High School Stereotypes VS. the Reality of High School

The movie Heathers

Melanie Gramajo and Havana Thomas

December 14, 2018

There are a wide selection of teen-based movies like The Breakfast Club and High School Musical which tell enjoyable stories of young love and self-discovery. In The Breakfast Club, five high school kids from different walks of life endure a Saturday of detention held by their menacing principal. Throughout the movie, they begin to reveal their true identities, and by doing so, la...

“Tis the Season for Flu Shots

Go get your flu shot today to remain healthy!

Lisbet Hernandez, Staff Writer

December 14, 2018

We are officially in the fall season which means that flu season has started.  The flu, short for influenza, is a highly contagious viral infection of the respiratory passages causing fever, severe aching, cough, congestion, and runny nose. In order to avoid the flu, it is recommended to get a flu ...

Haunted Theme Park Reviews 2018

Theme Parks get in the spirit of Halloween by setting up Haunted Houses and hiring scare actors to create a memorable, thrilling experience for its visitors.

Kimberly Sandoval, Staff Writer

December 14, 2018

Fall is the season of spooks and scares. October is the scariest month of the year due to the Halloween holiday at end of the month. Theme parks such as Six Flags, Universal Studios, and Knott's Berry Farm all get in the spirit of Halloween by decorating their parks using props, and creating haunted...

Local Volunteer Opportunities for Teens

A picture of Teen Volunteers.

Helen Rivera, Front Page Editor

December 14, 2018

It has always been good to give back to others in need and to your community. High school students were previously required to complete 40 service hours in order to graduate. Now high school students do not need to complete the hours, but this shouldn't stop teens from volunteering. Most of the time...

Beauty and the Beast Homecoming Dance Enchants Birmingham

Patriots on the dance floor at the 2018 Homecoming Dance

Hadaasa Nae and Monserrat Carrasco

December 7, 2018

Tale as old as time, Song as old as Rhyme... Beauty and the Beast. This year's Homecoming dance theme was the classic Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast, hosted by Junior Council. The other themes considered were: Masquerade, Vegas, and Night to Remember, but ultimately Beauty and the Beast won the...

Why Brett Kavanaugh Does Not Belong on the Supreme Court

Brett Kavanaugh looking angry in court

Sofia Lemus, Staff Writer

December 7, 2018

On October 6, Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as a supreme court justice, although in my opinion, I  don't believe that he was the right candidate. Brett Kavanaugh does not belong on the Supreme Court because he lacks analytical rigor, and he seems to have a difficult time controlling his emotions when f...

Central American Migrants’ Caravan Faced Assaults by U.S. Border Patrol

Group of Mexican protestors at the border

Lisset Saavedra, Monserrat Carrasco, and Hadaasa Nae

December 5, 2018

The U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego briefly shut down on November 25, 2018 after groups of migrants rushed the border area. The U.S. Border agents fired tear gas at them (including young children) and dispersed the people, creating chaos. In their defense, U.S. Customs and Border Agents said migra...

Who Needs a Part-time Job?

Many students at BCCHS balance school work and a part-time job.

Jose Rivera, Staff Writer

December 5, 2018

Do you need a job? If so this will be a helpful guide to find a job. Babysitting can make a great first job, as it indicates responsibility. Eighty percent of parents feel that teenage babysitters should be paid more if they are trained in first aid, CPR, and child care. In becoming a babysitter, you'll...

BCCHS Play Pro Adapts an Outstanding Production of the Addams Family

The promotional flyer for

Hadaasa Nae and Isamar Torres

December 5, 2018

The Birmingham Community Charter High School Play Pro Production has hosted several musicals over the previous several years. Some notable adaptations were The Little Mermaid, The Wizard of Oz, Grease, and Chicago. For the 2018 Fall Play, Play Pro students got a chance to dive deep into their dark side with their own rendition of The Addams Family.  The Addams Fa...

The Rise of K-Pop Around the World

BlackPink's concept photos for their latest comeback.

Havana Thomas, Staff Writer

December 3, 2018

The Korean Wave (Hallyu) defines the global exportation of South Korea’s cultural economy, and recently, one aspect of Korean entertainment has definitely taken the world by storm. Korean pop music, commonly known as K-pop, has finally made a breakthrough in the global music industry after having gradually...

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