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 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 Piolo Teo Maling, Staffwiter
The Devils’ Advocate
Word around school has been spreading about a new club on campus that welcomes students who have recently arrived from other countries and who are learning to speak English with open arms. This new club is a place where anyone can just be themselves without worrying about harsh judgment by the public nor be afraid to socialize with anyone. This club was born from the notion that new, international students spend much of their school day isolated from the general population because they are in bilingual classes, or they may even self-isolate because they are shy or embarrassed about the language barrier. However, we believe that students will learn English more quickly and integrate into our school community faster if they are invited to do so by the students who are already here and involved in the school culture. It’s a little bit like Link Crew, but this club is targeted towards English Learners and is ongoing throughout the year. This new club is known as the Cultural Connection Committee, and its advisor is Mrs. Ojeda.
The club – Cultural Connection Committee, also known as 3C – has been established on the idea of spreading awareness of the egregious effects of language barriers. It is founded on the desire for new students from other countries being able to be comfortable around the school while spreading school spirit and participating in school activities. Sadly, these students do not always have the ability to let their voices be heard due to the language barriers that prevent them from easily sharing their thoughts with the public. Many students on campus are able to communicate well with other students; however, what about the students who are unable to converse with their fellow students due to English not being their primary language?
If you want to be a part of helping SUHi’s newest students become part of our Red Devil family, you are welcome to join us on Fridays at lunch in Room 306. 3C does not require bilingual or multilingual speakers or anyone with spectacular skills in order to be a part of the club – no matter who you are, this club needs YOU!