Photos: Dragons end softball season with 3 home runs against Birch


Orangewood High School participated in their last softball game of the season on Oct. 13 against Birch High School, hitting three home runs and concluding their season with a win.

Orangewood High School senior Jocelyn Gomez runs to first base versus Birch High School on Oct. 13. The OHS Dragons are coached by Mark Perkins. (DEBBIE DIAZ/ Ethic Photo)

Orangewood High School junior Jesse Navarro pitches to Birch High School on the Oct. 13 softball game. Navarro is the Dragons’ main softball pitcher. (DEBBIE DIAZ/Ethic photo)

Orangewood High School senior Jocelyn Gomez prepares to bat versus Birch High School on Oct. 13. As as senior in the last game of the season, Gomez played her last softball game. (DEBBIE DIAZ/ Ethic photo)

Orangewood High School junior Alicia Zaragoza waits for the coach to announce safe or out on the Oct. 13 softball game versus Birch. “Zaragoza is our best first baseman,” says OHS senior Jocelyn Gomez. (DEBBIE DIAZ/ Ethic News)

Orangewood High School senior Jocelyn Gomez rounds first base in the Oct. 13 game versus Birch High School. As a senior in the last game of the season, this is the last softball game Gomez plays for the Dragons. (DEBBIE DIAZ/ Ethic News)

School Talks podcast, ep.1: Talking with an Orangewood teacher about 9/11



ZNIA SEWARD: Hey this is Znia.

MIA MEDINA:  This is Mia. 

SEWARD:  We’re school talks with Orangewood High School and we were interviewing Ms.Sachs about the 9/11 and how she felt about it. Enjoy. 

MEDINA:  Okay so we’re just  going to ask you some questions about 9/11. So the first one is What were you feeling at that moment when you found out that the planes crashed? 

SEWARD: As you were watching it .

STEPHANIE SACHS: Disbelief and horror.


SEWARD: And if you explain it was everything moving quickly or slow did it feel like it was real? 

SACHS:  It was surreal nothing like that had ever happened and history and truly people could not believe what they were seeing.

MEDINA: Okay and our next question is: At that moment what were you doing like then?

SACHS: I was getting ready, my whole family was getting ready. All my kids had to go to school, so we were watching. We had on a news channel and my one daughter screamed, “Mom come see this,” and then we just stood there transfixed watching.

MEDINA: Okay, so since 9/11 are there some things from that day that have stuck with you forever or anything? 

SACHS: To see the buildings in New York collapse where I had been; to see them turn to dust and see the rubble. I will never forget the look on peoples faces as they were covered in just sut 

from all the ashes.

MIA: Yeah.

SACHS: Never forget that. 

MIA: Was it traumatizing to just kind of sit there and watch it all happening and you have no way of doing anything at that moment?

SACHS: Absolutely. For one thing, we didn’t know what was going on. The first plane hit; we thought it was an accident. Oh my gosh. What happened that a plane could go so far off course? And then when the second building was hit, we realized it was intentional and then we heard that there was another plane in Pennsylvania and there was another plane in Washington, DC.

SEWARD: Did you know anybody affected by this traumatizing event?

SACHS: I did not know anyone who was there personally that day. Life has definitely changed for those of us who remember 20 years ago. 

SEWARD:  Do you feel like the event could have been preventable in any type of way? 

SACHS:  No. Not at that point in time because our country is open to all people from all over the world, right? So we were not suspicious that anybody hated us so much that they would try to do something as horrific as that. 

SEWARD: Do you, when I say preventable, I mean so much preventable such as in like the before the plane as the plane is getting hijacked do you feel that the captain or anyone else like that could have possibly called out or anyone in the building could have evacuated beforehand? 

SACHS: You know, no. Cause people just didn’t know what was going on now as far as in Pennsylvania when the people on board that plane realized that. That plane was actually — they think — going to a target in Washington, DC, that they actually brought it down. They sacrificed  their own lives to try to storm the cabin to prevent them from flying into, you know, another building so they did take action but as far as, you know, in the buildings, the united nation those twin towers were huge. I mean, you know, what they did was hit just right in the middle, right where they knew the beams would be able  to melt which would then cause everything to come down. It’s really amazing, not amazing, I mean horrifying, how that one day changed and there was no like now, looking at certain groups of people — I’m trying to decide how to say that — looking at certain groups of people with suspicion now because of the ethnicity of the people who carried out those actions.

SEWARD: After the 9/11 effects do you feel that the people of the United States, in general, around the world the way their views looked at you know these type of people and how they associated this entire specific race to all terrorisim — do you feel that, that was so much of — how do I say this — kind of like a flight or fight type response to everything? Because of the traumatizing events that took place, or do you feel that people were being cruel?

SACHS: Everybody wanted an outlet for something. Everybody wanted to be able to blame somebody and of course it’s wrong to identify a certain group of people. There’s good and bad people in all the people of the world, but it was easier for people I think to get over the pain and the shock of what happened to focus on certain groups of people.  

SEWARD: Do you personally feel like you yourself has viewed anyone differently or looked at  any type of anything differently: planes, firemen, or people just in general? 

SACHS: I think the first responders became more recognized as heroes, and it was very obvious that they put their lives on the line. So many of them died. Those that didn’t die right then often suffered tremendous respiratory damage. 

SEWARD: Cause of the fire. 

Ms.Sachs: Cause of breathing in all, we didn’t know all the chemicals that were in the building  composition that you know they were subjected to breathing. Personally, it’s hard objectifying certain people. I was raised that with everybody you don’t look at race, religion, creed.   

SEWARD: People are people. 

SACHS: People are people, so I was fortunate being raised that way. 

SEWARD: If you can tell our generation one thing to somehow in the future, look at signs or take action about anything you know, what would you tell us, or even just general information that this generation should know, what would you tell us?

SACHS: To be aware. Just like we say, “If you see something, say something,” I think that applies all around. You know in looking back, why were those people taking plane lessons? You know, but it’s just you have to be aware of everything around you. You can’t just assume something. Just be aware and, you know, it doesn’t mean be critical. It just means be aware. Be aware and don’t be afraid. 

SEWARD: Do you feel that any these you know this specific suspects and people involved in this do you believe that their families are traumatized or you know if they feel more like of a outcast or anything like that because of something their family members did? 

SACHS: Um Probably but if we’re talking about actually what’s going on right now is one of the they think masterminds of 9/11 is actually on trial right now in Guantanamo, um the others died  most of the other people died um and in the culture they live in their probably celebrated because they got over on you know they considered the United States evil so. 

SEWARD: And how do you feel we as United States people and you know how do you feel we can make these other countries all included more comfortable with the thought were just like them? You know, we’re not too — most of us aren’t –that privileged. Most of us, we have our own struggles and problems. So how do you feel we as this generation and the further generations and even past generations could possibly change how we react and treat these other countries?

SACHS: You know, in realizing that we’re no better and no worse. The United States has some things that they should not be proud of over the years. Slavery was one thing, right? How could we have thought that it was right to treat people as objects? And there have been other things. So if we accept that, we might have certain things that we can share and give to other countries that would help them. We, likewise, have to believe that they can also share and improve our country as well. 

Another random silence 

SEWARD: Um and also with the events going on around that area, now how do you feel that this can also be prevented? If they just so might take action, what can we do as people to prepare ourselves for the absolute worst.? 

SACHS: You can’t, you really can’t. Again just be aware of things going on around you. You know when we talk about like earthquake preparedness here in california, okay we can have the food and have the water and blankets the batteries all those things. 

SEWARD: But nothing ever prepares you to lose things.To lose all of what you have.  

SACHS:  And you can’t live being afraid of everyday so you can just prepare yourself as best you can.  

20 years after 9/11: Orangewood teachers recall shock and disbelief


Three teachers at Orangewood High School recall when they first heard about the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks: Mark Perkins, physical education teacher, Norma Beckwith, social studies teacher and Louise Gonzales, mathematics teacher.

Mark Perkins, P.E. teacher

Audio recording of interview on Sept. 10, 2021 with Mark Perkins, physical education teacher at Orangewood High School, on what he remembers about the 2001 attacks on the twin towers. Perkins recalls shock.

DEBBIE DIAZ: What were you doing on the day the twin towers were hit?

MARK PERKINS: I didn’t find out about the twin towers until I woke up that morning and then — I don’t know how I knew it was on the news — but it was on the news. Oh, I know how I knew it was one the news. I had a cousin, my wife’s first cousin, he was doing his residency at the closest hospital to where the twin towers fell. When they were bringing victims in, they were bringing them to his hospital. So he called us just to let us know how he was okay. So that’s how I found out that morning about the twin towers. Does that answer your question?

DIAZ: Yes. What was your reaction when you first found out?

PERKINS: I would say the biggest reaction is shock. I would say, you know, my wife grew in a country, she was born in Africa, she grew up in a country where there was war and that kind of — the kind of behavior that happened in the U.S. on that day was like what she remembered happening in the country that she grew up in Malawi in Africa. And nothing like that had ever been seen before in America. So it was just shock the fact that bad guys could come in and do that to us, and we just let it happen.

PACHECO: No one have responsibility.

DIAZ: Do you know anyone that was affected physically by the attack?

PERKINS: Like I mentioned earlier, my cousin was in his second year of residency at one of the hospitals, so he got to see a lot of the victims that were brought in. So I can’t say that specifically victims, but it was interesting hearing. I mean he could look out his hospital window, and he could see the towers smoking and on fire. You know, when they collapsed, he was a first hand witness to that kind of a thing. So it was interesting to hear from his perspective.

Norma Beckwith, history teacher

Audio recording of interview on Sept. 10, 2021 with Norma Beckwith, social studies teacher at Orangewood High School, on what she remembers about the 2001 attacks on the twin towers. Beckwith recalls disbelief.

DIAZ: What were you doing on the day the twin towers were hit?

NORMA BECKWITH: Getting ready to go to work, to teach at Clement Middle School.

DIAZ: What was your reaction when you found out?

BECKWITH: Disbelief initially. You know, when the first plane hit, it was like “What is going on?” But when the second one hit, I  knew we were under attack. And then fear. Fear.

DIAZ: Do you know someone that was affected physically by the attack?

BECKWITH: No, surprisingly on the West coast I knew absolutely no one. I mean, I knew of people, friends who knew people, but I was not impacted personally — my family, my friends — but, just am forever saddened about 3,000 plus lives that were lost.

DIAZ: Right, a tragedy, right.

PACHECO: Do you believe in any conspiracies?

BECKWITH: I absolutely do not believe in conspiracy theories. We were attacked by the terrorists, Al Queda. There is no conspiracy. They’re out to ruin our way of life.

Louise Gonzales, math teacher

Audio recording of interview on Sept. 10, 2021 with Louise Gonzales, mathematics teacher at Orangewood High School, on what she remembers about the 2001 attacks on the twin towers. Gonzales recalls shock.

DIAZ: What were you doing on the day the twin towers were hit?

LOUISE GONZALES: I had just gotten to my classroom, getting ready to teach for the day.

DIAZ: And what was your reaction when you found out?

GONZALES: Shock. Shock. I didn’t really know what was going on.

DIAZ: What went through your head?

GONZALES: I just…shock. Like, “What’s going on?”

DIAZ: Do you know of someone who was affected physically by the attack?


PACHECO: Do you believe in any conspiracies about the attack, like the government, or…?


PACHECO: You just believe it was a terrorist attack?


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Facebook “Adopt a Redlands Senior” group recognizes high school seniors with gifts

Originally published in La Plaza Press


No Homecoming or Prom. No school rallies. No fall Friday night football games. No concerts, plays, or sporting events. No painting student parking spots. No college acceptance celebration days. No paper toss. No end-of-the-year trip to an amusement park. It may be possible that seniors not experience an in-person graduation this year.

Class of 2021 high school seniors are facing the inevitable loss of their last year of high school. For them, this year is supposed to be remembered as a once-in-a-lifetime experience to cherish moments with friends and classmates before they all take on different paths following graduation. However, given the different circumstances imposed by the pandemic, seniors are forced to trudge through the year via distance learning without the in-person connections formed or developed with friends and teachers. 

Redlands High School senior Linda Estrada said, “It impacts mental health because it is stressful to try to teach yourself a lesson you didn’t comprehend in class and when it comes up to that quiz or test you feel uneasy because you don’t know if you taught yourself the correct way to do it.”

To incite positivity for these high school seniors, Marci Atkins, mother of a senior at Redlands High School, started a Facebook group titled Adopt a Redlands Senior. This event is open to any seniors enrolled in RHS, Redlands East Valley, Citrus Valley, Orangewood, the Grove, and Redlands eAcademy. Parents of the class of 2021 seniors are encouraged to post about their seniors where they tell the group about them along with a photo. Anyone else is welcome to read their post and comment if they would like to “adopt” them. By doing so, they commit to compiling a goodie basket or gift bag to deliver to their adopted senior’s house. 

With more than 200 people in the group, seniors have received overwhelming support through the delivery of gifts from people they didn’t even know. 

“I was surprised and very thankful,” said CV senior Destiny Shaughnessy, who received a blanket, car freshener, candle, bracelet and some candy in her gift bag.

“I think this helps seniors because they have worked hard and struggled to get to graduation,” said CV senior Azul Amaro. “Every senior/student has obstacles not just in school but in life as well and I think that with a small/big gift it can make a senior’s day, week, or month better.”

Amaro received a gift basket with a large assortment of items: a sketchbook, some sketching pencils, some fuzzy blue socks, a mermaid reef candle, a 2021 magnetic calendar, a blue glittery scrunchie, some candy and a bath bomb.

Estrada said, “It gave me a boost of confidence knowing people see what we are going through as seniors.”

Redlands High School senior Laura Estrada with a gift basket on Nov. 14. Estrada received a makeup palette, gift cards to Starbucks and Taco Bell, some scrunchies, face masks, and nail polishes from Sergio Vazquez, parent of a Citrus Valley high school senior. (Courtesy of Laura Estrada)

Anyone wanting to adopt a senior can find all the information through Marci Atkin’s FaceBook group “Adopt a Redlands Senior.” Even small gestures, such as flowers, balloons, or a card, truly brighten up seniors’ days. All people are encouraged to participate and appreciated greatly for making this year’s seniors feel special given these unique circumstances. 

Redlands Unified School District plans to hold the multi-school Genesis dance


(infographic courtesy of Citrus Valley website)

On February 28, students of all grades from Citrus Valley High School, eAcademy, Grove High School, Orangewood High School, Redlands East Valley High School, Redlands High School and RISE Program will attend a multi-school, multi-stage dance called Genesis held at the Yucaipa Performing Arts Center.

The dance will not only include multiple dance floors with several DJs, but also activities such as rock climbing, karaoke, arcade games, human foosball, caricatures and a chill lounge that are all fully included with the ticket purchase. 

Genesis’s doors will open at 7 p.m. however lines are expected and the dance will conclude at 11 p.m.

Before purchasing a ticket, students must turn in an additional waiver with the standard dance permission slips. This waiver allows students to participate in the rock climbing activities. 

The dress code for the dance is casual attire, however the school dress code still applies. Students are encouraged to dress warmly or in layers as the event has activities both indoors and outdoors. 

Students will be able to enter the dance by showing their student ID at the entrance as it will serve as their ticket. Re-entry to the dance once outside the doors will not be permitted.

This event that includes all of the RUSD schools is traditionally held once a year. However, it was not held the previous 2018-2019 school year, therefore this 2019-2020 school year is the dance’s comeback year.

Opinion: Orangewood student makes a case for return of school buses

Graphic design created using ibisPaint X. (Mia Aranda/ Ethic Media)


What keeps students motivated to get up and get ready for school? Maybe it’s friends, maybe it’s food, or maybe it’s educational excitement. But, amid all this motivation, some students still find reasons to not come to school.

As a model continuation school, Orangewood High School works to reignite students’ motivation to attend school again and catch up on work. However, a major impediment stands in the way: transportation. Many students are unable to secure regular transportation to home and from school.

Orangewood no longer offers school busing anymore. Why don’t we have it anymore, you say? Allegedly, budget cuts. No matter the reason, a bus system is crucial for student success.

Local city bus stops are often too far from most students’ houses, or too far from Orangewood in general. Despite this, most students still go the extra mile to take the public city bus and walk to school. This system puts a strain on regular and timely attendance, because students do not want to depend on unreliable public transportation wherein they run the risk of harassment by strangers on the city buses. 

Moreover, some students experience problems at home that may prevent them securing regular rides from family members. Occasionally, students’ parents can’t take them to school, because they have work. Additionally, when the our city experiences inclement weather, students are more inclined to stay home because they are faced with the following question: Why go to school if I don’t have a ride or don’t want to walk to school?

Orangewood’s goal should be to encourage students to attend school; it would be a good idea if the district gave the school its transportation back. At the end of the day, it should be about ensuring that students have what they need to be successful and giving them a better chance to graduate on time.

Opinion: AVID program makes a positive impact on Orangewood students


At such a small school like Orangewood High School, the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program has made a widespread, positive impact on students.

AVID is a college preparation program designed to provide students with the skills they need to be successful for college. AVID intends to support low-income, struggling students. The program teaches critical thinking, organization, teamwork, note-taking, and key writing skills.   

Orangewood High School AVID students play an interactive game that demonstrates the importance of teamwork and critical thinking in real-life settings. (Meccayda Gregary / Ethic News)

According to a statement released by AVID, 75 percent of participating students come from a low-economic status background while 80 percent are students from underrepresented demographics. Although students come increasingly varied backgrounds, they still outperform their peers across various subjects due to their AVID training.

Orangewood High School AVID students participate by learning about possible college opportunities at a college fair held in the Jerry Lewis Center. (Meccaryda Gregary/ Ethic News)

AVID helps struggling students by guiding them to a path to success with training in study and time management skills. According to an AVID statement, over 90 percent of participating student graduates attend college, and 89 percent of those students continue to attend college after two years. This goes to show the AVID program is effective in teaching students the skills they need to be successful in college and in daily life.  

The Orangewood High School AVID family poses for a photo together in front of their high school. (Meccadya Gregary / Ethic News)

Through the program, students are able to prepare for college, apply to the colleges that spark their interest, visit countless campuses, receive scholarships and engage with alumni. Otherwise, students may not have had similar opportunities or encouragement to even apply, much less pursue higher education. At Orangewood, involvement in AVID has had countless benefits. As a participating senior, I have applied to college, received acceptances from some universities and junior colleges, and obtained pending scholarships.

Students learn to appreciate and adapt to their AVID “family,” an experience that is helpful to those who need support from peers and teachers. In all, AVID is a beneficial program to struggling students and minorities with its high-preforming track record of leading students to success at Orangewood High School.

Severo joins Orangewood High School staff as new career center teacher


Deborah Severo is Orangewood High School’s new Career Center teacher. 

Prior to working for Redlands Unified School District she worked for what is now known as Accenture, as a senior consultant for their Change Management division in Connecticut. Right after that she was head of the Education and Training division of the Western region for Aetna/U.S. Healthcare. 

While working for RUSD she worked at Redlands High School, Redlands East Valley High School, and Citrus Valley High School for ten years as the Career Center Teacher. 

She said that what she likes most about Orangewood is the students and staff because everyone is very supportive. At Orangewood, she is able to do what she enjoys, which is helping students prepare for their futures. 

Severo has a son who graduated from REV. The rest of her family lives on the east coast. 

For fun, Severo likes reading, writing, painting, taking hikes and traveling. She was born in France and lived there until she was about three years old, then moved to Connecticut where she grew up. Later, she left for college in Massachusetts and New Jersey. She has also lived in Hawaii, Georgia, and Louisiana. She’s lived here in California for the past 25 years. 

During her high school years, she started at Sheehan High School for her freshman year and for the rest of high school she went to Southington High School. For her college courses she went to Mount Holyoke College for freshman and sophomore years. Then she could not afford it anymore because her parents would not complete the FAFSA forms. Severo paid for it herself. She then applied for transfer to Rutgers University and graduated with her Bachelors Degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology. 

Severo’s favorite foods are Italian and seafood. Her favorite music is mainly groups like Imagine Dragons and One Republic. 

Severo says that in 10 years she sees herself at Orangewood High School and also she aspires to have a book of her own poetry published. In the next 20 years she sees herself retired from the RUSD. 

Negrette begins new school year as office manager at Orangewood High School


Melissa Negrette is the new office manager at Orangewood High School. She worked at Citrus Valley High School for seven years as an administration manager. Before that she also worked at the San Manuel Administration Office for nine years.

Negrette had been looking for a change and that led to her promotion at Orangewood High School. 

Negrette has a husband and two children: a teenager and a toddler. She grew up in Highland, California and still lives there with her family. She says she likes where she has grown up.

While growing up in Highland she went to San Gorgonio High School and managed to graduate a whole year ahead of her class in 2003. After high school she chose to further her schooling and went to Ashford University to get her Bachelor’s Degree in Education Administration. 

Melissa Negrette sits at her desk in the Orangewood High School main office. (Ethic photo)

In Negrette’s likes spending her free time with her family and doing some self motivating activities such as group classes at the gym. She likes to listen to all types of music, but at the moment her “go to” music is country.

She says in 10 years she hopes to still be working at Orangewood High and in 20 years she hopes to be retired. 

Editor-in-chiefs’ letter: Ethic unites schools


Coming into the school year in August, I didn’t know how much time and energy that I would put into newspaper, into Ethic. I didn’t know how much it would mean to me nor did I know how much that it would shape who I am today. I say this as I am giving recruiting speeches to classrooms (If you are reading this and are eligible to be in the newspaper class next year, I strongly encourage you to do it.), but I really and truly believe it: newspaper is great.

Sure, not everything about it is the best and there are some bumps in the road that are bound to get in your way, but the experience of it all is above anything else. I got to be a part of a deeply creative and innovative part of my school and I’m proud of it. I’m proud of starting the year with one product and ending the year with an even better one. I’ll be proud of next year’s staff for doing the exact same thing.

But what’s the thing that really made newspaper so great? No, it wasn’t the freedom of being able to write what I want (Although, writing about the musicals I went to this year was phenomenal.) No, it wasn’t covering the major sporting events. (While I say that, every time that I see Seth’s video compilation of a game, I get a little wonderstruck.) No, it wasn’t introducing myself as ‘Maya Sanchez, Redlands East Valley Senior and Ethic’s Editor-in-Chief’. (Okay, I have to admit, it was a little bit of that.)

The best part was being a part of the community of not just my high school, but of Redlands as a whole. Before joining, the most interaction I got of the other high schools were the girls on my soccer team and the few times that our athletic teams played each other throughout the seasons. But beyond that, it was always REV centered. And while that isn’t a bad thing in the slightest, being able to see my high school experience as a Redlands experience and not just a REV experience has been for the better. I’ve gotten more involved in the happenings in my community, have met new people that I’m proud to call my friends, and most importantly I get to truly call myself a part of this Redlands Community.

I know our schools try to bring us all together under a common cause, and while I do not think in any way that they have failed, I think that Ethic has succeeded. By covering three schools in the Redlands Unified School District, Ethic has really embraced what it means to be inclusive and it’s that quality that has made newspaper outstanding for me.

I am beyond grateful to be able to serve as your Redlands East Valley Editor-In-Chief and I hope that next year will be just as prosperous as this year. Thank you reading and I hope you have enjoyed this year’s publications and that you will enjoy all the years that will follow.

Again, thank you. This year has really been a year to remember.

If someone were to tell the middle school me that high school senior me would write my innermost thoughts and publish them for the world to see, I’d think they were full of it. If someone told the middle school me that high school senior me would make friends with kids across the city, I’d brush it off. If someone told middle school me that high school senior me that I, with my sometimes crippling social anxiety, would be the Editor-in-Chief of a student run newspaper; I would have laughed in their face. But none of these situations are hypothetical.

Living in a city big enough that the school district has to dictate where you will go to school , thus dictating who you interact with, you can settle in your area of comfortability. The people you’ve known for 3 years are the ones you continue to see for another 4. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Of course there are opportunities to cross these invisible lines if you wished, but I didn’t really.

The summer before my senior year, I attended AAA summer school to get ahead before the school year began. There I met Ethic News’ very own founder: Mrs. Aranda. One thing led to another, and I soon found myself staring at kids across the city through a flat screen t.v. The experience was unsettling to say the least. I wondered if I had a hard enough time communicating with people face to face, how was I supposed to succeed in this way?

But in all honesty things kind of just fell into place. Soon enough we were sharing jokes through a camera, and texting each other about things unrelated to newspaper. Things were actually more weird on the rare occasion we got the chance to see each other in person (all of these of which I can count on one hand). After a few moments of awkwardness, we just picked up where we left off last. Soon, I was calling the students who went to our so called “rival school” my classmates and friends.

It’s so easy to hide behind invisible barriers and decide we’re too different to ever get along without actually attempting to bridge the gap. Victimizing ourselves instead of trying to be the solution to the factionalized world we live in is something we have to end- and it starts in our own backyard. There is more than enough room in Redlands for the diverse group of people we have. This is exactly what Ethic News accomplishes through its determination to cover all schools, and the community as a whole.

I have so much pride in what we Citrus Valley Blackhawks do, and I also have so much respect for REV and Orangewood for their efforts to become good students and community members. This is a respect I wouldn’t have gained without stepping out of my comfort zone and joining Ethic News.

It’s been a wild ride, and I’ve grown in a lot of ways along the journey. I hope next year’s team passes on the tradition of inclusivity through covering the great city we all call home.

Orangewood Starts New Fitness Club


At Orangewood High School there is a new activity called the Fitness Club. It first began Thursday, Jan. 26 and helped begin a new start for 2017. This was created to complete athletic goals for students and staff of Orangewood High. This program is to help provide new physical ways to stay fit and healthy. So far, the program has been running successfully and is managing well.

The program is managed by the Blue Cross Athletics Team, Redlands University, and the Redlands Police Department. The club is scheduled every Thursday for the next 11 weeks. The students and staff that attended the program were overjoyed to see that the instructors were extremely motivated to help students and staff get to their potential goals of 2017. They also provided all types of equipment ranging from cowbells and pull up bars, to kettlebells and stability balls; it also included many more different physical supplies.

The class begins right after school from 1:45 to 2:45, every Thursday of each week through the rest of the school year. The fitness club consists of three fitness instructors that are also involved in the police force and some students and staff that come along from Redlands University. Every week there is a new unit of movement that consists of different body workouts, so that every time you come it is a different routine. At the end of the program, the participants stretch out and talk about different ways that they can help themselves start a new lifestyle of living.

“Every 15 Minutes” sparks conversation

On 16 Feb. and 17 Feb. the Orangewood High School leadership team attended the Every 15 Minutes program at Redlands High School accompanied by OHS leadership adviser Louise Gonzales.
The Every 15 Minutes program is a way to make people aware of drunk and distracted driving. Every 15 minutes someone dies from a driver who is either drunk or not paying attention to where they are going. This causes a lot of grief and loss in families and friends.
The program’s goal is to ensure that people are looking where they are going and not driving intoxicated so that the world can be safer.

Hobbies of Mike Strozier, a Student at Orangewood High School 


Mike Strozier has many hobbies such as skateboarding, biking, playing with his dog and yugioh. He has many friends that had some wonderful things to say about him. Lots of people have good things to say about him.

One person is Diana Becerra who says that Strozier is “a very interesting person”. Andrew is another person who says that “Mike is odd in a cool way”.  Dwayne Ford says that “he is quite the friend to have”.

Strozier also enjoys going off of jumps on his bike going really fast and sometimes faceplanting. He is quite the adventurous type when it comes to thinking in class. He will go far beyond in his work in class and surprises even the teacher he could be a teacher himself.

OHS’s Andrew Davis has Many Options and Words to Describe Him

PictureOrangewood High School student Andrew Davis


Andrew Davis is a busy high school student who enjoys drawing, film, Yugioh, skateboarding, story writing, music writing, and gaming as his hobbies. After he graduates he looks forward to being either a blacksmith or a massage therapist.

Before Andrew came to OHS he says he was a lazy student who was dealing with what is known as super depression. Andrew is always looking for some new way to help people.

Aiden Martin says that Andrew is, “a cool friend to have.” 

“He is a nice and kind person,” says Blanca Madrigal.

“He is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” Mike Strozier.  

​Christian Aichele says that, “He is very respectful person.”

​Caileb Misale said Andrew was, “A person I enjoy being around.”

Many people describe him as, “funny,” “smart,” “creative,” “crazy in a good way,” and “charismatic.”  

OHS Root Beer Floats Sell Rapidly


PictureJaylen Allan serving root beer


Orangewood High School began the school year with a successful event on Aug. 26, selling root beer floats to students as a Leadership fundraiser.

The root beer floats were sold out quickly, as the cups were very popular because of the unique light-up design.

​Many people expressed disappointment that the cups sold so quickly, stating that they were willing to even buy a second cup just to get another root beer float. For health reasons, another root beer float could not be sold in the same cup.

The leadership teacher, Mrs. Louise Gonzalez, was surprised at how quickly they sold. She expected it to take all of the lunch period, but instead it took about three quarters of the lunch.

The cups must have been special, because to this day people are still carrying them around school.

OHS Staff Member Cindy Kaiser Makes the Switch from Teacher to Counselor 


​Orangewood High School counselor, Cindy Kaiser, has previously been a teacher at Judson and Brown Elementary, Beattie Middle School, Kingsbury Elementary, and Fairfax Elementary for 19 years collectively.

Kaiser decided to become a counselor because, “my friend got a degree for counseling and I thought, ‘hey I can get that too!”. So Kaiser got her counseling degree and became a counselor at Orangewood High School. She has been working at Orangewood for four years now and enjoys it very much.

Kaiser’s favorite hobbies include shooting her 9mm pistol, hiking, and traveling. Her favorite breed of dog is a hound puppy.

Kaiser also loves frogs, mainly because when she was teaching first grade a student gave her a frog. Over the years, she received more and more frogs throughout her 19 years as a teacher, and got more while being a counselor. The students at Orangewood are lucky to have her. Diana Becerra says that “Mrs. Kaiser is strangely amazing” and the Orangewood principal Carol Ruhm says, “Mrs. Kaiser is a phenomenal counselor.”