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After years of dedicacated service to students, seven Alhambra teachers are going to hang up thier chalk and seek the quiet life of retirement. Brian Brown of the Math Department, John Parker of the Special Education, department Kerstin Vickstrom of the Math Department, Maryann Watkins of the Social Studies Department, and Ruth

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by CECILIA CHANG With all the glitter and glamour as promised with the tagline: “Step into a Fairytale,” the Junior class presented a beautiful prom. May 11th at the Tempe Buttes nearly 300 members of the Junior and Senior class spent the night creating their own fairytale. The venue was beautiful. The Marriott Tempe Buttes was the ideal location for prom. The scenic view outside the ballroom was spectacular. The decorations made the venue look glamorous with the elegant tulles. The blue lights in the ballroom made the vibe even more

Prom 2013 exciting. The one thing that I would change would be the DJ. The DJ was decent playing some good music frequently, but not too often. I wanted music you could dance to, but he played music that made me want to sit down. The food was amazing! The cupcakes had so much flavor, ranging from red velvet to chocolate. The cupcakes also looked so elegant. There was also corn battered shrimp and chicken satay. These finger foods were wonderful and were a complement to the cheese and fruit display and chips and salsa. There was also water and lemonade which

was a great thing because dancing gets people thirsty. The photo booth was a hit! It was an amazing addition to prom. Going in the photo booth and making funny faces just made amazing memories. Also it was free, which was a bonus. Mr. Adney, the junior class sponsor, said “That over 900 pictures were taken and all of these were free, which was a great deal for our students.” Over-all prom was amazing! Decorations, venue, food, and everything else fell right into place. Prom was worth the money and time, and if I was able to relive this event I would do it with no regret.

Karen Silva and Kevin Carbajal

Alicia Vargas, Marybel Pedroza Ramirez, and Diana Martinez

Jose Tellez and Angie Sotelo

Cecilia Chang

Daniel Cortez, Stephanie Herrera, Daniel, Victoria Fernandez, Aaron, Javier Salazar

Prom 2013

Freddy Melara

Rubie Obeso and Noe Valdez

Caleb Alterez and Angelica Chavez

Reyna Villegas


Judith Madrigal and Nicole Hernandez

Alejandro Ramirez, Nadia Fernandez, and Jacquelinne Soto

David Iniguez and Wilber Rivera

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Senior Wills

We asked seniors to look back at their four years and reflect on their experiences. They created these wills to leave a small part of themselves behind for future generations of Alhambra sudents. The Senior Will is a way to thank those friends, family, and teachers who made a difference during their time at Alhambra. push yourself to be the best those memories of penguins. body, do hereby bequeath Martha Alicia better grip on maturity. version of yourself and be To my newspaper buddy, the following: to my family Garcia Gurrola Piedra Castaneda Torrez, I, Suhey Castro, being of a aware of scholarships and Eileen Yazzie, I leave I leave a hungry dog for I,

being of a unique mind and Mexican body, do hereby bequeath the following: To Yessica Torrez, I leave all the parties and meomires we shared. I leave all my randomness to Jose Hernandez(Chilo). All my laughs are left behind for Katia Florez Diaz to save and to forever remember. The lunch table is left for those who wish to have laughs; wish to have awkward and funny moments. To all my friends, I leave them with all the times we sand “Happy Birthday” and got each other’s face “smashed” into a piece of cake( remember Chilo?)JaJaJa. To Alma Grande, Maria Guillen, Andres Herrera, and Kevin Carbajal I leave behind all the weird conversations we had in 7th hour( you all know WHAT I’m talking about lol). Lastly, I leave all my unfinished assignments to the next year of seniors, so they can entertain themselves. Take care Alhambra and don’t miss me too much…. I, Jasmine Murrieta, being of open mind, do hereby bequeath the following: To my fellow press, I leave nothing. Lets be honest, you will not miss me and I will not miss you. But I will miss the exceptionally kind teachers who actually cared about their students and encouraged them to do their best. I’m glad im leaving. That is all. I, Richard Gueringer, being of pure awesome mind and pure beasting body, do hereby bequeath the following: I leave my diploma to my mother and father. I would like to thank all my teachers for the knowledge they bestowed open my mind. I would like to clearify that I’m happy to leave this school. I am ready to be at a school that has a

creative mind and awesome body, do hereby bequeath the following: to my sister Leslie Basoco, and my cousin Kenya Dominguez for being my best friends and partners at school and home. To my basketball teammates that although we got differences, we were there for each other . to our mother Bianca Uriarte, that was always there for her team. To my coach Fraga, that helped me a lot resolving my problems, and helping the team with the math homework. To my counselor, Ms. Miller, that helped me to stay up. To my family that have supported me to end. And all the people that love me, and helped me out in the hard times. I, Itzel Rosas, being of pure mind and nice body, do hereby bequeath the following: To the new freshman this year, I wish you the bestest luck! (You’ll need it)! To the new Seniors, I leave you my senioritis! Do your best, enjoy your year, and make many memories for you to have! Congrats! To all the teachers I had, thanks for spending your precious time helping me learn. Especially Ms. Hughes, Ms. Zimmerman, and Mr. Zamenski, they really helped! To all the people that I met, be good and stay good. I hope you have the best time of your life! Like Ghandi said it, live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever. I, Reyna Villegas, of being of an inquisitive mind and sound body, do hereby bequeath the following: I leave my spirit to Mr. Kunz during fourth hour lunch. I also leave my advice to all seniors that no matter how repetitive and tedious schoolwork, do not, I repeat do not give up. You must

college deadlines. As for freshmen , do not cheat your self from an education, completing your high school academia is a opportunity to advance your life to a career and college as well. You may think high school is a source of a social networking, but in reality you’re here to increase your knowledge. With that being said I thank you Ms.Barkoczy, Ms Meece, Mrs.Rohrer, Mr. Wilder , Mr.Adney, and Dr. Sechrist for having faith in me and for being amazing instructors you truly made my final year to remember. I, Alma Grande, being of intelligent mind and slender body, do hereby bequeath the following: I leave my colorful pens and highlighters to Ms. Rohrer. I leave delicious food to my lunch buddy, Betty. I leave good laughs and memories to Melissa Matias. I leave encouraging and positive thoughts to my A.P. Biology classmates (Frank,

Angelica, Cecilia, Julian, Uriel and Aleyda). Lastly, I leave a big thanks to Mr. Fairbanks for being a great teacher and friend.

I, Cecilia Chang, being of brilliant mind and sound body, do hereby bequeath the following: I leave my knowledge to the under classmen, high school is an amazing journey so don’t ruin it by being immature. Grow up! To my sports medicine 1-2’s I leave my experience and memories. Have fun next year and take care of the athletes! To my upcoming varsity football team I leave my school spirit, wishing you guys luck next season! To my teachers that have helped me get this far I leave my frustration, and stress. To my AP biology class I leave wondering camp memories especially

all the stories, memories, and exercise we did in 6th hour. You are amazing! To my wonderful lunch table friends I leave I leave my memories of the 3 years we’ve spent together. I will truly miss those moments, you guys are cray-cray. To the rest of Alhambra, I wish you guys the best and make high school memorable. I, Kevin Carbajal, being of random mind and sacred body, do hereby bequeath the following: to the up coming freshman I leave you the secret pool on top of the auditorium. To the current freshman, sophomores, and juniors, I leave you nothing. To the upcoming seniors, I leave you the senior power. To my past teachers I leave you my weird moments and memories we shared. Thank you google for making this possible. I, Ossineidy Martinez, being of cool mind and weird body, do hereby bequeath the following: to my junior friends that being a senior is not just to chill. To my best guy fiend Eduardo Barraza stay in good spirits, to my clubs that I participated, I had and enjoy being in here with everyone I leave you my memories and fun. To my favorite teacher, Mr. Newton even though I didn’t have you like an actual teacher I enjoyed your happiness in your weird situations. Also lastly I leave my memories of Alhambra high school to all my friends seniors to freshman! I enjoy being with you guys. I’m gong to miss you Sydney

Melvin, Cynthia Lechuga (cousin), Yadi, Elaina, Crystal’s and Jasmine Augirre. Oh also Austin and Salvador. And Izel and everyone else, bye!

I, Bianca Uriarte , being of brilliant mind and athletic

them to feed every night. To

Courtney & Nakiya

I leave the postposition for them to lead. The girls basketball team I leave my lady Lion Pride for their every game & practice. To my former teacher Mr. Brown I leave my deepest appreciation for helping me through my high school years. Lastly to my sister Marianna (Legacy) I leave her our past high school memories, making sure she’s ready to make some of her own. I, Paulina Dominguez (a.k.a. Pauly-D) being of eccentric mind and gorgeous body, do hereby bequeath the following: To my under classmates and friends, I leave our insiders, my snorting, and the spicy chicken sandwiches you’re going to endure next year. To all the teachers who were understanding towards me and helped me, I leave my admiration and greatest “thank you”s. Finally, I leave my deepest love to Best Buddies and everyone who has helped shape my life from that experience. Much love to my friends, family, and haters; because my haters are my motivators P.S. “Be who you are and say what you feel. Because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter, don’t mind.” –Dr. Seuss I, Fernanda Luna, being of regular mind and wide and average body, do hereby bequeath the following: To my younger brother Isaac Luna, now sophomore soon to be junior, I leave the next two years of education…. Plus summer school! I have no other friends younger than myself, or other things that I want/need to leave, so I’ll proceed with my “Thanks”. I give thanks

Tech and Media Fitzgerald

at the Movies

Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, The Great Gatsby, has not always been a Hollywood blockbuster. Of the attempts made by various directors to capture what Fitzgerald put in print, only the 1974 version starring Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby approaches the language of the novel.

Gatsby reaches, but falls short of great

Take a look at these other adaptations and make your own call as to whether they deserved the green light.





The Great Gatsby (2000) Directed by Robert Markowitz. Written by John McLaughlin. Starring Toby Stephens as Gatsby, Mira Sorvino as Daisy, Martin Donovan as Tom, and Paul Rudd as Nick. The Great Gatsby (1974) Directed by Jack Clayton. Written by Francis Ford Coppola starring Robert Redford as Gatsby, Mia Farrow as Daisy, Bruce Dern as Tom, Karen Black as Myrtle, Scott Wilson as Wilson, Sam Waterson as Nick, Lois Chiles as Jordan, and Howard Da Silva as Wolfsheim. The Great Gatsby(1949) Directed by Elliott Nugent. Written by Cyril Hume and Richard Maibaum. Starring Alan Ladd as Gatsby, Betty Field as Daisy, Macdonald Carey as Nick, Ruth Hussey as Jordan, Barry Sullivan as Tom, Howard Da Silva as Wilson, and Shelly Winters as Myrtle.


Director: Baz Lurhman Producer: Baz Luhrmann, Douglas Wick, Lucy Fisher Catherine Martin, Catherine Knapman Distributer: Warner Brothers Running Time: 143 min by SCIMITAR STAFF The Great American Novel comes to life on the big screen in Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Jay Gatsby is a poor boy turned wealthy bootlegger and entrepreneur who spends his life pursuing his lost love, the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. Told from the point of view of Gatsby’s

neighbor, Nick Carraway, the story finds Jay Gatsby amassing wealth and power to attract Daisy’s attention, only to realize that his pursuits were futile in the end. The movie opens with Nick Carraway looking back on the summer that he spent with Gatsby, Tom and Daisy Buchanan, and their friend Jordan Baker. Nick has been sent to Perkins Sanatorium (a nod to Fitzgerald’s famous editor Max Perkins, no doubt) for anxiety, alcoholism, and fits of rage. During his stay there, he first tells and then begins to write the story of Gatsby, Daisy, and the American Dream. Luhrmann does an effective job of interpreting the motifs that stand out boldly in the story. The idea of what the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock represents to Gatsby along with the use of color to underscore Fitzgerald’s characterization are impeccably done. The parties are opulent, almost grotesquely so, and represent not what the roaring ‘20s actually were, but surely how they felt to Fitzgerald at the time and to the modern readers of his work now. Stylistically and visually the film is a home run. The soundtrack that Luhrmann collaborated with Jay Z to

create fits the story well and creates a more accessible Jazz Age feel for younger viewers. However, that’s where the praise for this reimagining of The Great Gatsby ends. Baz Luhrmann seems to have a limited understanding of the story. His ego gets in the way of doing justice to the rich tapestry of characters that effortlessly fill the pages of the novel. Fitzgerald’s language, which makes the story so gorgeous, appears as merely sound bites throughout the film. The actors ably deliver their lines, but with little emotion behind them. Nick Carraway is painted as an aspiring writer who has been institutionalized, plot points that are never discussed in the novel. Gatsby is depicted as drinking during the argument that erupts at The Plaza Hotel, a departure from Fitzgerald’s description of the title character as a bootlegger who doesn’t drink. Tom’s affair with Myrtle Wilson is introduced near the beginning of the film and then all but forgotten until Myrtle is struck and killed by Daisy as she drives Gatsby’s car. All in all, the film plods along toward the death of Fitzgerald’s masterpiece through the cooling twilight.

The Great Gatsby(1926) Directed by Herbert Brenon. Written by Becky Gardiner from an adaptation by Elizabeth Meehan. Starring Warner Baxter as Gatsby, Lois Wilson as Daisy, Neil Hamilton as Nick, Georgia Hale as Myrtle, and William Powell as Wilson. Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby and Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchannan in a production still from Warner Brothers.




State of national debt has far- reaching consequences be cutting about eightyfive billion dollars out of the nation’s budget in an effort to reduce our national deficit. Elected officials have failed to come to a consensus to manage the nation’s debt and change will be forced upon us. These cuts will not be targeted to a specific area, but money will by ANTHONY MUNOZ be taken from each category The U.S. is in a time in which nation is spending. of crisis right now. As of This includes money for March 2013 the U.S will schools, hospitals, and other vital parts of our society.

Overall, these cuts will affect the entire nation and will bring about dramatic changes. Who knows what might happen to the prices of everyday items like milk, candy, and all of our other favorite things we like to buy? All of those things that we take for granted might very well become luxury items because taxes could be raised. While this crisis is not the end of the world, it is a sign that things could become much harder than they already are.

Quiet success: Alhambra’s plan to stop bullies by YVETTE PADILLA Have you ever been bullied? Teen bullying is very common even if the person doing it doesn’t realize the effect that their actions are having on someone. There are three types of bullying: emotional, verbal, and physical. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. Cyber bullying has also become a concern in recent years. Cyber bullying is bullying that takes place

using electronic technology and can include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites like Facebook or Instagram, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles. Over 3.2 million students are bullied every year. In high school the rate of bullying decreases but statistically one out of 10 students drop out of school because of bullying. Alhambra High School and the Phoenix Union High School District have an official bullying procedure called Report It! The policy says that if

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Staff Fabian Morales Vanessa Sanchez Yvette Padilla Edgardo Gaxiola Samantha Limon Analy Rascon Cecilia Chang Anthony Munoz Fernanda Luna

a student is being bullied they have a right to tell an adult about who is bullying them and that adult has to intervene. Success in this program is not made public, so there is no way to tell how many students have availed themselves of these services. Stopping bullies is also part of the Safe and Supportive Schools grant that Alhambra recently received. Money has been made available to help support anti-bullying programs and bullying awareness.

The Scimitar is a publication of Alhambra High School’s sixthperiod newspaper class. It is published 4 times a year. Editorial Policy: All editorials will reflect the majority of the editors’ opinions and will be written by an editor. Ethic Policy: All stories are accurate to the reporter’s best ability and the information in the story must be able

Expensive fees can end up costing you more than dollars by VANESSA SANCHEZ

Here at Alhambra it is mandatory to pay for fees for elective courses. The amount of money for the class is automatically added to your personal account in the bookstore. If these fees are not paid by the time a student graduates then he or she will not receive a diploma. Classes range from 10 dollars to 25 dollars per class per semester, and it is required that students take two semesters of a fine art which typically have a course fee. Students also incur fees for things like

overdue library books or lost equipment. Failure to pay fees may make you ineligible to participate in some campus events and will even result in you being unable to go to prom. This year outside the bookstore the debt list was published. The amount of money shocked some students. “I couldn’t believe how much some people owe,” said Junior Orlando Acosta. Do the responsible thing and take care of your debts before it’s too late.

JROTC unarmed drill team takes top honors by SAMANTHA LIMON

High School and Alhambra JROTC’s Unarmed Drill A l h a m b r a Team earned 3rd place in JROTC’s Unarmed Drill 10- man exhibition. The Team participated in two team has total of 5 trophies competitions in the month this season and is hoping of February. On February to bring home many more 9th at Mohave High School, from their competitions Alhambra won 1st place in in early April. The Armed 10-man exhibition and 3rd Drill Team is determined to place in 10- man regulation. compete alongside Unarmed The Army Brigade drill at the Gallegos drill meet on meet took place on April 6th. Keep up the good February 23rd at Maryvale work.

the editor must not not exceed 200 words. They may be handwritten or typed. All letters can be submitted by either e-mail, via Mr. Adney’s mailbox or delivered to room 1144. All guest submissions must be submitted electronically. All submissions must include the author’s name, grade and English teacher. All letters and guest submissions that Letters to the Editor are to be printed will and Guest Submission be edited for clarity and Policy: All letters to length. to be documented. We vow to do no harm nor print obscene or vulgar media of any kind. The source’s name can be withheld upon request. Everything is written for the reader. We are the voice of all Alhambra students and strive to represent all students regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, and ability.

News Special: Combating concussions in high school sports By SEAN PEICK Cronkite News PHOENIX – Mary Shannon suffered her first concussion during North High School soccer tryouts in 2011, colliding with the goalie and hitting her head on the ground. Under a state law signed earlier that year, she had to receive written medical clearance to return to the field. That took a month. After a collision with an opposing player left her with a second concussion earlier this year, Shannon decided that was enough. Having learned about the dangers of concussions and with encouragement from her parents, she quit, deciding to limit her involvement to refereeing and helping the team in other ways. “Yes it’s a big part of my life, and yes, I love it, but I can still participate in it without having to put myself in the danger of getting another concussion or some other injury,” she said. In Arizona, about 7,000 high school athletes suffer concussions each year, according to research by A.T. Still University in Mesa. While football justifiably gets most of the attention, concussions are a threat in any high school sport. A 2011 state law requires that high school athletes be removed from play if a concussion is even suspected and then receive written clearance to return from a medical professional like a physician or athletic trainer. The law also called for concussion-education programs for coaches, students and parents. This led to the Arizona Interscholastic Association requiring every high school athlete in Arizona to complete Barrow Brainbook, interactive online training developed in part by Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. But the effort didn’t end with a law. Medical professionals, advocates and others have since offered free baseline cognitive testing, known as ImPACT, that helps measure the effects of concussions and established a network of concussion experts that athletic trainers can consult via telemedicine. Soon, a voluntary registry created by Barrow and A.T. Still will allow high schools to report concussions to researchers looking to improve the safety of athletes. Dr. Javier Cardenas, a child neurologist at the Barrow Neurological Institute, said

Arizona’s approach to concussions is “really the most comprehensive program like it in the country and likely the world.” Sen. Rich Crandall, R-Mesa, who shepherdedArizona’s law through the Legislature, said that in the end keeping athletes safe comes down to students, parents and coaches recognizing the symptoms and keeping athletes with concussions off the field. “If those three are on board, we’re going to be able to make a difference in Arizona,” he said. Arizona’s law When the National Football League approached him about following a Washington state law on concussions, Crandall said the time seemed right for Arizona. “We’re a big high school football state,” Crandall said. “We’re not Texas, but still, it’s a big deal.” In the process of creating the legislation, Crandall said, he and advocates found that parents can be a barrier to acting in the best interests of an injured student athlete. As an example, he described a scenario in which a student is being considered for an athletic scholarship. “The coach is saying, ‘No, let’s pull him out,’ and the parent’s saying, ‘No, you don’t get it. My boy needs to perform in front of these coaches, these scouts,’” Crandall said. Signed by Gov. Jan Brewer, the law established a protocol that goes into effect when a high school athlete suffers what’s even suspected of being a concussion. The athlete is immediately removed from play by either the coach, a referee or other official, a licensed health care provider or the athlete’s parent. If the athlete is examined by a licensed health care provider and a concussion is ruled out, he or she may return to play the same day. Otherwise, the athlete cannot return before receiving written clearance from a health care provider defined by the law as a physician, a physician assistant, a nurse practitioner or an athletic trainer. The law also requires student athletes and their parents to sign a form acknowledging they have reviewed the risks and symptoms of concussions. It’s modeled on Washington state’s 2009 Zackery Lystedt Law, named after a boy who suffered a brain injury in 2006 after returning to a middle school football game following a concussion. As of late April, 47 states

and Washington, D.C., had enacted youth concussion laws, most of them based on the Lystedt Law. Dr. John Parsons, an associate professor and director of the athletic training program at A.T. Still University, said that the narrow definition of who can clear an athlete to return to competition sets Arizona’s law apart. Laws in Washington and other states refer generally to health care providers, he said. Parsons said the most common criticism of high school concussion laws is that there are no punishments for not following them. “It’s more or less honors policy, and you hope that the law compels them to be compliant,” he said. Crandall said the law doesn’t need punishments to be effective. “The fear for a school district would be somebody filing a suit for breaking the law,” he said. “You don’t have to have punitive penalties when that’s kind of overarching from everybody. A coach puts a kid back in with a concussion and a parent sues – that’s the last thing any school district wants.” The Arizona Interscholastic Association, an independent body that oversees high school athletics, doesn’t track whether individual athletes or coaches have completed concussion training. It instead relies on schools, coaches, parents and others to report violations of its bylaws. Chuck Schmidt, assistant executive director and chief operating officer of the AIA, said that if a complaint comes in the organization will look into it. But anything more than that just isn’t feasible, he said. “We don’t have an NCAA budget in order to create that enforcement,” he said. “But I think we do a fantastic job of utilizing our resources effectively and efficiently in the cases where we need to look into something and determine if it’s a bylaw violation – be it from concussion to recruiting.” Sanctions vary depending on the nature of the violation, Schmidt said. For example, he noted, Veritas Prep Academy in Phoenix recently reported a violation involving a boys basketball player who hadn’t completed Brainbook. The AIA accepted the school’s decision to forfeit games in which the player appeared and create procedures to guard against such an oversight. SEE PAGE 8


Alhambra summer school filling fast by SCIMITAR STAFF Summer is a time for relaxation and fun, however for Junior Lakenya Chavez summer fun must wait. She needs to make up a credit for a course that she failed during Sophomore year. “Last year I was a huge fail at life and flunked my biology class,” said Ms. Chavez. She is not alone. Many students who have to give up part of their summer to make-up or regain lost credits. This year alone there are 936 students enrolled to take summer classes at Alhambra. Summer school is offered for continuing in-district students who

are entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade or 12th graders lacking credit for graduation. District-wide courses are being offered at one of two summer sessions for one-half a credit for a total of 1 credit. Alhambra’s summer school is different. Because of an agreement with Teach for America summer school at Alhambra will be only for one-half a credit in one session that runs from June 6 to July 3. Class will be held every day from 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. So that fun that Ms. Chavez will be missing isn’t terrible after all. “I don’t mind [summer school] because I won’t have to be at home!”


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PAGE 8 to the teachers who have made these four years easy enough to pass with decent grades. I’ll hopefully be a fellow teacher someday, but I will be too cool to drink coffee with the elders. I give thanks to my friends, ones who I’ve recently made and others that I’ve known for a while. You guys have made my days fill with smiles, laughs, and fun memories. I leave Edgar Ruvalcaba, the one I have spent most of my high school days with, my love even though I don’t plan on going anywhere without my honey. It’s been great collaborating with all who I’ve grown so close to. Now, I bid you all goodbye. Edgar Ruvalcaba,

Kristina Lopez, Diep Nguyen, and Anthony Munoz, thanks for all the

great moments. Lets end the childhood and embark on the great journey of life.

Beyond the law The day before she sustained her first concussion and pulled herself out of soccer tryouts, Mary Shannon had completed Barrow Brainbook. “The symptoms were fresh in my mind,” she said. That’s precisely what Dr. Javier Cardenas envisioned when he and others at Barrow helped create the online course in collaboration with the AIA, the Arizona Cardinals and A.T. Still. Since 2011, more than 150,000 students have completed it. Cardenas said that Brainbook, which is designed to resemble a social media site, is unprecedented in the U.S. “There is not a single state that provides athlete-specific, athlete-directed concussion education,” he said. “We developed it because the CDC provides concussion education to coaches, to health care providers, to parents – but nothing directed at the athletes.” August 2012 saw the launch of the Barrow Concussion Network. One of the program’s partnerships was with Dick’s Sporting Goods and the ImPACT cognitive test to provided free baseline concussion testing for all AIA-member schools that don’t offer the ImPACT test on their own. About 2,000 students took part this school year, a number Cardenas said was low because of late attempts at getting the word out. The goal for next school year is 10,000 to 20,000 students, he said. Another initiative from the Barrow Concussion Network allows athletic trainers across the state to consult via telemedicine with concussion experts in Phoenix on diagnoses and concussion management.

future with your careers and everything. Finally to those special few that have dramatically impacted my life, can’t wait to see how our future plays out.

I, Anthony Munoz, being of inscrutable mind and indefatigable body, do hereby bequeath the following: To the collection of my previous teachers, I thank you for elevating my mind to a higher caliber preparing me to use my mind to a higher caliber preparing me to use my knowledge to conquer me to-high-to-meet dreams. These four years have taught me that nothing can stand against perseverance and hard work. Special thanks to Mr. Corlett, Ms. Baumhover, Mr. Kunz, and Ms. Barckoczy for pushing me to strive for my very best. To the lower classmen, especially the freshman, know that your laziness pays off now but hard work pays off in the future. To the countless people that I have met while at Alhambra these four years have been siiiiick and I cant wait to see all of you in the

I, Janneth Juarez, being of a strong mind and healthy body, do hereby bequeath the following: to Mrs. Rohrer I leave a pint of beans and half a dozen flour tortillas. To Dino I thank you for all the times she said “ our last time” all the new incoming freshman… enjoy the new absence and tardy policy. But most importantly I want to leave behind part of my lion pride. Because you know you are a rue lion when the score board favors he opposing team. Thank you to all my friends and family. Once a lion, you’ll ALWAYS be a lion! Good- We, Rocio Gonzales and bye high school… hello Jasmin Sierra (Thing 1 REAL world and Thing 2), being of super puppy mind and gummy

This fall, the network plans to launch what researchers hope turns into a detailed registry of all concussions in Arizona high school sports. “The registry project is one that we initially came up with to really try and capture the number of concussions in Arizona and what happens to those student athletes,” said Dr. Tamara McLeod, the John P. Wood, D.O., Endowed Chair for Sports Medicine and a professor in the Athletic Training Program at A.T. Still. The purpose of the registry isn’t merely tracking the number of concussions but collecting information on continuity of care and symptoms in concussion patients. “We want to know more than the raw numbers,” Cardenas said. “We want to know how people are actually being treated and how they’re recovering.” The research is voluntary; although each event is reported by a particular school, if an athlete opts not to participate, the information will be wiped from the log. If the athlete chooses to participate, he or she will provide information on their continuing care and symptoms. Massachusetts is the only state that requires schools to report concussions. The regulations, which apply to public schools and members of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, require an annual accounting of head injuries and suspected concussions. Paul Wetzel, spokesman for the MIAA, said the requirement is a research tool. “There is not a lot of clinically gathered or anecdotally gathered data on concussions in high school sports,” he said. Responsibility When Mary Shannon

sustained her second concussion in January, she wasn’t knocked out, stumbling around or otherwise displaying symptoms that would have made it immediately obvious that she had a concussion. “If I hadn’t have pulled myself out, nobody would have pulled me out,” she said. “It was kind of like, he (the coach) said, ‘Are you OK?’ and I said, ‘I don’t think so.’ “But if I had said I was OK, I probably would have been in the game.” Despite the requirements to remove athletes from play at even the hint of a concussion and to only return those who have received written clearance from a health care provider, medical professionals and others say that those aren’t foolproof. Dr. Ben Bobrow, the medical director for the Arizona Department of Health Services Bureau of EMS and Trauma System, said he suspects that athletes commonly minimize concussion symptoms. While severe concussions result in symptoms such as confusion, memory problems, alack of muscle coordination known as ataxia and loss of consciousness, lesser concussions can result in minor symptoms such as headaches and dizziness that are much easier to hide. “If you think about kids on the sideline or in a game, they want to play, they want to be in the game, they don’t want to let on that they have some kind of problem,” he said. Chris White, head athletic trainer at Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, said that coaches play a crucial role because they can make sure athletes who may have suffered concussions don’t return to play. But he said that the ultimate responsibility

I, Destiny Dehart, being of insane mind and crazy body, do herby bequeath the following: To Tyler Kayne, the many memorable morning conversations in Jones class. To Ammy Perez, the crazy feelings of senior year as you get old. To Julie, the joys of spending time with you in class this semester. To Mrs. J. Kaiser, the forgotten homework papers that I should of done and turned in. To Mr. S. Kunz, about $100 worth of borrowed pencils and papers that magically disappeared the next day. And last but not least, I leave to my friends of ACP (Griffins R.I.P.) the memories of the fabulous Adventures of Gregory Wingo! Love, Peace & Crazies.

bear bodies do hereby bequeath the following: To our weird friends and crazy teachers, we will be back. For whenever you hear a faint giggle or see two students hiding from security, remember us. To Mr. Fairbanks, we leave our vertebras and eppligottis. To every single senior to step on our gum, or so we think it was, we leave our stress, gray hairs, and overfilled backpacks. To every paisa we leave a guarache. Do not worry Alhambra High School, this will not be the last of us!

doesn’t rest with any one group. “It’s a real team effort, and when you have a deficiency anywhere, it’s a problem,” White said. Mattie Cummins, program director and former executive director of the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona, said that the student and his or her parents can either help or hinder when an athlete has symptoms of a concussion. “It’s the parents and the kid who see behaviors or they feel behaviors after the game ends, when they go home, when they go to school,” she said. “It’s that parent or kid that has the control.” Many parents have been brought up to consider concussions “a bop on the head,” she said, making it vital to make sure they know just how far-reaching the effects can be. “The message that we’re focusing on with parents is this concussion can affect their (the athlete’s) world tomorrow,” she said. “It can affect their world at 22. It can affect their world at 23, when they’re out getting a job, when the sports is over. And really, it’s not about today, it’s about the rest of their lives.” The future While concussion research has made strides in recent years, including evidence linking concussions to cognitive and behavioral problems as well as depression and suicide, Bobrow with the Arizona Department of Health Services said that there is still much more that can be done. “It’s actually kind of a black box for us right now, we don’t actually know how severe it is,” he said. “Or, you know, we know a little about how many head injuries you can have before you have a big problem, and it’s likely different for different people.”

Schmidt said that the AIA updates its bylaws as often as necessary based on developments in preventing and responding to concussions. “That’s the primary goal of the AIA, to ensure the safety and health of our kids,” Schmidt said. On April 15, the AIA Executive Board approved a rule restricting the amount of time teams can practice full-contact while wearing pads. It’s aimed at minimizing the risk of concussions and other injuries. Crandall said Arizona law likely will remain as is for the foreseeable future but eventually will expand, just as the rules of football have changed over time to keep players safe. “It’s going to evolve, for sure,” he said. Concussion law: Main points Education ™GZfj^gZYi]ZYZkZadebZcid[\j^YZa^cZh! ^c[dgbVi^dcVcY[dgbhid^c[dgbVcYZYjXViZ XdVX]Zh!hijYZcihVcYeVgZcihd[i]ZYVc\Zgh d[XdcXjhh^dchVcY]ZVY^c_jg^Zh!VhlZaa Vhi]Zg^h`hd[Xdci^cjZYeVgi^X^eVi^dc^c Vi]aZi^Xh[daadl^c\VXdcXjhh^dc# ™:VX]hijYZciVi]aZiZVcYVeVgZcibjhih^\c Vc^c[dgbVi^dc[dgbViaZVhidcXZZVX]nZVg hiVi^c\i]Vii]ZeVgZci^hVlVgZd[i]ZcVijgZ VcYg^h`d[XdcXjhh^dch#

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Alhambra Scimitar May 18, 2013  

Volume 50, Issue 4 of the 2012-2013 school year. Headlines and news from Alhambra High School in Phoenix, Arizona

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