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

    4 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

    4 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.


                    Anabel King

  • BOHS got 6 years of accreditation

    4 years ago by


      After walking around BOHS campus and deliberate process of evaluating overall system, Western Association of Schools and Colleges(WASC), an organization that certifies all public high schools and colleges, approved BOHS with six years of accreditation.

        “I'm thrilled that we earned six years of accreditation. I was in charge of moving the school through the state mandated accreditation process with the guidance and help of administration and all staff,” Nadia Fox, French teacher,” said.

          WASC visited BOHS for three days by observing curriculum, instruction, and organization. By doing so, WASC made sure that BOHS completed the requirements of the accreditation process. A term of accreditation can be anywhere from zero to six years.Yet it all depends on whether a completed self-study document and students’ contributions meets the criteria for WASC.

            “I certainly feel a great deal of pride that our teachers and classified staff have not gone unnoticed. It literally takes a very committed village to provide the ongoing education and extracurricular activities BOHS offers especially during so much change and with tougher work conditions than ever before as a result of budget cuts over the years,” Fox said.

              According to Fox, BOHS is a very well-rounded school with a caring, hard-working staff, a great deal of course offerings, and a strong vision. It’s the partnership between teachers, students, administration and parents which continue to foster the success of school.

                “I am pleased that the state commissioners and the visiting committee members were able to reaffirm our goals and strengths,” Fox stated.

                  Choha Kim/ sophomore at Brea Olinda High School,

                    with help from Brea Olinda High School newspaper "wildcat"

  • BOHS International Committee of Music(ICOM) gathers members

    4 years ago by

    International Committee of Music(ICOM) are gathering club members [Image Credit: Choha Kim]

    International Committee of Music(ICOM) are gathering club members [Image Credit: Choha Kim]

      As various races of the U.S. represent melting pot, International Music of Committee(IMOC) will embody melting pot of BOHS, with variety of cultural forms, such as music and dance. Starting from organizing and recruiting members from second semester, this club will start their actual activities this summer. According to Charlotte Kim, sophomore and president of IMOC, the International Committee of Music will allow students to explore diverse cultures from other countries through expressive dances, songs, and food.

        “This club is not limited to Western genres of music like hip hop or jazz, but is welcomed to all kinds of music, especially cultural,” Kim said.

          Additionally, their club members will perform at local community venues, such as elderly homes and Local community events.

            “If we are prepared to an advanced level, we will try and secure a performance spot in a fair or a competition,” Kim said.

              Club meetings will be held every Wednesday at room 122. Anyone who is interested in join are eligible to join and applications for board members can be picked up at room 122. If people have any questions or want to sponsor this club, they can email or visit

                Choha Kim/ sophomore at BOHS,

  • Brea Olinda Academic Decathlon team competed

    4 years ago by

    Brea Olinda JV Decathlon team is smiling after the competition [Image Credit:Patricia Humphrey

      Brea Olinda High School(BOHS) Academic Decathlon team, a most unique and rare program on campus with multiple advantages and benefits from both competition and the preparations and journeys for its competition, showcased their performances at 9th/10th Orange County Academic Decathlon(OCAD) competition on May 16 at Aliso Niguel High School.

        Open to all California public and private high school students, the California Academic Decathlon is a statewide non-profit organization that promotes an educational experience providing a format in which teams of nine high school students compete in academic events. Also, it inspires academic excellence and build 21st century skills that prepare students for college and careers.

          Each year, competition has own theme and this year’s theme was Energy & Innovation. Included in Division 2, BOHS Academic Decathlon team solved multiple choice questions for each sections, Math, Science, Social Science, Language & Literature, Art and Music. In addition, they gave a prepared speech, which was up to two minutes and half long, and participated in Super Quiz Relay. Super Quiz relay was held at its high school’s gymnasium and open to the public. Super Quiz Relay section was divided into three levels based on participants’ GPA and they solved problem by looking at the screen in the front and clicking the number of button on the tool.

            For the upcoming competition, team members in BOHS worked hard for multiple test section by coming to the meeting every week on both Monday and Wednesday after school. According to Lee, they have got the packets and study guides for those multiple tests and they have been working their “best” to study them.

              “By coming to the meeting every Monday and Wednesday after school, I had an opportunity to study new materials with people I wouldn’t have known if I didn’t join in this team,” Lee said.

                While discussing about packets and study guides for competitions, it created a sense of teamwork and community Christian Roberts, freshman, said.

                  Not only their studying materials and discussions for Academic Decathlon competition encouraged their teamwork, but also it stimulated their studying.

                    “Since Decathlon covers all materials, we had to study them together whether we are interested or not, we could find our strengths and and weakness through studying all materials,” Roberts said.

                      “The Academic Decathlon helps students become better team players,” Humphrey said.

                        Finding strengths by covering all materials can lead to interest in specific field of study.

                          “By learning all sorts of things that you never knew or even thought of, and it even sparked an interest in something I didn’t think was interesting,” James Lincoln, freshman, said.

                            “It also expanded the student’s knowledge in a wide range of subjects and exposes them to subjects they might not take in regular classes, like art techniques, art history, music theory and composers,” Humphrey said.

                              These activities even can be a contribution to students’ future, according to Humphrey.

                                “Preparation for competition gave me an overall good idea of a lot of subjects and trivia and I think these will be helpful for my future,” Lincoln said.

                                  “Many students found the interview & speech portions of the competition very helpful to them in preparing for job, college interviews, and preparations.

                                    Academic Decathlon is not sole program for academically excelled students.

                                      “It is probably the most inclusive competition around because it requires teams to have A, B, and C students based on their GPA compared to other competitions which are only for the top students. They are judged only against students with the same grades,” Humphrey said.

                                        Those advantages and benefits encouraged team members to be dedicated and committed to prepare Academic Decathlon competition, according to Roberts.

                                          “Our team has been pretty dedicated by attending every meeting to learn and discuss for the competition,” Roberts said.

                                            “After the competition, I felt like those efforts and dedication paid off,” Lee said. BOHS Academic Decathlon team is waiting for its results, as it has not been released yet. Awards ceremony will be held on June 1 at Valencia High School Auditorium.

                                              Choha Kim/ sophomore at Brea Olinda High School,

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

  • Track season is coming to an end

    4 years ago by

    Austin Tamagno, junior, competed at Orange County Meet of Champions [Image Credit: Chuck Utash, DyestatCal/Runnerspace]

    Austin Tamagno, junior, competed at Orange County Meet of Champions [Image Credit: Chuck Utash, DyestatCal/Runnerspace]

      With the end of the season in sight, girls’ and boys’ varsity track and field showcased their talents at the 2015 Orange County Track and Field Championships, which was held on April 25 at Mission Viejo High School. It served as the final regular season invitational competition before the start of league finals and CIF competitions.

        For the boys’ track team, Austin Tamagno, junior, won first place with a time of 1:52 in the 800 Meter Run. Angel Escobar, senior, won ninth place for in the 3200 Meter Run with a time of 9:30.

          “I almost fell asleep on the starting line because I was really tired and didn’t get a lot of sleep. But I tried to run my best and won the race,” Tamagno said.

            For the girls’ team, Carly Halm, junior, won tenth place with a time of 5:26 in the 1600 Meter Run and placed sixteenth with a time of 11:28 in the 3200 Meter Run.

              “The competition was very difficult that best runners from all over Orange County got to meet up and competed. It was very cool to see so many people with their talents. Personal record of 11:28 put me 7th in the school history. My training had been going very well there past two weeks, and I am excited for the rest of the races,” Halm said. Kylee Grubbs, junior, won twentieth place with a time of 2:23 for 800 Meter Run.

                “It was a good experience and I felt good and confident,” Grubbs said.

                  The previous race, Brea versus Foothill, was held on April 23.

                    Highlights of the meet for the girls’ team included Grubbs placing first in the girls’ 800 meter run with a time of 2:23, as well as her second place achievement in the girls’ 1600 meter run with a time of 5:32.

                      “My Personal Record (PR) got faster for both 1600 and 800 Meter and I took it easy for Orange County Meet of Champions race,” Grubbs said.

                        Halm won first place for the girls’ 3200 meter run with a time of 11:50.

                          “I was very happy with my result because my hard trainings paid off. I trained with boys for some of our longer workouts. This really helped me and gave me a lot of confidence going into races,” Halm said.

                            For the boys’ team, Tamagno won first place for both the 3200 Meter Run with a time of 9:49 and 400 Meter by getting 50.89 and “was happy with his results.” Chris Dedio, senior, won second place for 1600 Meter Run with a time of 4:36. In addition, Jeff Sipple, senior, won first place for 800 Meter Run by getting 2:02.

                              Before the Brea versus Foothill race, the Tiger and the Arcadia Invites were held on April 10 and 11. In the Tiger Invite, Hannah Batchelor, junior, won second place for the 1600 meter by getting 5:45. Also, in the Arcadia Invite, Tamagno took 7th place in the nation with a time of 8:54 in the 3200 Meter Run.

                                The track and field team will finalize their season by participating in League Finals on May 8, CIF Prelims on May 16, and CIF Finals on May 23.

                                  Choha Kim/ sophomore at Brea Olinda High School,

  • WILDCAT Q&A with Julianne Sexton

    4 years ago by

    Julianne Sexton, senior at BOHS  [Image Credit: Julianne Sexton]

    Julianne Sexton, senior at BOHS [Image Credit: Julianne Sexton]

      Julianne Sexton, senior, tells her stories about her choir career

        Q.What teams are you in for Choir?

          I am president of Tiffany’s and Spellbound and Masquerade team.

            Q.What are you working on currently after National Competition?

              It’s the end of the year, so now we’re just preparing for our final show that we have every single year in May, it’s called “Spring Magic.” We perform all of our competition sets for our friends and family, and the seniors get to sing a song together and it’s every emotional.

                Q.When did you start your choir career?

                  I started doing choir since my 7th grade.

                    Q.What is your future goal?

                      My future goal is to be on Broadway. I just really love to sing and perform.

                        Q.Who is your role model relating to your choir career?

                          My role model is Laura Osnes. She’s like my idol.

                            Q.How did Brea Olinda Choir help you?

                              I think being in the show choir program at Brea Olinda has helped me prepare for what I want to do when I am a little older.

                                Q.You are a senior, what would you miss most?

                                  I would miss performing with my friends. I absolutely loved performing onstage with my friends.

                                    Q.How were your high school years?

                                      I have enjoyed every minute of high school and of show choir. I wouldn’t change a single thing.

                                        Choha Kim/ sophomore at Brea Olinda High School, .

  • Brea Olinda Choir competed for National Championship

    4 years ago by

    BOHS Choir Masquerade team is competing for Fame Orlando National Championship [Image Credit: video posted on Youtube by BOHS Choir]

    BOHS Choir Masquerade team is competing for Fame Orlando National Championship [Image Credit: video posted on Youtube by BOHS Choir]

      Brea Olinda High School Choir teams, such as Thundercats, Spellbound, and Masquerade, which are renowned for winning countless competitions and eye-catching performances, competed at Show Choir Nationals 2015 on April 24 for Unisex Division and on April 25 for Mixed Division at Waukegan, Illinois. Brea Olinda High School Choir was qualified for this National competition.

        According to Brea Olinda Choir Website, Brea Olinda Choir was the only one having all three groups to be qualified to compete that it was a historic and first-time event. On their journey to be qualified for National competition, they competed at Fame National Series in Orlando. Brea Olinda Choir had a huge success with Spellbound team, which took 1st place in the Unisex Division, Thundercats team, which took 2nd in the Unisex Division, and Masquerade team, which took 4th place in the Mixed Division. In addition, Julianne Sexton, senior, Spellbound, Masquerade team, and president for Tiffany’s, won the Best Female Soloist of the entire Orlando Competition.

          “I think I am hard working and dedicated to singing. I absolutely love performing onstage with my friends. I would miss performing with my friends [after I graduate],” Sexton said.

            Despite her hard working and dedication, Sexton didn't expect that she would get the Best Female Soloist award.

              “I didn’t think that I would get it because one girl in other group we were going against was phenomenal. However, after hearing that I got it, I was very surprised. I feel very blessed to have won it,” Sexton said.

                As it is end of the year, for the upcoming events, they will have spring Magic 2015 Tech Rehearsal on April 30 and Spring Magic 2015 on May 1 from 7 to 10 p.m. They will perform all of their competition sets for their families and friends. Especially, seniors will get to sing a song together, according to Sexton.

                  Besides final show, next Show Choir National competitions will be held on March 31 in 2016, March 23 in 2017, and March 22 in 2018.

                    Choha Kim/sophomore at Brea Olinda High School,

  • BOHS Track team is having success

    4 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,

  • 1982 BOHS grad Mike Hilton builds heirloom home for his family

    4 years ago by

    1982 BOHS grad Mike Hilton, with his grandfather, considers beach house he built on Whidbey Island as a legacy for his family. (Courtesy Sandi Crawford)

    1982 BOHS grad Mike Hilton, with his grandfather, considers beach house he built on Whidbey Island as a legacy for his family. (Courtesy Sandi Crawford)

    I enjoyed talking to ’82 Brea Olinda High School grad Mike Hilton who was featured in the March 18 edition of Wall Street Journal. Mike sold his Concur software company for $8.3 billion dollars. He could not have been more down to earth.

      Mike and his wife, Liz, built a $10 million-plus beach house on Washington state’s Whidbey Island, where his family has deep roots. The project took two years. It is only an hour and twenty minutes from his home. His teenage children love going there and so does his sister, Sandi (84 BOHS grad) and mom, Sandra. Both still live Brea. His girls got to design their own rooms. Click the link to see Mike Hilton's house, as featured in the Wall Street Journal. The house was built as a legacy for the family.

        The entrepreneur played varsity football at BOHS on a team that won Orange League. His father Stan worked for an asphalt paving company in Brea and his mom, Sandra, was a Special Ed teacher at Olinda, Laurel and Country Hills elementary schools and taught for many years.

          Mike said he frequently visits Brea. He mentioned his wonderful Brea friends. Asked about future plans after leaving his company, Mike said he is enjoying life right now with his family. One daughter is still home and one is in college. He said future plans may include starting another company and hiring former employees.

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