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VOLUME 43, ISSUE 5
February 4, 2011
SCENE Students review the food and cultural atmosphere of Thai restaurants.
FEATURE Sophomore Ryan Gabot has attended over fourteen musicals.
A&E Choir hosts a pancake breakfast in the multipurpose room.
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ice cool: Sophomore Julius Yee and other club volunteers joined in on the winter fun with younger kids at the ice rink, snow field, and snow slope. Families gathered near the Senior Center for the event where club members from Key Club, National Honor Society, and Interact set up game booths for everyone to enjoy.
Students volunteer at Walnut Snow Day
Volunteers set up game booths and loan skates for families to enjoy the Walnut Snow Day. Candee Yuan Staff Writer
Key Club, National Honor Society, and Interact volunteered at the annual Walnut Snow Day held near the Senior Center on
Jan. 22. Walnut residents experienced a family environment with a slope of ice, an ice rink, game booths, food, and live entertainment. Walnut Snow Day was hosted to create a family event where people could enjoy an afternoon together. “I thought it was a good opportunity to interact with the community that I live in. It was really enjoyable to see the families bond during a fun event like this,” freshman Rose Chang said. Club volunteers helped out with numerous activities including “Ice Fishing” and “Pin the Nose on the Reindeer”. In
“Ice Fishing,” a player sat in a chair and swung a stick with a string attached to it over a fabric divider. When the player pulled the “fishing pole” back they received a toy or prize attached to the pole by a volunteer. An ice rink, a snow slope, and a field of snow allowed kids to ice skate, sled, and hurl snowballs at each other. Volunteers played with the kids and loaned skates. “The event turned out pretty good and a lot of people showed up. There were a lot of fun games and booths for the kids and when the kids are happy, the parents are happy,” Han said. Ω
New superintendent tours schools and meets principals Dr. Dean Conklin plans to uphold the district’s reputation for excellence. Angela Aie Staff Writer The Walnut Valley Unified School District board elected Dr. Dean Conklin as superintendent on Dec. 15. Conklin, who has 30 years of experience and has worked as superintendent for the Duarte Unified School District, began his duties on Jan. 17. “My goal is to continue the culture of student achievement, excellence, innovation, and leadership that Walnut Valley is known for. When I came here in 1994, we talked about
those things,” Conklin said. Conklin wants to accomplish these goals through the First 100 Day Plan by spending a majority of his first 100 days as superintendent visiting schools and holding meetings. “I had the opportunity to sit down with Ms. Catherine Real, Diamond Bar High principal and Mr. Jeff Jordan, Walnut High principal,” Conklin said. “I am very proud to work alongside these outstanding leaders. I will be supportive of them as they continue to move their schools forward.” Conklin visited the campus on Feb. 1 to meet with the staff after school and will return in April to come visit and observe classrooms. “I think that he is a person who, with a history of working in Walnut, understands our dynamics,” principal Jeff Jordan said. “He
wants to provide whatever support he can so that teachers can do their jobs and administrators can support their teachers.” WVUSD will also deal with fiscal problems that have logged schools in debt. The governor approved 1.5 billion dollar spending cuts for K-12 schools last May according to the California Department of Education. “From a financial perspective, we share the same challenges as every other district in California,” Conklin said. “When it comes to the state budget, you hope for the best and plan for the worst.” Conklin wants to continue improving schools in the district. “Walnut Valley is known throughout Southern California as an outstanding school district. Our test scores are very strong, we have
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New superintendent Dr. Dean Conklin with principal Jeff Jordan
a wonderful reputation for great leadership, and the people who make up this district are dedicated and committed to kids,” Conklin said.Ω
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&previews bRIEF: Anatomy class views pre-dissected bodies Vanessa Chou Staff Writer Chiara Morgan’s anatomy physiology class will be viewing pre-dissected human corpses and examining non-functioning organs at the Southern California University of Health Sciences today. “I can’t wait for it! It’s the first time I’ll be able to see the inside of a human body with my own eyes, and to know that this person was alive at one point is just crazy. It is like a lab experiment, except with an actual human body,” junior Kevin Lopez said. Every year, the anatomy class visits the private institute located in Whittier that focuses on complementary and alternative medicine such as acupuncture, chiropractic, and herbal medicine. “At the university, we will be able to see the different organs, muscles, and bones that we have been learning about throughout the school year,” Lopez said. Having hands-on experience with human corpses enables students to receive a visual of the insides of the human body. “Like any dissection, the students have an opportunity to learn from more than just reading from a textbook and taking tests. It’s a break from the classroom,” Morgan said. Approximately 30 of Morgan’s 180 students decided against going to the university, citing queasiness as the main factor. “The visit to the university is not for everyone, as some people may become slightly nauseous in the presence of a dissected human body,” Morgan said. Although most students are informed beforehand of the field trip when they enroll in the class, by the time the day of the viewing draws near, nervousness and excitement are common. “Other than gaining experience from looking inside the body and analyzing the functions, the chance to view a human corpse itself creates a memorable trip,” junior Francis Pallagao said. Ω
PREVIEW: American cancer society hosts garage sale Kevin Yin Staff Writer The American Cancer Society will hold a garage sale to raise money for the American Cancer Society Youth Chapter, a team that will be running at Relay for Life. “We really wanted the community to get involved, even though Relay for Life is around five months away,” senior Willis Chen said. Relay for Life is an event where volunteers run to raise money for cancer patients and create awareness of the deadly disease. Members will donate clothes, shoes, toys, and secondhand items for the garage sale. The society hopes that this garage sale will leave a positive message for the community. The garage sale will take place on Saturday, Feb.12 at 635 Galloping Colt Circle in Walnut. “We’re trying to let everyone know that there’s an important event going on and that everything they buy will be donated to ACS. The money directly helps through research and services for cancer patients,” president, senior Jessica Sutantio said. Ω
preview: american red Cross bakes goods Timothy Huang Staff Writer American Red Cross is amassing baked goods to donate either to the faculty or firefighters and other local heroes. The club, if it receives a large amount of pastries, plans to send them to teachers as a token of gratitude. “This is our first time doing this event, and the main reason why we chose to do this is that it’s just our way of appreciating those community service men and women,” historian, senior Willis Chen said. The club will spend this week collecting goods from its members and will probably decide who to send it to next week. “As high school students, we understand the professional performance difficulties a person can endure so it’s just our way of thanking them for their work,” Doan said. Ω
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Student immunization required next year The Tdap shot prevents tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough. Angelina Tang Staff Writer The California state government passed a new law (AB 354), changing immunization requirements starting July 1 for students between 7th and 12th grade. This coming school year, students will need to take an adolescent booster shot called Tdap before starting school. The booster vaccine, recommended for children above ten years, protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough, also called pertussis.
Current students, new students, and transfer students in both public and private schools will be vaccinated. Whooping cough, a contagious disease, is usually diagnosed in infants but many 11-18 year olds have caught the cough because of decreased immunity. Symptoms include violent coughing ending with a ‘“whoop”, which is heard when the person inhales after a cough, a runny nose, and a slight fever. “It must be important if the school won’t let us enroll [next year] unless we have taken the vaccine,” sophomore Matthew Diep said. The following school year from 2012 to 2013 and in future school years, only students entering the 7th grade will need proof of a Tdap shot to start school. The disease had died out previously in the last couple of years, but resurfaced again in the summer of 2010.
“It’s definitely serious, and I’d recommend everyone to get the shot because the disease can be fatal,” school nurse Donna McAnallyCuellna said. Parent Portal has students’ immunization records. Proof of immunization can be turned in to the school after students have been vaccinated. “I don’t like the shots, but I’m not afraid of them either,” sophomore Lan-anh Ngo said. “If I have to, I will take them.” In order to prevent the spread of the contagious cough, students are required to have a note verifying that they took the shot before school starts next year. “I would advise the students to not take the chance and to get the shot as soon as possible,” McAnally-Cuellna said. Ω
New semester Forensics elective attracts new student detectives Students have learned to analyze blood, fingerprints, and more in the new class being offered as a semester elective. Austin Au-Yeung Staff Writer The administration introduced Forensics this year as an elective open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. “We were looking at offering a new one-semester elective that students would be interested in that wasn’t a new technology class. I felt that there would be an interest in a science elective that would attract all students,” instructional dean Barbie Cole said. Cole introduced the idea of having a forensics class because she was interested in all fields of forensics and was willing to develop the curriculum of the class. “The class has been in place for one semester and so far I feel it has been very successful,” Cole said. “I had many positive comments from my students and the GLC’s have had many students tell them they really liked the class.” Students taking Forensics have been participating in numerous hands-on activities, including fingerprinting, criminal profiling, blood analysis, and ballistics in addition to watching movies. “I thought it was fun and everyone should take the class. The labs we do were pretty interesting, and it’s pretty chill watching CSI,” sophomore Charley Liu said. “You learn a lot of observation skills like how to gather evidence.” Although many have chosen Forensics as a semester elective after taking another semester class, such as the state-required course, some have chosen it for future benefits. “I wanted to be a county deputy so I wanted to take a field that involved law enforcement,” senior Aaron Morales said. “I want to take in convicts for the rest of my life and I thought this class would help my career.” Morales has been a county sheriff explorer for four years at photo BY Kevin yin the Walnut police station, where he does ride-alongs with county deputies and helps them at city events. He works at the station PRIVATE EYE: Sophomore Charley Liu uses a spray can to before school, after school, and on the weekends whenever he preserve the footprint in order to mold and analyze it for a lab. has time. a crime and since I would know forensics, I would know how important “Since I’m going to be a cop, I need to know criminal justice,” Morales said. “When I become a cop, I’d be one of the first to respond to it is to preserve a crime scene.” Ω
FBLA clubs meet at inter-chapter social Future Business Leaders of America complete club projects for recognition. Tiffany Diep Staff Writer Future Business Leaders of America members met at Skate Express to connect and network with other members from different schools, as well as to complete a requirement for a project. “The purpose of the winter social was to mingle with other chapters and promote social networking. It helps for other chapters to know that we are actively organizing social events,” sophomore Elijah Chang said. The social allows members to meet new people and fulfill one of the requirements for the FBLA Goes Public project. Other requirements include giving presentations, visiting middle schools to inform students about FBLA, and volunteering. “From interacting with other members, we gain more social prominence as well as the self satisfaction of meeting new people,” Chang said.
“I feel that it has a very meaningful purpose and that it is always good to communicate with our surroundings.” The section projects allow Walnut’s FBLA to gain recognition for chapters (a division of the FBLA organization) at the sectional and state level. “The projects are done for recognition,” junior Daniel Chen said. “It’s sort of like collecting Boy Scout pins, basically, getting the ribbon, by completing the project, it shows that we’re an active chapter.” Members of the club to talk to and get to know each other better and meet members from other schools. “I enjoy meeting new people. It’s fun and it’s a good way to test one’s social intelligence,” Chang said. “We [also] gain more social prominence as well as the self satisfaction of meeting people.” Another project the club is working on is FBLA Goes Green, a project that helps increase awareness of the health of the environment among the world’s upcoming business leaders. “These projects are great ways for members to do something besides studying for their competitive events,” said Chen. “We want to show that we’re one of the best chapters in our area.” Ω
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Polynesian Club prepares for assembly Polynesian Club designs hip skirts to wear at their dance at the multicultural assembly. Michael Hyun Staff Writer Polynesian club will be making Tahitian hip bands for the first time because they will be dancing the Otea, a Tahitian dance accompanied by island drumming, at the multicultural assembly. “There are different drum beat patterns and the dance and hip shaking has to match the drum beats,” adviser Ave Tauvao said. “Every year the students photo courtesy of Ave Tauvao help to make their costumes, but we have a different costume every year. You could use any color we desire, but this year we are going with a more natural Leafy skirts: Polynesian club members design skirts out of tea leaves, rafia, lauhaha, and look using white with brownish feathers.” feathers among other materials to wear at the multicultural assembly for their dance, the Otea. Polynesian club members will meet at Tauvao’s house on Feb. 12 to make the Tahitian hip bands by hand, an extensive process taking up to two hours. Not only are the hip bands an accessory for the costume, but they also help accentuate the fast “All costumes must be made. I have the club members help in this task, so they learn to hip-shaking moves known as fa’rapu. appreciate their costumes because they put their own mana into making them,” Tauvao said. “I bet everyone is going to be impacted because they’re going to be like ‘Wow, they can move’, “They also know that if they don’t put in the effort, they will not look good while wearing their and have a different view of the whole Polynesian culture,” Campos said. costume.” After making the hip bands, the Polynesian club will be spending some quality time together Tea leaves, rafia, lauhaha, and feathers can be made into braids to adorn the hip band. as a whole family. “I’ll be happy because it’ll be my first time making one and it’s always nice to learn to make “If anyone knows Polynesians, they know that Polynesians are tight and very close to their new stuff,” junior Evelyn Campos said. “Since it’s coming out of our own imagination, it makes families. Family is first always,” Tauvao said. “We help make every member feel like they are a you proud of yourself because you’re not depending on others to make your costume, you’re part of a strong family, and respect for one another is essential. Whenever we are together, the depending on yourself to make your own costume.” Polynesian club members know that they are surrounded by love.” Ω
Parent Association fundraises to host SAT Students benefit from the fundraising activities of the Latin American Parent Association. Daniela Kim Staff Writer The Latin American Parent Association helps both parents and students by creating academic opportunities for Hispanic families. “I think we are an effective vehicle for dissemination of information to our target group, the Hispanic students and parents,” parent coordinator of LAPA Martha Carrasco said. A new group consisting of the parents of Hispanic students
on campus, LAPA has been running on donations in order to host its activities. “We are trying to educate the parents before the students, letting them know how to make their kids successful,” Spanish teacher Diana De La Cruz-Wilds said. LAPA will host a free practice SAT on Feb. 12 for Hispanic students who will be able to see their scores at the Feb. 24 score result meeting. In addition to the meeting, LAPA meets once every month where parents come together to share ideas and think of ways to recruit more members. “The parents need to know what options are available for their kids, allowing them to be prepared for future years in high school and also later in life,” De La Cruz-Wilds said. Members of LAPA communicate mostly through e-mail, the school website, and monthly meetings.
“LAPA is a relatively new group here at Walnut and right now, they are trying to spread the word about LAPA,” De La Cruz-Wilds said. As the organization grows, LAPA continues to raise funds through events like the Bingo Fundraiser Extravaganza that will take place on Feb. 25 and also educate Hispanic students about the events geared towards them. “We have more events planned for the rest of the year, giving the Hispanic students an opportunity to become more interactive through LAPA,” Carrasco said. LAPA works in hopes of exposing students to the available events and opportunities that they may be unaware of. “LAPA is a great support group which has great resources we have utilized,” LAPA member Sophie Armendariz said. Ω
Sophomores invited WASC hosts an online student survey to IB information night Susie Law Staff Writer
International Baccalaureate coordinator Donna Crisci will discuss the IB curriculum, the program’s history at Walnut High and the costs required to be an IB student. Amy Lee and Jessica Wang Staff Writers International Baccalaureate information night will be held on Feb. 8 and Feb. 15 at 7:00 p.m. to provide information to sophomores considering joining IB in their junior year. IB coordinator Donna Crisci will cover topics regarding what the IB program is, the differences between Advanced Placement and IB, and why IB is available at Walnut High School, which is now in its twelfth year as an IB school. “I really try to give the parents and students an understanding about what IB is and why we think it is the best academic program we offer,” Crisci said. “I try to explain why a student might benefit from being in it, and who really should not consider it. I also try to give a fair warning about its rigor as well as its positive side.” Students in the IB program are familiar with the painstakingly full schedule their courses present, and have developed methods of coping with them. “We have an individual oral commentary next week, and to practice for it, we’re going to practice presenting to each other and critiquing each other,” senior Sarah Baig said. “We help each other if we can.” IB students collaborate online through Google Documents and their IB Facebook page, sometimes compiling information into study guides to prepare for tests. The meeting will also provide information of the costs of the program and annual tests, as well as the program’s history at Walnut High. “It is a chance to let people know how very successful our IB program has been, one of the most successful in the entire state,” Crisci said. Some sophomore who plan on attending the meeting hope that the information given will help prepare them mentally for IB. “I hope that I can learn more about what IB is and what benefits there are to taking it, as well as what I can expect out of the program,” sophomore Marion Xu said. “I want to do IB because I feel that it will be a good, challenging experience.” Crisci encourages students to attend with their parents so that they understand the commitment necessary for completing the program. “After all, students are the ones who will actually have to do the program,” Crisci said. “We are very proud of what our kids and teachers have achieved in the past and we want to keep going strong in the future.” Ω
The school administration recently conducted several surveys made by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges online, which were aimed at the student population, their parents, and the school staff. WASC is an organization that evaluates and gives schools accreditation, which schools must have for its students to graduate. Schools apply for one to six year cycles of accreditation and WASC representatives arrive to inspect the campus.
“The survey is taking an assessment on how Walnut High School is viewed, the things done well and things we need to improve on. We’re making sure we’re doing all we can to accommodate the wide spectrum of students. We can always continue to improve,” vice principal Bill Diskin said. The questions in the surveys are tailored to different sections of the student body. Parents are also invited to take the survey online for the WASC to get different perspectives from people. “The survey was very productive and provided the student’s opinion in the key factors of the school,” freshman Kathy Ho said. Ω
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Orchestra concert features Disney pieces Orchestra focused on Disney music in its most popular concert of the year. Angela Aie Staff Writer Orchestra’s annual movie music concert was held on Friday, Jan. 28. It featured the 17-minute song “Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day,” which is rarely released by Disney. “It’s interesting and different because we’re actually playing what Disney played in the movie and it’s an honor to be able to play the original version,” cellist senior Elene Huang said. Many orchestra members were excited to play the original piece. The song was accompanied by narration and told a story. “There’s a very challenging piece that we’re playing this time, and it’s the theme from Winnie the Pooh,” violinist sophomore Molly Yee said. “Winnie the Pooh has some catchy tunes in it and all the other pieces are really cool, like ‘Viva la Vida.’” Along with music from Winnie the Pooh, the concert also included pieces from popular movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean and High School Musical. “People really pay attention when they recognize the music. We changed it to Friday so more people can come, since it’s not a school night,” orchestra director Corey Wicks said. Orchestra members also agree that the relatable element in this concert makes it one of the more popular ones of the year. “It’s really connecting because I think everyone has watched Disney films before so they can connect to it and hum the tune in their head while we perform,” cellist junior Jacqueline Ko said. Before the concert, orchestra members worked hard to get everything just right and practiced for long hours after school. “It was fun to practice and even though we’re playing really long songs, it’s been hard work but it paid off because it sounded good,” base player sophomore Daniel Suryakusuma said.
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STRINGING TOGETHER: Cellists junior Jacqueline Ko and senior Eric Yoon practice the 17-minute song “Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day” during rehearsal in preparation for the annual movie music concert that was held last friday.
Jazz Band prepares for last concert of the year Playing a wide selection of songs, Jazz Band rehearses for its last performance. Michael Hyun Staff Writer Jazz Band will perform its last concert of the year at the Performing Arts Center on Friday, Feb. 11 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Unlike the previous concerts, this one will consist of a diverse song selection. “I like all the detective music because the last jazz band concert was a cop scene, and it’s that feeling you get when you play that I like,” junior Frank Sun said. “This year, we don’t have a specific genre, but it’s a lot more spread out. There’s all different kinds of jazz like Latin, fling, shuffle, and boogie woogie.” With the concert coming just around the corner, Jazz Band is focusing on practicing pieces such as “Hay Burner,” “Gospel
John,” and “Somewhere My Love.” “It’s a little bit different because now that we’re so close to the concert, we have to rely more on just working by ourselves at our houses, practicing our music,” senior Wyatt Moscoso said. “I’m focusing more on the pieces that I’m playing, and playing a new style so I can adapt to a new type of music,” Sun said. I listen to more types of music that I’m focusing on in order to grasp the style I’m supposed to play.” To some members of Jazz Band, specific songs that they will be performing have a personal meaning to them. “I like ‘Somewhere My Love’ that we’re playing because my parents used to play it so it reminds me of when I was little,” sophomore Lan-Anh Ngo said. In occasional concerts, band and orchestra director Buddy Clements would have a guest artist come and play with the entire Jazz Band in the concert. “I usually like the guest artist. Last fall concert we didn’t have a guest artist, but hopefully for this concert we will have
a guest come,” sophomore Andrew Chuen said. “He’s a famous artist, and he’s got a lot to offer. They’re pretty talented in the instrument that they play.” Compared to previous concerts, Jazz Band members hope to see progress in their performance and their abilities. “I hope it’s better than the previous ones because if there’s a lot of improvement from the other concerts, it could be a lot better; and if we work on it, our concerts will get better and better,” sophomore Daniel Kim said. The last concert of the year gets the audience something to look forward to, and even after the concert, they will still be on their “jazz” high. “I like how it’s usually the most highly attended [though actually most of the jazz band concerts are pretty packed but], and a lot of times, after the last concert, people will always talk about it the next day,” Moscoso said. “It’s kinda fun to hear how people saw what we sounded like.” Ω
Honor Choir anticipates All-State Improv team hosts second show After Walnut students successfully competed at SoCal regionals, they aim to perform well at the upcoming All-State auditions. To-Van Hoang Online Feature Editor Four Walnut students made it through SoCal’s regionals, senior Michelle Abiera, juniors Chloe Chng and Dansel De Luna, and sophomore Dylan Chng are continuing onto the AllState auditions in Sacramento. The Southern California Vocal Association (SCVA) assembles the California Regional and All-State Honor Choirs every year through auditions in November and March. “It’s a really good experience full of motivation, inspiration, and creativity,” De Luna, who is participating in the men’s choir for AllState, said. “It’s nice to sing with people who can sing greatly and in-tune so easily.” Choir students from all over come to the audition site and perform tests such as sight singing and scales to try for a score that determines whether or not they go on from the auditions. “We go to Sacramento to audition for All-
State. Our parents and Mrs. Lopez are coming,” junior Chloe Chng, who is participating in the mixed choir along with Abiera and her brother, said. “Mrs. Lopez is always there to support us.” Walnut choir director Lisa Lopez encourages students she thinks will have a positive experience with Honor Choir to try out and helps by giving these students a practice session of the actual audition. “I was nervous and excited, but this year I was less intimidated than last year,” Chng said. “Both years I tried out, I felt very encouraged. Mrs. Lopez helps us know what’s going on so I knew what to do.” The choir students who are returnees believe that the work put into the auditions, two days of rehearsal, learning about eight -Dansel De Luna, 11 new songs, and giving a show for Honor Choir are well worth it for the experience. “The thing is, even though you don’t know everyone and it’s only two days that you guys have been rehearsing together, everyone misses each other at the end because they had such a wonderful time,” De Luna said. “At the end, you feel accomplished and have new friends who you have at least one thing in common with: the love of singing.” Ω
“At the end, you feel accomplished and have new friends who you have at least one thing in common with: the love of singing.”
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ROLE-PLAY: Juniors Sean Trimmer and Addam Rodriguez participate in Newcasters. Sophomore Ben Rasmussen pantomimes as Mickey Mouse in Chain Murder Mystery.
The improv team uses teamwork to make their show a success. Jacqueline Chow Arts & Entertainment Editor The improv team hosted another improv show on Friday, Jan. 21 in the MPR. “Improv is really difficult because you don’t know what’s going to happen,” hostess sophomore Paulina Tinana said. “If any of the improv team members got too serious and didn’t stay open-minded, the show wouldn’t have been as fun.” Four teams, Red, Blue, White, and Black,
competed against each other by acting to games chosen out of a hat. Each team consisted of three members and a captain. “I’m very proud of my team because everyone on the team has grown and did well together as a team. I told them to be confident and to go with whatever game we get,” Blue team captain, junior Alyssa Spear said. Participants felt that the improv show was an overall success. “The beginning of the show was a little rocky, especially for me. But as it went on, it was a lot easier for me to host it and for the improv teams to perform when the audience had more interaction with us,” Tinana said. Ω
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Clockwise: Mustang Singer junior Austin Crumley plays his guitar and sings to “Grace Looks Back.”// Chamber Singer senior Max Lin and Women’s Ensemble member junior Emily Le perform a duet to “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” from The Lion King.// In a duet with her sister, Treble Choir member senior Janeczka Lagasca plays and sings to Paula Abdul’s “Straight Up.”// Treble Choir member junior Hanee Park performs “Ain’t No Sunshine” on the piano.//Chamber Singers junior Chloe Chng and Lillian Fan serve pancakes to the audience of Pancake Breakfast.
Choir holds annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser Pancake Breakfast showcases talent from all levels of choir. Candee Yuan Staff Writer Choir held Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Jan. 29 from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the MPR. Mustang Singers, Treble Choir, Women’s Ensemble, and Chamber Singers performed, as well as 25 different solo acts. This year, more people attended this event, consisting of not only parents, teachers, but also students. “This year, so many more people came to
watch than last year. It was nice having a big audience for an event as casual and laid back as a pancake fundraiser,” Chamber Singer senior Lorraine Sobrotodo said. In order to prepare to sing a solo act, hours of dedication and hard work are put into learning the song as well as the harmonies. Many of the acts were accompanied by a CD or by a musician. With the company of a person or CD track, a lot of time is put into rehearsing to match up the lyrics with the music and the additional choreography. “Tanya Kanchana and I sang ‘Pokerface’ and it took a ton of practice. I went to her house one day, and she learned the song on the piano
Coach preps Cheer for competition season
while I learned the harmonies. We worked on the song for about 5 hours,” Women’s Ensemble member sophomore Megan Hustana said. Soloists chose songs based off of the message that the song is trying to convey through the lyrics. The message that is shown through the song tends to intrigue them to sing it. “I sang ‘How It Feels to Fly’ by Alicia Keys because I liked the message that the song portrayed, having a free spirit and taking chances even though you may or may not succeed. The song makes me feel warm so I thought it was a decent choice,” Treble Choir member freshman Adanna Duru said. Choir director Lisa Lopez ended the event
Dance team undergoes practices for upcoming regional competition Dance team members use their win at the Santiago High School competition to ready them for the upcoming regionals.
LEFT: Coach Gurvinder Hothi RIGHT: Varsity Cheer team at a basketball game
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Andrew Koo Online Editor-in-Chief Amidst performing every other day at sporting events, Cheer and coach Gurvinder Hothi anticipate a successful competition season. “After basketball season ends, we will practice everyday, including weekends, and use pep rallies to practice our routine,” Hothi said. The team has already started to work towards competition during 6 period practice. The coaches brought in a choreographer twice to review the routine, and the captains and Hothi are currently arranging the music. A Cheer alumni from 2008, Hothi has high hopes for the team. Her enthusiasm for the sport drives her vision for Cheer to participate in competition season in April, a challenge that the team did not take last year. “I think they’re going to do really well. We have a different routine - we do a lot of hip-hop instead of really ‘cheery’ stuff,” Hothi said. “It’s a little bit out of our comfort zone, but we’ve done a lot of advanced stunts, so I’m really excited for it.” Ω
with a raffle and a thank you to the audience. Choir members believed the event was a big success and a lot of people came out to support them. “The event went well because a good amount of people came, even alumni. Everyone was happy and everything was pretty fluid,” Chamber Singer junior Dansel De Luna said. However, choir members still hope to improve upon their skills and become better performers. “I got nothing but positive feedback which made me feel really good. But in my perspective, I think I could have made better vocalization choices,” Duru said. Ω
Dance team kicked off its competition season Saturday, Jan. 15 at Santiago High School. Dance team got first place for its kick and prop routines, second place for its officers dance, third place for its medium dance, and third place for its small lyrical dance. “I really liked [the themes] this year. We had really fun themes, so it was really easy to get into them,” junior Alypssa Spear said. The kick routine performed includes the dance team dressed as coffee employees serving coffee while the prop routine had the team using telephones and dressed as secretaries. “The first competition is the hardest because it’s the first time the freshman go out. The older members have to teach the new members the rules and regulations,” sophomore Tiffany Mau said. At this competition, the freshmen saw what the competition was like. “I felt both ecstatic and nervous as a freshman competing for the first time representing the Walnut High dance team,” fresh-
man Wen Wen Zhuang said. Dance team members build upon their experience as they look forward to the regional competition. “We need to work hard on showmanship and put our best effort forward in order to make the dance look even better. Hopefully regionals will be better than the first competition,” Mau said. Approaching the next competition, the team is aware of the higher standards held at regionals. “Preparing for regionals is definitely more serious than preparing for our Santiago competition. We are required to be more focused and work extra hard if we want good results at regionals. Preparing for regionals calls for more determination and hard work from each and every member,” Zhuang said. Observing the other dance squads is also another way for the dance team to improve. “At regionals we will come across some schools that are insanely talented, but its a learning experience too by watching them,” Mau said. -Tiffany Mau, 10 The regional competition is important because it will determine whether or not the team will go to nationals and which category they will compete in for the national competition. “It is definitely going to be more intense and more interesting but I am positive that the we will do well together as a team,” Zhuang said. Ω
“We need to work hard on showmanship and put our best effort forward in order to make the dance look even better.”
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Prevent peer pressure At the age of seven, we aspired to become astronauts, princesses, and even Barbie; however, since then, the opinions of our parents, peers, and our authority figures have altered our views of what is considered a “good” job and a “bad” job (their definition of “good” usually means “practical” or “profitable”). We’ve always been told not to fall under peer pressure. We’ve heard it so often that it’s become engraved in our minds, yet most of us subconsciously succumb to the voices of our peers, our teachers, and our parents. Although taking advice from time to time may prove to be more helpful and objective than blindly following our own instincts, our choices should ultimately reflect our own desires, abilities, and expectations. While we may occasionally be confused or hesitant, no one knows and understands our personal dreams and hopes better than ourselves, and we cannot rely on others to help us reach our goals. The influence our parents exerted on us becomes increasingly evident, as many of us leave high school determined to be lawyers and doctors. Instead of pursuing our own personal dreams and believing in, dare we say it, miracles, we settle for a route already laid out for us. Throughout the course of our academic and social lives, our peers and their thoughts have always affected us and our decisions, whether it’s the
clothes we wear, the classes we take, or the way we talk. In the world of teenagers, all of us want to blend in and simply be invisible, and if taking the road that is most taken is the way to go, we’ll gladly choose that path, their path. At this moment, fitting in and sticking to the status quo occasionally forces us to give up what we think is right for us. Ultimately, this type of weak-willed thinking will bring us regret and constant “what if’s.” Making our own decisions teaches us to accept ourselves and fully understand our own individuality, while also teaching us to take responsibility for our own actions. Sure, our friends may all want to participate in a certain program that we may be reluctant to consider, but think about what will benefit us and what choice fits us perfectly. We take the opinions of our peers seriously to the point that our decisions are heavily influenced by what they think. We must resist the tempting urge to conform to their ideals, and we must strive to not force our own opinions on others, accepting that each person has his own perception of success. Although we should respect and take into account the voices of those who have experienced more in life, we are at the point in our lives where we are mature enough to decide our own future. Our decisions should not be based on the influence of our peers, but our own desires. What is popular is not always right, and what is right is not always popular. Ω
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Propaganda on campus Treats are an easy way to lure students into joining clubs or organizations.
photo by sharon lay
PREMIUM PROPAGANDA: While giving out candy, juniors Waverly Chao and Jeremy Hsu discuss the possibility of joining Magic Club. aspects of giving out food to reel in members— Avika Dua particularly the fact that food is only a temporary Staff writer bestowment. Once members eat the food, will There’s no doubt that they come back or will a club have to spend recruitment methods like money on a weekly basis to attract attendance? giving out candy, ice cream, Many will come back. There will always be or balloons are successful those members who cannot bear to part with tactics. Let’s be honest—if their friends and trek over to meetings during there’s pizza at a club meeting, then we’re there. lunch even with the occasional incentive, but If there isn’t, is it really worth it to part with for the majority of others, one taste of reward is our group of friends and trek across campus enough to keep them interested. The mildly biased advertising extends through a sea of students during lunch? The farther than to just clubs. Last year sophomores fact that pizza and were tempted with other incentives ice cream to join IB, brainwash students and this year’s class who wouldn’t of IB juniors is said otherwise have an to be the largest ounce of interest in yet. Coincidence? a given activity is The other day, my the ugly truth that English teacher must be accepted. asked the class, Though a student’s “Why have you sentiments are been told to do undoubtedly altered IB? What are the into feeling that benefits you have one club is better heard?” Answers because it gives ranged from, out free stuff, “An international the brainwashing diploma,” to the may be in the best ever popular, “It looks good on a college interest of everyone involved. As a player in the club game, I have seen application.” Though it seems wrong that the the effectiveness of providing food to make promise of a diploma deemed international members show up at meetings or join clubs can dictate the course of a person’s high school during the club fair. My club gave out lollipops career, if there are students willing to work for to students being pulled in every direction at the the diploma, in the long run the IB program and fair to join. Truthfully, a lollipop might have the students benefit. Everybody needs some kind of motivation been what it took to get us over 160 members this year. This may look like a corrupt exchange, to join a club, organization, or program—it’s but it benefits the club and inspires the best in a matter of fact that people are not going to join if they’re not told that there’s anything in members. I’m not condoning extravagant spending it for them. If contorting students’ views and on the part of clubs (and even organizations), convincing them to do something that benefits but rather saying that if a club can afford to everybody allows for the best outcome, then I’d reward its members for showing up to a meeting gladly share some ice cream or spare a lollipop every-so-often, it should. There are negative or two. Ω
“The fact that pizza and other incentives brainwash students who wouldn’t otherwise have an ounce of interest in a given activity is the ugly truth that must be accepted.”
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2.04.11 Vol. 43, Issue 5
Affection, atrocity, or abomination? Despite the ban against public displays of affection on campus, its presence remains constant.
EDITORIAL CARTOON BY TO-VAN HOANG
Michael Hyun Staff writer Public Display of Affection (aka PDA), a common term in every students vocabulary, is something we are exposed to 24/7. Though I am not a strict regulator of PDA as others may be, I acknowledge that PDA has its own beneﬁts and consequences. After viewing constant displays of affection here and there on campus, I along with others concur that PDA is something we cannot avoid. Students make out near lockers and hold hands to class. It’s not uncommon to see a guy wrap his arms around his girlfriend’s waist during lunchtime. No matter where I look, PDA is always in sight or just around the corner. Others may think, “Aww, that kiss was romantic”; however, this behavior is not schoolappropriate. Students taking part in PDA should acknowledge the “No PDA Allowed” policy and remember that they signed a contract at the beginning of the year, and show respect and courtesy to those around them because there are students who come to school to focus on their studies.
Some students constantly distract themselves by participating in PDA with their signiﬁcant others. As a result, this affects the academic performance of students, ultimately leading to unsatisfying report cards. Though the actual PDA may not be time consuming, people in serious relationships expect more from the other person. I go to school to study and learn, not to see a
“Students taking part in PDA should acknowledge the ‘No PDA Allowed’ policy and remember that they signed a contract.”
Reality vs. expectations Movies create expectations in real-life love lives.
couple in front of my locker making out when I need to get my textbooks. As much as I try to ignore a front-row kissing scene, it’s tempting to be distracted and stare awkwardly. Despite my personal bias against PDA, displaying affection publicly does help a couple’s relationship in a way where two people can show their commitment to each other by publicly announcing their relationship. PDA helps a couple’s reputation get around the school. However, to others, PDA is a way for them to express themselves as an individual, rather than a couple. By being the other half of a “PDA all the way” couple, students can see their own level of maturity. PDA comes out as a way to prove to others that the couple is independent, and willing to make decisions on their own without the reliance of others. I wouldn’t kiss my signiﬁcant other in front of millions of eyes, but occasional hand holding isn’t as bad as many make it out to be. Though I do not publicly display my affection for all to see, there are some advantages to PDA that most don’t acknowledge. Despite the pros to PDA, my feelings remain the same: PDA is not school-appropriate behavior. Ω
Computers and televisions increasingly impact the daily lives of students. Jessica Wang Staff writer
PHOTOS BY ASHLEY XU AND CALVIN LEE PHOTOS BY ASHLEY XU AND CALVIN LEE
SAD TRUTH: Juniors Robert Herrera and Katie Smith demonstrate the differences between what often occurs in relationships and what one expects in a relationship. With movies showing perfect guys in almost Tiffany Diep every way possible, I end up searching for that Staff writer type of person, even though he does not exist. I After watching Ryan fantasize about being with a nice, good-looking, Gosling play Noah in The tough guy with a touch of sensitivity. In reality, ﬁnding that perfect someone Notebook, my expectations of men have become is incredibly difﬁcult and almost impossible. unrealistic. Noah, Gosling’s Sometimes, I see a person and think “Oh, he character, is incredible and gives everything seems a lot like that Stefan from The Vampire he has for the love of his life. His perfect hair, Diaries.” Then I discover some annoying detail good looks, and sensitivity allow me to easily about him that changes my opinion. However, picture the kind of person I want to be with and everyone has their ﬂaws, and we have to live cause my expectations to grow. Unfortunately, with that. Though some people in real life characters like Noah do not exist in the real resemble those in movies, few people like that world. exist. While movie characters have ﬂawless In movies like The Notebook and Dear personalities, that is not a quality we can expect John, the leading men are ﬂawless. Many girls to be born with. We have to work at perfection, dream about ﬁnding guys resembling the ones but perfection does not exist because everyone they see in TV shows, such as Stefan in The has ﬂaws. Flaws make us who we are, and Vampire Diaries. Movies, TV shows, and books without it we would all be “perfect”. The things portray men so perfectly that it makes any that make us unique would be gone. girl expect too much from the people around Movie characters are created to live up them. Instead of trying to ﬁnd the person who to our expectations, becoming everything we would ﬁt perfectly into their life, they try to ﬁnd could ask for. Most people will not be able to someone who meets their high expectations. live up to the high expectations caused by the Due to the way ﬁctional characters are created, inﬂuence of the movies, but we must accept that girls often end up comparing guys to them. because reality rarely reaches expectations. Ω
So much can be found online; everything ranging from boredom-suppressing games to sharing photos to recent news events. But who can forget Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, along with the many social networking sites on the rise? So many hours are spent on them each day that they may be more harmful than entertaining. The Internet has become an addiction that causes too many students to choose distraction over homework for hours at a time. We know plainly the harms of spending so much precious time online, yet we still choose to dawdle away in front of the computer instead of working. As a member of Facebook and other sites, I know just how difﬁcult it is to resist constantly checking for updates. Having the computer, a gateway to the outside world, on while working can be a huge distraction as social networking rises to the top of the priority list and ﬁnishing homework drops to the bottom, resulting in negative consequences. If I stay up too late procrastinating online, I’ll be too tired in school to focus, which will likely cause me to fall behind. It may be a common belief that spending time online can help relieve stress after a long
day at school; however, what some do not realize is that doing this only creates another wave of stress for later. Fortunately, plenty of solutions to this addiction exist. Resisting Facebook can be very difﬁcult at times, so setting an Internet limit helps. Recently I asked my parents to do just that. They have, as of today, programmed our wireless network to shut off from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays, allowing me to more easily focus on my work. There are also many smaller ways to resist the urge sitting in front of an open web page all afternoon. The computer can easily be left off until a certain number of homework assignments have been ﬁnished. A family member or a friend could be appointed to change the password to your AOL Instant Messenger every few weeks. I actually line my screen with bright yellow sticky notes telling me not to get distracted; sometimes the shame alone of being so reliant on the Internet is enough to make me get back to work. So long as the Internet is not used excessively, it serves as an irreplaceable source of information, and is a means of sharing thoughts, opinions, photos, videos, art, and more. So many in our generation cannot imagine life without access to so much of the outside world within our own homes. For me, life without the Internet is completely out of the question, but time away from it is necessary as well. Ω
“We know plainly the harms of spending so much precious time online, yet we still choose to dawdle away in front of the computer instead of working.”
Taking a closer look at February 4, 2011
Volume 43, Issue 5
Relationships give us a sense of belonging and happiness. But above all, they add meaning to our lives - the support of our family, the comfort of our friends, and the love received from a special someone.
Practically sisters at heart Friends are a big part of our lives, sticking with us through thick and thin. For best friends sophomore Rachel Lee and junior Gloria Kim, friendship is an inseparable bond. Compiled by Karen Ou, Feature Editor 1. What would you consider to be the most important thing in a friendship? “Communication [is the most important thing in a friendship] because if you can’t communicate, you can’t talk to each other. If you tell someone, ‘I don’t like what you’re wearing, they’ll get offended.’ If you tell a friend, though, it’s just an opinion. Communication is the foundation for any relationship. If you can’t talk to anyone, you can’t get close and express your feelings.”
Gloria Kim, 11
“Once, when we were coming back from a church retreat, we were talking and laughing with each other when one of the tires on the car popped. As the car swerved toward the edge [of the cliff], we were screaming and holding onto each other. Having such an experience makes you treasure each other as friends. If someone asked you what would be the last thing you’d do before you die, people always say, ‘Be with my loved ones.’ ”
In our everyday lives, we see relationships between people that range from old couples holding hands, to families having bonding nights, and even to friends having a good time. It makes people start to wonder: what really makes love last and what makes having a relationship with someone something special? “Adaptation and acceptance make love last. [It’s what makes it] special because you get to share everything about you and accept the other with their ﬂaws as they do with yours,” junior Rebeccah Luu said. Along with a mutual understanding come other aspects that make relationships something worthwhile. “A relationship is founded on trust, understanding, compassion and respect. You have to trust that the person you’re in a relationship with won’t just stand up and leave you after a ﬁght; or that they mean what they say and won’t lie or cheat on you,” junior Kristen Asada said. But with every relationship there are problems and ﬁghts, and sometimes you might just need a little guidance to the recipe for a good relationship. “Problems can be difﬁcult to work through, but the best way to deal with them is to: a) address the problem, b) discuss it with your signiﬁcant other and ﬁgure out their side of the story, and c) talk it through and make sure
you both understand why the problem occurred and ﬁx it. When your problems are solved, they can make your relationship stronger,” Asada said. Besides having close relationships, friends also share a special bond that deﬁnes them and makes them inseparable. “Knowing you always have someone to turn to and trust with a lot of things really helps,” freshman Joanne Wong said. “I love being with my friends because I always know that we have each other’s backs.” While friends may be the replacement family that we choose, the family that we already have can be cherished and seen as a source of help and advice. “My family is important to me because my family and -Kristen Asada, 11 friends are always there for me. They act as good inﬂuences and help me make the right choices. And even though they can get a little annoying, I still appreciate the moments we have,” freshman Ronson Lui said. Be it friendships or dating, having a close relationship with another person always comes with trials and complications that help you become stronger. “Love is an emotion that a person feels without any questions or doubt, and in order to have a good relationship, people need to express themselves,” senior Robert Wang said. “People know when they are in love when they don’t have to act differently. People should show who they are and trust in one another.” Ω
“A relationship is founded on trust, understanding, compassion, and respect.”
Rachel Lee, 10
2. What deﬁnes you as best friends? “We’re always together. We balance each other out because we’re different. We just know each other inside and out, faults and all. We don’t have to say anything sometimes; we just look at each other and we know what the other means. Sometimes, people joke that we talk with our eyes. One time, at a church retreat, someone asked us, ‘Are you talking with your heads?’ Having a best friend, it doesn’t mean that you’re always talking. We sit next to each other, and we’re silent, but it’s practically never an awkward silence.”
Jessica You Staff Writer
PHOTO BY KAREN OU
Curious to know what a couple’s perspective on relationships is, we asked two different couples what certain relationship-oriented words mean to them. Compiled by Karen Ou, Feature Editor
Ellie Ikeda, 12 and Rod “Negrodamus” Johnson, 12 1. Seeing each other - It means that for a couple of hours each day, life gets a little brighter. 2. Dating - It’s just a label. Dating is such a big word, and it’s much too vague a description. 3. Talking - Communication is key. It’s a key component to a relationship. If you can’t communicate, you can’t say what you feel and not hide anything. 4. Boyfriend/girlfriend - It’s what you make of it. The relationship has to be a commitment because if one person is not dedicated, it’s won’t work.
PHOTO BY KAREN OU
TALKING IT OUT: Ellie Ikeda and Rod Johnson share a casual conversation.
Vivian Chuy, 10 and Douglas Chiu, 10 1. Seeing each other - happy-dandy 2. Dating - a chance to try exquisite food 3. Talking - over the internet, web-camming, calling 4. Boyfriend/girlfriend - It’s just a title. It doesn’t mean anything. PHOTO BY KAREN OU
OUR SONG: Vivian Chuy and Douglas Chiu listen to their favorite song together.
PHOTOS BY REETIKA SINGH
Another View It’s no secret that boys and girls see things differently. When it comes to dating, though, the difference isn’t so much.
Our time together
These students share what brings their family closer together.
Compiled by Tina Peng, Staff Writer
Compiled by Jessica You and Janzen Alejo, Staff Writers
On keeping relationships going: “You have to be completely comfortable and be honest with everything. You have to be able to be yourself.”
“You have to be able to trust the other person and you have to be good friends, best friends.”
- Christian Marillo, 12
- Justine Chavera, 12
On going out for the ﬁrst time: “I don’t think it really matters if it’s the ﬁrst, third, or fourth date. They’re all kind of the same.”
“I would feel special. At ﬁrst, it’s awkward, but then you realize, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m really with this person!’ ”
- Anthony Green, 9
- Marissa Delphin, 9
On breaking up: “Of course it sucks. But both should try to be friends before dating another.” - Aldo Lemecke, 9
Here, students share special times they’ve had with friends.
Compiled by Susie Law, Staff Writer
“It’s really bad, really hard. It messes up friendships, so I try to make friends.” - Angie Duran, 9
By the Numbers: 89
“For my friend’s birthday we bought her 55 balloons and baked her cupcakes. It was really great seeing her happy on her birthday, because she had not been having a good time.” Alexis Vien, 9
“I bond with my family by getting together to eat dinner, play games or go shopping together. We always have new memories to reminisce after spending time with each other” Emily Yang, 9
The to Valentine’s Day Couples aren’t the only ones who can enjoy Valentine’s Day. Here is a guide for singles on how to have their share of fun. Compiled by Karen Ou, Feature Editor 1. Remember that your relationship status is not your identity and is not a deﬁnition of who you are as an individual.
“After a wrestling tournament the whole team went out to eat all together. It was the ﬁrst time we ever did that so we bonded a lot and got really close. Now we are like brothers.” Bernie Ochoa, 11
“We have family bonding time on weekends. We go to the mall, and at church, we pray together as a family.”
2. Imagine all the money you’ll be saving because you aren’t obligated to buy any gifts.
Charlene Lopez, 10
3. Gather up your friends and family - the people you already have strong rela tionships with - and celebrate the good times you’ve spent together.
“I was walking with my friend on a rainy day and I was too lazy to close my umbrella. When I turned to say bye to my friend, my umbrella hooked onto another girl’s hair and I accidentally yanked some of her hair out! My friend couldn’t stop laughing at me.” Joyce Kim, 11
“[My family and I] spend time together by going to family dinners and watching movies together. Sometimes we take road trips to places, which are tiring, but the overall experience is unforgettable.”
“My friends and I went to the beach to try to start a bonﬁre but we forgot to bring most of the supplies so roasting marshmallows felt like we were roasting our ﬁngers and faces. The bonﬁre was a fail, but it was deﬁnitely a funny experience.” Brian Young, 12
“Usually we play monopoly on family nights on Friday. We also have family dinners because my parents are really traditional. They like to have big dinners at the end of the month.”
Percent of high school students who are in a dating relationship
Kevin Gong, 12
Brian Tai, 12
4. Indulge yourself by doing whatever you want, whenever you want. Be it watching a back-to-back movie marathon or buying that new video game you’ve been eyeing, the choice is all yours. 5. Think of Valentine’s Day as a community service day. Help out at a homeless shelter or visit a nursing home, where there are always people in need of care and affection. 6. Treat a friend who’s been kind of down lately and take him or her to do something out of the ordinary. Doing something nice for someone to show that you love them will certainly brighten their day. 7. Send yourself some ﬂowers and a box of chocolates. Don’t be shy; you deserve to treat yourself after a few weeks into second semester.
Minutes per week the average parent spends in meaningful conversation with their children
Average number of close friends that a person has
02.04.11 Vol. 43, Issue 5
“Staging” a musical world Most students only know of several popular musicals - The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Annie, or the Lion King, but unlike those students, sophomore Ryan Gabot has a love for musicals and the messages they hold in their songs and dances. Amy Lee Staff Writer Wicked, Dreamgirls, Lion King. The stage curtain opens to reveal a world of music, dancing, and thrilling stories. Since he saw his first musical in 2002, sophomore Ryan Gabot developed a passion that has led him to see and follow as many as fifteen shows at theaters such as the Pantages, Ahmanson, and the Orange County Performing Arts Center. “My interest in musicals started when I saw my first show. Though I don’t remember much from the show I remember I thought it was pretty good. But I didn’t really get ‘obsessed’ with theatre until I saw Wicked,” Gabot said. Gabot found that he enjoys these musicals not only because of the entertainment, but also for the message behind the songs and dances. “I like musicals because they always tell a story that I can sometimes connect with,” Gabot said. “I also think the music is catchy and find it interesting how they incorporate the songs into the story.” As Gabot began learning more about the shows, he grew more and more attached to them through years of watching. “I guess I know a good amount of information about musicals. It gets to the point where I get kind of obsessed,” Gabot said. “I memorize some photo By Ryan Gabot of the dates and the times of shows I’ve seen. I also remember some of the main people in the MUSICAL MAN: Seated on his bed, sophomore Ryan Gabot riffles through his array of souvenir programs and playbills that he has accumulated over the years. Gabot has seen over 14 different musicals since 2002. cast.” He has also found a way to enjoy musicals To remember all of the shows he has seen, Gabot keeps a Out of all that he has seen, Gabot chose one musical as his for a better price with student rush. This special discount is only collection of booklets. With each new musical, his assortment current favorite and even after seeing it three times, he would available to students at a few theatres. Participants are able to buy increases. love to see it again. good seats that are usually around $90 for only $20. “There are two types of programs I have. I have souvenir “Right now my favorite musical would be Next to Normal. “I use student rush usually when there’s show I really want programs - the ones you have to purchase. I have 14 of those. The I like it because when you see that show you not only feel happy to go see and I don’t want to spend a lot of money,” Gabot said. second type of programs I collect are playbills - the free booklets and sad, but you feel every emotion,” Gabot said. “It’s just plain “It’s a really good deal.” they give out at the theatre,” Gabot said. awesome.” Ω
Next in line for the Opening a restaurant often seems like a far off dream or goal, but these resourceful students help out and even work at family-owned restaurants. Cloris Chou Staff Writer Most students spend their spare time browsing on social networking sites, catching up on their sleep, or finding new ways to procrastinate. For others, working at their family’s restaurants are their first priority, and different experiences come from their jobs. “It does affect my schedule when I help out at the restaurant,” junior Audrey de Guzman said. “In the past, I had to miss dance practices because my parents needed my help at the restaurant. When we first opened, I could rarely go out on the weekends because I was working. But it was all worth the hard work. In the end we get rewarded with regular customers, and the knowledge that our customers enjoy our food.” Although de Guzman feels like the work schedule at Manila Sunset Grille is time consuming, she enjoys some aspects of having a family business. “I always get free food for any event,” said de Guzman. “Since Victoria Gardens is so close, my best friends and I can feast at my restaurant after a long day of shopping.” For senior Narisa Kanchana, working at her family’s restaurant, Lucky Elephant, is more of something she does when she has extra time. “I usually do graphic designs for advertisements at the restaurant or I work as a hostess and seat people,” Kanphoto By Janzen Alejo FAMILY MATTERS: Working at the Manila Sunset Grille, junior Audrey chana said. “My school schedule is rarely affected by my de Guzman ladles a drink into a cup to serve to a customer. For her, responsibilities at Lucky Elephant because I’ve learned to manage my time. This is something I enjoy doing since working at a family business is time consuming but rewarding.
I’m given a lot of time on tasks and graphic design is a hobby of mine.” For others like senior Eric So, working in a unique family restaurant like El Pollo Unico is an interesting experience. “It’s pretty weird because my family is Asian and we own this Mexican restaurant,” So said. “But I guess having a restaurant is definitely not boring; it’s a pretty big adventure. I get to eat lots of chicken, watch the business grow, and meet lots of people too.” Instead of seeing the work as tedious, So enjoys the time he gets to spend working alongside the employees. “Normally when kids grow up they are always told to be respectful of all other races,” said So. “But parents sometimes don’t enforce these rules at home. After befriending so many Hispanic employees, it really helped me to appreciate their culture as much as my own.” Some students, like junior Emily Le who works at Walnut Tree, are enthusiastic about working for a family business. “I carry around menus with me in case someone wants one,” said Le. “I try to tell everyone about the restaurant or suggest it when they’re wondering what to eat. I also help advertise on Facebook.” Devoting much of her leisure time to helping out at the restaurant, Le often spends more time at the restaurant than she does anywhere else. “I consider the restaurant a second home,” said Le. “My family’s always there so I always feel safe. It’s also a home to regular customers who come to eat with their friends often.” Ω
“My school schedule is rarely affected by my responsibilities at Lucky Elephant because I’ve learned to manage my time.” - Narisa Kanchana, 12
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Playing at a different stage
Although many students participate in the school orchestra, just as many prefer to perform with outside orchestras. Playing more advanced music from a wider variety of composers, these students are able to sharpen and perfect their musical skills. Michael Hyun Staff Writer Many students may not be aware of the true skills of a musician; however, there are those who go above and beyond by joining other orchestra organizations outside of school such as the Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra, Harvest Vineyard Church, and the Olympia Youth Orchestra. For those musicians who love music as if it were life, being a part of an outside orchestra has been a life changing experience. ”I feel like I can make some sort of contribution and learn from the people who are more advanced than me and more skilled,” senior Kristen Lee of the Olympia Youth Orchestra said. “I think I’ve become more aware of my ability and I know how much I can improve.” Being a part of something as important as an orchestra, musicians are proud and honored to be play for such outstanding organizations. “It’s some 80 students playing music and when we’re playing together, it just sounds amazing so I am honored to be a part of CYMO,” senior Michelle
Ahn said. “Even now, I think it’s amazing how beautiful our music can sound during our pre-concert rehearsals. I start biting my lips during those practices because it’s sincerely thrilling how powerful and moving the music I help create can be.” With outside orchestras being more serious organizations, musicians open the doors of diverse music composed by many various artists. “I was able to get in touch with a different variety of music, whether it’s classical, romantic, 20th century by French, Russian, Italian, Spanish composers,” junior Emily Dai, part of CYMO, said. “We may not be as professional or play as skillfuly as does the LA Philharmonic, but at least as an orchestra full of middle and high schoolers, it is pretty impressive.” Outside orchestras allow musicians to meet other people who share the same interest and passion for music. “I really enjoy being in my outside orchestra. It just gives me so many more opportunities to play more music that I would normally be unable to play and just lets me meet musicians of really high caliber that don’t go to our school,” Yoon said. Ω
“It’s sincerely thrilling how powerful and moving the music can be.” - Michelle Ahn, 12
TUNING IN (COUNTERCLOCKWISE): Members of the Olympia Youth Orchestra, including seniors Kristen Lee and Justin Lee, assume rest position after finishing a song; senior Matthew Tong, member of CYMO, watches the conductor as he plucks his cello strings; Sitting between two students from other schools, junior Darren Chang of CYMO plays according to the sheet music. photos By Emily Dai and Kristen Lee
Watching the birds from afar Where one might see an ordinary black crow, sophomore Paul Sonner sees instead a bird of magnificent plumage instead. With an unsurpassed love for birds, he enjoys watching and observing as much as he can about these winged animals. Jessica Wang Staff Writer Sophomore Paul Sonner does what many do during their spare time: spend time doing something he loves. He harbors a unique interest in Ornithology, or the study of birds, a passion of his that began in the third grade. “Some of the first things that I noticed about birds and made me come to appreciate them were the ease with which I could observe them. The fact that they could fly intrigued me,” Sonner said. “Another aspect of birds that captivated me was their sounds.” His curiosity let him to expand his knowledge of birds by reading more about them, both online and from books. “Today, my family and myself have accumulated multiple bookshelves filled with nothing but bird books,” he said. “I also rather quickly learned that there were great resources for learning about birds on the Internet. The great thing about the Internet is that I can also put things such as audio files of bird calls and video files of behaviors that I cannot put into a field guide.” Once a month, Sonner attends meetings held by the National Audubon Society, an organization that focuses on conserving and restoring the natural ecosystems of birds and other wildlife, to learn more about birds. “There they have lectures about bird identification, biology, and conservation. They also have a session at the beginning of their meetings dedicated to identification challenges,” Sonner said. He often goes on long bicycle rides with his father, easily combining his hobby
of birdwatching with his hobby of bicycle riding. “When you are on a bicycle, you can go fast enough to cover different habitats and see many species and you are going slow enough to stop and take a good look at any rare species,” he said. “On our last major ride we saw over 67 species of birds in around 62 miles.” Sonner puts his extensive knowledge to use by competing in the Science Olympiad. He placed first last year for a division in Ornithology and hopes to do well this year competing at the high school level. “I have made multiple recordings of myself narrating some aspects of the life histories of some bird species. I first got the idea to do so from a computer class in middle school and used it to prepare me for the Science Olympiad events,” he said. “I also compiled songs and calls of all of the birds that would be tested on for the Science Olympiad competition.” He plans to do bird photography by connecting his DSLR camera to his telescope, as photography is yet another hobby of his. “Once I get my adapter I can take bird pictures and hopefully submit them to our local Audubon Society’s desk calendar. This calendar’s purpose is to raise money for a raptor rehabilitation program called Wild Wings,” he said. In college, Sonner intends to take as many courses in Ornithology as possible. “I will continually be interested in birds in the future. I intend to expand my hobby and travel around the world looking at birds and taking pictures of them,” he said. “I am not sure if I want to pursue a career in Ornithology but it is certainly a distinct possibility.” Ω photo By Paul sonner
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The Thai food
Need a little bit of oriental flavor in your diet? Thai cuisine, including everything from traditional Pad Thai to Thai inspired chicken wings, is simply vast and varied. Take a look at some restaurants that will all satisfy your Thai food cravings.
President Thai Angelina Tang Staff Writer I had heard the name President Thai Cuisine mentioned a few times here and there, but had never actually tried it, preferring to keep to the other more well-known eateries. Little did I know, I’d been missing out. Upon entering Diamond Plaza, I immediately noticed the restaurant, President Thai, on my left in bold, yellow letters. The exterior was decorated with lights and its loud traditional Thai music could be heard over the freeway nearby. Unexpectedly, I was a little surprised when I saw that the restaurant was actually considerably full for a Wednesday night. When my father and I entered the restaurant, we were immediately seated by a waitress. Being relatively new to Thai food, I ordered the classic Pad Thai, along with their Thai Iced Tea, Tom Yum Seafood Pot, and Mixed Satay tray. The food all came around the same time after a brief wait. The abnormally large, but satisfying serving of the Pad Thai was delicious and the fresh vegetables served alongside it gave the meal a satisfying crunch. The noodles and eggs were a bit sweet, but overall flavorfully seasoned. The Satay tray, containing the chicken and beef sticks, felt tender and tasted great when dipped in the peanut sauce. Even though it was a bit pricey, the Tom Yum Seafood Pot was the main highlight of my visit. The soup gave off a fresh, lime scent and included mussels, clams, crab claws, squid, shrimp, and fish. Overall, President Thai Cuisine lived up to my expectations. Their menu was broad and included specialties such as the Thai toast. The service was fine, but could have been better. Waiters were simply too busy, at times. The restaurant is definitely a good place to dine. Ω
Banana Bay Kevin Yin Staff Writer Known for its eccentric Thai cuisine, Banana Bay certainly is a very different kind of restaurant. Located in the heart of Yes Plaza, Banana Bay provides an inviting atmosphere with food that, while unique, is not exactly exceptional. As somebody who usually never deals with Thai food, eating at Banana Bay was a fairly new experience. Walking into the restaurant, guests can browse through an assortment of dried snacks, fruits, and nuts that are on sale while waiting for food. It’s an interesting little tidbit that gives a little more authenticity to the Thai culture of the restaurant. The menu itself is huge and holds a large variety of foods. I ordered Banana Bay’s signature dish: Pad Thai. It consists of a flavorful combination of crunchiness and sweetness that creates a very unique taste. The ingredients come together very well, but the flavor can overpower you a bit. Since Banana Bay is a relatively large restaurant, it has its own stage, making it perfect for any parties. Since I visited the restaurant during the afternoon, there were very little people or any kind of entertainment. Still, the place becomes more crowded and some form of live entertainment is usually available. Banana Bay finds itself between many strengths and weaknesses. The large size and fully featured entertainment offers an atmosphere that appears as both inviting and lively: great for a night out with friends. The food itself is decent, but not amazing, and while there are a large range of foods on the menu, it might be hard to actually find something that caters to everyone’s taste. In the end, the inviting environment and decent food makes for an inviting experience. Ω
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ALL THAI’D UP (CLOCKWISE): Banana Bay is fitting for any party or event. with wide open spaces and a stage built for entertainment. Coconut Bay’s wide assortment of cuisine includes Thai-inspired takes on modern foods. President Thai is perfect for anyone just seeking traditional Thai meals. Coconut Station has a menu which ranges from anything Thai-related to a number of other Asian dishes.
Candee Yuan Staff Writer
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Located in Rowland Heights, Coconut Station allows people to eat at a nice local restaurant without a long drive. Initially, I entered Coconut Station thinking it was just another Thai restaurant, but in the end, I left thoroughly satisfied. The menu was just like any typical Thai restaurant, but with a wide range of different Asian culture foods, fusing together the many varieties into one single selection. Besides the typical Thai cuisines, Coconut Station also made distinct dishes such as Shu Mai, a Chinese plate, and crab cakes that are freshly seared on the grill. Right before the food arrived, everyone was given a light salad with an assortment of fruits and vegetables that are lightly tossed with vinaigrette. By giving the salad instead of a bread basket, it doesn’t add that heavy feeling you feel in your stomach after eating it. My friends and I ordered the Thai Style Hot Wings and they tasted pretty good. The wings were a little bit crispy on the skin and drizzled with a sticky sauce that really brought the whole dish together almost like a putting a cherry on-top of a sundae. Finally, the food arrived and I saw a pretty large plate of Pad Thai in front of me. The Pad Thai was filled with stir-fried noodles with eggs, red chili pepper, shrimp, chicken, and garnished with crushed peanuts and lime. It was a little spicy for me, but even though my taste buds felt like they were somewhat on fire, the dish was still good. Overall, the food, the tranquil environment, and the courteous waiters made my experience at Coconut Station a good one. Ω
Although Thai cuisine is a relatively new experience for me, I’ve heard many positive comments about Coconut Bay, and overall, they were correct as I enjoyed both its service and cuisine. Upon entering the restaurant, I instantly saw the open layout which had a bar on one side with a raised seating area to the right against a large illustration of what I believe is a beautiful Thai beach. The staff members were extremely polite. Our waitress described every dish I was unsure about and gave her opinions on dishes that she thought were good. But above all else, there was the food, which did not disappoint. For the appetizer, my family and I indulged in the Papaya Salad which contained shredded green papaya mixed with peanut, tomatoes, green bean, lime juice and fresh chili. Its spicy flavor mixed with the buttery taste of the peanuts created a rich combination that I thoroughly enjoyed. As for the main course, I ordered Cha Po, which is a combination of BBQ duck with steamed spinach, roasted pork and pickle ginger over steamed rice and it tasted wonderful. The pork was a little sweet and easy to chew, the duck, which was smothered in a combination of sauces, dissolved in my mouth and tasted heavenly. With such a filling meal, I had no room for any of the temptingly delicious deserts. My experience of eating at Coconut Bay was delightful because of the nice service and the excellent food. As of right now, I am waiting until the next time I can enjoy its food again. Ω
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The Green Hornet
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To-Van Hoang Online Feature Editor If you’re into a mellow, mildly energetic genre of music, you should enjoy the Script’s second album, Science and Faith. But as for me, I am not entirely enthralled because I’m a bigger fan of catchy choruses and happy-la-la’s that you can blast in your car early in the morning. Most of these songs aren’t the kind that will get you pumped up for the day, but they can work as pick-me-ups if you’re feeling down (if you’re in the right mood, they’re good for wallowing as well). The album stylizes itself similarly to the Script’s first with their Anberlin-esque sound. “For the First Time” is a sweet little song with lots of “woos” just like the Script’s first album. The first half of the tracks are kind of happy and gentle like this one, with the same cutesy lyrics. The song, “Science and Faith”, shows the continuation of the same hopeful tone that you feel for the first half of the album. The plucky guitar sound of one song is what makes it work as early-morning-car-ride material. But if you listen straight down the track numbers, you notice that the beats get heavier and that the choruses become less cutesy all of a sudden in the middle of the list at “Dead Man Walking.” You definitely wouldn’t call it angry music, but the second half has a bit of a charge to it. This is something I doubt anyone would mind, since it really only adds to the appeal. With its subdued quality, I consider Science and Faith to be rather enjoyable. I certainly haven’t gotten tired of it yet, after six full playthroughs of the twelve tracks. So pick up a copy and chill to the Script. It’s actually pretty easy to do. Ω
Iron and Wine
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Angela Aie Staff Writer “Will you come with me on this adventure?” With that question, Britt Reid and his sidekick Kato form the most unlikeliest bromance that defines The Green Hornet. Filled with good laughs and mild action, this movie is perfect for anybody just looking for a good time with friends. Rich boy Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) begins the film living the party life in contrast to his workaholic father, James (Tom Wilkinson). But when his father dies, Britt becomes the heir to his family’s newspaper empire overnight, and with the help of his father’s former assistant, Kato (Jay Chou), Britt becomes the Green Hornet and tasks himself with cleaning up the crime-ridden streets of Los Angeles. Even though the plot is a bit cliche,
the movie was filled with enough bits of genuine humor to spice it up. The special effects were right on par with the action scenes. The cars and technology displayed were simply awesome. The car used by Reid and Kato was a Chrysler Imperial Crown nicknamed the “Black Beauty.” Predominantly black with green headlights, this bulletproof vehicle included machine guns, explosives, tire-popping gadgets, and the all-important ejection seats. The slow motion of the fight scenes exemplifies the use of comedy and action at the same time which defines this film. The explosions and the final battle may have been exaggerated but it added the comical effect that characterizes the Green Hornet. Seth Rogen was perfectly cast to play the Green Hornet. His ability to be
serious but light-hearted at the same time made his character believable. In addition, his recent weight loss definitely made his image more suitable to fit that of a crime fighting hero. Jay Chou, the Asian music sensation, who is making his debut in Hollywood, compliments Rogen nicely, despite his thick accent. He was the perfect sidekick that didn’t talk much but had a bunch of cool tricks up his sleeves. Cameron Diaz takes the lead female role in the film as the Hornet’s secretary. The touch of feminism added in her strong and independent role is a good mix in a predominantly male casted movie. Bromance, shootouts, fist fights, epic chase scenes, and to top it all off, awesome cars make this action flick a worthy film to catch. If you ask me, The Green Hornet is definitely worth any price of admission. Ω
No Strings Attached
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Josephine Lien Opinion Editor When one mentions Iron and Wine, I think of soft folk songs that are absolutely ideal for a dreamy serenade. However, with the new album Kiss Each Other Clean, I was taken aback by front man Sam Beam’s transformed direction and sound. His signature mellowness remains, yet a definite jazzy element has sprung about in this album that is quite refreshing. After swaying to a few tracks, I felt as if I had been transported back a few decades. “Walking Far From Home” begins the warm journey of this album and appears to be one of those rare tunes that just oozes pure fuzziness. I felt homesick for the South due to tender lyrics, and hey, I’m a California native. Quite unexpected in this album are the usage of trumpets, which blast in “Big Burned Hand.” I never thought I’d describe any Iron and Wine song as psychedelic, but in this case, it fits in as the perfect adjective. Possibly, my favorite song on Iron and Wine’s new album is “Glad Man Singing”. As soon as Beam began blessing my ears with his smooth vocals, it seemed as if I were listening to a calmer version of Train’s “Drops of Jupiter”. The only step after listening to Kiss Each Other Clean is to formulate a theory on how bearded men consistently make incredible music. It’s a wonder, really. Ω
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Jacqueline Chow Arts & Entertainment Editor I hate to admit that I’m one who watches a movie because certain actors and actresses were featured, but the collaboration of Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher was the main reason why I decided to watch No Strings Attached. This R-rated film (there is no nudity in this movie and only earned such rating due to its subject matter and language) centers on lifelong friends Emma (Portman), a doctor who feels unable to commit to a relationship because of her busy work schedule, and Adam (Kutcher), an ambitious writer who deals with his father dating his ex-girlfriend. They agree to stay as friends with benefits but things get compli-
cated when one develops feelings for the other. Apart from her role in Black Swan, which she is recently known for, Portman shows the range of her acting ability by delivering an equally fulfilling performance in this romantic comedy. Although it is no surprise that he would star in this rom-com as most of his recent films fall into this genre, Kutcher redeems himself as an actor in this film. The awkwardly realistic chemistry between the leads was enjoyable, and this film, to my surprise, succeeded in trying to make its audience emotional. Some of the perfectly timed situations gave the theater a good laugh. This film is worth watching if you have a liking for Portman and Kutcher and is still enjoyable if you can overlook its predictable plot. Ω
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Track and field decreases team size
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track drills: Track members sophomore Daylon Gomez, junior Jonathan Lin, senior Sean Kow, and junior Jerry Lee complete warm up stretches before beginning practice. PLANT AND TAKE OFF: Polevaulter senior Sean Kow gets ready to swing up after he takes off the ground in the hopes of getting over the bar and improving his polevaulting form.
Track coaches feel that a smaller sized team would give athletes an opportunity in discovering their own hidden potential in the different categories. Kevin Yin Staff Writer As track and field athletes return for another year, they are in for a number of changes to the team’s structure and training agenda. One of the more noticeable differences this year is the con-
siderably tighter team size, which is attributed to the tougher admission process. “We have realized that over the past year the team has had a lot of dead weight (people that do not participate, never dress, or are not committed), so we had to make the decision to fix this ongoing problem. Some people may not have benefited the team in the direction we were going,” jump coach Andrea Allmond said. The coaches feel that this was the best way to benefit the team and develop a more dedicated training environment. “A smaller team gives us the opportunity to use less people and open the door for these athletes to possibly be discovered in other areas like jumps or hurdles. With less people, I can do our exercises more efficiently and take more time to pay attention to
details,” Allmond said. Another new addition is the team website, that both parents and members are encouraged to check. “All of our team info is listed there. Having a team website will help with communication between the athletes and parents. I hope that athletes take more pride in their team, by posting comments and pictures on the website,” head coach Thompson said. With a smaller, more focused group of athletes, the coaches have much higher expectations and goals. “My hope is to get a majority of my group to league since my team is pretty new and has not really experienced much. This year will be great for learning and getting better at their events, and excel past what we did last year,” Allmond said. Ω
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Landslide win against West Covina Girls’ varsity water polo earns a 19-1 win against West Covina last Thursday. Nathan Au-Yeung Staff Writer Due to a dominating offense and strong defense, the girls’ varsity water polo team beat West Covina 19-1. Walnut won the sprint, and jumped to a six point lead early in the first quarter. However West Covina took possession of the ball not long after and followed up with a shot that captain goalie senior Allison Hu blocked. With shots attempted by both teams, the game started off with a lot of intensity. At 5:34 a West Covina player was ejected, and Walnut’s senior Kylie Leeper used the six on five advantage to score the first point of the game. Less than a minute later, at 4:55, junior Kristen Swafford scored Walnut’s second point. Walnut’s defense effectively limited West Covina’s shot attempts, while attempting many shots of their own. At 2:38, sophomore Ardelle Aquino scored Walnut’s third point. West Covina turned the ball over, giving Walnut possesion, and allowing captain senior Samantha Lepp to score another point with 1:47 left in the quarter. At 1:19, sophomore Cathleen Nguyen scored and less than thirty seconds after that, Aquino skipped the ball into the goal at 0:51. At the end of the first quarter, Walnut was up 6-0 Walnut started out strong in the second quarter, winning the sprint again. Both teams remained scoreless for the first two minutes, but at 4:52, captain senior Stephanie Tuncel scored Walnut’s seventh point. Lepp added to Walnut’s total, when she scored at 4:16, after which West Covina called a time-out. At 3:34 another one of West Covina’s players was ejected, and Lepp utilized the six on
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making a splash: (clockwise from right) Senior Sam Lepp prepares to take a shot. Sophomore Cathleen Nguyen raises her arm for a block. Senior Stephanie Tuncel lunges for the ball. Junior Megan Polawada looks to pass to a team member. five mismatch to score again. At 2:50 Swafford scored Walnut’s tenth point. After both teams had a few unsuccessful possessions, Leeper scored Walnut’s next goal at 1:36. At 1:02, Swafford shot into the goal but it was not counted due to a penalty. With 0:42 left to play, West Covina received another ejection and Nguyen used this advantage to score at 0:33. Walnut ended the half up 12-0. Walnut increased their lead in the third quarter, winning the sprint yet again. Only a few seconds into the half, Nguyen’s shot deflected off a West Covina player’s hand into the goal. West Covina suffered another ejection,
Effects of drinking protein beverages Some athletes find that consuming energy drinks improve individual performance. Angela Aie Staff Writer Many athletes look for ways to get stronger, faster, and better at their sport. Protein drinks such as Tiger’s Milk, which contains whey, and Slim Fast help with that task. “It’s an organic source of protein,” track member junior Ryan Ripperdan said. “It gives me energy and helps me build muscles. It also helps muscle recover after a workout. It’s beneficial because muscles power my running.” Tiger’s Milk is not the only protein drink with whey as the main ingredient. Wrestler sophomore Roger Liang drinks 100% whey to help his performance. “I started drinking it to help me get stronger and also to lose weight. Losing weight for wrestling is important because I need more muscle in a muscle to fat ratio,” Liang said. “I drink it after a good workout so like two or three times a week because I don’t have any other source of protein after working out. It makes you less sore the next day.” Liang chooses 100% Whey over other sports drinks because it has helped him accomplish his goal of becoming stronger. “Drinking it gives me an edge on the mat during wrestling,” Liang said. “Gatorade doesn’t really have protein in it, it’s just carbs and sugar so it doesn’t really get you stronger.” Drinking protein drinks can have more than one benefit and for wrestler junior Dominick Azores, drinking Slim Fast helps him lose weight and become better at sports. “I drink protein shakes because it helps me workout more sufficiently. I often drink it once a week,” Azores said. “It helps me for dieting, gives me more motivation to lose weight, and makes me better in sports because all the weight I lose makes me faster.” Compared to other sports drinks such as Gatorade, protein drinks yield better results. “Slim Fast has worked for me compared to the likes of Gatorade and others because it gives my body the natural things it needs, like the vitamins, protein, and minerals,” Azores said. Ω
aiding freshman Rachelle Gonzales to score at 5:18. With 4:48 left in the quarter, senior Crhystal Barahona stole the ball from West Covina, and scored at 4:32. At 3:38, one of West Covina’s players was ejected. In the next minute, both teams attempted shots, but were unsuccessful. With 1:54 remaining, West Covina received another ejection. At 1:38, Walnut executed brilliant teamwork which helped Aquino score. Both teams remained scoreless for the rest of the quarter, and Nguyen was ejected at 0:32. Walnut increased their lead by four, ending the third quarter up 16-0.
Walnut cemented their lead in the fourth quarter. Walnut won the sprint for the fourth time, but West Covina stole the ball and missed their shots. At 5:06, a player from West Covina was ejected. Tuncel and Junior Megan Poliwoda both scored for Walnut soon after, bringing the score up to 18-0. A minute later, Leeper also scored. At 3:12, West Covina scored their first, and only, point of the game. Hu, no longer goalkeeping, shot three times, but missed; and another one of West Covina’s players was ejected. Walnut ended one of their best games up 19-1. Ω
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Two freshmen advance to varsity water polo With backgrounds in club water polo, freshmen Christine Hu and Rachelle Gonzales have advanced in varsity. Caroline Shih Staff Writer From the influence of a veteran player to the experience on a water polo club team, freshmen Christine Hu and Rachelle Gonzales have benefited exceedingly to reach the highest level: varsity water polo. Instead of being intimidated or nervous around her new teammates, Hu found the varsity water polo girls to be supportive and friendly. “Honestly, in the beginning, the team was undeniably daunting, just coming out of a great year. It felt as if they didn’t need anyone else, that they already had a system going; instead they were welcoming and open to anything new,” Hu said. Not only were Gonzales and Hu’s teammates open minded and welcoming, they also made them both feel as though they were truly a part of the team. “They treat me like family. We hang out a lot and mess around. We can tell each other everything, like family issues or whatever, and they give great advice. They’re always here for us when we need it, both in and out of the pool,” Gonzales said. For the first two years of her water polo career, Gonzales practiced and played for an outside club. “I decided to join the club because I wanted to play water polo, but I wasn’t in high school yet and I wanted to get the experience,” Gonzales said. The transition between playing for the club and for school was a little disorienting at first. “The experience is really different because the people are really different. I’m more familiar with the girls at the club since I’ve been playing with them longer,” Gonzales said. “At first, I didn’t really know where I belonged in the team, or where to go, but I’m comfortable now; the girls are all really friendly and really nice.” A great advantage for Hu is her sister, senior Allison Hu, whose experience as captain and goalie allowed her to guide Christine. “As she is my captain, she encourages me to play my best and gives me the confidence that I can be better. And as my sister, she gives me hope that I can possibly be as good as her
photos By felix lee
Utter Domination: Freshmen Rachelle Gonzales and Christine Hu take the offensive in a 19-1 slaughter against West Covina. one day,” said Hu. Being on a sport team means hours of hard work and practice, and sometimes it could be difficult to balance an athletic, academic, and personal life. “After the first quarter [of school], I learned to keep my priorities straight and get
1 2 3 5:32 Leeper 4:52 Tuncel 6:44 Nguyen 4:55 Swafford 4:16 Lepp 5:18 Gonzales 2:38 Aquino 3:30 Lepp 4:32 Barahona 1:47 Lepp 2:50 Swafford 1:38 Aquino 1:19 Nguyen 1:36 Lepp 0:51 Aquino 0:33 Nguyen
Total 1 20 4 4:52 Polawada 4:37 Tuncel 3:37 Leeper 3:12 West Covina
Diamond Bar Walnut
Walnut Shots 13 Shots on Goal 9 Corner kick 3 Offside 0 Fouls 10 Goals 3
Diamond Ranch Walnut
Game Records Date Opponent 1/13 Bonita 1/20 West Covina Diamond Bar 1/27 2/1 Rowland
Result 42-30 (W) 28-43 (L) 30-33 (L) 76-6 (W)
Away Neutral 3-1-0 8-1-2
2/1 Team Records Overall League Home 12-3-0 3-2-0 1-1-0
1 1 1
1 0 3
Walnut Shots 16 Shots on Goal 8 Corner kick 2 Offside 0 Fouls 6 Goals 5
2 1 2 DB 8 4 1 0 10 2
2 0 2
Total 2 3
Goals 19:47 C. Ruelas 35:16 DB 47:59 P. Ochoa 71:13 DB 72:22 C. Ruelas
Total 0 5
DR 4 2 1 6 8 0
Goals 16:37 A. Avila 38:01 A. Hill 40:56 A. Marani 75:05 C. Frisan 78:58 S. Catono
4 1 3
Diamond Bar Walnut C. Yuan A. Aie N. Abaeze A. McDill J. Robles A. Gin R. Lew L. Komoda
Total 56 45 pts reb 14 4 13 13 10 6 4 5 2 2 1
3 0 4
other sport or a simple hobby. “Water polo has been a great outlet for life as it is, giving me something else to focus on rather than school,” Hu said. “It has opened my eyes to so many new things and paved the way for the rest of my high school years.” Ω
2 0 6
West Covina Walnut
1 0 6
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things done without lagging it,” Hu said. “Being an honor student and an athlete as a freshman hasn’t really consumed as much time as I think it would in the future years, but learning now how to manage my time will come as a great advantage.” For these girls, water polo is not just an-
1 12 11
2 8 22
3 15 25
4 Total 26 61 19 77
pts S. Yamamoto 28 B. Gholar 20 A. Coleman 12 Z. Galman 6 K. Real 5 C. Okoro 2 B. Croom 2 K. Quon 2
reb 2 4 17 1 1 9 3
ast 1 1
Diamond Bar Walnut
stl 1 2 2
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