Gene Autry Museum Field Trip

On January 25th, Mr. Pulgencio lead a group of ten Advanced ESL students on a field trip to the Gene Autry Museum. The ESL students had been learning American History vocabulary words, recently focusing on the Gold Rush. The Gene Autry Museum focuses on that time period, allowing the students to see first-hand what they had been learning.

Beaver Creek Boys Basketball Team Wins 61-51

The Beaver Creek basketball team, led by senior tri-captains, Jimmy Mai and Kevin Yu, won its 8th game Monday afternoon at Trinity Christian Academy, defeating the home team, 61-51. 
Attacking with a full-court press, Trinity took a quick 5-2 lead.  Then Jimmy sank a 3-pointer from the top of the key, and the Sun were off and running.  It was the beginning of a 12-0 run, giving the Sun a lead we never relinquished.  The game was close throughout, with Trinity twice trimming our lead to four points in the fourth quarter.  In the end, with several of our boys battling upset stomachs, we literally gutted out the win!
Jimmy, following a 24-point performance last week against a strong Prescott Valley team, led the way with a career-high 28 points and a nearly flawless floor game. He sank four 3-pointers, each seeming to come at pivotal moments in the game. Kevin, driving to the hoop again and again, pitched in with 18 points. Forwards George Zheng, Eric Huang, and Jay-Z An did all the dirty work that victory requires--playing good interior defense and boxing out for rebounds and scoring when the opportunity availed itself.  Sophomore Michael Du, despite feeling under the weather, played a strong game at one guard position, scoring five points, and Julian (Julz) Jenny, our "Secret Weapon of Mass Destruction," hounded Trinity's star player from one baseline to the other!   
With three regular season games left to play and having already qualified for our Northern Arizona Athletic Association championship tournament next month, the Sun will look to build momentum as senior tri-captain, Tony Zhu's, badly sprained ankle continues to mend.  Tony was leading the team in scoring and rebounding when he went down a couple weeks ago.  Of course, we're all hoping he'll be able to play again this season.

-Bill Huber

Upcoming Events

January 21st: Boys and girls teams will play against Waverly School of Pasadena. The girls start at 3:45 p.m., the boys start at 5:30 p.m.
January 22nd: Students will be going on an 8-mile hike to Chantry Flats.
Jan. 25th: 
-ESL students will be going on a field trip to the Gene Autry Museum.
-HOME Girls' Basketball vs. Calvary at 3:30 p.m.
-HOME Boys' Basketball vs. Calvary at 5:00 p.m.

Jan. 26th:
-HOME Girls' Basketball vs. Mesrobian at 3:30 p.m.
-HOME Boys' Basketball vs. Mesrobian at 5:00 p.m.
    Jan. 27th: SCIENCE FAIR 1-4 p.m.
    Jan. 28th: School-wide trip to Aquarium and Whale Watching at Sea from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Southeast Asian Dinner & Show

    On Wednesday, the 19th, the International Club hosted "Southeast Asia Night."  Southwestern's Southeast Asian students performed for the school a show of music, dramas, and dancing, and cooked an authentic Southeast Asian meal. International Dinners occur monthly at Southwestern Academy. They provide Southwestern students the opportunity to share their diverse cultural backgrounds with other students, and allow other students to learn about countries all over the world in an entertaining, personal, and memorable way.

    Introducing Southeast Asia Night 

    Drama of a Traditional Story (with a twist)


    Dance by Mark Song

    Closing bow from the group!

    Basketball: Southwestern vs. St. Monica on Jan. 18th

    Southwestern's boys basketball team lost a close game last night: 36-42 to crosstown St. Monica.  This was our first game back from break, so our players were understandably rusty. We were down 10-26 at the half, but we made some adjustments, most notably on defense.  Instead of trying to block every shot and getting out of position as a result, we simply closed out on each shot with a hand in front of the shooter's face.  

    The added defensive intensity worked, as St. Monica scored just 5 points in the third quarter.  We were able to get some fast break points by Andy Wang (who scored 12 points and made two late back-to-back threes!) and Jim Kim, who also made a late three with just two minutes left! But a Southwestern win was not to be.  The momentum shifted back to the opponent's side, and their free-throw shooters kept them ahead at the end of the game.
    - A.J. Cabalu

    Southwestern's girls basketball team had a harsh loss against St. Monica, with an ending score of 10-46.

    National Portfolio Day

    Last Sunday, January 16th, Southwestern Academy art students, lead by Mr. Kohn, went to National Portfolio Day at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles

    This annual event gives students the opportunity to meet representatives from art schools, such as: Rhode Island School of Design, Cleveland Institute of Art, California Institute of the Arts, School of the Museum of Fine Arts and, of course, Otis College of Art and Design. The students have the opportunity to show their portfolios and get feedback on their work.

    The students that went this year are:

    -Juan Pesquera (Senior) ­– Film

    -Chelsea Han (Junior) – Graphic Design

    -Tara Heidari (Junior) – Fashion

    -Min Sung Kim (Sophomore) – Architecture

    -Zach Egan-Popecka (Sophomore) – Game Design

    -Nancy Lopez (Sophomore) – Creative Writing

    -Tianna Gonzalez (Freshman) – Illustration

     View last year's Portfolio Day video here.

    Upcoming Events

    The students are back! Classes resumed on Tuesday the 11th at Southwestern Academy, and there are many events coming up in the next couple weeks.

    Today:  Our girls basketball team is playing against Amino Leadership Charter at 3:30 p.m in a home game.

    Jan. 17th: Martin Luther King Jr. Day! This will be honored with a "Blazer Day."

    Jan. 18th:  Both boys and girls basketball teams will play against St. Monica. The girls game starts at 3:30 p.m. and the boys game starts at 5:00 p.m. Both are home games.

    Jan. 19th: The International Show and Dinner will be held on Wednesday, featuring food and music from Southeast Asia.

    Jan. 20th: The boys basketball team will play at Emerson, starting at 4:00 P.M.

    Jan. 21st: Boys and girls teams will play against Waverly School of Pasadena. The girls start at 3:45p.m., the boys start at 5:30p.m.

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