“Dracula” makes debut tonight

By Kaylin Tran

World Editor

Gabrielino High School’s Drama Club will present their production of “Dracula” tonight, Saturday, and Sunday in the Goodson Theater. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5.

“Dracula,” originally an 1897 horror novel by Bram Stoker, is about a vampire named Count Dracula. He moves to London in order to spread the curse of the undead.

This is not the first time that Drama Club advisor Jan Gluskin has directed this play. There were two other performances of “Dracula” prior to this one, but Gluskin has ”always wanted to do it again on the great stage and this seemed like a [good] year.”

Gabrielino’s version will include a rewritten opening that is brought in from the movie. The original play only called for nine characters, but Gluskin wanted to bring in other characters from the movie to create a number  of roles fit for a total of 25 cast members.

“Some [directors] decorate their sets with art. I decorate it with people,” said Gluskin.

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First Creativity Trophies awarded

By Kelly Wong

Staff Writers

The Creativity Trophy is a new award created to encourage creative thinking, as per the theme of Gabrielino High School this year, “Creating Opportunities. The trophy is given to a faculty or staff member who demonstrates creativity in their lessons or daily duties.

The winner of the Creativty Trophy is announced at the monthly faculty meetings. Before that, however, faculty and staff members must email Kat Ross, art teacher, a lesson plan or activity that they feel is unique and utilizes either their of their students’ creativity. Then, the visual and performing arts department, a board of eight teachers, votes on the most creative lesson.

The first Creativity Trophy was awarded on Sept. 12 to Mike Huang. It recognized his method of developing calculus skills, such as creating numbered pairs and graphs, through the game Battleship. He designed this activity after searching for a fun way to help his students understand math concepts that would otherwise be difficult for them.

Huang was shocked when he received the award and remains optimistic about the future of the award, hoping that it will continue on next year.

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Annual Blood Drive saves lives

By Rodin Batcheller

Sports Editor

On Nov. 3, the annual Red Cross Blood Drive took place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the small gym. Every year, Gabrielino High School‘s Associated Student Body (ASB) coordinates with the American Red Cross and the Gabrielino Red Cross Club to carry out this event.

From the participation of 154 students, faculty, and parent donors, 117 pints of blood in total were donated by the end of the drive, just short of last year’s 122 pints. According to ASB’s advisor, Yvonne Aparicio, the drive saves about 360 lives per year.

All ASB members volunteered throughout the day along with five members of the Red Cross Club helping each period, working to set up and take down the equipment for the drive. Twenty nurses from the American Red Cross volunteered at the drive as well.

There were two options potential donors could sign up for, the first being to donate one pint of blood, which is the typical amount. The second option was to donate enough blood to treat two patients through a device called the Alyx machine. This machine returns the donor’s platelets and plasma back into their blood stream with a smaller needle.

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Trump’s plan for education

By Venisa Wang

Staff Writer

With Donald Trump’s surprising win as the 45th President of the United States, questions and concerns about his impact on education have risen. However, Trump has claimed in various trustworthy E! Hollywood interviews that his views on education are to be trusted.

In Trump’s 2016 campaign, he released a statement concerning education, he mentioned that as president, he will “establish the national goal of providing school choice to every American child living in poverty.” He then explained that if Americans can put a man on the moon, then he can provide education to disadvantaged youths. As if putting a man on the moon was easy!

Trump urged that we “collectively contribute another $110 billion of [our] own education budgets toward school choice […] to every single K-12 student who today is living in poverty.” But cutting through the flowery language, Trump has essentially asking states to conjure up the funds on their own; how are we supposed to do that when we intended for the president to do that job for us?

From Trump’s two main contentions, it is easy to see that while the education policy is moving in a different direction, Trump is deliberately redirecting public schools to his private businesses to make profit, just like how he easily established Trump University.

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Viewpoints: Should schools provide condoms for students?

Prevention keeps students safe

By Jasmine Alfaro

Staff Writer

In the United States, the controversy over whether or not to distribute condoms in high schools has evoked much debate from school boards and concerned parents. However, it is clear that schools that distribute condoms have made the right choice to protect their students.

Condom distribution in American schools is an effective way to protect teenagers from diseases and unplanned pregnancies. The contraceptives can be provided through sexual education classes, school nurses, or other on-site clinics, at the high school level. Furthermore, offering condoms can be an integral component of the sexual education curriculum.

Providing students with condoms would lower the risks of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an average of 40,000 to 80,000 new cases of HIV are reported each year in the U.S., including victims younger than 25 who did not use a condom.

High schools have the responsibility of educating students and guaranteeing a comfortable atmosphere in which professionals can discuss contraceptives with teens. Schools have the opportunity to teach students mutual responsibility, the meaning behind human relationships, and respect for gender roles.

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Volleyball, cross country compete in CIF

By Deandra Du

Editor in Chief

Both girls volleyball and cross country represented Gabrielino in matches for the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) playoffs this month.

On Nov. 3, GHS girls volleyball played Sunny Hills High School (SHHS) in Division 6 of the second round of CIF. After struggling in the first set, the Lady Eagles fiercely fought back, but ultimately fell to SHHS in the last few sets, losing, 1-3.

Even though the match ended their season, the players were glad that they were able to go out with a bang.

“We fought hard during CIF and played with our all until the very last point,” stated junior Audrey Kuptz. “I’m going to play with the same fire, drive, and heart throughout all my games next year.”

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Football season of ups and downs

By Jannelle Dang

Opinion Editor

Varsity football’s senior night game against the top school in their league, Arroyo High School, on Nov. 4 marked the finale of a challenging season. The Eagles lost 0-56, but brought heart and determination onto the field before signing off for the year.

The team began their season with high hopes with equally high potential. However, they were met with hardships that tested their abilities to adapt.

Junior Andy Doan admitted, “We started out strong, but were held back from reaching our full potential because of injuries.”

By the end of the season, half the team’s starting players had to sit out, but their teammates stepped up without hesitation to fill in their positions on the field. The Eagles’ confidence led them to emerge victorious from their face-off against Santa Clarita Christian on Sept. 17 as they won 32-26.

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