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Poem: ‘Drowning’

Poem: ‘Drowning’

Picture fighting for your life You are terrified You gasp for more breath Fear. Panic. Confusion. Yet, with every gasp of air you take, you hope it will not be your last. But you feel weakened, having given your best fight, You are surrounded as if by water, Pulled...

Why books are better than movies

Why books are better than movies

Most of the time books are better than movies. Books can let you imagine the setting or events happening in the story. They are also more detailed than movies because movies sometimes leave out some important details. In some movies, they switch up the characters...

Giving back to my community

Giving back to my community

"Giving back to the community."  What comes to your mind when you hear that phrase? Well, in my mind comes “us”-- everybody as a community gathering together to help the ones in need. Giving back to others means putting our selfishness behind us and seeing what the...

Poem: ‘Drowning’

Dance, more than a sport, a passion

Dance is an art performance consisting of purposefully selected sequences of human movement. This movement has aesthetic and symbolic value, and is acknowledged by performers and observers within a particular culture. Dancing is a form of expression that my family and...

What is a minority in Los Angeles?

What is a minority in Los Angeles?

The races of the many people in Los Angeles are mainly categorized into two groups: majorities and minorities. Statistics provided by the Census Bureau states that the population of the majority accounts for 50.3 percent with white people holding that majority....

Poem: ‘Drowning’

WWE SmackDown: An unforgettable experience

  The typical and expected Valentine's Day gifts are chocolates, roses, balloons, and teddy bears. You usually receive these gifts from a friend, boyfriend, or girlfriend. I got a different gift and from an unexpected person. My brother bought tickets to go see a...

Poem: ‘Drowning’

Two December celebrations

"The Virgin of Guadalupe is the patron saint of Mexico. She is depicted with brown skin, an angel and moon at her feet and rays of sunlight that encircle her. According to tradition, the Virgin Mary appeared to an indigenous man named Juan Diego on Dec. 9, 1531. "Las...

Gentrification: A problem for Echo Park

Gentrification: A problem for Echo Park

I've heard and seen gentrification happen, mostly around the Echo Park community. Gentrification is when houses or districts are being renovated mostly for the middle-class taste. This is the reason why businesses and values of low-income housing has increased....

Toys, food, and shoes for everyone!

Toys, food, and shoes for everyone!

  The greatest gift you can give someone is your time. Because when you give your time, you are giving a portion of your life that you will never get back. Giving back has many meanings. I think it means to be warm and kind, also, to be open to others. Giving...

Working hard, making memories

Working hard, making memories

Taking an AP class for the first time can be tough. AP World History was the class I decided to take this year. I didn't know how this class was going to be like, but I knew I had to work hard. Together my classmates and I made memories and we continue to make them....