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Features 10/2010

Pump up the spirit!

    Fun,  Fun,  Fun! Spirit Week is always a time to show off your school spirit! The week of Monday, Sept 27 was filled with joyous excitement!

    Starting off our week with a 80’s themed retro day, Monday was filled with bright blazing colors with a senior hosted lunch rally. Tuesday was color wars with the seniors wearing green, juniors wearing purple, sophomores wearing yellow, and freshmen wearing orange followed by a junior hosted lunch rally. Wednesday’s formal day showcased from long extravagant dresses to simple business suits followed by a sophomore hosted lunch rally.  Thursday was a perfect day for Pajama /Mix Match day with a short day from 8:00 to 1:30 and a freshmen hosted lunch rally.

    There are some who were excited for spirit week and some who were not. Whitney Chang tells us, “I don’t like dress up days because they make me look stupid.  Maybe if the whole school participated and every single person dressed up, I would have, but I didn’t want to embarrass myself.” Diana Hazas disagrees. “Spirit Week is a time that makes the school more lively and more unified seeing everything dress up. It’s only a week out of the whole school year that we get to wear something that unifies the whole school, so why not do it?” Wing Li loves spirit week, but only if she had the clothes and props for it. “I love spirit week, but some of the days are too hard to dress up for, and I don’t want to spend money on clothes that I only wear for a day.” ASB President Jarrett Mui argues that “Although people may feel embarrassed, that’s part of the fun! Being embarrassed is fun because everyone else is also embarrassed themselves! And we only get a week to get out and dress up out of our daily routines!”

    Friday was our school’s annual Bell Game Rally! It was a day to discrete all class for our annual competition!  Senior Status won buy a total of 394 points! Props to the senior Class! Juniors were second with a total of 315, followed by the sophomores with 311, and the freshmen with 265.

    An intense game of high catches, grassy tumbles, fierce tackles, and great laughs, we unfortunately we lost the bell to Washington with a score of 27 to 6. It was still a great turn out for a home game. We all cheered and supported out fellow football players until the end!



by Lisa Lam


Susan Akram Passionate Mustang

    Besides being a passionate and determined Mustang, Susan Akram is also Lincoln High’s new assistant principal of curriculum and instruction. She was born in Conecticut and moved to San Francisco in 2004 because of its beauty. With most of her family back East, she has her own family consisting of her husband and two children, Ethan, 5 and Sophia, 3.

    As an assistant principal, Akram plays an important role in the school. Her job includes being in charge of grants, proposals, textbooks, instructional media and testing evaluation. Before she became the assistant principle of curriculum and instruction, Akram worked at Lincoln as an Instructional Reform Facilitator (IRF). “[As an IRF] I participated in developing professional development programs for the faculty which gave me insight as far as what we our needs were for curriculum and instruction. [I also] participated in department head meetings which gave me a chance to see what individual department’s concerns were,” said Akram.

    She took the giant leap from being an IRF to an assistant principal when she received her administrative credentials this year after she became very interested in working with students, teachers, and administrators; as people are one of her interests. Aside from Akram’s passion for working with people, she also enjoys hiking, chocolate, traveling, the Italian language, and swimming.

    “I really love it here [at Lincoln High], it’s the type of place that it just grows on you. I have developed such admiration for the people that I work with here because there’s so much dedication and commitment to the students and I see that everyday,” Akram said. “I’m happy to be a part of the Lincoln community.”


by Shirley Zhu

Attention: Got it?

   Have you ever had the feeling that no matter how hard you tried, you couldn't get anyone to listen to you? You try to get their attention, and they are just not interested in what you have to say. Well, here is some good news: the public speaking class is back after its five-year hiatus and is being taught by Bobby Crotwell. Before its hiatus, Crotwell taught the class for two years and has been running Mock Trial. the public speaking class specialized in teaching students to speak in front of large crowds. The students conduct presentations and learn from experience. They learn to get over their stage fright and to project their voices out to their audience. But there is more to it than that. What does it take to get your audience to listen to you?


   "One of the benefits of taking this class is that it improves a person's ability to deal with people." said Crotwell. "Public speaking is a real world skill." This can be quite challenging, especially for students who are either shy or very quiet. However, there are some students who are willing to take the challenge and come out of their shells. When asked what was likeable in this class, senior Raymond Yuen said, "It teachers us to talk on the spot."



by Julianna Echeverria

Dr. T, New V.P.

    What in your eyes matter most? Dr. Lance Tagamori the new Vice Principal of Abraham Lincoln High School values the importance of the Abraham Lincoln community. With over 25 years working with different school districts, Tagamori has had a ton of experience with working with kids from elementary school age to high school. Since 1986, Tagamori, has always thought of what would be best for the kids when he was a teacher in Hawaii. Tagamori said that he was sad to leave his hometown and Mills Valley middle school in Hawaii, from time to time regrets not remaining a teacher for a bit longer. Moving from teacher to Principal allows him to float around and work around all different departments besides just the classroom. He says,“My mother was a teacher,and I often saw how much she enjoyed her job, and I felt I’d feel the same following in her footsteps.”

    In the beginning Tagamori was a bit hesitant about dealing with young adults with all the hormones, chaos, and drama. However he took a risk and decided to get involved with High school students. Tagamori himself says, “I absolutely love it here at Lincoln, I feel lucky to be here, and, to me, the reason as to why Lincoln is as great as it is, is because of the wonderful staff, enjoyable students, and the wonderful administrators that keep Lincoln on top of its game! I really believe that all of you as students are the way of our future! There are always school activities that are happening, like club events, students constantly painting posters to motivate Lincoln spirit, and so much more! If it weren’t for you kids, I would not get the motivation to get things done well and properly!” As he gets to know more and more about Lincoln, Tagamori feels almost guilty for working at Lincoln. “I am so lucky to be at Lincoln, I feel bad for the other schools that are not as fortunate as we are with all the resources we have and the numerous efforts of so many!” Although he would like to see one thing improved. He says, “I’d like to see more diversity in more of the Honors and Advanced Placement classes.”

    “If we had more diversity in higher-based classes, I believe there would be less racial tension, and the Lincoln community would be less grouped. More fairness and college outreach would definitely improve Lincoln and community. With all my past experience with working with different schools I feel Lincoln is the perfect place for me!”



by Tiffany Ashley Fong