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“We wanted to beautify the campus and replace the faded mural. The shirts are to show appreciation to the faculty. Hopefully we’re encouraging the other classes to think outside the box, and to just do something bold and non-traditional.” – Kirsten Thibeault, class adviser PHOTO BY HONG CHEN

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STAFF Staff Writers: Jezebel Cardenas, Hong Chen, Eva Chen, Carlene Chinn, Cloris Chou, Vanessa Chou, Gabriella Compolongo, Jackson Deng, Avika Dua, Diane Fann, Samantha Gomes, Raytene Han, Leon Ho, Kent Hsieh, Jefferey Huang, Iqra Iqbal, Justin Kang, Daniela Kim, Michelle Kim, Mabel Kyinn, Joyce Lam, Chase Lau, Susie Law, Jessica Lee, Patrick Lee, Ann Lei, Jasmine Lin, Susan Lin, Christine Liu, Sarah Liu, Gabrille Manuit, Ashlyn Montoya, Eunice Pang, Tina Peng, Moanna Phan, Leonie Phoa, Caroline Shih, Agnes Shin, Jacqueline Sotoodeh, Belle Sun, Lily Tanara, Angelina Tang, Varisa Tantiwasadakran, Deanna Trang, Alexandra Wong, Phillomina Wong, Kevin Wu, Spencer Wu, Kevin Yin, Stephany Yong, Jessica You, Ted Zhu | Adviser: Rebecca Chai Editors-in-Chief: Sharon Lay, Felix Lee, Brittany Tsou Managing Editor: Angela Aie Copy Editor: Elliot Park, Jessica Wang News Editors: Ashley Xu, Frank Lin Opinion Editors: To-Van Hoang, Janzen Alejo Feature Editors: Candee Yuan, Nathan Au-Yeung In-Depth Editor: Austin Au-Yeung

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leaves senior gifts Continuing the tradition of senior gifts, class of 2012 has left a new mural and faculty t-shirts. Jessica Wang A&E editor This year, the class of 2012 will leave two gifts to the students and faculty of Walnut High School. After about three months of deliberation, the class of 2012 cabinet settled on a mural design and a polo shirt designed for faculty members. “The poloshirts are to show appreciation to teachers and staff. It’s important to show the staff that we care about them as much as they care about us, and that we appreciate them and all the time they devote to us,” cabinet member, senior Angela Aie said. They worked with graffiti artists Deph and Maxx242 to create the mural. “We wanted to beautify the campus and replace the faded mural. The shirts are to show appreciation to the faculty,” class adviser Kirsten Thibeault said. “Hopefully we’re encouraging the other classes to think outside the box, and to just do something bold and non-traditional.”

The entire wall next to the stage was painted with the words “Walnut Mustangs” and a picture of stampeding horses. It is meant to represent school spirit, youth, and energy, and was inspired by the class of 1991’s mural. “I hope class of 2012 will be proud that they left behind something memorable, and that they’ll be leaving the school, but they won’t be leaving it empty-handed,” cabinet member, senior Ian Térz said. “We’re trying to raise the bar from a cliché, simple gift to something big. This is something everyone will see and talk about.” Class of 2012 aims to create a stronger sense of unity among the students of Walnut through the creation of this mural. “I want us to leave behind a positive impact - something tangible that will not only physically change the landscape of the school, but also emotionally instill in the students a sense of pride and eagerness to embrace their school,” class president, senior Jerry Qin said. Ω

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“Una Serata a Venezia”

The class of 2013 officers selected Soka University as the venue for the prom on Sat. Apr. 14, with the theme of spending a night in Venice. Jefferey Huang Staff writer After three years of fundraising, the class of 2013 cabinet will host the 2012 Prom at Soka University in Aliso Viejo. “Una Serata a Venezia” (A Night in Venice) will be held on Sat, Apr. 14 from 7-11 p.m. “I’m very excited for this year’s Prom because it’s special to me and everyone else in class cabinet, as well as the upperclassmen as a whole,” junior, class cabinet member Joseph Din said. “I feel that the people in cabinet should try our hardest to make Prom the best high school experience for everyone, especially the seniors, because I knew if I were a senior, I’d want my last dance to be awesome.” Soka University’s unique qualities made it the choice out of three venues. “The moment I saw Soka University, I knew it was the perfect place to have Prom. It’s so pretty and it fits our theme perfectly,” junior, class cabinet member Din said. “The location may be far, but its scenic landscape should be reason enough to attend. It’s going to be very formal, classy, and picturesque.” The Class of 2013 Cabinet made sure the overall theme stands out and


Prom: have high hopes for the turnout. “What makes it special is the venue and how the theme ties into it,” junior, class president Cloris Chou said. “Normally at school dances the theme doesn’t really show through, but we think at this one it does. We’re super excited because of all of the positive feedback we’ve gotten and all the people who really want to go. We’re really proud of what we’ve accomplished and that we’ve finally reached our main goal.” The Class of 2013 Cabinet will

continue to prepare for Prom until showcasing their efforts on Apr. 14. “Our hard work will pay off and I strongly believe that this year’s prom will be awesome,” junior class secretary Arianna Choi said. “I feel like all the time and effort that we’re investing will definitely be worth it in the end.” Tickets on sale from Apr. 9-13 will cost $85 per person or $145 for a couple with A.S.B. and $95 per person or $155 for a couple without A.S.B. Ω

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Summer school prices expected to increase WVUSD summer school prices are expected to increase in compliance with changes in the management company. Eddie Cox Editor-in-chief Las Virgenes Educational Foundation will provide summer school tuition and enrichment classes to students in Walnut High School, Diamond Bar High School and Suzanne Middle School. Students will start signing up

for summer school tuition classes Monday April 16 through online registration on a first come first serve basis. The registration will also be divided by grade level. Las Virgenes Educational Foundation is a WASC accredited nonprofit organization that operates in the 13 Western United States that provides educational programs

or services to students. “Las Virgenes Educational Foundation is supporting education all over southern California” Instructional Dean Reuben Jones said. “We wouldn’t have summer school if it weren’t for LVEF. My hope is students will be able to continue with their academic program.”

Japanese and Anime Club host Maid Cafe First annual Maid Cafe hosted in the multi-purpose room on Mar. 30. Hong Chen Staff writer Japanese Club and Anime Club hosted their first annual Maid Cafe in the multi-purpose room on Friday, Mar. 30. Originally planned to be an event for only club members, Maid Cafe was opened to the student body to enjoy, with an entrance fee of $5.00. “We decided to extend the event to just Anime and Japanese clubs [at first], but after deliberation, we decided to open it to the school,” junior Anime club president Christine Billiones said. “We didn’t expect the turnout to be so big, and it really caught us by surprise.” Maid Cafe featured students who dressed up as maids and butlers, artists and photographers, and performers, bringing food, entertainment, and Anime culture to the afternoon. “My favorite part of the event was being served by the maids and butlers. They were absolutely adorable and well-rehearsed,” junior Rhea Padilla said. The event was mainly a


MAID CAFE: Sophomore Jessica Chen (middle), serves refreshments and is interacting with the guests who attended Maid Cafe. fundraiser, but senior, Japanese club president Emily Dai aimed to generate increased interest and membership in the two hosting clubs. “Anime Club already has a lot of members but Japanese Club is struggling to recruit members [so Maid Cafe was] a great way to get our club names out there,” Dai said. For Dai, the cafe represents

Last year’s yearbook, Open Here, is the first time Walnut has won the CSPA gold crown.

The Cayuse staff was presented with a Gold Crown award by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) for its work on last year’s yearbook, Open Here, on Mar. 16. This occasion marked the first time Publications has received such an honor. “When you’re nominated, you know you’ve won either a gold or silver crown, so either way you know the news will be good,” Publications adviser Rebecca Chai said. “I’m extremely proud of every single student who was on the staff last year.”w Chai and seniors Ann Lei and Stephany Yong, who were both editors-in-chief last year, personally attended the CSPA conference at Columbia University to receive the award.

“I definitely found it really cool to be in a city with so much journalistic history, with the New York Times and all that,” Yong said. “We were actually in Columbia’s journalism building and all of it together set up a pretty good mood for receiving such a big honor. The Gold Crown always seemed like some mystical, unattainable honor that I never expected so it’s humbling to know that someone recognized how much work we put into [our book].” Despite the distinction awarded to the Cayuse staff, Chai sees the honor as an overall reflection of the Publication staff’s joint effort. “It’s nice that students who are not usually featured and who work hard daily to do a thankless job can be validated and recognized for their effort in maintaining journalistic integrity,” Chai said. “And for their courage in covering Walnut High from a student’s perspective.” Ω

the acceptance and toleration of the general public towards cosplay and anime. “Two years ago, people were afraid to express their love for Japanese Culture because they were scared that people would call them creeps. But now, it’s great to see how people have changed,” Dai said. Ω

facilities and supplying materials; the rest comes from Las Virgenes Educational Foundation’s operating costs. Las Virgenes Educational Foundation is creating a course catalogue, hiring staff, and configuring logistics in preparation

GSA holds Day of Silence The Gay Straight Alliance will hold a Day of Silence event on Apr. 20 to raise awareness for discrimination. Alvin Wan Tech editor

Cayuse wins Gold Crown Christine Liu Managing editor

After determining the social and economic concerns of the Walnut district, Las Virgenes Educational Foundation set the price of a 10 credit course for $495 and a five credit course for $350. The bulk of the cost for summer school tuition classes comes from overhead costs which include paying teachers, renting

The Gay Straight Alliance’s (GSA) Day of Silence will be held on April 20, and through silence, GSA will make a stand for victims and minorities. The event is dedicated to minority groups, particularly those discriminated against. With awareness as its foremost intention, both participants and non-participants are encouraged to understand the full impact of the silence. “The Day of Silence is a time of day to recognize the voices, those people who might be struggling with this dilemma deep inside, people whose peers are not exactly understanding,” senior president Jing Gu said. “On the participant’s side, every time you remind yourself not to talk, you remember the people who are suffering, the concept behind all and everything that you gave up for that thing; you are reminded.” The event will constitute a brief

period of silence just prior to lunch. As one part of a nationally recognized event, GSA has decided to host the event at the local level. “Last year, it was restricted to members of the club. This year, we’re opening up to the whole student body, including the teachers,” Gu said. “We’re trying to raise awareness, and we’re trying to do it closer to home.” The club is shooting for a lingering message that surpasses former limitations, impacting both participants and non-participants alike. “If you’re not participating, but you see, hear, or experience this silence, it makes you wonder. It brings attention to problems at hand, which is the purpose. For some people, school is not a safe place and living is a struggle. It’s not a hard thing to do - staying quiet - but the impacts can be resounding,” said Gu. We lose sight of people, of these minorities, and this is unacceptable because they too are human beings.” Ω

Class Presidents Q&A Next year’s class presidents answer a question about upcoming plans.




Q: How do you feel about your win, and how do you plan on improving your class? A: The fact that my peers believed in me and my ability to lead our class is definitely motivating. We can focus on fundraising this year and getting ready for Prom, but still stay away from becoming a traditional class cabinet that becomes a group of fundraisers and make sure that we continue to appreciate being in high school throughout our years here.

A: I feel very beloved about my win, I honestly wasn’t expecting it, but it really felt good that people believed in me and my motives. I want to make this class a better class to be in, hopefully I can make the students closer together instead of so distant from each other. It’ll be a very hard thing to do but it won’t hurt to try.

A: It still seems surreal that I’m going to be leading my class. The job comes with a lot of responsibility and there’s a lot of pressure on me to properly represent my class, but class cabinet is something I’ve loved being in. My job doesn’t end until I ask my class to turn the tassel on their graduation caps. I want to be able to create lasting memories.

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EDITORIAL CUT THE COMPETITION We approach our high school experience as though it were one big relay where the path is set and the only rule is to win. But high school can be a chance to explore and venture out as well. We can’t be too busy looking to the sides at our competitors instead of planning out our own paths. Sure, competition works as an incentive to improve, but once it becomes the only motivator, what was once healthy competition turns pretty ugly. Everyone should have their eyes on the prize, but your prize isn’t necessarily that of your neighbor. Technically, we’re not even working towards the same exact end goal. One major aspect of being in high school and being a ourselves out. When we become obsessed with outperforming our peers, we stop daring ourselves to try new things and we forget the value of exploration. In a sense, we aim so high to achieve that we forget to look around at other possibilities. Keeping ourselves in check by checking the progress of our peers can push us to think bigger and to do more with our work, but by so-called “competition,” we lose sight of our

own progress along the way. From football to soccer to baseball, the team always comes a distinct role, meaning if they’re so focused on beating each other, then they can’t defeat their true opponents. Taking competition a step too far leads to stomping on others to prop yourself up. At a pep rally, you can hear how much louder the jeers of classes are when they’re yelling against each other than when they’re cheering for the players of upcoming sports season. Our pep rallies are about school pride, and class pride tends to get in the way of that. When it comes to Branding Iron, the enemy isn’t the freshmen, the sophomores, the juniors or the seniors; it’s Diamond Bar. But in embracing all this class pride, we forget the real reason why we even have pep rallies, which is to be united as one student body. If we focus on the achievements of our peers, we can’t to success. While having that competitive spirit may push us to achieve more and to move further, it can be counterproductive. Ultimately, comparing ourselves to others can distract us from doing what we do best. Ω

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With many active youths in countries around the world, we need to stop playing around and participate in political issues to help shape our world.


Eddie Cox Editor-in-chief 23 year old Camila Vallejo has become the face of the Chilean revolution. She has incited waves of protest in Chile with demands for educational reforms. Under her leadership, students have occupied high schools and colleges for sixth-month periods. Does that sound too far fetched for the students of Walnut High? Half of the seniors reach the age of 18 by graduation, and they’re given a grand responsibility. At 18, we are given a right that is fundamental to upholding a democratic society - the right to vote. That 51% of 18-yearolds exercised this right in the 2008 elections demonstrates America’s democratic muscle. Unfortunately, not all countries have a democratic tradition that they can rely on. Violence threatens to push back election dates in Libya which the international community helped free from the brutal regime of Muammar Qadaffi. Instead of laughing at these countries and labeling them as backwards, we must acknowledge the strength and perseverance of their citizens who

aspire toward a democratic society. Living in the land of the free, we are accustomed to a relatively peaceful lifestyle. But we must not grow overly satisfied with our position of comfort and take our democracy for granted. We have the capacity to act as a force for change. Turn off your Xbox 360s, trash that WoW game and get off your lazy bum! On-going revolutions are a reminder that the world is constantly changing, and as citizens of a republic, we must be part of that change. A republic cannot sustain itself on deteriorating pillars. We have to work to keep our foundations strong. As teenagers growing up in a small, suburban neighborhood, we will enter a world governed by international politics. The White House’s international relationships reflect on other countries’ impression of us. To understand the forces that shape our lives, we must be aware of international events. Although we may feel ignorant about politics, we are walking billboards. There is prejudice beneath our humorous remarks about the racial profiling of a Middle Eastern man or the generalizations about a Chinese politician. When you use a negative stereotype, be aware that someone halfway across the globe may be mocking you in a similar fashion.

Words always make their way around, whether it’s through the thatch huts of the Kalahari desert or through the igloos of Alaska. Our young, malleable minds are subject to the impulsive manipulation of thumb rubbing politicians eager to make a living off of the public’s misguided actions and thoughts. Trace that vein of public opinion to its source and determine whether it’s reliable. Why take the trouble to go through this process? Because inevitably, our words become ingrained into some document on some high ranking politician’s desk. To each other we may seem like oblivious and unknowing students sitting in government class, but we must realize that people halfway across the globe look up to us as role models of democracy. We are the new generation and how we uphold democracy will determine how developing nations follow in suit. Other people are ready to look up to us, but it’s a matter of whether we can live up to their expectations. We can’t afford to look at the hopeful eyes of the small village girl and cast them elsewhere shamefully mumbling we have other things to do. It’s time to get one foot out of the boat and cast a line to our brethren across the oceans. Ω

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Thriftiness is not being Caught up by the scandal surrounding the glow stick incident, some fail to recognize and overlook the cheap. Being wise with our money can show us pep rally that ASB had organized for the student body to enjoy, unthankful for their hard work. how to live modestly. Andrew Koo Editor-in-Chief The mistakes we make as the student body are not the faults of ASB or any other organization. Many students came out with battlescars from the class war that erupted at the Spring Pep Rally. The war, unfortunately, dominated the student gossip scene and overshadowed another worthy topic at hand: a really, really awesome pep rally. ASB put together the best pep rally of my four years here. I have never once been excited to go to any of the past rallies and this is coming from a captain who has been on the gym floor. But prior to the Spring rally, ASB ran a hype campaign complete with a teaser video and graphic posters. I attended my last pep rally optimistic that it would be amazing. The pep rally did not disappoint. From the dark gym to the fog machine to the green lasers shooting across the room, the atmosphere screamed “Star

Wars.” The Storm Trooper-esque band, blue-lighted trombones and Wookiee announcer kept consistent with the theme. The customary performances from WHAM, the Cheer, Colorguard and Dance teams and the class countdowns by the Spring sports all ran s m o o t h l y. The featured “light saber battle to the death for power over the galaxy” by Martial Arts Club topped off the biggest pep rally of the year. Before they became projectiles, the glow sticks were the greatest thing to bless pep rallies. During dance team’s performance, the class of 2015 began a class-wide, green wave. During drum line’s performance, a thousand glow sticks

beat the air in unity. And, if nothing else, witnessing the glowing green, orange, red and blue corners of the

“Many students came out with battle-scars from the class war that erupted at the Spring Pep Rally. The war, unfortunately, dominated the student gossip scene and overshadowed the much more impressive topic at hand: a really, really awesome pep rally.” gymnasium made the atmosphere worthy of its hype. ASB pushed hard to give us the opportunity to have glow sticks. More so than the fog machine or the light show, the promise of glow sticks was the biggest difference between this rally and previous ones. ASB and our administration knowingly took a risk in trusting

us with props, and although we just affirmed our immaturity this time around, I applaud our organizers for taking that risk to begin with. Failure with the glow sticks is an indication that we are at least experimenting and trying to find new ways to improve our school through rallies, class unity and, by extension, overall school spirit. The student reaction to glow sticks may have been a disaster, but sometimes it takes mistakes to learn. 11 students visited the nurse’s office that day for cuts, bruises and a plethora of other rally-related injuries. Finger-pointing for who started the war was the first topic of discussion in the student scene, followed by video-proof and finally a nonchalant dismissal of the event. We hardly had time to reflect on all the positives of the day. I say props to ASB for not just trying, but succeeding in improving our pep rallies. It is also my hope that they will continue to trust the student body, because the results of one event do not necessarily reflect those of the future. Ω


Wesley Wu Tech media leader For as long as I can remember, my mom was always frugal. Part of my Sunday chores was to scrounge the newspapers for coupons. If I found something I liked, I better have found a coupon or else even thinking about buying it was out of the question. So slowly, I started to treasure coupons, and wherever I looked, my eyes would find things to want, but my mind would analyze the value. I quickly found that saving is important because it helps us in three ways. It helps us acknowledge that we can live with a little less luxury in our lives. It shows how there are more than two ways of buying what you want. And with the money saved, it can be used in emergencies. I dreamt about the day when I would not need to reign my own hands in when it came to spending. My parents paid for my schooling, my tutoring, my hobbies, my parties and anything else I wanted (provided there was a coupon). So when I could, I found myself a job. I TA’d and helped teach students at a local tutoring place. Not anything extraordinary, but something that gave me a sense of responsibility and self empowerment. I thought that, for once, I could spend money like I wanted to and whenever I wanted to. But what I came to realize was that I treasured the money I earned myself more dearly than anything else I ever had. I saved it up. I made sure every penny I spent was used to its full potential. Even though I had my own money to spend, I could not just spend it all away. Of course, I knew that I was living life quite restrictively. I do forgo many pleasures, such as after school boba and ice cream from ASB. I think, however, that I have not missed out on much. I am not advocating that we should all be stingy and mirror Mr. Krabs. In fact, I am quite jealous of those who are able to buy whatever they want on a whim. I am, though, advocating that everyone look at how they spend their money; to see if it is a want or need. Being frugal is a value that should stay with people their entire lives. Being frugal helps us differentiate between what is needed and superfluous. Being frugal helps one establish the habit of saving a little here and there for a rainy day. Foregoing the bag of chips or the bottle of soda could keep the weight in our wallet and off of our waists. Ω

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Soaring high into the sky by flight

Every week, sophomore Jonathan Ma hops into a plane and gets experience what it is like to be thousands of feet above the ground. Jefferey Huang Staff writer While many high school students are just learning to drive a car, sophomore Jonathan Ma is a plane 12,000 feet above the ground. Ma began taking flight school lessons, an opportunity he could not pass up, last August at the age of 14. “I feel very privileged that I am able to take flight lessons because I know some people out there who really want to fly but don’t have the time to do so or their parents don’t allow them to,” Ma said. “Flight is intriguing in my point of view because of the feeling of almost being free in the air. I looked into other jobs before, but I liked flying the most.” After his initial anxiety wore off, Ma was able to see from a different perspective and slowly developed a passion for piloting. “Sometimes I feel nervous, sometimes there’s an adrenaline rush, but most of the time, I’m relaxed,” Ma said. “I was pretty nervous because I had no prior experience and I didn’t know some of the controls. The first time I took off was pretty cool; I was able to see the ground, landmarks,

and buildings.” Even with his steady improvement in his piloting abilities, Ma admits there are still times when he feels anxious, like when he experienced an aircraft failure. Despite this, Ma does not worry about his safety in the air and performs checks on the plane before flying. “I’m still a little worried about the airplane falling apart a little bit because there was one time it had fallen apart. Seeing the ignition key fall out, I was a bit concerned and I was also concerned about the aircraft’s age because it is a 1976 model, but other than that, in my opinion, airplanes are safer than cars,” Ma said. “Trainer aircraft are supposed to have more damage to them than regular private aircrafts because first-time students can land hard or do a procedure incorrectly, but it doesn’t really concern me, because my first landing was actually very hard.” Flight school lessons have helped Ma become a better pilot and have also helped him work on his time management. “Flying after school affected my daily life by making my schedule

“It gets me pumped, the thrill of flying and taking yourself into the sky. I feel like there’s no limit while I’m in the air.”

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THE SKY’S THE LIMIT: Sophomore Jonathan Ma heads over to Costa Mesa for weekly pilot sessions. more tight,” Ma said. “School work wise, sometimes I have slacked off a bit, which I shouldn’t because schoolwork and grades really count when I’m a sophomore, so I should concentrate more and quit procrastinating.” Although he takes lessons every month, Ma still finds aspects of piloting challenging and looks to improve his skills.

“I’m always checking my altitude, checking where I’m at, seeing if there are any airplanes nearby,” Ma said. “For communication I have to remember the phonetic alphabet, callsigns, and headings. I have learned that I have to make sure nothing goes wrong before landing, such as the wing flaps, engine control, and altitude. With the unparalleled feeling of

freedom in the air, Ma sees himself becoming a pilot one day. “I was drawn to flying because it goes towards my future. A lot of my friends are pilots and there are many branches I can explore like airlines, the air force, cargo, and missionary,” Ma said. “It gets me pumped, the thrill of flying and taking yourself into the sky. I feel like there’s no real limit while I’m in the air.” Ω

Flipping over the bars toward success

Freshman Carleigh Williams handles competing on a gymnastics team on a state-level while maintaining her daily school life. Vanessa Chou Staff writer


VAULTING OVER OBSTACLES (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP): Freshman Carleigh Williams performs a jump in the air. // Williams swings over the bigger bar during the uneven bars event. // Wiliams holds up her trophy, placing third out of forty competitors in a gymnastics competition.

Behind each flawless routine in gymnastics lie many unseen hours of constant practice and focus in the gym. Freshman Carleigh Williams, a dedicated six-year gymnast, uses her passion to perform complicated routines from in the gym to in front of judges. “Gymnastics is something that I can use to take my mind off of stressful things for a while,” Williams said. If there is a day where I feel a lot of pressure from school, I can go to gymnastics practice, knowing I won’t have to worry about that in the immediate moment,” Williams said. Williams’ passion for gymnastics began in her youth, when she learned small stunts and basic tumbling routines before taking on increasingly difficult flips and sequences. “When I was younger, I was just always doing cartwheels and some basic stuff at home before I started actual training,” Williams said. “I took some recreational classes that taught me to have good basic skills,

and good basics made it easier to learn the harder gymnastics.” With practices five days each week, Williams balances a life in gymnastics as well as schoolwork and other extracurriculars. “Gymnastics has definitely taught me to manage my time decently, and I have learned a lot about hard work and how to achieve goals efficiently,” Williams said. “My passion really shows through my perseverance; I have had a lot of late homework nights because I don’t end practice until nine at night.” With her gymnastics team, Williams participates in artistic gymnastics for the USA Gymnastics organization. She conditions regularly for major competitions, where gymnasts compete in multiple categories such as vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. “All of the events in USAG competitions are scored from a start value of 10.0 and there are numerous things you can get deducted for, like having feet separation or taking a step on any of your landings,” Williams said. “The floor exercise [happens] to be my favorite event because I

love the feeling of performing flips in front of audiences and being able to win.” Williams placed 2nd in overall team in the 2011 State championships, and hopes to perform even better at future events. “When preparing for a major competition, the practice hours normally decrease by one or two. The conditioning that we do is lighter then, so our muscles will not be tired at the competition itself,” Williams said. After many years of practicing in gyms until well after dark, Williams has forged strong bonds with gymnasts that have competed alongside her in major championships, and has learned to call her teammates family. “Everyone each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and we support each other through the difficult times. Also, we learn to deal with each other, because it always seems like we’ll spend more time in the gym practicing with one another than at home. We are really all like family on my gymnastics team,” Williams said. Ω

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Why would you possibly stay at school after 2:45 p.m. everyday? Although leaving right after school ends may not be an option for them, some students do not mind staying behind and find after school activities to be enjoyable. Some activities start as early as sixth period and end as late as nine o’clock. Compiled by Elliot Park, Susie Law, Vanessa Chou, Spencer Wu, Austin Au-Yeung, and Nathan Au-Yeung 1. “I stay after school on Thursdays from 3:00-3:30 to receive tutoring from Mrs. I,” junior Samuel Chan said. “There are usually a couple other students there for tutoring too. I’m glad that Mrs. I provides after school tutoring because it gives me the opportunity to ask questions and review homework before a test.”




2. “I stay after school because I love dance. It’s with all my buddies, and it’s a good hangout. It’s a big thing for me because I love to dance with [WHAM],” sophomore Josh Lim said. “I have to say that dance in itself is amazing but dancing with my team is like a bonus.”


2:45-5:00 3. “It’s great [staying after school for track]. I get to improve my track skills, experience more runs with my teammates, and bond with my teammates. Overall, I think track is a great sport,” freshman Michael Fernando said.


4. “We stay after school to improve our skills, but at the same time, we just love to drum. It’s technically not called work if you enjoy what you like to do,” junior Erica Dayrit said.





5. “Sometimes, [I stay after school] because I can’t do work at home. Just staying at school helps me focus because I have books in front of me, not my computer,” senior Willa Chen said. “It’s kind of fun when you have people that also stay with you. It’s like bonding time, and I got to know a lot of people that I don’t think I would have known outside of [the cafeteria].”


6. “We usually do labs involving chemistry. I think it’s fun and it’s late and it’s kind of insane because it’s late and everyone’s tired. You get back late,” junior William Zhuang said. “Mr. Lim is a great teacher and he makes night lab enjoyable even if in your head it really isn’t.”



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7. “At first, I did Waterworks because I needed points but then after trying it, I found that it has been very relaxing and sort of fun,” sophomore Bryanna Phan said.



8. “About once a week, I come to the library after school from 3:00-4:00 to get help for Spanish, which I had struggled in,” sophomore Austin Johannsen said. “My Spanish has improved greatly, and my grade in the class has increased by a whole letter grade. I think it’s beneficial to have a tutor since you overall grade improves and you get better self-esteem.”

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9. “Swing practice is usually from 3:10 to around 5:00 after school, because that’s when we practice stunts,” sophomore Anyssa Aviles said. “I don’t mind staying after school because it’s lots of fun and all my friends are in it too. Swing practice makes me more confident in myself, because I get to perform in front of people and it is not as scary.”



By the Numbers: 55

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Snorkeling down into the deep blue sea

Over the weekend, Freshman Nick Cook puts on his scuba mask and suit and takes a dive into the deep sea with his father. Jacqueline Sotoodeh Staff writer Diving deeper than many people ever have, freshman Nick Cook began his passion for scuba diving at age 11. The ocean is home to a variety of organisms that Cook sees on a weekly basis. “It is very enjoyable to scuba dive because it is very relaxing and amazing to see the sights, fish, and other beauties,” Cook said. “Underwater, the reefs are so beautiful and full of life. Spearfishing gives me a thrill and it makes me think about the ocean and how we have only explored such little amounts of the sea floor, and also how amazing it would be to dive in Thailand, Australia, Egypt, South Africa, the Bahamas, and many other places.” Cook practices with his father, who introduced him to diving, from 6:30 a.m. to noon on the weekends, where he swims about four miles. He scuba dives locally at places such as

Shaw’s Cove in Corona del Mar and Kahuna Beach’s Woods Cove. “What made me get into scuba and spearfishing is that my dad has been doing these things since he was about 18, and I heard all of his stories. So I signed up, got certified and went

became involved with spear fishing, and he is practicing hard to begin participating in competitions. “When I first get all that gear on and start to walk down to the beach, I feel nervous to get down to the bottom of the ocean and see everything down there. When I dive to fish I get that nervous feeling or ‘butterflies’ to get down and get the biggest fish I can shoot,” Cook said. “I am preparing for these competitions by diving and pushing the limits of what I am able to do, and striving for what I love.” There are always dangers to worry about when diving deep under the ocean, but just like any other sport, practice makes perfect. “I see so many things under the water, but there are always the worries about bends or something going wrong with your equipment at 100 feet or so,” Cook said. “But these aren’t things you worry about so much when exploring the deep sea.” Ω

“Spearfishing gives me a thrill and makes me think about the ocean and how we have explored such little amounts of the sea floor.”


-Nick Cook, 9 from there. It has made me respect the ocean and fish and the people who do these, but it also impacted the way I look at how we dump all of this waste into the ocean,” Cook said. Earlier this summer he also

SEARCHING THE SEA FLOOR (FROM TOP) : Freshman Nick Cook for an underwater cave. // Cook dives down in order to see the many creatures and wonders the ocean has to offer.

C-SPANning the U.S. Journey to the center of LA

Juniors Amanda Ong, Jeffrey Chen, and Avika Dua Junior Danray Briones, and three Walnut alumni makes and uploads videos placed third in a national video contest for C-SPAN. to his YouTube channel, pointofinterest, profiling areas around Los Angeles. Spencer Wu Staff writer


POLITICIANS IN THE MAKING: Juniors Amanda Ong, Jeffrey Chen, and Avika Dua with their awards for their video at the C-SPAN assembly. Angelina Tang Staff writer While many people make videos for fun, juniors Amanda Ong, Avika Dua and Jeffrey Chen showcased their interest by submitting their documentary “Our Vote, Our Voice” in C-SPAN’s (Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network) 2012 StudentCam competition centered on the Constitution and the Amendments. “We decided to focus our documentary on the 26th Amendment, [which was] youth enfranchisement, because it is a relevant topic in this election year and because it would directly appeal to a youth audience and hopefully empower those eligible to vote to get to the polls in April for City Elections and November for Presidential Elections,” Dua said. The juniors received a cash grant of $750 after placing third nationally.

With the unexpected win, the entire group was ecstatic. “We all just went kind of crazy,” Ong said. “It was our first time entering this competition, so we weren’t expecting to even get an honorable mention, let alone third place! It felt really good to have all our hard work validated.” The contest has helped them understand the importance of elections and the Constitution. “It was a good learning experience because we were on our own, learning how to make a documentary from scratch and we also got to learn some history by researching the Constitution,” Ong said. “I would want to further pursue some type of documentary making, partly because you get such a thrill when you get to watch the finished product that you put so much time and energy into.” Ω


With Walnut High alumni Justine Briones, Michelle Diaz and Michelle Abiera, junior Danray Briones has created a video series on YouTube where they profile different areas of Los Angeles. His channel, pointofinterest, has 33 subscribers and 3,253 total views and documents the group traveling around hotspots throughout many cities. “[The videos] show places around town, kind of like a talking ‘Yelp’. I want to show people around the city and show them what’s good in the neighborhood,” Briones said. “ [I get to] have fun at the same time as documenting the activities.” Briones and his fellow videographers have been collaborating on many viral projects, dating back to their eighth grade days at South Pointe Middle School.

“[The video generates] a lot of feedback from friends and teachers, which made me feel very accomplished,” Briones said. “At first we wanted fame, then we wanted to have a better experience with documentaries because it fills the gap between true interaction from the video to the person, meaning that it feels more ‘true’.” Despite the fact that Briones does not want to pursue this activity as his occupation, he plans to continue his passion for filming in order to benefit the public. “Although I love video and film, I don’t see it as a full career because I don’t see myself making much money if I end up with this career, but it’s not a problem putting it aside and just doing it as a smart hobby,” Briones said. “My motto is always ‘put your best work out there’. The main thing that motivates me is my passion for art, and I try to put 100 percent into my work.” Ω

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Blue Thunder Band Buddies IN PHOTOS

COUNTERCLOCKWISE (FROM TOP RIGHT): Sitting up to demonstrate good posture, sophomore Emily Hsu plays through warm-ups and scales

on the music, junior Corey Chow and his stand partner play “Battle Hymn


prepares Band Buddies teach fifth graders Choir for Spring Pops Every Tuesday, Band Buddies rehearses in the MPR with fifth graders from elementary schools all over the Walnut District with Mr. Corey Wicks. Samantha Gomes Staff writer Band Buddies hosts weekly meetings every Tuesday with over a hundred fifth grade students from all over the district to help them further develop their musical skills. “I’m really not good at my instrument, but I want to get better. The high schoolers are really supportive and nice, and they make it easier for me to read music and learn notes,” fifth grader Julia Campos from Vejar Elementary said. “The extra face-to-face help is a change from just one person sitting in the front of the class.” Band Buddies mentors find it easy to connect with the students and genuinely enjoy taking part in this program. “Every Tuesday, the students are really excited to play. I was like that when I was in fifth grade, and can relate to the joy they feel when

they come here. I wanted to play any instrument I could just like they did, but we didn’t have a band program when I was in fifth grade,” senior Tammy Huang said. “They’re really lucky to have such early exposure to music. We’re just here as people to help them out and teach them whatever they need to learn.” Although the meetings have just started taking place, Walnut High School band students can already connect to the elementary school students by interacting with them. “I joined Band Buddies because I thought it would be worthwhile to help younger kids discover music. I remember how life was in fifth grade, and how I struggled and progressed when I was first learning music,” freshman James Li said. “It’s also really interesting to get to talk to the kids and know them, since it’s almost like I’m getting to see a bit of their world. Each of them is different and has their own personality and

experiences about them.” Band Buddies presidents Alex and Katie Takahashi reach out to five elementary schools in Walnut, and hope to reach more fifth graders as the year progresses. “The kids are really fun – most of them already know my name and talk to me a lot because the band director and I visited them during school before the meetings started,” junior Katie Takahashi said. “The younger kids are really into band, and it’s fun for the students at Walnut to see that kind of energy.” The program progressed as the parental support from elementary school students grew. “Kids really have the opportunity to work with more seasoned instrument players with this program. [My grandson] can really get a feel for the campus and see what it’s like,” Phyllis Holguin, grandmother of Isaiah Holguin from Collegewood, said. Ω

Mustang, Treble, Women’s and Chamber Singers sing cinematic pieces for the upcoming concert. Ted Zhu Staff writer Choir program will hold its annual Spring Pops Concert on April 21-22. As the last concert of the year, it will feature all four choirs: Mustang, Treble, Women’s and Chamber Singers. “This is going to be really big for us because we’ll finally get to show everything that we’ve been doing so far,” freshman Zoe Gavina said. “The hard work will be showcased to everyone who will come to watch, and we’ll finally get to feel the appreciation for our work.” Starting from this concert, all the choirs will be integrating choreographed steps and dances into their performances. “Compared to last year, we have put together a lot more numbers and routines. It’s kind of cool because

Mrs. Lopez has really invested a lot in our choir and I really enjoy it,” senior officer Alex Valle said. The theme for this concert centers around the cinema, including songs such as “Oh Pretty Woman” by Roy Orbison and “Get Happy” by Judy Garland, among others. “My favorite song in Mustang Singers is definitely ‘Accidentally in Love,’” freshman Dino Taratikhumporn said. “I really like the upbeat tune. It makes me feel really energetic and the lively beat keeps me going on the performance floor.” As the year comes to an close, choir members are eager to end on a good note. “I’m looking forward to showing off how great choir is at this performance,” senior Dansel De Luna said. “We’ve worked pretty hard and I hope to have fun and make this a memorable night.” Ω

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Dance places at nationals Placing first in open medium lyrical, second in open large, third in open prop, and fifth in championship kick, Dance team returns as four-time champions. Spencer Wu Staff writer The dance team competed in its third consecutive National Dance Competition at the Anaheim Convention Center on Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31. It placed first in open medium lyrical, second in open large, third in open prop, and fifth in championship kick. “For large, I felt that it was the best we’ve ever done and it brought us to second, but we were so close to being first. I was still proud and excited to win second because it was a great opportunity to be placed among some really great schools that were there,” freshman Destiny Pai said. Every one of the team’s previous performances prepared them for this competition against schools such as Don Lugo High School and Diamond Bar High School. “All of the other competitions set the tone for Nationals,” senior co-captain Tricia Fu said. “The biggest thing is to be emotionally and physically prepared for anything that happens.” This year the dance team danced to an intermediate jazz routine, a medium lyrical routine, large jazz, kick, and prop. “Our themes are always really cute and creative, and the songs are songs everyone of all ages has heard before. They’re really upbeat too so everyone seems to really enjoy [the kick] dance the most,” sophomore Amberly Hsieh said.

Color Guard to parade with Band at Knott’s PHOTOS COURTESY OF CARLENE CHINN

TRUE COLORS: Junior Arianna Choi does a tilt as the others position themselves

Chinn strikes a pose with

The back-to-back national champion dance team displayed its array of moves on the dance floor. “It’s not always about how high you can place and whether or not you beat other teams, but about just having fun and doing our own personal best. This year we performed every dance to the best of our ability and that’s all we can ask for,” Fu said. “We’re only on the dance floor for two and a half minutes, so we want to leave it all out there and know that we tried our

best.” With this year’s success, the dance team plans to continue its winning streak in the following year. “Since we came out of nationals doing very well this year, I expect next year to be even better. I want the team to keep improving as the years go, so my expectations are set pretty high for next year,” sophomore Wenwen Zhuang said. “Good results only come with hard work, so I’m ready to work toward that goal.” Ω

Instead of its usual annual parade with band at Disneyland, Color Guard will perform at Knott’s. Leon Ho Staff writer

Color guard will perform at a parade alongside band at Knott’s Berry Farm on April 28. “We are attending this parade to be able to show others the hard work that we have put into this throughout the year,” sophomore Tiffany Chen said. “The air blades have come up with new choreography for this particular event. Since there are more people on this weapon than last parade, we are working hard to perform this even better than last time and make this as together and original as possible.” The team practices on a daily basis to learn new moves while working with band members during first period to coordinate their performances. “We’ve recently developed some brand new moves in the routine that haven’t been done before and hopefully they’ll be impressive to the audience,” sophomore Minli Flynn said. “We’ll be performing to very upbeat typical band tunes to pump up the crowd and have the parade be an enjoyable sight.” Through a new number, color guard is determined to rise above expectations and impress the audience. “The parade routine is always evolving into something bigger and better, so for this parade we want to show how we’ve improved [as well as] make sure that the audience is having fun and enjoying our performance [since] the audience is always important,” senior Nicole Ferrer said. Ω

EJ Cabasal makes final round in monologue competition Having been the lead role in this year’s fall play, Flowers for Algernon, junior EJ Cabasal entered into the annual August Wilson Monologue Competition. As one of four Walnut representatives, Cabasal placed as one of the 15 finalists out of 86 competitors.

Ashley Xu Photo editor For junior EJ Cabasal, going after what he finds pleasure in doing is an important motive. Recently, he entered in the August Wilson Monologue Competition, sponsored

by a non-profit organization called the Center Theatre Group, which educates high schools students in theater. “They had a list of August Wilson’s monologues for us to choose from, and I looked for one that I really connected with; one that really spoke to me, so I chose a monologue from his play Jitney,” Cabasal said. “I practiced and practiced and practiced the night before, which is really bad, and I don’t encourage it. However, it created such an authentic performance for


me because everything was on the spot. I didn’t have time to think about it, and I just had to go with what I felt was right in the moment and I did it.” As the only Walnut finalist out of the 15 chosen from the 86 competitors, Cabasal was given the privilege to perform in the Mark Taper Forum, where the finalists were the first nonprofessionals to perform in the theater. “What I’ve learned from the first round, if anything, is that you’ve got to trust yourself. That was something that I had to do. When you’re acting, you have to put yourself in a vulnerable position, and you’re just real,” Cabasal said. “You’re real onstage, and the reason that’s scary is because people don’t want to be in a vulnerable place where others can see them, especially in front of an

audience.” From there, 3 out of the 15 will qualify for nationals and perform at a New York broadway theater. From his past experiences in competitions such as the Cal Poly Shakespeare Monologue competition, etc., Cabasal has expanded his knowledge of show business, by exposing himself to small amounts of publicity. “ W h a t ’s really cool is the Center Theatre Group is so big and they have so many resources and they know so many people such as famous actors and directors they’re in connection with. They’re holding free master acting classes [for the finalists] and we’re meeting with these teachers and directors, and they’re working one-on-one with us. There’s also a lot of publicity and casting agencies,”

“When you’re acting, you have to put yourself in a vulnerable position, and you’re just real.”

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Cabasal said. “I realized how huge it was, and everything was really weird because they’re taking my pictures, but I’m only in high school.” In terms of getting to where he is today, he has humbly credited his experiences to three people who have inspired and motivated him from day one: his mentor Julian Leon, mom and Jesus. “I am a Christian, so Jesus is my inspiration; He is my encouragement. I can only do what I do, I can only breathe what I breathe because of him,” Cabasal said. While others take full advantage of their skill and the publicity that comes with it, Cabasal is still a bit hesitant. “I love acting and it’s a passion; and I’ve really been thinking about pursuing it. However, in terms of practicality and the kind of life I’d have to live if I pursued it, it’s just an incredibly difficult life. The acting world is so incredibly competitive you hardly ever get jobs, and if you do, it’s just such a blessing,” Cabasal said. Ω

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Midnight Cravings Leon Ho Staff writer Although Original Buffalo Wings isn’t a five star restaurant, it still boasts of fine quality and service that lives up to its name. Unlike other franchises, this is all about “simple,” with one to two waiters manning the tables and only two cooks in the kitchen. I was impressed as a waiter showed me to a seat and offered me a drink as soon as I stepped through the door. Throughout my meal, I found that I was treated with respect and that all my needs were met. Even on a rainy Sunday afternoon, some of the tables were constantly occupied.

BCD Tofu House

The restaurant’s famous wings are made differently compared to other buffalo wing franchises with its crispy skin and tender meat that are soaked in different sauces. Original Buffalo Wings also successfully incorporates various entrees, such as burgers, rice plates and even mushrooms, along with its famous buffalo wings, giving customers a wide range of dishes to choose from. Along with the combos, the restaurant attempts to maintain a healthy standard by providing vegetables, such as carrots and celery. However, there are some drawbacks to the buffalo wing restaurant despite its appealing food and se-

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Jackson Deng Staff writer Fresh ingredients and fast food usually don’t go hand in hand, but Pieology pulls it off with a delicious spin on traditional pizza. Fully equipped with peppery fire-baked pizzas, creamy chocolate “ding-dongs” and crispy salads, Pieology offers quick and friendly service that is sure to fulfill any pizza lover’s cravings. What sets Pieology apart is its flat price of $7.50 for any and all toppings you may demand. The style of service is similar to Subway, with servers behind counters preparing your pizza as you watch

and select the toppings you want. I ordered two pizzas: one with pepperoni, mushrooms and bacon, and another with pineapples, olives, tomatoes, mushrooms and ham. The selections available were standard, but the crust was deliciously seasoned with a nice crunch to it and the toppings brought a fresh, zesty wallop of flavor to the pizza. The baked mushrooms were succulent and fresh, and the pineapple slices tasted like they were just picked out of the fruit, zesty and juicy at the same time. For dessert, I had a “ding-dong,” a sort of cream-filled brownie. Overall, it had a nice, sweet flavor, but noth-

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Looking for a place open late to satisfy your post-prom hunger? Look no further! Use your phone to scan the QR code for a map!

rene atmosphere. There are a set of spicy levels ranging from mild to kamimaze, yet the kamimaze flavor did not overload my taste buds as I expected. The prices of these dishes are not overly expensive, but it isn’t exactly cheap, with thirteen wings costing $8.99 and sandwiches ranging from $6.75 to $9.55. By adding a twist to the wings, Original Buffalo Wings brings a new meaning to buffalo wings. Even if you are not in the mood for wings, the restaurant is willing to accommodate your craving with its large menu. Despite some of its slip-ups, Original Buffalo Wings still proudly brings a quality meal onto its table. Ω Wesley Wu Tech media leader Around Walnut, Korean tofu houses are a common sight, and I have been to many of them. And on a cold rainy evening, I was looking forward to having something warm to eat. Upon walking in, I was surprised at the modern decor and the minimalistic design. The restaurant is large enough to fit many people and even groups up to 40. On top of the usual paper mat menu sat silverware instead of disposable utensils. BCD showed that they paid attention to the small details of aesthetics and service which heighting really stood out besides that. The only real gripe I had about Pieology wasn’t about the food, however, but the drink selection. The only choices were water, sparkling water, soda and a little bottle of apple juice. I was hoping for some variety in the drinks served and was disappointed at the small selection. Unfortunately for picky diners, Pieology only serves thin-crust, medium-sized pizzas. Fortunately for everyone else, the one type of pizza they serve is exceptionally well done, and anyone looking for a quick bite to eat and a mouthwatering pizza should drive through Fullerton and give Pieology a try. Ω

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ened my expectations even more. Shortly after being seated, the usual procession of side dishes arrived. These side dishes, or Banchan, are all made daily. There was the usual Kimchi and pickled cucumbers, but they also delivered raw fermented clams, a Japanese style potato salad and small fish. Each person was given their “Catch of the Day” fish, a 4-ounce fried fish, which kept me busy long enough until my entree came. These few different side dishes, especially the creamy potato salad, made me feel that coming here to eat was becoming more and more worth it. BCD features the usual, single-


order tofu pot with stone cooked rice, hot plates with bulgogi (beef) and combo packages with a tofu pot and a sizzling plate. Their tofu is 100% organic, and it was fresh and sweeter than other tofu that I’ve had. Their beef kalbi was served piping hot on a bed of white onions and topped with green onions. I caught myself ditching the chopsticks and using my hands for those sweet, delicious ribs. This tofu house is open 24 hours a day, so if you are craving for some Korean BBQ, or if you feel cold after prom, head on over to BCD Tofu House to grab a quick bite that will certainly warm you up as well as fill you up. Ω

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Buffalo Wild Wings: Blazin’ Wing Challenge The legendary wings of suffering

Justin Kang Staff writer I was no novice to the Blazin’ Wings. I had downed several of them last December. I vaguely remembered that experience while asking the waitress, “Can I take the Blazin’ Challenge please?” There was crying, groaning, a shutting down of major sensory abilities and lots of pain afterwards. The Blazin’ Challenge gives you six minutes to guzzle down 12 of Buffalo Wild Wing’s spiciest wings. No drinks. No other food.

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No wiping of the face. One wing in thirty seconds is not difficult. It’s 12 wings’ worth of sauce that makes it daunting. No big deal, right? And then they bring out the waiver. You sign and date twice. Your witness signs and dates as well. A witness to watch you best the Blazin’ Challenge? No – a witness to prove that you agree to release and waive Buffalo Wild Wings and all associated bodies in case of injury, permanent or temporary damage and possibly death. The wings come out and then it’s three, two, one, go. The first wing introduces you to the

an attraction which leave a select few victorious but all in pain.

gastronomical nightmare that is the Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin’ sauce. At wing three your hearing starts to go. Your friends’ cheering becomes a nuisance, especially the guy next to you telling you, “Eat faster!” every time you take a chew. He doesn’t get you. He doesn’t understand the pain. Wing four and five is when the tears start streaming down. You can’t help it – you don’t even notice until everything is a watered down blur. But if you try to wipe your eyes, there’s a huge chance that sauce – that might or might not cause death – may enter your eyes.

At wing six, you will notice your hands shaking. Your sense of smell and taste – which tragically never leave you like the rest of your senses – are in such a state of overload that motor function becomes impaired and all you can do is bite, chew, swallow, rinse and repeat. If you survive through all of that, then I commend you. I finished at 5 minutes and 54 seconds, but with all that sauce in one digestive system, the fun only starts. The stomach will churn and gurgle and burn and feel as if it’s digesting itself which is obviously not a good feeling. There’s a huge sense of

PHOTO BY JUSTIN KANG nausea that follows you for the next few hours. And as you sit on the toilet paying for your meal in gastronomical pain, you will wonder why you ever took the challenge, just remember - #YOLO. Ω

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Rascals are going through change After two years, Rascal Flatts releases their album that gives country music fans new music to enjoy. Michael Aie Staff writer Widely renowned country group Rascal Flatts released its 8th studio album, Changed, which features 11 tracks and four bonus songs of the lively music that the group is known for. Although I’m not much of a country music fan, the album did manage to capture my interest and pleasantly surprise me with its soulful tunes and upbeat songs. The album’s first song, “Changed,” starts off with a gentle guitar strum and and then transitions into the enthusiastic and musical beat of country style. The dynamics of the song fluctuate and give it a strong energy, and the catchy chorus along with the on-point background music makes this one of the better songs of the album. In their most energetic song of the album,“Banjo,” Rascal Flatts brings out spirit from the sound of the banjo and the sass and tempo created great vibes to rock out to. And although the noise level of the song was slightly overwhelming, the trio’s voices balanced the loudness. Over-


all, I think this is a good country song that deviates from most other songs of the album, which is fresh and adds to the enjoyment of this song. “Lovin’Me” emphasizes the soulful vibes that the Flatts’ music gives off with strong vocals from the artists, but after listening to it a couple times, the chorus became somewhat annoying because of its strong repetition. Overall, this album captures the essence of country music and would be a great album to purchase for anyone interested in the country style; however, for those that aren’t fans of country, I recommend listening to the trio on Youtube for a taste of the South. Ω

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Wrath of the Titans

The sequel to Clash of the Titans delivers a satisfying continuation of Perseus’s arduous fight against the vengeful Titans and the gods again. Jacqueline Sotoodeh Staff writer As I waited for Wrath of the Titans to start, I expected to find the typical movie with almost the same story as Percy Jackson. But when the movie finally started, I found it to be much different than that story. Perseus (Sam Worthington), a demigod son of Zeus (Liam Neeson), attempts to live a peaceful life as a fisherman after saving the world years ago from the Kraken. He is now dedicated to supporting his son, Helius (John Belle), after the passing of his wife.

Unfortunately, fate leads Perseus into the middle of a battle between the gods and the Titans. Weakened by lack of prayer from humans, the gods lose control of the imprisonment of Kronos, father of Zeus, Hades (Ralph Fiennes) and Poseidon (Danny Huston). Perseus cannot continue his new life when Hades and Zeus’ son, Ares (Edgar Ramirez), the God of War, turn against Zeus and make a deal with Kronos to capture him. The Titans grow stronger as Zeus’s power is drained and it is up to Perseus to save the world once again. Even though I have minimal knowledge of Greek Mythology, it was really easy to understand this movie, and while watching it, I did learn a few things


about Greek gods. For example, I now know that Ares is the God of War and Kronos has once before tried to kill his own sons. I was also very excited to see all the actors found in Clash of the Titans appear once again as their same characters, and each fit their character very well. There were also moments of comic relief after tense moments, usually battles. The monsters of the underworld were very life-like and the labyrinth they were found in was very interesting because of its structure. There were also parts where there was way too much going on. The moving pieces of the labyrinth, the fighting with giants and trees, sometimes it was just too much. When there were moving parts, it was hard to see everything that was going on and it took away from the movie. Going back again to watch it I think I could learn even more about Greek gods and their personalities, it’s also a movie I can laugh at because of the jokes. There are such minor details that would have affected my decision to watch Wrath of the Titans again, but in the end I definitely would. Ω

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Sports are halfway through their season, close enough to secure, and far enough to gain, league standing.

Tennis strengthens doubles teams



Elliot Park Opinion editor The boys’ varsity tennis team hopes to maintain its spot in the top three of its division and advance to the postseason.

“We are definitely within the top three to qualify for CIF,” senior Derek Cheung said. “Our goals now are to play well against Diamond Bar and Rowland to achieve a better placement in CIF.” Although its spot in the top three seems secure, changes in the lineup may be necessary to compete with the upper echelon teams. “We need to rethink our lineup,” sophomore Luke Chen said. “Switching players evened out the gap between doubles 2 and 3 but I still think that both teams are not comparable to Rowland’s and Diamond Bar’s doubles. Statistically, Rowland is a team that we should beat. However, the two main factors that are restraining us from winning are performing under pressure and the lineup issue.” Both changes in the lineup and hard work may prove to be the defining factors for the team. “I think with this new changeup [we] make our doubles team considerably stronger,” sophomore Gavin Lee said. “Overall, we just need to continue working and practicing.” Ω

Golf threatens Diamond Bar Leon Ho Staff writer

Currently in second, boys’ varsity golf boasts an 10-1 league record and has its goals set on defeating Diamond Bar to steal first at the end of the season. “Even though their team is very difficult to beat, we still have a shot at winning league, and I personally believe we have a significant chance of winning,” junior captain Dylan Harcourt said. “Dedicating these next couple of weeks to golf, by strengthening our minds and by eliminating careless mistakes, will provide us with an expected win.” The team has been practicing more than it had in previous years and, as a result, the team has depth as well as talent. “Every player on the team is a key player because the players’ scores are combined and counted as a team score,” sophomore Rax Wang said. “One difference between this year’s team and last year’s is the amount of time and effort it puts into practice. As a result, we become better and better.” The team’s top scorers are Harcourt and senior Ailawin Romyanond, but the range from the

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Swimmers train for CIF and league championship Alvin Wan Online editor

The swim season began favorably for boy’s varsity, who defeated Diamond Bar in the first duel of the year. Girls lost by a narrow margin, but immediately emerged victorious the next week, alongside boys, against Rowland. “The season has been going very well in terms of league, and we intend on finishing strong,” senior captain Nick Simo said. With three more meets to go, the swim season has provided the conditioning needed for upcoming league championships and CIF. “We’ve been very strong and have really taken every meet seriously,” junior captain Parker Sin said. “We swam our hardest and gave it our all, showing to everyone that Walnut has the strongest mentality and determination in our league.” The boys have a history of league

BUTTERFLY: championships, but the girls lost their title for the first time in nine years. “Even though swimming is an individual sport, I think the encouragement and motivation from teammates really makes a difference before and after races. I love that our team got really close because we all have the same goal that we want to accomplish,” junior captain Christina


Vu said. With an upcoming invitational and hell week under their belt, the team looks forward to another successful season. “Swimming is a very underrated sport and hopefully more people will take note of [the] hard work and effort we put to continue our successful seasons year after year,” Sin said. Ω

Softball stays optimistic despite recent losses



Hong Chen Staff writer The varsity softball team enters the final stretch of the season with

a losing record but aims to finish third in league. Senior Elaine Brown emphasizes that the team has actually been playing well, despite all the losses.

“I think one of our strong [points] is that we gel pretty well as a team. We all have heart and play hard and want to be on the field,” Brown said. The team lost two pitchers going through the season, but the team has grown to overcome the challenges. “We stayed strong and tried to be mentally strong. We try our best to be very energetic to stay in the game,” captain senior Ari Anaya said. The team looks forward to a possible upset against Bonita, currently first in the league. “We always try to get our slappers on base because, like how Coach Beemer said, it doesn’t matter what happens during the [mid] game; it matters in the [first] and the last innings to play hard and strong because anything can happen,” Anaya said. Ω

Baseball attempts comeback to qualify for CIF Spencer Wu Staff writer



first and last scorer is lesser than that of most other schools, according to Harcourt. “We still have to give our best effort to have even a small chance,” Harcourt said. “I encourage my players to practice putting and chipping because, in golf, it is your chipping and putting that get the ball to the hole. Without practice, there is no way to getting better. It does take time but eventually there will be positive results.” Ω

The current 4-6 varsity baseball team has ten games remaining to try to raise their record above .500 and keep their CIF playoff dreams afloat. “I look forward to having a much more successful season and to hopefully play well enough to make it to CIF,” junior Robert Iwasaki said. There were changes to the baseball program, such as shaking up the scheduling of practice, in hopes of improving the unity and chemistry of the team. “We are a more fundamentally sound team and we make more of the plays we are supposed to,” senior Caleb Romo said. “We score more when we need to because starting earlier gave us the opportunity to get to know each other more before the beginning of the season.” Another development implemented is changing their offensive mindset, not trying to hit the walk off grand slam, but to do the

ON THE MOUND: little things to help the other members in the line-up become better. “We are turning around offensively, but we still need to make sure that when someone goes on base that we drive the man in. [We have to] be productive in all forms of the game,” junior Joey Saito said. These adjustments allowed for their greatest victory, that against Bloomington High School, beating them 16-1 in the Don Lugo


Tournament. “It has really affected us in a positive way, as it has allowed us to be more comfortable and supportive of each other on and off the field so we can start and finish the season strong,” Iwasaki said. These players are optimistic in their upcoming games, feeling that they could improve even more than expected and that they could make CIF. Ω

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APRIL 2012

Track and field defends championship despite boys’ loss Andrew Koo Editor-in-chief While the girls’ varsity track and field team is competing to defend its undefeated streak, boys’ varsity aims to become league champions alongside Diamond Bar and Rowland. At the most recent league meet against Diamond Bar, the boys’ varsity team won by only a half-point swing after the 4x400 was ruled a dead heat, or a tie. “Honestly, that was the most nerve-wracking race of my life. With the meet on the line and running against a 3rd place league finalist from last year, I knew that I had to run my best to win the relay for our team,” said senior sprints captain Austin Wu. “After the win, everything was so surreal. But ultimately, I knew I

couldn’t do it without my teammates cheering me on and my other fellow 4x400 runners Cody, Andrew, and Somil for running their hearts out to ensure the win.” The team has since competed in the Chino Relays and continued to practice through Spring Break. “The next meet with Bonita is definitely going to be a really tough meet that we can win if we score every necessary point and if we step up our game,” senior pole vault captain Jerry Lee said. Bonita will be at Walnut this Thursday, Apr. 12. If Diamond Bar defeats Rowland, then it is likely for Walnut, Diamond Bar and Rowland to share the league championship. “To win, everyone has to work hard and support one another on the track because every point counts,” Shen said. “I’m just hoping that no

TRACK& FIELD in slow - m o t i o n courtesy of Jonathan Lin

Senior pole vaulter Peter Lee clears 12’6” at the Jim Polite Invitational. Senior Serena Su performs the triple jump against Los Altos. Junior captain Kyle King practices the high jump.


PINNED DOWN: Junior Justin Chiou hands off the baton to senior Austin Wu in the third leg of the 4x100 relay at the Jim Polite Invitational. one leaves season having regrets, that everyone will be happy with what they have accomplished and not look back thinking they could have done

Senior thrower Kristin Jordan competes in the shot put.

something else. What I’m hoping for at the end of the season is a super supportive, crazy team that’s just aching to start the next season.” Ω

Boys’ basketball begins Spring League to practice with incoming varsity With seniors graduating, the team must change its offensive playstyle to accomodate the strengths of its new players. Jefferey Huang Staff writer The boys’ basketball team opened up Spring League yesterday, Apr. 9 against Bishop Amat. The team will play every Monday night for five weeks in a league that consists of Bishop Amat, Nogales, Los Osos, Claremont, and El Monte.

“It’s helping us with working together as a unit,” junior guard Grant Vita said. “The new guys are determined to play harder if they want to play during the season, which will make the environment more fun.” The team looks to use Spring League as a chance to develop younger players at the Varsity level. “I think it’s good for them for

League next year so they get used to the speed on Varsity,” sophomore guard Lawrence Besong said. “It’s going to give us a lot of practice and build up our chemistry as a team.” The coaches will also use Spring League to implement a style of play to compensate for multiple key contributors leaving this year. “It’s good so we can get better

for summer and to get acquainted with all the new players,” Te said. “The offense is new because we have a lot of guards, and it allows for more freedom to do what we want.” As the Varsity team goes into Spring League with a faster pace of play, they will focus on trying to win games and improving. “We [have] a completely new

team this year, and we’re going to build up our confidence against tough teams,” Besong said. “Our hopes for next year are to go further in CIF than we did this year. Spring League will help us by giving us exposure to teams we don’t normally see during season, and it’ll help us get experience playing with each other.” Ω

Freshmen race against Champions Shapiro and Trujillo competed at Azusa Pacific in the Meet of Champions. Reetika Singh Editor-in-chief

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Freshmen Rachel Shapiro and Millen Trujillo placed second and sixth respectively, in the Adidas Golden Stripes Invitational on Mar. 24. Shapiro raced in the 800 meter event and placed second out of 24, making her the sixth fastest freshman in the nation. “I was actually first for most of the final lap, but I guess I kicked it a little too quickly and a runner from Redondo High School passed me in the last few yards – we were only separated by half a second. But I was still really happy with second because I am still a freshman and I have a lot of room for growth.” Trujillo, who was seeded last in

the 3200 meter Invitational, passed 18 other runners and took home sixth place with a time of 9:51.65. “When I found out I was seeded last I was a little depressed, but I talked with my dad and he told me if I got anything other than last place, I had won, so getting sixth was a pretty amazing feeling,” Trujillo said. While most athletes prepare for months, Trujillo and Shapiro recently added ‘The Meet of Champions’ to their meet schedules. “We actually missed the deadline to enter my electronic time but luckily Coach Polite knows one of the people at the Golden Stripes Meet and got me into the race.” Shapiro said. Both Shapiro and Trujillo have bright futures in their events and Shapiro has the potential to break a school record with a 20 year


GOING THE MILE: Freshmen Rachel Shapiro and Millen Trujillo placed at the Meet of Champions. standing. “They both have a lot of talent and a lot of potential. I see both of them as state level competitors, which is pretty exciting because California State competitions are some of the fastest in the nation,” distance coach Jim Polite said. Ω

VARSITY SPRING SPORTS SCOREBOARD BOYS’ GOLF Diamond Ranch - W Los Altos - W West Covina - W Bonita - W Rowland - W Diamond Bar - L Diamond Ranch - W Los Altos - W West Covina - W Bonita - W Rowland - W

BOYS’ TENNIS Diamond Ranch - 16-2 Bonita - 12-6 Rowland - 5-13 Diamond Bar - 6-12 West Covina - 18-0 Diamond Ranch - 17-1 Los Altos -17-1

SOFTBALL Citrus Valley - 0-6 L Centennial - 4-10 L Valley Christian - 0-2 L Bishop Conaty-Loretto- 26-5 W Rowland - 2-5 L Diamond Bar - 8-16 L

BASEBALL Garden Grove - 4-6 L Rowland - 5-8 L Diamond Bar - 0-5 L West Covina - 34-7 W Chino - 4-1 W

TRACK & FIELD Boys: Los Altos - 72-64 W West Covina - 78-39 W Rowland - 44-67 L Diamond Bar - 68.5-67.5 W Girls: Los Altos - W West Covina - W Rowland - W Diamond Bar - W

SWIM Boys: Diamond Bar - W Rowland - W Girls: Diamond Bar - L Rowland - W

The Hoofprint 2012 April  

Walnut High School Newspaper April Issue

The Hoofprint 2012 April  

Walnut High School Newspaper April Issue