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Brea Olinda High School 789 Wildcat Way Brea, CA 92821

Wildcat

Vol. 79, Issue 2

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year’s Mr. Brea is

going to be the best one ever.” KYLE ANDERSON, SENIOR See Mr. Brea Brea,, NEWS 3

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Costumes fooded the campus on Halloween dress-up day

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Bill Wisher (‘73), former member of the Wildcat staff, is a writer and producer of iconic Hollywood hits like Terminator

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Brea Olinda High School

November 4, 2009

Back in Time: Homecoming Tradition of dance, game began 82 years ago

SALONI SHAH CENTERSPREAD EDITOR Since 1927, when the first high school in Brea was established, both the location of the school and student life have been altered. However, one tradition—Homecoming—has remained constant, an annual welcome to the new school year and the changing of the season. But even some traditions change with time. Today, Homecoming festivities last an entire week. During Homecoming week, students are kept busy with various dress-up days, a “princess day,” a rally, the football game, and a formal dance. On Friday night, the football team will play in front of a full stadium and the Homecoming queen will be announced during the half-time show. But more than seven decades ago, the crowning of the queen was different. Homecoming princesses, with crowns atop their heads and a cascade of flowing dress trains, would sit atop a car and lead a parade through the town. There was also the naming of a Homecoming king. During half-time, the coronation ceremony would begin. The queen was announced and the football captain would proclaim the queen with a crown and a kiss. Since then, the coronation ceremony has morphed into a full half-time show. Although the ceremony still showcases the crowning of the queen, there is a performance by band and the parading of class floats around the field. Almost a century after Homecoming began, the dance and the behavior and dress of students have changed as well. Hemlines have been shortened, dancing has evolved, and the Homecoming dance has become a more publicized and more grand event. This year’s dance will be held at Angels Stadium. “[My Homecoming dance] was low key, it wasn’t a big extravaganza.” said Barbara Arczynski, history teacher. She added, “At my

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BLAST

TO THE PAST:

A Co-ed queen in the late-1930’s receives her crown during the February

dance.

school, Homecoming was a parade. Each class contributed a float. There was a small dance but it was much more about hanging out with friends than it was about getting that hot date.” Until the 1970s at BOHS, there was no such thing as a Homecoming dance. What now lasts a week lasted less than five minutes on a football

field. Rather, the Co-ed Dance, which took place in February, was the equivalent to today’s Homecoming dance. The Co-ed dance was a formal affair. A king and a queen were crowned with an elaborate voting

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Choir director Willert writes, publishes novel

Homecoming has been a BOHS tradition since 1927

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FAYE MENDOZA MANAGING EDITOR

Soccer, basketball, and wrestling begin their seasons this month

SPORTS 13-15

News....................................2-4 A&E.........................................5-7 Centerspread......8-9 Feature...................10-11 Opinion..........................12 Sports.......................13-15

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‘Big Swing’ Princesses HOMECOMING

COURT: Kaylee Dysart, Ajia Goodson, Andrea Frisina, Melissa Bent, and Ashley Schweizter are in the running for Homecoming queen. The other princesses are (from from left) Shelby Makris, junior. Heather Lystad, freshman, Savannah Maske, junior, and Justine Garate, sophomore. For more information on Homecoming, see the BACK COVER.

The likes of Dave Willert are rare. Known as the cheerful director of the United Choirs of Brea, it almost comes as a surprise to learn that Willert is also a writer of mystery stories. Along with music, writing has been his life-long passion and this December, he will be releasing his first book, entitled Dimensions: The Wheat Field. The novel follows Alan Dunkirk, a hopeful college graduate who, ten years later, becomes discontented with his monotonous life. After an argument with his wife, he drives aimlessly away and a bizarre phenomenon occurs: Alan finds himself in the middle of a sprawling wheat field...in the body of a 12-year old boy. According to the book’s press release, The Wheatfield is a race against time, a battle between

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NEWS

November 4, 2009

Todd Laud, guest speaker, spoke about the Columbine shooting and its first victim, Rachel Scott. Presenting the five challenges, Laud spoke about the need of reaching out to others in order to start a ‘chain reaction.’

CLUB ‘You just may start a chain reaction’ CORNER Rachel’s Challenge assembly closes Red Ribbon Week

Red Cross

I thought it was really moving; it was like a flash of realization that sometimes the best way to live out life is looking [at] the better side of people.”

HWA EUN KIM / Wildcat

Red Cross is part of larger organization that aims to give back to the community. The club plans the school’s major donation drives such as the Toy Drive and the Canned Food Drive. The fundraising will then be sent to the Red Cross organization and distributed all over the country to orphanages and food banks. The club also plans to collaborate with other schools. The club meets every other Monday at lunch in room 203.

-Irwin Nahn Sophomore

April 20, 1999, was a tragic day for many families in Littleton, Colorado. Gun shots and terrified screams rang out from students and teachers on that day at Columbine High School. Rachel Scott, 17-years-old, was the first person killed during the shooting. The massacre is still the worst high school shooting in America’s history. An assembly was held, Oct. 23, to spread awareness about violence prevention and power of influence during Red Ribbon Week. Todd Laud, guest speaker, spoke about Rachel’s Challenge. “When I first heard Rachel’s story, I felt compelled to share it with people around the world. In result of

that, I contacted Rachel’s Challenge Foundation soon after so I could become a speaker for this cause,” said Laud. The Scott family started the foundation soon after Rachel’s death to spread awareness and to motivate other people with positive change in the way they see themselves and how they treat other people. “[Rachel’s Challenge is] the biggest school assembly program with a total of 25 speakers to inform students of Rachel’s story and to challenge them about the choices they make in their life,” Laud explained. The assembly is also called a “training session” that teaches students and adults how to make a positive impact. By presenting the five challenges, the program motivates

people to change their views on others and their own lives. Irwin Nahn, sophomore, said, “I thought [the presentation] was really moving; it was like a flash of realization that sometimes the best way to live out life is looking on the better side of people.” By starting with a positive selfapproach to spread a chain reaction, the program encourages students to “dream big” and gain self-confidence by both reaching out and responding to others. By giving examples from Scott’s life, Laud explained how many people can be impacted by small acts of kindness. He also emphasized how one person was able to “touch the hearts of millions of people.” At the end of the assembly, Laud asked the students to close their eyes and think about their loved ones. He again challenged the students to reach out by always expressing love and compassion. “It’s important to draw the students’ attention to what they are dealing with in their lives right at this moment and how to make the right decisions,” Laud added. Quoting Scott, Laud pointed to the audience and said, “You just may start a chain reaction.”

Choir Fall Magic

NHS NHS Installation

Class of 2010 UC, CSU Applications

Community New Target on the Block

The annual choir performance, “Fall Magic,” was held Oct. 16-17 in the PAC. Masquerade performed Grease, and Spellbound and Tiffany’s collaborated in a performance inspired by Wicked. Chamber Choir sang a variety of songs through group performances, duets, and solos. “The concert ran smoothly and it had a lot of excitement,” said Kate Hocking, junior. A variety of student acts were also staged throughout the night, combining comedy and drama. “It was definitely a great way to start the year for all of [the choirs],” said Melissa Strom, junior. Hwa Eun Kim

National Honor Society is holding its fall installation Monday, Nov. 9, in the library. Althought over 60 students applied for membership, only a few were accepted. “NHS members are representative of the school as a whole. There is an application process because students are chosen based on their leadership and contributions,” explained Elaine Yoo, senior and NHS president. New members are invited with their parents to attend and are welcomed into the club with a candle-lighting ceremony. The induction will consist of short speeches by NHS officers, adviser Chris Schaadt, and school administrators. Faye Mendoza

Nov. 30 is a date that seniors should have already marked. It is the deadline for UC and CSU applications which is only a little more than three weeks away. Those interested in attending any one of the 23 CSU campuses or nine UC schools should be summarizing high school courses, extracurricular activities, and standardized test scores. Rob Stelmar, counselor, said, “When writing your personal statement, keep in mind that UC’s want to know you as a person; they don’t just want to read a list of your accomplishments.” Admissions decisions will be sent to students between March 1 and May 1 of next year. Faye Mendoza

A new two-story Target opened on Birch Street Oct. 6. Equipped with an underground parking lot to cart escalators, the Target also has a prototype fresh section, which consists of fruits, vegetables, meat, a deli, and a bakery. The store also houses a photo lab, a pharmacy, and an enlarged health section. “I like how the store is really big, clean, and organized. The elevators are really spacious, too. It also has Pizza Hut and Starbucks,” said Harika Reddy, junior. “It’s amazing. It’s beautiful and I really love it. The store is huge, clean, and friendly,” said Amanda Arter, junior. Hwa Eun Kim

The Red Cross offers help to small communities and opens opportunities for students to be part of helping toward causes that otherwise would seem distant and irrelevant.” - Rachel Kim, senior

Model United Nations In Model United Nations (MUN), students bring forth their speech and debate skills by discussing topics about international crises. Club members attend conferences held at local schools where, as delegates, they express their views on a given topic. Club meetings are every Thursday in room 108.

MUN is a great club to join because it helps you become a well-rounded, educated, and a thoughtful student.” - Romeet Sen, junior

JEANNIE KIM / Wildcat

POWER OF INFLUENCE: Todd Laud, guest speaker, shared how Rachel Scott was inspired by Anne Frank. He then explained how people should choose positive influences as role models and mentors.

Rachel’s Five Challenges 1. Choose positive influences 2. Write out your goals in life and not just keep them to yourself 3. Commit an act of kindness because kind words can make a big difference 4. Eliminate prejudice 5. Tell five people in your life how much you love and appreciate them to start a chain reaction

TOYO

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TOYO Volunteers is a club that helps students invest their time in community service by participating in various volunteer organizations all over Orange County. Toyo not only aims to help the needy people in the community, but also has goals of protecting and saving the environment. Toyo meets in room 232 every other Friday during lunch.

It’s a rewarding experience to not only participate in volunteer work but also in meeting new people.” - Eddie Park, junior Compiled by CHRISTOPHER SUH

THEA O’DELL STAFF WRITER


Mr. Brea nominees including Bryan Wierzchucki will be competing for the Mr. Brea title. The circus- themed contest will have the nominees perform various acts together and individually.

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Welcome to the circus: Mr. Brea nominees announced Ten students, four teachers compete for the title of Mr. Brea HWA EUN KIM and SALONI SHAH NEWS AND FEATURE AND CENTERSPREAD EDITORS Ten students and two teachers have been nominated to participate in the annual Mr. Brea competition to be held Dec 9. Last year, Brandon Metten (’09), and Chris Schaadt, English teacher, were crowned Mr. Brea.` Students and teachers were nominated by the senior class, and this year, Emmanuel Lopez, Justin Lovell, George Wright, David Snyder, Kyle Anderson, Olson Walters, Robby Murray, Christian Villanueva, Luke Williams, and Austin Ross, seniors, have been announced as the nominees. Richard Corp, math teacher, and Bryan Wierzchucki, history teacher, have also been nominated. The other two teachers have yet to be announced. “I think it’s really that cool that I was nominated

Photos by JUDY LEE and HWA EUN KIM / Wildcat

MR. BREA CONTESTANTS: (clockwise from top left) Christian Villanueva, George Wright, Luke Williams, Emmanuel Lopez, Robby Murray, David Snyder, Olson Walters, Justin Lovell, Austin Ross, Kyle Anderson, (center) Richard Corp, math teacher, will compete for the crown. Two more teachers are expected to be nominated.

because I didn’t really expect anyone to vote for me,” Villanueva said. “I think I was nominated because I feel like most people at school know me and I try to become friends with everyone I meet. I guess when people

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SAVING

LIVES:

Melissa Howe (‘09) donated blood during last year’s blood drive. Each pint donated can save up to three lives.

Blood drive to be held Nov. 20 SHERMAN UYENO STAFF WRITER “It saves people’s livs,” said Emily Schade, senior, referring to the year’s first blood drive Nov. 20 to be held in the auxilary gym. The blood drive is an activity that gives students an opportunity to help patients. Each student volunteer will donate a pint of blood which can save up to three lives. The requirements to donate blood include age, height and weight. Donors must be 16 years old and at least 110 lbs or more, depending on their height and gender. Angie Shim, senior, and a previous donor, said, “I decided to give blood because I know that, we can help save lives.” Shim plans on participating in the blood drive again this semester.

Brinlee Finzel, junior, is one of many who hopes to partcipate in the blood drive. “It helps someone live. I like knowing that I can make a difference in someone’s life because being a teenager, there isn’t much i can do to help others. But this, this is something I can do,” said Finzel. “This year, the goal for the blood drive is to meet or exceed 300 pints,” said Alexandra Parish, senior, and social welfare commissioner. Other students will also be helping out with the blood drive. David Pham, senior, plans to help with medical procedures and operations during the blood drive. Students will be able to sign up starting this week for the blood drive in the quad. Several English classes will also be holding sign-ups for interested students.

were thinking who should represent the school, I came into mind because I know a lot of people,” Snyder said. “To be honest, I don’t know why I got nominated,” said Lopez.

There are four parts to the Mr. Brea contest: talent show, swimsuit wear, formal wear, and interview. Many contestants, however, are worried about the talent portion of the show. “I have no clue what to do,” said Snyder. “I’ll dance maybe but I don’t know what I’ll do,” said Williams. Lovell, ASB fine arts commissioner, will be both participating in and organizing the event. The theme is set to be “Circus.” Several contestants have already started to plan their talent acts. “I will probably do a song with my friends,” Lovell said. Corp, who has already participated in the pageant three times, is currently working on a song about someone who has inspired him. “I’m working with a freelance producer from Australia. I spent about 17 hours last year editing and filming everything so this year, I just want to save a little time and make it easier for myself,” said Corp. Having had much experience for the pageant, Corp hopes to win this year. “I want to win. I feel like a veteran since this is my fourth time so I want this year to be my best year. I really want it to be worthwhile,” Corp explained. With high hopes, contestants are preparing their special performances for the Mr. Brea competition. “I feel really excited and I’m really honored,” said Snyder.


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SNAPSHOTS November 4, 2009

Students and teachers dressed up as cartoon characters and reality stars, filling the campus with the spirit of Halloween.

Halloween Town

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DRESSING

UP: (clockwise from top left) Molly Kang, sophomore, Chad Rabago, junior, Valerie Schrepferman, senior, Jocelyn Vu, sophomore, Jacob Maeda, freshman, Jill Purdom, Erin Purdom, Justin Lovell, and Melissa Bent, seniors, dress up as Kate Gosselin and her eight children. Christian Villanueva, senior, poses as Ash from Pokemon. A group of students walk along with various costumes. Cody Somerville, senior, is dressed as “white trash.” Amy Welch, Biology teacher, walks toward the quad in a witch costume. Barbara Arczynski, history teacher, delicately wipes her nose as she portrays Professor McGonagall. Wade Cormier, Chemistry teacher, dresses up as a Wheaties cereal box. Amy Bringhurst, senior, relaxes in class, dressed up in a Clockwork Orange-inspired costume. Natalie Park, senior, jumps in her Luigi costume. Sophia Park, senior, jumps with a colorful wig and onesie. Kaylee Dysart, senior, poses with Teletubbie David Snyder, senior. Photos by HEENA MORAR / Wildcat


Alumni William Wisher Jr. served as the executive producer or screenwriter for Hollywood hits The Exorcist, Terminator 1 and 2, and Live Free or Die Hard.

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Terminator steps back, scanning the booth, the electric door, the rooms beyond.

TERMINATOR I’ll come back. He turns and walks out through the front doors.

ANGLE PAST DESK SERGEANT, F.G. - ON FRONT DOORS, the officer is absorbed in paperwork, not watching as a pair of lights get BRIGHTER outside the doors. RAPIDLY. He glances up at the last second as the glare falls fully on him. CRASH! Several cops and late night loiterers scatter as a car smashes into the foyer. It blasts through the sergeant’s booth, crushing him in the wreckage. CUT TO:

Alumnus Wisher achieves success as screenwriter, producer of Hollywood hits JEAN NICOLE ORLEANS STAFF WRITER

William Wisher Jr. is a screenwriter who has worked on some of the most iconic films in movie history, including The Terminator, The Abyss, and Live Free or Die Hard. He is also a 1973 graduate of Brea Olinda High School. “Oh, God,” he responds as I tell him we are going to talk about his days as a student at BOHS. The Saturn Award-nominated screenwriter credits his teachers as a source of his future success. Wisher was president of Drama Club and served on the Wildcat staff. But if there was “one thing that [he] might have done different” was asking Sandy Katts to go out on a date with him. Describing his childhood, Wisher tells of the Nike missile bases that were built in Brea in the 1950s. By the 1960s the bases were obsolete and were removed. Left behind were concrete bunkers which served as hangouts to go to after school. “Those were really fun because we would explore them, my buddies and I. Just go down there and check them out. They’re probably still there although I’m not going to give you a solid location because they’re mine. They were up in the hills. So there’s a hint.” After high school, Wisher discovered an affinity for writing. When asked at what point in his life he felt he “made it” Wisher responded, “When I could quit my day job, which I did in 1989.” By that time, he had played a role in the production of hit movies like 1984’s The Terminator and 1989’s The Abyss, both of which he collaborated on with Oscar-winning director James Cameron. Before discovering his passion, however, Wisher’s decision to write was unclear. “I think that nobody really wants to become a screenwriter,” he said. After spending about a year in college, the turning point in the 23year-old’s career--and life--came after making a short film with Cameron, a

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FROM STAFF WRITER TO SCREENWRITER: This photo taken from a 1973 yearbook shows Wisher working on finishing sketches while on the Wildcat staff.

former Brea resident who would later direct the highest grossing movie of alltime, 1997’s Titanic. For training, Wisher studied at UCLA, taking a year-long creative writing course during which his first screenplay was written. The number of original screenplays he wrote grew until he found one that, according to Wisher, “didn’t stink.” “That’s how,” he stated, “my writing career started.” Most artistic creations stem from the artist’s reallife experiences and imagination. Although “Brea, California” isn’t mentioned in any of Wisher’s work, there are hints of suburbia lingering in his film’s backgrounds. “ T h e truth of it is,

everything that ever happened to you goes into what you write because it becomes the prism through which you see everything. There is no part of my writing, no part of anything I have ever worked on that doesn’t reflect all of the experiences I had when I was there. It’s impossible.” As for those who want to follow Wisher’s steps and become a screenwriter, and the opportunity to craft dialogue for the likes of Sylvester Stallone (Judge Dredd), Antonio Banderas (The 13th Warrior), and Arnold Schwarzennegar (The Terminator series), Wisher advises, “Pay attention to the style and the culture that is happening around you. That’s very important because in order to be successful, you’re going to have to figure out how to communicate to people today. The culture changes all the time. I do not write today the way I wrote 30 years ago. Having said that, you do have to be aware that you need to understand the basics. You need to have a real grounding in classical story telling. They should read a book by Lajos Egri, who I think is the finest writer on creative writing that ever lived and his book called The Art of Dramatic

Writing. If you read stuff like that and you learn what the rules are, and you have the other ear in your head listening to the sound of the culture around you, you will be able to know what to embrace and what to ignore. Then you can come up with your own voice.” Two of Wisher’s projects are included on Internet Movie Database’s top rated “Sci-Fi” titles. Terminator 2: Judgment Day is currently number six on the list, while The Terminator is at 19. His success is also evident in the iconic quotes he has written or cowritten. American Film Institute’s 100 Year’s...100 Movie Quotes lists the top 100 movie quotes in American cinema history. Two of Wisher’s projects are included on the list: “I’ll be back” (number 37) and “Hasta la vista, baby” (number 76) from the Terminator series. And according to imdb.com, 1991’s Terminator 2:Judgment Day is the 90th highest grossing film of all time with a total world-wide take of $204,843,350. Currently, Wisher is working on a film called Pacific Clipper for Fox Studios and he is also currently setting

up a project called The Program. “At the end of the day,” Wisher advised, “no matter how flashy, how funny, how dramatic, or how clever writing is, if it doesn’t understand, comprehend, and reflect timeless human nature, you’ll never be good. So if you do both, you will invent your own voice and people will hopefully embrace it.”

Wisher’s Filmography Wisher’s work as a producer or screen writer includes: -Xenogenesis (1978) •The Terminator (1984) •The Abyss (1989) -Desperado: The Outlaw Wars (1989) •Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) •Judge Dredd (1995) •The 13th Warrior (1999) •Exorcist: The Beginning (2004) •Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

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Where the Wild Things Are, an adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s children’s story, was released in theaters Oct. 16. The film’s tagline is, “There’s a [wild thing] in all of us.”

WILLERT: choir director, novelist WILLERT

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good and evil, a natural blending of science and religion, but most of all a love story.” “The whole message of the book is for people to do things themselves. They need to follow their dreams and do what they really want to do and not get lost in mundane life and rules. And the book has a story. I hope that people who read it will see the positive in it,” he said. Willert first began writing The Wheat Field in 1986 as an 80 page short story. Unhappy with its progress he left it unfinished and “forgot about it.” Two years ago he revisited his old story, intending to transfer the handwritten manuscript into a Word file. “[But] ideas started coming out and I didn’t stop; I just kept on going,” he recalled as The Wheat Field evolved into a 343 page novel. “And then when you finish, you realize ‘What was I thinking?!’ so you go back and edit…you go through eight or nine different [drafts]. Then you get an idea, and then you change everything again,” he explained of the writing process. Getting published is a difficulty many aspiring authors know quite well. “It took a while to get published. Sometimes, you need to have an agent. I didn’t have an agent because you have to get published first,” he said. Willert did finally land a publisher in Coloradobased Outskirts Press. In the 20 years Willert took a break from writing, he has racked up a résumé that includes five years (out of his 33year teaching career) as choir director

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LYRICS

WITHOUT THE MUSIC:

Dave Willert’s novel, Dimensions: The Wheat Field, will be released in December. The novel began as an 80 page short story 23 years ago.

for BOUSD. He is the producer of the annual school musical and the summer program “Broadway in Brea.” Last year, he was honored by the district as Certificated Employee of the Year. When asked what allowed him to be able to develop the story 20 years later, he shared, “Part of it was my age. I was 35. You have more time, live more life. Now I have so much more to draw from. I think I’m wiser. I don’t know if I could have done that back then. I wasn’t mature enough to write about how people feel. I didn’t know much about it myself. Time made me a better writer.” Willert elaborated: “Most of the work was done when school wasn’t

happening. Summer vacations, winter vacations, weekends…in the summer, I would wake up by seven [a.m.] and work till noon. Then I would work again at 10 [p.m.] then go till two in the morning.” Some of Willert’s passion may have originated from his genes. He was raised alongside nine brothers and sisters to a drama teacher-writer father and a mother who taught piano. “I’ve always liked to fill up my time. I love to read, but I like to write too. I’ve always been like that. I like doing things,” he said. “I like to bake too.” Willert acknowledges that there is a distinct quality unique to both music and writing. “For me, it’s just a different language. For music, you have lyrics. [Writing] is just a way to do it without the music. You have to be able to do everything without a C-chord behind you,” he said. “It’s not too different, but the writing is easier. With music you have to make sure everything is coordinated and it’s more structural with arrangements. Writing is just pure imagination.” The Wheat Field is that type of work for Willert, and it is to become one of four books in a series set to explore the thousands of dimensions around us. His next book, Dimensions: The Plethora, has a planned release date of December 2010. “I’ve always wanted to write,” Willert shared. “I figure you’re never too old to do anything you want to do. And then you do it, get it done and say you did it.”

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MEET THE AUTHOR: Dave Willert, director, instructs his fourth period Spellbound choir. “His teaching style is more about getting us to learn from our mistakes. He doesn’t push us. He wants us to push ourselves. People in choir end up learning not just about music, but themselves,” said Michelle Arno, junior.

MOVIE REVIEW

Where the Wild Things Are is ‘not so juvenile’ ASHLEY PABON STAFF WRITER Remember Max and his distinct white wolf costume? Well, Max is back in Spike Jonze’s movie based on Maurice Sendak’s popular children’s book, Where the Wild Things Are. What seems to be a childish movie turns out not to be so juvenile. Max and his “wild things” have grown up. Sendak’s beloved story has evolved into much more than just a 48 page bedtime book. The issues in the movie connect with our every day struggles of growing up and the pains of having to face reality. For instance, the adults in Max’s life are too busy for the boy. His sister leaves him for her friend, and his mother is either engrossed in her work or preoccupied with a new boyfriend. M a x is portrayed, for most of the story, as a lost

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EYE TO EYE: In this emotional scene in Where the Wild Things Are, directed by Spike Jonze, protagonist Max shares an emotional moment with a wild friend.

little boy. He comes from a broken home. At one point, his mother, played by Catherine Keener, scolds him: “Max, what is wrong with you? You’re out of control!”

Anguished, Max replies, “It’s not my fault!” This altercation evolves from little things that happen around the house. When Max walks downstairs, he is disturbed to see his mom sitting on the couch with an unfamiliar man (played by Mark Ruffalo). Then Max and his mother argue over what they will eat for dinner. In the heat of the quarrel, Max bites his mom, signaling a turning point in the film, and Max’s life. Max decides that his life is not good enough and “leaves” home, in his imagination anyway. After the fight, fanpop.com

Max runs away from home to a sailboat and drifts away in the ocean, his destination the land of the playful, emotional, surprising, and very large Wild Things. The movie is filled with hidden and profound meaning. The analogy of this tiny sailboat in the monstrous ocean; Max having to climb up a mountain; and his control over monsters that can easily devour him all mean relatively the same thing, that Max is boy who, feeling unloved, seeks power over something or someone. But even in his fantasy, he cannot make things right, somehow managing to turn his new imaginary friends against him. When Max first meets the Wild Things, they want to eat him. In order to remain unharmed, he concocts a story about him being a Viking king and how he can make the monsters’ heads explode. However, even with power over the large beasts, Max is confused. I took my little brothers to see this movie, and although they did not fully understand the psychology of it, they enjoyed the lively puppets (portrayed by actors in costumes, and voiced by the likes of Forest Whitaker and James Gandolfini, among others). The monsters look enormous against their surroundings The movie was not what I expected, but towards the end I was blinking back

tears as the ending was melancholy and sort of bittersweet, much like Max and the complex “wild things” he encounters.

Where the Wild Things ARe (PG) Now playing Actors: Catherine Keener, Max Records, Mark Ruffalo Fast Fact: To date, the movie has grossed $61,800,000 at the box office. Playing at: Brea Edwards Theater

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were gonna make a whole world like this. Now, everyone used to come here, but you know... you know what it feels like when all your teeth are falling out really slowly and you don’t realize and then you notice that, well, they’re really far apart. And then one day... you don’t have any teeth anymore..” Where the Wild Things Are


“Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art-- Not in lone splendor hung aloft the night and watching with eternal lids apart...” - John Keats

November 4, 2009

MOVIE REVIEW

Bright Star ‘burns brightest’ in theaters EMILY LIU EDITOR-IN-CHIEF In the film Bright Star, the poem “Bright Star” is recited twice, initially spoken between two lovers, and then whispered alone through tear stained lips. Following the short love life of John Keats, poet, played by Ben Whishaw, the title, Bright Star, is a reference to Fanny Brawne, played by Abbie Cornish. Keats fervently admired the unchanging quality of the stars in the night and called Brawne his “constant.” Bright Star is an account of Keats, the ninteenth century English Romantic poet who died at age 25 of tuberculosis. He left behind poetry, letters and a lost lover. The central focus in the film is the relationship formed by two next door neighbors who can never wed, and the failing health of Keats. Whishaw, pale, lean, and restricted to one blue velvet blazer, is almost an exaggeration of the romantic poet. However, his dream-like state enchants the audience, his absolute belief in the “holiness of the heart’s affections” grasps us, and his complete portrayal of Keats’ life breaks our hearts. The film is simple: two lovers who are torn by money and fate. However, both Whishaw and Cornish create more depth in their affections than films set in modern day.

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‘FIRST LOVE BURNS THE BRIGHTEST’: Bright Star, by director Jane Campion, is a nineteenth century-set drama that tells the true story of John Keats, poet, and his romance with Fanny Brawne.

Not only does Whishaw dream, but the film does as well. Bright Star is retrospection of nature and consists of long scenic shots where the size of the characters is diminished under the setting. In one scene, Whishaw climbs a tree and the scene cuts to him aloft in the

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branches. As the wind rustles through the cherry blossoms, it takes more than a glance to realize he is among them. There is a peace between nature and the characters of the film and like the poem, there is a constant throughout the movie. There was repetition in the

Fast Fact: Based on the true story of poet John Keats.

“BEAUTY is truth, truth beauty - that is all ye known on earth, and all ye need to know.”

Playing at: Irvine Spectrum

John Keats, “Ode to a Grecian Urn”

Actors: Ben Whishaw, Abbie Cornish, Paul Schneider

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music and a reoccurrance of moments of white light. But through the nature, through the haze of dreams, Brawne is the true light in the film. Cornish’s stoic front initially throws the viewer askew, but there is eagerness at the tips of her sentences and a growing affection for Keats. Her extremely volatile emotions, rather than annoyance, garner sympathy for a girl enduring the extremes of first love. There is an abundance of beauty of words in the film— woven throughout—with voiceovers of Keats’ poetry and letters between the lovers. The ornate language of his sonnets and odes are entwined with the changing sounds of nature and these words become their own character. The pauses, the tempo and the structure of the Keats’ writing are awakened and revived by Whishaw’s light voice. And it becomes that our emotions are not toyed with by actions, but by the tone of Keats’ and Brawne’s words. As the credits run, Keats’ poem “Ode to a Nightingale” concludes our young poet’s death and the film ends with the lines: “Was it a vision, or a waking dream? Fled is that music: do I wake or sleep.”

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The Wildcat staff selects the best of Hollywood’s literature adaptations. Our selections range from the classics (Gone with the Wind and Hamlet), to contemporary (No Country for Old Men, Jackie Brown, and Fight Club), to science fiction (Blade Runner), and horror (Jaws). Our favorites:

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“[Back then] people were not as caught up in tting attention for themselves as they are today,” rczynski said. She added, “We were conservative. udents were expected to respect certain social andards.” Another change: Homecoming has evolved into event centered around a Saturday dance, and the cus on the true meaning of Homecoming—the lebration of the school’s alumni—has been lost. “Homecoming now is about having the right nce moves, or wearing the hottest get-up or, for uys, finding a creative way of asking a girl [to the nce],” said Tiffany Ward, science teacher. “Being a one school town, [Homecoming] is a ance for alumni to come back,” said health teacher ike Baker (who was a prince at his high school’s omecoming dance, and eventually married his date om that night). “Homecoming at my high school was mainly an pportunity to see old friends at the football game d celebrate their return—and our team’s win—at e post-game dance. The game and the alumni ade Homecoming special. The dance was sort of after-thought,” said Alex Koers, English teacher. However, the dance is anything but an terthought at BOHS. Last year’s dance was held at ong Beach’s historic Queen Mary. One constant since the ‘20s, however, is the lebration of the queen. Although the queen no nger rides across town leading a parade, she still flects the pride of the campus.

However, the nomination process for being a princess has changed dramatically since the dance’s inception decades ago. Homecoming has often been labeled a “popularity contest.” This year, however, a new application and interview process was implemented to dispel the idea of Homecoming princess being a “most popular” contest. (In fact, in the 1940s, headlines in the Wildcat announced, “Winners of popularity contest to be announced tonight.”) Ashley Schweitzer, senior and princess, feels that the changes in the election process are “better and more fair.” With the new process, Girls’ League feels that “the school will be represented well” with a fairer nomination process. “I feel that we have so many eligible females who deserve the honor, but we haven’t necessarily showed our full potential,” said Jennifer Ryan, English teacher. Ryan has made the decision of changing the process of election on merit rather than popularity. Merit is based upon involvement in clubs, extracurricular activities, and other leadership positions. Years ago and today, girls have had opportunities to join girls-only activities like Girls’ League, Girls’ Athletic Association, and Song and Yell (today’s cheerleaders). Schweitzer echoed the sentiments of her fellow nominees: “I was surprised that I was nominated. It is an amazing feeling. Being a [princess] has given me a good opportunity to show who I am. It has helped me to become more mature.”

The Wildcat has informed readers since 1930. The page above reflects the work of the Wildcat staff of 1958 during the time of Homecoming. This front cover, from Nov. 21, 1958, is recreated on page 16 of this issue.

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FEATURE November 4, 2009

Shelby Makris, junior, hopes to stay involved in Make-a-Wish as she balances school and sports. She has been nominated as junio Homecoming Princess this year.

Despite ‘minor roadblock’ Makris excels

Make-a-Wish president Makris will be a recipient of the club’s goodwill CHELSEA YEH Online Editor-in-chief Make-a-Wish president Shelby Makris, junior, will have her wish granted by her club members. In an October club meeting, Makris revealed that she was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia. When learning of her diagnosis, Make-a-Wish members proposed to make her this year’s wish recipient. When Makris first received her diagnosis in September, she was in “complete shock.” Her doctors caught the cancer at an early stage, so it is curable. Currently, Makris is awaiting a donor match for a bone marrow transplant and expects to make a full recovery. Jeff Sink, girls’ basketball coach, will organize a donor drive at school for Makris in December. “Shelby has a rare blood type because she is half-Greek and half-Italian...It’s a proverbial needle in a haystack to find the perfect donor...[because] the perfect donor needs to have [at least] 11 of Makris’ genetic characteristics,” Sink said.

Juggling school and health With a compromised immune system, Makris is not allowed to attend school where she can easily contract illnesses from other students. However, Makris remains active in Make-a-Wish club, maintains a 4.0 GPA, and serves as secretary of the junior class. “Balancing school and my health condition is really hard. I have two teachers come to my house for five hours a week to help teach me with the curriculum,” Makris explained. Although her doctors require Makris to stay home, she is able to attend basketball practices at least once a week and continues to support her teammates on the junior varsity basketball team. As the Ladycats are defending state and national champions, playing on the team can be “stressful” for Makris but she “loves” the sport as she has formed indelible friendships. Designing the junior class Homecoming float is another activity Makris still participates in. Makris and ASB members have been preparing their floats for the past three weeks. Being able to participate in select school events permits Makris to think of her future, manage all her stress, and keep her motivated.

Nominated Homecoming Princess Makris was also voted Homecoming princess of the junior class. Of her appointment, Makris said, “When I found out that I was homecoming princess I was so excited. I was happy that I got to share the position with my friend, Savannah Maske. We

...helping somebody who is having a tough time makes you feel like you are doing something good for them...It makes life seem worth it when you help others.” Shelby Makris JUNIOR

have known each other since preschool and it is so cool that we get to share this experience together.”

Make-a-Wish involvement When asked why she joined Make-a-Wish, Makris said, “I have known about the Make-aWish foundation since I was really little. My cousin Kamryn had cancer and she actually got her wish granted. I got to see the joy it brought to her family. Having my cousin be happy made everyone happy. Her wish was to go to Disney World. I love to help people, and helping somebody who is having a tough time makes you feel like you are doing something good for them. I think it makes life seem worth it when you help others.” Of her wish, Makris hopes to travel abroad. Makris said, “My wish is to go to Greece. I am half Greek. I have family from my dad’s side [in Greece whom] I have never met so it would be a great experience.” To grant Makris’ wish, Make-a-Wish club will fundraise at least $4,000 this year and $3,000 next year for a total sum of $7,000 to cover the cost of the trip to Greece. Make-a-Wish club grants a wish to a Brea student every year to reward his or her perseverance under unfortuante and unfair circumstances. “Obviously, our president would be a recipient because she is a Brea student who deserves to be encouraged in her path to health,” Susan Luce, Make-a-Wish adviser and English teacher. Of Makris’ goals, her mother Pamela Makris, said, “Shelby has high goals for her life and is treating this as a minor roadblock in her life. Although she is not able to go to school right now, she still keeps her grades up and tries to stay involved with Make-A-Wish, her basketball team and looks forward to returning back to school.” Commenting on Makris’ road to recovery, Sink said, “Shelby is dear to us. Her desire and dedication to the [Ladycat] program is amazing. She’s a role model for all of us. She has beat the odds, we know she will beat leukemia.”

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Staying involved: (above) Shelby Makris, junior, poses on a police motorcycle during Make-a-Wish fundraiser at Coldstone in Downtown Brea. (left) Makris poses at Angels’ Stadium for the Homecoming princess photoshoot.

FAST FACTS 1. Leukemias are broadly categorized by how quickly the disease develops and worsens as well as by the type of blood cells affected. leukemia411.org

2. The four most frequently occurring types of leukemia are Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, and Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. oncologychannel.com

3. CML accounts for about 4,400 new cases of leukemia in the US each year. It affects mainly adults over the age of 50. leukemia411.org

Photo courtesy of SHELBY MAKRIS

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After the fires, the ROLE program has been collecting donations in order to fund the gardening around the campus. New flowers and trees have been planted along the hillsides.

FEATURE

November 4, 2009

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One year later: Brea recovers from fire HEENA MORAR / Wildcat

Photo courtesy of MICHAEL ISENBERG (‘07)

one yeaR lateR: With skies filled with smoke and ash blowing across the community, fires ravaged the neighboring hills. The smell of burnt leaves and smoke lingered for weeks and massive amounts of ashes blanketed the school campus. Today, the hillsides along Wildcat Way are blooming with fresh planted flowers and trees.

Brea community brought closer through fire recovery THEA O’DELL StAff Writer Any student or resident of Brea can remember last years’ fires as if they were yesterday. Flames lined the hills, burning the trees, as many residents watched in terror, wondering if they too would be evacuated from their homes. A year later, memories still flood back for many. Abigail Heiman, sophomore, recalls, “The fires were horrific. Since we live in Carbon Canyon, the fires seemed to be even worse.” Despite this life-changing event, many things have come out of it that have made the community and the school stronger. Some of the changes include more precautions with fire evacuations, community gardening, and having neighborhoods come closer together to aid each other through the fire recovery.

Yorba Linda resident Valerie Vilardi said that when her horses were evacuated from her home last year she was informed that Brea firefighters would be stepping up evacuation procedures for the next disaster. “They did a great job the last time, but I feel that it was important that they revised their procedures for disasters such as the fires that occurred last year. Possessions and pets are a top priority for homeowners, and I think it’s important that the firefighters and law enforcement take that into consideration” said Vilardi. North Hills Church in Brea and EV Free Church in Fullerton also came together to help the school by gardening around the campus and community. By removing ash and burnt trees and planting trees and flowers, the damage around the campus was quickly covered. “I think it’s great that everyone seemed to appreciate the school more

after the fires. It was nice to see the community come together and plant plants and flowers around the high school,” said Gil Rotblum, history teacher. “I feel that not only the planting brought together the community, but just the common interest that everyone has in Brea. Almost every child ends up going to [this school] and their parents might have attended here as well. So I feel that the community not only came together for the students who attend here, but also because they wanted to preserve it because [they’re parents] might have gone here too,” said Wade Cormier, Chemistry teacher. Another way the November fires have made an impact on the community is how the neighborhoods are being brought together. “Where we live, we’re definitely more spirited now during any holidays. Maybe it’s because we’ve all realized how much our homes mean to us now, and I think that’s great,” said Heiman.

Photo courtesy of MICHAEL ISENBERG (‘07)

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tHe FiRe: Helicopters dropped water to extinguish the fires. With the fires spreading rapidly, firefighters from Fullerton, Orange County, and L.A. County came to help contain and stop the fires.

FAST FACTS 1. Restore our Lawns and Landscape Program (ROLE) came forth from the fires. It was created by the school district. The program collects donations to fund the gardening throughout the city. 2. Local nurseries have been donating plants, trees, and flower for the gardening. 3. North Hills Church and EV Free Church have participated in the gardening so far. 4. The next gardening is scheduled on Nov. 14, which is the year anniversary of the fires. The gardening will start from Brea Canyon High School and cover the uphill slopes. 5. School budget was not used to fund the gardening.

Firefighter Spadt shares first hand experience JEANNIE KIM StAff Writer Winds were high and the weather was humid, making BOHS a target for fire Nov. 14, 2008. Captain Dave Spadt of the Brea Fire Department, and father of Ashley Spadt, junior, was coaching a softball team when he saw the fire heading towards the school. “I began to take everyone down the hill and went back up to get anyone else, I knew that soon they would get trapped,” said Spadt. In order to get students back to school as soon as possible, the fire department also helped clean the campus along with other volunteers. “Our fire department was shocked for it was the first time a fire this big occurred in our city,” said Spadt. After Wildcat Way was blocked, students were not allowed to attend

school, Spadt drove up and saw how the fire had ravaged the campus. Hillsides had been burnt and ashes lay blanketing the fields. “I drove up the hill and felt as if I was at the moon or another planet since it was such a dark and frightening sight.” He also states that one of the changes made on campus were the trees that were restored on Wildcat Way. The new trees planted are less prone to burning . “The community and our fire department did such a great job, and we are so thankful to the fire departments of Fullerton, Orange County, and L.A County for helping us during the fires,” said Spadt. “I love Brea. Knowing that the fire would affect our community was very hard, and was even more difficult since my own daughter attends the school,” said Spadt.


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OPINION November 4, 2009

In the morning, [the] bathrooms are spotless and freshly cleaned. This rapid change in condition leads to one logical conclusion—the lack of respect students have for their campus.

Change necessary to halt America’s slide into regression FAYE MENDOZA Managing editor

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hange is a compelling notion. It is an idea so gripping that President Barack Obama successfully revolved his campaign around it. Positive change driven by the human quest to become better. Yet sometimes the wheel of progress comes to a standstill and starts to roll backwards. One must only look past today’s advancements in order to see this regrettable paradox: American society is regressing. Whereas a recession is a slow decline in economy, a regression is a gradual degeneration of culture. These periods come and go, alternating with times of prosperity. Still, at no other time is a regression more apparent than when a nation is low and hurting. That is why it is ironic that, even with our technological prowess and unrivaled brainpower, American society is defenseless against economic collapse. Everyday, thousands of economists forecast the course of the global market, and millions of students are educated about the history of the Great Depression. Nevertheless, Americans sunk into smug complacency about credit and housing, plunging 300 million people into a downward spiral with no clear end. This downturn can be explained by the Bowen Theory, which states that a regressive pattern begins when

“people act to relieve the anxiety of the moment rather than act on principle and a long-term view.” This is evident in the country’s modern obsession with foreign oil and the misuse of borrowed money. Humans are shortsighted, and this lack of foresight is a primary reason why the United States is reeling. Even present “symptoms” mimic those of a history better not repeated. According to the theory, the 1960’s “growth of crime and violence,

Improvements such as harnessing wind power are slow to transition, just like gas-guzzling vehicles continue to run rampant on streets. less principled decision-making by leaders, and increases in divorce rate and bankruptcy” are all too familiar issues today and each an indicator of a regressing society. For all the ground gained technology-wise, it seems peculiar that similar innovation is not used more often to solve problems. Improvements such as harnessing wind power are slow to transition, just like gas-guzzling vehicles continue to run rampant on streets. (Shouldn’t we have figured out how to mass-produce hydrogenpowered cars by now?) Actress Natalie Portman expressed it best when she said, “I remember in

college, a professor asked our class to consider what our grandchildren would look back on as being backward behavior or thinking in our generation, the way we are shocked by the kind of misogyny, racism, and sexism we know was commonplace in our grandparents’ world. He urged us to use this principle to examine the behaviors in our lives and our societies that we should be a part of changing.” It shouldn’t take an actress – even a Harvard-educated one – to understand that we must be considerate enough to have the future in mind. Unfortunately, our current existence only makes us appear feeble and helpless. How have we been able to put a man on the Moon, but not come close to solving the difficult issue of health care reform? How are we able to allow the atrocities of war and human trafficking to occur amidst our highrises and ethics laws? The way we view John F. Kennedy’s NASA as a highlight of its time must be how our grandchildren perceive our actions. We must perform in ways that our descendants will find admirable and courageous. Our inventions should reflect a pioneering attitude and a resourcefulness they will try to emulate. Instead of an age of de-evolution and waste, our time here should be looked back on as an era of recovery. Today’s generation must be seen as individuals who realized their faults and quickly rebounded to change America for the better, not the worse.

Staff Editorial In “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” Samuel Coleridge writes, “Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink.” Students who survey the school bathrooms on campus may feel like the mariner as well—staring across a vast expanse of something they must confront but cannot touch. We do not face water, however, but disgusting bathrooms. Toilet paper is left to soak in puddles of liquid and hygiene products litter the floor. And some time between third and fourth periods, the school bathrooms become nearly unbearable to walk into. However, in the morning, other than the graffiti- scrawled stall walls, the bathrooms are spotless and freshly cleaned. This rapid change in the bathroom’s condition leads reveals a lack of respect students have for their campus. By sixth period, many students avoid the restroom altogether. However, a lone huge, toilet paper-using, onthe-floor-peeing, foul-smelling student who ravages campus bathrooms does not exist. The true culprit is the entire student body. In comparison to other schools, ours is lucky. We have dedicated custodians who ensure a safe and clean environment. Our bathroom doors lock and our toilets flush. Sometimes the dryers do not work and sometimes the faucet is broken, but they are all eventually fixed. However, our inability to clean up after ourselves is a direct result of the disrespect we have for our campus. Although students do not purposely leave the bathroom a mess as an act of rebellion, our laziness to even perform the very fundamental acts of sanitary health (like throwing tampons in the trash), communicates the lack of concern students have for our school. We have all heard staff members and clubs call for improvement in school spirit. However, the conditions of the school bathrooms signify that many choose to ignore it. Rather than attempting to convince students to go above and beyond and scrub all 14 student bathrooms on campus, we ask them just to simply clean up after themselves.

THINK IN INK by kathy simonetta

Community colleges rise in popularity RANDY LIGGINS Staff writer Although it may appear like students only aim to enter four-year private and state schools, an increasing number of high school graduates are enrolling in community colleges every year. “I [wanted to go] to Stanford but they don’t take transfers from four year institutions, so junior college was the best option. It’s cheaper and I can still be with my family and serve in the Brea community,” said Jaken Lindenmeyer (‘09). “I’ve taken courses at local colleges like Hope and Biola and tutored with professors from all over. FJC has some of the best teachers I’ve ever had,” he added. Community colleges also offer alternative routes for athletes who want to be recruited by a four-year college. “I hope to go to Mt. SAC to play football after I graduate. From there I want to be picked up by [a four-year school],” said Zach Wall, senior, and varsity football

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player. Wall mentioned that Mt. SAC is an attractive place for him to hone his skills while waiting for the opportunity to get recruited by a fouryear university. In 2008, Mt. SAC’s football team’s website noted that 20 of their players ended up transferring to four-year universities. Furthermore, after high school, some students are simply not prepared for the commitment and demands of a four-year university. In some circumstances, students even have families to help support. “I don’t think junior colleges are lesser schools than four-year universities,” said Mike Frisina (‘09). “One of my professors has a Ph.D from Stanford and another one graduated from Boston University and studied abroad in Japan. So the quality of teachers is still the same as a four-year,” added Frisina. Frisina, currently the kicker for the Saddleback Junior College football team also hoped to parlay his junior college experience

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into an athletic scholarship. Another prominent reason for the growing popularity of community colleges is the moderately low tuition. With the recent 9.3 percent increase of University of California tuition, it may prove to be financially smarter to attend a community college. “I was accepted by a four-year [university] but just didn’t have the money to pay for everything,” said Patrick Jackson (‘09). “I don’t regret going to a junior college. Lots of people say it’s like the ‘13th grade,’ but it is allowing me to grow up and live on my own, yet it is still close enough to home to where I can still see my family and friends.” With the cost of tuition for many four-year colleges rising, enrollment in community colleges is sure to increase. With an education as thorough as many four-year colleges, and without the four-year college financial burdens, community colleges are a great alternative.

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Percent of the Class of 2009 attending local community colleges Compiled from 2008-2009 senior surveys

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For the Record News: In the article about the evacuation, the quote was not correctly attributed to Bob Parish, assistant principal. On page 4, Paulina Forgette is a senior, not a junior. On page 3, in the new teachers story, Stacey Jung is a freshman, not a sophomore. Feature: The picture on page 10 was taken by Heena Morar.

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in the Glee article on page 12 was taken by Connie Jung. In the Glee article on page 12, Alyssa Garcia’s first name is not mentioned. Opinion: The Small Talk photos on page 5 were taken by Heena Morar. Sports: The volleyball picture on page 13 was taken by Annie Kim. The quote on page 13 in the water polo story was by Kyle Anderson.


Devin Gimbel, senior, and boys’ varsity water polo finished their season, standing at 0-4 in Century League and 6-14 overall after a 15-7 loss against El Modena High School, Oct. 27.

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Boys’ cross country heads for league finals at 4-1 Team plans to ‘blow Canyon away’

At the Clovis Invitational, Oct. 10, Jake Quattrocchi, senior, ran 16:50, placing 24th overall out of a field of 150 runners. Following Andrew Daedler, junior, Quattrocchi finished second for the varsity team and the Wildcats placed second overall in the Large School Race.

ranking of fourth. Previous number two runner Ryan Hightower, junior, number three runner Matt Ellenson and Jared Salvary, seniors, are recovering from injuries. Of the meet, Howland said, “The race was intense. Hundreds of spectators were lining the course and there was constant yelling on both sides of the path. We were racing against some of the fastest teams and individuals in the country so when we would normally be in the front of the race, there were masses of people right alongside us.” At the Orange County Championships, Elliot Ramirez, sophomore, placed as the tenth fastest sophomore in all of Orange County.

Orange County Championships At the Orange County Championships, Oct. 17, at Irvine Park, the cross country team continued competing amongst some of the best teams in the state and placed 12th overall in the county and third in CIF Division III. Competing in the Sweep Six, Daedler finished with a time of 15:42, placing first for the Jeremy Mattern team and 24th individually overall. League rival Canyon High School, finished just ahead of the Wildcats at tenth place, Andrew Daedler yet Daedler finished before all Canyon runners as Tom Howland, senior, followed behind Canyon’s number two runner. “We will definitely beat them,” Daedler said, in regards to the upcoming league finals where the Wildcats will get another shot at Canyon. Howland, confident with the team’s recent improvement, said, “We showed that we can hang right with Canyon and that if we get healthy, we can blow Canyon away.” Boys’ cross country is currently ranked ninth in the state for Division III, dropping five spots from its preseason

Mt. SAC Invitational Competing in the Mt. SAC Invitational, Oct. 23, the Wildcats once again improved their times and led the school to a third place finish, behind Granite Hills High School and Golden Valley High School. Ramirez led the team with a time of 16:17 which placed 13th overall at the event. The Wildcats finished as the top performing team from the Century League at the invite. “There are definitely areas for improvement, especially with our ability to be able to take a tough situation and get as much as we can from it regardless of weather, mental condition, or even physical condition,” Ramirez said on the team’s performance at Mt. SAC. Howland placed second for the team with a time of 16:23, finishing 17th overall. The varsity team finished third in CIF Division III, and managed to beat a few state ranked teams, not only in the CIF Southern Section, but also the defending Alabama state champions. At the Mt. SAC Invite, Howland commented on the atmosphere of racing in the prestigious race, “The field was still a good one so the race was intense again. We had three guys together for most of the race and had the fastest third guy, so it was nice hearing other coaches screaming at their athletes to catch us because we were such a threat.” Boys’ cross country continued its recent success in a tri-meet against both El Dorado High School and El Modena High School, Oct. 28. Against El Dorado High School,

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the Wildcats won, 20-43, and the team also defeated El Modena High School, 17-46, pushing their record to 4-1 in league. Mark Svet, junior, finished with a time of 17:37, placing eighth overall and stated, “This race was probably the best meet we’ve had this year from a team standpoint. We all took it out together in a pack and stuck together for most of the race.” Ramirez also put in a great race, finishing second overall

and first for the Wildcats with a time of 16:48. Boys’ cross country has Nov. 4 circled for League Finals. “Canyon is leading in league at 5-0, but if we can beat them at league finals, we can tie for league champs,” said Svet. “With the way our training and racing is coming along there is a chance for that to happen.” “We have a few weeks to get healthy to we beat Canyon,” said Howland.

COMING UP... @ CIF Finals When: Nov. 14 Time: TBA Where: Mt. SAC Season update: With a record of 4-1 in Century League and ranked third in CIF Division III, boys’ cross country heads into league finals today. Canyon High School leads league with a 5-0 record.

Girls’ cross country focuses on CIF

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ON THE RUN: Kelly Dimeo, senior, competes at the Orange County Championships, Oct. 17. Dimeo, currently undefeated in Century League races, beat the record set by Vanessa Hancock (‘08) with a time of 19:40.

NEHA ANSARI STAFF WRITER With a new coach, captain, and team members, girls’ cross country currently ranks fourth in Century League, 2-3, and sets its eyes on CIF. The Wildcat participated in three invites: the Clovis Invite, Oct. 10, the Orange County Championship, Oct. 17, and the Mt. SAC Invite, Oct. 23. To Laurel Mathews, senior, Mt. SAC was the most difficult out of the three courses. “Mt. SAC had the toughest hills and

it was also really hot that day, so [the team] had a hard time,” said Mathews. At Carbon Canyon Park, Oct. 28, the Wildcats emerged victorious against El Dorado High School, 25-34. However, they were defeated by El Modena High School, 26-30. Despite the difficulty of the race, the team’s captain, Kelly Dimeo, senior, was able to beat the record set by Vanessa Hancock (‘08) with a third fastest time of 19:40 on the Carbon Canyon course. She is also currently undefeated in all league races. “We’ve been comparing our times

from last year and hopefully, by doing this, we can qualify for CIF,” said Sabrina Gastelum, senior.

COMING UP... @ CIF Finals When: Nov. 14 Time: TBA Where: Mt. SAC Season update: Currently ranked fourth in Century League at 2-3, girls’ cross country marks its calender for CIF Finals at Mt. SAC.

FALL SPORTS WRAP Boys’ Water Polo

Girls’ Golf

Varsity Football

Girls’ Volleyball

Averaging seven goals and seven steals per game, boys’ varsity water polo stands at 6-14 overall and 0-4 in Century League. Boys’ water polo suffered its third league loss in its last home game, 10-7, against Canyon High School, Oct. 20. “We almost had them during the third quarter,” said Joe Heiman, senior. Against El Modena High School, the Wildcats faced a 15-7 defeat, Oct. 27. Kyle Anderson, senior, led the team with three goals. “I think we’re going to do pretty good. People don’t think we’re going to do good but we’re going to prove them wrong,” stated Cale Engelage, junior.

Girls’ varsity golf ranked second place in Century League with a record of 6-2 and an overall record of 9-5. Wildcat golfers defeated El Dorado High School, 234-243, Oct. 13. Their victory qualified the girls for CIF. Ranked first in league, Canyon High School defeated the Wildcats at Western Hills Golf Course, 198-235, Oct.. 15. Oct. 19, at Diamond Bar golf course, the girls lost to Wilson High School by seven strokes. Against Troy High School, Oct. 21, the team fell once more in a non-league game by 13 strokes. CIF competitions begin tomorrow.

Standing at 1-6 overall and 0-2 in Century League, varsity football hopes to turn their season around in the remaining three games. After falling to the Valencia High School, 41-13, in a non-league game, Oct. 9, the Wildcats headed into league with a 2-4 preseason record. In the league opener against the Villa Park High School, Oct. 16, the offense was shut off, resulting in a 35-0 loss. Facing El Dorado High School, the Wildcats continued to struggle and fell short in a 28-0 defeat. The Wildcats take on El Modena High School on Friday.

As CIF approaches, girls’ varsity volleyball enters its remaining games with a 2-2 Century League record and 7-6 overall record. Against El Modena High School, the Wildcats brought home a 3-0 league victory, Oct. 15, and had another win against Tustin, Oct. 20, with a 3-2 victory. “It was a game that kept us on our toes the whole time, but we were able to pull through with a victory,” said Marissa Chapman, sophomore. Wildcat players defeated Villa Park High School with a 3-1 win, Oct. 22. Girls’ varsity volleyball has its lasts league game against Tustin tomorrow.

Randy Liggins

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Sharen Caperton, girls’ athletic director, is known for being a “diehard” Angels fan. She has been an Angels season ticket holder for 31 consecutive years.

Caperton witnesses change in girls’ athletics

In 35 years at BOHS, Caperton has had court-side seat to evolution of girls’ sports competitions

Photo courtesy of SHAREN CAPERTON

JEANNIE KIM / Wildcat

STUDENT

BECOMES TEACHER: (Left) BOHS alumnus, Sharen Caperton, smiles for her senior portrait. (Right) Caperton instructs Akshay Verma, freshman, on how to perform a squat in PE class.

TERRY KYUNG STAFF WRITER Over the last few decades, Sharen Caperton, girls’ athletic director, has seen the differences in the girls’ athletic program as a former student and current teacher. When Caperton began teaching at BOHS in 1974, there were very few differences between her high

school years and her years of teaching. However, when comparing her beginning years with today, Caperton said, “the faculty was smaller and closer. I got to know them personally and it was easier to communicate and have fun with them.” Along with a larger staff, the number of students also increased. “When I went to BOHS, we had less than 300 students in our class year

and we had traditions we believed in and followed,” Caperton said. Today, BOHS hosts over 2000 students. In her first year as a teacher, Caperton coached volleyball, basketball, badminton, track and field, softball, and field hockey, which soccer later replaced. During the years prior to 1977, girls had sports teams, but they did not

as a coach. [She] is an asset to girls’ athletics,” said Rigsby. While the program may have changed throughout the years, Caperton’s dedication did not. “I knew I wanted to be teacher, I love sports and I love what I am doing,” Caperton said. “I have never wanted to do anything else but teaching and

Caperton by the Numbers

35years

teaching at BOHS

34years

coaching girls’ athletics

33years

as girls’ athletic director

31years

holding Angel season tickets

11years

of softball league championships

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in the Brea school system

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Girls’ soccer returns with ‘strong group of players’ SHERMAN UYENO STAFF WRITER Girls’ soccer will begin this season with a core of returning players. Although last season’s team record was 2-4-2, the girls were able to defeat El Dorado High School, ranked third, in Century Lea 5-3. Hoping for a better season, Nicole Lundy, senior, said, “We lost three seniors from last year’s starting team but our returners will be able to step it up and play the positions better.” She added, “[We] have worked more on physical conditioning this year.” Returning players include Chelsea Braudo, senior, Chloe Kincer and Allison Mortiz, juniors, all of whom were recognized by Century League for their performance last season. Mortiz was vote to the leagues first team. According to Emily Schade, senior, Canyon High School seems to be the team’s biggest competitor. However, the girls seem to be thinking positively about the season ahead. “I think that our varsity team has the ability to beat all of the other teams in league as long as we stay committed to playing hard and as a team every game,” said Schade.

compete in competitions, such as CIF. The girls had “play days” instead, in which they had games against other high schools. When girls were finally allowed to compete in leagues, they participated in most sports. Caperton encourages girls to play several sports as to become “wellrounded.” As coach, Caperton was able to bring the most out of each athlete and make an impact on their life. Vanessa Rigsby, a former student of Caperton and current girls’ JV softball coach, said, “Caperton was able to see the potential in all her athletes and would help [them] reach it. As a coach, she was able to provide her knowledge and experience of the game and share that with her players. Having Caperton as a coach helped me realize how much I loved the game and I was fortunate enough to be asked to come and coach after I graduated.” In 2007, Caperton retired as head girls’ varsity softball coach and is currently working as the physical education teacher and girls’ athletic director. Although Caperton stopped coaching athletes, she continues to influence current coaches. “[When] I came back to coach Caperton was somewhat a mentor for me as she has had a successful career

JEANNIE KIM / Wildcat

KICKING

FOR THE WIN: Elias Hernandez, senior, dribbles the ball down field as Austin Mierau, sophomore, attempts to steal during practice, Oct. 30.

Boys’ soccer shoots for fourth straight CIF title MATT SCHADE STAFF WRITER After clinching the league championship for the third year in a row in 2008, and advancing to the second round in CIF, boys’ soccer hopes to repeat the feat once again this season. “My expectations are always high. I believe that this team can compete for a league title,” Steve Teal, head coach stated. Last season the Wildcats finished

with a 14-7-2 record and captured their 20th league title in 25 years. The team was also ranked number eight in Division II and number 12 in Orange County. This year however, Teal believes that winning a fourth league title will be more challenging than before. “We have to work harder than in the past because we lack experience and skill. I believe we have the players in place who are willing to sacrifice and learn. Over the next month that desire will be put to the test as we all will

need to ask more of ourselves and each other.” Matt Spies, senior, realizes this potential in players. “We are a lot younger and inexperienced, but we are more dedicated on and off the field than in the past years,” said Spies. As captain, Spies stated that he feels his role on the team is not only to lead the team during games, but to make the team improve throughout the year and help prepare younger players in the program for the future. Michael Palmer, junior, also commented on this year’s youth. He said, “Last year we had mostly seniors starting and this year we will have a lot younger team especially in the back line.” As of now, the Wildcats return with no starters from last year’s championship defense and field a defense comprised of three sophomores and a freshman goalie. Teal knows that the defense will be a major asset as to whether this season is successful. “Like most teams, the defense is the key to success. This year’s defense is super young and lacks experience, so we need to keep it simple and really work on making good decisions,” said Teal. “Palmer will be a key player at the defensive mid. If he can read the game well and stay disciplined in the middle we can be very successful. His play can prevent many opportunities on goal,” Teal added. Both Spies and Palmer agree that the main competetor this season in Century League will be El Modena High School. “[They will be] a threat because they are returning most of their starters

from last year,” Spies said. Palmer also added that playing El Modena will be a rivalry game this season. He said, “We have unfinished business with them,” because El Modena tied with the Wildcats last season as co-league champions. Teal knows the odds are against the team to win CIF for the fourth consecutive year. “Most coaches who know the high school game pick us to finish fifth this year. We will have to work hard to overcome every other team’s experience. The last time we were picked to finish this low we came in second in league.” The players on this team know they are not the favorites, but as Teal stated, “We are a team that is unknown. We can be great or we can lose.” Players such as Spies and Palmer know what this team is capable of and both have set their goals on capturing the fourth consecutive league title. Along with working on attaining this title, boys’ soccer will also be participating in the Wildcat Cup, the annual tournament in which other schools from California will participate. Dec. 7 to Dec. 11, and Alumni Game, Jan. 5.

COMING UP... vs. Aliso Niguel High School When: November 30 Time: 5:00 p.m. Where: Aliso Niguel High School Season preview: Boys’ soccer will begin their season with the Green/Gold game, in which varsity will play against JV, Nov. 21. Boys’ JV soccer will also play against Aliso Niguel, Nov. 30, as their first preseason game.


Kelsey Harris, senior, and the defending national champion Ladycats will host the Ladycat Classic, Dec. 1 to Dec. 6. The annual tournament features some of the best girls’ basketball teams in the country.

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RANDY LIGGINS STAFF WRITER

on experience, size

Ladycats to defend state title Boys’ basketball to rely

Being the CIF, state, and national champions of 2008-2009, the Ladycats’ expectations are understandably high. “I hope we can make it to State again this year. We lost Jonae Ervin [‘09] but our younger players gained a lot of experience from last year,” said Alexis Perry, junior. Last season, the Ladycats routed Carondelet High School at Arco Arena in Sacramento in the state championship game, 68-45. Kelsey Harris, senior, led the Ladycats with 25 points. The team finished the year with a 33-2 record. Captains of the current season consist of Harris and Breana Buczek, seniors, and Alexis Perry and Justine Hartman, juniors. Hartman led the team last year with an average of 14.8 points per game, and was second in rebounds with a 6.8 average. The Ladycats expect their toughest game this season to be against Mater Dei High School, Jan. 18. Leading Mater Dei is 6-foot Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, sophomore, who averaged 22.5 points and 12 rebounds per game last season. Espn.com recently named her “one of the best shooters in the country.” During the last match-up between the two teams, the Ladycats handed the Monarchs--then ranked number one in the nation--their only defeat of the

RANDY LIGGINS STAFF WRITER

JEANNIE KIM / Wildcat

PRACTICE

MAKES PERFECT:

The defending state champion Ladycats practice after school, Oct. 30. The annual Green vs. Gold game is Nov. 21.

season, 44-38. Along with preparing for Century League play, the Ladycats will host the annual Ladycat Classic Tournament, from Dec. 1 to Dec. 6. Although the Ladycats fell to Cajon High School in last year’s tourney, they are motivated more than ever to be crowned tournament champs. Players to watch this season include

the 6’2 Hartman (State Freshmen of the Year in 2007-2008), guard Perry (2.6 assists per game last season), 5’11 sophomore forward Keitra Wallace (four points, three rebounds per game last season as a freshman), and 5’9 sophomore forward Jeanier Olukemi (4.1 points per game last season). The Ladycats begin defense of their state title Nov. 30.

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Wrestlers eye top 3 finish in CIF CHRISTOPHER SUH STAFF WRITER When the winter season arrives and the nights get colder and longer, the few lights that illuminate the school after-hours reveal the wrestling team focused on their training. Beginning Nov. 16, wrestling will commence its season. Until then, the team has been meeting every Friday after sixth period for pre-season training and conditioning. This is Feargus McTeggart’s sixth year as wrestling head coach. With ten returning varsity wrestlers, McTeggart has Tom Shore high expectations. “We may not have that many seniors returning this year,” said Tom Shore, senior, “but some of our freshmen [beat] juniors and seniors in league matches last year, so winning league [is] a Jacob Castillo reality.” “This year, we have a really good balance on the team aspect of wrestling,” added McTeggart. “I expect the returning seniors such as Thomas Shore, Jake Amsbury, and Wyatt Sawtell to stand on that podium for league, CIF and Masters.” From July 20–24, 50 Wildcat wrestlers took part in the “Camp of Champions,” a wrestling camp hosted by the world’s current number two ranked wrestler, Jake Herbert. Last year, Henry Cejudo, Olympic gold medalist, hosted the camp after winning the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the 55kg weight class.

“These are Olympic and world class champions that came to our school to teach us how to win,” said McTeggart. According to the Orange County Wrestling Coaches Association, the Century League is the toughest league in Orange County, due to El Dorado and El Modena High Schools being ranked number one and two, respectively, in CIF. The league also produces the most CIF, Masters, and State placers than any other league in Southern California. “Both El Dorado and El Modena this year have lost the majority of their [senior] varsity wrestlers,” said McTeggart. “So if we beat those two, not only can we be league champions this year, we could also be in the top three in CIF.” However, despite team expectations, there are personal goals as well. To Jacob Castillo, sophomore, his main goal is “[to survive] the season.” “The attrition the sport does on you defines your commitment,” said McTeggart. “If you’re lazy during practice, it could cost you an injury during a real match. This sport defines the true champions and the fakers.” “Our team is young, but when you add all the factors up, I believe our team is a model for success this year,” McTeggart added.

COMING UP... vs. Magnolia High School When: December 11, 12 Time: 4:00 p.m. Where: TBA Season preview: Wrestling season officially begins Nov. 14. The freshmen team hits the mats first with a duel at Sonora High School Dec. 5. Varsity begins their competition season at Magnolia High School Dec. 11 and 12.

Making it to second round of the playoffs last year, boys’ varsity basketball has its standards set even higher this year. Last season, the Wildcats suffered a loss to Golden Valley High School in the second round of playoffs, 8 2 - 5 9 , despite thensophomore Kyle Caudill’s 20 points and 11 rebounds. The boys Kyle Caudill finished the season at 14-15 overall. Pre-season this year includes games against Corona Del Mar and La Canada High Schools. Tournaments include North Orange County, Buena Park and Torrey Pines. This year, the Wildcats are younger than last year’s team with ten out of the 15 players underclassmen. But this inexperience will be off-set by the return of the 6’11 Caudill, who is already on many Division I team’s radars following a season in which he averaged 16.3 points and 12 rebounds. The Wildcats plan to push the ball

up the court more as opposed to setting up in a half court offense, which they relied on last season and resulted in a 56.7 points per game average. Canyon High School, defending Century League champion, is expected to be the Wildcats number one competition this upcoming season. The Wildcats fell twice to the Comanches. “We are looking to bring a league title home in the upcoming season. If the CIF divisions stay fair we will be able to make a strong run at CIF,” said Bob Terry, head coach. Returners looking to contribute immediately include last year’s third and fourth leading scorers Clayton Ragsdale, junior, and Daniel Villavecer, senior. The team opens play Nov. 20 with the annual Green vs. Gold game.

COMING UP... Green vs. Gold Intrasquad Game When: November 20 Time: 6:00 p.m. Where: Brea Olinda High School Season preview: Boys’ basketball starts the season with their Green vs. Gold game. The Wildcats are also participating in the NOC tournament later in the season which will take place from Dec. 14 to Dec. 19.


HOMECOMING QUEEN CROWNED FRIDAY

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The

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Five Seniors Vie For Queen Honors Five seniors were voted to Homecoming court, but only one is to be crowned Homecoming queen during Friday’s half-time show.

Ajia Goodson Ajia Goodson has lived overseas in Macao, China, and Penang, Malaysia, and moved to Brea her junior year. She is president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and co-president of the Girl’s Bible Study club. Goodson said, “It is a really cool honor to be voted as senior homecoming princess.”

Andrea Frisina Andrea Frisina is the captain of the varsity volleyball team and was voted the most “allaround.” Frisina said, “I am very honored to be a [homecoming] princess and no matter who wins, we are all deserving of it.”

Ashley Schweitzer Ashley Schweitzer is involved in many clubs and is president and founder of the Brea Museum Historical Society club. Schweitzer said, “I’m really excited to represent Brea Olinda and show people that we have great well-rounded students,”

Kaylee Dysart Kaylee Dysart is a four year member of choir and Masquerade and was previously freshman homecoming princess in 2006. Dysart said, “I believe all the girls on court are wonderful girls who all deserved and worked hard to become a role model for the student body,” and added, “it’s not every day you get to feel like you are truly are a princess.”

Melissa Bent Melissa Bent’s “life in Brea revolves around school and all the activities and responsibilities that come with it.” She has been on the tennis team for four years and currently serves as ASB president. Bent said, “I have a ton of school spirit. I live for it.” Compiled by Lois Ahn

Angels Stadium Slated for Homecoming, ‘09 style

As the first formal dance of the school year approaches, students across campus are looking forward to the annual Homecoming dance which will take place Nov. 7. Although Girls’ League has been planning an annual Homecoming since 1927, this year’s dance is to be “extra special,” School, Brea, Calif. said Arleen Chadha, Girls’ League member. On the dance’s location, Cindy Gebala, junior and Girls’ League secretary, said, “Angels NOVEMBER 4,2009 Stadium was picked as this year’s location because the Angels are a successful local sports team that has always been popular. So that should make people want to come.” Although some students may want to “jerk” on the pitcher’s mound, the actual dance will take place at the Diamond Club, which, according to Gebala, “is right behind the home plate so students will have the chance to be in the stadium and see the field up close.” Gebala also said that the club has “a cool atmosphere [with] an excellent dance floor.” The dance’s theme also ties in with the location. “‘The Big Swing’ is an interesting theme that also relates to baseball so it was the perfect choice,” added Chadha. Since the dance follows Homecoming spirit week and the traditional football game, Chadha hopes that students will be following dress-up days and attending the football game, while also being excited for the dance. “People should come just because it will be an entertaining and engaging way to celebrate the end the first quarter while hanging out with friends and dancing to some great music,” Chadha said. Preparing since summer, Girls’ League RACHEL KIM / Wildcat members hope for the dance to be success. “Not only have we been planning for a long time, but Homecoming candidates- (front row left) Ashley Schweitzer, Ajia Goodson, we’ve also put a lot of work into this dance, so and Andrea Frisina; (back row left) Melissa Bent and Kaylee Dysart, senior we just want people to come and appreciate our princesses pose in their Halloween costumes. efforts,” said Gebala. She added, “[We want] homecoming to be a home run.”

‘BIG SWING’ THEME FOR HOMECOMING RALLY THURSDAY

Set for tomorrow, the yearly Homecoming rally has been in preparation for weeks. Homecoming, Saturday at Angels Stadium, is themed the “Big Swing,” in reference to both baseball and the Swing Era of the late 1930’s. Chelsea Essington, senior and pep commissioner for ASB said, “Wear your class colors because the class competition is still going on and we’ve tied the theme of ‘Big Swing’ into the rally. It’s going to be really fun.” Varsity football is singing the national anthem, teachers will be performing a skit, and the nine homecoming princesses and their escorts will be walking the red carpet as they are introduced to the school.

Underclass princesses ready for dance Four underclassmen princesses were announced along with the senior princesses Oct. 2. Heather Lystad, freshman, Justine Garate, sophomore, and Shelby Makris and Savannah Maske, juniors, underwent a nomination and application process, eventually winning each of their respective class elections. The four girls are prepping for the Homecoming rally and half-time show where they will have their bios read.

Neha Ansari

Future Events No

School - Friday

Homecoming Football GameHome, Friday, 7 p.m. Homecoming Dance - Angel Stadium, Saturday, 8 p.m. No School - Veterans Day, 11/11 No School - Thanksgiving, 11/2611/27 Yellow Ribbon Week - Suicide Prevention, 11/30-12/4 Canned Food Drive - 12/1-12/17 Mr. Brea - Performing Arts Center, 12/9

Football: 51 years ago

2009 Football Captains

Wildcat (‘58)

RACHEL KIM / Wildcat

Chris Graciarena

Joe Martinez

Randy Liggins

Luke Williams

Players to watch for: Justin Owens, sophomore, Zach Wall, Luke Williams, Derrick Koteita, seniors Predicted League Champion: Tustin Team Strength: “We fight hard and never quit,” said Randy Liggins, senior Team Goal: To make CIF playoffs Needs to Improve: “We need to be more aggressive,” said Liggins. Current Record: 2-6 Next Game: El Modena, Friday at home at 7 p.m.

1958 Football - (From top left) Jim Braly earned a spot on the All-CIF team. (Bottom left) Jim Braly, Dick Skinner, Ken Waggener, and Russ Trader were named to the Orange All-League team. (Top right) Skinner and Waggener were the 1958 co-captains and led their team to a league title.


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