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Q&A with Joanne Lee, alumna and former YG Entertainment trainee

March 31, 2017

Compiled by Stephy Jackson The Oracle: Why did you decide to become a K-Pop trainee? Joanne Lee: I decided to do it mostly because I have been really into performance ever since I was little. I was doing musicals, choir and solo performances. I enjoy being on stage and when moving to Korea, a lot of those opportunities were more open [for me to [...]

Students expand cultural views through popular culture

March 31, 2017

Written by Janet Shea For the past decade, Korean culture has been rapidly expanding all over the world, and much of today’s entertainment has been in influenced by this popular culture. Now, the Korean Wave is spreading, and many Americans have embraced the Korean values and interests as their own. Senior Emily Spector was first introduced to [...]

Staffer reflects on experience with Korean culture

March 31, 2017

Written by Emma Chiao My first impression of Korean culture came from a FineBros “Youtubers React to K-pop” video in 2013. At that time, I didn’t think much of the groups of girls and guys in their music videos, dancing on elaborate sets and wearing flashy outfits. It wasn’t until later in second semester of freshman year, however, that my [...]

Junior Alex Berlaga helps set dominoes world records

March 31, 2017

Written by Seungik Shin With only a week to work and over 70,000 dominoes used, on July 23, 2016,  junior Alex Berlaga and a team of YouTubers set the world records for the largest chain reaction machine, the largest domino circle field attempt and the most dominoes built in America. Berlaga first took an interest in dominoes at the age of 11 [...]

Math teacher Diane Gleason shares previous careers, experiences

March 31, 2017

Written by Grace Ding Although she’s been teaching math for 25 years now, Diane Gleason took many turns in her life before settling on education. Upon graduating from Cubberley High School in 1976, Gleason attended Foothill College and took electronics courses. However, after a few jobs assembling and testing computer boards, she realized she [...]

Adopted students expand definition of family: Nikki Verhulp

March 31, 2017

Written by Kaya van der Horst For junior Nikki Verhulp, the definition of family extends beyond blood-relations. Although she may strongly resemble her mom, Verhulp actually has no genetic connection with her—she was adopted from an orphanage in Dianbai, China when she was 11 months old. “I was left in a police station parking lot about two [...]

Adopted students expand definition of family: Melanie Hyde

March 31, 2017

Written by Danielle Gee Sophomore Melanie Hyde discovered at a young age that she was different from her parents and family, but that did not stop her from immersing herself in the culture she was born in. Hyde was born in the Fuling District, which is in the center of Chongqing Municipality, China. She was brought to the United States and [...]

Teachers recall, share previous careers, experience: Bill Dunbar

March 31, 2017

 Written by Kristen Yee  Physics teacher Bill Dunbar spent his years before teaching as an aerospace engineer at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company developing satellites, space shuttle equipment and missile equipment. From his youth, Dunbar always had an affinity for building and making things work, which led him to achieve degrees in [...]

Senior Jane Ahn places in top 50 for math in U.S.

March 31, 2017

Written by Bridgette Gong   A combination of both passion and talent can go a long way, and for senior Jane Ahn, this certainly holds true. Ahn currently holds a spot in the top fifty for math in the nation. It began in middle school; Ahn was met with the opportunity to join the Jane Lathrop Stanford Math Counts team as she approached sixth [...]