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Cleveland High School

Vol. 5, Issue 3

CHS named a School of Distinction BY LISA LE Cleveland Publications reporter

5511 15th Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98108

Friday, December 6, 2013

How can you afford that?

Cleveland’s high rate of students on free, reduced lunch doesn’t match the pricey gear seen around campus

Cleveland has come a long ways since the days of low test scores. Long gone are the days where no students wanted to come to Cleveland; the school now has a waiting list. CHS is on the fast track to change. Last month, Cleveland was honored with a School of Distinction award which recognizes schools across the state that are in the top five percentile of improvement in reading and math over a period of five years. The award shows how far Cleveland has come when in 2010, the school was deemed a priority school based on a 60 percent dropout rate and reading and math scores in the bottom five percent in the state. Cleveland was headed toward closure. From 2007-2009, Cleveland was 18 percent below the state’s readDISTINCTION > PAGE 4

Resolving door of substitutes causing problems for students BY ALICE JOHN Cleveland Publications reporter It’s common for schools to have a substitute teacher to cover an absence for a day or two. What’s uncommon is having multiple subs for long stretches of time. This year, there have been an unusually high number of classes being taught by substitutes. Having a sub affects the entire atmosphere of learning. For one section of Spanish, students were not learning anything because they didn’t have a consistent adult in the classroom that could teach the language. Without a certified teacher, a course’s curriculum is in jeopardy because the students aren’t learning what is required by the state. This, in turn, affects the students’ test scores and potentially gives them a disadvantage when it comes to future plans. “I’m available to help, but when students don’t have structure in class, I’m not able to help because they’re not learning anything new,” said Katie Wallace, the other SpantSUBSTITUTES > PAGE 4


Around Cleveland, there is no shortage of kids sporting expensive gear, despite the number of students on the free and reduced lunch program.

BY KAMRY ADAMS, AMANDA NGUYEN AND JENNIFER WILLIAMS Cleveland Publications reporters Although nearly 70 percent of Cleveland’s population qualifies for either free or reduced lunch, the number of expensive items seen around the school suggests there is more money in the pockets of kids – and possibly their parents – than they claim. More than 55 percent of CHS students receive free lunch and another 14.67 percent receive the meal at a reduced rate. Even though the num-

bers are significantly lower than last year’s percentage, you can expect Cleveland students to be decked out in name-brand clothing, new shoes and designer headphones. How is it that the same students who qualify for free and reduced lunch can afford such luxuries? Lunchroom Manager Susie Kelly shed some light on the specifications for the program. “The first thing is income. You have to be under a certain income on the income chart, and that’s set by the state,” she said. Students whose families receive food stamps, are under foster care or

are homeless automatically qualify. Based on the criteria, students who are eligible for free and reduced lunch are unlikely to sport expensive items. But that’s not always the case. Sophomore Luigi Kiochi qualifies for the free and reduced lunch program, but still manages to spend about $500 every month – mainly on shoes – and get something new each week. Kiochi has ways for getting the things he wants. “I get some money from my mom and sell my shoes,” he said. “I’ll buy something for $50 and then sell it for $100 so I can make a LUXURIES > PAGE 4

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NOTES: Kwanzaa ends on January 1, 2014 Winter Break ends Friday, Jan. 3 Students return Monday, Jan. 6 Last day of First Semester is Jan. 30 No school on Friday, Jan. 31 (Day between semesters)

WE WANT YOU Seniors whose last names begin with the letter A through P need to submit their portraits and baby photos to Yearbook Adviser Teresa Scribner by Friday, Dec. 20. Pictures can be left in Room 1162 or emailed to All photos must be approved by Scribner. Seniors whose last names begin with Q through Z have until Jan. 30, 2014.

BAND SEEKS VENDORS In conjunction with the Winter Concert, the Cleveland High School Music Department will host a Craft Fair on Monday, Dec. 16, from 3 to 8 p.m. The department is seeking vendors to be a part of the event! Entry will be $25 per booth plus one donated item for raffle. Vendors will have 5 hours of selling time plus a spot GET IT IN in the music program. For more Seniors: Graduation ad space is information, contact mlmaury@ filling up fast! Students wishing to purchase a grad ad should fill out an order form and return it to NEW HIRE Scribner in Room 1162 as soon as Say hello to Cleveland’s new possible. Forms may also be left truancy specialist Portia Beard. in her mailbox in the main office. Beard comes to the district with a Space for grad ads is limited so strong background in serving Se- get your ad today! attle’s youth, previously in a role as a drug and alcohol counselor. BUY THE BOOK Her position is funded by the High Yearbooks are still on sale for School Graduation Initiative, $60 now until January 1st. If which supports the implementa- you purchase your book after that tion of effective, sustainable and date the price will be $70. The coordinated dropout prevention Cleveland Publications staff has and re-entry programs in high already taken more than 16,000 schools. Beard is located behind photos at assemblies, sporting Assistant Principal Eddie Reed’s events and around the hallways, office in Building 1. so students are likely to find them-

selves in the Aquila this year. The staff’s goal is to capture as many Cleveland students as they possibly can. Reserve your copy today by seeing Scribner to place your order. SAVE THE DATE Please circle Saturday, April 26, 2014 on your calendars for the Eagle Auction. This year’s event will take place at South Seattle Community College. It is not too early to tell all your friends and think about items you might be able to procure! The next planning meeting is on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 9 a.m. Email Heather Graves at for more details. GET READY Student-led conferences will take place on Thursday, Dec. 12 from 4:30 – 7 p.m. If you wish to host your conference before Dec. 12, speak to your advisory teacher. Got an important announcement to make? Email submissions to

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Ambassadors take home Fast Pitch win


On Nov. 13, Cleveland’s Youth Ambassadors attended the SVP Fast Pitch, a fast-pitch granting and investment forum highlighting New Ideas for Social Impact. Nonprofit and for-profit companies competed for over $250,000 in funding and the opportunity to present cutting-edge ideas to social impact leaders, philanthropists and investors around Seattle. Cleveland alumni Olivia Smith spoke on behalf of Youth Ambassadors and how the organization uses mentoring to help fight truancy. The group won $4,000 to help fund their vision.


Freshman Jason Picar grabs a snack during 7th period on Tuesday, Nov. 3, from the vending maching in Building 1.

Vending machines a blessing for students, YA attend Grad Nation Summit headache for teachers BY AMANDA NGUYEN Cleveland Publications reporter

BY JENNIFER WILLIAMS Cleveland publications reporter

On Nov. 11, Cleveland High School’s Youth Ambassadors were given the opportunity to participate in the Grad Nation Summit at Bellevue’s Westin Hotel. The summit is a conference for the growing movement to end America’s dropout rate. Two Cleveland students were asked to speak at the conference, seniors Devan Rogers and Aaliyah Williams. They delivered speeches on engagement and resiliency, leading guests in a discussion of how to prevent drop outs. Guests at the summit shared some shocking statistics. Bellevue’s mayor Conrad Lee said one million students won’t graduate this year. This is why Grad Nation has set two goals: have a 90 percent national graduation rate by 2020, and to have no high school graduating with less than 80 percent. “To have everyone graduated by 2020 is an enormously important goal,” Congressman Adam Smith added. “In our economy today, there is no substitute for an education.” Both Rogers and Williams agree that programs like Youth Ambassadors (YA) will encourage students to stay in school. To them, YA are a support system of people who believe in you and encourage you to continue in school. Williams said being a part of the ambassadors and having a mentor “helps you help yourself.” Williams believes this program should be applied to all schools. Rogers shared

Often, movies set in the desert will pan the expanse of the horizon as a tumbleweed rolls by and the squawk of a vulture can be heard in the distance. Well, that’s what the neighborhood surrounding Cleveland has become: a food desert. With the closest, most affordable places to eat a whole number-60-bus ride away, hungry students have few alternatives to school lunches. In addition to that, the cafeteria staff needs to feed over 800 students everyday of the week so breakfast and lunches have very strict portion control, leaving students hungry just an hour later. Many students were happy to see the addition of vending machines in the hallways. “I come here every day,” said freshman Justin Sia. “I would be so hungry if I didn’t use the vending machine.” He’s not alone. With four vending machines spread across the three buildings, it’s a pretty common sight to see a continuous stream of students flanking each snack station during lunch, passing periods or after school. Dollar after dollar, hungry students are willing to pay for a quick bite. Sadly, those bites aren’t always healthy. While the U.S. Department of Agriculture regulates the nutritional content of meals sold in schools, there are limited standards in place to regulate “competitive foods,” which may be high in added sugars, sodium and satu-


Senior Aaliyah Williams, left, leads a discussion on how to prevent high school drop outs at the Grad Nation Summit on Nov. 11. Senior Devan Rogers also led a panel.

Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Leonard Pitts said kids need to be included in conversations about their futures. that it wasn’t until she gained a mentor that she felt engaged in classes. Because she had a mentor, Rogers was motivated to invest in her education, so she could report back with good results. “She made me realize that I didn’t want to be a statistic.” The summit featured keynote speakers Ford Roosevelt, CEO of Project Grad in Los

Angeles and Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Leonard Pitts. They both believe that allowing students to be represented is an important first step in achieving Grad Nation’s goals. “We have to have a better understanding from your perspective what it is you want to learn,” Roosevelt declared. Pitts, a syndicated columnist for the Miami Herald, said “I think it is always good to listen to what young people have to say. I think a lot of times there is a conversation that goes on about them that they’re not invited to participate in.” Pitts believes there’s a problem when students are theorized about while not being able to contribute to the conversation. It is an honor for Cleveland students to be able to be the voice of our nation’s high school students and to share their educational needs.

rated fat content. However, the Department of Agriculture does call for states and local entities to add restrictions on competitive foods, like those sold in vending machines. Lunchroom Manager Susie Kelly has already filed a complaint against the vendors for stocking the machines with unhealthy snacks. According to the Washington state School Health Index, a child who has eaten a wellbalanced meal is more likely to be prepared to learn in the classroom. Other studies have shown that students who are hungry are less focused in class and more irritable. Hunger may have pushed one student to break the glass of one of the machines in Building 2, racking up a $600 fine. The type of snacks being offered isn’t the only area of concern with the vending machine. Teachers are finding more and more students coming up with excuses to leave class only to return with a handful of treats. Some teachers are complaining about the mess kids leave behind when they eat in class while others have implemented a “No Food” policy in their classrooms. With quarterly revenue of over $2,000 the continual use of vending machines is rapidly becoming a staple in the place where students spend the majority of their day. If the machines stay, there could be more fines, but those would be toward the vending machine company, not the kids using them. Some information for this report was taken from the Washington state School Wellness Policy manual.

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Humanities, biology fill vacant positions BY IRINA DEL DONNO Cleveland Publications reporter The start of the school year can be hectic for both students and staff. Both parties are trying to adjust to the new schedules, different classrooms and new administrators. This year has been especially difficult because of heavy turnover amongst the teachers. After a revolving door of substitutes, three of the vacant positions have been filled. Humanities teacher Robin Nider and biology teacher Megan Claus join Cleveland as first-time teachers while Jeffery Isenbrey enters has been teaching for 18 years. Nider lived in Nashville, Tenn., and moved to Seattle with her husband because her family is from the northwest. Nider finished her graduate degree at Seattle University. She learned about Cleveland after participating in a summer internship. She enjoyed the facilities and students. “I liked how Cleveland’s a STEM school and how hooked up it was to the idea of 21st century learning,” Nider said. “That really attracted me here.” Nider added that Cleveland is a great opportunity to accomplish teaching, something she wanted to do because of her own humanities teacher. Claus sees Cleveland as a special school. She likes the CHS community and how supported the students are by other teachers. “The transition at Cleveland has been okay,” Claus said. “Arriving here later on in the year could seem like a rush, but it’s been alright.” Claus is still working toward her degree while teaching at Cleveland. Isenbrey has worked at a number of



profit.” Senior Johnson Nguyen also qualifies for the free and reduced lunch program, but says most of his items are either gifted or obtained through trading. He estimates he’s spent around $10,000 over the past two years on exclusive brands like Fendi, Gucci and Louis Vuitton. Although he may be flashy, Nguyen said he finds his items at thrift stores like Goodwill. He was able to earn extra cash through part-time jobs. “I used to work at a sewing company with my mom’s friend who actually owns this business,” Nguyen said. “Last summer, I worked with my mom’s boyfriend at a computer shop,” he added. These students found ways of working around their parents’ income to get the things they want, but not everyone can count on dollars from their parents or extra cash from parttime jobs. Ramsey Castillo, a junior, is also on the program but doesn’t use the same tactics as Kiochi and Nguyen. Instead, he mostly relies on his dad. “I don’t spend a lot. I guess I would say at least $300 a month,” Castillo said. He spends his money on brands like Air Jordan, Nike and Levi and sometimes buys video games. Cas-


Robin Nider was hired to fill the vacancy left by humanities teacher Jeff Taylor. schools, but when he was in college at Wayne State University in Detroit, he majored in theater. He then received his bachelor’s degree in international studies at the University of Washington and Biology teacher got his teaching Megan Claus certificate from Western Washington University. Isenbrey worked at the Evergreen School but wanted to work in the south

tillo’s dad pays for most of his belongings. Because of his father’s pay schedule, he receives something new every two weeks to every two months. While Kiochi and Nguyen find ways to make their own money, Castillo must rely on a parent to provide him the things he needs. It’s not only students on free and reduced lunch who sport trendy fashions. Sophomore Leilani Sheffey is not on the program and packs a lunch every day. Sheffey said she goes shopping about three times a month, spending around $50 each time. While Sheffey enjoys fashion, she said her computer is her most important purchase. “My laptop is like my child,” she said. While she doesn’t have ajob, Sheffey gets her spending money by babysitting or doing chores. The free and reduced lunch program is important to Cleveland for a number of reasons. Its purpose isn’t only to provide kids with affordable food, but it also provides funding for the school’s laptop program. The more kids on the free and reduced lunch program, the more money the school receives. It’s clear, that despite their parents’ incomes or eligibility for the free and reduced lunch programs, students at Cleveland are finding crafty ways to get the things they want.

end. “Cleveland has been on my radar for a long time,” Isenbrey said. “I was just watching for positions to open here and once there was I jumped on it.” Isenbrey is Jeffery Isenbrey working part time teaches humanities. this year which he prefers since he is working on writing some books. Isenbrey and his wife have a daughter in college and a son who is currently a sophomore.



ing standards and over 30 percent below the state’s math standards. In 2012 and 2013, Cleveland surpassed the state standards in reading and has met the standards in math. This improvement shows that students are taking their education more seriously. It also shows that teachers are finding different ways to make learning more exciting which, in turn, allows students to retain what they are learning. “When you (students) come to Cleveland, you know you’re going to get a great opportunity,” said Principal George Breland. “You’re going to get the opportunity to be taught by some really great teachers.”



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ish teacher in the foreign language department. The school recently hired a full-time teacher, Victoria Jones. Before Jones was hired, Wallace admitted the Spanish classes were falling apart. “If you are in a classroom where the teacher is just putting in movies in Victoria Jones is all the time, the new Spanish you no longer teacher. care … and that’s not the students’ fault.” Both Wallace and students were frustrated by the length of time it took to hire a contracted Spanish teacher, but electives weren’t the only classes being taught by subs. Until recently, three core classes were being taught by fill-ins. These positions now have certified teachers, but with the sudden departure of math teacher Sam Woodard, the position is now being taught by a substitute. Interviews to fill his spot began on Nov. 26. Nicola Wethall, head of the math department, said it is difficult to support the substitutes for the math classes because the department works together to plan all of the lessons for each course. “A lot of teachers have not been trained on how to use complex instruction, which is having kids work together in groups effectively,” Wethall said. “So if teachers haven’t been trained in that, especially substitutes, then they don’t know how to run the class effectively.” Parents and guardians concerned about their kids being taught by substitutes – especially more than one – can get involved in by contacting administration. Students should keep their parents informed with what’s going on in their classes. At the same time, it’s important to respect the adults that do come in to help because the substitutes are walking into a tough situation. When the substitutes don’t know the kids or the content very well, it certainly affects their ability to provide quality instruction. Both the students and the teachers need to support each other and work with what they have. Wethall encourages students to advocate for their own learning. “We understand students’ frustration and faculty is also worried about their progress. We need to offer quality instruction, but we also need the students to cooperate and take responsibility for their learning.” There are resources for kids who have classes with substitutes and are struggling to learn the subject matter. The math teachers offer tutoring every Tuesday. If there was ever a period of time where the instruction or the work wasn’t sufficient enough to provide a clear understanding of the material, students can make up for it by coming in for help.

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Stay on track, or you’ll be back Seniors at risk of not graduating shouldn’t lose hope BY IZET MENDOZA Cleveland Publications reporter Graduation is the one day seniors look forward to more than anything else during their last year of high school. For most of them, all the hard work will soon be paid off, but not every senior will be able to celebrate next June. Some are not on track to graduate. Seniors who are at risk to graduate are those who have not passed the HSPE, math EOC or Washington state his-

tory. Others may be short on credits, failing graduationrequirement classes, currently have low grades or have not completed 60 hours of community service. There are ways to combat these short falls. Those who didn’t pass the HSPE may opt for doing a Collection of Evidence (COE.) The COE is sent to the state and they determine if it will count toward the student’s ability to graduate. The COE can replace the HSPE. If students have fewer than

15 credits, they are considered a “reclassified junior.” Having a low grade point average is also risky. Seniors need a GPA of 2.0 or higher to graduate. But those seniors with a GPA lower than the requirement can request a waiver. Along with the waiver, students will need three letters: one from themselves and two from teachers. An attendance record must also be attached along with the three letters. It may be difficult to get some teachers to write letters if the student has bad attendance. Seniors who may be in trouble shouldn’t lose hope as CHS provides plenty of help. Most schools don’t offer


SoED counselor Fannie Austin works hard to make sure seniors are on track to graduate. the COE or Online Credit Retrieval. Along with these options are the eight-period days. Cleveland students have the opportunity to earn more credits than at other schools.



Other support may come from advisory teachers. It is important that all seniors contact their respective counselors to make sure they are on the right track.

Sophomore takes Mr. Cleveland title

Student’s return to his homeland reveals struggles he wasn’t prepared to see BY DANIEL DOAN AND KHALID OMAR Cleveland Publications reporters He goes by the nickname “Fishy.” With his gill-like sideburns and cool nature, it’s easy to understand why. The name might sound insulting to some, but Abdiweli Ibrahim accepts it as much as he’s accepted his return back to CHS. Ibrahim recently returned from his native country, Somalia, ready to view life through a new scope. For many, Ibrahim’s absence caused a stir of theories. Some had thought he had just transferred schools. Others thought he’d simply dropped off the face of the earth. Surprisingly, those theories weren’t too far from the truth. Somalia is Ibrahim’s homeland. Despite being born in the U.S., he doesn’t truly consider himself an American. “It is where my dad’s parents still live, and my 100-plus cousins,” he explained. Both of his parents were born in Somalia. His father was from the Northern deserts while his mom was born in the southern capital of Mogadishu. His family eventually migrated to the U.S. because of tribal wars in the early 1990s. In 1996, Ibrahim was born in Logan Utah. They lived there for three years until he, his parents and his five siblings set sights on Seattle in 1999. During his last trip, Ibrahim visited Egypt, as well as Somalia to pursue his Islamic education. His parents, on the other hand, wanted him to experience what life had to offer, as well as its many hardships. “Upon my visit, I learned how out of touch I was with my life back here,” Ibrahim said. “When I was at Cleveland, I didn’t see as much hardship here. I was oblivious to the struggle.” What many do not realize is that Ibrahim’s visit placed him in a precarious place. It was a time of great controversy, and it still is. That is because


On Nov. 15, seven studs took to the stage for the fourth annual Mr. Cleveland Pageant. Performances ranged from poetry slamming to dancing. Sophomore Ronnie Santos was crowned the winner. He wowed the judges with his soulful singing. “I don’t know how to feel honestly,” said Santos after being crowned. “I wasn’t expecting to win.” Seniors Khyron Street and Ryan Rabia placed second and third, respectively. ASB president E.J. Pinera and teachers Kelly McFadzean and Steve Pratt served as judges.


Senior Abdiweli Ibrahim’s return to his home country opened his eyes to the human suffering of others. of the “Arab Spring,” a revolutionary wave of protests, riots and civil wars among Arab countries. Ibrahim was in the midst of it all. In the coming issues, you will find out how Ibrahim’s travels left him

feeling conflicted about the societal differences between his homeland and his new country. “When you really see a human being suffering, you lose your innocence.”

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Holi-Gaze Take a look at some of the best seasonal specials

BY ELIZABETH PAULSON Cleveland Publications reporter The holiday season is approaching, so the Journal is counting down the Top 5 Christmas


Specials that speak the true meaning of the holiday spirit. From finding your place in the world to heartwarming resolutions, these films will put you in the mood for hot chocolate and gingerbread.

“A Christmas Story”

Message: There are more important things than presents Christmas is coming up. The stores are having sales and kids are filling out their wish lists. Ralphie Parker wants nothing more than an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. But everyone, including Santa Claus, tells him the toy is too dangerous. All Ralphie can think about is the toy gun. He becomes obsessed with the gun. It doesn’t even faze him when his mother tells his younger brother, “There are starving people in China!” The movie proves that presents aren’t everything.

“South Park: Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo” Message: Everyone’s beliefs are important


It’s hard being Jewish on Christmas. While everyone is fighting for a place on Santa’s lap, Kyle Broflovski, the only Jewish kids in South Park, must sit by and watch. Kyle feels lonely being surrounded by Christmas cheer. Until a magical piece of poop that goes by the name of Mr. Hankey leaps from the toilet wearing a Santa hat. Hankey becomes Kyle’s smelly, imaginary friend. Most celebrate Christmas with family and friends. Others spend Dec. 25 with a piece of talking poo. Honestly, it’s not Christmas without a little poo.

“Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer”


Message: Be accepting of other’s differences

What makes you different doesn’t make you a freak. It makes you a misfit! One is a reindeer with a bright blinking red nose, the other, a toy-making elf who wants to be a dentist. After being humiliated by their families, coworkers and even Santa, the pair decides to run away. After a turn of soul searching events, Rudolf returns home to lead the sleigh team through the winter fog. Both the reindeer and the elf were accepted for who they are and the talents they possess.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” Message: Christmas cheer comes from within

With a heart two sizes too small, it’s understandable why the Grinch would hate everything happy and joyful, especially an entire town filled with cheery Christmas celebration. The Grinch decided to stop the holiday all together. He steals their presents, trees and feast. The next morning, the Grinch readily listens for sounds of devastation. Instead he hears singing. “The Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. Maybe Christmas, he thought ... doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps ... means a little bit more!”



“A Charlie Brown Christmas” Meaning: It’s the thought that counts

The meaning of Christmas can get lost in the materialism of the holiday season, but Christmas isn’t about material things. It isn’t about having a big, luxurious Christmas tree that towers above you. Christmas is about helping others in need. A wimpy tree can stand strong with a little help. “I never thought it was such a bad little tree … Maybe it just needs a little love.” It’s indeed more blessed to give than to receive.

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“Fab Four” on the hunt for another state title BY MONICA ELENES Cleveland Publications reporter Having set a high bar last season, the Lady Eagles are ready to raise it even higher. After losing only one player – and gaining a few more – the girls plan to defend their state title to the death. The start of basketball season is around the corner and the Lady Eagles are ready. They stomped out their competition last year, beating some of their opponents by 70-plus points. “This season expect us to be explosive, stronger, hardworking, defensive and unpredictable,” said sophomore guard Ryshel Sampson. The team hopes their state championship title will attract more fans to pack the gym. “We want to see our school support us by coming to the games and just having a lot of energy,” said point guard Jayde Christopher. With plenty of practice during the fall, the girls seem ready to charge into the season. Captains Alexia Mefi and Myzhanique “MyMy” Ladd are excited to lead their team on another journey

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towards a championship. Seniors Mefi, Ladd, Makala Roper and Asiyah Davis have been dubbed the “Fab Four” by their fans. All are returning this season so the competition will have their fair share of battling the best. The girls aren’t worried about possible defeat this season. “Expect the same outcome, different style,” said Ladd. “I’m ready,” added Mefi. There’s no denying the talent on the squad. Two of the Lady Eagles are already committed to playing at the collegiate level at California schools. Ladd signed with San Jose State; Makala Roper is headed to Santa Barbara. Roper had already coined a nickname for this year’s team. “We are better known as ‘YUNGRY.’ This is our movement as seniors.” The term stands for young and hungry, something the Lady Eagles have proven they are. “We put in work,” said Sampson. “And now it’s time for us to put it to CLEVELAND PUBLICATIONS use.” The “Fab Four,” clockwise from top, Alexia Mefi, Asiyah Davis, Myzhanique “MyMy” Reporter Khalid Omar Ladd and Makala Roper are looking to make another run at a second state title. contributed to this report.


Why are you guys here? Y’all ain’t makin’ the team! You suck so bad I could beat you in 1 on 1 with my eyes CLOSED! Go home!

Boys hope to silence the haters this year BY RYSHUN SAMPSON Special to the Journal

I’m so scared

The Eagles are the rise. The Cleveland boys’ basketball team wants to prove to themselves, the student body, and the community that they’re ready for the competition. Like the football team and their comeback from last season, the boys’ basketball team is hoping to rise from a rocky season. The boys have put in countless hours and as a result they’ve gained the confidence, skills and mindset to get the job done. Junior Jewels Sanders has what it takes to play at the next level; he’ll get there by helping his team redeem themselves from a losing season. He is an all-around player who can play any position on the court “We are now a better unit as a family this year,” said Sanders. His biggest motivation is proving all the doubters wrong. He wants to show people that his team is a contender. Senior point guard Kai Greene is making a name for himself in the Eagles’ nest. He, along with Jalin Bird, transferred from Garfield. These boys are settling in quite well. “I have a chip on my shoulder along with my teammates to make a statement that we are not the team we were before” said Greene. “All my teammates including myself work hard; we are here to get better and grow”. Team

captain he will not allow his team to go down the same road of last season. There’s no more looking back. Junior shooting guard Jerome Petty has improved tremendously after spending his summer working on his game. His goal this season is in compete in the metro, district, and hopefully the state tournament. “My father is my biggest supporter and someone who will help me achieve my goals” said Petty. The rest of the team agrees. Phil Petty along with Kelly Boyd, Sanders’ mother is the team’s biggest fans. They provide these boys with whatever they need. “There’s a brotherhood that’s been built and that’s all that matters” Jerome Petty said. This is Coach Barry Jones’ second year as the leader of the Eagles. He would also like to see his boys win more games this season. “I would like for my team to focus on the last four minutes of each quarter”.” It’s not how you start a game but how you finish” said Barry. Last season the Eagles lost seven games by eight points or less, which means they’re going to do everything in their power to pick up the slack. Jones sees that there’s more leadership both on and off the court; more guys are holding each other accountable. Jones said, “Our challenge this year is how we handle our success”.


The Journal



Friday, December 6, 2013

Eagles’ first playoffs appearance in 34 years ends in defeat

BY MAKALA ROPER Cleveland Publications reporter

It’s been an unbelievable year for Cleveland football. They turned many heads this season and gave the naysayers something to squawk about. Other schools now see them as a threat and know they have to play their best game when stepping on the field against the Eagles. Cleveland made it to the playoffs, their first time since 1979. Senior Dale Daniels said the team gave it their all this season and went out with a bang. “Even though we didn’t win our last game, we still made big-time history for the Cleveland Eagles’ football team,” he said. In what is only his first season with Cleveland, Head Coach Jeff Schmidt was able to turn the program around. “This season was awesome!” he exclaimed. “The kids were great; they came together and learned how to be a team. And they were able to find success on and off the field.” Schmidt is very close to his boys. He sees them as his sons. “I’m a proud father,” Schmidt said. From where they started to where the team finished, Schmidt is proud to be a part of the journey with them. Schmidt attributes the football team’s winning attitude to the girls’ basketball team. They set the tone by winning the state championship. Schmidt wants his boys to be on that level. His main goals to achieving success are to win the South Division and to win a playoff game. With those two ideals in mind, Schmidt is sure his boys will be on the same level as


The Eagles made it to the first round of playoffs, but came up short against Columbia River’s Chieftains. The game was tied until the fourth quarter when the Chieftains scored an 83-yard touchdown with three minutes left. Head Coach Jeff Schmidt earned Coach of the Year honors from the Sound Division and The Seattle Times. the Lady Eagles. Cleveland not only made history, but many of the players won awards for their stellar season. Fourteen players earned recognition. Schmidt was named Sound Division Coach of the Year and was The Seattle Times’ Star Coach. Senior Gartiez Darden made 1st Team Tight End and 1st Team Line-

True freshman

Lucas King playing big role in first year of high school BY MAKALA ROPER Cleveland Publications reporter Lucas King is not your average freshman. If you look around, you’ll see him on the football field, ASB meetings or holding court with his friends. Some freshmen hold back because of shyness while others aren’t eager to meet new people or get involved, King is the complete opposite. He gives new meaning to the words “true freshman.” In sports, a true freshman is someone who gets to play during their first year of college instead of sitting out. King had his fair share of playing time this year as the kicker on Cleveland’s football team. He also plays soccer.


Freshman Lucas King is making a big impact on Cleveland, both on and off the field. King has been playing soccer since he was five years old. Despite his desire to play football, he was not allowed until this year because of his mom.

“She was afraid I would get hurt,” he said. She relented after King earned a spot as a kicker, a position that rarely sees an injury. King wouldn’t

backer while senior Ray McConico earned Honorable Mention Running Back & Linebacker. During the off season, Schmidt wants his players to put in work and be even better than they were this season. That will mean many hours in the weight room. “The everyday grind will pay off.”

be able to suit up if he played a different position. King’s football practices are pretty mellow. He typically starts by kicking into a net and then kicking a ball as deeply as he can. When he does long kicks, it’s either from 45 or 50 yards. “I guess that’s pretty far. I’m only a freshman,” King said. Now that football season is over, King will keep his kicking skills up on the soccer field. King has also been recognized by the yearbook staff as a student represents progress in the school’s trinity theme of Spirit, Unity and Progress. He has shown progress throughout CHS by being involved with extracurricular activities at school and not being afraid to get involved as a freshman. “I’m more outgoing than shy because I like to make new friends all the time,” he said. King is honored that people see positive qualities in him. “It feels great to be recognized because I love Cleveland,” he said. “Everyone is really nice and it’s a fun school.”

Swim team ready to dive in BY ALEXIA MEFI Cleveland Publications reporter It’s all about swimming season. For Coach Ryan Kastl, it’s about conditioning and improving from last year’s team. “There a lot of improvement and effort that needs to be done,” he said. The swim team may not be full of pros, but they put in all the work. The team practices almost every day, but Kastl feels they need more. “We need more practice time instead of an hour to do conditioning.” They practice at Rainer Beach Community Center from 3 to 4 p.m. Although the team lost a lot of good swimmers from last year’s squad, Kastl is trying to form a new team of winners. With outstanding swimmers like Monica Lui and Henry Mach, the team is prepped and ready to dive into a winning season.

December 6, 2013 - How can you afford that?  

Stories include: students receiving free and reduced lunch carrying pricey accessories; too many substitutes; football season recap.

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