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Anticipating the first AV Talent Show

talent-show-posterJahvoan Galbearth, Aztec Voice

The Alta Vista Aztecs are hosting their first talent show in AV history. Staff and students are looking forward to this event that will take place Friday, Nov. 18. This is showcasing the students’ skills and talents for everyone to see.

Student Council has put together a talent show for the school to see other students perform.

Senior Omar Correa said, “I never knew how much talent we had in our school; I can’t wait to see them perform.”

The student line for auditions was long enough to occupy the judges all day.

Senior Teara Perry said, “I did not think so many people would try out. It’s going to be fun watching them perform.”

Student Council found out a way to connect with the student crowd. They chose to have two seniors host the talent show.

Sophomore Janae Galbearth said, “I think this will help reach out to the crowd and get the crowd involved with the talent show.”

The talk around the school is that the talent show will have a big turnout, considering the fact that Alta Vista has never had one. This just shows the school pride that most students have now.

Several teachers have put the talent show details out in the open. They support the talent show and believe this is a good idea.

Senior Dimitri Carrillo said, “This is something that has never happened at AV, and judging by the way the assemblies look for school pride, I think it will be a good turnout.”

According to several freshmen, they believe that this talent show will help them make friends and help them become more outgoing with other students. Knowing how our culture at Alta Vista is, this talent show won’t do anything but that.

Judges from our funders, Guadalupe Centers, have been chosen. This came into play when the Student Council talked about having student judges, but as the leaders of the school, they know that some kids are biased, and they want it as fair as possible.

The Student Council has done a great job planning this and getting everybody involved; they have more things planned for the school and cannot wait to show the school what they’ve got.

All fun and games

joystick-2-1242633Roberto Gomez, Aztec Voice

Video games: they have been debated for years. Some say it’s bad for you or it may help you in an unknown situation. It all just depends on how the video games are used. They could help with reflexes, memory and other things. In addition, it could lead to bad things if used unreasonably, like not being able to sleep, having fantasies, depression and antisocial behavior.

There are other benefits to video games, and they do help in some parts in life. If we use the time properly, then having this enhancement to our brains is wonderful. If the right games are played, they will make our senses even better.

According to psychologist Chacha Tumbokon, “Video games make learning fun. Your kid likes games because of the colors, the animation, the eye candy, as well as the interactivity and the challenge and the rewards of winning. The best way to learn is when the learner is having fun at the same time.”

On the other hand there are bad effects to playing video games, too. A lot of that has to do with violence because with violence in the world today it may not help with being social or decisions we make.

Tumbokon explained that “most of the bad effects of video games are blamed on the violence they contain. Children who play more violent video games are more likely to have increased aggressive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and decreased prosocial helping,” according to a scientific study by Anderson and Bushman.

Some people don’t even get affected by those two factors or they may for one or the other. Other things people could get is video game withdrawal, which is having symptoms of a lot of bad things like anxiety, crying, headaches and nausea.

“I don’t know, I usually play three or four hours, and no video game withdrawal,” junior Jose Gonzalez said.

Other people have enough time to have their daily brain workout. To work out your brain a lot will help in life; friends will make it more fun.

“I play one hour of video games with my friends, and I don’t have much time and no video game withdrawal,” junior Reno Villanueva said.

Some people are just neutral: they either don’t play many video games or any type of game. They do it for the fun of it.

“I play them because they are fun and addicting, some of them, and I get bored since I don’t have a lot to do,” junior Angela Galaviz said.

Some people actually get to play a lot but on their phone, but still no video game withdrawal. They could end up with video game withdrawal if it becomes too much.

“I play a lot of phone games, and I have no video game withdrawal,” sophomore Guadalupe Calderón said.