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  • 2016 BBON Certificate of Excellence: Choha Kim and Anabel King

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      October 30, 2016

        Beautiful Brea Old & New (BBON) is proud to award a certificate of excellence in the area of journalism and academics to Brea Olinda High School (BOHS) senior students and BBON team members, Choha Kim and Anabel King for their contribution in the area of journalism and academics on BBON. For the past two years, both Kim and King have contributed noteworthy community online news articles of interest focusing primarily on BOHS. We applaud Kim and King for a job well done and look forward to their stories and engaging posts on social media in the weeks and months ahead as we countdown to our centennial celebration.

  • Whole Foods Market Brea to open Feb. 17

    1 year ago by

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      Market offers fresh fruits [Image Credit: Carolyn Campbell]

      Market offers fresh fruits [Image Credit: Carolyn Campbell]

      Brea Mayor Christine Marick and former Mayor Marty Simonoff attend the Grand Opening. [Image Credit: Carolyn Campbell]

      Brea Mayor Christine Marick and former Mayor Marty Simonoff attend the Grand Opening. [Image Credit: Carolyn Campbell]


        With its mix of innovative offerings and its mid-century design, the anticipation of Brea’s new east-end destination center Whole Foods Market was very apparent today at the Grand Opening on Feb. 17. The participants who attended the groundbreaking ceremony felt “amazing” to see the retail site completed.

          Before the Grand Opening, the friends and family pre-event was held on Feb. 15. According to attendee Junghee Sim, resident of Brea, the event was “fascinating.”

            “Before going to an event, I felt reluctant to purchase some food because I did not know how the tastes would be like. However, during an event, I could try and decided to purchase them,” Sim said. Store highlights included prepared foods, coffee, juice and smoothie bar, produce, in-store bakery, seafood, meat, whole body, specialty, and grocery.

              “As a housewife, I can distinguish between healthy and unhealthy food. Whole Foods Market’s food was really healthy. My favorite food was a traditional pokey. I am willing to go there,” Sim stated.

                As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery” store by Healthy magazine. The company’s motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet” captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health.

                  “We heard from locals that they wanted a bar with wine and local craft beer, grab-and-go food options, kid-friendly spaces and interesting culinary experiences,” said Patrick Bradley, president of Whole Foods Market’s Southern Pacific Region. “From the self-serve pizza station, to the bar-restaurant with local brews, to the upstairs mezzanine area for tastings and Kids’ Club events, we’re thrilled to bring North Orange County a unique shopping experience that was designed to address the community’s needs and wishes.”

                    The store will open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

                      Choha Kim/junior at Brea Olinda High School

  • Disney Friends for Change Club held class at Brea Library

    1 year ago by

    Back row, from left right, Sierra Thomas, Mikayla Brent, Choha Kim,  Carmilla Thomas, Matthews Brodani Front row, from left to right, Sophia Phiagoxiola, Jasmine Garcia

    Back row, from left to right, Sierra Thomas, Mikayla Brent, Choha Kim, Carmilla Thomas, Matthews Brodani
    Front row, from left to right, Sophia Phiagoxiola, Jasmine Garcia


      As an opportunity of interacting with children on the topic of saving an environment, Disney Friends for Change (DFFC) club members at Brea Olinda High School organized the three classes on Jan. 7, 14, and 21 at Brea library. According to Sierra Thomas, vice president of DFFC, the class held on Jan. 7’s theme was a water cycle.

        During the preparation of the classes, club members came up with an idea of singing a water cycle song altogether with dance movement. In addition, club members practiced to explain the concept of water cycle in simpler words. Lastly, they planned for coloring session so that children could participate in the class more actively.

          On Jan. 7, members set up the three outlined posters on the tables, each representing precipitation, evaporation, and condensation. Sophia Phiagoxiola, 4 year old participant, remarked that the class was very “fun.”

            Mikayla Brent, 4th grader at country hills, stated, “I liked coloring with my new friends and the class today was like the show on the television. I’d like to participate in the 2nd class if I can.”

              The DFFC members and participants are doing coloring.

              The DFFC members and participants are doing coloring.


                In addition, Brent recited perfectly what she learned throughout the class with club members and “was glad to learn the hard concepts in an easy way [by participating in fun activities].

                  The class students organized themselves not only helped participants, but also club members. According to Thomas, club members prepared for the class by late night at café. Their efforts also gave club members opportunity to learn.

                    Thomas stated, “The class activity allowed us to expand their knowledge as well as our knowledge.” One of the club members, Carmilla Thomas, freshman at BOHS, shared that “It was a new experience as a freshman to organize the actual class and interact with children.”

                      The DFFC is preparing for other two upcoming classes. The 2nd class will be mostly about the concept of 3R, reduce, reuse, and recycle and the 3rd class will heavily deal with the trophic levels. If you are interested in joining the class, you can sign up at Brea library.

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

  • All-District Elementary Band Winter Concert To Be Held

    2 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

  • BKSCA Runs Campaign To Establish Korean Class at BOHS

    2 years ago by

    Nancy Lee, president of BKSCA, is getting signatures for the petition [Image Credit: Korea Daily]

    Nancy Lee, president of BKSCA, is getting signatures for the petition [Image Credit: Korea Daily]


      BKSCA, Brea Korean Sister City Association, started the campaign to establish Korean class at Brea Olinda High School. On Dec. 1, BKSCA members introduced their campaign and received signatures needed for the petition at seminar held at Brea Community room.

        Nancy Lee, president of BKSCA, will formally petition of the establishment of Korean class at BOHS by March the latest.

          “There are an increasing number of Brea citizens of Korean heritage. Also, Brea City Hall wants to have an opportunity to communicate with people of Korean heritage in Brea through BKSCA,” Lee said.

            Carrie Flanders, Board of Education in BOUSD, stated during seminar, “There is no reason to reject the establishment of Korean class if financial problems are solved. It will contribute to the diversity of our community.”

              Regarding the diversity, participants of seminar shared their hope to establish Korean class, as Japanese class is already established despite less number of students of Japanese heritage.

                Aside from the petition, during the seminar, Kelly Kennedy, principal of Brea Junior High School, explained about educational environment and curriculum of Brea. In addition, JNJ admission shared their information on admission to college especially for high school students. You can contact 714-222-9955 for more information.

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

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

    2 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 students took SAT

    2 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 Academic Decathlon starts off the new year

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      Along with returners and new members, Brea Olinda Academic Decathlon team started off the new school year. The team took 4th place in Orange County Academic Decathlon division 2 competition. Hoping to continue this success, they started to have meeting every Monday and Wednesday after school to prepare for the upcoming competition in January.

        According to Patricia Humphrey, coach, this year’s competition theme will be India.

          “I am excited about India. It sounds fun and interesting. I did not like last year’s competition theme [energy]. India is an interesting country people generally do not know about. One member is helping the team with his heritage based on Pakistan, which is right next to India,” Patricia said.

            With three juniors and new members, mostly sophomore, Patricia anticipates that this year will bring “good results.”

              “We have hard working students. We have quite a few seniors and juniors. However, I believe that our team will continue to bring success [because sophomores will be returners one day.]

                To join Academic Decathlon, you can contact phumphrey@bousd.us.

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

  • BOHS yearbook staff had first meeting

    2 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 theupstart.org, 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, chohakim1111@gmail.com

  • BOHS senior shares feelings about graduation

    2 years ago by

    Monica Girgis, senior at BOHS, shares her stories about graduation

    Monica Girgis, senior at BOHS, shares her stories about graduation


      Seniors in BOHS are graduating on June 17 and of course, graduation is a special memory they can think back on their high school years. However, for Monica Girgis who moved to the U.S. from Alexandria, Egypt, graduation means much more.

        Q. How did you like Brea Olinda High School?

          BOHS was a great place, and I loved it, I am thankful for my parents who picked Brea!

            Q. How do you feel about graduation?

              I am surprised actually that I am graduating, I can’t believe I am not going to be in BOHS anymore.

                Q. What is your plan after graduation?

                  I am going to college and I want to study pre-med, and I hope to get accepted to medical school.

                    Q. When did you move to the U.S. and what do you think of the greatest aspects of the U.S.?

                      The greatest aspect I guess to live in the U.S. is you get the chance to meet news people from different countries. That’s awesome.

                        Q. Do you have something to say to underclassmen?

                          Yes. I want to say that underclassmen should enjoy their high school in BOHS and appreciate the fact that they’re a BOHS student.

                            Q. What was your favorite activity in BOHS?

                              I guess I most preferred was class. Mrs. Fox teaches French and she’s the best teacher I’ve ever had in my life.

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

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