Month: June 2017

Honoring the fight for rights of black history

by Elise Tran & Aminah Khan, Staff Writers

The month of February marks the beginning of black history month. It’s important to acknowledge black history and how society has progressed over time.

In 1926, Carter G. Woodson started Negro history week which his organization, Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), supported. Negro history week was placed in the second week of February to coincide with both Abraham Lincoln and black rights activist Frederick Douglass’s, birthdays. Many cities began to recognize Negro history week.

The Civil Rights Movement is a monumental part of Black history. The movement lasted for over ten years starting in the mid-1950’s.

One of the events that ignited the movement was a suit was filed against the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas in 1951. 13 parents came together to fight the segregation happening in schools. In 1954, a unanimous vote was made due to racial segregation being unconstitutional and began to desegregate schools.

A year later, Rosa Parks declines to give up her seat to a white person in the colored section of the bus. Parks got arrested for her actions which caused bus boycotts which lasted for more than a year. Buses were no longer segregated by the end of 1956.

In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. speaks in front of a crowd of 200,000 in Washington D.C. presenting his famed “I Have a Dream” speech. His words moved the hearts of many by preaching about tolerance and equality as he continued to lead peaceful protests.

In the late 1960’s with the help of the Civil Rights Movement, college campuses began to extend Negro history week to Black history month. It became formally recognized by President Gerald R. Ford on February 10, 1976.

“[Black History Month is] interesting, because you can really be inspired by it. You see these people struggling and their stories should be told and a lot of things now in our culture comes from black roots like music, jazz music, and a lot of stuff,” said Bonnie Le (‘20).

The push to acknowledge more achievements by African Americans and their benefit to society has increased because of Black History Month. Black history not only shows the struggles many people of color had to endure to achieve equal rights, but it teaches others the privilege of living in this day and age.

“As a black woman, it holds a lot of importance to me because it shows that the world is still thinking about us and and we’re getting better than how it used to be before towards hatred, towards black people,” said Wafaa Zekeria (‘19)


Students participate in FVHS’ 24th annual chili cook-off

by Aminah Khan, Staff Writer and Photographer

Last Friday, the culinary department at Fountain Valley High School (FVHS) held its 24th annual chili cook-off. The competition took place in the three culinary classes, one in Culinary 1, one in the advanced culinary class, both of which are taught by Armida Gordon, and one in another culinary class taught by Cori Raina, another culinary teacher at FVHS.

“Each team gets to select their own type and style of chili and cornbread and they are competing against classmates in order to win a cook off,” said Raina to explain how the competition works.


Michelle Cardoso (’17) diligently mixing her cornbread batter before putting it the oven. Photo by Elise Tran.

What was first an end to the semester final has now become a second semester project for students to display their knowledge on various foods.Groups were composed of 6 team members who were allowed to choose a theme for their chili and cornbread. The students also had to create a design for their table, decorating it according to the theme they chose.

Gordon, who actually started this competition 24 years ago said, “The whole point of the competition is one, the food competition is fun and two, it’s really a culmination of everything that the students did first semester and it’s putting all their skills that they earned first semester into one project to showcase what they learned.”

This project was a great way for students to get to work together and create new flavor profiles while cooking.

“They get to practice with different flavor profiles, looking at the different spices and looking at different techniques with different chilis,” said Gordon.

FVHS faculty members participated as judges and scored the groups based on the taste and presentation of the chili, cornbread, and the overall presentation of the table they set up.

The winners from each class were awarded with a Golden Spoony that was given during class on Tuesday.

The following teams were named this year’s winners:

Period 2: Traditional Chili: Auryelle Hall, Alexis Quintero, Brooke Leutbecher, and Cassidy Hoang made chili with Jalapeno and Bacon cornbread on the side.

Period 3: Rock n Roll Chili: Sara Feitz, Jayden Davis, Mya Hester, Anthony Baui and Ethan Mack.

Period 5: Harry Potter and the Deathly Chili: Vivian Troung, Sheanne Reazon, Amy Lee, Kyler Wang