Arts and Entertainments

Has the Winter Olympics won Baron’s hearts?

By Aminah Khan, Isabella Purdy & Jennifer Trend, Staff Writers

For the past two weeks, Olympians from all over the world went to Pyeongchang to compete for the gold in various sports ranging from figure skating and snowboarding to curling. Students from Fountain Valley have witnessed these Olympians fiercely competing and share their thoughts on the Winter Olympics.


My Strange Addiction: Eggs, eggs, and more eggs

By Aminah Khan, Elise Tran, and John Le, Staff Writers

Sophomore Jeannie Lee seems like the typical person. However, deep down, there is a secret obsession she has kept hidden from the public: her love of eggs.

Lee discovered her passion for eggs at a fairly young age, as she constantly kept eating them. It was only up until her eighth-grade year when she realized how prevalent eggs were in her life and how majestic the egg actually was.

“It’s just the way it’s implemented into everything really. The taste, the textures, the overall aesthetic of the egg,” Lee said.

Since then she discovered her egg icon, Gudetama. Gudetama is a Japanese character that is used to represent something or someone with no strength whom Lee finds very relatable. Everywhere she goes, she will at least have one item themed after this infamous carton egg.

“I’ve always been fond of eggs, and I guess that has come out more recently ever since [Gudetama] came out. I couldn’t relate to anything more because I’ve always liked eating anything with eggs in it,” said Lee with her Gudetama pencil pouch, purse and plush laying on the table.

Her family has slowly grown into accepting her addiction.

Lee said, “My mom was weirded out about it at first, and she thought it was a weird way to be spending my money. But she encourages now and thinks that it’s cool.”

However, many of her friends don’t have the same thoughts. Agreeing with each other, most of them thought her addiction was out-of-hand.

“It’s so weird, like who would be obsessed with eggs?” said sophomore Tracy Nguyen, a concerned friend.

Despite this, Lee disregards the negativity and persists in her addiction.

Lee said, “I hope the world continues to show love for eggs and make it seem more like a normal thing.”

Spanish Club hosts their first ever Posada


Students gather in the bowl for the Posada. Photo courtesy of Evelyn Ruiz

By Aminah Khan, Staff Writer and Photographer

On Friday, Dec. 15, from 5 p.m to 7 p.m., FVHS Spanish Club hosted their first Posada to educate the students about the story of Mary and Joseph while introducing them to Mexican customs.

A Posadameaning to “seek refuge,” is a Mexican Christmas tradition that is the reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s journey searching for shelter on their way to Bethlehem.

During a Posada, people are separated into two groups: one asking for shelter and the other group acting as hosts. They alternate between a song, and in the end, the host group invites the travelers into their home for a celebration.

The event held by Spanish Club was meant to show students how religion plays an important role in Mexican culture.

“The job of Spanish Club is to organize cultural activities for students that are part of the world language Spanish program,” said Spanish teacher Adriana Acosta.

Attending events like these hosted by Spanish club are also a great way for students to earn culture points for their mandatory culture projects.

The night of festivities included a performance led by Spanish teachers Omar Rivas, who sang with Mary and Joseph, and Jim Diecidue, who lead the hosting group.

After the songs, a pinata was broken and the celebrations began. Vendors offered homemade chicken, rajas (cheese) and pork tamales for $2.50. Along with these tamales, Mexican hot chocolate and sweet bread, pan dulce, were sold for $1.00 to provide an experience similar to a typical Posada.

“We want to show what this tradition is all about and we want to bring the students together as a community,” said Acosta.

Sophomore Advice Time (SAT): Surviving the last two weeks of school

By Aminah Khan, Elise Tran, John Le, and Lindsey Nguyen, Staff Writers and Photographers

Sophomores: the 16-year-olds who think they’ve got their whole life figured out because they watched Mean Girls, Clueless, and 16 Wishes. Guess what… we don’t actually know what’s going on most of the time. We live upon the quote “fake it till you make it.” Here, we give you advice that will probably be invalid, but still hilarious for upperclassmen. For freshman however: it’s the holy grail. Cherish it. Here are some tips and tricks to get past the 2017-18 school year through our various topics. Stay updated with the SAT team!

Dear SAT,

There’s two weeks left of winter break left and I just can’t wait for it. How do I survive the two weeks with school going on?


Anxious Abby

Able Aminah: It gets hard to stop procrastinating when school is almost over. I completely understand! However, you can’t check out just yet. A great way to stay organized and on top of your homework and study sessions is by creating a study schedule. Although it can seem entirely useless and tedious at first, making a realistic schedule for your daily activities will keep you organized and on track for the next two weeks before break. Try getting all of your projects and essays done before the last couple of days before winter break or else you will be left rushing to get it all done in time. For example, if your assignment is due at 11:59 p.m., plan your schedule so that you will have it done by 9:00 p.m. at the latest so you can have time to go over it. Just remember to power through these next two weeks because you KHAN do it!

Effective Elise: I understand that feeling when break feels so close, yet so far. But, don’t fret just yet. It’s extremely important to just pace yourself when it comes to homework and tests. Even though you might get the urge to just let go and give up, don’t. Find new, exciting ways to become more engaged with your work and manage your time wisely. Do an hour of homework, then a five-minute break and repeat until you’re all done. Try splitting all of your work into smaller sections to make it seem less daunting. Also, refrain from leaving anything to the last minute where you’ll end up scrambling to get that paper in before 11:59 p.m. Take a snack break every once in awhile and don’t be afraid to take a thirty-minute nap every other day or so to get re-energized! Then with all those hours to spare, sit back, relax and realize that 10 days left of school isn’t so bad; I mean you survived the last three and a half months!

Laidback Lindsey: You’re literally going to be swamped with homework, tests, and stress. There won’t be time to waste the last few weeks. Especially with finals coming up. That’s right. I pulled that excuse. Study now so you don’t have to when we start to break on Christmas #thanksteachers. Open your textbook. Let’s get to it guys. Netflix can wait another 336 hours. Just keep the “Are you still watching?” screen for motivation! It’s only two more weeks. You’re probably already too dead inside for it to feel like an eternity. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water and stay active! If you really need to kill time just watch conspiracy theory videos or read Ben Minch’s new book, Koalafied. Maybe go to a sports event and cheer on your fellow barons! The possibilities are endless. Especially if there’s only 60 more hours of school left before the break. You’ll be fine.  It’ll be alright! Plus there’ll be a new BBN episode to end the week! But really, you should study because we all know you won’t during the break. Just turn on our Baron Banner Christmas Playlist and studyOr just stay up until 11:11 and wish for good grades like me.

Judgy John: You don’t. You’re going to be slammed down with a lot of tests and homework, why waste your precious energy on that when you can save it for Christmas? Let’s get to the point here, you’re going to be unmotivated to get through the last two weeks of school before break. Refresh your Canvas/Aeries page every hour (or every minute), and realize that your grades are going to hit rock bottom within the next two weeks. Screenshot all your A’s before they drop faster than you expect. Cry about your grades for two straight weeks and realize your parent’s dreams and aspirations of you going to college isn’t going to happen. Screw a great future, all you need to worry about is to have a great Christmas. On a more positive aspect, however, don’t worry about your grades dropping. You have time before finals to bring your grades up! Grab some hot cocoa, wrap yourself in a blanket, and watch a great Christmas movie (Bee Movie works too). Give yourself time to recover from school, you won’t be distressed like the others by the time break comes around. Do whatever your heart desires, but I’m not liable for your emotional instability or failing grades due to this advice.

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he SAT team ready to give you great advice for this school year! Photo by Jennifer Nguyen.

FVHS theatre puts forth a phenomenal performance of “The Music Man”

by Elise Tran & Anju Ito, Staff Writers & Mary Kim, Contributing Writer

The sleepy town River City wakes up with the help of Harold Hill, a traveling con man. He has everything set up from his backstory to when he plans to make a run for it. That is until he meets librarian Marian Paroo. She has suspicions towards Harold, but he begins to generate feelings for her, prompting him to make a tough decision about leaving.

With a confident stride and a joyful demeanor, Harold Hill, played by Ethan Peterson (‘18), jumps around from kid to kid easily convincing them to purchase a musical instrument and uniform to create a band.

Marian Paroo, played by Shannon Lopez (‘18), had evident facial expressions and clear movements making sure to bring the spotlight to herself whenever she went into the scenes. As the female lead of the story, she appears throughout the play as the music teacher whom Harold Hill falls in love with.

Alyssa Kammerer took the stage by storm as she eloquently portrayed Marian in The Music Man. She captured the dual aspects of Marian’s character as an intelligent independent while showcasing the softer sides of her character. She danced through “Marian the Librarian” and “Shipoopi” with ease and grace. She brought in the more realistic aspects of her dancing, by keeping in touch with how her character would dance. She brought more life into the stage, it was difficult to imagine anybody else mimicking her embodiment of Marian. She knew what she was doing, and she knew she was doing it right. Not only did Alyssa excel in the dancing portions of the musical, her singing was on par and had the captivating effect that made many tear up. It was extremely delightful, to listen to her sing in “Goodnight my someone.”

Beyond that, “Till there was you” was what left the audience in goosebumps, astounded by the amount of talent Kammerer exuded throughout the whole show. There wasn’t a moment when she was on stage, that was dull or clichè. She a had a spark of life in every second of her performance, from being annoyed and distant to Harold Hill, to succumbing to her daydreams of her white knight. She was entertaining without being cheap with her decisions in her character. She didn’t feed off the audience, rather she was fully engaged with what was going on stage, never losing her focus.It was obvious that Kammerer had spent a lot time practicing and rehearsing, to know every step of her journey. It’s easily seen that dedicated herself solely to this production.

Mr. and Mrs. Shinn, acted by Michael Frankeny (‘17) and Zoe Rios (‘17), had dramatic body motions that immediately catched people’s attentions; sometimes even surprising them with their range of contrasting emotions they were able to put forth.

The rhythmic song-like conversations between the characters added a humorous and exciting touch to the plot throughout the whole play, constantly engaging the audience and sticking to the audience’s head even after the three-hour musical is over. The repeated lines and quirky back-and-forth phrases allow audience to easily understand the plotline and catch onto the story at any point.

Overall, the acting was truly amazing with all its facial gestures, choreography, pauses and the emotions that it conveyed.

The dancing, choreographed by Catie Beck, had simplistic but clean moves that added to the excitement of the singing and acting.

The stage compositions of the actors were constantly on-the-point with the often-symmetrical theme present everywhere, making clear the focus of the scenes and presenting all its components very well. There were also several scenes where two sides had a conversation with each other in opposite sides of the stage, usually a male group and a female group, which moved the attention of the crowd and kept the movement going even during long dialogues that took place.


Marian and Harold confess their love to one another in one of the scenes of the play. Photo by Aminah Khan

The musical aspect of the Music Man, directed by Matt Matthews, was phenomenal. The piano, played by Daniel Ramos, entered at just the right moment creating the perfect atmosphere to match with the dialogue. However, at times the music drowned out the actors and actresses’ voices causing difficulty to understand.

All the costumes done by Amy Pham (‘19), Emma Dobrin (‘18) and Mary Kim (‘17) showed true professionalism with clean, well thought-out costumes that reflected upon the era of the musical. From a whole ensemble with an orange boa scarf, skirt and top paired with a floppy hat decorated with colorful flowers on top to a simple red plaid suit and a boater hat, the diverse costumes that were prepared were never plain to the eye.

A well-rounded musical with outstanding performers bringing the energetic story to life with all its fun and laughter.