AfloodoflivelymusicseepsoutoftheS-wing, a usually quiet corner of campus. Following the trailof the livelymelodytingedwithHispanicflavor,onefindsS-8rumbling.The floor shakes and the roomtremblesasstudentspartnerupinaflurryofquickmovementsthatarereminiscentofaforgottenageofdance. Asadancerthrowshispartnertooforce-fully,DianaOrdaz,danceinstructor,rushestothesideofthecoupleandplayfullyrep-rimandsthesmirkingmale.Iknowyourestrongbutwoah,woah! Ritmo Caliente (hot rhythm in Span-ish) isoneof themanyactivitiesoperatedbyElConcilio in theKingsCourtAfter-school Program.Describing themselves asa dance group that specializes in differenttraditions from reggaeton and cumbia tofolklrico andbachata,Ordaz and the stu-dentsareadamantinreversingthepopularbeliefthattheyarelimitedtooneparticularstyle.Wedontjustdosalsa. The group is led by sibling instructors,Diana and RafaelOrdaz, whowere hiredbytheKingsCourttoteachculturaldancesto interested students. Meanwhile, acrosscampus, studentsare liningup in frontofL-3tosign-infortheKingsCourt. AngelJimenez,aprogram d i r e c t o rfrom El Concilio, makes his rounds ob-serving various activities and emphasizesthe importance of student involvement.Students cameupwith thename KingsCourt, Jimenez said.Wedidntwant tojustcallitafter-schoolprogram. El Concilio, a non-profit organizationoriginallyfoundedtobenefittheHispaniccommunity,partneredwithStocktonUni-fiedSchoolDistricttocreateextracurricularpursuitsforstudentsatStagg.AccordingtoJimenez,itstrivestoprovidestudentswithacademicsupportandculturalenrichmentand have been doing so for two years oncampusatStagg. Through funding fromEl Concilio and othergrants, the Kings Courtis determined to remainhere forat least fouryears.Iwould love for thispro-gram to continue becauseits something people canenjoy instead of sitting athome being bored, Mar-icelaMendoza,junior,said. Once students receivea stamp on their hand atL-3, they are able to at-tend any course theywantweekly from 2:30 p.m. to6:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m.
to6:00p.m.onminimumdays.Ilike(theKingsCourt)becauseithelpsusstayoffthestreetsfromgangs,fights,andthingswerenotsupposedtobedoing,ReubenSuchil,senior,said. Formales desiringmoral development,El Concilios oldest and first program oncampus, El Joven Noble (Noble YoungMan), under Sean Barras, teaches youngmentolivehonorably. Intherealmofthevisualandperform-ingarts,theKingsCourthasaculturallit-eratureclass,agospelchoir,andanartclasstaught by retired Franklin teacher RaoulMora. Jimenez andhis staff reasoned thatwe have a lot of taggers (on campus) sowhy dontwe direct that focus? Lets helpthem develop that into art. Senior EricaHeyne enjoys studying design fundamen-tals likeshadingandcontouringinMorasclass.Theclasshelpsbettermyartandal-lowsmetograduateontime. TheKingsCourtoperatesAPEX,apro-gramforcreditrecovery,inthelibraryandtutoringindifferentsubjects.Infact,mostofthecoursesprovidedbytheKingsCourt,exceptforRitmo Calienteandgospelchoir,canbeusedasaseventhperiodclassforgar-neringelectivecredit.Studentsmerelyhavetoregisterwiththeircounselorstodoso. Ashetravelsacrosscampusafterschool,Jimenezgreetsstudentsandhandsoutbuspassesandsnacks.HesaysthatpartoftheKingsCourtspurposeistoservestrugglingstudentsandsotheyreworkingonprepar-ingChristmasfoodbasketsforthem.Inor-dertoallowstudentstofeelcomfortable,alltheKingsCourtstaffmembersaresociable.Freshman Edward Heitman sees how theKingsCourtstaffhelpsstudentswithsocialissues. If youre stuck, they canhelp youwithproblems. I think it helps that staff talk to stu-dents,Jimenezsaid.Itsreallythekeytoourprogram. Jimenezencouragesanyoneto participate in their activities and thatstudentsshouldtakeownershipofthepro-gramandgiveusideas.
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NEWS IN BRIEF
AntigoneThe Advanced Drama class will be presenting Antigone tonight at 7 p.m. in the theatre. Free Admission for all who attend.
ScholarshipsThe local scholarship package will be due on Jan. 15. Fill one out on the SUSD website or see Susan Suarez in the Career Center for more information.
College WorkshopThere will be a financial aid workshop on Jan. 12 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Students who attend will be entered in a $1000 scholarship. Go to the Career Center for more information.
CosmetologyThere will be a cos-motology program presentation for juniors and seniors on Jan. 11 during third period. Sign up in the Career Center.
Winter FormalWinter Formal will take place on Jan. 29 in Lodi. The price will be $25 for singles and $50 for couples. ASB will be selling tickets in Student Activities in January.
This all started with National FrenchWeek, then progressed to a movie night.Soon,ideasbegantoburst,andtheFrenchNationalHonorsSocietybegantoblossominto somethingmore, something that has
slowly begun to touch thehearts of somemembersandtroops. ProjectEnvoyerwasasuccess,accordingtotheFrenchNationalHonorsSociety.Theclub got the idea to collectmiscellaneousgoodsandletterstosendoverseastotroops.TheycollaboratedwithPactofPridewhichisanorganizationthatBeckyMizenerstart-
ed after the loss of her son JesseMizeneroverseasonJan.1,2004. ItsagoodthingbecauseIlikehelpingandsupportingourtroops,saidjuniorSar-ahMcLaughlin. IdidntknowIwasgo-ingtomakesuchachange,said freshman Thuy Tran.I enjoyed helping soldiersand making an impact onthem. Mizenerallowspeopletoregister their family mem-bers and friends for theprogram.Allyouhavetodois go to www.packedwith-pride.comandclickaddasoldier. This allows somepersonal connection withoneoftheclubmembers. I heard stories of sol-diers, itpersonally touchedme, said senior JosequeenLee. Some of my familyandfriendsareoverseasandIwasabletogetthemregis-teredfortheprogram. NowLeeissurethatherlovedoneswillreceivesomeof the care packages thattheyhaveputtogether. Soafterthisproject,theclubdecidedtostartanotherprojectclosertohome.Theydecided theywere going to be painting amuralinoneoftheschoolhallways. Itisourfirstyear,McLaughlinsaid.Itisourwayofleavingourmarkandtohope-
fullyencourageotherpeopletojoin. The mural is going to be around thearchwaysofoneofthedoors.Itisgoingtobe a triumphal archBasedon theArcDe
Triomphe, a famous land-mark in Paris. Comple-mentingtheArcisgoingtobeFleurDeLis,whichisasymbol associated with theFrenchMonarchy.Totopitalloff,itisgoingtohavetheFrenchFlagthatconsistsofthreestripeswhichareblue,white,andred.Thisisamu-ral representing the FrenchNational Honors Society,and it will be left inmarkofthemostactiveyearasaclub. But as of right now, theclub iswaitingonapprovalto paint from the paintersunion, and acceptance ofthe design from PrincipalBillParks. I think it will be a funproject to do, said fresh-man Lucy Phovisay. Shealso said it is fun being inthe club with upperclass-
men.Someof the freshmenareexcitedtopaintamuraltoseethroughouttherestoftheirhigh school years, and for seniors, itwillbeashadowleftbehind. Its going to help us get close and tohave fun,Lee said. Its also something IcanleavebehindafterIgraduate.
French Honors Society gives back to soldiers fighting overseas
Junior Amy Kitchens and her freshman sister Michelle organize supplies to be given as care packages to troops overseas, along with Lauina Cha, junior. Each box contains a letter and various goods.
photo by Erica Trevino
I didnt know I was going to make such a change. I enjoyed help-ing soldiers and making an impact on them.
Art, autos, and all that jazzEl Concilio offers after-school classes for credit recovery
Seniors and siblings Gilberto and Mariela Camacho participate in El Concilios Ritmo Caliente (hot rhythm in Spanish), a dance class which teaches students different forms of Hispanic cultured dances, from reggaeton and cumbia to folklrico and bachata. Left, Erica Heyne, senior, retakes an art class offered after school by El Concilio to catch up on her credits.
photos by Erica Trevino
Jeremy Dela Cruz