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  • Former Ladycat named head girls’ basketball coach at El Dorado High School

    3 years ago by

    Former Ladycat basketball star player Sarita Stamps is head coach for El Dorado High School this year.  Sarita was named one of the top 15 players in Southern California in 2006 at Brea-Olinda High School.  (courtesy Esther Morales)

    Former Ladycat basketball star player Sarita Stamps is head coach for El Dorado High School this year. Sarita was named one of the top 15 players in Southern California in 2006 at Brea-Olinda High School. (courtesy Esther Morales)

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      Did you know department? Former Ladycat basketball star player Sarita Stamps is head coach for El Dorado High School this year and loves her job. While at Brea-Olinda she was named one of the top 15 players in Southern California in 2006 and earned second-team All-CIF honors and was a member of CIF .

        Sarita said she couldn’t ask for a better team. “Basketball was my first love and coaching a varsity team is amazing! I've now seen the game from the perspective of a player, official and now as a coach,” she said. “I miss playing, and enjoy officiating, but coaching is by far my favorite angle of the game. …. It’s a true blessing to be a head coach.”

          The coach said the job keeps her in the gym. Will she use some techniques she learned from Coach Jeff Sink?

            “Coach Sink demanded a lot from his players,” she said. “I do too.”

              Any news? Give Susan Gaede a jingle at 714-529-8561 or email her at suzgaede@aol.com.

  • All-District Elementary Band Winter Concert To Be Held

    3 years ago by

    Full bands are performing [Image Credit:Choha Kim]

    Full bands are performing [Image Credit:Choha Kim]


      As an opportunity for Brea elementary school students to showcase and show off their instrumental skills, All-District Elementary Band Winter Concert was held on Dec. 9 at Brea Olinda High School Gym. The concert featured beginning, advanced bands, and student soloists from Arovista, Country Hills, Fanning, Laurel, Mariposa, and Olinda elementary schools in BOUSD.

        The programs included the combination of performances of student soloists, beginning, and advanced bands. The concert started off with Enzo La’s flute performance of ‘The Star Spangled banner.’ It continued with Laurel, Mariposa, and Olinda elementary schools’ advanced bands. Right after, beginning bands performed with courage despite their lack of skill. Even though beginning bands had frequent mistakes throughout the performance, audiences cheered them with heart.

          Donghoon Kim, 5th grader at Brea Country Hills elementary school, shared, “This concert scared me a lot; however, it also helped me with courage to blow saxophone in front of crowds. Since I am a beginner, I didn’t expect that I would be able to perform at concert. However, I felt proud of myself and learned more things through this concert.”

            Brea Country Hills beginning bands are performing [Image Credit:Choha Kim]

            Brea Country Hills beginning bands are performing [Image Credit:Choha Kim]


              After beginning bands’ courageous performances, Arovista, Country Hills, and Fanning Advanced Bands started with the performance of ‘Procession of the Kings’ by full bands. Among all the outstanding performances, Glenda Bartell, director, specifically mentioned about Emma McCanne’s ‘Dance of the Mirlitons(from the Nutcracker Suite).

                “Emma McCanne is really impressive because she practiced a lot by herself to play advanced-level of song with flute,” Bartell stated.

                  After McCanne’s impressive performance, concert was finalized with ‘Hanukkah Celebration.’ “I want to improve more so that I can be a soloist for the next year’s concert,” Kim said.

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

  • Daxon: Shop ’til you drop for Brea Community Emergency Council

    3 years ago by

    December arrived and the holiday decorations and Santa have been around for weeks. It is time to get serious about holiday gifting.


      A great way to start is by adding the Brea Community Emergency Council’s annual Holiday Basket Program to your gift list. The council plans to make the holidays brighter for around 200 families and needs our help by Dec. 16. No one should go hungry on Christmas day, or any day, especially children and the elderly.

        Brea Community Emergency Council is a nonprofit organization that has been helping Breans in need for about 60 years, according to nearly 30-year member and long-time president Bill Higgins, who is also the chairman of the holiday project.

          How can we help? A good way to start is at the grocery store or your kitchen pantry. In order to fill 200 baskets – they are really boxes – the council needs canned food, peanut butter, cereal, pasta, beans, rice and other dried foods, household cleaning products, personal care products, including soap, paper products and razors. See something on sale? Pick up a couple to donate. But please do not donate expired food or dented cans. We don’t want to make people sick.

            If your children attend Brea’s public schools, you probably are aware of the collection boxes at each school. There are also donation boxes at the Brea Community Center, the Civic Center, the Brea Senior Center and for the first time, at Ralph’s in the Gateway Center.

              “The new manager wanted to get involved in a local community event to help the needy,” said Higgins via email. I’d say that is definitely the holiday and Brea spirit!

                On Dec. 18, after 1 p.m., council volunteers will bring all the collection boxes to the Brea Olinda High School cafeteria and sort the contents by categories. Starting at 8 a.m. on Dec. 19, more volunteers will show up to fill the holiday boxes with items from as many categories of food and household products that they can fit into each box. The families receiving the boxes will come to pick them up starting at noon.

                  My fellow Soroptimist of Brea/La Habra Club members and I help out each year, and we’ll be there this year, as will members of other Brea service clubs and community volunteers.

                    To help fill the boxes on Dec. 19, just show up at the high school cafeteria and be prepared to work. And if you or someone you know is in need of a big box of groceries this holiday season, call 714-529-6776.

                      Hate to shop? Higgins added that council needs cash and checks too, because it works all year with the Brea Family Resource Center, Active Christians Today, the Brea Ministerial Association and other groups helping families and individuals with everything from food to tires so someone can get to their new job.

                        Drop off your tax-deductible donations at the high school on Dec. 19 or mail to BCEC, P.O. Box 8624, Brea, 92822.

                          Terri Daxon is a freelance writer and the owner of Daxon Marketing Communications. Contact her at daxoncomm@earthlink.net.

  • Krampus creepy ‘Karol of the Bells’ sung by BOHS Choir

    3 years ago by

    In photo:  Douglas Pipes Dave Willert Jocelyn Abrahamson Brianna Clark Rhyan Belanger Cori Bourgeois Kristin Camacho Hannah Fritz Ben Harpster Audrey Lee Wesley Mathews Lindsey Morrill Allie Mayer Aidan Pipes Andrew Strom Courtesy of Mary Pipes

    In photo:
    Douglas Pipes
    Dave Willert
    Jocelyn Abrahamson
    Brianna Clark
    Rhyan Belanger
    Cori Bourgeois
    Kristin Camacho
    Hannah Fritz
    Ben Harpster
    Audrey Lee
    Wesley Mathews
    Lindsey Morrill
    Allie Mayer
    Aidan Pipes
    Andrew Strom
    Courtesy of Mary Pipes


      Krampus - The Movie! 13 of our Masquerade choir kids were asked to sing on a Major Motion Picture Soundtrack that will be in the movie theaters in wide-release this Friday! The singers will be in the film credits as: Brea Olinda High School Singers and Choir Director Dave Willert is credited in the film as conductor! Look/listen for Krampus Karol of the Bells at the ending credits. This USA Today online story features mention of the Brea Olinda High School Choir for the Krampus film. The soundcloud file does not seem to work on Mobile Apps, but you can hear the full song with the choir kids if you go online on a computer web browser. The song is amazing, the kids sound fantastic and it's a fun article! Huge thanks to the film's composer, Douglas Pipes for including some of our performers. The album is also now available on iTunes. Search iTunes: Krampus Original Motion Picture.
  • BOHS’ Model United Nations club competes at the UCLA MUN conference

    3 years ago by

    photo source: bruinmun.org BOHS MUN members will compete at the UCLA MUN conference.

    photo source: bruinmun.org
    BOHS MUN members will compete at the UCLA MUN conference.

    Brea Olinda High School’s Model United Nations club will attend the 23rd Bruin Model United Nations conference at UCLA today and tomorrow, competing against other high school students from all around the world. BOHS will be sending delegates Charlotte Kim, Stacy Uhm, Jane Lee, and Ashley Kim to represent the country of Vietnam along with club advisors Eugene Lee and Amanda Hefner.

      Junior Jane Lee and sophomore Ashley Kim, both club co-presidents, will compete as one of the four Crisis committees, a level typically designed for seasoned delegates who apply their knowledge of history and critical thinking skills.

        “I’m excited to attend the conference, but I’m also nervous because I have no idea what to expect at such a big conference,” Lee said.

          Juniors Charlotte Kim and Stacy Uhm, the latter joining the team this year, will compete at the beginner level committee, which are smaller in size and designed for novice delegates.

            “I’m really excited to go to the conference this year. I think it’s a great opportunity, especially since it’s at UCLA, and I’m so grateful to get the chance to be a part of it,” Uhm said. The students have been preparing for the conference by working on their position paper and researching about Vietnam. They have also rehearsed their opening speech for the conference, a speech that they must present under one minute.

              This is the first time that the BOHS Model United Nations club has attended the UCLA conference, last competing in two small conferences in 2013. In 2013, the club won several awards in the past, such as Best Delegate, Outstanding Delegate, and Commendations. Last year, however, the club did not compete in a conference, mostly due to lack of interest.

                This year the club hopes to win awards again and relies on the team’s hard work and dedication to get them through the conference.

                  “My goal is for all of us to win awards at the end of the year, and I’m confident that we will,” Lee said.

  • BOHS installs new safety measure for classrooms

    3 years ago by

    Brea Olinda High School recently installed Lock Bloks on classroom doors, a safety measure that will protect students and staff from dangerous threats, such as intruders, on campus.


      The Lock Bloks device enables the user to lock the door from the inside, requiring the teacher to keep the classroom door locked on the outside at all times. The door remains open throughout the day due to the Lock Blok’s retractable feature that prevents the door from shutting all the way. But the device can also quickly allow the user to dismantle the door-prevention feature in the event of a dangerous situation that would require a locked door.

        The Brea Olinda High School installs Lock Bloks on all classrooms, a device that will help with campus safety

        The Brea Olinda High School installs Lock Bloks on all classrooms, a device that will help with campus safety

        “Anything [we] can do to give [ourselves] a few more seconds in the case of an emergency will come in handy,” Bob Parish, BOHS Assistant Principal, said. “It’s a simple process to set it up in the door, so having the Lock Blok’s will come to great use if ever in an emergency situation. And though we wish to never have to use the Lock Blok’s, we truly believe that if ever in an emergency, they will come to great use and protect our student body”.

          In the past years, BOHS has had to use metal pieces to slide under the hallway doors to protect against intruders. But according to Parish, these metal pieces presented several safety concerns, such as the time it takes to set up the metal pieces and the fact that a person would have to go outside to lock the door and would be unable to come back inside.

            “I think the new Lock Bloks features are amazing in terms of campus safety,” Nadia Fox, French teacher and school safety advocate, said. “It’s definitely more reassuring as a teacher to have this safety measure for my students.”

  • Disney Friends for Change club will hold classes at Brea library

    3 years ago by

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      Disney Friends for Change club at Brea Olinda High School will hold classes that are primarily focused on environment at Brea library on January. Disney Friends for Change (also referred to as Friends for Change: Project Green) is a pro-social “green” initiative that started in the summer of 2009.

        According to United States Environmental Protection Agency(EPA), environmental education increases public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues or problems. Also, it provides the public with the necessary skills to make informed decisions and take responsible action.

          The primary purpose of Disney Friends for Change club is to raise the awareness of children about the significance of saving the environment. As most effective way to achieve the club’s main purpose, club members are planning to hold “actual” classes for children at the Brea Library.

            Throughout the January, they will be holding three classes for children. In the first class, they will do activities regarding water cycle. In the second class, they will teach the concept of 3R with various visual resources, in addition to activities. Lastly, they will explain about trophic levels in the third class.

              “I think it’s a good thing for not only the children but the teenagers instructing the classes. They will be able to learn more about the environment and take a more active role in spreading awareness of the impact of human influence on the environment,” Alisa Fang, sophomore at BOHS, said.

                Starting this week, Disney Friends for Change club members will start preparing for the classes by making the visual resources and planning for activities that can encourage children’s learning.

                  Besides the library session activity, Disney Friends for Change club members will do the school cleanup on Thursday to initiative “green.” Anyone interested in participating in the class or helping with class can contact 714-671-1722 or email samantha.smith@occr.ocgov.com.

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

  • BOHS Homecoming Dance was a “A Night to Remember”

    3 years ago by

    Students donned in corsages and boutonnieres prepare for #Homecoming2015

    Students donned in corsages and boutonnieres prepare for #Homecoming2015

    The BOHS Homecoming Dance kicked off last night at the Balboa Pavilion in Newport Beach. With the theme “A Night to Treasure,” students were free to bust some moves at the dance floor, relax on an evening boat tour aboard the Balboa riverboat, and enjoy the rest of the night at the beach’s Fun Zone where they could ride the ferris wheel, the bungee assisted trampoline ride, and even play in some arcades.

      Once again, the Dance was hosted by the BOHS Girls’ League, who worked hard to organize the event. And all their hard work paid off as the students were buzzing with excitement throughout the night.

        “This year’s dance definitely had that carnival-vibe to it,” Amaris Salas, junior, said. “I think that’s part of what made it so fun--there was just so many things to do and I wanted to do them all!”

          The BOHS Homecoming Dance was held at the Balboa Pavilion in Newport Beach. Photo credit: balboapavilion.com

          The BOHS Homecoming Dance was held at the Balboa Pavilion in Newport Beach. Photo credit: balboapavilion.com

          The night before the dance, the senior Homecoming queen was announced at the BOHS Homecoming football game. Libby Williams, senior, took home the crown, along with the other Homecoming princesses, junior Hannah Towbin, sophomore Jennie Pendergast, and freshman Amanda Acaba.

            All in all, the BOHS Homecoming Dance of 2015 seemed to be a “true success” and it was definitely “A Night to Treasure.”

  • BOHS students took SAT

    3 years ago by

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      Starting off a new year, BOHS students, mostly juniors and seniors, took the SAT on Oct 3. According to Collegeboard official website, the SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets students show colleges what they know and how well they can apply that knowledge. Taking the test composed of three sections, writing with essay, critical reading, and math, BOHS students were tested on their exhaustive knowledge. As the SAT has huge impact on featuring students’ Academic profile for college application, they went to either get help from tutor or go to an academy.

        Venessa Kim, senior at BOHS, went to the academy to get specific helps on SAT test and took the SAT on Oct 3.

          “Going to the academy definitely helps; however, I’ve also seen a lot of students getting good scores [not getting any extra help],” Kim said.

            Not only seniors, including Kim went to an academy or place to get tutor, but also juniors. According to Charlotte Alter in Time magazine, high school students who take the SAT in 2016 will face a very different test than those who came before them. Having only three chances of taking the old-version SAT, juniors are trying to receive the satisfying score before it changes.

              BOHS students, especially juniors can take a free prep test online at Khan Academy. According to Time, students will be able to access high-quality online test prep without signing up for programs like Princeton Review or Kaplan, which are often difficult for students from low-income families to afford.

                “If you have time, it is better to start now. Don’t think about it too hard. You can do well by studying by yourselves [even if] you do get help from tutor,” Kim said.

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

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

    3 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.

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