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The Nicholas Sparks Novel We All Forgot About

A copy of The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks

 “For at that moment, the world is full of wonder as I feel her fingers reach for the buttons on my shirt, and slowly, ever so slowly, she begins to undo them one by one.” This is the ending line of The Notebook, perhaps the most popular romance written by Nicholas Sparks. 

Although, the movie adaptation ends differently. There, we see Ally and Noah’s love interests, embracing each other, dying in each other’s arms. Of course, I know why the change was made, to make it more romantic. They’re soul mates. They spent so much time trying to be together, and here they are, dying in each other’s arms. What better way to end a lifelong romance?

Well, why not follow up with another romance with Noah and Ally’s children? There is a sequel to The Notebook that people seemed to have forgotten about—the Wedding. Okay, technically, it isn’t a sequel. But it might as well be. Sparks himself said that he “wrote about the next generation.”

In this novel, we follow Jane and Wilson, Noah and Ally’s daughter and son-in-law. They, sadly, are forced to recognize that the romance in their marriage has officially died. In fact, they never even had a wedding. They got married in front of a judge in a courthouse so Wilson could return to his job. 

Wilson is desperately trying to win back the heart of his wife. He has spent years forgetting anniversaries, and he wants to somehow make it up to her for their 30th. He fears she fell out of love with him, and he wants to win her back.

So he goes to Noah. Perhaps the mastermind behind his own fifty-year love affair. The mastermind behind so many things, actually.

Coincidentally, Wilson’s youngest daughter Anna reveals that she has gotten engaged. And that she wants the wedding to happen within the next two weeks. On the same day as her parents’ wedding anniversary. Noah is alive, but he is sickly, something that comes with his age, so they all want the wedding to happen before his eventual passing. 

Anna is young, 27, but still young. She doesn’t know what she wants. Or, more so, she wants her mother to believe that. So she lets Jane make the most important decisions, including Anna’s wedding dress. 

Remember how I mentioned that Noah is the wonderful mastermind behind everything? Well, we may also have to add Wilson to that list. Before the engagement was revealed, he took a few weeks of vacation to prepare. He also managed to find caterers and a photographer who just happened to have an open spot on the right day. Then, of course, we have to mention the godly workers who found time in their schedule to fix up the venue. And I have to honor the guests who all had an open spot in their calendar. What a neat little coincidence!

Then we have our final chapter—arguably the most tearful. Slowly, Jane and Wilson become closer to the stress of their daughter. They go to the wedding venue, Ally and Noah’s old house turned retirement home. We watch Wilson drop off a dress for his daughter, but it’s not her wedding dress. 

Anna gets ready, and so does everyone else. Then we see her walk down a set of stairs wearing the dress her father gave her that morning. Tears begin to fill Wilson’s eyes, and confusion fills Janes. She asks her daughter why she isn’t wearing her wedding dress; then it is all revealed. She is getting married, just not yet. It’s never been her wedding. It’s always been her mothers.

And then Jane turns to Wilson. Everything became so clear at that moment. Wilson was finally able to give Jane the wedding she had always dreamed of. She still has more questions, but Wilson leaves. Grooms are not supposed to see their brides before the reception; it’s bad luck. 

Then the wedding happens. Wilson re-courts his wife.

It is extremely predictable and cliche, but honestly, what would you expect from romance? Everything is a cliche at this point, but it still works. It is a sappy story, and that might be what I love about it. 

Though it really is a shame to see that this rendition does not get the love it deserves. I would love to see this as a movie, but it’s canon that both Ally and Noah pass in the movie version of The Notebook, and Noah is an important character in The Wedding. 

This book was published in 2003, around the same time the filming took place for The Notebook. The ending was changed to make it more romantic, but I think that was the one useless one out of everything they changed. There is no reason that they had to die. 

Nicholas Sparks is known for writing romances coated in tragedy. So while it’s romantic, it would match much better to his writing style if it ended with Ally dying in Noah’s arms and Noah waking to find her. It would be the final tragedy in their story—the perfect sad ending. 

Of course, this is all my opinion, and I do not claim to be right. I would love to see The Wedding as its own movie and finally get the same love The Notebook or Dear John.

And so I leave you with my favorite line.

“But love, I’ve come to understand, is more than three words mumbled before bedtime. Love is sustained by action, a pattern of devotion in the things we do for each other every day.”

Carter Holds Domestic Violence Awareness Vigil

Student body lights candles during vigil raising awareness for Dometic Violence.

Student council hosts domestic violence awareness vigil. 

    According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), October has been the designated month to promote and raise awareness for victims of domestic violence. The movement was officially launched in 1997.

“Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) was launched nationwide to connect and unite individuals and organizations working on domestic violence issues while raising awareness for those issues,” NCADV said.

The vigil held this morning involved students lighting candles during the ceremony as they listened to a speaker provide facts and statistics regarding domestic violence. Over one hundred students gathered in the student union as they watched and listen to their council. 

“I was glad we had a very good turn out, Mr. Bernal thought we would not have that turn out,” Daniela Flores, student council secretary said. “I was very glad that we were able to attract so many people. I am for sure that many kids have experienced or seen it. All of us have at least on a TV show.”

STUCO vice-president Domingo Bazan said that the event was focused on providing facts, statistics and observing a moment of silence to honor and pay respect to those “lights that have gone out”.

“I have had close relatives who have gone through that and I wanted to be respectful to those people that have gone through that,” junior Sebastion Marceliano said. “I saw a bunch of people holding candles and wearing a ribbon that symbolized that October is for Domestic Violence Awareness.”

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Carter Offers Many Activities

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In this picture, you can see a painted pumpkin as a group effort that can also be fun because of the painting. This demonstrates that teachers make student learning exciting and fun at Jimmy Carter Early College High School.

By: Ricardo Perales

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Small Class Sizes

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In this picture, you can see the number of kids there could be in a classroom. In this case, the teacher only has to give the lesson to that side of the room without worrying about other students being on the other side since there are only that many students. So what makes Carter good is the number of students on campus. Being a small number of people benefits teachers in managing things.

By: Oscar Vargas

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Education and TAFE students at Jimmy Carter Early College High School are inspired and taking action as they return to on-campus instruction.

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 Education and TAFE students at Jimmy Carter Early College High School are inspired and taking action as they return to on-campus instruction. There is no time to waste.

 In September, senior Luis Aguilar, who serves as the Texas Association of Future Educators Area 1 Secretary, represented the school as Area 1 Officers gathered at Texas A & M University International in Laredo to plan for the Fall Conference, in which students will compete for an opportunity to advance to State and National levels in a variety of events which showcase skills which will help them in their teaching careers. 

“As the Area Secretary, there has been plenty of debate whether the area one conference would be hosted virtually or in-person,” Aguilar said. “Recently, our state director, Donita Garza, passed away from Covid-19. This was a game-changer when we first heard the news, and it gave us area officers to make this year’s conference virtual due to the risk of Covid-19.”

Aguilar’s position allows him to organize the area, composed of school districts from Laredo to Brownsville and up to Corpus Christi.  TAFE is a state-recognized CTO created to enable young men and women an opportunity to explore the teaching profession. The organization was created in 1984 to provide the best and brightest high school and middle school students in Texas with the necessary knowledge to make informed decisions about pursuing careers in education.

“In our school chapter, we still plan to do all the traditional events such appreciation, service, and fundraising projects. We are encouraging the student body to join our program to explore the teaching profession, especially to those who are undecided in what career they want to pursue,” Aguilar said.




This visit was also an excellent opportunity for the officers to explore the campus and meet with faculty in the Education Department. 

 The opportunity that we allow members is to use many valuable skills such as communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.



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Jimmy Carter Early College High School has won a College Success Award – Gold

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JCECHS has received’s inaugural College Success Award – Gold!

As a recipient of the College Success Award in 2021, 2020, and 2019, Carter received the first-ever College Success Award – Gold distinction for a multi-year track record of preparing students to enroll and succeed in college. Carter is among 1,770 high schools in 26 states to receive the Gold Award.

“I feel like we have accomplished a lot and just proving that most Hispanics who come from low incomes and higher incomes can come together and graduate and be successful,” sophomore Mariana Alanis said.

The school’s community at Carter works at coming together and offering opportunities to all students to bridge the gap between high school and college coursework. Although the school is unlike a comprehensive school and its primary focus is academics, Carter faculty and staff make it a primary objective to create unique experiences that students will remember and make them experience high school as a right of passage that they have fond feelings for.

“I like that we include everyone at the campus. Not many schools do that. They just focus on a specific part of the group. I know my sister does not participate in many things, and they don’t include her in stuff. I like that our school is inclusive of everyone and that everyone feels welcome and free to be who they are,” Sophomore Class Vice-President Valeria Segovia said.

In its fourth year, the College Success Award program evaluates public schools based on data that show how well our school prepares students to succeed after graduation, including whether they enroll in college, are ready for college-level coursework, and persist into their second year.

“It’s good that the school continually pushes the idea of success. The point is that it is for our benefit and future. Jimmy Carter does a good job of reminding us what we need to do and to be ready for our future,” senior Oscar Vargas said.

Carter is set to continue its commitment to school with PRIDE: Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Discipline, and Excellence to ensure that all students are prepared for their success today and tomorrow.

Student Opinion: UIL Season Starts At JCECHS

Photo Taken by Yuridia Nava

As UIL season kicks off, students are “Eager to participate” in the events, according to a member of the Ready Writing team Mia ‘Onyx’ Mendoza. 

Each Monday and Tuesday, the school cafeteria holds a few dozen students waiting for their meetings to begin despite the first meet being weeks away.

Junior student Dominique Brown calls UIL a “Nice opportunity for children to get together and have a friendly competition between each other and also work on their skills.” She also said that because competitions won’t be face-to-face, students will be more relaxed when competing.

A Mission Veterans Memorial High School student says that the current pandemic should not keep people from enjoying a competition between schools. He also said that everything would be fine as long as students and faculty follow the rules set forward by school districts. 

Jesus Menchaca, a sophomore student, says that he hopes to accomplish the goal he set for himself. He also hopes to make his teachers proud with everything he does.

Member of the debate and science team Luis Martinez believes that the year is good. He also says he enjoys how the year is going. 

“I think that UIL is a different way for kids to learn sportsmanship,” Freshman student Janet Gomez said, “I’ve been doing science UIL all my middle school years, I was able to learn things that I would later acquire in the future.”

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