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ADDERALL AND RITALIN On the Rise as NEW STUDY DRUGS How stress and high-pressured classrooms CAN LEAD to students taking stimulants See Focus Pages 6 & 7

The Roar

Vol. XV No. 2 Friday, December 12, 2014

Santa Clara High School 3000 Benton St. Santa Clara, CA 95051

Inside this issue

Students skirt the law to attend SCHS By Shana Vu

Forward Shaelan Murison leads team in goals scored See Sports Page 8

Who’s who? Teacherstudent look-a-likes See Encore Page 12

Teacher tenure is not the main problem See Opinon Page 2

Students find joy in cultural dancing See A&E Page 10

Is teen partying a problem? See Campus Page 5

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Students in the shadows

Special education students face obstacles in the form of disabilities and stigma For some students, the first thing that comes to mind when they hear the words “special ed” Imagine sitting in a classis students who are secluded, room every day and feeling like each molecule of air is pinching and both mentally and physically you. The flickering lights above handicapped. However, that is typically not you and the sound of the heater the case. disrupt your every thought, and “We’ve had almost every you cannot concentrate on what disability,” the special education is being taught. department chair Cheruvalath For many students in the Prabha said. “But they’re mostly school’s special education departvery normal looking kids.” ment, that is the case every day. The school has taught students There are 300 special ed stuwho were either blind, deaf, dents at SCHS with disabilities paralyzed, or in a wheel chair. ranging from speech and language impairment to milder ones However, these students make up less than one percent of the like ADHD and dyslexia. By Theodora Vojnovic

Athletes must abide by strict code of conduct By Athena Ghilarducci

No illegal substances, no revealing clothes, no ditching; these are some of the rules Santa Clara High School students must abide by on campus. But in addition to these, campus athletes must follow even more rules that affect their lives off campus. Before the start of a season, every athlete signs a contract agreeing they will not do drugs, drink alcohol, take steroids or skip school. In addition, most teams have their own codes of conduct their athletes must follow. Coach Melodee Kiyota has the girls’ basketball team follow simple yet crucial

rules about behavior in and out of school. At school, her players are not allowed to be tardy, receive referrals or get detention. Outside of school, players are not allowed to party, smoke or drink. Consequences for disobeying any of these rules include running, losing playing time or not starting a game if the culprit is a starter. Based on the severity of the issue, they can even be kicked off the team. “If one player messes up, then we all mess up and have to suffer the same consequence,” said junior Nina Young.

See Coach Rules, Page 9

total student population at SCHS, Prabha said. Most cases are much milder. “When you say ‘special ed.’, most people think of things like autism or similar disabilities, but in reality, most kids at this school have lighter disabilities like ADHD or dyslexia,” said Frank, a senior with dyslexia. The names of Frank and the other special ed student quoted in this article have been altered to protect their identities.

See Special Education, Page 4

One hour and 15 minutes. Last year, this was senior Angelica’s daily morning commute from San Martin, located near Gilroy. As unbelievable as this may seem to another student who lives across the street from the school, Angelica cited factors like the school’s AVID program, which she has been in since her freshman year, for her willingness to drive the daily 50 miles. Angelica’s commute puts her in the same situation as many other SCHS students, who don’t actually live within the school’s attendance area but go to sometimes extreme lengths to find ways, legally or illegally, to attend SCHS. Her junior year, Angelica used a fake address to attend Santa Clara. Now a senior, she uses senior privilege, which allows her to attend legally. Just as there are students who are willing to commute long distances to attend Santa Clara, there are also avid opponents of these commuters, who argue that these students drain school funds away from students actually living in the district. SCUSD is a basic aid district, meaning the majority of funding comes from property taxes. The students who come here and don’t actually reside in Santa Clara are taking money away from those who do, principal Greg Shelby said. Currently, SCUSD employs a specific person whose job is to investigate suspected address fraud and for whom investigating means following a student home to see where they really live, according to Shelby.

See District Boundaries, Page 5

Mexican tradition lives on in the Bay Area Today, Catholic students celebrate the apparition of La Virgen de Guadalupe at Tepeyác. By Tomás Mier

A little girl wearing sandals and a typical Aztec dress walks up a hill in a small city in Mexico, in peregrination to venerate Our Lady of Guadalupe. This girl is now senior María Montes and she continues this Mexican tradition, here in the United States. Today, along with Montes, the Mexican community at SCHS and all over the United States celebrates the apparitions of the Virgin Mary to Juan Diego. “¡Que viva la Virgen de Guadalupe! ¡Que viva!” Chants like this, roughly translated to “Long live the Virgen of Guadalupe! Long live!”, are heard every Dec.

12 throughout Mexico and many parts of the United States. Montes’s love and admiration for the Virgen of Guadalupe extends past today.

“She brings a lot of hope to us. She means everything.” -Spanish teacher David Llamas

“I see her as if she was my second mom. Sometimes my real mom can’t help me with certain things, so I go to her. I just feel relief when I pray to her, I feel peace,” Montes said as she took out her necklace of La Virgen. According to Mexican

tradition, the Virgin Mary in the form of a woman with a tan complexion, with the sun at her back and the moon at her feet, speaking in the Aztec language Nahuatl, appeared to a native, Juan Diego, at the hill of Tepeyác in what is now Mexico City. La Virgen de Guadalupe then asked him to grab some flowers from the hill and wrap them in his cloak to go show them to the bishop as a symbol of her presence. When Juan Diego released his cloak to show the roses, an image of Mary miraculously appeared on it. Thanks to the Virgen’s apparition, many natives converted to Catholicism.

See Guadalupe, Page 11

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A boy prays to the Virgen de Guadalupe statue outside of St. Lawrence Parish in Santa Clara.




DECEMBER 12, 2014

California teacher tenure laws not the problem Poor students in poor districts need extra attention “How do they still have a job?” It’s a common refrain among frustrated students, who wonder why teachers they see as unprofessional can keep teaching for years. Recent efforts to end teacher tenure might make it easier to fire unqualified teachers, but they do little to address the real disparities in education. In California, teacher tenure has been prominent in the news this year, as the court case Vergara v. California, which pitted the state against a Silicon Valley businessman and nine disgruntled high school students, became a national talking point. The plaintiffs argued that teacher tenure laws hurt poor and minority students by allowing bad teachers to stay in disadvantaged schools for years. More than anything, what hurts disadvantaged students is

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not the bad teachers. It is poverty. In California, child poverty is higher than usual, and for many students, schools are a main source of food and security. Revoking teacher tenure might make it easier to remove a few teachers, but it does nothing about the 25 percent of California students who often cannot afford school supplies or extra attention to their studies. The nine students in Vergara v. California were mostly from the central and south of California, where poverty is up to three times higher than it is in the Bay Area. Santa Clara is in one of the wealthiest areas in the state. Merced, Fresno, and Los Angeles are some of the poorest. Moreover, those cities have a far greater proportion of Hispanic and African American students, who are 20 percent more likely

to live in poverty than their white counterparts. Schools in central and south California typically score lower on standardized tests than those elsewhere, but that is not the fault of the teachers. Primarily, it is the result of a lack of resources and support for children. This year, more than 100,000 California students will drop out of high school, and the vast majority will be in impoverished areas. Teachers whose students do not have the means to buy food, get to school, or study need and deserve more support than those in vastly wealthier districts. The Vergara decision simply draws attention away from the real causes of bad education. California’s teacher tenure laws are indeed arcane and illogical, and allow for teachers to stay in their jobs even if parents, students,

and administrators agree that they are actually having a negative effect on students. Teachers are guaranteed a lengthy appeals process if fired, and the legal proceedings can continue for years. In a 2009 study by the New Teacher Project, 86 percent of school administrators said they would avoid firing a bad teacher due to the expense and time involved. But if the Vergara lawyers are right, bad teachers are incredibly rare in California. The plaintiffs paint teachers as the reason that students fail, rather than looking at resources, funding, and capacity. Failing schools are an economic problem, a racial problem, and an inequality problem, and until those issues are addressed, weakening teachers’ tenure will make no difference.

Editors’ Picks

*College acceptances finally coming in. The wait is over! *Vanessa Hernadez’s new song “Just Smile” * Steve Buscemi’s sensuous eyes. * Suede chuckaboots *Man buns

*Winterball is in the same venue as last year. Deja vu? *Finals are next week *Granny panties with leggings. Girls, get the memo. *To the 49ers stadium causing blackouts during every game

*The right season for holiday drinks *”Frozen” and “Finding Nemo” getting sequels *Taylor Swfit’s new album 1989 dominating the charts *Gas prices dropping. Thanks Russia!

*UC tuition is going up

*To Chipotle raising their prices *The Starbucks PSL hype is finally over *Teachers giving homework during dead week * 2014 Grammy nominations

Is San Jose the really wealthiest city in America? By Helen Alemu

San Jose is the wealthiest city in America, according to USA Today, Forbes and other publications. This information shocked me: with the exception of the wealthy in cities like Los Gatos and Palo Alto, most people here have a regular or even poor standard of living. It’s not like San Jose is filled with mansions, but it is filled with high prices. San Jose is also the 4th most overpriced city in America, according to Forbes magazine. And the median home value in San Jose is $724,500, according to Zillow. San Jose had a median household income of $91,533 in 2013, statistics from USA Today show. This is very high compared to the incomes in any other place. Seventeen percent of households in the area earned at least $200,000 in 2013. Just because San Jose has the highest median income, that doesn’t make us wealthy. The income is high because of how expensive San Jose is. As prices rise, wages rise to compensate for the gap. Saying that San Jose is the wealthiest city is deceptive because it gives people

a misconception about our actual standard of living. People with low incomes suffer more in San Jose than they would in other cities because of the higher prices. If someone who makes little money wants to buy something in San Jose, the chances that they can afford it are low. If they wanted to buy it in another more affordable city such as Detroit, Michigan, they would be better off. Adding the title of being the wealthiest city makes things worse by causing people to automatically assume that everyone in the area is well off, when many are really not. If one wanted to see the variation of wealth in San Jose, they could look at the difference between two areas of the same region: East and West Palo Alto. East Palo Alto is infamous for its rate of crime and level of poverty. West Palo Alto is known for the conspicuous wealth of its inhabitants, and the presence of the prestigious Stanford University. Similarly, there is a great variety of incomes and wealth in San Jose and saying it’s a rich city is a sweeping generalization.

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Some areas in San Jose have freeways that are riddled with graffitti. Many can find gang signs and vulgar content on these freeways.

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Wealthy suburb areas such as Communications Hill in San Jose look like a completely different city in contrast to areas such as East San Jose and East Palo Alto.

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DECEMBER 12, 2014


Bathroom passes need to pass By Jorge Orellana

You’re sitting in a classroom, and you need to go to the restroom. You haven’t gone since lunch and you are trying your best to distract yourself for the last thirty minutes of class. Unfortunately, you have already used your bathroom passes for the semester and you have to wait until next semester to go to the bathroom. Believe it or not, there are still teachers that use this bathroom policy and ration our right to use the bathroom. Students of SCHS should not have limits on how many times they may use the facilities. The bathroom pass policy is appropriate in elementary schools for kids who don’t have as much maturity and responsibility as teenagers who are preparing them-

are meant for children? What possible problems can emerge from a student leaving a class for the restroom more than three times a semester? Will chaos arise from this? Will students begin to ditch class just because there aren’t any bathroom passes to hold them back? Not all teachers have adopted this policy. Various teachers will let you go as many times as you want as long as it’s essential. This only makes the bathroom pass policy seem more questionable and unreasonable. It's not as though there's disorder and massive distraction in Helen Alemu/Roar Staff classes where students can take the selves for adulthood. bathroom pass whenever neces But SCHS is a high school, sary. not an elementary school. At this So is it fair to be kept in class point, we should be capable of and not be able to use the restroom properly using our right to the just because you’re out of bathbathroom and we should be exroom passes? Absolutely not. Such pected to be able to do so. Therea policy does not belong in a high fore, why should we have to deal school. with bathroom passes when they

How to be there and not be seen: be LGBT By Alex Dacus

When you’re straight and cis (identifying as the sex you were born as), you see yourself everywhere. You see a million happy stories, romances and slices of life in books and films. You never are shocked that there’s a boy and a girl kissing on your favorite show. When you’re LGBT, you don’t get that representation. You don’t get the happy ending, the big cinematic moments. Sure we’ve had progress, decades of it, but it’s still not enough. “Faking It”, “Orange Is the New Black” and “Glee” are all shows with varied LGBT characters, but it’s not enough. The percentage of LGBT characters in this season’s shows is 3.9 percent, according to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. The total LGBT population in the United States? It’s estimated at almost 9 percent of adults. Clearly, LGBTs are underrepresented in the media. Even when we do get LGBT representation, the characters tend to be gay and white. Where are the bisexuals? Pansexuals? Intersex people? Transgender people? Here’s the answer: Not shown. But we take what we can get. Happy endings are not something

we frequently get. LGBT stories are not happy, they are a struggle. They end in tragedy or death. In the book “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” by Emily Danforth, Cam is in the closet. When she hears of her parents’ death in a freak accident, the first thing she thinks is how glad she is that they’ll never know she was kissing a girl. Cam cries when a close friend tells her he knows. Cam ends up in a “rehabilitation home”, where she is to be “fixed” - even though she’s not broken. Even more frequent than actual representation is what’s called by many “the Dumbledore reveal”, after J.K. Rowling revealed - after the last Harry Potter book was published - that Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts, was gay. The Dumbledore reveal is when a character is announced as LGBT outside of the actual media, usually after the series ends. This is usually seen as the safe option: it doesn’t hurt sales, but gives some form of representation, avoiding charges of homophobia. Dumbledore reveals? Not actual representation. Another common trick is where writers hint at a same sex relationship without ever intending to make it happen, so as to

attract more liberal/LGBT viewers without alienating the conservatives. A character that is hinted to be LGBT is never recognized as such, but you latch on, hoping desperately they will be. The show “Supernatural” on the CW network is one of the biggest offenders in this category. On the show, a romantic relationship is implied but never developed between the characters Dean Winchester and Castiel. There’s a certain thrill of recognition a lot of us get when a character is shown to be LGBT beyond doubt. It’s almost impossible to explain. That’s me, is what you think. That’s me. That’s what makes the tropes like Bury Your Gays [killing off pretty much all your gay characters] so harmful. Straight people are everywhere, while we get a handful of scraps and few of them end happily. Seeing these tragic endings, you shouldn’t have to think, That’s me. That’s me. “The girls never get to end up together,” writes one blogger, Peyton Thomas. And isn’t that true? All too often, our stories aren’t about romance, they are tragedies. And it’s a pattern that keeps unfolding.

3 Thumbs down to the big butt trend Societal pressures lower women’s self-esteem By Theodora Vojnovic

“I like big butts and I cannot lie”? No. How about, “I like intelligent women, and the size of their butt does not matter.” Large booties are getting increasingly popular in the mainstream media - so popular, in fact, that people are losing sight of what really matters about a woman: personality, intelligence, and character. Women should feel proud of their body type, whatever it is, and do whatever makes them happy - but getting praised simply for having a large butt? Not acceptable. This silly trend is lowering the self-esteem of women who may not have as big of a butt as is “socially acceptable” now. Not having a large booty is seen as a flaw, and women with smaller butts may feel like they have more to prove. Skinny-shaming is even becoming popular in songs, through lyrics like “F*** the skinny b****es” in “Anaconda” by Nicki Minaj and“skinny b****es” in other songs like “All About that Bass” by Meghan Trainor. Women with big butts don’t have it easy either. With all the attention the trend has garnered, women with big butts are more subject to harassment, cat-calling, and being recognized only for the size of their behinds, not their character. Kind of like Kim Kardashian, not that she has much of a character anyway.

Will the sexual objectification of women ever end, or will there always be a new trend that pressures women to conform to what society wants them to look like? Will the sexual objectification of women ever end, or will there always be a new trend that pressures women to conform to what society wants them to look like? It seems like nothing is ever enough. Type in “booty” on any social network and a myriad of posts praising big butts come up. Social media networks like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have

exploded with posts beginning with “booty goals,” “booty is life,” and “booty had me like.” There are even various Twitter and Instagram accounts that only post photos of butts, like “Booty Tweets” and “Big Booty Problems.” Some of these accounts attract more than 100,000 followers. Why? Women are pressured into spending time doing countless reps of squats, and are even buying butt pads to enlarge their behinds. Catfish or what?

Type in “booty” on any social network and a myriad of posts praising big butts come up. Social media networks like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have exploded with posts beginning with “booty goals” “booty is life,” Don’t get me wrong, spending any amount of time on physical exercise is commendable, and if you work hard for the body you want, you deserve all the praise you can get. But then come famous personas like Jennifer Lopez and Nicky Minaj, who sing about having big butts. Jenny from the Block’s entire new song “Booty” is simply about the praise of big behinds, with lyrics like “Big, big booty. What you got a big booty,” and “Throw your hands up if you love a big booty.” She also spends four entire minutes shaking her bum along with Iggy Azalea in the music video, which has garnered over 73 million views since it was released two months ago. Nicki Minaj’s widely known song “Anaconda” is nothing more than her rapping about how big her “buns” are. The music video is pretty much just a visual of that. All different body shapes are beautiful, so please, do not change to please somebody else.

The dangers of taking nudes in 2014: photos are more accessible than ever By Mei Lian Coble

Can you imagine a picture of your nude body circling around the Internet and then ending up in the halls of your school? It could happen. Nude photos have become a popular trend over social media. But they are a danger to those photographed, because they are left exposed – in more ways than one. Yet many young adults and teenagers participate in this trend, leaving one question: why? When you consider the consequences - lack of privacy and loss of authority and control on the Internet - you would think that people would refrain from this act all together.

People share these photos via email or cell phones as well as through Instagram and Facebook. The photos can be viewed multiple times before being taken down, and even when the photos seem deleted, they can always be retrieved. Plus the sites where they’re stored are vulnerable to hackers. Actress Gabrielle Union found this out the hard way earlier this year, when nude photos of her and other celebrities - including Jennifer Lawrence, Nina Dobrey and Kate Upton - were widely distributed online, after a hacker managed to obtain the celebrities’ private photos by breaching

Apple’s iCloud. “There they were online, for the world to see. I felt extreme anxiety, a complete loss of control. I suddenly understood that deleting things means nothing,” Union wrote in an open letter after her deleted photos were stolen from iCloud. Sometimes, the person sharing the nude photo isn’t a hacker, but an intimate partner. People share nude photos with their partner as a way to interact intimately through technology. Though one should be able to trust this person to keep the photos strictly private, there are instances where a partner has broadcast the photos to a broader audience.

Teenagers may give in to this trend due to peer pressure. This can lead to them doing what they may not be entirely willing to do. But the possibility of a photo being leaked or shared can endanger the teen’s reputation and even career. People with high-profile careers, such as politician Anthony Weiner, have lost their jobs because revealing photos of themselves have been leaked. This isn’t just an issue for politicians and celebrities. This can happen among students, family, and friends. People that strive to exploit another person’s weakness are very much real. It’s a savage fact that

“They were online,for the world to see. i suddenly understood that deleting things means nothing.”

-Gabrielle Union privacy is becoming harder and harder to maintain. This is a major issue in this day and age, and anything that can potentially be viewed publicly can eventually become embarrassing. Considering the consequences, why release a nude to the world when it could jeopardize your future, reputation, and privacy?



DECEMBER 12, 2014

Paying it forward

Many students have more than enough service hours, others have none By Jonathan Tran

Every student at SCHS is required to complete 20 hours of community service in order to graduate. Have you started yours yet? Freshman Earvin Lim has already completed 30 hours, and has more than the minimum needed to graduate. “I just think that it’s great to do because the community has taken care of me for a while, so why not give back to it?” Lim said. Lim has volunteered at Great America and the Art & Wine Festival, and often helps at his middle school, Don Callejon. “I enjoy working with my past leadership teacher to plan events for the school,” Lim said. Lim helped out with a presentation to convince community members that Callejon was a good school to attend.

Students at SCHS are taught that community service is not only a requirement, but a way to help and care for others. “The reason for community service is so students understand how we all need to participate in society and give back,” said guidance counselor Katy Weeks. In some cases, students have gotten well over a hundred hours. Junior Saira Singh was an intern at the Summer of Service camp this summer where she led games, activities, and service projects for the middle and high school campers. In total, she did 130 hours of service. Prior to being an intern, Singh was a participant at the camp for years. “That program has meant so much to me for so long, and I can honestly say it has given back to me more than I have, or ever

could, put into it,” Singh said. At the end of the summer, all of the kids wrote letters to each other and as an intern, Singh received some too. “I felt so loved and appreciated,” said Singh. “I cried when I read them.” Unlike Lim and Singh, some students have yet to gain traction in their pursuit of the community service hours needed for graduation. “I don’t like working. I’ve been focusing on school more than community service,” said junior Jose Ruiz. “I don’t know where to get community service hours,” added junior Hannah Fields. “But I plan to help at my old elementary school, especially because there are kids I know.” For those seeking volunteer opportunities, Interact Club and

Key Club offer students a way to participate in the community and give back to others. In addition, students can also visit the counseling office to search for hours. “We do have a long list of opportunities that other students have used in the past,” Weeks said. “I add to it every year based on what students turn in.” To submit community service hours, a form must be filled in and signed by a student’s supervisor. The student must also write a one-page reflection on their service each time they volunteer. Integrating students with community service is important, according to Weeks. “When someone looks at you and says ‘thank you,’ you know they really mean it because they do need your help and it’s important for students to connect with how that feels,” she said.

Special Education Continued from Page 1 Many students in the department simply have a hard time focusing in class. “It’s like a busy freeway going in all directions in their heads,” said Prabha. Being visually impaired himself, math teacher Victor Hakopian has a good understanding of what special ed students go through and feel. “The common parallel I share with my students is that I understand what it’s like to be a minority,” he said. Growing up visually impaired, Hakopian often isolated himself and lacked confidence because he felt that society was judgmental of his disability. “Society thinks that if you’re ‘special ed’ you’re slow, or there’s something wrong with you. Just because I’m visually impaired doesn’t mean I’m not like everybody else. I just have things like larger printed papers adapted for me,” he said. According to Hakopian, society teaches students in special ed that they are not very bright, even though typically, they tend

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Math teacher Victor Hakopian is visually impaired, so in order to teach his students, he uses a special black board and neon-colored dry-erase markers to see what he is writing. to have average IQ’s. “A lot of times, students just lack motivation. Everybody needs to find something they’re good at,” he added. For Jeremy, sports are his gateway to success. Jeremy has a learning disability which makes it hard for him to process and memorize what he is taught, yet he still manages to find himself through

football. Jeremy faces challenges in football like not being able to memorize new plays right away, but ultimately, he continues to work hard because he is given extra time to practice because of his disability. “If we learn a new play, it’s kind of hard for me to pick it up at first, but if I practice and practice

it, then I’ll get it right,” he said. To be classified as special ed, a student must first show lack of progress in their “general education” classes. Then, a team of professionals devises a six-week learning plan for the student. If the student is still struggling, they are put in a support class for three weeks. If that doesn’t work, the school nurse and psychologist test

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All SCHS students are required to complete the minimum prerequisite of 20 community service hours in order to graduate. If a student does not complete them by graduation, they lose privileges to attend events like Prom, and will not graduate.

the student’s IQ and test the way they process things. If the results are lower than the given standard, the student is considered special ed and specific supports to address their needs are put in place. To teach students with learning disabilities, Prabha and other teachers like French teacher Vera Jaeckel and science teacher William Cottrell use a variety of techniques. “I have to make sure to vary activities or else students will become frustrated and bored,” Jaeckel said. Sometimes, however, lesson plans can be altered to an individual student’s needs. If a teacher notices that a student is not doing well on a certain topic or assignment, the teacher might slow down the pace just for that student. Cottrell, along with Jaeckel, gives his students open-note tests and quizzes, and if a student is struggling to finish it, he may sometimes let them take it home to complete. “There are some things you just have to do in order to give students an equal opportunity to at least be successful,” he said.

Junior Aliza Siddiqui traveled the world and lived in five different countries By Maya Singh

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Junior Aliza Siddiqui lived in London, Pakistan, Bahrain, and Muscat in Oman before coming to Santa Clara to finish high school at SCHS

Six schools, five countries, three languages, one girl. Throughout her life, junior Aliza Siddiqui has traveled the world, and learned to speak French, English, and Urdu, picking up lessons that she believes have molded her into the person she is today. Born in Houston, Siddiqui moved to London when she was 4. She lived in London for a year, Pakistan for another year, then Bahrain (“a tiny island the size of a pebble in the Middle East,” Siddiqui said), then Muscat in Oman, and came back to the U.S. as a sophomore. While Siddiqui’s father is in Pakistan, her mother country, her mom’s job as a doctor and passion of traveling the world makes Siddiqui no stranger to being the “new girl.” Of all the places she’s been,

Siddiqui misses London the most. With the fresh images of red brick houses in a flurry of white weather, silent “r”s and “t”s spoken from the lips of her classmates, and Harry Potter movies by the fireplace with her family, London will always claim a special place in her heart, she said. “There was snow and colds and flu and so much rain, but I loved it nonetheless.” With all her traveling, Siddiqui said that she has learned valuable life skills she believes her peers could find valuable as well. Time management is one of her most valued ones. Though it is evident that the Siddiquis have become quite familiar with traveling, and they enjoy it, familiarity doesn’t always make things easy. “The hardest part of traveling

so much is leaving everything behind. I normally sever all ties with the people I’ve made a connection with in my other homes. I like to sever ties so that it hurts less when I’m so far away,” Siddiqui said. Her mother understands what her daughter experiences each time they relocate. “I know that she wouldn’t say that any place is really her home, but we like to focus on the positive. She has become very worldly,” she said. A reason that Siddiqui and her mother travel so much is for the fresh, new perspectives that they get. “Back in Pakistan, nothing is really stable. I like to travel because I get a taste of something new in each place, and it’s always a great experience for both of us,” Siddiqui’s mother said.

One difficulty for Siddiqui when it comes to traveling is never knowing where she’s going to be next. It all depends on where her mother’s job takes them. Though Siddiqui now gets straight As, getting into the groove at SCHS was daunting at first. “It was hard to earn a perfect score on, say, a biology test on Chapter 9 when everyone else had already covered Chapters 1 through 8. On top of that, I had to work hard to make good impressions,” Siddiqui said. At the end of the day, though the process may have been hard, Siddiqui is glad she worked through everything. “Move, move, move, as much as possible, and get accustomed to the ambiance of a new place,” she said.

DECEMBER 12, 2014

Freshmen sign up for upper level classes By Agui Navarro

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50 freshmen are taking advanced classes like AP French, Algebra 2 Honors, Spanish 3, and Theater 2. Freshman Anthony Mazy came to school on the first day expecting everything to be new, and everything was, indeed, relatively new. But not his AP French class. Because he had prior knowledge of the French language, the class did not come as a surprise to him. He already spoke French and understood the culture. Mazy chose to take the AP class instead of French 1 or 2, because he wanted the challenge. “For me, the other classes seemed too easy,” he said. “Also, I wanted to get more than one year of credit for my language class, so I asked my counselor, and he said yes.” At SCHS, anyone including freshmen can take advanced classes, because of the school’s open enrollment policy. Fifty freshmen are taking advantage of this opportunity, including Mazy, letting them get a head start on becoming college-ready. Currently, there are 43 freshmen taking Algebra 2 Honors, three taking Theater 2, one taking Spanish 3, and three taking AP French. A student is required to have prior knowledge of a subject in order to take an advanced class. For example, one would need to have a teacher recommendation or exposure to the French language and culture to get into AP French. Likewise, they need a strong math foundation to take a class such as Algebra 2 their freshman year. One might think that freshmen in advanced classes have lower grades than freshmen not in advanced classes, because the class is harder. However, counselor David Fernandez said freshmen in advanced classes typically have about the same GPA as freshmen in regular classes. Advanced classes like Algebra 2 Honors are difficult, according to freshman Rebecca Klahold. “I would probably have the same grade whether or not I was in Algebra 2 Honors. It’s hard to maintain the grade that I have, though,” she said. Klahold got into this class by taking Geometry in eighth grade, meaning she could take Algebra 2 or Algebra 2 Honors in ninth grade.. French teacher Grace Garvin has three freshmen in her class, and believes the class is possible, even as a freshman. “If you are a good student and have a good background of the language that you’re taking, the class may be for you,” she said.



Student partying:

Some students try to live out “YOLO” by partying over the weekends

By Michelle Garcia

It was 12 a.m. on a Saturday night when junior Michael watched as a boy was picked up from the table he was napping on and thrown in a pool. In response, the boy thrashed around in the pool. Everybody around him was intoxicated by alcohol. People were dancing, drinking, and playing games, despite what had just happened. Michael surveyed his surroundings, bewildered by what he was observing. “There was a lot of high energy, everybody was just dancing. There was good music, good friends, everything,” he said in contrast to the situation he had witnessed. This is one scenario a person can find at a party, which many SCHS students have taken to attending. Some students at SCHS choose to spend their weekends at private house parties, or even at college fraternity or sorority parties. Almost every weekend, students make their way to these events, where they can find themselves surrounded by alcohol, various drugs, or marijuana. “People just go to these parties to have fun. It’s mostly a place to chill and to get away from school,” senior Brianna said, whose name has been altered to protect her identity. Like a typical high school

District Boundaries Continued from Page 1 One former Santa Clara student was forced to transfer to Gunn High School her sophomore year after a district investigator discovered that she lived outside the district by following her home everyday. “A guy from the district followed me home and noticed I was commuting outside of Santa Clara daily, so I ended up going to my current high school now,” she said. Legal options for students include requesting interdistrict and intradistrict transfers or invoking senior privilege. Currently, there are about 85 intradistrict transfer students, whose home school is Adrian C. Wilcox High School, but who choose to go to Santa Clara, registrar Virginia Rios said.

"Local politics can get very ugly." - Principal Gregory Shelby There are only three interdistrict transfer students, whose home school is completely outside the district. Yet, that number may be skewed, Rios admits, because it doesn’t include homeless students who have to travel from outside the district.

movie, parties are known for being a place to de-stress, either among friends or strangers. SCHS has no specific policy on how students should behave when school is not in session, but administration has authority to take action if outside behavior interferes with a student on campus. “If someone came to school under the influence, even from the previous night, then it would be in our jurisdiction to punish the student,” said principal Gregory Shelby. Even though what they’re doing over the weekend may not land them in the vice principal’s office, it can land them at the police station. According to police officer Matt Wurdinger, who gave a presentation on alcohol safety in health classes at SCHS, if anyone is

Senior privilege allows any senior who attended SCHS their junior year but moved senior year to stay at the school regardless of where they live, according to Shelby. Every student has a school they’re supposed to attend based on their address, whether it’s Wilcox High School or Milpitas High School. SCUSD’s boundaries, decided by the school board over 20 years ago when the district was formed as a combination of three other smaller districts, look somewhat convoluted and complicated to some; in SCUSD, a student’s home zone is decided by house number and street name rather than actual proximity to a school. “Based on the specific number and the street you live on, you can live across the street and still go to Wilcox,” said Rios. Some students who don’t live in the district think students should be free to attend the public school of their choice, regardless of where they live. “If a student wants to attend SCHS, they should be able to,” senior Alicia, who uses a Santa Clara resident’s address to attend SCHS, said. Yet, administrators say that this is not feasible. “Local politics can get very ugly when it comes to school boundaries. It’s very complex,” Shelby said. Names of students have been altered to protect their identities.

caught drinking under the age of 21, the police has the right to take preventative measures. If minors are caught drinking at the party, they could get an underage citation and be sent to juvenile hall and receive juvenile probation. It could count on their permanent record as an official arrest. Even if a minor does not drink at these parties, they could still be punished the same as everyone else, if caught in attendance. Still, students choose to ignore these possible consequences, attending weekly parties, and sometimes even hosting parties of their own, raising their chances of getting caught. “A bunch of people host the parties every weekend. There are parties throughout the entire Bay Area,” Michael said. As for the parents of the host, they could be jailed for as long as a year and get fined anything from

$500 to $1000, depending on if they knew about the alcohol. House parties are not the only option for SCHS students. There are parties typically hosted at Santa Clara University or San Jose State University fraternities that students make their way into. “College parties are for college people and when you go to college parties, you go with people you know from school. If you go to college parties, they’re more crowded and crazy. They actually have more alcohol because they have more overage people to get the alcohol and more people get drunk compared to high school parties,” said junior Kylie, whose name has also been changed. While for some, partying seems like a great way to spend their Friday or Saturday nights, for others, parties represent lack of responsibility and focus in school. “At house parties, responsibility for oneself and others is often thrown out the window,” said junior Marisol Ramirez, who chooses not to spend her weekends partying. Lack of responsibility is not the only reason some students choose not to spend their weekends at a house party. Kevin, a student who asked to be named anonymously, chooses not to go to these parties, but for a different reason. “I know the consequences of what can happen from alcohol and drugs, because people in my family have screwed up in their lives from them,” said Kevin. Photo by Theodora Vojnovic/Roar Staff

Did You Know?

Antonio Vela did native Aztec dancing A fascinating fact about a favorite staff member By Alex Dacus and Keert Gill

Vice Principal Antonio Vela is usually seen around campus in dress shirts and ties. However, he did not always favor such conventional attire. Vela used to sport long, black hair and danced in two Aztec tribal dancing groups. Vela discovered Aztec dancing in 1993 when he worked at the Gardner Community Center in San Jose, where an Aztec dance group held its weekly practices. “I saw it and my jaw dropped. My eyes popped out of my head,” he said. Vela calls himself “a dancer at core,” and compared Aztec dancing to ballet and other art forms because a performer has to be “incredibly dedicated” and must be willing to put in work to perform. When Vela did Aztec dance, his appearance was drastically different from today. He kept his hair long at the time, and it went midway down his back when it was in a braid. When his hair wasn’t in a braid, it went down below his hips. “I was involving myself in the culture, my heritage,” he said. “It was a cultural decision.” The music he danced to was

Courtesy of Antonio Vela

Antonio Vela had long, black hair to go along with his Aztec tribal dance costume. played on a large drum, and the costumes he wore featured many colors and dramatic lines, and he wore chachayotes - small cowbelllike hollowed-out tree nuts strappes around his ankles. He spent seven years dancing regularly, and had trouble with soreness and fitting into costumes, because he was really thin at the time. Though Vela loved dancing, he had to stop after seven years, due to time constraints. “I don’t dance much anymore, but every time I’m in the area where it’s being practiced or performed, I so badly wish I did,” he said.


What are stimulants?


Psychostimulants, also called “uppers,” are drugs designed to improve mental function. They range from the commonplace, like caffeine, to the illegal, like cocaine. Stimulants are frequently prescribed to ADHD patients. In recent years, the number of high school students taking prescription stimulants illegally has grown rapidly, and many cite stress as a factor. Adderall is the most commonly abused ADHD medication, partly because its name is recognizable. Its effects last 8-10 hours.It releases dopamine in the brain, and is used both for studying and for getting high. Vyvanse is the most expensive ADHD medication available. Like Adderall, it lasts 8-10 hours. It also acts as an apetite suppressant and is sometimes abused as a diet pill. Ritalin is one of the cheapest ADHD drugs, and is popular in high schools. It lasts 3-4 hours, but has worse side effects than other ADHD medications,including jitters and stomachaches. Adderall, Vyvanse, and Ritalin are all classified as Class II controlled substances by the U.S. government - the same class as cocaine. Class II drugs are known to be highly addictive, but also have a legitimate medical use - in this case, treating ADHD. ADHD stands for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. An ADHD diagnosis requires: • Problems paying attention, hyperactivity or extra energy, and impulsivity • Symptoms that begin between the ages of 6 and 12 • Symptoms lasting at least six months ADHD has become controversial in the last decade, because parents argue that it is hard to tell it apart from normal childhood behavior. In the U.S., 6 to 7 percent of children are estimated to have ADHD. Boys are three times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with ADHD, and most diagnoses are made under the age of 18.


forcement Agency supported this, citing teenagers who believed that it had to be safe to take pills that their by Sophia Kakarala classmates with ADHD took daily. “It was easy.” That isn’t the case, according Heather*, an SCHS junior, took to Keating, who said that students Ritalin in her sophomore year, the who take Adderall without a prenight before a chemistry test. “I scription risk damaging their bodfreaked out,” she said. “The effect ies. happened really fast. I don’t know “With a prescription, they start if I did any better on the test the you off on a low dose, then gradunext day, but I’ve never studied that ally increase it,” said Keating. If hard before.” students begin taking Adderall at Students across the country who a high dosage immediately, the use stimulant drugs like Ritalin to consequences range from stomach study say that it makes their brains aches to extreme mood swings. work more quickly. Heather noted It is the illicit nature of Adderall that when doing homework late at abuse that worries many students. night, she often worked through a “You develop a dependency, “fog” – but that this disappeared and then you’re in trouble,” said with the Ritalin. senior Hayley Anthony, who has Her reaction is typical of stu- peer-counseled teens with drug dents who use Ritalin, Adderall and abuse issues. “When you apply for other stimulants to study, especially a job, having past drug use without when they take it for the first time. a prescription will be a huge probAccording to SCHS psychiatrist lem.” Daisy Leyva-Gomez, Anthony’s stimulants, including “It can be a gate- concern about Adderall, can cause drug depenway; that’s the side effects ranging dency is not from loss of sleep to only risk. So unfounded. Adpersonality changes. derall and other people with cerIn spite of this, stimstimulants are tain personaliulant abuse is on the classified as ties can’t use it “highly addicrise nationwide, perhaps due to students’ a lot.” tive,” and some desperation to perstudents in the -Tony* form well in school. University of A survey by the Michigan study University of Michireported that they had kept taking gan found that in 2013, nearly 10 them for more than two weeks bepercent of high school seniors in cause they were addicted. Those the country had used either Adder- who stop taking the drugs suddenly all or Ritalin illegally, up from 6 may experience an unpleasant withpercent in 2008. drawal, including nausea, anxiety, In an online survey of 94 SCHS and emotional changes, as a result seniors, only 3 percent said that of their brains’ changing chemistry. they had abused Adderall or anothHeather said she had only taken er ADHD medication, and SCHS Adderall twice, and never felt like nurse Karen Keating said that she repeating it. “For me, it was more rarely encounters students who like the danger of [taking Adderall] have abused stimulants. However, and getting caught wasn’t worth it. 26 percent of seniors surveyed said It still helped me study those times it was “easy” for students to get - I hadn’t felt that clear before – but Adderall illegally, if they wanted it. I’m not going to do it again.” Stimulants allow ADHD patients, who can get prescriptions, to focus on the world around them and absorb information, rather than getby Ellie Houseman ting off-track. “My mind goes off In an environment where a in that direction, when I should be higher GPA is increasingly impordoing this,” said senior Matt Mc- tant and the pressure to succeed is Cracken, who previously held a greater than ever, stress can make prescription for Adderall. “Adder- drugs like Adderall far more apall helps me focus on what I should pealing, regardless of their addicbe doing, not what I watched on TV tive qualities. last night.” For some, this represents an Adderall, Heather said, has alarming trend in schools. “I find it a reputation for being safer than unsettling that students feel so presother stimulant drugs, because it is sured to do well in school that they regularly prescribed to teenagers. feel the need to take medication,” A 2012 study by the U.S. Drug En- said senior Jenny Yang.


At SCHS: 3 percent of SCHS seniors surveyed said that they had used Adderall, Ritalin, or another stimulant without a prescription.

26 percent of seniors agreed said that it was “easy” for SCHS students to get Adderall or another stimulant illegally if they wanted it.

37 percent of SCHS seniors said that it was “okay” for students to take stimulants without a prescription in order to study.



DECEMBER 12, 2014


Non-prescription use of stimu- of whether they have a prescription. lants appears to reflect the stressful “[My friend] just carried it in his academic atmosphere that students backpack, in a Ziploc bag. He took face. School nurse Karen Keating it during lunch if he said: “kids that are stressed ‘borhad a hard test, and he gave me row’ medication to help them do a pill just in case I wanted to try better on tests to decrease anxiety.” it that day,” said Heather, who has Senior Cameron Smith notes that taken Adderall twice. stimulant use might begin through Like Heather, students often the “pressure to succeed,” preva- obtain Adderall or Ritalin from lent in a culture where students are friends. However, those friends heavily encouraged to have near- usually obtain the drug through a perfect grades if they want to go to prescription from a psychiatrist. a reputable school and make their Getting a prescription is a long proparents proud. cess: to be diagnosed with ADHD, Senior Michelle a student must Yang said that show symptoms “It makes you stimulant users lasting six months hyper-focused and or more. “feel the need to hyper-aware and academically push “There are themselves farther prevents you from many safeguards than they could’ve in place to preotherwise, in the sleeping. The per- vent abuse and fect drug for a same way athletes faking prescripuse steroids to push tions... people ofcollege student their bodies to the under pressure... ten come in with maximum capactheir parents and or even a high ity.” we discuss what Many students treatment works school student.” note the stress that for them,” said -Maria* comes along with Dr. Karen Cruzbalancing taking Brenneman, a psyfour or more AP chiatrist at Kaiser classes, sleeping less than 3 hours Permanente in Cupertino. a night, and trying to finish their However, despite safeguards to looming college applications prevent abuse and illegal distribuWhile the pressure is undeni- tion, such as a thorough screening able, some students argue that stim- processes by both a psychiatrist and ulant abuse gives students an unfair a therapist, some individuals still advantage over those who avoid it. are given prescriptions when they Their artificially enhanced scores may not actually need a psychocan bring up the curve for the test, stimulant. Students interviewed by causing other students to do worse the New York Times stated that obby comparison. taining a prescription was relatively Senior Sarah Lee argued that easy, once they stated that they had drug abuse is inherently wrong, re- trouble focusing. gardless of the reasons behind it. “I Contrary to these accounts, know [stress] is why people do it, Cruz-Brenneman said there has but you’re still using a drug with- been “no noticeable incline” in the out having a prescription for it” she number of people requesting or obsaid. taining Adderall in her last fifteen Keating explains that when a years at Kaiser. student borrows ADD medication When students do buy stimulants from a friend who is at a much from others, they are relatively higher tolerance level than they are, cheap. On the street, the average the outcome can be “major mood price for Adderall can range from problems”. $2 to $8 per pill, according to steetShe also invites students feel- ing large amounts of stress to use Strikingly, the underground healthy outlets such as talking to economy associated with Adderall counselors, friends, or trusted and other prescription stimulants is teachers. much smaller than that surrounding other illegal drugs. Heather and others noted that most of the students they knew who had taken by Joseph Hughes stimulants had gotten them for free, Adderall, Ritalin, and other psy- or traded them for another drug chostimulants are prescribed by or for a favor. For most students, doctors for disorders like ADHD there is little profit in the “study and narcolepsy. But often, it’s pos- drug” trade, but a lot of practicalsible for students to buy or “bor- ity. row” them from friends, regardless

prescription woes

*This student’s name has been changed to protect their privacy.

Student perspective

I only tried Ritalin twice. I had to pull an all-nighter the night I first took it, to study for a chemistry test the next day. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to stay up and concentrate long enough. When I took the Ritalin, it felt like everything I looked at was in really clear focus, and it made it easier to stay awake. I don’t know if I did any better on the test the day after, but I have never studied that hard before. I was feeling really stretched and I couldn’t deal with all my classes. To be honest, I didn’t see it as a big deal. Everyone talks about drinking coffee and energy drinks to stay up. Ritalin wasn’t that different – but it worked better for me. I had tried drinking coffee and and energy drinks in the past, but I didn’t like the way they made me feel. I am currently a junior, and my classes are still hard, but I use coffee to study instead of Ritalin. It feels like Adderall use is becoming more common. I don’t personally use it now, but I’m not going to try to talk my friends out of it. I don’t think it’s wrong for students to take study drugs. It’s unhealthy for them, but there’s nothing morally wrong. People only take study drugs like Ritalin because they feel like they have do amazing on every test. If that’s what you personally have to do to be successful, then it’s what you do.



of high school seniors in the U.S. have used a stimulant without a prescription.

Reporting by Daniel Huynh



DECEMBER 12,2014 WINter Sports

Upcoming games Boys' Soccer 12/13 vs. Leland 2:45 12/16 vs. Harbor 6:00 12/18 @ Fremont 3:30 01/06 vs. Mountain View 3:30 01/08 @ Homestead 3:15 01/13 vs. Los Gatos 3:30 01/15 @ Palo Alto 3:30 01/20 vs. Los Altos 3:30 01/27 @ Mountain View 3:30 01/29 vs. Homestead 3:30

Girls' Soccer

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Coach Brad Comstock talks to his players during half time on how to improve their strategy to keep the score 1-0.

Girls' soccer takes it to the next level By Tomás Mier

As soccer season arrives, the girls soccer team is faced with a fresh challenge: a new, more difficult league. After a 10-0-2 season in the El Camino league last year, the team ascended to the higher De Anza league, but with their achievements come new obstacles. Several of the team’s key players last year—such as Kelsee Katsanes, who led the team in assists with 19—have graduated. Despite the loss of these players, varsity coach Brad Comstock said, “We have picked up some very good freshmen, and the core of the team is back.” Important players such as forward Shaelan Murison, who led the team in scoring last year with 34 goals, have returned. Another team leader, goalkeeper Shannon Peterson, has come back for her last year at SCHS after achieving ten shutouts last season. In addition to Murison and Peterson, freshmen such as Lolli Millan and Hannah Mathews will be players to watch and

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Freshman midfielder Lolli Millan takes on a Fremont player. contributors to the team’s success, Comstock said. Mathews, a defensive midfielder, said Comstock has changed in tactics in order to face new, really talented teams like Los Gatos and Mountain View. Mathews said that Comstock has emphasized switching the field when the midfielders have the ball and splitting the other team’s defense with through balls to the forwards. Aside from a change in tactics, the team will hold an extra

sixth practice on Saturdays for conditioning and weight lifting, center back Haley Levene said. Although winning league is not a priority, qualifying to CCS is. Comstock said, “We’ve made it two years in a row and this would be our third year.” The team won its first preseason game against Fremont 0-1 and tied its second by a tight score of 3-3 against Branham. Levene and defender Catherine Terry said they hope to see more people in the stands for this

season’s games. “They [SCHS] never come to support us: everyone goes to football games, but nobody ever goes out to see us play,” Levene said. “We’re one of the more successful teams at our school. We actually win stuff,” Terry added. MaxPreps, a high school sports media company, ranked SCHS as one of the top 200 girls soccer teams in the nation, even higher than Mountain View, last year’s first place team in the De Anza league. MaxPreps ranks these teams with game results. The more a team wins, the higher the ranking, but the system also takes into account the quality of teams faced and the strength of the overall season. Although this year’s team’s rivals are better than last year’s, Comstock is optimistic. “The fans should come out this year to see some really good girls playing some really good soccer,” he said. The team’s next game will be on Dec. 15 against Evergreen Valley.

Shaelan Murison is key to team's success By Olivia Brady

A loud voice comes from the huddle of varsity girls soccer players at the end of halftime during a recent close game, suggesting strategies and plays to the other girls. The voice belongs to junior and forward Shaelan Murison, a three-year veteran on the team and a mentor to the other players. With a total of 34 goals scored, Murison was also the lead goal scorer on the team last season. In the past two years alone, she has scored over 50 goals, and according to her coach, she’s on her way to break the school record. Entering high school, Murison made the varsity team as a freshman. Just two seasons later, she is a large factor in the team’s success. “Shaelan is probably the key to our treasure chest,” said head varsity coach Brad Comstock. “Her maturity level continues to grow and as it grows, she becomes a better leader.”

This season, Murison surprised herself by being named a captain as only a junior. “My coach usually only makes seniors captains, so it felt like a great accomplishment,” said Murison. Starting her soccer-playing

“Shaelan is the key to our treasure chest.” -Coach Brad Comstock

career at the age of 4, Murison and the field have been inseparable. Missing her eighth grade graduation, Murison traveled to Los Angeles to attend the United States youth women’s national soccer team camp at the L.A. Galaxy’s stadium. There, she met members of the national team, including the top goal scorer in U.S. national team history, Abby Wambach. Due to her years of experience and her captainship, her teammates depend on her more than ever.

“She has a lot of skill and a lot of talent,” said sophomore teammate Gabi Medina. “We all look up to her as players.” Freshman Maddie Ambelang agreed:“Shaelan is able to step up to the plate and tell younger players where to go and what needs to be done. She helps us a lot.” Following their title as league champions last season, the girls soccer team have moved up from the El Camino division to the highly competitive De Anza division. While the level of play will be higher this year, Murison anticipates another successful season. “I really want to continue to make it to CCS, as we did the past two years,” said Murison. “I’m nervous about the new division, but I’m hoping for the best.” Comstock highlighted Murison’s skills by saying that “a coach gets a girl like Shaelan once in a lifetime.”

12/15 vs. Evergreen Valley 6:00 12/19 @ Piedmont Hill 7:00 01/02 @ Gunn 6:00 01/06 @ Mountain View 3:30 01/08 vs. Homestead 3:30 01/13 @ Los Gatos 3:30 01/15 vs. Palo Alto 3:30 01/20 @ Los Altos 3:30 01/22 vs. Saratoga 3:30 01/27 vs. Mountain View 3:30

Boys' Basketball 12/16 @ Mt. Pleasant 7:00 12/19 Davis 7:00 12/23 Washington 2:30 12/27 vs. Pajaro Valley 4:00 12/30 vs. Hillsdale 5:00 01/03 vs. Monterey 4:00 01/06 vs. Gunn 7:00 01/09 @ Monta Vista 7:45 01/13 vs. Saratoga 7:00 01/16 @ Cupertino 6:15

Girls' basketball 12/16 @ American 7:30 12/19 vs. Harker 4:30 12/22 vs. Carlmont 11:30 12/23 @ Overfelt 10:00 12/31 vs. Independence 12:30 12/31 vs. Live Oak 1:30 01/02 vs. Andrew Hill 3:30 01/03 vs. Branham 1:00 01/07 vs. Fremont 7:00 01/09 @ Monta Vista

2013-14 Standings Boys' Soccer Los Gatos Montain View Santa Clara Palo Alto Los Altos Saratoga Fremont

Girls' Soccer Santa Clara Gunn Cupertino Milpitas Lynbrook Wilcox Fremont

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11-0-1 10-2-0 5-3-2 2-5-3 3-6-1 1-9-2 1-8-1

10-0-2 7-2-3 5-6-1 3-5-4 1-6-3 2-6-4 3-8-1

Boys' Basketball Wilcox Fremont Santa Clara Monta Vista Gunn Cupertino Lynbrook

11-1 10-2 8-4 6-6 4-8 2-10 1-11

Girls' basketball Saratoga Los Altos Monta Vista Homestead Santa Clara Cupertino Fremont Olivia Brady/Roar Staff

Murison dribbles the ball.

11-1 9-3 9-3 5-7 4-8 3-9 1-11

Schedule and standings are according to



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Guard Vinay Narayanam speeds past a Palo Alto player.

Veterans out, newbies in Kevin Chow/Roar Staff

Point guard Ben Fales takes a three-pointer shot at the game against Palo Alto. By Maddie Ferguson

Senior Ben Fales certainly isn’t the tallest player on the school's basketball court. At 5-foot-9 he can be lost in the sea of 6-foot-tall opponents, until he starts driving the ball down the court and making assist after assist, leading to points for SCHS. Fales, who has been playing basketball for 12 years, is recognized by his coach and teammates as an MVP. With 23 games last season, he had only one forced turnover in all. Fales also had 57 assists, the most out of his team. He had 33 steals, the third highest for his team, according to Fales currently plays point guard. Point guards have to be in control of the ball and make sure that it gets to the right players at the right time by running the team’s offense. He has been on varsity since sophomore year and a starter since junior year. Fale’s teammates praised his athletic abilities. "He has speed and accuracy when driving the ball up the court. He’s also good at reading the court and knowing where the other team's defense is so he can make the pass without getting forced into a turnover," sophomore teammate Jordan McGilvery said. His teammates also value his hard work and team leadership.

"I try to manage my time and do as much homework as I can while waiting for practice to start.” - Hassaan Haq, soccer

Ben Fales: SCHS's Stephen Curry?

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“He always gives it his all and pushes his team to be the best they can,” said senior Vinay Narayanam. Alberto Arana, a friend and teammate of Fales, added that "one of his talents is always trying to make people better, on

"I quit water polo midseason because my grades were dropping. I couldn’t let myself struggle anymore.” -Kaitlyn Gibson, water polo

and off the court." Arana and Fales have been playing on the same team since freshman year. During junior year, Arana was in a downturn and wasn't playing with the confidence he should have, when Fales told him to "not doubt myself, and slow down because I was rushing and not getting the accuracy he knows I have." Johnathan Diaz, a senior and a regular to the basketball games, joked, “He’s our Rajon Rondo from the Celtics, Chris Paul from the Clippers and Stephen Curry from the Warriors… he has all of their abilities.” With a GPA high above the basketball minimum of 2.0, Fales manages to balance basketball and school. He credits his AP classes and good grades mostly to his parents. "They constantly inspire me to work hard and keep my grades up," he said. Fales manages to keep a 3.95 cumulative weighted GPA. He is taking AP civics, AP statistics and Human Physiology Honors, as well as two and a half hours of basketball practice on a school day. "As long as you focus on time management, balancing both isn’t too bad," said Fales. “Nobody works harder than Ben,” said his coach of three years, Tony McGilvery. “He has a great perspective of the game and of life.”

“Because of homework and sports, I have no social life on the weekends.” -Dominic Nicoletti, cross-country

By Joseph Hughes

With many new players in its ranks, the Bruins varsity basketball team has its work cut out for it this season. “This is a totally different team from what I had last year,” said coach Tony McGilvery. “Last year it was mainly seniors. This year our team is young. The guys that are in the prominent roles now are juniors.” Last year SCHS finished the season 19-7, according to Senior Cole Lockwood led in points with a 20.6 point average per game, and senior Christian Lee was second, averaging 11.7 per game. With a team made up of mainly seniors, SCHS “had more natural talent” amongst its players, said McGilvery. With 63.4 points per game on average, the 2013-14 team maintained positive scores and finished off its season by placing third in the El Camino Division. This year, though the team is less seasoned, McGilvery holds a positive outlook. “It’s going to be a long process. But I love this team: their willingness to learn, their heart, and just how hard they work,” he said. “Nothing’s really different for us. In some places we’re a little shorter than last year’s team, but we have a lot better skill,” said power forward Malik Washington. Those still on the team from last year have filled the leadership roles. “They’re returners. They’ve been on varsity before and they’re

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Shawndre Smith takes a free throw shot against Palo Alto. definitely going to lead our team to victories,”said wing Jordan McGilvery. One fan observing the games this season took note of the general spirit of the team. “We seem to have a pretty good team,” said freshman Kobe Marshall. “They look pretty excited, but they don’t look rushed.” Looking forward, the team hopes to improve itself by working harder. “We can become a pretty good team, but if we stagnate, we won’t,” said coach McGilvery. Guard Vinay Narayanam gave his outlook for the season as well. “We will get better each and every game and by the time league rolls around, we’ll be ready to go, he said. The team lost their first two preseason games in the preseason and is scheduled to play their next game on Dec. 16 against Mount Pleasant High school.

How do you “If I do not juggle School & do well in school I won’t sports? be able to play sports, so I always make sure I have time to get work done.”

The Roar asked SCHS athletes how they manage their time with sports and school.

-Sophie DeFrenchi, soccer

Reporting by Isabel Sanchez All photos by Olivia Brady/Roar Staff

Coach rules Continued from Page 1 At the beginning of each season, coaches talk to their team about all the rules they must follow and what the consequences will be if rules are broken. Depending on a situation with a player, the coaches will go directly to the school or talk to their athletes in private to warn them

that what they are doing is wrong and unacceptable. Along with the school policy, baseball coach Chad Purcell talks to his players about having good sportsmanship. “I make sure they know how to act right when it comes to competition against another team,” he said. Aside from being courteous on the field, Purcell prohibits his players from partying too hard.

“Purcell does not want us to party or get caught doing anything that will jeopardize our future,” said senior Andrew Reyes. Boys’ basketball coach Anthony McGilvery, sets his moral codes in an extreme, stricter way. He said he establishes fear before he starts enforcing his rules for his basketball program. McGilvery’s overarching rule is that his players “will not engage in any conduct

detrimental to the team.” The team cannot do anything on or off the court that will hurt the image of the team or their performance. “McGilvery knows everything,” said power forward Jaren Washington. Through a speech, McGilvery explains to his players that once they join his basketball program, they are “somebody.” Being “somebody” means that “everybody knows them.” If

they do anything wrong at school, McGilvery will always find out, the coach tells them. “I want them scared of me. After fear comes respect,” said McGilvery. Like McGilvery, every coach has their own unique way of enforcing rules for their athletes. What it all comes down to is not doing anything that can affect the team.


The rise of the rave


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Students bypass the minimum age requirement and enter the world of electronic music, crowds, and drugs. By Shana Vu

You probably know the horror story. A teenager, sneaking in despite the minimum age of 18 required at raves, wakes up the next day after a drug-induced loss of memory with a sticker on her arm. Dotted with a carefree happy face, it says: “Congrats, you’ve been injected with HIV.” AS this dubious story attests, raves are still shrouded in mystery. At Santa Clara, raves are rarely talked about compared to other illicit activities like marijuana use, but there are still students, even underclassmen, who bypass the under-18 rule and attend them. Lillt, a sophomore, claims to have attended a rave as a freshman. “It was easy. All I did was flash a fake ID and I was let in to go and dance. It was overwhelming at first but I got used to it. It’s definitely not for everyone,” she said. A rave, often branded as a festival, is an enormous dance party that combines electronica dance music and high-tech visual projections like lasers, promising "sensory overload."

When combined with the skimpy clothing, often-intoxicated crowds of thousands, and drugs like molly (another form of ecstasy) that are often associated with raves, it can seem as dangerous as it is enticing to a teenager. But as senior Emily put it: “Raves can be dangerous if you don’t know how to handle yourself, but if you stay smart, it’s honestly a really fun way to spend a night.” Last month, when Emily attended Give Thanks, a rave that admits people 16 and older, in the San Jose Civic Auditorium, she abstained from any drugs and made sure to stay hydrated in order to prevent the exhaustion and dehydration stemming from drug use that plague many rave-goers. According to Nathan Messer of DanceSafe, an organization that provides guidance and ecstasy pill-testing at raves that allow them to, large-scale raves are dangerous mainly because of the drug culture. People who attend raves often take molly purchased from dealers they don't know and are unlikely

National challenge prompts students to write a novel By Raquel Bowman

Consider how hard it is to to write a single essay for English. Now imagine the struggle of students whose goal is to write 50,000 words in a single month. Adults and teens alike are able to take on the challenge every year, by signing up on the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) website and tracking their daily progress. The organization is a nonprofit that looks to inspire people from every country to become writers. The challenge begins on Nov. 1 and ends on the final day of November. To meet the challenge, participants must be able to partition out their time each and every day. The recommended daily goal is 1,667 words. “It takes a lot of planning,” said junior Ciena Bringuel, who’s participated in the past. By signing up on nanowrimo. com, participants can get inspiration, track their progress, earn badges, and validate their novels. They can also write with partners and chat with each other online. Novels can be written in any language the authors feel

Guadalupe Continued from page 1 A basilica was built in the Virgen’s honor, and to this day, Mexicans celebrate her apparitions. Spanish teacher and Jalisco native David Llamas has had the opportunity to visit the 17th century basilica in Mexico City. Llamas said, “A soon as you’re in its presence, you can feel it.

comfortable in. “If I had the time, I would absolutely do it,” said English teacher Sheila Williams. “I support students who want to challenge themselves and discover what they are really capable of.” Aside from time management, participants also encounter difficulty just getting started. “My advice is: write what you know, and add imagination and creativity to your story,” said Williams.

To see Roar staffer Alex Dacus’s account of her National Novel Writing Month challenge, visit http://scroar. net/?p=1467 or scan the QR code below:

Your ‘pelitos’ stand up because you’re in a magical place. When you walk in and stand before it, it’s really awe-inspiring.” When he was a child, Llamas’s parents would dress him up in attire similar to Juan Diego’s, “We decorated, we performed, we had mini parades, people made food—you don’t have that over here. We’ve lost that here in America,” Llamas said. Montes agreed with Llamas. Along with dressing up, she

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Popular raves like Above & Beyond often promise “sensory overload” on the websites. to see again given the size of the venue. Often, prescription drugs like Adderall are mixed into the molly, according to Dr. John Halpern, a Harvard researcher on psychedelics, in the November 2013 issue of the Atlantic. Even with this drug culture, most raves don’t provide any pilltesting facilities or allow outside outfits such as DanceSafe to provide pill-testing. To do so would be a tacit admission that problems exist, opening them to the risk of permits being denied or unwanted media attention, according to a New

York Times article tackling drug use at raves. It is clear, through websites and promotions, that raves are meant for over 18. The Beyond Wonderland website immediately cites a no minors policy, saying "No one under the age of 18 will be allowed into the venue, with or without a guardian.” Despite this policy, teens have managed to sneak in. And a few have even died. A well-known example was Sasha Rodriguez, a 15 year old girl who died in 2010 at a Los Angeles rave known as the Electric Daisy Carnival, colloquially

known as EDC, from drug use and dehydration. Additionally, at a rave in the Cow Palace held in 2011, three teens were hospitalized from ecstasy overdose and heat stroke. Some SCHS students are not fazed by this example and still find a way in. As Michael*, a senior who's drawn to the music aspect of raves, puts it, “It’s not that hard to sneak in. If you have a crowd of a thousand people, can they really limit it?” Names of students have been altered to protect their identities.

Avengers: The Age of Ultron details leaked If you’re a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, then you are probably hyped for the next “Avengers” film. You were probably even more hyped because of the leaked trailer, where Ultron stated “there are no strings on Jorge Orellano me.” The trailer was released in October, which is an extremely early date for a film coming out on May 1. However, each bit of information revealed is whetting the anticipation of fans. The movie, titled "Avengers: The Age of Ultron", will star the original six heroes from the first film, but a few new faces have also been confirmed. Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and Vision have all been announced to be not only making an appearance, but taking a lead role as Avengers as well. “I think it will be interesting to see what role the characters will play within the movie and hopefully the actors can pull

would watch the fireworks as they brightened the night skies. Here, she goes to several churches where she continues praying rosaries, singing, and watching Aztec dance performances. Montes added, “I pray to her every day in order for her to intercede between us and God with our necessities.” Llamas said that many Mexicans put all of their faith in her. “She brings a lot of hope to us. She means everything,”

off their characters,” said sophomore Kush Pandit, a fan of the Marvel comics. Additionally, James Rhode, a character that fans of the Iron Man movies will recognize, has been confirmed to appear. However, whether or not he will be using the War Machine armor is still unanswered. An eye-catching feature of the leaked trailer displayed the Hulkbuster armor that will be making an appearance. The trailer shows a few clips of the Hulk fighting Iron Man who’s wearing the armor. Not much is known about this fight other than that, according to an interview with Mark Ruffalo, who plays the part of Bruce Banner, “It has a surprise, a little twist to it as well.” This is a fight fans are really anticipating to watch. “[I think] The Hulk vs Giant Iron Man fight looks really cool,” said Freshman Numaan Shaikh, who is looking forward to the film. One question the trailer leaves unanswered is what actor Andy Serkis’s role will be. Many rumors on Internet

Llamas said. Throughout the day, many churches in the Bay Area will have celebrations commemorating the apparitions of la Guadalupana. At St. Joseph’s Parish in Mountain View, members got together at 5 a.m. for “las mañanitas,” where the congregation sang to her. Tonight, there will be a solemn mass in her honor. Although the day of la Virgen de Guadalupe is a Catholic

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threads have pointed to him playing the role of Ulysees Klaw, a villain in the comics. There have also been rumors spreading that Captain America will die. Yet, actor Chris Evans has already confirmed his appearance for the third Captain America film, so the rumors are most likely incorrect. There are only a few months left until the big release, and until then, the anticipation will only build higher and higher for the next installment of Marvel’s second phase of films.

holiday, Reverend Luis Vargas of St. Joseph invited people of all religions and cultures to experience this celebration. “No matter what our race or our social condition is, we have a mother and what she wants is for us to be united,” Vargas said. In Mexico it is said that the three most important national figures are the president, the national team coach, and la Virgen de Guadalupe. Llamas agreed and said, “La Virgen is who we are.”



DECEMBER 12, 2014

Drama department carries on despite underfunding By Maya Singh

for shows are essential to becoming a better theater troupe. An old stage that hasn't been In response to the question of re-painted in seven years, an whether football is valued over the unreliable light board, and a fire arts, SCHS’s football coach, Hank curtain that isn't up to code. This Roberts, said that the football team has become a normal thing for actually doesn’t get money from SCHS theater students and the the school or the district. productions they put on. In fact, sports teams and school For as long as SCHS theater clubs at SCHS get their money students and their supporters from donations and fundraisers. can remember, funding for the Between advertisements, discount school’s drama department has cards, and big parental supporters, been an issue. the football team is able to get With money scarce and what it needs. productions costing several “It’s not a matter of who gets thousand dollars each, drama more attention, but really more students must hustle to raise funds. about numbers. We have hundreds Last year, the high school’s Kevin Chow/Roar Staff of athletes at Santa Clara, but can theater troupe put on a production “Little Shop of Horrors,” produced this fall by the drama department, cost over $3,000 to put on. you say the same for the arts?” of "Sweeney Todd," which cost Roberts said. $4,700. This year, they put on Though numbers of students Gabriel Martinez, a senior and is almost annual. In 2012, "Little Shop of Horrors," which new uniforms. We barely get any play a role in the matter, numbers stage crew veteran, often pitches SCHS alumni Gabe Chavez and cost over $3,000 after adding money, and we're not so bad as a of parents could contribute as well. in his own money to buy “pretty Kristy Aquino started a page on the costs of renting the music troupe, we just need the funds. We “The football team has more basic things” such as lighting to help raise money could be so much better than we and scripts, the cost of the plant, parent supporters. They get more equipment and wood for setin time for the spring musical. Audrey II, and other small already are," drama student and attention, because they are sports. building. The goal of the website was things to help the production run freshman Julia Kreisa said. Parents usually get more excited “Homecoming floats probably to raise $1,500, and it ended smoother. Martinez agreed, saying, “In for sports than for the arts,” get more money for wood than up raising $1,661. A note at Most of the money for shows the Bay Area, everyone wants to theater teacher Angelo Reyes said. what we need for a year's worth of the bottom of the website reads comes from previous ticket put in money to math and science, “But that’s our challenge - if we shows and performances,” he said. “Please help make our dream sales, but there are other sources especially since this is the Silicon get better as a department, then we Traditionally, theater students go come true." of funds including Club Fair, Valley. Next, people want to put get more supporters.” Some students, including Christmas caroling, donations, and dumpster diving after homecoming money into sports, then there are a Kreisa, however, thinks that so they can have wood scraps Martinez, believe that a focus on money the drama club gets if they few more priorities, and finally the popularity shouldn’t deprive the saved from the homecoming floats academics and sports over the arts happen to place in Lip Sync. arts are sort of a priority.” drama department of funding. for set building. are to be blamed when it comes to Even with multiple sources Kreisa also believes that more "The arts might be the underdogs, Students taking action to money. of funds, students often end up recognition as a successful drama but everyone loves an underdog," get what the department needs “The football team just got all paying for things themselves. department and better advertising she said.

SCHS students connect with their heritage through cultural dancing By Athena Ghilarducci

Samantha Farias

Put into traditional Mexican folk dancing, folklorico, by her grandmother when she was young, senior Samantha Farias has now been a veteran of folklorico for six years. While she no longer dances competitively, she continues to do the dancing for fun. Farias does it to keep in touch with her roots. She is part of “Grupo Folklorico los Laureles," a troupe of 17 people, both male and female. Every state in Mexico has a different type of dance, and her group performs them all. “I get to learn about all the different parts of Mexico through dancing,” said Farias. Her group performs at Salsa festivals, Virgin Mary’s birthday, churches, and whatever other events they are invited to. “You have to be coordinated and a good dancer to be able to do these dances,” said Farias. The dancing consists of just foot movement and the sound they make with their feet. It takes about two days to learn one dance. Her group practices

three days a week for two hours each. Farias’s favorite dance is Jarabe Tapatio. Jarabe Tapatio is from the Mexican state Jalisco, the state she is from. She enjoys this dance the most because she is able to wear a beautiful colorful dress and have her hair up in braids with ribbons.

Tamara Pantic

Wearing “traditional” clothing and standing in a line with 13 other people, sophomore Tamara Pantic is ready to perform kolo, or traditional Serbian folk dancing.

“It is a fun way to learn more about my roots and stay in touch with my home." -Sophomore Tamara Pantic

Pantic, who is Serbian, first started Serbian dancing at her family’s urging. Because it advertised at her church, she joined a group called Mladost. “It is a fun way to learn more

about my roots and stay in touch with my home,” said Pantic. Mladost consists of about 30 teenagers and younger children. However, when they perform there are only 14 teenagers on stage at a time. The dances they do have roots back in 16th century traditional Serbian dances. When danced, kolo has a special look, according to Pantic. The dance consists of all footwork, and the dancers keep their upper bodies almost immobilized, while their feet execute complicated steps. Pantic and her group practice once a week for two hours. When performing, the group wears the “traditional” clothing called "narodnja nosnja," which includes a blouse, a tight accordion skirt and a decorative apron. “I love doing it. It is different than what other people usually do,” said Pantic One of the benefits to dancing, she said, is getting to meet new Serbian friends to do this unique dancing. “It takes a lot of practice. It requires quick movement of the feet,” said Pantic.

Above: Samantha Farias performs her favorite dance, Jarabe Tapatio, while wearing the colorful dress and ribbons associated with the dance.

All photos courtesy of those pictured

Different Cultures, Different Celebrations

The Roar asked staff members how they will be celebrating the holidays. English teacher Carrielynn Haedtler “I’m a Christian Scientist and I celebrate Christmas. My religion has a Thanksgiving service and not a Christmas service.”

To see other SC students who are passionate about folk dance, such as seniors Pooja Dimba and Shalee Bagaporo, visit http://scroar. net/?p=1470 or scan the QR code below:

Vice principal Tony Lam “I’m a Buddhist and we don’t really have any holidays. We typically celebrate New Year’s.”

Reporting by Keert Gill All photos by Kevin Chow/Olivia Brady/Roar Staff

Math teacher Paul Jacquard “I’m half Christian and half Jewish but I still celebrate Christmas.”

Below: Tamara Pantic, left, poses with a fellow folk dancer from her Serbian dancing group, Midost.

Holiday Event Spotlight The Santa Run Silicon Valley What: Dress up as your favorite holiday characters while running a 5K When: Sunday, Dec. 14 at 1:00 p.m. Where: Downtown San Jose near Christmas in the Park Cost: $35 for race registration Courtesy of TiVo Santa Run



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Freshman: "I found true love in fourth period P.E" Tanner Alford stands hand-inhand with his girlfriend at lunch, sports backpack slung jauntily over his shoulder and hair perfectly stiff with gel. The lunchtime rush of students swirls around them as they Sophia Kakarala lean against the cafeteria wall, both trying to extract cell phones from their pockets without letting go of the other’s hand. Alford’s girlfriend, ponytailed freshman Tara Newman, sighs contentedly.

A Cliché Phrase for Every December

“We never want to be apart,” she says. “He’s my bae forever.” It wasn’t always this way, said Alford. “I always thought girls were, you know, pretty gross. Plus I just had skills.” But that changed in a single morning, the day his P.E. class began its mandatory dance unit. The moment of transformation almost passed them by. “I caught her eye when they put us into the same group for square-dancing, and I didn’t think much at the time. But afterward, I couldn’t get her image out of my head.” Maybe it was the noxious fumes

of the gymnasium, said Alford, but Newman seemed to glow before him, resplendent in baggy P.E. shorts and a t-shirt she had carefully knotted with a hair tie to make it form-fitting. In such close proximity, Newman interjected, she felt obliged to take the lead. “There was just something about him. The way his hair gel shimmered under the fluorescent lights, the way he kept fidgeting with his athletic socks. I had to get closer.” The gentle twanging of a guitar began playing through the gym’s speakers, and Newman seized the moment. “I took his clammy hand in mine, and that was when I knew,” she says. For his part, Alford said he focused on stepping on his own feet as much as possible as their group began moving in a circle. “I felt it added something to the moment.” Things only improved from there. The two shared an intimate lunch on the lawn in the quad, and insisted on escorting each other to their fifth-period classes, resulting in both of them being late for the thirty fifth time this year. “We found love in a really hopeless place,” Alford said. “For me, P.E. will always be something special.”

Grin and Bear It

by Joseph Hughes

"Happy Holidays" /happ-e , hawl-uh-days/ 1. A common phrase/greeting used during the winter season to wish another person good will during the holiday season. (Commonly said regrardless of whether or not one is sincere.) 2. The one thing you're forced to tell every family member at holiday dinner regardless of how weird they are or how many questions they ask you about your personal life.

DECEMBER 12, 2014

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"Trust us, people. We have the whole situation figured out." How one school district solved all their problems by creating more In recent days, Overfield Unified’s school board has worked to devise a plan to solve the problem of students in both middle and high school with "poor Joseph Hughes grades". Finally, a plan was formally approved on Friday. This plan titled, “The Community Repertory Action Program,” calls for the building of a new school in the district solely for those who “underachieve.” The school will allow kids an alternative to normal classes, and give them “the special lack of attention they need,” according to teacher Brian McDonnell. The school has officially been named “Twin Springs High.” “The vision of this program is to give every kid a fighting chance at moving on, and perhaps fixing some of their issues so we can attempt to help them at least finish high school. Trust us, people. We have the whole situation figured out.” said district chair Robert Nunes. Twin Springs would be built in the parking lot of an empty BevMo, and would consist primarily of damaged portables. The teachers at the school would be a wide coalition ranging from those too protected by tenure to be fired, to those simply too bitter to teach elsewhere. “I personally love the idea of the fate of our children's education being decided by individuals

who are three times older than our children. A system like that is a system I can go for,” said the president of The California Council of Angry Mothers, Samantha Crowley. Many skeptics see this as an awful idea. However, the district maintains its stance on building the school. “We are simply giving these kids an opportunity. You’d expect people to be more grateful,” said board trustee Charles Trampolis. “...We’re putting a lot of work into this.” Twin Springs is scheduled to open to students on Feb. 18, only one week after its formal approval, and is expected to hold about 300 kids from the surrounding high schools. Senior David Waxley told the board he opposed the plan. “I feel that students should have had some input in this. If we’re going to build a school to help ‘underachieving kids’ then you should work with us to find out what we need, not what you think we need,” he said. In the days since Waxley’s comments, Nunes has dismissed them, calling them the “nonsensical ramblings of America’s misguided youth” and “ nothing more than drug addled hippie speech.” Construction on Twin Springs will continue despite protest by the construction workers, as well as teachers and some very confused Muni and BART employees who “came to the wrong strike.”

Teacher-student look-alikes at Santa Clara High School By Ellie Houseman and Mei Lian Coble

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Ryan Isobe

Hawken Ruis

Q: How do you feel about looking like Mr. Ruis?

Q: How do you feel about looking like Ryan Isobe?

A: It’s kind of interesting to see how people react when they see how much we look alike.

A: I think it’s funny. When I was new, they came in here and would be like, “Oh, you look like a student!” It feels like I could really blend in.

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Chandra Henry Q: How do you feel about looking like Sarah Walker? A: I’m very flattered that people think I look like a senior.

Sarah Walker

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Adrian Solorio

Chris Pence

Q: Do you feel your personalities are similar?

Q: What is your opinion of Chris Pence?

A: Yes, I enjoy making things fun, and I feel that she does too, especially because she’s such a big part of leadership.

A: This is the second time A: I've heard from other he’s been my student. He people that we both was with me a couple of have quiet personalities. years ago and he’s one of the brightest students I’ve worked with - ever.

Q: How are you similar to Mr. Solorio?

Santa Clara High School December Issue 2014  
Santa Clara High School December Issue 2014