Varsity Swim Flip Turns into Season

KENNY LAM

Staff Writer

Swimmers, take your marks. Boop! The sound of a horn indicates that swim season has arrived, swimmers gather their suits and goggles. Like all other sports, a few of the best swimmers have left since last year including several CIF qualifiers. Now the team has to prove to themselves as well as everyone else that they have what it takes to be successful.

“I feel pretty confident about the swim team this year as I have seen much growth in everyone,” Captain Leslie Gutierrez said, “However, I am sad that we lost many of our best swimmers last year. As a team, we can improve together by motivating each other and cheering for each other during our races. For practice, we work on a variety of techniques to improve our strokes so that we are able to swim faster and better.”

Gutierrez believes that no matter what happens, they will in fact be successful. The Moors will go on to perfect their dives as well as their skill set focusing on both technique and speed. Since swim is an individual sport, it is an important factor to trust oneself and in others during relays. With the season here, the Moors must build up their faith and reliance on one another. The team is preparing for their next away meet against the Montebello High School Oilers on March 9.

Varsity Boys Tennis Prepares for Spring

LISA PHUNG

Staff Writer

Spring is quickly approaching and that means the varsity boys tennis team is getting ready to take on the season. Currently, the dedicated athletes of this team are maximizing their efforts every day at practice in order to prepare for another season. So far the team currently holds a 2-1-1 record.

At practice, the boys begin with running a few laps around the court in an attempt to build their stamina. They then have short rallies while waiting for everyone to finish their laps. Soon after, the team gathers together to warm up. They then seperate to do drills. Toward the end of practice, they play scrimmages against each other while the coach observes their individual skills, weaknesses and strengths. From this, they are able to match the players for doubles or singles.

“Our goal is to at least make the CIF playoffs,” senior Captain Jason Ho said, “To get to this goal, we must work on our doubles teams.”

Although their major goal for this season is to win the Almont League Championships, team bonding is something that they would like to have as well. The team feels that this is hard for them because tennis is more of an individual sport. Even though they are scored as a team in the end, they play individually or with one other teammate.

With their season coming up, revisiting their skills during their drills and addressing their weaknesses are important factors to consider in order to achieve noticeable improvements and reach their goal of winning a league title. The team also plans on successfully attaining their goal of improving more on their chemistry with each other.

The boys are preparing for their next game at home on March 7 against Rosemead High School.

Varsity Track and Field Pacing Through Their Pre-season

ANTHONY NASSER

Staff Writer

As the temperature picks up and the rain dims down, various spring sports teams begin to prepare for their upcoming seasons. One sport in particular, the Alhambra varsity track and field team, has been working tirelessly since their pre-season practices began in the middle of December. With their first meet coming up, the players on both the field and the track set their personal goals for the season.

“My goals beginning this season [are] breaking my personal record in at least one of my events, such as the [one mile],” senior Distance Captain Donovan Zavala said. “We are looking pretty well as a team so I believe we’re going to [be successful] on Saturday.”

With a new season comes new players to the team. This year’s newcomers seem to be adapting and working well alongside the returners. The coaches and captains often see newcomers as an opportunity to get the most out of the team as a whole. Teamwork is often the most important thing in a sport. Without a team, a player does not have the necessary influence to reach their individual potential.

“There are a good amount of new throwers,” junior Throwing Captain Allen Sasso said, “I am looking forward to seeing how their first year of throwing goes for them individually. Hopefully they are in it for the long run and come back next year.”

Looking ahead seems to be a common thread among the various events of track and field. Some of the groups have been preparing for the season by attending all-comer meets. These meets pushed them to strengthen their skills and allowed newcomers to have a taste for the competition. As with most sports, the team’s long-term goal is make it to CIF at the end of the season. Competing allows the team to have an early advantage over other teams.

“Pre-season has been great so far,” Zavala said, “[We have] been practicing since winter break, so I feel ready [for the season]. I’m striving to make it to CIF alongside the runners we have this year. I have a good feeling we’re going to do great this season.”

The players are expecting the best for themselves, individually and as a team. The primary goal of most of the players is to surpass their personal records and create new ones.

“The players this year are working very well alongside the returners,” Sasso said, “We expect success in our first meet and for the rest of the season. More practice and hard work leads to more wins.”

Hopefully, the team is fortunate enough to carry out their plans and accomplish their various goals. With new talent combined with the returning players, the season is sure to be full of promise.

The Situational Comedy

Features Issue 18

Jesse Rosales
Staff Writer

Television is the major form of entertainment in the world today. The Museum of Broadcast Communications reported that by 1986 there were about 150,000,000 watchers in the United States, greater than the amount of cars, bathtubs, washing machines, or refrigerators. On average, people watch seven hours a day and over 50 hours a week.
American life has been shaped and transformed by television. While sitcoms originated in radio, they are found predominantly on television today. An estimate of 27,000 sitcom scripts have been written in just the last 50 years! It is clear that audiences love sitcoms for its reality of humor and wit. Television sitcoms have tackled themes of religion, ethnicity and social status. Let’s explore the format of a television series involving independent episodes of the adventures of characters.
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Sitcoms: Sitting in Comfort with Family
Michelle Lin
Staff Writer

The fast pace lifestyle today is making it increasingly difficult for families to spend time with each other. They are either busy at work or school and overlooking the importance and value in the term “family.” Nowadays it seems, that the only time they spend time together is when watching TV. Sitcoms allow families to share a moment of laughter and relaxation with each other at the end of a busy work day.

According to Daily Mail, both parents and children spend the majority of their time outside of home, leaving less time for bonding with their family. A survey by Freesat shows that more than half of the people surveyed believe that watching TV is the best way to bond with family. In addition, modern people are becoming more independent than before with loose family ties. However, sitcoms provide an opportunity for them to communicate and discuss their opinions on current issues and their day outside of home. Sitcoms such as the Modern Family, Friends and Seinfeld also teach viewers significant values in relationships. From watching these shows, family members are not only enjoying but also learning ways to talk to each other and thus build a strong relationship.

With fast lifestyles come stress and anxieties, at a time like this, sitcoms help ensure that a family has some time for chatting and fun. At the end of the day, spending time with family can help you relieve the stress from work and school.
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Laughs from the Past
Katherine Gong
Staff Writer

Sitcoms began in the 1950s, and the man who was said to have invented the sitcom was director William Asher, who lead I Love Lucy. In the 1980s, sitcoms were generally about family misadventures with lessons that are conveyed through catchphrases and laugh tracks. During this time, television revolved around the concept of a nuclear family, or two parents with two children. The portrayal of nuclear families reflected the reality of middle class families in real life, with economic booms and rising wages. Sitcoms gradually became inclusive, with females in the Golden Girls and The Cosby Show featuring successful black families.

The 1990s introduced the era of Friends, Seinfeld and The Simpsons with unique individuals trying to figure out their lives in the big city or dysfunctional working class families. Sitcoms then expanded to center on singles trying to find relationships and comedic families. The 2000s welcomed the bolder personalities in the workplace of How I Met Your Mother and Two and a Half Men. The legacies of sitcoms combine the past formats with changing times; by doing so, sitcoms ensure that laughs will never end.
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Changing Times, Changing Minds
Mia Takasaki
Lynn Zhang
Staff Writers

Through modern sitcoms, people are more exposed to cultures and ideas that they might not have been otherwise. In fact, one of the great accomplishments of modern sitcoms is how they integrate changing times through satirical and comedic strategies.

For example, the television sitcom Modern Family is known for its diversity and reflects changes and ideas pertinent to the 21st century. The sitcom centers around a gay couple raising their child. a plethora of issues people do not often consider are brought to light.Modern Family successfully pulls attention away from the gay couple raising a child and focuses on their relationship as parents raising a child and does it in a way that shows the viewers that gay parents face the same struggles as everyday straight parents.

Another sitcom that reflects changing times is Fresh Off the Boat, a sitcom about a Chinese-American family trying to deal with the cultural differences in a community that does not have a large Asian population while pursuing the “American dream.” The sitcom challenges the notion of whether Americans truly prefer integration and celebration as opposed to cultural assimilation and shows the constant anxieties that Asian-Americans have to deal with today.

Times have changed, as well as the issues are at the center of concern. Sitcoms such as Modern Family and Fresh Off the Boat reveals and centers around those changes and the success of these television shows prove that people’s views and mindset on certain subjects have changed and become more open.
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TOP 5

Friends: 94 votes
How I Met Your Mother: 59 votes
The Big Bang Theory: 39 votes
Fresh Prince of Bel Air: 35 votes
Modern Family: 28 votes

Total: 255 votes
Poll conducted by MIA TAKASAKI and LYNN ZHANG

Wrestling Their Way To CIF

BRIANA THAI

Staff Writer

On Feb. 17, the varsity boys wrestling team boarded the bus to Grand Terrace High School. All 12 of the team members had qualified to compete at the preliminary rounds of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) championships.

After placing second in the Almont League, the boys continued to practice every day after school for two hours, perfecting all the moves they know, from lateral drops to jap whizzards. For the last 30 minutes they practice their moves by wrestling with each other.

“CIF was a really tough tournament for the majority of the team, but overall, a great experience,” senior Captain Brandon Ly said. “Hopefully, we can improve our results next year by practicing harder and [recruiting] more students into the team for a full line-up.”

The CIF finals were held through an elimination process, and only the top six would move on to CIF Masters. Unfortunately, the majority of the team was eliminated throughout their preliminary CIF matches, with only senior captain Robert “Bobby” Ramirez placing fifth in finals. He is advancing onto CIF Masters and if he places in the top eight, he will continue onto the State Championships.

“CIF was a learning experience for [the team] and I hope they will perform and place next year,” said Ramirez.

Despite most of the team not being able to advance to higher rounds of CIF, the wrestlers have high expectations for next year, as they hope to become a larger and stronger team.

Everyday Heroes

Features Issue 17

Jesse Rosales
Staff Writer

Heroes do not only save cities from alien invasions, they are the people who take part in everyday good deeds. Whether it is volunteering to clean a local river, running food drives or acting as our role models, actions by everyday people change the world for the better.  It is easy to underestimate the power of one person’s influence. Everybody has people in his or her life who make positive impacts. A friend or parent, a sibling or teacher, whoever they are, students across campus tell their story of an everyday hero! Students have their own ideas of an everyday hero.

“A hero is a someone who is courageous and brave. He or she can stand up for what they believe and won’t let people down, like Martin Luther King, Jr. He continued to fight for equality even [after being] arrested several times.”
– Sophomore Scott Klein

“Dorothy Vaughan is a heroine because she made a positive impact on… society. NASA was able to send people to the moon mainly because of her contributions. Especially since before, there were no computers yet and because she was an African American woman who worked in the science field during the time of the Civil Rights Movement.” – Senior Samantha Jones

“I think that heroes… value the needs of those that surround them. So, they should have the capacity to think not only for themselves but for those around them too, whether [the people] are dear to them or not.” – Sophomore Andrea Primicias

“There’s a man at Costco named Jesus and when he helped this old lady, he didn’t ask for anything in return. She tried to give him money but he wouldn’t take it.”
– Sophomore Winston Yan

“In my opinion, anyone has the makings of a daily hero. Sometimes a hero doesn’t even have to be a person… that daily supplies us with assistance or happiness in times of demand. From a parent that drives you to school to the janitor that stays late to clean each room. Right now, my everyday hero is my mom for her daily sacrifices and for her being able to put up with [my siblings and I] every day.”
– Junior Abigail Goy

What makes a hero is someone who has to make tough decisions and… sacrifices. It’s brutal and that’s what makes someone a hero. [For instance,] my mom is my hero because she had to make sacrifices and helped raise me and helped me become who I [am] today.” -Sophomore Shirley Magee

“Everyday heroes are everywhere, from that guy holding the door for you or some stranger helping you pick something up from the floor. And it’s not always physical help either. A word of encouragement or some comfort from anyone goes a long way. In general, we are all everyday heroes, making each other’s lives more tolerable in our own little ways.”- Junior Jerry Kwan

“When I say that a hero is always there for you when you need help, I think that a hero is there to help you and support you if you’re struggling with something and they’re there to lift you up and get you over all the bad things in your path. I think that a hero won’t leave your side until they know for sure that you’ll be fine and you’re taken care of.”- Freshman Danielle Luna

Quotes gathered by KATERINE GONG, MICHELLE LIN, MIA TAKASAKI and LYNN ZHANG

Upcoming Educational Events

Jason Zhu
Editor-in-Chief

As Benjamin Franklin once stated, an investment in knowledge pays the best interest. With this goal in mind, various groups around our campus have come up with their own solution and have organized events to ensure educational success, academic achievements and that students and parents are making the best investments for the future. Take a look at what each has to offer!
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Jessica Yee
Copy Editor

The Eighth Grade Orientation is the annual event in which students from each elementary school visit the campus and gage the clubs of Alhambra High. With the event fast approaching, Alhambra ASB is preparing for an efficient and thorough process. Eighth graders will visit on Feb. 10 with high prospects of Alhambra High School’s campus and culture. On the gym floors, All Male, All Female and Cheer will showcase Alhambra’s successful dance teams. Band, Color Guard and Choir will also perform in front of the Class of 2021.

From there, students will be guided in a tour around the campus by ASB members. Students can even look around inside classes to get a feeling of the classrooms. The process of the Eighth Grade Orientation could also aid in an incoming freshman’s decisions with regard to their 2017-2018 class schedule. The event gives eighth graders exposure to the high school environment and the different activities they can join. Furthermore the visitors will learn the Moor Clap, which expresses and incites school spirit. With the help of pamphlets and presentations, students can look forward to starting their high school careers.
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Celebration of Learning
James Reyna
Staff Writer

As second semester begins, Alhambra ASB prepares to show off this year’s Celebration of Learning event. Parents begin to look forward to seeing classrooms and hearing from teachers about their child’s progress in school. New parents will be able to become more familiar with the campus and meet some of the teachers that educate their child every day.

Celebration of Learning will start at 5 p.m. and will end at 8 p.m. Band will be hosting a spaghetti dinner that starts at 5 p.m. Participating in the dinner will help raise money for new band equipment. Tickets will be sold by band members. for $5 each. In addition to the spaghetti dinner, there will be a club fair on Third Street for clubs to advertise and recruit more members.

“ASB will try their best to make this [event] the best it can be!” ASB member Dasani Zavala said. The celebration takes place on Feb.16, so make sure to save the date.
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“Robotics Academy meetings are every Tuesday after school in A29. Robotics Academy offers students the opportunity to learn how to build and program a robot. MESA encourages all students that are interested in the STEM field to participate. Talk to Ms. [Beverly] Goldin if you are interested.” – Alexandria Vasquez, MESA President

“Math Madness is taking place in March this year. We reformed the competition structure from last year, expanded it into five divisions and added several side competitions. The reform is for the competition to adapt to the Common Core curriculum and to be more inclusive regarding the type of competitors we take in. The purpose is for students from the three schools to exchange educational values and exhibit their academic interests.” – Cindy Luo, Math Olympiad President

“Eighth grade orientation is one of ASB’s important events that will help promote the opportunities held in Alhambra High School. We will have a planned route lead by an ASB member followed by an 8th grade group. Clubs will also be able to use this opportunity to feature and advertise themselves to future prospects as well.” – Emily Lee, ASB Director of VAPA

Quotes collected by Vicky Lam

Varsity Boys Basketball Ends Their Season

KENNY LAM

Staff writer

ERIC HUANG

Sports Editor

On Feb. 15, the Alhambra boys varsity basketball team fell to Twentynine Palms High School in their preliminary CIF match-up with a score of 83-60. This marked the end of their run in CIF playoffs as well as the ending of their 2017 season. For the team, this season came with high expectations. After narrowly losing the league title last season, the squad entered this year with a chip on their shoulders. Through it all, the Moors have managed to fight battle through injuries and finish the season with a 4-6 record, placing them fourth in the Almont League.

“This year was different because we had expectations of ourselves,” senior forward Jason Trang said. “We knew we were playing for a title.”

With these expectations in mind, the Moors entered the season ready to prove to the league that they were a team to be reckoned with. Being the tallest team was something that the coaching staff hoped to use to their advantage. Alhambra, however, did not begin the season the way they had expected to. Having lost their first couple games, the Moors found their season goals out of reach. As the season progressed, injuries also played a significant part in the team’s performance.

“Despite our record, we had many challenges such as injuries and team problems that we needed to overcome,” Trang said.

Despite these setbacks, the Moors managed to regain their momentum and finish the latter part of their season strong, beating League teams such as Bell Gardens, Mark Keppel and Montebello to secure their spot in the CIF playoffs. For the seniors, these games had been the last of their high school career. Throughout their hardships and determination, the team was able to truly bond in a special type of way.

“On the court, my teammates had the biggest impact on how I carried myself,” senior forward Rodger Lee said. “They helped me stay confident when I lost my rhythm, and made sure that it was also important to be fun and creative on the court. I would advise the younger players to always play confidently and don’t let other’s criticism deter their love for the game.”

These were the last words of Lee as he hung up his Alhambra High School jersey for the final time. Nonetheless, these athletes pulled through in the end to accomplish their goals taking them to CIF. Though they did not make it far through the CIF competition, the team still showed us what it truly meant to be a hardworking and determined Alhambra Moor.