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Everest students walkout to protest the election

By Serina Sperduto

Staff Writer

Since the presidential election, students have tried to have their voices heard. As the election came to an end, students at schools all around the Sequoia High School District led walkouts, including one at Everest Public High School on Nov. 9.

Everest Assistant Director Drew Moriates said that as he saw students walking out, he was not going to stop it because he thought “it was important to give students the opportunity to get their thoughts out” about the current situation and about how worried they were for their families and other friends and just the community around them.

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Everest Assistant Director Drew Moriates

To Mr. Moriates, it seemed as if there were about 70 to 80 students, out of 400 total students, who participated in the walkout. He thought “the topic was important to seek and understand.” His biggest concern was that it was done in a “respectful and safe way.”

“There were no worries or problems to have to handle which was one of the best things, that they could have all their thoughts let out safely,” Mr. Moriates said, adding that he enjoyed watching the seniors take over the walkout because they were in fact “showing and setting a safe model and showed leadership amongst peers.”

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This is a screenshot of a video of the student-led walkout in front of Everest on Nov. 9. PHOTO CREDIT: Alfredo Lanuza

Mr. Moriates said he believed that if students did want to create change in the community around them, that they could because their voices matter. He added that the students who led the walkout did have very important thoughts to share, which many students agreed with.

Mr. Moriates did say that he believes in student empowerment and that he liked the way that the Everest walkout was respectfully handled.

The political situation created by the election of Donald Trump is personally important to me.

During the election, I got many racist comments toward me. “Who do you vote for? Trump because you’re white.”

I might be white, but I do have some Mexican in me, and it hurts me to see that people these days are so cruel.

I think Everest allowing the walkout to happen was very important. I am very happy administrators allowed students to get their feelings, thoughts and beliefs out to the world for others to hear. People had so many strong comments, and I was very happy to hear people stand up for their country, their parents, their religion and their race.

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This Snapchat photo shows Everest students protesting in front of the school. PHOTO CREDIT: Serina Sperduto

President Trump’s election should matter to people because everyone has opinions, and they should be able to express those thoughts where they want to, no matter who’s there.

If students want to try and change the community around them, I feel like they can, just as the Everest community all came together to have our voices heard. That is what I strongly believe in. The walkout was organized so no people felt left out or picked on because everyone had the opportunity to be heard.

Featured image (at the top of this post):  On Nov. 10, Everest students walked to downtown Redwood City to protest against Donald Trump becoming president. PHOTO CREDIT: Gilbert Medrano

How is Trump’s Cabinet going to influence government policy?


By Andres McLean

Staff Writer


President-elect Donald Trump is currently picking the members for his cabinet. Here’s what you need to know about that process:  


What is a cabinet? A cabinet is a group of leaders who advise the president on various issues.


What are the three branches of the United States government? The executive branch is headed by the president, and the president tells the officials how to enforce laws. The purpose of the legislative branch is to tax and pass laws, and the judicial branch is meant to review constitutionality. This means that federal judges and the Supreme Court have a role in determining if laws are constitutional. For example, the Affordable Care Act has been challenged many times in court by opponents who think that it is unconstitutional.


Who has the most power in a cabinet? Some of the people with the most power in a cabinet would be the Attorney General, Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense. It all depends on the issue, according to Summit Prep AP Government teacher Nick Howell.


Summit Prep AP Government teacher Nick Howell said students must examine the issues at play to decide who in a President’s Cabinet will have the most power. 


Who is the most important member of the cabinet? The power balance in the cabinet depends on the issue and what the country is dealing with, Mr. Howell said. The least powerful position is the Secretary of Education, Mr. Howell said, explaining that a lot of educational policies are made by local and state governments.


What is a government policy? Policies are a set of guidelines, regulations or laws that countries must follow. An example would be if we were talking about immigration, then there are certain rules and or guidelines for that issue, and executive branch officials are in charge of enforcing those policies. 


What is the purpose of a government? A government is a system to help a society to work and to help meet the society’s goals. 


Here’s an update, from the New York Times, on recent developments regarding confirmation hearings for President-elect Trump’s Cabinet positions.


A Trump supporter speaks out

By Leah Cortez

Staff Writer

Donald Trump recently won an election that has caused many mixed emotions for Americans. Connor Hares, a Donald Trump supporter, is a 17-year-old senior who attends Summit Rainier in San Jose. Outside of school, Hares works at a Togo’s restaurant.

1.   Why do you support Donald Trump?

“I support Donald Trump because I agree with his promises for America,” Hares said. 

2.   What made you decide to support him?

“I support him because he is a businessman and he knows how money works, so he’ll be able to help our economy in the long run,” Hares said.

3.   Has the atmosphere at Summit Rainier changed since the election?

“The atmosphere has changed a good amount, but that hasn’t affected whether I still support him or not, because I still support him,” Hares said. “He’s a very successful man.”

4.  Why do you think Donald Trump will be a better president than Hillary Clinton would have been?

“I don’t think Hillary would have been a good president because she has been involved with many scams in the past, so I don’t think she would be trustworthy enough to be president,” Hares said. 

5.  How much support do you think Trump has at Summit Rainier?

“The majority of the students at Summit Rainier don’t support him, but there are very few who do,” Hares said. 

6.  How does it feel to be a Trump supporter at Summit Rainier?

“Being a Donald Trump supporter at Rainier, I’ve been talked down to for supporting Trump,” Hares said. “Some people accept what I believe, and others don’t.”

7.  Why do you think Donald Trump is hated on so much?

“I think social media has been twisting up Donald Trump’s words and statements he’s made,” Hares said. “I think most of the news on the Internet is fake, and it’s just for attention and entertainment.”

Election highlights gender inequality

By Absa Fall and Grace Pham

Staff Writers

Gender inequality has become more visible due to public discussion brought on by President-elect Donald Trump. His remarks have brought to light that woman are not being treated as equals.

Angela Castillo, a lecturer at San Jose State University said, “The biggest example of women not being treated as equals is the wage gap.”

The wage gap between men and women in the workplace has been a huge controversy. According to the Lean In report, women get paid less than men, and the gap is worse for women of color.

The report lists the following example: If there was a white woman and a black lesbian, the white woman would get paid less than a man because she’s a woman, but the black lesbian would get paid less than the white woman because she’s a woman, she’s black and she’s a lesbian.

On average, women also get promoted at lower rates, and at each of step of the corporate ladder, the amount of women declines. In 2015, 90 percent of new CEOs were promoted or hired from line roles: 100 percent of those were men.

Lupe Talamantes-Escobedo, office manager at Summit Tahoma Public School said, “It starts by being looked at equally.”


Lupe Talamantes-Escobedo, the office manager at Summit Tahoma, spoke out about gender inequality.

Ms. Talamantes-Escobedo couldn’t stress enough how important it was for woman to be looked at equally and to lead by example.

According to the Huffington Post, when Megyn Kelly questioned president-elect Donald Trump, she said, “You have called women fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals.” Mr.Trump then laughed it off and said, “I don’t have time for total political correctness.” After that Trump framed Ms. Kelly as a “bimbo” and said that he “didn’t recognize” the comments she was referencing.

The sexist remarks from Mr. Trump have allowed a lot of men to think it is OK to say those things, but his remarks have also raised people’s awareness of this problem.

Both Ms. Castillo and Ms. Talamantes-Escobedo agreed that if 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had won that would have shown women and men that is possible to be successful as a woman.