New Class Advisors on Campus

Vrinda Chauhan, Asst. A&E Editor

After working under Chris Holmes for a year, Diamond Bar’s sophomore class will wave goodbye to one of their class advisors and welcome in Shari De Cambra, as the two will be exchanging their posts this year.

Holmes, who teaches biology at DBHS, took the opportunity to become Class of 2018’s class advisor in April, to work with his son, a current freshman. Meanwhile De Cambra, who was originally set to be the advisor for the freshmen class after advising last year’s seniors, saw this as an opportunity to work with her own son, and readily agreed to become the advisor for Class of 2017. The two look forward to working with their respective classes as well as their children this year.

“It’s going to be interesting because there’s a whole new dynamic. I’ve never had to work with my children before, so that’s going to be interesting. But I’m definitely looking forward to it. I miss the Class of 2014 a lot, but I’m excited for a change,” De Cambra, a math teacher at DBHS, said.

Holmes will be joining Theresa Hebert and Carly Russo to assist Class of 2018’s class committee in planning and fundraising for various events, such as prom, graduation, orientations, socials, field trips, banquets and senior activities for upcoming years.

“Class of 2017 is going to be something special and I know they are in great hands with their new advisors,” Holmes said.

De Cambra, who has been a class advisor for five other classes, is already planning this year’s fundraising events, including the annual Marie Calendar Pie sales. Her class committee, as well as her co-advisors, along with English teacher Stacy Tenace and history teacher Mary Gaxiola, is also arranging a location for the 2016 senior prom, as class committee plans prom for the class preceding it.

Class of 2017’s historian Austin De Cambra looks forward to working with his mother, as it is “more convenient to reach her for any concerns” the officers might encounter.

Holmes, who previously had been a class advisor for classes of 2013 and 2017 before, anticipates working with class committee to help them have an even grander prom and graduation, and will “appreciate each and every moment spent with my son at Diamond Bar High School and his participation as a member of the class.”

However, the freshmen and sophomore classes are not the only ones undergoing changes. The junior class will also be welcoming a new advisor, Ty Watkins, this year. He will be the class of 2016’s advisor for the next two years along with Pat Wakefield and John Haprov, and is anticipating planning senior prom with his wife.

“My wife and I go to prom every year, and it’s just going to be fun for us to be planning it. It’s definitely going to be a new experience for me, as this is my first year being a class advisor,” Watkins said.