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.

Do Club Sports Harm Athletes

BRIANA THAI

Staff Writer

From soccer, to lacrosse, to swimming, there are an abundant number of club teams an athlete can partake in. Club sports are community based teams for people of all ages, independent of a school or university. They are perfect for those who want to push themselves to higher competition levels and play off-season from school sports.
Club teams are coached by professionals, not just a willing parent. These coaches are trained and experienced in the sport, teaching the skills athletes need to succeed. Club coaches are prepared and trained to handle every type of problem, making club sports safer than recreational sports.

With more funding going toward safety, the equipment that club teams use are often more safe and secure than recreational equipment.

In club teams, athletes condition and perform cardio, strengthening and learning to control their bodies to prevent injuries. Each individual has their problems assessed, making the team better as a whole.

Because they train year round, the athletes on a club team trust each other and form a safer training environment. Athletes are taught to depend on their teammates and as a result, create irreplaceable bonds.

Club teams allow athletes to network with others around the country and branch out to as high as college level competitions.

 

KENNY LAM

Staff Writer

Many iconic athletes, from Kobe Bryant to Michael Phelps, had a humble and early introduction to the world of sports. Even most of the top athletes at Alhambra High School have participated in club sports in their adolescence. However, ethical ideas arise about their early entrance in sports.

These athletes have endured many injuries in early life that have lead to several consequences and more injuries. Still, many argue that it is beneficial toward future career and life. Evidence has shown that club athletes are more likely to have arthritis or joint pain during or after their athletic career. Though some exercise is great for stimulation of the body, athletes will participate in rigorous training for competitive improvement too early in their lives.

As a club athlete, juggling school and sports was an extremely tough task. Most club athletes are also students, having irregular sleeping schedule as well as facing pressure in school and competition.
I think it is much better taking a break from sports and rejoining seasonally, than continuously participating in one activity. Doing this will allow rest in those certain group of joints for lower risks of injury and keep the sport something exciting.

Call For Study Hall to Increase Potential

VICKY LAM

Staff Writer

As the school year wears on, students are finding themselves getting busier within each day. From afterschool sports and clubs to part-time jobs to family events to general homework assignments, it may be a little difficult to juggle everything together. A simple solution to this problem would be to add just one more class to students’ schedules with that class being study hall.
Homework and basic assignments are the deciding factors in students’ grade success and even their failure. In most cases, a few missed assignments is all it takes to drop a high grade to a low one. In an effort to try to lower the number of failing students, Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary High School in Montebello, California enforced a mandatory study hall. The high school saw an increase in honor students, higher average GPAs and improved teacher morale after incorporating a study hall period into students’ daily schedules. The honor roll rose from 32 percent to a little over 50 percent with the numbers of assignments turned in shifting from 30 percent to 90 percent. The study hall period allotted for students not only benefitted them in academic achievements, but gave their school resounding statistical success.
Schools that offer a study hall period for students are giving them a chance to make up assignments, study for a test or finish homework. More importantly, those schools are giving their students a chance to work to their fullest potential. It is far too common that students have the adequate work ethic to complete their assignments, yet they do not have the adequate amount of time to do so.
According to a survey conducted by the University of Phoenix College of Education, the average high school student spends an average of 17.5 hours per week on homework. Different students will have different workloads, but those who feel overwhelmed and need extra work time can turn to study halls for help. Students will be able to take a breather in between classes and catch up on the work they did not complete or missed.
A problem arises when students are able to abuse their privilege of having a free period to do what they please. However, it is simple to prevent such a problem from emerging. All that is needed for study hall periods to take place within the school environment is a sufficient work room such as a classroom or the school library and a supervisor to oversee that students are making use of the study hall. This way, the study hall program becomes more enriching and can raise potential academic success.
Students will be able to find a sense of ease in their days within study halls. Stress will be alleviated and time will be returned back to students’ hands. The opportunity of a readily available study hall is an opportunity students definately will not pass up.

It Is Fair to Say: Not Another Popularity Contest

180 days of the year, teachers are entered into a popularity contest and students get to be the judges. In a way, the stereotypes about high school popularity are true. The difference is rather than cheerleaders and athletes, the popular crew consists of educators that the student body deems the “best.”

The notion of crossing our fingers and hoping we get the nice teacher is absurd. The pattern of picking classes and dropping classes because of the teacher needs to stop. The fear of not getting an “A” at the end of the semester should not be the defining factor of how many sections that teacher will be able to teach that year.

Educators do not assign more work just for their own pleasure. The work assigned is meant to prepare us for college, not to boost or maintain our GPAs. When rigor and standards decrease, students do not complain. But once it goes back to normal, even for one assignment, multiple complaints about the college preparatory work spreads like rumors around campus.

Fortunately, most teachers do not care about whether we find them favorable or not. Their purpose is not supposed to be micro-managing our grades; it is to prepare us for what life and college is going to bring. It is time to use our ability not to judge the workload given to us by our teachers, but to use it to further our education.

MOOR graphic by CORLY HUANG

Phones: The Next ‘Big’ Thing is Not Here

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MOOR graphic by LESLIE HWANG

Derek Wu
Staff Writer

Smartphones have become a huge part of everyday life for many people. From “snapchatting” food to posting your selfies on Instagram, we are constantly focusing on our phone screens. These smartphones come at a cost, with an average phone ranging from $300 up to $900. We treat these pieces of technology with the utmost care, that is, until the next “big” things come out.

Many of us are obsessed with getting the newest or the next update to our phones. We’re taught that once the new generation of phones comes out, our phones automatically go through an expiration date and are now outdated. What was once something we protected with our lives is now thrown around as if it’s junk. However, this mentality we have about our phones is actually not beneficial. Your phone was and is the same amazing phone before the new version came out. We don’t need to get the latest item to have a good working phone. Companies like Apple market campaigns like “Apple Forever” that lets you trade in your old iPhone for the new iPhone every year. Is your phone really outdated though? The screen resolution, the camera, the processor: It was all the same when you bought it and after the new version came out. Just because it is the same, doesn’t mean it isn’t outdated. A slightly bigger screen or higher camera resolution shouldn’t be the determining factor for a new phone.

With that said, you are probably due for an upgrade when your phone speed is slower than you type. Now if you’re still carrying around a flip phone, I applaud you for not being sucked into the world of smartphones but for the rest of us, remember to appreciate your smartphone because it is far from junk.

Highschool Jobs Not Worth the Work Work Work Work Work

ERIN KIM
Staff Writer

Working a part-time job as a high school student is undoubtedly difficult. Students tend to push themselves toward the workforce, craving independence and awaiting multiple benefits without expecting any possible consequences. Ultimately, there are several factors that people should take into account when deciding whether or not they should scout for a job.

There are wonderful benefits that students are able to acquire while working during high school. Being employed allows students to gain valuable communication and teamwork skills alongside an increase in responsibility. However, the “make it or break it” factor is time management. Students who relatively easygoing classes that require only a decent amount of attention are in the best positions to work during their high school years. However, those who take multiple Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors classes may find that working as a student is extremely stressful and time-consuming. Balancing school and the responsibilities of being a student may result in decreased work performance and one ultimately falling behind in their classes after letting a few homework assignments slips. Once a student begins to have poorer grades or stay up too late after getting a part-time job, it is time to seriously contemplate quitting or, at the very least, cutting back on the hours working. Sometimes, students are held back by familial obligations and must work in order to help their parents provide for their large families. In cases such as these, students may not have the choice but to work during their high school years.

In the long run, students who want to work part-time jobs should first compile a list of pros and cons to help them decide whether it is truly worth it to work during their high school careers. It’s important to take a closer look at the cons even if there seems to be more pros overall. After all, there’s plenty of time for everyone to work in the future when they have no other choice but to do so.

The War on ‘Drugs’

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ANGELA YANG
Editor in Chief

As the election season progresses, it often serves as a reminder of how profound the effects of the American president, the leader of the free world, can be. For example, years after his presidency, the United States still suffers the pervasive consequences of Richard Nixon’s War on Drugs.

Now I am in no way an advocate of drug use. But neither am I an advocate of the devastating effects of Nixon’s war on drugs, because let’s face the facts: this war propagated the association of drugs with “the antiwar left and black people,” according to former Nixon aide John Ehrlichman. In criminalizing drugs so harshly, the Nixon administration essentially criminalized antiwar protesters and black people.

This war is a continuous war on our lower socioeconomic class as well. Michelle Alexander, author of “The New Jim Crow,” puts it best when she states, “This war has been waged almost exclusively in poor communities of color, even though studies consistently show that people of all colors use and sell illegal drugs.” Long after the Nixon administration, presidents have still continued to wage this war on drugs, proposing policies and initiatives that place pressure on other countries to follow suit.

Such ingrained associations are hard to reverse in American society, unfortunately, but it is not impossible. It will take a long time, of course, but it is crucial now more than ever that we elect a president we can call on to identify this issue and serve as an advocate for all people in America, a president who can acknowledge and attempt to rectify their predecessors’ mistakes.

American history is fraught with discrimination and prejudice. “Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did,” Ehrlichman states. But that is no excuse for the America of today to continue on as the America of decades past.

Battling Senioritis and Staying Motivated

Kyle Ang
Staff Writer

After years of work and a college acceptance, it is easy to slack off, relax and wait for graduation to come. What is the point in any more work; you are all set, right? The common phenomenon of senioritis hits many students near the end of their high school career and causes a disengaged attitude or decreased performance in academics and extracurricular activities. If you find yourself slipping into a senior slump, focusing on the future and working with others may help.

Coming to the end of high school or school year may make you feel like school no longer matters, but finishing this stage in your life is truly preparation for starting another. Thinking of goals beyond graduation may help you focus on working hard to make sure you refine your habits for college. Even if you are not a senior, second semester grades play an important role in how admissions officers see you as a student. A rising record with growing trends is much better than a dropping one.

Even with a college acceptance, a drop in performance has great consequences and may even cause colleges to void your admission. Colleges will not necessarily revoke acceptance if an A student drops to a B average. “If you’re an A student, a D or an F can certainly do it,” according to Bev Taylor, founder of The Ivy Coach, a college admissions counselling practice.

To remain motivated, surround yourself with people who support and inspire you. While this may lead to procrastination and pizza parties, working with others who stay productive may be helpful in keeping you in track. Suffering together is better than suffering alone.

The rest of the year is a chance for you to prove to yourself and to others that it was not just luck that you were accepted into the college of your choice. After all these years of hard work and perseverance, it is not the time to pull back and give up. You are in the final stretch of graduating and to see your work pay off, it is time for you to give it your all.

JV Softball Slides Into New Season, Hopes To Win Almont League Title

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Freshman first baseman Jaelynn Moran pitches to her teammates during a girls’ JV softball practice in preparation for the April 4 game against Pioneer High School.

MOOR photo by SHANNON KHA

BENJAMIN LANGE
Staff Writer

Alhambra High School’s JV softball team has been working year-round to be in the best condition possible for the upcoming season. The team’s long-term goal is to win the Almont League title and are determined to do their very best. With so much practice all year long, the Lady Moors are positioned very well for the season.

“They have improved all across the board and become a better team offensively and defensively,” Head Coach David Robles said.

The team’s daily routine is to stretch and throw for about 15 minutes and to then throw infield and outfield. They then take rounds batting at the plate to work on hand-eye coordination. Afterwards, they work on what the coach assigns that day depending if it is an offensive or defensive practice day.

As a result of practicing so much for this season, the softball team has made many improvements since last season both individually and as a whole.

“We have grown as a team by creating a stronger bond as a team and are improving our communication,” center fielder Arlene Contreras said.

Overall, the team has made huge improvements and is slowly getting better with every day that passes. After preparing so much this year, the team has great odds against upcoming schools such as Pioneer High and Mark Keppel. With the great commitment and determination, the JV softball team has very high chances of winning the Almont League title this year.