Her father decided to to name the group Selena and the Dinos. Ever since then Selena has been performing in front of crowds. The first time she performed in her parents restaurant she knew that’s what she was born to do. Selena started small just like most popular musicians do. She and her siblings played their songs at state fairs
For the first year, I stayed in contact with my friends through Facebook and we would meet up once in awhile for playdates and birthday parties, but it would not last. Eventually, after a couple of years, I became more and more engulfed in my new circle of friends in public school. As a result, I grew more distant with my old Schechter friends and would only see them a handful of times a year. Fast forward seven years later, I’m a senior in high school and I’m at the point where I see them close to
However, one of the band’s most feared experiences is marching camp. In brief, it’s a miserable week of sopping, breathless, and exhausted teenagers trying to learn as much as their halftime show as possible, before the first football game. In contrast, one of the best involvements someone would have with their band is finally getting to compete. There’s such a thrill when performing in front of a huge crowd complete with nothing but music enthusiasts. For once, all of the people filling the stadium don’t come to watch football, they come to watch bands play their hearts out under backbreaking pressure.
Every Christmas, we watch our favorite our favorite Christmas cartoons. Whenever I say mom I mean my step mom, but she is the only mother figure I have known. She’s great, though. She helps me with a lot and gives me courage. My sister is very amazing.
Alyssa and I have been friends since we were one month old. We did almost everything together except go to school together. Both of us joined a vast array of dance classes, art classes, piano classes, and other activities together. I remember going to her house and watching all the High School Musical movies over and over again. We were so close we would always get matching outfits or shirts.
We exhaustingly spent the last month of high school counting down the days until we would look into the sky and lock eyes on caps thrown up in the air. As I sat in class anticipating the bell for lunch, a message from the random boy in my ninth grade science class flashed onto the screen of my phone. I took a glimpse to discern text saying, “In high school, you were still my friend no matter what anyone said about me, and I can’t thank you enough for that,” followed by, “You don’t know how much I felt like giving up.” Suddenly, I became conscious of his urgency to gather supplies for our project in ninth grade, his consistency in seating choices, his large number of absences, and his gradual switch from homemade lunch to school lunch to no lunch at all. At thirteen years old, I held little awareness of how my actions could impact someone’s life. Evidently, the insecurity that persisted in him disappeared.
One, breathe in, two breathe out, one, two, one two… It was a typical afternoon to most people, a day like any other, just another simple day in their life. For me, it was one of the most nerve wracking days ever, it was the first day of school in a new country. I moved from Korea to America just a few weeks ago and it was finally time to go to school and begin a new chapter of my life. It wasn’t the going to school part that scared me, it was that I couldn’t speak english well and everything was so different. As I walked along the road to my new school, I spent a few minutes worrying about what school would be like.
High school is always a unique experience for students. It is a time filled with discovery, terror, confusion, and many caffeine fueled all nighters. While all high school students share these beautifully tragic experiences, I can say with confidence that my time in high school has deviated a bit from the norm. Attending the Jacqueline M. Walsh High School for the Visual and Performing Arts (JMW) has allowed me to unapologetically be my authentic self while giving me the opportunity to thrive as the musician I always aspired to be. Growing up, I was a very introverted child who secretly wanted to be a singer.
I was then upset to see that there were no mountains around. After unpacking all of our stuff my dad took us to see the restaurant. The restaurant was really nice and super close to our new home. The next day we were out searching for a school to go to but we first checked online and then went to the closest one. When we got there the staff was super welcoming and everything but then again I was not ready to start school.
Katelyn Hobbs, Cassidy Young, and Alyana Campbell were her best friends. Every weekend they would stay at each others houses. Katelyn’s mother and Alyana’s father were single. Eventually, with being around each other so much, us girls got the two to go on a date together. Soon, Katelyn and Alyana moved in together, which made it easier for all of us to spend time together.
Kiyomi Rae Yasunaga is a thirteen year old girl who lives in Madera ranchos. Kiyomi had attended 2 schools during her elementary years which were Webster elementary and St. Joachim’s, before attending St. Anthony’s of Padua. She is now an 8th grader who is kind and caring to all of her peers. She loves hanging out with her friends and family members on weekends along with doing her two favorite hobbies including softball and basketball. Her favorite color is pink and she loves watching her favorite show Pretty Little Liars on Netflix.
I belong in Humboldt Park. I‘ve lived in this neighborhood since I was ten years old. In the time I’ve lived here I’ve seen the community transform. Your classmates were your neighbors, and every day without fail I could spot a friend on my walk to school. During the warmer parts of the year, the elotera would stand outside the gates of the school and after the bell rang became swarmed with students ready for an afterschool snack.
I stood in awe as I heard the crowd going insane. My teammates tackled me celebrating, leaving the ball in the back of the net and the goalie with her head between her hands. The scoreboard ticked the last few seconds away before letting out a sound of excitement that was prior a sound of disappointment. Losing in the sectional finals was devastating, but it motivated me in the off season. Coaches always say “we can learn from this loss” and I never took it seriously.
I was supposed to come to school 40 minutes early every other day for practice. So over the weekend I got the required things, the beginning band book, a stand, cleaning supplies, and a plastic sleeve binder. We went to a store called Shake It Up Music to get all of this. I also started to practice and learn some notes, so I can get a little bit of an early start. Monday came a little too fast as I was pretty worried about band, but I knew it was going to be an interesting experience.