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contents editor’s note 3 EVENT/TEAM EXPERIENCE

adviser/intensity workshops 11 student

have fun! 5 6 7 8 9




editor marilyn scoggins

copy judi coolidge

Balfour honorees

cover & page design oscar mascorro

contributing writers judi coolidge, samantha berry, kristi rathbun, josh houston & margaret hairston staff room photographs arcadia high school ➜ e. j. delfin, the buckley school ➜ dr. ellen salas, cypress creek high school ➜ samantha berry, el rancho high school ➜ john crone & los altos high school ➜ kim banda ads katie greenwood

student workshop info gaylene mabry

the winner images clif palmberg

circulation linda smith


elements spring 2016



Marilyn Scoggins, editor Elements is published two times a year for yearbook advisers and staff members by Balfour, 1550 West Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas 75235, (800) 677-2800. Additional subscriptions $10. Bulk mail paid in Dallas, Texas. Spring Issue 2016. Copyright 2016 by Balfour. Printed in the United States. Reproduction permitted for educational purposes only. Unsolicited manuscripts welcome; magazine assumes no responsibility for the return of unsolicited material.

I married a man who makes me laugh. That’s what caught my attention and eventually captured my heart many years ago. Since I’m a little OCD and bent on perfection, it’s critical I live with someone who’s an expert at refashioning self‑imposed expectations into unbridled fun. Since stress is a part of all our lives (especially the lives of yearbook advisers, editors and staff), how can goals be reached & deadlines met? You choose to make it FUN! fun feature – Learn from my mentor and best friend in creative, Judi Coolidge, how to create an environment where a fun, dynamic yearbook is doable – one spread at a time (p. 4-9). fun adviser & student workshops – Save the date and register for Balfour’s IT’S ALL GOOD Adviser Workshop (p. 10). Take your editors to


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Balfour’s Fall Intensity (p. 10). Or choose to participate in one of the many Balfour Student Workshops (scheduled this summer (p. 11). fun benefits – Why join your state and national organizations? Check out the benefits of press associations. (p. 12). fun recognition – Kudos to Kristi Rathbun & Samantha Berry for earning CSPA & JEA adviser honors. (p. 13). national finalists – Nineteen of Balfour’s 2015 yearbooks received national recognition. View covers and spreads from our Crown and Pacemaker finalist yearbooks (p. 14-23). the winners – Give it up for Balfour’s Office and Adviser of the Year recipients (p. 24)! It’s no accident I chose FUN as the theme for the last elements magazine I would edit. After my first year of

“I-don’t-get-it” advising, I was fortunate to meet Judi Coolidge. She managed to bring both me and my staff “into focus.” Under her tutelage, our yearbook laid a “fundamentals” foundation. We got so good at following the rules, she decided to throw us a curve by encouraging us to intentionally break some rules. Imagine how hard that was for “the rule follower” (aka Marilyn) to comprehend. Judi said, “If it’s not fun, don’t do it.” Our book became more creative, setting trends rather than following them. In other words, it became an award-winner. I applied the same philosophy to my job at Balfour, and now I infuse every project I undertake with fun. After all, fun is as important, if not more important, than always following the rule.



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The spread covers facts about the event (sponsor, dates, dance numbers, groups, etc.) and pictures a variety of individuals and groups.

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LARGE GROUP Boys from Advanced Dance

For “Music Makes You Lose Control,” December 3-5, students perform different styles to songs choreographed by their peers and teacher, Mrs. Deserie Milburn 1. SQUAD Boys from advanced dance strike a pose to a Beyoncé and Jay-Z Mix. The dance was a mixture of jazz, lyrical, hip hop, and funk. Photo by Melissa Goni 2. STEP LEFT In sync, senior Carissa Mastrantonio, junior Jordan Armstrong, and senior Sophia Evans perform to the song “Grown Woman” by Beyoncé. It was choreographed by the performers and a dancer named Evari Pickett. “It wasn’t hard to learn because it was our own creation, and we’re all really close friends so it didn’t really seem like work at all,” Evans said. Photo by Ambreen Siddiqui

LARGE GROUP Intermediate Dancers

SMALL GROUP (Quartet) – Individuals identified by name

3. SHIMMY SHIMMY Intermediate dancers shake their bodies to “Girls Get Your Money” by Ciara. The choreography was a mix of hip hop and jazz. Photo by Ambreen Siddiqui



4. BIG STEPS Even though the song was hip hop, seniors Molly Graves and Sabrina Keester did a contemporary dance because they wanted to do something unique. “We really liked the song. When one of us played it we were both like ‘I’ve always wanted to do a dance to this song’,” Graves said. Photo by Ambreen Siddiqui

DUO Advanced Dancers

5. FIERCE With their hands on their hips, senior Bobbie Spiro and juniors Brooke Gonzalez, Emma Darragh and Laura Perjanik rock out to the song “Boss” by Fifth Harmony. “It was a really fun, fierce, girl dance,” Gonzalez said. Photo by Sanjna Sani

7. BALANCED Advanced dancers senior Aurianna Naderi and sophomore Yarelis Christian execute an arabesque. “It was very fun to learn and it included many different styles in it while keeping a lyrical style to it,” Christian said. Photo by Ambreen Siddiqui


Meet the dancers What is it like performing in front of an audience? “For me, it is really fun and really invigorating because it is fun to show other people what I love doing [...and I] get to show what we’ve been working on.”

Catie Hines ‘15

What was your favorite dance to perform?

Bobbie Spiro ‘15

What is it like performing in front of an audience?

“My favorite dance to perform was the song “Let it Go” by James Bay because I choreographed it. It was really fun to see my choreography come to life.”

“The fi first rst night I was very nervous. Same with the second, because a lot of my friends were in the front row. But, by the third night, it was easier to dance because I did it two nights before.”

Cole Arey ‘16



What is it like performing in front of an audience?

What dance did you choreograph? What inspired you?

“I love performing in front of people because I’ve had practice doing so since I was six. However, I get nervous

What was your favorite dance to perform? “Probably “Stay With Me” [by Sam Smith] because you got to be really close to your partners and it was fun.”

“I choreographed the dance “Run It” [by Chris Brown]. My inspiration for the dance was

the singer himself, I love his performing at rallies because I Rachel Chase Huntington ‘15 can see their faces looking at me. Galmeister ‘15 music and his style of dance and wanted to replicate that in a unique way.”

It’s easier when I can’t see the faces of the audience.”

Emily Schofield ‘17

a little thing that means a lot to me is... “When someone is truly, genuinely glad to see you. It makes my day, and every other thing about it.”

academics & organizations FALL DANCE SHOW

Chris Reyes ‘16

INDIVIDUAL PERSPECTIVE Combination of scoreboard and individual reactions to the games



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coming out strong


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dedication over disappointment With a rough start to the season, the loss against Arkansas High affected senior Jarion Anderson more than a usual defeat. “We lost the game because we came out too confident,” Jarion said. “That loss taught us to never underestimate a team, even if you have beaten them for years. Also, we need to take practices more seriously.” In order to be in the right mind-set after a loss for future games, Jarion told himself, “You just have to shake it off and move forward or else you won’t be any better than your last game.” Football is something Jarion always puts 100 percent into. “It’s something I love,” Jarion said. “I always take it seriously, even if it’s just a small game in the backyard.”

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eye on the end zone


reason to celebrate


coachable moment


warm-up prep

Running the ball down the field while playing against Kilgore, senior Javon Thomas gets the ball and looks to score another touchdown. “Next thing you know, some defenders were coming my way,” Javon said. “I tried to break the tackles, but I wasn’t able to score.”

Players gather around and listen to Coach Joshua Rankin as he explains the next play the team will need to execute against Sulphur Springs. “He was explaining adjustments to the offense,” senior KJ Reid said. “They had just scored on us, so he was giving us solutions to do better the next drive.”


Postgame discussion

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“The prayer after the game always helps bring the team together, especially after a loss. Once Coach Norton tells us what we need to improve on, the prayer motivates us to believe we can play better.” -Trevor Danley, 11

Teammates senior KJ Reid and junior Mitchell Butler practice drills during pre-game. “During our warm-ups, the linebackers go to their assigned position and do tackling and ball drills,” Mitchell said. “I was in position to perform a drill where I go forward, hit the defender and wrap him up to do the tackle.”

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have a little faith

After winning the game against Kilgore, the team celebrates with a dog pile. “Going into the game, no one thought we were going to win because they were ranked so high,” junior Jacoryon Larry said. “After we won all we could do was celebrate with each other as a team.”

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Postgame singing of school song

hail texas

GREENVILLE m. stiger

player quote

“It’s cool singing the school song after every game. It’s tough after losses because we’re not in the best mood, but after a win I love that the band, cheerleaders, Highsteppers and all of football come together and sing it.” -Matt Davis, 11


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“It was our first game of the season, so the whole team was excited, including myself. I feel like I played a good first two quarters until I got hurt and tore my MCL, but there were things we could have all done better.”

“We gave our all but came up short in the end because we didn’t pursue the ball and make the last play that counted. I think that loss helped us as a team with chemistry and pushed us to work harder for future games.”

“We fought really hard; There were some things we could have done better. I think we had a good performance because we were able to take the win. I’m thankful for my teammates that helped me score a touchdown.”

“The first half of the game, the ball was thrown to me multiple times, and I was able to make a few good catches, but overall it wasn’t a good half for the team. The second half we came out with a lot of intensity and blew them out.”

“We were playing so good as a team in the beginning that once we were ahead of them, we started to slack off. But realizing the game wasn’t over yet, we refocused ourselves. I was happy with how myself and my team played.”

“We went in thinking it was going to be an easy game, but they came out harder than expected, and so the game was tougher than we thought it would be. I was able to make two touchdowns though.”

“Overall, I feel like the team executed all plays good. The offensive line did really well on holding blocks for me. I had the most passing yards against them in the district, but we weren’t able to get the win.”

“There was some good and bad things we did. I feel like it was a good game for us though. There was a moment during the game, when the running back caught the ball, and I was able to make a good tackle on him.”

“I feel like me and my team played great. We pounded the ball hard and did what we had to do to get the job done. I also feel like a lot of my teammates had a very good game and played their positions very well.”

“It was a good game for the team and myself I think, but there’s always things we could do better. I was really upset that I didn’t score the first time I got the ball, but now I’m confident, and ready for playoffs.”

Dale Williamson, 12

Dee Jones, 11

Jacorien Walker, 11

Jaylen Rhone, 11

Chaz Davis, 11

Javon Thomas, 12

Cade Pearson, 10

Marquan Tucker, 12

Cornelius Zachery, 12

J’kardi Witcher, 10


player quote

“In the tiger before a game, we always get hyped and come out on to the field with high intensity, starting the game off on the right foot. If we don’t, we’ll look sluggish and have a first bad half. It’s important that we have good energy.” -William Brown, 12

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Pregame entrance


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team about getting serious for our first district game. We already felt that we had lost half of our fans, so we knew it was time to get it together.” Determined and ready to play, the team stepped onto the field with the resolve to win the game. “Everyone’s mind-set going into the second half was to come out and dominate and play consistently,” senior Will Brown said. “Offense did very well, and the defense stepped it up. The energy after the second touchdown was intense. After we continued to score, the whole team got fired up. It was a good game for us, we won 42-29. That game really got us pumped up for the rest of the season. We never lost an away game up until the playoffs.”

“Winning is a good feeling in any sport. So once all your hard work and dedication pay off, it only motivates you more.” - Jarion Anderson, 12


Players take pride in traditions that have lasted throughout years

Away game gives team chance to show comeback skills

With the scoreboard reading 23-0 at the end of the first quarter, Sulphur Springs led the Tigers. The boys began to lose a little faith in themselves, until the end of the second quarter. “We were running the ball up and down the field, and I was able to drive the ball in on a quarterback sneak and score with the help of my teammates,” sophomore quarterback Cade Pearson said. “That touchdown gave us hope for the rest of the game.” With just seven points on the board, the Tigers knew they had to make changes mentally as they headed into the locker room at halftime. “During halftime, I could tell that none of us planned on losing the game,” junior Jacorien Walker said. “KJ [Reid, 12] was talking to us as a

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INDIVIDUAL PERSPECTIVE Player’s reaction to loss

tackling the road



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TEAM Dominant photo collection features before, during and after coverage. Copy covers a comeback win.

SMALL GROUP (Quintet) – Beginning Tap Dancers


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INDIVIDUAL EXPERIENCE Q & A format reports individual perspectives.



DUO Advanced Dancers

6. FACE THE CROWD Beginning tap dancers, sophomore Bailey Mamone, senior Kaitlyn Prather, sophomores Hannah Carver and Tobi Ayo-Ajibola, and junior Carlin Isaacson perform a tap dance to “Don’t Stop” by Foster the People. “Performing was fun because you know all your friends are watching,” Prather said. Photo by Sanjna Sani

SMALL GROUP (Trio) – Three upperclassmen

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On the other hand, working as part of a team, whether in classrooms, or on stages and fields, students have a commitment to one another that impacts their perspective. Because of their group interactions, common goals, shared achievements and losses, group members essentially shift their perspective from “look at me” to “look at us.” For effective coverage, record the facts and highlights of the season, activity, class or event as the group experience. Then cover individuals’ reflections and reactions to cover the individual experience.


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by Judi Coolidge

“Me, myself and I” is the world seen through an individual’s eyes. When people are solitary observers, they tend to reflect on what they observe. Their perceptions are colored by intellectual, emotional, cultural, environmental and expressive factors.

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50+ players pictured

The spread covers the facts and highlights of the season with photos of pregame, postgame and on-the-field action.

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creating a staff room marquee Cypress Creek High School


dynamic yearbook,

one spread at  a time

Arcadia High School • white elephant gifts

FUN is rejuvenating.

bulletin board

white string lights


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essential stuff

As it relates to yearbook, it can be a place, an activity or an idea. To infuse the book with fun, the environment and the activities should cultivate energizing ideas. Nearly 2,400 years ago, Aristotle said, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” This concept is still being explored in the 20th century. In his book, “Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation,” Steven Johnson writes, “The trick to having good ideas is not to sit around in glorious isolation and try to think big thoughts. The trick is to get more parts on the table.” When given an interactive environment, students connect and build a network of ideas. Good news! You have the “parts,” your staff.

You have heard the adage:

Learn the rules before you break them. After the room is organized, have some fun. Hanging miniature lights from the ceiling creates a festive atmosphere. Have students name and label computers and chairs as famous duos: Boris & Natasha, Batman & Robin, etc. Definitely have speakers to attach to music devices and a refrigerator for sodas and snacks.

Fill a basket with retro toys

for staff members to play with when they suffer from creative blocks: play dough, twirling batons, yo-yos, matchbox cars,

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Rethink the space in which you produce the yearbook. The classroom should promote collaborative and engaged learning. Therefore, the fewer conventional desks there are in the room, the better. Use the walls. For example, post big style guides on the

wall. When someone asks the point size and leading of captions, you simply point to the wall. A large, colorcoded (according to deadlines) ladder occupies another space. An easily-read wall calendar provides a place to schedule photo assignments and the photographer(s) assigned to the event.

The local fire marshal frowns on walls covered with paper. To avoid being cited, buy a very large piece of foam core to serve as an inspiration board. When students find ideas for headlines, secondary coverage, type use, etc., encourage them to add them to the board.

Every staff member needs a place to store his or her “stuff”: interview notes, calendars, sketches of designs, etc. Bins on rolling carts are one possibility, but if you don’t have the budget or the space, use large pizza boxes.

El Rancho High School • staff T-shirts Los Altos High School • wall art

etc. (Staff members will add to the collection.) A princess wand with lights and sounds is a great way to acknowledge good work. Also include tiaras, boas, hats and other dress-up apparel.

Once you have the space, it’s time to create a fresh approach to the same ol’ same ol’ that haunts the pages of yearbooks. Discovering a new idea, a fresh approach, is not magic. It’s not the animated Eureka moment when a light bulb appears above a rabbit’s head. It’s a process, a creative process.

The Buckley School • hot waffles

Start by clarifying the difference

between brainstorming and brain drizzling. Explain that certain attitudes stop the creative process: we’ve always done it that way; it’s a tradition; it’s too much work; it won’t work; it’s not my section (job); I just have to read this text message; I have to finish my homework, etc. There is no fun for anyone when a member of the group hijacks the process by closing it down. The fun is in the process.


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What to cover? Every topic has a number of different

perspectives from which to tell the story. Use graphic organizers (with squares, circles and triangles) to decide who to cover, what to cover and how the who and what would best be covered (photo, copy, quote, infograph, etc.). Once you have who was involved and what they did, try applying a brainstorming technique to the subject. Robert Eberle, an education administrator and author, adapted a brainstorming process created by Alex Osborn and called it S.C.A.M.P.E.R., an acronym for Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Modify, Put to other uses, Eliminate, Rearrange. Hopefully, this new approach will generate fun ideas. Combine: “Now You Know” whole-book link you know...

“I’m super social.” -Alexis Alvarez, 11


“I was born on Friday the 13th.” -Melissa Childers, 12

“I can play the ukuele.” -Cami Chamberlain, 10

guys wearing mums

“I have been playing softball for 10 years and I play for Rouse.” -Alexis Shafer, 10

“I’ve seen the old Mayan temples.” -Styliani Espinosa, 11

“I am a giraffe.” -DJ Erfurth, 11


“I’ve played and competed in eight different sports.” -Chris Krueger, 11




Rouse High School

Raider Royalty

Blake Smith Katy Northcut


Sophomore Duke & Duchess

Junior Duke & Duchess

With each pep rally, the varsity football captains took a moment to speak to the crowd. But often, like at the Homecoming pep, senior Shawn Smallets joined them as a guest speaker. Smallets, who played on the offensive line, always got the crowd pumped up. “Speaking at school events is always fun,” Smallets said. “Getting everyone pumped up and excited for the games really shows how much school spirit we have and I’m glad I got the chance to be a part of such an awesome school.”

SENIOR nominees

Destiny Luna

Peter Jbeili

Bella Ching

focus on mums, dance attire


community viewing parade (another spread)


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spirit week added to parade coverage (another spread)


At the Homecoming dance, sophomore Canyon McDonald, senior Ivan Castelan and sophomore Sydney Norris enjoyed the ambiance and music. Students experienced a Wizard of Oz-themed cafeteria including the movie’s famous yellow brick road. “To be honest this Homecoming was the best I’ve been to in all my years of high school,” Castelan said. “It was so much fun, and just the vibes man, it was great and I made so many memories that I’ll have forever.”

ombine: What other coverage could be blended with homecoming? dapt: What did students do differently this year to

make homecoming work for them? What do people do instead of attending homecoming activities? Why couldn’t they attend? Why wouldn’t they attend?

odify: How was this year’s homecoming different than last year’s ?

Magnify: How does homecoming affect the community, families and alumni?


Chandler Krause

Chris Sands

Gabriel Trevino

Freshman, sophomore & junior students vote for Homecoming Court


Always on the sidelines at varsity games, assistant principal Brandon Evans stepped away from his AP duties to have a little fun with the crowd at Homecoming. Standing alongside the varsity cheerleaders, he led the “rollercoaster,” a Simon-says like cheer. “It’s fun for me because it’s interaction with the students which is something I love,” Evans said. “They are always shocked to see me cheer along; it’s funny to watch their reactions and listen to how loud they can get.”

they’re crowned

Caleb Corliss

Tyler Latiolais



subject: homecoming ubstitute: Who else, where else or what else?



Senior Dalton Norman breaks out In the courtyard, sophomore Jordan his best country moves while on the Garland helps his Homecoming date, dance floor during the Homecoming sophomore Alesay Rodriguez pin a dance. Norman’s attire was comprised mum to her shirt. Students were able of cowboy boots, a western belt buckle, to wear mums and garters for Raider button-up shirt and a black cowboy Spirit on Friday of Homecoming week. hat. “I had a blast at Homecoming,” “I loved my mum,” Rodriguez said. “It Norman said. “It was such a great was funny how much noise it made night with great friends.” when I was walking around.”

“Marching band is my life.” -George Crouch, 11


Freshman Duke & Duchess

“I can run a mile in under five minutes.” -Nico Escobar, 11

Only fourth weeks into school year, Raiders celebrate big with Homecoming events



held only four weeks into school year


Senior Chris Hoad rolls head football coach Joshua Mann onto the floor to speak to students at the Homecoming pep rally. Mann experienced a compound fracture early in the season which had him using crutches and a wheelchair for part of the season. “It was fun pushing him because he hated it and was always scared,” Hoad said. “It always made me laugh.”


Put to Different Use:

Coach with broken leg

Kalyn Johnson

Ara Matos

HOW DID IT FEEL TO BE NOMINATED? Savy Escobar: It was really exciting because I never thought I would ever be nominated for something like this. Nathan Puckett: It was really cool being nominated with my girlfriend [Ara Matos] and knowing I had a lot of friends behind me. WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO WIN? Escobar: It was really surreal because I never would’ve thought I would have won something like this and to know people I go to school with every day thought I deserved this is amazing and makes me feel so special. Puckett: It was really cool knowing out of everyone I had the most people supporting me, but I know that without my girlfriend I wouldn’t have won.

Minify: How do students accessorize? What does homecoming cost?

ut to other uses: Has anything been used differently?


senior football player & band member in uniforms for ceremony


football game down played because of new parade

liminate: Is there something normally covered that was played down or eliminated? Is there a way you could cut the costs, save time or reduce the effort associated with the week/weekend?

earrange: How have you covered the subject in the past two books? How could the focus of the spread be changed? Is there something in the story that merits more attention than others?

Legacy High School

Claudia Taylor Johnson High School

here for the

air time

At the Waxahachie game, Derrick Hall, 12, looks for an open player to pass the ball. “This was a crucial point in the game because we were down by three points and needed to get our score back up. We ended up winning,” Hall said.

alter ego

number five since day one

varsity basketball season falls short of expectations

captain’s chat

the biggest fans

protecting the ball


To get his team back in the lead, Darren Adams, 12, drives to the basket. “My basketball number was five my freshman year and it has just stuck with me ever since. I’ve had it all four years of my high school career,” Adams said.

During a home varsity basketball game, sophomore Brandon Reeves goes up for a monstrous slam in warm ups. It’s the player time to practice and show off a bit.


Tyler Arter, 11, dresses up as ESPN broadcasters with Colton Vela, 11. “It’s just for fun and we try to think of something new to do each week,” Arter said.

"I felt good! I was happy! Very happy!"

“My goal this year was to make varsity, I’m really proud of what I was able to do,” Reeves said. “It feels really good, not a lot of kids can accomplish that.”

Derrick Hall, 12

“What I will remember most about this season is a lot of the young talent and the memories I had playing for Coach Murdock and the other staff.”


game day costumes

Malik Murad and LaShaune Lunford also play as sophomores on the boys’ varsity basketball team.

Benjamin Ritter



Reeves had to change his mind set and become a leader to his former teammates on the JV basketball team and adapt to the intense, competitive atmosphere of the varsity team.

Seniors Aaron Johns, Justin Kimbrough, and Dalton Dunn dress up and sit in the student section for the basketball games. “It’s a good way to show school spirit and to get into the opponents head,” Johns said.

“I try to be as positive as possible,” Reeves said. “Doing what coach tells us is going to get us where we need to be.”


Around 7 pm, students and parents

begin to pack Blossom Stadium with anticipation . Sure the sky was looking gray, but that wouldn't be a problem, right?

loud and proud

The team has to think as one and everyone must be on the same page, to be successful.

"The rain made it harder to tackle," junior Matthew Espinosa said. Despite the


weather conditions, the varsity football team

“I look up to Ben Ritter, because he really taught me a lot about my position,” Reeves said. “We play the same position, so there’s chemistry on the team.”

Nick Stanley, 12

“What I will remember most about this season is all the hard work we put in. We just didn’t live up to our potential.”

won their first district game against Lee. "Everyone was really pumped up, there

Going into next season, Reeves hopes to polish his skills on the court during offseason to live up to the expectations he has from the coaching staff and his family.

was a little pressure though since it was a


“I’ll work on my skills during the summer, so I’ll be better suited for the season,” Reeves said. “I’m really confident in what I do thinking that we can win.”

Supporting the varsity boys’ team, Mason Seekins, 12, cheers in the stands. “I get really loud when the boys score or make a good play,“ Seekins said. “I just love to have a good time and support my school at the games.”

good omen

district game," senior Andy Williams said. However, the win wasn't the only vital part of the game. The student section was out in full force - and dressed for the Drake Flores, 11 & Chris Welch, 12


Dunking during warm-ups, Brandon Reeves, 10, practices for the game. “If I can get a couple good ones in before the game starts, I feel like I’m good to go,” Reeves said.

"I knew it was going to rain so I wore my dad's raincoat. It was a little bit big on Seniors Michael Robles, Maddie Brackenbury, & Emily Rodriguez, Matthew Kimmell, 11


Preparing for a game

Sideline coaching

The boys huddled up at the end of warmup before the game against Lancaster. Each player participating in the starting line-up of the game got his name called and then shook the referees’ hand as well as the opposing team’s coaches hand. This served as a pre-game ritual the team performed before each game. Lancaster won, 68-35.


Coach Bryan Dibley talks to Trey Clark, 11, about boxing out during a game. “The players on the sidelines usually discuss the current play that is going on,” Clark said.

healing time

At the game against Waxahachie, Ben Ritter, 11, jumps to get the ball. Ritter’s season was interrupted by an injury that resulted in a break in his basketball career. “I did my best to be back as soon as possible,” Ritter said. Ritter returned to play for the last game of the season.

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our spirit and how we got so involved in the game is what I liked most about it," senior Michael Robles said. Students showed up in blue colored clothes, painted faces, and the most eyecatching- blue hair.

Matthew Espinosa, 11

"The wig is actually my sister's from an BY ALEXANDRIA HENDRICKS & CAMERON MAZIEK

Nick Stanley



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Kennedy Jones



good time. It was a lot of fun and I think that

Derrick Hall



the wig just made the night even better. I

old costume. I was really pumped for the game to be around friends and just have a


“I’ve loved basketball for a long time so I practiced each and every day to make varsity.”

first game as captain

Nick Stanley, 12, plays shooting guard during the first game of the season. “I like being a captain because it feels good to know other people look up to me,” Stanley said. “I need to set a good example.”

And for Homecoming 2014, despite the Cody Lewis & Morgan Gardner, 12 MADISON BROWN PHOTO

“The best part of basketball season was beating Martin in overtime."



Varsity Boys Basketball

Tanner Neufeldt, 12


believe in the big blue!" senior Cody Lewis said.

Brandon Reeves, 10


to the game reguardless of the rain. The atmosphere and the Jag section with all of


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me but it got the job done. I planned to go

would present the subjects in photos, they will begin viewing the world through photographers’ eyes. In addition, to add more depth to their discussion about photos, have them practice “seeing” • Search for 10 exciting, dynamic photos in magazines, newspapers, relationships. brochures, etc. Getting fun, high-impact photos involves • Focus on composition. photo planning and communication. • Choose photos with different numbers Because the elements on the spread of subjects (one, two, three, small need to mesh into a cohesive whole, group and large group). editors should collaborate with their Discuss photo selections in small photographers: groups. Then have them practice “seeing” like photographers and writing down what they see on note cards. By sharing their observations and discussing how they

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It’s all part of the plan. How do you cover a team with a losing record? Be honest. Be diplomatic. Connect a high-impact photo to the headline. Picture more students, including fans. Capture relationships.

The entire staff needs to know what an exciting photo looks like. After reviewing the basics of photocomposition, have a scavenger hunt:

rainfall, Lewis wasn't alone.

page by Haylii Baylis

The best laid plans… You have discussed the angle, the tone, the dominant photo and the secondary coverage. The photographers have planned their shoot. Then it all evaporates. Be flexible. Make adjustments.

It’s also important to discuss the tone of the spread. What does the subject feel like? Is it nostalgic, playful, critical, serious, informative, divided (two sides), or something else? The pictures need to illustrate the feeling and the angle. Spreads, like stories, have characters who convey their individual personalities and perspectives. Because the yearbook tells stories, staff members and photographers are visual/verbal storytellers.

• Discuss the focus of the spread. The better the photo, the better the • Consider the photos needed to link to story it has to tell. the angle of the story. • Share designs for the secondary coverage content. elements

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Based on angle and coverage imperatives, take the idea to the page. Reject standardized formats; push beyond templates. Look at magazines, web designs, advertising, brochures, etc., to find a look that will best tell the story. Present, discuss and modify the design ideas. Then sketch spread possibilities based on the inspirations. Like professional designers, use pencil and paper first. Do not go directly to the computer. Miami Palmetto Senior High School

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“You have to know the rules before you can break them.” You’ve probably heard this saying before. When you are breaking the rules in design, consider keeping the basics intact: visual dominance, consistent spacing, color repetition, unifying devices and type hierarchy. Use design to direct the reader around the spread, affording them opportunities to pause and take in the content. Most important, have fun with it.


students share their family holiday traditions

“My group of friends started a Secret Santa gift exchange, but since one of us, Adam [Osovsky], is Jewish, we call it ‘Jewnta’ to celebrate both cultures. We pick names, buy gifts, and exchange them at our annual Christmas party. It’s a great way to spend the holidays with friends.” -Jonn Eidem, 12 “Since my dad isn’t Jewish, my favorite part of the holidays is when Christmas and Hanukkah overlap. My family and I light the menorah and open Christmas presents. I also like spending time at home and playing games like Poker and Sorry. Then we eat Matzah Ball Soup for dinner at sundown.” -Shawn Footitt, 12

Jake Peterson, 11 Athens, Greece

“On Christmas my family and I go to my Uncle’s house watch the movie ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.’ Then, later on that day we all head over to my grandma’s house to open our stockings and eat a huge dinner. The dinner makes it like a second Thanksgiving and I like how our entire family always gathers together to celebrate Christmas.” -Gregory Beck, 09

“Every year my family and I either go over to my dad’s uncle’s or aunt’s house where we wait until 12:00 a.m. to open presents together. I’ve done this my whole life and love it because our family is really close. We always have tons of fun although I hate waiting so long to open my presents.” -Valerie Serrano, 10

Klaudia Erazo, 12 San Francisco, Californi

Rikesh Patel, 12 Cancun, Mexico

JINGLE BELL “The Signal” holds the annual Holiday Light Tour, with residents of 7AKEÎELD0LACESEEKING to capture the sought after “Best Street” crown, WHICHTHEYWONÎVE times. photo by Hannah Peterson


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BELIEVE Hayley Weeks, Organizations Editor

can you believe it?


The topic + angle + perspective + photos + design. What’s next? Decide on a dominant element that will draw readers into the spread?

Most likely, it will be a combination of pictures and type. Awe-inspiring photos, combined with well-written and carefully designed headlines, grab readers’ attention and identify the content/angles of the stories.

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students spend free time sharing faith, forming lasting relationships


“Early in the beginning of the Decemember, my family usually puts up lights on the house before decorating the tree a couple of days before Christmas. Even though we celebrate Christmas, it’s not our main focus since the holidays is a time of being together.” -Lexie Hughes, 11

“My dad is adamant about not having traditions because that way no one can get angry if we can’t do them. So, we just make sure we do something DIլERENTEVERYYEARLIKENOTDECORATINGTHETREEATTHE same time each year. Ironically though, I guess us not having any traditions is a tradition itself.” -Noelle Ferrante, 10

How did you get involved in your club?

What did a normal meeting look like?

"I decided to join The Muslim Student Association because I liked the idea of meeting with people who share the same faith as me." Talla Bitar | 12

"OTEG meetings were really relaxed and fun, and we focus a lot on prayer and God." Justin Lee | 9

"I started OTEG because I wanted a place for students to come and have a place of prayer and refuge. It was so rewarding when new faces would come in, I met so many great new friends." John Lee | 10

"Every Monday at YoungLife, we sang really fun songs, and the leaders did hilarious skits. We also had fellowship and time with God." Caroline Krempa | 12

"I started the Jewish Student Union to educate people on the culture and to have great discussions." Rebecca Burd | 11

"Muslim Student Association meetings were always full of students who wanted to learn and further their knowledge of our religion." Ayesha Khan | 12

The purpose of primary headlines, to hook readers, can be accomplished with clever word play. Using alliteration, antonym, synonym, homonym, onomatopoeia, rhyme and pun engages curious, intelligent readers. Once hooked, they will read the secondary headline which hones in on what’s “news”: the unique, extraordinary, | take me to church | As they listen to the lesson, freshmen Brandt Daughtry and Zach Nguyen take notes. Fellowship of Christian Athletes made a comeback after being discontinued for a few years. "FCA has been a great place for some time with my friends and also with God," Nguyen said. Photo by Charlotte Davis.

| peace and love | Linking their arms, senior Talla Bitar and her sister, freshman Jeeda Bitar, show off their club's t-shirts. The Muslim Student Association met every Friday and discussed key topics about the religion and its teachings. “I really loved this organization and what made it even better is that I got to share this experience with my sister,” Jeeda Bitar said. Photo courtesy of Talla Bitar.




What was your favorite thing about your club?

the OUTwith

"Everything about Ozone was really fun, but my favorite part was playing bombardment, which is like dodgeball, but Ozark style." Kyle Winborn | 12

"My favorite thing about the With new enforcementsJewish on the foods served in schools,Union Student was many students have changed their typical habits. that theredesignwere always really by jordan kiehl good snacks, which was very important." Annett Gawerc | 11



| all tied up | Getting blindfolded by YoungLife leaders, senior Johnny Hartmann awaits to start a game. YoungLife met every Monday and was full of skits and games involving students and leaders. "It was fun getting called up to play the games," Hartmann said. "I got really competitive." Photo courtesy of Kathleen Mattina.

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TIME CHARITY uncommon, overlooked, font forSHOP primary headlines supportive, etc. Make it and another for secondary fun. Write headlines in headlines and then use collaborative groups after the planned variations to avoid angle and tone have been visual monotony. Another established and the dominant variation in headline design photo has been chosen. simply adds a theme-related font to the mix. Setting Headline design hinges on one or two words in an the staff’s design strategies emphasis font, links spreads and font choices. Some to the theme’s design and staffs let the subject/ reinforces its tone. message of the spread dictate the headline design. Other staffs select one “I'm on stuco and so we do a lot of fundraising my friends give me a hard time for buying "My "All favorite part of YoungLife throughout the year, and we definitely had to school lunch. Things like the octagonal pizza and come up with a lot of different ideas for the Can sandwiches I buy seriously almsost every was chicken getting toI personally hang Drive. If we wanted to sell anything it had to be day. They're so good. don't out see how with my off campus. So we really had to either think of taking away a bag of cookies or selling baked chips ways to get around the rules, or a different idea. is going towhile help promote awe healthier lifestyle, friends sangit's a random The can competitions couldn't have any prizes step I suppose, but a very minor one." like doughnuts.” ellieand booton, 10 songs getting to know all of my david ronning, 12 “Even though I'm a junior I usually leave for lunch senior Meredith | 9 stuco was doing the can drive for “When everyleaders." day. I just don't want to wake up earlierBullock to make my own lunch, and the cafeteria food isn't good anymore. My friends and I go to Panera and Noodles & Company a lot. A couple times we went to Freebirds down in Westport, it just depends on how much time we have. We haven't gotten in trouble yet but we'll stop when we get caught. We sneak out through the basement doors so Haney doesn't see us.” dylan mclaughlin, 11

| mazel tov | Listening intently, juniors Rebecca Burd and Jacob Bowytz participate in a group discussion. led by Rabbi Dovid Goldstein of the Chabad Outreach of Houston. The Jewish Student Union met once a week and discussed real world issues, as well as having guest speakers. "During each meeting, I learned something new and inspiring," Bowitz said. "I always looked forward to going to each meeting." Photo by Meghan Pisters.

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“I have left for lunch a couple times but I'm scared I will get caught so I usually stay here. I buy lunch here every day, usually pizza or chicken fingers. I liked last year a lot better because everything was just better tasting. Everything is gluten-free or low-fat this year and gross. I miss the cookies so much, the Otis Spunkmeyer cookies were just so great.” john leonard, 10

“Lunch here is really different from lunch [in Germany]. Most people there don't eat in the lunchroom, we would always go out for lunch. On my first day I ate in the lunchroom with random people I didn't know because I didn't have any friends. It's weird to eat in the lunch room because I'm used to going out to eat. Every day I bring a sandwich and a fruit for lunch, I'm not interested in eating cafeteria food. It just doesn't look good ” Ryan Kahle, 10

the Johnson County Christmas Bureau the sophomores decided that part of our contribution would be selling hot chocolate to raise money. Unfortunately with the new laws we weren't allowed to sell on school property so we had to sell in the sophomore lot. I think if we had been able to sell somewhere closer to school we would have been able to raise a lot more money, but because we were stuck in the sophomore lot our fundraiser was a flop." peter haynes, 10

“In stuco we have to change the types of fundraising we do. It made us think of different ways to encourage people to give money to what we were fundraising for. We had a tolietrie drive in October and we probably would have done a bake sale or have cookies and soda to the class who got the most tolietires in. But we had to do a raffle instead and gave away giftcards ” katie uresti, 9

“Now if we want to sell any food we have to sell in the sophomore lot. We can't do crush for your crush for Valentine's Day because we aren't allowed to sell candy or stuff like that. Overall, I haven't seen a huge problem with it because we have found ways to get around it that are still effective”

madeline long, 11

"Everything we have has to be sugar-free now because Michele Obama wants everything to be healthy. We had to change a lot of what we're serving in the coffee shop this year. We have diet hot chocolate which is kinda normal, but you can tell it's fake. You can taste the fake sugar. Not as many people were coming in this year, so we had to think of different items like the iced coffee."

piper thomson, 12

"We don't have sugar or Big Texases anymore and now we can only have sugar-free gym. It's affected the amount of sales in the coffee shop because people want sugar in their coffee and we can't give it to them, only teachers can and they have their own station. I like working there because I get to see everyone, my friends and teachers and I get to meet new people everyday. I feel like I help people everyday cause I work there. " joel hentzen, 12

"I don't go to the coffee shop anymore because of the changes they made. I hear from people that they don't have good food anymore. They used to have the Big Texas cinnamon rolls and those were so good. Now they just have granola bars and stuff, so I just haven't gone back. I would probably still go if they would be able to bring the Big Texas things back." lawson smith, 10

"I haven't really seen a difference in food items or services. But I have gone less this year than I did last year. I usually only go for the iced coffee and poptarts. The poptarts this year are whole grain and there's only one in a package, I didn't notice a difference in them. They're just cheap and good to eat when you have to leave for school without breakfast. Last year having a coffee shop at school was new and exciting but not it's been a year with it and so i guess I'm used to it."

eve roberts, 10

quick coffee above: Checking the hot water during his 1st hour Coffee Shop shift, senior Joel Hentzen rushes to complete students' orders. "I like making coffee for the students and teachers because it wakes them up in the morning," Hentzen said. "It can get kind of dif�icult and hectic because a lot of people come in at once in the morning, but usually everyone is very nice." photo by katie kuhlman

morning studies top right: Leaning on freshman Hunter

Thompson’s shoulder, freshman Abagail Johnson tries to study for an upcoming Spanish test later that day. “Some days we will all hang out in the cafeteria before school,” Johnson said. “But most of the time we just meet up at our friend’s locker or something.”

photo by spencer carey

loud lunch right: Munching on chips during third lunch, freshman Caleb Krakow eats quickly during his 25 minutes. "I usually eat in the library because I can't stand how loud the lunchroom is," Krakow said. "My mom makes my lunch for me every morning so I don't have to wake up earlier." photo by emily kohring

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Esther Hoodless, 12 Gulu Uganda, Africa

Students travel around the world in 77 days

Aaron Dobbs, 11 Golden Meadow, Louisiana

Jake Peterson, 11 Athens, Greece

Lauren Petrutsas, 11 San Diego, California

Senior Thomas Ferrer's spiel of the Great Wall Beijing, China We visited the most famous section of the Great Wall, Badaling. It was raining a little, so the stones were really slippery from the water, but they were also worn from millions of people walking on them over hundreds of years. The steps were crazy steep, and most people couldn't climb to the top of the wall. At the top, even though it was drizzling, you could still see really far along the wall until it turned into the mountains in both directions. Standing on the hallowed cobblestones, the almost tangible glory of the ancient and wonderful culture made me realize just how insignificant my own time line was in comparison to that of human civilization. I gazed upon a wall built not just of stone, but of the sweat, blood and the lives of millions of laborers and millennia of culture, where countless people from all walks of life had stood before me. It was insane walking on something that has existed for more than a 1,000 years.

I am so proud to call her my mom because no matter how sick and down she would be feeling she was always ready to talk to me about my day and was still coming to church and staying strong in her beliefs.

Painted Passion

Shades of Pink

Throwing confetti to start the game, decked out in pink paint and shirts, seniors Mason Hart and Zach Voss represent the spirit and stand out in front of the crowd.

Junior Alexa Urrea proudly displays her support for breast cancer research and awareness wearing the Blue Belles' pink out themed uniform and shutter shades.

Little Pieces of Confetti "The most

When my mom was diagnosed with cancer, I would just try to hug her and make her as happy as I could at that time, even though she was in so much pain.

memorable day was my mom s last treatment of chemo because I was so excited to throw the little pieces of confetti and for her to ring the bell. The smile and brightness on my mom s face, to know she had defeated cancer, is something I will never forget." --Laurann Lane, 11

Sebastian Melo; Kasey Welch; Kaitlyn Troilo, 12

Ariana Flores; Morgan Guerra, 12 Maui, Hawaii

Tiger, Georgia

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A Sign of the Good Times Holding up a sign to show their mission, junior Alyssa Ramirez hypes the crowd up during the finale of the Sapphire dance.

Micha Damrow, 12 Williams, Arizona

Klaudia Erazo, 12 San Francisco, California

Bright Spirit Spreading the spirit of fighting breast cancer and spreading awarness, adorned in pink duct tape and electric pink hair dye, seniors Nico Champion and Kade Ferguson represent the spirit of pink pride against breast cancer.

Beau Mellin, 10 George Town, Cayman

Rikesh Patel, 12 Cancun, Mexico

Something to Live For "Laurann was at the

Daniela Torres, 10 El Valle, Panama

Matthew Jacobs, 12 Cozumel, Mexico

Panos Papanikolaou, 12; Katerina Papanikolaou, 10

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Janelle Heller

Trail of Ribbons

Celebrate Good Times

Alejandro Norato

Clad in special pink jerseys, senior Autumn Lockley and her team celebrate a great play during the varsity volleyball Pink Out game against Georgetown.

Streamers trailing, senior Cody Barraza smiles for the crowd at the game against Cedar Park and cheers on the school for breast cancer awareness and research.

end of 3rd grade when I was diagnosed. The whole summer I was undergoing chemo treatments, surgeries and procedures. The one thing I could count on when I felt drained of life was Laurann coming to hug me and hold my hand and share her day with me. Hearing and seeing her be completely full of life and living normally was the best medicine a Mom can have." --Misty Lane, 7 years cancer-free

Britta Haglund, 12 San Diego, California


Like a Girl

Becca Brown

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Caroline Carrillo, 12 Rafiki Village, Nyamata, Rwanda

Math teacher beats odds against cancer diagnosis There is always the probability of the unexpected. For mathematics teacher Ralene Gideon, a sudden breast cancer diagnosis changed her life. During her summer vacation in 2010, Gideon had her annual checkup. Her doctor urged her to go in for a mammogram and it detected the early stages of breast cancer. My doctor said we would be having a very different conversation if we had found this any later, Gideon said. Because it was caught so early, I had options on how radical of a surgery I wanted to do.

Gideon's diagnosis puzzled her doctors because she did not have the typical markers for cancer, such as being a smoker or drinker, and it is very rare for a person under age 50 to have breast cancer. Even a genetic test proved that she did not carry the breast cancer gene, so she continued with surgery and radiation, both successful. Cancer is such a long-term thing which you never get past, Gideon said. Even if I go in for a sinus infection, they ask what medications I take and it always comes up.

Taking medications and going in for MRI s, mammograms and ultrasounds, it s evident that her experience and diagnosis will always be a part of Gideon s life. There s always days when you feel sorry for yourself but there s always days you feel thankful, Gideon said. The day I was diagnosed was the worst day of my life and it only got better from there. There was only good news from then on.

Story and photo by Shilo Criswell

028Pink Out

Cheerleaders @hannah_justine

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Arianna Mehrafza, 12 Tehran, Iran

Memorial High School


Bellaire High School WORD ON THE STREET: SPIRIT “When I think of the word spirit, I think of the cheerleaders and the seniors getting the spirit stick.” Charlie Stark | 12

| battle it out | Bringing the heat, freshman Sky Kim and Mustang Max fight with weapons in front of cheering students and parents. The two mascots pulled a student out of the crowd to participate in the skit at the neon pep rally. “The skits were so fun to perform this year,” senior mascot Mary Claire Whitsett said. "It was fun calling people down to help with the skit." Photo by Lucy Tomforde.

SPORTS varsity volleyball page by Jason Rosenthal

| so cheesy | Chugging Big Red, sophomore Shannon Schulz tries her best to complete the challenge. Four students and four teachers stuffed cheese puffs and drank whole bottles of Big Red in a short amount of time in this skit. “It was really hard to eat and drink that much, and I felt really sick afterwards,” Schulz said. Photo by Lucy Tomforde.

| hugs all around | After asking senior Alexis Bennett to the homecoming dance, senior Javier Carrera hugs her in front of a roaring crowd. Carrera carried on the tradition of asking to a dance during a pep rally that had been started years ago. “I wanted to ask her in a creative way, and I thought it would be really cool if it was in front of the whole school,” Carrera said. Photo by Maddie Tebbe.


life as you know it “The rock and roll theme was really cool, 1. and it was a fun theme to dress up to.”

Amy Nguyen


liked the war theme, because I could 2."Iwear camo, and it was fun since it was

Julia Westwick | 10

Mexican dress.”

“To dig in left back, I had to make sure I was standing outside of the block. I then had to get really low in an athletic position. My core needed to be really tight to receive the ball.”

Clara VanLandingham


junior takes pep rally themed costumes to the next level At each pep rally, classmates could count on junior Nicholas Cumberland to go all out in costume. Never disappointing, Cumberland wowed everyone with his perfectly themed costumes. He bought most of his costumes at Value Village, or creatively used clothes he already had in his closet. “I love dressing up for these pep rallies,” Cumberland said. “I get to show off my stuff.”


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personnel keep up winning tradition

student body spreads spirit, support at themed pep rallies Hayley Weeks, Organizations Editor

we never go out of style

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Clara VanLandingham


HOORAY pep pep hooray This Means War

After staff members interview students and collect facts, they will discover at least five good stories to tell on every spread. The big story will take center stage. The other stories will assume secondary roles.

Because readers have become expert scanners, it is important to present

“My coaching strategies were to put the best players on the court in every rotation to win the most points possible. We tried to serve to opposing players who were not very good passers. If the other team had a really good middle hitter, we served to a different player on their team. Our kids were very self-motivated during the season, and for the most part, the captains stepped up and led the team.“ Coach Ap Clarke

Rock with the red and Roll with the white

The Rolling Stones, KISS and rock band wannabes filled the halls on the rock-androll theme day. This pep rally included the traditional Oreo game, which is always a crowd favorite. Like musical chairs, each cheerleader has an Oreo in her mouth and chosen football players walk around the circle of cheerleaders until the music stops. Each player then has to take the Oreo from the closest cheerleader's mouth, using only their mouth. “It was really funny to be in the game,” senior Erin Mount said. “The football players all really wanted to win and were really aggressive.”

y cop Es un Fiesta

From Mexican dresses to sombreros, students came to school ready for a fiesta. Always a costume favorite, this pep rally was like no other. At the pep rally, the Big Red game was played, which involved players stuffing their mouths with as many cheese puffs and as much Big Red as possible in two minutes. The game was played in two rounds. The first round featured students, while the second round featured faculty members. “The Big Red game was really funny,” junior Audrey Sarver said. “It was hilarious to see teachers do that.”

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“The jump serve was my specialty. I bounced the ball three times, tossed it up, hit it over the net and rushed to get into a position to return.”


| twist it out | While playing a game of Twister, junior Giuliana Madrigali laughs as she is covered in paint. The game was played a little differently than a normal game of Twister, with paint on the dots. "By the end of the game, I had paint all over me," Madrigali said. "It was so messy." Photo by Lucy Tomforde.

The first week of school started off on the right foot with a War on Stratford themed pep rally. With the school decked out in all things camo, students showed their support for the football team loud and proud. The Bleacher Bums were especially vocal during this pep rally and football game, in order to pump up the crowd against the school's rival. The game resulted in a win for the Mustangs. “This pep rally was my favorite because Stratford is our rival, and we all really wanted to beat them,” sophomore Chase Patton said.


AS Jade Robinson digs to save the point, Katie Fairbanks supports her. “I kept my hips below the ball and my arms in front. Once my arms hit the ground, I bent them at the elbow in a collapse dig,” Robinson said. “This way my arms stayed strong and the ball soared high enough


“Before I served, I looked at Coach Ap to receive a signal that told me which zone on the court I should direct my serve. I focused on the zone and then tried to hit the best serve possible. “

against Stratford." fiesta theme was really fun 3.“The because I got to wear my

| throw what cha' know | Entertaining the crowd, senior football players Griffin Doyle, Tyler Dore, Michael David Poujol, Morgan Whatley and Chris Beggins perform the annual four-year-lettermen dance. The players learned the dance from the varsity cheerleaders. “We are all awesome dancers, and it was really fun to perform,” Doyle said. Photo by Megan Pisters.

WORKING TOGETHER Jade Robinson (1) and Kennadie Jake-Turner (16) focus on passing to Makayla Molock (9). “Even though the middle hitters did not get the ball that often, we tried to make the smartest plays possible,” Jake-Turner said. “That way we could score a lot.”

what were your three favorite pep rallies?

Like Neon Lights

With the black lights on and the neon vests glowing, the neon night rally was hard to miss. There were many skits and games at the rally, including a dance that the four-year-lettermen football players performed. They had practiced the routine with the cheerleaders for two weeks leading up to the pep rally. “The neon pep rally was awesome. Everyone was decked out, and it was just so bright and fun,” freshman Rhys Hudson said.

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PLAYING AGAINST NIMITZ, Nina Le (12), Katie Fairbanks (11) and Jade Robinson (1) watch Captain Claire Smith (17) jump to return a serve. “Being a senior and captain on the team was really great,” Smith said. “We were just all one big family and I was kind of the momma of the Jonathon Mills team.”

CAPTAIN Brianna Kelly (13), blocks a smash with Travanna Matthews (2). “We did a lot of agility training which involved hard work,” Kelly said. “A season full of training helped me jump higher, block quicker, and set up the block to assist my teamates in a more effective way.”

“The most memorable moment from the season was our 3-0 win over Westside. Last year we lost to them, and when we needed to redeem ourselves, we did.“ Manager Adam Garcia

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“At first I was very intimidated to be a freshman on the varsity team but everyone was so sweet and encouraging. Most of the time I did not feel an age difference at all because everyone was so friendly.” – Izzy Long

“It was challenging to get to know the girls when I came from Debakey to Bellaire. At first, I was nervous, but my friend Lindsey (Nguyen) also played. Knowing someone on the team made me feel more comfortable.” – Nina Le

stories in easily-digestible nuggets: first-person accounts; Q&A’s; lists; timelines, etc. Also, when longer feature stories are broken up into subsections with subheads, the copy becomes reader friendly. Once again, have students work in small groups to decide on the best format for each story and each

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Talk to the Hand Maya Evans (10), Sundara Chinn (8), and Megan Evans (3) work together during the Lamar game. “I helped Maya get the kill shot with a set. She ran behind me and smashed the ball over to the opposing side,” Megan said. ”We worked out almost every morning together to make sure that we performed well during games.” J. Mills

“It was really amazing to be able to jump into a new school and automatically be involved. I really enjoyed it. I also loved being able to go to volleyball games and represent Bellaire throughout the season.” Coach Todd Kolkhorst

MEAGAN APPLEBAUM “The best part about being on the team was the camaraderie. Team rituals that we did before games were my favorite parts about being on varsity.” Dylan Agnich

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The Gold and Silver Crowns from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA), Pacemakers from the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) and Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) are presented to the best yearbooks, newspapers, online publications, magazines and video productions in the world. To earn one of the top awards in the nation, yearbooks must capture the attention of the judges by being creative from front to back. The cover needs to be eye-catching and visually appealing,


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benefits offering visual and verbal motifs that are developed throughout the book. The theme/ concept should be creative and memorable, reflecting what’s happening at the school that particular year. Theme-related verbal and visual spinoffs tie the theme to the coverage in each section. Finally, photos support the message. Sound like a lot? It’s only the beginning. In addition to theme development, judges closely examine the photography, writing, design, content and coverage. The top books feature compelling stories, high-impact photos, informative

captions, attentiongetting headlines, stunning designs and comprehensive coverage. The national associations also offer valuable critiquing services to help yearbook staffs understand what they did well. In addition, judges offer suggestions for improvement for the following year through an in-depth critiquing process. State and regional scholastic press associations also hold contests and conferences similar to those sponsored by CSPA, NSPA and ACP. By joining and participating in

the competitions and attending the conferences, students learn the benefits of networking and sharing ideas with other advisers and staffs. The greatest benefit of joining state and national organizations, however, is having staffs learn the secrets to producing quality publications that please their audiences. The reward might not be national recognition, but if students say, “Wow, I think you guys did a great job” or “I really liked the stuff written under the pictures,” the staff wins.

CSPA gold key Kristi Rathbun, CJE Rock Canyon High School Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Kristi Rathbun, CJE, advises The Black & Gold yearbook at Rock Canyon High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. For nearly 20 years, she has helped media students achieve state and national success in student publications. Her students have earned Pacemaker and All-American awards from NSPA and Crown and Gold Medalist awards from CSPA in addition to multiple Best of Show honors at JEA conventions. Rathbun currently serves as the Colorado JEA State Director and was selected as the CHSPA Adviser of the year in 2012.

jea rising star Samantha Berry Cypress Creek High School Houston, Texas

Samantha Berry is the newspaper and yearbook adviser at Cypress Creek High School in Houston. She grew up in West Texas and graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Agricultural Communications. Berry was chosen as her campus 2015 Spotlight Teacher of the Year and received the 2015 Pathfinder Award from the Texas Association of Journalism Educators. Her students’ publications have received numerous awards from CSPA, ILPC and JEA.

What was difficult this year, but you and/or your staff were able to turn it into a fun experience? We aim to have fun yearround so that when the challenges arise, we can weather them. When things are rough, and we’re on the struggle bus, we know that there will be a ‘breather’ around the corner. We play music every day – from High School Musical to classical. We keep the snacks stocked. We sing (okay, I sing...). We chair race on the weekends. We celebrate birthdays

with students standing on desks and awkward birthday interview questions. We give each other presents during Secret Snowman. We exchange Valentines and inspiration. We cheer each other on; we hug each other when we cry; we help each other when we’re frustrated (or when others are frustrated with us). We say please and thank you... A LOT.

All of my editors graduated last year. While the staff is not 100 percent new, the editorial staff is. After the first deadline, I noticed some tense conversations about how to deliver constructive criticism and also how to take criticism. Before the staff came in, I opened up every spread in that deadline on the computers. Staffers were assigned a partner at random and we did a “Deadline Dash”

edit rotation. We played music loudly, and they only had two minutes with each spread. They were required to give praise as well as tips and criticism. At the end of the rotations, we came back together and only shared the things we loved about each spread. They were eager to show appreciation and praise for each other, and everyone felt great after hearing how their work was admired.


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CSPA Crown & NSPA Pacemaker Finalists SPORTS cheerleaders page by Caleigh Hill


FOR HOMECOMING, Sarah Gerlich, Robin Wesley, Jordan Kampf, Brooke Butler and Reagan Bazarsky (mascot) start the game against Reagan. “My favorite thing about being the mascot was when people took pictures with me at the games,” Bazarsky said. “I loved the kids who came to see me. I always entertained them and made them Rosaline Chen laugh.” DANCING AT A PEP RALLY on Sept. 6, Kate Campbell, Elizabeth Howes, Elise Pantazis, Jordan Kampf, Sarah Gerlich and Julia Johnson perform a routine to a hip hop mix. “The dances for the pep rally were fun because they were all different,” Pantazis said. “One person made up a dance, and we practiced it throughout the week so it was perfect for the Friday pep rally. It was all about getting everyone in the spirit.“ Amy Nguyen

Flying high, Jackie Sigmon flips Abby Newhouse and Jordan Kampf as Sarah Gerlich, Madeline Richardson, Brooke Butler, Julia Johnson, Elizabeth Howes, Dani Kaiser, Kate Campbell, Elise Pantazis, Robin Wesley, Katelyn Christie and Lily Sizemore prepare to catch the flyers. “The pyramid where the two flipped from the ‘Liberty Formation’ was a favorite for a lot of people,” Johnson said. “I liked it the best because we got to work together on a good, solid stunt.” Rosaline Chen

Angela Liu


HEELS the squad pushes themselves on and off the field

“I really enjoyed being one of the three sophomores on the varsity squad. I felt really lucky to be a part of such an inclusive team. My favorite thing was cheering at the football games because it was fun to pump up everyone and support our team.” Hayley Czapko “One day before a pep rally, we had to change our whole routine because of a split flip stunt that no one could get right. It was pretty stressful, and we had to work for a long time to make sure the new routine looked good. After all the practice, it turned out really well. I felt it was the right decision because everyone was more confident.” Robin Wesley

Julia Johnson

Jackie Sigmon Annie Zhao

Clara VanLandingham

“Being in both school and competitive cheer, I saw the differences between them. In school cheer we did dances and practiced chants to support our teams. In competitive cheer it was a mix of tumbling and stunting. It wasn’t hard to get used to the spirit aspect because I had so much experience in competitive cheer.” Jordan Kamp f

Madeline Richardson

Brooke Butler Rosaline Chen

Clara VanLandingham



FIRING UP THE CROWD, Elizabeth Howes, Dani Kaiser and Katelyn Christie start the “Go, Go Cardinals” cheer. “The crowd chanted with us,“ Kaiser said. “It sounded like an echo throughout the stadium.”

“After the football game against Westbury on Oct. 3, we had a scavenger hunt where we initiated the new JV cheerleaders. They had to do things like confess their love to a Birdkeeper or dance Gangnam Style in public. My team won, and then all of us got ice cream at McDonald’s afterwards.” Sarah Gerlich

Bellaire High School

“Our cheer shoes were used a lot so they got pretty worn out over the years. We kept the same pair and just replaced the laces.” Abby Newhouse

Clara VanLandingham

IN THE FIRST QUARTER, Julia Johnson, Payton Gasper and Jackie Sigmon cheer at the Westbury game. “It was great that everyone came out to support the team,” Gasper said. ”We kept spirits up Rosaline Chen during the game.”


“I loved wearing my bow because our uniform would not be complete without it.” Brooke Butler “We kept our pom poms in our cheer bags so that we would not forgot them for practice.” Jackie Sigmon

Bellaire, Texas Adviser Mica Segal Editors Rena Li, Marie Olavere, Kurt Warren & Courtney Williams Representatives Ryan Almon & Hal Schmidt

ABIGAIL SMITH “I wanted to be cheer manager to see what the program was all about and decide if I wanted to try out in the future.” Tiara Tanugraha

CSPA Crown & NSPA Pacemaker Finalists

prove how female stereotypes are false

agazines, social media, and even music influenced girls to change their look, their actions, and their opinions. For example, some girls who took losing weight too seriously could show signs of anorexia. And from these negative behaviors, stereotypes were created. But did all females follow the stereotypes? “My favorite color’s Tiffany blue, and I like to hang out with friends and play lacrosse during my free time,” junior Sydney Saylor said. Saylor was one out of the many girls who didn’t fit what people thought about women. And typically, the girls who did fit purposely tried to like certain girly things to blend in with everyone else. FORMAL EVENT “Dresses “I’m against make me feel good and stereotypes confident, and I usually because I don’t wear them to formal events or church,” freshman like pink, I Clarissa Starosciak said. don’t think I’m weaker than most guys, and I’m not

feminine,” freshman Carlie Mallo said. Girls could be stronger than guys. “I think stereotypes about girls being lesser than guys and other stereotypes are ridiculous. Girls can do anything guys can do,” sophomore Amanda Prather said. Although not every girl could beat a guy in sports, she might be more talented with other things that guys were also interested in. “Everyone should be allowed PROUD & to like whatever POWERFUL “When I wear my soccer they want to like cleats I feel powerful regardless of what and proud, especially they’re ‘supposed’ when I work well with to like,” sophomore my team,” sophomore Sarah Kenney said. Sarah Kenney said about her Adidas.. However, since everyone didn’t agree, there were girls who did agree with the stereotypes. “I think it’s pretty true. I don’t really have anything against the stereotypes,” senior Kayla Zlomke said. Story by Lindsay Withrow

Girls wake up for school at...

6:20 a little thing that means a lot to me is... “Soccer.” Corrine Christmann ‘18

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One expectation was for girls to take longer getting ready in the morning, however, many girls woke up between 6:20 and 6:45 a.m. “I wake up at 6:20 a.m. and get ready to leave,” senior Carissa Mastrantonio said. 6:40 a.m. was when junior Elizabeth Sciascia woke up for school. “I usually hit the snooze button and then I get up and see if I like my hair and, if I don’t, I pull it back. It takes about twenty minutes to get ready,” Sciascia said about her morning routine.

fashion dresses or jeans? 6/7 girls chose jeans over dresses

hats or sunglasses? 7/7 girls chose sunglasses over hats

Converse or high heels? 7/7 girls chose Converse over high heels

Billabong or Forever 21? 6/7 girls chose Forever 21 over Billabong

Perfume or no perfume? 6/7 girls wear perfume to school

fashion Nikes or Sperrys shoes? 5/7 boys chose Sperrys over Nikes

t-shirts or hoodies? 4/7 guys chose t-shirts over hoodies

baseball hats or beanies? 5/7 guys chose beanies over baseball hats

H&M or PacSun? 4/7 guys chose H&M over PacSun

Old Spice deodorant or a different brand? 4/7 guys chose Old Spice

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prove how male stereotypes are false

imilar to women, men had stereotypes that grouped them together. Some of the more common ones were that guys like the color blue, and that they are athletic, and tough, that they didn’t cook or clean, and they earned the money in a family. Of those interviewed for this story, more guys disagreed with this stereotype than agreed with it. “I disagree because everyone is different and shouldn’t be stereotyped by gender roles,” senior Raphael Carpenter said. While some men strove to be athletic and muscular to fit the stereotype, junior John Sabin said that people shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. “My main point on stereotypes is that there are people who do specific things that make others dislike them. However, people shouldn’t be judged by their gender,” Sabin said. Some guys purposely changed themselves to become more like the stereotypes by joining the football team or even convincing themselves that their favorite color was blue. “Even though most stereotypes are started because they are the majority. Everyone is different and it’s not fair to have pre-ordained ideas about them

before you meet them,” freshman Garrett Allington said One common stereotype was that males were more athletic than females, that they participated more in sports and athletic recreational activities.. However, sophomore Braden Triplett disagreed. “I think [when it comes to sports, that] some girls are a lot better at some things than guys, so I wouldn’t agree with the stereotypes,” Triplett said. Of course, the results of men versus women varied depending on the subject, from favorite colors to sports involvement. “I think, in general, the stereotypes are true, but, in some cases, women may have the motivation to try and pass up men and prove stereotypes wrong,” junior Tanner Bassett said Story by Lindsay Withrow PINK SHOES Junior Tanner Bassett is an example of a guy who didn’t care about what other people thought about his pink shoes. “They are my favorite because tennis is my favorite sport and my favorite player, Roger Ferderer ,wears them,” Tanner said.

RISE& shine Guys wake up for school at...

Most guys and girls actually got up for school around the same time, even though people stereotyped guys as having less to do. “I wake up at 6:30 a.m. and eat and then shower,” Calton said. Senior Justin Dillon got up at 6:40 a.m. and “shower[ed, ate,] and I [didn’t] do my hair,” Dillon said.



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National FinalistS

Bring It Up

student life & events GIRLS VERSUS BOYS

Granite Bay High School Granite Bay, California Adviser Bernadette Cranmer Editor Ambreen Siddiqui Representative Shelly Townsend

NSPA Pacemaker Finalist


FACING YOUR FEARS Walking into high school for the first time, freshman Telasson Eyob‘s biggest fear was getting lost. “With such a big school I didn’t think I would be able to find all my classes,� Eyob said. “Thankfully Take Flight helped me figure out where I needed to go.� MAPPING THE WAY Anxiously gripping the paper in his


s hundreds of bodies c r a m t o g e t h e r,

hands, freshman Cole Mechem can’t

junior Ellen Del Rio snapped a selfie with the freshman class at Take Flight.

map out his freshman year. “All I was

wait to receive the schedule that will

hoping for was to have classes with all the new people I met,“ Mechem said.

“The point of the selfie was because we wanted to bring the freshman class and other

WHAT NOT TO WEAR Decked out in outrageous outfits, Blue Crew members junior Marcus Ayala

organizations together,� Del Rio said. “It was like a

and senior Jordan Rojas, teach the freshman the dress code.�We wanted

big welcome to the school picture.�

to give them a great first impression of the school,�Ayala said.

Summer Service

Summer Service

Telasson Eyob, 9 Photo by Logan Taylor Ileana Perez, 9 Photo by Madi McVan

Hawk Band raises $300 while participating in ALS ice bucket challenge



rending on social media at the end of


summer, the ice bucket challenge rapidly made the rounds through the campus

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Jennifer Lynch, 11 Photo by Madi McVan

groups. During the hype surrounding the ice bucket challenge, the Silver Dancers nominated the Hawk Band. “It took us a long time to set up and the water was freezing cold, but it was great knowing that what we were doing was for a great cause,� junior Jenny Lynch said. After receiving the signal, over 300 band members dumped freezing water on their heads, making it the largest ice bucket challenge on campus. Through donations from the band, they were able to raise over $300. “It was great that everyone brought money to donate for such a great cause,� freshman Ileana Perez said. “With everyone doing ALS videos I thought it was so great that we were able to do one too.�

Whitney Woodward, 11 Photo by @whitters96

Cole Mechem, 9 Photo by Logan Taylor


WINGS hundering cheers erupt from the stands marking the end of Take

Matthew Williams, 11 Photo by @willi_12

Christopher Ayala, 11 Photo by @christopher.ayala


Jordan Rojas, 12 and Marcus Ayala, 11 Photo by Rebecca Morales

Daelyn Quiroz, 9 and Kaylee Booth, 9 Photo by Rebecca Morales

Flight for freshman Daelynn Quiroz. “Take Flight helped me realize how important it is to be a freshman and what it really means to be a Hawk,� Quiroz said. After a day of touring the halls, Quiroz was no longer worried about starting high school.

The Talon

Hendrickson High School Pflugerville, Texas Adviser Kari Riemer Editor Hiep Ly Representative Jim Anderson

CSPA Crown & NSPA Pacemaker Finalists Extracurricular


Take 'em Down 1. With David Williams (7) diving to the ground, seventh graders Damion Bowles and Alvino Carbajal (7) push back against Fulmore. 2. Pulling a Martin player to the ground, Ashton Hubert (8) keeps the ball from advancing. 3. Tayo Ezekoye (8) grabs a player's leg to stop them from scoring.

Photo by Abigail Daly

In the Air and On the Ground Breaking down Fulmore's offense, Dameion Bowles (7) Max Moran (7) and Everett Butler (7) team tackle their opponents, leading the way to victory in the Homecoming game.

Touchdown Town Zone Championships are easy as pie


Photo by Sylvia Reed

hen most people think of football, they think of the wins and the losses, the championships and homecoming games, the tackling and the touchdowns. What we don’t think about are the memories the players make and the lessons they learn. Some team members believe friendship is the most important part of the football experience. “I will always remember my teammates and how much we loved each other.� said Calvin Williams (8) Seventh grader Dameion Bowles (7) appreciates how diverse his team was, saying, “Working together on a team [is what I’ll

Fast on Their Feet 1. The 8th grade football team gets pumped up by running through a banner before a big game against Lamar. Photo by Sylvia Reed 2. Racing down the field, quarterback Peter Layne (8) blocks his opponents. Peter helped lead his team with enthusiasm and strength. "I'll always remember meeting a ton of people I wouldn't have met otherwise," he said. Photo by Kimmy Wilson 3. In the Homecoming game, all the Fulmore defenders managed to catch of Calvin Williams (8), was his shoe. Photo by Sylvia Reed

always remember]. It doesn’t matter what race you are, we got the job done together.� Many life lessons can be derived from playing on a team. Ryan Armstead (8) acknowledged this, saying, “Winning zone [championship] taught me that you have to try hard and never give up. in order to achieve big things� While scoring the winning touchdown and tackling the opposing team are thrilling in the moment, a football player won’t remember those moments forever. What’s important are the friends they made and the lessons they learned.

Photo by Sylvia Reed

Photo by Abigail Daly

"You have to try hard and never give up."

Open for Business Dashing towards the end zone, wide receiver, Anthony Works (7) angles to make himself open to catch whatever quarterback Walker Kohler (7) may throw his way. Throughout the season, Anthony set himself apart as a top scorer. "I will always remember the first time I scored a touchdown" he said "It was a great feeling," Anthony said.

Story by Matilda Krell

1 Team Spirit 1. Midfield, David Wilson (8) evades the Fulmore defenders and carries the ball towards the end zone 2. It takes three Bailey Bears to tackle Cristian Castro (8). Though this playoff game went down as a loss, the team fought hard with tough plays like this one. Photo by Kimmy Wilson 3. Two defenders are better than one as Ethan Gilbert (7) and Dameion Bowles (7) complete a key play, moving in to sack Martin's quarterback. photo by Sylvia Reed

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Flood Flood Light, Light, Flood Flood bright bright Under Under the the glow glow of of the the floodlight floodlight the the 8th 8th grade grade team team celebrates celebrates their their victory victory over over Mendez. Mendez. Team Team energy energy drove drove their their strong strong performance performance with with the the 8th 8th graders graders finishing finishing out out the the season season as as Zone Zone Champions. Champions. "Being "Being part part of of aa winning winning team team felt felt good," good," said said linebacker Matthew Matthew Leblanc Leblanc (8). (8).Photo by Sylvia Reed linebacker

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Line Up In the heat of the afternoon sun at House Park field, the seventh grade team lines up at the start of the Homecoming game against Fulmore. Full of concentration, the team called on their focus and skill to handily defeat the Falcons, "If you work hard, which we did, It'll pay off during the game," said running back, Sean Fresch (7)

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The Vespa

Kealing Middle School Austin, Texas Adviser Kristen Scott Editor Mira Bella French Representative Morgan Tuggle


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CSPA Crown Finalist “Cheering has become a part of me over the years; It is my passion. I love the adrenaline rush I get when I am in front of a crowd.”

Haley Parrish, 12

for the team

5 seniors spend all 4 years on cheer teams together

take it to the top

After each touchdown, the cheerleaders lift senior Haley Parrish to do a push-up. “It gets really tiring when all the points start to add up, but it’s really fun to get the crowd involved and to see them laugh at us struggling,” Parrish said.

Seniors Taylor Gonzalez, Ashley Menting, Aubrey Copeland, Kaylin Beasley and Haley Parrish cheered together Aubrey Copeland their freshman year through their senior. “The last four years cheering with these girls has been life changing,” senior Kaylin Beasley said. “Cheerleading wouldn’t be the same without them.” They started their cheering career starting their freshman year, but their relationships began years before. Except for Parrish, all the girls attended middle school together where they tried out for the cheer squad in eighth grade.


Taylor Gonzalez

“By growing up with the four of them I felt like they were a second family,” Gonzalez said. “I feel like I found myself because of us.”


Kaylin Beasley

The unique family-like atmosphere between varsity members constituted a strange senior night for the cheerleaders. Cheer Coach Jessica Watson and the team put together a scavenger hunt for the girls, leading them back to where it all started — Their middle schools.



During a home game, Bailey North, 11, cheers on the Broncos at a football game. “I love cheering for our boys every Friday night. I take it seriously, and I love when we win,” North said. “Football games make me look forward to Friday nights even more.”

At the homecoming pep-rally, Haley Allen, 11, laughs at senior Taylor Gonzalez. “I was being silly,” Allen said. “Pep-rallies are always so fun, so I was just goofing off.” The Broncos played the homecoming game at Newsom Stadium against Crowley.


Haley Parrish

“It was weird since we went back and saw our old cheer coach,” Copeland said. “We were so happy. It was so fun!” Cheering together at cold October football games and humid school pep rallies taught these girls how to work together and eventually lead the team.


Ashley Menting

“Experiencing everything together has helped us to be leaders of the team since we’ve been through it all,” Parrish said. “We’ve created so many memories by each of us bringing something unique to the team.”


“They work so well together,” Coach Watson said. “It’s that teamwork you get when you know someone for so long.” “Cheering [with these girls] has helped me grow into the person By Heather Hines and cheerleader I am today,” Menting said.

before the game

just hangin’


stop and pose

Juniors Avery Garber and Haley Allen attach signs to the rails of the stands before the homecoming game. “Before every game we hang signs that we made at school to show our support for our boys,” Garber said. “We get sad when we have to take them down and throw them away after the game.”

before the performance

hold it together

Varsity cheer coach Jessica Watson takes a picture of the squad before their performance at the red out pep rally. “Coach Watson is always taking pictures and videos of us,” Copeland said. “She usually posts all of the pictures on our Instagram.”

Taylor Gonzalez, 12, leads the team in prayer before their pep rally performance. “We pray before every game,” Gonzalez said. “I feel like it keeps the team together sometimes.” After the prayer circle, the team went out to perform a routine.




"It’s different cheering on varsity than it was cheering on JV. The atmosphere and everything is so much fun."

Varsity Cheer

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Five different personalities combined with their skill set allowed these varsity members to carry the team through the past four years.


National FinalistS

finish the fight

Celebrating a Bronco touchdown, Tierra Beasley, 11, dances to the fight song. “I was happily doing the fight song to celebrate the touchdown we just scored,” Beasley said. “I love doing the fight song.”

Taylor Gonzalez hesitated with her hand on the door. She stopped and took a shaky breath, questions whirled around her mind about what being a high school cheerleader would be like, who else would be there, and if she would fit in. Gonzalez stalled herself again before she pushed down on the knob, entering her first practice as a new Legacy cheerleader not knowing the amazing four friends she would never forget.

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THE DOUBLE cast part for Oliver was chosen by director Ben Bartlett and played by Jude Sweeney and Remy Broome. “He really wasn’t much different than working with a high-schooler,� Bartlett said about Sweeney. “He took the the role very seriously and worked really hard.� photo by kelsie sneegas

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s fourth grader Remy Broome, portraying the orphan Oliver, walked across the stage and asked for “more,� fourth grader Jude Sweeney watched him from his place as a townsperson during the Oliver rehearsal. Every day Broome and Sweeney switched places as both cast as the lead role in Oliver. “Having two Olivers was necessary to ensure the show would still go on whether one of them fell ill,� director Ben Bartlett said. “It is more difficult to ask a fourth grader to perform despite being a bit ill then it is a high schooler. We were very fortunate to find two Olivers that could sing and act so well.� Not only did the double cast provide backup, but it helped the boys learn how to expand their acting capabilities. “They obviously had different ways of doing things,� sophomore Taylor Morrison said. “There were some parts that would be way better for one of them because they just did that part better. They would switch every rehearsal and learn from each other.� Although the boys had a strong connection because they played the same character, that connection also impacted the cast and crew. “It was a lot of fun for us high school students,� Morrison said.

“The past couple years we have had elementary school kids, but they weren’t main roles, whereas Jude and Remy were both the main leads.� Oliver wasn’t only Broome and Sweeney’s high school debut. Many freshmen could also call Oliver their first musical. “At the beginning, I didn’t think I was going to get in,� freshman Josh Bartlett said. “But when I did get it, I was really excited because I knew it was going to be fun.� But at times it wasn’t all fun in games. A couple hours before the middle school performance, senior Michael Schley, who played Fagin, had a dressing malfunction. “There was a problem with the wig cap,� sophomore and crew member Izzy Ramirez said. “We ended up using a gnome beard for the fake hair. We wrapped it around the wig cap and glued the two together. We didn’t finish it until the opening night.� Although the dressing malfunction created a panic for the cast and crew, they solved the problem. “There was such a family bonding in this show,� Ramirez said. “I know it sounds super cliche, but everyone, even the crew, had participated in the jokes and the laughter and the fun. I remember my first day on crew, and it was super welcoming.�

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“Jude started the cheese touch, because he wanted to make friends. It became a really big game that just kept going on.� emily watson (10)

“It was fun and I even passed it a couple times and got it a lot from other people in the cast.� corey goodburn (11)

“Drew tried to give it to me but he couldn’t.� lucy wagner (11) “That was the best, one day Jude gave it to someone, then it just became a thing.� hannah patterson (12)

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PREPARING FOR the ensemble number, junior Madison Brown adds the finishing touches to her costume “It was great being in the opening number,� Brown said. “Especially since Food is the most iconic song from [Oliver].� photo by kelli lubeski


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AS MR. Bumble proposes, played by senior Matt Mahr, Widow Corney, played by senior Hannah Patterson, aids as a comedic relief. “Corney was considering whether or not to take the [Mr. Bumble’s song] as a compliment or not,� Patterson said, “she took it as the latter.� photo by hannah zehr




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CSPA Crown & NSPA Pacemaker Finalists IT’S AUGUST. It’s more than you prepared for. It’s setting four alarms — 6:00, 6:05, 6:10, 6:15 — and then deciding, maybe, just maybe, you should set one more. You’ll set �ive tomorrow. You’ll be on time. Tomorrow. It’s wondering if those extra football practices are worth it after you sleep through your third hour. If you will do it this year. If you will win one more, just one more game. It’s wondering if there is another way to get around the BlueCoat blocks. If the administration left any loopholes. If you can get away with winning one more game of 8 Ball Pool against your best friend. It’s wondering if you’ll have enough time. If you can balance adding girls’ lacrosse to your overflowing schedule. If you can still attend Club Hammock, take that extra AP Chemistry class and still complete three more hours of community service at the Upper Room. It’s trying to �igure out the mess in your head. It’s watching your summer tan fade in the mirror. It’s telling yourself that you can do it this year. This year you can be who you want to be — get an A in Geometry, break that cross country record, be the epitome of popular. You can be everything you want to be this year. And more.

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Caroline Kessinger, Lydia Wickey and Reami Boone laugh with with the other members of their stunt group. photo by bria foley + After a stressful day at school, senior Ellie Haith hammocks at Franklin Park. photo by emily biegelsen + Hanging on the edge of the fence, seniors Kendall Dunn and Gunnar Englund watch a soccer game. photo by georgie cox + Measuring the amount of water in a graduated cylinder, sophomore Lilly Horton gets familiar with the lab equipment during her �irst lab. photo by katie kuhlman

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When a role in the play ‘‘The Wizard of Oz’’drew sixth grader Isabella Lambert into the field of ACTING at the age of eight, she decided to remain on the stage and under the spotlight forever. Dedicating her extracurricular time to script memorization and emotion establishment, Lambert won the ‘‘Best Actress Award’’ at Plano Children’s Theatre for her performance as the lead role in the ‘‘Tell Tale Heart Story.’’

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“I went first weekend because I knew a lot of people who were going that weekend, and the line up was more appealing to me,” sophomore Mayci Davis said.

Live music. Local food. Sweaty crowds. Blazing sunlight. Known as the ‘Live Music Capital of the World,’ Austin has some big shoes to fill. But boy, do we fill them. At Austin City Limits Music Festival, music lovers swarm Zilker Park for two weekends of tunes in October.

“I went second weekend because my friend Maddie won 10 threeday passes through a student body president contest and gave me one,” senior Joseph Dial said.

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“The most memorable moment for me was seeing Lana Del Rey because I love her so much. As I saw her from the corner, stepping onto the stage, I burst into tears because it didn’t seem real. It sounds dramatic but the scene was unbelievable; the sun was going down over Zilker Park and Lana’s cinematic voice was passing over the crowd. She looked incredibly gorgeous and it was honestly so perfect.”

“I didn’t really know much of Beck’s music before ACL. I’d heard of him on the radio before I decided to go see him. When I saw him, he put on a great, entertaining show and was really funny. He plays multiple genres of music, like hard rock, hip hop and some mellow stuff, which is cool. There are some bands that don’t play well live, but Beck does. I like his songs ‘Loser’ and ‘Blackhole’.”

“I’d have to say my favorite food vendor was Amy’s Ice Cream. It was a well-needed refresher from the warm water at the refilling stations and from standing in giant crowds all day, being pressed against random strangers. It all made me want something cool and delicious like Amy’s Ice Cream. The flavor I got was the classic Mexican vanilla, which was a nice treat since I only go to Amy’s from time to time.”

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“My expectations were for everyone to be friendly and to just enjoy music together. I also expected everyone to dress up nice because of what I’d heard from others in the past and from live streaming ACL in 2012 and 2013. The experience did live up to what I wanted it to be! I got to hear some of my favorite songs and have fun with my friends. The only thing I didn’t enjoy was not bringing any water.”

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Music “My friend and I took a cute jumping picture to show how blissfully happy we were to be back at ACL,” senior Taylor Freeman said.

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West Lake Hills senior Laura Wohlfort extends her Selfie Stick to snap a photo while wakeboarding for the Baylor wakeboarding team. The Selfie Stick, a monopod used to take photos of oneself, paired with a multiuse action camera allows for more angles for action shots and videos. The photography tool was originally patented in Japan in 1983 but has recently become popular in the States.

In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith’s debut album included hit singles, “Stay With Me” and “Lay Me Down.” The british singer climbed the ladder to success, quickly putting out his first single and album. Within one year, Smith took home four Grammys for Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album.

1989 is Taylor Swift’s fifth album, but her first in the pop genre. Swift shook off her country reputation with hit singles, “Shake it Off,” “Blank Space” and “Style.” 1989 sat at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for over 10 weeks and in only three short months, the album outsold its’ predecessor, Red.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge sweeps the nation OPPOSITE PAGE Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr participates in the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Ice Bucket Challenge by allowing Student Body President Dominic Edwards, right, to dump ice cold water on top of him. The Ice Bucket Challenge, an activity invented to create awareness for ALS, created a buzz on social media. If nominated to participate in the activity, you were to video yourself pouring ice cold water over your head or, instead, donate to the ALS Association. Afterwards, you could nominate five more people to keep the buzz going. The activity raised more than $100 million for the association and even more awareness for the disease.

X (pronounced “multiply”) is Ed Sheeran’s second studio album. It was an international success in its’ first week, charting at number 1 in 12 countries on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. “Thinking Out Loud” was Sheeran’s most successful single, topping out at number 2 on the US charts.


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Students have found a new place to procrastinate, on the new popular website, BuzzFeed. The website has personality quizzes, pop culture news reporting and viral videos. In February, even President Barack Obama got in on the fun, participating in a video titled “Stuff We All Do When No One’s Around.”

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ACP Pacemaker Finalist Sophomore Summer Walter throws a javelin. Walter was a psychology major.

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WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD SEES GROWTH AMONG ITS MEMBERS The JMU women’s track and field team hurdled its way to the top during the 20142015 season. The team, led by new Head Coach Chereé Hicks, had several team members qualify for the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship this season. Sophomore history major De’Ana Forbes was one of the qualifying members and held the JMU record in 60-meter hurdles, among other achievements. She also qualified the previous season during the 2014 Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup at Pennsylvania State University. “I remember all of my teammates being at the area in front of the finish line to hug me and congratulate me,” said Forbes, in an email interview. “They were all probably more ecstatic than I was!”

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This kind of friendship among team members was common. Although the members spent many hours on the track conditioning for meets, they were able to strengthen their relationships outside of practice too. “I have formed great relationships with my teammates to the point where I see them as sisters.” Forbes said. “The team this year is collectively a lot closer than it has ever been.” The special connection shared by the team members also extended to their harmonious relationship with the coaches. “We are able to express humor and show our personalities while being around them,” Forbes said. “We are all basically one big family.” As a whole, the team had many members who improved their personal best times.

Individual improvement was the key to team advancement and the JMU women’s track and field team wasn’t going to slow down anytime soon. “One thing that some of us like to do before our races is get into a group and pray for strength and a clear mind as we compete,” Forbes said. This tradition seemed to do the trick and the team anticipated many more achievements to come.

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» Downtown Raleigh offers several places for college students to spend a night out on the town on a reasonable budget. Driving down South Saunders Street provides a view of the skyline as you enter downtown. PHOTO BY� RYAN PARRY

Known as a center for innovation and impact, Raleigh draws thousands of new permanent residents into its borders each year. With the influx of fresh faces comes an influx of fresh ideas and favorite local hotspots—restaurants, bars, dance clubs and music venues—fueling this thriving hub of culture and novelty.












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Home to the largest selection of craft beer in the Triangle, Flying Saucer brings in some of downtown's most loyal patrons for Monday Pint Nites and Tuesday Trivia Bowls.

Catering to Raleigh's LGBT community, Legends hosts a number of events and live shows such as "the finest in female impersonations."

Voted one of America’s 10 Best Burgers by Forbes, Chuck’s features the classic burger but with a spin.

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Voted one of America's 100 Best Beer Bars for two years, Raleigh Times' diverse pub-chic menu has solidified the restaurant's place among the DTR dining elite.

137 East Hargett Street Raleigh's vegetarian and vegan restaurant serves some of the most delicious "alternative therapies" around.

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Located in the shadow of the State Capitol, Capital City Tavern combines modern flare with historic Raleigh, and brings craft beers to the dance floor.

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Class Councils took a different approach to 11-11 Day events in 2015, hoping to extend the honors given to military service members for Veteran’s Day from a single day into a year-round awareness initiative. Class Councils public relations committee chair Elizabeth Hoelscher ’ 17 said Class Councils is focusing its philanthropic efforts on serving veterans. “We feel that we should honor the veterans throughout the year and not just on one specific day, however, we will be having a flag display and [will be] putting the flags in the ground like we have in previous years,” Hoelscher said. “But we also want to show support

to specifically the Aggie veterans throughout the year and just raise this money for an awareness for the Aggie Ring fund and show how we can give just a small token of our gratitude back to the veterans that served for us.” Hoelscher said Class Councils has in previous years raised money for the Aggie Rings for Veterans scholarship fund with a silent auction during the Texas A&M veterans appreciation game, along with selling 11-11 Day T-shirts on campus. “This year we’re actually extending that into the spring and we’re not doing an auction during the game, it’s just like an awareness more so of 11-11 Day,” Hoelscher said. “So we’re actually doing an

auction during parents’ weekend in the spring time.” Co-chair of the 11-11 Day committee Danielle Snow ’ 17 said Class Councils will also sell T-shirts. Snow said Class Councils recognized one Texas A&M student veteran a day for the 11 days leading up to 11-11 Day. Snow said this recognition effort began to help students become more aware of the 1,000-plus student veterans at Texas A&M. Snow said Class Councils also hopes to highlight the difference between a student veteran’s college experience and that of a typical college student only a few years removed from high school. Class Councils public relations committee member Mary Kather-




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ACP Pacemaker Finalist In 1959, the Carol of Lights occurred for the first time. Since its inception, the event draws more than 20,000 students, alumni and locals annually. Photo by Duncan Stanley

Light up the Night Tech celebrates annual Christmas tradition, Carol of Lights, for 56th year Story by Liana Solis, The Daily Toreador


he crowd cheered and took pictures as the colored lights of Memorial Circle lit up around them. The Residence Halls Association hosted the 56th

annual Carol of Lights celebration that took place Tuesday for students, faculty, staff and Lubbock residents to attend.

season I think,” Hunt said. “It’s an awesome way to bring everyone together to get our spirits up and also give us a little

turning lights on. I had no idea they had all this other stuff.”



the Masked Rider walking down an aisle for everyone to see.

WSO assists with the event every year, she said, along with

Zachary Taylor, RHA president, welcomed everyone to

After the Tech School of Music performed several

the event and introduced the various speakers and performers

Christmas Carols, the lights were turned on for the crowd to

for the night.


Tech President M. Duane Nellis spoke at the event about

various other student organizations like the Saddle Tramps.

how important this tradition for Tech is.

“It’s a tradition been going for 56 years now,” Schroeder said. “I think when they started they had about 4,000 lights,

“Let us be proud of this spirit we have during this festive

and now they have more than 20,000 – It’s always been a big

time of the year,” he said, “and be part of this family — this

hit with the students though.”

Texas Tech family.”

RHO and RHA handed out glow sticks for all the students

Schroeder has gone to the event every year since she was

and attendees, Tierce said, and the organizations help run the

a freshman, she said, just to see how beautiful campus looks

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Tierce heard about the event before she was even a student, she said, so she knew she wanted to be a part of it once she arrived at Tech. “With my experience of the times I have been and from what upperclassmen tell me, students like to come and participate for the connectivity,” Tierce said. “It’s always been an important tradition for Tech and probably always will be.”

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“This Tech tradition is a great way to start the holiday

“They build it up every year at the event,” she said. “When I first came I thought it was just going to be them

that puts up the large Christmas wreath for the event every

The night began with the Saddle Tramps, Raider Red and

Hunt was most excited for all the lights to come up, he said, because he had heard so much about what it was like.

Megan Schroeder, a senior marketing major from Houston, is a member of the Women’s Service Organization, the group

such a special tradition that we have here.”

Tech, and the lights are always her favorite part.


Haley Tierce, a sophomore chemistry major from Corpus

from four years old to college-student age,” Tierce said. “It’s

Tierce said she has attended every year since she started at

“It’s really just a big gathering of students who want to celebrate a Texas Tech tradition,” she said, “and also celebrate

and said Tech has continued this tradition for so many years “It is one of those things that just appeals to everyone,

when it is lit up.

event every year.

Christi, was the Raiders Helping Others captain for the event because of its popularity.


ine McNabb ’ 18 said Class Councils has been building relationships with veterans’ organizations on campus. “We’ve been able to work really strongly with veterans’ organizations on campus and build relationships with them and increase awareness, and just really make the event a little bit bigger than it was in the past, and instead of making it a singular day making it a year-long awareness in how to bring these veterans — who are typically a little bit older — into the fold of student life of A&M,” McNabb said.

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CSPA Gold Crown & acp Pacemaker Finalist WILLIAM BARFEE Sophomore Ethan Edwards played William Barfée, a returning contestant. He was disqualified the year before because he had an allergic reaction to peanuts. He used his “magic foot” to help spell out the words he got. Photo by Kristi Townsend

LEAF CONEYBEAR Junior Brian Perrault played Leaf Coneybear, a homeschooled contestant who was often perceived as “stupid” because of his hippie parents. Photo by Kristi Townsend

LOGAINNE SCHWARZANDGRUBENIERRE Junior Rachel Eddy played the youngest competitor in the spelling bee, with two over-protective career-oriented, gay dads. She was very politically involved and was the president of her elementary school’s Gay Straight Alliance. Photo by Kristi Townsend


B-E-E The first play of the school year about a spelling bee taught characters to deal with challenges they faced on and off the stage


>CARMENCITA The Department of Theatre Arts and the Tectonic Theater Project collaborated to give the traditional opera “Carmen” an Afro-Cuban twist. While the original took place in Spain in the 19th century, the UM production of “Carmen” transports the audience to 1950s Cuba and revolves around Carmen, a Santera, or a woman who practices Santeria. Henry Fonte, who serves as the producing artistic director for the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre, opened the production with credits and accolades to the actors putting on the show. “It features a tremendous amount of talent from UM, tectonic and the theatre world,” he said. “This project is a grand slam.” The Tectonic Theater Project supplied four of the cast members and the rest were UM students. By Ashley McBride

MARCY PARK Played by sophomore Jayne Ng, Marcy was the new transfer student who placed in the national spelling bee the year before. She spoke six languages, was on many sports teams and was a overall overachiever. Photo by Kristi Townsend

COUNTRY GIRL The “Carmen” production featured not only students, but also members of New York’s Tectonic Theater Project such as Ty Michael Robinson, seen here as Officer Zúñiga serenades Micaela, portrayed by sophomore Gabriela Mancuso. Photo by Ashley Martinez


CHIP TOLENTINO: Sean Ormond played Chip Tolentino, the reigning spelling bee champion, who came back to defend his title. He expected to win until he experienced an embarrassing event. Photo by Kristi Townsend

LIFESTYLES // Ring Theatre Fall

ere you able to spell “broccoli” or “syzygy” on the spot? UM students transformed into elementary and middle school kids who spelled those words and more “ during the first play of the school year, “The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee.” Directed by Greg Brown, a theatre arts faculty member and former Broadway performer, the Tony-award-winning musical portrayed a spelling bee championship, which featured children from all backgrounds. The play employed humor to depict the otherwise serious scenario through its characters and dialogue. From gawky girls with thickly rimmed glasses to spacy boys sporting tie-dye, the characters represented a variety of kids in their most awkward stages of life. The winner of the bee, William Barfay, played by sophomore Ethan Edwards, suffered from a mucus problem and spent much of the competition using his magical foot to help him spell words. Barfay would spell out each word with a shuffling technique, and visualize the letters written on the floor then repeat it to the judge. During the spelling portion, the word “dengue” was accompanied by the sentence “When the nurse asked Billy the symptoms of his dengue, he said, ‘it’s like there was a race out of my tushy and everyone won.’” For more laughs, another word included was “baragnosis” – the inability to estimate the weight of an object. The sentence was, “Now that I know you have baragnosis honey, those jeans do make you look fat.” Overall the play brought back memories of the awkward adolescence stage and begged the question of whether or not people are happy with the things they were doing in their lives. The conclusion was if yes, continue then awesomeness, but if not, explore something new. By Nadijah Campbell Design by Michelle Lock




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