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Dance team sparkles at the spring sports assembly

Tennis vs. Newport @ Ballard, Softball vs. Roosevelt @ Lower Woodland

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All-School Election & Senior Meeting

Ballard’s Got Talent 7pm

Soccer vs. Redmond @ Interbay First Day of Spring Break, Baseball vs. Redmond @ Whitman Softball vs. Newport @ Lower Woodland, Soccer vs. Newport @ Interbay

Baseball vs. Newport @ Whitman

Softball vs. Issaquah @ Lower Woodland Baseball vs. Issaquah @ Whitman, Softball vs. Redmond @ Lower Woodland, Dance Team Spring Showcase 7:30pm

Jazz Gala 7pm Student Senate Meeting, Soccer vs. Roosevelt @ Interbay

The dance team performed during the spring sports assembly on March 29 in the gymnasium, including left to right, junior Hannah Oliason, sophomore Kimi Ruttledge, sophomore Natalie Reeder, and senior Meredith Kegley (top) and sophomore Aminda Porter (bottom left). The team also performed a lyrical routine in the Yakima Sun Dome for state competition on March 23. The team was one of 15 teams to qualify in the category and received a 228.5 for their performance breaking their record for the highest score they have ever earned at a competition. Junior and captain Hannah Oliason made it to the top 10 in state in the individual drill down competition. The team has finished competing for the year but has a spring performance on April 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at, $10 for adults and $8 for students. (Photos by Destiny Tudor)


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n an era following a recession, budget cuts and teacher layoffs are unavoidable and are problems every school system encounters. However, while economic obligations may not allow districts to have much say in how many teachers they layoff, one thing is for certain - they can choose who to layoff. According to Merriam Webster dictionary, seniority is “a privileged status attained by length of continuous service,” and for the Seattle Public School (SPS) district, as well as multiple school districts across the nation, is the primary method of deciding which teachers to lay off. In other words, if a school needs to cut back on staff, the teacher who has been at the school the least amount of time is most likely to be the one cut. Today, the topic of seniority remains at the forefront of education debates and addresses many ethical questions. Ultimately, the current process of seniority utilized by the SPS does not fully consider the needs of the student population. While seniority has multiple positive benefits, balancing it with a system that evaluates a teacher’s effectiveness would only positively impact education systems. Seniority overlooks the possibilities that exist in teachers with lesser expe-

rience. Sure, there are a multitude of young teachers who do not offer the best classroom experience but there are some who perform even better than those with more years under their belt. In 2010, according to the National Council on Teacher Equality, 49 states had seniority regulations in place that could have denied young talented teachers such an opportunity. Whether or not one thinks the seniority system is effective, however, could depend upon which viewpoint you evaluate it from. Less experienced teachers may find it frustrating and unfair but those with more experience may feel as if they just simply have to wait out their turn. While the seniority system does turn away teachers without account of their impact on students, it protects the jobs of a plethora of deserving teachers. Experience in the workforce can have a multitude of positive effects on a teacher. For all those teachers who have spent year after year committed to a school, they deserve reassurance of employment. Seniority grants them such a thing, as well as assuring that such people are not fired without just cause. On the other hand, one must not forget about all those less effective, but maybe more experienced teachers who are prevent-

ing quality educators from joining the workforce. To lay off teachers based on their effectiveness, not their experience, would confirm that a student is getting the best possible education. However, it is a necessity to note that while the system of seniority currently in use in the SPS system is ineffective, combining it with an effective based system is not going to be an easy task. To do so, we first need to develop better methods of evaluating a teacher’s quality. With events like the recent Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) boycott here in Seattle, for example, it has become evident that standardized tests are just one of many flaws in the current assessment methods of a teacher’s abilities. The best solution is not one that picks a side between a seniority based system and a system based on effectiveness but instead looks to combine the two, eliminating older teachers who may be bad but protecting those who deserve it. With the United States ranked seventeenth globally in the category of education in 2012, according to a global report by education firm Pearson, one can’t help but wonder what effect such a system could have on the quality of the teaching the future generations will receive.

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Corrections from Issue 5 March 7 Volume 95

If you have a question or comment about news coverage, email Page 7: In the spring sports preview senior Julia Boone’s name was mispelled. Page 12: A review of the The Sound of Music production incorrectly stated that Lisa Grim played Marta for the first four shows, when in fact Lucy Grim played Marta. It also incorrectly stated that Maria Rainier’s entrance onto the stage was the beginning of the musical, when there are in fact several events that happen before it.



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Dancing around the clock Senior Rachel Patten leaps through the world of dance


or senior Rachel Patten, dancing Opinions Editor is practically a part-time job. She spends around 20 plus hours per week at dance classes or preparing for shows. “When I was really little I just liked to move, and I think that my mom [signed me up for dance] so that I didn’t have so much energy,” Patten said. “As I got older, that’s when [dance] became more of a passion and less of just something fun to do.” Patten has been dancing for 11 years. That’s as long as many of us have been going to school. She practices ballet and modern dance, the latter she describes as “when ballet began breaking out of its shell and people decided to use more free movement.” After her first couple years of dancing, Patten started at Dance Fremont!, a dance studio on Stone Way that is centered around teaching youth to love dance. She has been dancing there ever since, with intermittent projects on the side. There are a number of styles of modern dance that are popular today. “I do Limone, and Horten and Ratcliffe and Graham,” Patten said. These names refer to the dancers that first pioneered the styles. In her sophomore year, she began working at

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DanceWorks Studio and added seven hours of dance a week to her schedule. During a regular week, Patten will spend around three hours at dance after school and about five hours on Saturdays. “I used to do Sundays, but [now it’s] only when shows are coming up,” Patten said. Most dance schools will annually put on “The Nutcracker” as their Christmas show. In its place, Dance Fremont! puts on “The Steadfast Tin Soldier,” a holiday ballet with a similar story to “The Nutcracker”. Younger, less-experienced students will typically take up smaller roles such as extra soldiers while more experienced dance students will play supporting or leading roles, such as a cat which Patten got to play this year. Patten recently returned from New York, where she auditioned for colleges with dance programs. “My top two [choices] are Suny Purchase and NYU Tisch, and so we’ll see how those go,” she said. Her future goals include joining a traveling dance group, such as Mark Morris, so that she can travel the world and dance.

“As I got older, that’s when it became more of a passion and less of just something fun to do.” -senior Rachel Patten

Senior Rachel Patten has been dancing for 11 years. During a regular week, Patten will spend around three hours at dance after school every weekday and about five hours on Saturdays. “When I was really little I just liked to move, and I think that my mom [signed me up for dance] so that I didn’t have so much energy,” Patten said. (Photo courtesy of Rachel Patten)

Free speech pioneer tours for the right to speak

‘ Tinker tour USA’ makes a pit stop at Washington Journalism Educ ation conference


udding journalists filled the Inglemoor High School theater. Some shared writing tips, but most were either too tired or too nervous about the upcoming competition to be social. As a woman stepped to the front, a respectful hush ran through the crowd. Nearly everyone knew who she was and of her legacy, but those who didn’t know started listening. This was the famed activist for free speech, Mary Beth Tinker. On March 9, as part of the Washington Journalism Education conference, she began her “Tinker Tour USA.” On a national scale, students generally are unaware of how their in-school voices are protected by the First Amendment. In a 2006 survey conducted by the Knight Foundation, 45 percent of students surveyed agreed that the First Amendment goes too far in the rights it guarantees. In 2004, nearly 75 percent said they didn’t know how they felt about the First Amendment or that they take it for granted. “There’s only so much control [the administration] can have over speech, but still being a minor you can only have a minor’s rights,” junior Aldo Ovando said. In 1965, the Tinker siblings and a friend wore black armbands to school in favor of ending the war with Vietnam by making a statement at their public school in Des Moines, Iowa. She and the other students wearing the armbands were taken to the principal and were told to remove the armbands under threat of suspension. Despite removing the armband, they were suspended anyway. Four years later, in 1969, a U.S. Supreme Court decision ruled in her favor. “It can hardly be argued that either students or

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teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate,” said Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas in the Court’s ruling. Fourty-four years later, her “Tinker Tour USA” is advocating expressions of speech similar to hers and other ways students can have a voice in school. “We need to teach [student] journalists how to be journalists,” Tinker said. “It’s time for students to understand that they have power.” Tinker is touring with Mike Hiestand, an attorney at the Student Press Law Center, with over 20 years of experience and 15,000 student consultations under his belt. “It’s way better for students, it’s way

better for the school, it’s way better for everyone when you have rights,” Hiestand said. Tinker recalled multiple stories of student journalists from across the country who made a difference, in hopes of inspiring more students, journalists or not, to stand up for what they believe in. One example was of a Mississippi high school student Sarah Kavanagh’s petition to have Gatorade remove the ingredient brominated vegetable oil (BVO) from their drinks. The

petition gained enough steam to catch Gatorade’s attention, and now Gatorade is taking out BVO from all their drinks. “Just use the courage you have to make a stand,” Tinker said.

Who: Mary Beth Tinker Where: Des Moines, Iowa What: Tinker’s black armband protest while in middle school of the Vietnam War led to her suspension and later to the Supreme Court decision in 1969 which resulted in free speech rights for students in school.

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Kris collects cans for cash


ou’ve probably seen her scouring Editor-in-Chief the school recycling bins immediately after the school day ends. Her bright blue eyes shine out from a smiling face covered with a beanie and surrounded by light brown hair. A bag of aluminium cans in each gloved hand. Kris Norby, local fixture and Seattle native, comes after school every day to collect aluminum cans to support herself. “Do you remember Mr. Chin? He was the principal here a few years ago and I got permission from him at the time and I’ve been coming ever since,” she said. She collects cans “because I like to get money, cause I’m out of work,” Norby said. Norby previously worked as a waitress and at the Ballard News Tribune delivering papers before it scaled back in size. “I try to come to school every day to collect aluminum cans. Sometimes I help my neighbors out doing a little work here and there, yard work or help ‘em inside their house. Not every single day,” she said. “I try to [visit every classroom] when they’re open. Some days are better and some days are kind of slow.” Despite the setbacks she has faced in her life, her smile clearly shows how positive and kind she really is.

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“Norby’s kind smile and cheerful words have earned her a wonderful reputation around the school.” Her willingness to talk proves genuine manner. Norby says that she feels very welcome here and that both teachers and students treat her well. She has built strong relationships with various staff members around the school through the years. “I’ve known her since we were in the old Ballard in the late nineties and she started coming there to collect cans. We’ve just gotten to be friends through the years,” counseling secretary Sandy Jensen said. “She usually stops in when she comes by. There’s a small group of us that has lunch a couple times a year with her.” Some of these staff members put together small amounts of money for Norby at the end of the year and in return she will give the staff a bowl of candy. “Mrs. Jensen and Mrs. Kost, Mr. Calderwood is nice, and Mr. Feise. They are just friendly and talk and we have nice visits,” Norby said. Norby’s kind smile and cheerful words have earned her a wonderful reputation around the school. “Ever since I first met her, I’ve just thought she was a unique individual,” language arts teacher Jeff Calderwood said. “I admired her. You could tell that she was maybe having a hard time with everything, maybe things in her life, but she always had a positive attitude. She always just brought a neat energy with her. I was just drawn to her. I just love her. I can’t explain it. She’s just doing the best she can, never complains, never whines about anything. She’s kind of a cool example of the American spirit.”


ASB elections May the odds be ever in your favor Why do you want to join student government? ASB Secretary “I think the student government is a great way to connect with the student body and get more involved in school.”

“I enjoy the thought of being part of the school and improving it and making students involved in the school.”


ShazzMonet Vann

Anya Atkins

Junior Class President “I really want to be involved. I have been in student government this year and it has really changed me for the better.”

“I feel like I can bring a very positive and enthusiastic attitude towards Ballard and make Ballard more fun and positive.”


Malivai Shankar

Stephanie Shao

Junior Class Vice President “I want to be part of student government because I really think I can change the community to be more inclusive.”

“I think our class is really not spirited enough and I think I can help bring the spirit up.”


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Vela Dyrness

Sophomore Class President “I feel like I am an accurate representation of our class and I want to be able to positively represent us while also getting involved and meeting new people.”

“I want to be someone that people look up to.”


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Hunter Kulik

Sophomore Class Vice President “I want to be able to help get a better connection between the students and administration and be able to feel like we actually have a say.”

“It is a great experience to get involved in and I really want to bring our class together.”


Philip Coleman

Lena Peterson

Voting will be held on April 10 during homeroom for 2013-2014 ASB officers. Compiled by Eva Esterbrook



Debate students place second in state


eniors Marlene Anderson and Jordan Callero qualified for nationals after placing second in the team portion of the Washington state debate/congress tournament on March 22-23.

Vikings victorious at robotics competition


obotics travelled to Ellensburg on March 20 for the state competition, and placed 10th out of 50 competitors. At the Century Link Event Center in Seattle two weekends ago, the team made it to the semi-finals and won the Team Spirit Award.

DECA student qualifies for nationals


enior Bryan Quandt was one of two students from the Seattle Public Schools to qualify at the Washington State DECA competition on March 8-9 for international competition in California. Eleven BHS students competed at the state level, bringing home six medals. The medalists in their categories include Quandt (Sports & Entertainment Marketing), seniors Anna Gallagher (Apparel & Accessories), Matt Rusk (Restaurant & Food Service), Ria Conti (Hotel & Lodging) and junior Steven Agen (Accounting).

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Curriculum disruption at Center School Superintendent temporarily bans class following parent complaints

the units created both an intimidating and discriminatory environment. Staff Reporter and Copy Editor Students were not aware of the situation until Greenhe room filled with berg had to stop a conversasilence and shock. One tion during class. “A student student began to cry. This tried to comment about was the first time students racial issues they experihad been told they could not enced over the weekend, and continue to discuss racial Greenberg said he couldn’t issues. talk about that kind of thing Talking about weekend anymore,” Center School experiences with racial senior Eva Cosgrove said. and gender prejudice was According to Greenberg, incredibly important, at alternative accommodations least that’s what the class for the student were offered believed. Now, what people in a parent-teacher conferloved about this class had ence but the parents of the been censored from discusstudent refused to accept sion. them. They then took the A few months ago, it was issue to the school district announced that a portion of where Banda made the decithe Center School’s (a public sion to suspend the units for high school in the Armory at a total of three weeks, the the Seattle Center) 12thduration of the investigagrade curriculum was to tion. undergo an investigation Greenberg also stated by the district following a that Banda observed his complaint from a student’s class before the complaint parent. The course under and had no issues with the debate, entitled Citizencurriculum. ship & Social Justice, is Since the curriculum a humanities class that began 10 years ago, more combines language arts and than 500 students have social studies with a heavy taken the course. “The class focus on social justice. was shocked when we found In a letter from the Seout that this had happened. attle Public School district Some students’ primary superintendent José Banda, reason for enrollment at Center School teacher Jon the school was this class,” Greenberg, the sole instrucCenter School senior Zak tor of the course, was asked Meyer said. to halt the instruction of The unit taught among two units in the curriculum other things, how race and while they were investigatracism affected contempoed. The first on race focused rary society. “Courageous on identity and privilege, Conversations” exercises, while the other discussed an integral part of the unit, gender. were used to discuss more The parents who filed mature topics of social the complaint said that interactions, particularly

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A screenshot of Center School teacher Jon Greenberg speaking in front of the Seattle Public School Board of Directors on March 6 regarding the controversy surrounding his curriculum. (

topics that could make some students feel uncomfortable. Despite this, “[Greenberg] is pretty responsive to all opinions and views,” Center School senior Tova Jean said. On March 8, Banda made a public announcement that the race and gender units were to be reinstated but with a few changes. “An investigation of this complaint found that the way in which the race unit at the Center School was taught did indeed create an intimidating educational environment for a student,” Banda said in the letter. The curriculum has to be ageappropriate and taught in a non-threatening manner; families must be notified of potential distress with alternative assignments made available; the syllabus must be more directly aligned with the College Board criteria for Advance Placement course; and the course must be taught in a manner that treats all students with

respect. According to Center School’s Autism Integration teacher Chelsea Palmer, the temporary suspension proves “concerning to educators” because educators attempt to teach multiple views and perspectives. “I think [Greenberg] is a phenomenal teacher,” Palmer said. “I have never felt any intimidating behaviors in [Greenberg’s] class.” Through the duration of the investigation many students, alumni, and parents voiced their opinions on the topic. “I received much positive support [during the investigation] and am very grateful for all those who have tried to lend a hand,” Greenberg said. Meyer put a petition forward on supporting Greenberg, which now has over 900 signatures. “The event also proved to be a school unifying experience,” Palmer said.

Connections Academy loses support

Drama hosts talent show fundraiser

Administration decides the program was not worth the scheduling complications

hursday April 11 at 7 p.m., the auditorium will be full of performers for the Ballard’s Got Talent Show to fundraise for the drama club’s trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland this August. Tickets are available at the door for $5. There will be a wide variety of acts including gymnastics and a Korean Pop group.



Junior wins HOSA poster competition


unior Jordin Crook and Roosevelt senior Casey Day won first place in the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) poster competition, qualifying to compete at the national level in Tennessee.

Students participate in several academies including Biotech, Maritime, DECA, video productions, and drama. The Connections Academy, once part of this list, is scheduled for cancellation next year. The academy grew out of the

Ninth Grade Transition Team which had been working in 2000 to create relationships throughout the school and give freshmen a greater sense of involvement and community. With a grant and pressure from the education trend of “cohorts,” the Small Learning Community, later renamed the Connections Academy, was born in the 2005-2006 school year. The goals of the academy were to integrate and transition freshman into high school and to group students into cohorts of about 25 that travel to the same science, history and language arts classes, as well as, ensure that freshmen receive all their credits. Science teacher Tim Stedman (Right) works with freshman Firomsa Abdu“I really liked rahman (Left). Stedman has three Connections Academy classes and has [the Connections been with the academy since it began in 2005. (Hunter Philip)

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Academy] as a whole. I thought it was good to have the same people because you felt more comfortable asking questions and talking to the teacher and asking each other for help. We all got along really well and were really good friends by the end of the year,” junior and former Connections Academy student Madison Morris said. Students were said to be randomly selected to be part of the Connections Academy but many were ineligible to participate due to scheduling. For instance, classes such as honors history and some band classes are only offered at certain periods during the day and conflicted with the Connections Academy schedule. Although there has been talk that the academy was eliminated because of budget cuts, that really isn’t the case. “It provided a variety of complications to the master schedule, like figuring out who was in what classes. The teachers involved didn’t feel like it was making enough of a difference to justify the complications that went with it,” principal Keven Wynkoop said. “It just felt like it was time to let it go.”


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District’s disciplinary methods investigated Seattle Public School suspension statistics favor white students


or years, statistics regarding the suspension However, not all the data they have collected has been numbers and rates of different ethnicities in statistics. Language Arts teacher Sooz Stahl and the students in the World the Seattle Public Schools (SPS) Problem Solvers club have been talking with and gaining stories from have troubled staff, parents, and students alike. students who have experienced such scenarios. “I think for people who According to the SPS Disciplinary Report, in the are not passionate about this issue it’s just easier to hope that it goes 2011-2012 school year 19 percent of the district’s away, to pretend that it’s not a problem,” Stahl said. “People don’t high school student population was African want to talk about it but talking about it is the first step. If you’re American but 48 percent of short term high not talking about it there is no forward motion.” school suspensions were from African American According to a SPS Disciplinary Action Disproportionately students. That same year, 51 percent of enrolled report, the percentage of minority students suspended at Ballard of short-term BHS suspensions in 2012 were students belonged to a minority but 76 percent of has risen from 3.8 percent in 2010 to 7.3 percent in 2012 while the from African Americans suspensions came from minority students. percentage of white student suspensions has dropped The United States Department of Education has from 4.3 percent to 4.1 percent. taken up the issue and is currently investigating “We never want to suspend anybody and we whether the district discriminates against minorities, work hard to provide alternatives to suspension particularly African Americans, in their discipline methwhenever we can,” principal Keven Wynkoop said. ods. The investigation began about a year ago but was not brought to the The problem, however, is not limited just to of BHS’s student public’s attention until a report by the radio station KUOW on March 5. Seattle. Reducing discriminatory discipline has population in 2012 was That Tuesday, department spokesman Jim Bradshaw been a focus of the Obama administration with African American told KUOW that its Office of Civil Rights is exthe U.S. Department of Education recently invesploring if black students are disciplined “more tigating similar cases in both Oakland, California frequently and more harshly than similarly and Wilmington, Delaware. Statistics released by the situated white students.” U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Data CollecSPS Superintendent Jose Banda also tion report in 2012 show that in the United States, black students commented on the topic, telling KUOW made up 18 percent of the nation’s scholastic enrollment rates that “the data is pretty clear that there but 35 percent of out-of-school suspensions. is a disproportionately there – that If the Department is to decide that the SPS does in fact students of color are being suspended at demonstrate patterns of discrimination, it will help to create a a higher rate than their peers. It’s clear plan to reduce suspension and expulsion rates, as well as help that it’s a concern for us. We know that develop alternatives to suspensions. “Recognizing that there is we have to address that.” an issue here is a huge first step to just getting African American students For Ballard High School science teacher there,” Carlson said. were suspended for every India Carlson, however, the investigation According to Wynkoop, on a larger 1 white student at BHS began long before KUOW’s report. In March scale, poverty is the first thing that in 2009-2010 of 2012, Carlson read an article in The Real needs to be addressed. “Beyond that, Change, a street newspaper focused on giving in schools I think it’s whatever we low-income and homeless people an opportunity can do to form a personal connecand voice. tion with the school for each and of SPS short-term The data provided in the newspaper’s Learning While Black revealed that every student,” Wynkoop said. “That suspensions in 2011-2012 African Americans make up about a fifth of the SPS’s high school enrollmeans good relationships with other were from minority ment but almost half of its suspensions in the 2009-2010 school year. students, that means good relationstudents Although Ballard had one of the better suspension rates in the ships with adults in the building, and district that year, Carlson brought the topic to the Building it means getting involved with clubs and Leadership Team (BLT), a group of elected teachers and staff sports and all of the great activities that we members. In 2009-2010 at BHS, an African American was have here.” one-half-times as likely to be suspended as a white student, Suspension inequality is not the only thing that the U.S. in comparison to Roosevelt’s four and Nathan Hale’s four Department of Education is currently investigating in Washof the SPS student population in 2011-2012 and half times as likely. ington, however. The SPS are the subject of two of the five inbelonged to a minority The BLT along with other teachers in the school began vestigations with an additional one on English-language learnlooking into who suspended students were, for example correers. Department officials also announced that they are looking lating what their ethnicity is and what type of suspension they into programs for students learning English in Lake Washington received. “There are people here thinking about it, talking about schools, anti-harassment policies in Yakima schools, and a statewide it and want to find solutions,” Carlson investigation on girls opportunities *Statistics provided above were gathered from the 2012 SPS Disciplinary Action Disproporsaid. in athletics. tionately report, the 2012 March issue of The Real Change, and the SPS’s 2012 Data Profile:

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District Summary.


Funding, Staff, and Student Enrollment Trends $612,181 $592,004 $557,852

Anna Ferkingstad and Marissa Roe begins with data from the district and News Editor and Sports Editor

For the 2013-2014 school year it’s estimated that the school will lose $34,152 in discretionary money. According to Principal Keven Wynkoop, a large portion of the decrease in funds originates in the Washington State Legislature’s decision to disallow the use of Learning Assistant Program (LAP) funds in other categories than the program itself. Every year, administration, the Instructional Council (IC) and the Building Leadership Team (BLT) are left to contemplate what impact a new budget may have on the school. Entitled the Budget Committee, the group’s annual procedure

quickly spins off into meetings throughout the month of March. After evaluating the projected funds, it became clear that one semester-long class was going to be cut. On March 13, the committee voted to eliminate a second semester Health and Fitness class. One thing noted in the budget meeting was the predicted increase in the amount of students in ninth grade core classes because of greater enrollment rates. The senior class, however, is smaller than in previous years. The amount of money the district plans to give the school for next year’s school year has not been finalized so projected actions are subject to change.


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Discretionary Funds The portion of the budget designated for funding teachers and classes.

Student Enrollment Number of Staff

Staff represented by the number and length of classed taught, 0.1 equal to a one semester class period.

*Data provided by the administration and displays yearly trends from 2010-2014.

Racing against time



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have a lot on my plate, and so I’ve just taken really basic, easier classes, so I can finish my homework in class or during lunch,” senior Julia Hanson said. To manage her time she uses her iPhone calendar, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay in touch with her friends. “My phone is literally my life,” she said. Her calendar is full with her shifts at Red Mill Burgers, when she’s babysitting, along with all her lacrosse games and practices.

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Put the most important tasks at the top of the list, even if they’re things you’re dreading, and tackle them first. Include things you want to do on your list too, so you have items you’re looking forward to. Try motivating yourself with a reward if you get to everything on your list. That way, if you find yourself with extra time— while on the train or bus or waiting for an appointment—you can get something done.

As ASB President her duties include organizing break competitions during spirit week, organizing assemblies as well as picking up and divvying up the Monday, Wednesday and Friday announcements. Her advice for managing time and not burning out is “getting in a nap makes it so you can power through the rest of the day.” “Everyday is kind of an adventure. Now that I’m a senior, I’ve finally begun to understand how to balance stuff,” she said.


1. Make a to-do list every day


SPOTLIGHT: Julia Hanson how an ASB President, lacrosse player and student organizes her time


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Homework. Sports. Clubs. ReOpinions Editor sponsibilities. Community service. Family time. Parties. Come to practice. Club meeting at 2:30. Walk the dog. It’s so-and-so’s birthday this week. It’s time for dinner. Get your hours in! Go to sleep! Students have a lot on their plates and it can sometimes be hard to take a moment to plan it all out. Parents, teachers, coaches, peers, grandparents, aunts and uncles often expect so much of their high school-age students, and when these expectations don’t overlap with one another, it can be overwhelming. According to a Talisman survey of 177 students this month, 28 percent of students use a planner to organize their assignments, while 50 percent rely on their memory. The school and often, parents, encourage students to take classes that challenge them, get good grades, demonstrate leadership, participate in clubs and sports, and get enough community service hours as well as have a healthy social life. Parents typically want their kids to be responsible and get enough sleep and exercise, and sometimes to get a job. All of these things are valuable uses of time, but as many students know, there is only so much time in one day. “I have a schedule. Every day is scheduled-out, because you have to plan your time,” Advanced Placement European History teacher Alicia Hale said. “Sometimes projects—they pile up—but it shouldn’t be more than an hour/ hour and a half a night, if you’re smart about it. If you plan everything out.” In the same survey, 40 percent of students said that they think they wasted one to two hours a night, while 22 percent waste three to four hours. “I know, life happens. A lot of times things get put off. I realize that happens every year,” Hale said. “I would hope by using [my homework] schedule, that people would learn how to not procrastinate, but I haven’t found the perfect solution yet.” Start with six periods a day, tack on homework, mixed with the other activities a high school student is expected to take part in, and a student’s day can be full from when they wake up to when they finally go to sleep.

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APRIL 9, 2013

How many hours a night do you spend watching TV or on the internet?

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It’s OK to say no if your friend asks you to go to a movie one night but you have a test the next morning. Instead, find a time that works for both of you and go see the movie then.

4. Find when you are most productive When will you be most productive at getting work done? Morning, before school, or at night before bed?

5. Create a dedicated study time

Set up a time devoted only to studying or homework. Shut off your phone and respond to calls or texts when your work is finished. Don’t check email or surf the Web (except when you need to for the work you’re doing) during this time either.

6. Budget your time

Figure out how much time you usually spend on your activities and then create a weekly schedule to follow. Determine how much free time you have before you add any commitments. Don’t forget to schedule time to relax.

7. Don’t get sidetracked 1-






3-4 hours


*Data collected in a Talisman survey of 177 students.

If you find yourself wasting time on unimportant things, stop, check your to-do list and get back to what’s at the top. Maybe you’re procrastinating because you’re not sure how to move forward on a school project. If that’s the problem, check with your teacher to clear things up so you can get moving.

8. Get a good night’s sleep

Your brain needs rest to perform at its peak. If it’s time to sleep, list the things you still need to get done on the next day’s to-do list and go to bed. Source: College Board



APRIL 9, 2013

From sideline to headlines

Senior Rachael Cochran gets to step out on the field after sitting out last season for transferring


oftball, like any other sport, is a game of inches. It can be the difStaff Reporter ference in winning a game with one swing of the bat. Whether pitching, hitting, fielding or cheering-on teammates, softball players reveal a variety of skills. “Playing in college has been a dream of mine since I was able to swing a bat so knowing all this hard work is going to pay off is an amazing feeling. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my teammates, coaches, and my loving Rachael Cochran, playing third base, looks on parintently, ready to field a ents,” ground ball during the senior Sun Classic tournament in Rachael Florida for her club team. (Chris Cochran) Cochran said. Although she has reached her goal of being able to play in college for softball, it was no easy walk around the bases. From a Roosevelt Roughrider to a Beaver, the transition for Cochran was no easy task. “It was hard leaving my friends behind, but I am glad I made the choice,” Cochran said.

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Beavers chop down Kentwood at Safeco Baseball beats state’s top team Marissa Roe

Before the Seattle MariSports Editor ners could kick off their home season, the Beavers’ baseball team took Safeco Field by storm on Saturday April 6 to knock off the state’s top ranked 4A team, the Kentwood Conquerors, 3-2. This was Kentwood’s first loss of the season. As part of a fundraiser for the annual Seattle Mariners High School Baseball Classic, the team sold 1,500 tickets for the Mariners’ game against the Texas Rangers at 7:10 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, surpassing their goal of 1,000. The Beavers took an early 1-0 lead in the second on a single from senior George Chrisafis that scored senior Stuart MacGeorge from third. In the fourth sophomore Jacob Westerman scored from second on a single by sophomore Alex Livengood to make it 2-0. Each inning the Beavers had a different pitcher face the Conquerors, collectively they only gave up four hits. Kentwood won the 4A championship last season and features one of the top high school players in the country, senior Reese McGuire, who is predicted to be a first round, top-ten pick in the upcoming MLB draft. McGuire was held hitless by the Beaver pitching staff. After Kentwood tied the game at 2 in the top of the seventh; Chrisafis and freshman Joe Eskenazi led off the inning with back-to-back walks, then senior Ben Welch laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners to second and third. Senior Rory Graf-Brennen was intentionally walked to load the bases with one out. Senior Frank Airey stepped up to the plate and drew a bases loaded walk to win the game 3-2. Airey had back to back game winning RBIs.

“It was a big risk knowing I was going to have to sit out for the year, but it was a risk I was willing to take in order to improve my play,” Cochran said. Cochran was shy and hesitant when she came out for the team, but during the week of tryouts one of her club teammates committed suicide at 17. “I knew then that I had made the right choice,” Cochran said. This was because Cochran was welcomed with a warm embrace from her fellow teammates. “It was amazing how the entire team took me in and made me feel as if we were one big family. “They really supported me through a difficult time,” Cochran noted. Besides leaving her friends behind she also put her softball play on hold when she transferred schools. This was due to a Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) regulation which does not allow a transfer student to play in varsity sports . “Softball is one of the things I most look forward to in my day; it gets me out of bed in the morning.” But starting softball at an early age of nine years old has not only shaped her skills but has shaped her character. “Rachael is an amazing athlete and not only that, but an amazing person. She is going to play an important role if we are going to have a good run at state,” senior captain Brittney Blokker said. From the 32 on her club team’s back (representing a 3-2 full count), she holds one of the highest batting averages (.625). Cochran will be attending George Fox University on a merit scholarship worth $8,000 after high school and looks forward to that experience on and off the field. But for now, she is focused on this year. “Being in a position for a state run would be amazing come the end of the season, I know this team is capable of it we just need to stay focused and take one game at a time,” Cochran said.

Q&A with

Athletic trainer Loka Murphy

Q: How long have you been the athletic trainer here? A: This is my seventh year at Ballard. Q: What kind of education did you need to become an athletic trainer? A: I went to the University of Montana and got my bachelor’s degree in science. The University of Montana has an accredited athletic training program. Q: Why did you want to become an athletic trainer? A: Initially I thought I wanted to be a personal trainer because Trainer Loka Murphy wraps junior Peter Hedlund’s leg for a turf burn prior to the game against I really liked knowing about fitness and Inglemoor on March 26. (Hunter Philip) health and having the answers to people’s questions as far as strengthen- feel like I contributed to their performance. Q: What types of things do you see athletes for? ing, but while I was taking classes at the University of Montana I was realizing, ‘well, what if some A: I see people that aren’t injured and [who] just need some good ideas as far as warming up and of my clients were injured, how would I know how some stretches. I see people I have never met beto work with them and work around their injufore but got an injury and that was the first chance ries?’ So I asked one of the counselors there, ‘Hey I got to meet them. Maybe they injured their ankle can I take some of those athletic training classes in a softball game or maybe they took a lacrosse that would help give me a foundation’ and they ball off the knee out on the field. I had a girl who said, ‘why don’t you just do athletic training?’ I went home and thought about it and was like ‘well broke her nose at ultimate practice. I always see interesting things; it could be concussions, it could I don’t know, maybe I should.’ be ingrown toe nails, it can be broken fibulas. Q: What is your favorite part of the job? A: I really like it when I can help somebody who Compiled by Marissa Roe has an injury and get them back into action and


APRIL 9, 2013

Boys tennis coach takes over girls team Girls tennis hires fourth coach in four seasons


ffseason hire Kevin Todd brings experience and conSports Editor sistency to the Ballard tennis program. Hired as the boys coach before the fall 2010 season, Todd has also stepped up to take on the girls team. “I live in Ballard. When I started teaching the boys, that was kind of my goal to stay here,” Todd said. “I coached at Nathan Hale High School for three years in the spring–they are a co-ed team. I felt I had paid my dues there, I really wanted to coach and get some consistency going in the program.” Along with Todd’s hiring, Katie Huguenin, a counselor at the school, was hired as the JV coach. The 2013 season is the fourth straight season girls tennis has seen changes in coaching; four different coaches have led the program in this time frame. “It has changed the rankings and lineup every year so it has been kind of hard because every tryout you have to show the coach, “yeah I know how to play tennis,’” senior Enjuli Chhaniara said. She is the only player to have been in the program all four years. “Also, it has been really inconsistent because each coach has his own opinion on what to do and what not to do.” Todd has an extensive background of coaching tennis; he has coached United States Tennis Association competitive teams since the 1990s, as well as at the University of Washington’s (UW) Nordstrom Tennis Center, and beginning/intermediate classes at UW’s Experimental College since 1992. “He has made the program a lot more serious; we are doing [offseason] conditioning now,” sophomore Rachel Thomson said. “The organization of the team has improved a ton; for the first time, there are texts that are going out to people

Marissa Roe

regarding schedule changes. We have official captains this season. There is a more optimistic attitude regarding the matches that we can win.” Through United States Professional Tennis Association certification, Todd has come to teach a pro-style of tennis that focuses on modern footwork and swings, which require different grips and swing patterns than what has traditionally been taught. The certification involved a written test, on-court physical tests, and hours of on-court and classroom training. “Our biggest goal, as far as playing, is if we could win one match I’d be happy. JV has already done it, the varsity hasn’t won a match, that I know of in 5 years,” Todd said. “We play in one of the toughest conferences, most of the players that go to state from this conference are at the top of the state–they’re winning state or they are runners up. I am hoping to build a tennis culture with both the boys and the girls here at Ballard.”

Head coach Kevin Todd talks with varsity players junior Kathryn O’Brien, junior Hanako Osuga, and seniors Claire Hedman (left to right) during a home match against Issaquah on March 28. (Marissa Roe)

Athlete Profile

Mia Wrey Senior -Junior season, first full year of track -2012, junior season, 3rd at State in 1600 meters and 5th in State as part of 4x400 meter relay team - Currently holds 4x400 meter relay school record with Cora Davies, Emma Suchland, and Carolyn Birkenfeld: 4:00.50 in 2012 -Signed to run at Loyola University in Chicago for college

800 meters:

-2:36.70 Junior season first race time -2:17.39 Junior season best time at KingCo 4A Championships -2:23.00 Senior season first race time -2:13.21 School record set by Kailey Campbell in 2005

My goal for the season is to run a 4:52 mile to break the school record and have the 4x400 [relay] team win state.

1600 meters:

-5:34.00 Junior season first race time -5:01.09 Junior season best time at 4A Districts I/II Championships -5:14.50 Senior season first race time -4:58.40 School record set by Kailey Campbell in 2005 Compiled by Marissa Roe


Mariners offseason: a swing and a miss?

Franchise spending a lot of money, but will we see results? Hunter Philip


he raucous hollers from fans were heard throughStaff Photographer out Safeco Field in the Mariners’ home opener on April 8 vs. the Houston Astros. This season introduces some major changes to the face of the franchise and its core. During the offseason, the franchise took some new directions, including multiple roster changes, a Felix Hernandez contract, a new scoreboard and the outfield walls have moved closer to home plate. As glorious as this sounds, one question stands out: will they do better? Heading into 2013, the Mariners are at the point where they need to distinguish themselves as a thriving baseball franchise rather than a constant let down to the fans. For the past three years they have fallen to 4th place in the American League (AL) West and attendance has dropped in tandem. The AL West is known for having some of the best hitting in the league, which Seattle lacked in 2012; they ranked 27th out of 30 in total runs and their collective batting average was the worst in the league. To hopefully bolster and reshape these statistics, the team has added some players, including Michael Morse, Kendrys Morales and Raúl Ibañez. All three hitters are reliable: each had a batting average of over .300 in spring training. The franchise has finally solved some of the offensive woes by closing in on some bigger bats. The pitching shouldn’t be a problem either, they’re expected to have the “best starting rotation in the AL West,” senior Harry Shaw said, a season ticket holder since 1999. The face of the franchise and key pitcher to the rotation is Felix Hernandez. In the offseason, he signed a hefty $175 million seven year contract. “I think it’s too risky to give him seven years because of his [arm] problems,” Shaw said. “[It’s best to] stop focusing on Felix and look at rest of the team.” The rest of the pitchers are consistent and should combine for a lot of wins. Aside from the walls being brought in, there are other alterations to Safeco Field, including a new jumbo screen. Thankfully, the expense isn’t linked to the salaries for the players, rather money for the stadium itself, upgrades that ‘need’ to be made. Even with the justifications for why it’s needed, it stands in the way of the baseball franchise. “I’m against the hydroplane races, and the hat game…I don’t like all the entertainment and value stuff,” Shaw said. The baseball that we are seeing today at Safeco is commercialized and not in synch with what we should be focused on. We aren’t distinguishing ourselves as a baseball town. Instead, we have some of “the worst fans in the major leagues, that have no idea what’s going on,” senior Robbie Dunbar said, who is on the varsity baseball team. In all truth, the franchise has lost its touch. In 2001, we were down to business with nitty-gritty baseball. There were more tickets sales due to the high success they achieved. This year should mark a change in their direction, and a winning season and not finishing last would be a start. With the Houston Astros joining the AL West, it’s very hopeful. A possible run for playoffs isn’t out of reach either. After finishing with a 22-11 record in spring training they could be quite successful, though their spring record hasn’t been a strong gage of teams’ success in season in the past. The Mariners aren’t spending money wisely, but the general managers have finally realized why we have played so poorly for years. They missed their chance at some great buys during the offseason, which may haunt them this year, we’ll just have to see what happens after 162 games.



APRIL 9, 2013

Equality on the front lines New military policy gives women the recognition they deserve

Thomas Christensen


he Pentagon lifted a ban on January 24 that will now allow women to fight on the frontlines and hold jobs that only Maddie Humphrey men were Staff Reporter allowed to have before. There’s no doubt that inequality has been an issue for many years, including racial, gender, and sexual, just to name a few. But many forget about equality on the front lines and the cost of freedom. During World War I, women were not allowed to fight on the front lines. Instead, women’s roles included teaching, textile manufacturing, volunteer work, and other various war relief services. Women played a larger role in World War II because their efforts were noticed in World War I. The new war also brought new jobs and opportunities for women in combat. “Women were America’s ‘secret weapon’ because they rose to meet each and every challenge,” according to the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM). Rose Will Monroe, or “Rosie the Riveter” as she was commonly referred to, was the face of many advertisements in the war, encouraging women to join to fill traditional jobs that men had occupied in previous wars. Instead of loading gunpowder into cannons and firing rounds at the en-

emy, many women joined the Nurse Corps and were members of the Red Cross. Little did they know at the time, by becoming nurses and fulfilling other volunteer positions, they allowed men to be sent into combat. Women were also important in war production, making tools, manufacturing textiles, and filling other jobs that males traditionally filled. American women play an even larger role in the war in Iraq, according to the NWHM. Before the Pentagon lifted the ban, women were held to many different standards than men were: there are separate fitness tests for the genders

and it’s very hard to advance in the Armed Forces as a woman. Of the 1.4 million Americans that serve the country today, 38 of them are fourstar generals, and only two women have been deemed four-star generals. Because of the Combat Exclusion Policy, women were not even considered for about a third of the positions in the Armed Forces because the act stated that women must be excluded from roles “whose primary mission is to engage in direct combat on the ground.” This lifted ban also creates a plethora of opportunities for women

to develop their careers in the military. About 230,000 “direct combat” jobs will now be made available to women. The major difference in modern warfare is that there are no official “front lines” and the enemy is really difficult to weed out because they are more mobile than ever. Furthermore, the ban doesn’t allow women to fight in more “direct combat” roles, because in modern warfare the enemy is not in one location anymore. They are spread throughout a region which makes it nearly impossible to avoid direct combat. This overdue decision has the ability to change our Armed Forces drastically. Women will now have the ability to advance in their career as members of the Armed Forces. Bhagwati said herself in the New York Times interview that after five years in active duty, she retired because it would take a tremendous amount of work to go any further More women in the Armed Forces also means that the nation has taken notice of the roles that women play. Senator Patty Murray, chairwoman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, called it [lifting the ban] a “historic step for recognizing the role women have, and will continue to play, in the defense of our nation.” According to the New York Times article, ‘Pentagon Is Set to Lift Combat Ban for Women.’ Finally, our nation has noted the realities and the needs of the 21st century.

Professional presenters increase student interest Why more guest speakers could potentially reach more students


tudents pile into the auditorium as they chat amongst themselves, excited. They take their seats and turn their attention to the person on stage. All is quiet until this person of the hour begins to speak. Chris Jordan’s discussion about pollution in the Pacific Kathryn O’Brien Ocean region is a perfect example of how students Opinions Editor can apply some of what they have learned in school to the real world (in this case, effect of the human consumption on the environment, in regards to Midway Island). “How is this going to help me in the real world?” is a question asked by many students that is unfortunately left unanswered by teachers much of the time. Teachers sometimes struggle to come up with an answer to the question because they realize that they are only teaching something because it is required by the school or the district. “I love having guest speakers because they are primary sources. For example, the Nisei Veterans; people who have experienced something that they can speak to,” history teacher Pam Hering said. “It is a wonderful learning tool.” However, with presentations from professionals other than teachers, students can make the connections to get to the answer they are looking for. For example, a physical science student could spend 50 minutes each day barely surviving the boredom of the classroom, thinking that they will never go further into science than absolutely necessary, but then be entranced in the issue of climate change by going to a presentation where

World class photographer and activist, Chris Jordan, spoke to students during several classes on March 20 and 21 in the auditorium about America’s struggle with mass consumption and the consequences it has on our environment. The trailer for Jordan’s upcoming film Midway can be viewed at www. (Hunter Philip)

scientists discuss why it actually matters. When students are bored in class, it usually means that a) the class is not hands-on, b) the teacher does not present in an attention-grabbing way, and/or c) the students are tired from the day-to-day busy school schedule of six separate classes each day. Of course, it is not a given that all professional presentations are going to be interesting. “It’s like

having a substitute,” senior Damani Nkeiruka said. “If they come from a cool organization that I am interested in, then it’s awesome, but for me when people come from colleges because I already know where I’m going, then it’s uninteresting.” At the beginning of the school year, students tend to pay attention to the teacher more because they want to hear what they have to say and they want to learn what the class is going to be like. When they are first meeting their teachers, they tend to try harder in class because they want to make a good impression. Until they leave high school, the majority of the professionals they see are either their parents or their teachers, and they often don’t want to turn into either. Exposure to professionals other than these could help broaden a student’s perspective on what is available to them outside of school. The same goes for professional speeches: students pay attention, partially because they know their teachers are making them, but also because they don’t want to be disrespectful to someone that they are just being introduced to, and that has credibility outside of the school. By inviting speakers from a wide-variety of industries, the school would be effectively narrowing the students’ minds on what career they wish to pursue. Doctors, scientists, engineers, writers, authors, politicians and charity workers are just a few examples of professionals that could come to the school and attempt to intrigue at least some percentage of students. This would be a major accomplishment, as many students haven’t the slightest idea what they want to do with their lives even when they leave high school.


APRIL 9, 2013

‘We’ll get you there’


. . . late

New RapidRide Metro bus system does not live up to expectations


moving throughout the day. With a slogan of “we’ll get you there,” you would think it would work. However, all too often the word ‘late’ needs to be added to that On top of this, the phone application One Bus Away, which provides easy access to scheduling and realtime information and when your bus will arrive is not calibrated for the RapidRides and although it is sup-

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etro Transit’s new RapidRide bus service provides frequent trips throughout the day in the most congested areas. The buses, the station, the way it Sam Horowitz operates, is all designed for Staff Reporter keeping people

posed to come every ten minutes all too often it arrives much later than that. The schedule is not changed during rush hour and so anyone trying to get to work in that timeframe has to leave the house much earlier than usual or consequently hear their boss or teacher have a harsh discussion on why they showed up so late. This leaves hundreds of people throughout the day late to work or school because of an unexpected wait for the bus… well I guess it can be expected now. Nonetheless, people should not face repercussions for a system that is under established due to the metro transportation service being disorganized. Hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent setting up this new transit option and the one thing that doesn’t cost any money, simple verbal communication, is the one thing they’re missing. All hope is not lost however. This new service has amazing potential in order to save the environment while raising the convenience of the people who use it while encouraging people to commute via mass transportation. However they are not helping themselves out by raising the bus fare by half a dollar. This raise was unnecessary. This is because many high school students do not pay their fare. They are able to escape this conundrum by

merely entering and exiting through the back door. On top of this, Metro enforcement officers that are supposed to negate this type of misdemeanor from happening show up so infrequently that it doesn’t even matter. Additionally when they do show up and catch someone not paying their fine the culprit only gets a slap on the wrist for their misdemeanor (not literally). Metros all new D-line brings a world of RapidRide transit to our high school and the community. Although it is still pretty disorganized, it is still expected from a service that has just been newly established in a city as big as Seattle. In the near future, metro transit will be establishing even more busses, which will shorten their response time and save our patience. Overall, Metro RapidRides transportation system has many things that it still needs considerable improvement, but the directions it’s heading is anywhere but down. In the end it is apparent that this new mass transportation system will have saved businessmen and women and students countless hours of waiting for a bus that never shows. This new Metro mass transit option will save people valuable time while as the same time, contributing to the environment and to the money in our pockets in a positive way.

Bring your own technology Would a BYOT policy be possible and beneficial for students?


A BYOT policy could negatively impact lower income students who can’t afford high-end devices like iPads and laptops. It would free up the computers in the library and around the school but by allowing technology in classrooms, low income students would be at a disadvantage. “It’s a good idea but I don’t think it can be the only access that students can have. Not everybody can afford their own laptop or iPad,” head librarian Debbie Arthur said. Providing technology for lower income students and allowing other students to bring their own devices to school could be a highly effective policy. The Shoreline School District currently arms their high schoolers with laptops and iPads

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hese days, students rely on computers for their homework, whether it be a typed final draft or research. “We don’t have that many computers and the labs are always being taken up,” Jimmy Nguyen, former computer network analyst said. To solve this problem, Maia Wiseman some schools around the Editor-in-Chief nation have implemented a policy of students bringing their own technology to school. There are currently about 300 student computers around the school in laptop carts, the library and computer labs, which means there are about five students per computer. The Seattle Schools District aims to provide one computer for every 3-4 students. However, with our tight budget, this is not always realistic. By allowing students to bring their own laptops and iPads to school, students would have greater access to computer use. However, these devices need Wi-Fi internet access. The library became a wireless hotspot last spring for the cost of about $20,000 to cater to this need, but opening up the whole school as a wireless hotspot would cost thousands more dollars that the district doesn’t have. The Wi-Fi in the library was provided by a levy that is working to install Wi-Fi hotspots in schools around the district once a month. The program requested funding several years ago and just recently received the resources.

free of charge. Why don’t we get iPads to use in class? The reality is that with only two high schools, the Shoreline School District has the resources to give each student an iPad, the Seattle School District is comprised of 13 high schools and does not have those same resources. “I wish we could give every kid a laptop. I wish we had hotspots all over the place so kids could use their own devices but that’s not the case,” Arthur said. The question of whether students should bring their own technology also brings up privacy and

security risks. With a high theft rate, would students be willing to bring their devices to school and would those devices be safe? “The problem with bringing laptops is the same problem as bringing cell phones; we have a couple of cellphones stolen every week. The main reason is that people leave them somewhere or they fall out of their bag,” security specialist Craig “Bear” Plummer said. These security risks can go even further. Last May, two Shorewood students were mugged at gunpoint for their school-issued iPads. More accessible technology would greatly help students with research, word processing, and presentations in class, as well as looking up words, and concepts they don’t understand. “As long as everybody had the same thing I think [a BYOT system would] be really fun and really cool,” language arts teacher Sarah Hendrickson said. “I can already think of 100 things off the top of my head that’d I’d want to do with that.” The risk of students not using their time effectively in class online is eliminated because all Wi-Fi provided by the school would have the same filters as the current internet provided by the school, which block social networking sites. “We are coming to that point where everybody’s got a laptop and everybody wants to use it. They want to use it in schools because that’s how they learn, that’s what they do now,” Plummer said.

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house Jazzin’ up the

Jazz band performance at the Paramount brings applause and leaves members satisfied

Junior Julian Amrine playing the trumpet in the Paramount Theater. (Adler Wiskerchen)

Talisman Lines stretching out the Adler Wiskerchen doors, lobbies packed, every Staff Reporter seat filled. This is the audience that Jazz played for in the Hot Java Cool Jazz concert at the Paramount Theatre with some of the most superior jazz bands from the state. The show was dark except some well-placed lights illuminating the stage,putting the audience’s attention directly on the stage. The show requires a recorded setlist to be sent in order for applicants to be accepted, so the event was slightly more competitive than other shows. “You always wanna do the best,” junior trumpeter Julian Amrine said. “Playing in front of 2500 people was very nerveracking,” said junior guitarist Ethan FederspielSmith. “I found myself stress eating pizza in the dressing room.” The band’s nerves didn’t falter when they took the stage right after the intermission, even with spotlights drawing the audience’s attention right towards them. While playing, the band held a great rhythm and played their notes very clearly. The band’s setlist contained four songs: “Roll ‘em” by Mary Lou Wiliams, “The Mooche” by Duke Ellington, “Amoroso” by Benny Carter and “The Git” by Bill Holman. The performance featured solos from Amrine, juniors Emerson Jordan and Luca Cartner, seniors Joseph Palasz, Will Radford and Helen Miller. The band’s performance in front of the soldout Paramount started with them playing a song that featured three clarinets (Jordan, Palasz and Radford) and a trumpet (Amrine). “The clarinet line from this song gets stuck in your head,” an audience member said.

APRIL 9, 2013 “It’s a very high energy show,” Julian Amrine said. The audience shared the enthusiasm after the first song came to a close and the hall burst with applause. After each song the audience applauded with such enthusiasm that Director Michael James struggled to name the soloists from the songs through the noise. This didn’t stop him as he stood smiling the whole time showing the same enthusiasm for the performance as the audience was. The band’s final song, “The Git,” contained greatly executed solos especially those from Helen Miller and Luca Cartner. Cartner’s drumming mixes the powerhouse drumming of rock with the coolness needed to play jazz. Miller’s intricate piano playing is well thought out and played with the perfect style for what’s going on in the songs. This year the jazz band didn’t make it into the Essentially Ellington festival in New York. However, some of the band members were hoping to use the energy from that disappointing news to play well at the Paramount. “I’m kinda sad we didn’t make it into the festival,” said freshmen trumpeter Mason Lim. “But we were able to focus more on the Hot Java show.” James shares Lim’s opinion on the show. The band had a very high level of energy, living up to the band’s reputation of being one of the best jazz bands in the state.

Bright future awaits young filmmakers after film festival Winners of Derek Freese Festival advance towards college Matthew Anderson On what seemed like a regular day in Seattle, Staff Reporter Michael Vitz-Wong received a text. Brian Quandt was attending the 17th Annual Derek Freese Youth Media Film Festival when he sent Vitz-Wong the important text that read “Congratulations, you won!” Vitz-Wong then also received a picture of his certificate. “I was very excited,” Vitz-Wong said. He then had to verify that his short film (also produced by juniors Will Slater and Kiana Wyld), Great Mimes Think Alike, had actually won the award at a national film festival hosted at Temple

A screenshot of graduate Spencer Shangrow as one of the mimes in Great Mimes Think Alike. The film, produced by juniors Michael Vitz-Wong, Will Slater and Kiana Wyld won Best Editing.

University in Philadelphia. Even though Vitz-Wong never received the certificate, the victory was enough to help him get admission into college for next year, meaning he will attend Emerson College in Bos rather than have a senior year. “I used the film as my admission piece,” Vitz-Wong said. “It’s the recognition that counts. Having the certificate doesn’t change the value of the award.” The Derek Freese Youth Film Festival is hosted by Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The judges at the festival range from being teachers at Temple University’s School of Film and Media Arts to acclaimed filmmakers. Out of the six awards given out, two were given to BHS students. The first was Vitz-Wong’s short film about mimes battling each other on Market Street and the second was the documentary Deep Down by Isaiah Hoban-Halvorsen. While Vitz-Wong and Hoban-Halvorsen won awards, Vann Fulfs was awarded honorable mention for his documentary My Little Brony. Fulfs’ other film, Sundown, was also nominated at the festival. Like Vitz-Wong, Fulfs didn’t go to the festival in Philadelphia. “I had a partner [Quandt] who went and said it was interesting,” Fulfs said. While Fulfs didn’t win any awards in Philadelphia, he is more excited that his films got into the Northwest Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY for short) hosted here in Seattle. NFFTY was started by Ballard alumnus, Jesse Harris, and is a festival in which many Ballard students do internships. Many of these interns end up working for NFFTY later. “I’m looking forward to NFFTY,” Fulfs said. Due to his success in filmmaking, Fulfs was accepted into both Columbia University and Loyola Marymount University. The Video Production Program, run by Ballard teacher Matthew Lawrence, has won competitions in the past, including the Fresh Film Northwest competition in Portland last year. Among the victors included Hoban-Halvorsen and Fulfs. With the many awards being won by this vastly talented program, one has to ask: Is there anything the Video Production Program can’t do?

Juniors Will Slater and Michael Vitz-Wong edit audio for a recent film project in the Video Production class. (Hunter Philip)

An advertising poster for Deep Down, which won Best Documentary at the Derek Freese Film Festival was produced by seniors Isaiah Hoban Halvorsen and Oona Lowe as well as 2012 graduate Kaila Lafferty.


APRIL 9, 2013

A&E 15

maintaining the mane

Jane Footh, 11

In the world of high school haircare, some may find themselves in need of guidance. Talisman reporters gathered a group of girls who exhibited great-looking hair and asked them some details about what products they use in order to keep their hair healthy and stylish. Each product also has a general price range in ounces. Juniper Kleinsmith, 9

Shampoo: Herbal Essences Hello Hydration, $3 per 10.17 fl oz. Conditioner: Herbal Essences Hello Hydration, $5 per 23.7 fl oz.

Liana Seglins, 11 Shampoo: Burt’s Bees Pomegranate, $5 pre 10 fl oz. Conditioner: Burt’s Bees Pomegranate, $6 per 10 fl oz.

“It moisturizes and smells good. It also protects my hair and gives it a good shine. ”

Katie Bufi, 10

Shampoo: Dove, $4 per 12 fl oz. Conditioner: MoroccanOil, $23 per 8.5 fl oz.

Cassandra Burke, 9 Shampoo: Aussi, Moist Shampoo, $5 per 29.2 fl oz. Conditioner: Big Sexy Hair, $16 per 34 fl oz.

Isabelle Hyatt, 11 “It smells like some kind of pomegranate miracle, makes my hair soft, and is something like 98% chemical free.”

Shampoo: Paul Mitchell Tea Tree, $13 per 10.14 fl oz. Conditioner: Paul Mitchell Tea Tree, $9 per 10.14 fl oz.

Carolyn Birkenfeld, 11

Shampoo: Aveda Dry Remedy, $40 per 6.7 fl oz. Conditioner: Aveda Dry Remedy, $24 per 6.7 fl oz.

Shampoo: 7 Smooth Shampoo, $18 per 7 fl oz. Conditioner: 7 Smooth Conditioner, $10 per 11 fl oz.

Gina Leipertz, 12 Shampoo: MoroccanOil, $20 per 8.5 fl oz. Conditioner: MorrocanOil, $23 per 8.5 fl oz. “It smooths out the frizz in my hair.”

Shelby Bailess, 11 Shampoo: Tresemme, Deep Cleaning $4 per 25 fl oz. Conditioner: Organix Hair Serum, $6 per 4 fl oz. “It makes make my hair soft and smell nice.”

Ana Krafchick, 12

Shampoo: Pantene ProV, $4 per 12.6 fl oz. Conditioner: Pantene Pro-V, $4 per 12.6 fl oz.

Julia List, 11 Shampoo: Dove Hair Therapy Daily Moisture, $5 per 25.4 oz. Conditioner: Neutrogena Hair Mask, $6 per 6 fl oz.

Allegra Quiban, 11

Shampoo: Tresemme Extra Volume, $6 per 5.7 fl oz. Conditioner: Biosilk, $12 per 5.6 fl oz.

Madison Morris, 11 Shampoo: Herbal Evanescences Hello Hydration, $3 per 10.17 fl oz. Conditioner: Herbal Essences Hello Hydration, $5 per 23.7 fl oz.







Compiled by Kathryn O’Brien and Hannah Tyler

We Day

Jennifer Hudson

Key Arena was packed on March 27, with close to 15,000 students from around Washington that plan to carry out a year of community service, both in their local communities, and a project abroad. Activity Coordinator Carrie Burr escorted 28 students to the arena and they spent the day listening to motivational speakers and watching professional dance and musical performances. Some of these performers included Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Kid President, Martin Luther King III, Gary Payton, Russell Wilson, Nelly Furtado, Mia Farrow, Jennifer Hudson, Pete Carroll and Magic Johnson. (Photographs by Jason Michel)

Martin Luther King III

Spencer West

Magic Johnson



Pete Carroll

Talisman, April 9, 2013  

Vol. 95, Issue 6

Talisman, April 9, 2013  

Vol. 95, Issue 6