First, Second, and Third World Problems at Economic Summit

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On May 13, students in an Economics course for the second semester participated in one of their final high school projects: the Economic Summit.

The summit is a hands-on activity that allows students to apply what they have learned in class to current world events. Preparation for the event started in February, when students were told to form teams of four and to choose the country they would like to represent during the event.

To avoid having two of the same countries a raffling process was done. Each student was given a player’s guide, a workbook that contained instructions on how the summit works and what they need to do in order to succeed. They were then given a chance to research their country’s traditions, current condition, imports/exports and problems it needs to overcome.

“I had to go shopping for clothing that I never thought in my life I would wear. Though sometimes a little stressing, it has been an interesting experience,” senior Genesis Barajas said.

The events occurred in the big gym, where students exhibited their display boards along with traditional food from their country’s cuisine, while dressed in cultural outfits.

To win the summit, countries must earn points by collaborating with other countries, making trading alliances to import and export goods, getting financial aid from other countries, and taking flag and trading quizzes. The country with the most points at the end of the day wins the summit; this year, the first place winner was Laos.

“[Because of Economic Summit] I have learned more about trade and how it affects the country. I really enjoyed [working on] this project. It’s a real step into a world [many high school students] do not really know,” senior Koby Arriaza said.
Economic Summit gave students the chance to practice real life abilities such as strategic planning, negotiating and extensive researching, while also teaching them about their country’s government, politics, trade, economy, demographics and culture.

“I had to do extensive research for the country I was assigned on topics ranging from the culture to the people, [which made me] very knowledgable because it has taught me about how countries in the world are ran and how they are balanced to keep the economy going,” senior Drew Vazquez said.

Moors Poet Society Competes at Get Lit Competition Semifinals

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Deep in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, the L.A. Theater Center was brimming with activity on April 29. Just inside the lobby, 25 schools were gathered for the annual Get Lit Classic Slam of 2016. In the various theatres, the Alhambra Slam team, composed of senior Joseph Ney-Jun, senior Sania Luna, senior Tina Le, senior Vivyana Prado, sophomore Edith Garcia and sophomore Alycia Whyte, awaited their next performance with 47 AHS students cheering them on.

“My poem, ‘What I Learned from My Mother’ by Julia Kasdorf, had me at the title. My mom taught me a lot about just being kind, which is what [my classic] poem is all about. My response, rather than focusing on the positive things that I learned, focuses on the negative,” AMPS President Ney-Jun said.

There were six teachers who helped get every participant ready: Kristin Keenan, Nicole Hasenbein, Joshua Moreno, Carlos Villagomez, Lori Naylor and Leah Christian.

“It was my first time performing at Get Lit and my experience was really great. It’s amazing to go and speak your voice and writing and thoughts to people for them to hear and truly enjoy. I do and I can’t wait to improve and grow in poetry,” Garcia said.

Alhambra High Environmental Resource Awareness Society Hosts Eco Fair with Water District

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On April 22, AHS celebrated Earth Day with the Municipal Water District of San Gabriel Valley (SGVMWD) by holding its own Eco Fair.

Located in the Quad at lunch, the Eco Fair was hosted by ERAS and helped in spreading environmental awareness to students. Students who stopped by the Fair received lollipops wrapped with environmental facts, courtesy of ERAS. Furthermore, the SGVMWD, partnered with ERAS, also provided free items such as plant seeds and pens to students.

“I hope that the Eco Fair will show our students that our actions have consequences,” ERAS member Daniel Torres said. “Even something like tossing a small piece of litter onto the sidewalk can do its part in damaging the environment.”

Beyond the Eco Fair, ERAS participates in various services to extend their influence beyond AHS.

“I think ERAS has definitely impacted the students at our school as well as the community in a positive way,” ERAS Adviser Trieu Nguyen said.

Junior Council’s Prom Flies Students to Moon: One Last Dance



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On April 30, AHS held its annual prom organized by the Junior Class Council. Themed “Fly Me to the Moon,” the dinner and dance lasted from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The venue for this year’s Prom was the Samuel Oschin Pavilion in the California Science Center. The Oschin Pavilion is known widely as the housing area for the Space Shuttle Endeavor exhibit.

“Prom this year [was] special because students [got] the chance to dine under the Endeavor, a space shuttle used by NASA […] so students [had] a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” council member Cindy Lee said.

According to Junior Council, this venue will not be used again, as the Pavilion will be available only for private events in the future.

Some students found the prom venue to be of great splendor.

“I’ve always wanted to be at an event held at the Ronald Reagan Library with the Air Force One hovering over me as I dance. So, having the Endeavor is a dream come true in its own sense. The staff was so affable. They even snuck us desserts while everyone was still eating their main course. I loved it!” senior Zhayne Tanyag said.

Other students who were hesitant to go felt that the overall cost of attending prom was too high.

“I felt like prom was like every other dance at the school, just with formal attire. Going together with friends, taking pictures, and going to eat out afterwards,” senior Amanda Beeal said. “[However,] the venue was beautiful and the food was very satisfying. The only thing I did not care for was the fact that if we wanted to take professional pictures, we had to wait in a long line that took up our time [from] being on the dance floor.”

One hour before the end of the dance, Junior Council president Shekina Medalla took to the dance floor to announce the winners of the prom court: Prom King David Nunez and Prom Queen Giselle Diaz.

“At first I wasn’t really looking forward to prom even though I got nominated for Prom King. However, the day of, I started feeling the excitement and began to realize that [prom] was going to be one of the last times I was going to be enjoying myself with all of my friends,” Nunez said. ”Seeing everyone in their dresses and tuxedos having a good time just gave me a great feeling that I will never forget. The best part for me was winning Prom King and having all my friends cheer for me and congratulate me. I would recommend underclassmen to go to prom in their senior year; it is something that I will never forget and always cherish!”

Speech and Debate Members Qualify for National Tournament

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Three Speech and Debate team members, Taylor Thomas (TT), Tiffany Chiang (TC) and Brandon Chau (BC), qualified for the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) tournament. They are qualified for Original Oratory, Congress-Senate and Congress-House, respectively. The competition will be taking place in Salt Lake City from June 12 to 17.

Question: How do you feel about making it to Nationals?

TT: It was absolutely surreal to qualify to the national tournament. After spending three years in Speech and Debate, I was really proud of everything I accomplished in forensics. But, to be honest, there was no better way to end my debate journey than at the national tournament. I’m so grateful to be ending the culmination of years of hard work surrounded by the best in the nation in Salt Lake City.

TC: Speech and Debate plays such a large role in my life, so I’m extremely grateful and happy that I was able to qualify to Nationals my senior year.

BC: I feel very accomplished for making it to nationals especially as a freshman. I feel like I made my captains proud as well as my coach [Mr. Tong]. I’m very excited to go to Nationals because I never really traveled before.

Question: How has making it to nationals impacted you?

TT: Qualifying to the national tournament has truly helped me realize how rewarding Speech and Debate has been for me throughout high school. It reminded me why I spend so much time practicing and why I love doing what I do. Language is so unbelievably powerful and, as kids, we don’t often realize that. The opportunity to have my voice be heard by others who share the same activity is going to be an experience I’ll never forget.

TC: As a captain, I felt discouraged that I missed qualifying to the state tournament by one point because I felt that I wasn’t living up to certain standards or proving my abilities through results. Although I was discouraged, I felt the support and love of my friends and Mr. Tong, and I feel truly honored and humbled to be part of such a wholesome team. Being able to share this experience with two of my closest friends, Taylor and Brandon, is just the icing on the cake!

BC: I’m excited because I get to compete against some of the best in the country. It provides me a chance to learn and meet new people.

Students Strive for Moor on MESA Day at University of Southern California

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Alhambra High School’s Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) went to California State University, Long Beach on April 9 for Senior MESA Day. A majority of members placed and won trophies in the final competition.

“MESA Day [was] a huge success for AHS because MESA Club [had] the greatest amount of people qualified to go that we have seen in previous years,” sophomore Jesse Rosales said.

According to MESA president Catherine Nguyen, competitors who placed first, second or third [at] Pre-MESA Day at USC were allowed to compete at Regional MESA Day on April 9.

There were a total of nine events held at the competition: Speak Out, Prothestic Arm, Mousetrap Car, EggExpress, Civil Structure, Balsa Wood Airplane, Model Science and the Solo Math Test that all competitors (except for seniors) had to take.

“We [spent] at least two weeks making the model and [perfected] it [to] the best of our ability,” second place winner in Model Science Human Heart Peter Shi said.

Although many of our students qualified, the day did not go very smoothly for some of them.

“I feel like it was really disorganized because there was only a fifteen minute window between the math test and our competition,” junior Kristi Mai said.

Other winners include Bryan Kwong and Ben Li for second place and Qi Wen Li and Pauline Ma for third place in Balsa Wood Airplane. As for Civil Structure, Motoe Hiraki and Susan Gu took first place for overall and second place in creativity. Sophomores Sophia Tan and Jason Zhu both won second place on the sophomore Solo Math Test. Zhu also won first place in Mousetrap Car and third place in Mousetrap Distance up the ramp.

“I believed that the victories were well deserved since every member in MESA has worked vigorously to participate and triumph in their competitions,” senior Jonathan Banh said.

Grad Nite 2016: Senior Class Visits Happiest Place on Earth

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On Saturday, May 21, some graduating seniors will arrive at school at 9 a.m. The purpose will not be to take a class or exam, but rather to board the bus to Disney California Adventure Park. In celebration of their graduation, high school seniors partake in a tradition known as Grad Nite, during which they visit Disneyland Resort Grad Nite at Disney California Adventure Park and enjoy the park with other graduating seniors.

“Because I usually go to Disneyland with family members instead of friends, I feel like this experience will be more fun. I’m excited for the food, the rides, taking tons of pictures and spending time with friends. However, I’m not looking forward to waiting in line,” senior Donlie Gu said.

Students will be allowed to go around the park by themselves, but will not be allowed to continue enjoying the park if they break the rules for Grad Nite. Participating seniors who get in trouble while at the park will be chaperoned by an adult until the event ends. Participants will return on Sunday at 3:30 a.m.

“I’m not excited about waiting in line for the good rides. I’ve been to Disneyland before, but I’m not excited about being chaperoned by the high school. It’s annoying because we can’t drive ourselves there,” senior Andrew Simmons said. “[However,] I’m excited for the big turkey legs and [hanging] out with senior friends who I most likely won’t see after high school.”

Many seniors are excited to attend Grad Nite as they feel it will be a new experience and one of their last high school memories.

“I’ve never been to Disneyland, so I don’t know what to expect. I’m excited for the rides, but the food seems oevrpriced and I’m not excited for long lines,” senior Kathryn Lee said.

AUSD Surveys Community for School Spending Suggestions

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By circulating a survey during March, the Alhambra Unified School District (AUSD) encouraged students, staff, parents and community members to give suggestions on how the district how adjust its spending to benefit students.

According to California State PTA, the law requires school districts in California to focus on student success by requiring each school district to create a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).

“LCAP survey results are now given consideration in almost any school related decision making processes where they are relevant particularly in something like the 3-year plan,” Math Department Head Paul Stein said.

A district’s LCAP does not receive any major changes; however, goals are set the previous school year to dictate what should to be accomplished by the end of the following year. AUSD thus created a survey meant to be taken by AUSD staff, students, community members and parents. The survey included questions based on the eight key areas of student success, and inquired about the survey-takers’ preferences and suggestions for AUSD.

The responses from the surveys help shape the goals AUSD sets out for the following school year, so that a majority of the concerns presented by every stakeholder is addressed.

“I think the survey needs to become more stakeholder friendly. The language may be kind of hard to make sense of to the layperson.,” Stein said.

According to the results, which are available on the AUSD website, 1537 people, including 802 students, 49 community members, 246 parents and 440 staff took the survey. The most popular suggestion for AUSD to strengthen student achievement was to increase student or teacher support.

However, various students were not familiar with the survey.

“I did not know about the LCAP survey. I heard my teacher announce it while reading the bulletin, but I did not know how important it was,” sophomore Wendy Tseng said.

However, AUSD informed the public about the LCAP survey by making phone calls, sending emails, printing notices, and placing flyers, which had the information printed in three different languages, in teachers’ mailboxes to be passed out during class.

Finally, there were some suggestions on improving outreach to the AUSD community.

“Students could do the LCAP survey during class time; if they do it, it’s more likely they’ll encourage their parents to take it at home,” English teacher Lori Naylor said.

Level Up Gaming Club Helps Students Build Friendships, Develop Gaming Skills



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The Level Up Gaming Club is the first club at AHS that allows students to connect with each other through all types gaming.

According to club president Andy Chiang, Level Up Gaming Club aims to help its members develop better communication skills and foster new friendships. The club provides members an environment in which they are able to openly share their passion for video games. In turn, this interaction allows members to familiarize themselves with one another and form new bonds.

“The hope is that [the club] can use games as a medium to facilitate new relationships between students, promote collaborative thinking and develop effective communication,” Chiang said.

Members of the club can expect to play and compete in a wide variety of games from multiplayer online battle arenas such as League of Legends to first person shooters like Call of Duty. The club emphasizes multiplayer games, so members also play board games. The games serve as a means to improve one’s thinking, reasoning and strategy.

On March 26, the club held its first League of Legends tournament for AHS students. The tournament consisted of 18 teams, each made up of five players. All five members of the winning team were to receive in-game currency, provided by the club, with which they could use to buy a variety of aesthetic upgrades for the game.

Given that the tournament was the first of its kind, participants such as senior Bocheng Song felt that there was much to be improved.

“[I felt that] the tournament was pretty unorganized,” Song said. “Whenever teams were missing a player, matches were delayed until a substitute could be found. For future tournaments, I would recommend that participants get to make their own teams.”

When asked to comment on the randomization of team, Chiang stated that it was the nature of the event itself to be randomized.

“The tournament was mostly for fun and [that was the reason] why teams were randomly created,” Chiang said.

“However, many felt that it was competitive since there was a [prize involved].”

Chiang hopes that, in the coming years, Level Up Gaming Club will be able to grow in size and become more well-known within the school, something they have not been able to accomplish due to the club’s recent formation.

“Unfortunately, the club wasn’t able to be a part of any of ASB events like Open House so we weren’t really able to advertise the club much,” Chiang said. “[In the future], we hope to set up events on a regular basis and further connect students through gaming.”

UC Increases Californians’ Admission Rate


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On April 4, the University of California (UC) administration announced the admission of 15 percent more California students, particularly Latinos and African Americans. According to FOX 5 News, the impact of the change in the admissions has grown substantially.

“Learning about this announcement of UCs admitting more students to apply the college is really cool to hear,” senior Julian Rubio said.

According to preliminary data, the increase of 8,488 admissions is the largest jump to the UC system ever since 1944.

“I think it is a great idea that UC [admitting] more students because it would make the students happy to be in a college and get a degree from it,” senior Jose Ortiz said.

Others suggest that the new admission rates are not balanced.

“To me, the 15 percent is particularly for the Latinos and African Americans. However, there is still the whole state of California with many other ethnicities wanting to to go to college such as Native Americans, Vietnamese and Chinese. Although it’s appreciative for UC to admit more students to get in their college, I think the 15 percent is not enough,” counselor Carlos Jimenez said.

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