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Cerritos, California


Boys basketball makes history in CIF and state championship league.

“I’ll be wearing a heart monitor and I just explain what it’s for,” Debra North said.

Entertainment Senior, Marquis Tyler strives to complete his first album and make it in the music industry.

Richard Gahr High School

The Gahr Forum Thursday, March 26, 2009

Issue VII

Volume XLIV

Campus Attacked by Vandals

The school has witnessed a vandalism spree. Some things were glued and others things were painted. By Maria TUadi News Editor

Lockers and doors were the victims of a few pranks on March 16-17. On a monday morning, the key-holes of classroom doors were filled with Elmer’s glue. “If it’s our own students, it’s sad that they’re wasting resources. What’s hard is that kids get the impression that since it’s public, it’s free, but the truth is we pay for it,” principal Gina Zietlow said. The next morning, St. Patrick’s Day, random lockers in all three quads were found defaced. “The locker combination was sprayed black and I couldn’t even see the numbers to open my locker,” Joy Tawadrous (10) said. The cost to repair the lockers and doors has yet to be calculated by the district. Many students’ routines were hindered by the spray-painting of lockers and many faculty members were disappointed by the situation. “Respect of property starts in your own home and your home is Gahr High School,” seceratary Diana Flores said, “Considering the economic situation, it would have been

The School Board Has Spoken

Many programs will be kept for the next school year. It was a meeting full of agendas, agreements, and promises. By Maria TUadi News Editor

Photographed by Maria Tuadi

The district sends people to remove the spray paint from the lockers. The paint was gone by the afternoon. better to put the money “When I came out of Another student agreed spent on repairs to better the CAHSEE testing, the with Kerr’s dissatisfacuse such as classroom ap- paint was already cleaned tion. pliances or books.” off,” Tawadrous said. “If you’re going to do a Despite speculations Monetary concerns prank, do something clevthat the acts were part of have caused one student er, not stupid,” Adelaide a senior prank, some hope to disapprove of the van- Padernal (11) said. for otherwise. dalism. Baylis, whose door was “I heard something very “A prank is supposed one of those damaged, disturbing the other day. to be something that is had a few words for the Some students thought it entertaining to the audi- vandals who glued the was just a senior prank. It ence; however, during this classroom doors. probably cost the district recession, I believe such a “I really hope it was the $50,000 to fix the so-called prank is unnecessary be- other people who climbed prank,” John Baylis, math cause money that could the fence to vandalize the teacher said. be spent on the students school. A prank does not The district’s employ- is being spent on overtime call for 20 people coming ees swiftly jumped on the pay for the custodians,” to school to fix the situasituation. Jason Kerr (11) said. tion,” Baylis said.

Students Go Pink with Support

It was a rally day that had a splash of color in the stands. Students join a state-wide protest. By Maria TUadi News Editor

Wielding pink shirts and sweaters, students joined the March 13 protest against the pink-slipping of teachers, brought on by the cutting of state funds. “I wore pink to support our teachers after all they’ve done for us,” Devyani Chandra (11) said. One teacher explained what she thought to be the cause of the layoffs. “When some people get a chunk of money, they go out and get a maid to take care of the things. Because they think they’ll keep getting the same chunk of money every year,

they keep spending and hiring more and more maids, but this time the money didn’t come. Other school districts did just that,” Ivy Roulette, art teacher, said. Although over 20,000 pink-slips have been distributed to publicschool teachers, none will be given out to permanent teachers in this district. “Our superintendent has made the students and teachers a priority. Although some people might not think so, our superintendent kicked butt,” Roulette said. Because of the responsibility of thRoulette talked about how teachers from other districts were not as lucky as ABCUSD teachers.

“Many of my friends who work for other districts have been pinkslipped and might not get their jobs back next year,” Roulette said. Mukul shared her concern of the effects the budget cuts may have on students. “I wonder why they are cutting back on education. It’s going to be hard for this generation,” Mukul said. One student believed that wearing pink was the least she could do for teachers. “We need to recognize their efforts and show appreciation for the work they’ve put in,” Suparna Bajaj (10) said.

At a school board meeting on March 10, Superintendent Dr. Gary Smuts and the school board reached an agreement on how to manage the ABC Unified School District’s budget for the next school year. According to The ABC Federation of Teachers, Smuts pledged that no permanent employee would be laid-off. “It’s good because we don’t have to let go of any tenured teachers, so none of the teachers in our district got pink-slipped,” Jackie Burneson, science teacher and union member, said. Along with their jobs, abiding teachers have secured their health benefits. “What I am thankful for for is that as a district, we keep it as normal for the students as possible. You want to run your school the best way possible and you can’t run a school without people,” principal Gina Zietlow said. Health benefits are not the only entities being kept in the 2009-2010 school year, after-school intervention programs, free transportation programs, summer school, and a number of other agendas will be preserved also. “I’m glad we don’t have to lose our music and art classes,” Burneson said. The maintenance of the measures will be met by the reduction of next year’s $6.7 million debt through what the district calls strategic hiring, cost containment, categorical flexibility, and a non-mandated reserve. “For us, it means less money to operate with. What I envision is that we make sure we have the essentials: paper, utilities, and supplies. From there, security for certain areas will be determined. We need to cover the basics,” Zietlow said. Class size reductions will remain through categorical flexibility, which lets the district use money that was originally earmarked, to fill holes in the budget. “English and math are going to look different next year,” Zietlow said. What might be cut or reduced are the GATE program, Peer Assisstance and Support System, and the School and Library Block Grants. Freshman class size reduction will be removed. “Ninth grade classes will not have the same 20: 1 student-to-teacher ratio next year,” Zietlow said. Nearly $8 million was cut from this school year’s budget. Next school year’s budget will be cut by $8.6 million. Burneson offered a solution to the state’s monetary problems. “I personally think the state should look into saving money by not doing so much testing. From what I hear, testing like star testing costs a lot of money,” Burneson said.

2 News Features Say Hello to Your

Future Leaders

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Open House Welcomes Parents By Antiem Tran Managing Editor

Last Tuesday, students and parents came to school to attend Open House. The night allowed parents to visit their children’s classrooms and see what the year has been like. Parents and teachers were given the chance to interact and discuss with one another. Parents gave feedback on what they thought of the night.

The school’s elected officials share a part of their plans for the next school year. Elections were held March 2-3. By Maria TUadi News Editor

Candidates campaigned Feb. 19-March 3 and the student body chose their new representatives “There were more votes than I’ve ever seen in past elections,” Justin Velez, ASB advisor said. The newly elected ASB president shared the winning strategy of her and her running mate. “We reached out to a lot of freshmen,” Lacroix said. Multiple offices are still available. Visit room 507 for more information.

ASB President-elect 2009-2010 Larissa Lacroix

“I come to check out what ‘s going on in my daughter’s classes. It helps me learn how she’s doing in school,” said Boonsong Ananthasukhon, father of Benz Ananthasukhon (9).

“I visit to learn about my child’s grades and the projects presented in the classrooms,” said Imelda Conchola, mother of Yorick Vega (9).

“Open House helps me learn what is current in the classroom,” said Ana Perez, mother of Marlene Perez (10).

“Visiting Open House helps me to communicate with my son’s teachers and see how he is doing in his classrooms,” said Sheila O’Connor, mother of Nick Marco (11).

Students Catapult to Second Place

Teams from high schools across the district gather to build contraptions of miniature proportions. Friday night was a blur of sticks, ping-pong balls, exploding bags, and cash.

Photographed by Maria Tuadi

“One thing I really want to do is bring the school closer together. I want to keep people from only hanging out with their cliques in ASB,” Lacroix (11) said.

ASB Vice President-elect 2009-2010 Stefanei Freeman

Photographed by Maria Tuadi

“As a former music person, one thing I want to make sure of is that the music people get some recognition. They do a lot of things for the school,” Freeman (11) said. Elected positions for the next school year:

2010 Class President Desmonde Meas

2011 Class President Kristen Jang

2011 Class Vice President Simone Evangelista

2011 Class Treasurer Joy Tawadrous

2012 Class President Chandler Murphy

2012 Class Historian Kymmia Haley

ASB Treasurer Joel Tercero

ASB Commisioner of Activities Staci Ani

ASB Historian Wonjai Bong

Photographed by Maria Tuadi

Christa Ky, Jason Kerr, Berly Trinh, Phil Elliot, and Aparna Baranwal fan their money after snatching the second place prize. The team created a length-defying device. tance was declared the winner. Al- coming up with new ideas,” MarBy Maria TUadi though the team was happy about vah Farooqui (11) said while brainNews Editor their accomplishment, they could storming with her teammates, juFilled with groups of panicky not help but feel disappointment niors, Pooja Vaidya, Mahira Godil, Physics students from all over the at the judges’ ruling. and Uzma Karwa. district, the Cerritos High School “One of Cerritos’ teams pingOne team revealed their strategym housed the 2009 Building pong ball flew towards the bleach- gy toward building their catapultContest last Friday. ers and they measured where the ing device. “It’s an opportunity for stu- ball rolled, claiming that it was “We’re going to put a ball on dents to physically build things. part of the ball’s projection, but the stick and use a rubber band atThey do brainwork all year round that’s not how they measured tached to a bag filled with air to and this lets them have some fun other teams’ ball projections,” Ky release the stick, which will hopewith the things they’ve learned,” said. fully catapult the ball through Phil Elliot, Physics teacher, said. Some teams were not as suc- the air after we step on the bag,” Gahr took second place and its cessful at reaching the goal as Maxwell Stout (12) said as he and triumphant team of juniors, Apar- Kerr’s team. his senior teammates, Kelli Lamb, na Baranwal, Christa Ky, Jason “When one of the teams from Monique Diaz, and Kyle Santelio, Kerr, and Berly Trinh, received $75 some other school was being tested out their gadget. for their efforts. judged, I was sitting down in the The challenge to build a foot“Yay! We won,” Baranwal said bleachers and I heard a loud ex- operated catapult proved to be a as she jumped around celebrating plosion, looked up in one direc- tough one. with her teammates. tion and all of a sudden, snap, the “We have to squeeze our brains The objective of this year’s con- ball hit my hand and landed on out to figure out this thing,” Debotest was to build a device, using a my lap,” Hanny Tanama (12) said rah Seoung (11) said as she sifted bag of given materials, that could with a shocked look on her face. through the materials with her be operated by one’s feet and could Many teams had difficulties fellow junior teammates, Serena launch a ping-pong ball. The team with the task. Chu, and Aishah Majeed. that sent the ball the farthest dis“Our trouble is that we keep

3 “Let’s Get Loud!” Activities

Thursday, March 26, 2009


The talent show was a big success with some unforegettable performances. For many, this was their last high school talent show performance.


1st Place: Maya Ohayon Runner Up: Revel Johnson


1st Place: Ben Clement, Niel Taniguchi and Justin Angcaco Runner Up: Eddie Perez and Andrea Vasquez

by gregory poblete Staff Writer

This year’s talent show, “Let’s Get Loud!”, sold more than 360 tickets and took place on March 13. “I liked all the hidden talents,” Juan Tarin, SIA, said.” “The audience gave great support and everyone stayed for the entire show. To me, they were all winners.” This was the first year that drama took over the talent show. “I wanted to revive the talent show from falling,” Mario Baca, drama teacher said. “I wanted everyone to get pumped


1st Place: Kekilakolina Gaoay Runner Up: Ciera Westfal


1st Place: Morgan Mason Runner Up: Austin Matos

Instrumental 1st Place: Samuel White Runner Up: Grace Liu

Photographed by Gregory Poblete Freshman, Austin Matos, performing a lesson on karate.

An Educational Contribution

The French Club will sell snacks to raise money. The profits will go towards helping children in Haiti. by alexis taylor staff writer

It’s not unusual to see many club members around our campus selling snacks in Ziploc bags to help raise money for club activities. But the French Club is taking a different step by taking the profits and turning them into a brighter future for others. Club president, Sabrina Morales (11) describes it as a “humanitarian effort” that will help underprivileged children in Haiti. During French class, Morales and her classmates were learning about the history of the poverty-stricken country, Haiti and how many children are suffering when it comes to education. The information that they had learned had them feeling helpess. They then decided to take an extra step in finding a way to help out and contribute. “It’s unfortunate that this country

is so poor and it’s in our own hemisphere,” Club advisor and French teacher, Mrs. TenBroek said. Because many families in Haiti are poor and unable to afford school supplies, the club decided to raise money in order to give the children in Haiti a better education. “The money will go towards an international organization to help kids in Haiti,” Mrs. TenBroek said. Specifically, the proceeds will go towards funding projects such as teaching the children “computer skills” TenBroek said. The proceeds will also go towards supplies for the schools. Haiti native, Wyclef Jean started the organization that the money will be sent to, Yelé Haiti ( Although an exact date has not yet been set, club members will be selling snacks all around school that are fairly cheap. It will go a long way to help provide for the less fortunate children in Haiti.

up for the show.” There were five judges: Aaron Jones, Gahr alumni and actor; Rob Grishkoff, band director; Stacy Parker, dancer; Rocìo Llamas, singer and dancer; T Lopez, singer; and Momo Rodriguez, comedic actor. The show started with Rodriguez taking the stage and performing stand-up comedy. He made a few “fat” jokes about himself, which the crowd loved. From “Super Mario Brothers,” Mario, played by Joey Byington (10) and Luigi, played by Marvin Ceballos (10), both hosted the first part of the talent show, keeping the show moving smoothly. “I enjoyed being able to make a fool of myself on stage,” Ceballos said. The most important part of the talent show was of course the talent and acts that the participants had prepared for the audience. There were five different categories - multiple singing, solo singing, dance, instrumental, and acting. Of course, all this talent did not just fall right out of the sky, the participants had to work extremely hard, put in a lot of effort, and be determined to perform their very best in such short time. “All together, we only had a week to practice,” Maya Ohayon (10) said. There was also some participants that didn’t practice as much because of other activities or responsibilities. “We didn’t practice much because Niel had basketball,” Benjamin Clement (12) said. During the fifteen minute intermission, much of the audience already started picking out their favorite acts. “My favorite was Ciera because I felt her performance. My body felt vibrant,”

Photographed by Gregory Poblete Samuel White (11) played an extraordinary piece by Beethoven on the piano.

Joey Dewan (11) said. “My favorite was Bianca and Juan because they brought ‘flava’ to the stage,” Warren Kennedy (11) said. After an entertaining and exuberant three hours, the winners were finally announced. Some of the performers were very happy to be part of such a great show. “It was amazing to share the stage with my sister. This was the first, last, and best talent show that I have done,” Sapir Ohayon (12) said. “The talent show was a very beautiful experience,” Helen Lee (12) said.

Upcoming Activities March

• 26 - Spring Concert, Grad Night Tickets Senior Day 8:30-12:00p.m. at Cypress College • 28 - Band Festival • 30 - Caesar Chavez Holiday (No School) • 31- Prom Tickets on Sale, Prom Nomination Forms Go Out Last Day for Cap and Gown


• 2 to 5 - Calculus Camp • 8 - PTSA Meeting, Homeroom Rep. Meeting • 9 - Sadies, Prom Nomination Forms Due • 10 - Good Friday (No School), 3rd Quarter Ends • 13 to 17 - Spring Break • 19 - The Orange County National College Fair • 20 to 24 - Multicultural Week, Club Elections • 21 - Club Presidents’ Meeting Museum of Tolerance for Social Science and ELD students • 22 - SSC Meeting, Prom Nomination Lunch Rally

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Scholarly Athletes

Thursday, March 26, 2009

A few athletes who received scholarships for their athletic achievements.

Aaron Bradley

Photographed by Petra Slaughter

Victoria Fallgren Bradley (12) wide receiver, received a scholarship to Arizona University for his football skills. “I feel like if you work hard and take care of your grades in school anything is possible and there is nothing like playing a sport at the next level,” Bradley said. Bradley also mentioned that Arizona University has a good athletic program as well as many polished academic programs. He worked hard and showcased his skills. Bradley had 57 catches, 960 yards, and 10 touchdowns.

Cory Nielson

Deondre Powell

Nielson (12), quarterback for the football team, received an honorable scholarship to the University of Hawaii of Manoa. “Once Coach McMackin offered me the scholarship, it was something I couldn’t turn down,” Nielson said. In 2008, he was the San Gabriel Valley League MVP, second team all-CIF quarterback, and one of fifty Old Spice Red Zone Players of the Year. “Athletically, I would like to learn as much as I can from the great coaching staff over in Hawaii. Academically, I’m getting free school for five years,” Photographed by Petra Slaughter said Nielson.

Spring at A Glance Today 03/26

Boys Volleyball @ Whitney 3:15

Fri. 03/27

Tennis @ Lynwood 3:00

Badminton @ Loara 3:15

Track and Field vs. Lynwood @ home 3:00

Baseball @ Warren 3:15

Sat. 03/28

Track and Field @ Pasadena Games TBA

Tues. 03/31

Badminton @ home 3:15 Baseball vs. Paramount @ home 3:15

Golf vs. Warren @ La Mirada 4:00 Softball vs. Bishop Montgomery @ home 3:15

Tennis vs. Warren @ home 3:00 Volleyball vs. Dominguez @ home 3:15

Wed. 04/01

Golf Knabe Cup @ Lakewood 1:00

Thurs. 04/02

Golf vs. Mayfair @ La Mirada 3:30 Track and Field @ Warren 3:00

Photographed by Petra Slaughter

Fallgren (12) will be attending Gonzaga University. “My grades fit the profile of a student GU was looking for as well as my strong golf resume,” Fallgren said. While attending Gonzaga University Fallgren plans to play golf for the university. “I believe that the coach [and] the time I put in and the facilities will help me take my game to the next level,” Fallgren said. Fallgren has worked hard with her grades and skills in golf to be able to attend the Gonzaga University.

Badminton vs. Marina @ home 3:15

Volleyball vs. Lynwood @ 3:15

Powell (12) received a scholarship to University of Hawaii at Manoa for his football achievements. “[The scholarship] will help me pay for my education and will be good to get the opportunity to get the degree for Computer Tech,” Powell said. Powell is a well-rounded athlete who has been watched by recruiters since his junior year. Powell has been named first team all-CIF and first team in San Gabriel Valley League. Photographed by Petra Slaughtet


Thursday, March 26, 2009

Sports Nutrition


Road to State Ends a Game Short

Boys varsity basketball represented all through the CIF rounds going back and forth between wins and losses the boys have come to the end at the CIF Finals.

Read about what nutrition students and athletes should consume as during the day and on a day to day basis. By Alisa Wong Staff Writer

Want to pump more muscles or just stay fit? Students are required to be physically fit for their sport and maintain a healthy diet. Daily nutrition and a wellbalanced diet will certainly be the guide for a healthy, fit body. You’ll absolutely be ready for your next game. First, start your day off with a big breakfast. Knowing how many students do not even enter the kitchen before going to school, it is essential that athletes eat a complete breakfast. Going through the whole day without any food in your stomach can cause your body to quickly lose energy and stamina. Remember: perfect practice makes perfect performance, but a perfect nutrition and diet make perfect practice first. Also, how many bottles of water do you drink in a day? Let’s hope you’re staying hydrated and are drinking 8 cups of water each day—that’s water, not soda or Gatorade. (8 cups= 2 bottles of 32 fl. Oz. Arrowhead bottled water) Staying hydrated and keeping it “moist” inside will nourish the body and prepare it for the day’s workout or game. Whether you are in an indoor or outdoor sport, the body can still become dehydrated. Before working out, you should eat light snacks with carbs and still more water. In addition to carbs and fluids, you should also be eating many calories throughout the day. Depending on how much you eat, the speed of your metabolism, and the sport that you are participating in, the number of calories may vary. However, before the workout begins and before the day ends, the intake of calories for athletes should be between 1000 and 1500 calories. Even if you eat more than enough calories, daily practices should still be able to burn off those calories in just one workout. A night’s sleep for 8 hours can burn 411-514 calories alone (if you are between 120 and 150 pounds). Eating regularly each day during school can help an athlete’s body to rejuvenate before every practice. Every 100 calorie snack pack you buy and your parents buy contributes to the daily food necessity of your body. By now, you should have already drunk a full bottle of water. Go on to the next article or page of your own desire and continue to drink and eat more calories before 6th period.

Photographed by Alisa Wong

Devin Golston (12) drew a foul during the game as the boys basketball team fell to the Harvard-Westlake team at their home in North Hollywood. By Petra Slaughter Staff Writer

Boys varsity basketball‘s road to winning CIF was cut when they were defeated by Harvard-Westlake on March 12. The team made it into CIFSouthern Section Division III-A playoffs as an at-large team after defeating Diamond Ranch in the quarterfinals. “No one had picked us to beat the #1 seed Diamond Ranch so we had no pressure on us to win,” Niel Taniguchi (12) said. After winning in the quarterfinals against Diamond Ranch, the boys then made it to semifinals playing against

Golden Valley at Cerritos College. “We used the same mentality against Golden Valley and we just kept winning games,” Niel Taniguchi (12) said. Defeating Golden Valley at Cerritos College, gave the team a chance to play at the Honda Center in Anaheim against Harvard-Westlake on March 7. The boys varsity basketball team were defeated but were able to go on to State playoffs in Fresno. The team was able to go on, “because we were the top 2 teams in Division III-A,” Cameron Bell (11) said. The State playoff game against Hanford West was exciting and a good experience

for the team. “It was really fun and exciting to see Davon Potts score 27 in Fresno,” Anthony Martinez (9) said. After winning in Fresno, the team had to face HarvardWestlake yet again, this time at Harvard-Westlake in North Hollywood. “Each game went well except for the last,” Devin Golston (12) said. After losing to Harvard Westlake a second time, the road to winning CIF was over for the boys. The team lost with a score of 97-77. “We felt terrible after losing, but the fact that we had another chance of winning something gave us hope,” Taniguchi said.

However, the team still enjoyed their run. Many students started to go to the games and support the team. The support and cheers helped the team get pumped up and enthusiastic. “It gets us more motivated,” Martinez said. The team came closer while competing for the CIF title. “We improved drastically and came closer as a team,” Sean Morris (12) said. Varsity basketball made history by going to State for the first time. “It went well, making the CIF finals were exciting,” Gipson Lyles (12) said.

Photographed by Ralph Porter

Briefing during the game, Coach Robert Becker along with assistant coach Rhonda Allen updated the boys at the Honda Center in Anaheim for the CIF Finals game for their firs match against Harvard-Westlake.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Try other things for the Spring! By Lizbeth Ochoa Staff Writer

It’s all about the patterns this Spring! Dresses, skirts, and floral tops are making their way in! Don’t put away your graphic t-shirts because they’re still in as well as tank tops for girl and guys. Don’t be afraid to try other things for the Spring!

Bob Marley Graphic Tee RockSmith Patent Jacket

My Style Watch

Fashion Tips for the Spring By Jessie Slade Staff Writer

By Petra Slaughter Staff Writer

This month’s My Style Watch features Samuel Piedra (12). “I like keeping my style nice and simple, in other words, casual. It also depends on what kind of mood I am in,” said Piedra. His favorite stores are PacSun, Anchor Blue, and Sears. Obviously, Samuel believes that you don’t need to go to the big expensive stores to look good and express style. One fashion advice from Samuel Piedra is, “Don’t over think it, keep it nice and simple.”

White V-neck from Target

Sex Pistols Graphic Tee

Obey T-shirt

Blue Cardigan from Pac Sun

• Hollister sweaters are a no-no. Try going to a Zumiez store and finding a horizontal striped pullover sweater with no pockets or hood. • High top Converse might look awkward on your feet. Try a pair of tie up Vans. • Huge belt buckles are not cute. If you want to wear something around your waist that adds to your outfit, try a simple belt that is not too flashy. Shoe laces are not belts! • Action figures, shoe laces, and designs cut into your hair is unattractive and tacky. A simple line up or cut is fine. Don’t overdo it. • Overly baggy clothes are on its way out into extinction. Try a pair of fitted jeans in a dark color. Remember, don’t go too tight. • Wearing any type of jersey is not in style. Just don’t wear it unless you’re playing in a game.

• Bright colored jeans are a negative. Especially when worn all the time. Try darker colors, like browns or blacks, and wear them occasionally. That will also keep them from fading. • Layering the same colors (black on black, white on white, etc.) is tacky and looks bad. Overmatchy is UNmatchy. Wear different colors but do not go overboard. • Stay away from urban wear. Pants and shirts with sparkly bedazzled designs on them are a fashion foe-pa. Try regular plain denim. If you want to wear major brands, try Levis. • Flannel button ups are a fashion must! Everyone should have at least one. Make sure they are ironed and cleaned.

Blue Fitted Jeans from Mervyns

What fashion tips do you live by?

Nike Shoes

Seung Han(12)

Andrew Dayrit(12)

“I live a laid back style. I feel comfortable when I feel good in my clothes. And that’s what makes me different.”

“One tip I live by is to not try other things because I like to be myself and sometimes it doesn’t work out for me.”


Thursday, March 26, 2009


Ruffle Floral Dress

Floral Shirt Long Tube Floral Dress

Fashion Tips for the Spring

Ruffle Floral Shirt

My Style Watch

By Jessie Slade Staff Writer

By Petra Slaughter Staff Writer

• Skimpy and tight little sweaters are not in style this season. Do not wear anything smaller than your size. Too tight is not cute. Bigger sweaters like cardigans or grandma sweaters are a hit this season. Mainly over a short dress and maybe some leggings. • Boot cut and flair jeans are staying out, as well as super skinny. Start finding a little wider leg. Straight legged jeans are a good alternative. • Bright make-up that matches your outfit is a fashion don’t. If you decide to wear make-up, wear eye shadow that’s good with your skin tone. • Animal print leggings and tights are not in style this spring. Try wearing just a simple color. • Proportion your clothing. For example, if you are showing a lot of legs, do not show too much chest. Vise versa. • This season put your Uggs in the back of your closet until next winter. Try a pair of regular boots from Shiek or Vision Shoes. You can also never go wrong with a pair of sandals.

This month’s My Style Watch features Kristal Hardges (10). When asked how Kristal described her style, she said, “My style is Kristal Hardges.” As you can see, she is very into animal print. Her favorite stores are Forever 21, Juicy Couture, and Victoria’s Secret. She likes to shop for the latest trends and cute outfits. One fashion advice she can offer to others is, “As long as you feel comfortable in it you can wear it.”

Black Cardigan from Tilly’s

Leopard Dress from Forever 21

• Nike dunks and blazers are always cute. Stay away from shoes with a lot of neon colors like pastries or yums. • Neck scarves in bright colors can sometimes overdo your outfit. Try a neutral color. • Do not be dirty. Make sure your undergarments are fresh. Do not stink or have bad breath. Make sure you have clean shoes and clean shoelaces. Wear clean socks and always wear perfume/cologne that smells good. • Do not follow someone else’s style! Stay in your own lane and find what looks good on you. People will actually like it!

Bangles from Victoria’s Secret

What fashion tips do you live by? Leggings from Tilly’s

Kristina Eusebio(11)

Michelle Gregory(11)

“Don’t match my colors too much and no make-up.”

“Even though no one can see my socks when I put shoes on, they need to be the matching pair or else I will not leave the house.”

Uggs from Nordstrom

Discovering The Roots of Women’s History Month

Many people do not know the hardships in order for Women’s history to be recognized. Instead of only a single day, Women’s History is now the month of March. By Myia dickens Staff Writer

March has been dedicated to Women’s History, however, it has not always been a whole month. The National Women’s History Day used to only be on March 8. “Women in the United States, their blood, sweat and tears are woven into the fabric of this country,” Kym Larkin, one of the U.S. history teachers, said, “Their contributions are many ranging from participating in the military in various ways to working in America and taking care of kids. We have been honored by the contributions of women.” According to United Nations website, Women’s History Day was first celebrated on February 28, 1909 and was then celebrated on the last Sunday of February until 1913. At the beginning of World War I, Russian women celebrated Women’s History Day on the last Sunday of February, while other women in different parts of Europe held rallies and protests against the war on March 8. The Russian women started celebrating on when they were granted the right to vote on February 23, according to the Julian calendar. But it is March 8 on the Georgian Calendar, which was being used by the rest of Europe. With World War I over, the fight for women’s rights became less and less popular. It did not resurface until

the 1950s and 1960s, which was after Betty Friedan, a feminist who founded the National Organization of Women, stated that housewives had to give up their own goals to stay at home. Women then began to notice how much of Women’s history was not being taught in schools. In the 1970s, people started college courses where people can learn specifically about women’s history, and soon after, Women’s History was being taught to people of all ages in primary and secondary schools. “It’s woven into the curriculum in the U.S. history textbook. I talk about women in almost every chapter,” Larkin said. Women’s History Day became Women’s History Week in California due to classes that taught about women’s history. The popularity of Women’s History Week eventually reached Congress, who passed a resolution for the week to be celebrated throughout the whole country. After becoming nationally known, other schools throughout the country had special projects to honor the week. The National Women’s History Project was created to spread more information about Women’s History. In 1987, the National Women’s History Project persuaded Congress to make Women’s History celebrated for the whole month of March. Today, Women’s History Month is celebrated throughout the world. “Well, I celebrate being a woman each and everyday,” Larkin said. “No I don’t really do anything special, but smile because I’m glad women are being acknowledged.”

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A Heart to Teach Debra North has lived her whole life with a serious heart condition. She inspires people to live their lives normal despite medical conditions. By Payton Schachtell Features Editor

Surviving a total of eight surgeries and procedures, Debra North still stands tall as an English teacher. “It’s really not that hard,” North said. “I am high strung and I’m crazy, so it makes my life interesting and I have a very supportive husband.” Having valvular heart disease and an abnormal heart rhythm since birth never slowed North down. She ran track in high school and has been teaching for nine years. “I really had no limitations because of my condition, I ran in track,” North said. “The only time I felt limited was when I was sixteen. I ran for a year and was

in my second season when my cardiologist said I had to quit. The stress on my heart was making the valve worse and basically I could have the valve replaced then or later.” According to North giving up running was a very heart breaking decision, but it gave her a few years before she needed surgery. It was not until April 2006 that she felt the need for surgery. “During lunch one day I was helping students with their research papers. I felt short of breath, like an elephant was sitting on me,” North said. She was taken away in an ambulance from school and had to have surgery on her heart the following June. Though her heart disease

is stressful and frightening, North is very open about her condition to students. “I’ll be wearing a heart monitor and I just explain what it’s for,” North said. “It makes me more relatable, I’m not just an authority figure, I am a real person, and I have real problems.” Having a positive attitude toward her condition, North hopes to inspire those affected by heart disease to live a fulfilling life. “The heart monitors are a pain. I have to wear them everywhere I go, but it is part of who I am,” North said. “I can still have a functional, normal life. If I can inspire anyone, that’s what I want, I don’t want pity.” North is an active volunteer for many organizations including The American

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Heart Association. “I am helping organize the Orange County Heart Walk,” North said. “I was a model in the Go Red For Women where I was one of the survivor models wearing a red dress. I am also involved in a heart disease photography program.” Despite going through so much over her lifetime, the past three years especially, North still takes time to enjoy her life and teach. “I like English honors two,” North said. “I really like the subject matter and I love assigning one-pagers.” For information on how to participate in the upcoming Orange County Heart Photographed by Payton Schachtell Walk, you can contact North or visit www.OCheartwalk. Debra North mantains a positive attitude and continues to teach her classes org. while wearing a heart monitor.

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Museum The blissful day at the Norton Simon Museum brought out the fun side of the students and teachers.

A trip to ex p e r i e n c e A beautiful day spent outdoors. Students, teachers and graduate, Jeiroh Yanga joined together to participate in a fun-filled excursion. by dominique santiago & Arianna Romero Arts Editor & Guest writer


A heart-stopping moment is felt as sixty-four students, six teachers, and alumni, Jeiroh Yanga gathered around the flagpole to experience an inspiring trip to the Norton Simon Museum and the Huntington Library. “I was looking at the sky saying, ‘please don’t rain on us!’ But I thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful day as to the students who were hanging out with [us],” Allison Chatman, ATA Director, said. There were extraordinary ways artists made their artwork that even sophomore ATA teacher, Ivy Roulette was amazed. “There was a painting by Edgar Degas at the Norton Simon and the tutu of the ballerina was by the Artist’s thumbprint,” Roulette said.

The students who have been at Norton Simon Museum discovered much more than before. “It wasn’t my first time visiting but it was interesting because I got to see a lot of very good art. I was also able to learn new things about different artists,” Jenesis Flores Gomez (12) said. The trip to Huntington Library however, was a big experience for the first comers. “It was pretty big; we kept on walking without planning where to go,” Grace Guinto (12) said. A few students were excited right when they set foot on the grounds. “My favorite part is getting the feeling of excitement when we got there,” Carlos Ramirez (10) said. The outing was fun and educa-

tional at the same time. “I learned that the cherry blossoms were to bloom in March,” Chao Zhang (11) said. Senior Kistianne Saguin and a few friends took advantage of the experience and confessed that the trip was more than an educational one. “We took pictures in front of the mansion and we played hide and seek [and] ’I spy’ with two groups and we texted each other clues in which we were hiding at,” Saguin said. Science introduced itself to Art as students and teachers named the gardens. “Something that interest me were the different shapes of the flowers from the rainforest exhibit. Also, there were plants that ate insects. They are spider eating plants, rawr!,” Roulette said.

Students were able to recognize some of the famous pieces at the Huntington Library. “I saw the big book of The Canterbury Tales, which we read in class and I thought it was kind of cool,” Guinto (12) said. According to Chatman, it was a gorgeous experience filled with art and gardens. There were a few minor flaws about the trip. “I brought my own food because the food there was expensive,” Rachel Bonifacio (12) said. Overall, the trip was a success. “I’ve been to the Norton Simon and Huntington Library last year but it was a breathtaking experience,” Florizza Reyes (12) exclaimed. According to Chatman, it was a gorgeous experience with art and gardens.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009


Video Games Take Over Spring Concert by lizbeth ochoa beats editor

Get plugged in at the spring concert today by downloading yourselves to the band’s electrifying performance. “[I feel] excited it should be pretty fun, we have a lot of good music in store,” said Christian Manser (11) said. Tickets was sold for five dollars and with ASB, three dollars, and is taking place at the MPR at 7 p.m. “[I am] excited, eager and happy. I love playing at concerts and I always find myself playing different instruments,” Justin Angcaco (12) said. The band has practiced long and hard for this show -- close to six months. “ [ I feel] energetic and wild towards the spring concert as it approaches because I get to play music with my peers,” Juan Alvarez (11) said. Many known pieces are

playing, that are from “video games live part one,” which are songs from some famous video games like Halo II, Civilization IV and Kingdom Hearts. Other music they are playing is from “Shaker Variants,” which is based on folk songs from simple gifts. They are doing variation on “Scar borough fair” that was made famous by Simon and Garfunkel. These are also some songs that will be played for the upcoming music festival on Sat., March 28, in the morning at Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton. Professional judges will attend to give suggestions to the band. Everyone in the band seems to be excited for both upcoming shows. So come support our school’s band, and go to the Spring concert.

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The Gahr band’s spring performance includes songs from popular video games. Practicing for the music festival, the band will be aiming to score some points with the judges for the spring musical which will be today.

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Budget Cuts Affects Art

The Arts department have budget cuts for the upcoming school year. Temporary teachers were affected by the budget cuts. by jewely ramos Arts editor

The Arts department are having 100 percent budgets cuts, but aren’t cutting any programs. “We knew this was going to happen a few years ago,” Mario Baca, head chair of the Arts department, and drama instructor said. With the budget cuts, the department will continue to receive capital from the school, and will be able to continue to buy supplies. “We know it’s a real tough time,” Baca said. The Arts department will be adding more fundraiser, sponsors, or donations in June for the upcoming school year. “As long as we don’t lose our main programs,” Baca said. To have budget cuts in California schools, temporary teachers such as Daniel Fernandez, Arts teacher and Rob Grishkoff, band director, who have been teaching two or less years, may be laid off.

“Grishkoff will be back next year,” Baca said. “We need a band.” Full-time teachers, such as Gregg Kincaid, video and film teacher; Allison Chatman, Art and ATA head chair; and Ivy Roulette, sculpture and ATA teacher, will return. “As far as I know, they will all be back,” Baca said. Baca has discussed the budget cuts with his theater students; therefore, no one in the classes will be affected by the news. The amount of students in Arts and Technology Academy (ATA) has increased Photographed by Jewely Ramos over the years. After being interviewed and if accept- Daniel Fernandez, Arts teacher, announcing news to ed, students begin attending Gahr High students, while students listen to the announcements. School due to the ATA programs, where The amount of students that enter won’t be affectthese programs aren’t offered in other schools. ed due to the budget cuts. “Gahr has a good reputation,” Baca said.

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The Passion of Music Having high hopes for the future, Marquis Tyler plans on starting his own music label. He also plans on maturing his voice for future performances and keeping focused for the rest of the school year. By CHANIECE PONDER & COURTNEY TAYLOR STAFF WRITERS

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For senior Marquis Tyler singing is not only his passion, but his life. Since his freshman year at Washington High in Los Angeles, Tyler developed an interest in music. After enrolling into the choir at Washington for an elective, Tyler has been singing ever since. He came to Gahr during his sophomore year, and has been in the choir for 2 years, which strengthened his love for music even more. Recently, Tyler recorded in a studio owned by his aunt's client. "It's a little hard (recording) because you have to make sure you hit every note, and get pitches and things right. You can't make a mistake," said Tyler. So far he has recorded only one song and is looking forward to dropping an album, but the release date is uncertain. "It's kind of taking time, because my auntie's a lawyer, and she's really busy." Tyler also released a song he wrote on

Myspace, titled "How Does It Feel". He created the beats for the song as well. He has not released any singles on Youtube yet, but is looking forward to doing so soon. Besides singing at school, Tyler has sung outside of school. As a freshman at Washington High, he sung in the talent show. Also during his junior year he sung a solo at the House of Blues. "It felt good to sing in the House of Blues," Tyler said. However, Tyler did not perform in the talent show. Instead, he would like to strengthen his vocals. His aunt is working on getting him a vocal coach. "The talent show, I'm not doing. I still want to get more work done on my vocals and wait until they are fully ranged out well where my voice is supposed to fit," Tyler said. After high school, Tyler plans to expand his passion for music, and major in that subject. His uncle and his two friends are his connections to the music industry, they know Reverend Run and Omarion.

Tyler also plans to start his own label after a few years in the music industry. "I look up to Al Green, Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, and the late Ray Charles" he said. Tyler would like his music to stay "low-key," so people could only download it off of Limewire. "If you want to be a singer, songwriter, lyricist, producer, or anything that has to do with music, stay focused, be positive, and don't let people bring you down. Don't let anybody say you can't do anything, and believe in yourself. And if you want to perform, do it wherever you can, don't give up, stay humble, and study."

March Reviews

Resident Evil By ROMAN DUENAS & quintin mattear staff writer & entertainment editor

Capcom’s highly anticipated Resident Evil 5 was released for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Both versions of the game offer the same amount of features so it is up to the gamer to choose which system he or she wants to play the game on. The game’s story plot continues from the ending of Resident Evil 4. However, now players take the control of the original Resident Evil’s main character, Chris Redfield. Redfield is now a BSAA agent along with his new partner Sheva, who is on a mission in Africa, where he once again faces mutating monsters and familiar foes giving the player a feel for horror in gaming. Resident Evil 5 is the first in the series to be released for next generation consoles and it is shown with its detailed graphics and amazing visuals. Unlike Resident Evil 4’s dark atmosphere, this game has a very bright setting where players must fight hordes of mutated villagers in the bright daylight, which is very different from past resident evil games. Resident Evil 5’s strong point is that it offers amazing action sequences where players face off in epic battles. Some fans may complain about the change in the type of game play that Resident Evil 5 produces, but it offers some of the best gaming released so far this year. The controls for the game are very much similar to previous games, while also offering some new commands that make the game very easy to pick up and play for new players. Resident Evil 5 takes what made the previous games so revolutionary, and while making some changes that fans may disapprove of, this game is a definite hit and is an easy contender for the best game of the year.0


The Dream's sophomore album entitled "Love vs. Money" does not disappoint, and still upholds his self proclaimed title as a "radio killa.” This CD keeps the same rhythm, beat, and song scheme as his previous CD "Love vs. Hate.” On both CDs he sings about love, romance and playing in, or sweating out a girl's hair. The sound of this album can easily be described as pop R&B and sensual lyrics and sound. While his song selection and variety are superb, his song entitled "Eyes of a Girl" does not impress me. His voice stays at an all time high throughout the song, leading a listener to believe he is a school girl hitting puberty. One of his better songs would be "Rockin' that Thing" which is also a single, and radio hit. He definitely "beats the track up like gorilla" Many of these songs foster the heavy beats of drums and deep basses. While this album is superb, it does not measure to his first album in which every song was a hit, but most fans will not be disappointed with this album. This CD is recommended to everyone from the heartbroken to the romantic. It also features guest stars such as Fabulous, Juelz Santana, Rick Ross, Ludacris, Lil’ Jon, Kanye West, and Mariah Carey. I would have to say that the best song on the CD is "Should’ve Been You.” He speaks to you while holding your interest at the same time. The trademark noises The Dream makes such as "ehh" gives the song its flare and one of a kind style “Love vs. Money” is an excellent follow up album from The Dream and it shows that he is here to stay.


By Fabian ZAMBRANO & quintin mattear staff writer & entertainment editor

It seems as though Alan Moore’s highly acclaimed Graphic Novel Watchmen has been long over due on the big screen. But did the fans of the illustrious novel receive the movie they hoped for? The answer is yes and no. Although a great film overall, it is more a movie for fans who have already read the book and not so much for someone just looking for a good action film. “Watchmen” is set in alternate version of 1985 and tensions between the U.S. and U.S.S.R are worsening which makes the possibility of nuclear war is almost inevitable. The plot of the movie starts after one of the Watchmen is attacked. The only active hero Rorschach (Jackie Earl Haley) starts to unravel a sinister plot that not only threatens the remaining heroes but the whole world as well. Snyder directs “Watchmen” in a similar style to his previous film “300” which means most of the action scenes are shot in slow motion and the visual affects are top notch. All of the actors are excellent in their respectable roles and bring each of the beloved “Watchmen” characters to life. The movie has a runtime of 2 hours and 45 minutes so maybe moviegoers that don’t enjoy long movies may be turned off at this. Watchmen was definitely made for the fans but we recommended that you read the graphic novel before seeing this movie. “Watchmen” is a one of a kind movie that we enjoyed a lot but some people may not. If you’re looking for an all out action movie with super heroes then this movie is not for you. If you’re looking for a superhero movie that has more story than action then you will enjoy “Watchmen.”

Thursday, March 26, 2009



Editorials 14 CAHSEE: Retake Scores At Their Best! By Julie Singh Staff Writer

When I first looked at the CAHSEE practice test scores, I was really shocked at the number of people who passed. The students who passed compared to the students who failed makes a pretty uneven ratio of 215 passing and only 22 failing the math section, and 213 passing and about 30 failing the English section. Being a freshman I didn’t know much about the CAHSEE test scores, but after looking over the scores I realized that the students who took the practice tests didn’t go through much of a struggle. I learned that out of an average of about 200 students only a few students failed their practice tests. Although a percentage of the sophomores, juniors, and seniors failed to score proficient on their CAHSEE finals, the department was hoping that the students would do better the second time around. The students have really stepped up, because the practice test scores turned out great. Steve Alfi, the head of the math department said, “Out of the two-hundred and fifteen sophomores, and seniors who took the math practice section of the CAHSEE, about thirty or less students didn’t manage to pass.” This just proves that if you didn’t pass the practice CAHSEE you probably didn’t try that hard. and with just a little effort, students should easily pass both sections. The practice math section of the CAHSEE for the sophomores and seniors was taken on February 25, 2009, and the juniors and seniors were taken on October 22, 2008. Out of the 215 students, 193 managed to score proficient and higher. Only about 22 students didn’t

manage to pass, but for those students the school provides as much extra practice as they need. By seeing how well the scores were for the practice tests I knew the students were working hard. Not only the students, but teachers who were devoting their time and effort into helping the students reach their academic goal have definitely noticed the great turnout of the test scores for the practice tests. “The data looks great, and very promising. The math department is excited about the test results, and we are looking forward to the MOCK tests next year,” Alfi said. Even though I don’t have experience of my own with the CAHSEE, it doesn’t seem like it’s something to stress about, as long as you give it your all when the time comes. The English department gave the CAHSEE English practice test on January, 21, 2009. Out of 213 students, about 30 students scored below basic or far below basic. On the other hand, 75% of the students passed, which made the department very pleased with the number of students who passed this time around. By analyzing the practice test scores, it’s easy to see that the effort of the teachers, and the hard work of the students will pay off when the time comes for the students to retake the CAHSEE. The best part was that out of the 213 students that took the CAHSEE English practice test about 36% scored at an advanced level, which was foreshadowing great test scores for the upcoming retakes. With so many students who scored at an advanced level, it’s obvious that our school is advancing academically each day. All there is to do is wait and see the turnout of the final test scores as the CAHSEE English test was taken on March 17 and the CAHSEE math test on the 18th.

More than Just a Prank By Marisel Vasquez Opinion Editor

To deface Gahr has become more than just an act of vandalism or a “prank”, but a destruction of private property. The pranks that have been committed have consisted of super gluing the doors lock shut of certain classrooms closed and spray painting the numbers of the lockers, enabling students from entering their correct combination. These pranks are not only infantile, but are also adding on to the school’s burden of the financial crisis, which will be much worse in the following school year. To result to this sort of behavior just portrays the student’s inability to reason and their lack of judgment. Think about it. Who would spend money to commit a prank that wasn’t even successful?

The teachers ended up getting into their classrooms on time to start their classes and students were still able to open their lockers if they scraped off the paint. A downfall to this tedious act is not only that the school had to spend money to melt the super glue off the doors and remove the spray paint, but it wasted the time of the teachers who arrived early that day to finish up last minute work. Besides the extra money paid to workers to clean up after these children, this unfortunate event was unnecessary and accomplished nothing. Seniors need to be aware that this is not the time nor is it ever going to be the occasion to vandalize property that is not their own and that they could not replace. As examples to the underclassmen seniors must be on their best behaviors and act like the adults they are on their way of being.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Se nio rit i s i s deadlier t han e ver ! By Marisel Vasquez Opinion Editor

As the days quickly pass us by, students, especially seniors, tend to start catching an epidemic. Though it is brought up by the usual cough of a large workload, an AP test, and continuous complaining, this so called “illness” just seems to be spreading throughout our campus. Students are constantly tardy and absent from school for unexcused reasons, but what they fail to realize is that every absence or tardy causes the school to lose money. With these gruesome budget cuts that are affecting our school tremendously, some funds are going to be cut from various departments on campus. Senioritis has not only brought on laziness, but has inspired many students to give up. Just because you know that you are going to graduate and leave Gahr, you are still responsible to represent the Class of 2009. One has a loyal duty to oneself and to your parents to be the best person possible. For your information, senioritis is just a made up excuse by seniors to slack off and procrastinate. As a senior, I personally do not believe in

senioritis because some of us have actual responsibilities that require hard work and by partaking in these so called “pranks” and by not do anything academically enhancing, one would just be wasting time that is valuable these last couple months before graduation. Though we may not feel like doing much this last couple months, we have an obligation to fulfill as seniors and upperclassemen. Seniors, know that after graduation the real world comes into play and we are no longer to be tended for by our parents. We demand respect and to be treated like adults, but we need to be willing to accept the challenge of life and by conforming to the normality of senioritis, we are telling the world that we are not qualified. Stop being childish and step up and finish your senior year how you should, to demonstrate that we are mature and indeed are worthy. For upcoming seniors and underclassmen, beware of this made up condition and continue to strive to do your best in school. Take into account the classes you are choosing for next year and if you know that you are prone to senioritis, be smart and choose “chill” classes because your senior year is still looked at by the colleges and universities.

C a e s a r C h a v e z D a y : Taking Time to Learn About the Unknown By Kaela Pierott Staff Writer

It’s the first ever that students at Gahr High School as well as teachers are going to be given the day off in regards to the celebration of Mexican-American activists Caesar E. Chavez. It is amazing how many students as well as teachers are skeptic when it comes to this man. For everytime we get a day off, whether it’s Washington’s Day or Lincoln’s Day off, we don’t really care as long as we get the day off. This shouldn’t be the case because these people were very significant in our lives and we should know who they are and why we are getting the day off. Chavez was a very outspoken person , who spoke out about the lack of pay and bad conditions for Mexican American farm workers. Born on March 31, 1927 Chavez worked very hard for the Mexican-American community to be recognized and to make better lives for them. Chavez (March 31, 1927- April 23, 1993) was a Mexican American farm worker, laborer leader, and civil rights activists who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farmer Workers Association, which later on became the United Farm Workers. Many people who believed in has cause says his work led to numerous improvements for union laborers. His birthday has become a holiday in eight U.S states. Many parks, cultural centers, libraries, schools, and streets have been named in his honor in cities across the United States.

Later, education became Chavez’s focus. He is currently buried at 2900 Woodford Tehachapi Road in the Keenecommunity of unicorparated Kern County, California. There is a portrait of him in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. It is time that Chavez gets acknowldged for his work. Chavez died on April 23, 1993 and this is the first year he is being recognized for all his achievements. When the name Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is mentioned its not hard for people to remember what he has done for African Americans. When it comes to Chavez, people fail to notice his actions. Chavez has drafted many inspiring speeches that people hardly know about. When it comes to pop icons, people know almost everything about them, but I have never learned about or celebrated anything that has to do with Chavez because no one has considered Chavez as a big deal. Chavez is hardly mentioned in any other classroom besides Spanish and when, he is Chavez is mentioned very briefly. In honor of Chavez, history classes should give a lesson about what he contributed to. Children should educated about his famous speeches such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a Dream”. I hope that more students are educated about Chavez especially since we all are taking the day off on March 30th. Instead of disregarding that day as another day off, we should all take notice of the amazing person that once was and celebrate all his achievements.

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Letters to the Editors

Re: “Bon Voyage, French Fourteen”

Thank you for including an article on the students who visited Gahr from France. Though it was nice to see it in the paper, I was truly disappointed that the article on the students who came for ONE DAY from China got a larger photo and 1/2 page spread, and that the “Yogurt Battle” got an entire page, as opposed to students who were here being hosted for TWO WEEKS by Gahr families that got 1/4 of a page. Does the fact that students of Gahr and their families generously opened their homes to someone that they didn’t know out of kindness and international understandings for 14 days to 15 students escape you?There area variety of mistakes in the article: There were 15 students, not 14. The school that they went to is not a boarding school, as not all of the students who attend the school live there. Some do, but only about 50 students total at the school, and 7 of the group. The name of the school was St. Jean Eudes, not St. Jacques. They arrived on January 31st not Feb. 2nd. Two of the students’ names were misspelled: Jeremie and Adelise. It’s disappointing that there are so many mistakes and that they received such little press. I was hoping to send copies of the article to my friend, their teacher Martine Gournay, and the students, however I’m a little embarrassed with all of the mistakes and I’m hesitating in sending it. Would any of the editors or writers want this article to represent The Forum to a group of students who were very excited to be here? Perhaps asking them more questions and involving them in the article more would have been nice, as well as checking facts before publication. SUZANNE TENBROEK French Teacher

Re: “Hurley Walk the Walk”

This month’s Fashion page was interesting to read, especially about the “Hurley Walk the Walk”. It seemed pretty fun. From the way you girls explained how we did on the fashion show I think we should’ve won even though I didn’t see it. Even though we didn’t win, it seemed that every student that participated had a blast in the show and the pictures that were taken were pretty clear. CRYSTAL LUQUIN Sophomore Since I was one of the assistant producers in that event, I found that article very interesting about how it explained what happened and quotes of some of our participants. I really think we should of won that event, because I saw that our school had put a lot of effort into it. It’s amazing how almost everyone that received a ticket went. I think we should’ve won because we had the best clothes, school spirit, and style. But you have to admit it was pretty fun. I think those pictures that you took of the even were pretty nice too. I hope you guys get to write more articles like that. PETER KHAOV Sophomore

Re: Entertainment

I enjoyed the layout of the entertainment section. It is very eye catching. The illustrations are wonderful. I also enjoyed reading all the movie reviews. It helps me decide which movies to see and which ones I shouldn’t waste my money on from reading your review “He’s Just Not That Into You” seems like an awesome movie. Overall, I think you all did an extremely good job. I know this is off topic but I have a new story idea. You should talk about the potholes and “dents” on the school’s grounds. Maybe it’s just me, but I trip an at least three everyday. Hope you consider it. Keep up the good work. JILLIAN TIEDEMAN Sophomore

Re: “ Difficult Times Call for Difficult Choices”

I saw your article about the millions of dollars lost in the budget. I liked the contingency plan for the years. It is unfortunate to hear about the problems that are going to go to the class they want or get that class to graduate. It is good to hear that the district will not cut any of art or athletic programs. I think that cutting so much money from the school will affect the students next year. It is good that there are some people who are taking up funds for the budget in the district. I hope that the budget crisis will get better soon. Also I hope that the students get to pick the classes that they want or need. This financial crisis is affecting everyone not just the school so it is troublesome for all the people. STEFIN MATHEW Sophomore

Re: “Yogurt Battle”

I enjoyed reading this issue of THE GAHR FORUM. It had articles that I was interested in reading. The article that caught my attention was the one that was debating Yogurtland and Golden spoon. It grasped my attention because I always get that question asked if I like Yogurtland better or Golden spoon. I also had fun reading the articles on the walk the walk fashion show because the stars of that show were some of the people I know. The article about the budget cut for all of the schools in the ABC School District is one of the things I was interested while reading. Because that will affect our future in school and if we can take the classes necessary to go into a better college could wane because of the budget cut. I also liked the article about the forgotten tales of African history because it was celebrating the black history and taught us a lot about the African culture during the presentation. Thank you THE GAHR FORUM newspaper staff for taking some of your time off and reading my letter. This issue of THE GAHR FORUM was the issue that gave out the most information about recent new in school and for the schools future. I liked this issue because it talked about recent things that are going on. JASON MENENDEZ Sophomore

Re: “It’s Not All About the Romance” Re: Sports I enjoyed reading your article, “It’s Not All About the Romance”. I agree with you when you say, “It (Valentine’s Day) doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to have a significant other in order to celebrate Valentine’s Day” because to me it’s not all about the flowers and candy, it’s about spending the day with the people that matter most to you and taking the time out to do something special for them. For Valentine’s Day, I spent the day with my family and that night I hung out with my friends and I had fun just by being with them and I didn’t feel like I had to be with a guy because I was with the people that mattered most to me already. Also this letter taught me you don’t have to wait for Valentine’s Day to do something special for the person you love, you can show them that you love them all throughout the year. MONIQUE QUARLES Sophomore

I am writing to tell you that I have been reading the past few newspapers, and I feel like you have mixed it up with the sports. Before you were writing about sports not many people were interested in, but now you wrote about basketball. There were many students at the game on Friday to show their support for Gahr. One thing I think you should add to the article was a person dunking so that it could give your article more excitement. If you put Gipson Lyles dunk in your article it would have been a little bit better. Great job writing the sports section this time through. I will still be reading up on your articles to see if you us my advice for the picture. Hope that you get excitement in your article. Keep writing. JOSHUA PERKINS Sophomore

Editorials The


Gahr Forum Editor in Chief Jessica Lee Design Editor Donna Garcia

Managing Editor Antiem Tran

Activities Editor Priyanka Patel

Features Editors Tiffany Francisco Payton Schachtell

Arts Editors Dominique Santiago Jewely Ramos

Illustrators Lisa Kim Alisa Wong

Beat Editors Pearl Aguilar Lizbeth Ochoa Entertainment Editors Quintin Mattear Christopher Feng

News Editor Maria Tuadi Opinion Editors Marisel Vasquez Martha Vasquez

Fashion Editor Donna Garcia

Sports Editor Eric Wilson

Staff Writers

Ted Chang Myia Dickens Roman Duenas Crystal Goss Kaela Pierott Gregory Poblete Chaniece Ponder Pavan Rami

Julie Singh Petra Slaughter Jessie Slade Alexis Taylor Courtney Taylor Kanayo Uchemefuna Fabian Zambrano

Adviser Andrea Alfi

The Gahr Forum is published about once a month during the school year as a public forum for the student expression of news and opinion at Gahr High School at 11111 Artesia Blvd., Cerritos, CA 90703; Room 661. Telephone Number: (562) 926-5566 ext. 22088. Ads are available by calling the number above. Submissions to The Gahr Forum should be dropped off to Room 661, turned into Mrs. Alfi’s box, or emailed to We reserve the right to edit submissions for clarity and length. Major editorials which are unsigned represent the opinion of the staff as determined by the majority of the editorial board. All other editorial pieces will be signed and will represent the opinion of the writer. Reviews and regular columns will always be considered the opinion of the writer. All views and opinions are solely those of the author and are not considered to be the opinions of The Gahr Forum, the Editorial Board, the adviser, Gahr High School, or the ABC Unified School District. Corrections Significant corrections will be noted in the upcoming edition. Please send any corrections to: thegahrforum@ Letters to the Editors The Gahr Forum is an open forum for student and other public expression and the discussion of issues of concern to its audience. The staff welcomes feedback, including letters to the editor, guest columns and other expressions of opinion from students, faculty, administrators, community residents and the general public. Please send feedback to: The Gahr Forum staff will work to maintain the intent of feedback providers but reserves the right to edit all such submissions for length, grammar, invasion of privacy, potential libel, obscenity, and other factors consistent with California Education Code section 48907. Not all letters will be published; letters are published at the discretion of the editors, with the input from the staff’s adviser, based on the above-stated principles and on individual circumstances. Advertisements Ads with The Gahr Forum are printed with signed contracts. For more information, contact us by email at

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STEP 1: Fold corner to corner.

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STEP 3: Form the head by folding the top down and then back again, in a pleat.

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STEP 5: Make the Ladybug threedimensional. Fold the body in half. Then open the paper agin until it is not quite flat.

STEP 6:Draw dots. You’ve got a LADYBUG!


My worst subject in school is science. My favorite food is Italian I’m left-handed. My hero is my Dad. My worst habit is biting my nails. My guilt pleasure is eating chocolate until there’s no tomorrow. My favorite movie is “The Notebook”. My favorite color is yellow. My hometown is in Brockport, New York. I love to talking on the phone with Mrs. Jones.


2 - In what category did Maya Ohayan win at this years “Let’s Get Loud!” talent show? (Two words) 4 - Samuel White won 1st place in the ___ category at the “Lets Get Loud!” talent show. 6 - Boys Varsity Basketball made it to CIF, but their trip was cut short after their defeat against ___. 10 - According to Marisel Vasquez, ___ doors shut and painting the locker numbers is infantile. 11 - The French Club decided to raise money to get children a better education in ___. 12 - Every absence and tardy causes the school to lose ___, according to the “Senioritis is deadlier than ever!” article. 14 - The Art department make 100 percent budget cuts, but did not cut any of the art ___. 16 - What agency does Chris Redfield work for from the Resident Evil 5 video game? (Found on Entertainment) 18 - Mrs. North suffers from 2 different ___ conditions. 19 - How many people failed the math section on the retake CAHSEE? 20 - Kanayo gives her thoughts about The-Dream’s album ___. (Three Words)


1 - “___ sweaters are a no-no,” according to Jessie Slade. 3 - Who said “I am looking forward to Karen Duarte and Yasmeen Aldogmi birthdays and the spring fashion line,”? (First and Last name) 5 - What is the theme for this years Spring concert? 7 - Women’s History Day gradually became Women’s history ___ after Congress passed it throughout the country. 8 - Who is featured on the Fashion Pages male MyStyle Watch? (First and Last name) 9 - Cesar E. Chavez was an Mexican-American ___. 13 - Sports ___ is essential for athletes. (Found on the Sports page) 15 - Capcom released ___ 5 for Xbox and Plastations 3. (Two words) 17 - According to Jessie Slade, “___ make-up that matches your outfit is a fashion don’t.”

February Winners!

Gipson Lyles (12) Ricardo Flores (12) Niel Taniguchi (12) ATTENTION! The first person to bring this page, completed with correct answers, to Room 661 wins a prize!

March 2009, The Gahr Forum  

March 2009 issue of The Gahr Forum