EL MONTE, CALIFORNIA ARROYO HIGH SCHOOL
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VOLUME XLV ISSUE X
Salazar and Ho Selected for Girls’ and Boys’ State
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
Calvin and Claudia follow the
footsteps of last year’s Arroyo High
School’s Boys’ State and Girls’ State
delegates, Matthew Marquez and Nien
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
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
Now, for a reason entirely different of Speech and Debate, received a aggression.
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
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.
Students and staff were shocked to
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
EDITORS-IN-CHIEF meeting on April 18. During the to assist them with his many years of
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
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
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
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.
‘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
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
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
and Tracy Vuong plays #2. In girls’ well against the Mountain View Vi- 3:30 to 6 PM, but often stayed until
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-
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
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.