Go pro!

 

Out of all the high school and collegiate athletes in the United States, only 20.89% of students make it to becoming professionals, according to peachnet.edu Oxnard High School has graduated athletes over the years who have moved on to the professional ranks after competing at the college level.

 

OHS athletes have played not only in the NFL, but in Major League Baseball as well. Recent Yellowjacket graduates Terrell Watson and Joseph Romero showed the talent that caught the attention in their respective professional sports of football and baseball.

 

“We knew he would get drafted because he was already in the top prospect of the draft” said OHS senior Sirena Romero, younger sibling of 2014 OHS alumnus Joseph Romero. Joseph, known as ‘Jojo’, attended Yavapai College in Arizona. After showing his athletic talents at the college level, he was drafted as a pitcher by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft as the first pick in the fourth round.

 

Success in athletics at OHS is driven not only on the fields, courts, and diamonds, but also in the classroom. Teachers encourage student-athletes by encouraging them not only to achieve in the classroom, but also to encourage competitiveness in all facets of student life.

 

“I would say that the connection he had in school and on the baseball field was that he was always confident and relaxed because he knew what he was doing,” said OHS teacher Ms. Maria Romeo.

 

The Ventura County Star reported that Romero received offers from 7 different colleges and was being watched by over 30 Major League Baseball teams.

 

Romero has provided inspiration as well, by setting an example for young people to emulate in their aspirations to achieve their goals. One person who looks up to him is his younger brother Joshua Romero, who said, “He has helped me learned so much more than I knew and my knowledge of the game keeps expanding.”

 

Another OHS alumnus who has provided great inspiration from the position of professional athleticism is OHS alumnus Terrell Watson, a running back with the National Football League Cleveland Browns. ”In his high school career, they called him the Night Train”, said OHS senior Nina Watson.


From 2011-2015, Terrell Watson played at NCAA Division 2 Azusa-Pacific University where, according to ncaa.org, he scored 79 touchdowns and rushed for nearly 6,000 yards. After a successful game,in 2015 Watson was an MVP of the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl where he then would be eligible for the NFL draft.

 

Although the Cardinal and Gold is sometimes an afterthought in the world of professional sports, these inspirational young men prove that Yellowjacket spirit is alive and well in the professional ranks.

 

 

 

Picture photographers at OHS

The year of 2016 has influenced students at Oxnard High to become photographers

“I think a lot of people want to become photographers just simply because it’s a fun hobby first of all. They also want a spot light with how they view the world and want to express themselves through their pictures.” said Oxnard High School senior, Jack Adams.

 

Recently, several OHS students express themselves through photographs and are often influenced by what is shown on social media.

 

“I am able to improve my photography skills and post pictures on social media” remarked OHS senior, Jose Gonzalez.

 

Social media has greatly impacted the life of a photographer due to the excessive amount of time people spend on their cellular devices and are able to upload any images. This enormous transformation of a camera and being able to post anything on social media has changed since the 1930s, also,rarely was a person able to see a picture of themselves according to factslegend.org.

 

Although pictures carry hidden messages, it is as well as; “a way to capture the beauty of what is already there and enhance it” said OHS junior, Keanu Pagano.

 

Oxnard High’s talented photographers have truly gained popularity for their creative works and bring positive vibes to the campus of the yellowjackets. Jack exclaimed,” you really do capture the moment and it’s something you could never get back unless you have a photo then you can truly relive the moment.”

 

Luckily, this is a great opportunity for photographers to demonstrate their own perspectives through an image and they are given the chance to become inspirational to others

 

Walk out or not?

School have began to walk out because the outcome of the presidential election was upsetting to some students.

“I think people are having walkouts because it’s the only way we know how to handle situations” said Oxnard High School senior Zachary Klontz.

 

President Elect Donald Trump, came out victorious  against Democratic Candidate, Hillary Clinton, in the United States election this past November,which caused a scandal less than twenty four hours prior to election day.

 

Several colleges and high school students in the state of California decided to begin protests by walking off campus. “People decided to walk out because they were upset of the outcome from the election.” said OHS sophomore Noehli Avila.

 

Oxnard High School decided to join the movement differently by allowing any student to leave class, without any punishment,and attend the Performing Arts Center on campus to express themselves about the election. This was a very peaceful way to begin a protest on campus rather than walking off campus and facing severe punishments and not being able to change anything.

 

Students heard about the walkout to the PAC and decided to attend because there was no penalty or consequence which lead to classes being empty. “Students saw the opportunity to get out of class and took advantage of that situation instead of feeling something about what is going on” said OHS junior Daniel Rivera.
Other high schools in the city of Oxnard walked out of campus, and may face school suspension. Hueneme High School was the only other high  school in the district that did not walkout and allowed students to express themselves within their campus.