Family & Pet Loving Counselor | Esmeralda Perez

On a fresh October day, Mrs.Linares was stuck in the MPR supervising students in detention.  She seemed calm even though I knew she didn’t want to be there. What counselor wouldn’t want to be having some time alone while eating his/her lunch, but Mrs Linares is different, she’s a dedicated counselor and is willing to do anything for this school.  This is one of the many reasons I decided to interview her. Read More

Categories: Features

Can we bring the team back? | By Melvin Jaral

According to CNN, “96% of NFL players had a brain disease” but regardless people still want to play football knowing the risks. When this reached the attention of  V.I.S.A (Vaughn International Studies Academy) the football team was removed in 2012, and hasn’t returned since then due to safety reasons and the high cost of equipment. Some students at V.I.S.A would love to play football but don’t know how this sport can affect their safety and the school. V.I.S.A’s main concern for any sport is safety which is why they removed football from our school before we had any major incidents like concussions or short term memory loss.   Read More

Categories: School News, Sports

The Outcomes of School Electives | By Leslie Gomez

Many students get tired of always taking notes and getting boring assignments in their classes. But, taking electives can be the solution to this problem. Unlike your regular classes, electives are about your inner passions, such as art, dance, music, journalism, and many others. Miami Herald shows that students that take electives have more success in life. For example, students that take electives can find talents they didn’t know they had, and they are more likely to be successful in college. Many high schools in Los Angeles, including Vaughn International Studies Academy (V.I.S.A.) encourage their students to take two or more electives, aside from their mandatory classes. Read More

Categories: School News

From Paradise to Pixar: Changing the Perspective | By Anthony Flores

DisneyLand and Disney’s California Adventure are the two happiest places on Earth because of the happy faces it brings guests , which operates many fun rides and attractions.Walt Disney was the founder of DisneyLand when it opened on July 17, 1955. According to a book I read about the history of DisneyLand,  before Disney passed away, he said,” keep changing” in-order to enhance the fun experience for its patrons. To this day, cast members and employees at DisneyLand continuously consider new ideas following Disney’s proposition. Since California Adventure first opened up, various changes have been made since 2010. Read More

Categories: Entertainment, Features

Was Homecoming Worth It? | By Denise Moreno

“I rather be at home,” or “ that’s so overrated,” is what some high school students feel towards homecoming.  What they don’t know is that homecoming has many benefits even if it may seem like it’s just a school dance. “It’s a memory in the making, an invitation, and most importantly a bridge between classes, ages and personal experience.,” John Miller added in his article, “The Tradition of Homecoming: The reason Homecoming is important.” Homecoming is one of those nights to remember and it’s highly anticipated by other students. Most high schools have homecoming but there’s still a good portion of high schools that don’t host homecoming. Vaughn International Studies Academy (V.I.S.A.) use to be one of the schools that didn’t have a homecoming for their students, but that all changed. In 2017, V.I.S.A held its first ever homecoming, and many people wondered if it was worth going and if they should attend 2018 homecoming. Read More

Categories: Opinion, School News

Dreamers In A Difficult Situation After DACA Removal | By Joanna Vega

What is DACA? Do you know why it is so important to people? DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which means that it allows minors who entered the state illegally to get a two year work permit that allows them to have an education along with other benefits. Former President Barack Obama was the person who created this program for minors in 2012. In the month of September 2017, Donald Trump removed this program from all the “Dreamers.” Recently a federal judge declined the order of Donald Trump ending the program for the minors, however Trump says, ”That  DACA is set for removal on March 5th.” Many people are still trying to get rid of DACA and although some people are capable of leaving the country, others will be forced to leave school and work behind. Fox news said,”Thousands of people could lose their jobs if the DACA program is rescinded permanently”. Despite Trumps accusations of ending DACA a judge has already allowed many minors to renew their applications. Read More

Categories: Local News

The Destruction of 2017 | By Karla Martinez

During the year of 2017 Americans experienced very dramatic weather all over the U.S. and its territories. From the hurricane that struck the southern states to the southeast freeze and midwest tornadoes to the western wildfires, the country has been under attack. Americans have been through severe weather all of 2017. However, Southern California has been the most affected by the western wildfires. 2017 was the most destructive weather year to date. We have had 9,054 small and large fires.These fires have destroyed over 3 million acres of land and have killed about 100,000 innocent people according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, but  what people don’t know is that most of these fires ranged during the winter months September through December according to the LA Times.

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Categories: Local News

Detective Dream Shot Down, But Gives Rise To A Love Story | By Erika Olivares

I really didn’t want to, but I had to. I was nervous because I had never done this before. I had never interviewed an adult, but somehow I knew that everything would work out just fine. I stuttered a lot while I talked, but she seemed like a kind, understanding person who wouldn’t mind. I was right. -Erika

Christine Perez was born in the 1970’s in Guatemala City. She grew up with three brothers and never liked reading. She preferred spending her time riding her bike and listening to music. Today she works at Vaughn International Studies Academy as the office Manager. Read More

Categories: Features

A Great Future At Your Fingertips | By Anarely Sanchez


At school, there are two types of students when it comes to settling down and grabbing a novel to read. There are those who read for their own amusement and enjoy it just for fun, but there are others who either see that they have to do it for a grade or decide it is too boring for them and end up not reading at all. This is a serious problem because reading is not only an important skill to learn, but it also allows a person’s mind to expand with knowledge and curiosity. However, not every single student may like to read and that is okay, but maybe they just haven’t found that one book that is just right for them.  

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Categories: School News

A Dedicated English Teacher By Day, An Animal Rescuer By Night | By Kevin Valenzuela

It is a chilly Monday morning, November 6, 2017. As advisory commences, I ready myself for my interview with one of Vaughn International Studies Academy’s English teacher’s, Ms. Cueva, I review all the questions I am going to ask and I prepare myself.  Curiously, I head to Ms. Cueva’s classroom to conduct the interview. As I walk in, I notice that the classroom is nice, calm, and inviting. Ms. Cueva welcomes me with an open mind ready to answer all the questions that I am about to ask. One thing that stood out to me is that her desk was filled with many decorations related to her favorite teaching topic, English.

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Categories: Features, School News

How to Establish a Healthy Relationship With Your Phone | By Anizel Alcantar

Are you madly in love with your phone? Perhaps “addicted”? Living in a world with advancing technology is quite fascinating. However, we should utilize and take advantage of it in a healthy manner. Setting boundaries would help limit how often you use your phone. Sometimes, it  tends to be so difficult to not check your phone, you’re naturally gravitated to check it. According to Business Insider, the average person touches their phone 2,617 times on a daily basis. Washington Post claims that about most teenagers with phones spend eight to twelve hours using their phone in a day. Crazy, right? A third or more of your day is strictly devoted to technology. Now, imagine using your phone for several hours consecutively, day after day; What could you be doing in place of spending hours on your phone?   To initiate, majority of people use their phones for different purposes and some tend to spend more time on them than others often do. It’s acceptable to use our phones, however we must be cautious of how we use them and how much of our time is consumed on them. It’s important to be aware for the sake of your general health. In some cases it okay to use your phone more than the average person if it’s important under your circumstances. For example, in the article 9 Tips To Help End Your Addiction, Dana Mark explains how her phone plays a big role in her life as a form of communication between her sons and their extra curricular activities.


Here are 5 tips to help you break up with your phone:

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Categories: Entertainment

Dewaele: Time Traveler, Soccer Fan, And Lover of Wars | By Alan Garduno

It is the end of a long and tiring Wednesday. Seventh period arrived and it was time for my interview. Excitedly, I walk over to Mr. Dewaele’s classroom which is next to Ms. Mohr’s classroom. A little nervous, I open the door and walk into his class. It’s loud and full of students yet full of history and knowledge. Mr. Dewaele is ready for me and he seems excited to start. From New Jersey, right out of the city of Philadelphia to Pasadena where he now reside which is 20 miles away. He travels through many different time periods because well, he’s a History teacher! Mr. Dewaele has grown accustomed to this environment because he has worked at V.I.S.A for 8 years. Dewaele received his education at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey which is now called Stockton University. Read More

Categories: Features