Finals Week Studying Tips

As the countdown gets shorter and shorter and summer lies in the near future, students have to conquer one last hurdle to earn the freedom of summer vacation. As students cram for their final exams, they have mastered certain tricks to combat the stress that comes from this busy time of the school year- and would like to share these tips with others. IMG_5334 1. Find something that helps you focus. Sophomore Andy Myers says that he is going "to study and go to ultimate study mode where I will let Queen Bey's music guide me to success." It's definitely important to find something that helps you focus; for Andy this is Beyonce. 2. Take breaks. Although studying is important remember that your body will break down if you don't take occasional breaks. 3. Study the things you feel you need the most help with. If you feel fully ready for one of your tests don't stress about it and instead take that time to focus on a test you may be more worried about. In other words spend your time wisely. 4. Review notes and find ways that will you help you get the most information. Seth Roberts says "I would reviIMG_0903ew my notes, do study guides, maybe study with friends." Definitely a good idea to collaborate with friends and review notes and other resources. 5. Don't stress too much. Finals are definitely important but don't stress yourself out too much. Realize that once you've studied you've done practically all you could do to prepare to ace your finals. As the year finishes up stay strong for these last few weeks and get ready to walk off campus proud of your hard work. Written By: Katie Clark & Megan Carey

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The Truth About Vaping

As the tobacco industry collapses in the U.S., a new industry is rises; E-cigs. With the public’s awareness of the long term, disastrous effects of smoking cigarettes, in the United States it has become a great taboo to smoke. It is bad for those who are directly smoking it, those who are breathing in the smoke, and it is a disastrous pollutant to the environment; in the end, no one wins (with an exception for tobacco IMG_4198companies). However, there is now a new industry of vaping, which is taking over the place of smoking. The question is, are vaping “e-cigs” really better for one’s health than to smoke regular cigarettes? Here we question if e-cigs are truly a solution to quit smoking, or if they are just like Tobacco industry. Buying cigarettes requires an ID, and in the United States one must be at least 18 years old to buy cigarettes. You cannot buy cigarettes online, yet however, if you go on Google and just type in “Vaping” you will get results of online “e-cigs” and “e-juice” shops, which have no way of scanning an ID through the computer, and do not properly check if the online customer is actually over age. So if nicotine is now as easy access as if shopping on Amazon.com, then what does this mean to future generations? Like some cigarettes, e-juice is flavored, attracting young generations to start smoking/vaping early. Children and teenagers are likely to be longer-term customers, starting from a young age and continuing IMG_4197to smoke or vape in their adulthood. E-cigs can help people quit cigarettes, yet how are we to know that e-cigs are not just as equally destructive? We can prove that cigarettes cause cancer, but e-cigs are such a new product, that we do not have any evidence of its long term effects. E-cigs are in fact such a new industry, that it was only introduced to the United States since 2007; not enough solid research can be accomplished in 9 years.   To learn more, check out these articles: http://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/gov-inslee-cites-new-data-showing-alarming-increase-adolescent-use-electronic-cigarettes Image 2: Vaping http://metro.co.uk/2015/09/24/this-14-year-old-kids-mum-complained-because-hes-not-allowed-to-vape-at-school-5405706/ Written By: Solange Piñón

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Debate- Animals & Humanity

IMG_8853Animal 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 Pinon

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AP Testing Tips

apbooks1May...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 Carey

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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 Clark

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Addams Family Play

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 81542a6d-589d-4b01-951c-0f000d370ca5has 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 Brazelton

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ASB Postponed Elections

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 df85dadc-796f-4c7a-8c1f-61124e100ee6April. 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

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Students Take Peru

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 girl40554c76-1385-414c-8e07-116ca771c6das 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. Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset   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 Carey

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Social Media Scandal

Circulating in Newport Harbor news this week is the danger and impact of social media and the correlation that it has on the safety of our school. This Thursday teachers were alerted in 6th period to check their emails which told of a possible threat to the schools safety and that a lockdown would then be conducted. The threat was given on the popular app Ogle, a social media network that aims to keep the campus unified. Not only did Ogle tell of a school threat, but it's also a hub of cyber bullying. This threat is an obvious reminder of the power of social media on our campus as a whole and our need to stop using social media negatively. We interviewed students and asked their thoughts about this growing problem. "First of all, I would like to say that I do not think Ogle is a healthy environment for high schoolers to be involved with, especially since there is no censoring of the user, as it completely removes the feeling of responsibility for someone's actions. Not to mention, there have been cyber bullying events as well as postings of naked students on the app. As for the lockdown, I would say it's another drawback to the app. As I said before, without responsibility, someone can realize they have a test tomorrow, do not want to take it, announce they will shoot the next day and ditch to avoid the test, claiming they were scared of the shooting so they were absent. I think our school reacted in a perfectly valid and responsible way in that they did not overplay it, but still requested police intervention because the one time that we don't take threats like this one seriously, an event could happen that costs lives of the students at our school." - Jantzen Fenn "I was a little confused about it. I did not know what the app was IMG_0501until the day Mr. Cusik sent an email. It just makes me sad that this app is used to hurt people and create problems that are not necessary for anyone." -Kaela Whelan Written By: Katie Clark & Megan Carey

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Mr. Newport

On Wednesday, March 23rd, Newport Harbor High School hosted its annual Mr. Newport competition, a mock beauty pageant in which eight senior boys go head to head, showing off their special talents, formal wear, and swimsuits, in order to find out who would be crowned Mr. Newport that year. The contestants this year were Briggs D’Eliscu, Gavin Kunkle, Carter Ling, Joey Shaprio, Talanivalu Olotoa, Austin Christensen, Joe Ahern, and Henry Lopez. All eight showcased their special talents, with D’Eliscu rolling sushi, Kunkle showing how to properly pack a suitcase, Ling telling stories whilst painting a picture, Shapiro lip-syncing, Olotoa cooking minute rice in fifty-seven seconds, Christensen singing “Luck be a Lady”, Ahern playing the cello, and Lopez playing Mario Brothers on his flute. The show posed a difficult decision for the judges, but the title of Mr. Newport was given to Carter Ling. The second place winner was Henry Lopez, followed closely by Briggs D’Eliscu who took third. Ling showed true sportsmanship following his win, as he graciously gave his crown to Joey Shapiro. Mr. Smith and Mr. Constandse hosted the event and provided witty banter with the contestants, entertaining the audience between acts, and making for an extremely enjoyable evening. Written By: Declan Sullivan

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