Keepin’ it Arcadia
S4 #11 The Inside Scoop into the 2021 Prom and a Holly Avenue Kindergarten Author

S4 #11 The Inside Scoop into the 2021 Prom and a Holly Avenue Kindergarten Author

May 18, 2021

As Covid-19 restrictions and rules continue to change, Arcadia High School’s Prom Committee has made drastic changes to the 2021 Junior and Senior Prom. We spoke to Christina Xu, this year’s sophomore vice president and head of Prom Committee, about these changes and how prom will be like this year. 

 

Next, we talk to Ndukaku, an adorable kindergartener at Holly Avenue Elementary School who has published three stories with the help of his dad that he’s created with his three-year-old brother Chiji. 

S4 #10 The Choosing and Creating of Classes at AHS

S4 #10 The Choosing and Creating of Classes at AHS

April 25, 2021

With the looming deadline of course selections, Claire Li and Chloe Wong spoke with Mr. Poon, one of the Arcadia High School counselors to clear up some of the common questions regarding course selections, explain how AHS chooses the classes they offer, as well as offer advice about choosing classes. Next, we talked to some AHS students, asking them the question: what class do you wish you could create at Arcadia High School? 

S4 #9 The History of Our City and Asian American Identity in Arcadia and America

S4 #9 The History of Our City and Asian American Identity in Arcadia and America

April 18, 2021

With the recent influx of Asian-American hate crimes due to Covid-19, more people are turning their attention to the history of racism towards Asians throughout American History. In this podcast episode, we’ll look at the history of our city, as well as the history and experiences of Asian-Americans in Arcadia and America. 

 

First, we talk with Ms. Beverly Street about Arcadia’s early history and how it came to be the city we know today. Next, we spoke with Thai-Chinese American and AHS student Pailin Tan. She has been actively speaking about racism and mistreatment of Asians in America, so we discussed her experience growing up in San Gabriel Valley and America. Finally, we talked with three Japanese-Americans who were sent to Japanese Internment Camps as children (Mr. Ned Morioka, Mr. Akira, and Mrs. Hideko Sansui), who shared their experiences and perspectives growing up and living through this. 

S4 # 8 Behind the Scenes of the Return to School

S4 # 8 Behind the Scenes of the Return to School

April 3, 2021

With the Arcadia Unified School District (AUSD) transitioning to a hybrid school model, we took time to talk to a few members of the community--principals, teachers, and students--to understand the behind-the-scenes process of our reopening process. 

 

First up, Arcadia High School’s principal, Ms. Dillman, discusses some of the factors behind the reopening process while also answering some questions about the school reopenings. Another AUSD principal, Mrs. Mattera, introduces the procedures that the elementary schools will follow, giving an inside scoop on the Highland Oaks hybrid model. Along with the school administration, current Arcadia High senior Conner Hua highlights the student viewpoint and how their opinions have impacted the school’s reopening process. Next, Mr. Vo, an AP Biology and Environmental Science teacher at Arcadia High, shares his perspective on the transition, shedding light on how the changes have impacted teachers. Finally, Apache News member Ethan Tran recaps APN’s return to in-person filming.

 

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S4 #7 Women’s History Month

S4 #7 Women’s History Month

March 26, 2021

In honor of March, we talked to an all-female group about feminism, representation and inclusion, and women's history month. This episode features a range of perspectives, including women in the workforce, founders of the Diversify your Narrative campaign, a women's literature teacher, and a member of a branch of the global Girl Up Campaign. 

 

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S4 #6 Behind the Scenes of “Bright Star” & Speech and Debate

S4 #6 Behind the Scenes of “Bright Star” & Speech and Debate

March 20, 2021

With the upcoming return to school and increase in extracurricular activities at school, we talked to Arcadia Stage President Sarah Callahan to discuss the production of the upcoming show “Bright Star”. In addition, Speech and Debate members Kevin Wu and Jack Wang recap their latest virtual Speech competition.

S4 #5 Remaining Resilient As Arcadians

S4 #5 Remaining Resilient As Arcadians

March 12, 2021

This past year especially--a year welcoming a global pandemic amongst many other unexpected events--finding a balance between a competitive school atmosphere, family life, and social wellbeing has become more difficult for many students across the world. In light of the strenuous times, the newest podcast is dedicated to discussing mental health, featuring Arcadia High School (AHS) students, past and present.

First off, Ms. Lew, an assistant principal at AHS, will discuss the recently established Wellness YouTube Channel followed by Refine Your Mind Club presidents Sarah Sutjipto and Annalise Xu who share their thoughts on mental health and why they founded their club. This episode also features the lessons DCI and AHS Alumna, Jasmine Oang, learned from her experience at AHS as well as her tips for improving mental health.

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S4 #4 An Inside Look at Studying Abroad

S4 #4 An Inside Look at Studying Abroad

March 5, 2021

With DCI's Spring 2021 interns finalized after a one-month probation period, the podcast team is proud to announce our newest members: Wesley Chen, Kylie Ha, Nicole Nie, Angela Ren, and Chloe Wong! They give a brief introduction of themselves, and some of their reasons for joining the DCI Podcast Team! 

In addition Wesley Chen and our new podcast co-manager, Joyce Pang, talk to Lauren Banuelos (AHS Alumnus, Class of 2021, but graduated early in 2020) and Travis Chen (DCI & AHS Alumnus, Class of 2017), respectively, to delve into their study-abroad experiences.

We apologize for the VERY long delay, and we hope you enjoy the mountain of content that is coming to this podcast!

0:00 - Introduction by Joyce Pang

0:40 - Chloe Wong

1:22 - Wesley Chen

1:53 - Nicole Nie

2:29 - Kylie Ha

3:01 - Angela Ren

3:45 - Interview with Lauren Banuelos

10:24 - Interview with Travis Chen

22:03 - Conclusion by Joyce Pang

S4 #3 The AUSD News Writing Competition Winners!

S4 #3 The AUSD News Writing Competition Winners!

December 7, 2020

In November, DCI's News Writing Team held a city-wide middle school competition to see who could write the best news article about "an instance of unity, strength, perseverance, and/or leadership taking place in your school, classroom, or AUSD community." After weeks of deliberating, the News Writing Team is proud to announce the winners on this special edition of Keepin' It Arcadia! Congratulations to the three middle schoolers that won, and we thank you all for bringing these heartwarming stories to light during these dark times.

0:00 Introduction: News Writing Team Leader Anvitha Marlapati and Competition Judge Claire Li

2:57 Winner Feature 1: Max Chang-Amayo

8:20 Winner Feature 2: Minhtam Nguyen

13:42 Winner Feature 3: Katelyn Liu

18:50 Concluding Commentary: Competition Judge Sofia Nagy

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S4 #2 COVID’s Impact On Arcadians

S4 #2 COVID’s Impact On Arcadians

November 13, 2020

Welcome to Season 4 Episode 2 of the "Keepin' It Arcadia" podcast! In our newest story, the team interviews siblings Karen and Kevin Tsai, two doctors from the Los Angeles area who were given the opportunity to present at the 2020 Emmy Awards. At the start of the pandemic, the pair teamed up and started the donateppe.org foundation to combat the shortage in PPE supplies that affected front-line health workers. This episode also includes an interview with Mrs. Karen Kropp, owner of Arcadia's beloved bookstore, The Book Rack, to gain more perspective about the impacts of COVID-19 on the community and small businesses like hers. 

 

Interview with Karen and Kevin Tsai: 1:05

Interview with Mrs. Kropp: 20:23

 

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S4 #1 We’re Back with a New Format!

S4 #1 We’re Back with a New Format!

October 14, 2020

Welcome to our Season 4 (2020-2021) premiere! All of us at Keepin’ It Arcadia are so glad to be back with all of you during these unique times, and boy do we have some new things to share! This week, get to know the new podcast crew that puts so much time and effort into this, the changes coming to this student podcast, and a special look at the Sunrise Movement!

New Changes to KIA: 1:29

Meet the Team: 2:08

Sunrise Movement Special Feature: 6:11

The team at Keepin' It Arcadia hopes everyone is staying healthy and doing well at home! Remember to stay strong and please continue social distancing for your safety and of those around you! 

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S3 #17 Fight to the Finish

S3 #17 Fight to the Finish

May 29, 2020

The famous Santa Anita Racetrack, a cornerstone of the city of Arcadia, California, was established in 1934. It has a long and varied legacy: from night markets, circuses, high school graduation ceremonies, major horse races, and band reviews, to, unfortunately, the United States' Japanese internment system and horse deaths. In this podcast, the team at Keepin' It Arcadia discusses the history and the significance of the Santa Anita Racetrack through several one-on-one interviews with experienced journalists, citizens of Arcadia, a former Japanese internee, employees at the racetrack, and the city mayor to establish connections to the racetrack's past and success today. Tune in to a story that immerses listeners in the rich and diverse heritage of a Californian landmark.

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S3 #16 Remaining Hopeful

S3 #16 Remaining Hopeful

May 9, 2020

In light of the current COVID-19 crisis, the Keepin' It Arcadia podcast decided to host its very first poetry contest! Open to middle school and high school students, the contestants were challenged to write an acrostic poem revolving around the theme of "hope". Not only do the contest winners have their poems read aloud on the podcast, but their poems will also be published by the student-run online journal, The Sienna Solstice at www.siennasolstice.com! Special shout out to everyone who participated and a big congratulations to the winning writers!

Middle School Category:

"Hopeful" by Chloe Wong: 2:17

"Light in the Darkness" by Juliette Fang: 2:50

"Why Won't They Stay Home?" by Natalia Nagy: 3:48

High School Category:

"The Healing Process" by Maureen Zhang: 4:30

"Untitled" by Andrea Lou: 5:08

"Lotus Flower Foot Binding" by Maggie Sun: 6:00

The team at Keepin' It Arcadia hopes everyone is staying healthy and doing well at home! Remember to stay strong and please continue social distancing for your safety and of those around you! 

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