BY DEJA PENDLETON
In the choosing of the Fab 5 this year Mrs.Christy Baron, Maddy Johnson, Dannah Tommalieh, as well as Mrs. Nicole Dayus came to an agreement on who should be Chaparral's newest Fab5 members.
Senior Christian Caudillo of the Fab 5 wanted to join from the excitement he saw from the previous year's group, “I wanted to be a part of that, I wanted to be a part of being able to lead people.” The process to becoming a Fab 5 included a video describing themselves as well as what would make them a good candidate for this years fab 5, Caudillo explains,“It was pretty stressful actually we had to make a video, then we had to wait after we made the video to get called in for the interview, we had to wait a week during that week I was nervous to see if I made it, and then I finally got that text it was a relief.” The chemistry between members is important in that they work as unit to unite Pumas, Caudillo expands, “It would not work without the five of us I am glad there is five of us to get each section loud it is not a one person job, it is a one time experience with having school spirit and being in high school, we will bring excitement, help others especially for those people who think that showing school spirit is embarrassing.”
Senior Jayda Williams of the Fab 5 has wanted to be apart of Fab 5 since her Freshman year saying, “seeing what the Fab 4 used to be and how they could control the crowd and get everyone to have fun I just thought that was so cool, and I wanted to do it because I felt like it was not as fun anymore and I am an outgoing person so I wanted to share my personality with everyone else. Williams has always been a school spirited Puma dressing up on almost all spirit days and participating in events. The process to become a member for Williams was a breeze she expands, “everyone I interviewed with was my friend and it was a group interview everyone that was interviewing me made sure that you were not nervous and that you were comfortable.” With her other four members Williams describes there family like nature saying, “we have so much fun together we are all like brother and sister, we always check up on each other, we joke around together the chemistry is so strong.”
Senior Ethan Villalta of the Fab 5 has always wanted to be a member of the Fab 5 saying, it looked super hype and like a lot fun.” Villalta has always been school spirited his first memories of being an outgoing puma was his Freshman year saying, “ for class distinction Freshman year I wore yellow booty shorts.” A man of humorous nature Villalta has ecstatic chemistry with his four other members saying, “we are very close, we work together like family.” The process in which it takes to become a member of the Fab 5 Villalta explained that the process was not difficult at all. For something we can expect from the Fab 5 this year Villata expands, “one word. Hype”.
Senior Alyanah Josephine Rosario commonly known as Ally J, saw an opportunity in showing her school spirit with joining the Fab 5 saying, “ I wanted to join the Fabs because I felt confident in knowing it fit my energetic personality.” Rosario has always been a spirited Puma with being school spirited throughout her years at Chaparral saying, “ I make sure every single day that I do my best to show pride in my school.” The chemistry between Rosario and the other four members is an enjoyable part of the job saying, “they each bring such a different but positive vibe to hype the crowd up.” In the process in which is included in becoming a member Rosario’s experience was nerving, Rosario explains, “I had to show my greatest potential during the interview.” For something to expect from the Fab 5 this year is energy every game, “Puma pride throughout the campus and our classrooms.”
Senior Kiani Brown of the Fab 5 has always been attracted to being apart of the school in a bigger way saying, “I wanted to be apart of Fab 5 because I love performing in front of a crowd whether it is choir or hyping the crowd up I want to do it, I also love making sure that no matter sport event that we are at that our Pumas feel a lot support and love. “Brown has always been a spirited Puma with being involved in choir as well as multiple clubs on campus saying, “I have always been a school spirited person for as long as I could remember.” The family like nature of the Fab 5 members is something Brown holds dear to her high school experience Brown expands, “The chemistry between me and the other four members is strong, we are like our own little family, they always make my day even if they do not intend to, I love them with all my heart and I could not imagine anyone else being apart of the Fab 5, I am blessed to have them in my life.” The process in which one becomes a Fab 5 was a no brainer for Brown saying,In my opinion no it was not as stressful as many may think it would be. I just knew that as long as I showed everyone interviewing what I could bring to the table.” In regards to what to expect for the rest of the year Brown says,“you can expect lots of fun and energy.”
BY RHYS WEAVER
A new addition to Show Choir has been implemented, and it is all men. Put together by choir director, Mr. Robert Hodo, Men’s Ensemble was created as an all men’s show choir club that will accompany Platinum FX in competitions.
Men’s Ensemble provides new aspects to show choir as well as different experiences from Platinum FX. The obvious difference is the male-exclusive roster of students that make up the group that differs from the multi-gender Platinum FX. New moves and choreography are taught within the group, making the men’s performances feel new and exciting. The sounds are deeper, the movements look more masculine, and the boys can cooperate easily with one another, especially because many have experience from Platinum FX.
The Platinum FX experience has its own redeeming qualities too of course. The group is comprised of both genders rather than just males, and its list of talented singers and dancers shines brightly with every performance, lighting up the stage. “Platinum FX isn’t just about dancing,” Sophomore Ian Sanchez said, “It becomes a second family that you work with and become friends with. You grow to love not just the moves or the songs. It’s the whole experience that makes it Platinum FX.”
With the addition of Men’s Ensemble, the men involved in Platinum FX will have new opportunities to compete against other men’s show choir groups in the valley. This makes practice and performances more exciting when it comes to the normal routine of Platinum FX. “Show choir is a great experience,” Sanchez said, “but Men’s Ensemble is different, which is why I joined. I just love competing, singing, and dancing, so I was like ‘Hey, might as well join so I can do more of what I love.’” Men’s Ensemble makes way for a group of guys that are passionate about show choir and want to do more with their talents.
The opportunity to get involved in Men’s Ensemble is still available if a student feels like they have enough passion and talent and are willing to participate they can stop by the choir room, room 279, to let Hodo know that they would like to join the club. Students can also attend any performances held by Platinum FX or Men’s Ensemble starting on the 25th and 26th of October.
BY EMILY PHAM
With flourishing beauty and a passionate heart, ambitious model Freshman Madison Siurek is currently anticipating what the future holds for her while she continues her passion for modeling. Her striving passion has allowed her to be recognized as one of the top twenty models for Teen Miss USA. She has to balance her talent and schoolwork, but Siurek will not let anything stop her from continuing what she enjoys to do.
Siurek began her modeling career at the age of twelve after she was inspired by her older sister who was once a model. She started her unique career by modeling for San Diego Dance Wear. At the age of fourteen, she began modeling for San Diego Fashion Fest and San Diego Fashion Week. To enhance her talented skills at modeling, she decided to challenge herself a bit more by applying to enter a beauty pageant. Siurek was then accepted to be a part of the beauty pageant, Miss Teen USA. Miss Teen USA is an organization where girls from the ages of fourteen to nineteen can thrive on their passion for modeling and develop the confidence they need to achieve their personal best in life. During her time with this group, Siurek has boosted her self confidence, made new discoveries such as different cultures that are used all around the world, and met a lot of new people new people, including role models she looks up to. Siurek explained, “My favorite part about modeling is meeting new people and experiencing different cultures as I travel around the world. I would meet new people everyday since I continuously travel to different countries; due to the continuously traveling, I would often be homeschooled.” She has been competing for a couple of awards and was recognized for “Best Photo in Miss California.”
Siurek continues to venture her modeling experience by taking part in a variety of photo shoots. She participates at an average of two photo shoots every week, and she believes that the shoots help even more with her being bolder and stronger as a person. Siurek has been participating in modeling for the camera since she was twelve years old. One of the photography companies she has worked with is Headshots Los Angeles. Ever since she became a model, she has always wanted to achieve more, such as competing for Miss Universe. As a model, her goal is to make a positive impact through volunteering, fundraising, and advocating within her community and around the world. She has high hopes for modeling to be her career when she is older. Siurek believes that she has the ability to make a change in the world, starting in her local community.
As an uprising model, Siurek believes that she has the ability to make a change in the world. Young girls like Siurek are becoming role models and big inspirations because of how they use their time to set out to assist the world.
BY INGRID HEIDEMANN
The United States has become the free country it is today thanks to the brave individuals who decide to stand up for what they believe in. Black History Month establishes a greater understanding of the vital roles that African Americans play in U.S. history. Historical figures such as Jackie Robinson, Wilma Rudolph, and Mae C. Jemison made it possible for Americans to have the same rights no matter what their skin color is.
African American History Month originated from an event that took place during the second week of February which was called “Negro History Week”. This week was established between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass’ birthdays to encourage public schools to teach their students about the history of African Americans. After awhile, Negro History Week became more and more familiar to the public, and some mayors in the United States even made it a holiday. Black History Month was first celebrated in February 1970 at Kent State and officially recognized by President Gerald Ford in 1976. February has been chosen as the designated Black History Month by every American president since then.
A strong supportive group that represents students of all races is the Black Student Union (BSU). Their goal is to maintain a place where students can be themselves as well as spread the importance of equal education and African American history. Club president Senior Jayda Williams said, “Whether you are white, black, Hispanic, Asian, etc., try to be open to learning more about culture and traditions and whose decisions and actions still have an affect on people of all races today.” If students are interested in learning more about African American history, they are welcome to join BSU where they will be treated with respect and educated on the aspects of Black History.
BSU also plans to host a few Black History Month events to celebrate. Williams explained, “We plan on doing a segment on K-PAW where each day a student talks about a different historical figure.” This means that each day of February a student from BSU will be featured on K-PAW, and they will get to choose a particular historical figure to talk about.
While some might consider Black History Month to be a celebratory event, others believe that the education of African American History should not be reduced to just one month. Actor Morgan Freeman claimed, “I don't want a Black History Month. Black history is American history." He believes that the men and women who stand up for equal rights for all American citizens should be recognized more often than it is now.
Even though it may only last one month, Black History Month is a monumental celebration that many men and women relish. If it were not for the brave and hopeful citizens who risked their lives to preserve the rights of all people, the world would not be as free as it is today. This annual observance stands as a representation of these people and the hard work they put into earning their freedom.