Giving Back to Local Communities

Jason Zhu
Editor-in-Chief

Some people might overlook the importance of giving back to the community and taking an active role in improving conditions in the world. However, community involvement can give students the pride and satisfaction of helping others. It also helps with strengthening the community and families. Yet how to pitch in? Never fear, there are several clubs and organizations on campus dedicated toward the effort of community involvement.
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‘Red Cross’ing Through Communities
Vicky Lam
Staff Writer

One of the most prominent international organizations on the Alhambra High School campus is Red Cross. Their mission is to prevent and ease human ailments in emergencies through volunteer work and donations.

On Oct. 6, Red Cross held their first blood drive of the year which had a successful turnout rate that saved over 300 lives. Those who could not participate as donors can donate in the next blood drive in January. Red Cross will have three on-campus blood drives and four off-campus blood drives this school year.

Holding weekly meetings, Red Cross members deliberate about fundraisers, socials and upcoming events around the community. The club is currently discussing a collaboration with Mark Keppel High School’s Red Cross at a future social to further their efforts in helping the community. “We will be hosting our first veterans drive on campus this year,” Red Cross President Jenny Mai said, “Our goal is to collect items and donate them to homeless veterans in need.”

Red Cross will focus on helping the community in whatever way they can for the remainder of the year, putting in their best efforts with every event.
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Bringing Cheer with Service
Samantha Lanzo
Staff Writer

Service clubs work together to help charities with their work. From running toy drives to serving food to those in need during the holiday season, these clubs do many different activities which help and bring happiness to people everywhere. Some service clubs in Alhambra High School are easy to join and grant people a way to help out their community.

Service clubs would not be service clubs without their activities and devotion to what they do. Some activities many service clubs do are helping out at centers, collecting things for homeless veterans and raising money for certain organizations. “We usually have a service with helping out with Chinese New Year, along with donating clothes and toys to children in need,” Interact Club member Karen Zhang said.

“We sometimes go to the Christmas Run and pass out water to the runners to keep them hydrated,” LEO member Kelly Deng said. Without these service clubs, there would not be enough access to get truly involved.
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Saving Christmas One Toy at a Time
James Reyna
Staff Writer

Having a toy drive helps bring communities together by creating a cause that many people will want to help contribute to, helping less fortunate children. A cause like this will draw people from all around Alhambra. It can serve as a way to help children in need and to bring together the community as a whole.
Not all families can afford to buy a gift for their child this Christmas. Whatever the case is, many people depend on toy drives and volunteer work to make Christmas special for their children. A toy drive is a community event that collects toys and gives them to needy children. Kidshare will be hosting a toy drive and are working with Toy Loan to help bring toys to less fortunate children. “The club members [are] trying to collect and get as people as possible to donate any toys that are in good condition for children in need,” Kidshare member Eva Ma said.
With a toy drive, many of these children can receive toys that will help bring a smile to their faces and reinvigorate their spirit for the holidays. Together, the community can work hard to help these families give their children the Christmas they deserve because no child should be melancholy on Christmas Day.
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Fun Facts
Jessica Yee
Copy Editor

– 62.8 million people volunteered in 2014, making the national volunteer rate 25.3 percent. Over the years, the number of volunteers has been dropping.
– If you are 14-20 years old and want to be a fire fighter or police officer, the City of Alhambra offers the Fire Explorer program and Police Explorer program, which provides training and scholarships.
– Home of the Angels in Alhambra works to provide a home for kids with special needs.
– Planting trees in your community provides cleaner air, lessens carbon emissions and provides shade—which would lower air conditioning cost and reduce the amount of water that grass needs. You can volunteer to plant trees with TreePeople or California ReLeaf.
– Alhambra Community Coordinating Council meets bi-monthly at Reese Hall of City of Alhambra Library. You can apply to be a member at
cityofalhambra.org.

What’s Next After High School?

James Reyna
Staff Writer

High school is an extremely important step in transitioning from a teenager to a young adult. A home where people meet some of their best friends, high school holds some of their greatest memories. Sadly, it does not last forever. Once high school is over, people must face the challenge of becoming an adult, whether that is immediately getting a job or continuing education in college. Life after high school may seem like a scary roller coaster in the beginning but at the end of the crazy journey it might not be that bad of a ride.
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Living in College
Jessica Yee
Copy Editor

The rush to get students into college often leaves no room to prepare students for lifestyle changes. However, many students find it difficult to transition into a larger environment with more responsibilities. While many enjoy the freedom of staying out late, others find that coursework and extracurricular consume a lot of their time.

According to U.S. News, 38.8 percent of college students spent less than five hours a week with friends. Admittedly, the decreased interaction could be due to the increased social media use. Along with the lowered hours of interaction, many students feel more pressure from their classes then they did in high school. Only 50.7 percent of people scored an above-average mental health. However, students can sign up for social clubs, fraternities or sororities to help them along their new lifestyle and improve their mental health.

Still, many students enjoy the flexibility in their class schedules. College students can select classes early in the morning or late into the evening. In college, students are able to focus on their field of study, enabling them to think about their future. Colleges provide a myriad of clubs to advance students’ careers including engineering, poetry and cultural clubs.

Teaching styles also vary in post-secondary schools. Often times, students ask for help from teacher assistants and rely on study groups to get through finals weeks because professors are preoccupied. Really, it depends on the type of post-secondary school people pursue. Those who enjoy one-on-one help from professors would enjoy liberal arts schools, while those who favor a larger setting would prefer community colleges, Cal States or one of the Universities of California. It is important for students to tour campuses of schools to get an idea of their lifestyles in the future.
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Get the Job Done
Vicky Lam
Staff Writer

After graduating high school, graduates are free to choose their own paths in life. If young graduates choose to join the labor force for the first time, it may appear very daunting; however, many people will find it easier with some prior research.

In some cases, having a four-year college degree does not always guarantee a job. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the labor market is very tough on young workers with the unemployment rate of those under age 25 being slightly higher than the unemployment rate overall. Those that keep this in mind turn to the surprising amount of non-degree jobs available. From small business owners to detectives and criminal investigators, there is a large variety of jobs to pick and choose from.

Finding a job can be a frustrating experience and writing a resume can be even worse. Attending events and having a wide range of contacts will make it easier to search for a job; otherwise, online job searches on a specific career can often be successful. When writing resumes, a bit of boasting and a focus on key accomplishments can make employers more inclined to give the job position.

After overcoming the job search and resume phase, the job interview is the final hill to climb. Employers do not want to hire people that come across as desperate and too willful to work. Rather, they want to see people that will prove to be positive and competent in their work. To achieve this, it is as simple as staying true to oneself. Keeping a personality real will leave a more lasting impression on employers.

It is important to go through the job process thoroughly no matter how difficult it gets. After all, a job can lead one to major success.
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Adulthood: The Reality
Samantha Lanzo
Staff Writer

Reaching adulthood is a time where maturity sets in. It is a time of responsibilities and truly growing up. With adulthood comes the freedom that allows people to start a new chapter of life that is not always going to be easy. Adulthood allows people to use everything they have learned to their advantage. Truly, adulthood is waking up and realizing the total control of the future ahead. It is a time to start getting serious about choices whether they are difficult or not.
There are many responsibilities that come with being an adult. These responsibilities may be financial, for yourself or for others. As a child, many let people around them control their decisions, but as an adult is it up to them to distinguish between right and wrong. There are some social markers of adulthood, the things everyone looks forward to when they hit the stage of being an adult. Some of these markers include getting a job, moving out and having a family of their own. However, there are also stressful parts of becoming an adult such as taxes, debt and insurance.

Taking the next step in life, finding a place in the world and leaving a mark are truly what it means to have reached adulthood. Although adulthood may feel like a big weight on many shoulders, it grants true freedom and a feeling of accomplishment once achieved. Independence and adulthood come hand in hand, and it is truly a goal to strive toward.
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Fun Facts
Jason Zhu
Staff Writer

1) Since 1980, the most popular major is business.
2) 90 percent of millennial graduates say that college has paid off or will pay off.
3) The average college student attends 62 parties a year.
4) An average student’s debt after college is around $23,700.
Sources: nces.ed.gov, pewsocialtrends.org, teenlife.com

Millennials: The Generation of the Future

James Reyna
Staff Writer

The term millennial can seem hard to understand at first, but it is actually quite simple. There are six generational gaps, which include The Greatest Generation, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Generation Y and millennials. All generations differ from each other and have certain characteristics that make them special. Millennials, people born in from 1981 to early 2000s, are very unique because they do not tend to follow society’s standards and instead are introducing new ideas and reshaping the world for the better. They are the new trendsetters, becoming more educated, culturally diverse and more mutually understanding than any other generation before them. This generation is not comprised of followers, but leaders.
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Generation ‘Me’llennials
Vicky Lam
Staff Writer

When millennials are discussed, the first thing that usually comes to mind is a generation of spoiled, selfish individuals. While there is a tendency to have some sort of resentment toward younger generations, millennials are no exception to these traits.

The prominent presence of internet in millennials’ daily lives contributes to their entitled nature. According to Oxford University’s Internet Institute, the younger generation views their identity on the internet as the determining factor to identity in real life. Millennials are wrapped up in social media, trying to appear superior compared to peers. This requires them to solely focus on building up their identities as well as their egos.

Now that the standard of living has reached a point where most Americans can maintain a healthy lifestyle, parents tend to spoil their children. Dan Kindlon, research psychologist specializing in behavioral problems of children and adolescents, interviewed more than 1,000 parents and found that 60 percent of surveyed parents thought their kids were spoiled. Millennials receive more than they actually need, which causes them to become accustomed to the idea that the world revolves around them. This rising sense of entitlement shapes them into the people seen today.

Millennials have been labeled with conceited characteristics. Although that may not represent the generation as a whole, it is still a firm part of the identity of a millennial.
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Comparing Generations
Jessica Yee
Copy Editor

Watching Baby Boomers and Generation Xers distastefully talk about millennials, the divide between the older generation and teenagers today is recognizable, but what comes to mind when the older generation talks about millennials? Baby Boomers encompass the people born in 1946 to 1964 and Generation X people are born in 1965 to 1980. There are several stereotypes surrounding all these categorized generations, mostly based on historical background.

Many Baby Boomers had largely successful careers, with money, title and recognition. Having lived after World War II and during the Vietnam and Cold War, Baby Boomers are typically anti-war. They are fervent about their rights, and feel entitled to “The American Dream.” Since they are largely career-based, there is a conflict between retired Baby Boomers and millennials. Several minimum wage jobs have gone to Baby Boomers for their experience, leaving behind millennials trying to pay for education.

On the other hand, people of Generation X pride themselves in their self-reliance and pragmatism. Although, to many, they seem skeptical or even cynical compared to millennials. Generation X people are often seen as ambitious with high job expectations. They also have high rates of divorce, which could be attributed to their own independence.

With advances in technology, millennials are more technologically equipped, which makes their lives more convenient. To many elders, this translates to shorter attention spans and dependency. However, the younger generation does get credit for being a more accepting society with increasing attention to civil and LGBT rights. Bear in mind, these stereotypes should not be used to solely characterize one individual. Still, it is helpful to take generational differences into consideration when looking at modern culture.
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Making the World a Better Place With Millennials
Samantha Lanzo
Staff Writer

The millennial generation is full of people with amazingly open minds. They give back to their population and spread their creative ideas to create a better future.

Brittany Wenger is a 22 year-old girl who is an inspirational millennial. She managed to develop a computer that detects cancer. She was recognized by TIME magazine as someone who is changing the world in a positive way. Her computer system is a way to detect and diagnose leukemia. It uses a thin needle to test lumps under a patient’s skin for cancer.

Matthew Monos is a 28 year-old man who believes in creating movements for pro bono services. When Monos realized the alarming fact that the U.S. nonprofits spend $8 billion on domestic marketing alone, he created a service called Be Very Nice in 2013. With his work he made it easier for social enterprises, startups and nonprofits to use money previously spent on marketing and design to make their causes more successful.

Maurya Couvares is a 22 year-old who teaches disadvantaged children to code. She is the co-founder and executive director of ScriptEd which is a non profit organization that teaches young students about computer programming and then places them in technology-based internships. She hopes to teach as many kids as she can in computer programming so they can create better lives for themselves.
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Fun Facts
Jason Zhu
Editor-in-Chief

1) An estimated 49 percent of millennial voters voted for Hillary Clinton while only 21 percent will voted for Donald Trump
2) Millennials are the most racially diverse generation
3) Millennials are the most educated generation in American history with over 63 percent having a Bachelor’s Degree
4) Only about one-fourth of the millennials in the US are married

What Time Is It? Homecoming Time!

Katelyn Barerras
Staff Writer

Homecoming is the time to celebrate our school and is the first big event of the school year. This year’s Homecoming theme was “A Golden Moment With You.” Plenty of festivities were held for Homecoming like spirit week, the Homecoming football game, the parade and lastly the Homecoming dance. Here are some golden moments from this year’s Homecoming.

Gaining Experience for the Future

Christian Nguyen
Staff Writer

Getting an internship is a great way to get experience for the future. Internships give opportunities to gain work experience to put in resumes. There is even the possibly of being paid, which is a nice bonus. Dress appropriately, be confident and start searching for internship opportunities.
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Learning Moor
Ellen Lei
Staff Writer

The word internship is defined as any official or formal program to provide practical experience for beginners in an occupation or professions. In other words, internships can be seen as opportunities to work at a firm related to one’s study for a limited amount of time. The most common duration of an internship is for one semester or quarter which is about three months or ten weeks respectively.

According to the American University of Washington D.C. interns are usually students who have not yet found employment. They usually work in a temporary position for an employer of an industry. Instead of emphasizing employment, internships focus on training. Thus, students who apply for internships can anticipate learning more about a profession and mastering it before actually being employed.

Different types of internships include paid internships, unpaid internships and research internships. Paid internships are common in engineering, legal firms, technology and science. The wage for paid internships usually depends on the degree of the applicant. For example, an applicant with a bachelor’s degree would be paid less than one with a master’s degree.

On the other hand, some internships only offer experience and not pay. Unpaid interns, however, can still learn about a profession or workplace. In a research internship, students usually research for a particular company, usually on how their company can be improved. The results of the research must be put into a formal report and presented to the employer.
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Available Internships Around Alhambra
Yi-Feng Ho
Staff Writer

There are many fairly easy ways to find an internship that do not require going around many places.

The first way to find out if there are internships available is to visit the Career Center on campus. The Career Center not only provides students with the information they need to pursue their career, it also provides students with different internships. For instance, one internship available from the Career Center is for those who want to work as graphic or web designers, journalists, office administrators or advertisers for Fiesta Publications.

Another way to get into internships is to take Career Technical Education (CTE) classes. These after-school classes train students in a specific field, giving them the skills they need to pursue this field, and some will put students in an internship program. One CTE class that will put students in an internship is the Restaurant Services Management CC/CVE class. This course not only give students the skills they need to get a job in the culinary field, they will be placed in unpaid internships along with students who are employed in the field.

The next way to find an internship is through the internet. Since most students have smartphones, computers or other ways to access the internet they are not hard to find. However, some of these websites should not be trusted, so those who want to try to find an internship online need to be cautious.

Internships are available in many places, from the internet to people on campus. All students need to do is to ask around and they might come across an internship they may be interested in.
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Benefits of Interning
Katelyn Barerras
Staff Writer

There are plenty of benefits that come out of an internship like learning more about a chosen field or gain a work experience. Gaining a valuable work experience can help students learn what it is like in the work field. It can also help generate more work experiences for a student’s portfolio and improve his or her resume.

Internships may also be beneficial when deciding a career path. Working with a company in a field of interest can give insight on what it is like.

Another benefit that comes from internships is the potential to develop and build up on skills. According to the U.S. News, “Learning new skills in an internship can help with future employment opportunities and is a major advantage in the application process.” Internships can also help with making connections for future jobs.

Lastly, internship programs can introduce people with similar interests allowing them to make new friends.
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Additional Tips and Tricks
Nguyen Kim Tran
Staff Writer

– Chamber of Commerce: Contact our local Chamber of Commerce for internship options.
– Nonprofit organizations: Contact any nonprofit organization nearby that spark an interest. Nonprofit organizations are open to volunteers.
– Make connections: It may sound hard, but high school is a good time to start networking. Networking can work through social media as a method to present one’s best version of themselves. Talking to other peers and teachers can open you to more opportunities. Keep relations with organizations and businesses for future references.
– Surfing the Web: Beware of internship scams. Make sure to carefully assess the internship and research the company. If it is too good to be true, most likely it is a scam.
– Join Handshake: Search up Handshake.com online, and sign up. The website will try to match you up with other internships.
– Career Fair: The Career Fair is another event that students can look forward to. Employers make internships available for high school students.
– Work on that cover letter and resume: Need help with that cover letter or grammar? Try the Cal State Writing Lab on our campus.
– Reference letters: Prepare reference letters to showcase your skills.
– Filter your social media: Make sure your social media is appropriate. Your potential employer may check your history.
– Design internships: Keep your designs up to par. Alhambra’s digital media teachers have a knack for catching minor mistakes.
– Too Busy: If you’re too busy during the school year, try interning over the summer. Start early and do your research. Plan out your goals; it is best to do it now. Don’t procrastinate.
– Be confident: Relax. Many gravitate toward honest and genuine people.

Gaining Experience for the Future

Christian Nguyen
Staff Writer

Getting an internship is a great way to get experience for the future. Internships give opportunities to gain work experience to put in resumes. There is even the possibly of being paid, which is a nice bonus. Dress appropriately, be confident and start searching for internship opportunities.
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Learning Moor
Ellen Lei
Staff Writer

The word internship is defined as any official or formal program to provide practical experience for beginners in an occupation or professions. In other words, internships can be seen as opportunities to work at a firm related to one’s study for a limited amount of time. The most common duration of an internship is for one semester or quarter which is about three months or ten weeks respectively.
According to the American University of Washington D.C. interns are usually students who have not yet found employment. They usually work in a temporary position for an employer of an industry. Instead of emphasizing employment, internships focus on training. Thus, students who apply for internships can anticipate learning more about a profession and mastering it before actually being employed.
Different types of internships include paid internships, unpaid internships and research internships. Paid internships are common in engineering, legal firms, technology and science. The wage for paid internships usually depends on the degree of the applicant. For example, an applicant with a bachelor’s degree would be paid less than one with a master’s degree.
On the other hand, some internships only offer experience and not pay. Unpaid interns, however, can still learn about a profession or workplace. In a research internship, students usually research for a particular company, usually on how their company can be improved. The results of the research must be put into a formal report and presented to the employer.
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Available Internships Around Alhambra
Yi-Feng Ho
Staff Writer

There are many fairly easy ways to find an internship that do not require going around many places.
The first way to find out if there are internships available is to visit the Career Center on campus. The Career Center not only provides students with the information they need to pursue their career, it also provides students with different internships. For instance, one internship available from the Career Center is for those who want to work as graphic or web designers, journalists, office administrators or advertisers for Fiesta Publications.
Another way to get into internships is to take Career Technical Education (CTE) classes. These after-school classes train students in a specific field, giving them the skills they need to pursue this field, and some will put students in an internship program. One CTE class that will put students in an internship is the Restaurant Services Management CC/CVE class. This course not only give students the skills they need to get a job in the culinary field, they will be placed in unpaid internships along with students who are employed in the field.
The next way to find an internship is through the internet. Since most students have smartphones, computers or other ways to access the internet they are not hard to find. However, some of these websites should not be trusted, so those who want to try to find an internship online need to be cautious.
Internships are available in many places, from the internet to people on campus. All students need to do is to ask around and they might come across an internship they may be interested in.
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Benefits of Interning
Katelyn Barreras
Staff Writer
There are plenty of benefits that come out of an internship like learning more about a chosen field or gain a work experience. Gaining a valuable work experience can help students learn what it is like in the work field. It can also help generate more work experiences for a student’s portfolio and improve his or her resume.
Internships may also be beneficial when deciding a career path. Working with a company in a field of interest can give insight on what it is like.
Another benefit that comes from internships is the potential to develop and build up on skills. According to the U.S. News, “Learning new skills in an internship can help with future employment opportunities and is a major advantage in the application process.” Internships can also help with making connections for future jobs.
Lastly, internship programs can introduce people with similar interests allowing them to make new friends.
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Additional Tips and Tricks
Nguyen Kim Tran
Staff Writer

– Chamber of Commerce: Contact our local Chamber of Commerce for internship options.
– Nonprofit organizations: Contact any nonprofit organization nearby that spark an interest. Nonprofit organizations are open to volunteers.
– Make connections: It may sound hard, but high school is a good time to start networking. Networking can work through social media as a method to present one’s best version of themselves. Talking to other peers and teachers can open you to more opportunities. Keep relations with organizations and businesses for future references.
– Surfing the Web: Beware of internship scams. Make sure to carefully assess the internship and research the company. If it is too good to be true, most likely it is a scam.
– Join Handshake: Search up Handshake.com online, and sign up. The website will try to match you up with other internships.
– Career Fair: The Career Fair is another event that students can look forward to. Employers make internships available for high school students.
– Work on that cover letter and resume: Need help with that cover letter or grammar? Try the Cal State Writing Lab on our campus.
– Reference letters: Prepare reference letters to showcase your skills.
– Filter your social media: Make sure your social media is appropriate. Your potential employer may check your history.
– Design internships: Keep your designs up to par. Alhambra’s digital media teachers have a knack for catching minor mistakes.
– Too Busy: If you’re too busy during the school year, try interning over the summer. Start early and do your research. Plan out your goals; it is best to do it now. Don’t procrastinate.
– Be confident: Relax. Many gravitate toward honest and genuine people.

Stress: The Problem We All Face In High School

Christian Nguyen
Staff Writer

The transition from eighth grade to being a freshman in high school is an overwhelming change. Students go to a completely new school, with new teachers and students from different schools. All experience stress whether it be from loads of homework, issues at home, relationship problems or another cause. It does not matter how popular a person is or how many AP classes he or she might have; stress is highly evident for everyone in high school.
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Stress Soars In Student Life
Nguyen Kim Tran
Staff Writer

Alhambra High School’s student body has had its fair share of stress as the school year continues to roll by. A survey by the American Psychological Association, reported that teens believe that their stress is excessive and far exceeds the stress levels of adults. Similar to adults, students view school as a stressful environment because of the responsibilities and evaluations they get from teachers and peers. High schoolers see school as the determining factor for their future. This constant pressure from their environment to perform well can consequently lead to stress, and if not dealt with properly will result in the depletion of their health. A little bit of stress is fine, but as we all know, too much of anything is bad.
It may be shocking, but for some, school is not always the main stressor, it can be a reliever. Stress can also come from home. A nationwide poll done by the National Public Radio, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health found that “by far the leading reason [for high levels of stress] was poor health. Either they or someone in their family was really sick, or they were overwhelmed by the death of a loved one.” It is hard to accept the fact that some people do not have the luxury to worry about other matters when they are trying to cope with a situation that hits home. Some students can use school as an escape from the reality at home.
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Stress Effects
Katelyn Barreras
Staff Writer

As we get older, there comes more responsibility and struggles that may lead to stress. Something that most students stress out about is their future and what colleges to apply for, and whether they will be eligible for that college. Students may also stress out about the SAT or ACT and not doing as well as they wanted.
Some symptoms that may occur from too much stress are headaches, nausea and body aches. When symptoms such as nausea happen, it is because our brain becomes more alert of the sensations that go on in our stomach. Stress is a natural reaction physically and mentally for both good and bad situations and can benefit health and safety.
For instance, when a person slams on the brakes to avoid an accident, the heart rate increases and the body becomes more alert of the situation. According to American Psychological Association, this acts as a fight-or-flight situation. Sometimes when we are stressed, it can help us avoid dangerous situations also known as fight-or-flight. Overall, stressing can be helpful for students by making them more motivated to complete tasks.
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What’s up? Not Stress Levels!
Ellen Lei
Staff Writer

It is not surprising for students to get stressed when they have multiple projects and assignments. Consumed by the massive amount of work, students may see overcoming stress as impossible. However, there are various ways to overcome stress even in the most difficult situations.
According to the American Psychological Association, moderate amounts of exercise can help one relieve stress. For example, a 20-minute walk, run or swim when stressed can lower stress levels for several hours. To explain this, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America found that physical activity produces endorphins which act as natural painkillers and can improve one’s ability to sleep.
In addition to moderate exercise, Help Guide states that social engagement is the quickest and most efficient way to reduce stress. Communicating with others can make one feel safe and understood. Furthermore, by speaking to others and creating a network of close friends, one can improve their resilience to life’s stressors, meaning they will be able to recover from stress faster. Even when one is stressed, there are several ways to stop it from progressing. Instead of staring at a homework assignment blankly for 20 minutes and becoming more stressed by the minute, students can try to go out for a 20-minute exercise or speak with friends or family members to stop stress in its tracks.
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Fun Facts
Christian Nguyen
Staff Writer

1. Stress does not cause gray hair, but it may cause hair loss.
2. Not all forms of stress are defective. Some provide protection by improving the immune system, and increasing brain activities.
3. According to a poll from CNN, a major cause of stress is money.
4. Stress makes the blood in a person’s body clot slightly, in order to prepare for an injury. This blood clotting may kill healthy brain cells.
5. The Chinese invented the stress ball, which was thought to relieve stress by applying force on pressure points on the hand.
Source: National Institute of Mental Health

Moor Viewpoints: Haunting Stories

Yi-Feng Ho
Staff Writer

With Halloween creeping up, it is time to get in the eerie and spooky mood. What better way is there than to read about paranormal experiences people around school have experienced or heard of in their lives? But beware: the stories that are listed below are bound to be frightening, creepy and terrifying. Reading these accounts of paranormal activities may cause nightmares or result in new fears. Read at your own risk!


“On my [Academic Decathlon] retreat, [two other girls and I] went into the woods at night while it was raining to look for a water bottle. We kept hearing footsteps behind us but we looked back and nothing was there.”- Senior Ana Wu

“I felt a weird presence and [as if] someone [is] watching me. The door would randomly open and close. The TV turned on by itself…” – Junior Mya Rivera

“Whenever I would go to my closet in an old house of mine, I would feel an extremely strong presence in there. When I would leave my room and come back later, things would be slightly rearranged.”- Sophomore Logan Russell

“It happens when I go to my grandparents’ house. There’s always a shadow [of a man] in [their] guest room.”- Senior Andrea Palomo

“One time I was alone in my house and I was lying on my couch, there was a glass cup beside me on the dining table. Then all of a sudden, it shattered into many pieces.”- Freshman Catherine Driscoll

“When my sister was a little girl, she would always start crying [for no apparent reason]. She’d tell my mom that people were scaring her. One day, when my mom showed her a picture of her grandparents, she said, ‘That’s them!’ but my grandparents [had passed away].”- Junior Kassandra Ledesma

“I was home alone playing video games and while I was playing I had heard a creaking noise. I thought it was just part of my game but I kept hearing it and suddenly the lights turned off but the power was still on. My computer shut off shortly after.”- Junior Paul Elhosni

“I remember my computer constantly turning on and off all night, and because of that I couldn’t sleep. All of a sudden [I heard] a loud honk and bang. I immediately rushed outside assuming that it was a car crash. My mom woke up telling me that nothing happened. After about ten minutes, I heard some of our medicines we keep on the counter [fall] off. My mom and I, both walking out, saw every single one of them on the floor and opened. Till this day, I don’t know how that all happened.”- Somphomore Nathan Diep

“[My brother and I] would hear footsteps and creaks at night. There were two footprints going to the backyard. They were like a child’s footprints and looked like paint.”- Junior Matt Lu

“When I was a kid, I used to always hear someone walking in my hallway. Every time I went to look, there was… a shadow of an old lady. I still hear her
sometimes, but not as often as I used to.”- Senior Gage Gomez

“My friend and I were camping alongside the river, with a fire at night. I had my dog with me, a Siberian husky. He was sleeping but suddenly woke up and was shaking. There was a breeze and a foul odor. We felt the ground shake and heard footsteps. My dog was frozen in fear, and we felt something abnormal. Another worldly
experience.”- Scott Stechel, Science Teacher

“Random papers [in my classroom] would be moved [and] multiple files in my cabinet would be moved ever so slightly. My sister brought a psychic and she said [there are] actually ghosts in here.”- Emily Ichise-Sizemore, Japanese Teacher

“I had an old boyfriend whom ghosts would talk to, at least that is what we thought. One night, he woke up screaming and out of breath. He said something passed through him and there was a light in the house under the door. It turns out that a friend of the family had died in the middle of the night. That wasn’t the first time something like this happened so we just assumed that our friend came to visit after she died.”-Beverly Goldin, CTE teacher

Quotes gathered by Katelyn Barreras, Ellen Lei, Christian Nguyen and Nguyen Kim Tran

Alhambra Spreads Awareness for Breast Cancer

Katelyn Barreras
Staff Writer

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer for women in the United States. However, it does not only occur for women, but also for men. According to the American Cancer Society, twelve percent of women are diagnosed with breast cancer and only one percent of men. Rest assured, breast cancer is highly treatable if found during its earlier stages.
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Eileen Kaiser: Why I Now Live by Y.O.L.O.
Nguyen Kim Tran
Staff Writer

Survivors are not always evident to us; they blend in plain sight and live like us. Eileen Kaiser, one of Alhambra High School’s Physical Education teachers, shares her experience with battling breast cancer and her advice for the student body. Students characterize Kaiser as an uplifting and enthusiastic person. Even on her days off, she will still wear a bright smile on her face. What they may not know is that behind her smile, there is a story to be told.

1) What was your experience with breast cancer?
Honestly, I was one of the lucky ones. It was caught early, but it was bad enough that [after the first time], they later found two types of dangerous cancers in my MRI scan. I had to get mastectomy and then a latissimus dorsi flap reconstruction. My friends, my family [and] my sister especially were there for me. There was so much [of an] outpour of support that I never felt alone.
2) How did your battle with cancer affect the people around you?
The people around me are definitely more aware of their mortality. It’s scary how prevalent breast cancer is. I never thought that it would happen to me. My cancer has made them more conscious.
3) What advice would you give to other women or young girls?
I would say [to get] get regular checkups. Be diligent, especially if there’s a history in the family. Stay healthy and stay on the check ups.
4) How did breast cancer change your life?
I know the saying is cliche, but the term Y.O.L.O. applies to me every day. I think about it almost all the time. Don’t let cancer stop you from living; don’t let it tear you down.
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Walk on Over to These Fundraisers
Yi-Feng Ho
Staff Writer

Many organizations and charities throughout United States are planning events to get public involvement with victims of breast cancer throughout the month of October. These events are meant to raising money to help the victims of breast cancer, such as by developing cures and transporting them to and from the hospital, as well as raise awareness about breast cancer.
One of the events is the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, which focuses on having a team walking together as they share their experiences on breast cancer and build relationships with one another. The event lasts for three days and the walk is 60 miles in total. The event closest to us is in San Diego, and it is held from Nov. 18 to Nov. 20. There is also the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and it is held on Oct. 16 in Lake Elsinore, Calif.
Another fundraising event is Making Strides by Making Stride Against Breast Cancer. Making Strides also focuses on walking, but the distance is shorter, lasting about three to five miles. This organization also allows cities to organize their own stride, which may shorten the distance between the people who want to participate in these events and the location of the event. A stride near us is the Making Strides in Los Angeles, which is on Oct. 15, and another one will be at the Santa Monica Pier on Oct. 22.
Some of these events are some distance away from us, so what about our school? The cheer team sold breast cancer awareness t-shirts for 10 dollars each. They also switched their bows from yellow to pink in order to raise awareness.
If you wish to support victims of breast cancer, you should find an event near you. It will be helpful to you and those who have breast cancer.
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Going Pink Since 1600 B.C.
Christian Nguyen
Staff Writer

Cancer has been around as long as humankind. According to Maurer Foundation, breast cancer dates all the way back to 1600 BC in ancient Egypt. Back then, our ancestors did not have the medicine we have today to help treat breast cancer. Today it is important that women are reminded of the signs for breast cancer to detect it at its early stages.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month was created in 1985 as an effort between the American Academy of Family Physicians, AstraZeneca Healthcare Foundation, CancerCare, Inc. and multiple other sponsors. Today, it has grown a large amount to include national public service organizations, government agencies and professional medical associations that work together in the fight against breast cancer.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month organizations have promoted multiple educational events to tell women the importance of their breast health and to learn about breast cancer. $1.68 billion is made annually by breast cancer awareness organizations through charities and events such as walk-a-thons.
“Breast cancer awareness has destigmatized cancer in general — I am very grateful for that,” said James Olson, PhD, Regents Professor of History at Sam Houston State University, who is also a cancer survivor. Not only has BCAM made an impact on getting money to help those with breast cancer, it also has changed social attitudes about it. More people are encouraged to get screened, which means getting diagnosed and treated.
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Trivia!
Ellen Lei
Staff Writer

1) What is the name for an X-ray of the breast that is used to help detect cancer?

2) What are controllable breast cancer risk factors?

3) About how many breast cancer cases are there per year?

4) What is another name for breast cancer?

5) When was breast cancer first mentioned?

Answers:
(1) Mammogram
(2) cigarette smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke, inactivity, eating an unhealthy diet
(3) Approximately 200,000
(4) Breast cancer is also called “nun’s disease” because of the high incidence of nuns affected by the cancer.
(5) In Egypt around 1600 B.C.

Celebrating Hispanic and Latino-American Independence

Ellen Lei
Staff Writer

¡Celebras! Hispanic Heritage month can be traced all the way back to 1968 when many Latin American countries gained their independence. From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, National Hispanic Heritage month will celebrate the anniversary of their independence. In addition to this, the heritage and culture of Hispanic and Latino Americans will be celebrated. This year Alhambra High School (AHS) clubs are participating by suggesting ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month by planning activities and sharing Hispanic culture. AHS students can show their Moor spirit by learning and celebrating the history of Latin American heritage.
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Exploring Hispanic and Latino Culture
Nguyen Kim Tran
Staff Writer

One of the benefits today of living in the United States is having access to many diverse cultures. Hispanic and Latino culture play a vital role in the lives of Americans. In fact, according to United States’ Census Bureau, as of 2014, 17 percent of Hispanics make up the U.S. population, making them the nation’s largest ethnic majority.

Hispanic Heritage Month refers to the celebration of both Hispanic and Latino culture. Recognition initially started as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968, but later extended to Hispanic Heritage Month in 1988. This month of celebration honors the independence of various Latin American countries such as Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Chile and Belize. Different communities are coming together to celebrate U.S. National Hispanic Heritage Month. Celebration is not just exclusive to Latino Americans, everyone should take the time to learn more about this beautiful culture.

There are a multitude of notable Hispanic and Latino Americans that have enriched our society, including Supreme Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor, Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda and Author Isabelle Allende. America would not be what it is today without Hispanic and Latino Americans.
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Remembering Hispanic Historical Moments
Katelyn Barreras
Staff Writer

One of the most important aspects of Hispanic Heritage Month is the history and contributions of Hispanics and Latin-Americans. Historic events such as Cesar Chavez’s iconic grape strike to fight for better working conditions and better pay for farmers are celebrated. According to the National Republic Radio, Cesar Chavez led the union through a major reorganization, intended to improve efficiency and outreach to the public.

Another notable historic moment is the Zoot Suit Riots, which took place in the 1940s. These riots were caused by tension between the Chicanos and the Anglo sailors. The Chicanos were the Mexican-Americans who, in the 1940s, faced tough discrimination. According to the Huffington Post, “tensions eventually erupted into a week of rioting in 1943, when some two hundred sailors descended from Los Angeles and severely beat several pachucos.”

One last moment in history to reflect back on is the immigration reform that was signed by President Ronald Reagan, which legalized the status of 3 million people. These historical events helped shape Hispanic Heritage Month.
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Latino Heritage Practice at AHS
Yi-Feng Ho
Staff Writer

The Latin American Student Organization (LASO) was established at Alhambra High School in 2013. Their main purpose is to educate and introduce Latino heritage to others on campus.

“[LASO] work[s] to promote and preserve the Latino culture here at AHS,” said Senior LASO member Sara Castro.

The club welcomes everyone, not just people with Latino heritage, to participate in their efforts of practicing their heritage. Because of this, a blend of cultures in Alhambra High School are being created.

“We are inclusive of all ethnicities and want to educate and expose as many people as possible to our culture,” said Castro. “LASO strives to unite students in order to make a difference at AHS and within the community by developing leaders and getting involved in the community.”

Each member of the club does something to practice their Hispanic heritage with others, and they do it in their daily life. They also share their culture with others on campus.

“Whenever we make traditional Mexican food, which is almost every night, I make sure to bring some to school so my friends who aren’t a part of the Latino culture have a [sense of] the lifestyle,” said Junior and LASO President Stefanie Rubalcava.

LASO is planning to have several activities throughout the Latino Heritage Month, such as games and activities on Third Street, a spirit week or a meeting to educate others on the Latin cultures.

“Everyone can participate in the activities,” said Rubalcava. “The point of these activities is to get everyone to be interested in the Latino culture.”
If you are interested in learning about Latino heritage, be sure to support them when the time comes!”
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Fun Facts
Christian Nguyen
Staff Writer

1) Spanish ranks as the world’s No. 2 language (behind Chinese) in terms of how many people speak it as their first language with 329 million native speakers.
2) There are 1.1 million Hispanic veterans from the U.S. armed forces.
3) 15 million is the Hispanic population of California. This is the largest Hispanic population of any state.
4) Latin and Hispanic music has long had an influence on American culture as seen in stars like Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and Santana.
5) Around 60 percent of Hispanic people have type O blood.
Sources: augusta.edu and hispanichertiagemonth.org

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