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“I was thinking about winning, playing hard, and trying hard, even if we were losing, still trying hard. I was thinking about scoring, not getting tackled easily, what reads to make, and what cutbacks. The win last week pumped us up. We played well, but we still have to step it up.� -Devin Brown, 12 Photo by Justin Kang

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contents news 3 demerits (4)

opinion 6 feature 9 in-depth 10 feature 12 club fair, pg. 10 Mission Statement

The Hoofprint, the official student newspaper of Walnut High School, is a forum for student expression that strives for accuracy, journalistic integrity, and truthfulness. It seeks to reflect the diversity of the student body and surrounding community in a fair and objective manner.


Staff Writers: Jezebel Cardenas, Hong Chen, Eva Chen, Carlene Chinn, Cloris Chou, Vanessa Chou, Gabriella Compolongo, Jackson Deng, Avika Dua, Diane Fann, Samantha Gomes, Raytene Han, Leon Ho, Kent Hsieh, Jefferey Huang, Justin Kang, Daniela Kim, Michelle Kim, Mabel Kyinn, Joyce Lam, Chase Lau, Susie Law, Jessica Lee, Patrick Lee, Ann Lei, Jasmine Lin, Susan Lin, Christine Liu, Sarah Liu, Gabrille Manuit, Ashlyn Montoya, Eunice Pang, Tina Peng, Moanna Phan, Leonie Phoa, Caroline Shih, Agnes Shih, Jacqueline Sotoodeh, Belle Sun, Lily Tanara, Angelina Tang, Varisa Tantiwasadakran, Deanna Trang, Alexandra Wong, Phillomina Wong, Kevin Wu, Spencer Wu, Kevin Yin, Stephany Yong, Jessica You, Ted Zhu Editors-in-Chief: Andrew Koo, Reetika Singh, Eddie Cox Managing Editor: Brittany Tsou Copy Editor: Sharon Lay News Editors: Felix Lee, Austin Au-Yeung Opinion Editors: Elliot Park, Jessica Kwok Feature Editors: To-Van Hoang, Michael Hyun A&E Editors: Karen Ou, Jessica Wang


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“Choice” selected as this year’s theme The message on the spirit shirt is aimed to promote character choices. Tina Peng Staff Writer In anticipation of the new school year, Principal Jeff Jordan and the ASB officers decided on the word “choice” as the theme of the 20112012 school year. They chose this term, which can be found on the back of the blue & gold mustang shirts, in hopes of encouraging students to make better choices and to instill moral values in them as well. “Choices and decisions are made every day that make up your character, one bad choice can lead to another,” ASB adviser Andy Schultz said. “We want to incorporate making good choices into making aspects of school so its always present and students get used to seeing it.” The theme also took a different perspective from an academically excelling student body.

“At Walnut, many of our students are primarily academically focused and while education is definitely important, we also want to remind students that building character and making good choices is also just as important,” senior, ASB president Katherine Chung said. “As cliche as it sounds, the choice is always yours and the choices you make really do define what kind of a person you are in the end.” ASB officers chose to place the phrase on the back of the mustang shirts not only to make the theme more known around campus, but also to encourage school spirit.. “This year, we realized that many students are starting to wear their mustang shirts on campus which really shows their school spirit,” Chung said. “We hope that the other students who do not know about the theme of ‘choice’ yet will read it on the back

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CHOICE IS YOURS: Located on the back of the “I BLEED BLUE AND GOLD” t-shirt, “choice” carries out a message to make better decisions. of someone else who is wearing the mustang shirt around school and wonder what it is.” Placing the word “choice” on the back of a t-shirt, worn year round, in-

stills the message more effectively. “I see it as more effective than a themed week or day because making good choices encompasses all aspects of good character,” Schultz said. “In-

stead of promoting specific things, it’s a campaign aimed at promoting good choices that will affect how you make decisions.” Ω

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Administration implements demerits The demerit system is introduced to encourage students to make better choices. Deanna Trang Staff Writer Tying this year’s school-wide theme “Choice,” a committee of students, teachers, and staff devised a new active “Choice/Demerit” disciplinary system, combining students’ choices with their own outcomes. Demerits are given when a student is tardy to a class or cheating. The accumulation of demerits results in exclusion from certain activities throughout the year. “People like to believe that it is punishment, but this is all intended to change their minds and help them choose differently,” vice principal Bill Diskin said. “It’s part of keeping your doors open. If you make poor decisions, sometimes doors get closed forever.” Inspired by Diamond Bar High School’s Brahma Code, the committee invited a variety of students and staff from different teaching areas.

Asking for input from students’, parents’, teachers’- including coaches and preforming arts teachers- a plan was devised to ensure student cooperation as. “A lot of these rules were actually introduced by the students. It’s important for [the student’s] thought process to know their choices so that they know why they did the things they did,” class of 2014 grade level coordinator Andrea Garcia said. “This helps them in a way so that they won’t lose out on privileges because that’s what really makes high school fun. It’s like a talking point to help them realize their true potential. We’re trying to help them build character.” Since the start of the program, Garcia believes that student choices have gone through significant change. “I really think it’s making a difference, just even with the word ‘demerit’ itself,” Garcia said. “I haven’t

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DISHING OUT DETENTIONS: On late start, grade level coordinator Danny Daher writes up a demerit slip. had one single suspension. It’s like there’s something attached to [the word demerit], that makes the stu-

dents think twice about their actions. Since it’s a new word, students are often thinking, ‘Oh, demerit? What

demerit?’ and it seems to somehow remind them to make better choices.” Ω

Teachers expand class Semester grading material to social networks periods shortened Facebook provides an online discussion page for classes, allowing interaction between students and teachers.

to post questions about anything related to class, from questions on labs to jokes about chemistry. “It really helps because people By connecting with Facebook, are getting their questions answered both English teacher Pam Booth there, so there are fewer questions and Chemistry teacher Garrett Lim in class meaning we can get through have utilized Facebook more material,” Lim said. to connect with their The open group is a com“It really helps because people are students and expand mon discussion center for getting their questions answered many of Lim’s students who on the material taught in class. there, so there are fewer ques- need help with homework or Booth’s IB Film labs. tions in class meaning we can get Forum is a private “It’s convenient because if group on Facebook I need a problem solved I can through more material.” which requires stupost it and someone will comdents to discuss matement and help me. There are a rial in class. Students - Chemistry teacher, Garrett Lim lot of smart people in the group in this group study film so it’s actually really helpful,” and relate these films junior Mai Someya said. to literary roots while critiquing friends, the group is just another Through Facebook, Lim’s stumovies they watch in class. dimension for them to connect,” dents receive help any time they “I like it because I always need Booth said. “Most students actually need it. extra time to think of an answer, so like the group, but I have one rule “It’s really easy to access for this way it gives me more time to that they must follow: they must my students and me and it helps come up with a good point. We maintain the proper rules of gram- students interact with each other. have really good discussions and mar.” The main purpose is to stay coneven realize things we didn’t noLim’s Fan Club serves a differ- nected with my students and to help tice before,” junior Paulina Tiñana ent purpose. It allows his students them,” Lim said. Ω Michael Aie Staff Writer

As part of a change, first semester is scheduled to end before winter break.


This group links together Booth’s junior IB classes and allows students to interact and connect online. “Because most kids already have Facebook accounts and are

Hong Chen Staff Writer Walnut Valley Unified School District (WVUSD) changed the six week grading periods into five, five, and seven week periods for first semester, and six, six, and seven week periods for second semester. All WVUSD high schools are affected, with the district calendar committee testing out the change for this year as a model for future school calendar schedules. “It would be better for students because finals would be before winter break so they can relax and be done with them before [the break],” class of 2012 grade level coordinator Danny Daher said. The new schedule does not change the amount of time given to teachers, but only shortens first semester by two weeks and redistributes it into second semester. “I plan for six week grading periods so I had to rush through a lot

of material the first few weeks [of school],” English teacher Jennifer Chalew said. “In second semester, we do lose a lot of time with CST testing, so there might be value in [those] extra two weeks.” Many students look at this change positively, as they will not have to study for finals over break. Seniors will also have less stress over the break and more time to finish college applications. “It’s good that we have finals [then], so [there will be] no worry during break, and you can do [basically] whatever you want,” senior Joshua Wan said. “I think everything will work out fine.” Some faculty members expect to transition into the new schedule relatively easily. “I think people in general tend to be creatures of habit, and ruffling their feathers is not so great the first time around,” Daher said. “But once people adjust, it’s really not that big of a deal.” Ω

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Laptops to be distributed to faculty Austin Au-Yeung News Editor All teachers are scheduled to receive new laptops this year. With the introduction of the new laptops comes several enhancements over previous computers, including the ability to split the screen into two. “I think they are magnificently useful. The dinosaurs we had were slow and constantly crashed since the IOS were from 10 years ago,” chemistry teacher Jeri Braviroff said. “It has the ability to split into multiple screens so I can show something to the kids on the projector and grade at

the same time.” The old computers, both outdated and slow, wasted time that could have been put to better use. “This past year I feel that computers have prevented me from being as efficient as possible. Sometimes I’ve spent up to 10 minutes trying to open something as simple as a powerpoint presentation which has made me and my students a little restless. For the higher level courses we sometimes try to integrate video sources into the classroom, but since our system has been so slow lately, I haven’t really tried using these wonderful sources. I’m scared that I’m just going to spend my time trying

to open the sources instead of being able to integrate them into my lessons,” spanish teacher Diana De La Cruz-Wilds said. The wiring necessary for the previous computers served as a safety issue, creating a “snake’s nest” that could trip students walking over it. As for the laptops, the wiring, or the lack thereof, presents a theft issue. “I have to lock up computers at the end of the day. The laptop is portable which makes it easier to steal,” Braviroff said. The administration’s decision to give all teachers new laptops has been pushed back due to technical difficulties with the laptops. Ω

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NO MORE MONITORS: Chemistry teacher, Jeri Braviroff, finds the new laptop efficient and faster running than the past computer.

Students collaborate for an inter-school praise night

After weeks of fundraising and preparation, Impact will be holding an inter-school Praise Night this Saturday, Oct. 8. Austin Au-Yeung News Editor


SELLING FOR A CAUSE: At a yard sale, senior Jennifer Low sells books to raise money to fund the Praise Night this upcoming Saturday.

Students in Simple Faith will participate in Impact’s first interschool Praise Night on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the First Baptist Church of Walnut Valley. Through Praise Night, Impact hopes to reach out and spread the Gospel to a larger crowd. “The leaders saw the need for high school Christians to move from lukewarm indifference to a passionate love of God. Ever more so, many students in our schools have never heard of the gospel of Jesus Christ,” senior Kevin Wu said. Impact, formed by a coalition between Walnut, Diamond Bar, Troy,

Wilson, and Rowland, is a group that dedicates itself to unifying schools under Christianity. “We felt that on our own, we can only do so much but getting involved with other schools is a great way to bring Christians together and just have a community where we are close and not relying on ourselves,” senior Impact president Landon Meyers said. Impact is also involved with other activities aside from its main goal of spreading Christianity. “Impact has no other vision than to impact our school [with] the love of our savior and king Jesus Christ,” Wu said. “We plan to carry out this goal in many ways such as demonstrating the love and kindness of Christ by

picking up trash around school or befriending a lonely student.” In this first Praise Night, there will be music and songs of worship in addition to a message about the Gospel. “It’s kind of experimental and we’re just going to see what works. After that, we are going to make some changes if we need to,” Meyers said. To keep Praise Night free of charge, Simple Faith held a yard sale on Saturday, Sep. 24, at Walnut First Baptist Church. The profits from this sale will cover food and Bibles for over 200 people. “It was really good. We made $315. I was expecting only $150,” Wu said. “The stuff we did not sell we gave to the church.” Ω

Civic Bridge starts new after school program Several Publications staff members establish an online newspaper for Suzanne Middle School students. Patrick Lee Staff Writer The concept of an online publication has bridged over to Suzanne Middle School and has developed into Civic Bridge. Created two years ago by Cayuse editor-in-chief senior Stephany Yong, Civic Bridge is an online newspaper completely written by Suzanne Middle School students. Originally a forum where students could comment on political articles, a partnership with social studies teacher Alan Haskvitz turned it into an online newspaper similar to Walnut’s Online Hoofprint. “Some of the writers are surpris-

ingly good. They’re smarter and more aware than I thought middle schoolers would be,” Yong said. Students interested in journalism and their community participate on a voluntarily basis. “The students have responded well. They are open to it, e-mail a lot, and are very eager to learn,” senior Reetika Singh said. Although Civic Bridge and the Online Hoofprint have similar publishing styles, a learning curve is still involved. “When dealing with middle schoolers, my edits are definitely less harsh, but I want to instill in them a sense of journalistic integrity and a value in communications,” Yong


Sessions are held every Thursday after school for students with questions. “We try to get them comfortable with publishing and getting their feet wet in the whole process,” Singh said. Civic Bridge allows middle school students to discover a new interest outside of school. “I think the most awesome feeling is having a kid who only thinks he can do math and science come up to me and say, hey this is kind of fun. I think I might want to try this writing thing,” Yong said. Ω


RED PAPER: Junior Jasmine Lin edits and coaches a staff member.

6 opinion editorial Change is unavoidable; our actions and choices shape our course toward a new school. The choices we make now, including the best and worst of them, will undeniably play an important role in the upcoming school year, from now until that final day in May. Because the paper can only come out in six week intervals, we at the Hoofprint have made the decision to pay more attention toward the Hoofprint Online. We will maintain a constant stream of articles on a weekly basis and provide greater coverage through our digital media resources. What this means is more news on a consistent basis. With this new direction and these changes we can provide a better, more in-depth service to the student body. However, what we ask of our readers is a growing involvement and support of both the Hoofprint Online and print newspaper. In order to truly represent the study body as best as we can, we need your comments, suggestions, letters to the editor. We need your voice. In addition, our administration has undergone a few alterations as well. The redesigned front office represents a second beginning for our school: a new start with

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a clean slate. However, the end goal for all of us is to not only change, but to also keep ourselves moving in the right direction. In all honesty, a clean slate might be what we need, especially after last year’s AP fiasco. Yes, we all want to forget the frustration and we all want to move on from the past conflicts brought about by the whole event, but in order to truly begin anew, we need to admit the fact that it is necessary for us to acknowledge and learn from our mistakes. With a fresh start, there’s a hope that maybe we can prevent future misdemeanors through the right course of action. Every decision we make, no matter how seemingly unimportant, will affect how we deal with the year ahead of us. Every test we choose to cheat on, every class we choose to miss and every bad choice we make will have consequences. And at the same time, every person we choose to help, every hour we choose to study and every honest decision we make will better us and our school. Yes, change is inevitable, but the changes we personally choose to make will shape our future for the better and leave a positive impression for future generations.

how to gEt your opinion published 1. Type a full-length reply to a particular article or situation on campus and email to whshoofprint@gmail. com, or draw a sample comic or political cartoon in black ink on plain 8.5 x 11 inch white paper and turn it in to Ms. Chai in D-1. 2. Include your name, grade, first period class, and phone number. (Anonymous letters will not be published.)

A shorter semester The change in length of this year’s semester has both its benefits and setbacks concerning student stress levels.

Editorial Cartoon by AMY LEE

Janzen Alejo Scene Editor I must say that my initial lack of enthusiasm for school comes from both a lingering desire for summer and the horrible habit of underestimating the workload of the first few weeks. So once I heard that first semester was shortened to five and six week grading periods, I jumped for joy. But now I question the true worth of these shorter grading periods. The beginning weeks of school are and have always been the worst time for me. I try to adjust to my new teachers, figure out their ways of teaching and adapt to the kind of student they want me to be. And because of this transitional period, my grades aren’t the best. Usually I can

raise them up to my parents’ expectations before or by the six-week mark. At times, it’s a photo finish, with that last week allowing me to collect every remaining point possible. That sixth week has turned out to be my turning point, a final dash before the timer runs out. So with the quick end of this first grading period, I didn’t get to reach those grades and my parents weren’t the happiest campers with my progress report. I admit it; there are some who have never had to experience the rush. Some can work well with all teachers or adapt to their new environment quickly. I can’t. I don’t have the adaptive skills that others have and as a result, I can’t bring my grades up as quickly. I also have a bad habit of procrastination, so the shortened grading period doesn’t help with the whole catching up part. Not only have I been feeling the

effects of the change in the grading schedule, but some of my teachers have also felt it. Ideally, in English, we would have one six-week grading period on a book. This has been norm for a while, yet when the short grading period came around, my English teacher had to keep the books an extra week over schedule and speed up the lessons. However, I do see a good side in having a five-week grading period. We no longer have finals after winter break and instead of studying during vacation, I can actually enjoy my family’s company during the holidays instead of me doing homework inside all day. We students have been asking for this so that we have less stress during our time with family, so it is a good thing that the district listened to our needs. No matter how you look at it, it seems like a win-win situation for almost everyone. Ω

Online resources on the line

Although access to online resources does present certain risks, its value cannot be overlooked for educational uses. Hong Chen Staff Writer

Facebook? Think again. YouTube? I don’t think so. Twitter at least? Nope. Nowadays, Internet access at school has become increasingly strict and regimented, with the district blocking many everyday sites, limiting the accessibility students and faculty alike have found essential for educational purposes. For the district, it is plain to see the positives of blocking these inappropriate websites. By removing the distractions of the web, the staff assures that people are productive when using school computers, instead of browsing websites and shopping online. I mean, none of us want lazy teachers who show videos instead of teach, or students peeking at inappropriate websites on campus. And since the district pays and provides for the Internet, it

certainly does have the right to choose who gets to use it and the websites permitted. However, good intentions aside, the whole Webwasher business and regulation of our time on the web has gone too far. Sure, the district has the right to regulate online content, but it should at least allow the essentials, like Google Docs and search engines, to actually work by not blocking commonly used scripts and programs, like JavaScript and Flash Player. These make educational videos and media difficult to access. Why train teachers to utilize sites like Google Docs and then block these programs on campus? Don’t just cut off basic access and utility from a student body, fearing that a few unruly students will abuse their online privileges. Social networks gone? I’m fine with that. Funny pictures and videos too? No problem. Just leave the essentials alone, so that the computer can actually function as an arm of education. Ω

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Raising your hand

Participation is not always necessary, but for a better, more complete learning experience, we should speak up rather than stay quiet.

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A word on teenage spending habits and their effect on the family. Christine Liu Staff Writer

Editorial Cartoon by To-van Hoang

Jessica Kwok Opinion Editor I feel anxiety. Should I? Shouldn’t I? It’s for my own benefit and I do have something to say. I argue with myself, but I just can’t seem to raise my hand and join the discussions in English class. It’s only 30 or so people, and most of them are my friends, but I never manage to muster up the courage to participate in class and share my own thoughts. Luckily for myself, though, there are always a few eager students willing to participate in class discussions, avoiding the awkward silences that often come when the teacher stands in front of the classroom, waiting for that one person to speak up and break the ice. I don’t like participating in class discussions. I am one of those people who, after the teacher asks, “Any questions?”, turns to a friend instead and asks that person about any uncertainties I might have. But my friends all know that I, outside of class, am very talkative and hard to shut up – not to mention that I can be very opinionated and blunt. Yet despite my love of a good discussion, I am adverse to speaking up in class. However, I know that participation, no matter how much

you or I may dislike it, is only for my own benefit. Participation is an essential part of learning – not just in foreign language classes and English classes but also in math and science. While we all groan over having to earn participation points, I’ve come to realize that this part of our grade is in fact an essential asset of our education. In French class, participating in speaking activities helps me practice my pronunciation and work on my speaking skills, forcing me to think more quickly in French in order to keep up with the words my mouth says. In my other classes, asking questions about what I’m uncertain about clarifies any confusion over how to solve a problem or apply a concept. In English class especially, class discussion is essential. Discussion helps me develop the right mindset in approaching world issues and essay prompts and allows me to consider another perspective to a story that I might have overlooked. Although I might prefer keeping my own opinions to myself, these class discussions are extremely helpful in stimulating my train of thought. But how well can I learn without participating and offering my own thoughts? The truth is, very poorly. While I certainly take these class discussions into consideration, if I do not offer my own thoughts on a topic, I am limited

in my ways of thinking. There is no one to refute my opinions with another idea, nor anyone to offer another perspective to what I think. Granted, I do learn from these class discussions, but by not participating in them, I miss out on truly being able to widen my perspective of the world. Even outside of class, participation is a key part of life. Participation in school events – wearing gold shirts on Walnut Wednesdays, attending pep rallies, going to football games – is a vital part of our school community as a whole. By participating in events, we show our unity as one cohesive school. Joining and taking part in clubs enriches student interests and develop a more well-rounded, learned student overall. Even outside of school, participating in volunteering activities helps build character. What do we have to lose from refraining from participating (apart from mild embarrassment after asking a question with an obvious answer)? Participating is beneficial in all aspects – it guides thought, builds character, develops interests, and unites the school. So next time you’re in English class and the teacher brings up a thought-provoking topic, don’t be afraid to raise your hand and join the discussion – you’re helping yourself and those who are too timid to speak for themselves. Ω

A friend of mine, Peter, recently griped about having to buy a single book for English class. I quipped back, “It’s no big deal – just one book, right? Spend money on clothes and books, that’s what I do.” This incident reminded me of an article I read this summer about a study done in the U.K. which showed that teenage daughters have the biggest influence on family spending. Moreover, when researchers traced the young people’s influence on household spending, teenage boys did not show up in the analysis. I’m not absolutely sure about this; maybe things are different across the pond. But honestly, this doesn’t surprise me. In comparison to the spending habits of most guys I know, I feel like a crazy spender. Sometimes I see boys not spend money on anything, choosing to not buy that pair of shoes because they already have a set. I have guy friends who allegedly shop less than three times a year. They get everything at one time. Also, because they purchase things so rarely, they tend to overlook pricing. Though I gawk at the price of Vans at retail value, my friend purchased a pair without batting an eye. It’s the idea that men buy, women shop. As I consider shopping as a pastime, rather than a trip out of necessity, I stick to the sales rack more often than not – or I try to, at least. It’s a good tool to justify purchases. I’m more willing to pay for a cheaper item of poorer quality than buying something at full price though it might last longer. Yet there’s also something called “buyer’s remorse” that seems to come up no matter what. Even fashion designer Carolina Herrera told the Wall Street Journal that “women have buyer’s remorse, no matter what the economy is doing.” Herrera caters to high-end customers, which goes to show that females of all ages and economic backgrounds behave similarly. We have a greater tendency to mull over what we’re buying and second guess our purchases. Coming back to Peter, I brought up the topic of book buying again. I asked him why it was even an issue when he was willing to pay for a gaming account. Peter said, “A book is going to last me, what? Ten days? But I can stick with a game for a much longer time.” According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics’ poll from 2009, the average guy spends about $701 a year on electronics while women came in at $536. Peter’s decision doesn’t deviate from the norm. Students don’t have budgets of adults, but these figures indicate what’s to come. Simply put, guys and girls are just different. In the end, Peter borrowed the book from a friend. When it comes down to it, maybe I need to start thinking in terms of what I need and not simply what I want. I have to think more about the future and the fact that eventually I can’t just go to my parents for money once I’m in college. I need to work on my financial management. Dare I say? I need to act more like a boy. It’s odd that I reached this slight epiphany just because of a friend who really didn’t want to purchase a copy of Pride and Prejudice. Ω

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Equals within the classroom

Respect in the classroom should be mutually set between teachers and students, with both parties in agreement to provide their full attention to each other while in the classroom environment. Sharon Lay Copy Editor Many times, I have sat in class wishing I could eat, but didn’t, knowing my teacher had a policy against it. Though I grudgingly abide by this policy, understanding the need to keep the classroom free of mess, when that teacher begins eating in class right in front of me, it’s hard for me to be a good student and not eat as well. While I respect each of my teacher’s authority, I wish they would follow their own policy, especially if they want their students to do the same. However, while teachers sometimes forget to follow their own rules, many students, in this school, myself included, are guilty of drifting off in class, neglecting the words of our teachers. Because school consumes a great portion of our time especially with clubs, organizations, and sports, our tendency to lose focus in class becomes a problem, especially for the teacher standing up there trying to teach us. Although teachers direct the classroom and student behavior, and their authority should not be questioned, there is a certain extent to the equality that must be established between a teacher and a student. In many regards, teachers and students share a common respect for one another. Teachers help students in many ways and students give teachers as much of their attention as possible. This respect for the other is an integral part of the classroom experience and without it, the learning process would diminish. Nevertheless, if teachers expect their students to abide by certain policies, it is critical that they set an example for us to follow. A teacher once told me that, what a leader does in excess, the follower does in moderation; what the leader does in moderation, the follower does in excess. Though she was speaking in regards to my leadership abilities, this also applies to teachers as well. In this same regard, students must realize that teachers have the ultimate decision within the classroom. It’s their way or the highway. And they have every right to be given this respect, especially those who have stayed after school, provided extra help, and lent an ear to all of us. In all honesty, our teachers do not have to give us anything, but in order to create an ideal classroom experience in which teachers can instruct attentive students, respect should be established between both parties. For us, this means not sleeping or talking in class while the teacher is standing and lecturing throughout the period. Though we are allowed a momentary lapse every now and then, it cannot become a habit for either teachers or students. It has taken me four years, as a student, but I have come to realize my own hypocrisy in my thoughts and actions. While I frequently arrive late to class, my teachers are almost always there, preparing for the day’s lesson. Students must realize the effort teachers put into each day. And although many of us complain about the early hours and the late nights, teachers undergo the same thing. They stay up late grading and they wake up early to go to school at least 20 minutes earlier than we do. Also, we are not the only ones suffering through homework. For every assignment one class turns in, teachers grade at least three times that amount. Respect is double sided. It requires the involvement and cooperation of both parties to work. However, respect is lost when the thoughts or actions of either party act as an obstacle to the learning process. Ω

Editorial Cartoon by Jessica Wang

“What do you think of equality in the classroom?” Compiled by Jessica You, Staff Writer

“[If the teacher texts in class], then that’s just not fair at all because both the students and the teacher are wasting their time and instead of texting in class, teachers could actually teach something that could benefit the students.” – Rofyne Fang, 9

“I feel that most teachers are hypocritical, but in a way, it seems mostly fair because they’ve done this whole process of school so many times and have earned the right to run their classroom the way they want.” – Barabara Gasgonia, 10

“For eating, I find it hypocritical when the teacher is chowing down on their lunch before lunch starts but they get mad when we start nibbling on our chips. Some teachers think we’re going to throw the chips on their carpets and just walk away.”

“I think equality in the classroom is fine. It doesn’t really bother me, but it can get annoying if the teacher is unreasonable. I had one sub before who told everyone to be quiet and work on this long assignment while she ate and talked on the phone with her friend.”

– Jihoon Kim, 11

– Spencer Liem, 12

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go BIG or go home What started out as an experiment of convenience between 3 friends winds up becoming more than a hobby. Ashley Xu Photo Editor For many teenagers, skating has gone beyond being a simple means of transportation. It has developed into an adrenaline fulfilling sport for sophomores Sean Chantarachara, Forrest Lee, and Vincent Fu, who have been skating for a year. “Before skateboarding, I always walked to school. It was a pain waking up at six just to get to school on time. I never really thought or had the desire to skate, but [I] started because I loved the smoothness of it; getting to school would just be a really exciting ride starting then,” Lee said. As a rookie skater, Lee started off by watching tutorials, and later, with the help of Arthur Pang (an avid longboarder from the Class of 2010), he tested different hills starting from Golden Poppy in Snow Creek, to Glendora Mountain Road, where he practiced new tricks and gears. “I’m grateful for Arthur because he introduced us to so many downhill skateboarders who then became greater sources of inspiration,” Lee said. “Instead of watching them on a computer screen, you got to see these guys who shred almost as hard right before your eyes. It pretty much said that becoming good isn’t just a dream.” With much commitment invested in his hobby, Chantarachara practices from five to eight hours daily during the summer and five hours daily from Fri. to Sun. during the school year. “I love the thrill of it and the adrenaline rush it gives you. There’s nothing like going down a mountain with a bunch of your buddies at 6 a.m. going 40 miles per hour,” Chantarachara said. As a competitive longboarder, Chantarachara hopes to enter the International Gravity Sports Association (IGSA) Race, where the toughest skaters around the world come to

Sophomore Forrest Lee performs a speed tuck on Glendora Mountain Road (GMR).

Sophomore Vincent Fu executes the Coleman Slide on hill of Three Oaks. compete down some of the steepest hills, reaching speeds of roughly 5070 mph. “It’s everyone’s dream to win a race, and to win all the IGSA races would be fantastic,” Chantarachara said. “It’d be amazing if I won or even placed, but it’s mostly about enjoying yourself and the thrill of accomplishing something I’ve worked so hard for.” As far as inspiration goes, Fu has some of his own when longboarding with Chantarachara and Lee. “I actually feel worse when I’m skating with [my friends] because they’re better than me,” Fu said. “[But] they help me become a better skater by trying to push my limits,

and when they show me how to do some things, I just think ‘Shucks, I want to be able to do that.’” In a bigger sense, these three friends realize the role longboarding plays in their lives and their identities. “Skateboarding to me means having fun and forgetting about everything that troubles you, and just riding. I [can’t] imagine myself not skateboarding; I probably would just be inside the house all day playing video games,” Chantarachara said. “One year ago, I told myself that I would never be as good as the people I saw on Youtube, but me, Forrest, Vincent and Arthur Pang have all grown in skill and confidence and we’re going big.” Ω

Sophomore Sean Chantarachara does a Stand-Up Slide on Inspiration Point. PHOTOS BY VINCENT FU, FORREST LEE, AND SEAN CHANTARACHARA

“I prefer wheels from Abec 11 and Orangatang because they have a variety set of wheels, and one wheel can be used for grip when going down mtns. with tight corners and hairpins, and it can be used to slide when needed.”-Sean Chantarachara “I’m using Landyachtz Slide Gloves right now with Xtreme Boardshop Pucks. I use this glove because it fits fairly well and its pretty soft once you break them in.”-Vincent Fu

“I just recently got a Fullface and they’re for faster and more dangerous route/races. Fullface is estimated to be around $300 and half-shells are only around $40.”-Forrest Lee

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“Coming from middle school, club fair was a huge change and everything seemed so interesting that it made me want to be a part of everything.”



- Ruth Chen, 9

“Being a sophomore and president of Operation Smile feels like an honor, but there are a lot of pressure from the other members that come with the position.”

- Elijah Chang, 11

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“After being in Wishmakers for 4 years, becoming the president means more to me than I could’ve imagined before because seeing the smiles on the kids with life-threatening diseases inspires me to work hard in granting their wishes.” - Quynh Le, 12 1. Seniors Erica Ku and Luda Zhao hold their post at the Chinese-American Student Association club booth. 2. Juniors Eric Wang and Daniel Suryakasuma walk Key Club’s poster around to attract attention. 3. Senior Patricia Hastings and junior Nancy Huerta call students towards their booth for Latin Alliance. 4. With a poster advertising HaloHalo, senior Adrienne Carillo attemps to reach out to possible new members. 5. Outreach has seniors Nicole Ferrer and Ximena De Leon explain the club to interested students at their booth. 6. Junior Kelsey Lacanilao carries around a framed picture of the famous wizard to advertise for Harry Potter Alliance. 7. Sophomores Bryanna Phan and Deanna Trang, and junior Paulina Tinana make a ruckus for Interact. 8. Black Student Union member, senior Najya Finley, tries to convince an interested student to join the club.

ASB hosted the annual Club Fair at the stage in front of the cafeteria, spreading 70 clubs over the span of four days. Only veteran clubs were featured, as no new clubs are to be established until Class of 2015 finds teacher advisers. Michael Hyun FeatureEditor

- Daniel Tsai, 10

“Going into my third year of Speech and Debate, I feel like I have so much more experience and knowledge to share with the newer members.”

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“Best Buddies! Architecture! Poly! Interact!” With multiple roars here and there, students, every year, look forward to one of the most chaotic days of their high school lives: Club Fair. During the week of Sep. 20-23, Club Fair presented itself with over 70 clubs, and with members trying to draw their audience to their slots, students were given a wide gamut of clubs to join. “I thought [Club Fair] met my requirements because there [was] a limitless number of clubs to choose from,” freshman Brian Hyun said. “The Club Fair was overwhelming, so it was difficult to find the right clubs that [would] fit my schedule and that [would] be the most appropriate for me.” With fliers littering the campus and posters crowding up the school walls, every club showed their dedication and willingness to promote their organization. Some members even went to the extreme by dressing up as anime characters, strumming the electric guitar to the maximum volume, and dancing publicly. “[T]o me, anime is more than a hobby, and in ways I cannot explain, it has even changed my lifestyle. I want to spread anime to even more students so that maybe they can see that they really enjoy anime and benefit from it as I did, while also having fun,” sophomore Emily Yea said. “I dressed up as a Pokeball because not only does it grab attention, but it uniformizes the anime club to help spread that anime is not a simple hobby and it influences us to do drastic things such as dressing up.” The fair even fired up a small inter-club competition between Key Club and Interact in the attempt to attract more members and rule over each other. “I felt energized and the spirit of competition really edged me on. It helped get both [Interact and Key Club to be] more active, [and] instead of one club with a monopoly on community service, both clubs had to actively compete for members,” junior Eric Wang said. “I think what Mr. Schultz did was beneficial to both clubs and members because it allowed people more choice and to see what people really were like in a club.” One huge change in this year’s Club Fair was its division into four groups. The fair was split up into four days focusing on a specific category of clubs per day: community service, careers, interests, and cultures. “First, it’s less crowded and it’s very helpful in that the clubs were split thematically. In past years, it was hard to visit each club during lunch,” senior Helen Cheng said. “Since I was participating in advertising Key Club, I didn’t have time to visit other clubs that interested me, [so] having the club split into four days allowed me to go see other clubs.” However, no matter how nit-picky the organization of Club Fair gets, it will always maintain that resonating quality of constant cheers, posters whipping in the air, and students pushing through to be the first on the signup. “[G]oing to the speed lines from the lunch tables was very difficult because everyone wanted to see and hear what was going on with every club,” sophomore Warren Yan said. “Also, everyone at the club fair was shoulder to shoulder in the crowed so that too made getting to the other side of the crowed difficult without pushing someone else.”


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The football team’s dedication to Allison Mercer

Football dedicates their season to Allison Mercer, daughter of Coach Mercer, who was diagnosed with leukemia two years ago. Football shows support by wearing “AM” stickers on their helmets. Eddie Cox Editor-in-Chief

A white helmet ground with the orange letters “AM” on a green sticker thuds on the ground. No, this is not morning practice. Every bead of sweat has practically been wrung out of these football players and vaporized in the cold, still night. The orange letters “AM” stand for Allison Mercer, and is also the color representing leukemia awareness. Coach Mercer’s daughter was first diagnosed with leukemia, a blood disorder, two years ago. Walnut Football dedicated its season to Allison Mercer and raised money for Mercer’s trips to visit his daughter, who lived in Sacramento. Allison has since moved closer to St. Jude hospital in Fullerton. “Before every game we pray for his daughter,” varsity football player, junior Victor Gallardo said. “We tell each other that we’re not in a big situation, and he’s the main focus. We’re playing for him.” The rest of the football coaching staff has supported Coach Mercer when he was gone visiting his daughter by taking over football coaching duties and even offering to donate blood to Allison Mercer. “This year I hadn’t been able to put in as much time because my priority now is her health,” a sleep deprived Coach Mercer said. “[The players] are understanding, and I felt bad I couldn’t be there for them, but you have priorities in life and this one takes precedence.” Band and orchestra directors Buddy Clements and Corey Wicks organized a fundraiser that Mercer used to support Allison’s 14 month old son. Many of the 375 band students chipped in money into a tub. In all, through parent and student donations, the band raised about $1,500. “Before I said anything, the kids were taking out money; they really responded. But we’re praying for the family, for a miracle,” said Band director Corey Wicks, who has three children of his own. English teacher Rebecca Chai graduated from the Class of 2001 in Diamond Bar High School with Allison Mercer. She was Mercer’s friend throughout junior high and high school and knew Allison as a friendly and genuine person. “She stood out as a very charismatic and happy individual who made class comfortable and fun for everyone,” Chai said. “She made it feel like you were a friend even though you may have been just a classmate.” Ω


Top: Varsity wins against Los Altos on Sep. 30 and hold up their helmets in celebration to show team unity. Right: After having their team prayer for Allison Mercer, the captains go onto the field to greet the other team’s captains.

“We all feel sorry because that’s his only daughter. We’ll huddle up in the endzone and have assignments and one of the things is let’s put our heart into it and dedicate to her and it’s not just a normal game. It’s more personal because we’re close to the coach and he’s our mentor. All the players understand and feel for Coach Mercer and pray for her.” - Chase Clark, 10

“I feel bad that she has it, and that it hit her so fast. I love the fact that we accept donations to the Mercer family and always pray for them during football.” - Kyle Parisi, 11

“Our goal is to get to CIF for [Allison]. It feels good to be playing for her and to be thinking about her. We really are trying for her, and I’ve noticed. I’ve been playing more aggressive for her since every minute on the field, I’m thinking about her. - Devin Brown, 12

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Three students try to Stop the Rage Seniors Brian Yu, Daniel Chen, and Kenny Lei launch their campaign against cyberbullying with their own website. Michael Hyun Feature Editor

No matter where we go, the alert sounds of the demanding worldwide web constantly reminds us that we have a new message on our Tumblr/Facebook/Twitter account. With temptation always accompanying us to coax our fingers against the “open” icon, we never really prepare for the worst...especially against cyberbullying. Knowing what it feels like to be on the other end of the screen, seniors Brian Yu, Daniel Chen, and Kenny Lei formed an organization--Stop the Rage--to bring forth an initiative to the student body. “Most people have absolutely no idea what [cyberbullying] is or simply don’t see the harm in it,” Chen said. “[But] they would be surprised at how many suicides have been the result of cyberbullying.” This organization was student-inspired by senior Brian Yu after receiving multiple, anonymous hate mail through his Tumblr account. “It’s scary to know someone who you can’t see is hurting you. As a kid, I got beat up a lot, and to me getting bullied online was worse than getting beat up,” Yu said. “ It was then that I thought that maybe this guy would go to other people, and hurt them as well. And I just couldn’t let him do that, so I decided to do something about it. I wanted to be the last person ever to be cyberbullied, to have their self esteem hit [rock] bottom, to feel depressed, and scared, because some person online hated me.” With the assistance of their new website (stoptherage. com), the group of seniors hopes to get their message across to the students that cyberbullying is a constant threat, and can be stopped with the effort of every individual. “We believe this will help the Walnut High School community because most of us are online,and because we are still developing, we need to be careful of how we treat each other,” Yu said. “All it takes is a couple clicks to harm a person’s life irreparably. Every couple of days, I see people getting “hate” through their Tumblr, AIM, or their Formspring, and even Facebook in general. The problem is very real, and very present in our high school.” Ω


Passing on the torch of debate through writing

A select group of varsity debaters start their publication of a debate book that will assist the club for the years to follow. Alvin Wan Tech Editor

LISTEN UP: Seniors Arpit Bhanderi, Kevin Dhali, and Rushabh Sh ah coach the novice debaters, teaching them the rules, regulations, and standard formats of debating.

For the past four years, Speech and Knowledge was meant to be shared, and in the case of Speech and Debate, the debate was too. Committed at the start of the school year, varsity debaters Rushabh Shah, Kevin Dhali, Arpit Bhanderi, Matt Ko, Elijah Chang, and Michael Malki established the need for a handbook on debate. “At the end of last year I realized that everyone that [had] been teaching newcomers are going to be graduating,” said Shah. “If we’re all graduating, we need someone or something to teach that knowledge to the next generation. ” Debate’s main concern has been attracting members and adding onto its program size. “Four years ago, I started off on a relatively basic level, and through those past four years, I’ve really added onto my knowledge. I want to try to capture that progress so [newcomers] don’t have to go through the process to get to that level,” said Shah. For the newcomers, it’s a huge benefit – four year’s of high school experience added onto their own four-year high school debate poses a formidable strength in the field. “Many schools have debate as a class, so everyday, they practice for debate. Since we still can’t have a class, it’s going to be a long process,” said Dhali. “With every day that passes, we get behind in terms of preparations. We [the authors] feel that the book will compensate.”

To address this issue, Mr. Silva spoke with the principal about a potential debate class. Although progress has been made with increasing outside interest, the prospect of a class dedication seems unlikely. “Establishing a class would take too long – going through the entire process, finding a class to replace,” said Dhali. “On the other hand, I feel that this year is a good year to start boosting this club. There are definitely a lot of students with talent.” In response to limited practice times, the varsity members then turned to the only option other than lecturing: writing. “During practices it could serve as a guideline. Varsity would not have to spend too much time on the basics when others are ready to move on,” said Dhali. “With the book, we can run more debates and be more constructive in general, making references to the book [as we go along].” The book is due for release in late October or even early November, when it will be made available to debate members and any other interested parties. The writers will be publishing the book on their own, leaving the publication entirely on their shoulders. “We hope to finish within the next month, because we have to get it done before the competitions start. That way, newcomers will have that advantage over other teams. ,” said Shah. “The book is an investment we’re trying to make for the future of the club. For the past years we tried to build the team up in numbers, but now, we hope to get even better, to have the team recognized at the state-level.” Ω

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Homecoming IN PHOTOS

Clockwise: Junior Ashley Basilio and senior Audrey de Guzman dazzle the crowd with their dance routine.// Cheer members sophomores Sabrina Verduzco, Ashley Winters, and Emily Huang pump up crowd spirit in preparation for the game.// Seniors Tricia Fu and Audrey de Guzman and juniors Ashley Basilio, Arianna Choi, Kelsey Young, and Tiffany Mau move to the music.// Freshman Hannah Eom plays a part in the band’s introductory piece. photos by justin kang, eunice pang, jeffery huang, and gabby Compolongo

New music room to be built near track A new, larger music room will be built near the Y building and should be finished by next year.

Vanessa Chou Staff Writer A large music building will be the newest addition to the multitude of buildings and facilities on campus; members of the band and orchestra community have experienced overcrowding and a problem of lack of space in the current music room, and they anticipate the building’s completion as early as next year. “Mr. Wicks and Dr. Clements have been talking about the building since I was a freshman. This goes to show how excited they are for it; however, the long wait seems to be over. Clements reports seeing contractors scout the location for the new building, and notes the grass drying out to make way for the foundation. They haven’t been more excited,” junior David Cao said. The new facility, which will be located between the track and the Y building, is part of a bond supported by residents of Walnut to improve and expand the facilities of Walnut High. Previous projects in the bond included the Ken Gunn stadium and the recently built Y Building. “The growth of the music program, along with all the new equipment and instruments, made the current music room less able to accommodate the 400-some students that are in band and orchestra, and it eventually led to the plans for the construction of this future building,” band and orchestra director Dr. Buddy Clements said. The facility will be one-story, but will have a high ceiling to amplify the musicians’ playing. The 10,000 sq. ft. new building features storage rooms and separate rooms for band and orchestra, as opposed to the current 1,800 square feet building used by both organizations. The musicians

themselves look forward to the construction of the building because of its convenient location and greater space. “We have been discussing the development of this building for around five years now, and it’s [finally going to be built]. It’s going to offer the students much more opportunity to [build their music experience]. The building itself is going to be very state-of-the art, one of the top music buildings from all around,” Clements said. Aside from the directors of band and orchestra, the musicians themselves are also looking forward to the construction of the building as well, as it will provide much more space for instruments as well as prove to be more conveniently located for the students. “Our directors are super excited [about the new building]. They keep telling us how much more room there will be and how much closer to the field it’ll be. I think it’s fantastic because the field [will be] a lot closer so we can practice more,” sophomore Aurora Ling, a member of band, said. “In addition, there will be a lot more room and in the library of the band, there will be more room to store music as well. The majority of the students are all looking forward to it.” Construction of the building was planned to formally begin in the middle of September; much of the facility will be built during the holidays and non-school days. As for the current music building, Choir may be using it in the future, or it might be used as an all-purpose lecture room. “At Walnut High School, we always have something new to look forward to. In the past, it was the Stadium, and then the Performing Arts Center, and now it is the new [music building],” Clements said. “[Mr. Wicks and I] are both really excited about the directions and opportunities this building will provide to current and future students.” Ω

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New Mustang Update adviser introduces design alterations

Mustang Update’s new adviser, Mr. Yamashiro, hopes to create a new visual style for the class. Eunice Pang and Tiffany Diep Staff Writers With their new adviser Mr. Mike Yamashiro at the helm, Mustang Update hopes to create a new visual look for their broadcasts, as well as to seek positive feed back from their audience. “Yamashiro has a new goal for us: to make Mustang Update look more professional than it was last year,” senior Jason Adauto said. “Since he is the teacher for the computer classes, he knows how to create many designs and catchy logos for the screen.” Introducing the class to Final Cut Pro, an editing software used by many industry companies, as well as investing in new durable, high quality cameras for shooting, Yamashiro hopes to see well-developed stories that people will enjoy. “We are in a very good situation right now with software and hardware. We are working with high definition cameras now, and that are giving us better quality videos,” Yamashiro said. “The students who have been [in the program] bring a lot to the team, allowing us to get things done more efficiently. I just want to tell a good story; if technology helps, then that’s great.” Besides having a new staff and adviser, the students of Mustang Update look forward to setting a new image this year, making the videos seem more serious and realistic to the viewers. “Mr. Yamashiro is helping us run things more smoothly, no matter how or what the situation may be,” senior Roy Koo said. “We now have new equipment, so we are now up to date with everything. This year we’re trying something new and aiming towards producing new videos every

photo By Jessica wang

PIXEL PERFECT: During fourth period, junior Katherine Tang and Mr. Yamashiro watch and then discuss the finished product of the latest Mustang Update episode together.

week.” Mustang Update hopes to broadcast some of their episodes on the local Walnut channel. “We want to let the community know what goes on here at Walnut. It’s just a vehicle to get the information out,” Yamashiro said. Yamashiro thought about it and decided to air their episodes to allow everyone in the city insight into what happens at our school. “If I can get episodes out, people can see and be proud their kids go to this school,” Yamashiro said. Ω

Photo shoot features Cheer Choirs hit hard by

drastic budget cuts

As a result of the budget cuts, choir members are required to pay more. Angelina Tang Staff Writer

photo By Justin kang

Cheer performed various stunts for a magazine photo shoot. Susie Law Staff Writer

Varsity and Junior Varsity Cheer performed stunts for a photo shoot for the Inland Empire Primetime Preps Magazine, as one of the top 20 pep programs in inland California. The photo shoot was held after school on Friday, Sep. 30 on school campus. “When I first heard about this I was really surprised, and then I felt so excited and blessed that we were picked as one of the top pep programs. I immediately thought that we had to start practicing really hard so we would do well for the magazine shoot,” Varsity Cheer member sophomore Hailey Konovalov said. The teamwork between Varsity and Junior Varsity Cheer when performing stunts during games enabled them to acquire a spot in the ranking competition held by the magazine. “Last year there were more seniors and [they] didn’t

talk to JV. [Almost everyone] was in groups and didn’t communicate much. This year we’re more diverse, [so we] go to dinner and hang out on weekends. We’re a strong team. It’s really good to bond with each other,” Varsity Cheer member junior Kayla Lagasco said. The members of Cheer performed different stunts and independent tumbling for the photo shoot, which took place in the Pep room for around 45 minutes. “I thought [the shoot] went really well. We expressed our talents and really got out there,” Lagasco said. After the magazine publishes in late October, the members of Cheer hope that their peers will see the effort they put into their sport. “Our cheer team works really hard while other students may not realize it. We’re not just a bunch of girls waving pom-poms and jumping around. We’re more than that. We put our hearts into Cheer, and that is why Walnut stands out in being the squad with attitude,” Varsity Cheer member senior Agnes Tang said. Ω

Many clubs and organizations find funding difficult due to drastic budget cuts. The choir ensemble, after the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) lawsuit, is finding it harder to support itself, although it hopes to raise revenue through dedication and perseverance. “ T h e singers [this year] seem really positive and hard-working,” choir director Lisa Lopez said. “I used to have to convince kids in the younger choirs to sing. Now, they just come ready and willing. I don’t know, but I’ll take it. I think it’s going to be a great year.” Each of the performers in Mustang, Treble, Women, and Chamber was asked to contribute

extra funding, excluding dress and wardrobe accessories costs. The money goes to support the competition fees and performances., which have grown in price. “Although the cost of the overall choir is getting higher, I think it’s definitely worth it to keep the school choir alive,” junior Women’s Alto singer Candice Wu said. For the rookie singers joining this year, the expenses are around $190 for a tailored fit dress and shoes, which are generated through a series of annual fundraisers. “I’ve always loved singing, and it’s great seeing so many people support the choir,” junior first-year Treble Alto singer Denise Tran said. “Despite these challenges, I hope [the chorale] will have a successful and productive year.” Ω

“Although the cost of the overall choir is getting higher, I think it’s definitely worth it to keep the school choir alive.”

-Candice Wu, 12

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or Potterbore?

J.K. Rowling’s new website invites students to live the life of a Hogwarts student exploring the wizarding world of Harry Potter

155,856 current members 64,558 house points 156,311 current members 69,994 house points

155,759 current members 60,482 house points

155,748 current members 70,042 house points

Caitlin Ison Guest Writer When I heard that J.K. Rowling, the author of the best-selling Harry Potter series, planned to release a website called “Pottermore,” an online version of the Wizarding World, I was anxious and excited. When I first signed into Pottermore, I was overwhelmed with the many features the site had. Following the main purpose of the site, I decided to go through Chapter 1 of the first book, The Sorcerer’s Stone. All throughout the first book, the site let me read information that was never released about many of the main characters. Within those seventeen chapters of the first book, I was sorted into a house at Hogwarts, received my own wand, and created a potion. A few issues on this site made my stay at Hogwarts a little uncomfortable. The site crashed so often due to the number of people trying to access, I could barely sign on when I wanted to. Wizard dueling was very fun at first, but since it crashed so many times it went under maintenance. I also noticed my account had problems and glitches with potion making. Since the only way to earn house points was to duel and create potions, I wasn’t doing my job as a student. I would love it if the site gave more options in earning house points such as playing an interactive game of Quidditch, a popular sport in the Wizarding World. Since the site was--and still is--going through a test-run, these wishes may be fulfilled. As a Harry Potter fan, I can say that I was easily amused with this site. The features made me feel as if I were a real Hogwarts student. Although this site had a few issues, it was a great one to experience for huge fans. The site made me feel that Rowling has many more plans for the series. So if any Potterheads out there did not register yet, the chance will come when the site opens to all around Novemeber 1, 2011. Ω

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Nightmare at Knott’s Andraes Arteaga Staff Writer

Knott’s Scary Farm returns and monsters are out to get everyone. I walked among these creatures to have fun, but I got something else. As a 2 year veteran, I had very high expectations. I was prepared to be scared. Each maze had its own theme and monsters to go with it. Monsters were scattered everywhere and it was hard getting to places without getting some person in a creepy costume in your face or sliding in front of you. And they may even give chase to anyone who dares to run. However, when anyone needed help such as, finding a place where you wanted to go to, the staff gladly gave it, even the monsters. The mazes and scare zones have different themes, such as dolls and freaks to Jack the Ripper and clowns. Monsters inside the mazes helped with their themes by playing their parts and scared people by either surprising, following, or even flying down at people from high

edges. The monsters impressed me by their acting as the kinds of monsters for each theme as ancestors from Mexico or underground aliens. The monsters outside love to scare guest at first, but later at night, the scaring dies down to where the guest are comfortable walking anywhere, even in the fog. It’s obvious that the monsters tire. wThe place is a big party and there are many areas to dance at, and even the clown monsters will dance with you. The rides are exhilarating. This showed me that Knott’s really wants to give everyone a good time. Some rides are made to go faster than usual and the maze rides are made to go slower, for example, Log Ride and Calico Mine Ride. Knott’s does this on purpose so monsters have time to scare and this got my blood pumping. In all, the event was more fun than last year’s. Knott’s really brought it this year. If you don’t go, you’ll miss out on something great. And a little tip for everyone going; nowhere is safe. Ω


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ISA LA: the VIP Experience Wong Fu Productions and Far*East Movement holds the 4th Annual International Secret Agents Concert in Long Beach at the Queen Mary.

Peace, land, and 85°’s fresh bread

Jessica Wang A&E Editor

Jessica You Staff Writer Sunny, beautiful weather right next to the Queen Mary along with your favorite YouTube artists: the best way to kick off the weekend. The International Secret Agents (ISA) LA 2011 had just that. The YouTube stars, Ryan Higa, Kevin Wu, and Cathy Nguyen hosted the biggest venue that the ISA has had yet. The show was amazing. Being part of the VIP experience also contributed to making this one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. I arrived an hour early with my friends to ensure a good spot in the front and luckily we were let in on accident to the very front of the stage, where people with backstage passes were supposed to go, due to the chaos. The show was great, and I got to see Blush, afterschoolspecial, B.o.B, Traphik, Clara C and I.aM.mE perfom. I met many stars from the VIP meet and greet tent and was also introduced to many new artists, such as afterschoolspecial and New Heights, that I had never heard of. Although it was

baking hot, it was completely worth seeing my favorite stars up there performing for a loyal crowd. However, because I was in the front, the official press with cameras in a reserved section right in front of me blocked my view the entire time and I couldn’t enjoy the show fully. What I really did not like was there was a lot of rude people. One of the only good part of the first half was when B.o.B performed on stage, he pointed at me when he said “beautiful girls” which made my heart skip a beat and made me feel really special and get over the annoying people all around me. During intermission, my friends and I went to the meet and greet tent to get a signature from the hosts but the line stretched from one end of the park to the other. So instead, we walked around to see the many vendors and even got to meet Wong Fu Productions and I.aM.mE randomly from walking around. As it got later, the performances just continually got better. The crowd was pumped when the artists such as


Dumbfoundead, AJ Rafael, David Choi, Wong Fu Productions, Jay Park, Far*East Movement, and Sean Kingston went up. I was so excited that I was screaming until my voice was hoarse. The biggest let down of the concert for me was that it ended with Sean Kingston. Don’t get me wrong, I like his music, but he was not what I expected to see and even the crowd’s spirit went down a little. After Far East Movement, most of the crowd had already left so adding in the fact that Sean Kingston ended it, I felt like it killed the amazing concert. Overall I loved the whole ISA experience and I know that I would not have had half as much fun if I spent my weekend anywhere else. My VIP pass did make the whole experience better and I know for a fact that if any of you plan on going, I would definitely get VIP. It’s worth the investment if you love your Youtube stars and do not mind being stuck in a sea of people. I definitely plan on going again when I get the chance to and I hope to see you all there. Ω

A Heartwarming Tail Jacqueline Sotoodeh Staff Writer

After seeing the ads and reading the summaries for Dolphin Tale, I went into the theatre thinking that I would find a depressing movie. However, in addition to the emotional tension, I discovered that the story line included heartwarming and comical scenes making the movie worthwhile. Based on a true story, Winter, a brave dolphin becomes caught in a crab trap injuring her tail. The movie Dolphin Tale portrays the story of her miraculous recovery. Compassionate strangers come together to save Winter’s life, but leading life without a tail causes damage to her spinal cord; this eventually leads to attempts for a prosthetic tail. She develops a very close relationship to one of these strangers, Sawyer Nelson who freed her from the trap, saving her life. The mood of the overall movie was gloomy and heartbreaking because of the story line, but the comedy included alleviates the serious tone that allowed me to enjoy the movie, especially when I felt tense or anxious. However, the animations added to the movie took away from the reality. The addition of animating the prosthetic tail appeared unrealistic and unconvincing. I believe it was not even necessary. Since the dolphin used already had no tail, there was no need for animations. They could have shown the real process of creating the tail. All the same, families can come together and learn from this heartfelt movie about courage, strength, and perseverance. Ω


Photos By jessica wang

The only thing better than a loaf of chocolate chip bread is a loaf of chocolate chip bread fresh out of the oven. I found just that at the recently-opened 85ºC Bakery in Hacienda Heights, which offers an impressive variety of pastries and drinks, a clean environment, and efficient service. As I pulled open the heavy glass door, I instantly noticed the commotion inside. At first glance, I saw more than 20 employees bustling around, serving customers of all ages and clearing one of the longest bakery lines I have ever seen. I had to raise my voice over a blaring Taylor Swift song to order a green tea. The breads, priced from $2 to $4 each, stay heated in individual lift-open windows according to type. 85 offers countless flavors; I personally like rose cheese and taro the most because I love all types of bread with filling. However, I admit that many of the breads look and taste like ones that can be found in other Asian bakeries. Average taste aside, fresh and warm is what matters. I saw a colorful display of cakes, each elaborately decorated with cream, chocolate, and fruit, costing $25 to $30 each, and $2 to $4 for a slice. I believe, though, that the drinks deserve more attention. The menu includes boba, espresso, slushies, tea, and more, and ranges from $2 to $3, a fair price for a magnificent taste. I personally find that the iced teas they offer, sweet and crisp and cold, are better than those from tea shops themselves. Though overly crowded, 85ºC provides helpful service, good food, and refreshing drinks. It’s a better than average bakery. Ω I first tried the jasmine green tea. Unlike green tea from Lollicup and Quickly, 85’s tasted uniquely refreshing. It had a richer quality. It was sweet but not too sweet. Drinking this on a sweltering hot day feels better than swimming. I only regret not drinking it slower and savoring the exceptional taste. The menu’s teas come with or without boba, depending on what the customer wants. My brother ordered a classic milk tea boba and claimed it tasted rather similar to the ones from other bakeries or drink shops he had before.

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With last year’s seniors gone, new freshmen step up their game and brighten up the future of the teams. Kent Hsieh Staff writer

Every year, many freshman try out in hopes of making the varsity team, and for freshman Scott McDill, this hope is a reality. McDill is the only freshman on boys’ varsity water polo and earned this position after years of practice in club water polo. “Water polo takes up a great portion of my life,” McDill said. “Sometimes, I get out of class early and [sometimes] it’s hard not to get home late.” photo By to-van hoang Though Scott feels that water polo is Walk it in: Freshman Scott McDill looks for time-consuming, he believes that high school an open pass over his opponent in the game water polo is easier than club. against West Covina. “I think that Club is more challenging since they know more about water polo,” McDill said. “But in high school, you play bigger people.” Scott has played in major competitions such as the U.S. club championships, in which his team placed second in the nation. His team also placed 17th in the Junior Olympics. “I feel proud to represent my school at the highest possible level,” McDill said. Ω Angela Aie Sports editor

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Crossing the finish line: Freshmen Millen Trujillo and Anahi Betart race at the Super XC Classic and Rosemead Invitational, both finishing with top times.

Leon Ho Staff writer For freshmen Millen Trujillo and Anahi Betart, practicing everday has allowed them and to makeit onto Varsity cross country team. “I definitely feel good and accomplished about [making the team],” Betart said. “I ran with a club, so the coaches knew about me and have higher expectations for me.” Both freshmen took part in the Southern California Cheetahs to become better runners. Being the youngest members on the team, Trujillo and Betart aim to work harder to be able to

compete on the varsity level. “I was taught the importance of working hard [because] it is competitive out there,” Trujillo said. “You are striving to beat your teammates, so you are being push harder to become better.” In the recent meet, both freshmen placed in the top ten. “At the invitation, I placed second and received my best time,” Betart said. “I was proud of myself.” Although Trujillo and Betart are still freshmen, they plan to run in college. Ω

For freshman Ku’uipo Vaimaona, making varsity volleyball proves her hard work paid off. Previously, Vaimaona played tennis for seven years at Club West in La Verne and two years at Club Troy at the University of Southern California. “It feels good because I’m so young and I get to experience high school volleyball,” Vaimaona said. “The biggest difference is that I don’t play with people my own age and sometimes it’s difficult.” Despite the age gap, Vaimaona manages with her teammates’ encouragement, her love for the sport, and her dedication. “I’ve been trained for a very long time so I just have to do what I do best,” Vaimaona said. “[I love] the adrenaline of the game and that I get to show people what skills I have.” Although making varsity freshman year is an honor, Vaimaona sees high school volleyball photo By Justin Kang as another stepping stone in her career. “I plan to get a scholarship at University of GOING FOR THE KILL: Eyes on the ball, Southern California and play beach volleyball,” freshman Ku’uipo Vaimaona prepares to hit the ball over the net to her opponent. Vaimaona said. Ω

Making a racquet (TOP LEFT, CLOCKWISE): Freshman Grace Murtadjaja runs forward and leans in to return a hit. Freshman Jacquelyn Sotoodeh hits a forehand back to the opponent. Freshman Maliha Moloo brings her racquet back for a backhand. photos By Kevin Yin

Lynze Tom Staff writer Three freshmen girls have been accepted into girls’ Varsity Tennis. All three have previous tennis experience. “It’s a passion now; I’ve been playing for so long,” Moloo said. This year marks the fifth year in Moloo’s tennis career, in which she participated in the Cerritos Regional Tournament.

“When I’m out there, there’s no worries about my future, my parents, and expectations. The only thing in my mind is to get the ball over the net,” Moloo said. Though Sotoodeh has experience, she still strives to be her best. She practices four hours every school day diligently, trying to keep herself in top physical condition. “I feel like there is a lot expected of me, the team is full of great players and they’re all very experienced,” Sotoodeh said. Ω

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Digging deep for the season The varsity volleyball team starts off the season strong and hopes to continue its winning streak Angela Aie Sports editor The varsity volleyball team started off the season strong with a win at the Gladstone tournament during preseason, going 5-1 overall, and continued with momentum into the regular season. “It feels good because it proves to people that though we weren’t going to be good this year that we can compete,” senior varsity captain Katie Argumosa said. “It taught our team that we have the ability to strive to do something amazing.” Pre-season tournaments not only allow the team to bond but also show the strengths and weaknesses of both individual players and the team early on, allowing room for improvement. “[We need] to learn to work together because individual play and not playing together as a team held us back,” senior varsity player Clarisse Magtoto said. “I have a lot of faith [in our team] and I believe that we can achieve our goal if we play together.” Playing together is a key component of the game, and

the girls hope to grow closer as the season progresses. “[Team bonding] helps us get more comfortable with each other and we start trusting each other more [off the court] so that we can trust each other on the court,” junior varsity player Ariana Chavira said. Team chemistry helps players adapt to new personalities that are introduced as old players graduate and new players join the team. “We’ve never been on the same team with each other so we have to learn to work together in cohesion,” senior Esther Ebuehi said. “I enjoy being on a team of people with different personalities. It enriches you as a person [and] I’ve learned how to deal with it. We just need to keep on working together and [keep on] respecting one another as players.” With continued growth and more practice, the players hope to be undefeated league champs and to make it to CIF. “We have to not only have chemistry off the court but also on the court [as well] through our trust and communication,” Argumosa said. “We want to be the team that no one will ever forget.” Ω

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Can you dig it: Senior Krystle Ervin makes contact with the ball and hits it back over the net.

With a few matches already under their belt, the girls’ JV and varsity teams start off strong, both teams having more wins than losses. Vanessa Chou Staff writer

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Love sucks (Clockwise from top): senior Joyce Thung hits a backhand back to the opponent.. Sophomore Kassie Truong swings her racquet forward to return the ball. Junior Molly Yee brings her racquet back for a forehand.

After three pre-season matches and six league games, both Varsity and Junior Varsity girls’ tennis look to brush up their skills in hopes of entering the heart of their season with strong unity. “We’re really putting our hearts out into each individual game and at the same time, enjoying the opportunity of being able to play as a whole team. Each and every one of our tennis players tries their hardest to score as many points as possible because we all know that every game counts,” junior varsity player junior Glendy Yeung said. Despite losing last year’s seniors, the varsity team recruited new players from junior varsity. While the varsity team has found mostly new additions to its doubles lineup, the singles lineup remains fairly unchanged. “We’ve played very well so far in this new season, and even though they are less experienced, many good underclassmen players have joined our team,” varsity player senior Jillian Wang said. New freshmen players hope to maximize their potential by practicing and gaining more playing experience so that they can lead the team in the future. “There are many newcomers this year with a lot of potential who need just some playing experience,” junior varsity player junior Molly Yee said. “We need to know how to move around more to either intimidate the other team we’re volleying against, or to cover the courts when our partner needs help. This way, I believe we can pull off at least top three in league.” Although the pre-season matches against Brea Olinda, St. Lucy’s Priory, and South Hills do not count for the overall league score, they allow the players to grasp a sense of the competition they will encounter in upcoming league matches. “The non-league games give general playing experience to our team, and hopefully, with that knowledge, we’ll apply it toward future matches. [We’ve learned that] some of us could work on controlling emotions when we win or lose close games. All the combined match practice we get helps us greatly during CIF and the actual league games,” varsity player senior Daniella Risnoveanu said. Looking toward the future, the girls hope to play well in their rematches against powerful competitors such as Rowland and Diamond Bar. Both varsity and junior varsity players believe that team unity and dedicated practice will allow them to bring the best of their game to each match and wrap up the season with a strong finish. “We always look forward to our games and anticipate the challenges that we will face during these matches because they assess how well our players function together as a whole team,” junior varsity player sophomore Esther Gan said. “I believe that every player will always give their best shot on the court. They will never give up hope, no matter how difficult our matches can be.” Ω

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Ted Zhu Staff Writer With a 31-14 victory, varsity football defeated Los Altos at the homecoming game on Sep. 30. Going into the season with a 0-4 pre-season record, the team hoped to turn the tables and start a new chapter. “We definitely had one of the toughest pre-seasons,” senior starting quarterback Chris Mendez said. “The teams we played had a combined 13-2 pre-season record. I think we prepared really well this week, and with all the alumni watching, we put on a show [for them].” The team did not disappoint. Although it started off slow and punted its first possession, it got the ball back when Los Altos missed a long field goal. Senior running back Devin Brown led a strong rushing game and Mendez converted multiple third downs to keep the drive alive until they were close enough to set up a field goal. “Coach mentioned how Los Altos was kind of slow dropping back into coverage and we tried to take advantage of that,” Mendez said. The coverage problems were apparent on the team’s next drive. Taking advantage of the oppenents weakness, the offense marched downfield with a mix of passing and running plays to land itself into the red zone. Riding the crowd’s energy and cheers, Mendez connected with junior Cody Lepp for the first touchdown of the season. “Every catch I make just makes me more confident,” Lepp said. “It helps me stay positive because I know I can do it.” The defense had just as much success. With a disruptive defensive line, the team pressured Los Altos’ quarterback to be constantly on the run and forced him to throw into a double coverage numerous times. Los Altos relied heavily on their power running game to make short gains and were stopped multiple times. But with 38 seconds left before the half, Los Altos stood at the three yard line. Going for the fourth down, they faked the handoff and looked to throw the ball. Senior defensive end Zack Davis came up with a sack on the quarterback’s blind side and VARSITY FOOTBALL: 9/02- Don Lugo- 14-28 L (Home) 9/09- Troy- 14-35 L (Away) 9/16- Claremont- 14-42 L (Home) 9/23- Covina- 6-42 L (Away) 9/30- Los Altos- 31-14 W (Home)

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going all the way (Top and sequence): With ball tucked in arm, running back junior Robert Gonzalez dashes down the field while avoiding the Los Altos defense. Quarterback senior Chris Mendez fakes a pass and runs past the Los Altos defense under the cover of blockers. forced a turnover. Ken Gunn Stadium roared as the players headed to the locker room, with Walnut up 10-0. “I thought we were playing well in the first half,” coach Michael O’Shields said. “We executed well. But I was a little worried [because] last week Los Altos came back down 17-0 and I didn’t want that to happen [to us].” Coming into the second half, the tide changed. Passing the ball with more confidence, Los Altos’ aerial attack improved and gained stride but was held back due to a number of holding penalties. Walnut’s defense stayed relentless despite the momentum shift. VARSITY BOYS WATER POLO Los Altos Tournament: (all away) 9/15- Webb- 11-10 W 9/16- Bell Gardens- 15-9 W 9/16- Pasadena Polytechnic- 6-8 L 9/17- Palm Desert- 7-10 L 9/17- Glendale- 8-12 L 9/21- Nogales- 9-12 L (Away)

With a tipped pass and a powerful pass rush, Los Altos faced a 4th and 11 in the red zone. Deciding to go for the touch down, Los Altos attempted to put some points on the board but Walnut’s defense prevailed, forcing an incomplete pass. Both teams traded possessions until late in the third quarter, when Mendez scrambled for a short touchdown to extend the lead 17-0. “Overall, I think our rushing game was a key factor in the game,” O’Shields said. “[With] over 100 yards, it really opened up our passing game.” Things were looking good for Walnut until the kickoff with less

than two minutes left in the third quarter. Converting a fourth down to bring themselves into the red zone, Los Altos took advantage of a penalty and put their first points on the board with a one yard run. With the clock winding down, Walnut ran the ball and finished the drive with a untouched three yardtouchdown. Up 24-7, the game was sealed when junior Robert Gonzalez intercepted a high, floating pass by the Los Altos quarterback on the next possession. “I wasn’t really paying attention to the ball at first because I was focused on my receiver,” Gonzalez said. “When I had grabbed it though,

I was thinking ‘Don’t drop it’ and luckily, I didn’t.” In the next four minutes, neither team held onto the ball for more than a few plays. Three fumbles later, Los Altos’ quarterback scrambled for a touchdown, but it was too late. The onside kick attempt was foiled when senior Robert Herrera scooped the ball and ran for a touchdown, untouched, to hand Walnut the victory. “I think the clearest lesson we learned from this game is what happens when you go into a game mentally prepared,” O’Shields said. “You can produce great results when you’re focused and if we keep it up, we can win in the future.” Ω

9/27- Whittier- 17-7 W (Away) 10/4- West Covina- 25-2 W (Home)

Daniel Harrigan-Cota- 18:14 Gabriel Gonzalez- 18:40

Rachel Shapiro- 21:47 Melanie Deciga- 22:04

VARSITY BOYS CROSS COUNTRY Hacienda League Meet: Bonelli Park, 9/21, 4th place (top three times) Millen Trujillo- 18:02

VARSITY GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY Hacienda League Meet: Bonelli Park, 9/21, 2nd place (top three times) Anahi Betart- 20:38

VARSITY GIRLS TENNIS 10/4- Bonita- 14-4 W (Home) VARSITY VOLLEYBALL 9/29- Diamond Bar- 0-3 L (Home)

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