THE VOICE OF THE STUDENT Inside This Edition Language of Love -2-
International Week -4Lunar New Year -5Sprinkles -5Winter Sports Update -6Belcher Interview -7- Est. 2006
The Bolt Volume IV Issue V
20 February 2010
Edison High School 21400 Magnolia St. Huntington Beach, CA 714-962-1356
Students Take Part in District Talent Show Talent Show a Success BY: ASHLEY SHINER, GUEST WRITER talent show T hehelddistrict-wide on February 9th at Huntington Beach High School’s Auditorium was definitely a success. Several Edison students performed a wide variety of acts including musical performances, break dancing, and dog tricks. Adam Black and Brandon Nguyen performed an acoustic guitar duet of an original song they wrote called “At Loose Ends”, easily winning over the females in the audience. Edison’s own break dancing group, “What the Funk” (including Brandon Lee, Duy Truong, Ryan Almiranez,
Valentine’s Day Around the World BY: OLIVIA HAYWARD, STAFF WRITER year on FebE very ruary 14, couples all over the world show their appreciation for one another by buying millions of dollars of chocolates, flowers, jewelry, and other tokens of affection. This day is celebrated throughout the modern world, but the tradition is anything but new. So how did this special day come about? The roots oof Va Valentine’s e e s Day ay ca can be
Andy Vu, Kevin Tran, Josh Chang, and Harrison Okine), showed off their impressive moves, all in matching attire as their slick attitudes wowed the audience. Also, Kirbey McIlven, along with her traced back to ancient Rome during the fertility festival of Lupercalia, which honored the Roman goddess of women, Juno. The association with love began when the young women placed put their names into a jar for boys to draw from and select their “date” to the festival. Many of these young lovers spent the whole year together until the next festival, and some even ended up married. St. Valentine’s contribution to this day’s name came when he defied CONTINUED ON PAGE -4-
mom Stacy, showed off the talents of her dogs Sketch and Flash as they caught flying frisbees and did other remarkable tricks. It was clear that the audience enjoyed this CONTINUED ON PAGE -2-
Semiformal Snowball: A Snowy Success BY: ERICA GLEASON, EDITOR IN CHIEF early concerns about low Despite ticket sales, Edison’s 2010 Winter Formal Dance, held on Saturday, February 6 at the Seacliff Country CONTINUED ON PAGE -3-
TALENT SHOW FROM (FRONT PAGE) act, impressed by the abilities of both dogs and trainers alike. In the second act of the show, students from our school as well as HBHS (Alyssa Bailey, Delaney Overton, Anthony Grisham, Austin Myers, and Jared Wilcox) performed the classic “All Right Now” as the band “Rock Brigade”. It was nice to see a few girls rock out for a change, and they did an excellent job entertaining the crowd. In the end, Ocean View’s James
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi? BY : MEGHAN CASS, STAFF WRITER by many as the lanKnown guage of love, French is full of romantic phrases that are sure to
Kim won the $300 prize, as well as love from the audience and judges as everyone went crazy for his beat boxing. Some favorite parts of his act were daft punk’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” as well as Black Eyed Peas’ “Boom Boom Pow”. Due to the district-wide talent show’s great success, HBHS and APA have decided to make this an annual event. So make sure you sign up for it next year -- you could win $300!
impress that special someone during this season of love. So if you are trying to catch the attention of that cutie sitting across from you, why not use a few words from this language of love? Here are some possibilities to get you started:
Je t’aime. --- I love you. Je t’adore.--- I adore you. Tu es ma joie de vivre --- You are the joy of my life. Tu es magnifique! --- You are amazing! J’veux etre avec toi --- I want to be with you. Tendres baisers -- -Love and kisses Or you could even step up your game by asking questions that will be sure to get a positive answer, such as: Voulez-vous danser avec moi? --- Would you like to dance with me? On va chez toi ou chez moi? --Your place or mine? Fait-il chaud ici, ou c’est juste vous? --- Is it hot in here, or is it just you? If you fell short this Valentine’s Day, just practice your French, and by next year, you’ll be sure to succeed. By including some of these simple phrases in your everyday language, you will be sure to win the affections of that special someone, or maybe just the respect of your French teacher.
WINTER FORMAL (FROM FRONT PAGE) Club, was a snowy success. Hundreds of students squeezed onto the dance floor, dancing to the tunes of one of the best DJs Edison has hired in a long time. The floor was small and showed significant signs of wear as tiles were ripped up by vigorous dance moves, but students danced around the debris with few complaints. In addition to the dance floor, the location also had a cozy lounge area where students could take a break from dancing to chat around tables, munch on snacks, cuddle on couches, or cool down with a refreshing cup of cold water. Due to the efforts of Edison’s ASB, the venue was adorned by wintry decor, with an impressive balloon arch, balloons above the dance floor, and well-made centerpieces decorating the tables. Unlike Homecoming and Prom, Winter Formal is put on entirely by ASB, and this year’s planning efforts were led by ASB Secretary Chris Landstrom and Treasurer Fouad Rider. “To cut costs the school doesn’t go through an events coordinator for Winter Formal, so everything had to be done on our own. We picked the site, DJ, decorations, food, and layout of the dance. Everything went pretty smoothly but it took a long time, because we started about two months in advance,” Chris said of the dance. The rest of ASB also arrived early to the dance to help set up, including many who were at a Model United Nations conference all weekend before the dance, making for a very stressful weekend for many of them. Despite the stress, ASB members did what it took to put on a successful dance. All in all, the Winter Snowball was a satisfying experience for most who
attended. “I thought it went really well and everyone had a good time. There was a good turnout. The DJ played many good songs that everyone enjoyed,” Fouad said of the overall outcome of the dance. The only downside, Chris noted, was that they couldn’t decorate or use the outside patio due to the rainy weather. Since the Winter Formal King and Queen, Luke Gane and Liana Hersh, were announced, some Edison students have been speculating about a possibly rigged vote. The voting process began with nominations in history classes (English classes for freshman), which were then carefully tallied, making sure that no one tallied the nominations for their own grade. The top 5 girls and boys from each grade were selected as nominees, and nominations were announced after ensuring that each nominee wanted to participate. Voting took place by scantron in history classes, and Commissioner of Elections Zack Jezulin was responsible for running the scantrons and tallying the final vote. The Winter Formal King and underclassmen court were announced at the assembly on Friday, while the Winter Formal Queen was announced at the dance. Recently however, there has been a rumor going around that the vote was rigged because Liana Hersh’s name was written next to another crossed out name when the Winter Formal Queen was announced. Clarifying the matter, Fouad said, “Our ASB advisor, Mr. Elliot, looked over the ballots and typed up the winners. On the other side of the paper, I wrote all of the senior nominees so I could announce them, but after realizing they weren’t in order, I crossed them off and rewrote them in order.”
Verifying this, Chris said, “I watched Fouad write the names out several times, both so they were in alphabetical order, and so that he would remember how to pronounce them, which is why names were crossed out.” The crossed out names were a result of Fouad’s effort to ensure a fair and correct announcement of the nominees and winner, not an effort to rig the outcome. Speaking for all of ASB, Chris stated, “None of us onASB want to jeopardize all of our hard work by doing something as stupid as rigging an election.” Clearly, this rumor is the product of a misunderstanding. ASB works hard to organize events for the student body, and has no intentions of tarnishing its efforts with lies or deception. Perhaps instead of spreading rumors, the student body should take note of and appreciate the often unnoticed efforts that ASB makes to create a fun and enjoyable high school experience for all.
The Sprinkles Sensation BY: KRISTINE THOMASON, STAFF WRITER I walk into SprinThekles,moment I feel like I have just entered entered heaven itself. The first image that meets my eye is the massive number of cupcakes before me CONTINUED ON PAGE -5-
VALENTINE’SDAY(FROMFRONTPAGE) the order of a Roman emperor that declared all marriages and engagements illegal in order to encourage men to join the army. Being a hopeless romantic, Priest Valentine secretly performed marriage ceremonies, but when his actions were discovered, he was killed on February 14th. As Valentine began to be seen as a martyr and symbol of love during the 400s AD throughout France and England, Pope Gelasius declared that February 14th was to be his day of honor; this date become even more associated with love as people in the Middle Ages noted that this date is also when birds begin selecting their mates. Since the founding of Valentine’s Day, different traditions have been formed all over the world, many of which revolve around displays of affection. In the United States, Valentine’s Day has become an extremely commercialized holiday, and the highest seller of greeting cards. The most common traditions are to give chocolates, flowers, jewelry, and of course, conversation hearts. It has also become a popular practice for children to share Valen-
tine’s cards and candy with their friends and teachers at school. Japan’s Valentine’s Day customs are interesting because it is celebrated on the traditional February 14th, but also on March 14th, known as “White Day”. On the traditional date, women give their boyfriends or other loved ones a gift, usually chocolates, and a month later on White Day men return the favor with showers of chocolates and other gifts. Chocolate products are such common Valentine’s Day gifts that more than half the chocolate sold in a year is sold around Valentine’s Day in Japan. In Denmark, young lovers follow the Valentine’s Day traditions in order to ensure that they have a successful love life later. There are very standard traditions for the holiday, and the three most celebrated customs are the “lover’s card” (similar to the American Valentines), the sending of white flowers called snowdrops, and gaekkebrev, which are short rhyming and often humorous poems given by a man to his lover. The Chinese Valentine’s Day y is
also very unique. Young lovers and singles alike visit the “Matchmaker” to pray for happiness or luck in love. In China, Valentine’s Day is also “Daughter’s Day”, on which young, unmarried women pray for success in homemaking and intelligence, and often demonstrate traditional domestic arts and customs, such as carving a melon. In the thousand of years of evolution of Valentine’s Day, traditions have been formed as each country has added its own unique cultural twist to the day of love. Although the modern practices and celebrations scarcely resemble the original traditions and much of the history has been reduced to legend, St. Valentine’s Day has remained a date to celebrate the timeless theme of love.
International Week 2010 February 24th -25th
International Week: Celebrating Cultural Diversity BY: ABBY KERFOOT, STAFF WRITER Week es una tradición I nternational para los clubes de Edison. Cada año en la primavera, los clubes venden comida de culturas para ganar CONTINED ON PAGE -7-
S PRINKLES , F ROM P AGE -3beckoning me to buy one. With the aroma of fresh baked cupcakes and the sight of these beautiful little desserts, I am overwhelmed! Ever since the first day I walked into Sprinkles, I have been hooked. Tucked away in a small shopping center in Newport Beach, Sprinkles offers the feeling of a small town bakery, yet provides a chic and modern atmosphere. Claiming to be the world’s first cupcake bakery, Sprinkles opened its debut location in Beverly Hills, where it quickly became a favorite among Hollywood stars and food lovers alike. Sprinkles was able to completely reinvent the cupcake, transforming this classic little dessert into a fashionable delicacy. Since then, Sprinkles has expanded across the United States, opening bakeries spanning from Newport Beach to New York City. So, what’s the Sprinkles craze really all about? Well, the cute bakery environment is a plus, but what keeps customers coming back are the mindblowing cupcakes. The most popular flavor, and my personal favorite, is undoubtedly the red velvet cupcake, a southern style, light chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting. Red velvet also comes in vegan and gluten free for health conscious and vegan customers who want
to enjoy the Sprinkles experience. Plus, with over 25 different flavors, there is something to satisfy the taste buds of every customer. Keeping with the spirit of the holidays, Sprinkles also offers seasonal cupcake flavors, like this month’s “red HOT velvet” in honor of Valentine’s Day. This new twist on the popular flavor is said to set your mouth on fire, with spicy cinnamon mixed into the classic cream cheese frosting. When asked about this limited time flavor, a customer replied, “The red HOT velvet cupcake tingles my senses in a way they’ve never been tingled before.” Surely Sprinkles has achieved its goal to satisfy every customer, and at $3.25 a cupcake, it is well worth it! Looking at the menu, you will find that cupcakes are not the only thing that Sprinkles offers. If you are in the mood for a quick fix to satisfy your sweet craving, you can purchase a shot of your favorite frosting flavor for a mere $0.75. You can also buy Sprinkles cupcake mix and attempt to recreate these delicious desserts at home. Sprinkles even vies to satisfy your furry friend, offering Sprinkles dog treats. Clearly, Sprinkles is the quintessential modern bakery, and as any fan will tell you, you have not lived until you’ve tried a Sprinkles Cupcake!
Happy Lunar New Year! BY: ALLYSON BACH, STAFF WRITER the date February 14th When comes to mind, some may think about the marketing holiday, Valentine’s Day or in my opinion, “singles’ awareness” day. Anyways, this year, February 14th means a little something more to me because it just so happens that it is also Lunar New Year. For those of you who are unfortunate enough not to know what this holiday is, it is the celebration of a New Year based on the lunisolar calendar. In the Vietnamese culture, we call this holiday, “Tết Nguyên Đán”, or “Tết” (pronounced “thet”) for short. During this holiday, most Vietnamese families practice customs such as ancestral honoring, wishing New Year’s greetings, cleaning the house, cooking and eating traditional foods such as Bánh chưng (a rich roll of sticky rice with meat filling packed tightly in banana leaves), and decorating the house with classic flower plants such as Ochna Integerrimac and hoa đào, known as the Peach flower. Though these traditions are all important, there CONTINUED ON PAGE -6-
Edison Sports Update
LUNAR NEW YEAR (FROM PAGE -5-) is one custom that I personally think tops them all and that is lì xì (pronounced “lee see”). Most commonly, lì xì, or a tiny red envelope containing money, is given to children by their elders, though elders often receive them too. Now, in order to receive lì xì, one must wish goodness for the new year to another with such sayings like, “Chúc mừng năm mới va Sức khoẻ dồi dào” which means “Happy New Year and have plenty of health”. These sayings may be tongue twisters if you are not fluent in Vietnamese, but they are sure worth the time to learn, especially for those tiny, red envelopes. As much as people love lì xì, Tết is about more than just money giving. Though it is a cliché, Tết is all about family time. The first 3 days of Tết, families are reunited and connected through events which include street parades, like the one on Bolsa Avenue in Westminster, parties, and games. In my household,
we participate in an original Bach family game called Hai Loc, which tests the luck we’ve received in the new year. Hai Loc is when we put lì xì on a tree (think Christmas Tree but instead of ornaments we put little red envelopes filled with money ranging from $1-$100) and one by one, we pick an envelope off the tree. It’s a simple game and the only thing you need to win is luck, although everyone walks away a winner of some quantity of money. I hope what I’ve just told you about this traditional Vietnamese holiday inspires your family to celebrate it, even if you aren’t Vietnamese. I mean, who wouldn’t want to have two New Year’s parties, especially if the second one involves tiny, little, red envelopes?
Boys Soccer Edison’s soccer team which is 194-2 on the season has won its last three games in consecutive shutouts beating Marina 2-0, Esperanza 1-0, and Fountain Valley 1-0. Boys Basketball Despite losing star guard Kyle Boswell, the Chargers have managed to stay strong and have won 4 out their last 5 games. Edison has defeated league opponents Marina (66-62), Esperanza (45-34), Fountain Valley (62-55), and Newport Harbor (55-52). Girls Soccer The Lady Chargers have won 4 out of their last 5 games and they tied Esperanza 0-0 during that stretch. Like the boys, the girls also defeated rival Fountain Valley at Fountain Valley 2-1. The Lady Chargers are 12-5-3 for the year. Girls Basketball Edison’s girls basketball team is currently on a tear winning their last 14 games dating back to December 19th. They are 20-4 on the season and 10-0 in league play. The Chargers recently displayed their dominance against Newport Harbor who they crushed 74-36 and against Fountain Valley who they also destroyed 78-41. Girls Water Polo The water polo team is 19-6 this year and 3-2 in league play. The Chargers recently defeated sunset league foe Marina 17-0.
INTERNATIONAL WEEK (FROM PAGE -5-) dinero y promotar extrañeras para ganar dinero y promotar la diversidad cultural entre los estudiantes de la escuela. Siempre es un gran éxito: los clubes ganan mucho dinero para financiar sus actividades, y los estudiantes pueden comprar comida que no es usualmente disponible en Edison, o que nunca han probado. También, les da a los estudiantes que se encargan de los clubes una oportunidad para demonstrar su capacidad para organizar y dirigir un evento importante. Quizá lo más importante de International Week es que es una ocasión para aprender. Los estudiantes aprenden sobre la comida y las costumbres de otras culturas. Es muy importante que los estudiantes de Edison puedan apreciar las diferencias entre nuestra cultura y las del resto del mundo. International Week nos da la oportunidad de probar comida rica, ganar dinero para las actividades de los clubes, y celebrar nuestras diferencias. International Week is a tradition
Teacher Spotlight: Mr. Belcher BY: ERICA GLEASON, EDITOR IN CHIEF for his intimidating deKnown meanor and unbeatable Charger pride, Bruce Belcher has been a
for the clubs at Edison. Every year in the spring, the clubs sell foreign food to earn money and promote cultural diversity among the students of the school. It is always a great success: the clubs earn a lot of money to finance their activities, and the students can buy food that is not usually available at Edison, or that they have never tried. Also, it gives the students in charge of the clubs an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to organize and direct an important event. Perhaps the most important aspect of International Week is that it is an opportunity to learn. The students learn about the food and customs of other cultures. It is very important that the students of Edison be able to appreciate the differences between our culture and those of the rest of the world. International Week gives us an opportunity to try good food, earn money for club activities, and celebrate our differences. Look for the Bolt and other clubs at lunch on February 24th and 25th during International Week! prominent figure on Edison’s campus since 1974. The current athletic director, set to retire with the class of 2010, will be remembered by generations of students for his tendency to get fired up, whether it’s on the football field, in history class, or at Fountain Valley pep rallies. Though Mr. Belcher’s passion for sports and politics may inspire fear in some, he has been known to show a softer side, especially at end-of-season banquets. His care and respect for the athletes and students he has coached, taught, or even watched are evident in the words he uses to honor them. As he retires this year, Mr. Belcher will leave a legacy of raising Chargers with class, creating an impact p that has shaped p the suc-
cess of Edison’s athletic program. Curious about Mr. Belcher’s experiences as a teacher and coach, I asked him a few questions. His answers provide insight into his career here at Edison, as well as some words of wisdom for all Chargers: Q: What have you enjoyed about teaching in your years at Edison? A: First and foremost I have always considered myself a classroom teacher first. Over my 36 years at Edison I have taught a number of subjects including U.S. History, World History, Health, Child Development and Physical Education. I have my B.A. in Political Science and my M.A. in Health & Safety. I only taught Physical Education when I took over both A.D. jobs as a way to better do my job. However, I missed the intellect that is used in challenging students in History classes. My favorite subject is U.S. History and [I] would like to teach it on the collegiate level after I retire. I enjoy the interaction and connection you have in the academic classroom. It is the part of my job I will miss the most. Q: What have been some of the highlights of coaching at Edison? A: As a coach (I coached football for 23 of my years at Edison) I will always cherish the CIF Championships I was a part of in 1979 and 1980. There are many athletes from those teams that I still have contact with today. In fact, one of those currently teaches in my department and serves as our department chairman, Rick Meyers. Q: Do you have any advice for current and future athletes at Edison? A: As a teacher and Athletic Director CONTINUED ON PAGE -8-
BELCHER INTERVIEW (FROM PAGE -7-) I have always encouraged students to work hard to become a better person, then a better student and finally if appropriate a better athlete. This has been a mantra at Edison since its inception and I am proud to have continued its tradition. Q: Is there anything you would like to say to the class of 2010? A: What would I like to say to the Class of 2010?....”Thank you!” You have
been a shining light in my 36 years at Edison. I can’t think of a better group to finally graduate with. To all former and future Chargers I would like to leave you with the lyrics from one of my favorite songs For A Dancer by Jackson Browne: Into a dancer you have grown From a seed that someone else has thrown
Go ahead and throw some seeds of your own And sometimes between the time you arrive And the time you go May lie a reason you were alive That you’ll never know. Thank you for all you’ve done for Edison, Mr. Belcher! We will miss you, and we wish you the best in the years to come! THE BOLT 2009-2010 STAFF Erica Gleason Megan Kabre Josh Francis Allyson Bach Marie Cheng Matt Nguyen Abby Kerfoot Olivia Hayward Joohi Kasliwal Kristine Thomason Zach Daus Devyn Molina Devin Ramelb Meghan Cass Alina Carnahan Faris Barudi Brianne Murray Chrsitine Nguyen Shannon Nye Brandon Whalen ADVISOR Lori Chlarson
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