Ask Sam: A Princess in Peril Reply

Dear Sam,

I’m in quite the predicament, but I’ll try to keep it brief. My life is over. A close friend of mine has been dating this guy since mid last year, and I have a huge crush on him. I tried to keep it a secret, but she found out like a week ago. Since then, they have broken up. How can I fix this?

Sincerely,

Predicament Princess

Dear Predicament Princess,

I can see where the name comes from, this is really a predicament. First of all, have you had a real talk with that friend? You need to know how she feels about the whole thing. If she’s hung up on him, ask her if she’d be upset by you giving it a shot with him.

If she is, you’re going to need to evaluate your relationship with her and her ex-boyfriend. Who’s more important to you, him or her? If he is truly worth more to you in your life, I say to go for it and tell him how you feel.

The worst that can happen is him saying no. However, I’ve seen situations similar to this one play out, and it’s rare that the boy is worth it. You’d be sacrificing a friendship for a boyfriend. Is that really your best move?

There’s also the off chance that she’ll tell you she’s “totally okay with it,” but that’s even trickier. There’s a good chance she would be lying to make you happy, so you need to make absolutely sure that she’s telling you the truth. If she truly is okay with it, you’ve hit the jackpot. Go for it, and good luck.

Sincerely,

Sam

 

The Origins of Halloween Reply

 
    Madison Evans and Jolie Phan    

Trick or treat! Halloween’s right around the corner! Kids can dress up as a ghost, zombie, or mummy. No, that all sound so old! Speaking of old, when did Halloween start and how did everything come together into what we now know as Halloween?

The word “Halloween” was popularized by a Scottish poet, Robert Burns, in his poem “Halloween,” with “Hallow” meaning “a holy person” and “een” meaning “eve!¨ Halloween is celebrated the night before All Saint’s Day, like Christmas and Christmas Eve.

Halloween started as a holiday known as Allhallowtide, including All Saint’s Eve, All Saint’s Day, and All Saint’s subsequent, which celebrates dead loved ones. More…

Welcome to SMS VFC Club Reply

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Adrian Nguyen Dinh

Are you interested in learning about Vietnamese culture? Well if so, you´re in great luck! Stacey is hosting a Vietnamese Cultural Club called VFC.

VFC first met on October 5th and there was a great turn out. The club´s next meeting will be October 19, so if anyone hasn’t already joined, they need to come on by.

The club meets every other Friday in Mrs. Phan’s classroom.  This year, the club will be teaching different folk games, listening to Vietnamese music, and trying out different food.

Meeting attendee Aden Nguyen said, “The club is amazing and has a sense of Vietnamese people.  I think it will help others to learn about the Vietnamese society.” More…

Girl Power Reply

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This year, Girl Power takes place during lunch, on Wednesdays, where girls from all grades can come to eat lunch and explore the life of girls today. They meet at G2A with friends while they discuss what is going on in their lives.

Girl Power stands for goals, individuality, respect, loyalty, potential, optimism, will,  empathy, and responsibility. In Girl Power, they watch videos on bullying, beauty standards, and the reality of a girl.

The participants also do art projects, give each other compliments, and keep everything positive. Members stay honest with everyone and talk about what is yet to come in the future. More…

Indonesia is Quaking Reply

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Kirra Kirby and Ashley Wolf

Less than two months after a deadly earthquake struck Lombok island in Indonesia, another one hit the island nation’s Central Sulawesi, killing over 2,000 people and causing others to go missing.

There were so many lives lost in this event that cemeteries ran out of space, and mass graves had to be dug. One survivor said, “ I was hugging my wife when the wave came, I immediately lost her.”

On Friday, September 21, at 5:02 am, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit. Over 600 people were hospitalized and 48,000 displaced, and as rescue crews are searching for survivors, the numbers continue to rise daily. More…

Come and See the Huntington Beach Airshow Reply

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Here it comes again, Cougars! That’s right the Huntington Beach Airshow is back.

This year the airshow will take place on October 19-21st. The time frame of the actual show is 11:30-4:00. At the latest, it will start at around 12, but be sure to get their early for the best seats in the house.

If staying at the beach for such a long time period isn’t your thing, you could always pay the extra for a special rooftop viewing at the hotel across the street or the reserved seating that’s known to be the best. More…

GSA Is Back! 7

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Gavin Mercado and Grace Baer

Have you heard of GSA?  Well, it may be the perfect club for you!

The first meeting will be October 24th. GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance), is a club for gay, straight, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, gender non-binary, confused, etc.  students to talk about LGBT related problems. Members don’t have to be in the LGBT community to join.

This year, the club will be hosting a board consisting of a President, Vice President, Secretary, and a Spirit Officer. To apply, just come to the first Gay-Straight Alliance meeting.

Mrs. Gates, the club’s advisor,  says she’s, ¨very excited about the meeting,¨ and also to advise GSA this year. Mrs. Gates is straight herself, however in the informational meeting she discussed, ¨my sister is married to a woman, and I am 100% supportive of it.¨ More…

Come Join ASL Club Reply

Isabelle Gonzalez
Calling all students that are interested in learning a new language! ASL Club may just be the perfect club for you. If you decide to join, you get to have fun with friends and learn a new language.

ASL Club (American Sign Language) will meet every Thursday, right after school until 3:30 p.m. On the first week of the month, we meet on Tuesdays, not Thursdays.

Open to everyone; beginners, fluent signers, or even students who don´t know sign language at all, this club may enhance student’s lives later in life when they apply for a job. Not only will this club be fun and a chance to socialize, but also it can improve the student’s future.

Isabella Gonzalez started this club and the teacher supervisor is Mrs. Watson in room C2. The first club meeting is on Thursday, October 11th. It will be an introduction to the activities we will be doing. More…

ASB Elections from a Student’s View 3

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Madison Evans and Jolie Phan

This year, many candidates ran for the ASB office this year. Give it up for our new President, Leanne Le, and our Vice President, Kayleen Tran, and our treasurer and secretary, Jasmyn Schubert, and Ethan Tran. There is no doubt that this will be another great year at Staconia!

The journalism team interviewed many students. Some voted for Allison Davis, who did not win. One student said she was, ¨a trustworthy and kind student who would get things done if she won for president.¨

For vice president, Summer Boren and Alyson Boren said that they voted for Avery Taumoefolau because ¨she is a very enthusiastic and energetic person and she´s also a good friend to both of us.¨ Lastly, coming from Ms. Walters, Ethan Tran was the best candidate running for a secretary because ¨he is very respectful and helpful.¨ More…

Whaaat’s Up with Kirk?? 1

Savannah McVey and Dylan Webber

Mrs. Kirk, the current assistant principal at Stacey Middle School, has already had a very successful career.

She attended Florida A&M University majoring in mathematics and mechanical engineering. Mrs. Kirk attended Florida A&M due to the long-lived tradition in her family for all women to attend and graduate from A&M. She always had a love for engineering without even knowing it.

Eager to fix everything broken in the house and having a love for taking things apart, it was always a part of her. Kirk explained that it was a very tough major, requiring hard work and dedication, but it was worth every second. The classes were very fun because she always had a love for hands-on activities.

After graduating college she went on to design cars and blueprints at general motors. This was great because Mrs. Kirk absolutely loves cars, more specifically German engineering. Ferrari and Lamborghini, are two of her favorites. More…