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“Rudolph the red nosed reindeer, had a very shiny nose, and if you ever saw him, you would even say it glowed!”
Thursday, December 17, Abraham Lincoln High School’s California Scholarship Federation (CSF) club will be spreading joy and happiness in the name of holiday spirit to senior citizens living at Vintage Senior Living Center. A small group of core CSF members will volunteer their time after school to sing classic holiday songs such as, “Joy to the World,” “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” and several others.

The California Scholarship Federation was established by Charles F. Seymour in 1921. The purpose of the club was to recognize high achieving students and give them the opportunity to recieve scholarships for higher eduation.

In recent years, twelve hours of community service has also been a requirement to be a member of the club, so students participate in various vounteer events throughout the year. Through volunteer opportunities at the San Francisco Zoo and other outside volunteer activities, members are able to accumulate countless hours of service.

This year is the first year CSF will be caroling for the elderly.

“This year is the first year because we have been trying to do a different variety of volunteer work, so we can kind of spread out instead of just doing the same routine each year,” said a member of CSF, senior, Enida Selimovic.

These CSF members participate in volunteer activites to help them accumulate community service hours to qualify for the various community service based scholarships. While giving back to the community, these students find a way to make volunteer work fun and interesting.

“This year we’re mixing it up. We hope to do much more exciting things in the future!” said Selimovic.
Just like CSF is doing, don’t forget to spread some holiday cheer!


by Kary Kwong-Lee


Free fun in the city

Growing up in San Francisco, I thought that I knew everything there was to do in this city. I was completely wrong. A bit of browsing and searching on the Internet astounded me. I was amazed by the number of activities I didn’t even known about let alone visit in my very own backyard.


Every Saturday morn­ing from 8am to 2pm the Ferry Building holds a farmer’s mar­ket. Here you can find anything from freshly ground flour, to fruit at the peak of ripeness. Local farmers from all over the Bay Area gather at the Ferry Building and set up stalls to sell their freshly picked products. I am always surprised by what I can find at the farmer’s market. I never know what is for sale un­til I arrive. On my recent visit apples and pears were abundant along with squashes and other fall fruit and vegetables. There were so many different stalls at the Ferry Building I was over­whelmed. Many vendors offer free samples to visitors so, the market makes a perfect destina­tion for a mid-morning snack or even a meal. The slices of apples and pears were quite possibly the best fruit I have ever eaten. The slice of Bartlett pear was amazingly succulent, juicy and sweet. The Granny Smith apple cube was crisp, tart and flavor­ful. I also sampled a unique snack that was so good I was tempted to buy the six-dollar bag. They were peanut butter filled pretzels that were dipped into milk chocolate, and then rolled in tiny crunchy nuggets of toffee. I popped the morsel into my mouth and was in heaven. The con­trast be­tween the crunchy salty pretzel and the smooth creamy peanut butter was delicious combined with the sweet chocolate and the buttery toffee made for a fantastic snack. I thought to myself, “Why has no one else thought of this!” As I roamed through the market I was astonished by the bounty of California, everything from ol­ives to almonds were available, the variety seemed endless. My visit to the market was great fun; it gave me a sense of connection with my community. Support­ing local farmers and business­es while getting to taste some amazing food is just one reason you must visit the Saturday Ferry Building farmer’s market.


If it is not Saturday and you’re still looking for something fun to do there are many other activi­ties. A few stops on the F-Mar­ket street car and you’re trans­port­ed to an entire­ly different world.


The Randall Museum is located in the Castro at 199 Mu­seum Way, just a few blocks up from the Castro muni station. This free museum is open Tues­day to Saturday from 10 am-5pm and fill with a wide variety of attractions and activities. The museum is home to more then a hundred different animals. These animals can no longer survive in the wild and make the museum their home. Other then native animals, the museum also exhibits a replica of a railway, along with an earthquake cen­tered exhibit and many other fun and interesting activities. The museum also displays works of art from classes that are taught at the museum. There is always plenty to do at the museum and it’s a great way to learn about wildlife and the community you live in. The museum strives to provide children and adult’s arts and science programs that engage you in the culture and community of San Francisco. The museum is a combination of nature, art and science that all come together into a pleas­ant place to spend the afternoon.


These are just two ac­tivates that I have discovered in this wonderful city. There is plenty of fun to be had, all you have to do is find it. So get out and go do something new, you never know what you’ll find.


By Andrea Zeng

The Road to Fame is not as easy as it seems

Marc Jacobs, Coco Chanel. Louis Vuitton. Christian Dior. These timeless designers are associated with class and glamour. However, each year, young designers are spending thousands of dollars to enter Fashion Week and their talent is never displayed like the rich and famous, which frankly have lost their spark. This past year, our First Lady wore the works of relatively unknown designers, Isabel Toledo and Jason Wu, whom designed her inaugural outfit suddenly became the new “it” designers. Overnight, they went from virtually unknown to recognized and famous people.

Fashion is not as fabulous as people think. Behind every runway show and collection are many people who work extremely hard. There are many hours spent planning, sowing seam and even more hours spent hovering over a blank piece of paper waiting for inspiration to create the next article of clothing, and not to mention the mass amounts of money spent. For one runway show the average cost is around $800,000. Designers fresh out of school don’t have this kind of money, so what do the do? Apply for the CDFA award.

Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue hold a Fashion Fund. Every year designers apply for this prestigious award where the grand prize is business mentoring from an established team of fashion industry professionals and $200,000 to help designers launch their business. However, this award isn’t for just anyone. Designers must have an established business in the United States and be in a business for at least two years. Past winning designers included Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, and Doo.RI.

The fashion industry is not all the fame and glamour people expect. Behind runway shows and photo shoots are starving designers, small workrooms and broken sewing machines. Now, with the help of companies such as CFDA, designers have a greater chance of becoming the next big thing.


by Alanna Keefe

The Scent of Apple Crumble

With fall in full effect and the chilly weather setting in it makes the perfect season to bake something delicious. This apple crumble is simpler than a pie but just as tasty; it makes the perfect ending to any meal. The apples get coated with spices then topped with a nutty oat filled topping that bakes up into a crunchy layer deliciousness. The topping contrasts beautifully with the soft yielding apples. The smell of the apple crumble baking released into your kitchen spreads through out the house, filling it with the aromas of sweet spices. So hurry and make this delicious crumble, you’ll be transported to the countryside and feel like your sitting by a warm open fire.

Apple Crumble By Andrea Zeng

3lbs. of apples (preferably a crunchy, tart apple i.e. Granny Smith)
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground clove
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 cup rolled oats
½ cup all purpose flour
¼ cup chopped nuts (optional)
¼ cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter cold and cut into ½ inch cube

*You may replace the spices with 4 teaspoons of pumpkin or apple pie spice

1. Wash all the apples and dry them. Then cut the apples in half and remove the stem and core. After, slice all the apples into ¼ inch slices and place into an ovenproof 9x13 inch dish. Pour the lemon juice over the fruit to coat then set aside.
2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, mix together all the spices and salt, then remove half the spice mixture (2 ¼ teaspoon) and place in a medium bowl.
3. Add ¼ cup brown sugar and cornstarch to the small bowl of spice mixture and
mix thoroughly, then add this mixture to the apples and toss to coat. Set aside.
4. To the medium bowl add the oats, flour, nuts if using, and both sugars - mix until well combined. Add the cold cubes of butter and rub into the dry mixture until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs with a few larger chunks.
5. Even out the apples and sprinkle all of the topping evenly over the apples. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour or until the apples are tender and the topping is brown and crisp. Rotate half way through baking.
6. Remove the crumble from the oven and cool on a cooling rack for 15 minutes.

Then devour!
Serve with whipped cream or ice cream or both!


by Andrea Zeng

Tired of the ancient books

Many books used by students here at Abraham Lincoln High School are decrepit, with some still being used after over thirty years. Some teachers think that we should replace old books, while others think that we should get new titles.

Those teachers who are requesting new titles no longer find the current books interesting to teach. Others think that there is not enough diversity in the titles we have. Teachers would be just as engaged as their students because of new materials. Additionally, newer books contain modern vocabulary and grammar usage, rather than the old, ambiguous terms and syntax.

Getting new books sounds like a great idea, but to do so, the School Board of Education must approve those books for them before they can be taught in classrooms. A committee of teachers must read the books before they can be approved. Although the approval may sound simple to get, English teacher Paul Cameli says it is not.

“The school board members do not sound like they are interested in reading the requested books,” said Cameli after stating that he has wanted several new novels for a long time and is still awaiting an approval.

In the last three years, the San Francisco School Board of Education had only approved five books.

The problem is not just that the books are old. Some of the books, which were originally class sets, are missing, making the sets incomplete. Even though some students pay for the books that they lose, the money does not immediately go toward purchasing replacement books. Instead, it goes to the district where it stays until funds for books are requested. According to English Department Head, Beverly Buchanan, one sixth of the new tenth grade anthologies were not returned last year.

Those who do not have a problem with the old books believe that the current novels are capable of educating students just as well as any other books.

Bobby Crotwell, a sophomore English teacher, thinks that the old books challenge students with difficult syntax and challenging vocabulary, making the students stronger readers by improving analysis and critical thinking.

“Older works, at this stage, are more important than new,” said Crotwell, “We have our whole lives to read. We need a well rounded education.”

Buchanan, is another one of the teachers that does not seem to have a problem with the current novels.

Buchanan explained the situation of the lack of diversity, saying that each grade level focuses on different cultures: Freshmen - World Literature; Sophomores - Ethnic Literature; Juniors - American Literature; and Seniors - European/British Literature. In addition, the Board of Education approves books that satisfy all schools in SFUSD because different schools have different ethnic majorities.
“Help yourself,” said Buchanan “If there’s a book that you really want to read, read it.”



by Dylan Kuang and Salina Yu

Is "Whopper Junior" a walking advertisement?

Whopper Junior. What is the first thing that you think of when you hear those two words? Perhaps, what comes to mind is the fast food restaurant that is dominating the fast food industry and our health.

Burger King is a worldwide fast food chain. Opened in 1954, it now has over 1,550 outlets in seventy-one different countries with a majority of them in the United States. Burger King used to have a simple menu containing burgers, fries, soda and milkshakes, but now, it has a wider selection of products. The Whopper has been its signature product since 1957 with the Whopper Jr. coming in later on.

Currently, there is a controversy over whether or not the junior class is providing Burger King with free advertisements with our class names and t-shirts. These t-shirts and sweaters are imprinted with a picture of a burger and a crown, the icon associated with the fast-food king. So, are we clearly advertising Burger King on our chests?

With its history of disputes with ‘People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)’ over the years as well as its disputes with the governmental and social agencies over health issues, nutritional labeling laws and labor relations laws. These disputes involved legal and moral concepts, such as animal rights, social justice, corporate responsibility and ethnics. The question is, “Should we be advertising a restaurant such as this one?”

“Burger King is an evil corporation.” Said Junior homeroom teacher Cameli, who dislikes the class name immensely, even went as far as buying a senior class t-shirt rather than a junior one.

Burger King launched a campaign last years to find a “Whopper Virgin.” They traveled around the world to remote places and villages, searching for people who had never tasted nor even heard of their signature hamburger. Their objective was to find people who were unbiased and have them compare the Whopper and McDonald’s Big Mac to find out which was better. They spent millions of dollars in the process.

South American forests are being cut down by Burger King to clear grazing land for cattle. The cattle are pumped with antibiotics and hormones for faster growth rates to increase profits. Children who consumes a lit of food that contain hormones will end up with development problems and a higher risk of cancer. “And we are giving this company free advertising?” asked Cameli in disbelief.
In the modern world, we consume fast food on a daily basis. Fast food contains a lot of grease, oil, and fat that is unhealthy. They lack a lot of nutrients that our bodies need. Advertisements attract a lot of customers for fast food companies. These advertisements mostly target children who have no idea about the bad side of fast food. If we are advertising Burger King, are we encouraging people to consume fast food?

“I like the class name because it reminds me of Burger King and the Whopper,” said Junior, Michael Xu.
Not everyone can resist the allure of fast food when their stomach is grumbling about being fed, especially not when they see advertisements all around them, tempting them.

The question still remains, is “Whopper Junior” really a suitable class name. While some find the name appealing, there are some that are adamantly against it.

“Worst class name in the history of Lincoln!” said Brett Lang, a junior.


by Salina Yu