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Tom's Limerick

by Jared Gacusan

There once was a man named Tom

Who lived in the country Vietnam

He had a great internet connection

But had a bad infection

He read on


by Joshua Bao

Our school was registered in the MATHCOUNTS test for the Chapter level competition. The MATHCOUNTS competition is designed to help students to get ready for college, and to boost behavior towards math. MATHCOUNTS wants excellence, confidence and curiosity in students. However, not anyone can join. You first must pass the school level test. The qualifying students were separated into the school team and the individual team. The students for the team are: Matthew 7C, Muhammad 7C, and Rohit 6B and Ken 7C. The individuals are: Avni (7C), Joshua and Sonaal (7C and 6B), Logan (7C), Anushi (6B), and Pari (7C). Our team had been preparing for a long time, so we thought we would do well.

To get to the competition, which took place at the San Jose State University, we had to carpool. When we arrived there, we just waited for a while, and then we went inside. They talked about what we would do, and explained the rules. After a while, we went to our test rooms. Ms. Ramiso and Alper, Muhammad’s dad gave us a pep talk, and then we left for the test. The individuals were separate from the team members, so we all said our good lucks, and we left. The test consists of three parts. The sprint round, which had thirty problems to do in forty minutes, the target round which had eight problems to do in twenty four minutes, and the team round which we had ten problems to do in twenty minutes (for individuals is doesn’t count).

When we had finished, we had lunch. There were Togo’s, chips, and a lot of fruit. We had about an hour and a half to eat, so we ate a lot. When we were done, we talked for a while and then went in for the final round, the countdown round. The team members got automatic entry, but only the top individuals went in. None of our school’s individuals made it, but we had a fun time outside. Our team members all went in, but for some strange reason, Matthew wasn’t called until almost the end. While the competition was taking place, we played a sort of hide and seek and tag combined game. All in all, it was a fun experience, and when it was time to go, we were all ready pretty worn out.

I left with Muhammad, and arrived home in the afternoon. I enjoyed our time at the university, and I hope next year we will do better. Although we didn’t make the state level competition, we all have the experience and hopefully we might even make it to the nationals. I hope we will succeed

The Team

by Joshua Bao

On Friday, we had our soccer tryouts. The soccer tryouts were to determine who would make our soccer team. The AMSP students were late because they were taking the MATHCOUNTS test, but they still got to participate. First, the students had to do the long run so the coach could test their stamina. After that, they did sprints.

The students practiced all sorts of skills needed to play in a soccer game, except for shooting. The AMSP students came late, but they came in time for the chipping and punting drills. The students also practiced passing, which is really useful in a game. The coaches Ibrahim and Tiffany have posted the results, so please check the bulletin boards. Practices should be on Friday, unless there is rain. All team members must participate including alternates.

Also the ping pong teams have been formed. There is a slight confusion. Unless you are on the basketball team, you can only participate on one team. Many students have quit the soccer team to join the ping pong team. The ping pong teams were formed a few weeks ago, but the last two spots were taken in yesterday’s tryouts. If you have questions, ask Mr. Saka. The ping pong club is every Friday in the hallway, second session.

Our new basketball team started off with a rocky start, but they have straightened out, and are going to the basketball tournament in Oakland next Saturday on the 26th. No spots are available on the basketball team, as the tryouts were a couple of weeks again. Hopefully we win next week, so good luck to the Knights! Students will get ten positive points if they go to a game.

Again, good luck to our basketball team. We should also say good luck to the ping pong team, which is going to a ping pong tournament, and our soccer team. Go Knights!!!