The Silvertip The Student News Site of Mission Hills High School Fri, 25 Oct 2019 16:56:34 -0700 en-US hourly 1 Chick-Fil-A Challenge is coming to town Fri, 25 Oct 2019 16:56:34 +0000    It’s that time of year again: the Chick-Fil-A Challenge is back and this year we are in it to win it! This challenge is between the San Marcos Knights and our very own Mission Hills Grizzlies from Oct. 28 to Nov. 1, our 16th annual Discovery Bowl. Throughout the week, the two schools try to buy the most Chick-Fil-A in order to win the trophy and title of Chick-Fil-A Champion. Last year SMHS bought the most Chick-Fil-A, but this year we will overcome and bring home the victory. 

   The Chick-Fil-A Challenge is a great way to raise money for our school as we will receive a donation for a portion of the total sales between both schools. This event is a fun and easy way to support your school, enjoy good food, and have a great time catching up with your friends and family. Everyone is welcome to participate and show support.

   “I’m excited for my first Chick-Fil-A challenge because I’ve never done anything like this, and I can’t wait to show my support,” Kaylah Espinoza (9) said.

   Visit as many times as you like throughout the week as anything will help, but be sure to mention that you are from Mission Hills to the cashier before the transaction is done to get credit. In addition, Tuesday Oct. 29, is Mission Hills day at Chick-Fil-A, we will be holding a pep rally at the restaurant.

   “I’m excited to decorate the inside of Chick-Fil-A with Mission Hills merch because I get to build on the school spirit,” said Leanne Ly (11), ASB member.

  The school that visits the most during the week before 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1, will win the Chick-Fil-A trophy. The winner will be announced during half-time at the Discovery Bowl game hosted at home. 

   “The competition and rivalry between San Marcos and Mission Hills fuels ASB in creating an extremely spirited week at school through the Chick-Fil-A Challenge, which is the perfect precursor to the Discovery Bowl game on Friday,” said Logan Lidster (12), MHHS Student Body President. 

   You also have the opportunity to show support by participating in this year’s spirit days. The days are as follows (Monday-Friday): Grizzly Pride, dress as a Chick-Fil-A worker, dress as a Cow day, Halloween Costumes, and Blackout. On Tuesday, ASB will be selling Chick-Fil-A starting at 6:30 a.m. This year, ASB is holding a costume contest in partnership with San Marcos Chick-Fil-A, so on Thursday stop by the ASB room to show off your costume. The winner will receive a whole year of free Chick-Fil-A. Consolation prizes will also be given out. The entire week, different events will be happening during lunch so keep a lookout. Discovery Bowl week is going to be one to remember: let us see if it will be Cardinal and Gold or Silver and Blue.

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Hong Kong protests rage on as China prepares to fight back Thu, 24 Oct 2019 15:54:54 +0000    An ancient Chinese proverb states, “When the wind of change blows, some people build walls and others build windmills.” Change will come whether one wants it to or not, but everyone has to choose how to react to it. This saying is coming to life in the form of protests in Hong Kong. The unrest began when a bill was proposed that would allow the extradition of people accused of crimes in Hong Kong to mainland China. The bill has been dropped, but pro-democracy rallies and tension over China’s National Day have continued to strain relations between the two governments.

   “There’s no way this is going to blow over soon. There’s a lot of tension between China and Hong Kong, and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to end quickly,” Evan De Jesus (11) said.

   Infrequent disputes have occurred between Hong Kong and China for years, but the past 2 months have seen a dramatic increase in violent clashes between pro-democracy advocates and police. Chinese government officials view Hong Kong as a rebellious region, while protestors claim that China is overstepping its bounds and is interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs. 

   “I think it’s pretty serious that the pro-democracy protesters keep rallying for change. China has to listen to what the democratic reformers are saying in Hong Kong,” Melissa McCarthy (12) said.

   Tensions have risen as a result of increased protests on and following Oct. 1st, 2019, China’s National Day. Violence broke out between protesters and the police, and for the first time since the start of the protests, a police officer shot a demonstrator. 

   “For Hong Kong people, there’s nothing to celebrate today. China has a habit of silencing people during ‘celebrations’ like National Day to create a cosmetic peaceful scene. It might work in Beijing, but it will never work in Hong Kong,” said Bonnie Leung, a Civil Human Rights Front Leader.

   On National Day, China’s President Xi Jinping spoke in Tiananmen Square and vowed that no amount of force could halt China’s march into the future. He focused on his goal to pursue peaceful development in China, and praised the Communist Party for its 70 years of leadership. 

   “Today, a Socialist China is standing in the midst of the world, and there is no force that can shake the foundation of this great nation. No force can stop the Chinese people and the Chinese nation from forging ahead. We will remain committed to the leadership of the Communist Party of China, put people first, and stay true to Socialist paths,” President Xi Jinping said. 

   As pro-democracy protests continue in Hong Kong, it is unclear what the final outcome will be. Protesters in Hong Kong have five demands that they want China to meet: withdrawal of the extradition bill, removal of Carrie Lam from her post as Hong Kong Chief Executive, investigation of police brutality, release of those who have been arrested, and the institution of greater democratic freedoms. Until these demands are met or the Hong Kong opposition is snuffed out by force, clashes between the two sides will continue.

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Again, another YouTuber releases a novel, but is it better than the rest? Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:45:54 +0000     Christine Riccio, a YouTuber with almost half a million followers, published her debut novel, “Again, But Better,” this past May, and it quickly became a New York Times Bestseller. However, some of her fellow YouTubers suggest that the novel is popular only because of Riccio’s wide influence. 

I’d give this book a chance because it sounds like something I’d be able to relate to. Growing up can be very hard with all the pressure from friends and adults. I think that we only live once, so just go for those risks. If we mess up, that just tells us to not repeat our mistakes,”

— Oriana Allen (10)

  “Again, But Better” is a young adult novel that follows the journey of Shane, a straight-A college student, as she abandons her pre-med major to study abroad and pursue her passion for storytelling. In this journey, Shane encounters new friends, discovers herself, and finds a love that just might last a lifetime. 

    “I would read this book, especially because a lot of kids from this generation usually have to focus on their grades and going to college, so the fact that [Shane’s] focused on her studies and has no friends is relatable. When she accepts the opportunity to study abroad, it shows that just because someone chooses to deviate from their original plan, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re going off path. It just means that they’re living life, which I think is something our generation can learn from,” Abigail Maldonado (12) said.

   Deciding between one’s heart and parental expectations is an inescapable aspect of growing up. Consequently, the fact that the novel revolves around this issue is captivating.           

   “I’d give this book a chance because it sounds like something I’d be able to relate to. Growing up can be very hard with all the pressure from friends and adults. I think that we only live once, so just go for those risks. If we mess up, that just tells us to not repeat our mistakes,”  Oriana Allen (10) said.

   Shane’s ability to survive unfortunate circumstances is also empowering for readers.     

   “I’m pretty sure a lesson you can probably learn from this book is to [understand that] no matter how hard life gets to you, just keep doing what you want to do no matter what,” Julian Ortega (12) said.

    In response to readers’ positive feedback, Riccio demonstrates sympathy. As a former college student who felt isolated, she writes her book in the hope that she can help others much like her older self.   

   “This is for all the teens/young adults/adults who feel like they’ve been left behind. You’re not behind… ‘Again, But Better’ is fiction, but inspired by my own experiences,” she said in her Authors Note.

   It seems “Again, But Better” can help individuals feel less alone when they’re lost in life. Of course, everyone has the right to have their opinions, so whether or not they agree with the positive comments is a personal and valid decision. Yet, with the amount of information out there, perhaps the only way to determine the value of the novel is to actually give it a shot.

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HOMH: Schwab finds the heart to speak up about his insecurities Tue, 22 Oct 2019 04:42:45 +0000 “I’m awkward and if I were a character in a book or a movie I’d be the guy that stays home all day and doesn’t talk to anyone. I’ve been thinking introspectively lately and it’s not fun. It’s not that I don’t think of myself as a good person, but I don’t like myself. I guess I see myself as the loner that maybe has some friends but not a lot, doesn’t leave his house that much, and stays home on the weekends with his cats. I’m describing myself word for word. This weekend I don’t think I left my house once. I want to change because I don’t really like who I am. Way back in December—when I was going through a rough time—it was late (around midnight) I was in front of my computer and it was dark; there was only the light from my lamp. I was wearing a hoodie and I was in a mood; and I was like ‘I should open up to some people.’ I don’t know why I thought it was a good idea. I was crazy. I was like ‘let me type this whole emotional thesis paper in my notes,’ and I sent it to a group chat. It was awkward because we had school the next day and they all acted as if nothing had happened. I guess I was hoping that one of them would start a conversation with me. I don’t know. I have a lot of thoughts, but I don’t know how to get them out. I’m scared to open up to people because I don’t know how people think of me, and I’m insecure. I think this past week is the most I’ve cried in years, and it’s weird because I feel kind of sad but I don’t have any right to because my life is not bad.”

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News Recap for October 21, 2019 Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:02:55 +0000 Turkey invades Syria

   The Trump Administration called U.S. troops to pull out of Syria earlier last week. Despite warnings from President Trump, Turkish forces have taken the opportunity to invade Syria in an effort to crush the Kurdish forces. The decision to leave Syria has been met with criticism from both conservative and liberal standpoints. Many have speculated that an ISIS resurgence will occur as a result of the invasion.


Chaos in Catalan

   In response to the prison sentences given to 12 Catalan seperatist leaders from Spain’s supreme court, protests have erupted throughout Barcelona. Support for Catalan’s separation from Spain have been growing since 2012, but the punishment of the seperatist leaders have shifted the movement to a more radical approach. Protesters blocked traffic on major highways and flooded airports, forcing 110 flight cancelations. 


Saddleridge Fire

   The Saddleridge Fire in Northern Los Angeles has been burning for over a week, destroying 8,000 acres and 19 structures. Early responses to the fire included shutting off electricity and gas to local homes and businesses in an effort to prevent more fires. Although the fires have been 80% contained, many are still on high alert as the operations to put out remaining blazes are underway.

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Sports Recap: October 21, 2019 Mon, 21 Oct 2019 16:36:03 +0000 Coach Update: 

Last week, Coach Chris Hauser was announced Coach of the Week by the Los Angeles Chargers!


On October 11th, the grizzlies went against Torrey Pines High School and won, (42-14). Last Friday (10/18) they also played against La Costa Canyon High School and won again, 14-10.

Marching Band: 

The band performed at Rancho Bueno Vista High School on Saturday (10/12) against Vista High School. They scored 74.60, ranking second. On Saturday (10/19), they performed against Chino Hills High School, Upland High School, and Ranch Verde High School at River Side City College. They placed fourth with 75.30.

Cross Country: 

The team attended an invitational at Guajome Park on October 12th. Their next meet will be two weeks on October 26th at Mt. San Antonio.

Girls Tennis: 

The girls faced San Marcos High School this week on Tuesday (10/15) in a home game. This was their last game before CIFs.

Field Hockey: 

This Wednesday (10/15), the team played against La Costa Canyon High School and sadly lost, 3-0. Their next game will be on October 23rd against Canyon Crest Academy.

Boys Water Polo: 

On Thursday, October 16th, the boys won an away conference game against Torrey Pines, 5-2. They also attended the San Diego Open on the 17th. Their next game will be on October 23rd against Canyon Crest at Palomar.

Girls Golf: 

The team played in a tournament on the October 15th and 17th against Torrey Pines, La Costa Canyon, Canyon Crest, San Marcos, and Carlsbad. Unfortunately, the girls did not place in the top three. On October 22nd they are playing against Canyon Crest Academy.

Girls Volleyball: 

On October 15th, the team against Carlsbad High School and lost, 3-0. The next day (10/16), they played against Canyon Crest Academy, and unfortunately lost, 3-0. Their next game will be against Torrey Pines on Wednesday (10/23).

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Grizzlies sink the Oceanside Pirates’ ship at the homecoming game Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:08:07 +0000  Walking into the stadium, everyone could feel the energy grow with every step you took. The music was booming and everyone from the players on the field to the students in the Growl Crowd were ready to go for one of the biggest games of the season; Grizzlies had a record of 3-2 and wanted to keep their winning streak going.

    Ranked sixth in the county, Oceanside High School was going to be one of the hardest tests for the Grizzlies. Ezekeal Mata (12) got everything in place for when the whistle blew to start the game at Jack Ashby Stadium.

   During the first quarter, both teams were able to keep each other at a stalemate. The Grizzlies defensive line was staying strong against an impressive Oceanside offense. With great punts from Mata, the Grizzlies were always able to push Oceanside back into their own half. 

   In the second quarter, both teams were getting closer to scoring. Jackson Oksnee (11) was creating many scoring opportunities and gaining yards for the Grizzlies. Halfway into the quarter, Oksnee completed a 70 yard pass to Cameron Woolsey (11) for the first touchdown of the game with Mata completing the point after touchdown (PAT) to make the score 7-0. Seconds before halftime, the Grizzlies had a chance to add three more points on the board with a 52 yard field goal attempt which Mata completed and the stadium erupted. 

   After their team talk at halftime, both teams were fired up and ready to go for the third quarter. The Oceanside offense was starting to pick up momentum. However, the Grizzlies defense was able to handle the pressure and win the ball back. On the 22-yard line, Jackson Oksnee was able to create space for himself in the pocket and picked out a diving Skai Donnell (11) for the second touchdown of the game. Everyone in the stands watched in astonishment when Donnell caught the football. Mata again completed the PAT to make the score 17-0 halfway into the quarter. Into the final quarter, the Grizzlies kept up their dominance with Mata completing another 27 yard field goal to make the score 20-0. Quinton Hadnot (12) made another important play in the game when he ran the football all the way to the one yard line which then gave Jackson Oksnee the rushing touchdown which was well deserved for a crucial performance. Mata ended the game off with another PAT which made the end result to the game 27-0 for the Grizzlies. 

   The following week, the Grizzlies were able to keep their winning streak going with a crucial win against Torrey Pines 42-14 and this Friday they will be playing against La Costa Canyon away from home.


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HOMH: Rosas dreams in honor of her parents Tue, 15 Oct 2019 04:21:14 +0000 “My parents don’t have papers, and I live with the fear that at any point they can just be taken away. Also, the struggles they go through, not being able to do much because, again, they don’t have papers and they are constantly working. I feel like my mom is the reason why I continue so much. It’s hard. I feel like everything I do is so that I can help her and my dad. I do everything I can so that I can help them get a better future. Right now, they’re like, working all the time and when we get out of school, I don’t really get to hangout with them anymore, not as much as I used to. My dad works most of the time, and well, I see my mom more than my dad. One of the dreams I have is to be able to get my family a house. I want to do everything I can in school so that I could get a good career to help them; so that I can do what I want and help them at the same time.”

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As the rise in hate crimes continues, more people accept it as a norm within society Tue, 15 Oct 2019 02:28:10 +0000    A deepening divide plagues the country as hate crimes bombard cities and plague countless members of American society. Hate crime rates have risen since 2016 according to the United States Department of Justice, which leaves many wondering why. From ethnic disputes to atrocities committed against different religions and communities, hate crimes are rising universally; however, many are quick to dismiss the opportunity to discuss the dangerous normalization of hate crimes.

   “I think hate crimes are being normalized because it happens so often that we have become desensitized to it. It doesn’t shock us anymore, it is simply our reality,” Ashley Virabouth (12) said.

   Although within the past year we’ve seen hate crimes like the Poway shooting on Saturday, April 27th, social media outlets like Instagram and Twitter are instead filled with conversation of the latest movies and video games, while hate crimes are easily swept away. Whether it be due to the critical normalization of such crimes or greater relevance of other socially turbulent events, this lack of attention has led to a “nobody cares” mindset in the youth, which may be further contributing to the trend of becoming habituated to hate.

The greatest fear about being a school principal is that there would be a school shooting on our campus; I call that out because I know that that is a fear that probably a lot of us sort of carry around and don’t really talk about because we’re sort of afraid to say it out loud. ”

— Mrs. Flores-Dunda

   “I believe people feel that hate crimes will always be a thing, so anything we do is essentially worthless. Why fight a battle you’ll only lose, right?” Zander Vilaysane (11) said.

   Many fail to realize that one’s community is not immune to the potential of a hate crime.

   “The greatest fear about being a school principal is that there would be a school shooting on our campus; I call that out because I know that that is a fear that probably a lot of us sort of carry around and don’t really talk about because we’re sort of afraid to say it out loud. Coming from Colorado I’ve had a lot of exposure to school violence and school shootings, so that’s why I take every single rumor of a threat extremely serious for all of our safety,” Mrs. Flores-Dunda said.

   Conversation is the best antidote to uncomfortable issues. It is important to discuss these social problems not only inside the classroom but within one’s social circle. At Mission Hills, there is a zero-tolerance for physical force and intimidation. If a hate crime is witnessed or rumored to occur on campus, it is best to report it to a campus supervisor or faculty member. To learn more about how to report a hate crime, go to or contact any officer on campus.

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Sports Recap: October 11, 2019 Fri, 11 Oct 2019 17:12:07 +0000 Football:

On the October 4th the boys played the homecoming game against Oceanside High School. The game ended in a win as the team triumphed over OHS, 27-0. Hopefully, their success will continue in their home game against Torrey Pines High School tonight (10/11) at 7:00 p.m..

Marching Band:

On Saturday (10/5), the Marching Band attended WBA competition at Mission Viejo High School. The competed against San Marcos High School and Rancho Cucamonga High School. They ended with the third place, their score being 71.05. This Saturday (10/12) they will compete in SCSBOA Rancho Bueno Vista competition.

Cross Country:

The team will be attending the So Cal Invitational at Guajome Park on Saturday (10/12)  at 11-3 p.m.. We wish them the best of luck!

Girls Tennis:

The girls played on Tuesday (10/8) against Oceanside High School and on Thursday (10/10) against La Costa Canyon High School. Unfortunately the girls lost both of their games. Their next game is against San Marcos High School next Tuesday (10/15).

Field Hockey:

On October 10th, the girls played a home game against San Marcos High School that they won 1-0.

Boys Water Polo:

The team had a tournament game last Friday (10/4) against Mater Dei Catholic that they won, 6-9. They also played Oceanside High School Saturday (10/5) and won, 12-2. On Wednesday (10/9) they played against La Costa Canyon High School, but unfortunately lost, 8-9.

Girls Golf:

The girls played against La Costa Canyon High School on Tuesday (10/8) and won!

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