Academic Decathlon 2016

 

by JOCELYN VALENZUELA

Staff Writer

The Academic Decathlon is the only annual high school academic competition. The competition consists of seven multiple choice tests, two performance events, and an essay. This year Academic Decathlons theme was India, so all topics including (art, music, social science, language arts, economics, and the novel ) were all India-themed.

Top El Diamante student award: Daniel Seyedebrahimi

Top Overall Student (in all of Tulare County): Daniel Seyedebrahimi

Art:

Mathew Jacobs-bronze

Brenden Stevens-silver

Ying Yan-bronze

Daniel Seyedebrahimi-gold

Daniel Seyedebrahimi-top overall student award

Music:

Mathew Jacobs-gold

Anthony Cisneros-gold

Kiley Greenwood-silver

Forrest Johnson-silver

Leiana Petlewski-bronze

Janet Lau-silver

Ying Yan-silver

Daniel Seyedebrahimi-gold

Daniel Seyedebrahimi-top overall student award

Math:

Mathew Jacobs-gold

Anthony Cisneros-gold

Brenden Stevens-bronze

Forrest Johnson-gold

Daniel Seyedebrahimi-silver

Jack Perez-gold

Forrest Johnson-top overall student award

Science:

Forrest Johnson-gold

Leiana Petlewski-silver

Daniel Seyedebrahimi-gold

Daniel Seyedebrahimi-top overall student award

Social Science:

Mauricio Valdez-bronze

Mathew Jacobs-bronze

Forrest Johnson-gold

Daniel Seyedebrahimi-gold

Daniel Seyedebrahimi-top overall student award

Economics:

Mathew Jacobs-gold

Forrest Johnson-gold

Leiana Petlewski-bronze

Jack Perez-silver

Daniel Seyedebrahimi-gold

Daniel Seyedebrahimi-top overall student award

Language & Literature:

Ying Yang-bronze

Daniel Seyedebrahimi-silver

Essay:

Brenden Stevens-silver

Speech:

Mathew Jacobs-bronze

Kiley Greenwood-bronze

Janet Lau-bronze

Ying Yang-silver

Daniel Seyedebrahimi-gold

Leiana Petlewski-gold

Interview:

Mathew Jacobs-silver

Kiley Greenwood-bronze

 

$19 Billion to Better Protect Government Data

by VICTORIA VALDERRAMA

Staff Writer

Another day, another government agency data breach. In an effort to curb the seemingly endless barrage of cyber attacks, the White House is asking congress for $19 billion to strengthen security at U.S. agencies.

“The cyber threat continues to outpace our current efforts,” Michael Daniel, special assistant to the president and cybersecurity coordinator, said in a call with reporters Monday night.

He outlined president Obama’s long-term plan to strengthen the government’s security systems and combat the rising threat of sophisticated network intrusions.

As a part of Obama’s 2017 federal budget proposal- which congress can approve, reject, or fashion into its own- the White House is seeking to pour money into a long term national cybersecurity strategy. The action plan, which would increase cybersecurity spending by 35% from last year, calls for an overhaul of the government’s outdated network.

A fund of $3.1 billion would be set aside for agencies to update and a new White House position would be created to oversee cybersecurity improvements across federal agencies.

The nation’s top information officer, Tony Scott, said that the budget includes a $62 million investment to meet the explosive demand for cybersecurity professionals.

The funds would bolster scholarship programs for tech-minded Americans who want to work at government agencies.

Boys Soccer 2/9 & 2/10

by JASON HUANG

Staff Writer

On Tuesday, February 9, El Diamante’s boys soccer team played against Hanford West at Hanford West. The boys lost, leaving their overall record at 14-8-3 and league record at 6-3-2. Hanford West scored twice in the first half, and El Diamante scored once in the first half, leaving them trailing by one going into the second half. In the second half, Hanford West scored again, putting them up by two. El Diamante was unable to put any more points in and lost 1-3. The boys will play at home against Golden West next Wednesday, on February 10, at 5:00 PM.

 

On Wednesday, February 10, El Diamante’s boys soccer team played against Golden West at home. The boys lost, finishing their season off with an overall record of 14-9-3 and league record of 6-4-2. Both teams struggled to score in the first half. However, in the second half, Golden West was awarded a penalty kick that was converted, which put them up by one over El Diamante. Shortly after the converted penalty, Golden West was able to put in another goal. The boys were unable to put any points on the board and finished the game at 0-2. Despite the loss, the boys were able to clinch a playoff spot and will play against Reedley on February 18.