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Food Service Director Armando Amezcua whips it up in the Webb Schools kitchen

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Sohum Uppal
Chef Armando Amezcua passionately manages the kitchen, navigating the challenge of catering to diverse student tastes. His dedication and teamwork significantly enhance the dining experience, creating a positive environment appreciated by both his team and Webbies alike.

What do you think about when you first wake up? Is it water, restroom, or life? Well, for Webb’s head chef, Armando Amezcua, it is food. But not to eat it, rather, to serve it.   

“My daily routine is different every day,” said Mr. Amezcua, Food Service Director. “On Mondays, I usually come in early to go over the menu and finalize it. Then, I usually check on my team and set the agenda for the day.” 

Some of the food service directors’ key responsibilities are in the kitchen. To keep this operation afloat, chefs must always stay on top of these.  

“[We] make sure we have all the products we need for the week,” Mr. Amezcua said. “Another one is I make sure to prepare all the items on the menu for students to like. Also, I overlook the safety and sanitation of the kitchen.”  

One of the biggest challenges for him is coming up with a menu everyone can enjoy. The kitchen staff must satisfy around 600 hungry people a day, which is a lot of dietary restrictions to account for.  

“We try to make sure to have different types of cuisines every day to accomplish my goal of having more students come and eat in the dining hall,” he said.   

The manager’s backbone is his team, most of which have been working with him for an exceptionally long time, and in dining hall staff, Gilda, Jose, Benjamin, Celso, Teresa, Lupe, Rosalina, and Julieta’s case, they have been supporting Webb for over 30 plus years! The crew helps with cooking food, cleaning dishes, and maintaining the space.  

“What I like to do with my team is I respect them and appreciate the quality work they do. I also try to keep a great work environment to work together as a team,” he said. 

When the chef gets the time to sit down for a meal, you can probably see him indulging in a nice steak or chicken tikka masala.  

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Brandon Arteaga, Editor of Sports
Shortstop on the Easton Prime baseball team, expert at Mario Kart, and Editor of Sports at the WCC, Brandon Arteaga (‘24) embodies Yoshi a friendly, carefree cartoon dinosaur. And much like a Yoshi, Brandon always brings positive energy to his surroundings, from leading the Webb baseball team and Easton Prime as captain to making goofy jokes around his friends. Just like how Yoshi’s constant exclamations of “Yoshi!” endear him to his fellow dinosaurs, Brandon expresses care of culture through play and language –– seeing Spanish as a medium to reconnect with his dad’s side of the family. Over the weekend, you may find him playing Call of Duty at his home in Upland, chilling with his two dogs, Mambo and Simba, or laughing through the out-of-the-box plot in the Regular Show. In addition to his generosity towards friends and family, Brandon is an avid sunset lover. His fondness for nature blossomed into a passion for climate change activism during his time at Webb, and he hopes to continue raising public awareness around this topic. Looking forward to the year, Brandon hopes to submit his works on time and explore diverse avenues of college baseball, exemplifying Yoshi’s adventurous spirit. And who knows? He may gain another inspiration to tackle global warming during a late-night drive to the beach or spontaneous stargazing venture –– and begin flutter-jumping! Favorite Song: "The Good Ones Go" by Drake
Sohum Uppal, Editor of Science & Technology
Sohum Uppal (‘25) likes to build cars during his free time. Yes, you heard that right — not toy cars or miniature models, but life-sized, mechanical engines used for transportation. Currently embroiled in fixing a motorcycle, he finds peace in tinkering with nuanced components to enliven a fully functional vehicle. Just like how he enjoys fine-tuning wires and relocating structures, Sohum lives for the thrill of transforming numbers and functions when he tries to solve math problems. In fact, he had been learning math during the past summer while making chicken boxes at Raising Cane's and playing with his Siberian husky, Astro. Sohum’s productive break ended a week earlier than most of his peers, because of his new leadership role as the student government’s serotonin commissioner. He loved planning community events such as the Welcome Back Dance and hopes to give students a boost of happiness, especially during stressful times. Sohum looks forward to establishing genuine connections with the Webb community this year through community service and sports. As the Science and Technology Section Editor in the WCC, he strives to increase related articles with his passion for STEM. One thing is for certain: the Tech section is in great hands.   Favorite song: Nascar dashcar- lucki

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