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“Our coach was talking about how it was going to come down to who put in more effort because it was so close at the half, so I wanted to come in and try my best. Everyone came together and played like a team that game. But you can’t let that game affect you for the next one - win or loss - you don’t dwell on it.” -Matthew Chen, 12 PHOTO USED WITH PERMISSION OF DRAMA DEPARTMENT
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Winter formal venue at House of Blues After months of planning, ASB has decided to hold this year’s winter formal at the House of Blues in Anaheim on Jan. 28. Ashlyn Montoya Staff writer ASB booked Winter Formal at the House of Blues in Anaheim on Saturday, Jan. 28. The dance committee began planning two weeks after Homecoming. “A lot of the planning is breaking even with the budget. We are also in charge of regulating the court design and managing ticket prices,” senior, ASB president Katherine Chung said. “It’s a lot of hard work.” Picking the venue was the longest process of planning the Winter Formal. “We’ve been looking at the venue since last year. We were in conﬂict with another one, but we decided House of Blues was the best because the venue
alone looks great, the location is great, and compared to the other venue it was affordable for the students,” senior, dance committee chairperson Katie Argumosa said. “It took us two months to decide that this venue was what we wanted.” T h i s year, there will be more places for students to socialize before and after the dance. “Last year’s venue was great, but people were limited to just the venue. This year, since it’s in Downtown Disney, it’ll be fun and safe. There are also lots of restaurants to eat at, and there will be things to do before and after the dance,” Chung said. “We hope that this year’s Winter Formal will be more than an unforgettable experience.”
“The venue alone looks great, the location is great, and compared to the other venue it was affordable for the students.”
-Katie Argumosa, 12
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COURT ANNOUNCEMENTS (LEFT TO RIGHT): Junior Erika Ingram announces the senior Winter Formal court after being crowned to the junior court herself. Senior Michael Koury accepts his sash after being nominated.
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WASC evaluates and inspects the campus
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges, after six years, will visit Walnut to evaluate the status of the school. Susie Law Staff writer Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC), a committee that evaluates if a school succeeds in its goals of education, will come to inspect Walnut High School from Feb.
27 - 29. The staff and faculty members have prepared by holding discussions in separate focus groups and then compiling the ideas and lists of possible improvements into a typed report. Some measures are all ready being carried
out, like the creations of new posters and tardy policies. “I think the heavy enforcement of the tardy policy on late starts is effective because it intimidates students to get to class on time,” senior Gabriel Balanza said. “[However], printing out and
posting [vision statement and goal] posters wasn’t useful in any way because many students didn’t even know that it was new.” These reports were then integrated into one large overview by three designated writers: instructional dean
Barbie Cole, junior grade level coordinator Andrea Deligio, and ELD coordinator Marta Dibell. Representatives from WASC will go over the ﬁnal version of the report, observe on-campus activities, and survey various members of
the school to determine the number of years that will be credited (highest being six). “We all want to get a six year accreditation and look for useful, constructive feedback to help guide us so that we are able to fulﬁll our goals [that we have set],” Deligio said.
Swing and hip hop clubs plan a benefit concert Swing Club and Hip Hop Club will host a benefit concert to aid organizations that are fighting the violations of human rights. Jessica You Staff writer Swing Club and Hip Hop Club will host their ﬁrst beneﬁt concert for students to help people around the world suffering from human rights violations on Feb. 18. They will be helping organizations such as Human Rights Watch and National Commission of Human Rights in Indonesia. “This is the ﬁrst time we’ve done this [and] this will be a fun [experience],” senior president of both Hip Hop and Swing Club Noel Cindass said. “We’re giving out entertainment and helping to promote charity.” Students are able to help Voice of the World, an organization started by Kevin Dhali, by performing onstage. All ticket sales will go to funds for human rights. “It’s an honor to be working for a noble cause, but most of all I feel like I’m just repaying all the kindness that I have received in this life and I would like to share the joy with the less fortunate ones,” Dhali said. “That’s where the idea of a beneﬁt concert starts. Most of the performers are fellow students and clubs at school, this is how I get people at [our] school involved to help the cause while giving them a chance to express their passion.” In order to prepare for the concert, students practiced at least two hours every week after school to develop their routines. “The extra practice for the concert is good
because it helps the members get used to the routine and gives them the experience of being on a show instead of waiting all the way until the Multi-cultural assembly,” Cindass said. Performers needed to prepare earlier in the year and learn the routine faster than when they prepared for the multi-cultural assembly. “We’ve never had to start learning choreography so quickly in the year, so it’s really a new experience and requires more dedication, but I think it’s worth it because not only am I able to help out a good cause, but I’m also able to challenge myself to learn choreography at a faster pace,” senior, secretary of Hip Hop Club Keenly Chung said. As a new event, many students feel the enthusiasm of performing and helping a charity at the same time. “Even though I can’t wait for the concert, I’m actually pretty nervous about it,” sophomore Arneil Liban said. “Although I’m really anxious about this, I love Swing Club and I’m glad that I have my friends with me so we can do this together and experience something new and exciting.” For these students, being able to contribute to make the world a better place is important. “The way I see it, this experience is a two for one. I get to dance one of my favorite styles of dance and help out whoever in need through that type of dance. I really enjoy swing dancing and it’s great that I can help out while doing something I enjoy a lot,” senior, historian
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BACK FLIP (LEFT TO RIGHT): Sophomores Joseph Chow and Elizabeth Liu, and junior
of Swing Club Leo Cho said. “And since I’m doing two really amazing things at once, I think that truly can give you a feeling of greatness, a feeling that I’m returning all the good people
have done and giving back to those who need it most.”
Art students examine the Getty USC is chosen as this Art students had the opportunity to observe art from different time periods during their visit to the Getty Museum. Amy Lee Staff writer Advanced art, studio art, and AP studio art students visited the Getty Museum on Thursday, Jan. 1, getting the opportunity to observe art from different time periods from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century. “The purpose of the trip was to just have fun and look around at the different paintings and sculptures,” junior advanced art student Raissa Apolinar said. “I think it’s important to learn about art history to get a background and feel of how art was expressed back then. Art shows their
culture and expression.” Splitting off into groups, every student had the chance to examine art which interested him or her. “The trip helped me view a variety of art; in my group, we looked at paintings, decorative art, a few sculptures, and the garden,” junior AP Studio Art student Connie Chen said. “I saw people of all ages there, from children to older adults, and everyone was able to share the experience of viewing art.” The wide range of art provided inspiration and ideas for future projects and became a learning experience for many.
“I learned that there are so many deﬁnitions of what art is. There was one piece that was just a long, neon green rectangular prism that was just leaning against a wall. Someone asked the security guard, ‘Is that a piece of art?’ because it was so plain and ordinary. This taught me that anything could be art, not just the intricate and realistic paintings of the renaissance period,” senior Joyce Lee said. “I would deﬁnitely want to go on more ﬁeld trips. Not only because I get to skip school, but also because I can see more of the art world that I would otherwise not see on my own time.”
year’s trip for Latin Alliance
In its annual trip, Latin Alliance visits USC to provide members with early exposure to the college experience. Vanessa Chou Staff writer Latin Alliance members will be visiting USC on Thursday, Feb. 2 to gain insight into the college experience and to have the opportunity to visit a California campus. “Every year our club tries to visit a different college campus to provide students with the information needed for admissions, as well as to get a feel for the actual campus,” adviser Diana De La Cruz-Wilds said.
To provide funds for the event, ofﬁcers and members sold traditional foods, such as nachos and spicy candy after school. “The food sales after school actually turned out to be quite successful,” junior cabinet member Nancy Huerta said. “In my opinion, selling traditional Hispanic food is very important because many people from different cultures aren’t familiar with this kind of food. We hope to expand the food choices in the future when he have more sales.”
Approximately 35 members will be attending the annual visit the campus, which was voted as the site this year through polls taken during club meetings. “We are hoping that students will gain enough information to begin planning for college,” De La Cruz-Wilds said. “We want students to know what options are available in terms of admissions, tuition costs, ﬁnancial aid, and different majors [in order to] prepare them for the future.”
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Classes integrate iPads iPads are being used in several classes to help improve the learning atmosphere.
Hong Chen Staff writer As part of the school wide technology ramp up this year, iPads have been introduced into several classrooms to experiment with the new technology and with its place in the learning environment. Dr. Alison Shelton is among those teachers who have sampled the new devices, using them for lessons in her AP Statistics and regular math classes.
“There are a few teachers piloting the use of the iPads to see if students are more engaged and can learn better with them,” Shelton said. The iPads offer new ﬂexibility in the classroom, opening up a world of applications and information to students in a small, compact package. “My favorite app is called Screenchomp. It’s an interactive whiteboard that videotapes everything that the student does. That way, I get
to see that the student actually understands a problem, and I can also share the video with the rest of the class,” Shelton said. Of course, no new implementation comes easily, and challenges in the process are to be expected. “I do see that there is a lot of potential in the iPads. There’s still some learning curve on the teacher side, and I’m going to check it out over winter break to discover more effective uses of the technology.
[After all], technology is only a tool,” Shelton said. The iPads are only a small part of a school-wide technology revamp, and Shelton hopes to see the school continue its trend towards modernizing education for a new generation of students. “We are living in a very technology driven century and are still using 20th century teaching techniques, and the iPads are just updating [those techniques],” Shelton said.
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TAP TAP: Junior Pei-Ying Ding uses an iPad for assistance
Experimenting with a new block schedule
The school’s advisory team decided to move the enrichment period before lunch to increase classroom productivity. Samantha Gomes Staff writer After searching for ways to improve Walnut’s block schedule, an advisory team consisting of staff members, decided to alter extended block by changing it to intervention and placing it before lunch for a six-week trial period. “There has been a lot of talk about the block schedule and whether we should keep it or not. We decided to explore different options and look at the bell schedules of other, high performing schools, one of which we are using
now. We discovered that the prime learning time was earlier in the day, and having enrichment in the morning lost a lot of that learning time, which was how we decided to move enrichment more toward lunch,” advisory team member, math teacher Norlyn Nicholas said. Enrichment was created to give students extra time with teachers, but the advisory group hopes to reinvent it into something more efﬁcient. “We will redeﬁne what teachers can help students with, and there are a few options on how they can
do this. First, they can have kids read while three or four students that need extra help can review with their teacher. Another suggestion is reteaching yesterday’s whole lesson,” principal Jeff Jordan said. The block schedule was changed to beneﬁt the student body, but comes with its share of pros and cons. “We still have a ﬁfteen minute break between classes, so there is still break time. It’s a little more productive, and I feel more relaxed to know that I have enrichment before lunch. I am used to using
enrichment to prepare for the next class, but I don’t mind going with the ﬂow,” junior David Cao said. “It helps if people need to make up tests, because they can continue during lunch if necessary.” Some students ﬁnd the new schedule adds unneeded stress to them. “I like having time between two continuous periods by going to class for thirty minutes, because it gets tiring. I can’t get much done in a thirty minute period, so it’s just a hassle, even for teachers,” junior Rohit Rajkumar said. “I prefer
enrichment between two block classes, because I don’t feel as stressed out from four continuous hours of class. I think they should put block where it was before.” Teachers can consider the numerous options they have for using the half hour period to provide students with further assistance. “I like the new schedule, and feel that my third period was much more focused today. I think a lot of teachers have been using enrichment as extra planning time when they should be using this time for tutoring during school,”
Nicholas said. The schedule change remains experimental and only temporary, but the team continues to search for other ways to maximize learning into block days. “We are looking into visiting other schools and seeing how they use their time, because there might be other ways to spend it,” Nicholas said. “There are a lot of things up in the air, and I honestly do not know how this will turn out. After a full rotation of the new enrichment classes, we will evaluate how the time was spent.”
BSU offers essay writing contest for students Black Student Union hosted an essay competition for students to address and express their solutions to world issues.
Susie Law Staff writer Black Student Union (BSU) hosted its ﬁrst essay writing contest, “Creating Solutions for the Challenges Faced By Children Today.” It held a luncheon on Wednesday, Jan. 11 in the MPR for students interested in reading aloud their essays. “I was nervous because this is our ﬁrst year hosting this, yet excited to hear what the students of Walnut High School had to say [in their essays]. We’ve hosted a talent show open to the entire school, but we knew not everyone sang, recited poetry, danced, or liked performing in front of people,” senior co-president Clarke Jacobs said. “We thought of an essay contest as a way to get more students involved around campus in a less intimidating way.” Students chose two issues
out of a given list, such as violence and poverty, and wrote about possible solutions to address the prompt. “This essay [broadened] the perspective that students had about BSU. The members and ofﬁcers of our club are not just African American, but represent many different races and cultures,” BSU adviser Victoria Workman said. “We are concerned about a better world with equal rights for all.” Over 200 essays were submitted for judging by history teacher Jerry Knox, and English teacher Corolar White Victoria Workman. The respective prizes for the top three places are $50, $30, and $20. The essays written by the winners are eligible to enter the national contest sponsored by Gulen Institute. “For this [essay], I had to formulate my thoughts ﬁrst and then ﬁnd statistics and
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SPEAK YOUR MIND (FROM LEFT TO RIGHT): English teachers Victoria Workman and Corolar White watch the
facts in order to write it. The knowledge seems more drastic when you write about it like poverty faced by children in South Africa. You know the stats are so much more real,” sophomore Allison Do said, who wrote her essay on poverty and gender inequality. All English classes and
several history classes were notiﬁed of the contest a week before, so that students from all over campus had the opportunity to compete. AP Human Geography students were required to participate in the competition. “I wanted [my students] to think about problems in the
world and what is being done to address those problems. It also raises awareness that not everyone is as lucky as us in Walnut,” Knox said. Whether they placed in the contest or not, the contestants have gained more insight into the world and how to face issues currently plaguing their
generation. “[Students] have learned that school is just a microcosm of the bigger world and bigger picture. What we learn is that school is something that has to be applied [to life] outside, in order to be better citizens of society,” White said.
EDITORIAL CARPE THE DIEM OUT OF IT! With the start of second semester, we glance back and see how painfully far we have gone. We glance forward and see how painfully far we still have to go. We may be two weeks into the semester, but we are only a few days beyond “half the year.” We can stare into the distance and see standardized testing, AP
forward to this next weekend, a luxury that students at Diamond Bar do not have. Our sports teams are still practicing, our classes still have teachers, and our pep rallies are still peppy; we even had confetti cannons at the fall sports rally. Walnut High School has done a good job for itself. As much as we the
just above the horizon. But when we look up, there is that grey cloud always looming above
from our administration, it is time we are responsible ourselves. With our school, our teachers and even our peers doing their best to make the best of this sorry budget crisis, what can you say you have done? This year, we can make our resolutions count by gathering the conviction here and now. With our extended semester, we need to shirk off all our symptoms of laziness and apathy. Seniors in
that we too often receive with indifference. This is a time when budget cuts are the norm, complete with mandatory donations and empty pockets. This is the stretch, just a few weeks out, when it is not too late to make a few more New Years’ Resolutions. This is that critical point where students either break down or buckle down and when senioritis begins to become an epidemic. If there ever was a time to be responsible, it is now. Look around again. Do you appreciate all that is going on? The Class of 2014 is hosting a boba fundraiser next week, and why? Because fundraising means survival. We are lucky enough to have all of Homecoming, Sadie’s and Prom. We still have a Winter Formal to look
scholarships and jobs to help pay for the ever rising price of education. There is never a time too late to start trying, and there is never a time too early either. This year, we have the choice to stare adversity in the eye and rise to the circumstance. Every and every dark situation has a hero. This is our beyond the clouds and make it our new limit. Make that choice.
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BLOCK ed off
With the recent move of extended block to after the second block period instead of before, students lose a needed break between two long classes.
EDITORIAL CARTOON BY AMY LEE
Patrick Lee Staff Writer I am an average teenager. My attention span isn’t designed for marathons, unless they’re the kind on television. Armed with sugary coffee drinks and Top Ramen, I tackle school days with the ferocity of a sloth. However, my vigor for school is signiﬁcantly stiﬂed by block schedule days. They can be difﬁcult, especially if I have to sit through an hour and 45 minutes of literary analysis and essay writing. But at least I can look forward to extended block, that awkward half hour of class that no teacher knows what to do with. Most have a work-on-something-quietlybut-I-won’t-care-if-you’re-nappingor-on-your-phone mentality, which everyone often takes advantage of. Entertainment is even provided weekly, with the Mustang Update ready to induce a few laughs. The period is designed to allow you to recharge, grab a bite to eat, or catch up on some sleep. But with extended block, now called intervention, moved to after the second block period, what is there to transition you? Are a few minutes really enough to mentally prepare you for another hour and 45 minutes?
My answer is a solid no, mainly due to the tendency of block days to be quite the energy suck. While it may seem trivial, that sweet half hour of mental stagnation is what keeps me from going quietly insane during block days. My mind is not designed to withstand two consecutive block periods and my body is not designed to endure going that long without food. As all mothers know, a hungry and tired teenager is neither cooperative nor attentive. Students may not be the only ones to suffer. Teachers have to face a daunting three and a half hours of near continuous instruction, which can’t be easy to do. Productivity is bound to go down on both ends. The reason for the change is to give teachers and students additional time for instruction if they need additional help. In theory, it shouldn’t even make a difference. The period seems to function the same way as before. Now, despite all my complaints, there has to be some sort of hidden beneﬁt. Maybe students will be more focused if they don’t stray from a strictly learning environment. That half hour could ease up scheduling pressures, with new uses for the period that were impossible under the old arrangement. That half hour could serve as a buffer; a transitional period from class to lunch. Probably the most compelling argument for
the change is the encouragement for teachers to use the time to connect with struggling students. Yes, a few of the reasons for the change seem credible, but it’s very hard for me to ﬁnd a beneﬁt that makes a compelling enough argument. I see moving the extended block as counterproductive, with over three consecutive hours of class sure to fry brains and dampen spirits. The biggest question is how effective 30 minutes of intervention will be to a student right before lunch after three hours of continuous learning. The additional time will deﬁnitely be valuable to some, but will not be as beneﬁcial as a rest period can be. Weighing all the possible effects of the switch, the cons very heavily outweigh the pros. Thankfully for us detractors, this switch is only temporary. Maybe I’ll grow accustomed to the change, but I highly doubt it. If the school is trying to put that time to better use, leave it as it is. The extended block’s placement between two fat chunks of class allows it to serve a better purpose. While the extended learning period might be a good enough reason, I still don’t support sacriﬁcing my sanity for an additional half hour of instruction on top of the three I’d just gotten through. Block days are not meant to be swallowed whole. If it ain’t broke, don’t ﬁx it. Ω
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Time is in hour hands
A WORD TO THE WISE
As the end of the year Often times, a lesson seems to exceed the limited class time that each period lasts. Regardless, if students are expected to arrive on time to a class, shouldn’t they be allowed to leave on time as well? approaches, we should be more willing to get Jessica Wang lesson and lost lecture time. In those cases, we should be allowed a choice of to know other people. A&E Editor whether or not we wish to stay to ﬁnish the lecture. If we sat still for almost Here I am in my seat, itching to dash out the door at the ﬁrst sign of dismissal. Students mill around outside, clutching their books for period four while I am stuck in period three, waiting anxiously to be dismissed. Why? Because of a few impatient kids who packed up ﬁve minutes before the bell rang. At this point, I’m asking myself why in the world we are being punished for this at all. We do have other classes to attend to. Students should not be made to stay overtime in a class if they are not willing. The reason a schedule exists is so we can follow it. If we are expected to arrive at a designated time, it only follows logically that we should be allowed to leave at a speciﬁc time. There is no rule that states we must complete a lesson or ﬁnish notes in one class before being allowed to leave for our next. In the past, I’ve been kept after classes for reasons ranging from “you guys talked too much” to the teacher having additional notes. Nearly every one of those instances caused inconveniences for me and my classmates. What bafﬂes me the most is when students are kept afterwards because their teacher went off on a tangent halfway through the
an entire hour hearing about an irrelevant personal story while we should have been taking lecture notes, then it’s rightfully our decision if we want to leave. Fortunately, I currently have no teachers who keep their students in after class for unreasonable amounts of time. In eighth grade, my English teacher once forced us to ﬁnish a book discussion before she ﬁnally decided to send us off with late passes, hoping those little green slips would somehow compensate for the ﬁfteen minutes we lost in our next classes. I remember this as one of the most frustrating experiences I had in middle school. Though her intentions might have been good, keeping us in probably did us more harm than help. Not only did I miss a crucial part of an important history lecture as a result of this, but my history teacher was irritated as well. All our classes are equally important, and the majority of our teachers are understanding and rather fair about upholding this value. When mismanagement of time happens it can always be made up one way or another, but keeping students in after class for too long interferes with our schedules and causes unnecessary disorder. At the very least, give us the option of whether or not to go into overtime. After all, every minute counts. Ω
“What baffles me the most is when students are kept afterwards because their teacher went off on a tangent halfway through the lesson and lost lecture time.”
Under pressure: to the dance Flash, flair and flowers. With students asking their potential dates in exceedingly more elaborate fashions, the standard for asking others out to dances has been set relatively high for others. Michael Aie Staff Writer Red roses: the classic way for a guy to ask a girl out to a dance. During dance season, many use traditional methods to ﬁnd themselves dates while creative minds have found ﬂashier methods to get the girl. However, while creativity is appreciated, guys should know their limits and girls should not have huge expectations. When planning and asking a girl out, guys should consider the girl’s reactions. Sure, grand gestures generate excitement, but asking someone who’s not a close friend can lead to severe awkwardness and, not to mention, it’s unfair to the girl. By asking girls out publicly, girls are placed in the hot seat and are pressured into making a quick decision. Guys should focus on making the girl feel comfortable whether they ask privately or in front of the cafeteria. Knowing the girl’s preferences in being asked makes the asking “cuter” and shows how the guy takes into account the girl’s reaction. When I asked a girl to Homecoming, I asked her privately because I didn’t want to make a big deal out of it for her. Simplicity eliminates all the distractions and ﬂashiness, and just
focuses in on you and the girl. It takes out the unnecessary and lets her know your genuine intentions. Although girls dream of being asked in romantic ways, they should remember that they’re being asked by the cootie-plagued boys that used to chase them around the playground. It’s harder for guys to be creative. Left to their own devices, many guys wouldn’t mind hiding behind a computer screen to ask. However, there are certain standards that girls should expect and guys should follow. Flowers and proper attire are both a must for guys when they decide to ask. Simply put, a guy should be prepared and have everything planned out. But when girls start to expect something more than just this, it pushes guys to come up with the ostentatious invitations that have become more popular these past few years. And oftentimes, when guys think they have a great idea, they get too caught up in it and lose track of the true focus - the girl. The whole point of asking is to make the girl feel special, not to have a special idea. Ultimately, guys, you want her to be in the spotlight without making it awkward and uncomfortable for her. So remember, you can ask in any way, but you need to be fully aware of what you’re doing and who you’re asking. Think simple - bigger is not always better. Ω
Do you care about ﬂair? By Vanessa Chou, Staff Writer “Asking someone out face-to-face is more private; it’s sweeter and has less emphasis on the showy factor. It shows that you care about them more.” - Tiffany Huang, 9
attention better, and everyone likes to gather and watch. However, it does takes a lot of courage.” - Jonathan Wang, 10 “I think it can be cute if you’re pretty sure the person will know the person is going to say yes, it could get awkward.” - Amanda Ong, 11
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“It just depends on the personality of the person being asked out. If you try to ask out someone who is shy in front of a lot of people, it’s more embarrassing and puts them on the spot.” - David Li, 12
To-Van Hoang Feature Editor For the majority of my peers, I can say that I won’t bother to look back when we graduate and part ways. I won’t miss 95% of the faces I see in the sea of students that ﬂood the walkways during passing period. The problem is the remaining 5%. Even though I’m looking forward to graduating like no other, that small percentage of the student population is what makes me sort of dread graduation. With my closest friends, there isn’t any problem. We’ll never stray too far from each other. But that 5%, made up of people who I think are interesting to talk and listen to, is a group I probably won’t be able to maintain lasting connections with. They’re people I never became close to, but I wish I had. When I think about it, that cliché idea comes up; I try to complete this sentence: “If I could start high school over again, I would ____”. Now that I’m a senior who’s nearly done with her four years of high school, I know how I would ﬁnish that sentence. If I could start high school over again, I would spend a lot more time interacting with more of my peers. We all have our close group of friends and the people we’re most comfortable spending time with, but they’re not the only people who exist. Regardless of what you think, our school isn’t that big of a place. Yet of the scant 2,700 students who attend daily, I can claim to really know eight of them. I’ve been missing out on a lot of amazing personalities because of how closed off I made myself since freshman year. There are close friends, unrecognized faces in the crowd, and then the people I sort of know but wished I knew better. I’m sure we all have names we could put into the list of “People I wish I knew better.” That’s the only thing that will put a damper on graduation: the group of people I know enough to miss but don’t know enough to keep around. Parting with them on the last day of May is going to be painful for me. In the future, I’ll remember them from time to time, individually, and regret that I hadn’t started talking to each of them sooner or spent more time with them while I could. It’ll be sad, and I don’t want it to happen, but it’s inevitable. I’ll just enjoy the time I have left with these people. At least that way, I’ll have fond memories to look back on. Ω
volume 44, issue 3
Money’s root in education It’s not hard to see that the power of money can give an upper hand to more well-off student, while those with less are forced to make do with what they have. But in the end, is it truly influential enough to upset the balance and equality of education? Hong Chen Staff Writer
Andrew Koo Editor-in-Chief The UC personal statement instructions are simple. It reads, “your personal statement should reﬂect your own ideas and be written by you alone, but others — family, teachers and friends — can offer valuable suggestions.” In my mind, a “valuable suggestion” begins at critique and ends at spell check. A “valuable suggestion,” however, does not include having someone else write your personal statement for you, or in other words, having a college writing service revise 99% of your word choice. And yet, for the small sum of just about $1000 dollars, your college counselor will give you gold. There’s no disputing the fact: it helps to have money. You can pay for SAT classes, private tutors, supplements and all types of fun, enriching assistance. You can go online and pay for homework and writing services, too. But just because resources are available doesn’t mean that they’re morally acceptable to use. I have no qualms with students who pay for private tutors to supplement their learning. I have no problems with kids buying AP books to read, granted they’re reading to learn. Learning is not students buying teacher manuals for an easy way out of homework. Learning is not acing SAT Writing while knowing nothing about grammar structure outside of some 10 strict rules catered to the test. Learning is not about the grade. Money is an asset, not an out. This ﬁne line is deﬁned with the question: is this really me? If money is used to rip words from someone else’s pen in place of your own, something is wrong. If money is used to inﬂate a test score without actually teaching the student, something is wrong. If money is the means to an end rather than a means to the means, something is wrong. I’d be stupid if I wanted everyone to not use their money - that wouldn’t make sense. What I am expecting, however, is that we use money responsibly. Money can earn a number of favors for a student, some of which are legitimate supplements to education and others of which are blatant forms of cheating. Granted, there are for-proﬁt businesses in education, but to say that this makes education a business is fallacious. In a business, the results justify the process. But in the education system, there exists a standard named “morality.” In the honor system, when you submit an electronic signature verifying that your personal statement was “written by you alone,” then it had better be written by you alone, regardless of whether or not you had the money to buy a better writer. Ω
They say that all that glitters is not gold, but it increasingly seems that way in our world, where everything seems to revolve around money. Everyone is obsessed with owning the fastest cars, the nicest clothing and now the best education that we can afford. This of course leads to criticisms that our schooling is no longer about schooling, but about making proﬁt, and that the institutions themselves are immoral and corrupt. To say so might be partly true, but it is really the student side of things, the personal effort and focus on achieving success that should deﬁne education, not the cash we blow on it. We must ﬁrst start at the obvious: education is a business. From colleges and universities, to private tutors and SAT classes, all are motivated by pure proﬁt, looking for sure ﬁre ways to make a quick buck by providing sought-out services. Education is a business, and businesses only aim to make money and we are the ones buying into these services; we make the choice to invest ourselves into the moneymongering system we decry. Of course every student has a different ﬁnancial situation than the other and the rich kid will receive more help than the poor, if they pay up, that is. But I say each to his own. Let the rich kid pay his way through school and let the poor kid work his butt off for the same result. What matters in the end is the effort put in, the integrity and strength of character of the student. The money might seem to be the easy way out, but it deﬁnitely isn’t the best way out. If you have money, use it by all means and if you don’t, stop complaining about it and work for what you want with what you have. And to say spending money on education is immoral is something I don’t necessarily agree with either. Money is only an asset and we already choose to spend it on unnecessary, superﬁcial things like the latest iPods and TVs, so why not put down an investment in education for our futures instead? Why not use it to improve ourselves for a better tomorrow, by investing in the “corrupt educational system”? Sure, there are some bad investments like certain college counselors who write essays for students and play the system to get into schools, but we have a choice to either pay for or avoid these services, to spend our money in wiser and more enriching educational services. At this point in our lives, education is most likely what will determine our futures and money will undoubtedly play a role in determining it. But we cannot merely smear the label of immorality onto education and the corrupting inﬂuence of money, as it is still the student that matters most. Study hard, work hard, and stop complaining. Money is only a shortcut to partial success, not an excuse for failure. Ω
EDITORIAL CARTOON BY JESSICA WANG
Time is money Athletic:
Varsity Soccer Player
$18 $20 $29 $160 $245
3 straps Bag Roll of 36 tape Footwear Clothing
Whether you’re a varsity player, a drum major, or an everyday student, it’s hard to escape a fee or two. By Michael Aie and Jefferey Huang, Staff Writers
Extracurricular: Assistant Band Captain
$50 $200 $300 $400 $800
Summer band camp Flute lessons/month Band donation Drum Major Academy Flute
David Porras, 10
Katie Takahashi, 11
Academic: IB Student
$89 $320 $600 $1000 $2500
SAT test fees 4 AP tests IB fee SAT II tutoring Elite (SAT I tutoring)
$4509 total Mira Chiu, 11
VOLUME 45, ISSUE 3
Ballet d’action-a story through dance
Senior Austin Crumley started out with baseball but ended up doing something on the opposite side of the spectrum: ballet. He has been involved for almost three years, getting roles in various plays such as The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. Tiffany Diep Business Manager With hard work and determination, senior Austin Crumley has devoted three years into dance and has gained lead roles in multiple stage performances including The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty at the Whittier Center Theatre. “It’s a pleasure and a blessing because I get to express myself to others in the audience,” Crumley said. “I love to perform because it helps me express my emotions and deep inner feelings.” Crumley was also nominated for full tuition at the Cecchetti Summer Intensive program at UC Santa Barbara two years ago, where guest instructors such as Kirk Peterson, a former principal dancer and now Ballet Master of American Ballet Theater (ABT), taught. “I found new friends, new morals, new ways to make myself better and more,” Crumley said. “I learned a lot while at the camp, such as when to act a certain way at the appropriate times, the attitude and way to behave while an instructor is teaching, and a lot about keeping my body healthy and ﬁt.” Initially, Crumley had no interest in dance and only agreed to it because his mother convinced him. Before he was cut from the school baseball team,
Crumley’s mother signed him up for ballet in order to help him with his ﬂexibility and agility. “I did not [originally] have feelings for ballet. As I continued to take classes, I realized how fun and beautiful it actually was,” Crumley said. “It showed me how much discipline and love I need to put in it in order to become good.” The transition from baseball to ballet was not easy. From the start, he had to practice two hours a week in order to learn the basics of ballet, and he eventually informed his baseball team as well as his peers about his new sport. “I didn’t have the slightest idea of what to do, but I learned the exercises quickly after a couple of weeks and began to like it,” Crumley said. “I used to be teased on the baseball team because I wasn’t the best, so there was a hesitation on letting people know I took ballet. Though over time, the baseball players learned to accept it.” As he made ballet a part of his daily itinerary, Crumley discovered the signiﬁcant role that dance played in his life. “There’s more to dance for me than just PHOTOS BY CHRIS CRUMLEY expression. It appeals to me because it tells me a Step one: Senior Austin Crumley poses at the end of the coda.// Crumley does an story without words and minimal acting,” Crumley said. “It’s amazing what the human body can do position while his partner stands en relevé in fourth position. when dancing.” Ω
“It’s amazing what the human body can do when dancing.”
-Austin Crumley, 12
Allyson and her American Dream Sophomore Allyson Carlos started singing at the age of three and hasn’t stopped since. She’s done everything from making her own Youtube covers to performing at parties and weddings, and she placed third in the American Idol Experience attraction in Florida. Amy Lee Staff Writer Since sophomore year, Allyson Carlos has been dreaming of auditioning for the real American Idol. She ﬁnally had the chance to perform in the American Idol Experience attraction, a replica of the real show, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida during winter break. “[The American Idol Experience] helped a lot because it helped me kind of realize what I have to go through and picture what it’d be like when [when I audition for the real thing],” Carlos said. “It helped me gain even more conﬁdence because before I would be nervous to actually try out, but now I’m actually like, ‘I can do it.’” Growing up in a musical environment, Carlos’ musical interest started at an early age - singing since the age of three, playing piano since the age of six, and self-teaching the guitar at ten. “I’ve been fond of [music] ever since I was little and my parents had a history of dance and theater so it kind of got passed down to me,” Carlos said. Carlos has had years of experience while doing occasional performances at the Chino Hills Shoppes, restaurants, parties and weddings, and singing the national anthem for City Hall in Los Angeles. “It’s made me more conﬁdent in what I do because I’m more comfortable with my performances and I know where I need to improve,” Carlos said. The American Idol Experience was not only another PHOTOS BY DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS 1,2,3 sing for me: Sophomore Allyson Carlos stands with the learning opportunity, but also a step toward her dream. The host of the regional American Idol contest during he scoring audience’s favorite contestant would get a chance to perform at the ﬁnale in the front of the park before the parade for a test.// Carlos takes the spotlight, and gets the judges’ attention.
chance to win the golden ticket, allowing the singer to bypass the ﬁrst American Idol audition and be guaranteed a spot in Hollywood. She ﬁrst sang “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” and after being approved by a talent scout, Carlos was sent to go through another round before performing in front of an audience. “When I was ready I went into a room and sang my ﬁrst choice, which was ‘1 2 3’ because I love dancing and I’m a very lively performer.” Carlos said. “I loved it. It was so fun, and I love performing a lot.” She was given the real “American Idol treatment” when she went through hair and make-up and even had a vocal coach to practice her song. “Honestly I wasn’t even scared because it’s not like I paid a billion dollars to get here,” Carlos said. “I just found out, and I’m not going to lose anything.” Despite being the youngest competitor in the contest, Carlos made it through to the ﬁnals going up against six other ﬁnalists. “During the ﬁnal round, I felt like I had to give it my all and be somebody that I’m not because when you’re on stage, you have to act,” Carlos said. Unfortunately, Carlos was eliminated in the last round, but ﬁnished in third place. “I think it was good enough because I wasn’t even expecting it,” Carlos said. “I didn’t even think I’d get to the ﬁnals.” With what she learned from her experience, Carlos plans to audition for the real American Idol this summer. “It’s been my dream since I was a little girl,” Carlos said. “I hope everyone watches and supports because I’m going all the way.” Ω
VOLUME 45, ISSUE 3
Working around the budget cuts JANUARY 2012
CHANGES TO THE SCHOOL THINGS GAINED
-New band building -iPads for classrooms -Laptops for teachers -New projectors -New ofﬁce makeover
-New textbooks -Summer school -SRC slips
With increasing financial problems in our economy, schools are forced to make changes to make due with the limited budget, and in doing so affects the students directly. However, Walnut High has managed with the budget cuts for the past two years without too many dramatic changes. Andrew Koo Editor-in-Chief
-Security cameras -Security guard -Skateboard slot -New screens and spotlights in gym
HOW STUDENTS WANT THE BUDGET TO BE DISTRIBUTED School budget survey: What would you like to see more spending in, if there were an option to change the direction of school funding?
25% of students
want extra budget to go into the sports
14% of students
want extra budget to go into new technology for classes
PHOTOS BY ASHLEY XU AND WWW.WALNUTHS.NET
The bigger picture: 1) ASB has installed two projector screens in the gym to show sports clips, known as “character counts,” before games. 2) There is a new computer lab in the E-building for Mustang Update to edit their videos. 3) Security cameras have been installed at corners and walkways all around campus to help maintain campus safety even when the security guards are not on campus. 4) New fences were put up next to the performing arts center. 5) AP Statistics gets to work with the new iPads during class. 6) CAPA makes a $30,000 donation to the school to use for technology in classrooms. 7) The front office went through major renovation during the summer. 8) The new security guard was hired to increase surveillance around campus since the AP test incident. 9) Construction of the new band building is under way next to the Y-building by the stadium.
BUDGET CUTS TO VARIOUS ORGANIZATIONS
THINGS WE LOST
-District does not allow choirs to go out of state. (Lopez) -For video productions, there is no new money for equipment. However, tripods and cameras break, and tapes are needed. (Yamashiro) -Loss of older coaches (Hoff)
-Less music bought in band (Clements)
By the Numbers: $1 billion
students who want extra budget to go into other
33% of students 16% of want extra budget to go into decreasing class sizes,
increasing class diversity, and for more class subjects
students want extra budget to go into the per-
forming arts or fine arts programs POLL OF 259 STUDENTS
COMPILED BY SHARON LAY, COPY EDITOR, AND BRITTANY TSOU, MANAGING EDITOR
THINGS IN DEVELOPMENT
-ASB raises its own money and tries to give money to other programs that are cut. (Schultz) -After saving up for a few years, ASB provided money for new lights and two new video screens in the gym, and wants to buy new chairs for band building. (Schultz) -Cheer sells items at games and looks for sponsors in community. Cheer will be fundraising with boys’ basketball team at faculty basketball game. (Hooks)
Amount cut from schools and social services in the state of California
HOW THAT AFFECTED US
-New budgets are coming, and it is possible that there will be reductions in resource budget and the amount of money teachers have to spend on classroom supplies. (Holmes) -Drama operates with surplus they have, as well as money from grants, ticket sales, and donations. (Karr) -Color Guard’s additional “Kat’s Kix” fundraiser. (Jensen) -Football lost coaches as well as tens of thousands of dollars in funding.
-Choir cannot compete in showchoir competition this year since other schools have cut some of their competitions. (Lopez) -Since choir cannot go out of state, students may attend additional activities including ﬁeldtrips and amusement parks. (Lopez) -Some teachers have to use their own money to take classes to learn new material. (Yamashiro) -ASB continues to make money from ASB cards and sales at the student store. Last year, ASB raised $60,000 from student store. (Schultz)
Amount cut from the University of California school system
-Many organizations have switched to donation-based programs while receiving some district funding, but organizations such as cheer have only been receiving about 30% participation for donations. (Hooks and Karr) -For language studies, class size has increased and some classes have become impacted. About 400 students want to take French, but there is only enough room for around 330 students. (Holmes)
Number of states plus the District of Columbia that have enacted budget cuts that will affect social services and education SOURCES: www.cbsnews.com, www.cbpp.org
VOLUME 45, ISSUE 3
That’s my jam (session) Every day at lunch, a group of dancers come together in front of the z-building to throw on their own jam session and battles. Ashley Xu Photo Editor
Please don’t stop the music: Sophomores Joshua Lin and Joey Alberto, junior Joseph Campos, and seniors Arnold Wu and Kevin Edralin freestyle with one another to their music everyday at lunch, and occasionally hold small battles with other dancers of the school.
While others spend lunch time catching up with friends or eating the sandwich they’ve waited so long in line for, WHAM boys and a few other b-boys come together to showcase a dance-off. “These jam sessions began with a small group of friends, and as our passion for dance grew, the sessions, which mainly consist of hip-hop, increased as well,” senior Kevin Edralin said. Started by Daniel Lozado (class of 2010) and Mark Carillo (class of 2011), this group of boys has carried on its own individualized passion for dance, disclosing small battles against other b-boys and shufﬂers around school. “The way we prepare for a battle is by having practice battles during our sessions, and it teaches us to bring intensity to a real battle,” Edralin said. “When I see someone doing really well in the circle, it challenges me to improve.” With a growing number of eyes on the circle of dancers, the jam session brings forth a multitude of students who come from different backgrounds of dance. “You bring your own self to the table, but then you also see everyone else bring their own selves, so you will see diversity from each b-boy and it’s really different,” sophomore Joey Alberto said. While these guys have no problem expressing their learned skills on the dance ﬂoor, they want to encourage others to do the same as well. “People overestimate breakdancing, but I think it’s a lot of fun. People think you need a lot of strength, but there are so many styles that others don’t know, so everyone should just try it out,” senior Arnold Wu said.
With never-ending enthusiasm for the sport, the boys don’t complain about the hours of dedication put into practice, but make the most out of what they see and learn in that 30 minute lunch period. “The great thing about dancing is that there are no rules. When I dance, I can be as creative as I want to be because I do believe that you should ‘dance to express, not impress’ as a famous dancer once said,” sophomore Joshua Lin said. “I really feel like I dance for myself, and dancing with other people makes me feel like I ﬁt in. Some people like to draw or read; it’s just one of my hobbies. It also keeps me from getting fat.” Bringing dancing outside of school, co-captains Joseph Campos and Kevin Edralin have also created a crew among their friends called “Syndicate 626.” “It gives us some time to practice because not all of us get to practice at home,” junior Joseph Campos said. “It helps bring us together.” In a group as tight-knit as their dance crew, these guys have each other to turn to for motivation. “Aaron Ngor always motivates me when I see him dance because he is very hard-working and creative when making choreography,” Peig said. “I strive to be just like him when I dance, but he always tells me, ‘don’t strive to be like me; strive to surpass me.’” Whether it’d be getting a chance to learn new skills or meet new people with the same zeal for dance, these sessions are the result of students coming together for the same love of the sport. “The way dance is, dance is something that has helped me,” Alberto said. “It’s like how everyone has their own outlet for their stress; this is my outlet for my life. ” Ω
Out with the old, in with the new PHOTOS BY ASHLEY XU
As we transition from fall to winter, students dress for the cooler weather, and start making the necessary changes to wardrobes. Jessica You Staff Writer As seasons change, so do the contents of our closets. For some students, exchanging their summer outﬁts for cozy winter ones is part of the fun that comes along with the new season. “It’s exciting because its an opportunity to be able to throw more pieces of clothing together--jackets, vest, scarves, ear muffs, boots, leggings -- as opposed to the typical pants and shirt,” junior Ty’Jalayah Robertson said. “It’s fun because with so many winter items I can create multiple outﬁts and express my style in a different way according to the season. I love winter wardrobes because it shows people that I can still dress up and be comfortable in the cold.” The winter weather makes it the perfect time to look good and still be able to dress the way students want to dress. “Living in California, we don’t have it as cold as other places, so there’s a lot we can’t wear, but what we can wear makes
up for it,” junior Joseph Din said. “I like being able to wear hats and beanies in the wintertime and having it serve a purpose, because usually when I wear them, they serve no real purpose but for looks. Boys don’t usually have as much accessories as girls, so our outﬁts are usually pretty simple, making winter a great time for boys to get accessorized as well as girls.” Instead of the typical t-shirt and shorts students wear during the summer, students can layer up to be warm as well as fashionable during the winter. “I think getting to transition from summer clothes to winter clothes is a lot of fun because you get to go shopping for the stuff that matches the cold season. [Being able to mix and match] my clothes during winter means I have to start wearing layers, which looks really cute,” freshman Carol Wong said. “I think what makes winter a season for fashion is that this is the season you start wearing boots, scarves, jackets and the big sweaters that keep you warm, but at the same time, you can look good. It’s comfortable yet still fashionable.”
Students mix and match for the perfect outﬁts during this season, but the unpredictable California weather makes it hard to ﬁnd a constant pattern. “Winter is the ‘change’ time for both weather and wardrobe. It’s the season where you will see the guys choose their clothes -- like coats, sweaters, hoodies, and more. Winter is where people can get creative, but oddly though its been warm this winter,” junior Danray Briones said. “Changing wardrobes can be fun, but the odd weather change can be annoying.” At the same time, as off-season clothes go on sale, students come to a stalemate when deciding between cheap deals and out-of-style clothes. “I feel that if I buy out-of-season clothes, there is a chance that those particular styles may not be in style anymore by the time the season comes around again,” Robertson said. “That also goes with the fact that every year there are new fashion trends out and I like to try those new tricks instead of sticking with old ones.” Ω
PHOTOS BY JESSICA YOU
Time for a wardrobe change: Junior Roddy Tseng takes out his black coat for the winter winds. // Sophomore Caitlin Ison layers up with her wool sweater and fuzzy nity to wear his beanie.
VOLUME 45, ISSUE 3
The art of costume roleplay Cosplayers put numerous hours into the making of their costumes to portray their chosen characters down to the last detail. Angelina Tang Staff Writer While most anime fanatics ﬂock to conventions to delve into their world of fantasy ﬁction, junior Joyce Lin, sophomore Stephanie Lee, and sophomore Emily Yea attend them in hopes of leaning more about cosplay. Cosplay or “costume roleplay,” is a Japanese art where people dress up as anime, manga, video game, or other ﬁctional characters. Lee became interested in cosplay after watching animes such as Death Note and D.Gray-Man, and searching devianart and fanart for anime pictures. “I’ve been quite the anime nerd for a long time, and since sewing and makeup are also hobbies of mine, it’s a bit of a natural ﬁt,” Lee said. Lin, who began cosplaying in mid-June 2011, has attended various gatherings and festivals such as the Anime Expo (AX), Comikaze,
PaciﬁcMe Expo (PMX), and the Sakura Festival. “I’ve gotten to meet and interact with so many new people who are into cosplay that most have actually become my close friends,” Lin said. “I met a girl named Jasmine who’s a really good friend now, and she was the one who ﬁrst introduced me to cosplay when I went with her to the AX 2011.” D u r i n g expos and festivals, a cosplayer’s skill is reﬂected in his or her accuracy of imitating the chosen character to details including speciﬁc fabrics, wig color, and props. “Things like school and other responsibilities are prioritized before this, leaving just a bit to work on new costumes. If I were to subtract that time, it would probably take a week or two at most [to make the costume], depending on the complexity of the character,” Lee said. “I ﬁnd it to be really exciting to see a costume come together, and the end results are usually really gratifying.”
“ I have been quite the anime nerd for a long time, and [since] sewing and makeup are hobbies of mine, it’s bit of a natural fit.”
PHOTOS BY JUSIN KANG, EMILY YEA, LAPHOTONET, FRANKLIN TENG PHOTOGRAPHY
Dress for success: Junior Joyce Lin dresses up as Cardcaptor Sakura (play version), Hatsune Miku (original design), and Taiga (beauty contest version) for her cosplay photoshoots.// Sophomore Stephanie Lee uses hair spray to sylize and prepare her wig.
-Stephanie Lee, 10
After a costume is completed, a cosplayer can participate in photoshoots and competitions where different categories, such as “costume” and “masquerade” are judged. “I recently placed with my Christmas-themed Hatsune Miku costume and got second place without entering; I was just standing there, and
got called up,” Lin said. “Cosplaying really does feel like a double life from school life, this is coming from an average student who doesn’t talk much changing into an outgoing cosplayer getting photoshoots done.” For Lee, Lin, and Yea, the world of cosplay is still relatively new. With upcoming festivals and events, all three are scouting for
interesting characters and creating new outﬁts. “I get a conﬁdent and refreshing feeling because I know all my hard work paid off,” Yea said. “I feel very proud and accomplished, but above all I feel what’s most important is the fun that comes from wearing the costume and having a good time in your hard work.” Ω
Food Fair Thursdays Coming from a foreign land With different motives, organizations, clubs, and class cabinets put on weekly food fundraisers that target and cater to the student population. Wesley Wu Online EIC Every week, students look forward to after school offerings from various clubs that fundraise with various food and drinks. From boba to shaved ice to somosas, the afterschool “Food Fair” keeps students interested and participating. “Selling food and drinks after school allows every club to put their input into the cultural mix,” South Asian Association (SAA) President senior Arpit Bhanderi said. “This creates a wide variety of options students can choose from.” Clubs have been selling different tea-ﬂavored boba, even cheesecake at prices suitable for the average student’s occasional expense. “There is variety, which is good because everyone has different tastes. One really good t hing is that a lot of the food comes from culture clubs. This way, we experience food we wouldn’t normally be exposed to,” senior Lisa Chang said. The clubs mostly sell their goods on Thursdays after school with long
lines of students branching out from the stage and next to ASB. “We wanted this,” Class of 2014 sophomore treasurer Colin Tsui said. “People would have their money on one day and say ‘Oh let’s try this!’ Other clubs would have their food out, and if students walk past, they could buy ours.” Food has become the favorite method of clubs because of its appeal to a wide range of students. “Everyone wants food. People get tired of ASB food sometimes after school and want a snack,” Class of 2013 junior cabinet member Alan Mao said. “This becomes a habit and then they keep coming back. Selling food also brings a lot of proﬁt for us.” Some classes have even begun selling during school hours in hopes of catching impulsive buyers between periods with spare change. “I like the way clubs are fundraising now,” freshman Eric Wong said. “They seem to have found different things that appeal to students and have made me and a lot of other students buy from them.” Ω
Students who recently came from foreign countries adjust to American life. Leon Ho Staff Writer Foreign students come from around the world to the United States for reasons ranging from educational opportunities to personal motives. “My family was actually just visiting our extended family here, but turns out that my parents liked it so much here that they decided to stay and start a new life,” senior Sam Rubio, raised in France, said. Coming into the United States, these students had to learn to follow the cultural waves of America. “I immediately missed my homeland when I initially came to the US because it was a lot more welcoming in Argentina,” junior Andres Shen said. “Some experiences
I had here were just going out more with my friends to movies and sports games speciﬁcally only because I never really heard of those things back then.” Besides adopting new customs, foreign students adjusted to a school system with different social and educational aspects. “I had trouble adapting and was unfamiliar with the American school system,” junior Terry Xu, Canadian native, said. “The schedules, the point system for high school, and the difference in the way lunch and other activities were organized were all really confusing at ﬁrst.” The educational experience differs from those in other countries because of the different values and goals favored by each culture.
“My experiences are more fun at the moment because the school system here does not only focus on education, but also on other types of extracurricular activities that are more engaging,” sophomore Alex Koo said. “I especially found clubs like Speech and Debate, Music Appreciation Club, and FSEA interesting, mainly because clubs like that are hard to ﬁnd in Korea.” Sudden changes may seem difﬁcult, but some students have ﬁt in without too much difﬁculty. “America’s in the news quite a lot so I knew a little from there, but it is quite nice to meet different people who I never would have met if I didn’t come to the US,” junior George He, who came from Australia, said. Ω
Michael Miyamoto comes back to school after bone marrow transplant Tina Peng Staff Writer After recovering from his bone marrow transplant, Michael Miyamoto’s friends welcomed him home from the hospital. “We told him that we would throw a party for him as soon as he got out of the hospital,” senior Erica Fan said. “I think it’s important that we show Michael how much we support him.” Miyamoto plans on returning to school starting next Monday Jan. 23. “All of us are really excited to see him come back after everything that he’s been through,” senior Jason Adauto said. Ω PHOTO BY EMILY NAKAMA
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Color Guard drills IN PHOTOS
CLOCKWISE: Sophomore Valerie Chi raises
PHOTOS BY AMY LEE AND ANGELINA TANG
Three cheerleaders perform in London Choir to hold annual A few varsity cheerleaders traveled to England for a New Year’s Day parade.
Jacqueline Sotoodeh Staff writer
As they have done in previous years, the choir students will host a morning of music and food.
Over the summer, Cheer went to cheer camp where they tried to become All-American Cheerleaders, well-rounded girls who show good sportsmanship and are full of pep. Three girls were chosen to perform at the New Year’s London Parade with other All-American Cheerleaders. “I knew about the event last year but didn’t think anything of it because I didn’t think I would make it, so when I actually did, I was really excited,” sophomore Emily Huang said. “I didn’t think I would get the opportunity to be chosen out of so many girls to perform in the parade.” Eight varsity girls: sophomores Ashley Winters, Emily Huang, Jenna Martinez, Hailey Konovalov, and Sabrina Verduzco; juniors Katie Clark and Jazzlyn Sandoval; and
senior Klarissa Banagale - and three JV girls - freshman Valeria Alvarez and sophomores Diana Chavez and Blayr Joselyn Davis, made the cut. However, only three girls, Huang, Verduzco, and Clark, traveled to London over winter break to cheer with All-Americans from across the country. “It started pouring while we were performing, so we had to cheer in the rain,” Verduzco said. “But I think that made it all the more fun because it was a completely new experience for me, meeting so many new people who shared the same interest in cheer as me.” The girls mastered a variety of new stunts, such as twist ups and twist cradles. They were given a disc of the routine that they would perform in the parade. “The dance we had to learn was different [from what we usually do] and was really fun to perform;
usually we do hip hop dancing, but the moves for the parade were much sharper,” Clark said. “It was a great experience - I met some of the best cheerleaders from around the world, and the trip deﬁnitely inspired me to become even better in cheer.” Despite the unexpected weather, they take away from this experience many new skills. Even with the rain pouring down during the parade, crowds of people still came to enjoy what these All-American girls offered. “The parade was so much fun,” Clark said. “I was deﬁnitely the most spirited I have ever been in my life; a smile never left my face. The crowd was really into it, there were little kids we could say happy new year’s to, and everyone took pictures of us. The overall experience showed me how your own spunky attitude can inﬂuence others and make them happy.” Ω
Jackson Deng Staff writer Choir’s Pancake Breakfast will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 7 to 11 a.m. in the MPR, with tickets at $7. “It’s like an open mic night, and it’s a chance for a lot of the newer, younger singers to try out. The atmosphere is very supportive, and the attention is not all focused on you, so you can feel more relaxed,” senior Waverly Chao said. The main goals of Pancake Breakfast are to give individuals the chance to perform solos and raise money at the same time. “This is more of a casual event. We don’t have all the stage and lights and make-up; this is just for people to get together. I just like seeing people enjoying the music, laughing and eating, just seeing them happy to hear us sing,” sophomore Stefanie Ung said. As an annual event, little has changed, and the spirit of the occasion has stayed the same throughout the years. The schedule remains unchanged, and the main focuses are still the solos and fundraising aspect of the event. “I think it’s a great way for singers to get out there and a great sampler sort of thing so people know what we have to offer,” junior Kevin Garcia said. “It’s nerve-wracking, but I feel like I’ve really progressed as a singer and I really want to do this.” Ω
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Jazz Band with guest performer Professional musician Steve Wilkerson will be featured in the upcoming concert. Belle Sun Staff Writer Jazz Band will hold a concert with guest performer Steve Wilkerson, professional saxophonist and clarinetist, in the Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. Wilkerson earned a scholarship to the University of Tulsa where he participated in their award-winning jazz ensemble as lead jazz soloist. Wilkerson is currently a jazz lecturer at Mt. San Antonio College. “It’s like getting Yo-Yo Ma to teach at Mt. Sac. Wilkerson has played with a lot of famous people; we’re really lucky to have him. He
has been coaching our marching band for at least 15 years now; he
“It’s like getting Yo-Yo Ma to teach at Mt. Sac. Wilkerson has played with a lot of famous people.” -Dr. Buddy Clements practically donates his time because he travels often and he could get paid
a lot of money for this,” Dr. Buddy Clements said. Although some students are unfamiliar with Wilkerson, his devotion to music still inspires the young musicians. “I play trumpet myself, but it’ll be sweet because I think it’s pretty cool to see that adults are still playing music and jazzing around,” sophomore Nick Briones said. Wilkerson’s talent impresses a variety of students, regardless of what instrument they play. “I’m pretty honored to perform with Wilkerson because I used to play saxophone too, and it’s really cool that he takes the time to perform with us,” senior Jared Witcher said. Ω
A DAY IN THE LIFE
BAND MEMBER Angelina Tang - Staff Writer
A typical schedule on competition day:
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.: Arrive at competition place and practice 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.: Eat, change, and run through numbers in the band room 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.: Sing traditional competition song and warm up 7:00 - 7:45 p.m.: Perform 7:45 - 9:00 p.m.: Change back to regular clothes, return to stadium for awards ceremony 9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.: Put uniforms away, get instruments and go home
Drama to host second improv show
Dance competition season begins
The four teams, Blue, Green, Purple, and Black, will put on a series of unscripted performances.
Dance succeeded with a strong start at Santiago High School last Saturday.
PHOTO BY JESSICA WANG
THE PROPOSAL: Freshman Phillip Silesky spontaneously kneels down to propose to senior Alyssa Spear during a fast-paced practice game. Susie Law Staff Writer Drama’s second improv show, Friday, Jan. 27, will feature two new games, “Expert Knowledge” and “Beasty Rap.” It will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the MPR, with tickets at $5. The teams will compete in several randomly selected acting games. “Every game is unpredictable. We have to keep the audience entertained without having the slightest clue what we will be performing. That is the best part of improv,” sophomore Andrew Acosta said. The drama students understand the importance of practicing in teams and anticipate putting their acting skills to the test. “We practice most weeks on days according to our team schedule. Without teams, improv wouldn’t be improv,” sophomore Jonathan Kim said. “You rely on your team to back you up, and they rely on you. It’s really a bond, because you know what
they are capable of and what you can do with them.” The team rehearsals boost communication amongst the members and help them review possible games and receive critiques on their performances. “We deﬁnitely need to work on thinking on our feet and not breaking character. Those are the two hardest things to improve. If you start laughing at your own jokes, no one will think you are funny,” sophomore Jared Lindsay said. Overall, the participants hope to have a larger turnout than the previous show and to impress the audience. “All of the newbies, including myself, were nervous in the ﬁrst show because we didn’t know what to expect. Yet, going on stage and hearing people react to what we said made us conﬁdent in what we were doing. We did have an amazing crowd, but it would have been great if we had more student support,” senior Sarai Osario said. “Our second show is going to be better and we will keep the laughs coming.” Ω
Jessica You Staff Writer
This year the dance team attended their ﬁrst competition at Santiago High School on Saturday, Jan. 14, placing ﬁrst for kick prop and medium lyrical and second for intermediate. “I’m really happy about the outcome because the whole team worked hard and encouraged each other,” sophomore Crystal Wong said. “I feel like our hard work really paid off.” The team grows as a family and meets new people with every competition. “A lot of the teams we competed against we’re going to see again later on in the season and maybe even at nationals. It was also the ﬁrst time the new freshmen went out to an actual competition, and the further we get into the season the closer the team grows,” sophomore WenWen Zhuang
To the dancers, the competition wasn’t about the win, but more about the fun they had getting there. “I have been to competitions before, but I felt like this time with dance team it was completely different,” freshman Frances Lai said. “We worked so hard and were all so passionate about all of the dances in a different way. I feel that competitions are not important in a way where we have to win, but in a way where it builds a strong bond within each of the team members.” The dance team also changed some things in their choreography for the competition. “This year we changed some movements in the dance to make it look cleaner and smoother. For prop, we added an ending because it was unﬁnished, we changed the middle when we are with our partners, and we also changed the choreography so people will be doing different things,”
junior Denise Pai said. Known for their strong team, the girls need to work harder each year to meet expectations. “Since we’re known as ‘national winners’ it sets the bar higher and higher for us each year and every single girl has to put in the effort to want to win and get a trophy,” junior Ashley Basilio said. “It’s all about teamwork and whether we win or lose, we always come back from a performance knowing that we did everything to the best of our ability.” The dancers enjoyed every moment of the Santiago competition and anticipate dominating the rest of their season. “I feel like it was an amazing start to our competition season,” Lai said. “We did really well in this competition as a result of our hard work and best efforts. However, it is necessary that we continue to work hard during practice for our future competitions.” Ω
PHOTOS COURTESY OF CARLENE CHINN
SERVING IT UP (LEFT TO RIGHT): Freshman Bridget Ise, juniors Kelsey Young, Jasmine Lin, and Tiffany Mau, and sophomore Jarita Lee execute the Kick routine. Juniors Arianna Choi, Kelsey Young, and Ashley Basilio, sophomore Carlene Chinn, and senior Audrey de Guzman perform the Intermediate dance.
Orchestra Concert - Orchestra will present a movie music themed concert in the Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Feb. 9. The concert will include music from Robin Hood, Star Wars, and Superman. Clips from the films will be shown while the orchestra plays.
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Bringing brunch back to Brea Bruxie takes an ordinary breakfast food and turns it into a variety of unique dishes and desserts. Jessica Lee Staff Writer On the corner of a busy street in downtown Brea lies Bruxie, a small, modern restaurant that incorporates wafﬂes on their menu with a variety of sandwiches, salads, desserts, and fries. Its busy atmosphere and friendly staff add to its appeal. Bruxie’s has a more modern and fresh feel to it than one would expect. Its cutting-edge urban environment creates an exhilarating and interesting experience. The food, although a bit pricey for the portion size, satisﬁed me. I ordered the Seasonal Creme Brulee wafﬂe sandwich, which is more of a dessert than a sandwich. The vanilla cream spread on the inside of the wafﬂe complemented the fresh strawberries and bits of burnt raw sugar (just like a real creme brulee) inside. The powdered sugar sprinkled on the crispy, ﬂuffy wafﬂe added an interesting element
Top 3 Orders Photos by Janzen Alejo
1Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Wafffles
compared to the standard wafﬂeand-syrup breakfast. I will not forget the sandwich anytime soon. The number of tables available to the number of continuous customers coming in was not efﬁcient. There were approximately 10-13 tables offered to the relentless ﬂow of people standing in line. As I stood in line, I saw people towering over occupied tables, anticipating when they will receive their food making everything seem more compact than it actually is. Besides the lack of seating, the service of Bruxie was splendid. The food came quickly, the staff made small talk while I ordered, and they all worked quickly to clean the messy areas around the restaurant. In general, Bruxie is a place that puts their own modern spin on wafﬂes, and deserves a try. If you’re willing to put some time and effort into a visit here, it will change the way you think about wafﬂes as just an ordinary breakfast food. Ω
2 Bruxie Burger
3 Turkey Club
PHOTO BY JESSICA LEE
Accomplished A healthier take on Chinese cuisine Mission Tom Cruise stars in the newest installment of Michelle’s Pancakes makes classical Chinese dishes in front of customers
action packed Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol
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Edward Cox Editor-in-Chief PHOTOS BY VANESSA CHOU
OODLES OF NOODLES: MSG Free entreé; Michelle’s unique open kitchen; Michelle’s famous pansticks. Vanessa Chou Staff Writer Snugly tucked in the left corner of the second ﬂoor in Four Seasons Plaza, Michelle’s Pancakes offers a somewhat different experience in both layout and menu. Specialized in serving pansticks (a type of northern Chinese food that resembles a pancake) and noodles, Michelle’s is a good place to stop by for those who enjoy a healthy, ﬁlling meal. Unlike most Chinese restaurants, Michelle’s boasts a no-MSG record and does not offer familiar rice-centered dishes like Kung Pao Chicken, an absence that helps emphasize its famous panstick selection. Another uncommon feature
is its open kitchen, where customers can view their dishes being cooked by hand. Michelle’s also offers a large outside eating patio that provides a nice view of the rest of the plaza, which makes up for the rather small inside of the restaurant. During my visit, I ordered their signature beef and vegetable panstick and zha jiang noodles, both of which are popular features offered at Asian stops. The panstick was moist and juicy, a nice departure from the dry, bland ﬂavor common in other Chinese restaurants. I had to bite a small hole and suck the juices before eating in order to prevent it from dribbling out. The noodles, twisted from dough by hand in the open kitchen, were very chewy and soft. The meal overall felt
much less salty compared to normal Asian food, a plus for the healthconcerned. Service was adequate and quick, considering the amount of time required to make the noodles by hand, and the pricing was reasonable. The selection of food, unfortunately, was rather minimal; there were only 4 kinds of noodles offered, and no meat dishes. The addition of a larger selection of noodles would showcase the depth of their cuisine. In conclusion, while this restaurant may not be for those who enjoy rice-centered Chinese foods, Michelle’s Pancakes is good stop for those who enjoy pansticks and noodles. Ω
“Blue means glue, red means dead”. The ear-blowing action of Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol surrounds this simple directive, as Tom Cruise scales skyscrapers and breaks out of maximum security prisons. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is the leader of Impossible Missions Force (IMF) whose goal is to stop terrorists from launching the world into chaos. In a goose chase, Ethan Hunt and his team travels to the Kremlin in Russia, and to Dubai in India, tracking the elusive terrorists. The muscle bounding feats of the secret agents are not only what is on show in Mission: Impossible; Jane Carter (Paula Patton) uses her seductive charms and her snake-like physique to gather intelligence from men. Besides the daring feats of the brawl torn actors, there is little spice or twist in the plot. Movie goers
who relish nonstop action and cool gadgets will enjoy this movie but the plot is somewhat superﬁcial and broken like unmatching pieces of a jigsaw puzzles. Only towards the end of the movie is the heart wrenching theme of isolation revealed. Hate and love mix like the pools of white and black paint in a yin yang dish. When told that an IMF agent was the best at his job, Lea Seydoux, the self-appointed assassin replied, “I kill the best.” Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol is certainly eye opening and even perceptive, distinguishing the role society and higher institutions, like the government, play in high level security threats. Through the chaos, the IMF team sticks together and agree to embark on perilous intelligence missions that often go awry. “Your mission, should you choose to accept it,” will be to catch the glimpse of ﬁre in the eyes of IMF agents, banding together to preserve peace, worldwide. Ω
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A Horse’s Tail Adapted from Michael Morpurgo’s novel, War Horse depicts a horse’s journey through Europe during the first world war.
With a variety of cakes and baked goods, Eat Cake cafe serves a gluten free alternative to Western-style cakes using rice flour and cage-free eggs.
PHOTOS BY BELLE SUN
Belle Sun Staff Writer
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Karen Ou A&E Editor Many ﬁlms have paid homage to the distinctive relationship people have with horses, the most wellknown of which are National Velvet, The Black Stallion, and Seabiscuit. War Horse, Steven Spielberg’s epic tale of the unbreakable bond between a boy and his horse, adapted from Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 acclaimed novel, joins their honored ranks. Set against the backdrop of World War I, the ﬁlm begins in the picturesque rolling hills of southwestern England. Joey, a headstrong and spirited stallion, is bought at auction by Ted Narracott (Peter Mullan), a Devon farmer. His teenage son, Albert (Jeremy Irvine), immediately forms a strong friendship with Joey, and the two become inseparable. But when Britain declares war on Germany, the family is obligated to sell Joey to the military in order to pay their rent. And so begins Joey’s odyssey across the war-ravaged grounds of Europe, falling into the hands of two German brothers, then into the care of a French farm girl (Celine Buckens) and her grandfather (Niels Arestrup), and once more on the German side before ﬁnally reuniting with Albert, who had fought in the war. Because much of the ﬁlm takes place during the course of the Great War, it is important for the war scenes to be portrayed as realistically as possible. In fact, they are perhaps
the most unforgettable of the entire ﬁlm, as Spielberg ﬂawlessly captures the horror and devastation of war by showing its impact on many of the main characters through the loss of friends, the loss of family, and the loss of innocence. This is what he does best, and the hauntingly beautiful images leave a lasting imprint on the mind. Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski only adds to the whole effect. Everything from the idyllic English countryside to the violence and chaos of the war is brilliantly shot, and you cannot help but marvel at it all. However, one thing that weakens the ﬁlm is the fact that the Germans and the French speak English. This takes away from the authenticity that the ﬁlm is trying to achieve, and it would be much better if the foreign languages were spoken, accompanied by English subtitles. With a splendid cast that makes everything so real to the viewer and the music of John Williams tugging at the heartstrings, War Horse has everything that makes a Hollywood classic. It can be a bit corny at times, and some may say that it tries too hard to evoke an emotional response, but the pure simplicity of the story is what really matters. That is what makes the tears ﬂow - our ability to all connect to it in some way. As one German soldier observes, Joey is “a remarkable horse,” and likewise, War Horse is a remarkable ﬁlm. Ω
With a healthier twist on desserts, Eat Cake provides a lighter alternative to sugar ﬁlled cakes and pastries. I was curious as to see how such a nutritious option would taste compared to most cakes. Eat Cake appealed to my eyesight but did not meet my expectations taste-wise. Located in Rowland Heights, Eat Cake makes gluten free cakes with organic berries as well as cage-free eggs. Well lit and clean, the bakery is also eye-catching and spacey, making it a comfortable place to eat. The cream colored walls were decorated with adorable designs which incorporated forks. The bakery’s products are baked with much less sugar opposite the heaviness of other desserts. The special ingredient of the
cakes in this bakery is rice ﬂour, a substitute for the common allergenic glutinous ﬂour, that they use to make all of their gluten-free cakes. The texture of the rice ﬂour, however healthy, does not sufﬁce as a substitute compared to regular ﬂour since the cakes had turned into a lumpy mush and lacked the spongy quality of regular ﬂour cakes. Customers are able to choose from a variety of whole cakes, roll cakes, sliced cakes, and baked goods. I ordered a Matcha Green Tea Mousse mini cake. The cake was wrapped in a hard chocolate shell, which was awkward and difﬁcult to break. Since it was topped with delicious whipped cream green tea powder, I expected the inside of the cake to be much more satisfying. It alternated between layers of a light and natural-tasting mousse and a soggy green tea cake. The cake part had a grainy, ﬂat texture
and had been completely soaked by the layers of mousse. However, it had a slight lemony taste which went well with the green tea mousse. Although the ﬂavors worked together well and the whipped cream balanced the bitterness of the green tea, I could not ignore the soggy layers of cake. I also bought a Soboro Bun, which is a soft bun topped with a sweet, crispy crumb. I found the bun to be a bit dry and similar to breads at other bakeries. It took a long time to chew and had me reaching for a cup of water every bite. The crumb of the bun was also a little too hard and left a powdery feeling in my mouth. Eat Cake is probably not a bakery I would visit again. There were factors of the dessert that I enjoyed but I still prefer the products at other bakeries. Their thought put into a gluten-free cake, however, seems like an intelligent and innovative idea. Ω
Farrell’s Rocky Road
Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour serves Thrifty’s Ice Cream with a Mom and Pop twist, providing a retrospective meal for the consumer’s enjoyment. Jacqueline Sotoodeh Staff Writer Being sent back to the 1960’s isn’t part of the usual agenda, but when you’re craving something sweet and creamy, Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour Restaurants is a viable option. I could not help but notice the old fashioned lights outside, easily catching the attention of many hungry customers like myself. I felt like a kid in a candy store, surrounded by barrels of jaw breakers and taffy. There were so many entrées on the menu, however, that I was overwhelmed reading the small words. While the servers’ charisma contributed to the upbeat feeling of the place, the service in the restaurant was disappointing. My
waitress provided me with slow service due to the constant ﬂow of people coming through the door. When she did check on us, I ordered a Philly cheese steak sandwich and the rocky road sundae but was dissatisﬁed with the quality of the food. The burnt Philly cheese steak was overridden in cold green peppers. The side of fries tasted only of salt and pepper. The quality of my rocky road sundae was not as disappointing as the entree, but still not something I would order again. Looking at the glass, the only thing I could ﬁnd was nuts, though the whipped cream was delicious and smooth. There was little taste of the ice cream or marshmallow topping. Farrell’s is not a place I would visit again, unless they develop some new, exciting ice cream creations.
PHOTO BY JACQUELINE SOTOODEH
For now, Rite Aid deﬁnitely sufﬁces. Ω
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Boys basketball Brahma beatdown The boys varsity basketball team defeated its rivals, the Diamond Bar Brahmas, in an intense home game that resulted in a Mustang victory with a score of 60-42.
PHOTO BY KEVIN YIN GOING ALL THE WAY: Point guard junior Garrett Vita drives down the lane past his Diamond Bar defender, attempting a fast break lay-up.
Angela Aie Sports editor The boys varsity basketball team defeated Diamond Bar on Friday, Jan. 13, 60-42. Diamond Bar managed to hold on until Walnut pulled away in the fourth quarter. “It felt great to beat Diamond Bar with all our friends, fans, and former alumni players watching,” center senior Eric Ni said. The Mustangs controlled the game from the start, winning the tip and scoring the ﬁrst points off a baseline drive by power forward,
senior captain Brandon Croom. Despite swapping baskets for the rest of the quarter, the intensity level of the game was set by multiple steals by Walnut, multiple blocks by Diamond Bar, and heavy fouls on both sides. Walnut entered the second quarter leading 10-6. Diamond Bar picked up the pace, scoring early and with 2:48 remaining in the half, a three pointer gave them a 13-15 lead, their ﬁrst of the night. Point guard junior Garrett Vita ended the Mustang’s dry spell but Diamond Bar managed to score four points within a minute. The half came to an end with
a buzzer beater three pointer by guard freshman Jefferey Huang, closing the gap to 18-19. Walnut started the second half strong as center senior captain Matt Chen made a jumper, putting the Mustangs up 20-19. Diamond Bar tied the score 22-22 on an and-one play with 6:41 remaining in the quarter. An and-one by Croom with 3:51 left to play put the Mustangs up 30-26. Riding the cheers of the crowd, Walnut went on a run with crucial shots by Chen and forward junior James Te, giving the Mustangs a 37-31 lead entering the fourth quarter. “We picked up our defense and once we started a run, it was like a domino effect,” guard sophomore Lawrence Besong said. Diamond Bar attempted to slow down Walnut’s momentum with a three pointer but Te’s rebound and put back over two defenders maintained the 39-34 lead. Walnut slowly pulled away with another three by Huang followed by a jump shot by Vita, putting the Mustangs up 51-40 with 1:26 remaining. Desperate, the Brahmas resorted to fouling, sending Walnut to the free-throw line multiple times. The Mustangs walked away with a 60-42 victory. Ω
Disappointing loss to Brahmas The girls varsity basketball team lost to rival school Diamond Bar 46-63 at home. Andrew Koo Editor-in-Chief The Mustangs suffered a frustrating loss last Friday to Diamond Bar’s full court press defense and superior presence in the paint. The Brahmas won the tip, shooting just 14 seconds into the game. Point guard, senior captain Angela Aie gave Walnut the ﬁrst lead of the game, but Diamond Bar came back and established a lead that they would not give up for the rest of the game. The Brahmas momentum continued with multiple baskets, putting them up 2-13 with 3:40 still on the clock, forcing Walnut to use a full timeout. With 1:06 left in the quarter, center senior Reetika Singh scored Walnut’s second ﬁeld goal. The quarter ended 4-18, Diamond Bar. The Brahmas aggressive full court press continued into the second quarter, forcing turnovers and steals Trying to turn the game, Aie found a pocket in the Diamond Bar defense and scored, drawing a foul for a three point play, followed by another foul and two free-throws by senior center Arianne Gin. The Walnut stands cheered again when guard senior captain Ria Custodio, stole the ball for a quick pass to Aie, who ﬁnished
with a clean three-pointer. The quarter ended with Diamond Bar up 16-34. Walnut switched up its offensive strategy entering the second half, focusing more on outside shots but too many missed attempts left the Mustangs on the losing end of the gamble. It took four minutes and ﬁve attempts for the team to ﬁnally sink a three, made by shooting guard senior Kathleen Reichenberger. The Mustangs showed a new vigor, challenging Diamond Bar with aggressive double teams in the backcourt but the surge was too little, too late; the score was 22-45 going into the fourth quarter. A steal by Reichenberger and a quick pass to Aie made for an easy layup. A put back by Singh closed the gap further, and Aie found the opportunity to drive to the basket again, bringing the score to 28-45. A successful three-point shot by the Brahmas was answered in turn by a successful three-pointer by Custodio. A layup by power forward junior Cheyenne Tate raised Walnut to 33. With 3:16 on the clock, freshman guard Corie Pitpit landed another three points, and the score was at 36-54. With just over two minutes remaining, the Brahmas were called for holding, and Reichenberger converted both free throws for 38-54.
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Compiled by Jefferey Huang, Kent Hsieh, and Spencer Wu, Staff writers
Matthew Chen, 12 What is your relationship with your teammates? I have respect from my teammates. It allows me to lead them and know they will listen. What is your responsibility as captain? I have to keep the team in line, make sure everyone is doing what they’re suppose to do, and lead by example.
PHOTO BY ANN LEI
Kevin Quon, 12 What makes you a good leader? I communicate with everyone and try to help them improve at all times without putting them down. What do you love about basketball? It’s a sport that takes a wide variety of talent in more aspects than others. I love the competition and always wanting to be better than the guy in front of you.
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Brandon Croom, 12 What is your opinion on this year’s team? I believe we are a good team. We’re well-rounded, but we have a bad mentality. We need to understand that we’re only good when playing hard. We shouldn’t think of ourselves as good without playing to the best of our ability. All I can do is set an example to get my team motivated and playing at their hardest. PHOTO BY JUSTIN KANG
Ria Custodio, 12 What has been the most memorable experience for you? When I made 17 points in the last game of the season, it made me realize even though we play big people, we can still win no matter what size.
PHOTO BY KEVIN YIN
D-Up: Guard senior Helen Cheng defends a Diamond Bar player as she runs the Brahmas offense. A steal by Custodio on Diamond Bar’s next possession sent her to the free throw line where she converted another two points. A block by Singh on the defensive end forced Diamond Bar to call a timeout to end Walnut’s momentum. Coming back in, Singh converted another free throw to close the Brahma’s lead to just 13. Diamond Bar responded. They scored a two and stole the ball for another ﬁeld goal inside the perimeter. Pitpit was able to score a two-pointer to raise the score to 43-59, but with only 1:16 left there was no hope of victory. Aie got a ﬁeld goal in with just over a minute remaining, and Singh converted a free throw thirty seconds later. But the game was over, and the scoreboard read 46-63. Ω
PHOTO BY JUSTIN KANG
What is your season outlook and key to success? The season will have lots of ups and downs. The key to success is to stay consistent and not be intimidated by larger players.
Angela Aie, 12 What is one challenge of being a captain? I have to keep a level head at all times. Whether we are winning by a lot or losing by a lot, I have to make sure I keep my emotions in check. That’s something I’ve struggled with but I know I have to set an example for the rest of the team. What makes a good leader? I think a good leader has to have experience with game situations and be able to be positive despite the odds.
PHOTO BY JUSTIN KANG
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Brahmas beat boys varsity soccer
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The boys varsity soccer team loses to local rivals Diamond Bar with a score of 3-1. Michael Aie Staff writer The boys varsity soccer team suffered a 3-1 defeat against crosstown rival Diamond Bar, Thursday, Jan 12. Although Mustangs were ﬁrst to score, the Brahmas walked away with a victory after 80 minutes of physical play. “It was disappointing to lose because we let our fans down and it was the most fans we’ve had at a soccer game,” center midﬁelder freshman Daniel Hernandez said. The Mustangs started off the ﬁrst half maintaining possession right away. In the second minute, striker freshman, Jonathan Nakamine was tackled by a purple defender and Walnut was rewarded a free kick. This would be the ﬁrst of many fouls. Walnut dominated offensively for the ﬁrst few plays of the game and scored early, when center midﬁelder, captain senior Sebastian Aragon, managed to steal the ball from a Brahma defender and passed it off to Hernandez. Hernandez played a cross to striker, junior Mario Interiano, who sprinted into the 18 yard box, where he lost his defender and scored with his left, giving Walnut a 1-0 lead. “I was in an adrenaline rush when I shot the ball, and I just prayed it would go in,” Interiano said. “When it did, it felt amazing scoring against our rival team while all the fans cheered and supported the team.” Diamond Bar responded with more intensity and immediately took two shots from the left wing. At the 18th minute a Diamond Bar free kick
Compiled by Michael Aie and Hong Chen, Staff writers
Peter Ochoa, 12 How do you feel your leadership affects the chemistry and teamwork of the team? Walnut has always had good captains that were really strong, encouraging and very skilled. I have to know how my players play to make it easier for us to communicate and connect. PHOTO BY JUSTIN KANG
KICKING UP A STORM: sent into Walnut’s 18 yard box was converted into a goal when Walnut defenders failed to clear the ball. Tied 1-1, Diamond Bar was back in the game before Walnut could establish dominance. “After they scored one goal on us, we tried to bounce back but we put our heads down and didn’t play with the same focus as before,” midﬁelder, junior Joshua Mitchell said. Diamond Bar kicked off the second half, scoring immediately with a header from Brahma striker, Nathan Joya. In the next 15 minutes, Walnut started to lose attacking strength and Diamond Bar managed to knock the ball between the legs of the tired Mustangs. By strategically pulling back two midﬁelders to play in the defensive line, the Brahmas were able to protect their lead, while giving Walnut few shots on goal. In the 56th minute, fullback, junior Andrew Alemeida, completed
Diet to Victory
a give-and-go with Aragon but missed the shot and the score remained 2-1. In the next play, Diamond Bar completed yet another counter by cutting through Walnut’s midﬁeld and receiving a corner kick that resulted in another goal, putting the Brahmas up 3-1. In the next eight minutes, Walnut fought back and attacked six times but each attempt was stopped by the double team of purple defenders. In an attempt to give the Walnut players some energy, Coach Laterza made some substitutions to increase the offensive force but the forwards could not ﬁnish. Despite the loss, Walnut hopes to win the next match on Diamond Bar turf. “Next time we meet, we can’t go into the game with any expectations because we were overconﬁdent this game,” Hernandez said. “We have to go into every game thinking we’re playing a good team and just play hard.” Ω
PHOTO BY KEVIN YIN
Sebastian Aragon, 12 What makes you a good leader? I’m committed to the team and the program. I try to motivate everyone and keep them on task. Whenever we practice I always try to give everyone helpful tips and advice to help improve our game. What is your role and responsibility as captain? My responsibility is to be a good role model for everyone on the team and to be a leader so my team can play at its best. I have to work hard and be at every practice and game to set an example for my players so they’ll work hard too.
What are your responsibilities as the captain? I have to make sure everybody is communicating well and that I’m communicating clearly. If the team isn’t doing what we’re suppose to be doing and performing at our best then it reflects badly on me and my leadership.
Eating the right foods is an essential part of playing at your best performance. “Usually our team eats Chick-Fil-A because it’s something everyone agrees on and we watch ﬁlm on the opposing team.” - Robert Harrelson, 10, basketball
“I try to keep junk foods away before a game and I usually eat something light like a nutri-grain bar. I try to avoid foods with lots of oil in it. - Kearney Truong, 11, soccer
“I try to eat a salad and drink lots of water or just something healthy with good carbs [because it] gives me energy so I don’t faint.” - Catrina Gonzalez, 9, soccer
PHOTO BY JUSTIN KANG
Amber Marani, 12
Compiled by Angela Aie Sports editor
“I eat a banana to help with cramps, grapes because they are healthy, and chicken bake because it provides good protein, carbs and it’s delicious. - Katherine Chung, 12, water polo
How do you deal with the pressure of being a leader? I try to tell myself to relax and just play my game because I have to so the rest of the team will continue to play hard and strong too. Even when I’m playing bad, I still have to give it 100 percent.
PHOTO BY ASHLEY XU
What is the key to a successful season? Our outlook on season is looking good and we’re looking strong. Our key to success is playing hard as team. Every individual girl has to give it their all and leave it all on the field.
Ari Anaya, 12 What makes you a good leader? We’re good leaders because we know what to say to our players and how to get it to them so they understand. By being loud, talkative and outgoing, it helps us be good leaders for the girls and we are like mentors to them. How does being a captain affect you on and off the field? It’s a lot of work off the field because we have to communicate and make sure that everyone is in touch so it’s always constantly on our minds, but everything is definitely worth it. PHOTO BY ASHLEY XU
VOLUME 44, ISSUE 3
& water polo Taming the Panthers Q& wrestling CAPTAINS
The wrestling team triumphs over the Diamond Ranch Panthers during senior night.
Compiled by Ted Zhu and Jacqueline Sotoodeh, Staff writers
Edward Cox Editor-in-chief
Eduardo Maciel, 12
The blue and gold striped two ton block of sinewy muscle was stamped, “Walnut High School approved” over the roar of fans after a blowout over Diamond Ranch. “[Our strategy] is pretty much just to win and to score as many points as we can,” captain senior Eduardo Maciel said. “It’s always a goal to pin the person to get the most points.” Walnut outscored Diamond Ranch 66-12, only giving up two pins to their adversaries. Diamond Ranch, missing wrestlers from the 106 pound, 220 pound, and Heavyweight classes forfeited 18 points to Walnut. The wrestlers took greater initiative and often scored the ﬁrst takedown in rounds. Kareem Ahmed’s 33 second pin on a Diamond Ranch wrestler was typical of many of the quick pins that Walnut forced Diamond Ranch into. Freshman Donald Palmer held
Why do you wrestle and what do you love about it? Wrestling is one of the sports where hard work and success is a direct correlation. In football, you’re big and strong and it gives you an advantage, in basketball you’re tall or fast and it gives you an advantage, but in wrestling you just have to work really hard and there’s no real advantages out there. PHOTO BY JUSTIN KANG
TAKING CONTROL: Senior Jeffrey Martinez counters the opponent’s shot and tries to capitalize on the situation, attempting to get the pin. his ground through three rounds and won 6-2. Maciel pointed to the lower weight divisions of wrestling as a particular strength of the team. “They’ve been in the program longer than all the other heavy weights,” Maciel said. “They have more technique and more experience.” Right before the match, the Diamond Ranch coach called off the two
pound weight allowance, forcing wrestlers to lose two pounds in two hours. “The Diamond Ranch match taught us not to take the opponent so lightly,” senior Jeffrey Martinez said. “You never know what they might do to beat you.” To advance to CIF and emerge as league champions, the team will have to defeat Bonita and West Covina. Ω
PHOTO BY SAMANTHA GOMES
Richie Taira, 12 What’s your role and responsibility as a captain? In warm-ups we lead, so you really need to be able to scream really loudly. Sometimes, you threaten the guys, just to keep them in check, but we know we’re messing. We always keep a mutual respect for each other. We really look out for each other. PHOTO BY IQRA IQBAL
Brawl with the Bulldogs
Michael Sill, 11 What is your season outlook and keys to success? I think we’ve been getting better each year, especially because our new coaching staff has really helped. The Sebastian brothers are young but they work us hard, so I think we’ll do well as long as we put in the work. You can’t slack off, and you always have to be out there working.
In a dominating game, girls varsity water polo defeats West Covina Bulldogs 14-1.
PHOTO BY CHRISTINE LIU
ON THE COUNTER: As two West Covina players close in, junior Cathleen Nguyen looks for a quick, short pass to a teammate. Hong Chen Staff writer The girls varsity water polo team took on West Covina on Jan. 12, beating the Bulldogs 14-1. Strong defense and offensive ball movement helped the Mustangs win the game in dominant fashion.
The ﬁrst quarter was solid for the team, with senior Kristen Swafford and sophomore Ashley Clark both scoring early goals. The team played stiﬂing defense, holding the Bulldogs to no goals and forcing many turnovers. Walnut capitalized on them offensively, with sophomore Rachelle Gonzales scoring a third goal with 31 seconds remaining to give the girls a 3-0 lead at the end of the 1st quarter. The second quarter played out similarly, with Walnut dominating the pool. Junior goalie Mia Rycraw had a couple blocks to stop the stuttering West Covina offense cold. Swafford made multiple steals throughout the quarter to make up for some bad turnovers by the Mustangs, making two goals to keep the offense going. The ﬁnal seconds of the quarter closed on a ﬁve meter shot by Gonzales, with Walnut up 7-0. Junior Ardelle Aquino won the sprint and made a quick pass into
set for an energized start. The momentum faded with early turnovers, though the girls’ defense hung on for three scoreless minutes to stop the Bulldog offense. Senior Katherine Chung revitalized the offense with a quick goal at 5:15. Walnut scored two more on fast breaks in the quarter, with Swafford putting in two goals and Gonzales with another, putting the Mustangs up 11-0. Aquino again won the sprint in the fourth, leading to a goal by Swafford only 21 seconds into the quarter. The girls continued their momentum, with sophomore Sharon Han scoring on an open shot at 5:33. A bad turnover later led to a block for Rycraw then a cross-pool pass to Han for yet another goal. The pace of the game slowed the next four minutes, with West Covina scoring their ﬁrst goal of the game with 1:25 remaining. The game ended with a block by Rycraw, and the Mustangs won 14-1. Ω
PHOTO BY JUSTIN KANG
Mia Rycraw, 11 What makes you a good leader? I have the ability to stay focused in a game situation and I do well in helping my team focus. What is a situation where you, as a captain, had to step up as a leader? Once, we were losing in a game because of bad mistakes on our part. As a goalie I see everything that goes on in the water and I noticed some of my teammates were frustrated and tired but I had to keep my composure throughout the game. When they see I’m strong, they gain confidence themselves.
PHOTO BY LEONIE PHOA
VARSITY WINTER SPORTS SCOREBOARD GIRLS SOCCER 12/5- Ayala- 0-3 L 12/7- South Hills- 0-0 T 12/14- St. Lucy’s- 1-2 L 12/17- Rancho Cucamonga3-2 W 12/19- Glendora- 0-1 L 12/27- Heritage- 1-0 W 1/3- Los Altos- 1-1 T 1/5- West Covina- 7-0 W 1/10- Rowland- 4-0 W 1/12- Diamond Bar- 1-4 L 1/17- Bonita- 3-3 T
BOYS SOCCER 11/29- Ontario- 2-5 L 12/1- Ayala- 2-4 L 12/7- Azuza- 6-0 W 12/14- Upland- 0-0 T 12/17- Chino- 0-2 L 12/20- Covina- 0-2 L 1/3- Los Altos- 2-3 L 1/5- West Covina- 3-0 W 1/10- Rowland- 2-1 W 1/12- Diamond Bar- 1-3 L 1/17- Bonita- 3-3 T
GIRLS BASKETBALL 11/29- Azuza- 51-23 W 11/30- Wilson- 28-35 L 12/02- Rowland- 43-68 L 12/03- Diamond Bar- 41-50 L 12/06- Ontario Christian- 54-30 W 12/07- Jurupa Valley- 35-72 L 12/08- Ganesha- 46-39 W 12/09- Diamond Bar- 36-51 L 12/13- St. Lucy’s- 32-45 L 1/4- Los Altos- 57-56 W 1/6- West Covina- 32-51 L 1/11- Rowland1/13- Diamond Bar- 46-63 L
BOYS BASKETBALL 11/28- Sierra Vista- 54-41 W 11/29- Baldwin Park- 56-47 W 12/1- Glendora- 45-50 L 12/2- Garﬁeld- 65-68 L 12/3- Claremont- 59-52 W 12/26- Alta Loma- 41-56 L 12/27- Nipomo- 62-27 W 12/28- La Mirada- 49-45 W 12/29- Serrano- 60-50 W 1/4- Los Altos- 60-57 W 1/6- West Covina- 57-43 W 1/11- Rowland- 37-66 L 1/13- Diamond Bar- 60-42 W
GIRLS WATER POLO 12/10- Bell Gardens- 11-7 W 12/15- Burroughs- 9-5 W 12/15- Bell Gardens- 9-7 W 12/17- La Serna- 6-8 L 1/12- West Covina- 14-1 W
WRESTLING 1/5- Rowland- 72-6 W 1/12- Diamond Ranch- 66-12 W
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