Op-Ed

Hard Work is Overrated

An elementary school student works hard over Zoom. Photo courtesy of: Zoom
January 20, 2021

Like so many of my Asian peers, my first-generation Vietnamese parents had a tendency to instill various conservative ideals and beliefs from my very early childhood. Immigrating from war-torn Vietnam,...

Is it worth traveling for the holidays?

People waiting to board their flights. Photo Courtesy of: The New York Times
December 14, 2020

2020 has been a rough year. This is why people are eager to travel for the holidays to see loved ones and end this challenging year on a good note, but that might not be a good idea.   According to...

Students Need to Join College Preparatory Programs

Daniela Salazar (third on the first row) on a trip with other Simon Scholar students.
December 14, 2020

As high school students, we stress about turning in assignments on time and the pressure of passing tests crucial to our grades. We worry about a certain math problem we can’t seem to solve or the fact...

Latest Updates About the COVID Vaccine

Photo Courtesy of: Rio Tuasikal, Voice of America
“Volunteers participating in phase 3 trial of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine in Padjadjaran University, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia.”
Recent developments have been made for a COVID-19 vaccine, after the pandemic has stayed for months around the world.
December 13, 2020

Recent developments have been made for a COVID-19 vaccine, after the pandemic has stayed for months around the world. Yet while there are vaccines available, none have been made or are allowed to be...

P.E. Classes in a New Setting

Norma Mendoza’s workout set-up at home for her P.E. classes.
November 9, 2020

Segerstrom High School has a two year physical education requirement for its students. Students can fulfill this requirement by taking P.E., joining a sport, or doing marching band. Typically, most students...

A Message from The Jag Journal Editorial Board

A photo of last year's Editorial Board.
October 29, 2020

Confronted by the coronavirus pandemic, the subsequent economic shutdown that has overwhelmed businesses and families, the looming ramifications of the death of the Notorious RBG on the Supreme Court,...

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Review

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is a 2015 installment of the Assassin’s 
Creed series that tells of twins during a historical era.
October 29, 2020

Though this video game came out several years ago, in 2015, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate had only grabbed my attention as of recently, and ever since then, I have only delved deeper into this franchise.  Taking...

Is Hybrid Learning the Best Plan?

SAUSD’s plan for hybrid learning from Segerstrom’s website
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students at Segerstrom High School have been required to participate in distance learning since school let out on March 13, 2020, which was the last day students were on campus. 
October 28, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students at Segerstrom High School have been required to participate in distance learning since school let out on March 13, 2020, which was the last day students were on campus.  Entirely...

Why Young Adults Need to Stop Reading YA Fiction

A collection of one teenager’s favorite books.
April 19, 2020

Some of my favorite books of all time were about characters, particularly females, who were morally ambiguous and had a tendency to pursue their goals ruthlessly.  With this in mind, I am constantly...

Bernie Sanders, a Democratic Candidate

Bernie Sanders, back in 2019 at an event run by the American Federation of Government Employees. Photo Courtesy of: Wikimedia Commons
March 2, 2020

Born in Brooklyn, New York, on September 8, 1941, Bernie Sanders is a good Democratic presidential candidate who seems to be set on winning the election in November. Ever since 2007, he has been serving...

Made vs. Bought

Taking time to make a love stack. Photo courtesy of: SheKnows
February 10, 2020

Valentine's Day is all about love. To show appreciation, we like to give presents that mean something to each other. Some people will buy gifts, or others will make their own. It's said handmade gifts...

From Adversity to Accomplishment

Advertising poster for the 2020 application. Photo courtesy of: Simon Scholars Instagram
February 10, 2020

It’s the time of year again where sophomores are presented with the opportunity to become a Simon Scholar. The Simon Family Foundation is an organization that grants $16,000 scholarships, along with...

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