>>  Chess Club

BY: PILAR ANDARACUA


Here at SJHS, we have a Chess Club with Mr. Ronco as their sponsor, who's also a Math Teacher. Mr. Ronco became the sponsor almost as soon as he was hired here at Stonewall and he started the chess club because when he was hired we didn't have one. He started learning how to play when he just three years old. One of the best things about the chess club is that it's a free space where kids can just go relax and have fun. The complexity of chess is near ending. Y can get lost in a position, think deeply about a line of moves then back out and think of another line from the same position. One game of chess can take up to 3 – 5 hours to finish at the minimum because it requires a lot of thinking. But it can improve your reading and thinking skills. It can also improve your ability to focus because if you ever study chess, you need to focus on learning endgames, tactics and openings. It also improves your ability to learn because chess is a complicated game and requires lots of time and thinking for your brain. Chess teaches you humility. In certain cases you may blame the reason of you losing on someone else, or someone else might take credit for your success,but you can't do that in chess. Whether you win or lose, it's entirely because of how you played during the game. You can't blame others when you lose and nobody can take credit when you win. You must learn very quickly to accept your mistakes and learn from them in order to improve. Without humility, you won't get far as a chess player. Chess requires multiple skills including, memory, creativity, concentration, planning, and focus. Those skills are what thinking skills include and they're improved through the game of chess. But not only are they used for chess, they can be used for other aspects of life and can help prevent Alzheimer's. If you're really into chess, you can have another advantage like reading your opponent and getting an idea of their personality, which can help strategically. Chess also gives you the ability to visualize different scenarios in your mind, many people simply choose the first option that comes into their mind, but chess helps you develop the ability to think on the next level.

>>  Luke Wilson = Hero

BY: PILAR ANDARACUA


Actor Luke Wilson was seen pulling into his home in his wrecked car following a deadly Los Angeles car crash on Tuesday evening that also involved golfer Bill Haas. A witness called Luke Wilson a real-life hero after the horrifying accident. Luke Wilson, whose own car was destroyed in the three-vehicle accident, pulled a 50-year-old woman from the smoking wreckage of her BMW. "He was the hero, he led the charge," said 46-year-old tattoo artist Sean Heirigs, who was right behind the accident. Sean Heirigs said he and his 14-year-old daughter saw the driver of Ferrari accelerate and appear to lose control, with the back-end swinging into oncoming traffic. It hit the BMW and destroyed Wilson's SUV before running into a pole. Sean Heirigs told his daughter to call 911 and went to help the woman trapped in the BMW, which had flipped over onto the passenger side. "She's crying, she's screaming, she doesn't really know what happened and she was dangling into the passenger side. Her leg was stuck. " Sean Heirigs said. Luke Wilson feared the smoke coming from her car meant it could go up in flames and devised a plan to free her. "We were able to get her leg out from being stuck and then she came out and Luke was pulling her through the back-trunk area and then we both carried her to the curb. And this was all going on while the Ferrari's wheels are still spinning and blowing rubber and smoke everywhere and it's loud and you're smelling lots of smoke and there's glass." Police were investigating whether speed was a factor in the crash. Neither Luke Wilson nor Sean Heirigs were hurt. The woman from the BMW is hospitalized with serious injuries. Bill Haas, who had been in the passenger seat of a Ferrari, had pain and swelling in his legs, but no broken bones and is returning home to South Carolina to recuperate. The Ferrari's driver, who died at the scene, was Mark William Gibello of Pacific Palisades, the coroner said. "While Bill escaped serious injuries, and has been released from the hospital, he is understandably shaken up and more importantly, his deepest condolences go out to the host family during this tragic and difficult time," Allen Hobbs said in a statement. Bill Harmon, the swing coach for Bill Haas and a close friend of Mark Gibello, said the two only met last Thursday. Bill Harmon said Mark Gibello was a member at Los Angeles Country Club and was instrumental in the private club getting the Walker Cup last year and the U.S. Open in 2023. "Mark was one of my best friends," Bill Harmon said. "It's a great loss for me. I'm happy that Bill is fine. It's just a very, very sad story." He said he was more concerned for Bill Haas emotionally than physically. Bill Haas is a six-time winner on the PGA Tour whose most prominent victory was at the Tour Championship in 2011, which enabled him to win the FedEx Cup and the $10 million bonus. His most famous shot was in a playoff at the Tour Championship, when his ball was partially submerged in a lake. He comes from a prominent golfing family. His father won nine times on the PGA Tour and 18 times on the PGA Tour Champions. His uncle, Jerry Haas, briefly played on the PGA Tour and is the golf coach at Wake Forest. And his great uncle, Bob Goalby, won the 1968 Masters.