Photos by Royce Friedmann
It’s a tie! For the first time in Costa Mesa High School history, battle of the sexes has ended in a tie. The past 5 years, Mesa girls have won battle of the sexes, but according to the results, the guys were determined to make a change.
Before the rally even kicked off, the boys were chanting “Make me a sandwich”, which led to Ms. Scott reminding the students not to chant negatively.
The rally kicked off with an ASB video showing the battle of the sexes lunch events throughout the week. It also consisted of the ASBers “preparing for war” with one another.
Next, the rally hosts Tashi Hyppolite and Jordan Walden introduced themselves, led the student body into the 8-clap, then steered to introduce color guard, who had everything from flags to rifles.
The first event introduced was the sumo race. Brooke Wanbaugh and Jake Comer raced across the gym floor to ring the bell and gain points for their sex. The first question, “What team won the World Series in 2011?” Brooke correctly answered “the Cardinals”. The next question was, “Who was the first winner of American Idol?” Brooke once again answered correctly with “Kelly Clarkson”. Next was the third question, “Who’s the Vice President of the United States?” which Jake answered “Joe Biden”. The fourth question, “What makeup company does Drew Barrymore model for?” Jake, once again answered correctly, with the answer “Cover Girl”. It was a tie. The tie breaker was “Who won the 2012 Super bowl?” Jake broke the tie breaker with the correct answer “The Giants”. Shortly after this, CMHS cheer danced to the song, “Who Runs The World” by Beyoncé.
Just before the spring sports were introduced, Tashi cracked a joke, “What do you get when you cross a pig with a woman?... a man!”
After the spring sports there was another contest, tug of war. The boys won in a matter of seconds. Then, drum line performed for the school with variously different themed songs. After, when the rally was almost over, Tashi rapped and dissed the boys while Christian Perez threw down some beats for her. The girls side was going crazy.
Finally to wrap it up, Tashi had one last joke, “Why do men like smart women?... because opposites attract!”
In regards to the rally, Junior, Alexis Amaya said “Hilarious, I loved it. I loved Tashi, she was beast. And guard (color guard) and Drum line rocked it.”
*Updated to include Appointed ASB positions.
ASB President: Courtney Hatch
ASB 1st VP: Alyssa Dasca
ASB 2nd VP: Yasmine El-Assadi
Senior Class President: Angel Jesudasen
Senior Class VP: Trista Bell
Senior Class Secretary: Justin Velasquez
Junior Class President: Sophie Harriman
Junior Class VP: Jazmine Jaime
Junior Class Secretary: Jayme Krohnfeldt
Sophomore Class President: Catherine Kricorian
Sophomore Class VP: Zaira Lopez
Sophomore Class Secretary: Jeirany Chavez
Freshman Class President: Haylee Jack
Freshman Class VP: Katie Carney
Freshman Class Secretary: Sylvia Cantania
Middle School ASB President: Sarah Cantania
Middle School ASB VP: Makena Seal
8th Grade President: Hannah Bodenhamer
Activities: Jenny Garcia
Rallies: Ciara Rudas
Publicity: Alexis Dasca
Tournaments: Sean Comer
Athletics: Ashley Tfaye
Historian: Ellie Aguilar
Technology: Hayley Smith
Secretary: Rachel Russell
Treasurer: Eddie Villegas
ASB President. They are the forefront of our school. They are the face of the students. They are the voice of the student body.
This year, Courtney Hatch and Eddie Villegas are both juniors running for ASB President. You can only vote if you have a school ID card. Voting starts this Friday, April 20th during Nutrition and Lunch.
Below are Courtney's and Eddie's speeches.
The Candidates for ASB President
Hi! My name is Courtney Hatch and I am running for ASB President.
For those of you who don't know me, I am 5' 4", with brown hair, brown eyes and my astrological sign is Aquarius. I also have red-hot tiger blood coursing through my veins.
I am a very hard worker, a strong leader and a dedicated student. I love this school!
I believe, I have the enthusiasm to make this next year amazing! Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation and a bit of creativity. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eye. Enthusiasm is an irresistible surge of will to have fun! Enthusiasm makes cleaning toilets feel like heaven. Enthusiasm turns boredom to stardom. Enthusiasm, that's what keeps me going!
I was extremely proud to serve as your Junior Class President this year. I loved bringing spirit to our school through cheer and making you laugh through drama. I will listen to your suggestions and make sure that you, the voter, have a say in what we do next year here at Costa Mesa High School.
Now, you know that this year's ASB President, Alyssa Hatton, is one of my best friends, and I love her, but let's admit it, the economy hasn't improved, global warming is getting worse, the federal deficit is still growing and there were lots of natural disasters around the world. There needs to be change!
That is why you should vote for me, Courtney Hatch for ASB President. I'll bring that change! And what you should do Mesa is bring your ID cards tomorrow and VOTE HATCH for ASB President!!!!! And as always, "Go Mustangs!"
Hello Mesa, it’s that time of year again, where students like me, Eddie Villegas, run for ASB candidacy.
This school year has been filled with much excitement and I’m truly grateful for being given the opportunity to be your junior class Vice President, due to all your support.
This year I’m back, and running for ASB President, in case you didn’t know, the ASB President is in charge of handling/leading all the meeting and amazing student leaders. Because the job is so big, it means all grades can vote, that includes this year’s 8th- 11th Graders.
My mission is simple to use all resources available (such as my experience as this year’s Marching Band President, GSA President and being a southern California Youth Leadership Trainer) to make our school be the best it can be, whether that means improving student communication (between the ASB and various groups), better events, or an overall better school surrounding.
This year, I have worked and succeeded in fulfilling my promises, and if elected ASB president, I will do the same and much more. After all, this is your school, Costa Mesa, and it should offer the best years of your life, that includes those of you who have 4 years left and even those of us who have one year left, my goal is to make it the best, but I can’t do it without your support. So please feel free to ask me questions, so I can incorporate all you ideas.
Remember to bring your ID cards tomorrow and come vote either at Nutrition or Lunch. Thank you and remember, have you Got Ed?
*Introduction written by Harry Do and pictures by Royce Friedmann. Special thanks to Courtney Hatch and Eddie Villegas.
Below are actual recorded speeches from upcoming 10th and 12th grade officers.
These speeches were recorded in Mr. Abuel's classes. Regrettably, as he does not have sophomores or eighth graders, there are not speeches from those candidates. Apologies for not having upcoming 9th Grade and 11th grade officers.
Voting begins tomorrow on Friday during Nutrition and Lunch. You can only vote if you have an ID card.
10th Grade Officers
12th Grade Officers
Competition. Seniors. Juniors. Sophomores. Freshmen. Clash of the classes.
Seniors, juniors, sophomores, and freshmen alike rushed about the quad and dome Thursday at lunch. Two representatives from each class rushed to find particular items to be the first to complete the scavenger hunt within the time limit. There was yelling, there was running, and there was anxiety. Finally, even before the end of the time limit, the seniors completed their list by finding the last item.
Clash of the classes is a week where every class picks a representative (or two depending upon the game) to compete in the lunch activities in an attempt to win for their class. Clash of the classes did not happen last year, but this year they decided to resurrect it, and according to sophomore class V.P. Jazzy Jamie, they’re glad they did.
Monday started out with a simple song, some marshmallows, and a few cups of 7UP. The song that was played was called “Roxanne” and each time the name Roxanne was said, you needed to eat a marshmallow. Then, each time the song said “red light”, one needed to take a drink of 7UP. This first event Walter Garcia won with a total of 24 marshmallows.
Tuesday was an obstacle course, and each class needed two students to participate. The course was a three legged race, followed by jumping over a line of cones, (during the cones you had to wait for your partner to finish before you started) then, you had to take an egg on a spoon, in your mouth across the finish line.(If you dropped the egg you had to start over.) In this event the sophomores went first, ending with a time of 26 seconds. Then the freshmen went next, with a total of 32 seconds. The juniors went third, with a finishing time of 36 seconds. Finally the seniors Kory Bennion, and Walter Garcia went last for a grand total of 22 seconds, winning it the second day in a row for the seniors.
Wednesday was, “who’s that teacher?” Pictures of teachers (taken the day before) were shown to three students, and those students had to guess the teacher right for a point. Although, this event was more difficult then it sounds due to the fact it was only parts of the teacher being shown. For example, one of the pictures was merely an arm. The first teacher shown in this event was Mrs. Ayala and her attire. The second was Mrs. Ross’s smile, and number three was Mr. Poveda’s smile. Number four was Mr. Kumar’s head. Now, having missed one in the first four rounds, the freshmen were kicked out. The fifth person shown was Mr. Peterson’s mustache, and number six was Mr. Abuel's arm. The seniors having not recognized Mr. Abuel's arm were kicked out. Finally, the last teacher was shown, the head of Dr. D’agostino; the juniors got it wrong. So winning it for the sophomores were Kim Chau, Mahina Milhoe, and Luis Mendoza.
Considering the fact we had early out Friday, (therefore no lunch), the final event was played Thursday. The event was an A-Z scavenger hunt. The list ranged everything from a yellow accessory, to a 15 year old. As soon as the time started, (7 to 10 minutes), chaos was set loose. Finally though, the seniors won it before the time was up, finding all their A-Z items.
Considering the fact that the seniors won three of the four events it is quite obvious that seniors were the victors in this year’s clash of the classes, making sure they don’t leave this campus without reminding us of how great they are.
Both business plan teams
in front of their New York condo.
Nerves ran high as The Great Park Wildlife Center and Abeille’s business plan teams waited to hear how they placed. The coordinator approached the microphone and announced third. Tensions mounted as both teams waited to find out if they truly were the best in the nation.
Great Park Wildlife Center gets called for second place. They look at each other and release the tight grasp they have on one another’s hands and storm the stage. They are smiling from ear to ear, elated by the fact that they are now second in the nation.
“Although we placed second knowing that our hours and hours of endless work we’re finally represented to executives and people a like was worth the endeavor,” Cesar Chavez, CEO of The Great Park Wildlife Center, said when asked about how they placed.
Everett Brown, who is on Abeille’s business plan team, said “I think we did really well. Fifth in the nation is really powerful. We made a couple mistakes here and there, but we got our idea out and that’s what’s important.”
The two teams competed earlier in the year at Bakersfield, CA, where they placed first and second in the state. That then propelled them onto nationals where they competed with the top 5 business plan teams of other states that have the Virtual Enterprise program.
Virtual Enterprise in front of
the Washington Monument.
After the first general round, it was cut down to the top six teams, who then presented to a new group of judges. This group of judges consisted of business men and women from companies like JP Morgan.
Harry Do, team member for The Great Park Wildlife Center, said “Business plan was a rollercoaster. It was fun, stressful, educational and unforgettable. What experiences and skills I got from it, I will never forget.”
Virtual Enterprise teacher, Michael Sciacca, said “Watching the students choose to be amazing is the best part of this job.”
Virtual Enterprise has been at Mesa for 15 years now, but the first time that they had advanced to nationals was two years ago and they never made it to the last round. Last year's company changed that by winning first place in nationals.
Cesar Chavez talked about his time in New York and said, “It has probably been the most enjoyable part of VE so far. Knowing that all the hard work has paid off and I can finally relax.”
There was also a competition for all the other students who were not competing on business plan, called Global Business Challenge.
Global Business Challenge takes students from around the world and places them into groups where they must analyze a case study. They then present it to a group of judges.
Sarah Yuen, who competed in Global Business Challenge, said “It was really interesting meeting all the people from different nationalities.” Jokingly, she admitted “They talked funny.”
Trace Curet, who also competed, said “Global Business Challenge let me meet a lot of new people from all over the world, and let me meet a lot of cool people.”
When asked about how he enjoyed New York, Everett Brown replied, “It was a blast; I had a lot of fun. We got to expand our horizons and learn so much.”
Harry Do said “I really enjoyed the culture and vibe of both New York and Washington DC, going from the suburbs to real cities was interesting.”
And in May, both Virtual Enterprise classes will be showcasing their work. There, they will show all those who did not see them compete in New York their presentation. Other departments in each company, as well as the juniors in entrepreneurship, will be showcasing their work from the past year.
Photos by Royce Friedmann
UC Irvine had its mobile blood bank come on Thursday to Costa Mesa High School, the second one in this academic year, in order to sign up volunteers for donating blood so that it could be given to people in need of it. The UC Irvine Medical Center was able to have CMHS sponsor a blood drive, which has no cost associated with it for the school, (meaning its free), to help with their search for viable blood donors. Eighty people signed up with ASB members for the event on Thursday, although the orchestrator of the event thought perhaps up to 100 people may show up, which means that around 75 units of blood was the expected gain of the day.
According to the leader of the event at our school, Ann Marie Clubd, the UC Irvine Medical Center transfuses over a thousand blood products in their runs and is the only level one trauma center in the Orange County area. This means that the UC Irvine Medical Center is largely responsible for transfusing blood to those who are in dire need of it; such as premature babies, men, or women that have gone through severe trauma and cancer patients whose disease or chemotherapy detriments the blood making process. Their actions match their slogan, “Blood donations truly are the 'gift of life' for patients in need.”
First time blood donor Michelle Luna, CMHS Junior, stated when asked about her opinions on donating blood, “I think giving blood helps other people and it’s a good experience because we need to reach out and help people when they need it most.”
When asked about why The Red Cross no longer handles the blood donating in Costa Mesa High School Ann Marie Clubd said, “The Activities Director chooses to have the blood drive here, it’s up to the activities director to see who they want to have a blood drive with and they chose to have it with the UC Irvine Medical Center. But there are many different types of people they can have blood drives with whether it be Red Cross or the UC Irvine Medical Center but in this case ASB chose to have it with the UC Irvine Medical Center.”