Alonso Student News
By: Chloe Thrasher
Homecoming took place on October 13th, 2018. For some students, it was their first time at homecoming, but for our seniors, it was their last homecoming. Students were dancing through the night; sometimes stopping for food and drinks; taking photos around the stadium; everyone having a good time.
Senior Trinity Nirenberg enjoyed her first and last Alonso homecoming. “Well, it was my first year at Alonso, and homecoming was a lot of fun at my old school. I love dances and all my friends told me that it’s a lot of fun. The music was great and the people I went with made the night amazing.” For a lot of students, homecoming was about having a good time with their friends and having fun dancing to the music.
Junior Destiny McDaniel had fun being a part of the 2018 homecoming court. “I wanted to go to homecoming this year because I haven’t gone before. Most of my friends were going, and I didn’t want to miss out on any high school memories. Homecoming this year was special because I had no clue what to expect. I haven’t gone before, and I don’t really go to parties. I chose to run this year because I thought that there’s no downside to running. I got to make all my posters and campaign with my friends. With it being my first year, I was thinking, ‘you only live once; I have to go big or go home’. I can’t even describe how winning princess felt. It was incredible and I was just full of pure joy. When I got off the field, all my friends just gave me a big group-hug and I just felt so loved. It was an emotional moment that I won’t ever forget.” Homecoming court was announced at the homecoming game this year and elections were a close call. Everyone who ran had fun, whether they won or not, and students were satisfied with the results of the election.
Senior Joshua Blasini had his first and last homecoming at Alonso. “I wanted to go because I never went. It's my senior year so I just felt like going. What made it special was that I went with my girlfriend and my friends. What I enjoyed the most was dancing and eating.” Some students at Alonso took a date with them. The DJ played a slow dance for everyone who brought someone or had a friend to dance with.
Homecoming is a great way to make memories in high school; being with friends, dancing, and taking pictures to remember your time in high school and who your friends were. Even though you might not still be friends with these people years from now, you can still look back and enjoy the memories
By: Chloe Thrasher
Halloween is over and now that Christmas is right around the corner, people are already starting to put up their Christmas decorations. Some people want to start setting up because they’re ready for the holiday season, but others think it’s way too early to start worrying about Christmas. Everyone seems to have a different opinion on when the Christmas season has officially started.
Senior Anelise Herbig is one who believes that the Christmas season starts directly after Thanksgiving. “I think Christmas decorations should be put up the day after Thanksgiving. I celebrate with my family and friends every year at my house and have a party.” Some students and their families don’t start putting up any decorations until December starts, because the Christmas spirit hasn’t arrived yet. Anelise is one of many students who believe that the second Christmas is over, this Christmas spirit is already here.
Sophomore Amelia Lipscomb also agrees that Christmas decorations should wait until after Thanksgiving. “Typically, my family puts up our decorations a few days after Thanksgiving, so around late November. I celebrate by putting up decorations around my house and going to church with my family.” Some students are religious and go to church for Christmas to celebrate, but you don’t need to be religious to celebrate the holiday season.
Junior Tammy Nguyen is very open-minded about when people start celebrating. “I think it’s a personal preference, like if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, then putting up your Christmas stuff before then is fine. I put my Christmas stuff up in the beginning of November. On Christmas day, my family and I go out into the living room and open presents while listening to Christmas music.” Some people don’t even celebrate Thanksgiving or other holidays for a variety of reasons, like personal or religious preference. Some people like to put their decorations up early because they want to feel the Christmas spirit and may not be waiting for Thanksgiving to pass.
Whether you put up your holiday decorations on November 1st or on Christmas Eve, everyone loves celebrating the holiday season in some way.
By Kenedi French
This horror movie was NUNthing to joke about. Told in 1952 Romania following a Roman Catholic preist and a nun in her novitiate as they discover the terrifying and unholy secret in the Mănăstirea Cârţa, The Nun is a heinous thriller filled with the shocking jump scares and gut-wrenching gore.
Directed by Corin Hardy, the 2018 power film is the spinoff of The Conjuring 2 (2016), making it the fifth installment in The Conjuring Universe. The movie was released on September 7th in the United States by Warner Bros Pictures. The story was co-written by James Wan who also co-produced the movie. Mr. Wan had previously directed many other horror films making him generally the perfect choice for this film. Upon release the motion picture grossed $233.2 million with a $22 million budget. It ran for 96 minutes starred Demián Bichir (Father Burke), Tarissa Farmiga (Sister Irene), Jonas Bloquet (Maurice “Frenchie” Therequilt) and Bonnie Aarons (Valak/The Nun).
My friends and I planned a Saturday viewing of the movie, two days after its release. We entered the movie and sat in the second row from the screen. Right off the bat, the movie was terrifying, shaking my companions and I down to the core. For the entire rest of the picture, the cinema was filled with shrieking and flinching.
Overall, I would 10 out of 10 recommend this movie to anyone courageous enough to view it. The Nun was frightful yet intriguing. It was SISTER SCARY.
By Isabella Rios
From sitting on the ground to sitting in a chair with a table, school desks have really improved. Desks change throughout the years. There are many types of them around the world, with elementary having a cubby above their laps to just a table and a separate chair.
These forms of seating were never meant to be comfortable. When sitting in the same spot for an hour, the aches can really progress from none to all around. Eventually, legs will forget how to not hurt. Stretching can help, but never completely works.
Usually, the seats are plastic on top of metal bars. These metal bars connect the 14 inch by 20 inch table to the chair. Surprisingly, these desks are very easy to break. Of course, every desk in the room will be “one size fits all”, but not really. When looking around, it is easy to see that many students have trouble sitting in these desks and standing up. Sure, they are easy to move, since you're moving the table and chair at the same time, but they take up most of the space in the room, when grouped together with many others. The room is put together like a maze.
Student desks have both pros and cons. Having a separate table and chair seems more reasonable than the student desks being a chair and a mini table connected. Overall, student desks need more improvement. It gets tough working with back, leg, and bum pains. So, when needing to sit in these desks, bring a pillow or two if possible, or just remember to stretch.
By Chloe Thrasher
Many changes have been made this school year; one of which being the school times being moved. Now, we get to wake up an hour later and get home a half hour later. Students have some strong opinions on waking up later and staying a little later.
Jaylinn Morel, among many students, likes the new school times. “I like coming to school later. It’s not a big difference. I’m not really nervous about this year.” Students agree that waking up a little later seems better because they are more awake and readier to learn. Students are more likely to stay alert instead of sleeping during class.
New student Daisy Granados also agrees that the time change is a positive change. “It’s better to start later. It isn’t a big deal. It seems much better to stay a little longer.” Students agree that it’s good that we start school an hour later and stay twenty minutes later. It seems a little late to get out of school compared to last year, but students say they don’t mind it at all.
Freshman Michael Gomez says that it isn’t much of a change for freshmen. “I’m used to this. Last year, in middle school, our schedule was like how it is now. It isn’t necessarily a bad thing to be at school.” Last year, middle school started at 9 am, and now high school starts at 8:30. It’s only a half hour adjustment for the freshmen, and they don’t seem to mind it at all.
By Axelle Antoine
Millions of kids around the nation have once or occasionally enjoyed a ride on the big yellow vehicle that we call a school bus. It gets them to school and back home usually in a timely manner. However, Hillsborough County Public Transportation has been experiencing MAJOR bus delays and tardies, since August 10th , 2018, the first day of school.
How was this issue brought about? It hasn’t been because of basic setbacks that we usually
run into, including weather and traffic. Many inferences have been made from a lot of students,
staff, and even parents. Nonetheless, the best point of view to evaluate would be from the operator of
the automobiles themselves: a bus driver.
Driver, David Eastup, Bus 5454, seems to know exactly what the problem is: “They’re short of drivers. You can’t have the buses moving if you don’t have someone to drive them”. If there were more drivers, there would be less stops, and a better and shorter route to the high school. “If you get people to take the job, then yes, but not that many people want to take the job… All I can do is show up on time, which I do every day, and drive a safe route to school, that’s about it”. Not many people want to commit to this job, leaving buses overloaded with students, but also leaving out other stops. The district has said that they are working hard on this issue, but students and drivers haven’t seen much of a difference.
How is that affecting our students? For one, tardies are not the best to go through, even if they’re excused. Most late bus students receive tardy passes, but in one instance, last week, a bus was marked to have come at 8:27, giving students three minutes to get to class, but an announcement over the intercom said that they did not receive passes and that they had to be marked tardy.
The actual act of receiving a tardy can be the least of a student’s worries, especially when they can be missing up to three complete hours of educational time. This is the record for how late these buses have come. That is an estimated three and a half classes. Because of this big complication, students may receive an abundance of makeup work, the inability to participate in certain activities, and just overall missing out on the privilege that all public-school students of Hillsborough County should have: to receive an education.
By Chloe Thrasher
There have been some changes this school year, like the new Tardy Stations. Once the door shuts, instead of knocking to be let into the locked classroom, now students must walk to the closest tardy station and get a pass before returning to their classroom. Students and administration have a lot to say about this new policy.
Ms. Green says, “I like it a lot. It helps students get to class on time. It’s effective. Students could use another minute for lockers or bathroom. Overall I think it’s a good system.” Ms. Green can see the effectiveness of the policy. Most staff agree that there are some good things and a few bad things to this new system, as all new systems do, but it does get kids to class on time.
Junior Miranda Dauber says, “I understand why they’re doing it because they want us to be safe after the shootings last year, but I think kids will get to class on time because the consequences are tougher this year.” Miranda addresses the shootings that occurred last year, including Stoneman Douglass, and agrees that the locked doors help keep students safer.
Ms. Bunoiello says, “I agree with the system and I think it’s great. It has decreased tardies a whole lot. It’s taking a lot of pressure off teachers to mark a lot of students tardy during a lesson.” Ms. Bunoiello references another part of the policy, where teachers no longer have to mark their students tardy. Instead, when the students get a pass from the tardy station, the AP uploads the tardy into the computer system, that way the teachers don’t have to worry about updating attendance every time a tardy student comes in.
Junior Robbie Sulzer says “I don’t like it, but it’s a good policy. I do notice a big difference in the halls before the bell rings, because there is no one in the halls before the bell rings. It does scare the kids because they don’t want to be embarrassed by getting locked out of their class rooms. All in all, it does make the students get to class on time.” Most students find it embarrassing to get locked out of their classrooms, and being seen looking for the tardy station, which does motivate students to get to class on time.
Junior Destiny McDaniel says “I feel as though the lockout policy is a bit too much. I personally don’t like it even though I always make it to class on time. I get that the lockout policy is to get us moving so we don’t lounge around in the hallways and block traffic, but if a student needs to stop for the bathroom or to go to their locker, they can’t, because with them doing the lockout policy along with the shorter passing periods, it makes it harder for us to get to class on time. On the other hand, if a kid is late to class by one or two minutes, it doesn’t disrupt the class, as if they came 10 or 15 minutes later because they had to get a pass from an AP. It’s just taking away from their time to learn and they have to play catch up on what they missed because of being one minute away from their class.” Once you’re locked out, you must walk to a station to get a pass, and sometimes, you’re missing more class time than if you just went straight to class without getting a pass.
Most teachers agree with this new system, because it helps them save time by not having to stop what they're doing to mark a student tardy. Some students like it, but they agree that it’s a little too much. Sometimes, students need to go to their lockers or use the bathroom before class, and the lockout policy just wastes more time. Even after all this, overall, teachers and students agree it’s a good system.
February 14, 2018
A new year brings new resolutions that we promised ourselves we would do the year prior. But nevertheless, this year of 2018, we’re determined to achieve our goals. Adults, teens, and even some kids make resolutions, but who struggles the most to keep them?
Studies show that 13.4% of students are not successful at following through with their New Year’s resolutions. There are many reasons why they struggle. One reason being teens have homework, after school activities, work, sports, clubs etc.
Students at Alonso High School go through the same struggles as any other teens. Bella Bozied, a sophomore at Alonso, says “It’s so hard to stick to resolutions because by the end of the year, you’re looking back and most people can only remember the bad things that happened, so they make these extreme goals. We’re so happy… for the potential new year that we make hold for ourselves that aren’t reachable.” Bella mentions that we make goals that can be unrealistic. “Some easy ways to keep your resolution is, most importantly, make an achievable resolution. It’s okay to admit that you can’t do something all at once, so you have to make smaller goals to achieve your overall goal.”
Niat Ghebrieal, who is also a sophomore attending Alonso High School, expresses how she feels about resolutions “Resolutions for almost anyone are taken seriously for about the first two weeks of the new year, but I guess I like the idea. As long as they’re kept throughout the year, then they are helpful.” With so much to do throughout the year, many just give up on their resolutions, but Niat goes into saying you can keep your goals by “staying positive” and how “working even a little at it each day can go a long way.”
These two students know the struggle of trying to keep a resolution while juggling school work at the same time. Bella Bozied is a dedicated player in flag football and member of beta club. Niat Ghebrieal is also a member of the Beta club and a member of FFA. These are just a few extracurricular activities that both girls are a part of, which collide with their goals for the year. Keeping New Year’s Resolutions is hard, but can be kept with patience and taking small steps toward the big goal.