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Did you know...
The majority of our seniors graduating are staying close to Costa Mesa High School
· There are only 4 seniors (who filled out our survey) that are not planning on going to college
· Many of our seniors going to college are undecided on their major
· Many of them are going into business or business administration
We have 7 seniors serving in the military
· The majority of our seniors are going to OCC and/or Golden West
· You can count the number of seniors going out of state on two hands
· Two seniors will be studying abroad in Antarctica
· Jamin Chalberg plans on becoming a super villain
by David Luong, Emily Timmons, Winston Khuu, McKenna Patton, and Preston Trieu
The Supai Journals
Day 1 & 5 - Joseph Rouintree
Day 2 - Cesar Chavez
Day 3 - Harry Do
Day 4 - Kyle Picco
Pictures - Harry Do, Joseph Rouintree, & Kyle Picco
DAY ONE: WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE EASY
4:00am... That is a brutal time to wake up at on a Sunday morning. Not cool, guys. Well, sure, I could have slept on the bus afterwards, but the anticipation was too much. The bus was ridiculously comfortable; with TVs, reclining chairs, a bathroom, and seatbelts! Good thing too, because we were on that bus for a good seven hours.
We had only what we brought with us onto the bus, and what we could grab at the store at one of our few stops. I'm glad we did make stops before we arrived at our destination, otherwise I probably would have forgotten how to use my legs. We all stocked up on any materials we may have forgotten, and grabbed food at one of the nearby stores, like Arby's. Then, back to the bus, for more long hours of travel. Good thing people brought decks of cards. I personally didn't play, but I got to witness some magic tricks, so that was cool too.
At the end of our bus ride, we were greeted by an amazing view of the canyon below us. Then, I realized I would have to climb down all that, and my feeling of wonder went away.
DAY TWO: NEW ADVENTURES
I woke up dazed and a bit confused. I had no idea what time it was. What I did know was that it was freezing that morning compared to the previous night. In a nearby tent, someone asked “what time is it?” followed moments later by a soft “5:32” I groaned and rolled over to my side only to notice that my hips seemed bruised. After an unfortunate attempt to rest for a little more, I decided to get up. After sitting up, I realized my shoulders were much more sore than I originally thought. I couldn’t even lift my arms high enough to open my tent properly.
I poked my head out and saw that there were a few people already out making breakfast. Groggily, I got a small stove and a pack of dehydrated eggs. Surprisingly, they weren’t that bad that morning.
As more people started coming out to eat, Sciacca came out and started saying the options of what we could do for the day. He said that he was going to go hike out to Havasu Falls, go up towards Navajo falls, and later at night maybe go to the old mines. Out of everyone, Harry Do was the most excited about going to the mines.
And so, as we were all ready with our small daypacks, we headed out for a small hike towards Havasu Falls. Compared to the five-hour hike the day before, this was a breeze. After a few minutes, we were at the bottom of Havasu Falls and it was amazing! Coming down and looking at the falls from above was spectacular enough already, but up close was even better. We put on our water shoes and sunscreen and hurried for the water.
Immediately after our feet touched the water, some of us were jumping around since we did not expect the water to be that freezing. Some people like Mitchell Grandia jumped in without hesitation and others took their time. After being knee deep already, I just decided to might as well get it over with and dunked myself in. After the initial jolt of cold, the cool water felt great with the Supai heat. We stayed there for a while and it was a lot of fun. There was a waterfall that people could try and get past, a little pool to just relax and after we were done swimming, most of us took some time to relax and just lay in the sun.
After we had our time at Havasu, Sciacca, Kahawai and Kumar started heading over to Navajo Falls with whoever else wanted to keep going. Not too long later, there was small cliff that was approximately 35 feet high that looked promising to jump off of. After James Lewis made the first leap to make sure it was all good, almost everyone hurried one after another to give it a try with some going more than once. While there were minor incidents such as small nosebleeds, everyone who jumped said it was definitely worth it.
After dinner, Sciacca announced we were going to head to the mines. People once again got ready to head out with flashlights and we stumbled a while in the dark towards Havasu with Sciacca semi-leading the way. No one knew where to go from there and Sciacca went back for a bit to see where Kumar was. Nonetheless, several people continued on aimlessly. Moments later I was completely startled by a dog that just bolted against my leg. And then another. We had no idea where they came from or where they were going but there they were. The dogs slowed down once they were in front and actually led the group to the entrance of the mine caves.
The mines were incredibly cool. Once inside, it seemed like a small maze but most of paths led to a dead end. One path however, had a hole with a ladder and rope that someone could go down. A little reluctant and excited as well, Sciacca took small groups at a time down the mine hole.
As people came back up one by one, they would say that it was one of the coolest and scariest things they’ve been down. The floors were wooden and creaked with every step, and wooden beams supported the ceiling. The mine caves were a bit creepy, but worth going to.
After heading back, all I could think of was rest. I got my sleeping bag ready and was glad that today went incredibly well. I was excited for the days to come.
I remember staring at the cliff and started to run to jump off. I told myself, Okay, just run then the rest is easy. 1, 2, 3... Once I jumped off, I started thinking, Oh jeez, I can’t stop now! The most intense thing about jumping is the fall – 40 feet is a lot, so you have a lot of air time where you can’t do anything but hope you land well. Once I landed, I felt refreshed from the water and everyone ate lunch after.
The teachers had an awesome idea to go back to camp through the river, completely upstream. At least fifteen of us felt up for the challenge. We first had to swim alongside the current of a mini waterfall, so we needed to swim next to the rocks. The teachers and James had gone ahead so they helped us up.
Eventually, most of the group decided it was less annoying to go on the trail, so the rest of us: Robert Blackwell, Chad Webster, Chris Pawinski, Eric Medina, Cesar Chavez, Alex Samprietro, Jake Comer, Melissa Michaels, Kyle Picco, and me decided to go completely upstream. It was so sick! We travelled through white sand, climbed rocks in the water, went through several feet of water, and maneuvered up waves of mini-waterfalls. It felt as if I was in the movie, Anaconda, going up the river, fighting through danger, without the massively large snakes, of course.
The most memorable thing of the day was the upstream river. We joked amongst each other, calling intense currents as “gnar gnar” (I assumed it meant gnarly). I remember Chad, Robert, Jake, and Alex TRYING to swim up some very strong mini-waterfalls.
We had a blast - however, one time, I tried doing it too, but the current was super strong, which pushed me downstream slightly. The current had flipped me over similar to when a wave at the beach wipes you out and you flip around. Chris grabbed my leg and I had no grip on anything. He thought I was fine, so he let me go. I then flipped around again, had no grip of anything, but Kyle then grabbed my leg and saved me from going insanely down the river alone. I almost got swept by the currents a couple times, so I thus was known as the one who nearly died multiple times in the river (although I was never in danger of real death if any administrator is reading this, haha).
Eventually we screwed the river because it took too long and took the trail back, which was a good idea because we found out we barely made progress in the river. Later on that night, we had more great times at dinner time and looking at the stars.
DAY 4: THE TREK BACK
The third day started a lot slower than the rest, since we didn't have a strict schedule. Even though we were allowed to "sleep in" compared to normal most of us woke up early anyway. I ended up going out into the river to bathe and wake up.
We were told to stop in the village to shop for a couple minutes. People bought Gatorade, ice-cream, a well cherished burger, and many other well missed items. We, after a couple minutes, started taking group photos. Once all was said and done we started our trek. Right off the bat the group split up based on speed, James Lewis leading the charge. Sciacca gave him time limits on when he should stop for everyone to catch up and stop, usually around every twenty to thirty minutes.
The best part, apart from the star gazing, would have to be the conversations that happened on the night hike. It was pretty much all we could do from just wanting to stop. Once we did finish and stopped at our campsite (which had a gravesite no more than twenty feet away, mind you) everyone set up their sleeping bags (a few tents), and laid down for the night, staring up at the stars.
DAY 5: THE LONG RIDE HOME
Sandy. I feel very sandy. Even now, writing this, I still feel bits of sand. I woke up this morning, out in the middle of a desert, in a sleeping bag. Despite what Sciacca said, we would not start our trek up the switchbacks while it was still dark out. On the bright side, (figuratively and literally), we got to watch the sun start to rise. It was around 5:30am I think, and the switchbacks lay ahead. I was confident, though. I had my hiking poles, my pack was lighter, and they weren't that bad on the way down. How hard could it be?
It was living hell torture. The ENTIRE TIME. Gravity is a cruel, CRUEL thing. You are walking up a 45 degree incline at least. Add a heavy backpack, little water, and no easily accessible food, and you've got a wonderful formula for some grade-a suffering. Of course, this may have been limited only to those of us that are not physically gifted. Some people, after having climbed these things once, decided the best thing to do would be to climb down, grab someone else's pack, and climb back up again. I would question how badly their brains were fried by the desert heat, but they were doing a kind service to some of the other campers, and I commend them for it.
Climbing that final switchback, and seeing the bus waiting for me, with my bus-bag and an ice chest filled with water, Gatorade, and soda made me nearly cry with happiness. I eagerly changed into my pajamas, hopped into my comfortable seat on the bus, and busted out the mini donuts and Gatorade! Such delicious food! My fellow campers also enjoyed the mini donuts, so it was clearly worth bringing. If only the marshmallows I had bought on the way there hadn't melted in my tent... We made only one quick stop at In-N-Out, which was packed to the brim with people. It was well worth the wait, though. Tasting something like that, after a week of “Just-add-water” foods, made it seem as though it was the food of the gods. I gladly engorged myself on the burger, fries, and my chocolate shake while we got back on the bus.
The rest of the bus ride was fairly uneventful, aside from the journal being passed around. Everyone got to write something in it to tell the next year's campers. I made sure to warn them about bringing plenty of water, and gave a tip about putting moleskin on their shoulders. Also, if there was a cave near their campsite, they should hang around it during the hotter parts of the day. That's what I did, and man, am I glad I did. I'll pass on blazing hot sun, thanks; I prefer the shade. Positively beautiful. Anyway, once we got back to school, I stood around for a few minutes, waiting for my ride to pick me and my heavy pack up, as were most of the other campers. Once I got home, I took the best freaking shower of my life and opted to do nothing for the rest of the day. It's been a wise choice so far. Even after all the chaos, near-death experiences, blisters, weird food, and even weirder sense of time passage, I have to admit; this was one of the best experiences I've had. It was well worth all the hardship, just because I feel like I've been able to connect with the people that went. Everyone was always willing to share with one another, and they showed concern if something happened to you. This was a perfect group to go camping with. Right now, though, it's time to rest. I'm still tired. And sandy.
“Friendly. Kind. Responsible. Cheerful. Smart. Waldron.”
These are just a few of the most frequent words given by student peers and teachers in regards to senior Jackie Waldron.
Jackie is a senior that “everybody knows”, she is currently second Vice President of ASB, attends seminary every morning before zero period, interns with the down syndrome association, and is the 12th Waldron that has attended Costa Mesa High School.
When addressed about the different things said about her Jackie was flattered and joked “My best friend Jacky Dang wouldn’t agree! She’s with me through my good times and bad.”
So if so many have the same (or similar) opinion on Jackie, why don’t many others see what her best friend sees? Good days and bad. Jackie says the reason it’s like this is because, “I don’t like showing others when I’m upset, because I know I’m influenced by others bad moods.”
Yet when addressed on whether or not she agreed with those statements about her defining who she truly is she said “I think it’s who I truly am! It’s not just like an act. I just like being there for people, and try my best to just be a good person and make good choices.”
Many things have influenced her to feel this way over the years, much of it having to do with her family and religion.
“I’ve just been influenced by my parent’s values; I’ve just picked up being a good person and liking people. Also, my religion is like a lifestyle, and it’s not like ‘oh, I only worship on Sunday’ I truly enjoy what it’s shaped me to be.”
While addressing why she believes people think so highly of her she thinks that once again is an influence of her family, both at home and school.
“Being the youngest in a family of 12 you just learn how to interact with people, your siblings and their friends for example.”
Also, the Waldron name being somewhat of a legacy, “Being the youngest of 12 is a lot of pressure, no pressure’s the wrong word, it’s just a lot to live up too.”
*Article picture used from Jackie Waldron with permission.
Born in Long Beach, California, James Trimble, commonly called Drake by his peers, now resides in Costa Mesa where he attends Costa Mesa High School which he enjoys being at.
While it may not easy to switch schools, James says that he has become acquainted with the feeling of moving to a new school since he has had to move schools multiple times throughout his life. While he may be excelling academic wise, Drake says that he would rather do other activities although he admits that he loves gaining knowledge.
He used to play sports such as football and hockey, but he has placed less emphasis on them as of late, but he still finds time to roller skate. When it comes to activities, he shares many traits with others his age. For example, he enjoys playing video games, such as Call of Duty and Super Smash Bros. What he really likes doing is being a creative artist. He enjoys drawing and painting, when it comes to preferences he would like to draw things about people that would be unique.
Drake enjoys the friends he has at this school while at the same time cherishing his family, especially his mother who he says has always been extremely supportive. When asked about his most memorable moment, he states it was when he moved to Bishop, he says he used to be very shy and quiet when he got there, but since then he has grown in those areas. Drake says after high school he wants to do something that will get him traveling around for he would not wish to settle in for very long, or at least not for a while.
His future goal relates to a phrase that he likes from the movie, Ferris Buellers' Day Off, “Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around you could miss it.”
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion or position of The Equestrian.