Read about our 2019 Mr. Wilson Candidates!

By SIDNEY WONG AND RANI CHOR
STAFF WRITER

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Christopher Chan (12)- Mr. Dance Co.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

“My biggest inspiration is my coach Danny C. Vela.”

What is one thing you will and one thing you will not miss about high school?

“I will not miss the newly added gates surrounding the campus, but I will miss all the friends and experiences I have had in high school.”

If you could take two other Mr. Wilson candidates with you to a deserted island, who would it be and why?

“I would take Justin Yeh because he seems to have the ability to survive and Kyle Huang because he would bring the morale up.”

What is a quality you have that you think will help you earn the title of Mr. Wilson?

“I think the one quality that will help me win Mr. Wilson is that I am able to give the judges a good show.”

What is something you have always wanted to do?

“I have always wanted to go on a camping trip with no technology and only the essentials.”

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Alex Arteaga (12)- Mr. Robotics

What is one thing you will miss and one thing you will not miss about high school?

“All the support from teachers and all the friends I have here. I will not miss waiting in lunch lines.”

Who is your biggest inspiration?

“My dad. Growing up, he had a difficult life and he had to work hard to support his family. I will always have the utmost respect for him.”

What is your favorite genre of music?

“I like all sorts of music, but if I had to pick one it would be pop or soul.”

If you could go back in time, what would you tell your freshman self?

“Relax. Don’t worry about what you cannot control and make sure you are happy.”

Who would you like to give a shoutout to?

“Shoutout to the IB class of 2019 and the Robotics Team.”

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Isaac Fei (12)- Mr. Renaissance

What is an important lesson you have learned in your four years of high school?

“An important lesson I have learned in my four years of high school is knowing how to manage my time between having fun and doing my work.”

What is your favorite genre of music/favorite artist?

“My favorite genre of music is mainly hip-hop and my favorite artists are Lil Uzi Vert, Nav, and Travis Scott.”

What do you order for In-N-Out?

“I order a double-double with animal style fries and iced tea.”

Which teacher or coach has made the most impact on you and why?

“Mrs. Young has impacted me the most [due to] her ability to be a great teacher as a strict, yet caring, person.”

What does a perfect day look like to you?

“A perfect day is probably a cold and rainy day in which I stay inside, sleep in, and game.”

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Ryan Hou (12)- Mr. RWMA

How does it feel to be able to represent RWMA and what does it mean to you?

“It is really amazing to be representing what I love the most about this school. It means a lot to me to represent band, my friends and mostly, my teachers.”

What part of Mr. Wilson are you looking the most forward to?

“I am looking forward to the talent round.”

If you had two free plane tickets, who would you take and where would you go?

“I would take [my best friend] Adi and we would go to the United Kingdom.”

What teacher or coach has made the most impact on you and why?

“Mr. Torres. He has been doing a great job as a director and even got us to champs in his first year. He is building [our band].”

What do you order from In-N-Out?

“A double-double or three by three when I feel like it.”

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Cruz Casillas (12)- Mr. Culinary Crew

Why did you decide to participate in Mr. Wilson?

“Peer pressure. I just thought why not?”

If you could take two other Mr. Wilson candidates with you to a deserted island, who would it be and why?

“I would take Ethan Syaifulah and Michael Tran. Ethan is my best friend and I have known Michael longer than any of my other friends.”

What does a perfect day look like to you?

“Hanging out with my friends, eating Wingstop, and driving around.”

What is something you have always wanted to do?

“I have always wanted to take my dog out for dinner.”

Who is your biggest inspiration?

“My grandfather.”

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Benjamin Garza (12)- Mr. Wrestling

What is an important lesson you have learned in your four years of high school?

“I have learned perseverance is required for everything.”

What is one thing you will miss and one thing you will not miss about high school?

“I will miss seeing all my friends every day, but I will not miss having to wake up early for class.”

What is your favorite genre of music/favorite artist?

“My favorite genre is probably hip-hop and my favorite artist being Kendrick Lamar.”

If you could go back in time, what would you tell your freshman self?

“I would tell myself to change my schedule [and prioritize].”

Who would you like to give a shoutout to?

“My family and friends for always being there to support me.”

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Jacob Candelario (12)- Mr. Drama

What is an important lesson you’ve learned in your four years of high school?

“There are always fake people in the world trying to stand out, but the real people are the ones who stand out the most.”

How does it feel to represent Drama and what does it mean to you?

“I love drama with all my heart. I think you act so much like a fake character in class that it feels good to be yourself afterward.”

What is your favorite genre of music/favorite artist?

“Hip-hop is by far the best. [I appreciate] the story and message behind lyrics.”

If you could go back in time, what would you tell your freshman self?

“I would probably say be nicer to my thumbs, because I have broken both my thumbs four times.

Which teacher or coach has made the biggest impact on you?

“Mrs. Weaver by far. Not only did I make friends with the most amazing people, but she taught me to be myself. She taught me to put 115% into anything I do and never give up.”

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Jonathan Han (12)- Mr. Water Polo

Who is your biggest inspiration?

“My biggest inspiration is my dad.”

Which teacher or coach has made the biggest impact on you?

“Mrs. Udeshi has given my tips and skills to survive college and [life] in general.”

If you could take two other Mr. Wilson candidates with you onto a deserted island, who would it be and why?

“I would take Isaac and Kyle because we would still find a way to have fun on a deserted island.”

What do you order from In-N-Out?

“I get a three by three with a Dr. Pepper.”

What does a perfect day look like to you?

“A perfect day is at the beach, swimming in the ocean, sleeping under an umbrella and [ending the night] with a bonfire.”

Who would you like to give a shoutout to?

“A shout out to Ryan Lien for being a real one <3.”

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Kyle Huang- Mr. ASB

What does this organization mean to you?

“ASB was my choice, and it means people coming together, showing what school spirit is all about.”

If you won a million dollars, how would you use it?

“I would buy a house and invest.”

What is your favorite high school memory?

“Probably this year when basketball went pretty deep into CIF. It happened pretty recently and it was the most exciting event that we have ever had.”

What part of the Mr. Wilson competition are you most excited for?

“Lip-sync, I think it could be really funny and [would] hype up the crowd.”

If you were to choose, who would you choose for Mr. Wilson?

“Myself. As long as I can get past the first round, I can call myself the better brother in my family.”

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Jake Luo as Mr. Fashion

What made you interested in fashion?

“There are a lot of influencers like Kanye West, and I admire how they can put simple things together and make it look so incredible. Plus fashion is a way to express myself because people look at your outfit before they even get to know you so it makes up my first impression.”

What used to be considered trashy but now is very classy?

“People have been bringing back fanny packs. Back then, Dwayne Johnson made it cool but then it died down and now it is cool again. Also dad shoes. All the big end fashion brands are making dad shoes and that adds to our fashion culture.”

Why did you decide to run for Mr. Wilson?

“Fashion is a concept, not a club, so I did not get a recommendation letter. But when I submitted my [application] I got accepted and I feel I need to represent fashion.”

What do you think your outfit says about you?

“Usually if I am wearing bright colors I am in a happy place and out to have fun. But when I am matching dark colors like red I just want to keep cool. When I want attention I just dress crazy and people do not understand it but the concept of fashion is that it is not supposed to be convenient or understood by everyone.”

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Ezdras Meraz-Lerma as Mr. Debate

What part of Mr. Wilson are you looking forward to the most?

“The talent portion of the performance because I am playing piano to the song ‘The Little Things That Give You Away’ by U2.”

How are you involved in the school and debate?

“I am a section leader in band and secretary of the debate team. Debate has helped me with my public speaking. I feel debate is underrepresented and should be given more limelight.”

What makes you unique?

“In voting for me, it shows that people who are underrepresented can still win.”

If you could shop at one store for free, which one would you choose?

“Target. Because the men’s section has this brand called Goodfellow & Co., and I really like that brand because it has really cool jackets and stuff.”

What is one thing you want to do before you die?

“Go to Italy. I learned Italian just because it sounded like a really cool language and I want to put that into practice. Italy also seems like a really nice place. I have [learned to say] ‘Sto morendo di sonno,’ which means I am dying of weariness.”

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Nicolas Quiroz Mr. Baseball

Why did you decide to participate in Mr. Wilson?

“I decided to participate because I was voted most spirited and I decided I would do it.”

What is your favorite food?

“My favorite food is pasta because it tastes good.”

What’s the best advice you have ever received?

“To never give up.”

How has baseball impacted your life?

“Baseball has impacted my life because it keeps me going when I am bored and it is a good experience all around.”

Would you rather shoot spaghetti out your fingers, or sneeze meatballs?

“Spaghetti coming out of my fingers.”

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Jonathan Soloman as Mr. Track and Field

In the past people were buried with the items they would need in the afterlife, what would you want buried with?

“Honestly, I would want to be buried with my family because I have been raised [to believe] that the only people who will truly stay with you are family and I consider friends as family because they are always there for me.”

What would winning Mr. Wilson mean to you?

“It is not something very big, but winning is something that will make me happy knowing that I am truly representing Wilson and the sportsmanship school that it is.”

Why did you decide to represent Track and Field?

“Track and Field is one of the sports I have been most dedicated to, and it always allows me to meet new people from different schools who enjoy the sport”

What did you want to be when you grew up?

“I might want to be a spanish teacher or something like that. I would [also] like to be able to coach track and field or maybe cross country at a high school.”

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Ethan Syaifulah as Mr. St. Jude

What is one thing you have learned in St. Jude that you will use for the rest of your life?

“The thing I learned from St. Jude is that teamwork will always make the dream work.”

What’s your cure for hiccups?

“ I like to drink a lot of water while holding my breath.”

What is your funniest memory of the organization you are representing?

“Standing in the sun and getting roasted.”

If you were a pair of shoes, what type would you be?

“I would be Vans because I am really cheap and disposable.”

How would you describe yourself in a sentence?

“Think smarter not harder.”

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Michael Tran as Mr. Tennis

What is one thing you will miss and one thing you will not miss about high school?

“One thing I will miss about high school will be being with my friends all the time and something that I will not miss is being at school.”

What is your favorite spot on campus?

“The tennis courts.”

If you had to bury treasure where would you hide it?

“Probably just in my backyard because I am too lazy to go out.”

Why did you decide to run for Mr. Wilson?

“I saw my upperclassman friends doing it, so I thought it would be fun.”

How would you describe yourself?

“Lazy, but when I am in the right mindset I work really hard and get things done. Laidback, because I am capable.”

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Justin Yeh as Mr. Mock Trial

If you could represent any other organization, what would it be and why?

“Dance Company, since it has been a big part of my life for four years, but it is definitely in good hands under Christopher Chan at Mr. Wilson.”

What is the longest amount of time you have been awake? Why, what happened?

“During junior year, there were lots of times when I was awake for almost two days in a row because I had to pull all-nighters to balance time spent on extracurriculars and academics.”

How long would you last in a zombie apocalypse?

“I think I could start off pretty well because I can make plans for survival, but eventually, I would probably just get tired and call it a day.”

What part of the competition are you most looking forward to?

“The opening dance number, because we have spent so many weeks working on it and it is always funny to watch certain people dance.”

Would you be able to go a week without your cell phone?

“I would like to think so, but honestly, probably not because I would miss all the tokens in Brawl Stars.”

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