Aspire Classes at Helix

One great thing about Helix is the abundance of Aspire classes it offers to students. From performing and visual arts to athletics and academics, there are so many programs to choose between. With the school year nearing to an end, these are some fun activities to plan and look forward to for next year.

(An asterisk (*) in front of a program’s name means a Fitness Waiver is required for participation. )

  1. Academic Tutorials
    Needing a little extra help in a class or just a place to focus on your work? Tutorials are open for students most days after school.
    - Math Tutorial ; Mon-Fri 3pm-4:30pm ; Rm 280
    - Writing/ Reading Lab ; Mon-Fri 3pm-5pm ; Rm 230
    - Biology Tutorial ; Tues & Thurs 3-5 ; room depending on teacher
    - Chemistry Tutorial ; Mon & Fri 3pm-5pm ; Rm 1840/1850
    ( Also ask your teachers for some other available teachers – Helix has a lot to offer!)

  2. The Arts
    Dancing, Singing, Writing, Learning — all of which you can find at a Helix Art Aspire programs. Creative students will love to see what some of these aspire classes have to offer.
    - Film Club ; Wed 3pm-5pm ; Rm 1605
    - BE the Voice ; Wed 3pm-5pm Rm 80
    *- Break Rhythm Dance Club ; Tues & Thurs 3:15pm-4:15pm ; Little Theatre
    - Get Sm’Art Art Appreciation ; Wed 3:15pm-4:15pm ; Rm 410
    - Tap Aspire ; Mon, Wed, Fri 3-5:30 ; Little Theatre

  3. Sports and Fitness
    By far one of the biggest groups at Helix, athletics are always something anyone can pick up on. With so many different sports and clubs, don’t miss out on something new!
    *- Helix Fitness ; Tues, Wed, Thurs 3pm-4pm ; Fitness Rm
    *- Military Basics 101 ; Mon, Tues, & Wed 3pm-5pm Rm 465
    *- Football Linemen Skills/Drills ; Tues-Thurs 3:15pm-4:15pm ; Football Field
    *- Basketball Conditioning ; Tues & Thurs 6am-7:30am ; Gym
    *- Girls Basketball Fundamentals ; Mon & Wed 3:15pm-5pm ; Gym

Helix offers so many programs, and if you don’t see one you like listed, check the front office — There are many more to get involved in.


The Gift of Prom

On a night when seniors in every high school are looking forward to dressing up and getting away from their families for a night of good fun, one boy did something courageous and amazing, he took his mother to prom.

On Saturday May 16, senior Danotiss Smith attended the Waterford Kettering High School prom in Pontiac Michigan, with his mother as his prom date. He brought his mother along not because he couldn’t get a prom date, but because Smith wished to provide her with an experience that she never had as a teenager.

Belinda Smith, Danotiss Smith’s mother, grew up very poor and was unable to afford going to prom.  Belinda vowed to give Danotiss the opportunities that were denied to her as a teenager . When he hinted that he didn’t want to go to prom, Belinda was devastated.

Every time Danotiss suggested not going, he received a tearful lecture from his mother who told him that he was going to do everything that she wasn’t able to do when she was younger.

Little did Belinda know that Danotiss was evading the subject of prom because he was planning on asking her to go to prom with him. Finally, a month before prom, he asked his mother to accompany him to prom.

‘I said “heck yeah, boy, when are we going to start looking for stuff?”’ said Belinda in an interview with CBS News.

His mother wore a pink dress that Danotiss matched with a pink button-up shirt and gifted his mom with a complimentary corsage.

“She was looking good. She was beautiful. She was gorgeous,” said Danotiss in an interview with CBS.

Danotiss pulled out all the stops for his mother and picked her up in a car borrowed from his aunt, corsage in hand, just like a date would appear.

Belinda was so thrilled at everything her son did for her that she reportedly turned to her husband and said, “I love you, but you know what? I think your son just outdid you.”

The two had tremendous fun dancing and Danotiss said that he even got a few tips and hints of how to dance from his mother while there.

“Now she can say she went to prom,” said Danotiss.

“Put a smile on my face and an imprint on my heart, that’s going to last me a lifetime,” said Belinda in an interview with CBS.

Whoever said prom was just for the young obviously hadn’t heard of the best prom gift ever given, a son’s gift of a second chance for his mother.

Tacos on Wheels: Helix Microbusiness

Kristine McKenna, who teaches Helix’s 2nd period Transition class, has organized a microbusiness called “Tacos on Wheels.”

Through the program, Helix Transition students take orders for, and deliver food from the El Compadre Taco Shop in front of the campus.

Tacos on Wheels enables the students in her junior and senior class are able to practice responsibility, communication and transition skills that will be useful after high school.

Ms. McKenna said that the business started a few months ago when she heard about similar programs at other high schools.

Alison Lechleiter, history teacher, said of the program, “it seems like a great way for kids to have real world experience, and get them involved in school, and it helps teachers by getting them food.”

With the El Compadre Taco Shop being so accessible for her students to walk to, Helix’s microbusiness is an excellent resource for not only the Transition students, but for Helix staff as well; the taco shop offers a 10 percent discount to Helix staff on their Tacos on Wheels orders.

“The kids are really excited about doing the business and they really appreciate the staff support,” said McKenna, “everyone has been so generous with ordering from us and it really helps the kids feel successful. They really enjoy it.”

Theta Kills It At Helix Airbands 2015

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The Winning Group Theta

On April 8, Airbands was finally ready to kick-off with groups old and new showing up to compete for the judges favor. Although returning favorites such as Rufio, Wildboyz, and Frula were in attendance, many people were interested to see what the new group such as Diamonds and Theta, had to bring to the table. After a excitingly long event, Airbands this year proved to be the most entertaining and organized event thus far.

Beginning the event was Amber Hunter’s Senior Project performance with the 2015 Special Education kids, performing a cute event to get the crowd ready for the competing teams.

As Hunter’s group stepped down, Rufio took over, dragging the audience on-board a pirate ship, selling their theme with a beautiful pirateship backdrop, fake beards, and impressive pirate costumes. Revolving around the common theme of pirates looking for treasure, the team really set the tone for what the competition had to beat.

Up next was Frula, supporting a Night-at-The-Musuem-esque theme as Gregory Michael played the night time security guard who happened to stumble upon a cave-woman exhibit. As the women came to life, Michael did his best to teach them to speak, dance, and move before the night ended. As time ran out and the girls froze, Frula’s performance ended as Michael set one frozen cave-woman back in place before the museum opened again.

After an impressive performance by Frula, ASB Airbands took the stage to perform their own routine. Although simple and cute, the group really brought laughs to audience as Adam Krzywicki, the ASB Advisor and Helix wrestling coach, came on stage, and did the whip. As the crowd laugh at Coach K’s “moves,” ASB departed off stage preparing for Diamonds to show them what they got.

Although a bit lengthy and focused more on their dance moves, Diamonds did pull off an entertaining performance, portraying a fun treasure-hunt story that kept the audience watching.

As the stage made way for the new group Theta, the audience couldn’t anticipate what the group had prepared. Dancing in front of a gorgeously illustrated background of a hand crawling out from the chilling cemetery, Theta’s story followed the creative actions of a girl as she played a video game that pit government soldiers against man-eating zombies. Focusing on the soldiers and zombies, they faced each other in a energetic dance battle that resulted in the zombies coming out on top. With a satisfyingly ominous “Game Over” to signify the end of their performance, Theta really showed that they came to win.

With the last performance of the night, Wildboyz really had some tough competition to beat, however, with a hilarious story of a boy attempting to swoon a girl’s heart, they truly captured the audience with their entertaining performance. Although the informal language and inappropriate dance moves hurt the team’s favor with the judges, the crowd went wild at the sear comedy.

“Airbands was fun, all the performances were great,” said Sabrina Diaz, a senior.

As Airbands reached its conclusion, the teachers surprised the audience with an entertaining video. Heavily referencing the movie Footloose, Dan Baits, an AP English teacher playing as Kevin Bacon, started a revolution with the teachers and rebelled against the Enforcer, played by AP Government teacher Robert Berg, a man who had banned dancing. As the video ended, the teacher’s ran up on stage and danced in vintage fashion.

“Yeah I had a great time,”said Daniel Baits, an AP English teacher, claiming that he didn’t expect to star as the lead, but joined the production in order to get Kirsten Schmidt to collaborate with his organization.

After watching such comedic acts, the judges made their decisions, claiming the brand new group, Theta, as the winners of Airbands 2015.

“I was happy that Theta won, they deserved it,” said Diaz, who played the girl playing Theta’s video game. “They worked very hard to get that title [and] I was glad to be a part of that.”

Although the competition was tough, most team applauded each others results, with Frula taking second and Rufio taking third.

“I think the judges made a really good choice because the team was new this year and they really did come up on top,”said Erika Onyeise, a senior. “They were very funny this year and everything seemed to go really well.”

With new groups and Helix record for a fantastic Airbands’ performances, the future for this popular event looks bright.

“Overall, it was really good,” said Onyeise.

Every 15 Minutes: Helix’s Chilling Experience

The 24 student participants of the 2015 “Every 15 Minutes” program

Statistics show that every 15 minutes, a young adult is injured or killed in an alcohol-related incident. With Prom right around the corner and the potential dangers that alcohol can cause in that situation, the Helix administration created a chilling experience that coordinator and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Advisor, Cheryl Tyler believes, will have a lasting impression on the students for years after.

Funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety and California Highway Patrol, Helix hosted the two day program featuring junior and senior student volunteers which challenges the upperclassmen to consider the consequences that alcohol can inflict, especially in the case of driving and when other’s lives are involved.

“It shows the dangers of drinking and driving and not only how it affects one person, but also an entire community,” said Tyler of the program’s purpose. “It’s to teach teenagers that making smart decisions and doing the right thing is the way to go.”

The first day of the program was, as reported by many students, “confusing” and “slightly creepy” as 20 student volunteers walked around campus as “living dead.” With their faces painted ghostly white and carrying a tombstone, each student represented an alcohol-related death as they were each pulled from their classes 15 minutes apart by a Grim Reaper. Upon re-entering the classroom, the students were escorted by a police officer who stopped class to read out an obituary.

For the rest of the day, the “dead” participants were not allowed to speak or communicate to anyone via phone or hand signals. Its purpose? To simulate the actual feelings of absence of a close friend or classmate as if a real accident were to ever occur.

“I felt gone. I felt dead. I was essentially disconnected from everyone,” said Jordan Rodrigues, a junior “living dead” participant.

“Not seeing my classmates able to speak at all was really surreal. If it were to really happen, it would be way more emotional but it was still an eye-opener,” said Deborah Hurst, a junior who had several friends participate in the program. “It reminds us that drinking and driving can make this kind of thing a reality.”

Of course, hoping to create a lasting impression, the Every 15 Minutes program took it up a notch.

Gathered on the front lawn of the school during third period, the juniors and seniors received a tragic scene of reality as they witnessed a staged, horrific car crash of totaled cars, glass and blood, and three of their fellow peers severely injured and one even “dead.”

Joseph Toilolo, a senior, played the role of the drunk driver causing the accident, with another driver, senior, Graham Root, and the two deceased victims played by Amaris Munoz and Kori Patton, both seniors as well.

The rest of crash played out as if a real accident would, with police officers, the fire department, and ambulances responding to the scene. The firefighters on duty operated a normal procedure to extract the victims from the cars, while a police officer performed a sobriety test on Toilolo, and placed him under arrest. At the very end, all 20 of the “living dead” participants walked onto the scene as a hearse carried Munoz to the morgue while the entire junior and senior body looked on.

The whole scene, including the aftermath, such as Toilolo being charged at the police station, the other victims being treated at the hospital, and the parents being notified of their child’s death, was all caught on tape for a later video that would be pieced together to recreate a process of a DUI fatality case.

Munoz playing as the “dead” victim of the car crash

Patton was one of the crash victims who was later pronounced “dead” upon arrival at the hospital and she admits that the entire situation was “unexpected” even though she already knew what she signed up for.

“During the making of the video, it didn’t click that I was the person who was dead because obviously, I didn’t actually die. But until I saw everyone’s reactions afterwards once I came back [to school] I realized it was much more serious. That’s when I started seeing and feeling all the emotions, and I’m not going to lie, I cried a couple times,” the senior explained of her experience.

“Seeing how it affected people that I barely even talk to made me extremely sad. If it affects those people, thinking of how much worse it would be for my close friends and family was terrible,” she continued.

Following the crash and the rest of the dramatic events, the 24 program participants finally came together for a night away from home and school, as they simply just had fun, in contrast to the previous tragic events of the day and the future emotions that they were to endure the next morning as well.

When asked about their time at the night retreat, the three seniors, Thao Ngo, Dominic Pletcher, and Graham Root, all broke out in smiles and laughs with a group unison of “Oh my God’s.”

“Best night ever,” said Pletcher to sum up the experience.

Having no phones or electrical devices to text or check social media, Root said, “we actually talked to each other and interacted.”

That interaction consisted of hours of Four Square, ping pong, air hockey, Uno, concrete block breaking, soda can smashing, excessive eating and even a midnight game of Hide and Seek.

“[Our phones] should be taken away more often,” Root said with a laugh.

However, it’s also accurate to say that some emotional moments occurred as well through the duration of the night.

Pletcher recalled, “We had a couple talks as a group about personal experiences, personal problems, people opening up about their own life…we just got to know each other on a deeper level that on any other occasion, wouldn’t have really happened.”

To gather 24 high school students, all from different backgrounds and friend groups and by the end of one day, have them all trust and acknowledge each other as friends, is a feat that this program managed to do.

The next morning, the student participants had to prepare to endure yet another emotional rollercoaster: their own funeral.

At promptly 9:30 a.m. on Fri., Apr. 10, the gymnasium was packed with juniors and seniors as all that was laid before them was a coffin and their 24 peers while the “funeral” ceremony began.

The assembly consisted of several guest speakers, such as doctors, police officers, and even a man who lost his own son in a DUI accident. Each speaker told of their experiences involving drinking and driving and essentially, warned of the dangerous choice that could end a life.

The video tape of the DUI process made the night before was shown to the student body as well.

The entire program seemed to have done its job, as you can hear sniffles throughout the audience during the assembly and afterward, many hugs and reunions occurred.

Considering it took a year of planning and over 50 volunteers with the police department, hospitals, and other facilities, the impact on the students, the participants, and their parents was huge.

“Our expectations wind up being what we receive. It’s a shock. It’s a shock for students to see what could actually happen and that it can happen to anybody,” said Tyler of the students’ reactions. “It’s an awareness of the impact that [drinking and driving] can have on everybody, not just themselves.”

However, for the 24 students who were a part of the program, their impression of the program is a whole different story.

Tyler agrees saying, “It is so much more powerful for the participants because they are in it, they are living it, and it becomes very real for anybody who is involved. Even though we know it’s not real, it starts to feel like it.”

Rodrigues explained that the program “immersed [the students] into the experience” thus making it have a lot larger impact.

Root, who was one of the drivers in the reenacted car crash, received the opportunity to ride in an ambulance with responding paramedics. He said how the incident “really got to [him]” and that “[he] got to see how everyone involved is affected by one decision.”

“Unless it happens to you, you don’t realize how great it is to look up and see people working so hard to help you,” said Root of the paramedics and firefighters. “It was so impactful and eye-opening, and I’m so glad I got the experience to see those things happen. I was lucky to be a part of it.”

Along with Root, Pletcher believes that being a spectator of the program is only part of the lesson.

He said, “Everyone saw the impact and what we went through and that’s how they learned, but we one-on-one were part of the impact, so I think we took away a little bit more from it than everyone else.”

This program was aimed to do a lot more than reprimand students to never drink or make bad decisions. Truthfully, as young people, the whole point of growing up is to make mistakes and learn from them. The Every 15 Minutes program’s purpose is to prevent the mistake that could leave one individual unable to learn from it due to one decision that proved deadly.

With Prom within a week away, the program was here to show Helix students: The decision is theirs to make and one second can change everything.

Day of Silence

April 24th, 2015, Helix Charter’s classrooms are more quiet than usual, students sporting the yellow flyer that says, “Day of Silence.”


People of the LGBT community have found a way to stand up to the bullying, harassment, and name-calling, that keeps them from revealing their true selves, or even sending them into emotional spirals, sometimes effectively silencing their voices when they commit suicide.


The Day of Silence or DoS is a day in which people can show their support for the different people, emphasizing in LGBT people who are silenced because they are different. People who participate stay quiet for the whole day, representing the people who have no voices, until a “breaking the silence ceremony” happens.


Everett Patterson, a sophomore who participated in the DoS, said, “These people feel like they have to keep quiet because they don’t feel safe saying anything, like there isn’t anyone they can talk to.”


Some rooms have signs up in the windows saying, “Safe Space” notifying the students that if they ever feel like they aren’t safe, are being harassed or bullied for being different, then they can go inside of that room and talk to the teacher or admin and trust them.


Patterson said that this DoS is important to him in order to show LGBT individuals, “hey, you don’t have to do this alone.”


Patterson didn’t do the DoS just to not talk for a whole school day, but rather he promotes the lesson behind the movement, “I know what it’s like to feel that you have to stay quiet to protect yourself.”


He wants any student that has been silenced for being themselves to know that, “I can promise that you won’t always have to be silent, and if you need someone to talk to, then talk to me.”


The voices that were not heard that day built awareness for the other students who noticed their friends staying quiet and not acting like their usual selves.


Mikayla Gomez, a senior who participated, said, “it made me realize how many people we overlook, thinking they are just shy and quiet, when in reality we don’t know their real story of why they are silent.


Gomez said that although she had trouble keeping quiet because her friends would talk to her and she’d immediately want to respond, “I kept reminding myself that I stayed quiet to support my friends and family.”


Rilyn Gardener, a sophomore, said that she has been bullied and “it leaves lasting scars,” so participating in this day was a way for her to stand up.


Gardener gives some advice for someone who faces their problems silently, “You are not alone! There are so many people to turn to, so never give up. Suicide is not the answer.”


Participants learned the value of speaking up by not speaking out.


ACLU “Mobile Justice” App Now Available in San Diego

A new app called Mobile Justice, released on Friday, May 1 by the American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, is an excellent tool for recording and instantly uploading videos to the ACLU’s server in case your smartphone is taken by police.

You can watch a video displaying the features of the app here.

The app was originally created for documenting unjust stop-and-frisk cases after the topic sparked controversy. The current version of the Mobile Justice app is intended for recording incidences of police brutality and uploading it.

Recording police officers on duty is legal in all 50 states by the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

One useful feature of the app is the “witness” button so the user can alert other app users nearby of an incident.

Although some law enforcement officers wear body cameras, most people argue this isn’t enough to prevent unfair police brutality.

According to Peter Bibring, senior staff attorney at ACLU of Southern California,”Some of the policies we’ve seen departments roll out with body cameras are very troubling and don’t necessarily serve the goals of transparency.”

Cases in which citizens document incidences with their phone cameras have been more effective in determining whether police are acting unfairly or not.

The recent cases of police brutality, specifically against black citizens, have caused protests across the country.

Freddie Gray, a Baltimore citizen, was injured and died in police custody on Apr. 19, 2015. His dead has been the reason for protests and riots across Baltimore.

Demonstrators gather in Baltimore. (Baltimore Sun.)

High-profile deaths of black men by police officers are just a part of the need for this app.

With the Mobile Justice App, a user can find a section with their rights as an American citizen, which can be beneficial in staying safe during an encounter with an officer.

The California app is available for download for iOS or Android devices.


PTSA Scholarships Available for Helix Students

As college applications and acceptance letters draw near for many Helix students, they’re always on the hunt for ways to receive scholarships and financial aid.

“Previous years we only had one or two students apply. Last year was the first year we had eight,” said PTSA Scholarship Chairperson, Lauren Gillihan.

There are five different scholarships one can apply for; The Golden Apple Excellence Award (for academic achievement, character, and Scottie Pride), The Helix PTSA Community Service Scholarship (for volunteer service), The Leadership Award (for students who have shown excellent leadership throughout high school), The Benton Hart Awards (for students who have been involved in school and community service), and the PTSA awards (to students who have actively participated in PTSA events).

The Golden Apple Award winner receives $500, the Helix PTSA Community Service Scholarship, Leadership Award, and Benton Hart Awards winners each receive $200, while PTSA Scholarships receive $100.

“I’m so thankful for them believing in me and my dream,” said Helix graduate, Jake De La Hoya, 2014 recipient of PTSA scholarships.

Last year, about eight Helix seniors applied for scholarships through the Helix PTSA.

“I didn’t even know they gave out scholarships,” said junior Jackie Elizarrarez. “I’m definitely going to apply for one!”

The application process if fairly simple; to apply, students must submit a 1-2 page typed essay specific to the scholarship they are applying for.

Applications are due in the PTSA mailbox in the front office by noon on May 15, 2015, ATTN: PTSA Scholarship Committee.

A.P. Test Preparation

May is coming soon, and with it comes Advanced Placement (A.P.) testing. Many students are unsure of the best preparation strategy for  the test so here are some helpful hints:

  1. Study:

Studying is the most obvious, but also the most crucial step in preparing for the test. There are many different ways to study efficiently. If you have trouble motivating yourself, try a study group. Having classmates quiz you and quizzing them in return is a great way to study because you are doing double the work while barely even noticing it!

If you are the opposite and you are unable to  focus when your friends are around, try studying by yourself. Use breaks in between studying in order to keep you from studying and stressing too hard.

Color code different sections or words so that your brain has an easier time remembering what you’re trying to jam in there. If you are preparing for a history, government, or science test, this will really help you differentiate different cycles and countries.

The most important part of studying, however, is to do it more than just once a week, or a cram session right before the test. Try structuring out five to six nights a week where you focus on a specific section so you can easily cover everything within a reasonable amount of time. Remember, cramming will only increase your stress levels and won’t actually help you on the day of your test so start studying now!

  1. Work on Vocabulary:

Although this may seem only helpful for the English tests, it is actually very helpful for every type of A.P. testing. Just like with the ACT, SAT, or any Common Core testing, there are always words that we just don’t understand. By increasing your your vocabulary, you have a better chance of understanding more of the questions and words being used. There are many word challenges online that can help you learn more words and reading is also a very useful tool to help increase your vocabulary.

For tests with vocabulary terms that are used and taught in class, there is also an excellent online source that is available for student use. The website Quizlet provides students with a free source that allows you to create your personal set of note-cards with which you can create flashcards, tests, matching games, and speed games that help to increase your memorization and understanding of the terms.

 And of course, there’s always the old-fashioned way of creating flashcards by hand using note-cards. Writing terms by hand help to increase memorization and the use of color is greatly recommended. Pretty soon, once the A.P. tests come around, if you work on your vocab enough, you’ll sound and be smart!

 3. Be Kind to Your Body and Mind:

Make sure that you are eating and sleeping properly in the weeks before the test. If you rest your mind and take care of your body, then you have a better chance of being alert and rested during the test. Resting your mind also allows what you have learned time to settle and stay so you’re not just studying away what you previously studied. If you rest and eat and sleep well, you also have a better chance of not getting sick before the test, which is everybody’s worst nightmare.

Most importantly, don’t stress more than necessary. The test may offer college credit, but don’t push yourself past your limits in order to pass. These tests are challenging and if you go into the test stressing and thinking that you’re going to fail, chances are you won’t be able to function at your best capacity and that will harm your chances of getting a good score. So just relax and go into the test with confidence!

Good luck to everybody taking the A.P. tests in May!

Sadie’s Proposals

What do girls do when it’s up to them to ask their date to the Sadie Hawkin’s dance? They get creative!


The Sadie Hawkins dance is named after the Li’l Abner comic strip character Sadie Hawkins, created by cartoonist Alfred Caplin. The unmarried women of Dogpatch got to chase the bachelors and “marry up” with the ones they caught.


In the modern version of Sadie Hawkins (Sadie’s), girls must ask the guys and pay for their ticket. They can choose if they want to take the guy to dinner or not.


In the weeks leading up to Helix’s Sadie’s on April 24, many girls busted out their “thinking hats” to create a unique way to get their guy’s to say yes.


Gillian Morgan, junior, pulled out all the stops by employing the use of her step-father, Damon Chase, the Athletics Director. A security guard brought Filemoni Filemoni, junior, up to the front office where Mr. Chase questioned him about cheating. Morgan came out with a sign that read, “You’re only in trouble if you say no. Sadie’s?”


Morgan laughs, “I thought it would be funny!” and it was, turns out that the guard actually gave Filemoni a detention because he was not wearing his ID on the way up to the office.


Karina Viveros, senior, made two posters and decorated her boyfriend’s, Hector Nunez, senior, room with a Disney theme. The first poster reads, “Mickey needs Minnie, and Tigger needs Pooh, and I need you.” The second poster said, “Sadie’s” in large Disney font.

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Viveros said that she thought of a few other ideas, such as using Cuties (the mandarin oranges), “I was going to say ‘knock knock!’ and he’d respond ‘who’s there?’ and I would say ‘Orange you glad this cutie is asking you to Sadie’s?”


She went with the Disney theme because, “I’m a big fan of Disney,” even though it ended up taking her five hours to get ready.


Benji Gonzalez, junior, was asked to Sadie’s by his girlfriend Alexia Mkay, junior, who used her Airband team’s performance theme (Theta) of video game zombies.


With six different bloodied posters, Mkay presented Gonzalez with flowers and asked him to Sadies. Gonzalez decided to say yes, “of course!”

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Stephanie Moreno, junior, asked D’rell Gist (Drizzle-D), junior, to Sadie’s in front of all his friends. She unrolled a poster that said, “Drizzle-D Sadie’s with me?” Then she rapped out her question, “Hey yo Drizzle, you’re hot you sizzle, when you pass the girls all the girls start to giggle, so Drizzle-D will you go to Sadie Hawkins with me?”

Moreno said, “I wanted to do something that was different, that people would remember.”


While some guys might just ask a girl simply over text to a dance, the girls set the standard of what they’re expecting from guy’s dance proposals.