Hard Knock Freshman

freshmanBy Anne Bonifacio and Christian Aguilar

Courier Staff Reporters 

The freshman class of 2018 performed their skit on Tuesday, March 24th, 2015. Their skit was based off of the Broadway musical Annie. The skit begins with Annie (played by Dominique Reyes) arriving tardy to her first class at her new school, creating a bad first impression of herself to her teacher. Annie also makes a few negative remarks towards her teacher, which results in a major essay assigned to the whole class due the next day. This class is where Annie meets many of her peers, such as Sandy (played by Alexa Sass) and Drake (played by Jerrald Sarimento).

Trying to find her place at her new school, Annie attends several different classes. Annie attends P.E. and plays football with her newfound best friend Sandy. P.E. is also where Annie meets a boy named Daniel (played by Richard Pabalate) and instantly falls in lust with him.

Annie’s next class is dance and is held in the dance studio of her new school. She shares yet another class with her best friend Sandy. In dance, a peer of their’s asks if they’re prepared for the dance class. This conversation between Annie, Sandy, and their classmate leads to one of the many dances in the skit. After the class finishes dancing, Annie and Sandy both agree that they would prefer a more calm, relaxing genre of dance.

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Help Save a Life by Signing up for Logan’s Blood Drive

donate_blood_rotatorby Tiffany Chau

Courier Staff Reporter

James Logan High School is once again collaborating with the American Red Cross to host the second blood drive of the year. Students who donate blood can save the lives of premature babies, children with sickle cell anemia, burn victims, cancer victims, and people receiving organ transplants. Sign ups for the blood drive started on March 30, 2015 and continue till April 16, 2015, the day before the blood drive.

According to the American Red Cross, students ages 16 and older who have not donated blood in the past 56 days are eligible to donate a pint of blood. 16 year old students will need to bring a signed parental consent form to the blood drive appointment. All students aged 18 and younger must weigh 110 pounds or more depending on their height. More Information detailing the height and weight requirements can be found at http://www.redcrossblood.org/students/donating-101/what-do-i-need-know.

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Weekly Reader: Magic Under Glass

By Amber McGee

Weekly Reader Columnist 

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Seeing how social attitudes change over the years is one of the most fascinating things. For example, during middle school it was extremely uncool for someone to have a toy that they still played with, still cherished. Now in high school there are days dedicated to bringing your favorite toy to school. Yet even with this 180 change in feelings there’s still one understood rule: loving your toy isn’t weird. However, if you fall in love with your toy and start to believe it’s a sentient being that needs to be freed from it’s plastic, wooden, or furry prison, then yeah, that’s pretty weird. Don’t do that.

This may sound like common sense to most but there’s always those select few who just never seem to have gotten the memo. Or they, like Nimira, heroine of Magic Under Glass, did get the memo, but decided to rip it up and do things their way.

Granted, Nimira hasn’t had many friends in her life. After leaving her country to find work she ends up in a dance hall, where with two other girls she dances and sings for pennies each day. It’s not the life she envisioned for herself, so when young, rich, and single Mr. Hollins offers her a job to sing with his automaton she’s eager to accept. So what if numerous other girls have run away from the job screaming that the automaton is haunted? Nimira is set on making the most out of her second chance, refusing to believe in any rumors or superstitions anyone else may have. On her very first day of practice she feels confident of herself–everything will be alright, everything will be great. Then no sooner than five seconds after he is wound up, the automaton speaks to her.

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GTA V for PC to be Released on April 14th

unnamed (24)By Timothy Salcedo

Courier Tech Columnist

Rockstar over the weekend has revealed screenshots of Grand Theft Auto 5 (PC Version). Grand Theft Auto 5 for the PC has been delayed many times and has been a major upset to many PC gamers. Normally PC gamers would be ahead of everything when it comes to graphics, features in the PC, and etc. But It’s okay PC gamers, because finally the game is hitting the stores on April 14th. It will arrive and will be expected to have no delays at all. The PC version of this game looks spectacular by just looking at these screenshots. The graphics look better than the next-gen consoles. According to Rockstar sources, the only problem for PC gamers is if they don’t have the right computer specs and graphics card to run this game.

As a console and PC gamer, I sadly I do not have the necessary specs to run Grand Theft Auto V, but no worries I have it on the PS4. One of bad perks of PC gaming is that you would need a good graphics card and better computer hardware. No regular computer would run these great games. Then heading out to buy greater hardware will be pricy for everyone. Other than that if you got the right equipment, you’re good to go!

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Soph to Neverland

unnamed (23)by Anne Bonifacio and Christian Aguilar 

Courier Staff Reporters

The sophomore class of 2017 was the first class to perform their skit, based on the musical “Peter Pan.” The storyline follows a girl, Wendy, who is struggling with an essay that is part of her final grade.

The essay is about her plans after high school and Wendy struggles to write this, because she is unsure of what she wants to pursue in the future. Wendy doesn’t want to think about growing up, and she just wants to be able to relax and have fun.

Sadly, that isn’t what Wendy does. She turns down her friends when they ask her to get something to eat, and she even turns down an invite to a party. Wendy is focused on writing her essay, and she is determined to keep her A in the class. She goes home, and feels so stressed because of the amount of work she has. Wendy ends up falling asleep in the middle of doing homework.

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Ms. McNamara: “We will always need computer labs”

unnamed (22)by Dun-Nielle Smith

Courier Staff Reporter

Computer labs have always been an essential area to go to during school time, but now that most student have Chromebooks, or their own laptops in reach do we still need computer labs?

From the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, the school district had decided that they should provide technology that will help students in their classes. Students have been using these Chromebooks for essays, projects, homework, and additional school projects. With the rise of Chromebook use there seems to be a logical decline in the use of the school’s computer labs.

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Insurgent Wins in the Box Office, but Falls Flat in Ratings

By Leilani Neal

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It wasn’t much of surprise that the sequel to the Divergent series, Insurgent, was going to sell out in box office nationwide, but that didn’t mean that it was going to be good. And sadly, it wasn’t. It was extremely slow and an unnecessary movie to make. The first film was a decent movie to watch, there were moments in the film that didn’t match the book, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as the second installment. Insurgent captivated a terrible story line, horrible acting and an annoying box that the antagonist of the story wanted to open, but didn’t really get any further than that.  It was pathetic.

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Mr. Ellison Critiques Education Reform in Bloodletting

by Amber McGeedavid

Weekly Reader Columnist

The topic of education reform is often an overlooked one, mostly because for a majority of students these days this “reformed” world is the only one they will ever know. For long time teachers like Mr. Ellison, this reformed world is a nightmare. After 31 years of teaching Ellison has had more than enough time to gather his thoughts and opinions on the changes to schools and the school system. Bloodletting: Why Education Reform is Killing America’s Schools are all those opinions and thoughts put on paper.

Bloodletting was a common medical practice in the old ages, and it was used for just about everything. Doctors would withdraw great amounts of blood from patients until they felt that the balance in their body had been restored. Needless to say, this operation always made the patients worse rather than better. As Ellison puts it, “It made things worse because it was a misdiagnosis. Everything we’re doing today to reform education is wrong, and it has ended up causing great harm. From charter schools, vouchers, merit pay…to standardized testing. It’s all because of a misdiagnosis.”

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Megan Abbot’s “Fever” Is Worth Catching

the-feverBy Amber McGee

Weekly Reader Columnist

Nothing sells better than high school drama.

Teenagers who live it can’t help but keep the cycle going, and adults find themselves so fascinated with the topic that they write and produce hundreds of stories about it. The Fever is, in respect, just another one of those stories. The only thing that saves this novel from being another teen drama written by an adult is Megan Abbott’s exceptional writing. It’s with her skillful descriptions and imagery that this otherwise weak story becomes a compelling.

When star student Lise Daniels has a seizure in the middle of class everyone is convinced it’s just a freak thing. The school is shaken, but it’s not until another girl suffers the same kind of attack during a concert that the hysteria starts. With just a few photos and videos the small town of Dryden is shoved into the national spotlight. As more and more girls experience the same attacks speculations fly, everyone desperate to find an answer. Just what is the cause of this mysterious affliction? Is it the off-limits toxic lake near town, or is it an unforeseen side effect of the HPV vaccines they all received?

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Logan Senior Class Contemplates Grad Night at Disney

by Billy Deh-Lee

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Senior year is often depicted as one of life’s most memorable milestones. It is an exciting time of both change and new beginnings, but before we depart on our quest in life, we simply can’t forget about the perks synonymous of being a high school senior. For James Logan High School, those are the things like Winter Ball, Prom, and perhaps the most anticipated, Grad Night.

Grad Night is notably one of the most memorable experience of senior year. A three day and two night field trip at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. This trip is specially designed to bring together the senior class in both an unforgettable and uniting experience.

As the term goes “you only live once” and James Logan has spared no expense on this last voyage, which many are enthusiastically waiting for.

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