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February 14, 2013
EDITORIAL Reworking the school day Walnut has never remained exactly the same from year to year. We see new rules implemented, policy revisions arise, schedules restructured once in a blue moon. Next year will be a blue moon. The administration and faculty have planned a new schedule for the 2013-2014 school year, and with it will come the reevaluation of habits and an effort to adopt new ones. With events like these, the student response is a hodgepodge of everything from grateful relief to vehement disapproval. Some will view this as an intrusion of the norm (two three-period block days weekly and monthly late starts). Others will view it as a godsend, and a handful of students may hardly see it as a signiﬁcant difference. A worry is that despite the administration intention’s to improve the sometimes overwhelming block schedule, the performance of some students will remain stagnant, or even decline in response to the drastic change. While this is a legitimate concern, the motive behind the new schedule is ultimately to provide a greater majority of students with a more bearable, more effective week. So how will you confront this change, especially if you deem yourself
as one who could be challenged by the new schedule? It has been deliberated upon for nearly two years and is likely to stay longer than last year’s intervention period. That being said, the tactful response would be to utilize it as advantageously as possible by welcoming shorter, and supposedly more instruction-packed block periods. The tutorial period can easily be beneﬁcial, or wasted, with students having a lot of freedom in how they use their 40 minutes. And upon closer examination, the new Tuesdays through Thursdays may not necessarily mean more work and less time to complete homework. It’s pretty obvious that not every student was consulted with this plan, but a calm discussion to come up with the ideal new schedule among nearly 3,000 would have been impossible. With enough input from WASC students and parents, one schedule was picked to be enacted. Meant to beneﬁt the whole, the new schedule can only work to its full effect if students understand the motive behind it and choose to cooperate. In any case, intent behind the new schedule is crystal clear: give students a more workable ﬁve-day week and hope that performance levels rise. Whether that turns out to be the case is up to us.
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February 14, 2013
Robotics Team takes second place The Aluminati competed at the First Tech Challenge Regional Qualifiers, where members raced different robots to see which could lift the most rings.
Mary Zhang Staff writer Walnut Robotics Team - the Aluminati - triumphed as a second place ﬁnalist at the First Tech Challenge (FTC) Regional Qualiﬁers at Monrovia High on Feb. 2. It battled teams from all over southern California and advanced to the next round of regional competitions. “We were mildly amused at winning second place; we never expected to place anywhere because our robot was having problems during the competition,” senior David Cao said. “It feels like the hard work we’ve put in on our creation has paid off.” This competition consisted of putting self-built and selfprogrammed robots together and racing to see which team could lift and capture the most rings onto a three tiered rack. “We did impressively for a ﬁrst year team. We’ve put in so much work at the ofﬁce – over a thousand hours – on this robot,” senior Corey Chow said. “We made a good and competitive robot that seemed to uphold to FTC’s spirit of challenge.” The team came upon problems throughout the competition, such as failing to pass hardware inspection
District and union issue resolved with compromise After a district-wide issue in which teachers disapproved of the proposed number of furlough days, the negotiation teams reached an agreement. Felix Lee Editor-in-chief
PHOTO COURTESY OF JAMES LI
REAL STEEL: The Aluminati’s robot wheels around the ring to collect more rings and score points on a three-tiered rack against opponents. and having parts of the robot destroyed by opposing alliances. By the end of the ﬁrst half of the competition, Walnut Robotics had landed in the last three ranks and held little hope of progressing onto the second half of the competition. “From all the long hours and hard work, it was like watching our dreams crumble down as we realized we may not be able to progress,” sophomore James Li said. To the team’s bewilderment, it was chosen to form an alliance for the ﬁnal rounds of the competition, despite low rankings. “We were ecstatic knowing we were able to use our robot again,”
Chow said. “It gave us another chance to prove ourselves and we were so grateful for the opportunity.” The team competed in the ﬁnal rounds, and snagged a standing as second place ﬁnalist, a second place for the INSPIRE award, and a third place for the design award. This ensures the team an opportunity to progress into the regional competitions taking place next month. “It was a great accomplishment. We started with nothing when we founded this team, and placing second makes us proud of our work,” senior Alan Chen said. “We look forward to improving our robot and hope to advance even further.” Ω
The Tentative Contractual Agreement between the Walnut Valley Educator’s Association (WVEA) and the district has been passed with a vote of 444-19 to address the $4.7million budget deﬁcit. The agreement involves 10 furlough days over the next 3 years 2 in 2012-2013, 4 in 2013-2014, and 4 in 2014-2015. The two furlough dates for this year are currently being deliberated. Two furlough days for the 2013-2014 school year and four for the 2014-2015 school year are subject to be rescinded depending on the ﬁnancial situation. The furlough days may be restored if the sale of district owned real estate known as “Site D” is sold; and for every $300,000 of proceeds, one furlough day with a maximum
of six days will be cancelled. The closure of the land sale is in Oct. 2014 and the six furlough days will depend on it. To cancel Open House or not will be determined by site votes, and if furlough days are restored for the 2014-2015 school year, all sites will have Open House. The district blames the budget deﬁcit on excessive beneﬁts and compensation for teachers, whereas the WVEA ﬁnds fault on the district’s constant deﬁcit spending. “WVEA, ﬁrmly believes, that reducing the school year is not the panacea to the district’s deﬁcit spending problem,” WVEA President Larry Taylor said. “The district’s lack of a ﬁnancial plan for the last 4 years and the state of California’s inability to meet its Proposition 98 guarantee has attributed signiﬁcantly to this calamity.” Ω
February 14, 2013
Schedule for next year created to improve student attentiveness
French prepares Valentine’s song French 4 AP students prepare to perform “La Vie En Rose” for the first time on Valentine’s Day.
Administration and faculty voted to change the existing modified block schedule to help student focus and involvement for the upcoming year. Karen Ou Copy editor Starting next year, a new block schedule will be implemented that involves a tutorial period, early outs on Mondays, shorter block periods and three block days. “The new block schedule is an attempt to give all of our students an opportunity within the school day to get tutoring, to make up tests, to do homework and to increase communication between teachers and students in subjects in which students are struggling or need extra help,” Grade Level Coordinator Danny Daher said. One of the major changes is the implementing of tutorial, which is a 40-minute block of time that students will go to after period 1 on Tuesdays and Thursdays and after period 3 on Wednesdays. When students meet with their GLCs over the summer, they will be assigned their tutorial period, a period 8. “You’re not having 8 classes; basically, whoever you have as your period 2 teacher next year, they’re going to be your primary tutorial location, period 8. You’ll only go there for the purpose of taking attendance,”
principal Jeff Jordan said. After a couple minutes into the tutorial period, students will be allowed to go to the classes in which they need some more help or do quiet study in the library, the MPR, the gym or the H-5 lab. Teachers may also decide to use tutorial as a time for review or to help students who need it and who would not have time otherwise to seek help. “The tutorial period will give us an opportunity to work with students who need additional help during the school day, as opposed to working with them at lunch or after school,” English teacher Cecilia Arias said. “That will be better for students. The hope is that maybe those students who would be reluctant to come after school will make use of the tutorial time.” Instead of having monthly late starts, every Monday will be an early out, meaning that students will end school at 1:45 p.m. From 1:55 - 2:45 p.m., teachers will have a period of time called collaboration. “Collaboration is the same thing that they do right now during late starts, where they meet in their departments, their teams. They look at data, they talk about best practices.
They look at developing lesson plans, unit plans and so on and so forth,” Jordan said. As additional support for students, block periods will be shortened by 30 minutes. These shorter block periods mean that block will be spread out over three days of four periods instead of two days of three periods. “We’ve reduced them from 105 minutes to 75 minutes because we know that for some of our students, 105 minutes is a long time in a block,” Jordan said. “But we also know that there’s value to block. We know that sometimes the extended time is good to have more time for an exam, maybe to complete a science experiment and follow up with a discussion. We know that there’s beneﬁts, but we also know that 105 minutes is way too long.” While students may initially ﬁnd the new block schedule difﬁcult to adjust to, the administration is conﬁdent that the change will be better for students in the long run. “Like all change, it’s going to take time to get used to,” Daher said. “This schedule will be as good as the students make it. So if the students take advantage of the tutorials, then it’d be great.” Ω
Walnut pays homage to Monica Quan
In honor of Monica Quan, varsity girls basketball wears Quan’s number 23. Nathan Au-Yeung News editor The recent passing of Walnut High alumna Monica Quan has emotionally impacted the Walnut community, where memories of and sentiment toward the 2002 graduate have sprouted as a result of her death, allegedly caused by exLAPD ofﬁcer Christopher Dorner. Monica Quan was a basketball star during her high school years, playing on the varsity team all four years. She earned numerous accolades, including All CIFSouthern Section, and signed on to play at California State University, Long Beach with a basketball scholarship. Quan was an assistant coach at California State University, Fullerton. Michael James, Walnut High Physical Education teacher and current Diamond Ranch basketball coach, coached Quan during her freshman and sophomore years. “She’s never hurt anybody her entire life, so why would someone choose her?” James said. “We thought it might be a robbery or mistaken identity, but we knew she wasn’t involved in anything
bad or shady because that’s not the kind of person she was.” To honor the former Walnut High basketball star, the current varsity girls basketball players wore Quan’s number, 23, on a patch on their jerseys, which they showcased
in a home game against Diamond Ranch. “We felt we should do something for her since she played for our program,” sophomore Hayley Masuda said. “We were a little affected because she was a part of our program and she played for our school, so she’s still part of this.” A candlelight vigil was held to honor Quan on campus on Monday, Feb. 4, and included many of Quan’s friends, as well as others who wished to honor the basketball talent. “This hits home a little bit closer because I, as well as a lot of teachers that are around the campus, knew Monica,” principal Jeff Jordan said. “She was a really talented young lady and just a wonderful person. To see how a person like that, so young, who still had everything ahead of her, engaged to be married, to be killed like that: that’s just a horrible tragedy.” Ω
PHOTO COURTESY OF JANELLE PEREYRA
REMEMBERING MONICA: Senior Janelle Pereyra honors Monica Quan with a patch showing Quan’s number 23 on her jersey.
PHOTO BY LEON HO
SING FOR ME: French 4 AP gathers together for one of their several meetings a week in class to rehearse their song for Valentine’s Day. Lynze Tom Staff writer French 4 AP students will be performing “La Vie En Rose” by Edith Piaf on Thursday, Feb. 14 during fourth period. “We decided that Spanish classes were the only classes that have been going around singing, so we ﬁgured we might give it a shot too. Our class is pretty singing-centric because we analyze songs and music,” senior Jonathan Gonzalez said. “It’s fun trying to get everyone to come together musically and it’s fun interacting with everyone.” Not only does this experience allow students to have a break from traditional classroom learning, but it also allows them to enjoy the language in a more engaging way.
“I feel they’re working so much, always working and not much [time for] fun. For once, they are having fun, but they still have to work on French too. I really like that it’s the ﬁrst time my seniors came up with the idea I have a group of brilliant students,” French teacher Lily Jacquot said. The seniors suggested on participating in work not regarding classwork, and were inspired by Spanish classes to do something that relates to their foreign language, choosing “La Vie En Rose” because it ﬁts well with the upcoming holiday. “I think it’ll go well because we’ve been practicing weekly. We initially brought it up since we don’t do much for Valentine’s Day,” senior Jody Chu said. “It’s a great song and it’s really catchy. I want other classes to see that we do things like that.” Ω
Search dogs scout for illegal substances Search dogs will be randomly visiting the campus to eliminate dangerous substances. Angelina Tang Staff writer The district implemented a program to minimize the presence of prohibited items on campus. The program allows for random visits to the campus by specially trained Golden and Labrador Retriever canines. The non-aggressive dogs will check the school periodically to reduce unwanted items within the school. During a normal visit by the canines, classrooms, lockers, common areas, parking lots, and other areas assigned will be checked. “The purpose of this program is so that the students won’t bring anything harmful onto campus,” Grade Level Coordinator Scott Cassells said. “We are not trying to get students in trouble or get them caught. This is our way of deterring people from unsafe things.” As this is a WVUSD policy, other schools in the area are also being randomly searched, such as Diamond Bar High School. Although
the program was started a few years ago, it was shut down due to the District’s budgetary agenda and was restarted to eliminate dangerous substances in schools. “Although I don’t know exactly how long this program will run, it will most likely stay for a while. As of now, this is merely an on-and-off thing we’re doing,” Diskin said. “The whole procedure sends a signiﬁcant message to the students. They know they shouldn’t bring illicit objects or items on campus they because can hurt themselves or others. We look at it as a precaution for the teenagers. Their safety is our highest priority.” Results from the last search indicate that the dogs are doing their job well. “I think the program is working because it is sending a clear warning to the student body. The search dogs did smell strange odors and ﬁnd things and were overall very effective,” Diskin said. “Hopefully, everyone will believe this is a serious matter and will not engage in these harmful activities anymore.” Ω
Science Olympiad prepares for regional competition The team has been preparing for the past few months to compete against schools such as North Hollywood, Palos Verdes Peninsula, and Arcadia. Frank Lin Photo editor The regional competition for the Science Olympiad team will take place on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Monrovia High School. At this competition, the team will face other teams such as North Hollywood, Arcadia, and Diamond Bar High School in order to advance on to the state competition. “I’m not at all worried about our competing team this year; we have a strong team and each member on the competing team showed great potential. Last year, we destroyed Diamond Bar High School and I’m looking forward to doing so again,” governing board member senior Alan Chen said. Last year, the team did well, scoring ﬁfth at regionals and eleventh at state and this year they plan on continuing that trend. With the speciﬁc subject tests,
members have been motivated to practice for the test. “If you didn’t work, you wouldn’t have gotten on the team. Everyone who has made the team has
“I’m not at all worried about our competing team this year; we have a strong team and each member showed great potential.” -Alan Chen, 12 tried hard.” Shieh said. This year, students are motivated to ﬁnish the competition and place well in both regionals and state competitions. “Last year, we were so much more prepared and people actually
February 14, 2013
Science Olympiad 101
COMPILED BY NATHAN AU-YEUNG
Science Olympiad members provide a brief description of their events for the competition. I’m in Fermi Questions, so pretty much I get extremely hard questions like how many nickels go from the earth to the moon stacked up or something and how many centimeters that would be or how many nickels is that.
wanted to compete. They didn’t just say I got into Science Olympiad and it’s done and we don’t have to work anymore. And this year, it’s similar, much more competition actually.” junior Alicia Wei said. With the track record of the Science Olympiad team, there are high pressures for new members to study and do well in the competition. “Historically the team has done really well, especially county, but also state as well and as a new competitor for Science Olympiad, I feel like I have to live up to that standard,” Shieh said. Team members have been studying diligently, and have high expectations toward competing in state this year. “I expect a lot from each of the members on the team. Scoring within top 5 at regionals would be excellent. That will automatically advance the team to the state competition so that would be ideal,” Chen said. Ω
- Misha Stouklov, 10 Dynamic Planet is about glaciers. You have to know everything about glaciers, about their snow lines and just everything about how they move and what sort of landforms they create. - Shenani Setungamudali, 11
Water Quality involves macroorganisms and it’s also a test and lab event so we have to build a salinometer as well as be able to identify macroorganisms and understand water quality. - James Li, 10
Foreign exchange students from China visit campus
Several students from China are visiting random classes on campus to observe and understand America’s school system. Alvin Wan Tech leader In a foreign exchange program conducted by a Chinese company, a group of 19 chinese students visited campus from Jan. 28 - 31 and another group is visiting this week. “It’s great; different from the environment in China. In China, the teacher gives a speech for 15 minutes
and the class is silent. Here, the teacher gives out orders and students discuss,” student “Vector” Junchong Huo said, after stepping out of David Kim’s English 3 AP class. Each student was handed various schedules, from AP to IB, freshmen to senior, and regular to honors or ELD classes. The group divvied into duos and trios to attend classes, regrouping only before school, during lunch, and
after school to debrief. “They’re here to understand the school system,” Instructional Dean Mr. Larry Holmes said. “They want to observe classes, and just be exposed to schooling in the U.S.” Several chaperones accompanied the group, and various students had varying degrees of English-speaking capabilities. “It’s a great opportunity for
students from other countries to visit our school and see the culture here, see the teachers teach, and see the students interact,” Instructional Dean Mr. Reuben Jones said. “They get a tremendous amount of experience, and if anything, [the visit] reafﬁrms what we’re doing as educators.” Translated from student “Alvin” Zhizhou Wang, the class was “not like school in China - it’s not boring,
even though I didn’t understand anything.” For the last day of the visit, the entourage took a picture before the Mustang statue near the ofﬁce, as they would be visiting Disneyland on the Friday of their visitation week. “I’m happy to experience new places.” Huo said. “It was nice coming here; I hope we can visit again.” Ω
Operation Bluebird begins fundraising campaign Anatomy classes Started by a group of students from Walnut High and Rowland High, Operation Bluebird aims to raise money for leukemia through fundraisers. Alvin Wan Tech leader Operation Bluebird’s core management hopes to host a crossschool collaborative concert in midMarch, after opening with a ChickFil-A Spirit Night, Friday, Jan. 25. Through school clubs and various organizations, the campaign reaches a base of approximately 500 students. “This was mostly meant to be a fun side project done in our senior year. Planning for the upcoming concert has been coming along pretty well,” senior Sharon Wu said. “The idea that [senior] Molly [Yee] brought up was really interesting and sounded really fun, so I wanted to help her put that that idea into action.” The campaign is considering Leukemia Lymphoma Society as its ﬁnal recipient, and with almost $1000 raised so far, the operation hopes to raise $5000 through its concert.
participate in field trip Students went on a trip to Southern California College to better understand the human body. Michelle Chang Staff writer
PHOTO BY MARY ZHANG
BIRD IS THE WORD: concert while thinking of new methods to spread leukemia awareness. “As a project, it has solid foundations, and though it’s hard to decide the future of the operation now, we do have a strong plan and outline,” junior Elizabeth Liu said. Small-scale projects began late in the summer of 2012, beginning with a booth at the Walnut Family Festival and culminating in funds for
later projects. All of these contributed to the Operation Bluebird cause. “Molly is passionate about her work, and admirable for the drive she brought to the project,” Liu said. “I know how hard it is for people around patients and their families, and knowing that we root for such a great cause affects me a lot.” Ω
The ﬁrst group of anatomy classes participated in an interactive learning experience on a trip to a chiropractic college, the Southern California College (SCU), on Friday, Feb. 1, while a second group went on Friday, Feb. 8. “The trip was a great way for me to apply all my knowledge on the ﬁeld of anatomy in hands-on training,” senior Brett Kinsen said. The anatomy class visited three different stations, each focusing on the brain and spinal cord, reproductive system, or the human body. “The trip helped me better understand body functions and structures. Visually seeing different structures helped me learn about how complex they really are. [Inside the spinal cord], there were layers of
protection; it was cool to actually get to see,” senior Alana La Cour said. Besides looking at different structures of the human body, the class also had a hands-on opportunity touching a brain and a dissected body of someone who had lung cancer. “Touching the cadaver was creepy, almost surreal, because it hit me that I was touching a dead body,” La Cour said. “[The trip] helped me gain respect for people in this ﬁeld. It takes a certain mental toughness to work with dead bodies.” The out-of-the-classroom experience provided a different environment for students to gain another perspective on anatomy. “Instead of just reading about the body, we got to see parts of it,” junior Ricki Worth said. “We saw a dissected body, which is something you can’t experience through videos or textbooks.” Ω
February 14, 2013
With great power comes...
In light of the recent surge of gun violence, some schools have held training sessions for teachers to use guns in the event of a school shooting. While taking this precaution is considered necessary, there are other options administrations can pursue.
New Hope for Newtown Eleven days before Christmas, at about 9:38, Twenty young children stormed Heaven’s gates Together they said, “Make sure our families aren’t sad, and tell them to try not to be so mad. We may have been killed, but our deaths weren’t in vain For now that we’re here, we no longer feel pain We are all here now in a much better place, So please change the sad look, sitting upon your face. We miss you all a lot, and what happened cannot be hid. God bid that man to do what he did. So just remember this, the last of us you hear: A smile honors us and our teachers far greater than any tear.” - Kristopher Dwyer, 11 “May my humble poem honor each victim, friend, family or deceased.”
Rebecca Liaw Staff writer It’s the deﬁnitive, worst case scenario for our entire country. We turn our televisions to the news stations, notiﬁcations ﬂood our phones, and our we wait with baited breath as the story develops. A gun threat at any school, from a one room schoolhouse to a university campus of thousands, grips our nations like no other event. We are horriﬁed - who would bring a gun into a school of children? But what if guns were brought into schools to protect students? Can you imagine seeing a gun in plain sight every time you go to sixth period English class or walk into the locker room? In the weeks following the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, school districts like some in Omaha and Nashville have decided to arm and train teachers to use guns. Many districts are holding
workshops and training sessions for teachers to learn how to wield a gun in high stress situations. The logic is sound: if one person has a gun then everyone around them steps down immediately. But if one armed intruder faces someone else with a gun, that creates a conversation, a chance for help to be called, and maybe even the opportunity for the gunman to surrender. But there is a huge difference between learning to use a gun in a controlled environment with everyone in proximity wearing safety gear and actually ﬁring one in a chaotic situation surrounded by thirty or so panicked students. Students, particularly younger ones, are not always the most composed bunch of individuals and any teacher worth their salt would feel uneasy ﬁring a gun near them. As many teachers can attest to, plenty can go wrong in a high pressure situation with a full classroom of kids without the presence of a gun; adding a gun to the equation won’t help that situation.
In light of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, many schools, in addition to arming teachers, have also chosen to train teachers, staff, and students in new, more effective procedures in case of a security breach. This includes making sure that everyone from cafeteria workers to the custodial staff knows what to in a worst case scenario. Instead of time and money used to train teachers to use guns, this seems like a safer, more intelligent way to maximize effectiveness and safety. Many schools employ full time, armed security guards to protect students and staff from intruders, and now, with a recently passed executive order giving schools incentives to hire security guards, many more might do the same. I trust my teachers but I understand that not everyone is fully equipped with the mental and physical abilities to safely ﬁre a gun, even in self-defense. One fully trained, armed person has a better chance of fending off an attacker than a dozen partially qualiﬁed people. Ω
No more false alarms Snooping around Drills are no doubt important, for they train students and staff alike how to respond during emergencies. However, they are getting overlooked. Megan Wu Staff writer For years before December 21, 2012, documentaries about the Mayans had been buzzing around, catching the attention of a curious public. Months before, we had begun hearing stories about the elaborate preparations of apocalypse extremists. Days before, some slightly cautious families were buying a few extra boxes of canned food and water bottles at Costco – just in case. Whether it’s a long anticipated apocalypse, tragic school shooting, or natural disaster, we often have often found ourselves preparing for emergencies. For decades, schools have enforced countless drills to ensure the safety of their students and staff. Those who run the drills have, without a doubt, their best intentions in mind – the more drills that are run, the better prepared students are, and therefore the safer they will be. While this idea is well-understood and easy to grasp, students often lose sight of the bigger picture as drills become such a frequent event. More often than not, unscheduled bells turn out to be false alarms, which a number of teachers and students disregard in order to continue class activity. What once signaled a hastened exit from the classroom has turned into a cause for hesitation, as teachers and students are often unsure of the alarm’s status. Checking with other teachers or waiting upon an announcement from the intercom has become a commonly preceding step to following proper drill protocols. To students, emergency drills are a chance to escape the classroom. The relief of avoiding class or the burden of having to cram academic material overrides the concern and sense of responsibility that one should have during drills, as they evolve into a few minutes of casual
socialization in the parking lot. While our expectations of having a real emergency have long been worn out by countless drills and false alarms, it only takes a little bit of willpower to adjust our attitudes and dedicate a few minutes of the day to recognize the importance of participating in drills. The idea of preventing all false alarms or having an entire campus utilize drills to the fullest is far-fetched. With a little more cooperation and concern, however, we can create a safer environment when the alarm rings next time. After all, a ﬁre or natural disaster is bound to hit someday, right? Ω
Do students react the way they should during drills? COMPILED BY JESSICA WANG
“At the end of the day no one really takes drills seriously so it’s not really useful. It just gives us the opportunity to get out of class.” - Jonathan Yang, 9 “Usually, we just sit around because we know the drills are fake. People should really focus more on what to do during a drill.” - Abbir Malik, 12
Looking at alternative methods to curb drug presence may yield better results for students. Nathan AuYeung News editor
The district recently brought in K-9 units to identify people who have brought drugs to school or have stashed them away in cars or lockers. Though the intention is to curb drug usage, using dogs to ﬁnd drugs around campus comes with a host of underlying problems, which far outdo the beneﬁts of trying to reduce drug use in school. Though a primary aim is to combat drug use with the K9 units, it would be a stretch to say that they would actually succeed. Though there have been some successes with these searches, those successes will only teach students to leave drugs somewhere else. It won’t be a surprise if the number of culprits caught dwindles over the next few sweeps simply because they’ve learned to leave illegal substances off campus. The dog searches will in the future be a questionable investment of money. There are several other solutions or possibilities to address the issue of illegal substances on campus. For example, the school could begin ad campaigns focusing on the effects of
drugs, with an emphasis on graphic images and pictures of what can happen as a result of drug use. In a study, 404 smokers from four states participated with four different kinds of labels, two with text only and another two with images. The study showed that demand for the packages with the images was signiﬁcantly lower than the demand for the textonly packages. If the cigarette package labels with images have been proven effective in reducing cigarette consumption, then similar labels depicting images of drug abusers may have a similar effect in convincing people to abandon illegal substances. Showing that these afﬂictions can happen to students themselves can have an emotional impact and convince students to turn away from drugs. At the very least, it will make a student think twice before choosing drugs. I believe the district is very concerned about its students using drugs, and I believe that there are good intentions in bringing in the K-9 units. However, this does not mean that dog searches are the best method. The dogs may not be disadvantageous (even I have to admit there is merit given their success), but considering the ﬁnancial and social issues that can emerge, is it worth letting the dogs out? Ω
February 14, 2013
When 1 + 1 > 2
In education, there is a divide between the study of humanities and sciences. In life though, the two are very important complementaries.
PARK’S PLACE Creativity is something we are all entitled to. It may be more difficult for some people, but we can all enjoy the things we make. Elliot Park Editor-inChief I’ve been a gamer all my life. I grew up with “The Legend of Zelda” in one hand, and an N64 controller in the other. Even today, you’ll my room, just playing video games. They have woven themselves into the fabric of my life, and in many ways, they’ve been my one true
EDITORIAL CARTOON BY AMY LEE
Ted Zhu Opinion editor The age old debate hangs in the classrooms, hallways, and schoolyards everywhere. Are the sciences more important, or are the humanities? While the quantitatives focus on 1+1=2, and the poets on “to be or not to be,” I propose that 1+1>2. That is, I believe a combination of the “quant” and the “poet” is greater than the individual components. Of course, differing viewpoints abound. The “poet” points to Shakespeare, Voltaire, and Hemingway, among others, and expounds to the world that without such people, our understanding and expressions of love, liberty and life wouldn’t be quite as robust. We would be foolish to dismiss the beauty of the arts and their profound impact on our sense of morality and appreciation of the world around us. Meanwhile, the “quant” will motion toward Newton, Edison and Einstein, among others, and explain that the progress of our society is much underpinned by scientiﬁc inventions and technology, so crucial to our everyday lives that we almost forget their wonders. Indeed, we would be remiss to forget that our present would not be present without these scientists’ contributions. Taking a closer look, studies in humanities have generally
been associated with strengths in communications expressed across different forms, through words, shapes, color and sounds. In addition, humanities also journey us through history, teach us to challenge our existing philosophies, force us to examine our world view, and guide us on the path of truth seeking - it is part of what distinguishes us as intelligent beings. That kind of journey may sound intangible, but the skills needed in the pursuit are anything but. The
“While each side will argue for its study’s superiority, I hope more will realize that a combination of both will be greater than the sum.” critical and analytical thinking required take time to hone, and along the way, the materials studied and the methods of study enhance the ability to work well with others and communicate more effectively. At the same time, studies in sciences also require fortitude and ingenuity. It’s obvious how much effort it takes to be a successful scientist once you look under the hood of what it takes to make possible the technology we take for
granted – ranging from consumer electronics like our iPhones and Xbox to the intricate medical diagnostic tools used by doctors to the control devices in our cars and aircraft. These innovations are all testaments to the strong foundation in math and science necessary to make them possible. Steve Jobs is perhaps an apt example of one who blended the “quant” and “poet” sides to create innovative, technologically advanced and beautiful products that are loved by many. He not only created the technology, which took a lot of “quant” skills, but also understood better than anyone else the importance of beauty and the arts which are reﬂected in Apple’s product designs, down to the minutiae of its font, which has its origins in Jobs’ calligraphy classes, and the products’ ability to help people make meaningful connections through its functionalities. While each side will argue and provide valid information for its study’s superiority, I hope more will realize that a combination of the two will be greater than the sum. Our passions are usually more on one side than the other, but in our path of learning, we cannot afford to learn one, and ignore the other. It would be foolish to listen only to your heart, and not your brain, but it would also be foolish to only listen to your brain, and not your heart. Only with learning the humanities and sciences together can we fully access and utilize our brain and heart. After all, this is where 1+1>2. Ω
made my own. Let’s just say that I was inspired. I had played a bunch of awesome games after months of video game deprivation during college application season, and I wanted to make one myself. So a few weeks ago, I started going online, learning how to program, step by step. Eventually, I got good enough to the point that I could make my own short, text adventure game. To be honest, the process was boring and frustrating. I kept messing up my variable coding. I couldn’t nail how to input if/ then statements just right. I messed up my syntax, forgot a parenthesis here and there, things like that. It was frustrating, and at some point, I wanted to stop. The whole game making thing maybe wasn’t for me. But after cleaning double-checking, triplecheking, getting everything
just right, I clicked the “run program” button, and it worked. It was still just a two minute, text adventure game, but it was my two minute, text adventure game. I’d created something on my own, and that blew me away. I felt something that I can’t even begin to describe, something like triumph and awe and joy all mixed together. It was awesome. I don’t do art. I can’t paint or draw. Even the stick look disproportional. I guess I never thought of myself as the “creative” type. But even I could make something. And if I could, then anybody can. Even a guy who can’t pull off a drawing good enough for the second grade can be “creative.” Because maybe being “creative” isn’t about being talented or gifted or smart; maybe it’s about having the passion to make something, and then having the patience to make it. “Creativity” is something that can bring out the most driven, most intelligent parts of who we are. A blank canvas (even if that canvas is an empty programming terminal) sets your mind free. You create what you want to create. No rubric. No boundaries. No requirements. It’s a feeling that I really didn’t comprehend, but one that I think I’m beginning to understand. Creativity isn’t reserved for a few. It’s meant for all of us. Because we can
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February 14, 2013
Raise hand, raise grade
In many classes, students are required to actively participate in discussions and activities. While some believe that participation points as part of the grade help students learn, others maintain that they are neither effective nor necessary. Jessica Wang Opinion editor
PUT YOUR HANDS UP: Junior Danielle Urista raises her hand to answer a question in Spanish.
Do you think participation points should be part of a grade? COMPILED BY JANZEN ALEJO AND MICHAEL HYUN
“They should only make participation a small part of the grade. It helps other kids who don’t pay attention in class to try to pay attention and also helps the other kids who are already participating.” -Sylvia Cai, 9 “I think that it’s good for students to participate because it helps them communicate with the teacher. Then the teacher knows and how you’re doing and how you’re learning. - Julie Tang, 10
The syllabus says that participation counts for 20 percent of your grade. Fair enough. You think, at least these percentage points aren’t going into the test or homework sections. At least those count a tiny bit less, thanks to this portion of your grade that you don’t have to try as hard to fulﬁll. If I’m correct, that’s how lots of people view the “participation” section of their grades: as kind of both a nuisance and a buffer to their grade at the same time. There’s far more to them than just convenience, though. Participation points exist for a few reasons, one being that they are a powerful incentive for students to, well, participate. If a class places a lot of emphasis on individual input during discussions or other class activities, then it logically follows that more people should volunteer to talk, and more people actively take part in class work. The incentive also draws more people to share their thoughts or abilities, people who would not do so if participation points didn’t exist. True, there are cases in which you might just answer a question for the sole purpose of getting it over with - open your mouth to make your statement of the day, then sit there in silence for the remainder of the period in a half-awake stupor. This poses an issue, as lack of genuine participation can be misunderstood and perceived as apathy by many teachers, even if there are some students who prefer to quietly contemplate the topic and do all the incubating inside their heads. Even if the answer you provide isn’t completely genuine and is more of an attempt to dispel the pressure of having to say something sooner or later, it’s an attempt nonetheless. I’m not advocating the habit of mindless and insincere efforts to join the discussion, just that many students should recognize the worth in being able - encouraged - to contribute to it. For some, participation points are the catalyst to making the decision to take part in any class activity. If that’s what it takes to prompt a few more raised hands or spur the kid who doesn’t work during group labs to work, then that’s what it takes. To say that participation points are unnecessary in subjects that involve less back-and-forth discussion and student expression (for instance, math) would take away from the engagement factor of a lesson. Participation points can be calculated in so many ways that Some teachers don’t demand much from students besides mental and physical presence to give them full points in the participation section of their grades. Ω
Felix Lee Editor-in-Chief First day of school. There in the grades section of the course syllabus you see 20 percent participation. Sigh. Now I can expect half the duration of class to be ﬁlled with raised hands from the same ﬁve or six people. Then, your teacher notes that it’s the “raise your hand and you get a point” kind of participation. Guess I have to get involved too now. It appears to me that the classes that require participation points (mainly English and foreign language) are because without them, it would be a pretty dull 55 minutes of instruction because the teacher would be doing most of the talking. Teachers have a hope that students become involved in the class, so some use participation points for a grade as incentive. At the beginning of every year, we notice which people tend to be the go-to students for answering the teacher’s questions, which no one else is able to do because they are adept in the subject. Generally, the go-to people remain the same by the end of the year. The system disadvantages the quiet individuals. Participation points may encourage those individuals to speak more but that is accomplishing it through a form of peer pressure. I am generally quiet, but that doesn’t mean I’m not doing anything in class when others are speaking. We’re just not usually the ﬁrst to raise our hands. By the time I have formulated something to say, the teacher has moved along to another question. Some teachers want you to simply try and will give you credit even when you’re wrong. I’m not really learning when I say something I already knew was wrong and rather dumb, but I had to speak in order to rescue my grade. I may take a lucky guess every now and then, but I wouldn’t have learned anything. Our grades should not be about how many times we say something, but more about how much we have learned. Discussions might become redundant when we are forced to speak rather than out of our own will. What happens when several students think the color white represents purity? People begin to repeat each other during open discussion because there is only so much to say about the color white. So now it’s about how good I can reword things. Don’t get me wrong, participation is nice, just not when it counts for a grade. The best atmosphere is when everyone in class voluntarily gets involved. However, forced participation by making it a part of our grades cuts the potential positive sentiment it can bring to a class. Ω
“There are always some people who are shy, but they should practice voicing their opinions. Sometimes, those shy kids are really smart and they have some really good things to say in class, - Omar Habbak, 11 “I don’t think participation points should be counted. It shouldn’t be about how many times you raise your hand; it should be about how much you actually learn in that class.” - Timothy Yacoub, 12
tNINE TO FIVE: Senior Christian Perez and sophomore Catrina Gonzalez to complete a partner assignment. // Junior Eddie Gomez writes out an assignment.
February 14, 2013
Multiple groups around campus prepare intensely for the Winter Pep Rally as a chance to showcase their talents.
Rallying up school spirit
Organizations work hard to get ready for the pep rally with guidance from their respective leaders. When the time comes to perform, they work hard to display their absolute best, encouraging students to have school spirit and to support the various sports teams. COMPILED BY ANITA CHUEN, LAURA ZHANG, CLORIS CHOU, TERRENCE TSOU, BRYAN WONG, JESSICA LEE AND DEREK WAN
Jonathan Mau, 10 “The performance was not as good as it could’ve been because not all of the members came. Drumline is a family and once we’re missing one member, we’re not united, we’ll never be as good. Erika [Dayrit] pushes us, and she has determination. She always sets a good example for us, she doesn’t mess around, and if something needs to be done, she does it.”
Brianna Mariscal, 10 “We always have extra practice, team meetings, and competitions to prepare. I feel nervous sometimes, but once you’re out there, you forget and just dance. We’re as close as a family which gets our mentality up. The It helps us get closer, so when we dance, we perform as a team.”
Tiffany Chen, 11 really exciting. I thought it went really well because we spent a lot of time practicing. There was a little bit of pressure that we had to do well because everyone was watching us and we wanted to perform the best we could. I just felt proud to be able to represent Color Guard, to be able to represent our team, in front of the whole school, and to show the school how much we work in general.”
Daniel Hernandez, 12
Vanessa Maldonado, 12
Justin Lin, 12
“I’ve been in soccer since freshamn year, and we never really had a good track record. This year all the seniors wanted to redeem themselves, and getting to tell everyone how well we’ve been doing gave me a sense of pride. Going up [to talk at the pep rally] is like a chance to show off our motivation and redemption from previous years.”
“It gets really exciting because if we like it, we know the students will like it. When we’re excited, we get more into it and we practice better. We feel excited and successful when we hear the crowd cheer. It lets us know we’re doing our job to pump up the crowd. With all the adrenaline it just gets us pumped up.”
“When I’m making the videos, I put myself into the position of the viewer and think how the viewer is going to respond. When everyone reacts the way I want them to react, I feel accomplished. The people who watch the videos motivate me to make the best videos I can. I want to impress everyone who watches it. I try to build my videos from the social media and what’s in right now and I just put my own version into the videos.” PHOTOS BY JESSICA LEE AND KEVIN YIN
All of the Lights: ASB
Behind all of the changes at the pep rally are attentive A.S.B. members. Terrence Tsou Staff writer The beat of the bass drum, the energy of the Mustang shout-out and the ringing in the ears are really all a student remembers as he leaves the gym in a daze after a pep rally. It’s easy to forget ASB creates the rallies, especially when normally associating its members with chips, drinks and balloons. While students may overlook the work ASB puts into these events, ASB’s enthusiasm in their behindthe-scenes work gives students a thrilling experience at every pep rally. “The most exciting thing about preparing for a pep rally would probably have to be getting everything ready and anticipating people’s faces when they come in,” senior Jeffrey Chen said. “I just love getting everyone in each class super pumped about whatever the pep rally is about. Also, since I’m a senior, representing my class and going all out is just added fun.” For every member of the preparation team, responsibility
comes hand in hand with the pressures of planning month-long anticipated events, especially for junior Ifeoma Ike, Pep Rally Committee Commissioner. “Before a pep rally that I have to plan, I just take bits and pieces everyday to deal with and put together,” Ike said. “I know that before a pep rally and planning it is hectic, but in the end, when the deadline comes to us, we all know how to put it all together and really create a show.” Highlight clips for each sport in their season are all made by senior Justin Lin, who is familiar with the technology and equipment needed to create the videos. Usually, there are two people, one experienced and one new, assigned to work the lighting and control the audio transitions. The confetti cannon only requires one to two people to put the confetti in and set it off. Once all the materials are bought and ready for setup, members still need to learn how to control these items to ensure smooth sailing. “One way that I deal with
everything is that I try not to put one huge responsibility on just one person,” Ike said. “I like to spread responsibilities out evenly and have everyone try their hardest. ” For ASB, preparation is not complete until the day before, when ASB runs a rehearsal of the rally. “Music is tested, microphones are tested, all the sound is tested and basically we just make sure everything is on point,” Chen said. “Our main priority is making sure everything is on schedule and runs smoothly. It’s important that every segment runs on schedule like we plan.” Despite all the time spent preparing the pep rally, ASB members ﬁnd enjoyment in their work. “Promoting school spirit is one reason why I enjoy doing this for the school. I like seeing everyone from school participating in school events and having a good time,” Chen said. “I also think that pep rallies or other fun activities are just a way to give back to everyone who works hard at our school. It’s exciting for me to be able to provide for my peers.” Ω
Class Cabinets provide their respective classes with something to cheer about.
COMPILED BY BELLE SUN, JASMINE LIN, ALISON CHANG AND CANDEE YUAN
“It makes everyone really happy. We’ve always seen the other seniors wearing the feel older and more ready for anything.
seniors.” - Zach McDill, 12 “The horns made the atmosphere a lot more intense. It was kinda like a battle cry. It’s important that we get together as one, because when we do, we interact a lot more and everyone feels comfortable.” - Albert Jelowicki, 11 “I thought the caution tape was a good idea; it continued this year’s tradition of headbands. It boosted everyone’s excitment for the rally when everyone wanted a headband to join in on the spirit of the rally.” - Daniel Ayala, 10 “I felt good about the pom-poms because it was an improvement from the last pep
classes had something, but we had a visual aspect that differentiated us.” - Keana Phan, 9
VOLUME 45, ISSUE 4
Y A D S ’ E N I T N LE
February 14, 2013
BASED ON A SURVEY OF 292 WHS STUDENTS
46% of students have been in a relationship
celebrate Valentine’s Day.
21% of students are currently in a relationship.
39% of these students have been in 2 past relationships. 33%
of those, 21%
39%th of 10
43%th of 11
31%th graders of 9
44% for more than one month
of the relationships have lasted
49% of these students’ longest past relationships lasted more than a month.
Less than one month
In Finland Valentine's Day is called Ystävänpäivä, which translates into "Friend's Day."
More than one month
Less than one month
More than one month
have been in a relationship before
- Jessica Kwok, Editor-in-Chief
What is your preferred form of communication?
We’re TECHnically in a relationship
What is the best form of communication to use when getting to know someone?
CON When I wake
We all know someone who lives a
Via computer Talking on Talking face(IM, E-mail, the phone to-face Skype,etc.)
Where did Valentine’s Day COME FROM? Ancient Rome
1840s Approximately 150 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year.
SOURCES: infoplease.com // TheHolidaySpot.com // MyDearValentine.com // History.com
February 14, 2013
Adventure is out there
During her off-campus days, textbook manager Cathy Lobretta travels with friends and goes on spontaneous adventures. Bryan Wong Staff writer
PHOTOS BY REBECCA LIAW
CRAFTING THE STAGE (LEFT TO RIGHT): Sophomore Becca Lotz paints a chair with black paint. //Sophomore Alejandra Madrigal-Avina moves set pieces around the stage.
Leaving it all on the stage
Stagecraft provides a behind-the-scenes look at how the stage is put together.
Becca Liaw Staff writer Aspects of backstage work. This handful of students, versed in lighting, sound, props, set design, and more, works behind the curtain at almost every show. For many Stagecraft students, their elective of choice was a whim that grew into a passion. “When I ﬁrst saw the elective called Stagecraft on the sheet given to me in 8th grade, I immediately thought of building scenery and painting sets, and I chose it because I had an interest in construction,” freshman Carol Yi said. “We get to see every aspect of what goes in a play and it’s exciting to work with everyone.” The responsibilities of the Stagecraft students include aiding Performing Arts Center manager Alex Nigian in programming the lighting and sound, painting set
pieces, and setting up the stage before the performers arrive. “Each type of performance has different difﬁculties. For Choir performances, it’s sound because you have to make sure the voices are balanced, lighting is difﬁcult for Dance because the dancers move around a lot, and the musical is the most difﬁcult because everything – directing, sound, lighting, acting – has to come together,” junior Nathan Rubio said. “A lot of what we do gives more of an artistic vision to the performance. ” Stagecraft students work backstage at most shows in the Performing Arts Center, often with long hours. “It can be difﬁcult to juggle school, family, homework, friends, and your own health. Last year I was literally staying from 3-9 p.m. every other week,” stage manager sophomore Alejandra Madrigal said.
“But when you’re stage manager you have to make sure you know what you’re doing and everyone around you needs to be doing.” Despite the steep learning curve and time spent working, the class still manages to enjoy its work. “My favorite show to work on this past year was the Glenn Miller Orchestra concert with band,” freshman Adrian Kam said. “Not only was the music great, the scale of the concert was bigger because it included a visiting orchestra and we had to work two consecutive shows within a single day.” The ﬁfth period class of students is small but essential to almost every show.. “My favorite time is when I’m working on stage, the electronics are down, the sets are in place, and it’s just pure tech,” Rubio said. “It’s a view not everyone can see.” Ω
The raging white waters seem to boil as her raft races down the river, barely missing the boulders jutting out threateningly from the water. Fast forward the clock and wind is slashing at her face as she soars through the air, free from the conﬁnes of gravity. It’s not a bird, it’s not a plane, it’s Cathy Lobretta, known as the textbook lady at school and part time adventurer. White water rafting, and paragliding -- stacking textbooks isn’t all she does. “My ﬁrst time rafting was such an adrenaline rush because I’ve never done it before. It was fantastic; that’s why I did it a second time and I would do it again any day,” Lobretta said. “While gliding, it’s almost like you’re a bird. At ﬁrst I was scared, but after trying it, I just wanted to do it over and over again. But I’m adventurous and I’ll try anything once.” Lobretta ﬁrst became interested in these activities when her friends invited her to try them. “A friend asked me to go and I said, ‘Sure, I’ll try anything once’,” Lobretta said. “So most of it was spontaneous; we kind of tried it on a
whim and unplanned.” But rafting and taking to the skies are only the beginning. Lobretta also enjoys cliff jumping at Copper Canyon near the California-Arizona border. “There are three levels of cliff jumping, and I’ve jumped off the second level, but I haven’t gotten the nerve to jump off the ﬁrst,” Lobretta said. “The top point is very high, and it’s way more scary when you climb up there looking down than it is looking up at it. It was fun because I love that freefall feeling.” Although these activities may seem frightening to other people, they are part of Lobretta’s lifestyle. She plans to add hot air ballooning to her list of extreme activities in the future. “For some reason I’ve always wanted to try hot air ballooning. I’ve never done it, but I’ve known people who do it, and when I talk with those people who do it, it sounds very exciting, and scary,” Lobretta said. “It’s just something I’ve always wanted to do. I’m the kind of person who will do something once. I like trying things for the ﬁrst time; if I don’t like it, I won’t do it again. But I’ll deﬁnitely try anything once.” Ω
PHOTO COURTESY OF CATHY LOBRETTA
ROW BOAT: Cathy Lobretta and her friends tackle white water rafting.
Sick of being sick? Here are five ways to avoid getting sick despite the recent flu epidemic. COMPILED BY MICHELLE CHANG
1 Listen to music. Listening to jazz or soft rock songs for 30 minutes a day can actually increase the production of immunoglobulin A, an immune-boosting protein.
2 Drink hot liquids. Hot liquids, like tea, wash viruses out of your mouth and down to your stomach, where the viruses can’t grow due to the acids in your stomach.
3 Stay up-to-date with your flu shots. Flu vaccinations have been proven to reduce your chances of getting the flu by 70 - 90 percent.
Eat orange and yellow colored fruits. Many orange and yellow fruits are high in antioxidants and vitamins that defend your body from sickness.
Get enough sleep. Sleeping for at least 7 hours will increase your immune system’s ability to resist infection. Your cells produce more protein while you are sleeping.
February 14, 2013
Teens for Jeans helps homeless teens Do Something Walnut Chapter, an off-campus community service organization, held Teens for Jeans, an annual event which urges students to donate the jeans that they no longer need to many homeless shelters in America, thus providing jeans for those in need. Alison Chang Staff writer Jeans - blue jeans, skinny jeans, ﬂare jeans, that pair you will never wear. Most people assume that jeans are staple items found in every wardrobe, but they don’t realize that for 1.7 million homeless teens, pulling out a favorite pair of jeans from the closet might not be an option. Teens for Jeans, a campaign adopted by Do Something Walnut Chapter, aimed to help these homeless teens by collecting jean donations until Feb. 6. “Helping others out is such a good cause, and I’m grateful that I get to do it. The sooner we learn about these problems, the better and more we can help society,” Do Something co-founder junior Omil Xia said. “A lot of people bring in canned food and things like that, but not many bring in clothing, which is what we do. Every year, students give us jeans to donate to homeless shelters all around the US.” By giving the jeans to Aeropostale, the organization receives
25 percent off coupons to the store, which they plan to give to donors as a reward for their goodwill. “Instead of people throwing
“We don’t know how fortunate we are to even have jeans to wear in the winter. I think this campaign is important because we can give to people who can’t afford winter clothing. “ - Hyunji Ahn, 11 away their jeans or donating them to Goodwill, we ask that they give their jeans to us [and] we give the jeans to Aeropostale,” Do Something cabinet member sophomore Janice Koo said. “We aren’t doing this for the coupons; we decided to do this event because it
doesn’t take a lot of money and we wanted to try something different.” The organization wanted to show students how easy it can be to serve the community. “We decided to do this campaign because it doesn’t take a lot of money and we wanted to try something different,” Koo said With Key Club and South Pointe Middle School as partners in their campaign, Do Something members collected 283 pairs of jeans. “It’s hard for us to ask people since we’re not really a school club, so we can’t make posters. We wanted at least 200 pairs,” Do Something cofounder junior Hyunji Ahn said. “We don’t know how fortunate we are to even have jeans to wear in the winter. I think this campaign is important because we can give to people who can’t afford winter clothing.” Members believe that the generosity involved in the event instills good habits in all students involved. “We chose this campaign because it’s matches with the season and it’s good for our age group. I
PHOTO COURTESY OF DO SOMETHING WALNUT CHAPTER
DO SOMETHING: Do Something’s Facebook event was open to everyone, allowing anyone to donate the jeans he no longer needed. think if we’re trained to do this when we’re younger, it’ll be in our nature to donate as we grow older,” Ahn said. Ultimately, Do Something members hope to bring more awareness to their cause through their Facebook page dedicated to Teens for Jeans. “A lot of people take everything
for granted, like we complain when we only have two to three pairs of jeans. We get angry when we have ‘nothing to wear,’ but we don’t even realize that there are teens out there that actually have nothing to wear, or just one pair of jeans that might not even be good,” Koo said. “It’s hard for us to imagine that there are teens who don’t have any jeans.” Ω
Dancing and prancing, moving and grooving to the beat On Mondays and Wednesdays, attendance clerk Ave Tauvao holds Zumba sessions to help other staff member stay fit and have fun. Anita Chuen Staff writer One minute until work ends. She can’t wait to get home and relax. As she and other teachers pass the pep room, the upbeat Latin American music lures them inside. The familiar mood-lifting Zumba music gets louder as they get closer. They slowly start moving along to the music and the coins on their dance belts dangle freely from their hips. This routine occurs every week as teachers and staff members attend Zumba dance classes on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-5 p.m. taught by attendance clerk Ave Tauvao. Zumba is a Colombian ﬁtness program that aims helps people lose weight through dancing. “Friends of mine [and] coworkers would go with me to Zumba. [When] my favorite instructor had to move to Brazil, he didn’t have anyone to take over the class, so he asked me to do it because I came all the time,” Tauvao said. “When my friends realized that I was an instructor, they asked me if I could do a couple of [classes] here.” With over 10 years of experience, Tauvao uses her love of Zumba and patience to choreograph dance moves for the class. “Ms. Tauvao is excellent. She’s got a lot of energy, and she’s got great
music,” math teacher Cathy Jeng said. “She slows down for the rest of us who are a little bit slower and then she picks up the tempo for the rest of us. It’s fun to do.” The faculty enjoys the Zumba classes because they don’t feel like it’s exercise. “It’s a form of exercise and it’s fun. It’s high energy, and it’s like dancing,” math teacher Norlyn Nicolas said. “You don’t think that you’re exercising because a lot of times, you are just doing Latin dance moves and you get to do it with other teachers, so it makes it a lot of fun.” Due to conﬂicting schedules, a few staff members transitioned from attending Zumba classes at a local gym, to attending Zumba classes at Walnut High School. “We’re already here, the time is perfect because I would have to wait around until about 6 o’clock at the gym to be able do the Zumba class,” math teacher Fran Dorn said. “This one’s earlier in the day, so it works really well for me to be able to get home.” Since many staff members don’t see each other often, Zumba dancing also helps them to interact socially. “It’s cool, you get to see a side of someone that you don’t see at staff meetings,” English teacher Kirsten Thibeault said. “It’s better when you’re with people who you know because it’s more fun.” Ω
PHOTOS BY BELLE SUN
SHAKE IT (CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT): Attendance clerk and Zumba instructor Ave Tauvao warms up with her students to upbeat music. //English teacher Renee Juarez-Medina, math teacher Cathy Jeng, and attendance clerk Debbie Sinopoli follow Tauvao’s lead during the warm-up. // Tauvao and her Monday class’ students pose for a group picture with their skirts on after an action packed, calorie-burning Zumba class.
Cheer goes to first competition At the first competition, Cheer shows off its skills with difficult stunts.
Anita Chuen Staff writer Cheer placed an overall fourth in its ﬁrst competition at Rialto High School on Saturday, Feb. 9. Although the whole group only placed fourth, the stunt group placed ﬁrst, sophomore Megan Loh placed second in jumps and junior Alyssa Mercado placed third in tumbling. “It was a little disappointing because we thought we’d place a lot higher [overall], but it’s okay because it was our ﬁrst competition,” varsity junior Sabrina Verduzco said. “But I was really excited about my stunt group getting ﬁrst place in the stunt competition.” The team performed a cheer and a dance choreographed by the coach, both including new difﬁcult stunts. “It’s well coordinated,” varsity
senior Vanessa Maldonado said. “The stunts and the tumbling are different than what we usually do and they’re complicated because usually we just do one stunt but the stunt that we have is combined with different moves.” The competition is judged on tumbling, execution and spirit. “It’s really exciting, actually,” junior varsity freshman Aminah Santos said. “I’ve really enjoyed learning and doing all the stunting, learning the dance moves, kicking and jumping, being a cheerleader.” Varsity and junior varsity have been practicing the routine about 10 times a day together during sixth period and performing it at basketball games to perfect their performance. “They’re really hard, they’re really hard level. They’re a lot more difﬁcult than a lot of other schools but we hit them all the time so I’m
not really worried about them,” sophomore junior varsity Savanah Estrada said. “We’re just practicing it over and over, and making sure that we hit our stunts consistently and just making sure that everything’s good.” The two teams were excited to compete together and bond during their ﬁrst competition of the year. “We’re really learning how to work together and not being separated,” junior varsity sophomore Kamryn Parker said. “We’re working as one team instead of two teams.” Cheer is now practicing for the upcoming competitions and working on improving their techniques. “I think we can improve on our formations and cleanliness of the moves,” Verduzco said. “We took this competition more as a practice and it better prepared us for our next performance in March. Ω
Improv Team held first performance Also known as Improv Comedy United (ICU), Improv Team performs a competition style show allowing the audience to be able to participate. Leon Ho Business manager Exciting the audience through unscripted acts, the Improv Team put on its ﬁrst performance of the year on Friday, Feb. 1. “It was one of the best experiences of my senior year since I’m easily amused so it’s nice to laugh at the end of the day,” senior Megan Belmonte said. “The performers get ideas off of the audience and then the audience just eats it up after.” The Improv show was designed to give the audience more control over what they were watching because the
actors were constantly improvising to accommodate the many interests of the audience. “Improv is basically acting scenes without scripts so we make it up on the spot and it’s a fun way to express myself,” junior Jonathan Kim said. “One crowd favorite was megareplay where a team performs a scene then has to do the same scene in different genres.” Although Improv may appear difﬁcult at ﬁrst, students are able to grow into their speaking and acting role on stage. “I didn’t intend to audition for Improv at ﬁrst, but I actually really
like it now,” junior Veronica Carrasco said. “It helps my acting through giving me conﬁdence in speaking because I used to be unsure of the things I said on stage .” By practicing on a regular basis, the Improv team hoped to bring enthusiasm to the crowd this show as well as prepare for the next show. “We practice every week and at lunch by playing different games and rehearsing some parts,” sophomore Philip Sileskey said. “The upcoming show should be random, full of surprises, and lots of laugh so I encourage everyone to come out and watch it.” Ω
February 14, 2013
Jumping into spring
While providing a preview for its Spring pops concert, Choir also welcomes the Suzanne Choir.
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TRUE FALSETTO: Treble Choir member sophomore Jonah Bautista sings her part of the harmony while listening for her fellow members. Chantel Chan Staff writer All the choirs as well as the Suzanne Middle School Choir will participate in the Prelude to Spring concert on Thursday, Feb. 14. It is a preview to the Spring Pops Concert. “Our group’s pretty good this year, but I feel like we still need to be more focused. We need to start listening to each other more and really begin to study our music,” Chamber Choir member junior Lester Lim said. “Other than that, though, I feel like we have so much potential. It’s just that we just need to learn how to utilize it.” The Suzanne Middle School Choir will sing two of their own pieces and two combined with the Mustang Singers. “I think it’ll be a good experience for them because when they come to high school, they’ll know how the concerts work. It’s also different for us, too, because we’ll not only have
to focus on singing, but on guiding them as well,” Chamber Choir member junior Arthur Tang said. As a new addition to the concert this year, Men’s Ensemble Choir provides a different sound. “Being able to work with them this year is better. It’s really cool because you can hear just the guys singing,” Treble Choir member senior Esther Feng said. “At the same time, though, it means that the rest of us have less time to be able to sing.” Since the overall theme of this concert is classical, there is little dancing involved. “I really like the theme this year because we can instead put all our energy and effort into the actual part of singing the songs,” Men’s Ensemble Choir member freshman Petre Quintua said. Ω
COLORGUARD SPOTLIGHT SP OTLI GHT IN THE
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Winter Guard Leaders
Q: How do you feel about being leader? Nattanich Yookong, 12: I think it’s a lot of responsibility because I need to put time, effort and passion into this. You can’t just do it if you don’t like it, so you have to be committed. I love Color Guard, so as a senior, it’s the last thing I can do to give back. Chrystal Chau, 11: Leading is something you have to get used to. It’s scary at first, but as time goes on, it made me a stronger leader and much more confident. It showed me a different perspective of Color Guard. I used to be the one learning, and now I’m the one teaching it. It’s been a great experience, and it has given me more confidence.
Q: How do you feel about being leader? Alexandra Mendoza, 11: I feel more confident talking in front of people. It’s something I’ve gotten used to. Tiffany Chen, 11: It’s a lot more pressure but I think it’s an equal thing because we learn as much from the members as they do from us. Alexa Wong, 11: It makes me more dedicated and more aware of my surroundings. I have to be on top of my game since more people look up to me. Jessica Huang, 11: I’m in Pacific Crest, a professional kind of drum corps. I feel like being a leader here, I could apply what I learned there to here.
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it takes Two
All located around the city of Walnut, restaurants provide a good place to eat out with your significant others, friends or family. 13855 City Center Dr Chino Hills, CA 91709 (909) 628-6384
1380 Fullerton Rd Rowland Heights, CA 91748 (626) 964-6502
Myung Dong Genki Living Sugar Rush Tofu House
While Dripp offers the typical menu at a café, its comtemporary interior and upstairs loft makes Dripp a stand-out. The unique furnishings like loveseats inside Dripp immediately caught my eye. The cashier was polite and helpful and my food was served immediately. However, I spent most of my time at Dripp admiring their furnishings instead of their drinks. For a romantic date, Dripp is the
feasting food for Family Friends
experience than Starbucks. Ω
Immediately upon entering, I spotted a few groups of couples (okay, maybe more than a few). I could understand what attracted them to enter: the cute Japanese theme, the viewable cooking area and the many tables for two. Genki Living’s main speciality is their crepes. A display case in shop showcased an array of the different crepes that they sell. The crepes are so simple, but so good. If you are
18230 E Gale Ave Industry, CA 91748 (626) 581-8420
Ramen Yukino Ya
capacity of seats. Seeing that Bruxie was extremely busy, I expected to wait a long time before I would get rowdy atmosphere and the averagetasting, yet unique appearance of worth a try for a group of friends, but certainly not for a date. Ω
Although Ramen Yukino Ya isn’t the most attentioncatching restaurant, it was completely different than what I expected. Instead of a typical ramen restaurant that overemphasizes its connection to Japan, I saw very simple decorations. It wasn’t too noisy and had a reasonable selection of ramen. If you’re looking for a nice place to hang out with friends, this would be a great place to go, especially since a bowl of hot soup is perfect for a cold day. Ω
3505 Grand Ave Chino Hills, CA 91709 (909) 590-3090
18220 Gale Ave Rowland Heights, CA 91748 (626) 810-5629
California Pizza Kitchen, I expected only average-tasting food. However, the nicely-lit eating area and the bustling sounds of waiters instantly drew me in on a positive note. Ranging from tacos to pastas, the other hand, the loud environment made CPK feel more like a kidfriendly place. If you don’t mind the slightly loud atmosphere, California restaurant to take your family. Ω
20627 Golden Springs Dr Diamond Bar, CA 91765 (909) 468-9650
Sugar Rush Café doesn’t seem realized there’s more to it than its ominous-colored building. Serving as a healthier rendition of Denny’s, Sugar Rush Café is famous for its combo omelette package with hash browns and a side of toast along with its classic sandwiches. Easy on the student budget, my quickly-prepared Sugar Rush Cafe presents itself as a quiet restaurant perfect for a date
recommend going for the crepes. Ω
13865 City Center Dr Chino Hills, CA 91709 (909) 334-4162
If you’re looking for special place to treat your best buddies, give Bruxie a try. With its unique menu,
3900 Valley Blvd Walnut, CA 91789 (909) 869-7969
If you’re craving hot, yummy food, then step into Pho Ha. This place has Vietnamese dishes like spring rolls and vermicelli noodles. The pho is really good since the broth is actually made from scratch, which makes for a tastier soup. Pho Ha has a lot of booths which is great if you’re eating in a group. The noise level was fairly noisy, creating a very family-oriented atmosphere. Though it was a little loud, the restaurant ended up giving off a very open feeling. Ω
20627 Golden Springs Dr Diamond Bar, CA 91789 (909) 598-0815
Café Haus Café Haus is an ordinary café with an outside patio that elicits a friendly environment. From serving coffee to selling various bite-sized food, it’s almost like your regular added twist to the menu: crepes in every dish. Although it’s nothing new, I did enjoy the crepes on the menu as they were simple and sweet. Café Haus is great place to socialize or to just eat
18902 E Gale Ave Rowland Heights, CA 91748 (626) 964-9300
Myung Dong Tofu House has both quality Korean food and a comfortable ambience. Unlike all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ restaurants, Myung Dong offers
shabu, such as seafood, kimchi, along with a range of spiciness that you can choose from. For those who don’t like hot pot, there are other entrées such as noodles. Although the restaurant is small, it has a very intimate feel. All of these makes for a quality restaurant for any date. Ω
1238 N Hacienda Blvd La Puente, CA 91744 (626) 919-0709
Wingstop Wingstop is among the many restaurants that offer chicken wings, but the great service and food made me want to come back for more. Even though the restaurant was crowded, I was promptly attended to by a worker who took the time to introduce specials. The wings were the crunchy texture that made it hard for me to stop eating. Wingstop has both tasty food and a upbeat feel, which makes it an excellent spot for chatting with friends. Ω
1330 S Fullerton Rd Rowland Heights, CA 91748 (626) 581-9813
New Capital Boiling Crab Seafood PHOTO BY EMILY HUANG
Picture this: writing on walls, piles of shrimp heads and wearing a bib for the second time in your life. Yes, it’s the infamous Boiling Crab.
Capital Seafood is one restaurant that I wouldn’t refuse to go to when my family makes plans. appealing because only half the
restaurant and I was greeted by the ridiculous waiting time. However, once in, I was immediately taken to my booth and greeted with blasts of music. Although I left pleased with the service and food, I felt sorry for the ketchup I messed around with and the 36 sheets of napkins I used. But it’s Boiling Crab. Ω
we sat down at the tables, there was immediate attention given to us. When the food arrived, I noticed how each dish looked as appetizing as it tasted. Capital Seafood has all the makings of a Friday night gettogether with your family to relax and catch up with each other. Ω
February 14, 2013
Home is where the heart stays
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From the wide variety of movies and television shows, a few stand outs pop out as a must watch. Television series
Shakespeare in Love What’s Valentine’s Day without a cameo from Romeo and Juliet? “Shakespeare in Love” goes way back to when Shakespeare ﬁrst penned his famous love story in a mixture of historical ﬁction, rom-com and drama. It focuses on the tribulations William Shakespeare faces while getting his famous play to debut and becoming increasingly infatuated with the new actor cast to play Romeo, who is actually a cross-dressing young woman. The ﬁlm is a stand-out because it doesn’t suffocate you with a sappy or clichéd plot. The ﬁlm
is rated R for some frank sexuality, but it’s nothing too suggestive or graphic. You could watch the ﬁlm by yourself, with your family, or a signiﬁcant other. Chances are there’s something in “Shakespeare in Love” that will make anyone chuckle or swoon. Ω
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Valentine’s Day If you don’t want to go out on Valentine’s Day, you can watch the star-studded “Valentine’s Day” with characters chasing after missing ﬂowers, two-timing sleazeballs, and airport-bound paramours all across the beautifully shot picturesque Los Angeles. “Valentine’s Day” ﬁts the typical romantic-comedy fare, but its talented cast, beautiful cinematography and fantastic soundtrack allow it to twinkle just a little bit brighter. Ω
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Valentine’s Day might not be the best day for murder, but if you don’t feel up for an avalanche of drama or romance, “Bones” just might hit the spot. It differentiates itself from other crime shows by focusing more on the personal lives of the main characters, forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan (Emily Deschanel), her FBI partner and a team of “squints.” “Bones” juxtaposes the murder investigations
with slapstick and situational comedy. It might be a bit bleak to make jokes at a crime scene, but “Bones” makes it work in a unique way. However, just because it packs a few more laughs than the usual drama show doesn’t mean that it pulls any punches with the blood and guts, so “Bones” might not be the best show for the squeamish. Ω
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You make my heart beat again
Unlike in other romantic comedies, a zombie is brought back to life by a human’s love.
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Zombies. Guns. Tender romance. All wrapped up in a ﬁlm topped with some pretty awesome music. “Warm Bodies” may be the start of a new breed of rom-coms that everyone will love. The movie will hook you in with its strong opening and continue to jolt your emotions as you watch an unlikely pair run and hide to protect their tender feelings for each other. With a classic plot of a couple against all odds, “Warm Bodies” does a good job of keeping the audience in
“Happy Endings” follows a naturally as if you’re hanging out group of friends and with tight-knit friends. That is, if their quirky lives your friends adopted parrots, after a runaway rented out limo-towed bride situation Jacuzzis and wore threatens to tear breakfast-themed them apart. The costumes. Then comedic timing again, they’re of the six leads probably not, so is spot on and “Happy Endings” the jokes ﬂow PHOTO USED WITH PERMISSION OF APIMAGES. will have to do. Ω
Mary Zhang Staff writer
suspense of what fate will throw at the couple. The movie opens with a soliloquy by the protagonist of the movie, a zombie named R (Nicholas Hoult) as he brusquely goes on about the the day-to-day life of being a corpse. Experiencing a mini-zombieexistential crisis, R questions his inability to “feel” as humans do and he yearns for a more meaningful life. His somber monologues are peppered with sarcasm and wit, as he mocks himself and everyone around him for being “dead.” As R he goes out to feed on humans, he comes across Julia (Teresa Palmer) a zombie-butt-
kicking girl with a beating heart. It is love at ﬁrst sight, but only on R’s part. Julia is one of the few surviving members of a human colony out to defend themselves from the zombies. He whisks her from danger to his own zombie colony, and she starts to blossom a shy liking to him. While I really liked Nicholas Hoult’s zombie character, I feel as though Teresa Palmer’s acting fell a little short. As Julia, daughter of the steely eyed leader of the human colony, one would expect and enjoy her role as an edgy gun-toting girl. But the emphasis on her ability to shoot and kill zombies point blank overpowered her warm and mushy side. If she had been even a little more convincing in showing her affection towards R, the romantic aspect of the movie would have been a little more colorful. Overall, I think the movie is a perfect choice for any couple to watch. It’s funny with snide humor from R and his fellow zombies. It’s action-packed, with plenty of scenes involving guns, chases, and zombie to human combat bringing you to the edge of your seat. But in the end, “Warm Bodies” still leaves you with a soft and gooey feeling on the inside. Throw in popcorn and soda, and you’ve got yourself a perfect date for Valentine’s day. Ω
Kwok’s Korner: “Warm Bodies” First published as a novel, “Warm Bodies” shows the adventure of a zombie and human as they fall in love. Jessica Kwok Editor-in-Chief I’m not a fan of romance novels (because they make me feel very lonely) nor zombie novels. Put them together and I get a book I’m hesitant to read. But it’s Valentine’s Day, and I suppose I need to make a sacriﬁce for love. In keeping with the romantic theme, I read Isaac Marion’s “Warm Bodies.” This fuzzy, warm-hearted novel is about a zombie named R who, with the help of the love of a human girl named Julie, begins to live once more. If loving a dead
body isn’t romantic, I don’t know what is. I’m actually impressed by the the creativity Marion expresses in this alternate world. Since we don’t have a widely accepted zombie lore, the author creates his own. He also wins bonus points for the somewhat original plot. More bonus points for a philosophical zombie you ﬁnd yourself sympathizing with. I have to admit, though, that R’s womanizing best friend, M, steals the show with his snarky humor. What I found most striking was that this wasn’t just a cheesy romance novel. It’s a reﬂection on life, what you are in death - okay, “death” - and why we live. In this apocalyptic setting, Marion asks this: Is it worth living when there’s nothing to live for in the bleak future? Rich content. The fact that I enjoyed this book doesn’t mean I’m going to sink into the hole of romance novel. It does mean I recommend this book. But please, don’t read this and think becoming a zombie will solve your relationship problems. It won’t. Ω
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February 14, 2013
Girls water polo takes the last win Brian Ho aims for USBDF Playing at Nogales High School, the Mustangs defeated the Raiders, 7-2, in its last league game of the season, qualifying for CIF playoffs. Bryan Wong Staff writer
Junior Brian Ho participates in the SGVBC, an outside badminton organization located in Pomona. Serena Lin Staff writer
Girls varsity water polo won its last league game against Rowland, 7-2, at Nogales High School on Thursday, Feb. 7. “We started off slow but in the end, we did pick it up,” junior Christine Hu said. “We started the season strong and we wanted to end it strong. ” Junior Cathleen Nguyen scored the first goal of the game. Nguyen later scored another goal after being fouled, ending the quarter, 2-0. “I was just thinking that the score shouldn’t be like this. It needed to be higher and we needed to play better,” Nguyen said. Winning the sprint in the second quarter, the Rowland Raiders scored its first goal of the game. Junior Ashley Starr-Clark responded by scoring a point, after which Nguyen obtained from the last goal of the quarter. “After they scored against us, I worked my way into the open spots so I could score,” Starr-Clark said. “I am very competitive when I want to win and I’ll do whatever I can to get us there.” During the third quarter, Walnut scored twice off of the counters, the first goal by Nguyen and the second by captain senior Ardelle Aquino. “I was thinking it was crucial to make this shot so that Rowland
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MUSTANG IN WATER: Junior Sharon Han attempts a shot at the wouldn’t catch up,” Aquino said. Rowland scored its second goal of the game during the fourth quarter, which was followed by multiple missed shots by both teams. Nguyen then scored her fifth point of the game, ending with a 5-point lead.
“We could have done a better job as far as putting our shots away, but we did communicate well during the game,” senior Mia Rycraw said. “We have played better games, but in the end we still won.” Ω
As he rushes towards the approaching birdie, junior Brian Ho has only one thought running through his mind -- winning. At the age of 15, Ho’s parents and friends persuaded him to start playing badminton. Ho then joined the Los Angeles Badminton Club (LABC) and the San Gabriel Valley Badminton Club (SGVBC). By the end of his freshman year, his coaches, Hock Lai Lee and Alex Liang, encouraged him to compete. “They wanted me to be more competitive and have fun,” Ho said. “My coach told me that there was no point in playing and taking lessons if it’s only for fun. He said that I should compete. I agreed with him and started doing competitions.” Ho has competed in various matches, including the 2012 United States Badminton Development Foundation (USBDF) Winter Junior International Badminton Championship, participating in consolation ﬁnals and semi-ﬁnals. “Competitions motivate me to play better, and they drive me even if I’m losing, to push myself to win,” Ho said. “From the experience, I can see how others play, and I tell my coach how I want to train. It’s important to train well to improve my skills and endurance.” While badminton requires good stamina and nine hours of practice a
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HIT IT: Junior Brian Ho serves the week, Ho aspires to rank in the top 50 in the nation. “I just wanted to see improvement in my playing. I don’t want to waste all the time I practiced, and I want to ﬁt in with the good players,” Ho said. “I was playing for a few years, and I want to continue a sport to maintain athletic ﬁtness. I chose badminton because it’s unique and less people play it.” Ω
Boys basketball loses by one point
On Senior Night, the boys basketball team fell to Diamond Ranch, 55-56. Spencer Wu Sports editor
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BALLING IT UP: Going past the double team, forward junior Robert
Boys varsity basketball played its last home league game on Senior Night on Friday, Feb. 8 against Diamond Ranch. “I was very happy and glad to have played my last game with all the energy we had, but was disappointed because of the outcome,” captain guard senior Garrett Vita said. The Panthers outscored the Mustangs in the ﬁrst half, taking a nine-point lead by halftime, which affected the team’s setup.
“I felt like we shouldn’t have lost that game or even let Diamond Ranch get a huge lead in the second quarter,” guard junior Lawrence Besong said. “Their defense wasn’t anything special, it was just difﬁcult for us to ﬁnish and execute for some reason.” Walnut had a late game push and was unable to recapture the lead since Diamond Ranch out-rebounded the Mustangs in the ﬁrst half. “The last quarter felt like a replay of our Rowland game at home. We let them get up big and we had to ﬁght our way back. In the end, there just
wasn’t enough time to make up the deﬁcit,” center senior Calvin Cheng said. Finishing the season at .500, the Mustangs (16-10 overall) hope to go far in CIF playoffs, improving from last season in which they lost in the second round. “We have a good chance at going far,” center junior Richie Rycraw said. “The number one team in our division is El Toro and we already beat them during the summer.” The Mustangs will play Edison High School in the ﬁrst round of CIF on Friday, Feb. 15. Ω
INSIDE THE GAME: SPORTS INJURIES Tristan Jimenez,12 Sport: Wrestling Injury: dislocated knee, torn ligaments and artery in knee
Alan Tam, 10 Sport: Wrestling Injury: broken forearm, dislocated elbow
Janae Avila, 11 Sport: Soccer Injury: torn ACL ligaments in knee
injury, and I was in a lot of pain and sad that my season was over for wrestling. I had two surgeries, and it’s going to take about eight months for me to recover.”
“I got this adrenaline rush, and my arm was all messed up. I felt sad because I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to compete again. It wasn’t really painful, but I was scared.”
“Of course I can’t change anything that happened, but what I can do is just work hard to get back, and I think it’ll make me a better player because I see more
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HOME COURT: Best seats in the house During a league game against the biggest rival, you look for the best place to sit with your friends. But where will you sit to watch all the action? “I sit in the middle to get a better view of the
February 14, 2013 VARSITY WINTER SPORTS SCOREBOARD BOYS BASKETBALL 1/4- vs. Los Altos 60-67 L 1/9- @ West Covina 63-36 W 1/11- @ Rowland 72-66 W 1/14- @ Diamond Ranch 71-68 W 1/16- vs. Diamond Bar 57-59 L 1/18- vs. Bonita 69-71 L (OT) 1/25- @ Los Altos 53-49 W 1/30- vs. West Covina 80-61 W 2/1- vs. Rowland 59-60 L 2/4- @ Diamond Bar 64-62 W (OT) 2/6- @ Bonita 58-63 L 2/8- vs. Diamond Ranch 55-56 L
GIRLS SOCCER 1/4- @ Los Altos 1-2 L 1/8- vs. West Covina 4-0 W 1/10- vs. Rowland 5-0 W 1/15- @ Diamond Bar 3-3 T 1/17- @ Bonita 4-0 W 1/21- vs. Diamond Ranch 2-0 W 1/24- vs. Los Altos 2-1 W 1/29- @ West Covina 2-0 W 1/31- @ Rowland 6-1 W 2/4- @ Diamond Bar 2-3 L 2/5- vs. Bonita 3-0 W 2/7- @ Diamond Ranch 1-0 W
WRESTLING 1/10- @ Diamond Ranch 84-0 W 1/15- @ Diamond Bar 19-49 L 1/17- @ Rowland 6-64 L 1/24- vs. Bonita 24-44 L 1/29- vs. West Covina 57-18 W
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GIRLS BASKETBALL 1/4- vs. Los Altos 51-31 W 1/9- @ West Covina 53-64 L 1/11- @ Rowland 52-47 W 1/14- @ Diamond Ranch 37-51 L 1/16- vs. Diamond Bar 38-52 L 1/18- vs. Bonita 41-45 L 1/25- @ Los Altos 63-44 W 1/30- vs. West Covina 46-57 L 2/1- vs. Rowland 61-53 W 2/4- @ Diamond Bar 47-68 L 2/6- @ Bonita 41-59 L 2/8- vs. Diamond Ranch 45-64 L
BOYS SOCCER 1/4- vs. Los Altos 1-0 W 1/8- @ West Covina 0-2 L 1/10- @ Rowland 1-0 W 1/14- @ Diamond Ranch 1-0 W 1/15- vs. Diamond Bar 1-0 W 1/17- vs. Bonita 2-1 W 1/24- @ Los Altos 0-2 L 1/29- vs. West Covina 0-3 L 1/31- vs. Rowland 6-1 W 2/4- @ Diamond Bar 3-2 W 2/5- @ Bonita 3-1 W 2/7- vs. Diamond Ranch 3-0 W
GIRLS WATER POLO 1/8- @ Bonita 5-10 L 1/15- @ West Covina 20-4 W 1/17- vs. Los Altos 12-2 W 1/22- vs. Rowland 8-2 W 1/24- vs. Bonita 6-9 L 1/31- vs. West Covina 10-2 2/5- @ Los Altos 10-6 W 2/7- @ Rowland 7-2 W
RETRACTION: In the December issue, two wrestlers, Alec Dunham and Zachary Rohskothen, were misidentiﬁed in photos as Micah Maes and Jeffrey Maes.
Walnut High School Newspaper February Issue