End-of-year recap

by Osiris Herrera, Aztec Voice


Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II, visits AV

Jenni Vejar, Aztec Voice

On April 5, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II, visited Alta Vista High School to discuss gun violence and school safety with students. He met with members of Student Council and other student representatives.

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Thanksgiving at AV

Video by Katherine Villalta, Aztec Voice

Dodgeball for the Pell Project

by Cindy Vega, Aztec Voice

Homecoming Highlights

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Cocadas in Spanish Class

Video by Edward Reyes, Aztec Voice

In Ms. Vargas’ Spanish classes in September, the students mad cocadas, a coconut snack. We were there to catch the action.

Student vs. Staff Dodgeball Game

At the first pep rally of the year on Aug. 18, the staff challenged students from each grade to a dodgeball game. The students put up a valiant effort but fell to the teachers.

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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.

The secret residents of Alta Vista

Cindy Vega, Aztec Voice


(This is not the AV mouse.)

This week the teachers were being really strict about having food in the classrooms and even taking food out from the cafeteria. It was because in the school there was a rumor going around that they saw a mouse inside a classroom – but later we find out it wasn’t a rumor; it was true that they had even taken a video of it.

According to the pest control company Orkin, mice tend to come inside homes because of the dropping temperatures. The infestations begin in the fall. Mice go inside to stay safe and warm. The mice enter through gaps in windows, the ceiling and sewer lines. Due to their body shape, mice are capable of fitting through holes much smaller than they appear.

Alta Vista junior Mayela Marron shared how she felt about having mice in the school.

“I am very appalled about hearing there was a mouse in the school. Now I have concerns about the kitchen, because I don’t feel comfortable eating at school knowing that there’s rodents,” said Marron.

Another AV student, sophomore Jessica Hernandez, shared how she felt on finding out the school had mice.

“I felt like the school was dirty and that it needed to be better taken care of,” said Hernandez.

Students at AV are worried about eating the school lunches because of the mice they have seen. They are disgusted and feel unsafe. They also feel as if the school is not very well clean and is dirty.

A junior at AV, Leonela Montes, shared what she feels the school should do to keep the mice out from the school.

“I think the school should invest in getting an exterminator to come and spray the whole school down, since it is a old building,” said Montes.

The students at the school think they should get an exterminator so that the mice can go away,  and also the teachers should really be aware of the students eating in their classrooms because that’s another big reason why mice are starting to go in. They also think mouse traps and other traps should be placed all around the school, and it can help in a way to stop the mice.

Junior Jose Acevedo shared how he thinks the students can help keep mice away.

“I think the students can stop taking food into class, and they can all also put their chairs on top of the tables at the end of seventh hour, so it could be easier for the people who clean at night,” Acevedo said.

Hernandez also shared how the students can help stop the mice.

“I feel like the students should stop eating in class and should pick up after themselves,” said Hernandez.  

All students attending the school should be aware of the mice they are causing by eating in classrooms and not leaving everything in the cafeteria. They should all learn to pick up after themselves and if they can’t, then they should not be allowed to eat in classrooms.

Montes shared about how she thinks not only is it the school’s fault of having mice, but it’s also the temperature change.

“I feel like not only is it that the school might be dirty and not…clean, but it might also be that it’s winter now and the mice are trying to stay warm,” Montes said.

Marron also agreed with Montes. Mice don’t always come out because the place you live in or go to is dirty but because the mice start looking for a place to stay warm and safe, and since they can fit through any hole then it is really easy for them to find a place to go into.

“I feel like the whole mouse thing also has to do with the temperature change. The mice find places where they can stay safe and warm and, well, it happened to be our school,” said Marron.

Ready for Thanksgiving break

harvest-corn-1464825Kevin Castillo, Aztec Voice

Usually in November there is a long-awaited school vacation. Students are eagerly waiting not only to get a break off of school, but also to grub on the Thanksgiving dinner and to spend time with their family.

Junior Leonela Montes really enjoys her time out of school.

“I eat, because that’s all I do,” Montes said. “I also catch up on my sleep and do things I don’t normally do. I enjoy my time out of school.”

Montes also spends time with her friends and family over break.

“We gather the family together,” she said. “Everyone brings their food, and we have a party. There’s quality time spent with friends and family.”

Sophomore Cristian Guzman takes advantage of his time out of school.

“During this time I spend time with my family. I enjoy it because I work and get money,” Guzman said.

Guzman celebrates his Thanksgiving with his family.

“I help make food before we have the Thanksgiving dinner,” he said. “We eat together at the table and have fun.”