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Follow these tips for a healthy summer

by Stephanie Chu

Everyone is looking forward to summer: the warm weather, vacation getaways and late nights. Who would want to be sick during the summer when one should be having fun?poison oak 0921.jpg

Many people, especially students, are too busy trying to make the best out of their summer. Even though it is a time to relax and enjoy the long break from school, people don’t care about their health as much. Being suck is one of the worse feelings, especially if you can be spending the day outdoors.

Everyone should stay hydrated, especially during the hot weather. People are often on the move, so they don’t carry water with them. Nurse Stuart Dick advises all of us to “not wait until you are thirsty to drink, but drink before you are thirsty.”

A severe form of dehydration is a heat stroke. When it is hot outside, humans naturally begin to sweat. However, in a case of a heat stroke, the heat strokes, the persons skin gets hot but cannot sweat. That person could have a fever, and other symptoms may occur such as hallucinations and seizures, so it is best to seek medical help right away if this happens.

Sunburns are another type of heat illness one can get even when it is not the summer season. It damages the skin, and in San Francisco, we may think that we do not need to apply sunscreen because it is rarely “sunny.” The Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can actually penetrate the clouds and fog and reach out skin. It is possible for a person to get sunburn on a cloudy day due to too much UV ray exposure.

Two ways to protect your skin are to wear protective clothing such as hats to cover your face, long-sleeved shirts and long pants and to wear sunscreen. Nurse Stuart suggests to use a sunblock with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 15-45 with UVA and UVB protection and a sunblock with an SPF 70 for the face to prevent premature wrinkling, One should apply sunscreen every few hours especially if he or she will be going outside for a long time or very often. Easy sunscreen spots that are usually missed are the tops of the ears, the tip of the nose and feet.

“It really hurts when the top of your feet gets sunburned because it has happened to me, and putting on shoes and socks after a sunburn is bad; it’s painful,” said Nurse Stuart.

Allergies are summer bummers. People can get allergies over the summer depending on what type of plants are blooming during the season, but one of the most common allergy is pollen. Pollen may trigger runny noses, sneezing, coughing and itchy. Allergic reactions to insect bites and rashes also cause itching.

One type of plant to be careful of is poison oak, which grows all over San Francisco. Poison oak can come in many appearances such as a shrub, vines and branches from a tree. Its red stem and thorny leaves may be characteristics that one won’t remember but Nurse Stuart keeps in mind that I it has “leaves of three, let it be.”

“I remember the first time I got poison oak and it was one of the worst feelings! I wanted to scratch it [the area that was exposed to the poison oak], but I knew that it would continue to get worse,” said sophomore Elizabeth Law.

Other precautions should be taken when you go hiking. For example, you should wear clothes that will protect your skin from ticks: long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Even if you wear protective clothing, have a friend do a “tick check.” Ticks should be removed very carefully with tweezers because they have harmful toxins that you should not be exposed to. If you happened to be bitten by a tick, even if the tick is no longer on you, you will most likely get a rash, so it is best to seek medical help as soon as possible.

If you are not treated, the rash may develop into a more serious case known as Lyme disease. You will know whether or not you have this disease if the rash appears as a bull’s eye target, and you being to have fevers, fatigue, body aches and headaches.

One of the worst cases is getting sick over the summer while you’re traveling or on vacation. Do not forget to bring over-the-counter medicines such as Benadryl ( for allergies) and Peptobismol( for upset stomachs) as well as sunscreen!

During the summer, everyone should have fun, but be safe at the same time, so prepare. Bon voyage, Lincoln mustangs!

Lincoln’s first fashion club puts on their spring fashion show

by Christine Ong

Modeling the latest trends, the fashion club will display a collection of seasonal and sophisticated styles to inspire students this spring season. DSCF0248.JPGThe fashion show will take place in the Hino Gardens on May 9 during lunch.


Emmanuelle Paez, the president of the club, created the club to let people understand that fashion is more than what it seems. “I wanted to start a club because I want to show people that fashion is not boring, is not stressful—it can [be] stressful sometimes, but in a fun way, and fashion club is basically who you are and finding yourself,” says Paez. “I want to prove to them that fashion can be fun. You can be whatever you want to be and show people who you want to be—that’s fashion for me.”


 Paez’s personal motivation was her experience with fashion. “When I was a freshman, I was lost, I didn’t know who I was, and thanks to fashion, I discovered who I am, who I really want to be, who I want to be in the future; it just shows me a pathway to my destination or goals.” 

The fashion club meets every Tuesday at lunch outside the auditorium to plan and practice for their upcoming fashion show. Members practice their catwalks and pick their outfits for the show, which will be focusing on spring and summer styles such as high waisted shorts and beach clothing. The club will also model prom dresses. Even though prom has already passed, the club will still be modeling prom dresses because their sponsors have donated prom dresses to them. 


The members will model the designs in the show, but not everyone has to model. “The club president would not force a person to model,” says junior Kyaw Paing, a member of the club. “Plus we don’t judge [you] on your appearance, so everyone can be a model!”

By planning the show and modeling, the members “will gain creativity and definitely confidence,” says Paing. “I wanted to become more confident about myself.” 


“Fashion is like an art to us. Without art, we’re not entertained… It will be one boring world without art,” says Paez. “For me, fashion is like who I am. It’s a way to show people how I feel today, tomorrow, yesterday or next year.  Our hands are like paint brushes; when we look for clothing…we choose our painting through our clothing,” says Paez.


Paing encourages self expression. “You know [how] some people express themselves through what they wear? I feel like if there is no fashion, the world will look dull and [one] cannot express oneself. The most important thing is to have fun and be yourself.”


Next year the club will be donating half of its profits from Fallfest and Springfest to Unicef and keeping the other half for their own expenses. “When we make an item and sell it to people, half the money goes to our club and half the money goes to Unicef to help children. We prove that we can do what we want while helping others.” 

The Advice Column

by Albina Protich

Q: How can I make the transition from high school to college smoothly?

A:    People have to understand that any transition made in a human’s life may not always be smooth, especially a transition that is this big. A high school student graduating and moving on to college is taking a huge step, as well as going to college. A person is no longer a child but is now an adult and now has new responsibilities to take care of that they may not have had before. 

Students go through a heavy workload of college applications, years of working so hard for good grades, participating in just about everything and anything that there is, just to make those college applications look impressive. It would be a great feeling to know that a person’s hard work paid off in the end, and they are now moving on to college.

One way that a person can try and make the transition smooth for themselves is to try to not overload themselves with massive amounts of work. A person should try not to stress, and to try and take situations easy.

If you are going to college somewhere that is not close to your home, make sure to stay in touch with your parents and siblings (if you have any) and family in general, or even close friends. Once in a while when you get home sick, they will be just a phone call away. 

Get settled down! If you are in an apartment or a dorm room, make it feel like home! You do not want to live in a place constantly thinking, “ I want to go home,” or “this does not feel like home.” Of course this is not where you grew and are used to, but you might as well try to make it as comfortable for yourself as possible.

Meet new people! You are settling into a new place after all, you might as well start getting to know the people around you. New friends can be a lot of help especially if you do not know anyone.


A person has been a “freshman” roughly about three times in their lifetime. One more time should not hurt or be as scary or intimidating as the other times. Of course it will take some time to adjust to the new environment, but after a while, everything that a person does will become almost like a second nature., and everything that they do will become as familiar to them as  their home town that they know as well as the back of their hand. 

Q: How can I handle peer pressure in high school?

A:         Peer pressure can be a hard thing to avoid and overcome, especially while being young. A person can have very strong feelings about not doing something, but once they see a lot of people doing it, they think to themselves, "well if they are doing it, I guess it is okay for me to do it as well." However, that is not the right thought process.

            Build a strong sense of self confidence and self esteem. If a person is highly against doing something, they should stick to what they think is right. Of course it may be hard to say no. You do not want to be the “outcast” that is the only one not doing something. However, you need to have will power, and if you do not want to do whatever it is, then that choice should be completely up to you.

You should also remember the consequences to your actions, and clue in the other people as well so they see the situation from a different perspective.  

If you are not sure at the moment about what you want to do, buy yourself some time. Say something like “I’ll think about it..” so you are not impulsively making rash decisions.

Or in another case, make up an excuse like “sorry I need to be home soon, I can’t.” That way, the people that you are around should be able to understand your situation.

Lincoln freshmen jumpstart the year

by Rachel Yee

Big school, new faces. High school might just as well be the plot for all upcoming horror movies. However, our Jump Start leaders work on proving the high school stereotype wrong. For years, the Jump Start program has helped countless freshmen get used to the high school environment.

Jump Start coordinator, Morgan Wallace, for the third year and running, once again is starting to train the new Jump Start leaders to help our next batch of freshmen. The point of Jump Start is for freshmen to feel comfortable in high school. However, Wallace can not do it alone. Every year students volunteer to become Jump Start leaders to host small groups of freshmen. Usually, anyone who is willing to fill out an application becomes a Jump Start leader. However, this year over 140 people wanted to be a Jump Start leader, so there only so many will be picked. April 18 marked the first training day for potential Jump Start leaders. Students got together and practiced the activities they would perform with their small group of freshmen during the Jump Start day in the summer.

I want them to step up and lead.” Wallace says, “Sounds simple, but I want to develop in them the idea that they can figure things out, do the right thing and help others, even when no adult is watching. This is easier with a group of younger students, but I hope that they use this confidence in the rest of their lives.”

Being a Jump Start leader isn’t as easy as it seems. Being a Jump Start leader actually requires some leadership skills. They look for people that are willing to help people, that like to take responsibility and interact with others.

“Other schools do similar programs, but I think what makes our program different is that the incoming students almost all chose to be here, so they are excited without us doing

anything,” says Wallace. “Of course, Lincoln is the best school in San Francisco, so we have that going for us as well.”

Jump Start is held the week before school starts, but nobody can just jump into it. All the Jump Start leaders go through various training activities to make sure they are in the best shape to help all upcoming ninth graders. They go through all the activities they would play with their group of freshmen, making sure that they can recreate the game later with their group.

Most Lincoln students have attended Jump Start their freshmen year and most likely remember it well. How could anyone forget? All the screaming people clapping as the freshmen enter the gym, the turtle game, and let’s not forget Morgan ripping that precious five dollar bill in half. Even if it didn’t seem like any of the activities were related to school, at least some memories were made. Some people even made their first friends in high school. The point is if the freshmen attending Jump Start were able to take anything away from Jump Start, well then the folks at Jump Start did their jobs.

When the day is done and all the fun is just a memory, the first day of high school finally begins for the freshmen. Then it’s time for freshmen to take everything they’ve gotten out of Jump Start and apply it to their lives.

I like that their first day at Lincoln is all about fun and meeting others, not about academics. I want them to start to meet others, make an older ally at Lincoln, and to feel a connection to the school. I also want them to know where their classes are the first day of school,” says Wallace.

High school is the start of new beginnings and finding ourselves. Except nobody could even begin to explore such a life without any idea of where first period is located! That’s why it’s important for the Jump Start leaders to be good guides. Prepping and training every year, Jump Start is soon to be a tradition and essential part of the Lincoln community. 

Discovering what it takes to make a yearbook

by Justin Fung

When it comes to the yearbook, most think about what is going to be in it, as well as the thrill and the excitement towards the end of the school year waiting to get their hands on one, to look and see, and of course ask others to sign their own; playing, looking and cherishing.  However many students might not realize the work, effort and creativity that makes this possible.

his is where the Lincoln High School Yearbook class comes in.  This class consists of 22 students of juniors and seniors.  The class is led by yearbook advisor and English teacher Richard Sylvester, who has been the advisor for the last six years.  

He joined saying, “I became the yearbook advisor… when I interviewed for a job as an English teacher here, I’d been a student teacher here the year before that and I desperately wanted to teach here and so since yearbook was available and was being offered to me I thought ‘why not? It might be fun.’” I have done some creative writing in the past so it was a different aspect of writing you really get to teach an English class and photography has always been interesting to me… so I thought it might connect and I thought it might be a cool way… I knew some students that I student taught were going to be in the yearbook class and so I thought it might be cool to have those students again in a different way, so really I was young and eager to take on anything.”

Students choose to join yearbook for a variety of reasons.  Lincoln junior Sean Thach says, “I joined yearbook the beginning of this year I joined it because I wanted to develop the yearbook I thought it was pretty cool, I like taking pictures and I love writing my own stories so why not?  You work on certain pages that involve school events, you actually get to go out and do these things… see what actually goes on in team events or like regular rallies and stuff.” 

When it comes to making the yearbook, planning is the first part of the process.  The Yearbook staff usually begins planning for the yearbook in the spring of each school year after completing the entire book and sending it for publishing.  They start to discuss everything like possible themes, ideas on what to do, whether that would be the cover and so on. 

After planning, the following school year is time to design and get to work.  Each yearbook student is responsible for various duties such as writing a section that is assigned, taking needed photos and eventually laying out the content on computer.  Editors then edit the pages for mistakes, grammar errors and so forth. 

While designing the yearbook can be exciting to be a part of; with it comes challenges, expectations and responsibilities.  Lincoln senior Kaley Selor explains, “The obvious expectation is creating the best yearbook that you can… yearbook is a really fun, chill class, but if you procrastinate on it you can really stress out so you really want to get the information, get the facts, get all your pictures way ahead of time so then by the time the deadline approaches you’re pretty much set and all you have to do is type it out and be as accurate as possible.”

When asked about other challenges Selor states, “It’s a challenge if you yourself don’t really know the stuff that you’re assigned… so you kind a really have to know what the sport is or what something else is because it’s really hard if you don’t really know what it’s about and how it works.”

One of the biggest challenges the yearbook class has is to meet certain deadlines.  Missing deadlines could produce consequences as yearbook advisor Sylvester explains, “…I expect students to finish their work on time because otherwise if we miss a deadline it affects us either it could cost us more money… if we finished the last deadline late then the yearbook would get here later we don’t want that so we would have to pay expedited shipping or make sure it gets here a certain time so yeah making sure that people finish their work on time because it saves us money and because if were late on the first deadline it’s going to affect us on the second deadline and so on…”     

Despite the unsurpassed expectations and challenges, making and developing the yearbook is a rewarding experience for those involved.   The yearbook class is creating a work of art that will last for generations to come and for a lifetime.  Sylvester says, “That’s one of the cool things students don’t think about is that people are going to see these yearbooks… these yearbooks might outlive the students themselves.”    

Finally when it comes to why people should join Sylvester says, “I think it’s a fun class… it is a class you get to be artistic in a bunch of ways it’s not just about writing about things in a creative way it’s also photography and visually laying out things on a page, it’s just different types of artistic skills… it’s beneficial for students to join.. it works a lot like a job you have projects you have to get done in a timely manner, you have to work with other people… just building those life skills… at the end when you see a year’s worth of work finally arriving at the school and you’re holding the yearbook in your hands that’s probably the nicest feeling when you get to say ‘Wow we made this…’”

People in the Hallway

by Liping Huang

Maria Ramos, Sophomore: 

  • ●    Favorite movie- “The Haunted” Worst- Can't think of one
  • ●    One word to describe lincoln- Great
  • ●    What you want to be when you  grow up- Lawyer or judge
  • ●    Pet Peeve- Snoring
  • ●    Most embarrassing moment- when I tripped up the stairs 
  • ●    favorite class- AVID
  • ●    darkest secret- I used to be chubby when I was young

  • 2. Rebecca Wong, Senior
  • ●    Favorite movie- “Pitch Perfect” Worst movie- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • ●    One word to describe Lincoln- colorful
  • ●    Future job- pediatrician
  • ●    Pet peeve- when people can't tell the difference between your and you're
  • ●    Coolest staff- Mr.Calloway
  • ●    Most embarrassing moment: getting asked to prom
  • ●    Favorite class- Environmental science
  • ●    Darkest secret- I'm in love with Justin Bieber.

  • 3. KJ, junior: 
  • ●    Favorite movie-”He Got Game”, Worst movie-”The Call”
  • ●    One word to describe Lincoln- Overrated
  • ●    Future job- NBA player, hopper
  • ●    Pet peeve- ratchet girls
  • ●    Coolest staff- Dr. Tagomori
  • ●    If I could be any celebrity, I would be- Kevin Durant
  • ●    Most embarrassing moment: not playing in basketball season
  • ●    Favorite class- Physics with Mr. Woodword
  • ●    Darkest secret- I'm a ninja
  • 4. D'Angelo Rovetti, junior
  • ●    Favorite movie-”Friday”, Worst movie-”The Watchmen”
  • ●    One word to describe Lincoln- Boring
  • ●    Future job-To be in the NFL
  • ●    Pet peeve- Homework 
  • ●    Coolest staff- Mr. Sylvester 
  • ●    If I could be any celebrity, I would be- Tupac
  • ●    Most embarrassing moment: Had to do jumping jacks with my shirt off 
  • ●    Favorite class- T.A. for ms Forman
  • ●    Darkest secret-I work for the FBI