Walnut High School Walnut, CA Volume 49, Issue 4 February 9, 2017 www.whshoofprint.com
Percussion Ensemble placed second in the Percussion Scholastic Concert A category at the Southern California Percussion Alliance competition on Feb. 4 at Valencia High School. Marimba player junior Jack Huang uses a technique called Stevens Grip while playing a rendition of “Memento Vivere.” “During the performance, I felt that I was in my prime and I was full of confidence with my team because I knew we were ready,” Huang said. “In the end, I was full of joy because all of the effort we put in during practice finally paid off.”
PHOTO BY JEFFREY TRAN
Mission We, the Hoofprint staff, strive to inform the student body in an accurate, timely and objective manner. While we take responsibility for the legitimacy of our reporting, we also recognize the freedom of the press and speech given to us under California Education Code 48907. We seek to reflect the diversity of the
table of contents
Duke Bakery offers unique Taiwanese delicacies with a touch of European style.
As flu season approaches, be aware of the symptoms of common sicknessess.
school and to be an open forum that encourages student expression and discussion. Through our
coverage, we hope to represent the distinct character of the Walnut community.
Print Editors-in-Chief: Cherie Chu, Sabrina Wan
Examine the role different stereotypes play in the student body.
Online Editors-in-Chief: Lisa Shen, Jo Ann Sun Media Manager: Brian Wu Managers: Olivia Chiang, Vivian Lee Business Managers: Airi Gonzalez, Jeffrey Tran Photo Lead: Jeffrey Tran Photo Manager: Airi Gonzalez News Editors: Jessica Huang, Melissa Kim Opinion Editors: Brian Chen, Phillip Leung Feature Editors: Natalie Jiang, Albert Law In-Depth Editor: Angela Zhang Scene Editor: Sophia Ding Arts Editors: Kevin Arifin, Angela Cao Sports Editors: Haixin Guo, Julie Lee Video Manager: Eunice Lin
Public displays of affection are common, but should they be allowed on campus?
In its second competition of the year, dance places first in five categories.
Social Media Editor: Samuel Compolongo Online Media Editor: Caroline Huang
Photographers: Jamie Chen, Samuel Compolongo, Sara Corona, Richard Zhang Staff Writers: Sarah Aie, Andre Alvarez, Florence Ao,
Anabelle Chang, Erica Chang, Amber Chen, Emily Chen, Jamie Chen, Kelly Chen, Nicole Chiang, Jocelyn Chow,
Various types of illnesses affect more than just the individuals themselves.
Jason Corpin, Sara Corona, Tristan Gonzalez, Brian Honng, Jeremy Hsiao, Justin Jiang, Brandon Lai, Austin Lam, Isaac Le, Samantha Lee, Isabella Leung, Annie Li, Ashley Liang, Ashley Lin, Kyle Lin, Elaine Liu, Cynthia Lu, Jason Luna, Amy Lo, Emily Ng, Bella Pan, Isabella Pollalis, Uniss Tan, Athena Tang, Emmeline Tantry, Sean Wang, Brandon Win, Sherman Wu, Anna Yu, Irene Zhou Adviser: Rebecca Chai
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Junior Brock Cooper designs clothing and sells them through his social media.
Coach Cecil Woods has played golf for the past 30 years and has passed on his expertise to Walnut golfers.
Flu season brings decline in health With the weather fluctuating from hot to cold and students coming down with chills, it seems as if flu season has come. Despite the sudden deterioration in student health, sick students are still attending school regularly instead of resting.
Breakdown of common illnesses Methods to treat sickness Learn about the most common sicknesses, how they are transmitted and methods for prevention. SOURCES: STUDENTHEALTH.GEORGETOWN.EDU AND UHS.PRINCETON.EDU
To recover more quickly from being sick, utilize these essential methods to provide relief during the flu season. COMPILED BY NICOLE CHIANG AND IRENE ZHOU
Resting at home
Common cold Symptoms coughing sore throat runny/stuffy nose minor headaches
Symptoms high temperatures severe headache body ache fatigue
Transmission skin-to-skin contact airborne droplets bacterial contamination saliva
Prevention wash hands often avoid touching eyes/nose/mouth avoid sharing sanitary items avoid close contact
Transmission bacterial infection sharing foods/drinks
Prevention stay hydrated wash hands often avoid close contact
Allergies Symptoms runny/stuffy nose puffy/watery eyes sneezing itchy throat
Transmission not contagious
Prevention strengthen immune system reduce contact with allergens take prescribed medication
“[When I’m sick], I’d rather stay [at] home in bed to rest and get better. Sometimes it can be hard to catch up when I get back, so when I’m at home my grandma calls the school to check what homework Christian Cobarrubias, 9 I have to do.”
Harmeena Sandhu, 11
Eating comfort foods
Stomach flu Symptoms vomiting fever headache fatigue
Symptoms excessive coughing lung inflammation shortness of breath mucus buildup
Transmission sharing food/drink
Prevention wash hands before meals drink lots of clear liquids
“I usually take medication after I’ve gotten sick. It’s usually NyQuil, Tylenol, or Motrin. Even though some people don’t take medicine, I do because it’s scientifically proven to help.”
Brandon Arca, 11
“When I’m sick, I like to eat soup and noodles, usually pho. The taste of pho is my favorite because it’s a mixture of comfort and warmth, and it always makes me feel better.”
Staying hydrated Transmission viral/bacterial infection exposure to air pollution
Preventing the spread of sickness Do you think students should stay at home when they are not feeling well?
Prevention avoid lung irritants (smoking) wash hands often
Teacher perspective Joseph Khouzam Health
“Students should stay home if they’re sick or ill so the viruses and bacteria in the student’s body won’t travel and infect others. Staying home also helps the student recover faster, and they’re able to get more rest.”
COMPILED BY SARAH AIE, JEREMY HSIAO, ASHLEY LIANG AND SHERMAN WU
Rachel Wong, 10
“It’s important to stay hydrated because when you’re not hydrated, your brain loses the ability to concentrate. If you’re sick, drinking water can soothe your throat and help to flush out the toxins.”
Student perspective Nancy Lamb Spanish
“They should stay home because they need the rest to recuperate and when they come to school, they can get the students and teachers sick too. When they are at school, it’s just too hard to pay attention during class.”
Izabella Hubbard, 9
“It would be better for [sick students] to stay at home and rest until they get better. I stay home because I don’t want to affect the other students around me. I know I won’t be able to do my best if all I’m focused on is that I feel sick.”
Chriselle Badua, 11
“Students should stay at home when they’re sick. They should get plenty of rest. Especially when you’re really sick, coming to school will just make it worse and you won’t feel good throughout the day. It’s better to get rest.”
School procedure for sick students
Student statistics These statistics reveal the average number of students who attend school when they are sick.
BASED ON A SURVEY OF 282 STUDENTS
Students must undergo a series of steps before the school nurse can check students out on school for sick leave.
1 2 3
COMPILED BY ASHLEY LIANG SOURCE: DONNA MCANALLY-CUELHO
Assessing the situation After you describe your symptoms, the nurse will make an educated decision on how to handle your condition.
7 out of 10 students think that the
3 out of 10 students are currently
school should do more to prevent sick students from attending school
attending school while sick
On a daily average,
Taking action Students will have their temperature taken or blood pressure checked. Temperatures exceeding 99 degrees are considered unsafe for school.
30 to 40
students are absent from school because of sickness
students always come to school when they have a cold
Notifying guardians In severe cases, parents or legal guardians will be notified to pick up their child from school.
On a daily average, at least
10 to 20
students visit the nurse’s office because of sickness
Reasons for students coming to school sick 67%
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Students are only permitted to come back to school after a full 24-hour recovery.
always come to school when they have a fever
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17% of students
Alternative medicines for maintaining health Students utilize a variety of traditional alternative medicinal methods from different cultures to prevent and cure sicknesses. COMPILED BY MELISSA KIM AND SHERMAN WU SOURCES: NCCIH.NIH.GOV, AHCEDMONTON.COM, PACIFICCOLLEGE.EDU
Acupuncture is an alternative form of medicine that involves a series of thin needles being inserted into different parts of the body. It works to relieve muscle pain as well as head and stomach aches.
Pricking is the withdrawal of blood from a patient to remove “bad blood” from the body. Although the practice has changed over time, some cultures still apply it, typically by pricking their fingers in order to prevent sickness.
Cupping utilizes small cups to tightly compress sections of skin, usually on the back, to relieve muscle pain and heal the body. It often results in bruising and burns. The method has recently been gaining attention from its popularity among famed athletes.
Samuel Liu, 10 “[Acupuncture] was relatively painless, and it felt like a massage. I felt my energy improve. I think others do it because they want to improve their [physical] capabilities or just for the health benefits of it.”
Ryan Kim, 9 “When I was younger, my mom and grandma used to prick my fingers and toes near the cuticle if I had a stomachache. [Releasing bad blood] is a common belief among Koreans. I would always feel much better afterwards.”
Tylor Wang, 9 “I do it to relax my muscles and release the tension. If certain spots are sore or hurt, that part will heal. I do them because of golf and kendo. I only do it about once a month. I feel relaxed and don’t feel as tight.”
05 EDITORIAL CARTOON BY AMY LO
Editorial Taking action It’s the dramatization, the intrigue, the shock value that pulls us into the stories featured on our news feeds. Yet, the effects of these jarring tactics gradually fade away as we resume our everyday routines. As the days roll into weeks and months, the once headline-grabbing events become incidental and are eventually forgotten. Before we know it, we have fallen back to passive, distant admiration about the movements that initially mattered to us. The recent violent protests at the University of California, Berkeley over the planned appearance of a public speaker were met with uproar and nationwide condemnation. The violence undermined the school’s staple of free speech and resistance against oppression. While organized protests that instigate violence and disorder warp civil intentions, peaceful protests garner public sympathy. The demonstration should resonate deeply with students here, as Berkeley is a school some of us know, admire and perhaps aim to attend because of the initiative its students are known to take. Yet, most of us haven’t spoken out on behalf of the principles we personally endorse—we haven’t taken action into our own hands. In addition to advocating and organizing through public awareness campaigns, students should engage in community service on issues they care about and contribute to open discourse in classrooms. Though protests are unlikely to be immediately effective, any eventual social change needs a starting point. The civil rights movement, for instance, wasn’t successful until decades after its head start in the 1920s. Progress takes patience and understanding, and we should not only observe from afar the issues we hold close to our hearts but also express that support through direct involvement in the efforts that enact the changes we wish to see. Ω
Retraction: In December’s issue of the Hoofprint, we made an error (due to a poorly cited source) regarding the statistics of foreign language speakers in the world. We apologize for this mistake and will be sure to minimize statistical errors in the future. The actual percentage of people in the world who speak each language is: Chinese: 1,343,755,000 / 7,478,408,000 = 17.9 % Spanish: 417,000,000 / 7,478,408,000 = 5.57 % German: 128,000,000 / 7,478,408,000 = 1.71 % French: 128,000,000 / 7,478,408,000 = 1.71 % SOURCE: NATIONSONLINE.ORG
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How to better shape your life With the end of our high school careers approaching, deciding whether or not to take a gap year may play a significant role in determining our future. Brian Wu
student’s entire life, college is what
suggestion to those who truly do not
will define who they are. However,
feel as if they are ready for college
the purpose of college is to expand
or have a grasp of what they want
I’m not crazy.
our horizons, our knowledge, our
to pursue. This allows people to find
I swear. What if we
education and enhance who we
what they love, what they want to
took a year off after
really are. Our parents and teachers
do, and to hone in on the path they
high school. Let’s call it… a gap year.
instill in us the importance of college
choose for themselves. Going into
This past summer traveling
as it leads to a greater education,
college blindfolded, without a sense
through Japan and staying in hostels
something irreplaceable in today’s
of direction, is basically wasting both
where up to 8 people shared a room, I
world. Although I definitely believe
time and money.
met people from Australia, Germany,
in receiving a college-level education,
I also understand that some
Thailand and even a group of guys
I also believe that it does not
may use a gap year in order to save
from Chicago. As a 17-year old
necessarily have to come directly
up for college. In other words, an
student traveling by myself, I made
after high school. Because let’s face
individual may spend a year working
small talk with these people and in
it: a lot of us don’t have the first clue
each conversation I was told that they
as to what we will be doing five or ten
housing. Again, gap years open up
were taking a year off either before
years down the line.
opportunities and provide another
college or before graduate school. I
A gap year would be most
must admit, at first I thought, “Wow
beneficial to those without a clear goal
these people are obviously crazy.”
or direction in life. It allows students
A gap year may sound absurd,
As I started to think more and more
to explore, open up their minds
but I think it has its merits. It is
about this concept of a gap year, the
and gain a deeper understanding
definitely not everyone’s cup of tea
more it made sense to me.
of themselves. In this gap year,
but for some, it might be just the
option for those perhaps more economically disadvantaged.
At Walnut, students tend to
students can travel, work, learn, and
thing to get them headed on the right
think that college is everything,
experience what the “real world”
track. And besides, it can’t hurt to
college is the culmination of a
has to offer. Essentially, it is simply a
learn your different options. Ω
Q&A Student opinions on the value of a gap year
COMPILED BY SHERMAN WU
Alison Cher, 11
“I did [consider it], but I don’t think I will because I know I wouldn’t be as productive as I could be. I’d probably end up sleeping until noon and watching TV and eating junk food until midnight.”
“I would consider a gap year to travel, have fun and to figure out my interests. I haven’t really found the time to find the Codie Chang, things that I really like. 11 I would use that year to figure that out.”
Nicole Howard, 12
“If you don’t know what to major in, then you can take a year to volunteer or work in different fields and see what you like. It could give you a break from just studying and you can try new things. ”
opinion PHOTO BY AUSTN LAM
Balancing health and academic success Suffering through sleep deprivation, poor amounts of nutrition and constant mental stress may result in academic performance, but are ultimately not worth it. The negative health consequences associated with these practices are detrimental in the long run. Olivia Chiang
entire meal just to finish reviewing
notes one last time. Every day I see students in the library during lunch
It’s 2:04 a.m.
doing exactly that instead of eating
With a large cup of
lunch (what they should be doing).
Tips for maintaining your health
Sure, good grades pave the way
in anything, let alone school itself ?
to better opportunities and an
Being in a constant state of anxiety,
stress and depression is not fun, and
in the future, but there are
it surely is a lot less enjoyable than
having a couple of unsatisfactory
coffee in hand and
While many might think this free
undermining one’s health. These
grades here and there. To say that
a huge stack of unfinished papers
35 minutes is a great opportunity
include building self-confidence
these states of mind disturb one’s
piled up on your desk, you struggle
to study for fifth period’s test,
and staying true to oneself, that
learning process in school is an
to keep your eyes open, wondering:
food deprivation leads to energy
serve the same purpose. In fact,
understatement. They not only raise
should I stay up re-doing math
deprivation, impaired focus and
many successful people like Steve
a health concern but also interfere
problems to save that borderline
poor memory—all factors far more
Jobs and Michael Dell, both college
with overall academic performance
grade or should I call it a night and
important and necessary for fifth
dropouts, did not earn top grades
and can even worsen grades along
study during lunch?
but made those alternatives work
None of the above, actually. 2
Some believe that we can
a.m.’s are for sleeping and lunches
always make up the sleep we lose
are for eating.
or the meals we skip, but we cannot
While getting that extra hour of
make up the questions we miss on a
sleep may not mean much compared
test. While this is true, it’s important
to earning that letter A grade, it’s
to take into account the long-term
time to set things straight. Your
effects of both that determine
health trumps your grade point
which, health or grades, we need to
average. It’s a given that if your
prioritize one over the other. A lack
health starts to suffer then oftentimes
of sleep can lead to permanent
so will your grades.
Caffeine does not replace sleep. It temporarily blocks sleep-inducing chemicals in the brain and increases adrenaline production.
Z Z Z Teenagers (14-17) should be sleeping an average of 8-10 hours a night. Young adults (18-25) should be sleeping an average of 7-9 hours a night.
instead. Here’s where health comes
Yes, it is debatable whether or
into play. Without leading a healthy
not a couple more hours of sleep is
lifestyle beforehand, how would
worth losing that letter A grade, but
these opportunities and successes
it is evident that nothing should be
work out? They won’t.
valued over health. Being healthy
Think about it this way. In 10
is the basic foundation of what we
years time, no one will care what
do; if it is destroyed, everything
grades you got. No, this doesn’t
that follows including grades will
mean “don’t study” or “don’t try.”
become destroyed soon enough.
This means work hard and do your
So the next time you are having an
memory loss and stress-related
best, but not to the point in which
inner battle with yourself, to stay up
By eating instant noodles for
conditions, such as depression and
your health becomes a second
studying or go to bed, be mindful
dinner to save an additional 10
anxiety, while an unhealthy diet
of health’s critical role in our lives
minutes for studying, weight gain
leads to various heart problems,
and an unhealthy diet are inevitable.
diabetes and obesity.
What’s even worse is skipping an
Grades are not everything.
Cutting sugar and refined carbohydrates can improve mood and lower risk for mental health problems. Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.
The same goes for mental
and how overcommitting ourselves
health; without mental well-being,
to academics has the capability to
how would you be able to do well
undermine that role. Ω
PHOTO BY JEFFERY TRAN
PDA: A touchy school subject Although PDA is generally considered negative, it may not affect others as much as we think it does. Albert Law
us. For example, we ask our friends
if we are making the right decision in talking to a particular boy or girl.
This sense of fitting in makes us feel
making out in front
secure and confident. When we see
of your locker. What do you do? Do
our closest friends showing affection
you just look at them awkwardly, or
to their boyfriend or girlfriend, it
do you tell them to move? I’m not
elicits a weird feeling because we
have a special connection with
Public displays of affection (PDA)
our friend. But on the other hand,
when we see strangers making out,
campus. It’s not necessarily as bad
it doesn’t affect us because we don’t
as other people portray it to be.
have the same connection. Maybe
Perhaps it’s because I’m only an
that’s why we take more notice of
adolescent and therefore, I possess a
PDA among our friends.
less conservative perspective on this
I feel that PDA should be allowed
issue. In regards to PDA, there are
because it’s just a way for students to
many social factors that ultimately
express their feelings in public. Does
influence a person’s views. There’s
PDA affect students physically or
mentally? For bystanders, it could be
friends. There are movies. And
embarrassing and uncomfortable.
there’s personal experience.
But what can be done? Students feel
Parents have a role in the way students view PDA. There are
intense feelings, and they want to do things to express themselves.
parents who openly hold hands and
Okay. I got it. This is the best
kiss in front of their child, while there
way to explain it. There is a sense of
are parents who are very distant.
pride that comes with PDA because
Some parents also disapprove of
it is a way for students to show off
kissing between their child and
the love they have for each other.
their child’s partner. These different
Basically, when you finally find that
childhood experiences can influence
person who likes you as much as you
someone’s perspective, but regular,
like them, you want to hold their
prolonged exposure to PDA can also
hands and show off to the public.
promote acceptance. When we find a new partner, we often seek approval of those around
Let’s face it. Especially at school, PDA is inevitable. Ω Continued at whshoofprint.com
Student thoughts on PDA 251 students give feedback on the amount and type of Public Display of Affection they see on campus, including opinions on what is appropriate. They also show whether or not students think that the administration should place tighter restrictions on PDA on campus. Are uncomfortable seeing PDA
When have you seen PDA on campus? before school
What crosses the line? 70%
Believe the administration should restrict PDA
other forms of PDA
NO IDENTITY (CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT) | The model covers his face to reflect the brand’s slogan. | Cooper’s friends pose for the Gold Kids tee. | The Anchor tee features a nautical theme.
Get rich and live in paradise PHOTO COURTESY OF BROCK COOPER
Junior Brock Cooper designs and sells clothing for his own personal clothing line.
to be a positive individual who
will always strive for something,
among his personal photos.
whatever that would be.”
At that time, Cooper released
“I’m not rich, nor do I live
turn into a normal, washed-up brand.” After
It all started in sixth grade,
clothing pieces inconsistently—
artist receives the hand-drawn
when Brock’s brother, Quinn,
ranging from one item per month
This was not a limiting
designed a simple tank top which
to another item four months
drawing into a vector image so it
barrier, but the segue for junior
ultimately pushed Cooper to
later. Since then, he started
can be printed on clothing. Once
Brock Cooper to start up Rich
attempt to design his own apparel.
Cooper confirms the design, the
In addition, his father worked in
solely on his brand, which
piece is sent to the silk screen
streetwear clothing brand that
the clothing embroidery industry
has accumulated over 1400
artist, who then prints the
breaks down stereotypes. Models
which provided a connection to
followers and has consistently
design on the apparel. It usually
for his brand wear ski masks to
the graphic artist Cooper works
released one piece of apparel
takes about one week for each
cover up their faces to eliminate
every month. Cooper spent the
item to be completed. The final
labels surrounding self-image.
“I want to give people the
whole month of December 2016
touches include coordinating
“My brand is a vision for
satisfaction of making stuff that
brainstorming about what to sell
myself, where I want to be when I
they actually want to wear and
next, whether it be shirts, long-
apparel for his followers to get
grow up and the lifestyle I would
that they will enjoy wearing,”
sleeves or sweaters, and what
a sneak peak and request pre-
like to live,” Cooper said. “My
Cooper said. “I’d be lying if I
design elements to include for
brand reaches out to those who
said it weren’t for the money. I
the new apparel.
are like me, because everyone
named it Rich Paradise because
“After I started integrating
is the fact that the stuff I do is
has potential to go somewhere
I wasn’t in the circumstance
Rich Paradise [posts] on [my
limited. I’m not making 1,000
in life. Rich Paradise is meant
where money was exactly a ‘go-
Instagram], people jumped on it
or 1,500 [of the pieces], I’m
for the go-getters, [for] those
to’ for me. Money to me is like
and said, ‘Wow, this is cool. I like
making [around] 70 sweaters
who will do anything to reach
finding your first love; when
it,’” Cooper said. “The biggest
and whoever gets it, gets it,”
success no matter the outcome.
you grow up lacking something,
thing I’ve learned from this
Cooper said. “When someone
Money is incorporated in my
which could be anything, it
is patience, because I’ve been
[asks] ‘Is this left?’ and [I say]
clothes because Rich Paradise
makes you determined to have
patient with myself to not drop
‘Sorry, everything sold out,’—
is aimed to those who want to
it,” Cooper said.
[apparel] every week. Keeping
that keeps me motivated because
it at one per month is good
people are reaching out to me to
strive and become rich. However,
Rich Paradise originated Cooper’s
“What keeps me motivated
joining the Rich Paradise Club
for myself and my company
buy this stuff. I’m not reaching
doesn’t mean you have to be
because it keeps it limited, so
out to them.” Ω
a money craving monster, but
seventh grade, when he posted
it’s not like Rich Paradise will
Continued at whshoofprint.com
From paper to fabric Cooper follows this process when designing new apparel.
01 Drawing Cooper thinks of new designs and translates his ideas on paper.
02 Creating The artist then turns the design into a vector image so it can be printed.
03 Printing The design is then printed on a shirt through silk screen printing and embroidery. Find more of his merchandise @RICH.PARADISE on Instagram COMPILED BY OLIVIA CHIANG
Gaming for charity
PHOTO BY SAMUEL COMPOLONGO
TWITCH STREAM | Blackford plays multiple games online to entertian his viewers and to contribute toward charity
Nick Blackford streams games live and donates toward charities. Sarah Aie
is a lot like the gaming community
today. It was full of players that also loved the game, and we all just wanted
to have fun.”
and spells. A world of imagination.
From there, Blackford pursued
From playing Final Fantasy VII on
that passion and began to stream
the original Playstation console to
his gameplay through Twitch, a
streaming live games for everyone to
video platform that supports live
watch, gaming has always been a big
broadcasting. His setup consists of
part of math and computer science
Window Capture, a software that
teacher Nicholas Blackford’s life.
captures the user’s computer screen,
Blackford first discovered his love for gaming in his childhood, during
and a webcam to record facial reactions and commentary audio.
which he invested hundreds of hours
“With YouTube, you can watch
immersing himself in each game’s
videos that are maybe a few days
old. There became this demand for
“I played a lot of online games
content that was live. Because people
growing up, like Diablo 2. In that
wanted current content, streaming
game, you were constantly being a part
became a popular platform, and it
of the community and meeting new
developed from there,” Blackford said.
people in that. I spend an unlimited
“I like being a part of that community
number of hours on that game; it was
because you get to interact and
a lot of fun. In a lot of ways, that game
support others who like playing the
same games that you like. It’s evolved
That’s what so cool about it. It’s a
Blackford connect with his friends,
so much to get to where it is now.”
congregational experience,” Blackford
but also provided him with a way
On Twitch, Blackford is most
said. “I remember my friends and
to interact with students outside of
well known for playing Hearthstone,
I would always crowd around the
an online strategy card game that
television screen [to play] console
“I’ve always thought of myself as
includes collecting cards and battling
games. Now, because you don’t have to
being a pretty open person, so I don’t
against other competitors. Over the
have that local network anymore, you
feel like I have anything to hide from
past five years, Blackford has acquired
can do the same type of connection
my students,” Blackford said. “It’s also
37 followers and around 10 to 30
with people from all around. There’s
part of them getting to know me as a
people view his live streams.
not this deep thing that I get out of
person, and not thinking of me as just
“Being able to connect and form
gaming; it’s just fun and it’s a way
a teacher figure that’s going to punish
relationships has always been a part
to meet new people and make new
them for doing something wrong but
of the community that I’ve been in.
rather as a person they trust.” Ω
Gaming always brings people together.
Streaming has not only let
Continued at whshoofprint.com
Expressing her faith through actions Junior Crystal Xu spends her time volunteering and helping others at the Hsi Lai Buddhist temple. PHOTO COURTESY OF CRYSTAL XU
the administrative leader.
GIVING BACK | Xu volunteers at temples to help the elders pray and babysit kids.
much work there is, but it’s really
“Because I’ve been volunteering
fun. The environment that they have
for so many years, I eventually just
there is incredible, and it takes away
From running the registration
went and asked the project leader if
my stress too.”
to designing the daily schedules
there were any open positions since I
loved going there so much,” Xu said.
members influenced her religion the
volunteering at a summer camp is no
“He said yes, and basically I’ve been
most. Both of her parents, as well
easy task. Even so, junior Crystal Xu
going whenever I’ve had the chance.”
as her grandmother, are Buddhist.
gives back to her community through
As administrative leader, Xu is
Because of this, Xu has learned to be
assisting at the Hsi Lai Temple in her
placed in charge of registration and
more accepting of others.
preparation for activities, along with
“My parents raised me to be
The Hsi Lai Temple, one of the
the other organizers. For retreats,
open-minded, to be aware that there
largest Buddhist temples on the west
she works both with the children and
were different faiths and to respect
coast, is located in Hacienda Heights
behind the scenes, doing paperwork
each one,” Xu said. “It wasn’t until
and hosts overnight summer retreats
while also helping to teach Buddhism
recently that I started to commit
as well as Kids’ Camps, which take
classes in her spare time.
to Buddhism. I loved the message
place over the course of a weekend.
“It makes me really proud to
of treating everyone with respect,
Starting in eighth grade, Xu was
be able to help out at the temple,”
regardless of who they were or what
offered the chance to volunteer at a
Xu said. “There’s kind of a sense of
they had done.” Ω
retreat and after four years, became
responsibility when I realize just how
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Different types of stereotypes
“The idea of a male having to be unemotional has made me at times afraid to open up to the people I love most at times where I’ve needed help. It’s also helped me in seek help knowing that this stereotype isn’t healthy.”
The stereotypes that cover us
Where do you see stereotypes portrayed the most? 75%
Racial stereotyping and scapegoating can have harmful affects both on the groups being stereotyped as well as the people who stereotype. Ignoring the identity of an individual for preconceived notions of their race can breed ignorance and misunderstanding.
The clothes we wear say a lot about us, our appearances at once establish first impressions and incur immediate judgments. On a deeper level, the things we are involved in, the people we surround ourselves with, the posts on our Facebook timelines give an outward impression of who we are. Internalized stereotypes regarding one’s identity can also be harmful. When dealing with race or gender, we are assigned at birth. Immediately after we enter this world, there is a preconceived notion of who we are. As a result of those expectations, we often fall into the stereotypes that others use to define us. Pink is for girls, and blue is for boys. Stereotypes allow us to make a split judgment based on previous experience; what we’re told, and what we tell ourselves. This becomes dangerous when we apply stereotypes to dynamic individuals with complex backgrounds and identities. Like the clothes we wear, stereotypes cover us and influence others’ perceptions of us. Race and gender stereotypes seem to stretch beyond everyday inconveniences or misunderstandings to rigid definitions of who we are or who we should be. Stereotypes can bind, restrict and limit us, and there is no choice in the stereotypes that we wear. We should be more aware of this when judging others
5% Female 54% Male 44%
Gender stereotypes are more nuanced in nature. From gendered toys to television shows, gender roles play a large part in developing our interests, likes and dislikes. The phrases “girls shouldn’t...” or “boys don’t...” may have been integral in shaping our sense of self and the way we carry ourselves.
Do stereotypes accurately portray the characteristics of certain groups? 71%
Other 2% 8%
On a scale from 1 to 5 (5 being to a great extent), to what extent has your identity been influenced by the stereotypes associated with your race, gender, etc.?
The Model Minority An example of racial stereotyping is the controversial concept of the model minority. Asians are often portrayed as the “model minority.” The successes of Asian-Americans are capitalized on as a testament to the ideals of opportunity and the American dream. However, people fail to account for the different socioeconomic background of Asian immigrants.
BASED ON A SURVEY OF 229 STUDENTS
Stereotypes allow us to make sense of complex situations or people, but stereotypes can become harmful when generalizations are applied to individuals. Part of fixing the problem is addressing the judgments we all hold and our oversimplifications of others.
Christopher Ramirez, 11
Hypermasculinity and Hyperfemininity
Hypermasculinity and hyperfemininity can arise from gender stereotypes as an overexaggeration of traditional traits, interests, or roles associated with females and males. In men, hypermasculinity is often characterized by extreme aggression and assertiveness while, in women, hyperfemininity is characterized by passivity and conforming to feminine gender roles.
72% of students have been inaccurately stereotyped based on their race.
5 To a great extent 4% 4 14% 3 33% 2 28% 1 Not at all 21%
58% have been inaccurately stereotyped based on their gender.
Growing up as a girl vs. growing up as a boy in America SOURCES: WWW.CENSUS.GOV | WWW.JEC.SENATE.GOV | WWW.HEARTOFLEADERSHIP.ORG
“When I was younger, I wouldn’t put my hair down and people were always like “oh, you should put your hair down more.” Sometimes they’ll also ask me “why don’t you wear skirts” or something and my mom is always like, “why do you dress like a guy.” I get a little bit mad when they say this, but I know it’s not them.”
Birth 50.8% of the US population is biologically female Gendered toys and clothing are introduced immediately after the baby is born.
Jonelle Lin, 10
49.2% of the US population is biologically male
Angela Zhang, In-depth Editor
By the age of 13, 53% of girls deal with body image issues
Only 19.3% of engineering degrees are awarded to women
Stereotypes are introduced in the media, by family members or friends, and play a large role in how boys and girls begin to view themselves. Boys are 5 times more likely to be classified as hyperactive
Gender stereotypes begin to become barriers, dictating the interests of individuals. Issues dealing with self-perception and identity arise. Men enroll in engineering and computer science courses at a higher rate
Adulthood On a percentage basis, women earn 79% of what a man earns Significant discrepancies in the way men and women are treated appear. The wage gap is an example of this. More than 80% of job losses in the United States during the recession were among men
At a glance: How we are perceived COMPILED BY JASON CORPIN, ISABELLA LEUNG AND KYLE LIN
Security beyond stereotypes Teachers give advice about how we can look beyond stereotypes both in the perception of ourselves as well as others.
Stephanie Tufenkjian | Math “Personally, as a woman who is interested in math, a lot of people in my years thought that was weird. Stereotype has been observed in my life, but it never stopped me; it made me more determined to pursue my interests. It’s like ‘you’re not going, I’m going to do whatever I want.’ Each day, we make a decision as to how we’re going to deal with some of the hard things in life. We can either work to overcome them or we can give up. Don’t give up. Continue to be positive. Support other people who are in similar situations and give it time.”
Vicky Flowers | Special Education “I work with students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They’re a very careful, kind and sociable group. Some students might be reluctant to talk because they might not want to be friends if they see a student as “having problems.” I think students think this way because of their upbringing. Usually if you’ve been exposed to someone [with disabilities] you get a better understanding. I think a lack of exposure causes people to stereotype special needs students. The more we interact together, the more open the general population is to special needs.”
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Rajasri Rajkumar, 12
Cameron Walker, 12
Sebastian Hernandez, 11
Karen Liu, 10
“When I first moved here, a lot of people asked me why I didn’t have an accent, and I didn’t want to eat Indian food in public. Especially in middle school, you feel kind of judged because of how you eat; [eating Indian food] is considered quite messy here, but I really overcame it eventually when I found a better group of friends. I started inviting my friends over, and they really started liking my culture.”
“I’m an athlete, so people assume that I’m like not smart I guess. Because I’m White a lot of people think that I’m racist, or stand-offish, but I’m not like that. It’s kind of just helped me relax and take a step back and get to know a person first before I judge them.”
“[I have been affected by stereotypes] mostly through race. Most people don’t think I’m Asian, I’m only one-fourth Chinese. The only way to know a person is through conversation. But before coming to this conclusion as an adolescent, it was like every race or group of people had a list of what they’re capable of doing which is a very wrong way to perceive anyone.”
“When I get stereotyped as being smart because of my ethnicity, I usually do not give an indication to react negatively to the statement. If I were perhaps in a different environment where Asians are not the majority in a school, I would try to stay on the quiet end and at a lower key than I am now.”
they’re handling. I want to be there for more people because it’s just so hard.” — For a period of time, junior Stacey* was scared. Scared that her mother’s cancer would never get better because it After two years, his mother’s cancer was Michael* always was going to strive
thought he and maintain his
position as the top seventh in his sports team. He trained his entire life to finally secure a national position. But at the last second, news broke that his mother had breast cancer. Michael opened his door slightly in the early morning to
inactive and presumably had died off. “Family is there to stay for each other through thick and thin, because no matter what happened, I knew I was going to be there for [my mom]. I was willing to give everything important in my life,” Michael said. —
they were so distressed. Later, his parents confessed that his
Witnessing a loved one in pain can be a heartbreaking
“At first, my parents tried to hide the fact that my mom
experience mostly when you are not certain whether they live or not. Especially for sophomore Maria*, at least. Her sister was
had cancer because they didn’t want me and my siblings to be
diagnosed with lupus, which has some of the same symptoms
scared or worried,” Michael said. “However, a month before her
that cancer patients have, a hereditary disease.
chemo treatment, they came out.” Prior to his mother’s diagnosis, Michael was ranked as
“Chemo was hard for [my sister] because she had to eat certain foods and look out for certain pH levels in her food,”
the seventh best player in the USA team association among
Maria said. “She took really hard classes, and she has to balance
individuals 14 and under. He was also sponsored by a German
it out along with her health.”
company. However, when the news broke out, Michael’s father had
The treatment and its effect brought unwelcome changes in her daily life. With the constant medicine intake, Maria’s sister’s
to take care of his wife on a daily basis, leaving no time to take
mood would be extremely bipolar and she would say things that
Michael out for practice.
hurt. No matter how much the word’s hurt, Maria would always
“I used to practice five times a week, two hours every day, but afterwards, I rarely went to practice, and I fell behind
originally inert at stage two, but then it aggravated. “She had to go through chemotherapy and she started losing her hair. I would help her take the pieces of hair out of her clothes because they would get stuck in the cloth,” Stacey said. Not understanding how grave the situation was, Stacey often got mad at her mother because of the stress she was going through to care for her mother. “I blamed her [for] the stressful times, and I always
up for her and just be there for her because she is so
eavesdrop on his parent’s intense argument, not knowing why mother had stage three breast cancer.
progressively got worse. Her mother’s breast cancer was
tolerate it because she knew how much pain her sister was in. “It really opened my eyes to people who could be struggling
to those that went everyday. I quit and dropped my position
with some things that aren’t in their control and how it affects
because I wasn’t able to hone my skills anymore,” Michael said.
how they put themselves out to the world. It’s really hard
“It was really depressing because I had to give up the sport that
because your feelings can get so hurt. I just try putting myself
I put all my time into, however my mom was more important.”
in their shoes because I don’t know how I could handle what
had to rely on other people just for simple tasks like getting a ride or something.” Stacey said. Although at times there were negative feelings toward her mom, Stacey knew that she would always have her mom’s back. That’s what family is for. — Nearly 14.5 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with cancer while 1.5 million people have been diagnosed with lupus. “I just felt sad and scared because I never thought that someone in my family would get cancer, especially my mom. It was hard for me because I could never know if anything was going to happen without warning, and it was just really unpredictable,” Michael said. ¨It made me more aware of the pain that people had to go through. Before when my friend’s relatives had cancer, I would feel bad, but now, I can relate better with a lot of other people.¨ “It’s so scary because after putting myself in that situation I realized that it could affect me as well. It’s taught me to appreciate what I have because I don’t know what could happen to me,” Maria said. Although we may never experience what Michael, Stacey
There to stay By Natalie Jiang and Albert Law, Feature editors
scene PHOTOS BY ASHLEY LIANG
INDULGE IN PASTRY HEAVEN (LEFT TO RIGHT) | Breads and pastries offered at Duke range from fruity strawberry puffs to savory red bean buns. | With an open space and bright lights, the bakery is light and airy. Small carts make it convenient to navigate around the store.
A taste of Asian delicacies at Duke Bakery
Duke Bakery offers distinct and unique flavors with their signature buns, while catering to all tastes and taking inspiration from both Asian and European influences. 1370 S. Fullerton Rd., Rowland Heights
The overall effect was incredibly
building, the employees were busying
with butcher paper in place of trays.
middle of Diamond Plaza, a favored
relaxing and the monochrome color
themselves trying to rearrange and
It was a bit confusing at first, but
shopping and dining center in
scheme added a sense of elegance as
restock the breads and pastries.
after some help from the employees,
However, they quickly assisted me
the setup proved to be very intuitive.
undeniably makes a grand first
Another element of the bakery
when I asked about Duke’s specialties
Inside each shopping cart-basket
impression. Although small in size
that I noticed drew a lot of inspiration
and best-sellers. They were very
hybrid, there was a pair of tongs
compared to the larger dim-sum
from Taiwanese culture are the signs
knowledgeable about their business
that were to be used for selecting the
restaurant adjacent, Duke advertises
and placards lining the walls. They
and were extremely patient with
breads. From their relatively small
a tasteful, minimalist sign that is
are written in both Mandarin and
me— being a first-time customer.
but distinct selection, I ultimately
inviting and alluring.
English, and a few included a bit of
As with most Taiwanese bakeries,
decided on the French Garlic Soft
Duke Bakery is a Taiwanese fusion bakery known for its milky buns and use of organic recipes.
The most prominent feature of
history about the Asian origins of
Duke follows the similar concept of
Bread, Strawberry Milk Bread and
Combining the sophistication of
the bakery is its spaciousness. It has an
the ingredients. I found it to be an
a buffet-style serving station where
bestselling Hokkaido Azuki & Milk
an upscale European shop with the
appealing exterior, but is still evidently
interesting addition, even if it wasn’t
customers are intended to take a
signature tastes of Asian baking,
small from the outside. However, the
basket and choose which items to buy
Averaging $4 a piece, the pastries
this cafe boasts a variety of different
high ceiling and simple decor inside
The service is very impressive
from. However, it’s unique in that it
and breads aren’t exactly a bargain. Ω
pastries that can be enjoyed by all.
creates a more spacious atmosphere.
as well. When I first entered the
had miniature shopping carts lined
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Cafe Valer: comfort food heaven
PHOTO BY ISAAC LE
Whether you’re looking for something healthy or savory, this cafe is the perfect place for brunch, afternoon tea and snacks. 112 Plaza Dr., West Covina
When I first entered the cafe, I
was surprised by how small it was.
There were cafe desserts on
There was a little more than a handful
display that added an aesthetic factor
of tables, making it difficult to find
to the restaurant. Despite being behind
seating for a family of five. However,
glass, they were extremely enticing.
we were able to move a table next to
As I approached the cash register,
ours, mitigating the problem. Though
I heard laughter from the kitchen
the soulful music was slightly hard
that showcased the close relationship
Cafe Valer offers a multitude of
to hear over the noise in the mall, it
between the employees. My dad and I
comfort foods and desserts made to fit
worked with the warm paintings on
were greeted by a warm smile. Ω
the wall to give the cafe a homely,
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SWEET TOOTH | The cafe showcases a variety of desserts, ranging from cakes and cupcakes to pies and creme brulee.
Buoyancy in Train’s “A Girl a Bottle a Boat” Eager to please, Train’s new album, “A Girl, a Bottle, a Boat” tears away from the band’s roots in rock and instead gravitates toward pop. PHOTO COURTESY OF ITUNES
15 “Drink Up”, a funky rock song
a rollercoaster of highs and lows,
alternating between a moderate,
“Play That Song” is the soft rocking
upbeat drift and a more thrilling
of boat with its smaller changes in
chorus that ups the tempo. “Drink
tempo and sounds. Monahan, lead
up, drink up!” the song shouts,
singer, adopts a toned down country
encouraging the audience to enjoy
accent apparent in the soulful long
the moment then letting the moment
notes. In the instrumentals, the
Released Jan. 27, 2017
slip away. Like the song suggests,
guitar is dominant over supportive
Back in the late 2000s, when
the moment of the chorus is brief as
piano. “Play That Song” is the classic
pop music was growing out of its
it shifts back to a slower tempo, but
romantic pop song.
rebellious rock phase and into a hip
quickly builds up again, each lyric
Following not after is “The
hop, electro sound, Train exploded
building up to the climax. Once at the
News”, an edgier, modern pop
into the top charts with “Hey, Soul
chorus again, the background guitar
that uses a faster beat, a keyboard,
Sister”, throwing back to the early
and drums introduce new qualities
drums and a sharp guitar sound. It’s
2000s sound with its jaunty ukulele
that provide the song with the variety
hopeful, well paced, and has a fast
strumming. Now, eight years later, the
it needs. With “Drink Up”, Train
flow of lyrics that gives it a rhythmic
band is hoping to bounce back with
shows their songs are about strong
effect. Though the structure of the
“A Girl, a Bottle, a Boat”, an album
vocals and instrumentals. Between
song is mostly uniform, the chorus
that challenges the dauntless spirits
the alternating tempos and sounds
has a sound so unique it’s keeps the
of the 2009 album but is streamlined
and lyrics, “Drink Up” perfectly
with today’s contemporary styles.
captures the sense of liberation Train
Though the album introduces genres
wants its listeners to feel.
“Lottery” starts off as a cute, lazy guitar song but rapidly develops into
new to the band’s music, it aims to
The face of the song, “Play
fast paced pop song with a staccato
appeal to older fans who will be able
That Song”, is slower and conveys
beat. Each beat accelerates in sync
to reminisce on the past.
an intimacy not found in “Drink
with the lyrics of the song. Ω
Train opens the album with
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Up”. While the previous song was
Fourth season of “Sherlock” falls short of prequels Sherlock’s fourth season switches its traditional charm for an enthralling action drama, but still struggles to live up to the high expectations crated after a year long hiatus. Released Jan. 2, 2017
Brandon Win Staff writer Actors Benedict Cumberbatch
previous Sherlock seasons, focusing
called useless. Furthermore, when
fourth season, which I personally
returns to impeccably play his role
more on action and not so much on
looking at “Sherlock” as a whole, this
loved experiencing in the first three
the classic detective plot. I would
episode seems to lack in quality. The
seasons. In fact, it felt like a drag to
which helps to bolster the dynamic
even go as far as to call this the worst
first case that Sherlock encountered
watch, and this barely felt like the
between all the actors. Martin
season of the entire series.
in the first episode was interesting,
“Sherlock” TV series at all. Despite
The plot begins quite slow at
but the lackluster development of the
the addition of a new antagonist in
Watson, accurately portraying his
the beginning, with Sherlock solving
overarching plot made it much worse
this season, the character did not
character’s brother-like relationship
a simple case, yet ramps up to an
for me personally.
feel as dynamic or powerful as the
with Sherlock. The cinematographic
others. If a new antagonist were to
angles and shooting style were on
overarching plot involving Watson’s
and Martin Freeman return as
be added to the series, the audience
par, and the complex CGI and
characters Sherlock Holmes and
result in some shocking character
either. The holistic plot in these two
would have to feel the villainous
editing made the viewing experience
John Watson, respectively, in the
developments and plot changes.
episodes are actually connected yet
aspect of the character, which was
much more enjoyable.
fourth season of the crime drama
However, the first episode, “The Six
completely unrelated to that in the
done brilliantly with Sherlock’s arch-
Aside from the lackluster plot
series “Sherlock.” To no surprise,
Thatchers,” seems quite unrelated at
first episode. The plot felt more like
nemesis Jim Moriarty. In short, the
and the overplayed conflict of
the series offers a great modern
all to the rest of the plot of Season
an action drama you would see in
plot felt shallow and overdramatized
Moriarty’s return, the fourth season
adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan
Four, in retrospect. In fact, this
other movies, lacking the charming
throughout the season.
is worthy of persuading viewers to
Doyle’s original Sherlock Holmes.
episode, when being evaluated with
In spite of its disappointments,
continue watching the series for the
the rest of the plot in mind, seems
the first three seasons. There are
the newest season does have its
sake of keeping up with the newest
different in style and plot from the
actually misguided and can be even
barely any “a-ha!” moments in the
Sadly, the second and third episode
Sherlock through the seasons SEASON ONE Sherlock premiers as a thrilling, charming modern adaptation of the classic Sherlock cases, such as The Hound of the Baskervilles, in a stunning first season.
SEASON THREE Sherlock transitions from mystery to crime drama, introducing character developments and dramatic confrontations with the new, villainous aristocrat Charles Augustus Magnussen.
SEASON TWO The second season’s brilliant plot thickens with the introduction of Moriarty and creates an intense, well-developed hero-villain conflict.
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Dance kicks off the competition season Dance won five first place trophies at its second competition Saturday, Jan. 21 at West Covina High School.
PHOTOS BY AUSTIN LAM COMPILED BY ISAAC LE, ISABELLA LEUNG AND SHERMAN WU
Performing to the song “Keep Your Head Up,” captain senior Jasmine Fan closes off with the ending pose of the routine. “We were trying to be as emotional and happy as we could. I think everyone was really proud that we did and we performed to our fullest potential,” Fan said.
Freshman Jordan Takai performs a skater turn during “Nightingale” in the second half of the competition. “I was excited and proud that I didn’t let the team down. In practice, it was a struggle to do it and I was frustrated, but it felt really good when I finally did [the turn],” Takai said.
Junior Jaclyn Hu dances to the beginning of “Another One Bites the Dust.” “You really have to start the dance off really powerful and attack it. First impressions are definitely important because you want to catch the judges’ eyes. You don’t want to the start the dance off boring,” Hu said.
At the beginning of her small routine, junior Britney Zhang transitions into a jump by extending her leg. “This dance was a little different from the stuff we usually do. There was a little less technique, and more focus on facials so we got to prove ourselves as better performers,” Zhang said.
With her hands held up, freshman Denise Kao flicks her wrists during the chorus of ‘Nightingale.’ “[My favorite memory] was just experiencing my first high school competition. We got to spend the whole day together and know a little bit more about how we complete and how we work together as a team,” Kao said.
Lieutenant senior Colby Wong practices her showmanship with her other officers. “We feel silly, but it’s fun to act it out and show our audience. That bond really motivates us to keep going so the adrenaline helps us get through the whole dance with full energy. It feels good to be able to do what you love in front of others,” Wong said.
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A PERFORMANCE FOR GENERATIONS I Alice Koo reads over the notes as she plays them on her electric bass in the senior home. I Erik Ingram performs for the elderly on his saxophone with the rest of his quartet.
Jazz Sanity: All jazzed up
What does your role in Jazz Sanity mean to you? Electric Bass “The bass in jazz is the literal base, and it sets the tone for the whole song. I’m lucky to be able to perform with such talented people, and I’m learning a lot in Jazz Sanity.” Alice Koo, 10
A group of band friends form a jazz quartet to perform at senior homes. Nicole Chiang
friends joined him and created a quartet
out of a pianist, a drummer, a bassist and a saxophonist.
Steinberg. “I enjoy playing music with my friends and generally am able to get more
Music can bring back memories.
“At first I was accordingly doubtful
time to express myself as a musician,”
Music can rekindle old emotions. Music
of both the legitimacy of the invite and
Song said. “I get to give back to the
can span generations. And music is what
of my ability to play well enough to
community using a skill I’ve practiced for
jazz band sophomores Dylan Song,
perform. I’m not sure why I said I’d go,
years. The reactions of the residents each
Alice Koo, Erik Ingram and Matthew
but I thought it’d be a good opportunity
time is special and different, and they love
Steinberg give to the elderly at the senior
to improve my skills. I didn’t want to turn
that they can remember the music.”
homes of Bridgecreek and Regency
down an invitation of that sort, and it
sounded fun,” Koo said.
Tenor Saxophone “I play most of the melodies in the quartet, so I generally feel pretty excited when I play. And it’s good because I know that I’m doing something that’s beneficial.” Erik Ingram, 10
In order to prepare for their monthly performances, the members get together
Song and Ingram formed the
The two senior homes’ proximity
once a week to practice their chosen set
quartet, Jazz Sanity, for their requirement
allows Jazz Sanity to perform at both
list and bond. The all-jazz music chosen
of 40 hours of community service in
homes on the same day. About a month
by this quartet ranges from the 1940s to
order to be confirmed by their church.
before each performance, the musicians
the 1990s, which was specifically selected
Song decided to play music in order to
select the pieces they want to perform
so that the seniors might recognize some
gain his necessary hours, and thus, the
from Real Books, which are collections
of the scores. Ω
concept of performing was born. Several
of jazz standards, or the compositions of PHOTO BY SAMUEL COMPOLONGO
Drum Set “The drum set makes us sound more like jazz and adds a bit of context. It means so much to me because it gives the seniors a little flashback to when they were young.” Matt Steinberg, 10
Piano “Erik and I started the quartet together, and I play the piano. We meet at my house to practice. It makes me really glad to be a part of something that makes people happy.” Dylan Song, 10
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Choir to perform in Spring concert All choirs have been preparing to sing contemporary pieces for their annual spring concert. Sarah Aie Staff writer
PHOTO BY JUSTIN JIANG
SPRING SYMPHONIES (TOP TO BOTTOM) I Mustang singer freshman Yvonne Corpin warms up with diction and projection exercises. I Chamber singer senior Adrienne Caparaz rehearses contempary a cappella songs.
improved greatly because of the
this concert because we are doing
practice that is put into working on
a lot of a cappella pieces and more
the songs for concerts. [Practices]
modern day songs. Even though
All choirs will perform in their
really help the bond we have as a
a cappella [and other styles] can
annual Prelude to Spring concert
choir because Mustang Singers has
sometimes be more difficult to
Thursday, Feb. 9 and Friday, Feb. 10
people from all different grades.
sing because it’s easier to lose your
in the Performing Arts Center.
spot, it is definitely worth the time
Preparation for this performance
wrap everything up into one great
and challenge. As a person who is
began in January. During regular
interested in music, the difficulty
practice, the choirs follow various
freshman Samantha Lo said.
makes the piece more dynamic
exercises, including singing in small
The choirs will showcase their
and there are more components to
groups to improve sound and drills
sound quality through classical songs,
play with,” Chamber singer senior
that improve facial expression. Extra
such as “Canto del Agua.” However,
Katelyn Rowley said. “It’s a nice mix
technical and dress rehearsals will
as the concert progresses, more
of styles, [which] makes it more fun
also be scheduled after school during
contemporary pieces will also be
because we’re all about to jam out
the week of the concert.
sung to adhere to the jazz and festival
and truly enjoy the music we are
“Compared to the beginning of the year, Mustang Singers have
“I’m actually really excited for
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sports PHOTOS COURTESY OF CECIL WOODS
Leading state champions
For the past seven years, Coach Cecil Woods has led the golf program toward success. At
CHAMPION (LEFT TO RIGHT) | Coach Woods warms up at the range. Woods is honored for placing first at the Panama Central American Championship.
Coaching checklist Woods brings three unique aspects of the game to the team.
is quick, fast, hard. In golf, when the
adrenaline starts pumping, you must
the opportunity to coach the Walnut
Preparation Recording film and taking notes is part of Woods’ routine of getting ready for a game.
slow down and concentrate even more.
boys’ golf team because his children
Behind every great team is a great
That’s the biggest difference between
were still in high school, but he later
coach. Although playing golf has been
golf and other sports, and that’s one
accepted the job offer in 2010. The
a big part of Coach Cecil Woods’ life,
of the many things I love about golf.”
next year, he started the girls’ golf
coaching uncovered a whole new aspect
Over time, the sport evolved into
program at Walnut High School and
of the game. Throughout his 30-year
more than just a hobby. After doing
has dedicated the last six years of his life
long golf career, he has built a legacy that
well in major tournaments including
to building it into the success it is today.
he continues to pass on to his players.
Girls’ golf are four-time consecutive
Coach Woods focuses on making his players responsible for the results.
Woods’ involvement in golf did
not start until he graduated from
who invited him to try out for the
college. Many of his friends played
Honduras National Team. Eventually,
golf, and he decided to join the trend.
he was recruited and has represented
“Coach has been so impactful to
It was the only sport simple enough
his country for the last eight years.
Walnut High School and us. He’s been
to play while juggling a job and kids.
“It’s wonderful to play for the
able to be so successful because he truly
“Convenience is what got me
national team. It has changed my life and
cares about us. In my opinion, there will
into golf, but it was the competition
has definitely made me a better golfer.
never be another coach like him. He’s very
of seeing how good I could get that
For me, the experience has been great
supportive of the team,” senior Keisha
got me into continuing to practice and
because it’s given me the opportunity to
Lugito said. “A lot of people may not
play hard,” Woods said. “You must
travel all over Central and South America
realize it but he has worked [tirelessly] to
take your time when it comes to golf.
while playing golf and winning a few
get [the golf team] to where [it] is today.”
In most of the other sports, everything
tournaments for my country,” Woods said.
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“I will go to a golf course and write down what they should be hitting on each hole. I also take pictures and movies [of the course], and we go over it the night before a tournament.”
“You can’t say ‘the wind was blowing,’ or ‘I didn’t think that tree was so high.’ It’s a mental thing. If I get them away from blaming other people for what they did, they become much stronger.”
Experience The expertise he has gained from being a part of the Honduras National Team helps him advise the team. “It allows me to explain, show and understand what the young players might be going through. It allows me to explain to them what it takes to win.” COMPILED BY ERICA CHANG, NICOLE CHIANG AND JEREMY HSIAO
Player Q&A: How has Coach Woods impacted you as your golf coach? Varsity girls’ golf reflected on their relationship with their coach and the skills they gained from him on and off the course.
Leesa Heng, 12 4-year varsity
“Ever since I was a freshman, he would always tell us to be fair to every player, to always be kind and mostly just to treat everyone the same. That equality and respect is something that he teaches us as freshmen mostly. As we grow older, he teaches us life lessons that we can use later.”
Megan Qing, 12 3-year varsity
“He strongly influenced my golf game over the past couple years. He helped me improve because I haven’t had other coaches like him. I used to never talk to coach, but he jokes around a lot so it became easier to ask him for help. He always jokes with us and loosens the tension before a match.”
“He’s really good at taking care of us. He always gets us food after we do well. Whenever I go play with other schools, I see how they are, but I feel like our coach is closer. Other coaches are just like, ‘play well’ and they don’t Rachel Zhang, 11 really interact with other players very much, our 3-year varsity coach always gives us help and is just closer.”
Girls’ soccer defeats Los Altos In its seventh league game, girls’ soccer outlasts Los Altos 1-0 and improves to a 4-2-1 league record. PHOTO BY JAMIE CHEN
Brian Wu Media manager
The start of
half was also slow but soon Varsity girls’ soccer edges
picked up with a corner kick
out a win over Los Altos 1-0
from attacking midfielder senior
on Wednesday, Feb. 1 in their
Bella Amezcua to center back
second matchup of the season.
sophomore Cheyenne Tucker for
the header and the made goal.
between the Mustangs and the
With possession of the ball going
Conquerors resulting in a 1-1 tie,
back and forth, the game ended
the Mustangs came out strong
with the Mustangs leading 1-0.
in the first half of their second
“I was really ecstatic. We
matchup. Walnut controlled the
had been working really hard
front field by attacking the goal,
to score a goal and we finally
unable to finish a goal, but putting
scored one. It was a team effort.
pressure on the Los Altos defense.
We had many opportunities to
However, the half ended with
score a goal, but we just couldn’t
neither team being able to score.
“The game was very intense
and it was especially difficult in
with Los Altos, the team wanted
the first half because we tried
and tried to score but it just
on the field and passing in
order to create a better offense. “At the beginning of the
would work the best for the front
season, we weren’t clicking as
and for the back,” left defender
a team and we were selfish in
our plays. However, we’ve been
listening to our coach now and the
formation a total of three times
most important thing we have is
in order to see what offensive and
our communication,” Tucker said.
defensive rotation would work best.
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formations in order to see what
The EYES ON THE GOAL | Forward sophomore Nadia Amezcua pushes the ball up the field and prepares to pass to a teammate.
Player Q&A: How do you prepare for a game? Girls’ soccer prepares for games by warming up and performing pre-game rituals to boost their energy and mentality. COMPILED BY TRISTAN GONZALEZ, SHERMAN WU AND IRENE ZHOU | PHOTOS BY JAMIE CHEN, SAMUEL COMPOLONGO AND AUSTIN LAM
Q: What do you do to prepare for a game?
Q: What do you eat before a game?
A: “I try to think about situations that can occur in a game and how I would react to them, [and] I gathered information about nutrition so I could play my best on the field. I try to eat simple and healthy like a granola bar. Also, I try to drink a lot of water before a game. It provides me with more energy and it allows me to perform better.”
A: “On days we have a game, I make sure to have a healthy breakfast and bring my own lunch to school so that I’m not hungry or fatigued by the time of the game in the afternoon. And right before the game I try my best to get pumped up and ready for the game by listening to my favorite music and doing my own stretches aside from the team warm-ups.”
Sheridan Quan, 12
Q: What’s a pre-game ritual that you do? A: “We usually play music in the locker room until our coach shows up, then he gives us our positions and the game plan, and then we start warm ups. During warm ups, I just try to stay loose and get focused, there’s a little nervousness but once the game starts and we’re actually playing it goes away. We just give each other little pep talks when we’re going out.” Stephanie Dye, 11
Julianna Mora, 12
Winter Season Scoreboard girls’ soccer 1/27 vs. Chino 1/30 @ Diamond Ranch 2/01 vs. Los Altos 2/03 vs. West Covina
2-0 W 4-3 W 1-0 W 3-0 L
boys’ soccer 1/27 @ Chino 1/30 vs. Diamond Ranch 2/01 @ Los Altos 2/03 @ West Covina
4-2 W 1-5 L 2-0 W 3-1 W
girls’ basketball 1/25 @ Charter Oak 1/27 @ Chino 2/01 vs. Los Altos 2/03 @ West Covina
68-39 W 66-36 W 62-59 W 58-38 W
boys’ basketball 1/25 @ Charter Oak 1/27 @ Chino 2/01 vs. Los Altos 2/03 @ West Covina
60-43 W 48-46 W 51-54 L 67-56 W
girls’ water polo 1/14 @ Cajon 1/14 @ Patrick Henry 1/19 vs. West Covina 2/02 @ Charter Oak
3-13 L 5-10 L 13-6 W 10-12 L
boys’ wrestling 1/12 @ Los Altos 1/19 vs. West Covina 1/26 vs. Diamond Ranch 1/31 @ Charter Oak
52-15 W 50-18 W 68-6 W 46-27 W
girls’ wrestling 12/17 La Puente Tournament 6th 1/19 vs. West Covina 54-9 W 1/26 vs. Diamond Ranch 72-6 W 1/31 @ Charter Oak 42-0 W