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Brea Olinda High School February 4, 2011
Vol. 80, Issue 4
Clubs begin to prepare for International Week, which starts on Feb. 15.
Two Wildcat staffers debate whether students properly celebrate their differences.
The Wildcat explores the racial demographics and student diversity on campus.
Hengameh Moshirr, math teacher, shares childhood experiences in Iran.
Ladycats expected to play rival Mater Dei Monarchs for a clash of national powers.
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February 4 , 2011
Students dress up for Crayola Day Photo courtesy of JACQUELINE CORTES
MICHELLE SUH / Wildcat
india plans henna day:
Club India has various activities planned for International Week, including a Henna Day, where members of Club India will apply henna on willing students for three dollars per hand.
Students to celebrate diversity during International Week ALEXA FISHMAN
International Week is a time of the year that students get to experience and taste the different cultures from around the world. Students look forward to this event that will take place on Feb 15 to 18. One of the main events is the day when clubs represent different countries and prepare food during lunch. By displaying a wide gamut of cuisines, clubs are hoping to expose students to cultures from around the world. “It is really important to accept other cultures, and Brea is not completely diverse, and I think that it is time to
embrace other cultures that are around us,” said Elizabeth Gwaltney, senior. The focus of International Week will be cultural activities. On Tuesday, the Orange County Performing Arts will be performing shows that display Polynesian culture. On Wednesday, a bagpiper will be performing during lunch. On Thursday, there will be a steel drum parade, and on Friday, it will be International Dress Up Day. Students will be able to dress up from different cultures and countries, and the clubs will be showcasing their foods from the countries that they are representing. Each club will spend the time preceding International Week to plan cultural activities and different foods for
the week. “We are going to give samosas out at lunch, which is an Indian food that is a deep fried filled appetizer. Our club is going to dress up and embrace the Indian culture, and we will provide Henna to students for three dollars,” said Arleen Chadha, senior and co-president of Club India. French Club will be preparing France’s signature treats, including nutella, baguettes, and crème puffs during lunch. Megan Mashal, junior, and president of French Club, said, “International Week is so important because the club is based on the culture of France, and we want others to appreciate it.”
Chinese and Korean club, BSU, French Club, Toyo Club are some of the many clubs that will be representing different cultures from around the world during International Week. Christina An, senior, and secretary of the Korean Club, is excited to take part in International Week. For food day, the club is making Korean barbecue along with different types of rice rolls. In order to purchase food for International Week, Korean Club raised a total of $100 during Evening of the Arts by having a bake sale, selling cookies, tea, and hot chocolate. Chinese Club will be giving out fried rice of meat and vegetables and fortune cookies during lunch. “We want to showcase our culture, and share it with other people to be a part of it,” said Stephanie Chieng, junior, and vice president of Chinese club. However, unlike the Korean and Chinese Clubs, some ethnicity-specific clubs have been chosen to represent countries for International Week other than their own. Toyo is a club that represents volunteers who help in the Korean community. But this year, the club has been tasked with representing the country of Armenia instead of South Korea. “I like how we didn’t receive Korea because we can learn more about other cultures,” said Kristen Park, sophomore and Toyo Club vice president. Likewise, Red Cross will be representing the country of Vietnam. “We’ll be making spring rolls and egg rolls and other food that we hope students will enjoy,” said Irwin Nhan, junior and Red Cross president. Japanese Cultural Dance Club will be performing special dances to display their hobby. Black Student Union (BSU) will be preparing fried chicken with mashed potatoes. Through their cultural displays and activities, the different clubs on campus hope to celebrate the timeless benefits of diversity and make International Week an enjoyable time for students.
Seniors Career Pathways
Red Cross Rock N Runway
BOHS Online Store
GAA Sadie Hawkins
Before graduating, seniors who have earned enough credits in a certain “career pathway” earn the right to receive a colored cord during their graduation ceremony. The colored cords represent eight career pathways that students can earn distinctions in. These pathways include: Advanced Sciences, Communications, Construction Technology, Consumer Sciences, Information Technology, Performing Arts, Public Services, and Visual Arts. Advanced sciences have had the most students at 168 and Information Technology the least at 13. In total, 291 seniors are considered eligible to wear at least one colored cord during graduation, and 91 seniors have earned enough credits to wear up to two or three cords. Paul Lee
On March 26, the Red Cross Club will be hosting an event called Rock n’ Runway, which will involve a benefit battle of the bands and a fashion show. The money raised will go toward summer leadership programs for new Red Cross members. Different high school bands from around Orange County are encouraged to sign up for the event, and members of the club who wish to model the featured clothing brands can keep whatever they wear at a reduced price. “Rock n’ Runway is a fun event for volunteers who want to have a good time and take a break from the more serious service projects we do around the year. It also helps raise money for our annual summer leadership camp,” said Irwin Nhan, junior and co-president of Red Cross. Paul Lee
In order to generate funds, Brea Olinda Unified School District has introduced a new program called e-Funds for schools. The program offers an array of products and a safe payment system. According to the district, the program is secure and uses industry standard data encryptions to ensure the integrity and safety of the transactions. “The district started it. [People] in the district were looking for a method for people to buy lunches and transportation for little children. We’re using it for people to buy things like cheer uniforms, P.E. clothes, and AP tests. Since we can’t take credit cards, we now have an online store that we can use with our system.” said Pam Valenti, assistant principal. The fee is a dollar per transaction for payments from the checking amount, or $1.99 for credit or debit card purchases. Rachel Park
On March 19 from 8 to 11 p.m., the Girls’ Athletic Association (GAA) will be hosting the annual Sadie Hawkins Dance. As tradition, girls ask boys to the dance, which will be held in the outdoors cafeteria. “Finally, I won’t have to think of creative ideas to ask a girl to a dance,” said Paul Park, senior. The theme for this year’s dance is “Sadie’s Gone ‘80s.” Those who attend will be dressing up in ‘80s attire. “I like being in the decision process, my opinions count, and get put into action,” said Ciera Ramos, senior and president of GAA. The price for this event is $30 with an ASB card, $40 without, and $50 at the door. There will also be a free photo booth at the dance along with a photographer, who will take pictures for a fee. Alexa Fishman
OC Register releases final school salary information PAUL LEE
News editor The OC Register’s release of its most recent article on Orange County school employee salaries, which disclosed financial information on all employees who earned $25,000 or more, marked the final piece in the series. Previously, the Register had only revealed the salaries of those who made $100,000 or more, and it was not entirely clear when or if it would post information concerning employees who made less than six figures. As a result, the Wildcat was unable to indicate whether the Register would release more salary information or not in its previous article. However, the Register’s Education Editor William Diepenbrock cleared any confusion through an e-mail that he sent to the Wildcat in January. “We were working on the package through November and December, but our publication date wasn’t certain until just before it came out,” said Diepenbrock. Aside from some comments posted about the online article, there has been little public opposition toward the Register. “Interestingly, since the larger package appeared, we have received very few criticisms over the piece,” added Diepenbrock. “It seems much of the angst that surrounded the publication of the top earners waned after we provided the full report, or perhaps people felt they’d expressed their concerns in enough detail.” On the other hand, Xia Zuckert, English teacher, believed that the updated article was unnecessary and misleading. “There is no story. The Register published the database without a real sense of purpose, and the article itself has little direction to it. Also, only our current pay is listed, which does not reflect the change in pay over the past years, and there is a discrepancy in the number of years taught numbers,” said Zuckert. “The Register’s article is a false representation of who we are.”
“The conical hat was the most obvious indicator,” said Romeet Sen, senior, referring to the main reason why some
might be a bad idea, but since Parish saw us and didn’t say anything we decided it was okay,” said Bouldin. Cody Houston and Krista Kooiman, seniors, also dressed up in white outfits for Crayola Day but received no complaints, mainly because they did not don additional conical hats. They wore white Vans shoes, previously bought for a wedding they had attended together, and wore white clothing to match. “I didn’t think it was important to actually look like a crayon. We didn’t have any white pointed hats, but if we had we would’ve thought it would be a bad idea [to wear them],” said Houston. This is not the first time that there have been issues with senior dress up days. A few years ago, a dress-up day ignited a controversy as well. For ER Day students were instructed to dress up as doctors, lawyers, or any other profession they aspired to be in their futures. As a result, some students dressed like drug dealers and prostitutes. Senior class officers are responsible for dress up day ideas, which they base on how easy and accessible they believe it will be to dress up, hoping that more seniors will participate every month. They also try to avoid possible ideas that may lead to controversial outcomes. Genna Hill, senior president, felt that despite the controversy over the outfits, Crayola Day was still a success. “A lot of people dressed up, and in the end it turned out to be a good day,” said Hill. In regards to future dress up days, Pam Valenti, assistant principal, would not be against giving Crayola Day another shot. “If we did it again, we’d probably give more direction for it,” said Valenti. “We’d use this incident as an example of what not to do, and tell the seniors to make sure to keep [their costumes] appropriate.”
Spanish speaking Japanese-American student experiences unique upbringing AUDREY MARRA
When Mina Yamakawa, senior, first arrived to Fanning Elementary school when she was in fifth grade, she was the “new girl” who looked Japanese but could only speak Spanish. This was because Yamakawa is from Tallao, Peru. “My English was not good. I could only speak a few sentences,” said Yamakawa. “People were mean and they would say things I couldn’t understand in English and laugh at me.” Deborah Kang, senior, was eager to befriend her, however. K a n g was not fazed Mina by Yamakawa’s Yamakawa inability to speak perfect English. Instead, Kang was very intrigued by the amount of culture within Yamakawa. “It was really great when I’d tell my other friends that she was Japanese and from Peru and could speak Spanish,” said Kang. Kang mentioned how difficult it was to intertwine a new culture into her life and Kang respected Yamakawa for doing so. Three generations ago, Yamakawa’s grandparents, Nade and Miyagi Yamashiro, had moved to Tallao, Peru from Okinawa, Japan, due to Japan’s failing economy. According to everyculture.com, Nade and Miyagi Yamashiro were a part of a mass migration from Japan to Peru, caused by a
crisis within the Japanese government. Nade and Miyagi Yamashiro had to rebuild their lives as they struggled to adjust to the new environment. “[My grandparents] had to start from scratch. They didn’t know any Spanish nor have any friends there,” said Yamakawa. “And some people took advantage of this by pretending to help carry their suitcases and then running off with them.” With the transition, Yamakawa’s grandparents created a new culture that intermixed Japanese and Peruvian delicacies. Food was a big part of this fusion. “Raw fish is a custom in both Peru and Japan, it’s just prepared differently,” said Yamakawa. “My mom would collaborate both types by making Japanese sushi and topping it off with a Peruvian ingredient.” Yamakawa’s parents, Rosa and Hector, were keen on carrying these traditions with them as they recruited yet another culture into their lives. After raising Yamakawa’s four older sisters in Peru, Rosa and Hector Yamakawa felt that Yamakawa would have much more opportunity if they relocated to the United States. Rosa Yamakawa expressed that the transition came smoothly to her. “[Getting settled] was hard at first,” said Rosa Yamakawa. “I had to learn the language and find a job, but I adjusted quickly.” Yamakawa’s family arrived in the United States with the vision of the American Dream. This dream is a part of Yamakawa’s past, present and future. She plans to be a professional dancer and is focused on attending Mt. San Antonio College in the fall.
Two students walked into their zero period AP Statistics class dressed in white painters’ jumpsuits with the word “crayola” scribbled across the front of their outfits, wearing tall, white conical hats. As they walked down the aisles, mixed emotions stirred in those who witnessed the scene. Crayola Day, a new senior dress up event created this year, ignited controversy regarding the two students’ white crayon costumes, Jan. 7. Originally, the purpose behind Crayola Day was for each student to dress up in two or more articles of clothing of the same color. Many students chose to wear crayonlike costumes instead. An issue arose when some students associated the white painters’ jumpsuits and conical hats that Jeff Green and Will Bouldin, seniors, wore with Ku Klux Klan attire. Green explained, “There were no political intentions, I have no hate towards the groups that the KKK does. I was just trying to show school spirit.” The two went to Home Depot, Bouldin’s place of work, to purchase their outfits. Bouldin stated that the reason he and Green had used white costumes was because the store was out of stock of blue painters suits, which is why they chose white ones, along with matching conical hats. The appearance of Bouldin and Green dressed head to toe in white caused a mixed reaction amongst students and staff members. Some took offense as their outfits’ resembled the garb of Klan members, while others saw the two as simply expressing school spirit.
students drew comparisons to the Klan. Pointed hats and white robes are symbols of Ku Klux Klan attire. According to the Anti-Defamation League’s website, the Ku Klux Klan is an organization formed in 1866 in Pulaski, Tenn., during the Reconstruction era. The Klan’s primary goal was to prevent former slaves from gaining the right to vote and become equal to whites under the law. Jews and non-white immigrants were also persecuted. The Klan holds an infamous history for employing violence and fear tactics in an attempt to degrade different ethnicities in order to spread Caucasian supremacy. Although some individuals interpreted Green and Bouldin’s appearance to be similar to the Ku Klux Klan’s, neither of the two were reprimanded by school administrators. “Their outfits didn’t strike me [as Klan costumes], but I can see why someone would have that perception,” said Bob Parish, assistant principal. Parish had encountered one of the individuals earlier that morning and assumed they were simply dressed up as white crayons. Despite the negative reaction toward the outfits, the only complaint that Parish received was from a teacher. After being informed of this concern, Parish located the pair and took a second look at their attire. He still held the same opinion as before, mainly because Green and Bouldin were not wearing the sheets, hoods, or red and white crosses typical of Klan attire. The fact that the pair had the word “Crayola” labeled across their painters suits was another reason why their attire was deemed appropriate for the dress up day. Parish had no grounds on which to reprimand them. “At first we thought the pointed hats
FEATURE A&E OPINION
3 Students’ costumes for Crayola Yamakawa embraces Dress Up Day ignite controversy combination of cultures
WILDCAT FEBRUARY 4, 2011
Japanese students experience American life ALEX KIM
Staff writer Nine students and five chaperones from Brea’s sister city, Hanno, Japan, arrived at LAX for their annual student delegation visit, Jan. 13. The foreign visitors traveled almost 8,000 miles from their homeland. Upon their arrival, the envoys boarded a charter bus to a welcome dinner hosted by the Brea Rotary Club and the Brea Sister City Association. After the introductions and presentations had been made, the Hanno students departed to stay with their personal student hosts. “The students from Hanno stay with student hosts rather than adults because it is just a wonderful experience for both of them. On one hand, the students from Brea get to experience the Japanese culture firsthand. On the other hand, the Hanno students feel much more at ease with someone their own age,” explained Masako White, Japanese teacher. The next day, the Hanno students accompanied their hosts to the campus and took part in activities such as folding paper into traditional origami and writing Japanese characters in the form of calligraphy. Later during the same day, they showcased a special percussion performance at the boys versus girls school rally. “It was very fun, but it was scary too. There were so many people out in the crowd,” said Saki Konuma, Hanno student. After visiting the school, the Hanno
students and their hosts had a picnic at Tri-City Park, where the students had an opportunity to socialize and take part in various activities and games. When the weekend arrived, each host family had the opportunity to take the Hanno students to a memorable place. “The Brea Sister City Association already has a lot of events planned out. But my family showed [our Hanno student] around the Brea mall, went out for a nice dinner, and took him to Disneyland. A lot of the students wanted to go to Disneyland, so we wanted to give them that opportunity,” said Julian Lee, junior. On the following Monday, the students from Hanno waited to get onto another bus ride. But this time, they were accompanied by their Brea hosts and instead of attending a welcome dinner, they enjoyed a day long visit to Universal Studios. “One of my favorite parts of this trip was when I went to Universal Studios. I had a really good time with everybody,” said Konuma. The Hanno students then visited the high school during the morning and visited the junior high in the afternoon, where they observed the activities of different classes. “American classes and students are very different from Japanese ones. Here, the students are much more energetic and aggressive while in Japan, everyone is very quiet and reserved. The different personalities should mix and it is interesting to see how things turn out,” said Tamiji Okano, Hanno Municipal Board of Education supervisor. After classes were over, the Hanno visitors joined the students from Brea for
JIWON LEE / Wildcat
unity on sports day:
Two visitors from Hanno enjoyed a special Sports Day, also known as Undoukai, with BOHS students in the main gym during their final day in America. They participated in various games throughout the day such as a spoon relay and ball pass. a farewell pot-luck dinner. On the final day of their stay in America, the Hanno and BOHS students participated in Undoukai, also known as Sports Day. Sports Day is a tradition that the Hanno students have enjoyed with Brea students since the exchange program first began. During the sports event, participants enjoyed traditional inari and edamame snacks, spent a few hours together on the track field and the main gym, and played various games.
One event was called the spoon relay, where the students ran a relay while holding a spoon that contained a tennis ball. The goal was to successfully finish the race quickly without dropping the ball. Hanno and BOHS students were especially engaged in this relay because it required much teamwork amongst each other. In the afternoon, the Hanno students enjoyed lunch, toured Brea for the last time, and said their good-byes to their host families at the Civic Center. Afterwards, they took a bus ride to the Los Angeles
Airport, where they boarded a plane back to Japan. However, this will not be the last interaction between Hanno and Brea. In February, the former hosts will become the new visitors as students from Brea visit Hanno. “It is sort of like a trade-off. We have sent students back and forth for the last 29 years. However, this is not just limited to students taking Japanese. Anyone in the entire student body can go to Hanno if they apply,” said White.
Brea Plaza welcomes new Chick-fil-A restaurant
RYAN CORBETT / Wildcat
New chick-fil-a opens its doors: Chick-fil-A, which opened in Brea on Jan. 13, features two drive thru lanes. It began business by handing out numerous free products and meal tickets to Brea residents. MELINDA CHHOUR
FEBRUARY 4, 2011
Following months of construction and preparation, Chick-fil-A hosted their grand opening at the Brea Plaza Shopping Center, Jan. 13. Doors opened approximately at 6:30 a.m. as customers stood in line to receive free Chick- Fil-A meal cards as a part of the fast food chain’s grand opening give away tradition. Meal cards in packages of 52 were awarded to the first 100 winners for those present on the opening day. These cards guarantee customers one free meal per week for the entire year. To promote the new opening, ChickFil-A distributed 8,000 free chicken sandwiches on Jan. 7 and 8 beginning
from noon to 2 p.m. to many residents in the community. “It was really crowded, but definitely worth the wait. The employees were very friendly and courteous and they even handed us free coupons for our next visit,” said Michelle Lu, sophomore. To help facilitate customer service, golf carts were rented to transport customers around the plaza to the restaurant. “The golf carts were very convenient, because parking lot spots were limited, and tons of people were crowded outside,” said Katherine Sea, junior. Customers can also receive free breakfast items every Monday and Wednesday from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. for the four weeks that follow opening week. “I really love how they are giving out free stuff. It definitely attracts many
customers to come and dine at their restaurant,” said Brianna Wingfield, sophomore. Employees at Chick-fil-A began their training early in preparation for the grand opening. There were a total of 54 people hired, eight of them being students from BOHS. “One of the main points of working here is to make our customers happy. If a customer says thank you, we must respond with ‘my pleasure,’” said Genna Hill, senior and staff member of Chick-fil-A. Ruth Kim, senior and team member of Chick-fil-A, said, “The staff taught us so much. We were taught how to manage almost every position, such as working the register, observing food being made in the kitchen, and interacting with customers. It was a really informative and fun experience.” A video contest was held on Chickfil- A Brea Plaza’s official Facebook page which sought to find Brea’s “biggest raving fan.” Contestants were to submit a video explaining why they are the “biggest raving fan” of Chick-fil- A at Brea Plaza. The fan who had the most “likes” to his or her video before 12 a.m. on Jan. 4 was declared the winner. Lindsey Reskey, the winner of the contest, was invited to Brea Plaza’s Premier Night Dinner which was held Jan. 11. Her winning video “Chick-fil-A’s Biggest, Littlest fans,” was also displayed at the dinner, featuring her two younger daughters that captivated viewers to vote for the video. Reskey received 52 “Be Our Guest” coupons that were valid for one year. The coupons could be redeemed for a free Chick-fil-A sandwich, free medium waffle fries, and a free medium drink. Like many other restaurants, Chickfil-A at Brea Plaza offers a drive thru service. For better convenience, there are
two drive thru lanes with separate menu boards. Customers can place an order before merging into a lane for pickup and purchase. “Having two drive thru lanes was a really nice touch added to the restaurant. It eliminates the hassle of traffic jams and customers are happier because they can receive their food faster, said Irwin Nhan,
junior. The new Chick- fil- A will be the tenth Chick-fil-A to open in Orange County. “It is the outstanding customer service and exceptional food quality that makes Chick-fil-A better than your average fast food restaurant. Opening a Chick-fil-A has been the best thing that ever happened to Brea,” said Kim.
February 4, 2011
Student apathy for diversity MICHELLE SUH / Wildcat
Are students passive about the diversity of our community? With diversity in our community increasing every year and International Week approaching, the concept of passivity also comes into question. Two Wildcat staffers debate whether Brea students properly celebrate their differences.
SALONI SHAH Copy editor Being a student should enable you to be knowledgeable about your surroundings. We are taught in school about being open to and accepting of all people; however, not many students actually practice the act of getting to know another’s cultures and beliefs. Students are ignorant and apathetic about the different orientations of their peers, and sometimes themselves. Yes, we do have International Week to celebrate the cultures of the world but the event often leaves us questioning how much of an impact it makes on the student body. Jacqueline Cortes, senior and ASB vice president, wants “people to be opened up to new cultures” with the festivities of International Week. “Many people take great pride in their culture and the fact that we make it a week to show it off is important. There isn’t an excuse to not dress up with all the posters and Facebook advertisements that are used to publicize the events, so just be a part of it,” said Cortes. It is a challenge to bring students out of their passivity about the different types of people at this school. Students just need to realize that this world is made up of places and people with such different cultures and beliefs that they can learn about, they just have to take an interest. An integral part of one’s character is their ethnicity and the culture that one was raised under. Some students find ways to express and exchange cultures through culture clubs. It is true that these clubs meet to converse and socialize with people of their own race and ethnicity. Although some culture clubs try their hardest to get the best possible turnout at their meetings, their goals are usually not met. For example, the three regular members of Club India try to bring in more members but get discouraged when, even after sending out reminders and putting up fliers about the activities that are planned, no one shows up to the meetings. “A lack of members means that we aren’t able to plan successful events, fundraisers, or meetings and as a result the few regular members we did have quit,” said Arleen Chadha, senior and co-president of Club India.
Although the club welcomes members of all ethnicities, Chadha wishes they had some more Indian students who would partake in these cultural events. After years of failing to recruit enough members, she finds herself frustrated with the passivity that people of her own race show towards their culture. When people don’t embrace or flaunt their own culture, they shouldn’t expect their peers to be interested. This is the sad image that stops the student body from being familiarized with diversity at school as well as in the world. Students should take an extra 15 minutes of their lunch to attend a club meeting or dress up for International Week in their favorite ethnic garb to show that we are not passive about diversity.
HAILEY LEE Staff writer Everyone has heard the term “the Brea bubble”. Brea has been given this term because students claim that Brea is passive and that no one seems to care about the activities going on around them. As a small suburban city in Orange County, Calif., residents are known to have narrow outlooks on their surroundings. However, this term is a misnomer for Brea students. The label that has been given to Brea is not appropriate. BOHS provides many different activities and events that encourage students to expand their viewpoints on their environment.
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apathy: Culture clubs like Club India fail to attract members to meetings, questioning whether Brea students rightfully celebrate their diversities.
Similarly, BOHS has numerous opportunities for students to accept and celebrate each other’s diversity. For example, BOHS has an annual International Week which promotes and introduces students to the different cultures and races that Brea is made up of. This year International Week will be held on Feb. 15 to Feb. 18. ASB has been supporting this event every year and it is a great way for students to interact and learn about the different cultures around them. “International Week is a time to appreciate all cultures and see how different people cultures interact. It is also a time to have fun and enjoy listening to music, dancing, and eating food that is appreciated by other cultures,” said Elizabeth Gwaltney, senior, who is in charge of International Week. Clubs are also a big part of promoting diversity. Students are able to make their own clubs based on their interest and ideas. This allows students to be aware of the variety of people there are on campus. There are clubs for different religions, races, and interests that keeps students aware of students around them. “Our school does do enough [to promote diversity]. We have different clubs at our school and we have International Week. The school also provides foreign language classes and clubs to students that are willing to learn,” said Esther Yoo, junior. With each club choosing a country to represent during International Week, the International Food Fair represents how students are open to different cultures. Each year, this event attracts students since they are interested in trying new foods and experiencing new cultures. This shows how a successful event such as a food fair can promote and educate students about diversity. Students are not passive about the fact that diversity is present on campus. They are reminded everyday by the waves of people around them and even by the friends around them. “I feel like my friends are more than just one type ethnicity and hanging out with each other is a major thing that we do so that we’re united,” said Gabriel Navarro, junior. BOHS is not passive to the fact that there are differences around them. There are enough activities and systems that keep students aware of the diversity they are surrounded with. Students are given enough opportunites to be involved and engaged with these school events.
How do bohs students
treat diversity on campus?
“Brea is very friendly so diversity is appreciated. But character is always more important than ethnicity.” Christine Hung Chinese teacher
“Brea Olinda is an accepting student body. I don’t think we have problems with diversity.” Nathan Richey senior
“Depending on their races, students treat each other differently and alter their opinions of them.” Katherine Sea junior
“Most people at our school treat each other equally and there’s no such problem as racism.” Oscar Martinez sophomore
“Compared to other schools, Brea is very nice but when we hear racism, we just ignore it.” Elissa Kang freshman
Compiled by ISAAC CHI l Photos by MICHELLE SUH and RYAN CORBETT
“There’s quite a lot of diversity in Brea. But I try to make sure that there’s no racism, at least in my class.” Stephanie Pinedo Spanish teacher
A&E OPINION FEATURE NEWS
High school romances fail to fulfill teenage dream sharon cho High school relationships are not what students dream of. There are no prince charmings, no happy endings, and no fairy godmothers that grant wishes to fix problems. Although I cannot say from experience, I still have seen a countless number of high school students go through relationships. Despite how strong the feelings were, those relationships ended no matter how much the couple and the people around them believed it would last. I believed that a few would last too but my belief was proven wrong each time. One of the reasons that these relationships fail to last is the way that “I love you” is carelessly thrown around. Even the meaning of a relationship is downgraded because most teens start to date or develop feelings for someone else a week after they conclude their previous relationship. This reflects how people date in high school just to date. The belief that the relationship will result in a happy ending is flawed because couples does not have true feelings for each other. High school students are just not emotionally ready for a real relationship that will last. When students have enough to worry about with grades and college, they should not worry about being in a relationship because there are more important things to stress about. Yes, a few couples manage to maintain grades, a social life, and a relationship. But there is only a small amount that actually receives the title “high school sweethearts.”
Cheating ‘a slap in the face’ School-wide cheating represents students’ lack of morals NEHA ANSARI Opinion editor “It’s like a slap in the face,” said Ryan Hightower, senior. There always has and there always will be two groups of students in high school—the ones that cheat and the ones that don’t. And for the students who are honest and actually have morals, they are the ones who get slapped in the face. Students anxiously anticipate the moment when they learn their test scores. The teacher finally hands the exams back and somehow everybody hears about everyone else’s score. And that’s when the anger and sinking feeling begin to settle in. Some may have studied every night a week for this test but they still failed to score higher than the cheaters. Cheating in high school is no new issue. Everyone knows it occurs and no matter how hard teachers try, there will never be a way to completely prevent it. Teachers may be unaware of who cheats, but students can always identify the cheaters among their peers. In fact, cheating today has become so common in high school campuses that students have become immune to it. “There are so many ways to get away with it and so many groups in on it. Teachers can no longer know who legitimately tries hard or just cheats at test time,” Hightower said. But the prevalence of cheating is not the real problem. Neither is a teacher’s inattentiveness or a student’s repetitive failure to turn his peer in. The real problem lies within the cheater himself. Just to achieve a higher score on a final, quiz, test, essay, lab, or even a
EDDIE MENDOZA / Wildcat homework packet, students resort to the despicable methods of cheating. They write on their hands, create cheat sheets, steal a copy of the exam beforehand, or casually sit next to the smartest kid in class on test day. “Personally, I don’t condone cheating. It’s not morally correct in general but at the same time we have so much pressure as high school students to do well that we pressure ourselves into cheating to ensure a good grade and have an extra advantage,” stated Irwin Nhan, junior. And then, at the end, cheaters who have “so much pressure” get what they want: outstanding grades on tests, commendable GPA’s, and acceptance letters from the
colleges of their choice. At the end, they feel like they’ve succeeded. But did they really? Do cheaters truly attain success? Forgetting all their morals and religious values to do better on an exam, is that success? Betraying their classmates, their teachers, and their parents through their deception, is that success? Or how about knowing that throughout their entire high school careers they never really accomplished anything off of their own merit, is that success? Everyone has heard the aphorism that “cheaters never prosper.” They never actually learn the material and are able to breeze their ways through high school. They fail to face immediate consequences
and never seem to get what they deserve. However, this does not mean that students can continue to cheat to succeed in their lives. Colleges, for example, are much less lenient upon cheating and will do all they can to stop it. Kayleigh Barnes (’10) gives a college student’s perspective. “A lot of kids cheated in high school and it didn’t seem like much of a big deal back then but those kids are missing out on valuable information that they need to succeed in college. If you cheat on your Pre-calculus test in high school then you may get an ‘A’ but it will be harder to pass in college where cheating is much harder to get away with,” stated Barnes. Also, even if students are intensely pressured to excel in high school, that does not justify their habits. Students may need to get good grades so that they can get into the college of their dreams or make their parents happy, but that does not mean that they must cheat. “Cheating comes not because they are bad kids, but because there is so much pressure to be a successful person,” said Andrea Ramos, science teacher. Large amounts of pressure have obviously forced students to leave their morals behind. Therefore, to resolve this issue on high school campuses, cheaters must straighten their own paths and realize their own shortcomings. Administration can toughen the consequences and fellow students can start turning their peers in, but in reality it is the mentality of cheaters that truly needs to be fixed. Cheaters must acknowledge that what they are doing is wrong and whatever they get out of it, they do not really deserve.
White crayons fail to cause uproar A student’s take on Crayola controversy
FEBRUARY 4, 2011
Ida mojadad Staff writer
“Insensitive” is probably the first word I would use to describe the actions of two students on the Senior Crayola Dress Up Day Jan. 7. “Appalling” would be the second. Although some just laughed at the connection or did not think anything of it, the manner in which William Bouldin and Jeffrey Green, seniors, participated in the monthly event surely offended at least a handful of people. The pair fit the criteria to pass as crayons for Crayola Day, wearing white painters’ suits with the ‘Crayola’ logo scrawled onto them. But the pointed hats they wore made it resemble the uniforms of the Ku Klux Klan. When I saw Bouldin and Green on campus, the first things that crossed my mind were images of the violently prejudiced group. The intense stares and comments the two were receiving all day should have been an instant indicator that their attire, while operating within the Crayola Day guidelines, was not appropriate. Another pair of seniors managed to dress as white crayons without even remotely looking like Klan members. “We both wear a lot of white and have a lot of white so we just chose that color,” says Krista Kooiman of her and Cody Houston, seniors, picking their Crayola Day outfits. “We didn’t even think of adding hats like the KKK or anything like that. It wasn’t the right thing to wear, especially to school.” While unable to read their minds,
I personally saw Bouldin and Green discussing their costumes the day before, along with a few other classmates. They had thought of using painters’ suits already, but the instant the two thought of adding the conical hats, they made the connection and burst into a fit of laughter. “In AP Government, Will and Jeff were laughing, they thought it would be funny,” said Elizabeth Gwaltney, senior
I don’t think they are white supremacists, it was just done in poor taste.”
-Tommy Villagomez senior
and classmate of the pair. “I don’t think they intended to harm anyone and make them feel unwelcome, but they did offend people.” Bouldin and Green, grinning from ear to ear, insisted we would see for ourselves the next day when questioned about the source of their newfound joy. “Will had said something like, ‘You’ll get it when you see it,’” adds Gwaltney. They knew very well what they were doing and what people would see, but saw dark humor in the notion rather than the crassness of it. The pair’s failure to see the insensitivity
of their decision as well as the inaction of adults who are supposed to be protecting us reflects poorly on our community. The administration failed to take action even after they recieved complaints from students. With the varying ethnicities and beliefs on our campus, such a disturbing act should not have passed without any consequence. One cannot say that Bouldin and Green are involved in the group or agree with the conduct of the Ku Klux Klan, but their outfits definitely displayed a very meager and ill sense of humor. “I don’t think they are white supremacists, it was just done in poor taste,” comments Tommy Villagomez, senior. Green has apologized or expressed remorse in the least, but the defensive Bouldin has yet to take responsibility and mend some bridges. Bouldin’s statement on Facebook has shown his argument that he is innocent of any mischevious intent to the mixed reaction of support and opposition by his peers. While the passionate feelings of this event have died down and the students of BOHS have seemingly moved on, while some are still adamant that the two were out of line.
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CARLY JUAREZ Guest contributor Prime parking spots and easy classes are just two of the many perks of being a senior. My personal favorite? Dress up days. Themed outfits and free pizza, what’s not to love? And don’t forget it’s just one more way of saying, “I’m a senior and I can make this hideous sweater look cool!” However, there is one dress up day I wish I never participated in. January 7 was supposed to be the first enjoyable school day of the New Year, as it was “Crayola Day.” I walked into my zero period class , decked out in my salmon colored crayon t-shirt, daydreaming about the pepperoni pizza I was going to be in possession of within the next five short hours. But, just as easily as my good mood came, it went with one glance to the back of the classroom.What I saw was something I’d only seen in textbooks. Two of my classmates were wearing outfits that could be perceived as almost exact replicas of the Klu Klux Klan attire. The white hats and white robe-like ensemble, it was all there. To be able to accurately describe the feeling I had when I laid eyes on my two peers is nearly impossible. Imagine a gut-wrenching, lump-in-your-throat, nails-on-a-chalkboard feeling, all at once. I sat immobile for the 55 minute class period. How was this okay? Why were people laughing? I didn’t know what to do, but I knew I had to do something to stop this before any one else had to see this disgusting sight. I was able to take a picture of the two people in their horribly offensive outfits and send it to a person in a position of authority. But, to my surprise, nothing was done. As I sat in each of my classes that day, the conversation never failed to cover the two people wearing the scandalous outfits. Teachers acknowledged the debacle, but refused to comment on it for fear of becoming too involved in an event as potentially controversial as this. When the bell rang to end my last class, I was relieved. I walked straight past the pizza I was so excited for at 7 a.m. that morning, without a glance backward. On a whim, I decided to pour my thoughts onto my Facebook page. Within minutes I received a great amount of positive feedback. I was surprised and relieved to learn so many people were as offended as I was. When I was approached by the Wildcat to write an opinion piece on “Crayola Day”, I was hesitant. Though after a few days I decided I would share my feelings, because this issue is bigger than any negative feedback I might get as a result of it.
ver since its inception, America has always been a “melting pot” of cultures. Throughout time, people from all countries have immigrated to America to call this diverse nation their home. Although the city of Brea may not be a perfect representation of the diversity of the United States, it still serves as an
International Week, which will be Feb. 15 to Feb. 18, is scheduled to include a performing arts show, a henna fundraiser by Club India, International Dress Up Day, and International Food Day on Friday. Culture clubs, which are emphasized during International Week, also illustrate the diversities found on campus. BOHS has devoted a club to nearly every main ethnicity found on campus. With Korean Club, Club India, French Club, Spanish Club, and other additional culture clubs, students are given the opportunity to learn and understand every new culture that they might be interested in. Although International Week mainly focuses on the diversity of ethnic backgrounds, diversity can also be perceived through other things that people usually do not consider when the concept of diversity comes to mind. Sexual orientations, for example, have also added to the diversity in communities across the world. As more and more
people begin to “come out of the closet,” varieties among the human race are seen in ways other than skin color. Even students at BOHS, such as Jerome Santos, senior, are increasingly open about their sexual orientation, which only adds to how eclectic this mix of people has now become. However, having all these types of diversity in our community is futile if we are unable to accept the various types of people and be open-minded to the differences among us. Typically, all these signs of diversity are used to judge others without truly understanding or knowing what they are like. People use one’s ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation to ridicule others and stereotype them, which can lead to bullying and lowered self-esteems. Therefore, diversity in our community will only be an advantage if people in Brea and all over the world are able to accept our peers for who they are and not what they are labeled to be.
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Curfew timings come into question WILDCAT Brea Olinda High School
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Trapped in: Danielle Mardahl, junior, anxiously stares outside a classroom window as if a daytime curfew had been enforced.
MELINDA CHHOUR Staff writer
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It happens during senior year. It is the ability to have no cares. It is apathy. It is the dire need to be lazy. It is tiring. It is wearing the same clothes everyday. It is Senioritis. Technically, senioritis can be defined as “inflammation of the senior.” According to medterms.com, inflammation is defined as, “A basic way in which the body reacts to infection, irritation or other injury. It is now recognized as a nonspecific immune response.” I suppose going through three years of high school, attending classes, applying to colleges, and thinking about what life will be in the next year, can make for quite the injury. Our bodies are acting up. This injury may result in procrastination and failing grades. Most students are expected to have “senioritis” by the second semester of their senior year. This year, the plague has already hit the seniors, earlier than forecasted. We have quite the to-do list before the year ends yet we are so apathetic towards anything and everything involving school. Right now, most seniors have this “I don’t really care about school” attitude towards school. For many seniors, grades don’t necessarily matter now that they know where they are going to college, or so they think. With senioritis, it is easy for grades to drop below the C. I only wonder whether the AP realm of the senior class will be severely hit by this plague. Until May, these students, including myself, will face the incredibly difficult task of staying afloat and not falling into the atmosphere of sickness that all our peers have created. However, this disease is contagious. I am sure that as spring comes, all seniors will show symptoms of senioritis: lethargy and apathy. No matter the ways in which we try to overcome this epidemic, we should just accept the gruesome truth: the plague is set to last until June.
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FEBRUARY 4, 2011
Staff writers: Melinda Chhour, Sharon Cho, Alexa Fishman, Alex Kim, Claire Kwon, Hailey Lee, Audrey Marra, Ida Mojadad, Rachel Park, Storm Roy, Megan Smith, Sherman Uyeno
Imagine being locked up in a classroom staring out the window, waiting anxiously for your “curfew” to end. Daytime curfews, which have recently been considered by districts such as Capistrano Unified, restrict students from being outside from 8 a.m to 2:30 p.m. Although the district recently declined to enforce it, the curfew was proposed to keep students in school, hoping that they would abstain from drugs, gangs, and criminal activity. However, students
should not be held in because many they have important necessities taking place during the day time such as medical appointments, sports, clubs, or tutoring sessions. Night curfews, however, still prevent teens from unsafe activity without interfering with their busy schedules. While daytime curfews are unfair and unnecessary, night curfews should still be applied to teenagers for their protection. In Brea, the curfew begins at 10 p.m. for students who are under the age of 18. This gives them enough time to accomplish things in the day and still
have time to spend time with friends and family. “I have school during the day and usually have to do all my homework so by the time night comes around I have time to hang out with my friends,” said Danielle Mardahl, junior. Curfews are meant to prevent kids from staying out late to ensure their own safety. Though dangerous situations can occur anytime, a daytime curfew does not guarantee that children and teens can be safe from these situations. “Teenagers should be accountable for their own safety and not have to depend on curfew laws to be mentally stable,” said Ted Kim, freshman. Normally kids get “grounded” for passing their curfew from their parents, but in the case of a daytime curfew, fines can be placed on a teen if they decide to disobey the given curfew. Kristine Sea, sophomore said, “We shouldn’t have to pay a fine for breaking a daytime curfew. If they actually made us pay money for that it would just tempt kids to rebel against the curfew.” Curfews whether they occur in the day or night should be able to provide a safe environment for teens without having to take away the freedom to do what they want.
example of the great “melting pot” this country has now become. Dictionary.com defines “diversity” as “variety, difference, and unlikeness.” Thus, diversity can be perceived in many ways including ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation. Other than that, diversity can also be seen through style of dress, hairstyle, and basic mannerisms. With no two humans being exactly alike, diversity can be noticed in every type of way. Typically, most people determine diversity by the different races, cultures, and ethnicities in a community. In that
aspect, BOHS has a great deal of diversity in its students and staff. With over six main ethnicities at our school, students and staff members of all sorts of backgrounds and races are present our school. Students, like Mina Yamakawa, senior, serve as an example of teenagers who were born in a different country but raised in the United States. Meanwhile, faculty members such as Hengameh Moshirr and Matthew Finnerty, math teachers, are examples of people who have immigrated to America after being born and raised in different countries. Having such examples of ethnic diversity in our community is truly a blessing. With so many different types of people in our environment, BOHS students have the opportunity to learn from unique individuals whose varied upbringings bring about new perspectives towards life, education, and other aspects. Each year, ASB hosts International Week to celebrate these diversities in a series of week-long festivities. This year’s
Familiar epidemic strikes graduating class once again
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AUDREY MARRA Staff writer
Whether Brea is a “bubble” or not, a diverse array of culture and background is evident through the collection of faces seen on campus.
A diverse array of culture and ethnicities is increasingly making its way into what some argue to be an ill-cultured “Brea Bubble.” According to ci.brea.ca.us, 77.3 percent of Brea consists of Caucasians, 20.3 percent Hispanics, 9.1 percent Asian and a mere 1.3 percent African American. The gap in the numbers is alarming to students who are passionate about seeing more diversity within the student body. “I find those numbers sort of sad,” said Emily Boliver, freshman. “If [Brea] had more people from different religions, ethnicities and races, we would probably have a better understanding of each other and be able to have a more peaceful society.” For Parmeet Chadha, sophomore, diversity is needed on campus to pop the “Brea bubble.” “A lot of students here don’t really know a lot about cultures, they just know about their own,” said Chadha. Jeremiah Madrigal, senior, agrees that there is a lot of “ignorance within the bubble.” “People are not very open to accepting diversity,” said Madrigal. “I don’t think there’s much we can do about it—we can’t force people to think a certain way about things.”
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February 4, 2011
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Santos shares story of revealing sexual identity IDA MOJADAD
Most individuals who are homosexual agree that “coming out” to peers and family is a difficult and emotionally-draining process. However, for Jerome Santos, senior, overcoming this stressful step has changed his life for the better. Santos, senior, AP student and varsity wrestling co-captain, first came out about his orientation in the early months of his freshman year through a MySpace blog post. Blunt and to the point, Santos summed up his ambivalence for the female gender and his attraction to males.
“I was just tired of having to hide and put on a façade,“ Santos said. “Coming out is an extremely difficult process, but you have to know who you are. The most important part is being comfortable with yourself.” Santos had known he was gay for a while before posting the blog. “When I was six, I would always pick the cutest bathroom buddy. There were red flags since I was born but I didn’t connect the dots until sixth grade when the school showed us the sex educational video,” said Santos in a YouTube video blog. “I didn’t want to be gay—it is a harder life.”
Family and religion
Also mentioned in his YouTube videos was the conversation he had with his lesbian sister after coming out through an online message. “We had one of those progressive life lesson talks,” said a younger Santos in the video. “She wanted me to watch out.” Santos describes his parents as very supporting and accepting, but religious as well. “They don’t mind having boyfriends over, but they have their religious moments,” Santos said. “I was worried about his safety—in the ‘60s, being gay was a death sentence socially and professionally,” said Lourdes Santos, Jerome’s mother. “I was taught that gays were evil, but it’s very different than that now.” Santos claims his father, Antonio Santos, has not directly talked to him concerning his orientation, saying he has “passive silent acceptance.”
‘The same person’ As
for the aftermath of his revelation, Santos received the same equal treatment as always. “I came to school expecting trouble, but nothing happened,” said Santos. “So many people seemed to be in awe.” Jonny McGowan, senior and longtime best friend of Santos, said,
Photos courtesy of JEROME SANTOS Jerome Santos, senior, competes in league finals during his sophomore year. Throughout his freshman and sophomore years, Santos has competed on the cross country, track and field, and wrestling teams.
“It was a shock more than anything. He’s good at keeping secrets. But he’s the same person.” Jonathan Quiming, English teacher, shares the same opinion as McGowan, as he said, “Wherever Jerome goes in his life, he will always find a way to draw people to him because of who he is.” Santos’ attempt to build bridges between the two communities with the creation of Gay-Straight Alliance last year, a club whose existence in the nation’s schools is up 20 percent from 2001, was not met with much success. “Last year we did not do that well because we didn’t really have strong leadership. This We are trying to promote everyone to be okay with who they are,” said Quiming, GSA advisor. However, Santos states that the club is trying harder this year to make the undeniable existence of homosexuality. “We’re trying to get everyone to understand and accept,” says Jack Russo, senior and GSA member. “Also to find support for those who have been bullied.”
Commenting on his own experiences with being gay, Russo admits to sporadic tough times, but states he surrounds himself with supportive people. “For the most part, Jerome and I have had it pretty easy in Brea,” said Russo. “All bullying is under the table and verbal. Occasionally someone will say something, but we let it roll off our
SUIT UP: Jerome Santos, senior, revealed his sexual orientation his freshman year in a blog. Santos said he had “red flags since [he] was born,” but he did not “connect the dots” until sixth grade.
backs and try not to let it bother us.” The growing tolerance gay teens experience contrasts with the lack of tolerance in past decades, including the 1990s. “The ‘90s had more of a stigma so I’m not sure I’d have the confidence to come out then,” commented Santos. “It’s more accepting now, people are educated.” However, increased lenience has not brought the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community access to the same rights as everyone else. With the recent repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, a policy that prohibits openly gay soldiers from serving in the military, the LGBT populace is now awaiting the federal legalization of same-sex marriage. Around the world, the sentiments or legality of it vary; homosexuality is frequently permitted, but same-sex marriage often goes unrecognized. Canada and a few European nations have made gay marriage legal, but parts of the Middle East and Africa, where it is largely illegal, declare penalty by prison or death.
Affect on teens
Laws aside, the intolerance of homosexuality has taken its toll on teens. During September 2010 alone, at least six gay teens took their lives in the United States. “[Gay teens] get a lot of trouble and they don’t deserve it,” states Santos. “These kids feel lost and alone, with no one to relate to. It’s a problem.”
The stereotypical homosexual male that familiarizes itself with people’s minds is the flamboyant, effeminate one who speaks with a distinct lisp and has primarily female friends. Those are type who bullies are attracted to targeting online or otherwise, a common source of depression and low self-esteem for gay teens. “It’s not good or bad, too manly or feminine—it’s human,” added Santos. “Right now, being gay doesn’t adhere to the laws of society.” In regards to how Santos is affected at school, McGowan says, “He gets a little trouble, but he does well. A lot of kids come to him asking ‘how’d you do it’ and stuff. He’s a role model.” Homosexuality also has its affect on a global level. Television shows have also started including more gay characters, including Glee’s Kurt Hummel, portrayed by Chris Colfer. Entertainment Weekly delved into the topic in a January issue, pinning progress to the existence of his character and the focus surrounding his sexuality and the bullying that follows. ABC’s Modern Family features characters who add a comedic spin to the issue of gay marriage. As for Santos, revealing his sexuality received a response unlike one he was expecting. Santos commented on this, saying, “I believe my coming out was riddled with luck. I was so blessed because I had all these people who loved me, supported me, and accepted me. People should not be afraid of coming out because there will always be people in any community that will support you.”
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PERSPECTIVE: This map of the United States shows the states in which gay marriage is legal. Petitions have been made in other states, such as Pennsylvania, to override the ban.
Hengameh Moshirr, mathematics teacher, has witnessed a culture unlike one experienced in America as she lived in Iran for part of her life. Growing up, Moshirr was constantly surrounded by her family. “I have a sister that is eight years older than me,
but we had a lot of fun together. My father was the superintendent of a province in the north of Iran, and my mother taught in elementary school and the local teacher-prep college. My grandmother lived in Tehran and was a principal of a very large elementary school with over 1000 students,” said Moshirr. At the age of three, her father was promoted, and along came her shift to Tehran, Iran’s largest city. In Tehran, Moshirr lived alongside people various
cultures, including neighbors from the United States, Japan, and Germany. “I had cousins from Germany there, but I always preferred spending time with my American friends,” said Moshirr. Because her father had a high-ranking government position, Moshirr and her family were granted special privileges. Moshirr recalled, “I always remember our house
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Photo courtesy of HENGAMEH MOSHIRR
A TEACHER OF MANY WORLDS: (Left) Hengameh Moshirr. age two, stands with her mother at their home in Iran. A month before moving to the United States at age15, Moshirr talks with her cousin at a tennis club (Top Right.) Currently, Moshirr teaches Algebra 2 and AP Calculus BC.
Photo courtesy of HENGAMEH MOSHIRR
in Rezayieh, the capital city of the province that we lived in. It was an amazing house with gardens and a guest house separate from the main building reserved for the help! The house was provided for us by the local government. All the high ranking officials had access to these amenities.” Moshirr would not be living this life of luxury for much longer. Soon after the passing of her mother, Moshirr’s father sent her to Pocatello, Idaho, at the age of fifteen to live with a friend. This was around the time of a revolution in Iran, and consequently, her friends scattered around the world. “I think I could say I have at least one childhood friend in every West European country. I am glad that I am exposed to so many wonderful people and am able to extend my circle of friends to a global level,” said Moshirr. After moving to America, Moshirr immediately went to university as she had graduated early in Iran. Moshirr studied physical science and mathematics in Iran and majored in mathematics at Idaho State University. For Moshirr, becoming a teacher was an easy and natural decision for her as her mother and grandmother worked in education. “I have always been teaching. I taught my friends growing up and then taught in college. I began teaching public high school in 1985,” said Moshirr. Moshirr utilizes her unique background to create an effective learning environment for her students. “She always tells us a lot of interesting stories about her own life, and truly connects with her students and cares for them,” said Kristen Park, sophomore. Romeet Sen, senior, said of Moshirr’s teaching, “She is genuinely interested in making sure we learn calculus and pass the AP test.” Although Moshirr has made a remarkable life here, she still misses her childhood days in Iran. Moshirr said, “Iran was and is a beautiful and ancient country. I miss the beautiful large brick houses and ancient structures at any corner. I do miss the glorious snow every winter. I will always cherish the fun memories I have from those times.”
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NOT SELF, BUT COUNTRY: Matthew Finnerrty, mathematics teacher, served in the US Navy for eight years as a pilot. He currently teaches geometry and precalculus. Finnerty stands with his wife, Cori Finnerty, whom he proposed to at the end of his military service. causing permanent damage. After he had surgery to remove the shrapnel, Finnerty realized that he was “grounded” and unable to fly. “I didn’t want to stay in the Navy if I couldn’t fly, so I ended my service then. But the accident was actually a blessing in disguise. If I hadn’t gotten injured, then I probably wouldn’t have left the Navy and I would never have started teaching,” said Finnerty. When he was discharged from the Navy, Finnerty still had the same attachment to leadership and education. “I liked doing the training job in the military. I enjoyed showing people how to properly do things and do them the right way. It was during this time when I began to develop a passion for teaching,” said Finnerty.
After he was discharged in 2000, Finnerty began to teach in many different schools, including Irvine High School, but it was not until 2007 that he joined the BOHS staff as a geometry and precalculus teacher. In a short amount of time, Finnerty has proven himself to be an adept teacher as well as an influential role model. Jonathon Lindenmeyer, sophomore, remarked that “He smoothed me into my second year of high school. Finnerty promotes hard work yet understands the need of relaxation.” Finnerty has a great impact on students and tries his best to help them both on and off the clock. “Mr. Finnerty was really good at explaining concepts to us. He is always there for extra help, before school, after school, at lunch. He also taught me live
by his motto: ‘work smarter, not harder,’” said Lauren Lastra, junior. However, Finnerty is not solely an educator, but he is also a family man. Almost immediately after the end of his military service, he proposed to his friend, Cori. A year later after their marriage in 2001, their son Andrew was born. “I love the time I spend with my family. We create new memories with each other by traveling, enjoying California, and just basically being with one another,” said Finnerty. Throughout his progression from soldier to teacher to father, Finnerty has led an action packed life. “I have been all over the world and traveled so much. I am extremely lucky and blessed to be able to do so much in my life,” said Finnerty.
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“[One time] I had to go through survival training. Basically, a group of three to four men go out in the desert and survive. It was mainly to practice survival techniques with minimal supplies,” said Finnerty. After completing the necessary fields, Finnerty worked as a training officer. “Besides the flying, I worked with a lot of the junior personnel. It was my job to get them used to what was going on with the squadron and to make sure they follow procedures and proper protocol,” said Finnerty. However, his life as a soldier came to an abrupt end when he got into a lifechanging car accident. While driving, the car windshield shattered and disseminated into shrapnel. Some of the glass had gotten into his eye,
Matthew Finnerty, math teacher, is the only man on campus that can call himself an Englishman, a soldier and an educator. For the first 14 years of his life, Finnerty grew up in London, England. From time to time, his father would take him to witness events ranging from the World Cup to a nationally publicized wedding. “One of my best childhood memories was when my father took me to go see the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana,” said Finnerty. Then in 1981, he and his family moved to America due to the numerous economic opportunities. “By far the single biggest memory [of my childhood] was when I packed up, said goodbye to my family, and moved 6000 miles,” said Finnerty. 11 years later, Finnerty enlisted in the U.S. Navy, due to its disciplined environment. “I wanted to finish my degree [in mathematics] and I wanted a good structured environment to do it in,” said Finnerty. “Plus, they were going to pay me.” During his time serving in the Navy, Finnerty got assigned to the VX-9 Vampires. The squadron mainly worked on the Grumman F-14 Tomcat, a fighter jet, conducting high-tech experiments on its weapons system. Separately, Finnerty accomplished many feats as a military man. He graduated Officer Candidate School (OCS), making him a full-fledged soldier, as well as Flight Crew School, which was close to 18 months.
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Marmorstein (‘06) pursues filmmaking career Storm Roy Staff writer With a video camera in hand, a script and crew beside him, Justin Marmorstein (‘06) of Marmofilms pursues his dream of becoming a music video director while filming a music video for Reggie “Reggie B” Bradley. Since graduating high school, Marmorstein has realized his passion for film making. During his sophomore year at BOHS, he was failing Spanish class, and to raise his grade he began to make videos for the class projects. He enjoyed making the videos, and his
classmates appreciated them as well. Four years after he graduated, his MTV Cribs video, the most popular video he made for the class, was shown to students as an example of excellent work. Marmorstein also decided his senior year to quit playing basketball, which he had been playing since freshman year, so that he could focus on his career to pursue film. In August 2006, Marmorstein moved to Los Angeles to attend the Los Angeles Film School where he majored in Directing and minored in Editing. His thesis film, “Brown Paper Bag”, was admitted to the Long Beach Hope and Freedom Film Festival last year. He moved back to Orange County after two years in Los Angeles and experimented with wedding films and photography. It was clear at this point that he identified his ultimate career
choice. “I then found out my love for film and figured out I wanted to be a music video director,” said Marmorstein. Currently, he has been traveling to Kansas City to work for the record label Innate Sounds. So far, Marmorstein has directed nine music videos for the artists signed on to the record label. Some of the artists and bands he has worked with are Ces Cru, Back to Square One, Eyezon, and Reggie B. Bradley. Marmorstein has worked extensively with Bradley. The two first collaborated on Bradley’s song “The Only One”. “We shot ‘The Only One’ in one day in the middle of summer in Kansas City,” said Bradley, “Marmorstein wrote the script and basically did everything we needed for the shoot.” The two have also worked together
on several projects, including another one of Bradley’s songs, “Elevation” which involved cinematographer and director Mikael Columbu, where Marmorstein was brought on to shoot the green screen shots. “For the ‘Elevation’ music video, Columbu directed the shoot through video chat from Paris, France while Marmostein operated the cameras,” said Bradley, “It was a new experience for me, both professionally and personally.” During this time Bradley stayed with Marmorstein for about a week, and the two worked together eight to twelve hours a day on the video. “We really bonded during those shoots, basically living together [during] that whole experience,” said Bradley. Bradley and Marmorstein have since then worked on three additional videos, all shot during a one week session in Kansas
City for the hip-hop group Ces Cru. Mike Viglione, of Ces Cru, has been more than satisfied with Marmorstein’s skill in the video making process. Not only did Marmorstein do his job well, but he implemented a great deal of concepts and ideas to the videos they’ve worked on together. “We gave each other our visions, tapped what resources were available, and put together a mutual vision. To me, all the magic happened in the editing room. That’s all Marmo,” said Viglione. Marmorstein has so far been very happy with how his career has been going, but he still has other goals and achievements he wants to fulfill. “I really love what I am doing right now and I couldn’t be any happier. I am living my dream and hopefully someday I can be the next Hype Williams,” said Marmorstein.
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Filming the next big hits: (left to right) Since graduating from the Los Angeles Film School in 2008, Marmorstein has been directing and filming music videos for various artists from the Kansas City based record company INNATE SOUNDS, where he has been working for the past year. So far, he has directed the music video “Float” for the rap group Ces Cru, and co-directed R&B singer Reggie B’s song “Elevation” with French director Mikael Columbu.
Dance department prepares for fourth annual concert, Feb. 10-12 Claire kwon Staff writer Whoever said Brea doesn’t have the moves hasn’t been watching much of our dancers lately. From hip hop to contemporary, all the dance classes will perform in the Dance department’s 4th Annual Dance concert for three nights Feb. 10-12. Starting as early as October, each dance team started off from scratch as dance teacher Cindy Hermann choreographed and guided the dances and prepared the girls for their upcoming performances. For Dance Production, Hermann and her assistant teacher Theresa Cataldo, combined skill and creativity with their students as they currently have choreographed nine dances. The majority of the dances in Dance Production come from the students themselves as they muster their skills, which reflect the faculty’s commitment to their growth as dancers. “Some dances have deeper meaning in the stories behind them, while others are for fun and for the joy of the crowd,”
said Sarah Ji, senior. From Hermann’s dance, the “Outcast”, which focuses on a story of a girl who is shunned by the popular group, to Rachel Ward’s jazz piece, each dance aims to touch the audience. Moving to a more emotional dance, Mandy Piecuch, junior, choreographed a powerful lyrical to the song “Cosmic Love” by Florence and the Machine. “Mandy choreographed another dance, ‘Bad Romance’ by Lady Gaga. We wear red corsets with shorts lace tights and everyone wears masks, which we take off later during the dance. It has a lot of style, but a lot of tricks as well. It’s a sick dance” said Rachael Ward, sophomore. This year, there are two Dance 1’s in which most will be taking on one of their first performances this year. Opening up the show with two different dances, lyrical and jazz; the dancers will provide a charming starter for the show. Although a variety of dances will be performed by all dances, Dance 2 sticks to a more modern style. From the creepy and mysterious “Walking on Air” by Kerli to the upbeat “2012” by Jay Sean ft. Nicki Minaj, Dance 2 will be dancing to a multi-
genre of songs. “With every concert, it gives us a chance to not only show our improvement but to share to the audience our passion as performers. Songs like “2012” keep the audience entertained, while “Walking on Air” keeps them on edge” said Michelle Lu, sophomore. As Dance 2 chooses to stay on current terms, Dance 3 backtracks into the ‘80s as they will perform an ‘80’s piece consisting of a total 4 songs. Hip-hop songs such as “Ice Ice Baby” and “Can’t Touch This” will exhibit moves such as “the running man”, “the SpongeBob”, and “the Charleston”. “This piece consists of different styles of dance from the 80’s, which gives a unique perception of our dance since half of our audience are unfamiliar with this particular era and what it has to offer,” says Fiorella Cuara, sophomore. Thanks to the Performing Arts Department, new lighting effects will give the entire dance better advantages in creating the right mood. “All the girls are working really hard, and are excited to be able to put their skills on display,” says Hermann.
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Ladycats remain unbeaten at 20-0 RYAN CORBETT / Wildcat
Ladycats number one in nation
Ladycats remain unbeaten in league while participating in Matson Classic SHERMAN UYENO Staff writer
Last season the Ladycats’ run to the state title was stopped short as they lost to rival Mater Dei High School, 51-46 in the CIF Regional Finals. This year the Ladycats look poised to make another
run at the state title as they are currently undefeated at 20-0 and ranked number one in the nation according to Maxpreps Xcellent 25. Mater Dei, the defending CIF State champions, is currently ranked number two in the nation, standing with a record of 19-1. The Ladycats and the Monarchs plan to collide once again in CIF, as number one would take on number two. The Ladycats took on the Rancho Cucamonga Cougars in the 2nd Annual Tony Matson Classic Jan. 17. In April of 2009, Tony Matson, girls’ basketball coach of Orange Lutheran High School, passed away from a heart attack and the
next year, the Tony Matson Classic was started in memory of the Lady Lancers’ basketball coach. Keitra Wallace, junior, said, “This tournament was more about the fundraising. We wanted to put on a good show for both the Matson family and everybody there.” The Ladycats prevailed over the Cougars 67-34 in the non-league game and were able to give back to a cause they felt was important to their team. As the team moved into league play they met the Villa Park Spartans, Jan. 21, in a rematch of the 2010 Division II CIFSS Finals. A year ago the team prevailed over the Spartans, 63-38, capturing the CIF-SS title. This year the Ladycats looked even better as they defeated the Spartans, 6723. Wallace said of the Ladycats’ offense, “We used our posts players because we were able to outsize Villa Park.” The Ladycats will compete against the Esperanza Aztecs in an away game, Feb. 5. As the team continues on its path to capturing another league title, it will be preparing for another run in CIF, and a chance to avenge its rival, Mater Dei.
Potential matchup... LADYCATS v. MATER DEI
Ladycats lost to Monarchs last season in the regional finals, 51-46. Now the number one and two teams in the nation look to play again in CIF.
players: Elyse Biechele, Karleena Mosqueda-Lewis, seniors, Alexas Williamson, junior. Record: 17-1-0 RYAN CORBETT / Wildcat
Running the fast break: Alexis Perry, senior, drives the lane in a game against Villa Park High School. The Ladycats won 67-23.
Ranking: Second in the nation Coach: Kevin Kiernan
JV Sports Winter Wrap-Up Brianna Wingfield Billy McGarvey junior
As of early February, boys’ junior varsity soccer holds a league record of 1-4. “I think we are playing well. We just have to work on the little things like clearing the ball and finishing,” said Billy McGarvey, junior. The team will look to secure a win in their next match against El Modena High School Feb 7. Photos by RYAN CORBETT / Wildcat
sophomore JV BASKETBALL Girls’ junior varsity basketball currently has a league record of 5-2. “I think that we can still do better. It is just a matter of playing our hardest for a full game,” said Brianna Wingfield, sophomore. In contention for a league title, the team looks to win its final game of the season next Thursday against Villa Park High School at 3 p.m.
Beckie Witt Matt Crippen sophomore
JV BASKETBALL Boys’ junior varsity basketball has been playing consistently well this season holding a league record of 4-1. “I think we have a real chance at winning the Century League title,” said Matt Crippen,” sophomore. Next Tuesday, the team plays against El Modena High School at 4:15 p.m.
sophomore JV SOCCER The season has not been perfect for girls’ junior varsity soccer, as they hold a league record of 0-2-3. “We did really well in preseason, but we just lost it in the league games,” said Beckie Witt, sophomore. However, the team still has a chance to redeem themselves in an upcoming home game against El Modena High School Feb. 4.
Driving the lane: Jeanette Pohlen (‘07) scored a career- high 31 points as she led Stanford to snapping Connecticut’s record setting 90 game win streak.
Pohlen (‘07) leads Stanford in upset against record-setting Connecticut ALEX KIM Staff writer Jeanette Pohlen (’07) has been a rising star in college basketball for the Stanford Cardinals after ending a record breaking career at BOHS. During her time as a Ladycat, Pohlen evolved as a player and received numerous recognitions. She was named 2007 Gatorade Player of the Year, featured in over five different magazines, and named an All-Star in the Los Angeles Times. Pohlen also served as team captain for two consecutive years and graduated with a school record of 2196 points. “I think playing at [BOHS] was such a great experience. I feel both Coach Sink and Coach Steele really helped me grow as a player and expand my game,” said Pohlen. Flash forward three years. Pohlen
is now a starting guard for Stanford University who is ranked number four in the country. “I feel very fortunate to be able to play basketball at Stanford at such a prestigious university and basketball program. I would like to continue playing after I graduate,” said Pohlen. On Dec. 30, Pohlen led the Cardinals to a 71-59 victory against the University of Connecticut (UConn). She helped score 31 of Stanford’s 71 points and ended UConn’s record 90 game winning streak. Pohlen both outscored and out-rebounded Maya Moore, who is considered the best player in the nation. “I do not know about being one of top players in the nation, but I have so much support from my coaches and teammates and I really feel like they have put me in a position to be effective and help out our team,” said Pohlen.
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Wildcats cheer on their favorite teams
Photos by RYAN CORBETT and MICHELLE SUH / Wildcat
Sports fans express their loyalty to professional sports teams SHERMAN UYENO Staff writer Sports have a way of bringing out some of the deepest emotions in people. Whether it is the “MVP” chants heard at basketball games or the thousands of fans “storming” the field after a shocking upset in college football, these fans savor every moment of their favorite team’s success. Fans are always out to show their support at games, and whether it results in a win or loss, they will be there for the next game. These so-called “die-hard” sports fans show their avid support whether its watching their team at home, or in some instances, by traveling to see their favorite team play live. Anish Patel, junior, is a devoted fan of the English Premier League team, Arsenal, and supports them in every way possible. “I watch all of Arsenal’s games. On
many game days, I have to wake up at 4:30 a.m. to watch the game because of the eight hour time difference between California and England. I do not like recording the game which would allow me to wake up at a reasonable time because the passion and anxiety of a live game simply is not there when you are watching a recording of the match.” Even though the University of Notre Dame is located all the way in South Bend, Ind., Daniel Fuller, sophomore, supported them in the Coliseum when they came to Southern California to play USC. “When I was eleven, Notre Dame played their rival, [University of Southern California], and broke their four year losing drought by beating them in overtime. Watching [Notre Dame] play the Trojans at the Coliseum up close is definitely a more intense experience,” said Fuller.
Whether it means watching the movie Rudy, or relishing the moments of the Four Horsemen, Notre Dame has the unique prestige and tradition to lure many fans around the country. Over the years these die-hard fans support their teams through wins and losses and have the particular moments that define them as a fan for life. Janet Chapluk, english teacher, first became an Angels fan when she was just a child. “I remember being right in front as Gene Autry dug into the ground with a gold shovel. My grandpa had some baseball connections, so we also got to attend a party afterwards. I was very young, but I remember it so well. I still have engraved glasses from the occasion.” Patel also had an early experience growing up as a fan of his team. “I was actually born in England so I
support the local team from where I was born. I have always supported Arsenal and will never make ‘the switch’ to another team if we are performing poorly because of my passion for the club,” said Patel. Fans enjoy the different elements of each sport, like buzzer-beaters, breakaways, or the last moments in overtime that keeps the adrenaline running for those watching. “One of my favorite aspects of going to watch a Lakers game is when the game comes down to the final seconds and they have the opportunity to take the game winning shot,” said Amanda Arter, senior. Arter also explained that she enjoys watching the Lakers because they play locally which allows her to watch the games live. “My friend always gets box tickets to the Lakers’ game, so I always have the chance to go and watch them play,” said
Arter. Patel also has had the opportunity to watch Arsenal play stating, “On one of my visits to England a few years ago, I watched the most memorable Arsenal game of my lifetime at the historically renowned Highbury Stadium. My dad and I were in the third row and I got to see my favorite player of all time, Thierry Henry.” As a fan of the Patriots, Richie Maine, freshman, loves the clutch moments. When asked about what experiences keeps him a fan, Maine responded that “watching [the Patriots] win three Super Bowls, all by a game winning field goal.” What separates these students from the other fans around campus is their dedication to their favorite sports team, whether that team is winning championships or stuggling through its season.
Freshmen boys’ basketball undefeated SALONI SHAH Copy editor
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as Ramos propelled the team to a fast start by scoring the first basket of the game. The final score was 58-49. Not only do the starters act as a strong force in the success of the team, those on the bench play a good game as well. This includes, Cameron Bishop, freshman, who plays center. Wallace and Turner fight to secure the rebounds as power forwards. With a strong record and equally strong players, the team is expected to be titled Century League Champions. “I know we can do it,” said Kasser. “Although we have really good starters, we try to get our bench players playtime as well.” The future of the boy’s basketball program looks bright as it relies on these already successful young players to continue to develop and prepare for the varsity level. The Wildcats will look to secure the league title in their next game against the school that is second in league, Canyon High School, Feb. 3.
Boys’ freshmen basketball has been garnering much attention this season as they hold an overall record of 20-0 while stand atop league at 8-0 with only four games left to play. “It’s a pretty impressive feat. We have defeated some of the most difficult teams, including Servite High School and Mater Dei High School,” said Kyle Kasser, freshman, who plays shooting guard. Their winning streak begun during the summer when they won all 24 of their games. With Kasser, the starting five include Ryan Higashi, Chandler Ramos, Michael Turner, and Jonathan Wallace. “We are really fast,” said Ramos commenting on the team’s success so far. “We try to set the tempo at which the game is played, so the opposing team is playing the game that we have set up.” Ramos, is recognized by his teammates
as the “playmaker,” as he handles the ball at the point guard position. For practice, the team runs a lot to build up stamina for each game, keeping the up-tempo strategy in mind. Many of the drills in practice are similar to those of the varsity team. Since the start of the season, the Wildcats have found themselves victorious in multiple tournaments. On Dec. 4, they won against Walnut High School, capturing the title of Los Altos Tournament champions. The Wildcats then defeated Corona Del Mar High School in their own tournament 4329, Dec. 12. They also secured the title of champions in the El Dorado Tournament, as they beat El Dorado High School, 5525, Dec. 30. The team played Foothill High School Jan. 27. Although it started out at a slow pace, the game soon caught on for the Wildcats as they triumphed 39-29. On Jan. 29, the team played El Dorado High School in a league contest,
Soccer competes for league title
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Golden opportunity: Kaitlin Gishwiler, sophomore, slides into the ball as she takes a shot against Villa Park High School in overtime. The Wildcats won 2-1 on a golden goal by Katelyn Gates.
MATT SCHADE Sports editor Enter the 2010 Division I Champions into the once quiet Century League. With the addition of Esperanza High School, the Wildcats path to the championship became a lot more challenging. As girls’ soccer headed into league, it was not looking to grab the runner-up spot behind Esperanza, the favorite to win the Century League title, rather it was looking to secure the championship themselves. “I am hoping we will finish strong in league this year and win CIF,” said Lauren Spicer, freshman, who gave her team the game winning goal in its first league game against El Dorado High School. However, the team knew it could not only rely on “hope,” if it was going to defeat Esperanza High School and claim the Century League Title. Heading into the first match-up against the defending CIF champions, the Wildcats carried a perfect record in league after defeating highly touted Canyon High School, 2-1. As the game against Esperanza High School progressed, the Wildcats looked as if they were going to upset the Century League favorites, as regulation ended in a 0-0 draw.
“We were expecting them to be better than they were because of their CIF title but once the game started I think our team started to realize we could compete with them,” said Sam Jones, junior. However, in the golden goal overtime, it was Esperanza who scored first and came out on top of the Wildcats with a 1-0 win, Jan. 13. “The goal resulted from a defensive break down mainly,” said Lauren Lastra, junior captain. “The
Esperanza [player] crossed it from the outside to her teammate who was wide open in the middle, resulting in the goal.” “We were really tired heading into the overtime and we made a mistake that they capitalized on,” said Jones commenting on overtime loss. After suffering a last minute defeat, the Wildcats continued to be put under pressure, as the next two matches again resulted in overtime outcomes. After dropping one and tying one, the team headed into their fourth straight overtime of the season against Villa Park High School, Jan. 20. “Our mind set heading into this game was that we needed to score. After going into three over times in a row, we knew
that we needed to win,” said Katrina Henrikson, junior. The Wildcats knew that this game was a critical point of the season if they were going to stay in the hunt for first place. However, once again, it took more than 80 minutes to decide the final outcome, as Katelyn Gates, junior, scored the winning goal in overtime giving the Wildcats a much needed 2-1 victory. “We knew that we could not lose to another team below us, so in overtime everyone stepped up and got the job done. It was a very important win, not so much because they were a good team, but because we needed to boost our confidence again and better our record,” said Lastra. After capturing the win against Villa Park in overtime, the Wildcats had trouble carrying the momentum from that game into their next matches as they lost against Foothill High School, 2-1, and tied El Dorado High School, 1-1. “Our biggest challenge for the rest of the season is seeing if we can possess the ball and finish on our opportunities,” said Jones, commenting on the team’s recent struggles. Gates agreed with the Jones stating, “We need to stay relaxed when we have the ball, and most of all finish our opportunities.” The Wildcats are currently tied for third place in league with a record of 33-2. They are continuing to move forward in the table with their next match coming today against Canyon at 3 p.m. However, the game that is marked on everyone’s calendar is the rematch against Esperanza, as the team is looking to come away with a win this time against the undefeated, defending CIF champions. “We felt as if we should have came
Katelyn Gates PLAYERS’ TALK
Katelyn Gates, junior, scored the game winning goal in overtime against Villa Park High School Jan. 20. Standing in third place with a record of 3-3-2, the Wildcats are looking to secure a win against first place Esperanza this Saturday.
“Our team is very talented; it
should be a good rest of the season.”
Freshmen make up integral part of girls’ varsity soccer MATT SCHADE Sports editor Every year there will be that one athlete coming out of junior high school, that is so-called “varsity ready”, able to compete at 14 years of age amongst kids that will be going off to college in a year. However, for the girls’ varsity soccer team there is not just one freshman on varsity but four. Alexandra Moon, Marrissa Galvan, Makena Dandley, and Lauren Spicer have all contributed greatly to the success of the girls’ soccer team this season. However, being able to compete at the highest level presents challenges that these four freshmen have had to overcome. “The most difficult part of being a freshman on varsity is that you really have to work for your position. Not everybody is going to play and if you want to be a part of the ones who do, then you need to prove that you want it in practice and Alexandra games,” said Moon Dandley who starts as center back. Galvan, starting outside defender, agrees with her teammate, stating, “It is really difficult having so many defenders on one team competing for the same spot. Playing in that position, you have to give it your all at every practice, and you can never take any breaks.” Despite the challenges that these four freshman have to overcome, the varsity level has provided a valuable experience and an opportunity to overcome these challenges together as they compete against the highest level of players in their league. “The best part about playing with each other is that we are all going through the same difficulties so we have each other for support,” said Spicer. Moon agreed with Spicer adding, “I think the best part of playing with each other is that we will be playing all of our high school career with each other.” As these freshmen learn from their experience on varsity this season, they will be counted upon to lead this program to success in years to come.
Castillo, Santos lead wrestling to fourth place
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CHRIS SUH Co a&e editor As the winter season progresses, varsity wrestling stays solvent as it continues to perform well at their matches. “This team is doing a pretty good job so far this season,” said Feargus Macteggart, head coach. “All the kids that attended off season practices seem to be performing the best overall; and hopefully they will be able to Jacob peak at the end of Castillo the season when they will need it.” On Jan. 8, the players competed at the Rim of The World high school wrestling tournament, where they placed in fifth place overall. On his own third place accomplishment, Jerome Santos, senior,
said, “Competing at Lake Arrowhead at a higher elevation was pretty difficult. But the team adapted enough to earn fifth place.” The following dual event was at Canyon high school on Jan. 13, where the team lost to the Commanches in an “upset”, according to Santos. “We just had a bad day for the team,” said Jacob Castillo, junior. “We had more returning wrestlers than Canyon did so we thought we would have an advantage. But now we know what to expect and we will be ready for them at league finals.” The players redeemed themselves at the following Troy tournament at Troy High School, Jan. 15 as they placed fourth overall with the majority of the team taking places on the podium for individual matches. “The guys were on their A-game that tournament,” said Santos. “This is evident from the hard work they have put in from practice since our previous tournaments and dual meets.” The team continued to perform well,
defeating Esperanza High School in a dual meet, Jan. 19, and placed fourth at the La Quinta high school tournament, Jan. 22. “Some of the guys went undefeated that day,” said Santos on the La Quinta tournament. “Hopefully they will be able to repeat that winning streak at League finals and CIF.” With the season coming to an end, the team aims to take a place on the podium for Century league while also sending out a few of their veteran wrestlers out to take their chances at the CIF and Masters tournaments. “This year’s team is probably the best one in my four years of wrestling,” said Santos. “They work hard during practice and they also know how to have fun, thanks to them I will be able to end my last season on a good note.” “We have a CIF Champion quality team this year,” said Macteggart. “We just need to work out a few things and I know by the end of the season, we will be able to stand on that podium.”