I started teaching Yearbook at SCIA last year. COVID-19 unexpectedly brought our year to a close. Due to the global pandemic we have been forced to pivot from publishing and selling a yearbook, to hopefully blogging and podcasting in the coming weeks. There is no disappointment. Instead I see this as an opportunity to work on our journalism skills.
Listen to stories brought to you by Miley, Kitana and Hailey. I hope you enjoy our second podcast on The Great Thanksgiving Listen — stories recorded at the Thanksgiving table.
My life as an athlete began in first grade when I first tried out for gymnastics. I fell in love with the sport instantly and had a fun time. Imet some really good friends of mine there. I liked being able to do tricks other people couldn’t, and I always had a smile on my face during practice. Flash forward two years later to the end of 3rd grade, I stopped going to practice for a few weeks and i realized during that time that i didn’t want to do gymnastics anymore. I told my mom and we took me out. Right after that my mom was telling me about how she played volleyball, and I decided to give it a try. So the summer going into 4th grade I played volleyball for the first time and my coach realized I was good for barely starting. We ended up winning the“championship” and I just knew this is what I want to do in my future. I played for 3 years every summer until 6th grade when I played on my first school team. I was one of two 6th graders on the 7th grade team.That was one of the proudest moments I’ve had. That same year I tried out for my first club team and made it. Our team had its ups and downs, but we got through them. Our last tournament we played together was May 12, 2019. Which was in San Francisco and two days long, we played our hardest. We finished off the season in the gold brackett. Sadly on the last day of the tournament I ended up injuring my knee, but I didn’t realize it until a couple weeks later when I was practicing for a different club I had joined for the summer. I kept complaining to my mom about my knee bothering me but nothing would help, so she finally took me to a doctor. He told me that I most likely had osgood-schlatter disease and that I had to take 6 months off and it was common for kids my age who did sports to have it. He said depending on how serious it was I could possibly not play again, I cried as soon as we left. I stopped playing until august which means I didn’t listen and i played for my school team again. I was the only 7th grader on the 8th grade team and this time I took precautions while playing and after practice. In march of 2020 my mom told me she was going to take me to the doctor that they go to, because it hadn’t gotten better but worse. A couple days later I went to the other doctor and this time she said I should get an x-ray. That same day I got an x-ray. I went back a week later and she said nothing was broken and that I should try physical therapy for a month. So on march 17th 2020 I started my first day of physical therapy. I did that for a month in hopes it would work but nothing changed. So I went back to the doctor and she said this time you need to get an mri. I got my MRI and it came back like a week later and she told my mom what it said because my mom is a nurse so she knew the medical terms. I didn’t know what happened yet until a couple days later when I found the papers on the kitchen table and asked if this is what happened. On the paper it said I had two tears in my meniscus. When an athlete hears they have a tear in a muscle that means the end of the world for them. That is when my world changed, this was the first year in five years I didn’t get to play. I thought nothing would help and that I guess sports wasn’t for me. But after finding out what happened I went back to the doctor and she said another month of physical therapy, but somewhere else. So I did another month. Again it didn’t help, so guess where I went, to another doctor. This time I went to a specialist, and here is the part I wasn’t ready for. He said that from his eyes i didn’t have a torn meniscus, trust me i was happy don’t get me wrong but i was still in pain and i didnt know why. I won’t go into detail cause to some people it can be really not so pleasant to hear. Before my surgery in July. I probably went to the doctor more than 10 times and had over 16 physical therapy appointments. After my surgery, the first thing I asked the nurse that was with me “can I play again” after she said yes I broke down in tears I was so happy. I continued physical therapy until september. I still was scared to run or jump so it wasn’t till November when i ran for the first time without saying my knee hurts. I am still recovering but at least I get to practice moving instead of sitting on my bed not being able to go anywhere. I learned my lesson to not take a break when the doctor tells you to take a break.
Written by Lauren
I can’t imagine what it would be like without sports. Sports are extremely relavent. Sports are a life style. Kids grow up watching sports, then wanting to play them, then actually playing them. They become a huge deal when you get to junior high, high school, college and professional level. I’m currently not playing any sports, but it’s something that I’m into and enjoy. I like watching several sports. I’m especially a fan of basketball and watching the Lakers win their games and championships. It’s been so different with COVID where people can’t attend gamesand cheer on their teams. I hope sometime soon we can get back to that and to the way things were.
Written by Kitana
Whenever I think of sports the first thing that comes to mind is my time swimming competitively, or watching basketball. I don’t mean to sound big headed but I think I’m pretty decent at swimming. I have a lot of ribbons from when I was 4 years old, up until 2020 when COVID hit the United States and my practices and swim meets were cancelled. Since then my practices have restarted.
Written by Ethan
Athletics to me means any form of physical sports, exercises, andgames. Such as volleyball, soccer, basketball, tag, yoga, Zumba, etc. I’m not the biggest fan of sports…but why lie. I do enjoy playing sometimes andwatching games with my family. Usually we watch soccer games. I enjoyplaying volleyball and soccer, but I’m not in any teams and all that. Now Iwouldn’t say I’m the apathetic type for sports but sometimes if I feel tired Ican be. Anywho back to the sports I enjoy. First of all soccer would have to be one of my favorite sports, and as a kid I enjoyed watching my brother play thinking he looked like a professional and all. I even wanted to grow upand be like him. I never joined any team though I still would like to. I even tried out for the school soccer team. I may not be the most “trained” but I’m still quite good. I also know some soccer teams like “Club America, Chivas, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, etc.” Then volleyball, this is a sport I started liking when I got older. Haven’t joined a team either but I hope I will when this pandemic is over. If you’ve watched Haikyuu, an anime series, itwas something that got me more eager in volleyball. Though I’m not the biggest fan of working out because then I’m sore the next day, playing actually gets me to do it. I watch some games here and there but I’m not a fan of any yet. I also recently taught myself my positions, the names of the hits and passes. I workout sometimes like running, pushups, jumping jacks, squats, and more. If i would have to choose between volleyball and soccer, I would leave you on read and not respond. Possibly because I love and like both exactly the same.
Written by Anabel
What athletics means to me is someone that works hard and practices and focuses on a sport. It also means to me that theylike that sport or just think it’s fun. When i think of sports I don’t think of myself i think about the basics like football, baseball, basketball, and soccer. I don’t necessarily watch sports but when it’s like a Dodgers game I will watch it with my dad and sometimes before the pandemic my family and I would go to the games in LA. I do find sports boring in my opinion because in ever understand and it just doesn’t get my attention to sit down and watch.
Written by Anahi
I was four when I started playing sports. I played soccer, basketball, and softball. My favorite sport has been soccer. It was fun because I got to play with my cousins and I traveled to play games. I stopped playing because I joined dance that took up most of my time and I did not have time for soccer. One thing I miss about soccer is hanging out with my friends but I love dancing.
Written by Miley
What being athletic means to me is getting out of the house to spend time with family and friends, playing some type of sports and having a good time. When I think about sports I do think of myself as an athlete who plays sports. When I play sports I can sometimes use it as a way to cope with whatever is bothering me at the time and clear my mind. I think of myself as an athlete because I like to learn how to play sports that I’ve never played before and also challenge myself to new limits. I am not a big fan of watching sports on TV because I rather be playing them, but the only sport I do watch is football. I do not believe that I am apathetic to sports because I like playing them and I have teams I prefer.
Written by Yazmine
I play volleyball! It’s really fun and I’m committed to it! I know a few people that don’t think it’s a sport! That’s crazy! It’s a game where either girls or boys can play it. There are clubs of volleyball, a lot actually. When you’re in a volleyball club you have to be fully committed, because there are girls/boys on your team that are doing club to get a scholarship to colleges! During that period your coach basically tells you what you can and can’t do, like most of thetime they say you have to be in bed by a certain time, or you can’t go out to party’s! Most of the girls/boys don’t care they still do volleyball, but also a lot of people do not like that thecoach does that! To be honest I don’t really care. I still do volleyball. It doesn’t bother me! You travel a lot to different places, like LA, and etc. You have tournaments on the weekends, very rarely you go on a week day! I definitely recommend at least trying to play volleyball! A lot of people enjoy it!
Written by Madison
1. Verbatim This is one of my favorite songs because it gives off cool vibes and I just like the beats and I personally love the band
2. O children This one is my favorite because it reminds me of Harry Potter the deathly hallows movie and it’s just so sentimental and a good hit
3. Wait a minute is also a good hit but mostly listen to this song because I love dancing to it and it’s a song that doesn’t make sense but that’s the whole reason
4. High enough is a song that just hits different. I love it so much I have the whole song stuck in head because of the beats and the vibe bust mostly the lyrics
5. 505 I love this song because of the beat drop in the middle of the songs and because it’s been my favorite song since I got addicted to Harry Potter and I just love the lyrics and it’s so addicting to listen to
6. …Issues yes the name sounds weird but in reality a lot of people have it and I love this song because I’m in Love with a fictional character that has daddy issues and this song reminds me of him
7. Just the Two Of Us this song is in my top 10 because like I said I’m in love with multiple fictional character but this one reminds me of Fred Weasley mostly because of the slow instrumental throughout the song
8. Why’d You Only Call Me… This song is popular right now but the song is in my top ten because it’s also so addicting and I love the Arctic monkeys they make so many good songs
9. I Can’t Decide this song might be weird but it’s also cool to me and personally I don’t really like music that’s popular or going viral I like music that just is cool to listen to which is this song and it’s addicting
10. I Can’t Handle Change this song is my top favorite of all times because I’ve been listening to this song for the longest and every time I hear it I become more in love with it from the lyrics to the spacing of the beats
Written by Anahi
- I Spy by KYLE
I like this song because when I first heard it it got attention I guess.
- 34+35 by Ariana Grande
I like this song because when I heard it I was like “this has some good tunes” so ever since then I always listen to this song.
- Closer by The Chainsmokers
I like this song because it’s a fun song to dance to.
- One day by Tate McRae
I like this song because it’s about this girl who has a crush on this boy that she to scared to go up to him and finally she get the chance to go up to him.
- Pretty Girl by Maggie Lindemann
I like this song because it about this girl who wants to do things instead of just sitting there.
- I’m Gonna Show You Crazy by Bebe Rexha
I like this song because it’s about this girl showing people crazy and crazy.
- Hallelujah by various artists
I like this song because it’s calming.
- Party Girl by StaySolidRocky
I like this song because it’s about partying and I love partying.
- Cheerleader by Omi
I like this song because it annoys my brother.
- Billionaire by Travis McCoy
I like this song because it’s about what he’ll want to do when he becomes a billionaire, and when ever I become a billionaire I’m going to play this song🤣😂.
Written by Hailey
This is torture. I’m going to go ahead and say right now that more than half of these are going to be Japanese and maybe Korean songs because I don’t see why not. I literally have 8+ hours worth of anime music on Spotify and I guess I have to choose 10.
10. PAiNT it BLACK by: BiSH (yes it’s actually spelt like that)
This song.. idk it’s just a good song from black clover, and it kinda just gets me in a good mood and has a pretty good beat to it. Most Japanese songs have good beats though because they are all upbeat and you can tell the artist really puts in the emotion. Even though this song is amazing, I’m putting it at my 10th because.. idk I felt like it. This was actually hard to put here because the black clover openings are all really good- so this was just because I felt like it.
9. Re:Re by: ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Another pretty good song, I feel like most people won’t like the way it sounds or something but like I said it has a good beat to it and it’s catchy. Also it’s the anime opening of Erased which is a pretty good anime lol. This song for me is like.. calming and sort of upbeat as well, I honestly like it so at least it’s on this list.
8. Fuyu no hanashi (冬のはなし) by: Given
Pretty chill song and good enough to vibe to, also Given is a good anime- I usually listen to this song quite often when I’m playing video games or something like that. This song has a pretty good guitar player I think because I find that it focuses more on the guitar.
7. 午夜の待ち合わせ (Goya No Machiawase) by: Hello Sleepwalkers
Honestly- I did find this song a tiny bit annoying in the beginning as I was watching noragami, but then I grew onto liking it because it’s a good.. rock song idk there’s something about Japanese music that hits different- but I do actually now like this song because it’s catchy and it’s pretty good. Also I have no clue why but this song always makes me wanna run.. idk why
6. Crossing Field by: LiSA
This song is great, super catchy and always gets me in a really good mood and for some reason always in the mood to play genshin impact or any other game. Also makes me wanna run or like.. explore and that’s partially due to the fact that Sword Art Online was a good show.
5. Vital by: 遠藤正明
Once again this is another song I didn’t like at first but I really grew onto liking this song a lot after watching angels of death. They really do focus on the guitar on this song and I think it’s played very well, and honestly I do like this song a lot. However the anime was kinda debatable because the ending was odd but other than that I like this song and it stays at 5.
4. Reason Living by: SCREEN mode
I love bungou stray dogs so.. I’m putting this song on there, it’s like a mix of calming and.. I wanna say.. energetic for me. I honestly love this song and I love the anime even more- I like that this song is kinda nice to just vibe to and also makes me wanna play video games and I have no idea why- also it gives me motivation to do stuff. To be honest it was a tie between this song and the first opening for bungou stray dogs which is TRASH CANDY by: GRANRODEO idk why it’s in caps but whatever. Honestly I love both songs-
3. KaiKai Kitan (廻廻奇譚) by: Eve
THIS SONG- AHEJNDM very good I like it- I like the beat and it’s very uplifting, also puts me in the mood to run.. because all Japanese songs do that- idk why but whatever it’s a good song because the vocals and the beat itself goes very well, even with the weird like.. parts in the song lol I still like this song and it made its way to the top 3, oh and I forgot to say this is from jujutsu kaisen.
2. 紅蓮の弓矢 (Guren no Yumiya) by: Linked Horizon
Okay okay, I love this song so much and Attack on titan is great and highly recommended. As much as I love this song I also love Shinzo wo Sasageyo which is also by Linked Horizon and is another great attack on titan opening, these songs are honestly so like… upbeat and I wanna say.. hype >-> and as much as I love Shinzo wo Sasageyo I ended up putting this one on here because it deserves more attention than it has but I love both songs equally.
Departure! by: 小野正利 (masatoshi Ono)
Okay this was really hard because I have over 125+ songs just on my anime/Japanese playlist on Spotify and I had to choose 10, but I love this song. Mainly because me and my best friend are obsessed with Hunter x Hunter. This song is so upbeat and iconic, and even the voice actors made their own covers for the song, and they also actually have their own character songs which is cool. Anyways this song is just so good but in my opinion any of the songs listed or that didn’t get listed out of the 100+ I left out could have also been on here because they are all good songs.
Written by Natalie
Two Ghost by Harry Styles
I don’t have a reason why this is my favorite song, I just really like how it sounds. He never said what it’s about but people think it’sabout his relationship with Taylor Swift. Also, he had made a music video but didn’t release it because it was too personal.
Unf*@#witable by Zayn Malik
I really like Zayn’s voice in the song. It is from his new album Nobody is Listening. It’s a new song so theres not a lot of information about it or anything.
Two of us by Louis Tomlinson
He made the song for his mom who died of leukemia in 2016. I like how it sounds and what it’s about. He says “you’ll never know how much I miss you” and “The day they took you I wish it was me instead”. I think anyone who’s lost someone would connect to those lyrics.
Flicker by Niall Horan
Flicker is in my top 10 because I really like the music in the back, his voice and the lyrics. Niall said it’s a really personal song to him and “it’s one of those songs were the room just goes.” He did his own acoustic guitar for the music and I think it sounds really good.
Just like You by Louis Tomlinson
I like the meaning of the song, it’s about event hough he’s a celebrity he had emotions like a normal person. In the song he says “Can I just be the same” It was around the time when One Direction went on a break and was getting a lot of hate and didn’t think he should make solo music. They were saying his son is fake because he wants his family private. They also said he’s only famous because of One Direction.
What makes you Beautiful by One Direction
I just like the song I have been listening to it since 2012. It gives me nostalgia and reminds me when I used to make my sister play it. It was there first music video and I just like the soind of it.
History by One Direction
History is in my top ten because I like the sound of itand the lyrics. It was in there last album before they took a break and the last music video they made. It’s about how they have a lot of history as a band and how theycan make it.
Fine Line by Harry Styles
I like the music and how it starts off slow and quietthen ends with high notes, orchestra, and loud. Its about a relationship that has aprice tag on it and how the girl is only pleased with the expenses. At first hessaying how she drives him crazy. On new years eve I started the song so when ithit midnight it said “we’ll be alright”
If I could Fly by One Direction
I just really like the song. A lot of people think it’s about Larry, a conspiracy theory that Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles are dating. But they said it’s about showing that one person who they really are. I like the end when they each sing a different part in the song. “For your eyes only (Louis) Ill show you my heart (Niall) for when your lonely (Harry) and forget who you are (Liam)”
Good Years by Zayn
I just like the song. It’s about the struggles of being famous and how he got famous at a young age so he hopes he didn’t waste his good years “I pray to God I didn’t waste all my good years” He said all the fame and wealth I brought him isn’t worth all the pain he got from it. The fame gave him anxiety and got a ED.
Written by Taylor
It Was a Good Day I like this song because it reminds me of my dad. He would play this songwhen he would barbecue and also when we would drive literally anywhere lol.
My Boo This song is like a core memory in my brain. Every time my mom would clean thehouse (more specifically the kitchen) she would play this song, so I always heard it echo fromthe kitchen to my room.Whatcha Say: I had an iPod when I was smaller, and I would always play this song. It’s just afast beat-happy-kind of party song and I know most of the words to it, so I still play all the time.
Down This is also a song my dad would play every time we got in the car. He played this songwhen I was very very little, so once I got a little older and wanted to hear it again I didn’t knowwhat it was called and forgot how it went. A few years ago I heard it again and now I play itevery so often. But this song was seriously my childhood.
Smells Like Teen Spirit When I was younger, I remember going into my older cousins room andhim playing this song. I remember him telling me that this song was currently his favorite and Ialso remember going back home and listening to the song on repeat. I enjoyed the beat thenand I still enjoy the beat now.
Runaway I just recently started listening to a lot of Kanye’s music again, and runaway is myfavorite out of all of them. When I first listened to it I hated the piano keys because I thought they were so off and not timed in a nice way, and would always skip the song because of that, then I finally listened past that and really enjoyed the lyrics and the beat in the background.
Young and Beautiful I recently listened to this song again and it’s currently one of my favorites. I just feel like Lana Del Rey has a really relaxing and beautiful voice. This song in particular, I findreally calming and addicting (I keep coming back to it and listening to it at least once a day.Everyday.) I also love the lyrics and the piano in the background.
See You Again Tyler, The Creator is my favorite artist and I also really like Kali Uchis so I immediately liked this song, but I also really liked their voices in this song and the beat is also *chefs kiss*. This song is engraved in my memory and I know every single lyric because of howmany times I listened to it once it came out and still do.
505 I love the Arctic Monkeys and I’d say that this is my favorite song of theirs. I love that this isvery upbeat and exciting. I also love that towards the middle, the kind of random yell sort of loudsinging that’s just a lot louder than the rest of the song with the guitar, right after it was a softkind of low beat and guitar.
Dead Man Walking I really enjoy Brent Faiyaz’s music, this is my favorite song of his. I really like the lyrics and the beat throughout the whole song but I feel like the beginning is the calmest and most relaxing as well as the end of the song. I also enjoy how the end and beginning of thesong are kind of dragged out and you are able to listen and enjoy the beat for a little bit.
Written by Kitana
These songs just hit differently. Music is like my way to escape because I’m very stressed most of the time, so when these songs come on they just make me happy. I like to sing along to them, IDK it’s just nice. Well Pycthar Cyka and TRRST are from the same artist. They are one of my favorite artists, they make Russian songs. They hit hard. I like the fact that the beat drops. I think they should be more popular because they have really good songs.
Shinzou Wo Sasageyo is from one of the best anime’s. It is called Attack on Titan its the opening song and the name is my favorite part of the song but you only would know if you watch the anime but its still good even if you didn’t watch the anime. Unravel is an opening for an anime called Tokyo Ghoul. It’s a really good one but I haven’t got a chance to watch it yet. But I do plan to watch it, it looks cool. Yes I know it’s in Japanese but, eventually you can just sing it even if you don’t know how to speak Japanese.
Ghost is a song that I heard on Tik Tok. It is a good song and it is easy to sing along with and has a beat that is easy to vibe with. It is just a good song that is not too long.
King for a Day is from a band called Pierce the Veil that I heard on Tik Tok and so i checked them out and I am not disappointed. The album it’s from is my favorite so far, but i like all their music.
HAHA is a not here head banger. I like to listen on full volume. It’s not a good idea but I don’t make good decisions but still it is good when it’s not on full volume, so i would recommend it to other people.
TRRST is the same thing as Pycthar Cyka. I’ve got a bone is based on a video game (Minecraft) and it is very good.
The video game and the song Can You Feel My Heart is my favorite song of all time, I like to listen to this song. as I do a back flop on a trampoline. It is so cool it feels like you are falling. it is so peaceful when you do it, I put in both earphones and turn the volume on the max it is so surreal and peaceful, it’s nice to escape for a little bit.
Written by Hayden