From a new principal, to the new Enclave, to a new theatre, to a clock tower, to several new teachers, and to new programs, the 2015-2016 school year is known as the school year of change. On May 26, former counselor Erik Pannizzo was promoted to Assistant Principal for Costa Mesa Middle School. Taking his place is Ms. Stemler. Though most of the students will miss his charm and pleasant company, Mr. Pannizzo is quite thrilled for this new transition.
“[The promotion] feels good, [it's] exciting. I can still do some counseling, and I still want to help out the kids in any way I can.”
Despite his departure, many students continue to turn to him for advice rather than going to their assigned counselor.
“I love it!” He rejoiced. “I hope it continues for years to come. I want to connect to students.”
Going from School Counselor to Assistant Principle is a huge change, especially in discipline and the fact that it's a complete change in responsibility for the school.
Mr. Pannizzo continues on and states that the “work load has changed, it's different. Now, I support the Middle and High School teachers and students rather than just the students.”
Even with the new job and busy schedule, Mr. Pannizzo still makes an effort to always be there with whoever comes to him for guidance and/or support. For example he says "I try my best to still connect to them. When I'm out in the Quad during lunch I say “Hello” to show that I'm able to help them and to let them know that I'm available.”
And with a new job comes with new co-workers that he must work side by side with. Knowing Mr. Panizzo and his charisma, adjusting with his new colleagues was no sweat.
“We all get along great! We all go to dinner and lunch. I believe we are going to do great things for Costa Mesa Middle and High School.”
Written by Madeline Villanueva
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Written by Karlee Kistler and Veronica Thai
Videos by Yesennia Villa
Photos by Manuel Morales and Crystal Henriquez
To start off Earth week, the students set up an Eco-Fair at David Magnet School that helped spread the knowledge they have learned thus far. The groups enlightened students in a professional yet enjoyable way. During the rest of the week, different groups with different topics fostered awareness and inspired their peers to take better care of the planet. It is, after all, the only home we have.
Written and photographed by Madeline Villanueva and Veronica Thai
The biggest position in ASB that takes the most responsibility and commitment is the ASB President. ASB President is the ultimate voice for all the students of Costa Mesa High School. This election, juniors Cassie Harriman and Haylee Jack were both running for this position next year, and it was definitely a good competition. Asking students around school, there was a fair balance between who was voting for Cassie and who was voting for Haylee. All week, the two had time to prepare for their big speeches on Thursday morning during 1st period via intercom. Students listened to both candidates as they made their promises for next year. These speeches are the most valuable thing that will help their campaign the most.
Many students this year ran unopposed. Current junior Summer Nguyen ran unopposed for ASB Vice President. Juniors Paige Labare and Andrea Ross were also running unopposed, Paige for Senior Class President and Andrea for Senior Class Vice President. A new position opened up this year, Director of Communications, and sophomore Allison Sihilling had gotten the spot with no one running against her. Another sophomore running unopposed was Cassidy Crandall, for the position of Junior Class President. All sophomore class positions also ran unopposed. Though there were many people with no competition to worry about this year, there were still other positions that had students biting their nails not knowing who was going to win.
At the end of the week, it’s the students who have the final say. Students lined up at lunch waiting to vote for their friends and whom they believe were the best candidates, and also to get their root beer floats of course. Later in the day, the full list of elected officers that won was released and the students seemed satisfied with who was elected for next year’s office. But, there are more positions to be filled. Applications for appointed positions will be available this Monday. We know who next year's elected officers are, but now we wait to find out who will also be appointed for other positions in ASB.
Written by Crystal Henriquez
Photos by Makena Seal