For years generations have been given labels to mark their importance in history. However, for us Millennials, weve been labeled before we could become history. Weve been reduced to being seen as technology-obsessed drones. Inside this special edition, we show that we are so much more than what we are perceived to be. This generation, more than any other, is determined to prove the stereotypes false. These seniors inside have prepared themselves for the careers and passions they want to pursue.
He walks onto the stage, with lights and all his glory. His moves are imprint-ed in his mind and in his muscle memo-ry and although hes nervous, hes ready to dance. For Luis Mariscal, dance is a way to express yourself. Mariscal is a shy person, so for him dance is his way of showing his emotions and feelings. I really have a passion for dancing, he said. Everytime I do it, it gives me the feeling that I can actually do something. Mariscal has been dancing for four years. He started in high school on a whim and like a bird that has discovered it can fly, Mariscal has discovered some-thing that he enjoys doing. What really sets him apart from other dancers in his Dance 3-4 class, is the fact that hes a boy. In fact, hes the first and only boy to be a four-year student under dance teacher Deborah Spectors instruction. Some students simply do whats required, Spector said. He always goes beyond what hes asked. Spending days, months working with the girls during his lunch. Since Mariscal is the only boy he of-ten lifts the girls during different dance routines and has danced with different people. Over time he has developed partners that he enjoys dancing with.
Luis is a hard, determined worker that doesnt stop until he gets it right. said junior Chelsey Rojas, one of Mariscals frequent dance partners. He motivates lots of dancers. Senior Andranae Johnson, the only other four year dancer, has shared great moments with Mariscal over the years, Its fun dancing with Luis, John-son said. He motivates me to go hard-er. For Mariscal dance is a passion, but not something I definitely want to pur-sue as a career. He isnt sure exactly what he wants to do with dance and looks at college as a place to explore. He plans on at-tending Sacramento State University next year and also plans on taking dance classes and even possibly participating in dance clubs. To Mariscal, dancing professionally is more of a dream which is why he chose mechanical engineering as a college ma-jor. Im good at math so I thought, I should do something with it, Mariscal said. Although he isnt pursuing dance as a career, he still sees it as something he will be doing for the rest of his life. While hell be designing and building things in the future hell still be barrel turning and tour jete-ing in the future.
Mariscal dances to express, not to impress
Hoang questions future: singing or college?
Mariscal rehearses a duo to Crimson by Nicole Nordeman, with senior Andranae Johnson during lunch. Dance teacher Deborah Spector knew they were the perfect pair because they are well suited for each other skill-wise.
Time signatures. Tempos. Splits. Cuts. Loops. Keys. Tracks. Hundreds of factors play into Nguyen Hoangs cre-ation of music. Saved in GarageBand and on her MacBook, she has ideas rac-ing through her mind when placing in-strumental tracks together. An overlay looms over, though. Its her passion, yes, but is it her future? Her Vietnamese family gathers in song to celebrate their being together. Hoang sits aside from them. Her love for music is apparent. But the culture she identifies with is out of tune with the language her family sings in. I took more the American style, Ho-ang said. Covers on her YouTube chan-nel range from Nick Jonas to Alicia Keys. Her accent is heard, she enunci-ates every word. But her style, her word choice, and mostly her musical efficacy showcase her passion. I remember my mom teaching me how to play guitar, she said. At last years choir showcase, she sang All of Me by John Legend.
The light strums of the acoustic guitar synced with her soft toned voice. As a child, she said, (Music) was my dream career. It struck her, though, that maybe music isnt the right career path as a singer. Despite having several comments from viewers asking for her voice and ad-miring her beauty, Hoang isnt sure shell be able to make the cut. I just dont have
any hopes of mak-ing it big anywhere.She currently works in the dark lit shack like clothing store famously known as Hollister. She plans on working there to help hold her own in college. Its not like my family isnt willing to support me, Ho-ang said. Theyll
support me with anything I want to do. But she wants to have as little dependen-cy on her family as possible. The Psychology Department at Del-ta can look forward to a new student. However, Hoang knows that music will always be in her life. If an opportunity does come, she said, no matter how long itll take, Ill risk all I can to chase it.
Flourishing in the arts
photo by Michealla Foules
Photo courtesy of Nguyen HoangNguyen Hoang is often fairly shy about performing around family so she waits until there is an empty house to record. Ive become more open about what I do, she said. However, she still prefers recording alone and sharing the videos via social media later.
If an opportunity does come, no matter how long itll take, Ill risk all I can to chase it.
To deal with stress, one may plug in earphones, write in a journal, or even go out for a run. Theyre considered different forms of outlets. But for DGene Griffin, she bakes. I bake for myself, to put all the stress away, she said. As a kid Griffin always enjoyed baking simply because of the taste. There was even a moment in time when she wanted to become a chocolatier because she fell in love with the baked goods. People would ask her to bake for their birthdays and special occasions. But as she grew up she learned to use baking as a way to deal with her own personal problems. I liked it so much, I got lost in it. Whether it was her mother being in and out of jail or bouncing around from household, to household, Griffins life was always unsteady. It was hard for her
to find consistency, other than her love for baking. But coming from a low income family and a father who didnt see her baking supplies as a necessity, Griffin wasnt able to have everything she needed and even wanted. I want nice, non-stickable pans. I dont want to clean harsh ones. With the basic whisks, spoons, and bowls, Griffin does the best she can with what she has. Although she dreams of having brand name appliances and tools, she knows that if she pushes herself harder, she will be able to have all shes dreamed for. I sometimes wonder if there are actually jobs out there for me though, she said. Like, can I actually make a living and get by. But Griffin doesnt see herself at a desk job, talking all things politics.Its my life, and I want to do what I want to with it.
For now, she plans on attending a community college to get her A.A. then eventually move to a four year to obtain her degree in business. I want to own my own bakery and sell property as another option. She even pays extra close attention to what is discussed about businesses in her economics class to be prepared for her future. From her childhood that still continues to haunt her, to her current struggle of hoping shell get by, Griffin picks up her whisk and mixes away. Im always stressing, and its always on my mind, but baking is like a stress relief. Cakes, brownies, and cupcakes. She does it all. It keeps her balanced in the uneasiness of her personal life. Im going to be rich either way. Id rather do something that makes me happy.
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Griffin bakes to keep away the days stress
He takes a pause to recover his rushing words and gather up his thoughts. Behind his back, he is clenching a handful of paper clips to distract himself from his intimidating classmates. Pain is the strongest emotion to overcome nerves. This was a technique used by Rudy Silva during his presentations in his freshman and sophomore years to relieve his anxiety due to his speech impediment. Now Im completely fine with it. His speech impediment became a setback in his education. I hated reading in the first grade, Silva said. I used to make up book titles on my reading logs. He admits that he was a troubled child, bothering his teachers and classmates. Unfortunately, Silva was held back in the first grade. Though his speech impediment
crippled his English skills, his arithmetic sharpened and became stronger. In seventh grade, Silva took algebra, which is freshman level math in high school. Ive always been good at math, Silva said. He was given the option to move up onto the next grade level, but his speech impediment didnt give him the confidence to do so. When he got to high school, his parents encouraged him to
participate in speech therapy at a church, where they had sessions
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challenges. They also provided workshops with flashcards that had pronunciation games. I dont tell my teachers about my speech impediment. As any student would feel nervous about presenting in front of a class, Silva dreaded presentations and they became challenges coming into high school. Sometimes I felt overworked, Silva said. But now I stutter less. Currently, Silva is known as a math genius and takes rigorous math courses. A close friend of his, senior Selena Magallanes says that Silva is quick to understand numbers. He has an A (in Advanced Placement Calculus). In addition, Silv