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EGS Students are on the Roll of Starting their First Project of the Year!

It’s the sixth week since school has started and EGS students are currently finishing up a project.
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Mr. Valasco
Mr. Valasco’s 6th Period Class Working on the Oral History Project

 

EGS is short for Ethnic and Gender Studies; EGS is an elective class. For those taking the Ethnic and Gender Studies class right now will switch to another elective class after coming back from Christmas break. This year’s EGS teacher is Mr. Velasco, who’s class’s is located in class 605A.

The class goes over important people in history and how their story stays alive and well known instead of being forgotten in the past. EGS class is used to connect ourselves from the past and present of different struggles our ancestor’s faced. Ethnic and Gender Studies class will give us a new understanding and build up our beliefs on everyone’s story.

EGS students have been working on a project that goes by “The Oral History Project.” The student’s job on the project was to pick somebody who was 20+ years old or 20 years older than themselves. For the project you had to pick a person whether its parents, siblings or even teachers from our campus, afterwards you had the choice of picking a subject to interview the person on, these topics varies from school experiences, or childhood life and many more! Now that you have chosen a topic and a person to interview, Mr. Velasco has instructed his students to use an app, “adobe” which was used to record and edit the project. In order to receive the full credit, you had to include a few quotes and pictures from your interviewee; the voice recording has to be minimum five minutes or longer, with six or more questions being asked.

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“Me and Mr. Cardona were intentional about designing this oral history project in our Introduction to Ethnic and Gender Studies 9th grade course so students can know their family’s historical roots. Students were assigned to interview someone they wanted to learn more about it. Many of our students interviewed their parents, teachers, counselors or coaches. This project spark curiosity among our students and allowed them to be storytellers of the people that have influence them,” said by Mr. Velasco when asked about his EGS Classes.

 

 

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Hii! My name is Elizabeth although I typically go by Ellie by close family members and friends. I am fourteen years old making me a FRESHMAN this year, which means this is my first year at Santa Maria High School, it's also my first year taking journalism, I am excited to start interviewing people and start writing stories for THE BREEZE! Some stuff about me is I LOVE the color PINK. My favorite movie is mean girls, my favorite character from it has to be Karen Smith. Out of School I enjoy sleeping, reading and drawing. One big fact about me Is I love to organize stuff, whether it's my backpack, my room, or my mom's kitchen drawers, but if I'm being honest, it gets messy extremely fast probably in less than a week my stuff will get messy again and again. I also love to eat. I am not picky when it comes to food, I enjoy trying new food I've never tried before. I also enjoy cooking new stuff I mostly spend my time finding recipes from Tik Tok or Pinterest and try them out at home, I typically enjoy cooking sweets things like cupcakes, waffles and others. In the future I want to become an interior designer. This idea came to me in the beginning of my 7th grade. I had an AVID elective which means we would study different careers that's when I found Interior design. I hope I can accomplish this dream career of mine!
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