality to shine. Junior Jade Mendoza who chose to sing a Sam Smith cover felt that the evening allowed each of the artists freedom in how they wanted to interpret the music. "Performing a solo piece is special because it's literally just you. No back up, no nothing. Just you and the piano. And even if you mess up the entire first half of the song, you just have to keep going,” she says. Being able to take the mic in front of a room of people can make a person very anxious, but it can also make them feel exuberant as they are overcome with an adrenaline rush of pure happiness. Hopefully, the music department will hold another Cabaret Night sometime in the near future so that even more people will be able to share their musical talent and even more people will come to support them at the show. By: Jillian Birt - RussellContinue
Written By: Sophie Stameson
Welcome to FCA! FCA stands for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Each month at lunch we have an athlete or pastor come and speak about their life experiences in the big gym. We offer free pizza to everyone after the meeting, so don't miss out! Remember, you don't have to be a Christian or an athlete to attend, we’re just glad you’re there. Our last speaker was Haley Hudson, a Sophomore volleyball player at Stanford. Her message was one of how to persevere in the face of adversity. Referencing James 1:2-3, which says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance,” we are reminded that our struggles will result in a stronger faith in God. Life is hard and stressful, but if we remain in God, we can remain joyful, with the hope of knowing that there is light at the end of our trials. Our joy can be evident in how God loves us. He wants to offer us eternal joy. James 1:12says that, “ Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” Have no need to fear in the trials that lie ahead, knowing that you can remain safe in Jesus Christ, his love enduring forever. Know that the struggles you face can lead to a better future if you remain in God. From everyone at FCA, have a blessed new year!
FCA would also like to shout out to our friends over at Young Life Ministry, who meet every Monday night at 7:15 at 1501 Galaxy Dr, Newport Beach. Want to grab a cup of coffee with friends? Then come see us at Coffee and Devos every other Monday morning at the Coffee Bean in Westcliff for some morning joe and a devotional. Finally, if you want to become an official member of FCA and receive updates, sign up for our remind by texting @NEWPORTHAR to 81010 and follow us on Instagram at NHHSFCA.
Written By: Kyoko Downey
Celebrating its 50th debut, the Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, recently had its annual showing in Las Vegas on Thursday, January 5th and closed January 8th, revealing some of the most impressive and show stopping concepts and pieces of the future set to be released within this year or coming ones. The following are among the top 5 most entertaining, convenient, and futuristic gadgets that made their way into the spotlight this year.
- “Smart” tattoos
- “Wallpaper” TV
Television has evolved greatly from its original tubes and boxes and only continues to be innovated upon, LG boasting a 2.54 mm (that’s 1/10 of an inch!) thick TV that rightfully earns the title of “wallpaper,” the concept being that a whole room could utilize the screens, but at the modest price of $8,000 (available for pre-order on Best Buy soon) the idea may remain a conference room dream for now.
- Virtual Reality Theater, Meet IMAX VR
- Razer Project Valerie; Three Screens in One
Hello Sailors!!!! It’s January! That means CSF is hosting food trucks again! CSF's first food truck fundraiser of the year will be Thursday, January 19thfrom 4:30-8:30pm in the 15th street parking lot. (Weather permitting: We will let you know closer to the event if we need to cancel or not due to rain.) If Mother Nature is good to us, it should be a night of food, community and fun. We have themes for each month and this month is Super Bowl themed! Remember, a portion of the money you use to purchase your dinner will help provide college scholarship money for students. So tell your family, friends and neighbors. Trucks Lineup: (Subject to change)
- Ragin Cajun
- Classic Taco
- Belly Bombz
- Mad Dumplings
- Buqqa Burger
- Scooter’s Italian Ice
Written By: Tori Carrese
*Editor's Note: This does not reflect Newport Harbor High School's view on the election, this article just allows students from NHHS to voice their own personal and valuable opinions. The 2016 presidential election has been one of the biggest shockers that America has endured. As we all know, the Democratic nominee was Hillary Clinton and the Republican nominee was Donald Trump. Both of their campaigns however, managed to divide our country to disheartening levels. When asking our students about their thoughts on the election, their responses varied from positive to extremely upset. When Junior Mia Martinez was asked about how she felt in regards to the outcome of the election, she said “I am not happy and just by looking at me that should be obvious. I am the embodiment of everything Trump, his campaign, and supporters hate about this country. I am an educated Mexican woman that comes from immigrant grandparents, so to know that the president of my country does not like me or support my family- it worries me. This outcome truly makes me disheartened. I'm worried now more than ever. This is because he doesn't even need the support of his followers anymore, instead he will have support of the entire United States government.” As you can see, whether it be on social media or evidenced in the safety pins on t-shirts, many individuals are worried about Donald Trump’s presidency. Many may be opposed to Trump and his views; but there are many people who support President Trump. For instance, senior Tony Vasi, when asked his thoughts on this year's election, said “Regardless of my political views, I think that this is a good opportunity for the Republican Party to show that their way works. They have the presidency, the House, and Senate, and will most likely have the Supreme Court as well. With all of these components, they should be able to do a lot- hopefully it will be a lot of good.” Not only is Vasi hopeful about this year's winner, he also believes the Republican party can make a real difference in the world if they chose to use the power to better our country. While some may be shocked by the elected president, hopefully we can all keep in mind that everyone needs to stay together. Continue
Written By: Sophie Stameson
Welcome to FCA! FCA stands for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Each month at lunch we have an athlete or pastor come and speak about their life experiences in the big gym. We offer free pizza to everyone after the meeting, so don't miss out! Remember, you don't have to be a Christian or an athlete to attend, we’re just glad you’re there. Our last speaker was Matt Meggers, a baseball pitcher from San Diego Christian. He came to tell us that God has a plan for your life. In Jeremiah 29:11, God says “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” The story of Job is about a man whose faith was challenged by the Devil. Job losses every earthly possession he has, even his family, but not once does he lose faith in God. Instead, Jod decides to remain in God, and praises the Lord for what he has. He knew that God still had a plan and a future for him. For remaining faithful to the Lord, Job was blessed with double everything him once had; he had twice the amount of livestock, and was blessed with a family of seven kids. This is what we should strive to be like as followers of Christ. Be thankful and hopeful and know that God has a plan for you to prosper, even if it may not seem like it at the time. God never gives us more than we can handle. Instead, the trials we face are to better our future. Don’t rely on any worldly solution to your struggles, but rely on God and know that you will be blessed. From everyone at FCA, have a happy Thanksgiving and remember to thank a loved one! FCA would also like to shout out to our friends over at Young Life Ministry, who meet every Monday night at 7:15 at 1501 Galaxy Dr, Newport Beach. Want to grab a cup of coffee with friends? Then come see us at Coffee and Devos every other Monday morning at the Coffee Bean in Westcliff for some morning joe and a devotional. Finally, if you want to become an official member of FCA and receive updates, sign up for our remind by texting @NEWPORTHAR to 81010 and follow us on Instagram at NHHSFCA. Continue
Written By: Sophie Stameson
Welcome to FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes)! Each month at lunch we have a new athlete or pastor come and speak about their life experiences. Our meeting are held in the big gym. We offer free pizza to everyone after the meeting, so don't miss out! Remember, you don't have to be a Christian or an athlete to attend, we’re just glad you’re there. Our last speaker was Stephen Angulo, the Junior High pastor at Saint Andrew's Church and FCA member. This month, he spoke to us about the story of the Good Samaritan. In this parable, Jesus was being questioned by a teacher of the Law. The teacher asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus asked him what the Law said. He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ‘You have answered correctly,’ Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” So Jesus told the story of a Jewish man who was robbed, lying on the side of the road about to die when his enemy, a Samaritan man, saved him when no one else would. Keep in mind that at this time, the Jewish and the Samaritans were bitter rivals. In Luke 10: 30-35 it says, “ In reply Jesus said: ‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’” Imagine this in your own life. You are attacked and left to die, and none of your friends will stop to help you. Then, your worst enemy walks by, and they see you on the ground. They stop. They pick you up, run you to the hospital and save your life. And then, they pay for all your expenses. We learned that this is what Jesus wants for us. We have been called to love our neighbors as ourselves. Next time you see someone in need or alone, help them, reach out to them. Know that you can make a difference.
Want to grab a cup of coffee with friends? Then come see us at Coffee and Devos every other Monday morning at the Coffee Bean in Westcliff for some morning joe and a devotional. Finally, if you want to become an official member of FCA and receive updates, sign up for our remind by texting @NEWPORTHAR to 81010 and follow us on Instagram at NHHSFCA.
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 possibly, 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.
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.Continue
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 SullivanContinue
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"] “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 Continue