Wednesday, December 15, 2010

COMMUNITY SERVICE: a look back at the first semester

What a fantastic semester! Participation in the first semester’s community service projects was fantastic. The year started with: a donation of more than 500 pounds of food to Action Partnership; setting up, assisting, and breaking down the Council on Aging and People Helping People festivals; and maintaining our coast by participating in the Coastal Cleanup with the state of California.

As we moved into October, students donated Halloween candy for the Boys & Girls Club of Orange County, raised $750 and walked in the CHOC Walk at Disneyland, and hosted a cupcake decorating booth at the Anaheim Fall Festival. 

As we got closer to the holiday season, students donated Boxes of Love for those unable to afford a Thanksgiving meal, donated to the Family Resource Center Hygiene Drive, went to a senior home to visit with the residents, and donated hundreds of toys to the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) through Fairmont’s annual CHOC Toy Drive. 

Semester two will prove to be just as successful! We begin the semester with a clothing drive for the Orangewood Children’s Foundation followed by a SOUPer Bowl Food Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank. April 10 - 16, 2011 is National Volunteer Week and the Prep will be participating in a special project – stay tuned!

The school year will end with participating in the AIDS Walk, Arthritis Walk, and the Kristie’s Foundation BBQ and Festival. The tentative total of service hours that can be earned in semester two is 30. Thank you for continuing to take the time to "Paws for a Cause!"

Seniors – don't wait until the last minute to finish your community service graduation requirement! Senior hours are due by Tuesday, April 12th and the reflection project is due by Tuesday, April 26th.

- Contributed by Mrs. Anna Kunkle, Prep Community Service Coordinator

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

MUSIC: performance groups shine in winter concert

On Tuesday, December 7 the Prep's music program was showcased in a Winter Concert for the entire student body, faculty and staff. Our Concert Band, Concert Choir, Show Choir, Combined Choir and Orchestra repeated the program in the evening for parents, friends, and family. Traditional holiday music combined with festive performances entertained the audience.

Orchestra kicked off the performance with a set including Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 (excerpt), by Johann Sebastian Bach; Concerto in D Major, by Georg Phillip Telemann; What Child is This…?, arranged by Ovidiu Marinca; and Hungarian Dance No. 5, by Johannes  Brahms.

Combined Choir followed with classical Christmas fare such as Carol of the Bells and Carol of the Drums, then ended with the more modern "Wonderful Christmastime," and the jazzy "Baby It’s Cold Outside." As Show Choir left the risers to prepare for their number, Concert Choir sang a beautiful ballad called "Winterlight," and then ended their program with Grinch, following the story of the "Whos in Whoville."

Concert Band took their place on stage beginning with Carol of the Bells. Before moving into their jazz band repertoire, they performed the Nutcracker highlights in a piece titled 3 Minute Nutcracker. Jazz selections included The Incredibles, 25 or 6 to 4, Theme from Family Guy, and Good King Swings. Ending their part of the program, the band performed out traditional Christmas Pop Sing Along consisting of 4 popular songs for the audience to sing.

The Show Choir performed their always anticipated finale with "The Way I Are" – the middle selection for their competition set.

The music program will travel to the Honolulu Festival March 9-14 for competition, and will end the season locally on April 9 with our annual Disney competition. Save the date for our Spring Concert on April 12!

- Contributed by Ms. Stacey Barta & Mr. Ovidiu Marinca, Prep Music Teachers
- Photos by Senor Giustorobelo, Prep Digital Film Teacher

Monday, December 6, 2010

HUSKY HOWL: to our fall play cast & crew

The fall play, "Barefoot in the Park," was held December 2-4 and was a complete success! The hard work the students put into it (both actors and crew alike) really paid off and I am infinitely pleased with the result. Junior Eleni C., who played the role of Paul Bratter, is a phenomenal actor who had most of the audience on all three nights quite confused because of her excellent characterization. 

Corie Bratter, Phorum S.
Telephone Repairwoman, Cynthia Z.
Paul Bratter, Eleni C.
Mrs. Banks, Nassim K.
Victor Velasco, Nicolas C.

- Contributed by Mr. June Yoon, Prep Theatre Arts Teacher

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

HUSKY VISION: november edition

Enjoy the November edition of Husky Vision, the Prep's monthly video news program:
     Part One
     Part Two

Check out all past editions on our Husky Vision YouTube channel!

- Contributed by Mr. Pablo Giustorobelo, Prep HV Producer

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

HUSKY HOWL: november students of the month

A huge "Husky Howl" goes out to our November students of the month - congratulations on your achievements in and out of the classroom!

English, Whislar L. & Cai J.
Math, Anh Hong N.
Science, Khoi D.
Social Science, Aaron M.
World Languages, Earle A.
Performing Arts, Jon C.
Physical Education, Anjali N.
Athletics, Christina Y.
Community Service, Allison C.
Teacher, Mr. Steven Duxbury & Ms. Beth Libhart

- Contributed by Mrs. Julie Weems, Prep Academic Counselor

PARENT ASSOCIATION: november meeting

The Prep's parent association meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 8:30 a.m. in the library. All parents and guardians are invited and encouraged to attend. A light breakfast, juice and coffee are always available starting at 8 a.m. Come meet fellow parents, hear from the Prep's administrators, and stay up to date about what's happening with your student. 

- Contributed by Bharat Patel, Prep Parent Association President

Monday, November 29, 2010

ALUMNI: from the class of 2010

Rami Harb graduated from the Prep this past spring, and is now studying political science at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. In a recent update to some of his teachers, counselors and advisors, Rami shares what his college experience has been like, and how the Prep helped prepare him for success.

College is definitely a new change of surroundings, but my school is also very similar in ways to Fairmont. Because we have such a small student body, everyone really gets to know each other, including the students and the professors. I'm enjoying my classes for the most part this semester, a lot of introductory classes, so the lectures are mostly on topics I've already covered - but a good review never hurts! Probably my favorite class is my Moles, Spies, and Terrorists elective. Some of the case studies we covered were really interesting! It was also pretty cool because the professor would go through periods of history that I've learned about, but talk about cases of espionage I'd never heard of before. I have to admit though, the workload in general is not as heavy as I anticipated it to be, but I think it's partly because the Prep did a really good job of preparing me for an above-average workload in high school, so now in college it doesn't seem like that much.

I've been able to apply a lot of the leadership skills I learned from being a part of student government here in college. And I think Mrs. Faust's sense of design with posters, fliers, and logos rubbed onto me because I find myself designing the fliers for my school's student government events!

I'm also keeping busy outside of the classroom as well. I've joined student government, theatre, and environmental club. On student government I was put in charge of charity fundraising, so each month I work with my committee to develop new fundraising ideas for different charities. It's a very rewarding feeling being able to support these causes. I'm also a student-worker in admissions. Somewhere in the midst of all this I still find time to study! But I've always loved extra-curriculars so I'm glad I'm able to continue participating in them in college.

Rome has also been such an amazing experience. I feel like I've done a lot of growing up these past four months, become a lot more independent. I've been able to do the "typical tourist tour" of Ancient Rome and the Vatican, and I've also been able to visit a Catacomb site and Pompeii (which is truly remarkable).

Rami looks forward to visiting his former teachers when he visits during his holiday break. If you're an alumni and want to share what's going on with you, please email

- Contributed by Rami Harb, Prep Class of 2010

CLUBS: national honor society's new members

Each fall, new students are selected for the Prep's National Honor Society (NHS). Only juniors and seniors who have a cumulative, weighted GPA of 4.0 and higher are eligible to receive applications, and these applicants go through a strict selection process that takes into consideration a candidate's service, character, and leadership abilities and accomplishments.

Current seniors inducted last spring are: 
Sakib D.
Margaret H.
Kyle J.
Tavleen K.
Howard L.
Stella L.
Sue Min L.
Jenny L.
Heidi M.
Hermina S.
Emily T.
Pari V.
Vincent S.

Students selected this month for induction into the National Honor Society next spring are:

Tracy Y.
Kirsten N.
Mai-Uyen N.
Kurt H.
Sahar S.
Farah K.

Ajith S.
Kelly T.
Simran S.
Rusheel N.
Keith S.
Ranvir B.
Payal P.
Abbas H.
Jonathan C.
Julia P.
Nikhil N.
William L.
Eleni C.

Congratulations to these hard working students on receiving national recognition for their scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

- Contributed by Mr. Michael Wheeler, Prep English Teacher & NHS Advisor

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: prep leaders attend conference

On Monday, November 22nd a handful of Prep student leaders attended a dynamic leadership workshop at the Disneyland Hotel, hosted by the California Association of Directors of Activities (CADA). More than 2,300 high school students from throughout Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties were in attendance for a day full of workshops, keynote speakers, and activities.

Mrs. Wendy Faust, Prep Activities Director, presented a workshop on identifying your leadership style during the conference, and served on the conference planning committee.

Students took away a number of ideas, resources, and new connections with other students from throughout Southern California.

- Contributed by Mrs. Wendy Faust, Prep Activities Director

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Congratulations to Fairmont Preparatory Academy’s Felipe Perez for his participation on USA Baseball’s 2010 16 and Under National Team. One of only 20 elite players to make the national team, Perez lead the US to a gold medal win against Mexico (11-4) in the COPABE Pan Am 'AA' 16U Youth Championships this October. Perez was one of only four players from California to make the US National 16A team. He was integral in the championship win against Mexico. In the final game, Perez worked three innings, allowing one unearned run while striking out five.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

ATHLETICS: girls golf finishes another remarkable season

The Fairmont Prep Lady Huskies Golf team captured their fourth consecutive Academy League title. The team consists of Seniors Tavleen Kochar, Tracy Yu, Junior Simran Singh, and Sophomores Emily Huang, Green Park and Sarah Yoo. The squad had a perfect 8-0 run through league and 12-4 overall. In the Eastern Divisional Team Finals the Lady Huskies finished 8th out of 20. It was the second consecutive top 10 finish in CIF Team finals for our team.

In other exciting news, Senior Tavleen Kochar won her third Academy League Individual Golf  Championship. Tavleen's steady play over the two day tournament was her key to victory. Sophomore Emily Huang was runner-up in the Academy League finals. Both ladies  represented Fairmont Prep in the CIF Divisional Finals on November 1 at Los Posas  Country Club in Camarillo.

- Contributed by Coach David Esparza, Prep PE Teacher and Varsity Girls Golf Coach

Monday, November 8, 2010

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: homecoming dance

More than 300 students attended the Prep's 2010 Homecoming Dance, "When You Wish Upon a Star," Saturday night, November 6. The Prep's ASB officers and advisor planned the dance to end a fun Disney-themed Spirit Week. The gym's total transformation into a starry night sky blew away the students, chaperones, and parents/guardians who dropped off their students:

Attendees were treated to horse-drawn carriage rides around campus throughout the evening:

Desserts including mini-cupcakes and a chocolate fondue fountain kept the energy high for dancing the night away inside the gym:

Kudos to our awesome ASB officers for another successful dance:

- Contributed by Mrs. Wendy Faust, Prep Activities Director

Saturday, November 6, 2010

ATHLETICS: homecoming football game

The Huskies took on Animo Leadership Friday night, November 5 at our home field at Cerritos Valley Christian in our 2010 Homecoming football game. The game kicked off recognizing the team's seniors and their families:

The Huskies took the field ready to dominate:

With each Husky touchdown (and there were quite a few!), confetti was shot off from cannons to celebrate:

Half-time featured a performance by our cheer squad:

And then the crowning of our 2010 Homecoming Court:

And a spectacular fireworks show:

Congratulations to our 2010 Homecoming Court:

Freshman Princess: Yining Xu
Freshman Prince: Ryan Matsunaga
Sophomore Princess: Emily Huang
Sophomore Prince: Nakul Makkad
Junior Princess: Jomana Abdallah
Junior Prince: JT Barta
Senior Princess: Bentley Han
Senior Prince: James Kim
Homecoming King: Brandon Huang
Homecoming Queen: Barbara Hong

The highlight of the 2010 Homecoming Game was a Husky victory - 57-22. GO HUSKIES!

- Contributed by Mrs. Wendy Faust, Prep Activities Director

Friday, November 5, 2010

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: spirit week - friday

Friday - ToonTown Spirit Rally

The Fall Sports/Homecoming Rally featured a number of our favorite Disney characters, introduced our 2010 Homecoming Court, provided us a chance to recognize our fall sports teams, and featured fun games and activities for class competitions!

The campus was transformed with Disney characters everywhere to get us in the ToonTown spirit!

We sure are lucky to have a bunch of characters at the Prep!

Kudos to our awesome ASB for planning a fun and memorable rally!

- Contributed by Mrs. Wendy Faust, Prep Activities Director

Thursday, November 4, 2010

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: spirit week - thursday

Thursday - Space Mountain, presented by the Class of 2011

Today was truly out of this world! Aliens, space ships and astronauts, oh my! Famous Stars from Carl's Jr. were enjoyed for lunch, and activities were inter-galactic! A highlight was the 50 feet long game truck with a number of flat screens and high-tech video games!

- Contributed by Mrs. Wendy Faust, Prep Activities Director

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: spirit week - wednesday

Wednesday - Haunted House, presented by the Class of 2012

Today featured the Prep's own Haunted House, setup around the flag pole, and certainly scary! Students dined on Pat & Oscar's pasta and breadsticks, and enjoyed fun Halloween themed activities. It was a fright-tastic day!

- Contributed by Mrs. Wendy Faust, Prep Activities Director

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: spirit week - tuesday

Tuesday - Peter Pan, presented by the Class of 2013

Students enjoyed getting their face painted as Tinkerbell, pirates, and other Peter Pan fun things, an inflatable pirate ship, a pie eating contest to find buried treasure, and much more! Food was provided from a delicious taco truck for the day.

- Contributed by Mrs. Wendy Faust, Prep Activities Director