Kanye West: Jesus is King


Staff Writer

Jesus Is King is Kanye Wets’s 12th studio album. The album was released on September 27, 2019. In this album, there are 11 songs and is overall 27 minutes long. Kanye himself states that this is a gospel album meant to express his faith in Christianity. His first album, The College Dropout, contains 21 songs and is 1 hour and 16 minutes. Some hits in this album are: All Falls Down (feat. Syleena Johnson), Jesus Walks, and Through the Wire. He went on to make a collaborative album with famous artist Jay-Z called Watch The Throne. In 2018, West was receiving major backlash from the media for supporting President Trump and canceling many of his tours due to mental illnesses. He released an album, Ye, in the same year expressing his bipolar disorder. Later, Kanye West and Kid Cudi worked together on Kids See Ghosts in late 2018 following Ye

 Before pursuing his career in rapping, Kanye had a dream to become the greatest producer of his generation. After succeeding, he decided he wanted to experience rapping. Most people did not believe that he could maintain his career, nevertheless, he achieved his goals and proved his critics wrong. When he made it big in both producing and rapping, he wanted to create his own brand Yeezy. This shoe brand climbed the charts and became the most searched brand on Google and other resale apps. A few months later, he married Kim Kardashian and has four kids. He has had many negative experiences with the media and numerous controversies. Despite all this, Kanye West leads a successful life and is happy in his family and community. 

Varsity Girls Water Polo


Staff Writer 

Last Thursday, October 24, the girls played a very competitive game against Redwood. The ladies put up a fight but ended up losing with a score of 4-11. This week coming up on Wednesday, October 30, the girls play Golden West for Battle of the Paddle at home at 6:30. That night is also Senior Night so come out and support your girl’s water polo!



Staff Writer

Halloween is a holiday celebrated each year on October 31. The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints. Soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain.

 The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats. 

Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago, mostly in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. 

Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.

Valley Air Hazards


Staff Writer

The air quality index for Visalia has been the poorest of the year, with an index of 491 on Saturday. PM10 is a pollutant of course particles, and PM 2.5 is finer particles. These are made up of sea salt, pollen, dust, and motor vehicle pollutants. At high levels, these can cause coughing, wheezing, asthma attacks, and high blood pressure. It is harmful to our bodies and our environment. A safe P 2.5 level is around 30, and safe PM10 is 51-100. The PM2.5 and PM10 in Visalia are 56 and 569. This is very concerning for the Valley. Visalia is ranked in the top ten cities in the U.S. for worst air quality, among LA, Bakersfield, and Seattle. It is important to reduce the time you spend outside, especially doing arduous sports or activities, in order to protect your health. 

Clovis Band Competition


Staff Writer

Last Saturday, October 26th, there was a band competition at Clovis High School. First, we had our morning rehearsals from 9:30 am to 12 pm at our school, getting run-throughs of the show. After that, we were able to go home and rest. We came back to our school at 2 pm to go on the bus, to be on our way to Clovis High. The bus trip was fun as we all enjoyed sitting by our friends and blasting music. We arrived. We ate lunch and got into our uniforms to start warming up for our performance. We got some run-throughs with the whole ensemble, and we were ready. It was time to perform, as the Marching Miners started to walk to the field. After our performance, everyone had a smile on their face. We were proud of our performance because we were together and it went very well. Overall, we got 4th place against all the other schools in our division. Good job Miners! Let’s kill it at Kingsburg! 

Battle Week Fun


Student Writer 

As everyone knows, this week is our city’s biggest high school sports week. For El D and Golden West we have Battle For The Saddle, and for Redwood and Mt Whitney, they have their Cowhide. Each of these events is Visalia’s high school traditions that started with the rivalry between two schools. This week is El Diamante’s biggest varsity football game as they face off against our fiercest rival Golden West High School. Our school spirit plays a huge role in motivating our boys so please remember to dress up and be included in spirit dress-up days this week. The theme for Monday is “On the Range” which means you should dress up as a cowboy, cowgirl, or farm animals. The theme for Tuesday is “Old Town Road” which means you should dress up as an old person or elderly figure. The theme for Wednesday is “Yee to my Haw” which means you should dress up with your friend as a dynamic duo or famous pair. The theme for Thursday is “Spooky Stories Around the Campfire” which means you should dress up in an appropriate Halloween costume. The theme for Friday is “Diamond in the Rough” which means you should dress in lots of green and show school spirit. Besides our dress-up days, ASB will be doing lunchtime activities throughout the week for a chance to win prizes. Overall this week will be fun and full of Miner pride. Go, Miners!

Magician – Poem


Staff Writer

A Boy of tricks meets a Girl of moral

He saves his Cards and enjoys the feeling

She drifts along with him without quarrel

They flew so fast little love revealing

He starts to shuffle his wild card deck

She’s getting worried and wants to save him

The feeling’s stronger, he Forces a Wreck

She sees right through him, his eyes start to dim

Through the mirror his eyes were burning bright

She pulled the trigger. The card he’d dreaded

No chance for him that someone would love him

He’s all alone. That’s where he’s meant to be.

He burns all his cards. No one needs to see.

Study Tips


Staff Writer

With the end of the semester slowly approaching, and SATs, plus regularly scheduled class testing leaving students on edge, effective studying is imperative. Here are a few tips to keep you on track!

  1. Always study at a desk or a designated workspace.
  2. Either listen to wordless music or be in silence to help you concentrate.
  3. Have snacks nearby so you don’t have to interrupt your studying to go get them.
  4. Never study in the dark, it will strain your eyes.
  5. Inform everyone around you that you are trying to focus, so they’ll be less inclined to distract you.
  6. Re-read things until you understand them; don’t give up!
  7. If you are studying from a textbook, read image descriptions, titles, subheadings, and footnotes first, then read the actual text.
  8. Put your phone on “Do Not Disturb” or turn it off to eliminate the temptation.
  9. Time your breaks so you don’t lose motivation.
  10. Writing things out helps you remember them.
  11. Do not take breaks too frequently, or you’ll get nothing done.
  12. You are less likely to remember something if you review it when you’re exhausted, so if you stay up late to finish your notes, re-read them in the morning.
  13. Always review, and always go through everything a couple of times.
  14. If you have questions, email your teachers, they want to help (Do not email them late at night, they won’t answer till earliest being the next day)
  15. Do not take notes in pen. Everyone makes mistakes!

Hopefully these tips will come in handy the next time you are struggling with studying. Good luck with all of your exams Miners!

Handling Mentally Ill Inmates


Staff Writer 

 People suffering with mental illnesses shouldn’t be sent to prison due to it being over crowded, as well as it is not contributing anything to help them. They should instead be placed in a rehabilitation program in order to learn from their mistakes in order to not repeat them and learn why it was wrong. Places like Santa Monica and Venice have a lot of mentally ill people, and there is also the West Los Angeles Veteran’s Administration. The mentally ill are also getting punished for their actions, when they should be getting treated instead. Jails are overcrowded anyway, and they should get some type of program that can help change people’s behavior. Simply they do not know what they are doing and that it is wrong some of the times. People go to jail to reflect on what they did and how they can do better when they get out. However, people with mental disabilities need to be taught what they did wrong and they need help to get better. 

October 28-November 1


Staff Writers

  • Monday 28
    • Senior Cap and Gown Orders in Civics/Econ class
    • On The Range Dress Up Day
  • Tuesday 29
    • Old Town Road Dress Up Day
  • Wednesday 30
    • Yee To My Haw Dress Up Day
  • Thursday 31
    • Spooky Stories Around The Fire Dress Up Day
  • Friday 1
    • End of Grading Period Two
    • Battle for the Saddle Rally
    • Diamond In The Rough Dress Up Day