Ashley Oropeza, student activities director, joins Trooper family

Newcomer Ashley Oropeza, a former speech teacher and debate coach from Bel Air High School, was hired in August to fill the position of Student Activities Director for the 2015-2016 school year.

When Oropeza first applied for the job, she was pleased to get the call back for the position.

"When I got hired I was shocked." Oropeza said. "I'm still in shock, it hasn't really settled in."

Oropeza has taught at Irvin High School as well as Bel Air, and said that she has pictured herself as an educator since she was a child.

"I wanted to become a teacher ever since I was a little girl." Oropeza said. "I've always wanted teaching to be my career."

Vice-president of student council Farzin Hamed-Zanjani is very excited for this school year, and feels Oropeza has done a fantastic job so far.

"She knows what she's doing, she's really helpful, she loves us, and she's ready to make this school better." Hamed-Zanjani said.

Although it is Oropeza's first year, she has already fallen in love with the students and the atmosphere.

"Eastwood is an amazing school." Oropeza said. "It is kind of like a high school out of the movies, and I love everything about it." Oropeza said.

Sabre adviser Jonathan Stovall is impressed with Oropeza's ability to handle the pressure of Eastwood traditions.

"I think she's done a great job with the chaos of the start of school and football season and homecoming." Stovall said. "It's no picnic trying to organize all that goes on at a high school of this size with all of the established traditions and activities."

Oropeza went on to add that her goal is to unite students and form one Trooper nation.

"As the new students activities director, I want all the organizations to feel like were a family. I want us all to be united as one." Oropeza said.