Interact and Business Minds/Multi-club Lunch with Special Ed Kids

By Sarah Shafaeen


Last Thursday, the PHHS Special Education students attended a luncheon in the PHHS library organized by ARK (Acts of Random Kindness), Interact and Business Minds.

The event is highly anticipated by the Special Education students and ARK members because it is an opportunity to get to know each other.

“The luncheon is very nice because it is an opportunity to mingle and have our kids interact with the general education kids,” said Nonglak Prasopsook, Special Education teacher.

It is difficult to organize an event this big, so ARK usually teams up with other clubs and tries to choose easy themes. This year they decided to hold a Hawaiian-themed pizza party luncheon because it’s a cute tropical theme and pizza is easy for the members to prepare and work with.

“ARK came up with this idea about 3 years ago, when we collaborated with Bloomers Club. ARK has been organizing this event ever since 2016, but we did not hold the event last year because of conflicting schedules. Business Minds reached out to Interact and ARK who typically organizes this event every year. This is ARK’s first year collaborating with Interact and Business Minds for this event,” informs ARK President and Interact YouthAct Coordinator Janeene Yeh.

The ARK students worked hard to host the luncheon and were rewarded by the joy it brought all of the students.

“Our main message in ARK is to spread kindness and positivity to high school students and staff. A big part of the student population is the Special Ed students so we thought this luncheon would be a great way to show our appreciation to them and let them know that they have a friend in us,” reveals ARK Historian Anamika Bisen.

With all the planning, preparing and execution of the luncheon ARK determines the success of the event based on the response they receive from the club members and students.

“Our club expectations are making sure that each of the 30 Special Ed students are paired up with an Interact or ARK member/officer and that we all have a good time together,” states Janeene.

The luncheon is something ARK wanted to make an annual event and has been working towards making that vision a reality.

“We definitely are trying to make this an annual thing. Last year, with work to rule we were unable to completely plan out the event so it was cancelled but this year we are back and ready to make this event a successful one!” exclaims Anamika.


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.

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.