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Walnut High School Volume 48 Issue 1 Oct 1, 2015



mission We, the Hoofprint staff, strive to inform the student body in an accurate, timely and objective manner. While we take responsibility for the legitimacy of our reporting, we also recognize the freedom of the press and speech given to us under California Education Code 48907. We seek to reflect the diversity of the 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.


Table of contents

staff list


Editors-in-Chief: Alison Chang, Michelle Chang, Brandon Ng, Bryan Wong

FEATURE | Sophomore Kevin Jensen makes RC quadcopters from scratch.

Manager: Anita Chuen Copy Editor: Derek Wan



Photo Editor: Sajid Iqbal Business Managers: Anita Chuen, Jeffrey Tran Designers: Cherie Chu, Nikita Patel,

OPINION | While goal setting provides structure, not planning can offer more flexibility.

Sabrina Wan Feature Editors: Olivia Chiang, Sophia Ding

IN DEPTH | Take a look at student perspectives with the start of the new school year.

Opinion Editors: Lisa Shen, Brian Wu In-Depth Editor: Chantel Chan Investigative Reporting Editors: Caroline Huang, Eric Peng Arts Editors: Emily Chen, Nikita Patel


Scene Editors: Cherie Chu, Sabrina Wan Sports Editors: Albert Law, Joshua Shen Staff writers: Florene Ao, Kevin Arifin,

ARTS | Dance team performs its New York-themed routine at the Homecoming Assembly

Angela Cao, Anabelle Chang, Crystal Chang, Amber Chen, Brian Chen, Emily Chen, Kelly Chen, Jocelyn Chow, Samuel Compolongo, Haixin Guo, Emi Hays, Brian Honng, Jessica Huang, Justin Jiang, Natalie Jiang, Melissa Kim, Austin Lam, Casey Lee, Julie Lee,


Phillip Leung, Annie Li, Doris Li, Ashley Lin, Eunice Lin, Serena Lin, Elaine Liu, Jonathan Liu, Amy Lo, Jason Luna, Isabella Pollalis, Jo Ann Sun,

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING | Explore Walnut politics, the election process and activists on campus.

Amanda Taing, Athena Tang, Sean Wang, Brandon Win, Megan Wu, Aaron Yong, Anna Yu, Yolanda Yu, Laura Zhang, Angela Zhang, Richard Zhang, Maxwell Zhu Adviser: Rebecca Chai

contact For business/ad inquiries, email Walnut High School 400 N. Pierre Rd. Walnut, CA 91789 (909) 594 1333 x34251

media @WalnutHS_News @WalnutHS_Sports @whspublications


SCENE | The Anaheim Packing House offers poutine fries, frozen hot chocolate and more.


SPORTS | Freshman Alrik Pan places 12th at the Junior Evian Championships



Olivia Chiang Feature editor You’re 200 feet above the ground, surrounded by the blue sky with the clouds in your face. Flying? Almost. This is what sophomore Kevin Jensen sees on a daily basis through the firstperson view goggles on his handmade RC planes. “I think what makes me stand out is that I really enjoy

Suit up.

For his senior year, Osamah Hassan dresses in formal attire every day. COMPILED BY CASEY LEE

flying planes. I love trying to go as far as possible with them,” Jensen said. “The best flights are when you either fly low to the ground and dodge things like trees. On a mini quad, it’s really exciting and enhances your skills by trying to go through small openings at high speed.” When a plane he bought broke down, Jensen decided to build his own planes instead of buying them with the help

Button up: “I like the short sleeves; you can pull them up, so it’s more classy that way. I like the print too.”

of “Flitetest,” a Youtube channel. He uses foam boards from Dollar Tree and a hot glue gun as a cheaper alternative to build and repair. “My favorite part is having something that you build actually work and it feels really good,” Jensen said. “I chose this hobby because you actually learn from this about flying electronics. You have to learn how to program [the planes], and it’s not that easy.” Last summer, Jensen spent two months building a long range plane with $600 worth of equipment, including an ultra high frequency band and an autopilot. On its third flight at PHOTO BY SAJID IQBAL

EN FLIGHT | Sophomore Kevin Jensen poses with his remotecontrolled plane made from a foam board and his quadcopter.

Suzanne Park, the autopilot feature malfunctioned before the plane crashed from 200 feet up and was obliterated when the battery caught on fire. “It made me really upset especially since it took so long to make, that I didn’t build planes for three weeks,” Jensen said. “However, I just got this urge again to start flying again because started watching first-person view videos on Youtube and I remembered how fun it was.” Jensen has been building planes for one and a half years

He’s engineering

his next plane

Sophomore Kevin Jensen taught himself to make his own remote-controlled planes from scratch.

and makes one plane each month. When everything is working properly, he goes outside to fly them. “I am more patient now. In the beginning, I wouldn’t be happy [when it crashes] because I have to ride my bike there and there’s a huge hill,” Jensen said. “So it’s really disappointing if I don’t get to fly and I have to go back.”

Chinos: “You can use them casually or for formal dressing, so I kind of do it in between with them.”

To document his own process of building and helping others assemble the Skywalker 1900 HK plane, Jensen recorded a tutorial video on Youtube. “It was really confusing to build so it’s nice to help others since other people will be able to build it too,” Jensen said. “It helps people get into the hobby which means more people in this community.” Jensen’s experience in making planes has influenced his interest in his future profession in electronics or engineering. “On a plane, it is fun to just cruise around and just enjoy the view. It’s also really fun to fly high and far as the view is wonderful and it feels like a real plane,” Jensen said. “[Making planes] is hands on and you actually enjoy doing it.” Ω

Dress shoes “Because summer clothes have more lighter tones, having a darker shoe color makes it more bold.”



Through the eyes of Motaz Basyouni

A former resident of Alexandria recounts the riots, child abductions and the revolution that ousted former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak from power in 2011. By Sophia Ding and Bryan Wong


or our first longform, the Hoofprint staff sat down with senior Motaz Basyouni to

same: wake up, wash his face, put on his striped shirt and dress pants and go to school in a

discuss the situation in Egypt when president Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in 2011.

car crammed with 6 other people. There was a prison across the street from his home, where

This is his firsthand experience.

inmates called out to strangers and family members through their cell windows.

Life in Alexandria, Egypt

Basyouni often heard stories of organ theft, bus hijackings and the police violence at the riots during the revolution of 2011. Despite these circumstances, however, he still considered himself lucky.

Senior Motaz Basyouni suddenly found himself trapped in a room by a raging fire, and the only way out was through the burning door and down the stairs.

A “Day of Rage” in Cairo

“I was looking out the window, and I was like ‘I’m going to die today,’” Basyouni said. Shortly after the Basyounis had an air conditioner installed, the power box burst into

January 25, 2011 — Thousands of demonstrators gather at Tahrir Square in Cairo to protest

flames right outside the door. Everyone in the building had to evacuate before the fire trapped

against the government corruption and economic stagnation under President Hosni Mubarak.

them inside.

Their numbers surge to over a million by the end of the week; countrywide demonstrators run

“It was spitting out balls of fire so we were scared to leave because one might catch on our clothes. There was just so much fire, and everybody in the whole building had to leave. We tried calling the fire department, but they never picked up,” Basyouni said. “Nobody was injured, but it was a close call.”

in the tens of millions. Protesters called that Tuesday, which was originally a national holiday to commemorate the police force, a “day of rage.” In June 2010, Khaled Said was beat to death by police, sparking controversy and public rage against the police force. Later that year, aggravations erupted when the regime was

In Alexandria, residential areas promised little safety.

accused of forging presidential election results in favor of Mubarak’s son, Gamal Mubarak.

Every day Basyouni woke up in a city drowned in smog where, in a time of military rule,

Demonstrators rallied for support through social media and electronic communication. In

tanks crowded the streets and child abductions were not uncommon. He started each day the

response, the state shut off access to Facebook, internet and cell phones, sparking even wider protests leading up to the January revolution in 2011. “Everyone was so angry that his son even dared to run for president, but he was winning, which was so obviously cheating in ballots like they’ve always done,” Basyouni said. “That was one thing that just made the people 1000 times more angry. In Egypt, there are always posters of candidates on the streets on every wall during elections. I remember during the riot every time we passed by Mubarak’s son’s posters, people got so pissed and ripped them apart.” Tahrir Square was put on lockdown as people clashed with riot police and were met with clouds of tear gas and blasts from water cannons. Police beat a man to death after he uploaded a video depicting the violent crowd control against protesters, Basyouni remembers. Residents of Alexandria swarmed the jail across Basyouni’s home, hoping to free prisoners in the midst of the revolution; they were met with gunfire from soldiers stationed on top of the building. “At the time, I remember Christians stood in front of the Muslims to protect them from the water while they prayed. People went out in big numbers and the cops were driving them over in masses in armored cars. In the end though people pushed off the cops and were able to get control of their vehicles until the cops would just drive away, scared to get beat,” Basyouni


MILITARY PATROL | Basyouni climbs on top of a tank in Alexandria with friends who came from Cairo for the summer. Military forces replaced regular police enforcement during the revolution.

said. Ω Read the full story of the school fights, bus hijacking and Basyouni’s involvement in the revolution at






On top of the world MathteacherPaulMcLaughlincompletedhisthird22-milehikeupMountWhitney. Angela Zhang Staff writer

Beginning the hike at 3 a.m., McLaughlin progressed in the dark as the air got thinner and the trail got steeper.

From the local hike up Mount Baldy to the

ABOVE YOU | Math teacher Paul McLaughlin stands at the top of Mount Whitney after his 10,000 foot climb.

tip-top condition so I know I have to take care of

resolve to do things, and it’s helping me fight old

myself I have to exercise.”

age too.”

McLaughlin first got the idea to start

“We started hiking in the dark and I wasn’t

Along with Mount Whitney, he has added

hiking four years ago when his brother-in-law

Mount Baldy, Gorgonio, San Jacinto, San

formidable trek up Mount Whitney, the travels

thinking about how steep it was. I just thought

was recalling a story of his own trip up Mount

Bernardino, Ontario Peak and others to his

of mountain climber and math teacher Paul

to keep going and then when it got really hard I


growing list of conquered mountain trails.

McLaughlin are no laughing matter.

put up some rock music to inspire me, and that

McLaughlin completed his third hike up Mount Whitney on Saturday, Sept. 12. This was his first hike up Mount Whitney in a few years,

“I think what attracted me to [mountain

worked pretty well,” McLaughlin said. “I just put

thought I could make it to the top of Whitney.

hiking] at first was the beauty. When I first

my head down and kept going.”

He said no,” McLaughlin said. “So I went, and

saw Mount Whitney it looked so ominous,”

I did it.”

McLaughlin said. “I looked at that mountain, and

McLaughlin trekked on, keeping in mind

so to train McLaughlin spent weekends hiking

that hiking keeps him physically healthy and

local trails and doing workouts at the gym.

grounded in his everyday life.

“I felt the altitude more, I started getting

“He was bragging, so I asked him if he

“It’s kind of like in the sense that I like to

dizzy toward the top. It seemed like it was harder

set goals for myself, and it keeps me physically

this time,” McLaughlin said. “It’s been three

fit,” McLaughlin said. “If I know I’m going to try

years since I hiked Whitney, so I’m older now.”

to do something like that I know I have to be in

The Mount Whitney Portal Trail is a 22mile trail from start to end with over a mile in elevation gain. In hiking this trail, McLaughlin has found many benefits.

it drew me to it. And I didn’t realize that some forty years later I would be climbing it. ” Never would he have foreseen that on a Saturday in September decades later, he would

“I’ve overcome my weaknesses,” McLaughlin said. “It’s made me stronger in my

be completing his third hike up that same, ominous mountain. Ω

WALNUT HighSchool as we know it



What do you do that makes you the happiest?

For the start of a new school year, students share their joys, toughest decisions and weaknesses.

I’ve been dancing on and off since I was two years old, but I started when I was five. Everything I practice makes an impact on what I do. Usually, I am more flexible on the left side. If we do left sides, it’s easier to reflect other dancers so that everything is equal. Kathryn Chen, 9


What was the toughest decision you made recently? Quitting swim team; swim was a thing I committed to stay into for exercise, but I didn’t like it. The people around me made it really enjoyable but I quit it because it became more of a burden than a recreational activity. Keane Wong, 10


What is your biggest weakness?

Not being good enough and feeling like I’m failing and like I’m not trying hard enough. There are times when I tend to overthink and focus on one specific thing that’s bothering me. It makes me feel tired a lot, and I forget the things that are really important.

Alyssa Cortez, 11





Planning ahead for the future

Taking the extra step to plan ahead can either be beneficial or harmful for students. Lisa Shen Opinion editor Planning

of confirmation--like a grade on their transcript-- which results in a lack of self-assurance and confidence.



The failure to achieve such high



standards, like the perfect SAT

to constructively

score, is only agonizing because

control themselves, but one misstep

their pride has been decimated, not

becomes considerably intensified

their future.

when things don’t go smoothly. Students



routine internalizes a sense of

optimism when barred from their

mastery in handling his or her life

only route to success. Unforgiving


expectations, induced by rigid pre-

success, however, is impossible.

planning and routine, result in a lack

Changes and failures in life are

of flexibility.

bound to occur. Thus, having



When students derail from

far-reaching goals but a lack of

their agenda of perceived success—

expectations, or need for constant

whether it’s straight A’s or receiving

confirmation, inspires and prolongs

a 5 on an AP exam--they become

exceptional performance. Students

severely disheartened. They struggle


to register their failures and look

sustained by optimism can recover

past them.

quickly from difficult conditions.



Students who deviate from

Self-imposed benchmarks should

their itinerary much later on suffer

be utilized to guide and encourage a

the heaviest blows. The persistence

work ethic--not dictate the measures

of structure intensifies the need for

of success.

constant verification; the effort put




in is always expected to pay off in

are vital qualities to ensure self-

a certain way. The longer this cycle


continues, the stronger the illusion

changes erode the sense of safety

of invincibility becomes. When

and mastery provided by routine,

these conditioned students finally

leaving the student anxious and less

encounter failures, they are more

able to cope with life’s twists and

likely to become traumatized. They

turns. Ω

become robbed of their only means


for themselves is to get straight A’s

goal, I like to think back

in school. The simple plan acts as a

and ask why did I not


get to it. I ask what

may seem tedious

areas I could have


improved in.”


Valerie Tu, 12

completely for

some, but others see it as a step in the right direction, a way to achieve

The humdrum of a student’s


common goal I see my peers setting

Brian Wu Opinion editor

“When I don’t reach a






Preplanned long-term goals set up a foundation that can help as a rebound or as guidelines to reach an otherwise, hard to reach objective. It emphasizes the necessity of knowing what we want to accomplish. This allows individuals to develop firm academic or careeroriented foundations, allowing them to center their life around a goal to obtain their intended outcome. That structure will help keep them on track by setting up minituare goals that will ultimately complete the bigger

“Straight A’s are

picture. It forms a reliable system

important to me

that, with the addition of hard work,

because it’s what my

will eventually lead to success.

parents expect of

A set of high expectations for

me. Also, I think it’s

progress subsequently elicits a good

important to balance

work ethic. The expectations drive

extracurriculars well,

a student to work harder to meet

because that’s why

what is expected and, at the same

we come to school

time, allows them to rely on their set

in the first place—to

plan to guide them through, without

learn and grow.”

difficulty, step-by-step. As a student

Valerie Truong, 11

growing up in Walnut, the most

solid mindset that helps determine the outcome for them because they know exactly when and what needs to be done. Each small step achieved, such as an A letter grade or praise from a teacher, solidifies the structure of the plan. It therefore motivates students to work harder. For those who do not have higher expectations for themselves, they have less motivation to do well. Without some type of support system, students, especially those who have several AP classes, tend to burn out. In addition to hard work, planning establishes a set developement of time-management



planning ahead, individuals often lack the discipline or ability to remember what their responsibilites are. This forges a lazy attitude that encourages procrastination. But the set structure within a plan allows an individual to follow his schedule and eventually reach the goal that he has set for himself Valuable



developed in the process of planning ahead. Time management and work ethic are essential skills that can only be honed through a rigorous and well kept schedule. Ω




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The requirements of future success

Even though our graduation requirements may seem unnecessary, they serve as fundamentals for future success.

The First Amendment’s protections intend to

Jeffrey Tran Business manager

serve not the press, but the people. As journalists, we exercise these rights to thoroughly investigate and


report all issues in an unbiased, objective manner.


We will try to minimize harm by understanding the

Our newspaper is a hybrid publication, present on both online and print platforms. Our website (www. and social media sites will provide content daily and in an easily accessible manner, while also providing expanded opportunities for interaction with our readers. Electronic media produced by The Hoofprint is entitled to the same protections — and subjected to the same freedoms and responsibilities - as media produced for print publication. Here at The Hoofprint, we try to reflect the voice of the student body as best as we can. These contributions can come in form of student-produced articles and letters, editorial cartoons and guest opinion writers. Ω

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implications of our work and showing sensitivity to all sides of a story.

purpose of (UC)

want to spend time studying an interest may be frustrating to take VPAs in the summer just to take a desired academic class during the year.


However, requirements also allow

to equip students with the readiness

students to think with an open mind.

for college and life. A portion of the

Flexibility is a vital trait for students, as

requirements includes one year of both

it allows students to become more well

applied arts and visual performing

rounded. It’s important to stay educated

arts (VPAs) and two years of foreign

in a variety of subjects, because it

language. Although these requirements

integrates both analytical skills and

may seem unnecessary and restrictive,

creative thinking. There’s a growing

they offer us the opportunity to find a

demand of integral curriculums; for

new passion and skill.

instance, Stanford University formed a


Classes like these don’t restrict us

program combining computer science

to the usual academic subjects. When

and humanities, trying to develop

I initially joined Publications, I was

literary websites and mobile apps. This

skeptical of what I would gain out of

type of collaboration creates new ways

the class. Despite that, I’ve gained

of thinking and inspire innovation. It’s a

knowledge in both photojournalism

rewarding trait for students to possess if

and news writing. As a result of the

they’re capable of applying one subject

applied art requirements, my skepticism

to another.

of applied art classes went down once




I realized how much I was able to gain

have been set for a reason. As a result,

from those classes.

students should embrace them for what of

they potentially can offer. Even though

mandatory classes is that they may seem

some may have a set career path, it

restrictive to those who have a decided

doesn’t hurt to experiment or find new

career path. They may hinder those who

interests. Ω




Stats + Facts

they plan to pursue. At the same time, it

UC Requirements 2 years | History/Social Science


years | English

3 years | Mathematics BUT 4 are recommended 2 years | Laboratory Science BUT 3 are recommended 2 years | Foreign Language BUT 3 are recommended 1 year | Visual and Performing Arts (VPA)

1 year | College-prepatory elective SOURCE: http://admissions.ucdavis. edu/admission/freshmen/fr_adm_ reqt.cfm



Grow from competition Competition, in many cases, can elicit a better work ethic or incentive that will, in a way, better ourselves. Brian Chen Staff writer I’m often told not to compare myself to others. Success isn’t a zero sum game, I’m told; someone else may have a faster mile time, for example, but that faster time doesn’t preclude my improving. That other person’s success is entirely independent of my own. However, while comparisons are often discouraged because they foster supposedly unhealthy, worrisome competition, sometimes that very spirit of competition can push students to achieve more. I’ve grown from such healthy competition; my older, smarter and stronger brother often pushed me to perform at my best in just about everything: basketball, video games, chess, gifts for parents and even chores. Every time we did something together, it turned into a friendly competition which boosted the intensity in both of our performances. Simply having a tangible benchmark, someone I was looking to either reach or surpass, guaranteed a mentality of hard work and persistence for me, and I guaranteed a similar mentality for him by challenging his dominance. This same concept of incentive could be applied to the education process. I know this is rather unrealistic

and a far stretch from our current system, but take for example, this hypothetical situation: the school could cap the number of “good grades” each class could receive. Rather than scraping by, only churning out the minimal content necessary for achieving a desired letter grade, each student would need to learn the material more in-depth to compete with his or her peers to obtain the limited amount of A and B grades. Such incentive to learn offers the potential for

Having a tangible benchmark guaranteed a mentality of hard work and persistence for me. higher achievement. Students want good grades because grade point averages affect college admissions, possibly shaping the course of their lives. However, this goal prompts students to worry about receiving teachers who threaten their solid GPA’s, even teachers whose harder classes may be better suited to students who need to be pushed to learn. If every class’s grades were curved to the proportionate amount of As, Bs, Cs, Ds and Fs handed out based solely on competition, suddenly that fight for

the forgiving teacher disappears. This could present a new problem, as now there could potentially be a classroom full of mini geniuses all very deserving of As and vise versa. However, the grade ultimately does not matter in the small case of this one class, as the effort to learn is what resonates with their respectable professional careers. This idea of “effort counts” is important because the concept of limited space applies to the workforce. Google, for example, hands out a stingy 1,000 jobs out of the 2 million applicants, evidently only seeking out the most hardworking and efficient workers. When it comes down to it, not everyone is rewarded with that glorious “A” grade. In fact, very few are considered to be at the top of the society when it comes to wealth or success, and it would be a benefit for students to realize that earlier. The term “learning institution” implies the development of real world experience, and could prove quite detrimental if every student believes an “A” equivalates to job security or striking it rich. Inflated GPAs dilute the meaning of solid work, and the lower but more accurate result of competition based grades could offer a better picture of a student’s work. I realize that this all sounds brutal, but perhaps that’s because we have a limited definition of success. It’s not all that brutal if we adjust our thinking. Ω Continued at


WE ASKED Ethan Chang, 9



At what point does competition become unhealthy?


“When you start feeling down; it’s unhealthy when you start feeling like you have no way to win. But you try not to let that happen; you have to try to keep your hopes up. Because usually when you try your hardest, you should feel good about yourself.”


What are the benefits of competition?


“It brings out the best in you. Like you try to do better, and you try to show that you can do what other people are doing. And sometimes competition brings out some skills, or some benefits that you didn’t know you had before.”


What is the driving force behind your competitiveness?


“Usually I’m with my team, and with a team behind you, you want to be with them, try to show that you can do what other people can. You can teach other people and give them tips so they can improve too.“


A New School Year Brings New Goals And Expectations We asked students and new teachers what their goals and expectations for the upcoming year were.



New Year, New Perspective


What impressions do underclassmen and upperclassmen have of each other?

Seniors share their advice COMPILED BY LISA SHEN, ANGELA ZHANG

Advice for freshmen:


“Join lots of clubs--not for the sake of building a 3-page resumé, but for the sake of developing strong friendships through mutual interests.”

Anita Xu, 9

“Upperclassmen are not as scary as people portray. Underclassmen look up to them because they tend to radiate a type of confidence.”

Sammi Su, 10

“The majority of upperclassmen that I know are crazy smart people who are either taking way too many APs for my imagination or in IB.”

Jason Shi, 11

“Walnut has a trend to have pretty ambitious freshmen and I don’t think that the underclassmen this year are any different.”

Vera Chu, 12

“There’s been a trend that freshmen are getting taller and taller, but I think that this year, it kind of went the opposite.”

Alan Ton Member of Amnesty International, Jazz Band, National Honor Society, Physics Club, United Med


Advice for sophomores:

Students: Anckley Hsieh, 9 GRADES


Brian Zeng, 11 HAPPINESS

Cathy Ayala, 12 MUSIC

“Classes are starting to get harder, but you’ve just got to keep good study habits or it will come back to bite you real hard during junior year.”

“Grades are more important now than in middle school, so I’m trying to focus more on that.”

Austin Si Member of Chamber Singers, Environmental

Care and Global Awareness, Leo Club, National Honor Society

Advice for juniors:

“This year I want to manage my time more effectively by getting rid of all distractions.”

“It’s going to be a tough year, but the best way to approach it is to balance yourself. Don’t be just all into your studies or all into your friends.”

Armana Chadha Member of 2016 Class Cabinet, Future

“I really just have the goal of staying happy while doing things to help myself and others.” “I play the French horn, and I would just like to improve my playing through the year.”

Business Leaders of America, French Club

Trivia How much do you really know about Walnut High School? New year. New classes. New people. Everything about the start of the school year brings a sense of excitement. For freshmen, it’s

Teachers: Andrew Chen POSITIVE INFLUENCE

Jacob Villafana GUIDANCE

Nick Blackford IB PROGRAM

Alfredo Silva MINDSET

their first time exploring high school and everything it has to offer,



What time does the campus close every day?


Who is the current principal?

from clubs to organizations to sports. Sophomores already know “I hope I can be a positive influence on my students’ lives outside of class, not just math level stuff.” “My goal is to guide my students to the level of knowledge they need, if they aren’t already there.” “I want to become more familiar with the IB program because it’s my first year teaching it.” “Our goals in terms of football are to get the team’s mindset more positive.”

what kind of workload high school throws at them, but they’re still curious to see what kinds of clubs the school has to offer. As for

A. 6:30 p.m.

A. Maria- Elena Navarro

juniors, the option of taking AP and IB classes will probably mean a year with little sleep and a lot of work. Seniors will be faced with the

B. 7:30 p.m.

B. Brandon Dade

C. 8:30 p.m.

C. Jeff Jordan

D. 9:30 p.m.

D. Andrea Deligio

Percentage of students that picked the correct answer:





arduous task of completing college applications. However, it’s also their last year to make memories with their high school friends and experience all the performances the school has to offer.


A. the D building

Whether you still have one year, two years, three years or four years left, cherish this time with your friends and enjoy your high school experience. It’s a unique place where you can discover your interests and develop relationships that may last you a lifetime. Ω Brandon Ng, Editor-in-Chief

Which building does not have restrooms?


B. the E building

C. the Z building

D. the Y building





Which teacher does not teach in the E building? A. Mrs. Dorn

B. Mrs. I

C. Mrs. Jeng

D. Dr. Shelton

Answers: 1.D 2. B 3. A 4.B



Politics in Community




Meet the activist

Election Process 01

Whether we realize it or not, politics plays a large role in shaping our future.


As students, we often limit ourselves to a world that includes only academics, extracurriculars and social events with friends. Very rarely do we think about the “real world” beyond school or pop culture -- a world that requires us as citizens to vote and stay politically aware. While we may know a thing or two about presidential elections, how much do we really know about elections in the city of Walnut? Because the city council affects us so directly with laws regarding taxes and public improvement, it is important that we inform ourselves of the city council election processes and responsibilities. Our civic duty as voting citizens is to gain an adequate knowledge about and actively partake in the political issues concerning the Walnut community. Political apathy can be dangerous when the future of politics rests in our hands -- we are the voters, the people. As teenagers, it is important to become familiar with our responsibilities as adults by taking interest in the political news around us and knowing how the government functions at all levels. Anita Chuen, Manager

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Assessing students’ political awareness

Junior Lisa Shen is actively involved in many political happenings at Walnut High School.

A volunteer-based Voting Rights Act Group is formed.

The group advises the city on providing election material, information, and assistance to limited English. Group members and their organizations help disseminate election information and encourage resident participation in city elections. The City Clerk’s office mails sample ballot pamphlets containing a facsimile ballot and polling place information to all registered city voters.

It will also issue ballots to vote-by-mail ballot registered voters.

Caroline Huang and Eric Peng News editors Junior Lisa Shen has been an avid fan of politics since her freshman year. As the founder of the school’s first political journal and a member of a myriad of leadership positions in clubs, Shen is active in political advocacy and projecting out her own voice. Shen’s passion first stemmed from her world history class, in which she developed a strong curiosity for the socioeconomic issues. “I was fervent about history, and I was always probing beyond the textbook-questioning historical topics and finding interesting concepts on my own,” Shen said. “I developed a lot of opinions based on what I read and researched. We are all part of history, and I grew progressively adamant about inserting my own voice in it.” To develop her own perspectives, she maintained an open mindset during freshman

Students are updated with the current political news from a variety of sources, including listening to the media and participating in organizations.

year and joined both Teen Republicans and Young Democrats to learn about the vast array of political spectrum. “I wanted to understand the issues at hand-the topics debated over on national television, by the very politicians that we chose to speak on our behalf,” Shen said. “[Joining the different clubs] broke a lot of preconceptions for me. Before joining either of them, I was more of a liberal due to my personal background. Both clubs are designed to educate, not propagate. I learned that labeling others,a or yourself, deters your ability to be empathetic—which is necessary for any positive change in this world.” In her fraeshman year, Shen also developed The Inksight, a student-run political journal that contains op-ed and freelance writing that critique political policies, providing an outlet for students and teen activists to express their concerns and voice their opinions. Ω Continued at

How often do you think you’re exposed to the news? “I’m exposed to the news everyday. I Priscilla Pranajasa 9

follow this news YouTube channel called “JustKiddingNews.” I watch the news [on television] once a week, and I listen to it. Can you tell us about the Walnut Youth Advisery Committee? “About 15 high school students meet on

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the second Wednesday of every month at an open meeting at City Hall. [Joining WYAC] informed me of the events that are going on around Walnut.”

How often do you think you are exposed to politics? “Everyone has the opportunity to be Aaron Bao 11

After election results are final, the city clerk administers the oath of office to each council member at the second council meeting in April.

exposed to politics. But it’s not in the interest of the main demographics in America, so despite the huge [amount of] broadcasting, not that many people know about it.” What do you know about politics?



Elections were held on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, with polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

13.3% community development




The vote ended 3-2 in favor of Pacheco to become mayor; the two other votes went to Ching. The council then installed Mary Su as the new mayor pro tem, against a nominated Eric Ching, also with the same 3-2 vote.



The Walnut City Council budget is divided between seperate categories to improve the community as a whole.

for Mary Su, Bob Pacheco, and Philip

Voting in 2014 Elections


City council funds distribution

public safety


“When I was a freshman, I volunteered

The nomination period for these offices began on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 and closed on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.

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years served by council members with a rotating schedule of 2 years


elected members selected by Walnut residents


p.m. meetings second and fourth Wednesday


months, a new mayor and pro tem are selected by council members

important to understand [politics] because I believe it’s my duty as a citizen to know what’s going on.”


Breaking down the facts Walnut population Hispanic 19.1%

The council in action Council meetings per month

Chen’s city council campaigns. It’s

White 12.5%

Other 5.1% Asian 63.3%

Languages offered on ballots







30,214 residents in Walnut, CA

18028 voters who registered 13584 nonvoters who were registered

4444 voters who casted their ballots



Good food, good vibes at Anaheim Packing House With an endless array of gourmet fast food restaurants, Anaheim Packing House lets people come together for enjoyable meals.

440 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim


meaning to comfort food. It was a perfect blend of savory gravy, familiar chicken pot pie and crispy golden skin-on french fries. Warm,


tender, the bits of chicken truly embraced the Sabrina Wan Scene editor

taste of chicken pot pie. However, the addition of cheese curds was what stood out to me. A staple in all poutine, these cheese curds were

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Anaheim Packing House is a great

fresh, stringy and chewy, which provided a

hangout spot for those who want to grab a

different but nice texture to the platter. I was

delicious meal in a comfortable setting. It

not completely hooked on the Fried Cheese

offers a plentiful amount of various cuisines

Curds, though. After tasting the delicious

as well as pleasant seating for anyone to sit

curds in the french fries, I was expecting the

down and enjoy quality food.

special cheese curds to be just as if not more

Though often packed, especially during

phenomenal. I was wrong, unfortunately, once

weekend afternoons, Anaheim Packing House

I took the first bite. Though beautifully deep-

provides valet parking for only $3 so you can

fried to perfection, these minute nuggets tasted

easily skip the long searches for a parking

similar to fried mozzarella sticks. They were

spot. The storefront presents a docking porch

by no means unappetizing but were rather

that stretches the entire building, decked

normal compared to what I had experienced

with bright baby blue rocking chairs. Inside,

and what was offered on The Kroft’s menu.

windows span the entire ceiling and allow

I bought a Frozen Hot Chocolate, waffle

for a grand effusion of natural lighting. The

cone and watermelon ice bar from Dark 180,

generous amount of shrubbery that hangs

Han’s Homemade Ice Cream and Pop Bar,

over the lower floor adds a cozy, calm feel

respectively. Topped with fresh whipped

to the hipster-vibed building. Many features

cream and dark chocolate shavings, I was

such as old wooden floorboard and industrial

certain this cool beverage would taste great in

light fixtures were salvaged from when

my mouth and happily, it did not disappoint.

the building was still an actual packing

There was such a deep, rich chocolate flavor

house. These mixtures of simple and rough

that smoothly glided on my tongue. This drink

decor harmonized in a coherent way that

quickly quenched my thirst and satisfied my

strengthened the lax vibe the Packing House

deepest chocolate cravings.

is known for.

After a long deliberation of which

From The Kroft, I ordered Chicken Pot

decadent flavor to choose at Han’s, I opted

Fries and Fried Cheese Curds. The poutine

for Melon Bar and Lemon Custard in a waffle

fries, a traditional Canadian dish that combines

cup. Ω

french fries with gravy, brought a whole new

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Mediocrity at Love Letter Pizza and Chicken

KOREAN DINNER (FROM TOP TO BOTTOM) | Besides the regular chicken entrées, Love Letter also offers popcorn chicken with garlic sauce. | The Supreme Pizza comes with a vast variety of toppings including bulgogi, vegetables and pineapples.

Love Letter Pizza and Chicken failed to impress with its lackluster dishes. 18333 Colima Rd, Rowland Heights

as it worked well with the medley of diverse toppings like bulgogi beef and pineapple. These toppings proved that the pizza didn’t rely solely on overwhelming saltiness for flavor, since

Nikita Patel Arts editor

there was a distinct deliciousness that was often met with the refreshing taste of vegetables and pineapple. While some ingredients had made

Packed beside countless other unassuming

their impact and raised my expectations for an

restaurants and cafes on Colima, Love Letter

amazing pizza, the pizza still fell short for me.

Pizza & Chicken easily blended in and was

For one thing, I was unable to taste the bulgogi

quite difficult to find. However, what made it

beef, which hindered what would have been a

especially harder to find was that its main sign

dynamic arrangement of flavors.

wasn’t in nglish. This kind of disconnect, I felt,

Similarly, the popcorn chicken with its mild

was sadly reflected in the food as well, since

sauce would have made a very delicious meal,

its entrées were adequate but clearly had the

if there were a few minor tweaks to the recipe.

potential to be so much better.

Even though I ordered the popcorn chicken with

In honor of the restaurant’s name, I ordered

a mild sauce, it was too strong with the taste of

pizza and chicken, both of which gave me mixed

garlic spiciness, overwhelming my taste buds.

results. As I ate a modest slice of the Supreme

This disappointed me because I could tell that

Pizza, I enjoyed its array of quality ingredients.

the chicken was crisply fried ust right. Ω

This included the cheese’s fresh stringiness

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“Scorch Trials” lets down expectations While fast-paced and action-packed, “Maze Runner: Scorch Trials” lacked substance and plot development. sept. 18, 2015

Anita Chuen Manager Two hours of action, suspense, adrenaline and running -- lots of running. “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” is an

make a lasting impact.

This film focuses heavily on action scenes

down to the smallest smirk and twitch, added

In the film, the surviving laders are taken

with the actors constantly running away

into a facility that claims to be a safe haven

from death or confinement. The convincing

from WCKD, the organization responsible for

acting and suspense filled me with a sense of

brotherhood among the

finding the Flare virus a global epidemic that

adrenaline throughout the entire movie as I was

movie, there weren’t a lot of portrayals

turns infected humans into a zombie-like state)

captivated to see what would happen next. All

of brotherhood, especially with Thomas

cure. After revealing that the facility was in

of the actors’ skills amazed me with the subtle

disrupting the humdrum of the

fact part of


and intricate details incorporated into the

However, “The Scorch Trials” allowed for a

laders escape into the

characters. ery rarely do I find myself taking

stronger bond among the escapees. In every

Scorch, a deserted landscape. Throughout the

note of compelling acting I usually only notice

trap and trial, the young men worked together

movie, the


, Thomas

and the rest of the


to the overall experience. I really enjoyed the development of laders. In the first


laders make their way across the

unconvincing acting), but there were moments

to ensure everyone’s survival -- there was no

exciting sequel that kept me on the edge of my

Scorch while escaping zombies called Cranks,

when I thought that the characters were

“every man for himself” attitude at all.

seat throughout the movie. However, despite

WCKD soldiers and other stray con men in

portrayed really well, especially that of Janson

the action-packed scenes and constant sense

hopes of reaching the mountains, where a

of anticipation, I personally thought the film

rumored group called the Right Arm will lead

his character genuinely gave me goosebumps.

that was all there was to the film. Ω

lacked enough substance in regards to plot to

survivors to the real safe haven.

Even the slightest reactions and expressions,

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illen . His speech and behavior of

While the action scenes were intriguing and the cinematography was well executed,









1. Senior Marta Huo turned as she transitioned into her next move. “It was fun and exciting because we choreographed this dance ourselves,” Huo said. 2. Dance team captain senior Kristie Law posed for the Broadway-themed show. “We work together well. We’re slowly developing the bond and connection between us as a team,” Law said. 3. Senior Courtney Chung prepared for her dance performance at the game. “I was happy because it was finally our turn to perform our senior routine at the homecoming game,” Chung said. 4. Senior Vera Chu showcased a newspaper during the assembly. “Since this dance was choreographed specifically for homecoming, we were able to focus on making it fun and exciting rather than full of technique,” Chu said. 5. Senior Amberly Wang performed the kickline routine with other dancers at the game. “It feels heartwarming how we could be together in that one position,” Wang said. 6. In her ending pose, senior Crystal Tran gestured with her fellow seniors. “It’s our last Homecoming performance, and it’s our only chance. We’re all


bonded as a senior class, and we choreographed the routine ourselves so it’s a sense of accomplishment,” Tran said.



March across the states

Senior Ryan Maidment toured the nation with a drum and bugle corps. Alison Chang

with a schedule of more than 20

perform with Pacific Crest in 2013


competitions and a tour map that

that he began seeking opportunities

spanned the nation.

to join a drum corps. He participated

It would be an understatement

“[Drum corps] is such a

in the Pacific Crest experience camp

to say that senior Ryan Maidment

powerful experience that it changes

the summer of 2014, then auditioned

likes music.

you as a person,” Maidment said.

for Pacific Crest in December the

“You can go into it thinking, ‘No,

same year.

Since his sophomore year, Maidment has played three different instruments




periods of music. In zero period Advanced Orchestra, he plays the oboe. In first period Marching Band, the baritone. And in second period Advanced Jazz Band, the trumpet. But for Maidment, that’s not

“[Drum corps] is such a powerful experience that it changes you as a person.”


“[At experience camp,] I tried to pick up on all the things they taught me and apply that to the band when I got back. The following year I was able to audition, but it was more for experience of auditioning for corps. I didn’t expect to get in,” Maidment said. To


surprise, scored


Outside of his involvement in

nothing’s going to change about me,’




Walnut High’s music programs,

but it’s really just not possible. You

possible score, gaining acceptance

Maidment is also a member of

go through so many experiences

to Pacific Crest on his first try.

the Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle

together. It’s life-changing.”

“I was shocked. I was extremely

Corps, a competitive Drum Corps

None of this was a part of

overjoyed and decided to rearrange

International (DCI) World Class

Maidment’s life three years ago. It

my entire schedule that year so

corps. Maidment toured as a

was only after Maidment watched

that I could fit [Pacific Crest] in,”

baritone player with Pacific Crest

Walnut High class of 2014 alumni

Maidment said. Ω

from June 15 to Aug. 7, complete

Kayla Mayaki and Nick Briones


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DEDICATED TO THE MUSIC | Senior Ryan Maidment played the baritone in the Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps.

Color Guard doubles

This new size has allowed for several adjustments. Emily Chen

really unusual, so if we are performing

Arts editor

or competing, and we pull out all 54 members, it’s just such a big impact


The Associated Student Body (ASB) dance committee hosted an audition, open to anyone, Sept. 2 in the ASB room. Unlike previous selections for the duet, this year’s selection featured a duet of girls. The audition consisted of not only listening to each singer, but also pairing them up into duets.


to the judges because usually there are

size this year with 26 new members.

20 girls at the most in a Color Guard,”

In response to this new size, Color

junior Jillian Magallanes said.

Guard has employed new training and

Color Guard members decided to

performance strategies. Compared to

host a session in which they taught new

last year’s 28 members, the number

members basic terminology and moves

of Color Guard members this year has

on June 5, the Friday before the Color

increased to 54.

Guard and Band Camp. Ω

“A big Color Guard is something


A DAZZLING DUO | Seniors Leah Rickard and Alyssa Ibarra sang Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind (Part 2)” at the Homecoming assembly. PHOTOS BY AMANDA TAING

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The committee hosted the next audition Sept. 15. This time, the committee required the finalists to sing a predetermined song, which was used for the assembly and game performances. This year, the commissioner found the homecoming song during the first audition from one of the singers.

After auditions, the committee selected seniors Alyssa Ibarra and Leah Rickard. The committee looked for strong voices from each of the singers, as well as a good synergy between the two. The pair was responsible for their own rehearsals, makeup and costumes. The committee gave them the option of practicing Wednesday, the night before assembly, or Thursday, right before the assembly.

Color Guard has nearly doubled its



Alrik Pan: Golf Prodigy Ranked no. 3 in his age group for golf, freshman Alrik Pan took his golfing talents to the next level at the Evian Junior Championship in France. He placed 12th overall at the competition. Albert Law Sports editor

Pan said. After training for seven years, Pan

Ranked 87th for the Toyota Tour Cup,

started playing tournaments and making

including first-time competitor Korea, that

a name for himself on multiple golfing

won the tournament this year.

websites such as Golfweek, Bluegolf and

game points, freshman Alrik Pan has no

Golfscoreboard, which featured his stats. In

France two years in a row and won the


In previous years, team USA beat team

2011, he competed in 52 tournaments and

Evian’s three years in a row. This year, team

At 14 years old, Pan was picked to

placed top five in 73 percent of the games.

USA placed second with a score of 435,

participate and represent team U.S.A. at the

Pan played 73 tournaments over

losing the first place title to team Korea,

Junior Evian Championships in France. He

the course of 2013-2014 and ranked top

competed in a four-man team consisting of

5 for 71 percent of his games. Other

two boys and two girls.

major tournaments Pan played were the

of 74 and the second round with a score

which scored 428. Pan finished the first round with a score

American Junior Golf Association (AJGA)

of 76, ending with a final score of 150 and

golf club at age three. Choosing golf over

Tournament, in which he placed first, the

placing 12th place overall.

basketball, Pan started practicing swing

Los Angeles City Junior Golf tournament

control, distance control, putting, chipping

and the Los Angeles County tournament.

and started testing out new clubs. He was

LOOK AT ME SWING | Freshman Alrik Pan competes as one of the four players to represent the United States in the Junior Evian Golf Championship in France.

competition, 18 countries went to compete,

138 tournaments played and 4,025 total

Pan fell in love after picking up his first


For this year’s Junior Evian

Pan is ranked third in the class of 2019

“My score wasn’t the best and I feel like I let my team down. I need to work more on my mental game because I gave up on

dedicated to his sport, practicing every

for boys and 150th for male junior golfers 18

the 15th hole in the second round. I wasn’t

Sunday with his father.

and under in the country.

thinking strong enough and I wasn’t trying

“My dad inspired me to start playing

Pan was drafted to play in the Junior

hard enough,“ Pan said. “At the tournament

golf. When I was three, he gave me a club

Evian tournament after winning the AJGA

I was able to play on the different courses

so I could swing, but I started competing

polo ranked game. He was also scouted by

and I got to meet a lot of new friends. Going

in tournaments at age 10. I’m hoping to go

the Ladies Professional Golf Association

to France was a really great experience for

professional with golf because I’m good at

tour (LPGA), which hosted the 2015 Junior

me.” Ω

it and I can make millions with my skill,”

Evian Championships.

Football loses to Baldwin Park, 6-21 In Walnut’s annual Homecoming game, football struggled to score against ald in Park, a team that it defeated last ear in the final minutes, 3 .

Joshua Shen Sports editor

Bryce Onunwah and strong safety senior Christopher Covarrubias forced two interceptions.

Falling to 1-4 in the season, football

The Mustangs got off to a slow start

lost to Baldwin Park (2-3), 6-21 in its annual

after going three and out on its first drive and

Homecoming game on Friday, Sept. 25.

then allowing a six-play touchdown drive by

“This game isn’t going to affect us

the Braves. On Walnut’s next drive, Walker

because this is all pre-season. We have league

fumbled the ball, which resulted in another

in two weeks and that’s when we’ll see who

touchdown for Baldwin Park. Walnut’s next

we really are and how we play the games,”

possession resulted in a turnover on downs

linebacker coach Robert Herrera Jr. said.

as the team failed to complete a fourth and

Running back junior Cameron Walker

third at the Baldwin Park 31-yard line. After a

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN | Running back junior Cameron Walker avoids the opponent, who is trying to tackle him.

scored the only passing touchdown of the

series of unsuccessful drives from both teams,

game, while running back senior Alex Yen

the Mustangs were down, 0-14 at the end of

Especially, because [it was] the Homecoming

give up and [it gave us] a lot of pride since a

led the running game with 35 yards on five

the first quarter.

game,” middle linebacker Jason Ma said. “I

lot of the alumni are back and we had to make

wouldn’t say that the pressure made us play

them proud.” Ω

carries. Defensively, outside linebacker senior

“During the first, [being down early] put a lot of pressure on us for the rest of the game.

bad, but it gave us confidence. It made us not


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CATCH THIS | Freshman Sarah Cunday-Stevenson practices her passing during varsity volleyball practice.

Don Lugo 0-31 L Diamond Bar 7-57 L La Puente 28-17 W Northview 0-35 L Baldwin Park 6-21 L

girls’ golf


Sarah knows resilience

vs. vs. @ @ vs.

9/15 9/21 9/22 9/24

vs. @ vs. @

Charter Oak 248-284 W Troy 197-205 W Los Altos 208-314 W Los Altos 214-311 W

After qualifying but failing to attend the volleyball Junior Olympics (JO) twice, freshman Sarah Cunday-Stevenson still perseveres to further her volleyball career at Walnut despite these setbacks.

boys’ water polo Casey Lee Staff writer

In 2014, Stevenson-Cunday’s club

She found out her volleyball team

is so much closer for me but I wasn’t that

director left to coach at Texas State

upset about it, it was just harder on my

University and the team disbanded as a

parents,” Stevenson-Cunday said.

result. Before the team split, Top Gun played one last game at the Disney Summer

chance at Junior Olympics. She lost her

but twice -- and both times discovered there

Soiree in July 2014.

director. She lost her team. She lost her practice facility.

The director of her team left during its second season as

qualifiers, eventually

leading to the team’s disbandment. Too much to handle? Maybe for an average person, but not for freshman Sarah Stevenson-Cunday. Stevenson-Cunday was captain for three and a half years for her club team, Top un olleyball, which qualified for

“I guess that you just have to keep going. To push through even if it doesn’t go your way.”


2013-2014 and 2014-2015 seasons, but the team was unable to attend both times. In the first season that Top un qualified for

, one of tevenson- unday s

teammates couldn’t attend because she also qualified for the softball


couldn’t afford to compete in both sports. Stevenson-Cunday’s coach had a rule that if

But even with all these mishaps, Stevenson-Cunday still perseveres: for six days a week, she devotes three hours to volleyball practice.

competes in the 17-18 age group, and also plays as a setter for Walnut’s varsity girls’

purpose. Stevenson-Cunday strives to earn

my family. I mostly hang out with guys so

a sports scholarship from University of

my girl time was with them. They were like

Florida, University of Texas or Stanford.

my sisters,” Stevenson-Cunday said.

She also aims to play for the U.S. volleyball

Stevenson-Cunday had to face a breakup with her second family, but that wasn’t the only hardship she faced. She initially practiced at the California

“I plan on getting good grades and excelling throughout high school. If there are hardships I plan on taking them head on

State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal

and try to overcome them with hard work

others shouldn’t compete either.

Poly) facility, but had to switch to a practice

and dedication,” Stevenson-Cunday said.

location in Citrus due to the shutdown of

“I guess that you just have to keep going.

the Cal Poly facility.

To push through even if it doesn’t go your

season because one of the other teammates couldn’t afford it.

“It was frustrating because Cal Poly

9/10 9/16 9/19 9/22

vs. @ vs. vs.

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cross country Woodbridge Invitationals, 9/19 Osamah Hassan, 15:31.0 Julian Serrano, 15:56.1 Chloe Arriaga, 17:22.1 Emma Arriaga, 17:44.2

team and major in forensic science.

one teammate can’t compete in the JO, the The team couldn’t go during the second

girls’ volleyball

Volleyball Association (LAVA), which

She persists because she plays with a “[I was] really upset; those girls were

Bonita 14-13 L Ayala 20-9 L San Dimas 10-7 W Temple City 9-7 L

She is a part of the Los Angeles

volleyball team.

the end of regionals in June during both the

@ @ vs. vs.

In the end, Stevenson-Cunday lost her

made the Junior Olympics (JO) not once, were issues preventing the team from going.

9/8 9/10 9/11 9/15

way.” Ω

girls’ tennis 9/14 9/17 9/18 9/24

vs. vs. vs. @

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“There’s a lot of potential in these players. If they work hard and believe in themselves, the sky’s the limit. I think that sometimes they don’t believe themselves, and if they did they would do a better job. The players have to work hard in the classroom and work hard on the field. They have to want to be the best. I’m here to push the players to want more and be the best they can.”

“The most important part of a team is the teamwork and communication that happens inside the team. Walnut has a lot of skilled players, but the important thing is that they communicate and try to create opportunities for their teammates. Also that they work the ball around the perimeter because it gives you more opportunities to score.”

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