Glen A. Wilson High School
Hacienda Heights, California 91745
December 12, 2008
Wilson celebrates holidays with winter wardrobe By MELODY WANG STAFF WRITER
Students will feel as if vacation arrived a week earlier when the Associated Student Body (ASB) hosts Winter Wonderland Week. This Christmas-themed spirit week allows students to come to school dressed in attire suitable for the holidays. “We want to help the students get in the spirit of the season,” said ASB adviser Liz Orth. Monday will be Tacky Christmas Sweater Day and Tuesday will be Snow Day, a day in which students should dress as if it was snowing outside. Wednesday will be Dress like a Santa Helper, Thursday is going to be Wrap like a Present and Friday will be Christmas Morning Day, in which students can come in clothing they would wear when they wake up on the special day. Each person participating will earn a class point for their fourth period class, with the top two classes earning pizza parties. Students who dress up will also receive a different reward each day. “The prizes we are giving away are incentives for participation. Each day we will give out goodies at lunch,” said Orth. For the first time at Wilson, there will also be a wishing well outside the lunch shelter into which
students can throw coins while making wishes or New Year’s resolutions. “The wishing well is just a fun activity. Students can come make wishes for the New Year or make their troubles go away,” said Orth. Proceeds from the wishing well will go to Pennies for Patients, a drive that benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Students can also take a portrait with Willie the Wildcat, dressed as Santa, for 50 cents in the amphitheater. Judging from last year, Orth says she believes that this year will be just as full of the holiday atmosphere. “Last year was the first year we tried this. It was even better than the spirit weeks before. It’s just a lot of fun and we hope kids enjoy dressing up,” said Orth. Some say that they appreciate this opportunity. “I don’t dress up all the time for spirit weeks, but if I have something to match, I’ll wear it. When I see students dressed up I feel like Christmas is really close,” said sophomore Jennie Lee. ASB says they encourage all students to participate. “It just makes you happy to dress like an elf or have a bow on your head. When students dress up,
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they feel more content in class. It’s just the joy of the season,” said Orth. Winter Wonderland is set to take place next week from Dec. 15 to 19.
EDITORIAL | It is
depressing that school offcials trusted with the education of future generations would abuse their power for personal gain. pg 2
| Football coach Greg Hoyd resigned last Friday after relocating to the Stimpson Learning Center the week before. pg 3 SPORTS
STRIKE A POSE - Sophomore Katie Howing and senior Yvette Flores pose after executing a successful dance move, Monday in the gymnasium. PHOTO/PAULLA VANGCHAROEN
Cats anticipate competing despite member inexperience
By LUBINA KIM
Administration closed off half of the amphitheater Monday in response to the overwhelming amount of litter that was left in the area. PHOTO/VIRGINIA TANG
Informal dance concert
So you think you can dance? The Wilson Dance Team knows they can. The majority of the dance team will be heading to Mater Dei HS this Saturday for their first competition of the year. For this event, dance coach Nina Chang chose to feature four types of dances: jazz, lyrical, hip-hop and contemporary. The dances consist of small groups and a single solo by dance team captain senior Tina Chen. “I’m really happy about my song choice for my solo ‘Too Far’ by Kylie Minogue. I was able to listen to her at a concert and I felt like the story behind the song fit my own life well,” said Chen. Some members say they’re apprehensive about the first competition. “We practice every day hoping we’ll get some trophies. There’s a wide range of different schools, so it’s hard to beat all of them. But as long as we have fun dancing, winning isn’t all that matters,” said sophomore Katie Howing. Dancers rehearsed their kick routines and shakes for up to three hours a day in preparation. “All the hours of practice fixed my mistakes. Hopefully I can deliver my routine perfectly,” said sophomore Naomi Chico.
Others say that the rehearsals at school are not enough time to completely memorize the routine. “I go over my steps on my own while I’m walking. And sometimes when I get bored during class I go over the routine in my head so I won’t forget the dance moves,” said Chen. A third of the returning team and most of the new members won’t be joining the rest of the team at Mater Dei HS due to the lack of preparation for the competition. “The new members took a little longer than last year adjusting to the team. Only two of the new members will be performing since the others are not ready. However, we are working on it as a group,” said Chen. Chang says that although fifteen schools are gathering to compete, the team is mainly concerned with improving themselves and benefiting from the experience. The dance team encourages everyone to come out and support the team. “People usually don’t come to our competitions but it’ll be really nice to see our friends show up in addition to the usual family members,” said senior Yvette Flores. The dance competition will be held at Mater Dei HS this Saturday. Tickets can be bought at the event for $7.
Editorial 2 December 12, 2008 Budgets fall short as administrators splurge
As school officials around the country sigh and devise ways to overcome education budget deficits, attention turns to administrators who disregard the financial troubles all schools are experiencing. Last Friday, the former principal of the USC Performing Arts Magnet, Philip Toyotome, resigned after it was revealed that he illegally used the school district’s credit card for his own personal use. Toyotome spent $150,000 of the district’s funds to purchase his vacation home furniture, barbeque equipment and electronics. Further investigation revealed that other employees in Toyotome’s district misspent a total of $1.8 million. In other news, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is paying Superintendent David Brewer $517,000 to resign. Before leaving, Brewer, who has no education credentials, was earning $300,000 a year as well as a $3,000 monthly housing allowance. Meanwhile, schools are struggling. One LAUSD school was forced to ask students’ parents to donate as much as $500 per child. Money inappropriately spent by school administrators should have been invested in matters to improve the academic environment. The amount Toyotome spent on furniture and barbeque grills could have greatly assisted schools had it been used on electricity, supplies and transportation. Public funds should be spent selectively, and extreme budget cuts makes efficiently using all available funds even more crucial. Schools are struggling enough without irresponsible administrators wasting away money. That a person in charge of students’ education cannot even resist greed is unsettling. The public expects these officials to make decisions that will benefit everybody and officers misusing their powers violate the trust bestowed to them. And while it is common that those with authority take advantage of the resources available to them, it is especially unacceptable to rob dedicated students of their futures. Those guilty must be punished. And in times like these, the act of misusing funds already ART/ HOWARD LI depleted deserves even more condemnation.
Paw Prints asks: What kind of educational spending is most important, taking budget cuts into consideration? A sample of 198 students were polled.
Transportation 2% school supplies School Supplies school supplies transportation 19%
extracurriculars employee salaries
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December 12, 2008
December 12, 2008
Football coach resigns after first year By CHARLES TSUEI SPORTS EDITOR
Entering into his first year as head coach of the football team, the former collegiate linebacker did not expect this season to be his last. Last Friday, Greg Hoyd, who was unable to be reached for this article, handed over his resignation letters to Athletic Director Dave Merrill and Principal Elena Paul.
His decision came one week after being reassigned to the Stimpson Learning Center but the news did not occur without prior signs. According to Paul, the coach previously met with her soon after last month’s loss to Los Altos. “It was not a surprise because of the conversation where he requested the option of resigning,” explained Paul. She later refused to comment on any specifics
regarding meetings between her and Hoyd. “Everyone here is a part of a family and it’s my job as principal to protect the reputation and credibility of the staff. Therefore, I can not divulge any [more] information.” In regards to implications from the SGV Tribune writer Fred J. Robledo, Merrill insists that Hoyd did not resign due to the team’s winless season.
‘MICROWAVE SOCIETY’ - Greg Hoyd watches the end of a play with his players on the sideline. The administration has begun interviews to narrow down Head Coach candidates. PHOTO/PROWLER
“To my knowledge, no one has ever left Wilson unhappy because of win-loss records,” said Merrill. “It was like a marriage that went wrong. It’s a two-way street where he has to think what is best for him and what is best for the program.” He also refuted Robledo’s statement that lack of support from the administration was a main factor to the coach’s decision. “[Hoyd] got to a great start and he received more support than any other football coach who ever came here,” contested Merrill. “In his defense, his ideal coaching staff did not materialize and we are in a very tough league.” After officially resigning, Hoyd did not meet with the players. Most said they heard the news from their teammates, but they too were not surprised. “I was expecting it to happen because of what the team went through this year,” said Eric Gonzales (12). “I found out about it when I bumped into Merrill in the office last week.” Having already been through a coaching change
this past year, Tim Gilmore (12) said that Hoyd’s decision may have been a mistake. “I think he should stay. Learning a new system is going to be tough for the guys to go through again,” stated Gilmore. Merrill agreed with some players who have stated that a seasoned candidate may help the transition process. “This year was a bit chaotic. I think it’ll be easier with someone with head coaching experience, a person who can come in with set plans,” explained Gonzales. According to the administration, a current top priority is to rebuild the football program. The interviewing process has begun, but the earliest a coach may be hired is in June. Even though the direct cause of resignation remains unclear, Hoyd agrees with school officials that it was a mutual separation. “I don’t have any hard feelings,” Hoyd explained to the Tribune. “It was best that I move on. I know that I worked hard, I tried my best, but we’re living in a microwave society. Everyone wants to win and win now. I understand that.”
Waterpolo begins season with pair of wins By YUHUA WANG STAFF WRITER
Dedication and teamwork allowed the girls water polo team to defeat Workman 15-1 in their second win this week. “The players cooperated very well, and we all did our plays unlike in the last game. I think we also greatly improved our communication skills,” said Mia Icamen (12). The game involved both varsity and JV members of the team who were rotated in shifts. Workman’s team was only composed of players from their varsity division. The Cats also cruised their way to victory in their first game against Pioneer HS last Tuesday, 19-6. Wilson took the lead early on during the first quarter and stayed one step ahead of their opponents throughout the rest of the game. Despite the win, Coach Billy Cavezza says the team still has much room for improvement. “Our players made clumsy mistakes during the game. There were too many ejections,” explained Cavezza. Co-captain Isaura Balderrama (12) agrees with Cavezza. “We were definitely too sloppy. It was fortunate that we were up against a less experienced team, otherwise we probably would not have won the
game,” said Balderrama who scored eight of the team’s nineteen goals. Cavezza attributes the victory to the team’s outmaneuvering of their opponents. “We out-swam them throughout the match. Our returning players Isaura and Tori Moreno (12) were also a big help,” said Cavezza.
According to the coach, Balderrama and Moreno will play a big role in the team’s development and help offset the loss of last year’s key players such as Jennifer Prohoroff and Sabrina Gonzales. While Cavezza praised the team’s performance for both games, he also
cautioned players about the difficulty that lies ahead. “Up to now the teams we’ve played were all less experienced than we were. Our players need more practice and scrimmages to prepare themselves. The opponents we face in the future will be much tougher,” said Cavezza.
OVER HERE! - Isaura Balderrama (12) throws the ball to Chelsie Cha (9) while a Pioneer defender reaches above in attempt to intercept the high pass in yesterday’s game. Next Tuesday the team will face Chino Hills. PHOTO/VIRGINIA TANG