Typhoon Hits Philippines

By: PRINCESS MANGOAGUI

Staff Writer

A powerful typhoon slammed the Philippines early Saturday, bringing high winds and torrential rains and evoking memories of Typhoon Haiyan, which damaged the center of the country and killed more than 6,000 people.

Flooding, torn roofs, and power outages were reported as Typhoon Hanna, which had been the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane, made landfall on the nation’s largest island, Luzon, in the morning. A reporter in northern Luzon described as big as a roof flying past her car.

The maximum sustained wind speed of the typhoon slowed to about 120 miles per hour as it reached Luzon’s shores, the national weather service of the Philippines reported, but the storm maintained its power to destroy, with gusts reaching as high as 200 m.p.h.

By morning, there were no reports of casualties or major damage, but some communities were cut off by power and communication outages. Teams were preparing to visit the worst-hit areas and assess the damage over the next few days.

Across northern Luzon, many thousands of people already evacuated their homes and got stockpiled emergency supplies in frantic preparation for the possibility of this disaster. Officials stated that airline flights were canceled. The governor of Cagayan Province also said that nearly 10,000 people, mainly near coast areas desperately sought shelter in evacuation centers before the typhoon reached land.

Bullying in Schools

By: BRIANNA RODRIGUEZ

Staff Writer

If you think bullying is the biggest factor in our schools you’re absolutely right. Bullying is a way of putting someone down in a bad way and causes people to not feel wanted in this world. People are so quick to assume that their children wouldn’t ever do such a thing when it comes to bullying when that’s not truly the case. Every year more than 4,000 people commit suicide due to bullying and hatred of other people among schools.

A study was done at Yale University, it stated that bully-victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims. Suicide is the 3rd leading factor for deaths in America every year. Another study in Britain showed that girls who are aged 10 to 14 years old have a higher risk of suicide. Bullying doesn’t have to just be verbal abuse, it could be other factors such as physical bullying, emotional bullying, cyberbullying, etc. 

There are ways of preventing suicide by knowing the signs such as:

  • Excessive sadness or moodiness
  • Hopelessness
  • Sleeping Problems
  • Sudden Calmness
  • Withdrawal
  • Changes in personality and/ or appearance
  • Dangerous or self-harmful behavior
  • Recent trauma or life crisis
  • Making preparations
  • Threatening suicide

If there’s someone you know or someone else showing the signs of suicide due to bullying talk to them, make them feel wanted and accepted for the way they are, hang out with them. If it’s a serious problem make sure to keep away medications or dangerous items from them. Get them medical attention if needed or they can call the National Suicide Hotline number at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and reach out for someone or head to the emergency room. 

Bullying is the biggest factor in hatred among everyone and parents should be more involved in their child’s life and know what’s going on and the activities they’re in. If parents suspect their children are being bullied they should talk to school advisors, authorities, or the bullies family to settle it and stop it from going any further. Most bully-victims find it extremely hard to talk about their problems because they feel like nobody will understand them. We should approach bullying in a way together to stop it worldwide and starting campaigns to help aid those victims and let them have a voice and tell their story. We would be able to do so much if we worked together as a society and not against one another. Bullying sometimes has a lot of miscommunication between two people and they don’t handle it properly and think violence and verbal abuse is the way to go at it. The world would have fewer problems if we talked to each other instead of about each other.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

By: DIANA HERRERA 

Staff Writer 

During this month, which starts on September 15, we Hispanics celebrate our freedom and independence. We also acknowledge the American society with our celebrations and culture. This gives Americans a chance to learn more about our culture and to understand the “American” identity. Our culture has contributed with its artwork, music, politics, and the economy. We are hard-working people, with most of us working fields like my mom does to provide for me and my brother. With us working in the fields we help with picking off fruit and packaging them in to give. In Latin music, Shakira has impacted with her vocals and her Arabian belly dancing making her a household Latin name with selling big hits like “Hips Don’t Lie”. Shakira stands out from other Latin artists with mixing her culture into her music. 

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

By: DIANA HERRERA 

Staff Writer 

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During this month which starts on September 15, we Hispanics celebrate our freedom and independence. We also acknowledge the American society with our celebrations and culture. This gives Americans a chance to learn more about our culture and to understand the “American” identity. Our culture has contributed with its artwork, music, politics, and the economy. We are hard-working people, with most of us working fields like my mom does to provide for me and my brother. With us working in the fields we help with picking off fruit and packaging them in to give. In Latin music, Shakira has impacted with her vocals and her Arabian belly dancing making her a household Latin name with selling big hits like “Hips Don’t Lie”. Shakira stands out from other Latin artists with mixing her culture into her music. 

Vaping in Bathroom Stalls

By HOSANNA PEREZ

Staff Writer

Alabama High School Removes Bathroom Stalls

A high school in Florence, Alabama on September 9th has decided to remove the public school’s bathroom stalls. The high school principal, Gary Horton, told NBC affiliate WAFF-TV this month that he decided to remove some of the stalls in the boy’s bathrooms because two weeks ago there was an incident in which a student was vaping and passed out. The principal told the station that the issue became so pervasive that students every day would go to the bathroom stalls and vape. Principal Horton said the bathroom stalls removal is temporary while the school finds a permanent way to prevent students from vaping in the bathrooms. Reading this article made me think that the Principal’s idea to remove the bathroom stalls is a good temporary solution, but how would the students that don’t use the bathroom stalls to vape be able to use the bathroom with no stalls. A solution I would use is detectors specifically for vape pens. 

Work Cited 

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/alabama-high-school-removes-bathroom-stall-doors-stop-vaping-n1051691

Climate Activist Greta Thunberg

Pic:CNN

By GRACE KONIG

Staff Writer

It’s not a surprise Earth is suffering from years and years of pollution, but a teen activist is doing something about it. Swedish environmental awareness advocate, Greta Thunberg, is making changes in the way the government is addressing the ongoing issue that is climate change.  “As it is now, people, in general, don’t seem to be very aware of the actual science and how serious this crisis is,” she said to a room full of news outlets and lawmakers. Greta has been traveling all over the world raising awareness, with millions of people supporting her cause. She has orchestrated many strikes including one that took place in March, resulting in almost 1.5 million students leaving class and taking to the streets to protest. Everywhere Greta goes, she leaves behind a legacy of equipping children with the tools to use their voices to create change. 

Lady Miner Volleyball

By ISABELLA FLORES

Staff Writer

We start off our second league game against the Mt. Whitney ladies. As the freshman had another close game, but get the victory. My team and I start to warm up and we want to be undefeated this year, so we pump each other up. The game starts and the other team is rough and scrappy and we know we can’t drop down to their level. We tell ourselves just play OUR game. We get the first set pretty easily and next set our goal was to keep them under 13 points and we accomplished that. We smashed them! Varsity played next and also murdered them as they went 3-1. Coming up next week will be a great game against Redwood, our rivals. We are excited and ready to pound on the Rangers!

Spooky Season is Here

By LEEANNE SLATTEN

Staff Writer

Spooky season has finally arrived! It is the best time of the year. We have the Area 51 raid coming up on September 21st. Will there be aliens? I don’t know, but Area 51 might be too far for some of us students to attend. However, there is plenty of spooky season activities to do a lot closer to home, like getting the seasonal pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks or go roller skating at our local Roller Towne. Every Friday and Saturday from 6:30 to 9 pm, starting on October 4th, is a different spooky character to skate with from our favorite scary movies. At Vossler Farms there is a “King of the Jungle” corn maze to get lost in. The goal there is to find all 12 checkpoints in their 10-acre maze. Also at Vossler farms, you can buy a pumpkin from their pumpkin patch. Lastly, hunting for a costume at a Halloween store. The Halloween stores are up and ready for business now. Spirit Halloween is now open in the Sequoia Mall. There is also another Halloween store open in the old Flex-It gym across from the Visalia Mall. Those are a couple of spooky season things to do a whole lot closer to home. 

Winged Human

by NATHANIEL RUIZ

Staff Writer

I broke some of my feathers,

Now I can’t fly at all.

People keep saying I’m an angel,

But with my wings I know I’ll fall.

Once they were white like heavenly clouds,

Now they are cloaked in nothing but shrouds of mist and coal.

The earth, 

Her soul, so singingly loud,

A sonata of violins playing honest and proud.

She just keeps… pulling me down

I try and I try,

But I’ll never give up.

Area 51 Raid

By GARRET ROBINSON

Staff Writer

It all started with a joke on Facebook. Matty Roberts posted a joke stating that we should all raid Area 51 in order to find out the alien secrets which are held within the facility. The joke stormed social media and now over one and a half million Americans have agreed to go to the government facility and try to break in. Many people are serious about this because they want to find aliens so they can be friends with them. Not only is it reckless to naruto run headlong into the facility but it’s also extremely dangerous because the U.S Air Force has stated that they stand ready to defend the facility from any possible threat. Roberts was even contacted by the FBI and states, “I want to make this something as a positive, enjoyable, safe and profitable event for the rural area of Nevada.” Roberts doesn’t want anyone to actually get hurt or invade the facility. Instead, he wants everyone to get together and have a good time.