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Walnut High School Walnut, CA Volume 49, Issue 1 September 22, 2016

Boys’ waterpolo defeated Diamond Bar 10-7 in an away game during the Inaugural Diamond Bar High School Invitation on Friday, Sept. 16. At the end of the third quarter, with the game tied 6-6, driver sophomore Kyle Green rises and scans for an open teammate to score. “The game was really nerve-wracking because it was a very close match,” said Green. “In my head, I was like ‘don’t give up,’ and we were able to win the game.” PHOTO BY JEFFREY TRAN


table of contents


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



Investigative reporting


Discover how student actions have helped to shape the future of District of Choice.

Start off the fall season with tunes that will put you in the ultimate autumn mood.

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.



Production Editor-in-Chief: Eric Peng

Examine the way students learn through audiovisual and social media.

Print Editors-in-Chief: Cherie Chu, Sabrina Wan Online Editors-in-Chief: Lisa Shen, Jo Ann Sun Media Manager: Brian Wu Managers: Olivia Chiang, Vivian Lee Business Managers: Airi Gonzalez, Jeffrey Tran Photo Lead: Jeffrey Tran Photo Manager: Airi Gonzalez News Editors: Jessica Huang, Melissa Kim Opinion Editors: Brian Chen, Phillip Leung Feature Editors: Natalie Jiang, Albert Law In-Depth Editor: Angela Zhang Scene Editor: Sophia Ding Arts Editors: Kevin Arifin, Angela Cao Sports Editors: Haixin Guo, Julie Lee Video Manager: Eunice Lin





With increased emphasis on technology, students have less time to read books.

Social Media Editor: Samuel Compolongo

Marching Band and Colorguard incorporate a new Heroes and Villains theme at their first field show of the year.


Online Media Editor: Caroline Huang Photographers: Jamie Chen, Samuel Compolongo, Sara Corona, Richard Zhang


Staff Writers: Sarah Aie, Andre Alvarez, Florence Ao, Anabelle Chang, Erica Chang, Amber Chen, Emily Chen,

Junior Cyrus Lee tells the story of his move to America, 7,000 miles from home.

Jamie Chen, Kelly Chen, Nicole Chiang, Jocelyn Chow, Jason Corpin, Sara Corona, Tristan Gonzalez, Brian Honng, Jeremy Hsiao, Justin Jiang, Brandon Lai, Austin Lam, Isaac Le, Samantha Lee, Isabella Leung, Annie Li, Ashley Liang, Ashley Lin, Kyle Lin, Elaine Liu, Cynthia Lu, Jason Luna, Amy Lo, Emily Ng, Bella Pan, Isabella Pollalis, Uniss Tan, Athena Tang, Emmeline Tantry, Sean Wang, Brandon Win, Sherman Wu, Anna Yu, Irene Zhou Adviser: Rebecca Chai

Contact & Media For business/ad inquiries, email Walnut High School 400 N. Pierre Rd. Walnut, CA 91789 (909) 594-1333 @WalnutHS_News @WalnutHS_Sports @whspublications @whspublications



Junior Fitty Liu supports organizations that help those in need by selling her art.

18 Sports

From league baseball to collegiate scholarships, seniors Dylan Needham and Dylan Zavala share more than just a name.

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District of Choice Bill prompts student action The District of Choice (DoC) Bill has been successful for 22 years. On Aug. 31, 2016, the bill expired and was rejected for an extension. If the bill is not replaced, approximately 3,600 students will be forced to attend the school located in their district of residence for the 2017-2018 school year. COMPILED BY EMMELINE TANTRY AND TRISTAN GONZALEZ

Francis Gonzalez, 9

Elisabeth Everts, English

“Originally I went to a school near Compton, and it was really bad. I feel that I’m getting a lot more opportunities here than from that other district. This is an environment where I can grow and learn to become a better student. We have a future that we can choose from here, and that’s what District of Choice does for us.”

“Most likely, [the rejection of the District of Choice Bill] will affect the school’s ability to be what it is right now. It is shocking to me, I know this is one of the districts in the state that has a huge amount of students from out of the district, but we’ve shown for the last 20 years that it works. We provide a place for kids to learn and have access to all these amazing programs, and it works.”

Jessica Fung, 11

Jerry Knox, History

“I think traveling is hard, at least for me from West Covina, and scheduling is hard because I have after school, but it’s worth it because if it weren’t for me going to Walnut, I probably wouldn’t be like what I am now because the education and the competition here has really pushed me to be better.”

“I think if students in surrounding districts would like to go to another district, then they should have the freedom to do that. [The rejection] means that Walnut High School is going to lose students and people will have less choices, so they have less freedom. I like to consider myself a freedom guy, and I think people should make choices for what’s best for them.”

Andy Perez, 12

Michelle O’Shields, Art

“[The rejection of the bill is] going to affect [us] because obviously if people have to be forced out of the district, then that means more empty classrooms here. Some staff will have to be laid off, and it’ll just be a smaller environment. [The school] may even possibly shut down. The bill is why I’m here and why I’ve been here since I was in elementary school.”

“[This] is an amazing school, an amazing school district. It’s definitely a place I wanted to be for a long time. The art program since I started has grown so much. I would hate to see numbers go down instead of go up, that would be a tragedy. I just want things to grow and get better.”

Student statistics Facts and opinions were collected from students based on their knowledge of the expiration of the DoC Bill. BASED ON A SURVEY OF 176 STUDENTS

Student concerns regarding the absence of the bill

Involvement of Walnut High School students

Timeline of DoC The District of Choice Bill (AB-1771) was founded in 1993 by Superintendent Ron Hockwalt

AB-1771 remained successful for 22 years. The bill was set to expire on July 1, 2017.

Senator Bob Huff introduced AB1432 on Feb. 19, 2016 in an attempt to extend the life of the bill, and was approved by a 38-1 Senate floor vote.

Extension of the bill rejected by Appropriations Committee Chair Lorena Gonzalez

42% 8.5 in 10 students have heard about the rejection of the DoC Bill

The bill expired August 31, 2016. 19%


7 in 10 students disagree with rejection of the DoC Bill


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5.5 in 10 students heard of the DoC Bill before it expired

5 in 10 students have taken action to protest the rejection of the DoC Bill

The Appropriations Committee will meet in January to discuss the future of the DoC Bill.





investigative reporting


Talk the talk: Superintendent Robert Taylor speaks about DoC Superintendent Robert Taylor discusses the impact of student actions and future of the DOC Bill. Melissa Kim and Eric Peng News editor and Editor-in-chief

experience the schools that we have here.”

Student actions have continued to raise awareness in the community regarding the recently terminated Appropriations Bill 1771 (AB-1771). AB-1771, which was initiated under former superintendent Ron Hockwalt in 1993, served as the District of Choice (DoC) Bill for the Walnut Valley School District for 22 continuous years. “[Hockwalt’s]


was that all kids should have an opportunity





educational experience they could possibly have, no matter what their background is, what their hurdles in life may be, it doesn’t matter,” superintendent



said. “It was an opportunity for us to open our doors and allow other kids to come to Walnut Valley and





taken throughout the community, assemblywomen Ling Ling Chang and Lorena Gonzalez have released a statement to work towards an agreement for those involved. “I think the main thing is probably continue to have [students’] voices heard and continue to reach out to the legislatures, who ultimately are the ones who have the power to make the decision about the future of


the DoC program,” Taylor and lobbyists to discuss the effects on

of reaching success, however that

of what their address is,” Taylor said.

including students and staff should

the students and resolutions to settle

may be defined,” Taylor said.

“For the students at Walnut High:

remain optimistic, and I still have

the issue for all affected districts in

a lot of confidence in the legislative

the state.

said. “I think all of our community

process and a strong belief that the

“If you look at the data and

right outcome will occur through

statistics in Walnut Valley, our

this whole process.”

The Appropriations Committee

be high school kids, have fun, focus

is scheduled to meet again in January

on your academics, take advantage

to discuss the possible repealment of

of all the extracurriculars, don’t

the bill.

stress over this, but continue to have

students in our environment with

“Other kids should have the

a voice because your voice is very

The district board members

our teachers, committee and support

opportunity to experience [various

powerful and be optimistic that we’ll

have been meeting with legislators

system have such a higher probability

programs in their schools], regardless

find a positive solution.” Ω

Q&A with Principal Brandon Dade Q: What is your stance on the rejection of the DoC Bill? A: I disagree with [the rejection of the bill]. We live in a country where choice is a big deal, and this is one of those moments where I think you’re taken away that opportunity for a family or a student to choose where they think is best for them.

Q: What was the initial reaction from people when they first found out about the rejection? A: [After the rejection of the bill], I think there was a combination of emotions; there was disappointment, frustration, probably even anger, because once again, you’re taking away what some people perceive as a right or a choice. I think that’s what I kept hearing over and over again, which made me think that we needed to do our best to educate everyone on what’s going on. Even if you’re not involved in District of Choice, it could impact you in a negative fashion.

Q: What impact does the rejection of the bill have on students? A: The reality, when it expired, it means that at the end of this school year, everyone who was under that District of Choice agreement has to go back to their home schools. So you would have a junior who would have to go back to another school for their 12th grade year.

Q: What would you encourage other people to do if they want to continue taking action? A: I would say, continue to contact and reach out to political leaders and voice your opinions about the importance of District of Choice. Not only to our community, but to all districts. I’m not just hoping that we fight for Walnut, I’m hoping to fight any district who likes the District of Choice process.

Student Actions A rally was held in Maple Hill Park to save the bill on Aug. 27, 2016. Students have been posting about the DoC decision on Facebook to raise awareness. Administrators, parents and students have emailed Appropriations Committee Chair Lorena Gonzalez to communicate their opinions. 5,403 signatures were collected on an online petition aimed to revive the consideration of SB-1432, the extension of the DoC Bill.


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Why don’t we read anymore? With a society raising its emphasis on techonology, high school students find it increasingly difficult to settle down and read for pleasure. Cherie Chu

by them. The school library, Walnut

sentence, two sentences, and then


library and even a number of

suddenly there’s an urge in the back

English classrooms have a myriad of

of your head to check your phone

We live in a

literary options for us to explore, but

that’s right next to you? It’s like a

time when “story”

I have never seen anyone pick up one

little itch that won’t go away until you

is more commonly

of these books for any reason but a

see whether you got an email, or if

class grade.

someone liked your Instagram post.

associated with Snapchat than with books. Digital screens have quite

Perhaps it is the nature of our

But when you do, the satisfaction is

effectively replaced paper and print.

entertainment that makes us less

the effect of the release of dopamine,

We simply don’t read anymore––

inclined to read. People would much


exhibit A, me: I haven’t read a book

rather scroll through Facebook, binge

responsible for desires and cravings,

for “fun” since the winter break of

on Netflix or play video games than

and in this case, our tendency to

freshman year. That was three years

read a book. It is the norm in our

break away from the book page to

ago, and perhaps the only book I

society to be updated with everything

look at digital updates.

have finished out of my own will

going on and connected to one

Now, this trend is not necessarily

throughout the course of high school.

another at all times. We are used to

a bad thing. We may shy away from

I don’t speak for everyone, but

receiving information at a blistering

novels, but we gain a considerable

I know I’m not alone in this. If we

pace, whether through text messages,


are not required to read, we probably

phone calls or social media; sitting


wouldn’t do it. For a majority of

down and immersing ourselves into a

shows and movies provide us with

my peers, assigned literature from

book is the recreational equivalent of

entertainment, while social media

English class makes up the bulk

having no cell phone signal.

and news sites keep us posted with


of sources


information of



from TV

of the reading that we do. It’s not

In fact, there is a scientific

what’s going on in the world. As our

as though books have disappeared

explanation for why we can’t focus on

technology and world change, our

from our lives and are now harder to

a book for extended periods of time.

habits adapt, and that may not be

reach than before; we’re surrounded

Have you ever started reading––one

such a bad thing. Ω

Q&A When’s the last time you read a book for fun? COMPILED BY PHILLIP LEUNG AND SARAH AIE

“The last book I read was “The Crown” by Kiera Kass, and I read it last week. I would like to read for fun more often. I love to read, but with school Andy Kalinowski, 9 and dance, I don’t have enough time.”

Brandon Young, 10

“I don’t remember the last book I read for fun because of school work. Reading for school makes you lose your desire to read. I am angry because I can never love reading again.”

Shawnee Huang, 11

“I read “The Fifth Wave” two months ago. I don’t read anymore because of school work and extracurriculars like band. When school makes you read, it ruins the fun.”




WARNING Respecting students’ boundaries

There is merit in trigger warnings because they constantly ensure honest and considerate communication, which is necessary for intellectual discussions within the classrooms. Lisa Shen

to sugarcoat or alter classroom

In order to find an effective


curricula; students are simply given

balance between enough sensitivity

the liberty to choose how involved

and enough open discussion, we

Just as the school

they want to be during the lesson.

must remember that it is not possible


Students are not encouraged to leave

to always say the right things in

University of Chicago

the lesson but are instead given time

the right manner. Humans are not

sparked media outcry by putting an

to prepare themselves and manage

perfect but the attempt at honest

end to trigger warnings. Although

their reactions. Although trigger


intended to foster academic freedom,

warnings seem to provide a win-

worthy of pursuit. Unreasonable

the new policy may result in

win situation, deeper implications

and insensitive ideas can and should

intellectual loss. But this is not to say

of this basic definition have recently

be looked down upon, critiqued and

that criticisms of trigger warnings


promptly amended.



are unfounded. A middle ground

The purpose of




The current problem resides

especially at the college-level, is to

in the lack of

and student safety can and should be

foster both intellectual and character

what trigger warnings truly entail.

clarification of

established on school campuses.

growth. However, the lofty standard

Warnings remind us that people

Trigger warnings are notices

of respect created by trigger warnings

have different backgrounds and

given in advance on subject materials

is inhibiting conversations about

views without the intention of stifling

that may cause students distress.

touchy topics like religious beliefs and



They seek to aid students who have

gender issues. Some students become



been traumatized or those who may

fearful, not restricted, of sharing

censorship should be reevaluated.

be grieving. Content that includes

their opinions because they do not

Students should not limit their

common causes of trauma like child

want to be labeled as intolerant. This

opinions but rather show sensitivity

abuse and sexual violence are flagged.

hesitation to share more controversial

in delivering them. Trigger warnings

Participation in discussions and other

ideas will obstruct the purpose of

are not meant to provide leeway

class activities become challenging

education to promote emotional

for traumatized students; they are

when students are suddenly in a state

growth. Students need to be exposed

intended to create a nurturing

of shock.

to views they find uncomfortable and

academic environment for those

difficult in order to grow as scholars.

dealing with grief. Ω




you ever had a teacher avoid a topic Q Have in class? in TOK we reach subjects that A Sometimes make the teacher and students pretty Farhan Baig, 12

uncomfortable. One time, it was about certain ethical boundaries that were really controversial so it was probably best we didn’t discuss that in the classroom. you think Q Donecessary?



Students share their experiences about trigger warnings and dealing with student emotions in the classroom. COMPILED BY BRIAN CHEN AND PHILLIP LEUNG


committed to both open discussion




trigger warnings are

are important. I think it’s fair to give A They a warning before talking about anything Summer Armstrong, 10

sensitive. I know some people who have been through rough events and just because they recently got over it, it could still be lingering in the back of their mind. Those are the people who should have some warning.


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The need for basic life skills

High schools should reintroduce basic life skills classes back into the required curriculum.

National Statistics


What percentage of high school students in the United States is taught basic life skills to benefit their future?

44% of students


have not been taught basic budgeting and financing skills

90% of high schools



do not offer computer science courses

60% of students do

not receive sex education

Emily Chen

and mailing in our taxes, and preparing

is something that is self-taught and self-

Staff writer

for job interviews. Take for instance,

mastered, classes should, at the very

personal finance. Most students in

least, encourage expression of opinion

Part of learning in

high school don’t understand how to

so that students can practice their

high school is to mature

balance a checking account, set up trust

communication, a skill that is needed

into capable, young adults ready to

funds, and pay taxes, all of which are

within the workforce. The frequency

take on the realities of the world. Let’s

significant “adult” duties that must be

and practicality of these activities in our

be honest. Finding derivatives and

carried out in order to live in our homes

daily lives make it even more significant

antiderivatives in calculus probably

and manage our funds.

that we master these skills rather than

won’t be useful in our daily lives

The same goes for making simple,

the material currently taught in schools.

outside of class. Neither will writing

easy meals, such as cooking rice or pasta.

Because it’s assumed that these life

a character analysis about the hidden

Some kids have never been exposed to

skills are taught at home by our parents,

motives of Piggy in “Lord of the

the process in making home-cooked

the number of home economics classes

Flies,” or knowing the chronological

meals: buying ingredients, preparing,

that teach students life skills has been

order of all the European monarchs by

and cooking them. There’s definitely

diminishing. Because there is no

heart. Although there is some weight

something missing from our education

organization or curriculum for these

in understanding the fundamentals of

system when students don’t even know

life skills to be taught at home, it should

all academic subjects so that students

how to maintain themselves by making

be reinforced by the educators of this

are aware and culturally sound, these

their own food, a basic necessity to

nation. Their title alone as ‘educators’

courses fail to prepare students for life

physically survive.

demonstrates the need for this type of

as adults.

But most importantly, students

class to take place on all campuses to

The things we learn in our classes

aren’t taught how to communicate

prepare students for what lies ahead,

won’t be of much use, unless we intend

effectively. The basics to passing a

especially since high school is all about

to major or find a career related to

class consist of sitting and listening

preparing students for and educating

academic subjects. Yet at school, we

to lectures, completing homework,

them beyond school.

are expected to take and pass classes

and having decent test scores. Aside

Life skills classes should not only

like these, some that are even deemed

from rigorous classes, such as AP

be offered in high school, but also


English 3 and IB classes that require

required to be taken. In order for high



schools to fulfill their duty in preparing





graduate from high school. The







discussions frequently, most classes

students to become independent adults,

curriculum doesn’t teach us how to be

do not encourage students to speak

classes similar to home economics

adults. We aren’t taught how to carry out

forth and voice their opinions related

or even personal finance should be a

simple life tasks: filling up our gas tanks

to the subjects at hand. Though

graduation-required class that students

in our cars, cooking meals, calculating

effective and “good” communication

take, or offered on campus at the least. Ω




DRAW THIS | Liu finishes up a drawing to publish online for her viewers.

PAST | Liu has been honing her art skills since middle school.

AND PRESENT | Liu is currently working on a portrait of Frida Kahlo.

The business of art Junior Fitty Liu sells handmade stickers and custom prints online. Olivia Chiang

stickers that she draws on Photoshop. She

people order custom stickers or just stickers

Online manager

continues with printing the designs out on

from the pack and put them on things that

sticker paper and finishes with cutting and

they would normally bring around and

packaging her finished products before they

have other people see, it makes me feel

go on sale.

really grateful that they care.”

She was only two years old when she was first introduced into the world of art, spending a majority of her free time

“I started selling stickers knowing that

After the Pulse nightclub shooting in

doodling on her bedroom walls. After

a lot of artists are not able to earn profit

Orlando, Liu created a “#Pride” sticker set,

taking several guided drawing lessons,

from their art because a lot of people don’t

which she sold more of in a smaller time

junior Fitty Liu decided she wanted to

really appreciate just a piece of artwork,

frame than any of her other sets. The set of

do more with her hobby, soon starting a

on a piece of paper, on a canvas,’” Liu

20 was created based off of the song “Stand

business and selling her art to an online

said. “People don’t really buy something

By You” by Rachel Platten. Liu’s friend was


unless there’s some practicality to it, and I

originally going to sing in collaboration

After hearing about different store

wanted to start with the practical uses for

with her, in honor of the shooting,

marketing websites from aspiring artists on

art, and then evolve when people started to

though it didn’t work out. Nonetheless,

Instagram and Tumblr, Liu decided to start

appreciate it more.”

Liu continued with the Orlando-themed

her own online store, Kittyfish (kittyfish., on Storenvy, a site that allows artists to set up shops. Liu already had a wide following even before she set up her store through her Tumblr blog with 4,000 followers, as well as through Facebook and Instagram. “When my store evolved into one with

“It makes me feel really grateful that my customers care about my art.” – Fitty Liu, 11

stickers, and donated 20 percent of her profit to the LGBT community along with the family and victims’ of the tragedy.


It only takes three easy steps for Liu to make and sell her stickers.

01 Drawing Liu starts off by drawing the stickers on Photoshop, which takes about a week.

02 Printing She prints out each set, containing 20 stickers, on special sticker paper.

“Both of our goals were to publicize support for the LGBT community and to create more of a sense of unity after the event,” Liu said. “There has been a lot of events surrounding terrorism and shootings

a larger audience, it kind of surprised me,

When walking around campus, you’ll

between gun laws in America too, but I

because I thought it was just going to be a

probably catch a couple of people with

think it’s just this one that really struck me

one hit wonder, but I’ve just been getting

Liu’s vibrant Disney stickers on their phone

because the media covered it a lot. I would

orders and orders ever since I started,” Liu

case or with succulent printed keychains

have done it for earlier events but because


hanging from their backpacks.

this one was so publicized, I thought it

Liu sells stickers, keychains, prints

“I really like seeing people use my

might have been a better opportunity to

and commissions, which are requested

stickers, because usually after somebody

publicize it more through my stickers. Even

art pieces set at a certain price. Liu

buys something from you, you don’t know

though I don’t make a ton of money, I think

specializes in hand-drawn, printed and cut

what they do with it,” Liu said. “So when

every little bit helps.” Ω

03 Cutting After cutting out each individual sticker, she packages them and sends them off to her customers.

art store and more at


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Working toward the world championships WATCH ME | Jodjana hopes to bring back the gold medal after his tournament in Peru.


Junior Vincent Jodjana’s passion for taekwondo is what drives him to compete in worldwide competitions. Albert Law Feature editor Most competitors only dream of making it to the National U.S Taekwondo Team and competing at World Championships. For junior Vincent Jodjana, however, that dream has become a reality. Jodjana was introduced to taekwondo at the age of eight when his parents decided it would encourage him to be more fit. “When I was little, I had a lot of energy. My parents wanted me to be disciplined and found a taekwondo studio in Diamond Bar,” Jodjana said. “The masters told me that I was talented, so my parents kept me in martial arts. Eventually, it became something I enjoyed.” Through the years of practicing, Jodjana’s passion for the sport drove him to set higher goals for himself in competitions. Although taekwondo is considered a sport by many, to Jodjana, it’s an art that he can express himself in through his performances. “I did not want to quit just because [I got] my black belt. I wanted to get a higher achievement than just getting a black belt. I wanted to become the best at the National Championships and thought what would it be like to get that gold medal at Worlds,” Jodjana said. As the competitions became more intense, Jodjana’s coach continued to push him to do his best. His coach did not only train his students, but also competed with them in the tournaments they attend to prove that he’s skilled and qualified. “Through competing and training with us, [my master] is able to share our

A legacy of competition



pain and suffering during our training, and our joy and glory when we win,” Jodjana said. Jodjana first joined the National Team in 2014 and competed in the 2014 World Championships, finishing second. He has also competed in the 2015 PanAmerican Open held in Aguascalientes, Mexico. This year is his second year competing as a member of the U.S. National Team. Taekwondo has helped him grow mentally and emotionally. This year at National Team trials, Jodjana did not qualify to compete in the individual event. However, he persevered and still qualified for the paired event. “When hardship was thrown in my direction, I was always angered and felt depressed and questioned ‘why do bad things happen?’” Jodjana said. “Anything can happen during taekwondo competitions, whether good or bad, and you get used to occasional surprising results.” Now, Jodjana looks forward to his second year competing in World Championships at Lima, Peru. He will be performing poomsae, simulating combat, in which he is scored based on accuracy and presentation. “I have gained a passion for taekwondo by just loving not just the sport but also the martial art itself. What [many] misunderstand is that taekwondo is mainly a martial art: it is a fight,” Jodjana said. 'Treating it as a fight changes the perspective in competing rather than treating it as a sport. Embracing the sport is one thing, but one must also embrace the martial art itself in order to achieve a passion.” Ω



Chronological timeline of Jodjana’s past competitons and the progress he has made throughout his taekwondo career.

Jodjana makes the U.S. National Team and finishes second in the Word Championship.

Jodjana competes in the 2015 PanAmerican Open held in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

In his second year on the U.S. National team, Jodjana will be competing in Peru for the 2016 World Championship.






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Statistics from the world Netflix has 47 million subscribers in the US alone. That’s 15% of the U.S. Population. On Youtube, 3.25 billion hours of video are watched in one month. That’s 37,000 years of video. Khan Academy, a major education channel on Youtube, has over 2,700,000 million subscribers and 890,000,000 total video views.

Student statistics


At home Youtube: 52% Netflix: 15%

Where do you spend most of your time online?


What teachers think media means to students “It’s probably relaxing for them. I would think they watch because they want to be in the know. They want to know what’s popular so they can speak with their peers about it.” Stephanie Tufenkjian | Math

At some point, technology and education were bound to meet. Perhaps we realized that television, movies and YouTube weren’t enemies of productivity. We decided that maybe medium which broadcast to hundreds of millions, no billions, of people can also educate billions. YouTube is where social media, entertainment and leisure meet math, science and virtually anything. Movies and T.V. shows now offer teens the ability to examine other perspectives and narratives. Audiovisual media, once thought of as a threat to human development and young people’s minds, is now being used in classrooms and at home to give students a broader scope of understanding. The world of audiovisual media is in constant flux, and for some time, education has been lagging, but this is the year students, teachers, and people all around are taking advantage of the opportunity that this type of media has provided for so long. The world of social and audiovisual media is connecting the world in ways we never could have imagined. And who would have thought that one day we would be learning about the intricacies of childhood friendships and innocence present “Stranger Things” open on one tab and a demonstration of Cell division on the next. Who knew, that at this point, we would be taking two very different worlds––education and entertainment ––and combining them in the dynamic medium of audiovisual media.

Facebook: 11% Twitter: 11%

Angela Zhang, In-depth editor

News sites/Buzzfeed: 6%


“I don’t think [students] use [audiovisual media] for academics. They use it for entertainment mostly, to talk to their friends, and look for the latest memes. It could be school work sometimes, but I think they use I mostly for talking and keeping in contact with their friends.” Nicholas Madrid | Economics, Psychology


“I think it’s great for keeping in touch and talking to people you don’t see that often, but I also think in a certain way it has hindered actual social interaction in as much as when I’ve gone places whether the mall or restaurants and I see the way people don’t interact anymore.” Suzanne Tenbroek | French

Other: 5%

What main purpose does audiovisual media serve? 67%

Entertainment Stress Relief

6:00 36:00


To relate to peers 5% Educational/vocational enrichment 5%

The impact of audiovisual and social media

Other 1%


At school

SUBSCRIBE 1-2 times: 63% 3-4 times: 14% 5 times or more: 3%

Student attitudes 22% of students think audiovisual media is a positive influence In what classes do you think audiovisual media is effective? 45%

All classes English and History None



Foreign language 10% Math and Sciences 4%


“I think people use social media and audiovisual media to alleviate the stress from school work or to just take a break and relax. Sometimes, when I dont understand something I watch a video of it on YouTube or Khan Academy so it does serve as an academic platform.” Jason Wang, 12

0 times: 20%

How many times a week do you watch audiovisual media in class?

What media means to students

Learning from media at home

Learning from media at school

FILM Although they are similar to tv shows, movies deliver information in a faster, more direct way to students.

FILM English classes analyze a film adaptation after reading a book in order to gain a better understanding of the work.

“Watching T.V. shows and movies has helped me learn about nonacademic things because I get to learn and somewhat experience how people can affect other people. I get to learn about life lessons and how to better prepare myself for the real world.” Josh Almonte, 9

“It’s not a mindless task in my classroom when we watch movies. Kids usually have some sort of feedback that they have to offer whether it’s discussion, discussion with questions, or questions which help them key in on certain aspects of the movie.” Pam Booth | English

VIDEOS Students have access to an unlimited amount of resources in almost all trades, subjects and skills. They watch videos ranging from makeup tutorials to building a computer.

VIDEOS Sites and channels such as Khan Academy, Crash Course, and Schoology help students supplement their academic education at school.

“I watch cooking videos, DIYs, some instrument tutorials, some makeup tutorials, and dance tutorials for sure––those are really fun to learn and do. Learning new things constantly helps me improve, even if it’s just the slightest bit, on whatever the subject is.” Jahlyne Rodrigo, 9

“I like to use video clips so that they can actually visualize processes and they can see what’s happening. Sometimes I draw things on the board but it can be helpful to actually watch an animation, I think, just to have a different way to teach it.” Darcy Milam | Biology

“I rarely use social media, but when I do, I use it to promote my clubs or pictures I’ve taken from traveling. Today’s generation resorts to social media for self expression as many find it easier to display their true self online. There is no need for any one-on-one conversation which erases people’s insecurity and self doubt when it comes to public speaking.” Mikayla Tran, 11 “I think we really use social media to connect with others when we’re not really there with each other, and I feel like [audiovisual media] is more positive, because it really helps people rather than bring people down.” Julia Martinez, 10

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september 2016


Cyrus Lee, Hong Kong. By Albert Law, Feature editor It was a cloudy, Thursday morning. He was all packed, ready to go. With a boarding pass in one hand and luggage in the other, Junior Cyrus Lee was prepared to take on a new life. In the summer of 2014, Lee emigrated from Hong Kong to live and study in America. His parents sent him overseas in hopes of giving him a better education and the opportunity to attend a four-year university. “The first thought I had was [being] sad because I was already missing my friends. I recall that I was crying at the airport that morning and my friends came there to say bye to me,” Lee said.

students during passing period and lunch, instead of cramming and studying for numerous tests. “The [education] pace here is much slower and it’s more relaxing––you have more time to do things you want on your own,” Lee said. “Back in Hong Kong, you didn’t have time to do things on your own that you enjoyed.” Even his weekends were really stressful because of all his extracurricular activities. Lee attended piano lessons, basketball games, and was tutored in many of his school subjects. In addition to the heavy workload, the Hong Kong students were very

But the hardest part of Lee’s move was adjusting to the American culture.

competitive and usually compared test grades or class rankings. The pressure

Lee was scared of the way people dressed and talked -- scared because he

for Lee built up as he tried to impress his classmates as well as live up to his

knew his peers would laugh at his accent and his fashion.

own expectations.

“I think [Cyrus] adapted very well because when I first met him, he was

“The good thing about the competition is that it motivates you to work

very shy and I thought he was lame. He would act really awkward around

hard and you push yourself to aim higher than the other students. But on

others and he would dress really badly. But now, I think Cyrus [fits] with the

the other hand, it also builds up pressure because you’re constantly studying

culture because he is constantly speaking English and he doesn’t dress oddly.

so you pass the final exam,” Lee said. “During the tests there’s the sense of

His behaviors were deemed as unusual, but in the end Cyrus is still a great

achievement when you score well, but there’s also the sense of disappointment

friend,” Lee’s friend, junior Ryan Hu said.

you get when you study so hard but receive a bad grade. I tried really hard so

Lee left was he wasn’t comfortable with Hong Kong’s education system. The school system separates students into one school for primary one to six (first grade to sixth), and the other, form one to six (seventh grade to twelfth). This annoyed Lee because the maturity level of primary one students were different from those in primary six. As the form six students finished up secondary school, they were required to take a high stakes test, which consisted of math, English, Chinese, liberal studies, physics, chemistry, biology, history and economics -- a total of nine different test subjects. If Lee failed the testing, it would prevent him from choosing his major or even going to a college at all. Lee had to work three times as hard in Hong Kong to maintain his grades and his rank in class, but in America the class work wasn’t as rigorous. In those classes, Lee would be learning two years ahead of the average American schools, and had more than six subjects to study for. “My cousins told me that the exam was time-consuming because it required [rigorous] amounts of studying. My parents always said that there

I wouldn’t embarrass myself in front of my peers.”

“Though it was hard to make friends at first, I eventually gained the courage to talk to other people.” – Lee, 11 Besides the academics, the environment was different as well. The gray skies, dark clouds and gloomy weather in Hong Kong affected his mood. The outdoor environment makes Lee feel comfortable because of the cleaner air and the abundance of trees. “[The weather] gives off bad vibes, especially when it’s always raining because it prevents me and my friends [from going] out and [from doing] something productive. It gets boring because the sun rarely comes out and I normally have to do something [else],” Lee said.

was no future in Hong Kong -- the opportunities you can take are limited,

With the nurturing learning environment in America, Lee can focus on

and there are only three or four majors that are popular. Also, they didn’t

one thing at a time instead of studying for multiple subjects at once. He is

want me to stress out so much and study from seven to eight hours everyday

also encouraged because the teachers are more lenient and are willing to

just for an exit exam,” Lee said. “I was really scared to take the exam because

help students in need. In Hong Kong, homework and tests weren’t worth

I heard how hard it was and how much I would have to study to pass.”

many points, while the final test accounted for 70 percent of the students’

Lee only had limited school majors and job choices to pick from, and


the ones he chose affected his entire college course and future career. Lee had

“The Hong Kong school environment made me feel really stressed out.

to make sure the decisions he made would still be the ones he would stick to

I had to basically lock myself in the house one time to study for the final

in the future, as he was only 15. Many teenagers often change decisions as

because if I messed up, my grades would look horrible, ” Lee said.

they grow up, but Lee was forced to settle on one earlier. Changing majors in Hong Kong was very troublesome, and it required many scholars to drop classes just to start a different path they want to pursue.

Because of the never-ending homework assignments in Hong Kong, Lee often found himself struggling to manage his time. “Back in Hong Kong, I got pretty mad sometimes because I was always

Lee had a friend who chose computer engineering as her major and

so occupied with my work, and I didn’t have free time to do anything else.

career, but after a year or two, she realized that it wasn’t fit for her. She didn’t

Everyday I was just doing homework and studying and even if I did have a

want to drop out of her class because she already made so much progress,

bit of time on my hands, it was used towards music lessons,” Lee said.

and it would be difficult to start again. This made Lee realize how hard it was

As Lee began to assimilate with the students at Walnut High School, his

to achieve success in Hong Kong and how a one-time decision can lead him

social circle expanded. He is able to interact with his friends along with other

into something he might not stick with in the future.

students during passing period and lunch, instead of cramming and studying

“In America, if you don’t like what major you choose, you can easily

for numerous tests.

switch to another one that fits you more. My desire will change as I get older

“Though it was hard to make friends at first, I eventually gained the

because I will find out what I actually like and what I don’t, plus I’m a person

courage to talk to other people. Everything here is so easy-going and I

who can’t really make up my mind,” Lee said.

learned that to be successful, you need to be brave enough to interact with

As Lee began to assimilate with the students at Walnut High School, his

others,” Lee said. “It also takes time to adapt to everything but now I enjoy

social circle expanded. He is able to interact with his friends along with other

being around others. All in all, moving here was the right decision to make. Ω




Night out at Mission Tiki Drive-in Theatre

Mission Tiki Drive-In Theatre screens the latest movie releases and features a Hawaiian theme all-around, making it a perfect place to spend a night with family or friends. PHOTOS BY ANGELA ZHANG

10798 Ramona Ave, Montclair

Food at the theatres is a must-

parking spots with a small mattress in

have, and Tiki goes above and beyond

the trunk and watch under the open

with its wide selection of snacks,

night sky. People without built-in car

candy and entrees. Most theatres limit

radios can bring stereos.

Angela Zhang

the food items to overpriced snacks

In-depth editor

because of the mess that might occur

garner different experiences. The

if they sold burgers overflowing with

wood backdrop and dark, isolated

Tiki Mission Drive-In Theatre,

chili sauce and fries. However, since


which offers movies under the open

customers provide their own chairs

immersive experience for any scary

night sky, is a unique movie watching

and facilities -their cars- for watching



the movie, the mess is also theirs to

The setup of the drive-in consists

clean up.








Because there are only four screens,





of four large lots divided by fences,

I was able to buy two churros, a

eight movies every night. However,

each with its own screen for projected

funnel cake and popcorn for a total

customers can watch two movies for

movies. All four lots surround a small,

of $16. The menu’s diversity allows

the price of one. If they buy tickets

tiki-themed building that serves food

customers to buy filling meals and eat

for one movie on lot four, they can

and has clean amenities.

dinner while watching a film.

also watch the next movie playing on

The facilities, although lackluster

The setting and facilities are very

lot four at a later time. Tickets are

in appearance, provide a blank

customizable––a large, empty lot can

inexpensive: $9 for adults and $5 for

slate for an ideal movie watching

offer a myriad of possibilities–– so the

children under 10.

experience. The tiki theme does not

movie watching experience largely

Overall, the drive-in theatre is a

reappear in the lots and is only really

depends on the type of car and the

great place for families, friends or just

apparent in the dated building in the


watching a movie alone in the privacy

center of the lots.

Pickup truck drivers can back into



of your own car. Ω


A Taste of Fall

2839 S Diamond Bar Blvd, Diamond Bar, CA 91765 BYVIVIANLEE


& More

From the foods to the tunes that’ll comfort you through the autumn season, our reviews got it all covered at

These hearty bowls of happiness make for the ultimate warming meal on a chilly autumn night.

Young Dong Tofu

KICK BACK AND RELAX (CLOCKWISE) | Customers can bring their own snacks, stereos and other movie-watching amenities to enhance the movie watching experience. | The central building houses clean restrooms and a small food booth. | The Hawaiian themed drivein theatre displays props and buildings adorned with tiki heads, tropical flowers and palm leaves.

Korean Soft Tofu Stew

Beef Hot Pot Soup

Zucchini and Basil Bisque

From mild to spicy, Young Dong Tofu’s korean soondubu is the perfect type of soup for the fall season. Traditionally served in a stone bowl, soondubu is a mixture of soft tofu along with various types of seafood, such as mussels and shrimp. The spiciness and warmth combined with the spice leaves a lingering feeling of warmth as the weather cools.

Served in an iron hot pot, this dish from Boiling Point has various elements including vermicelli, fish cake, corn and fried tofu skin. The soup gives a strong kick with its distinct and rich flavor. Its sour yet thick taste gives a nourishing sensation that is perfect for the colder season. The steaming soup provides a refreshing warmth in the fall time.

This Souplantation soup is guaranteed to satisfy your desire for this autumn’s harvest. Originating from France, this vegan bisque is a thick blend of basil leaves, shredded zucchini and roasted nuts. The overall gritty texture of the blended vegetables cuts right through the creaminess of the soup’s base and leaves a sharp, pleasant aftertaste.

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september 2016


Falling into Fall with Ethereal Tunes

Darker days, colder weather, stormy nights and yellowing leaves. Embrace the mood of the season with comforting songs. COMPILEDBYSOPHIADING,SABRINAWANANDJOANNSUN

S. Wan’s take

S. Wan’s take

S. Ding’s take

Pink + White

She’s Dreaming

Autumn Leaves

Catch and Release

Lump Sum

Frank Ocean


Ed Sheeran

Matt Simons

Bon Iver

This song stands out among the

In EXO’s latest album, “She’s

Featured as a bonus track to his

Set to a light, pulsing beat, “Catch


“Blonde” tracks with its refreshing,



deluxe album “+,” this song is hands-

and Release” is a tranquil and

album, “Lump Sum” evokes a

coastal feel and it certainly does not

completely different from its title

down simply beautiful and intrinsic,


sense of nostalgic quietude with

disappoint in transporting listeners to

track. Its beautifully harmonized

weaving violin instrumentals and the

excitement to autumn leisure. Lyrics


their dream vacation. Ocean’s smooth

vocals complemented by soothing

gentle beat of a guitar throughout.

such as “Take me off to the place

gentle, repetitive strumming of an

and soulful baritone is nothing short

guitar strums offer a quick getaway

The overall chill vibe pulls you into

where one reviews life’s mysteries”

acoustic guitar is almost hypnotic,

of extraordinary as he sings of the ins

from reality. The gentle, mellow

the ultimate zen zone and is the

contemplate the desire to take a

and the simplicity of this song

and outs of love. The light tune also

tempo of the song is perfect for days

perfect song to kick back and wind

break from reality and transport


adds dimension to the entire piece.

spent simply relaxing or de-stressing.

down to while chilling with friends.

listeners to a daydreamy state.


Recommended for those who miss the summer vibes and long to be transported back into a tropical feel.

Recommended for those who like “Pink + White’s” gentle vocals and “Sturm aud Meiner Haut’s” blues.

Recommended for those who appreciate “She’s Dreaming’s” mellow vibe and ethereal sounds.

Recommended for those who are looking for a fun song with hints of “Autumn Leaves’” jazzy acoustics.

S. Ding’s take

S. Ding’s take



J. Sun’s take

S. Ding’s take


J. Sun’s take



J. Sun’s take







soothing for




background studying.

Recommended for those who vibe with “Catch and Release’s” upbeat staccato rhythms.

S. Wan’s take

Tiger Striped Sky

Sturm auf meiner Haut



Big Jet Plane

Roo Panes



Alina Baraz & Galimatias

Angus Stone

The song thrives on the tension

Make the transition from summer

“Butterfly” stars as the most awaited

In this song from the enchanting

Angus Stone’s song embodies a

between the deep rolling melodies

to autumn easier with a light and

track of the album. The ethereal



slightly upbeat melody while still

projected by the singer’s voice and

soothing track. A German original,


signature breathy voice soars above

preserving a tranquil and relaxing

the light instrumental strumming of

Benne’s song features a consistent




character. The blending of strong

guitar chords. Its warm soundscapes

rythm that makes it hard to not



melodies like a mellow sigh. With

acoustics and light strings is constant

of string arrangements and rich

sway around. Give this song a listen

diverse elements. The acoustic guitar

its cascading piano notes supported

throughout the song and helps support

melodies is sentimental, transportive

if you’re looking for a tune that’s

in some parts of the song hits just

by crescendoing synths, “Drift” has

Stone’s soft vocals. The serene vibe

and sensual. The track is a delicate

mellow, yet radiates a rosy vibe. It’s the

right with the flawless beats matched

a lingering effect that creates the

makes this track a memorable one

ray of

perfect gentle fall mood-lifting song.


perfect vibe for letting go of stress.

and allows listeners to feel at ease.

Recommended for those who are fond of “Butterfly’s” sweet, light acoustics or “Big Jet Planes’” slow beats.

Recommended for those who enjoy “Autumn Leaves”’ relaxing essence or “Drift’s” higher tones.

sunshine for the ears.

Recommended for those who adore “Lump Sum’s” gentle and light-hearted musicality.

Recommended for those looking for an alternative to English pop with a tune matched by “Tiger Striped Sky.”

blended highlight



with the the

powerful miraculous



Recommended for those who like “Pink + White’s” gentle instrumentals or a blend of harmonizing and rap.







Heroes and Villains Clash Marching band, the heroes, and Color guard, the villains, showcase their new annual theme in their first field show of the year on Sept. 9.













Snare drummer sophomore Andrei Dimaano waits for the drum major to call drumline into playing position. “There’s a lot to keep in mind, and it can be quite nerve-racking. But it’s an amazing experience when you realize the whole band relies [on] my section’s ability to play cleanly,” Dimaano said.

Color Guard sophomore Tammy Lu strikes a victory pose as the show opener comes to an end. “I felt like [our performance] was a good run considering it [was] our first time performing it in front of a crowd. Putting on the costume and makeup really helped us get into character and perform with expression,” Lu said.

Color Guard sophomore Aaya Ahmed and other Color Guard members sit in the front of the field at the beginning of the show. “Usually we’ll smile until our cheeks burn, but [the serious concept] is more natural. It’s more fierce compared to our bubbly ones,” Ahmed said.

Assistant drum major senior Eunice Park conducts the marching band from the podium. “There was actually a good outcome of audience on Friday, so the pressure was a lot greater than usual. There was definitely a great reaction for the field show, which was very encouraging,” Park said.

Color Guard co-captain senior Ashley Acosta poses during her solo performance in the middle of the opener. “That pose was supposed to be dark and mysterious, and I was deep into my character at the moment. It’s a great opporunity because I’ve never really felt that confident. This solo made me step out of my comfort zone,” Acosta said.

Adhering to the theme, clarinetist senior Bonnie Chang incorporates a more straightlegged style of marching. “The drill is relatively new, so I was just trying to not mess up during the performance. The usual drills have never been easy, but they’ve been simpler than the one that we’re doing this year,” Chang said.


september 2016

17 17

Ryman Arts Program Inspires Students Senior Harrison Chang and junior Herman Wang win free classes to the Ryman Arts Program. Angela Cao

and this fall term will extend from

Arts editor

Aug. 20 to Nov. 19. The beginner class focuses on composition and

Senior Harrison Chang and junior



sketching, the intermediate class


begins incorporating watercolor and

scholarships into the Ryman Arts

portraiture, and the advanced class

Program, which provided them each

teaches acrylic painting and mixed

with $1,000 in free classes at Cal

media. While Chang is new to the

State Fullerton and Otis College

program, Wang has completed two

along with art supplies.


After submitting an online application,



you’re going to apply,


you need to be ready to dedicate

of an art piece and a teacher

yourself to the program,” Wang

recommendation, applicants were

said. “Honestly, I thought I was

notified of the results July 11.

pretty good, but then it turned out

“I heard it is a great program,

everyone else there is better than me.

and I feel really lucky to have been

But, the organization has expanded

accepted. It was a little complicated

my knowledge of many different

because of their application rules,

art techniques and improved my

but it was fun because I got to try

creativity and imagination.”

something new. All applicants were

In addition to classes, students

required to draw from real life which

can participate in extracurricular

means you couldn’t copy a picture

activities such as visiting the Los

or from someone else’s drawing. I

Angeles County Museum of Arts

didn’t think too much of it and drew

(LACMA) and drawing at the Make

things that I saw everyday, such as a

Your Mark at the Park event in

stapler and my shoe,” Chang said.

Grand Park. Ω

Classes are split in semesters,


AN ASPIRING ARTIST (CLOCKWISE) I Wang drew this still-life picture as part of a perspectives study during the first semester of the program. I Senior Harrison Chang experiments with color in his sketch, “Inspiration.” Junior Herman Wang sketches on his drawing board.

Continued at

Preview: Choir to Host Cabaret Night


Choir will perform at Cabaret Night Sept. and 24. Kevin Arifin

beach bondings beforehand. This

Arts editor

helped members familiarize with one another so that during performances,

Choir will perform in its annual Cabaret Night Sept. 23 and 24. Practice for the choirs began

they were more synchronized. “The bonding really helped us get closer to each other. Last year, we

on the second week of school. Each

weren’t too close, so I think this year,

choir has hosted at least one after

we’re trying a lot harder to become

school practice per week to rehearse

really good friends,” Rhapsody

singing and dancing. Dress rehearsals

sophomore Sarah Gomes said. “Of

began the week of the concert.

course I’m nervous for our first

TWO BEATS ONE | Rhapsody juniors Erin Lopez and Samantha Sandoval rehearse a duet for Cabaret Night. accompanied by choreography. “The audience should expect

“There is always pressure to

performance, but it’s a big step for us

different music and lots of fun. We

do our best for any performance,

to take together as a choir group. We

have been working on energetic

and this is no exception,” Men’s

have such a strong group this year,

music that gives off good vibes for

Ensemble junior Andrew Liu said.

and I know we’ll be great.”

Cabaret Night,” Chamber senior

“We’re hoping to really wow the audience with our music.”

Each group and a few soloists

Nathan Si said. “It’s the first concert

will sing different classical, pop and

of the year, and we can see all the

folk songs to showcase the wide

talent of the different choirs. I

in Blue, Men’s Ensemble and

range of choir voices. New to this

feel really pumped to finally start

Chamber, had their own park or

year’s performance, the songs will be

Some choirs, such as Rhapsody

performing again.” Ω





Girls’ tennis wins against Diamond Bar Three years after Diamond Bar beat Walnut 12-6, the Mustangs come back from the loss by beating the Brahmas 15-3. Eric Peng

we’re all like ‘Oh, it’s okay, it’s okay.’



It’s easier to play with someone you connect with,” Santos said. “If I

Girls’ tennis defeated Diamond

was with someone who is quiet and

Bar 15-3 in a home game on Thursday,

doesn’t like to communicate with

Sept. 15. The match was the team’s

me, I wouldn’t do as well. Vivian

first game against the Brahmas after a

communicates with me, and we are

three-year hiatus.

vocal, so I feel more confident with

Walnut came out ahead in all


three rounds winning 6-0 in the first,

As the Mustangs led the match

5-1 in the second and 4-2 in the third.

11-1 by the third round, head coach

“I’m a little bit overjoyed because

Lee Shiomoto subbed out the starters

I haven’t played Diamond Bar for

for other players to end the final round.

three years. The last time I played

After playing two rounds prior,

was JV, and then this time I played

doubles player junior Katherine Co

varsity,” singles player senior Julie

finished the last set by winning the

Yuan said. “I was nervous because we

tiebreaker game 8-6 with senior Misa

didn’t really know what to expect, but

Smanpongse. Walnut gained four of

after realizing we were doing well, I

the six sets in the final round to win

was excited.”

the match 15-3.

Singles player freshman Vianna

“[The other team] had really

Sanapanya won all three sets, while

good volleys, and they were good with

singles players freshman McKenzie Mai and junior Kelly Chuang both

their calls, so they were good to play

HIT TO WIN | Singles player freshman McKenzie Mai looks to hit the ball across the court and move her opponent away.

with. We were slowly driving through

pulled away with two sets. Doubles

had a slow start being down 0-1, but

and make the nervousness go away,”

rallied their opponent in a prolonged

it, but we were able to come out with

players senior Jo Ann Sun and junior

was able to retaliate with low and fast

Chuang said. “During the match, I just

first set 6-4. After being warmed up,

the win,” Smanpongse said. “I don’t

Florence Ao took three sets throughout

balls to close out the set, 6-2. Chuang

kept giving her low balls and keeping

Santos sliced her way through the

like the rivalries between schools, and I

the match, and doubles players juniors

went into the next set with the same

the ball in play instead of some of my

second set while Lee continuously hit

don’t hold anything against Diamond

Vivian Lee and Sara Santos gained

momentum to win 6-1 after hitting

usual bigger shots. I had to adapt. For

flat down the line to win 6-1.

Bar. I just think of it as another game,

two sets.

two aces and grinding out each point.

every player, it’s kind of different; they

Going into the her first match,

“When I’m down, I usually sing

singles player junior Kelly Chuang

a song in my head to keep me calm

all have different weaknesses.” Santos and Lee consistently out-

Meet the Quarterback

Sophomore Jared Arellano plays quarterback in the upcoming varsity football season. COMPILED BY ASHLEY LIANG AND SHERMAN WU

“It’s not just Jared, it’s not just about this year, but it’s about the next three years that he’s here. He’ll be Offensive coach leading this program. There’s a lot of Chima Ike bright days ahead for Jared.”

Head Coach Alfredo Silva

“[Jared Arellano] has brought stability to the QB position. His leadership shows in his willingness to learn. His commitment to learning the offense is an example to everyone else.”

“We’re both not quiet at all and we both bring each other up and we never get mad at each other because

but it was cool that we won.” The victory extended the team’s overall preseason record to 7-1. Ω

Meet the Defensive Coach

New defense coordinator Pete Carrion strengthens the fundamental basics. COMPILED BY SARAH AIE, NICOLE CHIANG AND JEREMY HSIAO

Ryan Hines, 11

Moses Barraza, 12

“Yeah usually [with Coach Carrion] we all break up into different groups. The defensive back work on footwork, running and technique. Linebackers are doing technique drills and hitting drills.” “His coaching style is different from coaches previously in Walnut football, and it is because of this that our defense has improved exponentially. We hope to make him proud.”


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Dynamic duo: Dylan and Dylan Seniors Dylan Needham and Dylan Zavala will travel 769 miles to the University of New Mexico to take their passion of baseball to the next level. Kevin Arifin


Arts editor


Until seventh inning, the score had been tied 0-0. Number 36, who had just scored a double and brought one of the runners home, smiled at number 16, who pitched and closed the game for the travel ball




victory. Gathering together, the team dogpiled onto each other. Fast forward to now, best friends, number 16, pitcher senior Dylan Needham and number 36, second




Zavala, both earned scholarships to play baseball at University of New Mexico. Although Zavala began playing at four years old and Needham began at seven years old, the two first met in first grade at Vejar Elementary School. After finding out that they were going to be on the same team for Walnut PONY Baseball, the pair

SHOWING COLLEGE SPIRIT | Needham and Zavala bring a piece of New Mexico to Walnut by displaying their college gear.

became warm up partners.

through baseball. [Your teammates]

We were still really good friends.

games, the coaches were pleased

to University of New Mexico on

don’t only become your best friends,

He fit in perfectly with the baseball

with the players’ performance and

scholarships and plan to make their

they just become like family to you,

team,” Needham said. “ Normally,

gave them a call asking them to join

friendship last.

they’re your brothers,” Zavala said.

just before games, we usually pump

the university’s baseball program.

“We have a tight group of friends

each other up. We start getting loud.

here, at Walnut on the baseball team.

He’s probably the loudest person



I played with him on my first baseball

We basically do everything together,


conference the past two years. I’ve

team, then I played with him in high

“We became friends because we had common interests,” Zavala said. “We played baseball, and we happened to be in the same league together. From there, he became one of my best friends.” Sharing the same group of friends, the pair of Dylans remained best




school and even roomed together at Camp Arrowhead, the annual sixth grade trip at Suzanne. “I’ve learned that baseball’s a small world and the friendships you build are gonna last a long time

Highlights of Dylan and Dylan’s friendship COMPILED BY KEVIN ARIFIN

we can tell each other anything we want.”

“They have a really good and



“I’m so lucky to go to New Mexico with the other Dylan because

Both had connections to former

visited the campus, and I liked the

school and now, I’m going to get to

Walnut baseball player Cody Dye,

area. Besides, I have friends going

play in college with him,” Needham

However, after middle school,

who currently plays for University of

there, and I’m really lucky because

said. “ You never really hear people

Zavala moved to Bishop Amat

New Mexico. Through this mutual

you don’t really get to go college

from the same high school going to

temporarily. When Zavala returned

friend, Zavala and Needham were

with your friends,” Needham said.

the same college, and the fact that

to Walnut High School two years

able to find the coaches’ phone

“Baseball is my passion. I love it, and

we’re really good friends, we have

later, in his junior year, their bond

numbers and maintain contact with

it’s what I hopefully want to do with

known each other forever and we


the school throughout the summer.

my life.”

both have the same name, there can’t

“It was like he never really left.

Following a visit to one of their

Now, the two are committed

be a bigger coincidence.” Ω




Needham and Zavala meet in first grade and then played on the same PONY baseball

The pair become best friends throughout elementary school and middle school.

Zavala leaves to Bishop Amat as a freshman, but he returns to Walnut High School in his junior year and the two reconnect as friends.

Both plan to attend University of New Mexico for its baseball program.

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