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By Fred Jedder, Courier Staff Writer
The continuing presence of smoke from Northern California fires prompted the Alameda County Superintendent of Schools L. Karen Monroe to warn students reduce outdoor activities until the air clears.
“Over the course of this week, air quality in Alameda County has tipped into Unhealthy levels,” she said in an official statement, During this time, the Alameda County Public Health Department advises that children should “limit prolonged outdoor exertion.”
“In the past week we have witnessed devastating effects of the ongoing Northern California wildfires,” Monroe wrote, “At this time, my heart goes out to the students, families, and entire communities impacted by these fires.”
Logan Principal Abhi Brar yesterday asked teachers to open their rooms during lunch so students could escape the smokey air from the North Bay fires, while revealing that the school has received several calls wondering whether school has been canceled because of the unhealthy air.
“The air quality across the Bay Area has been poor this week and we have received several calls/emails to inquire if school is cancelled today,” Brar wrote in an email to his staff, “A news story from 2014 about school closure has been circulating on social media that may have added to the confusion. School is in session today.”
By Mary kay Floyd, Courier News Editor
On the morning of Monday, May 29th, a horrifying car crash left two people dead, including 17 years old James Logan High School student, Simon Sotelo.
Simon and six other passengers were in a pickup truck, when suddenly, they crashed into a minivan at an intersection of Park Street and Lincoln Avenue in Alameda. Briana Ortega died at the scene and Sotelo died shortly after being taken to the hospital. The other passengers suffered critical injuries. The only person who was in the minivan was the driver and he also suffered critical injuries.
The police revealed that speed could be at fault for the terrifying crash. The truck was racing down the street when it suddenly clipped the minivan. The truck rolled over 3 times, as what a surveillance video showed. Police say that this is a “major accident investigation.”
It is hard to face a tragedy like this, but for James Logan, it is even harder. Three students’ lives were already taken this year to car crashes. These students include June Ioramo, Izaiah Mease, and the latest, Shane Marcelino. This is a reminder to drive safely, as doing the most simplest thing can save one life at a time. At the same time, we mourn for the loss of yet another friend and member of the James Logan community.
By Mary Kay Jimenez, Courier News Editor
Do you have what it takes to become an extra for 13 Reasons Why? If yes, audition as a background for the hit Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why.
For the second season renewal for 13 Reasons Why, they will need background and extras. The best part is that they’re filming right here in the Bay Area. If you are interested in taking part of the show, the casting call will be at USA World Classics Museum in Vallejo. It’s this Sunday, from 11AM to 3PM. A talent registration form is required, as well as a California Entertainment Work Permit.
Casting directors are looking for people our age (high schoolers). If you get in, you will most likely play the role of students walking in the halls, cheerleaders, or football players. It should be a fun process!
For those of you who haven’t joined the hype of 13 Reasons Why, it’s a Netflix series that deals will depression and suicide, and how people cope with it. A sophomore named Hannah Baker commits suicide, and leaves 13 tapes for people on whom she blames for her death. The series mostly revolves around a good friend of Hannah’s, Clay Jensen.
This casting call may be the first step to your Hollywood dream! So hold onto this opportunity and start on your journey into the film/TV industry.
By Thomas Zhong, Courier Co-Editor-in-Chief
ZEDD, along with Broods, led the 6th annual Frost Festival at Stanford Stadium on Saturday May 20th. The festival is an occasion for Stanford students to perform alongside with Grammy-winning artists, while providing a relaxing yet artistically exhilarating break for students’ from intense mid-terms.
Before the festival began, Stanford students had already started partying. Across the campus, various groups of Stanford students were playing beer pong in different locations, sometimes even setting up ping pong tables in the middle of fountains. Under the chilling shades and in the pools, Stanford students started their pre-rave parties, waiting for the musical festival to start.
The festival started at 5:30 PM, with different amature bands playing to set up the atmosphere. The sun was slowly setting, projecting an orange aura all over the stadium. People slowly walked into the stadium. Some are laying on the grass areas, hiding away from the harsh, lowering sunlight. Others were dancing in the gigantic shadows casted by the stage and the stadium walls. As lower bleachers became slowly filled up, the staff members walked up and down the bleachers, selling water and frozen lemonade. Underneath the burning sun, everything was coated in a sense of playfulness, as people danced, laughed, and slowly got ready for the main acts.
Once Broods came up stage, the crowd soon became heated. The duo brought a refreshing momentum to the stadium, with catchy and upbeat anthems bringing the crowd together, despite the burning hot summer sun blaring at the audience. As Broods worked through their setlist, the anticipation for ZEDD grew more voraciously than ever.
The sun was setting, the orange sun had then turned the sky into a mosaic of fiery clouds and red sky.
The digital screen suddenly displayed a tree that was splattered with lights and different shades of colors. It is the symbol of ZEDD’s most recent album, True Colors. At the same time, a rhythmic countdown started; its beats grew faster and louder. The crowd went into a frenzy. Everyone, either on the bleachers or in the field, all stood on their feet, shouting and screaming in anticipation.
Beautiful Now, the album’s lead single, blasted throughout the stadium as the countdown drew to a climax. Alongside, the cheers, screams, cries, hands in the air, and people’s singing, all exploded to a climax. At the height of the crowd’s excitement, ZEDD appeared.
By Amanda Anabeza, Courier Staff Writer
BART is now working to improve their entrances to stations while also making their escalators more reliable. The glass canopy entrance structure was recently completed and is open to riders at the 19th Street station in Oakland.
Robert Raburn, BART director, was joined to celebrate the grand opening of the new canopy located at the intersection of Broadway and 20th Street. In a statement he says, “The canopy is part of our efforts to modernize our aging stations”.
The canopy contains escalators with weather protection and enhanced security so employees and customers are able to feel more safe at BART. Also, people are now able to see when their train arrives prior to entering the station from screens displaying time information at street level. The canopy was also designed to be environmental friendly by allowing natural light into the station through the transparent glass. (more…)
By Thomas Zhong, Courier Co-Editor-in-Chief
On May 14th, Sunday morning, at approximately 3:30 a.m., student Shane Marcelino passed away after being involved in a fatal car accident.
Shane was a senior at James Logan High School. She was beloved by her classmates and was always a source of happiness and support for the people around her.
Shane was on her way back home, right after senior prom night. At the intersection of Fremont Boulevard and Darwin Drive, a blue Chevy Malibu ran the red light, and collided with the black Toyota Yaris that Shane was in.
The driver of the Yaris, Shane’s mother, survived with non-life threatening injuries. Additionally, the driver and the passenger of the Malibu also survived with minor injuries. Sadly, however, Shane was pronounced dead at the scene.
Let us all mourn for Shane and support her family with our condolences in this difficult time, and at the same time, cherish and appreciate the people around us who are still graced with the blessing of life.
For those who are willing and able to support and donate to Shane’s family for the funeral expenses and medical bills, please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/dk4vm-funeral-expenses-and-medical-bills
The James Logan block schedule has come to an end after two weeks and has left a lot of students as well as faculty with mixed feelings.
On Monday April 17th, the entire school went on block schedule in order for the juniors to take their SBAC test. Students and teachers had to adapt to being in a classroom with the same class for two hours. Students attended three periods for two hours each every day rather than their usual six. 4th and 5th period lunch joined into one. Around 4000 students had lunch all at once and was approximately an hour long. Many students complained about this change, but many also enjoyed the schedule. (more…)
By Lester Kyle Mascardo, Courier Staff Writer
According to the police, a young child who ran into a Union City parking lot past Saturday was hit by a car and died.
The officers who responded said that the boy ran into the parking lot at 1720 Decoto Road, coming from a nearby store where his parents were shopping. His parents are devastated by the loss of their son, and that their 23 months son has not yet seen enough of this world before leaving forever.
The boy was hit by a slow-moving car that just got into the parking lot. Everything happened very quickly and the boy’s parents didn’t have time to react and prevent this tragedy. The police were dispatched to the parking lot at 3:15 p.m. and after minutes of searching, they found the boy under a car.
The boy was immediately taken to a trauma center, but he died not long after the treatment started. The police said that the driver of the vehicle is cooperating and several witnesses are providing consistent statements.