Production Review: In The Heights

By Danielle Israde

Courier Staff Reporter

The 2008 Tony Award winning musical In The Heights was performed at James Logan High School Thursday April 21, Friday April 22, and Saturday April 23rd.

In the Heights is a musical centered on a Hispanic community based in New York City’s Washington Heights, and explores the lives of the people, their culture, and their dreams.

The first run of every show always has its flaws: but it’s the mistakes in which we learn from most that brings the next show one step closer to a perfect performance.

In the opening musical number called “In the Heights”, the actors were very hard to hear due to being overpowered by the band. This was a consistent problem throughout every musical number. A lot of the actors were stiff while dancing as well as the characters themselves since, some were meant to be portrayed more flamboyantly, but it did get better with time.

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Are The 2016 Primaries Starting To Wind Down?

By Zackary Nichols

Courier Staff Reporter

Note: An update with the latest primary results has been added to the end of this post.

After huge wins in the New York Primaries, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are looking towards the general election, but are the primaries over? Can Bernie Sanders stop Hillary? Can Ted Cruz or John Kasich derail the Trump Train?

Tonight we will see the results of five state primaries in Maryland, Delaware, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut for both GOP and Democratic campaigns.

Underdogs on both sides have very similar goals. For Cruz and Kasich, they need to grab as many delegates as possible so that Trump doesn’t hit the magical number of 1237, which would secure him the nomination, and bring the party to contested convention in which the nominee would be selected by the Republican National Committee regardless of the current pledged delegates. Donald Trump currently has 845 delegates going into tonight’s primaries, Cruz has 559 and Kasich has 148.

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Weekly Reader: I Am Number Four

By Quentin Monasterial

Courier Staff Reporter/Columnist

Are you a fan of teenaged aliens who were sent here on Earth to hide from their rival species, of whom wiped out their entire population, and, upon realizing that the said species has followed them to Earth, are on the run for lives?

If you were a) able to follow that sentence and b) are intrigued by the scenario described in it, then you should consider picking up the book I Am Number Four, written by a man under the pen name of Pittacus Lore.

In the beginning of this novel, readers are introduced to a teenage boy who isn’t really a boy, because, by definition, to be a boy one must be a male human. Four (the 11 alien individuals sent to this planet have numbers as names) only satisfies half of this criteria; he descends from the planet Lorien.

Throughout the novel, readers follow Four as he and his guardian (each of the 11 Garde have a guardian) attempt to hide behind the facade of a normal life. Fortunately, the Lorien species anatomy and physiology are identical to that of a human’s, which is realistically unlikely. Unfortunately, however, the Mogadorians (their rival species) are still able to track them down regardless.

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Movie Review: The Jungle Book

By Jessica Esquibel

Editor-in-Chief

jungleRe-makes of our favorite children Disney films can either turn out really good or really bad. In The Jungle Book’s case, it came out just fantastic. Minor warning, there will be spoilers in this review, obviously.

The movie brought in 103.5 million, globally 290.9 million. It cost 175 million to make, so it definitely was worth every cent.

As a fan of Disney I had had high hopes for this movie. Thankfully, they weren’t crushed. The cast was very well picked and the CGI was on point. It almost makes me wish I was Mowgli, hanging out with all the marvelous animals of the jungle. Then again he was being hunted by a tiger, so in that case I like being me.

The movie opened up all friendly and nice as any movie should. Bagheera, played by Ben Kingsley narrated us through the classic tale of The Jungle Book. There actually weren’t many changes from the original to the new which I loved.

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Student Votes Help Push Auto Tech To Victory

By Katelyne Montemayor

Courier Staff Reporter

On April 12, 2016, the students of the JLHS Auto Technology class became the national winners of Samsung’s “Solve for Tomorrow” competition.

Over the past few months the students of the Auto Tech class and Mr. Mohamed all worked together to design and build the first student-built electric vehicle solar charging station to demonstrate their ability to solve practical, real-world issues affecting our community.

A large amount of support and donations was needed in order to meet the requirements. Contributions included MK Battery, Clipper Creek, Inc., Gigavac, and Sequoia Barss. Also, contributions from the all the JLHS students and staff who flooded social media with the hashtags: #SamsungSolve #SamsungSolveMVROP

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In Need Of A Prom Dress? The Princess Project Is Ready To Help

By Yulissa Avalos

Courier Staff Reporter

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Are you a Senior and excited for prom, but your budget isn’t enough to afford a dress?

Ms. Esquivez, the Mexican-American heritage teacher, and Ms. Bobadilla, also an ethnic studies teacher, are hosting this year’s Prince and Princess Project.

Here you ‘ll find dresses, tuxedos, shoes, and even jewelry that got donated from previous students that attended prom,or from stores that no longer want their merchandise. “

“Basically it’s our very own Princess Project, where girls who need a prom dress can come and get one for free,” said Esquivez.

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Knock Knock. Who’s There? Prom.

By Ajuni Kaur

Courier Staff Reporter

This prom is going to be bomb, so you better have your game on!

This year’s prom is scheduled to be Saturday, May 21, 2016. The theme is Enchantment Under the Sea.

The venue for prom is The Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way S, Richmond, California. It will last from 7:00pm to 11:00pm. Doors will close at 8:00pm, no re-entry is allowed, and students cannot leave before 10:00pm.

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Promposal Season Starts Off With A…Meow?

By Mica Ramos

Courier Staff Reporter

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Note: If you’re interested in having your promposal in the newspaper send us an email at Courier@nhusd.k12.ca.us

Prom is season is coming so we all know what that means… Promposals!

There are many ways to ask someone to prom, but this guy decided to use a kitten to ask his girl.

The poster board reads, “You’ve cat to be kitten me is you don’t think we’d be purrrfect at prom.” He has roses along with a box that had a grey kitten with blue eyes in it.

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TV Show Review: Mr. Robot

By Amber McGee

Editor in Chief

With the second season of the Golden Globe winning drama Mr.Robot supposedly coming in the summer of this year, there’s no better time to introduce yourself to this series than now.

Mr.Robot premiered in June of last year, and since then it has received heaps upon heaps of praise. In fact this hacker drama did so well in its early release on streaming sites that it was renewed for a second season before it even premiered on the USA Network.

I’ll spoil you now: this show can be described as cyber thriller, but there are no actual robots that appear. Even if there were, with the directions this show goes, there’s no promise they’d be safe. Maybe it’s for the best we left the androids at home this time.

So if there’s no true robots around, where does the title come from? You see, Mr.Robot follows Elliot Alderson, played by Rami Malek, a cybersecurity worker who finds himself joining a group of hackers. This group, who call themselves fsociety, is led by none other than the titular man himself, Mr. Robot, played by Christian Slater. Over the course of 10 episodes viewers will follow Elliot as he tries to decide whether following fsociety, who want to take down the world’s largest corporation, is the right choice.

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QOW: What Did You Do Over Spring Break?

By Danielle Israde

Courier Staff Reporter

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After spring break marks the final two month stretch until the end of the school year. Here’s what some students did over their break.

Mary, Grade 12 :“I went to UC Santa Barbara which was a really nice school that I am considering to transfer to after I do my two years at Ohlone. Then sadly I had to go to a funeral, which cancelled my plans to go to Disneyland.”

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