The Prax The Student News Site of Loretto Academy Wed, 03 Feb 2021 18:46:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Perfecting stardom during quarantine Wed, 03 Feb 2021 18:46:24 +0000 Junior year rising star, Danielle Leydon, recalls her experiences during Covid-19 and how the future looks ahead for her artist career. 

The pandemic has harshly vanished everyone’s plans and dreams for the last year, but the situation doesn’t seem to get any better recently. 

Danielle Leydon said, “I was challenged especially for the first few months when we were on a stricter lockdown by not being able to go to the studio as well as having to adapt to remote production sessions.”

“I still prefer going to the studio in person and do so as often as I can, with proper safety measures of course.”

She has over 1,600 followers on Instagram and 57 monthly listeners on streaming services like Spotify, Youtube and Apple Music. 

When asked who was her influence for her music she listed Childish Gambino, Thundercat, Ariana Grande, and Lucky Date.

Leydon said, “Their influence hasn’t really shown in what I’ve put out so far, but all the songs I’ve been working on within the past year that I want to release are very R&B influenced.” 

She has released a total of nine songs over the last three years. 

Although 2020 was a tough year, Leydon was taught life long lessons. 

Leydon said, “2020 taught me first of all how to dress and kind of how I want to express myself going forward. Also, it taught me what I want when it comes to new friendships and relationships; I shed many friends I didn’t need and went through relationships that in a way taught me my standards.

Music-wise, I’ve discovered a kind of signature sound and fine tuned how I want my songs to sound in the future.”

Although she is working on several projects, they are not planned to release for the near future. 

As she continues her journey into the music industry, Leydon has been reminded of the importance of being able to adapt when striving for a music career; she was tested on this when COVID struck and has continued to persevere and has even focused on what she wants to achieve in the future.

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Spring-time skin care Wed, 03 Feb 2021 18:41:58 +0000 While waiting for winter to end and our skin asks for some warmth and help, skin care products are ready to make our skin glow for the spring. 

Skin care routines have played a huge role as in 2020 it became a form of self care treatment. 

Christie Moreck, senior at Loretto, recalled her experiences with oily skin and shared her skin care routine. 

Moreck said, “It was towards March- April when I decided to form a skin care routine, and basically it’s important because maintaining healthy skin is super important and it’s definitely beneficial.”

For her skincare, Moreck uses Youth to the People Kale Cleanser, Simple Miscellaneous Gel Cleanser, First Aid Beauty Coconut Moisturizer, Youth to the People Adaptogen Gel, and lastly the CeraVe Sheer Tint Mineral SPF 30

Remember each skin type is different, unique and beautiful without exceptions.

Here is a list based on their quality, price, efficacy, and ingredients that includes cleansers, moisturizers, serums and sunscreens. 

Consult your doctor before using any of the following:



  1. CeraVe – Hydrating Facial Cleanser ($14.64)
  2. Eucerin – Gentle Hydrating Cleanser ($6) 
  3. La Roche-Posay – Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel Cleanser ($20)
  4. Cetaphil – Gentle Skin Cleanser ($11.48)



  1. The Ordinary – Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA ($7)
  2. MV Organics – Rose Soothing and Protective Moisturizer ($36.68)
  3. Paula’s Choice – Omega + Complex Moisturizer ($35)



  1. La Roche-Posay – Hyalu B5 Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($29.99)
  2. The Ordinary – Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% ($6.79)



  1. ISDIN – Eryfotona Actinica Ultralight Emulsion Sunscreen SPF 50+ ($55)
  2. EltaMD – UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 ($29)


Choosing products of the choice listed above may help you spring-clean your routine and give you an outstandingly glowing healthy skin. 

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Chinese New Years with designers Wed, 03 Feb 2021 18:37:17 +0000 On February 12, 2021 the Chinese New Year will be celebrated throughout the world; as of this year’s zodiac animal being the ox, high end brands incorporated it into their designs creating iconic collections and limited items. 

The Lunar New Year based on the ancient Chinese calendar lasts approximately 15 days. 

Each year is named after one of the 12 animals that are associated with the Chinese zodiac. 

The holiday causes the largest human migration and the most fireworks in the world are during that night. 

Many brands used the color red and/or the zodiac animal on their designs. 

Likewise Vivienne Westwood, British fashion designer, created an elegant and vibrant piece of jewelry with the shape of an Ox’s head covered with crystals. 

On the other hand the shoe company, Dr. Martens, released new black leather lace up boots with the classic embroidery on the insoles and both exterior and interior red colored details. 

Not forgetting the English high fashion company, Burberry, having the most iconic capsule collection for this Lunar New Year. 

Burberry incorporated both the Ox and the color red into its creative patterns and designs; delighting the collection included trench coats, bags, and ‘sports-influenced pieces.’

Technology-wise Apple launched a unique limited-edition AirPods Pro, featuring their adorable eye-catching ox emoji on charging case; the product can be added text or the emoji be changed by a different icon. 

Many other brands like Prada, North Face, Nike, Moncler, and more, have also incorporated the Year of the Ox into their distinctive collections for this 2021. 

Recently foreign brands have incorporated into their collections Chinese characters and/or elements, however many have been accused of cultural appropriation

For instance Han Kjobenhavn’s 2017 Spring Summer Collection, its shoe print said “Roundhouse kick and bakes white bread” and accordingly the design is “to pay tribute to Eastern culture with Chinese character embroidery.”

As the Year of the Rat comes to an end and a new year for the traditional Chinese culture is around the corner, we are increasingly impressed and attracted by what each designer has to offer for this stylish 2021. 

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What to watch for Valentine’s day Wed, 03 Feb 2021 18:34:27 +0000 As St. Valentine’s Day gets closer and the ongoing pandemic seems not to come to an end, it looks like our couches and TVs will be our safe and COVID-friendly dates. 

Old time Romantic comedy favorites are a go-to on a basis, however now that the holiday is drastically changing there’ll be a tweak. 

The following list of movies are accessible on different streaming services, like Hulu, Netflix, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, and more.

The following list contains 20 movies that will make you laugh, cry and fall in love. 

Here is the movie list inspired by.. 

  1. Made of Honor – Netflix
  2. Notting Hill – Amazon Prime Video or Paramount +
  3. Pride and Prejudice (2005) – Netflix and/or Showtime
  4. The Notebook – HBO Max 
  5. Me Before You  – Netflix
  6. About Time  – Netflix
  7. Just Go With It  – HBO
  8. Crazy Rich Asians  – Amazon Prime Video and/or HBO Max 
  9. Mamma Mia! – Amazon Prime Video
  10. Something Borrowed  – HBO Max and/or Amazon Prime Video 
  11. The Proposal – Amazon Prime Video Rentals 
  12. 17 Again – Netflix and/or HBO
  13. Flipped  – HBO Max 
  14. 10 Things I Hate About You – Disney +
  15. 13 Going to 30 – HBO Max 
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Senior portraits, reality check Mon, 01 Feb 2021 15:00:57 +0000 Graduation is just around the corner, and on January 8 the seniors got a glimpse of graduation as they wore their graduation robes for senior portraits. 

Due to Covid-19 the senior portraits for the Class of 2021 were done differently than previous years. 

For starters the pictures were taken on the campus gymnasium when they are typically in the photography’s company studio. 

In previous years the girls made appointments and would go on different dates. 

With the senior portraits being on the same day for everyone, it gave the opportunity for the girls, and the teachers, to be able to see the Loretto angles with their gowns on. 

The seniors had the day off  which gave them enough time to get ready–makeup and hair.

Senior Ana Regina Gomez, said, “ I feel that it was better to take them at school than at a studio because we were able to see each other, but with social distancing of course. 

“All of the safety measures taken were really effective in my opinion. We were all assigned different times and had to wear our masks at all times. 

“Taking them at school also served me as an opportunity to see the school again. It was really nice to see a few of my teachers and some of my classmates.”

The times for the seniors to take the pictures were spread out to avoid a crowded gym and therefore to follow safety COVID-19 guidelines. 

These senior portraits definitely gave the girls a reality check that they will be graduating this May. 


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Kicking off spring sports at Loretto Mon, 01 Feb 2021 15:00:56 +0000 Spring sports are coming up and seasons are starting to heat up. 

For starters, the soccer team started their games in mid-January.

Freshmen soccer player, Carolina Matamoros said, “I am super excited to start the season, not only because it’s been super cool to meet new girls and make friends; but also because we haven’t played in forever and it’s really fun getting back into the routine I used to have before Covid.”

Track and field began on Tuesday, January 19, and will compete in seven meets this season.

Britney Martinez, senior track runner, said “Track a contactless sport, I felt generally safe and prepared to go back with a team, knowing that there will be temperature checks before we enter the track, social distancing, and masks required for every athlete and coach.”

Softball also started on Tuesday, January 19.

Senior softball player, Saralie Buendia said, “I’m really excited about the season starting up again because sports at Loretto have always been like a safe haven for me. Since basketball was canceled, I was really hoping I could finish my senior year off with softball.”

After having their fall season cut short, the tennis teams started their season on Tuesday, January 26th. 

Senior tennis player, Sophia Borrego said, “COVID has given all of us time to practice and we are ready to get on the court and contribute to the team and to Loretto.”

The golf season is subject to the opening of the Ascarate Golf Course.

Athletic director, Angela Glover said, “Because of COVID, all sports seasons have been cut in half but I’ve tried to get them as many games as I could with the pandemic.”

The Loretto community is doing everything in its power to give these spring athletes the best season possible. 

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Half-day Wednesdays revoked Mon, 01 Feb 2021 15:00:52 +0000 In the new semester Loretto introduced half days on Wednesdays, these days were made up of four classes during the first half of the day and at 11:30 the students would go to lunch and the school day ended. 

However as the spring semester began students were made known that half days were a thing of the past. 

Senior Natalia Gallardo said, “I was really upset, I was able to do college apps or get ahead on homework plus it served as a break from the strenuous task of being in front of a screen for eight hours.”

As students sit in front of a screen for eight hours everyday a break is essential for your mental and physical health. 

Sophomore, Gianna Guerrero said, “I miss having extra free time where I didn’t have to sit staring at my computer all day, my eyesight has gotten worse I have never had to use glasses but sitting at a screen all day has caused me to get headaches and sitting and staring at a computer all day is more tiring that going to actual school.” 

Loretto students are known for their hard work and their stamina for completing homework but now circumstances changed and the course load and school hours must change in a way students are able to balance their school life, their social life, as well as finding time for themselves. 

Mia Badillo, sophomore said, “I think half days could also be beneficial to the teachers because it allows them time to focus on lesson plans, grade assignments, or just take time for themselves as well.” 

This year, teachers also faced the challenge of learning how to teach online and not having students in a classroom. 

With teachers and students alike wanting a mid-week break could half days be reinstated at Loretto?  

Sister Buffy said, “No, we have addressed the problem of the eight classes in one day by changing the schedule for the second semester, If we were to institute half days again this semester, we would have to add an additional six days of instruction to the calendar and move graduation and the last day of school to a later date to complete the required days and minutes of instruction for the year.”

Loretto angels are facing one of the toughest years yet academically, mentally, and socially, a break from the screen and a time to re-wind is essential. 

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Biden’s promise: united country Mon, 01 Feb 2021 15:00:52 +0000 President Joe Biden has not just an enormous responsibility as the next president of the US, but he has a great accountability that people will hold him to. 

The United States is one of the many countries devastated and left in shambles by Covid-19. 

Unemployment rates are at an all time high and as a result, a plummeting economy is predicted for the near future.

Unfortunately, that is not the end of the list of problems that the United States is in right now.  

Joe Biden made many promises to Americans that won him the position of president of the United States. 

He promised to unite the country. 


One of the most relevant issues that has to be taken care of right now is the pandemic that has taken about 400,000 American lives, according to The New York Times. 

Donald Trump did not have the advantage that Joe Biden has in regards to Covid-19. 

Trump got the first of everything with Covid-19; the first case in the United States, the first death, the first lockdown, the first trials of the vaccine, etc. 

However questionable Donald Trump’s communication about the pandemic was, he will not be remembered as the president who gave the vaccine to Americans. 

That will be Joe Biden.

Yet, that doesn’t make things easier for Biden.

There will be resistance by anti-vaxxers to take the vaccine, and there will be deaths with the vaccine because the Pfitzer’s vaccine has a 95% effectiveness.

There will also be many questions in regards to the long-term effects of the vaccine. 


The unemployment rates have been at an all time high. 

Forbes, The New York Times, The Washington  Posts, are a few of the organizations that have compared the unemployment rates of 2020-2021 to those of the Great Depression of 1929. 

The world saw the fastest drop of employment rates in the first months of the pandemic in the United States. 

According to Forbes, in February of 2020 the unemployment rate was at 3.5% and by April 2020 it was at 14.7%. 

However the astonishing part of this is that the recovery that the Great Depression had was slower than the one for the pandemic. 

Although the unemployment rate is not as high as it was in April, 1.15 million Americans have filed for new unemployment claims according to the Labor Department. 

Joe Biden released on January 12, 2021, his economy relief plan of $1.9 trillion. 

His proposal includes a raise in the federal minimum wage, direct payments, unemployment benefits, acceleration of vaccine distribution, reopening of schools, and the objective of fixing budget shortages of state and local governments, according to The New York Times. 

His plan still has to be approved by Congress, however his plan, bold indeed, is what the country needs, economists argue. 

Systematic Racism 

One of the many issues that the year 2020 highlighted in the United States was the deeply rooted systematic racism in the US. 

The riots in the summer of 2020 opened the eyes of thousands of Americans to the issues that people of color in the US suffer from. 

Systematic racism resulted in a rise of black and latino unemployment rate, health care, housing and hundreds of other economic factors.

Joe Biden said, “These crises have ripped the blinders off the systematic racism in America.”

Biden proposed more lending to entrepreneurs of color, improving infrastructure in Black, Latino, and indigenous communities.

All of these issues have a snowball effect that creates even more issues to people of color. 

The many issues that Biden has made plans to relieve them will hopefully unite the country. 

First day as president

To many American, President Biden’s inauguration was a turning point for America. 

Biden said, “We’ve learned again that democracy is precious. Because of you, democracy has prevailed.” 

In his first day of presidency, Biden signed 17 executive actions

To name a few, Biden ended the emergency declaration Trump used for money to build the US-Mexico border wall, so he halted border wall construction.

President Biden ended Trump’s Muslim and Africa ban. 

He rejoined the Paris climate accord, although it will take 30 days to formally join again. 

Finally he instituted a mask mandate in federal buildings, on federal lands, and airplanes and buses that cross state lines. 

In just 24 hours Biden undid some of the biggest controversial policies from Trump’s administration. 

Junior Fernanda Parra said, “I think that a leader’s words can either divide or unite us. 

“Biden has shown that he is compassionate towards all people that are suffering right now, and that is an example that many people are learning to follow.”

“The inauguration made me proud that we can once again be a great nation where everybody is united to help each other.”

It is definitely too soon to be able to say that the next four years will be shiny. Yet, Biden is off to a positive start in his presidency. 

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College stress, what’s next Mon, 01 Feb 2021 15:00:51 +0000 Senior year is said to be unforgettable and unique, however no one talks about the behind the scenes.

College applications play an enormous role when it comes to graduation, and leaving high school behind.

Stress and pressure were common factors amongst seniors last semester.

The class of 2021 was not only working endlessly on homework, but also on everlasting college essays and finishing up resumes.

Four months away from graduation, and finally most of the seniors are done with college applications and are now receiving acceptance letters.

Senior Diana Murillo said, “College application season finally being over brings great relief to me- it was a stressful time to complete so many essays and distinct applications, while watching out for due dates.”

Despite the pressure of due dates, Murillo learned to dedicate time for herself as long as turning everything on time for college.

Every college application is meaningful, the seniors’ next chapter is something to look forward to.

Suleth Villeda said, “Next year at college, I am looking to expand my knowledge on my major and to enroll in many classes or experiences that will initiate a variety of interests”.

Excitement is a feeling some seniors are experiencing at the time, however, leaving Loretto is not an easy step.

Mariasofia Mancilla said, “I am sad that I will no longer be able to see my friends as often as I’ve done it in all my high school years- I am mad that I didn’t get to live my whole high school experience but I know that this pandemic challenged us and helped us in a way.”

Finishing college applications is a sign that the Class of 2021’s high school chapter is coming to an end.

“I am proud of my class who have  come this close to graduating and I thank God because he gave me the opportunity to attend Loretto and it is now one the biggest gifts I’ve received” said Mancilla.

Although college is something most people undergo, the class of 2021 will never forget the stumbles of stress in a pandemic and still dealing with the uncertainty of their future.

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Breaking glass ceilings in professional sports Mon, 01 Feb 2021 15:00:50 +0000 For as long as sports have been an institution, men have taken the forefront in the arena, however, 21st century women are breaking the glass ceiling and acting in the sports world. 

Becky Hammon is the first woman to be acting head coach in a regular-season NBA game after Spur’s head coach Gregg Popovich was ejected. 

The Spurs lost to the Lakers that night, but San Antonio player Dejounte Murray said “At the end of the day, it doesn’t mean nothing, we lost.”

Opposing Laker’s player, Lebron James said “[it was] a beautiful thing just to hear her barking out calls, barking out sets.”

After a WNBA career ending injury in 2013, Hammon switched to a career in coaching. 

She was hired by the San Antonio Spurs as an assistant coach in 2014, making her the first full-time assistant coach in the major four sports (MLB, NBA, NFL, and NHL) in North America. 

In the NFL, there are several women taking charge and leading on the sidelines.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the first NFL team to have two female coaches on their staff. 

Lori Locust serves as Tampa’s assistant defensive line coach and Maral Javadifar is Tampas assistant strength and conditioning coach.

Tampa Bay head coach, Bruce Arians said, “I have known Lori going back to my days at Temple University and I’ve seen firsthand just how knowledgeable and passionate she is about this game. I was equally impressed with Maral’s background in performance training and physical therapy and I know she will be a valuable asset to our strength and conditioning program.”

These incredible women are working hard to break stereotypes and allow little girls to look up to women in the sports industry.

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