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The Hatchet

September 28, 2010

Washington High School

API drops 12 points Rachel Das Teja Thota Despite the rallying behind Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) testing, the WHS Academic Performance Index (API) has gone down. Two years ago, Washington experienced a growth of 29 points, from 747 to 776. Last year, we remained stagnant. This year, we suffered from a decrease of 12 points, taking us down to 764. This could be serious, as several years of low performance can result in a school being sanctioned under the No Child Left Behind Law. “Maybe because we weren’t as focused,” senior Lara Mrgic said. “I mean, I know a lot of people didn’t really care whether we exceeded the goal or not, which is a little sad considering we did so well and were determined a couple years back.” The faculty meeting on Sept. 14 discussed the low scores and growth targets. The student scores were broken up into categories such as ethnicities, disabilities, and English language learners Principal Linda Fernandez told teachers to “keep a positive attitude and don’t feel down.”

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Facing prejudice Muslims react to controversy

What’s Choppin’? Slushie cards out soon

In three weeks, ‘Husky Slushie Rewards Cards’ will be available to all students for free, upon request. Senior Sarah Pham and junior Samantha Steadman decided the best way to reward frequent slushie buyers would be by creating this card. Students receive a free slushie for every five slushies purchased. The card itself is small enough to fit in a student’s wallet. - Teja Thota

Monica Anbazhagan “Instead of burning the Quran, try reading it”, senior Usman Shafiq said. Shafiq often hears remarks about his religion, which he finds offensive. He had originally planned to join the Marines, and had already begun the process, but after threats to burn a Quran in Florida came , he decided against it. Because he’s proud of his religion and doesn’t hide it, he is the victim of “jokes” and is commonly asked why he came here in the first place. On the ninth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, Terry Jones, a minister from Florida, planned to publicly burn a Quran. The idea stemmed from the proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero, which would feature a memorial for those whose lives were lost on 9/11 and prayer spaces for several faiths.

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ASB to host second annual Paws for a Cause

Photo by Harris Afridi Seniors Kisae Husain and Mahnoor Khalid, both Muslims, sit on the stairs. Muslims at WHS are speaking out about the recent “phobia” over Islam. After much media attention and discouragement from political figures, Jones was dissuaded from burning a Quran. At first he claimed he only suspended the demonstration, but later announced on NBC’s “Today”

show that he will “not today, not ever” burn the religious book, despite the location of the

ASB hopes to raise $8400 for HERS foundation in its second annual Paws for a Cause Breast Cancer Walk Oct. 2 from 11 am to 4 pm. Students will have an opportunity to receive 10 community service hours by raising $25 and walking at the event. Also, students will get a T-shirt to wear at the event. “It’s a foundation that helps men and women cope with the disease,” senior leadership member Kristina Becker said in an email. Students will walk around the perimeter of the school in order show people on the street the event and to get the word out.

- Jordan Wong

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New resource officer hands out parking tickets Garrick Ng

Photo by Harris Afridi Officer Robyn Berlin writes a parking ticket. She will be issuing tickets for parking illegally and not displaying parking permits

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Prejudice at school

Parking tickets are now being issued for violations in parking regulations at WHS. The addition of the new basketball courts this year has also resulted in a loss of much staff parking. At times, teachers will have to struggle to get parking because a staff parking space is occupied by another person. Before and after school, the parking lot can transform into a chaotic place. Parents can often be seen dropping off and picking up students where stopping is not permitted. Students often don’t pay attention when backing out, which can resulting in accidents that could cause damage to cars and students. All of these actions are a source of considerable risk and danger to

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New drama room!

both drivers and students. “We don’t want students to be hit by cars. We want to make the parking lot a safer place,” Principal Linda Fernandez said. In the previous years, Officer Darwin Foote chose not to issue tickets. However, this year, the new school resource officer Robyn Berlin is trying to be more proactive and has begun issuing tickets for parking violations. “It all comes down to safety,” Berlin said. Berlin will begin selecting parking lots to inspect about two to three times a week. A fine of $60 will be issued to students who have expired vehicle’s registration, are parked without a visible permit, are parked in a fire lane, or are parked in another person’s spot. Handicapped parking violators will yield a fine of over $300.

Illustration by Emma Johnston

PTSA begins clothing closet for needy

Since the second week of school the PTSA Clothing Closet has been taking clothing donations for students in need. PTSA and Assistant Principal Lance Miller are working with faculty members to make clothing available to students in need during a tough economy. Parent and students can contact their counselors to let them know if clothes are needed. New or clean clothes in teen sizes can be dropped off in the office There are already two boxes filled with over 60 items ranging from jeans to sweaters to T-shirts.

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Meet the shortest and tallest athletes

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NEWS F.I.E.R.C.E. Update: club unites all Fremont high schools

PAGE 2 The Hatchet September 28, 2010 Harris Afridi F.I.E.R.C.E (Fremontians Enabling Real Change in the Environment) is an inter-district club that was formed in February. It was founded by senior, Julian Mallard, and concentrates mainly on environmental organization. “F.I.E.R.C.E unites all the students in the district to make an overall greater impact,” club member Peter Braun said. Over this summer, F.I.E.R.C.E started a garden at American High School, with the help of a donation equivalent to $700 worth of plants from Raegan’s Nursery. The club is composed of five committees; district policy, gardening, fundraising, publicity, and seasonal events. District policy locates and focuses on issues concerning FUSD and its schools.

Gardening maintains the interschool garden which American High School has dedicated to them. Fundraising raises money for things the club can’t cover with grants, which range from the plants to gardening tools. Publicity aims to get F.I.E.R.C.E’s projects and programs recognized. Seasonal events plans themed events so they are festive, fun, and while at the same time incorporating the clubs message to be green and ecofriendly. While Environmental Club and last year’s “New Leaf ” chose to be strictly Washington High Schoolonly clubs, F.I.E.R.C.E. decided to switch the style up by becoming integrated and open to all schools in the FUSD district. As of right now the club has 30 members from Washington, Kennedy, American, Irvington, and Mission. For now, the inter-district club

Photo by Julien Malard WHS students; Peter Braun and Julien Malard tend to their garden at American High School with other club members. looks forward to tending their new garden at American as well as the eco-fair which they will be hosting also at American High School on October 23. They are always

looking for new potential members and everyone is welcome to join. “Email us, and you’re in!” Mallard said. Contact

Volleyball courts still in production Academy classes Noelle Fujii change the curriculum

The week before school started, construction for new volleyball courts on WHS’s campus came to a stop. Due to health concerns, sand will not be installed. This project started as a low key installation of volleyball posts to be put in the grass/dirt area behind the amphitheater. Two years ago, PTSA went to the Fremont Unified School District to get approval which was granted this

past spring. PTSA funded $4,000 worth of equipment to be used for basketball and volleyball courts. In August, activities director, Helen Paris put the plans together and asked a parent to dig out the cement. The district believed the school wasn’t following the proper process to get the courts approved and when the digging started, the school was asked to stop. “The district has a very strict policy and process to follow to make any physical changes to a school site,” former PTSA president

Francine Loudon said. The project has gone to bid to pave the area behind the E-building. The district is also assisting the school in getting vendor quotes so asphalt can be installed. Another option is to put a sportcoat finish on the courts, but Paris doesn’t know if the money from the class of 2010 will cover it. She hopes to get it done before the rainy season. “I’d be shocked if [the volleyball courts are] not done by November,” Paris said.

‘Muslim people are normal people too’ from page 1 cultural center. The threat to burn a Quran sparked discrimination against a group from which only a select few have behaved in an extreme fashion. “People assume I’m an immigrant even though I was born here and they think the hijab was forced on me by my parents. It was a choice,” senior Kisae Husain, a member of the Muslim Student Association, said. Co-president of the Muslim Student Association, senior Aziz Akbari said people have preconceived notions of Muslims, which aren’t true most of

the time. He thinks the reason we have less discrimination is because of the exposure to many religions and ethnicities in the Bay Area. Akbari said the “bubble” we live in enables us to be more respected, but he recalls a trip to New York where many people shouted rude things to him. Junior Josh Ebadi hasn’t seen a difference since September 11, 2001, but hears jokes directed at him by his friends. “Everyone has their opinion, but Muslim people are normal people too, “ Ebadi said. A random national sample by Washington Post and ABC News on September 2, 2010 of 1,002 adults resulted in 49% with an unfavorable opinion of Islam.

In the Hatchet poll only 9% of 1,654 asked said they had an unfavorable opinion of Islam. The reason for a big difference between the polls is the number of people who answered “no opinion.” In the national survey, 14% responded with “no opinion”, whereas 67% of WHS students had no opinion. Another reason for the difference is Washington High’s diversity.. WHS has many distinct religious affiliations -- Christianity (70%), Muslim (10%), Hindu (6%), Jewish (1%), and other (13%) -- according to a Hatchet poll (see page 4). “Islam itself means ‘peace’, so Islamophobia is peacephobia,” Husain said.

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The Multimedia Academy prepares students with team building projects that will be useful within the work force and college. Starting with the this year’s sophomores, the comprehensive list of classes for students enrolled in the academy include 2D Design, James Kleckner; English 10, Jeffrey Speckels; World History, Eric Shawn; and Biology, Michelle Terrell and Shari Raymond. Students will work together in the same classes throughout the year and apply the skills they have learned for upcoming projects. “Students connect with the teachers, with each other, and [work] all together to be successful,” Shawn said. By starting on the same agenda, teachers will not have to re-teach material the students already know. Terrell and Raymond have already discussed their plans for Biology and some creative changes to be made in order to intertwine with the other academy classes. During the junior year, the academy students will be taught American Studies. Students will create projects to show their understanding of ethics and


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principles that is commonly tied together with history and literature. The first project in American Studies is the “Future of Freedom”, which focuses on a specific trial in history that involves the questioning of the ideologies of America. With many projects ahead, students will be able to familiarize themselves with computer technology. Although Briano will not teach the academy students during their sophomore year, he will start to teach them in their junior year. He will provide technical training in order for the students to grasp a better understanding on the marvel of computers. “Their classes throughout the year is sequenced and interrelated,” Briano said. Students will receive all of their graduation credits by enrolling in the academy. There are many decisions that need to be made for the senior year of the academy students regarding Government and Economics. Although the teachers have met during the summer, they know that the payoff of planning ahead would come down the road. “It is not a traditional class by asking who did what because the teachers will know what the[students] have learned,” Briano said.


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OPINIONS When you wish upon a STAR… PAGE 3 The Hatchet September 28, 2010

Dylan Mahood Every school in California is aiming for an Academic Performance Index of 800, after which they no longer have growth targets for their STAR scores. Washington’s score dropped twelve points from 776 to 764 this year. WHS cannot go into Program Improvement for decreasing its scores two years in a row because it is not a Title I low-income school. No big deal. We’re close to 800 anyways, right? Yet how does that reflect on us as citizens? 89% of Fremont elementary schools and 80% of our junior high schools scored over 800, but only 40% of our high schools acheived this. Everyone remembers the kid in elementary school who slyly asked, “Does this count towards my grade?” In junior high that one kid became several. By the time we reached high school, many kids coasted through the STARs. We have been promised a two-hour lunch for upping our scores, and we’ve been warned that we will lose fun electives, to no avail. The reason these incentives don’t work is the same reason that seniors are not given STARs each year: If we feel unaffected, then we act ineffectively. People don’t

A Dose of Dogma by Dylan Mahood

Oh my God, they censored ‘South Park’!

Illustration by Josh Del Mundo respond to empty threats. So, how can you convince a crowd of high schoolers to care about STAR scores before Hank and Hannah Husky are begging for change on a rundown street corner and Kennedy is making fun of us

for being the dumb school? You won’t get a crowd of high school students to care about scores that don’t affect them; you have to make them count. What really counts is the education of wisdom and the wisdom of

education. Students shouldn’t always be thinking about what the benefit will be for them instead of the school. Caring doesn’t always have to be a reciprocal action; we should be able to do good without expecting something in return.


Ignorance is to blame for student misconceptions and hate Ever since the September eleventh attacks on the World Trade Center in NYC and the Pentagon in Washington D.C., there has been an epidemic of fear that has swept throughout the United States population, and it seems to have affected our school as well. If somebody was asked why they have a negative impression of Islam, they would most likely have an unreasonable or baseless response. The root of the issue is clear from the polls that have been conducted in the past week. The overwhelming majority of WHS students, 73%, have no opinion on the subject of Islam. This is a result of the ignorance that has been plaguing the world for years. The lack of understanding of Islam and its practices are not entirely the students’ fault. There is a negative portrayal of Islam that continues to be displayed on cable news after the the attacks on September eleventh. The news stations air these stories because people need to be aware in order to make informed decisions. It is better to be a little worried than to not be aware at all. However, people should not make generalizations based on what is shown on the

news. The comments or actions of a single individual from the Middle East that appear on the news should not be representative of a majority made up of moderates. As a school, students must break away from these misguided notions of Islam as a destructive and unjust religion. There is a way that the school can be helpful in educating students about Islam and other cultures as well. Every year, there is a multicultural week in which students are able to enjoy the cuisine of the countries and watch their native dances. However, after all of the entertainment and food, what have students gained from that experience? There is an excellent reason for including the multicultural week every year, and that is to bridge the culture gaps that are present in our school. If this is the reason, then the school has failed. There should be something during the assembly or lunch that can help to inform students about the different cultures, such as a skit. This would provide a better educational experience, and would be a step in the right direction as our world looks forward to a world that does have fear as its main motivator.

Huskies in the Halls

“Yes. I tried to review for the problems I could. For everything else, what ever happened…happened.”

“Yeah, I tried my complete and utterly hardest! Honestly! It’s not like I made a funny pattern…” (Sarcastically)

“I try, but if I read the problem and don’t know it…I guess. I don’t sweat it if I guess it.”

Emily Topham, 12

Zack Noorzad, 11

Katie Rodriggs, 10

Thiomas Smith, 9

Did you honestly try your hardest to get 801 on the STAR Tests?

“I really did my best. I didn’t study, but I tried my hardest!”

“South Park” is regarded as one of the strongest animated comedies on TV with 14 seasons, 4 Emmys, and an Oscar-nominated film under its belt. It is also considered one of TV’s most controversial shows. The South Park movie has 399 swear words and 128 rude gestures—that’s an average of 1 profane act every 10 seconds. In 2006, Isaac Hayes, the voice-actor of the character Chef, left the show after an episode mocking Scientology. “In ten years and over onehundred fifty episodes of ‘South Park’, Isaac never had a problem with the show making fun of Christians, Muslim, Mormons or Jews,” co-creator Matt Stone said. Most Huskies who watch it are not offended by the show, but agree that other people could easily find it objectionable. Some Huskies say their parents would not approve of them watching it. “It’s like the writers read the walls of a high school bathroom,” one disapproving Husky said. “South Park” pushes the confines of freedom of speech by taking aim at every target— its creators justify insulting one religion by pointing out that they’ve already insulted all of the other ones. “South Park” is filled with both pop culture and intellectual references. You need a certain level of maturity to understand the show’s humor, but you also need an underlying sophomoric immaturity to laugh at it. “Humor is about pushing the limits. If you have the same thing every time it’s boring,” senior Frank Hsu said. But some people feel “South Park” has gone too far with “pushing the limits.” Two episodes featuring the Prophet Muhammad earned the creators of the show a foreboding warning from an offended Muslim group and censorship from Comedy Central. I think censoring the show is an overreaction. Viewers can choose to watch it or not. While South Park viewers must have a relaxed sense of standards, they must also have the moral strength to realize that the humor of “South Park” does not promote violence and bigotry, but rather mocks it. If you laugh at the show, you are exercising your freedom to laugh at yourself, to laugh at those you disagree with, and to laugh at the current events.

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Religions of Washington: worship and worries An accessory for hate

A private Holocaust: anti-Semitism at school A pack of kids saunter their way down Eggers Boulevard towards Domino’s Pizza. Over the excited sounds of students celebrating their thirty-five minutes of freedom, one voice cuts clear above the rest. “Hey, you want to go to Domino’s? Because they need to test out their ovens.” The phrase is pointed toward a sophomore boy, “Jacob,” who has requested to remain anonymous. He is of Jewish faith, and the cruel remark was aimed at him for that reason alone. Hate crime statistics in 2008 revealed that 65.7% of crimes were anti-Semitic. Just last year in June, anti-Jewish writer James Von Brunn, shot and killed security guard Stephen T. Johns in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC. In May 2009, four New Yorkers planned to destroy a synagogue and a Jewish Center in the Bronx by planting bombs in cars parked nearby. A Jewish cemetery in Chicago was defaced, headstones were overturned and swastikas and other anti-Semitic symbols and

phrases spray were spraypainted on every possible surface. At Washington High School, anti-Jewish bullying is taken down to the level of schoolyard bullies. “... [I]t's funny because you have no idea how much I get persecuted,” Jacob said. Most of the bullying takes place on campus and comes from the mouths of fellow Huskies. “Every single day I hear the word ‘Jew’ get used as my name. I asked a person after they called me ‘Jew’ if they even knew my name. He didn't,” Jacob said.

What religious faith do you practice?

Disturbingly, the range of badmouthing doesn’t end just at names, these students dare to poke fun at the most sickeningly inhumane treatment of human beings ever recorded.“I constantly hear Holocaust jokes,” Jacob said. The verbal abuse that some students have to constantly endure creates a hostile and unwelcome environment that defeats the purpose of school as a safe and secure place. “Every morning when I wake up I don't want to go to school because I know that as soon as I get there, I'm going to get constantly bombarded

Ashley Yang

“It was also ironic to me that an American would make those remarks in the ‘land of freedom,’” “Discrimination is intolerable; Pirzada said. it doesn’t make anyone feel good She believes that Muslims are the and it doesn’t help with anything,” target for outbursts such as the one Muslim junior Freshta Pirzada said. she experienced because, Pirzada is lucky to have had few “Muslims in general are looked at encounters with discrimination. She differently. There’s just a lot of anger does recall however, one experience towards them.” in which her sister was the target Pirzada feels that this anger of a man’s hateful is fueled by the outburst. September 11th “There was this attacks in New York one time I was There was this one time and especially by with my brother I was with my brother what is presented and sister, and this and sister, and this to the public drunk lunatic was drunk lunatic was callby the media. calling my sister ing my sister a ‘f***king “Media, negative a ‘f***ing Arab,’ Arab’ or positive, true because she wears a Freshta Pirzada or false, definitely headscarf,” Pirzada effects how people said. view my, or any, A headscarf, or religion. Some hijab, is a vital part information about of the Muslim faith. It serves as both religion is false, and unfortunately a way to show a woman’s modesty some people blindly follow it.” and to ensure that the wearer Regardless, Pirzada has had does not forget to remain pure in mostly positive experiences the name of God. Traditionally, regarding her religion. women must keep everything but “Most people are very supportive their hands and face covered. The and open to our religion. They are stranger’s attack on Pirzada’s sister fascinated and interested in our showed complete ignorance to customs and practices, giving us this fact as well as being extremely the same respect they give to other unpatriotic. people,” Pirzada said.

Kaitlyn Martinez

with hate”, Jacob said.

Cartoon by Josh del Mundo

From turbans to terrorism Kaitlyn Martinez Discrimination began at an early age for Sikh junior Karandeep Singh. “It all started from elementary school,” said Singh. “[Kids] used to make fun of my heritage and the fact that I wore a turban, and called me a rag head and other names.” Some kids even went as far as to think that Singh was a terrorist. “The September 11 attacks most likely gave [people] a strong opinion towards me.” During the aftermath of 9/11, many terrorists who wore turbans were all over the news. Singh feels that a number of people likely jumped to the conclusion that all terrorists must wear turbans. “A majority of the people that you see wearing turbans are Sikhs,” Singh said. As a result, Singh feels that Sikhs were singled out. “[It] made me feel like I wasn’t wanted at my school or in society.”

Poll by Nika Peng Inforgraphic by Daniel Tsay

Though things have changed since Singh’s freshman year, there are still times when he receives weird looks, usually from people who do not know him well. These acts can have the same impact as being teased. “It kind of makes me feel out of place, like I did something wrong,” Singh said. These ‘weird looks’ comes from a general misunderstanding of what a turban actually is and what it represents. “The reason that I wear a turban [is that] it is an article of faith and was made mandatory by our gurus. Some think that something is hidden under it, but it’s just my hair tied into a knot,” Singh said. Sikhism is one of the world’s largest religions, with over 28 million followers, but many do not know much about it. “I think if [people] make an effort to ask, they’ll know all the differences and the similarities that we share. I think they should realize that I am no different than any other human being, me wearing a turban doesn’t change me as a person,” Singh said.

Christianity as the world sees it Daniel Tsay

People gather at the Gurdwara Sahib in Fremont.

Photo by June Cong Junior Katie Majumdar prays at See You at the Pole Sept 22.

Photo by Amber Yao

Since the United States is primarily made up of Christians (76% of the American population, according to ARDA’s 2008 poll), Christianity is widely accepted and is rarely made fun of or discriminated against. However, ceramics teacher Donald French, commented that although there is relatively little to no discrimination against Christians in the United States, there is a considerable amount of people from outside the U.S. that hate Christianity and Christians. This all boils down, according to French, to the simple but flawed reasoning that “my side is better than your side.” There has always a sense of rivalry and fear between two opposing sides. “It’s not very different from the Cold War,” French said. During that time period, Americans tended to view Russians as evil, and vice versa. While there

are many people in the United States who feel that Islam is a violent religion, there are an equal number of people across the globe who believe the same thing regarding Christianity, often times for no legitimate reason. For instance, Egypt has garnered a reputation lately as a country whose citizens persecute Christians. According to the New York Sun, gunshots rang out in Egypt last Christmas and killed seven Christians and wounded twenty-six more, the latest tragedy in a fortyyear campaign of violence against Egyptian Christians. These anti-Christian actions began when Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser reduced Christians to second-class citizens in the 1970s. Millions of Egyptian Christians fled the country in an attempt to escape persecution, but the majority of them remain in Egypt as targets for anti-Christian violence. Like oil and water, religions don’t mix. Though discrimination of Christians is muted in the United

Photo by June Cong Senior Justin Woo prays at See You at the Pole, Sept. 22 States, the beliefs of this society are not the same as those of the world.


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Reflections welcomes all artists’ entries

Photo by Matt Ballin A construction worker stands on top of the remains of the portable drama room that was demolished over the summer. The space was filled with basketball courts.

Scene change: drama class has room to breathe Haley Barnett The drama class has moved to the old wood shop because its previous home, the portable by the pool, was torn down. Drama teacher Matt Ballin spent time over the summer transforming the room from bare and heavilypainted black into a space that would be useable for the new school year. He has a long way to go before his vision for the room is complete. “This is going to be a multi-year project,” senior and house manager

for drama productions Rachel Kahn said. Booster meetings are held every other Tuesday. Anyone can come and support the drama department. The drama club is doing its part to raise funds by hosting movie nights once a month, starting on September 29 in the drama room at 7:00 p.m. with the movie Space Balls. Students can help with the cost of the new room by attending shows and movie nights. Ballin has high hopes that the Photo by Harris Afridi improved drama room will help Matt Ballin instructs drama class. The new foster the young talent at WHS. room is more spacious for students.

The PTA Reflections program has returned to WHS. This contest provides a challenge for students to create the best work of art according to the theme, “Together we can...” They can enter in one of six categories: dance choreography, music composition, film, photography, writing, or visual arts. PTA Reflections is a national program that aims to give students an opportunity to express themselves and even help them discover an interest in the arts. The creative writing teacher, Teri Hu, is this year’s representative chairing the event. She has represented Irvington in the past, but hopes for a better turnout with WHS. “If people enter

anything similar to what the Scrivener has been getting, I think it’ll turn out fine,” says Hu. She would like to uncover experienced writers and artists, as well as students who are new to the art of expression. She believes this program can help spread interest in the arts. While anyone can participate in this opportunity, students have to be willing to put effort into their work.

You have to be self motivated. Your work has to come from you and your heart.

Daniel Yi

Teri Hu The entry deadline for Reflections is Sunday, October 31. For details about contest requirements, see Hu in room E229.

First Day of School


Photo by Alex Young Sameed Siddiqui pumps up his fellow juniors.

See You At the Pole 2010

Photo by Stephanie Thune An ASB member helps Hank Husky suit up for the rally.

Senior boys Brandon Barrios, Ed Lu, Alexander Anderson, Tommy Pak, Robert Rosano, Bach Phan, and Hussam Mougharbel get some sun. Photo by Stephanie Thune Senior Willow Osage and sophomore Breanna Godlesky stick their libs.

Senior Carmelle Coleman enjoys the water slides.



Waterworld! Sarah Kowalski and Paige Castren play Peek-ABoo.

Photo by June Cong Sophomores Emily Eitel and Stephanie Van Sprakelaar at the Youth Alive event Sept. 22.

Photos by Joel Capra

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Tall or Bharathi Gandi Whether you’re defending as a right tackle in football or perfecting floor routines in gymnastics, Husky athletes clearly state that height does not interfere with their ability to participate in athletics. Senior Jake Beall, a 6’7’’ right tackle on the varsity football team, has no problem with his conspicuous height. In fact, he calls himself the “kindhearted, gentle giant.” With his beast-like body, he’s the opponent’s worst nightmare. While he is completely content with being himself, a part of him longs to be the team’s fullback. But because of his height, it is hard for him to get low as he loses leverage. Sophomore Quincy Cato, on the other hand, would give anything to “be able to crush everything in his surrounding[s].” The fact that he’s 5’4’’ is the only thing in his way. “If I were bigger, I’d be able to evade across the green grassy field made of synthetic,” Cato said. Another Washington athlete with a height advantage is junior


Megan Ottoboni. “If I were short, I’d probably have to work harder,” Ottoboni said. She is the tallest player of the girl’s water polo team, baring a body of 5’10”. “My height is what lets me dominate when I’m in the water,” Ottoboni said. Height may be advantageous in many aggressive sports, but when it comes to gymnastics: the shorter, the better. Junior Jill Huynh, barely 4’11”, shows off flipping around the room and executing perfect handstands. “I love my height. I wouldn’t want to be tall,” Jill said. Being short has actually made her stronger. She must reach farther and push stronger to swing across the uneven bars or jump higher in a floor routine. Height is neither an advantage nor an obstacle, but a range of facets. It doesn’t necessarily matter how tall or short you are, but how you apply yourself in the game and if you give it your best shot.



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Photos by Bharathi Gandi Photo by Paige (From left to right) Senior Jake Beall in uniform before a football Glenister game. Junior Megan Ottoboni after water polo practice. Sophomore Junior Jill Huynh at Quincy Cato warming up on Tak. gymnastics practice.

Friendly rivalry among athletic siblings Lauren Hishinuma With a wide variety of sports, student athletes can find a place that highlights their own unique and personal athletic skills. However, what happens when these athletic genes run through the family, and siblings must play on the same sports team? In the case of the Serex sisters, both senior Jenelle and sophomore Meagan Serex play on the girl’s varsity volleyball team. This is not the first instance that these two have played for the same sport. “Even though we were on the [WHS varsity] swim team together, it’s our first year playing volleyball with each other. It’s different

because we have to depend on each other on the court,” Meagan said. Even though the Serex sisters were both on the swim team, the sport is an individual-based effort. However, volleyball requires teamwork and the bonds between the two sisters are tested. “I like playing on the same team as my sister and it has turned out to be so much fun and has made us closer,” Jenelle said. As the older sister, Jenelle offers Meagan advice on ways to improve on her skills. And as for any sibling rivalry, “Yes, there is definitely a little friendly sibling rivalry, especially because she is the youngest on the team, but it is all in good spirits,” Jenelle said.

Another pair of sports sisters is senior Angelica Cayabyab and junior Laura Cayabyab who are on the girl’s tennis team. Both are individually talented players, however they are unable to compete together, believing that the game would become “too intense”. The way Angelica and Laura joke around with each other, any observer can see that the two are close. “I think we are more honest with each other,” Angelica said. These sisters can still be found practicing together, just on opposite sides of the net. Both pairs of siblings believe that playing on the same sports teams brings them closer together rather than further apart.

Photo by Paige Glenister Sophomore Meagan (left) and senior Jenelle (right) Serex walking to volleyball practice together.

Photo by Paige Glenister Junior Laura (top) and senior Angelica (bottom) Cayabyab pose before tennis practice.

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At the mere age of 15, sophomore Anthony Magallanes has already been named a five time national champion as well as a two time world champion in martial arts. His father first got him into the art when he was only four years old, because his father wanted to teach him selfdefense from school bullies. His determination led him to his first of many victories in the year 2006 where he won several first place titles at various competitions. Some years he won an additional first place

title from the Wushu National Competition in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania where he was named number one in the nation. “In the future I want to be a martial arts legend!” Magallanes said. His performances have been shown on T.V. commercials and even master demonstration clips. When he’s not practicing at the Champion Wushu Center or Clubsport, Anthony receives training tips and advice from his father at home. “I want to give a special thanks to my Mom and Dad for all their support and help,” Anthony said.

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Sophomore Anthony Magallanes in a martial arts stance.

September 28, 2010  

The Hatchet, Washington High School newspaper