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Shining the Spotlight on Annual Stage Show DEBORAH CHEN Copy Editor REBECCA ZENG Staff Writer After a whole year of practice and preparation, the annual AHS Stage Show took place on April 25. The AHS Dance Team, consisting of Drill, Orchesis and All-Male, in addition to a guest appearance by the Cheer Team, performed in the Stage Show named “The Stage is Ours” for an auditorium with over 1000 people, according to

All- Male adviser Mr. Tong. Compared to the dance shows in previous years, no encore performances were scheduled this year. This year’s show featured the dancers in routines according to their respective grade levels. In addition, there were also several duets, solos and one coed performance. The two masters of ceremonies, seniors Brian Au and Yoppie Noer, provided commentary and jokes for the audience throughout the night. “My favorite part of Stage Show was

performing with my brothers for the last time. Out of all the hardships and good times, we shared the stage one last time and went out with a bang, making my [last] Stage Show amazing,” All-Male member Ricky Armenta said. Dancers and advisers alike spent many hours preparing for the Stage Show. However, this was not done without overcoming obstacles. “The most difficult part of putting the show together was [remembering] the rou-

tines from the beginning of the year and trying to squeeze in a new routine before Stage Show. Things can get pretty hectic!” Orchesis captain Nicky Ng said. This year, the audience consisted of parents, students and staff of AHS, most of whom seemed to enjoy the show. “This year’s Stage Show was fun and entertaining. It showed off all [the performers’] talents,” parent Michael Sanchez said.

THE STAGE IS OURS AHS’ Dance teams and Cheer hosted the annual Stage Show which ended with award-winning team members dancing into the audience. MOOR photos by YIBEI LIU

Students Illustrate Their Dreams at Chalk Art Event CINDY LUO Staff Writer DENISE TIEU News Editor

effectively,” senior Alexis Perez said. Students were required to pair up and spend the entire school day in the Quad transferring their designs onto a larger scale. The chalks, brushes and other materials were all bought and After the first chalk art exhibition at AHS provided by ASB. during the fall semester, a second Student Chalk Drawn entries were submitted beforehand Art Event, entitled “Dreams,” was showcased and 10 teams were selected due to space limitaon May 1. tions. Chosen designs were selected based on According to Ceramics teacher Jayson Pineoriginality and the team’s interpretation of the da, who hosted the event, the Student Chalk Art theme. Event’s pur“All of pose was to their works take art out are pretty of the classartistic,” room and Senior Ariel provide stuMaier said. dents with an “I admire opportunity their dedito be crecation and ative. patience to “Art is a do the drawstrong and ings in the powerful limited time medium that and also in can bring the extreme people toheat.” gether and Overall, bridge the the StuCHALK IT UP On May 1, Moors gathered in the Quad to participate in gaps within a dent Chalk community,” the Chalk Art Event. Senior Alexis Perez is seen here working on her dream- Art Event MOOR photo by SHANNON KHA r e c e i v e d Pineda said. catcher piece. In contrast positive reto last semester’s Homecoming style, which marks. displayed the theme of “Moor Pride and Spirit,” “I [hope the event] can become a catalyst to this semester, students were to demonstrate their begin a sort of artistic renaissance on the AHS artistic skills based on the theme of “Dreams.” campus. [Art is] more of an experience, not “The theme [of] Dreams [was] broad so evjust for artists, but for all to be involved and ineryone [could] have their unique way and style spired. I see this as the beginning of many art of expressing their understandings of the topic. events in an effort to enhancing the culture at The fewer restrictions on the color we [used] our school,” Pineda said. also [helped] us deliver our own thoughts more

Girls’ League Resilient After Spring Fling Cancellation ELTON HO Staff Writer Due to inadequate ticket sales, Girls’ League’s Spring Fling, the planned final dance of the year, was cancelled two days before its scheduled occurrence on May 2. As the dance was approaching, the number of tickets sold was still distant from the arranged quota, so Girls’ League decided to cancel the event, according to Girls’ League treasurer Vivian Tran. Girls’ League members speculated that many students were going to buy tickets in the last few days, but they could not take the risk. About $400 worth of decorations had already been ordered, but Girls’ League will be able to have the money refunded. “[Sales might have been low] because it was right before AP testing. It also wasn’t advertised as well as we would’ve liked,” Girls’ League president Aileen Wei said. Spring Fling was arranged to take place in AHS’ underground parking structure with the glow-in-the-dark theme “Spring Glow,” and the featured colors would have been cherry blossom, robin blue and lavender. It was meant to be a casual and inexpensive alternative to Prom for underclassmen. A large crowd was present in the announcement of the dance at Third Street, which included performances from various members of AHS’ dance teams and beatboxing. “I’m just sad that it didn’t work out. The announcement was really big but the sales were disappointing. It might’ve been better if we incorporated more promotion about Spring Fling because a lot of the people probably came only for the entertainment,” Tran said. This year would have been the second time Spring Fling was hosted since its introduction three years ago. Traditionally, Girls’ League hosts Winter Ball; however, this year their club registration was delayed until second semester due to the graduation of their former president and their need to find a new adviser, so they were unable to organize the dance. “Our club got a late start, [but] we still wanted to do [a] dance for our student body and get our name out, so we had Spring Fling,” Tran said. “Our budget was very tight. We [had] to raise a lot of money in two months, [so] we [had] fundraisers every single week and a bake sale once a month.” Girls’ League is currently planning which dances they will host next year and believe that they will be more successful, organizing the club earlier in the school year. “I still have pride in Girls’ League,” Tran said. “I talked to more of the members and I feel we are more of a team.” MOOR graphic by GEN THIPITIMA


Los Laureados Recipients Reflect on High School Successes XIMENA ARAUJO

IMELDA CAMAJA

STEVEN CAO

OLIVIA CHEUNG

CECILIA COVARRUBIAS

VIVIAN DANG

“Joining Speech and Debate contributed the most [to my success]. At first I was shy and felt uncomfortable talking in front of people. Through Expos, I’ve been able to discover more about myself and gain confidence. Plus, I’ve met people who have motivated me to always do my best and use my competitive nature for good.”

“I entered high school thinking that I had to be better than my older sister to make my parents proud of me. Despite my accomplishments, I never felt successful until I realized that I didn’t have to prove anything to anyone but myself. With this belief, I pursued my own interests and excelled in my own way.”

MIKE DORADO

“The most defining moment of my high school career was when I was choosing my classes for senior year. Having the choice to decide what classes to take made me realize that I should challenge myself rather than to take easy classes.”

BONNIE LAM

“The moment I joined Academic Decathlon, I was introduced to some of my greatest influences in high school. Learning and competing alongside my peers in past years has definitely encouraged my growth as a student, as a friend and as a person. Of course, I’ve also been lucky enough to be taught by several amazing teachers during my time here.”

DANIEL OLMEDA

“In my junior year, I had two inspirational conversations with Mr. Yee and Ms. Padilla. I was having trouble balancing my schedule, and they both gave me encouraging words! With their assistance I was able to get through a very busy year; I’m grateful to have had them as my teachers.”

TONY SITU

“Over the course of high school, I learned to abandon the notion that grades were the most important aspect of education. Stellar staff members like Mr. Tong, Mr. Bourbois and Mr. Chen have taught me that success comes from challenging oneself to learn more – to constantly strive for ‘Moor’ rather than being complacent with what you know. In a nutshell: meeting great teachers and taking hard classes year by year equals success.”

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OLIVIA CHEUNG Editor in Chief

DIANA LI News Editor

“I feel as though my faith in Christ has contributed to the majority of my success in high school. Although I grew up in a Christian household, I did not begin my spiritual practice until entering high school. It influenced my decision to continue my theological studies in college. In order to achieve this, I pushed myself to excel academically.”

“During my sophomore year, I met a teacher who took a genuine interest in my high school career. He took time out of his already packed schedule to be concerned about my success at Alhambra and he motivated me to push myself to excel past his and my own academic expectations. Every year since then, this has been my motivation.”

CRISTINA GARCIA

“I matured in freshmen year when I got in trouble in Ms. Padilla’s class, and I think that’s when I realized that I needed to get my priorities straight. Ever since then, I started getting honors and awards because feeling that my parents were proud of me made me want to work hard. I knew that at the end, all of my hard work and stress would really pay off.”

DIANA LY

“Joining the Alhambra Speech and Debate team is what really contributed the most to my high school success. Thanks to this amazing team, I was able to find my own voice and become more confident and take initiatives, which opened up so many opportunities for me in Key, ASB and my everyday life.”

KAREN PAREDES

“I entered Alhambra High School as an immigrant, and it was tough since English is a second language for me. I met Mr. Gutierrez in my U.S. History class and he helped me improve my English. He also encouraged me to join more school activities. I am now part of ASB, where I have learned how to communicate and use my English efficiently. Even though I struggled and it was hard at first, I managed to pull through because giving up has never been an option.”

MICHELLE TRAN

“As a BioMed student that shadowed a lab group’s study on the Emotional Effect on Memory Recognition, I was given the opportunity to attend a presentation at the Western Psychological Association. I originally wasn’t going to go, but I am very grateful that Ms. Castro encouraged me to go because I got to meet and talk to many professors who opened my eye to the different fields I could explore in my future career.”

MOOR graphic by SIMON ZHAO

“Back when I was a freshman at AHS, I felt very afraid and uncomfortable in this new atmosphere. I was very fortunate to have met an [alumnus] friend who was willing to devote his efforts to help me become more successful by [inspiring] me to join clubs, take [interesting] classes and participate in events.”

“Being in band taught me how to handle a lot of responsibilities. Also, a speaker at an art summer program inspired me to work hard for my dreams because he said that if we doubt ourselves, then what is the point of doing it?”

MARCELLINO KURNIAWAN

“My four years in the volleyball team, being in a top position of a service club and having great teachers in all my classes contributed to much of my high school success.”

OSCAR MENJIVAR

“Joining marching band and being part of that family really is what contributed to my success the most. It made me break out of my shell in freshman year and made me the person I am today.”

NEIL PEINADO

“Throughout high school, I noticed that fellow students would sacrifice their teenage years for the sake of perfect grades but they would also miss the point of living, which is to experience things. I think that’s what kept me motivated and altogether mentally sound; I found a good balance between school and actually building up those moments outside school that I feel contributed to building my character and making me well rounded.”

CECILIA VONG

“Throughout my high school career, I was involved in various extracurricular activities, which not only enriched my experiences but also taught me important lessons and skills such as time management and leadership qualities.”

Photos courtesy of TEVIN VOONG


When in College, Do as the Upperclassmen Do

IN THE RICE BOX In Defense of ... Me

JANET GUAN Copy Editor

OLIVIA CHEUNG Editor in Chief To the stranger at Shaka’s who asked about my future plans and then proceeded to criticize them, perhaps it’s the senioritis kicking in full swing, but I don’t care about your opinion. At this point in our senior year, most of us have been badgered by hovering families and overly curious friends about our colleges, our majors and our futures. (Did that sound as scary to you as it did to me?) Perhaps it’s the defiant adolescent within me or the uncertain and scared child that’s slowly counting down the remaining days until graduation, but I’m no longer going to entertain any more questions about my future plans. You’ll know when I know. Granted, there are those who are admirably resolute about their future. For the rest of us, though, breathe easily knowing that you don’t owe anyone any justifications about your future, assuming safety and legality are prioritized. Some may call us impetuous or selfish, but these next few years are ours. Every decision and consequence is ours to own and learn from, not our parents’, our friends’ and certainly not strangers’, so why should their opinions dictate our paths of self-discovery? In defense of me, your opinion is irrelevant.

After the college acceptances, rejections and changes of path, most high school graduates will begin to prepare for their first steps of adulthood. Many will begin to pack their belongings as they get ready to move from what they have called home. Bringing the basic necessities, like clothing, should be quite easy, but common comforts may take time to develop. For one, going to college will throw students into a new environment. College campuses occupy more land estate and hold more people. The transition from middle school to high school can hardly compare; high schools bring together teenagers from relatively close vicinities, so community-related events are relevant to most adolescents. Colleges can bring students in contact with peers from different cities, states and even countries. Meeting new people means encountering unfamiliar ways of thinking, personalities and habits. Disagreements can arise when stubborn people with distinct ideas clash. As a result, not everyone from college will be welcoming. College students may long for the comfort of their hometown that their

In-State or Out-OfState Colleges? MOOR vs. MOOR SUSANNA AIGA Opinions Editor A new measure of freedom is expected as we enter adulthood, but sometimes these possibilities and the pressure to choose wisely can overwhelm us. Choosing to attend an in-state or outof-state college for the next four years is an especially difficult decision to make. Although this choice is ultimately a personal one, attending a college in state may be the most practical option. It is no secret that attending an instate college is the cheaper route, and for many, the college decision primarily comes down to finances. Most state residents qualify for lower in-state tuition rates and state education grants, favoring their own taxpayers’ kids but excluding out-of-state residents from the same treatment. According to the Washington Post, the average cost of a public university for students paying in-state tuition is $15,213 per year versus the out-of-state costs of at least $25,000 without financial aid. These costs coupled with the price of traveling between states may cause more than a little financial strain. Some say the college experience is priceless and worth the extra costs to experience the full range of freedom an outof-state college provides, but no matter where you go, living out of your parents’ house will already enable you to have that golden college experience, and staying in California has the added benefits of being close to home in case of emergencies and illnesses, including homesickness. MOOR graphic by GEN THIPATIMA

ANGELA YANG Opinions Editor With graduation season imminent, seniors may soon find themselves either shipping off away from home or staying in state to attend college. While there are financial benefits to staying in the state, experiencing a new area that isn’t California may prove extremely powerful in shaping your character, as well as your future. Leaving for college is already in and of itself a big journey. For the first time, you have to fend for yourself without your guardians to guide you. While staying in state provides some of the comforts of home, leaving California may help develop confidence in the ability to provide for yourself. There may not be a restaurant that sells boba at every corner, but by pushing your own limits, you can establish your own independence as you interact with new people, new cultures and a new environment and learn how to live on your own. Furthermore, out-of-state schools can open up students to more programs and opportunities. Different colleges have different programs and consequently, the program that would best suit you and your future interests may not be in California. Establishing connections somewhere other than home may also lead to new career opportunities, as staying in one area limits the job market one is exposed to. It is evident choosing an out-of-state college will prove immensely beneficial, even if it initially seems like a foreign and scary experience. After all, home is where you make it.

temporary four-year residence may not provide. AHS is conveniently located near helpful resources, like the Alhambra Civic Center Library, and an array of different restaurants and establishments

to hang out with friends. Although colleges are their own community, they may not have the same cuisines or businesses that students grew up with. Most of all, AHS students living away will long for simple home-cooked meals or close gathering, with family that used to be in such close proximity. Homesickness will definitely hit

• Welcoming new principal Duane Russell • Varsity girls’ soccer goes undefeated in season • Speech and Debate team ranks 21st in the nation • Same-sex unions legalized in CA • All-Male dance team is undefeated DEREK WU Staff Writer MOOR graphic by SYDNEY LI

hard, but there are ways to manage. Cooking can be a way to ease the pining for home-cooked meals. Though the flavor may not be up to par, cooking can both ease nostalgia and encourage eating at home, killing two birds with one stone. Students living away from home should take into account their own habits and personality as well. Roommates’ consistency in being responsible will greatly affect home life, so choose roommates and living quarters wisely. Above all, be open-minded. Not everything in college will match expectations, so instead of being disappointed in the quality of certain cuisines or the absence of a type of recreation, take the opportunity to find a new favorite dish or pastime. Be nonjudgemental towards people; the individuals undergraduates meet will reshape each other into different people. College will be a unique experience. For the first time, many students will take care of themselves wholly without parental supervision or aid. Difficulties will arise; society will begin to expect more out of young adults. However, college should provide the microcosmic environment and the needed obstacles to prepare young adults for their futures.

• “Gas leak” forces evacuation, causes students to sit on the track field in the sun for three hours • Monterey Highlands 8th grader Maia Wu and her siblings expelled from AUSD • Saying goodbye to Assistant Principal of Student Services Chris Takeshita • Fire alarms disrupt class time, causing inconvenience to students and staff alike

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Third Street: “My friends and I did the Cinnamon Challenge in sophomore year. We went to Super A to get cinnamon and ended up spitting all over Third Street.” -Miguel Gonzalez

High School Landmarks JENNY LEE Features Editor

Think of a moment on campus that means something to you, ups or downs that may have made you cry tears of joy or tears of sorrow. Here are a few “landmarks” that may jolt your memory: 1. Your first lunch: As a freshman, it is a fresh start. You come into a world where no one knows your past. High school cliques differ from elementary school’s. Do you believe in “cliques”? Who do you choose to sit with during lunch? 2. Hanging out with friends: People don’t always remember their first encounters, but some of the best memories—perhaps even the worst— are with your high school friends. These friends, your chosen family, help pull you through the downs and cheer you through the ups. Are you still close to your elementary school friends? How did you meet your current closest friends? 3. Working with a team: Whether you are an athlete, a dancer, a musician, an orator, an advocator or a volunteer, the family you grow with will engrave times into you that you won’t forget. Who do you work best with? What have you learned from them? 4. That one class: There is always at least one class that means something to you. Without it, your life would twist into another direction, for better or worse. Did it challenge or inspire you? Did a teacher make a difference in your life? When we walk off the campus with our diploma in hand, these memories pinpoint landmarks along the memory lane of our high school experiences.

QUOTES gathered by CAROLINE REN, JADE LIEU, JENNY LEE, JOSEPH NEY-JUN and SYLVIA WINSTON MOOR graphics by SYDNEY LI and GEN THIPATIMA MOOR cartoons by JACQUELINE CHAU and CARMEN LE MOOR photos by YIBEI LIU and SHANNON KHA

C Building: “Freshman year on my birthday, my friends and I ate cake on the third floor of the C building and watched the sunset.” -Courtney Chan C Building: “I remember when my friend came running down the C building stairs in a swimsuit, water polo ball and a parka on to tell the upcoming freshmen that he just got out of swim practice, [which was a prank to make the incoming freshmen believe there’s a pool on C building.]” -Wesley Han Mr. Chen’s classroom: “When I was in Mr. Chen’s Physics class, my phone rang. It was a sad Korean drama ringtone and everybody laughed because it was girly. Mr. Chen let me go because my punishment was everybody laughing at me.” -Jeffrey Huynh Mrs. Nieto’s classroom: “In culinary, I was cooking chow mein and my friend thought that I looked like I worked at Panda Express. Mrs. Nieto overheard, looked over at my kitchen and asked if I worked at Panda Express, but I’m jobless.” -Armando Escandor T h i r d Street: “I remember saving a kitten on third street. No lie, it was the cutest thing ever.” -Julie Medina

Outside Ms. Diaz’s Room: “My boyfriend at the time was probably one of the cheesiest guys you’ll ever meet. One morning, he showed up with flowers. He told me that he would be leaving for the Air Force after graduating, ‘But before I go, I want you to have something.’ He got down on one knee and said, ‘This is my grandmother’s ring. Will you marry me when you turn 18?’ Of course I said yes.” -Alondra Dimas

Band Room: “The band room is special to me because it was the first classroom I stepped into when I first came to AHS my freshman year. The first friends I ever made were band geeks and they’re some of the best friends I’ve ever made. We were able to connect with each other through music, a language only we understood. Seeing each other sometimes for over 10 hours a day really brought us close in a small amount of time and the memories we’ve made are some of the best high school memories I have.” -Hannah Tran

Softball Field: “On hot days [when] we used to have to practice, my coach would bring out tarp and a water hose and she made us practice our sliding and diving right there.” -Rebecca Garcia C Building: “I remember the time I got asked out to prom via The Moor Weekly newspaper. It was a cheesy surprise, but it was a very endearing and sweet [way to] ask, so I said yes. Prom turned out to be kind of lame, but I’m glad I got to spend it with the best date ever.” -Ivy Dang

Third Street: “During freshmen year, my friend and I always sat under a tree on Third Street and we met so many people because they would come and talk to us. We called it ‘Lonewolf moments.’” -Anne Xiao

Auditorium: “When I’m up on that stage, all my worries just fade away and the only things that run through my mind are to smile, be energetic and work it! There is no better feeling than entertaining a crowd and doing the one thing I love to do. I feel this way because dancing is my passion. I feel free everytime I hear the music come on. It brings me to my own happy place! Dance is a big part of my life and I can’t believe that it has come to an end.” -Jessly Rosales


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Kyi.............................................Undeclared Isaac Ordoñez......................................Undeclared Jimmy Calderon.........................Physical Therapy Kiu Gieng............................................Undeclared Stephanie Rolon...................................Undeclared Ricky Martinez....................................Undeclared Wendy Aviles.............................................Nursing Yoselin Lopez..........................................Business

Hope International University Alyssa Hernandez......................Child Psychology Humboldt State University Matilda Bunchongchitr.......Wildlife Conservation Johns Hopkins University William Wu-Castro...........................Neuroscience Laguna College of Art of Design Jasmine Wei..........................................Illustration Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Victoria Arredondo..............................Undeclared Emily Meza......................................Culinary Arts Joseph Perez.....................................Culinary Arts Los Angeles Trade Technical College Adam Rodriguez...................................Electrician Alexandra Maumoynier............Business/Culinary Phalann Blackwood..................Oral Interpretation William Wong...................................Culinary Arts Loyola Marymount University Lexis Wallace.......................................Undeclared Massachusetts Institute of Technology Marilynn Bach.......................................Chemistry The Master’s College Gabriel Covarrubias....................Music Education Military Adryan Coronel............................................Army Armando Escandor........................................Navy Cecilia Rodriguez..........................................Navy Christopher Tang..............................Marine Corps Damien Perez...................................Marine Corps Denae Delgadillo..........................................Army Emma Ruvalcaba.............................Marine Corps Howard Yao...................................................Navy Johnny Chau.................................................Army Johnny Sang..................................................Navy Jonathan Chou..................................Marine Corps Leslie Sierra.....................................Marine Corps Marilyn Htingbai....................................Air Force Priscilla Mendoza..........................................Navy Sara Aripez.............................................Air Force Shawn Lin.....................................................Army Thomas Rebamontan....................................Army Victor Molina................................................Army Yoshia Kotani................................................Navy Mills College Michelle Tran.......Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Nhi Bui..........................Neuroscience/Economics Mt. San Antonio College Alicia Le..............................................Accounting Bianca Guillermo.................................Undeclared Breanna Galindo..................................Undeclared Ivan Orozco........................................Kinesiology Jessica Greif.............................................Business Marlene Tsui........................................Psychology Rafael Rivera...........................................Business Samuel Rojas......................................Fire Science Yinglin Chen............................................Business Musicians Institute Bryant Franco..........................Audio Engineering New York Fashion Institute of Technology Stephanie Han.......Advertising/Marketing Communications

James Nguyen............................................English Jasmine Eligio......................................Undeclared Jasmine Tolman...................................Undeclared Jessica Salinas..............Communicative Disorders Jianyu Wang.......................Business Management Johnny Huang......................................Psychology Karen Ng.............................................Undeclared Karina Lopez.......................................Undeclared Katherine Castro..................................Undeclared Kathleen Carlos...................................Undeclared Kayla Fernandez...............................Cosmetology Keane Ong.........................Computer Engineering Kristen Rodriguez................................Psychology Kristina Amezquita.................Child Development Krystle Parnala..........................................Biology Leslie J. Hernandez.............................Psychology Lisa Ly...................................Nursing & Nutrition Lorraine Galvez............................Graphic Design Ma Chi Keung..........................Computer Science Mariana Lopez....................................Undeclared Marlen Torres.....Business Marketing & Culinary Arts Mathew Lemus........Medical Radiologic Technology Matthew Dennis.............Psychology & Sociology Megan Clerc..............................Audio Production Mengji Chen......................................Mathematics Michael Poli....................Business Administration Miguel Xitumul.....Nursing & Audio Engineering Ming Cun Cheah............Administration of Justice Nadieshda Martinez..................................Nursing Oscar Diaz...........................................Undeclared Rafael Vazquez....................................Accounting Raven Andresantos..............................Undeclared Ruben Ruiz..............................................Business Sabrina Mendez........................................Nursing Serena Estrada.....................................Undeclared Sergio Pacheco...........................................Acting Shaofan Mei........................................Undeclared Shu Yan Guo......................................Mathematics Stephanie Valladares.................................Zoology Summer Chacon.....................Child Development Tianyue Yu................................................Nursing Tony Thong...................................Graphic Design Unique Martinez.....................Child Development Walter Daly...............................................Nursing Wei Ming Lei....................Computer Engineering Xing Tan..................................Computer Science Yazmin Melendez.........................Dental Hygiene Yolanda Hua............................................Business Yuhao Liang........................................Accounting Yuxiang Liu.........................................Undeclared Yue Xin Zhang..................................Biochemistry Yuqi Liu...............................................Undeclared Rhode Island School of Design Jonathan Le...................................Graphic Design Rio Hondo College Amalia Neri...............................................Nursing Amber Cruz-Diaz................................Undeclared Brianna Bastidas....................................Sociology Christina Holguin.......Kinesiology/Audio Production Edgar Santizo.................Administration of Justice Jessly Rosales............................................Nursing Johanna Castillo...................................Undeclared San Diego State University Ahira Medalla................................Health Science Santa Barbara City College Andrew Lugo..........................Child Development Ian Ewe...............................................Engineering Raymond Tang....................................Kinesiology

Northwestern University Simon Zhao................Mechanical Engineering

Santa Monica College Alan Alas..............................................Astronomy Alease Wilson......................................Undeclared Joshua Panduro..........................................Cinema Kenneth Kaunang....................................Business Michelle Valdez...................................Undeclared

Oklahoma City College Dylan Perez..............................................Business

Southwestern College Jan Aundrey Uyseco............................Undeclared

Orange Coast College Arturo Jacob Luna..............Electrical Engineering

University of California, Berkeley Diana Ly...............................................Undeclared Sean Cho..........................................Legal Studies Tony Situ............................Electrical Engineering

North West College Tracey Robles............................Massage Therapy

Pasadena City College Abraham Oviedo..................................Undeclared Alexis Perez...............................................English Aleyah Collaso.........................................Business Andrea So............................................Undeclared Andrea Zuniga.....................................Psychology Andrew Barrera...............Business Administration Andrew Castro................Business Administration Anh Le......................................Computer Science Annalise Verdugo.................................Undeclared Annie Tang...........................................Undeclared Anndrina Ortega..............................................Law Amanda Nieto......................................Undeclared Brian Luc...........................Computer Engineering Calvin Holzbauer......................................Nursing Carolyn Ramirez.....................Child Development Celeste Viramontes.....................Exercise Science Chandary Heav..................................................Art Christina Cervantes.................................Fine Arts Clarissa Venegas..........................Ultrasonography Daniel Diaz.........................................Kinesiology Danielle Parra......................................Undeclared Daniel Lopez.............................Civil Engineering Daniel Santiago....................................Undeclared Davie Duarte........................................Undeclared Diego Meza..........................................Undeclared Edgar Matias.............................Computer Science Enpei Zhang...............................................English Evelyn Oregel........................................Sociology Gavin Chao...............................Computer Science Gelone Chang......................................Undeclared Guo Tan....................................Computer Science Hannah Tran.............................Computer Science Henry Lee............................................Undeclared Hughes Le.......................................Biotechnology Iris Roldan...........................................Psychology Ismael Monterroso..............Film/Acting/Business Jack Cui....................................Computer Science

University of California, Davis Adley Tong.......................................Food Science Adriane Loong.........................................Nutrition Benjamin Tanyongkul..............Materials Engineering Betty Yu...............................................Psychology Britany Tam......................................Microbiology Diana Li.......Environmental Policy Analysis & Planning Neil Peinado..............................................Biology Raymond Wong............................Animal Science Rui Ping Zhong..........Environmental Engineering Sze Ting Yu..................Pharmaceutical Chemistry University of California, Irvine Courtney Chan..........................................Biology Cuong Troung............................................Biology Francisco Ibarra..............Mechanical Engineering Jay To.................................Public Health Science Kelly So............................Environmental Science Kevin Kuang.......................................Undeclared Marcel Kurniawan.................Biological Sciences Matthew Tsang..........................Civil Engineering Sabrina Jo Fung................................Biochemistry Tiffany Huynh.......................................Chemistry Tracy Wong..............................Biological Science Vincent Tran.......................Electrical Engineering Vivian Lee............................................Undeclared Wenhao Chen.......................................Economics Justin Gong.........................Electrical Engineering University of California, Los Angeles Bonnie Lam...............................................Biology Cecilia Vong..............................Civil Engineering Francis Lin............................................Economics Kevin Zhang.....................................Neuroscience Lily Hui............................................Biochemistry Olivia Cheung............................................English

University of California, Merced Aaron Chiang............................Computer Science Cari Ou..........Computer Science and Engineering Darren Wong.............................Computer Science University of California, Riverside Amy Huang......................................Biochemistry Annie Wu........................Business Administration Ariel Chen.........................................Pre-Business Bradley Lim..........................................Economics Calvin Luu......................Mechanical Engineering Calvin Trinh......................................Pre-Business Daisy Lee..................................................Biology Grace Huang......................................Pre-Business Jingjing Wu.......................................Pre-Business Johnny Situ...........................Business Accounting Junyu Luo.......................Business Administration Kate Vong..................Environmental Engineering Kenneth He................................................Biology Kitty Situ...........................................Pre-Business Michael Yu................................................Biology Michelle Guerra....................Business Economics Michelle Tran...................................Neuroscience Mitchell Fang....................................Pre-business Philip Nguyen...................................Pre-Business Ryan Luu.............................................Undeclared Starson Lu.................................................Biology Tami Pimentel...........................................Biology Tina Han.............................................Pre-Medical Valerie Huynh......................................Undeclared University of California, San Diego Andrew Luong...................Electrical Engineering Brian Au..............................................Undeclared Eason Chan..........................................Undeclared Emily To....................................Cognitive Science Genevieve Thipatima.......Interdisciplinary Computing Arts Ivy Dang...........................................Biochemistry Jenny Lee................Biochemistry & Cell Biology Michael Yee....................Mechanical Engineering Steven Cao.....................................Bioengineering Steven Ton...........................Environmental Policy Tiffany Huang...........................Computer Science Vivian Phang........................................Undeclared Xinmei Chen........................................Undeclared Ying Yan Zhao................Economics/Mathematics Oscar Chen...........Computer Science/Engineering University of California, Santa Barbara Ahadit Tilaye....................Economics/Accounting Andrew Quach............................Political Science Ben Zhu...............................................Undeclared Bowen Xie...........................Pre-Communications Jingyi Huang....................................Biochemistry Kelvin Wong.....................................Biochemistry Kevin Li..............................................Pre-Biology Matthew Kwan.....................................Economics Tuan Tran.............................................Economics Victor Wang...............................................Physics Vivian Li.....................................Communications Wesley Han.................................Communications University of California, Santa Cruz Mike Dorado III...............................Neuroscience Kevin Lew.......................Mechanical Engineering Victor Liu........................Economics/Mathematics University of Cincinnati Joanna Aviles.................................Interior Design University of La Verne Catalina Lee Kim.........................Criminal Justice Christian Delgadillo...................................History Cristina Garcia....................Kinesiology/Business Julie Duong..............................................Business University of Redlands Norman Hsieh.......................................Marketing University of Southern California Anthony Zhu........................................Psychology Leona Chun........................................Architecture Ximena Araujo...................International Relations University of San Francisco Ariel Maier...................................Criminal Justice Victor Valley College Rebeca Quintana..................Business/Accounting Weber State University Elijah Collins..........................................Business West Coast University Nicky Ng...................................................Nursing Vivian Fan.................................................Nursing West Los Angeles College Andrew Gonzalez.................Aviation Mechanical Westminster College Jesus De La Rosa.................................Accounting West Sacramento Junior College Ruben Dominguez.....................................Nursing Westwood College Tommy Nguyen............................Criminal Justice Woodbury University David Aguilera-Perez.......Business Administration

Note: If we could not read your handwriting or if you listed your college as undecided, you were not added to the list. We apologize if there are any errors in the spelling of your name or if you were omitted from the list for any reason. Congratulations class of 2014!


Ming Cun Cheah, Tennis

MOOR graphics by SIMON ZHAO and GEN THIPATIMA MOOR photos by YIBEI LIU and SHANNON KHA

Wesley Han, Swim

1. What are your plans after graduation? A: I will still keep on playing tennis for life. I will go to Pasadena Community College and later try to transfer to law school. I wish to become a corporate lawyer. 2. Have you encountered anyone that has had a significant impact on you? A: [Head] Coach [Tom] Jelsma. I truly think it is fate [that he is] my coach. He tells me about his experiences in order to correct my stubborn mistakes. [I want to thank him] for his patience and niceness. 3. What life skills has being an athlete taught you? A: The biggest skill that I have learned is [to] never give up [even if] you are losing. There is always a chance to fight back. 4. What would you say to your teammates that are currently underclassmen? A: Go for the shot and do not be afraid of hitting the ball hard. Truly, I am very glad to have you as teammates; I could ask for nothing more. [Lastly], thank you for being patient with my broken English. KEVIN KONG, Sports Editor

Catalina Lee Kim, Track and Field

1. How has participating in swim impacted your high school experience? A: At first, I didn’t want to join a sport, but then I wanted to be more active. I learned to manage my schedule and [swim] keeps me physically fit. 2. What are your future goals for when you leave high school and where do you plan on going to college? A: I am still undecided between teaching and being [involved in] human resources. I plan on going to University of California, Santa Barbara under the communications major. 3. What do you like most about swim? A: I love the competition. Swimming one-on-one against someone is such an adrenaline rush. I also liked how it was a sport that exercised your entire body. 4. Do you have any words of advice for the underclassman? A: Don’t be afraid of the teachers. They have no right to make you feel miserable or inferior. Believe in the ones you trust. Join an activity you like and stick to it. ANHAYTE GUAJARDO, Staff Writer

1. How has track and field impacted your life? A: I used to be a very lazy student, and once I joined track, it made me dedicated to the sport, as well as [dedicated] toward my academics. It is what makes me want to wake up every day to go to school. Track has also made me a better leader. 2. What are your plans for after high school? A: I plan to attend a four-year university after high school, and continue running track and field there. I plan to attend [the] University of La Verne. I’m majoring in criminal justice; I hope to become a homicide detective in the future. 3. What advice would you give to underclassmen? A: The first week is always hell, but don’t quit because of that. As cliché as it sounds, never give up. It’s going to hurt a lot, but that doesn’t mean you give up. Never quit. 4. What was your most memorable moment from being on the track team? A: The most memorable moment I’ve ever had throughout my years of being in track was when I broke our school’s froshsoph and varsity triple jump record. I was in shock, and that was when I realized that hard work does pay off. I strive to set a higher record at the end of season this year. NATE GARCIA, Sports Editor

Jennifer Parades, Softball

Marcel Kurniawan, Volleyball

1. How has joining the softball program impacted your life? A: Joining the softball team was one of the greatest choices I have made in my life. It has impacted my life because it has [prepared me] for situations that [I] might come across later in life. I especially learned how to play every game as if it were my last. 2. What life skills have softball and being on a sports team taught you? A: Sports have definitely taught me the values of perseverance and teamwork. Some life skills that I have gained are how to be responsible and how to be able to remain calm in intense situations. 3. What has been your most favorite memory from playing softball? A: My best memory took place my junior year when we played [against] San Marino. It was the best game we had played defensively and I remember the other coaches complimenting me on how well my team’s game mode was that day. 4. What are your plans after graduation? A: After graduating high school, I plan to play softball for college and pursue a career in kinesiology. KAYIU WONG, Staff Writer

1. What has volleyball taught you? A: Volleyball has taught me discipline and that things won’t always be my way. 2. What gave you inspiration to try out for volleyball? A: Challenging myself to try new things inspired me to try out for sports; I would have never imagined myself playing [a sport] such as volleyball. 3. What advice do you have to people who want to try out for volleyball? A: I would advise them to keep on practicing, never take things lightly and never give up because it is not easy. 4. How is volleyball different from freshman year to senior year? A: Freshman year volleyball was [not my priority] and I only competed for fun, but being a captain on varsity for senior year convinced me to compete for the league title and to [enjoy] the fun that comes from the challenges. 5. What are your future plans after high school? A: I plan to be a physical therapist or an athletic trainer for sports such as basketball or volleyball. I also plan to attend University of California, Irvine in the fall of 2014.

Derwin Teguh, Badminton

Marco Briones, Baseball

1. How has badminton impacted your life? A: Badminton inspired me in many ways [because] it gave me spirit to never give up and to keep trying. I started with no experience but I pushed to where I am now as captain. 2. What gave you the inspiration to try out for badminton? A: At first [I began playing] because my friend invited me to join. [Even though] my friend quit, I already came to love badminton and knew I wanted to continue on the team. 3. What advice would you give people who want to try out for badminton? A: I would advise [underclassmen] to never give up and try until you become better. Not giving up is the key for success in any sport. After all, will motivates [the] mind. 4. What are your plans after graduation? A: I plan to go to college, find a job and possibly come back to Alhambra High School to coach the badminton team later on. 5. How do you think the badminton program will be like in the future? A: I believe that the team will be good, and with more girls in our program, I hope people will take interest in badminton so we can be successful in the years to come. WESLEY TSAI, Staff Writer

WESLEY TSAI, Staff Writer

1. What has the Moors baseball program taught you on and off the field? A: [This program has] taught me discipline, responsibility, respect and how to conduct myself as a young, respectable [athlete]. Our coaches have the patience to teach every player and believe that everyone deserves a chance. They [brought] me to my full potential. 2. Do you plan to play baseball past high school? A: The next step for me is to play college baseball at a Division 1 school and after that, I would like to get drafted to a professional baseball organization. 3. What advice do you have to give to underclassmen in the baseball program? A: My advice would be to buy into what the coaches at Alhambra teach. Work hard in the classroom to have the ability to be on the field. Playing baseball is a privilege. 4. What were some of your greatest memories in your high school baseball career? A: One of my favorite high school baseball memories was my sophomore year in 2012. The baseball team made it to the final round of CIF and I pitched at Dodger Stadium at age 15. Another great memory was when I was selected to represent Southern California in a three-game series in Santa Clara against Northern California.

SIMEON LAM, Staff Writer


Varsity Boys’ Volleyball Digging Through Almont League Ranks

MOOR photo by SHANNON KHA IMPRESSING HOMECOURTIn an AHS versus Montebello varsity boys’ volleyball tournament on Thursday, May 1, the Mighty Moors defeated the Oilers with a winning score of 3-1. WESLEY TSAI of doing better from last Staff Writer year. No matter what happens, I’m proud to be the The varsity volleyball team’s captain,” captain team maintains a record of Marcel Kurniawan said. 7-3. Currently in third place Toward the middle of in league, the Moors, at one the season, the team faced point in the season, ranked an obstacle that took a toll eighth in Division Three on the team. Kurniawan, in the Southern Section of starting setter, was sent to the California Interscholas- a hospital for an emergency tic Federation (CIF) rank- surgery due to appendiciings. The Moors are cur- tis, which took a toll on the rently ranked sixth place team. Senior Marcel Kurniin the San Gabriel Valley. awan had to step down from “This season has been his position, providing an a fluctuation due to my opportunity for his younger injury, but overall it has brother, sophomore Greg been a winning season. Kurniawan, to play. In his The progress from last year first game against rivaling is tremendous and we ex- San Gabriel, Greg Kurceeded our expectations niawan took on the pres-

sure but the Moors fell due to serve/receive errors. “Marcel played an important role on our team. so when I heard that he could not play for the rest of the season, I was devastated. However, his replacement, Greg Kurniawan, is more than capable enough to fill in for Marcel,” senior backside hitter Mitchell Fang said. The atmosphere and culture is definitely different compared to last year, according to Head Coach Charles Tran. With the Moors holding an overall record of 21-6, the Moors have won more games this year than in the past three years combined. “The difference from the last few years and this year is the commitment from the players. There is more enthusiasm and team chemistry. For the next year, out of 12 members currently on the varsity program, only four seniors are leaving, leaving next year’s team comprised mostly of returners. All I can say is [that] we better win it all next year,” Tran said. The Moors will play their first CIF game on May 13 against the Santa Ana Saints.

Track and Field Ticking Down on End of Season

MOOR photo by YIBEI LIU HEATED SEASON The AHS track team endures tedious practice under the blazing sun in preparation for their last league meet against the Mark Keppel Aztecs on May 1. NATE GARCIA out the course of the sea- ning of the spring season. Sports Editor son and will be strong “We have a lot of fresh in finals,” Head Coach talent this year, and within One second can seem Andrew Shapiro said. that fresh talent we have a so miniscule in the hours As the regular season good future for the team. We spent during the day. A comes to a near close, both improved with the ability to second, however, can of- the boys’ and girls’ teams work hard,” senior sprinter ten determine the Alease Wilson said. “It has been an honor runresults of track The finals meet will meet standings. ning with the seniors; all of determine who moves This year, the their tips have helped us in on to the CIF prevarsity boys’ and our competition. They have liminaries, as well as girls’ track and who receives a medal helped us set the bar for when for their respective field teams are both currently it is our time to lead the team.” event. This will be the ranked third in last meet the seniors Almont League -Joseph Nava will compete in their standings. As the high school career. end of the spring season focus on putting their best “It has been an honor nears, the team is optimistic foot forward in their last running with the seniors; to move on to CIF matches. two meets, the Almont all of their tips have helped “I expect that we will League preliminaries on us in our competition. They do well during finals and May 6 and finals on May have helped us set the bar qualify a few individu- 8. The team believes they for when it is our time als for CIF; overall we have become better than to lead the team,” junior have improved through- they used to be at the begin- sprinter Joseph Nava said.

Moors Baseball Cruising Toward Tenth Consecutive Title

MOOR photo by SHANNON KHA THE ANTICIPATION Senior Nick Giambalvo pulls out a swing during the varsity home game against the Montebello Oilers on April 25. The Moors triumphed with a winning score of 1-0. SIMEON LAM good progress this year; I’m nitely our big strengths.” Staff Writer very optimistic about the As the season closes, rest of this season,” Head the Moors look ahead to Following a 1-0 win Coach Steve Gewecke said. prepare for the upcoming against the Montebello Oil- “We started off good of- year. With six seniors curers on April 25, the Moors fensively, got in a slump, rently on the squad, next baseball team now has an then snapped out of it to year’s team will include overall record of 18-3, in- play great baseball again.” an even mix of new playcluding a perfect 9-0 reAccording to Gewecke, ers and returners. Accordcord in Almont League. one of the reasons why ing to Gewecke, some With a four-game lead in the Moors have had such players will need to step the Almont League stand- a successful season is be- up, whether with changings, the team is the fa- cause of their hitting and ing positions or just trainvorite to clinch the league their star senior pitcher, ing harder in the offseason. title with six games left. If Marco Briones. The Moors “We’re going to need their lead stands, not only have already combined for an ace pitcher, a shortstop will the Moors win anoth- four shutouts this season. and outfielders next year,” er league title, but it will “The main strengths this Gewecke said. “We’re be their tenth consecutive year are the relationships going to take the best inleague championship, set- we have with each other,” coming players no matter ting a new school record. Briones said. “The hitting the age and put them in “I think we have made and the pitching are defi- the best spot to succeed.”

Varsity Swim Team Badminton Team Rallies After Ending Competes for Spot Arduous Season in League Finals ANHAYTE GUAJARDO Staff Writer

KAYIU WONG Staff Writer

As the school year winds down, the spring sports teams are beginning to compete in their league finals. The varsity swim team is no exception; they competed on May 9 at Schurr High School against all five of the teams in the Almont League in order to qualify for the CIF preliminary matches. The Moors finished the season with a record of 5-7. Although the team has had to overcome many obstacles this year with the arrival of new Head Coach Adrian Lopez and training the junior varsity team consisting of all new swimmers, the Moors have been able to achieve most of their personal goals this season, including working hard during league meets, [reducing] their personal time and having fun in the process, according to co-captain Vanessa Gutierez. “I felt that [the team] did extremely well this season, considering that many of the strong swimmers left due to graduation,” junior Brandon Wong said. “We won many meets that I had not expected to win and I believe that we can provide competition for finals!” The Moors continue to be enthusiastic as varsity swimmers are practicing hard in order to individually qualify for CIF in their chosen events. Their daily practice routines consist of time trial dives and sharpening their skills. The team’s last league meet was on May 1 against the Mark Keppel Aztecs, resulting in a loss and finishing in last place in Almost League.

After finishing the last of their Almont League matches, the varsity and JV badminton teams ended the spring season with a streak of consecutive losses. The teams’ last season game was against the San Gabriel Matadors on April 24. The varsity team won two out of 21 matches while the JV team received one win. The number of winning matches was not enough for the team to earn a victory in their last league game. According to sophomore singles and doubles player Jessica Mo, losing the graduating seniors from last year and having many fresh faces to the sport were major setbacks to the teams’ league record and performance. “Although our league results were not outstanding, the team still put full potential into every game. This season has been a great learning experience; we [maintained] a positive attitude about improving ourselves and being progressive,” senior doubles and singles player Janny Chin said. Despite the season’s end, the team displayed their hard work during league preliminaries on April 29. After a season filled with improvements and technique building, the varsity badminton team finishes the spring season with optimistic hopes for next year. “I loved how [the seniors this year] treated all underclassmen as if we were a real family. They’ve taught me so much more than just badminton techniques, [such as] lessons to always focus and give it my all in what I do,” Mo said.


Photo courtesy of MARISA MEYKA REUNITED AT LAST Freshman Katherine Sanchez finally reunites with her father, Rudy Sanchez, who recently returned from Afghanistan. They both wish the Class of 2014 good luck.

Photo courtesy of DEBI KUPERBERG On April 29, in remembrance of the tragic event of the Holocaust, AHS invited guest speaker Sasha Erlik (pictured on right) to talk to Debi Kuperberg’s senior English class and Jose Sanchez’s senior Horizons class about his survival experience. This was Erlik’s last public lecture, making Kuperberg’s and Sanchez’s classes the last groups to hear him speak about the Holocaust.

Panoramic photo courtesy of SANFORD PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS, INC

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