Teachers and students discuss the value of summer assignments

by John Le, Laura Le & Trevor Sonoda, Staff Writers

A variety of summer reading assignments. Photo by Isabella Purdy

Many Fountain Valley students spend their summer working on homework assigned to them by a variety of Honors and AP classes. The assignments range from reading a book and taking notes for Honors/AP English to cooking meals for AP Chemistry.

Amy Hollingsworth, English department chair, believes summer assignments help bridge the gap between school years.

“We have so much that we need to go over and are expected to go over, especially in an AP class that I think that extra time is needed to cover material,” Hollingsworth said.

Despite the teachers’ best intentions, their students may lack the motivation to actually do the assignments during their summer break.

“I wouldn’t say I enjoyed doing the summer assignments since there were parts that were exceedingly boring and tiring, but I do think that it has prepared me for the new year,” said Jennifer Ta (’20).

Some students feel summer assignments are glossed over in class and don’t make an impact on the students.

“You’re probably going to go over [the assignment ] for like two days in class, and then never talk about it again,” said Tracy Nguyen (’18).

Even teachers question the idea of summer assignments.

“While I believe summer assignments can be beneficial, I have given up on them in the past because I think kids should be enjoying their summers off with their friends and families, traveling, going to the beach, being human and enjoying youth,” said AP Biology teacher Emily Barro.

Even though summer assignments benefit students in many ways, often times it becomes more of a hassle for students who want to enjoy their summer.

“The Japanese invented a word, Karoshi, [which] basically means ‘death from too much work’. I am an anti-Karoshi-ist,” said Barro.

Clarissa Htay

By Trevor Sonoda, Staff Writer and Photographer

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Clarissa Htay (’17), Baron News staff writer photo by Sandra On, Baron News staff photographer

A Senior and a fan of hockey, Clarissa Htay is a new sports writer for Baron Banner. She will not only be making appearances in Baron Banner as a contributor, but also as the captain of Fountain Valleys’s girls tennis varsity team.

Clarissa loves sports and wants to pursue journalism in the near future. Her favorite hockey team is the Dallas Stars, and her favorite player is Tyler Seguin. In fact, she has already met him and has a signed hockey puck by him.

When Clarissa is not screaming at hockey games, she would most likely be found reading. She enjoys romance and among her favorites are Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.

Her favorite way to get around town is driving her Honda Accord, Ted. With the help of Ted, Clarissa can get to her favorite restaurant, Orange Sushi, in Orange, California. However, she loves all types of sushi from all different places.

Clarissa has a little brother, Preston, who often bugs her to change the channel and watch something other than Pretty Little Liars. She also loves the color, bright neon green.

Her dream is to travel across Europe on Ted, but for now she is excited to be apart of the 2016 – 2017 Baron Banner team.

Girls Varsity Golf dominates against the Chargers

by Trevor Sonoda, Staff Writer

Breanna Bui (‘18) and Misty Le (‘20) led the girls varsity golf team to a victory against Edison, on Sept. 12, 2016, at home course Mile Square Park, with a final score of 240-216.

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Misty Le (’20), finishes her last putt with an Edison girl. Photo by Trevor Sonoda, Baron News staff writer & photographer.

Bui shot an excellent score of 37, one over par, and Le shot 41, five over par.

“I was psyched that I got a birdie on the first hole which got me thinking that I was going to play well that day, and I did,” Bui said.

The par for nine holes at Mile Square Classic Golf Course is 36 and she was the only one over even par. Bui was surprised to see how their team played because last year, Edison beat the girls. This year however, the girls easily won.

The team’s scores, individually, were also consistently good. Mostly in the low forties, the girls played well and had no issues defeating our rival school. Although they played well, the girls have played better and want to achieve that score again.

Individual improvements were made and the girls are prepared to face Marina, a school that will be difficult to beat, away at Meadowlark golf course on Thursday. The top six girls will also be playing in the Peninsula Tournament on Friday, Sept. 16.

FV wrestling team pins the HB Oilers

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FV wrestler straddles an Oiler to turn him over. Photo by Trevor Sonoda.

On Wednesday Jan. 5, Fountain Valley’s varsity wrestling team destroyed and pinned the Oilers at their home mat with a final score of  70-9.

The Barons led the whole match with phenomenal pins and escapes.

Trenton Ching (‘18), Jack O’Donnell (‘19), George Sykes (‘17) and Phillip Cardoza (‘17) made some key pins throughout the night. Co-captain Karson Ayres (‘17), had a major pin that helped lead the Barons to victory.

Another co-captain Merrick O’Donnell (‘17) has hopeful prospects for the team, and believes the Barons can win another Sunset League title.

“Great start to the season. We can improve on some basic technique, but overall I see us doing great things,” he said.

Their next match is against Newport Harbor at home on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. The wrestling team looks forward to the support against the Sailors. Also, the big Five Counties Tournament is coming up from Friday, Jan. 13 – 15, 2017, so don’t miss out on some teams competing from across the country.