Alonso Student News
By: Annalys Gonzalez
Last year, the Alonso student government body chose the president for the class of 2019. Towards the end of the year, during the afternoon announcements, the school was happy to hear that Junior Jessica Morales was going to begin her senior as head of the class of 2019. In her time as president, Jessica has come up with very creative ideas to improve the school's spirit. The happiest school days for students is pep rallies and senior class president Jessica plans on making them even better. One of the ideas that was brought up were glow in the dark pep rallies. There are videos on the internet of other schools that have done that, and they are quite mesmerizing. Many ideas were also brought up for senior prom. While interviewing Jessica, she mentioned that she would make the senior prom unforgettable; however, she was not willing to ruin the surprise. So far, there have been no complaints of Jessica and all seniors are excited to see what is to come!
By: Chloe Thrasher
As many of you know, Mr. Berry has left Alonso to teach at other another school. Many of his students miss him but are still happy for his success.
Junior Trevor Dameron says, “Mr.Berry is an amazing teacher that has helped all his students to their specific criteria of learning and he knows how to motivate his students to be their very best in the classroom. He has helped shape young minds to prepare them for their future. In return, I and many of his other students congratulate Mr.Berry for his promotion and hope his future will be as bright as he made ours.” Mr. Berry has helped so many kids with many different things; he’s always wanting his students to do better with their work and be able to understand it more.
Senior Daniel Rojas says, “I was in Mr. Berry’s Literature and the Arts class, which was a hip-hop class. I enjoyed that class and him very much as he made it fun and interesting to learn about the past and present of Hip-hop. The class itself was easy and his teaching was spot on as he hit all the criteria that we needed to know. Overall, Mr. Berry was an Amazing teacher and I am sad that he is leaving, but I am glad for his future success!” Many students loved this class because they’d be able to express themselves in music and to show how and what they’re feeling. Being in the class, you’re able to learn old and new hip-hop and able to coordinate you’re moves.
Junior Sowande Walker says, “I enjoyed the days he was here. He coached us, and I felt like he was one of the more helpful throwing coaches. I learned the most from him. He was very nice and helpful, and he encouraged me to keep going throughout the season even when I wasn’t that good. I’m going to miss him.” Mr. Berry was a track coach here at Alonso and he wanted all his athletes to succeed in what he was helping them with. He always wanted his students to succeed in whatever they were doing.
Mr. Berry was well liked here, and the school is sad he’s leaving us, but we’re very happy for him to succeed in his near future. Mr. Berry’s students and the Alonso staff will miss him because he was also happy and energetic and always wanted to keep on going. He’ll always be considered an honorary Raven.
By: David Granger
It’s been a little over a week since the Florida Panhandle got slammed by Hurricane
Michael and the death toll is still rising. There are still people unaccounted for.
Hurricane Michael made landfall on October 10th with wind speeds reaching up
to 15mph, just shy of being a category 5. Michael has killed at least 32 people
across multiple states including Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia. 15 of these
deaths occurred in Bay County; a county in which officials say over 2,500 structures have been
damaged, of these 162 have been destroyed.
Jeffrey Colorado, a student at Alonso, says “Thoughts and prayers to all the people suffering the
consequences.” Even people who weren’t in the storm’s path were still
effected by Hurricane Michael.
According to Alex Valdivia, another student at Alonso, he was “scared it would turn and hit Tampa. My family was ready to evacuate at any moment.” People all across Florida were affected by this monstrous Hurricane and the slightest shift in Michael’s trajectory could have caused massive damage elsewhere.
Everyone at Alonso prays for the victims and families of victims who were affected by Hurricane Michael.
By Chloe Thrasher
Many already know that sophomore Joey Johnston was involved in an accident over the summer. He’s been in the hospital since, and many of his baseball buddies and other friends have visited him in the hospital.
Ty Bitman is a sophomore and a good friend of Joey. “Joey and I have been good friends since we were around the age of 8. We’ve grown up playing baseball together and from what I’ve heard, Joey is a great student and is always working hard in the classroom. Joey is a very talented baseball player who plays in the outfield and has always impressed people with his skill level. The whole team is here for Joey. We all talk about him every day and about how we miss just being around him.”
Sophomore Eric Young played outfield with Joey. “I’ve known Joey since kindergarten and him and his family have always been the best to me and all of his other friends. Joey and I were decent friends. We both played outfield together; him in center and me in right. He was an extremely talented baseball player with lots of potential. An injury as severe as his is so unfortunate. I remember him talking to a varsity teammate and how he was going to beat his records when he has the chance. Joey always had this competitive vibe to him. He’d never give up and he won’t ever give up. I know he’ll stay strong and get stronger. I hope for the best for him.”
Sophomore Zen Hiatt a great friend of Joeys says “I’ve known him since like the second grade and I’ve played with him for a while. He is a great centerfielder; you could ask anyone. Any pitcher would agree that if there was a ball hit his way, he would always have your back. Also, off the field, he was always there for anyone. The team has done a lot for him. We raised over $5,500 for the car wash last week and it was just cool seeing everyone come together. He’s very determined and a great student; I know he’s got this.”
Senior Jonathan Cruz says “He was a good young athlete who was really determined to get better. Me and him both played the outfield, so I tried to give him tips to help him improve. Ever since the accident, we’ve helped by selling bracelets around school and having a car wash to help raise money for him and his family. All the work and support that we have done has really brought the team together, and it shows that we are a true family. He quickly became an inspiration to us. We realized that we could have a magical season just for him. On the field, he was a good guy to talk to because you could always just talk about baseball and it would never be boring.”
Many students really care about Joey and want him to get better. They all want to be there for him and help him in any way possible. They try to make sure he gets better day by day, and we all hope he does.
If you would like to donate to help his recovery, the link is: https://www.gofundme.com/joey-johnston039s-recovery
If you would like to see updates with how Joey is doing, you can check the FaceBook page at: https://www.facebook.com/prayersforjoeyjohnston/
Senior year is a huge milestone for many people; the idea of graduating gives a fulfilling sense of accomplishment. For some students, high school is this great experience in which they gain lifelong friends, aside from the academic knowledge. For others, however, those four years are far less exciting.
High school is a rollercoaster, and current seniors at Alonso High had a lot of mixed opinions on their “last first day”; some positive and some neutral. Answers ranged from “finally” to “it feels like a regular old day”. Senior Glenda Anton was very excited when she was asked how she felt about her last first day. Answering with a smile, she talked about how “it felt surreal, that high school was coming to an end”. Another response that went hand in hand with Ms. Anton’s was the response of senior Shavelys Garcia. She demonstrated her feelings with the classic quote of “Time flies when you’re having fun”. Finishing this emotional review of senior year, senior class president Jessica Morales was more than happy to state that “senior year is going to be unforgettable”, and she followed it with the promise that she would do everything in her power to make sure of it.
The school spirit that Alonso portrays is riveting, especially to the graduating class of 2019. Through general observation, it is evident that seniors at Alonso high school are happy with their high school experience so far and will continue to enjoy the journey until they have walked across that stage with their diplomas in hand.
Students are freaking out about the newest Snapchat update. According to Buzzfeed, the company announced the update in November, but it was officially rolled out in early February. This new update changes the design layout of the app itself. It combined private messages with what is called stories (where people post videos and photos) onto the same screen. It sounds like a small change, but it is causing a lot of backlash against the app.
People have tried many different ways to restore the old layout. One technique, which would only work on iPhones, is to delete the app, turn off automatic updates, redownload Snapchat, change your account password, and log back in. Similar techniques, including this one, have been shown to not work and many people are just deleting the app altogether.
Sophia Aweshah is one of the many Alonso freshman who disapprove of the update. “I hate how the stories are organized. It’s hard to find people.” Only one good thing seemed to come from the update: “I only like the fonts.”
On Snapchat, people were already able to change the text color and text size of their posts. With the new update, the font can now me changed, too, to fonts like Classic, Big Text, Glow, and Rainbow.
Another freshman, Jason Valencia, was losing it (and not in a good way) over this update. “It’s terrible! I wanna change it back. I can’t find any of my friend’s stories! It’s too much work to try and search for someone every time.”
The company that runs Snapchat does not plan on reversing the update, but rather everyone take some time to adjust. Hopefully, some adjustment with be made and the update will be reversed, or at least adjusted.
Tampa has been experiencing record cold temperatures from a cold front, some temperatures being as low as mid-thirties. Freezing temperature is 32 degrees, meaning that if it happened to rain sometime in the early morning, it could possibly snow, even just a little. Last time it snowed in Tampa Bay was January 19th, 1977, and it isn’t very unlikely for it to happen again.
The record cold temperatures have “caused pipes to burst in Tampa, damaged crops and resulted in an avalanche of social media posts touting the cold”, according to the TBO weather report published on January 19th, 2018, and it has also caused a lot of our Ravens here to freeze their butts off. Sabrin Abdella, a freshman at Alonso, had a very positive opinion on the cold weather: “I think the cold weather is refreshing since we don’t get much of it, but it’s also dreadful because not a lot of Floridians know how to act.” What she said next basically summed it up: “It’s too cold to do anything.”
Another freshman at Alonso showed up to school on Thursday at 7:15 a.m., but thought the bell already rang, because according to her, “there’s like nobody here.” The attendance has been a lot lower because most people aren’t used to the cold weather and think it’s way too cold to go to school. Some people have been saying instead of having a “snow day,” we need a “it’s-too-cold-to-function” day.
Howell Emanuel Donaldson III, a basketball player from St. John’s and former Alonso High School student, was caught and is alleged to be the infamous Seminole Heights Serial Killer. According to police, the 24-year-old was taken into custody regarding the terrorizing of the Tampa neighborhood, Seminole Heights, for 51 days before he was caught. According to Fox News, the murderer used the same gun for the killing of four people and when asked why he did it he said he had “no apparent motive.” The Times reported that Donaldson was arrested at a McDonald’s in Ybor City based on a tip given to Tampa police after he brought the loaded gun to his job at the restaurant and asked a co-worker to hold it. The suspects’ coworker was the one who turned him into the police after Donaldson ask her to hold his bag which contained the murder weapon while he supposedly ran errands. She gave the bag to a nearby police making it possible to arrest the Seminole Heights killer and also earning herself $110,000 dollars.
Alonso High School students had some strong thoughts on the arrest. Amanda Rivera Soto, a 10th grader at Alonso High remarked, “I’m shocked to know that such a person came out of the same school that in and to think that we might have sat in the same seat is crazy.” Robert Fernandez echoed similar sentiments. “It was surprising to know that he graduated from the same school that I go to.” However he added, “but I don’t really care too much about it.” It seems despite this interesting turn of events, life as usual will proceed in the land of the Ravens.