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With the sun shining down on the track and a light breeze in the air, track and field faced off against Mountain View Hi...
04/04/2024

With the sun shining down on the track and a light breeze in the air, track and field faced off against Mountain View High School for their senior night on Tuesday, April 2. The Vikings fought hard, finishing the meet with a 64-63 win for boys varsity, a 76-51 loss for boys JV, a 77-41 loss for girls varsity and a 102-16 loss for girls JV.

Although the team was unable to secure overall victory, many athletes were at the top of their game during the meet; amid constant cheering and applause from teammates and spectators, several personal records were broken. One such record belonged to junior Sean Tat, who ended the 100-meter dash in first place with a personal best of 11.03 seconds.

“I could really tell that everyone gave it their all, although there's no one on this team who doesn't put in all their effort all the time,” senior and team captain Riley Chen said. “The team is smaller than it used to be before COVID-19, but I think it’s going to become strong again. I’m really excited to see how far everyone will go.”

Track and field athletes running in the distance medley relay will attend the Arcadia Invitational at Arcadia High School on Saturday, April 6. Other members of the team will attend the Cupertino High/De Anza College Invitational at De Anza College on the same day.

Photos and reporting by Vihaan Patel and Olivia Yuan.

the Epic’s Issue 6 is out now! In News, stay up to date with the Teen Resource Fair; in Opinion, commend the efforts of ...
04/02/2024

the Epic’s Issue 6 is out now! In News, stay up to date with the Teen Resource Fair; in Opinion, commend the efforts of class officers; in Features, explore the careers held by teachers before entering education; in In-Depth, discover how the rise of CGI has impacted popular media; in Sports, learn about the controversy on the allowance of double touches in women's volleyball; in Web, deep dive into the backgrounds and stories of local firefighters at lhsepic.com.

Be sure to pick up an issue in your literature classrooms. Swipe to take a peek at the editors’ picks. See more at the link in our bio or at lhsepic.com.

VIKING CHRONICLES — The road to courage has not been easy for freshman Xara Aman. In middle school, Aman found herself t...
03/28/2024

VIKING CHRONICLES — The road to courage has not been easy for freshman Xara Aman. In middle school, Aman found herself the victim of sexual harassment.

“It changed a lot for me,” Aman said. “I trusted that person, and I knew him. It made me feel really uncomfortable.”

At first, Aman did not tell anyone — including her parents — about the experience, but she eventually built up the confidence to talk to a school counselor.

“I’m really proud of the fact that I stood up for myself and found the courage to talk to someone older,” Aman said. “That courage — it took a while, but talking to the counselor was a good first step.”

Aman needed more time to reflect before she told her parents, but once she did, they played a significant role in supporting her through this experience.

"My mom is my best friend,” Aman said. “Ever since then, I’ve gotten more comfortable talking to her about my personal experiences, feelings and emotions. She’s helped me learn how to handle situations like this and taught me in so many ways. I’m forever thankful for her.”

Something that Aman loves and finds comfort in doing is journaling her thoughts and life experiences to form her own stories.

“Writing helps me pour out my emotions,” Aman said. “Especially if I’m living through a certain moment or certain feelings. Writing it down is the best way of coping with the situation.”

In the future, Aman hopes to use her writing as an avenue to promote awareness on sexual violence. Aman has already written a short story about a character going through a similar situation that she did.

“This issue isn’t brought up enough in schools and should be highlighted,” Aman said. “I don’t want people to be as stuck as I was back then. I want people to find the voice to speak out about it more.”

Over time, Aman has regained a lot of her courage. Moving forward, she wants to be a source of support and inspiration for those who have had to face similar experiences.

“Be confident,” Aman said. “Just know that there are always people there to help and comfort you. Speak up and use your words because they are powerful.”

Photos and reporting by David Zhu.
Graphic illustrations by Chelsea Lee.

Flashing strobe lights accompanied lively music, welcoming students to Junior Prom on Saturday at the Blanco Urban Venue...
03/28/2024

Flashing strobe lights accompanied lively music, welcoming students to Junior Prom on Saturday at the Blanco Urban Venue in San Jose, a 3-floor venue housing games, refreshments and photo stations. The theme for this year’s Junior Prom was “An Aurorean Dream,” and tables were adorned with silver stars and LED balloons, lined with decorative mesh in shades of light blue.

A live DJ mixed popular tracks like “Love Story” by Taylor Swift and nostalgic hits including “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction. Mosh pits formed with dancing students who linked arms in circles and cheered to occasional prompts of “What’s up, Class of 2025.” Leaves and flowers encircled the railings of a balcony on the second floor, offering a bird’s eye view of the expansive first floor.

“My favorite part of Junior Prom is probably the view from the balcony,” junior Austin Liou said. “It’s really nice and you can see everyone below in the mosh pit.”

While there were spotted periods of light rain throughout the night, students were still able to enjoy the event inside the venue, exploring the various activities on each floor. Popular spots included the 360-degree live photoshoot and photo booth on the upper floors, where friends donned props for unique group pictures. Down on the first floor, students could choose from a variety of foods, including different types of egg rolls, kebabs and sushi, followed by dessert in the form of tiramisu, cream puffs and cookies. Students could order from a drink station placed near the dance floor, which served Shirley Temples.

“I like the venue and the three floors since there’s room for everyone,” junior Sanaa Gada said. “The food was also great, especially the spring rolls and sushi. I’m a vegetarian, and I’m happy with all the vegetarian options they had.”

View the full photo gallery at the link in our bio or at lhsepic.com.

Photos and reporting by Qianzi Loo and Crystal Zhu.

Community members gathered at South Peninsula Hebrew Day School in Sunnyvale on Sunday, March 17 to voice their concerns...
03/22/2024

Community members gathered at South Peninsula Hebrew Day School in Sunnyvale on Sunday, March 17 to voice their concerns about rising antisemitism. The town hall, organized by District 17 Rep. Ro Khanna and the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, aimed to address recent incidents of antisemitism in the Bay Area. Attendees donned blue ribbons to express their support for Israel amid the Israel-Gaza war, and yellow ribbons and dog tags to represent their solidarity with the Israeli hostages in Gaza.

“I believe in an America where every person is treated with respect and dignity,” Khanna said. “You have my commitment to working against antisemitism in this district.”

During this event, local members of the Jewish community shared their recent encounters with antisemitism with Khanna. Fremont High School senior Ella Hassner described multiple instances of antisemtism against her and her siblings. According to Hassner, both teachers and students had made antisemitic comments directed at her.

“The fact that students are not feeling safe in their classrooms, and are not able to express themselves and be proud of their history is wrong,” Khanna said. “We need to have free expression, and that includes respect for people’s Jewish heritage and history.”

Hassner was one of many students who came to speak to Khanna. Students from neighboring institutions such as Wilcox High School, De Anza College, San Jose State University, UC Berkeley and Stanford University were also in attendance.

In response to these students’ testimonies, Khanna pledged to reach out to school administrators and officials to work together on addressing the issues raised. Moreover, he stated that he plans to hold additional smaller-scale events to further foster open dialogue and community action on antisemitism.

“My hope for the new generation is that they find some way to a two-state solution that has eluded previous generations’ efforts,” Khanna said. “We’ve got to figure out how to better empathize and communicate with each other, even in the face of heated disagreement.”

Read more at the link in our bio or at lhsepic.com.
Photos and reporting by Myles Kim and Robert Yu.

Eighteen South Asian cultural dance teams from high schools across the Bay Area gathered at Lynbrook’s auditorium on Sat...
03/19/2024

Eighteen South Asian cultural dance teams from high schools across the Bay Area gathered at Lynbrook’s auditorium on Saturday, March 16 for the American Indo Student Association’s annual Silsilay show. Performances throughout the night incorporated a fusion of American hip-hop, Bollywood and classical Indian songs.

“There’s always room for improvement but I’m really happy about how this event turned out because the audience enjoyed the performances,” AISA Co-President and Jalwa senior performer Anika Jai said.

This sentiment echoed how teams wove cultural elements into their performances, celebrating South Asian heritage. For instance, Homestead High School’s Bhangra team used Sapps, traditional musical instruments native to Punjab, India, adding a creative component to their performance. Other stand-out performances included senior Diya Loonawat’s solo vocal rendition of “Main Kaun Hoon” by Meghna Mishra.

To lighten the mood between performances, emcees provided comedic relief with reenactments of iconic scenes from the hit show “Friends”. These skits incorporated an South Asian cultural spin, which included jokes about arranged marriages and comedic fights over samosas.

The much-anticipated performance by Lynbrook Jalwa delivered a thrilling conclusion to the show. Cheers erupted as dancers executed elaborate formations and choreography. The energy remained high as Jalwa seniors were presented with personalized posters and heartwarming speeches from their fellow Jalwa dancers.

“I could not have been luckier for my spring break to line up with Silsilay 2024,” former AISA Co-President Akul Murthy said. “This performance was so riveting and I’m extremely proud of the officers, the emcees and all the dancers.”

AISA officers and event coordinators are planning to donate all proceeds from ticket sales to the Indian Literacy Project, a program that has assisted more than 3 million underprivileged Indian children in attaining better educational outcomes.

View the full photo gallery at the link in our bio or lhsepic.com.

Photos and reporting by Myles Kim, Gary Pan and Alexandra Wu.

Lynbrook’s 2024-25 class officers have been elected, following three days of campaigning and one additional day of runof...
03/15/2024

Lynbrook’s 2024-25 class officers have been elected, following three days of campaigning and one additional day of runoff elections between the 2025 Treasurer and 2026 Secretary candidates.

Graphic illustration and reporting by Chelsea Lee.

Hey freshmen, sophomores and juniors! Interested in learning more about the Epic, Lynbrook’s award-winning newspaper? Th...
03/14/2024

Hey freshmen, sophomores and juniors! Interested in learning more about the Epic, Lynbrook’s award-winning newspaper? Then come to our annual informational meeting this Friday, March 15, at lunch in room 611 (Mr. Miller’s room). Snacks will be provided!

Apply at bit.ly/epicapp2024 by Tuesday, March 19 at 4 p.m. We can’t wait to read your applications!

the Epic’s Issue 5 is out now! From featuring the revival of Lynbrook’s job shadowing program to the first ever Undercla...
03/11/2024

the Epic’s Issue 5 is out now! From featuring the revival of Lynbrook’s job shadowing program to the first ever Underclassmen Showdown, we have stories that you don’t want to miss out on! Be sure to pick up an issue in your literature classrooms. Swipe to take a peek at the editors’ picks.

Graphic illustration by Riki Murase.

VIKING CHRONICLES — As an avid sports fan and an active individual, freshman Liuen Yu involves himself in a diverse rang...
03/11/2024

VIKING CHRONICLES — As an avid sports fan and an active individual, freshman Liuen Yu involves himself in a diverse range of activities including basketball, football, track and Boy Scouts, but his favorite by far is basketball. Ever since his parents signed him up for his first basketball summer camp in first grade, he found a passion and an endless willingness to dedicate himself to the sport. His journey has taught him valuable lessons of self-discipline and genuine hard work.

“Basketball is pretty hard and I have to push myself to do drills,” Yu said. “It has taught me how to work harder and how not to get distracted.”

As both a JV and club player, he can balance his experiences on the court between fun and competition.

“There is a huge difference between club basketball and school basketball because, in high school basketball, you take all the practices and games seriously,” Yu said. “Whereas in club basketball, you play for fun because there’s no way you get benched.”

Yet Yu’s experience with the sport has not always been so smooth-sailing. Due to difficulties with coaches in his middle school team, he often could not play during matches and felt his skills declining. Luckily, he gained more opportunities in high school basketball to participate in matches. However, Yu has recognized a vast difference in intensity and rigor between practicing and match play. Fortunately, he feels more encouraged than ever and now works overtime, with more intensity than his peers to reach a level he is satisfied with.

“Because of that, I have to work harder to get a spot on the team,” Yu said. “More practices went by and I started to play more minutes and prove who I was as a player.”

Ultimately, although Yu holds no plans of playing professional or college basketball, he hopes for basketball to be a lifelong skill and hobby.

Photos and reporting by Yvonne Wu.
Graphic illustrations by Chelsea Lee.

Surrounded by amber stage lamps, student performers gathered before a projected campfire — piecing together a night of m...
03/03/2024

Surrounded by amber stage lamps, student performers gathered before a projected campfire — piecing together a night of magic tricks, musical covers and stand-up comedy on March 1 for the annual Coffee House Talent Show.

“The turnout was really good this year,” said senior Stephanie Li, an event organizer. “Especially considering it was raining. The vibes were great.”

Organizers were amazed by how the show turned out and enjoyed seeing the product of their hard work.

“Definitely would do this again,” said Karthik Gudapati, one of the performers. ”I loved seeing how happy everyone was. They were a great audience to the performers.”

Students in the crowd stayed engaged throughout, waving phone flashlights during ballads and laughing at punchlines, nursing muffins, cups of noodles, hot chocolate and popcorn in their hands.

“It was nice to see another side of people that I normally don’t get to see,” said senior and performer Alex Lee. “It was a really fun experience.”

Photos and reporting by Emily Pedroza and Alexandra Wu.

03/03/2024

New staff applications are out now! Find out why you should join the Epic and learn all about what the Epic does.
Applications are due March 19 at 4:00 p.m. Apply now at bit.ly/epicapp2024
Filmed by Anushka Anand and Riki Murase.
Edited by Riki Murase.

VIKING CHRONICLES — In front of old polyvinyl chloride pipes and pots of plants, senior Manav Choudhary works on assembl...
03/01/2024

VIKING CHRONICLES — In front of old polyvinyl chloride pipes and pots of plants, senior Manav Choudhary works on assembling a hydroponic garden — a garden in which plants are able to be replenished by nutrient-rich water instead of soil. His years of building experience culminated in his most major achievement during his junior year.

“The garden was my most complex build, especially because I had never really worked with electrical parts before,” Choudhary said. “There were small motors in my past projects, but, in this one, everything had to be controlled.”

Choudhary first discovered his interest in building during Boy Scouts in middle school, where he crafted small side projects such as bird feeders. Since then, his passion has blossomed into increasingly advanced projects, like his garden. Choudhary considers himself as being a self-taught builder, as he learned from YouTube tutorials and designed many projects from scratch. This hobby taught him many lessons, including perseverance and creativity.

“I had to engineer my way through,” Choudhary said, “For example, a problem I had with the hydroponic garden was trying to get the water pump to distribute all the water properly. It was a challenge to figure out how to supply the water equally to each plant and have it come back into the bucket.”

Furthermore, Choudhary hopes to share his projects with the public, such as the working amplitude modulation radio he constructed for a science fair, as well as his recent hydroponic garden design. He is currently creating an updated hydroponic garden.

“Once you start small, you can only go up from there,” said Choudhary. “Learn as much as you can, focus on small things first, and once you’ve learned enough you can advance to more complex projects. Soon enough, you’ll feel really proud of yourself.”

Photos and reporting by Crystal Zhu.
Graphic illustrations by Chelsea Lee.

Following three days of campaigning and one additional day of runoffs between ASB Secretary candidates, Lynbrook’s 2024-...
03/01/2024

Following three days of campaigning and one additional day of runoffs between ASB Secretary candidates, Lynbrook’s 2024-25 ASB officers have been elected.

The officers are as follows: junior Calvin Zhou will be ASB President; juniors Siddharth Gupta and Kimaya Pantvaidya will be ASB Vice Presidents; sophomore Amy Tang will be ASB Secretary; junior Colin Chow will be ASB Treasurer and junior Nina Pan and sophomore Samay Sikri will be Intra-District Council Representatives.

In addition to the seven ASB officers elected this week, junior Arnav Singhal will become the FUHSD Student Board Representative and serve as an ASB officer as well. One Student Board Representative among the five schools is chosen through an application and interview process, which is reviewed by their school’s current IDC representatives, ASB adviser and the district interview panel. Singhal is the first Student Board Representative from Lynbrook in the last nine years. The Student Board Representative presents ideas to the district board, helps formulate student activities and projects and maintains all responsibilities associated with an ASB officer.

Class officer elections and campaigning will take place on March 11 to 13, with runoffs on March 14.

Graphic illustration, photos and reporting by Alyssa Wang, Lilly Wu and Eileen Zhu.

A remarkable 68-55 victory against Ripon Christian High School on Tuesday, Feb. 27 marked the beginning of girls varsity...
02/29/2024

A remarkable 68-55 victory against Ripon Christian High School on Tuesday, Feb. 27 marked the beginning of girls varsity basketball’s ascent through the California Interstate Federation State Basketball Championships. The team was selected to compete in the state championships as one of three semifinalists across all five divisions in the Central Coast Section tournament.

Bolstered by the abilities of individual players — junior Sarah Wei, who scored ten three-pointers and set a new school record — as well as the team’s collective strength, the Vikings maintained a steady lead throughout the game through a potent combination of focus, determination and poise.

“No game is easy, so we knew we had to come out and play to what our team is capable of,” senior and team captain Maggie Lam said. “We have to go into every game with the same mindset. If we keep winning, we just keep playing.”

Their next game will be against Crystal Springs Uplands School on Thursday, Feb. 29 at Lynbrook.

Photos and reporting by Olivia Yuan.

the Epic’s new staff applications for the 2024-25 school year are officially out! Link in bio.In addition to being Lynbr...
02/20/2024

the Epic’s new staff applications for the 2024-25 school year are officially out! Link in bio.

In addition to being Lynbrook’s nationally recognized school newspaper, the Epic is a student-run elective class, advised by English teacher Josh Miller. Our staff practice skills such as writing, design, photography and leadership to produce content for our print newspaper, website and social media. Best of all, the Epic is a close-knit family that fosters friendships that last beyond high school.

See the next slide for information on our recruitment timeline. Applications can be found at bit.ly/epicapp2024 and are due March 19 at 4 p.m. Any rising sophomore, junior or senior is eligible to apply.

Good luck, and we look forward to reviewing your application!

Graphic illustrations by Valerie Shu.

A sea of umbrellas, flowers and posters were sprawled across the bleachers in anticipation of the boys varsity soccer se...
02/18/2024

A sea of umbrellas, flowers and posters were sprawled across the bleachers in anticipation of the boys varsity soccer senior night game against Los Gatos High School on Wednesday, Feb.14. Despite the torrential downpour and missing players, the team managed to maintain a high morale, sprinting across the damp turf and playing vigorously. Despite their valiant efforts, the Vikings lost with a score of 4-0.

Throughout the match, the Vikings exhibited powerful playmaking, executing swift and calculated passes. These game-breaking field-clears, along with well-executed team communication, provided the Vikings with solid footing throughout the game.

The rain continued to pour, but the spirit of the Vikings was inextinguishable. Despite the intensity of the game, senior playtime was still prioritized, allowing each graduating teammate to showcase the culmination of their soccer journey.

To conclude this eventful night, seniors were given roses and handmade posters. Friends and family braved the unrelenting rain to embrace and acknowledge the players.

“The Wildcats went undefeated, so we knew we had a big mountain to climb,” Coach Boc MacPherson said. “Despite some injuries occuring once in a while, we persevered. It’s a good squad of kids and we greatly enjoyed having them this year.”

Photos and reporting by Robert Yu

Competition and camaraderie abounded over the course of Lynbrook’s first-ever Underclassmen Showdown this week. Racing t...
02/17/2024

Competition and camaraderie abounded over the course of Lynbrook’s first-ever Underclassmen Showdown this week. Racing to rack up points through activities throughout the week, freshmen and sophomores showcased their class spirit, culminating in an electrifying rally on Friday, Feb. 16.

The week kicked off with two days of contrasting outfit themes. The freshmen dressed in monochrome attire and the sophomores dressed in multicolored garb on Monday. On Tuesday, the freshmen wore flannel, overalls and other rural-themed clothing — a sharp contrast to the urban pieces, such as blazers and dress shirts, the sophomores sported.

Wednesday saw both classes competing to write the most romantic notes for Valentine’s Day on paper hearts. On Thursday, underclassmen were seen traversing campus to complete various tasks outlined on QR codes throughout the school, such as recording informal music videos with friends to catchy songs like “Love Is an Open Door” from Frozen.

“The highlights of this week were seeing people have class spirit and dress up,” Class of 2027 Vice President and freshman Isabella Chiu said.

The final face-off between the classes came in the form of Friday’s rally during lunch. The two classes clashed in a variety of games — a tug-of-war battle, musical chairs and a round of Continue the Song — with the Class of 2026 ultimately emerging victorious.

“It was really fun,” sophomore Dave Elango said. “It definitely helped the two classes bond.”

View the full photo gallery at the link in our bio or at lhsepic.com.

Photos and reporting by Olivia Yuan and Crystal Zhu.

VIKING CHRONICLES — A grand piano sits in a room. The room is not a concert hall, nor a recital. There is no audience wa...
02/16/2024

VIKING CHRONICLES — A grand piano sits in a room. The room is not a concert hall, nor a recital. There is no audience waiting expectantly for the curtain to rise, nor teary parent, nor eager friends. In fact, this is just a regular meeting — one that happens once every week at an organization called Global Youth Philanthropy, which hosts concerts to raise money with the goal of helping children in third-world countries. But for freshman Sean Constable, these moments, and others like it, are more than just concerts. These are the moments where he regains his passion for piano — a flame that sputtered out, rekindled.

“We were just practicing our pieces,” Constable said. “But it gave me the motivation to keep playing piano.”

After all, Constable had been playing piano for about ten years, but in those ten years, his hobby had never felt like it had much of a purpose. Instead, it was a chore. However, that all changed when he joined GYP. Through their music programs, GYP gives their members a viewpoint beyond just Silicon Valley.

“I only recently joined the organization, but I’m glad I made the decision because I really enjoy it, and I have a purpose,” Constable said. “It also taught me how to be more confident.”

Now, as Constable looks back on his piano journey, he can’t deny that Global Youth Philanthropy played a big part in how he views the activity.

“In piano, you try different styles; you try new pieces,” Constable said. “But most of all, you never really stop learning.”

Photos and reporting by Claire Guo.
Graphic illustration by Chelsea Lee.

Posters, balloons and flowers filled the gym in celebration of both the girls and boys varsity basketball teams’ Senior ...
02/14/2024

Posters, balloons and flowers filled the gym in celebration of both the girls and boys varsity basketball teams’ Senior Night on Friday, Feb. 9. The girls varsity won their game against Palo Alto High School with a score of 38-21. Although the game wasn’t the easy victory that the team had hoped for, they could still maintain a strong lead throughout the game.

“We had a lot of turnovers but we still had the hustle and didn’t give up,” junior Sarah Wei said.

Following the girls game, the boys varsity basketball team played against Cupertino High School but unfortunately fell short of victory with a final score of 43-27.

“Although the game didn’t turn out as we hoped, the ambiance was good,” team captain Eric Huang said. “There were a lot of fans coming out to support us today, and I was so glad to see that.”

Photos and reporting by Daeun Chung and Audrey Sun.

Junior models strutted down floral-lined runways on the quad during lunch on Friday, Feb. 9 for the annual Junior Prom F...
02/13/2024

Junior models strutted down floral-lined runways on the quad during lunch on Friday, Feb. 9 for the annual Junior Prom Fashion Show. Students in the crowd cheered as the 24 models showcased their glamorous dresses and suits. The event was held to promote Junior Prom, which will take place at Blanco Urban on March 23.

Photos and reporting by Susanna Tang.

the Epic’s Issue 4 is out now! This issue features a centerspread ongaming — delve into the process of gamedevelopment, ...
02/12/2024

the Epic’s Issue 4 is out now! This issue features a centerspread on
gaming — delve into the process of game
development, sexualization within
the industry and the consequences of
video game addiction.

Be sure to pick up an issue in your literature classrooms. Swipe to take a look at the editors’ picks.

Charging through fields and connecting passes with synergy, girls varsity soccer persisted through biting cold and their...
02/11/2024

Charging through fields and connecting passes with synergy, girls varsity soccer persisted through biting cold and their loss of team members able to play, but ended the game with a defeat of 2-1 on Friday, Feb. 9.

“We maintained our energy until the end and never gave up and when we were at 2-0, we came back,” junior Sana Dadi said.

Crowds filled with students and family to cheer on the team and celebrate their senior night, cheering at all moments but especially when senior Julia Xu scored their goal for the night.

“It was very heartwarming seeing one of our seniors score at the end of the game,” junior Aksh*ta Dadi said.

The team’s next game will be on Monday, Feb. 12, a makeup game against Fremont.

“We started off the season with maybe 12 - 13 players to start — but a lot of players got injured, sick or both,” coach Leonardo Inojoza said. “But through sacrifice, and overcoming challenges, the team is going in the right direction. I’m happy with their performance.”

Photos and reporting by Emily Pedroza.

Girls varsity basketball secured a swift victory over Fremont High School on Friday, Feb. 2. Their unwavering team spiri...
02/05/2024

Girls varsity basketball secured a swift victory over Fremont High School on Friday, Feb. 2. Their unwavering team spirit and determination allowed them to maintain their lead throughout the entire match. Despite sustaining player injuries in the second quarter, the team recovered rapidly and concluded with a score of 52-43.

The team’s next game is against M***a Vista High School on Wednesday, Feb. 2 at M***a Vista.

Photos and reporting by Yvonne Wu.

The Fremont High School gym was permeated with a sense of camaraderie and unity as students from all five FUHSD schools ...
02/04/2024

The Fremont High School gym was permeated with a sense of camaraderie and unity as students from all five FUHSD schools — Lynbrook, M***a Vista, Cupertino, Fremont and Homestead high schools — gathered for the Intra District Council Fantastic Rally on Friday, Feb. 2.

Laughter and cheers echoed as students showcased their skills in a series of lively games. They competed enthusiastically, with games ranging from classic balloon popping races and finish-the-lyric to newly-added Simon Says and word puzzles. Through dance and band performances, students also celebrated each other’s talents. The rally concluded with the announcement of the winning school, Homestead, with Lynbrook as a close second.

Photos and reporting by Daeun Chung and Amanda Jin.

VIKING CHRONICLES — Growing up, sophomore Abigail Chen would eagerly watch her older sister play golf until she realized...
02/01/2024

VIKING CHRONICLES — Growing up, sophomore Abigail Chen would eagerly watch her older sister play golf until she realized that she, too, fell in love with the sport. During those early years, Chen often found herself practicing golf during her free time.

“My sister has always been my role model; she’d always help correct my moves and give me encouragement,” Chen said.

It was only until freshman year when Chen began taking golf seriously and joined Lynbrook’s golf team. As a member of varsity girls golf, Chen reflects that it has been difficult dealing with failure and overcoming her mental block during games.

“I’d get upset after hitting a bad shot, and that one shot would bring down my confidence for the rest of the game,” Chen said.

It hasn’t always been an easy journey for Chen; she reveals that some days are especially challenging when she feels her performance is constantly subpar. On those days, she remembers her sister’s affirmative words: just get up and keep moving; don’t let one missed shot drag you down.
Instead of sulking over a minor setback, Chen realizes that it is more important to keep pushing onward. Overall, Chen loves the challenging aspect of golf and reveals that it teaches her how to manage her stress and concentrate on her goals amid outside pressures.

“Golf is really just a huge mental game — you always have to keep your spirits up,” Chen said. “Playing with teammates and even opponents is a fun opportunity; I’m glad that I can experience it.”

Photos and reporting by Meadow Shen.
Graphic illustration by Chelsea Lee.

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