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“In a fast world where you run late, learn to be patient. I’d rather you take a tardy than run into trouble.” See page 4


See more art by Zhi Jiu Xie on page 2

Read about the football team and its hopes for the rest of the season Page 12

Learn about Borah’s own high school rock stars Page 11

Delve into this year’s marching band theme, the Beatles Page 10


Artist Bio

October 9, 2012

Student says his art puts him ‘in a good mood’ From seven years old, Chinese artist expresses love of Manga in drawings By Ari Anchustegui

By Autumn Whittaker | awhittaker@borahsenator

Known as “JoJo,” Bridge sophomore Zhi Jiu Xie shares art with the Borah Senator. Pictured right is more of his art.

“Drawing makes me feel good,” said sophomore Bridge student Zhi Jiu Xie, or “JoJo” as most refer to him. “It makes me happy and puts me in a good mood.” Xie studied art for seven years in his hometown, Yichang, China. “I went to Green Apple Art studio on the weekends to draw with my friends,” he said. Xie’s departure from China was due to his mother and stepfather’s marriage, since his stepfather lived in America, Xie’s mother felt the need to move. Xie arrived in America in August 2011. He described American schools as considerably easier than those in China. A regular school day there is 10 hours. “We had a test every single day, with





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no exceptions,” explained Xie. “American schools are much easier and I think better.” Art and math are his favorite subjects, and he is taking art teacher Jennifer Compton’s Drawing 1 class. “He’s an analytical kind of renderer,” said Compton. “He’s architectural in his approach and it makes him even more accurate.” Xie’s passion is comics, whether he has his nose in one, or is sketching out characters. “Japanese comic books are what inspire me to become an artist,” he said. His preferences are “One Piece” by Oda Eiichiro, and “Naruto” written by Kishimoto Masashi. Xie began reading comics at age  seven, when his artistic dabbling began. His other artistic inspirations derive from rock music, which Xie described as his genre of choice. Additionally, Xie has played the saxaphone for nearly two years, and enjoys taking part in soccer and basketball after school and weekends. He watches a lot of comedy videos online, but said this does not hinder his commitment to practice his drawing skills. “I draw one to two hours a day, two to three days a week,” said Xie. Molly O’Shea, Xie’s English Learning Development (ELD) teacher, said Xie has learned English at an accelerated pace. “He and a student from Boise High did the artwork on a thank you card for the High Commissioner, Cochetel of the

United Nations,” explained O’Shea. Cochetel is the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and travels the world and visits schools with refugee students. “He designed the card inside and out,” she said. Xie has support from his family: he explained that his mother pushes him to pursue his passion of becoming an artist.   “My mom tells me to keep drawing, and that it will help me gain extra points to get into college,” said Xie. This young artist has aspirations of becoming a professional comic book illustrator.  After Borah, he plans to attend Boise State University to study art. He said, “I want art to be my life, for the rest of my life.”

Letters to the Editor

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Editor addresses Borah population, goals for year Dear students, teachers, administrators, and faculty: As the new Editor-In-Chief of our Senator, I pledge to give my heart and soul to the paper, as I have for the past three years. Sitting in Mrs. Harmon’s journalism class my sophomore year, I never expected to be situated at the Editor’s desk writing this letter to you. It has been quite an amazing transition, moving from JV Sports Editor to Junior Associate Editor, and now, your EditorIn-Chief. I transformed from learner to leader, follower to pioneer, and I have watched myself grow tremendously. As Editor of our paper, I had the opportunity to redesign the entire Photo by Jaynee Nielsen | newspaper. I aimed for a fresh, clean, Editor-In-Chief, senior, Savannah Harrelson, sits at her new editor desk for the 2012modern, and fun look, which I hope is 13 school year in the newspaper room. the feel you get when reading each issue. She worked with me several days dur- expand our print and website reach. I This redesign took an immense ing and after school to perfect my hope to make our newspaper interesting amount of time and effort, and luckily I design. She also visited our classroom for every reader, whether it be a Japahad the help of the amazing Lindsie Ber- and taught key newspaper tips and tools nese Club member or band student. Our gevin, graphic designer extraordinaire for the layout and design process. website,, has expandand designer at the Idaho Statesman. One of my main goals this year is to ed greatly over the past few years. This

year, it has definitely reached its peak. We update the site with a new story or photo gallery often, delivering to you, the reader, updated content and event information that doesn’t always make it into our print edition. Our hope is that you will visit our website frequently, leaving comments and suggestions. Newspaper Production is not just a class, but an opportunity to springboard into the professional world. We interact with accomplished journalists, such as Don Day from KTVB, who regularly visits our newsroom., maintain an advisory committee, and give students the opportunity to job shadow and intern with working professionals. We hope to make the newspaper the best it can be while still allowing the class to take advantage of the resources we have and teach students how to be successful in the journalism world. I hope you find great joy in reading our newspaper. If you have any comments, concerns, or constructive criticism, please feel free to write a letter to the editor via our website or an email to me.

Savannah Harrelson Editor-In-Chief

Senator Staff Positions Editor-In-Chief Savannah Harrelson Senior Associate Editor Grace Gibney Junior Associate Editor Jaynee Nielsen Advertising Manager Brittni Hanrahan Photo Manager Jaynee Nielsen Web Editor Grace Gibney Text Editor Sara Rostron Page Editors Cover Savannah Harrelson Letters Daxton Williams Artist Bio Brittni Hanrahan News Grace Gibney Opinion Gustavo Sagrero Life August Mckernan Spread Ari Anchustegui Arts and Entertainment Sara Rostron Trends Ari Anchustegui Sports Savannah Harrelson, Daxton Williams Photo Essay Jaynee Nielsen Fun and Games August McKernan, Jaynee Nielsen Staff Writers Brittany Perry, Kate Moore, Kira Barclay and Taylor McNitt Staff Photographers Autumn Whittaker, Jaynee Nielsen, and Taylor McNitt Adviser: Michelle Harmon

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Last year’s Lion Tracks put on hold

Collaboration schedule becomes a weekly outing

Faculty evaluates student feedback, Naviance, conflct with collaboration schedule

Students still have long lunch, but notice it’s shorter than last year’s

By Jaynee Nielsen Borah faculty plans to make changes to Lion Tracks this year, although nothing specific has been determined. Because the administration listened to seniors’ feedback last year, the leadership team is considering adjustments. Bonita Hammer, Principal, said Lion Tracks is designed to help students learn and discuss strategies with teachers to successfully complete high school and prepare for college and careers. Lion Tracks   was established last year to help Borah students think about college requirements. However, most seniors reported on a survey in May that such information during their senior year was a little late and it would be a better program if targeted at sophomores. With collaboration schedule changes this year, for example, the teachers meet every Thursday at lunch--and lunch every Thursday is extended to accommodate this. With collaboration lunch, it is hard to fit in Lion Tracks in the schedule, since last year the schedule alternated each week between either collaboration or Lion Tracks. In other word, Lions Tracks met on the weeks that teachers did not have collaboration, so the schedules on Wednesdays always looked similar. Since the Lion Tracks schedule is still being worked out, Borah staff is incorporating Naviance more than past years. Naviance is a website that helps students find what kind of post high school options are available, and provides information about careers.

By Sara Rostron For the students that have been at Borah for more than a year, they know that there has been a special collaboration lunch on Wednesdays. It was a routine that many students remember fondly. Not only were classes shortened from regular schedule, it allowed enough time to go to lunch with friends and make it to fifth period. This year, collaboration arrangements are a little different. Instead of collaboration time being in the middle of the week, it is held weekly on Thursdays for an hour. There have been mixed feelings as juniors and seniors adjust to the change. Senior Kenzie Kearns remarked that she likes Wednesday collaboration better because it’s in the “middle of the week.” She also said that, “These collaborations are shorter, so what’s the point? As a sophomore, I would like this, but as a senior it ruins everyone’s plans... there is not enough time to go to a restaurant for lunch.” Senior Mikail Gallegos agreed. “The old way is better. The positive is that collaboration happens more often, but it’s

Photo by Jaynee Nielsen |

Senior Zoe Everett, sophomore Griffin Mullin and senior Chloe Blasius, eat lunch at McDonalds on Overland and Cole Rd. during collaboration lunch. really short. You have to eat really fast and come back for class.” Security Officer Archie Wright said students should make sure they’re driving safely in the rush to make it back for class. “One bad day could mean a driving ticket, or even worse you could hit someone,” he said. “In a world where you run late, learn to be patient.” He added, “I’d rather you

take a tardy than run into trouble.” Principal Bonita Hammer explained why the collaboration day changed: “This was a standardized decision. The goal is to increase collaboration among all schools and give more opportunities for teachers to (meet). Every faculty member has so many talents; I like that we get to collaborate and see how to use people with their talents.”

District upgrades all computers to Windows 7 By Kate Moore Last summer, the Boise School District replaced computers and updated the operating system from XP to Windows 7; Windows 7 is quicker, easier, and more efficient. Students can share and stream music, and even get creative with their own photos and videos. It is also easier

to find applications with Windows 7. According to Librarian, Jennifer Boyd, “Vista was not good” and she said she considers Borah lucky to have skipped Windows Vista and to have gone directly to Windows 7. “We waited about as long as we could,” Boyd said. “It was time--beyond time.” The technicians started installing new computers in classrooms and offices in June and finished just before

school began. Most students and faculty have noticed the initially slow log-in time. Junior Jennie Link said, “I think (the new log-in) is really slow.” One of the reasons for the slow response time initially was “our server,” said Boyd.“It could not handle Windows 7, so we installed a third server in the district.” The extra server helped with the slow speed some students were experiencing.


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NHS members volunteer at event, proceeds benefit Idaho veterans By Jaynee Nielsen National Honor Society (NHS) signed up to help the MIA-POW Chrome at the Home, a fundraiser for veterans. Borah parent and volunteer coordinator, Cathy Myers, helped 15 NHS students, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 22, set up, register, complete a scavenger hunt, and run an auction. This is the fundraiser’s third year. The

veterans have basics of living, furniture, and hope of a better life. “This event is about giving back and showing them they have not been forgotten,” Myers said. “I am honored and humbled to be part of this great event.” She added, “It has made me stop and think about things we take for granted everyday.” One veteran, Virgil Shaw, was in the Air Force and fought in the Vietnam War in 1967 when he was 32. “Everyone

is so nice,” said Shaw. He also said the home was the nicest place he has stayed. Senior volunteer Samantha Barns said she knows a lot of veterans, and she wanted to show she cares. “Show respect and appreciation (to the veterans),” senior Valerie Terry said. Both Barns and Terry helped at the bounce house and then escorted veterans around the event, showing them the motorcycles and booths volunteers set up and manned

Homecoming Court: spectators, students share an ‘ahhh’ moment


Q&A Sheriden Day wins first place in national competition By Ari Anchustegui After taking Child Development and Childhood Professions, senior Sheriden Day placed first of 35 competitors in FCCLA’s Early Childhood competition over the summer, and is currently an elementary school intern. Day, along with Child DevelopDay ment teacher Shanon Holt, Borah graduate Jasmine Davis, and students of Council High School traveled to Orlando, Fla., during the first weekend of July to compete in the organization’s National Leadership Conference.

Q: What was the competition like? What were you required to do?

A: I was given a prompt and had less than 10 minutes to deliver my presentation to judges. I had to teach a health and wellness lesson on Over the school year I created a portfolio and the judges graded that as well.

Q. What did your portfolio contain?

A. My portfolio contained information on my internship last year. I interned at Boise Cooperative preschool and I worked all year with 3- to 5-year-olds, but focused on the 4- and 5-year-olds. I focused on their development stages: how they learn and what they need to learn before entering kindergarten.

Q. How did your parents react?

A. My mom and dad were both super excited. I called them once I found out how I did and Mrs. Holt was yelling into the phone with excitement. They are both very proud of me.

Q. What was your reward for taking first place? Photo by Jaynee Nielsen |

From left to right: Seniors Valerie Terry, Willow Jarvis, Kenzie Reiber, Hannah Grange, Christie Echols, and Shelbie Hackett are all smiles as they pose with their flowers and sashes. Esther Davis (pictured in front), daughter of Borah faculty member Jayne Davis, had the honor of placing the crown on this year’s Homcoming Queen, Kenzie Reiber.

A. I received a $12,000 scholarship to Kendell College in Chicago. I think I’m going to go to the University of Idaho though, because they have the program I want.



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Young undocumented immigrants designated reprieve to continue life and studies in U.S. Staff Editorial For years, many undocumented students have walked the halls of American schools, alongside students who are citizens and residents of the United States. These students face the same obstacles as their documented counterparts, but the only obstacle holding many back is they are here “illegally” and thus under constant threat of being deported back to their own countries. That is until June 15, when the Secretary of Homeland Security and President Obama announced a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which allows young immigrants who came to be in the United States illegally eligible to apply for Deferred Action. Coming to a new country is a scary process. Being a new immigrant to the United States means adjusting to a new language, people, and fusion of cultures. Families have to put aside the ties that have held them for so long to a place once called home. The term “illegal immigrants” usually leads one to think of the leathery skinned man who does landscaping, or the woman who speaks little English cleaning houses. But more and more, it’s becoming apparent it’s not just such adults who are “illegal,” children also find themselves here illegally. An article from the Pew Hispanic Center, a subsidiary of the Pew Research Center, estimates that from 4.4 million undocumented young people are 31

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Graphic adapted from or younger, 1.7 million have a chance to receive relief from deportation, and 950,000 are eligible immediately. This new policy concerning undocumented people under 31 allows those eligible to apply for deferred action, that is, “relief from removal from the country or from entering into removal proceedings,” according to an official government website. This will allow them to apply for governmentsponsored privileges, such as a driver’s licenses. Applying to a college or university is a rigorous task; it requires filling out many blank boxes with personal information and following up on many aspects of the application process. Now imagine doing all of that but without proof of citizenship. Some schools don’t even accept applications without it. An article on College Board’s website stated, “Many four-year state colleges in Virginia (following a 2003 recommendation by the state attorney general) require applicants to submit proof of citizenship or legal residency and refuse

admission to students without documentation.” With this new stance taken by the government, undocumented students will now have many of the same opportunities documented students have and the potential of these young men and women will not be limited. For children caught in this situation, it was not their decision to be in the United States illegally, although their parents’ concerns for their futures played a role in this. Here in the United States, many opportunities and pathways exist allowing one to become, if not successful, self-reliant to an extent that children can study and get ahead by achieving in school. In most cases these immigrants feel they are better off here than where they originally came from. That’s why here at the Borah Senator, we commend not just President Obama but the entire administration for acting on this and not leaving undocumented young people, a potential source of bright human capital, out in the cold.

Senator Staff Shout Outs What do you think about the new electronics policy? I love it! Personally, I used my phone anyways last year during break and lunch. I thought it was pointless that we couldn’t because it wasn’t hurting anybody. It isn’t that I have to have my phone all the time, and constantly be able to use it, but it is the fact of knowing I have the freedom to.

I really appreciate that the school is keeping up with current times. Students already sneak their phones around anyway, so this new rule will definitely help keep us out of trouble while still protecting the positive school environment.

-Brittany Perry Junior

-Savannah Harrelson Senior

If teenagers want to do something, they will. The rule was pointless-students always used their phones anyway. If teenagers have more freedom, I think they will be more likely to respect the rules in place. The fact that so many policies have changed this year just proves that student input is worth it. When we say something, we are listened to. -Sara Rostron Senior

Qualifications for deferred action applications •

Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012.

Came to the United States before reaching the age of 16.

Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time.

Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS.

Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012.

Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States.

Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

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THE SENATOR’S TOP 10 SPOOKY MOVIE PICKS By Taylor McNitt Have you ever watched a horror movie that wasn’t even scary? This list was designed to make your blood boil with fear. From witchcraft to murderers, to spirits and ghosts, these are the movies that will scare you the most. You’ll lay in your bed with nightmares whirling in your brain. Here are the top 10 scariest movies that will drive you insane!

Blair Witch Project Chernobyl Diaries Possession Devil Grave Encounters Drag Me to Hell The Apparition 7500  ouse at the end of H the Street Sinister


What to do on Halloween

Fright Fest

Fright Fest is an all ages dance party. This year’s Fright Fest takes place Oct. 26 at the Revolution Concert House and Event Center in Garden City. The event features 12 DJ’s and headliners DirtyRock and Rubicon 7. Tickets are available on Revolution’s Facebook page starting at $5.

What to wear, costume version By Autumn Whittaker Do you really want to be the kid wearing a cardboard robot costume or just a sheet with eye holes cut out for Halloween? Here are some great costume ideas that will guarantee you are not that type of nerd. It is always fun to go in a group and coordinate costumes with friends. All dress up in the same costume, like juniors Jacob Warwick, Victor Mosegaard, and William Duda, who are all going as ghosts. Another group idea is for friends to dress in all black and be a shadow by following someone around all night. Or, try going with a theme like super heroes, celebrities, or candies.  If trick-or-treating in a group is out, but  wanting to look cool is in, get a whole bunch of “hello my name is” stickers and write a different name on all of them and go as someone having an identity crisis. Be comfortable with yourself, like sophomore Halayana Liera who is using her hair to transform her into Cousin It from “The Addams Family” classic TV series. Still need ideas for costumes? Put on a fake pig nose, wrap up in a blanket, and go as a pig in a blanket. Or, wear a shirt advertising a popular beverage and put on a foil hat to be a bottle of a favorite soda. Most importantly, be creative this Halloween. Have fun with  choosing a costume and don’t be shy.

By Grace Gibney

Halloween is a night when the Treasure Valley gathers together to celebrate. With

Zombie Walk

It’s a flash-mob event where the “undead” rally together on a certain day, time, and location and meander about in zombie attire. This year the Annual Boise Zombie Walk takes place Oct. 26, 6 p.m., on the downtown corner of 3rd and Front in the parking lot. This year’s zombie theme is the 1968 classic film, “Night of the Living Dead.”

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Hallow’s eve differs culturally

numerous events taking place, there is only Trunk-or-Treating

Trunk-or-Treating is a fun, family event that consists of dressing up and moving from trunk-to-trunk, collecting candy and playing games. Each car is decorated with different themes. Check out free trunk-or-treating events at Whitney Elementary and Valley Shepherd Church of the Nazarene.

one thing to do: get involved. Rally some friends together, dress up, and get out there. Here are some activities to ensure Halloween will be a night to remember. Haunted World

Haunted World is an outdoor, “haunted” ground filled with numerous areas to discover. It features “The Haunted World,” “Skullvania,” and a corn maze. Haunted World is open every day until Halloween night, and the price is $20 per person.

Corn Maze

Borah Choir is fundraising for its spring tour to Seattle by selling $5 tickets to Linder Farms, located one mile west of the Kuna/Meridian Highway (Hwy 69), and halfway between Lake Hazel and Columbia Roads. The corn maze theme is Boise State Broncos, featuring the “Trail of Terror,” laser tag, and mechanical bull rides. I was 8 years old the first time he came after me. I went camping for the first time with my family, and my older jerk cousin had taken my old gameboy, the gameboy that I had spent all summer saving up for. He had tossed it into the thick woods the night before so I went out looking for it alone the next morning, armed with the biggest stick I could find. What else could you expect from an 8-yearold? You could tell from my Rey Mysterio shirt that I knew a little about

wrestling, and my dad had long since ever picked me up, so I was pretty sure no one could kidnap me. I could beat anyone in an arm wrestling contest, and, even if one crossed my path, I was pretty sure I could beat a bear too. It had rained the night before and the morning mist was not yet all gone.No other sound was heard in the woods except for a distant irrational *thunk* each time growing closer, eventually his thin, tall, multi-limbed silhouette came into view. He kept hitting his head on the low hanging branches; awkwardly moving from one bruise to another, swearing with bitter annoyance under his breath or what I thought was breath. He threw his multiple arms up in frustration every time, gliding first left, then right, then a bit left-right, weaving his way to me bit by bit. Eventually his faceless, pale, white, complexion turned to black and blue all over. What seemed like a nice suit at first had become tattered and frayed. And I, I just stood there, not frozen in fear, well actually a bit, but this was on a whole new level, one in which the realization of this happening was still not connecting in my mind, but my body was reminding me that in fact people

For example, the Democratic Republic of Congo celebrates its deceased ones on a special day of remembrance similar to Mexico’s Day of On Halloween, many students are itching the Dead. for the day to finally grow darker, so they can “It’s called Fete des Mort,” said Palue Mpassi, go trick-or-treating. But its not just American a sophomore from the Congo. “On November kids, people all around the world celebrate this first, the whole town goes to the graveyard to day in one way or another. honor the dead.” The most accepted The Congolese beorigins of this holiday gin the celebration with finds its roots in a yearwashing the tombs of end Celtic celebration, those who have died. a day that falls on the They also bring gifts as 31st of October, called well as food to the perSamhain, where the son’s tomb. Celts believed fairies An old photo of the were most active, and deceased person is takspirits searched for en and a cross is placed bodies to capture and on the forehead and is use to their advantage. kept in the dead person’s This is where donroom in remembrance. ning a disguise for the They also put flowers day comes from: to and food on the tomb,” -Sophomore Rose Malubeki added Rose Malubeki, a avoid having thier bodies snatched by lurking sophomore from Congo. spirits. Once Christianity came into the reigon “On some occasions on the two year it would be denounced as a pagan activity. anniversary of the death, they change the traLater, Catholicism dubbed it All Hallows ditional black garb the deceased was wearing Eve, as it was the day before the celebration of- into a white one and wash the old one, as well Christian saints on Nov. 1 as the body,” said Malubeki. Many Western countries celebrate HalShe added, “The kids aren’t allowed to go loween or some sort of variant, many times see the tomb, because they may see the debecause of the cultural influence that the Unit- ceased person in their dreams.” ed States has. Much of the media coming from Mpassi said, “Maybe if the children ask their the U.S., especially movies and television, has mom, they might be able to go, but most of the a profound effect. time, it’s only for people who are 18 or older.”

By Gustavo Sagrero

SLENDER MAN a terrifyingly scary story satire By Gustavo Sagrero

Graphic found on Flickr Creative Commons

do pee themselves when scared. When he finally came through the thicket he reached down to pick me up, one slender hand around each pit, and one around my mouth to stop me from screaming. He tugged once, and then twice, I guess he had a concussion because the next thing I remembered waking up with him on top of me, he was passed out, cold. I eventually got him off, and ran back to the campsite, but when I came back, he was gone. I had to sleep with a rosary my grandma had given me for weeks after that.

“The kids aren’t allowed to go see the tomb, because they may see the deceased person in their dreams.”



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Band plays Beatles music at football games By Daxton Williams

Photo By Jaynee Nielsen |

The marching band plays a medley of Beatles songs for competitions and half-time shows.

“Roll up, roll up, for the mystery tour.” The Beatles released the song, “The Mystery Tour” in 1967 and 45 years later, Borah’s marching band instructor, Kevin Sullivan, decided to use the song to begin the group’s events with this year’s Beatles theme. “I was looking for something fun and entertaining,” Sullivan said. He is in his 21st year as band instructor and has the support of his students. “We all thought it was really cool,” said senior drum major Ariel Pullicar. “Sullivan listened to (band) shows over the summer, and liked how it sounded.” The Band has five Beatles songs in this year’s repetoire: “Magical Mystery Tour,” “Lady Madonna,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “Blackbird/Yesterday,” and “Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.” “We practice everyday in class, and Tuesday’s and Thursday’s we practice our marching from three to five,” said

Pullicar. Sullivan said, “We have a good group of people. They’re all very dedicated. Good attitude, too.” With good performers, some even trying out for solo’s, Sullivan refused to name any names. “I’m not gonna say who, we’re a team. Some people are trying out for solo spots, so it can be obvious, but we’re still a team,” said Sullivan. The Band consists of drums and horns, as well as a percussion instruments. “If you get a chance to be in band, do it. Most people are scared by the marching, but it is easy and really fun,” said Pullicar. “It’s definitely worth it.” Sullivan said he knows what he wants to accomplish this year. “We want to march and play well all year. We compete and we can place, but . . . our only goal is to get better as a band.” The Marching Band performed at the first home football game. A busy schedule awaits the group at home football games and band competitions.

Dance team polishes routine in wee hours By Sara Rostron Every morning before school, they gather at Borah in front of the New Gym at six o’ clock sharp. A minute late results in a stair lap. For an hour and a half they stretch, run laps, belt out pushups and situps. They learn choreography

and practice dance technique. This is reality for the girls on Dance Team. Members are now required to recieve studio lessons so they can improve the team. Seniors Alexia Neal and Emily Davis share the responsibilities of team captains. “If you have a bad day, at least you can dance!” Davis explained that her

goal for the team is to do well when they compete. The team has inexperienced girls that come and go, and who didn’t anticipate how intense the practices are. This leaves the dedicated members shining. “I get a good sense of achievement,” sophomore Catalina Bu added. “I know in my heart I worked for this spot!”

Photo By Savannah Harrelson

Dance Team performs at Welcome to the Jungle Assembly Sept. 7.

Local LDS ward organizes collection drive, donates needed supplies By August Mckernan Scantily clad binders blush as they travel down the assembly line, gaining clothes along the way. They don the epitome of school supply fashion – paper, folders, and pencil pouches. The Brookhollow LDS Ward donated these supplies to assist Borah students in a recent philanthropic project. Clarisse Tate, chairman of the project, reported they collected both school and

hygiene supplies for a month and a half. Each group had a different responsibility. For instance, primary students had the task of donating crayons, pencils, and soap while secondary students collected toiletries and high school age school supplies. Tate said the adults picked up the slack. Once the supplies were collected, participants lined up to form a pseudo assembly line. They stuffed backpacks and binders full of necessary school supplies. They

also made hygiene kits which consist of soap, deodorant, and other products. Tate said the point of the project was “to provide relief” for Borah students. She also said she was “very proud of the way everyone stepped up and contributed to the project.” The supplies will be distributed by the various counselors and nurse. Rebecca Woodland, Borah’s social worker, will advertise they are giving away supplies to those in need. She urges students to come seek help. Woodland said, “It will strongly

impact our refugee and homeless students.” She went on to assert that it will “give them the power to achieve academically” and “sends a strong message that they’re wanted and appreciated.” The Brookhollow LDS Ward plans to assist Borah in the future. Woodland said the church has adopted Borah and is planning a shoe drive. Junior Cooper Smith plans to lead this drive to earn his Eagle Scout badge. Woodland said this type of generosity is “incredible and unique.”

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Student bands juggle school, music artistry By Grace Gibney What separates Borah from other Treasure Valley high schools is its music groups, more specifically, bands Invaders of March and Lancaster Sound. Invaders of March consists of vocalist Geoff Miller, bassist Dallas McCrea, guitarist Gustavo Sagrero, and drummer Luke Brandt. The all-senior band formed the summer of ninth grade and has remained together ever since, playing gigs at talent shows, The Venue, and most recently, Borah’s 2012 “Welcome to the Jungle” assembly. “I had a lot of fun playing at the assembly in front of that many people,” said McCrea. “When we had the encore and everyone was on the floor was when I was most comfortable.” “I forgot the second chorus to our song ‘Fashion’,” admitted Miller. “But people didn’t really know the song, so it turned out okay.” Senior members of another group, Lancaster Sound -- Spencer Bardoff, Chris Thomas, and Dannin Thompson -- are well-rounded musicians, each player switching among vocals, keyboards, guitar, and drums.

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Invaders of March perform at Welcome to the Jungle on Sept. 7. They played an original song, as well as “Pumped up Kicks” by Foster the People that wrapped up the assembly. “We’re sort of like a loose cannon,” said Thomas. “We tend to probe the range of what we play.” The psychedelic, Indie, jazz, blues band hopes to complete its purely original, first album “Enjoy Your Stay” soon. Both bands are looking ahead to the future, each with their own plans. Each member from Invaders of March plans to attend college. Lancaster Sound has

other goals in mind: “I want to buy a motor for my bike, save $1,000, buy recreational equipment and get on my way,” said Bardoff. On the flip side, Thomas plans to study music and science at a liberal arts college and Thompson said he will join AmeriCorps before college. Lancaster Sound is appreciative of its fans. “Love and kisses to Casey Lindenberg,” said Bardoff.

REVIEW “Les Miserable” popular, but Boise debut was so-so By Grace Gibney “One Day More” and “24601” are just two of the t-shirt logos on display when I attended the 25th anniversary musical production of “Les Miserables” at the Morrison Center. “Les Misérables” (means “the wretched poor”) was originally a novel written by French author Victor Hugo in 1862. The story follows the life of runaway convict Jean Valjean who, after being jailed 19 years for stealing bread, flees his parole seeking redemption. The tale depicts Valjean’s lifelong journey as he seeks to obey the will of God by making a new life and name for himself. The musical highlights several themes, including religion, war, love, and heartbreak.

The Sept. 19 production was what I expected of an internationally renowned musical shown in a low-key location like Boise: “so-so.” And yet, the Morrison Center was packed; Treasure Valley Broadway fanatics were there to see it. The stage itself was fluid. Each song consisted of beautiful sceneries, classic costumes, and smooth transitions. Actor Peter Lockyer played lead role of Jean Valjean. His vocals carried a bittersweet vibrato that held the audience at bay. The delicate song “Bring Him Home,” was the highlight of the production, arousing a loud applause from the audience. There were some actors, however, who did not meet the expectations of their roles. Betsy Morgan played the heartbreaking Fantine, a woman forced into prostitution after losing her job in order to provide for her child, Cosette. Morgan butchered

the most gripping song of the musical, “I Dreamed a Dream.” Her voice did not carry throughout the theatre and her phrases were choppy. The audience was left feeling disappointed, aghast, and wondering why this actress was cast in her role. The roles of Marius and Cosette, played by Max Quinlan and Lauren Wiley, were no more than satisfactory. The couple is young and in love, but they did not portray this enough to the audience, and, therefore, were not convincing in their parts. Overall, the production was no more than an A- show, but for a worldwide phenomenon being shown in Boise, Idaho, it was an evening well-spent. I can now say that I am happily anticipating the release of the movie “Les Misérables,” which is to premiere this Christmas.

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October 9, 2012

Team hopes for wins near end of season Football team rallies from its loss against Boise, looks to beat top teams to end season strong By Daxton Williams

Upcoming Games

The 2011 football team recorded the first winning varsity football record in 17 seasons: 5-4. With a second year head coach trying to keep that streak alive, the Lions are playing hard football. Head Coach Darren Corpus coached the freshman Borah team at West Jr. High for a number of years with great success before transferring to Borah’s program. Since his arrival, the Lions have made a turnaround. The program went 0-8 in the 2009 season, 3-4 in 2010, and 5-4 in 2011.   This year, at the time of publication, the team has achieved a 4-1 tally to date. Junior quarterback, Cole Skinner, has big plans for the end of the season. “Obviously we want to make it to state and win it,” said Skinner. Corpus said, “We want to win every game, and, in the process, become better each and every day as players and people.” The last two games could  determine

Oct. 11 vs Vallivue @ Dona Larsen Oct. 19 vs Capital @ Dona Larsen Oct. 26 @ Rocky Mountain High the season: the game against Capital, and the one against 3-0 Rocky Mountain. Although these are big games, Corpus said it’s not his top priority. “Those are big games, but you don’t look towards those games. Take every week one game at a time. Right now, we’re thinking about (the game of the week) and that’s it,” said Corpus. Monumental wins for the team included a close battle against Meridian, where the team trailed until the last few seconds of the game, winning 33-28. Skinner, who is in his first season as starting quarterback for the Lions, is realizing a season so far with 679 yards and eight touchdowns. “Overall, I’ve gotten better at running the offense and being the leader in the

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The Borah football team went head to head against the Timberline Wolves on Sept. 28th. Both Borah and Timberline scored a touchdown in the first few minutes of the game. Borah came out on top with a 31-21 win. huddle. My throwing has gotten better too,” Skinner said. He’s made some improvements since starting as junior varsity quarterback last year; however he still has some goals to work on, such as “not escaping the pocket when I feel the pressure coming,” or “trusting my linemen and backs to pick up the (defensive ends),” said Skinner. Corpus said he believes he can improve as a coach as well. “As a coach

you’re always thinking about how to get better. I just try to work as hard as all of my players,” said Corpus. Although the season isn’t over yet, Corpus reflected on his coaching. “We’ve got some great players: Hunter Kenyon, Colten Streufert, Cole Skinner, and Hawkins Mann (who) all take their leadership roles on the field.” He added, “We have a great coaching staff. I know we seem unhappy a lot, but that’s just football. I love doing my job.”

Senior Emillio Trevino premieres in MMA, wins fight By Savannah Harrelson Three years ago, senior Emillio Trevino’s dad asked him if he wanted to start Jujitsu classes. Now, he has 16 gold, eight silver, and two bronze medals in the sport and recently competed in his first Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) match. “It’s more than just a hobby, it’s a part of me now,” said Trevino. He spends every day after school training at his father’s gym, Jet House. In the summer he trained three times a day for a total of six hours. “It gets tiring, but I love it,” he said. On Sept. 14, Trevino competed in his first MMA fight. In the first round, he won by TKO, technical knockout. His opponent, Angelo Cervantes, won his first two MMA fights, but Trevino prevailed in a mere minute and six seconds. Trevino defines dedication in everything he does. He participates in

football, wrestling, and rugby for Borah while also training year round in arts like boxing and Jujitsu. “Everything I do I dedicate myself until I’m the best.” Senior Russell Hipple, a friend with whom Trevino trains, said, “He is a strong athlete in football and a very dedicated MMA fighter. His training is very hard.” As a junior, Trevino decided to start wrestling. In his rookie year, he placed first at the district tournament and second at state. “He had a really good year,” said Bill West, wrestling coach, “He certainly has things he needs to work on, but he’s got a lot of potential.” Since his interest in martial arts began, he has been blessed with the help of professionals. He has worked with experienced fighters, and his lead coach, Jacen Flynn, fought in the UFC, Ultimate Fighting Championship.

“I have complete faith in him,” Trevino said about Flynn. He draws his inspiration from three of his closest people: his dad, his grandma, and Flynn. “(My dad) has done a lot for me and he’s always been really supportive of everything I do.” Trevino hopes to receive a football or wrestling scholarship for college; however, he does not know where he wants to go yet. He aspires to study psychology and philosophy. “I like to question things,” he said, adding that he loves to study people. In the future, he said he will continue to improve his fighting skills and work toward the UFC. “Most people want to make it to the UFC. I don’t settle for just making it, I want to be the champion,” said Trevino.

Go online to to see a video of his debut MMA fight

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Senior Emillio Trevino practices his kicks and jabs with a punching bag at his gym. He recently faught in his first MMA fight.


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Q&A Senior soccer player Jacob Szuch advances to collegiate level By Daxton Williams Caleb McSurdy, Taylor West, Braden Corpus are just some of the former Borah Lions to get a big scholarship to a Division 1 (D-1) college, the top division in college sports. Now a new name can be added to that list: senior football and soccer player, Jacob Szuch. Szuch received a full-ride scholarship to Oregon State University.

Q: How do you feel you have performed this year? A: As a leader on the soccer team, expectations have been higher for me. If you lead by example, the team will perform better, and that’s what we’ve done this year.

Q: How have you been balancing football and soccer?

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Jacob Szuch, senior, a varsity soccer player at the Borah vs. Capital game (Borah 4- Capital 1). Szuch will continue his soccer journey with his full ride scholarship to Oregon State University.

A: The football coaches have been really understanding, because I’m kicking at soccer practice and games, so I’m still practicing. We’ve only had two conflicts against Centennial and Meridian. The team performs better when I’m there and the special teams are better as well.

Q: Can you explain some of the basics

about your scholarship?

A: Oregon State offered me the best scholarship I could ever ask for. It’s great. I’m 100 perecent sure I’m going there.

Q: How do your parents feel about it?

A: They’ve been supportive with everything I’ve done. Plus they don’t have to pay for my college, so they’re happy about that.

Q: What are your future goals for your soccer career? A: I’m going to take life one step at a time: go to college and play at the highest possible competition in D-1 Pac-12 soccer. It’s a huge opportunity, and there’s going to be a lot of competition.

Q: Have you been pressured to go on a mission by parents or relatives?

A: It’s different with all religions. It’s never pressured on the kids, because, in the end, it’s our choice, but as an LDS kid I have been advised to take the trip when I’m 19. I’ll play at Oregon for at least two years, then I’ll make my decision.

Q: Has there been any competition between your brothers and you?

A: Being a part of a family, you feel the urge to compete. They push you harder than anybody else. My brother, Eli, just graduated and decided to go on a mission, so he turned down a lot of scholarships, but now me and my younger brother are on the team together and we help each other a lot.

Q: What has been your goal in your soccer career?

A: I’ve always had the goal to play D-1 soccer, which is the highest level you can play besides the pros. My goals this year are different than my goals from last year, and my goals next year will be different from this year.

Q: What is the goal of Borah’s soccer team this year?

A: Our goal is the state championship. We are one of the strongest programs Borah has ever had. We often get forgotten because of football or basketball, but we are definitely one of the best.

Q: Is there anything else you want the people of Borah to know? A: Just a piece of advice, everything comes with hard work. Things aren’t going to be easy. Even if you’re naturally gifted, it won’t always pay off in the end.

FALL SPORTS Varsity athletes play hard, dream big, relate to teammates By Brittany Perry


“I personally love this year’s volleyball team; all of the three teams are a program for once and we are much more like a family! The new coaching staff is phenomenal and are building this program from the ground up,” said junior Anna Benavente . Girls on the team are various heights, strengths, abilities, skills, and backgrounds. The Lady Lions started the season with four wins and four losses. Benavente, defensive specialist, said, “When you are willing to work your hardest and you are not afraid to make your own mis-

takes and learn from them, that’s when you go the farthest.” The volleyball team has practice Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, depending on what days it has games. Practices run from 3:15-5:30 p.m. Whether it’s doing their occasional sweet 16’s, or stair laps, they condition frequently. Junior Ashley Vorachack said, “Never Say Never” is the motto that kept her going, through the running, tough practices, exhaustion, and games.

Cross Country

“I run because it makes me feel good, even if the run doesn’t. I run because it helps me realize my physical potential, and I’ve met some amazing people through it. But mostly, I run because I love food way too much!” said junior Alison Yager. Cross Country requires strength and perseverance.

“The more we practice, the better we will get,” Yager added. “The Coeur d’Alene trip would have to be the most noteworthy moment to me: the 8-hour bus ride with no air conditioner was the best part of it all--something I will never forget. The trip created a bond that cannot be broken.” Other cross country runners echoed Yager’s sentiments about this fall sport. Sophomore Jake Selvage said, “It’s not about the fun you have when running; it’s the rewarding feeling you get by looking at what you’ve accomplished.”

Girls Soccer

“Our team likes to dance before all of our soccer games; it’s like a pre-game ritual,” junior Rylee Randall said with a smile on her face.

Girls soccer is not just a sport for socializing and messing around with friends but a very intense workout. Soccer players are sweating by the end of their warm-ups. The soccer team practices every day they do not have a game. Their games are on Mondays and Wednesdays. Practices run from 4:30-6:00 p.m. The team started it’s season with four wins, one loss, and three ties. “Our team has the most skill and chemistry I have ever seen at Borah,” said junior Emiley Schoonover. “Every single player is so talented, and brings something special to the field.” The team is fairly older this year, with 10 seniors, who will be contributing previous experience to the team. Both Randall and Schoonover plan to “go to state, and take it home.” They were extremely enthusiastic, and sounded very confident.



October 9, 2012

Senator Spotlight: Logan Kennedy It’s getting grungy in the house By Ari Anchustegui

Photo by Ari Anchustegui

Senior Logan Kennedy poses in the quad flaunting his style

Dressed in a beige Hawaiian shirt buttoned to the neck, prescription eyewear, khakis, moccasins over Aztec printed socks and a glass eyebal hanging by a hemp chord around his neck, senior Logan Kennedy stands proudly. “ I like style, I like to have it,” said Kennedy. Kennedy struts the halls of Borah with style that is nothing but his own. He said he dresses differently because “I enjoy being an individual.” He stated his feelings towards the way others present themselves and that lack of individuality displeases him. Although a portion of Kennedy’s inspiration comes from musical artists such as Minor Threat, Of Montreal, The White Stripes and David Bowie, he revealed than most of his outfits are simply fueled by creative thoughts. “I have visions about my fashion, I see clothing in my head. It comes over me and I can’t control it,” said Kennedy. “Sometimes in class I just lose it.” Senior Sebastian Fraser, a friend of Kennedy’s, feels Kennedy has great taste in apparel. “We work off each other a lot, if I see something at a thrift store and it’s not my size but I like it, then I’ll get it for Logan. We also have matching turtlenecks.” Fraser said they will be participating

in “Turtleneck Tuesdays” come fall, and to “be ready for it.” While high school students are shopping at The Boise Town Square, Kennedy is hunting for finds in local thrift stores, and creating clothing via sewing kits. Thus far he has designed his very own jersey, a felt shirt andfelt shoes. He is currently making a pair of “sweet twill pants.” Senior Walter Odedo said, “I enjoy that he’s not afraid to go out of the box, and that he has his own style.” His mother has other opinions. Kennedy said his mom will try to stop him from leaving the house sometimes. “She’ll say things like ‘the school won’t let you wear that because it’s too much of a distraction,’” said Kennedy, laughing. Clearly unbothered, he shrugged and stated, “ I don’t really care what people think.” Kennedy uses trends from many decades, his most adored being the ‘80s punk rock styles and the ‘50s prep look. When he’s not rummaging through clothing racks for new trends, he’s either riding his fixed gear bicycle, “skating and destroying,” playing his guitar or “just hanging around with friends.” Kennedy said “I don’t want to dress like anyone else and I don’t want anyone to dress like me.”

Techno music plays frequently on radio By August Mckernan Synthesizers and keyboards have begun their devious plan for world domination. They scour the planet searching for eardrums to conquer. Electronic music is sweeping the nation and its radio stations. Lucky Tha Dj, from the 103.3 Kiss FM radio station, said techno music gained popularity almost instantaneously because of sites like YouTube. He said “more people are exposed to the music,” which contributes to increasing iTunes’ sales and its growing popularity. Junior Jeff Bishop said, “It’s better if you compare (techno music) to red wine. A little bit is good, a lot is not so good.

”Techno music is frequently heard on the radio. Songs like “Titanium” by David Guetta and “Lights” by Ellie Goulding are played constantly. Junior William Barnhart said he thinks techno music can be a bit “repetitious.” Lucky Tha DJ said artists like Skrillex and David Guetta are “heavily influencing music and radio.” He also claimed artists are using more techno samplings in their songs. Sampling is the process of taking one part of a song, like a 6-second drum sample, and repeating it to form a loop or underlying beat. Europe’s music scene has influenced this traveling trend, said Lucky. He said techno music is making “its rounds around the world” and is “getting more popular and gaining mass appeal.”

Photo found on Flickr Creative Commons Posted by Valokujaaja Joonas Tikkahen

By Ari Anchustegui The ‘90s were a decade in time that were thought to never reappear in the world of fashion. Little is it known, trends seen throughout the decade are rapidly appearing in current clothing styles. Haven’t noticed? That “grunge” look, containing the minimalist aesthetic in fashion is all around campus.w Here’s a list of trends that have swung back around from the ‘90s.

Snapbacks High waist bottoms Vests Boys with earrings Pastels Rolled up khakis Denim shirts and jackets Lipstick Railroad striped denim High athletic socks Leotards Combat boots Flannels Converse Hawaiian shirts and button ups Leggings Hammer pants Oversized tees Overalls Hair bows High tops

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Photo Essay


NHS members team up with local charity at veterans home Story and photos by Jaynee Nielsen

Borah students volunteered at the downtown Boise veterans home Sept. 22. The event raised money to help furnish the home. The third annual Chrome at the Home, an event sponsered by the POW/MIA organization, honored all who fought and put their lives on the line. The home houses 59 World War II vetrerans; the youngest was 14 when he enrolled. The event started at 10 in the morning and lasted until 3. Chrome at the Home held a silent and live auction with all proceeds benefitting the home.

(Above) Although not a member of NHS, senior Raegyn Hawkins escorts Virgil Shaw around the display of motorcycles registered in the ride around downtown Boise. (Below) Seniors Savannah Harrelson, Brittni Hanrahan, and Thao Ly volunteered for Chrome at the Home. Harrelson and Hanrahan manned the registration table and Ly helped at the pledge table.

A monument in front of The Idaho Veterans Home, 444 Front Street, honors all of the veterans in the country. “What a great day to be a Veteran,” said Commanding Sergeant Major (CSM) Philip “Phil” Hawkins.


Fun & Games

October 9, 2012

Hunt for Casper on campus--win $5 By August Mckernan Try out the Borah Halloween Treasure Hunt! We have hidden three cutouts of Casper around the school. Use each hint to find one. Bring your Casper cutout to fifth period newsroom 501 for your $5 gift card.

Clue 1

If you look hard enough, you will meet Casper the Friendly Ghost where you eat.

Clue 2

It’s a hard job to find a big enough gob - surrounded by fur - but if you do, Casper awaits you with a mighty GURRR.

Clue 3 Photo by Jaynee Nielsen

Behind a screen, where technology reigns, Casper lurks with a scream.

SUDOKU Directions: Each row, column and block must have numbers from 1 to 9 in them. No number can appear more than once in any row, column, or block. When the entire puzzle is filled, with all the rules above, then the puzzle is solved. Level: Medium



9 2

1 9

2 4









Edward Cullen speech bubble contest


4 5

6 2

9 6 4 1



Vampires are scary creatures. But they can also be used for humor, specifically the famous vampire: Edward Cullen. Fill in the speech bubble next to his head and submit your creation to the box outside of room 501 by Oct. 16. The staff will choose the most creative and humorous ones to feature on the Borah Senator website. Illustration by Sara Rostron

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