The Student News Site of Middle College High School @ Santa Ana College

The Spellbinder

The Student News Site of Middle College High School @ Santa Ana College

The Spellbinder

The Student News Site of Middle College High School @ Santa Ana College

The Spellbinder

One of the main issues that individuals without a Social Security Number are having is the need to do a few extra steps that are required for their identity to be confirmed. Those few extra steps include emailing identity verification documents and being on the call line for hours to speak with a representative.
Is the new FAFSA an actual simplification?
Guadalupe Vargas-Gomez, Co-Editor-in-Chief • February 23, 2024

Reducing the number of questions, increasing the number of schools, lowering the minimum Student Aid Index number and the need for all contributors...

Hoodies can be physically and emotionally comforting in any situation.
The Comfort of Wearing Hoodies
Viviana Silva, Copy Editor • February 22, 2024

If you’ve ever wondered why you’ve enjoyed wearing a hoodie so much then you’re in luck. Hoodies have been a common use of clothing and...

The Youth Ride Program offers free access to 50 routes throughout Orange County.
Impact of the Youth Ride Free program
Christopher Garcia, Copy Editor • December 18, 2023

Transportation is a luxury not everyone can afford. For many, owning a car or a bike is out of reach. Which is where the Youth Ride Free program...

Police use social media to serve and protect.
Social Media Solves Crimes
Andres Morales, Staff Writer • February 22, 2024

Social media is notorious for allowing people to be creative and share interesting ideas with their followers or fans. Social media has its pros and cons for students, workers, and businesses, not just for keeping track of...

Christmas—a dazzling season filled with warmth and joy, or Halloween—the single day of the year that it is socially acceptable to scare little kids. What do you choose?
The Ultimate Holiday: Halloween or Christmas?
Casandra Minchaca, Staff Writer • December 15, 2023

Black and orange. Red and green. Skulls and carved-out pumpkins, or snowmen and sparkling ornaments. Spooky movies, or jolly music. You can easily guess which two holidays are implied by these aesthetic descriptors. For you,...

Customers have become more rude to service workers and were tired of it.
The new epidemic of rudeness
Samara Oregon Ruiz, Opinion Editor • December 13, 2023

You’re standing in the line of your favorite fast food place, when all of a sudden, you hear yelling coming from the front of the line. A customer is upset about the broken coffee machine and doesn’t understand why the...

A long-awaited album was finally released after 13 years.
"Pink Friday 2" album
Alyssa Ravelo, Staff Writer • February 23, 2024

For the longest time, even now, it is hard to be a female rapper; they constantly go through rap culture which consists of sexism and sexual harassment. Many are seen just for their body, and they get objectified. They do...

As the Christmas season commences, a Home Alone fan is recreating the iconic AHHHHH scene from the classic movie.
“Home Alone”: The undisputed king of Christmas movies
Lesly Gonzalez, A&E/Sports Editor • December 13, 2023

As the festive season approaches, it's common to hear debates about the best Christmas movies. Hearing any answer besides the Christmas classic, “Home Alone,” may cause you to reply, “You're What The French Call 'Les...

Some of the sports at Middle College include basketball, soccer, and flag football.  Each of those sports has its own small school tournament.
Bringing CIF to Middle College
Dulce Fuentes, Staff Writer • December 8, 2023

The California Interscholastic Federation, also known as CIF, is what governs high school sports in this state. Its inclusion in Middle College High School would bring in great benefits for its students like improving health,...

You should know about the lead contamination issue thats been haunting Santa Ana for decades.
What's wrong with the lead contamination in Santa Ana?
Daniel Solis, Social Media Editor • February 22, 2024

What's wrong with the lead contamination in Santa Ana? In the heart of Santa Ana, a hidden danger silently flows through the soil, affecting...

Blooming Buds visits Jerome Park community garden.
MCHS Gardeners Blooming Buds plans for the future of their organization
Jazmin Lara Mota and Jaelyn Vega Ramos December 18, 2023

According to, out of the 11 community gardens in California, there are only five in the city of Santa Ana. At such a low number,...

Ladies First members hosted this school-wide event to spread awareness of Domestic Violence to their peers.
Purple is more than a color: Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Emily Lombarde, Co-Editor-in-Chief • November 1, 2023

Purple. People wear outfits in different hues of purple, and people wear accessories all in purple. People wear purple ribbons, and people wear...

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