Student Life


Written by Brianna Barron

There is so much music nowadays that you can listen to, including pop, electronic, hip-pop, country, etc. Many songs that you listen to have meaning to them: some are love songs, break up songs, etc. Here are a few old songs that fit the bill: “Closing Time” by Semisonic, “Imagine” by John Lennon, “Harder to Breathe” by Maroon 5.

Personally, I’m more into Latin pop songs. One song that I’ve been recently listening to is a Spanish song by Santiago called, “Como decirte que te quiero,” which means: “How do I say to you that I love you.” I know, a love song; but for me this song has more meaning to me than just being a love song; the melody or beat, was something that I really like about it.

Melody/Beat: the song starts off with the piano playing the melody of the song, guitar, electric guitar, and drums later added. Even with all these instruments included, throughout the song, the melody is like a catchy, good beat, that makes you want to sing along to it, or hum it in some cases. The beat of the song really goes with the lyrics and both the lyrics and the beat create a little spark together.

Meaning: the meaning behind this song is how two different people, a girl and a boy, have a hard time confessing to their loved one that he/she likes that person. They talk about how they feel, and how that person makes them feel, by their side, or gone. It’s a song that makes you feel that it wasn’t written in a few seconds, but was written towards that person’s feelings, what they have gone through. For most people, it’s a song that you can really relate to.

Whenever you’re listening to a song, take some time to comprehend the song: is it something that you can relate to? What’s the meaning of the song? Or message? Does it have a sad beat, or melody? Or is it just a fast beat that makes you want to dance around. Also, don’t just listen to one type of genre of music–go beyond and listen to other types. You’ll be happy you did.

New Year Resolutions

Written by Aby Mendez

With the beginning of the new year comes the ambition to set new goals. So, let’s crank up the motivation by hearing what these celebs have planned for the 2019 “new year, new me” trend.

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande had a tough year when it came to relationships. She endured the breakup and death of her ex-boyfriend, Mac Miller, she also broke-off her engagement to comedian Pete Davidson.  Her resolution was to remain single for all of 2019 and possibly all her life so that she can focus on herself. Maybe 2k19 is the year for us to focus on ourselves.

9th Grader Zander Rouwhorst

In 2019, I want to be unique and different. Especially when it comes to my music, I want to be different than others. And when it comes to school, I want to stand out and do my best too, as the year comes to an end.

Kevin Hart

Over the years comedian and actor Kevin Hart hasn’t failed to make many people laugh. The fun and lighthearted speech he posted on his Instagram story is sure to motivate you for at least a good 4 months. In addition, he went live on Instagram and told his followers that another trip around the sun means it is time for a “new attitude, new goals, new blessings, new beginnings and new starts.” He then followed these words of encouragement with some playful yelling, and his up-beat energy could be felt through our screens.

Shay Mitchell

Pretty Little Liars Actress Shay Mitchell has a huge audience to inspire (21 million followers). The actress took to her Instagram story to tell her followers that in the new year, she wants them to remember that everyone is in the journey of life together. She continued by encouraging all her followers to be more compassionate, empathetic, patient and thoughtful in 2019.

Amazing Student Art


Bella Ocasio

This was a drawing for my friend’s 16th birthday. I spent 5 and a half hours on it, staying up until 3 am to finish it. I also wanted this piece to be a practice of a less cartoon-like art style.


Phoenix Phan

War: I’ve been dreaming of dystopian world, seeing devastating views. These images were still in my head until I let them all out on a piece of paper. I guess the best way of fighting against war is through art.

Constellations PP

Phoenix Phan

Constellations: When we’re together, we created something far better than what we would be individually, like stars in constellations.


Josette Compagniony

Ivy:  “Ivy” is about a 17 year old girl named Ivy. She’s loud, independent, and will stand up for what she believes in. Often dubbed as aggressive, Ivy is actually one of the kindest souls one will ever meet. She may not be the most intelligent, but she’s the bravest person you’ll ever meet. “Ivy’s character is based off an old friend of mine from Detroit.

Venice Indians Make it to Semi-Finals

Venice Vs Braden River, High School Football

Written by Austin Rozelle


A Friday night in late November was a night to remember. The Venice Indians have once again made it to the prestigious Final Four. Coach John Peacock is on his way to earning his third state championship ring. The final score of 28-21, brings Braden River to a well fought close of their season.

Though Braden River came up with a close loss, their stats showed more. Quarterback Bryan Gagg had an outstanding game with 350 total yards and a total of 2 complete touchdown passes.  The Braden River Pirates has called him the Man of the Match.  The Braden River Pirates had a total of 3 Touchdowns and a total of 3 Interceptions. The Pirates end their season with a district season of 4-1.

The Venice Indians pulled out the win with a total of 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Running back Brandon Gregory had a total of 92 yards. The Venice Indians named two players for the Men of the Match. First being Brandon Gregory, and Zack Sessa for having an average of 59 yards last game with 4 touchbacks. The Venice Indians will play St. Thomas Aquinas. This match will determine who will be in the State Championship.

Pictures courtesy of the Herald-Tribune

Yearbook Pictures for Grades 10 and 11

Written by Aby Mendez