GCD: Library Lockin — Leadership

Every year for Library Council we host a library lock-in where children (usually middle schoolers) stay overnight in the library. It is usually themed. This year it was themed Alice in Wonderland and the whole event was based around that.  Last year library council consisted of 4 people and so we would try very hard to stay organized but this year there were many new people who had joined. At first, I thought that this would be helpful because there were more people to help out but I was wrong. As I was an older member of the council I took on a leadership role and it proved very difficult with so many people in the council and the children at the event. I learned that it was very important to be vigilant/ observant so that you know whats going right or wrong so you can prioritize your attention.

Our latest lock-in with the Alice in wonderland theme had many activities such as cupcake decorating, arts and crafts and kahoot a kahoot quiz. All of this required leadership skill to organize especially with younger children who were very hyper it proved difficult. I had to move tables around and split children into groups to get activities going and the most important thing to do I learned was to listen and communicate with the guests. Seeing what sort of activities they enjoyed more helped me make decisions. It also helps me now to plan better events that suit the wants of our demographic. Listening to the children was also fun and let me create friendships and bonds with younger grades. This was one of the most memorable and important leadership roles I had to take.

GCD: Wellness Yoga

I have been doing yoga ever since I got into high school and I think it has been of the best decisions I have ever made connected to school. In the beginning, I was hesitant because I thought there would be a lot of people there who would judge me over the mistakes I might make since I was a newbie. But when I got to the class it was really relaxed and because the room was dark and everyone was very cooperative.

The most important thing I learn in yoga class every time is to listen to your body. The body tries its best to let you know what it wants and it is important to listen to that. For example, if you are crouched over your computer for hours, your shoulders start to get heavy and so it is important to take a break and stretch. It definitely makes a difference in my mood.

A significant thing I feel after every yoga class is my diffference in stress levels. I usually go into yoga class with high stress levels due to homework/tests but after doing light stretches and sun cycles + Shavasana (a corpse pose to end the session with) I feel much less stress and I feel as though my mind is reset and more optimistic.

This image explains the benefits of meditation and as you can see it is good for reducing feelings of anxiety, increases blood flow and etc. So it shows the yoga is a very positive factor in my life and I hope to incorporate it more into my everyday life and not just at the club meetings.

Overall I am very glad I joined and I am proud that I have stuck with it since freshman year.


Charlie Hebdo – Freedom of Expression

The debate of the definition of freedom of expression has been ongoing for some time now. This is probably because of how vague the restrictions are and because of how thin the line between hate speech and freedom of speech is. This leads to problems such as the Charlie Hebdo 2015 terror attack in France.

Charlie Hebdos comics have always been controversial and for a long time people defended it because of freedom of  speech but after the terrorist attack, people began to debate more wether the comics were hate speech or not. The pope, siding with religious groups, stated that there should be limitations to freedom of expression especially towards faith. “One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people’s faith, one cannot make fun of faith.” (Toynbee)

Although many groups are offended, since they are comics and cause no real harm in the laws eyes it should not be seen as hate speech – “… being offensive is not a criminal offense and just because someone… might find a cartoon to be in bad taste, that doesn’t mean the cartoonist should be imprisoned.”(Chapman) Charlie Hebdo has repeatedly been prosecuted by mostly religious groups and yet has never been imprisoned because of this opinion. If things such as comics with strong opinions were labelled as hate speech and got censored, the freedom of expression would become very limited.

Toynbee, Polly. “On Charlie Hebdo Pope Francis Is Using the Wife-beater’s Defence | Polly Toynbee.” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 16 Jan. 2015. Web. 28 May 2017. (Toynbee)

Chapman, Zoë, Jay Shooster, Ryan Goodman and Alex Moorehead, Julian Sanchez, Eugene R. Fidell, Kate Brannen, Peter NoorlanderTuesday, September 22, 2015 at 1:55 PM, Just SecuritySaturday, May 27, 2017 at 9:00 AM, and Zoë ChapmanThursday, February 23, 2017 at 8:00 AM. “Charlie Hebdo and Hate Speech: Don’t Prosecute the Messenger.”Just Security. N.p., 22 Sept. 2015. Web. 28 May 2017. (Chapman)

Hiroshima Reflection

Question: How did my trip to Hiroshima change me?

Before the trip I did not think I would learn that much on my field studies because I thought I would just go and not take in the things that I learned in the museums but overall I learned a lot about the atomic bomb and how much suffering there was at the time. I thought before going there Hiroshima field studies would be really relaxed but with the hiking and learning about such an upsetting time I felt very restless and not at all relaxed.

In the future I hope that I want to learn and grow more curious of learning about history by myself and not just because it is a school trip.


"Romeo & Juliet" Los Angeles PremiereRomeo Montague and Juliet Capulet have been all the gossip lately. From the two RIVAL + RICH families the Julio duo have stirred a quite unique story. We have Juliet Capulet to tell us all about the drama today!

Q:I think we are all DYING to know, is it true that you are with the one and only DREAMY Romeo of the house of Montague?

A: Yes! I can finally publicly announce that me and Romeo are in fact together. Even though it does stir up a bit of tension between the houses I think that in the long term our love will also heal this horrible feud between us. So yeah we are together!

Q:How did you first meet Romeo? and how did you feel?

A:Well I actually met him in my house party. I am still so grateful that even in a really crowded party I got to see him. How I felt? oh my. It is just inexplainable. I felt like everything around me just stopped and my reality just focused around him!

Q:What are your parents thoughts on you being with Romeo?

A:Well, My dad does NOT agree with me and Romeo but its true love and nothing will get in the way of us. I understand where he comes from and that being in a relationship with a person from a family you are meant to hate is a little bit “crazy” in his eyes but I just think that he has never experienced true love and I pity him honestly.

Q:Do you have a role model who might’ve inspired you to live your own life and for you to say #yolo?

A:If you asked me two weeks ago or even a week ago I wouldn’t have had a role model but with recent situations I think I really came closer with my nurse. She really came through with so much and stuck by with me throughout the whole journey so I would not be in danger. She is basically my mother since she raised me so I think she deserves to  be my role model.

Q:What do you feel towards Count Paris? We heard he was at your party.

A:Yes he was at my party. I don’t really have any feelings towards him. Well I don’t really like him but I think that is because I want to rebel against my parents because I’m pretty sure they set me up with Paris. So.. There’s a little teen rebellion for ya. Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 7.13.16 AM

Q:How do you think your life would be if you were with Count Paris and you gave into your parents?

A:I think that it would be less complicated than the situation right now with the two houses and it would satisfy my father but i really love Romeo and not even our families will break us apart. Besides if I was with Count Paris I would probably have to live up to what my mother does and that just isn’t my style.

Q:What are your hopes/goals for your future with Romeo?

A:I hope that one day maybe close into the future we will get married and have a proper wedding and all. Are goal is to bring together the houses but if that doesn’t work we might just move out of Verona and just start our own lives.

Q:What is some advice that you would tell our viewers on love/Relationships?

A:I think the most important thing is communication! Miscommunication is the worst and can get you in a real problem. Another key thing in a relationship is to never rush anything. Take things slow because if its real love, or if its meant to be it will be. msw_fall_06_piped_7tier_xl