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Amanda Cortes

Amanda Cortes, Arts & Culture Editor

I am a sophmore at Bonita Vista High and this is my second year on staff for the Crusader. This year I am an  Arts and Culture Editor and was previously a staff writer. I joined newspaper because I’ve always had a love for writing and I felt being a part of the Crusader would allow me to further explore that interest in a new way. Aside from newspaper I am involved in other activities on campus such as Speech and Debate and Mock Trial.

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All content by Amanda Cortes
On Feb. 3, BVH Music Machine performs their 2024 festival set Set Me Free for the first time at the VMD show choir debut in the BVH gymnasium. Music Machine will use this set to compete at various show choir competitions during the spring.

VMD debuts show choir competition sets

Amanda Cortes, Arts & Culture Editor
February 9, 2024
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[Photo] No more one use wonders

Aparri Tarpley, Sports Editor
February 7, 2024
Rosamaria Sias teaches her Theater Production and IB Theatre class by allowing them to create their own scripts and short plays. The class is in Sias classroom to allow VMD to practice for their performance.

“Communication is key”

Amanda Cortes, A&C Section Editor
February 5, 2024
26 steps in the right direction

26 steps in the right direction

Amanda Cortes, A&C Section Editor
October 29, 2023
On Oct. 25 2023 Sophomore Lisa Perez, Junior Saphira Mesinger, Alyssa Gonzales, and Sophomore Jeremy Berke act in It All Began on Route 66. The play characters start their act.

A journey to the 1950s

Amanda Cortes, A&C Editor
October 26, 2023
On Oct. 16, Bonita Vista High’s (BVH) Key Club hosts a blood drive in partnership with the Red Cross at BVH. BVH student Mia Andrada-herrera donates her blood in the truck and is given a 15 dollar amazon gift card and community service hours as an outcome for donating.

A donation for a prize

Amanda Cortes, A&C Editior
October 21, 2023
BVH sophomore Bella Sanchez walks to fourth period wearing an outfit she describes as reminiscent of the grunge style popular in 2014. Many students at BVH are influenced in the same way as Sanchez and dressing in a similar style from 2014.

[Photo] “That’s so 2014”

Delilah Bannister, Staff Writer
September 22, 2023
BVH Principal Lee Romero speaks about what it means to live the Baron way. This is a phrase he has popularized at BVH since taking on his position as Principal last year.

[Photo] Q&A: What is ‘the Baron way?’

Madison Knudson, Arts & Culture Editor
September 21, 2023
On Aug. 7, the closing ceremony started off with drinks and pizza handed off to the Japanese delegates. Once the Bonita Vista High (BVH) student hosts got their pizza, they were given the time to bond and eat before the delegates received certificates for the completion of their studying abroad program.

Time to say goodbye

Amanda Cortes, Staff Writer
August 18, 2023
Fourth period IB English HL1 student Savannah Jackson as prosecution questions Tonantzin Murillo as Haruki Murakami during the mock trial. The trial covered topics such as misogyny, sexism and Murakamis place in the IB curriculum.

Murakami goes on trial

Amanda Cortes, Staff writer
May 24, 2023
Before their two-day trip to Disney World in Orlando Florida, Bonita Vista Highs Vocal Music Department group Sound Unlimited competed using the set theyve practiced for since Jan. 2023.

Pitstop in Orlando, Florida

Amanda Cortes, Staff Writer
April 11, 2023
The NFL is known for making a spectacular Superbowl show. What fans dont know is, during the halftime-shows some performers are not paid but do benefit in other ways.

Fenty or frenzy

Amanda Cortes, Staff Writer
March 8, 2023
Many fans across the United States were disappointed in the outcome of the 65th annual Grammy awards. The ceremony has been termed Scammys because fans believed their favorite artists were scammed from the award they were nominated for.

65th Annual Scammy Awards

Amanda Cortes, Staff Writer
February 10, 2023
At Bonita Vista High (BVH) on Feb. 4, 7th grader Dynnelle Adrianzen and 8th grader Antonio Zayas  look through microscopes that contain Brine shrimp eggs. This was 1 out of the 6 stations in the session.

Hooke-ing students into STEAM

Amanda Cortes, Staff Writer
February 7, 2023
It had been made to believe daylight savings (DST) was originally intended for the benefit of farmer. Now daylight savings has created negative effects, becoming outdated in todays modern society.

[Photo] Daylight dread

Valerie Torres, Opinion Editor
January 12, 2023
On November 28, BVH Principal Lee Romero drafts an in his office as the new principal of BVH.

Surveying students and staff

Amanda Cortes, Staff Writer
January 1, 2023
Bonita Vista High principal Lee Romero is joined by honorary guests in ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate new field stadium opening.

[Photo] The Final Cut

Jechaenna Velazco, Photographer
December 27, 2022
BVH Photography teacher Edwin Lim shares with the class congressional art contestant Giovanna Sanchezs photo with his class. Edwin Lim Provides students with art award opportunities.

His inner passion

Amanda Cortes, Staff Writer
December 12, 2022
Shoppers use plastic produce bags for their fruits and vegetables in the produce isle. Shopper Ruth Salinas can be seen using plastic produce bags as she always does when she shops.

The produce aisle goes green

Amanda Cortes, Staff writer
November 18, 2022
On Oct. 6 at Southwestern College, quarterback and senior Juan Manuel Gomez steps back in the pocket to uncork the deep ball as he looks to connect downfield with his receivers, playing against Olympian Highschool. The first quarter ends in 3-13, slowly making progress.

Short on points, short on players

Amanda Cortes, Staff Writer
October 22, 2022
On Oct. 19, 2022, the organization Red Cross held a blood drive in the gym at Bonita Vista High (BVH). Senior Isaac Romero can be seen donating blood to Red Cross.

Strive to save lives

Amanda Cortes, Staff Writer
October 22, 2022
Every six weeks students get a new progress report reminding them of there grades

Under time, under pressure

Amanda Cortes, Staff Writer
September 18, 2022
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