By: Michael Olivares
High School Musical, The Breakfast Club, Mean Girls, what do all these movies have in common? They we’re all set in a high school. I’m sure when you got to high school you weren’t dancing in sync with your class, and singing on top of cafeteria tables. The best part about high school is that the experience is different for everyone, but the expectations are all the same.
Some Tulare Western students shared which high school movies they relate to. “Prison Break,” said Brejett Minguela, “because all the school systems are messed up, and everything nowadays is restricted.” Maybe student’s feel more of school as a prison because of the fence that keep us held inside, or like the door in the front office that has to be unlocked by a school official. Then again, Juniors and Senior’s on track to graduate are given the privilege to go off campus during lunch. So not entirely like a prison, unless correction facilities allow their inmates to go get a Big Mac for lunch.
Bertha Arellano answered, “The Secret Life of An American Teenager.” In 2012 the teenage pregnancy rate in Tulare county was 52%, according to The Sentinel. Lack of protection is the main cause of teen pregnancies, some teenagers are embarrassed to ask or buy protection.
Then there’s “Mean Girls.” Has it come to a point where friends betray so called “friends?” DOes it happen to the majority of kids in school? In the film, “Mean Girls,” Cady finally gets to experience public school and gets a quick view on the cruel, tacit laws of popularity that divide her fellow students into tightly knit cliques. She unwittingly finds herself in the good hands of an elite group of ‘cool’ students named “the Plastics,” but Cady soon realizes how her shallow group of new friends earned this nickname. Labeling is a big part of high school, it’s what divides the students, and differentiates us.
“Glee, because how extra Western can be at times,” said Alyssa Martinez. Is the school being extra, or showing pride? Or showing a little more pride than is needed? Nothing’s wrong with being a very spirited school, better than going to a school that doesn’t show any spirit. That’s what makes Western, Western. Our ASB works very hard to try and put on events to bring everyone out- talent shows, art festivals, rallies, etc.
Personally, I believe this school would relate to the X-MEN series. Everyone in high school is different, in their own way. We as high school students try to find things in common with people, that way we can use those similarities in order to connect with people, socially and emotionally.