Pop Punk

by SETH RUIZ

Staff Writer

As you may already kPop Punk - Seth Ruiznow, Pop Punk is a type of music. It is the type of music that almost always makes you want to tear something up and punch stuff to let out anger. In my opinion, it is the best sounding music and has some of the most real songs you can possibly hear. Pop Punk is the type of music that is composed with pure emotion from the band members and always seem to relate with us on some level. The emotion is conceived with hardcore beats and lyrics that almost always have to do with heartbreak. One thing that is a true stereotype for this music is that it is almost always sad. These bands come to let out their sadness and anger through intense rhythmic music to let go and have fun.

Some bands, like Neck Deep, The Story So Far, and State Champs have great music that you can just jam to. Any song will do you good in a car or hanging out with friends. For those looking for an emotional escape, you can listen to the lyrics and know you are not alone. Of course, you do not have to be sad to listen to this music. Its style of music alone is enough to put on any song and simple dance crazily to. I recommend you start out with easy songs from The Story So Far and State Champs to get used to all the yelling and loud nature of the songs.

I would much rather hear Pop Punk songs anywhere than any other type of music because it is such a joy to listen to all the time. Not all songs are hard as well. State Champs and some of Story So Far’s songs have an acoustic rhythm that you can lay back and relax to. If you like to just let out your anger sometimes, i recommend listening to this music in your own privacy and dance your heart out. This type of music will cure any broken heart and will always have a way of getting to you. you will be going through your daily life when you realize you are humming a Pop Punk song until you have to go back and listen to it immediately. Give Pop Punk  a shot and go out and mosh pit with some people that understand you. Pop Punk has great music and great fans.

WYL: Swimming

WYL: Swimming

by BRIDGET CAHILL

Staff Writer

Hanford West hosted WYL this year at Golden West as the seven teams in the league all competed against each other. El Diamante, Golden West, Hanford High, Hanford West, Lemoore, Mt. Whitney, and Redwood all vied for the title of WYL champions. Thursday afternoon began with preliminaries which qualified the top seven from each event to compete on Friday.

In the relays, Aubrey Nunez, Emily Helpio, Allison Baker and Madison Thompson took second in the 200 Medley, barely out touched by Golden West. Callen Bruening, Wesley Hatcher, Greyson Canterbury, and Chase Canterbury took first in the  Boys Medley with a 1:42.72. In the 200 Freestyle Relay, Emily Patterson, Brenna Hatcher, Madison Thompson, and Andy Morales got second due to the disqualification of Redwood’s A relay. Once again, the boys team consisting of Hatcher, Bruening, and the Canterbury brothers, took first in the Free Relay, swimming a 1:32.81. The Girls 400 Free Relay with Emily Patterson, Maura Patterson, Aubrey Nunez, and Emily Helpio held on to second place and the boys, Stephen Marshall, Michael Diaz, Luke Apodaca, and Austin Martin, finished in third.

As for the individual events, Brenna Hatcher took second in the 200 Yard Freestyle and Stephen Marshall took fifth. Emily Patterson got third in the 200 IM, Callen Bruening received first, followed by his teammate, Greyson Canterbury, in fifth. In the 50 Freestyle, sophomore Andy Morales took second place and Emily Helpio took fifth. Freshman, Emily Patterson, got fifth and Chelsea Battle was out touched by Hanford’s Meghan Wright and received seventh in the 100 Fly. Chase Canterbury proved to be a strong contender as he kept up with Parker Giles, a senior from Hanford, and took second in his fly. Andy Morales once again received a WYL medal in the 100 Yard Free, getting third place. The number one WYL seed, Brenna Hatcher, was unable to keep her seed in the 500 Free, receiving second to Redwood’s Mackenzie Peters. As for the boys team, Stephen Marshall secured third place. Freshman, Aubrey Nunez proved to be a strong competitor out touching Golden West junior, Madeline Pace, as she received first place in the 100 Backstroke with a 1:05.78. Callen Bruening easily took first in the Backstroke with a 53.82 beating his closest opponent  by over six seconds; Greyson Canterbury got third. In the Breaststroke, the El Diamante girls occupied three of the seven lanes. Emily Helpio got second to the number one seed, Olivia McKray, and Madison Thompson narrowly lost to Helpio, coming in third. Teammate Maura Patterson came in sixth. Once again, Chase Canterbury proves himself getting a 1:07.18 in the Breaststroke.

Redwood came out on top for both boys and girls, winning the 2015 WYL title. Golden West took second in both, El Diamante received third in both, and the remaining schools were shuffled around for each place.

All WYL finalists will be competing for Valley titles on May 15th and 16th. They will have one last chance to qualify for State which will take place in Clovis the following weekend.

Miner Baseball 5/15

Miner Baseball 5/15

by JENNIFER IRVINE

Staff Writer

Last Friday our Miners played in their last game of the season against the Whitney Pioneers. After winning WYL and having a memorable season our Miners fell to Whitney 5-3. It was a neutral playoff game that left the Miners proud of their accomplishments, but left them with bittersweet goodbye to their outstanding season.

The game started off with a bang for both of these strong teams. They each scored a winning run to gain a tie between the two in the first few innings. The Whitney Pioneers came prepared and determined to defeat our Miners. They scored in the third inning bringing in their lead of 5-2 that would win them the game. Our El Diamante boys didn’t lose with shame when they came back in the sixth and seventh to shut down Pioneers defensively and score for the last time.

Our Miners had an unforgettable season with the accomplishment of winning WYL! They had nine home runs, thirtynine stolen bases, and the overall record of 20-11! Congratulations to the seniors who played with talent and passion for their final season as El Diamante Miners.

Study Tips for AP Tests

by BRIDGET CAHILL

Staff Writer

The dreaded AP tests are officially among us; now it is time for all of our hard work to be put to the test. Studying for such large tests can be time consuming and stressful. However, if you planouty how you are going to be studying, they will not be as bad.

Manage Your Time

Do not wait until the last minute to try to review! Cramming does not allow you to retain the information you are learning; it will only stress you out. Studying a little bit each day will increase your chances of doing well on the test.

Form a Study Group

Study groups are beneficial to everyone involved. Find a quiet place to review such as Panera or someone’s house and plan out what the topics will be. When you review with other people, it allows them to teach you topics you may not be too familiar with and vice versa. This is not only useful for AP tests, but it can even help with big unit tests.

Try Your Best

Whether you pass the test or not, make sure you walk away knowing you tried your hardest. The college credit is not all that matters. What matters the most is that you will be better prepared for college. If you tried your best, then that is all that counts.

 

WYL: Swimming

by BRIDGET CAHILL

Staff Writer

Hanford West hosted WYL this year at Golden West as the seven teams in the league all competed against each other. El Diamante, Golden West, Hanford High, Hanford West, Lemoore, Mt. Whitney, and Redwood all vied for the title of WYL champions. Thursday afternoon began with preliminaries which qualified the top seven from each event to compete on Friday.

In the relays, Aubrey Nunez, Emily Helpio, Allison Baker and Madison Thompson took second in the 200 Medley, barely out touched by Golden West. Callen Bruening, Wesley Hatcher, Greyson Canterbury, and Chase Canterbury took first in the  Boys Medley with a 1:42.72. In the 200 Freestyle Relay, Emily Patterson, Brenna Hatcher, Madison Thompson, and Andy Morales got second due to the disqualification of Redwood’s A relay. Once again, the boys team consisting of Hatcher, Bruening, and the Canterbury brothers, took first in the Free Relay, swimming a 1:32.81. The Girls 400 Free Relay with Emily Patterson, Maura Patterson, Aubrey Nunez, and Emily Helpio held on to second place and the boys, Stephen Marshall, Michael Diaz, Luke Apodaca, and Austin Martin, finished in third.

As for the individual events, Brenna Hatcher took second in the 200 Yard Freestyle and Stephen Marshall took fifth. Emily Patterson got third in the 200 IM, Callen Bruening received first, followed by his teammate, Greyson Canterbury, in fifth. In the 50 Freestyle, sophomore Andy Morales took second place and Emily Helpio took fifth. Freshman, Emily Patterson, got fifth and Chelsea Battle was out touched by Hanford’s Meghan Wright and received seventh in the 100 Fly. Chase Canterbury proved to be a strong contender as he kept up with Parker Giles, a senior from Hanford, and took second in his fly. Andy Morales once again received a WYL medal in the 100 Yard Free, getting third place. The number one WYL seed, Brenna Hatcher, was unable to keep her seed in the 500 Free, receiving second to Redwood’s Mackenzie Peters. As for the boys team, Stephen Marshall secured third place. Freshman, Aubrey Nunez proved to be a strong competitor out touching Golden West junior, Madeline Pace, as she received first place in the 100 Backstroke with a 1:05.78. Callen Bruening easily took first in the Backstroke with a 53.82 beating his closest opponent  by over six seconds; Greyson Canterbury got third. In the Breaststroke, the El Diamante girls occupied three of the seven lanes. Emily Helpio got second to the number one seed, Olivia McKray, and Madison Thompson narrowly lost to Helpio, coming in third. Teammate Maura Patterson came in sixth. Once again, Chase Canterbury proves himself getting a 1:07.18 in the Breaststroke.

Redwood came out on top for both boys and girls, winning the 2015 WYL title. Golden West took second in both, El Diamante received third in both, and the remaining schools were shuffled around for each place.

All WYL finalists will be competing for Valley titles on May 15th and 16th. They will have one last chance to qualify for State which will take place in Clovis the following weekend.

 

Movie Review: Ghostbusters

by KALEY MCLAIN

Staff Writer

 

When there’s something strange in the neighborhood, who are you going to call? Ghostbusters!

Everybody knows the song, we’ve heard it over and over again. It has been plastered to our brains even from the year 1984. But, over the years, I’ve realized that very few in this generation have actually watched this classic film.

The plot summary is simple: a group of psychologists band together in search and seizure from the cries of helpless patients involved in paranormal activities. Calling to each help like firemen do, the team goes in search for many in a day. They could be found in most many places, and normally only cause a big disturbance or hauntingly scary punks. Whatever the case, this strong cast of characters calmly resolve the problem as if seeing ghost come into habit on a normal basis. Bill Murray, some would say the leader of the pack, really does make this movie. Presumably a horror at first glance, this flick is easily transformed into a hilarious comedy. Straight from the 80’s, Murray’s key role as comedic relief and sarcastic insight cause for a familiar and highly intriguing watch.

The famed Sigourney Weaver also makes her way onto the film as the main love interest to Murray. And odd, yet highly illusive relationship between the two capture an essence of a dramatic and adaptive way of movie making. Now I’m not saying this movie is high in the filmmaking charts. That would be a lie. It is not profoundly notable by strong filming techniques or praised for best ensemble, it is simply a classical family together-in-the-living-room pleasant watch.

End of the Year Laziness

by MICHELLE PEREZ

Staff Writer

 

As the school year comes to end, students are becoming more “done” with school. Students are done with their grades, done with doing their homework, done with looking good for school; students are just completely done with EVERYTHING. I understand this feeling because I have just become so tired and worn out from school, I no longer see the point as well. The fact that summer is right around the corner and graduation for seniors is even closer than that, it is becoming harder and harder to care. Although the year is coming to an end, we tired students have to find a way to hang on to the school year and make the best of it! Even if it involves having to listen to “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips as she sings “hold on for one more day!”

The first thing to remember is that if you are a senior, these are your last days of being in high school, take time to soak it in. Knowing that in a matter of days all of this is going to be gone. Yes, some seniors can not wait to leave and are done with the high school memories and are ready to make new memories. However, seniors can not deny that some deep part of them is going to miss Visalia. Some deep part of them is going to miss the rallies, miss  the football games, hey, some might even miss their parking spots! Overall, I do not care who you are and how much you are done with high school, ten years from now you are going to miss this.

As well as, juniors can not wait for this year to end and be one year closer to graduating. I know I can not wait to be a senior but I have to take in some things for consideration. As well as other juniors need to realize there is no rush to ending high school and having your life consist of being financially independent and overall being a responsible adult. All in all, whether you are a senior dying to graduate already or freshman who just does not want to be labeled as a freshman anymore, enjoy high school while it lasts.

The fear of adulthood

by KAYLA YASUDA

Staff Writer

 

Adulthood is like some form of unspoken phase that teenagers get thrown into. Throughout 12 years of high school, students have learned to: Raise your hand if needed to go to the restroom, turn in homework on time, and always remember to put your full name on the upper right hand corner of your paper. Apparently in college a student can just walk out of class without giving the instructor a reason. Need to go to the bathroom? Just get up and walk out. So therefore if you are planning to go to college then just keep in mind, DO NOT ASK THE INSTRUCTOR. Save yourself the embarrassment. This is not the only thing that is required to be warned about.

How are we as students supposed to know all of these life tips before heading out to the unknown? That is the point, we do not know. If you asked the entire student body to balance a checkbook I am pretty sure a good majority would try to literally balance a checkbook upon their heads. Yes, that is hopeless. Balancing a checkbook, dealing with taxes, and  knowing about consumer debt all fit in the category of what is called financial literacy. The Council for Economic Education (CEE) reports that only four states require at least one semester course in personal finance for high school graduation. In other states, like Mississippi, it’s an elective. If more students were taught about financial literacy then more would be aware of college debt. Learning about budgets and income can push you a great amount of steps ahead when it comes down to living on your own.

Sure, mathematical problems stimulate your brain, but do they help you change a tire?  I did not think so. As a version of proof I am an 18 year old senior and fail to know the process of changing a tire. If I experience a flat on the side of a road I am screwed.  Not to mention putting air in my tires and changing the air filter/oil. About every one of us is bound to deal with car issues throughout our lifetime so might as well learn them now. Also regular maintenance on the car can help save money on your repair bills because everyone knows about that one guy who tries to sucker you into spending even more cash getting your “engine flame fluid” changed (I made that up).

This is a small paragraph about credit because I do not even know what credit is. See? No one has taught me about credit. The times I have heard it in a sentence is, “check your credit score online” or “build your credit up”. Is it like a personal rating? Can you buy a car without having credit?

There are many other life skills to be aware of such as: Insurance, First aid, and even learning to cook. The more I am writing about this, the more I am realizing that I am so not ready to fly off from the mother’s nest. Others would say, “aren’t your parents there to teach you about life skills and financial planning?”  A recent study found one third of parents are more comfortable talking with their kids about smoking, drugs, and bullying than about money. So yes, only a third are prepared financially and there could be so much more. Graduating from a gated strict policy high school to a “fend for yourself” college atmosphere can be a lot, and I believe having a class about knowing what is expected of us can make graduating seniors more ambitious and less stupid.

Graduation is Here!!

by SHELBY JEHLE

Staff Writer

Graduation.. Shelby Jehle

Whether you are a senior or not, graduation is still a time for sorrow and celebration. As seniors it is a time of excitement for life to start, as well as fear for life to start. Graduation is so final and walking with your friends is one of the most real moments that you will ever experience. In that moment you know that there is no more babying, no more hand holding, and no more safe zone. Graduation means that we are done, closing one door and opening another. We get to take that cap and throw it into the air with pride, and even though movies show excitement and happiness, this is also a sad moment. One chapter of life is done and now we are off to college or whatever it is that you are doing. This ceremony symbolizes so many things, and that is why we must practice and look a certain way. Though this is sad , this is meant to inform as well.  We need to know how to end our four years of high school in just the right way.

For Seniors, we have our ceremony practice on June second, bright and early in the morning at 8:00 am, at the Mineral King Bowl and participation is mandatory. That night, we will actually be graduating in our fancy attire of men in dress slacks and ties, and women in dress pants or dresses and flats or wedges. Remember not to bring all your electronics and accessories if you are a senior participating. Once you get into the Redwood Gym at 6:30 pm with your cap and gown, the staff will inspect clothing and then the commencement ceremony will proceed. It is important to remember to follow all the rules to ensure that you will get to graduate and walk with your friends.

Again, graduation is an oh-so special moment for seniors, and it is important to make sure that you follow the rules and dress accordingly to ensure that you are not going to get in trouble. Though we are at the point of graduation and freedom, in order to enjoy our last moments with the school and some of our friends, make sure that you do not go against the grain and wear anything inappropriate or bring anything that you do not need. In these last few weeks, stay out of trouble, have fun at the last senior activities if you are a senior, or if you are not, then enjoy your last moments with your seniors, and get ready to come support them at the Bowl on June 2nd. Class of 2015 is almost gone so get ready to celebrate!!

Protesters injured in Baltimore

by JOANNA ZEGARRA

Staff Writer

Records obtained by The Baltimore Sun through a Maryland Public Information Act, show that correctional officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center refused to admit nearly 2,600 detainees who were in police custody in recent years. Though the records did not mention the severity of the injuries seen by police officers, this is still a serious issue. Especially since suspects are constitutionally guaranteed health care before they are put in jail.

Baltimore police are under scrutiny from citizens following the death of Freddie Gray. Last month, Gray died of a broken neck that prosecutors said he suffered while riding in a Baltimore police van. Six officers involved in Gray’s arrest are facing criminal charges, including one charged with second-degree murder. Gray’s death sparked rioting and widespread protests in the city. Sparking national scrutiny of how police officers treat suspects, particularly black men.

The Justice Department announced that it is conducting a civil-rights investigation of Baltimore police, this Friday.

The records obtained by The Sun showed that 123 of the detainees who weren’t admitted to jail had visible head injuries.

The organized protest had essentially wrapped up when tense confrontations resulted in violence. The violence had been blamed on “agitators.”

The protesters “became very violent. They began to throw objects,” says a witness. “They picked up aluminum barricades and smashed windows at our bars and pubs.”

Patrol cars were smashed, six police officers suffered minor injuries and thirty four people were arrested.