Homestead High School's student newspaper

The Epitaph

Homestead High School's student newspaper

The Epitaph

Homestead High School's student newspaper

The Epitaph

Freshmen on HHS sports

By Ariana Tejeda Moreno and Hope Saena May 29, 2021

With almost an entire year of virtual learning, freshmen have barely gotten a taste of the in-person high school experience. Sports allowed some freshmen to feel closer to HHS while others were expecting...

The bell game: The final score for this year’s bell game was, 34-10, Homestead.

The battle of the bell: a years-old rivalry between HHS and FHS

By Ashley Orozco and Xochitl Neely May 10, 2021

The battle of the bell is a well-known game between the Homestead and rival school Fremont. This match is one of the most important games of the season because the winning team gets to keep a bell, which...

Students from nearby school districts joining the competition in 2019 at Oddfellow's Lounge.

Esports club: a community more than just video games

By Jack Xu May 10, 2021

Esports is a form of video game-based sports competition. Senior Justin Truong and juniors William Meng and Jay Paek created the esports club on campus to build a community for students with common interests. “Previously,...

Sophomore Addison Heidemann said she feels horseback riding is both exhilarating and nerve-racking.

So you think you can ride?

By Christine Kim April 28, 2021

Electrifying. That’s how sophomore Addison Heidemann said she would describe horseback riding, while feeling those familiar butterflies in her stomach and the wind in her face. “It's always been a...

The ping pong club was successfully founded by Alan Jian and Michael Xiong in 2019 to build upon their similar interest and bring attention to a lesser-known sport, ping pong club public relations officer Alan Jian said in a Zoom interview. 
	“I often play ping pong with my family,” Jian said. “I just have some fun and some time away from my screen just to be moving a little bit, especially during quarantine.”
	Jian said the ping pong club is not a well-known club at HHS since it was only created a year ago, and is still in the process of expanding to the student community.
	“I was one of the founders of this club,” senior Michael Xiong, vice president of the ping pong club said in a Zoom interview. “We actually started applying to this club in our sophomore year. The first time, we failed, and the second time we succeeded.” 
	Xiong also mentioned that although the strength of the club is the free play, quarantine has forced officers to focus more on media videos in relation to ping pong in order for more students to learn about the club.
“I [have] met several people who play ping pong,” Senior James Jian, the ping pong club president said in a Zoom interview. “Many of them actually play really well, and play competitively. I just feel like the school lacks some kind of ping pong culture and there's literally no space for people who play ping pong.”
	In order to assemble and for more people to experience what ping pong is about, James Jiang said he found that he and other officers, along with his friends, contacted teachers to be advisors for the club and then had to gather different equipment.
	Xiong said he was surprised when James Jian told him he was going to create the club.
 	“I know Monta Vista and a bunch of other schools nearby that all have this club,” Xiong said, “and apparently, we're missing this, which I think is a really important cultural element.”
	Xiong also said there isn’t much that can be done during this period of the pandemic except to educate members of the club through online meetings. In the future however, there will be more in-person activities.
	“For many discussions I had with different kinds of people, they don't really think of ping pong as as an actual sport, [but] more as a party game,” James Jian said. “Not many people understand that if you learn it competitively, and you try to understand how professionals play, you soon find out that it's much harder than many sports out there when it comes to physical abilities and reflexes.”
	James Jian said for right now, the club is recruiting junior officers, and for those who are interested, current officers will guide them before the official officer selection in order to train those who are enthusiastic and prepare them for the officer role.
	“Ping pong is not an extremely popular sport in America and around where we are now,” Alan Jian said. “However, if you were to foster a larger human community, such as some sort of inter-district league with all of the other schools … that would, increase the interest [and would] definitely gain the attention of more people and players.”

Creation of Ping Pong club: Ideas and progress

By Jack Xu March 31, 2021

The ping pong club was successfully founded by Alan Jian and Michael Xiong in 2019 to build upon their similar interest and bring attention to a lesser-known sport, ping pong club public relations officer...

Members of the football team participated in fall fitness and conditioning last year.

Athletics cleared to start practices, conditioning

By Nitya Kashyap February 4, 2021

H HS athletics finally started season one practices on Tuesday, Feb. 2, according to an email sent to staff by assistant principal Brian Dong. While the county is still in the purple tier, the email...

New sports season 2021

By Miya Liu February 1, 2021
Links, documents and contact information to get ready for the upcoming sport season!
A recruiting coach’s advice: how to navigate college recruiting during COVID-19

A recruiting coach’s advice: how to navigate college recruiting during COVID-19

By Joshua Cantwell-Nahrung November 17, 2020

Jeff Amaral is an assistant baseball coach at West Valley College who also helps recruit players to West Valley’s baseball team. The Epitaph report Joshua Cantwell-Nahrung sat down with Amaral in a Zoom...

Running, playing esports, and doing workouts at home are some ways people can spend time during quarantine.

Staying active during quarantine: the future of sports

By Jane Park, Bryan Ruiz, Miya Liu, and Nitya Kashyap May 20, 2020

With the country under lockdown, sports have been seeing a great decline. Stadiums that are usually packed are now completely empty and silent. Professional sports seasons have come to a screeching halt....

The 2020 NFL Draft, a bright spot in a world with no sports.

Faria Focus: NFL Draft is a bright spot in a world with no sports

By Jackson Faria April 28, 2020

As the sports world remains at a standstill due to COVID, sports fans are desperate for any source of entertainment. Luckily for us, the 2020 NFL Draft is helping us power through by holding a virtual...

Stadiums all over the world will remain empty due to cancellations caused by the coronavirus.

Faria Focus

By Jackson Faria March 27, 2020

We have seen the effect of coronavirus on the world: the pandemic has shut down international travel, schools and worst of all — sports. For many sports fans, the seasonal change from winter to spring...

Girls varsity players discuss their soccer role models

Girls varsity players discuss their soccer role models

By Anika Karody and Nitya Kashyap March 12, 2020

Nearly every successful person has someone they look up to: a muse, role model, mentor or someone they admire and aspire to be. For some it can be an icon in their field, and for others, their loved ones. Though...

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