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VOLUME 43, ISSUE 6
OPINION Following tradition is an act of remembrance and respect for our ancestors.
FEATURE Sophomore Lan-Ahn Ngo, who started learning piano at age three, plays six instruments.
March 4, 2011
SCENE One World offers international vegetarian cuisine ranging from Vietnamese to European food. PAGE 12
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tossed salad (Clockwise): Polynesian club, Korean club, Japanese club, Latin Alliance, South Asian Association, Halo-Halo, and three other clubs tried out in the gym to perform at the Multicultural Assembly. Tryouts were held because of the limited time slots available for the performance. Results for who made the cut will be released today by ASB.
Tryouts held for Multicultural Assembly Clubs will perform at Multicultural Assembly on March 17. Jessica Wang Staff Writer The Multicultural Assembly, hosted by ASB, will be held March 17 in which clubs will perform to celebrate their cultures. Nine clubs attended auditions in the gym on March 3 to perform in the assembly and were judged based on talent and use of cultural aspects. In past years, the 40 minute assembly could not accommodate the time needed for all the clubs to perform. “It’s a great opportunity for a lot of kids who don’t normally get to perform in front of a large group of peers,” ASB adviser Andy Schultz said. “For them, this is their shot.”
The Hip Hop club will perform three songs using original choreography that members have worked on during weekly practices. “Most members that join are just learning as beginners,” Hip Hop club president, senior Max Lin said. “But they are working really hard to learn, and are determined to become better. I think that’s what matters more than a three minute performance.” Girls in the Polynesian club will be doing a Tahitian number and the boys will be performing the Haka, a traditional dance that originated from New Zealand. “I think its a great way to display all the different cultures and to be able to show the school what you’ve been working on the whole year,” Polynesian club president senior Jaz Baisden said. “We began practices almost immediately after school started.” For variety, the Japanese club performed two dances of different themes at the tryouts. “We will be performing two dances: one that features the
pop culture of Japan, and one that showcases the traditional side,” Japanese club president, senior Silvia Mok said. “All of our members are working diligently at every chance they get.” Swing club, which plans to include aerial stunts in their audition, is currently practicing two to three times a week for a couple of hours after school. “I feel pretty confident as a group for the performance, but I am a bit nervous because the aerial stunts are a bit hard to perform,” freshman Elizabeth Liu said. “Overall, I believe it’s going to be a fun experience.” With the assembly quickly approaching, the club members continue to sharpen their choreography and skills during practices and hope for the best. “I’m personally super stoked for the assembly,” Swing club member sophomore Sydney Bibal said. “Hopefully the crowd loves the performance. I’m really looking forward to performing and seeing what the other clubs have to offer.” Ω
ASB H.A.T.S program rewards students for following school rules ASB will give out snacks to classes that follow homework, attendance, tardy and dress policies. Kevin Yin Staff Writer ASB will start the Homework, Absent, Tardy, School, Dress Code (H.A.T.S.) program
soon this week in order to encourage students to practice improved study and attendance habits. Students from ASB will randomly surprise students in participating classrooms with snacks and drinks provided they have met all the requirements. “We’re just trying to get people to not slack off. During this time of year, people really start to get lazy. We just want people to not be late and do their homework. We’re hoping that it will be successful, since people should be doing their homework and being on time to school
anyways,” senior Jennifer Dutton said. ASB members will check if all students have done their homework, are present, have not been tardy, and follow the school dress code before awarding them. “It really helps promote our school rules and gets all of the students more situated into the classroom,” ASB president, senior Angela Lau said. Leaders feel that the program, a simple motivational activity, will bring forth a positive effect on the school’s attendance and tardy rate.
“I think its nice because you never get appreciated for the things you do. We hope it will really encourage people to follow school rules,” ASB secretary, junior Katherine Chung said. ASB hopes that teachers and students will look forward to participating in H.A.T.S. “Even though it’s such a small incentive, I feel like it will bring a positive change for the campus. It really embodies what ASB is about, which is doing things in small steps that people will notice,” Chung said. Ω
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brief: BSU talent show Michael Hyun Staff Writer
The Black Student Union club has always hosted its annual talent show to club members but this year it showed the performance to all students to celebrate Black History Month. “BSU is centered around Black History Month, and this year we tried to emphasize what Black History Month means and how heroes have affected our lives,” co-president, junior Chesley Ekelem said. The talent show, which was centered around Black History Month, provided BSU members with a way to express their individuality. BSU members sang, read poems, danced, and performed skits at the talent show. Junior Clarke Jacobs sang “Forget you” by Ceelo Green and junior Joyanna Hatcher shared one of her personal poems. Junior Cameron Grant read one of her own poems called “Fire” which was about love and relationships. “I felt like I was able to express myself completely because it’s not everyday that you let people into your most intimate part of your life,” Grant said. About 20 people attended the show. “I think the talent show expresses our love because it’s our determination that we are special and we have a gift to give to the world,” senior Jannelle Hill said. Ω
bRIEF: MUN conference Daniela Kim Staff Writer Model United Nations, a club centered around debate on world issues, competed Feb. 19, at the Los Alamitos MUN Partner Conference where Walnut students won awards. Novice groups were represented as Nigeria and Lebanon while Advanced groups competed as the Russian Federation. The Walnut team had four Best Delegate winners in Novice, five Outstanding winners, and two Commendation winners. “Everyone did really well and winning Commendation felt like I had accomplished something,” freshman Goldie Cai said. Students worked in pairs in the partner conference. “I was really impressed with everyone’s work. It is one of my greatest experiences for our really young club to come out with so many winners,” MUN president Stephany Yong said. “It means we’re headed in the right direction.” Ω
bRIEF: AP Environmental science fieldtrip Amy Lee Staff Writer Advanced Placement Environmental Science students visited Lemon Creek park to test the water quality of Lemon Creek. “The things that we learned makes you want to think twice about playing in that creek,” junior Kyra Yong said. “No matter how clean a stream may look, don’t let that deceive you.” Environmental science teacher Kathy May’s students had just learned about the impact of water pollution on aquatic environments “Students can get some real hands-on experience in an actual riparian ecosystem,” Mays said. “This field trip is the culmination of that learning.” Students used hand-held computers and probes to test the turbidity of the water which impacts photosynthesis in the stream and the health of the overall ecosystem. “My students just recently learned about turbidity when we did a sewer science workshop,” Mays said. “They can now test it out at Lemon Creek to see if there may be factors in the water impacting photosynthesis. I think it will help them become more adept at using the lab equipment and analyzing the overall quality of the water.” Ω
retraction In the February issue article about the International Baccalaureate program, the information nights were held for freshmen and their parents instead of sophomores as stated in the article. We apologize for the inconveniences this may have caused.
extracurricular programs. Angela Aie Staff Writer
The Walnut Valley Unified School District will hold a fundraiser this Saturday and Sunday to support athletics, art, music programs, and technology. Walnut High School will be hosting the Student Music Showcase on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. which includes a pasta carb load meal. Tickets for the meal and show are $7 each. “The community has a chance to see the kids perform and what they do and I think that
pick up the bibs for the race as opposed to last year’s six to seven hour waiting process at the district office. “The more we showcase our best, the better off we think the donations will be,” Jones said. “It’s also a fun way for students to participate in the fundraiser.” Taking place for the first time, the music showcase will feature choir, drama, band, and other performances from 15 schools in the district ranging from elementary to high school. “I think it’s going to be a good thing to do because it’s helping the band and it’s supposed to help the community,” band member, junior
Bar High School will be hosting the second annual 5K run and 1K fun run starting at 8 a.m. on Sunday. Participating elementary, middle, and high schools will compete for the Spirit Cup. “In these difficult times the financial support of our communities matters more than ever before,” organizer Jean Chung said. “Race proceeds go back to all schools and make a huge difference to students and programs.” Pre-registered tickets for the run are $25 for adults 18 years and older, $15 for students, and $10 for children. Tickets on the day of the event will be $35 for adults 18 years and older, $25 for students, and $20 for children. Ω
Science Olympiad competes regionally Science Olympiad competitors received 11th place at the regional competition and are unlikely to qualify for the state competition. Vanessa Chou Staff Writer Science Olympiad received 11th place after competing against 35 other schools in the LA County Science Olympiad Regional competition at Occidental College on Feb. 26. The team spent the majority of the day either studying at their tent site or competing in the 23 events located around the campus. “Unfortunately, some of our events did not turn out well. Several unexpected technical difficulties arose with our engineering projects, so we had limited success.” junior Alan Zhang said. The team placed fifth last year and third the year before. For both years, the team advanced to state level;. However, it is unlikely that the team will qualify due to this year’s score. “Most of the experienced members last year were seniors and therefore have graduated already, so this year’s team is largely composed of newcomers. We didn’t expect to place as highly as the previous years members did,” freshman Alicia Wei said. Members were placed in pairs and prepared for several of the 23 events available, such as Sumo Bot, Helicopters, or Astronomy. “My favorite event this year was the Chemistry Lab. I love chemistry and as a result, it is the science I am best at. The most challenging part for me was be the lab portion; this is mainly because I learned my higher level chemistry through self study and never participated in rigorous labs,” Zhang, who competed in the Chemistry lab, the Mousetrap Car, and the Wind Power events, said. While many events were written tests, several were engineering events, in which members demonstrated projects they created to fulfill certain parameters. In the engineering event Sounds of Music, members constructed a percussion instrument, such as the xylophone or marimba, and a wind instrument, such as a pan pipe or trumpet. Members were tested on pitch and creativity as they played a duet. The 15 member team met every Friday night from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. for the majority of the school year at Science Olympiadpresident senior Sean Kow’s house to hold study sessions for the competitions. “Although we hold group study sessions every year, we were more
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make it or break it: Junior Alan Zhang and senior Sean Kow test how much weight their tower can resist. focused on independent study this year as a different approach,” senior Eric Bai said, who participated in the events Disease Detectives, Sounds of Music, Ecology, and Microbe Mission. Although the team did not do as well compared to the previous years, the members had anticipated the prospect and were nonetheless proud of what they did. “The competition itself was fun, and the other school teams were all very friendly. I even caught up with my friends from different schools that I hadn’t met in a while,” Zhang said. Ω
Students attend German and French camp Foreign language students will be lodging near Big Bear where they can only speak the language they are learning. Janzen Alejo and Susie Law Staff Writers Students in level three and four of German and French will participate in a two day language camp for at Presbyterian Conference Center near Big Bear. The $140 cost of the trip includes lodging, food, and transportation. “French camp is a great opportunity to practice speaking French in an environment where you’re forced to speak it. Plus it’s up in Big Bear so I wanted to go up to the snow and hang out with my other French-speaking friends,” senior Jason Lyons said. The program allows students to interact with one another in an environment enriched
with foreign language. German and French students alike will participate in some activities they have preselected, like cooking or crafting. Lodgings are split by gender and assigned by teachers, with the girls living in cabins and boys living in bungalows farther away. French and German classes from other schools will also attend the camp, giving the students a better chance to mingle and learn to communicate with their peers. “We decided to go years ago because German and French classes needed to recreate an atmosphere where it’s purely German or French because it’s so hard to find others that actually speak it [on a daily basis in the community],” German instructor Ursula Rovell said. For an entire weekend, students will listen, speak, read, and write only in the language they are currently studying. If caught deviating from this rule, German students will
receive a “bad” ticket, and at the end of camp whoever has the most tickets will perform silly act. With tests coming soon, this weekend will serve as a critical study session for some students. Most students that attend camp find this a helpful preparation for the upcoming IB and AP tests by helping them work with vocabulary and conversation skills. “I think this experience will help immensely because my IB oral is the day after we get back from French camp, so I will have an entire weekend of studying for the test, and hopefully this will help me do well,” French student, senior Amy McDill said. Students that applied to go to German camp will leave on Friday morning and return Sunday. French camp will take place on March 11 and the students will return on March 13. Ω
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Harry Potter Alliance casts away depression confidence among students. Tiffany Diep Staff Writer The Harry Potter Alliance dispelled the Body Bind and casted Expecto Patronum charms to boost self confidence. The houses of Gryffindor and Slytherin are in charge of the Expecto Patronum charm and the houses of Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw are in charge of getting rid of the Body Bind. “We’re trying to show people that they’re beautiful no matter what and we’re also trying to encourage them to live a healthy lifestyle,” secretary sophomore Amanda Ong said. In the Harry Potter books, the Body Bind is a spell that petrifies a person. People self-conscious about their appearances may become “petrified” which leads to them being unable to live comfortable within their own skin. “I think the Body Bind will have a positive impact because it encourages people, and it is a reminder that in order to live a healthy lifestyle, you do not have to be ‘model skinny,’” the head of the Ravenclaw house, senior Michelle Lin said. “The Body Bind encourages you to accept your body and be happy about it.” Members of the club wrote positive messages on pieces of paper to post around the school. By using the Expecto Patronum charm, members try to get rid of the Dementor horcux, just like characters in the book
in things like this because it makes you feel like you’ve made a difference in someone’s life,” the head of the Slytherin house, sophomore Krystal Lin said. “Who knows, maybe what you said may have just prevented them from committing suicide and hopefully it will affect people to have self-confidence and just love themselves and their lives”. Members try to prevent suicide in teens and encourage them to realize their selfworth. “I think it’s a good thing photo By Tiffany Diep because a lot of people have A silver lining: Senior Michelle Lin posts a message on the bulletin board to trouble with their body images help boost students’ self esteem. so it’s cool that we’re trying to quite insecure and it’s good for them to cheer up. I think it will help them out with it,” Ong said. change many people’s feelings about themselves because they For this event, club members are making posters to hang will realize that there are people out there who actually care around and also are planning to give out chocolates to people. about how they feel,” freshman Sydney Tsao said. Ω “I feel great about participating because I know I will have done something that helped people out there who feel
Two Students compete for Grand Prize in Student Speakers Contest Two juniors advance to the second round in a competition hosted by the Lions Clubs International. Tina Peng Staff Writer The 74th Annual Student Speakers Contest is a public speaking competition hosted by the Lions Clubs International. Juniors Brian Yu and Raymond Chung have both made it to the second contest so far with the help of English teacher Jeffrey Silva as their adviser. Participants receive sums of the $300,000 grand total in scholarship money as they advance through the six rounds of the competition. The topic this year is “Enforcing our borders -state vs. federal rights”. The Lions Clubs International resembles most volunteer clubs, but is off-campus and puts more of an emphasis on providing resources to help students go to college. “I originally decided to join the Lions Club after I found out about all of the scholarship opportunities that the club offered,” junior participant Raymond Chung said. “But aside from scholarships, I’ve also gained a lot of experience and developed useful skills in public
speaking and debate from participating in events like this one.” The competition is held across the nation but is separated into different regions with one winner from each one. Juniors Raymond Chung and Brian Yu will be competing in the Southern California region. “I competed last year and I did decently well,” Chung said. “That’s why I decided to try again this year and hopefully, I’ll win.” The competition spans across five months and consists of eight stages. Every month, people are cut and others move on in the competition. “Normally, only one person from each round will move on and continue to compete,” junior participant Brian Yu said. “Each person competes once every month until they are cut. I just won on February 17 in the first round called the Club Contest and I received $75 dollars.” Although this competition requires participants to write a ten minute long speech and memorize it to the exact time, the results make it worthwhile for Chung and Yu. “Although this process takes up a lot of time and can be quite tedious, I think it’s worth it in the end because this program has given me the chance to voice my opinion and get rewarded for that,” Chung said. Ω
Sadies Dance to have Western theme ASB revisits a classic dance theme, which will allow them to incorporate the school mascot. Tickets for singles are $5 with ASB and $10 without, tickets will not be sold in pairs. Timothy Huang Staff Writer The Sadies Dance, to be held on March 12, will incorporate a western theme filled with hats, boots, flannel, and denim. “Our theme this year is Western and we thought it was a good theme because we could tie in the Mustang, so it would be a dance filled with school spirit at the same time,” junior Alyssa Spear said. The dance dress code will be strictly enforced at this dance. “We’re just trying to get the students to dress appropriately,” Vice Principal Bill Diskin said. “As a public school, we’re trying to keep things appropriate for this environment.” Students look forward to the special reversal of the traditional role of guys asking girls out to dances. “The Sadies dance is really special because the “girl ask guy” puts the girls in a position where they have to initiate,” senior Michael Hari said. Ω
Eco-talks plans “Green Steps to Earth Day” Valley Vista Services may sponsor various environmental projects planned by Eco-Talks. Ashley Xu Staff Writer Eco-talks, a program affiliated with Environmental Care and Global Awareness club, is participating in “Paper Recycling”, one of this year’s main projects for “Green Steps to Earth Day”. Members plan to put paper recycling bins in classrooms to recycle paper and set up collecting stations on campus for students to recycle their cardboard lunch trays. “This project will not only improve the overall state of garbage on campus by recycling more, and throwing away less, but it will also save money for this school because the less trash we have, the less we have to pay people to collect them,” Qin said. For the project, Eco-talks will need bins for classrooms, cans to put outside, and large
bins that collect paper which will eventually towed to to the recycling processing plant. To acquire the necessary resources, Qin contacted the vice president of Valley Vista Services, a waste-collecting and recycling company located in the City of Industry. “The logical thing for Valley Vista to do is to endorse our plan and improve their image as waste collectors. So far, the talks have been good, but I am still waiting for an answer, and also waiting for the Valley Vista to discuss it within their own company,” Qin said. Though not yet certain of the specifics of the sponsorship, support may be given through bins or cash. In case this plan does fall through, Qin has already divided the works of his members in Eco-talks to other important alternative routes. They are contacting the City of Walnut, district senator Bobby Huff, and also stores including Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Fresh and Easy to ask for their sponsorship. “It is a plan that has been set in motion and I look forward to continuing it and seeing it succeed,” Qin said. Ω
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Drama prepares for spring musical ‘Annie’ ‘Annie’ cast rehearses more frequently as the performance dates draw closer.
Amy Lee Staff Writer Drama will be presenting this year’s spring musical, ‘Annie,’ on Fridays and Saturdays, Mar. 18, Mar. 19, Mar. 25, and Mar. 26 at 7 p.m. There is also a matinee performance on Saturday, Mar. 26 at 2 p.m. The musical centers on a young orphan, Annie, who meets Oliver Warbucks, a lonely billionaire, setting her off on an adventure as she searches for her birth parents. Set in the 1920s, ‘Annie’ features unique music and playful characters. “‘Annie’ is an old fashioned musical, and the music is somewhat jazzier than your average musical, but it’s good old fashioned sing-out-loud music,” senior Elizabeth Horn said. Horn plays the tyrannical Mrs. Hannigan who is in charge of the orphanage and is a bitter alcoholic who ironically hates children while sophomore EJ Cabasal plays the warm-hearted Warbucks. “I hope the audience will get all the bad, dated jokes in the play. I also hope that the audience will get their money’s worth and a warm, fuzzy feeling inside because this play is really cute,” Cabasal said. Drama aims to make ‘Annie’ memorable for the audience. This year, the musical features well-known songs such as “Tomorrow” and “It’s the Hard-Knock Life.” “We always want the audience to have fun, but this year, more than ever. Annie is a more well-known musical with songs that have a tendency to get stuck in your head. I guess the aim is that getting it stuck in your head is a good thing, not a negative,” Horn said. Sophomore Toni Gallardo plays the main character Annie, a red-haired, spitfire, hopeful girl. “I love her character, her spunk and wit. She really has a glow about her, and that’s just from me reading the script the first time,” Gallardo said. “I’m very excited to put my own twist on her. Not to mention the red hair.” With rehearsals from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., the cast has put in much effort and hard work into this production. “Rehearsals are pretty rigorous. If you come unprepared, you’re most likely going to get burned. The product of our rehearsal however, is looking quite dandy,” Cabasal said. “The cast is preparing this year with loads of singing rehearsals, lectures on
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NYC STROLL: Sophomores EJ Cabasal and Toni Gallardo and junior Ayisha Emerson practice singing for this year’s spring musical, ‘Annie,’ which will be presented on Fridays and Saturdays, Mar. 18, Mar. 19, Mar. 25, and Mar. 26. character development, speeches on diction, demos in dancing, and more.” As the performance dates draw closer, there will be more frequent rehearsals including practices on Saturdays and on some late-start days. “I think the student body really underestimates the work we put into the show, and I think if the school came to watch, people would appreciate and respect the art so much more,” Gallardo said. The musical carries a positive, comforting message, making
the show an unforgettable experience. “I honestly think people should come to this musical, because of the heart the cast is putting into this show,” Cabasal said. “It may not look like it at first glance, but the people in the cast enjoy themselves and are trying hard to put on a show packed with quality and dare I say it, with love. This show makes a huge attempt in grabbing the hearts of the audience.” Tickets will be on sale on Monday, Mar. 14 for $10 for students and seniors and $12 for adults. All tickets for the Saturday matinee performance will be $8. Ω
IB Theatre students present three comedic plays For their IB assessments, IB Theatre HL seniors work through difficulties. Tina Peng Staff Wrtier Without any juniors in the class this year, the seniors of IB Theatre HL had to star in each other’s performances while having to manage the technical aspect of the show on Wednesday, Feb. 16. Because some seniors performed in more than one play, they had only ten minutes in between the plays to get ready. “It’s difficult for us seniors to double up in different plays and there’s also a lot of memorizing for us to do because we have to make sure that we don’t confuse the lines of one play with the lines of anothers,” senior Kavita Mehta said.
Inspired by Russell Peters’ comedy act, ‘Dude, My Life Sucks’ focused on stereotypes of the different cultures of Hispanic, Indian, and Caucasian families and was performed on Thursday, Jan. 6 instead of on Feb. 16 with the other two groups. “We chose to do a remake of that comedy act because it could apply to everyone and show people that we all have flaws and weaknesses of our own in some way,” Mehta said. Split into three groups, the seniors branched off to do specific jobs to contribute to the overall performance. “I was the director of the play ‘Love, Power, and Lucky Charms’ and that came with a lot of responsibility because I had to make sure that everyone was on task and people had all of their lines memorized,” senior Iris Chan said. ‘Love, Power, and Lucky Charms,’ which was a parody that incorporated fairytales, took on the story of Little Red Riding Hood but included two knights and a prince to rescue her. “We saw how the seniors in IB Theatre did something simi-
lar to a fairytale story last year so we wanted to use that idea and make it funnier,” Chan said. “Our group didn’t just want to finish the job but actually do it well and go beyond people’s expectations. That’s where the humor came into play.” Another important aspect of a play is the props that are used to complete the setting and stage of the performance. “When we brainstormed ideas for ‘Prince Napped,’ we had really elaborate and extravagant ideas,” senior Celestine Susi said. “However, as we really started prepping, we realized that we had to be more realistic. We just didn’t have enough resources and the stage wasn’t large enough for our original ideas.” Aside from the work and stress that came with preparation, the seniors felt accomplished at the sight of their performance. “All of the chaos was problematic in the beginning but in the end, we were able to bond through all of it and when we looked back on everything, we were really proud of our achievements,” Susi said. Ω
‘Prelude to Spring’ features Suzanne choir Choir featured a range of music in ‘Prelude to Spring.’ Janzen Alejo Staff Writer Choir’s ‘Prelude to Spring’ concert, featuring all the choirs, was held on Thursday, Feb. 24. The concert featured all the choirs as well as the Suzanne Middle School Choir. “I thought the concert went well. Mrs. Lopez did an excellent job conducting our choir and our choirs themselves sounded amazing to me,” junior Vincent Dao said. Suzanne Middle School’s choir made an appearance at the concert when it performed with the Walnut choirs. “When we first met up with them back in December, both choirs were nervous, but now we’re like a big choir family. It was great hearing them tell all of us how much they wanted to be in choir next year just because they watched us perform,” freshman Caitlin Ison said. The song selection consisted of a range of pop music such as Avril Lavigne’s “Keep Holding On” to Classical music such as Mozart’s “Ricevete.” “I think the song selections were really
good because all the songs we did had different vibes that the audience can enjoy,” freshman Mimi Dao said. Many singers enjoyed the concert and have positive feelings about its outcome. “The concert was fun because we were able to put on more personality while singing. Sometimes, it’s hard to remember the notes, take in the character, remember all the little details you have to add to the song, and sing beautifully. However, with enough practice, it becomes fun,” senior Cindy Lin said. “I especially had fun singing ‘L.O.V.E.’ with the chamber ladies because we practiced in the locker room bathroom right before we went on.” As the prelude to Spring Pops Concert, all choirs can now begin on preparing for the upcoming performance. “I was really pleased with the sound of each choir. My two youngest groups, Treble and Mustang, are supposed to be Intermediate and beginning groups, but this year they are filled with amazing kids and I am able to do really difficult music with them,” choir director Lisa Lopez said. “We are already learning music for our Spring Pops concert and choreography rehearsals will start in few weeks.” Ω
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Show choir competition
in photos Clockwise: Using umbrellas as props, Women’s Ensemble performs “Don’t Rain On My Parade.”// Women’s Ensemble members raise their arms as they sing to “Defying Gravity.”// Spreading their arms, Women’s Ensemble performs “Ease On Down the Road.”// Women’s Ensemble sings to “Defying Gravity.”
Women’s Ensemble hosts Show Choir Competition
Women’s Ensemble performed for the participating schools and worked with other choirs in hosting its first competition. Tiffany Diep Staff Writer
Women’s Ensemble performed at and hosted Show Choir Competition on Friday, Feb. 25. “I feel great that I get to be a part of this. It’s a very fun experience to get to see what goes on back stage,” sophomore Olivia Lin said.
Dance team practices for upcoming Nationals Candee Yuan Staff Writer Having placed for all their dance numbers at Regionals, the Dance team continues to train hard both physically and mentally for the upcoming Nationals. “We’ve been rehearsing our dances endlessly to try to make them as perfect as possible. The team is also running more often to get our stamina back. Just because we place high at regular competitions does not mean we will place at all at Nationals, so we need to be mentally prepared for that,” junior Audrey De Guzman said. At Regionals, the dance members placed for X-small dance, small lyrical, medium, large, prop, and kick (championship division) and qualified for Nationals. The members are extremely proud at what they have accomplished and are hoping that they will win at Nationals. “My expectations are pretty high for the dance team for nationals. We have worked really hard and came a long way all together as a team. I’m very proud and determined to bring home big prizes,” freshman Wenwen Zhuang said. Since qualifying for every single dance number they performed, the dance team expects more than last year in having a better chance to win another National Championship. “ My expectations are higher than last year’s because since we qualified in the “Open” division for most of our dances. However, it puts us in a really good place to win another national championship,” Guzman said. Dance team hopes to keep an open mind to future events. “I’m honestly not expecting anything, but I know for sure that all the hard work we are putting into our dances right now will definitely pay off in the end. Our team will have a great time together, especially for the new members who have not experienced Nationals,” sophomore Arianna Choi said. Ω
Different schools came to participate and the judges judged each group’s singing and dancing. “The competition went pretty well for our first time, although there are always things to improve on,” vice president, junior Waverly Chao said. The show choir members from Walnut did not compete, because it would be unfair if they won a competition at their own school. However, they still performed and had the judges critique them. “I think it’s right for us to not compete because if the roles were switched around, and the hosting school won at its own competition, I would be upset,” Chao said. Women’s Ensemble, Chamber Singers, and Treble Choir
worked together with setting up for the competition, but members of Women’s Ensemble had the most work to do. Despite its hard work, the choir managed to keep a positive attitude. “Overall, as a group, we were all really excited because it was a lot of fun to host this competition, even though it was somewhat stressful at times,” Chao said. “It was also a good bonding experience for the girls and it also made us become better as a show choir by watching others perform.” This opportunity came as a welcoming memory for the choir and it hopes to participate in similar events in the future. “We felt like this competition was a great experience and we definitely want to do this again next year. We had a lot of fun meeting all this choirs from different schools,” Lin said. Ω
Winterguard prepares for first competition
Winterguard readies for its first competition tomorrow through after school rehearsals. Sharon Lay Opinions Editor
For the first competition of the season, Winterguard will be competing at Valencia High School tomorrow, Mar. 5. This year, its theme is “I See You”, a song by Leona Lewis from the movie Avatar. “‘I See You’ is the theme song from Avatar, and its really emotional,” junior Vanessa Chi said. “It’s really hard to show emotion, because you’re trying to show your feelings through your body movement and show your passion.” This theme was decided upon toward the end of last year. “This year’s routine is better than last year’s because we have a theme to it,” senior Annabelle Tang said. “It responds more fluidly to the music because the routine goes with the lyrics. This year since we’re doing a song with lyrics, we’re using the routine to describe what the lyrics are about using sabers, rifles, and flags. We want to use simple stuff to show the complicated theme.” To prepare for the competition, Winterguard, composed of 14 girls from Cologuard, practiced after school on Tuesdays until 5:15 PM and on Thursdays until 5:45 PM. They began preparing after winter break. “It’s a lot more intense because Winterguard is more advanced,” Chi said. “If you really want to do it, you need to step up your game and get into it.” Winterguard competitions contain a different level of intensity and discipline in comparison to field shows, where Colorguard performs with Blue Thunder Marching Band. “The routine is harder and you can’t mess up,” Chi said. “If you mess up, it’s not like in a field show, where the audience is far away. We’re performing in the gym, where the judges are
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“I SEE YOU”: Senior Annabelle Tang practices for the competition at Valencia High School after school on Tuesdays until 5:15 p.m. and on Thursdays until 5:45 p.m. right in front of you, if your flag angle is wrong or your feet is pointed wrong, they can see it.” Despite the elevated pressure, Winterguard feels ready for tomorrow’s competition. “We’re prepared and we’re getting better each day,” Tang said. “We will definitely do our best, because we all want to win.” Ω
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Commemorate your culture Edward Cox News Editor I’m Polish, Irish, and Chinese. Other than a few family visits to my grandparents where my cousins and I threw walnuts at each other to celebrate a Polish tradition and yearly celebrations of Chinese New Year, I have few ties with any of my cultures. I know that my Anglo-Saxon ancestors were once newly arrived immigrants to the United States. I also safeguard a long name from my grandmother’s side of the family which I can only pronounce after visits where my grandmother drills me on spelling the name. Though I have little idea of what it means to be Polish-American (or Irish/ChineseAmerican), I am proud of this identity because I am convinced it means something to my development. My family does not make a big deal out of traditions. Our Chinese New Year celebration consists of my mom giving my brother and me red envelopes. When I jokingly remarked that she prepared a banquet dinner that night, she said that every dinner we had was like a Chinese New Year dinner. I also don’t know much about my family history. All I have is a vague idea that my grandmother in China was a veritable princess and her dad an army general who was assassinated. I have a black and white photograph on my bookshelf that shows six of my neat, uniform Anglo-Saxon relatives peering out. I don’t know who
they are. My parents don’t either. My grandmother in Chicago knows and is yearning to instill into my mind some of the basics of our family history. As I stare at each of my relatives in the photograph they stare back inquisitively and I can’t help but think that they are strangers. Through traditions, people connect with their past instilling honor and pride within themselves of the achievements of their ancestors. Doing so helps people find their place in history. Although I have no trouble ignoring my origins, there is much more to gain from learning about myself than being ignorant. Tradition may seem irrelevant and appear to be a fanatic ritual, but we must recognize the longevity of the love between past generations like that between ourselves and our parents. Without it, the whole lines of ancestry will fall into dark nothingness and become forgotten. Remembrance is important because people should not be forgotten at risk of forgetting the past. We risk committing their past mistakes and hinder our progress. Recognition of the past makes people more understanding of history and the people who wrote it. The world is a product of civilization and the toil of people. There is background to our life although it may seem as if we were plopped down randomly into a point of history. We can relate our situations with theirs and have comfort knowing that people long before us endured similar challenges in life. The rich, inexhaustible soil of culture has only been grazed by many of us. We must dig deeper to unearth a sense of identity and pride that we can carry on forever. Ω
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CHINESE CULTURE: Junior Edward Cox holds up his red envelope, representing his Chinese traditions.
Stereotypes: more than just a label How do others view your stereotype? The Drama Kid “They think that we’re just like people in movies. They’re think ‘oh, you’re the drama-geek” and that we’re dramatic and drama queens.” –Candice Ma, 9
The Punk “They look at me kind of weird because I look different from others. I don’t really care because I stand up for what I believe in.” –Jan Bonus, 10
The Jock “Sometimes, they just think you can only do sports and nothing else. They think sports are our whole life and our education doesn’t matter.” –Jorge Mejia, 11
The Nerd “I think that nerds are really cool and underappreciated by everybody. Nerds have social lives too, I think.” –Eric Bai, 12
Stereotyping others comes naturally to people, but is it as bad as it seems? Tina Peng Staff writer Stereotyping seems to be one of those things we are ashamed to admit to but can’t help but to do; we submit to stereotyping others in our daily thoughts and judgments. We stereotype almost instantaneously when we meet a new person or see an unfamiliar thing, even before we really process what we are doing. I’ve realized that even at school, students tend to stereotype their peers, whether it was intended to be a joke or a meaningful comment. Last year, I was given an assignment to interview one of our school’s star football players. I remember going to interview him and along the way, I thought, “I wonder what he will say or if he will even give me insightful responses.” However, to my surprise, he gave me intelligent and well thought-out answers. He told me that he actually spent a lot of time on his school work, probably more than he did on football. The football player I had stereotyped refuted my original thoughts. I now know that people aren’t always defined by the things they do or the way they appear to be on the outside. At that moment, I felt badly for judging him before I even knew him. It’s hard to resist stereotyping because pop culture teaches us to stereotype, so much so that it is as if society has told us to stereotype. Whether it is the movies we watch or the overplayed pop music on the radio, if we actually listened to the lyrics of a particular song or watch actors in a certain movie, there is no doubt that we would notice the stereotypical tendencies. Even if it is popular jocks on Glee who refuse to do anything but play football or the socialites on Gossip Girl who do not care about anyone but themselves, they are all products of the stereotypes that our culture has created. Ultimately, different people have their own personal reasons for judging others in their daily lives. For some, it may be completely unintentional, but for others, it is to avoid actually getting to know a person. Sometimes, it’s just easier to assume something about others because it saves us the time of communicating and relating to them. Whether the reason is positive or negative, society appears to have not only given us permission to stereotype others, but also encouraged our judgmental tendencies. Ω
All I need is a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T Respect is quiet simple in theory yet difficult for people to practice toward their fellow peers. Sharon Lay Opinion Editor In 1968, Aretha Franklin won two Grammy Awards for her single, “Respect.” Forty-three years later, her words and the conviction she sings it with still resonate with us. Most of us have heard the song, and many of us are familiar with the lyrics, but not many of us realize the true meaning behind the catchy tune: the importance of respect. Respect is the basis of any relationship, whether it is between friends, teachers, parents, or that special someone. It’s a foundation from which every relationship must start, because without it, a relationship will crumble. Even attractions or similar interests will not hold a relationship together if respect is not
established between individuals, because trust and bonds can only form in the presence of respect. But respect is not a difficult concept, and for most of us, respect has been drilled into our brains by our parents from an early age. Since before I can remember, my parents have instilled in me the values and importance of respect. They taught me to always listen and abide by my elders, to never judge a person based on their appearance or first impressions, and to never look down on others. That has always been and still is, my definition of respect. However, over the these last few years, as I (hopefully) mature into a young adult, I have begun to realize another side of respect. Though respect should be shown to the elderly and judging others stereotypically is wrong, to truly show respect, we must accept our peers for who they are, despite their flaws. Changing people because their opinions differ from ours or we don’t approve
of their actions is not respect. Respect stems from accepting that everyone is an individual, with their own thoughts and views. The importance of respect cannot be overlooked. Lacking respect for others may result in their loss of respect for you. And once respect has been lost, the chances of regaining it are slim. However, respect should be given out freely, as making initial judgements about others can be misleading. Respect for another should only be taken away if the other shows a lack of respect for you. There are many different meanings of respect, and almost all of them define it adequately. Respect should not be limited to a one dimensional definition because respect is not a onedimensional concept. Despite how we show respect to others, it is important to remember that all anyone wants “is for a little respect.” Ω
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from all over the world, yet we rarely take advantage of this opportunity to expand our cultural and social horizons. At school we tend to associate with people similar to us, whether culturally or academically. We hang out with those who have the same interests, the same classes, and a lot of times, the same cultural background. Our need to be a part of something causes us to associate with those who think the way we do, or do the things we do. They fit into our comfort zone, a place where we can let our guard down knowing that the people in it have similar goals and ideals. However, as comfortable as that zone is, we cannot stay in the same place forever, as life constantly moves forward. Learning to step out and encounter new people is integral to our understanding of different people. We need to be willing to befriend those who differ from us and experience different cultures. New people impact our growth and expose us to ideas we would never think of ourselves. But if we are not willing to step outside of our narrow circle at school, the likelihood of doing so outside of school are slim. Throughout the year, our teachers and friends generally remain the same. Though we form the occasional friendship during class, they tend to be
all, it is easier to stick with the same friends we have had for the last four years than to trying to befriend others. Whether we are scared to meet new people or have formed some pre-conceived judgments about them, the fact remains that we rarely push ourselves to meet different people. Because of these tendencies, we become narrowminded and close ourselves to those who we may not be compatible with. In honesty, the root of the problem is the inability to try and make connections to people we usually do not associate with. We are naturally habitual people, gasping at the thought of breaking our routine lives; however, a diverse set of individuals exposes us to new experiences, customs, and ideas. Those outside of our closedoff bubble can expose us to new ideals and even a new way to see the world. Their experiences differ from ours, and though they may not participate in the same extracurricular activities as we do or take the same classes, their experiences open our eyes to new ideals. Most importantly, minor differences aside, we must realize that we may never encounter a place as diverse as Walnut High School and take every opportunity given to us to expand our horizons. Ω
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Discover and explore your limitless abilities Everyone has their own talents and boundaries, yet we must find that one passion that suits us. Josephine Lien Opinion Editor Everyone knows that one girl (or guy) that participates in virtually everything. She fills her schedule with AP classes, endures endless hours of basketball, partakes in no less than four clubs, and devotes her limited free time to volunteering at the local hospital. But what about that boy who has a voice that challenges the likes of Josh Groban and conquers every talent show? Undoubtedly, people view being well-rounded as a desirable trait, maybe even ideal, but being specialized in one area possesses its individual benefits as well. Whereas being well-rounded displays competence in several different areas, excelling in a specific subject reveals a level of talent. Wellrounded people are well-rounded because they are still trying to figure out what they want to do with life. They touch every field hoping to find a path that suits them best, making them adequate in everything. However, those who know what they, who have already decided their future, have already discovered their passion. They do not need to experience everything because they know what they are good at. Likewise, possessing the capacity to
handle several activities prepares you for crazy amounts of work ready to pounce at any given moment. Time management and organization play a crucial part in any stage of life, whether you are balancing a plethora of school pursuits or managing a troop of children (yes, you can be the next Octomom). Those well-rounded individuals know how to manage their time as they must constantly juggle multiple things at once. Despite the risk of performing below one’s highest abilities, participating in a vast range of activities allows one to test out and build upon their arsenal of skills. They have the opportunity to gain multiple talents, even if they have not figured out their specific path in life. However, while expanding on your talents, you must keep in mind that in life, you will only do one thing. You want to gain many abilities, but at the same time, search for that something you feel passionately about. Ultimately, what matters is directing your energy toward activities that you enjoy, whether it is one or a thousand. The world thrives on its diversity of skills and talents, so in the end, everyone contributes to society (unless you’re a couch potato for the rest of your life, of course). Find something you are passionate about and explore it. It just might become your future career. Ω
“The world thrives on its diversity of skills and talents, so in the end, everyone contributes to society.”
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A combination of cultures in a nutshell In ways big and small, culture impacts our lives. It defines us as people by influencing our characters, instilling in us important beliefs and values, and helping us to understand the world. But even as culture sets us apart, it also brings us together in various ways.
–Compiled by Janzen Alejo, Vanessa Chou, and Jessica You, Staff Writers
“Going to church [makes my culture special] because a large majority of African Americans proclaim their faith. It allows us to sing and praise the Lord and strengthens the bond we have with one another.” –Kassidy Adams, 12
“[What makes the Chinese culture special is that] we believe that gathering with the entire family for festivities is very important and have many old superstitions and tales to ensure that the family stays together for these times.” –Zachary Woo, 9
“Even though Pakistan itself is a broken country, the culture is vibrant and strong. I love Bollywood movies and I love Biryani, a set of rice-based foods with spices and meat, and Nihari, a kind of curry with beef.” –Hira Rizvi, 12
“[Coming from Japan,] my parents and I are all very family- oriented, and we all come from Hawaii. We eat mochi and sushi often, and during New Year’s we drink our family’s New Year soup.” –Megan Nakamura, 10
Breaking the mold
These four students draw the line between solid fact and well-known cultural stereotypes.
Compiled by Angelina Tang and Jessica Wang, Staff Writers
Korean: “[Apparently] all Koreans eat dogs, have small eyes, have double eyelids, and get plastic surgery as soon as they reach 18 years old. I think it’s pretty harsh to say that - they’re not all true.” –Jihee Kim, 9 Chinese: “[For the stereotype of bad drivers], I don’t think it applies to everyone because people learn to drive at a young age. But my parents are good drivers.” –Grace Woo, 10
Candee Yuan Staff Writer Culture - it’s more than just a background; it makes us who we are. Through traditions and cultural holidays, students find many avenues to take pride in their culture and tie it into their daily lives. For freshman Adanna Duru, being Nigerian allows her to be comfortable and feel accepted. “I love being Nigerian; it gives me a sense of belonging to a specific group of people. When I’m with Nigerians, I don’t feel like I am being judged. I feel like I can be myself and not feel intimidated by anyone around me,” Duru said. To senior Aneta Jelowicki, her Polish background means everything to her, because it helps bring her family and peers together.
“My culture means my life to me. It’s what defines my personality. I could not see my life in any other way. Being a part of this culture helps bring my family together during the holidays and other events,” Jelowicki said. In freshman Jessica Huang’s culture, Cantonese and Taiwanese, she celebrates many traditions and holidays, including the Lunar New Year. “The best thing about this celebration is definitely the feeling of closeness in the family, since that is the one day we are kind of forced to eat and celebrate together. Chinese New Year is equivalent to Christmas; it is just as big and has been around since the beginning. Us kids would learn about our background and who we really are,” Huang said. Some students, however, are part of not just one but two different cultures, which gives them a broader
“I’m proud of being Korean because I love to listen to K-pop, and I take pride in my ability to have fluently spoken the Korean language since I was young. I think it’s fun to chat with other Korean speakers.” –Alice Yu, 10
perspective of their cultures. “[Because my mother is Filipino and my dad is German,] I have more roots than I thought because I have not just one family to explore but two,” junior Kathleen Reichenberger. Junior Hong Chen is influenced daily by his Chinese life. “My culture is everything to me because when I go home I speak Chinese to my parents and to my sisters as well. But since I was born in China, I’m used to it,” Chen said. For sophomore Nikos Sarantopoulos, his Greek culture is what makes up his qualities. “It helps influences my character, and it gives me respect,” Sarantopolous said. “It’s basically how I was raised.” Ω
Compiled by Timothy Huang and Elliot Park, Staff Writer and Scene Editor
French Club: “In French club, we get to taste different French cuisines and watch French films that allow us to connect to the French world.”
–Michael Lee, 10 German Club: “Through various activities such as crafts, learning the language, and eating the food, we better understand the German culture.” –Ryan Ripperdan, 11 CASA: “We participate in Chinese festivals such as the Lantern Festival. At these festivals, people sell Chinese foods and traditional Chinese products which gets you into the environment to better understand the diverse culture.” –Terry Wen, 11
CULTURES COME TOGETHER (CLOCKWISE): Juniors Johnson Lin and Shawn Musabi sit together as they eat lunch and work on homework. Freshmen Jamil Daye and Bryan Lacson casually chat with each other at lunch while Daye opens a Gatorade bottle. Sitting side by side, juniors John Nwoko and Benito Lopez share an interesting conversation. Juniors Karissa Muñoz and Clarke Jacobs listen as sophomore Kristen Muñoz tells them about her day.
–Timmy Yacoub, 10 Caucasian: “Everyone thinks we’re rich and like white bread. We’re also called red-necks, because our necks get red easily. I don’t think it’s fair that people think that.”
Spanish Club: “[The club] makes me realize that there is so much out there in the world, and it’s actually better and exciting to see it.”
–Roger Ochoa, 12
–Ryan Alcantara, 11
By the Numbers: 6909
–Jessica Blanco, 9
Students share how some clubs on campus help them to better appreciate other cultures.
photos By JESSICA WANG
“Indonesia is an Asian country, but most people tend to forget it. My favorite part of Indonesia’s culture is the food. It’s full of delicious spices and chiles that other Asian cuisines don’t have.” –Brittany Watu, 10
A taste of culture
Egyptian: “People are always asking me if my house is filled with sand, or if I live in a pyramid. It gets annoying and surprises me how few people know Egypt is not just all sand.”
“My culture has given me more confidence because we have a lot of pride in our nation and especially our culture, and we’re not afraid to show our race.”
We like to party and party late. Being Mexican makes me energetic and I love it. My family loves making food and loves eating. Food is a big part of my life.”
“I love to listen to Taiwanese music, pop in particular. I feel proud to hear the catchy music created by the hard work of multiple Taiwanese artists and to watch the amount of effort put into their music videos.” –Kendra Liu, 9
Number of living languages worldwide
“Every time you go to a [Thai] gathering, they treat you really nicely even though they’re not your family. It’s a really warm and loving community, and they always ask you to eat more food.”
–Tanya Wanwatanakool, 9
“[The American culture is unique because] we barbeque to start madness and throw parties for football games. We also tend to rebel when we’re young and then join those we were fighting as we get older.” –Donovan Motz, 10
Approximate number of ethnic groups in the world
“[What makes the Vietnamese culture unique is that] our food is popular throughout all cultures. Above all, family makes our culture special because after everything that’s going to happen in life, they will always be there for us.” –Nicole Phan, 9
Percent of people who view the impact of other cultures on the U.S. as positive
Sources: 2009 Ethnologue, 1998 report entitled ‘By the Numbers: Ethnic Groups in the World’ published in the Scientific American in September 1998, January 2004 PIPA poll
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While most students are content to buy their clothes at the mall, sophomore Ethan Ko has started designing his own fashion line.
Michael Hyun Staff Writer
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Abercrombie. Hollister. Urban Outfitters. These are probably the stores that come to mind when the word fashion is mentioned. However, to sophomore Ethan Ko, fashion is something different to him, it is original, it is expression, and it is his life, which has led him to design his own fashion line, HipsterUniverse. “It’s the only way you can express yourself really [because] people draw, but they never really show anyone their drawings. People make music, but they don’t show people their music,” Ko said. “Fashion, you wear fashion, you are fashion. You just get to express yourself, so everyone can see you wherever you go.” Over the course of three years, Ethan has been inspired by many various artists such as Lady Gaga, Warhol, and Alexander McQueen, and little by little he tried to put his own original twist into casual clothes such as implementing studs on his TOMS. As a result, Ethan was able to make his simple sketches into a reality. “I started designing my clothes three years ago,” Ko said. “I was only fooling around, and I was only drawing sketches, and then a year ago, I’ve [taken] things seriously and started my own fashion line.” Ethan is currently working on his first project (a fashion show) with already five prototype shirts done, and it will be a summer line released sometime in June 2011, hosted at the Walnut Senior Center. “I’m pretty excited actually I’m not nervous because I’ve seen a lot of people do their first fashion show, and your not supposed to be nervous or else you’ll screw everything up,” Ko said. “That’s how you make the most mistakes.”
Trying to one day be an eminent designer, Ethan already has his own personal, supportive elite staff whom he consults about his ideas and designs. “I’m his best friend, so I’m going to be there no matter what. I find that if he thinks it’s a good decision, then I think it’s a good decision,” Ko’s personal assistant, sophomore Lauren Martinez said. “We fight sometimes, but in the end everything pulls through.” Let alone designing his own clothes and creating his own fashion line, it is safe to say that Ethan has a huge interest in other artists’ fashion lines such as those of Versache, Armani, and McQueens. “The main reason for a fashion show is not about showing off your clothes, it’s about the theme, the models,” Ko said. “You have to make it really perfect. If you don’t make your thing perfect, it’s not going to work out.” For Ethan, no matter what struggles may lay ahead, he knows never to give up for he has a goal that he wants to achieve. “I’m a fifteen-year-old boy in California who’s trying to make it in the fashion world. You have to keep that feel for fashion,” Ko said. “There are going to be some hard times where you have problems because that’s what happened to me before. If a problem comes, it will go away sooner
Fast Facts: Ethan Ko’s five favorite designers 1. Donatella Versace-
“Donatella and Gionni Versace both influenced me because of their strong bond to the Versace line. The sense of style they both had was greater than any other. Donatella is a fashion icon.”
2. Alexander McQueen-
“Alexander McQueen was very different in his sense of fashion, all of his pieces give me goosebumps. I’ve been to his fashion shows and they had the energy of a football game; they were just amazing. He’s different.”
“Their pieces in their shows are always precise and classy. Their clothes are stylish and high class but you could still have them in your everyday wardrobe.”
4. Giorgio Armani- “I like him beacause he puts a lot of thought into all the pieces he makes and he’s from Italy; one of the greatest fashion places.” 5. Philip Treacy- “He is like Alexander McQueen, but
in a hat designer. His hats are just fantastic, they are really abstract and different.”
Girls’ League prepares for blood drive or later.” Ω
Due to the furlough days which have cut down the number of school days, Girl’s league has decided to only hold one of their two annual blood drives on March 24, 2011.
with adviser So Hee Tan
Q: What is your overall goal for the
Spring Blood Drive? A: Our goal is to double the amount of blood we normally get in the blood drives, Instead of 180 pints we’re shooting for 300 pints.
Q: What did you do to help advertise the blood drive? A: We borrowed a costume from the American Red Cross named Buddy the Blood Drop and from Feb. 22-24 we had people walking around with posters and sign up sheets. We also worked with Mustang Update to announce the event.
Q: What has been the toughest part of this change? A: The biggest challenge we face is going to be meeting such a big goal. We hope not to fall short because the Red Cross relies on our blood donations.
Tina Peng Staff Writer The annual Girl’s League blood drive will be held on March 24, 2011, but with a few changes and adjustments to better fit in with the new school year. Rather than having two separate blood drives, Girl’s League has decided to just have one due to the furlough days that have cut down the number of school days. “Since we don’t have as many days as the past years, we decided to just have one blood drive so students will not have to lose any more class time than they already have because of the shorter school year,” junior officer Ayisha Emerson said. “Aside from that, there just really wasn’t enough time for us to plan another blood drive and try to make it fit it into the school calendar.” Although the club is only holding one blood drive this year, this has only shifted the club’s focus to publicizing this event more than before and encouraging more students on campus and people in the community to participate. “We are definitely doing more advertising this year than before because we are hoping to get up to 500 people to participate in the blood drive since there is only one,” junior officer Tiffany Yang said. Girl’s League members have been raising awareness about the Spring Blood Drive by walking around campus with a costume, “Buddy the Blood Drop,” which they borrowed from the Red Cross.
“We really need to inform as many students as we can this year, not only because we have a single blood drive this year, but also because the height and weight requirments that were implemented last year prevent many people, who really want to participate, from giving blood,” senior officer Natalie Chow said. On February 22, 23, and 24, members of Girl’s League dressed up in a blood drop costume and we will be walking around campus during lunch so people will be more aware of this event and how important it is.” However, with only one opportunity for students to donate this year, the members of Girls League feel the pressure to really get as many newcomers to participate and get involved as possible. “In the past years when there were still two blood drives, some students would come and donate twice at both drives so that made it really successful,” Yang said. “This year, they won’t be given that opportunity so we have to really make sure that there will be newcomers instead of just returning students so the blood drive will overall still be a success.” This annual blood drive represents more than just a Girl’s League tradition, but it is also something that allows students to give back to something that is beyond just their own community. “This blood drive is so meaningful because just one person’s donation can save up to three lives,” said Yang. “I’m sure that something like this can really make a person feel like they have made a difference in someone else’s life.” Ω
“Since we don’t have as many days as the past years, we decided to just have one so students won’t have to lose any more class time than they already have because of the shorter school year,” – Ayisha Emerson, 11
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Putting their culture on display
Black Students Alliance (BSU) supports the African American Parent’s Association (AAPA) in creating table displays to inform students about African American History Month. Angela Aie Staff Writer All schools celebrate Black History Month in different ways and this year Black Students Alliance (BSU) has decided, for the first time, to support the African American Parent’s Association (AAPA) in putting displays in the library to help educate and inform other students about their culture and history. “[We want to] educate the other races on the African American culture,” senior BSU president Nnenna Abaeze said. “By educating others we hope to inspire more people to join BSU and further enrich themselves in the African Diaspora.” The displays not only teaches culture but also values and heritage and many people seem to think that they are beneficial for educational purposes. “There is a new display every week and they bring attention to Black History month and the values that have come to this country through their heritage,” librarian Mrs. Mages said. “It teaches students to be proud of their heritage. I think it’s lovely [because] I think we should all celebrate our heritage and culture.” The African American Parent ‘s Asso-
ciation set up the displays and a different display is put up every week by a different parent. They include afrocentric tablecloths, vases, statues, and pictures along with information about African American leaders. “People who enter our library are interested in learning and this is a wonderful way to inspire them to increase their knowledge of black culture and the Civil Rights Movement,” BSU advisor Victoria Workman said. These display provide more than just educational value. They connect students back to studies in the classroom and current events around the world. “My senior English classes are broadening their knowledge of civil rights with the reading of Kaffir Boy which is about the struggle in South Africa to bring civil rights to the people,” Workman said. “It is really timely considering what is going on in Africa, specifically in Egypt today. Civil rights is a struggle that continues throughout the world and I am so glad that we continue to recognize the contributions and sacrifices made so we can live in the environment which we have today.” Ω
“[We want to] educate the other races on the African American culture,” senior BSU president Nnenna Abaeze said. “By educating others we hope to inspire more people to join BSU and further enrich themselves in the African Diaspora.” – Nnenna Abaeze 12
What did you think of the displays for Black History Month? Compiled by Reetika Singh, Feature Editor “The displays were really colorful, and I liked the tablecloth. I didn’t even know it was Black History month until I saw the table and read some of the papers.” –Jessica Bacosa, 12
“I really liked all the African artifacts on the displays, and the last display about thefuture made me think about my own goals. ” –Bria Carter, 12
“I thought the displays would be great for educating students about Black-Americans and our culture and history.” –Cheyenne Tate, 10
“There was a lot of information and you could tell therre was a lot of work put into it, and all the papers were pretty informative.” –Gabriella Sehwani, 9
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I’ve got the music in me Although many students are in the school band, sophomore Lan-Ahn Ngo has taken her passion for music to a greater level. Starting with piano, and progressing to wind instruments like clarinet and flute, Ngo can now play over six instruments. trumpet, trombone, and accordion along the years. “I started music at three or four and found out I was pretty good at it,” Ngo said. “I was just curious and bored, and wanted to try something different from piano, so in fifth grade, when Whether they were trying to learn a pop song or they offered a new instrument, I chose the forced by parents, all high schoolers have to clarinet.” admit that they’ve played around with a musiFrom there, Ngo let her curiosity carry cal instrument at least once in the past. her from one instrument to the next, but her Grauduating from wmerely messing around with a few simple tunes, sophomore shift in interest doesn’t mean she completeLan-Ahn Ngo is one marching band student ly lets go of one instrument for another. “I still play and practice all of them,” who takes her musical endeavors seriously. Ngo said. “Even though I got bored, I didn’t “It’s my specialty; everyone has something that they’re good at and it’s important want to give any of them up. Right now I to me so I want to be as good as I can,” like the trombone, so I’ll stay with that Ngo said. “I figure that I’ll get better at through the four years of high school.” Even though she practices and marchplaying if I practice right.” Ngo started with the piano es with the Blue and White Thunder, Ngo when she was three, and branched off to the clarinet, flute, manages free time for playing what she wants. “I play songs I like by ear or I read notes, but I learn faster by ear,” Ngo said. “If I like a song and can play it by myself, it’s fun.” She’s played for so long that her heart can’t imagine parting ways with the music, even if her brain and logic tell her otherwise. “I would want to continue with this in the future, but it’s so hard,” Ngo said. “You have to be outstanding and have the right connections, and there are so many people out there who want the same thing so there’s lots of competition” At this point, Ngo’s future is still in that gray area; while she figures it out, she plans to continue immersing photos By REETIKA SINGH herself in her musical talents. MUSIC & LYRICS (COUNTER CLOCK“At this point, I’m thinking of going medical, but I WISE): Sophomore Lan-Ahn plays the still want to do music somehow,” Ngo said. “I think that if flute, her first wind instrument. Ngo sight you love music and you want to play, then don’t give it up, reads while playing the accordian, an inor you’ll regret it.” Ω strument she picked up in highschool.
To-Van Hoang Staff Writer
“Everyone has something that they’re good at... I want to be as good as I can I figure that I’ll get better at playing if I practice right.” – Lan-Ahn Ngo 10
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Latin art at Pomona Arts Colony With a relatively strong selection for spectators to view, the Latino Art Museum seems like it has the potential to be another great place for art enthusiasts. We’ll give you our reasons for why it should or should not be your next art destination. Josephine Lien Opinion Editor
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Artista magnifico (Clockwise): From the elegant to the abstract, LAMOA offers contemporary portraits which should please any spectator. Statuettes are abundant in modern art, and LAMOA gives visitors a wide selection to view from. Even though the environment is bland, the paintings are still impressive. The “Angel” exhibit at LAMOA depicts various takes on the Virgin Mary including this one.
Tucked inside a discreet building at the Pomona Arts Colony, the Latino Art Museum (LAMOA) features a wide range of artwork from Hispanic artists living in the United States. Despite my attempts to appreciate the museum due to its free admission, the merely decent quality of the pieces just barely made up for the lack of space. On my first visit, a scribbled note on a locked door stated that the only worker was out for lunch. It seemed quite appalling that he couldn’t even fulfill his time slot of a meager three hours. After simultaneously venting and waiting for an hour, I left in a subdued rage. I nearly lept in excitement when I made it past the door upon my second visit. Entering the museum, however, I quickly realized that I was the only visitor. Looking around for the first time, the walls and tables displayed an eclectic selection of creations. Everything from abstract female statuettes to a peculiar wooden lamp figure scattered the rooms. With the current “Angels” exhibition, a number of the paintings feature the Virgin Mary in both modern and classical styles. A personal favorite of mine depicted her surrounded by a psychedelic realm of vibrant skulls. It definitely takes holiness to the next level. Unfortunately, the lackluster environment lessened the thrill of the art. A combination of the eerie silence due to the absence of fellow visitors and the bland interior contributed to my mild dissatisfaction. Had the architecture reflected the creativity of the artwork, the overall experience would have been much improved. Since it is priceless in more ways than one, it would not hurt to take a gander at the works displayed at LAMOA if you avidly enjoy art. I don’t suggest making the trip for the museum alone, but the surrounding area, which boasts two concert venues, a vintage clothing store, restaurants, and countless other art galleries, can lead to a potentially eventful day. Who knows, you could leave downtown Pomona with satisfied eyes, ears, and taste buds. Ω
Find a little taste of everything at One World International vegan cuisine? It’s not something you see every day. Whether it be a dish of chow mein or heaping bowls of pho minus the MSG, One World is your stop for foods from around the globe which are not only varied, but healthy, too. Candee Yuan Staff Writer Finding a vegan restaurant that serves a wide variety of cultural foods can be hard, but at One World the food lives up to its name. The drive from Walnut to West Covina is not too long, and the food is definitely worth it. As I walked in with my family, we were immediately greeted by an extremely courteous waiter, who helped escort us to our table. The restaurant was a little bit small, but there was a nice theme going throughout the restaurant with parrots and trees on the walls, giving it a tropical feeling. When sitting down at our table, there was a small plate of roasted peanuts. As I opened up the menu, I immediately understood why the restaurant was called One World, with various foods of different cultural backgrounds featured among the assortment. Overall, the wait for our food to arrive was not too long. My family and I ordered the Infinite Love, a pasta salad with “chick-un” (tofu that is made to taste like chicken) and topped with marinara sauce, a bowl of Pho, the Everlasting Chow Mien, Spicy Indian
Curry Rice, and the Supreme Burrito. I ate the Everlasting Chow Mien, which had the ingredients that any other plate of chow mien would include such as cabbage, carrots, broccoli, corn, mushrooms, and most importantly, noodles. While most American-based restaurants are unable to capture the essential taste of Chinese dishes, One World surprised me. The noodles were not too dry or too moist and were cooked with the right amount of flavors blending in just perfectly. However, the one thing that I really wanted to try was the “chick-un.” Curious whether it tasted like real chicken, I took a bite and sadly, it did not appeal to my taste buds, as the texture still felt like tofu or just extremely jiggly chicken. To top off our delicious main course dishes, we ordered the Carrot Cake. The waiter told us that the Carrot Cake was their most popular dish and when I tried some of it I immediately knew why. The cake had a nice, moist texture and had actual tiny chopped up carrot pieces in it. Though it is a vegan restaurant, One World caters to a variety of tastes. Overall, the polite waiters and the delicious food really left me satisfied. Ω
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Albums from across the Atlantic couple of the most recent releases from nations overseas that are sure to make any English or French fanatic satisfied.
France: Tahiti 80
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Jessica You Staff Writer If you love mellow music and lyrics, you can relate to, then French indie-pop band, Tahiti 80’s new album is definitely for you. Although I was never really a fan of foreign artists, but their newest album, The Past, The Present and The Possible, surely exceeds my expectations of foreign music. One song on the album, that really stood
out to me was “Keys to the City”. It had a very lively feel that gives off a lighthearted feeling from the moment I pressed play. The airy and buoyant voice of lead singer Xavier Boyer gives off a happy and carefree tone to the song. I don’t normally listen to this genre of music, but the bubbly tone eventually had me smiling and tapping my feet to the catchy rhythm. A similar song, “Easy”, stays true to its title. The rhythm flows easily and creates an animated feel to the music, giving the song the same spirited feeling that is evident throughout the entire album. The same theme of calming music runs throughout the album. Listening to Tahiti 80 for the first time, I honestly thought this was just another one of those Backstreet Boys-esque boy bands, but after going down the list of songs a couple times, I realized I was horribly wrong. Being a French group trying to sing in English, Tahiti 80 can struggle to break away from their distinct foreign accents, but even when the lyrics aren’t always clear, the tune retains a great, pop feel. Overall, this album was a lot more than I bargained for and I’m pretty glad to have tried out this new kind of music. So what are you waiting for? Take a break, let go of your worries, and try Tahiti 80’s new album. Ω
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Michael Hyun Staff Writer 21. Not Forever 21, but Adele’s sophomore album, 21. Being a Grammy award winning artist and songwriter for her most famous song, “Chasing Pavements”, Adele happens to be one of my favorite artists of all time. Her songs have always struck an emotional chord in me and this album did not fail to do so. All her fans can concur that her hit song, “Someone Like You”, must be listened to.
The King’s Speech steals the show and ends with a bow Elliot Park Scene Editor Out of all the movies I’ve grown to love over my brief fifteen years of existence, The King’s Speech has to be one of the most peculiar. For most movies, I could easily babble on about how the cinematography was excellent, or how I loved “insert name of high class actor or actress.” Yet with The King’s Speech, the only honest thing I can say that is that it’s undoubtedly the film to see this year. The film is based on the true story of King George VI (Colin Firth) who, throughout his life, has suffered from a major case of stuttering. As a result, his wife Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) arranges him with speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), who tasks himself with curing George of the stammer which plagued him all his life. From there, the two form a lasting relationship, with Lionel eventually following George into his years as King of England. From Colin Firth’s spot on performance as the stuttering King George IV to Geoffrey Rush’s charm as the aged practitioner, every actor and actress gives an Oscar worthy performance. Each character becomes a believable figure and all of them are not only likeable, but human (flaws included), which I feel is critical for actors to connect with the audience. In essence, there is no true standout performance, simply because all the characters are so perfectly crafted and portrayed by the writing and performers, alike. A minor thing I felt really added to my viewing experience was the score, which was created by Alexandre Desplat (who also composed the music in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). What the film lacks in grand crescendos and booming orchestras, it makes up for in the subtle, emotional sound of piano keys and violins strings which accentuate the film’s most dramatic scenes. Something that also adds to the appeal of the film includes a mix of both light-hearted
humor and heart-wrenching drama. In other words, both the atmosphere and the actors do well to create a movie which will make you cry, laugh, and bring you to the edge of your seat with anticipation. I admit, it’s quite an emotional ride for a two-hour experience. In the end, I can go on about how I loved the writing, or the actors, or even the breathtaking scenery of London, but nothing can truly describe why I can’t stop praising The King’s Speech. The many elements of the film mold together so well and create one of the most well made and inspiring pieces of filmmaking in recent time. For lack of better words, The King’s Speech left me speechless. Ω
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Singing with the soft, melodic piano behind her, Adele sings with a deep, regretful tone. This song tells of a woman who breaks up with her man, but still thinks of him every single day. Adele delivers this song as if she had experienced this kind of heartbreaking love herself, which makes the song that much more emotionally powerful. Her newest single, “Rolling in the Deep”, has a gradual intensifying marching beat that reaches a climax towards the middle of the composition. Adele expresses her animosity and also at the same time her bravery to withstand the pain she endured through past experiences. This song can make anyone who has ever hurt another feel guilty. Adele brings out her feminine, sweet side in “Lovesong.” With a guitar strumming in the background, giving a Spanish Salsa edge to the song, Adele expresses a mood of first and endless love. Although the overly repeated lines make the song sound like a broken record, I can see what Adele hints towards with her message of being mesmerized by love. 21 is listed as one of the United Kingdom’s number one top selling albums as of right now, and I encourage those of you who have a thing for soulful songs to buy one and give her tunes a listen. Ω
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Christine Liu Staff Writer Romantic comedies have been done so many times (I don’t think I can even count that high) that they usually follow the same plot. The hardest part of making a rom-com is to set up a clever story, and the French film Heartbreaker (L’arnacoeur) manages to achieve just that. Alex (Romain Duris) operates a business designed to break up relationships, but only deals with women who are “not knowingly unhappy.” He’s hired by a wealthy man to break up the engagement of Juliette (Vanessa Paradis). Yet she seems to be truly in love and Alex only has 10 days to accomplish the task or get offed for failing to pay his enormous debt. For lack of a better word, the shenanigans that Alex gets into posing as Juliette’s bodyguard are the best parts of the film. Duris had me sufficiently charmed within minutes, though Juliette was more resistant than I was to his smooth talking. I believe that Duris was the key to the success of this movie, though sometimes it is hard to figure out if the actors succeeded in delivering smooth banter or if the smoothness of the French language left me a bit mesmerized. Despite her obvious on-screen chemistry with Duris, Paradis fell short in comparison, playing the role of a stone-cold fox a bit too stiffly. I’m not a Francophile, but I must say that the French know how to make likeable movies. Heartbreaker isn’t ground breaking, but it’s one of the most original rom-coms I’ve seen. Ω
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Boys’ basketball reaches third round The varsity boys’ basketball has met their goal of reaching the third round in CIF. Michael Hyun Staff Writer
photos By Gabriella Compolongo
OUR house: (clockwise from top left) Senior Shawn Yamamoto drives for an open baseline lay-up. Junior Brandon Croom elevates for the slam dunk. Senior Chibuzo Okoro sets a screen at half-court for senior Zachary Galman.
Every year the boys’ varsity basketball team aims to improve its record in the CIF, and this year the team’s goal was to make at least the quarterfinals, a goal that it achieved. Thoughts of winning and victory motivated the team to do its best, and after the loss against Aliso Niguel, the team knew it had more potential to keep going. “I feel like we had a goal, and we reached it. It has that sense of accomplishment,” senior Chibuzo Okoro said. “We still believed that we could have gone further. The last game we were hoping we could have won because after two previous wins we felt that we were on a roll and we felt like we could go all the way to finals.” The team hoped to make it to the quarterfinals after failing to in the second round last year, and only the first round two years ago. “The past years, every game we would play or lose, we would always lose by a couple of points not even by double digits,” senior Shawn Yamamoto said. “Our offense is there and our defense is there, so it’s up to us to execute the game. Our coaches can’t do anything, but it’s up to us
and what we’ve learned and practiced.” The team’s first round was against Tesoro High School in a winning score of 57-51, and the second round was against Quartz Hill High School ending in a close score of 56-52. “I think the Quartz Hill team was more athletic, and what’s different from Tesoro is that Quartz Hill is smart with the ball and Tesoro was more disciplined. Basically they’re really athletic, and we needed to keep our focus, we can’t get beat on the dribble, and you have to step up,” senior Kevin Real said. In the quarterfinals against Aliso Niguel High School, Walnut lost by nine points with an ending score of 64-73. “They were big and they passed well and they’re really good. They knew how to play, and they just knew how to win,” senior Zack Galman said. “We had to press them a lot and we had to run the ball more and not have as many turnovers. We had to stop them from cherry picking.” With senior starters leaving, the team must step up their game even more. “[We want to make] the championships because it hasn’t been done in a while, [and] I think we owe it to the guys to go out and get it next year,” junior Brandon Croom said. “[With four senior starters leaving] it’s going to affect us a lot. Everybody is going to have to step up and work harder and contribute if we’re going to succeed next year.” .Ω
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Girls’ waterpolo finishes season at CIF quarterfinals Varsity girls’ water polo ended the game against Crescenta Valley 5-8. Ashley Xu Staff Writer The defeat against Crescenta Valley ended with a score of 5-8. The loss has not beaten down last year’s waterpolo CIF champions, but has only gotten them into the right mindset of preparing for what lies ahead. As a team, the players decided that their ambitions were not only to make it to CIF, but to also participate in quarterfinals and semi-finals as well. Though they did achieve one part of their goal into making the quarterfinals, the other goal was short-lived. “One of our biggest strengths this year was that every girl was a threat - there wasn’t one girl that couldn’t shoot,” senior Stephanie Tuncel said. “With that came our biggest weaknesses in our inability to finish our shots. Throughout the season, we found that our strength resided in our defense, not our offense. Crescenta Valley came out hard during the game and personally, I think we did have our moments. However, we just weren’t able to finish our shots and contain their go-to girl.” Despite losing to Crescenta Valley in quarter finals, they were still proud to beat the Division 5 champions in the first round. “We were the underdogs in all our CIF games and we really didn’t feel that much pressure to win,” senior Samantha Lepp said. “We knew we were playing difficult games, more difficult than before.” With high expectations set for the game, the girls were not particularly satisfied with the results handed back to them.
photos By Reetika Singh
MAKING A SPLASH (RIGHT TO LEFT): Senior Kylie Leeper shoots the ball while her opponent scrambles to block her open shot at the goal. Sophomore Cathleen Nguyen lobs the ball down the pool to an open teammate. “Since we weren’t doing the best that we could and we weren’t getting the outcome that we wanted, many of us were getting frustrated, which interfered with the game, but also made us want to play better,” Aquino said. “It made the team realize what wasn’t getting done.” With the loss of many extremely talented seniors last year and more to leave with the closing of this year, the team has not
wavered at the thought, but are working hard to maintain what it have established. “I wish the best of luck to next year’s team,” Tuncel said. “I think they’ll do just fine as long as they don’t focus on the talent they lost, but rather take advantage of the talent they are gaining.” Ω
Athletic trainer gives advice on how to deal with injuries Athletic Trainer Nelson Chen provides three approaches on dealing with sports injuries properly. Compiled by Robert Hwang, Online Sports Editor
1. Bend your leg 2. Tape properly 3. Choose correctly Keep your leg bent instead of straightening it when applying ice to injured muscles so that: • the muscle will not cramp. • blood will not pool around the injured area • the muscle will heal faster and keep its range of motion • swelling is minimized. • removes excess fluid out of the affected area.
Tape the body part correctly. Tips on taping:
Make sure to select the correct type of athletic tape:
1. Quickly pull hands in opposite directions to tear tape. 2. Smooth the tape while it is being applied. 3. Learn to use the angles naturally supplied by the body part. Do not force the tape in a direction it does not want to go. 4. Each area should be covered by 2 layers of tape. 5. Do not use excessive force when applying tape.
• For standard ankle application, the tape of choice is 1.5- or 2-in (3.8- or 5.1-cm) white, porous, athletic tape or nonelastic tape. • For nosebleeds, use a cloth and sit in a comfortable position. Pinch your nose for a few minutes in order to stop the bleeding. • For a black eye, use an ice pack and place it on the affected eye to reduce the puffiness and the pain.
photo by Robert Hwang
ALL WRAPPED UP: Athletic Trainer Nelson Chen uses pre-wrap to prep Senior Nikolas Gutierrez’s ankle for tape in an effort to help prevent an injury.
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Girls’ basketball and soccer CIF results Angela Aie Staff Writer
The varsity girls’ basketball team qualified for CIF this year, but was eliminated in the first round losing to Los Alamitos. “It’s my first year [on varsity] and I’m proud of my team for making it this far as a new team,” junior Ria Custodio said. “As long as we did our best and play hard and gave 100% it’s still a great accomplishment.” Reaching the team’s maximum potential was a common goal among teammates, but a certain photo By Justin kang mindset was needed to achieve that goal. triple team: Senior Nnenna Abaeze shoots the ball in the paint, “We need to have while three defenders attempt to block her attempt to score. a good mentality,” from the loss in order to prepare for next year. senior Camilla Yuan said. “I believe that we “I learned that instead of relying on only a did have it that night. I think the reason things few people to hold the game up, the rest of the started to break down was because we began to team needs to step up so we can rely on everybecome too complacent with ourselves.” one,” junior Arianne Gin said. Complacency, free throw percentage, and Playoff experience will be carried on and turnovers caused problems for the Lady Muswill help shape the future team that the remaintangs in the second half. ing players plan to build and improve. “I think our main problem in the second half “I hope that next year we can focus more was turn overs and those basically came from on improving each players individual game and panicking. We saw them get a run, and they put help each other cope with the pressure,” junior pressure on us, and it caused us to panic,” senior Helen Cheng said. “I feel that building a new Amy McDill said. “I’ve learned that being calm team will be tough. There will be a lot more efand composed is essential to success.” fort in helping all the new players become comAs seniors say goodbye, the remaining players have to gather themselves and learn fortable with the new atmosphere.” Ω
liked,” junior Nikki Seargeant said. “And also because we haven’t passed the first round of CIF in a couple of years, and I was upset we couldn’t do it this year either.” Members of the team had hoped to win, partially to honor the seniors and make this last year for them memorable. “We wanted to win, like any other team. But we were very disappointed, especially the seniors. We wanted to try and make it for them, but it didn’t turn out that way,” sophomore Cassie Duran said. “I just think we need more practices to photo by DEANNA TRANG sideline scramble: Junior Amber Marani dribbles the ball work on our finishes and crosses.” near the sideline, going one-on-one with on of her opponents. Knowing the Caroline Shih right techniques and skills are important in any Staff Writer sport. But because soccer is a team sport, mutual trust between team members is also essential. Although the varsity girls soccer team was “Relationships on the team are very imporproud to make CIF once again this year, it lost tant,” Duran said. “If you don’t trust the people to Bishop Amat in the first round. on your team, then you can’t pass the ball to “We definitely could have won if it were people that you don’t trust.” not for minor details and a few injuries. Coming Most of the departing seniors play an imout calmer from the start was really what the portant role in the team and the future of the team needed,” said junior Ashley Stanford. team will bring new changes and challenges. Losing CIF was a disappointment, but to “Most of our seniors are starters and its some, even more disappointing was the loss of going to be harder to win next year because quality time with their teammates. they’re all leaving and they are going to be hard “I was disappointed because I didn’t get to replace,” Seargeant said. Ω as much time with the team as I would have
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CIF game via the router bus ASB rents a router bus to allow dedicated students to attend and support varsity boys’ basketball at CIF games. Eunice Pang Staff Writer ASB rented a router bus to allow students the opportunity to watch the varsity boys’ basketball play away CIF games, driving them to schools nearly three hours away. “This was my first time taking a router bus to a game, and it was a great experience. Everyone just has a good time talking and meeting new people on the three hour long bus ride,” senior Alejandro Restrepo said. Within the first 20 minutes of announcing the router bus, the ASB room was filled, with many students who were interested in going. “Early into announcing the bus, we ended up with having a lot of kids who really wanted to go,” ASB director Andy Shultz said. “Typically there is a lot of attention from students with popular sports, and basketball is one of them. There needed to be enough people to go, so that it would be worthwhile to spend money with renting the bus.” As for the basketball team, many of the players were thrilled to see Walnut students supporting the team from amongst the large crowd. “Within the first ten minutes into the game, we saw a lot of Walnut students cheering on for us,” team captain, senior Chibuzo Okoro said. “It really shows how much they care, and enjoy watching us play, even with the long distance it took to get to the game. It helps support the team if more students come; helps boost the moral esteem of the players when playing against the other team.” Not only was the transportation free of cost, but ASB also prepared a variety of snacks and refreshments to accompany hungry students during the three hour ride.
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School spirit: Players gather and celebrate with the Mustang fans with a huddle after a CIF win at Quartz Hill. “We wanted it to be equal for everyone who rode on the bus, so refreshments were all free of charge,” Andy Shultz said. “It wouldn’t be fair for those who had money to buy food, and those who didn’t. We wanted people who truly wanted to go and support the team, at the same time, tried to make it nice for everybody who went.”
Although the distance may have been long, students were still devoted in going, even though they came back late at night. “Basketball is probably my favorite sport to watch,” senior Nina Dung said. “I’ve never missed any varsity game and even though the CIF one was far away, that didn’t stop me from going. The router bus was a great way to get there.”.Ω
Wrestling: fourteen to CIF, four to Masters
Richie Taira Tricia Taira Adam Corcuera Victor Munoz Kevin Oda Betty Villantay Michael Sill Eduardo Maciel Ramon Chavez Alyson Duran Marcus Jimenez Bernie Ochoa Randy Collins Kevin Barber
Qualified for CIF Masters State
2/22 Team Records Overall League Home 8-8-2 6-5-1 5-3-2
Qualified Qualified Qualified
1st half 0 0
Bishop Amat Walnut
1st half 1 0 Goals A. Avila
2nd half 2 0
Total 2 0
Away Neutral 3-5-0 0-0-0 2nd half 2 1
Total 3 1
Weight Class 103lbs 103lbs 112lbs 119lbs 125lbs 125lbs 130lbs 140lbs 145lbs 145lbs 152lbs 160lbs 215lbs Heavy
Away Neutral 1-6-1 3-0-1
2 S.Tuncel S. Lepp C. Nguyen
2/17 Team Records Overall League Home 8-8-4 3-8-0 4-2-2
1 S. Lepp C. Nguyen
Total 8 5
The school hosted its annual Bingo Night at the Diamond Bar Center last Friday, Feb. 25, only admitting people over 21 years of age. Parent Partners came up with Bingo Night as a fundraiser to help out the school in its financial department. “It was also a fundraiser for band and other extracurricular activities,” track head coach Keith Thompson said. The $25 admission bought an opportunity to play bingo as well as a chance to take home a prize. “They did auctions for different prizes, including graduation tickets, and a raffle for a 42-inch plasma TV,” Thompson said. “We had people donate items worth a certain amount of money.” Approximately 600 people were there, raising money and allowing the fundraiser to be a success. “The night turned out to be very successful, a lot of people showed up, so it was a good turnout, “ Athletic Director Jerry Person said. Ω
2nd half 4 3
Matthew Almeida Staff Writer
1st half 4 2
Bingo Night successfully raises money for the sports teams.
photos By Kyle Lee
Pure determination: Senior Victor Munoz attempts to flip and pin his opponent. Munoz and thirteen other fellow teammates on the wrestling team continued onto CIF as individuals.
March Scoreboard2/7 2/18 water polo
Parent Partners hosts Bingo Night
Although wrestling did not qualify for CIF as a team, 14 wrestlers headed to CIF as individuals, four of which continued to Masters and only one that advanced to State. “It’s really hyped up,” junior Ritchie Taira said, “but I try to think of it like it’s just any other tournament.” Wrestlers that placed in the top five in any of the five sections at CIF continued to Masters. To qualify for State, wrestlers must place in the top nine at Masters. Several wrestlers had their minds set on going past CIF all the way to State. “It takes a lot of hard work, training, and sacrifice. There are sacrifices you have to make like you can’t go out
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with your friends or go to parties. You have to go to the gym on your own free time,” sophomore Michael Sill said. “You have to sacrifice a lot. You have to train hard and stay mentally focus.” Taira, who won three rounds at CIF, was CIF champion, earning himself a place on the gym wall. However, Taira was thinking more about continuing to Masters. “I just wanted to win,” Taira said. “I don’t want to think too much of it because it just qualifies you for the next tournament and I didn’t want to be satisfied with just that.” With a new coach this year, the wrestling team has become more technical, focusing less on running and more on techniques. “We used to work on conditioning but now we work more on actual wrestling techniques,” senior Victor Munoz said. “It’s better because in a match, whoever is more technical wins.” Although the wrestlers were under a lot of pressure, their practices beforehand prepared them for the tournaments. “All the hard work we put into it makes it easier to keep going,” Munoz said. Ω
Wrestling sent fourteen members to CIF, four to Masters and one to State. Junior Ritchie Taira was crowned a CIF champion.
Los Alamitos Walnut
1 9 14
2 10 13
T. Choy C. Yuan A. Aie N. Abaeze A. Mcdill J. Robles R. Lew L. Komoda
pts reb ast blk 7 3 5 5 4 2 1 6 1 3 8 6 1 15 10 2 3 1 3 1 1
Aliso Niguel Walnut
1 18 9
2 14 8
3 15 6
3 20 21
4 Total 21 55 9 42 stl
4 Total 21 73 26 64
pts reb ast blk B. Gholar 24 4 1 1 S. Yamamoto 20 1 2 A. Coleman 9 9 2 3 C. Okoro 4 5 R. Johnson 4 1 D. Evans 2 K. Real 1 2 Z. Galman 2 B. Croom 2 1
stl 2 2 1 1
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