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“The success of one moving to datey adulthood shouldn’t be based on achievement or beauty or anything beyond simply finding yourself.”



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Get the facts about Big Al’s, home of this year’s senior grad party PAGE 10

Learn the story behind the recent appearance of fatheads at basketball games PAGE 10

See the recap of Borah’s recent production, ‘The Music Man’ PAGE 11


Artist Bio

February 5, 2013

Artist speaks through many art forms Versatile senior expresses passions through music, art, writing By Gustavo Sagrero Senior Joplin Morgan has had an interest in art since a young age, being introduced to the form of expression by his father. With almost seven years of art classes, Morgan belongs in that exclusive club of students who have always made room for art in their schedules. “I like the whole creative process,” said Morgan when asked what he enjoys most about art. “You’re not limited to words.” He puts a lot of effort into his work; if you’ve seen him during lunch last semester it’s probably because you were in the art room where he would be absorbed in his work. He considers his art a hobby. “I don’t want to depend on it for income,” he said, feeling that it might lose its meaning. He fears that if he begins to use his art

as a main source of income, at one point it could become nothing more than a quick dime. Although he’s gone through many styles, he hasn’t found the one that he enjoys the most. But one thing for sure is that he is done with post-modernism, feeling that it highlights the coldness and a sense of dead futility. “It’s really important to realize we’re not just brains.” This defiance can be seen in the works he does; his discovery of beauty in what seems to be an upsetting scene is most prevalent. To describe this process, he uses the example of a dandelion growing through the cracks of a sidewalk. “Despite our attempts to accommodate ourselves by putting down the concrete, the dandelion grows through the cracks.” “It’s awesome!” he laughed, amazed at the simple beauty of the thought.

He is wanting to be at the forefront of his generation’s artistic works. Morgan was also in a band up until last year, playing the bass. “I try my best,” he said, adding, “Music makes me who I am.” His first attraction to the instrument was, like art, an interaction he had at an early age. “I remember listening to a standup bass,” he said. “It’s guttural but it’s beautiful in a way” The reason why he picked up the bass and not the guitar first? “‘Cause nobody else plays bass,” smiling at the unconventionality of the thought. He also plays guitar. “I’ll get really good at times, and then let a friend borrow my guitar, and I’ll get rusty again.” He enjoys the raw vividness of punk, when he plays, but also likes to mellow things out. As university and college is on the horizon, Morgan, like many seniors at Borah, is still unsure of what to major in. For now, he’s interested in anthropology and maybe journalism. There is a tradition in AP Studio Art for the senior students: they get the exclusive chance to put up one of their unique works on art teacher Jen Compton’s classroom walls. Morgan, being in the class for a while will be one of these students haveing the chance of putting up an artwork. “I want it to be simple, but I want to be expressive,“ he said, grinning. “I want them to say, that was Joplin Morgan alright.” At semester Joplin decided to drop his AP Studio Art class and take up another

passion, creative writing. “I feel better expressing myself through words right now,” said Morgan. He also later noted how he felt it was time for a change. Even though he’s dropping the class in the middle of year, Compton is still open to having him put up a piece of art on her classroom walls.

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Senior Joplin Morgan has set down the graphite for the pen and notebook.

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Voices of Borah express thoughts on last issue End of world topic vexes readers Adept reporting provokes praise I’d like to start out by saying that I read the Borah Senator every month, and I always look forward to its release. Needless to say, as it is a high school paper, there are some errors to be found in each issue. The one I got this morning however, seemed to have more than usual - particularly in the section in the exact center, discussing the possible end of the world. For one thing, the text describing the “Polar Shift Theoryâ€? is cut off; it ends right in the middle of a sentence (I’m not quite sure whether to be amused or disappointed with that). In addition, the description of the “Black Hole Theoryâ€? is quite poorly researched. The most massive variety of black hole is, in fact, the aptly named supermassive black hole. These objects have masses several hundred thousand times that of our sun‌ not 20 times. A “Stellarâ€? (which I assume is meant as an abbreviation for “stellar mass black holeâ€?) is so named because it has a mass of only two or three times that of our sun, making it, in fact, relatively puny as far as black holes are concerned.

Savannah, The homestuck article you wrote about us was beautiful! I literally almost started crying as I read it, you did a perfect job. Now everyone can know our story and maybe now they have more respect for my work and our passions as a family. I can’t thank you enough for writing this amazing story.

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February 5, 2013

New clubs emerge on campus Passionate students come together to share hobbies, engage in spirited activities History Club

Fashion Clubs

If you have a love for history and learning new things, then history club is for you. It meets every other Wednesday in room 201, and watches movies, discusses the history of a variety of subjects, and tries to get into competitions. “The purpose of this club is to spread the love for history,” said Eric Garcia junior president of History club.

“Anyone who loves clothes and fashion and sharing the experience with friends should join fashion club,” said junior Tea Nelson . This club is meant to get a group of people that loves fashion together to share this passion. Outside of school fashion members would like to volunteer at the Salvation Army and thrift stores.

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Junior Eric Garcia oversees History Club alongside adviser Jayne Davis.

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Sophomore Robbie Farmer enjoys his usual match of Ping-Pong during lunch.

Junior Mackenzie Aime passes cookies to the attendees of the first meeting.

Ping-Pong Club

Cookies for a Cause

Ping-Pong Club meets at lunch every day in the Old Gym to hang out with friends and play. During this time they work on skills and have fun. “I like being able to play with friends and meet new people while playing a game I love’,” said sophomore Nathan Vermeer. The group welcomes members who enjoy Ping-Pong and being around friends.

Cookies for a Cause is dedicated to raising money for community causes by selling cookies. “I wanted to take a fun activity that everyone enjoys and incorporate it with fundraising so that it would benefit the community,” said junior Mackenzie Aime, founder of Cookies for a Cause. It meets every other Friday at lunch in room 214.

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Juniors Tea Nelson and Lauren Hubbard are friends, co-leaders of Fashion Club.

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Snow team overcomes ruthless weather conditions


Distinguished Student Award

Students receive recognition, plaque, scholarship , and feature on KTVB news station

Despite having a meet canceled due to lack of powder, team rebounds to place in top 10 By Brittni Hanrahan Snow team had a meet cancelled because of the lack of snow, only to receive tons of snow a few days later. “After missing the first week of races due to a lack of snow at Bogus, we were able to have 11 out of the 21 racers place in the top 10 during week two,” said adviser and registrar Patty Hamon. Senior skier Katie Irusta said, “There is a small number of participants from Borah. Since many racers do not make it to a lot of the meets, we are always wanting more people to join.” Since the snowfall, it has been easier for the races with the fresh powder. “Meets are really fun. I like them because there is competition. Like competing against classmates and other schools to show Borah is best,” said junior boarder Sam Nichols. Since there will not be as many races this season, the number of races that members need to attend in order to letter will vary. There are only three Saturday races left for competing. The team will conclude the season with the Dotty Clark meet on Feb. 15.

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Seniors Sierra Kross, Kai Lockhart, and Adriana Arata have been featured on KTVB news station as a student nomination for the Distinguished Student Award. All nominees receive a plaque and $100 as a general scholarship donated by the United Dairymen of Idaho. Kross received her plaque in November and Lockhart accepted his in December. Arata received her award in October. Students submit an application to the counseling office to be reviewed and then it goes to the Dairymen of Idaho and the KTVB news station.

Officials take a pass on Latino Leaders’ proposal August Mckernan Latino Leaders recently proposed to host an informational meeting on the Dream Act, but was turned down by administration, according to club adviser Sheila Miller, Spanish and Japanese teacher. The Dream Act is legislation that provides conditional permanent residency to illegal immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as minors, graduated from U.S. high schools, and lived continually in the U.S. for at least five years prior to the bill’s enactment. Miller said Latino Leaders wanted to

“disseminate information to people.” She intended to have a paralegal attend the meeting and explain, in both Spanish and English, the process of applying for the Dream Act. Families also would have had the option to contact the law firm at a later date if they wanted their documents reviewed for $20. According to Miller, administration vetoed the meeting for “liability reasons.” She said administration didn’t want to seem like they prefered one law firm over another and that Sandy Rumpel, Supervisor of Counseling and Social Work at Boise School District, was the person responsible for the decision.

However, Rumpel said she was “unable to assist” when contacted about who and why the district rejected Latino Leaders’ proposal to host an informational meeting. “It’s upsetting because there’s a lot of students here that want to get ahead,” said senior Alondra Perez. She said the meeting could have helped many students and also that it “would have helped my cousins out.” Perez said families who chose to contact the law firm would have benefited greatly from it. She also said the lawyers could have told the families whether it was worth spending the $465 it takes to apply.



February 5, 2013

Moving on: Socializing on new platforms

Jumping from Facebook to Twitter, Tumblr and beyond

Staff Editorial Despite constant updates and changes owner and developer Mark Zucherburg and his team integrate into their billion dollar publicly owned website, Facebook doesn’t seem to be gaining any new usership, and may actually be losing popularity among teenage users. Due to sites such as Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr, Facebook may become the less favored social media outlet, and might actually evolve into the likes of MySpace. Since Facebook went public, some have concern over new privacy policies. Facebook users grappling with privacy myths are becoming disillusioned. Who’s fooling who? Does anybody really believe information put on Facebook is private? According to CBS News, “While the social network does not technically own its members’ content, it has the right to

use anything that is not protected with Facebook’s privacy and applications settings. For instance, photos, videos and status updates set to public are fair game.” It also doesn’t help Facebook that there are a growing number of other social media options. “I have noticed a decline in Facebook because people always post statuses about how they don’t like it anymore,” said senior Madison Gregory, who started using Twitter about a month ago. Teenagers have this desire to find the newest, coolest technology and often have a tendency to get bored by the same social media outlets. The rise of social media alternatives allows teens to stay connected without necessarily using the same one over and over. “I think other social media outlets aren’t necessarily better than Facebook, just different. People are always search-

ing to be part of the newest and most popular thing,” said Gregory, “Twitter and Instagram are relatively new and exciting.” Twitter is one of the latest emerging sites. It’s the shiny object no one quite knows about yet, so it’s still cool enough to matter. Not everyone is on Twitter yet, but people are starting to discover it. It allows anyone to connect with news broadcasters, sports commentators, and celebrities with the swipe of a finger. Although currently lost in the “tweetosphere,” senior Mallory Sosa believes Twitter “will become hot and then die,” like all trends. She explained she likes Twitter because not too many people are on it, so she can express herself without facing too much criticism. Instagram, a mobile app, enables members to edit photos with filters and post them onto a feed. Similar to Twitter, Instagram utilizes

hashtags and allows users to follow each other. Sosa loves this app because it is “life by pictures.” Some, however, like Don Day, Internet Sales and Product Manager at KTVB, do not believe Facebook is declining in popularity. Surveys done by KTVB indicated that Facebook usage is actually increasing slighting, along with Twitter. His team, which manages the news station’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instragram markets, notices Facebook has remained steady while its Twitter following continues to stay fairly small in comparison. Although Facebook steadily integrates itself in every Andriod, iPhone, and web browser, teenagers are still turning to other social media sites. Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and SnapChat are a few of the outlets gaining popularity, and they will continue to grow as those who wish to stay “in the now” try to keep up with the ever-changing World Wide Web.

Biting the bullet: For or against the control of firearms Jaynee Nielsen In light of the Newtown, Conn. shootings, the government is pushing gun control legislation. President Barack Obama called for the ban of assault weapons, stricter background checks, and high capacity magazines. However, increasing gun control will not accomplish much, if anything at all. I personally do not have an issue with anyone carrying a gun or any kind of weapon, whether it’s for hunting or self defense. I say more power to you, if you are someone who carries a weapon for self defense purposes, whether that be a gun, knife or pepper spray. On a personal note, having come from a family which hunts and avidly uses guns, I am trained to shoot a gun in self defense. I believe it is a good skill to have. If anything is to be banned, I think it should be the assault weapons and the high capacity magazines (the large amount of bullets in a clip). However, it still would not change anything. If someone is going on a killing spree, the

number of rounds in one magazine is not going to deter them; the shooter will just carry more magazines and find a way to modify the weapon. Gun owners and avid hunters agree. Math teacher Bill Donaldson and junior Nigel Hebbeln are hunters, and they do not think gun control laws will alter the way guns are used today. The recent killing sprees have been inflicted by disturbed individuals. For instance, the man who shot 70 people in the movie theater in Aurora, Colo. last year, dyed his hair orange to look like the Joker in Batman movies and was trying to plead insanity. The problem is not the gun control laws, but those few people who choose to use guns in a dangerous way. Those who use weapons in a perilous way may have a mental illness: post traumatic stress disorder, depression, bipolar or mental retardation. If someone really wants to find a gun, they will get their hands on a weapon, one way or another. There is no dissuading someone who is adamant about killing someone. In light of everything, there is no point to increasing gun control.

Ari Anchustegui New proposals from Pres. Barack Obama are certain to restrict particular assault weapons and high capacity magazines, as well as focus more on the mental well-being of those looking to purchase a gun. The president’s plan “Now Is The time” was made after the recent shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut. There should be limits on just how simple it is to purchase a gun. “The fact that you can get a gun at Walmart says it all,” said senior Hannah Grange. “The rules should be more (rigorous); you shouldn’t simply be able to get a background check and be of age to get a gun. That just isn’t right.” According to, the official website of the state of Idaho, firearm laws include: “A person twenty-one years of age or older issued a license to carry a concealed weapon is exempt from any requirement to undergo a records check at the time of purchase of transfer of a firearm from a federally licensed firearms dealer.” Already, it is nearly effortless for a

person of mental illness or criminal background to access a gun. Indeed people kill people, not weapons, but by limiting the accessibility of guns we are at least putting up a barrier or obstacle to senseless killing with them. We are disabling those that may be harmful from hurting others. Arms are for hugging, and thankfully the Obama administration wants change. Obama’s plan includes: “Closing background check loopholes to keep guns out of dangerous hands, banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and taking other common-sense steps to reduce gun violence, making schools safer; and increasing access to mental health services,” according to The production and sale of magazines with more than 10 rounds has been banned. This way, hunters can continue to hunt, but random killings with assault rifles might produce fewer casualties. In his post-shooting speech, Obama announced, “We won’t be able to stop every violent act, but if there is even one thing that we can do to prevent any of these events, we have a deep obligation, all of us, to try.”

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We Are All In

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Borah supports students Small groups offer a chance to connect, understand, and overcome barriers teens face By August Mckernan “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Alateen, a support group for students who are affected by their friends’ or families’ drug use or alcoholism, begin each meeting by reciting this serenity prayer. Becky Woodland, social worker, said support groups at Borah like Alateen are helpful for students that “struggle day to day and don’t have a support system at home.” She went on to say, “The group gets really bonded by the end of it.” Barb Thomas, nurse, grew up with an alcoholic father and feels her experience contributing to Alateen has been therapeutic for her. She said, “I feel like I have something to give. ”Alateen meetings typically start off by reciting a serenity prayer. Then they review the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anon-


ymous and the 12 traditions of Alateen. Thomas then opens the floor for discussion. She said students share raw and personal stories with each other. The average size of a support group is eight to 10 people. Woodland said they try to keep groups small enough so everybody can talk but not so small that there are awkward silences. She stressed that support groups are safe and confidential. At the beginning of each year, counselors send out surveys to see which support groups students want. This last semester there was a Narcotics Anonymous group, a Social Skills group for students who need help interacting with peers, a Female Support group to provide advice on relationships and setting boundaries, an Alateen group, and a general support group for students who want to work on anger management, self esteem, or mental help. Alateen and NA are the only groups currently meeting on a weekly basis. The others ran for eight weeks and stopped around the end of first semester.



Lack of sleep Tiredness, restlessness, groggy feeling, inability to concentrate, feeling sluggish.



Grades Stress over classes and grade point average. Struggles to maintain decent grades, constant studying, homework, nervousness, uneasiness, and obsessive concern regarding measures of academic performance

“I struggle with deciding what college I’m going to attend and how I’m going to afford it.” “I pull out my hair.” “Both my parents used to be drug users and I’ve always struggled with not making their same mistakes.”

We are high sch and we are far f Dear Diary, High school is such a strange stage in life. Half the time, we are treated like children but expected to make decisions as adults. Most teens know all too well what it is like to juggle work, school, family, and relationships. Take a look at businesses; malls, restaurants, shops. Customers are almost completely identical. Adults are typically professional individuals who are clothed in dresses or suits and ties, short hair and the same grim look on their face. It’s never quite a smile when they say thank you, a mere nod because you’re no different from any other person they saw today. It’s not just a uniform, but we are all clones, slave to our jobs, a persona that we must carry always. Facebook and online accounts are monitored, employees get in trouble for wearing anything out of code, and managers demand that the customers receive the same service from person to person. I not only realize this disgusting truth, but accept it. I, too, give up a part of myself to “fit the standard”. That’s what we are expected to do every day, because god forbid we break the social norm. Change is unsettling. This isn’t news, either. It’s what humans have done, are doing, and always will do. We are noth-


Work Bullying Diabetes Asberger’s Financial s Romance ADD Eating Disod- ers




Body Image How one views their physical self, whether or not one feels they are attractive or not. The struggle to maintain desired body image stresses most all high school students.

ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactive DisorderDifficulty focusing and paying attention, struggle to control behavior, and constant hyperactivity.



Depression Persistent sad or empty feelings, uninterest in activity. Irritability, restlessness, feelings of hopelessness and sorrow.



n This Together

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Are prescriptions helping?

hool students, from perfect

By Grace Gibney

“I worry about what other people think about me way more than I should.”

ing but actors on a stage, changing characters from scene to scene, like there is nothing wrong at all. While we are deeply affected by society and the people in our life, it doesn’t mean that we aren’t in control of our own life. The media portrays perfect people on television, movies, video games, online ads, and billboards. Women are sculpted beautifully, curvaceous. Men are strong, leaders, dominant. And why is it such a surprise that we are inclined to self-harm, whether it is through destruction of cutting, drugs, alcohol, and eating disorders? It happens to those who realize that the world decides who we are even before we are born, and we try desperately to change our destiny, somehow, someway, even if it brings pain. Because pain is surely better than being molded into a standard that was intended for people years and years beyond you, and continues years after your own demise. It’s a painful shedding of old skin, youth to adulthood. The success of one moving to adulthood shouldn’t be based on achievement or beauty or anything beyond simply finding yourself… whatever that may be. -Anonymous


“I have constant lapses with eating disorders.”

“I am always stressed about keeping my grades up.”


OCD Obsessive Compulsive DisorderRepeated thoughts and concerns on certain things: germs, intruders, uncleanliness, violence, ect. and so on, that cause distress and interfere with daily life.





Autism Difficulty in creating and maintaining social interaction and relationships, limited interest in activities and communication challenges.


Prescrip Addiciton Obesity Anxiety Insomnia Family Friends Insecurity Dyselexia

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 21.4 percent of adolescents from ages 13-18 have a severe disorder. The above statistic infers that 1 in 5 students on campus has a severe disorder. The numbers are high. The controversy, however, is whether prescriptions are the right treatment for teenagers with a mental health disorder, and whether medications are effective. “Medications are really serious and can be really helpful if prescribed correctly,” said Katie Webber, school psychologist. “But before taking a prescription you have to consider what it is, what’s its dosage. You need to know what it’s doing, side effects, or any possible allergic reactions.” Not to be confused with the responsibilities of physicians, Webber and Barb Thomas, the school nurse, do not have the ability to prescribe medications to students. However, if a student needs medication administered in case of an emergency, Thomas may do so if OK’d by the student’s physician. “We cannot recommend or prescribe medication. Only


a licensed physician can prescribe,” said Thomas. Although certain medicines appear to have the same effects, it’s important to know the differences between over-thecounter drugs and prescription drugs. “Many people assume that if it’s available over the counter, then it’s safe,” said Thomas. “Over the counter can be just as dangerous as prescription drugs. They’re considered safe with recommended dosage and time.” Prescribing the right medication for an adolescent is a sensitive area for physicians. Several signs are taken into consideration: symptoms, circumstances, physical appearance, situations, mental health, medical and family history. But most importantly, the problem must be recognized and the adolescent must seek support, whether from family, friends, a psychologist, school nurse, or a teacher. Additionally, when individuals seek help with a disorder, it is important to keep in mind that medications are not always a cure. “It’s (prescriptions) aren’t always going to fix it,” said Thomas. “Medication is just one piece of the support.” “Our role aside from medication is: how can we help you?”

Prescription: Prescription:

Pregnancy Nearly 820,000 teens become pregnant each year. 34 percent of teenagers have at least one pregnancy before they turn 20. 79 percent of teenagers who become pregnant are unmarried.

Bipolar Disorder Experiences of unusually intense emotional states that occur in distinct periods called mood episodes, or an overly joyed state called a manic episode.




February 5, 2013

Anticipation builds for Big Al’s Bowling alley and arcade chosen for all night senior graduation celebration

Fatheads refresh spirit at boys baskeball games By Sara Rostron

Photo by Jaynee Nielsen |

Big Al’s has a large arcade on the top floor and a 42 lane bowling alley on the bottom. It’s located on Eagle Road in Meridian. By Jaynee Nielsen Music blaring, fun for everyone from one to 101. Big Al’s is an arcade and bowling alley full of life and ready to go. This year’s senior party is also going to be held at Big Al’s. The general feel of Big Al’s is different from that of the Wahooz Family Fun Center and Pinz. The atmosphere is more relaxed and fun. The arcade games are more than the usual arcade games; they are lively and entertaining. At Big Al’s there is a giant electronic

Connect Four, Quadair, a four way air hockey, and eclectic pinball machines. Each game ranges from 50 cents to $1.50. The arcade utilizes token cards that easily track how much money is on the card as well as tickets. The Big Al’s card can also be used in the food court. The prizes available are more desirable than those at Wahooz. With 12,000 tickets one could get a Keurig coffee maker, games for Xbox and PS3, or a Magic Bullet blender. There are a multitude of different prizes for the picking. In the bowling alley five projectors display music videos or sports channels. The music ranges from 80s rock to

modern pop, which adds to the fun atmosphere. It feels like a party. Senior Courtnie Ghere is excited for the large scaled Fruit Ninja game. Senior Jonathan Wargo has not gone to Big Al’s before, but thinks it will be fun because a bunch of friends will be hanging out. Senior Mikail Gallegos is looking forward to the senior party and thinks it is going to be a “glorious time of fun and adventure.” Big Al’s also accommodates birthday parties. A traditional birthday, a rockstar, sweet 16, athlete, high roller and a luau options are available as different party themes.

Large pictures of the varsity boys heads have been circulating during basketball games. Study Skills teacher Susan Dennis started the trend when she passed them out a few games into the season. Dennis got the idea after attending a Boise State game and seeing fans holding these fatheads. Junior Anna Benavente assisted Dennis’s distribution of the fatheads. “I honestly think they’re hilarious,” Benavente said, “but it represents our boys well! I think they do bring a lot of spirit.” The heads are made at Costco, then laminated. Parents are responsible for paying for them. “We put popsicle sticks on them, but they broke off so now the Rowdie’s are just holding them up,” said Dennis. Junior basketball player Zak Studebaker said it enhances team spirit, “I think it’s great. It shows that we have loyal Rowdies that scream their heads off every home game.” “Seeing someone new holding my fathead every game definitely encourages me. I love it!” Studebaker added, “The Rowdies are definitely a team booster when things are not going as planned. They know how to swing the momentum our way.” Basketball player, senior Joseph Nelson, also feels enthusiastic. “I think it’s awesome that my head gets passed around during the game. I think it totally enhances team spirit especially when we are playing well,” Nelson said. He continued, “I think we would still be winning our games, but we wouldn’t have nearly as much fun, and basketball wouldn’t be the same.” Dennis commented, “The baseball team has already asked if they could have them, too.”

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Drama and choir combine talents After three months of rehearsals, ‘The Music Man’ debuts By Jaynee Nielsen Having fun dancing and singing to “Iowa Stubborn” makes for a captivating night for theater and choir students. Drama teacher Heather Pirus joined forces with choir director Heather Prinzing and choreographer Beth Summers to create the production of “The Music Man.” The three-month road to the public performance was hard work: towards the end, the cast rehearsed up to five hours at a time. Based on the book by Meredith Willson, the heartwarming musical was born. The main character Professor Harold Hill, cast by senior Jordan Hanks, cons River City’s citizens into buying instruments and uniforms for a fictitious boys band. However the town librarian Marian Paroo, played by senior Sarah Hart, sees right through Hill and all he does. Eventually both the main characters fall in love, like any true love story. Hill comes around in the end and provides

instruments and uniforms for the band. Hill’s right hand man Marcellus Washburn played by junior Brendon French, an ex-con man, tries to help Hill stay out of trouble-though trouble seems to find him at every turn. Sophomore Kate Bush thinks French was the best part of the show, because he was funny when he was waltzing across the stage. The Mayor of River City, George Shinn, cast by senior Luke Brandt, is a misspoken man. Throughout the play, he attempts to give a speech, which turns out to be the Gettysburg Address given by Abraham Lincoln in 1863. His speech is finally given right befor “Seventy-six Trombones”, and the mayor could not keep a straight face as he continues to repeat “Four score and seven years ago.” Sophomore Joseph Phamwho played the character Tommy Dijlas who is in love with the mayor’s daughter-thought everything went well. However, he mentioned the choreography took the longest to learn because of the difficulty level and the large number of cast members. There were some microphone issues throughout; there was some feedback coming through the monitors which can be caused by microphone place-

ment or too much gain or high of levels on the sound board. However, the cast and crew handled everything well.

Upcoming Music Releases Kid Cudi, Indicud

Whether you know him as the man on the pursuit of happiness, or having 99 problems, you can look forward to Cudi’s third album, determined to hit shelves sometime in March.

Black Sabbath, 13

Set to release in June, this will be Black Sabbath’s 19th album, its first since 1995. It will also be the first recording with Ozzy Osbourne on vocals since 1978’s “Never Say Die!” and the first recording with Geezer Butler on bass since 1994’s “Cross.”

Justin Bieber, Believe 2.0

America’s beloved break-out star is releasing his fourth studio album, but has yet to give any positive date. Whether you love him or hate him, Bieber is still winning young people over the world with his evolving and catchy tunes.

Tim McGraw, Two Lanes of Freedom

Overall the cast did a splendid job of conveying their characters through their choreography and singing. “The Music Man” was a fun and entertaining musical that reached out to the audience. The audience was enrapt in the magic of the actors and their voices as they sang together in harmony.

McGraw’s 12th studio album is also released today. This classical country artist will have guest appearances with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban on the song, “Highway Don’t Care”.

Bad Religion, True North

A couple weeks ago, this punk rock band released its 16th and possibly last album. Formed in 1979, this group has a classic melodic hardcore punk sound that has been perfected over the years. I suggest you put this album on your musthave.

Drama club stages parody of Harry Potter, Twilight series By Alexia Neal Vampires, wizards and werewolves, oh my! Whether you love or loathe the “Twilight” and “Harry Potter” series, comedy will abound at the upcoming Drama Club production, “Harry’s Hotter at Twilight” showing Feb. 7-9 at 7 p.m. in the Little Theatre. “Harry’s Hotter at Twilight” is an action packed parody of the “Twilight” and “Harry Potter” series including movie references to “Lord of the Rings”, “Star Wars”, and “Alice


in Wonderland”. Stella, played by junior Lauren Hubbard, is a conflicted teenager that can’t figure out which guy she loves: hot shirtless guy or Edward Cohen. The obvious “Twilight” reference is impossible to overlook. They must all fight together to overthrow the evil vampires. Senior Sarah Aalbers plays Know It All Wizard Girl, which has similar characteristics to those of Hermione from “Harry Potter”. She and her wizard friends must fight to kill the Dark Wizard. The vampires, wizards and werewolves must all join together to

save their beloved town, Sporks. Aside from the mocking tone of the play, there is even a romantic kiss and a scene of deathly action. Sophomore Aidan Transtrum received his first kiss during rehearsals. “If you are a movie junky, you will love this play,” said junior Kenzie Knutson, the student-director of “Harry’s Hotter”. This is Knutson’s first experience as a director, and she feels she has gotten a taste of how much work actually goes into a show. Knutson was in charge of auditions,

casting and rehearsals. She said the hardest part of student directing is casting. Some students were disappointed when they weren’t given the character they desired. “At school, I am a friend. At rehearsal, I am a director,” Knutson said. “She takes hold of things so well. Everyone listens to her,” said Hubbard. Knutson said the cast is working hard to memorize lines and figure out their stage directions. Rehearsals are up to five hours now that the show is merely days away.



February 5, 2013

Rivalry game nears, team braces for battle The boys basketball team sets out to defeat Capital in annual Griffin Cup The long storied rivalry between Borah and Capital, the two oldest high schools in town, will be alive in three days as the two teams compete for the annual Griffin Cup. The Griffin Cup is a newer tradition, originating in 2009. The statue represents the long-lasting competition between Borah and Capital high schools. During one regular season game between both schools each year, the Griffin Cup is at stake. For the last two years, it has been in Borah’s possession. A griffin is a cross between a lion and an eagle. “I think the Griffin Cup has recognized that rivalry (between Borah and Capital),” said assistant varsity coach Jeremy Dennis. “Anytime you play against Capital, you want to win.” Players also have the same opinion about the Griffin Cup. “It means

we own them, at least until next year,” said senior om c Joe Nelson, starter on the varsity team. “We want to prove, year after year, that we have the better basketball team.” To come out with the win, however, the team will have to stay focused on the game and not the noise in the stands. “Capital is one of the most hostile environments,” said Nelson. “The challenge will be to play Borah basketball and not listen to them.” Borah had a hard time defeating Photo by Alissia Harris | ahar ris@ bor ahs en ato r.

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Capital the last time the two met up in the regular season, Jan. 5. Borah trailed nearly the whole first half, but was able to come out with the victory, 50-42. “They’re going to come out pretty hard,” said senior Nick Burt about the Griffin Cup. “It will be a tough game, but I expect us to win,” Nelsen said. The Griffin Cup will be played at Capital High School Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. The district tournament starts Feb. 12, and the team has an eye on repeating its district and state championships.

“By the time districts come, every team steps their game up,” said Nelson. The Lions have a large target on their back, according to Nelson, as at the time of publication they stand undefeated and in first place of the 5A SIC. In the district tournament, Borah will face teams they have already played twice in the regular season. “It’s never easy to defeat teams twice,” said Dennis, “Three times makes it much harder.” If the team makes it through the district tournament and lands a spot in the state tournament, they will face teams they have never played during this season. Dennis explained that teams will often switch film with each other to prepare strategies for the games. The team remains on the hunt for another state championship, and they will continue to work on defense and try to stay consistent on offense.


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Young wrestlers gain experience when veterans out with injuries By Gustavo Sagrero

Girls labor through season, win 3 games New coach, young team make for unsuccessful season By Tea Nelson The girls basketball season arrived bringing both successions and hardships for the team. The players were able to find each other’s strengths and show them off throughout the season, pushing through the negative aspects, such as the inability to keep a gamewinning streak alive. Jason Willer, who has multiple years of coaching experience, brought an exciting new factor to the team. Assistant coach Brianna Hessing, a former girls basketball player at Borah, aided him. This season is Willer’s eighth year coaching girls basketball. He also taught

boys basketball for 12 years. When commenting on what brings the team success, junior Emiley Schoonover said, “We are finally working as a team, and learning how each other plays,” adding, “we are young.” At the beginning it took awhile for the group to click, but soon they found a rhythmic beat as the season continued. “It was the game against Centennial that turned our season around,” she said. “We stayed strong throughout the game and didn’t give up.” Injuries and illnesses held the team back during the beginning of the season. One of the most challenging games for the team included the game against

Rocky Mountain due to ankle injuries and concussions. Apart from winning games and doing well this season, a major goal was to connect as a team. “We are a family,” junior Ashlyn Englehorn said. “We’re with each other six days a week--we act like sisters.” The team did not make it to district finals, so the season has ended, and the girls are now preparing for next year. Positive highlights for the team include an improved record compared to previous seasons. The Lady Lions current record is 3-17. “We got through struggles as a team, and sometimes all you need is your team,” Englehorn said.

Q&A Junior athlete overcomes struggles, embraces pregame rituals By Alissia Harris

A: My father, and friends- everyone played and I thought it would be fun.

Nine years ago, junior Kayla Haley picked up her first basketball and since then she hasn’t been able to put it down. Even though she has faced some struggles with the sport, she stays motivated and refuses to quit. The Borah Senator took some time to sit down and get to know this dedicated player off the court.

Q: Reflecting on the season, what did you see as some of your strong points?

Q: Do you have any pregame rituals?

A: I honestly think the hardest thing we faced was the fact that we got a new coach because it’s been hard to adjust.

A: I do, a lot of them; I have to listen to Wings by Macklemore. I also sit in the same spot in the locker room before every game, and I keep a lucky penny in my sock.

A: My dad, and my travel basketball coach. They always push me to go hard and push me past my limits so I can achieve more.

Q: What kind of struggles did the team face this season?

Q: What did you do during the off season to prepare yourself? A. I just made sure to keep myself conditioned, lots of running and shooting.

Q: What originally interested you in the sport?

Q: Do you plan to continue with the sport after high school?

A: Honestly, it was probably the fact that all my friends were playing and I wanted to join in.

Q: What’s your inspiration for the sport?

Q: What’s the biggest struggle you’ve had to overcome through all your years

A: Yes! I don’t mind who I play for, but as long as I get to play.

A: Some injuries, I tore a ligament in my knee, also hurt my ankle right before try outs.

Q: Do you ever have moments where you just want to quit? What keeps you going?

A: Sometimes, when it’s starting to get hard, or there isn’t much motivation, I want to quit, but I don’t want to let my team down and I love the sport too much to give up on it.

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Q: Who’s been some of the biggest influences in the sport?

A: I’ve improved my ball control a lot this season and I’ve also gotten better at shooting as well.

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With a few starting seniors, and many wrestlers frequently sidelined during the season because of injuries, it may seem like doom and gloom for the wrestling team, but they’re still staying hopeful. A majority of the team is young, said Coach Bill West. “We’ve certainly faced some adversity,” he said, “but the kids have good attitudes.” Of the 27 members on the wrestling team, four of them have faced injuries, some of them from playing previous sports. “Some kids can’t do it at all,” West noted. At a point, no seniors were healthy enough to start--star senior Emilio Trevino was out for because he dislocated his knee, and now because he is academically ineligibile. West highlighted another challenge facing the team: being able to fill in spots in weight classes. “We just don’t have that type of depth.” This may not seem like much for an individual sport, but if there isn’t a wrestler for a weight class in a wrestling duel the match is forfeited, with six points automatically given to the other team. Seniors Dakota Bennet and Brent Ruddy are two wrestlers that have had to move up weight classes to be able help the team out in these situations. The team is focusing more on the uninjured individuals until enough healthy wrestlers get back on the team. This means more time for sophomores and juniors to gain experience and recognition. Wrestlers like junior Josh Slater and sophomore Taylor Owens have also been injured, but they’ve both been having great seasons. “That’s part of the game--when the season’s all said and done, there’ll be some diamonds,” said West.




Senator Shoutouts: What are your plans for Valentine’s Day this year?

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“Have a candle lit dinner with my catdog.” -Junior Nikki Mather

“I will likely spend Valentine’s Day alone, reading Stephen King and writing poetry.” - Senior James Jenson “Sending cards and sweets to all the people I love and spreading love.” -Sophomore Seth Baringer “I plan on reflecting on my past, remembering all the joys that I’ve had and forgetting past sorrows.” -Senior Mauro Jr. Cerrato “Well, last year I was walking around and found a frog that said, ‘kiss me and I’ll turn into a beautiful princess.’ So, naturally, I put the frog in my pocket. The frog then exclaimed, ‘Why didn’t you kiss me?’ And to that, I replied, ‘You’re a talking frog! I’d take a talking frog over a blabbering princess anyday.’ So this year, I’m planning on selling this frog. Any takers?” -Junior Daniel Sharp

February 5, 2013

Senator Spotlight By Sara Rostron The life of a twin is one that is shared closely with your sibling. Seniors Kristen and Kasey Edwards know just what this is like. These two girls are mistaken for the other often. “We are compared to each other all the time, even with the colleges we want to go to,” Kasey explained. They are interested in a couple of the same colleges, but they don’t know if they want to attend the same school. “When people know Kristin, they usually know me,” said Kasey. As far as fashion goes, Kasey described herself as casual and comfortable, while Kristin tends to be more fancy and into a range of jewelry. While they do differ in style, they do swap clothes often. Kristin sees it positively because it’s “twice the wardrobe.” Kristin said that she stands out individually by making different friends than Kasey.

Edwards twins share same genes, but wear different pairs of jeans

“It is a little difficult because growing up we had a lot more in common and did not mind having the same friends. But the more we grow apart, I try to find people that are more like me.” She also explained that her style varies from Kasey’s because she cares more. “I definitely like to look nice when I go out in public. I try to dress cute casual I guess you would call it,” Kristin said. Teachers and other students may get them confused, but their friends are clear about how unique the girls are. Senior Anne Lyon said when she first knew them, they dressed similarly. “I think they are impacted by each other a lot; they’re sisters and best friends, but they now have distinct styles.” Despite almost identical appearances at first glance, most students know them as the “sporty one” and the “girly one”. “I mean if you isolated certain features I could see it, but our overall appearances and personalities make us easily discernible,” commented Kristin.

Musicians perform in hallways By Ari Anchustegui The hallways of Borah are a place to mingle and enjoy lunch, and recently they have become a place to showcase musical talent and donate spare change via guitar cases. “We look at it as a way to broaden our audience because people are forced to listen to us,” said junior percussionist Ty Martin. “It’s kind of an advertisement.” Musically capable sophomores Sage Rogers, Alex Heist, junior Martin and senior Jory Edwards said they began to fill the ever crowded hallways of the main building with melody a few months ago. When asked what inspired the sudden urge to play in between class periods, Martin responded, “Nobody else was doing it.” During lunchtime, hundreds of students walk the main hallways and cafeteria with hopes to liven up the atmosphere. “Music has a tendency to make people dance,” said Martin. Agreeing,

Edwards added, “Music improves everything, really.” Although Edwards explained hismain motive as, “It would be nice if I could get a date,” all four musicians are aiming to express themselves amongst their peers. “We get to see who our music is effecting,” said Rogers. “Whether they do or don’t like us, sometimes it does make someone’s day better.” Outside of school, Rogers, Heist and Martin practice together in their band “Stereo Solution.” “Now people throw money at us,” said Martin, explaining their biggest success to be, “four dollars, a Reese’s cup and a guitar pick.” Combined, the students receive an average 15 cents a day. Edwards, Rogers and Heist also play on the streets of downtown Boise where they make more than an average bag of peanuts. As for making a lasting impression on the students of Borah, Heist added, “For now, they’re thinking ‘oh, those kids’ and 20 years from now they’ll say ‘oh, those kids.’”

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Seniors Kristen and Kasey Edwards flaunt their unique winter styles on a snowy day.

Trendy apps help us blog, share, and chat By Brittany Perry The number of apps to choose from is growing rapidly. According to apple. com, customers have downloaded 40+ billion apps. Here are a few that Borah Students have been talking about. -Snapchat: One can take a picture and set a time limit for how long it can be viewed. The catch is that once the picture is opened, it can never be viewed again. -Tumblr: A blogging site where pictures, text, videos, quotes and links may be posted freely. -Instagram: An online photo sharing website. A digital filter is optional and pictures may be posted on other sites such as Facebook and Twitter. -Spotify: A website with a range of music genres. Users can make their own playlists or download the playlists of others.

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The surrounding mountains of the Treasure Valley glitter as the midday sun hits the snow. The trees heavy with snow create a winter wonderland feel, as if in a movie.

City of freeze Text and photos by Jaynee Nielsen

There are four superstitions to follow to create a snow day: 1) put pajamas inside out, footie pajamas are even better; 2) brush your teeth with a nondominant hand; 3) flush at least six ice cubes down the toilet; and, lastly, sleep with a spoon under your pillow. Jan. 10, 2013, was one such magi-

cal day for Borah students: a snow day much anticipated and wished for, perhaps even influenced by hopes. Many students slept in, did homework or studied for EOCs; some even went to Bogus to ski or snowboard. Senior Raquel Mendoza watched “Kyle XY� on Netflix most of the day. Junior Xara Todd decided to go sledding at Borah with several of her friends. The day was greatly welcomed by all.

Ice in the Borah parking lot caused students to fall and cars to slide. Junior Samm Coe has fallen a few times with the snowy and icy roads and sidewalks.

Jan. 10 was a great day in history for Boise School District students, the first snow day of the year.

Nothing is better than a hot beverage during a snow day. Hot chocolate, coffee and tea are perfect drinks to warm up with while watching television or reading a book.


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February 5, 2013

One woman’s quest for love, creeper style Oftentimes love is unrequited and sometimes transforms a nice girl to a frightening stalker By Ari An Anchustegui Dear you, You are so dear to me, you. Today I found some clippings of your hair in a trash can, the scent of Head and Shoulders still lingered. Honestly, I find your dandruff problem remarkably appealing. As you neared the corner of the hallways, I purposely stood in front of you to create an awkward moment. I know how much you love awkward moments due to your postings on Facebook: “that awkward moment when...” I saw your Tweet in third period today: “How the heck did my chewed up pencil from last Thursday end up in my locker?” I am so flattered that you noticed. Personally I am always concerned with the

occurrences in your life so I’ll let you in on what’s going on with me. Today I was removed from Art class due to my endearing doodles of you and me. Luckily my teacher hasn’t cleared out my cubby yet for I fear suspension. I’m sorry the other basketball players made fun of you for the roses and stuffed animals I put in your duffel bag. I just wanted you to know that I am always thinking of you. Always! Last Tuesday, you briefly glanced at me in C hall and I felt the pressure of a thousand suns burst through my ventricles as I knew that a moment in your sight is equal to an eternity of.....uhh uhm...nothing is comparable. Some may define my love for you as over the top, or“stalkerish.” I prefer to call it wishful thinking with an emphasis in collection of personal goods. I may have the tendency to act strangely at times, but I assure you that

I am merely drunk on your love drug, or perhaps I seem askew due to the medications my doctor prescribed me. Doctor Jones thought you were a figment of my imagination for the longest time, but boy did I show him once I revealed my collections! My trophies of you range from sixth grade gym socks to used tissues and baby teeth. In closing, love is kind, love is patient and I am irrevocably in love with you. Eternally yours xoxo Your secret admirer P.S. Happy Valentines Day

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