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Vol. 82, Issue 1 Sept. 14, 2012

Brea Olinda High School 789 Wildcat Way, Brea, CA 92821

“Being a wildcat means being passionate, driven, and ready to be successful.” Kristen Park ASB President

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park’s Dream catchers makes terminal cancer patient’s dream a reality Wildcat hero: park’s leadership in Asb, cross country, toyo inspires others


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What's inside

Sept. 14, 2012


MAYOR LAUNCHES ONE TON challenge to reduce carbon emissions

Wildcat Brea Olinda High School 789 Wildcat Way, Brea, CA 92821

Our Mission


Calhoun (‘12) and O’Dell (‘12) sell cupcakes from home

We, the Wildcat, are the voice for the student body of Brea Olinda High School. The purpose of our publication is to inform and educate the Brea community, as well as to highlight campus life and student achievement. Our energy is dedicated to the research of facts and opinions, and focusing on issues that concern the high school experience.

Editorial Policy







The Wildcat encourages expression of reader opinion in the form of letters to the editor. We believe our purpose in pursuing the truth requires an open forum among students. Letters must be signed with a name and title and submitted online at www.bohswildcat. com or emailed to Any opinions stated in the Wildcat do not necessarily belong to Brea Olinda High School administration, faculty, and students. Unsigned editorials reflect views of the majority of the staff while bylined columns and stories reflect views of the writer.

Advertising Policy The Brea Olinda Unified School District has not reviewed, nor does it endorse, the products or services advertised. Purchasing of advertisements can be requested through email. We reserve the right to refuse to place an advertisement if it contains overly controversial material or promotes illegal behavior.

Wildcat Staff Joy Kim Editor-in-Chief

GRACE CHUNG Business Manager

AKSHAY VERMA Managing Editor


SELINA CHE Webmaster Feature Editor




mckenna dandley DAVID KANG KAITLIN MARTINEZ rishi patel FELIPE RECINOS lauren smith KALINAH TALLASE Staff Writers

Noelle gracia Sports Editor


LAUREN LEE Lifestyles Editor

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Jessica yim Cartoonist Photographer

Kristen Park, senior, has won several awards for her leadership at BOHS. As ASB president, girls’ cross country captain, and the president of three clubs, Park shares her drive to be a leader and her love of being a Wildcat. Cover photo by Amorette Valero Cover design by Joy Kim Back cover by SELINA CHE


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Brea Mayor introduces One Ton Challenge by Joseph Yim, Co-Arts Editor

In hopes of reducing carbon emissions in Brea by one ton in a year, Mayor Don Schweitzer launched his One Ton Challenge in a press release on August 23, encouraging residents to conserve energy for 30 consecutive days. The One Ton Challenge, an extension of Schweitzer’s “Make a Difference” campaign for a healthier city released in January, can prevent approximately 167 pounds of carbon emissions per person in one month according to Schweitzer. If residents follow the challenge for a year, about one ton of carbon emissions will be reduced per person in the city in comparison to the 12 pounds California produces annually. “As an architect I try to design projects to be as energy efficient as possible. As a Brea city councilman I was very involved and supportive of the solar project we did last year. I thought as mayor I could use this opportunity to get the word out of not only what the city has done to conserve energy but what our citizens can do as well,” said Schweitzer. Until Nov. 1, residents can choose a 30-day period to follow the One Ton Challenge according to the press

release. Some methods suggested for reducing carbon emissions include using reusable bags or turning off lights, which saves six and 31 pounds of emissions, respectively. Katherine Gwaltney, president of environmental club Disney Friends for Change, said the student body can help Schweitzer in his challenge by promoting energy conservation to the youth. “Our student body should reach out to the younger generations. By teaching them methods of conserving energy like recycling from a young age, they might remember what they learned and continue to be environmentally-friendly,” said Gwaltney. In the end, Mayor Schweitzer hopes the citizens of Brea become more alert of wasteful energy and how it can be easily prevented. “Each and every one of us can ‘Make a Difference’ and help reduce our carbon footprint. It’s the little things like changing a light bulb, turning off the water when you brush your teeth or combining trips to the store that when added all together really do start to make a difference.” said Schweitzer.

HOW TO REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS Shop with reusable bags = 6 lbs Turn off unneeded lights = 31 lbs Lower the thermostat by two degrees = 24 lbs Recycle = 70 lbs


Ride a bicycle for 32 miles instead of driving a car = 31 lbs Watch one hour less of TV per day = 27 lbs Use only cold water when washing laundry = 50 lbs Source:



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by Sharon Cho, News Editor The new class of freshmen kicked off the beginning of their high school career with the Link Leaders at the annual freshmen orientation on August 31. After spending 12 hours during the summer training for this event, the Link Leaders prepared for orientation by setting up the main gym with posters and music. “I’m really glad I went. The junior high I went to was in a different district, so I did not know anybody which made me apprehensive about my first day of school. Going to orientation made all my uneasy feelings go away,” said Alissa Reyes, freshman. The freshmen flooded through the doors of the main gym while walking through the “gauntlet,” where Link Leaders stood in a line on both sides of the entrance to welcome and cheer on the incoming students. As soon as the freshmen located their name tags and settled in the bleachers, Jennifer Ryan, adviser, introduced Jerry Halpin, principal, and Beth McDonald, freshman counselor. Both Ryan and Halpin gave short introduction speeches speaking about Link Crew and the orientation day. “I think it is great that the freshmen get their own day so they get acquainted and transitioned to be successful in high school,” McDonald said. Ryan then led the freshmen through some “ice breaker” activities such as “Simon Says”, group chants, and meeting the Link Leaders and other peers. Link Leaders then guided their groups of freshmen into classrooms to play games and give advice. While the leaders gave tours of the campus, each group donned western, nerds, clown, and other various costumes. When the tours concluded, both Link Leaders and freshmen gathered back in the main gym where Ryan encouraged the freshmen to be successful in high school and graduate with their class. “All the smiles I saw and laughter I heard from both Link Leaders and freshmen tells me that it was successful,” Ryan said.


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NEW WILDCATS: Freshmen gather in the gym as Jennifer Ryan, adviser, gives an introduction to Link Crew and the schedule for orientation day.




U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other diplomats were killed by a mob during a conference at the American Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, on Tues., Sept. 11. The protesters appeared to be an unarmed mob angered by an anti-Islam video created in the U.S. However, the attackers were armed with weapons, and U.S. Intelligence predicts that the attackers may have used the video as a cover for the terror. President Barack Obama condemned the attack and has increased security at American diplomatic posts around the globe, according to The New York Times. “These four Americans stood up for freedom and human dignity,” Obama said in a televised statement from the White House Rose Garden. “Make no mistake: we will work with the Libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people.”

ALEXA FISHMAN vice president

FIRE AND CHAOS: The interior of the U.S. consulate after it was burned down by protestors in Benghazi, Libya.

RESTRAINING IRAN Despite Western pressure and threats of Israeli assaults, Iran has not retreated from its nuclear programs and is instead accelerating it. In order to calm Israel and force Iran to negotiate, the Obama administration has planned a number of warning actions in the area. These actions include naval exercises and a joint minesweeping exercise of 26 nations in the Persian Gulf. Development of new antimissile systems and radar systems in the area are also planned by the administration. Despite such actions, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has criticized the world and United States for not being more firm about the situation. “Iran does not see international determination to stop its nuclear project,” said Netanyahu. “Until Iran sees a clear red line and such determination, it will not stop the progress of its nuclear project.” Compiled by DAVID KANG /theBOHSwildcatnewspaper



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Dream Catchers: Making Dreams Come True by Kevin Kim, Co-Arts Editor

BOHS DreamCatchers club members have successfully granted the final wish of their designated hospice patient, who was requested to remain anonymous. Kristen Park, president, began the club on campus when she found out that Caitlin Crommet created the DreamCatchers Foundation. “DreamCatchers was hard trying to expand. I realized I could be doing much more to help people in need,” Park said. The club members met the patient and his family at the hotel, giving them a dream catcher and funds for the stay. The funds provided the patient with special scooter transportation, and his family a suite and dinner near the beach side, which was requested to be confidential. “The patient was 55 years old and had terminal cancer. His dream was to visit New York to celebrate his wedding anniversary, but he wasn’t allowed to fly on a plane due to his illness,” Park said.


Many local businesses interested in fulfilling the patient’s dream donated money to drive the cause. Lauren Naval, senior, said Rubios and Yogurtland were especially generous by giving a percent of their income to help the dream team meet its goal. In the end, the members garnered a total of $220. “It was cool to see how many people were interested in helping out the life of an individual,” Naval said. “I’m so glad I got to be a part of fulfilling the patient’s dream. How it brought happiness to him and his family was great to see.” The patient’s dream was also his last dream, as he passed away a few weeks afterwards. Despite the tragic news, the patient’s family was happy the dream team offered such a tremendous help, according to Park. dream team was glad we were able to make a “[The patient] requested the pictures we difference in until the last moment.” took during the dream event so that she may Dream Catchers is currently working on use them at his funeral,” Park said. “The granting yet another dream for another hospice

DREAM CATCHERS: Kristen Park, president of Dream Catchers club, gives a terminal cancer patient his own dreamcatcher, a gift the club gives to every recipient. Photos courtesy of KRISTEN PARK patient who has not seen his child for ten years. “It’s our duty as the dream team to grant the patients’ last dreams in their last moments.” Park said.

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CheatNotes CHEAT






Plagiarism is not an option

Odd Cheating Tactics

by Audrey Moon, Co-Opinion Editor Stealing, possessing, or using a stolen exam or stolen exam answers

Plagiarizing any material, including material from the Internet, books, databases, encyclopedias, magazines, or other sources, without giving the author/artist name and/or source Submitting all or part of someone else’s assignment as your own Exchanging answers with another student, either, before, during, or after an exam

Plagiarizing all or part of a term paper or major research paper or project

When a teacher assigns another paper to write and reiterates that redundant lecture about plagiarism, we often say, “yeah, yeah, but it doesn’t apply to me.” But plagiarism is not something we should just shrug off. Rather, we should educate ourselves about the issue of plagiarism. Students may think that plagiarism is only when someone’s work is copied from a book or an internet article, word for word. However, plagiarism can also be a few words or even a single idea replicated from a friend’s homework. “The real issue with plagiarism is that it’s theft. People are trying to pass off work that they did not do as their own,” said Jennifer Ryan, English teacher. “It’s like stealing someone’s backpack and using it as your own.” Not only is plagiarism theft, it is also a lie. Besides the fact that lying decreases our teachers’ trust in us, why disregard giving simple credit when we could simply go to and get a citation? Regardless of why we do it, the author or source created the idea and we should respect that. “If you take someone else’s words or thoughts and turn them in as yours, you’re lying. This is why the English “The real issue with department stresses citation so much. As plagiarism is that long as you tell people the thought or the words are not your own, and give credit to it’s theft. People are the original creator, then you are not lying trying to pass off work or stealing,” said Ryan. that they did not do as The issue of plagiarism is also about their own.” laziness. A mere five minutes of surfing the internet can easily save us from a bundle Jennifer Ryan of trouble. Others remember reading about English Teacher the information, but cannot remember where they have seen it. Since the information is too good to pass up, we use the material anyway without a proper citation. Using the stolen material regardless is not only the matter of theft and lying, but of selfishness to those who gave their best and honest effort. “My friend and I caught these kids copying tests answers off of each other since they had to read different books for the test, but didn’t. They ended up getting a 100 percent on a book they didn’t read and it was really unfair,” said Claudia Morales, sophomore. What is worse is that some students do not even realize when they plagiarize. For instance, a good job of rephrasing a paragraph or a chapter does not mean citing is not required. So long as the author’s theme or point is being expressed, proper credit for the author or source is mandatory. Yet, some are oblivious of this and pass off someone else’s work as their own while patting themselves on the back for a job well done. “In my class, plagiarism results in the student receiving no credit for the work and I write a referral,” Jeremy Mattern, English teacher said. Knowing that, rather than receiving no credit, referrals, and other harsh consequences, giving credit to the author or source is simply the obvious thing to do. So be more industrious and do the legwork. Take the time to actually look for the information and give the proper person credit. That is the least we can do for using their thoughts and ideas. If all these tips do not help, there are always consequences to motivate us to do what is right.

“I’m investigating the use of small toy cameras on erasers to take pictures of my comprehension tests.”

Christine Hung Chinese teacher

“Sometimes I’ll give two versions of a test and a person will have all the wrong answers because they cheated off the wrong one.”

Nancy Smith Math teacher “A student showed me a picture of quiz answers that they had on their phone to prove that they weren’t wrong.”

Gil Rotblum History teacher

“The student would put the test answers on the brim of their ball cap.”

Betty Rudd Science teacher

“Sometimes they would put cheat sheets under the cover of their graphing calculator.”

Phara Cherdsuriya Math teacher

Photos by MICHELLE SUH / the wildcat

Facts from Compiled by AUDREY MOON



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Anti-gay chick-fil-a under fire by Emiko Kaneoka, Co-Opinion Editor

It was neither shocking nor discriminatory when Dan Cathy, president and chief operating officer (COO) of Chick-fil-A, announced his disapproval of same-sex marriage. Yet, despite the fact that Cathy has every right to speak his opinion, his comment was still ignorant, offensive, and potentially counterproductive to his restaurant’s business. “We are very much supportive of the family—the biblical definition of the family unit. I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is about,” said Cathy during a radio interview. Though his statement itself does not necessarily take action to discriminate against same-sex marriage, Chick-fil-A, run by a Southern Baptist family, has donated millions of dollars to Christian, anti-gay organizations. These conservative, fundamentalist groups aim to diminish homosexuality in America and have sparked controversy in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. According to The Advocate and other publications, Chick-fil-A has donated approximately $2 million to groups such as Exodus International and the Family Research Council in 2010 alone. These organizations pride themselves in their belief that “homosexual behavior is morally wrong” and strive to “mobilize the body of Christ to minister grace and truth to a world impacted by homosexuality.” Ultimately, the funding of anti-gay organizations by Chick-fil-A is the fire behind the LGBT community’s anger. The controversy does not concern free speech or the beliefs of the owner—it is solely a disagreement with Chick-fil-A’s support of the hate and intolerance toward the LGBT community using the money of their clientele. “The COO of a fast-food company is entitled to any opinion he wants to have, and it does not concern me. But, I will say that it is a completely different matter when he openly gives millions of dollars to anti-gay rights organizations because, as a consumer, this is going to be a deal breaker on the decision of spending my money at Chick-fil-A or taking my business elsewhere,” said Jake Flowers, senior and co-president of the Gay-Straight Alliance club. Cathy’s decision to bring his religious beliefs concerning same-sex marriage into Chickfil-A was unnecessary. Closing the restaurants on Sundays in observance of the Sabbath is tolerable, but religion in the workplace becomes a major problem when the company transfers the money of its same-sex marriage supporting customers into the hands of antigay Christians who are full of more judgment than they are of God’s mercy. In a world where the support of same-sex marriage and the LGBT community is increasing, Cathy and his supporters will soon realize that their audacity to try to define family as the “biblical definition of the family unit” will only prove them wrong. Their prideful and arrogant attitudes will truly be reason for embarrassment when equal rights for the LGBT community are granted in the near future. Illustration by JESSICA YIM / the wildcat

BREA Babble

Will you still eat at Chick-fil-A? “It wouldn’t influence if I eat there or not. How he feels is how he feels, and whether I agree or not isn’t really relevant to how the product tastes.”

Jacob Carlin Freshman @bohswildcat

Matthew Cha Sophomore

“Who am I to judge the views of others? I don’t think it’s fair that even workers who mIght disagree with Mr. Cathy will suffer just because they work at Chickfil-A.”

Louie Jota Junior

“Chick-fil-A’s disapproval of same-sex mairriage is very close minded, but I don’t think it reflects the views of everyone working there. I will still eat there, I just don’t support their views.”

Michelle Lu Senior

“Chick-fil-A has good food, so I’ll continue eating there. But, it is a fast food chain, so I don’t understand why they had to bring religion and gay rights to the business.”

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Sometimes, in order to succeed in life, we have to stress and suffer a bit over the things that are worth it.


STRESSED OUT: School brings an abundance of stress onto the academically involved student.

ith the beginning of the school year comes a tidal wave of stress and exhaustion due to changes in sleeping habits, multiple AP and honors classes, and additional responsibilities after school including homework, sports, and other extracurricular activities. Considering all of the stress and exhaustion throughout the school year, it is often difficult to maintain a positive attitude. It’s easy to develop a broken record of “I hate my life” running through our heads throughout the day with each painful obstacle that we face. But, if we keep thinking such negative thoughts, how will we survive this school year? If we are already looking forward to summer in the month of September, this is going to be one long year. Instead, we should put our lives into perspective and take everything one step at a time. It is easy to feel like giving up when faced with a load of AP homework and three tests to study for after a late sports practice. But, if we take a moment to stop and breathe for just a second, the whole situation may become a little bit more bearable. It is always difficult to write a paper or study for a test when all you can think about is how terrible your life is because you are missing out on the Friday night football game with friends. Wasting time being negative won’t help you to make any progress and, in the end, you know all of your studying will be well worth the time. So, instead of stressing and sulking over how much homework you have and how you are missing out on all the fun, remember how much more prepared and successful you will be in the end. Sometimes, in order to succeed in life, we have to stress and suffer a bit over the things that are worth it. But, we should also remember to wait to worry. When times get tough and an ever-present stream of negative thoughts begins to run through your head, take a moment to encourage yourself by being positive. Optimism is sometimes the only way to endure the stressful moments that high school throws our way. /theBOHSwildcatnewspaper


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Got Cupcakes?: Classy Catered Cakes offers numerous cupcake flavors and designs. Among them are Lemon Raspberry, Chai Tea, and Lavender. Michelle suh / the wildcat

Cupcakes galore Calhoun, O’dell (‘12) turn hobby into business, launch classy catered cakes by Akshay Verma, Managing Editor

urning a hobby into a home-based cupcake business, Cole Calhoun (‘12) and Thea O’Dell (’12) began Classy Catered Cakes as a Facebook page and are now hand-delivering cupcakes upon individual requests. “I’ve always loved baking because my mom always had me help her make baked goods growing up. It’s been a big hobby of mine for quite some time. Cupcakes are exciting because there are so many different flavors you can try out and they’re fun to decorate, whereas you can’t really decorate cookies or other baked goods,” said Calhoun, who attends California State University, Fullerton. Along with flavors ranging from Chai Tea and Lavender to Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Green Tea, Classy Catered Cakes promises to take any recipe requests and do its best to accommodate new and innovative cupcake flavors, including gluten-free recipes. Calhoun said the duo began making cupcakes together while stressing out over college decisions and future plans. O’Dell has a long history of baking in her family and has been in love with it ever since she was young. “I developed my baking skills through learning from my great grandmother and older cousins. It was always so inspiring to watch my great grandmother bake all her delicious Greek desserts by memory and love. She made it seem like so much fun and a little escape from reality so I absorbed every baking lesson she gave me,” said O’Dell, who attends California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Similarly, Calhoun was influenced by his mother’s passion for baking and the many times he assisted her in making cupcakes. By working with his mother, he developed his baking skills throughout the years. “Cole and I would always talk and daydream about cupcakes and all the different flavors we’ve heard about but haven’t made ourselves,” said O’Dell. “We would joke about just dropping everything and opening up a cupcake shop. So, we had an idea to just start a little catering business on the side since we both are living at home and could easily fit that into our schedules.” The Facebook group for Classy Catered Cakes, which acts as the main operating station for the cupcake business, now has over 200 members. Many customers have written rave reviews of the cakes. “The Facebook page was way more popular than I was expecting,” Calhoun said. Michelle Lu, senior, purchased Classy Catered Cakes’ chocolate cupcakes for her birthday party, and was so impressed by the taste that she distributed business cards to friends. “Cole and Thea’s cupcakes were delicious,” said Michelle Lu, senior. “The cupcake was moist and the vanilla cream cheese frosting was light and not too sweet. [The order] was a great price.” For basic flavors, such as chocolate or red velvet, a dozen cupcakes costs around 20 dollars; for more unique flavors and intricate or special recipes, they may cost a few dollars more. Orders from Classy Catered Cakes can be placed on the Facebook page, where customers can also find the contact information of the co-owners. “Although we’ll be in school, we can easily work on making the best cupcakes because we’ll both be living at home,” said Calhoun.

Photo by Irwin Nhan (‘12)

Sample cupcakes from Classy Catered Cakes

Lemon raspberry

A lemon cupcake with sugar-sprinkled, raspberry frosting and edible pearls.


Pumpkin and cinnamon frosting and a peanut butter Hershey’s Kiss atop a pumpkin cupcake.

Banana walnut coconut

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8 Things Every Freshman Should Have


Even if you’re not in an advanced math class, a graphing calculator comes in handy when you have to do long equations. It is also beneficial when you don’t have to borrow a calculator from your teacher for the period because often the teacher doesn’t have enough to supply the entire class. To prevent being left without any sort of calculator for the assignment, just bypass all that trouble and get one of your own. You will use it in almost every math class that you take.

7 A couple extra bucks never hurt anyone, especially for a 14-year old, unemployed teenager. Class t-shirts, a replacement ID card, or a bag of Hot Cheetos to hold you over until lunchtime, the list goes on and on. Having a little emergency cash is always nice. You’d be surprised at how far a dollar can get you. Fun fact: everything at the food court is a dollar after fifth period.


Tough skin. There’s no way you’re going to get through high school without it. There will be days that just suck. Either someone will have been mean and talked behind your back or you got a D- on your geometry test. As tragic as either incidents may seem at that particular moment, it’s okay. We’ve all been there before. You could be the smartest cat in all the land but your world is not going to crash and burn if you get one bad grade. Same with social situations. Not everyone is nice and that’s just the way the world is. If, for some reason, someone doesn’t like you, don’t take it personally. High school is too fun to be brought down by one bad grade or nasty rumor.

ASB gives you an agenda for a reason and it truly does help you keep your school and extracurricular work organized. When you get into high school, you will most likely be involved in a multitude of different activities, and after awhile, it will be hard to keep track of your responsibilities and obligations. Cue the agenda. Keep every task of the day written down in there from homework to your next club meeting and it will be near impossible to let anything slip through the cracks of our often-unreliable memories.


No matter what the class supply list says to get at the beginning of the year, be prepared to have backups. Because it is almost a guarantee that by the middle of March, the majority of these pretty new supplies will have either a) been lost or taken or b) you will have lent them out to various peoples. And before you know it, the only thing you will have is some random pencil you found on the floor of your science class.


by Noelle Gracia, Sports Editor

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Organization is a huge key to success when going through high school. Between five classes, athletic gear for your sport, or costumes for your next show choir performance, it’s a lot to keep track of. Make it easy on yourself and invest in a good backpack. It sounds so obvious--you’d think that everyone would get one. Because there is no worse feeling than not being able to turn in your homework, even when you know you had done it, simply because you have no idea where it is.


Having a hard time with your classes? There’s an app for that. One of the mantras of our generations, it rings especially true when trying to juggle the multitude of classes and obligations that come with high school. Having a smart phone will be almost invaluable for your high school years. Whether it is reading Great Expectations online, or looking up how to conjugate French verbs, a smart phone can be quite handy.


Confidence is one of the most important things you will need in high school. It will apply to both your social and academic life, giving you the most well-rounded high school experience. Want to be a Link Leader? You have to be willing to put yourself out there. Want to be president of a club? You need to be okay with public speaking. High school isn’t just about the grades and test scores, or getting into the best college. One of the best parts of your next four years here are going to be all the new things to experience, such as cheering for the Wildcats at the football games or asking a boy or girl to Sadie’s. Having the nerve to step out of your comfort zone is what’s going to get you the most out of your high school career. Yes, it sounds cliche and very, very lame, but it’s true. And yes, it will be scary at first, there is absolutely no denying that. The first time you do something that is out of the norm for you, such as giving your opinion during a class discussion or participating in the Freshman Olympics, you will be terrified. Your breath will come very fast and your heart will beating out of your chest, and every other nervous reaction in the book. Some of you might even feel like crying. But you know what? That’s totally okay. And during those first initial nerve wracking seconds, you’ll find that it really that wasn’t a big deal, and you will have ended up with something great in the end: a date to homecoming, the recognition of your teacher for the thoughtful analysis you gave, or even a new friend. It sounds completely oxymoronic, but the kids who have the best time here at BOHS, are the ones who are most willing to step outside their comfort zones.




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The Wildcat presents

THE official map of BOHS

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Although our current campus was established in 1989, the history of BOHS stretches back far longer than this. After the Brea-Olinda Union High School District was formed in 1926 (before Brea was its own individual city), 90 freshmen and sophomores began attending classes at the Brea Grammar School, which is known today as the Brea Junior High. Soon new construction plans for an actual high school were underway; however, there was a debate as to where the school was to be built. The Olindans, citizens of Olinda, wanted the school to be built on a rural site Breans, citizens of Brea, considered too far away. Nevertheless, the Olindans won the debate, and construction of a new high school began. The first Brea Olinda High School was opened on Sept. 14, 1927 across from the Brea Mall in the lot where Target stands today. 63 years later, the BOHS campus was moved to the hilltop where it stands today. The 35-million dollar campus opened in September 1989, and was the first California public high school to be built without help from the state and at no cost to tax-payers. To connect the two campuses, a cornerstone from the previous campus was engraved as the current campus’s cornerstone.

Popular spots AROUND Campus • Out of the 10 bathroom locations on campus, students can unanimously agree that the bathrooms located in the “New Building,” are the most favorable. With their tiled walls, numerous stalls, clearer mirrors, and a cleaner environment, these bathrooms will almost always be crowded during breaks and passing periods. • Though it is not written in stone, the group of lunch tables located near the Quad is reserved exclusively for seniors. Almost everyone on campus has heard this rule atleast once in their high school careers, and although this “rule” is not strictly regulated, it is definitley remembered.


• Established last year, the Den has now become one of the most popular spots on campus. Located at the Football Stadium, the Den is reserved specifically for students. Students can have fun without disturbing parents. Fun Facts



It used to be mandatory for boys to take

manual labor classes and for girls to take

by several ghosts .


James Cameron,

awardwinning director of titanic

The school’s Wildcat mascot was actually named after a group of

oil miners

and avatar ,

called “the Wildcats.”

attended bohs his senior year.



domestic domestic arts and sciences.


According to numerous reports from students, The Performing arts center (PAC) is apparently

what is your favorite spot on campus?

34% 6%


152 students were polled

said they liked the favored

like going to

11% 40%


The Den

Teachers rooms

hang out at the

food court



Key bathrooms food carts


Seniors Only vending machines

Popular spots

JESSICA YIM / the wildcat


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Sept. 14, 2012

Perlson (‘12) gives advice for college applications Perlson, having experienced the stress of college applications and the many responsibilities of senior activities, gives tips to seniors


Visit the schools you are applying to and check to see if you can interview. If there is an opportunity to interview, then do it. Interviews can only help and if anything at least they give more interview practice. On visits and interviews, the school is trying to see if you are a right fit for them, but you are also trying to see if the school is a right fit for you.


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Keep a notebook with all of the deadlines, passwords and any information you need for filling out an application. Keep track of which supplements, SAT scores, AP scores, transcripts, etc., that need to be submitted. Create a resume including every extra curricular activities and volunteering you have been involved in throughout the past four years. This way it is always handy for quickly filling out scholarships and applications.

by Kaitlin Martinez, Staff Writer

Schedule your time wisely to allow breaks in

your day for fun activities. This scheduling of required relaxing time will help avoid burn-out and impending “senioritis.”

Change up your schedule. Even if you can’t change your classes, try changing when you do other activities to eliminate the repetition that numbs and dulls the brain and help your mind stay focused on the task at hand.

Thinking about the pressures that will come with the fun would put perspective on the impending college life and hopefully chase away senioritis by making us cherish this time with yes less freedom, but also with less responsibility. With great freedom comes great responsibility.


It will happen, so prepare yourself for it. It will not deter you from reaching your goals and the school you end up going to does not determine how successful you will be. It only shapes the path that you take to get to your goals. So do not let it get you down. Ultimately after making the final decision on where you will be attending, you will find that where you end up going will be the right choice for you. So hang in there seniors and good luck!

Listen to music that motivates you.

Now with the tune in your head, an assignment or project doesn’t seem as burdensome.

If you are taking a lot of hard classes


Cal State applications are due Nov. 30. University of California applications are due Nov. 30. For private schools, check either the Common Application or the individual school’s application if the school is not part of the Common Application. Most applications are due around Jan. 1. Early action or early decision applications are due around Nov. 1. For more information, check the school’s website.

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that would make you susceptible to burn out, don’t expect to get it all done in one day. Plan realistically, and accept that in some instances you won’t be able to get everything done. Learn where to realistically “slack” to get some breathing room while maintaining the grades you want.





* Begin work on admission essays * Study for the SAT or ACT if you plan to take either one * Finalize your college list * Dress up for Patriotic Day on Oct. 12

* Most early admission or early action applications due Nov 1 * Dress up for Star Wars day on Nov. 2 * UC applications due Nov. 30 * Cal State applications due Nov. 30

* Regular decision deadline for most private schools: around Dec. 31 * FAFSA application becomes available Jan. 1 * Plan your outfit for Senior Citizen Day on Jan. 11

* Receive acceptance and rejection letters * For private colleges, make your final decision by May 1 * Study for AP Exams * Enjoy your last few months of high school


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ust do it, the theme of the Rotary Youth Leadership Camp, were words Kristen Park, senior, said she brought home and remembered while leading the Associated Student Body (ASB), girls’ cross country, Toyo Volunteers, Dream Catchers and the Girls Athletic Association (GAA). Park said these words motivated her to be unafraid of failure and feeling overwhelmed and inspired her to see the importance of a team’s support in any project, whether it is planning a rally, welcoming a new cross country coach, or raising money to send a terminal cancer patient on a beach vacation. “A lot of camps are just about how you individually can help the campus, but this one was more about the people you can depend on,” Park said. After being nominated by teachers and counselors, completing an application and an essay, and interviewing with local Rotary Club members, Park was given the Rotary Youth Leadership Award and was invited to the camp. The Rotary Club, an organization of business and professional leaders that promotes world peace according to its website, grants awards yearly to recipients who “by the power of their positive actions compel others to positive action.” Park epitomizes positive action and energy, according to Richard Corp, math teacher and former girls’ cross country coach. He said from freshman year, he could see her leadership potential because of her willingness to befriend teammates. “From freshman year, [Park] took on a secret buddy and went above and beyond in that friendship, whereas most freshmen did not know how to,” said Corp. After Corp resigned from being girls’ cross-country coach, Park said one of her greatest challenges was transitioning the team in getting a new coach. However, Lauren Naval, senior and girls’ cross country runner, said Park always ensured that the team was practicing regularly throughout the summer and held several team bonding sleepovers along the way. “[Park] really gets to know people and goes out of her way to include them, even if she does not know them well,” said Naval. Kristine Sea, senior and staff/faculty commissioner in ASB said Park has an open ear to everyone’s opinions in the group. “If Kristen were to go on Survivor,” said Pam Valenti, assistant principal and ASB adviser, “she would either be the first one voted out because she would help lead the team toward the goal and they would see her as a threat and get rid of her, or she would win the whole thing because she would form amazing relationships and alliances with her teammates.” However, Park said she often finds herself working alone and forgets that having a team is essential. “I am very individual and try to get everything done myself. But I can be more successful if I can get people on board with me and work together to achieve greatness,” Park said. This past summer, Park said in many instances she had to step outside her comfort zone, but was reminded to “just do it”. For example, she expanded Dream Catchers, a club she founded and presides, by getting in contact with more hospice homes and patients to “fulfill more dreams”, despite the cost. Also, Park said that although she is limited in her speaking Korean and worked alongside strangers, she recruited students from Los Angeles to assist the elderly in a Korean nursing home for Toyo Volunteers, an organization founded by Park’s father and started on campus by her brother Edward (’11). “I realized that the whole year, we were trying to help our own community and just relied on kids in our club. But the camp made me realize that I can get other people involved and reach out,” said Park. Park, along with Nicole McEntee, senior, also was nominated to be a Leader of America in June by counselors and teachers. She also said that she hopes to promote this idea of “just doing it” to her peers, and that they understand how privileged they are to be Wildcats. “You can make [high school] the best four years by using all the opportunities it gives you or you can just flow by if that is the way you want it to be,” said Park. “Being a Wildcat is being someone who is passionate, driven, and ready to succeed in whatever they do.”

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A summer in Haiti

Jervis spends break constructing benches for schools, helps rebuild earthquake stricken villages by Joy Kim, Editor-in-Chief A three and a half hour drive in the August heat led Brooklynn Jervis, senior, and her team of family and friends from Port de Prince into the Haitian jungle, where they set out on foot to the mountaintop village that would soon receive new benches for its school. Jervis said as soon as the village children saw her and her American comrades, they instantly ran to them and clung onto them, waiting to be picked up, played with, and loved. “The [Haitian] people are so beautiful. Obviously, they are very devastated and you can see sadness in their faces, but they are beautiful people,” Jervis said. The Jervis family, including parents, Jerry and Tami, and brothers Zac, Cooper, and Tanner, went to Haiti for the second time from Aug. 12 to 18 to build and deliver benches to villages’ schools and churches. After their first trip in October 2010, when they delivered backpacks and school supplies following the catastrophic 7.0 earthquake, Jervis said her family had always been trying to go back. Eventually, they contacted a missionary who houses Americans in Haiti and helps them build benches for surrounding villages. Jervis said her family chose to build benches during its most recent trip because many villages’ schools and churches share benches or have none at all, making it difficult for children to learn without places to sit. Although the family’s goal was to create and deliver 20 benches, it completed 36 by the end of the trip. “Words do not do justice to all that God offered us while we were there,” said Tami Jervis. “It doesn’t make sense that building and working in a poverty stricken, hot, humid and dirty place would offer unimaginable joy and the best ‘vacation’.” According to Jervis, being able to witness poverty allowed her family to realize how blessed they were, a realization that brought her family closer together. She said schools and churches are some of the few buildings that have withstood the earthquake or have been quickly recovered. Still affected by the quake, most people live in tents provided by the United States and the United Kingdom, but with no running water, electricity, or gas. Despite living in such conditions, Jervis said Haitians are “very prideful of the little they have” and are very appreciative of anything they can get. Other than Haiti, Jervis has also traveled to several countries such as Ireland and Mexico on mission trips. She said she loves immersing herself in other cultures and wants to one day live abroad. Whether she will be a full-time missionary her entire life or will devote a few years to humanitarian projects, she does not know; but for now, she said she is planning on returning to Haiti a third time with her family. “Our hearts are so in love with Haiti. We want to go back within the next two and a half years,” Jervis said. As the girl who often roams around barefoot, has long, curly hair, and loves tank tops and tie-dyed tees, Jervis is labeled by her friends as the school’s “biggest hippie.” It is this constant and cheerful demeanor that makes her friends believe she is perfect for the mission field. “Brooklynn is a Haitian in mind and body,” said Kaitlin Gishwiller, senior, “a true native.”


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Helping hands: (Top to bottom) Jervis bonds with a child she helped. Jervis and her family hiking up to the village where they will build benches for a school.

Before the earthquake, the people of Haiti were living on less than two dollars a day. After the 7.0 earthquake hit in 2010, 3.5 million people were affected and thousands still are. 36 schools were up and running in six months after the quake, and 100,000 people were assisted.

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Seth’s Law changes bullying policies by Joy Kim, Editor-in-Chief

After years of being pushed and ridiculed by peers, openly gay student Seth Walsh hanged himself on a tree outside his Tehachapi, Calif., home in 2010, according to his mother Wendy Walsh in Time. Walsh reported that when she complained to school administrators about the bullying, they chose “to do nothing about it.” Walsh’s death spurred California legislators to pass Seth’s Law, or AB 9, requiring school districts to prohibit bullying against gays, lesbians, and other minority groups in their policies and to intervene for victims, according to the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Principal Jerry Halpin said these policies will be listed in the student handbook and on the website. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, the bill’s author, said on the California State Assembly Democratic Caucus’ website that Seth’s Law, which was enacted this month, is “showing students throughout California that schools are safe places to learn and they do not have to fear for their safety because of who they are.” Before Seth’s Law, many schools did little to enforce its policies against bullying of students based on actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, gender, race or ethnicity, nationality, religion, disability, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics, Equality California said on its website. After Seth’s Law was enacted, all California schools must create faster methods of investigating discrimination cases and state these methods in their complaint procedures. “We can make clear to schools that part of their responsibility is to take care of the bullying and harassment that is part of students’ daily life right now,” said Eliza Byard,


NEW RULES: Seth’s Law, an anti-bullying legislation, now forces school officials to take persistent and effective action against bullying. The law was prompted by the suicide of Seth Walsh, an openly gay student.

Truthfully, the law itself is not going to make anyone feel safer or not; rather, it is the culture of a school that dictates how safe students feel.” Jerry Halpin, principal executive director of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network. Byard also told Time that 80 percent of gay students said administrators failed to act when they saw bullying against homosexuals. said that nine out of ten homosexual students report being bullied and that sexual orientation is the number two cause of suicide. But legislation could be a disincentive for schools to act on bullying cases, according to John Linney, senior trainer at Community Matters, a non-profit organization that has worked with schools throughout the country on violence prevention. “We have to stop talking about responding to [bullying] and prevent it from happening in the first place,” said Linney. “[Policies] are good because we have an obligation to react to bullying. But more rules and policies don’t look at the whole school climate. It’s just more paper and administrative responsibility.” He said that in the past ten years since the Columbine shooting, schools have spent $10 billion on higher safety but have often ignored how students can create change themselves. The solution lies in teaching non-violent communication skills that will

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EUNICE CHO / the wildcat help students to step in and stop bullying on the spot, he said. Halpin also said a school’s environment is fundamental to preventing bullying. “Truthfully, the law itself is not going to make anyone feel safer or not; rather, it is the culture of a school that dictates how safe students feel,” Halpin said. In addition to updating school policies to adhere to Seth’s Law, Halpin said that BOHS has “made every effort to make students feel safe.” But just seven miles away at Fullerton Union High School, recent graduate and Youth Empowered to Act member Blake Danford said he experienced a different phenomenon. Danford said that he and other gay peers were discriminated by administrators. For example, he said the Gay-Straight Alliance on campus was not allowed to observe National Day of Silence and that his friend Kearian Giertz was disqualified from the Mr. Fullerton pageant for advocating gay marriage. “Once bullying is reported, it is now widely known that they must do something about it,” Danford said. Because Seth’s Law states that students can transfer schools if administrators fail to protect them, Danford said that “administration can no longer feign ignorance to an issue.” As a mother who lost her son to “bully-cide”, Walsh said Seth’s Law will “make a safer environment for students. Ammiano said she has been a “tireless advocate” for the prevention of bullying against gay students. She said, “Seth Walsh’s legacy will be carried through this bill that helps protect students by responding to and preventing bullying before a tragedy occurs.”

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or Missy Leonardo, dance teacher, dance has been not only a career choice—it has been a life-long passion. Beginning her dance training at age three, Leonardo attended ballet/tap combo classes and participated in her first performance soon after. “I performed a ballet dance to ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ [a memory] which now always reminds me of my dad who was watching in the audience, now my angel in Heaven,” said Leonardo. At the age of 14, Leonardo took her first studio dance class at Dellos Dance Studio after being rewarded a four-month summer scholarship by her junior high school show choir choreographer, Dove Dellos. “I took ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, tap and tumbling—three to four classes a night, Monday through Thursday,” said Leonardo. “I kept up that schedule for a year and a half and it truly advanced my technique as I became a more versatile dancer.” Upon entering high school, Leonardo became part of Los Osos High School’s first dance team. “All four years I was given the most priceless memories with lifetime friends, opportunities to create choreography and perform in unforgettable high school moments,” said Leonardo. One significant performance that Leonardo gave during her junior year was dedicated to her late father, who had just passed away from brain cancer. She danced with her varsity dance team, along with her sister, to “Dance with My Father” by Luther Vandross at her school’s dance show. “The response [from the audience] was such a blessing and it inspired me that dance could capture more than just movement and technique, but also real life emotions, experiences and new beginnings,” said Leonardo. During high school, Leonardo began her career in dance upon attending a professional audition at Disneyland at the age of 16. She was cast in “Block Party Bash,” one of Disneyland’s 50th anniversary parades, and has been dancing for Disney for over seven years. One of her favorite memories at Disney was dancing down Main Street for the first time in the “Parade of Dreams.” by Emiko Kaneoka, Co-Opinion Editor “It was an evening parade and my family was sitting on the curb watching,” said Leonardo. “The music, lights, people—it truly was magical and unforgettable. Although I was making magic, I felt it too.” Besides her success at Disney, Leonardo’s accomplishments also include receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in dance at Chapman University, making her the first in her immediate family to earn a Bachelor’s Degree. Following her graduation from college, Leonardo took over the dance program at her former high school for a semester, while the instructor recovered from knee surgery. This past semester, she also had the opportunity to teach and direct the Spring Dance Show at Upland High School while the school’s dance instructor was on maternity leave. Now starting her first year at BOHS, Leonardo hopes to inspire her students with her passion for dance and to open their eyes to many different dance genres. She is also looking forward to continuing the Brea Dance Concert in February and the Dance Production show in April. With her unique and recent experience in the industry, along with her knowledge of dance and passion for the art, she hopes to bring a new twist in the dance department. “In the role of a teacher, I can share my love for dance and carve a path for my dancers to experience their own story with dance,” said Leonardo. “I want my students to create something meaningful, something that they can look back on and always remember the feeling of when they danced it. I am very much looking forward to being a part of the Wildcat family.”


Dance teacher Leonardo takes on role of dance instructor

Photos by MICHELLE SUH and john serna / the wildcat

Eat, sleep, dance: (left to right) Crysta Johnson, senior and Dance Production co-captain, performs in the first day pep rally. Jenna Lambourne, junior, and Brittany Jones, sophomore, dance during the football halftime show on Aug. 24. Leonardo starts off her fifth period Dance 1 class by instructing dancers through a stretch session.


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Kaneoka shares experience of a lifetime of hula dancing by Emiko Kaneoka, Co-Opinion Editor For the past eight years, hula has literally been my life. It has taken me on a rollercoaster of ups and downs, taught me what is truly important in life, and has been the source of unimaginable emotional growth. From practicing to prepping and then finally performing, hula has become a part of who I am and the way that I live. I know what you’re thinking. Hula? Isn’t that just wearing grass skirts, coconut bras, and plastic “flower” leis and moving your hips and hands? No big deal, right? No. Just no. Believe it or not, hula is not only difficult to master physically, but also in the spiritual and mental respect as well. Hula is essentially storytelling. The hands are illustrations to the mele or oli, song or chant, that the dancer performs to. Of course, most dance genres can also be used to tell stories, but what makes hula unique is the fact that it’s sole purpose is to pass down Hawaiian history and mythology. It is, in a sense, an artistic and beautiful “textbook.” For myself, the most difficult aspect of hula is not learning the steps, but truly understanding the story behind the dance and possessing the emotion and spiritual awareness needed to correctly emote what should be felt. Besides the physical demands of hula, this in itself is difficult and extremely frustrating at times. Being able to tap into my deepest emotions and share them in front of a huge crowd is truly daunting. My goal is to possess the mana, or emotional power, needed to become the dance. But, it’s a long road getting there. Some days you beat yourself up in frustration, some days you cry, and, as with most sports or dances, you develop a love/hate relationship with it. You hate the long journey to get there, but you eventually love the end result. For me, one of those situations occurred as I was prepping for E Hula Mau, one of the largest hula competitions in California, these past months. The group that I belong to, Kilohana Performing Arts Company, was not going to the competition to compete. We were going to honor one of the most revered kumu hula, or teacher, for his 50 years of hula. Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, or Uncle Frank, is a renowned hula kumu and the songwriter

Photos courtesy of EMIKO KANEOKA of many mele and oli. He is also a judge at the annual E Hula Mau competition. My kumu hula, Rolanda Reese or Auntie Mohala, was asked to honor him during intermission at E Hula Mau with a portion of a play that she wrote, Na Ka’ao. This play, covering the stories of many Hawaiian gods and goddesses such as Pele, Hi’iaka, Laieikawai, and Poli’ahu, incorporates many hula dances to mele and oli written by Uncle Frank himself. Going to E Hula Mau to perform, and especially being asked to honor a kumu as famous as Uncle Frank, is a big responsibility. You cannot imagine how intimidating it is having to dance in front of several kumu, along with Uncle Frank, while trying to represent your own kumu to your best ability. The practices during the weeks before the performance were long and grueling, but, in the end, the chance to dance onstage at E Hula Mau for such a loved kumu was priceless. The moment I knew all of our hard work was truly worth it was during my favorite dance of the show, “Poli’ahu.” As I looked toward the front center of the audience, I saw Uncle Frank sitting there, sobbing. His emotional reaction to our dance that we worked so hard on made everything worth it. It made me realize that every step in this journey to where I was onstage at E Hula Mau should have been embraced, because it was all in the name of honoring hula and how it has the ability to move people. Though the road was tough getting there, I have learned to embrace the journey.

Hula Mau Loa: (Top to bottom) Kaneoka participates with other dancers in a Mother-Daughter dance in the Kilohana Performing Arts Company’s Annual Lu’au. In the E Hula Mau competition, Kaneoka (far right) performs with her group in the E Hia’ai dance.

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get fit with Jenn jann by Lauren Lee, Lifestyles Editor

Jennifer Janneck, senior, has dedicated herself to fitness because of the level of stress-relief it brings to her life. “During a workout, you seem to forget a lot of daily or life problems that may have accumulated. The entire time I think, ‘How can I get better, or how can I improve my ability for next time? It is great determination and teaches a lot of patience,” said Janneck. Below are some tips Janneck has compiled to promote a healthy lifestyle, and three workouts that will emphasize core areas and will show results quickly if one sticks with

PERFECTING YOUR WORKOUT These exercises focus on thighs, calves, glutes, and abs

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them consistently and diligently. The health tips also show what foods are healthy and unhealthy to eat before and after a workout. The examples of food below are essential breakfasts starters, snack fillers, and body replenishers after a tiresome workout. Janneck is not a professional in fitness by any means, but these tips are what she has compiled over the years from coaches and personal trainers.

Stand with both legs straight. Face both feet directly to the front and pick up the back heel.

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The Before and after: Tips to benefit your workout Eliminate sugary cereals or breakfast foods. Choose lowfat/skim milk with whole grain cereal or fruit and oatmeal

Before you begin any workout, ensure that your body is adequately hydrated Reduce dessert cravings (and the calories) after a meal by chewing gum or drinking ice water with lemon in it Trade Gatorade (or other sports drinks) for no calorie vitamin drinks. They have more nutrients and are much healthier Instead of eating three large meals a day, eat four to five smaller meals throughout the day (every three hours or so) Listen to your body: lingering pain will most likely form into a serious injury if over-stressed

Wholesome foods to supplement workout routines


Get into a sitting position and bring the knees up and make sure feet are not flat on the ground. Do 20 lunges.

by Jennifer Janneck, Guest contributor

Best foods before a workout are bananas, granola/nuts, lowfat yogurt, and pasta/complex carbs



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Get into a sitting position and bring knees up and make sure feet are not flat on the ground.

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Bring legs up and put feet straight up in front. Make sure back is not touching the ground.

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Lean back and extend one leg. Turn torso in the direction of the bent leg. Repeat 75 times.



Working out on an empty stomach does not break down fat, but can actually cause the body to break down muscle tissue. Eating foods such as whole grains and complex carbs sustains long term energy and prevents drastic changes in blood sugar and insulin levels, which can also, opt for proteins and fibers which keep your insulin levels steady to slow digestion and fat deposits. It is important to replenish the body with vitamins so your body stays hydrated and the muscles heal. @ bohswildcat

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The Wildcat asks: Which burger chain is best? by Joy Kim, Editor-in-Chief

“Five Guys’ Cajun fries, peanuts, and burger make a perfect combination.” Tim Park, senior

We have seen people get surprisingly angry over whether Five Guys or In-N-Out is the better burger. So, I decided to compare the two myself in a “Battle of the Burgers”, and while I prefer In-N-Out , I found there is a fine line between which really is better. Whenever I enter In-N-Out, there is always a line for that simple, clean-cut burger served with their famous spread on those light buns that are slightly crisp on the edges. I don’t mind their lack of room for customization, and by looking at the long line, it doesn’t seem like others mind much either. When the ingredients taste so fresh, high-quality, and perfectly crafted together, I don’t want to change anything. It’s hard for me to be in love with any other burger. The customization In-N-Out does offer, however, is on their “Not So Secret Menu” online, where you can find burgers with extra patties or burgers with no patty at all. But unlike In-N-Out, Five Guys is customization central, serving seven sauces, eight vegetables, and the choice of bacon as toppings. There are literally countless possibilities (I tried and failed to do the math) for what burger you can create. I have to admit I was excited that I could get jalapeno’s in mine, being a stereotypical Korean obsessed

with spicy food. I was at first taken aback by the fact that a regular hamburger is $5.19. I was more surprised, though, when I picked up my burger from the counter and it was heavy, much heavier than an In-N-Out burger. I had no idea a “regular” hamburger came with two huge patties. Probably the amount of meat in an In-N-Out Double-Double would equal one Five Guys patty. Hence, it’s understandable why a regular hamburger at Five Guys is more expensive than In-N-Out’s $3.46 Double-Double. Five Guys has pretty good burgers, but I didn’t exactly walk away anticipating the next time I would come back like I do at In-N-Out. In fact, I almost felt the five bucks and the enourmous calories weren’t worth it. Maybe I just need to keep perfecting my combination of toppings at Five Guys, but I guess that’s what I like about In-N-Out – it has already succeeded at creating the best burger. However, I’m sure that anyone with a creative mind and a very, very hungry stomach will be satisfied at Five Guys. Just make sure you come really hungry. Both joints offer juicy, mouthwatering, made-to-order burgers, but it really comes down to whether you want to stick to a classic or feel like making your creation. For me, I’ll just stick to the classic.

“No restaurant can possibly beat the authenticity of In-NOut, not even Five Guys.” Serena Garza, freshman

But I’m a vegetarian. Now what? by Akshay Verma, Managing Editor

Veggie Cheese CALORIES AND PRICES 470 calories $3.49

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It’s rare to find a fast-food restaurant that offers “real” vegetarian food; oftentimes, I find myself eating cheaply slapped-together vegetables on a bun. Although I can’t speak about traditional burgers, I can say that In-N-Out easily dethrones Five Guys on my “best burgers” list. In-N-Out’s “Grilled Cheese” is the only vegetarian option offered at the popular burger joint—but it’s so good that I hardly mind. The burger contains all the trademark ingredients except the meat. It may not sound like much, but it’s much better than most “veggie burgers” I find at other restaurants like Red Robin or Johnny Rockets. I was a bit hesitant to try Five Guys’ burger but decided for the sake of determining which one is the best, challenge accepted. Initially, I was a bit flummoxed to not find a vegetarian option on the menu. Upon asking, however, I was guided to a little corner on the menu for vegetarians. Similar to In-N-Out’s, I ordered the “Cheese Veggie Sandwich” with tomatoes, green peppers, jalapenos, and lettuce, along with a side of Cajun Style fries. The Cajun fries were 1474 calories (for the “large” size), in comparison to 400 calories for In-N-Out’s fries—so I was naturally glad I had a friend along to share. Unfortunately, the sandwich was nothing special even though I paid about two more extra dollars for it than at In-N-Out. It just didn’t taste “extremely delicious.” The taste of the buns was overwhelming and made me think I wasted money for two small pieces of bread and a side of vegetables. The Cajun fries, however, more than made up for my lackluster sandwich. I can honestly say that Five Guys’ fries are some of the best fries I have ever tasted and I fully expect to go back just for an order of its fries. So for a nice vegetarian meal, In-N-Out or Five Guys? For a cheaper, lower-calorie, and much better burger, I would say In-N-Out. As for Five Guys, as long as you’re okay with feeling five pounds heavier after eating them, I would go again for the fries.



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The Wildcat

23 OSH VIZCAYA motivated, inspired by family



Sept. 14, 2012

by Noelle Gracia, Sports Editor

osh Vizcaya, senior, and running back for the Wildcats varsity football team, competes for all the usual reasons: college app padding, the pride of being a varsity player, the camaraderie he shares with his teammates. But above all else, his passion for the sport is fueled by his family. There is one family member in particular whom Vizcaya holds very close to his heart, literally. Karyn Shamell, Vizcaya’s mother, has been his main inspiration since he first touched a football. His regard for his mother is in evidence in Vizcaya’s first tattoo: his mother’s name etched above his heart. Vizcaya was born into an athletic family. His mother and grandmother ran track in high school, his two older brothers played football in college, and his maternal grandfather played in the NFL for the San Diego Chargers. “I grew up with football, what with my brothers playing and my grandfather playing for the NFL. Grandpa’s pretty old now but my mom and grandma were the ones to teach me the sport, along with my brothers,” said Vizcaya. A childhood surrounded by a sports crazy family and a love for carrying the ball past defenders ultimately led Vizcaya to BOHS’s backfield and the primary offensive weapon on a team that finished 9-3 last season and placed second in Century League. Vizcaya ran for 1453 yards and scored a team-leading 24 touchdowns. On Vizcaya’s maturity as a player and his breakout season, Robb Perrance, head coach, said, “What I’ve seen in Josh is that he’s

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BORN FOR FOOTBALL: Senior Josh Vizcaya’s passion for football was ignited by his family, including his mother, Karyn Shamell, who looks on during Vizcaya’s first game back from an ankle injury on Sept. 7.

“ONE OF THE BIGGEST MORALS THAT MY MOM taught ME WAS TO RESPECT MY ELDERS AND WALK HUMBLY, NO MATTER WHAT.” J��� V������, senior learned to work harder and play better, not that he didn’t do those things before, but when you’re young and you have that amount of talent, you sometimes tend to just go on that talent. He’s learned to push himself harder throughout these years and overall, that’s the best thing.” Vizcaya’s hard work and improved play resulted in being named one of Orange County’s top 50 players by the Orange County Register at the start of this season. Vizcaya has not let his success on the football field get to his head. Although Vizcaya is aware of his abilities, he prides himself on his humility. “One of the biggest morals that my mom instilled in me was to respect my elders and walk humbly no matter what,” said Vizcaya. Another characteristic that Vizcaya’s mother drilled into him is to stay realistic about his goals and ambitions after high school, knowing full well that there are no guarantees of a Division 1 football scholarship and career in the NFL. Vizcaya’s main priorities are to get into a good college and major in either business or kinesiology, the study of human movement.

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think it’d be really cool to open up my own gym or training center one day, teaching little kids to play football. I’d like to play for the NFL but I know the chances of that are slim. I mean, I’m pretty small,” said Vizcaya with a chuckle. Karyn Shamell has taught all her children that, “Nothing is ever guaranteed. Education comes first and foremost, so that if for some reason football doesn’t work out or you get an injury, you will always have something to fall back on.” This statement rang all too true for Vizcaya at the beginning of his senior season when he injured his right ankle at practice, mere days before the teams first game. After two games of watching from the sidelines and supporting his teammates as they split their first two contests, Vizcaya returned to the field in uniform last Friday against the Yorba Linda Mustangs. In the 35-7 loss, Vizcaya managed 34 yards on 13 carries. “I was excited to see Josh come out for his first game,” said Shamell, “he was pumped up but I was disappointed with how the team

played together overall. But I don’t believe that will affect the rest of his playing. I mean, this his last year in high school; I told him to just have fun. Hopefully he’ll just move on from this game.” Despite the loss, both Perrance and Shamell believe that Vizcaya will rebound and will improve as the season continues. “Coming into the game, my ankle was still bothering me, but I knew this was a game I could not miss. I really did try my hardest but I can’t do what I do best because I know that I’m still suffering. I’m very hesitant, and it is not allowing me to do my very best.” said Vizcaya. Vizcaya will suit up in tonight’s game against Diamond Bar, still unsure on whether the condition of his ankle will hinder him. “I don’t mind keeping Josh out, if it comes to that. I’d rather him miss a few games than further irritate his injury because in the long run, that won’t help him or the team. We need him in the best condition,” said Perrance. “I hope this won’t affect the rest of my season, I really just want to be 100 percent so I can do the things I usually do. But I also know it is going to take patience and wisdom like my coaches always tell me,” said Vizcaya. /theBOHSwildcatnewspaper


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