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Artist of the Year Nominee: Xavier Williams

Artist of the Year Nominee: Xavier Williams

Markus Albihn, Front Editor
March 2, 2017
Filed under Feature, Humans of El Modena (HOEM), Media&Arts, Showcase

Xavier Williams is a senior who was nominated for the O.C Register's artist of the year by Mrs. Mull. Xavier submitted a segment of the EMTV's series "What in the world is going on with...".  Xavier is an extremely dedicated student to the art of film; he is a huge part of the EMTV program taking p...

A Tribute to Bill Paxton

A Tribute to Bill Paxton

Wyatt Terlaak, Staff Writer
February 27, 2017
Filed under Feature, Media&Arts, Showcase

Actor Bill Paxton passed away at age 61 due to surgery complications. He was a beloved man of Hollywood, with a career that spanned over 30 years. Paxton did not build his career on leading roles like many actors, but instead acted as the supporting man in many classics from throughout the years. With...

The History of Mardi Gras

Meranthy Meza
February 24, 2017
Filed under Feature

Mardi Gras is easily recognized by its lively gold, green and purple masks, the bead throwing and the great parade floats, but where did this extravagant tradition originate? Mardi Gras is French for “fat Tuesday” and synonymous with the Carnival festivities celebrated in Latin America. Mardi...

Ellis Meng, former El Modena Vanguard

Ellis Meng, former El Modena Vanguard

Abby Sheppard, Advertising Editor
February 16, 2017
Filed under Feature, Showcase

Previously, a student at El Modena High School, Ellis Meng is now acknowledged as a professor and chair of biomedical engineering at USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Graduating in 1993, Meng had no intentions of becoming an entrepreneur.   During her time at El Modena she took essential classes of...

Super Bowl Champions, Again

Super Bowl Champions, Again

Wyatt Terlaak, Staff Writer
February 7, 2017
Filed under Feature, Showcase, Sports

Tom Brady has become the icon of consistency and winning, and nowhere was this more exemplified than in this year's Super Bowl game. Facing the Atlanta Falcons, and down 28-3 at halftime, Brady led his team on a 31 unanswered point streak to win in the most improbable comeback in Super Bowl history....

El Modena Girls Wrestling Wins League Title

El Modena Girls Wrestling Wins League Title

Wyatt Terlaak, Staff Writer
February 4, 2017
Filed under El Mo News, Feature, Showcase, Sports

On Wednesday, February 1, El Modena Girls Wrestling were victorious in their first ever League Title. The League Finals took place at Brea Olinda High School, and both the girls and boys teams had many wrestlers who qualified for CIF. For the girls, 6 wrestlers placed. Aaliyah Welch, Josie Hernandez,...

Parayao Deciphers Personalities

Parayao Deciphers Personalities

Ashley Ramynke, Feature Editor
February 4, 2017
Filed under Feature, Humans of El Modena (HOEM)

Roaming the halls of El Modena with a striped scarf and signature fedora, junior Kylan Parayao finds interest in discovering the personalities of his fellow students. Specifically the difference between introverts and extroverts, in which this hobby was sparked by his life as an introvert and his observant...

The History of Valentine’s Day

Meranthy Meza
February 3, 2017
Filed under Feature, Uncategorized

Whether you love it or hate it, Valentine’s day remains one of everyone's favorite fake holidays. Often it presents the perfect opportunity for young people to confess their undying love to each other. But how did this annual tradition come to pass in the first place? Well, the full story is shroud...

UC Berkeley vs the First Amendment

UC Berkeley vs the First Amendment

Wyatt Terlaak, Staff Writer
February 2, 2017
Filed under Feature, Showcase

On Wednesday, Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos was set to deliver a speech at the University of California-Berkeley. The event quickly turned into a rioting protest, as hundreds of students took part in an attempt to stop Yiannopoulos from giving his speech. This is nothing new. Across the country,...

Bold, Brave and Bubbly Brandt

Bold, Brave and Bubbly Brandt

Ashley Ramynke, Feature Editor
January 20, 2017
Filed under Feature, Humans of El Modena (HOEM), Showcase

“I have been teaching for a bit now, and every year a student or two asks me, ‘Ms. Brandt, what was the defining moment of your generation?’  My response, ‘9/11.’  Their response validates that they are aware of the day.  What their response lacks is the gut punching feeling it leaves me wit...

FREEDOOOM

Meranthy Meza
December 16, 2016
Filed under Feature, Focus

Today was the last day before the long-awaited Christmas vacation and, despite the rain, an atmosphere of joy filled the school. It rained all morning, meaning that whole rivers blocked parts of the hallway and caused most of the students to find creative ways of getting to their classes, such as finding...

On His Own Terms

Meranthy Meza
December 16, 2016
Filed under Feature, Uncategorized

At first, Fidel Castro charmed the world. Up in the Sierra Maestra mountains with his rebels, he looked and sounded like a freedom fighter. Castro, one of five children, grew up in a prosperous family that owned a sugar plantation. It was the poverty and inequality he saw around him that made him into...

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