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Issue Three - Vol2ume One 2022

-January Issue-

I wish my Teacher knew...

Mark M. I get bored quickly if the lesson is not interesting.

Dario R. "I need to be paid to be in school."

Lebron J. "I'm financial stable; I need to learn life-skills - miss me with tone and setting. "

Anonymous "As a 9th grader, I only like one class. I don't think any of my teachers know my future is at stake."

Central High SChool collaborates with Humboldt and other student Unions to bring much-needed information

Winter Athletics At humboldt High School

By John Pucci - Humboldt High School Athletic Department


The Wrestling team will have the opportunity to lock up their second consecutive conference championship this week after a massive victory over St. Paul Central last week. The Hawks defeated the Minutemen by a whopping 69-10! They also pounded their West Side rivals from St. Croix Lutheran 66-18. The Hawks will face off with the Governors from Johnson High School This Wednesday (1/19/22) in a triangular meet which also features the Teddies of Minneapolis Roosevelt. If the Hawks are able to beat the Governors on their home turf, they will move to 5-0 in conference play. 2nd place Washington will face off with Como at the same time, and if they lose, your Hawks will be the outright conference champions of St. Paul for the second straight season. The Hawks are being led by the perennial powerhouse duo of Po Si Si and Kyaw Htway, but there have been some new faces helping the Hawks' recent rise to success as well. Junior Dah Soe has begun to look strong at the 170 weight class and has secured multiple victories to help his team at that heavier weight classes; something Humboldt has traditionally struggled with in past seasons. Additionally, Sophomore Tah Hsoh Gay has been on a steady upward trajectory all season long at the 142 weight class. He is studying under the tutelage of last year's 142 pound stud, Crown Htoo, who is helping open a voluntary basis with Coach Brad this season. If you would like to cheer the Hawks on to victory this Wednesday, 1/19/22, their match will begin at 5:00 PM at Johnson High School.


Coach Brad met back up with his Football athletes last week for a virtual meet and greet with the Vikings' tight end, Adam Thielen. Thielen is a Minnesota native who has made several generous donations to our football program and school community here at Humboldt. Brad and the players were able to thank Thielen directly, and participate in a Q&A with him as well. This is a very rare and cool experience for the Hawks, and Coach Brad Novacheck, Matt Osborne and Otto Kraus (Harding Football coach and athletic director) deserve a lot of credit for helping our students have this cool opportunity.

Girls Basketball

The iron 5 was back in action at St. Paul Central last Friday, and held their own until the lack of subs proved to be a factor for the Hawks, and Central was able to pull away. The Hawks lost the game 56-43, however for much of the match it was hard-fought and even despite the difference in roster size. OWL senior Lili Hobday recently spoke out about the small numbers on the team, providing a positive outlook on what might otherwise be seen as a negative thing. "The numbers are unusually small this season, but that has also allowed us to become a much more tight-knit group this season. I've developed much closer friendships than in past years simply through spending time with the girls, and this close bond has helped us play hard for each other while on the court". The Girls Basketball team will return to the court this Wednesday, 1/19/22 at home against Harding. The game will begin at 6:00 PM.

Boys Basketball

The Boys Basketball team played two games last week, both against tough conference opponents. While the Hawks were not able to come away with any victories, they showed adversity against tough opponents and held composure in the face of some poor sportsmanship. While the Hawks' record might not be as glowing as last season, they are earning respect from their opponents in other ways. Multiple teams have complimented the Hawks on their toughness and about how they battle to the end of each game. They stay locked in for the full 36 minutes and don't show disrespect to their opponents or officials. The Hawks are representing Humboldt well through their actions, which is a great compliment to the culture of the program. The Hawks will be back in action this Wednesday 1/19/22 on the road at Harding High School. The game will begin at 7:00 PM.

What did MLK's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" mean?

From the Birmingham jail, where he was imprisoned as a participant in nonviolent demonstrations against segregation, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., wrote in longhand the letter which follows. It was his response to a public statement of concern and caution issued by eight white religious leaders of the South. Dr. King, who was born in 1929, did his undergraduate work at Morehouse College; attended the integrated Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania, one of six black pupils among a hundred students, and the president of his class; and won a fellowship to Boston University for his Ph.D. READ THE FULL TEXT HERE.

Where can we pee?

Update (1/13/2022): On Wednesday, January 13, more bathrooms were unlocked. This morning, we are here...

The Humboldt Feminist Movement 2022 – “We Deserve the Right to Pee, put on makeup, and fix our attire without the glaring eyeballs of boys in their formative years mentally undressing us in some far-fetched fantasy. Like a well-rounded education, Peeing has become a second-tier concern, I guess being treated as a second-class citizen is not limited to Civil Rights issues.”

By Chenoa S. and Maliyah S. - Editorial Columnists

We are all females. From time to time, we need to use the bathrooms in the school. This year has been unusual. Nobody really communicates with us about things that matter to us. Decisions are made without student input, and if you’re a student of color – forget about it, you are viewed in a lens of academic distress and victimized in ways that should be illegal in a school building. My God, we had a well-liked student-athlete who died and we got nothing; no grief team from the district; no discussions with our teachers in class (this should have been talked about), and of course, why do we want HHS social workers that most of us do not know to come out of the comfort of their lush palatial offices (and clean bathrooms) to talk to us about a challenge not even they fully understand?

Unfortunately, something we have taken for granted – or just being there when we need it has turned out to a privilege for the boys in the school. Granted, we are not perfect – and we certainly do not want to start a war - there’s already enough of that craziness going on now (have you seen the rouge Humboldt Snap Chat or Instagram pages lately?). We just want to know: Where can we Pee?

By no means are we perfect, and some of us understand that our brains are still developing in 6 through 12 grades - growing exponentially each day, we hope. We make mistakes; we try to self-correct, sometimes it works - sometimes it does not – still: Where can I Pee? In a world led by the term’s ‘family’ and “Hawks being the greatest,” and the preverbal “GO HAWKS” (what’s that about anyway? Where is Snow Days? What’s happening with Prom 2022?), are we wrong as Lady Hawks to ask: Where can we Pee?

Yes, we had a pass – we walked to each floor, every bathroom area and counted the number of usable stalls; the numbers are staggering: On the 3rd floor alone, there are times that no bathrooms in a state of cleanliness (usable for high school females) are available.

True story: I had to use the bathroom one afternoon. It was a good day, my friends and I all made it to all of our classes, and little to no time was spent wandering the hallways on this day. My class was on the third floor, I walked to the bathrooms on the southwest side of the building and they were all locked; I went to the northeast side of the building – locked. Then I went to the second floor where there was a line of females waiting to use the bathroom. I was out of my class for more than 10-minutes searching for a place to pee. (Why does the staff have their own bathrooms on each floor? This is unfair, narcissistic, and a crappy way to treat female students that do not want to sit on piss, flush someone else’s dung or be in a bathroom where a disgruntled student has pissed all over the toilet seat, walls, and wet up all the toilet paper. Oh, yeah – what’s the deal with the wet toilet paper and overflowing sanitary napkin dispenser?

This has become a s&%t show for many of Humboldt’s female students, and with that said again we ask, “Where can we Pee?”

Student Publication of Humboldt High School

Issue Two - Volume One 2021

-November Editorial Issue-

Welcome to News Produced and Published by Humboldt High school Students!


Faculty Advisors: Don Allen and Madeline Vukson

Joycelyn "Jakko" - Editor in Chief 2021-22

Alex - Co-Editor in Chief 2021-22

Humboldt Student News official statement on sexual harrassment

Recently at Humboldt High School, there was an allegation of sexual harassment. The staff and faculty advisors of HHS Merch News condemn these actions and hope they are addressed promptly.

Student News Statement:

"We, the members of HHS Student Newspaper condemn this alleged action and the violence that took place afterward.

Examples of Sexual Harassment:

Pressuring a person for sexual favors

Unwelcome touching of a sexual nature

Writing graffiti of a sexual nature

Distributing sexually explicit texts, e-mails, or pictures

Making sexual jokes, rumors, or suggestive remarks

Physical violence, including rape and sexual assault

You can report sexual harassment to any school staff member or to the district.

What does a 'Well-Rounded Education' mean to you?

Elijah W - Getting decent amounts of education to be successful outside of HHS.

Harmonie B - Making sure I'm prepared for the future and opportunities.

Alex - (Co-Editor) I haven't seen it since 6th grade.

LaVon W - Retaining the knowledge taught to you.

Poems by KIARRA

I let the world chew me up whole and spit me out over and over again, carrying all my battle scars with shame. Not realizing who I wanted to be and not fully understanding the world I live in. Everyone got to decide who I was and who I wanted to be, the stares, the whispers, the laughs, the rumors, and the ones who stepped on me even at my highest.

I was living my life through everyone else’s eyes, everything I loved about myself they saw as a flaw, from my smile, my talk, my walk, my hair, to my skin completion. I learned to hate myself the way they hated me, insecure from head to toe because I let everyone paint this image that wasn’t even me. I feel everything that has ever kept me going slip right from under me as I fall in deep. Not realizing that every day it's changing me, for better or worse. Either learning to build or destroy myself, either picking it up or leaving it behind and painting this real new image of myself.

Even though I let myself do all the crying, the fighting my sleep, and the no eating thing, some part of me can’t- I mean won’t let it go.. the image they painted for me the image I have been living for years. Letting that image go is like losing a part of myself, feeling empty searching for the true me that lives somewhere under their fucked up version. (Copyright JGreen2021)

Where the H*** are the Humboldt High School Vending Machines?

By Penny D. and the HHS Student News Editorial Board

Humboldt Rant-Students wishing to publish their academic rants, please contact the student editorial board during advisory in room 3401).

Here we go again being treated as invisible and criminalized because our chips got stuck in the lunchroom vending machine and someone decided to shake the machine to get out our overpriced chips. Other SPPS schools have vending machines accessible all day long to all students; Humboldt does not...why?

I challenge any of you – walk into a suburban school, a high school – there are so many choices in healthy and unhealthy snacks it will make your head spin. I heard the soda machine for the teachers was removed – what’s up with that? What I don’t feel the leadership at Humboldt High School get is that vending machines, done correctly can be a significant contribution to fundraising as listed below, and an opportunity for HHS students to purchase snacks, and at the end of the day, we have discretionary funds for special events:

Vending Machines for Fundraising (Cool Fundraising Ideas 2021)

· Very high profit margins – for example, you buy a case of gumballs for $25, and sell it for $212 – a 700% return on your investment.

· Vending is an all-cash industry, with no bad checks, charge-backs etc. ...

· Vending is not labor intensive. ...

· No personal selling required.

· No advertising costs.

Our second point: With the Sloth-like rollout of PBIS, and the store being a hit and miss sensation (only opened for a short time during select lunch periods), it would seem that vending machines accessible to student at Humboldt would be the smart bet – come on, your very smart teachers and administrators with thousands of dollars in college debt - at some point, you have to be on the side of the students in this school!

At the end of the day, we get it – if you don’t know how, then you don’t know how. Thank you for the lesson on Hanlon’s Razor.

Boys Soccer- 2nd Place in Class A!

By Matt Osborne, Athletic Director - Humboldt High School

On Saturday, November 6th the Humboldt boys' soccer team finished second place in the Class A State Soccer Championship. To say we are proud is an understatement. This team overcame numerous obstacles throughout the season and to be playing on the final day of the season is something only 1% of high school coaches and teams will ever experience.

Thank you to all the teachers, former teachers, Humboldt staff, coaches, and alumni who attended the game. The players and coaching staff knew they were supported and will never forget looking into the stands and seeing the sea of orange and black cheering them on.

I want to thank Coach Pucci, Coach Va,, Coach Hussein, and Coach Jeffry for their countless hours of film study/scouting, time on the practice field, and for setting the expectations sky high for this group of athletes.

It was a great experience, and we are all looking forward to going back!

Reflection on Our Senior Year Playing Football in a New Format

by Alexus Vasquez, Freelance Writer

Humboldt High School - by itself has enough students to form a championship team without partnering with another school. What happened? Stay tuned for a rivioting editorial in December's issues.

(Top Photo: Michael C.; Lower Photo: Jesse S.)

I spoke with some of the seniors who participate in one of many of our sports at Humboldt high school, I spoke with the seniors who play on the football team. This year the boys football team was merged with Harding Senior high school, due to not having enough people to play. The following questions I will be asking are very simple questions. My main question is does playing for a different school affect you in any way? I will be asking Jesse Syndano and Micheal Caserez-McCampbell.

I interviewed Jesse Syndano, one of two seniors who play on the Harding football team, his position is running back and cornerback. He was asked how his senior year was going so far and if he could tell me how it was, and this is what he said. “Senior year is going good, it's good to be back in school with all the COVID.” Then he was asked how long he has been playing for Humboldt football team and he proceeded to say “This is actually my first year of football, its my last year here so why not."

Then I asked him the main question which was, 'Does playing for Harding affect you and/or school? if yes why?' -he proceeds to say “ doesn’t affect us at all, the Harding people are really cool. We really bonded easily, there’s a lot of chemistry and a lot of positivity”. I was so glad to talk to him one on one durning school, and get to know his feelings on the merge of the football teams. Go watch #10 on the field he Harding games, GO KNIGHTS.

Then I sat down and interviewed Micheal Caserez-McCampbell, He plays for the varsity Harding Team. His position is fullback/running back. He was asked the same questions, he was asked how his senior year was so far , he proceeded to say “ it's pretty good so far, wins and losses but that’s for every team”. I then ask him how long he has been playing for Humboldt , “ Ever since my 9th grade year, so just about 4 years” he says. He was asked , does playing for Harding effect and/or school? If yes, why?, “Not really, you just have to find a way there and away back. But Harding sends us a bus and a taxi back, but hey as long as we can play” he says. I was super excited to talk to Michael about his senior year playing football, go watch #23 on the fields of Harding. Both these students are very grateful to be playing football, can’t wait to see their future in football and college.

Why there should be more Teachers of Color in our Schools

By Chenoa S. (Grade 10 Advisory Journalism Class)

“I’m in 10th grade and I’ve only had 3 Black teachers; this is unacceptable because cultures connect when learning.

Related story: Why More Black Teachers Walk Away

Increasing the percentage of teachers of color in the workforce is not just important and beneficial for students of color. Students of all racial backgrounds can benefit from a diverse teachers workforce that represents the nation's overall demographics. Because the vast majority of American social networks are made up exclusively, or nearly exclusively Of people of the same race or ethnic background, many children and adults miss out on opportunities to interact with people of other races.

Desegregation exists in the teaching profession as well. In 40% of US schools, there are no teachers of colors on staff. As a result white students and teachers in the schools may miss opportunities to question assumptions about race, class, and privilege that they might encounter in their communities and to break down stereotypes about people of color. Certainly, it is not the responsibility of teachers of colors to facilitate Conversations about race and disapprove assumptions, but greater diversity within the teaching profession supports the overall effort. Increasing teacher diversity is an important aspect of improving educational equity for all students especially for students of color. Another important aspect of quality education is ensuring that teachers have the knowledge and skill to provide excellent instruction, which can be accomplished in part by more carefully selecting who becomes a teacher and how that person achieves that role.

Personally I’ve only had about 3 teachers of color which is really unfortunate because we need to feel that personal connection to one another , not saying that it’s a problem that we have white teachers but it would be really helpful for us to have more teachers of color . I feel like if we had more teachers of color so much stuff would be different , like the way we think about school and getting an education .

Grade 10 Journalism Writing Project (JWP)

What are you Proud Of?

By Mimi A. - Grade 10 - Ms. Mensen’s 10th Grade Journalism Project 21-22

I am proud to become someone who my family relies on and looks up to. As someone who is the only daughter and the only person who speaks English in an Asian household, I have huge responsibilities. I am glad that I helped my family, otherwise, I don’t know how our lives would be now.

I feel relieved and appreciative when I think about the times I helped my family, from getting us a house, to getting us a car and translating for them. I feel relieved that my family doesn’t have to go through more hardships, simply because I am here for them. They also tell me how glad they are that I am here for them which makes me feel happy.

I learned that helping or doing something new can be hard or scary, but it is important to overcome your fears. At first, I was scared to even just translate phone calls, but now I can do that with no fears. My family’s friends notice how I try my best to help and they also look up to me. I tell myself that helping others makes me better as a person and teaches me how important helping is.

I love my family with my whole heart and I hate to see them struggle. Although I enjoy helping them through tough situations, I have my ups and downs. There are times I feel unmotivated or times where I want to be a “kid” and not do anything related to adult stuff. But I always realize that having adult responsibilities right now will allow me to experience what I might experience in the future beforehand. Saying, “I learned adult responsibilities at a young age,” is not a flex as I didn’t have a proper childhood and I am proud that I grew up a bit more differently than most children.

Student Publication of Humboldt High School

Issue One - Volume One 2021

-September | October-

The Mayors Cup: Humboldt High School Boys and Girls play Allianz Filed Vs Como! HHS Boys win!


Yah O. - "I think this would be a good idea for all HHS students because from the outside it looks bad, but we are the best our parents have at home!"

West C. - "Yes, it's quicker that way and will hold educators accountable for student-teacher engagements!" (Rapper, and HHS Homecoming Queen 2021, per her/she.)

Hanan O. - "Teachers should support any and all programs because it's their job to make sure we graduate and go to college. "

Mayllin A. - "I think it's a good idea because I have to work in the summer to support myself because being high maintenance is important to me. "

My Life As AN 11th Grader @HHS

By Cherish Frelix - Advice Columnist 2021 and edited by LaVon W. - Copy Editor

(Photo: HHS Student "Merch" News staffers LaVon W. and Cherish F. in the library - not reading - on their cellphones. )

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”Marilyn Monroe

Coming into Humboldt as a junior seems a little intimidating and overwhelming just knowing you have one year left is crazy. It can apply a little pressure to any 11th-grade scholar. That pressure can make you feel as if you need to push yourself harder or feel as if you're not doing good enough as everyone else. But honestly, when you have a good team and support system like the staff here at Humboldt it’s not that bad, for me personally the teachers are super kind and understanding, when you talk and communicate with them they try their best to meet your standards for what you need which is very helpful. My advice for you is to go to 11th grade or any grade at all just stick to yourself!

I promise you will have no distractions, when you prioritize certain things you’ll realize what’s more important and you’ll become more successful. Also, try new things, put yourself first and always have fun!. Join sports teams, the newspaper team, etc, High school kind of grows you into the person you are so no matter what happens or how you feel Get up, Get dressed and show out. Take AP classes, take risks, learn to be vulnerable, have a strategic plan for summer, always learn good vocabulary skills, take college classes for early college credit, do what you can to make your future easy, have goals and plans.

The New AP:

Ms. Peterson

By Jocelyn Alcala "Jokko" - Senior Executive News Reporter

(Photo: Newspaper Staff)

Ms. Peterson is the new principal at Humboldt HS, she attended multiple colleges like Augsburg, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and even studied across seas in China; Tsinghua University.

Peterson was worried about having to stay up late doing her work, especially reading since she has a knack for it and will read far more than told to. Peterson’s dream job was becoming a principal at a school. She's glad to be able to make her dream come true and work with the teachers here to help with teaching the students. She is excited to build relationships with the students and teachers, saying that even if COVID had put a pause on her relationships with people, they’re still there and just need to have a little more effort put into them to get those relationships back from when they were left off. Peterson is excited to come back to Humboldt next year and continue getting to know everyone.

Before online learning started, Peterson struggled with Schoology, wishing that maybe she was more of an expert at it before the online classes started. Peterson is also proud of the students here at Humboldt for being strong during these times, she hopes to get to know the students better and is happy to be back together in school. Peterson also wants the students to know that It’s cool to be smart.


By Say Moo ("Nana") - Roving Reporter

(Photo: Coreti S with permission)

I asked Coreti “Could you pass this class due to having to deal with COVID-19 (distance learning) last year and not really having the help you need or motivation?”

COVID-19 and distance learning presented themselves at many levels of educational disparity because teachers went to "play as you go" and the focus was not really on the students in their homes across SPPS.

She said. “I think I can definitely pass this year without any motivation because of COVID because every day I reminded myself that everything I do is for a reason and that keeps me going and staying on task and finishing my work”. I asked another question “Do you think this year classes would help you pass more than your last year classes”, She answered, “I’m not sure it will be even out because this year I’m taking college courses which is online like last year because we all take a class online, I think I will be okay just like last year”.

Coreti has good intentions this year and last year, her response was amazing because she really did the process to work hard and get everything done by being on task and keeping up on her classes, and as well as doing what needs to be done.

Humboldt High Online School Student News announces PENDING partnership with North Central University

This year the Humboldt High School Newspaper staff will partner with North Central University and its Institute for Digital Humanity (IDH). The IDH is a student-run think tank that advocates for civil-rights issues connected to advances in technology. Specifically, the IDH works to fight against the improper use of algorithms in our everyday lives; these giant math equations determine many things about our lives, from the housing we have access to, the jobs we get, the loans we qualify for, and much more. They also perpetuate systemic discrimination, violate our privacy, and raise important questions about our rights. In short, robots are the ethical question of our age. The IDH teams up with our higher power and other organizations to stand against these robots that rule our lives.

Faculty Advisor:

Aaron M. McKain, Ph.D., M.S.L.

Associate Professor of Digital Media

Director of English, Digital Media, and Communication Arts - North Central University

Feature: Is a College Education Worth it for Students?

By Nick P. (Digitial Journalism and Storytelling - North Central University, with permission).

A common question that high school students are asked towards the end of their secondary school career is, “where are you going to college?” Some students have been dreaming of going to a specific University, whether it is because they admire the majors offered or perhaps it is their parent’s Alma Mater. On the other hand, there are those that have no intentions to go to a traditional four-year college and may opt for a technical school or no schooling at all.

According to an Economic News Release reported by the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, 62.7 percent of 2020 high school graduates under the age of 24 were enrolled in colleges or universities. This number was down 3.5 percent from the previous year. According to a survey done by McGraw-Hill Education states that only four in ten U.S. college students feel well-prepared for their future careers. This begs the question, is college beneficial for the long-term success of someone’s career.

Drew Doland, the Associate Pastor at Faith Assembly of God in Iowa, believes that college taught him a lot of good things but also taught him things he had to unlearn. Doland stated, “It’s hard to put my finger on the latter, but I have felt many times like the things I was taught didn’t line up with how I actually needed to handle things.” He continued this thought by stating that he feels the street smarts he has acquired through life circumstances better prepared him for day-to-day interactions with people in ministry than what he learned in his studies.

The Pew Research Center reported that 49 percent of people believe that they established skills and knowledge they could use in the workplace from their schooling. The interviews and statistics have shown mixed reviews on how continuing education after high school has aided them in the workplace.

While there are those who may share the same view as Doland, I have found that there are people who enjoyed their college tenure and felt their studies helped them a lot. A staff member from River Valley Church in Minnesota, Katelyn Penticoff, expressed that the information she obtained from her college education has only aided her in her current ministry.

As one would assume, a pastor should be knowledgeable about God and the Bible. Penticoff stated, “one way that it has equipped me is how to properly study the Bible for what it says and not what I want it to say.” The study of the Bible is something that every pastor should be proficient in because it is the most important resource they use, whether it is preaching or pulling information from it to counsel someone.

While there is a downfall that some students feel they aren’t properly being equipped for their future career from their schooling, having a degree is beneficial from a financial perspective. In the Monthly Labor Review of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics it was reported that a benefit of receiving higher education is that you earn 56 percent more than someone that has only a High School Diploma. Even though a college degree might not set you up for success to excel in your role right away, you will become better off financially because of it.

According to a Pew Research Center survey, adults with less than a high school education are more than twice as likely as those with a bachelor’s degree or more education to say they are not too happy with their lives. A college education is worth it for students for several different reasons. You can meet lifelong friends in school, acquire skillsets to help aid you in your profession, and it can allow you to have a higher income compared to those that do not have a college degree.

Grade 10 Journalism Writing Project (JWP)

By Alayleana Elizebeth Almaguer- Grade 10

(This story, 1 0f 2 - comes to us as part of Ms. Jenna Mensen's Grade 10 Journalism Writing Project (JWP). Every issue will feature stories directly from the HHS grade 10 collective!)

Alayleana Elizebeth Almaguer. My whole name may sound like it has the most interesting backstory…but it doesn’t. My first name was supposed to at least sound a little bit Hispanic, so my mom chose the ending of my name while my father chose the beginning.

Me and all my sisters have the middle names of my mom’s sisters, so I have my aunt’s middle name, Elizebeth. She can rest easy knowing I’m taking care of it.

I actually feel relieved that I can show my heritage through my name. When my grandma says my name, “Lilliana,” with her accent, I’m reminding of where my name comes from. AH-LAY-LE-ANNA.

Though my name may sound so complicated, it really isn’t. You just have to take your time to pronounce it. I don’t necessarily think my name teaches anything special, but how to use a Spanish accent when pronouncing it. The way it’s actually pronounced is connected to my Cuban-American background. I’ve learned once again how it’s really pronounced and spelled.

If I could change my name, I might change the spelling so that it’s easier to pronounce in public and easier to spell out. So, I’d change the spelling to something like “Layleanna” or “Lilliana.”

My Name

By Eh Rose

(This story, 2 0f 2 - comes to us as part of Ms. Jenna Mensen's Grade 10 Journalism Writing Project (JWP). Every issue will feature stories directly from the HHS grade 10 collective!)

My name came from the Poe Karen language. There is no family history of my name. It doesn’t make sense in English but my name means: Love, moon and shade, like the shade you get when you’re sitting under a tree.

I’m glad my name came from my language so I never forget about it. For example, the language I speak is very important to me and having my name as my own language always reminds me to never forget it. I’m sure no one has used my name in a way that makes me feel seen, it’s sad but true.

People always mispronounce my name but I’m okay with it because I know how hard it is to say a confusing name like mine in English. It came from my dad. I learned that my dad named me “Eh Lar Shu” because all my siblings first names are “Eh” and he chose my middle name “Lar” because when my mom was pregnant with me, he would always look at the moon and my mom always sat on this big tree that gives a lot of shade, waiting for my dad.''

I would and I wouldn’t change my name. I would want to change my name to “Eh Rose” because it’s so much easier to say. It’s simple and I wouldn’t have to hear people pronounce my name incorrectly. But, I wouldn’t want to change my name because my dad chose that name for me and he is no longer here with us. Now that I think about it, I would not change my name so I can remember and appreciate the person who gave it to me (my dad).

Music, Movies, Entertainment

By Nicole R. and Samantha M. - "Merch" Entertainment Reporters

This week, we focus on a great Marvel movie, "Venom: Let there be Carnage"

How did it do at the box office? Venom: Let There Be Carnage numbers: $90 million last weekend; top opener of the pandemic; $10 million higher than the first film; $200 million guaranteed. Well, let’s gently tap the breaks on that last one. The number that Sony’s Marvel sequel wanted to hit this weekend was $37.1 million. 114 films have grossed at least that much in their second weekend, and all of them passed $200 million. The number Sony wanted to avoid? Anything under $30 million. The number reached? $32 million, closer to the latter after a 64% drop. Black Widow and F9 fell over 67% and opened to $10-20 million less. 189 films have grossed as much in weekend two; how many of them reached $200 million? 169. Let There Be Carnage still has an 89.4% chance to become just the second film of the pandemic to reach that goal based on that total, and in its favor is the half-empty side of the equation (used with permission from Movie Review News, 2021).