BISHOP MONTGOMERY HIGH SCHOOL
KNIGHTLIFE APRIL 1, 2014 • VOLUME XLVI • ISSUE 6
Festival of the Arts
Written by Anna Leoncio, Jasmine Shin, and Yidan Yuan. Photographed by Simon Tran. As we all know, Bishop Montgomery is a place filled with many talented people who all invest a great deal of time, sweat, and sometimes even tears into our work. Bishop is the place to discover and cultivate our Magnum Opus. All of us have a passion, a talent, something that we put our all into. There are so many things we are passionate about, and the Bishop community strives to celebrate and recognize these talents all year round. And so, Arts Fest Week is dedicated solely to the creative souls among us. This year’s Arts Fest Week began with Bishop’s inaugural Poetry Reading Contest. On Monday, March 17th, a collection of talented students bravely shared their very own original works. Many were nervous, and it’s understandable as to why considering what a personal form of art poetry is. As contest participant Jordan Tabaldo ‘15 states, “It’s such an amazing and beautiful form of self-expression. It helps me get things off my chest in a creative way.” Poetry has been used to convey personal thoughts, ideas, and even fears. Often a poet can sit down to write with a clear idea in mind, but sometimes inspiration will simply strike. For example, this year’s winner, John Seymour ‘16, describes his writing experience: “I was feeling really down and I guess I noticed some people love to put you down and don’t want to see you succeed. I thought, ‘What if they’re right and I don’t become what I want to be in life and I become someone easily forgotten?’ The poem was about most of these feelings, but also about me realizing that I just have to ignore the people trying to hold me back and just be me.” Seymour ‘16 continues on to describe his performance: “I was REALLY freaked out to read it on stage, before I did I was shaking like crazy, but I just hope people got the message and enjoyed it.” And yes, the audience did in fact enjoy not only his performance but those of all the participants. “I thought it was interesting because at school people usually don’t talk about their personal feelings,” Lily Vrbka ‘16 stated. “It was refreshing to watch them read poems that were close to their heart.” The lovely sunshine on Tuesday brought everybody a bright mood with the performance by the Bishop Montgomery Jazz Band and Happy Tones vocal ensemble. Recently returned from the Santa Cruz Jazz festival trip, all band students, under Mr. Hankey’s direction, practiced diligently at 6: 45 a.m. every day in order to get ready to play the best music for their audiences. In the opening song The Girl from Ipanema, some wonderful young musicians expressed their talent by soloing during the song such as the tenor saxophone solo by Sean Ward ‘15 and flute solo by Rachael Quast ‘14. Following the warm applause was the second music piece Honeysuckle Rose. In contrast to the usual relaxing atmosphere creating by the last song, the band used fast tempo, vivid rhythm, and short notes to bring a totally different, cheerful, and exciting feeling to everyone, and undoubtedly Alexis Gutierrez ‘14 did a great job as the vocal performer. After the Jazz band performance, the vocal ensemble, Happy Tones led by Alexis Fillingames ‘14, brought beautiful songs as the close scene of this musical “banquet.” Hard
work will always pay off; the audience was amazed by the great music and enjoyed it very much. “I love all the songs! They [the performers] had a beautiful voice which really impressed me,” expressed by Iris Shi ‘17, who got experience the first time. On Wednesday, March 19th, the Monologue Contest marked the third event of this year’s Arts Fest Week. Four performers showcased four widely different styled monologues. As participant Matthew Cusolito ‘15 said, “I was really happy when they gave a monologue category since it is a really interesting medium… All the other monologues showcased all different styles of theater and it was really interesting to see their takes on them.” With this in mind, the first participant was Vincent Miramontes ‘14 performing the humorous Adam’s Diary by Mark Twain. In regards to his choice, Vincent admitted, “Well to tell you the truth, it’s been a busy month for me. On Tuesday night I thought, maybe I should find a monologue to perform tomorrow. It all happened very quickly. I searched a bit, and couldn’t stop laughing when I found Adam’s Diary, by Mark Twain. So I pulled that cutting, and I did my best.” Vincent continued on to deliver that the message behind his monologue was “... one I’m still trying to learn in my senior year, don’t procrastinate. Start early.” Following Vincent was Alexis Fillingames ‘14 performing the chilling Cold Blooded Murderer. When asked about her interesting choice, Alexis stated, “It captures a glimpse inside of the mind of a murderer. Exhibiting psychotic and devious characteristics that allowed me to be creative. The character provokes such a wide variety of emotions that the audience feels sympathetic for the character and creeped out simultaneously...I just wanted to offer the audience a scenario that can be pondered upon.” Alexis’ monologue did just what she intended, providing the audience with a darker performance that held a stark contrast against the others in the event. The contest returned to a more lighthearted note with performances by Matthew Cusolito ‘15 and Nathan Trelease ‘14. Matthew chose to perform an excerpt from Jack and the Beanstalk, when Jack speaks to a crow before his ascent up the beanstalk. The popularity of this tale encouraged Matthew to choose this scene: “I chose my monologue because it was an adaptation of a really popular fairy tale, Jack and the Beanstalk.” Matthew gave a spirited performance during which he took on the persona of the lively and foolish Jack. Lastly, Nathan Trelease ‘14 ended the contest with an improvised monologue. His performance definitely stood out from the others because of its humor. Nathan said, “I almost always prefer improvised performances to rehearsed ones, because they gives me the freedom to completely use my imagination. I feel limited when I perform in something prearranged. So I actually felt more comfortable doing an improvised monologue than the rehearsed one I did for theater class earlier in the week.” His performance came together soundly considering the prompts the audience gave to be included in his monologue: garbageman, movie theater, and a pudding cup. They even provided him with inspiration for the plot of his monologue.
“My best friend Travis gave out the suggestion of garbageman,” Nathan commented, “so I immediately decided to work him in the story, because why not? But it would be too obvious if I called him by name, so the character in my monologue was called Derek instead. And I decided to cover Derek in trash as payback. Payback for what, I don’t know. That’s for you to decide.” All in all, Nathan’s performance wrapped up what proved to be a very entertaining event. On Thursday here comes an even more exciting event during the lunch--the students’ film show in TMH. This year there are two films submitted to this category. The first one is made by Patrick Breen ‘17, a young, dynamic, and talented skateboarder; from the film Patrick showed his outstanding skill in skateboarding and ardently passion, which fascinated many audience. The second one, which is also the winner this year, is a movie called Her Story by Emily Tapanes ‘15, a story about a writer who envisions his protagonist coming to life and aiding him in writing her story. When asked how she came up with that creative idea she stated, “I came up with the idea in a brainstorming session with some of my friends who make films as well.” As we all know, making film is not an easy job which requires a lot of work, preparation, and dedication. At the same time, when we see all the effort pay off, the overwhelming feeling of satisfaction and achievement is the best feedback, just as Emily said, “My favorite memory about making this movie is the day of shooting. It was really fun to see all the preparation come together.” Both films were excellently made, but Tapanes’ film was chosen as the final winner of the film show. Making film is not an easy task, requiring much work, preparation, and dedication. But when we see all the effort pay off, the overwhelming feeling of satisfaction and achievement is the best feedback. Finishing off Arts Fest Week were the Visual Arts Show and Jazz Night at the retreat center on Friday night. The Visual Arts Show exhibited works of talented Knight artists around the retreat center. Works varied from watercolor to dessin. Many students and parents came by to appreciate the beauty. Food and drinks were also served to satisfy the viewers’ taste buds. Jazz Night followed after the Visual Arts Show. It began with Bishop Jazz Band’s
Above: Mr. Hankey conducts the BMHS Jazz Band during the Arts Fest Jazz Night. performance.The first two pieces were “Sweet George Brown” and “Careless Whisper”. A parent band then played after the Knight band and showed off their talents as well. Happy Tones deepened the mood with their acapellas. One of their selections was “Let It Go” from Disney Movie Frozen. At the end of the night, the spotlight went back to the Jazz Band. The band played more jazz tunes: Cantaloupe Island, Now’s the time, and others. Each Knight musician had the opportunity to solo in the each song, improvising their melodies to fit each piece. After all the performances, three winners were chosen to win prizes from a raffle. One of the gracious winners of the raffle, a parent of a band member, won $75 but then donated the money to the Jazz Band in support of the students’ talents. Although the concert was over, some stayed a little longer to enjoy the mood and have conversations with their friends. This year’s Arts Fest Week went marvelously thanks to the talented Knight artists and the Bishop community who supported the festival. The fest was a good opportunity to recognize the talents of Bishop’s students. Special thanks to the Art department head, John Hong, who made everything possible; to the students for sharing their marvelous talents with the Bishop community; and to the family and friends of the artists for showing their support! We hope to see more talents of our Knights next year!
Above: John Seymour ‘16 wows the audience with his spoken word poetry.
Above: The Retreat Center is filled with art enthusiasts for the Visual Arts Show and Jazz Night.
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We Are the Champions!
Written by Rose Park Photographed by Angela Francis and Yearbook The Lady Knights are really experiencing an amazing season this year and have caught everyone’s attention with a few clutch games as well. After a successful season, the Lady Knights were in the #2 seed in Division 4AA. Over the course of a few weeks, the girls had an amazing winning streak, finally coming to their advancement to CIF semi-finals against Oaks Christian. They had beaten El Segundo 60-34, St. Anthony 60-45 and Oaks Christian 48-41. They went on to play for the CIF title against JSerra at Azusa Pacific University. The game was incredibly close, with JSerra pulling ahead for most of the game. However, the girls would not give up without a fight. With only 4:12 left in the game, junior Christine Delapina scored six out of Bishop’s final 8 points. Delapina had experienced quite a game, even taking an elbow to the face which resulted in a bloody nose. After JSerra tied up the points again, with 1:36 left in the game, Chelsea Lidy ‘15 scored a breakaway basket to pull Bishop ahead. Overall, Janelle Odionu ‘14 had 13 points, five rebounds, and six blocks; Courtney Keaton ‘14 added six points and eight rebounds; and Christine Delapina finished with 12 points--including the 6 out of 6 free throws she made--five rebounds, three assists and two steals. The real icing on this cake was freshman point guard Jessica Malazarte’s final shot, which guaranteed the girls their CIF championship plaque with a score of 46-43. The boys team, despite the youth of the players, has played exceptionally well and experienced a similar type of publicity. Justin Bibbins ‘14 and Stephen Thomson ‘15 have been getting noticed since their first games and have continued to dominate the court. The team played
a great season, and although they didn’t make it into the CIF finals, they still battled it out on the courts. After qualifying for the CIF-SS playoffs, the Knights lost to Chino Hills in late February. They came back to beat Cathedral (70-56) and then St. John Bosco (64-63) in the consolation bracket game of the CIF-SS Open Division playoffs. The boys went on the beat Oaks Christian (78-59) and Serra (74-53) in the State Southern California Division 4 Regional Semi-finals. During their game against their rivals, Serra, they were trailing behind with the score of 32-31 at halftime. However, the Knights tightened up their defense, and with Serra frustrated, the boys were able to shine. While Serra only made 10 of 16 (62.5 percent) free throws, the Knights had double the amount of free throws at 27 of 32 (84.4 percent). Bibbins scored 22 points, Thompson scored 13 points, Jordan Schakel scored 12 points, Blake Miles scored eight points, Ethan Thompson scored seven points, and Christian Oshita added six for Bishop Montgomery. Thus, the the team advanced to the Southern California Finals and won Cantwell-Sacred Heart on Saturday, March 22. Then it was on to the State Championship game in Sacramento on March 29 at Sleep Train Arena. Playing against Moreau Catholic of Hayward, the boys team seemed confident and in control of the court from the beginning. Despite any nerves from playing in such a huge game, the players didn’t let the pressure show and were always one step ahead of their opponents. Ultimately, the Knights emerged with a win of 85-44, setting a record for the largest margin of victory in a boys state championship game for any division. The only senior on
THE Girls’ Varsity B-Ball team celebrates their CIF win with their coaches and Song team while the Boys’ Varsity B-Ball team celebrates their State Championship Win.
the team, Justin Bibbins, contributed 12 points. Stephen Thompson Jr. ‘15 added 20 points and his brother, Ethan Thompson ‘17, 14 points. After back to back state wins in 2000 and 2001, this win marks the school’s third state title. The team has
done an incredible job this season and makes our school proud. Go, Knights!
Before getting Set, Track needs Prep! The Track team prepares for a Thrilling Season Written and Photographed by: Emily Blair On your marks… Get set… Go! Dust flies up into the air as runners practice their 200 to 800 meter sprints, a friendly competition among their friends. Since the end of February and flowing into March, Bishop’s track has been invaded by runners working hard for a successful season. Coaches Brian and Martin Haynes work with our Track and Field Knights for hours after school, working to improve upon the team’s flexibility, form, and speed. Running five days a week, and six for the distance group, they start with a long warmup and dynamic drills that include walking calf stretches, alternating kicks, or lunges. Every practice, the team uses hurdles for hip mobility and flexibility of other muscles to aid in their form. Finally, they’re ready to start their run which may include a set variety of 200, 100, or 150 meter sprints; however, Bishop’s long distance run-
ners may complete their workouts a bit differently. As they conclude their warmups with the short distance runners, they begin running--alternating between long runs of six to eight miles and sprint days that include a set variety of 400, 600, or 800 meter sprints. After a couple weeks of practice, it was time for a practice meet against other schools. As a way for the runners to get a feel of the racing environment, coaches from other schools in the district came together to collaborate a practice. The first practice race Bishop Montgomery’s team attended was at North High School on March 8th, and a couple more soon followed at Redondo Union High School from March 14th to the 15th. With the consecutive series of meets and practice races, the athletes worked to break personal records through the sweat, pain, and grime they put forth.
With influence and advice from the coaches, captains Angela Francis ’14, Ryan Torres ’14, Zachary Hayes ’15, and Emily Blair ’16 spent time imparting their knowledge and wisdom to their teammates during workouts or just creating a personal bond with the other runners on the team. Although the season has just begun, many senior runners prepare for a final and prosperous season. Looking back on past runs, they feel nostalgic for the past but excited for the future. Senior Ryan Torres ’14 states, “Knowing it’s my
last year running for Bishop is pretty crazy, I want to make it last. So I plan to constantly break records I hold for myself and continue to get better so that I may be a great runner in college.” As many runners on the track team prepare for their final season or make plans for next four years, they all practice hard everyday on the track knowing their goals can be met. Good luck to our Track and Field Knights as they start the 2014 track season!
ABOVE: Freshman Rhianna DiGiaimo fiercely makes her way to the finish line at a track meet. LEFT: Freshmen Muriel Clapp, Rhianna DiGiaimo, and Alexis Mendoza warm up for their events at the track meet.
Sports - April fool’s!
Written by Rose Park Photoshopped by Mr. Hong Over the summer, Mr. Mitchell had a surprising encounter while on his family vacation. While in Hawaii, Mr. Mitchell happened upon a certain basketball celebrity. “I was actually eating dinner with my family,” Mr. Mitchell said, “and I looked over at the cheesecake bar and saw Kobe Bryant! I never knew he liked cheesecake!” Through the excitement, the Mitchell family found their way toward Kobe Bryant and told him about their own basketball team. “He was impressed with the stories I told about our team, and he told me that he admired me for getting the boys to this point.” Both Bryant and Mitchell would agree that basketball is life. Bryant himself turned out to have an even bigger surprise for Mr. Mitchell and the boys’ team. He
Black & Gold Mamba had to come out to California, and he wanted to make a visit to Bishop Montgomery. Bryant’s love for basketball is apparent, and he wants to show his love to the boys’ team and inspire them to play their best. “I haven’t told the boys yet, because I want it to be a huge surprise,” remarked Mr. Mitchell, “Kobe mentioned to me that he wants to mentor a high school team and make some new stars, and that he’s interested in BMHS.” With the boys’ team getting so much publicity during their season, it’s obvious why Bryant would pick Bishop to come and mentor. Although his date of arrival is not set, Bryant will be accepted into the Bishop community with a giant slam dunk!
Above: Coach Mitchell and Kobe Bryant share some basketball knowledge with one another.
Bishop’s New Sport, coming next year! RIGHT: Kyle Cabahug’14 demonstrates a perfect bocce ball toss; despite being a Senior, Cabahug hopes to return to Bishop to assist with the coaching of future Curling teams. What a lad.
ABOVE: Juniors Jackie Nkansah, Nia Liggins, Samantha Peralta, Sabrina Supapkooha, and Kira Coyne make up the Female Curling Team, coached by Mr. Lee. WRITTEN BY: NATHAN QUAST AND ALEXANDER ARUCAN PHOTOSHOPPED BY: TRAVIS TALCOTT + ALEX RODRIGUEZ/ARI THOMAS Get ready to cheer, Bishop Montgomery! A new team of Knight athletes is about to hit the ice to defend our castle. That’s right, ice. Starting next year, the Knights will square off against other local high schools in Curling. A hybrid of shuffleboard and bocce BALL, this ice sport requires incredible finesse and precision. Players slide stones along a sheet of ice toward the target area, or house, which is divided into concentric rings that resemble a target. Teams are given eight stones, and the goal is to score the most points. Points are scored by the team who has stones closest to the center at the conclusion of an end; a game, in this case, is concluded after eight ends. Skips deliver the stone from the hackline and aim to either land in the button (Bulls’-eye), set up a block in front of the house, or knock opposing teams’ stones out of scoring position. Sweepers use their special brooms to speed up the rock, slow it down, straighten it out, or curl it laterally. The three teammates work in conjunction with a carefully planned strategy so that they can come out on top. There will be a team for boys’ and girls’ varsity the first year, but if more members join, a JV team may be opened. The boys’ skip will be Alexander Arucan ‘15 and the two sweepers will be Sean de la Peña ‘15 and Nathan Quast ‘15. On the girls side, the skip will be Samantha Peralta ‘15 and the two sweepers will be Nia Liggins ‘15 and Kira
Coyne ‘15. The two teams will practice and play at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo. Who will be coaching Knight’s Curling next year? Why, everyone’s favorite history teacher, Mr. Lee! When we asked Mr. Lee about his position as coach, we discovered that he has a deep-seated passion for the sport of curling, one that reaches back to his early boyhood. “Yeah, I’ve curled for years,” he said, “Probably since I was four. When I got older, I would go out on weekends and curl for hours on end with my buddies, and in high school and college I played with a club since there were no school teams back in the day. The lack of respect for the game in LA was sometimes discouraging, but it makes the start of this high school league even more exciting. I can’t wait to hit the ice with the team.” Back in the day, Mr. Lee was a skip for his team, and when he was a senior in high school, his team won the league championship. “It was probably one of the greatest achievements in my athletic career,” Mr. Lee recounted. It will be exciting to see the Knights Curling Team in the 2014-2015 winter sports season, and hopefully curling will become another great sport here at Bishop Montgomery in the coming future.
Clubs - April fool’s! Right: Anthony Vicelja ‘16 is too excited for his new Time Wasting Club, and tries to show what this new club is all about.
Left: Mr. Lee and Aj Cainglet ‘14 loves the Key Club
change and their love for keys is growing as they learn more about these uniquely shaped metals. ki ars . b z wa id a L z s eI rde ilann u Lo M by by n d he itte Wr rap g oto Ph
Coming to Bishop in 2014-15 - Clubs:
The Real KEY Club
When a student decides to create a club at Bishop Montgomery, the most difficult part of the process may be finding a name to suit the club’s goal, whether the president desires it to be clever, informational, or endearing. One of the greatest mysteries on campus is the origin of Key Club’s name: what do they do and what does it have to do with keys? Originally, Key Club, which is currently led by co-presidents seniors AJ Cainglet and Sammie Tran, was a community service club that helped the poor through service projects, which is commendable, but club members were always plagued by the confusion that their name ensues. To prevent future heartache and to tailor the club’s objectives to fit their beloved name, Key Club will soon make the switch to a club centered around physical keys. The club’s moderator, Mr. Lee, says, “Key Club made the switch to a more literal interpretation of the philosophy to bridge the gap between worlds.” Sammie Tran, along with AJ Cainglet and future president Jim Dang, unanimously supports the change. Tran also commented on the switch: “We got too many
d n a Time Wasting Club
students coming to us excited about learning about and making keys, only to be disappointed that we were actually a volunteer club. We didn’t want to turn away any more new members, so we turned our entire organization in order to truly fit the name.” The club’s new focus will be on the history, manufacture, and symbolic significance of keys in our lives. They will implement the change into the club’s meetings by creating presentations, inviting guest speakers, and visiting key factories. Jim Dang hopes that next year’s members will master the characteristics of the skeleton key, the tubular key, and, most commonly used, the transponder key. Mr. Lee, who will participate in the change by utilizing his history degree to teach about keys, stated, “We wanted to throw off the chains of an oppressive system that rewards monotonous social justice principles and ‘caring about others’ and instead focus our attention on intricate patterns of ridges, teeth and bows of keys, asking questions that most people are too afraid to ask: ‘How does my key, physically and metaphysically, define
who I am?’ Our goal will transform from changing the world and becoming better people to embracing existentialism as a mirror to the beliefs of the hoi polloi.” A brand new addition to the Bishop community during the 2014-2015 school year will be the Time Wasting Club. The club founder, current sophomore Anthony Vicelja, thought of the idea while sitting in class one day in February: “I founded this club in the hopes that one day every student at Bishop Montgomery would be able to attend a class period and accomplish absolutely nothing.” Although the club seems unproductive and unnecessary, Vicelja explained that the club will teach non-academically inclined students to excel in unique hobbies and areas of life. “At our meetings, which will be after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Mr. Egan’s classroom (215), we will practice the art of pen spinning, desk drumming, paper plane making, coin flipping, and, my personal favorite, sleeping.” Vicelja, who has created a profession for himself by participating in pen spinning competitions, has set no long-term goals for the club, so that the
non-productivity of the members can increase. As all students have ignored classroom discussions at some point in their lives, the club boasts an extremely wide and diverse range of student members, all of whom will soon make up a competitive team of time wasters. In addition to the interesting activities the club will provide, it will teach basic life skills to its members as well, as recognized by the club moderator, Mr. Egan: “This club is so essential for the sociopolitical advancement of our students. The necessary skills developed and the training received in this club will best prepare BMHS students to take their place in the world. After basic entry level skills are perfected, we will move on to head nodding and affirmative grunting, to be used at future board meetings and during class. This will prepare us for the great skill of sleeping with eyes wide open while smiling knowingly. Will they accomplish this? Not if we waste enough time.” If you are interested in joining (physical) Key Club, or becoming a part of the Time Wasters, stay tuned to the morning announcements next fall for details!
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Springing into Action:
Through the Lens, the Business Club, and H.I.S.
Written by Carolyn Egekeze Planning on going to the beach soon to enjoy the warm weather? Don’t forget your camera! Members of Through the Lens Photography Club encourage taking unique pictures outside of school in order to inspire their fellow members. To improve photography skills, they trade tips for taking photos and share their great collection of work with BMHS students using an online photo album and social media. “What I like most about the club is seeing and sharing everyone’s photographic perspectives with the club and the school,” said club president Christine Petersen ‘16. “The name ‘Through the Lens’ worked out perfectly because every picture we see is taken through the lens of our cameras. Each adjustment we make to our lens, focus, and angle influences the picture.” Each month, they hold a themed photo contest within the club and vote for the best photo taken. Recently, the club held a school-wide contest with Eco Club with an environmental theme. For March, the club voted on a beach theme, perfect for the warm weather. In the future, Petersen hopes to increase focus on editing, to have members enter online photography contests hosted by publications such as National Geographic, and to “continue to share our love of photography with each other.” Whether you’re interested in becoming the next Bill Gates or just want to better your chance of acquiring a job, check out Bishop’s very own Business Club! When asked about the club’s main goal, president Jan Caldr responded, “The main purpose of the club from the beginning was and always will be to provide an additional education to our members, which they can really use in today’s world controlled by money. We want to encourage our members to be creative, believe in themselves, build up their leadership skills and become more independent. Basically to make them think out of the box if you want to call it
Photographed by Milanne Izawa
like that.” To achieve this goal, the club works on skills from creating a resume to attracting investors to invest in each member’s (fictional) company. They also engage in larger projects, such as competing in high school business competitions. Before the end of the semester, the club hopes to participate in competitions against other schools, take field trips to different companies, and invite guest speakers to give interesting lectures during lunch. In the future, Jan hopes the club will continue to grow and maybe even come up with useful changes that Bishop can apply in the future. Got toothpaste? How about any peanut butter and jelly? Working together with an organization of the same name, Harbor Interfaith Services Club (H.I.S. Club for short) facilitates various drives and fundraisers that benefit the homeless and working poor in the South Bay. This year, the club held a fabric drive, two Thanksgiving feast drives, and two Christmas drives. The results of these drives included donations of over 100 non-perishable food items as well as fifty blankets for children at the Harbor Interfaith Services shelter. Club president Matt Kurata ‘14 says, “My favorite part of the club is being able to see our impact first hand. Often times, we can’t see our influence or the difference we’re making because the target area of need isn’t near us. WIth H.I.S. Club, the people we are helping are in less than a fifteen-mile radius from where we live.” Currently, the club plans to hold either a toothbrush and toothpaste drive or a PB&J drive (where students would bring in jars of peanut butter and jelly and ziploc bags) in the upcoming months to help those who can’t afford these items.
ABOVE: Matt Kurata ‘14, Katelyn Taira ‘14, Gabby Podegracz ‘14, Corrine Tumanjan ‘14 collect warm blankets to help the less fortunate. BELOW: Posing with their sharp, business-ready looks, Malik Buie ‘15, Dante Deguzmen ‘15, Wyatt Gifford ‘15, Conlon McOsker ‘15, and its President, Jan Caldr, are prepared for the up and rising Business Club.
Drama Lab Storms the Big Apple Over 20 Drama Lab members visited New York City! Written by Matt Cusolito
Above: Drama Lab in Central Park in New York, poses happily beside an Alive-in-Wonderland-themed structure.
On March 14, while most of BMHS was sleeping soundly in their beds, Bishop’s very own Drama Lab members were wide awake and heading over to LAX. This marked Drama Lab’s first trip to New York City, a step above their trip to San Diego last year. Planning this trip since the very beginning of the school year, Mrs. Moreau and Ms. Rudder spent long hours getting every detail of this trip approved and perfect for the students. The three day trip was packed with exciting excursions and entertaining shows, starting off with a trek to Times Square to take in the city’s biggest street. On the first day in New York, drama lab saw the Broadway hit and Tony Award-winning musical, Newsies. Alexandria Ruiloba ‘14 exclaims “the show was amazing! The dancing was really cool and the males actors were really cute!” The next day, right before breakfast, the group took a morning stroll through Central Park and in the afternoon, held an
acting workshop with Mary Boyer, a famous acting teacher and known for her role in Orange is the New Black. After that spectacle, they saw the second show of the trip, Once, which was about two lovers in Dublin, and included quite interesting folk music. With some souvenir shopping done on Broadway Street, Drama Lab headed to the next musical, Bullets Over Broadway, an up-and-coming comedy featuring Zach Braff, from the television show Scrubs. The last day in the city, the group went to two of New York’s most iconic buildings, where they visited the top of the Rockefeller Center and toured around Radio City Music Hall. Annabelle Bertucci ‘15 says “I loved Radio City Music Hall because one day I want to perform there!” Sadly, Drama Lab had to depart the windy New York City to return to California on Sunday night, with the hopes of making it back to school on Monday morning not too sleep-deprived.
Illustrated by: Jackie Nkansah, Kira Coyne
A Little Late Illustrated by: Ashton Holmes
Entertainment - April fool’s!
Coming Soon to a Theater Near You Written by Kassandra Madrigal, Emily Blair Photographed by Simon Tran
A Frozen Beginning
In the land of Arendelle, an eternal winter has melted away, and the bond between two sisters rekindles to rule over a magical land. Directors of Disney’s Frozen, Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, leak rumors about creating a prequel to the already popular musical. Although not for certain, Disney plans on creating a new story line to reveal the ancestry of the royal family and the origin of Elsa’s powers. Despite from being the beloved actors from the first movie, none plan to make an appearance; however, Mandy Moore, who also starred in Disney’s Tangled, will be making a guest appearance as a singing witch. With limited information, Frozen fans from all over the world are excited to find out more about the prequel that may come out in the year 2017.
Brave 2: Shoot For the Heart
Pixar’s 2012 popular film, Brave, reveals the relationship between a mother and daughter that manage to bend their broken ties. From its popularity, the producer and director, Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, plan on creating a sequel to the family fun movie. From reliable resources, the new movie will show the relationship between upper and lower classes as Princess Merida finds true love in a hidden form. Pixar ABOVE: Kara Montilla ‘15, Rhianna DiGiaimo ‘15, Natsuki Hishinuma ‘15, and anticipates on releasing the film in Carolina Behm ‘15 show their excitment over the new Justin Bieber TV show. Keeping Up With...Justin Bieber? the year 2016 with the same ac- Delay for Mockingjay (Part1) tors in hope for the same success. Everyone hears all of the The Hunger Games: Mock- ingjay-Part 1 was said to be re- trouble that singing sensation leased on November 21 of this Justin Bieber gets himself into year. Unfortunately, it’s release lately. Now, new rumors specuis postponed until 2015. Director late that he is getting a reality tv Francis Lawrence did not release show! The pop singer’s mom, the reason for this delay. How- Pattie Mallette, drops hints on ever, rumors circulate that there Twitter recently along with his are economic problems regard- manager, Scooter Braun. A reing the film’s budget. With the lease date for this new show is delay, the movie might not be as not released nor has any other successful when it does hit the- information. Many are saying aters. Sorry Hunger Games fans. this is either to keep Justin out of trouble, to make him more money, or to do both. This show could lose fans for Justin, depending on how much will be revealed. Look out for any upcoming information Beliebers!
Shaking It Up: Faculty Talent Show
Written by Alex Rodriguez Photographed by Sabrina Supapkooha ABOVE: Mrs. Moreau, Mrs. Rudder, Mr. V, and Mr. Lee perform 3 Sleepy Kittens at the Faculty Talent Show.
ABOVE: Host, Ryan Seacrest (Skelley), and the Faculty Idol judges: Mrs. Rodriguez, Mrs. Moreau, Mr. Sansalone, and Ms. Gilker give their best celebrity impersonations.
Before I begin, this article is not an April Fool’s article, like the ones on pages 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11, which are all fictitious and made-up, despite how realistic they appear to be. “Faculty Idol” actually happened and it was a glorious event that caused tears of laughter and even an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1 (April Fool’s! But an earthquake did happen during the show!). With Ryan (Seacrest) Skelley as the host, the “Talent” show kicked off with a Faculty Grade School slideshow that had pictures of the teachers as kids and also in high school. After Skelley’s intro, he welcomed the judges of Faculty Idol - Sofia Vergara (Mrs. Rodriguez), Adele (Mrs. Moreau), Simon Cowell with his baby (Mr. Sansalone with a baby doll), and Zooey Deschanel (Ms. Gilker). Auditions commenced with Mr. Dee Major and Ms. Bee Minor (Mr. Hankey and Mrs. Walle) as a foreign duo that did somewhatsacrilegious (but hilarious and poorly sung) tributes to Saints (for example, “Girl on Fire” for St. Joan of Arc, who was burned at the stake). The judges despised the performance and the duo was kicked off the stage, only to reap-
Moreau, and Mr. Lee (yeah, that happened) all in onesies as Mr. V read the three “kids” a bedtime story. Later, Mrs. Walle, Ms. Gilker, Mrs. Meehan, and Mrs. “Swagnell” performed an actually impressive hip hop dance routine of “So What.” Finally, with a video poking fun at how long they’ve been at the school, Mr. Masters and Mrs. Skelley performed a rendition of “I Dreamed A Dream.” Throughout the first half of the show, “commercials” of the “Most Uninteresting Man in the World” (Mr. Lee) played onscreen, with the APUSH/World History teacher reminding everyone to “Stay bland.” The second half of Faculty Idol brought more videos, including the short “The Crosswalk” and the mini soapopera “Los Maestros.” The first video had Mrs. Fabbri driving and trying to reach her parking space, but she was unable to park as she kept getting interrupted by all the teachers that had to walk by, passing from first building to the faculty house - the teachers even took a selfie in front of her car. Meanwhile, in the unbelievable “Los Maestros” skit, Mr. “Juan” Sansalone, Mr. “Roberto”
pear around 4 or 5 more times throughout the first half of the show. Making reappearances this year from 2012’s “Talent Show” were the Little Sisters of the Shakeweight, the audience-favorite Classroom skit, “Mortgage on the Cow,” and “Three Sleepy Kittens.” The nuns obsessed with the Shakeweight danced to Pharrell’s “Happy” as the teachers-asnuns waved around posters of faculty with Spongebob-smiles photoshopped on, captioned “I’m Happy!” Meanwhile, in the second half of the show, classroom skit parodied the students and the constant interruptions of class like Yearbook students coming with the excuse “We have a deadline.” “Mortgage on the Cow” was a low-tempo spoken song featuring Mrs. Galdamez and Mr. Masters as farmers who need to sell their daughter, Ms. Gilker, to a mysterious man, Mr. Nguyen, to pay the mortgage on their cow, Mrs. Fabbri in a cow suit. Luckily, Gilker is saved by the heroic Mr. Garriepy, who hops in and shoots the mysterious man. The “Three Sleepy Kittens” act, an infamous scene from “Despicable Me,” caused an uproar of laughter as well, with Mrs. Rudder, Mrs.
Lee, and Mr. “Ricardo” Meyette in their Spanish teacher personas all fall in love with the new Spanish teacher at Bishop, Mrs. “Alda Gisela” Rodriguez, much to the horror of Rodriguez’s son, Alex Rodriguez ’15, in the crowd. “Alda Gisela” realizes the scandal she causes, as the men’s wives in the skit, Mrs. Fabbri, Mrs. Reano, and Mrs. Galdamez, are very upset with their husbands, so in a plot twist, Rodriguez becomes a nun. Meanwhile, after the aforementioned “Classroom” skit, the “Girl Nerds,” composed of Mrs. Meehan, Mrs. Rudder, Mrs. Moreau, Mrs. Bagnell, Ms. Gilker, Mrs. Skelley, and Mrs. Walle, gave their rendition of the Broadway song, “Popular,” intermixed with songs from Frozen. Lastly, the “Boy Nerds,” composed of Mr. Bitto, Mr. Nakashima, Mr. Hong, Mr. Nguyen, Mr. Meyette, and Mr. Sansalone, performed a dance routine with lightsabers and swivel chairs to “Everything is Awesome.” Despite some technical difficulties and that random earthquake, the show was a spectacle that shall be remembered by students and teachers alike for years to come.
A Golden Moment Written by Matthew Cusolito and Isabella Bacoka Photographed by Isabella Bacoka
The night of the Oscars honored the greatest achievements in the past year’s cinema. Starting the night off with a highly anticipated category, Best Supporting Actor, Jared Leto (30 Seconds to Mars frontman) swept the competition with his spectacular performance in Dallas Buyers Club, beating out Jonah Hill in Wolf of Wall Street and Bradley Cooper in American Hustle. Best Supporting Actress was a tight race between Jennifer Lawrence and Lupita Nyong’o, both very popular among the media, but it went to Nyong’o for her inspiring role in Twelve Years a Slave. For the Disney fans, Frozen won Best Animated Feature, ruling out The Croods and Despicable Me 2. Gravity, the highest box office out of all the nominees, won Best Animation and Best Directing by Alfonso Cuaron. Best Song went
to Idina Menzel’s emotional ballad, “Let It Go”, from her movie Frozen, beating out Pharrell Williams infectious song “Happy” from Despicable Me 2. Best Actress in a Leading Role nominees were some of Hollywood’s biggest starlets including Amy Adams (American Hustle), Meryl Streep (August: Osage County), Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Judi Dench (Philomena) but went to Cate Blanchett for her role in Blue Jasmine. Matthew McConaughey won Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club, while Leonardo DiCaprio (Wolf of Wall Street) and Christian Bale (American Hustle) were left Oscar-less. The most anticipated award of the night, Best Picture, was between the nine best movies of the year but went to Brad Pitt’s outstanding film, Twelve Years a Slave.
Divergent Movie Review
Above: Annabelle Bertuci ‘15 proudly holds her Oscar for Best Actress.
Written by Amiee Myers Photographed by Drew Beimel On March 21st, director Neil Burger turned Veronica Roth’s novel Divergent into one of spring’s hottest blockbusters. The story is set in a futuristic, dystopian Chicago where the population is divided into five groups, or factions, by identity: the peaceful belong to Amity, the selfless belong to Abnegation, the honest to Candor, the brave to Dauntless, and the intelligent to Erudite. Sixteen-yearold Beatrice Prior, played by one of young Hollywood’s brightest rising stars Shailene Woodley, is a member of an Abnegation family, but feels as though
Below: Hannah Ortiz ‘15 enjoyed reading Divergent and can’t wait for the movie to release.
she has still not truly found her place in society. Now that she is of age, Beatrice has to take an aptitude test that analyzes the way she reacts in certain situations. Her test results show that she is compatible with three factions: Erudite, Dauntless, and Abnegation, making her Divergent. Already confused by her rare results, she must keep her new identity a secret, as the complex minds of Divergents threaten the conformist social structure that her society has adopted as both a way of life and a method of government. The day after
the aptitude test, all participants are given the chance to choose one of five factions that they would like to join. Having always been in awe of their bravery, Beatrice chooses Dauntless. Although the their physical demands prove to be challenging at first, Beatrice uses her mental strength to constantly rise to the occasion, making her one of the most promising initiates in the faction. As her training sessions progress, her identity as a Divergent is revealed to a handful of her superiors, including Jeanine Matthews (played by Kate Winslet), the leader of the Erudite faction. Jeanine’s goal is to eliminate all Divergents and to wipe out the entire Abnegation faction, as they both express unconformity, thus making them a threat in Erudite eyes. It is up to Beatrice to use her intelligence, physical strength, and selflessness to save not only herself, but her family and, ultimately, her entire city from the sinister grasp of the Erudites. Although the film clocks in at nearly two and a half hours, every minute keeps each viewer on the edge of their seat, waiting in suspense as Beatrice is trained to conquer her worst fears, or watching in horror as the Erudites plan their massacre of the Abnegations. Aside from its thrilling and intelligent plot, what makes Divergent such a promising and original film is the way Beatrice’s character is presented. In a world where screenwriters seem to only create unrealistically single-sided female characters, it’s refreshing to see Divergent blow up box offices worldwide with Beatrice as the spearhead. All too often, female characters are written solely as strong characters, or romantic char-
acters, or nervous characters, making them unrealistic as they don’t express the emotional complexity that all human beings exhibit. Beatrice, however, is far from one-sided. She’s physically strong and exhibits violence, but never fights mindlessly, as she’s intelligent as well, and conquers her enemies with her mind just as often as she does with her body. In addition to expressing both physical and mental maturity, she’s just as nervous and uncertain about her future as any fellow teenager would be, making her a realistic character that the majority of Divergent’s audience can relate to. During her training, Beatrice falls in love with one of Dauntless’ leaders, Four. Unfortunately, screenwriters usually create female characters in such a poor and unrealistic way that their love lives completely define their identities, but although Beatrice begins a relationship with Four, it never comes close to defining her. Instead, her romantic inclinations remain as large a part of her life as they would be for any teenager. The realistic magnitude of her love life only adds to her identity as a rightfully complex female character. Divergent not only falls under the traditional sci-fi genre, but almost creates a genre of its own: one where valuable life lessons are taught through both countless actionpacked scenes and extremely realistic and relatable characters, truly making it a film for all audiences.
Seniors React to Graduation Date Change!
Above Left: Nick Maggio ‘14 and Emelia Santos ‘14 are shocked that their graduation date has been pushed back. Above Right: Our new Bishop Montgomery High School mascot: the noble ostrich
The graduation date will be pushed back to a later date starting this year. Graduation will happen approximately two weeks later than what was originally intended. The required amount of hours of in-class instruction in the state of California is approximately 1,080 hours for grades 9 through 12. Due to the number of late starts and day-offs that have been given, it will be impossible to meet the requirement by the original graduation date. As such, the graduation date must be pushed back in order to abide to California state law. The school asked the California State Board of Education for an exception. However, they were unfortunately turned down. One unnamed teacher says, “This is an
Talk Like an Egyptian
Written by Alex Horejsi Photographed by AriThomas and Illustrated by Ashton Holmes
Bishop to cosmopolitanize its students in a new way
outrage!” Unfortunately though, the school must obey state law and the graduation date must be delayed. In other news, this will be the last year that the Bishop Montgomery mascot will be the knight. It will be permanently changed to the ostrich. All of the teachers voted on whether or not the knight should still remain to be the mascot. Ultimately, they voted against it on the grounds that the knight was not a strong symbol of morality and dignity. Then, they voted on what the new mascot should be and the ostrich ended up being the winner. They believe the ostrich embodies everything that a morally upstanding Christian should be: honor, kindness, loyalty, compassion, and humility.
Written by Samantha Nishimura Photographed by Danielle Julifs
Written by Nia Liggins and Alex Ray Photographed by Danielle Julifs Most high schools offer Spanish, French, and another language as a way to break from the normality of English. Bishop Montgomery, on the other hand, will be offering Hieroglyphics beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. The school will be the first school in the United States of America to offer this course. When asked about how this came to be, Ms. Collette states, “I noticed that many of the students complain about their foreign language classes so I decided to bring a unique language to the school.” Since the school will be offering Hieroglyphics, Geography will no longer be an available course students can take. Since the ancient language will be a novel class, the school board has decided to let it count
as both History and Language credits. Ms. Collette states,“This dual credit option will definitely evoke a large amount of students who need to take more elective courses.” T The school board hopes more students will find Hieroglyphics has a new way to delve into history instead of in Geography, not the most popular class. With re-registration days around the corner, Ms. Collette expects many seniors and incoming freshman to sign up for the program. The semester course’s goal is to bring ancient history and language into a modern light. Since Bishop does not offer many classes pertaining to ancient language and history, this course will be exactly what the faculty feels they need.
Below: Ms. Collette prepares for next years Hieroglyphics class by practicing her writing of the many unique symbols.
Above: Rachel Wecker ‘15 decides whether she wants raw celery or raw brussel sprouts for her snack. Based on extensive surveys, focus group testing, and analysis of annual parent feedback, the school has decided to implement changes in the snack bar, starting next month and continuing into summer school and the following school year. Although the snack bar currently offers healthy choices, such as fruit and various salads, the school feels obligated to respond to a general belief that “the mere presence of unhealthy items on the ostentatiously and blatantly displayed menu that is forced onto our students’ young, impressionable minds pretty much compels them to pluck their money out of their wallets, buy these devastating delectables, and chew each and every bite,” as noted by an anonymous survey. The moderates of the group calling for a complete revamp of the snack bar’s menu propose simply offering more vegetarian or “green” options alongside the current items on the menu instead of completely doing away with all the foods suspected of coming within three feet of a frying pan or jar of oil. However, the most passionate of pro-healthy advocates seem to have emerged “victorious” in this battle of wills, students’ and parents’ alike. Starting down the road of
“simple goodness,” the snack bar will no longer offer anything cooked, be it fried, baked, broiled, etc. Instead, the snack bar will only sell raw karets, koliflouer, and kabij. This change is indeed an experiment in simplicity, not only in the making of these menu items but in the spelling of them as well. One parent contentedly remarks, “We just want to make the mind-wrenching choices and tasks of responsibility easier on the kids. So now, instead of standing in line, wrought with indecision and a plummeting self-esteem as they regard the overwhelming menu choices, most of which are unhealthy anyway, students can’t go wrong! They don’t even need to wrack their brains trying to tease out the meanings of words that they can’t spell.” Along with this drastic menu change, the snack bar will also be raising prices in order to turn more of a profit and conform to the common perception of all healthy foods as being inherently more expensive. Although information about these changes has not been widely disseminated within the school, several students such as, Rachael Wecker ‘15, have displayed their displeasure and disappointment with the direction the snack bar is taking.
Drumming It Up The Indoor Drumline Squad Competes in a Fierce Set of March Competitions Written by Nia Liggins, HyeYoon Seo, Jasmine Shin, and Yidan Yuan.; Photographed by Mrs. Davilla. There are always great things happening at Bishop Montgomery. Students can always find a way to express their unique and extraordinary talents. Among all the young elites, there is a group of students who make their dreams come true through the beating of drums and the rhythm of percussions-- the Bishop Montgomery Indoor Drumline ensemble. Finally, after months of diligent practices and preparations, the students participated in an indoor drumline competition through the American Drumline Association at Tustin High School on March 22nd, a sunny and mild Saturday. Before this competition, everyone had put 110 percent effort in order to better themselves and to play the best music. The whole ensemble would stay at school to
practice and to improve their skills until five o’clock in the afternoon every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. On the day of the competition, they got to school at 6:00 a.m. and drove to Tustin High School. When recalling about this competition, snare drummer Harry Davilla ‘16 expressed his feeling honestly: “The competition WAS exhilarating.” However, as we all said, masterpieces need hard work, and hard work will pay off. “Everybody is working as hard as they can to make this show perfect. I was really impressed and encouraged when I saw everyone keeping practicing until the last minute.” Linying Santo ‘16 stated, “I feel the result is not that important to us anymore; it is the progress itself which is fascinating, and our dedication, perspiration, and diligence that
really make everything worthful.” With confidence and expectancy, the Bishop Indoor Drumline, all in blue uniforms and standing on the stage with a cloudy sky background, began their first note of competition. The title and theme of the show was Home. Through the beautiful melody and clear rhythm, a story had been told. Someone spent his childhood at his “home”; when he grew up, he left and went out into the world to discover and challenge himself. The mood of the show varies from happiness, sadness, and confusion. After a long time of struggle and wandering, he finally realized that he has lost his “home” when he became overwhelmed with works and his priorities. With a final move by Janna Molano ‘14, the “protagonist” in the story went
back “home”, and found out the true meanings and importances of life, home, and love. Most of the music was composed by the Indoor Drumline coach Nick Quan and one of his friends; there is a part in the show that has some of Claude Debussy’s “Clair de Lune,” which came out in the movie series, Twilight. The outcome of all of their work, albeit unexpected, brought a lot of excitement. The group got 6th place out of 16. This is great considering the fact that Bishop has not had a drumline for a very long time. Their success is going to leave an indellible mark of pride and help provide them the courage they need to go out and score even higher during the next competition.
Macbeth : A Play to Die For Written Anna Leoncio, Lulu Lidsbarski, and Nathan Trelease; Photographed by Yearbook
Above: Trevor Blasko’14, Roy Lyle’14, Micah Burog’14, and Amy Van Natta’15 star in Drama Lab’s Mad Men-style production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. From Wednesday, February 26th, to Saturday, March 1st, Drama Lab revisited the works of everyone’s favorite playwright, Mr. William Shakespeare, by performing one of his tragedies: the infamous Macbeth. Drama Lab boldly chose to perform this show as its first Shakespearean play in recent years. Because of the talent, dedication, and passion of everyone who took part in the production – and the support of their families and the audiences – Macbeth proved a great success. Even at first glance, Macbeth was no ordinary performance. Shakespeare’s original work, set in Middle Age Scotland, portrays the eponymous character as an ambitious Scottish thane who rises to kingship. Although the plot of Drama Lab’s rendition was unchanged, the director, Mrs. Moreau, updated the setting to a 1960’s corporate environment. When asked about her inspiration for the change, she easily recalled how the idea started and fostered: “My original idea was to put it in a modern day corporation, but one day last semester I was watching an episode of Mad Men and the idea popped
into my head. I started drawing parallels between some of the characters and themes and I thought it would add a really interesting layer to the play. What I love about Shakespeare is its adaptability: you can put the majority of his plays in any time period and any setting, and it still works. I’ve seen Macbeth set in a Five star restaurant, with samurais in Japan, in a drive through burger stand... but never in the 60’s or in a business setting. It was really fun to come up with creative ways to adapt it and make it work for that setting”. The altered setting was wellreceived by the audiences, cast, and crew: it added a new perspective to the events within the play and helped the audience members better understand the plot. It also inspired creativity amongst the involved students, as crew member Taylor Mercado ‘14 notes: “The 60’s setting gave us something to look forward to. In general, Shakespeare can be kind of hard to understand, so the 60’s setting was something we all understood. A lot of us in Drama Lab have old souls anyways, so to have the show set in the 60’s only made us more motivated
to bring the story to life in a way that the modern audience can better understand.” This motivation was evident in the work of students involved with the show; many do not realize the amount of time and dedication that Drama Lab members put into their performances. Audiences only see the finished work, not the long, laborious process that goes into creating the perfect product. For the cast and crew of Macbeth, this process began long before opening night. Rehearsals for the play began in early January, which gave the cast a month and a half to put together their performance. Aside from the normally difficult tasks of learning lines, blocking, creating sets, and polishing the technical aspects, the short time period added stress; as such, it was up to everyone in the show to dedicate themselves completely. But time was not the only obstacle: Macbeth is a cursed play. Although some members of Drama Lab initially did not believe in the supposed curse, no one doubted it by the end. “Traditionally, Macbeth is a cursed show,” Mrs. Moreau said, “They say if you say the name ‘Macbeth’ in a theater, accidents happen and you generally have bad luck. I didn’t always take that seriously until we did this show. We had a firm rule not to say the name in the theater, but every time someone did, a little accident would happen. Three of us fell down and got bad bruises, glasses would break, a hair spray can attacked me, my car died on campus twice after rehearsals... many things like that would occur. By end of the show, we were all believers and made sure to do the traditional cleansing ritual: you have to go outside the theater, turn 3 times, spit, recite a line from a Shakespearean comedy, and then ask permission to return to the theater. This kept us pretty busy!” Consequently, everyone in the theater watched their tongues as they worked, mostly choosing to refer to the eponymous character as “Maccers”. Despite the curse’s prevalence through-
out the rehearsing process, Trevor Blasko ‘14, who played the Scottish king, thoroughly enjoyed his time in TMH: “The rehearsal process is always a lot of work for everybody and Shakespeare made it no less difficult because of the Early Modern English used. Yet after the long days of staying at TMH and the whole cast working as hard as we could, the finished product was fantastic and the cast and crew performed phenomenally.” Trevor’s performance was awe-inspiring: he truly became Macbeth. The audience members left the theater believing that he truly had gone mad (which is fortunately not true; Trevor is just an extremely talented actor). The same is said for Marisa Thornburg ‘14, whose performance as Lady Macbeth was simply fantastic. Her final scene was chilling and she truly took on the persona of her character. Despite his impressive performance, Trevor remained humble throughout the entire process. His favorite part about leading the show was “probably the challenge of the whole part because it’s the largest part I’ve ever done before, and just being able to work on one of my favorite plays with a great group of people”. Trevor’s love for acting drove him: “I’ve always loved acting, and if anything, the part has furthered that love, yet it did teach me how draining a role can be due to the intense emotions needed for the play from all the cast”. Regardless of the constant reruns of scenes during rehearsals, the emotion and passion that the cast gave their characters was astounding. It all would not have worked without the guidance of Mrs. Moreau. Taylor Mercado ‘14 sums up the show well, saying: “While Macbeth was an intense show for us, our director Mashby [Mrs. Moreau’s nickname in Drama Lab] did such an amazing job when it came to being patient. It takes a brave soul to take on Shakespeare, and an even braver soul to try to direct high schoolers to pull it off. We did this for her and the entire cast is very grateful for her guidance and time”.
Campus Life - April fool’s!
Above: Mr. V awaits his AP Calc BC students to arrive in Slovenia, where the moon emits a strange aura of a “5”...
Above: Mr. Sansalone hunts for Hopfoot in the Australian wild.
How to Get a 5 Slovenian Style & The Hopfoot Hunt AP Calculus BC and AP Physics B students go on international adventures to prep for the AP test! Written by Natalie Pistole and Ariana Rupp. Photoshopped by: Travis Talcott
This Easter vacation, Mr. V and five of his AP Calculus BC students, carefully chosen, will experience the field trip of a lifetime. As many of us know, the mathematical genius was born in Slovenia, a country surrounded by the lush mountainous landscapes of southern Central Europe and bordering the Adriatic Sea. Mr. V believes that “there is something magical about that place… Slovenia is where I found my passion for math as a little boy.” The lucky students, whom Mr. V will select in the coming days, will embark on the journey later this month. They are determined to learn the secrets of mathematics and hope to capture the same inspiration that struck Mr. V in his youth. Hopefully, it will aid them in their pursuit toward success on the AP exam in May. According to Mr. V, once they arrive at the airport in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, they must set off to the northwest, towards the juncture of the Alps and Dincaric mountain ranges. The students will be heading immediately toward the range, to begin their hike up to Slovenia’s highest peak, Triglav, which shoots a startling 9,396 feet high into the sky. “There will be no time to spare,” stresses Mr. V, “if we want to make it by the full moon.” Once the group reaches the top, the ancient Slovenian ritual will commence. This ritual, which Mr. V insists is “absolutely foolproof,” will guarantee a 5 on the AP
exams. “It’s so easy, it’s easy,” claims Mr. V. On the eve of the full moon, the students must hunt a bovec sheep and roast it over an open fire, after seasoning it with the Vucajnk family’s special spice, which has been handed down for generations. The group will be able to feast upon the traditional Slovenian delicacy, but “All of this must happen before full moon,” explains Mr. V, “or else it just won’t work.” By the time they finish their meal, the moon should be positioned exactly in the center of the sky. With the moonlight perfectly shining in the clearing, the calculus students must arrange themselves, holding hands, into the shape of the sine function, vertically stretched by, and with an amplitude of --you guessed it-- five. The equation is expressed as: y = 5sin(5x). Next, Mr. V will begin to rhythmically clap his hands and chant “FIVE, FIVE, FIVE, FIVE, FIVE.” This folk dance is the most critical part of the ritual. Then, “something outrageous happens. I want it to be a surprise. The kids will definitely be gossiping for months after,” Mr. V hints, with a gleam in his eye. After this, the ritual will be complete, and the students will be guaranteed a five on the AP exam. For the remaining days of spring break, Mr. V and his calculus students will go sightseeing and visit his favorite places in Slovenia. The students are most excited to see the medieval Ljubljana Castle, a main tourist attraction.
However, Mr. V still plans on slipping in some studying while they are there. “Nothing can stop us from studying: 5 hours a day, that is the key.” Without a doubt, this trip will prove to be a thrilling adventure for the Calculus BC students. The Bishop community wishes them a safe trip this month and good luck on their AP exams next month! Mr. V is not the only teacher with a taste for adventure. Mr. Sansalone and a select group of students from his AP Physics class will also be venturing out of the United States this spring break, but to a completely different location, none other than the birthplace of our favorite Aussie: Perth, the capital of Western Australia! Similar to Mr. V, Mr. Sansalone is taking his students on the journey in order to prepare for the AP exam, but in a more dangerous way. Due to his past experience with kangaroos, (Sansalone was kidnapped by a gang of kangaroos in his early childhood) the scientific genius has always had a fear of them-- especially of the legendary giant kangaroo named “Hopfoot.” Legend says that whoever can capture the mystical creature will be rewarded beyond their wildest dreams. With his love for robotics and knowledge of physics, Mr. Sansalone has formed an alliance with his AP students in order to create an innovative kangaroo-catching device. When asked why the class should seek out the ma-
jestic beast, he explained, “It’s not just because I’m seeking revenge… the plan will involve the use of the most rigorous skills my students have learned, and we’ll have a bloody good time catching that beast!” Mr. Sansalone wants to keep all of the information about their plan private, due to the fact that if even just a tad of his “master plan” gets leaked to the public, any of the Hopfoothunting-fanatics (many of whom are spies in America) could get ahold of his unique strategy. “It’ll be something the kids will never forget.” Sansalone affirms. “They’ll see a side of me they never have before.” Other than hoping to capture the legendary giant kangaroo, the students will explore Mr. Sansalone’s hometown, and visit the favorite places from his childhood. He plans on taking them along the coast of Australia, as well as Perth’s Swan River, where the students will be able to experience the physics of a variety of aquatic sports, all of which Mr. Sansalone claims to have mastered in his youth. The trip will truly be unforgettable, and hopefully the group will be able to leave an everlasting mark in the history of Australian legend, as well as prepare themselves for the AP exams. The names of the students chosen will be announced sometime next week. We wish them the best of luck on their adventure and cannot wait to hear what happens!
Buena Suerte Señora Rodriguez! One of the school’s favorite Spanish teachers will be saying “Adios!” for a year. Written and Photoshopped by Alex Rodriguez
Above: Mrs. Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez at the 2014 Latin Grammys, a few months after that fateful phone call that led Rodriguez to become Lopez’s Fashion Consultant.
Be sure to say “adios” and “hasta luego” to Mrs. Rodriguez at the end of this year, students! As her non-stop “Best Dressed” winning streak continues with every new Yearbook, the fashion world took notice that our beloved Spanish 2 teacher had more than just a taste for education, but for a style that could best fit a celebrity. With last year’s Yearbook of the 2012-2013 school year placing
highly in the Josten’s Look Book contest and garnering Yearbook-fame across the nation, designers flipped through the pages and absorbed the beauty that was our Yearbook. One Yearbook designer, Sophia Haikruz, however, could not help herself from admiring the Faculty Fashion, especially that of Mrs. Rodriguez, who graced the occasional page with a fanciful, stylish ensemble. With ac-
cess to other BMHS Yearbooks at hand, the designer continued to research the teacher’s fashion history and found all of Rodriguez’s clothes coming from the same closet of confidence, class, and consistency. Haikruz, who doubles as a personal agent to celebrities, knew that her boss had just fired her Fashion Consultant: with the later discovery that Mrs. Rodriguez hailed from the island nation of Puerto Rico, the designer-agent knew she had found the perfect replacement for the Fashion Consultant of the biggest Puerto Rican pop star on the planet Jennifer Lopez! “I was in shock and could not believe my ears when I found out,” Rodriguez recalls of her excitement when Haikruz contacted her via phone through the school to offer her an opportunity to embark with JLo on her “Same Girl World Tour,” helping crystallize Lopez’s on-stage and off-stage ensembles. “Of course, I couldn’t decide right away. I have so much I enjoy here at Bishop my students, my “chicas,” and oh, my son, too. I wasn’t sure if I was ready to just leave and experience something like this!” the AP Spanish Language instruc-
tor added. Haikruz noted Rodriguez’s hesitancy and, instead of snatching the offer away, admired her dedication to teaching, and offered a compromise: the tour would only last a year into the summer of 2015, so Mrs. Rodriguez could return back to teaching after a year with Lopez. After consulting administration, the Spanish teacher confirmed she would be leaving Bishop for one year to pursue her calling of helping those in need of fashion advice. “Although I’ll be sad to leave for a year, I can’t wait to return and teach with an enriched knowledge of other Latin American countries that I’ll visit with Jennifer, ay ay ay!” the teacher exclaimed. Haikruz admits “I just happened to be visiting Josten’s when all the Look Book Yearbooks were on display. Bishop’s caught my eye, and then Mrs. Rodriguez’s style caught my fashion sense. I knew she would be perfect for JLo.” Señora Rodriguez will embark on June 25th to Puerto Rico to kick off Lopez’s string of concerts across the globe. Buena Suerte Mrs. Rodriguez!
Campus life You buy it! You love it! You cherish it for the rest of your life! The BMHS yearbook is the one thing that every Bishop student looks forward to as the the school year comes to a closing. It takes just a few seconds for all of the students to look in the yearbook for their picture and sign their friends’ autograph pages. While each year the yearbook gets better and better, leaving the students and staff impressed, no one knows what goes on behind the scenes in the actual class. Last year’s yearbook editor in chief, Sierra Smith’13, directed everything having to do with the yearbook itself, from its theme to its layouts. She was a key part in the creative process and says, “For our yearbook, we decided to do a theme incorporating numbers with a magazine layout so we could have more photos representing the school throughout the year. We thought a number theme would
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work well because we wanted to do fun interesting facts about student life at Bishop and we thought people would really like the idea”. Not many know that Written by Carlissia Winston; Photographed by Mr. Hong last year’s yearbook earned recognition for its design in a nationwide Look Book for high school yearbooks. This outstanding achievement is all under the direction of Mr.Hong, who says, “We chose ‘365 days of Bishop’ to show that we are a Bishop community every single day of the year. When the yearbook finally came out we were very happy with the finished product. This was the first time we had submitted our yearbook for the Jostens Look Book Contest. Our Jostens representative asked if he could submit our yearbook for us and I was surprised when it got picked! Now we’re going to have to submit it every year. I’m very proud of our yearbook and all of the staff ABOVE: The 2012-2013 Yearbook Staff worked hard to produce a members who contributed in making it”. great yearbook.
Passing on the Leadership Bishop holds it’s first ever Student Leadership Day for Students of Grades 5 through 8! Written by Briana Tucker. Photographed by Stephanie Nwaiwu.
While many students enjoyed their day off on Friday, March 14, 2014, several students helped plan, organize, and host a Student Leadership Day through The Association of Catholic Student Councils for middle school students. For nearly 30 years, this non-profit, faith based organization has delivered a wide variety of leadership development workshops for both Catholic elementary and junior high schools throughout California and across the United States. Gene Detre (the coordinator for The Association of Catholic Student Councils), Milana McDermott (the Dean of Student Life), and a number of other volunteers involved in the TACSC program worked tirelessly throughout the day providing fun, informative events filled with leadership activities devoted to developing the leadership skills of each students, and provided modules and workshops centered around strengthening the participants’ confidence in their own creativity and diversity. The fifth through eighth graders also participated in a service project where they assembled baptismal kits for hospitalized children. Other workshops presented by the Catholic youth leadership training and development team included lectures on the importance of servant leadership, the importance of working together as a team through setting goals, and the importance of planning and staying organized while respecting the ideas and opinions of others. Leadership is made a focal point in the lives of young Catholics through TACSC; the organization’s philosophy is to inspire student to assume leadership roles and responsibilities not only in their schools, but in their communities, their churches and in their everyday life. TACSC also strives to instill leader-
ship skills in the students who teach the younger children skills that can be applied inside and outside the classroom. Furthermore, the association intends to guide the growth and development of student councils through planning student leadership days. Giovanni Meza ’16 describes his reaction to participating in his first Student Leadership Day: “The program was such a great experience to be a part of and the kids were very responsive and I really hoped they enjoyed their time with me as much as I did with them.” Junior Dallas Jones ‘15 also states that, “We get the opportunity to affect the lives of young people and to be role models to them too!” Similarly Tess McElroy ‘15 states, “I thought the Student leadership day was very beneficial, to both the students who attended the event and those who ran it. Having the chance to interact with the 5th-8th grades and seeing firsthand how different people can come together to accomplish a task was awesome. In contrast to us teens, who are often sluggish and tired throughout the day, these kids had to lots of energy and their personalities were infectious. They really brought out the best in the staff members and all of the student volunteers”. Lastly, Junior Danielle Ireland ‘15 says, “It was truly a rewarding experience filled with fun activities that would educate the children on the essential aspects of what it means to be a Catholic servant leader. This was an unforgettable experience because the staff was able to share their leadership knowledge with children interested in strengthening their leadership skills. I cherished the fact that I was able to teach the young children more about the Catholic faith and how to grow in their faith by serving others. All around it was a successful day!”
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ABOVE: Briana Tucker ‘15 discusses with middle schoolers proper goal-setting techniques and time-management methods.
Knightlife Staff The Knightlife newspaper is published by the Knightlife Club of Bishop Montgomery High School, 5430 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503. Opinions expressed in this paper are not a reflection of those of Bishop Montgomery High School. *If you would like to advertise in Knightlife paper, please email email@example.com. Editors-in-Chief/Graphic Designers: Samantha Nishimura, Alexander Rodriguez Peer Reviewers (this issue): David Macareg, Aimee Myers, Stephanie Li, Carolyn Egekeze Secretary: Michael Seo Photography Executives: Ari Thomas, Angela Francis JSA Coordinator: Katelyn Taira Graphic Designers (this issue): David Kim, Eric Lopez, Yidan Yuan, Jesus Rioja Marketing Team: Sam Thompson and Manaka Sato Staff Writers: Alex Horejsi, Anna Leoncio, Briana Tucker, Carlissia Winston, Carolyn Egekeze, Emily Blair, Isabella Bacoka, Kira Coyne, Lourdes Lidzbarski, Manaka Sato, Michael Seo, Nathan Quast, Nathan Trelease, Sally Ortega, Yidan Yuan, Zeina Awad, Alex Ray, Nia Liggins, Katelyn Taira, David Kim, Ariana Rupp, Matthew Cusolito, Rose Park, Natalie Pistole, and Peter Mitchell Staff Artists: Anna Leoncio, Kira Coyne, Nathan Quast, Yidan Yuan, Jasmine Shin, Peyton Burnett, Alex Ray, and Samantha Peralta Staff Photographers: Adriana Lozada, Alexander Arucan, Arionne Thomas, Carolyn Egekeze, Danielle Julifs, Emily Blair. Isabella Bacoka, Kassandra Madrigal, Kristen McGlorie, Leah Muñoz, Lourdes Lidzbarski, Milanne Izawa, Sabrina Supapkoche, Stephanie Nwaiwu, Travis Talcott, Peyton Burnett, Eric Lopez, David Kim, Nico DiGenova, Drew Beimel, Jesse Seale, and Simon Tran Staff Interviewers: Alexander Arucan, Anna Leoncio, Carlissia Winston, Carolyn Egekeze, Hyeyoon Seo, Isabella Bacoka, Kassandra Madrigal, Kira Coyne, Lourdes Lidzbarski, Manaka Sato, Milanne Izawa, Yidan Yuan, Jasmine Shin, and Rose Park Staff Advertisers: Sally Ortega, Zeina Awad Advisor: Mr. Hong Proofreaders: Mr. Marafino, Ms. Vigon-Morffi Publisher: Ms. Libbon Special Thank You to Mrs. Liggins for helping with this issue. If you would like to view our newspaper online visit our website at www.bmhs-la.org or at issuu.com