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  • WILDCAT Q&A with Juri Saka

    3 years ago by

    Juri Saka, freshman at BOHS [Image Credit: Juri Saka]

    Juri Saka, freshman at BOHS [Image Credit: Juri Saka]


      Juri Saka, freshman, tells her stories about her moving to the U.S. from Kyoto, Japan.

        Q.How was your life in Japan?

          I lived in Kyoto, which had beautiful weathers. In winter, I could see snows and in spring, there were a lot of cherry blossoms blooming.

            Q.What schools did you go to before coming to the U.S. and could you describe your previous schools?

              I went to Japanese private schools, including elementary school. I think schools in Japan are more strict and they don’t have that much freedom for students like in the U.S.

                Q. Why did your family decide to come to the U.S.?

                  We came to the U.S. for ministry. My dad is a pastor.

                    Q.After coming to the U.S., what was the difficulty and how did you get over it?

                      Because I lived in Japan for my whole life, I couldn't speak English fluently and it was hard for me to read and speak English. Because of language barrier, I had hard time performing well in the classes in BOHS. But I would go to Church every Sunday and felt better. Church helped me cope with those difficulties.

                        Q.What are your hobbies you had or have?

                          My hobby is to play piano and watch Japanese comedy shows. For comedy shows, I especially prefer comedians from Osaka. Even though I am passionate about playing piano, however, I will not pursue my career in piano.

                            Q.What is the most thing you miss about Japan?

                              I miss my friends in Japan so much. I keep in touch with them by Skyping and texting.

                                Q.If you could introduce your home country, Japan to Beautiful Brea Old & New readers, what would you say about Japan?

                                  Japan is a beautiful country with four seasons. And one thing I am proud of is that most of Japanese people have quiet and polite characters.

                                    Choha Kim/ sophomore at Brea Olinda High School, chohakim1111@gmail.com

  • BOHS Track team is having success

    3 years ago by

    From left to right, Anabel King, Ariel Williams, and Isela Martinez, sophomores, are smiling with the medals from Meet of Champions [Image Credit: Ariel Williams]

    From left to right, Anabel King, Ariel Williams, and Isela Martinez, sophomores are smiling with the medals from Meet of Champions [Image Credit: Ariel Williams]

    Brea Olinda High School track team participated in the Tiger Invitational meet held on April 10 in South Pasadena. The Girls' and Boys' track team showcased their amazing performances. Ariel Williams, a sophomore in Cross Country and Track experienced great success by getting the time of 2:35 in 800m.

      “In the Meet of champions which was held at Azusa Pacific, my Personal Record (PR) was 2:36 and in the beginning of Track season, I had 2:45,” Williams stated. “I was very satisfied with my PR because I have been working really hard,” she added.

        Not only did BOHS demonstrate their performance level at Tiger Invitational, but also at the Meet of Champions at Azusa Pacific University held on March 28. According to Alex Martinez, senior and boys Track and Field captain, Austin Tamagno set the nation’s leading time of 4:04. Also, Austin Shellito, Angel Escobar, and Jeff Sipple are also three distance runners who might go to the state to compete.

          “I was undefeated in long and triple jump and our sprints team won one out of three races,” Martinez said. In addition, BOHS was very successful in Arcadia Invite held on April 10 to 11. According to Ricky Libed, sophomore in track team, Arcadia Invite was a race for fast runners and Austin Tamagno ran the 3200 winning 7th place.

            With upcoming track meets, Jeremy Mattern, coach of Boys Cross Country and Track and Matt Rainwater, coach of Girls Cross Country and Track has recently been emphasizing “closing hard” in their athletes’ run.

              “For the races we will be participating, Mr. Mattern and Mr. Rainwater started to train us harder in order to [make us] have the strength to finish races stronger with a kick. Because doing that is extremely important in track PR,” Williams stated.

                With that in mind, girls that will be running a longer distance (1600m) are running 7 to 8 miles every day, including two track workouts a week. Girls that will be running middle distance (800m) are running 5 to 6 miles, including two track workouts a week, according to Williams.

                  Choha Kim/ sophomore at Brea Olinda High School, chohakim1111@gmail.com

  • BOHS Senior shares her secrets to Success

    3 years ago by

    Looking back her previous high school years, she is sharing her stories with BOHS  [Image credit: David Cho]

    Looking back her previous high school years, she is sharing her stories with BOHS
    [Image credit: David Cho]


      After 4 years of long journey in their high school, class of 2015 of Brea Olinda High School(BOHS) are graduating on June 16. Among the students of the graduating class, Susan Joh can proudly say that she got accepted into prestigious colleges. For underclassmen, Susan shared her stories and tips. Susan Joh got accepted to “big-name” colleges, such as Cornell, NYU, Carnegie Mellon, and so on. However, reaching this goal was not easy. Joh claimed her high school career was unique compared to those of other seniors at her school.

        “I have been to 9 schools in my lifetime and moving around was not easy. I would have to leave and make new friends again. I had to adjust to different types of people and circumstances,” Joh said. At those times, arts and music helped her cope with every difficulty moving to a new place.

          “I am a reserved person and don’t show my emotions well. Fortunately, through music and drawings which I had a passion and enthusiasm for, I was able to express my suppressed emotions and get through my hardships,” Joh said.

            Joh shared that she started playing piano since age 7. She didn’t enjoy playing the piano until her piano teacher told her she would be able to express her emotions through the melodious playing of the keys. Ever since then, she started enjoy playing piano since the 5th grade.

              Joh was an excellent student with a variety of activities she did outside of school.

                “I volunteered at Milal organization, which was established for people living with disabilities. I took care of Jessica, who had Down Syndrome. I treated her as any normal teenager and learned that everyone has same qualities,” Joh said. “Volunteering is really rewarding because everyone can learn lessons, even if it is a small thing. Try volunteering for any organizations and places,” Joh said.

                  With seniors’ admission results, underclassmen have become anxious and worried about their college admission. Many have started to seek seniors who can give them useful tips and a sense of guidance.

                    “I wanted to ask those who got accepted into great schools what extracurricular activities they did and how they studied for multiple tests because now I’m getting nervous," said Sara Rew, a sophomore at BOHS.

                      Joh reassured and offered juniors and sophomores more concrete advice.

                        “I suggest students to take courses based on their interests,” she stated.

                          In her junior year, she had empty spots in her schedule and counselor suggested her to take art class. Surprisingly, she figured out her talents in art.

                            “I couldn’t have figured out that I enjoyed arts unless I tried taking art class. In school, there are a lot of programs, such as painting, cooking, choir, newspaper, and so on. Use those opportunities. Take advantage of those courses if they are offered at your school. Don’t hesitate to try new things, “Joh said.

                              Looking back her high high school years which she tried new things, she would miss all aspects of high school.

                                “I am going to miss the assemblies, activities, friends, teachers, clubs, and parents who always helped me achieve many things,” Joh said.

                                  As Joh would miss her high school years, high school years had a huge impact on her life. According to Susan Joh, high school years are very important because students are able to develop into people who can survive in real world and contribute to our community.

                                    “For your high school years, always try your best for everything, even if it’s the one you don’t like. Always be true to yourselves. Pursue what you really want to do for your high school,” Joh stated.

                                      Choha Kim/ sophomore at Brea Olinda High School, chohakim1111@gmail.com

                                        with help from J student reporter editor Sydney Chang and the J Student Reporters Program: jstudentboard.com

  • “The Face of Brea” Photo Contest Winners

    3 years ago by


      Anyone who viewed “The Face of Brea” Photo Contest album knows that Greg of Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography had a tough job in choosing just five winners. To us, they’re all winners.
  • Charlie the Rockin’ Clock in Brea History’s Biggest Hits!

    6 years ago by

    Charlie the Clock and his kid crew in front of the Wildcat statue at BOHS - Brea Olinda High School.


      "Unity is strength...when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved." - Mattie J.T. Stepanek

        Hi everyone!

          And welcome to our site! I'd like to give you a background about Brea's first children's book: Charlie the Rockin' Clock in Brea History's Biggest Hits! -- a centennial celebration.

            In early 2015, I had an idea and contacted Heather Ashlyn Collins, a 2006 BOHS grad and recent grad of CSUF, to draw an animated caricature of Brea’s historic iconic "Charlie’s Clock." Thereafter I contacted a local print shop to make a cutout of the character. Charlie’s Clock was renamed “Charlie the Clock” as the clock belongs to everyone. We then held “The Face of Brea” contest at Edwards Brea Theater West 10 to celebrate Brea’s 98th birthday, followed by local events exhibiting the clock cutout. While in the process of making many, many, many people smile along the way, Charlie the Clock cutout served as a fun symbol and creative education tool in getting people excited about our centennial year. (See theater photo caption)

              You'll see Charlie the Clock soon at Edwards Brea Stadium East 12 , Brea SummerFest, Brea Country Fair, and maybe our schools! 'Charlie the Clock' caricature cutout dazzled the crowds at the 28th annual Brea Summerfest, the 36th Brea Country Fair, and for a time was on exhibit at the Brea Museum, where he was taken out to visit events at our elementary schools fall 2015. Also, 'Charlie the Clock' was invited back to Edwards Brea Stadium West 10 the week of November 16, and sister theater Edwards Brea Stadium East 12 extended Charlie's visit through the week of Thanksgiving!

                What fun we had once again as "Charlie the Clock" caricature cutout was invited back to Country Hills PTA's Annual Cougar Color Run Fundraiser 2016!


                  It was my hope that Charlie the Clock would become a mascot for the City of Brea celebrated as a symbol and learning tool in representing Brea’s rich history. In February of 2016, I thought of a children’s centennial book featuring Charlie the Clock -- soon after discovering that it would be the first children’s book in Brea.

                    I brought together a team of very talented community people to create the book and subprojects. Former longtime Brean and author of the city's best-selling history book, Brea: Celebrating 75 Years and A Centennial History of the BOUSD,Teresa Hampson, was contacted to write the young person's history book. Also I connected with Heather Ashlyn Collins again to illustrate the book.

                      BOHS GITA Instructor Todd Salesky enlisted three of his students: Kyle Tam, Zoya Kahn, and Jennifer Choi, to build CharlietheClock.Club website. The book’s theme song was written and sung by a 2017 BOHS senior choir member, Hayden Mangum. In addition, a video is planned showcasing students of Stagelight Performing Arts dancing with with an animated Charlie the Clock that will be drawn by 2017 CSUF grad Alejandra Mertz.

                        The book features Brea school kids, grades 3rd-6th: Roman M., Lauren T., Jarred G., Jesse H., Madison M., and Skyler S. along with Orange County Register longtime local news columnists, Susan Gaede aka “Newsy Suzie,” Terri Daxon, elementary teacher Jill Berrner, and former Brea student, Valeria Z.

                          We also conducted a “Kids Imagine Brea Essay” contest, resulting in four winning essays on Brea's future from elementary students: Jessica L., Lauren A., Mollie C. and Haylee R., chosen by the Brea Education Foundation. The winning essays and photos will be showcased in the book.

                            Additionally, we scheduled a panoramic photo shoot to feature as many local kids as possible in the book. Instead of the photo, it will be a panoramic illustration.

                              Read what BOUSD superintendent and local dignitaries had to say after reading the centennial children's history book:

                                "I applaud the efforts of so many people rallying around Charlie the Clock to tell the history and timeless story of the City of Brea. The engaging story is told by Charlie the Clock and through the eyes of local children living in Brea. Charlie the Clock is a wonderful read for children of all ages." - Brad Mason, Ed.D. Superintendent, Brea Unified School District

                                  "What better way for our young students to experience Brea's past than a children's book! And not just any children's book but one that has a clock as its historical tour guide. They will remember the journey they are about to take for years. A journey into what made Brea the city it is today." - Don Schweitzer Former Brea Mayor

                                    "In order to make learning history both exciting and informative, the use of “Charlie the Clock” to travel through time to the various stages of Brea’s history is a creative new idea. It is an approach which will do much to help countless young people understand and appreciate the culture and history of Brea." - Wayne D. Wedin Former Brea City Manager and Councilman

                                      Of note: Part of the proceeds from the book will go back to Brea Olinda Unified School District through the Brea Education Foundation.

                                        Good Things Take Time. Stay tuned!!

                                          Sincerely,

                                            Carolyn Campbell 😊

                                              Creative Director/Project Manager

                                                Brea's landmark, Charlie's Clock, located in Brea Downtown on the corner of Birch Street and Madrona Avenue. Photo courtesy of Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography


                                                  The Test of Time: A Brea Landmarks List

                                                    Good Old Brea Clock, 300 W. Birch St. (at Madrona)… The two-sided timepiece served as the stationmaster’s clock at the Santa Fe Railyards in Riverside, but both the duration of its time there and its origin remain unknown. It was brought to Brea in 1975 by a man named Charlie to advertise his clock shop in the old Brea Hotel building (east side, Brea Boulevard at Ash Street). In 1979, a car ran into it, causing major but repairable damage. When Brea began to redevelop its old downtown, there were plans to preserve the Brea Hotel and other buildings in a historic block, but developers couldn’t be found to take on the potentially costly project. Instead, in 1994, the buildings were razed and the clock (which the city had bought because local folks had come to consider it a landmark) went into storage. As Brea’s new downtown approached its opening in the late 1990s, the clock was completely renovated. Today, its base, post and the casing around its face remain original, but its mechanism has been recast and reassembled, and the unique calligraphy of its original face and hands has been carefully recreated, with neon added so it can be read at night. During the city’s centennial year, Charlie the Clock has experienced new life. Recreated in costume form and starring in this book, Brea’s landmark timepiece has become a fresh symbol of Brea’s historic heritage.

                                                      Written by Teresa Hampson

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