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Webb students have a blast at Jubilee

Dora Ding
Webb Canyon Chronicle journalists performed “Our Song” by Taylor Swift with George Cardenas (‘23) on the piano, Jovana Luna (‘24) and David Hastings (‘22) on the guitars, and the others singing. As the second major group performance, the group spirit moved the audience to wave with the music.

On April 30th, basking under the beautiful California sunlight, Webb students attended the annual Jubilee event on Centennial Field. This musical festival is one of Webb’s most cherished traditions, featuring the talents of students and faculty alike. From 3 p..m. to 9 p.m., the stage welcomed a variety of performances, ranging from K-pop dancers to solo instrumentalists, singing duets, and more. 

Kicking off the event, a dazzling group of K-pop dancers composed of VWS students from all grade levels danced to several renowned pop songs including “Mafia in the Morning,”, “Black Mamba,” “Dynamite,” and finally, “Dance the Night Away.”      

Perhaps the performance that roused the most attention and excitement from the audience was the faculty and staff band, with the Webb Canyon Chronicle advisor Dr. Dzula as lead singer, Mr. Anthony Noronha, business office staff, and Ms. Jessica Fisher, Chair of Humanities Department, as guitarists, and the rest of the teachers as enthusiastic dancers. They sang “Dancing in the Moonlight” by Toploader. Nearby faculty members including Dr. Theresa Smith, Associate Head of Schools, and Mr. Rick Duque, Dean of Webb School of California, were encouraged by students to dance on the stage. The audience responded with earnest claps and sing-alongs and the atmosphere of Jubilee was pushed to the peak of thrill and excitement. 

One other notable performance was the beatboxing from Jordon Sun (‘23), whose impromptu performance impressed the audience with his solid grasp of rhythms and sounds.  

The Alf Museum research rap presented by Joseph Ferrari (‘22), Nathan Choi (‘22), DJ Jalelah Johnson (‘22), and drummer Nathan Lara (‘22) also presented an authentic Webb performance.  

“It was the most electric performance of the night,” said Nick Lee (‘22). “It rocked. Pun intended.”   

Lastly, the two group performances –– singing from the WCC journalists and dancers from South Hutch —heightened a sense of community and mutual solidarity. The journalists donned their new magenta sweatshirts and sang “Our Song” by Taylor Swift, where Bianca Arteaga (‘22), Sharon Xu (‘22), and Emily Li (‘24) served as lead singers. The South Hutch residents and Dr. Hartle brought a dance for “Mic Drop” by BTS.  

The evening was brought to a close with the phenomenal performance by Orange Juice, a band including Xander Kong (‘22), Mickey Chai (‘22), David Hastings (‘22), and a guest guitarist.  

“It was really hyped, dusty, and fun,” said Kristie Ma (‘24). “But it was also bittersweet because it was the seniors’ last performance.”   

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Jenny Wang
Jenny Wang, Editor-in-Chief
Returning after a transformative summer at Northwestern University, Jenny Wang ('24) is rejoining the Webb Canyon Chronicle as Co-Editor-in-Chief, bursting with fresh journalism skills. Jenny is primarily humble when talking about her talents and interests, she occasionally forgets to flex that she is also a pianist, flutist, comedy enthusiast, and badminton pro. As a prominent figure at Webb, Jenny serves on the VWS honor cabinet, captain of the debate team, and chapel council. Finding comfort in shows like Grey's Anatomy and Gilmore Girls, she balances the demands of her busy life. Jenny's academic pursuits lean towards humanitarian issues; over the summer, she invested extra time into political risk research, specifically analyzing aspects of Israeli lifestyle. Beyond her academic commitments, Jenny's mission this year is to infuse WCC articles with potent and well-balanced viewpoints. Her intellect, vibrant personality, and unwavering laughter contribute to an environment full of energy and positivity. There is no doubt, Jenny Wang embodies a dynamic blend of talents, passions, and determination that enriches both the Webb community and the wider world. Through her versatile contributions and infectious laughter, Jenny's presence leaves an indelible mark, reminding us all of the power of embracing one's passions and sharing them with the world.  Favorite Song: "Welcome to Wonderland" by Anson Seabra
Jenny Tran
Jenny Tran, Public Editor
Whether it is popping on a new vinyl or traveling across the world, Jenny Tran (‘24) likes to immerse herself in the moment and explore the culture around her. You can find her hanging out with friends in the South Hutch common room or listening to various music genres at any place and time. Her favorite artists include Suboi, Keshi, Tyler the Creator, and Blackpink. Whether across the Pacific Ocean in California or in her hometown of Hanoi, Vietnam, Jenny is probably watching the radiant moon listening to Super Rich Kids by Frank Ocean. At Webb, Jenny shines a light on women’s issues in different countries, Asian rights, and ESVI. As she moves into her third year on the Webb Canyon Chronicle, she hopes to continue advocating for her beliefs while exploring new mediums like poetry or photo galleries. As a Public Editor, Jenny also wants to bring more inventive and comedic ideas to the table. If you are ever in need of a good laugh, a music recommendation, or someone to go thrifting with, you should call Jenny Tran.  Favorite song: DO4LOVE by 52Hz & Willistic 
Emily Li
Emily Li, Chief of Media
Emily Li ('24) is not your usual iPad kid. You might see her using her tablet, but trust me: she isn't playing Roblox. She is a passionate artist who loves to create artwork on her iPad. Emily's favorite thing to draw is the people around her, focusing on experimenting with colors. She also enjoys dancing to popular K-pop stars IU and Mamamoo. Just like her top-notch dancing skills, she has a crazy tolerance for spicedo not be surprised when you see her empty bottle of sriracha. However, Emily's dynamic personality is not confined to her personal endeavors. As head peer advisor, she steps into a leadership role that suits her naturally empathetic and social nature. She finds joy in building bridges, fostering connections, and offering a sympathetic ear to those around her. One of Emily’s main goals this year is to give as much love as she can to the world. At the Webb canyon chronicle is to improve the diversity of articles and further refine the website after designing it. In a world where each stroke of her digital pen, every dance step, and all her interactions paint a picture of her vibrant self, Emily Li stands not only as a multitalented artist, leader, athlete and beacon of positivity, illuminating everything she touches with her unique and colorful perspective. 
Dora Ding
Dora Ding, Staff Writer
Adventurous, analytical, and passionate, Dora Ding (‘24) looks forward to entering the newsroom as a first-year staff writer for the Webb Canyon Chronicle. In addition to improving her writing, Dora hopes to use her journalist role at the WCC to explore key issues in education and voice her opinions. Specifically, she is keen on improving education for children; over the summer, Dora participated in a program where she helped advise and inform students in Taiwan about the American education system and the college process. Besides writing articles for the WCC, you can catch Dora reading detective and mystery books, as she enjoys its thrills and suspense. In her spare time on the weekends, Dora likes going out to shopping malls and food courts with friends, as well as trying all the different flavors of ice cream: her current favorites are lemon sorbet and cookies & cream. She is excited to finally spend the year in-person at Webb and dive into her favorite class, AP Calculus AB. Dora also looks forward to participating in tennis and yearbook and hopes to remain involved with the Webb community in the years to come. Favorite song: "Things I Do For Love" by Lee Seung Hyun

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