Tuesday, May 27, 2014

ARTS: Spring Concert

First of all, I want to give big thanks to all the performers at the Spring Concert. Students enjoyed the performances and loved the music. Our orchestra performed “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood, “Chorale No. 99” by J.S. Bach, “Spring” by Antonio Vivaldi, theme from the movie The Godfather by Nino Rota, and “Melody” in D major by Oscar Weiss. Their sound was beautiful, and the music was familiar enough to the crowd that students could easily enjoy them. The concert choir also performed at the spring concert, and got huge applauds from the students. Songs including “Let it Go” from Frozen were very popular with the students. Solos were amazing as well. Since there were many seniors in Concert choir, I hope they enjoyed their last performance, finishing strong!

Contributed by – Krystal L., Rally Commissioner

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

ACADEMICS: AP/IB Testing


Prep Students have been working very hard for the entire year in order to take the AP, or Advanced Placement Exams and IB, or International Baccalaureate Exams in the month of May. Prep teachers eagerly wished their students the best of luck as the AP and IB students entered their respective testing rooms.

The Gym, Library, MPR, and computer labs were full of determined AP and IB scholars, who have studied hard for the entire year just for this month. Though the process was gruesome, students smile after the completion of 3 hour exams. The Prep offers AP English Language, English Literature, Calculus AB and BC, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Spanish, Chinese, Economics, U.S History, Geography, U.S Government, Music Theory, Psychology, and Art. The Prep also offers IB courses in English, Science, Spanish, Chinese, History, and Philosophy. Congratulations to all who have taken the exams and good luck in August, when scores are posted online!

Contributed by – Yusi W., Cultural Awareness Commissioner

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

ARTS: Choir

Let's give a huge shout-out to our school's Choir. After having struggled through many difficult obstacles, the Choir made a strong comeback with their new substitute teacher, Mrs. Ngo. Led by a variety of students, the Choir awed the entire crowd at the beginning of this year and continued to amaze us during their spring concert in April. Seniors, Mark Abad, Steven Caceres, Danielle Kim, Katie Anderson, and Christy Park, made their final marks on Husky history as they leave a strong legacy behind. The new and improved Choir is excited for years to come as they will hopefully and slowly make new appearances at concerts and competitions. Congratulations to the Choir again and let's cheer them on!

Contributed by - Austin K., Class of 2017 Officer, Danielle K., Communications Commissioner

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

ARTS: FPA Yearbook Committee

This year, our FPA Yearbook Committee has worked endless hours to produce an inimitable work of art—the Prep Yearbook for the academic year of 2013-2014. From late-night deadlines to endless stacks of proofs, our yearbookers have dedicated time each week to compile students’ precious memories into one comprehensive story that the student body is sure to remember. This year’s theme is special, and it encompasses the entirety of the school year in a unique way. (Unfortunately, the theme has not been revealed to students, who have yet to receive their yearbooks.) It is important that we all recognize the committed, creative minds behind this amazing publication.

Being a part of the yearbook committee is something special in itself. Yearbookers acquire several important life skills in the process of taking upon such a large project. Such skills include improved teamwork, as well as perseverance and creativity. Junior Yusi Wang, a member of the copy staff of the committee, says, “think being in yearbook really helped me to delve into the school more. I need to attend events to write articles for yearbook, and that has brought me to attend many of the school's activities. Yearbook definitely causes us to be more involved in Fairmont!”  Essentially, members of the yearbook committee get more up-close and personal with school-wide events and the general student body in the process of conducting constant interviews, running around campus for photos and mug-shots, and searching through files of student photos for the perfect one to place in a spread.

Let us all commemorate our dedicated yearbookers for their hard work in weaving together the story of Fairmont Prep Academy, 2013-2014!




Contributed by – Lubna K., Publicity and Design Commissioner, Esther P., Class of 2017 President, Yining X., Cultural Awareness Commissioner

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

ATHLETICS: Spring Sports

Baseball and Softball season is in full swing! Our Fairmont Prep Huskies are giving their all and having a great time! Boy’s baseball is 4-9 so far, with big pre-season wins against Southland’s Christian, La Sierra Academy, and Whitney High School. Thus far in league they are 1-4 and have beaten Liberty Christian. The girl’s softball team is currently 0-3, and played Orangewood Academy 3 times. In their third game against each other, the Lady Huskies lost in a very close game, 26-25. Sophomore Rachel Williams hit a grand slam to keep the game close. The boys have two more home games and look to finish their season with a couple more victories! The girls are looking to finish their season strong as well!




Picture: Girls softball players Nikki R. (left) and Kameron B. (right) on their way to their first game against Orangewood.







Contributed by - Samantha C., Athletics Commissioner

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: Prom 2014

Last week at Fairmont Prep, the prom theme for 2014 was revealed! Prom will be held by the juniors and they did a great job revealing the theme to the school with a romantic video. Cirque Du Mystere is the theme and prom will be held at Balboa Landing, Newport Beach. The color scheme is red, purple, and gold, and the dance will be a masquerade. Masks will be provided upon arrival by the juniors, for a more “mysterious” look. It’s the last dance of the year to send the seniors off right! It is going to be a great time.



Contributed by - Samantha C., Athletics Commissioner

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

ATHLETICS: Boy's Tennis


Boy's tennis season has come to an end. They started the season well, with a win in their first game. Although they were not able to remain consistent, the team stayed positive as they continued to practice and bond as a team. Team Ace Max Pham proved his place in the national rankings as he powered through and maintained his PERFECT winning record. The team ended with a 5-9 record and are determined to improve for next year. "We had a good season this year, although we did not make it to CIF playoffs, says Team Captain David Kwon. "Although our record was not as good as last year, this season was a building season for next year," says Max Pham, "our guys are working hard and I feel that next year when we are in a league that we can make it to CIFS."  Max will be representing Fairmont at CIF individuals for Division I.


Contributed by - Matthew T., Athletics Commissioner, Tarek S., Student Relations Commissioner

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: Around the world Celebration




Around the World Week commenced just last week, March 11-14. On Day 1, activities included watching Irish Riverdancers, Sheepherding dogs,  a piƱata, and "Climb Mount Everest" obstacle course. On Day 2, activities included African drummers and dancers, henna tattoos, and palm and card readings. Mardi Gras was also celebrated on Wenesday with the Sping Fashion Show. Finally, the 5th Annual Fairmont's Got Talent took place on Friday. Winners were chosen for Best Individual, Best Group/Duo, and Most Entertaining. Congratulations to Kristen Chung, Yanni Zhang, Calvin Xu, Tanner Lemke, Matthew Shiroma, and Kenny Smith! The school enjoyed participating in these events and celebrating the various cultures we have on campus.


-Contributed by Shela M., Spirit Commissioner, Anjali N., President - Class of 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

PREP PLUS: Prep Plus Tutor Program



Prep Plus has performed well in the 2013-2014 school year. With a new tutor program started by Ms. Lola Coleman, tutors meet monthly on Mondays after school to receive training and give feedback about their tutoring sessions. Tutors help other students one or several days a week, Monday through Thursday, after school. Subjects include English, Science, Social Science, Math, Chinese, and Spanish. Samantha M., a student in English tutoring said Prep Plus helped her bring grades up while enjoying friendly conversations with the tutor. In addition to tutoring, singing in Open-Mic and Dance Alliance actively meet once a week at Prep Plus to prepare for the upcoming Prep Plus Showcase, where talents nurtured by Prep Plus shine! This year has been wonderful for our Prep Plus Program! More student participation, a strengthened tutoring program, and the return of the Prep Plus Showcase all show how much Fairmont students can do! Go huskies!




-Contributed by Yusi W., Cultural Awareness Commissioner, Jenny L., Publicity & Design Commissioner, Spencer J., Commissioner-at-Large.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

ACADEMICS: HUSKY DECATHALON WINNERS




Rise and Shine! Every morning, our Academic Decathlon team wakes up early to come to school and study! All sixteen Decathletes compete in Art, Music, Math, Science, Social Science, Economics, Language and Literature, Speech, Essay, and Interview.

      This year, the topic was World War I. The Decathletes dedicated their time studying all about the Great War: causes of the War, scientific innovations created during that period, economic effects of the War, music and art of the period, and Ernest Hemingway’s, The Sun Also Rises. After months of dedicated practice, the Decathletes competed on January 25th and February 1st.

The team did very well, placing 26th overall. In addition, the Decathletes won numerous individual awards, making Fairmont Prep proud.

Here is a list of the individual accomplishments: 
Ejay Choi (9th grader competing against Seniors of OC): 4th Music, 1st Math
Joanne Kwon: 4th Music, 1st Math, 4th Econ, 2nd Speech, 2nd Social Science, 2nd Interview
Ashley Kwon: 3rd Music, 2nd Math, 2nd Science, 3rd Econ
Allison Cheung: 2nd Music, 4th Math, 3rd Science, 3rd Speech
Lubna Kabir: 5th Interview, 3rd Math, 5th Speech
Annie Gulati: 3rd Interview, 5th Lang and Lit
Cristina Zhao: 3rd Math
Stephanie Oh: 2nd Math
Aaron Su: 1st Music, 2nd Language and Literature, 2nd Math, 1st Science, 2nd Social Science.

Congratulations Decathletes!

Team members would like to send a special thank you to Dr. Varnold for his support and dedication!

       Now that the Varsity Academic Decathlon is over, freshmen and sophomore Decathletes are preparing for the JV Academic Decathlon Competition, taking place on May 17th. Good luck JV Decathletes! 

       Finally, there are many senior Academic Decathlon team members who will graduate this year. The team is in great need of new members. If anyone is interested, please contact Dr.Varnold for more details.

Go Huskies!

-Contributed by Shawnnelle N., Class of 2017 Commissioner, Ashley K., Class of 2014 Vice President, Megan R., Faculty Relations Commissioner.