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the AMBASSADOR The Ambassador School of Global Leadership magazine

2010 -2011 Volume 1

Photoillustration by Jessica Cervantes Cover art by Jessica Cervantes and Manny Carrillo

WHAT’S INSIDE Cover p.1 Table of Contents p. 2 News pp.3-11 Sports pp. 12-17 People of the Year pp.18-25 Opinion p.26-29 Advisories p.30-35 Behind the Book p.36 Signatures p.37-39 DIVE IN ONLINE Cover p.40


Principal Melina Castillo leaves ASGL

Pricipal Melina Castillo speaks to journalism satff about her departure. Photo credit by Julia Altamirano

By Horacio Cabrera Principal Melina Castillo announced that she will not return to serve as principal for the next school year. Castillo held a press conference with the journalism staff to answer some questions about her leaving ASGL. She explained that her doctor advised her to work in a less stressful environment . “It doesn’t matter what I want. It is what my body needs,” Castillo said. An important question remains, “Who will be the new principal?” “The search has already started for the new principal,” Castillo said. The principal selection will consist of a committee that will be in charge of interviewing qualified applicants. The committee will include one student, one parent, three teachers, a representative from the Asia Society, and the campus aid. Castillo also said that 37 principals applied for the position. “This will be a very democratic process,” math teacher Collin Felch said. Felch, along with Rosanna White and Lori Hunt, will be part of the principal selection committee. “The principal will be c3hosen by the end of this year,” Felch said. According to Castillo, the mission and statement of the school will remain the same. She will work closely with the new principal for at least two weeks in which they will make plans for the following school year. “In a small school, the principal really matters,” Castillo said.

Photo credit by Julia Altamirano

Castillo speaking with journalism staff about her reasons for leaving ASGL


Photo Credit: Soffy V. Urich-Sass

Caption: Starting next year, flavored milk will be banned due to the high sugar inside these flavored milks.

LAUSD banishes flavored milk By: Brian Kim

LAUSD has announced that the district will be banning high-sugar chocolate- and strawberry- flavored milk in school cafeterias. As stated in a recent LA Times editorial, the banning’s intention is to reduce the students’ sugar intake. This decision comes amid an ongoing fight between the school district and reality show chef Jamie Oliver. “A popular breakfast offering of Frosted Flakes doused in chocolate milk with a side of coffee cake and a carton of orange juice contains 51 grams of added sugar,” stated LA Times Editorial. This is more than a 12-ounce can of CocaCola, which contains 39 grams of sugar. Since 75% of the milk sold to the district is flavored milk, the absence of it will come as a shock to some students. “[This] sucks, because white [unflavored] milk tastes bad with the cafeteria food,” freshmen Carlos Lopez said. When the students have a negative reaction, the cafeteria will also have a negative reaction. “It is going to affect the cafeteria because the number of students eating will go down,” School Food Services Manager, Jose Perez said. Opponents of the ban argue that this will cause


a major drop in milk  consumption. LAUSD will not be the first district to ban flavored milk. In fact, Fairfax County, and Virginia schools banned it last year, but it returned as an improved, low-sugar version this year. “It is a bad move, be cause it is going to impact the students by the students lacking the nutrients of the flavored milk that provides for the students,” Perez said. Vitamins and calcium are also in the flavored milk which will lack in the student’s intake. Nutrients will not really work with the high sugars in these flavored milk. Some students and teachers have been on the side of reducing the sugar intake for the student’s health. “I think its better, it’s good, we won’t have a lot of sugar intake for the student body,” freshmen Claudia Llontop said. Not only is it important of the student’s health, but there are long-term benefits for the students. “They [students] are going to acquire the taste of plain milk and understand the long term benefits in the future of not drinking flavored milk which results in lower sugar intake,” PE teacher Eloy Nuñez said.

No to budget cuts Algebra teacher Collin Felch holds a poster in front of the Robert F. Kennedy Campus to protest the death of education on May 12, 2011. photo by Oscar Jaramillo

Protests spark controversy

photo by Oscar Jaramillo

Supporting teachers ASGL counselor Edwin de Leon and coordinator Edward Alvarez protest budget cuts on May 12, 2011.


Chaffino’s class plays Tug of War during the Advisory Games.

Photo Credit Reginald Cosio

Photo Credit Reginald Cosio

Students listen to a tour guide at LMU. Photo Credit Reginald Cosio Students gather at Loyola Maramount University.


School Events By Gladis Hernandez Jessica Cervantes and Alex Diaz

The survey results for the students’ favorite and most hated events have been tallied and counted. Advisory games and college field trips were the students’ favorite events, which tied with a staggering 27 votes. The runnerups for the favorite school event were school dances with eight votes and cultural assemblies with three votes. Grade level assemblies were the least popular among all school events with no votes at all.

What was your favorite school event? “My favorite event was the Spring Fling Dance” Leslie Martinez Grade 10

“My favorite event were ......all of them” Hugo Saenz Grade 9

Photo Credit Alex Diaz Students listen briefly to Cassandra Garnica during an Assembly.

“My favorite event was the Basketball Tournament” Isis Vallejo Grade 11



By: Antonia Ford

Students participated in taking the California Standards Test from May 10th to May 19th. The CSTs tested their comprehension of English, math, history, and science. The tests will tell whether or not students are meeting states standards of academic acheivement. Teachers have been preparing their students for the big days of the CSTs by reviewing what they will be tested upon as well as going over lessons and giving some quizzes. Even administrators helped students prepare for the CSTs. “I think some grade levels are more prepared in getting proficiency or advance,” Principal Melina Castillo said. “I held an assembly for different grade levels to remind students about CSTs and why they

Photo Credit: Erika Chavez

Working hard: A student bubbles in the answers for the CSTs in class from May 10 to May 19.


“I don’t like the CSTs because it is too much testing. I get bored of too much testing and too much testing makes my head hurt.” Gladis Hernandez 10th grade are important. I also created a guide and made phone calls to remind parents for CST studying.” Some students did not enjoy taking the CSTs be cause it was challenging and each section took more than three hours over the period of five school days. Sophomore Gladis Hernandez said, “I don’t like the CSTs because it is too much testing. I get bored of too much testing and too much testing makes my head hurt.” Tenth graders had to take one test more, Life Science, than the rest of the other grades. Despite the challenging impact of the test, students still had high hopes on scoring well. “I think I did great on the tests. It was stressful because I didn’t understand some parts. I hope I did a great job and did excellent,” 8th grader Monique Guerra said. While the CSTs may not affect the students’ grade, they do influence their schedule for the following year. If students score below basic, they will be placed in a intervention class for math or English. In addition, the Academic Performance Index measures how poor or well the school does on the CSTs. If the school does poorly, it will be qualified for the Immediate Intervention/Underperforming Schools Program which provides funds to low performing schools in the state to create “Action Plans” for school improvements. The scores will be released in the month of September.

Restroom policy remains enforced By: Felix Ruano Due to persistent vandalism, school officials have decided to continue enforcing the controversial bathroom policy. For students, it means it is still necessary to go to the office and obtain the restroom key. “This is to protect the bathrooms from vandalism and insure the safety of the students,” coordinator Dean Brig Tratar said. Students have been frustrated at lunch because they have to use the downstairs bathroom. “I think it’s pretty insidious, it feels like a prison,” junior Alex Diaz said. There has also been one parent complaint, but Tratar says overall, parents and students have been supportive. Imposing the new policy created two challenges. Many students do not have their school identification required to borrow the restroom key. Also, the limited clerical staff is busy enough, Tratar said, having students constantly Photo Credit James Erum coming in to check out the key puts more pressure on them. Consequences: School coordinator Brig Tratar and campus aid Rigo Men According to the LAUSD dez observe tagging on glass, or “scribing”, in a boys’ restroom. “Policy on Restroom Access, Cleanliness and Repair,” closing restrooms during non-class periods is illegal. The LAUSD policy calls for the availability of restrooms to adequately serve student needs. It also sets standards for the regular cleaning and repair of restrooms. “I don’t agree with the policy,” office secretary Yoli Lopez said “If I were a parent, I would already be marching against it.” Unfortunately, parent involvement is minimal, Lopez said. “As a result of the policy, restrooms have been cleaner and safer,” Tratar said. Yet the policy has its shortcomings, Tratar said, pointing out situations in which students may need immediate access to the restroom in the case of an emergency. “They should have a staff at the door and make students sign in every time they go in,” sophomore Victor Navarro suggested. Regardless of emergencies, students feel its unfair to take the extra steps due to a handful of unruly youth. Tratar understands this, yet sees no change to the policy in the future. When he decided to open the bathrooms for CST Testing, they Photo Credit James Erum were immediately vandalized. “Unfortunately, when we leave the bathrooms unlocked, bad things happen,” Tratar said.


Shuffling Sensation By Cassandra Garnica

Shuffling has become one of the most popular dances in the world...

don’t think anyone would forget about it that easily,” sophomore David Garcia said. Garcia agrees that shuffling should be considered as a dance just like the majority of the people think it should be. I personally agree that shuffling is good but at times it could get a little annoying and disturbing just because of its popularity. Many people try to imitate this dance simply because others do it. For a dancer, music and every time they do a move for any type of dance, they first think of what they want to show and project with their dance.

Many teenagers today practice shuffling and create new moves everyday. This new dance consists of dancing with the beat of techno music and creating your own style. This new dancing style was first introduced in the 1800’s by a Melbourne underground dance club in Ireland. During the 1800’s it was called shuffling; in the 1900’s though, it adapted a new name which is the Melbourne Shuffling. This dance consists of picking up one leg at a time and sliding back like walk-man together with a series of movements and tricks that make the dance fun. Shuffling is not only good PhotoIllustration By: Cassandra Garnica for personal work out but also helps “I like this new dance. you use creativity when creating new Its like you can use the styles. Although shuffling might be whole stage to perform a new tool to experience for dancers, there are others and it’s also very creative,” sophomore Tamannah who discard it as a dance but more of an annoying ilHarooni said. logical dancing style. Many students are very enthusiastic about this The question that has arisen around the world dance but the question, should shuffling be considered is: Should this dance be considered as a cultural as a cultural dance? Or should it be just be left as a dance? People have different opinions and points of dance and nothing else? As for now the question will view about this issue, which is what makes it interest- remain blank, but will most likely be answered as time ing to discuss and analyze. goes by. ”New people started shuffling. I


Photo credit Gladis Hernandez

Cheerleaders need a push By Alondra Ramirez The team started off with 23 strong members in 2010 but as the year has progressed they have only five cheerleaders. “The girls get mad at me because I don’t come to practice that often but I have been feeling sick so I’ve been having to go to the doctor but I know they don’t believe me,” sophomore at NOW Academy Tiffany Tuggle said.They also have trouble motivating the remaining members to attend practice regularly. As a result, the cheerleaders that decided to stay could not compete.Soffy Urich-Sass, 11th grader, said, “since not everyone showed up on a daily basis, we could not put a routine together.”In order for that to happen all cheerleaders will have to go to practice every single day they have practice. Cheerleaders say they like how they are getting along with their coach Natalie Flores. “The coach is really nice whenever we have problems we could go talk to her she is always there for us,” Ramos said. However they do act like any other cheerleading team; they go over routines and stretches. “We stretch, go over cheers, and learn new dances,” Urich-Sass said. The girls enjoy being the cheerleaders, but sometimes they do get frustrated. They practice on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:30-5:30 in the MPR. Cheerleaders will have a better chance to compete next year if they all go to practice.We will compete next year if all the girls commit to come to practice stay here until we are done with

our routines,” Flores said. They are pretty strong girls, they listen to their coach, they take Natalie’s advice and they try to make their routines better and stronger. “I love my girls I try to make them stronger they can always count on me they can come to me whenever they feel they need to,” Flores said.The girls get along with the coach, they have never argued, and they all help each other out. Each cheerleader has their reasons of why they don’t come to practice who knows if its true but they committed to something and they should be responsible.

Photo credit Gladis Hernandez RFK cheerleaders do stretches during after school practice. Students need to be at least a little felxible to do this excerise.


The Swim Team

Under the Blue

Captains of the swim team, Roy Park, Kenny Beak, Grace Martinez, and Julia Altamirano pose during a day of practice. “I have the privilage to help our swim team grow stronger and faster. I’m very proud of my team,” junior Julia Altamirano said.

Photo Credit:Karen Perez

Miran Yoon and Shiana Kim enjoy a moment together in final league. With nervous and excited emotions they both try to relax in a memorable picture. “It was our first doing competitive swimming and our first time being in final leagues. It is awesome!” Yoon said.


Photo Credit:Julia Altamirano

Captain Roy Park gives a great backstroke entrance. A week before finals, the RFK swim team gave it their all during practice. Photo Credit: Julia Altamirano

Photo Credit: Julia Altamirano

Violet is taking mark. Which means she’s getting ready to dive in.

by Julia Altamirano Robert F. Kennedy’s swim team has progressed throughout the spring season. Practicing daily for two hours has improved their performance in every competition. Coach Karen Perez and Coach Edwin Lopez helped the members of RFK’s swim team has grown individually. Coaches couldn’t have done it with the help of their captains, Julia Altamirano, Grace Martinez, Roy Park, and Kenny Beak.

“Our swimmers have pushed themselves further than they could imagine. Most of them didn’t even know how to swim and are now placing in first or second. Unfortunately it didn’t show because of our numbers,” Martinez said. “Next year we will be a more competitive team and we will definitely work hard to make it to city finals but as this year, I am very proud my team,” said Lopez.

“I’ve grown as a swimmer and I see myself making City Finals next year,” said Violet Vasquez. In every practice Coach Perez divides the lanes from fastest to slowest giving a 200m warm-up to the beginners and a 400m warm-up for the advance. Moving on to the work out depending on individual strokes. Usually, swim team swims about 1,200m to 1,800m daily swimming all four competitive strokes. Swim team league included schools from Eagle Rock, Orthopedic Medical, Bravo, Belmont, and Marshall. RFK’s varsity girls came in 5th place and varsity boys came in 6th in the final league competition. “Considering that not many of the swimmers had competed before, everyone did well and have progressed,” Coach Perez mentioned.


Photo credit: Julia Altamirano


Girls & Guys Soccer Team

By Erika Chavez

Photo credit Julia Altamirano


Saving the team Hollywood high surpasses RFK’s defense and aims straight at the goal. Wendy Jimenez, goalie of the team, successfully

Photo credit: Julia Altamirano

Captain of the girl soccer team, Sarah Rodriguez and Alessa Diaz play deffense while playing vs Hollywood High.

By Brian Kim As the school year stumbles on, new activities come along. This winter season, the soccer team has had intense games and they have been trying very hard to stay strong. There are both boys’ and girls’ soccer teams. The soccer teams have not been doing so well, but they are trying hard to come back. As of Feb. 9 the boy’s soccer team’s standings are 0 wins and 8 losses. The girl’s soccer team’s standings are 0 wins with 2 tie and 5 losses. The RFK Soccer teams want to improve their techniques so they can experience more wins. Even if the team has good players, if there is no communication, being successful is almost impossible. In addition, teamwork is vital to the team’s success. Players learn to do things that serve the interests of the team as a whole. All soccer players from the RFK Comunity Schools have one thing in common, love for the game.

Photo credit: Julia Altamirano

Captain and forward Sergio Del Campos attempts to score against Miguel Contreras.

Photo credit: Julia Altamirano

Defender Marko Barrigas attempt to shoot the ball but failed and avoided getting slide tackled from an opposing player.


Track & Field After practicing daily for several months, Brenda Cazun, senior at LAHSA, set a personal record by landing in seventh place at the long jump event with the distance of 12 ft. It was the same day of Cazun’s senior prom which made it a valuable day for her.

Racing and Pacing


On May 13th, the Bobcats performed in their league final at Glendale Community College. Blanca Moreno, captain of RFK’s track and field team, and Maggie Hernandez lead a warm-up run with her girls. The Track and Field Bobcats give themselves pride and cheer. After accomplishing their first spring season led by Coach Daniel Chaffino, they look forward to having a better one next year.


Coach Chaffino trains track and field

Many people have been talking about the track and field competitions. Daniel Chaffino is the track and field coach. The reason why he became the track and field coach was because there was no else to coach the team. It was a last minute offer. He does have experience coaching, but not for a track and field team. Ninth grader Brenda Velasquez is in the track and field team. She is a sprinter. She’s been a sprinter since she was in elementary school. She has been improving each week. Brenda likes how Chaffino works with individuals. He takes time from his schedule so he can work out with people that need more help in their skills. She’s planning to stay in the track and field team. The track and field team has practice every day after school. They meet everyday at the elementary track. Chaffino said, “I enjoy how they improve and get better each week.” This is his first year being a track and field coach and he has learned a lot from the students, as well as the students have learned from him. Freshman Christopher Reyes also joined the team. The reason why he joined was because he likes to run. He said that he has been improving in his running. He stretches to be more flexible.

Photos:Felix Ruano

Captions: Julia Altamirano

Story: Urihi Angelino


6th Grade

students of the year

by Cassandra Garnica




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1. Class Clown and Best Swag: Andy Caredenas 2. Best Couple: Andy Caredenas and Melany Mejia 3. Most Lovable: Roy Lee 4. Most Nerdy and Most likely to Succeed: Jairo Alonzo 5. Most Dedicated: Elizabeth Asebedo 6. Best Smile: Melany Mejia 7.Most Athletic: Omar Ancelmo


7th Grade

students of the year

by Eric Kwak, Viaviana Kim, and Dason Jung



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1.Class Clown: Elizabeth Cho 2. Best Swag: Brian Kim 3. Best Couple: Jonathan Arevalo and Darinka Aranza 4. Teacher’s Pet: David Lee 5. Most Lovable: Keyri Hernandez 6. Most Nerdy: Ying Joy Lee 7. Best Smile: Rosely Estefo 8. Most Dedicated: A. Rocel Costo, B. Grace Choi, and Ying Joy Lee 9.Most likely to Succeed: Karla Barrera 10. Most Athletic: Robert Cobene and Jonathan Arevalo


8th Grade

students of the year



by Jimmy Boonyindee & Marcelo Herrera


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1.Class Clown & 2.Best Swag: Saan Kubeyinje3. Best Couple: James Cheong& Genessee Rivas 4.Teacher’s Pet: Omar Lo 5. Most Nerdy: Brenden Lee 6. Most Dedicated: Paul Kim 7. Most likely to Succeed: Jherson Robles 8. Best Smile:Monique Guerra 9.Most Athletic: William and Kevin Rameriz


9th Grade

students of the year

by RJ Cosio and Nestor Hernandez

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1.Class Clown: Alexis Garcia 2. Best Swag: Benz de Leon 3. Best Couple: Janet Reyes, David Ramos 4. Teacher’s Pet: Killha Williams 5. Most Loveable: Chana Thanarakkiet 6. Most Nerdy, Most Dedicated, and Most likely to Succeed: Rosio DE Cid 7. Best Smile and Most Athletic: Brenda Velasquez

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10th Grade students of the year

by Erika Chavez





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3 1. Best couple: Gabriel Talley and Alexandra 2. Best swag: Benz de Leon 3. Best smile: Alexandra Rodarte 4. Most athletic: Edwin Perez 5. Most likely to succeed: Felix Ruano 6. Funniest student: Carlos Nunez 7. Most lovable: Lourdes Ramos 8. Teacher’s pet: Jackie Lee 9. Most dedicated: Ariba Ali




11th Grade

students of the year


by Eric Martinez




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1.Class Clown: Victor Hernandez 2. Best Swag: Mayra Martinez 3. Best Couple: Louis Reyes and Hannaloren 4. Teacher’s Pet: Jorge Manchame 5. Most Loveable: Erika Chavez 6. Most Nerdy, Most Dedicated, and Most likely to Succeed: Cassandra Garnica 7. Best Smile: Marcelo Herrera 8.Most Athletic: Julia Altamirano


Top teachers

teachers of the year by James Erum and Jin Kim

Favorite Teacher: Mr. Chaffino

Photo Credit : James Erum

Most Chill Teacher: Hardest to class to get “A” in:Mr. Hanes Photo Credit : Jin Kim Dr. Hofmann

Photo Ctedit : Jin Kim


Photo Credit: James Erum

Easiest Teacher to get “A” in: Mr. Chaffino

Strictest teacher: Ms. Montes

Photo Credit: Cassandra Garnica

Most Funniest Teacher: Mr. Chaffino Photo Credit: James Erum

School staff

meet the administration by Jessica Chavez and Viviana Kim

Principal Melina Castillo

Dean Brig Tratar

Counselor Nicole Nigosian

Secretary Yolanda Lopez

Campus aid Rigo Mendez

Coordinator Edward Alvarez

Counselor Edwin De Leon

Secretary Christina Reyes


Meeting the Requirements

Mr.De Leon works on a student’s daily

Photo Credit Erika Chavez

By Joel Celis

It is important for students at ASGL to get good grades to learn and achieve academic goals. Graduating and going forth opens door to success. To take the present as an educational gift means to appreciate and acknowledge the wisdom were given for the future. I interviewed school counselor Edwin De Leon about how students at ASGL are doing. His response was “Frankly, they’re alright but I know they can do much better.” He also included the importance of meeting the A-G requirements. In order to be eligible to attend any school in the University of California (UC) or the California State University (CSU) systems as a freshman, you must take certain classes in high school. All of the A-G requirements are English, Math, Social studies, Science Foreign Language, Visual and performing arts and electives. To get in college students are recommended to take four years of English, two years of History/social science, four years of Mathematics, two years of laboratory science, two years of foreign language, and one year for visual and performing arts and last but not least one year of college preparatory classes. Edwin De Leon said, “I encourage students


to make up their missing credits through adult school, summer school or online classes. I also interviewed my fellow peers. Various responses indicated that most the students don’t fully know the A-G requirements. I asked about their interest after high school. Junior Florentino Luna said, “School is not my main priority, money is when you are a natural born hustler”. Students I interviewed also added that the school makes an effort to help us achieve what we need .The school offers help through tutoring, Saturday school and adult school. We are most likely to get a good job if we have the education required.

Saying goodbye

Photo credit: Erika Chavez

Principal will be missed By Erika Chavez

Photo Credit: Erika Chavez

Hard to say goodbye Principal Castillo shocked many students, teachers and stuff with the news about her resignation.

Principal Melina Castillo announced recently that after June 30th she will not return as ASGL’s principal for the next school year. The reason why she is leaving is because her doctor recommended her to work in a less stressful job due to her health problems. After being ASGL’s first year principal she will have to leave in order to improve her health. We will remember her because she was a great help and became a role model for many of us. For example, she encouraged me to always try my best in everything I do and to trust in myself. I needed a friend multiple times and she was always there to hear me out. When different situations got out of control like that one time when the students were upsetting the substitute for Mr. Diaz, she came in and made things better. She wasn’t just a principal, she was a friend. Everything will be much harder when she is no longer around. I would have liked for her to be around more often. Sadly her health problems kept her from attending every day. The principal was also needed to approve school events that leadership class was planning to do and because of her absence the activities did not happen. Still, it was not all her fault because she was home sick or attending doctors appointments. I hope that everything turns out to be good for her and that her health issues minimize with time. I hope that Castillo recovers from her health issues, and of course, that she comes back to visit us in our graduation ceremony. For ASGL my hope is that it keeps it’s motto. I also wish ASGL does not suffer from future changes and that Principal Castillo’s vision stays here forever. We must be successful no matter what happens.


Banning flavored milk: not the answer By Soffy V. Urich-Sass

Was Jamie Oliver’s battle against flavored milk worth fighting for? This season, the chef’s reality show “Food Revolution,” is filming in Los Angeles. On the episode aired April 12, Oliver compared the content of the flavored milk served in LAUSD’s cafeterias to “the equivalent of a candy bar.” The chef filled a school bus with sand to make a visual comparison of what he claims to be the amounts of sugar consumed by LAUSD students per week. Many parents strongly believe that the British chef made a difference when getting LAUSD’s new superintendent John Deasy to ban flavored milk from next year’s menu. I, however, believe that this will end up being counterproductive and will cause more harm than good. The chef claimed that LAUSD’s students are getting 27 grams of sugar in every 8 ounces of flavored milk. What he didn’t include as part of the facts is that 12 grams of the 27 come from natural milk sugar, ‘lactose.’ Which leaves only 15 grams (60 calories) of added sugar. He also failed to emphasize how important the sources of calcium, protein and vitamin D are between many others found in milk. Many say that if white milk is the only choice, kids will drink it. Yet, a recent study presented at the School Nutrition Association Annual Conference indicates that eliminating flavored milk from menus resulted in a drop in consumption. This not only reduced the students’ caloric intake by about 120 calories, but also kept


Photo Credit by Soffy V. Urich-Sass LAUSD will not serve flavored milk for next years menu. them from getting essential nutrients, vitamins and calcium necessary for good health and growth. The study included 58 schools across the country. It came to a conclusion that whenever chocolate and strawberry milk were not available, students chose not to drink milk at all. What makes Oliver and Deasy think that this will work for LAUSD’s cafeterias? I don’t think that banning flavored milk is the answer. Consuming 120-130 calories and getting all the nutrients is better than not consuming 60 calories of added sugars per day and getting a lack of vitamins. As of today, LAUSD’s cafeterias force us to take everything they have on that day’s menu, even when we won’t eat it. Imagine how much milk will go to waste. This fight against flavored milk will only give good publicity to both Oliver and Deasy. In my opinion, too much

attention is being given at flavored milk. Oliver himself showed on his show the horrible meat LAUSD serves and how it is processed. Why fight so much to ban flavored milk when he could have fought for something way more harmful to children’s health? Instead of making a big deal out of flavored milk, LAUSD should promote physical activity. No matter what we eat, we will not reduce the chances of getting an obesity-related disease without exercise. Being a chef is not the same as being a nutritionist.

Photo Credit by Soffy V. Urich-Sass

Photo Credit: Jessica Cervantes

Fun Without Chains: ASGL students prepare to play basketball during lunch at the basketball courts on a sunny afternoon. They are all in plain t-shirts instead of their school uniforms.

Fighting For Freedom: School Uniforms By: Lourdes Ramos

School uniforms and dress codes is a controversial topic for students, parents, and administrators. According to the U.S. Department of Education in the school year 2007-2008, 18 % of all U.S schools require uniform, and 55% of public schools have enforced a strict dress code. Students, teachers, and officials have many opinions but is it right to implement a uniform policy on students? I agree with having a dress code but requiring a uniform is a step too far. Out of the five schools on the RFK campus, three use uniforms for their middle school students; ASGL, NOW and UCLA. However only ASGL high school students wear a uniform. Using uniforms has advantages and disadvantages. 10th grader Carla Mendoza said, “I don’t like the colors, and I feel like a prisoner whenever I wear it.” The uniform store Carousel, located on Pico, has a variety of prices on uniforms. Typical small to large collared shirt sizes for teens vary prices from $8 dollars to $10 dollars. If you want the school logo on it you must pay an extra $2 dollars. The total for one shirt with the school logo is about $13 dollars with tax. With extra shirts and tan pants its even more money. Many families are having a hard time during this economic crisis. Why pay more for uniforms when buying clothes in small stores is less expensive? On the other hand, administrators, teachers, parents and some students are in favor of wearing uniforms for safety issues. Both Carla Mendoza and Alizon Larios, 10th graders, agree that middle school students should wear uniforms.

“High school students are more responsible and are more likely to choose the appropriate clothes to wear.” Carla Mendoza ,10th grade “Middle school students are younger and if there is an emergency it will be easier to spot them in a crowd of taller high school students,” Larios said. “We can also spot and separate high school students from the younger ones,” Mendoza added. In addition, uniforms can also stop ditchers from cutting class. It may be easier for staff to catch ditchers and enforce consequences. The problem is ditchers don’t wear uniforms when they are going to ditch, which makes the policy ineffective. Many say having uniforms can stop bullying happening in schools. When students don’t wear regular clothing they can’t be bullied on the way they dress. In fact it will not stop bullying; students will always find a way to pass judgment on each other. They can be bullied on hairstyles, race, accent, religion etc. Thus, bullying will occur regardless of whether students wear uniforms or not. In my opinion I think the uniform/dress code of ASGL for both middle school and high school students should be taken out next year. Not many follow the policy and its harder for families who have more than one child in the school. “The school should keep the uniforms but only for middle school students, “ Mendoza suggests. “High school students are more responsible and are more likely to choose the appropriate clothes to wear.”


Ambassador School of Global Leadership 6th Grade Advisories

Advisor: Mr. Alvarez

Front row (left to right): Irving Perez,Wilfredo Ramirez, Lizette Robles, Esmeralda Montalvo, Rosemary Pimentel, Gabriela Martinez, April Yi, Jordy Orellana. Second Row ( Right to Left): Kevin Sanchez, Kevin Zometa Cartagena, Angel Williams, Tiffany PolancoMonroy, Twaney S. Lee, Reinalda Arenas, Simon yoo, Ivy Valles, Mr. Alvarez.

Advisor: Mr. Aquino

Front row (left to right): Kimberly Cruz, Tiffany Vaness Martinez, Kimberly Fuentes, Ms. Felicita Ranilla, Mr. Aquino, Gissela Victoria Molina, Dayanara Elizabet Nitto, Miyera Carrera. Second Row (left to right): Taegon Kim, Roy lee, Henry Ontiveroz, Tony you, Victor Hugo Paz, Brian Goboy, Carlos Josue Gonzalez, Melvin Escobar Segura, Raymundo Allan Ramirez, Eduardo Jarquin Garcia, Michael Lee.


Advisor: Mr. Chaffino

Front row (left to right): Isabell Martinez, Yanet Matias, Estela Soriano, Vanessa Matias, Catherine Gonzalez, Citally Lopance, Nahri Morsa, Esther nam, Wendy Gonzalez. Second Row (left to right): Jason Maharaj, Andy Cardenas, Daniel Esquivel, Fernanado Gonzalez, Alejandro Montano, Armando Lopez, Brandon Garcia, Mr. Chaffino.

Advisor: Ms. Rhee

Front Row (left to right): Ms. Rhee, Alexis Calvillo, Omar Anselmo, Adolfo Arriola, Edgar Catalan, Kenny Ryang. Second Row (left to right): Samuel Mun, Joyce Lee, Yonatan Gebrelassie, Jairo Alonzo-Trejo, Melany Mejia, Yanitza Castillo, Suyeon Ahn, Elizabeth Acevedo,

Ambassador School of Global Leadership 7th/8th Grade Advisories

Advisor: Ms. De Anda Grades: 7,8, and 9.

Front row (left to right): Mr. Julio Musun, Darwin Mayorga(9), Jeffrey Villatoro(7), Jesus Romo(8), Ms. De Anda.

Advisor: Mr. Hanes

Front row (Left to right): Kevin Arzola, Joanna Lopez, Jency Herrera, Estrella Martinez, Rosely Estefo, Keyri Hernandez, Karla Barrera. Second row (left to right): Ashley Jimenez, Olga Bilolo.

Advisor: Ms. Yoo

Front row (left to right): Jennifer Torres, Nancy Olvera, Norma Terrazas, Sage Williams, Yingjoy Li, Syed Ali, Paul Kim. Second row (left to right): Ms. Yoo, Katherine Matheny, Stephanie Ventura, Seoyoung Grace Choi, Joan Bayna, Joshua Rubi, Israel Montes, Jeffrey Kim, Marlen Mendez. Third row (left to right): Brian Kim, Salvador Martinez, Robert Cobene, Joshua Munoz-Garcia, Oswaldo Pacheco, Heber Rivas, Mathew Perez. Not Pictured: Rocel Costo, Emely Mejia, Genesis Salgado.

Advisor: Dr. Hoffman

Front row (left to right): Stephanie Bonilla, Abigail Hernandez, Genesis Villatoro, Dr. Hoffmann, Yanely Gallardo, Yennifer Padilla, Andrew Aleman, Carla Duque. Second row (left to right): Edwin Hernandez, Carlos Mendez, Linda Aranda, Jose Ramos, Joshua De Leon, Eri Valiente, Hilary Escobar, Beverly Garcia, Elizabeth Cruz. Colbert Cobene.


Ambassador School of Global Leadership

8th/9th Grade Advisories

Advisor: Ms. Bryant

Advisor: Ms. Uchida

Advisor: Ms. McClaskey

Advisor: Ms. Carlos

Front row (left to right): Romel Purisima, Brenden Lee, Jherson Robles, Genessee Rivas, William Ramirez, Kevin Ramirez. Second row (left to right): Larissa Nelson, Xochitl Solano, Maycey Olvera, Katherine Palanco, Kelly Shin (behind Katherina Palanco), Chelsea Pilona, Omar Lo, Noe Segura, Emily Bonilla, Ellbin Nicolas, Julian Martinez, Keiny Rivera, Jessica Ford, Ms. Bryant. Not Pictured: Kevin Sanchez, Sa’an Kubeyinje.

Front row (left to right): Ms. McClaskey, Katherine Geromini, Ashley Jimenez. Second row (left to right): Enrique Geurrero, Jose Garcia, Rocio Delcid, Arnulfo Felipe, Miguel Avendeno, Bryan Valladares, Melquin Juarez, Tae Hee Chung, Lisa Flores, Michelle Garcia. Third row (left to right): Jorge Gonzalez, Erik Garcia, Jesus Estefo, Cesar Olellana, Daniel Jang, Subin Park, Dohyun Kim, Tristan Beck, Danilo Cruz. Not Pictured: Alexis Garcia,, Maria Macedonio, Cinthya Luis, Cindy Hernandez, Estephanie Godoy, Dalia Garcia.


Front row (left to right): Insik Cho, Aldo Zungica, Thalia Tecun, John Santos, Daniel Suar, Giovanny Santana. Second row (left to right): Yicheng Han, Yo-Won Park, Chana Thanarakkiet, Ms. Uchida, Shanarra Sapida, Glenna Vasquez, Luis Salvador (hidden behind Alexis Harris), Alexis Harris, Jose Viche (hidden behind Lupe Vasquez), Guadalupe Vasquez, Hugo Saenz, Maria Vasquez, Jessica Llerenas, Alondra Lima, Juan Zepeda, Richard Kamson. Not Pictured: Kilha Williams, Brenda Velasquez.

Front row (left to right): Ms. Carlos, Desiree Q., Ashley Recinos, Erica Mendoza, Jessica Olivares, Janet Reyes, Juan Monzon, Brenda Rodriguez, Edith Miguel. Second row (left to right): Christopher Reyes, Joshua Munoz, Irvin Ortiz, Jose Rivas, Moses Gonzalez, Lydia Pascales, Louis Rivas, Rudy Sandoval, Christian Miranda, Brian Kim. Third row(left to right): Eddy Mendoza, Ivan Cruz, Nelson Salamada, Alex, Abdias Rodas, Mario Garcia, Geovanni Portillo, Bryan Ortega.

Ambassador School of Global Leadership 9th Grade Advisories

Advisor: Mr. Downey

Front row (left to right): Emmanuel Lico, Rosaura Martinez, Jocelyn Martinez, Manuel Maldonado. Second row (left to right): Jose luis Mazariegos, Romyna Ledesma, Ashley Luna, Michelle Peralta, Luis Mandujano. Third row (left to right): Carlos Lopez, Jonathan Moscoso, Marlen Martinez, Michelle Bell, Marvin Leon, Jaslynne Hernandez, Mr. Downey. Not pictured: Frank Mariano, Jennifer Figueroa, Randy Chavez, Anthony Melgar, Benz De Leon, Nancy Lara, Claudia Llontop, Daniel Portillo.

Advisor: Ms. Montes

Front row (Left to right): Jese Beltran, Dalia Aranda, Jessica Cavillo, Jennifer Alvarado, Karen Barrera, Urchi Angelini, Katrina Eseo, Heracio Cabrera, Jacky De La Luz. Second row (left to right): Chris Alvaralc, Alan Diaz, Miguel Cayetane, Jese Vasquez, Jose Aguila, Christine De La Paz, Andrea Baduer, Jorycel Bayna, Fredely Martinez, Dilaa Huzman, Michael Vazquez, Erica Barrera, Carlites Cruz, Joon KC, Vanessa Lemus.

10th Grade Advisories

Advisor: Mr. Costanza

Front row (Left to right): Habiba Ali, Mr. Costanza, Louis Perez, Jayson Pas, Woo Yong Chung. Second row (Left to right): Juan Martinez, Brenda Or Donez, David Ramos, Christopher Rivera, Jose Rivera, Stephanie Rabanales, Jennifer Payan, Julio Ortega, Kevin Recinos, Victor Benitez, Evelyn Rosete. Not Pictured: Jose Ruiz, William Daniel, Sandy Barrientos, Alexis Morales.


Ambassador School of Global Leadership 10th Grade Advisories

Advisor: Mr. Cho

Front row (left to right): Maria Miranda, Keroll Minera, Leslie Martinez, Evelyn Martinez, Mr. Cho, Nancy Martinez, Alizon Larios, Carla Mendoza. Second row (left to right): Ji Woo Lee, David Garcia, Angel Lux, Galdino Molina, Edwin Molina, Juan Ramirez, Allan Maldonado, Elijah Ko. Third row: Francisco Martinez, Steven Shin.

Advisor: Mr. Felch

Front row (left to right): Veronica Garcia, Javier Alvarenga, Mr. Felch, Jackie Lee, Andrea Doniz, Crystal Navos. Second row (left to right): Jocelyn Berrocal, Eduardo Garcia, Alima Cruz, Sovansak Sok, Erickson Villagran, Karen Ayala, Carmen Avila, Cecilia Antonio. Not Pictured: Fernando Arguiano, Jeremy Bryant, Cesar Canizales, Kevin Bardales, Silvia Estrada, Nathalie Bilolo, Karina Davila.


Advisor: Mr. Klaseus

Front row (left to right): Mr. Klaseus, Suany Hernandez, Lika Gueye, Juan Siquinajay, Max Soublette. Second row (left to right): Humberto Segura, Francisco Sernas, Gebb Villamin, Daisy, Cindy Vela, Lili Buitimea, Arturo Lopez. Second row (left to right): Kenny Castro, Andres Segura, Irma Flores, Christian Alvarado.

Advisor: Ms. Lau

Front row (Left to right): Hernan Cortes, Ahmed Mahdi, Erick Sanchez, Erick Rueda, Antonia Ford, Fernando Huerta Salas, Alejandro Jimenez. Second row (left to right): Viviana Kim, Ariba Ali, Lourdes Ramos. Third row (left to right): Hyelyn Kim, Sangdo Han, Gladis Hernandez, Giovanni Zarazua, Victor Navarro, Elder Ramirez, Gayneal Hayden. Not Pictured: Felix Ruano, Gabriel Talley,Keily Alme-

Ambassador School of Global Leadership 10th/11th Grade Advisories

Advisor: Ms. White (10th/11th)

Front row (left to right): Valeria Vega, Venessa Vega, Michelle Ramos, Tamannah Harooni, Stefani Lux, Pauline Nahag, Mayra Martinez, Sofie Urich-Sass. Second row (left to right): Brigitt Soriano, Karina Vela, Marla Stapleton, Syeda Rahman, Mariama Bah, Edwin Moran, James Erum, Ms. White, Mayte Mora, Jiwon Oh, Dasom Jung. Not pictured: Vicente, Cayetano, Ruben Colindres, Katherine Herrera, Juan Madrigal, Jose Martinez,James Soto, Lindsey Valle, Isis Vallejo

Advisor: Ms. Hunt

Front row (left to right): Jonathan Soto, Manuel Carrillo, Julia Altamirano, Ms. Hunt, Erika Chavez, RJ Cosio. Second row (left to right): Stacey Linares, Ivan Tapia, Joel Celis, Jimmy Boonyindel, Jin Kim, Jessica Cervantes, Choorly Crispin. Not Pictured: Alexander Cygan, Marilyn Patino, Sergio Cartillo, Hector Cuellar, Hee Moon Chae, Jerson Frauno, Alex diaz.

Advisor: Ms. Villafranca (10th/11th)

Front row (left to right): Oscar Reyes, Dominique Mendoza, Jose Mendez Marcial, Anthony Martinez, Jorge Martinez, Arlene Santos, Syeda Rahman, Sophie Verga Urich- Sass. Second row (left to right): Jose Carlos Nunez, Anthony Romero, Rudy Saucedo, Elizabeth Pimentel, Jessica Sandoval Salmeron, Enrique Segura, Mariela Molina, Edwin Perez, Ms. Villafranca, Michelle Ramos. Not pictured: Louis Reyes, Robert Pineda, James Erum.

Advisor: Mr. Bailey

Front row (left to right): Gicel Orellana, Rosa Maldonado, Karina Granadino, Gloria Garcia, Mr. Bailey, Stella Lee, Jasmin Hernandez, Hanneloren Marroquin, Cassandra Garnica. Second (left to right): Eric Kwak, Augustin Carpio, Oscar Jaramillo, Gustavo Guzman, Eric Martinez, Nestor Hernandez, Florentino Luna, Marcelo Canales, Kevin Mendoza, Victor Hernandez, Jorge Gomez. Not Pictured: Jose Lara, Jorge Menchame, Jorge


Photo Julia Altamirano Jenelle Betancourt Dolrachai Boonyindee Jeremy Buchanan Manuel Carillo Sergio Castillo Jessica Cervantes Erika Chavez Reginald Cosio Alex Diaz James Erum Cassandra Garnica Sang-Do Han Gladis Hernandez Jasmin Hernandez Nestor Hernandez Marcelo Herrera Oscar Jaramillo Dasom Jung Jin Kim Viviana Kim Won Joon Ko Eric Kwak Stella Lee Eric Martinez Eddy Mendoza Pauline Nahag Lindsey Valle

Behind the Book By Julia Altamirano Photo class and journalism class have combined into one to make a memory book for ASGL. With the guide of adviser Alexandria Lau, students were organized with different tasks. “I learned to do my assignments correctly by being wisely criticized by my peers. I can honestly say journalism and photography are my favorite classes due to my participation and improvement,” said junior Erika Chavez. “Without the help of Ms. Lau we wouldn’t have gotten this far. I personally thank her for her accomplishments and goals she has succeeded,” junior Julia Altamirano, journalist and photographer. Students used time wisely and with their great effort accomplished their assignments. “I am proud of what the students achieved. They really excelled and took ownership of their projects. I hope they will remember this class for lifetime,” Lau said. Photo Credit: Julia Altamirano

Journalism Julia Altamirano Urhi Angelino Dalia Aranda Horacio Cabrera Joel Celis Erika Chavez Antonia Ford Cassandra Garnica Brian Kim Alondra Ramirez Lourdes Ramos Felix Ruano Luis Salvador Ivan Tapia Soffy Vega


Photo Credit: Alexandria Lau

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ASGL Yearbook  

A commemorative magazine published by the journalism and photo class at the Ambassador School of Global Leadership that documents the hottes...

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