Friday, June 11, 2010 El Rancho High School - Volume 58 - Issue 10 www.erusd.k12.ca.us/elrancho District and Wlasick Calls Nine His Best Production Federation of By Brianna Morales el rodeo staff Writer Teachers Reach Tentative Thespian Troop #2164 and the choir department brought Agreement Nine to El Rancho’s Little The- atre under the tremendous direc- tion of Mr. Wlasick and meticu- lous vocal training of Ms. Dodd. According to Mr. Wla- sick, in his thirty years of direct- ing, Nine is the best production to hit the Little Theatre’s stage. “I think Nine is probably the best production I have ever done at El Rancho High School in my thirty years of teaching because it is very rare that stu- dents are consistent in their per- formance level, and all three nights were at the same superb level. It was an outstanding pro- duction,” said Mr. Wlasick. By reBecca GalleGos Led by David Hernan- el rodeo staff Writer dez as Guido Contini, an Italian film director struggling to find A tentative agreement an idea for his film while try- has been reached between ing to decide which woman he the El Rancho Federation Faced by his nine year old self, Guido Contini decides he will spend his life with his wife. will spend his life with, the cast of Teachers and the district. was able to remain consistently Desiree Martinez, and I’m really actors that has ever gone through deliver to the stage and to “It was a lengthy process strong in their performances not proud of her because she grew as my program,” said Mr. Wlasick. the hearts of the audiences. that started a number of months only on opening night, but dur- an actress and as a singer. I really However, Nine was not ini- Mr. Wlasick said, “One ago with basic understanding ing each subsequent performance. want to thank Nicolette Renteria tially expected to be a huge success. theme that I particularly wanted of what the budget was. Then “Everyone stood at the because I thought that she did “I’m really shocked. to bring forward is that women that budget changed because top of their game every single an outstanding job; for some- During rehearsals, I nev- are the greatest source of men’s the governor of the state took night. [The show] didn’t go one who had not acted before to er thought it would be this inspiration because they are such more money away from schools downhill,” said Hernandez. tackle on a role and take my di- great,” said Carlos Figueroa. nurturing beings. And women, and we went from having a two The supporting roles rection and really pull through, I Despite the troubles that ultimately, no matter what their and a half million dollar defi- also contributed to the im- was very proud of her. I was re- arose during the first stages of size, are beautiful, beautiful be- cit to having about a five and a mense success of the show. ally proud of Jennifer Ramirez rehearsal, Nine turned out to be ings, and they are very impor- half million dollar deficit,” said “I want to pay tribute to because I know what a struggle it “exactly what Mr. Wlasick want- tant; they cause men conflict, Tim McMullen, Chief Nego- David Hernandez because his was for her as far as the singing ed,” according to Hernandez. they cause men to misbehave, tiator for the Bargaining Team. level of performance and singing was concerned. And of course, Ultimately, the actors ac- they cause men to be in love, “So we have to find a way to cut was so outstanding that everyone I’d like to recognize Carlos curately conveyed the theme and they cause men to create.” five and a half million dollars.” rose to that level. I really adored Figueroa, who is one of the best that Mr. Wlasick wished to “The El Rancho Federation of Teachers president Rico Tamayo went from campus to campus and had conversations with the teach- Dons Donate Blood to Save Lives Inside ple in need. The amount of blood I ers at the schools and talked about gave isn’t much when I know I’m Olvera Street the situation and what people going to be saving three lives.” Page 2 wanted to do,” added McMullen. This feeling seemed to There will be no salary roll- be mutual to all the other stu- back, no cut to health benefits, dents who were waiting for Teacher Retirements eight elementary positions will be their turn to give blood, read- Page 3 created along with one counselor ing the information booklets, position if union membership ap- Senior Wills or wearing their shirt and ban- proves of this by a majority vote. dage proudly around school. Page 4 The El Rancho Federa- Coordinator Rob Torrez tion of Teachers will vote on whether or not to approve the said, “This was a very successful Culinary Challenge day. Three-hundred and twenty- Page 7 tentative agreement on Tues- five people donated before lunch day, June 15 at their school sites. started.” He was glad that so many “I am happy in one sense Football Preview pints of blood were donated, and that we have arrived at what that there was such a big turn out. Page 7 I think a much better position “Recruitment was incred- than was originally available ible. Both the students and co- Staff Farewells to us. I am disappointed on the Page 8 ordinators did an amazing job! impact that this will have on We have been busy all day, and the teacher that will be losing have had great donors,” said An- their jobs.” Jesus Hinajosa, Johnathan Jimenez, and Mario Cruz work at the blood drive. gie Turner, Director of Nursing. “There are a couple big “Pepsters and A.S.B. joined She described the “dou- pluses, one is that we were able By erika Morales forces with the Red Cross to cre- ble red” station, which was to create some extra jobs so el rodeo staff Writer ate an event. We thought it would for donors who were eli- some people will continue to be a great opportunity for stu- gible to donate more blood. have jobs, secondly part of our This past Wednesday’s dents to get involved and partici- The stations were full, agreement is that the day the blood drive was a success. Over pate,” said Mario Cruz, member therefore saving more lives books close, August 15, to see if three hundred and fifty people of the Executive Commission than normal donations alone. there is any more money, and if arrived to get their blood drawn about how the event came to be. Although there were nurs- there is then we will bring some at the event, making it one of Jonathan Jimenez, A.S.B. es, needles and bandages in the teachers back and reduce fur- the largest blood donations from Chief Justice, said “I feel good be- new gymnasium, there were also lough days,” added McMullen. Southern California high schools. cause I know I was able to help peo- many smiles, laughs, and heroes. el rodeo, Pg 2 El Rancho High School June 11, 2010 NEWS Olvera Street Vendors Face Crisis Gender-Neutral Dorms Challenge Conventional Ideas By alyssa Mendoza The whole idea of stay- el rodeo staff Writer ing in a dorm with a person of the opposite sex started with the When thinking about liv- LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual ing on campus your first year of and/or transgender) commu- college, you imagine who your nity. LGBT students wanted to new roommate will be. Will be able to room with someone they be nice? Will they be clean? they feel safe with because not Are they going to be the silent many students feel comfortable type or the loud annoying type? with a homosexual roommate. Many have these same Schools have been discuss- questions in mind, however they ing gender-neutral dorms since assume that they will be paired 2007 and have made little prog- up with someone of the same ress. There are a few schools in gender. Traditionally, college California and a few Ivy League dorms are assigned to two or schools offering it with the ex- more people of the same gender, ception of one Ivy League which but not anymore because of a new only offers it to students who option, gender neutral dorms. consider themselves transgender. Gender-neutral dorms are When picking a college, a new option for college housing many students do not take in the that many opt for because they can idea about this but I personally share a living space with some- believe that this is another idea By reBecca GalleGos up the differences in the deficit. known. “There is a broad un- one whom they are more com- out of the genius book. I am all el rodeo staff Writer “With hard times and mis- derstanding in this community fortable with, versus someone the for gay rights, and if rooming with management of money, they that they do not want Olvera school assigns as their roommate. people of the opposite sex makes The El Pueblo Com- are challenging [the vendors] Street to be demolished.” Reed Gender-neutral dorms them feel better then let them be. mission through the city of to come up with a ridiculous added. “You don’t have to be have been a small craze at many I believe that students Los Angeles is trying to in- amount of money.” Added Reed. Hispanic or even a Los Ange- schools. Having read an article have the right to pick who they crease the rents of Olvera Street A candle shop on Olvera lino to appreciate Olvera Street. about it, the whole idea started want to room with and this is Merchants from 200-900%. Street is looking at a $60,000 “And now the issue is to with one question, “Why should one step closer to that goal. In 1992 a charter known as rent increase, which is quite challenge the city counsel to I be a roommate with someone Proposition H passed which was impossible to meet in today’s stop the effort at forcing this of the same sex when I might an agreement that negotiated long- economic struggles. kind of rent increase and deal feel uncomfortable with them?” term leases with the Merchants “The Olvera Street Mer- with this economic issue in an- Well, that is a great ques- and the El Pueblo Commission. chants have always been on top other fashion.” Added Reed. tion because students would Now however, “the city of their situation, but this extra A petition is in the front rather dorm with someone they with its mismanagement of funds charge is too much and could wipe office for faculty and stu- know than dorm with someone and negative spending,” said out the whole culture.” Says Reed. dents 18 years of age and older of the same sex. That leaves Mr. Reed, “are trying to over Olvera Street is a land- to sign and help save Olvera many to wonder, can I room with charge these merchants to make mark that is internationally Street and preserve this culture. someone of the opposite sex? June 11, 2010 El Rancho High School el rodeo, Pg 3 FEATURES OPINION Parsons’ Ready to Tackle Bucket List By daniela aGuilar want to see a little bit of Paris, el rodeo staff Writer France, and the French Open.” He mentions too that his wife wants After 34 years of teaching to see the tennis tournaments in all over the El Rancho Unified Europe and Australia, since his School District, Mr. Gene Par- wife met him when he was play- sons says, “It’s time for me to go.” ing tennis. “We want to go the Teaching in schools such as Selby Australian Open too; I’m a beach Grove, Durfee, Magee, Rivera El- guy, so I’ll be going to the beach.” ementary and Middle, North Park, Also he loves to surf, and will and lastly El Rancho, Parsons start again during his retirement. feels his years have caught up. “I’m going to be very sad Starting off with second to leave El Rancho; I’m going graders as a math teacher at Dur- to miss a lot of people, but I’ve fee around 1976, Parsons came to missed a lot of people who have El Rancho and continued with the already retired before me. Many math curriculum in 1984. Besides of my friends have already left teaching math throughout his ca- and I still have friends here too,” reer, Parsons coached freshmen, says Parsons. “There are too JV, and varsity football, boys’ many to name, and I’m going to and girls’ tennis, girls’ basket- miss those people because they ball, and golf. “Every place I’ve make coming to work so much been has been great, the people fun.” Despite leaving his friends are great. That’s what makes the here, Parsons says he’ll golf school pretty great,” says Par- with his buddies or play tennis. sons. He also adds his time here “That’s what I’m go- has been a positive experience. pletes his duty, he will use his Parsons. Since he is a tennis fa- and himself] going to take for ing to do: golf, tennis, fish in Before he can check off leisure time to travel to sport- natic, Parsons wants to see the sure is going to be to the French the high Sierras, and go to the anything from his bucket list, he ing events and other activities. French Open, Australian Open, Open. I’ve never been to Europe beach every now and then,” will help his wife take care of “I’m going to be playing and the English Open. “One of and I don’t want to travel all over says Parsons. “I’m looking her sick mother. After he com- golf, go fishing and travel,” says the first trips that we are [his wife Europe,” says Parsons, “I just forward to the golden years.” Dugas Looking Forward to New Adventures Cecilia Acevedo, “The Enforcer” Says By reBecca GalleGos el rodeo staff Writer Farewell to El Rancho natalie ranGel After 20 years of working el rodeo staff Writer as an El Rancho Administrative Secretary, Maria Dugas is retir- Just as we say good-bye to ing. Working at El Rancho has the graduating senior class of 2010, El Rancho will also say good-bye courtesy of richard Munoz been very rewarding to Dugas. to Cecilia Acevedo, better known PhotoGraPhy “Being able to see the progress the students make from fresh- as Ceci, the spanglish speaking and character to the Guidance Of- man to graduating seniors is a secretary at the Guidance Office. fice, Ceci brings order, something great pleasure.” Said Dugas. After twenty-one years at El Principal Genis will definitely Dugas enjoyed working at Rancho, and thirty-three in total miss. Ceci, as Mr. Genis explains, a school because she loves to in- for the school district, Ceci is look- has one tough job working in teract with kids. “I am constantly ing forward to her well-earned re- the busiest office on campus. involved with anything that has tirement, spending her days sleep- “She has to deal with the to do with kids. Right now I vol- ing in and traveling to Nicaragua counseling part of it, the disci- unteer for the Ronald McDonald and Costa Rica instead of waking pline part of it, and sometimes the House and I am able to help [kids up at the crack of dawn to arrive activities because everyone comes of all ages] do a lot of things.” at a drama filled high school. in through there,” says Genis. Dugas realized that she Though visiting the scenes “Cecilia has been the ser- wanted to go into education while of Nicaragua and Costa Rica seem geant of the guidance office,” she was a student at El Rancho. like a fantastic alternative to the Mr. Genis continues. He ad- courtesy of richard Munoz PhotoGraPhy daily grind at school, Ceci admits mires the work Ceci provides “I am an El Rancho grad. When I was attending school here, I sense of home; this has been my Dugas. She is a really good person, that she will definitely miss every- in the office. From her PR, or- would pass by the office and home for 20 years. It will be diffi- and really good to work with.” one she has befriended at El Ran- ganization and decision making see the secretary and think ‘I cult to change, but change is inevi- Although Dugas will miss cho. And El Rancho can definite- skills, Mr. Genis bestowed upon want to do that job.’” table and usually it is for the best.” El Rancho, she is looking forward ly say they will miss her as well. Ceci the title: “The Enforcer”. She started her career 20 Dugas is very important to to the extra time that she will be “Everything.” That is Even with so much work, years ago at North Ranchito. From the office. “Maria has been my able to devote to other projects. what Pauline Munoz, Reg- and the negativity that comes there she went to North Park, Va- right hand person. She keeps me “I am looking forward to start- istrar, will miss about Ceci. with it, Ceci “doesn’t display it, lencia, and then to El Rancho. “I organized. She assists me with ap- ing a new adventure. I intend to “Don’t make me be specific or as far as her actions and attitude,” got to see a little bit of everything, pointments, and information that do a lot more for children’s hos- I’ll start crying. Everything.” Mr. Genis continued to explain. and it was a good experience be- I need to know. She is the person pitals, the Ronald McDonald “I’m going to miss her, Ceci even extends her help to cause I got to see what happened who will help direct parents where House, and homeless shelters for period,” says Mrs. Cruz, 12th the student body, helping some from the elementary to the middle they need to go.” Said Mr. Genis. battered and abused children.” grade counselor. “I’m going to of them with the daily troubles school to the high school. I get “She has really helped Along with helping children, miss her being here, in the morn- of school and life in general. to see the transition and I really me in the three years that I have Dugas would also like to travel. ings. Just hearing her yell at the “I influence some of them. enjoy seeing the students grow.” been here; especially my first two “I went to France with the Gad- kids. She always had something I talk to them and sometimes Working at El Rancho has years when I needed some direc- abouts and had a wonderful time. funny to say to me. I’m going to I see them on the streets [after been great for Dugas. “Some tion and assistance from Maria.” Next, I would like to go to China.” miss her; I think she’s going to they graduate] and they come of my best moments are when Mr. Llanes, a longtime Maria Dugas has enjoyed be irreplaceable. Definitely go- and hug me. [They tell me] that everyone works together to get friend of Dugas will be sad to her time at El Rancho and will miss ing to be a hard act to follow.” because of me, they graduated.” things done. So when it is the end see her go. “I’ve known Maria all the people she was able to meet. “The office is more Whether she is helping the of the week, we all feel like we since before I was at El Rancho. “They all bring a little something alive when she’s here,” says students or faculty, Ceci is not accomplished something great.” She was at the elementary school to my life every day and makes Ingrid Funes, Guidance Of- just another ‘faculty member’, Leaving will be bittersweet that I worked at before. I taught at each day a different experience.” fice Secretary. “When the stu- or even a friend. She is family. for Dugas, but it is time for her Valencia when Maria still worked Llanes added, “She dents come in looking for her And even if she will no longer be to “find another adventure.” there. So we made it to El Rancho makes people feel at home. and she’s not in here, they’re among the El Rancho staff, she is “I will miss the friendships at the same time. It has been a real- Hopefully she will be re- sad, really, really, really sad.” still part of the El Rancho family I have built and the feeling of a ly good experience working with ally happy in her retirement.” As well as bringing laughter and will not be easily forgotten. Pg 4, el rodeo El Rancho High School June 11, 2010 SENIOR WILLS I, Olivia Garcia, being pecially the presi- personality, Blue Pride, positions the following: the ASB room Rancho High School of sound mind and body do dent, Paul Ochoa). on the El Rodeo News Staff and to Edith Vasquez and the morn- as his big brother did. hereby bequeath the follow- my everlasting memories here at ing announcements to Alyssa ing: My crazy personality I, Robert El Rancho to my young friends Nunez a.k.a. Pinky. I, Aisha Di- to Candice, my mad edi- Alba, being of whom I will miss dearly. I love akite, being of torial skills to Aurora, all sound mind and you Peter, Best Friends Forever! sound mind and my yearbook quotes body do hereby body, do here- to Emily, and to the bequeath the fol- I, Edlyn Moreno, being of by bequeath rest of the yearbook lowing: Leave the sound mind and body do here- the follow- staffers good luck. “Tree” to by bequeath the following: My ing: give my And Mike, Omar or stress, sweat and tears that went amazing don’t think into my work these past four basketball I forgot years, my migraines, and my skills to the about position in Choraleers. I shall 2010-2011 you, now pass on my Blue Pride girls bas- to my little ones in French ketball 2 and Choraleers. team and I, Ashley Najar, my being of sound mind and body, do hereby bequeath the follow- ing: my last Takis won- bag to Danielle Medrano, my I, Erick Gonzalez, derful tree of four trips to Forever 21 to Erica being of sound mind years to them as well. con- Ramirez, my extensions and body, do hereby “Clum- I, Rosalba Castro, be- tinue to to Stephanie Esparza, bequeath the fol- sy,” my ing of sound mind and body, be a killer editor, and keep my fond memories lowing: My left good intentions do hereby bequeath the follow- my memory alive, adios! and apple of my eye kidney to Al- and rebellious spirit to my little ing: My seat in French class to Alan Villon. And berto Venegas, sister who will be sitting on this to D.H, my hyper-ness to Luis I, Bryan Turner, being my sunglasses to my apple field screaming for her class of and my happy skills to Steph. of sound mind and body do Danielle Corrales! crumble pie 2018. And I would like to leave hereby bequeath the following: all the headaches I gave to ev- to Raziel My bench to the Junior Class I, Ruelas, ery one on campus to Ingrid and I, Dominique Porti- of Jake, Jeromey, and Mo, all Joseph my blue Pauline because they always llo, being of sound mind and my skill to the football team of Davis, suede found out a way to deal with me. body, do hereby bequeath 2011, and my greatness to Ka- being shoes P.S. Rest In Peace “Big Red” the following: my coolness. rissa, she is going to need it. of to I, Gerry Goyenaga, being of I, Bianca Marentes, be- I, Sarrah Lopez, being of sound mind and body do hereby sound mind and body do hereby ing of sound mind and body, do bequeath the following: The De- hereby bequeath the following: bequeath the following: I leave all cathlon Room to Patrick my fashion tips to my best friend My Blue and Silver Pompoms and my “con- to the Varsity 2010-2011 Song- in the whole world, fidence” to Rene Pineda; I leaders to go to competition and Danny fight for first. I also leave my will miss Mar- ev- ery- Blue Pride and school spirit, in quez order to keep up spirit here at El body here at El Ran- sound Rancho High School! I, mind and cho. Bruce Paul Ochoa, and my body, do hereby bequeath the fol- hair gel to Ger- I, Bri- lowing: My shoes to John Olivas, mayne Castillo. anda Ortiz, my candy to Rolando Ruiz, and being of my cool key chain to Miguel Felix. I, Joey sound mind Santana, be- and body, I, Josh Perea, being of ing of do hereby sound mind and body, do hereby sound bequeath the follow- ing: My love and all the Blue Pride Spirit to my best friend in the whole wide world Gabriel “Micha” Rojas. Loza, being of sound mind and body I, Ms. Figueroa, being of do hereby bequeath the follow- I, Ignacio Padilla, be- sound mind and body do hereby ing: I leave my high tops to Ernie ing of sound mind and body, bequeath the following: A bucket Padillia and my love to my ladies. do hereby bequeath the follow- of hair gel to Germayne Castillo, ing: My common sense to Mr. a translated copy of Hamlet to I, Alyssa Mendoza, being Salcido to whom I ask, “Who Joel Guzman and Raziel Ruelas, of sound mind and body do here- does that?” My sense of Blue mind and body, do hereby be- bequeath the following: All and The Best by bequeath the fol- Pride to Mrs. Garcia who has for- queath the following: For the in- my memories and good times of Tupac and lowing: gotten her El Rancho High his- coming starting offense, defense to my sister and my cousin’s. Bone Thugs My tory, and my style and indecency left and right guards I leave to you I, Stacie Vargas, being of to my beloved of my sagging pants my passion, skill, ability and love sound mind and body, do hereby Music Club to Mrs. Cruz, to for the game of foot- bequeath the following: My love members whom I say, ball. I will leave my for reading to the incoming fresh- of “Show a cleats to my little men and my sunburn as well. I 2010 little more brother, Julian also leave all my good (es- leg.” Santana, who will memories to be someday walk the shared with my I, halls of El friends, whom I Chelsi will miss dear- Serna, be- ly. Good luck ing of sound to you all! mind and body, do hereby be- queath June 11, 2010 El Rancho High School el rodeo, Pg 5 SENIOR WILLS I, Brandon Arrieta, being of grateful for all the things you have sunglasses to B, and all my riches Nano, my Ovaltine to Carina, my in H1, our home, and finally, my sound mind and body, do hereby taught me, thank you so much! to all my friends. And along with laptop, cell phone, and iPod to notes and skills to Marlee Rangel. bequeath the following: My lucky that, everything else I own or no one, and nothing for Amanda! Enjoy your next two years in high swim goggles to Gabby, my fa- I, Joselyn Gonzalez, being will own, which will have to be school and good luck in your AP mous black JanSport of sound mind and body, do set with a “fight-to-the-death” I, Erika Morales, being classes. I love you little sis- backpack to Eddie, hereby be- or until someone gives up, with of sound mind and body, do ter! Each one of you will re- and finally my fa- queath all my love, Cheeseburger. hereby bequeath the fol- main in my heart mous free style the fol- lowing: My schedule of for making my rapping to Josh. lowing: I, Tate Harshbarger, being class, parties, friends, boy- senior year My of sound mind and body, do hereby friend, work, and fam- so special! I, Sabina bequeath the following: The keys ily to whoever can Rangel, being to success to Daniel Moriel, the take it on; and my I, of sound mind football team, Patrick Rubalca- willingness to try Mariaelena and body, do va, the Decathlon team, Adrian new things, for Duenas, hereby be- Torres, and the Track team. anyone who being of queath the is in search sound following: All I, Daisy Ortiz, being of of an adven- mind and of my amazing memories sound mind and body, do hereby ture. Whoever body, do PREP at the Ranch to my little bequeath the following: My joy decides to use these hereby be- uniform and snack cart to who- brother, Fernando, who will begin and pride for this school to all of things will surely queath the ever takes my job next year. to enjoy what I enjoyed here and those who feel the same as I do. have as great of a follow- more next year. I hope you have And also, my funny times time as I did these past ing: To my a memorable freshman year, just to all who laughed with four years here at El Rancho!! little cousin Cesar Garcia; I leave I, as I did. Keep the Blue Pride me, and finally, I wish you the strength and success that Os- alive, and enjoy your years great years to everyone, I, Christina Perez, be- I have carried with me throughout waldo here because they really fly I’ll miss you guys. ing of sound mind and body, do these past years. You are a great Lopez, by. To Patrick, my Decatha- hereby bequeath the following: I person and I believe in you to being brother: enjoy your senior I, Michelle leave my El Rodeo layout skills fulfill your dreams and accom- of sound year! Live it up, and Gonzalez, being of to Naomi, Dani, Bri- plish your goals. I love you little mind and make us proud. I sound mind and body, man, you mean the world to me! body, do hereby know you will do do hereby bequeath bequeath the fol- a great job next the following: The I, Jessica Yescas, being of lowing: My year in Decath. I’ll crazy adventures sound mind and body, do here- barbwired black heart miss all of our funny mo- with my past, lon- by bequeath the fol- to Angie, my black and ments. And to the teach- ers gest, and new friends, my high lowing: Swim gray heart to Ms.Q, my super sick who have helped make school sweet heart (J.B.), and the googles dance moves and my tasty mu- me into the student joyful memorable moments with to Daisy sic to Mr.E, my timber wolf and individual I am my classmates. I wish a great Moreno, coat to Louis. I today, I leave you life ahead to everyone. Here’s Swimsuit to Jovita, also leave all my thanks and my to the best years of our lives. Sunblock to Sam and my poems gratitude. I will Mellie, Breaststroking to Miriam forever I, Nubia Martinez, being of to Jenn & my Lettermen and all my be sound mind and body, do hereby be- to Jerry Michael Huff vests to Gus, all queath the following: my patience to all future seniors, good luck! anna, and Amanda. I love each I, Michael Hidalgo, my one of you guys and good luck on being of sound mind and body, do I, Danielle Medrano, be- next year’s paper! I also leave my hereby bequeath the following: I ing of sound mind and body, do poster-making skills to Gabbie, will miss thee El Rancho High, hereby bequeath the following: Elise, and Tina for next year’s it’s so sad this is goodbye, we My obese cat, Harold, to Marissa ASB. I wish you the best with ev- shall raise our laurels to the sky, Staff Farewells and Vanessa, my EDC tickets to ery event and we always reunite goodbye El Rancho High School. Graduation. The simple thought about One year in the Newspaper Staff was more than enough Last year, I remember signing up for the El Rodeo it gives me the goose bumps, but then I sit and to bond with every single member in the staff and Mr. Zeko. staff of 2009-2010. In my mind, I was thinking “I don’t think about how far I’ve made it and happiness I wish I would have joined earlier in these four years of high have a problem writing one little essay every month. I begins to fulfill me. I remember my junior year school. Being in Journalism class made me realize that put- want an easy and fun class for my senior year.” when Mrs. Cruz pulled me out of class to set up ting together a newspaper is not as easy as I thought it Then it came my schedule for this year, and when I would be. I would like to thank to all the readers who ap- to my first month in class chose Jour- nalism I was excited preciate what we create from scratch to make El Rodeo. where Mr.Zeko was because I’ve always I will miss stressing out a day before deadline. Class determining who, “was enjoyed writ- ing. I can’t would be relaxed un- til BAM! Deadline came and here to write.” I say I’ve gone through a then the class was full of chaos and drama! Mr. thought and lot with the Journalism Zeko is a great ad- visor who is hilarious with thought, finally de- class, but those little his jokes. He will come up with the most ciding I was commit- memories with random and fun- niest comments. Let’s ted to doing my best on them I will re- not forget about Evan and his lisp as each issue, and improving my writ- member. Mr.Zeko’s daily well as Doug and his “specialness”. ing through- out the year. It was jokes and enter- tainment I will miss walking into class and one of the best decisions I could never got old; he’s a great Dani yell- ing “Hey best friend!” have made. advisor and his honesty and her play- ing the acoustic guitar. From Mr.Zeko’s never- always helped. Journal- Emma is one of the most interesting ending push- ing for us to think of the ism has been a fun experi- and mature ju- niors I have ever met and others in this world, to losing an angel ence for me, and it made my is very genuine as well. I will miss her like Manuel; it has all influenced me in senior year a very relaxing one. singing to us on our birthdays. Jose and his the best way. If it weren’t for my time here in I might not have connected crazy screaming will me missed! Mari, Erika, the staff, I wouldn’t have been introduced to much with my staff members, but and Allie always kept me entertained while such new people, and important topics. each and every one of them have typing our stories next to each other. Naomi Every day here was new and interesting, a special gift that they should be Wyoming don’t think I won’t mention you. whether it was happy, somber, excited, full of proud of. I wish all of the seniors Brianna you are crazy! I don’t know how you work, or lazy. I con- sider every person who the best of luck in life, and for the manage to do a million things at once. You has worked on the paper this year as a rest of the mem- bers who have will do great next year; the paper has friend. That goes for the ones I just met, a couple of years ahead in this excel- been and will be in great hands next year. and those who I’ve known for years. lent Journalism class, keep doing what you’re Everybody else in the staff you know I love I hope we all keep writ- -Mari Duenas -Joselyn Gonzalez doing and stay recognized for your fine work! you too! Pow Wow time!! & you will do great next year. ing, meeting deadlines, and keeping an eye on the -Erika Morales world more (or just as much) as we do on ourselves. Continued on page 8. Pg 6, el rodeo El Rancho High School June 11, 2010 SENIOR FEATURES Jair Haro: Musician at Heart By naoMi orteGa Brandon Flowers of The Killers, el rodeo staff Writer MGMT, The Cars, Devendra Ban- hart, and Wolfmother,” said Haro. “Because I get to watch Mau- Although Haro feels like he ry at eleven and sleep in,” jokes is in “an empty pool alone,” he has senior, Jair Haro about why he is the support of his band members. happy to finally leave high school. Lead singer of Suffer the Irony, After twelve years of home- Bobby Torres says, “I was excited work, projects, and early morn- to hear how it would sound like ings Haro will not be attending because of his different influenc- college in the fall, but will contin- es” and the drummer of the band, ue to pursue other career interests. Chris Zarate said, “It is cool that Haro has been playing gui- he is going solo because I got to tar for a little over a year now and record him so in a way he helped has been a member of Suffer the me with my studio dreams.” Irony since they started back in Haro doesn’t see himself early 2008. “[Suffer the Irony] abandoning his career as a mu- came to be when the drummer sician and neither do friends and I realized our future in skating Bobby Torres and Bruce Loza. didn’t seem too bright,” said Haro. “He is very creative and he The band has played venues has a wide range of inspirations,” such as Chain Reaction, Marina said Torres and Loza continued by Concert Theatre, and the occa- saying, “He is a great musician. sional backyard. Suffer the Irony He can express himself as a musi- also played at Jimmie’s Restau- cian by having his voice be what rant in Montebello. Music has he makes the guitar sound like.” always been a part of his life and Jair preparing to preform at The Little Theater with his Band Suffer The Irony. Lastly, El Rancho alumni, he is now stepping it up a notch. Allin De Leon said, “Jair is the Haro is currently in the album under the name Just Air. considered to be a part of the psy- inspirations for the album were man with the plan and with no process of releasing his own solo The album, Triangular Circles, is chedelic wave rock genre. “My Julian Casablancas of the Strokes, doubt he will continue to jam out.” Math Fanatic Picks Engineering By Joselyn Gonzalez Sanchez, as of now, is plan- el rodeo staff Writer ning on majoring in Engineering. “I am thinking of aerial or civil After four agonizing years Engineering. I really like math in TEAM and AP classes, it’s and solving problems. I took time for senior Angel Sanchez to calculus as a junior and after be- get rewarded by moving to New ing in Mr. Francics’ class it gave York and attending to Rensselaer me the encouragement to take Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. into engineering,” Sanchez said. Sanchez got accepted to Angel is ready to explore Penn State, University of Pa- a new state and meeting new cific, Drexel, UC Riverside people as well as developing new and Merced. Out of his options, friendships. “I am really look- he picked Rensselaer Poly- ing forward into exploring NYC technic Institute in Troy, NY. once I get to New York,” he says. “One of the main reasons “My parents can’t accept I picked Rensselaer Polytech- the fact of me leaving to another nic Institute was because it of- state, but they understand it’s for fered more financial aid than the my education,” Sanchez said. other schools,” Sanchez says. Angel will be departing to Some students are scared of Troy on August 18. Sanchez says, Senteno Speaks Her Mind Through Her Art applying out of state because they “I don’t think I will miss High By Jonathon raya are going to face the real world School because I am tired of hav- el rodeo staff Writer by themselves. Sanchez says, “ I ing the same routine everyday, but mainly applied out of state to get I will miss my family and hang- “Practice makes perfect” is out of Pico Rivera and experience ing out with my friends. I can’t what they always say when you life on my own without having wait, New York here I come!” start something new; for Nicole someone telling me what to do.” Senteno, this is true. For eight years she has been drawing in her own unique style, which is a com- bination of “manga and fantasy.” “I started drawing in my style when I found a ‘How to Draw in Manga’ book at a book fair when I was in Elementary school,” said Senteno “And I used that book to practice my art until I was able to create my own style.” When she creates a char- them in books or in a country’s ter, my art skills could help me acter, they tend to have unique mythology, like the werewolf or a stand out in college and when fantasy characteristics. “Even Tengu, “heavenly dogs” in Japa- applying for jobs.” Said Senteno. though I’m not entirely sure how nese folklore and are said to take “I will continue to work to describe my art, I feel it has a the form of birds of prey. on my art and with the charac- fantasy feel to it,” Senteno said. “I do also believe that my ters I have created. I would like “All of my characters are some skills have begun improving this to make comics books with my type of creature or inhuman be- year because I have been draw- own characters and hopefully get ing. Also my art shows the emo- ing more and practicing more.” published or I would like to work tions I have at the time I create it.” Senteno plans to attend Mt. Si- in video game illustration, mak- Her characters are also erra College, where she will ing up the characters and their based off creatures from around continue to practice her illustra- back story and environments.” Angel relaxing during lunch. the world, whether she finds tions. “Hopefully as I get bet- June 11, 2010 El Rancho High School el rodeo, Pg 7 CAMPUS The Ultimate Test Challenge Excites Students a menu that included an appe- tizer, an entrée, a dessert, and a beverage. Not only did each group have to plan out a deli- cious menu for their judges, but they as well had to dress with the theme of their food. “They had to dress alike in a formal and sophisticated way so they can add points to their final score,” said Luna. This challenge was a red carpet event that class was filled with international decorations in each kitchen. Chef Luna had a full audience as parents of the contesters took numerous pho- tos and videos of the classroom. On the first day, one of the main judges was Paul Mc- Cullough*, a chef who is apart of the Next Food Network Star. Another winner of the This test not only shows “It was an honor to have him food challenge had a theme A Night the students how to present a come in and judge the event. Chef in Tokyo. By modernizing their creation of art and make food McCullough was very impressed asian wraps and twisting their hair they normally would not do on with the presentations of all the in chop sticks, this group of girls an ordinary day basis, but “the students since he had never seen went to the extreme by making class teaches them life skills anything like it. He noticed all the an entrée of fresh sushi hand rolls they will take with them for the hard work these students put into “Sushi is very hard to rest of their lives,” said Luna. it because they put their heart and prepare and they were only giv- soul into their food, “ said Luna. en one demo on how to make One of the winning groups sushi, but these girls received had theme which was Food is a perfect score,” Chef Luna love. They had a Spanish appetiz- “The ultimate test chal- By christina Perez is take them through my journey er, followed by an Italian entrée, lenge was the greatest we had el rodeo staff Writer of restaurant management, cater- and had a sweet finale of a Greek ever had to do in class. With Advisor ing, being a chef, having hospital- dessert. The purpose of their the great help and guidance of Paul Zeko After preparing for two ity, which is every part of the cu- menu was to explain the people Chef Luna, it was easy to ac- months, Chef Luna held his sec- linary industry,” says Chef Luna. have for each other, thus sharing complish”, said Lily Gama. Editor-in-Chief ond annual ultimate test challenge Adding a fun, exciting twist their food amongst one another. This challenge was Brianna Morales on May 27th and 28th by having his to the contest, Chef Luna had his “It has been great experi- a hectic and time consuming students challenge themselves to students create all their foods ence and opportunity to work for Chef Luna, but he said, “it Editors prepare a menu for their judges. from scratch. They were given with my girls in my kitchen. was all worth it.” Every dol- “I wanted to create a final two to three weeks of planning It was also an honor being lar that was spent for this chal- News test that was going to be fun and ex- and one final day of prepara- taught by a great chef like Chef lenge was used in a creative Brianna Morales citing. My goal with the challenge tion. The students had to create Luna,” said Carlos Figueroa. way by making food into art. Alyssa Mendoza Dons Looks Forward to Next Season coming into my 3rd year here, and Features Daniela Aguilar we’re getting a lot done. A lot of the guys are getting overwhelmed Senior Wills with the physical and mental Jose Reyes toughness that is needed. We’ve already seen a big drop in num- Senior Features/Staff bers from when we first began.” Farewells A big change from the pre- Naomi Ortega vious year’s team is obviously the size, especially linemen wise. Campus The linemen are primarily the Emma Leal toughest guys out there, and size Rebecca Gallegos always helps. Despite the size is- sue, the coach of the defensive Staff Farewells line, Coach Vigil, is optimistic. Chistina Perez “As far as line wise, we’re young, and we’re scrappy,” Staff states Vigil. “We’re going to Priscilla Amavizca keep on working and outma- Guilliana Bravo neuver people. It’s a battle of Araceli Cabral technique, and our linemen just Maria Duenas have to have the mentality that Joselyn Gonzalez By aBel Martinez class. Along with weightlifting, should be outstanding. I think we ‘I’m going to beat you,’ no mat- Amanda Hernandez el rodeo staff Writer to strengthen their physique and should be good enough to com- ter the size of the other guy.” Arlette Lopez build muscle, the players also pete for a playoff spot this year.” As the team’s spring prac- Abel Martinez The coming of sum- worked on exercises that focused Spring practices for the tices wrap up this Friday with the Erika Morales mer indicates the ending of on expanding their flexibility. players began on May 11. It is annual Blue and Gray game, the Natalie Rangel the school year, but it also sig- “I think that we will have spring where the players get a taste summer will present the final ob- Jonathon Raya nals another event: the 2010 the best athletes in the league of what is in store for the summer stacle before the season begins. Lydia Raya El Rancho Football Season. (skill wise),” says Head Coach and the season. They work on tech- “I think our home opener against Alejandra Vallin Little do people know that Rick Zepeda. “Our overall team nique, condition to develop endur- Los Altos will be a big game,” El Rodeo is published the season began a long time ago speed will be faster than in the ance, and compete with contact. says Coach Zepeda. “The hard once a month, except dur- for the players. At the start of past, best speed in a while. Our “The practices have been part right now is the academic is- ing vacations, by the journal- the 2nd semester, returning play- interior (offensive and defensive very positive,” says Coach Zepe- sues. I’m hoping that by summer, ism class of El Rancho High ers and those that wanted to join line) will be inexperienced, and da. “The guys have been working everyone will be eligible and if School, 6501 S. Passons were required to register for the that will be a big question com- hard. Coaches have put in a lot of that happens, we’ll be a very ex- Blvd., Pico Rivera, CA 90660. zero period body conditioning ing into the fall. Our kicking team time. We’re much more organized citing team to watch this year.” June 11, 2010 El Rancho High School Pg 8, el rodeo STAFF FAREWELLS Christina Perez Alyssa Mendoza Wow, I can’t believe this thank you so much for letting me singing in class was the best. I can year is over. I have so many be a part of journalism this year. honestly say that being apart of It’s hard to explain my the paper, but you were a leader memories here at the ranch It has offered me new experi- the El Rodeo Staff has been the senior year in so many words. that committed herself but first I’d like to ences that have helped me grow best thing to happen to me next This year there were so many to this newspaper. I say that I will miss as a young adult and a person. to coming to El Rancho of course. new adventures, new wish all of you the the El Rodeo Staff. I have learned much El Rancho has given friends, new chal- best for next year’s Thank you responsibility this year. You me so much as an individual. lenges, but most paper. If you ever so much for mak- letting me be in charge of I have met some of importantly new need me, I’m ing my senior advertisements and reviews the weirdest, most unique, memories. As just a couple year so memo- for the Moxie Company and greatest people here. the final week ap- of cities away. rable. I will has helped me under- Although I have a few proaches, I think I al- never forget stand responsibility and cousins here that helped me get of all the memories ways thought Brianna’s for that I thank you. situated to the school, my best I created within our staff’s en- meltdowns Emma, you friends are the ones that have X1. I walked ergy was brought or Jonathon have been there made the experience even better. into a classroom from on extraordi- blasting for me through Pedro Lopez, Wendy Mejia, with individuals I never nary individual. He Lady Ga- thick and and Emma Leal, I will miss you spent time with through- wasn’t only our advisor; ga’s “Bad thin. I’m guys terribly when I leave to Holy out these four years he was the one who Romance” glad to Names University this August! and now I’m resisting kept us motivated in class say To all my other tearing up and saying for each issue. He and try- friends, I love you guys! goodbye. Journal- was the one who ing to imi- You were all great to ism opened so many made all of us laugh tate the moves be around. I will always car- doors for me. I nev- each day by his humor- in the video. that ry a piece of El Rancho er knew the time it ous personality. He was I will also miss Jose’s you High School in my heart. takes to make a paper! the one who brought us crassness and his styling corner are my Although I was This class not nachos every time we (he is the class’s official hairstyl- best friend. once a Roughrider fresh- only taught me deadlines, stayed pasted the sun- ist) and who can forget Mr. Zeko Listening to man year, I will AL- dedication, and patience, but set and laid out an issue. or shall I say Evan. Mr. Zeko, your beautiful and out of nowhere WAYS be an El Rancho Don. it taught so many life lessons Mr. Zeko thanks for every Rebecca Gallegos I will take with me to col- thing that you have lege. I will truly miss walk- taught me in the past ten ing into classroom and hearing months. The newspaper chaos. For those that are com- would not be the same without My last year of high school something I will never forget, miss the business of the “news your wacky sayings or cheesy ing back to El Rodeo next year, has been very memorable. and has given me a great lesson room,” last minute stories and quotes of the day. X1 is filled I’ll tell you one thing. MAKE One of my best memo- about deadlines, diligent work, lay out changes being thrown with memories only we, as El DEADLINES! I’m going to miss ries was being a member multi-tasking and teamwork. my way at last minute notice. Rodeo’s Staff, will understand. Naomi’s fun personality, Dani’s of the El Rodeo staff. I will miss everyone, espe- We all grew as Jour- I’m going to miss all of you guys! energetic hellos, and Amanda’s Editing, proof cially my Spelling Snake, Jose. nalists this past year and be- Each one of you has left a mem- sweet, awesome friendship. reading, staying Every good Gram- came a family within X1. ory for my senior year. It is not Brianna you have been late, laying out mar Guru needs one ;) I will never forget the goodbye rather just a farewell for an incredible editor in chief be- were all stress- Natalie, our reluctant great feeling of accomplish- now. Thank you once again for cause not only were you able to ful at times, but hero, you helped so much ment when we, as the layout the best laughs of my senior year. handle all the stress and chaos of worth it when with editing, and I don’t know team, put a very good paper out. a good issue was published. what I would have done if you hadn’t transferred in this semester. I will truly miss El Rodeo and all of its staff members. Mr. Zeko Mr. Zeko, Emma, your optimism Best wishes to my grad- our monthly publication to a thank you for and great personality kept our uating seniors: Alyssa Mendoza, higher level with your com- pushing me to be news staff united and motivated. Christina Perez, Joselyn Gon- mitment to accuracy and style. a better writer, and I will miss your zalez, Jose Reyes, Rebecca Gal- I will miss your unique genuinely caring sunny disposition. legos, Alejandra Vallin, Maria personalities and talents. about your students. Brianna, your determi- Duenas, Jonathan Raya, Erika Best of luck to all We couldn’t nation to put out a good paper Morales and Natalie Rangel. of your in your future aca- have done it never failed, and in the end we Thank you for your demic and career pursuits. without you. all worked together to get it done. dedication and service to It’s been a pleasure Being on Working on news staff has El Rodeo. You elevated to serve as your advisor. news staff has been been a great experience. I will Jose Reyes Jonathon Raya My final year here at El Ran- cho has gone by too fast. was perfect, and Naomi’s laugh. I will also miss making cop- ies for you, Zeko, and well, just the It has been four years at El ally goes into it. I will miss this and her happy attitude on I still remem- whole El Rodeo staff in general. Rancho and my journal here class a lot when I am at college. life. I will miss Mr. Zeko’s ber my freshman You guys were really fun is coming to an end. To next jokes and his daily quotes. year and from to be with and work with too. I am both ex- year’s staff Another person I’m go- there the years I’ll always thank cited and sadden to I do wish ing to miss is Dani even when merged and you though, Mr. Zeko, move onto college. them the best. she muted my music in class BAM! – Here’s for inspiring me to want But over all, my To the Ed- when I was listening to it. senior year. to major in journalism. high school experience itor-in-chief, Bri- Also, I will miss blasting Most of And also, I promise has been great and I will anna, I wish you my music in class, listening to my my fondest mem- to come visit miss the classes I have the best of luck at favorite songs like Single Ladies, ories have been in at least had this year, journal- finding someone who Bad Romance, Telephone, and X-1, Mr. Zeko’s one or ism being one of them. is good with Photoshop Alejandro. (P.S. Lady Gaga rules!!) Digital Photogra- twice I joined jour- so they can do cutouts Even though this year is phy class and his a week nalism this year not of pictures and edit them. coming to an end, I am excited to Journalism class. and to knowing what to ex- I will miss the move on, but I will try to come I am truly go- see how pect and it is sad to ad- entire staff, even if at back to see how the future El Ro- ing to miss this class the El Ro- mit that I wish I could times they made me deo issues look and I hope they and yelling at everyone deo staff is have taken it sooner. want to pull my hair out. look even better than this year. to shut up, our nacho runs, doing. Also, I Journalism has I will miss the edi- So with this, I say goodbye and staying late to make will miss been such a wonderful tors: Jose, Rebecca, and to El Rodeo staff and El Rancho. sure the paper was perfect. editing all experience for me, it Natalie, who helped me This year has been the I will definitely miss night with Nata- taught me how a news- when times where difficult best out of my four years here Brianna’s yelling, her melt- lie and Rebecca, paper is composed with my writing, editing my and I wish the whole staff good downs, and especially her hugs. the Grammar Guru, who dubbed and published, also it stories, and also with help- luck on what they will ad- I will miss Emma and me the Spelling Snake. I’m go- taught me how much ing me speak correctly. vance to do in the next year. signing moments, Brianna’s ef- ing to miss Mr. Zeko and every- time and effort actu- I will miss Emma Farewell El Rancho! fort in making sure the paper thing about this El Rodeo family.
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