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“It was pretty heartbreaking because we felt that we should’ve won. The loss made us think about how we should work harder. Games aren’t given; you have to actually work for it.”
Varsity boys baseball ended its season opener with a 2-0 loss against Chino on Wednesday, March 18. The team struggled to score over the course of 11 innings, stranding 16 runners on base.
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This issue, we decided to switch things up - literally. Every year, the Hoofprint staff publishes a “switch issue,” in which the editorial staff members exchange their positions.
www.whshoofprint.com VOLUME 46, ISSUE 5 March 26, 2015
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TABLE OF CONTENTS 3. FEATURE From ice cream pugs to textured birds, junior Valor Aguilar’s art takes imagination to new heights.
5. OPINION Blind elections can help us rid the gimmicky approaches to student elections.
Add these albums to your spring playlist to fit whatever mood that you’re in.
Explore how family, friends, peers, media and academics influence our understanding of culture.
10. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING
With spring break on the horizon, we examine the educational benefits of travel.
12. ARTS Long rehearsal hours with demanding choreography pave the road for Dance and Cheer to compete at Nationals.
14. SPORTS Junior Leah Rickard works with Junior Varsity swimmers in the FAST program to train and improve their technique.
We, the Hoofprint staff, strive to inform the student body in an accurate, timely and objective manner. While we take responsibility for the legitimacy of our reporting, we also recognize the freedom of the press and speech given to us under California Education Code 48907. We seek to reflect the diversity of the school and to be an open forum that encourages student expression and disscussion. Through our coverage, we hope to represent the distinct character of the Walnut Community.
Staff Writers: Andraes Arteaga, Jezebel Cardenas, Crystal Chang, Brian Chen, Emily Chen, Emily (Yuanhui) Chen, Kelly Chen, Olivia Chiang, Jocelyn Chow, Sophia Ding, Michelle Feng, Airi Gonzalez, Kent Hsieh, Sajid Iqbal, Brandon Lai, Albert Law, Jessica Lee, Vivian Lee, Dori Li, James Li, Ashley Lin, Serena Lin, Elaine Liu, Jonathan Liu, Sarah Liu, Kyle Loc, Cynthia Lu, Jason Luna, Katie Nguyen, Irene Ornelas, Eric Peng, Belle Sun, Amanda Taing, Jeffrey Tran, Sean Wang, Brandon Win, Megan Wu, Aaron Yong, Anna Yu, Yolanda Yu, Laura Zhang, Maxwell Zhu Editors-in-Chief: Michelle Chang, Brandon Ng, Bryan Wong Manager: Alison Chang Copy Editor: Spencer Wu, Austin Lam Photo Editors: Sajid Iqbal, Joshua Shen Business Managers: Anabelle Chang, Anita Chuen, Jackie Sootoodeh Sports Editors: Derek Wan, Mary Zhang Opinion Editors: Brian Wu, Ted Zhu
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The horse mural on the side of the D-building is a collection of carefully painted images of landmarks and religions around the world. It’s big and bold, placed in a high-traffic area with a variety of vibrant colors to catch the eye. What’s interesting about the mural, though, is how it still manages to unify this conglomerate of cultural backgrounds under one larger picture. In essence, each featured culture has its own place of belonging, and it is each essential piece that adds to the beauty of the mural as a whole. The term “cultural background” itself is misleading because it implies that culture wanes away as some inconsequential backdrop to an individual’s life. In reality, it prevails as one of the most influential components of everyday activity, from drinking horchata to dressing ourselves in traditional saris to having heated arguments in Cantonese - and everything in between. Culture is an integral part of our identities, in that it grounds us within a larger community that extends beyond ourselves. Without it, we become lost in the historical narrative, with no knowledge of our past or its role in shaping who we are today. Yet cultural awareness doesn’t only translate into a consciousness of our own
heritages. In fact, it implies a sense of attentiveness that offers insight into what it means to be Hispanic, French, African, Indian or Asian. We can understand where others are coming from. Unavoidably, this understanding impacts and add to our perspectives of the world beyond what we experience at home. Indeed, expanded viewpoints cultivate greater empathy that in turn create a more cohesive cooperation across people of all ethnicities. At Walnut, there are Germans who speak and write Chinese, Latinos who spend hours watching Japanese anime and Asians who can waltz into a Mexican restaurant and order some tacos al pastor - completely in Spanish. At the ethnic melting pot of Walnut, it’s inevitable that cultures will mesh with each other. This mixing and matching of heritages is why we have a sense of community and are able to cooperate as a larger picture. We are not simply members of our own ethnic group; somehow, we fit into the even larger mosaic of the cultures around us. And, perhaps, those cross-cultural differences are what make life more interesting. From diversity, we should choose not to focus on our differences in terms of how they separate us, but how they add to a richness in experience. Ω
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Who is the man behind the awards? Senior Ted Zhu has accomplished as much as any student can, but now lives in the shadow of his resume. PHOTO BY ELAINE LIU
BEYOND THE AWARDS: Senior Ted Zhu has won 20 Science Olympiad medals, heads several student organizations, including For All Mankind, and has even on competitions by the Ne York Times, but his personality still outshines his aards.
Since 2013, Zhu has won first place in the Journalism Education Association Write-Off ports jounalism competitions twice, both in the regional and in the state level.
During the summer of 2014, Zhu interned at the Stanford University as one of the 80 researchers at the Lorenz/Longaker labs. He received a grant from California Institutes of Regenerative Medicine for his study in stem cell research.
Out of 102,000 applicants, Zhu was selected as one of the 150 Coke Scholars in 2015. He was awarded an annual $5,000 scholarship for his college
Shahar Syed Feature editor After a twenty minute interview, I only had one more question to ask. “So, who is Ted Zhu?” He paused. “I don’t know if I could even answer that question.” Senior Ted Zhu is a Walnut celebrity. From helping publish a research journal article to his earlyacceptance into Harvard, Zhu has done it all. But even while earning a fanbase, Zhu remains a school mystery. “I think at some point, you realize [college acceptances] are kind of the most important thing people think about for you, and no matter what, they don’t know that much about you. It sometimes bothers people too, like myself or my friends; it was a big thing for us to have the option to go to a place like that, but
it doesn’t necessarily make all of us. It doesn’t define our personalities and our quirks,” Zhu said. Zhu’s identity goes beyond academic excellence. He jokes with friends, rambles about sports and partakes in adventures. It’s almost like he’s a regular teenager. Almost “During our research internship at Stanford, while being extremely interested about the different developments in the world of the medical sciences, we would also find time to just hang out and play frisbee or soccer. Once, we hung out for a day and then around midnight, we rode our bikes across campus and up a hiking trail just for the fun of it,” senior Jeffrey Zhang said. Zhu, not only partakes in midnight adventures during prestigious internships, but is also the Editor-in-chief of The Hoofprint. His accomplishments in journalism
include winning several high school journalism competitions, placing first in The New York Times summer reading contest, and convincing students and teachers alike that one plus one is greater than two (if you don’t get that reference, do yourself a favor and pick up the February 2013 issue of the hoofprint). “He is inspiring because he is so multi-faceted, somewhat of a modern day Renaissance man. Ted not only excels in the sciences and humanities, but he also has an uncanny ability to lead and accomplish what seems impossible in a mere 24-hour-day. He achieves this through incredible work ethic, affable social skills and an open-minded attitude. He’s always willing to try new things, whether it be create a new musical instrument, or go climb a mountain at midnight,” senior Brian Sonner said. Ω Continued at whshoofprint.com
MARCHING INTO //// SOCIAL MEDIA “Instagram is a really easy method of social media to connect and really get to know each team their rankings, and some key players on the team.” ADAM NG, 9
//// KEEPING UP “I think March Madness is good way for students to follow sports because they can focus on school but still be into sports. I think that people go crazy because the games are intense and fun.” AMBER LENERO, 10
MADNESS March Madness is an exciting time for any sports fan. The tournament-styled bracket determines the championship for division I NCAA college basketball. With dozens of upsets, heartbreaks and Cinderella stories, the tournament proves to be one of the most difficult to predict, and one of the most enjoyable to watch. COMPILED BY JONATHAN LIU & ALBERT LAW
//// EXCITED FRENZY “In March Madness, upsets can cause excitement and ruin brackets at the same time, so it’s interesting to see if the bracket you made follows up with what’s actually going on.” STEPHEN CHIEN, 11
//// GIRL POWER “I think women’s games are more interesting because I admire their talents. I think that women’s basketball is based more on teamwork and fundamentals— rather than the flashy stuff the men do.” ALENA KOAY, 12
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FEATURE 4 ONE-OF-A-KIND: Junior Valor Aguilar creates distinctly different works of art using an ecletic blend of stylistic elements. Ranging from ice cream pugs to moral conflict (shown below), Aguilar’s art never fails to intrigue.
Honor and Valor
Junior Valor Aguilar hones her imaginative capabilities in pursuit of a career in animation.
Teachers spend at least seven hours a day in their classroom; it’s only natural for them to decorate their home away from home.
College-Bound “People find ways to contribute to my collection of college penants. They can come from wherever I travel, or students travel or students get accepted to. That’s why it’s turned into a monster. When kids walk in, I want them to have this first thought about going to college.” the restroom] and eat, just to finish a painting,” Aguilar said. “Being detail oriented is a great advantage for an artist. It adds a lot of depth to your work.” Aguilar has been drawing for about 10 years and was initially inspired by her uncle, who is a comic book artist. Her uncle’s collection of comic and manga books interested her and made her want to start developing her own drawing style.
“The more original your style is, the better off your chances are of getting admitted into an animation or illustration department in an art college,” Aguilar said. “I think everyone likes to stand out, to think they have something that makes them different from the crowd. I’m human, I like attention, but too much scrutiny always makes me uncomfortable.” Not taking drawing lessons outside of school and only taking
art courses on campus has both advantages and disadvantages toward Aguilar’s drawing skills. “I think I missed out on learning about the more technical side of art, and a lot of opportunities for great networking,” Aguilar said. “But on the other hand, I’ve learned how to really go with my gut when I’m painting or sketching, and it really trained my eye for colors and texture.”Ω Continued at whshoofprint.com
Spitting bars for IB, call them DJ H-Mart and Young Breezy. Seniors Henry Ao and Joshua Kim put a new spin for their long-term IB CAS project with the debut of their new single.
“Finna take this rap scene by the bulls / hype man going airhorns / this that homemade DIY / Yeezy hit me up.” Introducing their, believe it or not, long-term IB CAS project, seniors Joshua Kim and Henry Ao, also known as Young Breezy and DJ H-Mart, released their debut rap single, simply titled “Take One,” on Sunday, March 8. The humorous two minute and 49 second song is the duo’s first foray into the makeshift recording studio, courtesy of senior Bobbie Chen, and has garnered the two seniors some local acclaim. “Our rap is comedic in a sense that it is a bit satiric of the new generation of rap that plagues the solid, firm grounding built up by Pac and Biggie,” Kim said. “All these new kids trying to make it in this game, but talking about the same old things.
If Walls Could Talk
Danny Daher Grade Level Coordinator
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Will the real Young Breezy please stand up? Katie Nguyen Feature editor
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PHOTO BY KYLE LOC
Olivia Chiang Staff writer Thick and heavy outlines, realistically large eyes, small mouths, sometimes nonexistent noses. Anime? Not quite. This is junior Valor Aguilar’s self-developed artistic style, a uniquely crafted blend of western comic and animation elements. WIthout private lessons, Aguilar needed hard work to perfect her detail oriented style. “An unfinished drawing is like a really bad itch. I’m a bit of a perfectionist and I just have to see it done. The fact that the painting isn’t finished sort of just eats away at me. I once spent 18 hours straight bent over a desk, getting up only to [use
Now, I’m not gonna name any names, but I’ll say Rae Sremmurd. Again, I don’t like name-dropping and I try to avoid that, but yeah, Bobby Schmurda and 2 Chainz.” Notoriously clever and outspoken, Kim has an ear for hiphop and rap music and a penchant for freestyling with friends and classmates. Drawing inspiration from big name classics, such as Tupac, and newer age icons, such as Childish Gambino and Lil Dicky, Kim and Ao decided to infuse their required IB coursework with their own social commentary through hip-hop. “I like rap music a lot. Poetry’s too serious,” Kim said. “I feel like [rap] goes harder. When you rap, it’s all about expression. I’ve been trying that out for a while and sometimes you gotta run before you crawl, so I decided to make a song.” That’s when Kim’s close friend Henry Ao, otherwise known as DJ
Eric Peralta Social Science Teacher
Flag ‘em Down “The flags are all the places my wife and I have traveled to in the past. I’ve always been a big proponent of seeing different things, opening your eyes to different worldviews and understanding different cultures. I have this collection so students understand a little bit about my personality.”
Kellee Lyons English teacher
Elvis Fever PHOTO BY ANTHONY ZHANG
BRO-ING OUT: Seniors Henry Ao and Joshua Kim began rapping for fun at lunch. The quo quickly realized their hobby could become part of their school work. H-Mart, came into play. Dabbling in audio mixing with Internet trials of DJ software, Ao created a complexly layered, instrumental canvas for Kim to run around with. “I have this dream where I’m
like Kanye West or J. Cole, but that’ll probably take some time. Kidding,” Ao said. “What I really wanted to do for a while was to make a background beat and since I knew Josh could rap really well, it just worked. Ω
“I’m a huge Elvis fan. Students start buying me Elvis stuff that I just start hanging on the wall. I’ve gotten postcards, I’ve gotten purses, I’ve gotten little M&M’s dressed as Elvis. It’s all loud and obnoxious.” PHOTOS BY ANTHONY ZHANG & JAMES LI
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Elite colleges will redefine what education means to us, which is far more valuable in the larger context.
Lower-ranked colleges often provide the same, if not better, intangible learning experiences that elite colleges have to offer.
James Li Staff writer
igh school can be an inescapable numbers game. We go through high school with the numbers constantly on our minds: the grades and GPAs and test scores and SATs and all other manner of attempts to quantify our knowledge and success. And oftentimes, the numbers detract from the learning: we memorize test answers instead of taking the time to understand the material; we ask ourselves what grades we received instead of what knowledge we’ve gained. So now that high school is drawing to a close, what do all those grades and all those numbers we strived so endlessly for ultimately mean? As we make our decisions as to where our next four life-changing years of education will take place, perhaps we should consider leaving this numbers game behind in favor of challenging ourselves in our choice of school. College will perhaps be the most intellectually stimulating experience many of us will ever encounter. It is an entire world geared towards education, with a wealth of people,
resources, opportunities and facilities that is rarely found in ordinary real-world life. From clubs to labs to classes and everything in between, college can be a heaven for personal growth, should we choose to take it as such. It may be easier to choose a school you know you can do well in. Imagine the joys of cruising through classes, earning those A’s and knowing that your GPA will never be in mortal danger as long as you put in your work; imagine the peace of mind in knowing the kind of numbers you’d have attached to your resume. Imagine finally getting to be the big fish, albeit in a small pond. But imagine the next four years of your life not much different than, playing the endlessly monotonous numbers game; imagine your grades assuring your entrance to graduate school and the next several years of playing the numbers game you have come to know so well. Ω Continued at whshoofprint.com
THE COST OF COMMUNITY COLLEGES $ is $5,000 to $60,000 less than that of the average CSU or private university SOURCE: WWW.STATEWIDEPATHWAYS.ORG
t has become v e r y common to see students stretch their heads and break their necks to attend a prestigious college or university. Students are climbing to new heights or stooping to new lows all to pursue that glorious dream of attending an Ivy League or other prestigious university. But with that glorious dream, it’s easy to forget the hidden graces of choosing to start as a big fish in a small pool and take advantage of thriving in a lower ranked college. Encountering diversity serves as an opportunity to break out of the sheltered bubble of our community and see the world. To widen our perspectives beyond what we’ve taken for granted, a college environment needs a broad mix of all ethnicities. Top tier colleges often tout having a worldly mix of scholars from all over the globe as a prized aspect of their prestige. But diversity isn’t unique only to prestigious universities; it’s readily available at all levels. It turns
Mary Zhang Editor-in-chief out that the two highest schools ranked by racial diversity index according to U.S. News rankings are Rutgers University and Andrews University, ranked 126 and 168, respectively. You can just as easily find the same broad mix of cultures, often associated with top tier universities, at colleges of lower rankings. Nowadays, colleges also trumpet a different kind of diversity: socioeconomic. But try as they might, sometimes the distribution still remains skewed. For schools like Harvard, it’s easy for pockets of elitism to be created in an environment where, according to harvard.edu, around 35 percent of the students pay full price for tuition, meaning they come from a family income well above the national average. Having a socioeconomic diversity gives insight to the different lifestyles and mentalities from each social class. In an environment in which a high percentage of students come from such wealth, a bubble of skewed perception of America’s socioeconomic standing is built. Ω Continued at whshoofprint.com
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Derek Wang, 9
Employees need to know that you do well. If you go to a prestigious school but you’re just another face in the crowd, another voice in a lecture room of a hundred students, you’re not going to know your professor well.
Harvard is a bigger name [than Cal Poly]. But I still believe that it all comes down to the grades you receive and how much work you put in. And I think it’s more important to graduate with good grades, not from the biggest school.
David Yacoub, 12
It doesn’t matter what the name of the school is, but rather the GPA. You might have connections when you go to the big name colleges, but if you want a job, you have to have a solid GPA.
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TED TALKS The ultimate motivation stems from being aware of the larger picture of life. Ted Zhu Editor-in-Chief
EDITORIAL CARTOON BY MAGGIE TSENG SUBMITTED BY MAGGIE TSENG
Going in blind
Blind elections may seem idealistic, but they may be a solution to the current problems of student elections. Lisa Shen Tech editor With club cabinet and ASB positions up for grabs toward the end of the school semester, both first year rookies and experienced club members will attempt to fill in next year’s power vacuum. But current selection processes are rife with accusations of favoritism and defective voting. Even when elections are held, personal friendships, camaraderies and the lack of transparency often generate gray areas. In most clubs, active members are not allowed to cast a vote. Instead, the cabinet evaluates credentials and draws consensuses behind closed doors, leaving the active members out of the decisionmaking. With the lack of openly held elections, the reasons for favoring one candidate over the other are never clearly revealed. The secretive selections invite scrutiny as non-cabinet members would not know the effects of bias to the fullest
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extent. Blind elections offer a simple solution to prevent partiality. Only facts and statistics about the applicants are provided, which are the only real vital information. The identities of the applicants are concealed in the selection process in order to avoid any bias or effect of first impressions; the process should be kept impersonal to
Blind elections offer a simple solution to prevent partiality.
prevent the overlooking of honest credentials. Besides elections for club cabinets, the concept of blind elections should also be extended to other selective processes. Extending this concept will help prevent voting results being based on popularity, favoritism and first impressions,
which are common faults the student body complains about. For example, in a class cabinet election in which one candidate seems more fun and outgoing and another seems more accountable, it may be easier to be swayed by the charm of the former. When people become easily swayed, applicants merely feed information that is appealing to students; elections become skirmishes to entice as much popular opinion as possible. Speeches are measured based on humor, not accuracy. Campaigns are judged by free candy, not by honest explanations. Posters are appraised by puns, not by principles they advocate. But this openness to persuasion exists because there is a complementing supply of false appeals. How can we break this mindless cycle of wild advertising and defective voting? Blind elections. They’re hassle-free and void of skewed promises, misleading speeches and meaningless posters. Voters are then able to properly interpret the facts for themselves, enhancing the chances of meeting popular demands in the end. Ω
I think I would hate myself in the future if I let myself succumb to senioritis right now. I really want to. It sounds tempting and fun to just not care anymore. To just let go and learn what it’s like to vegetate or do things on a whim, instead of always working really hard to try and find PHOTObalance BY JAMESbetween LI AND MARY ZHANG the right school, family and friends. But I really do think I would hate myself in the future if that were to happen. I guess it’s because at some point it really hit me that life ends. Seeing family members and other people close to me battle (sometimes terminal) diseases left an indelible impact upon me. The end is very real, and it is definitely coming. Every morning when I wake up now, I realize that it’s another morning less that I’ll have to enjoy. There’s not always going to be a tomorrow, where I can learn more about what the existence of an objective morality means for humanity. I’m not always going to be able to spend extra time talking to my parents about what happened in the news today. My friends, someday, may be gone too. It’s a decidedly dark and morbid way of viewing life. Knowing that someday I won’t
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wake up in the morning is a tough pill to swallow. Knowing that someday everyone I care about won’t wake up in the morning is an even tougher pill to swallow. But I’m also glad to have had this revelation hit me so hard upside the head. It’s brought a sense of urgency to my life, helping me to see that the opportunities I have must be grasped earnestly and with conviction and to persistently remind me that no matter how despondent situations may seem, there’s really no point or value in me wasting time that I won’t get back in feeling despaired. The window of opportunity for me to create the impact I want to make won’t always be there. Morbid? Yes. But it’s also, somewhat ironically, made me more hopeful and optimistic about the future. I see more purpose in what I do and it’s brought a feeling of comfortable contentment in that the once-scary future of unknowns will always have one constant: an enduring effort to fight for what I believe in and what I love, driven on by an insistent sense of urgency that will never let me settle for less. I will always attempt to find both purpose and joy in what I do. That extends to the here and the now. Second semester is a five month long opportunity to continue to explore and pursue. So no, senioritis is not an option. Ω
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Marching into spring with these tunes
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in between, these Ranging from happy to sad and everything different moods. to albums offer a variety of genres that cater
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Poppin’ on top
One of those days
Artist // Purity Ring
Artist // The Shrines
Late night dancing Artist // Tuxedo
Can’t stop the gains Artist // Diplo & Skrillex
by Katie Nguyen
by Anita Chuen
by Spencer Wu
by Ashlyn Montoya
Purity Ring’s latest album offers a unique sound that once again defiantly defies categorization. “Another Eternity” shifts away from the distinctly darker, retrofuturistic indie pop feel of its experimental debut album. It is a melody of euphonious synth pop with a surprising mix of triphop, EDM and even elements of trap. However, the duo’s followup album doesn’t quite match the chilling decadence of “Shrines.” Instead the group chose to twist the commonalities of mainstream pop into a provocatively feelgood album. Ω
“Brave” by The Shires is an album that encompasses your mood, whether you want to cry your heart out or let go of your worries and stress. With great vocals and soothing instrumentals, the album is perfect for when you’re feeling down or need a pick-meup. The duo perfectly captures the earnest feelings of loneliness, while still maintaining the heartfelt yet carefree freedom of love. With a variety of melodies to suit your emotional state, you’ll feel relieved and lighthearted after listening to the entire album. Ω
Filled with energetic tones and head-bobbing beats, Tuxedo’s self-titled debut album features a variety of relaxing, old-school tunes. “Number One” features a snazzy and snappy background that accompanies the smooth singing very fittingly. The song would be perfect for a late night drive with a significant other, given its classy, clean and confident feel. With a simple and sleek album cover, “Tuxedo” is a breath of fresh air in the music industry that delivers fresh sounds over a techno, 80’s sample. Like a good tux, it fits. Ω
I’m not a huge fan of EDM in general. So naturally I don’t choose to listen to Diplo nor Skrillex on a regular basis, but it was their collaborations with various artists like 2 Chainz, AlunaGeorge and even Justin Bieber that really piqued my interest. They add a twist by featuring another artist in every one of their songs. Their high-energy tracks take a new approach to getting pumped up for your next workout. If you’re looking for new music in prep for that hot summer body, add “Jack Ü” to your workout playlist. Ω
Song Pick // “Heartsigh”
Song Pick // “Brave”
Song Pick // “Number One”
Song Pick // “Jungle Bae”
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I never listened to Kendrick Lamar before “To Pimp a Butterfly.” And to be honest, I’m glad I didn’t. Without expectations from any of his earlier albums, “To Pimp a Butterfly” struck me as something brilliant. Laced with jazz and funk with bits of spoken word and dialogue, the
album is a loud, rich story of personal struggles and struggles of the entire black community. What sets this album apart is the political punch it packs. Lamar didn’t mean for this album to just be about himself. It tells the story of the black community and calls for attention and change. So where did the album name even come from? According to Lamar, “To Pimp a Butterfly” was inspired as a
direct contrast to the classic “To Kill a Mockingbird”. And the album certainly lives up to its inspiration by holding the same social commentary clout. With tracks like “Complexion (A Zulu Love)” and “Mortal Man,” Lamar contemplates the state of the black grievances in present-day society and dares to criticize and dream of a better future for the black community. Ω Continued at whshoofprint.com
1223 DIAMOND BAR BLVD It’s a Grind Coffee House by Jonathan Liu The aromatic, roasted smell of ground coffee beans immediately caught my attention when I stumbled across this cafe. I ordered the Vanilla Hazelnut Coffee in a ceramic cup and the taste was balanced. The creamy and sweet taste of vanilla was complimented by the bitter aftertaste of the roasted coffee. Ω
Mary reviews Kendrick Lamar’s new album, “To Pimp a Butterfly.” Mary Zhang Editor-in-chief
The overly salty sauce from the ramen burger’s pork chop overpowered all other potential flavors, giving the burger an unsatisfying, one-dimensional taste. While the cafe’s mellow ambience and hipster decor may make it a relaxing place to catch up with a friend, the food lacked sophistication in its flavors. Ω
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Carmela Ice Cream by Airi Gonzalez
Lavender Honey is different, as I did not expect the lavender flavor to be that overpowering. The honey toned down the strong flavor of lavender, creating a perfect balance between the two ingredients. Despite its high price, Carmela Ice Cream’s unique ice creams and sorbets provide a unique aftertaste and are definitely worth a try. Ω
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CULTURAL world after all In a school comprised of different ethnicities, we’re bound to expand our perspectives outside of what we see within our own families. Our families, friends and peers, academic studies and use of media serve as learning platforms that spread a variety of cultural values. They help students bridge the gap between ethnicities by augmenting their understanding of other peoples’ cultures. From an academic perspective, foreign language classes not only present the language, but also a variety of traditions and values. On the other hand, those around us present aspects of culture on a more personal level. The traditions and values of our respective cultures show in the way our families eat specific foods or celebrate certain times of the year. Our peers expose us to a diverse collection of cultural knowledge that widens our perspectives of other ethnicities. As for media, whether through online or television, it allows us to further our understanding of culture beyond that of our local surroundings. It’s a given that culture is a prevalant part of our lives, but maybe it’s time to take a step back and see what factors contribute to this heightened sense of cultural awareness.
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Bryan Wong, Feature editor
based on surveys of 304 students
Ethnic makeup of the school 60%
Where do students learn about culture?
Friends, family and peers
How familiar are students with their culture’s customs? 4% of students are not familiar at all 40% of students are kind of familiar 40% of students are familiar 16% of students are very familiar
Are students fluent in their native language?
Are students fluent in a foreign language?
72% are fluent 28% are not fluent
48% are fluent 52% are not fluent
Media Which type of media teaches students the most about culture? 38% of students say it’s online media
31% of students say it’s televison and films
Do students mostly learn about a foreign culture or their own culture from media?
15% of students say media does not influence their knowledge of culture
11% of students say it’s books and comics
5% of students say it’s music
of students say they mostly learn about a foreign culture of students say they mostly learn about their own culture
Family, friends and peers From their friends and peers, students learn the most about cultural...
From their family, students learn the most about cultural...
Parental involvement 60%
“I get to hear about different cultures through [my parents] and through school. [In] Simple Faith, we got to do a comparison of Christianity and Islam. I got to hear the comparison between the two different religions, cultures and what they believe in.”
of students say they wish their parents taught them more about culture
Kaitlin Garrett, 9
“My family definitely has an influence on my knowledge of ethnic cultures, especially the Indian culture. I grew up going to different Indian weddings and parties, which exposed me to customs and traditions that I was unaware of at the time.”
of students say they do not wish their parents taught them more about culture
Ankur Singh, 10
Language at home 26%
“The person that influences me the most is my grandmother. She tells me stories and always encourages me to learn the Spanish language. She also shows me cultural stuff around the house, from paintings to just decorations.”
of students speak both English and their ethnic language at home
of students only speak English at home
How do you think your friends, family and peers influence your knowledge of ethnic cultures overall? Compiled by Chantel Chan, Jeffrey Tran
Lydia Cazares, 11
of students only speak their ethnic language at home
“They influence my overall knowledge of ethnic cultures by exposing me to new things such as foods and traditions. I have grown to see that cultures are very unique and that each and every culture that I’ve been exposed to has shaped my life and perspectives.”
Michael Cruz, 12
Q & A How do you incorporate culture into your classroom? Compiled by Emily Chen, Jocelyn Chow and Lisa Shen
Students taking foreign language courses Jazmin Zelaya Spanish “Once in a while, we’ll talk about something specific like if it’s Christmas or New Year’s. We talk about how they celebrate it in Spanish-speaking countries in comparison to here or to relate to the students when they celebrate Chinese New Year. They’ll learn to relate to other cultures, be aware of other traditions and cultures from people of different backgrounds, be well rounded and be more open to other views, cultures and students.”
Livia Cheng Chinese “Whatever we learn, I will apply that to the real world and let students know Chinese culture. With different cultures, there are certain ways to say that language. For example, Chinese has different ways to talk to peers and talk to the older generation. We’re also learning about eating, so that’s one of the times that students will see that culture and apply that culture by saying something.”
Ursula Rovell German “Culture and language go hand in hand. Everyone learns differently and the stuff that interests or draws people in isn’t the same for everybody. How I incorporate the culture I teach into the classroom is in the topic. For example, in the topic about German restaurants, I will bring in the things that are found in German restaurants which are different, like how you hold your knife and fork is different.”
Grace Chung French “I definitely emphasize more on language, just because you need to be able to speak it and be able to communicate. When I teach, I want my students to love language. So even when students tell me, ‘Oh, in college, I’m not going to study French, but I’m going to study Japanese,’ I don’t really get sad, I’m like ‘Oh,’ you know. I want people to love language, and I want people to be open to different cultures, so that’s the most important thing to me.”
51% of students are taking Spanish
19% of students are taking French
7% of students are taking Chinese
8% of students are taking German
15% of students are currently not taking a foreign language course
Of students currently taking foreign language courses: 69% are taking a foreign language course different from that traditionally spoken by their ethnicity
31% are taking a foreign language course the same as that traditionally spoken by their ethnicity
23% say foreign
language will not have an influence on their life after high school
77% say foreign language will have an influence on their life after high school
82% 5% 13%
say say language history is the most is the most important important aspect of aspect of the class the class
say customs is the most important aspect of the class
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10 INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING
The Education Behind Vacation With advanced and efficient means to travel to various countries across the globe, it is surprising that Americans travel less compared to those of other cultures as they choose to work overtime for extra cash. According to “Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending” by Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton, money actually can buy happiness—when spent in certain ways. One of the principles to achieve this is buying experiences, or traveling. Numerous studies show that traveling results in long-term health benefits and intellectual impact. People claim that traveling changes their lives; they learn and view things differently. The experience of engaging in new cultures and connecting with different people opens up a new perspective of the world we live in, and certain situations or statements are no longer taken at face value. This intimate interaction adds depth and dimension to what we learn from the textbook or classroom. Perhaps working hard alone does not bring about happiness or success.Those vacation days are given for a reason, so why not take advantage of them and take a stress-free break filled with enriching benefits? A little sacrifice of time and money will pay off in the long run, with the advantages far outweighing the costs. Anita Chuen, Manager
How the World Travels LOCATION FREQUENCY s According to the Latin Post, the top three vacation spots for Hispanics are: the Caribbean (19 percent), Mexico (18 percent) and South America (11 percent) s Taiwanese travelers (56 percent) plan to visit Japan in 2015, as do travelers from Hong Kong (49 percent) s Travelers from mainland China (40 percent) also plan to visit Japan
s Hispanics (79 percent) use time off to go on one or more vacation each year s Americans (30 percent) use less than half their time off s 42 percent of these extreme jobholders say they need to cancel their vacation plans regularly s Chinese travelers take an average of 6.4 leisure trips and spend an average of $8,558
ATTITUDE s NBC News states that Americans take less vacation time than the Japanese, the people who gave rise to karoshi — the phenomenon of being worked to death s Hispanics (67 percent) prefer to spend their vacations with their families at destinations of personal significance
Financial Influences How Much Americans Pay for Vacation of Americans will spend more than $1,000 on vacation but no more than $2,500
of Americans will spend more than $2,500 but no more than $5,000
of Americans will spend more than $500 on vacation but no more than $1,000 of Americans do not plan or take summer vacation
Domestic Passenger Flights
The cheapest days to fly are Tuesdays, 157
18% get paid for unused vacation days 22% have scheduling conflicts 16% have a lack of funds 8% have strict and mean bosses 11% have too many commitments at work 15% did not plan accordingly
International Passenger Flights
Number of Boardings (in millions)
How Many Passengers Boarded Planes
to save up vacation 25% wish days for future trips
The Seven Most Common Reasons People Do NotTakeTheir Vacation Days
Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most expensive days to fly, Fridays and Sundays, are the most popular.
average price of gasoline this year in the United States is $2.64. The most expensive month is May, when prices may spike to $3.00.
Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holiday periods The
are the busiest long-distance travel periods of the year.
91 percent of longdistance travel is by personal vehicles.
Only 5-6 percent are by air while 2-3 percent are by bus, train or ship.
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INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING 11
Educational Influences Academics
? Learning Culture
Traveling during their youth helped 59 percent of students achieve better grades in school.
The experiences provided by these types of trips were a vital part of a complete education, according to 83 percent of respondents.
Nearly all (95 percent) adults who traveled five or more times were more likely to graduate from high school, and nearly twothirds (63 percent) of that group went on to graduate from college.
Educational travel influenced the career choices of more than half (52 percent) of those surveyed.
Adults who experienced educational travel as teens have a median income $5,000 higher – or earn 12 percent greater personal income annually than peers do.
Adults (57 percent) who took educational trips as children and teens attained a college degree or went on to do post-graduate work, compared to those who did not (33 percent).
80 percent of people thought educational travel sparked interest in what they were taught in school.
Respondents said their travel was fun (98 percent), engaging (87 percent), and inspiring (87 percent).
A number of studies have shown that travel helped more than half (59 percent) of student travelers achieve better grades within the great majority of their classes.
85 percent of adults who took educational trips in their youth say the travel made them more connected to American heritage.
77 percent of students said that experiencing local culture and history on their trips had a lasting impact.
More than half of the respondants that participated within the survey described their student travel experiences as not only “educational” but also as “transformative”.
Families During Travels The Roles of Parents
100 - 115 million trips per year include children
of families have the mother as the chief vacation planner
of families start planning three to six months ahead of time
of families trust recommendations from parents with kids the same ages as theirs
of families spend six or more hours to plan a vacation
57 percent of families believe that the most stressful travel factor is getting through an airport
94 percent of families will take one or more vacations of at least two nights this year
SOURCES: MINITIME.COM, RITA.DOT.GOV, WWW.PROJECTTIMEOFF.COM, WWW.ABOUT. COM, VISUALECONOMICS.CREDITLOAN.COM, WWW.LATINPOST.COM, HINDUSTANTIMES. COM, WWW.NBCNEWS.COM, WWW.ORBITZ.COM, WWW. FORBES.COM, WWW. REIDSGUIDES.COM
Popular International & Domestic Destinations
Mexico Mexico’s ancient Mayan ruins and beautiful coastal scenery offer contrasting perspectives for travelers with different tastes. As of 2012, it has become a popular destination for international travelers.
New York City
For domestic travelers, New York City has been the most popular destination. From busy streetlife to the retreats of Central Park, New York City offers a variety of lifestyles.
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In Photos: Drama Presents “Oliver!” The “Oliver!” musical premiered on March 20 and 21, and will also play on March 27 and 28. PHOTOS BY AARON YONG
A group of Fagin’s thieves, including senior Joanne Lin, welcome Oliver in “Consider Yourself.” “When we were cast, we were simply told to be thieves, but each actor creates a person for their character. I imagined what a child of that social class would act like, and based my character on that,” Lin said.
Sophomore Sofia Gutierrez, as a thief, sings during “Consider Yourself.” “This is one of the last musicals that we are doing with our drama teacher and the seniors who are some of my closest friends. I’m trying to cherish as much as I can with [them],” Gutierrez said.
Dodger, one of the thieves played by junior Riley Herms, welcomes Oliver. “To get into my character, I mostly pay attention to how the character feels. I just tune out my thoughts try to become that character. I really pretend to actually be Oliver and do all the things I think he would do,” Salas said.
Freshman Katrina Ligon, as Widow Corney, tries to please Mr. Bumble, and pours tea for him. “I had to act like a 40-year-old woman. It made me learn how to do a British accent and get out of my comfort zone, and I did like how they correct it if you did something wrong,” Ligon said.
Oliver, played by freshman Heidi Salas, begs Mr. Bumble, played by junior 6because Rex Armstrong, for more food. “There’s more that goes into playing a bad guy you have to think of the kind of guy that they are. With this character
particularly, he thinks he’s better than everyone else,” Armstrong said.
The cast and crew of “Oliver!” need every minute of reheasal to perfect their choreography and adapt to the set changes.
Auditions took place in November. They were open to the entire school.
Ensemble practice began in January and continued with tech rehearsals throughout March.
During “Pick a Pocket or Two,” junior Ali Hoghoughi, the head of Thieves’ Kitchen, compliments Nika for learning to pick his pocket. “A lot of the time, I’ll wander around the theatre ranting to myself about how I want money. I look absolutely crazy, but it helps me get into the mindset of the character,” Hoghoughi said.
COMPILED BY CHERIE CHU AND GABRIELLE MANUIT PREVIEWS SHOWTIME The cast showcased a short excerpt of the play in front of an audience on March 16.
After three months, the cast and crew were ready for their opening night on March 20.
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Dance and Cheer place at Nationals
PHOTO COURTESY OF KRISTIE LAW
Curtain Call: The Final Song As they enter their final months in high school, seniors of Chamber Singers and marching band reflect on the friendships they’ve built in their years together.
Dance Team and Cheer Competed at USA Nationals in Anaheim from March 20 to 22. Vivian Lee Staff writer Both dance and cheer competed in Nationals held at Anaheim Convention Center on March 20 to 22. Dance team placed first and cheer placed second overall in the competition hosted by the United Spirit Association. Dance’s Extra Small ranked first in the open division with Kick, Large Dance, Large Lyrical and Small Dance Groups competing in the championship divisions. “I definitely felt really proud of our team. I actually started crying right after I walked off and all of our hard work actually paid off,” freshman Emily Lin said. The pressure mounted at Nationals, yet with pre-performance pep talks and singing, dance team managed to achieve first place overall. “Compared to other teams, I
DANCING QUEEN: Dance Team delivers its large lyrical piece at Nationals. The team took home the championship title for the extra small dance category. believe we had the most real emotion since we were literally and truly crying and dancing our hearts out on stage. I was proud of our amazing performance,” sophomore Caroline Peh said. Cheer received a score of 88, right behind its competitor, Northview high school. Although this was its first time competing, the team was only behind Northview by a third of a point. “Our first reaction was a bit disappointed because we wanted first more than anything. After that, it was happiness that we made it that far and achieved so much for it being our first time there,” senior cheer captain Valeria Alvarez said. Criteria for cheer included jumps, stunts and dances. Cheer rehearsed for two and half hours
each day, in addition to practicing its choreography during performances at basketball and football games. “I think our stunts were really good. Our routine was a bit more difficult than our previous routines, but we were able to keep up with it. I think our confidence in performing has also improved a lot due to how much time we’ve spent working and perfecting the routine,” Alvarez said. Performing in a packed arena, the level of intensity and performance was much higher than regular competitions, which created an intimidating atmosphere. “It was more intense, and pretty intimidating. Still, it was such an exhilarating experience and a great accomplishment to become a nationally ranked team,” sophomore Corrie Diaz said. Ω
“One of the most prominent traditions is the last Wednesday rehearsal of marching season. We have regular rehearsal but at the end, the directors pull out all the seniors to watch the underclassmen run the show. Since we are always practicing on the field, we don’t get to see what it looks like. We sing our song, make a toast and have cake, but no one eats it because we just smash it in each other’s faces.” Katherine Lu, 12
“For this year’s chamber, all of us knew each other already, so we were able to connect with each other very quickly. Also, a lot of our personalities complement one another, so it’s easy to get along. Some of the kids in chamber are more on the reserved side while others have extremely loud personalities. So it’s never so much chaos at once when we try talking to each other or hanging out.” Brianne Francisco, 12 COMPILED BY AIRI GONZALEZ PHOTOS COURTESY OF BREANNE FRANCISCO AND KATHERINE LU
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Swim team brings back the FAST program The varsity swim team revamps FAST, a program in which experienced swimmers pass on their knowledge to beginning JV swimmers.
Jeffrey Tran Staff writer Varsity swimmers and head swim coach Edward Gautreau revamped FAST on Friday, March 20. The program is geared towards helping beginner JV swimmers on improving technique. “This program is important because to become better in swimming you have to have other people look out for you. They’ll need the encouragement. People want to get better and if they’re not improving they lose the motivation, so we’re trying to change that,” swim captain senior Theresa Lo said. Gautreau hopes the JV swimmers will improve on their overall stroke mechanics, arm stroke, kicking, starts, turns and racing strategy. Extra practice will help JV learn how to race certain events and will help prevent swimmers from being disqualified. “I hope JV gains the thought of never giving up. I know in my past, I experienced times where I just wanted to quit in the moment. Those people that tell you not to give up also give you motivation, but it’s mostly the people around you that keep you swimming,”
Track competes against South Hills Track and Field prepares for the remainder of its season with a practice meet against South HIlls.
PHOTO BY JEFFREY TRAN
SHARPERNING SKILLS: Junior swim captain Leah Rickard helps freshman Kyle Truong extend his reach on his backstroke.
EDWARD GAUTREAU VARSITY COACH
“This is a good way to give my varsity swimmers some leadership skills that they’ll need throughout their lives.” captain senior Bryan Dao said. Because JV and varsity practice at different times, the two groups have few opportunities to communicate. FAST represents an attempt to instill camaraderie
MEGAN CHAN SWIM CAPTAIN
“It’s important that varsity can interact with some of the JV kids so we can bond as a team. People join the swim team to swim; we need to help them with that.”
among a team of 109 swimmers. Swim captains will have their own group so they can personally keep an eye out and encourage JV swimmers to ask questions. “I used to be like those
SUCHADA TACHASOOKSAREE JUNIOR VARSITY COACH
“The JV swimmers should be able to not only execute technique but understand the mechanics that go into their stroke.” younger swimmers when I first started,” Lo said. “When I wanted to get better and learn something, I worked to make myself better and it was all on me. Knowing that I’m making a difference in
these swimmers is a good feeling.” Since varsity swimmers have learned themselves, they’re able to give tips and advice to the younger swimmers. When the younger swimmers are in varsity, they can do the same as well. “I think FAST creates great camaraderie among the team. The varsity swimmers now get a chance to cheer on the junior varsity swimmers that they’ve taught. The JV swimmers can cheer on varsity and say ‘These are the swimmers who taught me how to learn to do what I do,” Gautreau said. In addition, coach Gautreau hopes that such close interaction will inspire the younger swimmers to train harder.. “It gives the JV kis something to aspire to, for example, something to aim for when they see how good these varsity kids are,” Gautreau said. “I hope JV swimmers gain not only the knowledge of swimming properly, but the motivation to get better. The motivation to say ‘I see how varsity does it and I want to swim like that.’ It gives them motivation because they see varsity in action and they see these varsity swimmers takng an interest in them. Ω
Often athletes are seen as intellectually incompetent; however, that image is not necessarily within their control. Spencer Wu Editor-in-chief
PHOTO BY SAJID IQBAL
RACE FOR FIRST: Senior Millen Trujillo pulls ahead of the pack toward the end of the race on Thursday, trailed closely by teammate senior Osamah Hassan. Olivia Chiang Staff writer Track and Field had its nonleague and non-scoring meet against South Hills High School on Thursday, March 19. “The non-scoring meet gave me a chance to relax while I jumped, which actually helped me jump farther,” freshman Patrick Chua said. “I wasn’t thinking very hard about everything and I didn’t have as much pressure of letting my team down.” Notable races included the boys’ 4x400 meter relay of seniors Millen Trujillo, Ethan Van Setten, Michael Fernando and Mario Chalew, who led South Hills by five to 10 meters for much of the race. “Overall, I am proud of my
performance in the 4x400 meter. I’ve been training hard for both the 400 meter and the 800 meter and I’m glad I pulled through to win the race,” Fernando said. “The crowd was also a big factor because, I feel that a lot of running is mental, and hearing the roar of my teammates, really helped me give it my all during the race.” The team will have its next scored meet on Thursday, March 26 against West Covina. “I’m a bit of both nervous and excited about the scored meet. Nervous that we might lose, but excited to see how the other team will be,” freshman Cossette Sanqui said. “It doesn’t really matter if it’s scored, in my point of view. Even if they are scored or not, everyone tries their hardest to do well in their events.” Ω
W i t h coverage of high-profile athletes 24/7, there seems to be no shortage of questions and interviews. Every word that is spoken by these cultural figures is scrutinized, reviewed and replayed twice over. The power of their words is immense and capable of haunting them later on, which explains why professionals typically take the safe route in responding to the media, with empty phrases and filler cliches. By doing so, athletes unintentionally perpetuate the “dumb jock” stereotype that pervades the realm of athletics. However, athletes represent the sport they play; thus, it is essential that they try to change the status quo, especially since they serve as role models for many. The interviewee is not necessarily the one at fault, however. A large number of questions are recycled in a way that prevent professionals from providing genuine and organic answers. The discrepancy here prevents the fanbase from hearing what it wants to hear and stops the athletes from expressing how they truly feel.
For example, Marshawn Lynch, the Seattle Seahawks’ running back, notoriously defied the press by thwarting their repetitive questions about his stomach issues. Fed up with interviewers throughout the 2014-2015 playoffs, he continually responded “yeah” and “thanks for asking,” only fulfilling quotas set forth in his contract. Lynch took flak and raised eyebrows for his unique answers, but his terse replies made a strong statement, nonetheless. Instead of acting as investigators who ask hard-hitting, thoughtprovoking questions, reporters constantly reuse similar questions to try to elicit fresh responses. Thus, athletes are unable to eliminate this stigma of intellectually incompetent jocks because the press asks dull questions in the first place. There needs to be a paradigm shift in the way the media interviews its most famed subjects, and only then can athletes reveal their true opinions. Anything that comes out of highprofile athletes’ mouths is going to be scrutinized — that’s just the price they have to pay for stardom. Therefore, it is the media’s responsibility to draw out emotional and revealing responses from athletes. Interviewers need to start questioning whether they are asking the right types of questions. Ω
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FRESHMAN PHENOM MATTHEW MAI
The art of
Compiled by Andreas Artega, James Li, Jezebel Cardenas and Sophia Ding
A team is a family, and a family thrives on traditions; spring sports have kept these customs alive over the years to motivate, to bond, and to have fun.
“We used to have pasta parties like two days before the meet and then go to someone’s house. We have pasta so we can build up on our carbs and get energy for our race. It hasn’t happened recently because I’m guessing season just started so we haven’t done it yet, but hopefully we will soon.” CAROL WONG, 12
With seven years of tennis experience and a 1-star ranking on Tennis Recruiting Network, Mai enters the team with ambitions for placing at CIF. PHOTO BY JOSHUA SHEN
PAYBACK: Freshman Matthew Mai returns a serve from Wilson High School. Walnut swept nearly all its matches, winning 17-1. The win against Wilson extended the boys’ tennis’ preseason record to 7-0, including victories over Bonita and Nogales. Albert Law Staff writer Seven years of tennis paid off for freshman Matthew Mai, the only freshman to make varsity tennis this year. Mai’s family first inspired him to play tennis after he quit soccer and baseball in second grade. With his parents’ advice and cheering from the bleachers, Mai came to love the new sport. “When I first picked up the racquet and ball, it felt really comfortable because I was trying something new and I just wanted to have fun with it. It was different from soccer and baseball because tennis is
an individual sport,” Mai said. “My parents are definitely my biggest supporters for my career. Without
I really love it because it’s a sport that has a combination of physical, mental and technical skills, which make it challenging.
them, I wouldn’t be at the level I am at today, and I wouldn’t have as much drive and determination to continue playing the sport. They give me the confidence to play in competition and make me push myself harder.”
At age 12, Mai joined the Competition Training Center (CTC), which helped improve his footwork, ball placement and focus. Now, with a La Habra Open Tournament championship under his belt and a 1-Star Tennis Recruiting Network Ranking, Mai continues to practice two to four hours a day. “Being a part of CTC really helped push me harder into becoming a better tennis player in competition. It showed me that winning was always something that I needed to do when I competed and losing was always a learning process,” Mai said. Ω Continued at whshoofprint.com
BASEBALL: CIRCLE UP AND DANCE “We wear our polo shirts and usually we wear khakis or black pants throughout the whole day. We also wear jerseys. Sometimes before games we like to do a little dance circle. One of the dads plays music and we all circle up and one of us goes in and dances. they call someone until everybody goes.” BRENNAN MCKENZIE, 11
“The team races against the itself and we just have fun. We make up teams. I think it’s three usually per year and we’ll pick some fun theme like superheroes or cartoons and we’ll just have fun. It’s relaxing at the end of the season. I think it’s good for team bonding. Swim isn’t necessarily a team sport so any chance we have to socialize with ourselves is good.” JONAS LIPTAK, 11
SPRING SPORTS SCOREBOARD Track and Field 03/12 vs. Diamond Ranch W 03/19 vs. South Hills W
SWINGING WITH KEISHA
For sophomore Keisha Lugito, who dedicates up to six hours a day practicing, golf is her passion.
PHOTO COURTESY OF KEISHA LUGITO
CALM BEFORE THE STORM: Sophomore Keisha Lugito takes a practice swing at theTukwet Canyon Golf Course in Beaumont, California before a tournament hosted by the American Junior Golf Association begins. She plays at the highest level for amateurs. Olivia Chiang Staff writer For sophomore Keisha Lugito, playing golf is not an obligation or simply just a hobby - it is her way of life. Lugito first started playing golf at Pacific Palms when she was in fifth grade because her dad encouraged her. She then redoubled her efforts during her sixth grade summer and has since played competitive golf, sometimes practicing up to six hours a day. “It’s funny because I really despised golf in the beginning when I first started because I was always
getting yelled at from my dad for not doing the correct things and I couldn’t play as well as some others, “
The concept of the golf game is so dynamic and strategical compared to other sports. I’m always optimistic and I focus on my game rather than my opponent’s.”
Lugito said. “But after I kept at it with the support of my family, I noticed I improved.”
Though Lugito was not initially fond of the sport, her attitude changed when she saw Michelle Wie, a professional golfer, win third place at a golf tournament. “I think when I started developing my love for golf was when I saw [her] at a golf tournament. She really inspired me to become a great golf player,” Lugito said. “Not only has she made me want to play golf, she also has given me the desire to major in business or law. It sort of came with the package of seeing her as a golfer. [For her] to be able to go to Stanford as a golfer and major in business is awesome.” Ω Continued at whshoofprint.com
Boys’ Tennis 03/10 vs. Nogales 18-0 W 03/13 vs. Bonita 14-4 W 03/18 vs. Wilson 17-1 W
03/05 @ Ayala 111-59 W 03/09 vs. Glendora 119-51 W 03/17 @ Diamond Bar 88-82 L
03/05 @ Ayala 76-94 L 03/09 vs. Glendora 107-65 L 03/17 @ Diamond Bar 89-81 L
Baseball 02/28 @ Tahquitz 16-9 W 03/04 vs. Pasadena 1-5 L 03/07 @ Temecula Valley 4-4 T 03/11 vs. Arcadia 1-1 T 03/14 @ Victor Valley 3-0 W 03/18 vs. Chino 0-2 L 03/20 vs. West Covina 0-1 L
Boys’ Golf 01/28 @ Los Altos 58-51 W 01/30 @ West Covina 48-39 W 02/04 vs. Diamond Ranch 56-58 L 02/06 vs. Charter Oak 55-24 W
Softball 03/09 vs. Notre Dame 9-7 W 03/10 vs. Fullerton 0-18 L 03/11 vs. Arcadia 1-7 L 03/13 vs. Diamond Ranch 10-9 W 03/17 vs. Wilson 9-3 W 03/19 vs. Calvary Chapel 12-0 W 03/20 vs. Ontario Christian 3-7 L 03/21 vs. Mary Star of the Sea 0-8 L 03/21 vs. Whittier Christian 3-2 W 03/23 vs. Rowland 10-0 W
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