The scoop on the recently rescinded ‘DACA’ program

by Aminah Khan & Bethany Pham, Staff Writers

On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirmed the White House’s decision to revoke the Obama-enacted program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), to the public.

In 2012, President Obama created DACA to allow children who were brought into the U.S. illegally to remain in the country. To qualify for the DACA program, they had to arrive in the United States before the year of 2007, or when they were younger than age of 16.

DACA was a program passed when the Obama administration compromised with Congress after the failure to pass the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act which would potentially allow children who came to the U.S. illegally to gain permanent legal residency. This bipartisan act was first proposed in 2001 and resurfaced in Congress several times but was never passed. Those protected under DACA are referred to as DREAMers and about 200,000 of the approximate 800,000 Dreamers currently reside in California alone.

Those applying for DACA must be students, are in school, or have served in the military. In addition, they are thoroughly vetted for any criminal records and any crimes committed can lead to immediate deportation. Once they pass the vetting process, their deportation is delayed for two years and they are eligible to receive a driver’s license, college enrollment, and a worker permit.

Sessions’ announcement had been long in the making—the majority of the Republican party has been advocating for stronger restrictions on immigration. More widely known were President Donald Trump’s campaign promises to end DACA on his first day of presidency. During the first three months of Trump’s first term alone, the Trump administration had detained two DACA recipients in February and March, raising suspicions that DACA recipients were being targeted and the government executing retribution on immigrants for speaking out.

The decision has simultaneously sparked outcry and rallied support across the nation over the repeal because if passed, it may lead to the deportation of nearly a million minors residing in the U.S. without citizenship.

As of now, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration services have discontinued the acceptance of DACA applications. However, DREAMers whose permits expire before March 5, 2018 can apply for a two-year renewal, but their application must be completed before Oct. 5, 2017.

The Trump administration has rationalized their repeal of DACA on the grounds that the program had been furthering the issue of illegal immigration by providing unwarranted protection to transgressors. By solidifying the end of DACA, the White House believes it will save taxpayers’ dollars and jobs for native-born Americans.

The termination of the DACA program has an impact in American education, as high school and college students compose a majority of the DREAMers. Colleges and universities that have allowed undocumented immigrants to study have warned them to avoid traveling overseas, as deportation may be imminent. After graduation, DACA students’ education can no longer serve as a reason to reside in the U.S.


New teachers join the Baron family

By John Le and Ella Wallace, Staff Writers

For the 2017-2018 school year, seven new teachers joined the Baron family at Fountain Valley High School (FVHS). With high hopes about their school year, each teacher has their own set of goals for them and their students. We interviewed some teachers to hear about their new hopes and expectations for the school year.

Ms. Kiersti Hunkle

Subject: English

Having taught here during the second semester of the 2016-2017 school year, Ms. Hunkle, a new English teacher on campus, already feels settled despite it being the first few weeks of school.


Kiersti Hunkle shows off one of her favorite books: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Photo by Aminah Khan.

“The great thing about this year is that my nerves were gone. I didn’t feel super new; I saw some of my old students. I taught freshmen last year, and this year I have sophomores, so I have some familiar faces in the class,” said Hunkle on this year’s experiences compared to last year’s.

Growing up in the area and student-teaching at Marina High School, she decided that teaching at a place close to home would be a good choice for her. “It’s a great place to work; I love it,” said Hunkle.

Though she teaches four classes this year, her goals for them all are to make sure her students are challenged no matter what their level, and for them to feel proud of what they’ve accomplished by the end of the year.

She also hopes to experience more on campus, such as going to a school dance and supporting her students outside of the classroom by attending more extracurricular activities.

Mr. David Gutierrez

Subject: Physical Education


David Guitierrez is the new freshmen physical education teacher. Photo by Aminah Khan.

Mr. Gutierrez coached football at FVHS from 2009-2013, where he had also completed his student teaching. He had previously taught at Santa Ana High School, and had decided to come back to FVHS from his previous experiences here.

Gutierrez is very optimistic about his new year, as he is extremely impressed by his new students.

“My goal as a teacher is to continue to challenge students, and just depending on their individual need, to help challenge them to either become better in academics, achieve better physicals, or just become a better part of the Fountain Valley community,” said Gutierrez about his goals for the upcoming school year.

He would also like to participate in as many extracurriculars as he can, such as chaperoning the dances.

Mr. Gemmo Casabar

Subjects: French and Spanish


Gemmo Casabar teaches both Spanish and French. Photo by Aminah Khan.

One of the new teachers welcomed on campus this year is Mr. Casabar, teaching French and Spanish. What drew Mr. Casabar into Fountain Valley High School were all the comments he had heard about the campus: the students, district and the different programs available.

“I wanted to be a part of a community that provides students all the resources they need to succeed,” said Casabar.

During the first week of school, he found that his students were prepared for the upcoming year and excited to learn. He anticipates having fun and engaging with the students in his lessons for the upcoming year.

Teaching foreign languages, his goals as a teacher are to help his students speak at their appropriate level in the language they’re studying, as well as to empathize with other cultures and see differing perspectives.

Mr. Omar Perez-Rivas

Subject: Spanish


Omar Rivas stands in front of the lesson plan for his Spanish class. Photo by Aminah Khan.

Previously working at Chino Hills High School, Mr. Rivas has joined the Baron family for a new experience. As of now, he is enjoying his experience as a teacher so far.

“The students here are extremely friendly, and I am enjoying the environment around so far,” said Rivas regarding his first impressions of FVHS.

Mr. Rivas has many goals in mind for his students. He wants them all to learn Spanish, but also to learn to work with each other and respect one another.

ASB’s long poster-producing process in preparation for Bell Week

By Lauren Nguyen & Suzane Jlelati, Staff Writers

Every year, Fountain Valley’s Associated Student Body (ASB) and Senate spend many hours to create hundreds of posters of all sizes for the annual Bell Week.

The colorful and humorous posters build up Fountain Valley and put down Edison using a variety of puns, allusions and doodles that students find entertaining and oftentimes students are found taking photos in front of them.

To complete the posters by Bell Week, ASB begins early in the summer. By the end of summer, they aimed to complete 40 to alleviate the frenzy of last minute poster-making during the school year. Alongside ASB, Senate had two weeks to create 25 posters.

ASB Parliamentarian Ally Bebout held “postering parties” to allow ASB and Senate to collaborate. Those poster sessions produced 100 posters and 2 murals.

Over the weekend, members met at school to put up the posters so that on Monday morning, students could see hundreds of posters covering the inside and outside of campus. The remaining posters are saved and taped to the floors in the halls and outside on the day of the Bell Game.

Although tacking up posters after the Glow Show is tedious, ASB members are driven by seeing their posters the following day.

“It seems like most students love our posters and how creative they are! It’s definitely something to look forward to during the week,” says Bebout.

Students’ opinions of President Trump one year later

By Aminah Khan, Staff Writer and Photographer

Nov. 8th marked the one year anniversary of the election of Donald Trump. Students had various answers as they explained what they thought of Trump’s presidency so far.


FVHS welcomes Class of 2021 at the annual Link Crew orientation

by Aminah Khan and John Le, staff writers and photographers


Photo by Aminah Khan

Last Thursday and Friday, Fountain Valley High School held its annual orientation for incoming freshman to tour the school’s campus and meet new people. Students from multiple schools including Masuda and Fulton showed up for this two-day orientation to get the freshman excited and comfortable for high school.

The event started off with students gathering in the gym, where they got to partake in various activities. The students were then broken up into assigned groups with their link crew leaders.

In the classrooms, students got to bond with their link crew leaders and played games in order to bond with one another. They also received a tour around their school guided by their leaders, with popcorn being given out by Peer Assistance Leadership (PALS).

Many of these new students felt shy about coming into high school, but grew out of their


Assoiciated Student Body (ASB) delivers popcorn to students. Photo by Aminah Khan

shell after the orientation.

“At first I was really nervous, but once I got to know my link crew leaders and everybody else in my group, it was really fun,” said Diana Truong (‘21).

Shayla Pham (‘21), another incoming freshman, looks forward to getting involved in school activities and extracurriculars.

“Hopefully I’ll make the girl’s basketball team. Maybe some clubs at Club Rush will earn my attention and I’ll consider it,” said Pham.

The link crew leaders also enjoyed the experience themselves, as they had the opportunity to help guide the freshmen into their school year comfortably.

Elaine Nguyen (‘18) commented on her experience saying,“Being a link crew leader gave me more experience bonding with other people, not just my grade level, but also freshman. It also reminds me of the time when I was a freshman, bringing back memories because now I’m a senior.”


Students pack the gym for their freshman orientation. Photo by Aminah Khan

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