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Issue No. 2 | Volume XXX | Oct 2013

Student band brings “folk ska” to FVHS Student band Panoramic brings new musical flavor to the local scene with its own genre of selfdubbed “folk ska.” By Rachel Phillips Staff Writer

Home-grown on the Fountain Valley campus, Panoramic is a new student band ready to make a splash with students and the community, flaunting a unique style of music called “folk ska.” Composed of guitarist Austin Jenkins (‘14), lyricist Alex Vercnocke (‘14) and drummer Campbell Grihalva (‘15), the band plays its music with a completely new flavor, one even its own members can’t agree on. “I call [folk ska music] something like acoustic nineties,” said Jenkins. “It’s more like a combination of acoustic, pop, punk, indie, rock,” countered Vercnocke. “I think we all agree it’s not folk, and it’s not ska, but somehow those things put together are nothing like them separately,” said Grihalva. The music genre, however, isn’t the only unique thing about Panoramic. Vercnocke and Jenkins formed the band during the past spring break, after leaving their last band feeling disappointed with their inability to play the music

FVHS air conditioning uncovered Extreme temperatures in classrooms are a result of glitches in the AC system. ByAmina Ahmed Staff Writer

Both students and teachers are aware that temperatures in classrooms can be extreme. “ I don’t think that our AC system is efficient; I think its very frustrating,” said art teacher JoAnna Jones. “When I left work the other day my water bottle was still cold from the morning because my classroom is so cold. I don’t even need a fridge in my room

(From left) Jenkins, Vercnocke and Grihalva are happy to have found a band that fits them.

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they truly loved. They went acoustic, and started writing music for a completely new band. Just like that, Panoramic was born. When asked about his

inspiration for his writing, Vercnocke said, “It’s whatever I’m doing at the time. For example, our single “Friends” is ironically exactly about not having friends, and it ties into

anymore because my lunch stays cold.” “The problem is that there is no in between; if you call and say that you’re classroom is too cold the AC is shut down and its like a sauna. There is no normal 68 or 70 degree norm,” said Jones. Teachers have no control over classroom temperatures. Instead, it is the district that operates the main server for the air conditioning of all HBUHSD schools. At FVHS, a new AC system is still being worked out. This system was implemented as a result of an upgrade and modernization of the air conditioning system. The old air conditioners, most of which were falling apart, were removed and replaced by upgraded air quality systems for the school. The air conditioning is controlled by temperature sensors in classrooms and a computer in Lloyd Chesmore’s office. Lloyd Chesmore is in charge of maintenance, custo-

dians, and ground keepers at FVHS. Although Chesmore has access to the AC system, the school district has the main computer in its office, which is controlled by Patrick Stellorn, who is the Director of Maintenance, Operations and Transportation as well as the Public Safety Manager. The district has used large amounts of funds to have the new AC installed and to try to keep it running smoothly, but so far this has not been the case. “At times the district had to bring in the people who originally installed it to work out any problems. This worked for about a year, but now that the parts are getting old and have had to been replaced, the system has not been running as smoothly,” said Chesmore. History and psychology teacher Gianina Carbone does not believe that the current AC system is efficient. “If the school district can trust teachers to teach our students, I don’t

how my life was at the time,” said Vercnocke. “The song comes in and out of relevance, but I wrote it at a time when it was particularly relevant to me.” Although Panoramic has played a few shows thus far with their small set list, the release of their impending album, appropriately titled Self-Titled, will hopefully lead to greater success. “We don’t really have an audience yet,” said Jenkins, “but we’re working on it. We’ve played on-campus and at some small venues, just trying to get our sound out there.” “We want to become local legends,” said Vercnocke. “We play our music where we can.” Besides hearing their music at lunch, students may have also spotted some of Panoramic’s merchandise floating around campus; the band has been selling $10 tshirts advertising their slogan “folk ska pan.” Students can also look out for new shirts, to be released with the new album. Overall, though, the band is focused on their own sound before their own success. “My real goal, and this sounds lame,” said Vercnocke,” is just to make music. And hopefully, people like it.” To listen, visit soundcloud. com/folkskapan, or for more information, visit facebook.com/folkskapan. understand why they cannot trust us to flip a switch and control the air conditioning in our own classrooms.” Some students even bring blankets to school to use in specific classrooms where the air conditioning is simply too cold. Katrina Lien (‘14) said, “Its hard for me to concentrate during class when its freezing.” Chesmore explained that glitches have been found in this new system, not just in the computer that controls it at FVHS but in the air conditioning units on the roofs as well. In addition, if there is a refrigerator or microwave close to a sensor in a classroom, it can give off a false setting and either make it too hot or too cold. See FVHS air conditioning uncovered, Page 4


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Ms. Ro takes math class to new heights

Math teacher Kelly Ro uses innovative technology to enhance her math class.

Using new technology, math teacher Kelly Ro introduces students to the interesting aspects of math. By Kristie Hoang Staff Writer

Math teacher Kelly Ro uses innovative technology such as Student Response Clickers, Math XL, Twitter, and Remind 101 to make learning math more exciting for her students. The Student Response clickers are designed like a remote control with buttons such as A, B, C, and D. Student Response Clickers integrate students to be more interactive in their classes.

with the clickers. “After I show the students the answers, I have them discuss the problems with their neighbors to make sure they truly understand the math.” Using new technology in the classroom is different from traditional math class, which makes Ro’s class unique in her teaching style. “It’s different in a math classroom, unlike opening the textbook and just doing problems on Kristie Hoang Baron Banner paper, and I think Students in Ro’s class use them that’s what engages them in.”Ro’s stuto practice multiple choice questions. dents are the first to try the Math XL By using the clickers, students can sub- software at FVHS. Math XL is online mit their responses which will instantly program that coordinates especially display on the board. The results are with the math book. “With the textautomatic and show an analyzed report book, you don’t know whether you’re of the students’ responses. Data such doing it right or wrong. And also, with as percentages of answers are shown, this, it gives you instant results,” said Ro. Students complete homework and even which students scored the assignments online, and they are able highest are projected on the screen. “For me, it’s kind of another to see step by step how each probmethod for checking of understanding,” lem is worked out. In addition, they Ro said. Because the Student Response are able to try new examples of the Clickers give instant feedback to each same types of problems with different question, students know exactly what numbers. Because of the limited suptypes of problems they need help on. Ro ply, selected teachers in Algebra 2 and has noticed an improvement on her stu- Pre-Calculus are trying out the Math dent’s test scores and their understand- XL program. Math XL is universal ing of the concept after much practice and even has an app on the Apple App

Teachers promote academic involvement

Students use online sites Edmodo and Canvas to check updates and upcoming assignments.

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Classrooms utilize new forms of technology to engage students.

store. “I feel like students are really good with technology now, and that this will make them more engaged with learning because it’s online, and they won’t have to physically open the textbook and do the work” says Ro. Students in Ro’s class compete with each other using the new technology, especially the Student Response Clickers. “For some reason, they think it’s a game show, where they’re all engaged and really competitive because they want to be on the top 5 kids list that shows up,” said Ro. Ro believes students should have fun learning, an idea which serves as her inspiration for the new technology. This year, Ro began using Twitter to ask students concept-based questions. After following Ro’s Twitter account, students will tweet the answer to her questions with a specific hashtag. Ro believes it has been an excellent way of communicating with her students inside the classroom and out. She also uses Remind 101 to text students reminders about upcoming tests, homework assignments, or things needed for class the next day. Students will subscribe to Ro’s class, and the application will send a mass text message to all students who are enrolled. This program does not allow students to text their teachers back, nor teachers to text their students individually. “It’s been very effective because when students get the text message on their phones, they will actually remember instead of writing it down and forgetting about it,” said Ro. I think that when students enjoy it, that’s the most crucial part about learning math.”

other than the school portal is live alerts for students. “[Canvas] also has the notificaBy Demetria Ma tions kids can have, like kids can have Staff Writer notifications sent to their Facebook At FVHS and other schools in or cellphones, which I think is really the district, more teachers each year convenient,” said Theriault. are utilizing websites to keep students However, without one main on top of their work and involved with website that all teachers can use, stugroup projects. dents are frustrated about the hassle of The HBUHSD has always trying to maintain multiple accounts used a main portal for teachers to post for different classes. grades and assignments for students “[Canvas, Edmodo and Schoolto view online. However, many are ogy] are websites are great educational deviating from the portal for newer and tools but it would be great if there was more interactive sites such as Edmodo, one universal site that all teachers and Canvas, and Schoology. students can use because they are just “I think that the websites proso similar,” said Steven Truong (‘14). vide solutions that our portal doesn’t Teachers also agree with this point and have,” said English teacher David Theri- prefer to have one website that every ault. “For example, our portal doesn’t teacher can use. have discussion forums, so if I want my Theriault said, “I really wish students to have discussions, then I can that, as a school or as a district, we [on a different site].” would pick one...I think that would be Another perk of using a site really wonderful.”


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NEWS Glow Show show cancelled due to unexpected obstacles face some substantial and perhaps insur mountable obstacles to holding the Glow Show on Halloween.” The Bell Game usually falls toward the end of October. However, this year, the game is scheduled for Nov. 1 at Orange Coast Kristie Hoang Baron Banner Lights shine at the 2012 College. Because the Glow Show. Glow Show pep rally By Kristie Hoang happens the night before on Oct. 31, multi& Lindsay Danley ple restrictions have caused its cancellation. Staff Writers Administration could not secure food trucks and workers on Halloween Principal Chris Herzfeld recent- night. Also, entertainment and supervily announced in a email to staff that the sion are limited. In his email to the staff, Glow Show has been cancelled this year. Herzfeld stated, “We also recognize that “Last year’s evening Bell Game Halloween is a night many staff members Assembly – The Glow Show – was a great will want to spend with their children.” success,” Herzfeld wrote. “However, we Clubs were not allowed to sell food

Flu season sweeps the school

Influenza, also known as the common cold, can be easily spread with a simple cough or sneeze. Students who share desks, bathrooms, and supplies are vulnerable to this virus. “I got sick from my cross country friends,” said Ashley Le Baron Banner Jada Grange (’17). The most common symptoms are cough or sinus issues. A The start of fall brings in the majority of the students who have first wave of victims for this caught the cold report stuffy or year’s flu season. runny noses and the occasional By Ally Lenguyen headache. Some colds have lasted Staff Writer from a few days to a few weeks. “I feel horrible,” said Victo As October begins, the first ria Nguyen (‘17), “and I hate taking signs of fall also bring the first wave medicine.” of victims of this year’s flu season. Normally, the cold isn’t so

EDITORS///////// Editor-in-Chief Jacqueline Liu

Arts & Entertainment Catt Phan

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to make a profit because of the food trucks. They were only given permission to provide games for the attending students and pass out free candy. Also, many club members were unavailable or unwilling to volunteer and work the booths on Halloween. Ethelynn Hong, co-president of Make-A-Wish, said, “We were planning to [participate], but we do fundraisers to benefit the Make-A-Wish kids, and we had to use our own money.” Many Barons are upset about this cancellation. “It’s our senior year; it kind of sucks that it’s not gonna be here anymore,” Vivian Nguyen (‘14) said. “It was my favorite event from last year.” This year, Assistant Principal of Activites Josh Lamar and ASB plan to produce a Friday pep rally to cheer on the Barons for the Bell Game. “ASB was definitely disappointed in the cancellation,” said ASB Treasurer Rachel Phillips (‘14), “but we’re optimistic about the opportunities that a daytime assembly will present to rework the Glow Show for the entire student body.”

bad as to keep students from attending school, except for the case of an occasional absence. Students feeling under the weather are advised to stay home to keep others from getting sick as well. The flu is something students and teachers alike dread to catch, but with care and precaution, there are many easy and simple ways to keep from getting sick. Being armed with a bottle of hand sanitizer is advised, as is washing your hands frequently and being wary of where you put your hands. It is also courteous to keep coughs and sneezes to yourself. As the semester progresses, it is important for Barons to avoid absences and stay caught up with schoolwork by remaining healthy and germ-free.

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Amina Ahmed Vivian Bui Heather Carr Ryan Chu Jennifer Chu Lindsay Danley Alex Doan Brent Frederisy Alaidria Hendrix Sandy Hoang Kristie Hoang Ally Lenguyen Katrya Ly Demetria Ma Alvin Nguyen

Alumni reach for ‘Serene Sky’ Two former Barons have come together to create an online jewelry business. By Heather Carr Staff Writer

Although some FVHS graduates may not easily recall memories of high school, Donna Nguyen and Frances Akbari tell a different story. The two first met in physical education class in the early 1990s, leading to a friendship that lasted well beyond their years as Barons and in college. Twenty years later, the former Fountain Valley students brought their passions for fashion together by creating their own online jewelry boutique, Serene Sky. “We both have a love for jewelry, especially arm candy,” Nguyen said. “So we thought why not take a stab at an online fashion boutique?” The name ‘Serene Sky,’ Nguyen says, is supposed to reflect “an effortless California lifestyle,” of “California, vintage, and class.” ‘Serene Sky’ also evokes the image of their products and what they hope will be achieved through customer purchase. “We like how Serene Sky describes our style of timeless jewelry any woman can wear from work to play, and from today and years to come,” Akbari stated. “It’s trendy, yet never ending.” The boutique sells a variety of jewelry including earrings, bracelets, and necklaces handcrafted from around the world from emerging designers. New designs for this season include those from a new designer from Georgia, who Nguyen reports has created a line of beautiful silver necklaces. Contact Serene Sky @ www.serenesky.com or Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram @ shopserenesky.

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FVHS air conditioning uncovered

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Lloyd Chesmore has worked for HBUHSD for 33 years.

Cindy Wong (‘15) said, “I know for sure that in my English class it’s either super hot or super cold; it’s always an extreme and it seems that on cold days, the air conditioning is on, while on hot days, the heater is on.” “We’ve had to call the air conditioning people numerous times, and unfortunately it’s just now come to a point where they are working out all the little quirks in the system, and it has gotten slightly better,” said Chesmore.

The district then uses the computer there to reset all the settings completely and reload each unit, one at a time. This throws back information on how the AC should be running and where the settings should be at. This only works sometimes; when it doesn’t, the AC units have to be manually turned off and back on. Chesmore said, “I believe that the school will be dealing with these glitches for quite some time.

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Many of the air conditioners have had no problems at all; only certain ones are always having problems.” He hopes that sooner or later these problems will be fixed, as he and his mechanics spend at least about 4o to 50 percent of their time trying to make it work for the teachers, and this takes time away from other tasks they have to do around campus. “The biggest problem is that sometimes teachers wait until it is too

hot or too cold before I am even told,” he stated. “And I’ve relayed this message to the staff before - you call me when it hits 80 degrees and call me when it hits 75 so I can take care of it before it gets too bad.” “I’m here to make sure the kids and the staff are comfortable,” he said. “That’s what I’m here for.”

Mr. Theriault draws inspiration from the Google Academy Last summer, English teacher David Theriault was one of 60 teachers chosen to attend the Google Teacher Academy in Chicago. By Claire Pritchard Staff Writer

Theriault hopes that Idea Farming will foster creativity in his students.

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Last summer, English teacher David Theriault, attended the Google Teacher Academy at the Google Headquarters in Chicago. The professional development camp was held for two days in mid-July at the Google headquarters. Theriault was the only teacher who attended from the district. “Over 500 people applied and I attended the event with 60 other teachers,” he said. Teachers, curriculum specialists, librarians, and administrators were also chosen by Google Academy, which is very selective and required its applicants to submit a one-minute video and short responses to a series of questions. “I was nervous during the application [process], but I figured if I didn’t get chosen then I would still work at being a better teacher over the summer,”Theriault said.

The videos have three categories; Motivation and Learning, Classroom Innovation, and Positive Change in My Community. Theriault showed students in his English classes the video, which depicted him as an unorthodox, yet effective teacher. “I have no clue why I was selected,” Theriault said. “Perhaps they like me.” Applicants were judged by their experience, passion, and success with technology. The teachers who are chosen to attend can become Google Certified Teachers. Educators who achieve this certification are expected to complete a project, use Google Apps for Education, lead three professional development events, participate online, and share about their experience. Next year, Google Academy will be take place in both London and Stockholm, with applications due on Oct. 18. This year, Theriault is planning a project called What If? where students will complete innovation projects while defining the the steps to creativity. The year-long project is called Idea Farming. “Idea farming is crazy,” Theriault said. “And hopefully it will help teachers and students innovate.”


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Caroline Moore defies odds and succeeds as a top senior

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Caroline Moore (‘14) returns back to school to visit staff and students.

Caroline Moore overcame health obstacles and earned high-ranking awards, all while staying at home. By Kristie Hoang Staff Writer

Even though she barely attends school, Caroline Moore (‘14) is one of Fountain Valley’s top ranking seniors.

Moore not only won the English Coronet Award as a junior, but also qualified to be a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist this year. With plenty activities and achievements under her belt, she easily balances this despite the difficulties she has faced in the past. When Moore was six years old, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Although it is not cancerous, it has been growing in the past year, causing her to miss several days of school. The tumor affects her

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vision and gives her a constant headache. “Last year I missed over 30 days of school and it was really hard to keep up,” she said. This year, Moore is out for the entire first semester to heal and recover from her recent surgeries and chemotherapy at UCI Medical Center. Because she is not able to go to school every day, she takes alternative classes at Coast High School for credits. In addition, Moore has packets she completes for school to keep up with her classmates.

“I hate being off campus everyday, but I’m still allowed to come for lunch and drop in when I want so I’m okay with it now,” she stated. Moore is able to balance both school and the medical conditions she has to endure. “My grandmother keeps me going every day,” she said. “She’s been through a lot of health stuff too and she’s really smart and successful and caring.” Moore is the co-historian of the Make-A-Wish Club and an active member in Thirst Relief International, MUN, and FNL. “When I was at school I spent about three hours a night in work. It’s not that bad, it just takes more focus when I’m doing homework get it done,” she said. She maintains a 4.2 GPA and is a year ahead of her class in English. With an SAT score of 2130, she is in the 97th percentile of SAT takers and has received high scores on all her AP tests since freshman year. Next semester, Moore will be able to attend school full time. “I definitely have mixed emotions about [going back to school]. It’ll be stressful being at school all day, but I’m most excited to see my friends again.”

Students feel the impact of maximum enrollment Due to a limit on classroom sizes, FVHS has had to turn away transfer students. By Jacqueline Liu & Catt Phan Editors

FVHS is considered regarded by many to be one of the best schools in the district and even the whole county. However, with the school garnering such positive attention for its academics and extracurriculars, the number of students who want to enroll has been steadily increasing. According to administration, this was the first year that transferring students had to be turned away because the school had reached its capacity. To avoid contract violations, classroom sizes must be limited. “With the staffing we have and with over 3,700 students we decided we can’t take any more at this time,” Principal Chris Herzfeld said.

Students living in “shared residences” can claim to be living with another family or living in another location within the district. Those who attend schools outside the district must be issued a permit from their sending school to transfer to any HBUHSD school. “We have some proof of residents who do that, but it’s not like we’re going to houses and knocking down the doors to investigate that,” Herzfeld said. “We do that to some degree when we’re convinced somebody is not telling the truth about where they live.” The school investigates 10 to 15 of shared residence cases a year. Students claiming to live outside the district are told to enroll in their own school. “It’s a question that is becoming more and more important as we reach the enrollment capacity of our school,” Herzfeld said. With too small of a campus to house all its inhabitants, many wonder

why the number of new students have to increase every year. Administrators don’t see the number as a high concern. Assistant Principal of Guidance Nancy Peterson broke down the transfer students into four categories: feeder schools, intra-transfer (open enrollment), inter-district, and shared residences. “We’re very careful with screening,” said Peterson. “It’s not as big of a problem as everyone thinks it is.” “It’s really just relative to the space that we have,” Herzfeld said. “Students feel the impact the most any time there’s long lines...we try to have more services available but we just don’t have the machinery to do it.” The large student population can be seen in the hallways and cafeteria lines. Students can be seen making their way to class, trying not to get lost in the flow of traffic. “A lot of areas inside the

school get overwhelmingly crowded which makes getting to class difficult,” said Vi Kim Dang (’15). Leo Vo (‘16) is a transfer student, but believes the growing student body is degrading the FVHS community. “I really do feel that only students from this district should be admitted into FVHS,” he said. “I can see how much of an impact people like me are making on this school.” Herzfeld believes the overcrowding problem has adjusted itself. “If it was a dangerous situation we would do something different about it.” But he doesn’t deny that there are a large number of students on campus. “I just want to pass my thanks to students who are polite,” he said. “We’re in a great place and we’ll get from point A to point B just fine.”


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FVHS welcomes new French teachers guage and Spanish. Her favorite word in French is pamplemousse, meaning grapefruit, and her favorite expression is “sacré coeur,” which means sacred heart. Fern’s list of hobbies is long: traveling, cooking, reading, running, doing yoga, playing the ukulele, and surfing. She feels right at home at FVHS. “I’m really impressed with the focus of my students...they really are learners,” she said. “And the students are maybe a little bit more accepting of others.” Stein is also the new French teacher this year. She previously taught at Westminster High School and has a bachelor’s degree from UC Irvine. A graduate of Marina High School, Stein has wanted to teach since she was five, but didn’t decide on her major until her sophomore year of college. Ultimately, she chose French. “I’ve always loved the language, and so becoming a French teacher was a really good idea,” she said. Stein has a passion for helping students acquire a foreign language. Fern (left) and Stein (right) are the latest additions to the FVHS Language Department. Ashley Le Baron Banner She enjoys traveling, reading, playing the clarinet, spending time with family and friends, and going to musicals. Stein’s fa The Language Department has is in her second year of teaching; her first vorite Broadway Musicals are Les Miwelcomed two new French teachers for year was in Colorado Springs, where sérables and The Phantom of Opera, and FVHS welcomes two new the 2013-2014 school year. Replacing San- she received her bachelor’s degree from because they originated from French books. French teachers this year. dra Colontonio and Laura Jones is Ashley the University of Northern Colorado. “Here the students are more willBy Tram Pham Fern and Samantha Stein, both of whom Fern’s passion for the French ing to learn, they do their homework, Staff Writer are new to teaching and new to FVHS. language led her to start teaching right and they’re all ready for a challenge.” Fern, also the adviser of the after finishing college in April 2007. She French Club, is a Colorado native. This is also interested in biology, sign lan-

Theatre gets by the skin of its teeth

The cast of The Skin of Our Teeth rehearses in the Globe Theater.

FVHS theatre will begin performances for a new production this fall. By Claire Pitchard Staff Writer

The theater department is gearing up for its fall production of The Skin of Our Teeth. “The Skin of Our Teeth is the story of the Antrobus Family throughout history,” director Robert Zick said. “The family faces an ice age, a great flood, and a war,

Sabina is the embodiment of temptation,” Tran said. “This is an absurdist play that intends to remind audiences that they’re watching a play, so various moments within the show, I break from my Sabina character and speak as Miss Somerset, the actress playing Sabina.” According to Zick, the play focuses on universal issues such as good versus evil and the venture into the unknown. “Each generation looks Claire Pritchard Baron Banner at the world and sees hope and possibility as well as doom and destruction,” Zick said. “This play but in the end they get through it was written between 1939 and 1941 by the skin of their teeth.” when the world was on the brink of The play will be performed destruction, or so people believed. on the outdoor stage, which was Not long ago, we faced an built for last year’s production of economic collapse not seen since Twelfth Night, and in Room 309. the 1920s. War seems to always Zick plans to move the be on the horizon. And each year, audience during intermissions. “While the move is something new seniors graduate and venture into an unknown world, and freshmen for our FVHS audiences, the effect should fit perfectly with the style of take their place on the high school stage.” the play,” he said. The Skin of Our Teeth be Lead actress Nikki Tran gins performances Nov. 13 and run (‘14) will play Sabina, the maid of until Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. the Antrobus household. “On a deeper and more symbolic level,

Banners fly high Blue and gold banners surround the bowl to add school spirit to FVHS. By Jessie Le Sports Editor

Fountain Valley High School has seen some new additions to the school campus that add school pride and representation. Along with the proud blue and gold flags that fly high in the air at the head of the bowl, new banners have also recently adorned the center of campus. Afraah Javed (‘15) said,“It’s great that they’re right around the bowl where our lunchtime activities are located.” Although ordered last year by the resigned Assistant Principal of Activities Joe Fraser, the banners recently came through, and were put up last week. ASB treasurer Rachel Phillips (’14) said, “The flags really dress up the campus.” Other Barons agree. Anam Aslam (‘16) stated, “[The banners] increase Baron pride and make the bowl look better.”


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NEWS Freshmen athletes honored to play on varsity teams “I feel very honored,” Mancini said, “and it’s very nice knowing that I can help the varsity team win this year.” Schmising has also had four to five years of water polo experience, playing for clubs and with clinics. He explained his appreciation for his team this year, saying, “They know more than I do, so I’m learning from them...they’re also good support and players.” Both Mancini and Schmising look up to fellow varsity player Connor Reilly (‘14) for being not only an inspirational player, but also a great scholar. Schmising also credited Dalton Kenefick Ashley Le Baron Banner (‘14) for motivating him to do well. (From left to right) Freshmen Ben Schmising, Adam Mancini, Clarissa Htay, and Katie Ho are the lucky few who have made Katie Ho has been an active tenit onto varsity teams. Adam Mancini, Clarissa Htay, nis player for an astonishing ten years Katie Ho and Ben Schmising are the now - and she’s only fourteen. She was few freshmen who have made it onto quite surprised to make varsity and takes Freshmen athletes look forward to playing for varsity teams and fall varsity sports teams at FVHS. pride in playing among upperclassmen. “I’ve already made friends Both Mancini and Schmis- explain how they balance sports and ing are on the boys varsity water polo with them,” Ho said. “It just feels school. team. Mancini had played water polo natural to play against them.” By Katrya Le With Ho on the varsity girls for about four years prior to becom- Staff Writer ing a member of the FVHS team. tennis team is Htay, who has been play-

ing tennis since she was five years old. Like Ho, Htay said making varsity was an unexpected honor. She was especially grateful that she was able to work alongside upperclassmen and gave much thanks to the help and coaching that she received from Demi Dang (‘14). Htay also appreciates everyone who has supported her and said, “I just want to thank everybody, like my parents and coaches for helping me get to varsity as a freshman.” According to girls varsity tennis coach Jay Patel, making a varsity team isn’t an easy task. “I would say it’s extremely hard right now for freshmen to make it,” he said. “It’s a good start to be apart of the team and you can go build yourself to a higher level.” All four of these freshmen agreed that being on a varsity sports team was a big time commitment and learning to balance their school work and sport was difficult. “It’s a little hard, because I have to leave fifth period sometimes,” Htay said. “But I say try your best and don’t give up.”

David Abraham named athlete of the week By Jessie Le Sports Editor

Varsity cross country runner David Abraham (‘14) was recognized as OC Varsity’s boys cross country athlete of the week when he broke a school record. Abraham was commended for his talent and determination on the trail at a Dana Hills meet after running a record-breaking time of 14:42. Since then, he has continued trained harder and came in fourth place at the Sunset League Preview Meet, while he and his “pack” of teammates, Baron Banner Files including Hunter Gulino (‘14), David Abraham runs Robert Osorio (‘15), Galyn Nash hard on the track. (‘15) placed second among the seven schools that participated. Varsity boys cross country This is Abraham’s second searunner David Abraham broke son as a varsity cross country runner. the school record with his time He draws motivation from his felof 14:42. low Barons and athletes, crediting his

achievements to practice and hard work. “It’s pretty simple in that if you train hard and keep your head straight, you’ll see results,” Abraham said. “Always set realistic goals, and upon realizing them, move on to newer goals.” With it being his last year, Abraham hopes to work with the other boys on the cross country team to finish the season on a high note. Just like in the previous two years, boys cross country is looking to sweep in league, coming in first place on all three levels, froshsoph, JV, and varsity. Abraham also aims to head to state for the first time ever in boys cross country history at FVHS. “It won’t be easy but we have a shot at it,” he said. Being recognized by OC Varsity has only encouraged him push himself further to achieve that Sunset League title. “It’s awesome being recognized as athlete of the meet,” he stated. “It only inspires me to stay diligent and train harder.”

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Girls golfers keep their heads up against Newport Harbor Girls golf loses to the Sailors in a tough home game, 286227. By Claire Pritchard Staff Writer

Varsity girls golf was defeated last Thursday by Newport Harbor, 286227. Before the match, the girls were optimistic about one of their last games before the end of the season. Coach Carter Keyser knew that Newport was a tough opponent, but maintained confidence in FV’s team. “[Newport’s] scores would normally beat us, but we’ve got a full

team today,” Keyser said. “[We’re] just looking for improvement and hopefully we’ll keep it as a good match.” During the match, Melissa Kittredge (‘17) was considered the medalist by her team mates, scoring the best for several matches. “[We’re] seeing lots of improvements this game,” said varsity player Vivienne Nguyen (‘15) who bogeyed the fourth hole, get-

ting just one stroke over par. The girls are excited for league finals and the quickly approaching end of the season. Throughout the highs and lows of the season, girls golf learned a lot from their opponents. “I think we could improve in time before the final league,” said Nguyen.


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Barons beat Marina for homecoming victory Varsity football overcame Marina in a sweeping victory at the homecoming game. By Rachel Phillips Staff Writer

Last Friday Baron football took on the Marina Vikings in annual homecoming game, emerging with a smashing victory of 40-14. At the beginning of the first quarter, the Barons stormed out of the gates with three touchdowns by Scott Schultz (‘14) before the bell sounded to end the quarter at 21-0. The Barons continued their shutout streak with two more touchdowns in the second quarter by Isaiah Davis (‘14) and Travis Hood (‘14) before halftime, bringing the score to 33-0, a strong lead for FountainValley. As football cleared the field, homecoming court took center stage for the crowning of this year’s royalty Alex Guembes (‘14) and Jake Tipple (‘14), who were honored by their friends, family, and last year’s winners Jessica Le (‘13) and Max Chern (‘13). Following the ceremony, the court retired to the stands and the Baron team ran out on their home turf once again, ready continue their winning streak.

Ryan Finley (‘15) receives a 20-yard pass, leading to the second touchdown of the night.

Although the second half proved marginally less successful for the Barons, a strong defense was able to keep Marina to only two touchdowns during the game. Although the Vikings put up a strong fight throughout the second half, the Barons closed the game 40-

Connor Reilly balances academics and passion for water polo

played. As the opponent shot the ball, Reilly rose up and quickly deflected it. For the first time, he felt like he was in control. He found his love for water polo in that moment. Commitment - that’s Reilly’s secret ingredient to his athletic and academic achievements. He attributes his starting position for three years on varsity water polo and OC Register scholar-athlete of the week title to his tenacious efforts during every practice. Making homework his number-one priority has also earned him a weighted GPA of 4.57 and is sustaining him through four rigorous AP courses in his senior year. However, he isn’t completely swamped with the stresses of academics and athReilly is also OC Register’s scholarletics. He is also an active member athlete of the week. of the Sea Leaf and Wounded Warriors clubs on campus. Whenever he Connor Reilly shares his love for water has free time, he loves going bodypolo and its influence in his life. surfing and kicking back at the beach. “I have begun to value the asStory and Photo pect of a team and how [the water polo by Tue Duong Photo Manager players] are a family,” says Reilly. According to Reilly, camaraderie is the It was eighth grade, and Con- biggest key to his success, and definor Reilly (‘14) was the “guarding set” nitely required for younger players for one of the first games he’s ever who want to follow in his footsteps.

14, with another touchdown by Hood. ASB President Tricia Vuong (‘14) is optimistic for the team’s success this year. “Hopefully this year will be the best year for football in a while,” said Vuong. “If we keep playing like this, fingers crossed for the Bell Game!”

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This win began the Baron season 1-0, and put them at the top of the Sunset League for preseason, with an overall record of 5-1. Barons will play the Oilers next Friday, 7 p.m. at HBHS in the annual Think Pink game to fight breast cancer.

Lady Barons score their first win in Sunset League against Marina

made several kills, scoring many points for their team. Newly promoted varsity player Erin Finley (’17) scored the final two points of the third game with her strong hits from the back row, while Ari Jacobsen (’15) and Shayna Johnson (’13) led their team to victory with their consistent passes and assists Ashley Le Baron Banner throughout the evening. Outside hitter Samira Escobar (‘14) goes up for a kill as Marina players ready their block. Although they have experienced many losses for the past two weeks, all three of the volleyball Girls volleyball dominated teams came back strong and confident. Marina at the Dig Pink game. “I’m glad that we were finally able to get a win, and I hope we conBy Demetria Ma tinue [to] play well,” said varsity player Staff Writer Zara Platt (’15). Fellow varsity middle blocker Sutton Fryslie (’15) also com The Lady Barons varsity volmented that it felt great to win and leyball team dominated the court that they “plan on doing it more often.” when they defeated Marina at the Since October is Breast CanDig Pink home game on Monday. cer Awareness Month, the Lady Bar The frosh-soph and JV ons had a bake sale supporting their teams both won 2-1, while VarDig Pink event and all the proceeds sity cleaned it up in a 3-0 win. were donated to the Sideout Founda With smart plays and a solid tion, which supports breast cancer defense, the varsity girls fought point research and patient services. In tofor point with Marina for the first two tal, approximately 300 dollars were sets. Outside hitter Laney Ehlers (’14) raised and donated to the foundation. and middle blocker Valerie Holler (’15)

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