How to stay cool

By Justin Wang

The first technique is to be grateful.

Smiles go for miles; realize that it definitely gets hotter than the San Jose heat and you most likely have access to the wealth and the materials needed to cool yourself. Welcome to the club, you just got to try a little bit harder and play the game, smarter.

Technique number two is to find cold water.

To cool down you’ll need to find something colder than you.

The good news is that most showers can trickle onto you a barrage of cold water, ready to transfer heat away from you and into the drain.

Alternatively, fill up a bath with cold water.

Being naked for this technique is recommended, but if you want to take some of the water with you when you get out, you can let your clothes absorb the water for an extended time of coolness.

For a more social alternative, a trip to the local pool or beach can allow for enjoyment of the sun and the water.

Cool down with your friends or just enjoy the outside and connect with marine life.

Also try drinking cold water and hydrate yourself.

The hydration can help your body to produce sweat.

Sweating is a hassle free method to get water on your body if you let it evaporate.

Technique number three is to replace the air around you with cooler air.

If the air around you is hot, try circulating it with a fan or alternatively a mist fan.

If you opt for a mist fan or to get water on you by using things like a spray bottle or just wet clothes, the water and air will work in tandem to cool you down.

If you have air conditioning, turn it on, but even if you don’t there’s still hope.

The last technique is to go somewhere else.

Take a trip to the local library, museum or refrigerator section of your local grocery store, there’s likely to be an air conditioning system there.

While slogging through the summer heat, you may begin to wish for a world without summer. If you truly desire it, the last technique is to take a trip to a suitable country in the Southern Hemisphere. For example, from June through Aug. it’s winter in Australia.

So if you time your trips just right you can avoid the summer season for the rest of your life.

Alumni Advice Or Alumni Advice for you

By Mansi Patel

“Be patient with yourself! College (and beyond) will be a totally unfamiliar environment, filled with unfamiliar people. It’s okay if you don’t immediately have your life figured out or find “your people”. College classes are challenging – work hard, but also recognize that it’s (alright) to stumble! With that, it’s also important to be comfortable with being outside your comfort zone. As cheesy as it sounds, you have to challenge yourself and create the opportunity with growth. If you always stay within your bubble, you might not get the chance to meet an awesome mentor who might connect you to your future job or a friendly person who might become your best friend. Post-high school is an exciting journey and full of so much potential – enjoy it while you can! Congrats class of 2019! You did it!” -Runi Tanna, Class of 2014


“College is essentially a hub of people your age, just as confused about life and their future as you are. Use this time to explore, try new things, and figure out what you like and dislike. Scared of changing your major? Don’t worry, there are so many people who do that. Worried about living on your own or with new people? It’s (alright), roommates are just temporary. Petrified of the freshman 15? It’s ok, you’ll figure out how to fit the gym into your routine. In time you’ll be (somewhat?) of a master at juggling classes and adulting in the real world. Just make sure you’re always being your authentic self and the right people and opportunities will come your way.” – Johanna Au, Class of 2014


Be sure to celebrate your successes AND your failures. Both are part of the process of you becoming the best version of yourself. College opens up so many doors for growth- take this chance to embrace all the opportunities that speak to you. Strive to recognize your fullest potential, but also don’t forget to have fun!!! Surround yourself with supportive people, try something new, make memories, and find what fuels your fire. You have gotten this far, and are about to go so much further. Congrats, Class of 2019! -Colette Truong, Class of 2014


With so many choices to make post-high school, it is completely normal to be frustrated and lost. The good news is that these feeling won’t disappear for awhile. Even now at my second full-time job out of college, I still don’t have everything figured out! Life is about making mistakes and learning from them, however you need to first take that step out of your comfort zone to welcome these new experiences. Advice will come from all directions, but always remember that these are YOUR choices and YOUR life. Pouring thousands of dollars and countless years studying for a degree that makes you miserable won’t make you happy down the line. Don’t turn down an opportunity if you haven’t given it a chance. Don’t forget to call your parents when you’re busy making new friends. But most importantly, don’t forget to take care of yourself! -Vy Pham, Class of 2014


“College is a fresh start. Make the best of it from day 1. Engage with your professors, go to office hours, and set up a dedicated study schedule with no procrastination. Manage your time in a manner that suits you and helps you succeed in your courses. Also take time to relax and de-stress.” -Parth Upadhyay, Class of 2014


“Don’t chase success, chase excellence, success will follow.” -Yash Tanna, Class of 2018


“AP classes are a scam, take cc (community college) courses” -Trucdan Nguyen, Class of 2018


“Take online classes at Foothill for free as a high school student” -Derek Tang, Class of 2018


“Try all the extracurriculars you’re interested in during freshman year, because time will fly! Step out of your comfort zone.” -Namrata Shetty, Class of 2018

Competing for the MNT cause

By Julian Rosete

Key Club hosts their first ever MNT (Maternal Neonatal Tetanus) Olympics on Sunday March 31st.

“This is the first time Key Club has done the MNT Olympics, but hopefully it will become an annual event for our members,” says Key Club Publicist and MNT coordinator Emily Vu.

“It was an event that our fabulous MNT coordinators had been planning for a really long time, and seeing everyone participate and have a lot of fun at the event was pretty rewarding”, says Key Club president Kathy Ton

This event is for contestants to come out to compete and for spectators to come and watch. The event was run by MNT coordinators and Key Club officers at Cataldi Park. There will be many games for contestants to compete in such as three legged race, water balloon race, water toss and more.

“Our division goal for MNT was three thousand dollars and with the registration, raffle tickets and concessions sold at the event, MNT olympics pushed us over the three thousand mark,” says Kathy

The admission costed five dollars for those who chose to compete in the Olympics and three dollars for those who came to watch the event. All the money raised went to the Eliminate project to help fight the MNT disease.

MNT is a disease that causes mothers and newborn babies to experience convulsions and severe pain that can lead to involuntary death. This disease kills a baby every 15 minutes even though this could be prevented with three doses of vaccines that cost $1.80, according to Key Club. These vaccines can protect mothers and children for their rest of their lives.

The Eliminate project is a cause which not only helps to solve the MNT crisis, but also to provide clean water, nutrition’s and other vaccines. The overall goal of the Eliminate project is to raise 110 million dollars to support these causes.

Praise Night

By Alana Valdez

One Way Christian Club will be hosting a praise night next Friday in the L-building. The praise night will be going on ` from 6 to 8.

“I’m looking forward to spreading the love of God to PHHS with our guest speaker’s message and the worship that will take place performed by Piedmont Hills students!”  Mentions Alyssa Espinal.

“There will be people performing and singing Christian songs and as well as someone speaking,” says One Way Christian Club Historian Paola Rios

The guest speaker will be Pastor Gus from Mount Pleasant Christian Church. He will be sharing a message about how God changed his life.

“This is Pastor Gus’s first event with us and so we are looking forward to hearing what his message will be for the students,” shared Julian Rosete.

There are also the wide variety of performances by the club members.

“Joseph Chung, Jeremiah Porda, and Julian Rosete will be leading worship for the night. Joseph is singing and playing the guitar Jeremiah is singing and Julian is playing electric guitar,” says One Way Christian Club President Alyssa.

“I will be playing couple songs for praise night such as How Great is Our God and Good Good Father,” explains Julian.

Friends, Family, and students are welcomed to join the club for the praise night. Admission is free and snacks will be provided. You can also purchase new club t-shirts for 15 dollars.

Avid senior night

By Janelle Perez


Seniors in AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) will be honored next Thursday for completing four years in the AVID program. Friends and family will gather in the L-Building to celebrate the seniors in their accomplishments as well as their future endeavors. The event feature the two senior AVID classes of social science teacher Lynne Murray and Spanish teacher Edith Sousa.

Students will receive their senior AVID stole as well a certificate for completing the AVID program.

“It’s really bittersweet to be receiving the certificate because it means it’s all coming to an end,” says senior Isabella Place.

AVID is a four year commitment which helps students stay on track to graduate and to meet the end goal of pursuing a higher education and ending an achievement gap.

“We hope to have a better turnout, like more parents attend now that it’s held in the evening. We hope students will take it more seriously and have them feel a sense of pride that they’re being honored on that night” says Mrs. Sousa.

This is the third year this event will be held in the evening, whereas previous years were held during lunch. The underclassmen AVID students will also be at this event helping greet the families and friends of the senior honorees.

“I hope our AVID seniors feel extremely honored because we’re recognizing their commitment to the four year program as well as a thank you for their hard work and inspiring spirits. We also want to thank their parents and guardians for sharing their students with us and supporting the AVID program,” says Ms. Murray.

A slideshow showing pictures from both classes will be shown before the ceremony. “I’ve made a lot of friends in AVID, some have become my best friends and it’s something I’m really grateful for,” says senior Natalie Rodriguez.

The ceremony will have the students on the stage and they will be called up one by one to receive their stoles and certificate. Light refreshments will also be available for their guests.

Campus beautification

By Justin.Wang

Swarms of students spent their Saturday cleaning campus

On Sat., Mar. 30, about 400 students arrived on campus with one goal in mind: to beautify the PHHS campus with the event called Pick Me Up which was organized by Insane Ink.

“This time we replaced the light pole banners, planted 12 trees, picked up all the little trash around campus, mulched and pulled weeds,” said business teacher Mitch Method.

Trees were provided by Our City Forest, an organization that provides trees and assists in tree care.

“We want to maintain and protect our urban forest and we do that through the engagement of our volunteer. So, we’re providing ten trees for Piedmont High,” said Our City Forest personnel Briana Horta.

This time, Insane Ink provided free lunch and a complimentary reusable bottle to participating students.

“We got the district to install filtered refillable water bottle stations. So, hopefully, instead of buying a bunch of plastic bottles that people throw away, we’re just going to give away ones that they can use over and over,” said Mr. Method.

Most who attended this year’s Pick Me Up and people who participated in previous years have had overall positive experiences with the event.

“It was a great way to help beautify our school while still hanging out with our friends. The food afterward was also a big plus,” said senior Sanya Kooplicat.

The food provided included hotdogs, chips and sandwiches.

“Having attended Insane Ink’s Pick Me Up a few times in the past, Insane Ink always provides a rewarding experience every year. It’s always great to see the school cleaned up. I was excited for this year, as we were going to be planting new trees and replacing the old,” mentioned senior Aaron Lee.

Pick Me Up happens irregularly every other year and started around 15 years ago, according to Mr. Method.

“It’s just a name we came up with to keep our campus clean, everyone picks up and everybody chips in a little bit,” said Mr. Method.

Benefit Concert and District Festival hosted by the music department

By: Rose Lu and Victor Xie

On Feb. 27, both String and Symphony Orchestra participated in the annual District Festival, an event where all orchestra groups in ESUHSD (East Side Union High School District) perform for two adjudicators to be critiqued. Shortly after, on March 1, the Music Department hosted Rise from the Ashes, a benefit show dedicated to Paradise High School, which took place in the L-Building.

The orchestra performed at the District Festival because it was a great performance opportunity.

“The district didn’t have a festival for a number of years due to budget cuts. It’s good to have the festival in between so we can perform some music and go on to new music,” explained Orchestra Director Emily Ray.

All proceeds from the benefit show will be going directly to Paradise High School. Paradise High School lost many pieces of equipment, sheet music and instruments in the recent fires.

“The Music Dept.’s goals in hosting this concert include helping Paradise High replenish some of the musical resources they lost in the fire. We just want to help them recover,” said Choir Council President Lilly Liu.

This year, the District Festival was held in the auditorium at Evergreen Valley High School. The two adjudicators who commented on the performances both have a previous relationship with the Lynbrook High School music program, one of the best music programs in California.

“I think it’s good to have someone comment on your performance because being on stage and being in the audience are two very different experiences,” explained junior Nicole Chen.

The Music Dept. had been anticipating the performance at the benefit show.

“Concerts are always fun because we finally get to perform and share the pieces we’ve been practicing for so long. This concert is special because it’s directly benefiting Paradise High School,” shared tuba player Charles Ding.

Unlike the upcoming CMEA (California Music Education Association) festival, the adjudicators did not give scores, but only commented on how each group could improve on their performed pieces.
“(The festival) got us used to performing on a stage which is a lot different than the G-Building,” said String Orchestra Concertmaster Kaitlyn Chou.

Rise from the Ashes was able to raise over $2700 for Paradise High School’s music program. Both Instrumental and Choir Council hope this benefit concert will become a recurring event.

“We did a benefit concert last year and it was successful, so we decided to do another one, since we believe that we will have a positive impact on these families from the Southern California wildfires,” commented Concession Manager Huy Tran.
Both performances have helped all the music groups grow as musicians and practice for their upcoming concert in May.

Strong Girls Strong Women Conference

By Terry Tang

Santa Clara County hold its seventh Strong Girls Strong Women Conference (SGSW) geared towards high school students and their mothers on Sat. March 9th from 9 a.m to 2:30 p.m. This event was hosted to help bring awareness to topics like self-identity and stress awareness. This year they hope to at least have 500 people attend.

The event encourages attendees to bring unused socks to the event to help donate to the homeless who need it more than they do.

“The socks will be donated to homeless youth in our community. One of our Girls Advisory Team meeting this year was at the Will Bilson Center, a homeless center in San Jose. We learned about the root causes of being a homeless, which are not always drug related as many people imagine. This expedition into the real world encouraged us to help homeless youth by at least providing them with warm socks, especially during this time in San Jose where it rains often,” said senior Karla Manzanares

The reason this event was started was to help raise awareness for women and prioritize needs of young women who are working with the Office of Women’s Policy (OWP). The OWP is a special department within the Office of the County Executive’s Equity & Social Justice Division that helps make sure that women and girls have a say in local decision making.

“The event brings empowerment to all women. It covers mature topics and all the hardships in which women face today. It’s truly a once in a lifetime experience,” said Angela.

There are many various problems that women face in today’s society like gender inequality and domestic violence.

“Women’s issues today regard the wage gap, homelessness, violence, etc. As society, we can support women by viewing them as an equal status to the male gender,” continues Tostado.

This event is considered a big occurrence to many people because it allows women to have a bigger say and allow their voices to be heard.

“I’m looking forward to hosting my very own workshop on healthy relationships. This is such an important topic to me because you may not be aware of the signs to an unhealthy relationship with friends, significant others, family, etc. The workshops provide resources and information,” said Tostado.

The SGSW is a big event which receives recognition every year for its efforts to improve society for women.

Red Cross Spring blood drive

Nghi Nguyen


Red Cross held their biannual blood drive of the year in the library on Fri., March 8. Red Cross collaborated with Vitalant, a nonprofit transfusion medicine organization that provides blood donation opportunities.

“The purpose of this event is to collect as many units of blood as we can in our school, so we can send the blood to others who need blood transfusions,” says Vice President Shannon Liu.

The blood collected from the event goes to the Centers of the Pacific, a nonprofit community based blood center that collects the donations and provides them across the local community.

“Red Cross hopes to have 100 donors. Each pint of blood will be able to save three lives. If we have 100 donors, Red Cross will be able to save 300 lives,” explains Treasurer Isaac Wen.

In the past blood drive that was held in October, Red Cross was able to collect 57 units of blood. Not only would these units of blood be saving about lives, it shows the potential the youth has.

“I think the best part of the blood drive is just being part of the process. Seeing the number of people willing to give some of their time in order to save lives makes me smile. It’s amazing how we are all able to work together to save lives,” states Co-Secretary Lily Do.

The Red Cross Spring Blood Drive followed Red Cross’s main mission of alleviating human suffering in the face of human disaster. This event allowed the club to enact change and aid public health.

PHHS Music Performs at Disneyland

By Sarah Shafaeen

The PHHS music students left for their Disneyland trip last Friday. The trip was meticulously planned and the music students have been working hard to be ready for their performances.

“The Disneyland trip is usually planned by Mr. Ellis and Mrs. Ray. They organize the itinerary and contact the festival organizers. In instrumental council, we also help with the process by filling out paperwork and letting that music students know what’s happening regarding payments and fundraisers,” informs senior Symphony Orchestra member Asher Twu.

Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble performed “Ave Maria” composed by Franz Schubert, “Rumble on the High Plains” composed by Michael Sweeney, “Festivo” composed by Vaclav Nelhybel, the third movement from George Bizet’s Symphony, “Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia” composed by Aram Khachaturian, and “Danse Espagnole” composed by Tchaikovsky.

The event is something the music students really look forward to.

“I’m excited to go on this trip because it only happens every two years and it’ll be a fun experience that I’ll be able to share with my friends in my last year of high school. Also, I’m looking forward to eating dole whip again,” states senior Varsity choir member Samuel Dai.

The choir classes will perform the traditional Indonesian song “Hela Rotan”, “Good Night Dear Heart composed by Dan Forrest, and Canticum Novum composed by” Ivo Antognini.

Many students were excited about all the activities and fun events that have been planned.

“We will leave on Thursday for Disneyland and arrive near evening. The performance itself is on Saturday, so we’re going to Disneyland on Friday. We’re also planning to watch the Aladdin musical and we’re visiting a university for an organized lunch one day. On Saturday, after the performance, there is an awards ceremony. We arrive back in San Jose on Sunday in the afternoon,” discloses Asher.

Others were eager to visit Disneyland itself because the park is where they will make long lasting memories.

“I don’t go to Disneyland often so I’m just looking forward to exploring the park with my friends and then performing,” comments senior Wind Ensemble member Neha Kaza.

Many of the students were ready to see all of the hard work and effort put in throughout the year pay off through the performance.

“I’m sure all music students are excited and nervous for the music festival, including myself. The Disneyland trip itself will be fun, but we’ve put in a lot of practice for the performance, so we’re hoping to be able to pull off all the pieces we’re going to be performing. While Disneyland is sort of a reward for performing, the performance itself is exciting. There are four rankings: superior, excellent, good, and needs improvement. We always aim for the superior, and first place if we are competing with other schools,” states Asher.

The Treblemakers, performed “Voice Dance” composed by Greg Jasperse, “Bumblebee” composed by Anders Eroth, and “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” composed by Manning Sherwin.