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Volume 3 Issue 7

What’s The Latest Buzz?

Whitney High School Key Club D30S | Region 3 | CNH District

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Fall Rally South


Operation Christmas


Give Back


Eagle Project


Power of Thanks


November DCM


More Fall Rally


Member Recognition



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Fall R South Josie Nieh || Treasurer From spirit battles to going on rides to taking pictures, Fall Rally South was one of the best days I’ve ever had. I made so many new friends and I got to reunite with old friends from other schools. The whole day I got to see the true size of not just 30 south, but Key club in general. I was able to experience the competition and love for each person’s division, but also the love everyone had for random people, no matter what division. The process leading up to fall rally was undeniably time-consuming, with all the spirit nights. However, I enjoyed every bit of it. I grew closer to so many of my friends not just on cabinet; also people from other schools in 30 south, and general members, from all grades. I have a lot of close senior friends, and spending the whole day with them at six flags with the club and division I love most was all I could ask for. Especially since so many of them are busy in the midst of college app season and they can rarely find time to go out, it was so nice to be able to be with them, not just at fall rally, but at all the spirit nights leading to it as well. There was so much spirit and adrenaline around me wherever I went, and it intensified my passion and dedication to Key Club in both regards of service and spirit. If I could have another “key club moment”, it would without a doubt be at the spirit session, when I couldn’t even hear myself screaming at the top of my lungs because everyone around me was so loud. Winning the spirit stick just made it that much better, and it strengthened my love for my division even more. Laughing uncontrollably for no reason with my division friends in line, going on rides with my best friends from cabinet, more spirit chants while we were walking to the bus to leave, and belting Hamilton lyrics in the bus will be memories that I will never forget; it was the best first fall rally I could ever ask for. It left me with a stomach ache because I laughed too much, and a lost voice because I screamed too much and too loud, but I loved every single part of it. It’s almost impossible to put into words how happy I was the whole day, and I already can’t wait until next year<3


Rally h 2018 Pranitha Rao|| Dir. of Activities

November 10th was a day that had very little significance to me before this Key Club term. During the 2018-2019 Key Club year, November 10, 2018 was a day for the books, as it was the day of Fall Rally. The day before Fall Rally was caustic to say the least; with basketball practice running late, not being able to make it to the 4th Spirit Night, going to the Check Please! Play, coming home and sleeping late, I was not excited to wake up at 3:30 AM the next day. However, I was not going to waste the time spent at Spirit Nights, the tulle used on tutus and the money spent on the trip. I woke up the next morning to experience one of the best days of my life. Division 30 Southâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s months and months of practice finally paid off when we were able to get the Spirit Stick! It was announced that D30S was able to raise over $7,000 for the Pediatric Trauma Program, and bought four district board members from the auction held during the third Spirit Session. After the Spirit Session and some pictures, everyone parted ways, some heading to the free fall rollercoasters, while others spent their time on the kiddy rides. Rides were interrupted by random chants and spirit battles along the way. At the end of the night, as we headed home, 30 South was singing, hugging other divisions, and overall having the time of their life! The memories and experiences created at Fall Rally South 2018, were some that I will never forget. I was able to meet people from all over California, some even from Nevada. At first, I found the experience intimidating, but after a while I really wanted to scream louder, chant harder, and win the spirit stick. I am so happy that I have this amazing memory of Key Club, and I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to make many more.


Operation Christ Meghan Lee || Vice President Hey Whitney Key Club! <3 It’s already December, and you know what that means — Operation Christmas! Since 7th grade, Operation Christmas has been my absolute favorite project that Key Club runs, and it’s UNBELIEVBLY surreal that as VP, I’m this year’s Project Coordinator. This is a time when Whitney truly comes together in the spirit of giving to better the lives of families in our community. It’s rare to have the opportunity to help others as directly as this, and I’m always amazed by how much we are able to accomplish. I’m excited to announce that our goal for Operation Christmas 2018 is $4000 raised!!! If you’re new to Operation Christmas, it’s Whitney’s annual holiday drive that Key Club plans, with the Salvation Army. We are sponsoring 7 families this year, and they will be depending on us for food, gifts, and monetary donations during this holiday season. These families are part of the Salvation Army’s Adopt a Family program, for which they had to qualify and apply. Once accepted, they are no longer able to receive aid from other organizations, which means that they’re really counting on our school to help them. The kids in these families usually rely on free/reduced lunches at school, but with the holidays coming up, the families often face the financial hardship of providing all the meals for 2 to 3 weeks. This is why it’s important that we keep our commitment to these families, and provide them with the supplies that they are asking for. Additionally, we give them gifts and monetary donations for extra household supplies, because the holidays are a time of giving and we can help lessen the financial burden of the festivities. As you can see, Operation Christmas is a truly special drive that Whitney partakes in every year. Want to know how you can get involved? It’s pretty simple! When Key Club cabinet members go to each homeroom asking for two homeroom representatives, we would really appreciate it if YOU volunteer! Homeroom representatives for Operation Christmas are more involved than representatives for other drives are — for Operation Christmas, the homeroom representatives attend two of our meetings, go shopping for the clothing and gifts for each family, and help us package all of the donations in the Dance Room on Packaging Day before the Salvation Army picks everything up!


tmas/ Give Back Josie Nieh || Treasurer With the holidays coming in full swing, it can be very easy to get caught up in the gift shopping and yummy treats. During this season of receiving, whether if be in presents, food, or just the company of others, I challenge you to remember to also give back. Give the gift of service and gratitude to your community and those around you. Tell your parents and teacher how much you appreciate them but writing them a letter or doing the chores for your parents. There are so many little things you can do to help give back this season. Take this heart of gratitude a step further than your home and classroom and bring it to your community. Go out and help at a nursing home keeping the elderly company during these colder months or help pass out food and clothes at a local food bank. There are tons on opportunities to help out the community during the holidays. So remember to stay warm and keep on serving.


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Ayaan Ekram

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Fall Rally South was the most amazing experience of my Key Club life. It was a ton of fun and an amazing event. First and foremost, the spirit nights in preparation for Fall Rally were so much fun. Learning all the spirit cheers was extremely fulfilling and truly spectacular. As I looked around during each spirit night, I saw so many people that were exciting and eagerly waiting for Fall Rally. This only raised my own excitement as Fall Rally was so close. When Fall Rally came I was nervous. I really wanted our division to win the spirit stick. I believed we, as a division, had prepared a lot, bonded, and readied ourselves for an amazing Fall Rally. On the bus ride up I felt extremely happy to see so many Whitney High School Key Clubbers that were ready for a great Fall Rally. I even saw a few people perfecting their spirit gear so they would look amazing for the day we were all waiting for. This day was full of a lot of joy. Of course we all had an amazing time on all the rides, but the spirit session was the moment we were all waiting for. Waiting in line to enter the amphitheatre was exhausting. I have to admit it was super hard to calmly wait in that line. However, as we entered the amphitheatre, the wait was worth it. Seeing this huge area filled with the most spirited and happy people was very fulfilling. Entering was the most amazing moment of that day. All of the different colors and mascots from the different divisions had left me extremely excited for what was to come. The loud cheering had left my voice extremely scratchy, however watching all the people around me soothed my voice and allowed me to cheer louder than I thought I could. We, as a division, did so well that we won the spirit stick. That victory was amazing. I remember that leaving Fall Rally South was the most bittersweet moment that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve experienced in a long time. It was amazing to leave after winning the spirit stick and enjoying ourselves while doing so, however it was sad to know that we couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have more spirit battles and cheers in the middle of a huge amusement park where other people not from Key Club would get confused by the sudden burst of spirit around them. Fall Rally was the most amazing experience I have had and I really encourage people to attend in the future. Everyone should also attend other Key Club events as you can have the same amount of fun at other events.


ia|| President

Since we’re all ourselves and only ourselves, we never could know what’s going on in someones life, their classes, home, family, nothing. So, when they get that unexpected message talking only about themselves, and how they are so good at this, or so nice and pretty, it can really make that persons day, and help push him/her through any hard times he/she is going through. That message, although a couple of sentences or so, can mean so much to that person in ways the other person will never know; will never know the feeling of getting that message, of reading that message, and the impact it will have on that person for the rest of his/her life. On top of it, happiness is contagious, of course when someone smiles at you, you would try to smile back, and pass that smile to other people. Same thing with helping as well, if you help someone unselfishly, and for the other persons own benefit, that person will be more inclined to not only you help you in the future, but help others, which only furthers it, and contributes to more happiness and thanks. TLDR: So please, of all the things to take out of this article, be the first person who gives thanks to his/her friends because it is uncomfortable, scary, and tiring, but in the end it’s all worth it even if you don’t know it.



Aleksa Saveedra|| Dir. of Pubs

Saturday, October 13th was the first spirit night for fall rally south. Shortly after we got there, we were put into groups and began learning and practicing old and new D30S cheers and having small competitions to see which group was the loudest. After about two hours of that, we began playing games which involved more yelling and display of spirit, as can be expected from any key club event. In the end, we had small spirit battles which turned into larger spirit battles. By the end of the night, there were three groups yelling cheers as loud as they could while the rest of the groups judged them for which group had the most spirit. I was in one of these three groups, and I can definitely say it was exhilarating; a part of me felt insane and way out of my comfort zone, but a part of me felt completely at home and I loved every part of it. When I first arrived, it was a little bit daunting because this is my first year going to fall rally south. However, very quickly I felt the spirit and excitement everyone else around me had in them, and I loved it. I can say with complete honesty that I am entirely ready and looking forward to the upcoming spirit nights and fall rally south.

Farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market Rawnie Singh || Historian

In my freshman year, I began getting involved in key club around the end of October. Later on in freshman year, I signed up with a big buddy little buddy program(in key club) where I would be paired with a junior or senior in the region, just to have another friend. Today, I still talk to the person I was paired up with. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gotten close with her over social media but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never seen her in real life, so we are planning to find each other during fall rally south. Regardless, I never would have thought someone I met through a key club region-wide pen pal program would remain to be of my close friends after a whole year of being introduced for the first time. Not only do I talk to her and ask her about officer duties as she had my position last year, but also school, family, how my day went; honestly, anything in general. The pen pal program is a smaller and less known aspect of the region but it is one of the things I am most looking forward to after the notably positive experience I had with this program last term.



November DCM Alexa Saavedra || Director of Pubs November DCM took place on Saturday, November 3rd, and I’ll be the first to say this was the most spirited DCM we’ve had so far! Key Club members gathered at Rosary Academy all decked out in spirit gear to match with the “Sunshine Spirit” theme. Everyone got together to hear current updates from our LTG Anjika and to learn more cheers for Fall Rally. After the announcements we practiced our old and new cheers to be perfectly in unison. Later on in the event, a small group of members and I were informed that we would be part of the Digital Media Team for Fall Rally South. It was really exciting because I was going to be able to take pictures and videos during Fall Rally that would be used for a future project. Then when we finished cheers we did bonding activities and ate food that Oxford was selling. I recommend that more members attend DCMs because they get closer with other fellow members, their LTG, and they get to be more informed about what the club has been doing as a whole. Plus, it’s a step forward to being more involved in their Division which can help them for future positions. Lastly, I’d like to thank that the Spirit Team and coordinators because they pushed us so hard at each spirit night and led us to success.

Fall Rally South Alexa Saavedra || Director of Pubs

“Because the suns are shining bright and we ignite with all our might!” That is one of the many cheers I’ll always remember from the unforgettable Fall Rally I attended this year. Just one week after our DCM Whitney High School and other schools from SoCal came to compete for the famous Spirit Stick on Saturday, November 10th at Six Flags. (Spoiler alert: We won!) After our continuous practice at our four Spirit Nights our hard work finally paid off because Division 30 South got that spirit stick! It was amazing to see how so much determination and effort was put into this event and overall I’m very proud to have been part of it. I recommend that every future Key Club member to go to this event or at the least considers going because shy or sociable, no matter what type of person you are, you are going to LOVE this event. There is so much spirit and joy everywhere: there are people chanting cheers, groups having mini spirit competitions with each other, everyone’s dressed up in their colorful Division spirit apparel, and there are so many laughs and memories being made. Don’t like rollercoasters? Don’t worry about it! There is so much to do! The Spirit


Coming Together Susie Toscano|| Dir. of Pubs

Many know Fall Rally as the event to attend as you get a ticket to six flags at a cheaper price than usual. This is the event where the flood of new members occurs as well as the introduction of the essence of key club. Many attend fall rally and are either in awe of the massive impact that key club has or are a little irritated by the enormous amount of spirit battles that went on through the day. Although many members are all excited for the day of fall rally south and all the roller coasters and rides they get to go on, many overlook the biggest event of the entire day which is the spirit battle itself. Members can always remember the spirit of key club and the fall rally hype but another important aspect to remember is the planning and effort put in to win the spirit stick. Many are aware of the spirit committee that was chosen to help lead at the spirit session alongside the spirit coordinators and the fall rally task coordinator herself. They know the exceptionally loud voices of these individuals and their constant water falling used at every spirit night to quiet down the members. What they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t notice is all their dedication and the love that they put into these spirit nights to make them enjoyable for everyone. The spirit coordinators: Dez, Karar, and Jaelyn as well at the fall rally task coordinar herself: Leanna put it in hours of work to plan and create the cheers user at fall rally all to win the spirit stick and enjoy it with the division they love. Even though the spirit session was the purpose of the four spirit nights it is important to remember that during these nights our division was able to come together in unĂ­son to learn our amazing cheers. The fun time may have initially been seen as fall rally itself but if one were to look back on their experience they would realize that the real time to treasure was meeting new division members and enjoying time with the people that we love. Also of course winning the spirit stick. WHO GOT THAT SPIRIT STICK AYYY WE GOT THAT SPIRIT STICK!!!!

Member Recognition Most Hours Served Class of 2022 Justin Lee (21 Hours) Class of 2021 Emma Phungraksakiat (15.5 Hours)

Class of 2020 Kevin Hong (19.5 Hours) Class of 2019 Seth Loquias (3 Hours)


Mark Your Calendar 12/3 Technior 12/8 LA Food Bank 12/9 - Old Time Christmas Festival 12/15 Hope Food Bank 12/15 Cocoa With Santa 12/8-12/9 2018 Autism Speaks Walk

November 2018 - Whats the Latest Buzz  

Whitney High School KC Bulletin

November 2018 - Whats the Latest Buzz  

Whitney High School KC Bulletin