Junior Class Thoughts

Aaylah Cook

Aaylah cook is a junior at Desert High School. Her favorite thing about school is getting to hang out with her friends and getting to meet new people, but her least favorite thing about school is how disruptive the students are while a teacher is trying to teach.

I asked Aaylah who her favorite teacher is and why. Aaylah responded with, “Mr. Lawhon because he makes history fun to learn and he shows us that he loves doing his job.” Aaylah’s biggest supporter in high school are her friends because they always have her back and no matter what she is going through they will always be there. If Aaylah could change something about desert it would be that they have a better selection for language classes, instead of just Spanish.

Aaylah finds school somewhat difficult because it’s hard to find a balance between social life and school, even when you are involved with sports. If Aaylah could tell Dr. Ellms something, it would be to stop feeding his dog grapes. I asked Aaylah what advice she has for other students getting ready to go into high school she replied, “Don’t get distracted, and don’t get caught in the stupid, petty drama.”

After high school Aaylah wants to get into history because Mr. Lawhon made history a lot of fun and she wants to make it fun for others. She also plans on going to college somewhere in San Diego or maybe Pepperdine. Aaylah is most looking forward to meeting new people and exploring the world after high school.

Skylar Irving

Skylar Irving is also a junior at Desert High School. Soon going to be a senior, Skylar is nervous because that means she has to start becoming more responsible and thinking about her future. Her favorite thing about high school is hanging out with her friends.

Her favorite teacher so far is Mr. Lawhon because he is relatable and is the most chilliest teacher here. In Skylar’s opinion desert could have a better variety of sports for example rugby and drill team. If Skylar could change something in high school, it would be the people because of how much bullying goes on here.

After high school Skylar wants to be a laboring delivery nurse because she loves babies. Skylar plans on going to college, such as antelope valley college for the nursing program. I asked Skylar if she thinks high school has helped her for her future, she replied, “in some ways, it has helped me be more independent with things.”

Cristina Garcia-Franco

Cristina is a junior at desert high school. Since Cristina isn’t a senior, she isn’t allowed to go out for lunch. I asked her how the school lunch is, she responded, “it’s somewhat edible, but it really lacks flavor.” Her favorite activity at school is robotics because it gives her something to do and also she gets to be involved with something that is fun.

I asked Cristina what she would change about desert. She responded with, “I would change the appearance definitely because the school just doesn’t feel like a school or something people want to go to every day, also the school moral.” Cristina’s somewhat favorite experience during high school is just being able to hang out with her friends because she really enjoys them being there for her. Advice that Cristina has for other students getting ready to go into high school is to not procrastinate because the more you do, then the less chance you have getting into a college that you want to get into because they see you haven’t taken high school seriously.

After high school Cristina wants to go to college, possibly UCSD. She isn’t quite sure what she wants to do yet but she feels that she will figure that out within the next year or so. Also, she thinks high school has somewhat helped her prepare for her future, but she wishes that desert had more classes that would be able to help her be more prepared.

Freshmen Survey Article

Even though the school year has just recently started, the freshmen class already have their own opinions on their experience so far. During this past week, I surveyed the freshmen’s by having them answer five questions about their school experience so far, in each of their health classes.

In the first question, I asked them, “On a scale of 1 to 5, how has your experience at this school been so far?” Not surprisingly most scaled their experience as a 4 (26) with only four people rating their experience with as a five. For the second highest rating, only 18 students checked 3. Luckily only 13 students said that their experience at this school was a one, hopefully for those 13 students the school improves to their fancy.  Finally, 12 people stated that their experience was a 2. Most students are saying their experience is a 4, which means the school has given a large amount of new incoming freshmen a great start to their high school career.

The second question I asked, was if they believed that they are more mature now than back when they were in 7th grade. A large quantity of them circled yes, with only 23 believing they are not more mature or as one individual stated, “I was always mature.” Also, a lot of individuals were undecided, as around 10 students decided to circle, “Or.”

For the third question, I asked them to personally rate their teachers so far this year. Luckily for the school, 25 rated the teachers here as “good.” Only two individuals said the teachers they have are “poor”. 17 students stated that their teachers were “average.” Nine students pronounced their teachers as “excellent” in their eyes. Ten more declared, that their teachers were “very good”.

In the fourth question i asked, which class is their favorite, surprisingly to me, majority of them stated math. Usually, math is a hated subject due to its complexity, so it was unusual to me why a lot would choose that class. The second most beloved freshmen class was of course, their elective. Three individuals said they have no favorite class. The rest of the classes (science, english, and health) received a decent amount of votes.

Lastly, I questioned, if the Freshmen believed that they were better than the Seniors this year. It was a pretty close tie. The no’s beat the yes’s by three votes. This means that a large amount of the freshmen class consider themselves better than their upperclassmen. The only way to prove themselves right, is for them to win the spirit cup in the end of the year. The seniors easily triumphed last year as winners.

The Last Step to the Real World

Senior year is bittersweet to all of us. We spend four years in high school, drenched in work, staying up late, being part of a team, going out and having fun, taking selfies, and just enjoying being a teenager. High school is not all fun and games, there are times where we feel overwhelmed and a lot of pressure, but fight through it.

So far senior year has been fun and enjoyable to some, others not so much. “It is pretty fun so far.” stated Alexia Amador. For the size of  Desert High School it has been better than some actually expected it to be. The school is not like the ones in movies, with over 1000 students roaming the halls. Desert is small, but it has a big heart.

Desert may have a big heart, but it does have some flaws attached to it. “I wish there was more school spirit.” commented Chloe Asanon and many other students. There has always been a problem trying to get everyone to participate in school events. “If there was more school spirit, senior year would be better.” said Madison London.


All throughout our lives, we just wanted to get school over with. Some people love high school, some are on the opposite end of that stick. Now it is their time, Class of 2018, ready to leave their mark. Just one step closer out the door to open another one.