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Brea Olinda High School 789 Wildcat Way Brea, CA 92821

Wildcat

Vol. 79, Issue 3

“The

Brea Olinda High School

flu

leads to a lot of undesirable symptoms and I would like to prevent those from occuring.”

Many faces of Mr. Brea Circus comes to town; Snyder, Corp crowned

Harika Reddy, junior

H1N1, FEATURE 9

what’s

December 17, 2009

inside

Yellow Ribbon Week instills awareness in students about the effects of suicide.

NEWS 3 The Wildcat

HEENA MORAR and RACHEL KIM / Wildcat

Enter the world of student and teacher gaming. CENTERSPREAD 10-11

Brea’s

newest ringleader:

David Snyder, senior, is crowned Mr. Brea 2009. Richard Corp, math teacher, won the Mr. Brea teacher competition. Throughout the show, Snyder displayed a wide range of emotions leading up to his crowning.

PAUL LEE Staff writer Amidst wild cheers from the crowd and a spectacle of flashing lights, ten students and four teachers competing for the title of Mr. Brea made an extravagant entrance onto the stage. The “Circus” had just begun. Mr. Brea has been a tradition for decades, and follows the typical pageant form: introduction, swimsuit competition, talent, formal wear, and question

Teenagers take responsibility and get behind the wheel. FEATURE 13, OPINION 14 Boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ basketball, wrestling, and girls’ waterpolo start their winter seasons.

SPORTS 16-19

Centerspread...10-11

Feature...............9, 12-13 Opinion....................14-15 Sports.........................16-19 Snapshots...................20

See NEWS, page 2

BOTA negotiates budget for 2010-11 school year Possible budget cuts threaten layoffs, class size CHELSEA YEH Online editor-in-chief

News.....................................2-5 A&E..........................................6-8

and answer. Justin Lovell, Kyle Anderson, Robbie Murray, Luke Williams, Christian Villanueva, George Wright, Austin Ross, David Snyder, Olson Walters, and Emmanuel Lopez, seniors, and Richard Corp, Bryan Wierzchucki, Todd Channel, and Charles Reta, teachers, were introduced to the crowd in a dance number. Dressed in circus themed costumes, the contestants were lion tamers,

California, currently the world’s eighth largest economy, is expected to have a $42 billion deficit over the next two years, forcing the Brea Olinda Teachers Association (BOTA) and the school board to once again negotiate a viable budget plan for the 20102011 school year. In a school board meeting at the Brea Council of Chambers on Dec. 1, the school board announced its approval of the interim budget for the 2010-2011 year in which they outlined deep cuts in the budget.

Of the interim budget, Margie Sepulveda, BOTA President and English teacher, said, “In essence, this is the Doomsday scenario. If nobody made any concessions, they would have to cut 13 teachers at the high school and eight teachers at the elementary school.” Programs would also be reduced. Although the school board did not specify whether or not they were going to make cuts in any particular department, they proposed to increase the class size ratio from 34:1 to 42:1. As this is the first time in years for BOTA and the school board to negotiate pay reductions rather than salary increases, BOTA executive board has been diligent in keeping teachers posted by maintaining a website (botaonline.org),

See NEWS, page 3

KATHY SIMONETTA / Wildcat As result of sweeping budget cuts, Cal States and UCs are raising tuition by at least 32 percent.

Weight

of the world:

See NEWS, page 2; OPINION, page 15

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