Game, Set, Match!

By: Ariana Johnson

Senior Joshua Schmahl and Junior Luke Raney

Pleasanton Eagles Tennis team went to regionals at Corpus Christi on April 27 through the 28. They played against Devine and beat them with a score of 4-6, 6-4, and 6-0. The team faced their next opponent in regionals and lost to Remond Field 6-7, and 5-7. 

Coach Schawb regarding the seniors, “I am always sad that seniors go. But they grow up and leave and I wish them nothing but the best for them and they’re going to do great things.” Following this Schwab explained, “I try to teach students to be good students and good person and it’s important to make and impact on people and I want them to try to respect everyone and fear no one.” Senior Blake Moos advises to the remaining team, “Just to stick with the sport and to give it their all and the most important thing is to just have fun.” He further explained, “Have a bit of knowledge of the game and to just know where to be at certain times.” Good job, Eagle Tennis. Pride! Pride! Eagle Pride! 

Monthly Cause: Distracted Driving

By: Courtney Henson

The month of April is, among other causes, Distracted Driving Awareness. Being a school filled with new and inexperienced drivers, Distracted Driving awareness is very appropriate. Every day in the United States, 8 people die of an incident involving a distracted driver. Distracted driving can be categorized as texting and driving, drinking and driving, driving under the influence, and trivial things like, adjusting the AC, changing the music, taking your eyes off the road, eating while driving, and so much more. The most usual form of distracted driving is texting and driving which causes 1 of every 4 car accidents.  

Teenagers are the most common demographic to experience distracted driving accidents. Because the drivers in this age group are newer to driving, they believe they are indestructible on the road. 16% of all distracted driving accidents in 2020 involved drivers under the age of 20. These under the age of 20 accidents are also 3 times as fatal as other accidents. It is important to be wary of how you are driving but also the driving of others around you. 

With how common distracted driving accidents are, they are really easy to prevent. The easiest way to avoid distracted driving accidents is to not multitask on the road, put away the phone, make any adjustments to your seat, AC, and music before leaving, and always keep your eyes on the road. Other safe options include, leaving early enough to plan your trip ahead. This can help to prevent looking at your phone or GPS in a hurry. Avoid eating on the road, although it might be tempting to drive through and eat on the road, this is extremely dangerous and distracting, it takes your eyes off the road and hands off the steering wheel. And most important of all, pull over or wait until you reach your destination to check your phone and notifications. 

As teenagers continue to migrate to the roadways, it is important to remember that those notifications on your phone are not worth your life. Always practice safe and focused driving on the road, as well as in the passenger and back seat.

Solo and Ensemble

By: Heaven Marquez

Solo and ensemble is a competition for the band members of PHS to showcase their musical talent for a chance at going to State- and compete they did!

“Students rehearse and get [music] ready specifically for this contest”, said band director Solis. “It’s something we don’t usually do in band class, it’s something they do outside of school.” The students can either compete individually or can form a small group to play a song of their choice together. The competition, which was supposed to be in February, was postponed due to the snow storm we experienced, and rescheduled to Thursday, March 4th. 

The mighty Eagle band did incredibly well this year with 47 participants and 17 advancing on to State. Those moving on will be soloists freshman Emily Bernal, sophomores Michaela Anguiano, Kevin Tucker, Kamryn Kendrick, and juniors William Rowe and Addyson Dority. Ensembles that are continuing include senior clarinets Claire Benavidez, Diya Chandra, and Valentina Gasca-Tellez, with another woodwind group being made up of seniors Mya Cashiola, Abigail Perez, and juniors Savannah Clark, and Jadelyn Garcia. Advancing as well is a brass quintet which includes seniors Reese Decker, Austin King, Cody Mills, junior Kristina Mertz, and sophomore Cesar Garcia. Another woodwind group going on to State consists of juniors Jadelyn Garcia, Aries Uhl, Brody Wornell, and freshman Jaden Ogg.

“Once we go to State, we basically play our piece again in front of another judge, and… if we advance further, we go to Area…,” said senior clarinet Diya Chandra. UIL has recently decided to have groups and individuals record their performances to judge due to COVID regulations. State will be hosted either in late May or early June. Good luck to everyone advancing and congratulations to all of those who participated. Great job everyone!

(Above) Junior Addyson Dority

Seniors (left to right) Claire Benavidez, Valentina Gasca-Tellez, and Diya Chandra

Pictured above is (left to right) Savannah Clark, Jadelyn Garcia, Abigail Perez, and Mya Cashiola.

(Above from left to right) Austin King, Cesar Garcia, Cody Mills, Reese Decker, Kristina Mertz.

Giving Purpose to Potential

By: Courtney Henson

On March 3 the Pleasanton High School Business Professionals of America (BPA) began their 4 day long virtual state conference. Competing members include, Senior, Alizay Haren. Juniors, Brandi Barnett, Adyson Brymer, Lauren Trapp, and Ashlyn Vera, Sophomores, Conner George, Thang Nguyen, Ricardo Ramirez, and Alexis Ramos, Freshmen, Marisol Villarreal, Preston Pilgrim and the club advisor Janie Olivarri.

The members that placed at State include Brandi Barnett, Adyson Brymer, Lauren Trapp, and Ashlyn Veras Presentation management group getting 4th place. Alexis Ramos competing in Project Management Concepts getting 6th place, and Alizay Haren competing in Health Leadership Special Topics getting 8th place. Other awards won at the state conference include the Social Buzz award. Pleasanton HIgh School BPA was one of three schools in Texas to receive this award. Follow BPA on Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and Facebook @pleasantonbpa! Lastly, Ashlyn Vera has become the new Regional President for Area 2 Region 2.

Although things were different this year, the club made the best out of it! Club Advisor Janie Olivarri said, “Even though State was virtual this year, we tried our best to make the most of this experience.”

Congratulations State competitors for a job well done! You make Pleasanton proud! Pride! Pride!

American Red Cross Month

By: River Reyes

The month of March is dedicated to supporting and celebrating the American Red Cross. American Red Cross Month raises awareness to the duties of Red Cross workers, raises funding, volunteer support for projects and relief efforts, as well as instilling the goodwill of the people.

People who want to support the American Red Cross during the month of March can contribute in many ways including, but not limited to: donating blood, donating money, learning life saving skills through their programs to help those in need, and doing volunteer work. You may also help indirectly through general acts of goodwill as the founding principle of the American Red Cross is, “ the duty of care we owe to one another when times get tough.”

Throughout the month of March, the people of the nation should try and contribute to both the Red Cross and their local communities in honor of its vision. 

Emergency Response Vehicle with workers helping with relief

Uplifting Covid

By: River Reyes

On Tuesday March 2nd, 2021, Governor Greg Abbot announced that he would be issuing an executive order that would lift the statewide mask mandate as well as opening all Texas businesses to 100% capacity. The executive order was slated to go into effect on Wednesday March 10th, 2021. 

After announcing the reopening of the state, the executive order was hotly debated leaving many people conflicted on whether or not we should be allowed to not be required to enforce a mask mandate. Many businesses and schools announced that they would still be enforcing the same mask and social distancing policies for the safety of students and consumers, but there are still a number of schools and businesses that are taking the same direction as the state and ending their restrictions. This raises the question of whether or not it’s too early for the nation to begin operating at 100% capacity, with no restrictions whatsoever. 

No matter whether the state is open or restricted, individuals should still practice safe habits and protect themselves as not everyone has been vaccinated and the virus is still affecting millions of people as it has only been a year since the initial outbreak.

April Horoscopes

Aries (March 21-April 19)- This April, Aries should listen to the signs of the universe and be alert to the tasks set. It’s crucial that you not forget your quality, instead display them to those you come in contact with. Self-confidence will give you the courage to influence others. Don’t be afraid to voice your opinion to those around. 

Taurus (April 20-May 20)- Mars has a strong influence on Taurus this month. It will cause a bit of emotional stress, however, remember to hold tight to loved ones during this time. It’s also advised to plan a vacation as well as spend some quality time with friends and family.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)- April can either be a successful time or it could be dangerous for some and their careers. Geminis may feel the need to communicate with people, get to know others, and build relationships with acquaintances. The sign is advised to take control of emotions and channel the emotions into their career.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)- Cancer claims that intuition will not fail in April. No one can fool you, which can put you ahead in both career and school. This month is great for starting a life together with loved ones. Your friendliness, manners, and thoughtfulness will not go unnoticed by those around you. 

Leo (July 23- August 22)- This month is a positive time for Leos, with good communication between friends and family. You will succeed in almost everything you attempt. April is a great time to move ahead in your job and education. Leos need to be flexible, but also defend their interests. 

Virgo (August 23- September 22)- April is bringing good luck to Virgos with showing leadership qualities and acting boldly, but without forgetting honesty and decency in relationships. Also take a closer look at your well-being, making sure not to overextend yourself and your time. This month brings pleasant surprises and unusual coincidences.

Libra (September 23- October 22)- The spring months bring challenge to Libras, but your intrinsic warmth and flexibility will prove no obstacle too large for you to tackle. The focus will fall primarily on your love life, career, or family. Stay safe and composed, you may prove to be stronger than you think.

Scorpio – This month’s horoscope predicts that your natural abilities will be on display. You should be cautious of family affairs, and tread lightly with sensitive topics both in your own life and the lives of your peers. Things may get chaotic in this sector, so be aware.

Sagittarius – April is going to be a fabulous month for you. With energy concentrated on the relationship sector, expect a change in your love life for the better. This change may happen within your friend circle, family affairs, or romantic relationship, assuming there is one present. Try to enjoy yourself, the flowers are blooming for you.

Capricorn (December 22- January 19)- Pick up the phone, send a message, arrange a masked meetup or virtual coffee date. This month is all about making connections. So often we get caught up in “doing” and results, and forget to nurture the ties we have, much less make new ones. This month, put people ahead of tasks and prioritize high-quality conversations that build long-term loyalty. It really IS who you know, Capricorn!

Aquarius (January 20- February 18)-  Easy on the spending! Big purchases could leave you with even bigger regrets today, so think twice before sliding your card into any readers. Take a look at your bank balance before springing for a pricey item. Do you really have the funds to blow on this extravagance? Don’t decimate your checking account for an impulse buy. Instead, devise a savings plan so you can afford it down the line. Patience pays off, Aquarius! 

Pisces (February 19- March 20)- Spilling the tea could get you burned, Pisces! Don’t spread gossip today! Rather than circulating secondhand rumors about a certain someone, confront them about the issue directly. It’s possible that the whole thing was blown out of proportion. Reach out to clear the air. Once you sit down for a talk, you could be surprised at how easy it is to resolve the issue.

Let’s Par-tee

By: Jaelyn Morales

The 2021 golf season has finally begun and both girls and boys are excited to be back on the golf course after being gone so long. Unfortunately, last year’s golf season was cut short due to Covid-19 guidelines. The teams still had two tournaments to go, but because it was cancelled, they were stopped from going to the regional tournament. “We didn’t get to finish our season last year, but I’m anxious to see how well our teams will respond,” Coach Guerra stated, “We got a good group of kids coming back and with the help of a couple other newcomers, were looking forward to a pretty good season.” 

The Lady Eagles first tournament of the season was on Feb. 2nd at the Devine Golf Course. The team consists of Lacey Stevens, Sadie Mcada, Ashlyn Vera, and Blaise Diaz finished 4th overall and had a team score of 463. Lacey Stevens led the group in individual scoring with a score of 89 and finished as the 4th place medalist. Sadie Mcada shot 120, Blaise Diaz shot 123, and Ashlyn Vera shot 131. Their next tournament was on Feb. 8th and was held at the Hyatt Golf Club in San Antonio. The team finished 9th overall and had a combined team score of 454. Lacey Stevens again led the group in individual scoring with a score of 89, next was Sadie Mcada who shot 114, Blaise Diaz shot 118, and Ashlyn Vera shot 133. 

The Eagles first tournament of the season was on Feb. 3rd at the Somerset Golf Tournament located at the Pleasanton Country Club. The team consisting of Travis Garcia, Matt Garcia, Reed Foster, Brady Stevens, and Trent Crady had an outstanding start to the season by taking 1st place with a combined team score of 350. Travis Garcia led the eagles in individual scoring shooting a round of 79 and medaled 1st place overall. Matt Garcia shot 89, Reed Foster shot 87, Brady Steven shot 95, and Trent Crady shot 110. Jake Casias also competed as a medalist and shot a round of 90. 

When asked what will be the biggest struggle this season, Coach Guerra responded, “Our districts are pretty tough and it’s gonna be a struggle just to get the players to be consistent with their play and in order to get passed the district round we’re going to need to be more consistent. I think that’s gonna be the biggest hurdle we have to face this year.” While this season is off to a pretty good start for both teams, they will have to keep working and practicing hard to have a successful season.

Run fast or be last!

By: Ariana Johnson

Pleasanton girls first meet at home field

 

February 10, was the start of the Pleasanton Eagles track season where the Pleasanton Eagles track team went against Juordanton, Hondo, and Dilly at the Pleasanton Track. The Pleasanton Eagles the Varsity team placed 1st in this track meet and JV placed 3rd.  For the girls discus the girls placed 4th and 5th by Genavieve Alvarado and Ariana Johnson for the JV and Sofia Aguilar placed 5th for Varsity. Sofia Aguilar said, ¨It is different for sure with covid but it is what it is. I also want to improve on how far I throw and improve my form. I want to make memories with my team and friends.¨ For shot put Genavieve placed 2nd for JV and Sofia Aguilar placed 3rd for Varsity. Genavieve said, ¨Things go pretty well with masks and trying to keep everyone safe and doing our events during covid. I also want a good season and get over 20 feet in the shot put. I also want to get along with her teammates and get to know them better and go to other track meets with other great throwers.¨ For the Varsity hurdles Jillian Barcomb placed 1st and Emily David placed 2nd for Varsity. Jillian Barcomb said, ¨It’s pretty normal for this season just with extra health precautions. To get faster in hurdles. To hopefully get past the district meet.¨ For the girls high jump Kara Hinojosa placed 3d and Victoria Castillo tied for 2nd for Varsity. Kara Hinojosa said, ¨It’s definitely challenging and it definitely feels different from what I’m used to. Just the P.R. for my mile time. The comparison for this season cause I´m new here and I want to see what they got.¨ For the girls pole vault McAda Rutherford had no height and she did not place for the JV. McAda Rutherford said, ¨I don’t feel like it’s not that different from what we usually do, just smaller teams. My goals for this season to show some improvement from the beginning of the season to the end of this season. I’m looking forward to actually having a season and COVID not shutting us down.¨

For the 2 mile Caitlin Hernandez placed 1st for JV and Kassidy Vickers placed 1st and Fe Vielma placed 3rd for Varsity. Caitlin Hernandez said, ¨I feel like everything is more empty and I feel more open and less likely to win. Just try my best and make a new PR. Just to be with my friends and having fun and seeing how much better I have gotten.

 

Batter, Batter, Swing!

By: Victoria Chavez

The Pleasanton Eagles’ Baseball Team

Tryouts for the mighty Eagle Baseball team were held on the 22nd and 23rd of January. In total, 30 team members made the team, 15 on JV and 15 on Varsity. They kicked off the season strong by hosting a 13 hour practice on January 30th. Soon after, both teams competed in their first scrimmage of the season that took place on February 6th against Sinton High School and Brackenridge High School. The team is very hopeful for a great season and plans on making it last. On February 23, the Pleasanton Eagles traveled to McCollum High School and faced the McCollum Cowboys for their very first game of the season. After a long fight, the varsity Eagles pulled through with an 8-5 win.

“This season I’m really excited… because our team has improved this year and we’ve learned a lot.” said senior Roman Cuevas. Coach Standley commented on his predictions that he has this year saying, ”They’re really bonding right now and they want to be great…we have a great senior leadership and they will lead us to our goal for district championship.” We can all agree that this years’ baseball team has high hopes and is determined to hit some home runs. Pride! Pride! Eagle Pride!

Staff Spotlight

By: Courtney Henson

Mrs. Royal is a name you might hear around a lot during the 2020-2021 school year. Mrs. Royal has stepped up time after time and led a class where they were missing a teacher. Earlier this year Mrs. Royal stepped up to be a long term sub for the Health Science classes. More recently, she has acted as the long term sub for Mr. Ruiz, beginning when the students came back from winter break until the end of February. She has faced every responsibility of being a teacher and done amazing while doing so!

Mrs. Royal earned her degree, a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, from UTSA in 2010. From a young age, Mrs. Royal realized she wanted to be a teacher saying, “It’s what I knew I would eventually be doing.” Through interacting with others and being a part of something bigger, Mrs. Royal has allowed herself to thrive in our community and school. While being a substitute teacher at our school, and being a long term substitute for a lot of that time, she learned a lot and made a huge impact on her students. She stated that, “Doing what mattered most with every minute I had became my goal.” Mrs. Royal rose above the challenges she faced and left a positive aftermath on her students. Mrs. Royal faced these many difficulties with a positive attitude, determined to conquer them. Understanding the lack of appreciation students have for educators is the challenge Mrs. Royal finds the hardest to overcome. “Trying to figure out a way to connect and challenge those students is what keeps me on my toes.” Although being a long term sub brought many challenges, it ultimately proves very rewarding. “It would have to be seeing change!” Mrs. Royal said about the rewards of teaching. “There is nothing like trying to connect with a student and then watching them achieve something and/or change for the better!” Luckily, through this crazy season of learning, Mrs. Royal has always been able to find the silver lining saying, “There was always so much to figure out! It was very rewarding to get to know the students and I really enjoyed most of them!”

Despite the year we had, Mrs. Royal stayed optimistic and it paid off! In her words, “You don’t know what you don’t know until you know that you don’t know something. Then you’ve got to go figure it out!” Thank you so much Mrs. Royal for everything you do, we really appreciate it! Pride! Pride!

Eating Disorder Awareness

By: Adriana Clark

The month of February brings awareness to eating disorders by educating others. Eating disorders have affected over 20 million women and 10 million men in the United States things like body image and poor self-esteem can contribute to a development of eating disorders-not only in young girls, but in men and women of all ages. Anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and bulimia nervosa are some of the most well known eating disorders. There are, however, many other disorders that are not commonly known such as like avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), pica (craving or chewing substances that have no nutritional value), and other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED). National Eating Disorder Awareness is sponsored by the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) and their message of 2021 is to invite “Every Body to Have a Seat at the Table”. this aims to highlight individuals and communities because demographics find themselves underrepresented about disordered eating. They hope to inspire conversations surrounding awareness. Some organizations that bring awareness to eating disorders are the National Eating Disorder Association (http://www.nedawareness.org/ ) which is dedicated to bring awareness and provide resources on their website helpful videos, resources for family members, and support group information. Eating Disorders: Every Body is Beautiful (http://www.eatingdisorders.com/ ) their website provides helpful and supportive articles along with videos about eating disorders. Eating Disorder Hope (http://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/) their website has a positive focus on embracing their life and promotes recovery from a variety of eating disorders. If you are struggling with an eating disorder or you know someone who is  talking to a parent, doctor, or reaching out to help by calling (800) 931-2237 where they can offer support, resources, and treatment options for you or your loved one.

Advice Column

By: Ricky Fabrow

Relationships are a hard thing to maintain in general, but a lot of people, mostly teens, are victims of unfair or abusive relationships. The unfortunate thing is that it’s easier for teens to fall in love at these ages, yet they don’t exactly see how poor their partner is treating them exactly see how bad or awful their partner can be because they’re  blinded by love or too afraid to speak up. This happens because two people that date can have different reasons for the relationships, as one might want to be loved and cared for while one just wants attention and to be told they’re great. Down below I have provided links to websites talking about this problem of teen violence and how to stop and help with the situation.  

https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/intimatepartnerviolence/teendatingviolence/fastfact.html

https://www.loveisrespect.org/get-involved/tdvam/

True Crime Vol. XIX: The Dating Game Killer

By: Victoria Chavez

Photo shows Alcala from the 70s to now

For most people September 13, 1978 was just another day, but for Cherly Bradshaw, a bachelorette on the then famous TV show, The Dating Game, that day would be remembered for the rest of her life. During the 60’s and 70’s The Dating Game was notoriously known for matching couples together and sending these couples on ‘dream dates’. That episode Bradshaw had chosen what she thought was her perfect match, bachelor number one, Rodney Alcala.

Rodney Alcala was originally born in San Antonio, Texas in 1943 and became a serial killer that terrorized the woman between 1977 and 1979. Bradshaw, who knew nothing of his past, luckily had an ill feeling about Alcala once the show was off the air. She reported that he gave her the “creeps” and she never wanted to see him again. If the popular dating show performed background checks on their bachelors, they would have discovered that this “creepy” guy had already spent three years in prison for unspeakable crimes against two minors. This had landed him on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List. The rejection of Bradshaw only put fuel to Alcala’s fire, which he then committed a killing spree of at least 50 women within the following months. 

The total number of victims that Rodney Alcala has is unknown, but what officials found in his possessions is photo albums of all the women and children he could have possibly killed while he was posing as a professional photographer. They have already identified at least 30 women but are still holding out hope for the rest of the unclaimed identities. Alcala is now sitting on death row in a California prison after he was found guilty of murder for only 5 of his victims. 

If you want to help spread the word and find the identities of these women and children visit: https://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/crime/slideshow/Rodney-Alcala-photos-117804.php

Horoscope

By: Gabby Palacios

Aries (March 21-April 19)- The month of March will consist of you overcoming apathy, solitude, and emerging victorious from this time, surrounded by loving friends and opening up career opportunities. At this time, you are advised to find time for proper sleep and rest. There are big events and successes coming your way.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)- For the Taurus, this month will be successful and calm. Financial situations are looking to be favorable and this is the right time to sort out your affairs and put them in order. Luck will be on your side, so your focus should be on work projects and developing relationships with your friends.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)- This month’s horoscope predicts professional and personal luck for Gemini. Still, this is an important time to maintain a balance between work and relationships. In the midst of these exciting times, it’s important to not forget about your health. There will be temporary difficulties in mid-March, but life is promising improvements in emotional health and relationships with friends and family.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)- The horoscope for Cancers this month is favorable. You have been working very hard and this month will reward you for it. This month, you will be prompted by natural intuition to stop doubting yourself and take initiative to stop at nothing to get what you want. These days are the most favorable times for new beginnings.

Leo (July 23-August 22)- The month of March is bringing great strength, energy, and ability to work for Leos. Any actions and efforts made to achieve a goal will be justified in the near future. Your personal life will become eventful and you are promised a good rest from all of the hard work you have done at the end of this month. There will be many opportunities for personal and career growth this month.

Virgo (August 23-September 22)- March will give Virgos the energy and ability to solve difficult problems and correct mistakes of previous months. This month is a dual month for you, meaning you will feel free and have internal energy for the implementation of long-awaited plans, but any issues you have in a relationship may worsen. Still, at the end of the month, any problems you have will sink into oblivion and you will feel clear happiness.

Libra (September 23-October 22)- This time for Libras will be relatively uneventful. It will be a good time to make an effort to notice the many positive moments that you experience in the midst of dull days. You may feel some fatigue and boredom throughout the month, but that will change when you receive good luck in creative activities towards the end of the month.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21)- This month will be smooth and calm for Scorpios. The search for spiritual meaning and the manifestation of desires to take on new obligations are at high possibilities this month. Even though this month will be calm with a lack of any extravagant events, it is not a good time to overestimate your professional skills or deny yourself good food or good rest.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)- The Sagittarius horoscope has a relatively normal everyday life, occasionally disturbed by unexpected circumstances. During these times, it is important to rely on your own strength and increase your emotional and physical activity. These calm times call for some self-care and mental improvement.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)- March for Capricorns will be successful with many positive trends. This time will be very spontaneous with a new understanding of special relationships. New business and innovative ideas are ideal for Capricorns this month, with good offers and opportunities being presented to you. The odds are in your favor, so take advantage of it. 

Aquarius (January 20-February 18)- This time for the Aquarius promises to be prosperous, including a spring of love. Those who show their maximum commitment and efforts will receive rewarding results. With all of the efforts you may put in, the end of the month may feel like a waste of emotional and physical energy. It will call for rest or time devoted to hobbies you enjoy. 

Pisces (February 19-March 20)- Pisces this month will experience times of recovery and healing. It is important to monitor stress which can cause health issues. With careful attention, a surge of strength will make its way to you. Your desires to observe and create will then be improved and you will finish off the month with a positive outlook on life.

Sweet Treat: No Bake Cheesecake

By: Heaven Marquez 

Cheesecake is definitely one of my top 5 favorite desserts, and not having to bake just makes it taste even better. Today I will be introducing you to your next favorite dessert- Oreo cheesecake. 

For the COOKIE CRUST you’ll need-

  • 24 Oreo cookies (just the cookie part- no filling) about 1 ½  cups
  • 6 tablespoons of melted butter

For the CHEESECAKE FILLING you will need-

  • 16 ounces of cream cheese
  • ½ cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 ½ cups of heavy whipping cream
  • 1 ½ cups of powdered sugar
  • 15 crushed cookies (about a cup) 
  • Hot fudge
  • Cookie filling from 24 Oreos for cookie crust

Instructions-

OREO CRUST

  1. Add the 24 Oreos to a food processor until the cookies are finely crushed.
  2. In a large mixing bowl add the crushed cookies and melted butter together and stir.
  3. Pour the mixture into a 9-inch springform pan and press into the bottom and sides.
  4. Place into the refrigerator to chill.

CHEESECAKE FILLING

  1. In a large mixing bowl beat the cream cheese until it’s light and fluffy. Add in the sugar, vanilla, and cookie filling. 
  2. In a separate bowl, whip the heavy whipping cream with a hand mixer until it thickens. Add in powdered sugar and beat until peaks form.
  3. Fold 2 cups whipped cream mixture and crushed Oreos (reserve ¼ cups for garnish) into the cream cheese.
  4. Pour mixture on top of OREO CRUST and spread.
  5. Place into refrigerator and chill for 3-4 hours.
  6. Garnish remaining whipped cream, remaining crushed Oreos, and hot fudge.

COVID-19 Vaccine

By: Eileen Jaksik

The COVID-19 Vaccine

Covid-19 has affected the world immensely, causing people to change their way of living. There have been many ideas of ways to prevent the coronavirus from spreading even further. Some of the precautions are wearing a face mask (covering your nose and under your chin), separating yourself six feet apart from others, and CDC scientists have been preparing a Covid-19 vaccine.

The vaccine is being released in phases (1a-1c), phase 1a was released to physicians and long term health care residents on December 3, 2020. The CDC decided to release the vaccine to phases 1b and 1c at the same time. Phase 1b is front line essential workers, such as firefighters, police officers, corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, United States Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the educational sector (teachers, support staff, and daycare workers). Phase 1c is people aged 65-74 years because they are at high risk of hospitalization, illness, and death from COVID-19. People aged 16-64 years with underlying medical conditions which increase the risk of serious, life-threatening complications from COVID-19 and other essential workers like people who work in transportation, finance, home development, etc. Phase 1b and 1c were released on December 22, 2020. They have yet to release it to the full public, but they are discussing possible dates to release the vaccine.  

The vaccine is still under high development and is going to keep developing to become highly effective. The Covid-19 Vaccine is under a clinical trial to see how to improve and change the vaccine for the better. The vaccine has given out to 16,525,281 administered doses and the total amount of vaccines distributed is 35,990,150 as of January 20, 2021 for just phases 1a-1c. 

The vaccine can not give you covid-19, but it does take a few weeks for our bodys to build up immunity, so you can catch the Corona Virus by going out and not being precautions. The vaccine is trying to teach our immune systems to recognize and fight against this virus. 

There are always side effects when it comes to vaccines and medicine. Sharp pain in the arm where you get the vaccine injected, fatigue, headache, chills, fever, and muscle/joint pain are all side effects from the Corona Virus Vaccine. 

The vaccine is an option to help prevent the virus, it is your choice whether you want to get the vaccine or not. There are still other precautions if you choose the vaccine is not for you, so make sure to always be safe!