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Information Overview: My name is Carly Bertolozzi. As a sophomore at Carlmont High School I started to take interest in Journalism. I began taking the class for credits, but soon realized I had a passion for our paper. During the middle of Sophomore year I began to take more responsibility in class by becoming a section editor. My writing grew through covering a various amount of topics, from school fundraisers which directly benefit my local community to heavier topics such as human trafficking in California. Eventually, I proceeded to write Columns, which is my favorite form of journalism. I have also taken my passion outside of the classroom, interning at a local newspaper, The Daily Journal, and upeeping a blog on another local, online newspaper, Belmont Patch. My experiences with these papers have not only fostered my interest in journalism, but have helped my skills develop as a writer. In turn, I have recieved mulitple awards from journalism organizations including the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club


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Facebook (dis) Like For all those who have previously opened, currently use, or are thinking about signing up for a Facebook account, I have one question: why does Facebook play such a large role in our lives? I say “our” because yes, I do have a Facebook account and yes, I do check it regularly. My honest to God opinion, however, is that it is completely unnecessary. A few months ago I got so fed up with the craze and obsession of Facebook that I flat out deactivated my account, swearing to myself that I would never reactivate the wretched thing again, only to (who guessed it?) reactivate it one month later. I told myself it was because I was missing out on all the party invitations... because why would anyone actually call a person and ask them to help you celebrate your birthday? That’s just plain stupid. But truthfully, I missed Facebook. I missed being able to write inside jokes on my friends’ walls. I missed being able to see the pictures from

last weekend’s party. And I missed the infamous “lurking sessions,” which, you have to admit, we all do. However, Facebook does pose some serious issues to our growing society. One of the more serious issues is communication. We have all heard our parents say, “Get off the computer! Why don’t you actually talk to the person instead of hiding behind a screen?” Well, in all truth, they’re right. What happened to relationships where you actually talk to people in person? Speaking over the Internet or cell phones gets the point across, but it’s impersonal and takes away important aspects of the conversation that you can only get in person. According to a study used by CNN, 25 percent of the people they interviewed in June 2010 had been previously dumped over Facebook. I found this quite humorous considering the fact that you can’t really have a relationship without communication, which is exactly what this statistic

proves. However, that was arguably the main concern of the adult population, but what about the people who play some of the largest roles in our lives? Our friends. It has become a common fad to deactivate Facebook accounts at Carlmont, and by talking to some of our peers, I have discovered why. Reason number one: Facebook is one of the number one distractions a teenager can have. Doing homework while checking your Facebook is like trying to take a history test in the middle of the Quad while ASB is hosting the Carlmont Cup competitions. You are more interested in the person wearing pantyhose on their head and less focused on what you should be doing. Reason number two: plain and simple, it’s a popularity contest. In the past, people I have never talked to in my life have messaged me asking me to like their status. What I don’t understand is how one “like” can make you feel any better about yourself,

especially if you had to ask someone to do it. Although, now and again, this aspect of Facebook is somewhat sadly amusing in the sense that some people seem to try to outdo each other with the game of “who can post the best intoxicated or suggestive picture.” Finally, reason number three: drama. If you have personal issues with certain people, why is there a need for it to be publicized? True enough, some people may just be dying to know what’s going on in your life, however I’m willing to bet a few dollars that more people would rather not hear about your boyfriend cheating on you with his best friend’s exgirlfriend. I do admit these are all generalizations, and people have specific reasons for either having a Facebook account or deactivating theirs, but if you are going to use Facebook, I find it a bit nonsensical to make it such a large part of everyday life.


Teacher bias unavoidable “Freedom of speech,” a phrase Americans tend to hear quite often. We all know that we have the right to use it. The question is not if we are able to voice our opinions freely, it’s when and where doing so is appropriate. It is commonly accepted throughout many societies that classrooms are not the place for personal views to be discussed, however many educators still display political, social, religious etc. standpoints in the classroom. According to Principal Raul Zamora, “Teachers cannot use the classroom as a forum to express their own political views.” As stated in the Sequoia Union HSD Administrative Regulation: Controversial Issues, a “teacher [may] not use his/her position to forward his/ her own religious, political, economic or social bias. The teacher may express a personal opinion if he/she identifies it as such and does not express the opinion for the purpose of persuading students to his/her point of view.” Carlmont administration has clearly banned any form of

teaching concerning viewpoints without opportunity to refute. However, many students at Carlmont have openly admitted to having a biased teacher. A quick survey of twenty students revealed that nineteen of them have had a biased teacher at some point. Only one student said they have not (and that person had previously heard stories of biased teachers from other students). From this statistic, I’d say a lot of students either do not know what “biased” means, or are overly sensitive. However, it is not valid to state that Carlmont is free of prejudice either. Multiple witnesses acknowledged that, during a discussion about a political debate, their teacher denied any validity to a statement made by a Republican party member, articulating that the statement was “stupid,” and gave no evidence to solidify his/her opinion. Another incident, occurring earlier this year, offended students when their teacher discussed different racial towns in Los Angeles, such as Korea Town or China Town, and

answered a question along the lines of “Is there a town like this for African Americans?” with the statement, “Yeah, South Central.” In the past, a similarly unconfirmed, offensive statement was made by a Carlmont educator, forcing school officials to step in and verbally reprimand the teacher. The evidence that biases occur in the classroom is incontrovertible; however, it is understandable. The United States is idolized around the world because its citizens have the right to form and voice their own opinions. Though these biases do not belong in the classroom, one must acknowledge the existence of opinions and learn that, as long as they are not belligerent, teachers have a right to their own beliefs, and in turn students have the right to agree or disagree with them. Keeping this fact in mind, teacher opinions in the classroom are beneficial to students because teachers are highly educated adults who are capable of assembling intellectually informed viewpoints of

different issues. By doing this, they can use these viewpoints to invoke students into a more in depth debate of controversial issues by presenting concrete details for both oppositions. The tricky part is first acknowledging that their opinions are arguable, and then presenting sufficient evidence for the opposition’s argument as to make sure student opinions are not tainted by their own. I believe this is the intention of most, if not all teachers; however, there is confusion because as we are in high school, most teachers expect that we’re are capable of distinguishing opinion from fact, and therefore do not clarify when they are presenting their opinions and when they are presenting facts. Consequently, teachers should strive to make aware the introduction of an opinion during class. However, I also believe students should be less naive and learn to distinguish facts from opinions; otherwise our lives would be too easily led by false pretenses.


The truth hurts A timeless question that many typical teenagers find themselves stumbling across at one point or another: How do I convince my parents to let me ____? Whether you realize it or not, we have been trying to come up with a feasible solution to this question since we were born. When we were two, we wanted the cookie hidden on the top shelf. When we were four, we wanted to skip our daily nap. When we were eight, we wanted to trick-or-treat by ourselves. When we were 12, we wanted our first cell phone. And now, we want so many other things, from a later curfew to a new car. But, along with the lifelong yearning has come the lifelong denying. When we were little, it seemed like all we heard was the word “no.” Our response? Crying, whining, yelling and screaming. Looking back on it, this has always gotten us what we’ve wanted.

The reason these methods worked so effectively was because it put the child in control; until the child got what he or she wanted, the child would continue to embarrass the parent in the grocery store, make the parent seem incompetent in front of friends, etc. However, now that we have grown, the effectiveness of our methods in which we achieve what we want have diminished. Instead of playing hardball, most teenagers have regressed to logically talking things out. Responsibly sitting down and communicating with your parents is not effective for the following reason: It evokes no emotional response from them. If you cannot get your parent to emotionally invest a feeling of embarrassment, discomfort and so on into your tactic of persuasion, they will most definitely be inclined to say “no.” Although, in this insensible world of communication and responsibility, I have hope for a growing group of teenagers who have not lost their “ter-

rible two’s” touch. Advancement of our intellectual capacity has led to the evolution of persuasion. Of course by the evolution of persuasion I am referring to provocative language. It is increasingly common to overhear teenagers swearing at parents and undermining their authority. By doing so, this group of teenagers has ingeniously discovered a more effective way to take control of the situation by means of disrespect. The defilement of parent superiority makes the teenager more prone to break through the “no” barrier parents build. The single objection that can be posed towards this tactic is the denial of respect for the two people who gave birth to you; however when looking at the whole picture, all of the things your parents have denied you in the past would surely make up for it. After all, they were the ones who said no to the late night cookie because you would get

a stomach ache. They were the ones who said no to skipping your afternoon nap because studies have proven children of a young age need a large amount of sleep. They were the ones who said no to trick-or-treating alone because they know the world is not filled with only good people. They were the ones who said no to the cell phone because you would get distracted from school work and fall behind. And, they were the ones who said no to the later curfew because they know the mischief teenagers can be subjected to after hours. Your parents are the ones who will say “no” for you when you yourself cannot see the reasons why. Disrespecting their intelligence and integrity by swearing at them is the best way in which to say “thank you.”


Friendship: the bond of life It’s funny to look back at previous years and think about all the arguments fought, days spent, and memories created with your close friends. For a lot of us, we look back at our freshman year and realize that our lives, and the people that have surrounded us during these times, are completely different (don’t worry freshmen, you’ll get there). It’s interesting to see how we’ve changed and grown. But, what’s really interesting are the few friends that have gone through all of our ups and downs with us, wiped away tears, shared joyous occasions, and have been by our side since day one and have never left. We all have acquaintances that we’ve known since elementary school, family friends who we’ve been linked to since birth, and the friends we text to hang out once in awhile; but the friends who you spill your heart to, the friends that make sacrifices for you, and the

friends that hold you up when all you want to do is fall down, those are the friends that will always mean the most to you. A few days ago, one of my closest friends told me about his day, and how he was sad because he witnessed something horrific. I sat down, and listened to the story of a young girl who attempted to commit suicide. My friend, along with his younger brother, was waiting at the Redwood City Caltrain Station to board a train in order to get to a soccer tournament when both brothers witnessed the girl jump onto the tracks, lay down, and wait for the oncoming train to reach her. After witnessing an event such as this, many people often tend to think about what would cause a person to commit such an extreme action, along with reflect on aspects of their lives that they are both grateful for and unhappy with.

Although I did not witness the event myself, I reflected on what the girl’s life must have been like, and how mine is different. What I came up with is simple; I will never know what the girl was feeling. I will never understand the pain the events in her life must have inflicted upon her. I will never comprehend the extremity of her actions. I wonder what pushed her to the point of taking such actions. Maybe, she did not have that one person who she trusted, understood her, and cared enough about her to recognize the agony she was in and do something to help. High school is a time for change, growth, and learning, not only through textbooks, but through relationships as well. That guy in your math class, acquaintances, and even

friends will fade, but hopefully through all the changes and growth each person will find another who they are able to call their best friend, because when you do, he or she often times is the one person who pulls you through the rough and tough times, no matter how grim and bleak a situation may seem. What I took away from my friend’s encounter is that I am extremely lucky to have multiple people who I consider my best friends; they are the only ones who can put a smile on my face when I am down, the only ones who know me better than I know myself, and the only ones who understand my flaws, embrace my virtues, and accept me for who I am. I am grateful for every single moment I have with them, and I hope, some time in their lives, every person experiences the immense strength of the bonds of friendship.


Determintion without delight is detrimental Determination is the key to success; however, the key to success accompanied by delight is passion. When a person is passionate about what they are doing, there is a certain force that not only drives them towards success, but happiness as well. When a person is motivated by the perks and incentives of completing a task rather than the completion of the task itself, the job will get done, but the feeling of satisfaction will be immensely mitigated. Since the majority of us are aspiring to attend colleges with relatively competitive admission policies, the most appropriate analogy would be extracurricular activities. Countless amounts of the students applying to colleges feel pressured to be able to inscribe impressive extracurricular activities on their college applications; therefore, masses of us

rush to sign up for school clubs that perform services benefiting the community, tryout for school sports, or search for standout internships or jobs, amongst other activities that our parents and counselors believe will appear notable to college admissions officers. But were colleges uninterested in students who excel in areas outside of normal classroom duties, I dare say a small percentage of us would volunteer for trash duty on a singularly filthy beach in Half Moon Bay. Picking up trash isn’t what fosters joy; whether it’s playing your favorite sport, participating in the school play, or joining choir, our hobbies are what fosters joy, and what fosters joy is what time should really be spent on. In other words, it is pointless to do something if you don’t love it. The way I see it, as an adult,

when rummaging through your past and pulling out your high school years, you will not think back and say, “You know, I should have picked up more trash from the beaches.” But if you pursue something you truly love, the memories you create in the process will undeniably impact your life forever. Personally, I have given up many hobbies for alternative activities, some of which I enjoyed and some of which I did not, and now immensely regret it. Lacing up my cleats, pulling my socks over my shin guards, and stepping onto a freshly mowed field is what I miss the most. The adrenaline of brushing past the last defender, pushing the ball out just enough to achieve the perfect angle, aiming for the back of the net and watching the expression of

disappointment on the keeper’s face used to be the ultimate source of joy for me. Nowadays, my focus has been redirected to reaching one destination: college. I am doing everything I can to ensure myself a spot in an UC or CSU, but, as I stated earlier, success coexisting with delight is achieved by passion. My passion is playing soccer, and this is why I plan to cut out unnecessary, unsatisfying activities from my life in order to bring the joy it brought me back into my life. Hopefully, anyone who has given up a beloved hobby as well will consider making the time to get back to what they love. Otherwise, the decision to do what makes one unhappy will become a sequence, progress to a trend, and eventually solidify into a way of life.


Feature Articles


Students give back this holiday season During this holiday season, many Carlmont Scots are looking forward to helping others by Adopting a family, participating in the canned food drive, and much more. Throughout December, Carlmont High School runs a program called Adopt-A-Family where students can help others who need extra help during the holidays. Adopting a family is simple. First you will need to contact Jim Kelly or Joni Gordon for details. Then they will assign you a family and you are on your way to being a successful sponsor. The families who participate in Adopt-A-Family are collectively chosen by the staff and administration of Carlmont and are anonymous to sponsors. Being a sponsor entails the following: providing a holiday meal with enough food to feed the entire family and bearing at least one present for every family member. Also when adopters are feeling extra gen-

erous, they will include other household necessities. The family usually creates a wish list so the sponsors know what they need or would like as gifts. Presents range anywhere from Hot Wheels toy cars for young children to warm winter coats for adults. When everything is bought and ready to be received, the adopters give their gifts to the Carlmont staff and they are delivered the week before Christmas to each family. Over the years many Carlmont family members have earned a reputation for adopting families, including Terri Plack, Michelle McKee, the ASB class, and Gail Langkusch. This year McKee will not be adopting a family, but will still be contributing to the AdoptA-Family organization by donating money to sponsors. When asked why she likes to help the Adopt A Family program she said, “I feel like I have so much and I feel like Christmas is about giving back

and sharing. I don’t really need anything during the holidays but there are many families in great need.” Although there are many who cannot afford to adopt a family, there are always means of helping out this holiday season. An alternative way students helped out during these festive months was by collecting canned, imperishable foods for the can food drive at our school, ranging from November 8 to 19. Last year the food drive was such a hit that ASB was able to collect enough food to feed Carlmont families throughout April. The goal this year was to beat the record and collect an even greater amount of cans. On November 18 and 19, ASB students went around to each class and collected all the cans, excited to see if they could achieve their goal. Many teachers, including Felix Guzman, offered extra credit to students who brought in cans for the drive. Like many other teachers he

believes strongly in the food drive. During the event he told the Highlander, “I care about people who don’t have food on their tables. I come from a poor country [Guatemala] so I am sympathetic with those who are less fortunate. One thing that should never happen is people going hungry because there’s always something others can do to change it.” On top of helping Carlmont families, many students were motivated to bring in cans in the hopes of winning a free pizza party from ASB. Students were also encouraged to bring their cans in reusable bags because after the drive ended ASB students sorted and organized the food into bundles resembling a full meal. No matter what you do, every bit helps, especially during the holidays. Adopt-A-Family and the canned food drive are ways in which Carlmont students and staff play their part in making sure everyone in our community has a happy, joyful holiday.


Arabian nights under strobe lights Throughout the years, styles have come and gone, the newest albums have become old classics, and the twist has spiraled into the “Duggie”, and yet one thing that has never faltered at Carlmont High School is the Winter Formal, which this year will land on January 22, 2011. Students are looking forward to dancing their night away under the starry, Arabian sky and embracing the essence of magic pulsing from flying carpets overhead, disco balls, and amazing decor. An expected 800 formally dressed Carlmont students, ready to have the time of their lives, will fill the dance floor after purchasing tickets ranging from 35 dollars to 65 dollars from ASB. At 8 pm the strobe lights of the DJ will ignite the excitement and by 12pm the final slow dance will have played, the lights will flicker on, and the exhausted dancers will exit the San Mateo Marriot Hotel. “Formal was fun last year but I have a feeling it will be better

this year,” said Michelle Oliva after being asked what her feelings are regarding the last Winter Formal. Fifty years ago however, Winter Formals were simpler, yet still had the same thrilling enchantment of dancing with friends, dressing to impress, and posing for lifelong reminders of the good old days at Carlmont High School. “I remember working on at least two of these events and it seems as if it took us weeks to prepare the decorations and then decorate the gym. In fact, the PE department would move out mid-week so that the facility was available for at least two or three days before the event,” said Harry Bettencourt, graduate of Carlmont High School in the year of 1965. When Bettencourt attended Carlmont, the formals were known as the Christmas Balls, held in the gymnasium with admission fees around 10 dollars and limited to couples only. Dress code included suits

and ties for the gentlemen and long, elegant dresses for the ladies. However, today dresses keep becoming more revealing, low cut, and fitted while the attire for boys has become more casual. Another interesting trend change are dance moves. There were many popular dance styles in the 50’s; the most widely know was the “Twist”. Some dances were controversial, the “Swim” being one of them and was actually forbidden at Bettencourt’s junior prom. “Well we held off as long as we could, but about 30 minutes before the scheduled end of the prom, the band started playing the forbidden song; the students started dancing the swim moves; and, the Principal pulled the plugs on the band amps, turned on the lights, and sent us all home!” said Bettencourt. In the 50’s there were only a few dances that had provocative moves, but now fifty years

later almost every popular song has a music video filled with seduction, revealing attire and suggestive moves. As DJ’s started emerging in the 1970’s hip hop became more prevalent in society and along with it came “freaking” and explicit verses. This theme is now common at many dances across the country. Consequentially, it was deemed necessary that the “Carlmont Dance Contract and Important Information” flyer states in large, bold print that no “freaking” shall be permitted and all dancing must be consensual. Throughout the halls you can hear many students laugh at the statements and saying things along the lines of “yea right” or “wow that’s a good one” because it is now normal to dance provocatively at homecoming, formal and prom. The bands and orchestras of the 50’s slowly started to fade out, shuffling the “Swim” into the past and grinding the “Duggie” into the future.


Call and Response The billion dollar industry of human trafficking is not only attracting the eye of prospective customers throughout the world, it is also striking up interest in the hearts of many people such as Justin Dillon, who are taking steps forward in the war against modern day slavery. Dillon is a musician who discovered the growing issue of human trafficking while touring in Russia. Through his interpreter, Dillon was granted an insight into the lives of young Russian girls and the ubiquitous scams preying on the women’s hopes of building a better life. Appalled, Dillon returned home, conducted benefit concerts, and donated the profits to organizations determined to fight human trafficking. Eventually, he wished to take his involvement to the next level, leading to Call and Response, a documentary on modern day slavery with a musical twist. On February 9, 2011 Call and

Response came to Carlmont High School along with guest speaker Kevin Kim, a pastor from Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. Carly Reed, an ASB officer, was the one who suggested Carlmont should screen Call and Response. “I saw Call and Response a while ago and suggested to ASB that we have a screening at Carlmont, and now we’re making it happen! It’s an issue that not many know about, and this film is targeted toward high school and college students to raise awareness about modern day slavery,” said Reed. Though human trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the world, many people are ignorant to its severity. Human trafficking is slavery. Men are most commonly forced into hard labor jobs while women and children work in the sex industry. According to the UN Office on Drug and Crime, over 161 countries are affected by Hu-

man Trafficking, the United States being one of them. Here in the US 800,000 people are trafficked across the borders each year. The most common destinations are New York, Florida, and California. Eighty percent of those people are women and over 50 percent are children. Female forced laborers in the sex industry go through extreme brutality, both physically and emotionally. In the beginning of their servicing days, women are often raped or drugged by their trafficker with the intention of instilling fear into them, ensuring they are more obedient and cooperative when they later sleep with five to ten men each night. Those men not only carry away a piece of the women’s dignity, they often carry home a sexually transmitted disease which poses a serious threat to their home communities. This is another risk, along with violence and other illegal

activity, such as drug usage, that comes hand in hand with human trafficking. After enduring the physical pain, women struggle through post-traumatic stress, shame, fear, depression, homesickness, and insomnia due to the immense stress prostitution has on them. Consequentially, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 was created to help victims rebuild their lives in the US and prosecute traffickers. Before TVPA was enacted, 19 trafficking cases were prosecuted from 1995 to 2000; in 2001 alone 139 cases were prosecuted. Although there are laws such as TVPA, there is not enough being done to prevent these tragedies from occurring. Even if you cannot pass protection acts or conduct federal raids, Justin Dillon has showed us there are many different ways to contribute if you have the will to make a difference.


Selling shirts with swag After becoming fed up with the repetitiveness of downloading individual songs from the Internet, Carlmont High School junior Luke Li decided to form his own website in order to listen to music, share it with friends, and form playlists. Instead of wasting time and money purchasing music from iTunes or other downloading sites, Li encompassed his ingenuity and fair amount of programming skills, which were acquired from his father, into putting a variety of songs onto his website. “I don’t really like paying for music and I wanted to make playlists and stuff, but I also didn’t really want to download songs individually because it tires me so I made the site for my personal use,” Li commented. His website, hypedmusic.com, has around 25 to 50 users a day, and its popularity is constantly growing among Carlmont students. Li’s website is unique due to the fact that a user can save their personal playlists and

return to them at a later date while also avoiding downloading, paying for, or individually searching for different songs. All the music is conveniently categorized in different sections, including “Hip Hop/ Rap,” “Country,” “Rock,” “Pop” and “Other.” Visitors can either browse through each category or search for an individual song or artist to add to their playlists. A frequent hypedmusic.com user, Luke Branscum, a junior, divulged that, “Luke’s website is pretty great. It’s hassle free and saves me a lot of time, so I use it a lot.” Li developed this idea over the summer and worked to make his vision a reality. Like many other students scattered about Carlmont, Li had the drive to achieve something many others could not have accomplished. His ingenuity and creativity has allowed him, and many others to listen to music more efficiently and avoid the pains of downloading or paying for songs.

Music made more managable The ambition and drive of Carlmont students was exemplified by two fellow peers who developed their own apparel company and are now selling their products to many supportive Carlmont students. Omeed Ansari and Andrew Durlofsky, two juniors, are a few of Carlmont’s emerging entrepreneurs and have now developed their own line of T-Shirts. A friend named Xander Merian, who attends Sequoia High School, is also a co-partner of their company, Swag Affiliated, which is soon to go through a name change to Affiliated Apparel. The three friends were struck with the idea for their company while walking down the streets of San Francisco, a city full of inspiration for young entrepreneurs kick starting their careers. After putting up the funding, designing the T-Shirts, and promoting their products through their website, swagaffiliated.com, Ansari and Durlofsky have made a significant progress, selling 20 shirts in a

little over two weeks. The boys are supported by many people, including friends, teachers, and Robert Ri'chard. Although Ri’chard is currently unaffiliated with the company, he previously showed interest in providing assistance to Ansari, Durlofsky and Merian. Although Ri’chard is not a large promoter, David Talcott, a newly hired physics teacher at Carlmont High School, has demonstrated his confidence in the company. In order to show his support of the apparel company’s cause, Talcott was provided with a free T-shirt and proudly modeled the company’s product throughout a school day. He even conveyed to a few of his classes the pride he has in students like Ansari and Durlofsky, who take initiative and make a passion or dream a reality. “I wanted to support my students who were excited about the project. Nothing makes me happier than students being creative. There’s not enough of that at school,” Talcott elaborated.


Online Articles


History repeats itself: Virginia Tech shooting http://www.scotscoop.com/15694

Officer Deriek W. Crouse, age 39, was slain at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University on Thursday, December 8. According to police, the shooter was a 22 year old male, Ross Truett Ashley. Ashley was a near by part-time student at Radford University. The reasoning for why this event has occurred is still unknown by police. As of now, Virginia police claim they have no leads on a connection between the gunman and victim, and they are baffled as to why

this young man would commit such a crime. Just before being shot down by the gunman, Officer Crouse had pulled over a Virginia Tech student, who is now cooperating fully with the police, doing everything possible to put an end to this tragedy. Around 12:30 p.m. police received a tip from a student saying that an officer had been shot. Within minutes the first alert was sent out via emial, text messages, and electronic signs in campus facilities. SWAT and police vehicles also

arrived in a timely manner. The school was locked down, however panic still spread. Memories of the 2007 shooting, which killed over 30 people, still festered in the the back of students minds. Fortunately, no other students, officers, or Virginia Tech citizenry were harmed. Ashley, however, after changing his clothes and running to another parking lot, took his own life and was found dead in the parking lot by a Montgomery County sheriff ’s deputy. Crouse will be remembered

with honor by his wife, mother, brother, and five children/stepchildren. And, Virginia Tech police chief Wendell Flinchum said, ”his death is a tremendous loss to our department.” Although it was unfortunate such events occurred, many are thankful for the fact that the shooting was not as severe as the one that took place in 2007. History has repeated itself as both 2007 and 2011 represent panic, suffering, and suicide at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.


Penn State’s former football defensive coordinator tackled by the truth http://www.scotscoop.com/13884

Jerry Sandusky allegedly molested eight boys while working as Pennsylvania State University’s defensive coordinator over the time span of 10 years, and has now been let go from his position on the football staffing team at Penn State. Multiple PSU employees, such as athletic director Tim Curley, administrator Gary Schultz, assistant coach Mike McQueary, and legendary coach Joe Paterno, were aware that defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was molesting young boys around the age of 11. In 2002, McQueary allegedly walked into the Penn State locker room and discovered Sandusky raping a young boy. McQueary did not stop the

molestation and left the room in hysterics. He then reported the incident to coach Paterno, Curley and Schultz. McQueary was notified by Curley that Sandusky’s keys to the locker room were taken away and the incident had been reported to The Second Mile, Sandusky’s nonprofit for at-risk children. The Second Mile was the way in which the former defensive coordinator chose his victims, first lavishing them with gifts and then assaulting them in either school work out rooms or the basement of his home. Even a temp janitor, Jim Calhoun, was aware of the situation after allegedly walking in on Sandusky performing oral sex on a boy in the Penn State

showers. So, the question arises, why didn’t any of these adults report these reoccurring incidents to the police or simply try to stop them? McQueary and Calhoun both could have stopped the incidents the walked into, as would I have hoped any sane human being would do in this position. The people of high statuses at the University have obvious reasons for not coming forward, such as their high ranking positions on the 12th ranking college football team or the future of the Penn State football program. People aware of the situation who do not grasp a high ranking position at the University

may have other reasons for not coming forward, shame for their football team, fear, who knows. But no matter what their reasons were, the fact is they continued to allow these unacceptable attacks to occur. The moral judgment of these men have been clearly divulged by their astonishing choices, allowing eight young boys to be rapped and mentally scarred by this pathetic individual. In the end, it took a scared, young child to bring Sandusky to justice, demonstrating incredible courage and strength, something some of PSU’s employees clearly lack.


Athletes outraged by new practice schedule http://www.scotscoop.com/8976

Carlmont athletes are outraged at the new scheduling of after school sports practices. Due to the new rule implemented by the Sequoia Union High School District board, all schools must now start no later than 8:30 a.m. However, since Carlmont High School is restricted by the lack of lights for the fields, traffic, and other complications, the board agreed to allow Carlmont to maintain its starting time of 8 a.m. with the stipulation that administration banned zero periods. For students in academic courses such as choir or drama, this means they must have a seventh period instead of a zero period. Consequentially, to keep our athletic environment at Carlmont available to all students, the administration made a collective decision to postpone all practices until the end of seventh period. All in all, this was a logical move on the administrations part, however it poses a serious

burden on students with only six periods. Students are now forced to wait 56 minutes until they can begin practicing; a time which is usually filled with aimless wandering about the school or chatting with friends. Ralph Crame, Carlmont’s Vice Principal, said, “We have a great athletic program here at Carlmont; more students should take advantage of it.” But, it is hard for some to balance the endless amount of activities many students seems to be taking on nowadays with almost an extra hour lost waiting around for practice to start. “It’s ridiculous! Practices should start after sixth period so we don’t have to wait so long,” replied Haley Smith, a junior at Carlmont. Though the new scheduling of sports practices was designed to give the same opportunities to all students at Carlmont, it is depriving the students who do not have seven classes.


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I presented these feature articles with a theater themed background because the articles were about students who stood out at Carlmont and deserved to be a part of the Highlander’s Student Spotlight.


This layout was kept relativly simple in order to keep the focus on the statistics of the sports year. I put the boys on the left and the girls on the right to establish a form of order for the statistics and pictures.


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This layout was meant to be simple and keep the articles clear. I also put the Columns along side the crease of the paper to distinguish that they are clomuns and group them together.

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