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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.”

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Football Captains Nathaniel Wight and Benn Vallier discuss season’s performance and future plans

By Aminah Khan and Jennifer Trend, Staff Writers

Seniors Benn Vallier and Nathaniel Wight both started playing football at Fountain Valley High School during their freshman year. Today, they say that they could not be more proud of their team’s performance this year.

Wight and Vallier are two of the three varsity captains at FVHS. The team’s performance improved significantly when compared to their games last year.

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Seniors Nathaniel Wight (right) and Benn Vallier (left) have been on the varsity team at FVHS for two years. Photo by Aminah Khan. 

“There was nowhere to go from last season, two years ago, where we only won one game, but this year we won seven,” said Vallier. The team spent more time this year conditioning in the weight room and doing speed drills, an exercise used to make players faster and change direction quicker.

Wight has played football all throughout high school, saying that his physique was helpful for the sport.

“I was kind of bigger than the other kids and football seemed like the sport to play,” he said. He played freshmen football, JV during his sophomore year, and has been on the varsity team for the past two years. “I guess [football] taught me a lot about work ethic,” said Wight.

In his future, he would like to continue playing football, but does not think he will pursue it in college. “I’d like to major in engineering. I’m going to be going to Northern Arizona [University],” said Wight.

Vallier discovered a passion for football at a young age.

“My whole family played it so when I saw my brother it in high school, I wanted to try it out,” Vallier said.

As a Raiders and Browns fan, he spent five year playing tackle and two seasons of flag football before high school. Vallier began playing for the varsity team during his sophomore year but also played a little as a freshman.

Vallier is also interested in playing football in college.

“Two colleges that are talking to me right now that I’m interested in are Dixie State and Azusa Pacific- those are my two top choices right now,” said Vallier.

Football has also kept Vallier motivated throughout high school. “Well, the coaches always say ‘If you quit in the football field, you’re going to quit in life so don’t quit now’,” he said. He uses this to stay on top of the things he does.

As for the future of Barons football, both expect a successful year ahead.

“I’d say the future is bright. We’ve got a bunch of good players that are going to still be here next year, and hopefully some new freshmen come in and help the team out,” said Wight.

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.”