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of California discovered that 75 percent of California respondents found it either somewhat or very imperative to have racially diverse demographics in public universities. “If we do not consider one’s eth-
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SCA 5 Proposal Aims to Balance UC Demographics On Jan. 30, the California Senate approved Senate Constitution Amendment No. 5 (SCA 5), a proposal that would allow schools in the University of California (UC) system to factor in an individual’s race and gender into the admissions process. SCA 5 would negate parts of Proposition 209, a ballot created in 1996 that prohibits the consideration of race, gender and national origin during admission procedures. SCA 5 was proposed in December 2012 by Senator Ed Hernandez of West Covina. Hernandez also created the controversial Senate Bill 185 (SB 185) in 2011, an earlier attempt to repeal Proposition 209 that was ultimately vetoed by
Governor Jerry Brown. “A blanket prohibition on consideration of race and gender was a mistake in 1996 and we are still suffering the consequences today,” Hernandez said in a public statement, according to the Los Angeles Times. The purpose of the bill is to create a balanced demographic in higher education in California. According to the Washington Post, within the minority groups, Asian-Americans make up the majority of the current freshmen at UC schools at 36 percent, twice the percentage of Asians in California. Furthermore, a 2011 survey by The Public Policy Institute
nying Dominguez said. However, Hernandez’s proposal has sparked much controversy and debate. Some argue that SCA 5 is in violation of the 14th Amendment, which maintains that no state can “deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Several online petitions, including one from Change.org and the White House website, have circulated and garnered thousands of signatures against the proposal. In addition, opponents of SCA 5 argue that the bill will not be a solution for the underrepresentation of minority groups in universities
This bill was created for the purpose of having racial equality. However, [it] is counterproductive [because] it is unfair and discriminatory to one race. - Jonathan Ngo nicity in terms of college admissions, we [would] not be considering the disadvantages they have had to go through and the [amount of] self-motivation needed for them to succeed as much as they possibly could have,” junior Mo-
AHS’ Red Cross Takes a Shot at Blood Drive Goal JACQUELYN LOI Staff Writer
On March 6, AHS’ Red Cross, along with Key Club, is hosting a blood drive in the Small Gym. The club is a branch of the American National Red Cross, a humanitarian organization that provides care to those in need, according to the Red Cross website. Members of Red Cross share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering all around the world. One of the key service areas of Red Cross is blood donations, which are one of the largest suppliers of blood and blood products in America. “The American Red Cross provides blood products for many hospitals on a constant basis. The blood drive allows for us to gather large amounts of blood donations so that we may assist the hospitals and their patients that may need it,” Red Cross President Bowen Xie said.
Last semester, Alhambra’s Red Cross had collected 148 pints of blood, and they intend to surpass that amount at the
upcoming blood drive. AHS’ Red Cross hopes to beat San Gabriel, who has challenged them to a pint collection competition. “This semester, we hope to at least get 250 pints to beat San Gabriel. The blood drive will be larger because more juniors will be eligible to draw blood. [...] We also have been advertising outside of school this semester so we can get more adults this time,” Red Cross advisor Debora Blais said. Despite the underlying competition, Red Cross members aim to spread awareness about disaster preparation and safety. “The Red Cross club aspires to continue to provide youth volunteers that can lend their hands to the American Red Cross and spread their message about preparedness and disaster safety,” Xie said. MOOR graphic by SYDNEY LI
Get Lit ‘Ignites Words’ to Increase Teen Literacy JADE LIEU Staff Writer
Get Lit is a nationally recognized, nonprofit organization that uses spoken poetry help improve teen literacy rates through “igniting words.” Founded in 2006, Get Lit intends to bring the power of spoken poetry and expression to at-risk teens throughout Southern California. The program has reached out to about 20,000 at-risk teens in about 60 schools, including AHS. Get Lit is currently expanding the program and reaching out to teachers, who can give their stu-
dents an opportunity to participate. For eight years, California teen literacy rates have been the second lowest in the nation, while Los Angeles teen literacy rates have been the second lowest in California, according to Get Lit’s official website. “We haven’t collected a specific amount of data for the total percentage of teen literacy rates, but we have anecdotally increased the excitement of certain students for school,” AMPS co-adviser Dorothy Burkhart said. Every year, Get Lit hosts a competition for students around April, which is National Poetry month. The Classic Slam began as
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an effort to raise declining school budgets for art programs and to help increase teen literacy in Los Angeles. Today, the competition is the largest poetry event held for teens in Southern California’s history. The Classic Slam starts with roughly 40 teams and narrows down to the top four teams, who receive scholarships as rewards. “Get Lit has reminded me that I went into teaching to empower kids. The goal for the program was to make kids feel empowered by poetry, and I think you will be surprised this year with what our team has to offer,” Burkhart said.
and colleges, and that it empowers public institutions to discriminate. “[Admissions] should be awarded based [by] merit, not demographics. By placing a limit on the amount of Asians that are allowed to go to college, we are denying proper education to a large sum of the population,” junior Jonathan Ngo said. “This bill was created for the purpose of having racial equality. However, [it] is counterproductive [because] it is unfair and discriminatory to one race. The chance to go to college is one that should be earned; every individual has the ability to perform well academically, regardless of race.” If SCA 5 does not reach the 2014 November ballot, it will potentially go on the 2016 ballot to correlate with the next presidential election.
Sweet Labels Attack Sugary Drinks
BARRY CHEUNG Staff Writer
On Feb. 13, California senator William Monning introduced the California Sugar Sweetened Beverage Safety Warning Bill (SB 1000), which requires bottling companies to place warning labels on sodas, energy drinks and any other types of sweetened drinks with 75 calories or more. State bureaucrats conduct checks on the businesses to check if labels are utilized. If a business is noncompliant, then the distribution of its product will be halted. “The goal of the warning [...] is to give consumers the right to know [...] well-established medical impacts from consuming these beverages. We’re talking about a public health epidemic that will take more lives than gun violence,” Monning said, according to the website Food Manufacturing. This bill has been backed by many health organizations, such as the California Medical Association and the California Center for Public Health Advocacy. Drinking these sweetened drinks can lead to health disorders, such as obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. According to the Central Disease Control and Prevention, half of the U.S. population consumes sugary drinks on any given day. However, some believe that the warning labels are superfluous and will not affect the rate of soda consumption. “[I]t would be unnecessary to have warning labels because of all the ingredients that are listed on the can already,” sophomore Brian Nguyen said.
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Kansas Resorts to Legalized Discrimination CAROLINE REN Editor in Chief A prominent figure at all times and especially so during Black History Month, Martin Luther King, Jr. is oftentimes celebrated for leading a significant civil rights movement and helping end segregation. Because of the historical importance of his actions, it’s a real slap in the face for Kansas to, in essence, attempt to revive segregation for a different group of people at a time meant to be spent rejoicing in how far we’ve come. On Feb. 11, Kansas lawmakers passed a bill that would allow government employees and businesses to deny service to samesex couples, according to Time magazine. The given justification for the law, known as House Bill 2453, is that serving gay couples may violate some workers’ religious beliefs. Moreover, any person who denies someone service based on sexual orientation would be doing so legally and would not be charged with discrimination. Under this new law, employ-
ers can fire employees based on sexuality; hotels, movie theaters and restaurants can deny entry to same-sex couples; state hospitals can refuse treatment and police officers can refuse assistance. Essentially, any institution or individual operating under the Kansas state government is legally protected if they choose to discriminate based on sexuality, and any gay couple who sues will lose their case and also be forced to pay attorney fees for the opposing side. Besides being outright disgusting, House Bill 2453 is a chilling reminder that too many people still hold on to long-ago fears of interacting with those who are different, a remnant of the pre-
60’s era when public facilities were blatantly labeled “white” and “colored.” By bringing back repulsive elements from a time period riddled with legalized discrimination, especially in February of all months, lawmakers from the Kansas House of Representatives who voted for this law are practically spitting on both blacks and members of the LGBT community, and even more so to those who belong to both groups. From skin color to sexual preference, the central idea is the same: discrimination in any form is unacceptable, and institutionalizing it is downright vindictive and childish, a means for grown adults to tilt society’s playing field
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in their advantage and to cover their ears and scream until the people they don’t like go away. However, House Representatives are not children, and House Bill 2453 is far more sinister than bullying on the playground—it is a callous destruction of the stairway to equality that has been in construction for decades, if not centuries, with nothing to stop other states like Arizona from following suit or from including other minority groups in legalized discrimination as well. Ultimately, the fact that people are willing to go this far to protect their own bigoted views is ludicrous, and to claim it as religious freedom is blatantly faulty reasoning when so many other elements of lifestyle contradict religious beliefs but only one is singled out and focused on. Civil rights activists fought half a century ago so that what happened then would not happen again, yet it is clear that portions of the land of the free are still overwhelmingly only free to those who fit the criteria.
Teen Petitions Disney: We Can’t All Be Princesses KAYIU WONG Staff Writer As a wholehearted Disney fanatic, I believe that Disney movies never leave us regardless of our age and Disney characters will always be here to captivate and inspire children. However, that does not mean these inspirations always deliver the right messages. The images and body types of Disney princesses for example, give unrealistic depictions to young girls. There has been criticism before on Disney’s paradigm of blonde and stick-thin princesses, and recently, 17-year-old Jewel Moore launched a Change.org petition asking Disney to introduce a plus-size princess. She wrote: “I made this petition because I’m a plus-size young woman, and I know many plus-size girls and women who struggle with confidence and need a positive plus-size character in the media.” Moore’s fight for a plus-size princess is uplifting and courageous. She is ultimately fighting for a role model Disney has yet to create. Disney’s productions have taught lessons of overcoming obstacles, defeating the villain and living happily ever after, but can we really say that they empower children to know that there is no such thing as a “perfect” image? Disney princesses should, as a collective group, influence diversity. A plus-size protagonist will serve as a positive representation in the media for girls who do not “fit the skinny standard” set by previous films. All children deserve to see themselves positively represented in the media. Although each Disney character is inspiring in their own unique way, a plus size princess will create a positive and magical ripple effect unlike any other before.
Faux Pas Breaches Religious Freedom Don’t Forgive the Freeloaders JOSEPH NEY-JUN Staff Writer SUSANNA AIGA Opinions Editor Though it is 2014, religious discrimination is still a rampant problem in first world countries. According to The Local, a French news site, a privately owned nursery fired Fatima Afif for wearing Muslim headscarves to work and refusing to remove it on Dec. 19, 2008. The CEO based his decision on France’s official secular policy enforced by its extremely restrictive laws regarding public expressions of faith. According to The Huffington Post, in 2004, France banned Muslim head scarves in public school classrooms, and in 2010, the French government passed a law which prohibits wearing “clothing intended to conceal his/ her face” in public. Wearing such a veil would constitute fines up to 200 euros. Although there are no laws regulating religious apparel in private institutions, a Paris appeals court still overturned a high court decision, ruling in favor of the Bay Loup nursery school in Nov. 2013. The French state should not be using its secular policies to justify such blatant discrimina-
tion. As the country with the largest Muslim minority in Europe, it seems that France is targeting this particular group of individuals who are most affected by the “burqa ban.” This discrimination—often in the form of fines and identity checks—even provoked riots in July 2013 in the middle of Ramadan, but the French government still clung to its secular laws. To us Americans who enjoy our freedom of religion, this treatment of any community is unjustifiable, no matter what secular mantra political leaders dish out to the people. Defenders of the ban use feminism to argue their case. For example, French Minister of the Interior Manuel Valls claimed that the ban “must be enforced everywhere” because it is “in the interests of women.” However, these women view their traditional garments as essential to their identity. Restricting these women’s ability to express themselves seems to be more anti-woman than feminist. France’s recent events of discrimination remind us in the U.S. of the importance of tolerance. An article of clothing may seem meaningless to one person, but to another it could be an important tradition.
CINDY LUO Staff Writer Imagine a customer holding a tray full of food, seeking a seat to settle himself into during the intense lunchtime rush at a fast food restaurant. Now imagine the scene in front of him is filled with narrow booths and tables composed of elders chatting and socializing, who have been splitting a small packet of french fries and drinking a medium cup of coffee since 7 a.m. in the morning. This scenario applies to McDonald’s and some other fast food places all over the country, which usually results in annoyed customers and frustrated but helpless staff. Recently, a conflict arose between a group of elders and the management at a McDonald’s in Flushing, Queens, New York City. The general manager called the police after the group refused to budge and other customers asked for refunds because there was nowhere to sit.
Although the service industry has the famous “customer first” motto, it is not always applicable to restaurants like McDonald’s that rely on a fast turnover of tables and fast service because of their nature – a “fast” food restaurant. The store has the right to remove loiterers when facing a shortage of seats for those customers who actually want to finish their meal swiftly. It is understandable that elders feel a sense of belonging by gathering together and hanging out in a public place, but a single purchase is absolutely not a permission for endless sitting. The plentiful tables, free Wi-Fi, nice environment and familiar atmosphere of McDonald’s is not provided for people to indefinitely extend the time they spend in there. Customers, no matter what age, should have more self-discipline and should be more sensitive to the store’s needs and more cooperative with the store’s demand.
The word radiation seems to take on a negative connotation when mentioned. However, the word simply stands for energy moving through space. Nearly everything that exists emits radiation at various levels. Just as multiple amounts of radiation exist, certain levels of it can be beneficial or detrimental. Radiation emitted by wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) falls under radio frequency radiation, which are similar to the waves sent out by radios and microwaves. They are not as strong when compared to other types of radiation, such as those emitted by X-ray machines, but many express concern that exposure may have harmful consequences to the body, such as cancer. Wireless technology has furthered convenience, but whether Wi-Fi can be harmful or not draws the line for opinions towards this widely used technology. Many find that the radiation produced from Wi-Fi is minimal and will not cause significant damage. After all, its wavelength ranges fall in the same category as radio waves, which have not been deemed harmful. Yet others worry that constant exposure to Wi-Fi radiation may induce unwanted side effects that stronger emissions of radiations produce, such as cancer. AHS recently installed a Wi-Fi system, exposing nearly 3,000 students to debatable waves. Neither side has procured definite evidence of Wi-Fi’s danger or safety; time will only tell whether wireless internet poses a risk.
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To many, the thought of radiation exposure strikes fear into the heart. The deadly waves are known to cause health complications in generations of humans. Yet, another side exists to the destructive force. Over the past years, scientists have been harnessing the power of radioactive waves for practical applications in technology such as cell phones, Wi-Fi and nuclear energy. Although these forms of technology are powerful and convenient, some are anxious about handling a potentially dangerous substance—is it worth it? Cell phone waves are one use of radiation that is often debated. Theoretically, extended use of cell phones may be harmful as they emit radio waves that can be absorbed by tissue, but the many studies on this matter have produced inconsistent or inconclusive results. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that mobile phones are not associated with any adverse health complications, but people continue to take aggressive stances on both sides of the issue. Concerns have been raised particularly about undiscovered long-term effects but with the mass proliferation of mobile phones in recent times, it is difficult to imagine a future without them. Another type of radiation that people are continually exposed to is Wi-Fi signals. Wi-Fi is beginning to become ubiquitous in U.S. households and is even being installed in some school districts. As with cell phone signals, the effects of Wi-Fi exposure on health need further research, but most existing studies, such as one conducted by the World Health Organization in 2011, conclude that no major health complications will develop. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), households are exposed to about 200 millirems of radiation annually. However, it will take at least 5,000 millirems of exposure for even minor health effects to occur. A point of contention is young children growing up in an environment permeated with Wi-Fi; they are known to be more susceptible to radiation. However, taking students away from computers sounds regressive to some. Radiation plays a larger part in modern life than many realize. As technology centered around radiation continues to spread and develop, only the future can tell what unseen consequences it may have on people.
Frequencies Too Frequent JENNY LEE
Crack! Scribble-scribble. Tap, tap, tap. Down by the tennis courts, tennis balls fly furiously over the nets as rackets swing at them. Up in C building, a hardworking girl scrawls in her notebook paper, dedicatedly jotting down notes. Across the campus in S building, a bored kid stares off into space, tapping his pencil rhythmically to the monotonous droning of his teacher. Above him, a substance is emitting from the ceiling, submerging the room in its presence. Leaking from multiple walls and classrooms, it flows across campus foliage and concrete floors. Waves from the AHS’ newly installed Wi-Fi system engulf each student, whether he or she is working in the gym or sitting behind a desk. Tasteless, soundless and invisible to the eye, electromagnetic waves begin seeping through every nook and cranny of the 21st century. As technology begins to soar, so does the amount of radiation. This now ubiquitous technology allows the average Joe to run devices like cameras, video-game consoles, printers and audio players with exceptional convenience. Many wireless devices run on a frequency of 2.4 GHz, the same frequency commonly used in microwaves; directed at the food, these waves “excite” certain substances in water and fat, triggering a scientific process called dielectric heating, which heats up the food. Note that the human body also consists of water and fat. With this in mind, what side effects could Wi-Fi radiation have on the health of families and students? “I have no doubt in my mind that at the present time, the greatest polluting element in the earth’s environment is the proliferation of electromagnetic fields. I consider that to be far greater on a global scale, than warming, and the increase in chemical elements in the environment,” two-time Nobel Prize nominee, Robert O. Becker said, according to an interview conducted in 2000 by Linda Moulton Howe. To many born in the nineties, Wi-Fi seems engraved into their lifestyles because the majority of the population in today’s generation not only knows about wireless devices, but also uses them on a daily basis. Scientists agree that these waves are a danger at high levels and many hope that the low levels emitted in family households are safe. However, these waves of radiation may seem harmless now, but after a couple more decades, its safety grows questionable. In an executive report published in 2009, Andrew Goldsworthy, a retired lecturer from the prestigious Imperial College London, stated that weak electromagnetic fields act on the calcium ions lodged between our cells. These leakages may cause a range of disorders from DNA damage to stress headaches and sleeping difficulties. Contrary to popular belief, electromagnetic waves do not need to be strong to cause damage. Goldsworthy mentioned in the Foreword of his 2012 article that “all this happens at levels of radiation that the cell phone companies tell us are safe because the radiation is too weak to cause significant heating. This is the only criterion that they use to assess safety.” This issue poses a far greater concern because it has been proven that children are more susceptible to radiation than adults. A research in the past found that children living in the front of the Skrunda Radio Location Station had a less developed memory and attention span; their reaction time had slowed and their neuromuscular apparatus endurance decreased. “People who start mobile phone use before the age of 20 had more than five-fold increase in glioma, [a cancer in the nervous system,]” University Hospital Professor Lennart Hardell said, according to The Independent. The present young generation is the experimental lab rat for the future. In fact, the probable consequences has urged officials from Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Russia and Finland to express their concerns toward citizens and advise against wireless networking. AHS has recently installed a new school Wi-Fi system. Every day, nearly 3,000 students file into the school, affected by the cumulative radiation exposure. It may be low, but the reality is that every student is exposed to this radiation from 7:45 AM to 2:41 PM—nearly 7 hours every day, more so if the student has a Wi-Fi router at home. How this chronic exposure will affects us is a question we should be wary of. MOOR graphics by GEN THIPATIMA
Varsity Boys’ Basketball Faces Defeat in CIF, Begins Preparation For Next Season SIMEON LAM Staff Writer
After clinching a playoff position with their win against the San Gabriel Matadors, the varsity basketball team used the next week to scout their opponent, the Alemany Warriors, who finished the season 19-9 overall and 8-4 in the Mission League. According to MaxPreps, the Warriors are ranked 34th in the state and 268th in the nation. Despite having prepared for the game, the Moors struggled against one of the top-ranked teams in the state. From the first whistle and on, the Warriors made it tough for the Moors, jumping out an early 22-5 lead in the first quarter. The Warriors’ consistent 3-point shooting led the way as they cruised to an 74-44 victory over the visit-
ing Moors. While the Warriors move on to face Sunny Hills High School, the Moors came back empty-handed as they begin to prepare for the upcoming year. “Our plan heading into next year is a lot of practice,” Head Coach Bryan Gonzalez said. “As a new group coming together, chemistry is going to be very important as well knowing how to play with one another and learning each other’s strengths and weaknesses.” With seven seniors graduating from the varsity squad, the Moors will need to bring in some young talent from the lower divisions of the program. Gonzalez states that they need to refine the fundamentals and become more disciplined. The returners include three current juniors and one freshman. “The team is going to need to
1. How has playing basketball impacted your life? A: [It has impacted me] by [teaching me] how to be on a team and how to learn that not everything is not about you and that you have to support others too. 2. What are your goals for the future? A: My goal for the future is to be successful. I want to become a probation officer because I just like helping others and I feel doing that will help me serve my community. In college, I would like to major in Criminal Justice at Northridge. I plan to continue track and field in college.
3. What is the most memorable part of high school for you? A: For me, it would be sports because I get to take out my emotions when I do sports. Having to come to a new school and joining a sports team also helped me meet more people. 4. What advice do your have for your team? A:Communicate and be a part of your team. Don’t separate yourself from others. Just have team bonding and be there for each other whenever someone is down. KEVIN KONG Sports Editor
MOOR photo by YIBEI LIU THE REJECTION To practice for the team’s first CIF game, varsity basketball player Miles Ford denies his JV teammate’s attempt to score a bucket deep in the paint.
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work on defense because most teams we play are going to be bigger than us,” freshman center Dominic Wilson said. “The sets we learned to run worked well this year and could help us next year.” As the offseason begins, the Moors’ basketball program looks to take a short rest and resume training right away. From weight-lifting exercises to plyometric workouts, which include stairs and outdoor workouts, to indoor scrimmaging, the squad hopes to have every aspect mastered next season by training vigorously year-round. “Patience, hard work and commitment [were] the three things that kept us going this year,” Gonzalez said. “Those [three things] and the adversity we faced this year will help next year’s squad as well.”
1. When did you first begin to play soccer? A: I first began to play soccer during my freshman year. I tried out for the team and, by junior year, I made varsity.
you have after high school graduation? A: After high school, I plan on playing soccer in college, since it has always been an important part of my life, especially in high school. I plan on playing on the team at California State University Northridge.
2. How has soccer affected your life? A: Soccer has helped me get through several tough times, both 4. What imporin school and out; tant skills has socit has helped raise cer taught you? my awareness of A: Besides skills my surroundings that I use on the field, and give me time soccer has taught me to think about what that if you set your I will do next. If it mind on something weren’t for soccer, that you want, you I’d be fat. It really focus on it, you can helped me get into shape. achieve almost anything. 3.
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As head coach of the girls’ soccer program at Alhambra High School, I am proud to say that the team has come a long way in the last few years. It has grown in size and strength and has proven itself to be a competitive force over the years. During my first year (20092010) as head coach for the AHS girls’ varsity team, we placed fifth out of six teams in the Almont League, only scoring three goals during the league season. Following this first challenging year, we have seen the team improve tremendously and have placed second in league twice (2010-2011; 2012-2013) and were named 20112012 Almont League champs. Currently, the team conquers for
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1. How has water polo impacted your life? A: Water polo was a means of emotional release for me. Coming from a broken household, water polo was really the only tangible thing I could grasp and hold close to my heart other than Jesus. Over the years, I have built bonds with my teammates and was able to call them sisters by the end of season. This helped teach me a lot of patience and love the ones that were difficult to love, including myself.
2. As the captain, have you learned any leadership skills that you can apply in real life? A: My definition of leadership is not tyrannical. It’s harvesting my team’s full potential while I harvest my own. It’s being vulnerable with my sisters and offering advice and an ear when things get tough. It’s funny because we spent more time bonding than actually competing. They taught me to accept critical commentary humbly and that’s especially helpful when you’ve got a temper like mine. WESLEY TSAI Staff Writer
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the second time with a perfect score of undefeated, home and away. In addition to great performances in league, the AHS girls’ soccer team has advanced to the CIF finals the last three years. During last season, the girls’ soccer program added a frosh/soph team for the first time in AHS history to supplement our varsity and junior varsity teams. Our program not only seeks to prepare the players physically and emotionally for playing on the field, we also seek to build other skills in our players such as communication skills, confidence and responsibility. In this spirit, our players have been busy fundraising for their team and providing service to the community. During
the month of November 2013, the players began knitting beanies to be given to the elderly and sick. They knitted over 200 beanies, which they distributed at the Rancho Los Amigos Hospital, as they sang Christmas songs to the patients. Many players and their families also volunteered to assist with a gift distribution at the same hospital on Christmas Eve. Let me conclude by congratulating the AHS girls’ soccer teams for a successful season this year and for all their dedication they have shown the team during these past few months. It is a true pleasure to coach this team. -Armando Gutierrez, Girls’ Soccer Head Coach