Aztec baseball wins first game

baseball-serie-1-1555536by Clara Moran-Enriquez, Aztec Voice

The Alta Vista baseball team won opening game against Southeast Knights. Throughout the game, there was some back and forth on who had the lead, until the very end when the Aztecs took the lead.

Some key players in the game were junior Louie Tinoco, sophomore Kelvin Marquina, senior Eosimare Lomeli and senior Miguel Eguade.
Tinoco was recognized by the Coach Justin Hartmann based on his four RBIs on a double and triple. According to Hartmann, Marquina’s “stellar defense at [second base] as well as timely base hit and base running” were highlights in the game.
Lomeli was recognized for his infield hit and short stop defense. Finally, Eguade’s “solid four innings of pitching got the job done.”
The AV baseball team encourages everyone to come out on March 31 at noon to the Urban Youth Academy to support them in their first home game against the rival Cristo Rey Kansas City Pumas.

Shortcomings in Mexico

Columnist Lizbeth Alvarez visited Mexico in early February.

Columnist Lizbeth Alvarez visited Mexico in early February.

Lizbeth Alvarez, Aztec Voice

I think that everyone is proud of their country!

Why do people immigrate to the US?

To most answers, I can claim that people from Mexico come here to get a better life, to have rights, to work hard and never give up; they come here for the American Dream – dream that a lot of people think is the best.

If you ask my dad if he wanted to live in Mexico, he would be glad to tell you yes.

Why? Because that is where everything is, for him.  Other persons might not like the idea of living in Mexico because they have their own life here and they are happy with it.

I just traveled to Mexico. We celebrated my quinceañera, and I think that’s something that everyone likes, but the point is the lack of things that people have. When the girl asks for her party, the most likely answer is, “There’s not enough money.” It is extremely sad when you know that your daughter wants a party, she wants to feel she is old and you can’t afford enough to make a simple party.

When I first got to Mexico, everything looked so simple so weird, I know it isn’t a good thing to think about your country, but I went two years without visiting, and it felt like a whole new place.

When I was in the airport, there was this loud and busy language, and you could say everything was so Mexican. When I was in the airport there was this police officer talking to American people. I just liked the idea that they give themselves time to go and visit such a beautiful place, but then I just heard the police officer ask the woman if she knew Spanish, to which she said no, and the police gave this nasty and ugly answer of “If you are in Mexico, you need to learn Spanish.” That isn’t true. People are just copying quotes from others; this isn’t respectful. The woman answered calmly, but that kind of things shouldn’t be said.

I think everyone has the desire to buy something, but in Mexico I notice there’s so much lack of everything. When I first was going to take a shower, it was funny because the water from the bathroom shower was so little of what I am used to. People could say that is normal, but it was a little amount of water coming out, and then some people get tubs with hot water to shower themselves.

Columnist Lizbeth Alvarez stayed with her grandmother in Mexico in February.

Columnist Lizbeth Alvarez stayed with her grandmother in Mexico in February.

When I was getting to my house I saw so many other little houses that were made of wood and plastic – you could actually see the bags of plastic used as their windows. The sad thing about these people living in these houses is that they are old, almost everyone is an old person, an old person who doesn’t have the strength to get up and go work and  get some money. These people need help from their government what they are not getting.

I’m not going to say they lived around giant buildings and around a lot of population because that isn’t true, this is a far place from the town, but I guess either way the government has to have an idea that these people exist.

Shortcomings are everywhere, and people need help.

Trump’s plan for DACA up in the air


Wendy Vega, Aztec Voice

Many students at AV are wondering about what is going to happen to the undocumented students and people since Trump ended the DACA program.  

According to the Kansas City Star, “Donald Trump wants to give 1.8 million young undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship in exchange for $25 billion for his long promised wall.”

“I feel like that is a stupid idea for Trump to think that we are going to pay for the wall because nobody wants it but him, so why should we have to pay for it?” said senior Cindy Vega.

Trump’s plan would also cover those undocumented immigrants who meet the DACA standard but did not sign up for it. If they meet the deadline requirements, they will get a legal status and a pathway to citizenship.

According to CNN, “The White House sees the plan as ‘compromise position’ that believes would get to 60 votes from the Senate.”

“As long as undocumented immigrants get full citizenship in the country,” sophomore Alex Guzman said, “the wall doesn’t affect anything. People can easily go in and out the country, so Trump can continue investing the country’s money.”

But the proposal’s pathway to citizenship for nearly two million undocumented immigrants probably won’t get applause from many Democrats.

According to the Huffington Post, some conservatives might not like the plan because they don’t want immigrants to come to the U.S. illegally and then become citizens.

Sophomore Dayana Valverde says, “I feel like that shouldn’t be done because undocumented people who have a family in the other countries that would like to come to the US to live the American Dream would feel betrayed by their own family members because they are basically supporting Trump’s decision in building that unnecessary wall.”   

According to Fox4 News, “Those eligible will be able to become citizens in 10 to 12 years, Trump said on Wednesday, contingent on meeting work and education requirements the White House is leaving up to Congress to establish.”

A senior White House official made clear that those immigrants whose protections expire could not be exposed to deportation.

In defense of Valentine’s Day

wedding-roses-1381333Paola Salazar, Aztec Voice

February 14 is coming up and many people are excited.

But also some people are kind of not in the mood for this day – it’s like a regular day for them because they think it’s a day only for people in love, like as in boyfriend/girlfriend, but you can give and get valentines from family and friends.

In my opinion, I think Valentine’s Day is a good day to tell your loved ones that you’re happy to see them or anything sweet and nice maybe get them a gift or chocolates. The most common things you get on this day are chocolates, bears, roses, balloons and cards.

I think Valentine’s Day is a such a sweet, loving day for many people, not only couples.

If you’re not in the mood for this day, then you could also go out with a couple of friends who are not in the mood to celebrate it either. You could have a girls’ night out or a guys’ night out with friends and family.                                                                                                                    

Juniors reflect on the year

Alejandra Tarango, Aztec Voice


“Hello my name is Alejandra Guillen-Ventura. I’m a junior at Alta Vista, and I [have] actually been liking my junior year. I feel like my voice is not heard because the school never pays attention to me. My school year will end good because I’m confident. When I graduate I will feel proud of myself. I’ll be going to college – I’m just not sure of which one yet.”


“My name is Gabriela Tovar, but they call me Gabby. I’m a junior at Alta Vista, and my school year has been alright; I’ve been trying to do good. The school never hears me out when I speak to them. When I leave AV, I’ll be pretty happy not dealing with anybody anymore. For college I’ll be going to JCCC but graduating first and taking a year off.”


“I am Monserat Calderon. Feel free to call me Monse. My school year has been very stressful. I feel like my voice is not heard at all. I believe my school year will end very stressful. When I graduate, I will feel very proud because I passed something. College, hmm I don’t know, I haven’t made my mind up about college.”

Binge-worthy shows to get you through February

Madison Wilson, Aztec Voice

"Criminal Minds" is just one of the excellent shows on Netflix right now. In the show, FBI agents investigate violent crime. (CBS)

“Criminal Minds” is just one of the excellent shows on Netflix right now. In the show, FBI agents investigate violent crime. (CBS)

If you need TV shows to watch here are some recommendations… 

Criminal Minds  

Watching “Criminal Minds” is a BIG yes. There are 13 seasons, but there are only 12 on Netflix – but it’s worth it. You should watch “Criminal Minds” because you see what happens and how FBI agents think when they’re on a case. You also see what’s happening in their personal lives.

They travel everywhere to solve cases, but their headquarters is located in Quantico, Virginia. The acting in the TV show is really good: they cast the right people in the right roles. For example, one of the actors, Matthew Gubler, plays Spencer Reid. He is a genius; every time they’re on a case, he helps the team by giving them information about everything his brain knows.  He reads books really fast, and he knows everything about anything. He is your stereotypical nerd.

The writing is amazing. You would think that they really do these things in real, like you could go down to Quantico and ask them to help you solve a case.  

There are Season 1-13, and they have lots of cast members who have left and joined the FBI team. But there are four people who have never left the FBI team in Quantico. They have been in all 13 seasons and other actors  joined in the middle of the season. The show stars Matthew Gray Gubler playing as Spencer Reid, A.J Cook playing Jennifer “JJ” Jareau, Kirsten Vangsness playing as Emily Prentiss and Thomas Gibson playing Aaron Hotchner.

If you like “CSI: Miami” or “Law and Order,” then you might like “Criminal Minds.”  


“Riverdale” is also a great show to watch. The drama and romance and the cast and the characters there… it’s just a great show to watch. It gives you life.

It takes place in a small town called Riverdale (if you haven’t known, that’s the show’s name). The suspense of the show makes you want to keep watching. The acting is soooo good; this is another show that has the right people to play the characters in the show.

A fun fact about about this show is that it’s actually based on a book called “Archie Comics.”

When the show starts it hooks you and makes you want to keep watching. The actors are great. They act like its a reality show but better. The way they set up the action and the writing are great also. They also have someone narrating the story in the TV show, and the way he tells the story makes you not want to change channels.

The characters are good too. The main characters are Betty (played by Lili Reinhart), Veronica (played by Camila Mendes), Archie (played by KJ Apa) and Jughead (played by Cole Sprouse).

If you like “13 Reasons Why,” “Pretty Little Liars” and “Vampire Diaries,” you might like “Riverdale.”


I think “Empire” is the #1 drama show on television right now. Even though they’re on a break until March 28, you have to keep watching it. It’s so good that it makes you want to go back and look at past episodes. “Empire” is so good that if you stop watching it, you will regret it because you would miss a lot. “Empire” is must-watch TV.  

I’m going to just say that if you love drama and romance, then this is the show for you.

“Empire” shows you how the music industry and how to start from the bottom and how to make it to the top – but the gangster way. Even the cast is fantastic. They have the amazing Taraji P. Henson that plays the role of Cookie, then Terrence Howard playing Lucious Lyon and other actors like Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Y. Gray  and more. They just make the acting good.

Even the writers who write what’s going to happen in the show, I give them props because they make you feel so much anger or happiness that it makes you want to hop in your television and makes you want to  join.

“Empire” makes you feel like you can relate to the show (well, I know I can). The romance that happens in the show makes you happy and mad, like a show that makes you feel like you just want hop out of your seat and throw your popcorn.

If you like this then you would love shows like “Star,” “The Get Down” or “Scandal.”

These are some great TV shows that I think that you would love to watch, especially if you need something to watch now and if you want to get out of your comfort zone. I hope you like these shows!!!!


Voices of AV

Angela Lopez, Aztec Voice


“This year has been like every other year; everything is fine, but eventually things have changed. I’m a senior at Alta Vista High School, and this is my last year here. I’m making sure I have all my credits. At AV, our voices are not heard because there needs to be changes in the school. This year has actually been good because I’ve actually experienced high school the right way.” Michelle Morales, senior
“This year for me has been hard because I’ve had challenges, and it feels like a challenged year. I’m a senior at Alta Vista and this will be my last year; I’m stressed because I’m giving it my all and it’s my last year. Our voices are not heard at AV because they don’t care what we say – we don’t have the same power. So it’s been a good and bad year because not all my high school years been the same. Every year is different.” Hector Avila, senior

Pinning down the AV wrestlers

Osiris Herrera, Aztec Voice

This is the first year of wrestling at Alta Vista High School. Aztec Voice reporter Osiris Herrera sat in on practice to catch some of their moves.

Chit Chats with Roberto & Angela: Teen Suicide

In Episode 8, Roberto and Angela discuss the important topic of teen depression and suicide.

If you or someone you know need help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Why states should legalize all forms of marijuana

cannabis-leaves-affected-by-wind-burn-1616160Ashley Becerra, Aztec Voice

My opinion on cannabis is that it isn’t bad and that it should be legal everywhere. It doesn’t hurt people, and if people can smoke weed more, than people might not smoke tobacco and get cancer, because tobacco can cause cancer, and cannabis helps cure cancer.

Only 23 states in the U.S. have legalized medical weed (Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico and Arizona).

Weed should be legal because of the fact that medical cannabis helps certain kind of sicknesses. According to Business Insider, “weed can help treat glaucoma, slowing down the disease and preventing blindness. People who smoke tobacco lose lung function over time, but cannabis smokers showed an increase in lung capacity. It helps with epileptic seizures. Marijuana decreases the symptoms of severe seizure disorder known as Dravets syndrome. The chemical found in marijuana stops cancer from spreading. It turns off a gene called Id-1, and compounds could even kill cancer cells.”

Cannabis also helps with depression and anxiety, according to Business Insider. It can decrease anxiety and prevent depression. Weed helps relieve pain and suppress nausea. It helps people live their lives, so why can’t it be legal? When you smoke you get munchies and eat a lot, I guess because you get very hungry, but you stay the way you are; it keeps you skinny, even though you probably ate a lot.And it helps your metabolism. People who smoke weed have healthier metabolism and reaction to sugars. Marijuana promotes sleep too.

Medical marijuana is used by people who go through chemotherapy, and it helps them get an appetite and helps with their nausea and pain.

I think weed should be legal because it isn’t dangerous. I mean you can’t overdose on weed and die, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse for Teachers. Weed isn’t technically a drug: it’s a plant because you grow it. The government is just saying it’s bad, and some people believe it. The myth is that it’s bad because you could die from it, but if you smoke weed, you aren’t really going to die because it isn’t bad for you in a lot of ways, but some people always think it’s bad.

Weed should be legal everywhere in the U.S. for recreational use, too. Eight states in the U.S. legalized marijuana for medical and recreational use (Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Colorado, Alaska, Maine and Massachusetts). Some people just like smoking weed because they like how it makes them feel and how they could forget things they don’t want to remember. Some people smoke because they like how the food tastes when they eat.

They should legalize every type of weed in every state. People are going to jail because they get caught with weed. That isn’t even cool, because why does somebody have to go to jail for having a plant that’s called a drug? They should put rapists and other criminals in jail because they’re doing bad stuff, but smoking weed isn’t something somebody should go to jail for or go to a place where like they talk about their addiction because weed is not like being a alcoholic or an actual drug addict.

I think every drug except marijuana is bad because you can overdose and die or it harms the body a lot. But weed doesn’t do that. It helps you with some medical problems you have, so they shouldn’t even call it a drug. There are more pros than cons about weed in my opinion.