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hoofprint VOLUME 46, ISSUE 6 May 14, 2014

“[The message banner] was a platform for the daughters to proudly and publicly share the influence their moms have had on them, celebrating the important role of mothers. My mom has always been compassionate, altruistic, fun-loving and detail-oriented. I wrote how she taught me the importance of living life with a light and loving heart, and with a clean room.� Charmae Astillero, 12 PHOTO BY JESSICA WANG


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Stylites held a fashion show to raise money for Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting, and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth (MISSY).



Summer-free time to relax and make a difference.

Does the administration have the right to issue discipline for activity outside of school?


Handling Criticism







As the school year comes to an end, we reflect on performances.


10 16 18 How big of an impact does a first impression make?

Find a variety of unique pies at the Pie Hole in Old Town Pasadena.

Senior boys serve up a victory in the first ever Powder Buff.


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 discussion. Through our coverage, we hope to represent the distinct character of the Walnut community.


Staff Writers: Andraes Arteaga, Jezebel Cardenas, Anabelle Chang, Crystal Chang, Emily Chen, Cherie Chu, Samantha Gomes, Kent Hsieh, Caroline Huang, Michael Hyun, Sajid Iqbal, Daniela Kim, Farhan Kamdar, Austin Lam, Jessica Lee, Doris Li, Serena Lin, Susan Lin, Aurora Ling, Elaine Liu, Sarah Liu, Cynthia Lu, Jason Luna, Gabrielle Manuit, Ashlyn Montoya, Eunice Pang, Nikita Patel, Joshua Shen, Lisa Shen, Caroline Shih, Deanna Trang, Terrence Tsou, Morgan Valdez, Sabrina Wan, Alexa Wong, Bryan Wong, Brian Wu, Kevin Wu, Aaron Yong, Yolanda Yu, Anthony Zhang, Laura Zhang, Maxwell Zhu Print Editors-in-Chief: Jessica Wang, Candee Yuan Online Editor-in-Chief: Alvin Wan Managing Editors: Janzen Alejo, Tiffany Diep Copy Editor: Nathan Au-Yeung News Editors: Alison Chang, Michelle Chang Opinion Editors: Jackson Deng, Spencer Wu Feature Editors: Brandon Ng, Jessica You In-Depth Editor: Mary Zhang Arts Editors: Chantel Chan, Ashley Xu

Reviews Editor: Megan Wu Sports Editors: Bryan Wong, Ted Zhu Business Managers: Janzen Alejo, Tiffany Diep, Jefferey Huang Photo Editor: Belle Sun Tech Team Leader: Jackie Sotoodeh Tech Team Editors: Anita Chuen, Derek Wan Adviser: Rebecca Chai

Despite its helpfulness in certain situations, criticism is often unwanted and, on top of that, poorly communicated. When that happens, our guttural response is to defend ourselves against it. But why is our instinctive response to reject criticism? After all, we are often told to accept, even encourage it, since it should help us improve. The truth is, all of us have an ego, and that ego is what can keep us from looking beyond the tone of the criticism at its message. When we don’t think, we respond immediately to the nature of the critique. A constructive criticism has substance and valid ideas, no matter its tone. Destructive criticism is more or less a rant. At times, the distinction between those two is subtle. We also respond subconsciously to the critic’s attitude and try to determine the critic’s intent. An emotionally charged, curse-ridden critique will most likely come off as hurtful. On the other hand, a reasonably impassioned, docile remark will much more easily evoke a proper response. A third factor is the critic himself. Our perception of the person issuing criticism, as well as our relationship to and judgment of that person affects our response. By focusing our attention on these things, we introduce a bias. Nevertheless, these are the most powerful factors that affect our response to criticism. We need to be aware of this because the message should not be affected by its messenger, and in order to avoid turning what could be a constructive discussion into a heated argument with insults directed at the people on either end of the spat. Take the typical insult thrown out into a Facebook combat zone. As participants and observers, we assess the situation and determine whether or not the criticism deserves our attention. Then we commit ourselves to a particular opinion of both the critique and critic, and stick to that view through the remainder of the insult war. Regardless of whether we show it, we pick sides. Sometimes, a mild fight, or a fiery exchange, or a crusade against everything and everyone. Criticism is far from uncommon. The core of the issue is our response to that criticism. During battles on social networking sites, insults and derogatory remarks are tossed around every other second, and likes accumulate on both sides. The next time this happens online or in real life, let us look at the content of our bickering. That way, we avoid attacking the people and instead confront the ideas, making our exchanges more useful. Armed with the tools for a more measured, calculated response, we can transform our own perception of criticism. No one has time for critic-centered battles. Whether criticism is directed toward an individual, an organization, or an opinion, we should take what we can from the critique, change what we can, and move on. Ω


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Stylites hosts fashion show to fundraise

To raise money for MISSEY, Stylites featured a spring-themed fashion show and sold food to attendees. Megan Wu Scene editor

Stylites held its first fashion show fundraiser in the multi-purpose room on Friday, April 25. The event featured students as fashion models of a “Spring Collection.” Cupcakes, macarons and boba were also sold apart from the $2 entry ticket, and all profits were sent to the MISSEY( Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting, and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth), a foundation that supports sexually exploited youth. “The models were having a fun time,” sophomore Scarlette Lee said. “It was just a really chill environment. It was really fun and I like it a lot. The fashion show was not very professional and it was just the kids that you see all over school. The clothes they wore were casual. It was a spring collection show.” Several videos aimed at raising awareness of sex trafficking were shown at the beginning of the event. PHOTOS BY MEGAN WU FASHIONISTA (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP): Juniors Abiyah Parris and Co-president hosts senior Ashley Chloe Barham and sophomore Samantha Alvarez clap enthusiastically for Starr Clark and senior Adanna Duru the performers. | Senior Allyson Carlos sings a song while strumming her also discussed the topic. “I didn’t know it was that guitar. | Senior Jonathan Kim acts as part of the school’s Improv Club. serious in our world,” Lee said. “I ADVERTISEMENT think it was an inspring message. Through fashion, you can express yourself and through your style you can also help others in need. It really

opened my eyes to sexual abuse this is actually really going on in our world, and it happens a lot.” Each model showcased two outfits on stage, with an additional round featuring accessories. One outfit featured attire that Stylites was selling as part of its event fundraising; the other was an outfit of the model’s choice. “I think it was one of the first fashion shows around Walnut,” junior model Alan Tam said. “It was a pretty good experience to be part of the first one. I think there’s gonna be a lot more to come. I wasn’t really expecting myself to come and do modeling but it was pretty fun, honestly. I thought it would be more awkward because at first I really didn’t want to model it, but once I did the first walk the last two were pretty fun and easygoing.” The event also included a performance by the campus’ Improv Club, a vocal performance by senior Jason de Guzman and a duet that was sung by Duru and senior Allyson Carlos. “Adanna and I have actually been singing together for a while,” Carlos said. “We had the same vocal coach for a couple years. People know that she sings, and I sang the homecoming song so people know that I sing. But they don’t know that we do things together. So that saying that we were going to perform together - probably attracted more people to come.” Ω

WISE presents contest WISE opened its very first poster contest to the school and encouraged students to research. Lisa Shen Staff writer

the math and science departments contributed immensely in judging the posters. W.I.S.E. (Women in Science “We’re hoping that we get to and Engineering) held a poster make it an annual thing for the club,” competition where participants sophomore Emily Shelton said. entered research projects across the “It’s an opportunity for students curriculums of S.T.E.M (science, to share the research that they’ve technology, engineering, and math). accumulated. The purpose of the Posters were due on competition is to May 12 and winners students “Having the same club allow will be announced to share what on the high school end they’ve worked on May 16. The members will inspire women on.” created the concept S i n c e here and promote W.I.S.E. to coordinate an is progression in the already a major event where ideas from a variety of organization fields of S.T.E.M.” fields could be at college presented. campuses, club Nikki Rubio, 10 members hope “People in the club are really to make it more excited to be doing something well-known in high schools. bigger,” officer senior Maggie “A lot of major colleges have Shelton said. W.I.S.E. clubs on their campuses,” This is the first year that W.I.S.E. sophomore Nikki Rubio said. held the poster competition, which “Having the same club on the high was inspired by the Never Before school end will inspire women here Seen Christmas Project, which and promote progression in the focused on computer aided drafting fields of S.T.E.M. This project itself and design; similar to the NBS will reward students for their extra Christmas Project, teachers from efforts in S.T.E.M.” Ω

BRIEFING Senior Awards Alison Chang News editor To recognize seniors for any college scholarships they have earned, Senior Awards Night will be held in the theater on Monday, May 19. “We ask seniors to send in their scholarship information because we really want people to be recognized for their accomplishments, especially since it’s their last year,” ASB member Kathrina Silvino said. “Hopefully, people will feel proud of themselves because sometimes, they don’t give themselves enough credit. We hope Senior Awards Night will show them that they have worked really hard.” Ω

Class Elections Cynthia Lu Staff writer Following campaigning and speeches, the classes of 2016 and 2017 voted for their officer teams on Tuesdsay, May 6, and Class of 2015 voted on Thursday, May 8 in the annual class elections. “[Campaigning] was fun but at the same time, stressful. It’s a lot of pressure and just thinking of catchy slogans takes a lot of effort, but all in all, it was a good experience. It was worth it and I’m definitely happy with the officers that were chosen. They will take their jobs seriously and we can accomplish a lot with these officers,” class president freshman Sarah Kim said. Ω

Benefit Concert Emily Chen Staff writer The Isaiah’s Rock Benefit Concert will be held at the Performing Arts Center on Monday, May 18. Presented by Diamond Youth Symphony Orchestra, the concert featured works by composers Bach, Holst, Bizet, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Anderson. “We immediately agreed to participate in this event because the event coordinator reached out to us. It is Key Club’s obligation to serve the community and offer help to those in need,” Key Club President senior Vicky Chen said. “We hope the Key Club members will be able to grasp the message behind the concert through classical music. Music can convey a more profound message than words.” Ω



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Swing Club performs for kids Annual Spanish camp For members to get familiar with routines, Swing Club danced at Collegewood. Ashley Xu Arts editor Swing Club presented a 30minute Disney-themed performance, primarily established as a training mechanism for new cabinet members, at Collegewood Elementary School on May 2. “We wanted to see how they would [handle practices], see how their work ethic is, and it’s just overall fun entertaining the parents, faculty members, and kids who were in awe of what we were doing,” senior Joseph Chow said. Six groups performed in succession with three groups performing one couple solos, and the remaining three groups performing with three to four couples. “It was really cool because I actually got to choreograph my own dance [in one of the groups] and everyone who choreographed were all really nervous since it was our first time doing it,” junior Tiffany Lin said. Approximately half a month before the performance, the members began rehearsing four times a week for roughly four hours a day. “We didn’t have enough time to practice for it, so it was a little bit messy,” sophomore Lisa Tian said. “We just needed to rehearse more, and everybody needed to at least

held at Big Bear Lake

To learn more about Mexican culture, Spanish 3 and 4 classes participated in a yearly camp at Big Bear. Anabelle Chang Staff writer


SWINGIN’ IT THE RIGHT WAY: The Swing Club performance at Collegewood featured new routines with several solos by members. know their part. If we messed up, we’d just improvise because that is a big part of Swing Club too.” The performance featured classic Disney songs such as Hercules’ “Zero to Hero,” Aladdin’s “Friend Like Me,” and Lilo and Stitch’s “Aloha, E komo Mai.” “It was a hard decision [to choose the songs] because we could not choose songs that were too slow or too fast, but just right,” Lin said. “We listened through a lot of other songs, and it was complicated choosing, but we got there.” Although their performance did

not meet or exceed the members’ expectations this time around, it put into perspective all the aspects they need to focus on, and it also enabled the new cabinet members to assume the leadership role in their respected positions. “I thought we could’ve done better, but again, it was a really fun experience, and the audience really enjoyed us, and that was all we really wanted,” Tian said. “We’re actually going to do something like this again next year and we’re looking for other events and opportunities that we could do throughout.” Ω

Students in the Spanish 3 and Spanish 4 classes attended Spanish camp at Big Bear Lake from Friday, April 25 to Sunday, April 27. The camp educated students on Spanish culture and everyday life. Senora Zelaya and Senora De La Cruz organized the event, which had over 100 students attend from various schools of different school districts, such as Huntington High School and Pacifica High School. “The teachers did this out of their free time and put in hours of hard work and stress to make this camp happen, so we are very grateful for them,” junior Jacqueline Liu said. “It was really interesting seeing what different skills people had to offer.” The students who attended the camp were divided into four different teams, each representing a Spanish-speaking country. In these four teams, they competed in cultural activities. “During my time there, I realized that it’s more about just the credit - it’s more about learning

the culture and now, after going, Spanish camp has made me have more interest in the Spanish culture,” junior Henry Ao said. At the camp, the students attended classes where they learned about traditional Spanish dancing, including the samba and the salsa, and cooking, including how to make enchiladas. “The dancing was really interesting; it had a lot of hip movements and a ton of sass,” Liu said. “Learning the dances required us to be more outgoing, but they were all really simple and easy to follow. They were super fun because they were fast paced and energetic.” Since the camp was centered around a soccer theme, students played soccer and learned about Brazil. The attendees also made t-shirts with their country flags. “After going to the camp, it made me want to embrace a lot of different cultures and travel to different countries whenever possible,” senior Samuel Chuang said. “I learned to have an open mind, since it was a lot easier to enjoy the experience by not being afraid to be embarrassed.” Ω

Mother-daughter duos attend “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” tea As a final farewell before many seniors leave for college, Girls League pulled elements from the popular movie in its annual tea. Jackson Deng Opinion editor

sweet how some mothers cried after listening. It was just perfect because many seniors are leaving for college soon,” senior Vivien Shi Girls League hosted its annual Mother- said. Daughter Tea at the Walnut Senior Center While Girls League originally arranged for on Saturday, May 10 as another activity for a cellist to perform, a last minute cancellation Mother’s Day. This year, the tea was themed replaced the performance with a solo from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Chamber singer senior Angelica Tan. “Our vision for tea has always been “As always with party planning, problems to create an inviting and did arise last-minute. We memorable event for daughters had decorations break or go and their mothers, and the “I loved the part where missing, and a performance daughters and their friends among other we read our letters to cancellation, alike. I feel confident that things,” Astillero said. “But our mothers. It was much of our issues were out we met our goal, seeing the love and laughter around the also really sweet how of our control. I’m so proud room,” officer senior Charmae my fellow officers for some mothers cried of Astillero said. “Moreso, the staying composed, working after listening.” senior girls are preparing to together to find a solution.” leave for college. So, the tea To fit with the serves as another meaningful Vivien Shi, 12 “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” event to share and spend time theme, Girls League used with their mothers.” decorations such as floral arrangements, Compared to previous years, activities fashion magazines and jewelry stands. They were more focused on involving all attendees also created a message banner for daughters to and featured games that tested how well the share their favorite lessons learned from their mothers and daughters knew each other. mothers. Additionally, seniors read letters to their “My partner and I wanted to recreate the mothers. elegance of Tiffany & Co and ‘Breakfast at “I loved the part where we read our letters Tiffany’s’ with a modern, sentimental twist, to our mothers because you could tell that some Astillero said. “We had a photo collage area people spent a lot of time on their letters with with images we felt help set the timeless, the way they decorated it. It was also really classic look.” Ω


TEA FOR TWO (FROM LEFT TO RIGHT): Junior Brittney Yee serves cupcakes and other finger foods such as sandwiches. | Juniors Hayley Masuda, Kimberly Mayekawa and Megan Chang hold tissue boxes for the mothers who cried after reading their letters. ADVERTISEMENT

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Walnut High School:

At First Glance A first impression: the first thing that comes to mind when we meet new people and one that leaves a lasting memory. Whether or not we are aware of it, we are constantly under the judgment of others. Such factors as dress, hygiene, outward personality and physical appearance affect our immediate relationships with peers or people we come into contact with on a daily basis. They can also affect our choices in the classroom and in our careers. In this issue, the Hoofprint investigates the science behind first impressions common mistakes people make when in introducing themselves to others.

This issue’s Investigative Report uncovers the secrets behind making a good first impression and why making a good first impression is integral to success not only in the classroom, but also in the workplace. Compiled by: Chantel Chan, Alison Chang, Michelle Chang, Cherie Chu and Mary Zhang

Common Mistakes in Interviewing have bad posture


fidget too much


play with their hair excessive

MINDSET: An honest smile and an attentive look can immediately put both you and the other person at ease.

7 seconds

Q&A selecting officers Sources: Class of 2016 secretary sophomore Valerie Tu and Class of 2014 secretary senior Colin Tsui


What do you look for during an interview when hiring staff?

VT: I definitely look for facial expressions, because facial expressions are really important and they show how eager or willing you are. It’s like at a restaurant - if your waitress has a blank expression, you’re don’t feel as comfortable, but a smile makes you feel like you can rely on them.

ATTIRE: Dress to feel “the part”. Wear something appropriate for the occasion or situation.

first impression psychology Halo Effect

Attribution Bias




GROOMING: Put effort into looking well-kept and presentable for social situations, and especially for professional ones. Keeping clean is essential to feeling confident.

the quality of your voice, grammar, and confidence


of what we think of others is based on what they say

to form a first impression

NON-VERBAL: Examine your posture and be attentive of other body language indicators, like eye contact.



of bosses know if they will hire someone in the first 90 seconds of an interview

VERBAL: It helps to take a few minutes to learn a few things about the other person. Speak in a clear voice and with a steady pace and avoid controversial or highly personal topics.

the way you dress, act and walk through the door



How to master your next interview

First impressions are determined by:


do not smile

One characteristic (positive or negative) “outshines” others and influences our perception in that direction. Perception of positive qualities in one aspect affects the perception of similar qualities in related things. This is the natural human tendency to look for consistency in a person’s behavior across a variety of contexts. When forming judgments, individuals expect people to be the same in behaviors, traits, attitudes, and values all the time.


Is the resume or the interview more important?


How do you evaluate whether the candidate is right for the job?

CT: Both are important. The resume gives more information about their activities and academics. The interview shows us more about their character and who they are. It helps a lot more because we can see more about the person that we otherwise wouldn’t have gotten from just the resume.

VT: In all honesty, it’s a hit or miss. We can’t really determine what they will bring to the plate. We just try our best to determine what we think they’re capable of, but we can’t know if they will be able to take the initiative or voice their thoughts in our meetings.






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Do students and colleges place too much emphasis on a decorated resume?

“Colleges need to do research on the applicants, read more about the people. They can’t just look at grades and numbers. They need to know what they want and who they want.” Locklin To, 9 “In order to ensure success in the world, you need to select the best of the best. Extracurriculars are important too, but the most important thing is your education and learning how to do things, intellect.” Jane Kim, 10 “Walnut emphasizes the decorated resume too much, but it’s not like we’re overdoing it - we’re all just doing a little extra. But I think we should balance having a good time and working in high school.” Destiny Sanchez, 11 “We shouldn’t put that much emphasis on just college applications, because when it comes to actually working, they’re not going to care about your school and background information.” Benjamin Chen, 12 COMPILED BY ANABELLE CHANG AND DEREK WAN

Quality over quantity

Students are too often defined by numbers - GPA, class ranking and test scores. However, there is more to our students than the numbers say. Bryan Wong Sports editor

I am Bryan Wong. According to the state of California, I am a 5’10, 170 pound Asian boy with 20/80 vision. I have a 4.0 GPA, scored 210 on the PSAT and have scored advanced on the CST. According to the state of California, I don’t stand out among the students in my class that have 4.0 GPA’s, over 2100 on their SAT, and stellar standardized test scores. According to the state of California, I am little more than a set of numbers. I am Bryan Wong. I spend two hours a day wrestling, and I enjoy playing the guitar. I am an inactive member of NHS and ACS, and every Wednesday I teach little kids about newspapers. I am Bryan: avid anime watcher, lowkey lyrical genius, academically indifferent and athletically motivated. Contrary to what the numbers say, I’m anything but “just another Asian.” The state of California collects information about us through standardized tests and class grades, and this information is then plasterend onto our college

applications. In a generation where preparing for college conquers almost all aspects of our lives, it’s not hard to see why many think that a stacked resume is synonymous with success. We place so much emphasis on high test scores and good grades under the misconception that they equate success, but forget that at the end of the day, they are

We place so much emphasis on high test scores and good grades under the misconcception that they equate to success, but we forget that, at the end of the day, they are just numbers. just numbers. SAT scores, GPA, and AP scores are just values that quantify our success and potential, as if we’re mere computers. But we aren’t. We’re human beings with passions, aspirations, hobbies, quirks and unique personalities. So a decorated resume, however impressive, does not equal

success. Just because you scored a 2200 on your SAT and had a 4.0 GPA throughout high school doesn’t guarantee you’ll be living contently 30 years from now. We often overemphasize the importance of academics and neglect other areas of our lives to achieve that coveted A. Unfortunately, many students spend that extra hour studying rather than dedicate it to something they are genuinely passionate about. By doing so, they lose the diversity in their lives, and by the time graduation comes, many walk onto that stage and receive diplomas as little more than human textbooks. Numbers don’t define us because they don’t represent the true side of us. Test scores and statistics may provide a way to gauge test taking skills, but they don’t say much about the other world we live in - the world of dedicated athletes, nature explorers, and computer designers. But if we allow academics to take over all the other areas of our lives, there may no longer even be any anime watchers or musicians to say anything about. My test scores say nothing about Bryan Wong, the wrestler, the avid anime watcher, or the guy who teaches kids about newspapers. At the end of the day, we are more than just numbers. Ω

What makes up a make-up test?

When students make up tests that they were absent for, they sometimes have an unfair advantage with the possibilities of academic dishonesty. Anita Chuen Tech editor Students feign sicknesses and skip classes in order to get out of taking tests that they are unprepared for. This extra time to study puts them at an unfair advantage compared to the others who took it on the original day, especially when the make-up tests are the same as the original. Therefore, these makeup tests should be different than the original one since it helps lessen the chance of academic dishonesty among students. Academic dishonesty is becoming more prevalent as students often skip a day of school or a couple of periods in the morning to squeeze in more study time. This happens because students know that they’ll still get the same test form no matter which day they take it on. Therefore, they can take advantage of this and postpone tests that they’re not prepared for to a later date. Although not all students are academically dishonest, it’s better for teachers to be “safe than sorry.” Students often end up asking their friends for the “tricky” questions or

examples of what they actually need to know so they could answer them correctly and score higher. Because of this form of “cheating,” it’s important that teachers prevent this by having different test forms for make-up tests. Academic dishonesty is a lot easier when students are absent and teachers should take the necessary precautions to prevent unfair advantages. While it is important to lessen academic dishonesty, it is equally important to keep in mind that tests are a measurement of a student’s understanding of the material, not a measurement of how well one can tackle the most difficult and tricky test problems. A make-up test shouldn’t necessarily be more difficult than the original test. Even though a more difficult make-up test can encourage students to try their best to take the test on the set date, it becomes unfair for the student whose absence was inevitable. Many teachers prefer to use different forms of the original test anyways, so an extra form could be made for those who are absent on the day of the test. The make-up test should cover the same type of material and have to same level of difficulty, but the numbers could be different for a math test, or there could be different

questions relating to the same topic for other subjects. Test-taking equality is important because it truly measures how well you know the material. Tests are, after all, a measure of how well you know the material, and they tell show you areas you need to improve on. To get an extra day on the test to study or to ask others about any “obstacles” on the test defeats the ultimate purpose of a test. Having a harder test also defeats the purpose because it’s not really testing what the student knows; it’s more of a punishment for those who were actually sick or at a school-related event. A different make-up test allows the teacher to test the student properly while also allowing the student to see how much they know or don’t know about the material. While it is important that makeup tests are different than the original tests in order to lessen academic dishonesty, it is also important that the make-up tests remain the same difficulty level as the original tests. This upholds the practice of test equality and allows tests to carry out its intended purpose. Make up tests need to be reimagined, for the sake of students and teachers alike. Ω

TESTING MYSELF How difficult should your make-up test be if you are absent from school? less difficult


exact same test


as difficult but a different test


more difficult





have asked classmates for questions or answers on tests they were absent for

the median number of classes that have different make-up tests tests in a six-period schedule


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Digesting parental advice


Because of the generation gap students have with their parents, there can be a lack of communication, which is detrimental to our personal growth.

No matter who you are or who you are friends with, time away from the bustle of life can teach you an important lesson. Jessica Wang Editor-inChief


Michelle Chang News editor “Never skip lunch. You are never ‘too busy’ to eat lunch.” That was my dad’s knee-jerk reaction whenever I came home saying, “I didn’t eat lunch again because I had things to do.” And my kneejerk reaction? He just doesn’t get it. As a high school student with commitments to clubs and tests to study for in the library (which doesn’t allow eating), I often let lunch fall to the bottom of my list of priorities. It’s taken me a while, but I have slowly realized that maybe my dad’s advice to never skip lunch isn’t as outdated as I always took it to be. Part of this revelation came after I experienced a whole deadsilent period (the class was taking a test) that was interrupted by periodic rumblings emerging from the depths of my stomach. After that traumatic experience of awkward stomach noises, I decided that, perhaps, my dad wasn’t as wrong as I once thought he was. More often than not, I shrug off my parents’ advice, assuming that they don’t understand my struggles or that their advice is too ancient. Surrounded by emphases on freedom of thought and individuality, I tend to be more independent with my ideas. I’m more reluctant to rely on my parents’advice, which seems to always start with the infamous phrases “back in my day” and “kids these days.” Clearly, my parents didn’t grow up with technology, and don’t get that,

sometimes, a conversation needs to be carried out over text message instead of in person. Right? Besides widening the generation gap between my parents and me, technology also makes me less willing to listen to my parents’ advice because it acts as an alternate sourceof education. With opinionated Tumblr blogs and a wide array of editorials available at my fingertips, I find myself sitting at my computer desk, soaking in opinions and beliefs and forming thoughts off of what I observe, like the free-willed student I believe I am.

It’s a conflict in generations that all children and their parents can encounter, but instead of simply ackowledging its presence, children should learn to be more accepting toward their parents’ insight. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. With that said though, there’s more that can contribute to my expanding base of knowledge: what my parents have to say. I have not gone out and seen enough for myself to be able to form opinions based off my own experiences. My parents are equipped with knowledge that I am unable to access as a teenager. In fact, they have had about half a life’s worth of experience and are speaking from a point of view that is

vastly different from mine. I tend to brush off my parents’ advice because it comes from experience of an older time period that is now “irrelevant” to my current circumstances and opinions. It’s a conflict in generations that all children and their parents can encounter, but instead of simply acknowledging its presence, children should learn to be more accepting toward their parents’ insight. At its core, my parents’ advice serves the purpose of trying to benefit, rather than annoy me. It’s important to look beyond the differences in the circumstances surrounding that advice and, instead, actually consider what they’re trying to teach me. With all the nagging on eating lunch, dad was only trying to reinforce that my health should always come before schoolwork. In recognizing his background as someone who was always hungry growing up, I became more aware of why health was so important to him and why I should also value it. At the end of the day, his advice was his way of showing that he cares - parental guidance tends to come from a heart that is concerned for the well-being of a child. We should keep more open minds when digesting our parents’ advice, understanding that their wisdom is still applicable to us. Sure, they convey their wisdom with a few too many back-in-my-day’s, but at its center, their advice serves to pass on what valuable insight they have collected over the years. And as anyone who sees me around during lunch can attest to, you can bet that these days I’ll be scarfing down a homemade sandwich, made with a parent’s wisdom. Ω

In my freshman year, I sometimes pulled a Cady Heron and camped out in the restroom at lunch. Didn’t want to be here, didn’t want to be there, didn’t want to face the hordes of intimidating upperclassmen at the lunch line, didn’t want to keep making cringeworthy small talk with people I’d known for a while but didn’t click with. I was picky, frustrated and anxious to make real friends, even though I was told I came off as sociable and approachable. In any case, I was lonely. And I was convinced of my loneliness for a long time. Granted, I came from another school district, but that didn’t explain what was holding me back from accepting the invitations to sit with people or assimilate into a group. I’d glance at the cliques scattered across campus and wish to be a part of them, yet stubbornly avoid them. That didn’t seem to make sense either, seeing as I was typically talkative and craved company. Now I know I was, simply put, scared to death of rejection. That fear lost me several chances to discover friendships where I thought I’d find none, but in hindsight, it also taught me something even more valuable. That is, over the course of those socially bleak months, I learned to enjoy my own company. In other words, I learned to stop feeling isolated, to embrace the time I had to myself at home and

at school, and to see it as a gift rather than a curse. A lot of documentary-watching, idle doodling, biking around the neighborhood, and selfreflection went on. Call it all a coping mechanism if you will, but it worked, and I pulled through freshman year prepared to spend the rest of high school by myself but reasonably content. I was alone, but no longer lonely. In the words of a random man from a Google search named Robert Kull, “the core of loneliness is not separation from other people, but feeling disconnected from myself.” Around the end of my sophomore year though, the unexpected happened. I realized that the kid I had been talking to everyday during P.E. every day might just be what people called a “friend”. After all, we both loved art, both liked to spend passing periods discussing literary themes, were both hooked on the show Criminal Minds, and had both developed a morbid interest in serial killers together. That nutcase is my best friend now. My social life has changed for the better (by “changed” I mean “gone from nonexistent to somewhat existent”), but I still seek time to myself often. In fact, if I had the ability to convince the freshman me to let go of her inhibitions and jump into the social scene when she got the opportunity, I wouldn’t use it. I would let her doubt herself and hide, because eventually she would outgrow that doubt, find the right people, and most importantly, learn the value of solitude. She would learn how to be her own friend. Ω



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Jackson Deng Opinion editor Students spend a good portion of their lives at school, and as such, schools are given jurisdiction over on-campus transgressions. However, in recent times, some students have created Twitter accounts deemed inappropriate which have directly led to punishments by the school. While seemingly a cut and dry case of students being disciplined for doing something wrong, it brings up a separate issue entirely: if schools have the right to penalize students for misbehavior off campus. In the past, schools may have only needed to control student behavior while on-campus due to the localized nature of the time. With the advent of the internet however, the lines start to blur. When what a student posts or does online can so easily affect another student’s life at school, school administrators have a clear moral obligation to act. At the end of the day, it comes down to whether the act “leaks” into the school environment - if it ends up creating a negative environment on campus, the school should have the right to intervene. Some argue that punitive measures for off-campus acts is

giving the school too much control, and that parents and other authority figures should settle disputes that don’t occur on school grounds. The issue is a difficult equilibrium between too much and too little power, but such arguments ignore the repercussions of solving merely the symptoms that are seen on campus rather than fixing the problem itself. Telling a student that it’s not okay to harass another at school doesn’t help with the daily bullying online. It’s not that parents and courts are incapable, it’s that schools should be given the ability to help. Solely allowing parents and courts to handle what happens outside school and schools to handle what happens inside sounds great in theory until you realize that many students who are picked on by their peers can lack effective support systems outside of school, and as such, the option should at least exist for schools to take action. Neither parents nor school administrators want to see students being put in hostile situations - the only question is how much the school administration should be involved. In the end, the proposal is simple we ought to give schools the tools they need to handle disruptions that affect the school environment so both students and parents can rest easy knowing that schools can help guarantee the welfare of students both on and off campus. Ω


As off-campus transgressions increase in visibility, the lines of the school’s disciplinary rights start to blur. How much should the school hold students responsible for off-campus actions? PHOTO USED WITH PERMISSION OF AP IMAGES

Kent Hsieh Staff writer It goes without saying that most students believe going to detention or staying after school is fairly pointless. Disciplining students is something done enough in school, but when it involves doing it for things outside of school, administrators must answer many questions before being allowed this authority over young learners. Schools show marginal interest in actually improving the student’s situation, so there really should be no reason to provide extended responsibility to them outside of school. Take, for instance, the few students who constantly receive detention. While administration wants the students to arrive on time or to stop violating other school policies, the only thing they do to “solve” this problem is make the punishment more severe. It is much more likely that other issues are in the mind of the student when he or she comes in late. The school, however, assumes that it should be able to fit everyone into a simple cover-all form of discipline that gives out tardies and detentions. The school needs to go beyond a one size fits all sort of punishment. Instead of handing out detention slips to those who don’t follow directions, schools

should allocate resources toward making sure that the punishment makes sense. With that in mind, administering discipline in personal issues is unbefitting of a government institution. People from different families have so many varying issues. From low-income to divorces to parental alcoholism, various social problems permeate the families of many people in America. Schools, which are required to follow a protocol system for carrying out actions, are unfit to deal with students personal lives. Disciplining students for actions that result from an underlying background involves numerous parties besides just the student. Schools, with only jurisdiction over students cannot possibly oversee and manage the students’ parents, siblings and friends who do not fall under their authority. Schools and parents should work hand-in-hand to effectively identify issues that affect students in school. In terms of tardies, school administrators need to work with parents to work out effective ways to get students to shool on time. It could be waking up ten minutes earlier or finding a more efficient mode of transportation, but whatever it may be, parents should be the ones administering the discipline as they are the ones in charge of and knowledgeable of the student’s situation at home, not the school. Ω


of WHS students think the school should take disciplinary action against cyberbullying


of students think school administrators are most appropriate for handling offcampus situations

Is there enough enforcement of school rules on campus?







Does administration have the right to punish students for their off-campus transgressions?

“If it’s done online, the school board has more proof. But if it’s verbal and physical, nobody has enough evidence. The school board should punish them too at an extent because the proof is limited.” Kate De Los Santos, 10

“As long as a student isn’t close to campus, then the school isn’t responsible for his punishment. The school shouldn’t be involved because it doesn’t have anything to do with his actions.” Esteban Sanchez, 11

“It’s up to the parents to punish their kids. If it didn’t happen within the school, then the school has no jurisdiction. Maybe if it were something major, then the school would have to do something about it.” Carlos Lopez, 12 EDITORIAL CARTOON BY CRYSTAL CHANG


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Sharing my story so others can share


Falling victim to a bullying incident, junior Julie Chen participated in Mary Lambert’s Body Love Campaign to inspire others to love. Megan Wu Scene editor “I don’t think the bully bullied just because; I think it was a reminder for me to help someone else who’s suffering.” Now a year past the bullying incident that caused her to struggle with her body image, junior Julie Chen is utilizing her experience to help others with similar struggles. Recently, Chen participated in singersongwriter Mary Lambert’s Body Love Campaign, an event which encourages participants to embrace a different part of their body each day by posting a picture of it on social media. “I think a lot of people are struggling with body image issues,” Chen said. “I once was there suffering body image issues as well. A year has passed, and I wanted to do this for a while, and I just didn’t feel ready. Now, I’m in a different place in my life. I feel like time heals all wounds. The campaign was the perfect opportunity. I think that a lot of people are very shy and don’t speak up about it. I think if I share my story, some people will share theirs’ as well.” Chen paired each post with her story behind the particular body part, as Lambert encouraged participants to share why they liked it. The campaign ran from April 1421, but Chen began on day six of the campaign, which focused on the belly. “I couldn’t sleep the whole

night,” Chen said. “I still had the bully as a friend on Facebook. I feel like the belly is one of the most criticized body parts on anyone, really – like, people always look there. I thought that if I posted it, someone who’s struggling with their body image can look at my picture and be like, ‘everyone goes through those days.’” Chen’s personal experience with bullying allows her to help others through similar struggles.

“I“II think everything happened for a reason. I don’t think the bully bullied me just because. I think it was a reminder for me to help someone else who’s suffering.” Julie Chen, 11 “I think everything happened for a reason,” Chen said. “I don’t think the bully bullied me just because. I think it was a reminder for me to help someone else who’s suffering. I lost friends - family, sometimes because they disagreed with what I did. They think that if someone’s mean to you, you should be mean back because that makes you look

weak. But I think if someone’s mean to you, you should always be nice back because you shouldn’t lower yourself to their standards. It’s just something I always believed in from a very young age. I just don’t like being mean back to someone.” A particular bullying incident that Chen witnessed nearly a year ago while volunteering at the Hsi Lai temple in Hacienda Heights also drives her efforts. “I remember that one time when people were really mean to [my friend], saying ‘you’re so fat’,” Chen said. “People were telling him to stop eating and just making fun of him overall. I told the guys to stop making fun of him, but I don’t know if I did enough. It made me really frustrated that society doesn’t care, because I care. I could relate to him, because of my own personal experiences.” Chen’s participation in the Body Love Campaign encouraged some of her classmates to share their stories with her through social media, although not publicly like Chen had done. “I’ve had people who messaged me their personal struggles, and that was basically what I wanted to do,” Chen said. “I shared my story, and I wanted someone to share their story, so I could help them. I think it’s just an awesome support system, because when I was bullied last year, no one was really there for me. I wanted not to make that mistake, and instead be there for someone who needed me.” Ω

Hoofprint Colophon 2013-2014 NEWS ARTS EICs CANDEE // Clothes bother me. “Hey Candee, can I-” “NO.” “My neighbor’s neighbor is still my neighbor.” JESSICA // Ate an entire rotisserie chicken by herself. “I really wanna be bald.” Mom’s spaghetti. ALVIN // *Keyboard clicking* Publications’ best laugh. “Mini-men.”


JANZEN // Pubs fashion icon. Server doctor. Coolest senpai you will meet. TIFFANY // Hug manager. Eats all her food Tiff-sized. “Good golly!” So small. Second degree Black Belt. JEFFEREY // “You always reject my emotions!” “I made like three new friends because of my Starbucks.”

MICHELLE // Awesome whisper shout. LET’S GET DOWN. *starts prancing* Gives nose rubs. Perfect Mandarin with Beijing accent. ALISON // Wears socks with sandals instead of warm shoes. ETHAN CRAFT “These infographics are so cute that I just want to eat them!!”


NATHAN // Ya catch my drift? C’mon CUH. Puzzle and Dragons. -nodsSup? Goes on a daily run after school. “Hey, you gonna finish that?” BELLE // Music tastes of a goddess. Tumblr’s human form. “I done a bad thing.” ”Don’t show me anything! I’m only 16.” “Why is only they do it?”

ASHLEY //Pretty hair. “Ashley, what are you eating?” “...I don’t know.” “How much do wigs cost?” Squats on the ground when she laughs. CHANTEL // Funny British accent that doesn’t sound British. “I’m watching you...” Buys a new laptop so she can use the InDesign free trial...


JACKSON // Looks like Snoopy. Publications most spirited 2014. *yawns* “I went to chipotle and doused my chipotle in tabasco and I didn’t taste the spicy, it was just sour.” “ you what?! SPENCER // That’s booty. That’s cheese. Can you email it to me? @swaggyWu. Secret Pubs mother.



BRANDON // YOLOSWAG. YouNg Love. “You wanna take this outside? You wanna go?!” “BUT I’M A GOLD!” ”Hi honey.” “I like sassy.” JESSICA // Sasses Brandon. “I like your hair!” “Thanks! It likes you too.” “Hey Honey/Sweetheart/Sweetie” “You’re a doll.” “You’re lovely.”


MARY // Murrrry. Makes all her boss graphics on InDesign. Cute hands/ feet. -puuurrrrrsssMEGAN // I say sorry to tables when I bump into them. Carries a copy of 1001 Cool Jokes in her backpack. “Jamaican Makin’ Bacon” “I call my farts ‘balloon pops’.”

Day 1: Hair “At first, I was ashamed to tell everyone at school the true reason why I cut my hair. The hair to me is a parallel of my life at the time-the process of moving forward.I chose to wear sunglasses as I thought it made the hair difference more significant as the main emphasis today is hair.”

Day 2: Arms “I love my arms, because they allow me to do so many things I take for granted in life. I am blessed to be able to give a hug and comfort to a friend in need immediately, lend a helping hand without hesitation, and do the things I love without a second thought.”

Day 6: Belly “Last year around this time I experienced bullying. I gained around 20 pounds due to overeating to overcome those hardships. I ate for comfort, because I had no one who would listen and support me in those difficult times.”


ANITA // “Is it worth it?” “Let me work it.” “Sometimes I get sad when I don’t find split ends.” JACQUELINE // Dog lover. Has all iPhones. Cozy Michael Kors slippers. DEREK // Prideful of his toenails and files them. “Come hither.” “How’s life?” Takes off shoes in class.


BRYAN // Tan. Caterpillar wars. Does anyone have any makeup I can borrow? “Does the armpit hair of Rapunzel from Tangled also have magical properties?” TED // Mean (to Spencer). Ashamed of his love for Yoona. Dude SWAG. Ping sui. “I ship them so hard.”




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Student Statistics:

A second look at first impressions

based on survey of 244 students

Which quality or aspect of a person is most important? 4% achievements

4% other


9% appearance

What do you notice first in a person you have just met?

Are your first impressions of students usually accurate? say yes

53% 47%

2% 12% 3% achievements other personality

We’re told to never judge a book by its cover. We’re also told that clothes make the man. So which is it? Is our initial gut feeling about a person always right? Can we really, by simply taking a look at the way someone dresses, talks, and acts around others, come to accurate conclusions about him or her? Maybe, maybe not. We subconsciously judge people by their appearance, personality, and achievements. Only sometimes are our perceptions valid. Taking both our friends and rivals into consideration, we might now see sides of them which were not apparent at first glance. That girl who sits next to you in English isn’t as mean as she seems, and your best friend annoyed you to no end when you first met him. Your lab partner was really friendly in the beginning, but that was all a facade. Who knew? Jessica Wang, Editor-in-Chief

Some people may take time to open up and grow close to each other. Others may develop a friendship at first sight. Compiled by: Cherie Chu and Elaine Liu

First impression of Alisha: “She was a really nice person to be around, but I also kind of didn’t like her at the same time because she was always with my best friend.” Brittany Mark, 9

Their friendship now: “We always hung out at the park and we kind of bonded over that. Now we’re best buddies and we can make fun of each other. We spend the whole school day together. Without her, I wouldn’t have anyone to share my secrets with.” Alisha Chen, 9

83% personality

54% 46%

83% appearance

Does your personality usually help you or limit your goals?

Which is most important in an interview?

hearing about someone before meeting him/her


outstanding personality


impressive resume


What do you value most about yourself?

“You can always get mistaken by [people’s] appearance. They can look extremely nice, but the way they act may be completely opposite. Don’t judge a book by its cover. [Having a nice personality] is a good thing because it can get you many places in life, and you always want to treat others the way you want to be treated.” Alyssa Ibarra, 10

What is the first thing you notice about someone? 40%


“Achievements are a way to measure how far you’ve gotten especially in high school where we’re constantly surrounded by this type of environment. I think that by judging myself based on what I’ve accomplished, it’s sort of an [unbiased] way to measure myself. If I judged myself based on my personality, [then] I’d be really biased.” Rachel Wang, 11 “I think one of the most important things for a person’s first impression is when they actually acknowledge you in a positive way. They look at you in the eyes, they smile, and they greet you. That way you know they’re actually looking at you and that you’re acknowledging each other.” Aaron Koay, 12

good eye contact


meeting someone for the first time


Dissecting a first impression Appearances, achievements and personality are all crucial parts of a person. Here are tips to making a lasting first impression.

Compiled by Cherie Chu, Anita Chuen and Jason Luna

appearance First impression of Arneil: “I met Arneil in fifth grade. Since he was a new kid, he was trying to make a lot of friends. He was pretty outgoing, so that was nice. When I first met him, I remembered that he was really friendly and we talked a lot.” Joseph Chow, 12

Over the years

Their friendship now: “We probably got closer in high school, specifically in IB because we have the same HLs so we see a lot of each other. It’s always cool to have him carry on conversations and kill the dead silence. You should just see us when we’re together. I would start singing and he would follow.” Arneil Liban, 12

63% personality



smile #1




5% 22%


Compiled by Nathan Au-Yeung, Serena Lin, Elaine Liu and Brian Wu

say no

What would you consider a first impression?

seeing someone do something

Which aspect of a person do you value the most and why?

“The very first thing you’ll see on a person is their outside appearance. Before he or she even talks, looks will always be the deciding factor of who you think they will be. Not all first impressions are correct, but appearances do play a role in how people view you.” Danny Oh, 9

say no

Are your first impressions of teachers usually accurate? say yes

First impressions are powerful. They stay in our minds for years and control our views of others. Although they may determine what two people think of each other at first, it takes time and communication to really know someone.

Friendship from first sight


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Teachers now all leave impressions on us, whether it’d be positive or negative. Here are the most memorable impressions our teachers’ teachers in high school left on them.

Compiled by Emily Chen, Cherie Chu and Derek Wan

“In high school, my junior English teacher inspired me. I think she was the one who told me that the most effective teacher is the affective teacher. It wasn’t just the subject matter. I saw her attitude and the way she treated us. She was tough but it was because she cared about us. She wanted to make me the best I could [be].”

“There was an English teacher and she really inspired me to do more reading. We read many books in that class and it certainly helped me to relearn my love for reading. She didn’t put a lot of restrictions; we could read anything we wanted, so we had a lot of freedom, which I liked. She was [also] very strict, kind of an interesting combination.”

“I was rebellious and I would misbehave. Instead of getting me in trouble, my Spanish teacher would find ways to connect with me. Once a week, she would call me and talk to me, not about school or class, but just about interests. Because of the attention she gave me, she took an extra step to get to know me.”

“My freshman geometry teacher had a reputation for hating freshmen. I don’t think I said one whole word to him throughout the whole year. He did leave a unique impression because even though that’s how he portrayed it, I knew that he was there to help. And after your freshman year, he would still seek you out and make sure you’re still doing well.”

Ken DeShan 1971-1975

Neil Jacoby 1981-1985

Nancy Najera 1982-1986

Jenny Herzog 1986-1990


“Smiling brings the happiness and breaks the ice between two people. So smiling is almost a must when meeting someone for the first time. Do not wear dirty clothes, especially stained ones. You want to look as nice as possible, and for that you’d need a fresh set of clothes, cleaned, and having it ironed is optional but helpful and adds to the details.” Iann Lee, 12

“Confidence is the main thing. You just want to carry yourself in a certain, confident way. Just introduce yourself. Simple as that. Don’t make too much of a conscious effort. I think that’s where people falter sometimes; they try too hard. It’s an issue of overthinking it. The first impression should come off naturally and not too rehearsed.” Justin Koo, 11

“Past achievements focus on who you are. [Colleges, for example], want someone who is outgoing with [his or her] school body and overall good with their grades and just being in clubs. Just do [well], try to get into many clubs, and just be a good person.” Vanessa Sanchez, 10







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Lights, camera, action Sustaining the beat Freshman Nathan Sy and Senior Blayr Davis pursue their acting careers on CBS’ Freshman Janavie Maramba is participating in a new up and coming indie band called Divergence. new comedy, “Bad Teacher” and Nickelodeon’s show “The Thundermans.” Anabelle Chang Staff writer Not everyone has the chance to star on a television show, but when you do, it’s an experience to cherish. Freshman Nathan Sy has recently started acting for CBS’ new comedy Bad Teacher as an extra, while senior Blayr Davis has expanded her acting career by playing a cheerleader in Nickelodeon’s The Thundermans. Having always wanted to be an actress, Davis was given the opportunity to fulfill this dream when she was offered a spot as an extra in a 2006 Hannah Montana pilot episode. In her most recent role as a cheerleader, she was PHOTO COURTESY OF BLAYR DAVIS chosen through an open casting call. “As a person, I’m extremely DIRECTOR’S CUT (SECOND FROM LEFT): Senior Blayr Davis poses outgoing and ever since I was with her group of cheerleaders after a shoot of an episode. little, I wanted to be the center of and Davis have to practice and rehearse something not everyone gets to do.” attention,” Davis said. “Acting was the script beforehand and listen to the “I feel like more people notice the best way for me to do that.” director for their cues and directions. me and acknowledge me, but at While Davis has had prior “The director is the person who the same time, they treat me the experience in the acting department, tells me what to do, and he also writes same way,” Sy said. “My friends being in “Bad Teacher” was Sy’s the script and episode, so it’s pretty are happy for me because they see first time. He was given the role after important to listen to him,” Sy said. me on TV and they get all excited.” being approached by an agent who “It’s important to listen in general Davis and Sy are looking for asked him if he would like to act. because you need to know what you careers in acting in the future. They “I accepted the role because need to do and how to do it. If you hope that their current experience I was already kind of interested in don’t listen, then you’ll be lost.” will expose them to bigger and more acting and it just looked fun. It was Although he used to be shy, Sy has prominent roles in the acting industry. something new that I wanted to try,” learned how to reach out to others and “I’ve always wanted to be an Sy said. “The first time I acted, I was to be more outgoing through acting. actress since I was little. I didn’t pretty nervous and shy and I didn’t “When I’m up there on set, really have a specific reason for that. know exactly what to do. But the more acting is natural for me. It just comes I just wanted to be famous and live I did it, the easier it came to me - I got to me naturally,” Sy said. “Now, I my dream as an actress,” Davis said. used to it and didn’t get as nervous and really like acting because I get to “In the future, I’d definitely continue shy in front of the camera anymore.” meet all these different people and acting if I get other opportunities To prepare for their roles, both Sy I also get to be on TV, which is since it is such a great experience.” Ω

Cherishing moments like this

Students document a special moment over social media using #100happydays.


FEELING HAPPY: Arneil Liban (far back) poses with his friends.

YUMMY TREATS: Angelica Tan (right) poses with a lollipop.

FAMILY TIME: Vincent Tsai (back) spends time with brother.




“I feel sentimental about it because as a senior, I’m trying to remember the everyday things of being in high school, not just the big events. It’s nice to look back at the pictures and see the little things that made me happy.”

“My motivation was to be happy. trying to balance school and everyday life on top of college responsibilities gets stressful for me, so posting that one moment is a chance for me to let go, enjoy the little things, and have a positive outlook.”

“I started #100happydays when I came back from China. I still make it a habit to do something for myself each day. I’m happy because it was my first time to take care of him., and my dad stressed that my sister and I spend time to take care of him. “


MUSIC IS LIFE: Freshman Janavie Maramba sings and plays the guitar in her band,‘Sustain’, as the band performs for the audience at a show. Nathan Au-Yeung Copy editor Indie bands are the rage right now, not only in mainstream music but also on a more local level, with all kinds of bands playing at all kinds of venues all over the world. Freshman Janavie Maramba was just one person in this musical movement, playing with her first band, Sustain, before moving on to another band called Divergence. Maramba began Sustain with her father’s help, but after conflicts arose within the band, the band split up, with Maramba and some of her bandmates later moving on to join Divergence. “We decided we wanted to start a band and we were looking for a drummer, so we found one, stuck with the name Sustain, and continued with that band for a while,” Maramba said. “Eventually some drama happened and our lead singer left us, and more drama happened with our drummer so we had to let him go. We didn’t have enough members to actually be in a band so we just joined [Divergence], and I thought, ‘Okay these are good musicians so I guess we’ll try it out with them and see how it works.’” Divergence performs mostly covers of songs in their performances, though Maramba and her bandmates like to play with their covers by changing the lyrics and music. The band is also currently dabbling in composing original music for the future. “For covers, I put my own twist on some of the words or make some of the music different, and we kind of change it a little bit,” Maramba said. “We do covers but we’re also working on our original songs. We haven’t really started working on the words, but we got the music and instruments part down.”

Divergence has played at several venues, including festivals and Filipino restaurants, and plans to target even larger audiences. The band finds their gigs through their piano player’s mother, who has connections in the music industry. “It’s a good experience to experience different venues because there are different audiences there,” Maramba said. “Instead of just your family members watching, it’s actually strangers too; it’s different everywhere since there are all different people everywhere.” Maramba has encountered numerous difficulties with being a part of a band, from dealing with time conflicts with her bandmates to losing two members of her original band. “One [of my bandmates] lives in the mountains and the others live in Long Beach,” Maramba said. “We’ve encountered obstacles with trying to rehearse because we all live so far away from each other and we all have different schedules, so it’s hard to actually get together.” For Maramba and her band, the future is still in clouds because some of her bandmates will be graduating soon, casting doubt over whether the band will still play together. For the band members, however, music is the thing that has kept them together, and it will be the thing that unites them in the foreseeable future. “I love making music, especially if it’s with some of my best friends, and it’s just fun to make other people’s music our own with our own style,” Maramba said. “We plan on continuing as long as we can, but some of our band members are getting older. They’re almost gonna graduate, they’re juniors, so next year we don’t know what’s ahead of us when they go to college.” Ω

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Summer vacation -- 104 days of endless possibilities. Take a look at what some of the Mustangs are spending their vacation doing.


VOLUNTEER In the summer, sophomore Jonathan Yang will travel to Ireland to participate in an Operation Smile leadership conference. “I think it will be really exciting for me to be able to meet international students and it will give me a kind of glimpse of how life and culture is different around the world,” Yang said.

VACATION This summer, freshman Devani Rodabaugh will be traveling to Kansas to visit family and friends.


34.2% 26.5% 14.4% 8.0% 7.7% 5.5% 3.7%

“Because of my swimming background I thought it would be natural to be a lifeguard,” Tang said. “My ability to swim will help me perform rescues and assist swimmers more efficiently and effectively.”


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As a member of Walnut’s water polo and swim team, junior Jordan Tang hopes to put his skills to use this summer by becoming a Walnut High School life guard.



“There’s going to be an annual carnival. We usually drive but this time, we’re going on a flight. I’ve never been on a plane in my life, so I think it’ll be exciting to ride a plane for the first time,” Rodabaugh said.


RESEARCHER Junior Jeffrey Zhang will be attending the Stanford Institute of Medicine Summer Research program’s new pilot BioEngineering Camp from June 9-31. “The experience and the connections are priceless,” Zhang said. “I never really intended on doing medical research, but my view of what I want to do may change over the course of the program.”

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With a love for technology, senior Michael Montgomery started his own tech As the year comes to a close, we take time to magazine on Filipboard. He has many articles complied and even more viewers. recognize some of our most esteemed staff. COMPILED BY JASON LUNA RITA PUZO

“I love teaching history and geography, and I will definitely miss my students and colleagues. And I loved sharing my traveling experiences with my students.”

SCOTT CASSELLS “I will miss the daily regiment of getting up here at a certain time. I’ll miss the daily grind and seeing kids and faculty members, but I will come back to athletic events and performing arts. There hasn’t been a day ever when I didn’t want to come to work. I enjoyed every day.”

TRICIA ARAGON “I remember being part of the Anissa Ayala Blood Drive and searching for a bone marrow match. Also all the young, scared little faces of the eighth graders coming to their orientation and watching the transformation over the next four years.”

LILY JACQUOT “I will miss the friendships I’ve made teaching here. I’ve definitely become friends with my students. They are so busy that I hope that they will still use and enjoy French and French culture.” PHOTOS TAKEN BY JASON LUNA

Serena Lin Staff writer With a simple click, an article is shared and the Magazine is updated. With that click, 48 thousand subscribers log onto Flipboard to read that same article. Senior Michael Montgomery uses the app Flipboard to run an online tech magazine, The Magazine, to increase interest in the latest technology trends. Montgomery started the magazine around a year ago and manages the magazine by compiling articles from various authors. “A year ago, Flipboard released a new feature for anyone to create their own magazine. So, I utilized this feature,” Montgomery said. “I’m more tech-oriented and I’m very interested in technology so I said ‘hey, I’ll just create a tech magazine and see if anyone’s interested in it’. And lo and behold, six months later, five thousand people subscribed to it.” Through suggestions from the app, Montgomery searches for topics that he believes that people would find interest in. During his breaks from homework, Montgomery skims through articles suggested by Flipboard to select the next piece to feature in his magazine. “Content-wise, I basically just look for things that will help people learn about some aspect of technology

or something that will enrich the person’s experience with t e c h n o l o g y, ” s a i d Montgomery. “My mission would probably be to spread tech news to as many people as possible and make as many people PHOTO BY ALISON CHANG as tech-literate as possible.” TECH SAVVY: Senior Michael Montgomery uses his A l t h o u g h phone to add more articles to his online magazine. or tech fads. People are a lot more the magazine takes up a large portion of his time, interested in technology than I thought.” Working on the magazine has Montgomery sees many benefits from his work on the magazine. He allowed Montgomery to further enjoys working on the magazine understand his career goal and has and is motivated by the feedback brought him closer to reaching this goal. “Programmers write code and that he receives from others. “The best part of doing the design programs like Flipboard that magazine is the feedback I get from enable people like me to create a other people. It astounds me that a magazine and simply share with person across the country or maybe other people. So I definitely think that even the world could comment on becoming a computer programmer an article that they’ve seen in my has a lot to do with what I’m doing magazine,” said Montgomery. “From right now,” Montgomery said. “I working on the magazine, I’ve learned think that working with the magazine that a lot of people are interested has really helped me to understand in keeping up with technology and that computer programming is worrying about the latest tech thing actually a pretty complex thing.” Ω



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Q: What is the hardest part about getting into character?

A: You have to put yourself in their shoes and try to understand why the character is doing what they’re doing and making the choices they’re making. All characters are so different and unique that it’s sometimes extremely difficult to not act like yourself. Riley Herms, 10

| guys and girls both wear bronzer, eyeliner and a heavy amount of blush while only girls wear nude eyeshadow and false lashes | read through entire script on first day of rehearsals and after about 6-7 weeks. Then, memorize all lines by a certain date set by the director


Q: How do you manage your time between rehearsals and

| hire a professional to search for and rent costumes needed for the show | have a Dress Parade where all performers line up on the stage wearing their costumes and the director and costumer check to see if they all fit

school work?


| daily rehearsals are after school and usually last from 3:00-5:30 p.m., but extend until 7:00 p.m. as the date of the show approaches Veronica Carrasco, 12

Dance performs annual spring show “Vitality”

A:As a lead in this year’s fall production, I didn’t have as much down time as I did in last year’s musical. However, making time wasn’t hard to do because most of the students in the productions are just trying to juggle it all, too. Veronica Carrasco, 12

Color Guard competes in championships

Color Guard competed against nine other schools and managed to place fourth Dance Team and the rest of the dance classes performed overall with a total score of 82 out of 100 points at Segerstrom High School. in their last show of the year, “Vitality,” from May 1-2. Anabelle Chang Staff writer

during class and after school. They also ran through the entire program the day before the show. Dance team and dance classes of “Practice is important because all levels collaborated to perform their you can perfect the dance and create last show “Vitality” on May 1-2. the best experience for the audience,” “With ‘Vitality’ as our last Dance 1 member sophomore Taylor performance, I thought it was very York said. emotional because we went through While the dance classes a lot of hardships together and during incorporated themes with their nationals we got very close,” Dance performances, the Dance team team member freshman Chelsea performance consisted of all the Chang said. “We were really happy dances it produced throughout the with the outcome and I think we did a year. good job performing.” “We felt really good about The name “Vitality” was chosen ourselves when we performed by the Dance team members through because we got to show everyone a system of voting. in the audience what “The word we’ve accomplished ‘vitality’ basically from the beginning “With ‘Vitality’ as means energy and until now as a team,” out last performance, Chang said. “Our spirit and in the show we did just that. I thought it was very overall performance The performers are was the best we could emotional because very energetic and ever imagine. I think we went through enthusiastic and we it was even better really danced with than how we did at a lot of hardships passion and vigor,” Nationals because we together.“ Chang said. were so motivated by Dance 1, Chelsea Chang, 9 all the cheering in the Dance 2 and audience.” Advanced Dance The dancers are each performed a looking to improve on different piece for the show. Dance 1 their skills for a more successful year. and Dance 2 performed to the song From this performance, they learned “We Go Together” while Advanced that perseverance and teamwork are Dance performed to “It’s Now or important for a good show. Never.” “Since it’s the last show of the “We actually choreographed year, this performance felt kind of our dance ourselves and we based it bittersweet,” Dance team member on our training,” Advanced Dance sophomore Vera Chu said. “I feel member junior Brandon Wang happy that the end of the school year said. “I’d say that this performance is almost here and with that we can wouldn’t have fulfilled my dream see how we have grown as dancers as a final performance, but it sort of and friends since auditions, which satisfied it because I really loved the was when we formally met. I’m also people I performed with.” sad because part of the team is going To prepare for the performance, to leave and those relationships can’t the classes and the team practiced be easily replaced.” Ω

Sabrina Wan Staff writer Color Guard placed fourth overall at the championships competition at Segerstrom High School on Sunday, April 12. The team scored a total of 82 points out of 100. “We did pretty well. It was our best run yet. Usually at competitions, not all of us can make it, but this time everyone was there,” sophomore Candace Baisden said. “We were all pumped up because it was championships and we performed our hearts out there.” The team put in hours of hard work and practice to prepare for the championships against nine other schools in its division. “Personally for me, I was pretty confident in what I was going to do,” freshman Sharon Kim said. “I told myself how well I would do and

that I wouldn’t drop or mess up on anything I have made mistakes on before. Afterwards, I felt satisfied on how I performed that day because I never performed like that before.” New props were incorporated in the performance, including rifles and sabers, as opposed to the usual flags. More difficult and intricate dance routines were also added. “It was my first time working with [the weapons] and I really learned a lot,” junior Claire Atanacio said. “We usually just work with the flags mostly and there’s not much weaponry and dancing. I’m pretty satisfied with how we ended.” Despite Color Guard’s meticulous improvements and preparation, it missed bronze by a few decimal points. “They had all the teams lined up for first, second, and third and all the other teams just stood there. Even

after seeing all that stuff, I had to take it in for a second and just know I had fun,” senior Jasmine Lambert said. “It was fun and I looked at the other people and they looked so happy. They probably worked ten times harder than us trying to get that medal. A part of me was sad but a part of me was just happy for them because at least they really appreciated it.” Though they were unable to place for the competition, this season allowed members to perfect techniques and gain more competing experience that will prepare them for the upcoming year. “Even though it wasn’t the best ending, I know that next year, the people who are in it are going to get better and they’re going to be able to improve,” Lambert said. “They’ll be able to go on, so it’s good leaving knowing that Color Guard is going to keep getting better and better.” Ω

Choir stages Spring Pops Concert

Choir held its Spring Pops concert with music all from the seventies and eighties. Nikita Patel Staff writer Choir’s annual Spring Pops Concert was on April 25-26 and May 2-3 with the performances of all choir groups. “It’s different this year because there are new people and there are going to be a lot more people there. The staging is very different. Before, we didn’t have platforms and now we have platforms, so we can actually have a really good show. The energy of it makes it special this year,” Treble Choir member junior Jonah Bautista said. This year’s performance incorporated its choreography and

music with major elements from the seventies and eighties. “Last year was more formal. This year has a more fun atmosphere,” Rhapsody and Blue member sophomore Giuliana Liu said. “The choreography looked really good during rehearsal. I think this year’s dancing has more complicated moves and makes the audience want to get up on their feet.” True to the theme of the seventies and eighties, the concert included songs like “Happy,” “It’s Raining Men,” “I’ve Got the Music in Me” and “Uptown Girl.” “There were some things we were worried about. For one song, we did ‘Happy’ together with the Chamber

Singer’s voices and an acapella with no instruments, and on that one we were kind of shaky. We almost didn’t get it in time for the concert, but other than that everything was pretty smooth,” Chamber Singer member senior Hunter Maestas said. Since the Spring Pops Concert was the last concert of the year, many said their goodbyes to the seniors. “The concert was sort of sad because the seniors are leaving and they were like the support of the group,” sophomore Men’s Ensemble Nicholas Wang said. “Since the seniors make up roughly a third of the class, I feel that the coming year will be interesting with the influx of new people coming in.” Ω

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Jazz Band performs “Tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes” Jazz Band hosted a concert with songs played in honor of the famous American singer Frank Sinatra. Emily Chen Staff writer Jazz Band held “A Salute to Ol’ Blue Eyes,” a concert that featured famous songs in honor of American jazz singer Frank Sinatra, on Wednesday, May 7 in the Performing Arts Center. Advanced Orchestra director Dr. Buddy Clements invited guest vocalist Luca Ellis and professional trumpet player Gary Holopof to perform with the band. “It feels like the band is more compact and tight, more together. At our normal practices, the sound felt a little empty without Luca Ellis’ singing. With both of the guest artists’ support, the band felt more complete and the music was overall nicer,” sophomore Albert Loekman said. Ellis randomly selected songs to perform from the 23 signature Sinatra pieces shown in the program. The concert included songs sung by Sinatra himself, including his most famous song, “Fly Me to the Moon.” “I like the lyrics and messages the songs convey because they’re all

really easygoing and comforting,” junior Rhea Lin said. “I think it was a great success. Dr. Clements really worked the entire band three hours daily after school, but it was all worth it. I enjoyed being able to play alongside professional musicians. The band has become more synchronized after learning the music and working with the two artists.” With Luca Ellis singing the main melody in each song, the band members had to adapt and learn to play their music effectively to support Ellis’ singing. “Since we have a vocalist this time, we’re mainly supporting the singer. It’s a different way of playing. We have to know how to listen and play along to support him rather than just play the melody ourselves like we’re used to,” Lin said. “We wanted to celebrate his music because he’s very famous jazz singer, and this concert was mainly a tribute to him and his music. It’s been a plan of the music program to do a Frank Sinatra concert for a really long time, and we finally got to pull it off this year.” Ω

An Overview



Band Buddies hosts “Salute to Disney” Advanced Wind Ensemble participated in its annual show with several elementary schools. Caroline Huang Staff writer

percussionist senior Raymond Fong said. The fifth graders then joined the Band Buddies collaborated audience so they could watch a miniwith fifth graders from various concert by the ensemble, featuring elementary schools in the Band a medley of the theme songs from Buddies Spring Concert “Salute to the movies “Up,” “Pirates of the Disney” on Wednesday, April 16. The Caribbean” and “Pinocchio.” Advanced Wind Ensemble and Band “It’s fun and beneficial for them Buddies members because as Band played with 200 Buddies people we are elementary students “I think I gained some supposed to help them from Collegewood, get better and set up leadership, and it Westhoff, Vejar, an example for them,” Walnut Elementary Fong said. feels good because and C.J. Morris. The Band Buddies you are trying to help Together, the concert trained the high these kids achieve bands played three schoolers’ leadership songs titled “Lion and teaching skills something that they King,” “Bleacher and helped the fifth really want to do.” Boogie,” and “Go graders gain exposure Go Go.” Natalie Luck, 9 to higher level music. “You see the “It’s pretty cool process of when to see the fifth graders they started in have fun with playing the beginning and you see them music with older people who inspire get better. Fifth graders are active them. They really connected with high and very hyper too, so working and school students. I think I gained some interacting with them is just very leadership, and it feels good because interesting. Throughout my four you’re trying to help these kids years I enjoyed working with the fifth achieve something that they really graders and I wish I could stay a little want to do,” French horn freshman longer because it is a fun experience,” player Natalie Luck said. Ω


THE YEAR IN REVIEW (CLOCKWISE): Dance Team performs to an upbeat song with banjo props at the USA Dance Regionals competition. | Junior Brianna Mariscol performs with teammates at the USA Dance Regionals compeition. | Senior Annie Fan and other cast members of the musical “Curtains” sing “She Did It” while accusing each other of being the killer. | Sophomore Ed Hou plays “Variations on a Shaker Melody” on the violin in the Orchestra Autumn Serenade Concert. | Freshmen Janavie Maramba and Mariah Quintana sing “Hey Santa” in the annual Choir Winter Concert.



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Pies galore at The Pie Hole

Chill at Grandma Pucci’s

714 Traction Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90013

1459 N Citrus Ave., Covina, CA 91722

(213) 537-0115

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A great way to beat the heat, Grandma Pucci’s Homemade Ice Cream offers fun ice cream flavors. Emily Chen Staff writer


Offering a vast and unique variety of sweet and savory pies, The Pie Hole is a hipster-esque restaurant perfect for hanging with friends or eating with family. Sabrina Wan Staff writer

2550 Amar Rd, West Covina, CA 91792

(626) 965-0123

With a very unique palate of authentic Indonesian food, Merry’s House of Chicken provides food worth the ride, despite a few lackluster dishes. Gabrielle Manuit Staff writer Pretty new to Indonesian cuisine, I didn’t know what to expect from Merry’s House of Chicken, a small restaurant found in the Walnut Hills Plaza Shopping Center on Amar Road. Though the restaurant’s ordinary appearance makes it easy to overlook, I was intrigued by its claims of serving authentic Indonesian food and decided it was worth trying. The first dish I tried was the Ayam Goreng Kremesan, a house specialty featuring marinated fried chicken served with chili sauce. The chicken itself was crispy on the outside without being dry, and the chili sauce gave an extra kick that enhanced the flavors of the meat. While I liked the dish, I found that

nothing set it apart from similar meals I tried in the past. For a restaurant whose name incorporates chicken, I felt that the dish should have been more impressive. Unlike the house specialty, the Mie Pangsit is a wonton egg noodle soup with minced pork and soup served on the side. The soup and the noodles were a little bland, but thankfully the wontons and pork made up for the taste that the soup and noodles lacked. For those who want a bit of everything, the Nasi Kuning is a great combination dish with yellow rice, beef rendang, fried chicken, a balado spicy egg, and fried potato cake. The beef rendang went perfectly with the yellow rice, and the fried chicken was just as good as the house specialty. While I

also enjoyed the balado spicy egg, I was disappointed that the fried potato cake was dry and unflavorful. Merry’s House of Chicken didn’t stand out to me like I anticipated as there was nothing about the restaurant that was memorable. Still, Merry’s House of Chicken is definitely worth giving a chance. Ω



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crust as well for it had a layer of chocolate between the pastry and the cream, making it all the more enjoyable. Of all the ones I had tried, the apple pie stood out the least to me as it had lacked the original flair the other pies had to offer. There were too many apple slices stuffed inside and I had wished that they had warmed up the slice instead of serving it cold and crunchy. The crust had also failed to maintain my expectations since it was too sweet and had too much sprinkled sugar on top. What sets The Pie Hole apart from other pie shops is its variety of creative flavors. Its daily menu is limited, yet full of distinctive flavors like earl grey and maple custard. Though the pies are quite pricey ranging from $4 to $6, the slices are quite big and taste amazing. Having always been a pie fanatic, I can easily say that this particular pie shop has found a special place in my heart. Ω


The Pie Hole. If you’re anything like me, you’re already envisioning dozens upon dozens of warm pies oozing with fillings. Before you know it, your mouth is watering and your stomach is growling. Much to my delight I heard about The Pie Hole, a pie shop that specializes in sweet and savory pies. Because of Old Pasadena’s bustling streets and confusing crosswalks, finding The Pie Hole was quite difficult. Nevertheless, I found the store and became mildly surprised upon my entrance. What I had expected to be a busy restaurant was really a small counter in a corner occupying a large indoor marketplace with several other food-related counters. Heading up to the counter, I noticed a cramped area taken up by a large oven and racks of pie slices behind the “shop” as two employees

walked around and took orders. However, the entire brick marketplace was very open and gave a comfy and relaxed vibe. I had the pleasure of trying many unique pie flavors like maple custard, earl grey, and apple. The chilled maple custard pie was nothing short of delicious- its custard filling had a distinct maple syrup savor and was creamy. The top of the pie had a hard layer of caramelized sugar and just the right amount of sweetness. I also took joy in the scalloped cookie crust, which was baked to a golden brown with each bite being full of flaky, buttery layers. The next pie I tried was the earl grey pie, which became my immediate favorite after the first bite. The fluffy cream was rich and smooth with a strong earl grey tea flavor. It was topped with a thick coating of whipped cream and sprinkled with finely chopped nuts, complementing the slice altogether. I loved the pie

With summer closing in and the intense heat lingering, I decided to try out the recently opened ice cream parlor, Grandma Pucci’s Homemade Ice Cream, located in Chino. Housing numerous homemade flavors of oldfashioned ice cream and gelato, the new craze, Grandma Pucci’s will certainly keep you cool, refreshed and satisfied in this summer heat. With a smooth, melt-in-yourmouth sensation, the gelatos are the better of the two items I had ordered. The mango was not tangy, but had a sweet, fruity flavor that I thoroughly enjoyed. The vanilla gelato was just as delicious, and even better with the candied pecans, which added a perfect little hint of crunch and spice to the original vanilla flavor. I also reveled in Goosebumps and the Coffee Chip, both incredibly delectable ice cream flavors. For you chocolate lovers out there, Goosebumps may be the soulmate you’ve been searching for your entire ice cream related life. Goosebumps was very thick and creamy with a

strong chocolate taste, and it did give me goosebumps (hence the name). Coffee Chip was also a unique flavor; instead of mixing in chocolate chips and chunks into the coffee ice cream, as done in other ice cream stores, Grandma Pucci’s decided to add a little twist to the original recipe by including grounded coffee beans in order to produce a more aromatic coffee flavor and texture. Grandma Pucci’s doesn’t just sell regular ice cream, but ice cream with an added “oomph”, m a k i n g the parlour stand out from other ice cream stores. All the flavors I tried were satisfying and fulfilling, and I absolutely cannot wait to go back there and eat more during this upcoming summer. Ω

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Despite the limited menu, Ruby’s Kitchen offers several traditional satisfying Vietnamese dishes. Lisa Shen Staff writer I made a short stop to Ruby’s Kitchen, a restaurant that serves Vietnamese -oriented dishes. Walking in, I anticipated an ample menu filled with a distinctive Viet foods; sadly, the cuisine choices are limited. However, the restaurant is substantial in what they do serve. Ruby’s Kitchen lacks enough pho options and offeres merely two choices of soups. I ordered the spicy beef noodle soup (bun bo hue), which was scantily worth the price. The beef in the bun bo hue was a bit spicy. The broth, however, was a bit bland and watered down; I added chile and some soy sauce to give the soup’s flavor a kick. I also ordered the passion fruit tea, which comes with free refills; I was pleasantly overtaken by the well-blended sweetness which actually accentuates the taste of the

tea. Many other types other of teas were offered, including boba-like drinks. The restaurant exhibits a friendly, casual ambiance. A fusion of a friendly staff and good food, Ruby’s Kitchen creates the perfect place to hang out during the summer. Ω


VIET FOOD (TOP TO BOTTOM): The interior follows a rustic design. | Passion fruit tea is among the many drinks.


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Summer books to read outside of class

These summer reads, quite short but quite sweet, are great for those days on the beach or those days cooped up in your room. COMPILED BY EMILY CHEN, SUSAN LIN AND ALVIN WAN

Time’s Arrow | Martin Amis

Outliers | Malcom Gladwell At its core, it argues that success is a product of both work ethic and luck. In short, Gladwell challenges the concept of the American dream, arguing that hard work will not always result in success. It’s only half the story - the aspiring must also be lucky to have uncontrollable factors in their favor. The message behind “Outliers” is rather dispiriting but is definitely a recommended read. It sheds light on the misconception that work will always come to fruition and is a must-know for those who seek great success. Ω

Cat’s Cradle | Kurt Vonnegut

Time’s Arrow is certainly an interesting read, with vivid flashbacks and plenty of detailed thoughts from the protagonist former Nazi doctor, Tom Friendly. His occasional memories lead the reader to discover that the book is told in reverse chronology, moving back and forth between Tom’s past in Auschwitz and 1941 suburban America. With a fascinating storyline and a relatable point of view, Time’s Arrow is one gripping novel that will always keep you on the edge of your seat. Ω

Reading about humanity’s imminent demise has never been so fun. Told in a flashback, “Cat’s Cradle,” is centered around the experiences of the protagonist, a writer trying to find a family tied to the creation of the atomic bomb: the Hoenikkers. I was hooked by Vonnegut’s ability to use humor and thinly veiled sarcasm. The book was entertaining, thought provoking and darkly funny. Some say that the apocalypse isn’t funny. But that’s probably because they’ve never read Vonnegut. Ω PHOTO COURTESY OF WIKIPEDIA.ORG

Released May 2, 2014

With an all-star cast returning to “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” Marc Webb’s take on the Marvel classic incorporates both what we all know and love and what we will know and love. reunites with his old friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), his biggest fan, Max Dillon (Jamie Fox), becomes a super villain named Electro. The Rhino (Paul Giamati) also makes an appearance in the film as a villain, but has limited screen time. Peter juggles

Farhan Kamdar Staff writer The world’s favorite webcrawler is back. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is director Marc Webb’s sequel to his block-buster success “The Amazing SpiderMan” based on Marvel Comics’ “The Amazing Spider-Man”, starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Sally Field, and more. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” takes place after the high school graduation of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Peter Parker is forced to balance being a super hero, living with his Aunt May (Sally Field), and having a love life. While Spider-Man

all of this at the same time; that makes for a pretty hectic movie. The acting in this movie is great. Andrew Garfield is the quintessential Peter Parker. He gives Spider-Man the quirkiness that is needed, and makes Peter feel smart and serious yet funloving, which holds true to the source material. Emma Stone does a good job as Gwen Stacy. Her chemistry with Andrew Garfield is great and they work off each other wonderfully. The villains in this movie also do a fine job. Jamie Fox made me feel sorry for Electro; which is pretty impressive for a villain. Dane DeHaan played Harry Osborn as well as The Green Goblin. His character, I thought, was not as good as it should have been. He is arguably the Spider-Man’s main foe, but he felt shoehorned into the movie. Dane Dehan did a fair job in acting, but I think the writing was

the thing that brought him down. He did have great moments, although not often. Overall, the acting in this movie was good, but had some weak points. Each actor did the best they could with each role. The visual effects took me out of the movie more than a few times. The Spider-Man effects were fine, but at some parts Electro looked like he came straight out of a video game. Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack of the movie went both ways for me. At parts it made it look like the movie was trying to go somewhere else with Spider-Man. At other parts, however, it perfects what it is trying to do. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” has a pretty busy plot. Seeing that there were three villains in the movie made me skeptical because the last time there were three villains in a Spider-Man movie, it did not go so well. However, the number of villains was handled very well, and it helped that The Rhino had very little screen time. This movie really progressed Spider-Man’s story line and set up for a potential Sinister Six movie. This movie is by no means the best superhero movie, or maybe even the best Spider-Man movie, but I think it was better than the first one. This movie had more heart and really tries to bring out the viewer’s emotion, which it succeeded in doing. This movie was enjoyable, but it is not going to win the Oscar for best picture. With both the good and the bad, “The Amazing Spider-Man combines action, comedy and drama. Ω

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Candee takes her readers on a walkthrough of the intricacies and tips of the reviewing process. Candee Yuan Editor-in-Chief Like every magician and her secrets, every journalist has her own arsenal. This is it. We, seniors, are finally graduating high school. Since this is my last issue as a part of the Hoofprint staff, I have decided to reveal my secrets and my thought process in reviewing my experiences. 1. Be motivated and open. Find a restaurant, album, book, etc. that you want to review. We all know that once a teeenager loses passion about something he will lose interest in a second. The number one thing that I had to find out the hard way through reviewing is that you should do it on something you are genuinely interested in. Reviewing something that you like is important, but be aware of others’ interests. Be sure to go into it without being biased, and accept both the good and bad parts of it. 2. Think and enjoy. Go into it knowing that you’re a critic ready to critique. With advanced technology these days, I know it’s hard to not just take a picture of food and devour it. Figure out what key points really interest you and what does not appeal to you. If you do not truthfully enjoy your experience, then share it. However, there must be something positive about it even if it’s just a single iota. Last but not least, enjoy it. Though you are doing it for the review, do it for yourself too. 3. Find proof and respect the magic. Like the saying, “pics or it didn’t happen,” it is essential to have photos. A review isn’t the same without pictures. And hey, we all know every single one of you wants to showcase your amazing photography skills. Pictures aside, make sure you combine your experience, the atmosphere for a restaurant or the wait time for food. 4. Be proud of your review. I, Candee Yuan, hereby leave my pointers in reviewing any experience to all of readers of “The Hoofprint”. Treasure them. Ω

TRICKS OF THE TRADE: To review for an upcoming assignment, Candee takes a quick photo of a few delectable pastries.



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AND THEN THERE WERE FIVE FROM THE Meet the five athletically and academically outstanding seniors representing Walnut. HORSE’S MOUTH Many coaches obsessed with winning lose sight of



the fact that they are training students, not pros. Ted Zhu and Bryan Wong Sports editors Bobby Petrino was re-hired as the head football coach at the University of Louisville earlier this year. It’ s a tearful return to the head coaching position at a major program after Petrino was fired for his involvement in a scandal that nearly culminated in a sexual harassment case. It was dismissed, but Petrino’s job and reputation went out the window. Although the media has never forgiven Petrino for this incident, a more striking story about Petrino has always stuck with me. Although widely regarded as one of the most brilliant offensive minds, Petrino has a checkered history, to say the least. In his first stint at Louisville, Petrino was documented questioning a player’s priorities when the player asked to skip practice to be the pallbearer at a close friend’s funeral. It’s a situation like this that forces us to deeply consider: what is the priority for student-athletes? Ask anyone, and they’ll say that there’s a reason why we call them “student-athletes” and not “athletestudents.” Academics come first because learning sets up success in the real world environment. A sport is a hobby that turns into a profession for the rare few. So academics come first. Right? As Petrino’s case shows, the truth can sometimes be ugly. Some coaches teach that nothing comes before the sport. Not your schoolwork, your health nor your personal life. And such cases inevitably lead us to this: what will student-athletes, especially high

schoolers, do when they “retire” and don’t have sports anymore? There’s a vacuum that’s created when sports is gone. All that time invested in drills and workouts are now empty hours. To do what? More often than not, people don’t know. The over-commitment to sports has set kids far behind in academics, created chronic injuries, and burned bridges between friends and family. The primary responsibility still lies in the hands of the student. There needs to be a recognition that the sport isn’t everything in life. That there are other people and activities worth dedicating time to, because in the long run, it’s going to be a lot more helpful. Go ahead and enjoy the game. But when the sport has become too much of your identity, there’s a danger that once high school ends, you won’t know what you want to do anymore, or worse, who you are anymore. High school is supposed to be a stepping stone for teenagers to mature and explore our passions as we enter the door to adulthood. And while sports can be an integral part of the pie, it isn’t the only ingredient in the recipe. That isn’t to say the coach is off the hook. Coaches are the parent figure in students’ lives and should use their position of authority to be more than just a teacher of the game. It’s an opportunity to be a mentor in life. In many situations, the pressure is on the coach to produce victories, so it takes great restraint and responsibility for a coach to put aside wins and losses, and instead, actively help their student-athletes find a balance between study and athletics. Ω

“ I’m just really humbled by the fact that I was chosen. And also I really like this award since it awards those who are well-rounded students who are involved in many activities, not just focused on one aspect of their lives.”


“I was pretty surprised at first because I didn’t think my sports credentials stacked up to some of the other people. I think Hacienda Five represents people in the school being able to balance both academic life and sports and extra cerricular life all at the same time.”

CHRISTINE HU WATER POLO “I always had the mindset that if I were to do something I would give it my all. Academics challenged my mind, while athletics challenged my body and volunteering expanded my heart.”


“For me the most important thing is academics. I love swimming but I know it’s not something that I’m going to spend the rest of my life doing. It’s the same thing with awards. It feels awesome to be recognized for my accomplishment, but then again, it’s only temporary.”

KYLE KING TRACK AND FIELD “The award is something I’ll cherish for a long time because it allows me to represent Walnut High School for the Hacienda League and gives me a lot of school pride. It’s an awesome thing to be able be placed in a group of amazing students and athletes.” PHOTO COURTESY OF VICTOR CHEN

Sophomore Rami Abdou: CIF bound

Abdou outperforms 42 other golfers and places third at league finals to qualify. Joshua Shen Staff writer


FORE: Abdou practices his swing in preparation for CIF tournament on May 12. He placed third out of the eight golfers who qualified.

Sophomore Rami Abdou wrapped up a berth in the first round of CIF Individuals with a score of 70 on May 7 at Mountain Meadows Golf Course. Abdou competed against players from seven teams at Hacienda League Finals. Out of 42 golfers, only eight made it, including Abdou who placed third. “I was the only one who made it [from Walnut] and there’s a lot of pressure to that from myself. I know what I can do, whether other people have expectations for me or not, I’m going to play my game,” Abdou said. The golfers had to complete three rounds to earn a spot to CIF, with the first two as qualifiers for the last round, the Hacienda League

final. The three rounds were held on separate days and locations. In the first round, Abdou carded a score of 75, 74 in the second, and 70 in the last. “In the first round I got off to a bad start but late in my round I got a few birdies that allowed me to bounce back and continue strong going into the last 2 rounds,” Abdou said. “My score started getting better after the first round and that really helped me qualify.” Last year, Abdou reached the first round but didn’t move on. This year, he seeks to reach further in CIF, make it to the state championships and acquire collegiate recognition. “This is only the beginning. I want to continue golfing and make state for CIF and also in the summer play big junior events where college coaches can watch me play,” Abdou said.

Abdou has improved his techniques in order to surpass accomplish his goals. “This year I’m much more mature. I am able to control myself both mentally and physically which allows me to play to the best of my ability,” Abdou said. “I’m able to compete with the best of the best and no longer feel [as] pressured because of the experience [and struggles] I’ve had last year.” Abdou will compete in the first round on May 12 at the Canyon Crest Country Club in Riverside. “I feel confident going into CIF and it just shows that all my hard work has paid off. All my practice and dedication towards this sport paid off,” Abdou said. “I’m just going to keep practicing every day and do everything to prepare and play to my highest level.” Ω

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Varsity boys’ basketball coach Josh Cameron and varsity boys’ and girls’ golf coach Cecil Woods are chosen as San Gabriel Valley Coaches of the Year.

JOSHUA CAMERON: VARSITY BOYS’ BASKETBALL HACIENDA LEAGUE CHAMPS “I started teaching in the year 2000. My biggest achievement was not the Coach of the Year award, but the fact that we were undefeated in league and we got the title of being champions. I felt that it wasn’t me who deserved the award, but the program and my coaching staff.”

CECIL WOODS: VARSITY BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ GOLF CIF STATE SECOND PLACE “I started coaching golf at Walnut five years ago. My biggest achievement was finishing second at state, driving the girls to a state championship in three years and making CIF for boys’ all five years. This award belongs to the team because without them, there was no way I would get it.” PHOTOS COURTESY OF WALNUTHS.NET

Kayla Richardson runs for the Philippines at Asian Youth Games

Richardson joins the Filipino national track team and prepares for the games in May. Sajid Iqbal Staff writer Fueled by a desire to represent the Philippines, sophomore Kayla Richardson competed at the spring Asian Youth Games in the 100 meter and 200 meter dash. “It was definitely a really fun and exciting experience for me. Since my mother is Filipino, it really made me proud to represent and run for my heritage,” Richardson said. “It made my family proud and also made me feel very accomplished because I knew that they were proud of me PHOTO COURTESY OF KAYLA RICHARDSON for representing our culture GOTTA GO FAST: Richardson launches herself from the kneeling position which is really important to me to practice her sprint start position at the Filipino national team practice. because I love the Philippines.” Despite injuries she me to resolve to put my best foot 200 meter dashes this school year. sustained in the high school season, forward in order to place as high as “Doing this race really meant a Richardson completed the 100 possible,” Richardson said. “Placing lot to me because when I placed for the meters in 11.89 seconds, setting this high was really impressive for Philippines it really made me feel like a personal best and placing 6th me because the games were held I left my mark on the competition,” place. She also placed 3rd in the after other important track meets Richardson said. “The experience 200 meter sprint at 24.19 seconds. so I had to combat many injuries.” really motivated me to want to try as “My determination to run for Richardson was able to set the hard as I can to beat more records and the Philippines is what motivated school record in the 100 meter and perform the best I possibly can.” Ω.

Track closes out the season undefeated The Mustangs claim their last season victory against Diamond Bar, securing the league title. Emily Chen Staff writer

threat, and allowed them to anticipate how well its competitors would perform in league finals. Walnut track defeated rival “We treated this meet like Diamond Bar on Thursday, May 1. practice for league finals; we ran it The victory was the last Hacienda around how we expected it to be for League meet and sealed the end of an finals so that we could get a sense of undefeated season for the Mustangs. the playing field and competition,” Walnut swept the competition freshman Terry Xiang said. in eight sections and broke 60 With experience from this personal records (PR). Walnut swept meet and daily practices out on the first through third track, Walnut was “I feel like the school able to prepare for in the boys 400 meter relay, girls May 6 Hacienda has a lot of people the discus, and girls League Preliminaries who can succeed, the May 8 Finals in 100 meter dash. “I believe the team did and we can win which that we should be exceptionally well undefeated. It’s an through the effort we in both meets. In the overall great team, Preliminaries and put into out sport ,” the Finals, the team especially after we went through placed in the top ten all the hard work spots for all sections. Jonathan Mau, 11 and experiences,” “Overall as a junior Jonathan team I feel like this Mau said. “I feel like the school is the best year we’ve had,” junior has a lot of people who can Vivian Yen said. “Although I succeed, and can win through wished I could’ve made a personal the effort we put into our sport.” record in the mile overall I’m pretty The meet gave Walnut satisfied with our ranking since insight to which team was a it was better than last year.” Ω ADVERTISEMENT

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Varsity girls’ volleyball hosts its first Powder Buff game Junior and senior boys duke it out in Walnut’s first all-male volleyball game. Brian Wu Staff writer The first ever Powder Buff fundraiser took place on April 30 in the gym. Volleyball seniors Madison Hoff and Allyson Carlos encouraged the holding of a boys alternate to the annual Powder Puff, in which junior and senior girls face off in a football game. “The game was unbelievably fun and I have a newfound respect and appreciation for volleyball,” senior Austin Johannsen said. Junior and senior boys volunteered to face PHOTO COURTESY BY ANTHONY ZHANG off against each other in GET HYPED UP: The senior team has a pre game huddle together to a game for class pride. Admission was five dollars. boost team morale in preparation for the game. They later won 3-2. “The experience was sudden burst of energy and pulled communication between each other. phenomenal because my father used ahead with senior Richie Rycraw It’s just an overall great feeling as an to be very good at volleyball so he delivering spike after spike. The end result,” junior Joshua Ryee said. gave me lots of pointers. The game juniors lost a tight match, pulling The fundraiser raised was fun and crazy and we couldn’t two out of the five games played. a total of over $600. have asked for a better activity for the “No one thought we were a “It was really fun going out seniors,” seniorAlbert Jelowicki said. match for the seniors, but we only there and playing for the junior class, The juniors and seniors dueled lost 3-2 and all of the games were especially because none of us had it out, alternating leads between each close. It felt great being able to really played a real game of volleyball game, but finally the seniors gave a compete as a team, having that before,” junior Adam Broad said. Ω ADVERTISEMENT

20 VARSITY SPRING SPORTS SCOREBOARD SWIM 4/16 vs. Diamond Bar Boys 69-101 L Girls 126-54 W 4/23 @ Rowland Boys 120-50 W Girls 111-59 W 4/30 vs. Bonita Boys 110-60 W Girls 121-49 W

BOY’S GOLF 4/7 4/8 4/9 4/16 4/17 4/21

TRACK AND FIELD 5/8 Hacienda League Finals Boys 400 meters 1. Matt Magallanez 50.25 Boys 1600 meters 1. Millen Trujillo 4:26.64 Girls 100 meters 1. Kayla Richardson 11.90 Girls Long Jump 1. Ann Liu 16’ 4.5”

BOYS’ TENNIS 4/15 4/22 4/24 4/27 5/1 5/5

BASEBALL 4/12 4/15 4/17 4/19 4/22 4/24 4/29 5/1 5/6 5/8

vs Riverside Prep 3-3 T vs Bonita 5-6 L @ Bonita 2-4 L @ Santa Fe 13-6 W @ West Covina 2-5 L vs. West Covina 2-4 L vs. Los Altos 2-1 W @ Los Altos 10-8 W @Diamond Ranch 19-1 W vs. Diamond Ranch 7-1 W

@ Sunny Hills 286-279 W @ Orange L. 240-215 W vs. Orange L. 240-202 W @Rowland 234-201 W vs. Rowland 256-211W vs. Bonita 214-202 W

vs. Rowland 12-6 L @ Bonita 16-2 W vs. West Covina 18-0 W @ Los Altos 17-1 W vs. Diamond Ranch 17-1 W @ Diamond Bar 10-8 L

SOFTBALL 4/8 4/9 4/10 4/15 4/22 4/24 4/29 5/1 5/6 5/8

@ Diamond Ranch 0-10 L vs. Rosary 4-17 L vs. Diamond Bar 2-5 L vs. Rowland 17-7 W @ Bonita 0-9 L vs. West Covina 0-13 L @ Los Altos 0-6 L vs. Diamond Ranch 13-14 L vs. Bonita 2-12 L @ Rowland 15-7 W

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