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Segerstrom News Today | Season 1 | Episode 4

Season 1, Episode 4

In this episode, Segerstrom News Today covers three stories:

  1. E-Sports Tournament Brings Jags Together
  2. Car Ownership Drives Our Jags
  3. Checking Off Senior Bucket Lists


Production Team:

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Producer: Alondra Cifuentes
Host: Emily Gonzales
Camera and Audio Engineer: Alondra Cifuentes
Scriptwriter: Joshua Vu
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Photo and Video Credits:
Desiree Soto
Natalie Sotelo
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Selena Qafaiti
Segerstrom Higher Ed via Instagram
Nichole Brown
Dev Vasu


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0:05 Hello! Welcome to the fourth episode of  Segerstrom News Today. I’m Emily Gonzales,  
0:09 your host. In this episode, we have three great stories to end the school year. Of course,  
0:13 we hope you enjoy this production FOR  students BY students. The stories we  
0:17 have today focus on E-Sports, Car  Culture, and Senior Bucket Lists.
0:21 The first story focuses on our E-Sports 12  class. It’s not just fun and games. There  
0:27 are great life skills seniors learn in Esports. Their Senior  
0:30 project focuses on hosting an entire gaming competition. Our Melanie Vargas reports.
0:48 On April 19th, E-Sports 12 classes held an E-Sports tournament in the library.  
0:52 In order to get ready for the event,  students spent many hours planning.
0:57 The E-Sports tournament marketing  committee was responsible for hanging  
1:00 up flyers all around campus to promote the festivities.
1:07 The library needed to be set up for the event and the tech committee took care of that.  
1:12 Sebastian Delgado, a senior and tech committee member, describes how the event was set up.
1:19 “Setting up the game. We also helped  to get the players to start up their  
1:25 game. And also if there was any problems  or confusion and helped some of that.”
1:35 E-Sports is a popular class that many students want to participate in. Elizabeth Velasquez,  
1:40 a senior, describes why she enrolled in the class.
1:43 “I don’t know. It really caught my eye. It  was like something that just stood out from  
1:48 every other class. So I was like, ‘Let  me take that one,’ because it really  
1:50 seems fun and it was like something you could learn new things. But, like yeah…”
1:58 This class is considered an English class.  But it has helped these seniors with their  
2:02 creative and social skills. Jamie Nava shares what he has gained from being in the class.
2:09 “It teaches things like, for example,  collaborating with your teams,  
2:13 talking to one another, and overall you  just get a good vibe from everyone.”
2:18 All Segerstrom students were invited to the event.  The E-Sports tournament marketing committee was  
2:22 responsible for hanging up flyers all around campus to promote the festivities. The event was a  
2:22 success and it was because of the dedication and skill of the E-Sports students.
2:29 It’s great to see something planned for all students to participate in.  
2:32 Our second story investigates what drives car culture. With some of  
2:36 our students getting the opportunity to  own a car, Segerstrom News asked several  
2:40 drivers to see their thoughts on car culture. Our Celeste Carmona reports.
2:54 Southern California is known  for its car culture and it’s  
2:57 no surprise that Segerstrom students like their cars, too.  
3:00 But, no one car represents Segerstrom. Students drive all types of vehicles. Rodrigo Rivera,  
3:05 a graduating senior, had the chance to drive to school his senior year because of his dad.
3:10 “My dad first got it back in August of last year, and I got it this year for Christmas. So,  
3:18 yeah, we just fixed it up and made it run good.
3:22 Rodrigo was lucky enough to be able to drive to school this year. Having a truck  
3:26 has allowed him to have a good time. Here,  he shares ways he has enjoyed having a car.
3:31 “Well, for me, I just like driving around. You know, also with my friends,  
3:41 going out with them. And also driving around with loud music, so yeah. It’s pretty fun.
3:49 Rodrigo knows how to make the most of car ownership. Carmen Magaña, a junior,  
3:54 enjoys having a car. But, she also knows  owning a car is not just “fun and games.”  
3:59 Carmen knows that in order for a car to be reliable and run, it needs to be maintained.
4:05 “I own a 2007 Toyota Camry and I just got it so  I haven’t had to do any oil changes or anything  
4:14 so far like the brakes. But, I have an uncle  who he told me to he taught me how to change  
4:20 my oil at least. And he’ll help me to change my brakes once the life of the brakes is done. The  
4:27 oil changes is every 3,000 miles for my car. Well,  it’s recommended, so that’s what I’m going to do.
4:35 Carmen knows her responsibilities as a car owner. But, sometimes our cars  
4:39 don’t always behave the way we want them to.  Brianna Perez, a senior, knows first-hand.  
4:43 Hear her tell the story of how she used her problem-solving skills to get her truck going.
4:49 “So it was one day. It was this year where it wouldn’t turn on. Yeah, yeah… So I was thinking.  
4:57 I was like, ‘Oh, man,’ It was literally…I swear. I  was like, ‘What would my brothers do?’ Right? And,  
5:07 so the first thing I did was open the hood.  Okay, perfect, we’ll open the hood. And, then,  
5:13 I was like, okay, what was next. ‘Why isn’t the  car turning on?’ It’s probably a disconnection  
5:17 between the battery, so I’m going to go with that.  And I did it and then I was like playing around  
5:23 with the wires because they are loose anyways.  I was playing with the wires and so I was like,  
5:26 ‘Maybe that will do…” So, I went and go turn it on and it turned on all the way. So, I closed  
5:31 it. And, then I turned my head. I was facing this way. And, I swear, it made my day. I saw  
5:40 all the baseball cars, all the baseball guys in  their little cars just staring at me like, ‘This  
5:47 chick turned on her car?’ Do you get me? You know that feeling? It was so dope. That’s it, yeah.”
5:54 It sounds like Brianna wasn’t the only one impressed by her problem-solving skills.  
5:58 Sometimes owning a car requires being able to think on the spot.
6:02 Owning a car can be fun because it gives us the  freedom to get out of the house, yet Rodrigo,  
6:06 Carmen, and Brianna show us that having a car means much more than just owning it.
6:12 It’s super interesting to see how students use and take care of their cars. The last story  
6:17 focuses on our Segerstrom Seniors. Before  they are off to college, many seniors have  
6:21 planned a variety of fun activities with their friends. We wanted to see  
6:24 what some seniors have on their bucket list. Our Brianna Aguilera has that.
6:37 With the school year winding down. Segerstrom  Seniors are planning fun activities before they  
6:41 leave for college. Many create a senior  bucket list to have fond memories of high  
6:45 school and create unforgettable experiences that can be remembered for years. Ms.Qafaiti  
6:50 attended many of her senior events and has fond memories of that time.
6:55 “I think it made senior year more special.  I got to hang out with all my friends.  
6:59 And to create those memories that honestly,  
7:01 even graduating twelve years later, we still talk about it. So I’m very glad I did them.”
7:08 However, some people don’t make bucket lists for their senior year. So they may not have the  
7:12 fondest memories after high school and they might have regrets. Ms. Peck shares how she  
7:16 has regrets about not making her senior year as memorable as it could have been.
7:20 “I don’t have the memories and I still  have some friends that I went to high  
7:24 school with and when they talk about the  memories I feel kinda aww I didn’t go.”
7:29 To advise the senior class, Segerstrom  News interviewed several students to  
7:32 see what’s on their senior bucket lists. As said by Gabriella Encinas,  
7:35 spending time eating and shopping with friends are some great things to do.
7:39 “I think they should go on shopping dates. My girls and I always go  
7:41 on shopping dates and we go eat to  Boiling Crab and it’s so much fun.”
7:45 And Jazmin Flores shares more locations that are on her bucket list.
7:48 “I want to go to Disneyland, go to the beach…”
7:54 Just like Jazmin Flores, many seniors are  making plans to go to popular locations like  
7:58 Disneyland and the Beach. Our last senior,  Dev Vasu reveals his impressive bucket list.
8:04 “So something so far I’ve done on my senior bucket list is like do a late-night beach bonfire. I had  
8:11 a really good time doing that and I had some really bad karaoke. I’ve done a solo trip to  
8:17 New York by myself. I enjoyed that a lot and  I think that it helped me learn and grow as  
8:24 a person. And then finally, recently I have been  working towards getting my private pilot license.”
8:33 These are just a few things Segerstrom seniors have on their bucket list. This  
8:36 is just one way to create memorable moments that will last forever. These  
8:40 moments usually become something that many can reminisce on later in life.  
8:44 And these seniors have some advice for those planning their very own bucket list.
8:50 “Try something new. I feel like life’s too  short to endlessly do the same things…”
8:58 It’s nice to see all the things seniors have done to make their last year memorable. That  
9:02 is all the time we have for this episode. We appreciate your time  
9:05 and we hope you enjoyed this season of  Segerstrom News Today. Interested in more  
9:09 stories like these? Come visit our website at Thank you for watching,  
9:14 and we hope you have a great rest of your day! I’m Emily Gonzales, signing off.

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Alondra Cifuentes, Editor-in-chief, Digital Media
Emily Gonzales, Intern Host
Joshua Vu, News Editor
Desiree Soto, Intern Staff Writer
Natalie Sotelo, Instagram Assistant Editor
Melanie Vargas
Melanie Vargas, Senior Copy Editor
Melanie Vargas is a freshman and staff writer of the Jag Journal. Melanie is in journalism because she likes to write about popular culture and current news events. She loves to binge Netflix series and movies. My favorite food is anything from Chick-fil-A. She believes the idea that zombies are real because she heard one on Friday at her mom's work.
Celeste Carmona, Feature Editor
Kaylie Amaya, Digital Media Manager

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