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“Playing the lead role, I had responsibilities technically with over 109 pages of lines, lots of blocking, and costume changes. I doubted myself a lot, but in the end, the result was a lot better than we expected. The play was just a good test of my own discipline and is something I’ll always carry with me.” -EJ Cabasal, 11 PHOTO USED WITH PERMISSION OF DRAMA DEPARTMENT
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contents news 3 opinion 6 feature 9 in-depth 10 Winter Wishes, pg. 14 MISSION STATEMENT
The Hoofprint, the ofďŹ cial student newspaper of Walnut High School, is a forum for student expression that strives for accuracy, journalistic integrity, and truthfulness. It seeks to reďŹ‚ect the diversity of the student body and surrounding community in a fair and objective manner.
STAFF Staff Writers: Jezebel Cardenas, Hong Chen, Eva Chen, Carlene Chinn, Cloris Chou, Vanessa Chou, Gabriella Compolongo, Jackson Deng, Avika Dua, Diane Fann, Samantha Gomes, Raytene Han, Leon Ho, Kent Hsieh, Jefferey Huang, Iqra Iqbal, Justin Kang, Daniela Kim, Michelle Kim, Mabel Kyinn, Joyce Lam, Chase Lau, Susie Law, Jessica Lee, Patrick Lee, Ann Lei, Jasmine Lin, Susan Lin, Christine Liu, Sarah Liu, Gabrille Manuit, Ashlyn Montoya, Eunice Pang, Tina Peng, Moanna Phan, Leonie Phoa, Caroline Shih, Agnes Shih, Jacqueline Sotoodeh, Belle Sun, Lily Tanara, Angelina Tang, Varisa Tantiwasadakran, Deanna Trang, Alexandra Wong, Phillomina Wong, Kevin Wu, Spencer Wu, Kevin Yin, Stephany Yong, Jessica You, Ted Zhu Editors-in-Chief: Andrew Koo, Reetika Singh, Eddie Cox Managing Editor: Brittany Tsou Copy Editor: Sharon Lay News Editors: Felix Lee, Austin Au-Yeung Opinion Editors: Elliot Park, Jessica Kwok Feature Editors: To-Van Hoang, Michael Hyun A&E Editors: Karen Ou, Jessica Wang
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Simple Faith holds a week of outreach A performance and several speakers were a part of the rally week, held by Simple Faith, to spread and teach their faith and beliefs to the student body. Felix Lee News Editor Simple Faith held a rally week on Monday-Thursday Nov. 14-17 in the MPR. The week-long outreach lunch time meeting spread the theme “love, purpose, life”. “This outreach towards the students is a cure to their pain and mistreatments. It’s a way to show how much we love the student body,” senior cabinet member Austin
Crumley said. Simple Faith invited speakers around the nation to speak at this event. They also performed a interpretive dance to Lifehouse’s “Everything,” choreographed by Crumley. “As a simple faith member and as a person, I see the pain, the suffering, mistreatments on campus with students, and I want to reach out to them and show them what I have is a cure - any relationship with Christ is my cure,” Crumley said. “I used to
struggle with the same thing - used to not respect girls, my mom, but with my relationship with Christ, I gained a new perception.” Senior cabinet member Ross Kwong sees another purpose to the rally from observing the students. “High school students and teens in general lose sight of their love and true purpose,” Kwong said. “From this rally we share with them time, love, and purpose so they can have a true life, which is a life that is lived
PHOTO BY KEVIN YIN
SPIRITUAL ENLIGHTENMENT: Alex Hong, a youth pastor from a local church, comes to Walnut as a guest speaker to preach the bible.
Freshmen class begins its ﬁrst fundraiser With the holiday season right around the corner, the class of 2015 has raised $300 by selling tiramisu and cheesecake.
PHOTOS BY JUSTIN KANG
PIECE OF CAKE (LEFT TO RIGHT): Working together, cabinet member Cory Quon and freshman president Shevonne Sua place a slice of German chocolate cake in a container during an after school sale. With customers waiting in line, freshmen secretary Ruth Chen and cabinet member Carol Wong help serve caramel pecan cheesecake slices. Jacqueline Sotoodeh Staff Writer The class of 2015 sold tiramisu and cheesecake, donated by French Confection, as a fundraiser on Nov. 4, 9, and 18. “At times, [the fundraiser] became pretty hectic while selling, but overall I believe that it was the
made it a success,” class president Shevonne Sua said. Originally planned were theme, but tiramisu and cheesecake brought more interest to the students leading cabinet members to believe cheesecakes were the better option. The class is grateful for French
Confection’s donations. “We’re really thankful because there are not a lot of places willing to donate and help out the school. They were so generous because they donated a lot of boxes we could fund raise with,” class secretary Ruth Chen said. Although the funds collected
will be given to families with students that have been through recent struggles. “Depending on how much we raise, we want to donate some of the that it is our class’s duty to look out for one another,” Sua said. The class of 2015 plans to
continue raising funds for the class in preparation of dances, needed supplies, and class apparel. “We are slowly getting to the goal we want to reach for fundraisers this year. We want to aim for approximately $1000 and raise school spirit and unity. We’re starting out with a good [and] steady income,”
Astro club teaches star gazing skills to students Astronomy club plans to teach outdoor survival skills to elementary school students and instill an early interest in astronomy. Jackson Deng Staff Writer Because star-gazing is not an extensively covered subject in elementary schools, Astronomy Club hopes to change that by teaching children at elementary and middle schools how to operate telescopes. The event is tentatively placed
in November and will also involve boys scouts from Troop 737 teaching nature survival skills related to using constellations. The main goal is to foster an interest in astronomy early in children’s lives. “A lot of times elementary schools don’t teach astronomy and
it’s sad because we have so much to learn from it,” senior president Nitin Agrawal said. “My personal belief is that there will be planets like Earth that we can colonize.” Astronomy Club hopes to appeal to a wider audience with this event, and get adults as well as children interested in space and astronomy. “We hope to get not only the
elementary school kids, but also the parents and teachers interested,” junior vice president Paul Sonner said. “By giving them a look through the telescope, it’s interesting how most people give the ‘wow’ expression when they see a planet, no matter what age they are.” The event intends to educate elementary school students on the
values of studying astronomy, and to give a meaningful experience to remember as they look for their niche of interest throughout the next few years of their schooling. “It’s an excellent opportunity in that we can provide a hands-on experience,” Agrawal said. “Through that they gain a more genuine knowledge
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Projectors installed for a better experience
Purchased by ASB, projectors set up in the gym provide students and audience with a new experience during gym events.
Tiffany Diep Staff Writer ASB planned to set up projectors, an idea proposed by director Andy Schultz, after doing some research and acknowledging that other schools have it as well. ASB installed them by Thanksgiving to allow students to
have a better experience at events in the gym. “I feel pretty good about it. This is something the kids have looked forward to, so we’ve been saving money for it. I think that will be really nice for the kids,” Schultz said. The screens are 12-by-16 feet and they will be able to live feed the event and project it on the walls. This
will help students who have to sit on “I think they’re pretty cool. I think it’s a good addition to the school, and it’ll make the pep rallies more fun,” speaker of house, senior Nolan Hoff said. A spotlight will also be added to shine and emphasize the center stage of an event. With the spotlight, ASB
will have the ability to dim the lights and create an environment like that of the Staples Center. “I’m very excited because
the school to show advertisements and information of players during games, adding a new dimension to the fundraising and presentation of
students and combines academics and fun. It will make people more proud and happy to come to school,” senior, vice president Arpit Bhanderi said. Having the projectors also allows
“We’re really excited. It’s not just for the students, it’s for everyone in general. It can revolutionize the
Girls’ League holds the annual blood drive
A senior participation event, the annual blood drive was sponsored by American Red Cross and will be the only blood drive of the year. Hong Chen Staff Writer Girls’ League held its annual blood drive on Thursday, Nov. 10 in the gym, with only seniors donating in the American Red Cross sponsored event. The event will be the only donation this year mainly because of budget cuts as well as other limitations. “A lot of people were surprised that this was the only blood drive. It made it more important since it was the only time students could donate blood at school,” senior cabinet member Jacqueline Ko said. However, this year’s event may start a precedent for future blood donations, as a one donation per year tradition may begin. “Conversation began last year about cutting down the blood drive direction things are going. It will probably be the norm to have only one drive per year [in the future],” Girls’ League adviser So Hee Tan said.
Only a hundred twenty donors donated blood, since the blood drive was one hour shorter than those in the past. “It was probably only half of the donors we potentially could have had because we didn’t want to be packed like last year and have students wait for so long,” Ko said. Despite all the cuts, the blood drive proved to be a success, with one hundred forty nine pints of blood “It was a success because we got through to [basically] everybody who signed up. Things ran smoothly, there were no mishaps, and the whole process just went very well,” Tan said. Moreover, donors enjoyed the event, with rest stations, food, and beverages supplied by the Red Cross and Girls’ League. “I thought it was fun and it was Justin Chen said. “I was fed well, got a nice break from academics, and potentially saved three lives. I’d
PHOTOS BY ASHLEY XU
PHOTOS BY EUNICE PANG AND IQRA IQBAL
SAVING A LIFE (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT): Senior Sean Trimmer waits as his blood is being drawn. Senior Joyce Thung monitors the refreshments available for free to all blood donators. Senior Cyreen Arce watches as her nurse cares for her arm. Senior Tammy Huang prepares to give blood to the drive.
FBLA attends workshops at LDI Cameras installed Members of FBLA attend the Leadership Development Institute. Leon Ho Staff Writer
Going to LDI allows FBLA members a chance to learn from
FBLA members will be attending the Leadership Development Institute (LDI) on Satursay - Sunday, Nov. 19-20, at the Irvine Hyatt Regency along with other schools’ FBLA club in the Gold Coast Region. At this event, members can participate in various workshops for skill development and have a chance to bond with the other members from the club as well as meet new people from other schools. “It was a delightful experience that allows for intermingling of FBLA members, for veterans a reunion, for newcomers a friendly welcoming party to acquaint each and every individual to the club/organization,” senior cabinet member Jenny Liang said.
group and community leadership, such as Public Speaking, Time Management, Stress Management, Business Etiquette, Body Language, and more. “The purpose of the workshops is to educate the students in business ethics and to boost students’ self Grace Myung said. “It also helps engage us into the proper businesslike manners we will have to behave in for the next day.” Besides having to attend workshops, members that go will have an opportunity to socialize with members from other schools at the March of Dime Dance, held on the “[Last year] was pretty fun and
which is a charity organization,” junior Elijah Chang said. “I thought it was a good chance to meet and socialize with people from other FBLA chapters.” LDI is more of a conference, in which people who attend will learn useful skills in the area of business, while they also encounter others who share a similar interest in business. “I would hope for more members to enjoy the casualness of LDI because it is not a competition, but more of a simple conference,” Myung said. “People will have a better understanding of basic business ethics and others may even be more people will leave LDI after meeting hundreds of people as networking is a
for safety measures To inhibit theft, security cameras have been placed school-wide to keep the school secure. Amy Lee Staff Writer In mid-October, new security cameras were installed around campus to keep it under surveillance especially during off-hours. In response to security issues, the cameras were purchased as part of a package provided by the security “We have had a series of breakins this past year that prompted us to take a proactive approach to reducing crime,” principal Jeff Jordan said. The cameras will help keep track improve security on campus. “They let the students know
that this is a safe place for them to come and get their education - there won’t be any distractions,” assistant principal Bill Diskin said. Like the many other schools who have already adopted this security system, the hope is to deter unlawful activity and to maintain the safety of the students. “I wish we didn’t need to spend the money for security. However, ways to stop the theft. I would hope the students would also be aware of Jordan said. “Each of us who work or go to school at Walnut High School need to work together to protect our
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Hoops of Hope fundraises for orphans in Africa
Leo club fundraises for families To raise money for struggling families, Leo club set up booths at the Walnut Albertsons asking shoppers for donations.
In a collaboration between several clubs, the “Hoops of Hope” fundraiser will have participants shoot basketballs for every African orphan who loses parents to A.I.D.S. everyday. Spencer Wu Staff Writer Hoops of Hope, a shoota-thon fundraiser for orphans in Africa, will be held at the Suzanne Middle School outdoor basketball courts on Friday, Nov. 18. This event, organized by seniors Kevin Gu and Nilson Wu, will have contestants shoot a combined 6,000 free throws to represent each orphan in Africa who loses his or her parent to A.I.D.S. each day. “Being in Walnut, I feel I have a privileged life compared to those in the third world countries. Why not do something we love, like basketball to help orphans in Africa?” Wu said. To help publicize, leaders of this shoot-a-thon
also made this an event for Key Club, Interact, National Honor Society (NHS), and American Red Cross (ARC). The organizers use basketball as a motivation to help this charity that is greater than themselves. introduced the event not many people were interested. But weeks later, I discovered an explosion of interest. The idea was very captivating because it was something everyone could do - shoot free throws. We use our passion of basketball to help save children,” Gu said. Wu expresses his passion for the sport by utilizing his opportunities to assist needy children. All proceeds will go to World Vision, a nonalleviate current catastrophes
such as caring for Japanese tsunami victims. “I love basketball and it’s my favorite sport. It’s a good cause I feel enthusiastic about. There’s no set target, but we hope to raise a minimum of $250,” Wu said. Gu was inspired by a nine year old boy from his church, Austin Gutwein, who helped raise money and awareness on this issue. “I was very excited about the event from the beginning, and seeing this idea truly come alive has driven my passion for it,” Gu said. “Although I don’t have any connection to these children, I am very grateful for my situation. This event has a lot of potential and contributes to saving children’s lives. I want to make this event
PHOTO BY ASHLEY XU
FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Senior Connie Yang and sophomore Wesley Lo encourage shoppers to donate. Donations will be going to the Inland Valley Hope Partners organization. Sarah Liu Staff Writer Leo Club set up two booths at the Walnut Albertsons on Nov. 12, 13, 19, and 21 to earn money for needy families. Both booths consisted of two volunteers where they asked customers going in and out of Albertsons if they would like to donate to the Inland Valley Hope Partners organization. “We made around $200. We are doing this for four days so it will add up. I am really proud of this event because
it’s a way to give back to the society since we are more fortunate than others.,” senior president Connie Yang said. Leo club’s goal is for everyone to work together to give back to the community. “We have so much to be thankful for and it is important to give back to the community. All of our shifts are a great way for members to meet new people as well as help out their community. All members seem to show a lot of enthusiasm for each volunteer options through the Facebook page,” senior
treasurer Joyce Lee said. The cabinet members in Leo Club were searching for volunteer events through Skype chat and they all agreed this event was more convenient than their original plan, the soup kitchen. for this club and it conveniently popped up,” senior secretary Elizabeth Chan said. “These simple actions help out people and it only takes a few hours out of our lives, but it truly makes a difference for their
Writer’s Guild offers tutoring Beginning in the second semester, Writer’s Guild will help students having trouble with writing by offering after school tutoring. Samantha Gomes Staff Writer
Saeed said. Writer’s
Writer’s Guild members plan on assisting students in areas such as grammar, essay tests, state testing, and the Jane Schaffer writing method. After school tutoring begins in the second semester from 3-4 p.m. in Corolar White’s room, B-1 on Monday. “We’re going to expand Writer’s Guild. Last year, we mainly focused on creative writing. This year, we want to focus on helping more people. Now, we have a new Cabinet and new goals. We really want to help the school and the students having problems in English,” sophomore Writer’s Guild co-president Sairah
applicants by viewing their grades and asking them how well they work with others. “[This will help the class] because we can give them more attention. When there’s a teacher teaching a class and a tutor tutoring you, it’s completely different. We can relate to them more and give them more attention,” sophomore Stephanie Loekman said. Loekman’s past struggles in English led her to develop a sense of duty towards others with the same problems. “English was not my
If someone is born in another country, it’s really hard to adapt to a different language. I have an obligation to help others who are not from this country. I feel that it’s my job, because I had a better learning opportunity than others,” Loekman said. This desire to tutor others comes from club members’ personal knowledge of the writing. “I have always had a love for creative writing. I will try to help students be as passionate as I am about writing. I want to teach them that writing and English aren’t so bad. There and it’ll help them learn so
good teachers and read a lot.
EDITORIAL ACCEPTING A HELPING HAND We all know the
there are people who
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Serving ourselves The benefits of community service have always been obvious for the organizations receiving help, but the volunteers also gain from the work.
More often than not,
alone, no matter how
open up to an older,
to a parent, a teacher,
EDITORIAL CARTOON BY AMY LEE
Avika Dua Staff Writer
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Forgot my volunteer log. Dang it. Stay and cover my face in “ghost” paint so I can stand idly in the corner of a Halloween maze for two hours? There’s no point in being here if I can’t get these hours signed off. I’d be better off going home and starting that daunting, bottomless pile of homework I have. Maybe this isn’t the typical volunteering problem we experience, but it’s fair to say that most experiences don’t differ much. Nowadays it’s rare to ﬁnd a volunteer interested in more than just tracking hours. A commonly held misconception of the mandatory IB Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) volunteer project is that the deal IB students make is one-sided. Many would say that they have to log and input precious time that cannot be regained into activities ranging from ﬁling paperwork at a hospital to tutoring in the library after school. And sure, they’re helping the people and organizations for which they’re volunteering – but are they truly getting anything from it? The best way to shed light on the falsehood of the idea that volunteers do not beneﬁt from their service is to view the mission statement of CAS: to enable students to enhance their per-
sonal and interpersonal development through experiential learning. Thus, the premise of CAS is for students to gain some sense of self-enrichment through participation in and implementation of volunteering projects. It is clear that the project exists to allow students to better themselves while instilling in them the importance of commitment and the three pillars on which the project is built: Creativity, Action, and Service. However, with a mission as vast as this, it is easy to see the goal of CAS fall through the cracks. As a junior in IB and a longtime volunteer, I truly believe that my time spent making sandwiches for a homeless shelter or working at the Habitat Humanity Re-Store is time well spent. Not only do I receive a sense of gratiﬁcation in knowing that I’m contributing to something much greater than myself, but I also feel that I’m strengthening my character as a Samaritan and learning the value of commitment. I was also pleasantly surprised to learn during my ﬁrst meeting with my CAS adviser that many of my regular activities that I wouldn’t expect qualify as CAS activities. For instance, my time spent developing a theme at yearbook camp last summer ﬁts the Creativity category and my participation in FBLA conferences is an example of Action. Therefore, it doesn’t take stepping far out of the realm of practicality to fulﬁll the CAS project. It also means that
CAS can be enjoyable for volunteers because it allows them to continue activities for which they’ve already demonstrated a great passion. Another aspect of CAS, my favorite aspect of volunteering in general, is the opportunity it provides to view signiﬁcant outcomes and reﬂect upon one’s work. I personally do not see a point in pouring time and effort into an activity to leave it incomplete without visible results. Playing a hand in putting on a beneﬁt concert with fellow For All Mankind student directors, for example, would not have been as gratifying for me if I had not been able to see the amazing cause we were helping. I’ve witnessed that when people can see the magnitude of their service, they can increase their awareness of their own strengths and areas for growth. If you believe that volunteer activities have no beneﬁts for the volunteer, try to see things in terms of Creativity, Action, and Service. Maybe you don’t have to sit behind a desk at City Hall or water plants every week at school. It is quite possible to do what you ﬁnd interesting to beneﬁt yourself as a scholar and individual. So step beyond the conﬁnes of your volunteer log. Learn a new language, take part in a national writing challenge, or ﬁnd an activity that stimulates you. Finding value in your service is really as easy as putting the time and commitment into volunteer projects you enjoy. Ω
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Purpose in our ambition The ambition to succeed drives us as students to do well and aim higher, yet without a genuine purpose and passion behind this ambition, our actions and contributions often lose their meaning. To-Van Hoang Feature Editor We all have goals that we want to reach. In high school, that goal is a common one that even I admit to having: get into a good college, get a good degree, and then get a good job. It’s sort of a rat race toward the ﬁnish line with no restraints, and the rats seem pretty belligerent. Ambition drives us, but at times, it feels as if we have nothing but that ambition to motivate us, as compared to having a genuine desire to do good for the sake of others. We’re all looking toward the future, but with our eyes set so far into the horizon, are we missing out on the view in front of us? In being so driven toward that elusive goal of success, we put blinders on ourselves and miss out on our childhood. Nowadays, there’s not half as much sincerity in the things we do as there used to be. As students, we proudly proclaim ourselves to be the kings and queens of BS-ing, joining clubs with the sole purpose of racking up volunteer hours and memorizing facts just long enough for the test the next day. There are so few of us actually learning or taking classes for the love of the subject, volunteering because we genuinely want to remove trash from the surrounding neighborhoods, or turning in assignments done to the best of our abilities. As a result of our ambitions, nearly everything we do is the means to
an end. On the bright side, some of those means are still beneﬁcial to the world around us. Regardless of whether or not our hearts are in it, the cans we collect feed families in need, the trash we pick up reduces pollution, and the money we raise goes to worthy causes. The people who need help are still getting the help they need from volunteers, work is being done, and causes are supported. Looking at the bare bones, there’s no doubt that our ambitions do some good for the world. We still provide services that people need while trying to fulﬁll our own goals. We want the good grades and good transcript so we can go to the good college, get the good job, and get the big bucks. But since when did results matter so much that we gave up caring about the method of achieving them? I can’t even remember the last time I was excited to complete an assignment or to join in on club activities. I treat most of my responsibilities as just that: responsibilities that I have to fulﬁll without remembering to put real heart into my actions. We all want to stand out, but in the heat of the game, we forget the most important principle of altruism: to do good for others. We’ve got ambitions and we’ve got goals, and we truly do want to reach our dreams, but we need to put more heart into what we’re doing in the present. We need to understand that achievements aren’t meant to be racked up like stamps in a collection. I’m not sure how to turn off the “selﬁsh switch” that’s on in all of us, but in the end, we each need to review our ambitions once more. There should be a true purpose behind our actions past the simple mechanics. Ω
“We’ve got ambitions and we’ve got goals, and we truly do want to reach our dreams, but we need to put more heart into what we’re doing in the present.”
Occupy club meetings during lunch Club meetings are an essential part of student life in informing us about upcoming event opportunities, but they often consume our lunches and leave no time for us to hang out with friends. Leon Ho Staff Writer Tick-tock. Tick-tock. Ticktock. Lunchtime passes by while I sit and listen to the ofﬁcers talk about the same old volunteer opportunities. As the meeting continues, I glance at the clock and wonder how much of lunch is left. For a second, I can’t believe only ﬁve minutes of lunch remain. Each second in a club meeting means one less second for relaxation and one
less second to meet with friends that I can only see during lunchtime. I myself am involved with various clubs. Once a month, I attend FBLA on Monday and Thursday, French Club on Wednesday, and ﬁnally NHS on Friday. As each meeting consumes a large portion of my lunch, I ﬁnd myself deprived of social interaction and free time, which I need to perform as a student to the best of my ability. Even on days when I don’t have to attend club meetings, it’s hard to meet with my friends because they also have their own meetings to at-
tend. Our schedules become conﬂicted and I lose quality time between me and my friends. However, club meetings can include new events and information that members need to know. If there were no regular meetings, members would not feel as if they were part of the club and there would be no real bond between the ofﬁcers and the members. I realize that the 35 minutes can be worth it if the meetings hold an informative purpose. Still, this isn’t always the case. Club meetings often take up lunchtime by reiterating old information
that can otherwise be summarized in several minutes. They, I feel, should not use lunch time for unnecessary activities such as poor attempts at icebreakers or repetitive information. I understand how it can help social networking between club members, but if these meetings prove fruitless, are they useful in improving relationships between members? Lunchtime is an important part of our daily schedule as it is a break we look forward to in the stressful school day. Therefore, a club meeting should not take time away from students if necessary. Ω
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A WORD TO THE WISE As we progress into a social networking world, we must watch what we say online. Ann Lei Staff Writer Hey there. You’re some random kid in my Biology class, but I know what you did last Saturday night. I know that you’re going to Hawaii, that you think your lab partner is cute and that you are allergic to crawﬁsh. I don’t stalk you; your posts just show up on my Facebook newsfeed…and Tumblr. And Twitter. We are now celebrities constantly stalked by an online paparazzi. Every time we check into Chipotle or post photos of a party, hundreds of people know where we are and what we’re doing. Our peers especially take a particular interest in our lives and through the internet, all of this information is at these ﬁngertips. From the best friends who know all of our secrets to the strangers who sit across the X from us at lunch, our peers’ perception of us shapes our reputation. They unconsciously judge us based on our actions and appearance, resulting in misconceptions; even the person with the most “I don’t care” attitude is susceptible to rumors. Text cannot depict sarcasm, tone, or expression unless we include “cheerfully” or “doubtfully” after each phrase, but Facebook is not a drama script. Even emoticons like (: and -__-” have varying connotations. If smileys can be dangerous, then what about written words? When we share information on the Internet, it is open to misinterpretation – and, when viewed by hundreds of eager individuals, our words will be misjudged. Your sarcastic “I love Billy sooooo much” can be misinterpreted as a new relationship status by a few pairs of eyes who quickly scan their homepage without stopping to obtain background information, with the worst part being that typed words are more permanent than anything you say. Naive and gullible high schoolers are the perfect vessels for spreading rumors – when was the last time you double-checked your gossip for accuracy? Do you ever wonder whether the girl who lost her friends because of her Internet activities was only a victim of misinterpretation? I’m not implying that it is necessary to delete all forms of online communication. Instead, think before you hit the submit button. Protect your tweets and protect your blogs. What if your teachers saw your online posts? Is there anything you want to delete right now? Your friends aren’t the only ones viewing your blog. Ω
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Together in a better classroom What students expect from a teacher is passion for teaching; what teachers expect from a student is a passion for learning. When teachers and students work together, they can turn the classroom into a genuine learning experience for both parties.
EDITORIAL CARTOON BY JESSICA WANG
Brittany Tsou Managing Editor When I was in elementary school, I thought teachers knew everything and had all the answers. Later on, I realized that although they don’t necessarily know everything, they are knowledgeable and can pass on their understanding to us. I, like many other students, appreciate teachers who put their heart into teaching. These teachers take it upon themselves to help us understand the material, taking the time to answer our questions or even giving up their own time to provide additional assistance for those who need it. They can’t just throw new material at us and leave it at that. Although teachers have the credentials and qualiﬁcations to stand in front of a class, they also have the responsibility to teach. However, even with qualiﬁed teachers, we’ve heard several student complaints. But complaining about a teacher is not the most effective way of dealing with our problems. It might be easier to make an excuse, but such an excuse isn’t applicable to every situation. As students, we should reﬂect upon our own efforts as well because we also have the responsibility to actively pursue our education instead of merely blaming the teacher without having tried to help ourselves. Teachers don’t always know whether we understand the material or not until it is test time. So if we care enough about our learning, we have to take the initiative when we need assistance. I’ve made appointments with teachers to discuss questions that I need help with and even talked to and worked with other classmates. Even with different teachers, helping each other is still beneﬁcial. By taking the initiative, we do our part as students and meet our teachers halfway. Ω
Andrew Koo Editor-in-Chief “We envision the high school as an integrated learning center involving the collaborative efforts of staff, students, and the community in the process of education.” In accordance with the school’s Vision Statement, I do my best to juggle academics and everything else. I follow classroom rules, get homework in, and study for tests – quite simply, I try to live up to teacher expectations. But remember: collaboration is mutual. I envision a classroom environment where the teacher cares. In several cases, a teacher’s overﬂowing love for a class has curbed my lesser enthusiasm. A teacher should be willing to give the time to the willing student, even if that means being available at lunch, after school, or night study sessions. Teachers should set high standards for students, who are more likely to excel when pushed to do so. I envision a classroom environment where class time is used efﬁciently. Time management is the difference between stressful panic and controlled stress. And about course rigor: there is a difference between “college-style” teaching and the soporiﬁc lecture. In grading, tests should be difﬁcult because the material is difﬁcult; homework should be practice, not busy work. I envision a classroom environment where I can have fun. I do not expect to be laughing or, teacher forbid, sleeping either. I do not expect to have group activities or cooperative learning (“sharing our ignorance” as Mr. Collins worded the prospect). Instead, fun should come from the teacher’s personality. And I envision the high school as an integrated learning center where teachers care, exhibit quality teaching in the classroom, and provide a fun learning environment. This is my vision statement. Ω
Angela Aie Sports Editor A lot of us have it in our heads that if the teacher does all the work we can miraculously absorb the information without putting in any effort ourselves. The truth is, we are lucky to have teachers who actually teach. In an ideal world, every teacher would coddle us and give us gold stars for every little thing we did right. But can we really learn without making mistakes? The grade is just a letter on a piece of paper. Real knowledge comes from what is absorbed, no matter what grade comes out. Whether it is an increase in writing ability or a simple life lesson like time management, all the lessons and grades we receive reﬂect how much we actually “learn.” There must be a balance between teachers and students. In reality, nothing is handed to us on a silver platter. Teachers are obligated to teach, but students must be willing to study and learn. Chances are, you will get at least one teacher who doesn’t meet your expectations. Yes, it is the teacher’s job to educate us but in the end, they can only help us so much. We must take responsibility for our own education. And say you did get a horrible teacher. So what? Should you just give up and blame the teacher for all your failures? We shouldn’t spend all our time crying about the teacher’s abilities because all that time spent venting could be used to study. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good to release your stress once in a while, but not for the duration of an entire year. When life gives you bad teachers, make the best of it. Don’t look at it as the world waging war against you. Look at it as a challenge you have to overcome. Don’t spend the rest of the school year complaining. Take action and prove to yourself that you can learn and understand despite the obstacles. Ω
Hong Chen Staff Writer The teacher-student interaction has always been rather simple in my mind. Haters will hate, skaters will skate, and teachers... will teach, of course. So what I look for in a teacher is mainly his or her ability to dispense information accurately, concisely, and efﬁciently to their classes, ensuring that each student actually learns the material instead of just wasting time. I mean, isn’t that the entire point of school? To actually learn, not memorize, new knowledge? To gain valuable insight into academia for future use? Well yes, but not quite, as it is essential for there to be an actual human relationship between a teacher and his students in order to ensure that proper learning and achievement is attained. Teachers should put their time and effort into their teaching and should pour their whole hearts and minds into the subject they teach. In other words, they should love what they do enough to make a genuine effort to help students, to care for every struggling or excelling mind individually. Personalize the course a bit, add some fun, some discipline, some humor and students, in return, will reciprocate the same care and energy teachers put into their classes, in different but equally valuable and personal ways. So it is through teacher compassion and empathy, through all the work that teachers place in maintaining the academic rigor of their courses while also reaching out to every single one of their students, that make teachers top-notch in my eyes. Their personalities, dispositions, and appearances may all be variables, but the single distinction of a good teacher will never change: a genuine love for the subject and for their students, driving them to real and lasting success. Ω
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Miyamoto undergoes bone marrow transplant Miyamoto waits 100 days after undergoing a bone marrow transplant on Sep. 30 and perseveres with the support of family and friends.
PHOTO BY ANN LEI
ORANGE LOVE: Students from all grades show their support for senior Michael Miyamoto by wearing orange, the color for leukemia, to school. The event was organized by Miyamoto’s friend senior Jason Adauto and had a large turnout. Amy Lee Staff Writer Battling leukemia since 2001, senior Michael Miyamoto had a successful bone marrow transplant on Sep. 30. This is his third time going into remission after having gone through chemotherapy and radiation treatments. “[The bone marrow transplant was Michael’s only hope for a cure,” Phoebe Miyamoto, Michael’s mother, said. “I felt grateful for all the love and support we got from our friends and community.” Various bone marrow drives were held after no match was found in his family. Two were sponsored by “Be the Match” at Relay for Life and at a volleyball car wash at Walnut High School. Three others were sponsored by Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches (A3M). “When I was doing one of my chemos, my doctor came in and told me they found a match, but I’m not allowed to know who the person is,” Miyamoto said. “[If I had the chance], I would tell him thank you for saving my life and if I could do anything to repay him I would.” Constant support from his friends and family helped Miyamoto get through this difﬁcult time. Senior Jason Adauto, a friend of Michael’s since the sixth grade, visited him in the hospital everyday during the summer. “When I found out the news from his mother [that there was another remission], I was in shock. I couldn’t believe it had happened again, this time being the third time,” Adauto said. “I really give him a lot of credit though because he always carries a positive attitude while in the hospital.”
Adauto also organized an event on Facebook to encourage students to wear either a “Be Conscious” t-shirt or the color orange, the color for leukemia, in support of Miyamoto on the day of his bone marrow operation. “It turned out great. Some of the staff even participated. I saw a ton of orange t-shirts, and people even got creative,” Adauto said. “I remember I walked out of class and I saw a kid with an orange duct-taped cross on the back of his shirt.” Miyamoto was greatly encouraged by the support of the many participants wearing orange in his honor. “One of my friends told me he was going to make it an event on Facebook and when he showed me the picture I was happy. I didn’t expect that many people,” Miyamoto said. “They helped me to stay strong.” With a 100-day wait after the day of the transplant, Miyamoto still has to be cautious until January 8, when they will see if his body has accepted the bone marrow. In the meantime, he is taking medicine that has been prescribed for a year to help prevent any complications that might arise. “Now that things seem to be good, I’m pretty conﬁdent that nothing will happen,” Miyamoto said. “Now that it’s over, I feel ready to go home and bike and play with my friends and dog.” Since the second grade, Miyamoto has overcome many obstacles ﬁghting for his life, and his strength and determination will continue to carry him through to the next step of his life. “I think that Michael is a champion. He has been very strong through this whole process and continues to keep his head up high,” senior Emily Nakama, a friend of Miyamoto since the age of three, said. “He is a very inspiring young man.” Ω
Michael Toshio Miyamoto Band
PHOTO BY KEVIN YIN
CAPTION: Seniors Jared Witcher, Adam Rodriguez, Katherine Chung, Jason Adauto, and Caroline Park perconcert. Ashley Xu Photo Editor MTM, a group of Miyamoto’s musical friends, performed at the For All Mankind concert on Sat. Oct. 29, a beneﬁt concert used to spread awareness about war in Congo. They dedicated original songs, such as ‘Dreamin’, and pop covers for for their friend. “Michael Miyamoto has given me the opportunity to truly realize how precious every moment is. He’s shown all his friends the importance of treating every day like it’s a gift. Even though it’s been a long and hard ﬁght, Michael has brought so many people together. He’s made his disease from something horrible and negative into something that changes and uniﬁes lives,” senior Katherine Chung said. Ω
Teachers and students come together in Coin Wars English teachers Janet Dutton and Kirsten Thibeault launched their “Coin Wars” fundraiser to provide Thanksgiving dinners for charities and poor families. Vanessa Chou Staff Writer
PHOTO BY VANESSA CHOU
CHANGE FOR CHANGE : Sophomore Alicia Wei adds coins to her class jar to help contribute to Dutton’s score in the Coin War between Dutton and Thibeault’s classes.
Although ﬁnancial and familial difﬁculties affect many high school students, teachers and fellow classmates always strive to help. For English teachers Janet Dutton and Kirsten Thibeault, Coin Wars is a method of giving back to struggling students as well as engage in a friendly competition. Coin Wars, a class competition based on a charity fundraiser at Thibeault’s sister’s workplace, aims to support families with the help of small coin donations that accumulate over time. “The idea came to me when I learned that one of my students had no mother and that his father was dying of cancer. It occurred to Thibeault and Dutton that many of our students struggle with similar situations and could use help, so we thought that]we could provide something that everyone takes for granted, like Thanksgiving dinners,” Dutton said. The Coin Wars fundraiser utilizes a point system based on the monetary value of coins smaller than quarters. Dutton and
Thibeault both have jars in which their students deposit coin donations and compete for the most points. ”Mrs. Dutton and I already know how great our students are, but we are truly surprised and inspired by their enthusiastic and selﬂess offerings to this fundraiser. We have raised over $1000 to help some very deserving Walnut High School families have memorable Thanksgivings,” Thibeault said. The classes raised more than $1000 after just two weeks, with Dutton’s classes ultimately winning the friendly competition. After seeing the Wars’ enthusiastic turnout and the support of the students, both teachers look forward to holding the Wars again before the school year ends. “We can’t wait to ofﬁcially thank and honor our students for their excitement and for making the choice to be such generous people,” Thibeault said. “Many of our students deal with the hardships of losing a parent and/or parents losing their jobs. We always try to help support students in these cases both emotionally and ﬁnancially.” Ω
NOVEMBER 2011 VOLUME 44, ISSUE 2
Here comes Santa, among others
From now on to winter break, work and events will come piling onto your plate all at once. There is theThanksgiving dinner, finals week soon after, Christmas gift-buying and the big end-of-the-year celebration, and other seasonal festivities haphazardly tossed into the mix to look forward to during the coming weeks.
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Toward the end of the year, multiple events occur one right after the other: ﬁnals, Thanksgiving, Black Friday Sales, family reunions, Christmas, and all the go-between events. “I feel like the upcoming holiday is a good chance for me to have family time,” junior Derek Chung said. “I go to Santa Barbara to visit relatives that I don’t see on a daily basis, and we do simple things like eating dinner together [and] watching movies, but the fact that we can have such a connection during the holidays makes it very cherishable.” But in the midst of all this, we rarely stop to think about each individual event, causing us to miss out on the sentiments that come along with each holiday. “Especially because it’s senior year, everything is happening so quickly because we’re already applying to colleges, and then just thinking about the future is just much closer than you think; I feel like freshmen year wasn’t so long ago and plus right now the weather is changing so rapidly, so it really does feel like fall/winter is coming,” senior Celina Kim said. Along with the the quickly approaching holidays, ﬁnals week arriving earlier than usual causes students to worry about their grades. “I feel that [the holidays are] coming a bit too fast. First semester is already over and it felt like a week. I’m nervous because my grades are a bit down this year,” sophomore Timothy Lee said. “[My] burden is more for the ﬁnals, and not so much for the other things. Personally I just take the holidays as a time off to study and sleep in and rest up. I do get together with my family, but it’s more for studying.” Although the holidays may present itself as something different to every person, they never fails to bring a sense of union between family members. “[The holidays mean] family time really because we don’t get to do a lot of the things because we’re so busy; a lot of us with work and school don’t see each other as often,” freshman Alejandra Madrigal Avina said. “And with Christmas and Thanksgiving, we just get to talk and do family stuff, which we don’t do that often.” Ω
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Choir Candlelight Festival @ Disneyland Track Fundraiser @ Applebee’s
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Elliot Park Opinion Editor
Santa Pictures by BSU @ lunch P-13 Band/Orchestra Concert
Choir Winter Concert 12/112/2
Santa Pictures by BSU @ lunch P-13
Finals week lock down
Michael Hyun Feature Editor
Santa Pictures by BSU @ lunch Dinner P-13
Incoming: Finals Everyone is aware that semester finals have been moved to right before the start of winter break. According to an after school poll of students, there’s generally a positive attitude towards the change.
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Finals, whether they are before or after winter break, still have a great inﬂuence on our grades. Although ﬁnals season has decided to come in a little earlier this year, its signiﬁcance remains the same. “Having the potential to actually be able to raise and save my grade from a B+ to an A- actually gives me hope that I can do well on the ﬁnal and overcome the frustration of ﬁnals,” senior Jacqueline Ko said. The tendency for many students is to simply cram all the material at the last moment, but many agree that studying in increments best prepares them for ﬁnals season. “The best tactic is to just study, but to not study extremely like cramming. Study a bit every day,” sophomore Joseph Chow said. “I feel that the material sticks in my head more and that it’s easier to comprehend than by cramming it in.” In addition to reviewing in chunks, numerous students have found that taking a break or two away from the books eases the stress built up preceding ﬁnals week. “I think people can get more out of studying when they take some short breaks. When I study to my limit, I ﬁnd myself burnt out sooner, and unable to concentrate anymore,” senior Kevin Edralin said. Even with the breaks, that same stress caused by ﬁnals week, along with that feeling of relief remains despite the change in schedule. “After each year, you learn how to manage studying time, how to last longer when studying, and how to retain more information.” Edralin said. “It feels amazing when you turn in that last test, like a huge burden has been lifted off your shoulders.” Ω
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“I like Christmas because you get to see all your loved ones and get presents. I’m glad and relaxed that ﬁnals are before so I don’t have to worry about it over winter break.” -Phillip Silesky, 9 “I think its better that the ﬁnals are before winter break because you don’t have to be all stressed about ﬁnals. The stuff is fresh in your mind and the knowledge is retained.” -Richie Rycraw, 10
“With ﬁnals earlier this year, we don’t have to spend all our time with our ﬁnals and we have more time to enjoy with family, but its a more crammed schedule before winter break.” -Alex Lin 11
“I’m very excited, even ecstatic, that it’ll be the ﬁrst year not worrying about ﬁnals during break. Second semester is freedom for the seniors.” -Carmina Portea, 12
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CARTOON BY AMY LEE
It’s Christmas time
Tiffany Diep Business Manager
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As Thanksgiving approaches, people are given a chance to join cozy family reunions, eat delicious food, scavenge for big bargains, and think about all the things they can be thankful for. “I love the annual dinners. It’s fun because I have a really big extended family and everyone comes over for Thanksgiving dinner. Sometimes it feels more like a party than a dinner because there are so many people,” sophomore Charmae Astillero said. Along with enjoying a special feast shared with their loved ones, students are able to bond further with their families by shopping and looking around for Black Friday sales. “I think it’s pretty fun to all get together, because we all live in different areas so I don’t really see a lot of them,” senior Michelle Lee said. This holiday allows people the opportunity to be thankful and consider their loved ones, as well as reﬂect on all the good things and people in their lives. “The people I choose to surround myself with remind me every day how blessed I am to have their company, how much God continues to bless me, even when I don’t deserve it. That alone is enough to make me stop, think, and just be thankful,” Astillero said. Ω
Whether it is the amount of presents, the thrill of decorating the tree, or spending time with the family, Christmas never fails to bring a special, sentimental feeling when it comes each year. “It’s a time where you can just relax and have fun. It’s my favorite holiday especially because, my family comes from different places to be together,” sophomore Bryan Ramirez said. Often times, people reunite with family at one speciﬁc place, but some have a different way of celebrating Christmas. “Our tradition is not to just stay at one place; we usually migrate to different houses to celebrate with as many loved ones as possible. I feel kind of rushed around, but I like being able to spread the Christmas spirit to as many people as I can on that special holiday,” sophomore Lauren Nakasone said. Aside from being able to spend time with as many loved ones as possible, a sense of satisfaction comes when presents are under the tree. “I’m overwhelmed with joy, because it shows that my family really cares about me, and [they] are willing to go out of their way to get me something,” Ramirez said. During the holidays, people have the opportunity to be around relatives and catch up with them. “I think what makes Christmas special, is the fact that you get to be with your family. For me, I hardly see my family during the year, and when Christmas comes it’s like a family reunion, and I really enjoy seeing them come over,” Ramirez said. Ω
By the Numbers: 12.39
Percentage of people in a poll whose favorite Thanksgiving food is mashed potatoes and gravy
Percentage of students whose stress and tension have reduced as a result of chewing gum while studying
Number of real Christmas trees Americans will buy this year Sources: http://www.prnewswire.com, http://foodfrenzy.ocregister.com, http://articles.cnn.com
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Crystal Ngo’s own food network Sophomore Crystal Ngo runs a small family business, cooking bakery goods and creating decorations for special occasions. Jessica You Staff Writer The oven dings, the cake is ready and the smell wafts through the room. Everything is perfect as sophomore Crystal Ngo ﬁnishes up decorating the cake for the catering business she runs with her family. Expanding on what started off as a hobby, Ngo and her family took the opportunity to develop their passion for baking into a full-time business. “We didn’t originally plan for this to happen. I always liked baking, [but] I wanted to learn how to cater and soon people saw that what we did looked good, so they asked if we could do birthday cakes and it grew from there,” Ngo said. “We thought that since we liked doing this, why not make a business out of doing what we like?” Since the start of their business, the Ngo family have dedicated themselves to the business, working to complete orders in time for their events.
“For events, we stay up really late because there is a lot to do; we have to design everything [down to the] napkins, which also have their own design. The latest we’ve stayed up was 8 a.m. working on a fondant cake,” Ngo said. “But after I ﬁnish a job and I see the ﬁnished product, I feel really accomplished [about my work].” The huge amount of work baking and decorating not only ensures beautiful results but also strengthens the bond between Ngo and her family. “All these events and activities bring me and [my family] really close together and we always [understand] each others’ opinions when we work together and have discussions about the event,” Ngo said. Aside from bonding, seeing the outcome of their collective effort is the most rewarding part for Ngo. “My favorite part is seeing the ﬁnal production we made and to see what we sketched out right in front of our eyes,” Ngo said. “It’s a mixture of accomplishment and relief, accomplishment because we’re capable of doing what we planned and relief because we can rest until the next event.” Ω
“We thought that since we liked doing this, why not make a business out of doing what we like.”
-Crystal Ngo, 10
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LEFT: Crystal Ngo’s catering service makes cakes and decorations for a variety of occasions. ABOVE (top to bottom): Ngo and her sister and cousin help set up for a birthday event.// Ngo and her cousin work late into the night on place settings and decorations for their next order.
Hyunji Ahn joins the world of young guns with a bang Sophomore Hyunji Ahn started shooting in Feb., has since won two awards, and practices with the hopes of winning more. Tina Peng Staff Writer While many hobbyists direct their attentions to conventional things, such as instruments or video games, sophomore Hyunji Ahn took up a gun, at the suggestion of a tutor, and gave it a shot. “I ﬁrst started shooting because my after school tutor suggested that it would be a good idea for me to try something new that was very different from anything else that I had thought about,” Ahn said. “I wasn’t a very active person to begin with so I was skeptical, but once I started practicing, I picked it up really quickly and I actually really liked it.” Competing in minor competitions every three months and major ones twice a year, Ahn constantly puts in multiple hours a day to prepare herself and hone her skill.
HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT: Ahn accepts the second place award in the Progressive Position Pistol competition in Anniston, Alabama. RIGHT: Ahn prepares for her next shot.
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“I practice three hours a day during school, nine hours a day on weekends, and if a competition is coming up soon, then I have to practice eight hours a day,” Ahn said. “During practices, I usually use an air gun or .22 caliber pistol to shoot at multiple targets.” Three to ﬁve times a year, Ahn misses up to one week of school for her more serious competitions. “Last year, I went to a national competition in Atlanta, Georgia and Alabama, so I had to skip school to not only compete, but to also put more hours in practice as well. I’ve even had to sleep over at the shooting range because I [had] practice until late hours,” Ahn said. “Because the weather is hotter and more humid in the south, my coach made me practice holding a gun in spa rooms, so I could perform well even in the unusual weather.” Even though Ahn has only been shooting since February, she has already won two major titles and even qualiﬁed for nationals in her ﬁrst competition, including a silver medal for her age category in a national competition in Atlanta, Georgia and a gold medal at a competition sponsored by the Progressive Position Pistol in Alabama. “When I ﬁrst won those two awards, I gained a lot of conﬁdence and it really encouraged me to work harder to improve my skill because it showed me that I had potential to be a great shooter,” said Ahn. Although Ahn currently does not plan on turning shooting into a career or a main priority in her life just yet, she plans on making it an important part of her life in the future. “Even though I’m trying to make it onto the national shooting team, I’m really only doing this as a hobby and stress reliever from the other things in my life,” Ahn said. “I hope to keep this hobby even when I get older because I actually really like it, not just because I’m good at it, but because it’s so different from every other extracurricular activity that I could have chosen to do.” Ω
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Making good with empty bellies and human rights By catering to night lab students, Voice of the World is able to help protect world rights in Indonesia. To-Van Hoang Feature Editor Seniors Nick Kim and Kevin Dhali work together to ﬁght for human rights by raising money for the Voice of the World, a group Dhali founded for that purpose. Kim contributes to the cause through fundraising by catering to night lab students. “I was inspired by Sean Kow who did the same when I had night lab last year,” Kim said. “I was always hungry, so I was appreciative of Sean’s efforts. I wanted to do it for this year’s class too.” Kim, with the help of senior Allen Peng and junior Roger Lee, makes the food or buys it every Monday to sell to lab students. “Nick does the planning and on the day of, we go to his house and make all the food,” Peng said. “We try to make the food types different each time and vary it so they don’t get bored.” The catering proﬁts, in following tradition, go toward one speciﬁc humanitarian cause. “Sean Kow did World Vision last year, where you fund one kid throughout the whole year,” Kim said. “We use the proﬁt to fund human rights org: Human Rights Watch. They decide what to use the funds for, like globally, they look at people where there are interferences with human rights.” The intermediary organization that handles the money, Voice of the World, is one Dhali established at the beginning of this year to bring awareness to human rights. “It’s hard to ﬁnd a lot of stuff on human rights, so we make it simple with the site (www.globalvow.org),” senior Kelvin Mak said. “We link human rights stories and news to the website and write editorials with our opinion about them.” The idea for Voice of the World hit Dhali two summers ago when he attended a legal studies class at Stanford University, where he was shown a ﬁlm documentary about the International Criminal Court. “It was a European ﬁlm that is not yet rated in America, and through it, I really saw the intensity and extent of violations [on human rights],” Dhali said. “I’m passionate about this subject and I think it’s an idea that can change the world.” Voice of the World raises funds to send to Human Rights Watch and the National Commission of Civil Rights in Indonesia to help ﬁght violations of human rights around the world. “The purpose is to raise awareness among young people,” Dhali said. “A lot of people think that it’s a global modern world, that violations like [these] are things of the past, and a lot of people don’t know about the horrid crimes still committed.” Working alongside activities such as Kim’s lab catering, Voice of the World is better able to fulﬁll its purpose. “It’s good that the money is going to a good cause, and I know it’s close to our hearts,” Peng said. “Cooking is also really fun, so that’s a reward unto itself. The charity is a plus.” Ω
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(Left to right): Senior Timothy Diep serves Jay Lin a plate during night lab.// Senior Nicholas Kim prepares plates of food he cooked earlier for student orders.// Senior Helen Cheng measures out a serving of rice for a plate.
World Relief Chamber Music feeds the children
The WRCM hosts musical performances by students in the San Gabriel Valley to raise money for children affected by natural disasters. Jefferey Huang Staff Writer Most students enjoy playing or listening to music. Most sing along to the latest radio hit as they do their share of community service. For more than forty students, music is their way of giving back to the community. World Relief Chamber Music (WRCM), a Christian relief and development organization co-sponsored by World Vision that began in 2001, performs musical acts and concerts to raise money for children affected by natural disasters. WRCM allows young musicians to help those in need. “WRCM’s goal is beneﬁcial toward the community because it empowers us young musicians to use our skills to help others,” freshman James Li said. “People are dedicated and talented, and I think we’ll be successful.” WRCM meets in Pomona for two hours every other weekend, bringing together musicians from
San Marino all the way to Fullerton. Nine of the musicians are from Walnut. “[It’s] very interesting meeting different people from different schools. It’s great to see how so many people are willing to dedicate their time to take part in this organization,” sophomore Sydney Tsao said. WRCM not only attracts people from different areas, but also people from different age groups as well. “I think it’s great [because] people from grade school, people [from] college, people of all ages, can contribute something,” sophomore Brandon Ho said. Through WRCM, a group of dedicated musicians will continue to positively impact the lives of children worldwide through their passion for music. “It feels pretty good. You know what you’re doing is directly helping the people, even though we can’t be there helping them physically,” Ho said. “I feel like it’s a great opportunity to use our musical talents to spread joy and to help out people affected by natural disasters.” Ω
“I feel like it’s a great opportunity to use our musical talents to spread joy and to help out people affected by natural disasters.”
-Brandon Ho, 10
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(Left to right): Since 2001, World Relief Chamber Music (WRCM) has been practicing every other Saturday from 7pm-9pm to prep for concerts and musical performances.// Freshmen Louisa Lee and James Li practice with their sections.// Sophomore Brandon Ho plays his cello, preparing for the upcoming concert.
VOLUME 44, ISSUE 2
Drama presents Flowers for Algernon Drama’s first production this year, based on Daniel Keyes’ novel, addressed a more serious subject.
Jessica You Staff Writer
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STAGE MAGIC (LEFT TO RIGHT): Senior Ayisha Emerson speaks at a convention about the operation that Charlie and Algernon underwent. Amy Lee Staff Writer Drama presented this year’s fall play, Flowers for Algernon, from Nov. 2-5. Based on a novel by Daniel Keyes, the play centered on Charlie Gordon, a mentally disabled man given the chance to increase his intelligence through a special operation. Junior EJ Cabasal played Charlie, who faces many issues before and after his operation. “Charlie is a very earnest, honest, and hardworking man,” Cabasal said. “He’s a difﬁcult character to
play. But I basically used my own experiences as a catalyst to play the part. I imagined instances where I felt weak and tried to amplify that. I experimented on my own time and tried different things to see what helped and what felt right.” The play addressed a more emotional and sincere subject than what Drama usually presents. “It’s very deep and emotional and it, in my opinion, came out better than I thought it would,” junior Gio Thomas, who played Charlie’s mother, said. Flowers for Algernon was per-
formed Theatre In the Round, meaning that the chairs in the theatre were not used. Rather, the audience sat on the stage around the performers. “This type of staging created a very intimate setting, which I felt was important for this type of more serious play,” drama director Joanne Karr said. The play’s unique undertone gave the actors and actresses a chance to try different ways of rehearsal. “We rehearsed in small groups, which helped build up more tension,” junior Emma Aragon, who plays Charlie’s teacher Alice Kinnian, said.
Choir attending festival at Redlands Treble Choir attended an annual festival at Redlands University yesterday.
Band invited to Christmas parade The parade invites a select amount of performers. Lynze Tom Staff Writer
Leon Ho Staff Writer Treble Choir attended the Redlands Choir Festival yesterday, Nov 17. This event hosts many choirs from the Southern California and Nevada regions, who come to Redlands to perform for each other. “I enjoy going because it gives us time to socialize with each other and listen to other choirs,” junior Kelsey Carr said. This year, Treble Choir has practiced a number of classical songs they are going to perform at the festival. One of the Latin songs they are going to sing is “Cantate Hodie.” “Whenever it’s competition, the judges usually test foreign songs because this shows how proﬁcient the choir is at our expression, character, diction, and pronunciation,” senior Julie Nguyen said. This festival is also a learning experience for Treble Choir, as they will see performances from advanced choirs, which will help them become better singers.
“It was harder because we didn’t get to bond with the entire cast. And it was interesting to rehearse in smaller groups because it feels to me that we got more accomplished. I think as an overall, it made us work harder and brought the show to the level of performance it’s at now.” The audience was challenged to think differently by the story. “I hope that the audience watched it and thought twice about what they think about people with disabilities,” said Thomas. “I hope they look at people like that in a different way.” Ω
This year, Drama implemented a new idea for the fall show: Theatre in the Round, where the audience sits around the stage. “We wanted to try something different that would challenge everyone. It’s a very intimate setting so the audience is closer to the action,” drama director Joanne Karr said. In Theater in the Round, students don’t have to worry about showing their faces to all parts of the audience. “There is more intensity, more intimacy when we set up the stage like this,” sophomore Debbie Tan said. Ω
Marching band is invited to perform at the Hollywood Christmas Parade, an annual event that features many prominent celebrities. “The last time we went was in 2008. We didn’t get the chance to explore Hollywood, but just the experience of playing in the parade and being on TV was really fun because we got to see all the ﬂoats. I’m looking forward to performing again this year,” senior Kristen Asada said. Every four to ﬁve years, band has been invited to play in the parade.
This year the songs they will be playing are “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “Silent Night,” and “The Night Before Christmas.” “It’s pretty exciting to be a part of a big group and to play with all your friends. I want us to play well and have fun,” freshman Bob Feng said. The teachers also remember this event in their youth, which makes it an enjoyable event for all ages. “I remember when I was a kid, they showed [this parade] on Christmas Day, right after everyone was done opening their presents,” band director Dr. Buddy Clements said. Ω
Preview PHOTOS BY JESSICA WANG
IN HARMONY (CLOCKWISE): Sophomore Chloe Wang, junior Jazmine Magallanes, freshman Phyllis Pan sing “Cantate Hodie.” Freshmen Hana Hays, Camille Casilang, and Andrea Olofson practice for the festival. Junior Denise Tran sings with the Treble girls. “This year I’m hoping to improve myself with my voice and bond with the choir as a family and not have our
small little groups we normally stay with,” junior Esther Feng said. Ω
RETRACTION: An online article on Oct. 7 incorrectly stated that the choir budget cuts required students to pay $300 as a mandatory fee. They are only encouraged to give a voluntary donation. The print version of the article also incorrectly stated that all the choir ensembles had to pay $190 for expenses.
Drama’s Dinner Theatre - Dinner Theatre will return on Dec. 3, 9, and 10 in the MPR. This year, the show, titled “The Christmas Café,” will be a parody of classic Christmas stories, such as Santa’s reindeer, The Nutcracker, and The Christmas Carol. Tickets are $10. Choir Winter Concert - Choir will hold its annual winter concert on Dec. 1 and 2 in the Performing Arts Center at 7:00 p.m. The concert will hopefully help the audience transition into the holiday season. Tickets are $9 for adults and $8 for students/seniors.
VOLUME 44, ISSUE 2
Inheritance: a lackluster ﬁnale Bublé wrapped gift Inheritance: the long awaited last book of the Inheritance cycle by Paolini. Bublé sings his renditions of Christmas Classics.
Jessica Kwok Opinion Editor Ever since Eragon came out, Paolini captivated eager audiences as they followed the tale of a young boy turned Rider – the only one in Alagaësia – through his bond with the dragon Saphira as he deﬁes the tyrant king Galbatorix. Eragon’s adventures began in Eragon and travels through the novels Eldest and Brisingr, ﬁnally culminating in Inheritance, named because Eragon and his companions ﬁnally inherit the duties of the Riders, kings, and queens of before. Inheritance takes place several months after the end of Brisingr, with Eragon and his allies, the Varden, elves, and dwarves, advancing toward Urû’baen, where Galbatorix resides. Paolini immediately launches the readers into the Varden’s siege of a city in the Empire. Paolini’s descriptions, which have always been his strength, are vivid and powerful, allowed me to follow Eragon’s sword as he easily plows through the enemies. Paolini’s imagery of the battles and the nature explores the magical beauty of Alagaësia. While his descriptions add much to the language, they were also one of the worst aspects of the book. His insistence on details added unnecessary ﬂuff to chapters that dragged on. Instead of enjoying the content, I found myself sorting through ﬂowery writing and growing bored as the plot went nowhere. Roran, Eragon’s cousin, had a number of chapters dedicated to his point of view, starring his luck and skill as he somehow manages to win impossible battles. I soon grew weary since they added little to the storyline and I wanted only to read the interesting scenes that included Eragon. But with so many battles, the ﬁght scenes grew tedious because there are only
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so many ways you can describe beheading an enemy soldier before it gets tiring. Paolini’s characterization is certainly commendable, though. Paolini portrays Eragon’s understanding of himself, Nasuada’s ﬁerce loyalty to the Varden, Roran’s determination to succeed for his wife Katrina, Murtagh’s reluctant loyalty to Galbatorix, and Arya’s aloof pride so well that each character comes alive in his or her actions.
While Paolini left many loose ends in his novel (I never found out what exactly the Menoa tree took from Eragon nor what the seven words Brom said to him in Eragon were), his novel is well-written and skillfully put together. I was disappointed by the overly detailed descriptions that resulted in a slow plot, and while Inheritance did not fulﬁll expectations, it was still a noteworthy end to the Inheritance cycle. Ω
When I heard Michael Bublé was coming out with yet another album, I was stoked. It was the second album released in a three month span after a year of drought. Buble’s new album, Christmas, brings a new tunes to Christmas by presenting the winter holiday in a jazzy, sentimental way. Featuring 15 remakes of Christmas classics like “Jingle Bells” and “Silent Night,” I expected it to be spectacular. The album starts off with “It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas,” a slow rendition of the famous Cosby classic. Although the orchestra was on point, Buble sang similarly to Crosby making the song rather insigniﬁcant. Buble makes up for this in his next song, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” The moderate tempo mixed with Buble’s well known jazz melodies shows off the dynamic brass instruments, creating amazing jazz effects. The dramatic jazz component along with
Buble’s upbeat voice makes this song enjoyable and worth listening to. In his most playful song of the album, Buble sings with the Puppini sisters, spicing up “Jingle Bells.” The constant strumming guitars and repetitive tapping of the drum cymbals gave made this song all the more enjoyable. The Puppini sisters’ suave voices compliment Buble’s strong vocals, creating a clean balance without too much noise. In his last and most soulful song of the album, Buble sings with Hispanic artist Thalia. “Mis Deseos/ Feliz Navidad” begins with Buble harmonizing in Spanish with a graceful guitar melody. The duet’s voices create a beautiful fusion of Spanish and English that left me jealous of Buble’s wide vocal range and his voice’s versatility. Christmas captures the essence of the upcoming season and will not disappoint any Buble fans. This album would make for a great stocking stuffer! Ω
Blockbuster hits theaters just In Time Time is now the currency and stops for no one in futuristic thriller In Time starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried. Leon Ho Staff Writer When I ﬁrst walked into the movie, I was skeptical of how it was going to turn out. However, my initial feelings changed to excitement as the plot of the movie became more and more interesting. In the movie, every second of a person’s life represents the wealth, status, and well-being of an individual. The urgency of the race against time captivated me as the fast-paced beat to the movie, In Time, corresponds with the plot of a man who tries to protect the common people. In Time begins by showing the daily routine of Will Salas (Justin Timberlake), a factory worker living day to day, earning barely enough time to keep surviving.
In this world, time is shown on the arm of a person and is used as currency and measurement of a person’s life. As the movie progresses, Will learns of the horrible secret that gives reason to why many suffer just to be able to live to see the next day. In his journey, Will meets Sylvia Weis (Amanda Seyfried), who eventually falls for him and supports his mission to create a just society. There is a nice, quick rhythm to the movie that has a heartracing effect. Along with the constant reference to the loss of time, the majority of the scenes showed people running, which contributes to the accelerated atmosphere. Complementing the plot, Timberlake does a nice job of showing his character’s emotions and the mentality of someone who looks
out for people as a whole. Seyfried, however, could have played her role better if she had succeeded in taking the audience into her point of view and allowing them to discern her character’s feelings and thoughts. The conspiracy Will ﬁghts against is unclear, which caused a major discord to the movie. In retrospect, Will left behind chaos and disorder that may or may not have harmed society even more than the existing corrupt system. The ending was abrupt and showed no clear direction, which leaves the audience dangling without any reassurance. Despite the ending, the movie presented a strong message, which really speaks to the audience, and shows the constant strive for equality. Ω PHOTO USED WITH PERMISSION OF WWW.INTIMEMOVIE.COM
VOLUME 44, ISSUE 2
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TASTEA Special Teas
MJ CAFE Taiwanese Snacks
Cafes are places where students can go to study, eat food, or just hangout. But which cafe suits your tastes?
Stephany Yong Staff Writer
Amy Lee Staff Writer
Located in Rowland Height’s Yes Plaza, Tastea resembles Pinkberry or Jamba Juice in layout - bright oranges, greens, Ikea-esque furnishing, and a clean, fresh feeling upon entrance (I accredit that to the fun blue lighting ﬁxtures). From ﬁrst impressions, I expected it to be another tea shop advocating “healthy living”– luckily, there was no wheat grass. I ordered a Peace Me Sweetea, a peach and strawberry iced tea with real fruit which gave the tea a bit of a crunch from the strawberry seeds. The tangy ﬂavor was a bit plain at ﬁrst, but I appreciated the subtle tea undertones. It was a light, refreshing afternoon pick-me-up, absent of a boba milk tea’s heavy and awkward after taste. Besides “Specialteas,” Tastea also serves smoothies, “Simpliciteas,” Slushy Freezes, Wake-up Calls and Classics with the usual drink additions like mochi, boba, aloe vera, and fruit. In terms of snacks, there is an array of cookies, shaved ice, Karate Chopped Chicken and Buttload’a Fries. I ordered the fries with “a dash of Tastea dust” and, although not for the diet conscious, the Cajun-seasoned fries were enjoyable albeit a bit salty. The staff was friendly. As far as prices, Tastea is on par with most drink shops. For my Specialtea order, Gigantic size (20 oz, basically a medium at another store) was $3.25 while the mini (a 10 oz) was $1.65. My fries were $2.50, which I thought were a great deal for the portion. Tastea does face stiff competition in its smoothie and tea market around the Rowland Heights area, but its focus on all natural teas, instead of the “Renaissance drink” store, will keep it aﬂoat in the long run. Ω
Its wide selection of tasty desserts coupled with a comfortably cozy atmosphere makes Cafe Haus an ideal place to meet with friends or to just study by yourself. This conveniently located cafe in Diamond Bar also has a quaint enclosed patio, equipped with a heater for cooler weather, and stylish, modern interior design that completes the overall tranquility of the room. Although the menu is mainly comprised of the usual desserts offered at Asian cafes, such as “snow ice,” crepes, and wafﬂes, it also offers many unique variations of teas, coffees, and lattes. The fairly friendly server brought out my sister and my order within a reasonable time of ten minutes and I was most impressed by the beautiful presentation of the dishes. The small Cafe Haus wafﬂe, which was a half of a wafﬂe with fruits (strawberries, bananas, kiwis, and peaches), a light chocolate drizzle, and Nutella, was good if you like a more crispy wafﬂe rather than a ﬂuffy wafﬂe. I preferred the warm well-made Royal crepe we had, which was one of the better crepes I’ve tasted. The scoop of strawberry ice cream that came with both dishes also complimented the warmth of the desserts well. As for our drinks, the ﬂavorful taro tea had the right amount of sweetness and our hot sweet potato latte was satisfying on a cold day. Like most other similar cafes, the prices were reasonable - not exceptionally high nor low. I thought their wide selection was unique. I do not know how it compares to other many cafes because I haven’t been to many before, but I liked being able to have so many choices and I knew if I were to go back I’d be able try something new the next time. Considering all of this along with its free wi-ﬁ, I can easily see the stylish Cafe Haus as a popular place to meet and relax with a dessert or drink. Ω
CAFE HAUS Unique Desserts
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Jackson Deng Staff Writer
Smashed between Hongkong Plaza and SF Supermarket, MJ Cafe is a quaint Taiwanese café that has a large variety of teas and snacks to choose from. The ordering system is not conventional, and new comers may be confused at ﬁrst. Without a menu display, people have to look at small pamphlets that were handed out at the counter or menus underneath tabletops. I ordered a boba milk tea and Taiwanese spicy chicken. To my surprise, their boba milk tea is literally tea mixed with milk and boba. The presentation of the drink disappointed me as the foam that mixing milk and tea together creates, stuck to the sides and cover of the drink giving the cup a very unappetizing look. However, what I enjoyed about the drink was the boba, which was incredibly chewy. The tea was also satisfactory despite its unappealing presentation. The Taiwanese chicken did not really stand out compared to the Ten Ren and Lollicup versions. Although, the chicken was hot and fresh and its spicy smell enveloped my nostrils. But the dish that made my visit memorable was surprisingly not made inside, but outside of the shop. In the front of the shop is a grill where an employee makes little sponge cake like wafﬂes that are usual street fare in Taiwan. They were shaped like familiar cartoon characters such as Pikachu and Hello Kitty. The batter was very sweet and the combination of the crispy outside with a spongy inside made the dish complete. Even though it may not be the wholly unique unto itself, MJ Café is worth a visit. Ω
Bundled up in a quiet corner of a Rowland plaza, Let’s Go Dating has a friendly, small-town atmosphere complements it’s home-style food. The friendly and welcoming staff along with the delicious food make Let’s Go Dating a must for those who enjoy light Asian fare. Let’s Go Dating’s charm comes from it’s peaceful atmosphere; the oil paintings, warm color scheme, and plush red chairs. Free wi-ﬁ as well as conveniently placed tables also make it a great place to study. Another of Let’s Go Dating’s appeals is its food, as its menu is both diverse and affordable. The small cafe offers selections like “Crispy Chicken” and “Sausage Rice,” together costing only $10. When the plate of chicken arrived, I was surprised by the bold, spicy ﬂavor it offered when paired with the basil herbs, and I found myself ordering a second serving immediately. The drinks, unfortunately, do not match the standard of the food, as I found their milk tea too sweet for my taste. Service, however, was the best part of my experience at the cafe. When I ﬁrst entered, the server immediately greeted me with a warm smile, and showed me to the ordering counter. The cashier was friendly and attentive, and suggested a few house specialties for me. The food arrived quickly, and the server was unobtrusive throughout the meal, offering help periodically. Let’s Go Dating is a perfect pick for idle students and friends and family, offering a welcoming and peaceful environment along with great service and affordable, delicious food. Ω
DATING Great Food
VOLUME 44, ISSUE 2
Hitting the mats early Final touchdown Wrestling prepares for season early and adjusts well to a new girls squad.
Ted Zhu Staff writer
Patrick Lee Staff writer Building on the success of last year’s 3rd place ﬁnish in the Hacienda League, wrestling looks to go into this season even faster and stronger by sharpening their skills earlier than in the previous year. “Our pre-season is looking pretty good. Compared to last year, we’re ahead of the game as far as training and preparation,” Coach Cecil Sebastian said. “We had a few facilities open up for us that we didn’t have last year, so now we can use the mats and lift weights instead of being restricted to conditioning on the track.” With high expectations for varsity to reach CIF, pre-season preparation began much sooner. “I started training the day season ended last year. Along with lifting weights I have to watch what I eat to stay in my weight class,” senior Eduardo Maciel said. “I’m more committed because it’s my senior year.” The program has also made an addition to the squad with a new girls’ team joining JV and varsity. While it is now divided by gender, not much
Football season ends but players continue practice.
This year, the varsity football team worked throughobstacles and played hard every game. feeling some pressure when we PHOTO BY EUNICE PANG
playing for you guys, for the HAND OFF: Senior quarterback school, the community, everyone,” Chris Mendez hands off the ball to senior starting quarterback Chris senior running back Devin Brown. Mendez said. Although the team did not perform as well as it did in previous years and been successful in other ways. PHOTO BY PATRICK LEE
PINNED DOWN: Senior Eduardo Maciel sprawls on his opponent, senior Kareem Ahmed, during a practice drill, trying to get better position. is different between the boys and the girls. “We train the same way, and the guys even push the girls to work harder. Wrestling is deﬁnitely the most intense girls sport,” junior Mariah Maico said. “A girl competes in girls’ tournaments, but can compete in boys’ tournaments if she challenges a varsity boy and wins.”
Although the changes add a new dimension to the wrestling program, the expectations of success have not wavered. “I’m excited because it’s a new experience having a full team. I want them to reach CIF, and even though most are new to the sport, after watching them so far, I think they can do it,” Sebastian said. Ω
together,” he said. “Although the record doesn’t show it, we really improved over the year and we’ve really become a stronger team.” The bonds developed over the year between the players improves team chemistry and creates a family atmosphere. “We’ve really developed a brotherhood together,” senior offensive lineman Jacob Chonsky said. “At practice, we pushed each other, and I’ll really miss the fun times we had together.” Junior Cody Lepp, already a standout receiver on varsity, thinks they’ll have much more success next year. “We’re going to be a young team with a lot of experience. A lot of returners next year will have had playing time this year as juniors and sophomores, and that will really help us,” Lepp said. “It was a problem this year, because some our starters were inexperienced. With our team next year, we’re going to
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