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January 29, 2013• volume XLV • issue 4
Coming Soon to Bishop Bishop eagerly prepares for another productive year.
Written by Samantha Nishimura, Alex Rodriguez, Kira Coyne. Photographed by Alex Rodriguez. At the end of finals last month, we all heaved a huge sigh of relief at having seen through yet another semester, but we are faced once again with a new year and a new semester at Bishop. This year will certainly prove to be a busy, yet productive one, with events and ongoing processes such as WASC accreditation, the implementation of Bishop’s first National Honor Society chapter, and our outstanding band’s accomplishments. The lengthy procedure of BMHS’ school accreditation in association with WASC/WCEA has begun once again. Every six years, faculty, staff, parents, and even a few students work with these associations to make sure Bishop Montgomery High School lives up to its reputation and high accreditation. The WASC committee at Bishop, led by Mrs. Fabbri, must complete various procedures to amass comprehensive information from years of data, observations, and Bishop’s schoolwide learning results. WASC is a tedious and long process and even continues into 2014, but we can trust that our faculty and all those on the committee will make BMHS shine brightly like the diamond it is. In addition, with the start of a new school year comes an organization new to Bishop: the National Honor
Society, moderated by Ms. Williams. Similar to CSF in a few respects, the National Honor Society recognizes not only academic achievement but also qualities such as leadership, community service, and character. The acceptance process includes a formal application, review of submitted applications by the Faculty Council, and notifications sent to accepted students after two to three weeks of rigorous review. The first informational meeting on January 17 drew a large crowd of students, a promising beginning for the BMHS chapter. Many students have expressed a great deal of interest in applying, proving once again the well-rounded talents and aspirations
of our student body. During the month of April, the BMHS Music Department will travel to Washington, D.C., where they will perform at various venues and explore the nation’s capitol. Mr. Hankey’s brother, Michael Hankey, a U.S. State Department official, will bequeath to the students his extensive knowledge, as well as arrange for them to partake in exclusive opportunities, such as a tour of the Kennedy Center, meetings with local elected officials, a tour of the White House, and many other planned activities. Band member Nia Liggins ‘15 eagerly explains, “[This trip] will be one pulchritudinous experience.”
Looking Back, Looking Ahead Written by Parth Ahir, ASB President
Last semester was a total success with Homecoming Week! ASB was able to keep the Bishop spirit high through the rap battle, Spirit Games, and mini-missions. In spite of all the class rivalry, the Bishop community was able to unite and keep the loving, caring Bishop spirit alive by donating enough cans for many underprivileged families to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner. Following Homecoming Week, the Homecoming Dance was beautifully presented. This Spring semester, ASB will be coordinating Spring Spirit Week with the theme of “Hunger Games.” The “tributes” of each class will battle neck-and-neck against one another in the Spirit Games, leading to one final winner. Not having been done for years, a second dance will be held during the Spring semester! On behalf of ASB, we are excited for a fun and spirited spring semester!
Above (left to right): Ms. O’Connor, Mrs. Rodriguez, Ms. Galdamez in the middle of a WASC organizational meeting.
Ending First Semester With Pride
Pride and Prejudice met with many favorable reviews and provided the perfect close to first semester.
Written by Kira Coyne, Samantha Nishimura, and Jackie Nkansah. Photographed by Sabrina Supapkooha. Students eagerly awaited the deception of these two characters. their comfort zones and did a really second play of the school year, Pride Filled with drama, tension, amazing job.” The end result was flawand Prejudice, and for readers familiar and comedy, the play was a huge less; we’ve come to expect only the with Jane Austen’s classic novel, this success. The cast members and best from our talented Drama Lab and play did not disappoint. Directed by director took a few ‘creative liberties’ directors. Students from the first show Bishop Alumna Mrs. Moreau, Pride with some minor plot lines, such as quickly spread their positive reviews and Prejudice proved an enthralling an entertaining episode of unrequited of Pride and Prejudice, leaving the readaptation for Austen enthusiasts love and the ensuing tactlessness maining students eager to attend and and newcomers alike. In order to first and hilarity, which held the audience’s still others frantically inquiring about captivate and incite interest in the interest and provided comic relief in extra tickets, of which there were none BMHS student body, cast members the midst of the serious drama. The to be had, for this play had completely sometimes called ‘dusty and flowery’ Lauren Hugo ’13, Vincent Miramontes sold out within days. However, much language was handled well in terms ’14, and Morgan West ’13 voiced a hard work and late hours went into of its clearness to the audience but series of entertaining announcements this production, as Mrs. Moreau also also retained the graceful essence on the intercom, building up anticishares, “Rehearsals were crazy...beand subtle wit of the original novel. pation for the play. Set in early 19th cause drama lab kids are crazy… but Students, inspired by the entertaining century England, the plot focuses on crazy fun.” Thus, Pride and Prejudice play, even purchased pins supportthe relationship between Elizabeth proudly joins the ranks of Drama Lab’s ing their favorite characters to wear Bennet, one of five daughters, whom many colorful and widely successful around the school, reflecting the overher mother is anxious to marry off, plays, with its matchless dialogue, and Mr. Darcy, the seemingly arrogant all positive feedback. scenery, and the perfect cast. Nearly As for the cast, director Mrs. member of the upper class and evenevery student will agree: this play will Moreau proudly reflects that “evtual suitor. The Pride and Prejudice be a tough one to beat, making for a novel, after which our play was based, eryone took total ownership of their memorable end to first semester. characters, and they went beyond exemplifies the arrogance and self-
BMHS CLUBS IN 2013
THE HOBBIT AND LES MIS.
Above: Vincent Miramontes ‘14, playing Mr. Darcy, and Lauren Hugo ‘13, as Lizzie Bennet, reveal their mutal respect and love for one another in one of their few moments of affection on-stage, eliciting a wave of “aww”s and sighs from the audience.
INTERNATIONAL HOLIDAY TRADITIONS
Bishop’s Biggest Fans Written by Manaka Sato. Photographed by Yearbook.
Have you ever wondered, “Are they cheerleading squads? Energetic, hyped-up, choreographically inclined glee clubs? What exactly are the BMHS Spirit Squads, and what do they do?” Sure, you’ve seen them perform at games, pep rallies, and other school events, but get a quick glance at the REAL Spirit Squads: how they practice and perform their way to perfection. The Song Team consists of 11 talented girls. Song is an athletic dance team in which the team members cheer and dance with poms. But more importantly, Stephanie Durbano ’15 says, “We are one happy family!” They are selected through a stressful audition process in March or April. The Song Team hopefuls learn a jazz routine, a hip hop routine, and a dance technique combination in a matter of 3 days! On the 4th day, they perform what they’ve learned in front of professional judges, a nerve-wracking experience. However, auditions aren’t the hardest part of being a songleader. Summer conditioning proves the most challenging. During the summer, they dedicate 4 hours of their day, 4 days a week to practice. Their practices include, but are not limited to, learning, setting, and cleaning over 15 routines, learning about 30 band dances and cheers each, running a mile or more
before practice, 50 pushup and leg lifts, 120 jump kicks, 75 toe touches, and sprints. Oh, did I mention ankle weights? The Song Team also attends 2 camps over the summer, each lasting about 5 days, where they dance about 75% of their day. When the season starts, the schedule becomes even more hectic! They cheer and perform at 2 or 3 games a week and have practices for 2 ½ hours 3 or 4 times a week, even before games. Despite the huge time commitment and effort, songleaders enjoy being on the team. Lauren Tolin ‘15 says, “I joined song because I wanted to represent my school through dance and spirit! There’s no better feeling than performing in front of the school!” Noemi Castillo ’13 says, “I fell in love with song and couldn’t have asked for better teammates!” The Short Flags Team is made up of 9 gifted individuals. Bishop’s Short Flags is a hybrid of cheer, drill team, and baton. In just four days, they learn basic twirls and tricks and a tryout routine for their auditions! They also get a taste of what being on the team is like. On the tryout day, a panel of judges usually consisting of alumni twirlers and the coach test incoming twirlers on what they have learned and returning twirlers on what they have picked up from their year on the team.
Above: The song team keeps the crowd going at the boys’ varsity basketball game. Their great performances do require a lot of work. During the summer, they have 3-4 hours practices. Their training includes, but is not limited to: 4 or more football field laps, holding angles with wrist weights, practicing twirls and tricks that are more advanced, and learning band dances and cheers. During “hell week,” which is “ten thousand times worse than regular practice” says Paul Siaki ‘13, they start on their homecoming pep rally routine. In addition to all their training, they have a private summer camp where a company called SHARP teaches them
more about pep flags (the proper term for short flags). Short Flags cheers at games along with Song and pep up the whole school. They learn so many routines throughout the year that it is difficult to keep track, but they always have two main routines for competition. They compete every year at about 9-10 competitions across Southern California, and this is only a fraction of the entire Short Flags experience.
Forget baseball and football! Knightlife did a little research and interviewed some not-so-traditional athletes. Written by Mary Grace Costa and Shannon Lipp. Photographed by Angela Francis.
Lauren Villoria Lauren Villoria ’13 channels the same vibrant energy she exudes on stage into power, as she continues to excel by practicing Tae Kwon Do. The exuberant senior first took up Tae Kwon Do in the fifth grade at the ripe age of 10 and began training along with her brother and parents. “My father had always wanted to take martial arts as a kid,” she said, explaining her parents’ reasons for enrolling their children into the Tae Kwon Do class. “He enrolled my brother and me because we wanted to learn self-defense and how to spar.” Lauren believes that her family’s close ties made her experience practicing Tae Kwon Do all the more memorable. From gold medals in sparring competitions to winning the #1 spot for form as a blue belt, Lauren Villoria shows that her hard work and steadfast dedication to her sport pushes her to achieve her goals. “My proudest moment was when I received my black belt in September 2009,” Lauren says. “I had trained long and hard for it,” she says. In addition to training, Lauren also teaches beginner classes in Tae Kwon Do and dreams of training to become a 4th Degree Master.
Katie Rodriguez Katie Rodriguez ’13 got started in Equestrian Show Jumping when she first went horseback riding with a neighbor at nine years old. “I haven’t stopped since,” she says of her unique sport and how she first became involved with it. At present, the senior is a working student for her trainer, Erin Isom, at the Palos Verdes Stables, where she rides and trains the horses there. In addition to training, Katie also participates in monthly competitions with other riders in her barn. Katie’s devotion to Equestrian Show Jumping not only offers a unique experience and proud moments, but also an opportunity to travel widely for competitions, moving from San Juan Capistrano and all the way to Las Vegas, Nevada. “I compete in what is called Modified Junior Amateurs Jumpers,” Katie explains of Equestrian Show Jumping. “It has fences which are…four feet high.” As a senior in high school, Katie has much to look forward to in her future, and although many things still remain muddled, one thing is for sure. “I want to continue riding and get to the highest level I can,” she says, asserting her desire to go even further with her sport.
Richard Duval “The 2008 Summer Olympics is when I first saw fencing,” Richard Duval ’14 recalls of his first impression with his sport, fencing. Since his first encounter, Richard works diligently and continues to improve. Although Richard claims that fencing was easy and came as naturally to him as walking at first, he still stresses the importance of working hard and persevering in order to reach loftier heights. “I like the fast pace, the speed, and the gracefulness of top notch fencers,” Richard says, illustrating the admiration he has for the higherranking fencers which he emulates. “Those are things I try to put into my game.” Although fencing remained an obscure sport in the past, Richard notices after five years of practicing the sport that the popularity of fencing is growing fast and drawing more and more beginning fencers each year. His commitment to fencing has enabled him to win numerous events and awards such as placing 12th at the 2012 Summer Nationals and winning the “A-Rated” Fencer award. In the future, Richard Duval hopes to fence internationally and become a national champion.
Lauren Campbell Hard to think that Lauren Campbell’s ‘13 ice skating career began when her friend got a pair of ice skates for Christmas when they were five. Lauren recalls, “She invited me to go ice skating with her, and the rest is history.” After skating for 4 years, Lauren began to skate competitively, starting her on the track that would land her several awards and grants. Miss Campbell has placed Silver, Bronze, and Pewter (4th place) medals in Regionals. The skater has competed in quite a few prestigious events, such as the Southwest Pacific Region’s delegate, which would qualify her for Junior Nationals and Sectionals in Salt Lake City and Provo, Utah. Her excellent performance in figure skating has also landed her with the Tri-Valley Figure Skating Grant and the Sonnhalter Memorial Figure Skating Scholarship that went towards paying for her passion. Her success is directly correlated to her love for skating: “I feel free on the ice. I can do so much more on the ice than I ever could on the ground. The rush of adrenaline and tingling in my fingers every time I perform constantly reminds me of a love for skating that I am unwilling to compromise.” Lauren is currently in training for the upcoming 2013-2014 competition season, and maybe we’ll all be able to catch her in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
“A Rose Parade by any other name...” Written and photographed by Jesse Seale.
Every year in Pasadena, California, New Year’s Day is celebrated with the well-known annual Rose Parade and football game. This year, most of Southern-California stayed at home and watched the events live after an all-night party to celebrate the New Year’s arrival, but people from near and far came to view the floats covered in different colors and flowers. The floats vied for first place in various competitions. A newly married couple, a father returning from the war, and numerous floats had people cheering all morning long. After the parade, Wisconsin and Stanford contended for the Rose Bowl title. Both teams looked and felt great as the game opened, but after a thrilling four quarters, Stanford emerged victorious, 20-14.
Above top left: “Dreaming of Paradise” float by Dole, which won the grand Sweepstakes Award for its floral presentation. Above bottom left: The AIDS Healthcare Foundation float, “The Global Face of AIDS”, won the Queen’s Award. Above right: The City of Torrance “Follow Your Dreams” float, meant to inspire imaginations and dreams.
Locked Out of Hockey Heaven Written by Peter Mitchell. Photographed by Maddie Cano.
Above: Taylor Peabody ‘15 (left) and Lauren Hebson ‘15 (right) sporting the attire of any serious hockey fan.
The National Hockey League’s second lockout in nine years ended early on the morning of January 6th. The league cancelled slightly more than half of its games, including the All Star Game and the popular “Winter Classic,” the annual outdoor game. Commissioner Gary Bettman estimated that the league was losing between $18 and $20 million a day during the lockout. The losses amount to over $2 billion for the NHL, in addition to the estimated $1 billion lost by the players. This is the NHL’s third lockout under Commissioner Bettman, whose tenure began in February of 1993. Teams will play a 48 game schedule (down from the normal 82) but will have a full-length playoff this spring and summer. Presumably, the NHL will have a difficult time regaining some of its fans who are surely fed up with frequent labor disputes. Buffalo
Sabres goalie Ryan Miller addressed the potential for fan backlash when he told ESPN, “The best thing to do is acknowledge that it was stupid. I appreciate their patience. I know it’s a hard situation. I still don’t even know the right message because it was just a stupid, useless waste of time.” This sentiment is probably shared by many NHL fans, but it might not ultimately be true. In each year since the season-cancelling lockout of 2004-2005, the NHL saw its revenue increase. Now, with the big market Los Angeles Kings looking to defend their Stanley Cup, the even bigger market New York Rangers appearing as the favorites in the Eastern Conference, and the ever increasing league-wide parity, the NHL may in fact be set up for success in the years to come.
Kicking and Screaming Shooting
Written by Rose Park. Photographed by Yearbook. It’s that time of the year again to break out the shin guards and basketballs, and Bishop teams know how to play hard. Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball have been making a scene since the beginning of the season. For the boys, several players have made college choices and two students signed their Letters-of-Intent. The team moved up in the rankings at every game, and Coach Doug Mitchell achieved his 500th win at Bishop, making him one of the most successful coaches in California. In addition, they are currently ranked 8th in the country, with a 19-0 record. The team is close, as Larry Taylor ’13 maintains, “This is a season of greatness and achievements, the team is focused on a goal and that is to win CIF and State.” Niko Filipovich ’13 says, “This is a great team, with so many weapons... We’ve played a tough schedule and we’ve showed our poise by coming out strong and playing defense.” Meanwhile, the girls have also been working hard and playing hard. Dani Lee ’13 says, “We did really well in preseason and going into league we were 15-3. Teams in our league don’t really think much of us this year, but I feel like we can
really compete!” In the home openers, the team beat Peninsula, and later finished 2nd in the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions. Lisa Williams ’13 adds, “I believe we have a great shot at some titles this season.” Boys’ and Girls’ soccer have been striving to stay as ahead as basketball. After the boys dropped their season opener, they came back to win the league opener against Bishop Amat. Ryan Torres ‘14 says about the team: “We have a lot of talent this year, and I believe we can beat our rival Cathedral, make playoffs, and go all the way and win CIF! I also enjoy just being out there with the team/FAMILY and playing the sport I love!” It’s that type of enthusiasm and passion that keeps the team together and working to win. Hunter Howard ’14 also said: “We have a very strong team this year, and we are looking to really do some damage come playoff time. This year’s team is different than all the others because this year, there is a family-like feeling among us. We are closer and more dangerous than ever, and we are ready for this year.” The girls’ team also started with a bang, winning their league opener against Mary Star, and are now 5-5
Above left: Bryce Watts ‘14 manages to gain control and make a fast break. Above right: Stephen Thompson ‘15 at the league opener against Bishop Amat. Below: Derik Bessler ‘15 skillfully dribbles the soccer ball down the field. overall and 1-0 in league. Chloe Von Helmolt ’13 says, “So far this season we’re doing really well, winning our first league game... We’ve had team bonding so our chemistry on and off the field is positive.” That’s the best part about the Bishop teams: they welcome everyone and eventually become another family to the players. When you’re surrounded by a great group of people, it’s easier to get up and do your best. Great job, Bishop teams, and keep working hard!
Bishop offers a wide range of extracurricular clubs, all of which are full of talented, passionate students. Read on to find out what your favorite clubs have in store for the new year!
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“There are so many languages in the world; each of them has their own trait and beauty. However, I can tell that the most interesting and different language among them is American Sign Language, which is ‘spoken’ by hands, ” the president of American Sign Language club Lauren White ‘13 said. In the new year, ASL members will still learn and teach sign language as they always did last year. They will organize and hold an upcoming fundraiser, which will be an embodiment of lots of members’ efforts and love of sign language. They are expecting everyone who is interested in this fun activity to come and join them. Art Appreciation Art Appreciation is a great way to bond with others who value art. The club members share their art with each other, along with hosting an annual Art Festival at Bishop, which allows students to display their artistic abilities. President Jill Marzolino believes that students would want to join this club to talk to their peers about art, and to “enjoy the artwork of others.” Bishop Ambassadors Bishop Ambassadors promote student leadership in the Bishop community. The Ambassadors represent Bishop at numerous feeder schools, Open House, and other Bishop events. Along with school events, they also participate in the Annual Catholic Charities Dinner. Joining Bishop Ambassadors is a great way to improve leadership qualities. If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador, the application process will occur at the end of the school year.
Above: Bibliophiles Claire Thatcher ‘14 (left) and Lauryn Goldston ‘14 (right) engaged in their novels. Bishop Bibliophiles The purpose of Bishop Bibliophiles is simply to provide readers with the opportunity to share their common interest with others and exchange ideas and books. The club votes on a monthly book to hold discussions and to pose questions to each other. However, they do not focus solely on classics but instead choose modern YA novels, such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Hunger Games. By doing so, they hope to interest other students in reading and relate such books to their movie adaptations and discuss their effect in popular culture. Bishop Bibliophiles members volunteered at the December Barnes and Noble book fair, which raised over $400 for the Sacred Heart Elementary School in Los Angeles. For the new semester, Bishop Bibliophiles hopes to possibly volunteer at a local library or hold a book drive in which the whole school may participate and of course, extend its presence at Bishop by being more active in the community. Broadcasting Club Broadcasting Club is for any students interested in news broadcasting as
recording, reporting, editing, and more. Club moderator Mr. Hong says, “Broadcasting is open to all students interested in filming and editing. We’re the club that plays music during lunch.” They plan on recording and editing school events and showcasing them later.
Above: Jill Marzolino ‘13, Roy Lyle ‘14, Vincent Miramontes ‘14, Alden Flores ‘14, and Nathan Trelease ‘14 in the middle of an Improv meeting. Comedysportz Improv This year, Comedysportz, or Improv, hopes to participate in more matches with other schools, especially PV and Peninsula. This semester, Improv is going to start up their Longform team again, which is a different form of Improv where eight Improvisers interact with each other in scenes that, in total, last up to 30 to 45 minutes and plans on attending Gamecon II, a convention where Improvisers from all over meet up and attend workshops. The comedic club also is looking forward to participating in the ComedySportz High School League March Madness tournament, which allows Improvisers to perform on the ComedySportz stage in LA against other teams, which normally would not happen due to distance or scheduling problems. Co-president of Improv, Veronica Nestojko ‘13, adds, “If anybody wants to join Improv, they are always welcome! We really are like one big family, and it really is a great way to get involved and active in a community at school!”
Above: Laura Beck ‘13 (left) and Breana Lewis ‘14 (right) making blankets for the orphanage. Concordia Concordia’s co-presidents, Lauren Hugo ‘13 and Lisa Bell ‘13 say, “Our goals for this year are to continue helping the community and those less fortunate than us, whether it be with the same projects we have previously done or new ones introduced this year.” Their biggest event this year is the blanket project, in which they send handmade blankets to an orphanage for the winter. Co-president Lauren Hugo says, “It is a great project that is not only fun to do but makes a huge difference for the children in the
join Concordia by saying, “The more people that join Concordia, the more we can help those around us! Just giving a little of your time for Concordia will make a huge difference in the community.”
Above: A scene from the well-received play, Pride and Prejudice, directed by Mrs. Moreau. Drama Lab The students of Drama Lab are just as you might expect: full of spirit, energy, and talented in acting, singing, dancing and more. They work hard to prepare and preform four plays a year, including an original revue and a musical. Drama Lab is perfect for any hard-working, dedicated students interested in theater, helping with sets and lighting or even costumes and dance choreography. Drama Lab is open to all students, and try-outs are announced before each event. Co-President Lauren Hugo says: “The great thing about Drama Lab is that actors aren’t the only people who can join. Crew, tech, costume designer, dancer--there’s always room for more people in Drama Lab. And no matter what role you have, you become a part of a family, making lifelong friends and great memories. This is one of the reasons I love Drama Lab so much; it is so welcoming and inviting to both new and old people.” Eco Club Eco Club promotes awareness of the environment and helps the earth through recycling and service projects to reduce people’s detrimental impact on the environment. This club is pursuing to institute a sustainable recycling program at Bishop in which the students are proactively participating in helping the environment and reducing unnecessary waste. This club is currently working on a variety of eco-friendly projects, such as collecting recycling from the bins every week to fund their projects and participating in beach clean-ups. Also, during earth week, Eco Club shares eco-tips on how to be more eco-friendly and has, in the past, hosted a recycling competition among the classes. Co-president Lisa Bell ’13 says “We would really like to make a difference for our earth, but our success will only be made possible with the cooperation of our fellow students. “ Friendship Circle As the name shows us, Friendship Circle is a club of solicitude, charity, and assistance. In the club, every member will always try their best and give their hands to anyone who needs help and care. Since we didn’t really see their face in public last semester, 2013 will be a fabulous year, which means more and more volunteer work and community service. At the same time, as it is not only a single club at
ship Circle Organization, the students will also pay attention to every movement of the organization. Jess Farrell ‘13, the president of the club, said the following words as a summary of their goal: “Friendship Circle aims to help others who need help to decrease the distance between each other; it is fun and absolutely significant. If you prefer giving than offering, then Friendship Circle will be a wonderful club for you to join and enjoy.” H.I.S. Club HIS Club, or Harbor Interfaith Service Club, is led by co-presidents Matt Kurata ’14 and Corrine Tumanjan ‘14. Their club goal for 2013 is “to do our best in helping the homeless and working poor in the South Bay.” Three big events that they have during the year are: the Thanksgiving food drive, with 4 cars filled with canned goods this year; the Christmas wreath, where they celebrate Christmas with homeless children; and Spring Gala, their biggest fundraiser. Co-president Matt Kurata invites others to join HIS by saying, “Our club differs from other service clubs because we focus on helping those in need around our area. Our work is also hands-on so we get to see the differences we’ve made.” Habitat for Humanity
Above: H.I.S. co-presidents Matt Kurata ‘14 and Corrine Tumanjan ‘14 with their club’s informational board. Habitat for Humanity is headed by co-presidents Alden Flores ‘14 and Breana Lewis ’14. Their goals for 2013 are to do more service projects that will bring awareness to the homeless problem to Bishop and beyond. This month, they will begin a project called Teens for Jeans, primarily sponsored by clothing store Aéropostale, in which they will collect jeans for homeless teens. They also may go to St. Lawrence and make sandwiches to give to the homeless; however, that has not been approved by the school yet. Both Alden and Breana welcome new members and say, “Join the club that makes a difference. Your helping hands are needed in the community.” Imagineering With the New Year, Imagineering will continue to sustain its main goal of drawing from their experiences to create new ideas and projects. Additionally, the club is currently working on a video project called Physicsbusters. Drawing from their knowledge and experiences in Physics classes, members plan on creating a Mythbusteresque video with several experiments involving simple principles of physics. Imagineering hopes to entertain and educate while simultaneously highlighting both the practical and fun aspects of physics. Lastly, anyone who is creative, likes to gain knowl-
Clubbin It! (cont.) edge, and interested in anything stated before should definitely join Imagineering! International Club International Club, a classic club at Bishop, discusses the cultures and traditions of different countries every meeting, along with political and social matters in that country. One of International Club’s goals for the new year is to get as many students as possible to gain knowledge about the different cultures of the world. This year, the club is going to hold a fundraiser where students bring foods from different countries, which will all go to an undecided charity/organization! President Luke Lee ‘13 encourages those contemplating joining the club: “Our club is really fun and you will learn about other cultures. Additionally, you can experience different styles of different cultures. It is really enjoyable and no stress at all! So come and join!” J.S.A The purpose of JSA is to bring kids together to learn about our system of government and political activities. For example, Election 2012 brought out the best of these students, no matter with which party they were affiliated. During the election season, JSA studied the two candidates from both sides and explained their messages to other clubs members. This year, JSA hopes to provide more interactive thought talks and include more members in their debates. Besides the political activity, this club also teaches students about leadership qualities, and its goals include continuing to spread interest in our nation’s politics and our role in the global environment. Vice President David Locke ’13 affirms, “To me, getting as many students to attend our weekly meetings is the most crucial role of a JSA officer, which is why I try my best to make every meeting great.” Key Club Key Club is one of Bishop’s largest service clubs, and its members regularly participate in service projects within Bishop and the community. The BMHS Key Club belongs to Division 19 South of the South Bay and of course, to the larger Kiwanis International Organization. With the new year comes new service opportunities conducted by Key Club. Key Club
plans to host an E-Waste recycling event, for which old electronics may be donated to be disposed properly. In addition, the club organizes the annual blood drive with the Red Cross to be held at Bishop. President Arianna Atienza says, “The major project we had in December was Bishop’s annual Barnes and Noble book fair. Our next project is E-Waste, which we are in the process of planning.” Knightlife Bishop Montgomery’s newspaper, Knightlife, has many goals for this upcoming year as the club hopes to continue to release monthly 8-page issues or even the occasional 12-page issue (similar to this issue!). Additionally, Knightlife hopes to serve BMHS more by informing and also entertaining readers with current issues in BMHS and the world, more comics, and interesting articles. As for the club itself, sophomore club presidents Alex Rodriguez and Samantha Nishimura want to establish firmer deadlines, release an issue in all color, have a more interactive, color version of Knightlife online. Alex Rodriguez’15 shares this message to anyone thinking of joining the newspaper: “Newspaper is not all about writing! We have many jobs like photography, layout, or marketing, and everyone can do something. We welcome anyone thinking of joining our club, especially freshmen!” Latin Club Although the Latin division of our Foreign Languages department is considered smaller and less popular, its students are certainly the most enthusiastic about the language and culture. Latin students of all four years belong to the Junior Classical League, which allows them to participate in yearly Latin conventions. At such conventions, like the annual SCRAM (Southern California Regional Amici Madness) event, our BMHS Latin students gather with students from many other schools in the South Bay to compete and also to enjoy a day filled with Roman Culture, good food, and a sense of community, joined together by the common love of learning the language. In the spring, a Latin state convention offers the students yet another opportunity to showcase their skills and meet students from across the state. Senior Joy Hinshilwood,
who attended the state convention last year, reminisces, “The best thing about State is being surrounded by people who are just as enthusiastic (or even more so) about a supposedly dead language as you are. When we first arrived at the convention we were a little late and entered when the entire gym was filled with other schools who were at the moment engaged in screaming about something Latinrelated. However, during the spirit gathering… everyone dresses up in various Roman (or not so Roman) clothing and chants Latin phrases to show school spirit and win prizes… it was very intense.” Math Club Math Club’s purpose is for the “Mathletes” to tutor other students who need help with math homework or test preparation. Along with tutoring, the Mathletes are currently preparing to participate in the American Math Competition 10/12 this February. Math Club President, Claire Park ‘13, says that “Someone could want to join math club because they want to improve in math and challenge him/herself.” Science Club Science club was organized for Bishop students to get to know the enchantment of science and the world. In this new year, science club will keep their traditions, analyze their achievements, and endeavor to show us an even better club. At the same time, keep your eyes open on their leading goal: Science Olympiad. They are really looking forward for your attention and support. President Claire Park ‘13 expresses, “Science is really amazing
and fascinating and fun to study and discuss. So if you love it, we welcome you to join us.” Students for Animals Bishop Montgomery’s Students for Animals Club creates an environment in which students can participate actively in helping animals around our community with various projects, such as fundraising and volunteering. This club once fundraised to help injured seals at the Marine Mammal Care Center by selling Christmas ornaments and sold Easter eggs with candy to raise money to support Bullies and Buddies Rescue Center, which helps save dogs from euthanaziation in shelters. Students for Animals is definitely expecting people with passion for animals to come and serve with them! Surf Club Only one club lets you skip school to go to the beach, and that’s Surf Club. Club president Jimmy Grove ’15 says, “Surf Club is great for people who know how to surf, and even if you don’t know how to surf, we also do beach clean ups.” They most recently won the Hennessy’s Cup and are hoping to bring in more wins. Y.E.A. The Youth Elderly Alliance’s goals are to create a successful sustainable club at BMHS, where they can form good relationships with the elderly and frequently visit retirement and nursing homes. This club also hopes to create activities in which any Bishop student can volunteer and assist the elderly. President Leah Rae Muñoz ’14 states, “We do not have anything specific planned, but we would like to do crafts with the elderly, play games, have socials, and just hang out with them… This is a new club, and everyone is welcome.”
Left: Holly, a shy, gray tabby kitten, only 3 months old was found in a yard and was rescued by the VCA Coast Animal Hospital. She is very shy and needs a quiet home, preferably with no children or dogs. If interested in adopting Holly, please visit room 107 or call the VCA Animal Hospital at (310)-379-1264
Written by Rose Park. Photographed by Kira Coyne.
Above: The Bishop Robotics Team scopes out their opponents on competition day. The team had been working It wasn’t a very glamoron their robot since late September. ous morning. Up at 5:30am, in the Once each person had been accar by 6:00 with a fresh, hot coffee cepted as part of the Bishop team, and a movie, and to the school by they learned what this year’s game 7:00. Check in at 7:30, and then wait would be. The seemingly simple game around, feeling everyone’s jittery and consisted of a small square center, nervous energy, while checking out with racks of piping holding plastic the competition. This is the day of a rings. The goal of the game is to move Robo-Knight.
the rings from the side posts to the center post, which has three levels of height. The different levels each give a different amount of points. After learning the basics of the game, the team set out to design, engineer, and program a winning robot. Weeks into their first robot, they discovered the design was not going to work. From there, it was trial and error until they could find a design that they could put together and that would work. Weeks before the first competition, they had to change the design and scramble to pull together their robot. Final touches? Toby, the Lego man, dubbed the team’s driver and placed on the top of the robot, was equipped on the back of a griffin and given a knight’s helmet and sword in honor of Bishop’s own mascot. The competition was like none they had ever seen before: a giant room, packed full of roboticteams and their robots and everyone aiming for 1st place. The biggest
surprise was finding a team that had flown in from Hawaii. It was nervewrenching to watch the other team’s robots. The Robo-Knights had a solid strategy; their robot was quick and could place many rings on the lowest level. Their competition had different strategies, from bulky robots used to block, useless robots that ended up stuck against the wall, and tall robots reaching for the third level. Overall, the Robo-Knights fought valiantly; in every game, they placed at least one row of rings, and their final game was definitely a victory. Despite their alliance partner being useless, the RoboKnight’s driver Tim O’Dell ’14 kept his head in the game and earned their team 50 points with his quick maneuvering. Although the Robo-Knights did not place in their first competition, they plan on making changes and making their robot in better time for the next competition.
And the Award Goes to... Written by Jesse Seale. Photographed by Alex Rodriguez.
Every year, celebrities are honored with awards from different presses in Hollywood. The People’s Choice Awards is everyone’s favorite show and the first award show of the year. Instead of critics voting, the fans vote for their favorite nominees. Katy Perry, The Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence, and Taylor Swift were the biggest nominees of the year, keeping their fan base alive. The host of the night was The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco, and the event was held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. The Hunger Games went home winning 6 awards, including favorite movie and favorite actress for Jennifer Lawrence. Even though One Direction won favorite song and album of the year, the real winner was Katy Perry, who won four awards, including Favor-
ite Female Artist. The Critic’s Choice Awards were next, but it only honors those in the movies. Argo won best picture and director for Ben Affleck. Skyfall won best action film, and Silver Linings Playbook won best comedic film. A few days later, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the annual Golden Globes at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Argo was the big winner again, beating Steven Spielberg and his film Lincoln. The popluar Les Miserables won three awards, including best musical picture. Everyone’s favorite British songbird Adele won best original song for her hit single Skyfall, beating Taylor Swift. Congratulations to those who won some notable awards, and better luck next time to those who lost.
Above: Katelyn Taira ‘14 (left) and Stephanie Li ‘14 (right), overflowing with enthusiasm and tears, gracefully accept their “awards” and handle the deluge of compliments with great poise.
An Unexpected Journey to the Theater Written by Lauren Hall and Shannon Lipp. Photographed by Shannon Lipp.
Above: Leah Noble ‘13 excitedly anticipates watching The Hobbit.
The first part of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy wandered into theatres on December 12. The film is the prequel of Jackson’s Lord of the Ring trilogy, all based in the 4 novel series written by J.R.R. Tolkien. The film begins just prior to the events of the LotR, with Bilbo Baggins turning 111. The old hobbit sits down at his writing desk and begins to write about the journey he went on 60 years ago for his nephew Frodo. Bilbo begins his memoir with the opening lines of Tolkien’s novel. Audience members who have yet to see any LotR movies need not to worry, for as the first movie of the Hobbit series, as well as the precursor to the older tril-
ogy, the film spends a good half hour giving background to the events that have passed, as well as introducing some of the many mythical creatures Tolkien created to fill Middle Earth. After the brief history lesson, the focus shifts to a 50 year old Baggins, who is enjoying his quiet life in Hobbiton until he bumps into the wandering wizard, Gandalf. From that moment on, Bilbo’s journey begins as he is whisked away by 13 dwarves after a very interesting dinner party. The film lasts about three hours, so audience members are urged against buying the large soft drinks at the theatre. The lengthiness of the film goes largely unnoticed
by those watching as the film itself is so visually stunning and engulfing, the three hours seems to pass at the blink of an eye, leaving the audience craving the next installment (which is scheduled to come out this December). And with award season coming up, The Hobbit has just been nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Visual Effects, Best Makeup/Hairstyling (for those dwarves beards of course), and Best Product Design. Though The Hobbit is an enjoyable movie, it is not for everyone; those with short attention spans and a fear of short, hairy men should stay clear of this movie.
Did You Hear the People Sing?
Three Knightlife members give their individual reviews of the movie-musical based on Victor Hugo’s novel.
Written by Aimee Myers, Samantha Nishimura, and Rose Park. Photographed by Alex Rodriguez. Les Misérables has been called the greatest musical of our time, and rightfully so. Within minutes of the opening scene, the mood is set for the entire film: one of despair, determination, longing, and a melancholic sense of hope, all encapsulated within a grandiose display of cinematography, score, and musical theatre. Throughout the course of the film, viewers are presented with some of today’s greatest actors breaking their own typecasts through the portrayal of several classic characters. For example, Anne Hathaway veers away from her usual depiction of a confident, powerful woman to that of Fantine, a distraught yet determined beggar. In addition, we see Hugh Jackman, typically a stern leader, take on the role of Jean Valjean, a slave with a ragsto-riches story. Although the film was a bit lengthy, running at nearly three hours, there was not one dull moment. Each new song, character, and scene only progressed the plot and heightened the suspense of the fate of each character and of a nineteenth-century France in the midst of a bloody rebellion. Whether a leading role or a supporting character, it was clear that each actor gave of every part of his or her being in order to completely fulfill each role and successfully create a cinematic version of the emotionally raw, brutally honest, and truly inspiring story that is Les Misérables. - Aimee Myers
The long-anticipated Les Miserables was finally released on Christmas Day, and this musical sensation continued to pack theaters for weeks. With a star-filled cast, including Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, and Amanda Seyfried, Les Miserables proved worth the wait on almost every aspect. The actors and actresses were well cast, and Anne Hathaway went above and beyond on her performance, most notably with her poignant, powerful rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream.” Russell Crowe has been often criticized for his less than sonorous voice that at times was unable to deliver the rich notes that his role required, but his superb acting fully compensated for the somewhat mediocre vocal performance. Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of the character Jean Valjean kept the audience in tears, and Amanda Seyfried, though thin-voiced and occasionally weak, perfectly personified the youthful, innocent Cosette. The broad panoramas and detailed scenery lent the film an added air of enchantment and sympathy. Les Miserables is a film that is occasionally over the top and full of its own significance, but it well deserves the praise and lives up to the stunning vocal deliverances and dramatic visuals. - Samantha Nishimura
Sitting in the darkened movie theater, I could barely control my enthusiasm. Since the first trailer came out only a few months ago, I found myself counting the days until Les Mis came out. What had caught my attention? Maybe it was the star-studded cast, Anne Hathaway’s flawless voice, Hugh Jackman taking on a different persona and making a beautiful transformation, or the tension between Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) and Javert (Russell Crowe). I felt that the length of the movie, however long it was, was necessary for the amount of action in the movie. (My grandpa would definitely not agree with me, the length for him was a problem as he left halfway through the movie) Les
Mis was one of a very limited number of movies that I will admit I cried watching, because the story was so raw, honest, and touching. One thing I could not get over, though; was the fact that Javert was so set on catching Jean Valjean. If my impression was correct, there were easily enough prisoners for Javert to obsess over, and he should have forgotten about Jean Valjean. His craving to catch one prisoner was a little strange. My favorite part was after the movie, when my brother pointed out that “Jean Valjean” coincidentally rhymed with his prison number, 24601. It’s almost like it was planned that way… - Rose Park
Above: Isabella Leslie ‘15, William Reed ‘15, and Stephanie-Cara Durbano ‘15, students in Ms. Tutko’s French class, eagerly pose with Les Mis memorabilia.
Chart Toppers of 2012: Pop or Flop? Knightlife conducts a student poll on the most popular music of 2012 By Lourdes Lidzbarski and Kassandra Madrigal. Photographed by Sabrina Supapkooha In the past year many new artists and songs have emerged into Teen Pop, some good and some bad. Each individual artist or band has their own background and genre that teenagers are bound to have different opinions of. The one thing all artists have in common, however, is their desire to be the best.Here is the Top 10 Best Songs of 2012 according to billboard.com: 1. “Somebody That I Used to Know”- Gotye ft. Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know” is a mid-tempo, indie pop, ballad song written and recorded by BelgianAustralian singer-songwriter Gotye, featuring New Zealand singer/guitarist Kimbra. 2.”Call Me Maybe”- Carly Rae Jepsen Recorded by Canadian singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen for her EP Curiosity (2012) and appears on her international debut album, Kiss. The song was written by Jepsen and Tavish Crowe as a folk song, but its genre was modified to pop following the production by Josh Ramsay. 3. “We Are Young”- Fun. ft. Janelle Monae Hit song by American band Fun and vvvthe first single from their second studio album, Some Nights. Musically, “We Are Young” is a power ballad that incorporates the genres of indie pop,
alternative rock, and power pop. 4. “Payphone”-Maroon 5 Released on April 17, 2012, as the lead single from their fourth studio album, Overexposed. It features American rapper Wiz Khalifa. The song is a pop ballad and talks about a romance that is no more. 5. “Lights” –Ellie Goulding Lights is the debut studio album by English recording artist Ellie Goulding. Sonically the album is a mixture of Indie pop, electropop, synthpop, folktronica, and indietronica. 6. “Glad You Came” –The Wanted A song by British-Irish boyband The Wanted, taken as the second single from their second studio album, Battleground. It debuted at number one in the United Kingdom and Ireland. 7. “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” –Kelly Clarkson According to Clarkson, the song was inspired by a Friedrich Nietzsche quote, translated to “That which does not kill us makes us stronger,” and the song has been received as an anthem for empowerment and recovery. 8. “We Found Love” –Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris A song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna, from her sixth studio album Talk That Talk (2011). It features Scottish disc jockey Calvin Harris, who
Above: Zachary Hart’13, Camila Risueno’16, and Celeste Porche’14 hold up the single covers of the top three songs of 2012. Questions for Students wrote and produced the song that Q. Do you think this chart is accurate? was later added to his third album 18 Why? Months (2012). A. Yeah! Lots of people listen to those 9. “Starships” –Nicki Minaj songs and they are played on the raReleased as the lead single of her dio a lot so they became very popular. second studio album Pink Friday: -Celeste Porche ‘14 Roman Reloaded (2012). It was writQ. What is your opinion on the hottest ten by Minaj herself, along with four music overall in 2012? Why? others. A. Overall it was good. I think most of 10. “What Makes You Beautiful” –One Direcit was like pop and closer toward the tion enjoyment for teens A song performed by English-Irish -Camila Risueno ‘16 boy band One Direction. It served as Q. Why do you think some people their debut single and lead single from argue that music is not as good as it their debut studio album Up All Night was in the past? Elaborate. (2011). A. I think that music in the 60’s and 70’s had more meaning in their lyrics than music today. -Zachary Hart ‘13
The Market Unlikes Facebook Facebook: could it soon flop like MySpace?
Written by Peter Mitchell. Photographed by Ari Thomas.
Above: Jenna Sandberg’14 checks her status on Facebook. Facebook has one billion active users worldwide, or one seventh of the entire population of the planet.
In 2011, Facebook made $3.7 billion in revenue. However, since the free social network first went on the stock
market as a publicly traded company in February 2012, its perceived value has dropped. Facebook’s share price fell nearly 50% in the first four months on the market. The root cause of this devaluation appears to be related to questions over the stability of Facebook’s revenue stream: it relies almost entirely on advertising on its millions of pages to make money. But the devaluation of Facebook may have less to do with Facebook’s business model than it does with the fact that a social network’s primary purpose is not to make money. It’s to serve users. In 2006, MySpace, the precursor to Facebook, was the most visited website in the United States after being purchased by international multimedia conglomerate NewsCorp
for $580 million. Since then, however, MySpace’s number of users sharply declined and its value plummeted. In 2011, it was purchased by a group headed by Justin Timberlake for $35 million dollars – just 6% of its value in 2005. MySpace was overtaken by the more user-friendly Facebook, whose simplicity and capacity to maintain a massive base of daily users allowed it to expand exponentially. Now, unlike MySpace, Facebook does not face an up-and-coming competitor – but like its predecessor, it is finding it difficult to translate users into dollars. In the business of social networks, there seems to be an inherent conflict between serving users and maximizing profits.
Competition Warms Up in Winter
During Catholic Schools Week, competition heats up with Winter Spirit Week and Student Leadership Day. Written by Alex Horejsi and Aimee Myers. Photographed by Maddie Cano. Bishop Montgomery students week long! will be celebrating Winter Spirit Week, Also during Catholic Schools alongside Catholic Schools’ Week, Week is Student Leadership Day, January 28th through February 1st. a fierce competition in which hunAdditionally, during Catholic Schools dreds of students from many different Week, many BMHS students will be schools participate. Over the course participating in Student Leadership of the past four months, twenty-four Day. of Bishop Montgomery’s students, Catholic Schools Week will ranging from sophomores to seniors, kick off with Winter Spirit Week at have been preparing to participate in Bishop. Throughout the week, the Student Leadership Day. The event winter athletic teams will be recogis sponsored by the Association of nized. This year, Winter Spirit Week Catholic Student Councils as part of will sport a “Hunger Games Theme,” the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Youth and there will even be a reaping from Leadership Day. On January 30th at every class! During the reaping, two the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Anpeople from each class, representgels, approximately 700 middle school ing Districts 9, 10, 11, and 12, will students and 150 high school students compete in a variety of entertaining of the Los Angeles diocese will meet competitions and games. to focus on the importance of leader The entire week is full of fun ship and how to grow and help others activities planned by ASB. On Monas the leaders of tomorrow. The high day, the band, drumline, color guard, school students will meet with small and spirit squads will perform. On groups of middle school students and Tuesday, the Junior Ring Mass and teach them three “modules” pertainBlessing will happen. Remember ing to the discovery and growth of an to wear your class colors! On both individual’s leadership skills. Tuesday and Wednesday, the Habitat During the first module, the for Humanity Club will sponsor “Jeans “Leadership Journey,” a PowerPoint for Teens.” Please bring in spare, presentation is shown by a high good condition jeans to donate to school leader to their assigned group homeless teens through Aeropostale. of middle school students, teaching Wednesday will be a Denim Day. On them how to strengthen their leaderThursday, Lunch-a-palooza will be on ship skills and discover how their own the Lower Field during lunch alongunique gifts can make them succesfful side one of BMHS’ bands playing. leaders in the future. The week’s celebration will end with a The second module is called Black and Gold Day on Friday. There “Servant Leadership.” During this will also be a volleyball competition module, middle school students will between the students and teachers work with the high school leaders to in the gym. Bring your school spirit all focus on the seven Catholic Social
Above (left to right): Participants of Student Leadership Day getting pepped up! Maddy Paiz’14, Marc Gherig’14, Kira Iwai’15, Paulette Casillas’14, Rizza Biscocho’14, Justin Arevalo’14, Madison Miller’14, Matt Kurata;14, Jasmin Guardado’14, and Danielle Ireland’15. Justice Teachings, discuss what their personal definitions of a true leader, and learn to relate Catholic values to strong leadership, resulting in a discussion of the importance of leading both oneself and others to honor God. The final module is called “Leadership Challenge,” in which the middle school students take part in activities that allow them to practice their own leadership skills with their peers at the event, encouraging the application of these skills to real-world issues. “I find the program really interesting!” says sophomore Kira Iwai,
who has been training as one of the leaders of Student Leadership Day. “I feel like the students on the day of the Leadership Day are going to get a lot out of it, because I feel like I got a lot of information out the training that will help me to become a better leader!” Let the competitions begin and may the odds be ever in your favor!
Bows, Boards, and Bharatanatyam
We’ve all stamp collected, played a sport, and so on as hobbies, but those hobbies are not as unique as these! Written by Sojung Kim and Claire Park. Photograph of Erin by Ari Thomas.
Bishop possesses many students with incredible talents and hidden abilities. The activities range from snowboarding to classical dancing. In particular, Senior Erin Jamison ’13 has committed her time and passion to do archery. She first started archery in her middle school’s P.E. class in Nevada. When she moved to California, she actively searched for an archery range nearby. Through a family friend’s advice, she found out about the Pasadena Roving Archers, where she later enrolled in classes and started to practice alongside her archery friends. When asked what she loves most about archery, Jamison states, “Whenever something is on my mind, I go to the range and practice. I become so focused on the target that it makes me forget everything that’s been on my mind.” The sport allows her to have fun and revel in the feeling of making a 30 point bull’s eye and hearing the swish of an arrow flying 150+ feet per second that smacks into the target. She practices every Saturday using special equipment comprised of a bow, arrows, hand glove, arm guard, quiver, string wax, and bow stringer. After high school, she hopes to be a part of the California Long Beach Archery Team, which ranks third nationally. She envisions herself, ten years from now, continuing to do archery as a fun pastime, in particular the traditional form of archery, the Long Bow. Jamison also adds that archery is not as easy or simple as most people think, but it takes a lot of practice, determination, and passion to excel at something you enjoy.
At the age of six, Senior Thushara Poozhikala began to learn the Bharatanatyam, an Indian classical dance, when her parents forced her, but later grew up to understand the cultural and historical meaning behind the dance. She practices every weekend in Pasadena, and dons a sari and bells when performing before an audience. Poozhikala has competed with her team in regional competitions, and recalls the experiences as fun and motivating. Last year, she graduated and completed an arangetram, which required her to do a three hour solo performance. Poozhikala remembers the work as hard but worth all the sacrifices in the end. In the summer, she traveled to Germany and Italy with six girls she knew from her dance to do an hour show for the European crowd. She states, “It was an amazing experience and I would love to do it again.” She is currently teaching her own students under her dance teacher’s school. In regards to the future, she would love to continue to dance and pursue it throughout her adulthood. “When you ride down the mountain, you get a sensation that no other sport or hobby gives you,” marvels Michael Hadley, another one of Bishop’s beloved seniors, who was proud to share about his unique hobby, snowboarding. He started snowboarding when he was five years old and he proved how dedicated he is by owning personal snowboarding equipment and spending an average ten to fifteen days of snowboarding every winter. He says he has much to learn before he could call himself
Above left: Senior Thushara Poozhikala dances the Bharatanatyam on stage at a show. Above right: Michael Hadley’13 smiles after shredding a mountain on his snowboard during winter break.
Above: Erin Jamison’13 demonstrates how she shoots an arrow with her bow on the field. an expert, but he still enjoys snowriding downhill of him and I fell on boarding in particular because he my back and slid down the hill on my loves nature, snow, and being in the back.” Lastly, Michael left a piece of mountains. Also, Hadley shared one advice for everyone: “Everyone should of his most memorable moments. He try snowboarding! It’s the best thing recalled, “My friend hit me square in ever!” the chest with a snowball while I was
Lights, Camera, Fashion! Written by Jesse Seale. Photographed by Samantha Nishimura. Though teachers approve the new In November, the Bishop uniforms, the rules regarding uniMontgomery administration decided forms (found in the student handbook) to add new colors and styles to the will remain the same. Teachers and uniforms. The additions of black polo faculty will continue to regularly check shirts and grey shorts for boys, and student uniforms to ensure that all reintroduction of the once banned rules are being followed. skirts for girls, have pleased the Sophomore Joshua Villalta student body. Most of the students marveled “I like the idea of having are excited about the uniforms being more options and freedom with the changed and like the different variauniform. I like the black polo because tions of the standard BMHS uniform. it looks clean and the shorts because However, some students disprove the it gives more color and variety.They’re new additions, and prefer to wear the both also really comfortable to wear!” standard uniform. Junior Claire Thatcher adds I like In December, students were the skirts and tights because they allowed to wear the new uniforms to seem more comfortable and are more school, instead of waiting until 2nd feminine than the shorts. The uniform semester to flaunt their new uniforms.
Above left: Nic Martinez’15 the latest additions to the uniform for males. Above right: Nuani Bernardez ‘14 and Taylor Revis’14 strut their stuff in new skirts! additions overall add more variety and
options, which is great!”
Christmas Lights, Winter Knights
BMHS students spend their well-earned vacations in a variety of ways Written by Michael Seo
Above: Jordan Tabaldo’15 smiles beside the Ghiradelli sign in Northern California while a mysterious woman “photobombs” behind Tabaldo. With students’ appetites whet- loving relatives who came all the way ted by the previous brief Thanksgiving to Torrance from Northern California, Oregon, and New Jersey just to see Vacation, it can be said that Christher. “I spent a lot of time with family mas Vacation is the most anticipated that came from out of town. It was nice “break” of the school year. After four seeing them again and catching up.” months of grueling labor, it is no Not only that, but this Christmas, Jorsurprise to anyone that many people have made numerous plans to fill their dan also managed to move her way up her family hierarchy—our very own Christmas Vacation with pure bliss, Jordan Tobaldo has graduated from although there is the occasional hardthe dreaded kids’ table to the new and working individual. exciting adults’ table! “My favorite part Sophomore Jordan Tobaldo was probably sitting at the adult table spent her vacation surrounded by her
Bands from Bishop
Written by Aimee Myers and Rachael Wecker Bishop Montgomery is home day was hard, but it all worked out as to several talented musicians who our first gig and we got to play three have gone on to begin their own songs, it went really awesome!” As bands or solo projects. Two of these for the band’s beginnings, songwriter, gifted students, Sophomore Annabelle lead guitarist, and Bishop alumnus Bertucci and alumnus Chris Palma ‘12 Chris Palma says, “I knew there were have found local fame through their opportunities to perform at St. Cathalternative band. Like any other band, erine’s Fiesta and was interested. I obtaining the success they revel in had gotten to know Annabelle through today was not easy. “There was a fun- the musical ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ [Bishop draiser for VCYC (Volunteer Center Montgomery’s Spring 2012 producYouth Center),” songwriter and lead tion] and I asked if she was interested. singer Annabelle Bertucci says of the And now we have a full band.” band’s first gig. “It was where bands, Ten months later, their band now has singers, dancers, or anyone could an official lineup, consisting of Anperform and the benefits went to char- nabelle Bertucci, Chris Palma, bassity. Anyways, Chris wanted to be a ist Tommy Spellman, drummer Tony part of it so we put together a makeFaulkner, and guitarist Evan Cooper. shift band, makeshift because people Although none of the band’s material who were going to be in couldn’t, and has been officially released yet, they finding a drummer who was free that have covered many popular songs
for Christmas dinner. Before, I had to sit at the kids’ table, which was always really messy. It was an honor knowing that I was finally considered an adult! And also nice to not have to talk about Disney Channel.” Jordan also spent her vacation playing Mexican Train and Apples to Apples with her family. However, more than all of this, there was one thing that she enjoyed most, which was the fact that she could sleep later and longer. “I enjoyed my sleeping schedule the most. Not having to wake up meant that I could stay up later, which was definitely nice.” Junior Nathan Trelease spent his vacation relaxing at home and enjoying his friends’ company as they attended an event known as “hanging out.” He also went to see his relatives that he loved so much. Nathan, being the hard worker that he is, was also willing to sacrifice part of his precious vacation in order to clean up his room—so responsible! His favorite part about the vacation was sleeping in every day and having no homework to do, which allowed him to create a to-do list with things that he has wanted to do in his spare time. “I spent the first week relaxing and hanging with friends, I spent the second week cleaning my room and seeing family, and I spent the third week crying in fetal position because the break was almost over.” Although maybe not as dramatic and expressive as Nathan, it is safe to say that many Bishop students felt the same. Senior Zachary Hart spent his vacation relaxing his aching muscles from the pressure of applying to colleges and receiving responses, as well as spending time with his family
and friends. He frequented the pool and had numerous barbecues with his family. He also went to a vacation home at Rancho Mirage, near Palm Springs where he tried out its various cuisines and frequented the jacuzzi. “The best part of it was the BBQ, hands down. I’ve never had better burgers & fries than the homemade ones my family and I had.” All in all, Zachary managed to have a blast with his family, even if they were away at a vacation house. After all, home is where the Harts are. It seems like Jordan, Nathan, and Zachary have all had a good time. However, just because it’s a vacation doesn’t mean that you absolutely must go to some exotic or foreign place. You can always just spend it at home and be just as happy. After all, there’s no point in having a vacation if you cannot enjoy it.
Above: Senior Zachary Hart posing near his family’s vacation home. How barbecute!
Above: Alternative band performs a gig at Chain Reaction with Annabelle Bertucci’15 singing and to the right, alumnus Chris Palma’12 on the guitar. such as Rise Against’s “Swing Life Away” and Adele’s “Someone Like You,” and often perform several of Annabelle’s original songs. Check out their Facebook page to stay updated
with new recordings, and make sure to catch the band perform at Suzy’s Café in Hermosa Beach on March 2nd.
Alumni All Over Bishop - Part II
Did you know? Nearly 25% of our staff are alumni! Knightlife interviewed some of our teacher alumni to tell of their experiences and why they came back to Bishop. Written by Kira Coyne, Rachael Wecker, Jackie Nkansah, and Alex Rodriguez. Photographed by Sabrina Supapkooha and Angela Francis.
Above: Ms. Kallok
Above: Mrs. Moreau
Q: What brought you back to Bishop? A: I just always knew I wanted to come back to Bishop and teach. Q: What are your favorite memories from your high school years? A: My favorite memories are being in drama lab and the hall decorations for Homecoming, which were very fun. Dances were also fun because we had them once a month back then. Q: What are the major differences since then? A: I feel like there is more of a sense of community here now, and kids get along a little better than they used to when I was in school. I also feel like there is more diverse activities for people to participate in. Q: Favorite class(es)? Why? A: That is tough... We had a musical theater class that was really fun, and also my social justice class:: that was really fun, Q: How was your freshman year? A:Awkward. Incredibly awkward…I don’t think I talked to anyone ever.
Above: Mrs. Rudder
Q:What brought you back to Bishop? A: When I was a student here, I really appreciated that my teachers were so knowledgeable and passionate about their students and that was the teacher I wanted to be so I came back here to do it! Q: Favorite class(es) and why? A: My favorite classes were my English classes for the same reason that I enjoy teaching them. In English classes you get to talk about the big questions of reality and life. Q: How was your freshman year? A:Pretty pathetic. I did all of the freshman stereotypes and I was so shy and insecure that I did not try to talk to anyone so I didn’t make any new friends until half way through my junior year. Q: Any funny or interesting stories? A: The first day of school freshman year I was checking out my husband and I thought that he was really cute and I later found out that he noticed me during the entrance exams and then junior year we started dating and now we have been married for over five years! We had a bunch of awkward email conversations and had our first date sophomore year but nothing came of it.. except for a lot of pain when he didn’t call me back.
Above: Mrs. DeLay
Q: Why did you come back to Bishop? A: I was changing careers and I was subbing here. Eventually, I became a teacher here! Q: What are your favorite memories from your high school years? A: The dances and I remember, while we were helping with the stats of a football game, my friend got tackled on the sidelines! Q: What are the biggest differences you have noticed since then and now? A: Mostly the uniforms. We had a dress code instead at that time. Q: What do you miss most of high school? A: I miss seeing my friends on a daily basis. Q: What was your favorite class(es)? Why? A: Biology with Mr. Callahan was my favorite because the work was challenging yet rewarding. Q: Have you received any awards? A: I received a Varsity letter in tennis and track, honor rolls, and I graduated Summa cum laude.
Q: Why did you come back to Bishop? A: I was taking a little time off from teaching while pregnant and one of my friends, who was a teacher here, had to have surgery and asked if I would like to substitute for her classes while she was out. I continued to sub for another year until my friend decided to retire, and I was offered the chance to teach ceramics and art design. Q: What are your favorite memories? A: My favorite memories are the football games and dances. Prom was the only dance that served a sit down dinner, so before the other dances, we always went out to eat at a restaurant. One year, Homecoming was in the Del Amo Food Court, which was just remodeled at the time, and it was really cool to be in the mall when all the stores were closed! Q: What are the major differences? A: The differences include the uniform –our skirts were a light blue & white pin stripe, solid navy, and solid black, no shorts, and no pants until my senior year, I believe. We also had JV & Varsity cheerleaders for each grade, as well as song leaders and a drill team. Q: Favorite class(es)? Why? A: I enjoyed all my art classes when I was here. They were only one semester long so you were able to take a few more, and those started my love of the arts. Campus Ministry was also a favorite class of mine.
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Happy Holidays All Around the World
Ever wonder how Christmas and other holidays are celebrated around the world? Knightlife answers!
Written by Manaka Sato and Rachael Wecker Throughout the world, many from December 26 to January 1, people and cultures celebrate differmeans “First Fruits” and is based on ent forms of Christmas and New Year ancient African harvest festivals. It traditions. Some of the most common celebrates ideals such as family life include the Chinese New Year, Hanuk- and unity. During this spiritual holiday, kah, and Kwanza. millions of African Americans dress in The Chinese New Year is special clothing, decorate their homes known in China as the Spring Festival. with fruits and vegetables, and light a The New Year is used as a means candleholder called a kinara. to reconcile with others, forget all Another holiday is Dongzhi, grudges, and sincerely wish everyone an East Asian celebration that takes a healthy and happy life. Traditions in- place on the winter solstice (last year, clude fireworks, family gatherings, and it was on December 21). It can be family meals—much like a traditional traced back to the philosophy of Yin American Christmas or New Years. and Yang. After the winter solstice, the Hanukkah, a Jewish holiday, lasts for daylight hours will be longer, and this eight days each November or Decem- is associated with an increase of posiber. During this time, Jews light a spe- tive energy flow. Forms of celebration cial candleholder called a menorah. differ from culture to culture, but the They do it in remembrance of an anunion of family is significant in each of cient miracle in which one day’s worth them. of oil burned for eight days in a Jewish St. Lucia Day in Sweden temple. On Hanukkah, many Jews eat takes place on December 13th in honpotato pancakes called latkes, sing, or of the third-century saint. Many girls and spin a top called a dreidel to win dress up as “Lucia brides” by wearing chocolate coins, nuts, or raisins. long white gowns with red sashes and Kwanza, which takes place a wreath of burning candles on their
heads. They wake up their families by singing and bringing them coffee and twisted saffron buns called “Lucia cats.”
Many different cultures around the world celebrate their own form of Christmas, New Year’s, and other holidays. They all, however, all share a sense of unity and bonding with family.
Above: Sophomore Yidan Yuan hangs up a red cutout and other decorations on her window, a tradition, to celebrate the Spring Festival that is Chinese New Year.
Baked With Love!
Valentine’s Day Recipes for delicious sweets for your sweetie (or yourself)! Written by Lourdes Lidzbarksi and Kassandra Madrigal Photographed by Rose Park until firm (One hour or overnight). Ingredients for V-day cookies 2. To color white sanding sugar (if 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter using): Place a few tablespoons in a 2 cups sugar small bowl. Mix in petal dust with a 2 large eggs 4 2/3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more toothpick, a bit at a time, until desired shade is reached. Colored sanding for dusting sugar will last indefinitely. 1 teaspoon baking soda 3. Heat oven to 350 degrees with two 1/4 teaspoon salt racks centered. Line 2 baking sheets 1/4 cup buttermilk with parchment paper. On a lightly 1/2 cup pale-pink or white sanding floured surface, roll chilled dough 1/8 sugar (optional) inch thick. Cut out hearts using any Petal dust in pink, orange, and violet 1 to 3 ½ inch heart cookie cutters. tones (optional) If desired, cut centers out of some 2/3 cup apricot or strawberry jam, hearts. Transfer with spatula to baking slightly warmed (optional) sheets. Chill for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with sanding sugar (if using). Bake Directions for cookies until golden, but not brown. (About 10 1. In an electric mixer fitted with the minutes). Transfer cookies to rack. paddle attachment, cream butter and Continue with dough; reroll scraps. sugar until fluffy (About 4 minutes). 4.To make sandwich hearts: Brush Add eggs, one at a time, beating well bottom heart lightly with jam; cover after each. Sift flour, baking soda, and with a second heart with center cut salt into large bowl. On low speed, out; jam will adhere hearts. Fill cut-out gradually add flour mixture to mixer area with more jam. bowl, alternating with buttermilk, until combined. Wrap dough in plastic; chill
What is your New Year’s Resolution? Interviews and Photography by Sojung Kim.
Ingredients for Heart Shaped Brownies Vegetable oil Cooking spray 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt 3 sticks unsalted butter, cut into pieces 12 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped 3 cups sugar 6 large eggs, room temperature 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract Directions for Brownies 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Coat an 8-inch square cake pan with cooking spray, line bottom with parchment, and then spray parchment. 2. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Place butter and chocolate in a heatproof mixer bowl set over a pot of simmering water, stirring until chocolate melts. 3. Attach bowl to mixer, add sugar, and whisk on medium-high speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Beat in
eggs, 1 at a time, then vanilla. Reduce speed to low, and add flour mixture. 4. Divide batter among muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full. Spread remaining batter in square pan. Bake until set but still soft. (About 18 minutes). Let cool in tins and pan on wire racks. 5. Frost cupcakes with buttercream. Cut out 24 hearts from brownie in pan using a 1 ½ inch heart-shaped cutter. Top each cupcake with a heart.
Above: A sweet plate for your sweetheart!
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Robert Lee‘13: “I want to build my body and be fit.”
Paige Tripp‘13: “I want to stop procrastinating this year.”
Section Editors: Front Page and Sports (Pages 1 - 3): Mary Grace Costa and Shannon Lipp Clubs and Entertainment/Opinion (Pages 4 - 6): Peter Mitchell Entertainment/Opinion and Campus Life (Pages 7 - 9): Kira Coyne Campus Life and Back Page (Pages 10 - 12): Alex Rodriguez and Michael Seo Staff Writers: Samantha Nishimura, Alexander Rodriguez, Aimee Myers, Kira Coyne, Shannon Lipp, Mary Grace Costa, Lauren Hall, David Locke, Yidan Yuan, Hee (Jasmine) Shin, Rose Park, Alexander Horejsi, Alexander Ray, Sabrina Supapkooha, Michael Seo, Andrew Beimel, Peter Mitchell, Claire Park, Lourdes Lidzbarski, Kassandra Madrigal, Manaka Sato, Rachael Wecker, Arionne Thomas, Sojung Kim Staff Artists: Kira Coyne, Jackie Nkansah, Shannon Lipp, Lauren Hall Staff Photographers: Arionne Thomas, Kayla Wilkins, Andrew Beimel, Stephanie Nwaiwu, Jesse Seale, Angela Francis, Maddie Cano, Excalibur Yearbook Staff
Kate Park‘16: “I want to maintain my GPA and spend more time with my family.”
Christian Bowdre ‘13 “I want to learn Japanese because I’m fascinated by the language and the culture.”
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