News brief: Citrus Valley High School’s mock trial team wins semi finals

By MEANNA SMITH

Citrus Valley High School’s mock trial team won the semi finals against Oak Hills Red on Jan. 12. 

After winning against Oak Hills Red, Citrus Valley mock trial became the top team in San Bernardino County. 

Acuna states, “This is my first time winning semi finals and I’m nervous but more excited.”

The mock trial team’s teacher coaches are Kathryn Fonken-Stoker and Debbie Muniz. 

Fonken-Stoker states, “The team is very slightly nervous, but we’re excited.”

The team will compete in the finals on Saturday, Jan. 14. If the team wins this match, they will advance to state finals and compete to win the title of mock trial state champions. 

Juliana Acuna, senior at Citrus Valley, was awarded the MVP title for her role as witness. (MEANNA SMITH/ETHIC NEWS)

High schools in Redlands host hot cocoa competition

By ANNETTE ALFARO

High Schools across Redlands competed in a hot cocoa competition. The competition tookplace on Dec. 9 between Citrus Valley High School, Redlands East Valley High School and Redlands High School. 

Citrus Valley High School, Redlands High School and Redlands East Valley High School each promoted the hot cocoa competition on their instagram accounts. (Instagram screenshots/ Ethic News media)

The competition was also named the “Mug-of-War” contest.

Kylie McCue, a Citrus Valley junior, said,”It was good. Participation was good and hopefully it will be an annual thing.”

At each high school, the student government representatives scanned identification cards, filled cups with water, and provided hot chocolate packets. Students had to come before school to have their cups filled. Citrus Valley also went out of their way to provide disposable cups to anyone who did not bring their own cup. 

The winner was announced at the end of lunch. The results were posted on Instagram announcing that RHS had won the competition by 45 cups with Citrus Valley coming in second and REV placing third.

Citrus Valley junior Riley Brossia said,”Even though we lost, I think it really rallied our school spirit.”

All three high schools posted the results of the “Mug-of-War” on their instagram accounts. Citrus Valley High School and Redlands East Valley High School congratulated Redlands High School for their win. (Instagram screenshot/ Ethic News media)

Overall the competition was a big success with Citrus Valley, REV and RHS all receiving high participation in the first “Mug-of-War” hot cocoa challenge. 

It was announced that this was going to be an annual tradition and this year was the first. 

News brief: Brittney Griner and Viktor Bout go home in prisoner exchange

By RYAN VENEGAS

The United States and Russia made a prisoner exchange on Dec. 8. 

Brittney Griner is a professional basketball player who was captured by Russian forces in Russia. Victor Bout is an arms dealer  captured by U.S. forces.

The U.S tried to include Paul Whelan in the trade but couldn’t do so. Paul Whellan is a former veteran who was captured by the Russians. 

“Everything is possible,”Putin said when communicating with American officials. 

He is talking about possibly trading someone else we have for Paull Whellan. The Russians really want Vadim Krasikov.

When he heard the news that he would not be included in the prisoner exchange, Whellan told CNN that he is “greatly disappointed…I don’t understand why I’m still sitting here.”

Paul Whellan has been captured and held in Russia for four years. While Griner hasn’t been there for less than one year.

The prisoner exchange has given people mixed feelings towards the decision government officials made. Some are happy that the U.S. got back an American from Russia custody. Others are upset that we gave away an arms dealer nicknamed “The Merchant of Death.”

Many people are happy to see Brittney Griner return to her home. MAny people also are upset and think the U.S. got the worst part of the deal.

News brief: Donald trump announces presidential campaign

By RYAN VENEGAS

With the end of the midterm elections Donald Trump announced his 2024 presidential campaign. 

On Tuesday night Trump presented a speech with the announcement at one of his estates in Florida which will be the head office for his campaign.

“In order to make America great and glorious again, I am tonight announcing my candidacy for president of the United States,” Trump stated.

In Trump’s speech he recalls his first-term as president and states all of the accomplishments he made. While also contrasting those accomplishments with the economy and current policies with Biden’s presidency.

Trump claimed about inflation, “As we speak, inflation is the highest in over 50 years.”

Trump referred to the withdrawal from Afghanistan as “perhaps the most embarrassing moment in the history of our country, where we lost lives, left Americans behind and surrendered $85 billion worth of the finest military equipment anywhere in the world.”

Though the United States did leave lots of military equipment worth billions, Trump’s criticism with the US withdrawal of Afghanistan is false. Estimated by the Defense Department it was actually estimated to be about $7.1 billion.

In Trump’s speech he also comments on the high prices of gas.

“We were $1.87 a gallon for gasoline, and now it’s sitting at five, six, seven and even eight dollars, and it’s gonna go really bad.”

The 2024 election will be the first presidential election after electoral votes are redistributed with the 2020 census.

News brief: Halloween candy prices spike with inflation

By MEANNA SMITH

Every year on Halloween day, children go door to door collecting various types of candy which typically last a few weeks. This year many people wonder if Halloween candy will last children more than a few days.

Inflation has been on a heavy increase since early last year and is now carrying noticeable effects in citizens everyday lives. Inflation has been on an 8.2 percent increase since September of last year, vastly exceeding the Federal Reserve’s target of 2 percent. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Halloween candy prices are now 13 percent higher than last year. This marks the highest yearly jump the Consumer Price Index (CPI) has ever recorded. To understand the magnitude of this jump, it is necessary to note that in the past it has taken nine years for candy prices to jump 13 percent.

The inflation surrounding Halloween candy is largely due to the increase of prices on sugar and flour. The price of flour alone has gone up by 24 percent in just the last year. 

Many US citizens are wondering how these large percent increases directly affect the prices of candy in a way that is relevant to them. According to the National Retail Federation, Americans are predicted to collectively spend about 3.1 billion on Halloween candy during this year’s Halloween season. At a 13% increase, a fifteen dollar bag of the most popular assorted Halloween candy adds about two dollars onto the price.

Each classic Halloween candy has been affected in price differently by inflation. Here are the updated prices of some frequently purchased Halloween candy packs according to the US addition of Bloomberg:

Twix: $7.60

Skittles: $4.43

M&M: $4.62

Reses’s Peanut Butter Cups: $8.01

The prices of these candies are extremely expensive compared to the price of the same candy last year. The candy with the highest price jump is Recese’s Peanut Butter Cups jumping from $5.92 to this year’s price of $8.01. 

Feature image: MIA CALIVA/Ethic News image

News brief: Adidas drops Ye after his antisemitic comments

By RYAN VENEGAS

Adidas has ended their partnership officially with Kanye West.

After the recent antisemitic comments said by Kanye West, Adidas and other companies such as Balenciaga and Gap also ended their partnership with him.

On Tuesday, Oct. 25 Adidas released a statement as to why they dropped Kanye West.

“Ye’s recent comments and actions have been unacceptable, hateful and dangerous, and they violate the company’s values of diversity and inclusion, mutual respect and fairness,” said the statemente released by the company.

With the end of their partnership Adidas has also stated that they will stop production on all Yeezy products and stop payment to companies owned by Kanye West immediately. 

 “After a thorough review, the company has taken the decision to terminate the partnership with Ye immediately, end production of Yeezy branded products and stop all payments to Ye and his companies,” read the statement by Adidas.

Kanye’s remarks toward the Jewish community have brought plenty of backlash and Adidas ending their partnership is just one of the consequences Kanye is facing currently. 

Last week Kanye West was a guest on the podcast Drink Champs and stated “The thing about me and Adidas is like…I can say antisemitic things and Adidas can’t drop me. Now what?” 

According to Forbes, with the partnership loss with Adidas Kanye West will no longer be a billionaire. Kanye West is estimated to lose $1.5 billion of his net worth.

News brief: The world’s first successful planetary defense test

BY MEANNA SMITH

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s first launch of the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission was a success. The DART mission’s goal of testing a method of planetary defense against near-Earth objects was achieved. 

According to NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office, DART was designed to prevent a potential doomsday meteorite collision with Earth. This space mission was not only NASA’s first planetary defense test, but also the world’s first successful planetary defense test.

The spacecraft was roughly the same size of a standard vending machine. The spacecraft crashed into an asteroid called Dimorphous on Sept. 26 at 7:14 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). 

This photo taken by the DART spacecraft pictures Didymos (a larger body which Dimorphous orbits) in the top left and Dimorphous in the bottom right corner. This photo was taken about two and a half minutes before the collision. (NASA John Hopkins APL)

Asteroid Dimorphous is about the same size as two football fields. Dimorphous is estimated by NASA officials to weigh roughly 11 billion pounds.

DART was first launched on Nov. 24 of 2021 weighing a total of 1,260 lbs. Although DART was significantly smaller than Dimorphous, speed is more important than size in space. DART was traveling at hypersonic speed when it crashed into the distant asteroid Dimorphous. 

The collision was videotaped by NASA’s Demonstration Rocket For Agile Cislunar Operations (DRACO) satellite camera. DRACO was able to record minutes before and minutes after the collision. 

Dimorphous posed no real threat to Earth however it provided the perfect opportunity to test the abilities of DART. Although it can’t be determined for another two months whether DART was actually able to alter the path of the asteroid or not, the collision is still considered a huge success because it hit its intended target. 

The success of the DART mission creates protection for Earth against the possibility of a tragic asteroid impact. Although this first-time success is only a small step in the direction of total safety, it proves that humanity is no longer powerless in the event of an asteroid and Earth collision natural disaster.   

News brief: Hurricane Ian devastates Florida residents

By RYAN VENEGAS

This past week Hurricane Ian flooded Florida, destroying resident’s homes and causing people to feel through boats and air transportation.   

As many rescuers search for survivors Florida counts the death toll. According to Florida’s Medical Examiners Commission the death toll has risen up to at least 100 as of Oct. 3. 

“It’s just not the coast of Florida that’s been impacted. We’ve got impacts all the way through Orlando, up to the East Coast. Places like St. Augustine had devastating flooding,” said Craig Fugate, agent of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Florida is not the only place to be hit by Hurricane Ian as Fuagte stated. North and South Carolina have also contributed to the death toll from the hurricane.

“Ian could financially ruin thousands of families in Florida. There’s no better way to say it,” said Mark Friedlander of the Insurance Information Institute.

There are 1.8 million households in the counties of Florida and 1.3 of them do not have federal flood insurance. This means the Hurricane will financially affect Floridians in a very negative way.

The Insurance Information Institute, an industry-funded research group, estimates that Ian has caused at least $30 billion in damage. That would make it roughly the 12th-costliest U.S. disaster since 1980, according to the Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters.

Featured image is from the United States Census Bureau website.

Queen Elizabeth II’s reign comes to an end

BY NADIA CENICEROS

Former England ruler Queen Elizabeth II died on Sep. 8 at the age of 96.  The announcement was made to the public a few hours after her death by Buckingham Palace, Scotland. According to the palace, she had died peacefully at Balmoral Castle earlier that afternoon from natural causes after being bed sick just a few days earlier. The queen’s eldest son, Charles Windsor, acceded the throne that same day becoming King Charles III of England. 

Illustration of Queen Elizabeth’s II crown (Nadia Ceniceros/Ethic News Photo)

Queen Elizabeth II was born Apr. 21, 1926 and became queen of England Feb. 6, 1952 at the age of 27 until her death this year. Queen Elizabeth II reigned for over 70 years, becoming the longest serving British monarch in history. Just a year before in April of 2021, Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth’s husband, passed away due to his age.

Her funeral was held on Sept. 19, twelve days after her death for operation “London Bridge is Down”. The operation is a plan that once the queen passes, there would be an announcement of her death by Buckingham Palace, ten days for the people of Britain to mourn her death, and her funeral.

The funeral was held in the late morning. Members of the Royal family, such as her children and all of her grandchildren, attended the funeral. United States President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden attended the funeral along with many more countries’ royals and presidents. 

Many people said their last goodbyes to the queen and honored her and what she did for England and her people. During the funeral, her casket was carried by the courtage twenty-eight miles from London to Windsor in a car and was carried out by guards with her crown resting on top to get as many people to gather and say their final goodbyes.

News Brief: Citrus Valley’s 2022 Homecoming Fashion Show

BY ELIZABETH MOLLOY

Citrus Valley High School’s Homecoming dance is quickly approaching. In order to get students excited for the dance, as well as giving them inspiration for attire, ASB held a Homecoming fashion show. The fashion show was held during lunch in front of the E-building on Monday, Aug. 29th. Students gathered around the stage watching as pairs of friends and couples walked down the catwalk showcasing their handshakes and outfits. Students from all grades participated in the fashion show and had a blast. This year’s homecoming theme is “All of the Lights”, and is being held at Citrus Valley High School from 7-11pm on September 17th.

Photo 1: All fashion show participants gather on the stage as the show comes to an end. (ELIZABETH MOLLOY/ Ethic News Photo)

Photo 2: Sophomore Lucas Teeter grabs phone to take a point-five picture with the crowd. (ELIZABETH MOLLOY/ Ethic News Photo)

Photo 3: The freshman prince, Teagan, shows off the his blue suit. (ELIZABETH MOLLOY/ Ethic News Photo)

Photo 4: Freshman Teagan and Tori give their special handshake for the crowd. (ELIZABETH MOLLOY/ Ethic News Photo)

Photo 5: Seniors Kaelynn and David show the crowd their homecoming outfits. (ELIZABETH MOLLOY/ Ethic News Photo)

Photo 6: Fashion show participants prepare for grand finale. (ELIZABETH MOLLOY/ Ethic News Photo)

News brief: Redlands East Valley High School’s Mental Health Awareness Club holds a suicide prevention event

By AILEEN JANEE CORPUS

The Redlands East Valley High School Mental Health Awareness Club held a suicide prevention event during lunch on Thursday Sept. 8, 2022.

The booth was held in observance of National Suicide Prevention Week which is from Sept. 4 to Sept. 10. 

“I think that it’s good that more people are talking about mental health and the stigma around it,” said sophomore Eliana Campa, “So, the booth was really cool because people were able to talk about what mental health is and why it’s important.”

At the booth, there were pins with green ribbons for mental health awareness, candy for students, and a positive affirmation station. There students were able to write positive anecdotes on notes or on a poster that will be hung up at REV. Finally, an interactive mental health check was available where students could have placed a paint dot for how they were doing in a certain section. 

“I was in charge of the positive affirmation notes,” said Mental Health Awareness Club Vice President and senior Amélie Palacios, “and I saw that many students were more than happy to leave a kind note for a student that would need it in the future.”

“[Mental Health Awareness Club’s] goal is to provide a safe space to learn, talk and listen to each other,” said Mental Health Awareness Club President and senior Sarinna Schwendiman. 

Mental Health Awareness Club’s next event is their annual Mental Health Fair where multiple clubs from REV and organizations from the county hold educational booths with games, giveaways or resources. 

On Sept. 8, 2022 during lunch time, Wildcats came by the Mental Health Awareness Club’s booth dedicated to suicide prevention. There were many activities at the booth including an interactive mental health check and a positive affirmation station. Among the Wildcats, sophomore Eliana Campa picks up a pin and reads the table cover which shows that National Suicide Prevention Week and a crisis hotline: 988. (Credit / Amélie Palacios)

News brief: Orangewood High School hosts first Black Student Union meeting of the year

By DIAMOND STONE

Orangewood High School hosted their first Black Student Union meeting this year on Aug.31 at lunch.  

The staff who attended the meeting were Orangewood AVID Coordinator and teacher LouAnn Perry, Family and Community Liaison and BSU advisor LaRena Garcia and Orangewood teacher and BSU advisor Vanessa Aranda.  

There were around 35 students and pizza was provided for all the kids that attended.

“The meeting was an introduction about BSU and it was also enjoyable and entertaining,” said Orangewood senior Blessen Thomas. 

At the meeting they talked about upcoming events like the Soul Food Fest on Sept. 11 at Ed Hales Park and the Historical Black College and University Fair.

“This was a good time and it was for students who wanted to join BSU. It’s a new club at Orangewood,” said Orangewood senior Anniyah Allison.

News brief: Citrus Valley High School hosts Club Rush

By ETHIC NEWS STAFF

Citrus Valley’s annual club rush took place on Aug. 26, 2022. Club rush is when most of the CV clubs gather together in CV’s quad to give out information about their club. This is especially helpful for incoming freshmen who want to join a club but don’t exactly know what their new school has to offer.

Club Rush was held in the quad during lunch. Some of the popular clubs at club rush included Blackhawks for Change, Asian student union, Cars and Coffee, Auto Shop, Black Student Union, Multicultural Dance, Possibilities, Hispanic Heritage, and Interact club.

In total, thirty-four Citrus Valley Clubs attended club rush. Club rush gives many students the opportunity to join a club, socialize, and to develop many skills that the clubs at Citrus Valley offer to students.

The multitude of clubs gave many options to this year’s arriving freshman.

Freshman Karla Ziga Ortega said, “I’m looking to join the Hispanic Heritage club because I love my Mexican pride and supporting people, and I’m already in Yearbook, but it would be nice to see everyone coming together and to unite.”

Freshman Ellie Caliva said, “I want to join the Asian Student Union.” The Asian Student Union is a very popular club at CV that celebrates many aspects of Asian culture.

Club Rush was considered a success by many freshmen, including Caliva, who said that “It was good, I had fun,” and Ortega, who said that she “[liked] all the free stuff, [everything] looked good. I don’t know if I can commit to everything but I’ll try to join at least one club.”

Photo 1: Students gather around the Black Student Union tent to learn more about the club. (ELIZABETH MOLLOY/ Ethic News Photo)

Photo 2: Students flood the quad during lunch time, walking around with friends and peers as they learn about the clubs at Citrus Valley. (ELIZABETH MOLLOY/ Ethic News Photo)

Photo 3: Students stop by the Environmental Club table to learn about the club. (ELIZABETH MOLLOY/ Ethic News Photo)

Photo 4: Amber Sibbett, a sophomore at CV, passes out flyers to by passers reeling people in to join the Improv club on campus. (ELIZABETH MOLLOY/ Ethic News Photo)

Photo 5: Trevor Lam, a junior at CV poses for a picture holding up a sign advertising for the Asian Student Union (ASU) at club rush (ELIZABETH MOLLOY/ Ethic News Photo)

News brief: Redlands East Valley kicks off the year

By MAURICIO PLIEGO, ALEXANDRA VERDUZCO and GEFFREY ACOSTA

The Associative Student Body, opened up the new school year for students at Redlands East Valley High School with a rally in the Wildcat Gym on August 19. Senior Pep Commissioners Emma Guerrero, Seth Bruer and Ruben Villanueva introduced Fall sports captains and the new sports student section, the Redzone.

Jahir Garcia, a senior at REV, said, “the best one yet to start off senior year.”

Throughout the rally, various REV student groups performed, such as the Colorguard, Junior Varsity, Varsity, and Songie Cheerleaders.

Three total games were played, the first two by the students and the third by the teachers. The first was a game called “Disney Musical Chairs” where students wore distortion goggles and had to find a chair when the music was over, but the third was a tug-o-war between teachers from various departments and the loser would be “slimed” as the famous Nickelodeon game show works.

Finally, the Pep Commissioners introduced the freshman class of 2026 to “class calls” where students attempt to be the loudest to yell their graduation year.

Carey Rowan, a sophomore, said “ I liked the enthusiasm and class calls, I wish they had more seating.”

Senior Brooke Rowan said, “It was fun and went well, minimal mistakes and really hot. More seating would be nice.”

From left to right: Redlands East Valley Fall sports captains, Brooklynn Rios (12), Aliyah Maciel (12), Aubrey Rivas (12), Celine Hill (12), Analicia Swanson (12), Charlize Munar (12), Maryn Strong (12), Abigail Washburn (12), Vivian Bosch (11) and Ainsley Zercher (11). Team captains introduce themselves to the crowds of students and the sport they represent and lead. (GEFFREY ACOSTA/ Ethic News).

Senior Pep Commissioner Seth Bruer encourages the last remaining players as they wait for the music to end and run for the remaining chair in the game at rally in the Redlands East Valley High School gym. (GEFFREY ACOSTA / Ethic News)

Players from each grade are waiting for the music to end to run and find a chair to stay in the game and continue to the next round. The rally includes a variety of games, performances, and introductions by various students and organizations at Redlands East Valley High School. (GEFFREY ACOSTA / Ethic News)

News brief : California gas prices are falling, demand is one reason

By RYAN VENEGAS

California’s gas prices are going down everyday and it seems like it’s going to keep lowering.

California’s gas prices have been one of the highest in the nation, but it seems like car owners are finally getting a sense of relief.

According to the Automobile Association of America, the overall national average gas price per gallon has dropped to $4, which means it has been the lowest since March of this year. On August 12 the average U.S. price for a gallon of gas was $3.98.

Other than the national average price for gasoline, California’s average regular gas price has gone down by 11.5% compared to last month’s average.

There are a couple of reasons why gas prices are falling. 

AAA spokesperson John Treanor has said “Prices in California, Like the rest of the country, are dropping due to decrease of demand.”

According to Treanor, AAA has done a survey on drivers and learned that 67% of drivers have changed how much they drive due to gas prices being on the rise. 

“The demand for gas goes down as people drive less, thereby lowering the overall cost of gas,” said Treanor.

The decrease in gas prices are not officially set since the demand for gas can go high at any moment which means gas prices can go up again. 

Gas prices can be very flexible and can change fast depending on the demand.

News brief: Advanced Placement testing exams have begun

By ELLA FITZPATRICK

Since the beginning of the school year, high school students in the Redlands Unified School District, and around the country, have been preparing for the Advanced Placement exams offered by the College Board.

Taking place during the first two weeks of May 2022, from May 2 to 13, each AP exam takes approximately two to four hours, depending on the subject of testing.

At Redlands East Valley High School, students are expected to show up to their assigned test start time and testing sites. Testing will take place at J-35, J-23 or the media center at 8 a.m. and 12 p.m.

News brief: Redlands Unified School District elementary school bands visit Citrus Valley

By DESTINY RAMOS

The Redlands Unified School District’s elementary school bands visited Citrus Valley High School for performances and instruction on Tuesday, April 14. The elementary schools included Bryn Mawr, Mission, Crafton, Highland Grove and Victoria. Beattie Middle School’s sixth and seventh grade band members also made an appearance.

During their visit, the fourth and fifth grade students sat through a performance by the third period Wind Ensemble. The advanced group has worked for many weeks preparing for the kids and their performance of “Carnegie Anthem,” “Amparito Roca,” and “Star Trek Theme,” which will also be performed at the spring concert in May.

After the ensemble was finished, the elementary students were able to perform for the high school students while getting music tips from other music coordinators who also visited Citrus Valley. By the end of their workshop, the ensemble students claimed they could hear improvement in the children’s playing.

The fifth and fourth graders of the Redlands Unified School District enjoy a day full of music at Citrus Valley High School on April 14. (DESTINY RAMOS/ Ethic News photo)

News brief: Redlands East Valley’s class of 2022 celebrates senior commit day

By ELLA FITZPATRICK

The Redlands East Valley senior class of 2022 gathered at lunch on April 29 to celebrate senior commit day—an event to recognize the future graduates education plans after high school.

Between the M and K buildings at REV, the Associated Student Body set up a small gathering of free pizza, soda and chips for the seniors attending college in the fall.

Because the grass yard between both buildings was closed off for only seniors, the students were able to enjoy the lunch with themselves and connect with each other about their plans for college.

“It was nice being able to see where other people are committed to. It makes it feel as if we’re going our separate ways but we’ll always have a shared high school experience,” says Alicia Gullon, a senior at REV with plans to attend University of California, Berkeley.

“It makes it feel as if we’re going our separate ways but we’ll always have a shared high school experience.”

Redlands East Valley High School senior Alicia Gullon

Along with eating food, the students could also take photos together in front of the photo booth with friends and sign a banner with their name and the college they plan on attending.

Between the M and K buildings at Redlands East Valley High School, Wildcat seniors Prescott Neiswender and Katelyn Kennedy pose in front of a decorated photo booth to take a photo for Senior Commit Day on April 29 during lunch. (ELLA FITZPATRICK/Ethic News photo)

Redlands East Valley seniors Giselle Sefiane Coady, Ella Martinez-Spencer, Luca Smith and Corey Ford sign a banner with their names and the colleges they plan on attending in the fall on Senior Commit Day at REV on April 29. ( ELLA FITZPATRICK/ Ethic News photo)

News brief: Students invited to participate in Redlands Day of Community Service

By JASMINE ROSALES and SPENCER MOORE

All students in Redlands are invited to participate in the Redlands Day of Community Service on Saturday, May 7 from 8:30 am to noon.  

Steven Mapes, community member, invites everyone of all ages to come out and take part in the Redlands Day of community service. Mapes encourages students to wear their respective school colors to uplift others by seeing the youth serving in our community.

Digital image representing a day of community service created using Adobe Spark (MAURICIO PLIEGO/ Ethic image)

“One of the best things about the Community Day of Service is the way that it brings so many different people together,” said Judy Cannon, Director of Communications for the Redlands Stake of Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints. “We have all age groups and affiliations working alongside each other. It’s part of what makes Redlands so great.”

Students can obtain volunteer hours and take pride in their community by partaking in Redlands Day of Community Service.

“Some of our favorite volunteers are the students from our local high schools. They bring their youthful energy and a unique spirit of fun to the day,” said Cannon.

To volunteer visit Just Serve and search for “Redlands Day of Service May 7th, 2022.”  From there, choose a project to participate in.

The projects to choose from are: Heritage Park-Grounds Landscaping, State Street Planters, Redlands Sports Park Fence-Painting,  Ford Park Pond Stabilization and Gateway Ranch Cable Fencing.

For more information visit Just Serve: Annual Redlands Community Day of Service

News brief: Citrus Valley organizations sell grams the week before Valentine’s Day

By DESTINY RAMOS

It’s that time of year for roses, chocolates, and teddy bears and for Citrus Valley High School multiple organizations are having fundraisers for Valentines day. 

There are currently three fundraisers on campus. ASB is selling cakes for $2, Citrus Vallry’s Choir class is doing serenades for $5 which includes a stuffed animal and card as well. Ethic News is selling wooden roses and cards for $1 each. Sales began Feb. 7 until Feb. 11 and will be delivered on Valentines Day on Feb. 14. Grams will be delivered during second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth period.

The class of 2025 is selling little heart shaped cakes as a fundraiser. Each cake is two dollars, sold during lunch by the G-building. A valentines card will also be given with the cake and a message of choice. (Jasmine Rosales/ Ethic Photo)

The choir’s fundraiser will be selling teddy bears and the singing of a song during class. The buyer will choose from the songs “I’m Yours,” “Best Part,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “I’ll Be There For You,” and “My Girl.” Each valentine gram will be five dollars and will be sold during lunch in front of the F-building. (Jasmine Rosales/ Ethic Photo)

Ethic News will be selling wooden roses and heart cards for one dollar a rose and one dollar a card. Wooden roses come in a variety of colors, such as red, pink, purple, blue, and lavender. The buyer will choose from the two messages of “Happy Valentines Day” and “<3 forever” for the heart shaped wooden cards. Roses will be sold during lunch in front of the E-building. (Jasmine Rosales/ Ethic Photo)

All sales will end by lunch on Feb. 11.  

News brief: Auditions for “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind”

By EMILY WALOS

“Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind” is a fast-paced 60-minute show that contains 30 miniature plays that are written and performed by students. Auditions are open to any junior and senior at Citrus Valley High School. At the audition, students will be given a scene to perform as a cold read. There will be no pressure to memorize or prepare a scene in advance. Although not required, students are greatly encouraged to write a short one- to two-page scene or monologue that will be reviewed to help determine casting. 

Acting, writing and technical skills are aspects that are being looked for during the auditions for “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind.” Auditions for the production are on Dec. 10, at 3:15 p.m. in the Blackhawk Theater. Students have the ability to become a writer or work backstage on tech for the show; however, they are still required to attend the audition. At the audition, they must clarify that they are interested in writing or working backstage on tech. Students can participate in multiple areas if they choose.

Information on the upcoming auditions. (Provided by Victoria Ramirez)

Head student directors Victoria Ramirez and Sophia Partain say they are looking for “storytellers, writers, creative thinkers and those interested in acting.” 

If there are any questions, please feel free to contact them through their emails victoriaram.31979@redlandsschools.net and sophiapar.31933@redlandsschools.net .

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. 

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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: 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: 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. 25from 7:45 a.m. to 1 1:45 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.

News brief: 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: 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. The deadline for the application is Jan. 31.

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.

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.