Alonso Student News
the student life
By: David Granger
During the week before Thanksgiving break, Ms. Burrows assigned a few students in each of her forensic science classes to come up with an idea for a crime, but there was a catch: the students had to make the crime a reality and build the scene on campus. The chosen students utilized the space in the teachers’ bathroom to build their own custom crime scene.
Ms. Burrows 2nd period came up with a plot like that of a Law and Order episode. The plot was that the victim was juggling two women and one of them (girl 1) was in an official relationship. The other girl (girl 2) that the victim is “dating” exposes her for cheating and this makes girl 1’s boyfriend furious. He then lures the victim to the bathroom with a forged note telling him to go there, where he will spend his last moments. While these few students did this, the rest of the class worked on another project until the scene was ready. The other students played the roles of investigators, photographers, evidence collectors, etc.
Once the scene was set, the photographers came in first and took pictures of everything, evidence or not. Police photographers must capture every single detail in their photos.
Next, the evidence collector came in. In terms of evidence, there was a note in the garbage, a note next to the body, blood on the sink and toilet, fibers stuck on the mirror, hair on the body, and a bloody footprint. Collecting evidence is very exact and meticulous, like the role of the photographer. Each different kind of evidence must be collected in their own specific way to be admissible in court. In addition to being packaged correctly, the evidence should never leave anyone’s sight and every transfer or hand-off must be documented thoroughly or it cannot be used in court.
Finally, Detectives must detain all witnesses and suspects in order to get a general idea of what might have happened before first responders arrived.
Ms. Burrows, the teacher behind this entire activity, enjoyed giving it to her students. “I think it really allowed the students to get really creative and apply the information. It’s a unique experience that we plan on doing again.” This activity allowed students to explore their creative side and come up with an entire murder story; it also allowed students to jump into the shoes of a police officer and understand the responsibilities that come with each position, providing students with a better idea of what they may want to do in their future. This is just a bonus to the true scope of the project.
Jayden Leto and Zach Mullen, students who helped build the crime scene, both enjoyed taking part in the project. “It was fun, and more classes should activities like this one.” If more classes did activities that students could get attached to and really enjoy working on, students would have an easier time grasping the topics of their many redundant and sometimes bleak classes. Activities like this one would improve the quality of learning students are getting and make Alonso High School an overall more enjoyable place than it is.
By: Axelle Antoine
Created to help the American Cancer Society fund innovative research, programs for crucial patient care, prevention and education information, fundraiser Relay for Life continues to help save lives every year. The American Cancer Society strives off the aid of thousands of participants, including donors and volunteers who complete the relay.
Operated by a great amount of people in a variety of communities in nearly 27 countries, to act against cancer, volunteers contribute their time and effort. These events bring those communities together to remember, honor, and raise money for all the brave survivors whom crossed cancer’s path. During the function, team members take turns walking around a path. Each function can last from six to twenty-four hours. To symbolize the never-ending of cancer, each team always has a member on the track. The team also sets up a campsite with a designated theme. They continue their fundraising by collecting donations for games, food, goods, and activities. The total gained money will eventually count towards the team’s fundraising goal.
Relay for Life has proven to be an amazing event that everyone should participate in, whether their family has been affected by cancer or not. Alonso High School’s very own students have partaken in this beautiful function as well. Junior, Bella Bozied, touches on her experience while Relaying. She states, “You are able to have fun with your friends while honoring those who are fighting and who have lost the fight against cancer.” Bella mentions a segment in the event, a heart-warming ceremony around 11 p.m., where all lights are turned off and luminaires, bags with messages, are lit and placed all around the track. She continues, “Everyone takes a few laps, arms around each other, as a soothing song plays; there’s crying and a lot of overwhelming feelings during this lap especially.” This truly signifies why these kind and considerate volunteers are there and raising the money in the first place.
Overall, Relay for Life is an astonishing event where really anyone could join and find great value in. Not only does it fundraise for an importance cause, but it brings various people together in order to remember the courageous victims of cancer.
By: Annalys Gonzalez
It is a crucial time of the year for seniors; the pressure of applying for colleges and hearing from the admissions office could be nerve wrecking. Seniors are told to start applying to their universities of their choice right away because the chances of acceptance are higher. To motivate her students to apply, our own history/economics teacher Ms. Lipscomb is giving her students extra credit for each acceptance or rejection letter that her students bring in.
Ms. Lipscomb is in room 2003; her room is decorated with many college flags to help push her college spirit onto her students. The room has very vibrant colors on the walls, and one wall is filled with sheets of paper; if given a closer look, you can see that they are admission letters from universities all over the U.S, because her class “has no boundaries, it’s a place of free thinking".
By: Annalys Gonzalez
In the beginning of the school year we see teachers get creative with their ice breakers, and English/yearbook teacher, Mrs. Nanns, was no exception. To get her students to work together, she made them build a balloon tower. During this exercise, the classmates had to work together and build the tallest balloon tower possible.
The only resources provided were not-inflated balloons and duct tape. The ideas that students were coming up with were just as creative as the idea of building the balloon towers itself. Some students made pyramids, some tried to cheat their way through by starting up at the ceiling, some used the wall as leverage, and some went by the rulebook and created masterpieces.
This team building exercise helped the students work together and understand the meaning of team work. It is beneficial because that trait is something they are going to have to put into practice a lot throughout year while creating our yearbook.
January 18, 2018
Each future teacher dreams of working with kids at a young age. The little Ravens make that dream come true, this class helps students just like me. The class prepares you to be a responsible, educational, creative and loving teacher. This class prepares you to be a teacher with the practice on working with kids, these students get an opportunity to work with kids to be able to help them grow as a human being, to showing them about math, animals and how to treat each other and even how to self-behave. The kids meet three days each week and each week has a theme on what the kids will be learning each day. They meet on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, we get to show the kids on why learning is fun.Mia Tutiven, a freshman with the program, says, “I love the little kids.”
The Little Ravens program is very well known here in Alonso High School. It is a preschool day care in which students from the same high school prepare the kids with activities to be able to prepare them for kindergarten. This does not only help the kids it also helps the teens. If they want to be future teachers, it provides the skills on how to teach the kids on all the social skills they need in life. Jayani Sherman, a freshman in Little Ravens, says, “The little ones know how to make you happy when you walk into the room. They make you smile no matter what.”
Jailene Orellana is helping one of the kids do a science experiment. Working with the children is a big part of Little Ravens.