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                                                                                                                                         VOLUME XLV ISSUE X



Salazar and Ho Selected for Girls’ and Boys’ State
                                                                                                                                            KEVINHUYNH
                                                                                                                                              Staff Writer
                                                                                                                                  Whether it is in the hallways or in
                                                                                                                               class, be sure to congratulate this year’s
                                                                                                                               Boys’ State and Girls’ State delegates
                                                                                                                               from Arroyo, Calvin Ho and Claudia
                                                                                                                               Salazar.
                                                                                                                                   Calvin and Claudia follow the
                                                                                                                               footsteps of last year’s Arroyo High
                                                                                                                               School’s Boys’ State and Girls’ State
                                                                                                                               delegates, Matthew Marquez and Nien
                                                                                                                               Tran.
                                                                                                                                 Every year, the American Legion and
                                                                                                                               American Legion Auxiliary organize
                                                                                                                               the Boys’ and Girls’ State programs.
                                                                                                                               The purpose of the programs is
                                                                                                                               to train students to become good
                                                                                                                               citizens. Arroyo usually sends one boy
                                                                                                                               and one girl to the programs. The two
                                                                                                                               students are selected based on their
                                                                                                                               leadership.
                                                                                                                                   While at the campus, Boys’ and
                                                                                                                               Girls’ State delegates will learn about
                                                                                                                               citizenship and leadership. They will
                                                                                                                               set up and run a mock municipal level
 Juniors Calvin Ho and Claudia Salazar are extremely excited about having the chance to participate in Boys’                   of government in which they will elect
 and Girls’ State, respectively.
                                                                                                KNIGHTSBANNER                      GIRLS’ & BOYS’ STATE: PAGE 8

Opinion: Who Can Wang Competes at State Speech Competition
Test the New Well- In our minds,Staffremember Hawkins, the followingDecathlon took up too her hair, some girls that chopped was
                                NELSONTA                which will foreshadow later events in had.
                                      Writer                          year.                    “I met                         off
                                 we                      “Academic                                    it was crazy… and she
ness Policy? The of the many names that are embed- It only took up about 2 hours a Ben Wang.
                   Tran, and Hernandez. These are some much time, so I tried out for speech. hot, too!” exclaimed a very excited


Candyman Can. have propelled themselves into the A few weeks after State Qualifica- tried to mingle with as many people
                   ded into Arroyo history because they week…” stated Ben Wang.                Ben had come alive on the trip and

                                        prestigious level of state qualification.   tions, Mr. Terry Colvin, the advisor       that would tolerate his intellectual
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                                        Now, for a reason entirely different        of Speech and Debate, received a           aggression.
           Opinions Editor
                                        from wrestling, we will all behold the      phone call. The Southern California         “He was very outgoing,” mentioned
   The wellness policy, which the       glory of Wang.                              Debate League told him that one of         Mr. Colvin.
school plans to completely follow         On March 4 and 5, the speech team         the contestants that qualified for state     Ben had tried to chat with one of
by 2009, has had an undisputable        attended State Qualifications held          could not attend, and that Ben had         the Logan competitors, but the only
effect on school life, no matter how    at California State University, Long        the privilege to compete. Ben and          response he received from him was,
minimal the effect. The policy states   Beach. After two long days of indi-         Mr. Colvin jumped at the chance to         “I can’t speak to you, you’re my ad-
that candy sales during school hours    viduals events, the team had come up        compete.                                   versary.”
are prohibited and punishable by the    short of any victories. Senior Ben            From April 21 through 23, Ben and           There are about 710 impromptu
administration and faculty. It also     Wang had just missed placing in the         Mr. Colvin went to Sierra College,         competitors in the California and
aims for change to the food pro-        finals round in impromptu speaking          outside Sacramento. There were             about 56 were allowed to compete
vided to students by the school and     by a few points. It had seemed that         roughly 500 competitors from 100 dif-      at State.
provides an overall health plan. All    the seniors had missed their chance         ferent schools. Two schools, Leland           Minh Tran, former president and
of it is designed to help change the    at high school debate glory, and the        High School, a high school in San          co-founder of the club, first coached
unhealthy eating habits of current      underclassmen members would have            Jose, and James Logan High School          Ben.
and future students.                    to wait another year to sample the          in Union City, dominated the whole           “He told me to think of something
  The policy has affected many areas    sweet taste of success.                     competition.                               abstract about the idea I am trying to
of the school. Clubs that have come       Ben and most of Speech and De-              “The level of competition was in-        talk about, and go with,” stated Ben
to rely on the steady income from       bate’s current members tried out for        tense. I wish I could have brought         Wang.
candy sales now seek alternative        the club late last year. The members        the whole team to observe speech at         Ben tried Minh’s style for a while but
means to make money. Pan Pacific        had to try out by doing impromptu           a state level,” stated Mr. Colvin.         he could not adapt to it. He then de-
virtually does not exist because the    duo interpretation, impromptu speak-          Ben met some interesting people at       veloped his own personal flair, which
bulk of their profiteering comes        ing, or spontaneous debate. For his         State and was astonished at the level      deviated from conventional styles, and
from candy sales.                       try out, Ben did impromptu speaking,        of dedication that the other teams         started winning abruptly.
        CANDYMAN: PAGE 6                                                                                                                    WANG: PAGE 2
                             NEWS                              FAREWELLS                                    OPINIONS                                         SPORTS
  Students elect junior Clau-              Knights Banner seniors                      A cranky columnist tells                   The girls varsity basketball
  dia Salazar ASB President;               say farewell after an ex-                   students why they should                   team annihilates the com-
  other student body posi-                 citing year of writing and                  embrace the new wellness                   petition and finishes off a
  tions filled in election.                bonding.                                    policy.                                    great season.
  PAGE 3                                   PAGE 4 & 5                                  PAGE 6                                     PAGE 7
JUNE 9, 2006                                                            NEWS                                                                               PAGE 2

 Knights Banner
       Arroyo High School
                                      Knights Mourn for Library Aide Mrs. Davalos
                                          Mrs. Pauline Davalos, longtime
       4921 Cedar Avenue
                                      library/media center assistant, died
      El Monte, Calif. 91732
                                      on April 14 after a prolonged illness.
          (626) 444-9201
                                      Students and staff were shocked to
         Established 1955
                                      learn of Mrs. Davalos’ death when
    The Knights Banner is published   they returned from Spring Break.
  monthly by the journalism stu-           Mrs. Davalos worked for the El
  dents of Arroyo High School         Monte Union High School District
  in the El Monte Union High          since 1979, starting as an Instructional
  School District. Some mate-         Aide at El Monte High Schol. She
  rial courtesy of the American       began working at Arroyo in Septem-
  Society of Newspaper Editors/       ber 1992.
  KRT Campus High School                 Mrs. Davalos was devoted to her
  Newspaper Service.                  job of helping Arroyo students in
     We welcome the opinion of        the library. She was always the one to
  both students and staff. All        ask for the student ID and to remind
  letters must be signed and are      students when fines were due.
  subject to editing. All letters        Mrs. Davalos was dedicated to the
  become the property of the          students at Arroyo. She was not one
  Knights Banner. Please send all     to suffer fools gladly, yet the students
  submissions to room 5.              were the reason she continued work-        Mrs. Davalos is pictured here at a convention for classified employees
    Unsigned articles reflect the     ing as long as she did.                    in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  opinion of the majority of the         Mrs. Davalos was on medical leave                                           PHOTO COURTESY OF MR. TIM O’ROURKE
  Knights Banner staff and do not     for much of the 2005-2006 school          “She was devoted to her family. She looking at all the pictures on her desk.
  necessarily reflect the opinions    year.                                    used to tell me stories about her grand- Pauline was a very special lady. I will
  of the administration or the            Staff members remember Mrs. children and great-grandchildren. She miss her very much,” commented Ms.
  advisor.                            Davalos fondly.                          was very proud of all of them. I loved Jennifer Swanson.

           STAFF                      Riassetto’s Students Win More Awards for Art
                                                     WAKEFIELDLI
    EDITORS-IN-CHIEF                                                               meeting on April 18. During the           to assist them with his many years of
                                                    Features Editor
                                                                                   meeting, board members, staff, and        art experience, both through college
        MATTHEWMARQUEZ                   In the 32nd Congressional District’s      public attendees voted for their top      classes and teaching at Arroyo. Mr.
             CALVINHO                 5 Annual Congressional Art Com-
                                       th                                          5 choices.                                Riassetto also strongly pushes the
                                      petition, seniors Michael Chen and              Arroyo added yet more victories to     concept of value in pencil drawings,
                                      Jonathan Nguyen placed first and             its plethora of awards at the El Monte    essentially the core of any black and
    FEATURES EDITOR                   fourth. Arroyo won two out of the            Union High School District Women’s        white pencil composition. He then
                                      five awards, a huge accomplishment in        Club Art Contest. The results were        “works intensely with each student’s
            WAKEFIELDLI               not only the city, but in the congressio-    split into local and district awards.     particular medium, whether it be paint
                                      nal district. In the past five years since   For local awards, Charlene Lee tied       or pencil,” “always encouraging stu-
                                      the show began, Arroyo has won more          for second place and Jamie Wong won       dents to strive for excellence.”
                                      art awards than any other school.            first. For the district awards, Vanessa      Upcoming art shows include the
    OPINIONS EDITOR                                                                                                          annual Los Angeles County Fair
                                          Michael Chen, excited about his          Alvarez won honorable mention for
                                      award, said, “I felt nervous and anx-        her pencil drawing and Charlene won       competition in the summer, which
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                                      ious to be selected as first place in con-   second for her tempera paint com-         encompasses an area larger than that
                                      gressional art show. The drawing took        position. For pencil drawings, both       of the 32nd congressional district.
                                      around nine hours, and I was shocked         Robert Sherwood and Justin Lopez          Results of the show will be known in
     SPORTS EDITOR                    when they announced my name. The             won second. Jamie won third.              September.
                                      drawing is based on American culture:          When asked if he prepared the stu-         At the beginning of the year, Mr.
       FERNANDACRISTERNA              a shaman doing a ceremony with the           dents for the art show, Mr. Rick Rias-    Riassetto had one expectation for
                                      spirit of wolf.”                             setto replied, “I help students improve   himself. “I expect to do my best to
                                          At the Upper San Gabriel Valley          aspects of their drawings they may        help students realize their potential,”
       STAFF WRITERS                  Municipal Water District Annual Art          not normally see on their own. When       he said.
                                      Contest, senior Daniel Cuesta placed         concentrating intensely on a project,        With all the winners this year, it
         KEVINHUYNH                   fifth, winning $25 and a “Water Wise         students sometimes cannot see certain     seems as though the students have
       VALERIENAVARRO                 T-Shirt.” For this contest, students         aspects of their composition that can     realized their potential, or at least
           NELSONTA                   submitted a poster to be displayed           be improved upon.”                        edged closer fulfilling it.
    SAMMYZENNER-BECERRA               during the Upper District’s Board              This is where Mr. Riassetto steps in
                                      WANG: CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
            ADVISOR                     “I just started talking about the          few points short of qualifying.           Ben.
                                      things I wanted to talk about,” stated         Ben received a State trophy at ban-       The legacy of Wang will always re-
      MSJENNIFERSWANSON               Ben Wang.                                    quet and was awarded most valuable        main as long as Speech and Debate
                                        Ben tried his hardest but could not        member. In addition to those awards,      is still around. The school will have
                                      overcome the overall experience and          Ben won a trophy for congress debate      a new speech class next year and the
                                      skills of the other debaters. He fin-        at Package Deal at Arcadia, another       club itself is always looking for new
   Visit the Knights                  ished 35th out of the 56 impromptu           congress trophy at La Mirada Invi-        members. Mr. Colvin wants to create
   Banner online @                    competitors.
                                        This was Ben’s first year in speech
                                                                                   tational, and two novice impromptu
                                                                                   trophies.
                                                                                                                             a speech dynasty and look forward to
                                                                                                                             create a school that will rival Gabri-
                                      and he accomplished more than any              Ben greatly appreciates the efforts     elino and even Logan.
  http://my.highschooljournalism.     other member.                                of Mr. Colvin, who will be the sole         Despite some criticism that Speech
  org/ca/elmonte/arroyo                 Last year, Karla Jacobo and Johnny         coach of the team next year.              and Debate is dying, Mr. Colvin
                                      Auyeung were a few points away from            “Mr. Colvin has done a great job…       assures that “there’s hope for the
                                      qualifying for state. This year, Hai-        what he has done is endless. The club     future.”
                                      Vu Phan and Kawsar Vazifdar were a           will go far with Mr. Colvin,” stated
JUNE 9, 2006                                                         FEATURES                                                                                    PAGE 3

School and Extracurriculars Necessitate Lack of Sleep in Teens
              CALVINHO                     my life for more sleep. I have a lot      except the parents. Teenagers struggle          A reduction of the pressures of
             Editor-in-Chief               of things going for me right now,”        to balance bustling social lives, aca-      teenagers to sleep less does not seem
  Senior Bonnie Mac has erratic sleep-     Bonnie says.                              demics, extracurricular activities, jobs,   to be in the horizon. However, some
ing patterns, sleeping at around 10 PM          Both Bonnie and Benjamin are         and other responsibilities. However,        legislative officials have taken steps to
and waking up at around 2 AM to do         among an enormous number of teen-         many parents are unaware of this. Ac-       encourage later school start times to
homework and get ready for her zero        agers that regularly do not get enough    cording to the NSF’s Sleep in America       adjust for teenagers’ sleep needs. In
period class. She occupies herself         sleep. Most experts recommend that        Poll, 90% of parents believe that their     March 1999, Representative Zoe Lof-
during her waking hours with school,       teenagers get from nine to ten hours      teenagers get enough sleep at least a       gren (D-CA) introduced in the House
band, National Honor Society, Key          of sleep per night, but estimate that     few times during the week, while only       a bill entitled “The Z’s to A’s Act [sic],”
Club, GATE trips, and many more            the average teenager only gets around     20% of teenagers really do.                 which would provide federal grants to
responsibilities and obligations.          seven hours. Many get even less.             Adding to the problem is the fact        high schools that would agree to start
   Junior Benjamin Perez ends his day         “Sending students to school sleepy     that sleep needs and circadian rhythms      classes no later than 9 AM.
when Bonnie wakes up and starts            is like sending them to school with-      change during adolescence. At this              Students have mixed reactions to
up again at 5 AM. He, too, juggles         out breakfast. They just don’t have       point in their lives, teenagers are more    the proposal of starting school later.
his classes with band, and also with       a basic necessity that helps them feel    likely to stay up and wake up later by      Some agree, saying that the adjust-
Academic Decathlon, Speech and             and function their best,” says the        nature. Unfortunately, busy schedules       ment would give adequate sleep-
Debate, and tennis. He stays awake         Highlights and Key Findings page of       do not follow natural sleeping patterns     ing time for students, while others
even longer than Bonnie does because       the National Sleep Foundation’s 2006      and teenagers end up losing much-           disagree, saying that pushing back
just as his peers set high achievement     Sleep in America Poll.                    needed sleep.                               school times would simply push back
standards for him, they also encourage        The number of problems that arise         To keep themselves up for as long        extracurricular times.
him to play diverting video games.         because of sleep deprivation is shock-    as is necessary, they turn to stimu-           “If school were to start later, stu-
  Despite their sleep deprivation, how-    ing. Among other things, teenagers        lants. Some, like Benjamin, consume         dents could sleep at the time they
ever, neither Bonnie nor Benjamin          who do not get enough sleep suffer        copious amounts of high-sugar foods.        sleep now and still obtain the required
seems to be able to give up the active     from irritability, slipping grades, and   Others, like Bonnie, snack throughout       amount of sleep,” says sophomore
lifestyles they lead through sleeping      a higher chance of getting into car       the day, and even during class time,        Jessica Vuong.
so little. They are heavily involved       accidents. More serious problems          to keep their energy levels up. Many           “If school started later, and ended
in time-consuming extracurricular          include sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and      more turn to coffee, tea, caffeinated       later, when will practices or rehearsals
activities and take some of the most       depression.                               soft drinks, and energy drinks. A small     take place?” questions junior Jose-
challenging classes at school.                 The reasons why teenagers get so      minority becomes desperate enough           phine Lin.
    “I don’t know if I would trade in      little sleep are obvious to everyone      to turn to amphetamines, or speed.


 Student Body Picks Officers State Nearly Throws Out CAH-
 In ASB and Class Elections SEE in Series of his case in court. Cases
                                             hear
                                                  Court
           VALERIENAVARRO                   Harper, secretary Jefferson Du, trea-          SAMMYZENNER-BECERRA                      On May 24, the 47,000 high school
               Staff Writer                 surer Shirley Luu, and commissioner                  Staff Writer                    seniors were denied a diploma after
    Every class needs a leader! Class       Christina Villagomez.
                                                                                        In 1999, the State Superintendent        the state Supreme Court reinstated
 elections for the year 2006-2007 were        The Senior class officers for next
                                                                                     of Public Instruction, Jack O’Connell,      the CAHSEE exam as a requirement.
 held in the gym May 11.                   year are president Allison Lee, vice-
                                                                                     proposed that the California High           The decision was split and the justices
   Candidates delivered their speeches     president Amber Guevara, secretary
                                                                                     School Exit Exam, which measures            decided to suspend the ruling made by
 to the voters live rather than over       Jennifer Leal, treasurer Griselda
                                                                                     students’ aptitude in math and Eng-         Robert Freedman, and mentioned that
 the closed circuit system. Students       Solorzano and commissioner Angela
                                                                                     lish, should be a requirement for high      it was wrong for Freedman throw out
 cast their votes immediately after.       Nguyen.
                                                                                     school graduation. The proposal was         the exam altogether.
 Winners were announced during               These officers will have the duty of
                                                                                     approved by the Congress and the test          Thursday, May 25, the appeal made
 fifth period.                             planning the senior luncheon, produc-
                                                                                     requirement was put into effect for the     to the Supreme Court by the public
   “Class of 2009” elections were held     ing the senior video at the end of the
                                                                                     graduating class of 2006. Nineteen          advocates on behalf of the Califor-
 during first period.                      year and purchasing the annual gift to
                                                                                     other states require seniors to pass        nians for Justice Education Fund and
    Sophomore year officers the have       the school.
                                                                                     an exit exam to graduate from high          Arturo Gonzalez was rejected. This
 huge duty of fundraising and prepar-         Fall 2007 ASB elections were held
                                                                                     school and nearly all of them have          finalizes the Supreme Court’s decision
 ing for prom the following year.          last month. Claudia Salazar, current
                                                                                     fought and won legal problems with          and ensures that the CAHSEE is a
      Since, this class did not have a     ASB vice-president, was elected as
                                                                                     their tests.                                requirement for this year’s seniors.
 council throughout their freshman         president.
                                                                                        On May 12, the public advocated             Since this decision held, it is likely
 year they have a lot of catching up         Diana Suarez will be vice-president,
                                                                                     on behalf of the Californians for           that students who failed the test will be
 to do. Therefore, it means that the       Leticia Fuentes was elected secretary,
                                                                                     Justice Education Fund sued the             allowed to take it again in July. Those
 officer’s duties are to fundraise as      and Sophia Flores was elected trea-
                                                                                     state in the Superior Court. The San        students who continue to fail the exam
 much money as possible to be able         surer. Wilson Tsoi was re-elected
                                                                                     Francisco attorney representing this        over and over can attend summer
 to book a site for prom 2008.             commissioner of assemblies.
                                                                                     office, Arturo Gonzalez, convinced          school, continue through high school,
   The leaders for class of 2009 were         Alejandro Corral will be the new
                                                                                     an Alameda County Superior Judge,           or enroll in an adult school.
 voted for as follows; president Mario     commissioner of boy’s athletics and
                                                                                     Robert B. Freedman, that the exam              This year, there are fewer than 20
 Chavez, vice president Amy Marie          Yolanda Centeno will be the commis-
                                                                                     places too heavy of a burden on poor        students at Arroyo High School who
 Gallegos, secretary Sandy Barajas,        sioner of girl’s athletics.
                                                                                     and minority students that attend low-      are affected solely by the California
 treasurer Jonathan Diep, and com-            Julia Fernandez will be the new
                                                                                     performing schools. Freedman ruled          Exit Exam, according to Mr. Eric
 missioner Maria Abby Garduque.            speaker of the court, running the
                                                                                     the CAHSEE void shortly after. This         Lopez, Assistant Principal of Student
   The “Class of 2008” elections were      monthly Knights Court meetings.
                                                                                     decision would have helped more than        Services. Now that Arturo Gonzalez
 held during second period.                Samantha Uballez is the new com-
                                                                                     47,000, or about 1 in every 10, stu-        and his office’s appeal was rejected
    The officers that were elected are     missioner of activities. She will be
                                                                                     dents graduating from high school.          by the appeals court, it is highly un-
 the leaders that are going to plan next   in charge of planning lunch time
                                                                                       On May 19, a week after Robert B.         likely that these students will have
 year’s prom. It is going to be a year     activities.
                                                                                     Freedman’s decision was made, Jack          the opportunity to get their diplomas
 full of hard work and stress.               These newly elected ASB and class
                                                                                     O’Connell appealed Freedman’s de-           this year. Hopefully, with persever-
     The leaders that will be planning     officers are set to lead Arroyo in
                                                                                     cision to block the CAHSEE to the           ance, these people will get their high
 the prom next year are president          new directions. The Knights Banner
                                                                                     state Supreme Court. The Supreme            school diplomas after the school year
 Margaret Phu, vice-president Randall      wishes all officers the best of luck
                                                                                     Court decided to allow his appeal and       is over.
                                           next year.
‘06 JOURNALISM GEEKS PREPARE TO SAIL OFF INTO THE FUTURE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                were insignificant and when our parents could just fix it all. It
           MATTHEWMARQUEZ                      your “Sandal Scandal” story. I was being                                                                                                                                                                                                 ALYEN
                                               too harsh. Having you in journalism has                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  won’t be the same. The next time I yell at Wakefield, it’ll be over
               Editor-in-Chief                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Opinions Editor                    matters of money, women, and, undoubtedly, police action will
                                               been a pleasure. Without all the gossip
                                               and the fake 10-month pregnancies,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       be involved. He’ll probably be so bankrupt… I won’t even talk
Matthew will be attending UCLA in the          journalism would not have been nearly as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Al will be attending UC Irvine in the fall.     about it.
                  fall.                        entertaining. I find it amazing how you                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think back and I can remember forming this little group of
    Four years ago, I walked into Journalism   are able to balance being on the staff and                                                                                                                                                                           I wish I had emotions. It would make this           friends I call the A-men. The way I would brag and brag and
  1 a very quiet, but studious, student.       being the senior class president at the same                                                                                                                                                                         thing a whole lot easier.                           expound on stories. Even make up stories. At one point, I could
  Never did I imagine that the day would       time. You are a great leader and I wish you                                                                                                                                                                             In the hazy blur of my morning routine,          say that the A-men had complete control of the school (at least,
  come where I would be writing my final       the best of luck at Cal State LA. I know                                                                                                                                                                             I can see the words on the calendar.                in the student aspects of it). Then I’d sit in the audience and
  words on the periodical that has provided    you’ll do well! By the way, your speech at                                                                                                                                                                           “Graduation,” marked in bright red and              clap and cheer and tell some stranger, “Hey, those guys – they’re
  the foundation of my high school career.     banquet was awesome. You made a guy                                                                                                                                                                                  dotted with happy faces, burned its image           A-men. They do whatever crazy thing I tell them to do.” Sadly,
  Here we go:                                  shed tears; good job.                                                                                                                                                                                                into my sleep-worn retinas. Burnt itself            that may be my greatest accomplishment; I was the leader of a
     To my fellow Journalism Geeks: This            To Fernanda: Can you believe that                                                                                                                                                                               into my brain. “Holy hell,”                                                    bunch of future leaders.
  year, without a doubt, outshines my          it has been four years?!?! We survived                                                                                                                                                                               I mumbled. “Gradu-friggin-                                                         And after thinking back, I realize
  previous years on the staff. I have never    through all of the deadlines, stories and                                                                                                                                                                            ation.” I realized that the foul,                                              that you can interpret any stupid
  met 9 individuals, from such different       controversies. Remember to always                                                                                                                                                                                    dry taste on my palette wasn’t                                                 memory any stupid way and make
  backgrounds, who were able to assemble       believe in yourself and good luck                                                                                                                                                                                    morning breath. It was the                                                     yourself believe that your life was
  and work as team                                                 wherever you decide                                                                                                                                                                              grim distaste of realizing that                                                worth something. But isn’t that always
  quite like we were                                               to go.                                                                                                                                                                                           eighteen years have passed by                                                  the way? That kid from Malcolm in the
  able to.                                                               To Calvin (Little                                                                                                                                                                          and I have not accomplished                                                    Middle is making millions pretending
           To Kevin:                                               Guy): Calvin, Calvin,                                                                                                                                                                            anything important.                                                            to be human. I managed to work and
  Although you have                                                Calvin. The reliable ol’                                                                                                                                                                              The question now, after                                                   save $3,000. Oh, it’s been a great life
  only been on the                                                 stickler in the group.                                                                                                                                                                           submitting to reality and failing                                              all right.
  staff for a semester,                                            You are what I cannot                                                                                                                                                                            to invent my time machine, is                                                    Now, at the very end, after the world
  you have been a                                                  be. A good writer,                                                                                                                                                                               this: Have I spent those lost                                                  corrupted my youthful energy and
  great addition. I                                                a local genius, and                                                                                                                                                                              days as best I could? Have I done what I optimism, I see graduation as another day, another hour, another
  hope you stay on                                                 short. I am honored                                                                                                                                                                              should have done and what I needed to do? celebration that will soon be left to waste as the sun disappears
  the staff next year                                              to be passing down                                                                                                                                                                               Have I made my wasted days worthwhile?            and haze sets in again. What we all have is the future to waste.
  and I wish you                                                   my Editor-In-Chief                                                                                                                                                                                Now is the time to be sentimental, nostalgic, We’ll be searching for a job, working in that job, keeping ourselves
  success.                                                         title down to you. You                                                                                                                                                                           and absolutely sorrowful in every little alive for another day, just to repeat it all over again. Maybe I can
    To Sammy and Nelson (AKA Bert and          will serve the paper well, as you have for                                                                                                                                                                           disregarded aspect of life. “That shrubbery start up a family. It’ll close the circle, the wheel will continue to
  Ernie): I must say, I never suspected        the past three years. I wish you luck with                                                                                                                                                                           by the corner, I’m gonna miss that.” “Man, roll, and the past will come again.
  that you two would become partners           all of those seniors you are stuck with                                                                                                                                                                              I may never see that dog again.” And when            But I still have time. I have time to drive away, past the Jolly
  in crime. Sammy, keep listening to that      next year. We all know that, deep down,                                                                                                                                                                              you’ve sifted through layer over layer of dirt Jug and El Pollo Loco, turn down Lower Azusa, and barrel down
  crazy rap music; and Nelson, stay out of     you are one of us. Good luck with NHS,                                                                                                                                                                               and silliness, you come to realize what the that stretch of road and onto the highway. I’ll just drive and drive
  trouble. Remember, stay focused and          Speech and Debate, and everything that                                                                                                                                                                               big things are. “Yes,” you think to yourself, and face the future with all the courage and all the knowledge
  never lose your personalities. You guys      you are involved in. There is no doubt                                                                                                                                                                               “I have done well with what I’ve got.”            earned through those lost days. Just keep going, after the sun
  have been great.                             in my mind that you will be accepted to                                                                                                                                                                                 I think back and I can remember nights melts into the horizon and when the suburban lights disappear
    To Wakefield: You are quite a character.   a very prestigious university.                                                                always be in my heart. When I get a paper        hard work into this year’s paper. If it were                          wasted on work and not on sleep. I can past the rearview mirror. And I won’t look back. It’s best not to
                                                                                                          VALERIENAVARRO                                                                                                                      remember procrastinating. Oh the procrastination, that’s what look back. Best just to keep going, face the unknown, and make
  I can honestly say that I have never met       To Ms. Swanson: I cannot express how                         Staff Writer                   back in college and it is no longer a white      not for you, Matthew, and Ms. Swanson,
  a person who could score an 800 on           grateful I was to have you as a journalism                                                    piece of paper, I am going to laugh and          we would not have printed as many issues        I’ll miss the most. Those hours of idleness and wandering away the rest of the days worth something. Get Springsteen on the
  the SAT writing section, but couldn’t        advisor for the past four years. You are                                                      remember that sad yet happy memory of            as we did this year.                            from responsibility – that’s what childhood is all about.               radio and learn a few things about life while racing towards it at
  recognize the colors of the Mexican
                                                                                              Valerie will be attending Cal State LA in                                                                                                            I think back and I can remember yelling at my friend, the same time. Be true, be brave, stand.
                                               kind, understanding, and always willing                                                       you giving me my story back. Thank you              I have a lot of memories here at Arroyo,
  flag. Remember not to juggle too many                                                                         the fall.                    for correcting my mistakes. You have been        but naming them all would be like writing       Wakefield. I’ll miss those days, I tell you – when our problems           All the rest is haze and darkness.
                                               to adapt to new situations. You deserve
  women at one time-it only leads to           so much praise for balancing both the              I sit here with so many things to say      an amazing friend                                                    a history book. Junior                         WAKEFIELDLI                    often lost in translation. Then the year friendships survived and flourished.
  trouble. I can’t believe it has been 12      newspaper and the yearbook this year.          and no way to start. I think to myself:        and supporter. The                                                   year was when I became                                                        of “Indeed,” which starred me as a One feeling returns to me: nostalgia. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Features Editor
  years since we first met in kindergarten.    Thank you so much for staying those            how can it possibly be that just last year     memories and laughs                                                  responsible.                                                                  native “BarbAdos!” woman accused of four years have finally culminated in this
  Time sure does fly! Good luck at USC                                                        I joined journalism, and now that I have       we shared will always                                                     Being junior class       Wakefield will be attending USC in the fall. witchcraft. I had fun adjusting to the newly last year. It’s a feeling of sorrow, deeply
                                               late nights to help finish and fold the
  and don’t forget to renew your financial     paper. It meant so much to me to have          grown so attached to it, I must say good-      be in my heart.                                                      president was a difficult                                                     acquired “additions” on my body, some a entrenched in the soul - a form of grief
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As I walked in that day, nothing more
  aid each year. And if you learn anything     such a cooperative advisor. Good luck          bye? Though it hurts to say it, I must.           Fernanda, my only                                                 task because I had no                                                         bit lopsided, but most rather comfortable. caused by what we call “parting.” And as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 than a mere, susceptible freshman, one
  from me, remember this: business is          with both the newspaper and yearbook.          Saying farewell is part of growing up and      girl partner in the                                                  experience. However, I                                                        In this year, a Spanish production called I write this, thoughts of laughter flash by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 thought came to mind: “Wow, these
  risky!                                       I’ll definitely come visit you often!          leading my own life. The Knights Banner        class, whose little                                                  managed to get things                                                         “Pipita” was created, in which I pranced like still images. Equally, the images of my
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 people are big.” Anxiously, I traveled the
    To Al: Seriously, I never imagined that         To Hoson: Suntan-in-a-bottle. See         to me has been more than a class where         brush I will never                                                   done. Senior year is                                                          about with my beloved doll and was many serious talks and moments resurface,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 then mystical grounds of our campus, got                                                       reminding me of the mental suffering and
  we would become good friends. You’re         you at UCLA.                                   I write stories to let everyone know what      forget. Thank you                                                    here and I remain                                                             terrifically abused. I earned an A.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 lost, and wandered aimlessly several times.
  loony and spontaneous, while I am a bit            To Susan: OMG…it’s ham hock!             happened; it is a family to me.                for the hugs and talks                                               class president, and                                                              The serious moments, though few and stress inflicted by and upon friends and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Finally, I found first period. I was tardy.
  more reserved and lame. It’s kind of         Susan, I really do believe that you are            There has been no other class that I       we shared when we                                                    let me tell you, it was                                                       somewhat far in between, existed. From family. In my mind, the picture of my
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As I reflect on the four years at Arroyo
  weird how, despite going to elementary       the funniest person that I have ever           have grown more attached to than I have        were supposed to be                                                  the best choice I could                                                       deep, contemplative discussions rife with whimsical self shifts my cocky smirk to a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 High School, I remember those times.                                                                              more austere gaze.
  school together, we never talked to each     met. From laughing about fat people, to        to my journalism geeks. Ms. Swanson, you       writing our stories. You, out of everyone,       have ever made. I got to plan Sadie’s,                                                            elevated        language
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 I cannot forget the time where I was                                                                                   But at the end of
  other until sophomore year. You have         complaining about corrupt teachers, you        have been an awesome advisor and I want        remembered to record at the San Francisco        senior luncheon, and the senior video,                                                            to club troubles to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 sabotaged my sophomore year in my                                                                                  it all, there are the
  brought writing to the paper that has        have made these past years enjoyable. I        everyone to know that, thanks to you, I        trip just so that I wouldn’t feel left out. To   and make arrangements for graduation.                                                             relationship turmoil,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 English 2 “accelerated” class. If I ever                                                                           friendships.      Forged
  superior quality and a distinct voice that   can’t believe you are going to UC Davis!       stand as a proud staff writer of the Knights   me, that meant a lot and I really appreciate     I handled all that with the great help of                                                         I experienced high
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 discover who sabotaged me, I will make                                                                             by time and bolstered
  is unparalleled. Remember, you have          Remember to always stay cool! All hail         Banner. You have been more than an             the fact that you kept me in mind. The           my loving boyfriend, Ricardo. Brenda, my                                                          school for what it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 him or her feel my wrath.                                                                                          through effort, they
  talent; don’t let it go to waste. However,   the Duchess!                                   advisor to us; you have been a friend and      same way that you kept me in mind is how         kindergarten buddy, I can’t believe I found                                                       was: a place filled
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I won’t forget my terrible Spanish                                                                            are all we have. It is this
  remember, I am counting on you to               And last, but not least, Al, Wake and I     an outstanding teacher. I will never forget    I will keep you in my heart.                     you again. The stress was sometimes                                                               with drama and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 accent, the likes of which I’ve never found                                                                        place that makes and
  come back and mow my lawn once I buy         must say a special farewell to MIMIJADE!       all the times you chose Ricardo’s side over      Sammy! Who is Sammy? Oh, it’s that kid         frustrating, but we made it through. You                                                          stress.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 an equal, with the possible exception of                                                                           breaks these wonders,
  my mansion. Good luck at UCI.                Thanks for listening to all of our crazy       mine when we needed your opinion. Sorry        who forgot who I was while he was in San         are an awesome class commissioner.                                                                  It began in freshman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 fellow senior Al Yen. To this day, I can                                                                           these travesties, these
    To Valerie: First, I have to apologize     problems. Art class wouldn’t be the            for all the times we wouldn’t let you eat      Francisco. I remember him now. Did you                Ricardo, my high school sweetheart,                                                          year, where I was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 hardly pronounce “hola” without shame.                                                                             bonds. And for that,
for making all of those red marks on           same without you!                              lunch peacefully.                              think that I was going to graduate without       thank you for all of your support! Though I                                                       confronted with a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Our days of oral presentation in Ramirez’s                                                                         I say no matter what
                                                                                                 Matthew, my Editor-in-Chief, do I have      getting back at you for that one? I think        might have set you off sometimes because                                                          rough transition; I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 class will never be forgotten. “Naranjas                                                                           has happened or will
                                                                                              to say it, or do you know what I am going      not! Thank you for forgetting who I was.         I had so many things to do, I want you                                                            was compelled to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 en mi cabeza!” stays a poignant memory.                                                                            happen, the memories
                                                                                              to say? That’s right, my sandal scandal will   I just hope you don’t forget me once I           to know that I love you. I would not have                                                         actually work. When
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 I won’t forget the day my dad visited my                                                       will stay with all of us, if not linger,
                                                                                                                                             leave.                                           accomplished so many things if I didn’t                                                           junior year reared its ugly head, I, as well
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Spanish 3 class and attempted “espanol.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                as many, waved goodbye to sleep and hello forevermore. In the mirror, my youthful
                                         If I could do it all over again, I wouldn’t because I                                                    Nelson, my little ninja. You are so
                                                                                                                                             awesome! I am going to miss asking you
                                                                                                                                                                                              have you by my side.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Overall, high school will be unforgettable.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And how can I forget journalism?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 That time when I really believed that the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                to nonstop stress. These serious times self from four year ago has returned
                                                                                                                                             whether or not you studied for chemistry.        Angie, Nancy, Jessica, Julie, Molyda, Patty,                                                      did not dominate my high school career. once more, only this time with its youth
                                         wouldn’t have learned from the mistakes I made.                                                     Thanks for being such a loving guy.              Karina, Vanessa A., and Nicky Ramos,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Mexican Flag was blue, yellow, and green.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 But as I write now, I’ve already forgotten
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Topics involving relationships, infatuation, worn by age. Its reckless hope weathered
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                and, quite possibly, romance ensued and by experience. Its insecurity battered by
                                                                                                                                                 Calvin. Hooray! I remembered your            thank you for making a difference in my            the true colors.
                                                                                                                FERNANDACRISTERNA            name and I didn’t have to call you Little        life. Kelvin T., thank you for calling me                                                         complicated matters. Fittingly, the weaker success. But like a ghost, it disappears as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Also somewhat related were the burrito
                                                                                                                                             Guy. I want to thank you for allowing me         princess.                                                                                         bonds of high school friendships bent quickly as it has come, becoming nothing
                                                                                                                         Sports Editor                                                                                                           capers with my friends where we were
                                                                                                                                             to call you Little Guy. You put a lot of                                                                                                           and broke. But in the process, strong more than a fragment of the past.
JUNE 9, 2006                                                                   OPINIONS                                                                                     PAGE 6

CANDYMAN: CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
    Clubs must now turn to alterna-             that it’s pretty useless so they don’t go out
tive fundraisers such as car washes             of their way to enforce it.
and grams, which they find to make
significantly less money and are much               The clubs who follow the policy
more troublesome than selling candy.            have already reported drops in sales,
It’s obvious junk food and sweets are           while the few clubs that continue to
a great commodity. If you can make              sell junk food are selling unopposed.
heavy money from an in-demand                   These clubs take advantage of the
product, it is only logical to do so. It        ban, of the zero competition, and of
is against the law, but it is logical.          a demand that has grown due to short-
   Perhaps the most notorious figure            ages of these goods. Much like the
to rise into prominence as a result             Candyman, these clubs go unimpeded
from the wellness policy is the Candy-          in their sales because they do not fear
man—a name created by students,                 punishment. Just a few weeks ago,
customers, and admirers to describe             candied apples were being peddled
his “business.” Candyman is the                 door to door and students were selling
sole merchandiser of campus candy               caramel apple pops by the box-load.
outside of the student store. As an               Yes, the wellness policy and the ban
entrepreneur, Candyman has managed              on unhealthy foods have an affect
to take advantage of the policy and             on our school, but it could have had
earn a sizeable sum of money. The               a turn for worse. What will the stu-
following is an abridged transcript of          dent store sell once the policy must
an exclusive interview with the Candy-          be 100% compliant? How will clubs
man himself.                                    compensate when the junk foods are
                                                replaced with fortune cookies, and
CM: I am the “Candyman.” I take it              then the fortune cookies are replaced
upon myself to better this school one candy-    with asparagus? And why should
dealing at a time. I have been running this     others follow the rules when a few
business now since summer school of last        individuals can turn a profit by break-
year and in a week I make about $400            ing those rules? Will other clubs be
gross and about $200 profit. [In total] I’ve    offered alternatives means of fund-
made around $3,500.                             raising, or does ASB get the chicken
                                                while the rest are left with the skin?
AL: Now, do you know what the                     The Candyman represents one flaw
wellness policy is?                             of the wellness policy: the ineffective-
                                                ness of its enforcement. No policy,
CM: Yes I do and I think it is a very           no ban, no rule will force a change to
terrible policy.                                any student. The Candyman will sell
                                                because there’s no fear of punishment               Knights Banner Features Editor, Wakefield Li, enjoys the bungee-jumping
AL: Why is that?                                and the kids will not stop wanting                  apparatus at the Alumni Fair on May 20.
                                                candy any time soon.                                                           PHOTO COURTESY OF YEARBOOK PRODUCTION
CM: Well, because, it is meant to cut down
on the obese people by taking junk food out
of school, I believe… And this policy will
not stop the given students from consuming     Dear Fellow Members of the Student Body,
the exact same things at home.                   I am aware that there is growing sen-          was founded on revolutionary ideals,       get around the ban selling prohibited
                                               timent against the wellness policy, but          and so revolutionary ideals the school     items, they teach us responsibility and
AL: So this is not effective to you?           I firmly believe that we should be su-           must foster. What better way is there      prevent us from sleeping too much.
                                               premely grateful for it. I am sure that          to teach defiance of unjust authority      We all know that we get more sleep
CM: None whatsoever. Not at all.               this little necessary evil will protect us       than by having teachers do so every        than is good for us.
                                               from our own gluttonous vices. Since             day and encouraging us to do so, as          Finally, the best thing about the new
AL: Have you ever been afraid that             the ban has been in place, the students,         well? We all know that examples are        wellness policy is that it teaches a great
you’ll be confronted with what you             faculty, and staff have all become little        more conducive to learning than bor-       lesson in economics. We learn about
do?                                            angels when it comes to their eating             ing lectures and book work.                the effects of planned economies and
                                               habits. Rice snacks and dried plums in              The new ice cream machines have         government monopolies, and about
CM: Well I must be honest. When I              portion-controlled bags have become              been a great boon to us. Not only          how the black market is an inevitable
originally started I was kind of afraid        campus favorites.                                are they providing healthy snack food      result of low supply and high demand.
that I would get caught but now since I’ve        We should be grateful also for the            alternatives to candy bars, but they       One semester of economics is simply
been doing it for so long and seeing how so    gap in enforcement allowing teach-               are also giving ASB immense sums           not enough for all the concepts to
little effort has been made, I’m not afraid    ers to sell prohibited goods in their            of money (what’s good for ASB is           sink in; this real-life example will help
at all. Not one bit.                           classrooms. The money they gener-                good for the entire student body, to       reinforce the material and make sure
                                               ate through sales of candy bars and              paraphrase the words of a certain          that it doesn’t fly out of our minds like
AL: Who are your customers?                    honey buns and the like obviously                Milo Minderbinder). The proposed           geometry and Shakespeare do.
                                               goes toward causes more worthy than              Frappucino machines would help us             So, once again, I implore you to
CM: People in my classes, people next to       those that student organization sales            even more; not only are Frappucinos        rethink your position on the wellness
my classes, they just catch me in between      support. Because of this gap, students           full of calcium, but they also provide     policy. As you can see from my ex-
– there are even some teachers, who I’m        will still be able to get their candy fix.       nutrients such as caffeine and sugar       amples, the wellness policy will reap
not going to mention names, but they do        In addition, students will still eventu-         that are vital to growing bodies and       benefits for all of us in the years to
partake in my candy.                           ally learn to spell words like angina,           growing minds.                             come.
                                               diabetes, and myocardial infarction.               Despite what they might think, the           Thankfully, I’m graduating next
AL: Well do they know what you’re              Literacy, of course, is a top priority           candy ban actually helps student or-       year.
doing is illegal by school standards?          and we should commend the School                 ganizations. It forces them to think
                                               Board for supporting it.                         about other ways to make money, and        Sincerely,
CM: Well since this is a new policy I do
know that they are aware of what it is,
                                                   Also of great concern to us is
                                               the encouragement of patriotism
                                                                                                encouraging critical thinking is what
                                                                                                school is all about. By forcing us to
                                                                                                                                           Calvin Ho
but they probably feel the same as I do in     among the students. The country                  wake up early and stay at school late to   The Cranky Columnist
JUNE 9, 2006                                                                SPORTS                                                                                   PAGE 7


Wrap-up: Girls Varsity Basketball Finishes An Amazing
Season, Wiping the Floor With Just About Everyone
                 NELSONTA                     and beat them with scores of 63-46
                 Staff Writer                 and 78-44.
  37-58. For the seniors of the Arroyo          “We never beat Rosemead. My fresh-
Girls Varsity Basketball team, this will      man year, sophomore year, junior
be the last statistic implanted in their      year, we lost to them…our first league
minds. A twenty-one-point loss to             game this year was against them...”
Mira Costa in the second round of             stated senior #21 Diana Moreno. “It
CIF. It seems like a heart breaker, a         was so great beating them! Every time
tearjerker, a tragedy, but in reality it is   we lost to them, I left the court crying.
insignificant if you take into consid-        This time I was crying out of joy.”
eration everything else the team has            In the 28 games that the team played,
accomplished this season.                     they accumulated 1,639 points and av-
   “By far, this was the best team in         eraged 58.5 points a game. The team
school history. They were a great             made 187 three-pointers, which broke
group to coach and the results speak          the school’s record of 172, which was
for themselves,” stated Head Coach            implanted by the 2003-2004 team.
Mike Gorball.                                    Liezl Sarte, Diana Moreno, and
  The girls finished their season with        Teresa Nguyen were three key play-
a staggering 25-3 record.                     ers that led the charge for the Lady
    “I don’t want to say the season           Knights.
was up and down, because we were                Diana and Liezl are both 4-year var-
always up. It was a tremendous sea-           sity members. The team has come a
son,” commented #25, junior Rizza             long way since their freshman year.           Diana Moreno demonstrates one of the secrets to her basketball suc-
Magno.                                        That year, the team’s record was 7-19         cess.
  This season was crammed with suc-           and they placed fourth in league.                                                                        NELSONTA
cess and many first time accomplish-             “I don’t want to say we were hor-        jokingly.                                   know how I would fit in with the
ments. After 11 years of hosting the          rible, but that’s what we were,” stated        Her brothers noticed that she was        team,” commented Teresa. “Because
Arroyo Christmas Classic, the Lady            Diana.                                      good when she was in middle school.         of the whole rivalry, I didn’t know
Knights had finally dominated their               It has been a great year for Diana.     They taught her techniques and basic        if they would hate me because I was
own tournament and the competitors.           She won co-player of the league, Ser-       basketball knowledge. At her home,          from Rosemead or if the people from
They defeated Apple Valley 64-41,             rano All-Tournament Team, Arroyo            they have about 4 different basket-         Rosemead would hate me…. everyone
Pomona 55-7, Monrovia 63-57, and              All-Tournament, and Most Valuable           ball courts. Things would get a little      would hate me.”
La Cañada 56-40.                              Player in addition to participating in      rough when she played against her             Despite the rivalry, Teresa fit into
   “This tournament probably meant            the All-Star game where she had won         brothers.                                   the team like legs into slim straight
a lot to Gorball. I could imagine him         the 3-point contest.                          “I remember always going into the         pants.
putting on the tournament every year             She started playing basketball in        house with bruises all over my arm,”         “She was a great addition to the team.
…and not winning. It must have been           elementary school and played for the        commented Diana. “It got me a lot           She made Diana a better player, made
a great accomplishment for him to win         Rio Hondo School Rams in seventh            tougher…it helped me out when I             Liezl a better player and in turn made
it this year,” stated #12, senior Teresa      and eighth grade.                           guarded the big players.”                   [herself] a better player,” stated Coach
Nguyen.                                         Many other members of her fam-              She receives a lot of support from        Gorball.
  The team kept a perfect and flawless        ily are also leviathans of the athletic     her family, but her boyfriend, junior         Teresa, like Liezl and Diana, is a 4-
10-0 record in league. They toppled           world. Jose Moreno, her second old-         Mario Alvarez, motivated her the            year varsity member. She would have
the 4 consecutive year Mission Valley         est brother, played basketball at Ar-       most.                                       been the captain of the varsity team
League champions, the Rosemead                royo and her sisters played soccer and         “I try to motivate her and get her       at Rosemead.
Panthers and returned the superlative         softball.                                   into the zone,” stated Mario.                  “The team just wanted different
title back to Arroyo. The Lady Knights          “My brother was good…he wasn’t              For most of Diana’s life, she played      things, I wanted to work hard and
played the Panthers twice this year           as good as me though,” stated Diana         sports because it was simply fun. She       some people wanted to kick back,”
                                                                                          also played because it helped her for-      stated Teresa.
                                                                                          get about her problems.                      Teresa proved that she was a valuable
                                                                                            “It helped me release all my anger…       asset to the team. This year she has
                                                                                          and to forget about my problems,”           won Most Valuable Player, Claremont
                                                                                          mentioned Diana.                            All-Tournament team, Mission Valley
                                                                                            She now hopes to use basketball to        League co-player of the year, and the
                                                                                          advance her further in her education.       Victory with Honor award.
                                                                                          She will be attending Rio Hondo                “When you start the season, you
                                                                                          Collge in the fall and hopes to be-         think about what awards you are going
                                                                                          come part of the College’s basketball       to win, you just play and they come,”
                                                                                          team.                                       stated Teresa. “When I started, I just
                                                                                             Besides being full of success, this      felt like I had to earn everything.”
                                                                                          season was expected to have plenty of          Teresa is planning to attend Rio
                                                                                          drama. Before the school year started,      Hondo College. She hopes to play in
                                                                                          a Panther stepped into the Knight’s         the foreign leagues one day.
                                                                                          court. Teresa Nguyen transferred             This year’s team was the best team in
                                                                                          from Rosemead to Arroyo.                    school history. Next years’ team will
                                                                                            “I had a permit to go back to Rose-       need plenty of rebuilding. 10 of the
                                                                                          mead, but then I found out I could          15 members of this year’s team are
                                                                                          attend Arroyo,” stated Teresa. “Ev-         graduating. The graduating seniors
                                                                                          erything had been falling apart.”           made 166 of 187 three-point shots
                                                                                             The team thought there would be          that the team made this year.
  Basketball star Teresa Nguyen shows off her Victory with Honor                          an abundance of problems and con-             The 2005-2006 team will be remem-
  award.                                                                                  flict.                                      bered forever.
                                                              NELSONTA                      “I was really scared at first, I didn’t
JUNE 9, 2006                                                               SPORTS                                                                                    PAGE 8


Wrap-up: Varsity Badminton Rebuilds; Places 3rd in League
               CALVINHO
                                              and Tracy Vuong plays #2. In girls’        well against the Mountain View Vi-           3:30 to 6 PM, but often stayed until
              Editor-in-Chief
                                              doubles, Tammy Ho and Linda Feng           kings, winning 19-0 on March 23 and          7 to perfect their skills even further.
   The co-ed varsity badminton team           play #1 and Hai-Vu Phan and Stella         17-2 on April 11. They also mopped           They had to share the gym with the
finished off a tough year, losing in          Vuong play #2.                             the floor with Rosemead, winning 14-         junior varsity team until the JV season
team CIF to the Azusa High School                In boys’ singles, Johnny Truong         5 on March 30 and 13-6 on April 25.          ended.
Aztecs, 8-11. The team ultimately             plays #1 and Thang Pham plays #2.            The games against the Eagles were            Next year’s varsity badminton team
placed third in the Mission Valley            In boys’ doubles, Quan Nhan and Sam        extremely close; the Knights lost 9-10       will have 8 returning members, which
League, behind the El Monte High              Ho play #1 and Thanh Vo and Hong           both on March 28 and on March 13.            will boost the team’s strength and
School Lions and the South El Monte           Tsu play #2. Kirby Li substitutes for        “We had a really good chance,” said        experience.
High School Eagles.                           boys’ singles.                             Nien about the games.                           “I’m really proud of the team,”
  The team took this year to rebuild,           The team enlisted the help of Coach        At league finals and pre-finals, all but   says Nien. “[Most] never had varsity
as only 4 players with varsity experi-        Paul Hwang, boys’ captain Quan             boys’ doubles #2 and girls’ doubles          experience, but they all played really
ence returned to play. The rest of this       Nhan and girls’ captain Nien Tran          #2 placed third or fourth, advancing         well.”
year’s team consists of sophomores            throughout the season.                     to make second team all-league. Nien           “This is a really fun year,” says Hai-
and juniors, mainly from last year’s            The team has a 4-4 record in league,     played particularly well and made first      Vu enthusiastically.
junior varsity team.                          losing twice to both the Lions and the     team all-league.
  In girls’ singles, Nien Tran plays #1       Eagles. The team played exceptionally        The team practiced every day from


Wrap-up: Golf Team Finishes Season With 12-3 Record
      SAMMYZENNER-BECERRA                     ly this year and caused a few ups and      CIF team tournament on Monday,                 The golf season runs for about two
            Staff Writer                      downs from which the team quickly          May 8 and did their best. Sadly, they        months from the end of February to
                                              recovered. The low point of the sea-       came up short and lost the first round.      about mid-May. The teams this year
   Golf is very often overlooked and          son was when the team lost against         Mira Costa won first place out of            has about a dozen players that played
declared “not a true sport” on the Ar-        Duarte for the first time in Arroyo        the 29 teams that came from all over         games, but the team always needs
royo High School campus. Regardless           history, but they got up, brushed their    Southern California. The CIF indi-           more. One player, Andrew Arvisu,
of what people think, for five years          shoulders off, and came back to ruin       vidual tournament was on Monday,             from the starting lineup will be gradu-
the Arroyo golf team has exceeded             Gabrielino’s perfect record and give       May 15. Three outstanding golfers are        ating this year and will leave the golf
all other schools to become one of            them their only loss of the season.        sent to the CIF individual tournament        team behind.
the best programs in the San Gabriel          Constant rainouts riddled the season       from each league. Last year, all three          Even though only one person is
Valley.                                       and caused the team to have games          of the golfers were from Arroyo, and         leaving this year, Coach Doug Stevens
  Currently, our golf team, consisting        that they could not make up.               this year, Steven Whoolery and Casey         would like to emphasize that the Ar-
of Steven Whoolery, Casey Chambers,              These minor problems proved to          Chambers competed in Solvang. Like           royo golf team always needs more
Andrew Arvisu, Eric Azus, Rachel              be little trouble to the team’s undeni-    the team, they did their best and had        players. If you are thinking of joining
Vago, and Luis Mendoza, is second in          able will to win which resulted in their   a lot of fun but came up short and           one of the most successful teams on
league and has had another successful         twelve to three season record. Their       missed some key opportunities to             the Arroyo campus, just try out, and
year by sailing into CIF for the fifth        league record was eight to two, and        come out on top.                             hopefully, next year we will have an-
year. Steven Whoolery has had a great         they finished the season with six con-       This year, Casey Chambers was the          other great golf season.
season with under 40 strokes. Casey           secutive wins. The golf team’s twelve      league MVP, Steve Whoolery got first
Chambers, Andrew Arvizu, and Eric             to three season makes record for the       team all league, and Andrew Arvisu               Visit the Knights
                                              last five years 78-14 and helps to make    and Eric Azus were rewarded second
Azus have had seasons with under 50,
which leaves Rachel Vago and Luis             Arroyo’s golf team one of the best in      team all league. All of these awards             Banner online @
Mendoza with under 55 strokes.                the San Gabriel Valley.                    are given through the Mission Valley
                                                The Arroyo golf squad went to the        League and come after league finals.            http://my.highschooljournalism.
  The golf season fluctuated constant-
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BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ STATE: CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1                                                                                          What you will find online:
officials, run trials, and pass bills along   23. He plans to run for senator during     Principal of Instruction, told them the
with many other government opera-             his time in the program. He will use       news in his office.                           - “Arroyo Girls Attend Nation-
tions. They will also set up and run          this experience to help him with his          “I was surprised. I thought I was
                                                                                                                                       al Hispanic Conference,” by
county- and state-level governments.          future. Calvin plans to go to college      in trouble when I was called to Mr.
Afterwards, selected students from            where he will major in anthropology        Jensen’s office. I was in shock mode
                                                                                                                                       Sammy Zenner-Becerra
each Boys’ State and Girls’ State, and        or history with a career goal of be-       when I got the award,” Claudia says.
from Hawaii, which does not have              coming a college professor. He hopes          Claudia has been involved in the           - Expanded senior farewells
a program, will be chosen to go to            to go to either Swarthmore College,        Associated Student Body for three
Washington, D.C. for Boys’ Nation             Grinnell College, or Pomona College.       years, participated in sports such as         - Alumni fair and Renaissance
and Girls’ Nation, which is the next          Living at the university will help him     varsity soccer, and helped with many          assembly photo pages
level.                                        prepare for future college dorm life,      activities and events such as dances.
  Before being sent to their respective       as well.                                   She has also recently won the ASB             - Many of our previous edi-
programs, Boys’ State and Girls’ State          “I’m really excited about Boys State     election for president.                       tions
students have dinners where they get          but I’m really sad because I’m going to      Calvin has been a part of the Knights
to know others attending the same             miss graduation. A lot of my friends       Banner for three years; he is currently       - Full color photos!
program. Calvin had his dinner at the         are seniors,” Calvin says.                 one of the editors-in-chief and will
West Covina American Legion Post,                Being chosen for Boys’ and Girls’       be editor-in-chief next year as well.
where he met the other delegates from         State was no easy task. Nomination         Aside from that, Calvin is also heavily
                                                                                                                                       Three Knights Banner stories,
the region.                                   forms were sent to teachers who            involved in Speech & Debate and Na-           “School Board Implements
   Claudia will be staying at Fresno          chose the juniors they believed were       tional Honor Society and is treasurer         New Wellness Policy,” “Ac-
State University from July 2 to July          most qualified. Afterwards, students       for both clubs.                               tion, Not Money, Will Close
8 for this year’s Girls’ State program.       were narrowed down based on who               Claudia has had many discourage-           The Racial Achievement Gap,”
She hopes to contribute to the con-           had the most nominations. Then the         ments while she was on her road to            and “Teachers With Talent?...
gress. Claudia will use this experience       forms and information were sent            Girls’ State.                                 What’s Next?” were featured
to help her in the future with any            to the American Legion, who chose             “The people that doubt you only            on the issue of the ASNE Na-
career goals she has.                         the nominees they believed were the        make you stronger,” she says. That            tional Edition News for the
  Calvin will be staying at Sacramento        most qualified to be a part of Boys’       has definitely proved to be true for          week of April 17.
State University from June 16 to June         and Girls’ State. Mr. Jensen, Assistant    her.

				
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