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  • BOHS Boys’ Cross Country Team Wins First at Oregon, Girls’ Place Second

    2 years ago by

    The BOHS boys’ cross country team placed first in their division at the Three Course Challenge race in Seaside, Oregon last week. Junior Gio Orellano placed first in his race, leading the team to victory and proving that the team is more than capable of accomplishing feats without star runner and senior Austin Tamagno who did not compete in Oregon.


      Orellano reportedly lost his racing shoe in the middle of the race and still managed to win first place. According to head cross country coach Matt Rainwater, this was an “incredible feat” that made the event so memorable and fun.

        On the girls’ side, senior Carly Halm placed first in the Hard Course. Interestingly, Halm managed to pass over 50 boys, whose race started five minutes before the girls’. Just two days before the race, Halm suffered a major contusion to the rib cage during a workout practice, but she was back on her feet in time for the big race.

          Senior Carly Halm races to the finish line, winning first place for the girls' Hard Level course in the Three Course Challenge in Seaside, Oregon. Photo courtesy of Carly Halm.

          Senior Carly Halm races to the finish line, winning first place for the girls' Hard Level course in the Three Course Challenge in Seaside, Oregon. Photo courtesy of Carly Halm.

          “We came all the way to Oregon just for this race and we’ve all been training so hard for so long,” Halm said. “I just felt that it would be a waste of an opportunity if I didn’t at least try to win.”

            The girls’ team placed second overall, but Halm finished in first with a time of 22:57, even placing 98th out the 432 boys.

              Coach Rainwater reportedly yelled at Halm during the race to push aside the other boys in order to make it to the finish line. “The other coaches thought I was crazy, but there was really no other way out. I told her to literally elbow the other boys out of her way, and it worked!”

                Whether it’s a lost shoe or an injured rib, one thing is for sure: the BOHS cross country is “unstoppable” and will make greater accomplishments throughout the rest of the season.

  • BOHS junior, Anabel King, joins BBON staff

    2 years ago by

    BOHS junior Anabel King,  managing editor for the BOHS Wildcats Newspaper 2015-16 school year, joins BBON team.

    BOHS junior Anabel King, managing editor for the BOHS Wildcats Newspaper 2015-16 school year, joins BBON team.


      I am very excited to be contributing to Beautiful Brea Old and New! I hope to gain experience as a student reporter for a news site that centers only on Brea. I was born in southern California in Riverside County. We moved two times: to Fullerton, where I went to elementary school, and then to Brea, where I attended Brea Junior High School and now Brea Olinda High School.

        Writing has always been a huge part of my life. Even as a child I would carry a notebook and pencil with me everywhere I went. I would jot down something I found funny or interesting, or I would write pages of poetry trying to describe something that sparked my mind. But I never really realized how much I loved to write and how much it meant to me until I met my 7th grade English teacher Ms. Gonzalez. She encouraged me to pursue my writing and offered advice on where to go with it. I eventually took a creative writing class the next year which gave me the confidence and curiosity to seek greater subjects to write about.

          When I entered high school, I was asked to join the student newspaper by the advisor Alex Koers. He mentored me throughout my freshman year, teaching me how to improve my writing grammatically and stylistically. The next year I became the Opinion Editor of the school newspaper, writing the staff editorials and running my own op-ed column, and I also expanded my role further by introducing a Health section to the paper. This year I will be the Managing Editor for the newspaper, overseeing all the articles and making sure they are perfect before publication.

            I am also very involved with my community. I have volunteered over 300 community service hours to the city of Brea alone, and I plan to continue helping my community because it is something I really enjoy doing. Some of the activities I do are: running the children's Summer Reading Booth at the Brea Library, serving breakfast and lunch to the less fortunate at St. Angela Merici's, creating and performing science experiments with fifth and sixth graders as part of a STEM-inspired program, and introducing American culture to Chinese Exchange Students as a Junior Ambassador.

              I also take my academics very seriously. I am an honor student with a 4.33 GPA, a member of the National Honors Society and the Rho Khappa Society, a member of the Teen Advisory Board, the Vice President of a science club, the President of a history club, and a member of the California Scholarship Foundation. I also run for my school's cross country and track and field team.

                Overall, I am thrilled to be a part of the BBON team, and I can't wait to see what life has in store next.

                  Sincerely,

                    Anabel King

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