Going Crazy over College Applications


Staff Writer 

Students begin their senior year full of optimism as they approach the end of their high school career. Seniors quickly realize, however, that this year will be anything but easy. Starting August 1st, college applications open and release a flood of stress on the seniors who plan to attend college. Questions plague the minds of many about how to fill out applications and what to write about in their essays. There are certain programs and meetings designed to make the process easier, but students still feel the looming fear of a lack of knowledge when faced with a quickly approaching deadline. November 1st begins creeping up on seniors between Friday night football games and daily after-school activities. Without even knowing, some students put off applications until the last minute and potentially jeopardize their odds of getting into the college they desire. Others spend every moment of free time perfecting their application and miss out on crucial high school experiences that they may later regret. Seniors struggle to balance the life they currently have and the one they plan to live in the future. 

Adults consistently remind students that as adulthood approaches, seniors’ future becomes their own responsibility as they are about to enter the “real world” on their own. This brings up the question of what high school has really done to prepare students for the responsibility and stress that comes with college applications. As juniors and seniors, English teachers assign essays that are designed to be similar to the prompts on applications. Students are reminded of the A through G requirements for graduation, but being told to take certain classes that are a basic requirement for a diploma does not show students that they also need to put in volunteer hours outside of school to get into their college of choice. These A through G requirements do not mention how to fill out the parental tax information that colleges request. A through G requirements also do not tell students that getting a “C” or “D” in a semester of one of their classes could jeopardize their chances of being accepted. 

Seniors start their year optimistic. They have the potential to learn so much through new jobs and experiences to begin developing as an adult. They quickly become busy and stressed as they apply for college and juggle their school work and after-school activities. Some are able to maintain optimism throughout, but many struggles and begin drowning in the new responsibilities. This common problem needs to be addressed to assist students who are unable to manage stress and responsibility. A program needs to be implemented to aid seniors throughout the process of applying to colleges and prevent them from going crazy over college applications.

Farewell to the Fairgrounds


Staff Writer

Throughout the week of September 9th – 13th, the Tulare County Fair celebrated its 100th anniversary. The hectic week started off with sheep, goat, and hog showmanships on Wednesday the 11th and Market on Thursday the 12th. With FFA and 4-H members arriving at the fair as early as 5:45 a.m. almost every morning and not leaving till roughly 7 p.m., the days began to get very exhausting and hectic quickly. This year EL Diamante got the pleasure to bring almost 25 students to the Tulare County Fair, 12 of them entering their last year of showing market animals. After a whole week of tiresome and stressful activities, the day all FFA and 4-H members had been waiting for, finally arrived. Sell day. The auction started at 10 a.m. Sunday the 15th and finished roughly around 6 p.m that evening. With the auction evening coming to an end the Seniors said their last goodbyes to their final FFA market animals. Overall the El Diamante FFA show team ended the fair season, yet again, with a multitude of success and memories that will last a lifetime. 

The Art of Dance


Staff Writer

Dance is the movement of the body in a rhythmic way for the purpose of expressing an idea or emotion, releasing energy, or simply taking delight in the movement itself. Dance is impulse channeled by skillful performers into something that becomes intensely expressive, those two conceptions of the art of dance are the two most important ideas in consideration of the subject.

Dancing is an elegant, and regular movement, harmoniously composed of beautiful attitudes, and graceful posture of the body. In the 19th-century French dance historian, Gaston Vuillier emphasized the qualities of grace, harmony, and beauty, revealing a “true” dance form. A true definition of dance returns to the fundamental principle that dance is an art form or activity that utilizes the body and the range of movement of which the body is capable.

 Unlike the everyday movements that are performed today, dance movements are not directly related to full emotion or releasing energy. This article explains the techniques and components of dance as well as the aesthetic principles behind its appreciation as art. Various types of dance are performed with an emphasis on their style and choreography. 

Thoughts on College


Staff Writer

As we got older, we were told that we can grow up to be whatever our little hearts desired. A firefighter, a doctor, an astronaut, heck even a leaf if we wanted to. Our imagination ran endless and wild to the point that the majority of us couldn’t wait to grow up. Yet, no one told us the reality of it all. We would have to go through a couple more years of schooling to get where we wanted to be. Those six years of elementary school, two years of middle school, and four years of high school led up to many more years of school. Now, don’t get me wrong, college is a good thing and I’m not writing this to discourage anyone from going. Yet, I am more towards trying to point out my thoughts on it. College; a place where you try to discover yourself as a person and get to know what interests you. As a senior, I am scared to even think about this. The thought of having to leave my own home and be independent for a while scares me. I personally feel that college is worth the go but a waste of time as well. My goals and dreams were to become a criminal justice lawyer. Obviously college has to be in mind if I have a dream like that, but there are things that scare me. The cost of it all is a ton and one thing is I don’t want to be in debt. Another thing is that it will be hard to juggle school and a part-time job at the same time, I will barely have time for friends and family, and cooking meals on my own startled me. Other than that I feel like college will help me experience new things, meet new people. Be more open-minded, and teach me several things about being independent along the way. 

Hollywood’s Bleeding Review


Staff Writer 

Hollywood’s Bleeding by Post Malone is about people that take life and money from other people as if those people are vampires. Post Malone shares that he feels as though he is being used by the people otherwise known as his friends. He can also be referring to his fans. Hollywood’s Bleeding drags attention from the audience because it is very different and has a greater meaning to the song and not just what is shown and said.