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EXECUTIVE BOARD Sandeep Peddada Nina Kamath Kimberly Tan

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MEMBERS Aditi Pradhan Akhil Batra Alisha Dua Angela Hu Anurag Makineni Christine Wang Clarence Tan Darren Shim Dwight Payne Edward Hu Hima Rajana Jacob Antony Jonathan Hwang Kathy Li Lauren Tai Nihar Wahal Rishabh Jain Roopa Shankar Sachin Peddada Somya Khare Tara Pichumani Tiffany Chao

Volume 3, Issue 2

Winter 2012

San Jose Youth Advisory Council of District 1 Newsletter

Message from Youth Commissioner: Sandeep Peddada Hey everyone! I hope you all enjoyed the last quarter. It’s definitely been a busy one – finishing up college applications, preparing for finals, celebrating the holidays, watching the 49ers clinch the #2 seed in the NFC, the list goes on and on. It’s now 2012, a big year – London Olympics, presidential election, end of the world – so I’d just like to take a minute to remind you

all to make the most of it. And in the spirit of making New Years Resolutions, I’d like to suggest that each of you consider making an effort this year to get more involved in your community.

Be it through community service activities, writing a letter to your council member advocating for city programs that are important to you, applying to serve on your district’s YAC, or even voting in the November election (if you’ll be 18 by then), it’s important to always stay involved in whatever capacity you can. You just may find that making a positive difference in your community is something that you truly enjoy!

Recap Event:YAC Training Day Inside this issue: By: Anurag Makineni Message from the Youth Commissioner

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Recap Event: IPA Forum

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Legislation: San Jose Bans Plastic Bags

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The Fair Legislation Act: In the Right Direction

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Sleep Loss: A Toil to our Health

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Marijuana: Recreation or Addiction

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The Benefits of Local Politics

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Featured Youth

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Art and Poetry

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Upcoming Events

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On November 19th YAC members from all over the city of San Jose convened at the Seven Trees Library and Community center for a fun filled day of activities and seminars. YAC members started the day with a light breakfast and headed out into the freezing courtyard for some icebreaker activities. Afterwards, everyone headed into their respective meeting rooms to attend seminars with topics that ranged from safety practices and leadership skills to public speaking. Once the first session of seminars concluded the entire YAC met in the main auditorium for some more games and a presentation on education in the city of San Jose. We learned about the YAC’s role in education, and we received

information about the SJ2020 initiative. We then took a break for lunch. After everyone had finished eating, we moved to a second session of workshops before heading back over to the main auditorium to hear about the YAC and the environment. Directly after we learned about how the YAC is improving the environment in San

Jose and started the last activity of the day, an eye opening, hands on budget exercise that really put us in the shoes of our local officials making our city’s budgets. All in all, the YAC training day was a huge success; not only did the members of the YAC learn new valuable skills, but they also had an opportunity to meet people just like them from all over the city of San Jose.

District 1 YAC Members speak at YAC Training Day during a workshop.


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Recap Event: IPA Forum By: Christine Wang The day was still young when I arrived at City Hall, yet hardworking YAC members were already waiting at the buildings entrance, ready to begin. Betty smiled cheerily at us and when we finished introducing ourselves, we were led to another building where we promptly began discussing the plan for the busy day. After the inspiring conference we quickly made posters which said, “Free Parking” and proceeded to direct people who were attending the forum to the parking lot. Finally the forum began and we all filed inside. The large room filled up rapidly, though not as many people attended as we wished, and the guest speakers lined up to speak. Diane Doolan-Diaz, an IPA Senior Analyst, welcomed and introduced everyone to the topic and soon the first speaker, Judge Cordell was at the podium ready to begin. Judge Cordell wanted to focus mainly on free speech, so she started with a crash course on Amendment 1 of the United States Constitution. YAC members were planted in the audience to ask engaging questions and as Judge Cordell presented about the specific implications of rights and how

Members of IPA Teen Leadership Council. Aditi Pradhan serves as the District 1 representative.

people violate rights each YAC members did their duty, making the presentation flow wonderfully. Though the crowd was small the applause was passionate and echoed in the large room to welcome the next speaker. Attorney B.J. Fadem began her speech on Social Networking. The powerpoint projected up onto the screen and everyone began following along. She talked about the big three social networking websites and how they affect today’s youth. According to her startling statistics, MySpace has 810,153,536 monthly visits and Facebook has 1,191,373,339 monthly visits, which just shows the sheer number of people who are connected in some way on these sites. She then proceeded to talk about how dangerous posting too much information on the Internet can be, giving examples of terrible consequences real people have faced. Then the next few slides explained a few court cases and text message privacy. Concluding her presentation she gave an example of fifteen girls at a slumber party who sent nude photos of themselves to a young boy as a joke. The joke backfired when a predator named Hofus found the pictures and sent them texts back, which became sexual in nature. He was soon arrested, but it taught the girls quite a lesson

on what is private and what is not. A warm applause followed Attorney B.J. Fadem’s presentation and after a short break, SJPD Detective John Rickert started his presentation on cyberbullying. He first introduced the concept of cyberbullying, what is and what is not, then he showed many videos about the severe consequences to both the bully and the bullied. After each video the stunned silence was the best applause for the detective, for each person pondered in silence, moved by either the terrible lesson or the inspiring message. When John Rickert was finished all the guest speakers gave their closing remarks and answered questions. When I helped usher people out of the room I watched carefully, realizing that every one of them wore either a determined expression or a thoughtful one, as if everyone was thinking the same thing, “What can I do to make a difference?” With this simple observation I was sure that, despite not many people showing up, the forum’s message went straight from the speakers’ lips to the listeners’ hearts, and this IPA forum had been a great success.


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Legislation: San Jose Bans Plastic Bags By Kathy Li Passed last year but effective Jan. 1, 2012, the Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance bans plastic carry-out bags in the city of San Jose, making it the largest city in the nation to go green in retail. Passed nearly unanimously by the San Jose City Council last year, the ordinance prohibits stores from distributing plastic bags at checkout, and mandates charging a small fee for paper bags. The new regulations apply to all retail establishments in the city, excluding restaurants and non-profit charitable groups. Certain amendments have also been included that still allow grocers to use bags for meats and pharmaceuticals. Members of the Neighborhood Market Association have expressed their wishes to also exempt smaller stores, for whom the ban may have higher costs. Through this legislation, for which retailers would be fined from $500 to $1000 for violating, the San Jose City Council members hope for the city to serve as a

model for other cities and counties in eliminating the environmental hazard imposed by disposable plastic bags. Around 1 million out of 3.8 million plastic bags that are used per year in the Bay Area end up in the San Francisco Bay, creating bad pollution and hurting wildlife. Those who are against the ban say that plastic bags can be recycled; however, that has rarely worked in the past, as most people regard the bags as trash rather than

ported eventually died without support from the Senate. Some citizens take issue with having to use paper bags now, complaining that they cannot afford to be charged every time for paper bags or that the bags are not waterproof. However, this actually encourages people to bring their own reusable cloth bags when they go shopping. Some large retailers, such as Target, now sell reusable shopping bags for around one dollar, allowing everyone in San Jose to help preserve the environment at a low personal cost.

Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance has been effective as of January 1, 2012.

something of value. Industry lobbying has also impeded earlier efforts to create this ban, and a State Assembly bill to ban carry-out plastic bags that Governor Schwarzenegger sup-

Legislation: Occupy Wall Street By: Rahul Jayaraman and Kevin Lin adapted from The Winged Post (Harker High School’s school newspaper) The Occupy Wall Street movement, a protest of the divide between the top one percent of earners and the remaining ninety-nine percent, continued to spread to local cities throughout the past month. Started on September 17 in New York City, Occupy Wall Street is a movement that centers around protesting the divide between the top one percent of the country, that is, the CEOs and executives who pay 37 percent of the taxes in

America and earn at least $344,000 per year [IRS data] and the remaining 99 percent composed of working-class and middle-class families, according to www.occupywallst.org. Protesters convey their message by “occupying”

space outside banks, City Hall, and local businesses. The website also states that the protesters are “using [strikes, marches, and rallies] to achieve [their] ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.” As of publication, the protests have reached 900 cities across the world. Closer to home, the protests have spread to over 100 American cities, including San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. Occupy San Jose, a protest held outside San Jose City Hall, included a march and meet-


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Legislation: Occupy Wall Street (cont.) ings that brought together people from different parts of the community. The gatherings allowed the participants to express their views. Protesters outside City Hall set up tents and sleeping bags in order to carry their message throughout the day and night. However, according to multiple participants, the police arrested eight protesters and cited one for sanitation issues two weeks into the Occupy protests, leading to much consternation in the camp. Nevertheless, coordinators continue to take a stance outside City Hall. “The issues that Occupy Wall Street tackles, which is financial inequality, access to education, [and] public services, [are things] that affect every high school student,” said Alysa Cisneros, organizer of the Occupy San Jose protests. “The more people that are out here organizing and talking to people, the stronger this [movement] is going to be.” Aaron Byrne, a local protester for the Occupy San Jose movement, addressed the role of teenagers in the movement. “For high school students, I want to let them know that they can make a difference and that their voice does matter,” said Byrne. “[The youth of America] is the future, and a lot of people don’t realize that.” Other participants, such as Ashley Snyder, have protested because they have been directly affected by the problems that Occupy Wall Street is against. “I’m out here because I care. A lot of the

things that we are fighting out here have affected me in my life – affected friends, neighbors,” said Snyder. “It’s important that we fight that battle.” Many students believe that it is an expression of the rights present in the First Amendment.

definitely exercise it because it happens in real life,” Govinda Dasu (12) said. “The Occupy protesters have a decent message in that government should not be controlled by corporations. Their message to high school students would be, ‘It’s okay to challenge authority.’” However, some students are unaware of the Occupy movement. “Occupy Wall Street really needs to give an update to the public because there are some people who know nothing about the protests, and they should at least let them know what’s going on so that they can also participate in a cause they may believe for,” Vedant Thyagaraj (9) said. Spanish teacher and freshman class dean Diana Moss states that the movement will have an influence on high school students. “[The movement] provides something for students to be thinking about for their future, to be looking at how the financial institutions have been run in the past, and certainly have some influence in thinking about how to invest your money when you become an adult,” she said. Almost all the protesters believe that their message of fiscal equality may reach Washington, D.C., and change existing fiscal policies for the better.

“Whenever there is a big protest, it’s going to help high school students with one thing: that the right to protest exists in the United States of America and you can

The Fair Legislation Act: A Step in the Right Direction By: Aditi Pradhan What do Michelangelo, Marie Antoinette, Alexander the Great, and Susan B. Anthony have in common? You might be surprised to know that they all identified as members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community. Since this January, public schools in California have been required to teach about the contributions of

the LGBT community, Native Americans, and people with disabilities, thanks to the Fair Education Act. The act has been met with much opposition due to its inclusion of the controversial LGBT community. As can be seen above, members of the LGBT community have made incredible contributions to society, and currently our curriculum completely ignores this. The focus

of a lesson should definitely be a person’s achievements; however, there’s no doubt that lessons often include facts about a heterosexual person’s personal life, such as his or her spouse or children. Why not include similar trivia about LGBT people? Doing so will allow LGBT youth – who exist, whether or not they and their adult counterparts are provided with equal rights – to know that they


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The Fair Legislation Act: A Step in the Right Direction (cont.) have role models to look up to, and heterosexual kids to know that there’s nothing wrong with being homosexual. Some schools are already taking co-curricular approaches to the law such as reading books in literature classes that are written from a transgender teenager’s point of view to show students the perspective of a member of the LGBT community. Furthermore, the act is simply an expansion of a law already in existence that requires curriculum to include various ethnic groups. If the law didn’t require the inclusion of these ethnic groups, they would face much discrimination. Laws such as

this play a vital role in the process of acceptance in our society. The three minority groups affected are vastly underappreciated in our existing curriculum, and this act allows them to receive the recognition they deserve. A possible improvement to the law would be to add important moments in the Gay Rights Movement such as the Lavender

Revolution and Stonewall, and key proponents to the LGBT community such as the Bay Area’s very own Harvey Milk, to whom students currently get little to no exposure. Though we may be a long way from achieving equality for all in this country, the Fair Education Act is certainly a step in the right direction.

Sleep Loss: A Toil to our Health By: Tiffany Chao

All middle school and high school students can all agree on one fact. We lose hours of sleep during the school year, sometimes not even for adequate reasons. Many of us find ourselves up the night before a big lab, project, or presentation. Some students have already accepted the fact that they will be pulling on all-nighter the night before the assignment the moment it’s assigned. The last thing we think about is our sleep. The A is more important right? However, we don’t consider how important our sleep is to our bodies. Not getting the right amount of sleep can take a huge toil on our health. Sometimes we forget that it’s more important to sleep earlier and wake up early, rather than staying up all night and squeezing in a few hours of sleep before school. Staying up at 3 in the morning won’t guarantee an A on that exam and sometimes we need to stop and think about what is more important. At 3 a.m., your brain will barely be able to function, let alone

contain any information. Studies show that sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory, which is why cramming for a test is not a smart idea. In addition to improving learning and memory, sleep also improves your mood, prevents sleep disorders, and helps maintain your weight. 68 hours of sleep is necessary every night in order to keep your body function-

ing normally. Everyone should treasure their sleep because it will not only make you feel and look better, but you will be doing your body a favor as well.


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Marijuana: Recreation or Addiction By: Clarence Tan

Weed, Kush, Mary Jane. All of the following are synonymous to the cannabis plant, more commonly known as Marijuana. Marijuana usage has dated all the way back to the Bronze ages and its contemporary usage includes recreational, religious, and medical purposes. In 2009, the United Nation recorded that over four percent of the world population (aged 15-64) are users of this cannabis plant. However, why is such a seemingly harmless plant illegal in majority of the U.S? It must be noted that there were over 40 million users in 2009 in the U.S. used Marijuana in 2009. That number is a startling 4 million more than the number of iPhones issued that year. Why is non-prescribed Marijuana used illegal in California then? Prop 19, which would have legalized the usage of personal cannabis-related activities and authorized the sale of a certain amount of cannabis to one who is 21 years or older, was defeated. Prop 19 would have been a solution to California’s budget shortfall as it would have allowed the government to collect marijuana-related taxes and fees. Also, it would have cut off a source of funding to violent drug cartels and would have allowed local government to redirect law enforcement resources to significantly dangerous crimes. Even though Marijuana has be proven to cause an insignificant amount of damage to one’s health, users of Marijuana might become addicted and develop apathy and emotional problems and then cease to be productive members of society. Furthermore, some fear that marijuana will act as a "gateway drug", with people who try marijuana then going on to try other drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamine. Moreover, some fear that Marijuana usage could have physical dangers of its own, such as increased incidence of lung cancer and increased accidents when under the influence of the drug.

“A controlled usage of Marijuana should be recommended to those that wish to pursue its effects, Often, one might ask, “What is the significance of using Marijuana?” The fact that Marijuana is capable of allowing one to relax and to act as a stress reliever is the most important function of its usage. In today’s society, the constant competition as a result of Social Darwinism causes people to have a mindset for the survival of the fittest. Whether it’s college applications or job interviews, today’s society puts a lot of stress on the mindset of many. As a result, Marijuana users often consider the supposed health issues Marijuana usage will present and they often feel that it will be necessary to find some form of relaxation. The main problem often presented to Marijuana users includes that it has negative health consequences. However, Marijuana is actually safer

than alcohol as far as its acute physical effects and its effects on risky behavior. Additionally, only a small portion of marijuana users become addicted or develop motivation problems. Overall, the usage of Marijuana can become addictive at times, but its positive effects outweigh its negative effects because Marijuana very rarely becomes the “gateway drug” and its health effects will lead to lung cancer, but it has a minor role which makes it insignificant. In today’s competition, constant competition will often cause stress in many and often Marijuana will become the most available and immediate source of relaxation that allows one to lose a sense of stress. A controlled usage of Marijuana should be recommended to those that wish to pursue its effects, warning of the legal issue of it, but never should one try an overdose or over usage of it because being under the influence will often lead to death.


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The Benefits of Local Politics By: Akhil Batra

Every day the San Jose government is responsible for writing all sorts of policy with the interests and views of all citizens at stake. However, exactly how does this system work? Exactly what is the job of the mayor, the city manager, or the city council? Unfortunately, the vast majority of people in San Jose have absolutely no idea. Why is that? It seems that, especially among the young population, politics and government, particularly at the local level, are not perceived as important. However, the local political system IS very important. The interests and opinions of over 945,942 people depend on the local government. Local politics may not have the media attention of say a presidential election, but to people in San Jose, they can be a source of expression, economic benefit, and ,perhaps, even fascination. The local San Jose government consists of the mayor, the city council, the city manager, and the various city departments, all operating under the city charter. San Jose operates under a city manager system, whereby the mayor appoints a city manager whom the council must approve of. The city manager is essentially a chief executive of the city, and is responsible for the various city departments, such as the fire and the police departments. The city manager is in charge of enforcing all the laws of San Jose through the various city departments, agencies, and administrative offices. The city manager has full power over hiring,

removal, and discipline of any officers or employees of the city. He also must present the annual budget plans to the council as well as a report on finances and administrative activities at the end of each fiscal year. It is also the city manager’s responsibility to submit regular reports on any pressing municipal matters, and act as an advisor to the council on said matters. The city manager is kept in office for an indefinite period of time, but is subject to a recall election by both the council and the electorate at any point. The city manager cannot sit in at meetings of the council if a member of the council is the topic of discussion, but is otherwise free to do so. He cannot vote in council meetings. Aside from the city manager, the other main source of power lies with the city

council. The city council consists of eleven members, including the mayor, each elected from one of ten districts. Both the mayor and each council member are elected to four year terms. Neither the mayor nor any particular council member can have more than two consecutive terms in office, but a council member elected to mayor has two consecutive terms, as does a mayor who may want to

run as a council member. Essentially the mayor is a separate office that has the power of a council member. The mayor runs in the Regular Municipal Election of the city at large, and is considered the political leader of San Jose. He sits as a member of the council, but also has to address the community, and make recommendations to the council. Members of the council must be residents of their own particular districts, and can be elected only at Regular Municipal Elections within said districts. The council meets at regular intervals to vote on city issues, and a majority is required for a decision to be made. Citizens are allowed to present grievances and give suggestions at council meetings. The council writes a Statement of Policy for each city department that details the goals and aspirations of that particular department. The heads of the city departments that the city manager appoints must all be reviewed and approved by the council. Furthermore, the council is allowed to make investigations on any of the city’s departments, offices, or agencies. In essence, San Jose runs under a very intricate and complex government that makes policy and holds major power over the everyday life of all the citizens. Although local politics does not have the flair and media attention of national politics, it is ultimately local politics that carry more immediate weight.


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Featured Youth: Karthik Adda By: Brain Zhao

For those who grew up with the video games of 1990s, replaying them brings back memories of a time where things like cliques, college applications and calculus did not exist. Very few teenagers, however, are able to relive these experiences in the way senior Karthik Adda can. Adda is part of an online community of 17,000 that modifies video games for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, an iconic console that has left a legacy of famous games such as Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country, and Final Fantasy. While Adda been a member since 2008, only a handful of people know him other than his alias, “Buster Beetle.” Adda often uses the forum as a resource to help him create his own version of certain video games, but confesses that he’s “not a very good self-manager.” Fortunately, he was able to make the best of his abilities when he began collaborating with the community on a group project during the summer. Because it has not been finished yet, Adda has refused to disclose many details about

the game. It is a basic platformer, a 2-D jumping puzzle that contains extensive portions of his programming, including custom-made sprites and levels complete with enemies and puzzles. Nonetheless, he considers his most important contribution to be the six background songs he composed for the game. Adda composes in Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) format, known for its distinctive 16-bit sound, which easily translates to the instruments of video game systems. Modern video game consoles can play mp3’s, but the SNES is limited by memory, thus inhibiting the size, variety and complexity of usable sample sounds. As the base form of digital music, MIDIs have the advantage of being very easy to modify as compared to mp3’s. While Adda humorously refers to them as “shidi’s” because of the narrow range of instruments available, he says, “Limitations can be pretty fun because sometimes I am hampered by my own creativity. There are just too many options you have with modern technology.” The unique challenge Adda faces when creating video game music is that he has

to constantly think of how a player, and not just a listener, would respond to the music. For example, the soundtrack he composed to a castle level constantly changes with the scenario. Depending on what the player needs to do in order to clear the stage, it sounds eerie, baroque or heroic at certain points of the level. Furthermore, Adda’s songs are highly technical. With each song, there are actually five to eight different voices that need to be composed: melody, harmony, countermelody, bass, and percussion. Although composing did get easier for him with practice, the process for creating his last song still lasted six hours, and that is excluding the time needed for polishing and converting the file. So why does he do it? “Most of us associate video games with an idyllic part of our life,” Adda explains. “Video game music is specifically made to be memorable, not catchy. There are sounds you can’t really hear in real life. The nostalgia that hearing it brings can help if you’re having a bad day.” Adda’s talent makes him one of the few people who are able to seek comfort from the pixelated past.

Featured Youth: Prag Bhatra By: Rishabh Jain

In all high schools, students strive to achieve results in their passion. However, few have achieved results and still wish to spread knowledge regarding their passion to the rest of the community. Prag Bhatra, currently a senior at The Harker School, may be unique as an innovative tech leader who wishes to spread his knowledge regarding his passion. Starting in his freshman year Prag was part of the Tech Club at school. However, this club was disbanded when the seniors graduated, as there was nobody left to lead the club. Naturally, Prag realized that he should bring tech club when he was in a sophomore. So as a junior, he set out on the “interesting challenge” of bringing Tech Club back into the school, with a different mission. When Prag reformed the tech club in his junior year, he wished to educate people about new technologies and prepare them for later years in the tech industry. Soon after he started planning for the project, he realized that it was more feasible to educate people on

software rather than hardware, and, as a result, Prag focused the group on interesting technologies such as iOS development, PHP, MySQL, and TextWeb. Since then, Prag has started two projects, which anybody in Tech Club can participate in. The first is an updated voting system that is web based. It’s an update to the old voting system that Harker uses and would easily be available to all students from any computer. Harker has expressed an interest in the project, and is going to transition to the new system next year. Similarly, Prag also started a parking project, which is still being completed right now. The parking project would allow anybody with a car to easily get a spot, or exchange spots. Another project that Prag achieved through the Tech Club was a competition hosted by the TextWeb Company. The idea behind this system is accessing information through SMSs. Prag pointed out how this was especially useful in India, where most people don’t have smartphones to access the internet while moving. This competition was school

wide, and encouraged many students to test out their app programming skill. The most popular app got an endorsement from the TextWeb Team. In the future, Prag hopes to help the group become more focused on iOS application development. He has already had a kickoff development session with a Harker parent who likes developing iOS apps as a hobby. In retrospect, Prag realizes that the hardest part of making his dream a reality was creating a focused mission statement and getting members to join initially. However, he believes that he was only successful because he was “bold, [took] a chance, and [stayed] committed through the highs and lows.” He also emphasized that these projects were available to anybody, regardless of previous experience as a major aspect of these projects was to teach people more about programming in these languages. Besides having started up Tech Club, Prag is also the captain of the Harker InventTeam, a project in which students work to invent a new system and has also launched an iOS application for the Harker Homework Management System.


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Featured Artist: Angela Hu Poetry by Kimberly Tan Opalescence

iridescent tassels erupt in the cloaked sky, gliding down the inky black shadows, reappearing in flickering waves to illuminate seas of captivated faces. with hair like summer’s wheat, her presence is a mere silhouette upon the perpetual tide, the lingering scent of color barely slipping from her trembling hands— instead she tastes the sharpness of the crisp autumn night, feels the fireworks crackling (as if under her fingertips)

Photography by Roopa Shankar

and as her irises swirl with the radiance that eludes her milky eyes, her senses erupt in a frenzy of sounds, tastes, and emotions igniting within what had been black

Poetry by Alexandra Garfield Picture Perfect

Cold and frosty flakes float down from the sky All steely grey with few traces of blue, While happy children play on frozen lakes With brightly colored scarves flying behind. They skate across the lake without a care In their happy Christmas card wonderland. I stare at these cards and I try to choose The one that will mean the most to my friends, But picking cards is harder when you live In California where there is not snow. Snow-filled meadows create some irony When you have never seen the pure white flakes. But Christmas cards are snowy nonetheless And do not care about the snow-less west.


Upcoming Events Autumn Gem Documentary Screening with Filmmakers What? In celebration of Women's History Month, please join us at the Campbell Library for a free screening of the documentary Autumn Gem, which explores the life of China's first feminist, Qui Jin, who challenged traditional gender roles and demanded equal rights for women during the reign of the last dynasty in China and became the first female martyr for the 1911 Revolution, and is celebrated as a national heroine today. When? The screening will take place in the Community Room from 7:00-8:00 pm, Tuesday March 27th, followed by a question and answer session with the film makers Rae Chang and Adam Tow. Where? Campbell Library

Fremont Union High School District Art Showcase Sunnyvale Art Gallery is excited to host for the second time the 32nd Annual Art Showcase for the Fremont Union High School District. This show features student work from Cupertino, Fremont, Homestead, Lynbrook, and Monta Vista High schools. Last year was an incredible display of talent. Come see what art pieces will be included this year!

Mon-Fri: 8am-7pm Sat: 9am-7pm Sunnyvale Art Gallery 251 W El Camino Real Sunnyvale 94086

Kelly Clarkson Stronger Tour 2012

Happy Hollow National Game Day

What? Global superstar Kelly Clarkson embarks on her Stronger Tour 2012 in support of her fifth studio album, Stronger. The first leg of her world tour kicks off with a North American 40 plus city trek with special guest Matt Nathanson.

What? We will observe this silly holiday with games in the Meadow starting at12:30pm.Get active playing some classic games and learn a few new games. It's fun for the whole family! Games include:

The album, Stronger, debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and #2 on the Digital Albums Chart. Entertainment Weekly calls Stronger “a breakup album for the ages,” while Billboard states, “She’s in her strongest form yet on fifth album Stronger.” When? Tuesday, March 27th at 8:00pm Where? San Jose State Event Center Arena

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The Shell Game Hula Hooping Kickball Parachuting Loud Mouth

When? Saturday, March 24, 12:00-2:30pm Where? Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, in San Jose Price: Included with regular admission

1 Voice Winter 2012  

The San Jose Youth Advisory Council of District 1's quarterly newsletter, 1 Voice. 1 Voice, Volume 3, Issue 2: Winter Edition 2012

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