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Pepperbox The Arcata High School

Volume 83 | Issue 5 | Friday, March 21st, 2014

The Pepperbox


BOX BRIEFS March 21st: ASB Elections April 4th: Class Elections April 4-6th and 11-12th: AAI Spring Play April 12: ACT April 18th: End of Term 5 April 21-25th: Spring Break May 3rd: SAT Want to advertise or buy a mail subscription to the Pepperbox? Email Business Manager Hannah Christen at! Like us on Facebook at: Visit us on the web:

EDITORIAL STAFF Piper Bazard Editor-In-Chief Gillen Martin Editor-In-Chief Lauren McCoy Managing Editor River Sween News Editor Sara Davis Junior News Editor Zoe Ziegler Feature Editor Errol Funk Sports Editor Brooke Coelho Junior Sports Editor Vera Heidmann Opinion Editor Rachael Green A&E Editor

Gabe Schneider Art Director Austin Schuler Graphic Designer Hannah Christen Business Manager Mickenzie Grubb Online Editor Suzannah McFarland Copy Editor Kira Burnett Copy Editor Alex Yeoman Executive Producer Nash Karp Director Indigo Davis Photo Editor Jesse Bareilles Assistant Photo Editor

Speacial thanks to Claire Robinson for all her help editing this issue!

REPORTERS Lauren Blake Lizzie Fernandez Hannah Finley Skyler Wrigley Austin Schuler

Talena Graham Alexandra Harris Lexi Jacomella Alexandra Perry Neel Rao

Alex Rialet Delaney Rice Brooke Schafer Brian Then Alia Brookshire

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No STAR Testing . . . . . . . . . .6 Library’s New E-Books . . . . .7 Rotary Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Improvements to CR. . . . . . . 9 Los Bagels Aniversary . . . . 11 Safe And Sober. . . . . . . . . . . 12 AAI Alumni. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Valentines Day Stories . . . .14 AHS 100 Years Ago. . . . . . . 15 AP Classes Causing Stress .16 Kindergarten Friends . . . . .17 Our Generation. . . . . . . . 18-19 Old Humboldt Families . . . 20 Crisis Team . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Know Your Rights . . . . . . . 22 Zero Tolerance. . . . . . . . . . . 23 Varsity Freshmen . . . . . . . .24 Spring Sports Preview. . . . .25 Winter Sports . . . . . . . . .26-27 Unusual Olympics . . . . . . . .28 Everyone Does Track. . . . . 29 “Swag” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Selfies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Student Store. . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Love Advice. . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Slang And Mental Health. 34 Comics Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Questions regarding editorial content of the Pepperbox should be directed towards its editors. Opinions expressed in this paper are not necessarily those of Arcata High School.

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Originally published: April 7th, 1967 Every Pepperbox throughout the 60s featured a “Tiger Chariot” piece highlighting a notable AHS car. This issue, we wrote a Tiger Chariot of our own about Sara Davis’s fine, sticker-covered vehicle. Rushing into Arcata High’s crammed parking lot as the second bell rings (going the speed limit of course), the lack of open spaces becomes clear. Spotted— a glimmer of hope between two poorly parked, recently licensed sophomores’ vehicles! Sara Davis and her remarkably small (and totally awesome) 2003 Mazda Miata squeeze into the opening with ease. The amount of average silver cars at AHS is nothing to be impressed by, but this car is a show stopper. The hand-me-down whip from her father is accessorized with his old bumper stickers, and is one of, if not the only, convertibles that dot the parking lot. Although the typical, not-so-sunny weather that plagues Northern California prohibits Sara from riding topdown, she gets to “about five times a year…it’s not really a perk.” Maybe it’s not necessarily ideal, but on those five days a year, she is truly a high roller.

The cover for issue five features the four Los Bagels owners on the roof of their beautiful Arcata establishment and a delicious assortment of bagels spelling out happy 30th. In the above picture, you see Executive Producer Alex Yeoman and Director Nash Karp taking the shot of the owners on a beautiful sunny day. While there, they also took the pictures of all of the bagels with letters, which were brought back for the Pepperbox staff to enjoy.

EDITORS BOX Just a few weeks after the last Pepperbox, here, hot off the press, is the fifth issue! First semester thoroughly underway, prom certainly passed, and AP exams looming, the early spring can be a very scary time in high school. So as seniors figure out their uncertain futures, juniors face SATs and ACTs, sophomores register for next year’s schedule of death, and freshman do whatever freshman do, the Pepperbox is here to comfort you in your time of sorrow. This whopping 36 page issue celebrates three anniversaries: Los Bagels, College of the Redwoods, and our very own Arcata High School. Besides the history, this issue features everything from subcultures and swag to friendship and Valentine’s Day to STAR testing and AP classes. Don’t forget the things to look forward to: incresing sunlight, upcoming sports (see page 25), and SPRING BREAK!!! So smell the daffodils, carry an umbrella with you, and enjoy the first Pepperbox of the spring. We can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel. -Editors-in-chief Piper Bazard and Gillen Martin

Quotable. “All I could think was fat man, little wetsuit, crushed by huge rock...I now know what it’s like to be a fat girl in a corset.” -Woodshop teacher Ruelon Williams in describing his abalone diving experience.

“Everyone wants the sexy athlete and not the nerdy scientist.” -Senior Frank Trush in response to fellow senior Jose Lopez’s signing to D1 UC Santa Barbara for track and field and his comments that Mr. Trush was better off because he is so mechanically minded and capable.

“The people here are so much nicer.” -An Ecuadorian exchange student Maria commenting on the differences between Arcata High and McKinleyville High during an interview with The Pepperbox.

“Do you need some fresh air? Or should I drop kick you through the goal posts of life?” -History teacher Doug Johnson to a sleepy student in his first period U.S. History class.

4 People running for the four ASB offices as of the petition deadline

28 Days until Spring Break

9 Straight years that the varsity boys tennis team has taken the league championship.

204 The number of AP tests (as of March 13th) that have been paid for.

Framable. Ecuadorian exchange students that visited for a week in February pose in front of Arcata High.


Junior Alec Perrone (clad as a hedgehog) and senior Lily Knappenberger (clad as a princess) instuct children at the Math Fair.

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Sophomore nerds Henry Penalosa and Morgan Pennington stretch and flaunt their pie in front of a pi sign on pi day.

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Goodbye STAR, hello common core Recycle Hannah Christen Business Manager


pring is in the air and yet there is something missing. Something we, as Arcata High students, look forward to every year with gleaming anticipation: STAR testing. How I will miss the inspirational speeches every teacher gave before that fateful test: “This exam is to test the knowledge you have accumulated over the past year. Do the best you can do. If a problem seems hard, move on and come back to it later..” I was really looking forward to taking the advanced math test, again, this year…. I haven’t done Algebra II since freshman year, but I still love taking a test on knowledge I never needed in the first place. Upon the beginning of my senior year, my first thought was: ‘darn… last year of high school, I can’t take the test that brightens my April and helps me push through the rest of the year. I will just have to sit there, reading, doodling, listening to music, playing hangman, while all of my fortunate underclassman peers get the opportunity of climbing such a steep intellectual hill.’ This is a test that truly tests our knowledge; who needs the ACT, SAT or AP exams when you have the state offered, student required test booklet that outlines exactly what we should know. Why would we ever need to learn anything that won’t appear on the STAR test? If it isn’t on the STAR test it obviously isn’t important. The hours of being required to sit in a desk and fill in bubbles… no more… it disturbs me to think that such a memorable, inspirational and intellectual experience will never occur again. But for those of you with a similar opinion: do not fear, Common Core is here!

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Libraries of the future: E-books Talena Graham Reporter


here is something undeniably mystic about being surrounded by books: the musky scent of an old novel, the crispness as you turn the pages of a new one, and the spines, lined up in rows upon rows in an array of colors. Then, there are the memories associated with reading: childhood bedtime stories riddled with exciting adventures. In the last twenty years, there has been a massive expansion in technology. Computers. The internet. Cell phones. E-readers. In the past, e-books have been abundant for personal

use: you buy a Kindle or a Nook and then purchase books for it. Books that only you read. However, with the expansion of technology comes more expansion.

available. After two weeks, the book automatically disappears. And what about Arcata High? Currently our library has 24 ebooks and counting. By simply

In the last twenty years, there has been a massive expansion in technology. Recently, a Texas library has opened without any physical books. Instead, inside the library visitors can read some of its 18,000 e-books on an array of Mac’s and iPads. Want to read a book away from the library? Simply download a book onto your device or check out one of the 600 e-readers

logging into your school account on the library homepage, you can view the books, which range from Maggie Stiefvater’s Young Adult novel Linger to Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers, a fiction piece about the Iraq war. The best part about it: once you read the book you can rate it, adding

a review so others can determine whether or not they’d like to read the book too. The books can be downloaded to digital devices, read online, or read in the library on one of Arcata High’s two iPads. The biggest benefit of e-books was beautifully illustrated by assistant librarian Ashley Kane when she stated: “E-books hurt less when they fall on your face.” E-books are used prominently among travelers: Would you rather pack in your suitcase three books or one e-reader? Therefore, since you can check out regular books before you go on a trip, why shouldn't you be able to check out e-books? However change comes slow. There is still a tremendous demand for physical books and for quite a bit of people reading on a digital device just "isn't the same."

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Friday, March 21st, 2014

Rotary: an entire life in a year Alex Rialet Reporter


A year is long enough to have the experience of an entire life.

humanitarian projects like providing water for a village in Botswana for $1000 and funding one primary school class in Mongkol Borei, Cambodia with 25 students for $3000. McKnight also says “I want to be part of an organization that can make this kind of difference in the world.� Rotary makes those differences in people lives. Rotary Youth Exchange is a study-abroad opportunity of a lifetime for young people. More than 8,000 students participate each year. The question you must ask is: Am I interested in learning a new language, meeting new people and diving into a new culture? If you

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otary International is an international service organization designed to provide humanitarian services. There are 34,282 clubs all over the world, including Arcata Sunrise Rotary Club which works with Rotary Youth Exchange to provide high school students with an opportunity to study for a year in another country. A few years after the creation of Rotary on February 23, 1905 by Paul P. Harris, their international convention in Atlanta, Georgia decided to channel much of their efforts toward charitable, educational, and other avenues of community service. Another goal of the Rotary’s philosophy is “to encourage and foster the ideal of service basic of worthy enterprise� Arcata Sunrise Club is like most Rotary clubs--a group of business people working together to make things happen--but they also know how to have fun. They are the only club to put the word “fun� next to Rotary and one of the youngest clubs. Jessica McKnight, current Club President, says, �I’m proud.

I love being a member of Rotary; it makes me smile everyday.� Arcata Sunrise Club helps people all over the world by fundraising. The next fundraiser will finance

want to study abroad, you need to contact the Rotary Club. However, with Rotary, you don’t pick the country you will be sent to, but you only give three options. Wherever you go, it will be an amazing “experience of a lifetime�, says Alia Ajina, an AHS student going to Sweden next year. Even if you have apprehensions, you might go ahead and take the risk. Travel will expand your understanding of the world. You will never be the same again. Some people could be nervous to study abroad without speaking the language, but that is a personal task. Some students learn some of the hardest languages in the world in just a year. You will may need to take summer school


or a 7 period day when you return because you can’t alway get credit for your exchange,it depends on the country and the school, but this is nothing compared to the adventure. Take the road less traveled by. This isn’t a year in your life, this is a life in a year. Rotary’s primary motto is “Service above Self�, which is similar to an earlier motto: “One profits most who serves best�. Arcata Sunrise Club is an active organization which receives a new Youth Exchange student each year. Rotary Youth Exchange gives you an amazing opportunity to study abroad, and a year is long enough to have the experience of an entire lifetime.


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CR makes impressive improvements Piper Bazard Editor-in-Chief


hile our cover story features the 30th anniversary of Los Bagels, another prominent local institution is reaching a significant landmark-College of the Redwoods (CR) turns 50 this year. As ravenous teenagers, Los Bagels might be in the forefront of our realm of awareness more so than CR; however, as the days steadily inch towards graduation, CR might be something to start thinking about. In addition to providing education to community members for half a century, CR has also been removed from all accreditation sanctions and has added new buildings equipped with the latest technologies to its campus. In recent years, CR has been under fire from some local news media about their accreditation status. “Accredited” means that a college has been evaluated and officially recognized by an outside institution. Although CR has always been accredited, they were recently placed on sanctions by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, meaning that they had to make certain changes and improvements to their administrative processes, such as how student progress was documented and how their budget was developed. Faculty and administrators worked hard to put in place the suggestions set forth by the commission. “Through a collective effort... the college met all of the recommendations of the commission over a two-year period,” President and Superintendent Kathy Smith said. As of this February, CR has had all sanctions removed. So that’s all good, but what relevance does accreditation have to students? Accreditation affects

the transferability of course credit, very dynamic and interesting.” ties. as well as financial aid. But that Not only do these buildings alTherefore, students have the opis something current and future low for better education, but are portunity for more direct interacCR students don’t have to worry more centralized to create a com- tion with their instructors,” Presiabout. “All units CR students have munity feel. “The new buildings, dent Smith said. Students who are earned in the past and currently we believe, provide students with unsure about the course of their are valid,” President Smith stated. convenient access to classrooms academic study might benefit from “Even while CR was on a sanction, and create a hub of student activ- CR’s flexibility. CR was still accredited and all units ity,” Vice President of Instruction “CR is a good place to explore were valid.” In addition, classes and and Student Development Keith fields that interest students before the quality of education were not Snow-Flamer said. These central- committing to a specific major,” affected by CR’s status over the ized facilities will help advance Snow-Flamer stated. past two years. “CR has never had CR’s already diverse curriculum. The faculty at CR is very dedicatany sanctions related to the quali- CR currently offers a plethora of ed to their students and enthusiasty of instruction given to students,” traditional academic transfer de- tic about teaching. “CR has many Academic Senate Co-President and grees that are applicable for use really committed professors, and Athletics Professor Bob Brown at a UC or CSU school. In addition, we are known for our high quality said. many certificates are offered in ar- of instruction,” Fine Arts Professor If anyone has recently visited eas such as agriculture, nursing, Cynthia Hooper said. “Many of our CR’s main campus, they will have construction, and automotive re- professors are actively engaged noticed a more visible change to pair. in their disciplines, and bring this the school-- new buildings. These For many students, post-high passion into their classrooms.” CR brand new facilities, financed in school life seems like a daunting faculty encourages anyone who is part by Measure Q funds, include concept. However, many diverse interested in applying to check out a plethora of improvements: a new types of students could benefit a course catalog, browse the webscience building equipped with from attending CR. Not only is it site, or make an appointment with state of the art science labs, a new a cost effective option with lots of a CR academic counselor. Addihumanities building, a new per- financial aid available, but it fea- tionally, AHS counselors are availforming arts complex, a new ad- tures smaller classes, dedicated in- able to answer questions and guide ministrative building with more structors, and credits that transfer you along the process. If the idea of centralized access to financial aid to most other schools. “The class graduating without a plan seems and student services, and updates sizes are smaller, sometimes much unfamiliar and intimidating, CR to the nursing, dental, and shop smaller, than four-year universi- might be something to think about. facilities. “The beautiful new buildings offer large, well-appointed classrooms, including cutting-edge science lab space,” English Professor Peter Blakemore said. Teachers across disciplines are enthusiastic about the facilities improvements. “I am very lucky to be teaching in the new science building,” Associate Life Sciences Professor Wendy Riggs said. “We have three biology classrooms in the new science building all outfitted with brand new compound microscopes that allow students to easily study cells and tissues. All the classrooms Photo Courtesy of Paul DeMark have SmartBoards and new com- Students walk around the quad area between CR’s two new puters which allow lectures to be buildings on a sunny afternoon.

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COVER 30 from the

Kira Burnett Copy Editor


hen I was a child, I read a picture book called ‘Jalapeno Bagels.’ It was about a boy with Jewish and Mexican parents, growing up in a bakery that made bagels. I remember writing down the recipe for chango bars in wobbly print, not understanding what ‘Fahrenheit’ was but wanting to get the instructions just right. Later, I went to Los Bagels for the first time, and I was excited and surprised to see chango bars there, as well as so many other strange and tasty-looking treats. I was an instant fan of Los Bagels, and I wasn’t alone. My family, friends, neighbors, teachers—they all knew and enjoyed Los Bagels. It was a place where everyone felt at home. Dennis Rael, the real-life inspiration for the little boy in the picture book, also grew up with Mexican and Jewish heritage. Embracing both cultures, he learned how to stay true to himself, and how to bring people together through food and celebration. He brought his own multiculturalism and sense of community into the bakery and café, cultivating a unique relationship between the shop and its customers. “The involvement Los Bagels has in the community—I think people really respond to that,” explains their marketing coordinator Brandon Rasmussen. Los Bagels has sponsored events like the I-block party and the Jammy Jog for years and serves as a gathering place for locals of all ages and backgrounds. “When people go away,” says Rasmussen, “Los Bagels is almost always mentioned as one of the first

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years of love and slugs

stopping points when people come back to the area.” When Rael first got the idea for a bagel bakery, he had just moved to Humboldt County from the Netherlands, where he had started their first Mexican restaurant, called Café Pacifico. Rael couldn’t find a good bagel in the area, and decided to make them himself. So he travelled up the west coast, starting in Santa Cruz and going north to Eugene, Oregon, asking all the bagel shops he visited how to make the best bagel, what to use, and which ingredients to put in. Bagel bakeries were scarce back then, and few were willing to give up their trade secrets to possible competition. Despite these difficulties, it all worked out in the end. An old butcher shop in Arcata closed and was converted into a bakery. Old machinery and recycled tools were used for baking, like the clink, which shapes bagels, and the boiler, which was originally a deep-fryer. In 1984, Rael, Peter Jermyn, and Paul Hebb opened Los Bagels. John Monahan joined them shortly after, and the business started rolling. The bakery started small, selling only bagels and a few baked goods.

The involvement Los Bagels has in the community—I think people really respond to that. - Marketing coordinator Brandon Rassmussen However, customers encouraged them to expand, introducing products inspired by Rael’s childhood, various holidays, and suggestions from the locals. The famous Slug

Photo Courtesy of Los Bagels

Customers at the Arcata Los Bagels enjoy their outdoor seating area on a foggy Humboldt day. Slime became a product when the employees saw its popularity as a topping, not just an ingredient. People would come into the shop and ask for the leftover spice mix at the bottom of the bagel bin to be put on top of their orders. Now, Slug Slime is sold in stores across Humboldt County. Los Bagels became so popular that they decided to set up another location in Eureka. However, the shop was in a tiny alley, and there weren’t as many customers. Eventually, they moved to a new location in Old Town, where the bakery is today, and received a much better response. As it turned out, many people had had no idea Los Bagels had been in Eureka at all! In 1996, a branch was opened at the HSU Depot at the request of the students, who wanted the popular bakery on campus. Now, Los Bagels is a booming local business, with nearly fifty employees. Bakers, bagel shapers, delivery people, and other workers work around the clock. According to Rasmussen, “On a busy day, we can boil

and bake 5,000 bagels, make all of our own spreads, all the slug slime, all the breads…and all the cookies. There’s always someone back there doing something.” Even with so much to do, Los Bagels and its people remain loyal to the attitude of the founders. Authentic foods are proudly presented as holidays come and go. They try to make everything from scratch, and they continue to experiment. When customers suggest a combination or topping they think would taste good, the employees try it out. “If someone came in and wanted to put Diane’s Sweet Heat jam in a spread as a special, and told the Arcata store branch manager, he’d probably say, ‘Cool, tomorrow we’ll do that.’ It’s a really good relationship,” Rasmussen commented. The people at Los Bagels work hard, but they are able to have fun and just be themselves. For 30 years now, Los Bagels has brought the community together, both with food and with their dedication to giving everyone a reason to celebrate.

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Safe and sober raising money Brooke Coelho Junior Sports Editor


housands of people gather in Humboldt State’s Redwood Bowl to watch hundreds of students prepare for their final steps towards the podium as a Tiger. It’s graduation day. A final day to your high school adventures. A day filled with happiness, tears, and closure. A day containing such rapid events that seniors do not take the time to realize what their plans will be after such a momumental experience. Will they be considering toasting champagne glasses or jumping from activity to activity put on by Safe and Sober? Who really knows? It seems this year might be different; with no lead-

Safe and Sober is a senior parent run event that plans activities to keep seniors safe, reduce the risk of accidents, and prevent drug and alcohol use on graduation night.

ing Chair and a slow start, will Safe and Sober happen or will students

be considering “other” events. Safe and Sober is a senior parent run event that plans activities to keep seniors safe, reduce the risk of accidents, and prevent drug and alcohol use on graduation night. This year is the 30th year of Arcata High Safe and Sober. It’s been saving lives for thirty years and providing a fun and safe environment for graduates to celebrate. Every senior looks forward to the games and mischief it can hold after two hours of lingering speeches. To put a stop to a celebration that has been a tradition for this long would be unimaginable. However, there is a lull this year. With Tracy Courtemouche taking over as treasurer, and Dayne Deppe’s mother Deb Deppe covering for the chair position, Arcata High Safe and Sober is on the border between success and failure. A handful of parents gather on Monday evenings to discuss further fundraising events. On Monday, February 24, the Safe and Sober meeting had fourteen parents and four students, a bigger crowd than usual. With over $4000 raised, Safe and Sober is right on track for making its $30,000. The annual Safe and Sober fashion show is the main event that brings in thousands of dollars. Victoria Vance and Tracy Courtemouche have been kind enough to step forward to co-chair. Since they had a bit of a late start, they’ve been working hard to get back on track and they are exactly where they need to be with progress. The fashion show creates a surplus for spending. Senior Abby Puzz feels that with the fashion show we should do well. On Saturday, April 13th, the Portuguese Hall should be packed with community members supporting seniors waiting to take a cat walk on the runway. The fashion show is always a big

fundraiser, but even with the high expected in flow of contributions, many seniors are still concerned about the quality of night at Safe and Sober. When asked about how he felt about how good Safe and Sober will be, senior Frank Trush says “Not as good as last year if we don’t raise enough money this year.” With fundraising, the fashion show, and a few helping hand, Safe and Sober will gradually come together. If seniors want an elabo-

rate night they have to support the senior-run program. “Everyone needs to get involved because the select few are doing the best they can,” senior Hannah Bill stated. When the day comes, there’s no regretting what didn’t happen, because you could have lent a hand and made it what you wanted. Seniors should come out and help the parents plan an outstanding, safe night, as it will be the last as an Arcata Tiger.

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Friday, March 21st, 2014

AAI: where are the graduates now? River Sween News Editor


he graphic designer. The painter. The hairdresser. The jack of all trades. These are the alumni of the Arcata Arts Institute. While they kept up with the roaring academic life of high school, they managed to excel in the arts. The state superintendent himself called the Arcata Arts Institute an example for arts programs around the state. And this statement holds true, as many AAI students are found in successful jobs and opportunities. So, beyond all the legacy and excitement of high school, where are they now? Juniors and seniors will remember Treyce Meredith: the sandals-wearing, vuvuzelatoting, minivan-driving (shouts out to all the mini van drivers) mop of red hair. Meredith, a sophomore at California College of the Arts, said he “ended up shirtless, wearing a headband

in our photography studio, taking pictures, pretending to be a Shaman” when asked about a memorable experience in AAI. “I think there’s a photo of me licking one of my classmates’ faces,” he added. This project (and the minivan) was only one of the many qualities that contributed to Meredith’s legacy at AAI and AHS. Caitlin Hackett (‘05), graduate of Pratt University in New York City with a Bachelors in Fine Arts in 2009, built up a career in NYC as a fine artist and illustrator. Just this year, Hackett moved to Oakland. Although she was a senior when AAI began, she remembered spending her time in AAI chair Anne Bowne-Craford’s room. “It was a friendly, creative environment,” Hackett said. “AAI was a great foray into the professional art world, while still having the safety net of teachers and mentors to guide you,” she added, recognizing how just one year helped her even though she already knew her interest in the arts.

ed that “ABC and Julie Angles are two of my most memorable teachers; both were absolutely wonderful. I had such a great time in their classes.” Hackett added, “I also loved Mrs. Rosebrook’s history class. Memories of her have always stuck with me even after nine years.” But what about the weekends? Come on, we need some gossip. We need some drama. We need to show up on the shelves of Safeways alongside People and The National Inquirer, screaming, “Brangelina split!” Hackett said, “My friends and I

his sophomore review in which he gets feedback on his work. “The review is similar to AAI Jury,” Meredith said. Hackett is a full-time artist and illustrator living and working in Oakland. She shows in galleries and works as a Creature Concept Designer for a Brooklyn-based gaming company. Even more, Hackett does freelance illustrations, designs album covers and illustrates, as Hackett modestly put it, “the occasional book.” I could never summarize AAI as perfectly as Meredith did, so I’ll leave you with the black and white, hopefully exaggerated, consequences of not taking AAI and the benefits of taking advantage of Arcata High’s praised program. “Period. Point blank. Without AAI, I would probably be completely unsuccessful, living in a cardboard box. It’s the best thing that ever happened to me.” For an extended interview from Meredith and Hackett, visit

Photo courtesy of Caitlin Hackett

I think there’s a a photo of me licking one of my classmate’s faces.

-Treyce Meredith

Photo courtesy of Caitlin Hackett

Hackett in one of her brilliant photoshop edits.

Both Meredith and Hackett remember the influence ABC and other teachers had on their careers at AHS and beyond. “ABC, Ms. Mauro and Donovan Clark all had equal influence over me while I was in AAI,” Meredith said. Hackett, drawing from her memory filled with travel and design, conclud-

The Dodo’s Widow. An example of Hackett’s detailed artwork.

would dress up and roam around Arts Alive, or run through the woods and have sword fights or jello wars.” There we go. “My senior year, me and my friends took a lot of road trips together,” Meredith said, adding, “I really enjoy looking back on all my memories from those times.” So where are they now? Meredith is in the Interaction Design Program at California College of the Arts. Coming up is

Photo coutesy of Treyce Meredith

Meredith, letting go of his luscious locks, speaks at Caliofnria College of the Arts.

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Friday, March 21st, 2014

Valentine’s Day Stories Hannah Finley Reporter

& Skyler Wrigley Reporter


he innocent young teen approaches their crush, palms sweating, eye brow furrowing, the fear of rejection evident on their acne-prone face; will that special someone agree to be their Valentine? There isn’t anything more classic than a bouquet of flowers, a sweet card, and the kind words “will you be my Valentine.” This day showcases the repeated attempts, failures, and victories of trying to be the one that can claim they have a significant other, some lucky (or unlucky) human being with the possessive title of “my Valentine.” These stories, as unfortunate, strange, and/or victorious as they may be, are the reasons why this cliche, sappy, and love thumpin’ holiday has survived: Power Couple: Mariah Lewis & Georgie Cavinta This power couple won the admiration and approval of many as Georgie presented his clever prom proposal after the last varsity boys basketball game. Not only did this event happen to fall on Valentine’s Day, it was Georgie’s birthday! Mariah received a pleasant surprise as she was pulled from the crowd and flashed multiple sets of abs. Four wingmen assisted Georgie by spelling out the word “PROM”

across their chests. Mariah had no hesitation when it came to expressing her pent up feelings toward Georgie. She was so moved that she stayed still. He pranced toward her, as she tried to contain her excitement. They sealed it forever and ever with a passionate kiss. Loveless Let-Downs: Kate Breyer & Jesse Bareilles As the flowers arrive, the curious peers began to question what the identity of the secret admirer is. Kate Breyer shamefully glances down and admits that the romantic gesture was from none other than the woman who gave birth to her. This is not the first time that her mother has surprised her with a misleading public display of affection. In previous years, her mother has sent her Valentunes from her “secret admirer.” Kate eventually discovered, weeks later, that the her mom was simply playing a loving prank. Though this may seem embarrassing, it could be worse! Jesse Bareilles awaited her annual Valentine’s Day Valentune from her mom all day, only to be disappointed that she would not be receiving one this year. Thanks Mom!

instant chemistry in and out of the classroom. Their respective nicknames, Raisin Bran and Honey Bunches, proved that yes, these two cereals can mix into one winning combination. This mix though, has had it’s moments. Frank has been subjected to being pushed out of a kayak into Big Lagoon, having his popcorn hit and spilled during Paranormal Activity, and narrowly avoiding anafalactic shock from eating peanut kungpow chicken (due to his severe allergy to peanuts). On the other side of the relationship, Hannah’s car underwent some terrible alterations as Frank renovated the passenger seat belt beyond use for all practical purposes for several weeks.

Fast forward to February 14th, 2014. Frank woke up with one thing on his mind: Valentine’s Day. He headed to Wildberries and purchased a single red rose with a heart shaped cake displaying the classic frosting message of “Prom?” Frank (Raisin Bran) proceeded to sing “Sh boom” with his Valentune group to Hannah in her photography class. He nervously awaited her response as the song came to an end (nervously considering he only had to ask her to be his girlfriend 5 times previously). After a short time passed, she continued to hold back her response, provoking Frank to inquire, “Sooo, yes?” His lovely serenading proved to be successful. She said yes!

A Winning Combination: Frank Trush (Raisin Bran) & Hannah Matthew (Honey Bunches) These two were partners from the moment they locked eyes Photo courtesy of Georgie Cavinta across the chemistry classroom. The sparks flew over the bun- Senior Georgie Cavinta asks junior Mariah Lewis to prom at the sen burners: there was nothing basketball game on Valentine’s Day in a very high-risk, public, and else but each other. There was shirtless maneuver.

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Back to ye olden days, Old Sport Brian Then Reporter

& Brooke Schafer Reporter


ave you ever wondered what life was like 100 years ago? Things were much different back in the year 1914. This year was quite interesting for the United States. Our president at the time was Woodrow Wilson and the vice president was Thomas R. Marshall. Henry Ford raised minimum wage from $2.34 to $5.00 and gas was only $0.12 a gallon. The congress set up federal trade commission and passed the Clayton Antitrust Act. The act prohibited exclusive sales

In 1914, Arcata High only had 126 students. There were 18 graduating seniors that year. contracts, local price cutting to freeze out competitors, rebates, interlocking directorates in cor-

porations capitalized at $1 million or more in the same field of business, and interoperate stock holdings. Our U.S. Marines occupied Veracruz during the Battle of Veracruz which was a response to the Tampico Affair of April 9, 1914, where the Mexicans attacked the Americans at the oil center Port Tampico. The Battle of Veracruz lasted approximately six months. In 1914, the Boston Braves beat the Philadelphia A’s (4-0) in the World Series. The Stanley Cup went to the Toronto Blueshirts, and Illinois won the NCAA Football Championship. On April 20th, James Duffy won the 18th Boston Marathon in 2:25:01:2. On April 22nd, Babe Ruth played his first game as a professional pitcher. On May 30th, Rene Thomas won the Indianapolis 500 in 6:03:45 with a speed of 132.729 km/h. In California, it took 5 days to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco by car. Now it only takes 6 to 7 hours to drive and about an hour to fly. In San Francisco, the first fortune cookie was invented and so were traffic cones. In 1914, Henry Ford created the first conveyor belt assembly line in his factory to assemble his model T cars. On May 30th, Mount Lassen Peak spewed forth steam for the first time in 27,000 years. The population of Humboldt County in 1914 was 1200. It is now approximately 135,000. The Hotel Arcata and the Minor Theatre were both built in 1914. Humboldt County had 1,539 farmers that owed an average of 300 acres of farmland. They

finally finished the railroad that connected Humboldt County to San Francisco. The first graduating class of the Humboldt State Normal School was only 15 students. The school year began with a total of 62 students. The Normal School was established to meet the demands for qualified teachers. In 1974, it changed its name to Humboldt State University. In 1914, Arcata High only had 126 students. There were 18 graduating seniors that year. The school offered football, baseball, basketball, tennis, debate, orchestra, drama, agricultural club, and track. The class officers were President Laura Campbell, Vice President Gertrude Harlan, Secretary Eunice

Engle, Treasurer Susie Anderson. The senior class color was “Old Rose” and the senior flower was the Rhododendron. The Senior Motto was “toujours en avant” (Always Ahead). The 1914 Arcata High year book was mostly stories, poems, and jokes. There were very few pictures. Looking back on 1914, things were much different than they are today. Technology has dramatically improved and changed our lives in ways that people 100 years ago could not have imagined. Minimum wage has not increased as much as people might like, but looking back at the past is a sure way to appreciate where we have come from and what we have to be grateful for now.

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AP classes cause a lot of stress Alley Perry Reporter


e’re all familiar with the horribly overwhelming feeling brought on by looming deadlines and everyday worries. In high school, stress is pretty much a guaranteed adolescent obstacle, and with the increase of students that are taking AP classes, teenage anxiety doesn’t look as if it’s going away anytime soon. a According to a study done in 2008 by Psychology Today, today’s average high school student has similar anxiety levels to psychiatric patients in the 1950’s. Don’t worry you’re not crazy, just probably a little stressed. Eileen Klima, Arcata Highs li-

I take a break for a little bit, and go back to it later, I feel like its an issue because a lot of people don’t know how to deal with it. -Sophomore Kayla King

censed counselor sees dozens of students a day, about a plethora of daily dramas. According to her, roughly half the students she sees, are struggling with a problem caused by stress or anxiety. Unfortunately Stress is rarely easy to alleviate, and long term stress can be harmful to a person’s

physical and mental state. It can lead to skin problems, irritability, and can severely limit your ability to take in new information and learn. But overall, it’s just a miserable mental state to be in. “If people haven’t experience intense anxiety, they really don’t understand it. Other people that don’t have anxiety think you can just snap out of it, and you can’t, it’s a process.” Mrs. Klima considers stress to be a rising issue in teens, and highly recommend for students feeling this kind of pressure to take care of themselves and find a healthy way to cope. According to the National Sleep Foundation, teenagers should get roughly 9 hours of sleep to function at their best, this number is almost laughable considering that only 8% of high school students get the recommended amount. A study done by the Center for Advanced Health shows that high school students, gets only 5 or 6 hours a night on average. It seems that it would be a herculean task to do it all. To many students it becomes a choice; take care of your mental state, or complete the assignment, and not to mention maintaining a social life. In recent years, the standard for acceptance into desirable colleges has become increasingly demanding. In order to meet these standards the amount of students taking AP level classes has gone up dramatically, adding to increased stress to student’s tedious school schedules. Senior Hannah Christen is practically an expert on stress, taking on more and more AP classes each year, and finding her own ways to cope. Sophomore Kayla King feels similarly; “[whenever I feel stressed] I take a break for a little bit, and go back to it later, I feel like its an is-

sue because a lot of people don’t know how to deal with it.” Though we can’t place all the blame for student stress on academic worries, social stress and anxiety brought on by extra curricular activities can add to the problem. The results of a recent stress survey given to 235 Arcata High students, were unsurprising; 70% claimed that stress was an issue in their life, 71% said that their biggest source of stress was school, and 75% admitted that they procrastinated frequently. In our society the condition of someone’s mental health is a problem that is often ignored. The worries and deadlines pile on top of each other until the point where you mentally feel as if you’re about to snap. When someone gets sick with a nasty cold, or experiences a minor injury, a few days for recovery are allowed, people respect that you need time to heal, and let your body return to maximum health. Though it is rarely stated; your

mental health is just as important as your physical health, and you should always put your own well being before your academic standing. When you’re having a week where you feel particularly weighed down, and the stresses are just piling up, take a mental health day. Take a few hours out of your weekend and spend some time just for you. Forget your busy social life, and pretend that you have absolutely nothing to worry about. Stay in your pajamas, lie down on your couch and watch your favorite movie. Read a book, go for a walk, stop stressing and do what makes you happy. When you’re able to bring yourself back to reality, approach your stresses one at a time. Don’t let them overwhelm you. Your life doesn’t need to be a constant rushed sprint towards the future, occasionally you should stop and admire the view.

Photo Courtesy of Sarah McCue

Senior Hannah Christen is often a victim of school-related stress, in part due to an excess of AP classes.

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Friday, March 21st, 2014

Friends: kindergarten to senior year Alex Harris Reporter


veryone has that one friend. That friend that you’ve known, literally, forever. The one that you could sit and recount memories with for hours, remembering that time when you both were five years old. They’re the ones you can say one word to and you both start laughing. Being seniors, many of these pairs of friends are thinking of leaving town, or leaving the state, and that means leaving each other. But the memories are plenty. Friends Blue Wright and Matthew Kuttler remember the good times way back in kindergarten. “I remember playing on the playground, playing tag and stuff”,

says Wright. When asked what he’ll miss most about his friend, they agreed: “Staying over at each other’s house for like eight days straight sometimes.” Kuttler added he’ll definitely miss Blue’s “sense of humor.” Seniors Cierra Powell and Lily Knappenberger have many crazy memories. “We tamed a wild horse on my property,” says Powell. “We named him Spirit, like the movie.”

We’re so the same, that it’s easy to be around each other. It’s like hanging out with yourself. - Lily Knappenberger

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Indeed, these two seem to be utterly inseparable. “We’re so the same, that it’s easy to be around each other,” says Knappenberger. “It’s like hanging out with yourself.” Powell agrees: “It would be so much effort finding another friend,” she jokes. “You would have to find another person who is almost exactly like yourself, and that takes a lot of effort.” Good friends Ryan Colbert and Tyler Keil have known each other for what seems like forever. “We first met probably in kindergarten, at Jacoby Creek,” says Colbert. Their first impressions may not have been the best. “I hated him,” says Keil. “First time we ever hung out I sprayed him in the eye with a hose, and made him cry. I felt so bad!” added Colbert. But these two have grown to be great friends. Their

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Seniors Blue Wright and Matthew Kuttler “remember Seniors Tyler Keil and Ryan Colbert “have known each other for what seems like the good times way back in kindergarten.” forever.”

favorite thing about each other? “Definitely the humor,” says Keil. They couldn’t think of just one great story. “Too much stuff,” says Colbert.

First time we ever hung out I sprayed him in the eye with a hose, and made him cry. - Ryan Colbert

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Seniors Lilly Knappenberger and Cierra Powell express their deeply rooted love.

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Friday, March 21st, 2014

Strange and unsual subcultures Alia Brookshire Guest Reporter

& Gillen Martin Editor-in-Chief


he transition generation, the generation of technology, the Millennials, Generation Y--These are the names that our age group (those born from the late 1980s to early 2000s) have been labeled with. So far, our generation has many trademarks: increasingly liberal political views, a sense of apathy lingering from the 90s combined with a sense of motivation to erase the mistakes of previous generations, and a will to save the planet and live up to the transition generation title. Along with those activism related traits we have new theological characteristics: little regard for traditional family values, a rise in spirituality and the slight fall of organized religion, and a sense of global community stemmed from the free sharing of ideas and constant world-wide communication over the internet. One of the newest odd developments for Generation Y is the arrival of our latest “alternative” culture. From rock-and-roll to hippies to punks, every decade has had its own rebellious, rule-breaking, progressive society. Some may think that the “hipster” movement is what we’re talking about, the newest society that will define the twenty-tens, but in fact, the term “hipster” has evolved, stretched, and become so broad that it is now rendered useless. “Hipster” has been so distorted that it now applies to practically anything outof-the ordinary. It no longer simply classifies those dressed in nonprescription glasses, toms, baggy

sweaters, and skinny jeans who drink cheap beer and ride bikes. No, this now non-descript term can apply to dip-dyed hair, bindis, doc martens, high-tops converse, tumblr, veganism, music festivals, high-waisted shorts, late 90s style computer graphics, camping and taking pale-filtered pictures of the “wilderness” around you, crosses and inverted crosses, flower crowns, nike janoskis, electronic music, unwashed hair, strange images of cats, bro-tanks, galaxy or native-print anything, patterned leggings, tie-dye, pastel colors, topknotted hair styles, and popular brands such as Huff, Obey, American Apparel, Urban Outfitters, and Free People.

for years. A vintagey undertone runs through the “soft grunge” culture while participants wear dark-themed, destroyed clothing (frequently, ripped nylon tights, vintage band t-shirts, and doc martens), often sport strange, sometimes pastel hair colors, smoke cigarettes while posting pictures of themselves smoking cigarettes with a “live fast die young” attitude, and enjoy giving the impression that they only rarely wash their hair or take off their makeup. This modern movement is a softened rip-off of 90s “grunge” style: a glamorization of hard drugs and even harder lifestyles--partying for days without showering, hard-

“Hipster” has been so distorted that it now applies to practically anything outof-the ordinary.

The blanket term “hipster” cannot be used to define all of these different subcultures that have been made possible because of the time young people spend on the internet and the knowledge they gain from it. They all have stemmed from their own stylistic preferences and activities and have a right to be recognized for their individuality. So now to educate you on some of the rarest subcultures of our current era: Soft Grunge- One of the most mysterious and ominous subcultures of today. The true intent of this strange society has plagued us

The above picture shows a girl clad in the traditional attire of “soft grunge” culture. Although her garb is impressive, her saucy attitute is what truly typifies her as “soft grunge”.

core rock and metal, and dark eye makeup. “Soft grunge” in reality differs from original grunge because those who partake are usually not even old enough to buy their own cigarettes or go to parties. Instead, they spend most their time on the internet, we imagine to further their knowledge of their own society and how to better be a part of it. EDM Fiends- Unless you live under the largest rock of all time, you have probably noticed the rise of electronic music festivals. Electronic music and dubstep have come to be through the natural evolution of “techno” music from previous decades. Those who attend these festivals have developed a specific fashion sense to accompany these events. Holographic, pastel, bright, or dreamy cartoon designs (such as rainbow yin-yangs and smiley faces) appear often on baby tees and backpacks. “Kandi” bracelets full of brightly colored, plastic beads can be seen on wrists of girls across festivals. Once flower crowns graced many Coachellas, but they are now becoming overdone and leaving the festival scene. Striped bro tanks and tie-dye t-shirts stud guys everywhere one looks. A key component to the festival lifestyle is posting every concert and outfit on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with trademark words such as “trippy”, “vibes”, or, inexplicably, “mermaid”. This subculture has an aspect of its image which is designed to mimic the free-spirited, un-capitalistic nature of the 60s and 70s; however, music festivals and the “proper” attire they bring (usually corporately made overseas) are actually very costly, and therefore only available to the upper middle class (the very segment of American society the 60s and 70s free spirits rebelled against).

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of Generation Y explained

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This girl shows her entusiasm for the festival lifestyle and her patriotism in the very same outfit! Note the flower headband, high-waisted shorts, and “kandi” bracelets. Seapunk- Seapunk may be one of the most uncommon subcultures and styles of today. You know when you see a computer generated graphic of waves with rotat-

The two odd-looking creatures above demonstrate the female Seapunk fashion. ing dolphins but for some reason the water is lavender and has odd pyramids and orbs floating around it? There may be a neon-colored geometric figure as a centerpiece and the entire thing seems as if it was created on outdated Macintosh software? That is the visual, internet aspect of Seapunk. A real-life representation of Seapunk fashion is recent Six Rivers alumni Finnegan Porter McGrady.

An example of the art which accompanies Seapunk culture; note the sea life, odd sky coloring, and outdated technology.

All genders in the Seapunk culture have been known to dye their eyebrows and hair green or blue, glue rhinestones to their faces, and wear large gold jewelry. One of the strangest creative twists of Seapunk is the surreal aspect of the music and art. Everything in this culture seems as though it could be out of a remarkably unusual dream.

Trap Bros- This subculture is predominant even on our very own Arcata High campus. A house party may be blasting trap music when one arrives, or that one guy in your Spanish class may have just mixed a new trap track and released it on Soundcloud. Trap music is typified by aggressive lyrical content and a strong sub-bass sound while trap aficionados are known to be very aggressive about liking trap music. Trap is one of the least style-oriented subcultures. There is no traditional garb for those interested in a trap lifestyle, although many participants don Huff socks while also partaking in the plants that pattern them. The only thing truly necessary to initiate yourself into the trap society is a strong enthusiasm for the genre.

...or that one guy in your Spanish class may have just mixed a new trap track and released it on Soundcloud.

This is one of the first google image results for “Trap”. It is a great representation of a bold action to go along with the bold music. All photos courtesy of Tumblr

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Friday, March 21st, 2014

An old Humboldt family Skyler Wrigley Reporter


hat family can boast having lived in Eureka for five generations? The Wrigley family can. Thomas Wrigley, now 81, is a third generation Eurekan. He had three sons, one of whom is a proud father of Max Wrigley, a fifth generation Eurekan. Back in 1884, the Wrigley family, consisting of three brothers, desired a fresh start on the West Coast. Starting their journey from St. Andres, New Brunswick, they each paid for a ticket on the Great Transcontinental Railroad. Arriving in Humboldt County, two brothers stayed, while one headed immediately back to New Brunswick. One of the brothers who stayed, George Wrigley, the first generation Wrigley in Eureka, started working as a blacksmith at Elk River Lumber company (owned by the Faulks), the largest mill south of Eureka. He had a successful career until he got food poisoning and retired to an apple ranch in Elk River in 1902. He lived the rest of his days selling apples and trading horses and owning parts of the land that would eventually be Redwood Acres as well as six houses within Eureka. He died in 1932. His 9 children all grew up, and successfully exceeded expectations, eventually all going off to college. One became an attorney, another (Winfield) became the Treasurer of the Elk River Lumber Company, two more went to dental school, and yet another two (Mary and Ruth) went to the local Eurekan Cratics Business School. Winfield went on to profit greatly from his position and shares of the stored lumber from the lumber

company even after the war. He eventually sold his 10 percent of the company for enough money to live comfortably for the rest of his life and put Thomas Wrigley’s dad (a third generation Eurekan) through dental school. Winfield eventually passed away around 1958. Thomas Wrigley was eventually born in 1932. This was the man I had the pleasure of talking to and calling my grandpa. He fondly remembers his time when he lived near Henderson Center around age seven before he moved out to Del Norte County. Henderson Center and downtown Eureka were the spots of activity for Eureka at this time. Henderson Center is what Thomas remembers most vividly. There was a Five and Dime store, a butcher shop, a drugstore, a sweet shop, a barber, and a department store. The old Eureka he spoke of evoked a feeling of community which doesn’t exist anymore. One could walk out on the street and see kids playing, riding bikes, and passing in and out of the local sweets shop. It was a common occurrence to see several children hitching a lift on their bikes propelled by the streetcar. Back then nobody really worried about where their kids went. Everywhere was the playground. As well as the perk of getting a free ride through town there were several other opportunities within the local shops which made the experience so enticing. If you received a haircut at the barber shop you had a chance to win a Jackknife. All you had to do was get the right color gumball! And if on your mom or dad’s weekly visit to the butcher you happened to accompany them, you might have the chance of getting a complimentary hot dog. These free, local perks were one thing, but the radio shows that played nightly and the out-

doors were the TV substitutes of the 1930’s. The Lone Ranger and Captain Midnight really stood out. Lone Ranger’s side kick, Tanto, saved him from the perils of danger while Captain midnight went on high risk missions and miraculously survived to live on and be idolized. The special thing was, if you drank enough Ovaltine and sent in the lids you could receive a “decoder” ring. If you had a ring, you could decode the coded message at the end of the program, and be in the know for what might happen in the next show! After the shows had been exhausted, the weekends were used to recharge from the week with

fishing in the local Humboldt rivers for trout and salmon. He regularly fished for hours on the Mad River right down the road from our family’s cabin. This family cabin, still in use by our family, has provided years of summers full of river days and lazy weeks drenched in sun. Here a span of three generations of Eurekans can say they’ve grown up, and within the wider context of Humboldt County the Wrigley family can boast living for five generations. This old Eurekan family, integrating themselves into the community, has shown how to live peaceably and comfortably within the beauty of Humboldt County.

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The Wrigley and Lee Clan, from left to right, John, Ali, Skyler, Thomas, and Max, posing for a family portrait.

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AHS students start crisis team Lexi Jacomella Reporter


t is no secret that our community has shared its fair share of sadness, both open and not. Until now, Arcata High students have had to deal with their pressing problems on their own if our crisis councilor, Mrs. Eileen Klima, is otherwise engaged. We are told to leave our name and suggest a period to be called down on a clipboard outside Klima’s office only to be left hanging when the period finally rolls around. Klima wants to be available to every at all times but that is simply impossible. She is constantly meeting with students and parents and depending on the situation, can be here until about 6 in the evening after arriving at 8 AM. That is 10 hours she spends on campus to aid students. Because of this, students have attempted to get some kind of crisis team started at Arcata High for years. Fortunately, with much determination and the passion of Arcata High Freshman Dylan Diemer, our school finally has a student run crisis team. The Arcata High Crisis Team meets every Tuesday in Room 501 and is geared to help students in the same way Klima would in the event that she’s busy with another student. Members of the Crisis Team have undergone special training to be effective peer counselors including conflict mediation, and have been working on active listening skills as well as suicide prevention and intervention skills. Everything said to members of the Crisis Team and in their meetings and peer counseling sessions is 100% confidential and respected. However, all Crisis Team mem-

bers must report back to Ms. Klima. Klima is what’s called a mandated reporter. It is mandatory for her to make a report to the Child Welfare Office if a student shares something that gives her reason to believe that someone’s life is in danger or in risk of being harmed. Making a report does not mean that the cops are going to show up at your house or that you’ll be emitted to Sempervirens Psychiatric Health Facility on Eureka, CA. Only about half of the reports will lead to any kind of intervention. Though it might seem scary to ‘”be reported,” to me, it is scarier to keep those events and the emotions that are tied to them alive inside us. Suicide is the third leading cause of death amoung people 1525 in Humboldt County. According to, “21% of teens are at risk for depression.” And in Humboldt County, that risk is doubled. That’s 42% of teens possibly suffering from a daily struggle with depression, almost half of our student body. With 804 students at Arcata High School that would mean that roughly 340 students could be suffering. Therefore, Klima would have to try to reach out to all 340 students in an already overloaded week of work. Though she wishes she were Superwoman and could support every student in need, there is simply no way that can happen. Do you see why students have tried to get some kind of crisis team started for a very long time? Every day, people in our lives struggle with depression, sadness, and frustration that they simply cannot handle on their own. Sometimes, we feel as though we are a burden on our friends or are “just being babies,” but we forget that our emotions are valid, simply because they are ours and we are feeling them. People like to pre-

tend they are stronger than what hurts them, that they don’t need help, but eventually they will. There is an enormous amount of stress being put on today’s teenagers every day, and finally Arcata High students have a more avail-

able and reliable outlet for their sadness and frustration. Thanks to Dylan and his Crisis Team, we can get help when we need it and we don’t have to feel so alone in our struggles.


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Zeroing in on zero tolerance Mickenzie Grubb Online Editor

& Rachael Green A&E Editor


he zero tolerance policy is a unique program that elicits fear and even some confusion amongst Arcata High students. Almost everyone on campus has heard of it, yet there is much discrepancy as to what the policy truly is. Several schools in Humboldt County have implemented a “zero tolerance” policy directed at individuals who commit a certain offense while under the school’s authority. Arcata High School focuses on a “suspended-expulsion process” aimed at getting kids back in school. This policy includes a zero tolerance contract which is a suspended-expulsion agreement allowing the student to abide by certain criteria to stay enrolled in school. The criteria on a standard contract according to Jim Monge, Arcata High School Vice Principal, is nothing that he as an administrator and father doesn’t expected everyday from each student. Mr. Monge “expects everyone to attend school every day, get good grades, not be a disruption in class, be a good citizen and represent Arcata High in the community.” When under a zero tolerance contract, there are restrictions such as closed campus for the length of the contract. Based on how well the student under the contract performs, his or her contract can be shortened or lengthened accordingly. Another

component of the contract may include a counseling program, either through Arcata High School or an outside source, in hopes of giving the student an outlet to express his or her concerns and reflections on their actions. For students, losing lunch time privileges may be frustrating, but Mr. Monge feels it is a good process to help the students learn from their mistakes and get back on track with their education.

Mr. Monge “expects everyone to attend school every day, get good grades, not be a disruption in class, be a good citizen and represent Arcata High in the community.”

During the 2013-2014 school year thirty-three students signed a Suspension-Expulsion agreement out of the 840 students enrolled at Arcata High School. Out of these thirty-three students who signed a Suspension-Expulsion agreement, about 72% of them were due to drug possession or being under the influence of a drug (not including alcohol). Twentyeight out of these thirty-three students were Caucasian. Only eight of these students were expelled. A report sent to the California Department of Education Online Reporting Office provides a total count of California Education Code section violations committed by students in Humboldt County and

reported to CALPADS for all incidents during the academic year, not just the most severe offense each student committed within a given incident in the school year of 2012-2013. This report also includes a student-level disciplinary outcome (suspension or expulsion) associated with the incidents in which these offenses occurred. According to the report, out of the 2,693 suspensions in Humboldt County in the 2012-2013 school year, about 47% of the suspensions were due to “disruptions and defiance” followed by about 23% due to

ventions & Support (PBIS). PBIS is directed at changing the school climate by creating a safe school through positive discipline. This new system focuses on a threestep pyramid response to intervention. The bottom level of the triangle is Primary Preventions which includes the majority of the population. Next follows the Secondary Prevention which focus on a specialized group which provides support for students at-risk behavior. At the top of the pyramid is the Tertiary Prevention which is a more specialized and individualized sys-

Arcata High School focuses on a “suspended-expulsion process” aimed at getting kids back in school. This policy includes a zero tolerance contract which is a suspended-expulsion agreement allowing the student to abide by certain criteria to stay enrolled in school. “caused, attempted, or threatened physical injury.” Out of the 92 expulsions, about 60% of the expulsions were described as a “possession, sale, furnishing a controlled substance, alcohol, intoxication.” At the local Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee (JJDPC), Shelley Nielsen, Deputy Director of the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services, spoke out about a new, comprehensive program called Positive Behavioral Inter-

tem for students with high-risks. PBIS is “evidence-based strategies and systems to assist schools to decrease problem behavior, increase academic performance, increase safety and establish positive school cultures” ( By training the entire faculty to focus on specific behavior expectations and to reward youth for desired behavior, Humboldt County can greatly reduce the amount of students who are suspended and expelled.

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Friday, March 21st, 2014

Underclassmen rock varsity sports Neel Rao Reporter


ot many sports in high school have the ability to bring a whole gym of people to their feet in one single moment. Whether it be a big three point shot, a fastbreak dunk, or a powerful block, basketball has proven its ability to be one of the most exciting games to watch and play. Arcata High has become a school known for its basketball prowess. Making the team is a feat in itself, let alone being an important player on it. The varsity team is usually occupied by upperclassmen, but this year there were two sophomores on the boy’s team, and two freshmen and a sophomore on the girl’s team. CJ Gray and Tristan Espy were the boys, and Nyah Guynup, Vanessa Holland, and Ashley Quig-

ley were the girls on the team. The girls have had a great season this year, going to the third round in the North-Coast Sections and qualifying for Nor-Cal. Quigley commented on their season by saying, “It was a very good learning experience.” Holland agreed when she stated “It was fun.” The hardest part about playing varsity basketball for them was easily the change of the pace of the game. Holland’s favorite part of the season was the “Supermans” that they ran in practice. Guynup and Quigley both agreed that the traveling was the best part of the season. Though the boys had a tougher season, finishing with a 11-15 record, their hopes for next season are high. Gray’s best memories of this season include Espy’s pregame twerking sessions, the trips down south, and playing in AIBT. Coincidentally he ended up getting All Tourney in the AIBT, as well as in the Lower Lake Tournament.

Although both teams wish to be at the top of their league, what they really wanted the most was more support from the fans. “If you guys

keep coming to the games, we’ll keep busting our a**es to make the next season the best we can for us and the fans,” said Gray.

Photo courtesy of CJ Gray

In the above picture, sophomore CJ Gray drives past his defender. Gray usually started on the boys varsity basketball team this season.


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Tigers anticipate spring sports boys team is not planning on slowing down. The tennis team, led by seniors Hayden Parker and Joseph Esparza, are looking for 10 years straight in league. Hayden Parker has called it the “most badass sport at Arcata High,” and has good reasons for it. Make sure to come out and watch the amazing tennis team dominate.

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Track- If you like running all day, everyday, this is the sport for you. Lead by legendary coach James Washington, track has became a very popular sport among the Arcata High population. Last year, the boys team went to sections, the girls team went to sections, and then Junior Lauren McCoy went to State. This year, Senior Jose Lopez is looking to fortify his impressive resume after signing to run with UC Santa Barbara. Baseball- The Arcata baseball team is primed this year for a shot at winning league. Led by senior Tyler Keil, the baseball team is ready to hit it out of left field. With coaches Troy Ghisetti and Bob Wallace, the baseball team is wanting to go further than their first round loss in the North Coast Sections tournament last year. Come out with a hot dog, and watch the tigers compete for first in league. Softball- The softball team is looking for a rebuilding year after going 3-16 overall and 0-9 in league. With no graduating seniors, the softball team has great chemistry and is getting

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Freshman Cannon Russell, number three on the tennis ladder, practices his serving during a sunny Monday practice. better everyday. Led by senior Kayla Reed at the mound, the softball team is trying to improve their position in league and build a better record. Swim- The swim team is the only aquatic sport in Spring (unless you’re bad at golf). Practicing their butterfly and backstroke, the school’s most intense team is looking for gold. Watch out for Eilish McNulty. They have a small but dedicated team looking to stroke their way into first place. Tennis- The unsung hero of Spring sports, the boys tennis team, is looking to continute their streak. The boys tennis team has won league 9 years straight, an amazing feat when you consider the highly competitiveness of the sport. With a recent coaching change, the

Golf- The fanciest of Spring sports, the boys golf team, is always dressed to the nines. Golf, the spring sport with the best view, is played overlooking the beautiful Baywood golf course. Quinn Rice has been waiting all year for this golf season, and is looking forward to leading the pack to victory.


It was a building year for the varsity team. Only having three returners this year gives them almost an entire roster of returners for next season. Having finished 11-15 overall and 1-7 in league, the team will be hard at work preparing for next year.

The JV team tied for 1st in league with Fortuna. Having lost Sam Spinosa early in league, they continued to fight on and finished off their season strong.

The freshman boys became one of the powerhouses in their league this year. They clinched some really close games and finished their season off strong.

It was another great year for the AHS Varsity cheer team. Their performances got increasingly more impressive over the season.

The Varsity girls are continuing their outstanding season currently with an overall of 25-4 and a league record of 7-1. Having one of the best seasons in recent history they are going to do their best to finish out strong.

It was a solid year for the JV girls. They had an impressive pre-season that they carried over to league, ending up tied for second with Fortuna.

The freshman girls had a really competitive season, pulling out some very close games.

With some new coaching staff this year, the wrestling team worked really hard. It translated onto the mat and helped them with their season.

Photos courtesy of Paul Swenson Wrap-ups written by Errol Funk

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Friday, March 21st, 2014

Sochi’s got nothin on us and a roll of duct tape? Simply duct tape the two boards together, grab a helmet (not necessary) and find a hill. You may not have total control of your “Land Luge”, but neither did some of the olympians.

ity to do with four of your closest friends on a sunny Friday afternoon? If you don’t have a spare bobsled in your garage, all you’ll need is a cardboard box. Bring the box and your fellow bobsledders to

the school and jump in. Who would have thought that the school supported bobsledding so much!? Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, its bobsled time!

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Get your significant other and head to the roller rink! Look at us on our first try partner skating!

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ow that the Olympics are in the past, you’re probably still thirsting for the excitement and experience you only get from watching winter sports. Whether you are a die-hard luge supporter, or live to watch ice dancing, there are many other ways to get your Winter Olympic fix than staring at your TV and waiting for the cold months to roll around again. Ice SkatingBlue Lake roller rink, AKA Humboldt Ice Dance Central is always a prime spot for fanatic ice skating aficionados. You may not be able to pull off the triple axel, but you can feel the wind in your face as you speed around the rink. LugingDriving to the top of Fickle Hill isn’t only a beautiful view, but also an amazing luge experience. Who needs a luge board thingy, when all you need is two skateboards

CurlingWhat sounds like a better time than running around on ice, sweeping frantically and yelling? Personally, I can't think of anything. Sadly, the only thing Humboldt is lacking besides better hygiene and the sun is a curling arena. For the few people who want to experience the craftsmanship of curling, your best bet is covering your back deck in oil, grabbing a small boulder, a bunch of friends and some brooms and just diving right in. SnowboardingWho needs real snow when you have the beach? The Samoa dunes are a prime location for mastering your snowboarding, or should we call it sandboarding, skills. There’s no ice, that’s for sure, and everyone loves some sandy powpow. BobsledYour school stairs are a perfect place for channeling your inner Cool Runner. What better activ-


Nothing is better than bobsledding down the stairs during class!

Art by Kira Burnett

This year, hockey is not the only source of competition between countries. Our comic artist, Kira Burnett, depicts the ongoing conflict between the US and Canada over where Justin Beiber belongs.

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Everyone does track & field Sara Davis

Junior News Editor


ontrary to popular belief, Track isn’t not a sport entirely dedicated to running-crazy fools. With the ridiculously endless variety of events (100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1600m, 3200m, 100m hurdles, 300m hurdles, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay, 4x800m relay, long jump, triple jump, high jump, shot put, discus, pole vault), there is something for everyone and anyone to do. Sure you can find, or at least attempt to find, the cross country clique trail blazing its way through the HSU forest, but down on the track is where the real work happens. On any given day, you’ll find the sprinters, pole vaulters, hurdlers, jumpers, and throwers tearin’-up the field and track (I mean this almost literally. That track has some missing chunks from their hard work). From the basketball players to the tennis players, track has the ability to appeal to all. Whether you speed through the field to the goal or dive majestically for the ball or tackle an opponent on the turf, there is absolutely an event for you. Mariah Lewis, junior, greatly known as a phenomenal volleyball star, “definitely didn’t think [she] was going to like [track],” but having an open mind to things really got her thinking “it was the first time [she] actually enjoyed running.” Lewis enjoys being a part

of such a large group of diverse people and not feeling judged. Although there is sprinter, distance, jumper, thrower tension on the team from time to time, junior Hannah Mathew, tennis player extraordinaire, believes that “no one is really left out;” in the end “everyone supports and cheers for each other and it works out.” Depending on which perspective you take, there are times when each group views the others with glaring eyes. To the distance runners, sprinters are fast and weak; they complain about the shortest workouts, making the distance group believe they are mighty and spectacular. When sprinters see distance attempt to run a “full out” 200m, they watch with comical glances as their slower, sloth-like, legs struggle to move faster. During practices, the field clique are essentially permanently segregated from the runners, only to be seen during warm-ups and on the stands at the meets. Yet even

with the group differences, the entire team is never short of support, encouragement and praise.


rom the basketball players to the tennis players, track has the ability to appeal to all.

That exact same feeling is what brings so many people to join track. Whether during a grueling workout or nerve-wracking meet, every team member is constantly supportive. There is never a silent

practice on the track. The sprinters are always there to encourage the distance runners when they hustle by, and the distance groups shout out “Go Tigers!” every time the sprinters speed past. It’s surprising the track and field team hasn’t formed their own cheer squad! During the long league and invitational meets, the AHS team is the loudest and most enthusiastic on the stands. All judgment and previous thoughts aside, everyone comes together to cheer and support those jumping, throwing, and running. No matter if you’re a member of the sprinting cliché, distance group, or field squad, the meets provide a chance to harmoniously unite and go for the gold. Frank Trush, senior, soccer champion and expert, could not have stated it better: “track is a great way to stay in shape and meet new people.” Because of this he “encourages anyone to join no matter if you’re extremely fast or slow!”


Track and field participants group together on the track, smiling with joy as super star sprinter senior Skyler Wrigley gives his best puppy dog face.

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Friday, March 21st, 2014

How much swag can cargo pants hold? slightly different faces. Examples of this are mainly in their appearances, consisting primarAustin Schuler ily of the man Miss Me jeans Graphic Designer made by some other company. This phenomenon is also publicly apparent in the words they wag. There seems to be use and in the music “they be a new phenomenon de- slappin” in their cars. The main problem I have with veloping in the world, and its name is “Swag”. I swag kids could be their want have had time to study this fas- to spend butt-tons of dollars on cinating depiction of completely a belt that will break before it idiotic clothing choices. Some is out of fashion. Doesn’t that people say that yes, they might seem dumb? To me this style of be dumb, but idiotic? Couldn’t attire mostly spews the image we use a cooler word like (insert of a person who is shallow in swag word for lame)? Well, this their perception of life and how is my opinion, and if you are a the world works. These chilsag pants backwards hat who dren seem to accept the image spends $250 on jeans, then your of “Fake Rick”, buying expensive first reaction to this will most clothing to attempt to fit into a likely be insecurity followed group or clique. Overall this style by anger. And if you get really seems to emit a thick cloud of ignorance around each victim. Because this is my own opinion article, I can even say that you guys literally wear camo and that your camo clothes are too swaggy for my eyes and so become invisible to me, so I am constantly haunted by seeing some swageriffic child walking but with no legs, or maybe he just has no shoulders today. So far my reaction to this is puking; however, I hope that soon all of these “ill kids” who spend enormous amounts of their (or more likely their parents) money will appreciate the ridiculous way that they have created “heated”, then you will prob- their image. So far I have seen ably go on to Twitter and write shoes that look like inflatable no more than 140 characters of rafts, boys with pants so low pointlessly pitiful words. that they run like monsters and Mostly these kids seem to be also shirts that read “Obey”, and clones of each other, but with these kids do what they are told


How much swag could cargo shorts hold if cargo shorts could hold swag.

and obey the “fashion” of their peers and of their insecurities. Now I am not saying don't dress this way, because I think it is very dank or some other slang that only a white analretentive slacker would say. But please don’t get me wrong, I do get some sort of entertainment

To me, this style of attire mostly spews the image of a person who is shallow in their perception of how the world works. from these dressing habits. For example: the game called “how much swag could cargo shorts hold if cargo shorts could hold swag”. Even though I have this game, I don't think I fully understand the swag, so naturally I do have some questions. One being: when did it become attractive to look like you have a extremely long torso or no buttocks? Another is that with these sagged swag pants, it looks like some of these kids wear diapers and maybe that’s what they are going for, but I personally would not like to have that look at any age. Another thing that I find is popular in the swag culture

is to have a North Face jacket. I assume that they have a North Face jacket because they are probably climbing Everest on the weekends, or at least going on a hike? If this is true, I conclude that all of these kids are adventurers and so therefore are going to use these coats and maybe get some dirt on them, but I have been disappointed so far and have seen no scuffs or tears on almost 99% of these adventurous young people. Perhaps they just go to very nice drycleaners right after their adventure or are destroying these coats and have to buy new ones constantly. But maybe not. What if they aren't even going outside! I am sure one day they will go out and adventure somewhere. Maybe not without their iPhone 5, but still there is some hope for them. This culture of “fake rich” and the flashy images that these kids try to convey to everyone else is ignorant and ends up feeding the stereotype of the American.

And if you get really “heated”, then you will probably go on to Twitter and write no more than 140 characters of pointless pitiful words.

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You are what you eat Lauren Blake Reporter &

Hannah Christen Business Manager


magine this: you have a club meeting at lunch and you don’t have time to go get something for lunch, so you go to the student store. Faced with pizza, burritos, and bagels, you’re confronted with just one question: Is there a healthy meal choice for lunch on the menu? Now that the student store has discontinued their fruit options, the easy answer is “no.” The student store, although convenient, provides food options that are generally unhealthy, unreliable, and unfriendly to students with dietary restrictions. As vegetarians, our meal options are immediately limited when we go to the student store and generally consist of a slice of cheese pizza, a bean burrito, or a bagel. If we want something healthy, the best option is an Odwalla drink. According to the American Heart Association, most men shouldn’t consume more

than 37.5 grams of sugar per day. For women, the recommendation is not more than 25 grams. An Odwalla Superfood Drink has 37 grams of sugar in the 12 oz. bottles that are sold at the student store. In contrast, a 12 oz. can of Coke has 39 grams of sugar. Granted, the sugars in the Odwalla Drink are natural and derived from fruit and the sugars in the Coke are manufactured and synthetic. Looking at these numbers, we were shocked at the “healthy” food. Would it really be so hard to provide moderately healthy food that has more than cheese; inorganic, cheap crap; and simple carbs and sugars? Most restaurants, or even grocery stores, in Arcata have

Would it really be so hard to provide moderately healthy food that has more than cheese; inorganic, cheap crap; and simple carbs and sugars? at least a few healthy options. For students who are glutenfree, vegan, or have food allergies, the range of food options at the student store narrows even further. With the major meal items purchased fromlocal businesses and restaurants,

there’s no way for students to know if the food they buy has been contaminated by wheat, soy, or meat products. Trying to eat at the student store without consuming gluten or dairy products is nearly impossible. When surveyed, about 10% of Arcata High students reported being either vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or lactose-free. Although that obviously isn’t a majority, it’s a large enough portion of the student body that the student store should begin to cater to this market. Let’s get one thing straight: we’re not trying to accuse the student store of being an insensitive bureaucracy. The student store has tried to carry more healthful, mindful options in the past. They’ve attempted to sell tofu, soy milk, and other, healthier, options before but the demand wasn’t high enough, contacts and suppliers changed, and these options were more expensive than the aforementioned “cheap crap” and students didn’t want to pay for these higher quality food options. We understand. The student store fills a demand at AHS. All we’re trying to say is that they should replace some of these unhealthy options with foods that are better for you. Instead of Rice Krispies Treats, try Nature Valley Granola Bars. Provide students with options that provide lasting energy, tasty snacks, and ingredients that are pronounceable. The student store should begin to carry, and label, more vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-

free options. It’s really not that hard. The deli-counter at Wildberries provides the ingredients on notecards in front of all their food options. Also, is it too much to ask that the student store sells fresh fruit? Maybe some gluten-free bagels from Los Bagels? (Let’s be real, every kind of bagel that they make is delicious, wheat flour or not). The students have spoken: the stu-

...Students have spoken: the student store needs a broader variety of meal items with healthier options for those who want to fuel themselves effectively

dent store needs a broader variety of meal items with healthier options for those who want to fuel themselves effectively. As high-school students, we typically don’t eat “healthfully;” however, studies show that the eating habits formed in adolescence will follow you throughout your life, so we would like the option of living happy and healthy lives.

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Friday, March 21st, 2014

The rise of the selfie generation

Lauren McCoy Managing Editor


he Selfie Generation. In these three words today's youth can be neatly summed up, without much further explanation as to what they represent. Even more egotistical and self absorbed than usual, this typically self centered demographic of teens has gone to a whole new level. Perhaps the biggest contributor to this disintegration of social awareness is the coining of the term 'selfie' and the creation of that act. Some clarification may be needed for what exactly a 'selfie' is, for it is certainly a modern term. The selfie, (pronounced sel-fee, or self-eye in Oregon) is simply a photograph taken of oneself by oneself. In order to take a selfie, or a plethora of selfies, [oh the irony of how my computer just tried to auto correct 'selfie' to 'selfless'] there need not be any other humans around. Generally, though, a mirror does come

in handy if you don't have one of those snazzy front-facing cameras. The essence of a selfie is the perfect description of youth today because we are obsessed with ourselves. We are obsessed with looking at ourselves and scrutinizing the littlest details that make or break our self image. With the advent of applications such as Snapchat and Instagram, sharing ourselves and our daily inspirations (aspirations) has become an even bigger deal as we go about our lives. But more importantly we want to make sure everyone is looking at us. Looking at us and our mile-long lashes, looking at our silk smooth hair, looking at our perfected peach pout, and even shirtless rock hard abs. Everyone just wants to be looked AT these days. And with so many things to look AT, there's little time to look INTO who someone actually is. Too much of who we are and who we are trying to become is being shaped by an image that has little to do with reality. Constantly driven by the urge to document our lives, and to capture them in the most pristine way, the true and simple beauty of life is often lost. Real spontaneity has diminished as a quick pic turns into a photo shoot in the attempt to get the perfect angle, lighting, and artistic vibe. Do we really need a constant

Photo courtesy of Bradley Cooper and Ellen DeGeneres

The “best selfie of all time” from the 2014 Oscars broke the Twitter retweet record with over 1 million. The picture includes some of the biggest names in film such as Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey, and Matt Damon. reminder of what we look like? A constant reminder of how our own faces appear? Or at least what we wish they would be? It seems so unnecessary, and yet we have all been pulled into the depths of the selfie generation whether we like it or not. Even the Grammys have succumbed to the selfie-sensation, as some of the most notable faces in film snapped a quick one that has now gone viral. Despite the seeming disappointment in this generation filled with the desire for self-admiration, there is no wrong in liking the way you look. There's nothing wrong in appreciating what you have and wanting to share it with the world.

What can be seen as sad, but not wrong, is that appearances have been taking precedent over the reality of who people are. Certainly everyone has experienced the truth of things not always being what they seem. The things that make a person special can't be bought in the Maybelline section of a convenience store, because chances are she wasn't born with it. Using Covergirl products won't make someone any more 'cover' worthy. What so many people seem to have forgotten in today's world is that the cover isn't what matters. We open that magazine or book to read what's on the inside -- what really counts.

The things that make a person special can’t be bought in the Maybelline section of a convenience store, because chances are she wasn’t born with it.

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How to get guys and/or girls to like you

Vera Heidmann Opinion Editor

*Disclaimer: This article contains large amounts of sarcasm.


s your knight in shining armor a little slow on the uptake? Is your princess completely oblivious of your existence? If you answered “yes” to the above questions, you have come to the right place. If you know me, you know that I am an expert on how to have a healthy relationship. Let me show you what I mean:

How to Get Guys to Like You: Guys love it when you text them every second of every day. It lets him know that you need him. If he doesn’t respond at first, just keep texting him. Eventually, he won’t be able to resist your adorable winky faces, and he’ll text back. You must also post on his Facebook wall every day. Perhaps every hour if necessary, letting him know that he is constantly on your mind. You should also make sure to“poke” him on Facebook. It’s the ultimate way of saying: “I’m thinking of you.” You must also send him Farmville and Candy Crush requests daily. All guys secretly love Facebook games, and he’ll think it’s sweet that you know this about him. Tag him in everything possible. From his Facebook profile, you may also be able to find important information like his

phone number, email address, and which town he lives in. If you’re lucky, his address will be there too. Once you find out his address, it is crucial that you drive to his house and check in on him just to make sure he’s not already in a relationship. If you really like him, you can leave him little surprises just to make him think of you and smile. You can write cute little notes on post-its, and stick them to the outside of his bedroom window. He will also love it if you invite yourself over for dinner. Once you promptly assert your independence, and show up at his house for his mom’s famous spaghetti and peas, the next step is simple. When dinner is over, say you are leaving, and then drive your car around the back of his house to make it look like you left. Then, sneak back into his house through the back door, and hide in his bedroom until he goes to sleep. Now you get to watch him while he sleeps. Isn’t that so cute? You must also remember to ask him every day if he loves you. Guys love that question so much. Complain to him about how you think you’re fat, then eat a big bowl of ice cream in front of him. He will think it is too cute to resist. If he asks you out, you have got to have some good conversation topics ready for your date. Tell him some awkward period stories. Guys are very curious about how periods work because they can’t have one. Make sure you describe the process to him in extreme detail so he knows what it’s all about by the time the date’s over. If you are male, however, I suggest skipping this step. If you don’t want to talk about menstruation, you can always tell him some good old childhood stories, or ask him seriously if he is a vampire/werewolf/

zombie etc...he will get a kick out of it.

A really big turn-on for girls is twerking. I’m not kidding. Miley Cyrus has got it goin’ on (almost as much as Stacy’s mom).

How to Get Girls to Like You: A really big turn-on for girls is twerking. I’m not kidding. Miley Cyrus has got it goin’ on (almost as much as Stacy’s mom). Anyway, if you want to impress a girl, just learn to twerk professionally. Your booty wurk will probably make her want to marry you. (Remember: “Left cheek, right cheek, left cheek, right cheek”). At school dances, grind on her 24/7. Girls love it when people they don’t know very well do that. You must commit to grinding on her for the ENTIRE dance. “Bound 2” by Kanye West? Grind it. “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus? Grind it. “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion? That’s right, Robin Thicke, keep grinding it. I mean, please, who does actual romantic ballroom dancing anymore? You might as well just grind like everyone else. Chances are, this girl will

just be staring at her phone screen the whole time anyway, so you better make your grinding technique interesting. Just so you know, one of a girl’s favorite past times is making sandwiches. If you want a girl to notice you, just tell her to make you one. I’m sure she will gladly whip you up something special. You must remember to never ever leave her side. Even when she goes to the bathroom, just wait outside the stall for her. (Tip: Generally, men are not allowed in women’s restrooms, so if you are male, you might want to hide in the stall next to hers until she’s done.) If you leave her side, something could happen to her! And you wouldn’t want that to happen, would you? Girls love to feel like they are safe and protected at all times. Only call her “sexy”. Girls don’t want to be called “beautiful” and crap like that because they think it sounds fake. Here is a one liner that girls love to hear, especially on first dates: “you look just like my mom!” She will be so flattered to know this piece of information. She might even make you another sandwich, and some home baked chocolate chip cookies, just like your mom does. Pretty sweet, huh? If you follow these simple tips, you will surely find a fulfilling relationship that will never fail. Hope you find the love of your life!

*The Arcata High School Pepperbox is not responsible for any injuries caused, or restraining orders issued as a result of taking this article seriously.

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Friday, March 21st, 2014

Opening up about mental health issues Lizzy Fernandes Reporter


eneral anxiety disorders affect 6.1 million adults in the U.S. according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Studies have shown that most suicides, the second leading cause of death for young adults and teens in the U.S., are related to mental health issues. Mental health issues include many diagnoses like mental disability, anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, and autism, but every case is unique. People are plagued by mental health issues everywhere. Eileen Klima, Arcata High’s student crisis counselor, estimates that about 25% of AHS students have mental health issues and about half of those are anxiety disorders. Most students with mental health issues are average high schoolers. Most people know at least one person with mental health issues, including people whose lives are affected by family members with mental health illnesses. Mental health issues can be a huge obstacle many people have to face. Studies show that many students with mental health issues are at risk of poor academic performance, substance abuse, and missing out on social events and experiences. Most people who suffer from a mental health issue struggle with it their whole lives. There

are various treatments for different health issues such as therapy, medications, or counseling, but completely overcoming the issue depends on on the diagnosis and how severe it is. The stress and hardships of mental health issues not only affect the person who has it, but their loved ones as well. An anonymous AHS student with a family member with mental health illnesses said, “It totally changes the family dynamic. It’s a daily struggle for the families who deal with it, no matter how much counseling, therapy, and medications that person takes its always going to be in them. It’s their struggle to figure out how to deal with that, but it becomes the family’s struggle as well.” When asked to describe living with a family member with mental health issues another anonymous AHS student responded, “When my little sister’s OCD surfaced it was a special kind of hell that most people don’t understand. It was unbelievably painful to watch her suffer and and feel useless because I had no clue how to help her.” Ignorance on the topic of mental health issues is a worldwide problem. Many people still have stigmas and stereotypes about mental health issues. Some people believe you can snap out of depression or if you have OCD you are just a germaphobe, but it’s so much more complicated than that. A Canadian study conducted in 2008 showed that almost half of Canadians think diagnosed

mental illness is an excuse for bad behavior and personal failures and 25% said they were afraid of being around someone suffering from serious mental illness. Due to lack of awareness, people often believe stereotypes and stigmas. For example, some believe that people with mental health issues are violent or crazy. Stigmas often associate mental health disorders with violent behaviors, but for the most part, people with mental health issues are more dangerous to themselves.

Eileen Klima, Arcata High’s student crisis counselor, estimates that about 25% of AHS students have mental health issues and about half of those are anxiety disorders. When asked about his turrets and people’s stereotypes about the disorder, Henry Penalosa, an AHS student said, “Turrets is not just yelling profanity, its

not that simple... I don’t take it to heart because a lot of times people just don’t know because it’s complicated.” Regarding stigmas about anxiety disorders, Eileen Klima said, “A lot of times, if people haven’t experienced intense anxiety, they don’t understand it and think that you can just snap out of it.” Also, people who suffer from these mental health issues can be stigmatized by these stereotypes and sometimes be confused by them as well. Jill Frizzell, a licensed clinical social worker said, “Even clients will say to me, ‘I must sound so crazy to you,’ or they will make an assumption that my life is perfect. They think they are the only ones going through hard times, not realising that a lot of therapist go to therapy and it doesn’t make them crazy.” Another consequence of our society’s ignorance is that a lot of people don’t know how to recognize symptoms or how to treat mental health issues. Some people with mental issues go undiagnosed and without the treatment or the support they need. The truth is, you may not know if that the grumpy kid sitting next to you in class is dealing with OCD and feels alone. Remember that one out of every four kids at Arcata High might be dealing with some type of mental health issue and your support and compassion can help more than you know. We need to have more empathy and awareness for people who suffer from general anxiety disorders and other mental health issues.

Friday, March 21st, 2014

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Volume 86 Issue 5  

Volume 86 Issue 5 of the Arcata High School Pepperbox

Volume 86 Issue 5  

Volume 86 Issue 5 of the Arcata High School Pepperbox


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