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


Million Dollar Question

Sylvia Winston
Features Editor

F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “There are all kinds of love in this world but never the same love twice.” Little did he know how heavily his words would resonate in for the 21st century’s youth.

Young love is a topic of debate since no one can really define it, other than as a sentiment of pure attachment. Even more so, one’s love for a significant other is belittled by many parents. Parents question the ability of teenagers to know what love is and denote this sentiment as tempo-

Unfortunately, young love is not always depicted by the world as true love. Infatuation and attraction are a few of the synonyms adults tend to use when describing the notorious emotion.

“Love is based on perception. Adults will never understand how teenagers view love and teenagers will never understand how adults perceive love,” junior Mayra Aguilar said.

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, young love is being put to the test to prove the world that it is true love. For most people, Valentine’s Day calls up images of flowers, chocolate, cards, candlelit dinners and other expressions of l’amour. But what is this crazy little thing called love? Are there differences between what young couples who are in love for the first time do compared to committed couples who renew their affections? And what about those who find first or second (or third) love later in life?

This can only be answered by the mystery that is love.

Freshman Council Spotlight

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Editor in Chief

With every incoming class of freshmen comes the freshman council elections. This year, voting was held from Jan. 20 to Jan. 23, with the officers announced the following week. The elected council consists of President Candy Thong and officers Matthew Chan, Kelly Diep, Leslie Gutierrez, Hannah Huapaya, Vivianne Lam, Brandson Le, Sandy Nguyen and Charlotte Ong. Every year, the newly elected council must plan for the future dances they will host junior year, the Sadie Hawkins dance and Prom.

1. What are your expectations for freshman council?

Candy Thong (CT): My expectations for council are that each and every one of us is full of positivity and good vibes. I hope that our council is one of the best councils here at Alhambra. I also hope everyone takes this seriously as we take on the many fundraisers and dances. Overall, I expect us to all have fun as we get to spend as much time as we can in the Class of 2018 Council.

Matthew Chan: I expect council to fulfill all the duties that are asked of us and to have a fun, positive experience with all the members.

2. What do you hope to accomplish as president?

CT: As president, I hope to be a great leader to everyone. I will definitely put our priorities and run weekly meetings to accomplish our tasks. I am so excited to see all of our ideas put together into one main event.

3. What are your immediate goals for council?

CT: [Our] immediate goals are to fundraise as much as possible and have fun while fundraising!

4. How do you hope to serve the freshman class?

CT: I hope that our class likes our council because we are ready to do anything and everything. I feel that we are all prepared to fulfill our class’s wishes.

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Sadie Hawkins: Are You Glowing?

Staff Writer

This year, the annual Sadie Hawkins dance will be held on Feb. 13. 2016 Junior Council has been raising funds for this year’s prom since 2012 and the Sadie Hawkins dance is one way they plan to gain financial support. Council members have prepared all aspects of the dance, including videos, theme, location and more.

The dance will be held in the underground parking lot to match the theme, “Light the Night.” The theme will include bright neon colors, paint and lots of black lights.

“The hardest part of creating Sadies for our council was coming up with the theme; the theme [had] to be simple enough that everyone can dress up, but special enough for everyone to have fun,” 2016 Council President Amy Than said.

Before the dance, many steps were taken to put everything together. The district office approved all contracts for the entertainment, including the DJ and photo booths. 2016 Council then created the theme and planned the decorations. Lastly, all Council members promoted strategically for maximum ticket sales. They have also been making posters every day, during lunch and after school for weeks in order to prompt students to support and have fun at Sadies.

“If you’ve been around school a good number of times, you’ve seen the mass-produced posters that we have made for promotional purposes. [It was] definitely a lot of labor, but nonetheless [the posters filled] the school with something [for students] to look at as they idle by and hopefully, something to be excited about,” Vice President Angelica Torres said.

One of the many attractions Sadies will have this year is the “splatter station.” Anyone who wants to be splattered with neon,glow-in-the-dark is welcome to go to the splatter station. The dance floor will be surrounded by black lights, which will illuminate the paint on any white or neon clothing.

“This is my first year in high school and I am super excited to go to this year’s Sadies; the splatter station looks super cool because it’s interactive. I’m looking forward to going!” freshman Eliana Wuchen said.

Obama Administration Proposes Workplace Reform

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In President Obama’s State of the Union Address on Jan. 20, the first and most discussed topic was the middle-class economy and new proposals to protect working families.

Raising the minimum wage to more than $15,000 a year is Obama’s first step. Obama has also advocated for men and women working the same job to receive equal payment and for all employees to get paid for overtime work.
“The minimum wage should definitely be raised and men and women absolutely should have equal payment for the same job. But at the same time, I think people are ignoring the problem of ethnicity and I believe we need a system to guarantee that everyone [is] paid the same ethnically, too,” sophomore Cyndia Zhou said. “People should always have equal opportunities.”

Obama has said that it is often an economic necessity for both spouses to work. However, data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that 29 percent of women in America stay at home to take care of their children. Therefore, according to New York Times, Obama has proposed paid maternity leave that guarantees federal employees six weeks of salary after the birth of a child. In addition, with 43 million workers who do not receive paid sick leave, Obama also advocates for reform that will allow workers to accumulate up to seven days of paid sick leave every year.

“I think the reform is really ambitious but unrealistic,” junior Nadia Gov said. “Thinking about giving more money to the working families is good but where is the [funding] going to come from?”

U.S. Playing Catch-Up for Working Americans



Copy Editor

In his 2015 State of the Union address, Obama outlined some key goals of workplace reform for the year: a minimum wage increase, mandatory paid sick leave and gender pay equity. While reforms may find difficulty passing through the Republican-majority House and Senate, Obama’s goals would be beneficial for most Americans and would allow the nation to keep up with other progressive countries.

In 2013, 3.3 million workers were paid at or below the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This amount would fail to support most people. A full-time minimum-wage worker earns an annual income of $15,080, already below the poverty line of a 2-person household before taxes, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Evidently, a minimum wage increase is necessary, not to unfairly redistribute wealth as some claim, but to allow an adequate standard of living for all workers.

Students are familiar with the inconvenient choice of either attending school while miserably sick or resting at home and making up days of work. However, this can become a more drastic dilemma for workers when it becomes a choice between health and pay. The Center for Economic and Policy Research has found that out of 22 comparatively wealthy countries, the U.S. is the only one that would not provide any worker’s compensation for either a 5-day flu or a 50-day cancer treatment. A bill that guarantees seven paid sick days a year, as Obama proposed, would be a simple step in the right direction.

Moreover, as if U.S. worker’s rights could not lag behind other countries enough, the U.S. ranks last in government support for new parents when compared to 37 other countries, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. While the Family and Medical Leave Act allows certain eligible employees to receive up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave in a 12-month period to care for a child, all workers should be able to enjoy these benefits, plus at least some financial compensation.

Perhaps most importantly, the U.S. must address the issue of gender pay inequity. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics have long shown that women make less than men in every occupation. The pay gap has not changed in a decade, and will not change until action is taken. One would think that gender equality would be a nonpartisan issue by now, but in September 2014, Senate Republicans inexplicably blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act, according to the Huffington Post.

With several important reforms on the table, hopefully 2015 can be a year of government cooperation in addressing these priorities.

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