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“As soon I get up on the blocks, I get in my zone. You’re racing the best, and there’s so much hype. And you know you’ve got your team behind you. And you know you’re representing your school so there’s more motivation because you want your school to be on top. ” - Mauricio Craig, 11 PHOTO BY MICHAEL HYUN

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Class of 2012 cabinet members prepare for senior breakfast The 2012 Class cabinet will hold an “UP” themed senior breakfast with centerpieces like birdhouses with balloons. Felix Lee News editor Themed “Up,” Senior Breakfast will be hosted in the gym on Friday, May 25 from 8:30 a.m to 1 p.m. “I actually thought up the idea of the theme of ‘Up,’ and we ended up going with it,” senior Serena Su said. “I chose it because I felt as if it portrayed an idea of a journey being accomplished successfully. We also thought that it was a popular current Pixar film and that it would be generally liked by all.” The gathering will feature a hypnotist, which has become a tradition at the breakfast. Class cabinet has also arranged two photo booths as part of entertainment. Centerpieces are little bird houses with balloons tied on them to depict the house in the movie. “It would be a perfect theme in making the gym


BIGGER, BETTER BREAKFAST: Senior Gabriel Balanza sands the bird houses that will be used as centerpieces. colorful with a lot of balloons, and we wanted to make the seniors feel like they were in the skies just like in ‘Up’,” class treasurer senior Gabriel Balanza said. In addition, cabinet members have created a video and slideshow presentation. “One thing different or special is that we’ve worked really hard on senior slideshows and videos to really try and portray the entire senior population. We wanted to make sure that

everyone was covered,” Su said. The seniors will be able to read the Senior Hoofprint, sign yearbooks, and socialize one last time. “Senior breakfast represents the last entertaining event for the seniors at Walnut High,” Balanza said. “Senior breakfast represents a binding force that brings the seniors together and lets them spend precious time and have laughs with each other before they shed tears at graduation.” Ω

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ASB hosts freshmen orientation Eighth graders from Suzanne and other middle schools came over to Walnut High for an annual freshmen orientation, hosted by ASB in the gym. Austin Au-Yeung News editor Associated Student Body (ASB) held its freshmen orientation on Friday, May 11, welcoming eighth grade students mostly from Suzanne and South Pointe. In addition to registration and a tour around the school, performances from organizations including band, color guard, and Walnut High All-Male were held during the orientation. “After seeing the orientation, life in high school looks so fun. There are many things to choose from, from clubs all the way to sports,” Suzanne Middle School eighth grader Connor Auyong said. “The best part of the orientation was when the dance team showed up. Everything was synchronized. It was just like movies, except they did it all in one take.” While ASB was in charge of organizing the orientation, it also played a role in the performances that were displayed for the incoming freshmen. ASB performed a skit in which it covered dances, pep rallies, education, and the multi-cultural assembly. “ASB organized a skit to illustrate a little sneak peek of what high school life is really like,” junior Arianna Choi said. “We feel that it is important to show the freshmen a little about the school before they actually start coming so that they are not totally lost.” Preparations that ASB made for the orientation included everything from planning out the schedule for

MUN will participate in last conference of the year Model United Nations will compete in the Whitney Conference against nineteen schools. Samantha Gomes Staff writer


FRESH LOOK FOR NEW FRESHMEN: Junior Erica Gomez leads her group of eighth graders // Seniors Katherine Chung and Michael Guitierrez walk with their eighth graders through the campus between K and J buildings to the X, giving them a tour

the performances to coordinating with the middle schools, all done for one reason. “We want every kid to feel like this is their home before they leave, and as such, we need to give them as many different activities that they can be involved in to make them

feel comfortable here and want to be here,” Schultz said. “Schools aren’t all about what you do in the classroom. Some kids come here to learn, some kids come here because of their friends, and some kids come here because of the activities they are involved in.” Ω

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Model United Nations prepares for its last conference of the year, which will be held at Whitney High School on May 19. Students in Model UN look forward to this conference every year because it focuses on unique topics such as Harry Potter and the mafia. “I hear that a lot of people dress up for Whitney, so I’m looking forward to that. The Harry Potter and mafia conference rooms seem fun for the people attending,” next year’s MUN Treasurer, sophomore Jin Zhang said. Almost 600 students from 19 schools around Southern California will participate at the Whitney Conference, which allows participants to meet new people from different areas. “The people you compete against do just as much research as you do, which makes the debate a lot of fun. Being able to think on my feet really helps me compete better against my opponents as well,” sophomore TJ Freedman said. “I did a pretty good job competing in novice, so I hope I do well in an

advanced committee. Everything I do, I try to win, so I hope I get an award during this conference.” Attending the conference gives competitors an opportunity to be more involved in learning and researching international affairs. “I hope to gain more experience from this conference and an award if possible. I’ve been preparing for it by doing research and using that to get a full understanding about the topic. I’m looking forward to hearing other delegates’ solutions to the Israeli and Palestinian i s s u e , ” sophomore Michelle Lee said. Some committees, such as the MUN Security Council committees, require participants to compete with a partner. “Working with the right partner lessens a lot of stress,” Zhang said. “When my partner and I do research together and she catches something I don’t, I feel a little more relieved because I know that if I were to humiliate myself, she’ll say something witty or intelligent to make it okay. Just the fact that someone is there to support you makes everything so much lighter.” Ω

“Just the fact that someone is there to support you makes everything so much lighter.”

- Jin Zhang, 10

APES takes field trips to learn about water quality The AP Environmental Science classes took two trips to Lemon Creek Park and will be taking another trip to Newport Backbay to learn more about the composition of the creek’s water and the organisms and environment that determine the water’s quality. Jacqueline Sotoodeh Staff writer


NATURE AT ITS FINEST: Juniors Agnes Shin and Arianna Choi and senior Johnson Lim search for and classify pollution-sensitive

AP Environmental Science students took a field trip to Lemon Creek Park on May 8 and 9 to enhance their knowledge of water quality and will take another trip to Newport Back Bay Estuary on May 17. Students performed experiments on Lemon Creek Park’s water to learn more about the water’s characteristics and its composition and found the water quality to be fair by using a screen attached to two poles. They then placed it into the water and dirt at a 45 degree angle. Right in front of it, another student took a pole and disturbed the dirt in front of the screen so that the organisms in the waterwould cling to the screen, then picked out the organisms from the screen. “The procedure was fun. Everyone was disgusted by the thought of getting into the water,

but it really wasn’t a big deal, and it was good to know that the water wasn’t that dirty,” senior Daniella Risnoveanu said. “It [the procedure] applies to water quality because it applies the techniques used to test water quality by testing the quality based on the organisms in the water. It was interesting because we learned the quality of the Lemon Creek Park water and it was fun to get out of classroom and apply techniques we learned in class.” They placed the organisms into a tray, and looked at a key to determine which organism was which. Certain organisms in the water are indicators of good water quality: stonefly and mayfly larvae are a sign of good water quality; leeches indicate poor water quality. “I learned that to test water quality you can look at the different types of macroinvertebrates that live in the water to indicate the quality, so this trip definitely helped

me understand that better.” senior Melody Liao said. The water and the diversity of organisms in the water taught the students much about the quality of the water and the ecosystem that makes up the park. “The trip was very educational because it was a hands on experience with wildlife inside the stream and we could see for ourselves what they looked like,” junior Elijah Chang said. “There was no intervention with the habitat because we put them back in the stream after examining them.” In addition to the two trips to Lemon Creek Park, the APES class has planned another trip to Newport Back Bay Estuary to interact with the environment and mother nature and enjoy themselves at the same time. “There’s one more field trip that I’m really psyched for,” junior Megan Belmonte said. “We’re going to Back Bay Estuary in Newport. I’m excited for this because Ms. May said we’ll

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Walnut seniors invited to Hacienda Five for overall achievements Five seniors were invited to the Hacienda Five for noteworthy academic, educational, and extracurricular achievements in school. Lynze Tom Staff writer Five students are chosen for their excellence in the academic, athletic, and extracurricular fields to be a part of the Hacienda Five as an annual tradition. Representing Walnut High in the Hacienda League are seniors Angela Aie, Katherine Chung, Chesley Ekelem, Nolan Hoff, and Stephany Yong. “We only get to pick five students and I really appreciate being recognized for my service at school. It’s a really nice gesture because [the staff] nominates you. I’m really flattered,” Chung said. These students have worked hard in their four years of high school, shaping their high school experience by standing out in school service organizations and sports teams and academic performance. “Out of 750 seniors, they only

get to pick five,” Hoff said. “My hard work paid off in the end. I think I put hard work into anything I do since I’m a perfectionist and I give everything 100 percent.” By making their efforts seen, the seniors are being acknowledged and praised for their input and contribution to many aspects of current high school life. “I think it’s a great honor, not only because there’s only five people, but because it’s for people who impacted the school and it’s nice to know that I left a mark. Everything I’ve done has been noticed,” Ekelem said. In recognition of their achievements, there will be a banquet held at Pomona Valley Mining Company on May 15 for all the Hacienda Five students from seven schools in the league, each accompanied by their parents and a staff member guest.

“It was really hard to pick. Those five kids are probably what we feel are the best overall kids in our school, when you combine those three areas,” ASB adviser Andy Schultz said. “[The banquet is] a nice experience, and these kids get to see what other kids and other schools are doing and compare themselves to them.” This prestigious honor serves as the sum of all the hard work that they put into their high school years. “I feel like everything that’s happened since freshman year, all the achievements I’ve had, and all the mistakes I’ve made make me who I am today, and I woudn’t be where I am right now if I didn’t have the right people to influence me positively,” Aie said. “I’m grateful for all the people in my life because they’ve helped me achieve my accomplishments, and I’m very proud of the person I’ve become.” Ω PHOTO BY MICHAEL HYUN

Publications implements Stitch Herff Jones allows Walnut High to be a beta tester for its new program, Stitch, which allows users to “stitch” and share pictures with other people.

Jacoby takes Business Law to Pomona Courthouse The Business Law class visited the Pomona Court House to learn more about a court trial.


COURT IN SESSION: Juniors Kevn Hsu, Raniel Valerio, and Jacob Alonzo listens attentively to the speaker during the mock trial. PHOTOS BY ANDREW KOO

Andrew Koo Staff writer Publications hosted a Stitch workshop last Monday when yearbook advisers from other schools came to campus to learn about the newest project by Herff Jones. “I think Stitch is really helpful program at the end of the year for us because its allowed us to give students access to the photos we’ve taken this year. It’s always a shame that more than 90 percent of the great photos we take are basically discarded at the end of the year,” adviser Rebecca Chai said. Stitch offers a “photostream” feature which allows users to browse through a wall of photos uploaded from the Walnut High School Publications archives. Herff Jones,

STITCHING A FUTURE (FROM LEFT): Juniors Cloris Chou and Jessica Kwok and sophomores Jessica You, Janzen Alejo, and Jessica Wang show the adviser from iPoly High the basics of Stitch. // Freshman Jefferey Huang has a discussion with a Herff-Jones representative about Stitch. the publisher of the yearbook, plans but the only knock on Stitch is how to allow users to organize their photos content is displayed and how to by topics or tags, create posters and diplay story ideas,” Huang said. “For keep time capsules of their photos example, we could possibly have a throughout the year with the purchase Facebook in the sense that everyone of a yearbook in the future. can view and find their own photos, “It’s mainly testing out how the and that’s really what they want. If student body will respond to what’s we can get people to join Stitch and being displayed on the website and have a lot of people support, we can how we can display our content on be really successful.” this page in a way that will interest Stitch has been active for a the student body the most,” freshman month, and students are encouraged staffer Jefferey Huang said. “We did to visit the site and register. a lot of digging, trying to find photos “Stitch allows Publications to of as many student organizations and show the school what we’ve been sports as we could. It’s in beta version doing in Publications,” Chai said. and we have to deal with the faults we “To be honest, I’m not sure what encounter accessing the website.” we’ll be doing with Stitch next Walnut is one of about thirty year. However, I hope it becomes schools in southern California beta- an effective tool that connects the testing the project. student body with what Publications “Stitch has really good ideas, produces weekly.” Ω

Jefferey Huang Staff writer The Business Law class has taken a field trip to the Pomona Court House on May 14 and will take another on May 17 from 9 12 p.m. Students were part of a program directed by a judge and witnessed how the defendant and the prosecutor operated during a trial. The mock trial provided a look into the workings of a courtroom. “The best part of the trip was seeing what we’ve learned from a book being applied in an actual case,” junior Ashley Soong said. “I think all students learned a great deal about cross-examination and were given a strong background on our U.S. court system.” As opposed to learning in the classroom, students saw first-hand how the court system runs. “I’ll have a better understanding of the justice system,” sophomore Jeremy Lee

said. “It’s education and first-hand experience of what we’re learning in class, so why not? I’m going to take notes because I might learn stuff that I don’t learn in class.” Positive student feedback factored into Jacoby’s decision to take the students to the Pomona Courts again this year. “A student in the past has come up to me and said it was the best field trip they’ve taken in high school, and I think the students really learned a lot from the experience, so we really wanted to go back this year,” Mr. Jacoby, the teacher, said. The trip to the Pomona Court House provided a rich learning experience for students seeking a possible future career in the political field. “This trip made me realize that there’s a lot more than just knowing the concepts of law from a book,” Soong said. “You need to know how to apply and present them in a way that the jury will be swayed to your argument.” Ω

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EDITORIAL FOR OUR OWN GOOD We outgrew diapers, but we never really outgrew whining. Often, students could be heard griping about things from demerits to various security changes around campus this year. What we forget to take into account, though, is the fact that most of the things imposed on us are a result of our own actions and needs. Take the new dance policy, which was put into effect almost immediately after Winter Formal. It set a number of stricter rules on dances, but it did so with good reason - it’s hard to justify the excessive grinding and other illicit dance moves that took place beforehand. Nevertheless, the change immediately received backlash from the student body, which claimed that it unjustly limited personal liberties. However, these limitations would not have been placed if we hadn’t chosen to go so far with our freedoms. When we choose to act without weighing the consequences, the administration has no choice but to respond to our irresponsibility. The recent spring pep rash decisions we have made this year. Some grumbled in disapproval - when would there ever be another pep rally this amazing without

the same kinds of visual effects? But looking back at the numerous injuries and sheer chaos that took place, these restrictions are necessary for our safety. Likewise, tardy sweeps, which were meant to ensure punctuality on late start days, began as a result of the large number of students arriving late, even given the extra hours of sleep. The security cameras were installed in response to school safety concerns and last year’s AP test not spring from out of nowhere; the switch was a way to maximize the learning potential in classrooms. It’s easy to forget amidst all these changes that the school is steering us toward a better path, whether we understand its methods or not. Although we may not agree with what we are handed, the administration acts in our best interest. The main issue is not the growing list of policy changes. Rather, it’s our own need to recognize the “push-pull” factor working in the school. It’s only natural to complain about the set of rules circling around us all the time, and when a new one comes into effect, we take a while to adjust to it. But most of the time, we come to realize its necessity in our lives.

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Skipping to study With important series of tests approaching, should students spend their time by studying at home or attending school every day of the preceding week?


To-Van Hoang Feature editor It’s 7:31 a.m. and you’re still sitting at your desk at home, trying in vain to cram the last few arguments of the Potsdam Conference into your head before going in for your essay. That’s when you ask yourself the golden question: “Do I go to school today?” Unless you’re sitting at an 89.4% in the class and this test is pivotal to your getting an A, the better answer will always be “yes”. If you’re facing a challenge, in the name of Integrity, just face forward and meet it. In consideration of the ideal standard that we’re all aware of (but rarely meet), we know that cramming is a big no-no. We should be responsible students who have well-established study schedules for ourselves who don’t need to cram and skip school to do well on our tests. Our teachers have arranged their class units to ensure that we know all the information we need for the subsequent tests and the final by the time we take them. Admittedly, class schedules are sometimes derailed and preparation gets messy, but teachers usually manage to drag their students back on track. The problem some

have is that they simply don’t fit into the system - their pace, or approach to taking in new material may be completely out-of-rhythm with the rest of the class. For those students, maybe taking a day off isn’t such a bad idea. But do keep in mind that the general population has already been put into consideration during the construction of these meticulous

When you skip school enough times, your teachers do realize what you’re doing, and it is pretty discouraging. lesson plans. With the effort our teachers have put in, we should at least meet them halfway. When you skip school enough times, your teachers do realize what you’re doing, and it’s pretty discouraging. It’s like a slap in the face because you’re saying to them, “I’ve been blowing off your class, and I am only taking the subject seriously for the test.” As students, we’re in training; school

is our practice arena for learning responsibility and self-motivation. There’s a certain commitment that needs to be had in order to be a successful student, and part of that lies in the ability to push past our laziness. Working toward consistency tells your teachers that you want to learn and promotes a motivational atmosphere. Maintaining a structured schedule now can help you in the future. You can’t just drop your other responsibilities when you’re faced with one daunting task. In the process of attempting to cram your brain with facts at the last minute (most of which you’re sure to forget within three days after the test), you wind up neglecting your other classes. Spending the next week catching up on the assignments and lessons you missed for that one day you skipped to abuse your shortterm memory is not an even trade-off. Even though some are confident in their ability to keep up in their other classes in spite of lost ground, it’s not worth the effort (and if you’re that confident in yourself, you should be able to take the test cold anyway). Save the school some money and give yourself the benefit of actual learning by developing proper study habits. Be prepared to take those tests as they come; skipping out will not help us in the long run. Ω

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Benefits of starting early Starting general requirements and extracurricular activities during our first two years in high school can be very beneficial to help relieve our workloads later on and give us a competitive advantage. Samantha Gomes Staff writer Beginning high school, my only worry was avoiding the wrath of the upperclassmen. Instead, I found myself stressing out about how to create a sturdy academic foundation and manage my extracurriculars. However, it didn’t take long for me to decide that the most effective way to deal with all the unwanted stress was to face the workload early on. We can all shed a bit of the stress by taking the opportunities offered to us during freshman and sophomore year. We don’t have to handle everything during junior and senior year. This doesn’t just apply to schoolwork, however; it works for clubs and sports too.

Although it’s often said that good things come to those who wait, waiting is just another excuse for not taking action. In regards to academics, the days of maintaining straight A’s for an acceptance into colleges are long over. College admissions officers have countless ways to examine a student’s ability to succeed, and every year they grow stricter in how they judge applicants. While some may view this harsh process as a socially acceptable form of torture, it proves highly manageable if you use time to your advantage. Whatever you hope to succeed in, make sure that you’re devoting yourself to it early. Instead of waiting for all the added work to begin piling, we can eliminate a lot of stress by completing the general requirements for a good college early on, such as taking SAT classes during sophomore year or dedicating

ourselves to certain clubs during freshman year. We are taught, after all, not to put things off and to complete tasks without dawdling. Procrastination is by all means acceptable only if you know how to use it to your advantage, but it ultimately provides a dangerous road for students who use it in the long run. By waiting too long to complete general requirements and discover what we like, it might be more difficult to move forward in that area given the little time we have in high school. By beginning an extracurricular freshman or sophomore year, there is an extra year of experience that may come in handy in the future. Rather than just complaining about the future, I try to prevent a stressful one from happening. Getting involved doesn’t require stressing ourselves out by signing up for more than we

can handle, but joining a few core extracurriculars and focusing on our academics is a good start. It may seem like a pain now, but it will all pay off when we have a little less to worry about during junior year. We don’t need to unwillingly force ourselves to join certain clubs in our freshman or sophomore year just to bump up our resumes. But by surrounding ourselves in things that we genuinely like, we have the incentive to improve at those things. Finding our own tastes takes time, so starting early will give us that much more time to discover something we love. The student looking to be club president should join the club during freshman year and focus on moving it forward. Do not simply wait until the perfect opportunity approaches, because it might never come if you don’t take initiative and start early. Ω

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When we join a club, we should keep in mind what kind of environment we fit into most comfortably. Very often, we find ourselves enjoying smaller clubs and the close relationships we form in them.


Janzen Alejo Scene editor It’s Wednesday afternoon. I pick up my slips at my Key Club meeting and sign up for an event, and run to K-8 for my second meeting, where I plop into my seat and catch my breath. Someone taps my shoulder and asks “What’s the name of today’s anime?” I smile and answer, commenting on the incredibly stupid plotline while someone else chimes in and adds their own thoughts to the conversation. I am where I belong now, in my home. This is my idea of a perfect club – a relatively small one. Smaller clubs run more like families. Members grow close and develop meaningful relationships no matter how diverse the group is. During my experience with tight-knit clubs like Swing Club, I’ve met people from Choir, Drama, WHAM, Orchestra and every other group that you can imagine. If it were not for our mutual interest in Swing dancing, we would have never met. If we were in a bigger club, we probably would not have even made eye contact. With too many members, communication is sparse, and you lose opportunities to form great friendships. Being close with your members also allows you to see how they work more clearly, something two to three cabinet interviews and a teacher’s recommendation can’t do. You’re given the chance to see how well someone acts under pressure, their attitude towards work and consistency in behavior. That can provide valuable insight on who could best lead the club properly in the future, unlike in larger clubs where the pool of applicants must be admitted

based on grades and overall personalities. In a small club, you are allowed to get up close and personal with the people you work with. Along with countless others, I am a member of Key Club, which although is structured and efficient, creates a cluttered environment that allows for very limited interaction. Anime Club, in contrast, is small and family-like. Many people join small clubs for the purpose of meeting others with the same interests, or delving deeper into an area of interest. Thus, with a close-knit environment, members find incentive to become more involved in what they love. When a club is too large, the members of that club are not interwoven. People tend to be more enthusiastic about their activities when they feel like they play an important role or have a say in the process, which is something most small clubs offer. It’s not that large clubs don’t reach out to their members, but with more members, their cabinet seems more detached from their members than those in a small club are. I understand that this distance is necessary for professionalism and order. Though it is important to think rationally when dealing with decisions that will affect others, we should not let that prevent us from getting regular members active and involved. After all, the point of being in a club is to dedicate your time to do something you find worthwhile, and to try to form connections with people with similar interests. The club experience all boils down to how active you are. Whether you are a cabinet member or just a regular member, be active. I personally find this easier to do in a small club because of its tight knit environment, but a big club definitely does not prevent you from getting to know people and contributing to an area of interest. Ω

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A WORD TO THE WISE Growing up and taking on new responsibilities does not mean we have to stop being children on the inside. Sharon Lay Copy editor Upon arriving at my niece’s first birthday party, my cousin told me to get my face painted; hers was already decorated with various cat-like traits. When I scrunched up my face in distaste, she jokingly mocked, “Too old to get your face painted now that you’re a graduating senior?” Maybe she was right – I am growing up too fast. For the past two months, everything has been happening so quickly. From that last Branding Iron game where we almost beat Diamond Bar to the multicultural assembly to the glow stick pep rally, these moments seemed to have passed within the blink of an eye. Now with the senior countdown up on the stage, I am overcome with a sense of helplessness. In two weeks, I will graduate and seemingly leave behind my childhood forever. But does graduating mean I can never act like a child again? Like Wendy, there’s a part of me that still wants to stay in Neverland. With two more weeks left of school and an entire summer before I venture off into the next segment of my life, I realize I don’t want to be an adult. I don’t want to become a grown up. I cannot even fathom all the responsibilities that come with being an adult. But in one month, I turn 18, and according to the state of California, I will be legally an adult. Though growing up is part of life, adults are right, and they know what’s best. From now until the start of college, I want to be a teenager: carefree, free from anxiety, with that #YOLO mentality. Becoming an adult will come with time and experience; it won’t happen overnight and it doesn’t have to. It’s a process. Ironically, I have become my own spin-off of Holden Caulfield, whom I passionately bashed all throughout junior year English. But unlike Holden, I will allow bildungsroman to occur on its own, rather than fight it - it’s already started anyhow. When I first came into high school, I was a wide-eyed, gullible (did you know that “gullible” isn’t in the dictionary?) child. In the end, I didn’t manage to get my face painted. The artist left before I could make it to the front of the line. However, I did get a caricature showing me in a cap and gown, and holding a diploma with an arrow pointing to San Diego. Ω

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Just attach a #hashtag to it Everyone is guilty of following some. Trends are a part of our lives that affect us and the way we think in more ways than one. In only a few months, fashion items such as fishtail earrings and highlow skirts, famous athletes like Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow, and coined phrases like “YOLO” have influenced our daily lives.

(CLOCKWISE): DSLR’s and Polaroids, Tim Tebow, feather earrings, internet memes (troll face).

KONY 2012: “I think it’s great that they were trying to spread the cause. But when people began researching, we began to doubt the movement. Kony’s disappeared for years now and people found out that the company used donations for their own funding, not just donations. That really devalued our belief in the cause and made us lose our trust in the belief.” - Victor Chang, 9


LINSANITY: “I’d always known Jeremy Lin was in the league, but I never thought he would be this big until he got his chance in New York this year. I was actually really inspired. It’s a good message to everyone out there who does what they believe in, (CLOCKWISE): Lanyards, YOLO, Skrillex (Sonny Moore), iPhone apps (Temple Run, Instagram, and Draw Something). that hard work pays off in the end.” - Marvin Chang, 12


Patrick Lee Staff writer Clothing styles, sayings, hairstyles, brands, etc. They’re all trends, staying for a season or two before they leave, which ultimately is exactly their niche. It is when people fail to recognize a trend’s departure from commonly accepted behavior that it becomes more of a nuisance than a simple fad. Sure, we’ve all participated in some. How many of us have used “YOLO” as an excuse to run a yellow light or make your sandwich with a little extra mayo? I’ve seen it tweeted, tattooed, facebook statused, shouted, and everything in between. Trends tend to be accepted for their appeal to younger people, who are

constantly on the search for the new and hot style. Overall, trends tend to be harmless and short lived. The only thing wrong with using it today is the fact that it is, indeed, an expired trend. Trends have a knack for having a short life span, making it easy to transition to the next one. Also equally easy is spotting those who haven’t realized that it is just a trend and continue to abuse the outdated expression. Trends are not bad, only they are not immortal. Most of them flame out and die; the only difference is how big of a fire they create. The KONY 2012 campaign launched by the Invisible Children organization got a hot start. With crisp editing and a call for justice that anyone can support, the movement caught fire with young people swiftly. Who could argue against a campaign to stop the training of children as soldiers and the deaths

of thousands? However, this trend capitalized on young people’s budding interest in grassroots approaches to humanitarian efforts and lack of knowledge or emphasis on fact checks. As the hype died down and facts slowly discovered, the April 20th day of action was eclipsed by other illicit activities and was ultimately a sound failure. This is not to say that the movement was not interesting or with good intentions, just that the whirlwind of propaganda surrounding the operation was merely a trend that allowed people to honestly and sincerely feel like sharing a YouTube link was saving children from a bloody doom. These days, wearing a KONY 2012 shirt or rocking a sticker on your binder only shows your own lack of perception of the facts surrounding the movement. Important facts such as the Invisible Children’s bad reputation for

handling money as well as the manipulation of data in the video allow for an educated observer to form a better opinion. When taking a step back and observing the timeline of a trend, you tend to laugh. However, trends are not all a bad thing. Some can begin as a trend and end up lasting or even evolving. The trend that was environmentally friendly living has long developed into much more than what it once was. Hybrid cars, solar powered machines, and 1 gallon per flush urinals have revolutionized the way people interact with the earth. What began as a small movement toward a smaller carbon footprint has evolved into a lifestyle towards cleaning up the planet. Trends are unavoidable. Some will stick around as real movements, while most burn out and disappear. The only thing we can do about them

is to think before overcommitting to them. It’s fine to participate in trends, just so long as you keep a level head and don’t get whisked away in the bandwagon. By thinking for yourself and maintaining even a small amount of common sense, it should be easy to avoid looking like a fool. Sometimes you have to know when to stop. It’s when people don’t know when to stop where trends can get to a point of irritation. It shouldn’t take the annoyance of others for you to know when something’s getting old. Although a few trends stay for good, no one complains when another one fades away. They are what they are for a reason, and they’re meant to pass. It is certainly fun to participate in them and to laugh along, but it is also important to know when to let them go. Sometimes that trend has to meet its end. Ω

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WADA. Blake Griffin. Subway ^_^. Andrew’s mom. GIRAFFE DOWN. *Points smiling at Andrew “Do you see what I have to put up with?!” ANDREW KOO: André. Hey, you guys! Come up with a story idea with your table group. Hmmm.... What’s good, is good! I will write it on the board (a la Eric Chow). EDITORS IN THE GREEN ROOM. “Well you’re a....”. Huh? TANDREW. Wait, what?



Nicest person ever. Goldest gold of the golds. Most quiet. Most capable.Switchboard operator on Google Docs. yellow.


LAY: “Fifi!” thanks for touching me sharon. M.I.A. Gives To-Van dances. Touches EVERYONE. “Hi Weswes.” Not A cougar, THE cougar. Loud and proud. Diva. Caring. Too caring sometimes...



KAREN OU: “Our time is now.” “Oh. Oh – if you want to.” Silent but deadly. “Let your voice shine!” Balances out Jess’s crazy. Super sweet. JESSICA WANG: Is that a mole?!? DON’T MAKE ME DO MY MATING DANCE. AMAZING AT DRAWING. “Can we stay in here? Am I the only one who likes it here?” Colored an entire paper with yellow highlighter. “Ok, two minutes.” “I need to fart” *Leaves room*...*Comes back* “Ok I farted.” “On a scale of 1-fwends, how fwends are we.” Nunu. Stalks the revision history of the colophon.

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JANZEN ALEJO: “HEE-hee -wheeeezeheeee.” Bottomless pit of analogies. Janzen + Jessica = together alone club. Cosplays. Llama. Daddy janzen! Watches too many Korean dramas. Listens to kpop. Let’s play Bear Grylls!

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MICHAEL HYUN: Pablo. “EDIT YOUR ARTICLE! Like today okay?” #YOLO WADA. Has no real swag. “What is defense?” Human pillow. “What does the quarterback do?” Always helps Ashley on math. #HASHTAG. Most Stressed ‘12. Does QB stand for queen bee? TO-VAN HOANG: “Hnnnggg, come to mama.” Now now, just let it happen darling, just let it happen. -chin stroke- No, no, don’t fight it. Cantaloupe. Neon orange parka. Tiny Tower. Watermelon.

DIEP: Soooooo smalllllllll. Business editor. Bright smiles. “Is this okay?” White mochi arms. Thomas Kinkade. No marinara sauce.

News Opinion AUSTIN AU-YEUNG: “Hey Austin” *grimace*. not actually that quiet. Felix’s co. basketballer. the good twin. FELIX LEE: Intimidating yet friendly. Sincere/genuine. cat. “That’s stupid.” Cat king. Fifi. Intense. Actually has feelings.

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ELLIOT PARK: “Intimidated

by the vibe of sexuality on the dance floor.” Clara Chung lover. Koolest Korean. Sucks at Monopoly Deal. Coldplay <3 Grows younger as time passes. “Parkour!” JESSICA KWOK: “OR IS IT?” YOU’RE beautiful/HEY BEAUTIFUL.“No one knows me.” Jason Mraz/Bruno Mars/ Olly Murs <3. Michael Buble <3. Knows her Frank Sinatra. Massage master. Craisin queen.

ANGELA AIE: Let’s take this outside.

Cool jersey bro. PARTY HOUSE! Voice of reason. Sometimes. Basketball star. Fashionable jacket with sweatpants. Sandals and socks. Reetika’s best fran. DON’T DROP THAT. NATHAN AU-YEUNG: Can I eat this? Can I eat that too? Are you gonna eat that? Is there more food? “SUP” Nod. Hi... Can I have some? Are you sure there’s no more? Whose is this? -squealing noisesPuts his Speedo on the table when not wearing it.

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hoto P ASHLEY XU: Dude, Pat-

rick, where’s my yo on the go. Best smelling hair. Patrick stop! What are you drawing on my book... ALLY. Iconic pole/tree hugger. Gets hit on at basketball games. “Michael, can you help me on math?” 1st semester corner child. “I’m hungry.” Seal laugh. Genuine. Loves stealing chipotle from the poor freshmen staffers.

Sir Edward James Cox II. See yoself. Ice cream cones. Sports Reporter. Has the cutest dog. Bikes everywhere. BACKGROUND BY TIFFANY WEI

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HIGH SCHOOL through the



“I started as an English and PE teacher. Walnut was only 600 or so students, and we were in a league that just had bigger schools. We got crunched. At Sierra Vista, you’d run in the back and kids would throw rocks at you - that was an experience. We started out pretty solid and had a pretty good program for a long time, and we won for the first time in ‘71. [My most memorable moment[ was winning the state meet in ‘87. It was our very first state meet, and we won Division Two. Those guys were tough. Scott Hempel couldn’t stand having some guy’s chest be in front of his. Kids today are way more sophisticated. They have more options with the advent of internet and video games - kids don’t read now. They are way more exposed to things than we ever were.” -Jim Polite, Cross Country Coach

“I started teaching AP European history when it was first started, which was about 20 years ago. At that particular time period, we didn’t have many AP classes, and it was more of a qualifying thing - you had to qualify to get into the class, demonstrate your writing ability, have a certain grade point average - that’s one of the biggest differences today.” -Donna Crisci, IB Coordinator

1985: JENG, MATH

1984: DILLABOUGH, CAMPUS MONITOR “I had a number of students who are now parents and have students here now. It takes getting used to. Some parents were mischievous as students and are now grown, responsible adults. We laugh when I say, ‘Do you remember when I wrote up that referral?’ and they’ll say, ‘Don’t tell my kid that; I was just a kid.’” -Keith Dillabough, Security Officer

Scott Hempel, State Champion

1968 Walnut High School is established

1973: MAYNARD, ART “We had a ceramics class and auto, metal, and wood shops. There used to be a kiln next to the K-building [and a display room for art.] There was a varsity art club and a varsity ceramics club. The City of Industry had sheep, and sometimes we had to wait for sheep to cross the railroad. There used to be a smoking area for students between the library and the E building.” -Bob Maynard, Art Teacher

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“I came from another school and I started here with computer classes in the business department. There was one Calc BC class and 2 AB. Now, there are 8 AB, 3 BC, and 2 IB HL classes. We used to have a large lounge where old teachers played jokes on each other - there were swimming pools in class and chairs turned upside down. It also used to be predominantly white. When I first started I was the only Asian teacher in the school, and now it’s predominantly Asian.” -Catherine Jeng, Math Teacher

2003 first IB graduating class



2001: WOOD, STUDENT & COACH & TEACHER “The food has changed, definitely. We used to always eat Hot Cheeto Fries, cup noodles, soda, and pizza. That was staple. There was no club fair, and now there’s a sea of mass people. That blew my mind. There [are] a lot more academic classes available, and students are required to put in more time for these additional classes nowadays. That takes time - your social time, your sleep time. I understand why it’s important to be raising standards, but some students forget that being well rounded is ultimately more beneficial for them as individuals. ” -Jonathan Wood, History Teacher

“I started working here in September 1979, so this would be my 33rd year at Walnut High School. I started off teaching in the history department at that period. This if before the dean system, so we had a department head in charge of social sciences and history in that particular time period. As I’m trying to think, most of the instructors were men, and they still are today.” -Rita Puzo, European History

... I had to put on a tie.”

Any changes during your time here? Sports expanded, and we got our first National Blue Ribbon. We added a block schedule, grade-level coordinators, deans, and the IB program. What was most memorable about your experience here? The people. There was a tremendous feeling of we’re all working together, and let’s make it the best that we can. At Walnut, it was kids come first. What is your impression now? You’re going through probably the toughest economic times there’s ever been. There are great programs, but not a lot of funding. I’m very impressed with what Mr. Jordan has to do. There are great teachers and staff, whether it’s the principal or custodian, really quality people. Do you still come visit? Yes, I come to the band and orchestra concerts and drama productions. I helped coach freshmen football during the previous three or four years, and I’m coming back this year. And my son is the assistant basketball coach here.

“[The music program] may be the most noticeable change outside of the physical campus changes. I started with 23 kids and I had to beat the bush to get them. We went from 23 to 400. Now, we're the biggest on our end of the valley. [We have one of the largest manuscript libraries] and the theatre is an amazing facility. Sometimes I sit in there and think, ‘it used to be just dirt.’ We’ve had world famous guest directors and guys from Hollywood. When we play music from movies, we use the original manuscripts which says a lot about the caliber of the orchestra.

The thing that I’ve noticed more than anything is the dramatic change in diversity of the school. The former principal [said] “this is going to be a place where a kid can look at another kid and not see ethnicity - they would just see kids.” He’s right, and we've been recognized for that. It's not just the various cultures. It's the Walnut culture. When I first started, I thought I wasn't going to stay. But every year there's always something around the bend, so I can't wait to see what the next thing is. I'm happy to be here.” -Buddy Clements, Band Director

“My high school experience was really great because we didn’t have the same academic requirement that the students have now so we had much more leisure time. Being in yearbook was really great because we were a tight knit group and got along well. During deadlines we would play music and bring food. I got a lot of the things I do in peer counseling from the way yearbook was run.” -Drew Johannsen, History Teacher

1986: DUTTON, VOLLEYBALL “I coached volleyball for five years, from 1986 to 1991. [My most memorable achievement as volleyball coach] was making it to second round CIF in 1991. I’ve still kept in contact with those girls. I met my husband here in the coach’s office in the September of 1986. We got engaged by December and got married that summer.” -Dutton, English Teacher

“Being named prom king was a huge, unexpected honor. It made prom ten times better. I realized what a special moment prom is, and how fitting it was to share this end to high school with all my friends and classmates. This was special because I was able to share this with my girlfriend and friend. Plus, when I get old I will tell stories to my grandchildren. I will say, ‘They used to call me PK’ and then they will be like ‘What’s that?’ I will say ‘cause I was King, Prom King!’ End of story.” -Hunter He, 12





“I was back to back Lineman of the Year my junior and senior years, but my favorite memory was beating DIamond Bar and winning the first game in the [new] stadium, which opened in my senior year, and also beating Los Altos for the first time in school history. Mr. Jordan was my line coach. [When I coached from 1995 to 2000], on Monday nights I would always drive to Jack-in-theBox with Smith to pick up dinner for film sessions. We also made CIF the first two years I coached, but I really had more fun with the staff.” -Kevin Wendland, Math Teacher

Diamond Bar is established

“I came to Walnut when the school first opened as a football coach and athletic director. I coached the football team to the playoffs. I was a teacher for ten years, and I became assistant principal after in January. There were three assistant principals. That was a transition.

Can you tell me how Walnut High School was like when you were here? The school was really small; it was only built for around 1800, and it did not come up to fill for a while. The school grew pretty rapidly because people were moving into the area. We went through a time where portables were all over school, in the front and where the softball field was. There was a time when we had a nine-period day, three different lunch hours for more time. Students still took six classes. We went from six hundred students to around twenty-nine hundred students. After Diamond Bar split, it went back to normal. There was a huge change in demographics. We were interviewed by National Geographic when they were doing a thing on migration. We were a small white community, and we assimilated so well. People coming in to Walnut, a big percentage come because they value education. The kids at school and the teachers at school really promoted that. There was a lot of campus pride; we had Saturday pride days. We used to brag about this: 86% of our teachers were involved in some co-curricuar activity, whether it be with a club, musical group, or as class adviser.

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1998: LIM, PROM KING “I think being voted prom king kind of validated what I was trying to do. I wanted to be that nerdy, smart guy that could be ‘cool’ too, I guess. I really valued ‘well-rounded-ness’ and that’s why I always had a lot of respect for scholar athletes. Being voted prom king told me that a nerdy guy can be thought of positively on this campus.” -Garrett Lim, Chemistry Teacher

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Clubs take action at Relay For Life Key Club, Interact, and American Cancer Society are a couple of the clubs participating in the 24-hour Relay for Life event this summer on Jun. 23. Relay for Life is geared toward supporting cancer survivors, fundraising and spreading awareness. Karen Ou A&E editor While it can’t be seen, heard, or touched, cancer affects the lives of millions of people. Walnut will contribute to the fight against cancer by holding its 11th Relay for Life from June 23-24 at the Mt. San Antonio College track. Many clubs and organizations, including American Cancer Society (ACS), Interact, Key Club and International Baccalaureate (IB), will be helping out at the event. “I feel like it’s one of the things that make Walnut the city it is,” Relay for Life co-team captain coordinator senior Tricia Fu said. “Most people don’t realize how prevalent cancer is, and they overlook it if it doesn’t directly affect them, but it affects everyone, even if it’s just a little.” The money raised will go toward the search for a cure for cancer. Other clubs will help by participating in and setting up for the event, fundraising, and spreading awareness. “The importance of helping out with an immense amount of members is the idea that little contributions can help establish a

great accomplishment,” Key Club cabinet member sophomore Vicky Chen said. “The people around us can share the impact that we make through fundraisers and advertisements.” For the volunteers, Relay for Life is a chance to contribute to and take part in supporting a well-known cause.

“The reason Relay For Life is a 24-hour event is because cancer never sleeps, so neither should we.” - Holly Dong, 12 “Helping out with Relay For Life gives our members the opportunity to have first-hand experience with the fight back against cancer,” American Cancer Society co-president senior Holly Dong said. “It’s important that everyone knows about the opportunity they have to make a difference by

fundraising and donating money at Relay For Life.” Over the ten years that American Cancer Society has existed, Walnut’s Relay for Life has raised a cumulative $1 million. “The overall importance with this event and what makes it so special is that Relay for Life is international, and we, as a community here in Walnut, are doing our part in the fight against cancer, which claims thousands of victims every year,” Interact club chair junior Julius Yee said. “I want the Interact cabinet members to experience an event on the international level, rather than just a local event. I feel that this will better them as people in general.” The event itself carries an important message for volunteers, participants, and the community alike. “The reason Relay For Life is a 24-hour event is because cancer never sleeps, so neither should we,” Dong said. “The idea behind this is that cancer patients don’t take a break from cancer. They have to live with it 24 hours a day, so the least we can do is walk the track and not sleep for 24 hours in their honor.” Ω


CHEERING FOR A CAUSE: Key Club member freshman Alejandra Madrigal shouts for passers-by to donate during a fundraising drive to support Relay for Life. Key Club is one of many to participate.

Fishing for first place at national competition

Sophomore Vicky Chen continues to follow her passion for art, taking her all the way to a prestigious national art competition. Angela Aie Sports editor

CREATING HER MASTERPIECE (CLOCKWISE): Sophomore Vicky Chen contemplates

golden trout qualifying her for national competition in the 10th-12th grade age group.


Sophomore Vicky Chen placed first in the State-Fish Art Contest with her oil painting of the golden trout, the California state fish. She will attend an award ceremony at Clinton Presidential Center in Arkansas on Jun. 6 and represent California in the 10th-12th grade age group in the national competition against 142 artists from 47 states. What started out as an extension of her passion for art, ended with her high achievement, placing first in her second art competition. “At first it was unbelievable. California is a huge state and this was only my second art competition, so I wasn’t expecting to win. It was quite a shock, but I was really proud of myself,” Chen said. Instead of being discouraged by not placing in her previous competition, Chen took what she learned into the next competition, which landed her a spot in the nationals. “I just thought of my first competition as an experience,” Chen said. “I learned that it’s really important to have a strong theme and a lot of time to prepare. The first time I rushed, but this time I was more confident because I committed more time and effort to the painting.” After seeing the work of past

winners, Chen was inspired to create a new interpretation of the fish, drawing seven fish instead of the standard one or two, all the while focusing on perspective and color. “The paintings of past competitors were very precise and detailed, but I wanted [my fish] to be more free-styled,” Chen said. “My painting is different because the main component isn’t in the center. Each of the fish is drawn from a different perspective. On every little area on the painting, I used a different color to demonstrate the central theme of vibrant color.” Even though she won first place, Chen finds that the experience benefits her more than the win does. “There’s always new things for me to learn. In every competition I get to use different techniques for every theme. Of course the winning part is the best, but I thought the theme development was really fun as well,” Chen said. Her achievement will not only inspire her to continue with competitions but also influence her to continue pursuing art as a passion. “I’ve seen how art can impact people. It has the power to brighten someone’s day or make someone happy and that’s why I love art so much,” Chen said. “I don’t know what I’ll become in the future but whatever career I pursue, art will always stay as my hobby and passion.” Ω

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Walk. Jump. Run. Parkour. Discipline and creativity are among the many traits junior William Zhuang has taught himself in the pursuit of his interest in parkour. Although parkour is just a hobby for Zhuang, he has found a way to develop his character in other facets of his life.


ROLLING IN THE DEEP (LEFT TO RIGHT): Samantha Gomes Staff writer Once a month, junior William Zhuang takes one full day out of his demanding IB schedule to practice parkour, a type of movement that involves manipulating obstacles to move from place to place. Parkour can include jumping through rails and climbing walls to get places as efficiently as possible. Through parkour, Zhuang has acquired a different perspective of the way he disciplines himself.

“Parkour is basically physical discipline. It’s similar to martial arts, except you aren’t fighting anyone. Your only goal is to get from one place to another by overcoming any obstacles in your way as efficiently as possible,” Zhuang said. Zhuang discovered parkour during the December of his sophomore year, and was instantly drawn to the exciting feel of it. “I saw a tutorial on Youtube and thought it looked like a lot of fun, so I began imitating the moves off the videos,” Zhuang said. “Parkour

is a really big part of my life now, because even when I can’t practice, I can look at the world around me and imagine myself doing it. I’m always practicing in my head.” Zhuang finds himself picturing all the different ways he could move around everyday sights all the time. “Whenever I see a picture of someone on Facebook, I only look at the obstacles in the background of the picture and how I’d overcome them,” Zhuang said. “When I see a rail at a stadium, I try to think of a bunch of different ways I can move around it.

I think about going up and down the bleachers, over the rails, or jump the fence.” Zhuang was initially afraid of getting injured from dangerous moves. “I was afraid I would never accomplish anything. It took me a while to overcome the fear barrier, but after I did, the feeling was exhilarating. After I went past the mental block of not doing something, I was able to set my mind to it,” said Zhuang. Zhuang has tried to inform others

of parkour by introducing it to a few of his friends. The group meets once or twice a week over the summer and holidays to practice together. He teaches them the basics and hopes to see them grow as individuals through parkour. “My friends think that it’s pretty cool, so I got a few to join me. They’ve been really good at it, and are getting better really quickly. I just wanted to help them develop their own abilities- the thinking aspect of parkour comes with doing it and seeing new paths.” Ω

Fanfiction writer adds her own style

With the support of the fan bases she writes for, senior Laura Lim writes pages of fanfiction to put her own twist on different works.



To-Van Hoang Feature editor Senior Laura Lim drives herself home from school, finishes all her

homework like any responsible student would, then sits herself down to dish out some quality fanfiction. What’s fanfiction, you ask? It’s taking the characters and worlds of

other visionaries and taking them into your own hands in written form in your own stories. “Fanfiction can be anything you want it to be,” Lim said. “A lot of the times, especially for big fandoms, there are these really huge discrepancies that you want to fix (like with Marvel and DC), where you don’t agree with the writers, or just things you want to happen differently, and with fanfiction, you can make what you want happen.” Although Lim began exploring her creativity through the worlds of different fandoms (the community that surrounds a specific book, movie, show, or game) in the sixth grade, she only started taking her writing seriously last summer. “I just really felt like it again. I was surprised to see that I was kind of good at it,” Lim said. “I kept writing, and next thing you know, I’m writing over a thousand words a day. It’s because I’m incapable of anything other than 1000 words. I get upset personally when someone goes under 1000 words, so I write that minimum

for myself.” Writing 1000 thought-out words a day seems quite the daunting task to a student who already has homework to finish, but since Lim started writing again in August of 2011, she has been diligent in completing her self-assigned task. “It was in sophomore year that I read a Ray Bradbury quote. They were talking about how he was a master short story writer, and we were listening to an interview of his in class,” Lim said. “He himself said he sat down and wrote so many words per day, and got better at writing that way. I wanted to get better at it, so I did the same.” Despite being such a prolific writer, Lim receives some outside help in finding a direction for some of her stories. “I take prompts and I fill them. What I first did was go to the Young Justice Anonymous Literature Prompt Table, where people went on anonymous and prompted whatever they wanted to see and you would go in and write what they wanted

for them,” Lim said. “If you had no ideas of your own, you would write for other people. That’s how I started writing fanfiction again.” Along with completing hundreds of prompts and fills over the months, Lim has built up an impressive collection of fanfiction series written to themes, called verses. “Right now, I have an ongoing series based off the meaning of flowers, and I have a series based on literary devices just because I’m a literary nerd and I like my literary devices,” Lim said. “I have a synesthesia verse, canto, meter, god in the machine verse…there are just a lot.” Focusing the bulk of her efforts in the DC, Supernatural, and Marvel fandoms, Lim has given herself lots of practice developing different kinds of characters. “Fanfiction expands your knowledge of characters,” Lim said. “There’s headcanon, but fanfiction allows you to explore little nuances that writers don’t have the time for. You can go more in-depth.” Ω

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Freshmen Orientation IN PHOTOS

CLOCKWISE: Junior Sienna Serrano and freshman Destiny Pai alternate side kicks while leading two lines. // Sophomores Emily Huang, Ashley Winters, Veronica Carrasco and Sabrina Verduzco perform the spirit sequence building up to the pyramid. // Junior David Peig, sophomore Enrique Abreu, senior Dansel De Luna, sophomore Dylan Chng, junior Danray Briones and senior Vincent Dao perform “The Longest Time” by Billy Joel. // Sophomore Bryan Ko “pulses” to the music with other members of WHAM. // Seniors Kyra Yong and Karissa Munoz and junior Emma Aragon perform the skit “The Secret Word” from SNL. // Sophomore Jessica Huang executes the move “Attitude” in a Van Helsing themed routine. PHOTOS BY JUSTIN KANG, MICHAEL AIE AND ASHLEY XU

Eighth graders watch WHS perform Band performs in Parade Organizations give the incoming freshmen catch a glimpse of the next four years of their high school lives through lively performances and school pride. Vanessa Chou Staff writer The organizations on campus all took part in giving the incoming freshmen class a first look at what high school will be like during the freshmen orientation on Friday, May 11. The Dance team performed to “Mi Amore,” a kick routine that has been one of its year-round competitive dances. “I hope they will learn that the kick is tough, but that you can have fun with it. In the same way, high school isn’t something to be scared of,” dance team member junior Denise Pai said. “Their first look at high school is very important because that is how they are going to set their goals and know what their future will be like.” Jazz band played the blues tune “I’ve Heard That Song Before” from a previous concert, featuring senior Elizabeth Horn as a guest solo singer in the performance. “Having the organizations perform teaches the freshmen that

they’ll need to become more social and become more active in high school,” Jazz Band member senior Lance David said. “Freshmen are pretty important since they’re the future of the high school, and from this they’ll learn about our environment and how to make decisions later on.” Color Guard performed its Van Helsing Winter Guard routine with rifles, flags and large banners. “I hope Color Guard’s performance gave off a good impression so when tryouts come around again next year, girl and boys would want to join and be a part of the team,” Color Guard member senior Katherine Cantillo said. “Orientation is extremely important to the freshmen because they’re new to the entire idea of high school and coming to visit and seeing all high school has to offer gives them a chance to decide where they’d fit in during their four years.” Drama presented a Saturday Night Live short skit, named “The Secret Word,” to show the incoming freshmen the appeal of drama. “We wanted to perform a scene

from SNL before we graduated because the characters are so dramatic and that’s what these characters are all about,” Drama member senior Karissa Munoz said. To help make the eighth graders look forward to becoming high school students, the band members tried to influence them by showing their spirit and pride for their school. “The freshmen this year were very enthusiastic, I believe, because we were very enthusiastic,” Marching Band member sophomore Emily Hsu said. “We give the freshmen something to look forward to. They’re just there to get their registration date, so we show them a more fun side of high school.” All the organizations performed their best in the hopes of appealing to some of the incoming freshmen for the following years. “It’s great that we performed at freshmen orientation because I decided to join drama when I saw my freshmen orientation and being one of the people able to perform for the freshmen, it feels like I’ve come full circle,” Munoz said. Ω

Band will compete in its last parade in Monterey Park as part of the city’s annual celebration. Amy Lee Staff writer Marching Band will compete with around 10 other schools in its last parade on May 19 as part of Monterey Park’s annual “Birthday Celebration.” “I feel we are prepared because we practice everyday, and through the band captains, section leaders, drum majors and the directors, I think the band will be able to win and keep its championship,” assistant drum major junior Jason Lee said. “Personally, I focus on putting on a show, not ‘we won this or that.’ It’s good to win, but it’s more fun making people happy.” In past years, Walnut took sweepstakes, the highest award in the parade. The band also usually places highly for drum major and auxiliary which includes Color Guard. “The thing I like about Band is that we’re all equals, that no single person can make more of a difference. We march as one, we’re a team. And this really motivates us all to do our

best, because we all have an equal impact on how we look and how we sound,” freshman Bobbie Chen said. Playing its usual parade competition song, Band hopes its performance of “Fairest of the Fair” by John Philip Sousa will be a meaningful one for all the band members, especially for the seniors. “Of all of the other parades, the Monterey Park is one of the ones that is least liked because it is a little less exciting than the others, but for the seniors, it’s kind of one of those bittersweet parades,” senior Kat Simonelli said. “You’re all excited to be a senior, and then you’re sad because you’re almost done at the same time.” After preparing all semester, this last parade competition provides closure for the year. “The juniors– now seniors– helped me a lot during freshman year, and they became some of my best friends,” sophomore Aurora Ling said. “I just want to cherish this last parade I have with them.” Ω

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sings at Collegewood Spring Pops concert ends year Choir Women’s Ensemble and Chamber Singers will Jazz Band and Orchestra performed a variety of jazz classics at their annual Spring Pops concert, with guest singers from Choir and Dr. Clements himself.

perform at Collegewood for elementary students.

Angela Aie Sports editor The annual Spring Pops Concert on May 10 consisted of a joint performance from Jazz Band and Orchestra. “I felt that the concert went pretty well. It’s fun to collaborate with the Jazz Band,” concert master senior Jeremy Hsu said. “To top it off, Dr. Clements surprised us all when he announced that he would end the concert singing a tribute for his mother.” Other guest singers included senior Elizabeth Horn and juniors Toni Gallardo and Shi Fan. “I was really excited. I love Jazz Band, and I’ve been wanting to sing with them for a long time, so it was really fun,” Gallardo said. The guest performances and the big band jazz pieces featured music such as “I Remember You” by Frank Sinatra and many of his other works. “It was really fun getting to work with Jazz Band. We played a lot of pop songs we normally don’t get to play,” violinist senior Peter Lee said. “It’s music that people can connect to and are more familiar with.” The concert’s wide variety in song choices helped engage not only the audience members, but also the participating musicians. “It’s very unique working with orchestra because you get to work with other musicians,” trombone player and Jazz Band member senior Tammy Huang said. “I thought it was a good way to end my last concert because the songs were really interesting and we got to work with



PLAYING THAT TUNE (CLOCKWISE): Sophomore Harris Liou, juniors Grant Hoh, Daniel Pham, sophomore Helen Fann, freshman Kelly Seto, sophomore Emily Hsu, and seniors Lois Yang and Nana Chen perform jazz songs while paying attention to the direction of Dr. Clements. singers, which was really nice.” Despite some obstacles, the concert met the musicians’ expectations. Although this is the last concert for seniors, some plan on continuing with music in the future. “Even though the Orchestra and Jazz members and some select Band


members were not able to practice together all at once, we still managed to bring the piece together and play well,” senior Jacqueline Ko said. “I’ll continue music in college because it’s a lot of fun to be able to experience different types of music and to play with different types of musicians.” Ω

THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC: Senior Michelle Yee and the rest of the Chamber Singers concentrate while practicing an a capella number. Lynze Tom “They’re all really excited, and Staff writer when a boy dances with a girl they would go, ‘Ew!’ At Suzanne, it’s Chamber Singers and Women’s different because we can see if they’re Ensemble held a collaborative interested in joining [next year] or performance today, May 18, at the not,” Chamber Singers member Collegewood Carnival. senior Jaemelene Rodrigo said. “It’s going to be a little fun thing Chamber Singers and to do, and it’s what Choir is all about. Women’s Ensemble hoped to show I like how the atmosphere isn’t super Collegewood students what choir serious and how it’s enjoyable for does and how enjoyable it is through everyone,” Chamber Singers member their performance. senior Leo Cho said. “This is a way for them to see Experienced at singing during what we do and how we perform, and events, these two choirs worked so hopefully it will inspire them to together to perform a wide variety of join Choir when they grow up a little upbeat styles of music. bit more,” Rowley said. “It’s a fun, more relaxed Performing in the Collegewood performance, and it’s really cool Carnival helped give Choir the that all the little kids look up to us exposure it needed. and it’s kind of our last performance “The choir isn’t the most with Chamber,” Women’s Ensemble important at Walnut High so it’s nice member junior Megan Rowley said. to go into the community and let Instead of performing for peers, them know we’re here and to provide Chamber Singers and Women’s entertainment for them,” Chamber Ensemble adjusted their performances Singers member sophomore Cassie to cater to a younger audience. Pong said. Ω

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Drama holds May Show The Drama department presents a variety show to end the year and show its talents. Jacqueline Sotoodeh Staff writer The annual May Show drama production was held on May 17 at 7 p.m. This year the show was named “How Do You Measure a Year” in honor of the final song they performed. “The title of the show is perfect and definitely sums up everything and everyone we love in Drama,” sophomore Jared Lindsay said. “It really shows how we feel about everything we do in Drama as a whole, and it connects us.” Improvisational, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Suzanne Drama performed a collection of different scenes, songs and monologues. “Suzanne performed last year in our May Show and they were all very nice. I thought that

their performances were good, and I could tell they worked hard on them,” junior Emma Aragon said. “Suzanne has some talented young performers and having them also gives the variety we want for our May Show.” The drama students are trying to show off all the different drama styles that can be performed, such as songs, duets, scenes from movies, monologues and detasc scenes, which takes long scenes and condenses them. “Drama is exciting because it’s hard to get tired of since we are able to explore so many different aspects. There’s improv, pantomimes, directing pieces and writing pieces, among many others. Each one is so unique and requires a specific set of skills but that’s just part of the fun,” sophomore Charmae Astillero said. Ω

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Are you Fond’ a Don Chon?

Fonda Don Chon offers a variety of Mexican cuisines that contributes to the authentic Mexican atmosphere, making meals hard to resist. Jackson Deng Staff writer


In a modest alley down Covina, a Mexican style abode stands with a plaque bearing the words, “…a Fonda is a small economic restaurant known for its traditional dishes and home-style cooking,” a motto that Fonda Don Chon’s food follows. The medium-sized restaurant offers traditional Mexican-style favorites, and the home-style cooking with the larger restaurant feel combine to make a worthy experience. Complimentary chips and salsa

arrived as soon as I sat down, and the smooth salsa had a spicy kick that’s hard to find these days. For an entrée, I had “Filete Sarandeado,” fish basted in chili with rice and beans, and “Mexican Comal,” jumbo shrimp with grilled beef and potatoes. The fish was noticeably spicy, but not overwhelmingly so, and mixed well with the maize tortillas provided. The “Mexican Comal” had chewy, flavorful shrimp, but the beef that accompanied it was a bit too tough for my liking. To drink, I had a lemon Jarritos, a kind of fizzy, alternative Sprite,

and horchata aguas frescas. While the Jarritos weren’t anything too surprising, the horchata aguas frescas were refreshingly sweet, almost like milk tea with hints of cinnamon and other spices. Keeping in tune with its Mexican roots, Fonda Don Chon also has an authentic local atmosphere, playing Spanish music throughout the restaurant, as well as an architectural theme strongly influenced by small, clay houses to accompany its pleasant food. Anyone looking for genuine Mexican food need not look further than Fonda Don Chon. Ω

John Mayer “Born and Raised” in his new album

John Mayer finds a sense of maturity and conveys his new unknown side of himself in his upcoming album, “Born and Raised.” Jefferey Huang Staff writer With a new hairdo and unshaven facial hair, a completely different John Mayer has been Born and Raised in his fifth album, and in more ways than one. He has created a new style and edge that I, as a fan, have been so desperately waiting to see. Set to be released on May 22, Born and Raised slowly revealed itself

as the “mature album” for Mayer. John Mayer has reached the point in his career where his songs begin to take a deeper meaning beyond the raspy, soothing country voice. I found this to be true when I came across his single “Shadow Days.” When he sang about how he’s grown, it’s easy to see the purpose of the entire album. The passion he brought into these songs capture not only how he felt but also captured his


thoughts. As a fan of rap for its ability to communicate feelings into words and a fan of soft rock for its calming ability, I found “Shadow Days” a perfect fusion of genres. In “Born and Raised,” the title track, Mayer diverged from his normal genre. With a harmonica and a guitar, he created the country feel we’re used to as a guide into the new genre, where he surprised with a new twist. His voice captured the qualities

of Adele’s “Somebody Like You” in the chorus and created a new R&B side of himself. This album is definitely a step forward from past albums. Mayer has found a way to add enough zest to satisfy people that are tired of hearing the same song with a different title, but retained those beloved country and soft rock qualities that allowed his new album to be played nonstop. Ω


Something Tealicious Despite its small size, Tealicious has a light flavor and is sure to surpass all expectations with its quality of food and drink. Belle Sun Staff writer

milk tea itself is definitely something I would go back to Tealicious for, and I’m certainly willing to try other drinks on the menu. At this tiny restaurant located in Diamond My meal took a bit longer to arrive Bar, I expected mediocre food and service than I thought it would take, but I was not from Tealicious. With slow business on a disappointed. The dish came with mildly Sunday afternoon, I wondered how the quality spiced popcorn chicken, side veggies including of the food would be at a restaurant like broccoli and boiled cabbage and rice with this. ground pork on top. I received a good Without any music playing amount of meat, and it looked delicious. throughout the restaurant, the only thing I Coated with much less batter than other could hear was the humming and rattling stores’ popcorn chicken, my chicken of the machines in the kitchen, providing had just the right amount of crispness on a rather uncomfortable eating quarters. the outside. The chicken was naturally Because the area was so small and there flavorful and juicy, and I think it is safe to wasn’t much business, the restaurant had say that I have officially become a fan of a much more awkward atmosphere than Tealicious popcorn chicken. most restaurants. The vegetables were I ordered a boba pleasantly similar to the milk tea and popcorn taste my mother cooks chicken rice from a at home, not too much waitress who looked oil or flavoring. I left like she really didn’t the restaurant satisfied want to be there. Energetic, but not sluggish, which happy service has always was nice, considering how been something extra that I greasy and dense meals can appreciate. be when eating out. However, the quality of Although the service the food surprised me with could have been a little how well it corresponded with better, Tealicious gives a my taste. The milk tea was refreshing take on the often much creamier than any other unhealthy experience of eating milk tea I have ever tasted, out. Providing lighter flavors and the boba was exceptional. than most restaurants while Unlike most bobas, the boba in maintaining the qualities of my drink was soft, chewy, and satisfying and thorough meals, flavorful and I could actually taste Tealicious is a place I will be PHOTO BY BELLE SUN the brown sugar flavor. The boba visiting again in the near future. Ω

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(82) Days of Summer Vacation L.A. County Museum of Art Huntington Library As a way to relax and spend your summer break, visit famous museums throughout the area that are open with new exhibits.

Jessica You Staff writer


Spencer Lin Guest writer The first thing that comes to mind when exploring downtown LA is the vast amount of tourists attractions – especially museums. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) stands out as one of the most popular museums that visitors come to every year. Granite stone steps pile up next to an intricately designed waterfall that flows beautifully down in the front entrance. The overhead of slow jazz music accompanies cafe guests and flows throughout the entrance to present a feel-good atmosphere. Permanent exhibits such as the Japanese, American and Roman buildings offer impressive and famous structures. At the moment, the LACMA publicizes a special Feminist centered art collection that features the renowned painting “Frieda Kahlo.” The first exhibit that caught my eye was the Japanese Cultural Arts exhibit. Smooth green walls were arranged in an octagonal shape with each wall lined with paintings of

geishas and dragons. In front of each painting, an electronic buzzer allows visitors to hear more about the specific piece of art. The information provided an alternative to following a tour guide and this allowed me to explore the exhibits at my own pace. Although the Japanese exhibit was impressive, the LACMA offers an even more extensive plethora of exhibits. The museum features an stunning collection of Chinese art and a grandiose display of paintings dated from ancient times. I would highly recommend anyone to explore the Contemporary Art Building first. Besides the extensive presentation of artworks, the LACMA provides a small outdoor patio where visitors can rest. The famous “Urban Lamps” stand near the side entrance and while the arrangement of the lamps seems simple, the sculpture provides a sophisticated eye-candy that sets the LACMA apart. Overall, although the museum is located in a packed area, the museum’s amount of attractions and exhibits makes for a worthwhile venture into downtown LA. Ω

Norton Simon Museum


PIECE OF ART: (CLOCKWISE): An assortment of statues are located on the exterior of the museum. // Statues are placed throughout the museum to show the human body in motion. // To show the art of architecture, houses are displayed in an exhibit.

Imagine walking through rows of beautiful roses under a brilliant sunshine. The smell of nature follows you wherever you go, and the cool breeze refreshes you. So what is this enchanting place? It’s the Huntington Library in San Marino, home to century-old scrolls and abstract art. The name is very commonplace, but au contraire, the Huntington Library is not your everyday library. Visitors are greeted by a beautiful expanse of the library’s famed and stunning botanical gardens, divvied into the Australian, desert, Japanese, and Chinese gardens. As I walked, I was fascinated by how realistic every area looked. No matter where you walk, you’ll be enchanted by the beautiful flowers and intricate the designs that the landscapers have created. It’s worth the walk, and you might get a profile picture while you’re at it. The library also boasts an archive’s worth of books. Albeit rows and rows of bookshelves and bookcases, the library doubles as a museum for ancient texts. It is home to thousands of books, including the Gutenberg Bible and even Newton’s works. As a survivor of AP European History this year, the historical literature was particularly intriguing, so for you bookworms and history-lovers out there, this will satisfy your dialectical appetite. As a part of its bold all-in-one mission, the Huntington Library also incorporates a large collection of artwork, ranging from modernday ink etchings to well-preserved, 300-year-old paintings. As an

Elliot Park Opinion editor Summer’s right around and when it comes to museums, the Norton Simon Museum doesn’t seem to amount to much. On paper, it lacks the grandiose of The Getty Center or the gardens of The Huntington Library or any standout aspect for that matter. But what it does offer is a colossal collection of paintings and sculptures and a simple, yet memorable escape into the art world. The art collection is massive, with works ranging from the early Renaissance to the post-modern movement. The sheer amount of artwork is daunting at first, but for the most part, it’s easy to get from place to place. However, while the permanent collection itself is diverse, new exhibitions usually come around every three to four months, meaning


AROUND THE WORLD (CLOCKWISE): The Chinese gardens feature the architectual elements of China. // On the way to the Japanese gardens, a row of trees are created as a pathway. // Greek statues are artist, myself, I embraced various sketching techniques and the many beautiful decorations. If this still doesn’t seem to satisfy you, just keep walking onwards and you’ll have the option of either a tropical conservatory or an exhibit room. Give the library a day, a week, a month if you need it. There’s no travelling the world through centuries

past in one day. Likewise, there’s no visiting all of the Huntington Library in just one day. Walk through the roses. Let the cool breeze refresh you, because it’s not just a library. When you visit, there is something for everyone and you’ll surely find something that you love. This enchanting place is surely the eighth wonder of the world. Ω

once you’ve seen it all, you’ve probably seen it all. Still, the art selection is noteworthy and large enough to keep you busy during your stay. Aside from the art itself, the Norton Simon offers an ideal setting for any avid art viewer. The relatively small number of visitors that were there during my visit made for a quiet, almost private setting. And while the place itself appears compact from the outside, its expansive halls and massive, auditorium-sized rooms offer enough room for even the largest crowd of tourists. So even if you don’t find the art intriguing, at least you’ll be able to appreciate the tranquil atmosphere. The sculpture garden outside of the museum is, like the museum, small but appreciable. A handful of modernist sculptures are spaced across the garden, with a pond in the center. It’s easy to get over from the

museum interior to the exterior, so finding your way out won’t be a problem. The sculptures themselves aren’t anything spectacular, but the relaxing vibe allows for a nice diversion from the main attraction. In regards to food, the museum cafe offers little more than a minor selection of frozen sandwiches, chips and assorted drinks, so don’t expect any gourmet cuisine. But remember, you’re in Old Town Pasadena, which is chock full of restaurants of all kinds, from pasta shops to sushi houses and so on. The shopping isn’t too bad either, with stores like American Apparel and Vans only a few minutes walk away from the Norton Simon. All in all, even though nothing stands out as truly mind-blowing, The Norton Simon Museum, with its plethora of art, tranquil gardens and excellent location, is undoubtedly worth an afternoon daytrip. Ω

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Brandon Croom represents Walnut at All Star Game Croom represented the Mustangs in the ninth annual All-Star Game of the San Gabriel Valley. Spencer Wu Staff writer Senior varsity basketball captain Brandon Croom, the high-flying dunker wearing number 11, was the sole representative from Walnut in the ninth annual StarNews/Tribune All-Star Game at Damien High School on April 28. “I felt honored to play because it really shows what it takes to succeed over the years,” Croom said. “Personally, it meant something to me and it pushes me to work harder in my future.” Croom played against the best basketball players from schools in the San Gabriel Valley featured in the Pasadena Star-News and the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. “I did whatever I could to help the team win, and I put my best effort to put on a good show,” Croom said. “It was a fun experience that I enjoyed because this game was more relaxed than other games, but I still wanted to win, so I had to be competitive.” Competing against elite players from schools such as Damien, Rowland and Bonita, Croom filled up the stat sheet by scoring ten points, corralling three rebounds and dishing out two assists. “I felt excited about being part of the game,” Croom said. “I felt I had to represent the school in a strong way to show people what Walnut basketball is all about.” Croom plans to play at Valley College for two years, get a scholarship to a university and continue to PHOTO BY SPENCER WU play the sport he has grown up with. Ω

Walnut competes in indoor soccer league Walnut students play indoor soccer games every Monday at the Big League Dream Sports Park. Michael Aie Staff writer Walnut soccer players have formed an indoor soccer team that competes in a men’s league at Big League Dreams Sports Park at West Covina every Monday. “I like indoor [soccer] because it’s really fast and intense, which is good because you have to adapt and get used to the speed of play,” junior Andrew Almeida said. Each team in indoor soccer has seven players on the field including goalkeepers, while a regular match has 11 players. “I like playing seven-on-seven because of the game’s physicality. The playing style of the game gets us in shape and keeps all of us fit, so we’re more ready for season,” junior Julian Avila said. The team was formed to prepare for next year’s soccer season because varsity did not reach CIF the past season. Next year’s roster will include all of the indoor players, which has 10 players, nine of which are varsity and one junior varsity. “This is all about people who are going to be on varsity next year. We’re trying to prepare for next year because we have a really good team and we want to reach CIF. I play


GOAL: Junior Nick Medaris protects the ball from sophomore Alfredo Rodriguez during practice. because I get to have fun; it helps me stay fit and it prepares me for the coming season,” junior Nick Medaris said. Through the 10 league games and the playoffs, Walnut’s indoor team hopes to build team chemistry. “Playing indoor will help us as a team because we will get to see how we play together, and build to get more comfortable around each other, so we can reach our goal next season,” Almeida said. Ω

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Baseball wins last league game Softball wins 8-7 Playing its last season game, the varsity softball Despite its recent losses in league, the varsity baseball team capped up the season with a home victory of 3-1 over the Diamond Ranch Panthers.

team won a close game against Diamond Ranch.

Kent Hsieh Staff writer The varsity baseball team pulled through with a 3-1 victory against Diamond Ranch on May 8. “We were trying to finish off the season the way we wanted to, and we were going to go all out,” junior Austin Wasielewski said. “We wanted to be aggressive at the plate, play good defense, have good situational hitting and jump out to an early lead and hold it to win this last game.” The baseball team hit consistently to score its three runs throughout the first five innings. “We wanted to go out on a good record. We were going all out, so we got three strikes on batters, hit the ball well, scored runs and got on the base pretty often,” junior Wyatt Franta said. In the sixth and seventh inning, Diamond Ranch gained momentum as it scored its only run of the game, but Walnut’s pitching put in late efforts to strike out the rest of the Panthers’ batters. Despite this season’s overall


HEY BATTER BATTER (LEFT TO RIGHT): Sophomore Celeste Brown delivers the ball to home plate.// Junior Kelsey Carr hits the

HOME RUN: Senior Conlan MacKenzie pitches a fast ball to the batter. // Senior Ryan Chavira takes a few practice swings at the plate before his crucial at bat. performance, the baseball team looks to improve its record next year. “We’re spending more time together, practicing harder, and building a desire to win. We want to improve on our hitting and get more repetitions in with our bats,” junior Robert Iwasaki said. Ω

players already on base.


Powder Puff game gears into action The annual game features juniors and experienced seniors. Eddie Cox Senior journalist Senior girls and junior girls drilled on the football and soccer fields behind the stadium after school for three weeks in preparation for the 16th annual Powder Puff game. Football players who have played on the team for three years coached the girls on drills, such as getting off the line of scrimmage, blocking rushing linebackers and running simple routes. “The football players are really patient with us because most of us don’t really play football,” safety and wide receiver, senior Clarisse Magtoto said. “They show us the


PROTECT THE QUARTERBACK: Seniors Sabrina Valdez and Gabriela Compolongo rush the offensive linemen to sack the quarterback. basics.” Junior football players will be selling tickets for $5 to raise money in support the football team. “Because of the budget cuts, it is necessary to do things like this to continue the football program,” head football coach Mike O’ Shields, who is organizing the Powder Puff game, said. The football team, which runs on an annual budget of around $50,000, according to O’ Shields,

uses revenue from the Powder Puff game to purchase equipment for its players such as helmets and shoulder pads. The juniors hope to make a comeback after losing to the seniors last year 0-6. “We know that the seniors aren’t going to take it easy on us because it’s their senior year,” center, junior Dominiq Baca-Diego said. “They want to come out with a win, but we’re not going to hand it to them.” Ω

Nelson Chen mentors students from APU

Nelson Chen welcomed students from Azusa Pacific to teach sports medicine. Andreas Arteaga Staff writer Many students know Nelson Chen as our athletics trainer who is always there to assist athletes in on-field, emergency situations. However, he also serves and teaches as the clinical instructor for a group of students participating in the Athletic

Training Education Program (ATEP) from the Azusa Pacific University (APU). “I teach them the hands-on skills necessary to be successful in athletic training. I reinforce the material they are taught in the classroom,” Chen said. Chen begins his teaching after school with a lecture, followed by a

hands-on demonstration. The students must meet the university’s weekly 25-hour requirement. Many of the hands-on lessons taught include injury evaluations, preventive taping, adminstrative paperwork and immediate care. “Just to inspire them, to introduce them to health care is a very rewarding type of job,” Chen says. Ω

Spencer Wu Staff writer Closing out its season, varsity softball ended its campaign with a win against Diamond Ranch 8-7 on May 8. “We played phenomenally. We didn’t make any errors, and it was one of the best games we played because we played together as a team,” sophomore Celeste Ortega said. “Our season wasn’t really good, but we came together in the end with a lot of hard work.” The pitching duel resulted in lots of runs and hits for the batters.

“Team bonding was great, so there weren’t any major problems that broke down the team, but the only thing was losing players because of injuries,” senior Ari Anaya said. “I enjoyed being with the team because they’re all a group of good kids. I think we could’ve won more games, but we made every game count.” Despite the injuries sustained by both pitchers and catchers, which further hindered their playoff aspirations, the seniors worked their hardest to end the season on a high note. “For everything that happened this year, instead of giving up, we played our best towards the end of the season,” senior Elaine Brown said. “I really wanted to win my Senior Day game, so I was trying everything in my power to make sure we did. ” Ω

Brown recruited to Florida Inst. Tech. Softball Team Brown continues her softball career as a Panther. Michael Hyun Feature editor Senior softball varsity captain Elaine Brown was scouted in February by the Florida Institution of Technology softball team, the Panthers. “I was excited that the coach talked to me, but I was also a little nervous,” Brown said. “I just think that getting a scholarship was one of my greatest achievements in my life.” Brown’s involvement in not only the school softball team but also in an outside travel team, known as the California Thunders, helped her

name get around to college coaches nationwide. “It’s pretty nerve-wracking because college coaches stand right there, and you have to perform, but at the same time it’s really cool how they come and watch you play,” Brown said. “It’s a good learning experience and a good thing for us to have to do.” Prior to her decision, Brown received a 48-hour tour of the school and was offered a partial scholarship. “I called the coach and told her I would go to her school, so that day I was really happy and excited, and she was excited for me to be on the team,” Brown said. Ω

“I just think that getting a scholarship was one of my greatest achievements in my life.” - Elaine Brown, 12

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Swim finishes with CIF finals



Winning multiple first places at league championships, swim made CIF finals.

Spring sports have finished league finals and are preparing to play against stiff competition at CIF.

Track and Field makes CIF prelims Track and Field competed in the Southern CIF preliminaries but did not qualify to move onto finals.


JUST KEEP SWIMMING: Freshman Theresa Lo takes a breath during Alvin Wan Tech editor Over a dozen swimmers competed at CIF on May 11, with approximately half of them returning for finals the following day. “Swimming is my life, and CIF was like an obstacle to overcome.

It was just another meet to show me how far I have come from the beginning of the year,” sophomore Nicole Phan said. “The experience I had this year was nerve-wracking, but fun and exciting.” Three freshmen competed this year: Sarah Le and Theresa Lo on the 400 free and 200 IM relays, with

Bryan Dao for the 100 back. “Nervousness was all I had in my head, but when the referee blew the whistle [for the 100 backstroke], everything drained from my head,” Dao said. “Swimming is a way to release stress and anger. I concentrate on my stroke and speed rather than my school or family life.” Just a week prior to CIF and in a last-ditch effort, the girls’ team made two relay cuts at league championships, eventually moving on to place first at league finals. They were entered into CIF and ended up swimming best times. “Qualifying for CIF was a big accomplishment for me. I had so much fun and I’m hoping to have another memorable swim season next year,” Le said. “I love every practice and every meet because my friends are there to create such great memories with me.” Ω

Boys’ Golf ends season in CIF first round Boys’ golf made it to CIF first round, but did not advance due to a low ranking. Leon Ho Staff writer


PERFECT LANDING (CLOCKWISE): Junior Alex Lin gets ready to

Eddie Cox Senior journalist Track and field broke several personal records at CIF prelims in Trabuco Hills on May 12, but none of the athletes moved on to CIF finals. To move on to CIF finals, athletes had to place in the top nine in their events among others from across division one of the CIF Southern Section. The girls 4x100 relay team broke its personal record with a time of 49.2 seconds. “I was nervous at first because it was my first year at track and I was at CIF competing with really good people,” freshman Richard Rycraw said. “When I got there I calmed down and just did my thing.” The pole vault team clinched four out of the six places to qualify for CIF prelims with Diamond Bar

taking the other two spots. “The competition went well. but I just needed one more height to go to the next round,” senior Chesley Ekelem said, who vaulted 10’ 3”, six inches shy of moving on to CIF finals. “CIF has always been very amazing because the athletes are really good. I was surrounded by dedicated and passionate people.” Head coach Keith Thompson has planned a year-round track program for athletes, which includes practicing over the summer and running with the Cheetahs Running Club, which is coached by Steve Shapiro. “I felt that our season started off excellently, but I think that some returners need to reevaluate their commitment if they want to come back next year,” head coach Keith Thompson said. “Overall, I was very happy with the attitude athletes put forth.” Ω

but, collectively, had a score too high to advance. “Coming second in league was a great accomplishment as a team, but we had lost two of our best and most experienced players before CIF,” Alvarez said. “My expectations for that day was to score under 100; sadly I wasn’t able to, but going to CIF for the first time was enough for self glory.” Although the team was not able to advance to the next stage, the players took valuable experience from this event. “We learned to play safe and to PHOTO BY KEVIN YIN use course management skills on the PUTT IT: Junior Matthew Ko putts [unfamiliar] courts,” Fong said. Ω

The boys’ golf team squared off against the top-tier teams of southern California in the first round of CIF on May 7 at the Sierra La Verne Golf Course. “We still have a lot of work to do if we ever want to see Walnut golf advance in CIF,” junior captain Dylan Harcourt said. The team, consisting of senior Spencer Alvarez, juniors Dylan Harcourt and Henry Yeh, sophomores Raymond Fong and Rax Wang and freshman Joshua Kim, played well

Boys’ Tennis out in first round Boys’ tennis finished the year early, taking an exit out of CIF in the first round. Ted Zhu Staff writer Walnut hosted the Hacienda Boys’ Tennis League Finals on May 1 and 2. The event served as a qualifying tournament for the top three singles and doubles teams in the league to advance to CIF. Although no one from Walnut made it, the team still had a chance to compete at CIF as a team. Sophomores Steven Sun and Arthur Tang came one victory away from qualifying as the number three doubles team in the league. They

eventually lost a close match 3-6 against the number one doubles team from Bonita High School. “We were so close, but we didn’t get to where we wanted,” Sun said. “Arthur and I really wanted to advance to CIF individuals and represent the school in such a big tournament.” The team then traveled to Claremont High School on May 9 for the first round of CIF. The score was tied at 9-9, but the overall game count was in favor of Claremont 68-80, sending the Mustangs back home with a loss. “It sucks knowing that we were

so close and that any one point could have made us win,” number three doubles players sophomore Gavin Lee said. “I’m glad I won all three of my matches, but it still really sucks for us to go down in such a close match.” Although Walnut came up on the losing end, the players stayed optimistic about their close performance this year. “It’s good to see everyone try their best,” senior Brendan Tsai said. “Our players came up short, but we’re proud of how we did give our best.” Ω

VARSITY SPRING SPORTS SCOREBOARD BOYS’ GOLF Orange Lutheran- 211-218 W Bonita- 203-248 W

BASEBALL Diamond Ranch- 7-9 L Los Altos- 2-9 L Chino- 4-15 L West Covina- 6-5 W Rowland- 2-1 W Diamond Bar- 1-16 L Bonita- 6-10 L Diamond Ranch- 3-1 W

SOFTBALL West Covina- 4-11 L Rowland- 4-3 W Diamond Bar- 1-2 L Bonita- 0-13 L Diamond Ranch- 8-7 W

TRACK & FIELD Boys Diamond Bar- 68.5-67.5 W Rowland- 57-76 L West Covina- 91-45 W Los Altos- 78-58 W Girls Diamond Bar- 96.5-39.5 W Rowland- 124-12 W West Covina- 119-17 W Los Altos- 105-31 W

SWIM Boys Glendora- 109-61 W San Marino- 106-66 W Damien- 58-113 L Ayala- 82-88 L Diamond Bar- 92-78 W Rowland- 121-49 W Bonita- 145-34 W Girls Glendora- 79-91 L San Marino- 79-93 L St Lucy’s- 93-77 W Ayala- 69-101 L Diamond Bar- 81.5-88.5 L Rowland- 128-41 W Bonita- 103-57 W

BOYS’ TENNIS Damien- 14-4 W Wilson- 12-6 W Ayala- 10-8 W Diamond Ranch- 17-1 W Los Altos- 17-1 W West Covina- 18-0 W Rowland- 6-12 L Diamond Bar- 5-13 L Bonita- 12-6 W Diamond Ranch- 15-3 W Los Altos- 18-0 W West Covina- 18-0 W Rowland- 8-10 L Diamond Bar- 3-15 L Bonita- 12-6 W

The Hoofprint 2012 May  

Walnut High School Newspaper May Issue

The Hoofprint 2012 May  

Walnut High School Newspaper May Issue