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School finally past hiring hiccups ALICE JOHN Cleveland Publications reporter One week before school started, two teachers left unexpectedly. That was followed by a number of other teachers leaving for various reasons. With some teachers working a reduced schedule and people seeking full-time jobs,

those positions are tougher to fill. The process of hiring a teacher takes about two weeks. First, a job description has to be posted and then the Seattle Public Schools office downtown needs to be informed that the job is vacant. That takes about a week. The job then has to be open for another week, and the interview process begins.

When one of the Spanish teachers left, Principal George Breland and the administration had to go through the interview process twice. “Two people turned down the job... after going through the process of hiring. Because of this, we lost four weeks,” Breland said. Breland said that although it may

be difficult to get candidates seeking a full-time job, it’s even tougher to get part-time candidates. “It’s difficult because after school starts, all the good candidates get swallowed up,” Breland said. According to Breland, it wasn’t a HIRING > PAGE 3

Can anyone overcome being stereotyped?

Opinion BY DANIEL DOAN Cleveland Publications reporter

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Seventeen year old Asia Smith is photographed in early December, just two weeks before giving birth to a baby boy.

17 and Pregnant In 2010, the Journal wrote a feature on teen moms, chronicaling the lives of three girls who struggled with balancing school and motherhood. While there has been a slight decline in teen pregnancies, it’s still a common issue among high school students. This is the story of one girl who handled her pregnancy differently than most. She did things on her own terms, in her own way. This is Asia’s story.

BY IZET MENDOZA AND DANIEL DOAN Cleveland Publications reporters Asia Smith is a student. She is an employee. Now, she is a mom. The junior gave birth to a baby boy in December, right before winter break. Smith, along with the baby’s father, agreed to speak to The Cleveland Journal, but not as a cautionary tale. Quite the contrary, Smith’s pregnancy is not your typical “teen mom” story. Most teens in her situation find themselves dropping out of school, breaking up with the baby’s PREGNANT> PAGE 5

Pregnancy prevention, counseling provided at Cleveland BY ELIZABETH PAULSON Cleveland Journal reporter Asia Smith is just one of tens of thousands of teenage who become pregnant each year. The Journal sat down with Nurse Practitioner Patricia Tilden to find out ways the Teen Health Center can help students prevent pregnancy, avoid contracting Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) or talk to their parents about sex. Journal: What kind of birth control is available at the Teen Health Center? Tilden: “At the Teen Health Center, we do PREVENTION > PAGE 5

On their face is a smile that stretches from ear to ear. In fact, they’re so full of emotion that not only is your attention caught, but everyone around you. That’s exactly the moment you start judging them. “He must be a troublemaker,” you think. “She must be up to no good.” Then again, you probably don’t even know much about them aside from what you see of them in school. Sophomore Franklin Davis-Bell is one of these students. He is a student struggling with being stereotyped, although he’ll admit he played a role in getting it. He’s the type of guy that somehow always manages to find himself in sticky situations. He’s the guy you’re always looking to blame. “I’m looking for Franklin,” I say, scanning the room. The shear mention of his name elicits eye rolls and immediately, a concerned call from a classmate: “What did he do this time?” Necks turn, jaws drop and heavy sighs are released. A cool, calm and collected DavisBell stands up from his desk. He walks toward me without one look of worry on his face, but as if he’s been taken out of class a few times before. This time, though, was different. This time it wasn’t to interrogate him, it was to understand him. STEREOTYPES > PAGE 5


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Corrections & Clarifications A story about the free and reduced lunch program in the Dec. 6 edition of the Cleveland contained some errors. Title I money does not fund the laptop program. The BTA Levy was used to purchase the first wave of laptops. Title I money is used, in part, to fund support teachers and staff. In the same edition, a story about the boys’ basketball team’s upcoming season was given the wrong byline. Ryshel Sampson, a DANIEL DOAN / CLEVELAND PUBLICATIONS freelance reporter for the Journal, Truancy counselor Porcia Beard was hired late last year. Her primary wrote the story. The Journal apologizes for duty is to combat low attendance issues. these errors. Her office is located in the main Buy the book office near SoED Vice Principal Yearbooks are still on sale for Eddie Reed. $65 now until April 4. If you purShe’ll find you chase your book after they arrive Please welcome Porcia Beard, Welcome to the flock in May, the price will be $70. Cleveland’s new Truancy CounYMCA coordinator Kai DominThe Cleveland Publications selor. She takes over the position go gave birth to a baby boy. Raul staff has already taken more than vacated by Kitty Burke. Gyles was born on Dec. 16, weigh- 25,000 photos at assemblies, sportBeard’s duties include provid- ing 6 lbs., 15 ozs. ing events and around the school, ing weekly checks on students SoLS counselor Serena Swan- so students are likely to find themwho have serious truancy issues, son also gave birth to a baby boy, selves in the Aquila this year. borderline attendance issues or Erik Hiromi, on Jan. 14. Her baby Reserve your copy with Ms. low-level unexcused absences. weighed 7 lbs. 2 oz. Scribner in Room 1162.

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SENIOR HISTORY June 25, 2009 Death of Michael Jackson

BY AMANDA NGUYEN Cleveland Publications reporter Michael Jackson’s name is one that’s synonymous with superstar, icon, legend. His musical legacy will never be forgotten, but like all troubled celebrities, his life came to a tragic end. On June 25, 2009, Jackson was found dead in his rented mansion at the age of 50. Though a few years have already passed, there is hardly anyone who doesn’t remember Jackson’s death. The Class of 2014 was between the ages of 12 and 13 at the time. They were fully aware of Jackson’s passing and its impact on society. Patrick Winston remembers Jackson’s death clearly, recalling how sad and shocked he and the people around him were. “I couldn’t imagine that this could ever happen,” he said. “He wasn’t just an artist. He was a visionary person who cared about people. He cared about children, people, animals – everyone.” While there were many negative rumors being spread about Jackson, Winston never believed them. “As soon as he’s gone, everyone cared about him. It’s kind of strange that people who believed he was a rapist or he was a horrible person are now saying ‘He’s amazing,’ that ‘I’m very sad he’s gone.’ It’s just lies.” Michelle Le, who admired Jackson’s uniqueness, seconds Winston’s sentiment. She experienced a similar reaction upon seeing the icon’s death displayed on Yahoo! News, stating that she felt really hurt. It upset her that it was only after Jackson’s death that people decided to pay tribute to him. “AfMichelle Le ter he died it seemed like everyone was like ‘Oh, we have to do this for him, do that for him,’ and they start-

ed trying to make a change in the world.” “He gave sort of an interesting outlook on music and society. At that time, he gave people music that wasn’t really around a lot and his music was creative, colorful, and fun,” Duressa Mudde recalls. “But now he’s dead, and you know, our originality is kind of missing.” Mudde admits feeling sad when his brother told him that the star had died, but knowing that death is inevitable, even for celebrities, he was able to move on. Jimmy Lam has different views of society without Jackson’s originality. “There’s a lot of creativity in the world. There isn’t just one central brain or hub.” As a middle school student relaxing at home, Lam does not remember feeling personally affected when he heard about the legend’s death. While he acknowledges the pop icon’s creativity, Lam believes society will move on without him. Khyron Street, who Cleveland students recall imitating the King of Pop in the hallways, took quite a hit over Jackson’s death. Street’s history with Jackson goes way back. “I was like, one, and just learned how to walk when “Smooth Criminal” came on the TV. He hypnotized me.” When he heard about the legend’s death, the die-hard fan was heartbroken. “I cried for a week straight. I’ve never seen him in concert or in person, so I was depressed.” In this senior’s eyes, the death of Michael Jackson was like the death of a friend or brother. He believes that society felt the same way. “It was horrible,” Street sighs. While everyone may not be a Michael Jackson fan, it goes without saying that everyone felt the magnitude of his death. Seniors at Cleveland High share contrasting views on the legend’s death, but it is clear that Jackson remains unforgotten to this day. Such an event is an important landmark in our senior class history.

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Principal Breland: CHS can go from good to great BY KHALID ELMI Cleveland Publications reporter As Cleveland starts a new semester, new staff members and students have adjusted to the environment of Cleveland. One important person doing all he can to keep things running smoothly is Principal George Breland. Breland has spent a few months at Cleveland and is proud of his work. Even while waiting for an interview, Breland kept a calm office and made sure everyone got what they needed. Breland describes his time at Cleveland as intriguing. “It’s been really interesting, and I’ve had a really good experience so far, but I look forward to June,” Breland said. Though Breland hasn’t figured out whether he will officially be staying at Cleveland, he’ll find out soon. When asked about the new hires, Breland was quick to answer. “I believe the hiring process was the most difficult part. The whole circumstance of teachers leaving and getting quality teachers in place… We were fortunate to get some good teachers,” Breland said. Despite the stress of new hires, Breland has faith in his team and is eager to proceed toward greatness. Another CHS issue was the hiring of a new IT analyst. “We actually hired one and after he was offered the job, he turned it down,” Breland said. Despite the setback, Breland is not concerned about providing for his students.

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Interim Principal George Breland has had a lot to contend with during his first semester at CHS. He’s looking forward to summer vacation. Breland has exciting plans for Cleveland. He hopes to stay and build a great foundation at the high school. He believes the school has the elements to go from good to great. “We have excellent students, teachers and good administrators. When you have all three of those elements we can go from good to great,” Breland said. Breland believes his responsibilities as principal are to build communication and solve problems. He considers himself as an “Instructional Leader,” and thinks that every administrator or teacher should have those qualities. He proudly said, “We can really be the greatest school in the West.”

More Eagles join the teachers’ nest BY ALICE JOHN Cleveland Publications reporter

In the December 2013 edition of the Cleveland Journal, the paper contained a story about the number of substitutes teaching core classes. Since that issue, all the positions have been filled. Math teacher Martin Goldman-Kirst takes over for Sam Woodard, who left unexpectedly last semester. Martin Victoria Jones was hired to Goldman-Kirst fill the Spanish teacher vacancy. Goldman-Kirst, or “G.K.,” as the students

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lack of trying that slowed the process of hiring. It was the choices he faced in the midst of also getting ready for the new school year. “A lot of this stuff was unexpected and it wasn’t

call him, teaches Algebra II and Geometry. He teaches freshmen as well as upperclassmen. Jones teaches part time, so she is only at CHS in the mornings. Teaching spots aren’t the only ones that needed to be Victoria filled. SoLS counselor SerJones ena Swanson is on maternity leave and her replacement, Noelle Zentz, started working on Jan. 14. Zentz and Swanson went to graduate school together at Seattle Pacific University. Since Swanson had to take her maternity leave earlier than planned, she may be able to return in late May instead of her original plan of June 9.

because we weren’t trying,” he said. “It was because we were trying to get the best candidates for the job.” The circumstances created “a perfect storm.” At the start of the year, there were five substitutes because of the complications with the hiring

process. Breland understands that students might still be struggling with the concepts in class because there was a lot of instructional time lost due to the hiring situation. He suggests students go to tutoring or talk to their teachers about getting extra help.

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LIBRARY CLUB TO HOLD BOOK SALE The Cleveland High School Library is having a Book Fair with the Secret Garden Bookstore Monday, Feb. 10 through Friday, Feb. 14. Students and staff members may purchase a book at any time during the school day. Cash or check payments will be accepted. Checks can be made out to Secret Garden Bookstore. portion of the profits will go to the CHS Library Club.


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Open Mic Night puts talent on full display BY KAMRY ADAMS Cleveland Publications reporter Around Cleveland, you can find talent in many different forms, and Open Mic Night gave students a chance to put that talent on display. Open Mic Night, an event sponsored by the senior class, not only served as a fundraiser, but also as a less competitive outlet to unveil school-wide talent. “We are giving our peers the opportunity to perform without pressure or competition,” said Monica Lui, senior class president. The event, hosted by the eccentric Paolo Eleccion and always entertaining Myzhanique Ladd, included performances from people that you don’t usually see on stage at CHS talent showcases, which was a pleasant surprise. “There is no winner, so people feel more open to performing,” said senior class Vice President Prinnces Doneigo. The night featured acts such as spo-

who sang an original song titled “Water Levels,” Ryan Rabia and CHS alumni Luigi Garcia who performed “Officially Missing You,” and freshman Leija Farr, who performed a poem titled “Picture This.” Jeremy Mar and former CHS student Melvin Inthavong gave a rap performance. But to the audience’s surprise, it wasn’t just Cleveland students who had a few tricks up their sleeves. Chev Gary, who can usually be found helping students in the Career Center, showed everyone that he also has some talent to bring to the table. The staff member stunned the crowd with the final act of the evening: an original rap song. Open Mic Night allowed the student body to experience what the ELI LU / CLEVELAND PUBLICATIONS people around them had to offer entertainment-wise. It let the people of Senior EJ Pinera sang an original song, “Water Levels,” as he played the piano. Cleveland express themselves openly and without fear, while also providing ken word, singing and rapping; some guitar or piano. Among the student the Senior class with funds for future performances were accompanied by acts were standouts like EJ Pinera, events. It was definitely a success.

Lunar New Year brings out our inner horse BY LISA LE Cleveland Publications reporter As people around the world rang in a new year, Asian cultures began preparing for another one. Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year, falls about a month after Jan. 1, this year falling on Jan. 31. Lunar New Year is a major event in the Asian countries that celebrate it. In China, festivals are held on the eve of the New Year and last for 15 days. Families have huge reunions during this time. A house would be cleaned – much like spring cleaning – that would sweep out bad luck and bring in the good. Adults would give out red paper envelopes with money inside to children for good luck. The festivities are not only held in Asian countries, but in places with a large Asian population. In Seattle, a festival was held on Feb. 1, in the Chinatown-International District. There were lion dances, Japanese taiko drumming and a children’s costume parade contest. Fireworks were lit around the streets in hopes of scaring away evil spirits. Cleveland held its own celebration on Jan. 30, complete with a dancing lion and kids dressed in traditional garments passing out candy. The festivity was organized by Chinese teacher Ching-Hsien Shu. “I pray and tweet about it,”

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Students from Ching-Hsien Shu’s Chinese class performed a traditional lion dance. Below, students followed alongside the lion passing out candy. said sophomore Andy Huynh when asked how he celebrates the New Year. “I also get together with family.” One tradition for Huynh is going to temple. “We go and wish everyone good fortune and good luck.” His favorite part about the New Year, like most kids, is getting money. Along with bringing in the good luck, Lunar New Year also brings in the next zodiac animal, this year being the Year of the Horse. From Jan. 31, 2014, until Feb. 18, 2015, all newborns will have the sign of the horse.

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YouthForce is a good opportunity for teens looking to prepare for the future. It is a job that allows teens to learn new things and meet new people. “It’s like a workforce where they hire teens to work at CenturyLink Field and get work experience with the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders,” said, senior Khalid Elmi, who’s been with the program for a year. Elmi helps handicapped patrons to their seats. Most of the Cleveland students who work there have had a great experience. “YouthForce is a cool place,” says junior Amir Yacub, who gets to meet new people and be around fans. “I joined because I thought it was an easy job and needed extra money, but it turned out to be a great experience,” he said. YouthForce isn’t just about making money but also gaining new learning skills and learning how are real job feels. “It’s pretty fun. It’s a good way to start your first new job,” Yamilah Nguyen said. “It’ll really help you gain leadership skills and give you hands on skills on what a job really is.” Elmi agrees. “The work experience is amazing. As a young person it was eye opening to me to get to see how work is, and to watch games for free. Its good money and easy,” Elmi said.


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Rodents reflect bad habits of CHS students JENNIFER WILLIAMS Cleveland Publications reporter

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Cuahutemoc “Temo” Hernandez Vivar, left, and his girlfriend Asia Smith, learned she was pregnant with his child after she returned from a Global Visionaries trip to Guatemala last spring.

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father or opting to terminate the pregnancy. None of those things happened to Smith. In agreeing to speak with the Journal, Smith wanted to make it clear that she’s not someone people should feel sorry for, nor is she the poster child for combating teen pregnancy. Her life is her life; this is her story to tell. Before her son’s birth, Smith worked as an employee at Jamba Juice. Three times a week, she would arrive on time, ready to take charge. But she still managed to make school her first priority.Smith knew that she had to pursue a higher education. In doing so, she was a participant of many academic-enrichment programs including Global Visionaries (GV), a year-long leadership program. GV an-

nually takes students to Guatemala to participate in cultural exchange and volunteer work. It was in Guatemala where Smith found out she was expecting a baby.

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It started with morning sickness. At first Smith believed the vomiting was from being in a foreign country. She would throw up numerous times, and her roommates were also ill. It could have easily been a virus. Two days after returning from Guatemala, Smith took a pregnancy test. It was positive. Without fear or hesitation, Smith immediately told her mother. The two have a very close bond; her mom is like her best friend. When her mom found out about Smith’s pregnancy, she was very supportive.

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counseling around birth control or contraception. We counsel students about abstinence, which is the only 100% method to prevent pregnancy, and provide condoms to students who need them. We also provide birth control pills, the birth control patch, and the birth control ring. It’s called a NuvaRing. We provide Depo-Provera shots. We also provide other long-acting contraceptive methods.” Journal: Are all the birth control methods free? Tilden: “There’s no cost to the student for any of the medication or for the health visits to make sure your health is good enough to be on this kind of birth control. We do a physical and a health history to make sure you don’t have high blood pressure or not a physical reason that you shouldn’t take the medication. Certainly it is a medication, many of them are…we want to make sure you’re healthy and not having any bad side effects.”

“I don’t know what not having support feels like,” Smith explains. There has never been a day in Smith’s life where her mother has not been on her side. As the months went by and with a new school year approaching, Smith returned to Cleveland as her body slowly began to change. Students and teachers began to speculate if she was with child. Eventually, her growing belly was a definitive answer. With her due date looming and despite her nerves, Smith was determined to have a natural birth at home. That meant no medication whatsoever. For many this is unheard of, especially for a first-time mom, but even more so for a teenager. Smith was determined to be in control. She wanted her boyfriend and mother to be at her side. She wanted to be home.

Journal: What are the health risks of a teen having a baby? Tilden: “Because a teen is still going through maturing themselves… you haven’t even reached your full Nurse practicioner growth potential. Patricia Tilden Teens are more at risk for premature or low birth weight babies.”

Rats usually remain outdoors and are typically longer. Mice stick indoors. Both species are known to carry Most people say everything diseases. However, rat or happens for a reason. There mice, the reaction when stuis always a cause and effect dents catch sight of either of or a consequence to an action. these tailed rodents, is mostCause and effect might be ly the same. the reason why on a particuWhat to do about this inlarly bad day, you might see a festation at Cleveland is the small, furry animal scurrying real problem. The custodial through the halls staff members “I think it’s of Cleveland. like Chris Pham because people In the courtand Chau Tran yard of the first leave food ... and clean up the best and third build- don’t dispose of it they can, but this ings and on the is an issue that is properly. ground floor of the beginning to have second building, an increaingly Chevas Gary most students negative affect have caught sight on the health and Education of these creatures reputation of the Specialist running around. school. This prob“I think it’s because people lem is more of a reflection of leave food and trash every- the habits as students and where and don’t dispose of staff members. it properly,” said the Career One way students can help Center’s Education Specialist is by picking up food items Chevas Gary. left in the hallways and propThe center not only serves erly discarding them into as a resource for juniors and trash receptacles. While it’s seniors, but it also doubles as the job of the janitors to keep a popular hangout spot dur- the school clean, it is not their ing lunch and after school. job to pick up after students. “I’ve seen food residue, Another way to help is by crumbs, garbage, all kinds of reporting any rodent sightstuff,” Gary said. And what ings. This allows the janitors attracts rats and mice? to put out traps to catch the There’s a difference be- furry creatures. tween the creatures you Lastly, students should might see running through compost their leftover food the bushes of the courtyard instead of leaving it in the and the ones who scurry hallway trash bins. Leaving through the walls of class- food in classroom trash cans rooms. It’s a common miscon- leaves the opportunity for ception that rats and mice rodents to munch and build are the same. nests in common areas.

ment would be me. What I usually will do is ask her if she has talked to anyone about how she feels about it first of all, if it was a surprise, if she has talked to anyone about it and does she have a trusted adult that she feels that knows her and understands her that she can talk with about this. I don’t necessarily encourage, it has to come from the young woman herself. I don’t encourage them to talk to their friends or their parents or whomever. I just ask if they have a supportive adult in their life that they can trust and they think will be able to help them with this informaJournal: Do you encourage a preg- tion verses being unhelpful.” nant teen to talk to her parents and/or guardians about it? Journal: What should students know Tilden: “If a student comes in and she before entering a sexual relationship? is concerned that’s she pregnant, even Tilden: “If you are going to have inif she tells me she did a pregnancy test tercourse, there is always a chance of herself, the first thing I do is talk to her pregnancy…you have to be willing to a little bit about when your last men- deal with that risk. Probably, I would strual period was, have you had unpro- advise them to get on some birth contected intercourse, and then I repeat trol … just to eliminate that risk of a pregnancy test, so I know for sure. pregnancy because that’s probably goIf she’s pregnant, that is confidential ing to have the biggest consequence. I information for her alone and for her also think it’s important to think emohealth care provider, which at the mo- tionally. Are you emotionally ready to

be in a sexual relationship? Everyone is different, some people can be in sexual relationships and the emotional part isn’t a big deal for them. But for many people it is. And I also think you need to know your partner, where your partner is at the emotional part and what it means to them, and good communication with your partner. Making sure both of you are in agreement about what is having sex going to mean to the both of you and that you’re both comfortable with that. And the risk of being exposed to STDs. There are a good handful of STDs that once you get them, you can’t get rid of. Like the Human Papilloma Virus, HPV, HIV, Herpes. You need to be aware that you are exposing yourself to infection. The fewest number of people that you expose yourself to sexually in your life time, will reduce the risk of getting any of those STDs. Once you have it, you can’t get rid of. I also encourage anyone getting into a sexual relationship getting the HPV vaccine to protect you from getting the Human Papilloma Virus that causes cancer of the cervix and of the penis.”


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Tips to help prepare for a perfect Valentine’s Day BY JENNIFER TRAN Cleveland Publications reporter Love, it is a verb. It is also a noun, and since it is February, love is in the air. Many guys and girls are running around trying to ask their valentine out, and others may already be planning a date for that special day. There are many dates couples can go on to celebrate the warm and fuzzy day, so get ready for Feb. 14. To keep the love alive, a person can perform various acts of kind service to show their love and affection. Giving roses, small chocolates and a teddy bear is a stereotypical set of gifts. Buy why not be more spontaneous? Make your Valentine a homemade card or a handwritten letter. Instead of chocolates, surprise them with their favorite treats; it could be a jar of cookie butter with a ribbon on top. Many young couples may not have a lot of money but still are looking for a special date. Instead of watching a movie at a theater, try a game arcade and play the day away. In downtown Seattle, there is GameWorks. Game cards start at $5 and are refillable. If your date gets hungry, try their Diablo Pasta for $13 and romantically share it with your valentine. Laugh, joke around and challenge your date, all while winning tickets for your partner. You can use those tickets and get your sweetheart some treats; a

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According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, a stereotype is an unfair belief that all people or things with a particular characteristic are the same. The word’s first known use was in 1804. What you do not learn from that definition is that even in today’s society, 210 years from the word’s first use, stereotypes continue to impair the lives of many and cloud our thoughts to biased shame. Take the Seahawks’ win against the San Francisco 49ers as an example. After securing the win for Seattle, cornerback Richard Sherman gave a passionate, if not aggressive, interview with Fox Sports news anchor Erin Andrews. In it, he angrily yelled that he was the “best corner in the game,” and that 49er’s player Michael Crabtree was a “sorry receiver.” Tweets poured in by the thousands, labeling began to label Sherman as “classless,” “a thug” and an “embarrassment to Seattle and the NFL.” Then the conversation took a racist tone. But the one thing most people didn’t see until a day later was the video of

fun way to end the night. If you are planning to go straight downtown, the Metro bus route 60 across the street from Cleveland High School will take you to the Beacon Hill transit center. From there, you can get on the Metro bus route 36, which will take you straight downtown all for $1.25. For those who are willing to go all out, downtown Seattle’s waterfront has the Seattle Great Wheel on Pier 57. It makes three rotations and offers breathtaking views of downtown, the water, and if you’re lucky, the sunset. The ride costs $13 plus tax per person. There are many restaurants in that area for those looking for a bite to eat. For example, Red Robin overlooks the water and their menu ranges from a few dollars to burgers around $10. End the day by taking a stroll down the waterfront strip or buying little trinkets to remember the day. To capture the night, find a photo booth to snap a picture, and kiss your date on the cheek. There is a photo booth at Westlake that costs $3 for a strip of 2, as well as one at Urban Outfitters which dispenses a strip of 3. No matter what you do on Valentine’s Day, whether big or small, just remember that love is not measured by the number of gifts CHRISTIAN CARMEN / CLEVELAND PUBLICATIONS you receive but by the love and affec- Having your picture made in a photo booth is a fun way for you and your significant other to remember Valentine’s Day. tion you give.

my mind, I was asking myself, “Why would a person say that about themselves, especially if it’s going in the newspaper? “No,” Davis-Bell explained, “I know people think I’m mean. And it isn’t always fair. He goes on to say that he does stupid things, but “I own up to them … A few actions should not spell out my entire life.” But sometimes that one action is all it takes, and you’re stuck with it for life. Sherman’s barely-30-seconds interview set off a firestorm of racist comments and threats. Sherman was being targeted as the stereotypical image of a black male: angry, aggressive and senseless. To me, Sherman simply didn’t live up to the impossible standards set by a white, male-dominated ELIZHA-GRACE FULGENCIO / CLEVELAND PUBLICATIONS society. Some stereotypes, like the one Sophomore Franklin Davis-Bell has a reputation for being a troublemaker. placed on Sherman, are unfair. And while I can appreciate the authenticSherman, minutes after making his While Davis-Bell is no professional ity of Davis-Bell’s answers, those who big play, congratulate Crabtree on a athlete with a large contract, he, like bear the brunt of his mischief would game well-played, and Crabtree re- Sherman, is labeled a thug. As he sat beg to differ. sponding by muffing Sherman in the for this interview, the more I listened face. to him, the more dumbfounded I beNext month: Daniel Doan sits But Sherman’s the bad guy – a bad came. down with two Cleveland students guy who’s a Stanford graduate with a “Wait, you think you’re mean?” I who share a different side of the degree in communication. ask, trying to clarify his response. In story on stereotypes.

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Love is in the air ...

Catch it!

How to win HER heart You see your crush walking down the

hallway and suddenly the world stops. Everything moves in slow motion when she smiles then a burst of butter start to dance in your stomach. You realize she’s the one. Knowing that she can slip out of your hands in a split second, you think, “why not me?” What do you do? Maybe you’re trying to win back your ex and don’t know how to pick up the pieces. How do you get her back into your arms? Here are some tips on how to win her heart.

Be yourself

Don’t let anybody make you into the person you’re not. If she doesn’t accept you for who you are, then it wasn’t meant to be.

Have a sense of humor

Every girl appreciates someone who can make her laugh. Be the guy that knows how to make her smile when she’s feeling down. Don’t tease her, although she may laugh. You’re sure to add to her insecurities. Just make her feel like she’s special.

You’ve been eyeing your crush two tables away, admiring his beauty and wishing he were yours. You compare yourself to other females thinking you’re not as good as them, but deep down you know that he knows you’re much more special. Ladies, take note. Here’s how to win the guy of your dreams.

Claim him

Don’t be ashamed to let him know you’re interested. Walk with him, touch his hand. Let it be known that you want to make him yours, but don’t go over the top with it. Take his cues if he doesn’t seem interested.

Show you’re trustworthy

Be brave

e. Take the initiative to speak to her. Like the African proverb says, “Try and fail, don’t fail to try.” If you don’t make an ort to talk to her, then you will never know how she feels about you.

How to win HIS heart

Establish a friendship with him. Bond with him and show yourself to be a person he can trust. Let him lean on you when he needs a shoulder.

Compliment her

Tell her she’s gorgeous, and mean it. Don’ or creepy. You want to win her heart, not scare her away. Try starting with, “You look really nice today” and add a charming smile.

Take it slow

Don’t pressure her. Establish a ’t get stuck in the “friend-zone”. Make sure she knows you’re interested in being more than friends.

Communicate with her

Texting is a great way to start getting to know each other. Text her “good morning” to let her know you were thinking of her. Don’t bore her or overload her inbox with useless messages. Also, pick up the phone! There’s nothing better than hearing the voice of the one your heart desires.

Be loyal

Once you have him, stay devoted. Don’t have a boyfriend #2 or a “sneak” on the side. Make sure he’s your one and only.

Maintain some independence

Don’t be the girl who drops her friends as soon as you get the guy. Give him space to hang with the boys. Don’t expect him to provide you with all your heart’s desires. Let him know that you’re independent enough to do things on your own.

Laugh at his jokes

It works both ways, girls. A relationship without laughs is

Make him lunch

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. If you can cook, he will love you forever.

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Sports

February 7, 2014

Coach has high hopes for swim team BY AMANDA NGUYEN Cleveland Publications reporter This season, Cleveland High School’s swim team is at its best. With his strongest set of swimmers yet, Coach Ryan Kastl expects great results. Cleveland High’s swim team has come a long way since its establishment just a few years back. The swim team started three years ago and was previously partnered with Franklin. Last year, Cleveland’s swim team cut its ties with the Quakers and started to perform as its own, independent swim team. At the same time, the swimming team has seen a great growth in numbers. “The first year we had about 15 swimmers. This year we have 55 swimmers on our roster,” Kastl said. “We have grown tremendously.” The swim team is training as hard as ever. Swimmers’ schedules are packed as they aim for their biggest swim meets of the season. “We compete in the Metro League, and we have championship meets,” Kastl said. The team practices every day, including Saturdays as well as meets every Friday.

Swim team coach Ryan Kastl The Metro League includes schools like Rainier Beach, Franklin, Eastside Catholic, Lakeside, O’Dea and Holy Names. “We perform in dual meets. We match up against one team and we swim a standard set of 11 different races, both boys and girls. The winner is based on the total score you get from each race,” the coach said. This season Cleveland will be represented at Metro by a team of about 12 girls and 16 boys. These swimmers will have to swim a certain speed in the regular season in order to qualify. Kastl is proud of his team’s performance thus far. “This is the best team we’ve had at Cleveland in the three years I’ve been coaching. We just keep improving every year. I’m hopeful to

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The swim program is in it’s third year and continues to grow as a successful sport at Cleveland. have some good successes at our Metro Championship Meet.” The boy’s district meet takes place on Feb. 14 and 15. The coach acknowledges a number of “outstanding girls” and “male standouts” on his swim team. Kastl is especially proud of team captains Hannah

Rossen, Monica Lui and Henry Mach. While Kastl already has high hopes for his team this year, he wants Cleveland’s swim team to continue to grow. “We have many levels of swimmers, so I would encourage anyone even interested in swimming to try it out next season.”

Wrestlers trying to pin down state title

ROPER HOPES TO LEAD LADY EAGLES BACK TO STATE CHAMPIONSHIP In December, the Lady Eagles took on the nationally ranked Potter’s House Christian Academy from Jacksonville, Fla., in the Les Schwab Winter Classic. The game went into overtime and Cleveland won with a final score of 77-75. The game might have been hopeless if not for the efforts of sophomore Makala Roper. She hit a half-court shot at the end of the first quarter on what was intended to be a pass. Roper went on to score 31 points in that game, earning her recognition as one of Seattle Times’ Stars of the Week. She’s ranked 18th in the state by Max Preps, a popular CBSsports.com website.

WRESTLER FRANCO HAS ALL THE RIGHT MOVES Sophomore Servando Franco is wrestling for the first time at Cleveland High School. Franco wanted to wrestle since middle school. He kept that desire until he was able to join wrestling team this year. Not only was he interested in the sport, but it also gives him “the opportunity into getting wrestling scholarships.” Cleveland’s wrestling team has participated in a couple of tournaments against Franklin and Rainer Beach. The Eagles were able to win both matches. Since this is Franco’s first time in the CHS wrestling ring, he doesn’t expect to win every time. “I don’t expect to be a winner since I have less experience,” he said. “Next year when I join again I would have more experience.”

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Senior Mario Siu tries to pin a defender during a match against Ingraham on Friday, Jan. 31. Siu, along with Servando Hernandez were honored by their team and family for Senior Night. BY IZET MENDOZA Cleveland Publications reporter The first words that come to a person’s mind when they hear wrestling is probably “aggression” or “WWE” (World Wrestling Entertainment). But what people don’t really know about the sport is it’s about never giving up. Captain Servando Hernandez seconds that. He joined the wrestling team his sophomore year because back then upperclassman Angel Mason had encouraged him to join. As captain, Hernandez keeps his teammates in check. When they play around, he tells them that they aren’t little kids anymore. But he’s not

always like that. Hernandez tries to motivate them as well. He congratulates his teammates when they win a match, but he also tells them what they need to improve upon. “There’s always room for improvement,” said Hernandez. While the team may be small in numbers, it doesn’t stop them from working hard. “We’re young and we’re making progress,” said Head Coach John Taylor. Taylor has been coaching for 12 years and is passionate about the sport. “It means a lot to me,” he said. Taylor believes the sport helps turn kids into self-assured adults “because you’re on the mat out there wrestling and there’s no one else

to count on but yourself. So it builds leadership and strong personalities for kids.” Taylor may be strict, but he cares about his wrestlers. He wants them to be able to become strong individuals. He calls it “PCC” – Positive Contributing Citizens to society. Hernandez, who competes in the 285 lbs. weight class, is making good on the coach’s PCC and is determined to make it to state. This season, he has a perfect 10-0 record, while senior Mario Siu, a first-year wrestler and team co- captain, stands at a 9-2 record. He wrestles in the 120 lb. class. Both will compete in the Metro League Championship at Eastside Catholic on Feb 8-9.


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FEASTING ON THE COMPETITION The Lady Eagles ate their way through Metro League opponents but still remain ‘yungry’

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The Lady Eagles pose with their MLK Holiday Hoops Tournament plaque after defeating Tacoma’s Wilson High School, 70-37. The team has gone undefeated after losing two early-season games at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Arizona. BY KAMRY ADAMS Cleveland Publications reporters “Nothing’s difficult; everything’s a challenge, through adversity, to the wood, from the last pass to the last shot to the last second. We fight.” This is the chant that unites an army. With a winning record, losing only in the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, Ariz., our Lady Eagles don’t enter the court with a fizzle or leave without a bang. These girls are known to make a statement, and it isn’t hard with Division I college level players and an unstoppable coaching staff. For a team that hasn’t had much of a roster change in the past three years,

communication isn’t a problem. “Everyone knows each other’s sweet spots,” said shooting guard Makala Roper. “We all know that [Alexia] Mefi likes to drive, [Myzhanique] Ladd is a good attacker, and I’m a good shooter. We set each other up for success.” The Lady Eagles are unlike any other team. “Nobody works harder than us,” said Mefi, a forward. They vie to be as determined as possible with hard work and effort that can be summed up in one word: “Yungry.” To them it isn’t just a description but an attitude. “Yungry means to be young and hungry. It means to go get it, to go after whatever it is you want to achieve. Yungry doesn’t only apply to basketball. Anyone can be

yungry,” Mefi said. But that attitude doesn’t just apply to the older players. The JV squad is another set of tireless athletes, with the same perspective on the game that the varsity girls possess. The team has set out to prove that they are a force to be reckoned with and are ready to fill the void that will be left with the departure of seniors Roper, Ladd, Mefi and Asiyah Davis. One of these JV players is freshman swinger Shai’Ree Walker. “This game means a lot and I take advantage of it. I use my frustration to find peace in the court. Without basketball I don’t know where I would be,” said point guard Walker. “It helps me. I plan on doing

this for a while.” They may be young but JV has earned their stripes. They’ve shown all of Cleveland what it looks like to play with tenacity and have proven what a bright future the girls’ basketball program has. For the rest of the season, hard work, motivation and dedication are to be expected. Along with the constant spirit to fight and win games; never giving up in the process. The competition has been dished out and the Lady Eagles are yungry. Cleveland Publications reporter Monica Elenes contributed to this story.

It’s not easy being Greene BY MAKALA ROPER Cleveland Publications reporter There are two types of people in the world: people who watch things happen, and those who make things happen. When senior Kai Greene’s talent on the basketball court wasn’t utilized at Garfield, he made the move to Cleveland. He was given an opportunity to become an Eagle and help turn the basketball program around. He took it. “I always had a strong belief in myself, and I really needed an opportunity. That’s what I got at Cleveland.” The move not only placed Greene closer to school, it provided him with an opportunity

to play and thrive at CHS. Greene is not the tallest kid on the court, but he considers himself one of the strongest. “On the court, I have a man’s complex, and I have it when bigger guys challenge me,” Greene said. “It gets me in a zone and makes the game so much more fun.” Greene will also do whatever it takes to win. “At Garfield, my job was to play defense on whoever the best player was. That was my role, and I completely bought it because I’m all about the win.” Greene is smart. He prepares for games differently than most. “I get into a mindset where I’m playing against myself. I feel like I’m a puppet master, and whoever is

guarding me is at my complete mercy.” Over Christmas break, Cleveland played in the Tournament of Champions at Franklin High School. Greene played an almost perfect game and scored a career high 47 points in the win over Tacoma’s Foss High School. “I wasn’t planning on scoring that many,” he said. Greene was frustrated that people weren’t noticing his talent. His sister’s boyfriend talked to him about making his mark, so in the game against Foss, he tried to play as aggressive as possible. Before coming to Cleveland, Greene wasn’t regarded as one of the best, but that’s changed. He was one of three Cleveland

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Senior Kai Greene transferred to CHS from Garfield this year. athletes nominated for McDonald’s All-American Team. Greene has aspirations to play at the next level. He doesn’t just want to be noticed, he wants to be remembered. If Greene continues to play the way he has all season, Cleve-

land won’t soon forget him. “I like to think about all of the negative things people have said about me, all the people that doubted me, and all the people that never gave me a shot. I go out there and try to prove them all wrong.”


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Black cinema 5 must-see films featuring African American heroes

BY ELIZABETH PAULSON Cleveland Publications reporter In a predominately Caucasian industry, few films showcase black actors in

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leading roles. In honor of Black History Month, the Journal is recognizing five must-see movies with African Americans in the leading role. There were many to choose from, but these are our favorites.

“The Princess and the Frog” Don’t sell your dreams short Tiana is the first African American Disney princess and teaches the lesson that the only way to get what you want is to work hard for it. Tiana works two jobs to raise money for the restaurant she’s always wanted. Her plan was going smoothly until two Caucasian businessmen decide to buy the building before she has enough money. While at a party, Tiana is visited by a frog prince who promises to buy her restaurant if she kisses him. A wild adventure emerges showing that there are no short cuts in life. You want something; you have to work for it.

“Django Unchained” A brutal fight for freedom 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!”

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“Fruitvale Station”

Before Trayvon Martin, there was Oscar Grant

It was New Year’s in San Francisco. The streets are filled with celebration and partying and to not worry about driving, Oscar Grant and his friends decided to take the train. On their way home, a fight broke out. Grant was pulled from the train along with others on board. As Grant lay on the station floor, an officer shot him in the back. Based on a true story, the BART police shooting of Oscar Granthas sparked civil rights controversies and several multi-million dollar law suits.

“The Help” Speaking out during a time of oppression The Civil Rights Movement was in its height as racial violence spread across the country. In Jackson, Mississippi, things weren’t different. AfricanAmerican Aibileen Clark has been a maid her entire life. Not only did Clark cook and clean, she also took care of the children, while her own child was at home. Clark was also subject to verbal abuse as well as inhumane treatment such as not being allowed to use the restroom in the house she cleaned for. After years of scared silence, it’s hard to speak up. Clark finds that to even though the stakes are high, you sometimes have to speak your mind.

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“The Color Purple” Finding self-worth where hope is scarce

By the time Celie Harris was 14 she had two children by her father, both of whom are taken away from her. Harris is then forced to marry a man whom she can only refer to as “Mister.” Harris quietly takes care of his unruly children and cleans his messy house. She is forced to tend to her husband’s crush, Shug Avery, stays with them. Harris learns to find confidence in the most unlikely of people.


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Standing my ground on Zimmerman

Opinion BY IRINA DEL DONNO Cleveland Publications reporter February is the month set aside to reflect back on black history. People may associate Black History Month with more well-known Civil Rights leaders like the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. or Rosa Parks. However, there is another name that has made its mark in black history: Trayvon Martin. It’s hard to imagine an American who does not know the name Trayvon Martin by now. Feb. 26, 2012 was the day the 17-year-old was shot by neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman, as he was walking to his father’s house in a gated community in Sanford, Fla. Martin was returning from a nearby convenience store after buying skittles and an Arizona ice tea. The shooting sparked outrage from most Americans, especially those in the black community. One reason would be how the Sanford Police Department took the case so lightly. There was no toxicology report done on Zimmerman nor was there any background check on him. Zimmerman was able to walk away from the scene. To me and many others, racial pro-

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filing played a big part in Martin’s murder. Zimmerman was so suspicious of Martin that he chose to disobey the orders of the 911 dispatcher who

warned Zimmerman to stop following Martin. Zimmerman and Martin ended up having an altercation which Zimmerman alleged Martin attacked

him. Martin was shot in the chest at point-blank range. Zimmerman used Florida’s “Stand Your Ground Law” as his defense. Under the law, individuals have the right to use deadly force to defend themselves if they feel threatened. The man with a gun was threatened by the black, hoodie-wearing teenager with candy and tea? I, on the other hand, think that Martin was standing his ground. He was being stalked by Zimmerman, but apparently because he did not own a gun, he could not have stood his ground against Zimmerman. I was surprised that the National Rifle Association did not come out and say that Martin should have owned a gun. After the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut, the organization’s executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, said, “The only way to kill a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.” The problem with “Stand Your Ground” in this situation is that Zimmerman started the conflict and Martin fought back. But because Zimmerman felt threatened, he had the right to use his gun and shoot the 17-year-old. Once Zimmerman was acquitted, there was a great deal of anger and shock across the country. The majority of those following the case were almost certain Zimmerman would be convicted of murder. On the other hand, we had Americans show their true colors with ignorant comments on social media which made me embarrassed for our country. Most would agree that America has improved drastically from where it was 50 years ago, but during and after the Trayvon Martin case, it seems as though black America is still fighting to prove their lives have value.

Two years ago, an unarmed, black teenager was gunned down by a Hispanic neighborhood watchman as he walked back to his father’s apartment. George Zimmerman was tried and found not guilty in the murder of Trayvon Martin after proclaiming he was defending himself. The verdict sparked national outrage and ignited another debate over racial injustice. The Journal asked Cleveland students what impact the Trayvon Martin verdict had on their belief of the justice system. Here are their responses: “The case doesn’t take into account Trayvon’s side. Martin was innocent and we need to learn from this case because the Justice system doesn’t consider Trayvon’s side.” Han Eckelberg, Freshman “I think that somewhere in that case, there was truth and we didn’t find it. The “Stand Your Ground” laws are BS. There was no healing from the trial. There was no clear sense of direction. All I’m saying is there is going to be another Trayvon someday.” Andrew Coughran Humanities Teacher

“Although the decision in the Trayvon Martin case was troubling, I think the American justice system overall is decent and carefully designed. In comparison to the Italian courts’ handling of Amanda Knox, American justice seems more efficient. Compared to Vladimir Putin’s use of incarceration to rid himself of political competition, the American justice system seems to be less often abused by the powerful.”

“It’s really messed up, and the justice system doesn’t seem to have any justice.”

Janice Morton American Literature teacher

Istahil Hassan Junior

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“I felt like the jury wasn’t fair because they had all the evidence to convict Zimmerman for murder. In that case, there was no justice. They didn’t do a good job ...” Lauren Jones Sophomore


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Riddle me this

Old school Nickelodeon

This photo was taken as the last project for the photography club at Cleveland. I wanted to take a photo that shows the lively spirit that made my community unique. Then like a klutz, I fell to the ground and saw this. It spoke to me, and I listened.

Do you write poetry? Know a funny joke? We want it! Leave your submissions in the Cleveland Publications box in the main office or email clevelandjournal@gmail.com

2. This show had a main character with a big nose. The character’s dog’s name was Porkchop. Doug All That The Adventures of Pete and Pete

Answers: 1.A popcicle stick 2. Doug

Name: Patrick Winston, senior Taken: May 15, 2011 Title: Stand Up Kid!

Logo Answers: 1. Levis; 2. Pringles; 3. Skype; 4.Michelin Man; 5. Gmail; 6. Pizza Hut; 7. Twitter; 8. Amazon

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1. The puppet host of Nickelodeon was Stick Stickly. What was he? A popsicle stick A tree branch A scarecrow A plank


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