Month: January 2017

Advanced Environmental Design creates conceptual designs

by Aminah Khan, Staff Writer and Photographer

Clint Walter, guidance counselor at Fountain Valley High School gives a recap of the second time he has participated in the staff selected conceptual office redesign.

This contest has become an annual event in Kerry Doll’s Advanced Environmental Design class here at Fountain Valley High School. This year, the contest took place during late December.

As a second time participant in this contest, Walters explains the designing process.

“[Students] interviewed me initially about my likes and dislikes in my office,” he said.

Walters also shared details about the creation of their designs and how the students prepared for it. .

“The student came multiple times, multiple visits to measure the dimensions of my office, the dimensions of my furniture, the decor,” he said.

The students presented their final products for their conceptual designs to Walters when they were completed. He provided feedback, and although not every design personally fitted him, he still appreciated the design itself and the work that went into it.

“Near the end of the project, I was invited into the Advanced Environmental Design class. There was a visual and oral presentation and I gave them some input and a grade. One student over another adhered to my personal likes and dislikes more than the other one but even the other design was nice,” Walters said.

Needless to say, both students did a good job in creating a conceptual design that impressed the staff.

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Phoebe Minch (’20) poses for a quick shot before her Varsity match. Photo by Aminah Khan.

Freshmen of FV: Phoebe Minch

by: Aminah Khan and Isabella Purdy

Phoebe Minch (‘20) shares her story as one of the few freshmen on the girls’ varsity volleyball team.

When asked on how she felt when she made varsity, Minch said, “I was put in the group to practice with the other girls, and I was really excited because I like to be challenged.”

Despite being on a team comprised of a majority of upperclassmen, Minch was not phased by being one of the youngest players, especially since she has been playing volleyball for a long time.

“When I was like little I started playing soccer, but in middle school  I started to get serious about volleyball, which is why it’s my favorite sport now,” Minch said.

During her middle school years at Shoreline Christian, Minch made the volleyball team and was a captain for her team.  She also played club at Seal Beach, where she was able to practice and further develop her playing skills.

So far, Minch feels that being on the varsity team has been a positive experience.

“The girls are really nice and they were very welcoming when I first joined the team.  It’s kind of weird and different playing with girls where there’s an age difference, like with seniors,” Minch said.

Her position on varsity is an outside hitter, where she gets to stay up in front, where she’s ready for any action that comes her way.

Minch said, “I can tell you that big crowds [during games] help me get all into it and perform better, because I work better under pressure.”

A missing link to our winter spirit

by: Aminah Khan and Elise Tran

It’s winter time in California! That means winter decorations will be all around you, from grocery stores to shopping malls. However, one place where you won’t be seeing it is the exterior of Fountain Valley High School (FVHS).

The school is heavily decorated for Bell Week, which is the one of the few times FVHS is filled with posters and all-out decorations. So why not decorate the school for winter? While some teachers choose to decorate their classrooms, the popular consensus is that many students at FVHS think that the idea of decorating the school would be a good idea both inside and out.

“I think [decorating the school] would be great, like snowflakes would look nice,” said Tom Hoang (‘20).

The decorations would have to have no affiliation with any religion, because the school cannot force religion onto students and would have to strictly stick to a winter theme for the spirit of the season. But many students believe it would be possible to do so.

Not only would this situation deal with winter, but all the other holidays or seasons such as Thanksgiving and fall or spring that can lift the spirits of students.

While ASB typically puts up decorations around school that ties into one of their events, putting up decorations based on season doesn’t correlate to an ASB event, so ASB is not in charge of it. Josh Lamar, assistant principal of activities and athletics explains that ASB usually covers only school functions.
“If a club wanted to do something, I would be perfectly happy in meeting with them and talking to them about it and seeing if you know, there was a push to do something, we could make that happen,” said Lamar