Gabrielino Key Club participates in Fall Rally

By Elizabeth Campos
Staff Writer

Gabrielino High School’s Key Club headed to Six Flags to compete and raise money for
the Pediatric Trauma Program (PTP) at Fall Rally South on Nov. 10. The PTP is an organization that promotes the “[development of] local projects which will reduce the number of children in our three-state District who are killed or injured by trauma, ensuring all children live happy, healthy and safe lives.”

At Fall Rally South, students from regions of California, Nevada, and Hawaii came together to celebrate their accomplishments in Key Club and help the PTP. The money was raised through a portion of profits from the tickets donated to the PTP on behalf of the Key Club organization. Due to the Key Club District’s massive size, two fall rallies are held each year. One is held at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom for divisions up north and Six Flags Magic Mountain for those down south.

Eleven schools came together from Gabrielino’s division, District 10 South, the biggest region in the Cal-Nev-Ha District. Students in the division raised $3,800 for PTP and won the Spirit Stick, winning them Fall Rally South. The Spirit Stick is an incentive to promote the overall pride in the organization, encouraging each school to cheer for their own division. The division that has the most enthusiasm by shouting cheers is awarded the Spirit Stick. Students dressed in spirit gear in their division colors and carried signs to represent their division.

“I remember going up and down the bleachers, making sure that everyone was participating,” stated junior Edward Tran, Executive Assistant. “Everyone [was] in sync, and [we] all did the pauses, stomps, claps, and motions [of the cheers]. I was ecstatic when they announced that Division 10 South won the Spirit Stick.”

Students also got to meet other students from other divisions and reunite with those they had met previously at Fall Rallies before.

“We spirit battled, exchanged social media accounts, searched for food, took pictures, reunited with friendships and went on rollercoasters,”

Tran also said. As students were given set times to attend the rallies held through the day, they were allowed to roam the park and celebrate their victories after the scheduled events were over.

“[It] was amazing. We won Fall Rally, celebrated our PTP accomplishments, and got to ride a lot of rides,” stated Gabrielino Key Club President Sean Do.

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Childhood staple should be consumed in moderation

By Stephanie Foo
Student Life Editor
For years, parents have nagged and encouraged their children to drink more milk for more strength in their bones and calcium in their bodies. However, it seems as if this childhood tale has proven to be a tall tale filled with misconceptions and overstatements about the true benefits of the drink. While milk does offer benefits, it should be carefully consumed in moderation to maintain a good balance of nutrients. Contrary to myths surrounding health benefits, an over consumption of milk can prove detrimental.

A 2012 study by the Yale University School of Medicine discovered that people who consume milk daily double their risk of death, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Along with such risks, women who constantly drinks milk have a 60 percent increased risk of hip fracture, according to Professor Karl Michaëlsson, lead author of a 2014 Swedish study on milk. An article published by Harvard University’s School of Public Health also found that “high intakes of [milk, a product rich in calcium,] can increase the risk of prostate cancer and possibly ovarian cancer [in people].” In moderation, the advantages of milk hold true, but what goes inside the product warrants skepticism. Filled with added sugars and additives from the packing process, milk is not as healthy and balanced as one would think. Peta.org reported that a single serving of whole milk has more than 20 percent of the recommended daily allowance of saturated fat along with 24 milliliters of cholesterol. From childhood to adulthood, milk maintains a clean reputation as an allhealthy, all-good remedy. But the reality is that milk can prove deleterious to one’s health. From its disease risk to nutrient deficiency, excessive consumption of milk
can lead to various complications in children and adults alike. How much milk one should actually consume daily depends on one’s overall diet , explained Dr. David Ludwig, a Boston Children’s Hospital pediatrician to the Boston Globe. Thus, consumers must be educated about the true effects of drinking milk in all quantities. Reading labels, recognizing alternatives, and being aware of what one puts in their body are all proactive ways to squash the milk myth. While educating oneself about milk may seem like a simple task, it can go a long way in understanding what one puts in their body. Consumers must remain vigilant in matters of both health and safety. The milky truth about milk can be daunting, but with a few steps, our understanding of milk will become much clearer than the colloid itself.

Staff Editorial: State punishments for sexual assault must be strengthened

In California, a sexual assault conviction on the felony level carries the possible sentence of up to four years in prison and a maximum $10,000 fine, while a misdemeanor requires the perpetrator to register as a sex offender for a minimum of ten years. However, people with high profiles in society are able to escape charges by using their status and affluence. In order to ensure that victims obtain the justice they rightfully deserve, California state laws need to be revised to prevent those with influence and wealth from abusing the legal system. Continue reading

Narwhals on staff, not just in the ocean

By Kaylan Kha
Editor in Chief
“Narwhals, narwhals, swimming in the ocean,” the yearbook staff sang cheerily, as their eyes remained glued to the computer screens, completely immersed in their work. Narwhals, Narwhals is the fourth Ash- á-Wut supergroup. Headed by design editor Hannah Wong and team leaders sophomore Jasmine Tran and junior Serena Trang, the Narwhals work relentlessly from May to February to capture the highlights of the school year. The team also includes seniors Samantha Mendoza and Alice Shen, junior Lucy Ho, and freshman Samuel Valencia. Continue reading