Monday, May 22, 2017

Cristo Rey Hosts An Open Mic; The End Result Was A Night To Remember

Cristo Rey Hosts An Open Mic; The End Result Was A Night To Remember
By Rachel S. '20

It happened suddenly one sunny day at Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School. It was just a normal group meeting for the Lyrical Lions, a singing club. All of a sudden, inspiration struck the room like lightning. Karaoke night? No. Lions singing competition night? No. How about an Open Mic at the Lions Den? Maybe even giving it a cafe vibe? Oh yeah.

Cristo Rey, on April 6th, 2017, held an Open Mic night for anyone and everyone to perform, and the leaders of this idea were the Lyrical Lions themselves (led by Anh D. '19), and, I dare say, it went extremely well.

In an interview with one of the Lions, she said, “It was very successful. A lot more successful than we ever thought it would be.” Performances included singing, poetry, and even folklorico dancing, with food, games, and more entertainment provided.

The Lyrical Lions met with as many clubs as possible to coordinate with them, even asking if those clubs could and would be presented at the Open Mic. They managed to convince people to bring and provide some of the food and drinks, and many others to bring along some friends and family.

This Open Mic was held in the cafeteria of the school, and was decorated very nicely. Lights adorned the walls, and a traditional black curtain backdrop was at the stage. Almost every seat was filled in the room, and many others were standing. It was a full house.

The night started off with the scheduled performers, and some clubs participating as well. Towards the end though, audience members were given the opportunity to go on stage and do whatever they felt like, true Open Mic style.

But what is next? In another interview with a Lion, she said, “Next year? Oh yeah, we are definitely having one next year. I’m really looking forward to it.” We are too.

Friday, May 19, 2017

The One and Only Rachel

The One and Only Rachel
By Daniel G. '20 and Jason V. '20

Rachel S. is an excellent student who always goes above and beyond. She’s also a kind and loving person who gets along well with just about anyone. So what is a normal day for Rachel? Let's find out! 

When Rachel wakes up, she thinks about whether or not she should get up.  Afterwards, she takes the bus, car, or bike to school. For a regular bus commute, it’s about 45 minutes. For a car, it’s about 15 minutes. For a bike, it’s about 35 minutes. That’s how dedicated she is in receiving her education at CRSJ!         

Once she gets to school, she walks to the computer cart and plugs in her Chromebook, a task that is commonly shared by all students. With her healthy relationships at school, Rachel said, “Mostly, I like my teachers pretty well for the most part.” 

She told us that she enjoys each of her classes: health & wellness, math, physics, history, religion, Spanish, and English. To top it off, Rachel is almost attaining the rank of the black belt, a prestigious honor in Mr. Sunderland’s dojo. 

But she has to do something for fun, right? Well, Rachel’s main hobbies are reading manga, watching anime, and drawing art. “I once met her at the SJV fiesta,” says Jason, “I also heard that she’s the CRSJ mascot for school events and a chess tournament finalist!” This clearly explains that Rachel has a life full of fun, enjoyment, and a bubbly attitude that no one will forget.

                  Every student has a driving force in their life that keeps them going, so what's Rachel's? “I have to try my best, so I won’t be a disappointment to my parents,” she honestly remarked. Her ways of coping with stressful issues are quite interesting. When Rachel’s stressed out, she likes screaming into a pillow or eating some popcorn/eggs. This expresses her emotions in a healthy way, rather than imposing her pain on someone else. 

                 To this day, Rachel is an important part of Cristo Rey life and has an interesting life herself. This interview has gave us a new perspective on her, and we hope that if you see Rachel, tell her to have a nice day!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Adventures of Mr. Hosking

Photo by Zairia M. '20

The Adventures of Mr. Hosking
By Zairia M. '20 and Yvette R. '20

He grew up in the Bay Area but lived for three years as a child in Boston. His primary sport was soccer, but he enjoyed many sports. He attended Sacred Heart Prep for high school in Menlo Park and Northwestern University in Chicago for college. He is currently an English teacher for the juniors of Cristo Rey San Jose High School. Here is the life of the versatile Mr. Hosking.

On a daily basis Mr. Hosking usually starts his morning around 5:30-6 am. He makes himself breakfast (he likes eggs and avocados). While he’s eating breakfast, he likes to read or send funny text messages to his friends. Then he showers and goes to school. Mr. Hosking is an English teacher for the juniors of Cristo Rey San Jose High School. He teaches all day and finds 10 minutes to meditate sometime during the day. Then he goes home. Four days of the week, after school, he goes to work out.

Mr. Hosking has been playing soccer since he was young. When he was younger, he lived in Boston for  a while. In Boston, it would snow every winter. One of his many favorite childhood memories was when he and his best friend (at the time), John Riley, made a stage out of snow. They wrote a 45 minute musical, with a 30 person cast, only played by John and himself.

As you may be able to tell, Mr. Hosking is very talented. He only got more talented as he grew older. Mr. Hosking plays guitar. He wants to improve, though. He also plays numerous sports. As mentioned earlier, he plays soccer. He also plays rugby, basketball with his junior boys when he has time, and ultimate frisbee. He loves running and hiking. He’s ran a couple marathons and kicked a 1000 mile trip to Yosemite. He also likes biking. He recently started weight lifting. He also enjoys acting. He almost pursued being an actor as a career. He also almost because a businessman, following in his father’s footsteps.

Mr. Hosking avoids embarrassing moments at all costs. However, he still runs into them. He occasionally falls in class, he think’s it’s quite embarrassing. His most embarrassing story, though, was when he farted at the Kairos retreat. At Kairos, they have guest speakers. When one of the guest speakers was speaking, Mr. Hosking felt a big one coming on. He was waiting for the speaker to finish speaking so he could go outside to fart. But the speaker cracked a joke and there went Mr. Hosking’s fart. “But you know when you’re holding in a fart and like you laugh and you lose control?” asked Hosking. So I laughed and farted. Loud. I’m telling you loud. Like hella loud. I was so embarrassed”

On a more serious note, Mr. Hosking shared some of his deep contemplations with Yvette and I during our interview. He’s really passionate and loving towards his students.  He says, “My biggest fear right now is that what I’m doing here at Cristo Rey isn’t working for the kids. I’m always afraid of that. That what I’m doing for my juniors isn’t working for them. I’m always trying to make my stuff better but I’m afraid that I’m messing up… [I’m afraid that] I’m not getting through to them or they don’t understand how much I love them or how much they matter in the world.” 

Also, his reasoning for being an English teacher is very interesting. He takes such an ordinary and simple job and puts so much meaning behind it. “I think the written word- or just words in general are sacred things,” says Hosking. “And I think they have the power to move mountains and shake people to their core and change the entire course of human history. And I think if I- if my students and I can figure out a way to help them figure out a way to use their words for a powerful purpose, if we can do that, then my students will be deeply empowered to do the things they want to do in their lives. That’s why I am an English [teacher].”

Mr. Hosking also has had times of doubt, just like everyone else. Really hard times where you just want to quit everything because it feels so pointless. One time Mr. Hosking felt this way was on that 1000 mile hike that was mentioned earlier. Going on this hike was a big dream of Mr. Hosking's. A hundred miles into the hike, Mr. Hosking almost had tears in both of his achilles tendons due to pushing himself too hard. He had to stop to rest for three days at a campsite that was once an elementary school. He was spiritually frustrated and already was thinking about what was going to happen. He thought he was going to have to move back to his parents and live there for a couple of months. He was unemployed at the time but he had saved up the little amount of money that he had to go on this trip. It really hurt him when he thought he wasn’t going to be able to fulfill his dream.

Overall, as you can tell, Mr. Hosking is very versatile and interesting. He has a really deep, complex, and interesting intellect. He plays many sports. He has many hobbies. He has some pretty funny stories. As well as some adventurous and fascinating stories too. And there is still more of him to uncover. I can’t wait to have him as my English teacher in junior year!