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 students’ classrooms, 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.
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!
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’.
by Marycielo Chaparro, Staffwriter
The Devils’ Advocate
Sweetwater 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.
by Arjud Dela Cruz, Staffwriter
The Devils’ Advocate
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.
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.
by Angelica Fontanilla, Staffwriter
The Devils’ Advocate
Finally! It’s the time of the year that many young Lady Devil athletes look forward to – Volleyball Season! Now that the 2016-2017 Ladies’ Varsity Team has been finalized, the team looks forward to another successful season. The Varsity Volleyball Team has won two consecutive banners since the 2014- 2015 season, making them a team to defeat by several schools in the Metro South Bay League.
With their hard work and dedication, they hope to obtain another opportunity to make Sweetwater proud and to display another banner at the end of the season. In order to work towards this goal, the ladies practice every day after school. Although volleyball is meant to be an indoor sport, the extent of their hard work can be seen through the multiple laps that they run together at the beginning of every practice. Moreover, they continue to build their strength in the weight room. Their hard work and dedication allow them to continue to build team chemistry and skills.
The team’s success, of course, would not be possible without the endless support and coaching from Sweetwater alumni, Coach Erick Hernandez. Coach Hernandez constantly encourages the ladies to continue to be competitive and determined. Not only does he take his time to coach the team, but also he helps them out individually in order to make them better. Every year, the competitiveness increases; Coach Hernandez ensures that his team is ready for any type of competition that they must face.
The ladies’ success on the court is not only derived from their constant hard work and the coaching of Coach Hernandez, but also support from friends, family and of course the highly spirited Red Devil fans highly contributes to the accomplishments of the Lady Devils’ Varsity Volleyball team.
by Jeffrey Cardinez, Staffwriter
The Devils’ Advocate
Sweetwater High School is known for being spirited and enthusiastic about participating in school activities, such as spirit weeks. Many clubs on campus help define what makes Sweetwater such a spirited school. One of the many clubs that helpz rally the students is our very own Marching Band. Band is not only a club, but also a huge family. All members treat each other like brothers and sisters. They have experienced the thick and thin throughout their high school lives. All members can count on each other.
This connection carries over into their performances. The Band creates clusters of spirit for all to enjoy. If it’s a football game, you can count on the band to give a spirited and astounding performance. Assemblies are no different. They play as they would at every event, as a family.
A new year has gone by, and so have the drum majors. For the 2016-2017 school year, Steven Rojas and Carrie Zheng have taken the opportunity to guide their band to success. When Steven and Carrie were asked what their plans are for Sweetwater’s band this year, Steven states: “…to push everyone as far as they can go to really bring out the best performance we can give. The name of the game is improvement; and I really want us to look great and sound great, and then feel great about it.” Carrie states: “My plan for band this year is for everyone to have fun at the football games… and for our band family to grow.”
We expect amazing things from band this year. So, listen well, Red Devils. The drums have already started beating.
by Marina Garcia, Staffwriter
The Devils’ Advocate
There are about 2,000 students attending Sweetwater High School. All of these students come from different places and have different stories to tell. However, there is one story in particular that deserves to be shared. Senior Antoine Serrano’s story is one worth listening to. He was born in Chula Vista in April 1999. He lived in Tijuana for most of his life until his family moved back to National City in 2013. His first year at Sweetwater wasn’t a walk in the park. Coming from Mexico, Antoine spoke very little English, so trying to fit in was a challenge. Students would bully him for not knowing how to speak English and would make fun of his accent. “I was trying to get better with my English, but those people didn’t know that I was struggling so much. I still tried to learn from my mistakes so that they would not know that their comments affected me,” he said. However, that didn’t stop this bright student from achieving greatness. By the end of his freshman year, he was placed in ELD 7/8, a regular English class and moved from bilingual math to a regular math class. He also received an award for having the highest GPA in his class.
As a result of his hard work and dedication, Antoine has had many opportunities and has attended many summer programs throughout his high school years. He was accepted and received full financial aid for the programs Upward Bound at UCSD, and the COSMOS program for Engineering Design and Control of Kinetics Sculpture. He also went to Stanford Pre-collegiate Studies and learned about Engineering.
Antoine is the first in his family to plan on going to college. He wants to attend Stanford University and hopes to major in Aerospace Engineering. His goal is to go to college and always try to become better; this has made him stay focused on his grades. His teachers, especially Ms. Claudia Tellez, have been there to provide support for him since 10th grade. Today, he is currently taking four AP classes, and is President of the Robotics Club at Sweetwater High School. Antoine didn’t expect to be where he is today. His advice to underclassmen is to set goals for themselves, take advantages of the opportunities offered here in the U.S., and always stay confident.
Antoine’s story is living proof that anyone can accomplish anything. He continues to surprise his peers and teachers with his determination and wit. Thank you, Antoine, for being an inspiration for hopefully many generations of Sweetwater students to come.
by Rocio Nava, Staffwriter
The Devils’ Advocate
Hours and hours spent studying and learning may sound like a drag, but to SUHi’s decathletes and coaches it is an honor to be part of Academic Decathlon. Students and coaches alike work hard every day to ensure a place in the county and state competitions.
This year, Decathlon is delving into the depths of World War II – everything from atomic theory to the roots of Hitler’s rise. It takes a lot of time and effort to absorb all the information, but Decathlon is made up of students who genuinely enjoy learning. “It’s so easy to teach people who want to learn,” says Mrs. Hall, the coach for literature.
Generation after generation, Academic Decathlon has been a part of Sweetwater. SUHi’s own Ms. Garcia and Mr. Arreola were once decathletes themselves. Every day students are “exposed to different topics you wouldn’t have ordinarily studied,” shares Mr. Arreola. Decathlon is for people who gather their passion for knowledge and their competitive drive to represent Sweetwater. The team’s dedication is what has allowed them to be so successful. That and the appreciation for the close-knit community which they have developed for each other.
Decathlon serves a greater purpose than just scoring points at competition. It shares the underlying message that Sweetwater is just as intelligent, hard-working, and driven as any other school. When Ms. Garcia leads the decathletes, she knows that the team is breaking down stereotypes and crushing prejudices. All Red Devils stand alongside the decathletes as they show SUHi’s excellence and bring more banners home.