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Vol. 95, Issue No. 7 ∙
April 1, 2014
Spies in our midst
By ANANI MOUSE
On Mar. 14, WHS held its annual
Blood Drive, and over 100 students
signed up to donate blood.
However, after the Drive began,
nurses began to notice something
odd: none of the WHS students at
the event bled orange and black.
The nurses reported
the shocking discovery to
administrators, who demanded that
every student who bled something
other than WHS’s school colors be
But even more shocking was the
discovery of what color the students
actually bled: red. Administrators
and students not donating blood
were in shock - how could so
many of WHS’s apparent students
contain the colors of AHS through
their veins? A vast majority of
WHS’s student population were not
huskies; they were AHS eagles.
Students and teachers alike are
at a loss of words when it comes to
understanding exactly how or why
this incident occurred.
“It was just really surprising,”
junior Ima Huuhskee said, “It’s
hard to imagine that so many of the
people you go to school with aren’t
who you thought they were.”
The WHS staff is working
together to determine how such a
large population of students were
able to remain disguised for so long.
“It just isn’t fair, you know?” a
red-blooded traitor said. “This does
not prove anything! #FreeTheReds!”
Still, most students on campus
agree with the way the situation is
being handled. They believe it is
better for our school to be rid of
Unnamed sources reveal that
the red-blooded students who are
suspended represent only a small
fraction of the AHS students in our
midst. Apparently the infiltration is
all part of an elaborate plan devised
by AHS to take over WHS. This
has thrown WHS into a frenzy
as students and administrators
attempt to figure out a way to keep
our school safe.
“The huskies better watch their
backs. We’re coming. Ca-caw,” was
a message seen on the walls of the
Upper E-Building girls’ bathroom.
“The recent events have been
a tremendous blow. It’s vital we
enact measures solve the issue,”
administrator Harri Potter said.
Washington High School ∙ Fremont, CA
on this page
is fake. Any
dead, is purely
Junior Honey B. Pi practices her craft. Pi wants to be a bunny when she grows up. “Being a bunny
takes a lot of time and effort,” Pi said. “But I think I’m up for the challenge.” Photo by Red D. Fodis.
FUSD declares war on geese
By SUE DOE NIM
Freshman Greento Jam practices shooting the
geese as Freshman Kat Wo Man snapchats her
friends. Photo by Ishu Pics.
Look! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s
...a bird. Sightings of the oncenearly-extinct Canadian Geese have
skyrocketed over the last decade.
Thanks to the assistance of a naive
but well-intentioned naturalist, the
geese were granted immunity from
hunters, taxes, and jury duty. Now,
their population has reached pestlevel proportions. In light of such
developments, FUSD has used its
emergency powers to instate a new
unit into the mandatory freshman
Health class - Pest Management.
“Students will be able to evaluate
and analyze a particular organism
and determine its threat level,
and from there follow precisely a
complex multi-step procedure while
maintaining at all times the integrity
of oneself,” the new curriculum reads.
The new Health unit will engage
students in the art of war, as outlined
in the Pests chapter in Sun Tzu’s The
Art of War. Students will learn how to
utilize chemistry skills to create toxins
capable of giving the usually fecally
productive goose constipation, which
could reduce the continual residue
of droppings the geese are held
Aside from fulfilling a civic duty
in maintaining city cleanliness
and public health, students will
become well-versed in general pest
psychology. Similar to criminal
psychology, students will come to
understand the reasons that dictate
the actions of the common pest.
Students will collaboratively research
and create a program aimed at the
reform of troubled pests. Recently,
studies have revealed a disturbing
trend: Canadian geese are neither
Canadian nor migratory. To assist
with this identity crisis, students
are required to understand the
fundamentals of goose psychology.
“I’m really looking forward to the
new class. This menace must be put
down, and we need the knowledge to
combat it,” freshman Fay Kerr said.
Nerf has agreed to sponsor this
ambitious program, and as such
will provide Nerf guns in hopes of
alleviating the fears of animal activists
demanding equal rights for the birds.
In a recent lawsuit, Goose v. Nerf, Nerf
and its parent company Hasbro won a
landmark victory. The judge and jury
ruled that although it may be illegal to
shoot a goose with a real gun, just as it
is illegal to shoot a person with a gun,
if a person shoots one another with a
Nerf gun, it is legal. Therefore, geese
may be shot with Nerf guns.
Teacher arrested after students do math
By TERRI AKI
On Mar. 25, chemistry teacher
Semaj Egard was arrested and
charged for the production and
distribution of math..
Egard began making math in
a rented trailer with former WHS
student Jesse Greenman. They
would travel out to Sunol on the
weekends to do their business; and
to make math as well.
Overtime, Egard became more
and more experienced with math.
Despite Greenman doing all the
math, their business grew. By the
time of their arrest, they were in
charge of a global empire, reaching
as far as Mexico and even San Jose.
According to police reports,
Egard’s most recent math lab was
his chemistry class at WHS. Egard
had his chemistry students help
with the process through several
lab projects where math was
After finishing the math, Egard
planted it in the vending machines
around campus. He would
remove the sliced apples from the
machines and replace them with
math, counting on students to not
Greenman would then buy
the “apples” and distribute them.
According to police reports, he
would occasionally buy some
animal crackers as well.
To math lovers, Egard was
known as the Heisenberg. He even
had plans to shave his head and
grow a beard, however he could
not find the proper hat.
“I had the knowledge of
chemistry, I had the equipment
needed, and I don’t have a
detective brother in-law or an
annoying wife,” Egard said. “There
was nothing stopping me. Besides,
I needed the money for my
terminally ill Chihuahua.”
By the time of arrest, Egard’s
math empire was worth over 600
dollars. He planned to branch out
to the selling of mushrooms and
other produce as well.
However that was all stopped
when he was caught walking to a
vending machine with two bags
of math products. Egard had tried
to demonstrate that the math was
in fact rock candy by eating it. He
was taken into the police station
high off math and screaming that
he would knock on the arresting
“It really was a surprise to us
all,” freshman Loe Ko said. “Egard
was such a nice teacher. And to
find out that all along, he had a
Chihuahua as a pet?! Those things
are gross! And wasn’t he involved
with math too? Seriously, nobody
likes math, that is some bad stuff.”
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Vol. 95, Issue No. 7 ∙ March 27, 2014 ∙
Washington High School ∙ Fremont, CA
By TRINA BENAVIDEZ
The new tardy policy has resulted in
65% fewer tardies than last year. From
the beginning of the school year to
the end of February, there were 5,869
tardies. Last year, there were 16,250
tardies during this period. Teachers
have felt the improvement too.
“I agree with the policy because
I believe students need to be
accountable. Punctuality is part of
accountability. Being on time is a life
long quality you have to attain,” Film
teacher William Harrison said.
There were 1,877 excused tardies
and 3,976 unexcused tardies this year.
Last year, there were 1,120 excused
tardies and 15,046 unexcused tardies.
After school detentions are not
assigned for tardies in second, third,
fourth, and sixth period unless it is
instigated by a teacher. The policy only
enforces a punishment on tardies that
occur during first and fifth period.
“Because of the dramatic drop in
unexcused tardies, it is having an effect
on students that is a net positive. In
the end, students have to want to be
in class on time and that has to be
our ultimate goal,” Assistant Principal
Jeffrey Speckels said.
At the request of this reporter
and senior Sean Kinson, who were
researching for their Art 1 assignment
on infographics, Assistant Principal
Jeff Speckels retrieved the numbers
from the district office which records
them on the School Max attendance
program. With the Infographic project,
students could make the project about
anything connected to Washington.
The data could come from anything
associated with their lives at school.
See Tardy Policy, page 5
Gone, but not forgotten
Marlene Lamar, Danielle Lamar, and Steve Lamar release balloons in honor of their daughter. Family and friends gather at the Sierra Lamar Bench
Dedication on Mar. 16. Sierra has been missing since Mar. 16, 2012. Photo by Gautami Sharma
Congressional House candidate speaks to seniors
‘Khanna’ he get
By ANACHRISTINA ARANA
On Mar. 11, congressional candidate Ro
Khanna spoke in the cafeteria to WHS
students. Khanna is a candidate for the
House of Representatives in California’s
seventeenth congressional district, and is
running against fellow Democrat Michael
M. Honda, who has served seven terms.
Both candidates in this election are trying
to prove that they are the better choice for
Silicon Valley’s technological economy and
When Khanna said that the biggest
challenge in our country is finding a way
to make the American dream accessible
to today’s generation
Khanna told WHS
because its constituents
students that he
have fewer opportunities
believes that he has a
to be successful.
Khanna hopes to
of Silicon Valley’s
pave a road for the
place in the global
nation’s youth by making
economy compared to
higher education more
accessible and affordable
to just about everyone.
Honda, given that
Khanna said that he aims
he has worked in the
to lower student interest
executive branch with
rates to two percent,
the president and
stop the 401K plan from
Ro Khanna gives a speech to WHS has more economic
affecting financial aid,
students on Mar. 11. Khanna is
increase teachers’ salaries, running to represent the 17th
expertise. He said that
and ensure that schools
District in the the House of Repre- digital proficiency
are hiring only the most
and an understanding
qualified educators. He
of the global economy
Photo by Caitlyn Brown
believes that this can
are essential to
be done by cutting the
being successful in
defense budget and
the economy of the
increasing the federal education budget.
twenty-first century. He wants mandated
Khanna said that education is more crucial
classes on basic coding, web development
than the military is in our nation today.
and design, entrepreneurial skills, and
foreign language in high school so that
students can be better prepared for an
expanding global economy.
During his presentation, Khanna said
that Congress today is disconnected from
the lives of everyday people.
He explained to students the six pledges
he will abide by, if elected, in an effort to
reform Congress and bring them closer to
the people. Those six pledges are: to refuse
donations from special interest groups, to
refuse congressional pay raises, to buy his
own healthcare, to end the congressional
pension system, to never become a lobbyist
and to never misuse public trust for
personal profit, and propose legislation to
ban trips paid for by special interests.
Khanna concluded his presentation by
encouraging the students to get involved
and engaged in politics at a young age.
Khanna explained to the students present
that if young people are more involved in
politics, politicians are more likely to pay
attention to them and their issues, which
can help bring forth change more quickly.
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Hack my day, hack away
By NISHTHA BHATIA
On Mar. 8, over 700 high schoolers in the
Bay Area gathered in Paypal Inc.’s company
headquarters in San Jose to compete in HS
Hacks, a “hackathon” designed solely for
high school students. Several WHS students
attended HS Hacks, including junior Leon
Eng and seniors Abirami Ganesh, Arshin
Jain, Katherine Khuc, Yixin Lin, Vignesh
Muruganantham, and Nikky Ranga. They
worked in small teams to create a project
they would enter in to the competition.
A hackathon is an event where people
meet to engage in collaborative computer
programming and compete for prizes.
Hackathons are usually aimed towards
college students. This is what the founder of
HS Hacks, senior Shrav Mehta from Monta
Vista High School, aimed to change.
“My goal in creating the hackathon was
to make a new community of students,
inspire new coders, and make coding
awesome for them,” Mehta said.
In order to put on HS Hacks, Mehta
worked with a team of organizers and
advocates consisting of various high school
students across the bay, including WHS
freshman Moksh Jawa.
During the hackahon, Jawa worked with
WHS freshman Sai Atmukuri to create a
website called “Hack My Day” that would
generate an itinerary and directions to
popular attractions in any city in the world.
They received a sponsorship award from
Dropbox for their project.
“HS Hacks was an extraordinary
experience that taught me about computer
science,” Jawa said. “It was extremely fun to
stay up all night and make cool things.”
Eng, Muruganantham, and Lin also
worked together in a team to create a pathfinding algorithm that explores the concept
of Artificial Intelligence. After being judged
by employees from sponsor companies
Continued from Page 3
“Trina and Sean were curious about the
new WHS tardy policy and whether or not
it was effective in reducing tardies. This
is typical of the projects I design- I want
projects and art to be relevant to people’s
lives...The administration is now aware of
the positive effect of the policy,” Art teacher
Todd Elkin said. “So, ultimately, a project
that began in an art class ended up making a
huge contribution to the WHS community.”
Students had complete freedom to make
this art work about something they cared
or were curious about. In the course of
researching this infographic, this reporter
and Kinson were able to uncover the fact
that the administration did not yet know
whether or not the incidence of tardies
had gone down as a result of the new tardy
“Whether it’s fear or rules that get us to
class on time, at least we have a functioning
system,” Kinson said.
This year there have been 1,134
detentions served, even though there have
been 3,976 unexcused tardies. The 3,976
unexcused tardies are derived from first
through sixth period, while the 1,134
detentions served are only a result of first
and fifth period. There have been 186
Saturday School detentions served, and 148
SRC all-day detentions. With the detentions
served, Saturday schools, and SRC all-day
detentions there have been 1,468 total.
“Getting to class on time is a sign of
respect for teachers and students. Numbers
are an indication that the focus this year
of getting to class on time is something
the students have embraced. I am proud
of them. The tardy policy that is in place is
effective,” Principal Bob Moran said.
like Facebook, Google, and Microsoft, they
reached the HS Hacks finals stage that
included only the top 15 teams.
The event also included several
workshops and demonstrations by sponsor
companies to help those who didn’t have
much experience coding. The workshops
covered a variety of programming concepts
like Microsoft Touch development, iOS
game development, web design, and
Android development. Jeremy Rossmann,
founder of the website MakeGamesWithUs.
com, was also present to deliver an opening
keynote speech to the HSHacks attendees.
The event was extremely well received by
students and sponsors, and had more than
700 people present. Of this, 550 students
stayed overnight to compete, and more
than 100 high schools were represented. HS
Hacks is expected to take place again next
year in February.
“The fact that all of these high schoolers
gathered together to do what we love doing
made me speechless,” Eng said.
W h a t ’s
Student elections campaign week
will be from Apr. 14 - 17. Students
running for class and ASB officers
will be setting up campaign posters
and distributing pins to their peers.
They can also use social media
such as Facebook and Twitter to
encourage other students to vote
for them. Candidates will have
the opportunity to record a video
message to show to their classmates.
New ASB website
ASB now has a new website
dedicated to Leadership activities
and club announcements. The
website has specific pages for each
commission and officers, so that
students and their parents will know
exactly what commissioners do and
who to contact about specific issues.
There is a direct link for students
who are applying for Leadership and
want to know what each commission
does. Students can access it by going
to the WHS website or by simply
going to WashingtonAsb.com.
Clockwise from top left: The hackathon hosts classes on basic programming.
Students code in the main workroom. Freshmen Sai Atmakuri and Moksh Jawa
prepare for their demo. Seniors Katherine Khuc, Abirami Ganesh, and Nikky Ranga
work on their web app. Seniors Yixin Lin and Vignesh Muruganantham and junior
Leon Eng demo their AI.
Photos by HS HACKS
Update: Victory for
transgender law advocates
By GAUTAMI SHARMA
On Feb. 24, California Secretary of State Debra Brown’s office released the status
of Privacy For All Students’ petition to place the “transgender law” on November
2014 voting ballots. The referendum failed to collect the necessary 504,760
valid signatures. They instead had 487,484 valid signatures and 131,857 invalid
signatures. Privacy For All Students has declared on their website that they
believe some of the signatures rejected by the Secretary of State’s office can be
challenged in court in order to validate the signatures.
The Colombians are coming to WHS
on Mar. 30 and are leaving Apr. 7.
For entertainment, they prepared
a performance for the Drama and
language classes. On Friday, Apr. 4,
they will be going on a field trip to
Caps and gowns
Graduation caps and gowns come in
Apr. 29, the first day of Senior Days.
They will be distributed along with
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GSA grant says YES to summit
By GAUTAMI SHARMA
Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Club
received a $500 grant from the California
Teachers Association to organize a Youth
Empowerment Summit (YES) in Fremont.
YES is an annual GSA leadership conference
that takes place December in San Francisco.
The event was first organized by the
GSA Network in 2005 to help lesbian,
gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex,
asexual, and pansex (LGBTQIAP) rights
advocates in their ventures. YES is free and
has workshops featuring topics like how to
organize a gsa, how to launch campaigns,
knowing your rights, LGBTQIAP history,
art, and suicide prevention. YES is open to
all LGBTQIAP youth who want to promote
a safe and homophobic/transphobic-free
environment for all students.
“[YES] was a really great experience
for me to connect with like-minded peers
on social justice issues,” GSA president
Christine Larisch said. “I’m really excited
that we can finally bring this to our school,
connect on these issues, and bring people
closer to us and to our cause.”
Two years ago, previous GSA club
president Robert Jensen wanted to bring
YES to Fremont to localize the event
for people who could not travel to San
Francisco. The money from this year’s
grant will be going towards Opportunity
Unleashed, an event structured similarly to
YES. It will feature workshops on religion
and homophobia, gender 101, attraction
101, how to be an LGBTQIAP ally, how
to run a great GSA, and the history of
marginalized groups. The workshops and
the event will be organized and carried out
by students. Larisch is hoping to collaborate
with MECHA and the Girls Focus Group
on the marginalized groups workshop.
The $500 grant will be used to
cover janitorial costs in order to have
Opportunity Unleashed take place on
the WHS campus, but the club is still
hoping to gain support either through
publicity or monetary means. GSA
will have fundraisers and reach out to
local food chains so that food will be
available at the event. The club is also
hoping to keep Opportunity Unleashed
free and open to any students interested
in supporting and understanding the
So far, students from American,
Irvington, and Kennedy have shown
interest in attending the event.
Opportunity Unleashed’s official date is
yet to be determined, but GSA is hoping
to hold it on May 17.
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Interact’s new rule
By PURNIMA KASHYAP
Interact Club is adding a new
membership rule for its members.
Students will now have to take part
in four events and two, such as the
Fall Leadership Conference and the
Paws for a Cause breast cancer walk,
have to be for service hours. Other
ways students can get their hours
are by going to meetings, which
are only worth half a service event.
In return, students will receive a
certificate and their community
This new rule is aimed at the
seniors who may be lying on their
“Even if they attended one event,
they put ‘dedicated to Interact,’”
said junior Simon Lu, president of
Lu also said that there is more
Top: The LaMar family and Activites
Director Helen Paris give speeches to
commemorate the bench dedicated
to missing former WHS student
Sierra LaMar on Mar. 16. Lamar’s
closest friends were seated below the
Right: The plaque dedicated to
former cheerleader LaMar and other
missing children on the bench. The
bench is around the “cheerleading”
tree behind the amphitheater.
work to becoming a dedicated
member of Interact rather than just
writing it on a piece of paper.
This year is a trial run for the new
rule. Interact will be experimenting
with these rules and the best ways
to enforce them. The club plans to
have everything ready to go for next
year. Interact Club at WHS will be
the first to enforce this rule.
Interact members hope this
new rule will not cause any loss
of members, but rather that
students will be more motivated to
participate in events.
Freshman Tiger Nguyen believes
these rules are perfectly reasonable,
and helps keep track of who is an
“Students are getting service
hours and making new friends
along the way, making new
memories all within the club,”
Speech and Debate
By LEMAR KARIMI
Photos by GAUTAMI SHARMA.
Eco Faire every other year
By YOSEPH LATIF
WHS’ Eco Faire will no longer be held on a yearly
basis. Through multiple discussions the between
the school’s administration and leadership it was
decided that the event will be held every other year.
This is due to a multitude of reasons, the main
one being that this year the school will be doing its
first annual WHS Hall of Fame which will honor
outstand alumni who have either accomplished
great things after high school or while they were
There will be a Hall of Fame dinner in May
where these individuals will be honored. The dinner
will be held at Swiss Park in Newark. People it will
be honoring include Jess Jacinto, Scott Haggerty
and David Carter.
May was also to be the month of the Eco Fair.
Holding two events as big as these two within days
of each other wasn’t feasible and could interfere
with each of their success.
The decision was made that celebrating the Eco
Faire every other year was in its own favor. With a
longer gap between in between each fair, students
will appreciate the event more and there will be
more time for better preparation as well as the fact
that deeper, more interesting, and more original
ideas will be given a longer amount of time to be
“The Eco Faire seems to be a rather painless
and costless event that has a positive effect on
our community. Moving it to every other year
simply weakens that effect,” said senior, Vignesh
The Environmental Club member, who are
deeply involved with every years’ Eco Faire aren’t
fans of the change either.
“The Eco Faire conveys a great message to
our generation that the little things we do help
in the long run. We should be reminded of this
message constantly because it is easy to forget,” said
President of the Environmental Club, Alice Wen.
Not all students find this change to be a bad idea
though. “I think this was a smart move. This will
keep the Eco Faire fresh and lessen its fatigue. Every
other year isn’t even really that long, each class will
still get to experience it at least twice,” said junior,
The importance of the skills involved in forensics debate has made an
astonishing impact on my life, for the better. Forensics has produced many
notable members of society over the years through a wide range of fields.
Whether it is in the celebrity world with actors such as Brad Pitt and Adam
Sandler or in the political sphere with people such as Steven Colbert, Glen
Greenwald, or Nate Silver, it is clear the forensics has large degree influence.
It is due to forensics, I personally and many others, gained positive net
outcomes in regards to an increase social responsibility, academic success,
and psychological multipliers. Whether it be the propensity to vote, the
tendency to take part in social activism, or inclination to participate in
social volunteerism, these factors have all led to more proactive approach
to life for many participants of debate. Civic duty, the belief that one has
an obligation to participate in political affairs, and civic competence, the
idea that one can affect a government policy, are often underestimated by
the majority of the people. The experience of debate inherently provides
the ability of knowledge to an individual, which can be used to help benefit
In regards to academic success, studies have proven that forensics is an
enabler for future success. In a study by Contemporary Argumentation &
Debate in 2005, more than 75% of debaters in graduate school had a 3.5
GPA or higher. Furthermore, there was a 50% increase in obtaining a job
offers before graduation.
From a psychological standpoint there is also evidence to prove a
healthier mind set for debaters. In 2005 more than 40% of graduate
students reported feeling depressed or having high levels of anxiety.
Compared to the members in the forensics team, only 9% reported
any levels of anxiety. When graduate students were asked if they were
overwhelmed by any pressure, more than 22% responded yes, where only
one percent of debaters responded yes. Iit is clear to say, that the experience
of debate will undoubtedly help any individual if he or she desires.
Chinese Yo-Yo throws up good show at assembly
By Tristan Borillo
sophomore year, is dedicated to the
learning tricks on the Chinese Yo-Yo.
With no set meeting spot or schedule,
the club usually meets when all the
members have free time and meets
wherever is available, whether it is
behind the MPR, at the park, or in front of a classroom.
The club began with Chan and Wen teaching the club
members the basics to try and get everyone on the same
skill level, but now they spend their time perfecting
their tricks. The club uses the “Diablo” type of Chinese
Yo-Yo, a European variant that has a bell-like shape and
thinner axle when compared to the Chinese Yo-Yo.
Chang also said that she loves the Chinese Yo-Yo and
states that it is something she is good at and likes to
“I’m going to keep practicing after high school,”
Chang said. “I need to keep my skills up so that if I
flunk out of college or something I can run away and
Diablo for the circus.”
Not everyone in the club has plans like Chang’s.
Oliver said that she may only continue this as a hobby
The Chinese Yo-Yo Club performed at
the Multicultural Festival Assembly on
Mar. 26. Seniors Iris Chan, Evie Chang,
Alice Wen, Kathleen Tan, and Beth Oliver performed
complex tricks during the assembly using the Diablo
type of Yo-Yo.
The club had not performed at the Multicultural
Festival before, but decided to perform this year
due to this being their senior year and last chance to
showcase their skills and talents. According to club
member Chang, they have been contemplating the idea
of performing in public before, but had never gotten
around to do it until now.
A Chinese Yo-Yo consists of two disks connected
by an axle which is spun by two sticks attached by the
string. The point of the Chinese Yo-Yo is to juggle the
disks using the string to keep the disks spinning and
using that momentum to perform any combination of
tricks and stunts.
The Chinese Yo-Yo club, founded by Chan during her
Seniors Iris Chan and Kathleen Tan perform tricks for
the Multicultural Festival Assembly as part of Chinese
Yo-Yo Club. This was the first time the club had
performed in the assembly.
Photo by Kasy tu.
6 ∙ OPINIONS ∙ The Hatchet ∙ March 27, 2014
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for student expression
and discussion of ideas
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ethically produce an accurate record of the news,
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of the WHS community.
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Political Cartoon By Julie Jeon
Need-Aware may be blind to our needs
here is a lot about the college
admissions process that is under the
applicant’s control. They have been
more or less in control of their grades for
the past three years, they chose how much
time to spend preparing for the SAT or the
participate in, and they choose how much
effort to put into their essays. Admissions
decisions based solely on these criteria are
considered to be merit-based admissions.
But most colleges also judge an
applicant on their ability to pay for
the school. This is called need-aware
admission. The highly selective schools
that do not judge an applicant’s ability to
pay practice need-blind admission. Needblind admissions are generally thought to
benefit the lower-income applicant, as they
cannot be denied for needing extensive
The problem with this is that
experienced college admissions officers
can undoubtedly tell, based off of a
student’s extracurricular activities, roughly
how much money their parents make.
On the flip side, need-aware can allow an
admissions officer to take into account a
student’s financial hardships and look at
to the Editor
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Hello, my name is Jaire Gipson
and I am a senior here at
Washington. I would first like to
congratulate and thank you for
your extremely well organized
monthly school newspaper. Over
their high school career in that context.
Many colleges are being forced to switch
their need-blind policy to the opposite due to a
lack of funds. Schools that are need-blind tend
to also promise to meet one hundred percent
of all admitted students’ demonstrated need,
which can put a strain on endowment funds
when an incoming class is especially needy.
To compensate, schools have two options:
switch to a need-aware policy or no longer
promise to meet one hundred percent of
need. Discontinuing to meet full need would
negatively impact all students. Prospective
freshmen would have to worry about extensive
loans, and continuing students may be forced
to transfer to a cheaper option.
However, switching to a need-aware policy
would have relatively low impact on students.
With a need-aware policy, a school is able
to balance their incoming class based on
their own financial limitations. This way, if a
student truly wants to attend a school and gets
admitted, no financial issue will stop them
from going there.
In keeping with a need-aware policy and
not meeting full financial aid, universities are
essentially encouraging students to take out
hefty loans to attend. While it is ultimately
on the student to decide what makes sense to
them financially, it is counterproductive for
a college to not take need into consideration
“helping” applicants and giving them an equal
chance during admissions and then turning
around and tell a poor student “hey, you can
the four years that I have spent at
Washington High School, I have
enjoyed every copy that has been
produced and circulated. Over
time, I have noticed the common
format of The Hatchet and I was
contacting you because I would
like to make a humble suggestion
and present a thought about the
Through the kindness of the
Journalism class and students
around campus, the Hatchet is
oftentimes made available for
students that do not have ASB.
These students without ASB
usually do not own a Husky
planner either. So I have been
wondering how feasible it would
be to dedicate a page or at least
half of a page for up coming
events. This could be done in
an actual calendar format or
whatever seems appropriate for
the Journalism class if this is
something that is considered.
Whether students without ASB
come to our school but only if you sell your
soul to the banks first.”
The defense for need-blind schools is that
the policy promotes diversity. Statistically,
it should ensure that there is an equal
distribution of wealthy and poor students.
However, as any AP Statistics student will
tell you, there is absolutely no guarantee of
this because admissions decisions are not
drawn out of a hat. When wealth is not taken
into account, the decision is based purely
on academic merit. This invariably gives an
advantage to high income students who have
had access to SAT prep classes, AP tutors,
expensive extracurricular activities, and private
cello lessons. The low income student who
had to take care of their younger siblings after
school everyday and couldn’t afford to join
DECA is at a disadvantage.
Need-blind admissions are a sweet idea in
theory. In an ideal world, everything would
be equal and everyone would have the same
opportunities. But this is the real world. If an
admissions officer sees two applications, one
with extensively impressive activities, and one
listing only an after school job and a few school
clubs, without any outside information, it’s
pretty clear who will be selected. Need-blind
admissions do not serve their purpose. When
a decision is made affecting the next four years
of a person’s life, it is only fair that all of the
pieces of the puzzle are available to the official
making the decision. Income, however big or
small, should not be left out.
are not financially able to obtain
Husky planners or any other
cause, I believe that it would be
greatly appreciated by them to see
a print form of upcoming events of
significance in the school.
Again, over the years I have
always enjoyed the Hatchet
and hope to continue to see
newspapers of the same caliber as
my high school career comes to a
close. I thank you for the work that
has been put in to The Hatchet. It
is shown through the consistency
of the excellent papers printed
Land of the Free*
The author of “Land of the Free*:
restrictions may apply” makes
a poignant argument regarding
the proposition of an essentially
segregation-based law. America
should be a land of freedom, and
its citizens pride themselves on
that fact. As time passes though,
it almost seems as if the people
in the government are trying to
restrict individual freedoms.
Although there have been some
successes for gay rights such as the
legalization of gay marriage, there
is still room for improvement.
If the senate of Kansas had not
stopped the law, America would
have taken a step back instead of
a step forward. The fact that the
people proposing the bill used
religion as the basis for their
proposal is worrying though. They
are misusing the free exercise
clause and the establishment
clause to suit their own needs.
People should be aware of the
political standings of their country
because bills passed in one state
can affect everyone. If the Kansas
bill had passed who knows how it
would have changed America?
March 27, 2014 ∙ The Hatchet ∙ OPINIONS ∙ 7
P.E. now exercises our writing
By UMA BHATIA
Tremendous Thursday, and
Fantastic Friday. When students
hear these alliterations, school
becomes a nightmare. As
much as we hate Wonderful
Wednesday, P.E. is the only class
where we can work our bodies
instead of our minds.
The new Common Core
curriculum aims to change that.
While the exercise portion of
P.E. will remain, there will be
more writing and science. P.E.
makeups have already been
changed to fit the Common
Core standards. Integrating
these subjects into P.E. might be
helpful, but it will chain today’s
children to a desk for an even
Science and writing will be
tested in the P.E. curriculum.
P.E. makeups will require the
use of specific words to improve
writing skills. With science
comes math. Imagine trying to
figure out the equation of the
parabola a birdie makes in the
air. Fun, right? Since English
and science are desk subjects,
the creators of Common Core
curriculum should realize
that P.E. is the one class which
should not feel like a desk job.
The purpose of Common
Core is to integrate different
subjects into each class, but
P.E. is different. While all other
classes challenge our mind, only
P.E. challenges us physically.
Instead of insisting on essay
makeups, Common Core should
force teachers to have students
makeup their missed days by
worsen the physical condition
of American students.
Some say it is only fair we
should integrate science and
writing in P.E. since the same
will happen with English, math,
and science. What they do
not realize is P.E. will not be
integrated into other classes.
The purpose of six classes is
to give each subject an equal
amount of time. If there is
more time for other classes, it
leaves no time for P.E.. Instead,
Common Core should increase
time for P.E.. Decreasing P.E.
time would cause childhood
obesity to increase.
Common Core should
help us improve our skills by
challenging our mind and
bodies. Common Core will
instead be detrimental to the
health of students.
participating in some physical
activity. By doing this, Common
Core can train our brains while
alleviating America’s obesity
problem, and help make
students less stressed.
Not only are Common Core’s
changes to P.E. for the coming
years completely absurd, but
they would go against the
purpose of P.E. as a class.
Although many sports require
an efficient use of strategy, P.E.
is the one class that lets us be
kids. P.E. gives us an hour to
stretch and cool off. Without
written makeups, students
would be able to get their daily
exercise and take breaks from
the constant bombardment of
information. By adding more
instruction in P.E., students
will be burdened with more
homework. This in turn, will
With no money, they need compassion
By HAN NGO
There are common stereotypes in
society that people think of when they
consider those stricken by poverty. These
misconceptions are dangerous to those who
are in need of help because they lead to
avoidance of any communication.
Negative connotations of the homeless
exist because people fear what they don’t
understand and instead of trying to
understand, create unhealthy barriers.
The common stereotypes are that
homeless people are either drug addicts or
criminals. Although it is natural human
behavior when people fear what they do
not know and stray away from the things
they deem as “immoral,” in this situation,
it is something people need to overcome.
Changing people’s perspective towards
such an important topic will increase the
likelihood of eliminating poverty and
homelessness. This negative attitude of what
is foreign to people’s everyday lives is a
disease that the nation needs to fix.
Many people believe that homeless
people deserve the conditions that they
are in. A great amount of people are
on the streets because of unfortunate
circumstances. This includes getting laid
off of their job, veterans who can’t find
work, mental and physical disability issues,
and traumatic experiences resulting in loss
of everything they have. Even if there are
individuals who have made bad decisions,
no one deserves to be on the streets. Instead
of making judgments, people have to look
at the situation as a whole by considering
all aspects, and understanding why those
people are where they are.
Some people may argue that there is no
difference between not acknowledging, or
interacting with, people who they encounter
everyday and not acknowledging homeless
people. This is not true. If the fear of
interacting with those who are homeless is
embedded in a person’s mind, then those
who are facing poverty will not get the help
that they need. The situation of those in
poverty does not affect some people the
same way it affects those who need the help.
People need to change their perspectives
and encourage others to communicate with
those in poverty and help them as much
as they can. This is one of the ways to end
poverty in our country.
Rights vs. rules: to pee or not to pee
Arjun Sanyal, 10
Simrah Khan, 9
in the Halls
“Phineas and Ferb
because Perry the
Platypus is an awesome
secret agent and
Phineas and Ferb have
SquarePants. I love
My favorite characters
are Mermaid Man and
because he did crazy
things and always
chased his sister
H. Precalc Teacher
“What is your favorite
“Powerpuff Girls. I
remember watching it
with my sisters and the
show was cool. I once
dressed up as one of
them for Halloween.”
book is a hassle. It is practically
impossible to go from a class by
the drama department to the
bathroom and still make it to
the E building in time.
So, now you have a choice
the next time your teacher
says “no” when you ask to
use the bathroom. Using the
bathroom is a must in order to
stay healthy. It is a human right.
Eating, breathing, and using the
bathroom are not privileges.
They are rights. They are your
rights, and nobody should take
them away from you.
cause bladder infections and
many other health risks. It is
difficult to focus when you’re
squirming uncomfortably in
Some teachers argue that the
main reason they have strict
bathroom policies is to control
kids who use the bathroom
pass as a chance to escape class.
Others feel that people should
use the bathroom only between
classes. However, we have to
get from class to class in a very
limited amount of time. Even
going to your locker to get a
Justin Moore, 12
Using the bathroom is
something we all have to do.
It is a necessity of living, just
like breathing, eating, sleeping.
But several kids in elementary,
middle, and high school have
been told to hold it or wait till
the class period was over.
If you have a job or are
an adult who attends school,
labor laws say you can use the
bathroom whenever you need
too. It is illegal to keep someone
from using the restroom. So, if
adults are guaranteed the right
to use the bathroom, kids in
elementary, middle and high
school can’t be denied that right
everday. It is actually illegal
to keep a child from using the
restroom, but many teachers
ignore that law.
Many teachers feel that it
is a disruption to allow kids
to perform bodily functions
such as getting drinks of water
or using the bathroom. It is a
health hazard to keep someone
from using the bathroom; it can
Morgan Flanagan, 11
By YASMIN NEDA
“Garfield because he is so
cute. The best thing about
him are his eyes, I love
A Bowl of
The SAT: The essay, the math, the
long, arduous reading passages that
have nothing to do with anything
important but rather document the
life issues of fair maidens in early
twentieth century England.
The SAT is infamous for the
importance colleges place on it for
admissions. And, of course, the
terrible anxiety that culminates in the
Saturday morning test date. College
Board has caught on that their SAT is
losing popularity to the ACT when,
for the first time this past year, more
students took the ACT than the SAT.
To remedy the situation, the company
has decided to change various parts of
The essay has been made optional
and the three familiar sections have
been reduced to “Evidence-Based
Reading and Writing” and math.The
reading and writing section will only
include vocabulary pertinent to the
“real-world” and passages that one
might see throughout the course of a
career. Meanwhile, the math section
will test on “Problem Solving and
Data Analysis, the Heart of Algebra,
and Passport to Advanced Math” and
some sections will no longer allow the
use of a calculator. The grading scale
will also move from 2400 back to the
1600 scale overhauled ten years ago.
And, here’s the real kicker: in order to
encourage educated guesses, there will
be no penalty or negative points for
For the most part, the changes to
the SAT are positive. It’s important
that standardized testing reflects
students’ true intelligence and
capability. Right now, the SAT just
measures how well a student can
take an test, creating a serious gap
between students who can afford test
preparation and those who cannot.
Most students who get over 2000
on the SAT study for days on end
outside of school hours, and usually
go to additional test prep classes.
After the changes, students will not
need these classes because they are
going to be tested on what they are
taught at school—analyzing scientific
and historical passages, reading
graphs and charts, and simple algebra
with no tricks. If students feel the need to
study, College Board is partnering
with Khan Academy to create
comprehensive study videos and
practice questions, all free and open
to anyone on the Internet. No need to
learn all the little tricks of the test .
The redesigned SAT provides
opportunity to all by aiming to
level the playing field by testing in
depth a few, important subjects that
students already cover in school and
by providing open source study help.
Despite the negative feedback College
Board has received on its decision, we
can remain optimistic that at least the
company is taking steps to create a
test that quantifies education in a way
that makes sense to both students and
8 ∙ FEATURES ∙ The Hatchet ∙ March 27,, 2014
March 27, 2014 ∙ The Hatchet ∙ FEATURES ∙ 9
According to Columbia Scholastic Press Association
Aries (March 21-Apr 19):
As a newspaper, The Hatchet is
obligated to follow certain guidelines,
like the ones provided by the CSPA.
However, we feel like rebellious
teenagers, so we are breaking a few of
the rules. So, here are a few things that
we are completely unqualified to do.
-The Hatchet Staff
The Best Day Evurrr :D
I got up from my bed and went to
the mirror. Ugh. I like totes had
bedhead omg. I slowly went to
my bathroom and took a shower.
When I went downstairs, my
mom had put frozen waffles on
the plate. I was so pissed. My
mom could at least have put it
in microwave or whatever. She
doesn’t do anything for me. >:(
I decided to skip breakfast. I
had to lose weight anyway. That
stupid girl Barbie thought she
was a size negative 2, but she
was totally a size 0. Blech. Liar.
I was walking down the sidewalk
when I saw my boyfriend Ace.
Wait? Who was that making
out with him? O.M.F.G. IT WAS
BARBIE. WHAT THE HECK. I
immediately walked up to both
of them and slapped them. I ran
away. How could he? We were
He climbed out of the same bed,
walked into the same bathroom, and
started brushing his teeth with the
same tooth brush. Making his way
down to the kitchen, he started
brewing a cup of coffee. For a while
now, he stopped eating breakfast,
only coffee for him. Suddenly, the
piercing sound of a phone call broke
“Kermie, are you doing alright?”
a nasal voice asked, “You’ve been
acting weird for the last month. are
you alright?” Honestly, he wasn’t
alright. He was getting bored. Bored
of the same scenery; the same
people. His eyes were getting dark
bags underneath them and his once
vibrant green skin was now a drab
shade of light brown. Life wasn’t
the same anymore for the famous
frog, but he couldn’t let any of his
“I’m fine,” Kermit responded,
weariness present in his voice, “I
just need some time to myself is all.”
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):
Gemini (May 21-June 20):
You knew they were trouble when you first
walked in, so shame on you. Now promise
me you’re never ever ever getting back
together. Like ever.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22):
Take a chance for the one you love, volunteer
yourself as a tribute and fight against Mr. Snow,
we all know you’re going to win. Or die. May
the odds ever be in your favor!
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):
Halloween might be far off, but wear a
costume to school, it sure would get a lot of
people riled up and bring lots of laughs.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
Unless you know your selfies will get
retweeted more than Ellen’s selfie from the
Oscars got retweeted, don’t take selfies.
You don’t have to be a wimpy kid to write a
diary. Start your own journal and publish it
for other people’s entertainment.
School has been tiring you out too much,
hop on by at The Three Broomsticks and
grab a butterbeer or maybe to Zonko’s Joke
shop to fulfill Fred’s and George’s dreams.
-From self proclaimed star expert Nishi Tripathi
So recently I’ve been trying to bond with
my nephew, Ching. About a week ago, I
tried introducing him to ice cream, but
right when I opened the lid to a fresh tub, I
accidentally passed gas. My nephew noticed
and I started panicking. When he asked if
I had just farted, I just told him that ice
cream smells that way when you open a tub
and being that he’s never done it before, he
believed me. Now whenever he wants to eat
ice cream, I have to make it so that I pass
gas near him everytime he opens the lid.
How do I fix this situation without losing his
I understand your concern and your special bond
with Ching. What I suggest for you is to tell your
nephew that the brand of ice cream is the only one
that does that, and never buy that brand again. Over
time, he will forget that brand even exists and won’t
remember the incident.
I have a friend who won’t reply back to my
snapchats. I send him so many snapchats
and he never replies to me. I just want to
be on his best friend list. He also doesn’t
respond to my facebook messages and avoids
me during school. I want him to be my best
friend but he barely even talks to me. I’m
really sad please help.
Do not cry. you are obviously not trying hard
enough to become his best friend. Take the rejection
as a sign that you must try even harder in order for
him to be your Best Friend. Snapchat him every
second of every day, to show him how interested
you are. Then follow him around to show him that
you have common interests. If that doesn’t work,
try showing up at his house unexpectedly to show
how much you think about him and care about his
well-being. It will be sure to make him want to be his
Everyone keeps asking if I have an “Inst-agram.” It sounds like a graham cracker that
you can instantly make in the microwave or
something. I need help! I don’t know what it
is, and people keep making fun of me for not
having one. They say I’m not cool enough.
What is this Inst-a-gram? If it is what I
think it is, why does having a microwaveable
graham cracker make you cool?
Illustrations by Nishika Tripathi
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20):
People are really tired of those Snapchats.
Like seriously, stop.
Stop playing that one game that has you
flapping your wings through each obstacle; it
isn’t real life and it’s only getting you closer to
anger management classes.
Lois Lane or Clark Kent is waiting for you,
don’t let Kryptonite or the newspaper stop
Miss Piggy sighed as she hung
up the phone. He walked out the
door. Not knowing what to do, he
made his way to the train station.
He wanted to escape, to get away
from it all. Buying the cheapest
ticket available and climbing on
to the coach, he settled down.
Just then a train conductor
with a smile adorning his face
walked through the aisles,
checking tickets and greeting the
“I’d like to thank you all for
travelling with the Mono Express
today,” the conductor announced
with his smile unchanged, “We
be departing shortly for our
destination. Please do not
hesitate to ask me for assistance.
Let us go.”
The train whistle flared as
the locomotive started forward.
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Taurus (April 20-May 20):
Cancer (June 21-July 22):
The Journey of a Life Time...
together for seventy-two hours.
We were going to get married! I
started walking again towards
school, crying. I looked up to
see five beautiful boys. They
looked way too familiar. One
of them came up to me and
said “Are you okay love?”
Suddenly I realized that it was
One Direction! My heart started
beating fast. My head was
spinning. I fell into one of the
One Direction guys arms. I felt
myself slipping. What happened
to me? They kept trying to get me
to wake up. A few hours later I
woke up to beautiful blue eyes. It
was Louis. Gawd he was sooooo
hot. I realized he was holding my
To be continued...
It’s for the first time in forever but you just
got to let it go. Go build a snowman. After
all, reindeer are better than people.
Be a rebel for once. Get the Samsung
Galaxy instead of the iPhone.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):
Your letter was one of the easiest ones to answer,
Alyak, because I have recently gotten an Inst-agram. But do not fear, microwaving your phone is
not the way to obtain an Inst-a-gram. Rather, one
must first go out in the woods, light a campfire,
and cook your phone on a stick. Then, put a piece
of chocolate and a marshmallow on it, squeeze it
between two crackers, and viola! You have just made
an Inst-a-gram. Make sure you take a picture and
post your delectable dessert on Instagram for all
your friends to see!
10 ∙ ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT ∙ The Hatchet ∙ March 27, 2014
Look at me, I’m in Grease!
By MATT VAN SPRAKELAAR
For its fall production, the WHS
Performing Arts Club will present
the play adaption of one of the
most adored American musicals,
Grease. Auditions were Mar. 3-4,
and the performances will happen
throughout the month of May.
Grease is the story of two teens
falling in love and struggling
with its consequences. Over the
summer, Sandy Olsen, played by
sophomore Breanna Bellati, falls
in love with Danny Zuko, played
by sophomore Ryan Gibson.
Summer ends, and to their
surprise, Sandy and Danny find
each other attending the same
high school! With Danny as the
tough leader of a greaser gang, and
Sandy as prim and proper as she
is, they find themselves struggling
to keep their perfect summer
“People are working really hard,
it’s going to be an awesome play,”
Stage Management and Assistant
Director Jordyn Morgan said.
The Stage Management/
Design class is working hard on
By JULIE JEON
constructing the settings and
props. Expect Grease to have some
innovative technology, with a
possibility of fog machines as well.
“Originally I hadn’t wanted
to do Grease, but the students
wanted it and now it’s looking
good,” play director Matthew
Ballin said. “We’re moving forward
on all fronts, with technical work
Showtimes will be May 9, 15,
16, 23 and 24. Tickets will be
$8 for students and elderly, and
$10 for adults. Purchase them at
whstheater.com or at the door.
Clockwise from bottom: Ballin
directs the sleep-over scene;
senior Marysol Zavala paints
the play sign; sophmore Amy
Friesen helps Ballin with
Photos by matt van sprakelaar
Showing what drama is
By ANJALI SUTHAR
On Mar. 20, the school’s
advanced drama classes
(Drama 2, 3 and 4) held
a Drama Showcase in the
Husky Theater at 7 p.m. The
event was held to allow the
Drama students to prepare
for the annual Ohlone High
School Theater Festival. The
Festival was held on Mar. 21
At the showcase, the
Drama students performed
scenes from different plays
they had performed in. In
total, there were 23 pieces
and one dance. Four of the
pieces were scenes from the
Husky Theater’s fall play,
Much Ado About Nothing.
The rest of the 19 pieces
Many of the pieces at
the festival were taken
from plays by playwrights
like Shakespeare. Several
movies were used too,
such as Juno and Princess
Protection Program. Many
and dramatic ensembles
were performed, as well as
mini-musicals and dances.
“The showcase gives
students in advanced drama
the opportunity to perform
their pieces in front of an
audience,” drama teacher
Matthew Ballin said.
Admission to the
Drama Showcase was
free. However, there was a
$20 competitor’s fee, and
performers were charged
an additional $10 to cover
field trip costs such as
“You can see the
competition and you can
learn from the people who
are better than you and
improve your skills,” Drama
3 student junior Jasmine
March 27, 2014 ∙ The Hatchet ∙ ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT ∙ 11
Surya Chittadi gets his groove on
By VISHESH MANI
Sophomore Surya Chittadi
has been hip-hop dancing
since he was seven years
old. He first started learning
on his own by watching
popular hip-hop dancers
such as Michael Jackson on
YouTube and copying them.
Although he has taken a
variety of classes for many
different types of dances, he
has mostly taught himself
and focuses on the hip-hop
style. Last year he began
learning how to break dance
with the WHS BBoy Club.
Chittadi is also the club’s
Chittadi has performed
in both the freshman and
sophomore spirit skits.
He has also participated
in an event at Centerville
Junior High School called
Teachers vs. Students, in
which teachers and students
competed in a dance-off
against each other. He
also performed with WHS
Taal in the Multicultural
Assembly last year, and will
also perform this year.
Chittadi prefers to
choreograph his own
dances rather than relying
on instructors to teach him
Chittadi has yet
to participate in any
competitions. However, in
the future he is hoping to
enter one with the other
members of the Bboy Club.
“A competition is
very different from a
performance,” Chittadi said.
“When you’re competing,
it’s even more important
to do everything perfectly.
Audience members can’t
tell when you mess up, but
Nowadays, Chittadi takes
inspiration from popular
dancers such as Bboy Cloud,
Viktor Kim, and Justin
Timberlake. He likes each
of their unique styles, and
hopes to create his own style
in the future.
Chittadi does not plan
on making a career out of
dancing. However, he will
keep dancing as a hobby.
Clockwise from top left: Surya performs several Bboy
dance moves: Chair Freeze, Nike Freeze, Foot Work
Photos PROVIDED BY SURYA CHITTADI
May 9th, 15th, 16th,
23rd, and 24th
12 ∙ ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT ∙ The Hatchet ∙ March 27, 2014
Every culture under the sun
March 27, 2014 ∙ The Hatchet ∙ ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT ∙ 13
Sold by: Leadership
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Sold by: ARK
4 Tickets - Full
2 Tickets - Half
Sold by: MEChA
5 Tickets - One
7 Tickets - Two
Sold by: Interact
2 Tickets - Croissant
1 Ticket - Nutella
Sold by: French Club
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Sold by: NHS
CHOW MEIN &
4 Tickets - Chow mein
4 Tickets - Fried rice
Sold by: DECA
Sold by: Leo
Photos BY PATRICIA ZEE and joel capra
The African American Student Union’s
dance was choreographed by seniors Briana
Booker, Huda Mutwakil, and sophomore
Ayanna Wargo. They practiced Mondays,
Wednesdays, and Fridays from 3 p.m. -5
p.m. but leading up to the dance, they had
practice everyday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30
p.m. There are thirty-one people in the
dance and people often join by joining
Walk Thru - Rich Homie Quan feat.
Drill Team - Tech N9ne
Down For My Hitters - C-Murder
Poison - Bell Biv DeVoe
Get Busy - Sean Paul
Hold You - Gyptian
Talk Dirty - Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chainz
Drop That NaeNae - We Are Toonz
K-pop’s dance was choreographed by
seniors Evelyn Li and Paulina Wang, who
based it on the original piece by Girls’
Generation. The ten person group practiced
two times a week for three hours at each
Girls’ Generation - I Got a Boy
Bollywood group’s dance was mainly
choreographed by seniors Dhruvangi Shah,
Gautami Sharma, and Sravanthi Kuchibhotla. The forty person Bollywood group
represents Indian culture and three different styles of dance: Raas, Bollywood, and
Bhangra. In preparation for their performance, the group practiced two to three
times a week, with each practice lasting
about two hours.
Nagada Sang Dhol - Ram- Leela
Balam Pichkari - Yeh Jawaani Hai
Sardar - Amrit Saab
MEChA’s dance this year was choreographed by senior Stephanie Torres. The
club remixed several Latin American styles
to create the dance. The thirty-five person
group practiced one and a half hours daily.
Students who wish to participate next year
should join MEChA.
Que Nadie Sepa Mi Sufrir - Sonora
La Morena - Oro Solido
La Peinada - Chuy Lizzarraga
Daddy Yankee Intentalo - 3ballmty
La Quebradora - Banda el recodo
The hip hop dance this year is being choreographed by seniors Myat Theingi and
Matthew Carluen, and junior Jessica Siapno
to represent the hip hop dance culture.
There are five dancers and the group practices every Tuesday and Thursday from 3
p.m. to 5 p.m. Next year the dance may be
continued by Siapno.
Ride - SoMo
I Do it for the Ratchets - Tyga
feat. Joe Moses
On Top - Trey Songz
Turn Down For What - DJ Snake
feat. Lil Jon
The Chinese Yo-Yo dance is choreographed
by seniors Iris Chan and Alice Wen. There
are five members in the dance. They have
practiced since the middle of February.
They practiced on Sundays and Fridays
from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Mì zhú - Kiyoshi Yoshida
WHS Taal club’s dance is a fusion of Bollywood, hip hop, and Bhangra choreographed
by juniors Nishtha Bhatia and Sumana
Krishnakumar. They practice about two
times a week and begin practices seven
weeks in advance. This year there are twenty
people participating in the dance. Anybody
who wants to join does so by informing the
choreographers or joining the group.
Aa Re Pritam Pyare - Rowdy Rathore
Dilli Wali Girlfriend - Yeh Jawaani Hai
Balam Pichkari - Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Dil Dooba - Sonu Nigam & Shreya
Turn Down For What (Bhangra Remix) Lil Jon (DjHans925-SoundCloud)
Tooh - Goori Tere Pyaar Mein
Polynesian’s dance was choreographed by
senior Jecelle Prudente. They have practiced
since the beginning of February. The girls
in the dance practiced on Mondays and
Wednesdays while the guys practiced on
Thursdays. Students who want to participate
next year should talk to junior Lolita Havea.
Kikipa - Otea Api
Tainavenave - Otea Api
14 ∙ SPORTS ∙ The Hatchet ∙ March 27, 2014
By MICHAEL MACABITAS
Ever since he was four years old,
Zach Wallace has had a strong
passion for baseball. Wallace was
able to excel in the sport with
the support of his parents. They
allowed him practice daily and
encouraged him to play on a travel
team to get more exposure.
Wallace is a left handed pitcher,
and also plays outfielder for the
Varsity team. Some of his best
baseball accomplishments include
an MVP award for the Centerville
American Little League, an
MVP award for a travel-ball
Tournament, five no hitters
thrown, and a two hit shutout
against an all collegiate team.
“My most memorable moment
is the two hit shutout in nine
innings against the all collegiate
team,” Wallace said. “I gained a lot
of confidence from the game.”
During the summer, Wallace
attends an extreme fitness training
Junior Zach Wallace before releasing a pitch. Wallace has
thrown a total of five no hitters in his pitching career.
Photo by michael macabitas
of the Month
program at San Jose to increase his
foot speed, agility and strength. To
practice his pitching, he meets up
with his pitching coach multiple
times in a week to practice his
craft. Even when Wallace isn’t
practicing or playing baseball, he
stays active through various
activities like playing basketball
with friends or going to the
gym. Wallace was a multisport athlete who used to
play basketball and football
for school, but has dedicated
himself to solely baseball.
Wallace plans on continuing
his baseball career playing for
either Arizona State University
or the University of Arizona.
His dream is to play for the
PAC-12 NCAA conference.
whs v mchs (l)
whs v khs (w)
whs v ahs (l)
whs v jlhs (l)
TRACK AND FIELD
whs v kennedy (w)
whs v jlhs (l)
whs 1 san ramon valley 0
whs 12 golden valley 1
whs 2 cardinal newman 3
whs 2 willow glen 3
whs 8 antioch 5
whs 3 pinole valley 1
whs 9 freedom 4
whs 7 livermore 0
whs 8 liberty 6
whs 15 college park 14
whs v msjhs (w)
whs v ahs (w)
whs v nmhs (l)
whs v khs (w)
whs 0 ahs 3
whs 1 khs 3
whs 1 amador valley 3
whs 2 antioch 0
whs 1 livermore 2
whs 0 campolindo 2
March Madness? Yup. Fighting
By ROHAN PARULKAR
The dull month between the
Superbowl and March Madness
is filled with one month by the
“experts” such as Joe Lunard,
who spend ages putting together
brackets for the full tournament. It
is pointless for people to devote as
much time as they do for the sole
purpose of the bracket, because
of the sheer amount of external
forces out of their control.
Of college sports, basketball
is the second most watched,
falling only to football. Despite
its immense popularity, often
times the tournament itself is
overshadowed by these brackets.
If you were to ever make a perfect
bracket, you would be a very
wealthy person. This season,
Warren Buffet is offering one
billion dollars to anyone that can
submit a flawless tournament.
Because of the reward money for
this accomplishment, the term
“bracketology” has been coined
for experts such as Lunardi.
During March Madness, you
will even hear commentators
discussing their own predictions
rather than the game. That’s
simply taking it too far.
The nature of the tournament
itself is win or go home. Due to
this, the worst team in the bracket
could theoretically upset the best
team and ruin nearly everyone’s
bracket. In last year’s tourney
alone, there were 18 games where
the lower ranked team defeated
the higher seeded team. That is a
major reason why no brackets will
ever be without error. You have
a better chance of winning the
lottery than submitting a faultless
In last year’s tournament, the
15th seed Florida Gulf Coast
defeated 2nd seed Georgetown,
basically ruining anyone’s chance
at winning the prize money. In
similar events, Washington’s
boy’s basketball team, as
underdogs, was able to pull
off upsets versus College Park
and Dublin. Despite their
lower rank in comparison
to College Park and Dublin,
Washington was still able to
defeat the teams highlighting
the unpredictable nature of the
Even after one round,
countless brackets have been
ruined due to the upsets
of Duke, Oklahoma, and
Cincinnati. Every billion
dollar bracket has already
been busted. The second
round is only half way done
and number one seed Wichita
State has been eliminated as
well as third ranked Creighton.
Second ranked Kansas and
third ranked Syracuse were
eliminated by Stanford and
Dayton respectively. Still,
you will hear people on
social media and in real life
discussing how their entry
was ruined by a surprise team
when their chances of winning
was a highly improbable.
shattering a ten-year
By RAVEN MOORER
The boys basketball team
advanced far this season, making
it into the NCS playoffs. The
Huskies won theri first playoff
game against College Park 61-50,
advancing them to the next round
played at Dublin High. The team
clinched a win against Dublin,
scoring 52-45. By winning, the
team advanced to the semi-finals
for the first time in ten years.
Their match was against NMHS.
“This was crazy,” senior TJ
Smith said, “We all believed in
ourselves but I think [Dublin]
mostly underestimated us. We
put up a good fight and I think we
Despite losing to Newark 72-
Senior Sanket Singh drives
through Kennedy opponent.
Photo by Mike Adamson
60, the boys team advanced and
played their final game against St.
Ignatius on March 12. The Huskies
lost with a close score of 69-60.
“Honestly, our league record
needed improvement, but once
we got to the playoffs, everything
started to come together,” junior
Bobby Jasany said. “We were the
underdogs. We were counted out.
But with our heart, determination,
and chemistry, our team was able
to push through. We all should be
March 27, 2014 ∙ The Hatchet ∙ SPORTS ∙ 15
By ANDREW CHEN
The badminton team got off to a late
start due to not having a coach until
the week of the first game. So far they
are 0-3 having lost to Dougherty Valley,
American, and Irvington.
“Our season started late, but we’ve
worked hard and will hopefully do well
in the season,” junior Austin Gee said.
The volleyball team has a
record of 1-1 with new head
coach, Mathieu Frankenstein.
“We’re having a slow start
to but we are still in contention to place high in league,”
junior Jared Kozak said.
Track and Field lost their first meet,
but the team is expecting to overcome their loss. Sophmore Moxit
Shah is optimistic about the team.
“We‘ve come a long way and we
will continue to improve throughout the season," Moxit said.
So far in preseason the baseball team
is off to a good start at 2-2. The team
beat Freedom High 2-1 and Golden
Valley High 12-1. However, they failed
to beat Willow Glen twice with results
of 3-2 and 3-1 respectively. The Dennis
Eckersley Field at WHS has newly
The softball team is currently off to
a rough preseason with a 2-4 record
getting quality wins over Antioch and
“We’ve come together as a team,”
junior Chloe Lambert said. “It’s effective
in the games we won and I expect our
chemistry to help us in league play.”
The swim team has won three out
of four matches in league so far.
They are adjusting well to two new
coaches, Coach Scott for varsity and
Coach Pat for JV.
“We’re doing great and we’ve
been winning a lot of meets, so far
everything is going swimmingly,”
junior Matthew Lee stated.
The golf team is holding a 2-0
record in league. They picked
up their debut league win
against Kennedy on March
“[It] started rough, but
we found a bond and won
matches we weren’t expecting
to.” senior Dru Olson said.
The tennis team is off to a
rough start with a 1-3 season
record, beating Kennedy but
losing to American, Moreau,
“We started off slow but
we believe that we‘ll win most
of our upcoming matches,”
junior Matthew Ko said.
Quiroz pedals for the medal
By MATTHEW van SPRAKELAAR
Since the age of 12, senior Nick
Quiroz has been an adamant
mountain biker. He’s competed in
several state wide competitions.
Quiroz was introduced to biking
by his father and brother, who
helped him train.
Quiroz has been racing on
the Oakland Composite Team
for 3 years. In 2013, Quiroz
placed ninth in California in
the under eighteen men’s CCCX
Cross Country competition. He
is currently participating in the
2014 NorCal Mountain Biking
Tournament, a competition that
consists of six races in total.
In Quiroz’s first match on Feb.
22, he raced at East Garrison in
Salinas and placed eighth. He
placed tenth in the second race,
held at Granite Bay on Mar. 9. The
most recent race was Mar. 22 at
the Central Coast Classic (CCCX)
course in San Louis Obispo, where
he placed eighth.
The final race is the state
championships, and will be held
at Laguna Seca in Salinas on May
11. So far, Nick holds sixth place
overall in the Division 2 JV boys.
He is only ten points away from
being fifth and getting a position
on the podium.
Quiroz has three more races
to go in the tournament. He
competes against over 40 other
people, biking over 20 miles.
Quiroz is training four to five
times a week. On average, he bikes
90 miles a week.
Quiroz plans to bike in
college. He hopes to race for
UC- Santa Cruz. Quiroz’s father
is his inspiration, as well as Lance
Armstrong, before his drug use.
“I look to pre-doped Armstrong
when I think about how I want
to be. I’ll never quit, and I’ll will
always strive to be the best that I
can be,” Quiroz said.
Senior NIcholas Quiroz riding ahead of his competitiors during a
race. Quiroz is currently competing in the CCCX tournament.
Photo by STEPHEN WOO.
16 ∙ PHOTOS ∙ The Hatchet ∙ March 27, 2014
Seniors Erica Bickel and Niyati Mehta show off their
powderpuff jerseys. The game was held Mar. 15.
PHOTO BY JUSTIN LU
pose for the
Juniors Zoe Rayburn and Brian Knight smile for the
camera. Sadies was held Mar. 21.
PHOTOS BY ALONDRA ROJAS
Seniors Elden Rozul, Dru Olson, Carlos Carreiro,
Jake Reist, Konstantine Petrakis, Abram Gonzalez,
Eric Jorgens, and Eddie Hernandez perform a
pyramid. The seniors won 28-0. PHOTO BY JUSTIN LU
Senior Howard Tan bboys while the crowd cheers him on.
Approximately 180 people attended. PHOTO BY ALONDRA ROJAS
Senior Deja Holland waits for the play to start.
Powderpuff games are between juniors and seniors
only. PHOTO BY JUSTIN LU
at the Senior
held Mar. 1.
PHOTO BY TIM
for a picture.
Singh was the
DJ for Sadie’s.
Juinor AJ Schwab and senior Isabella Wang
pose for the picture. The dance was held in the
cafeteria. PHOTO BY ALONDRA ROJAS