TEDx host first official conference


EDx Club hosted its first conference in two years last Friday. The on-campus club shows TED talks, discusses current events and encourages many students to share their perspectives on certain events or ideas.  

Friday’s event welcomed six student and three adult speakers, all presenting on personal experiences that audience members could relate to or learn from.

“We are holding this event to echo TED’s message: ideas worth spreading,” said Junior Arleen Liu, an organizer of the event.

Organizers explained how they chose people who discussed different topics so there would be a variety throughout the presentations.

“Part of the thing with TED Talks is that they are personal, so in order to engage the audience you have to be personal,” said Junior Ashna Reddy. “We look for a message but also how the speaker got there, so it’s kind of like a personal talk but also with a message that can relate to the audience.”

There was one TEDx conference last year, but this was TEDx Club’s first official conference, which they had to get licensed by the official TED talk company, said senior Sahaj Putcha, who is also a TEDx officer.

Senior Brandon Young gave a speech titled “One Voice, One Action. It makes all the difference.” In his speech, he reflected volunteering he had done to train a little boy with autism in soccer. He also spoke openly about his own life struggles such as living with ADHD and the lessons he has learned from his experiences.

Young advocated for making a change in the community by reaching out to those in need and making a positive impact on their lives.

Junior Kathy Rodriguez who attended thought that it was an eye-opening experience.

“I thought it was inspiring to hear stories of people who have experienced life changing moments. The speeches made me look at many things from a new perspective too,” said Rodriguez.

“Our school is so diverse and there are all these different thoughts and ideas that everyone has, so we just try to bring that together in this club,” said Putcha.

According to the officers, the desired outcome for the first official TEDx conference was to inspire audience members to share their stories and advocate for diversity in thought. Rodriguez confirmed that the conference did exactly that.

“I hope the audience will kind of have a deeper understanding of the world and themselves when they leave,” said Reddy.

TEDx club held its first official conference in the cafeteria last Friday.

Class teams assemble for anticipated annual school rivalry

Battle of the Classes is approaching quickly and the teams are in the midst of preparing for the events that this spirit week includes.  The events are powderpuff football games, cheer-offs, dance-offs, and rally events. Each event is a competition between the four classes at HHS.

As for preparations, the rally athlete teams have not begun practice. Rally athlete practice only happens at scheduled times when all teams practice together, junior rally athlete Julien Kehon said. Any outside practice for these teams can result in a disqualification.

Powderpuff football, dance and cheer have been practicing on the baseball fields during lunch and as BOTC week is coming closer, final preparations are intensifying for the highly anticipated event, senior and member of the class of 2018’s cheer team Amarali Marashifar said.

“Time is going by really fast so we are kind of starting to run out of time but we can still get everything done,” sophomore dancer Sasha Oberman said regarding the class of 2020’s dance team’s preparations.

The 2018 cheer team has learned a majority of their routine and feels prepared for the spirit week, Marashifar said. They are all energetic and excited to perform for the school.

Marashifar is a member of the Powderpuff cheer team, and described the Class of 2018’s loss last year as “a nightmare.”

“Quoting a mediocre artist, Big Sean: ‘Last night took an L, but tonight I bounce back’ is what the Class of 2018 is trying to make a reality,” Marashifar said.

On the other hand, junior rally athlete Sunny Arattukulam is looking to claim the trophy for the Class of 2019 after last year’s misread of the winner.

“Since last year we were robbed for the win, we all are trying to get revenge. So we are pretty hyped for this year,” Arattukulam said.

Humans of Homestead: November 2017 edition

Catherine Hansa, Junior and Ballet Dancer: “I’ve been dancing for 10 years, and I plan on continuing dance. I’m thinking of doing it professionally; my dream has always been to [dance] in Russia. They have these famous [ballet] companies, and it’s always been my dream. I’ve tried hip-hop, but it’s not really my thing. I’m pretty bad. This Saturday, I’m rehearsing for “The Nutcracker,” so that’s going to be like just seven hours straight of ballet.”
James Ratti, American Literature Teacher: “One of the best things about my job is that I don’t have to wear a suit! Because I am not a formal person. But I do enjoy the rewarding part of teaching. The routine may be the same but I will always have new experiences based on the clientele, shall we say.”


James Ratti, American Literature Teacher: “I’m trying to up my new look lately, so I’m rocking these fresh, new pair of glasses. I’ve also been wearing a lot of orange, or like I like to say, ‘Ah-range’ … Ah-range is definitely one of my favorite colors. Not everyone can rock it, quite frankly. It’s a very vibrant color.”


Stephany Orellana, Junior and Future Artist: “If I don’t take AP studio, I want to take AP 3D design. I didn’t even know that was a thing, but Ms. Dee, my teacher, told me about it. I actually want to go into an art-related major in the future.”


Stephany Orellana, Junior and Future Artist: “I’m working on some art right now for my class, 3D design. It’s my second year, the advanced class. Right now I’m just trying to figure out what I want to add to my portfolio for next year.”







Laia Menendez, Junior and Vintage Pins Enthusiast: “Oh, these pins are super cool. They were actually my mom’s from the 80s. This one is just a nice rose, and this one is a rocket ship from when she used to work at NASA.”
Laia Menendez, Junior and Vintage Pins Enthusiast: “I’m not really sure what we’re planning so far [for the weekend], but one of my friends is making waffles, which I’m really excited about.”
Laia Menendez, Junior and Vintage Pins Enthusiast: “My week has been going really well so far. I’m planning on just ending it on a really good note by spending it with some of my friends this three-day weekend.”

Humans of Homestead: Friday Nights are for Football

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“My favorite part of cheering for football games is performing at quarter breaks because we get to interact with the crowd.” -Oliva Sotir, Senior
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“It’s nice to have this one time where we can come together as a school and celebrate something we can do as a sort of a tradition. As a senior, I think it’s nice to make the best of your last year and cheer on our football team!” -Jonathan Angeles, Senior
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“Since I am an energetic person, football games are the best way to spend my Friday nights hyping the crowd and players up.” -Kathy Rodriguez, Junior
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“…football games are just another way to hang out with the people you love the most. When I’m performing with band during halftime, I’m so focused on doing something that I love and I kind of zone out.”
-Matthew Origel, Junior
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“There’s moments when I’m conducting when I’m just in the moment, not really focused on anything but the very beginning part of the show it gets really hard to establish tempo.” -Shani Zuniga, Junior
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“I have a lot of faith in our football team and I think we will definitely be able to bring it by the end of the year.” -Zach Gabrielson, Freshman