News brief: Tik Tok’s Angelic Yield atones for Devious Licks

By CYRUS ENGELSMAN

Devious Licks is a trend that began on TikTok in the middle of September. With TikTok having over two billion downloads, it quickly became a hotspot for participants. Since that time, a new trend has appeared to atone for Devious Licks’ sins: enter Angelic Yield. 

While most trends are harmless and meant to entertain others, the Devious Licks trend not only hurt the participants, but it also hurt the entire school.  

The purpose of the trend was for students to steal or destroy property of schools, primarily inside school bathrooms, and record and share online.  

Yet, some students attempt to offset the trend by creating a new trend called Angelic Yield. This trend has students replacing the stolen property with new and better equipment. 

Due to Devious Licks, schools had to act fast to minimize the damage done and to make sure no property was stolen.  Many actions were taken such as closing down bathrooms or hallways to buildings during lunch.

Teachers were urged to be vigilant and careful of their belongings, as many took the trend outside of the bathrooms and into the classrooms, with many stealing possessions and property of both the school and the teachers.  

Nicole Steenhausen, an English teacher at Redlands East Valley High School, had a hard time dealing with this trend, worrying that some of their property could be stolen.  

“In two school years unlike any other, this is absolutely the last thing we need to be dealing with.  I have many students who know their own minds and will not succumb to the likes of this ridiculous trend,” said Steenhausen. “To those of you who are participating, I urge you to think of the stress you are causing to your teachers and to your peers.”

Some students felt indifferent about the whole situation. 

“What can I say about devious licks? I’m mostly neutral.  They can be funny, however the vandalism element is morally wrong,” says REV junior Jeremiah Bolanos.  

TikTok took action to prevent this behaviour by removing and banning the hashtag from being used on Sept. 16. This drastically reduced the amount of views these types of videos could receive.  TikTok deleted some accounts that participated in the trend, deterring people from partaking in the challenge even more.

Since TikTok condemned this trend, many have taken to the app once again and gained views from participating in Angelic Yield.  

Ways students are participating in Angelic Yield is by bringing soap, toilet paper, putting encouraging sticky notes and more.

Whether it is inside or outside the school restroom, students have returned and replaced stolen items from both schools and teachers to redeem the trust of both.  

Although many have tried to spread kindness with this trend, it has not reached as close of an audience as the Devious Licks trend. 

A recent Instagram informal poll of 20 students shows that 95 percent of students have heard of the Devious Licks trend, while only 50 percent have heard of the Angelic Yield trend.  

Because of the low popularity of the trend,  the impact of Angelic Yield can be minor.

News brief: Biden secures presidential election win with California certification

By EMILY PRINSTEIN

After a little over a month since the election took place, California has officially certified its votes securing the election, for now, President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris. The certification of California’s fifty-five electoral votes puts President-elect Biden nine votes above the two hundred and seventy vote threshold needed to win the election. 

The 2020 election has been much different than prior elections in terms of formalities. Even though many have viewed the election to be over and have already seen Biden as President-Elect, the certification of California’s votes makes this clear legally.  According to a law professor at Ohio State University, Edward Foley, “Everything prior to that was premised on what we call projections.” 

In the coming weeks, the pledged electoral voters and electoral voters from other states will be meeting to vote on Dec. 14. According to the Associated Press, “ All states must certify before the Electoral College meets.” These votes will then be sent to Congress where they will be approved most likely on Jan. 6.

 Electoral voters from most states such as California take a pledge to vote for the nominee that receives the most votes in their said state, meaning that Joe Biden will get a majority of these votes. After this President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris will then take office on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20. 

Image of Joe Biden from commons.wikimedia.org

News brief: Redlands area students adjust in light of recent power outages

By ISAAC MEJIA, ARIANA GHALMBOR, NYLA DE CARVALHO and HANNAH PATRICK

A screen shot of communication sent out via various formats on the morning of Monday, Oct. 26 notifying families and staff within the Redlands Unified School District of a local power outage. (Ethic images)

Redlands Unified School District parents, staff and students were notified on Monday, Oct. 26 about the power outages that affected local areas and impacted the online learning experience for students and teachers. 

Southern California Edison customers in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino county experienced power outages. As many as 9,688 San Bernardino county customers were affected. The power outages throughout the counties occurred for two reasons: high winds and preventative measurements. According to the SCE website, “high winds can damage power lines.” As a safety precaution, they “shut off power in high fire risk areas as a result of extreme weather conditions.” The company restores power only after their crew inspects power lines and confirms that it is safe to do so. 

Many students in or around the San Bernardino county area were among those affected and encountered the darkness within their houses and apartments. Some students reported that the stores and fast food restaurants in their areas were closed down by 1 p.m. in the afternoon. Others reported the produce in their refrigerator getting hot and spoiled or rotten, while others said they couldn’t shower, charge any electronics or do homework because the power was out. Some even chose to move locations temporarily.

Additionally, many students throughout the district struggled to attend classes. Even after the power went back on, Cyrus Engelsman, a junior at Redlands East Valley High School, said that he still continued to struggle. “The power outage left my house without power or internet all day,” Engelsman said, “I was not able to go to any of my classes and missed out on a lot. When the power came back, some of our light bulbs ended up dead, which was very unexpected.” 

Teachers across the district had trouble using Zoom as well, as many of their students could not attend class as regularly scheduled. Jana Bailey, an Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) coordinator from REV says, “It didn’t really affect me, but it affected a handful of my students.”

Wendy McClung, a mental health teacher, said she had to change her lesson plans for the day to accommodate her students’ needs. “Although my home was not affected by the outage, many of my students were unable to attend class. I spent much of my day responding to emails and being mindful about slowing down my lesson so those who had missed the day could easily catch up.”

While some students and staff of the district dealt with the power outages, it was found in a small study with a sample of 15 students that 60% had been affected. Anneliese Reese, a freshman at REV in the unaffected 40%, said, “Yuh, was all good.” 

News Brief: 125 acre Bruder fire causes Redlands home evacuations

By Tatum Mapes

A brush fire in San Timoteo Canyon has prompted mandatory evacuations for about 50 homes. This wildfire, named the “Bruder Fire,” has burned over 100 acres in South Redlands as of 5:42 this morning, according to the CalFire Statewide Fire Summary. As of that time, it was about 30% contained. 

Both CalFire and the Redlands Fire Department have been working to extinguish the blaze since it started around 9:00 pm Wednesday. Evacuations have been ordered for households south of East Sunset Drives from Edgemont Drive to Puesta Del Sol Street, as well as homes north of Live Oak Canyon Road, according to CalFire. A total of 265 firefighters are dispatched at the scene.

American Red Cross has set up a Temporary Evacuation Point at Redlands High School for those affected. They recommend that households close to the blaze park their car outside in the direction of an evacuation route, close windows and doors to prevent smoke from entering and wear long sleeve shirts, pants and gloves.

The Bruder Fire is the latest fire of this record breaking California fire season. A fire weather watch has been put into place due to high temperatures, low humidity and high winds.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Drone shot of Bruder fire from about 2 miles away Wednesday night (Liam Mapes/Ethic News).

News Brief: RepresentUs launches first Deepfake campaign featuring Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un

By TATUM MAPES

September 29, 2020, RepresentUs, a non-partisan anti-corruption organization, released two videos titled “Dictators,” featuring Deepfakes of Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. The videos are a part of a larger ad campaign titled “Save the Vote.”

The politicians are pictured addressing the viewer in a public announcement-like manner, warning them of the dangers of government corruption and the power that voters hold. In the Kim Jong-un commercial, the very convincing Deepfake says “democracy is a fragile thing, more fragile than you want to be.” 

“Kim Jong-un” goes on to warn of gerrymandered districts, increased polarization, and the closing of polls. This already unsettling video ends with the dictator saying, “It’s not hard for democracy to collapse. All you have to do is nothing,” then smiling. RepresentUs closes with the message “This footage isn’t real, but the threat is.” The Vladimir Putin deepfake shares a similar message.

In response to criticism over the use of Deepfakes, the organization says “We wanted to use this ad to stress the urgency of the political crisis that our country is in and decided on the concept of having Americans hear from real dictators about the fragility of our democracy. Using deepfake technology was the best way to accomplish this in a way that was most realistic and had the potential to create the strongest impact.”

The advertisements have had a mixed response.

Both ads were set to air after the evening’s presidential debate on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC, but they were banned from airing. RepresentUs has turned to a widespread social media campaign instead. The videos can be viewed on their YouTube Channel and other social media platforms.

The Save the Vote campaign, endorsed by celebrities ranging from Sia to Ed Helms, intends to encourage American citizens to register to vote against political corruption. It advocates for safer, more accessible voting methods, including mail-in ballots.

The Kim Jong-un ad can be viewed here.  
The Vladimir Putin ad can be viewed here.

Featured photo: Courtesy of RepresentUs website

News Brief: Redlands seniors to receive complimentary yearbooks

By AHLORA SMITH

Superintendent of the Redlands Unified School District, Mauricio Arellano, released a statement on the evening of April 27 that recounts the steps that the district has taken to adjust to quarantine life as well as some exciting news for Redlands seniors. 

In this letter, Arellano said, “we continue to keep our students of the Senior Class of 2020 at the forefront of every discussion we have” and, following the reassurance that a formal graduation will take place once laws permit, he announced that all RUSD seniors will receive yearbooks for free.

According to Citrus Valley High School’s yearbook advisor, Jennifer Moon, the organization had to ensure that the printers could print enough copies, and those are currently being worked on.

Refunds for pre-orders and other details regarding senior activities will be communicated with families in the near future. 

News Brief: Donald Trump becomes acquitted after being the third president to be impeached

By RYDER FREEMAN

On Wednesday Feb. 5,  2020 the Senate voted to acquit Donald Trump on both articles of impeachment.

Last December Donald Trump became the third president in United States history to become impeached by the House of Representatives. He was charged with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. 

The House Judiciary Committee Chairman claimed that Trump tried to get Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son in return for military aid.

There was only one Republican who broke rank and voted with the Democrats to convict Trump on abuse of power, Utah’s Mitt Romney. Democrats applauded Romney for his act of “moral courage”.

According to the Quinnipiac University survey, 55% of registered voters think that the acquittal does not clear Trump of any wrongdoing in the Ukraine matter.

Impeachment is not the removal from office. If he had been convicted by at least 67 of the 100 senators, then he would be removed from office. Since the Senate acquitted Trump, he will remain in office.

After the acquittal, Trump claimed the trial to be a “disgrace.”

He then took to Twitter and posted a video showing him running for president every 4 years beyond  2048. The final image showed a campaign poster with the slogan “TRUMP 4EVA.”

On Thursday Feb. 6 he delivered a celebratory speech where he attacked his accusers.

Trump is running for reelection in 2020 and will be the first impeached president to run for reelection.

Featured Photo: Image of an American flag in a high school classroom on the Redlands East Valley high school campus, taken on Feb. 26, 2020.

News Brief: Coronavirus becomes a world health emergency

By MAURICIO PLIEGO

The Coronavirus has officially been named a health emergency throughout the world, declared on Thursday, Jan. 30 by the World Health Organization. The virus has spread to multiple nations across the globe, including China, Thailand, Mexico and the United States. The death toll has now “increased to 427 people and is expected to increase” reported by the New York Times.

Redlands East Valley math teacher, Jorge Cecilio answers whiteboard questions. (Alyssa Ornelas/ Ethic Photo)

The United States has quarantined any incoming passengers from Chinese flights to the United States. They are checked upon entry and kept in quarantine for at most 14 days to be tested. The CNBC reported “if they do not show any symptoms they will be released. Ever since the breakout there has been a total of 11 cases in the United States from California to New Hampshire”. 

The recent breakouts of the virus have caused much questioning on what must be done to protect ourselves. The virus has no known cure which causes a sense of fear. CNN reported “WHO has been trying to find new ways to keep it contained but it has been proven to be uncontrollable.” This has caused it to become a world health emergency which can affect almost anybody within any nation.  

Citrus Valley High School counselor Tony Wood suggested visiting the Johns Hopkins interactive map to track the coronovirus in real time: https://www.wavy.com/news/health/track-the-coronavirus-outbreak-in-real-time-though-interactive-map-from-johns-hopkins/.

Featured Photo: At Redlands East Valley on Thursday, January 30 during sixth period, Dr. Melissa Cartagena answers whiteboard question. (Alyssa Ornelas/ Ethic Photo)

News Brief: Citrus Valley begins second semester Saturday School

By RICARDO RAMOS

Saturday School at Citrus Valley High School will be held on Jan. 25, 2020 from 7:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Students will need to report to the administration building outside of Room A-114 at 7:30 a.m. where attendance will be taken. Saturday School will be approximately four hours, which means that students will be given the opportunity to eat a free snack during their 20-minute supervised break at 10 a.m. No exceptions will be made for tardiness, and students must obey Citrus Valley’s dress code otherwise they will not be allowed to attend. Personal electronic devices will not be permitted for use during school hours and students must bring enough work to keep them busy for four hours.

News Brief: Citrus Valley comes together to celebrate service through a canned food drive

By ALYSSA MARTIN

Nicole Regnier, Corinne Olson and Brandon Acosta, seniors at Citrus Valley High, donate cans for the drive on Dec. 12, 2019 at Citrus Valley High. Seniors and juniors collectively gathered more than 4000 cans during the project. (Ethan Dewri / Ethic Photo)

During the last stretch of first semester and finals week, Citrus Valley High School staff and students dedicated themselves to this year’s canned food drive. Endorsed and organized by ASB, the drive provided canned and non-perishable goods to families in need through a partnership with the

Redlands Family Services Association. Christopher Galloway, Citrus Valley’s ASB advisor, stated that on December 13, the final day of the drive, the school collected “just shy of 5,000 [cans].” This number greatly surpasses the intended goal of 1,000 cans.

In past years, food drives at Citrus Valley have not been as successful, according to Galloway. However, in the future ASB is determined “to move forward with this [project] and put in effort to really do something for our community.”

To finish off the spirit of community, Citrus Valley held a holiday movie night on December 13, wherein the required entry fee was one can per person.

Photo Gallery: Winter-themed spirit week takes Citrus Valley by storm

By CHRISTINA ANDRONESCU

Kelly Johnston, Gael Perez and Emily Blomquist wear their pajamas for the pajama-themed spirit day, Dec. 3, 2019 at Citrus Valley. “Wearing my pajamas is very comforting” says Perez. (Ethan Dewri / Ethic Photo)

There are so few high school events that can bring together students much like the promise of Pajama Day. On the eve of finals and a long-awaited winter break, Citrus Valley High School held its holiday-themed Spirit Week beginning on Dec. 2, 2019 and ending on Dec. 6. The buzz of excitement and festivities permeated the week’s themes of Winter Wonderland, Long Winter Slumber (i.e. Pajama Day), Ugly Christmas Sweaters, Flannel Family, Santa Claus and Elves/Reindeers. 

Kenneth Carpenter, AP United States Government and Politics and AP Microeconomics teacher at Citrus Valley, teaches his class as he wears an ugly sweater for the spirit day on Dec. 4, 2019 at Citrus Valley. (Ethan Dewri / Ethic Photo)

Ethic News staff participate in the “Flannel Family” spirit day on Dec. 5, 2019 at Citrus Valley. (Alyssa Martin / Ethic Photo)

Ricardo Ramos, Avalon Salvadore, Joseph Quesada and Emily Blomquist, students at Citrus Valley, wear Santa-themed clothing for the spirit day on Dec. 6, 2019 at Citrus Valley. (Alyssa Martin / Ethic Photo)

Citrus Valley prepares for finals by ‘crammin’ with cocoa’

By EMILY BLOMQUIST

At Citrus Valley High School, the Link Crew program encourages juniors and seniors to involve and support underclassmen by creating a welcoming environment through events such as this year’s “Crammin’ with Cocoa” study session. This event featured upperclassmen Link Crew leaders helping fellow students by offering academic advice and specialized tutoring while enjoying festive sweets and beverages (Jill Wellington / Pexels)

Citrus Valley High School’s Link Crew program hosted their annual “Crammin’ with Cocoa” study session in the Blackhawk Bistro on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Link Crew leaders stayed after school and tutored freshmen who wanted help studying for finals.

Freshmen could focus on specific subjects relevant to their studying needs such as English, science, math and foreign language. When the freshmen arrived, they could join a line for free hot chocolate with whipped cream and a choice of cookies. There were tables set up around the bistro for freshmen to sit, study and work on any assignments or study materials.

The event went from 2:45 p.m. to  4:00 p.m. Link Crew leaders also had the opportunity to catch up on their own work while assisting others. Link Crew advisor Lisa Perry was able to help oversee and provide the event with food and drink.

News Brief: Giving Thanks Luncheon celebrates Citrus Valley’s teachers

By EMILY BLOMQUIST

A selection of foods available for consumption on Thanksgiving Day. Groups of people join together annually and serve themselves food similar to this spread. (Craig Adderley/Pexels)

Every school year each Associated Student Body (ASB) member gets the opportunity to invite a teacher of their choice to the annual Giving Thanks Luncheon. The luncheon is hosted in the staff workroom at Citrus Valley High School. ASB members handmake invitations to deliver to their teacher the week before the event, which was on Nov. 21, 2019.

The Social Commissioners of the ASB class not only organized and prepared for the lunch, but also delegated which student donated what for the lunch. Thus, each ASB member was required to invite a teacher, donate the necessary food and make a decorative appreciation letter on a brown paper bag. 

On the day of luncheon, each ASB student waited anxiously for their teacher to arrive so they could then join the line for food. The feast was separated into two trains of buffet tables, each with the classic turkey, ham, stuffing and Thanksgiving sides. There was music and placemats for every person that arrived. Once everyone got their food and sat down, the students took turns standing up and explaining why they were thankful for their teacher. Once the lunch was over, the students grabbed their appreciation letters and presented them to their teachers. The luncheon represents the celebration and appreciation for all that Citrus Valley’s teachers do on a daily basis for their students and the school as a whole.

News brief: East Valley High School adds AVID program mural to school

By ALISON BRADSHAW

An AVID mural decorates Redlands East Valley’s walls to demonstrate the program’s influence and involvement at the school. (Amelie Palacios / Ethic Photo)

The AVID program, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, received a mural of recognition on the front of Redlands East Valley High School this month.

The artist, Matthew Cavanagh, is the son of former Citrus Valley High School’s principal Bernie Cavanagh. He has also created other murals in Citrus Valley’s Bistro. All of his other murals can be seen on his website http://caliartworks.com/.

Robert Clarey, REV’s principal, says, “I contracted the mural to recognize the fact that we are an AVID school that has been recognized for the past four years as a School of Distinction. This is a tremendous honor and I was surprised that as our community approaches REV they are not aware of this.”

With the new mural, Jana Bailey, the school’s AVID coordinator, said, “This mural brings a sense of pride to the school. It demonstrates that we are a school with a college-going culture and we embrace great teaching strategies of WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, Rigor).”

For more information on the REV AVID program or the AVID program in general visit the REV AVID home page.

News brief: Homecoming proves to be a literal term in 2019

By AHLORA SMITH

Blackhawks dance at Citrus Valley’s 10th homecoming, Sept. 28, 2019, at the Mitten Building, Redlands, CA. (Gannon Tullis / Citrus Valley Yearbook)

Both Citrus Valley and Redlands East Valley High Schools have announced the details for their homecoming dances, and the traditional concept of homecoming has been revisited by the two schools.

This year, Citrus will hold its homecoming dance in The Mitten Building in Downtown Redlands, and REV’s dance will be on its own campus, leaning away from the district’s common pattern of leaving town for the dance.

Ticket prices at Citrus have been released and start at $65 with ASB and $70 without for the week of Sept. 3-6. The ticket prices will increase $5 every week until the 27; the dance is Sept. 28 from 7 to 11 p.m.

REV’s ticket prices and details other than location have yet to be announced.

News brief: Wildcats to host annual fall rally

By LILIAN MOHR and MIA DELMONICO

Redlands East Valley High School will be holding the first official pep rally in the gymnasium on Aug. 23, 2019, to celebrate the beginning of fall sports and to showcase the diversity of talent on campus. 

The rally will begin after second period at 9:18 a.m. and will end at 10:18 a.m., with a modified schedule for the day. The event will consist of multiple performances by school programs, including cheerleading, Song, and choir, as well as several games that will incorporate the student body if they choose to volunteer.

Britania Olea, a freshman at REV, says, “I am looking forward to a lot of excitement, good music, and a lot of bright colors!” 

News brief: Hangar 24 fueled up for its eleventh annual AirFest

By ELLA FITZPATRICK

Wondering what the thunderous noises booming over Redlands were starting the afternoon of Friday, May 17?

On May 18 and 19, Hangar 24 charities hosted its eleventh annual Airfest at the Redlands Municipal Airport. This Airfest publicizes extreme pilots who execute daring stunts, like spinning in circles and free falling thousands of feet.

Sue Cook, Hangar 24 Charities Air Fest Coordinator sent notification to Redlands Unified School District in advance with information about the AirFest, including: “We have an exciting event planned with the USAF A-10 Warthog Jet Demo Team, USN F-18 Super Hornets, world class civilian performers and much more. Please visit the website http://www.hangar24airfest.com for the full line up of events. “

The event was available to all ages, with scheduled Air Show performers and live musicians throughout the weekend.

The audience was kept at the edge of their seats as they indulged in a variety of craft beers, aircraft displays and live music.

Tickets to the event ranged from $20 for on-site general admission to $325 for adult Saturday upgraded VIP seating along the flight line. Tickets for military personnel were available for $10. (ELLA FITZPATRICK/ Ethic photo)
When not viewing the performers in the sky, such as the USAF A-10 Heritage Flight Demo Team, USN F-18 Legacy Flight, USAF C-17 or USAF KC-135, attendees could observe model planes for display on the ground. (ELLA FITZPATRICK/ Ethic photo)
Despite the sometimes overcast or rainy weather during the AirFest weekend, large crowds enjoyed the wide variety of activities. (ELLA FITZPATRICK/ Ethic photo)

News Brief: Redlands student scholarship deadline soon to come

By EMILY BLOMQUIST

The Redlands Scholarship Foundation is a local non-profit organization that supports Redlands Unified School District students by giving them the opportunity to earn scholarships. Seniors fill out applications in the last two weeks of January during their second semester. Seniors find out if they got a scholarship a week before their graduation night at their senior awards night. The deadline for the application is Jan. 31. To learn more about all the scholarships there is a website that explains the process at

https://www.redlandsscholarships.org/.

News Brief: Redlands Emergency Services Academy offers seniors potential career experience

By EMILY BLOMQUIST

The Annual Redlands Emergency Services Academy is offering career experience to the senior class. For those who are interested in a career in firefighting, law enforcement or emergency medical services, there is an informational meeting being held on Jan. 31 in Citrus Valley’s Career Center from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and in Redlands East Valley’s Career Center from 11:10 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.

Students who are interested in the program can sign up on the class of 2019 google classroom. There are very limited spots for the trip. The academy dates are July 10-17. This trip allows students to further explore careers in the field of emergency services fully funded.

On the trip, seniors will do real-life rescue scenarios, like “live” fire and water rescue drills, which will allow them to experience the reality of those jobs.

News brief: Redlands East Valley to showcase over 20 acts in talent show

Poster on display outside the Redlands East Valley High School office advertising the Nov. 30 Talent Show. MIRIAM YORDANOS/ Ethic Photo

By MIRIAM YORDANOS

Redlands East Valley High School is hosting a talent show in the Blackstone Theater at 6 p.m on Friday, Nov. 30.. There will be more than 20 acts performing and a few surprise teacher acts.

Currently, the project commission of the REV Associated Student Body is in charge of the talent show. Brookie Fashempour, REV ASB project commissioner, said, “There will be three teachers judging the talent show. Mr. Clements, Ms. Luther and Mr. Porter.”

The cost of the talent show is $5. Additionally, drinks will be sold there.

News Brief: Nissfest delights car enthusiasts

By RICHARD BUNNER

The 4th annual Nissfest car show and track day was held at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Sunday, Oct. 7. It featured both Nissan and Infiniti cars in the five-hour long event, where awards, such as Best-In-Show, were given. There were also ride-alongs available for autocross and an active time attack event. Music and food trucks were present, which made a great backdrop for the event.

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Custom modified Nissan 370z (RICHARD BUNNER/ Ethic Photo)

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White Nissan GTR R34. A special M-Spec nur (RICHARD BUNNER/ Ethic Photo)

News brief: Redlands YMCA Model Legislature and Court calls on youth to ‘Be the Change’

YMCA Model
Left to Right: Kyrah Williams (co-president), Isabel C. (graduate), Benjamin W. (graduate), Dominic Rios (co-president), Courtney C. (graduate), Nick S. (graduate), Ethan F. (graduate) (Photo courtesy of Redlands YMCA)

By DOMINIC RIOS

The Redlands YMCA’s program, Model Legislature and Court, has an informational meeting with pizza and games on Wednesday, Oct. 3 in the upstairs conference room at the YMCA at 7 p.m. to get teens involved in a state-recognized program.

The program is for 9th-12th graders and runs from October until February. There are three conferences a year, and the outline for the program will be discussed at the meeting.

Co-president Kyrah Williams said, “The program has been a great experience and it’s difficult to describe the amazing program and why others should join, it’s something you have to experience to realize it’s worth.”

There is a reminder that can be used to reach co-presidents, Dominic Rios and Kyrah Williams. To join text @mlc201819 to 81010 for any information or questions you may have.

News brief: Keeping music and art going in Redlands

By BENJAMIN WEAR

Music Changing Lives (MCL) and Hartlis Apparel hosted “Ball 4 A Cause” on Friday, Aug. 31 at the Redlands Community Center from 6 to 9 p.m.. In an effort to promote art and music, several local artists, pro basketball players, and celebrities attended this celebrity benefit basketball game.

Josiah Bruny, CEO of MCL, was quoted in the Redlands City News stating, “I want to thank my staff, board members and everyone who answered our call to come out and Ball 4 A Cause.  It’s vital we bring awareness to the issues affecting our youth and community, and I’m grateful for those who see the need and vision and want to get involved to bring change. In the words of Helen Keller ‘Alone, we can do so little; yet together we can do so much,’ and I truly stand by that.”

The event also featured a tour of MCL’s art lab and studio, where fans had an opportunity to record a short shoutout for MCL and Hartlis Apparel.

News brief: Redlands East Valley High School celebrates Club Fair Week

Whiteboard question: “What clubs are you planning to be in this year?” Monday, Aug. 27, 2018 (Lilian Mohr/Ethic Photo)

By MIRIAM YORDANOS

 Several clubs across Redlands East Valley High School participated in Club Fair Week to encourage new members to be part of the school community throughout the week of Aug. 27-31.

Although REV’s school plus two policy encourages being involved with two or more extracurricular activities to create success in academics, REV’s club week promotes togetherness, new friendships, and involvement in school activities.

Zoe Armida, freshman,  stated, “Club Fair Week is important because it informs us of the opportunities the school is offering.”

On Thursday, Aug. 27, clubs on campus raised money by selling various types of food, such as corn in a cup, root beer floats, and popsicles.  Speech and Debate sold out within minutes from Cuca’s Burritos, while a long line of people waited for tacos sold by Packs.

Every day of Club Fair Week, music played and students signed up for clubs they were interested in.

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The Packs Club sells tacos during food day at lunch at Redlands East Valley High School on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. The Packs Club make packages for cancer patients and army troops throughout the year. (Miriam Yordanos/Ethic Photo)

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The Key Club offers free hugs during Club Fair Week at Redlands East Valley High School on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. The club also sold boba drinks to fundraise for activities throughout the year. (Miriam Yordanos/Ethic Photo)

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ASB freshman sell root beer floats for $2 at the food day on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 during the Redlands East Valley Club Fair Week. (Miriam Yordanos/Ethic Photo)

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The Black Student Union sells corn in a cup for $2 at the Club Fair Week food day during lunch on Aug. 30, 2018 at Redlands East Valley High School. (Miriam Yordanos/Ethic Photo)

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Senior Ariel Axter represents the Animenga Club during food day at lunch on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 at Redlands East Valley High School. (Miriam Yordanos/Ethic Photo)

News brief: Citrus Valley High School hosts Homecoming fashion show

By EMILY BLOMQUIST

Citrus Valley High School featured it’s first fashion show of the year on Aug. 31. Media commissioner Sarah Connell and Marlon Funaki made the show possible. In the display, the couples walked down the catwalk with inspirational attire for those attending homecoming. Michael Cohen and Hannah Hill were announcing the pairs of dresses and tuxes. This year, CV’s homecoming is located at the Palm Springs Air Museum on Sept. 29 from 7-11 p.m.. Tickets go on sale this week for $70 with ASB and $75 without.

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News brief: Project Harmony is put on a hold

By ETHAN SIBBETT

Superior Court Judge Donald Alvarez ruled on June 27 that the Harmony project as currently envisioned cannot be built. The Harmony project is a proposed project to build 3,600 homes between the current eastern edge of Highland and the Seven Oaks dam proposed and paid for by Orange County.

According to a July 5, 2018 press release in the Highland Community News, Alvarez ruled against the current project based on a lack of environmental considerations.  His major objections were that the planned homes are too dense, a second bridge over the wash would be needed for the extra traffic, and the effects on wildlife and the wash itself are not adequately defined.

The project may still occur; however, this is a major step backward as the City Council will not be able to review this in time to put it on the 2018 ballot, and so the final decision will not be made until at least 2019. This extra time will allow opponents of the project to gain momentum. The increased costs of the project necessitated by the decreased density of homes and a bridge across the wash will lessen the motivation for building it as well.

News brief: Comedy Sportz allows students to attend for free

By AHLORA SMITH

Citrus Valley High School will be holding its first Comedy Sportz match of the school year on Aug. 31 in the Blackhawk Theatre at 7 p.m.. For their first match, the team has decided to allow all students from the Redlands Unified School District into the match for free upon showing a valid 2018-19 I.D. Concessions will be sold for varying prices, and season tickets will be on sale for $30 with guaranteed reserved seats. For everyone else out there, tickets are $5 at the door.

News brief: Jojos starts promotion for Blackhawks

BY LAURYN BEST

Attention all Blackhawks: Starting next week Jojos Grill-A-Dog, located in Mountain Grove, is starting a special promotion for students of Citrus Valley High School dubbed the Blackhawk Classic.
If students show their student I.D’s, they can get a Classic Style Dog ,with ketchup, yellow mustard, sweet relish, and raw onions, along with a drink for $5.
This will be a permanent special for all CV students.

Assembly reminds Blackhawk seniors of graduation expectations

By LAYLA ABBAS
 
On June 10, 2016, Citrus Valley High School Blackhawks will be attending their graduation and will see all of their hard work put into four years pay off.

On September 24, the seniors met with Citrus Valley principal Rhonda Bruce and assistant principal Curtis Marcell and discussed the senior contract. The senior contract was a formal agreement that all seniors will sign and say they will act accordingly throughout the year in order to attend graduation and walk across the stage on June 10.

A representative from Jostens was also present and discussed information regarding caps and gowns and reinforcing that all students must wear the black and gold gowns and nothing else. After an informative meeting, Marcell ended the gathering by telling the seniors to enjoy their  last year at Citrus Valley, continue to do your best in your classes and make memories while we are still here.

June 10 will quickly approach, so until then seniors must strive to make the best year yet.