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Sewing Club inspires students to build creativity

By: Tiffany Bui


Here the club is fundraising money by selling finished products and cupcakes at Fall Fest. These two dogs demonstrate two of the final finish products.


Sewing club has been around our school for a few years. This club encourages students to undergo a new hands-on hobby that also utilizes their own creativity. On Fridays after school, club members use their time to reduce stress by working on soft material and have the option of either sewing by hand or machine. The club uses a variety of different materials for sewing, such as felt, fabric, and buttons. The club makes handy products such as guidance booklets and cell phone straps. Members make products to keep, give away, or even sell to benefit the club.

“I love the freedom of being in Sewing Club. There is a lot of artistic freedom and guidance available. Club members can make any sort of stuffed animal, learn different stitches, or just mend their broken socks with materials provided and help from the master-sewing-teacher-presidents of the club. Focusing my mind on creating art, stitch by stitch, can be enjoyable and also pretty therapeutic” said Maya Michele, one of the sewing club members.

Linh Maos, another club member, described, “I enjoy sewing with my friends. I can learn how to sew clothes and cute stuffed animals. The other members of the club, Sano Sensei and Mr. Camille, are very nice. The hardest part is to make people happy. When I sell the stuff that I made people are happy because it can be a useful thing. It makes the customers happy. Sewing is very peaceful and you can also listen to music while sewing.”

I myself have participated in the sewing club in my sophomore year, I’m now continuing in this club throughout my Junior year. I first walked into the club feeling proud since I already knew how to hand sew from my past experiences. I received heartwarming welcomes from my friends and a pleasant greeting from Karen Tang, the club’s president. Next, I grabbed materials needed for my project such as a needle, thread, felt, and of course, cotton. For months I spent endless hours hand sewing products, when I thought to myself, “If I were to use a sewing machine I could save many hours, plus produce much cleaner final products.” Good thing I could learn to use one in sewing club.

Ultimately, when the school year of 2017 started, I craved to push myself to discover how to use the sewing machine. I always thought sewing with the device would be more comfortable than by hand. During my first session, I kept having to try over and over because handling the machine was surprisingly stressful for me. Luckily Tang was there to watch and advise me. She reminded me of the steps, and I kept at it.  Even after messing up a few times, Tang was patient and helped me succeed. I ended up with more insight of sewing skills and finishing a better, more adorable product.

After learning how to use the sewing machine, Tang insists that the other students in the club to learn how to use it too.

"I think more people should find hobbies. A lot of students spend their days doing nothing but studying and sports, and I think it would make them more rounded if they picked up a more artistic hobby,” explained Tang.

Sometimes starting off fresh as a newcomer can be quite frustrating. Tang is very patient and willing to help those starting off. Tang has been sewing since middle school and is passionate and committed to the well-being of the club. She cares deeply for her club members and devotes many hours to making sure they have the best experience possible. The amount of time she spends on club activities and upkeep is a sacrifice, but to her, it all sums up to be worth it. So much time goes into the club that the students notice she barely has time to sew for herself.

"We fundraise to buy more materials so our members can freely make whatever they wish," Tang states.

 ALHS students ordinarily react positively to the club`s projects. Sewing club members finish many cute projects which they sometimes give away to friends and loved ones. However, sometimes the club puts them up for sale. During Fall Fest last year, all of the club’s sewing creations sold out. They were priced from one to six dollars, but some big projects were sold for nearly $10. Another fundraiser occurred in the spring semester of 2016. The club marketed hot chocolate on a chilly rainy day earning around $80. During Fall Fest this year, Sewing Club sold cupcakes. Through all this effort, the sewing club hopes to have the money to buy a new sewing machine and other materials.

Majority of students find that music helps them focus

By: Maya



A snapchat survey of 25 Lincoln High students was conducted to determine if music helps students focus.


A lot of people listen to music while finishing a task. Especially students at Lincoln High. Studies show that music helps people focus with their work. However, loud, harsh music such as some rap songs are considered distracting. Classical music is the suggested music you should listen to when trying to focus.

After completing a snapchat survey of 25 Lincoln High students, asking if they felt music helped them focus in class, 84% of students confirmed that music helps them focus during school time or study time. (see graph).

“Music blocks out the people talking and other distractions,” says sophomore at Lincoln, Raekwon Bardwell.

Daroya McAllister however disagrees, saying, “I listen to hip hop and rap, I feel like turning up instead of focusing on my work.”

After asking Lily Bass, a junior at Lincoln if she thought music helped her focus, she replied,: “Yes, for sure, I've even written a paper about it in fact. I have A.D.D - Attention Deficit Disorder -  so when I forget my medication I find that music helps me; especially when I write, it's kind of like white noise to me. Depending on what I'm writing about, I'll coordinate to a song that makes me think about it. It helps my creative thinking flow rather than just listening to people gossiping next to me or random noises that occur in a classroom.”

Music can be a helpful partner while focusing, but it’s not for everyone. Do you think music should be allowed during class time?

Sports have a positive effect on students

By Wendy Zhu


Jackson Walker holds the Bell at the 2016 Bell Game.


“Playing sports encourages me to do better not only to stay eligible but to be a good example to lower classes.” said Jackson Walker, a senior student athlete from Abraham Lincoln High School. Student athletes are motivated to do better in class for eligibility to play sports. All of them are required to have a minimum 2.0 GPA in the most recent grading period and have passed a minimum of 20 credits during the most recent grading period in order to participate on a team.

SFUSD's athletic program consists of high schools and middle schools.  Middle schools participate in basketball, baseball, softball, track, volleyball and soccer; while high schools participate in cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, volleyball, spirit squad, basketball, wrestling, badminton, baseball, fencing, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming and track.

“It’s definitely a hard task being able to balance between school and practice, but if you are good at time management, then I think your academic ability won’t be affected.” says Michelle Villanueva. “Usually, I was really tired after practice, and didn’t really have time to study, but I was able to still have time to study during passing period, or lunch.”

“Not having enough time to study is an excuse, there’s always time if you focus all your energy.” Walker said.

According to a new study from the University of Kansas, student athletes are more motivated to come to school even if that reason has nothing to do with academics. “It shows that participation in interscholastic athletics is often associated with better educational outcomes.” They are motivated to come to school for their team and teammates.

“It can make it hard at times but it helps me meet new people and work harder.” said Walker.

“Being able to play a sport and being in the community of playing sports, just being around your team, it’s really nice to have your team as being part of your family,” Michelle Villanueva.

Being a student athlete helps students get socially engaged give them a chance to meet new people and extend their social circles.

           Participating in sports will not affect their academic performance. Many student athletes work hard to find a balance between their responsibilities. While some students might not have personal responsibilities or sports and are able to have a 4.0 GPA, other students may have many or all of these other responsibilities and still manage to maintain a 4.0 GPA as well. It doesn’t matter if they play in a sport or not, it is clear that the difference really comes down to their ability to manage their responsibilities and the ability to organize and balance.

Lincoln clubs influence students to become leaders

By: Nelson Ma


Caite Carvajal, president of  Fashion club represents at Fallest.



      Lincoln offers many clubs of many different varieties As great as clubs are, the leaders have important roles to play. These leaders have great experiences in leading their clubs and are passionate about being a role model for other students to convince their members to be leaders themselves in the future and apply what they have learned to demonstrate leadership.

First name? Carvajal is the president of Filipino, Hawaiian, and Fashion club. Carvajal believes that being president of a club comes great responsibility.

      Carvajal says, “It’s hard to handle sometimes, but at the end it’s worth it. A president of a club needs to plan ahead of time for important events and meetings, and being a president means that you need to lead no matter what club you are in”.

      In the Fashion club they work on arts and crafts. Carvajal does her best to provide materials and tasks to be done regardless of the amount of people in the club, because she always plans ahead. The Hawaiian club mainly focuses around Hula dancing, but they also like to tell each other myths and bond as a family. Carvajal feels connected to Hawaiian club the most, because she can relate to others through their shared ethnicity and culture. Even when Carvajal wasn’t the leader of these clubs, it didn’t stop her from trying her best to make everyone feel welcome and work her hardest to help the club run smoothly.

   “Being a leader has helped me get to know people, and also understand myself. Also to be inspired, and inspire others,” says Carvajal.

      Alison Wu is the president of YCE, Youth for Community Engagement. She believes that communication can be difficult with her peers, and pressure from her co-leaders often lead to stress. In this club she has learned to control her temper and take better coordination techniques. Wu shows leadership of being a role model by attending all the club meetings. She wants people to join YCE by encouraging them to be leaders. Wu shows support by training and teaching her club members to speak up and take matters into their own hands.

           Monty Choy is the president of the coding club. He opened the club because he has a passion for creating gaming apps though coding, and he understands many different coding languages such as JavaScript, html, and C++. He also enjoys teaching others how to code so he takes his skills and experiences to assist his club members.

     “I have been programming for 7 years, both professionally and recreationally, yet no one in this school seemed to share similar interests, dedication, or technical expertise, which has been exacerbated by this school's seeming discontinuity regarding contemporary matters of computer science literacy, and I wanted to change that,” says Choy.

The worth of field trips depends on individual teacher

By: Yongjia Lin




George Irving (far right) took his students to city hall to learn more about the history of San Francisco.


Field trips are a way for students to spend time outside of classrooms.The field trip has to be educational for students. Many teachers will post a test or a homework assignment after a field trip. An advanced placement calculus teacher, Roger Michael Lee showed me a way to use math to show that students don't have enough time to learn everything that will be on the AP exam.

Lee, an AP calculus teacher at  Lincoln said, “Let's do the math. So there are 186 school days, but we only meet four days a week.So let’s take off 37 school days, because that is 20%. So 186-37=149.So now I only have 149 days of class meetings. Now, I know that there is at least two teachers at here that do four field trips a year. So when they do that they take a whole day a week giving to himself  to teach their class. So [out of] those two teachers, I lost another eight days. Which is two weeks because it is only four class a week. So now I’m down to 141 days. So the AP exam is three weeks before end of school. That is an other 12 class meetings that I can’t use. Now I’m down to 129 days,”

Field trips can take over class time of other teachers. Field trips can be educational, but the teacher must have a plan including a educational lesson behind field trips. For example a field trip planning checklist that Hollie Mack had showed me. The checklist asks teachers, Why are you taking this field trip? What is the educational purpose? What are the educational trips? If the teacher has answers for all questions then it should be an educational field trip.

“For me it’s usually a museum so they can experiment how art fits in the larger society.” said Daniel Stingle, an AP 3D art teacher at Lincoln. Lessons from  a field trip can be educational. I went on a field trip with Stingle in the year of 2017. Stingle brought all his AP 3D students to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. We left after lunch and it is a block day so we only missed one afternoon class. I saw a lot of Artists and Artworks that I think it is interesting. I did a scavenger hunt and a slide show after the field trip.  We all did one slide show that we present to the class and other classmate can learn about it.

“From what I notice a lot of time, students will not been to a place at least a teacher bring them to a place, it may be the first time they evan been to the Modern Museum,” Stingle.

    Field trips can let students open their eyes, but at the other side they are missing classes to go on a field trip. Field trips can be worth our time if they are educational.