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  • BOUSD dedicate and rename Wildcat Stadium as Leonard MacKain Field

    4 years ago by

    BOUSD renamed Wildcat Stadium as Leonard MacKain Field on September 4, 2015.

    The Brea Olinda Unified School District dedicated the football/track field to Leonard MacKain on September 4, 2015.(courtesy of Susan Gaede)


        September 4 was a warm and fuzzy evening high in the hills of Brea as the Brea Olinda Unified School District christened its football field at BOHS Wildcat Stadium as the Leonard MacKain Field. Mac’s wife, Helen, and daughters Kristine and Karen, were there - proud as peacocks, but also with a touch of sadness.

          Shown at the celebration are MacKain’s daughters’ Karen MacKain, (left), wife Helen center. (courtesy of Susan Gaede)

          Shown at the celebration are MacKain’s daughters’ Karen (left) and Kristine, wife Helen center. (courtesy of Susan Gaede)

            The stands were filled with people and groups Mac worked with over the years. New Brea Olinda USD Superintendent Brad Mason asked each group to stand, until the entire stadium rose to offer an enthusiastic standing ovation.

              Gayle Chiotti, who lives on Poplar Avenue (the same street as the MacKains) said the night could have been a "Poplar Avenue event." Current or former Poplar Avenue neighbors in attendance included former BOUSD Superintendent of Schools “Skip” Roland, BOHS football coach Robb Perrance, Sonora High football coach Paul Chiotti, former BOHS All-CIF football quarterback Gary Holman and Brea Historical Society president John Bickel.

                MacKain (always called "Mac") served the BOUSD for nearly four decades as a principal and assistant superintendent, supervising the design and construction of Mariposa, Fanning and Country Hills elementary schools, playing a key role in the development of the new BOHS, and acting in retirement as a school board member.

                  Hats off to the Brea Olinda School board for honoring him in this way.

                    Any news? Give Susan Gaede a jingle at 714-529-8561 or e-mail her at

  • 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

  • United Choirs of Brea present Summer Magic 2015

    4 years ago by

    Summer-Magic-2 Bump up Hump Day with Summer Magic presented by United Choirs of Brea on Wednesday, July 15 at 7pm at Brea Olinda High School Performing Arts Center.

      Seats are reserved and tickets can be purchased for $12 from any Summer Magic participant. Performers will be showcasing a variety of solo and group acts, improv sketches and select scenes from the well-known musicals Annie and Grease.

        At the door, there will be a variety of concessions available to purchase, along with a chance to win a raffle basket - before and during intermission. So come early and be ready for a night of entertainment. Contact for further information or to purchase tickets.

  • BOHS yearbook staff had first meeting

    4 years ago by

    BOHS yearbook staff is discussing about the ideas [Image Credit: Choha Kim]

    BOHS yearbook staff is discussing about the ideas [Image Credit: Choha Kim]

      Trying to get inspirations and theme ideas before 2015-16 school year starts, BOHS yearbook staff and Susan Luce, an adviser for yearbook, had a meeting in Fullerton Barnes and Nobles on July 6. According to the interview with co-editors-in-chief of Birmingham Seaholm High School conducted by, theme is an essential part of any yearbook, allows to unify the design and overall look of the book, and also sets a voice. With Luce’s encouragement, almost every yearbook staffs came up with yearbook ideas. With those ideas, according to Luce, staff members will connect and incorporate them later.

        “I was really inspired for the upcoming yearbook through the broad and unique ideas offered by our BOHS yearbook staff,” Maha Sheikh, Editor-in-chief, said.

          Besides sharing theme ideas, they also were informed about their responsibilities. Not only they had opportunities for learning theme and responsibilities, but also they looked through magazines to get inspirations.

            “All the colorful, interesting magazines [along] with amazing design and theme elements were inspiring. This meeting thoroughly reminded me of the great group [and] Mrs. Luce and I have the pleasure of working with them this year. I think it was definitely an useful introduction to the large workload we have ahead of us,” Sheikh said.

              Choha Kim/ junior at Brea Olinda High School,

  • BOHS got 6 years of accreditation

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      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:

  • BOHS Key Club officers attended Leadership meeting

    4 years ago by

    Key Club logo [Image Credit: Key Club International]

    Key Club logo [Image Credit: Key Club International]

      As an opportunity to have a time of reflection on their journey as key club officers, by uniting with other key clubs in California-Nevada-Hawaii(CNH) Division 30 North(D30N), Brea Olinda High School(BOHS) Key Club officers, Breanne Carey, president, and Justin Jaojoco, vice president, attended Leadership Team meeting on May 15 in Buena Park.

        With ten schools out of 13 schools in District and total of 23 people attended, they first started with their introduction. After each of their introduction, Serena Mann, a Lieutenant Governor for D30N Key Club, continued leading the meeting, first by encouraging key club officers that she was “proud” of them.

          “[Despite] Advanced Placement(AP) tests of weeks were intense, 455 of Service hours as division were amazing,” Mann said.

            After that, Mann suggested all key club officers to write down weaknesses and strengths, not only for club, but also for themselves. Then, she let officers to share their strength and weakness. BOHS officers shared that their weakness is that key club members don’t come out to participate in events. And key club officers from other school came up with an useful idea; each key club board members in BOHS should bring one or two members to the event.

              “This meeting helped me realize my personal and our school key club’s strength and weakness. I now know what we can do to improve our club,” Carey said.

                In addition to sharing ideas, Mann also advised whole key club officers, to ensure that this year is filled with the utmost service spirit, unity, and improvement.

                  “Key club is professionalism. Professionalism is required to be a leader,” Mann stated. Besides professionalism, as leaders, you should be respectful to adults in kiwanis organization,” Mann said.

                    In addition to Carey, this meeting was a tremendous help to Jaojoco.

                      “I had a lot of fun [with other key club officers in D30N] and it was very informative,” Jaojoco said.

                        “Every time, even though I get nervous, [I find it meaningful] because it allowed them to improve,” Mann said.

                          For the upcoming event, D30N key club will have Annual Olympic at La Mirada Regional Park on May 30 and BOHS Key Club will have garage Sale on June 22.

                            Choha Kim/ sophomore at Brea Olinda High School,

  • Link Crew members were selected

    4 years ago by

    From left to right, Tyler Hong, Joshua Lee, sophomores will help out Freshmen as Link Crew Ambassadors [Image Credit: Choha Kim]

    From left to right, Tyler Hong, Joshua Lee, sophomores will help out Freshmen as Link Crew Ambassadors [Image Credit: Choha Kim]

      As seniors are graduating with tears inspiring numerous underclassmen, incoming Freshmen from junior high schools will fill the Brea Olinda High School(BOHS) with excitement and freshness. Since it’s huge transition from junior high school to high school, there are Link Crew members, juniors and seniors, who help Freshmen actively.

        On April 13, Cara Dietz, an adviser for Link Crew, announced that applications for Link Crew are available for 2015-16 school year. Ambitious current sophomores and juniors eagerly filled out their applications and went to Link Academy to show their enthusiasm and passion through activities. Some of them applied to be cabinet members and others applied to be ambassadors.

          According to Dietz, there are two options to be a Link Crew member. Students can both apply to be Cabinet members, who should take the Link Crew class in 4th period and to be ambassadors, who don't have to take the class.

            On May 4, Cara Dietz’s room 244 was crowded with applicants who came to check if their names are on the selected Link Crew members’ lists. Dietz chose 75 ambassadors and 30 cabinet members based on their applications, Link Academy, teacher recommendations, and GPA.

              Some students like Tyler Hong and Joshua Lee were very “happy” after getting elected to be Link Crew Ambassadors because the application process was not easy.

                “I was happy that I was elected. My brother is an incoming freshman and it will be another learning experience and personal growth. Also, I will be able to make new friends,” Lee said.

                  “I moved here from different school when I was freshman, Link Crew members helped me a lot. So I also wanted to help freshmen as a junior next year. I will get to know new freshmen and try to make them feel comfortable with school,” Hong said.

                    Hong changed from the freshman who appreciated tremendous helps from Link Crew members to the Link Crew ambassador to help them, after realizing how those helps had a huge impact on his freshman year’s school life. Link Crew members are a huge contribution to the school because freshman like Hong who got help from Link Crew members will actually end up being Link Crew members.

                      “I am excited for new cabinet members and ambassadors, and also for new ideas and fun activities,” Dietz said.

                        In the upcoming summer vacation, cabinet members and ambassadors will attend two eight hour trainings to be prepared for Freshman Welcome Day, which will be held next year.

                          Choha Kim/ sophomore at Brea Olinda High School,

  • 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,