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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

The formation of the CAAP sparks new opportunities for families
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The formation of the CAAP sparks new opportunities for families
Parents from African American descent are forming a new council to advocate for their community.
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 run program dedicated to supporting both parents and students of academic success.  The program’s primary focus is on exploring ways to better support students of African, African American, Caribbean and black descent, as well as creating a community where parents can connect with one another to enhance support for their students.  “It's all about inclusion, making sure that not just some people have the opportunities. I want to make sure that...

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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, Staffer • 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...

Alterations in standardized testing create change for students
Alterations in standardized testing create change for students
Sunny Zhang, Staff writer • January 16, 2024

Starting in March 2024, the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) offered by CollegeBoard will be fully transitioning from the traditional pen and...

From left to right, sophomores Milan Luna, Amanda Qin and Kyle Le after finishing a Wellness Wednesday.
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Paving the Way for Mindfulness with Walnut HOSA Wellness
Sophomores Kyle Le, Milan Luna and Amanda Qin work to promote mental health on campus.
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 with a pair of earphones and a question like “What do you do to relieve your stress?” to help promote mental health amongst their peers. Walnut Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) offers multiple events that members can compete in for the State Leadership Conference (SLC), one of them being Mental Health Promotion. Club members Le, Luna and Qin took the opportunity to form the group Walnut HOSA Wellness for the competition, where they...

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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...

From grandfather to grandson, junior Boris Chuang inherits a love for chemistry
From grandfather to grandson, junior Boris Chuang inherits a love for chemistry
David Kang, Online editor-in-chief and in-depth editor • February 13, 2024

Taking a pencil in his hand, junior Boris Chuang methodically lays out the answer to a complex chemistry question, watching as a flash of realization...

With guitar, freshman Sasha Anthony follows her family into music
With guitar, freshman Sasha Anthony follows her family into music
Jocelyn Chen, Staff writer • February 13, 2024

With a strum of her acoustic guitar, freshman Sasha Anthony simply needs to pluck and pull a few strings to bring her music to life.  Anthony...

Nail by nail, senior Haile Merino creates artwork through hard work and persistence
Nail by nail, senior Haile Merino creates artwork through hard work and persistence
Elise Chen, Feature editor • February 13, 2024

As they laugh together chatting about their day, senior Haile Merino preps, sands and decorates her friend’s nails in a precise and meticulous...

The promotional poster used during the release of Persona 3 Reload. It features the protagonist of the game.
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Persona 3 Reload makes a game-changing installment to the Persona franchise
After months of waiting, the highly anticipated remaster of Atlus’s Persona 3 provides improved visuals and character interactivity.
Brandon Du, Online editor-in-chief • February 26, 2024

A heartbreaking and depressing turn of events led to a remaster of a game from 2008. Although this is the fourth iteration of “Persona 3”, “Reload” aims to target a new audience of high school students. The game is about overcoming the griefs that come with life whether that be betrayal, death, heartbreak or all of them at once.  “Persona 3 Reload” (P3R) was released on Feb. 2 and available for preorder in late October. After pre-ordering the game in late November, I was ecstatic as I had never played any of the previous “Persona 3” games. As a diehard Persona fan, I had purchased...

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This is the original album cover of Vultures 1.
Kanye West's comeback in "Vultures 1" with Ty Dolla $ign
Lucas Lim, News editor • February 26, 2024

Most people would think geniuses might be Albert Einstein or Leonardo da Vinci, but a genius isn’t just about an IQ score but the content that...

A rose by any other matter would be just as sweet
A rose by any other matter would be just as sweet
Cathy Li, Print editor-in-chief • February 13, 2024

The promotional campaign poster for Percy Jackson and the Olympians features Percy holding his sword, “Anaklusmos,” also known as “Riptide” as he parts the ocean
Percy Jackson and the “Olympians” downplay the plot
Marissa Alejo, Copy and Coverage editor-in-chief • February 13, 2024

Percy Jackson didn’t ask to be born a half blood, but millions of kids who read the stories of his adventures wished they were. As someone...

Featured above is pad thai with shrimp which costs $16.95 and contains rice noodles, eggs, bean sprouts and a carrot and red cabbage garnish. It was delightfully chewy with sweet and savory flavors.
Silver Spoons Thai Barbecue serves to impress, despite the high price
Taryn Schilz February 13, 2024

After being deprived of Thai food for over three months, I was excited to try Silver Spoons Thai BBQ House and explore a new restaurant that...

Featured above is a key visual for Palworld and its promotional campaign.
Palworld's intricate ecosystem of fighting and manual labor
Brandon Du, Scene editor • February 3, 2024

An amazing game of creatures and disorderly chaos was recently just released for beta. Palworld, developed and published by indie company Pocketpair,...

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FAFSA 2024-2025 fails students across the U.S.
Opinion
FAFSA 2024-2025 fails students across the U.S.
Operational glitches and delayed rollout leave students struggling to secure financial aid.
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
Opinion
Cancel culture goes too far
The age of social media reveals how people address issues with unsubstantiated accusations.
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...

Senior Samuel Lim tries to stay informed through social media and televised news. Id say some of us are more focused on different things. Some want to focus on the news while some of us just dont even want to think about it, Lim said.
Opinion
How Gen Z is redefining itself online and beyond
Although Gen Zers are growing up in a disordered social climate, they have been shown to be a resilient and flexible generation advocating for change.
Kaelin David, Opinion editor • February 13, 2024

Many Gen Zers (those born between 1997 to 2010) feel they're living through social critical points. Beyond the archetypal teenage struggles of...

Editorial cartoon by Stephanie Cheng
Opinion
Blurring the line between our real and online lives
The dilemma over what to post and not to post has become a pressing issue with all of our interactions with the world becoming digitized.
Sofia Majeed, Manager • February 13, 2024

Social media is becoming more widespread, as teenagers are getting social media accounts earlier and earlier. Although most platforms have age...

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Schools must amend their academic support system to better serve low-income students
Scott Chen, News editor and Advertising • February 3, 2024

Many view Advanced Placement (AP) courses as the pinnacle of high school education, where academically inclined students undergo intense and...

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Local journalism is vital to democracy
Kaelin David, Opinion editor • January 22, 2024

After the COVID-19 pandemic, journalistic stories have been filled with a barrage of tragic headlines and charged, divisive rhetoric. People...

Digital cameras inspire online authenticity
Digital cameras inspire online authenticity
Kaelin David, Opinion editor • January 16, 2024

Social media has seen a surge of posts featuring hazy and overexposed photos taken by digital cameras; this vintage style has recently been in...

Senior Tiara Monemi takes a comprehension test during Ms. Maletz’s AP English Literature test. “I feel like [the humanities] are very important,” Monemi said. “Some people just don’t know their history, so I think people need to place more emphasis on humanities education.”
The humanities are still relevant in education
Kaelin David, Opinion editor • December 17, 2023

After its conception in 2001, STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — has quickly gained traction as the field ushering...

The years of the high schooler
In-depth
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
Dance Team perform at Winter Wishes.
Arts
Dance ensemble enchants audiences with their annual Winter Wishes concert
Dance Team and Advanced Dance hold their Winter Wishes production in the Performing Arts Center (PAC).
Ava Kaleah David, Staff writer • November 28, 2023

As the curtain opened and stage lights gleamed, it was all smiles on the faces of the Dance Team kicking off the department's annual Winter Wishes...

The Low Brass section prepares for the semi finals in the Division Championships at Irvine High School.
Arts
Blue Thunder Marching Band looks back on fond memories
As their season comes to an end, students share core memories and experiences.
Jocelyn Chen, Staff writer • November 28, 2023

At their division championships on Saturday, Nov. 11, the Blue Thunder Marching Band said goodbye to late-night practices and blue and gold uniforms...

Cellist senior Nathan Soo plays his solo piece, Edward Elgars Cello Concerto in E minor.
Arts
Orchestra performs in Autumn Serenade concert alongside guest conductors
Dr. Gene Moon conducts as students showcase their talent.
Leon Lee, Staff writer • November 14, 2023

Orchestra performed the Autumn Serenade concert at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) featuring multiple solos Thursday, Nov. 9. This was the...

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