Wednesday, December 17, 2014

CLUBS: TedEd Club

 
Here's a special shout out to the TedEd Club! Last week they hosted a wonderful party, designed to evoke fun, creative ideas. This club is making strides in voicing the innovative and progressive thoughts of their members. Furthermore, they may be one of the most welcoming clubs on Fairmont's campus. Anyone is free to join at any time, as long as they're willing to participate with spirit! The TedEd Club is giving a voice to our students as well as encouraging new-age thinking among youth.  Please support the TedEd Club and be sure to join in on the fun if you are interested!

-Contributed by Leena S.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Holiday Break Opprotunities


Hey Huskies! What are you doing for the holidays? Well, it's a great time to do some community service. Remember seniors! You only have a few more months to complete your 80 hour community service requirement and now is the time to finish up. There are hundreds of opportunities that have to do with toy drives. You can reach out to your local Boys and Girls Club, CHOC, or even Kid Healthy. That is not the only option. You can visit nursing homes on December 23-25 for an organization called The Holiday Project! Take the opportunity to bring joy to your community this holiday! All the options and details are in the link at the bottom. Have an amazing Winter Break Huskies!

https://origin.library.constantcontact.com/doc209/1102827911598/doc/27yqtEwNQ5HIt7O1.pdf

-Contributed by Sheryne N.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

PERFORMING ARTS: John Lennon & Me

This semester’s play, John Lennon & Me, is a heart-wrenching story about a girl with cystic fibrosis whose friendships change her life forever. Star (Joy Zhao) meets Courtney (Mina Brar) and their story begins. These two girls, with hardships of their own to overcome, start to understand each other as they eventually realize that life should be lived to its fullest. On Friday, December 5th, the cast and crew of John Lennon & Me will welcome a very special guest, Taylor Ross. Taylor was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at the age of 7 and she will be sharing her story with the audience. We strongly encourage you to come and show support for not only our cast but for Taylor as well on Friday, December 5th. John Lennon & Me will no doubt have you laughing and crying from this incredible story. Also, 50% of ticket sale proceeds will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Orange County.

Buy your ticket and watch the show - you will receive 1 hour of community service from Mrs. Kunkle.
 
John Lennon and Me:
Thursday December 4th  @ 7pm
Friday December 5th  @ 7pm
Saturday December 6th  @ 2pm & 7pm

See you in the audience!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

ACTIVITIES: Spirit Week Recap



October 20-24, our Disney themed Spirit Week and Homecoming, October 26, was one to remember. It was so refreshing to see everyone participate in Spirit Week activities as well as have fun together on the dance floor. Let's do a recap:  The seniors kicked off the week with Tomorrowland. We enjoyed a meal of chicken, biscuits, and mac n' cheese from KFC. When we were done eating we had a friendly duel in the jousting ring and then soared through the sky on a trampoline. The hallway was blacked out and decorated with chalk, funny jokes, and cool streamers and stars that made it seem like we were in the future. It also helped that the student body dressed up in metallic colors, Star Wars related clothing, and anything else futuristic they could find.

The junior class presented us with Fantasyland where everyone was welcome to wear formal attire or do the complete opposite by showing up in pajamas. The campus was decorated with a balloon arch, princess cut outs, and royal towers while the hallway resembled a castle fit for the queen herself. The L&L BBQ and snow cones were big hits with everyone who bought them, and those who didn't cast envious looks upon the delicious food. The juniors also hosted bobbing for apples, limbo, and a pie eating contest. Congratulations to Lionell Wiggins and Christina Li for being the winners of the day.

Wednesday was Frontierland hosted by the sophomore class. Everyone dressed up in jeans, flannels, combat boots, and cowboy boots and hats. The hallway took us to another world filled with cacti, jails, saloons, and western Disney characters and the campus was covered in floating cows and cacti. At lunch, tacos, beans, rice, and of course boba were served to the student body and the response was more than enthusiastic. Afterwards intense races through the bounce house obstacle course were underway and then everyone headed over to the mechanical bull. Shout out to Mr. Mendoza for riding the bull and being a good sport.

The freshman class wrapped up the week with Main Street USA. Everyone enjoyed pizza, a candy "bar," and of course, churros. It was nice to see so many high school students get excited over getting to take a ride on a train as well as faces painted by "real" princesses. Other activities to enjoy included a bounce house and a silhouette station which matched perfectly with the American themed decorations and hallway. A big shout out to everyone brave enough to dance in the middle of the courtyard and congratulations to Mrs. Coleman for winning the competition.
Spirit Week came to a close with a rally where all fall sports teams were announced, bed sheets judged, and exciting games played. Congratulations to the junior class for coming out with the win!
Sunday October 26 was the Homecoming dance. Everyone looked amazing in formal wear and luckily the photo booth was there to capture many moments. A friendly coat check kept all belongings safe while we partied on the dance floor. Everyone enjoyed themselves based on stellar dance moves and especially the big group dance. Shout out to the ASB dance committee for hosting such a successful and memorable event.

Comment below about your favorite part of Spirit Week and Homecoming!

-Contributed by Tara F., ASB Sophomore Class Treasurtary

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

CLUBS: Red Cross

Here’s a Husky Shoutout to Red Cross! Red Cross is one of the most active clubs on campus, as well as one of the most active organizations in the world. Established to achieve humanitarian goals by protecting and alleviating human suffering, Red Cross has over 97 million members. On campus, we are proud to participate in this service group’s ventures. Red Cross has raised awareness around campus and has planned an upcoming vampire-themed blood drive on October 29th. There will be a competition between faculty and students at The Prep. Save your blood for Red Cross, not for the vampires!

-Contributed by Yusi W., Gurveer S. and Leena S.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ACTIVITES: 2014 Red Ribbon Week


Red Ribbon Week is rapidly approaching. October 27th to October 31st will be a week full of commitment to drug prevention and education. Red Ribbon Week began after Special Agent Camarena’s kidnapping, torture, and brutal murder in 1985. An organized community response began to raise awareness regarding alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and violence. In order to raise awareness and pledge to help make the United States a drug free nation, we will have special dress days and activities.

Monday 10/27 no school

Tuesday 10/28 “Shake off Drugs”
Wear your workout clothes and join us by the flagpole during lunch as we participate in a Zumba exercise, Hula-hoop, play horse shows, and jump rope
 
Wednesday 10/29 “Dress Up Don’t Mess Up”
Wear a red shirt with red accessories (ex: socks, sunglasses, ties, jewelry, watches) with a school uniform bottom (ex: shorts, pants, skirt)

Activity:
Pledge to be drug free-  Stop by the Red Ribbon Week table and make your pledge to be drug free

Thursday 10/30 “Dress for Success”
Boys: Dress pants, button down shirt, tie, dress shoes
Girls: Dress, blouse, skirt and dress shoes, or pants, blouse, and dress shoes
 
Activities:
Wheel of Misfortune- Stop by the Red Ribbon Week table and take a spin to see what misfortune awaits you
I’m too smart to start- Stop by the Red Ribbon Week table and participate in this fun goggle experience

Friday 10/31 “Say BOO to Drugs”

In honor of Halloween, wear your costume to school to show you’re saying “BOO!” to drugs!  The following are NOT allowed as costumes: cross-dressing, masks, anything overly suggestive or sexual; NO JEANS (unless it’s part of your costume)

Activity: Red Ribbon Week Assembly featuring special guest speakers.

 
* IF YOU DO NOT DRESS UP, YOU MUST WEAR YOUR UNIFORM *

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

CLUBS: Model United Nations CONDOMUN

 
 
BANG! The sound of the gavel signified a successful closing of the Model United Nations Conference at California High School, CONDORMUN, in Whittier on September 19th. As the first conference Fairmont Model United Nations Club had on its calendar, delegates prepared intensely for the opportunity to shine early in the school year.
 
Representing the United States of America and Australia, two brave delegates, Justin Lee (12), and Jesse Chen (12), actively participated in the conference. After four hours of heated committee sessions, Justin Lee received the honor of Best Delegate, an award equivalent to first place, that was only bestowed onto five of the hundred delegates present. After he proudly represented his committee for a summary speech at the closing ceremony, Justin received loud and enthusiastic applause. Jesse Chen also did not disappoint, as she proved herself a powerful delegate by earning fourth place in her committee session.
 
CONDORMUN turned out to be both the platform to demonstrate talents for some and the creation of a deep passion for MUN. Chrissy C. (9) and Tiffany C. (9) both stated they would love to participate in more conferences after observing this one. Congratulations FPAMUN, for a great start!
 
-Contributed by Yusi W., Class of 2015 Treaturtary

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

ATHLETICS: Re-cap Football vs. Webb


-Contributed by Tristen R.  and Lionell W.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ACADEMICS: College Fair

Tuesday October 14, 2014, Fairmont will host their 11th annual College Fair/Community Open House night! Over 60 college admission officers from all over the country will attend this event. This is a unique opportunity for Fairmont students to speak to admissions officers and ask any questions they may have regarding the programs, student life, or academics at that institution. Last year, a majority of the institutions had email sign-up sheets and pamphlets for your use and reading.
We encourage everybody to attend this event, whether you are a freshman, or a senior, this event is a free resource for you that isn't available at every school! We hope to see you there!

When: October 14, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm
Where: Fairmont Preparatory Academy (2200 West Sequoia Ave, Anaheim)
For more information, visit fairmontschools.com/collegefair or contact Mr. Jonathan Dunn at 714-999-5055 or jdunn@fairmontschools.com

Counselor Interview regarding College Fair with Mrs. Julie Weems

1. When is the College Fair?
The 11th annual College Fair is on Tuesday October 14th, 2014.

2. What is the College Fair?
The college fair is an opportunity for students and families to learn about a variety of colleges.
The representatives for each college are often the ones reading the applications, so the college
fair we have at Fairmont Prep facilitates good connections.

3. What is the importance of the College Fair?
The significance of the college fair is to learn about schools you may not have thought or known
about before. Although a student may have their mind set on a certain college, at the college
fair, a student is given the opportunity to see schools in a quick fashion. Exposure to a
variety of schools prior to application is of the utmost importance.

4. Is there anything unique/new about the college fair this year?
This year there are two events in one night, which equalizes infinite opportunities. Along with
the College Fair for current students at the Prep, there is the Community Open House for
prospective students for the Prep at the same time. These two events are open to all Fairmont
families, including junior high campuses. Attendees at either event will be able to
cross over to the other event if curiosity hits.

5. How many colleges are attending this year's College Fair?
This year, we are expecting over 100 schools; the largest college fair Fairmont
Prep has ever held, put together by the college counselors.

6. What should students ask at the College Fair?
Students should ask questions that are important to them, not questions that anyone could find
online. For example, rather than asking, "What is your average SAT score?" ask questions
regarding different ranges of interest, financial aid, scholarships, study abroad, etc.

7. What opportunities will the College Fair bring this year?
The main opportunities this year are the personal connections with the colleges. It is only an hour
and half long event, and the benefits are endless. It is one of the best events that you could attend
this year, as a learning opportunity for students and parents.

8. Do you have any advice or other notes for others attending this year's College Fair?
Visit schools that you know about, or visit a school you have never heard of before! It is okay to
stumble and not know what's coming at you, because that is the essence of risk taking and
opportunity. Also, students and parents can attend for free!

-Contributed by Evan M. & Colette N.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

CLUBS: Club Rush Re-Cap



Club Rush is an event that gives students a platform to create or/and join different clubs. During the event, club officers will set up their materials for advertisement (posters, spreadsheets, and snacks) on the tables provided.

For this year's club rush, there were approximately 48 that participated, all with diligent officers and advisors working together toward the same goal: to enrich students' lives. Our most active clubs include: Red Cross, UNICEF, Kid Work, Model United Nations, and  CCIA. Not only did club founders able to experience the thrill of welcoming new members.  Students were provided with various aspects of information to help them make their choices--some clubs are based on community service purpose while others are made to initiate students' leadership in international relationships.

Thanks to all the effort put in by our club officers and advisors that made our Club Rush experience wonderful!

-Contributed by ASB officers Nora W., Alex K., and Eric Z.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Fall Requirements and Service Projects



We kicked this year off on the right foot for community service. On the very first week of school we were able to donate to both the Action Partnership Canned Food Drive and the Fullerton Park. On September 6 students attended the Council on Aging. In the weeks to come there are endless opportunities that include Coastal Cleanup (September 20), the Halloween Candy Drive (benefits the Boys and Girls Club), Canning Hunger Box of Love Drive, and the Down Syndrome Association OC Buddy Walk. If you are interested in any of these opportunities contact Ms. Kunkle as soon as possible in order to reserve your space. Apart from the community service we also have numerous denim days that benefit different non-profit organizations, so be sure to bring 5 dollars. Finally, remember by the time you graduate you must have 80 hours of community service; it is never too early to start!
 
-Contributed by ASB Officers Calen O., Henry Y. and Maud R.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

ATHLETICS: Football and Volleyball Team Captains


As the school year ramps up, so do our Huskies’ football and volleyball seasons. This weekend’s football game against Maya Angelou brought an unprecedented win of 43-0. The Huskies came on strong for their first game of the season! Captain Lionell Wiggins, when asked what he’d like to say to his team, noted, “There might be times when we’re not on the same page, but at the end of the day we are a family. My goal for this team is for us to just get better and better, good enough to get to playoffs, and win league.” He capped off his heartfelt response with “Because being with this team, I have learned a lot.”

Although the volleyball team has not yet started their game season, Captain Skylar Hess has no shortage of things to say about her team. Asked the same question, Skylar gave an eager, “thank you so much to my teammates and wonderful coach for being supportive and always working 110%. We have definitely been working our hardest to prepare for the season and I know it’s going to be great.” The follow-up question, “What is your goal for the season?”, received a short and determined reply—“to win league.”

The drive and ambition of our captain is startlingly sincere, and as Huskies, we’ll be there to cheer them on every step of the way. The next football game is this Friday against Sage Hill, and the next volleyball game is Thursday, September 4th.  See you there!

-Contributed by ASB Officers Cristina Z., Michelle P., and Sprite L.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

HUSKY NEWSROOM: Interview with Ms. Moreno


Ms. Moreno, the new Spanish teacher, loves Fairmont. She loves how Fairmont welcomed and supports her, as a new teacher. She likes teaching Spanish because it gives her the ability to share her culture. However, she did not want to teach Spanish from the start. In fact, she wanted to be an archeologist because she was inspired by the movie The Mummy, but decided not to pursue that career because she realized archeologists had to deal with spiders, animals, and insects that come along with it. When she was younger she did not like her culture, she desired to be a regular American girl, but she later accepted her culture as she grew. One of the many reasons she loves Fairmont is how diverse our population is and how we accept anyone from any culture. Her major goal as a teacher this year is to help students become proficient in the language and to maintain interest in the language. Outside of the classroom Ms. Moreno coaches soccer to children with developmental disabilities. We are so happy to have Ms. Moreno in our Fairmont family.

-Contributed by ASB Officers Manu S., Sonali N., and Leanne A.
 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

HUSKY NEWSROOM: Field Day and Back to School Rally

 


Last Friday, we kicked off the school year with a Back-to-School Rally!  Students came decked out in their class colors and participated in a variety of activities. This rally was a great way for students to bond with their friends and meet new people. During the rally, the students cheered endlessly as the football team and volleyball team were introduced to the school. This year, the seniors conquered the rally with great enthusiasm. Better luck next time underclassmen! After an amazing rally, the students enjoyed the rest of the day eating lunch and hanging out with friends. They also participated in a variety of events hosted by S.E.A. (Student Engagement Association) such as a water balloon fight and tug-a-war.
 
-Contributed by ASB Officers Frankie T., Sarah H., and Esther P.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Welcome Back From ASB President, Skylar!


 
 
Welcome Back Fairmont Prep Huskies! My name is Skylar Hess, and I am the ASB President for 2014-15 school year. The school year kicked off for all students on Tuesday, August 19th  Excitement definitely can be felt around the campus!
 
If I have not yet had the opportunity to meet you, I am looking forward to getting to know the new faces on campus. I wish everyone the best of luck this school year and hope that it has been a wonderful start to the school year. Go Huskies, let's make it a great year!

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.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: Travel Week 2014






 Travel Week is my favorite event of the year because Fairmont always offers my friends and I a valuable opportunity to hang out, travel around the world and learn about different cultures. This year, Fairmont offered students a fantastic chance to go to Hawaii. Unfortunately, I did not get the chance to go because I was busy finishing my college applications. However, I got the chance to interview the group leader of this trip, Mr. Prado. He said, “the 6-day trip turned out to be a great experiment.” In particular, he mentioned that he really enjoyed this special vacation before school started because it was so fun and relaxing.

            When I asked Mr. Prado to describe this trip in one word, he said ‘fun.’ Mr. Prado’s favorite part was going to the coral exhibition. “It was interesting to learn how coral could have such a big impact on the environment.” Additionally, students had a unique experience in Hawaii as they enjoyed a traditional Hawaiian feast during their visit to a Luau. Guests enjoyed food and entertainment while learning of Hawaiian and Polynesian culture. The beach cleanup was another highlight of the trip because students earned community service hours while having fun and helping to protect the environment.

            After hearing of the experience from Mr. Prado, I also had a chance to talk to Logan Okawachi, a Travel Week participant. He said this senior trip meant a lot to him because he was able to experience various things that he has never had a chance to try before, such as snorkeling and hiking in a volcano! In addition, he told me he enjoyed surfing Waikiki.

            The trip to Hawaii ended with a collective positive vibe, sure to make it unforgettable.




-Contributed by Yining X., Cultural Awareness Commissioner

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

ATHLETICS: Boy's Soccer











The Prep men's varsity soccer team consists of more than 20 players, all of whom have been playing soccer for several years. The team knows the merit of hard work, as their 2013-14 season has been rigorous so far. Matthew Tuinstra, who has played soccer for six years, appreciates the game and all it offers. "I enjoy the sport, and I like to embrace physical activity. The good thing about playing team sports is that you get to bond with other people and learn how to work as a unit. We're gonna make it to CIF this year!" The team must learn to juggle school work and athletics, which they manage very well. Men's varsity soccer will continue to make the Prep proud in the future, scoring goals in the classroom and on the field. Their current record is 4 wins, 2 losses, and 1 tie. Their next game, against St. Michael's at Trident Center on Friday, is sure to be an excellent game. Come and cheer on our Huskies!






 -Contributed by Annie G., Cultural Awareness Commissioner