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By Allisson Ortega-Lopez

What is boba? What is it made out of? What types of boba are there? Well, as you keep reading you will find out what boba is and why it is so popular now in the 20th century.

What Even is Boba?

Boba is technically tapioca pearls but they are referred to as the boba tea drink. Tapioca pearls are made from tapioca or cassava starch (which makes them gluten-free) and they are formed into small spheres. To make them sweet they are simmered in a sugary syrup. They are then added to a base which is often milk tea (a tea combined with powdered or fresh milk and occasionally a surgery syrup), but they can also be added to green or black tea, coffee, a slushie, or even sometimes a smoothie to become a bubble tea. These “pearls” come in many sizes in the drink so they are accompanied by a straw that has an opening thick enough to suck them all up.

Where Did Boba Come From?

This drink originated in Taiwan in the 1980s, it then eventually made its way all the way to the U.S. sometime in the 90s. From that time on, it became even more and more popular as a treat.

How Is It Made?

The starch is added to boiling water and then kneaded into a dough-like consistency. Then either vanilla, caramel, or even brown sugar syrups can be added to the dough for the color and flavoring. After, the dough is cut and rolled into little balls and placed in boiling water for 30 minutes.

What Does It Even Taste Like? Is It Good Or Bad?

The boba quality should and almost always is nice to chew on. It’s soft and not too mushy and it sometimes melts in your mouth. The flavor can vary depending on the syrup the boba were cooked in and which sweeteners they added to the dough. The flavors are usually anything from fruits to honey. The milk tea boba pearls come in different flavors as well. The most common flavors are matcha (green tea), honeydew, strawberry, Thai, and taro.

I personally love any strawberry flavored drinks with boba.

Where to Buy Boba

I would recommend buying boba from Boba Junkie. Their boba is one of the best. I like ordering the strawberry creamsicle and I add a topping of strawberry popping boba (a different type of boba that has a type of juice in it and it pops in your mouth. It is so good as well).

Another boba place I love is located in LA (Los Angeles), it is called Play K-Pop. Their boba was so good, my cousin and I enjoyed it when we went to visit LA.

Overall, you can buy boba almost anywhere nowadays. Boba is literally one of the best things ever (in my opinion). If you ever see a boba shop I would recommend trying some boba you won’t regret it.

By Yanet Perez

Hey, Seabees!

This school year has been looking great so far, and thanks to how well-kept everyone has been!

Let's step up our game and keep our campus nice and clean with these cleaning tips!

  • Get involved! There are always opportunities Ensign provides to have our campus clean. Getting involved allows you to be an important figure in our campus as cleaning is greatly appreciated such as our generous Campus Clean-up Club! Quick tip: this helps with those kids wanting community service for organizations such as the National Junior Honor Society and AVID.
  • Educate! Having people know about the consequences of not picking up before can help maintain a clean campus. Making people aware by creating notes (like this article) can help spread the word. The power of learning stretches drastically across students if they are educated on the topic. 
  • Spread awareness! Along with educating students on the effects, it's important to spread awareness of the importance of cleaning our space. Blindly leaving trash creates a difficult environment for others around you. Spreading awareness makes people mindful of how to create a safe place.
  • Think before you act! Before committing to trashing the place, think before you act, and ponder on the effects that trashing the school can lead to!
  • Following Ensign Rules! Though it's not everyone’s favorite, Ensign rules are enforced to help kids persevere through a day at Ensign.

We can even help in cleaning our world squeaky clean with ways to help our environment!

  • Volunteer! There are many opportunities to help the earth be squeaky clean by volunteering in good-hearted organizations that support the act of keeping our land clean.
  • Shopping Wisely! Going on shopping can be overwhelming with the number of products that can go into your cart. Purchasing everything in sight can blind someone from the consequences and affects the purchase they're making. Plastic is a common product in many shopping bags that are non-reusable. Instead, consider buying waste-free products that decompose easily, and also products that can be reused for as long as you can remember.
  • Conserving Water! Wasting water has become a huge problem and can be easily prevented among people like you and me. Protecting our oceans is a big part of our planet and is important to prevent waste and going to water, conserving it to be healthy.
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! The three “Rs” are crucial to a healthy environment because it applies to nearly anything to help our environment! Reduce makes you think about the things you buy that may be harmful and how to reduce the amount used. Reuse is the act of repurposing or reusing a product that can not be thrown away so easily, reusing it for everyday things. Recycle is a famous phrase told to everyone to dispose of plastic and other materials that can be used again brand new.
  • So Much More! There is a never-ending list of creative ways to help out our planet! Here are some recommended websites from yours truly to help you get started. 

Let's keep it up, Seabees!

Help the environmentArt by Yanet Perez

By Kimberly Sanchez, Charlie Gassel, and Kimberly Leiva 

Hello, Seabees! Having some trouble in your classes? Here is some advice from some of your teachers:

Seabee Buzz: What is your advice for Seabees?

  • “Make this your best year ever!” - Mr. Blackie
  • “Get involved in a club or a sport because you know that's the best way to make friends; and be a good person.” - Mrs. Anderson
  • “To always be honest with your teachers and always give your best effort.” - Mr. Shinto
  • “Be prepared. If like you ever have a question, you're unsure of something, never be afraid to ask a question; a lot of people are afraid to ask a question, don’t ever be afraid to ask a question. That’s our job; we’re here to help.” - Ms. Jurgens
  • “Get involved, be a part of Ensign (Ensign is a great place). Step up, be involved, do AVID (AVID is awesome). Go to events, go to sport events, even if you’re not playing, just be a part of things; make the best out of it. And if you’re struggling, get help, so if you need help in socially, emotionally, or just, get help; have people to go to.” - Mrs. Tucker
  • “Practice your schedule, that way you won't get lost and make it to the wrong group. Ask for help. E-mail your teachers if you’re too shy to ask them in person, E-mail them, that way we know that you’re struggling.” - Mrs. Moreno
  • “Check Schoology. Bring your Chromebook. Be kind.” - Ms. Dorian

That’s it for today Seabees, but like actually, teachers are here to help you grow as a person and as students, don’t ever be afraid to ask questions. 

By Lucia Muzio

Ensign dress code is really strict. We’re in middle school now, and girls especially should be able to express themselves with their clothes, without having to change into their PE clothes for the day, just for showing an inch of their midriff. Plus, in high school, girls are completely allowed to show their midriff, and they can wear any clothing as long as no undergarments are showing. Ensign should really consider changing these rules, or at least lessening them.

Furthermore, the majority of the dress code is pointed towards the girls in particular. Sure, boys can’t wear anything with inappropriate signs or brands. But girls have to follow so many more rules: no midriffs, no low-cut tops, not too much underarms, no back showing, no undergarments, no skirts far above the knee or short shorts, and (can’t be sure if this is a rule) no open-toed shoes. Now, the last one really doesn’t make sense if the person wearing open-toed shoes has PE shoes in their locker. They only need specific shoes for PE. And nobody wants to walk around in their PE clothes all day! Meanwhile, boys simply can’t have inappropriate brands on their hats and jackets.

I think girls should have the opportunity to freely express themselves in their clothing, if that’s what they wish to do. Even though some rules kind of make sense, they really shouldn’t be so strict, or maybe they should be different for 8th graders, since they’re almost going to be in high school. As someone who rocks T-shirts and sweatshirts nearly every day, I’m personally not affected by these rules, but I know some are, and some wish for change. I say, make these rules in moderation; it doesn’t make sense to not be allowed to have half an inch of our midriff showing. The dress code in middle school is basically the same as elementary! We’ve been stuck with the same rules for long enough-time for change, Ensign!

By Hayden Roy Magnifico

In every quarter, we ask students at Ensign Intermediate School a question.  This quarter it was “What is your favorite thing about Ensign?” A majority entered the answer “meeting friends to talk to” and words relating to lunch.

Surprisingly, 7 students chose teachers as their favorite thing at Ensign with the “one and only” Frank as the mostly voted individual in the school followed by Sr. Rojas and Mr. Shinto as second. Some others mentioned other students and other notable teachers, too. 

Thanks for reading, Seabees! Look out for the next question as this will help Ensign as a whole to show what people think in their opinion. Thank you!

By Allisson Ortega-Lopez

It's that time of year again, when it starts getting cold and you get to drink a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows by a warm fireplace. There are so many things to look forward to during this amazing season. Such as the snow, vacations, winter break, and Christmas. Here are some ways that I enjoy this wonderful time of the year to give you some ideas on what you can do this year during this cold winter season that is just around the corner.

  • Build a snowman up in the snow
  • Bake cookies (gingerbread, sugar cookies, etc.)
  • Play Christmas music everywhere, and when I say everywhere, I mean everywhere!
    • Play the classics
    • Play Christmas pop
    • Play jazzy Christmas music
  • Decorate the Christmas tree a certain way
    • Make it one color
    • Make it a mix of colors
    • Make it two or three colors
    • Make a certain pattern on it Now those are some of the most common ways to get ready for Christmas and winter.

Now, here are some things that my entire family and I do during the winter season.

  • Drink chocolate abuelita with pan dulce (this is a type of hot chocolate that is common in Mexico and pan dulce is sweet bread, just any type of bread to be honest)
  • Make tamales
  • Watch a different Christmas movie from December 1-December 31
  • Set up the tree two days or one day after Thanksgiving
  • Do two Secret Santas: one with friends and another one with family
  • Buy Christmas theme treats and clothing for my dog
  • Get an advent calendar
  • Set up a bunch of Christmas lights around the house
  • Go up to Big Bear and go sledding
  • Stay up in the mountains for a few days (in a cabin or with someone you know who lives there)

That is what I usually do during the winter and it is so much fun. Here are some other things that you can do during the winter with family, friends, or just to entertain yourself.

  • Go ice skating (or try it for the first time), skiing, or snowboarding
  • Build a winter bonfire and make some yummy s'mores
  • Do a winter photo scavenger hunt game with your friends
  • Decorate your room with lights to make it all festive
  • Make some hot chocolate bombs with your friends
  • Have a snowball fight up in the snow
  • Build a snowman
  • Go on a winter hike with friends or family
  • Try a new recipe
  • Create a winter playlist
  • Draw or paint a wintery scene or something related to the festive season
  • Make a winter craft
  • Try doing Christmas theme origami
  • Read a Christmas book (while sipping some hot chocolate)
  • Watch a Christmas movie, series, or episodes

There are way too many things to do during winter. I would recommend trying to do as many fun activities as possible so that you can have a good time during winter break this year and other years to come. Happy holidays!

By Zoe DeMichele, Kimberly Sanchez, and Sydney Meza

Treating people with respect seems like it would come easy, but for some students at Ensign, it can be a challenge. Being a substitute teacher is already a hard task, but add a group of hyper, attention-seeking Seabees into the equation, and it can cause pure pandemonium. 

When interviewing popular, admired substitute teacher, Ms. Jurgens, her expectations for students seem to be quite simple.

“I don’t want any of their normal routines to change,” she states, explaining that she only wants to be treated as a normal instructor would. Being prepared, cooperative, and forgiving is all you need to impress a substitute. 

We discovered that students can have similar perspectives on the issue after interviewing an enthusiastic and vivacious eighth grader, Donovan Castanha.

He explained that subs can be “taken advantage of,” and although he tries to treat everyone equally, he admits to seeking attention and acting out when he has a substitute. Because temporary or new teachers can be unaccustomed to the classroom, Donovan explains that it's easier to get away with acting out. 

By Valerie Hernandez and Andrea Arellano Perez

Hello, Seabees!  We’ve been hearing some of you guys in the hall talk about the school lunch, and we just want to talk about some other options you may have instead of eating the school lunch. 

You may bring your own lunch or snack[s], or order your own fast food *before school* and keep it in your lunchbox.  There are also small snack options like fruit or vegetables, and during nutrition where you may go back to the cart or cafeteria and get more of that item being served during nutrition to eat during lunch. You should always have a great and full breakfast before going to school so you are not starving and don’t eat anything. 

Additionally, if you want a quick snack you can always check out the vending machine for $1: there are healthier options and non-healthy options. It's alwyas your decision as long as you stay healthy! So please don't starve yourself! There are plenty of options to eat! Hope these facts helped you decide what to eat.

By Rylee Richardson, artwork by Yanet Perez

Camp Half Blood

In a recent Ensign poll, the novel Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, written by Rick Riordan, was selected as the students’ favorite book. The runner-up in the contest was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

In Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, a mythological book, a “troubled” teenager, Percy Jackson, discovers that he’s the son of the Greek god Poseidon. While learning how to control his divine powers, he must avert a destructive war on Earth, with help from other half-bloods and his best friend, Grover. Simultaneously, he is trying to rescue his mom from Hades, god of the underworld, which requires him to battle fierce demons who have their own issues.

This book is so amazing that it has been on the New York Times' children’s series bestseller list for over six hundred weeks, has its own Broadway musical, and will have a new Disney+ show series as of 2024.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy, or just REALLY wishes they were a Greek hero. This is one of my favorite books, and thankfully, there are many more in this series!

By Brindis Lopez and Marbella Lopez

Why litter when you can throw trash away nicely in trash cans where they are supposed to go? When you see someone throwing trash on the ground, make sure you pick it up, throw it away and also clean after yourself along with others. We need to change our trash habits and make a better place for our school. We would be improving individual and community safety by proper waste disposals, which is a must for debris management.

It reduces the burden of custodians having to clean up after students. Also, plastic materials have toxic chemicals and disease-causing microorganisms that end up in the trash which can also contaminate water systems, spread water-borne diseases which can negatively affect the health of both animals and humans if untreated.

Cleaning up is not only good for our school, but good for the environment, as well!

Who We Are...

Writers: Andrea Arrellano, Charlie Barto, Zoe DeMichele, Valerie Hernandez, Kimberly Leiva, Marbella Lopez, Brindis Lopez, Hayden Magnifico, Andera McCarthy, Giovana Muller, Lucia Muzio, Allisson Ortega-Lopez, Yanet Perez, Rylee Richardson, Heather Rivard, Kimberly Sanchez, Quynn Stenseth

Advisor: Kristine Cross