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Tiger Tribune January 2019

Letter from the Editor:

Dear readers,

Happy New Year!! 2019 is finally here; twelve months’ worth of blank days to fill with new happy memories. Spring semester has also begun, and we’re all getting adjusted to school again after a pleasant winter break! In this issue, you’ll find a new addition to our many sections, a book column! Expect to hear about trending new good reads every month this year, as well as summaries of popular books. Also included in this edition is information about Pizza Week (who else is excited?!), our clubs, the California wildfires, and much more! As always, thank you for reading, and we hope you enjoy this issue of the Tiger Tribune!


Best wishes,

Jannah Khan

Editor in Chief

January Survey/Staff Question

By Rida Abdulwasay

“What is your favorite memory of 2018?”


My favorite 2018 memory would be adopting my second cat, Jason, when he was a kitten.


When I went to Great America.

Abdurrahman Mohammad

The end of the fall semester!

Zayan Khan

2018 is ending already?? Where has time gone?

Melody Moy

My two baby cousins were born


Talking and hanging out with my friends and family

Noshi Kapoor

My favorite memory of 2018 is visiting Lake Tahoe, where I got to sit next to a beautiful waterfall and go on amazing hikes.

Rida Abdulwasay

My favorite memory of 2018 was the day I finally received my Blackbelt. I had to train for 7 months, go through 3 Prelim Tests, a Tryouts Test, a Written Test, an hour-long Conditioning Test, an extremely long Black Belt show, a Board Breaking test (with real wood from Home Depot), and an entire curriculum test. The day I finally finished all of this, I couldn't stop myself from crying out of happiness (but mostly pain). It was a really challenging experience for me, especially since I had to face some unexpected problems. I got kneed in the face, hit on my head, stomach pain, and blisters on my hands and feet.

Now, when I remember this day, I feel proud of myself for pushing through and lasting till the end. There were times during my test where I wanted to quit and go home and rest. My body was aching and I felt exhausted both mentally and physically. However, I kept on pushing through, and in the end, I finally achieved a dream I had been chasing for 5 years. I also got a “Best Tester” award in the end too, so that also felt great.


My WCWMA 2018 1st Degree Black Belt test is one memory I'll always treasure.


Notable Dates of January

By Abdallah Khan

January 1: New Year’s Eve

January 1, 1877: Queen Victoria proclaimed Empress of India.

January 1, 1892: Ellis Island in New York Harbor opened. Over 20 million new arrivals to America were processed until its closing in 1954.

January 3, 1959 - Alaska was admitted as the 49th U.S. state with a land mass almost one-fifth the size of the lower 48 states together.

January 16, 1547 - Ivan the Terrible had himself officially crowned as the first Russian Czar (Caesar) although he had already ruled Russia since 1533. His reign lasted until 1584 and brought much-needed reforms including a new legal code and cultural development. However, during his reign, he instituted a campaign of terror against the Russian nobility and had over 3,000 persons put to death. He also killed his own son during a fit of rage.

January 19, 1966 - Indira Gandhi was elected prime minister of India in succession to Lal Shastri who had died eight days earlier. She served until 1975 and later from 1980 to 1984, when she was assassinated by her own bodyguards as she walked to her office.

January 20, 1981 - Ronald Reagan became president of the United States at the age of 69, the oldest president to take office. During his inauguration celebrations, he announced that 52 American hostages that had been seized in the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran, were being released after 444 days in captivity.

January 30, 1933 - Adolf Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany by President Paul von Hindenburg. Hitler went on to become the sole leader of Nazi Germany. He then waged a war of expansion in Europe, precipitating the deaths of an estimated 50 million persons through military conflict and through the Holocaust in which the Nazis attempted to exterminate the entire Jewish population of Europe.

All dates and information are taken from

The Book Column: January Edition

By Tasneem Nasim

The month of January marks the beginning of a new year, a clean slate ready for a new beginning, and the start of a second semester at CWCS! It’s a time of “New Year’s resolutions” and hustle to transition between, hopefully, a fun-filled Winter Break and a busy, productive Spring semester. January also happens to be National Book Month! This month’s book choices follow the theme of new beginnings. Here are two selected books to help kick off the semester!

Middle Schoolers: Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

This National Book Award-winning novel tells the story of ten-year-old Caitlin Smith, who has Asperger's syndrome. The world, according to her, is black and white, good or bad. At the age of three, Caitlin loses her mother to cancer, and as a result is very attached to her older brother Devon, her only source of stability and support when things are gray (confusing in Caitlin’s world). But when Devon and two others are dead after a horrific school shooting, Caitlin’s already confusing world turns upside down. Caitlin wants her life to go back to the way it was before but doesn’t know how to do exactly that. She soon discovers the word closure and realizes that it is what she needs. And on her way to find closure and begin a new chapter of her life, she realizes that life is not black and white, but full of color. I read this book in 5th grade and it has, ever since, been one of my favorite books. Caitlin’s pain, sadness, and joy can be felt throughout the novel — be prepared to be moved to tears!

Mockingbird Cover

High schoolers: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

This classic novel written by Charles Dickens tells the story of Pip — an orphan boy adopted by his unpleasant sister and her husband — who has good luck and great expectations, but soon loses both. One day, Pip helps a convict escape by bringing him food and a file for his leg irons. The convict protects Pip by claiming to have stolen the items himself, but this experience sticks with Pip for the rest of his life. Later he is requested to pay visits to Miss Havisham, an elderly woman who is rich but driven half-mad, and her orphaned ward, Estella. Pip, an ordinary young man, falls in love with Estella, a beautiful rich young woman, but is turned down. Pip is crushed but decides to try to become a gentleman — which he believes will give him a chance with Estella — but he doesn’t have enough money to become one. Surprisingly, he comes into a fortune by means of an anonymous benefactor and heads to London to become a gentleman. There is a surprise twist in the end, but you’ll have to find that out by reading the book yourself! Readers have also voted Great Expectations as their favorite work by Charles Dickens. As you follow the life of Pip, and the pursuit of his ambition and desire to raise himself, think about your dreams and goals, and how they affect those around you and yourself.

Have any recommendations/ books you’d like to see/ feedback for this column? Email at

Great Expectations Cover

National Pizza Week

Zahra Shaikh

It’s probably true that you’ve heard the phrase “Pizza is life” before. It’s because the Italian flatbread is always grabbing attention by its gratifying aromas of spices and other ingredients, and the victim is suddenly full of absolute temptation. Pizza is one of the hugest cravings most human beings experience when they think of food, and that is why folks all around the globe indulge themselves in the delicacy for a week every year during National Pizza Week. There are infinite choices and options that might surround enjoying the holiday. Some people will go out to eat at least once throughout the week. Some will go out more, or sometimes, it just feels right to create your own at home. Pizza parties are also perfect ideas for celebrating National Pizza Week, which begins on January 13, 2019, and ends on the 19th.  Although pizza lovers will always agree to have pizza, those who do not prefer it are also welcome. Perhaps your opinion will change after going through the week of January 13. Overall, this week is to enjoy pizza, the original Italian pie, but to eat it the way you like it.

Pizza Week

By Amir Chermat

As I write this article, I find myself wishing for pizza. Of course, it’s not unusual to crave for crisp oven-baked dough covered with melted cheese, perhaps topped off with pepperoni or your topping of choice. I also began thinking about why I wanted pizza so much. It’s not that strange to wish for crisp oven-baked dough covered wi- alright everyone gets it; pizza is delicious. However, there’s more than just taste involved with humankind’s almost natural love for pizza. Pizza is ingrained in our history. New York City is known for two things, rude people and their deep dish pizza.  Almost every movie you see will have pizza in some shape or form. Another reason we could love pizza so much is that pizza is often thought of as a treat. How many times have you been told: “If you’re good, we’ll go out for pizza.” Or maybe you associate Friday with pizza nights. (Both of them are a salvation after the weekdays.) Whatever the reason may be, society clearly has a deep love for pizza. So,on Sunday, January 13, take that love for pizza and shove it in your waiting mouth.

National Bird Day

Tweety Bird

Misbah Syed

Birds have been around for more than 60 million years and have always been a huge part of our lives. Throughout time, birds have had many significant roles in entertainment and hobbies.

Here are some “famous” bird roles:

  • Donald Duck (One of Walt Disney’s creations)
  • Woodstock (From Charles Schultz’s “Peanuts”)
  • Zazu (“From Lion King”)
  • Daffy Duck (Created by the Warner Bros)
  • Tweety Bird (an animated fictional yellow canary created by Warner Bros)
  • Mr. Ping (From “Kung Fu Panda”)

Sherlock Holmes’s Birthday

Sherlock Holmes Cover

By Noshi

January 6 is Sherlock Holmes’s Birthday!

While we cannot be sure, most Sherlock Holmes fans say that Sherlock Holmes was born January 6, 1853, or 1854. There are a few references to this year, such as Leslie Klinger’s The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes and Ian McQueen’s Sherlock Holmes Detected. Sir Doyle’s His Last Bow was set in 1914, and in it, he says Holmes is 60 and was therefore born in 1854. But why January 6?

The date January 6 came to be Holmes’s birthday because of the creator of the fan group’s “The Baker Street Irregulars” Christopher Morely. Morely decided that since Sherlock Holmes referenced a Shakespearean play, Twelfth Night, twice, he had to have been born on the twelfth night of Christmas, January 6. Another reason was that Morely’s brother Felix’s birthday was on January 6.

The Baker Street Irregulars got their name from the group of people that Sherlock Holmes occasionally hires in his books, and have included Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, and Isaac Asimov.

 Although Holmes is said to have a home at 221B Baker Street, London, the oldest and biggest gathering celebrating his birthday takes place in New York and is held by The Baker Street Irregulars.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle mentioned in his books that when Sherlock Holmes is not solving a case, he can often be found playing his violin, conducting experiments with chemicals, or attending concerts. He also likes writing monograms and collecting agony columns. He mostly uses the agony columns to discover what criminals are planning.

Although he doesn’t reveal much of his backstory, Holmes does mention his brother, Mycroft Holmes, in many books. Mycroft was also mentioned in Sir Doyle’s 60 books about Holmes. He is portrayed as unwilling to work, but a better detective than Sherlock.

Fun fact: Sherlock Holmes did not know that the Earth revolves around the sun. During a conversation with Watson, he says:
"What the deuce is it to me? You say that we go round the sun. If we went round the moon it would not make a pennyworth of difference to me or to my work."

“I trust that age doth not wither nor custom stale my infinite variety.” - Sherlock Holmes.

Amelia Earhart Flew Solo Over the Pacific Ocean January 11, 1935

Amelia Earhart

By Noshi

Amelia Mary Earhart was best known for being the first female pilot to fly solo over the Atlantic Ocean. However, she was also a women’s rights activist, a teacher, an author, and much more.

84 years ago, on January 4, 1935, Amelia Earhart was the first person ever to fly from Honolulu to Oakland, California. That is about 2,400 miles!

Amelia Earhart was born in Kansas on July 24, 1897. From the beginning, she defied gender roles by playing basketball, going to auto repair workshops, and briefly attending college. She wore men’s clothing and styled her hair in a men’s fashion. Amelia started her own fashion line, Amelia Earhart Fashions, which not only included dresses and skirts but had pants and shirts for women.

In 1908, she saw a plane for the first time and was not impressed. She later recalled saying, “it was a thing of rusty wire and wood and looked not at all interesting.”

When Amelia started working as a nurse, she and her friends started watching aerial shows. Years later, she got to ride as a passenger in an airplane for the first time. According to her diaries, that was when she knew that she wanted to be a pilot.

A long time later, her dream came true when she learned how to fly an airplane. She got a second-hand plane, painted it yellow, and nicknamed it “The Canary.” On October 22, 1922, Amelia got her plane up to 14,000 feet, a record for female pilots. In 1923, the male record for plane height was 35,240 feet.

Amelia attempted a solo flight from Honolulu, Hawaii, to Oakland, California, on January 11, 1935. A Hawaiian commercial had promised $10,000 to whoever completed the flight first. Amelia had worked hard to prepare for this and was sure she could do it.

She meant to take off around 1:30, but heavy rain started falling around 1:00 p.m. She waited a few hours until the radio station said she was clear to go, and she completed the flight in 18 hours. This flight got her the record of longest flight over the ocean as nobody had ever flown more than 2,000 miles over any ocean.

“I want to do it because I want to do it. Why should any man stop me?” - Amelia Earhart.

The California Camp Fire - Current Events

Camp Fire

By Abdurrahman

The California Camp Fire was one of the most devastating fires in the state’s history. It started on November 8, 2018, at 6:30 a.m, originating in Butte County, northern California. It scorched an average of 153, 336 acres and tragically killed eighty-five people. Three firefighters were injured in this fire as this fire was uncontrollable in the beginning. Eventually, firefighters were able to contain this fire one-hundred percent, and now, the fire is beginning to die out. “18,733 structures [were] destroyed with 13,972 homes were lost” (SFChronicle).

This destructive fire devastated many families and businesses and heavily polluted the air, which was noticeable hundreds of miles away. There are many campaigns to relieve the devastated families and restore the burned cities. Such a fire would be remembered, and steps will be taken to prevent such a fire from happening again. 

Muhammad Ali’s Birthday

Muhammad Ali

Adeeb Syed

This day is very important in the history of not only boxing but in the history of the U.S. Muhammad Ali was born on January 17, 1942. The accomplishments of Muhammad Ali are numerous. He was a three-time heavyweight champion and won the Light-heavyweight gold medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics held in Rome. He retired on June 27, 1979. He later passed away at the age of 74. This great heavyweight champion will continue to be a great inspiration.

Looks Like a Cold, Cold Winter: January Community Service Ideas

by Lucy Henneker

Brr! It's January, and winter is officially here. The CSF club has put together this list of ways you can help people stay warm when the weather outside is frightful.

Helping the Homeless:

Winter is a particularly hard time for those living without homes. Here is a list of organizations that help the homeless in the eight counties Connecting Waters schools support. You can organize a drive to benefit one in your county!

Stanislaus: Modesto Gospel Mission (1400 Yosemite Blvd, Modesto) is looking for volunteers and for donations of warm clothing and other items.

San Joaquin: Stockton Shelter for the Homeless (411 South Harrison Street, Stockton) has a store at the Hammer Ranch Center (7540 Pacific Ave, Stockton) which takes donations. The shelter also seeks volunteers of any age range. If you are under 18, you will need a parent/guardian signature, and you may need an adult to accompany you.

Alameda: Operation Dignity (3850 San Pablo Ave, Suite 102, Emeryville, CA) is looking for donations of new clothing and other items. Contact if you want to arrange a drop-off.

Calaveras: Sierra HOPE seeks monetary donations and volunteers. Call (209)736-6792 if you want to volunteer! Also, Habitat for Humanity Calaveras  is looking for volunteers and for furniture donations. There are construction volunteering jobs (for which you need to be 16), but there are also other ways to volunteer. Go to their site to apply!

Mariposa: Mariposa Heritage House is looking for donations of warm clothing and other items. Email if you are interested.

Merced: The "D" Street Homeless Shelter, run by the Merced County Community Action Agency is looking for donations and volunteers. Fill out the form on their site if you are interested in donating items or volunteering!

Santa Clara: HomeFirst is looking for supplies and volunteers. Volunteers must be 13 years or older, and volunteers under 18 cannot work at the Boccardo Reception Center. Go to their site to sign up for volunteering and email if you are interested in donating supplies.

Tuolumne: The Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency provides homeless services. Call them at (209)694-8698 to see about volunteering and donation opportunities. Also, Give Someone a Chance Inc. is looking for volunteers and donations; use the Contact Us feature on their site or call them at (209)588-8377 to ask about opportunities.

Knitting and Crocheting:

Do you like to knit or crochet? There are many ways you can use your skills for community service! Here are two organizations which you can help in California.

- Project Linus: An organization distributing blankets to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. Project Linus and click on "Chapters" to find a drop-off site for blankets near you!

- Knots of Love: An organization based in Costa Mesa, CA, which distributes caps to those with treatment-induced hair loss. It also gives blankets to babies in incubators. Knots of Love to find guidelines and shipping instructions for caps and blankets.


The Camp Fire:

The organizations working with victims of the November Camp Fire have reported that they do not need physical donations (such as clothing, etc.). The best way to help is through donating money to reputable organizations. If you want to help people dislocated by the fire, here are a few possibilities:

- American Red Cross: call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

- North Valley Community Foundation: to donate to the Camp Fire Evacuation Relief Fund and the Butte County Schools Fire Relief Fund.

- Salvation Army: mail donations to The Salvation Army, PO Box 348000, Sacramento, CA 95834.

- United Way of Northern California: text BUTTEFIRE to 91999 to donate.


Do you have other ways you are keeping people warm this winter in your community and beyond? Tell us about it at our next CSF meeting on January 25! We'd love to hear about what you're doing!

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