Ready, set, spike!


The volleyball team played East High School in the home opener on Aug. 27.

by Ciarra Vick, Aztec Voice

Alta Vista’s volleyball teams include both junior varsity and varsity. Varsity has now played four games: Aug. 27, Aug. 30, Sept. 4 and Sept. 10. Junior varsity has played three: Aug. 27, Sept. 4 and Sept. 10. The team has yet to win but has high hopes for the rest of the season.

We have 20 girls between both teams, with seniors, juniors, sophomores and freshmen. Some girls are new to the sport, and there are girls that have played for many years.

“I have played a total of four years on and off since seventh grade,” senior Mya Marron said.

“I’ve played since sixth grade, so six years now,” junior Frankie Saenz said.

“Two years,” freshman Desire Johnson said.

As most of you may know, the girls do have a coach this year. ECP coordinator Citlalic Maldonado took on the responsibility of being the coach; the players feel she has helped get the season kicked off to a great start.

“I am happy that we have a coach because she has already done so much for our team and is very involved,” Marron said.

“I like having her; I feel she is a really great coach and will improve our team,” Saenz said.


Seniors return for their last year

by Fernanda Stewart, Aztec Voice


senior Stephanie Gonzalez

This year is the last year for seniors, and there are still many things that must be done before they graduate.

“Honestly, what I am struggling with this year is biology. I just feel like I won’t pass it at all; it is so hard for me to learn in that class, I just don’t get it,” senior Stephanie Gonzalez said. “Not only do I feel stressed out about that class because I am struggling with it, but I am also trying hard to make sure I graduate on time by keeping my credits in check.”

Most seniors are having trouble with their credits and are having a hard time with trying to graduate on time.

Gonzalez stated, “I am trying hard to get involved in school since it is my last year, but it is hard because I have French class.”

For those who do not know, seniors have a big final coming up for Ms. Waschek in language arts 4, which is nerve wracking because there will be some important people there watching as seniors give a presentation on their topic that must be done within three minutes.

“I am so nervous about the Waschek project too,” Gonzalez said. “It stresses me out that I am going to have to present in front of people who I do not know and my group will be chosen for me.”

Something that will be very important for this year is to have motivation something to keep you going.

“Something that I am doing right now is I am trying my hardest to think positive and motivate myself so that I don’t have a breakdown this year,” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez also adds on what she will be doing after high school and what she will be majoring in.

“My plan is to go to Missouri Western and major in vet tech. Hopefully I get accepted into that college, it seems decent,” she said.


senior Tania Arzate

“I thought that being a senior would be super easy,” senior Tania Arzate said, “but it’s not. It’s almost like you have to be a role model for the other grades and show them how it is done. I am struggling so much this year; I can’t seem to stay focused at all, and then I am stressed out about community service because we need certain hours in order to graduate, which is really stressful because I already have a lot of work to do after school.”

At AV we have dance team and other things for students to do in order to get more involved in school.

“I plan on joining dance because the dance team needs some work and I feel like I would make it better,” she said.

Senior year can be a breaking point.

“I have no idea what I want to do after high school,” Arzate said.


senior Wendy Vega

“My struggle so far this year,” said senior Wendy Vega, “is turning in my homework. Me not turning in my homework has made my grades go down, and it is something that I am working on. I stay after school now, and I do tutoring. I am a little bit more responsible than I was last year.”

The class of 2019 seems to be facing challenges so far, but will they overcome these challenges?

“After high school, I plan on attending MCC for nursing. I’m going to miss being here at AV. My favorite year was junior year and then also when Prince Royce [visited],” Vega said.


Humans of AV look ahead

by Jesenia Huitron, Aztec Voice


sophomore Jimena Davila

“….I’m not really looking forward towards this new school year. I already know that sophomore year will not be as easy as freshman year, with more work and having more responsibilities. There will also be more talks about colleges and what we want to do in the future. I would like to have good grades on every class I’ll take and be more connected to every teacher I have. That way, they would be more likable.”


sophomore Rosario Aguirre

“My name is Rosario, and I’m in the tenth grade. I feel good, I think it will be a good year. I expect a lot of hard work but I also expect a lot of accomplishments from me and my peers. I’d like to pass all my classes with at least a C.”


senior Betty Ramirez

“Hi, my name is Betty. I’m a new senior at Alta Vista. Overall the new school year has been a huge change from my previous school. The classes are fun and so are the teachers. It is a huge change, but I’ll adapt to it sooner or later. This school year I expect to finish high school with good grades and hopefully make new friends. Something I want to complete this year is being able to pass all my classes and cross that stage. So far, everything has been so fun and educational. I wouldn’t change a thing.”


sophomore Azael Delgado

“I am Azael Delgado, a sophomore. I feel like this year is good and bad. Good because I could just get it over with and move to the next grade, but bad because I don’t know if I’m going to get good or bad grades. Also because I don’t know if they’re going to make the school worse or better. I expect myself to get good grades and get more involved in class and after school activities. I want to pass this year with flying colors and improve my grades.”

Update on Clubs

by Lizdalys Cordovez Torres, Aztec Voice

The problem with dog fighting

animal-breed-cage-1350563by Jenni Vejar, Aztec Voice

Imagine yourself walking in the backyard and seeing dogs being caged and some having bruise or are bleeding. Imagine seeing dogs with bite marks or seeing baby dogs that are scared to come out from their hiding place.

There are many people who are training and setting up dog fighting. In a report from Kansas City Star, 45 dogs were rescued from a suspected dog fighting.

According to Kansas City Star article, “‘Sadly, dogfighting is more prevalent than many people think and it continues to be a popular underground activity throughout the country,’ said Joel Lopez.”

Even if dog fighting is illegal, people are still doing dog fighting underground. Many people feel that people should stop torturing these dogs.

“I know I may be ‘little’ to understand that dog fighting is a big issue, that trust is that people who are doing these things is wrong in so many ways,” said Luis, a Kansas City 7-year-old.

In the article, A Closer Look at Dog Fighting, the article explains what dog fighting is, what kind of dogs are used for dog fighting, what happens and much more. The article gives good facts about what dog fighting is.

In that article it states, “Many ‘street’ fighters think they can also make money by breeding and selling dogs, but a great number of these animals are killed or abandoned if they fail to perform.”

Overall, the point is that dog fighting is important because many of these animals are getting hardened and are not getting the love they deserve from their owner. Many of the dogs that don’t “work out” are abandoned by owners or killed.

“I love animals, and hearing these thing happens to these dogs is just not right and makes me sad to think of this. People need to do something to stop this from happening,” said Isabela, a Kansas City 11-year-old.

8 memories from 2017-2018

by Alicia Florez, Aztec Voice


Seniors and staff attended the annual Nelson Hopkins run and had the highest attendance rate of any past senior class.


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The Pell Project brought in local band Making Movies to play some of their latest songs and raise awareness about immigration issues in the U.S.

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At the annual student v. staff dodgeball game, the SENIORS WON the whole thing after the teachers won last year.


After the AV student raised over the $6,000 goal for the Pell Project, Vice Principal Teran kept his promise and got his head shaved for the whole school to see.

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This year at AV we introduced Wrestling and Cross Country to our sports profile. Both sports had a great first year and we look forward to many more.


The girls’ basketball team killed it this year by having their best season in AV history. Our Lady Aztecs never fail to make us proud.

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Congressman Cleaver visits AV to discuss issues such as gun control with Student Council.

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The Class of 2018 trashed Teran’s office as their annual senior prank and had a good time rolling around in it.



Graduates of AV

by Wendy Vega, Aztec Voice


“My plans after graduation is to go to college at KCC, play college soccer for them as well as work when I’m not busy with school or soccer. I want to go into marketing, but I am starting out with my general studies.  The college I’ll be attending is Kansas Christian College because I am getting the opportunity to play college ball, and it’s a small school where I think I would fit perfectly in. My favorite high school experience was playing sports, going to college visits and getting to know my class better. I will miss playing high school ball and my good friends that are now brothers to me. The advice I would give to future seniors is to make the most out of it because it goes by quick that you don’t even see it.” – Leonel Pina


“My plans after graduating is to go straight to work and have money saved up by the time I start college in the fall. The career I want to pursue is social work in the foster care system because when becoming part of the foster care system as a child, you face many difficulties and struggles that children should not face at such a young age, and I want to make sure the children feel loved and feel like they matter because they do. I plan to attend Donnelly College because it is closer to home, affordable, there is diversity, small classroom sizes, and it has the major I want to go into. My favorite part of high school was meeting new people and reconnecting with old friends. What I will miss about high school are the teachers. I give a huge thanks to every teacher in Alta Vista but mostly Mrs. Din and Ms. K because of the support system I received from them. The advice I would offer to future seniors is to not slack. You guys will hear that a lot and will probably get annoyed, but it’s important. Your senior year is no joke, and you need to get yourself together because senior year is stressful and will be way more stressful when you slack. Also SAVE UP & APPLY FOR A LOT OF SCHOLARSHIPS even if you believe you are not eligible for it.” – Hilda Alvarado


“I plan to work at FedEx for a year or so to save up money. The career I’m pursuing is lineman, and I want this career because I always wanted to do something with electricity; it’s hands on work and pays good. I don’t plan to attend college because my job doesn’t require it, and I don’t want to waste my time with more schooling. My favorite part of high school was my junior year because I was involved with most of the senior stuff. I’ll miss going up to front office everyday to see Mama G. The advice I would offer to upcoming seniors is to have a list of colleges you want to get into, scholarships you want, and know what you want to do with your life.” – Jose Dominguez


“After graduating high school I plan on going to MCC for my first two years of college, then transferring to Park for the other two years. The career I chose was social work. I love helping people and love talking to different people! I will be attending MCC Penn Valley, why? Because it’s closer to home and it’s cheaper cost. My favorite part of high school was getting closer to everyone year to year! Everything was a good experience. I will miss seeing everyone every day. The advice I would give to future seniors is to do scholarships, get good grades and enjoy it because it will go by so fast!” – Leonela Montes

Graduation Q & A with Jesly Damian

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by Lilianna Flores, Aztec Voice

How do you feel about graduation ?

I feel great a bit nervous. I mean, damn, four years of high school and now I’m taking a big step towards the adult world.

Are you ready to graduate ?

Yes, I am. I can’t wait to get my diploma and leave this school.

What excites you the most about graduating ?

Leaving this school. Now I will have a new chapter to begin with and new page, a new story and nothing to with AV anymore.

What is the reason you are graduating high school? Family members? Yourself?

At first it was for my family, but now it’s for myself; it’s time for me to focus on what I want, and that is to graduate high school to prove to many who doubted me that yes, I made it. LOOK AT ME WALK.

After all said and done, I think everyone gets excited to finally be done with school. We all have came a long way to get to this point or going to be to that point, but it takes a lot of dedication and courage from your surroundings. Especially family – they are the ones who push you to your limits, but they do it out of love and to only see you succeed.

Congrats to the seniors who are graduating this year, and may god bless them.

Spotlight on mental illness

silberne-stock-1-1439839by Jenni Vejar, Aztec Voice

I remember when meeting my cousin for the first time and I was special to say the least about the things I was told of about him. The reason I say this is because for one it was the first time, and two because I found that he is special. He has health issues.

Health issues are something that happens all the time and they are not predictable. Sometimes these things happen, and no one knows if something like health issues will happen.

“Health problem is something that happens a lot. I knew that my nephew was sick and sometimes things like this happen. When these things happen, sometimes all you need to do is be there,” said Leticia Robles.

Something that is cruel is how people are being oppressed because they are different. Most of the time these kids can’t anything about them being different. This is not just people with mental health issues but people who are LGBTQ, too.

Mental illness can be things eating disorders, depression, anxiety disorder, behavioral disorder, mood disorder and many more. There are going to be people to help when they are needed and to be there every step of the way.

“Mental illness happens and sometimes you don’t see the signs of mental illness and when you’re too late that is when it is too late to do anything. But as most people say ‘It’s never too late to help,’ ” said Maira Robles.

Mental illness is something anyone can have and should be something people pay attention to because one never knows what could have happen. People should be aware about mental illness and the importance of the mental illness.

According to a website call NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) this website is has a lot of information about mental illness and ways to help. It also shows a way to get involved about the issue.

Why you should stan BTS

by Roxana Rodriguez, Aztec Voice

What is Kpop and why is BTS all over the news? Let me break this down for you. Kpop is short for Korean pop. BTS is a Kpop band that started in 2013.  They were signed to a record label called BigHit Entertainment.

In the beginning, the band was ridiculed because they were picked off from the streets. Suga and RM were underground rappers. J-Hope was a street dancer while Jimin was a contemporary dancer. Jin was in university studying acting. Jin originally wanted to be an actor for BigHit, but soon was won over by singing. Jungkook and Taehyung were both in school at the time.

They debuted in 2013 but didn’t get recognition until 2015 when “The Most Beautiful Moments in Life: Part 1” came out. This was only the start of BTS’ worldwide takeover. So, let’s go down their achievements for those who are skeptical. BTS is the first Kpop group to be nominated, attend, and win in the Billboard Music Awards for Top Social Artist. Next to PSY, who in 2013, was nominated in various categories.

They are also first to be nominated and win a Shorty Award in music. Their song ‘Spring Day’ was the first of a Kpop group to break into the top 10 on iTunes. With PSY reaching no. 1 with ‘Gangnam Style.’ They are also the first Kpop group to enter the UK Billboard Album Charts with Wings in 2013.

They are also the first and ONLY Kpop act to have entered the Canadian Album Charts with the same album. Also a first for Kpop acts to achieve no. 1 for a weeks on Billboard World Albums with the Most Beautiful Moments in Life: Part 2 followed by Wings on the number 1 spot also.

BTS is also the first, not only Kpop, act to have the first four slots on the World  Digital Song Sales (Amino).

Besides all these achievements BTS is also a progressive band. Suga has written a song about the Gwangju Uprising called, ‘518-062’ long before being in the band. In their song ‘Ma City’ J-Hope raps “Press 062-518 everyone” as a reference to the Gwangju Uprising (Army Salon).

While BTS’ fame is forever growing, they never forget their Korean roots and also try to spread positive messages, which is something I really admired. So, before writing them off as ‘just another boyband,’ take the time to research them.