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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.

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Students respond to Trump’s State of the Union address

By Aminah Khan and Lindesy Nguyen, Staff Writers

On Jan. 30, 2018, President Donald Trump gave his first State of the Union Address. A State of the Union Address is given by a president every year to reflect on the nation’s growth and plans of the future. Some highlights of his address were his plans to tighten up border security and his reduction of the unemployment rate in America. Below are the student’s opinions on his speech:

Is Trump teetering on the verge of impeachment?

By Aminah Khan, Staff Writer and Photographer

Impeachment of the president is done by the legislative body in Congress. However, many people confuse impeachment with removal from office; in actuality, it is just a formal statement of charges which can then lead to removal from office if Senate votes majority.

In U.S. History, only three presidents have thus far found themselves facing impeachment: Bill Clinton, Richard Nixon and Andrew Jackson. In the case of Bill Clinton, the grounds on which he was impeached upon was for attempting to tamper with witnesses. These were for making false and misleading statements to the potential grand jury, and encouraging Monica Lewinsky to give a false testimony when she was called to testify—some of the many other charges he faced from Articles I and III of the Constitution.

U.S. Code 18 states that a person has committed a federal offense (obstruction of justice) when they corruptly impede or obstruct the administration of the law under which any pending proceedings are being held before any department or agency of the United States.

Many are calling Trump to be impeached for obstruction of justice due to the firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director, James Comey, while he was leading the investigation on General Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia back in May 2017. Flynn had contact with Russian officials and advised Trump on foreign policies during Trump’s campaign trail in 2016.

On Dec. 1, 2017, Flynn was pleaded guilty on lying to the F.B.I. about his conversations with Russian ambassadors.

Comey also refused to disclose any information to Trump on whether or not he was being investigated, another factor as to why Trump fired him. The firing of Comey because of his investigations on Trump can be charged as an obstruction of justice because Comey’s investigations on President Trump could have uncovered questions about his connections to Russia.

This charge would be similar to the charges former president Andrew Johnson faced in 1868 after his removal of the Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton from office. However, like Clinton, Johnson was acquitted by the Senate and was not removed from office.

It is unlikely that the impeachment for obstruction of justice will go through, noting that the investigation led by Comey had not uncovered any information as of yet. If Special Counsel Robert Mueller, currently leading the investigation of Trump’s firing of Flynn and Comey, uncovers any information, this could lead to a possible impeachment of Trump for obstruction of justice.

To have Trump impeached, the House of Representatives must first create a list of allegations of wrongdoings committed by the president. After that, the House Judiciary Committee (HJC) decides whether the allegations are strong enough to get a full House of Reps vote. If majority of the House vote formal impeachment inquiry, then the HJC determines whether there is enough evidence to warrant articles of impeachment.

“It is unlikely that he will be impeached,” said U.S. Government teacher Julie Chaicharee. “Republicans dominate both the House of Representatives and the Senate.”

As of now, there are 239 Republicans, 193 Democrats and 3 vacancies in the 435 seats of the House of Representative. Like the House of Reps, the Senate also has majority Republicans in office. With 51 Republicans to 47 Democrats and two Independents, there is a slim chance that Trump will be facing impeachment because over two-thirds of the votes in Senate are needed to impeach President Trump.

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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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.”