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News From the Students, For the Students

The Griffin Gazette

When the clock struck 9 p.m., students gathered as the prom king and queen were announced: Jacob Moreo and Beth Siersma!
The end of an era: Prom 2024
Olivia Cooks, Staff Writer • May 21, 2024

LOS ALAMITOS, CA -- Los Alamitos High School hosted its 2024 junior and senior prom at the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center...

 Its time for the class of 2024 to enter their adulthood and close the chapter to their high school career.  Seniors are finishing up their end of the year strong with all of their favorite activities and spending time with their friends.
Seniors' thoughts on the end of the school year
Layla Martinez, Staff Writer • May 21, 2024

LOS ALAMITOS CA -- As the school year of 2024 wraps up, seniors are having mixed feelings about whether or not they are looking forward to graduation...

A group of graduates throw their cap in the air, celebrating the completion of an important milestone.
How to be photo-ready for graduation
Nandi Smith, Editor • May 20, 2024

LOS ALAMITOS, CA – Graduation for the Los Alamitos High School class of 2024 is fast-approaching. The special event is Tuesday, June 4 at Dignity...

Advanced film students announce cross country documentary

A preview into cross country culture, an ode to its long history, and an appreciation to Mr. Brown and his advanced film students
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Los Al cross country’s Instagram, @losalxc
Summer running had these XC boys eagerly waiting to get back on the game!

LOS ALAMITOS, CA – Deeply resonant moments of resilience and spirit captured on film, the Los Alamitos High School advanced film students attempt to chronicle our cross country team.

With the classic Woodbridge race and CIF prelims coming up, the team has yet again devoted themselves to placing themselves on top at League Finals. Paying homage to Los Al’s elite runners and challenging their will, the film crew invests in inspiring not just athletes, but all who dread the pressure of emotional and physical turmoil.

“We want to experience that family basis and really unlock that passion,” said senior Jamisen Penick, one of the film directors on the project. While major motivators include improving their sense of professionalism and digging deeper into diverse topics, Penick also questioned the discipline and devotion of running on Los Al’s cross country team. Johnny Flaim, senior, another director on the set, recalled sharing a revelatory experience at Beast Games, witnessing the boys’ warfare chant while huddling and swaying side to side like fierce bulls.

Premiering around the end of XC season, Penick and Flaim teasingly insisted that the documentary will have its famous debut at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood; actually, it will be showcased on YouTube.

“Everyone looks at football like ‘oh yeah’… but we [need to start giving] equal exposure to every group,” said Mr. Brown, head of Griffin News and Los Al’s film productions class.

However, a fair amount of runners were reluctant to the idea of bulging, black camera lenses surrounding the relentless hills like statues every Wednesday in Central Park.

“To be honest, I was kinda [freaked out]. I had to focus on my form because I didn’t want to look stupid,” junior Thalia Griffith said. Although a majority of Los Al’s cross country team recoiled at the idea of seeing themselves during races, some appreciative athletes perceived the documentary as a way to look upon old memories and trigger high school nostalgia.

“You know, I’ve definitely had a good past three years… this is going to be my fourth and last year,” said senior Gavin Ordinario, a Varsity runner. “I definitely will feel a sense of nostalgia, and I’m hoping for the best senior year that I can have.”

“It’s been flawless! Exceptional professionalism! Hollywood bound!” said Coach Celestin, head coach of XC and the girls’ varsity group. 

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Ella Suos is a sophomore at Los Alamitos High School. Ella's in her first year of journalism and aspires to work in Vogue. She spends her leisure time running, listening to music, and going to the beach with friends. She is a runner on the cross country and track team. She loves shopping at vintage boutiques downtown and joined journalism as another way to improve her writing. 
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    Katie A.Sep 17, 2023 at 10:39 am

    I can’t wait to see this documentary!!

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    Sydney ForsyteSep 16, 2023 at 12:28 am

    This article was so descriptive and informative! I love it!

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    Johnny FlaimSep 2, 2023 at 9:39 pm

    WOW! I got Informational and entertaining. Great Article

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