Rowing Info Session: POSTPONED

THE ROWING INFO SESSION HAS BEEN POSTPONED. STAY TUNED FOR UPDATED INFO.

Exercise your mind and body with rowing. Rowing clubs have been around in San Diego for about 180, but due to the cost and lack of accessibility, not many San Diego youths have had the opportunity to try it out.

San Diego Community Rowing is on a mission to broaden accessibility to the sport of rowing (also known as crew) in the South Bay. They want Sweetwater students to come learn about this exciting new opportunity at the new National City Aquatics Center on the Sweetwater Channel.

PSAT College and Career Day!

Who?

  • Most of our FRESHMEN, SOPHOMORES and JUNIORS will be taking the PSAT.

  • SENIORS will register for a college or career activity.

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What?

  • The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) is one way to prepare for college entrance.

When?

  • WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 19th — a very exciting day filled with wonderful activities related to college and career readiness aligned to our school mission.

Why?

  • For FRESHMEN and SOPHOMORES, this test will provide a score that will reveal areas of strength and areas that need to be further developed for college-readiness.

 

  • For JUNIORS, the PSAT scores are used for the National Merit Scholarship, which provides money to students for college.

 

  • SUHi uses PSAT scores to guide student placement recommendation, to discover students who have Advance Placement (AP) potential, to learn how much students grow from year to year, and for students to realize that COLLEGE IS A REALITY.

Where?

  • PERIOD 1 CLASSROOMS. If your first period is mixed grade level, you may be reassigned to another classroom.

  • SENIORS will be either in the computer labs or in their senior period 1 class where they will be filling out college applications or engaging in career presentations.

How?

  • The morning of October 19th, students will report to period 1

    • At around 7:45 (please be on time) we will have an all school assembly with very important youth empowerment information

    • American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego and Imperial Counties will have topics in regards to: social justice, restorative practices, youth organizing, youth empowerment, and how these all relate to college attainment and higher education

  • After the assembly will be a break for nutrition break, then students are expected to report to their testing location (students will receive passes to where they need to report to and their period 1 teachers will remind students of where they are to report to in the morning)

  • During testing:

    • Leave your cell phones at home

    • Bring a snack–the cafeteria will be open from 7-7:30 to serve early breakfast in addition to nutrition break

    • Bring your ID and a pencil

 

 

Red Devils On The Run

by Durit Duran, Staffwriter

The Devils’ Advocate


There are Red Devils today who are sprinting to the finish line just to bring home a win. Cross Country is a great sport. With Coach Romero coaching the ladies and Coach Howard coaching the guys, Sweetwater has a great team. For this sport, there is no trying out; the only thing you need to do is compromise. As Coach Romero always says, “We are not here to scare you.” The purpose of this sport is to be able to push yourself to limits you didn’t know you had. The goal is always to beat your own time to improve yourself.

Cross Country Devils meet every day after school at 3 p.m. on the field. These Red Devils work very hard every day; they devote their time to this sport in order to win. Cross Country teammates work out from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. They are so devoted that they even manage to make it to practices on Saturdays. On Saturdays these Red Devils meet up at 7 a.m. on the football field.

Like Coach Romero says, “Cross country is a commitment.”

Students must show up every day from Monday through Saturday to train. Cross Country teammates are preparing for their first race of the year. They will have their first race in a couple weeks, so Red Devils, as a unified school, please come out and support the Cross Country team.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.