09.04.16

What is Football?

by Crisel Magyawi, Staffwriter

The Devils’ Advocate


For families, it is the sport that brings them together on Sundays; for others, it is the adrenaline rushing through their veins as the clock runs while their team is down by a touchdown. For the Panthers nation, it was “24-10,” the heartbreaking numbers symbolizing the loss of the Super Bowl trophy that was on the tip of their fingers.

For Sweetwater, football is Friday Night Lights that unite not just the students, but everyone in the city. It is watching their friends and sons running up and down the field while sharing laughs with old friends. For our football players, football is blood, sweat and tears. It is the early mornings in the weight room and the late nights on the field. It is the sound of their breaths shortening, their heart thumping and their coaches yelling.

Last year, our football team encountered several challenges that weakened the team as a whole. However, these predicaments did not stop them from devoting their lives to the sport they love. “Unfortunately, last football season, we learned the hard way that success wasn’t given, but instead earned,” says one of the current football captains, Alfredo Uolla. “To avoid another 1-9 season, we’ve been practicing non-stop in order to have our redemption this year for SUHi,” he adds. With the help of the new head coach, Wesley Charles and his coaching staff, the team will build from the ground up and stand stronger than ever this fall.

A sport thrives with determination and passion, and this is exactly what our team is giving. On August 26th, at 7:00 p.m., our men will stand on the field, cleats pounding on the turf and hearts on the field, more ready than they’ve ever been before. Despite last year’s record, they will play with minds of champions and disregard all the challenges they have faced. After all, the road to success runs uphill.

09.04.16

Surfs Up, SUHi!

By Larriza Gillego, Staffwriter

The Devils’ Advocate


Screen Shot 2016-09-04 at 9.09.06 AMOne way that Red Devils show their spirit at Sweetwater is through participation in the spirit weeks. The ASB delivered a spirit week that changed the entire game. They gave us a theme which was “Surf’s Up, SUHi” and it contained days such as “Tacky Tourist Day” where students were to dress up as tourists, and “Red Sea Friday” where students would demonstrate their spirit by wearing red for the very anticipated assembly.

Because of the rise in the use of social media, students were given a challenge to earn class points by posting photos of students themselves dressed up with “#surfsupsuhi” and their class number. The class which posted the most won class points. By having the class competition, it has raised the amount of spirit of students and teachers, and it gave them an incentive to dress up!

A friendly class competition brought the classes together through the means of taking pictures with each other. All the students had a goal to win the competition. This has encouraged the participation and encouragement of our entire SUHi family.

Not only did the competition raise awareness of spirit in the students, but also it shows other schools how much love and pride Sweetwater students have. Social media is the best way to connect to other schools’ students, and posting these photos not only shows our own enthusiasm as students, but also it gives other schools ideas which can help them improve their own school spirit. Having competitions like these keeps students on their toes and urges them to participate.

So ASB, keep up the good work! And students, let’s keep the spirit up!

09.04.16

AIA, ALL THE WAY

by Alyssa Doon, Staffwriter

The Devils’ Advocate


Got culture? Well, SUHi does! The Asian International Association is a family of Sweetwater staff and students of different cultural backgrounds. No, they are not just Asians, and one does not have to be Asian to join this club! With the help of the advisors, Mrs. Cruz and Ms. Manlangit as well as the students, AIA promotes the vast cultural diversity that SUHi has to offer by hosting various events for the school.

Over the years, this club has put in a lot of hard work on several major events such as Culture Night, Talent Shows and the Sweethearts Dance. This year’s AIA is run by Jenna Jacinto (President), Jenessa Magtoto (Vice President), Alyssa Doon (Secretary), Hanna Mesfin (Treasurer), Nemuel Cajudo (Public Relations), Matthew Peralta (Cultural Coordinator), and Angelica Fontanilla (Historian). Their goal for 2016-2017 is to reach out to the community and get involved outside of school to show what SUHi students are all about. Besides selling the popular and delicious boba from Lollicup and being in charge of events, AIA plans to unite people together, no matter what cultural background.

Now, AIA isn’t all just about work and volunteering. It’s a lot of fun and games with this group of people! From playing ice breaker activities during meetings, to going to Padres games, to having little bonding moments and potlucks, AIA knows how to get people together and have a good time. Want to join a club this year? Go AIA, all the way!

09.04.16

Puerto Rico Vibes

by Ana Hernandez, Staffwriter

The Devils’ Advocate


One of the many things that people enjoy doing is traveling, and what better time to do so than during the summer? Most of us perceive summer vacation as a time to catch up on our sleep or even just to watch television and do nothing more, but it’s the perfect time for parents to take some time off their busy regular schedules and just enjoy the time with their children.

One of our fellow Red Devils decided to hop out of bed and travel to Puerto Rico! Airam Moleta, a student of the Junior class, described her experience for the week that she spent there. The reason for her trip, Airam said, was to simply explore a new place and culture. “My family and I are very accustomed to our Mexican culture and its very nice to view, experience and understand something very new to us.”

She also mentioned how amazing the food was and that it was definitely one of her ultimate favorite things, other than the beach, of course. Everyone who hasn’t been living under a rock is at least somewhat familiar with how great Puerto Rico beaches are; therefore, you might even imagine Airam’s happiness while describing them. Although her trip was enjoyable, she explained how much chaos there was in the streets. She said, “The sidewalks were destroyed. It was very difficult to walk through the sidewalks without looking down to watch your step. Because of this, I witnessed many accidents.”

However, she was delighted by all the people and how well they were treated in every location they visited, and she would love to go back and relive the experience.

Just like Airam, we all have trips and dreams of trips to come. And each and every one is worth sharing as we Red Devils explore the world beyond SUHi’s walls.

09.04.16

2016 Red Devil’s Open House

By Vanessa Juarez, Staffwriter

The Devil’s Advocate


The seniors’ last Open House was a success! On Thursday August 11, 2016, the annual Open House was filled with joyful and unforgettable memories. Many of Sweetwater’s talented Red Devils were able to perform for the wonderful staff & parents. Mariachi, Ballet Folklorico, Advanced Dance, Band and Cheer were all part of SUHi’s performances. Jaqueline Farias, a senior in Ballet Folklorico, confesses how she feels knowing it was her last performance in the annual Open House: “I was upset knowing it would be my last performance, but we made the best out of it and I enjoyed every second of it.

Just like Jacqueline, many seniors are already counting down their last year’s performances. These gifted students express their passion through the art of performance, and as a group they have the opportunity to show off their hard work they put in every day after school.

As the parents made their way to their studentsclassrooms, each and every one of us Red Devils helped to show them the meaning behind the “Red Devil Way”. Every student set a perfect example of what it’s like being a Red Devil here at Sweetwater High School. Seniors and underclassmen alike were followed by their parents throughout the evening to their classrooms to meet their teachers. Sweetwater Red Devils were able to successfully show their parents and guardians that throughout their daily lives in school, each student is being respectful, responsible, and kind. Not only were the students emphasizing the “The Red Devil Way,” but so did the volunteers who were able to give their time for this annual event, the teachers who dedicated their time to make this a wonderful experience after school hours, and the staff who are always so extremely dedicated to their careers.

09.04.16

New Season New Banner?

by Alissa Gonzalez, Staffwriter

The Devils’ Advocate


Just as volleyball season seems to be creeping around the corner, your 2016 female team seems to be ready for any challenge. For the past couple years they have been able to successfully bring home banners to our wall of fame in the new gym. However, this season may be a bit more challenging considering that three more teams have been added to their league. The new season also means new teammates and new captains.

For the past two years, our Ladies’ Sweetwater High School Volleyball Team has been able to bring home banners by going 6-0. This season would mean bringing home a third banner, all back to back if all goes well; however, the team does not want to underestimate their opponents. Sweetwater’s first official game is August 31st against Morse and it is an away game. Their first home game is September 2nd against Foothills Christian. When asked which of the two schools they believe will put up the best fight during a match, our Red Devils responded that Mar Vista and Chula Vista are expected to be their biggest competition of the season. So, be sure to attend those games and cheer on your fellow teammates!

Although the team may be division four, they play just like division one and the record shows it. When you attend their practices you see just how much effort and work they put in to ensure a great season for you Red Devils! Their coach, Eric Hernandez, must be very proud and excited to start this 2016 season.

Be sure to be on the lookout and listen to your Red Devils Review for upcoming home games to show the team your love and support. Hope to see you all there!

09.04.16

Developing A ‘New Perspective’

by Nemuel Cajudo, Staffwriter

The Devils’ Advocate


In need of community service hours? Interested in making an impact in the community? New Perspective is a club that is available here at Sweetwater that fullfils both of those questions! During the 2014-2015 school year, the Class of 2016 SUHi alumni and former President, Rioniel Arias, founded this club. New Perspective’s endeavor is influenced by their mission statement, “promoting advocacy and initiative to make a difference in a community.” Members of the club take time out of their student lifestyles to participate and volunteer at various events not only in National City, but also in the whole community of

San Diego. Most of their servitude involves their participation in a bigger cause. For example, they recently went to volunteer at The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life here at San Diego’s Embarcadero Marina Park on Saturday, August 20, 2016. Cancer survivors would amble confidently along the track, triumphantly declaring their overcoming their illness, and New Perspective was one of the many groups of people there in exuberance, cheering on and celebrating their accomplishments.

“It’s more than community service hours,” shared New Perspective’s 2016-2017 President, Nicole Abreu (12). “It’s fulfilling the roles we have in the community.” These young people make use of the traits they were given and use them to potentially influence their community. Members provide aide to the city in order to fullfil a much ‘bigger picture’. They want to support people. They want to be of service to people. They want to be a part of something that can impact people’s lives.

This student organization is not just an ordinary volunteering club offered here at Sweetwater High School. The club’s main focus is that each student will develop a new outlook on how they can serve their community. When focusing on the potential they can provide, that is when each individual develops a ‘New Perspective’.

09.04.16

Inspiration in the Music World of the Red Devils

by Marycielo Chaparro, Staffwriter

The Devils’ Advocate


Screen Shot 2016-09-04 at 8.59.48 AMSweetwater has a diversity of cultures that helps students get connected with different heritages. Mariachi is not just another performing arts class; it’s a cultural class that helps students learn an instrument while learning about a different culture.

Mr. Sanchez, our mariachi teacher at Sweetwater, inspires his students every day by starting off his class with an inspirational quote about music. Students write their thoughts and views about what they feel about that particular quote in general; then they all share each other’s ideas with the class.

Mariachi consists of guitars, guitarrones, violins, trumpets, a harp and a singer. In his beginning classes, the majority of the students are eager to learn how to play the violin. Many of his students, like Stephanie Espinoza, shares, “The attitude that my classmates have is very optimistic, contagious enough to make me want to be part of it. Playing the violin makes me feel very relaxed and enthusiastic when I am listening to all the instruments come together as one. Mariachi has become very important, and I am very excited to be here and be learning new things in class.”

Mr. Sanchez invites students who don’t know how to play an instrument to learn and find ways that music inspires their lives. Our teachers don’t only want us to memorize things we learn, but actually apply those things we learn. Mr. Sanchez adds to that and says, “It’s not only learning how to play the song, but also learning how to read your musical notes.”

Just like Mr. Sanchez, all our teachers at SUHi help the Red Devil student body find inspiration in the things we learn in class.

09.04.16

Mabuhay, SUHI!

by Arjud Dela Cruz, Staffwriter

The DevilsAdvocate


It has been a few weeks now since the new school year kick-started, and the clubs are off to full throttle. There are various clubs that students can join and participate in, and one of them is the Mabuhay Club. Mabuhay Club has been around SUHI for a long time now, and it is one of the clubs that students should not miss out on joining.

To start off the year, Mabuhay Club’s previous advisor, Ms. Villanueva, passes down the torch to Ms. Mendoza as the new club advisor. As she welcomes members in the very first meeting, she exclaims, “Everyone in here is now part of our loving family!”

It has always been the mission of this club to embrace and spread the Filipino culture, not only to Filipinos but to everyone else in Suhi. Each and every student is welcome to join, as the club aims to make its family grow every year. Throughout the year, the club will conduct various activities that will highlight the Filipino culture in the most fun and best way possible. As of now, the club is planning to have a day at the park, in which they would eat different classic Filipino foods and play various classic

Filipino games as well. This day is meant not only to promote different Filipino foods and games, but also to bring each member closer to each other.

The club is also focused on helping its members get community service hours, as the club wants to ensure that every single one of its members get the hours they need to graduate or to get to those high-end universities. Moreover, the club also has a long list of fundraisers coming up, so that every activity that the club performs will be well funded, ensuring that the members will have the most fun possible in the least costly way.

09.04.16

New Year, New Letterettes

by Sinay Gomez, Staffwriter

The Devils’ Advocate


Letterettes has come back for a new semester and they are ready to give it their all once again. This upcoming year, they have lots to look forward to. They will be performing for halftime shows, assemblies, and even parades. Letterettes is a mixture of everything like dancing, marching, drill, and boards. The girls get to be part of this amazing team. This is the second year since Letterettes have made a comeback to the SUHi family. Last year was the first year since ten years ago that Letterettes made a return. Mrs. Guzman, our dance teacher, decided to bring backs Letterettes so it wouldn’t be forgotten, and so that SUHI would know what Letterettes is all about.

What many students don’t know is that it takes a lot of work and dedication to be part of the team. Using those boards isn’t as easy as it looks. They have to practice and practice until they get it. Learning a dance can be complicated for some, but dancing, using boards and marching is a whole different story. The girls need to learn how to do a little bit of everything, such as spinning the board or even throwing them and catching them while dancing. For some it might be easy, but for others it takes more time and effort.

Many SUHi students didn’t know what Letterettes were until last year. The team dedicates their time and effort to making sure they represent SUHi the way it should be presented – with pride, with spirit, with dignity. Another exciting thing the team has to look forward to is their new coach. She’s a SUHi alumna who graduated in 2012 and was part of Advanced Dance and Cheer. During her middle school days at Granger, she was involved in color guard as well. She’s Silvia Rodriguez, also known as Coach Silvia.

She’s grateful for the honor she’s received in the opportunity to coach this year’s Letterette team. This team has a lot to look forward to, especially with a new coach in the second year since its comeback. But no worries, with all their hard work and effort, it will be worth it in the end.