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Three different Walnut players scored as girls’ varsity soccer dominated Azusa 6-0 on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at home. “Offensively, we have to bring it up on the offensive transition or we can’t score. We have to drive the ball and keep the ball on [Azusa’s] half. Playing against a weaker team [like Azusa] we have to play even harder because if we don’t and let up we’ll be playing their game and not by our own standards.” Joleen Hajirnia, 12 PHOTO BY ANDRAES ARTEAGA


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TABLE OF CONTENTS 3. FEATURE

Senior Kyle Ng represented the United States at the taekwondo world championships in Mexico.

5. OPINION Even the negative aspects of history are valuable opportunities for self-reflection.

7. SCENE

With Winter Break right around the corner, enjoy these recent holiday hits and misses.

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8. IN-DEPTH

Students end the year with a variety of activities, including working and studying.

10. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

Exploring a core aspect to our everyday lives: we breakdown the ways in which our families influence us.

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12. ARTS Advanced and Intermediate orchestra and concert band showcased their annual Christmas Concert.

14. SPORTS

Take a look at junior Dwight Ramos as he works for the opportunity to continue playing basketball in college.

MISSION STATEMENT

We, the Hoofprint staff, strive to inform the student body in an accurate, timely and objective manner. While we take responsibility for the legitimacy of our reporting, we also recognize the freedom of the press and speech given to us under California Education Code 48907. We seek to reflect the diversity of the school and to be an open forum that encourages student expression and disscussion. Through our coverage, we hope to represent the distinct character of the Walnut Community.

STAFF

Staff Writers: Andraes Arteaga, Jezebel Cardenas, Crystal Chang, Brian Chen, Emily Chen, Emily (Yuanhui) Chen, Kelly Chen, Olivia Chiang, Jocelyn Chow, Sophia Ding, Michelle Feng, Airi Gonzalez, Kent Hsieh, Sajid Iqbal, Brandon Lai, Albert Law, Jessica Lee, Vivian Lee, Dori Li, James Li, Ashley Lin, Serena Lin, Elaine Liu, Jonathan Liu, Sarah Liu, Kyle Loc, Cynthia Lu, Jason Luna, Katie Nguyen, Irene Ornelas, Eric Peng, Belle Sun, Shahar Syed, Amanda Taing, Jeffrey Tran, Sean Wang, Brandon Win, Megan Wu, Aaron Yong, Anna Yu, Yolanda Yu, Laura Zhang, Maxwell Zhu Editors-in-Chief: Spencer Wu, Mary Zhang, Ted Zhu Managers: Anita Chuen, Ashlyn Montoya Copy Editor: Gabrielle Manuit Photo Editor: Anthony Zhang Business Managers: Anabelle Chang, Anita Chuen, Jefferey Huang Sports Editors: Joshua Shen, Brian Wu Opinion Editors: Michelle Chang, Samantha Gomes

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EDITORIAL

A National Conversation

We are, unfortunately, a nation divided. The events surrounding Ferguson, MO have captivated millions across the globe as debates surrounding racism, police conduct, peaceful and violent protests permeate daily conversations, including those in our school. We are, on a smaller scale, a school divided. Judging by the conversations in the school halls and the arguments on social media between students, it’s apparent that racial tension is alive and kicking. The events of the past four months have clearly frayed nerves. And while we may wish to duck our heads while the violence, name-calling and finger-pointing continues, or even jump up with rage, it’s time we take a good, hard and rational look at the situation. It’s time we open up our minds and question our convictions. It’s time, as the new AP US History curriculum says, “to examine relationships between causes and consequences of events or processes.” We, here at the Hoofprint, hope that the events surrounding Ferguson will become the basis for a conversation about why there are misjudgments and misgivings about race. We hope that it will be the first step in a long soul-searching journey for self-awareness. It is important to understand ourselves: who we are, what we believe and why we believe it, but we strongly believe it is just as important to understand why the person next to you believes

what he or she believes. We believe that such a conversation is necessary to establish real empathy for all. There are clearly problems, that much we can agree on. We can hurl insults and rocks through windows all we want, but at the end of the day, the hatred hasn’t disappeared and neither has the problem. By working together to understand the roots of these problems, we may be able to establish a self-consciousness that helps us address our grievances. We’re taught in kindergarten that when conflicts arise, we must calm down, sit down with the other side, and with the guidance of a neutral third party mediator, discuss what went wrong and what can be done to improve it. When applying it to the issue at hand, it may seem like an elementary solution to a complex problem, but there are no easy answers. But let’s have some empathy for all, and talk. It’s the least we can do. We may never know what exactly happened between officer Darren Wilson and teenager Michael Brown, but we do know that America has a race problem that it’s largely unwilling to examine in an impartial and rational manner. That heated debates are occurring highlights the fact that there are misunderstandings and misgivings from all sides. It’s time for some real empathy, for all sides.


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Call me world champ

spotlight

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Get Your Groove On Outside the world of academics, various faculty members spend their free time in the art of dance.

Senior Kyle Ng and his team won the taekwondo world championships in the poomsae category. Shahar Syed Staff writer He seems like a regular kid. He goes to school. He watches television. He messes around with his friends. But 17-year-olds aren’t winners of the World Taekwondo poomsae - that’s “form” if you don’t speak Korean championships, hosted by the World Taekwondo Federation. “I grew up with [taekwondo] and it’s impacted me a lot. I got really serious about it in the last four years, and I made it my goal to make it to the world stage for competing,” senior Kyle Ng said. Ng grew serious about taekwondo after a six month hiatus that was a result of a conflict he had with his dojo. He went back to practicing when his master opened up a new dojo, called “Taekwondo,” located in Diamond Bar. “I realized that without taekwondo, I was pretty bored. I spent so much time there, I was just used to going. It really hit me how important taekwondo was for me. So I decided that if I really like something, I might as well get good at it,”

Jennifer Nicholls Math teacher

Salsa dancing

PHOTOS COURTESY OF KYLE NG

JUST FOR KICKS (FROM LEFT): Senior Kyle Ng (far left) poses with his winning team at the taekwondo world championships. // Ng (center) performs the “poomsae”

Ng said. It was after he returned to the sport that he decided he would try to compete on the national stage. In his first two competitions he placed fifth and seventh in the US Open and the National Team Trials, respectively. “It was a lot of hard work because for so many years I never paid attention to what I was doing, I was just doing it. Like I wasn’t focusing on what I should actually be doing with my feet and hands and all the little things,” Ng said. Ng originally took an interest in the sport as he watched his older brothers practice during his childhood and started training at age six. Ng became disinterested in taekwondo and was

constantly running into trouble by disrupting class, but he found motivation to match his brother’s success. “My older brother was good. I felt pressure to live up to [his accomplishments]. He made it to the international stage and would’ve competed if a situation didn’t come up. So I thought, ‘Okay, let me at least make it,’” Ng said. Recently, Ng traveled to Mexico to represent the United States in the junior national team for form in Taekwondo from Oct. 30-Nov. 2. He and two teammates competed against teams from 50 countries and outperformed Taipei to take home the world title. “Me and my two partners, and the three people from Chinese Taipei approached the screen where they were showing the scores. When I saw that our

score was higher than theirs I just jumped at that moment,” Ng said. The glory of reigning as a poomsae world champion comes with a price. While preparing to compete on the international stage Ng trained at the dojo six times a week. During the week he trained for three hours a day, and during weekends he trained from four to five hours. During vacations, he practiced everyday. “Practice is practice, but there is a personal enjoyment where it’s not only you that’s there but also your teammates. It’s not only you that’s committed; that’s the best part,” Ng said. Even after winning a world championship in the junior division, Kyle hopes to improve in taekwondo and represent USA next year on the senior level. Ω Continued at whshoofprint.com

I hear blue, green and white

communicate // “I do ballroom dancing and salsa dancing. And I do bachata and cha-cha-cha. I really like partner dancing. I like the challenge of following when they don’t tell you verbally what to do and you have to figure it out by their hand motions.”

Cedric Papa Student teacher

Salsa dancing

competition // “I used to be on the Cal State Fullerton salsa team and we’ve been through a couple of competitions.” pure joy // “You may not even know how to dance salsa, but as long as you’re up there and you feel good in the end, it’s all that matters.”

Senior Shrinithi Kalai, who has synesthesia, hears different colors with each music note.

Eric Peng Staff writer Do-re-me-fa-so-la ti-do. As these notes flow through her ears, senior Shrinithi Kalai can see different colors within each note. Initially, Kalai didn’t realize she had a rare condition called synesthesia, a condition in which “a certain sense or part of a sense is activated, another unrelated sense or part of a sense is activated concurrently.” (Boston University Synesthesia Project) “Actually, as a kid, I had the condition, but I didn’t know it was synesthesia until about last year. I thought the fact that I could hear color was just some awkward phenomenon that everyone had and nobody would

talk about,” Kalai said. PHOTOS BY ANTHONY ZHANG Kalai found out about the condition a year ago during English 3 IB, where she learned how rare of a condition it was. Synesthesia was a literary term and Kalai’s friend s talked about how people who had the condition had different perceptions at the same time. “I was like, ‘Is that even SING WITH ME (FROM LEFT): Senior Shrinithi Kalai uses a thing?’ I didn’t know it her synesthesia to sing Indian classical music. // Kalai was a very rare condition picks apart a musical piece, labeling the notes with colors. and I felt kind of special and kind of fascinated that I had colors with words, letters and sounds.” note to your friend, you can’t say, ‘Oh, something that nobody really (Journal of Abnormal Psychology) sing it a little bluer’ or ‘sing it a little had,” Kalai said. “It’s really complicated because greener’,” Kalai said. Ω Kalai discovered that she had Continued at whshoofprint.com chromesthesia, “the association of when you’re trying to explain the

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self-expression // “Dancing is something that everyone can do, with no experience. You can add your own flavor to your movements, and it’s a social connection with your friends.” PHOTOS COURTESY OF JENNIFER NICHOLLS AND CEDRIC PAPA PHOTO BY ANDRAES ARTEGA


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Leave it all on the table What started off as a hobby grew into a passion that drove freshman Matthew Chang to become one of the top pingpong players in the country. Michelle Feng Staff writer One. Two. Three. Three bounces. That’s all it takes for him to regain his composure. With self-assurance and an eerily placid disposition, he steadily bounces his ball on his paddle, an action that immediately releases a wave of calm throughout his body. “[Dimitrij Ovtcharov], the third best pingpong player in the world, once told me, ’Just bounce the ball on the paddle three times, tell yourself you’re going to win, and you automatically become calm.’ Whenever I have trouble focusing, I just remember these words,” freshman Matthew Chang said. Originally, sustaining such a carefully put-together temperament during games did not come easily to Chang. When he first started playing table tennis, Chang struggled to keep his composure after losses. “It’s been a challenge overcoming the obstacle of emotions during matches, because sometimes your desire to win takes control over you and you lose it,” Chang said. ” Pingpong was a recreational

hobby that evolved into a fundamental part of Chang’s life. Inspired by his dad’s love for the sport, Chang first began playing table tennis around six years ago. “Pingpong’s a really unique sport; not a lot of people play it. You have to be really fast and it’s different, because most sports are focused on strength while this is more focused on feeling and how well you can hit to the other side,” Chang said. He was drawn in by the sport’s unorthodox technique, but stayed for the friendships he made while competing. “You meet a lot of new people from tournaments. We really bond over our mutual love for the game,” Chang said. Chang also found a way to make money playing the sport. Sponsored by Joola, a Germanybased table tennis company, he advertises its gear and competes using its products. After six years competing, Chang found himself ranked as the seventh best table tennis player in the USA Table Tennis League among individuals 14 and under. “My dad and brother are probably my biggest inspirations. They keep on pushing me to work

hard. If it [weren’t] for them I probably wouldn’t be half as good as I am today,” Chang said. They keep pushing me to go and to keep driving myself.” Throug h hard work and determination, Chang has been able to compete among some of the best players in the nation. His experiences of playing in competitions have taught Chang to appreciate the blessings of his life, along with embracing its unpredictability. “[Table tennis] has helped me understand how hard it is to survive in this world,” Chang said. “There are players who give up everything completely to play pingpong, so you have to compete with the best, which is almost impossible. I had to grow up. I had to learn that you can’t win everything; life is a whirlwind and can change at any second.” Ω Continued at whshoofprint.com

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Not just any plane adventure

Gabrielle Manuit Copy editor

For civics and economics teacher Will Lares, the world is a book he can’t put down. Each new country is another chapter under his belt, and after visiting numerous countries, from Brazil to Morocco to Korea, he still hasn’t had enough. Having grown up in Walnut, Lares was not entirely aware of what was beyond his home until he enrolled Economics and in the Semesters at Sea program civics teacher at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. The program Will Lares offered global study abroad for four explores new months, providing 12-15 credits per semester. frontiers in “I think, like any other typical young person, I knew what I knew countries such as inside of my bubble, but I had no idea Korea, India and there was a space outside that I didn’t South Africa. know anything about, and I didn’t fully comprehend or understand,” Lares said. “Going outside that bubble for the first time was crazy; it felt like a whirlwind. It was nothing I was used to.” Stepping foot in an unfamiliar country is a daunting task for many, PHOTO COURTESY OF WILL LARES

but Lares approaches every new encounter with enthusiasm. Since his first venture, Lares has visited a total of 23 countries, each one opening new doors to the life beyond. “When you go to another country, everything’s different, everything’s new and you want to take it all in through all your senses,” Lares said. “You step off the ship, you go into the country and your senses are bombarded. You want to see it, you want to feel it, you want to taste it, you want to smell it.” Semester at Sea expanded Lares’ limited perspective of the world around him. Experiencing cultures from places like India, Korea and Vietnam opened up his mind to new ideas. “Traveling made me really nonjudgmental of people,” Lares said. “Clothes, the way they speak, the way they think. I always feel like if you grow up in that environment, you would be like that, and it would be normal. How can you judge someone [for] growing up like that?” Lares’ capability of looking past initial impressions became an integral part of his character, which he relates

to every aspect of his life, including his job as a teacher. “I feel like you should get to know the person, not what you think or what you see,” Lares said. “I think that’s true with students. The way a kid dresses, whatever it is, I don’t judge on the outside. I talk to them and get to know them on a one-on-one basis, and they are who they are from their core not from their shell.” From helping out in the classrooms of India to joining a Habitat for Humanity project to build homes in Honduras, Lares has also taken the opportunity to give assistance to those in need during his travels. “Giving back was unbelievably rewarding. People don’t have much, but if you can do something for them, it’s awesome,” Lares said. “Being open to people and their cultures is good. It might not be what I’m used to, but that doesn’t mean it’s wrong. The ability to connect with people is huge for me. I feel like I can connect with anyone because traveling has taught me so much about how to reach somebody’s essence and connect with them.” Ω Continued at whshoofprint.com


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FACE THE FACTS SOURCES: COLLEGEBOARD, THE HECHINGER REPORT, THE WASHINGTON POST

A-PUSH from patriotism Critics of the new AP U.S. History curriculum want it to promote patriotism, but such emphasis may prevent us from learning from history’s negative parts.

SOUND-OFF with US history teachers COMPILED BY CHANTEL CHAN, MICHELLE CHANG AND SAMANTHA GOMES

1 Mike Nelson

The curriculum now requires more reading comprehension. I’m starting to incorporate those types of questions with the traditional multiple-choice questions in my chapter tests, but that’s the only way I’m doing things differently.

2 Robert Sandoval

History, overall, is never a perfect balance between negative and positive aspects; it’s more about the way a teacher conveys information. And you can even take a negative aspect of history and talk about how we moved and progressed toward positives in the future.

3 Brett Landis

The challenge for AP teachers is knowing selectively what to keep in their instruction and what to tailor into in-depth analysis. As a school, we’re well-prepared, because we’ve sat down for many months considering which documents we’ll insert into the new curriculum.”

COLLEGE BOARD’S CHANGES

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released topics, but never guaranteed which ones would appear on the test did not mention specific historical figures 80 multiple-choice questions about any topics one essay or short-answer question

EDITORIAL CARTOON SUBMITTED BY MAGGIE TSENG

Ted Zhu Editor-in-Chief A nationwide fight has erupted over Collegeboard’s new AP U.S. History curriculum. Some critics have charged that the new curriculum does not adequately “promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free enterprise system.” That’s due to, the critics say, the implementation of “a radically revisionist view of American history that emphasizes negative aspects of our nation’s history while minimizing positive aspects.” Larry Krieger, a noted former US history teacher, also denounced the new curriculum, charging that it failed to highlight what made America great and ignored core values such as American exceptionalism. Why are we shunning the negatives? I want to learn about the good, the bad, and the ugly especially the ugly, because when we see the ugliest sides of ourselves, that’s when we’re most inspired to change. I’m proud of my country and the values of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” But I’m not just interested in how democracy and freedom makes our country great, as I am perhaps even more so interested in what keeps America from being greater, because real progress comes from challenging our current values and continuing to innovate, not from clinging to what we have already. If we constantly look into the mirror and tell ourselves how great we are, it’s more of an ego-boosting exercise than an educational one. What makes America great, and has kept America great, in my

opinion, is the ability to self-reflect and continue to make changes, and we cannot abandon that mindset when it comes to teaching history. Our greatest strength has been the ability to look into the mirror, be candidly self-critical and improve. Seeing our past failures, alongside our triumphs, grounds us and motivates us to keep going. When people say “We’re the greatest country in the world.” it bothers me a little. It implies a sort of contentment with having reached the top of the mountain, when what we should be communicating to our youth is that the top of the mountain, the best view, is still yet ahead. The US is seventh in literacy, 22nd in math, 22nd in science, 46th in infant mortality and 49th in life expectancy, according to the CIA World Factbook and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development . We currently have the highest number of incarcerated citizens per capita. We rank 47th in press freedom and 10th in economic freedom, according to Reporters Without Borders and the Wall Street Journal. Certainly, some may argue, not bad. And compositely, it may just put us at the top. But it’s a constant reminder that we could, and definitely should be better. We need to tackle the roots of the problems, no matter how uncomfortable the truths are. We need to examine past examples and find out what went wrong and why, so that we can apply those principles to the here and now. If we can find a way as a country to improve our students’ literacy, math and science skills, then we won’t have to look back and wonder whether we are “positive enough” in telling the story of our history. Ω Continued at whshoofprint.com

What makes America great, and has kept America great, is the ability to self-reflect and continue to make changes.

after published a curriculum with every topic that will be tested still does not mention historical figures 55 multiple-choice questions about primary or secondary source documents four essay or short-answer questions

The AP U.S. History exam was the 2nd most popular AP exam of 2013. YES 72%

NO 28%

Did teachers across the nation loathe the “vagueness” of the five-page course outline provided for the past version of the curriculum?


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JEFF TALKS Check your volume

Exaggerated reactions to small and trivial comments may often hurt the credibility of serious complaints. PHOTO BY ANTHONY ZHANG

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Racism, s e x i s m , homophobia— we’re exposed to countless forms of discrimination that are all issues worth discussing and resolving. However, efforts to eliminate these prejudices have set up landmines in the field of political correctness. We’re careful to avoid controversy, and it often prevents us from taking initiative in destroying harmful ideas. It’s not wrong to be sensitive to such issues; a number of us are simply confused as to where to draw the line that differentiates offensive material from the rest. Many of us are afraid of saying something that can get us in trouble. If we’re going to be harshly criticized for voicing a dissenting opinion, most would find it preferable not to say anything at all. But blatant disagreement isn’t the only thing that can provoke retaliation. Even inoffensive comments or actions can now be twisted to reveal a double-meaning that was never there in the first place: general assumptions about a particular ethnicity are automatically racist, and comparisons between men and women are automatically sexist. While it’s true that not every statement is completely innocent, it doesn’t help to attack people for harmless words or actions that are only remotely related to an issue. This behavior has an oftentimes detrimental effect because the fear of the unreasonable retribution fortifies our unwillingness to open our thoughts up for discussion. The

difference between persuading others to share our viewpoint and forcing our ideals down someone’s throat is overlooked, which elicits vehement disagreement and does more harm than good. Still, these arguments are meant to enlighten others rather than to alarm them. There are issues in this society that we want to solve, and we can’t do that without communicating. Most of us are taught to speak up when we feel something is wrong; it only becomes a problem when the criticism is no longer constructive. Once that happens, we lose the other side of the dispute, and there is no longer a discussion. If we are to teach others how to improve the world and be better people, we must be willing to learn from them as well. We can’t always be on the defensive. Not every problematic comment hides a malicious agenda, and not every misunderstanding should be dismissed as ignorance. Rather than mindlessly reject everything that’s misaligned with our ideals, we must look for pragmatic ways reach an agreement with others. To come to that agreement, we need to be patient with opposition instead of throwing down eggshells for others to walk on. When we overreact by grossly exaggerating trivial things, we can’t expect people to take the matter seriously even when a valid grievance is brought up. When it comes down to it, everyone retains the right to express their opinions, and there’s no helping if someone is offended. Even so, taking offense to something doesn’t necessarily mean you’re right. Oversensitivity will only make a mockery out of the very ideologies for which we claim to advocate. Ω

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Jefferey Huang Business manager During the second grade, I played in a K-8 sports league with a kid named Henry. We rode the bus together to and from practice, so I knew him pretty well. But when we were waiting for the bus one day, he quietly asked me if I could buy some candy for him and handed me a dollar. He confessed to me that the day before, a store worker asked him to prove he bought the pack of Skittles in his hand, despite having purchased it a few moments earlier. I later found out that these experiences were commonplace for many other Black youth, too. If it had not been for my participation in sports, I probably wouldn’t have met a kid like Henry. But simply witnessing these perspective-changing situations is not enough. It’s what I’m able to show everyone else about them, by taking genuine action, that counts. An example of more action can be articulating the experiences I’ve gone through and what I can gain from them. For those who haven’t heard stories like this one, it’s difficult to understand why Black males may often feel unfairly targeted. So whenever I’m prompted with a question of race-relations, I draw upon my experience with Henry. As an athlete, I have a major

influence on those around me, created by my experiences in sports and pivotal role in culture. Sports command attention. They’re appreciated by and available to people of most race, socioeconomic and age groups. They serve as a global, unifying force. And so naturally, athletes have often been at the forefront of cultural change. For example, basketball legend Magic Johnson’s persistence in promoting worldwide HIV education revolutionized the public view of HIV patients all across the world. It was his status as a global icon that allowed him to have such a broad influence. But the problem is that athletes aren’t always encouraged to express themselves. The manly reserve, a part of the social contract of sports, needs to be challenged. We have to consciously fight against the urge to suppress our emotional reactions. Yet if we never make a conscious effort to contribute, how can we expect to see change? Especially inside the “Walnut bubble,” a widened perspective is crucial for others to develop empathy, or even for a better understanding of the experiences of those who sit next to us on the bus. For this reason, we must learn to communicate what it is that we see. Because if we don’t, we may lose our value to society the second we walk off the court. Ω

HOW TO GET YOUR OPINIONS PUBLISHED:

COMPILED BY JONATHAN LIU

“Everyone has different views so you shouldn’t criticize who they are or how they were raised. You can educate others about your values but you can’t force them to adopt your own. No one will listen to you that way.”

Athletes are in a unique situation that can be used to contribute to society.

Karim Yamak, 12

“We overreact to little problems, but we should have a perspective of both sides. If an issue doesn’t directly involve you, it shouldn’t be your problem. Just let people live the way they want to live.”

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December box office hits and misses

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A HOLLY, JOLLY CHRISTMAS (FROM LEFT TO RIGHT): Harry Dunne and Lloyd Christmas, Katniss Everdeen, Noni Jean and Kaz Nicol and Kowalski.

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Penguins of Madagascar

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Adult humor, semi-raunchy scenes and extremely irritating actors. If these specifications fit your standards of a good movie, then you’re probably going to enjoy this—probably. The movie opens to a cliché panoramic view of a cityscape and introduces the protagonists Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey). Five minutes in and the film still hasn’t grabbed my attention. Ω

Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) talks with Alma Coin (Julianne Moore), District 13’s president, over issues regarding the citizens of the other 12 districts to rebel against the Capitol. The scenes were creative and distinct, but not all were original. Still, many will love the intricate plot and sly characters, and there’s no doubt that Part 2 will have eager fans waiting to buy tickets. Ω

Noni Jean (Gugu MbathaRaw), a pop artist at the peak of her career, attempts suicide because of the pressure from her mother’s controlling ways. At this moment, police officer Kaz Nicol (Nate Parker) saves her by claiming to see her for who she really is. This movie does fall short of being a “classic” as the plot has some flaws, but its motivational value makes it worth your time and money. Ω

One of the more interesting points of the film is the fact that it was from the penguins’ perspective, unheard of in the other “Madagascar” titles as the penguins are usually side characters. The film is full of energy and action but is at times too childish and manic. “Penguins of Madagascar” is a solid movie if you can get past some of its excessive and childish silliness. Ω

A VERY MARY ALBUM

From the foods to the tunes that’ll keep you toasty this winter, our reviews have it all at whshoofprint.com.

I ordered the Chicken Breast Kabob. The chicken breasts were grilled to perfectly, and the light pita bread flavor balanced out the rich flavor of the eggplant salad. However, the raw tomato and steamed rice was bland. Still, this is a place worth visiting to grab a few quick bites. Ω

18180 COLIMA RD HoneyMee by Irene Ornelas

I was blown away by the amount of flavor packed into a tiny spoonful. The honey was overpowering and took some time for my taste buds to adjust to but was well worth it. What the ice cream lacked in ingredients, it made up for in original flavor. The cup was also the perfect size as the honey efficiently satisfied my sweet tooth. Ω

Food

PHOTO BY ANTHONY ZHANG

With winter break arriving, Mary enjoys Willow Smith’s new album. Mary Zhang Editor-in-chief Willow Smith is no longer the girl who just whips her hair back and forth. She’s come a long way from her 2010 autotuned shenanigans. If you’ve seen Willow’s social media, you’ll notice that she doesn’t seem quite like your typical celebrity spawn; she’s trying to understand the world beyond herself and see

beyond the material, and her new album, “3,” definitely shows that. Now before I jump into her album, you should know that Willow’s new style isn’t a sudden 180° flip. She’s been dropping singles and covers on her Soundcloud—which I highly recommend listening, especially to her cover of King Krule’s “Easy Easy”—for a few years now, marking her development.

Her tracks do pop up with no forewarning or pre-hype, instead just pure and simple RnB. It’s refreshing to see how Willow makes music for the pure appreciation of music, spreading good vibes and messages all around. To start off, “3” is the deep grays and soft blues to “Whip My Hair”’s neon pinks and yellows. Ω Continuued at whshoofprint.com

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Music & More

Paradise Cuisine of India by Olivia Chiang I went for the Indian-Chinese dishes and paid a whopping $13 for Chicken Fried Rice. Expecting an Indian twist to a Chinese classic, I was disappointed. The hard rice was loose, tasteless and came with an inadequate amount of chicken. In short, Paradise Cuisine of India is not worth it. Ω


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8 IN-DEPTH

taking a break

Compiled by Cherie Chu, Amanda Taing, Shahar Syed, Sean Wang

“My family is planning on going to the Bahamas, and this time is really special because I get to spend time with my little cousins. We’re going to go to the beach a lot because they have really nice ones. I have mixed feelings because I have to watch over the kids, who are really noisy, and also there’s no wifi. Still, I’m pretty excited for it.”

JASON SHEN, 9

“I’m going camping with Girl Scouts. It’s really great to be able to spend a part of the holidays with these girls, since I’ve known them since elementary school but we all go to different high schools now. Camping itself is always super fun too -- things like making a fire, sleeping in a sleeping bag, and night hikes are fun in a group.”

ANNA CHIANG, 10

“[I plan to] continue working on my movie. In this particular one I am writing, directing, producing, editing, and acting in it. Other than that I have a group of friends that I like to work with that bring their own skills to the table. My hope is that I can work to get the film sort of off the ground during winter break.”

My HOME for the HOLIDAYS

PHO

DYLAN BANKS, 11

“I’m going to go to Big Bear with my church for winter retreat. I’m most excited about rekindling that passion I have for God that I’ve held dormant because of school and the business of everyday life I’m glad to have this opportunity to reconnect with my fellow brothers and sisters [and] making new friendships with people I’ve never had a chance to really talk to in the church.”

Winter break. The time of the year to finally relax with friends and family a workload of first semester. But before all that, SAT prep classes. Then the h it probably wouldn’t hurt to crack open the textbook and get ahead by skimm through a few questions in that first packet and thinking about all the assign it’s difficult not to wonder if these two weeks away from school are actually break to be a cheerful time of year decked out in festive decor and brimmi time of the season to be with our loved ones and set aside the responsibi For others, however, using this time as an opportunity for further academic though it isn’t the ordinary perception of a “break.” In the end, your time is yo of it at a desk or out on the scene, making the most out of the time that you spend your winter break.

HANNAH WU, 12

student statistics based on a survey of 264 students

traveling

studying

working

12%

other

7%

6%

4%

to work or earn money to get ahead on academics

12% 13%

relaxing with friends or family

Should students wor related work during w

What do you think the purpose of winter break is?

What do students plan on doing this winter break?

34%

56%

to take a break from school work

56%

to celebrate the holidays

Do academic obligatio with spending winter family or relax


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making a plan HOMEWORK

Compiled by Kelly Chen, Cherie Chu, James Li

VIVIANA BRISENO, 9

“I’m going to try to finish [all my homework] at the beginning. If I don’t have homework over winter break I get super bored nd I have nothing better to do. Some [homework] is good because I usually forget everything if I don’t review anything, but too much is more work for the student and more work for the teacher to grade.”

STUDYING

MICHAEL DING, 10 “My main goal during winter break is to study. I don’t really care about vacation anymore, because if I slack off on studying during break, it will affect how I study for the rest of the year. I also to catch up with Science Olympiad, FBLA and school material so I don’t fall behind. In two weeks’ time, I can cover all of that so I’ll be caught up and prepared for academics and extracurriculars.”

TAKING CLASSES

ELLA WANG, 11

“It’s the holidays, so I will make time with my family but my prioities would be to get over the SATs. To be honest, I don’t really have the motivation to practice by myself. I do not think that taking SAT [classes] over winter break has that much stress, so I’m okay with it. My goal is to get over SAT as soon as possible and get a score that I really want.”

COLLEGE APPLICATIONS

OTO BY MEGAN WU

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“I would love to have vacation, but I’m most likely going to be working on my college applications. In the short term it would seem like wasting a good break for going out with family and friends, but in the long run, it’s going to help in the quality of the application if you don’t rush. I think that sacrificing free time for something beneficial and productive for your future is worth it.”

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and enjoy ourselves after surviving the homework the teachers assigned. And ming the next few chapters. After going nments that have yet to be completed, vacation. Most people envision winter ing with holiday spirit. It’s the perfect ilities of school—at least temporarily. enrichment may be equally important, our time, and whether you spend more u have is key to finding the best way to

MOSES HSIEH, 12

of students spent the majority of last winter break taking classes or studying

breaking the workload

Gabrielle Manuit, Copy editor Cherie Chu In-depth editor

rk on schoolwinter break?

Two out of ten students say yes

ons interfere r break with xing?

Nine out of ten students say yes

Just because it’s winter break doesn’t mean you have to sit around being a couch potato for two straight weeks. No intense school means more time to study for SAT, competitions and next semester to get ahead. Trying to balance school, extracurriculars and test prep simultaneously isn’t easy, so lift some of that weight off your shoulders by learning some information ahead of time. That’ll save you hours of sleepless nights trying to relearn everything you slept through during class. Giving yourself an unreasonably long break may sound good now, but this valuable free time won’t be available again until spring break. If you use this time productively, you’ll feel less stressed while everyone else is cramming for the AP and IB tests. Celebrate the holidays with your family and friends, but don’t push all your work away for when you get back to school. Don’t deny it; you know you’re going to be busy. Spend this time wisely, and you’ll thank yourself when you realize that studying over winter break was not such a bad decision after all.

Katie Nguyen Staff writer Winter break is called winter break for a reason. Give yourself a break, you crazy kid. The holidays are meant for family, friends, food, and binge-watching all the TV you’ve missed during the semester. Students work so hard during the school term, slaving away over various assignments, managing their course load and keeping up with their clubs. Well now it’s time to keep up with the Kardashians because it’s winter break and we’ve earned it. All jokes aside, the concept of doing coursework over the break is a bit ridiculous. While schoolwork is extremely important, students need a chance to recharge those batteries and rest easy for a while. Trust me, the guilt you feel for “wasting” your break diminishes with every indulgent push of the snooze button. It’s the end of the semester, so take this opportunity to get into the right state of mind for the next hectic half of the year. The holidays should conjure images of gifts, sweaters and Hugh Grant dancing, not textbooks, homework packets and endless frustration. So take your well-deserved break and spend your time off surrounded by the ones you love, fictional and otherwise, and do what you enjoy.


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10 INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

Family Influence

Types of family structures

It’s widely understood that our interactions with parents and siblings can influence our interests and values. But exactly how big of an impact do these interactions make? Different factors like family structure, number of siblings and economic status are strong influences on our behaviors, personalities, interests and physical health.Younger siblings might choose a different path from their older siblings in order to differentiante themselves. Our eating habits and eating choices are, in most cases, nearly identical to our parents’. The involvement of our elders also plays a huge part in our quality of education. And our extended family, including our grandparents and aunts and uncles, may serve as other role models for us to look up to. Families play a huge role in our adolescent years that shape who we are and who we become. Brandon Ng, News editor

Family Household Size in 2012 1 person

2 people

3 people

4 people

5 people or more

27.4%

33.8%

15.9%

13.3%

9.6%

Single mother household

Two-parent household

Single father household

Population: Single mother households make up seven percent of all households.

Population: Married couples with children make up 25 percent of all households.

Population: Single father households make up about two percent of all households.

Income: The median annual income for a three-person single mother household is $26,000.

Income: Married couple families have a median annual income of $84,000.

Income: Median annual income for a three-person single father household of three is about $40,000.

Academic influence: Single mothers often have less money for educational expenses. However, their children are nearly as likely to succeed in adulthood as children raised in traditional two parent homes.

Academic influence: Children in two-parent families have higher academic performances and lower dropout rates from high school than those in one-parent families.

Academic influence: Children raised by single fathers are less likely to reach higher professional and educational levels than children raised in households headed by single mothers or two parents.

Sibling Relations The Only Child:

$100

has many of the same characteristics as firstborns, such as being reponsive to adults, but completes about three additional years of schooling, achieves higher occupational prestige and earns more money.

How family has changed over the years

1940s: As more families had two parents working, many older siblings had to assume parenting roles. These roles caused many children to mature faster.

The Oldest Child:

is more adultlike, achievement-oriented and conservative, but more introverted than children born later. A higher percentage of firstborn children have become scientists, professors and presidents.

The Middle Child:

is less adaptive to parental values and turns to peers instead of parents more for advice, learning, and support. The middle child is more friendly, cheerful but less studious less self-confident than the firstborn child.

1950s and early 1960s: Families were having more kids while living in a suburban development, fathers were breadwinners and mothers homemakers.

The Youngest Child:

at a very early age, is heavily dependent on others for help and more outgoing, initiating interaction with strangers more often. The youngest child is also significantly more socially successful than other birth orders.

1960s to 1970s: Divorce rates rose, births to unmarried women increased and the average age of the first marriage also rose.


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Parenting styles

Parent influence on education

Authoritarian Children are expected to follow strict rules, but parents fail to explain the reasoning behind these rules. These parents have high demands, but are not responsive to their children.

Parents who say children of uninvolved parents sometimes “fall through the cracks” in schools

Effect: Authoritarian parenting styles generally lead to children who are obedient and proficient. However, they rank lower in happiness, social competence and self-esteem.

Earn higher grades and test scores and enroll in higherlevel programs. Be promoted, pass their classes and earn credits.

Authoritative Like authoritarian parents, authoritative parents set rules, but are more forgiving than punishing when these rules are broken. They are responsive to their children and willing to listen to questions.

Students with involved parents, consistent across all incomes and backgrounds, are more likely to:

Effect: Authoritative parenting styles tend to result in children who are happy, capable and successful. They are less likely to report depression and anxiety.

72%

Attend school regularly. Have better social skills, show improved behavior and adapt well to school. Graduate and go on to post-secondary education.

Permissive Permissive parents make few demands and rarely discipline their children because they have relatively low expectations.They often taking on the status of a friend more than that of a parent.

Effect: Permissive parenting often results in children who rank low in happiness. These children are more likely to experience problems with authority and tend to perform poorly in school.

Conclusions from parent responses

Uninvolved Uninvolved parents have few demands, low responsiveness and little communication. Although these parents fulfill the child’s basic needs, they are generally detached from their child’s life.

Effect: Uninvolved parenting styles rank lowest across all life domains. These children tend to lack self-control, have low self-esteem and are less competent than their peers.

72%

74%

attended a parentteacher conference meeting before

attended a class or school event

Family influence on health Research findings

children eat just 99% of one main meal

Children from less advantaged backgrounds eat poorer quality diets.

Higher quality diets are more present among children with a regular meal schedule, who have reported to have enjoyable and talkative meal times.

71% of children eat the same food as their parents 14% of mothers report that mealtimes are rushed

Sons frequently choose fathers as the person with whom they would most likely discuss career goals, hopes and plans for the future, doubts about their abilities and fears about life.

of mothers said that never or occasionally is there a chance to talk

mothers feel that mealtimes are never of only occasionally 25% of enjoyable for everyone

46% serve as a volunteer on a school committee

89% say they attend at least one school meeting since the start of the school year

Gender factor in family

19% during mealtime

An extended family is a familial unit consisting of two or more adults from different generations of a family who share a household. The number of these families has increased by in the past ten years. It may be a family that includes parents, children, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. The extended family may live together for many reasons, such as helping with raising children. In-depth conversations with extended family adult members have increased from for sixth graders to for ninth graders and for twelth graders.

say they recieve information about the parents’ expected role at school

Boys

children eat with one or two 90% of parents around

Extended family

86%

participate in school fundraising

75% of children eat at regular times

Girls, firstborns, children of mothers with higher education and children of two parent households have healthier diets. The more often children eat the same food as their parents, the better the quality of the children’s diets.

65%

58%

of boys are likely to include extended family adult males as intimates

57%

of boys are likely to include extended family adult females as intimates

VS

Girls Over 50 percent of daughters choose fathers as the person they would be least likely to talk to about doubts about their abilities, problems at school and fears about life.

58%

of girls are likely to include extended family adult males as intimates

75%

of girls are likely to include extended family adult females as intimates

40%

39%

1970s: Compared to before, when women accepted motherhood, many began to question it. Women wanted individualism , and some did not see the fulfillment in a traditional family.

60%

26%

1980s: As divorce became more common, families began remarrying and having new children. Step parents and half siblings became normal.

SOURCES: WWW.CENTERFORPUBLICEDUCATION.ORG, WWW.EDU.PE.CA, WWW. CDC.GOV, WWW.NEWS.USC.EDU, WWW.EDUCATION.COM, WWW.NCBI.NLM.NIH.GOV, WWW.HEALTHYCHILDREN.ORG, WWW.ABCNEWS.COM, WWW.PEWSOCIALTRENDS. ORG, PSYCHOLOGY.ABOUT.COM, GLOBALPOST.COM, MARKETWATCH.COM

1990s: The availability of birth control methods and some legalized abortion made the one or two-child family the norm. With fewer children, parents devoted more time to their kid’s proper care and upbringing.

2000s: Traditional families are becoming more and more uncommon as conventional gender roles in relationships are shared in same sex couples.


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In Photos: Orchestra and Band Christmas concert

Advanced and Intermediate Orchestra, Concert Band and Wind Ensemble performed on Thursday, Dec. 4 in the Performing Arts Center. PHOTOS BY CHERIE CHU AND ANTHONY ZHANG

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2 1. Sophomore Stephen No concentrates on playing the French horn part during “The Night Before Christmas.” “[The concert] was really fun because we know the songs and we hear them on the radio all the time,” No said. 2. Dr. Buddy Clements conducts Advanced Orchestra through “Christmas Day.” “Since we have both [Intermediate and Advanced] orchestras playing [together], the level has risen dramatically,” Clements said. “It’s one of our best concerts.” 3. Concert Band clarinet player sophomore Eunice Park performs “The Night Before Christmas.” “I think the audience enjoyed [the concert] because [they] had the chance to sing along in the music pieces,” Park said.

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ON THE

mark

Band and Orchestra perfect their performance through practice and rehearsals.

5 4. Percussionists sophomore Phoebe Lin and junior Albert Loekman play woodblocks to create a whip sound effect. “[The songs] had different styles incorporated into one piece of music like jazz and rock,” Loekman said. “I was pretty excited to play the songs.” 5. Sophomore Vince Hung drums to the beat of “Fireside Christmas.”“As someone who plays both violin and percussion, [I] got to experience more than just one song and listen to both Band and Orchestra,” Hung said. 6. Junior Jeffrey Chu performs alongside the trombone section during“Sleigh Ride.” “I was singing in my head along to the lyrics and trying to put on a good performance for the audience,” Chu said.

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PREPARE

REHEARSE

CALL TIME

SHOWTIME

Zero period rehearsals are daily at 6:45 a.m. for Orchestra and periods 1, 4 and 6 for Band.

Dress rehearsals are on Monday, Dec. 1 from 4:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. for Orchestra and Wednesday, Dec. 3 for Band in the Performing Arts Center.

Call time is at 4:15 p.m. Students arrive dressed in concert clothes and perform sound check in the Performing Arts Center.

The musicians file onto stage according to their rows. As the conductor walks into the spotlight, they applaud by stamping their feet.


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Cheer girls go to New York

Seniors Valeria Alvarez and Rika Ciminieri participated in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.

GET IN THE

DRONE

COMPILED BY ASHLEY LIN AND BRANDON LAI

Band uses drones brought by senior Aerik Bertulfo and sophomore Jonathan Conrad to film its progress. For the video from the drone, visit bit.ly/whsbanddrone GPS disk: keeps drone on specified altitude, controls speed of propellors and receives commands

Propellors: keep the drone airborne

Internal battery: lasts maximum 10 minutes

STARRY SMILES: Alvarez and Ciminieri (first and third from bottom left) join other cheerleaders in celebration after their performance.

PHOTO COURTESY OF VALERIA ALVAREZ

Jonathan Liu Staff writer Their cheerleading careers began with an application and tryouts; four years later, all the work put in turned into an invitation. Their road was a bumpy one, but fast forward to today, they were among the few selected to perform in New York City. With hard work and positive mindsets, varsity cheerleaders seniors Valeria Alvarez and Rika Ciminieri were invited to take part in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade held by Spirit of America on Thursday, Nov. 27. Before getting invited to large competitions, Alvarez and Ciminieri started off joining the junior varsity team in their freshmen year shortly before moving into varsity cheer. Before ascending to the top to

be captain, Ciminieri faced hardships such as not being able to participate in certain stunts that cheer performed. “I had tons of discouraging setbacks throughout the years to get to where I am now. My freshman year, I didn’t have a role in stunting, and I barely felt I contributed to the team. My sophomore year, I was pulled out of a pyramid that I was flying for and it was extremely discouraging,” Ciminieri said. “Starting my junior year I began to fly main stunts and I learned to do more advanced things. My setbacks only brought me back stronger.” After overcoming adversities and acquiring experience, the cheerleaders were invited by United Spirit Association to perform with others in New York at University of California, Irvine’s cheerleading

camp. A week before the parade happened, both arrived in New York to complete and finalize preparations. “I was really excited and afraid to mess up. The fact that I was [there], I thought to myself, ‘there’s no messing up now,’” Alvarez said. “The music played really low and it got me nervous, but I saw the video [afterwards] and it came out pretty [well].” During the parade they performed on the streets of New York to KISS, a 1970’s rock band, and ended with striking the peace sign pose to the crowd. Even with the heightened morale and buzzing excitement in the air, the large size of this event proved to be a different challenge for Alvarez and Ciminieri. Ω Continued at whshoofprint.com

Chamber Choir performs in Tree of Lights Chamber Singers caroled in the ceremony at Walnut Fire Station 61. Katie Nguyen Staff writer Chamber Choir performed an a cappella preview of its Winter Concert at the Walnut Valley Women’s Club 23rd annual Lighting of the Scholarship Tree of Lights at Fire Station 61 on Sunday, Dec. 8. Resembling carolers in casual dress, Chamber Choir sang a short winter-themed show that consisted of “Vuelie” from the Disney movie “Frozen,” “Russian Dance,” “Up on the Housetop” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

PHOTO BY JAMES LI

“It is always a great experience, singing for other people who genuinely want to hear music. Especially this year, the crowd was so great and enthusiastic,” junior Petre Quintua said. “It also felt great because we were singing at a longstanding tradition at Walnut so it gave me a warm feeling in my heart.” Held on the fire station’s lawn, the performance showcased the singers without speakers or musical accompaniment. “Of course it would be ideal if we sang with speakers, but singing without any equipment

FESTIVE CHORUS: Choir members gather around the fire station Christmas tree singing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” helped us really listen to each other, creating the best sound with no one overpowering anyone,” Quintua said. This year’s lighting ceremony garnered a large audience with residents and parents spilling over into the street and the surrounding sidewalks in an attempt to catch a glimpse of the performers. “It’s really exciting to see the event grow,” Foo said. “I was really surprised to see so many people taking pictures and recording us. I also think it’s great that our communiy is so involved and that we have this kind of event Ω Continued at whshoofprint.com

Q: How do you feel Jonathan Conrad about using the drones? 10 A: “I think it’s pretty cool and really fun to use. I think everyone found it interesting as well because it’s a giant flashing light over them. While the show was going on, [the drones] got special shots.”

Go-pro camera: High-definition; uses Gyro mechanism for camera rotation

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Q: How do the drones help the band?

A: “As band members, we don’t really have an audience perspective of what our field show looks like. If we have the drone, we can see if we’re in the right form or in straight lines so our field shows look even better.”

DRONE PHOTO COURTESY OF AERIK BERTULFO

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14 SPORTS

Day in the life of Dwight

Scouting Report AGE: 16 HEIGHT: 6-5 WEIGHT:180 lbs CLASS: 2016 POSITION:SF, SG

Transferring from the top basketball high school in the nation (Mater Dei), junior Dwight Ramos looks to continue his dream of playing college and professional basketball. Belle Sun Staff writer After transferring from Mater Dei, junior Dwight Ramos is set on reaching new heights as an athlete and team member. Ramos transferred from Mater Dei because Walnut was closer to his house and offered a more convenient option. “I’m doing better here because I have more time to do my school work and practice,” Ramos said. Varsity boys’ basketball coach Joe Khouzam’s emphasis on team communication has impacted Ramos’ thought process while on the court. “When I came in, I thought more about shooting first, but now I want to get my teammates involved at the same time. My teammates and I are getting closer and that’s making it easier to play. We’re passing to each other better and we’re playing more smoothly,” Ramos said. Although Ramos is still acclimating to a new school, he has already received letters of interest from several colleges, including UCSB, USC and UCI. “[When I received the letter] I was thankful to my AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) coach; I think he was the one who really got my name out there,” Ramos said. Ramos has gained valuable experience and opportunities from his AAU team, Fastbreak Sports L.A., and its coach Lionel Benjamin. “AAU’s really different from high

school, but people just want to score, so the games aren’t defensive minded like in high school. So AAU really helps my offensive game,” Ramos said. Ramos was able to use his knowledge as an opponent to assess Walnut’s team from a different perspective. “I already knew some of the players because I’ve played with them before and I knew we were going to be pretty good,” Ramos said. Ramos’ goals for his team include winning the Hacienda League title, CIF and state championships. “It’s still new. I just got to get used to how everyone plays. I think we’re going to do well, later on in the year we’ll get better, once things start flowing,” Ramos said. The team’s recent scrimmages have been valuable insight to potential improvements that the team could make. “The scrimmages are good because they show us what we need to work on,” Ramos said. Ramos also seeks advice from his brother Eli Ramos for improvement. “I usually just talk to my brother because we both play basketball; we’ll watch videos and stuff to see how to get better. I ask him how I did and he tells me about what he sees that I need to work on and I’ll tell him too,” Ramos said. Ramos has high hopes for his future as an athlete, and is striving to reach his goals. “My goal is to become a

Scouting Report AGE: 16 HEIGHT: 6-5 WEIGHT: 180 lbs CLASS: 2016 POSITION: SF, SG POSITIVES:

DWIGHT RAMOS,

“Deceptively

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athletic wing who is an excellent driver, can pull up in the half court and shoot it with 3-range.”

Hoopreview.net NEGATIVES: “Poor man-to man-defense and needs to work on shot selection.” Dwight Ramos PHOTO BY ANTHONY ZHANG SOURCES: HOOPREVIEW.NET, MAXPREPS.COM

professional basketball player but I know it’s hard so I got to work hard. We’ll see what happens,” Ramos said. Having experience playing basketball at another school has given Ramos several examples to take after. Continued at whshoofprint.com

DUNK CAM: Junior Dwight Ramos rises up for the one hand slam.

Girls’ soccer ties Rowland in its first season game Facing the weather conditions of pouring rain, the Lady Mustangs struggled to score as they tied 1-1 against the Rowland Raiders in their first game of the season. Jocelyn Chow Staff writer Trailing 0-1 against Rowland, attacking center midfielder senior Catrina Gonzalez drilled in the game-tying goal in the second half, resulting in a 1-1 draw at home on Tuesday, Dec. 2. “I felt really nervous because it was the first game of the season, and it was a new coach. Also, now that we have separated junior varsity from varsity officially, we haven’t really had any practice but then when the game started it just went away,” goalie junior Ariana Noguera said. During the first half, the team continually took the ball from Rowland’s possession, allowing the Raiders one shot the whole half, which ended up being the only point for Rowland. On offense, Walnut struggled to score as the team missed three attempted shots at the goal. “Defensively, I think we needed

to communicate a little more and just get used to playing with each other. When you’re playing catch up you have to work harder, so I think [them scoring]made us play harder,” outside midfielder junior Marissa Amaya said. Determined to not lose the game, the Mustangs fought back. An early second-half goal from Gonzalez changed the momentum as the Mustangs prevented Rowland from scoring again for the rest of the game. “The second half we did much better. We were able to connect our passes. I felt like we should won the game by a lot more; we are still trying to get used to how we each play,” Gonzalez said. The 66 degree rainy weather affected the team’s playing style. The wetness of the field kept the players from playing at their usual pace and the constant downfall of rain made it hard to keep up with the slippery ball.

“Our coach gave us specific instructions to not let the weather bother us. The ball moved fast in the rain on turf, so it was really fast, and was pretty hard trying to trap the ball. It definitely took some adjustment, but a couple of minutes into the half you start getting used to it, ” outside midfielder sophomore Kelsey Leimbach said. Ω Continued at whshoofprint. com

CATRINA GONZALEZ ATTACKING CENTER MIDFIELDER

1 goal scored

PHOTO BY ELAINE LIU

HAVE A BALL: Outside midfielder junior Marissa Amaya runs quickly toward the ball in the pouring rain to kick it to a teammate to take a shot attempt at the opponent’s goal.

“I honestly didn’t think the goal was going in, I just meant to cross it, and hopefully someone was there and because of the rain it just slipped, and you know that’s soccer, things happen,” Gonzalez said.


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Wrestling places fifth at Downey Without four of its wrestlers, boys’ wrestling competed at the Downey 10-Way. Bryan Wong Feature editor A full wrestling lineup consists of 14 athletes at 14 different weights: 106 lbs, 113, 120, 126 -- all the way to 285 (heavyweight). At a dual meet, where every pin or empty position means six points for the opposing team, every weight counts. So what happens when your team marches into the Downey 10-way dual tournament with four guys missing because of injuries, failing to make weight and succumbing to flu season? The Walnut wrestling team deals with it. Despite missing four members and starting with a 24 point handicap, Walnut placed fifth at the dual tournament on Saturday, Dec. 6 against teams such as La Serna and Sultana, the reigning CIF champions from last year. “I wasn’t really worried because it was only the first tournament of the season and we were only there

for experience,” 120 pound junior Orlando Chen said. “But it was impressive that we still placed. It just shows how good as a team; we compete and win for each other.” Walnut started the day with a victory over La Serna High School, which brought three wrestlers to the tournament. Triumphs at the 182 and 195 pound weight classes, along with several byes in Walnut’s favor, finalized the victory 48-3. “I felt that our team is making a lot of progress. [The La Serna] win shows that we are making progress,” 132 pound junior Andrew Franco said. The team’s momentum carried over to the second round, in which they defeated Schurr High School and advanced to the quarter-finals against Birmingham High School. The Mustangs’ victory streak drove them to the semi-finals in which they lost to Sultana High School 2154. Walnut faced a consecutive loss against Downey High School in the consolation rounds. Ω

24 total points

MICAH MAES

152 POUND WEIGHT CLASS

Junior Micah Maes completed the tournament with a total score of 24, the highest on the team. He competed in four matches and pinned his opponents in all four, staying undefeated throughout the tournament.

WINTER SCOREBOARD BOYS’ SOCCER

BOYS’ BASKETBALL WRESTLING

11/24 vs. Mark Keppel 7-0 W 12/03 @ Rowland 1-0 W 12/09 @ Azusa 3-0 W 12/11 @ Bonita TBA

12/01 vs. Azusa 65-17 W 12/02 vs. La Puente 78-20 W 12/04 vs. Colony 68-69 L 12/05 vs. Fremont 51-50 W

GIRLS’ SOCCER

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL GIRLS’ WATER POLO

12/02 vs. Rowland 1-1 T 12/04 @ Claremont 1-4 L 12/09 vs. Azusa 6-0 W 12/11 vs. South Hills TBA

11/25 @ Palmdale 62- 40 W 11/26 @ Diamond Bar 50-40 L 11/28 @ Rancho Cucamonga 52-33 W 11/29 @ Marantha 52-45 W

12/06 @ Downey 10-Way 5th 12/10 @ Diamond Bar 12/16 vs. Bonita TBA 12/19 @ West Coast Classic TBA

11/25 @ Bonita 5-15 L 12/03 @ Chino Hills 2-14 L 01/13 vs. West Covina TBA 01/22 vs. Chino TBA

ADVICE DI-SPENCER

Women’s achievements in the world of sports have been overlooked, but it is time to embrace their involvement. Spencer Wu E d i t o r- i n Chief F o r decades, athletes have utilized sports as a testing grounds for experimenting with hot-button issues. The battle of the sexes is a largely contested topic that has garnered social interest and media attention across the globe. Nowadays, women are gaining more ground in bridging the gender gap in sports. Retired NBA sharpshooter Reggie Miller once told a very interesting story about his sibling rivalry with his sister, Cheryl. Growing up, they always battled for basketball superiority in the household, but Cheryl would always end up victorious. One time, Reggie remembers, they compared their stat lines in the car after they were picked up from their game. That day, Reggie got the start and scored 40 points. His sister congratulated him and began to chuckle. In her game, Cheryl broke eight national and state records, dropping an unprecedented 105 points. When people think of the ideal athlete, they often envision a tall, athletic male. The casual sports fan recognizes that the highest level of competition rests in male-dominant sports,

given the supposed physical superiority of men. However, the notion that women are athletically inferior is an antiquated thought that plagues sports fans across America. Just this year alone, females have reached two major milestones in sports against their male counterparts. First we have former WNBA star Becky Hammon who was hired as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs and is the first woman to work full-time on an NBA coaching staff. Then we have 13-year-old phenom pitcher Mo’ne Davis, who appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated after making headlines by tossing a complete game shutout in the Little League World Series. Even with all of these advancements in women’s’ athletics, it is unfortunate to see society is still taken aback when female stars excel amongst the likes of men. As sports fans, we must do away with the belief that men’s competitions automatically trumps female’s. Truth is, women have much more to offer to the sports’ world than a simple statistic or interview. Their impact and involvement affects the sport they play, rather than any individual game. With the growing presence of women, the face of athletics could be sporting an entirely new look. Ω

PHOTO COURTESY OF MILLEN TRUJILLO

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RUN MILLEN RUN: Senior Millen Trujillo pushes himself during the race to finish sixth place at the CIF State Division 1 Finals.

CROSS COUNTRY CIF

UPDATE

Jeffrey Tran Staff writer In his final cross country race for Walnut, senior Millen Trujillo accomplished sixth in the CIF State Division I finals boys race, with a time of 15:13 on Saturday, Nov. 29 at Woodward Park, Fresno. He became the first Walnut runner to place at State since 1988, earning him an invitational

spot in the West Regional Footlocker Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Dec. 6 at Mt. Sac. “I think my performance was good. I got top ten, so I can’t complain. It was a good solid race. I went out pretty hard; I tried to stay on the leaders and hang on the whole way. I wanted to see how long I could stay on those guys,” Trujillo said. Ω


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