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The Epitaph

Homestead High School's student newspaper

The Epitaph

Homestead High School's student newspaper

The Epitaph

The photography club takes pictures of the sunset together at their first off campus meetup.

Frame the moment

By Seoyoung Hwang November 17, 2021

 In hopes to take a snapshot of a beautiful sunset together, the Life in Focus photography club had their first meet up in Rancho San Antonio on Oct. 17. The social event was an opportunity for the club...

“Attacca” allows the audience to feel loved and share love to their loved ones when listening to the tracks.

Seventeen shares “power of love” through their album, ‘Attacca’

By Seoyoung Hwang November 16, 2021

With their 2021 project, “Power of Love,” the 13 member self-producing K-pop boy group Seventeen released their ninth mini-album, “Attacca,” on Oct. 22. As a big fan of Seventeen, I have been counting...

JOURNALISM PRESS CONFERENCE: Superintendent Polly Bove answers questions about the future of advisories and how the district plans to educate students about social injustices.

Students, administration reflect on advisory

FUHSD developed an advisory class to educate students on social justice issues and other relevant educational topics for the 2020 school year. After a year of advisories, students and staff are reflecting...

 The Sunflower Spread: Gupta calls this spread her favorite as it is one of the first spreads she ever did.

A look into student summer hobbies

By Seoyoung Hwang and Niyatee Jain August 16, 2021

As summer ends, students discuss their favorite hobbies done over the break. Aarushi Gupta Aarushi Gupta, a junior, said in a Zoom interview that one of her favorite ways to keep organized is...

 HHS Jazz Ensemble performs Under My Skin by Frank Sinatra for the virtual CMEA festival.

Music festivals continue virtually

By Seoyoung Hwang March 16, 2021

Unlike any other year, the California Music Educator Association will be holding their annual festival remotely, due to the pandemic. The festival, which is held annually each spring, is an opportunity...

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March 15, 2021

	The red light shines as the word “incomplete” appears on the screen. The three leaders of each unit in Seventeen, Vocal, Hip-Hop and Performance, appear as the song “Intro. New World” starts. A K-Pop boy group, Seventeen held an online concert, “Incomplete,” on Jan. 23, which premiered in 122 different countries. 
	The concert started with a short compilation of small unit stages, which are a small group within Seventeen with two to seven members, featuring songs such as, “BRING IT,” “MY I” and “Flower,”  then transitioned into their popular releases, “Fear,” “Fearless,” “Fallin’ Flower,” “THANKS,” “Lie Again” and “Kidult.” 
These stages had beautiful matching outfits as well as aesthetically pleasing stage sets. 
One thing that stood out was the transitions between each stage and the remixes of each song. Seventeen is a group who always tries to showcase something different for their fans every performance, and looking at their newly reformed stages left me in a state of awe. 
Afterward, they moved on to playing their position unit stages (Vocal, Hip-Hop and Performance), “Back it up,” “Habit” and “MOONWALKER,” as well as their age unit stages, “AH! LOVE,” “Light a Flame,” “HEY BUDDY” and “Do Re Mi.” 
This showcased new remixes of their older songs as well as stages they showed to the public for the first time. During these stages, the members were able to showcase their talents to the audience. 
I enjoyed this because earlier in the show there was not much time for individual members to shine, due to the large size of the group with 13 members. 
	After the unit stages, Seventeen performed more of their group music and remixes and then moved on to the encore stages, an extended stage after their planned performances. 
Usually during an encore stage in K-Pop concerts, the artists wear comfortable clothing while singing and interacting with the fans rather than performing a stage with choreography. During the encore, Seventeen was presented with a recording of their fans, Carats,  singing their song, “Us, Again.” 
I started to tear up when I was watching the members tear up while listening to us singing. After the song, the members went around giving speeches about how they were able to grow up through their experiences with the pandemic and promised to present the fans with improved stages in 2021. 
	The concert ended with Seventeen singing “All My Love,” “My My,” “Campfire” and “Healing,” which helped me relax and forget about all the worries I had with my schoolwork. 
Through the concert, Seventeen once again proved to the public that they are a group with strong vocals and performances. 
Although they were not able to perform their use of encore stages such as “Very Nice” due to curfew, the concert gave me happiness for three hours, allowing me to recharge and motivate me to work harder after the concert.	
There are pros and cons to hosting a virtual concert like Seventeen. Having an online concert allows the fans to watch their favorite artists perform even under the circumstances we are in. This also allows fans from all over the world to watch the concert live.
	Hosting an online concert also allows fans to buy one ticket and share it with their friends and families, spreading the music to others. It also allows fans to comfortably sit in their homes with a couple of snacks, use the restroom, and go on calls if necessary. 
	Finally, online concerts allow groups to use it as an opportunity to present unique stages. For example, Seventeen performed their unit stages with sets such as houses, playgrounds and a jazz bar, which would be hard to move on and off if it was an in-person performance. 
	However, there are some disadvantages, the biggest of those being that fans and artists cannot meet face-to-face. Going to a concert in person is more entertaining for both fans and the artists, especially since artists get the energy to perform from their fans cheering them on. 
	Although the online concert allows more people to watch the concert in their comfort zone, it takes out the whole beauty of cheering on the artists I like with other fans and getting to see the artists live. And artists are not complete without their fans because they give them the energy to perform at a concert and bring them happiness. 
But under the condition we are under, knowing that their fans will be cheering them on at their homes, they are able to pull through the concert and present spectacular stages to the fans. As Seventeen said, “Incomplete, but we are IN COMPLETE.”

“Incomplete but we are IN COMPLETE”

By Seoyoung Hwang February 28, 2021

The red light shines as the word “incomplete” appears on the screen. The three leaders of each unit in Seventeen, Vocal, Hip-Hop and Performance, appear as the song “Intro. New World” starts. A...

Sophomore Melody Huang has been part of the Homestead band community since last year and said she finds it hard to be engaged during the course with a lack of opportunities to practice with others.
“I personally like [virtual band] more because I dont have to meet people, even though we still play,” Huang said, “But its harder in some way since it’s a pretty interactive class.”
Huang is a flutist in the Symphonic Band. 
	For this class specifically, I would prefer to be in person where you can practice listening to other people and keeping tempo [with] the whole band, Huang said in a Zoom interview. 
Huang said band directors are continuing to improve the class experience and have implemented new activities to do during the course for the second semester.
Recently, weve been preparing for the auditions [for next year band placement which are] coming up soon, Huang said, “Theyve also been having [in depth] music theory lessons to help us improve our knowledge of that. Additionally, they implemented sectional time so that we can still socialize within our section and work on the music out there. 
Through these virtual opportunities, Huang said she has been getting the motivation from band class to make the most out of the experience.
[Virtual classes have been] helping me improve as a flute player because if not for a band, I probably wouldnt play my instrument at all, Huang said. [Practicing has been] helping me by loosening up my fingers and making me [more] comfortable playing.
Huang said her experience with the virtual band classes is not exactly what she had hoped for, but she is still getting many benefits from the class. 
Its taught me how to enjoy music through hard times still and practice getting good practicing habits and home,” Huang said, “not just at school.”

Melody Huang: lessons taken from virtual band

By Seoyoung Hwang February 27, 2021

Sophomore Melody Huang has been part of the Homestead band community since last year and said she finds it hard to be engaged during the course with a lack of opportunities to practice with others. “I...

Exploring local businesses

Exploring local businesses

By Allen Zhang February 3, 2021

While many industries have been affected by the pandemic, the food and beverage industry has been struggling more than most.  The National Restaurant Association estimated that at least 17% of food...

The marching band holds rehearsals over Zoom as well as through smaller, in-person pod rehearsals.

Homestead Marching Band adapts to virtual rehearsals

By Seoyoung Hwang November 10, 2020

Head band director John Burn said when school moved to remote learning last spring, he decided to continue the marching season throughout the stay-in-place order using Zoom rehearsals, socials and in-person...

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