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Walnut High School | 400 Pierre Rd. Walnut, Calif. 91789

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Walnut High School | 400 Pierre Rd. Walnut, Calif. 91789

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Walnut High School | 400 Pierre Rd. Walnut, Calif. 91789

Daily Waste | Junior Cetrine Deng eats daily school lunch but often throws away the provided snack bags. A lot of food is wasted because the school food may not be what students envision for a good lunch
Federal regulations cause excessive food waste
New federal regulations exacerbate food waste crisis, prompting concerns over sustainability for trash.
Lydia Chen, News editor • March 25, 2024

In the past few years, school food waste has grown to an alarming level due to issues with student preference and federal regulations. According to a survey of 145 students, a majority of students throw away school food because the food doesn’t taste good as a result of the Nutrition Services Department being prohibited by federal regulations from frying or using butter and oil on food. In the past, students were allowed to take any lunch item offered to them; however, due to recent regulations, they are now required to take every single item, leading to even more food waste. “It's not just...

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The formation of the CAAP sparks new opportunities for families
The formation of the CAAP sparks new opportunities for families
Lydia Chen, News Editor • February 26, 2024

The Council of African American Parents, the newest addition to Walnut’s Parent Association, was introduced on Jan. 24, featuring a parent...

Senior Fiona Yang helps by weeding the California Native Plant Garden during tutorial. “It’s tiring but I’m also having fun,” Yang said. “It’s a good release [for stress].
California Native Plant Garden flourishes despite setbacks
Cathy Li, Staff writer • February 26, 2024

Despite recent obstacles like littering, vandalism and gardeners unknowingly cutting down some of the plants, the California Native Plant Garden...

School psychologist Robby Rendon listens to junior Juliana Garcia as she seeks helps. “When handling [problems], each person is different. You should seek [professional help] when your stress or trauma significantly deters you from your life’s plan,” Rendon said.
Mental health resources offered to students
Scott Chen, News editor and Advertising • February 13, 2024

In recent years, the issue of poor mental health among students has grown to a significant level. According to Mental Health America, 14.83%...

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High schools witness increased cell phone usage in classroom
Timmothy Chen, Staff writer • February 3, 2024

Ever since the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, Walnut High has been experiencing a spike in student disciplinary actions related to cell phones.  Cell...

LA county encounters a rise of COVID-19 and influenza transmissions
LA county encounters a rise of COVID-19 and influenza transmissions
Timmothy Chen, Staff writer • January 22, 2024

LA County is experiencing an uptick in COVID-19 and influenza cases, causing many students to fall ill due to the current high levels of virus...

Sophomore Arvin Chau prepares to grab a video shot of life on campus. “A lot of these moments are unpredictable and it’s always a hit or miss. Once you miss it, it’s gone, so I just free style it,” Chau said. “The more you film, the more you understand your style and know what shots you like to get.”
Campus life rolls out in videography
Sophomore Arvin Chau tells a visual story through cinematic video creations.
Jocelyn Chen, Feature editor • March 25, 2024

Whether it be at spirited pep rallies, intense sports games or other lively events on campus, sophomore Arvin Chau can often be found behind his camera, capturing the moment to transform into his next video project.  Some of Chau’s video edits can be found on the school’s Instagram account, @walnut_mustangs and his personal Instagram account, @chaurvin. These projects include montages of school events and stories enhanced with intense music and special video effects. Some of his posts include a fiery edit of the girls’ senior night basketball game and a vibrant winter sports rally recap.  “I’m...

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Just plane fun
Just plane fun
Cathy Li, Staff writer • March 25, 2024

Sophomore Joshua Uy and his lion costume after performing at the Asian American Expo.
Dancing to the beat of Chinese tradition
Kaelin David, Staff writer • March 13, 2024

A flurry of red and gold flash through the room, splotches of vibrant colors uniting into an elaborate lion costume. Underneath the mesmerizing...

From left to right, sophomores Milan Luna, Amanda Qin and Kyle Le after finishing a Wellness Wednesday.
Paving the Way for Mindfulness with Walnut HOSA Wellness
Jocelyn Chen, Feature editor • February 26, 2024

Walking around campus, one might find themselves stopped in their tracks by sophomores Kyle Le, Milan Luna and Amanda Qin, who are readily equipped...

Senior Athena Guan helps an elementary school student create origami.
The art of origami folds a community together
Cathy Li, Staff writer • February 26, 2024

If you’re looking for senior Athena Guan on a Saturday morning, you can most likely find her at Suzanne Park.  With the picnic tables as...

Sophomore Brandon Lim finds his passion in robotics and computer-aided design
Sophomore Brandon Lim finds his passion in robotics and computer-aided design
George Wang, Sports editor • February 13, 2024

He opens Blender on his computer, ready to embark on another 3D model project. The sound of his Ender V2 3D printer whirls in the distance, slowly...

Sophomore Francesca Chu and junior Mary Mora work on a project to rebrand a portion of UNICEF’s social media. “We have a pretty big team doing this, which makes things a lot easier,” Chu said. “[The project’s] going pretty well; we’re about to wrap up and I’m excited to see how the representatives will react to the work.”
Mind Out Loud calls for peace of mind
Rylyn Wang, Feature editor • February 13, 2024

With a click of a mouse, members fill the meeting room, names popping up left and right, as they wait for their monthly virtual workshops with...

A read into English class literature: What does it teach us?
A read into English class literature: What does it teach us?
Explore The Hoofprint staffs’ thoughts on classic books read in English classes across different grades.
March 25, 2024

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Featured above are the steamed buns which costs $10.95.
Experience the Taste of Asia at Buns & Dums
Taryn Schilz, Scene editor • March 25, 2024

The idea of quick and freshly served fried dumplings or steamed buns was enough to hook me. Buns & Dums is an Asian fusion restaurant located...

Grab A Crabs seafood boil with a mix of shrimp, clam, sausage and corn comes with a savory sauce as well as tender meats which makes for a nice and filling meal for two.
Grab a Crab provides a fun and appetizing dining experience.
Daniel Lee and Scott Chen March 25, 2024

The prospect of receiving a free pound of shrimp and a cluster of Dungeness crab caught our attention. Grab A Crab is a seafood boil restaurant...

The movie poster for Kung Fu Panda 4 featuring the main character, Po, in the center.
Kung Fu Panda 4 struggles to recapture the movie magic
George Wang, Arts editor and Advertising • March 25, 2024

After embarking on several dangerous journeys and defeating countless villains, it is time for the main protagonist, Po, to pass his staff to...

Featured above is their Signature Empanadas.
Mami Mosas' delicious food fulfills the upscaled prices
Lucas Lim, News editor • March 13, 2024

After waiting a week to make time to visit the newly opened “Mami Mosas,” my Cuban cravings were finally met when I found a time slot. The...

Shown above is the album cover for Underdressed at the Symphony.
"Underdressed at the Symphony" makes for an underwhelming album
Marissa Alejo, Staff writer • March 4, 2024

Faye Webster is back with her fifth album, “Underdressed at the Symphony,” straying away from her usual lyrical ballads opting for a more...

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Issue 5 Editorial: Online sports gambling dangers adolescents
Head Editorial Board March 25, 2024

Although the legal age to gamble in the United States is either 18 or 21, teenagers are finding ways to gamble on online apps and websites. The...

Growing trend of lying teens invade media
Growing trend of lying teens invade media
Despite restrictions, minors gain unrestricted access to inappropriate content, prompting calls for stricter measures.
Scott Chen, Print editor-in-chief • March 25, 2024

A 10-year-old who is ready to join Generation Z’s typical social media journey downloads Instagram. The app asks them if they are 13 or older...

Junior David Kang asks anonymous users for advice while ignoring messages from family members. “I feel more comfortable talking to the Internet because no one knows who I am,” Kang said. “My parents put too much pressure on me, so it’s nice to be able to talk without anything expected from me.”
Internet redefines the role of parental guidance online
With more communication platforms, teenagers stop asking their parents for advice.
Sofia Majeed, Staff writer • March 25, 2024

Social media has, to no one’s surprise, become more and more influential in everyday life. The demographic most affected by this is teenagers...

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Divestment for change calls for freedom, justice and equality
Recent UC involvement in supporting the Palestinian movement encourages active participation in change.
Sofia Majeed, staff writer • March 25, 2024

Late last week, the University of California, San Diego divested over 8.2 million dollars and passed Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)....

Lack of change in education slows students learning progress
Lack of change in education slows students' learning progress
Kaelin David, Staff writer • March 13, 2024

Back in 2020, the Burbank Unified School District in Los Angeles County decided to ban To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men, — both of...

Determining originality in AI generated works
Determining originality in AI generated works
Sunny Zhang, Opinion editor • March 4, 2024

As more innovations are made in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), its usage has spread beyond the initial fields of basic calculations...

FAFSA 2024-2025 fails students across the U.S.
FAFSA 2024-2025 fails students across the U.S.
Kaelin David, Staff writer • February 26, 2024

Across the country, more than 17 million students submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in hopes of obtaining financial...

Cancel culture goes too far
Cancel culture goes too far
Rylyn Wang, Feature editor • February 26, 2024

Cancel culture, according to Merriam-Webster, is the practice or tendency of engaging in mass canceling as a way of expressing disapproval and...

The years of the high schooler
The years of the high schooler
David Kang, Online editor-in-chief and In-depth editor • February 12, 2024

Mustang Holidays
Mustang Holidays
December 6, 2023
Food for thought
Food for thought
November 6, 2023
Pit orchestra musicians sophomore Keegan Beecher and senior Kyle Kim practice for the upcoming spring musical.
Pit orchestra selected to perform at spring musical "Mamma Mia!"
Exploring the craft of pit orchestras in live performances.
Timmothy Chen, Staff writer • January 16, 2024

Students were selected for the “Mamma Mia!” Pit Orchestra to play the crucial role in enhancing the Spring Musical. The job of the pit...

Chamber singer senior Joshua Dermawan performs at Caberet night.
Arts programs rally for funds through year-round efforts
Explore the financial hurdles faced by arts departments.
Taryn Schilz, Staff writer • December 17, 2023

Arts programs including the Drama department, Color Guard and Cheer participate in year-round fundraisers in order to obtain enough funding for...

Senior Narciso Valenzuela Alvarez takes a break from her portfolio to focus on another piece. Most of the time I work on a piece, I portray myself and what I feel, Valenzuela Alvarez said. For example in that piece I wanted to portray how I see myself and express that [on the paper].
Students give a sneak peak into their art portfolio
AP Studio Art students progress on their collection due in May.
Ava Kaleah David, Staff writer • December 6, 2023

As the first semester comes to a close, the progression of AP Studio Arts students' artwork is evident as they compile their AP exam portfolios...

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Walnut High School | 400 Pierre Rd. Walnut, Calif. 91789