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Walnut High School Volume 48 Issue 1 Oct 1, 2015 www.whshoofprint.com
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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
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
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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
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
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.
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
PHOTO COURTESY OF MOTAZ 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 whshoofprint.com
PHOTO BY SAJID IQBAL
FEATURE PHOTO COURTESY OF PAUL MCLAUGHLIN
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.”
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
COMPILED BY OLIVIA CHIANG, CASEY LEE AND JO ANN SUN
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
EDITORIAL CARTOON BY AMY LO
PRO | CON
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
score, is only agonizing because
control themselves, but one misstep
their pride has been decimated, not
becomes considerably intensified
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
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
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
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
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
Valerie Tu, 12
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
DOES EVERYONE ELSE THINK? COMPILED BY VIVIAN LEE
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
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 First Amendment’s protections intend to
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report all issues in an unbiased, objective manner.
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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
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
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 whshoofprint.com
EDITORIAL CARTOON BY ANGELA ZHANG
WE ASKED Ethan Chang, 9
COMPILED BY BRIAN HONNG
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
PHOTO BY CHANTEL CHAN
What impressions do underclassmen and upperclassmen have of each other?
Seniors share their advice COMPILED BY LISA SHEN, ANGELA ZHANG
Advice for freshmen:
COMPILED BY KEVIN ARIFIN, EMILY CHEN, CASEY LEE, PHILLIP LEUNG, BRIAN WU
“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
COMPILED BY EMILY CHEN, ANITA CHUEN, CASEY LEE, JASON LUNA, ANGELA ZHANG
Advice for sophomores:
Students: Anckley Hsieh, 9 GRADES
Eugene Lo, 10 TIME MANAGEMENT
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,
BASED ON A SURVEY OF 474 STUDENTS
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
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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 whshoofprint.com
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
Renee Hua 10
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?
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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
“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.”
PHOTO BY AARON YONG
Breaking down the facts Walnut population Hispanic 19.1%
The council in action Council meetings per month
Chen’s city council campaigns. It’s
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
PHOTOS BY SABRINA WAN
meaning to comfort food. It was a perfect blend of savory gravy, familiar chicken pot pie and crispy golden skin-on french fries. Warm,
E AT AND RELAX
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
UNIQUE EATS (FROM TOP TO BOTTOM) | Frozen Hot Chocolate from Dark 180 is a perfect combination of rich dark chocolate and icy coolness. | Anaheim Packing House preserves its previous packing house structure with a loading deck and high ceilings, creating an industrial feel. | Han’s Homemade Ice Cream’s Melon Bar and Lemon Custard in a waffle cup embrace a sweet yet mildly tangy taste.
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
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
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
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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
you as a person,” Maidment said.
for Pacific Crest in December the
“You can go into it thinking, ‘No,
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
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
PHOTO COURTESY OF RYAN MAIDMENT
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HOMECOMING AUDITIONS COMPILED BY NIKITA PATEL
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
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
PHOTO BY SAJID IQBAL
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
it and I can make millions with my skill,”
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
PHOTO BY ERIC PENG
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FALL SEASON SCOREBOARD boys’ football 8/28 9/4 9/11 9/17 9/25
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
PHOTO BY SAJID IQBAL
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
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.
Northview 3-1 W Bonita 3-0 L Temple City 1-0 W Rowland 3-0 W
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
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
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
girls’ tennis 9/14 9/17 9/18 9/24
vs. vs. vs. @
Alta Loma 10-8 W St. Lucy’s 11-7 W Claremont 11-7 W West Covina 13-5 W
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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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