Thursday, March 31, 2011

WEEK IN REVIEW: march 28-april 1

ASB Election Results
Congratulations to our newly-elected ASB Executive Council officers for the 2011-12 school year:

Payal Patel, ASB President
Kelly Nguyen, ASB Vice President
Kelly Tran, ASB Secretary
Timothea Pham, ASB Treasurer

These four students will lead the Prep's student government next year, and will be joined by Class Officers who will be elected next week, and Commissioners, who will be appointed the week before Spring Break.

Additional Posts of Interest
Student Activities: Fairmont's Got Talent
Student Activities: Let it Glow
Teacher Feature: Mr. Clayton Hatfield
Student Activities: Dodgeball
Community Service: Spring Break Opportunities
Teacher Feature: Dr. Robert Varnold
Husky Howl: to our Debate Team
Student Spotlight: Jonathan Choi

Calendar for Next Week
April 5 Advisory
April 5 Men's Varsity Golf vs. CVCS
April 5 Men's Varsity Tennis vs. TVT
April 6 Sunrise Session for Parents (7:45 a.m.)
April 6 Breakfast with a Counselor for Parents (8:45 a.m.)
April 6 Men's Varsity Golf @ Sage Hill
April 6-7 ASB Class Elections Campaigning
April 7 Men's Varsity Golf vs. TVT
April 7 Men's Varsity Tennis vs Valley Christian
April 8 ASB Class Elections Speeches & Voting
April 8 ASB Commissioner applications due by 3:30 p.m.
April 8 Softball vs. Capo Valley Christian
April 8 Baseball vs. Avalon
April 9 Baseball vs. Avalon

Download the entire calendar for April here.
Download the cafeteria menu for April here.

- Contributed by Mrs. Wendy Faust, Prep Activities Director

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: fairmont's got talent

On Friday, March 25, Fairmont Prep held its annual talent show to wrap up the last of three around the world celebrations. The "Fairmont’s Got Talent” talent show was once again a huge success. There were a total of 17 acts including a special guest performance. The acts ranged from a Star Wars rap to Bollywood dances to rock bands.


At the end of the show, students cheered for what they believed to be the best performance of the day. The dance crew consisting of Monica Li, Crystal Lo, Shiya Chen, Troy Han, Andrew Zhao, Fred Lin, Owen Hou and Riya Yu took home the prize, wooing the crowd with their impressive moves. They danced to a master mix of “Beep” by the Pussycat Dolls.

The ever persistent Brown-ish Crew took home the best dance group award, a title they were thrilled to have finally won after years of performing during the talent show. Code of Audio won best musical group, performing an original rock song.

While the judges started to deliberate, the students waited anxiously for the special guest performers. Much to their delight, six of their favorite teachers walk out of the Husky tunnel. Ms. Barta, Mrs. Terra, Dr. Terra, Ms. Aguilar, Mrs. Phipps and Mrs. Lewis danced to “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls. Their routine was brilliantly choreographed and the crowd went crazy.

The 2011 Fairmont Prep Talent Show was truly one to remember and will be hard to top in upcoming years.

- Contributed by Justin B., Prep ASB Athletics Commissioner, Class of 2013


If you saw the Prep last Friday night, you would have seen the whole gym glowing, music blasting, and students dancing the night away. The sophomore class traditionally plans the Prep's Sadie Hawkins Dance, and the Class of 2013 presented "Let it Glow!" as this year's theme. Dressed in bright, neon clothes, or glowing white attire, students were decked out with flashing shutter shades, light sticks, and glow necklaces. Everyone was dressed to light up the night! 

The gym was filled with people having fun with their friends, dancing to the great music. If you were tired of dancing, no problem! You could play a fun game of air hockey on the glow in the dark air hockey table or take pictures with your friends in the photo booth. To top off the night, the junior class announced the theme for this year’s prom, Promenade D’ Elegance! The sophomore class did a fabulous job planning this event.


- Contributed by Kaitlyn T., Prep ASB Freshmen Class President, Class of 2014

TEACHER FEATURE: mr. clayton hatfield

English in Mr. Clayton Hatfield’s class is ALWAYS exciting because he encourages student discussion and free thought. Currently in his third year of teaching at Fairmont, Mr. Hatfield is enjoying his time immensely. He is extremely excited to be the new English Department Chair, since he loves working with his colleagues while maintaining the excellent standards for Fairmont English classes.    

Mr. Hatfield’s favorite aspects of teaching are the intelligent and unique in-class discussions he and his students have daily. He appreciates seeing the different perspectives students create regarding the books they read and how they relate these thoughts to current events, general knowledge, and literary works. Although Mr. Hatfield’s loves to read all genres and types of literature, his favorite novel is The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway and his favorite poem is The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Mr. Hatfield inspires his students because his passion for teaching is almost tangible. Students are motivated by the works they read and are able to think as individuals because of the open discussions he moderates.  Mr. Hatfield is one of the best teachers at Fairmont because he encourages students to work hard and love literature with the same enthusiasm he has every day.

- Contributed by Rusheel N., Prep ASB Treasurer, Class of 2012


Your Prep ASB Officers proudly present the 4th Annual Dodgeball Tournament - April 11-14th during lunch in the gym! Sign up for a team before April 7th - we're limited to the first 24 teams + 2 faculty teams who turn in their paperwork, so don't delay! The tournament bracket is as follows:

Download the Registration Packet here - take special note that there is a mandatory team captain meeting after school Friday, April 8th - it should only last 10 minutes, and attendance by one member of each team is required.

Tournament rules are listed in the Registration Packet - get your team together, and get ready to DOGDGEBALL!

- Contributed by Mrs. Wendy Faust, Prep Activities Director

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

COMMUNITY SERVICE: spring break service opportunities

Looking to give back to the community? Need some extra hours of community service? Check out the April Adopt-A-Park volunteer opportunities for projects that can be done individually, with your family, or with your friends: 

April 2nd, 8-11 a.m., Weed Warriors at Aliso & Wood Canyon Park. Contact Doug Condon at or Portia Arutunian at to register. Aliso & Woods Canton Park invites you to join us as a "Weed Warrior." Weeds can alter habitats and have negative effects on wildlife. We are looking for volunteers to assist with removal of non-native plants on site. Volunteers will also assist with habitat restoration. Training and tools provided. Please wear clothes that can get dirty, long pants, close-toed shoes and layers for changing weather.

April 9th, 8-10 a.m., Mile Square Nature Crew at Mason Regional Park. Contact Park Ranger Joshua Goldsmith at to register. Join one time and general volunteers to assist with exotic plant removal, planting and other restoration projects.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

TEACHER FEATURE: dr. robert varnold

Dr. Robert Varnold has been working at Fairmont since 1997 and is currently the Science Department Chair. During his time at Fairmont, he has taught AP Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, CP Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, AP Biology, AP Physics, Honors Physics, and Survivor. He is also the advisor for Key Club and Academic Decathlon. Dr. Varnold received his Bachelor’s in Biology and Chemistry at Northern Iowa, his Master’s in Biochemistry at Purdue, and his Ph.D. in Developmental Biology at UC Irvine.

Outside of the classroom, he enjoys reading science fiction and biographies, watching the Science Channel, and taking long walks on the beach. Dr. Varnold played tennis in high school and also enjoys volleyball and badminton.

- Contributed by Sakib D., Prep ASB President, Class of 2011

HUSKY HOWL: to our debate team

A huge Husky Howl goes out to our Fairmont Prep Debate Team, who participated  in the USWSDC National Championship on March 26-27. Nikhil Narang, Ranvir Bajwa and Wali Kamal received 4th place as a team. As individual speakers, Nikhil Narang took 2nd place and Anjali Narang 4th. Additional Prep team members Allison Cheung, Austin Kaidi, Tianyi Zhang, and Vergil Zhang were recognized and applauded.

- Contributed by Mrs. Tania Trandafir, Prep English Teacher & Debate Team Coach

Monday, March 28, 2011

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: jonathan choi

Jonathan Choi is a 17 year old junior at the Prep who is involved in various aspects of student life. He is a Student Ambassador, a member of Red Cross Club, a member of National Honor Society, and is an AP Scholar. Although Jonathan is talented in many different fields, he stands out as one of Orange County's premiere hockey players. He has been playing hockey since he was four years old and now competes nationally with his hockey club, California Wave. He is also ranked on the national scale and has big hopes for the future as he is looking to earn a scholarship to the college of his choice through his excellent hockey play. Fairmont is lucky to have such a talented student-athlete as part of our student body.

- Contributed by William L., Prep ASB Internal Affairs Commissioner, Class of 2012

Friday, March 25, 2011

WEEK IN REVIEW: march 21-25

Talent Show
The annual talent show closed out three fun days of international celebrations earlier today. Acts ranged from rock bands to dancers, and pianists to soloists. Many students sang along in the audience, and all performers were given huge rounds of applause, and "perfect 10s" after each act. A special surprise performance by Fairmont's own Spice Girls entertained while the judges deliberated at the end of the show. Thank you to our many talented student acts... stay tuned to the blog for an in-depth review and photos of each act!

Additional Posts of Interest

Calendar for Next Week
March 28 ASB Executive Council Campaigning
March 29 ASB Executive Council Elections
March 29 Baseball vs. Southlands Christian (away)
March 29 Softball vs. Eastside Christian (away)
March 29 Men's Varsity Golf vs. Saddleback Valley (home)
March 29 Men's Varsity Tennis vs. TVT (home)
March 30 Just for Junior Parents - College Counseling Meeting
April 1 No school for students (teacher in-service)
April 1 Baseball vs. Saddleback Valley Christian (home)
April 1 Softball vs. Saddleback Valley Christian (home)
April 1 Men's Varsity Golf vs. Southlands Christian (away)
April 1 Men's Varsity Tennis vs. Anaheim HS (away)

- Contributed by Mrs. Wendy Faust, Prep Activities Director

ATHLETICS: baseball season

Fairmont's undefeated, league-champion baseball team is off to a great start this season. This year the Prep's Varsity Baseball team is led by Felipe Perez and Brandon Warr. The team has moved on up into a higher league this season, now contesting in San Joaquin League. They have also started a new training program - The Works. Every Wednesday the boys go out and do exercises that improve their overall athleticism. The Huskies have started their season 1-2, with a victory over Sherman Indian. Come show your support at games, and enjoy some video highlights of this season.

- Contributed by Omar A., Prep ASB Sophomore Class President; Video by Nikhil N., Prep ASB Technology Commissioner


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

ADVANCED STUDIES: medical magnet trip to uc irvine

Prep Medical Magnet students took a field trip this week to the UCI Medical Center. We had a wonderful talk about the history of medicine and how far it has advanced as a result of technology. The students were then trained in suturing, laparoscopic procedures, virtual simulations, and had to opportunity to play with a $2M toy – the Da Vinci Robot, a less invasive surgical aid. At lunch, the students had the opportunity to speak with current medical students at UCI and asked lots of questions about college, curriculum, and planning. Thank you to David Karnes, our host for the day at UC Irvine. Please enjoy his photos of our trip by clicking here

- Contributed by Ms. Jee Won Lee, Prep Magnet Counselor

ATHLETICS: rain, rain go away!

With a number of game cancellations due to weather in the past few weeks, next week has new/changed game times and dates:

Tuesday, March 29
Baseball vs. Southlands Christian (away)
Softball vs. Eastside Christian (away)
Men's Varsity Golf vs. Saddleback Valley (home)
Men's Varsity Tennis vs. TVT (home)

Friday, April 1
Baseball vs. Saddleback Valley Christian (home)
Softball vs. Saddleback Valley Christian (home)
Men's Varsity Golf vs. Southlands Christian (away)
Men's Varsity Tennis vs. Anaheim HS (away)

- Contributed by Coach Mark Alves, Prep Athletic Director

Thursday, March 24, 2011

COMMUNITY SERVICE: attention seniors

In a few short months the Class of 2011 will be high school graduates! As part of the graduation requirement, students are expected to complete community service hours and a reflection project. Hours are due by April 12th in order for Mrs. Kunkle to verify and log them prior to graduation. We want to make sure students are making good progress toward completing the hours and satisfying the graduation requirement. Along with the completion and verification of hours, there is a reflection project due on Tuesday, April 26th, The need for community service is great, and we know students get so much out of the experience. If you are having trouble finishing your hours please contact Mrs. Kunkle so that we can rectify the situation. 

Download the Reflection Project details here.
Download the Community Service form here.

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

TEACHER FEATURE: mr. mark hassoun

Mr. Mark Hassoun teaches math at Fairmont Prep, and his classes are always filled with information and laughter. This is a little interview between a student and Mr.Hassoun:
  1. Why do you enjoy teaching Calculus AB? "It’s enjoyable because I’m usually working with a group of talented students who are interested in math."
  2. Which chapter do you like to teach most? "I like to teach integrals."
  3. What other math courses do you teach? "Statistics CP, Algebra I, College Algebra and Geometry during summer school."
  4. Why do you have a little cafĂ© in your classroom? "I was given the ex art room with a sink and extra space, so I decided that a little “kitchen” would be perfect in the space."
  5. Many students think that you dress very well. What do you think about that? "I’m flattered and I’ll do my best to keep the image and NOT disappoint my students." :D
  6. If you could choose another subject to teach, what would it be? "It would be fashion and style. Our society is in desperate need for fashion and style tips." *laugh* 
- Contributed by Kelly N., Prep ASB Junior Class Secretary/Treasurer, Class of 2012 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

ALUMNI: from the class of 2010

"The University of Rochester was one of my top college choices because of the school's size and curriculum," shared Ryann Price, Prep Class of 2010. With just under 10,000 undergraduates, classes are small and allow students to develop better relationships with their professors. "It's easy to make friends and create great bonds with other students from the start," said Ryann. "There are also tons of exciting on campus events to attend when studying has gotten overwhelming - dance groups, a'capella groups, and improv shows are always going on for people to come out and enjoy other aspects of university life," she continued. 

Rochester is located in Rochester, New York and Ryann says that she loves it there, despite the cold and snow she's experienced this winter! Ryann participated in many activities while at the Prep. She played softball, was a part of ASB, took numerous AP classes, and she was in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Club.

"Will it ever stop snowing in Rochester?" - Ryann

- Contributed by Sejal D., Prep ASB Student Relations Commissioner, Class of 2011

HUSKY VISION: march edition

Enjoy the March edition of Husky Vision, the Prep's monthly video news program:

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

- Contributed by Mr. Pablo Giustorobelo, Prep HV Producer

THEATER: spring play preview

The Prep's drama department is preparing for the dark drama/comedy FLUNG, which will show April 28-30 in the Prep Theater. The story is of four adult siblings having a gathering at a summer cottage on Lake Michigan two years after their father's death. They have specifically assembled to scatter their dead father's ashes from atop his favorite sand dune. Meryl, played by Nassim Kavezade, is on the verge of a divorce from Jim, played by Keith Shaller. Win, played by Genesis Lovo, is nine months pregnant. Matthew, played by Sean Kang, is about to lose custody of his kids in a nasty court battle with his ex-wife. And 20-year-old Jade, acted by Cindy Alvarado, wants to get married - and quickly - to her boyfriend Devon, played by Drake Plunkett. As all the characters struggle to come to terms with their past and present lives, they, at the same time, gain insights about themselves, their father, and each other. 

- Contributed by Nassim K., Prep ASB Junior Class President, Class of 2012

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: jason perdue, artist

Every year students taking an art class are given the opportunity to enter the City of Anaheim's Trash Art Contest, a project asking contestants to create an artwork from trash. It's no surprise that art aficionado Jason Perdue, Class of 2012, rose to the challenge. He has been working hard creating a Coca-Cola can man. Every fourth period, Jason spends his art class sawing away at plastic tubes, clipping red soda cans, and putting them together to make a giant can stick figure, which takes much more patience and time than it would seem. Students and teachers have helped Jason by purchasing (and enjoying) Coca-Cola. While the final piece is still at work, we can expect Jason's Coca-Cola man to exceed all expectations. Check out Jason's work in progress in the art room!

- Contributed by Barbara H., Prep ASB Senior Class President, Class of 2011

HUSKY NEWSROOM: assist program benefits local elementary students

Established in 2007, the Fairmont Assist Program has been an ongoing community outreach program to help elementary students in the local Anaheim school district learn and further their academic prowess. The Fairmont Assist program was originally an offshoot of the Medical Magnet Program, a curriculum developed in 2003 for students interested in pursuing careers in the sciences. However, the Assist program is open today for anyone who wants to use their talents to help local school children master their lessons.

The second semester session of Fairmont Assist finished on March 22. This semester, the program hosted 50 elementary students ranging from fourth to seventh grade. In addition, 46 Fairmont students tutored children on Tuesdays from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. and gave them the extra push to overcome any difficulty they may face in school.

The Fairmont Assist Program is important because students are able to directly help others with the education they receive daily. The program has garnered much acclaim, it is now regularly recommended to all school children in Anaheim by the public school principals. Fairmont Prep students are fortunate to be able to pass on their knowledge to younger children so that these elementary students can learn to understand the benefit of education.

- Contributed by Rusheel N., Prep ASB Treasurer, Class of 2012

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

HUSKY HOWL: march students of the month

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

English, Vincent S.
Math, Shan Y.
Science, Suraj W.
Social Science, Amis P.
World Languages, Payal P.
Performing Arts, Amy S.
Physical Education, Shela M.
Athletics, Austin K.
Community Service, Lemon Z.

- Contributed by Mrs. Julie Weems, Prep Academic Counselor

TEACHER FEATURE: ms. patricia aguilar

Ms. Patricia Aguilar is known on campus as THE art department, as she is the one and only art teacher at the Prep. Ms. Aguilar has managed to juggle graphic arts and design classes, art classes (including IB and AP), and yearbook. Out of the three, her art classes haven noticeably become increasingly popular. 

Despite the fact that she is the only teacher, she has brought something fresh and fun art projects to the Prep. She has been exposing her students to different mediums of art, the different histories cultures of art, and have taken her students on two field trips to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum, both a first for the Prep students that has left them in awe. 

She has also given lessons on different artists and art styles to broaden her students' artistic view. Ms. Aguilar has taught her students to draw from still life, sketch other students posing, how to use oil pastels and watercolor, and most importantly, express their individual creativity. 

Currently, Ms. Aguilar is teaching her classes to shape and sculpt vases and bowls from old-fashioned clay, a project that has students wanting to stay after the bell has rung.

- Contributed by Barbara H., Prep ASB Senior Class President, Class of 2011

CLUBS: about ccia

The California Cognitive Impairments Association (CCIA) is a new club at the Prep this year, and members have worked hard on fundraisers to raise money for mentally disabled children. On November 7th, they participated in the Buddy Walk that took place at Angel Stadium. It was hosted by the Downs Syndrome Association, and members personally donated to the cause. Also on March 4th, members raised more than $100 by selling boba milk tea. CCIA often sells Krispy Kreme donuts during break for a dollar, so come by and help them raise money! Their goal is to raise money as much as they can and donate it to mentally disabled children’s center. Although it is a new club, CCIA has many dedicated members working hard to help others. Look out for their next fundraiser and support CCIA! 

- Contributed by Ashley K., Prep ASB Freshman Commissioner-at-Large, Class of 2014

Monday, March 21, 2011

MUSIC: performance details from the honolulu music festival

On Wednesday March 9, Fairmont Music bid goodbye to California and said “Aloha!” to Honolulu, Hawaii. These talented musicians were of course not there for vacation, they were in Hawaii with a purpose. Their purpose was to sing, dance, and play their hearts out for the Hawaiians and judges at the Honolulu Music Festival. On Saturday March 20, 2011, they did just that. 

Concert Choir
On competition day, Concert Choir performed three songs: The Prayer, No Air, and Somebody to Love. The singers, dressed in their usual long and elegant green dresses, were nervous before they stood on the risers. But as they situated themselves onto the risers, heard the music ringing all around the room, and saw Ms. Stacey Barta’s smiling face, Concert Choir eased into their competition mode. Immediately Fairmont Concert Choir seized the audiences’ attention. Even the little chattering that one normally hears was silenced with their first notes. The audience was trying really hard to hold back their applauses until the end of the performance as Ms. Barta had asked them to do so. Finally, with an astounding last chord of Somebody to Love, Fairmont Concert Choir received a standing ovation with loud whistling and clapping from the entire audience. The native Hawaiians and choirs of other schools were definitely impressed by the small but powerful 15-member concert choir. The Husky soloists, Rachel Mount, Paul Lee, Namrata Mohan, and Alfrie Nguyen, received praises from both the audience and the judges. The proud Husky Musicians took home a score of 96; this might be their best year yet! 

Show Choir
Fairmont Show Choir as they stunned the Hawaiians and the judges in the Honolulu Music Festival with their amazing choreography and their shiny Lady GaGa-inspired outfits! Show Choir performed three pieces of music: Do Somethin’, The Way I Are, and Lady GaGa mashup. Since Show Choir was the first group to perform from Fairmont Music, they were extremely nervous. The dancers/singers were getting ready the night before competition. They had to rise early in the morning to finish their makeup and hair. The process was hard work indeed. Rachel Mount, taking the lead in helping the show choir girls with makeup and hair, showed excellent Husky leadership. Although these dancers/singers were having difficulties in preparation for competition with their chorography and vocals, they rocked their performance with precise movements and immeasurable energy. Being the only music group that singed and danced, Fairmont Show Choir showed the judges and the audience something new and exciting. As Show Choir took their bows, the audience jumped up from their seats in joy and amazement. The dancer/singers received a high score of Ninety-eight, raising their rank to yet another level.

- Contributed by Hilary M., Prep ASB Community Service Commissioner & Concert Choir Member, Class of 2013

HUSKY NEWSROOM: unicef's tap project

This past week, the Fairmont Prep UNICEF Club hosted a booth at the Anaheim Hills Junior High Theatre Production, “Grease”. This was because the theatre department decided to donate $1 from every ticket sold towards the UNICEF Tap Project. 

The Unicef Tap Project is a campaign of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF that raises money and awareness about the clean water needs of children in third world countries. This year, the funds raised from the Tap Project will be directed towards Togo, the Central African Republic, and Vietnam. 

In addition, the Fairmont Prep's UNICEF Club has been and will continue selling water bottles along with meals during this year’s Around the World celebrations. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards the UNICEF Tap Project.

Another major part of the Tap Project is restaurant participation. During world water week, March 20-26 (this week), select restaurants all over the country participate in the tap project by asking their patrons to donate $1 for the tap water that they usually enjoy for free. To do your part, you can simply visit the tap project website at and find out which restaurants in your area are participating. Then, you can dine at that restaurant during world water week and donate the $1 towards the Tap Project. 

- Contributed by Nakul M., Prep ASB Rally Commissioner, UNICEF Club Officer, Class of 2013

IN THE CLASSROOM: spanish with senor g

Spanish with Senor Giustorobelo is a school favorite. With never ending humor and his fun attitude, Senor G. makes learning Spanish entertaining and easy. Senor G. rarely lectures the class; instead, he emphasizes practicing the language. Students are given a white board and a dry-erase marker, and they conjugate various verbs to help them to truly understand a concept. Also, Senor G. uses games such as vocabulary bingo and tournaments to prepare students for quizzes and tests. This year, in CP Spanish II, students are watching a TV series called EXTRA. Although it is definitely to a challenge to understand, the class learns a lot. Also, in honor of March Madness, the class recently had a tournament where students were forced to identify vocabulary words on the screen with a pointer. The contestant who was the fastest moved on to the next round. All in all, Spanish is a great class!

- Contributed by Sonali N., Prep ASB Freshman Class Vice President, Class of 2014

Sunday, March 20, 2011

HUSKY HOWL: to the cast & crew of the senior play

A huge Husky Howl goes out to all those involved with this year's Senior Play, Good Luck Andy! Funds raised through this student-directed and produced play will go to help relief efforts in Japan on behalf of the Class of 2011 - this is estimated to be more than $1,200. Congratulations!

Good Luck Andy! was the story about a man who showed great love and affection towards the family, friends, and acquaintances around him. Although sometimes quite peevish, all he wanted to see was other people happy. Everyone got annoyed of him very quickly, and he was taken for granted. Andy was then diagnosed with a non-removable brain tumor. He realized his life was over and he could not be saved. In the final days of his life, Andy was determined to make everyone around him happy. He expressed his emotions for his true love, Larisa Greenhart, and asked her to marry him. Andy was also able to find Dr. Andrew Bass the love of his life, Susan Rose. Making everyone around him as happy as he could, he could not take the pain anymore. Andy passed away, yet he would always be a memory in the hearts of the people around him.

There is nothing more distressing than a man who does not realize he is disconnected from the world. Performed on March 18th and 19th, this year's student written Senior Play, Good Luck Andy!, focuses on one such man. A doctor jaded by the failures of the practice and the inherent difficulties in the medical field, Dr. Bass needs to find his way back to passion and feeling. This will occur through the use of a catalyst, Andy, who is full of life and vigor. This change happens gradually while these two men meet a number of people along the way such as a mother without a child and a hypochondriac. These men also face a number of problems and the story considers how they face them. This play, told in non linear fashion, seeks to develop the theme of change and acceptance. 

Good Luck Andy! was written and directed by Phorum Sheth, Class of 2011, and assistant directed by Heidi Messiha, Class of 2011. Good Luck Andy! was the Prep’s annual senior play, and truly illustrated the beauty of life and how it cannot be taken for granted. Mr. June Yoon, head of the Theater Department, described Phorum Sheth’s play as “brilliant and spectacular”. This play is truly one to remember in Fairmont Theater history. 

- Contributed by Tanmay A., Prep ASB Cultural Relations Commissioner, Class of 2012 & Nassim K., Prep ASB Junior Class President, Class of 2012

IN THE CLASSROOM: graphic design

Graphic Design, taught by Ms. Aguilar, is an exciting class that focuses on programs such as Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Flash. Initially, students began with a Photoshop assignment of designing dollar bills. 


"Graphic design is a great way to express yourself and create art without actually drawing," shared Sonali N., Class of 2014. Students learned advanced techniques such as movie making and designing a typography poster. The class was designed to teach artistic skills on Adobe programs. Each project allows students to express their inspiration through their designs. One of the projects that required imagination was the Magazine Project. Topics ranged from Airplane Travel to Toy Story 3. In order to perform this task, Ms. Aguilar taught students how to add captions, create a clipping frame, design a headline, sub headline, and create columns for an article. These skills benefit the students and are a great way to express oneself in an artistic way. 

Students are currently working with Adobe Flash, and are working towards producing their own miniature movie. "Graphic design is one of the most interesting classes at the Prep," added Sonali.

- Contributed by Nikita P., Prep ASB Sophomore Class Secretary/Treasurer, Class of 2013

Saturday, March 19, 2011

TEACHER'S PET: chummlee

This darling dog was the perfect Christmas gift for Mrs. Lolita Earlywine from FIA! Chummlee was her gift from her husband this past year. 

- Contributed by Mrs. Lolita Earlywine, FIA Teacher

Want your pet to be featured as our Teacher's Pet? Simply e-mail a photo and brief description of your pet to Mrs. Wendy Faust at

Friday, March 18, 2011

WEEK IN REVIEW: march 14-18

Around the World - Day 2
The Prep celebrated the second of three international celebrations on Friday, March 18th. Day two of the Around the World festivities celebrated Africa, Asia, India & the Middle East. Performances included UC Irvine's Chinese Association of Martial Arts (CAMA), and a Korean b-boy team, Domination Crew. Activities included a henna tattoo booth, an Indian DJ, a snake charmer/belly dancer, and a visit from an African lion. For more pictures and videos of our performers and activities, click here!

Additional Posts of Interest
Student Activities: Day Two of Around the World
Advanced Studies: NASA/JPL Senior Engineer Visit
Music: Aloha!
Husky Newsroom: Dr. Terra on Wheel of Fortune
Alumni: From the Class of 2000
Student Activities: Rarrrr
Teacher Feature: St. Patrick's Day
Teacher's Pet: Molly
Teacher Feature: Ms. Katy Bruski
Alumni: From the Class of 2006
Student Spotlight: Husky Elite
Teacher's Pet: Latte & Jager

Calendar for Next Week
March 21 Men's Golf @ TVT
March 21 Men's Tennis vs. Oxford Academy
March 21 Baseball @ Capo Valley Christian
March 22 Student of the Month Assembly
March 22 Men's Golf @ Gahr
March 22 Softball @ Connelly
March 23 Men's Tennis @ Bolsa Grande
March 24 Softball @ St. Anthony
March 25 3rd Quarter Ends
March 25 Around the World - Day 3
March 25 Sadie Hawkins Dance
March 25 Men's Golf @ Avalon
March 25 Softball vs. Crean Lutheran
March 25 Baseball @ Kern Valley

- Contributed by Mrs. Wendy Faust, Prep Activities Director

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: day two of around the world

The Prep kicked off Around the World Day 2, celebrating Africa, Asia, India and the Middle East with many fun-filled “wild” activities, performances, and delicious food!  The day started off with some awesome performances by the martial art styling of the Chinese Association of Martial Arts (CAMA) from UC Irvine:

Up next we had a crazy beat boxing and break dancing performance by Korean B-boy team Definition Crew:

After the performances ended, the festivities outside began!

ROAR!! The king of the jungle graced our school with his presence! Major, a 450 pound African lion from Working Wildlife came to visit. Major has been in numerous television commercials and films, and will soon appear in "Water for Elephants," a major motion picture featuring Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon. Mostly Major napped and enjoyed Fairmont's "paparazzi" photos:


 We had a surprising and stunning visit from a mysterious snake charmer :

Beautiful henna tattoos accelerated the hype of this day:

On the lawn, there was sumo wrestling:

Lunch included delicious sushi catered by the Rolling Sushi Truck, Lebanese cheese pies and boba milk tea from Lollicup. Pastries from 85 Degrees Bakery were sold, and all profits will go to help relief efforts in Japan.

We had the pleasure of having DJ iTesh play music during lunchtime. We had an amazing Around the World day 2 and it will only get better next week so get ready!

- Contributed by Timothea P., Prep ASB Faculty Relations Commissioner, Class of 2012