Saint Scroll The Student News Site of San Dimas High School Thu, 16 Dec 2021 19:03:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Humans of SD- Zaye Salgado Thu, 16 Dec 2021 19:03:26 +0000 “My brother got diagnosed with a disease called neurofibromatosis or NF2 for short . He has 8 benign tumors meaning not cancerous. He had 4 on his spine affecting his spinal cord and he had two surgeries to remove two of them. He also has 6 brain tumors, one wrapped in the brain stem and another behind his left eye which affected his eyesight in his left eye. He is blind in that eye, he gets monthly MRIs to make sure none of them have any effect on him. I’m grateful for him and I’m super proud of his strength and willpower.” – Senior, Zaye Salgado

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Monica Pastor – Humans of SD Thu, 16 Dec 2021 19:02:04 +0000 “In the kitchen, I’ve always seen my Abuela and my mother cooking Argentinian food and having my stepmom who is Filipina as well as my stepdad who is Mexican; I’ve always been surrounded by different immigrant cultures and traditional cuisines which kind of sparked my love for cooking from a young age. When I was younger I just liked the idea of being able to create new and dishes foods from simple ingredients but now I view cooking as more of an artistic process since I’ve started paying more attention into how I get my ingredients whether it’s through my herb garden or getting my vegetables and fruits through farmers markets. I think it’s actually become apart of my love language because I see food as something that has the ability to unite people I love,” Junior, Monica Pastor says.

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Humans Of SD-Travis Jackson Thu, 16 Dec 2021 19:01:21 +0000 “I like my freshman year band. I was so used to being the only freshman ever in my section, the tuba section having a whole bunch of older members. Then they got mad at me because I always bragged about being so good. I’ll never forget band camp, Tuba Christmas, and all the memories I made with the upper-classman that year”. Junior, Travis Jackson

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Humans Of SD- Isabel Luna Thu, 16 Dec 2021 18:59:39 +0000 ¨So one day at school, I went to lunch and I went to Canes. We were eating in the parking lot at school in my friend’s car. I opened a ketchup packet and it squirted all over my pants and sweater. Not only did it get on me but it got all over my friend’s car which was funny at the moment but made her mad. I ended up having to clean her car with the one napkin we had left. After that, I had to walk around with a stench of ketchup on me for the rest of the day and it was gross. I tried spraying perfume but it just made it worse. It was really, really bad.¨ -Junior, Isabel Luna.

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School Administration Implements Courageous Conversations Thu, 16 Dec 2021 18:06:29 +0000 In lieu of the recent occurrences on campus and the COVID-19 pandemic the school administration has held an open forum known as Courageous Conversations hosted by Mr. Coulter to shed light on the student perspective of life here at SDHS and to help bridge the disconnect between the administration and its students. Last month’s events of the hateful defacement of the bathroom sparked new conversations about the state of mental wellness and social tolerance at SDHS between the students and faculty members finally giving the students a platform to freely express their concerns and observations to incite change on campus. 

“I thought that we could benefit from having a courageous conversation where we talk about the race issue; I think there is a lot more to it then we understand as teachers and we definitely need the voices of students,” English teacher, Mr. Coulter said. The defamatory writing repeatedly found in the school restrooms has sparked about a new wave of awareness on campus as students and teachers alike are beginning to address and confront the racial and social issues that plague our school. While all can agree that the incident was a brutal display of hatred it has shed an essential light on the prejudice found on campus and increased efforts on both the administration and students to take action and stop the spread of hate as well as create new platforms for students to express concerns beyond solely the bathroom incident. 

Courageous Conversations will be a regular monthly open forum for students and faculty from all walks of life to come together with open hearts and minds to express their concerns and more importantly listen to the voices of their peers. “What I want to see is people getting comfortable with having conversations that are not debates; it’s not my truth versus your truth its speaking your truth and seeing where you can find common ground” Mr. Coulter states. 

What I want to see is people getting comfortable with having conversations that are not debates; it’s not my truth versus your truth its speaking your truth and seeing where you can find common ground”

— Mr. Coulter

In the past Courageous Conversation, students expressed their feelings about the prodigious amounts of workload and their hardships while transitioning back from virtual to in-person school. Students as a whole are all taking time to adjust to drastic changes in lifestyle as we emerge from the pandemic. “We went from school four hours a day and very little extracurricular activities to now worrying about grades and full extracurricular activities,” Mental Health counselor Diana Zuniga says. 

As the school administration moves forward with Courageous Conversations, we as a student body can look forward to having a platform for expressing concerns and comments to facilitate and create a more inclusive and productive school environment by collaborating with staff and administrators.

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Get to Know New English Teacher Ms. Twineham Thu, 16 Dec 2021 18:00:15 +0000 After returning to campus after quarantine, there is a sea of new teachers that are now having a chance to meet their students from the previous COVID year. One of the new teachers joining us here at SDHS is Ms. Twineham from the English department. 

Ms. Twineham taught at Rim of the World High School up in Lake Arrowhead before being hired at San Dimas. She made close connections with her old students and faculty to the point where they had inside jokes about her being a ‘flatlander’. This nickname was produced due to the fact that Ms. Twineham didn’t come from the mountains, which sparked this ongoing joke semester after semester. So with that in mind, Saints, her first impression of our campus was, “A classic high school setting because I feel like it such a smaller school than the one I went to. It looks like a closer community,” she says. We are tightly woven together and we do also have our own inside jokes that we can’t wait to share with these newbies. 

Just like the majority of Saints, we have been asked the question “what do you want to be when you grow up?” Ms. Twineham started to receive this question the most in middle school and decided to respond with being a teacher. As she grew up and started to hit milestones like graduating high school and then with college on the horizon, she started to question if she really wanted to pursue teaching. “I originally went in with Liberal Studies as my major, but then I switched to English, which I absolutely fell in love with to the point where I got my Masters in it,” she says. Shortly after graduating, she wanted to teach at a community college but instead decided to pursue high school. She really wanted to make a comfortable environment for all her high school students. 

Twineham’s classroom is an open, safe, and comfortable environment that any of our Saints would enjoy. Ms. Twineham wants her students to know that their voice matters and that it is heard. “Their voice matters. Your voice is important and not only with getting things you want but also how your voice can be dangerous too,” she says.

While bringing this up she makes a valuable point. We should be using our voices to spread kindness and not hate on this campus. She also wanted all of her students to know that we still impacted this world and shouldn’t be closed off to it because we’re in a classroom. “Students are a part of the world so we can’t close off the world once they come into the classroom,” she says. That’s why she wants her students to leave her at the end of the year with transferable skills like active listening, confident speaking, capable writers because those go outside of the classroom and you can face the world head on.

While we’re facing the world head on, Ms. Twineham was that child that would hide under her covers with a flashlight reading novels or hideaway in her closet devouring those not-so-PG books. Her love of reading followed her into adulthood and now translates into her teachings. Some of her current favorite books are One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey and On Beauty by Zadie Smith. A movie she would recommend to all is Blue Velvet by David Lynch because it’s an absolute trip. She also has a few pets as well, three dogs, two cats that happened to be rescued, and a tortoise. If she’s not curled up reading, watching a movie, or taking care of her furry friends, she’s off rollerskating. Ms. Twineham absolutely loves rollerskating and would like to do roller derby one day but says she’s too accident-prone. “I broke my tailbone so many times, I literally have a butt cushion that I carry with me because my tailbone is so sensitive,” Ms. Twineham says while she laughs. So maybe roller derby isn’t in her cards, but it might be in yours, so stop on by and say a friendly hello to Ms. Twineham!


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Boys Varsity Basketball Vs Bonita Thu, 16 Dec 2021 17:59:48 +0000 On Monday night December 6, 2021, the San Dimas boys varsity basketball team stepped on the court to take on their rival, the Bonita Bearcats at home. The Saints have lost to the Bearcats for the last 15+ years every time they faced each other. Based on statistics, Bonita has beaten San Dimas by an average of 19.2 points within the last 10 years they’ve matched up. Last season, the Bearcats beat the Saints 65-38 in a blowout. This season the Saints have a goal to not only make it to CIF but win CIF in their division. Bonita is in a higher division than San Dimas so beating them would boost their seeding. When asked how he felt about playing Bonita, captain Braden Zemetra stated “Honestly, it’s just another game for most of us. If we look at it like oooooh it’s Bonita, we’re already defeating ourselves. We’re taking a different approach to the game this year. We’ve prepared for them just as we prepared for all the other teams we’ve come up against this season. We’re gonna play our game and take the win.”

Starters were announced for both teams, and as tip-off commenced, the Saints were ready to make history. Both teams were super nervous at the beginning of the first quarter and it showed as b they each went scoreless for the first 2 minutes. Things changed quickly though as the Saints began to get bucket after bucket. At the end of the first quarter, the Saints were up 15-7. As the second quarter commenced, the Saints came out even better out-hustling Bonita, out-rebounding Bonita, and yet again, outscoring Bonita. At the half, the score was 30-15 and for the first time in 15+ years against San Dimas, the Bearcats were in a hole they might not be able to climb out of.

The third quarter began and the Bearcats came out strong and showed a little heart as they began to come back.

At the end of the third, the Saints were still up 42-32 but the job wasn’t finished yet. In the fourth, the Saints came out and dominated as they score 20 points to the Bearcats 13, and for the first time in many many years, The Saints came out victorious against the Bearcats. SD fans stormed the court to celebrate their victory alongside them, while Bonita’s fanbase walked out of the gym quickly, and sorrowfully. The Saints were led by their other captain, Zaye Salgado as he scored 16 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, and dished out 4 assists. The Saints are now 7-1 and looking to improve their record. and get better and better each time they step on the court.

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Best Christmas Lights in Town Thu, 16 Dec 2021 17:59:05 +0000 With Christmas right around the corner, people all over the United States have been searching for the best lights in town. The marvelous light shows are something truly spectacular to see if you find the good lights. Throughout California there are a few main light shows, Santa’s Speedway is a beautiful array and a truly good experience for people that seek a quick drive and a lot of lights at once. With that being said the majority of Los Angeles or San Bernardino county residents will say otherwise that the light show to see is the Thoroughbred Light Show in Rancho Cucamonga. This light show tradition has been present for many years, the line of attraction to come see the lights can stretch to as long as a 2-mile drive and hour-long wait, but the light show to follow the long waiting period is definitely worth it. 

People come from all over the western portion of the country to see the lights with their families to carry on their own traditions, Paige Major of Hesperia, California shares how her family, “tradition started a couple of years ago, my aunt and uncle came out from Texas for the holidays and saw on the news the light show.” The attraction was for a while considered to be very underground and unnoticed until the News channels gave attention to the hours of work spent into creating the light show of all light shows.

It’s truly an amazing display of unity within a neighborhood. House after house is decorated from the grass of their front yard to the very tip of their roofs. When getting there early you can even see homeowners making final touch-ups or setting up more decorations daily until Christmas ends.  As the sun sets and it’s time for the lights to turn on, cars pour in from all over to see this beautiful street of lights. Due to Covid, the light show hadn’t been its best with the owners slacking off due to lack of employment or Christmas spirit but, “It’s starting to feel like everything is going back to normal just being able to watch everyone spending time with their family. Last year the lights were still good but it didn’t have the same effect as this year because it felt like everything was back how it should be after so long,” said junior Noelle Estephan. 

The light show truly shows the magic of Christmas and families coming together. The lights are a great destination to get into the Christmas spirit and spend quality time with your family members. Take the short drive out to Rancho to truly see the magic that Christmas has to bring to people’s hearts. 

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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – Entertainment District Arc Thu, 16 Dec 2021 17:58:34 +0000 On December 5th, 2021 the hit anime “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” will receive its second season after the huge success with its first season. During its first season, it won the Best Boy award, Best Fight Scene, and Anime of the year in the Crunchyroll Anime Awards (2020), along with its movie “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train” which made over $503 million at the worldwide box office. Fans are excited to see not only the amazing animation that this anime has to offer but also the reoccurring loved characters. 

One of the things that “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” is most known for is its incredible art style and animation, and how it’s able to integrate 2D animation with 3D animation all while consisting of the same art style. Sophomore, Nick George says, “The animation is gorgeous, I was basically just interested in the show in general as well as the movie but the animation surprised me, it felt like my eyes were melting because the animation style is just actually insane with the fight scenes especially how it was in the movie, with the 2D and 3D animation”. Many other fans feel the same way that Nick does, its animation exceeds expectations and even inspires young animators. 

Fans are also attracted to Demon Slayer because of its wide variety of characters with complicated backgrounds which affects their current personas, it makes people excited to see them on screen and learn more about them personally, along with seeing their well-drawn designs. Sophomore, Audrey Gomez states “I’m excited to see Muzan again because he’s a really good villain and I think his design is cool, along with Tengen Uzuis’s 3 wives(Makio, Suma, and Hinatsuru) cause they’re beautiful. I wanna see Nezuko have more development and a bigger personality and see more of the hashiras”. The last time we saw most of the other characters was back in 2019, so many fans are excited to see their interactions again along with possible development and uncovering origins.

 Demon Slayer has been able to introduce a lot of people into watching anime because of its animation, characters, and many more things like its intriguing plot. With the release of the first season and the movie being a huge hit, many are excited to see what this second season will bring. Will it continue to excite and compel watchers? Only time may tell. 

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Why Do Christmas Songs Sound Christmas-sy? Thu, 16 Dec 2021 17:58:21 +0000 For many, the holiday season is characterized by four things: food, cold weather, family, and Christmas music. SoCal radio stations like KOST 103.5 start playing holiday music as early as November 1st. The instantly recognizable tunes and universally-loved holiday songs are a jarring difference from the “Feel Good of the 80s, 90s, and Today” that KOST plays during the year. 

So, what makes Christmas music sound Christmas-sy?

 Music is created by the use of melody, rhythm, harmony, timbre, and—in the case of most Western music—lyrics. 

In regards to melody, there is no singular chord or chord progression that makes a song fit to play ‘round a tree. Outside of “iconic or recognizable musical motifs,” there is no singular chord or chord progression “that makes you think ‘Wow! This is Christmas!’” according to San Dimas High School Band Director Daniel Sandt. Many media outlets claim that there is one “Christmas Chord” that is found throughout holiday music, from Berlin to Carey. But, if there was such a chord, “virtually every musician, composer, or musicologist has yet to find it,” said Sandt.

Harmony is an essential component of Western music. The first songs created were hymns. Before Patti Page and barbershop harmony, Hildegard von Bingen and Gregorian monks layered voices on top of each other to create harmony. Unlike a specific melody, Sandt admits that harmony is integral to Christmas music, at least older songs: “The first Christmas songs were hymns and the choral music of ‘O Holy Night’ or ‘Joy to the World’ are reminiscent of that.” 

To most readers, this will be the first (and most likely only) time timbre is referenced—the distinctive delivery or sound quality of a specific note, sound, or voice. Timbre is what distinguishes Adele, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, and Whitney Houston from each other despite all four of them having the same vocal type. Vocal quality is imperative to many-a-holiday songs. It is why Bing Crosby’s rendition of “White Christmas” sounds dramatically different from Gwen Stefani’s. In Sandt’s opinion, Crosby’s “sonorous, low, and velvety” baritone voice and Mariah Carey’s “rich low notes, strong belts, and clean higher voice” are arguably Christmas-sier than Meghan Trainor’s “pop-y and basic” mezzo. 

To Sandt, one of the most central parts of Christmas and Holiday music, in general, is the lyrics. Dozens of holiday items are mentioned throughout Christmas songs that instantly let the listener know what it is about. “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire” and “Last Christmas, I gave you my heart” are much more Christmas-sy than Nat King Cole or George Michael’s voice itself. “I think lyrics and, to be honest, jingle bells or bells, in general, are so important,” explained Sandt. 

But, above all the aforementioned elements of Christmas music, the most important and overarching reason as to why Christmas music sounds the way it does is nostalgia. Sandt says that “these songs are so ingrained into our psyche that Christmas music will sound like Christmas music will sound like Christmas music, no matter what.” Christmas and the holiday season are inextricably and inseparably linked to Americana. Songs from 1500 CE that have been recorded innumerable times are so Christmas-sy by virtue of being Christmas songs. Without the sleigh bells and explicit references to the holiday, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” would, undoubtedly, be characterized like her other uptempo love songs. 

“In actuality, we’re just suckers [sic] for the past, the good times of the past,” says Sandt. “As long as we have some semblance of nostalgia from a song, and maybe a hint of the mentioned elements, it will be Christmas.” 

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