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hen Brittney Borowski was seven years old, her dad handed her his film camera and let her take a picture. That was when she fell in love. Now a senior, photography is her passion. She has been posting her photos on Tumblr, a popular photo blog website, for about two years, and currently runs seven blogs. Just two months ago, she got the idea to use Google ads to make some money off her frequently visited page. “In the past two months, I have already made about $2000. I give 70 percent of my money to people in need or charities and the rest I am putting into savings,” she said.

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Borowski’s success is fueled by her love for God, who she says is 100 percent her inspiration. “It really is the reason I do it and He is the one who has blessed me,” she said. She sees herself photographing for the rest of her life, even if it does just become a side hobby. “I adore the fact that you can capture the perfect moment and it can last a lifetime.” So, even as the seconds tick by, and days come and go, the memories Borowski captures with her camera are here to stay. By Holly Petersen, Editor-in-Chief

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How long will it last?

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ost people don’t like change. We fear the unknown. As much as we hope for a change, we still think of it as bittersweet. However, in our desire to keep things constant, sometimes we don’t realize how much we change. The things we like today are not the same as they once were. There is a reason these are considered trends. They aren’t meant to be here forever, nor do we expect them to. Then again, there are those trends that we hope will stay around just a little bit longer. Sometimes the things we want to stay the same aren’t trends. They are the people and the places that have become a part of our lives. Regardless of what these things are, the things in our lives that we don’t want to change are the things that we have become attached to. As you read through this issue you will discover what other Rocklin High School Students have grown fond of. These are the fads, locations, and the people that make up our lives. The only question is: how long will these things be a part of our lives? By Shilpa Amalkanti, Administrative Editor

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Rebirth: The Roseville Galleria receives a new look Change: How much do we really change? Couponing: Students find a new hobby Culture Shock: Moving can be hard for some, others are just used to it Facebook: Will we still be addicted in the future? Photo Journalism: Life at RHS Fashion: Students change their look to keep up with the trends Cupcakes: Rocklin based store flourishes Staff: Ms. Cutts talks to us about her retirement plans Weirdest trends/ Class of 2012: Editors’ columns Rocklin roots: Editors’ columns Tattoos/ Post secret: An RHS Student shares her experience rhsflash@gmail.com / The Flash / 03


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A new beginning

THE ROSEVILLE GALLERIA GETS A NEW LOOK

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hange is commonplace; it will come and go, but there will always be permanent consequences of actions that are here to stay. One instance of a change that occured in Roseville last year was the Roseville Galleria fire on October 21, 2010. The recent reopening of the mall demonstrates that our Roseville Galleria is here to stay.

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A 23-year-old man, Alexander Piggee, walked into the store GameStop, made some remarks about his sister being held captive, then ordered all employees to leave the premises. He informed them that he had a gun, and barricaded himself inside the store. He set fire to the store, with witnesses reporting that they saw smoke coming out of the front doors of the store soon after. A Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team showed up armed, and captured Piggee in a corridor where he was trying to hide. He was taken to a local hospital to be looked at, but was then transferred to the Placer County Jail.

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“My favorite part will always be the food court, to be honest.” Piggee was on Oxycontin due to pain from a car accident, had mental health problems, was recently fired from his fast-food job, and his mother had evicted him from her house a few months before the fire. Despite all of this, his mother, Mary Carter, said, “He wasn’t a bad kid. I don’t know what happened.” “Death to me would be the easiest way for me to solve all my mental issues... but I love myself and my sister too much to end my own life,” posted Piggee on Facebook before the fire. Piggee plead guilty to both a fire set in a Walmart, as well as the Roseville Galleria fire. He was charged with arson by the County of Roseville, however, the charges were dropped when federal prosecution was handed down. He was then charged with two accounts of arson. He was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. Almost a full year later, the section of the mall that had been shut away for rebuilding, due to the fire set by Piggee, has reopened. The mall is here to stay after a huge setback. A few stores that will not be returning comprise of Lane Bryant, FYE, and Anchor Blue. All Anchor Blue stores in the Sacramento area are going out of business. Lane Bryant, and FYE were destroyed by the fire, and are not returning because they were not popular enough to make a profit in the Galleria. However, some new stores will be introduced including: Champ Sports, Porsche Design and Samuel’s Jewelers. There are several new stores that are selling food such

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as General Nutrition Center, Godiva Chocolatier, Hot Dog on a Stick, Melt Gelato, Crepe Cafe and Starbucks. Other stores that are in the new section of the Galleria include: American Eagle Outfitters, Disney Store, Icing by Claires, Macy’s Seasonal, Payless ShoeSource, The Art of Shaving and The Body Shop. “I was so excited because I missed the Disney Store and American Eagle, since I got most of my clothes there before it burned down. I was surprised by how they remodeled the mall.... I just love the mall more than ever now! My favorite part will always be the food court, to be honest,” said junior, Lynn Nguyen, who went to the reopened mall on October 6, 2011. The Roseville Galleria has the eleventh highest retail sales in California as of 2008, showing that it is a huge source of income in the state of California. Annually, the mall earns about three million dollars, which was hindered by the destruction of the stores burned in the fire. “I’m excited about the American Eagle to open. I’m happy that it will open up jobs, and those who lost theirs will get them back,” said junior Maddie Lowell. Change is happening, and sometimes it Photo Credit: Ally Corsetti passes us by from right under our noses, but the Galleria is fixed, and here to stay. The new stores will provide jobs and money for the city of Roseville, both of which have been limited this past year. By Rhiannon Chuter-Davies

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A Steady Progression “I think I have changed since last school year. I “I’ve changed a lot. Freshman year, I was just going have gotten a little more mature and organized in with the flow. But after I saw the dance team perform I started to take lessons because I wanted to be a life and in schoolwork. By changing, I’ve become a part of the team. I had only been dancing for five better person and people respect me more.” months when I made it! It’s a big part of my life.” - Shelby Boyajan, freshman -Lizzie Jones, sophomore

“I changed a lot this year. I learned English and made more friends. I also began to play soccer. Last year I didn’t do anything”. -Hessam Kian, Senior

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“High School hasn’t changed me very much. I thought it would change me more. I’ve become more independent and more ready for college, and I’ve learned how to manage my time, but beyond that, I haven’t really changed. I’m just taller.” - Hugo Le Rouzo, junior

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“They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.” -Confucius

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Change at Rocklin High School is here to stay.

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nless you happen to be spitting out Gatorades and swallowing quarters, you are subject to change. Each year, RHS changes. We lose a class of seniors, and gain a class of freshman. Classes are switched, and new curriculum is adopted. Since last year, the title of Rocklin High School principal has changed hands from Mike Garrison’s to David Bills’. Seven new teachers also arrived, ranging from temporaries, two new science teachers and even an older sibling and alumnus. “It is good to be back. It’s not too much of an adjustment for me because I went to school here so I know how a lot of things work. It’s fun, as an alumnus, to be on the other side of things,” said history teacher Sarah Kenyon. Change is something others notice. Senior Emily Huska knows this. “I never realized how much I grew up until teachers and family told me how much of a 360 I’ve done. I never want to be what I used to be and I’m happy where I am in life right now,” she said. A fellow senior, Sophia Knight echoed her answer with “I have changed a lot. I have become more mature and intelligent, and I’ve made better decisions because of the friends I’ve made.” Representing the underclassmen, sophomore Tucker Gandy said “Well, I think I’ve changed friends a lot. I got involved in Theatre, and we all have really big personalities. I’ve also made more friends through swim and choir. That’s been the biggest change, but I also have more

drive and ambition than I did freshman year.” Freshman Patrick Kilton said “I’ve been a lot more social and people have been a lot nicer this year”. Change is something personal. People change, friends change, and lives change. Jessica Rentz knows this all too well. She has moved schools three times in the past three years, and is now at Rocklin High for her junior year. “Well, I’ve gone to three different high schools in three different years. This has made me more outgoing, and I’ve learned to step out more because I’m the new kid so often. I’m not sure if I’ll stay [at RHS] though. Moving isn’t ever the plan at the end of the year, so it affects which programs I get involved in. I like it a lot here at RHS; it’s been one of the best schools I’ve ever been at,” she said. This year, she’s just taking it one step at a time. Her continual change has made her more adaptable. The stories of change at Rocklin High School don’t end here. They are endless and evolving. For sophomore Lizzie Jones, dance became a lifestyle. Freshman Shelby Boyajan is growing up. And for junior Hugo LeRouzo? Life has stayed the same. Whether you believe that change is inevitable or preventable, no one can argue that change is a key part of our world. Change is here to stay.

“Change is inevitable except from a vending machine,”

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Going Extreme

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hrift-smart shoppers embark on a task to better their ing is becoming a nationwide frenzy. Frugality is becoming more of a lifestyle for Americans recently, and it seems that community with clever money-saving tactics. With the growing popularity of the show Extreme Cou- it’s here to stay. Frivolously spending enormous amounts of poning on TLC, Shilpa Amalkanti sparked an idea to use money has become a trend of the past. Serious couponers devote themselves to spending the the show’s techniques to save money on basic grocery least amount of money possible by spending dozens of items to donate to charity. “I watched the show last year, in January, and I got ex- hours a week collecting mass amounts of coupons to buy large amounts of items. For some, this may seem like an cited about the idea of it,” said Shilpa, a senior. She has formed a club on campus to rally smart-buyers excessive amount of effort. “It’s a good method if you need to save money but a little to the cause. “I’m hoping that when the club gets started, all of the too much work for me,” said sophomore Anna Adriani. There are of course less extreme ways to coupon and items we buy will be donated - that’s the point of the club,” save money, which the club leans more towards than the said Shilpa. The goal of Extreme Couponing is to use coupons to couponing in the show. Members all shoulder the responbuy as high a percentage of the desired goods as pos- sibility of seeking out coupons and planning fruitful shopsible. This requires strategic planning on the part of the ping trips. “I think Extreme Couponing is absocouponer, who must confirm when All of the lutely insane, yet genius because some items are on sale, and if the coupon manage to buy enough food and works for travel sizes, to get the most items we buy will people save enough money that they actually for their clippings. get paid back from the stores,” said seThe seedlings of the Extreme Coube donated.” nior Amanda DiSandro. poning club ventured on a coupon Over the summer, Shilpa saved on 100 percent of her shopping spree over the summer, paying for over 90 percent of their purchases with coupons. Hitting up the local purchase on one shopping trip in the Bay Area. There are Walmart to buy items like travel-size shampoo and mashed some limitations to couponing however. Coupons are often potatoes, the avid couponers made headway on their fru- doubled or tripled in states outside of California, allowing gality quest. Shilpa has started a stock-pile of the goods couponers to save more. It’s also arduous to keep track of attained thus far, and plans to acquire more and donate stores’ ever-changing coupon policies. “It’s awesome, but the stores are changing their policies them once the club takes off. Legitimate couponers in the show spend dozens of because of the show,” said freshman Trevor Bohatch. The show’s wide reach to viewers has made for growth hours a week collecting and clipping coupons, and planning their shopping trips down to the last detail to ensure in thrifty shopping, with 75 percent of Americans from all spending as little as possible. They save thousands of income levels reporting use of coupons. Rocklin has seen dollars, often spending nothing on enormous amounts of the influx of couponing ideals. “My mom has a huge binder full of coupons. One time items, or actually being paid to take items out of the store. Shilpa has had an Extreme Couponing marathon to explore she went to Walgreens and bought 15 bars of soap for like a dollar,” said senior Cody Soong. the secrets of hardcore couponers. Extreme couponing is not a mere trend, but rather the “I just love it from the show - I just think it’s fun. I love when they show the money and how much goes down and development of a smart-living virtue. This saving strategy how there are so many rules to it and what happens when shows no sign of slowing down in the future. Habitual couponing leads to a life of greater savings to enjoy. the rules are broken,” said Shilpa. With Americans needing a way to save money, couponBy Yasmine Bouzid

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“Extreme Couponing is absolutely insane.”

Thrift Tips: Seek out coupons. Ask friends for coupons they’re not going to use. Get multiple subscriptions to weekend newspapers.

Get Organized. Store coupons in an accordion folder for easy accessibility.

Plan Ahead. Be familiar with when there are store deals and sales. 62.8% of Rocklin students have heard of “Extreme Couponing”

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Place to place

Moving; Culture Shock M From a military family, Diana Dominiguez experiences the best of moving

oving. It’s something all of us do at one point or another. Whether it be across town, to another state, or even another country. According to census.gov, on average, a person moves 11.7 times in their life. Due to the fact that her father served in the military for 25 years, Diana Dominguez, a junior at Rocklin High School, has constantly had to move homes, change schools and adjust to new environments. “I’ve always been a shy person, but people tell me that I am good at making friends quickly, and I think that’s because I’ve had so much experience from having to switch schools so often,” said Dominguez. Diana was born in Concord, Massachusetts in 1995, lived in Virginia until 1996, and then moved to Alabama in 1999. Since she was so young, she doesn’t remember much about her time living there. From 2000 to 2003, while Diana was still a young child, she attended Kindergarten through 2nd grade in Belgium. She recalls that living in Europe was very different than living in the United States. “They have different foods and a different culture, different currency, their school system is even set up differently and children play different games for fun, the biggest thing being marbles,” said Dominguez. Then, in 2003 Diana moved back into the United States from Belgium. and lived in Virginia until 2008. “I lived there for a long time, so for once I actually made friends and kept going to school with them instead of going away, because of that moving from Virginia was really difficult because I made good friends, but then had to leave them,” said Dominguez. However, Diana’s favorite place of residence so far has been living on the Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts, where she lived from 2008-2009. While there, she lived with other Air Force families. The sense of security and unity at the base are what made it most memorable. She also attended school on the base. “It was neat because I was going to school with my dad’s

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co-worker’s children. They understood what it was like to move around and away from your friends,” said Dominguez. Diana has been a resident of Rocklin since 2009 and started at Rocklin High School her freshman year. “My dad decided that he wanted to retire so that my younger sister and I could each go to high school for all four years instead of having to move and essentially spilt up our high school careers,” said Dominguez. Although Diana has an extensive list of residences, she feels Rocklin is somewhat different than all of the others, and refers to it as a “close community.” “The culture of Rocklin is very different than all of the other places I’ve lived. Rocklin is a small town where people have known each other since elementary school or even before that.” Although Diana thinks of this as a great way to meet new people, there are also some things in Rocklin that she thinks could change for the better. “Since people have lived here most of their lives, they have less of a perspective, and are quick to criticize because they aren’t used to something,” said Dominguez. However, since Diana still has her whole life ahead of her, there are other places and cultures she would like to experience. Traveling around Asia and possibly living there is number one on her list. “I think I would [like to] live in Japan because of how technologically advanced it is, and it just seems like an awesome place to live,” said Dominguez. Now, that Diana has been able to settle down with her family and continue on the journey of life, she is grateful that another quick move is not in the near future. “Luckily I am not going to move again in the near future because my dad retired last year, so I am in Rocklin to stay... at least until college,” said Dominguez. In total, Dominguez, has moved six times, half of the average, and at only 16 years old. With the changes in her father’s career and a yearning to settle down, Diana is here to stay.

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“The culture of Rocklin is very different from all of the other places I’ve lived.”

Home Sweet Home

Oh, the Places I’ve Been

“I’ve lived in Rocklin my whole life and I like it, but I’m ready to move somewhere new for college.” Kelsey Mayrand

“School is a lot different in South Africa than it is here. We had to wear uniforms and we played different sports like rugby. I liked living there and I’m proud of my culture.” Leondro Praseli

I was very blessed that I was born and raised in Germany until I was 5. My Dad is German and all my relatives on my Dad’s side live there! I miss it so much and hopefully one day I will move back!” Brittney Borowski

“There’s not that much to do in Rocklin and I hope to move to the beach someday.” Ashley Deveny

Living in New York was a different experience, I lived on the Cornell University campus. It was different being surrounded by students but it was just one big community.” Rachyl Creech

“Nothing happens in Rocklin. I would like to move to San Francisco some day.” Kyle Mayrand

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RHS students have lived...

Bryce McKernan

Peter Sushch

Hugo Le Rouzo Luis Lopez

Rachyl Creech

Grace Zhong

Jamie Lyle

Geordon Lindamood

Devina Tjhia

Leandro Praseli

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The social media surge

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facebook Here to stay or just another fad?

t’s been a long day at school for an ordinary teen who just arrived at home. Their fragile psyche is exhausted after hours of lecture and class work. From this point on they have a choice to make. Either immediately do homework or check their social media status. Like most teens, they pick the latter. It’s the same story they tell themselves: “I’ll just be on for a little while. I can do my homework later.” Three hours later, they finally wake up from their virtual addiction and wonder how it happened. Every generation is unique in its own way. New trends, new fads, new vices, and new crazes. As humans continue evolving, society continues changing. Technology is a clear example of that. Go back to a time in the 50’s when computer intelligence was merely a crazed idea that nobody believed could be developed. Scientists were discussing only the potential of something like this. Within the span of 50 years, we had transformed one fanatical idea into something tangible. Scientists had made revolutionary leaps into the future hoping to push the limits of mankind. Many advances in technology have changed social networking within society. Today, future generations have become addicted to one: Facebook. Facebook has taken society by storm. Facebook here, Facebook there, Facebook is everywhere. It functions as an outlet for people’s lives. A place where people talk, people rant, and people read. Every moment can be recorded if you take the time to post on a Wall. It is truly the epitome for fast and efficient technology. Notifications letting you know new updates, friend requests, event reminders, groups to join, and pictures to share. In just a few years, Facebook has become the means for communication. Younger generations see it as a means for their future and a way to stay connected with everyone. “I am a Facebook user and I think its a great way to communicate to my friends when we can’t meet face-to-face,” said Connor Hensley, junior at Rocklin High. “You just have to be cautious of what you post because it’s public to the world,”” said Hensley.

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Teens aren’t just the ones who are using it but adults and businesses who need to constantly be updated use Facebook as well. Last minute meeting changes and new events can be posted within the Facebook domain to let employees know. But, the question still remains, how long will its reign last? If we look back to sites like MySpace, Friendster and Blogster, they had their fame but could not sustain their popularity. The all had spikes of interest within the public but soon, new networks came along. Facebook has come to claim of “most popular site” and now has more than 64,000,000 users and counting. It has reached the peak of their success, but how hard will they fall? Facebook has always been questioned about how much personal information can come out through their web site. “I don’t have a Facebook, but I do think it’s bad,” said Emily McCrary, freshman. “I went to this FBI demonstration where he just looked up a random first and last name and was able to get the first three numbers of their social security number,” said McCrary. With the recently new changes in its web site, Facebook has been criticized for their attempts to try to reinvent themselves. The past month, Facebook has established new features on Facebook such as the Facebook “ticker”. It constantly posts notifications that let users know what friends have updated or posted. This new feature has definitely had mixed reviews with some claiming its annoying and completely worthless reminder while others see it as an efficient way to read about fresh news. “The new changes are interesting but the notifications are borderline annoying,” said junior Aubrey Harper. Facebook has grown within the last few years but who’s to say it will continue growing? Will these new features drive away their number one consumers or gain a greater popularity? The users have the choice to make or break this company. Only time will tell if Facebook is here to stay. By Michelle Tran November 2011


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Express yourself

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ere it is again. Fall has arrived with new fashion trends and high school students are now thinking about the stylish clothes that accompany this season. “Fashion always changes but also repeats, it changes in order to be flattering to the consumers and every once in a while trends come along that last a life time,” said junior Miranda Pontes. Pontes is currently in ROP Fashion Merchandising, which is held at Victory High School. 48.8 percent of Rocklin High students believe that Vans is one of the brands that will stay in style. 25.5 percent of students believe that the trend of ‘skinny’ jeans will stick around, and 15.1 percent of students

say the same for UGG boots. Because trends are ever-changing, students are now trying to figure out what exactly is considered “hot” and what is “not” for this fall. Some are hoping for old trends to spark and become popular, while others are focused on what’s to come next. Recent results from an online survey showed that 54.1 percent of Rocklin High School students don’t care as to whether they are fashionable as of right now. 39.6 percent of students answered affirmatively, meaning that they are fashionable, which is much larger than the only 6.2 percent who said they are not fashionable at all. By Julie Schwarzkopf

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NOT High Waisted Skirts Overalls Converse Feather Extensions Flare Jeans Walmart

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“Fashion will always be changing and if ROP’s curriculum followed it, we would be scrambling” Diane Alatorre

“I see lots of layering and neon [as part of fashion today]. Everywhere I go, no matter what city, I see girls with their nails painted hot pink or neon yellow…clothes are doing the same. More is more for [students] and I appreciate the aesthetic and the organic element to it all” said Mary Kinney. Kinney is a fashion stylist and fashion editor around the Rocklin area, that chooses outfits for her clients on a daily basis, showing them the “ins” and “outs” of fashion.

Stylist and fashion blogger, Mary Kinney. Photo by, Lauri Levenfeld - facebook.com

Rocklin Junior, Connor Hensley, looking dapper in a striped sweater.

Interview with ROP Fashion student, Diane Alatorre How has ROP Fashion Merchandising changed your opinion on fashion? ROP Fashion has opened my eyes to how the business side of fashion operates. All I knew was from personal experience and inside retail stores – from a customer’s point of view, not an employee’s. ROP hasn’t changed my opinion on fashion, but it is teaching me that fashion is more than shopping.

Why are you taking ROP Fashion Merchandising? I’ve wanted to take ROP since freshman year when I went to college night and met the instructor, Diane Miles. I’ve always known what I wanted to do and ROP made sense for me to participate in.

Do you think the curriculum changes as fashion changes? No. I believe the curriculum stays the same. Fashion will always be changing and if ROP’s curriculum followed it, we would be scrambling after it. ROP teaches us the how’s and why’s in fashion, predicting trends, the “ins” and “outs” of retail, and so much more.

What knowledge have you gained, that you believe everyone should know? Customer service. Without customers there is no business. It doesn’t matter if you can’t sketch or tell black from blue, I believe customer service is the most important aspect anyone can learn. November 2011

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A steady progression Rocklin-born specialty store grows

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on the Cupcake

n today’s economy, nobody would believe that a small cupcake business would become so popular and increasingly successful. With their original recipes and unique designs, Icing on the Cupcake has become well-known and loved by many. The owner, Christee Owens, has been baking cupcakes since a young age. Her past time grew into a strong passion and then, surprisingly, into a business. “We have a large collection of family recipes and it has been very fun to see my childhood favorites being served in our bakeries,” says Owens. The Owens family have been baking cupcakes for about 50 years and, with Christee’s love for entertaining and baking, Icing on the Cupcake made a successful launch. “I had always hoped we would prosper, as every business owner does. By diligently and consistently marketing our quality product, we have been able to garner the respect and repeat business from our amazing customers. Success is all about a quality product, great marketing and treating your customers right!” Owens said. Customers would agree that the employees of Icing on the Cupcake not only give great service but also make sure the customer has full satisfaction. “There’s so many varieties of cupcakes, there are endless possibilities,” says Madi Woods, sophomore at Rocklin High School. Icing on the Cupcake serves at least 40 different flavors, with many more flavors being developed, and speciality cupcakes around the holiday season. The new pumpkin cupcake is in honor of Autumn and Thanksgiving. Other popular flavors include Snickerdoodle, Cookies ‘n Cream, Confetti, PB&J, Death By Chocolate and Caramel Apple. “Their frosting has a buttery, creamy taste. It’s so good!” said Gerilyn Stafford, sophomore. Icing on the Cupcake makes sure the frosting of the cupcake works well with the flavor. An example of this would include the use of a cream-cheese frosting with Caramel Apple and buttermilk frosting with the purely Vanilla cupcake. The frosting and the flavor are designed to

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go hand in hand. “In the beginning we baked about 4,000 cupcakes a month for one store and had only three employees. We now bake 150,000 cupcakes a month for four stores and have 65 staff members. Keeping up with demand while maintaining our high quality standards has been our most important concern and biggest challenge,” Owens says, “We still bake all of our cupcakes from scratch every morning and are committed to maintaining a quality product for our customers.” Although the maintenance may be difficult at times, it is a fact that Christee Owens’ hard work and effort can be tasted in every bite of her cupcakes. “It’s so good, it’s hard to explain,” comments Ashley Deveny, sophomore and a major fan of the Confetti cupcake. “It’s so nice to see a local place doing so well and expanding to different locations. The employees are always so sweet, smiling, and always willing to help you make a decision,” says Sean H. from Yelp.com, a website that specializes on reviews. He, along with several others on Yelp, gave Icing on the Cupcake a five star rating and it’s obvious that this wonderful cupcake shop deserves all the praise that has been given to them. “I think people love the whole experience they get when they come into an Icing on the Cupcake store. It’s not just about the cupcakes, it’s about the whole package. Being surrounded by the fun colors and retro style of the store, getting to choose from so many cupcake flavors and beautiful styles, the great packaging and presentation, and for many it’s the nostalgia of eating a cupcake that reminds them of great childhood memories,” says Owens. This well-loved bakery deserves a visit from everyone. Let your sweet tooth run wild and give the cupcakes a taste, if you haven’t already. Not only will you fall in love with all the flavors, but you may even become a cupcakeaholic. By Ashley Brown November 2011


“In today’s economy, nobody would believe that a small cupcake business would become so popular and increasingly successful.”

“It’s not the best, but it’s good.” Spenser Trost, 11, Pinkdelicious. “It was like an alpine mountain of sweet, i loved it dearly.” Devon Murray, 9, Vanilla Vanilla.

“What can I say? They’re amazing.” Nick Nelson, 11. Red Velvet.

“It was the best cupcake I’ve ever had in my life. I want to eat it everyday.” Olivia Murray, 11, Cookies and Cream.

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A steady progression

All goodmust things come to an end T

here are a handful staff members who have been at Rocklin High since the school opened in 1993. However, RHS might be losing one more. Mrs. Cindy Cutts has been contemplating retiring for some time now. She sits down with us to tell us her plans. As of now what are your plans about retiring?

How do you feel about possibly retiring? I know I will miss the vitality of young people. It is such a privilege to sit in this desk and know that somebody is going to walk through the door and ask me a question I don’t know the answer to. Then, I get to be the person who helps that student find the answer. That is a living, breathing entity of this job. To watch the growth of students is also satisfying for me. That will be hard to replace, that youthful vitality and watching young people grow.

I honestly don’t know. I truly don’t know. Just like a lot of other baby boomers my husband and I are caught in the economy slump and I thought I’d be gone by now. I love my job, I’m happy here, I learn something from students everyday. Retirement right now is just out there as a great possibility but there are no concrete plans.

Do you plan on continuing to ghost write books? Yes, absolutely! I have lots of cli-

Do you know who will be your replacement? No. If I were to retire they would just open up the position and hopefully get someone who has a background in what I do.

Mrs. Cutts at her desk in the College and Career Center. Photo by Natasha Piniero

Who will be taking over Thunder Galleria and College Night? Well, hopefully they would hire someone who has an event coordinating background. But those kinds of things can take on different kinds of leadership. My style has always been student run and that is what Thunder Galleria is. For Thunder Galleria I actually put a manual together on how to build a Thunder Galleria. Again Every 15 minutes is a student-run project but if there is another staff member that wanted to step into that role that would be an administrative decision. College Night kind of lands in my lap because it goes with scholarships, awards, going to college, and all those senior things. Probably the most critical thing that I would like to keep going is Assist-A-Grad. Assist-AGrad brings in a tremendous amount of money from our local scholarships. I really want that to continue regardless of who is the Career Tech. I think when we have a community like Rocklin that is literally vested in our students than its more than just getting money to go to school. It’s validating their efforts.

ents who are kind of waiting for me to retire because they don’t want to do it part-time with me they want to get into a serious full-time commitment. I only have so many hours in a day and I can’t be a full-time author and full-time Career Tech. So my writing right now is really reserved for weekends and occasionally the mid-week. And I am looking forward to doing a little bit of commissioned magazine writing.

Is there anything else you would like to add? I’m working really hard to make sure that I am not a lame duck. I want to put in the same energy, effort, and enthusiasm. I want to bring the same vitality to my job as I did when I just started. I feel like the students are so full of life and curiosity that they deserve that from me. By Shilpa Amalkanti,

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“Progress will be good.”

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In many ways, the idea of change is a fairly frightening one. Human nature says to dislike, distrust, and prevent it. That’s why, when the question “Is it here to stay?” is asked, the awaited answer is often

yes. no.

Of course, the actual answer is usually Nothing lasts forever. In some ways, that’s a good thing. If I found out that I would live forever, I would be fairly pleased. Assuming I didn’t somehow end up eternally trapped under a rock, never ending life would be pretty nice. I would be even happier if it turned out that everyone I like was similarly permanent. Unfortunately, change, in the form of death, precludes this from ever happening. Everyone dies, and so terrible change is unavoidable. But all change is not created equal. Instead, its like bacteria. Some bacteria cause lethal disease. Others turn milk into yogurt. Changes are the same. Some of them kill people. Others create delicious frozen deserts. Tasty change is everywhere. For example, in 1900, the only way to clean clothes involved manual labor. Today, there are machine’s to take care of that. Before the 1940s, pneumonia meant a possible death sentence. Now, it means a possible prescription of antibiotics. World War II killed 75 million people. The total number of people killed in Iraq and Afghanistan is just under two million - still an unfortunately large number, but it has seven fewer zeros than 75,000,000 does. So one can easily see that change can have its benefits. In exchange for loss of immortality, humanity gets a better guarantee of non-premature death, as well as more time not spent on hard labor. A decent deal, in my opinion. I can only hope this deal goes all the way through for me. I was born in fairly comfortable circumstances, and I still have a good life, but much can get better. The same November 2011

can be said for the world in 1995 and the world in 2011. When I was born, I was medically premature, and was a fairly sick, emaciated infant. Today, I am a fairly tall teenager, and my health is doing pretty well. Also, I am no longer a baby. Progress is good. The world was not too badly off in the ‘90s. Economically speaking, it was better than it is today. But still, there were problems. The bloody Balkan Wars are over for one. On a lighter note, there’s a reason nearly no one today uses Windows ‘95. In other words, switching lives with someone stuck in the 1990s would not be a good idea, at least in my opinion. But that obviously doesn’t mean today is perfect. After all, the economy is in the gutter. People still die regularly in wars across the world. Drug abuse, cancer, and AIDS all still exist. None of these problems are permanent. Scientists predict that one day the sun will expand to engulf the earth. All of humanities issues will be gone then, because there won’t be a humanity, or at least not one in its present form. But I don’t think burning everyone to a crisp is the only solution to those problems above. By simple extrapolation, its easy to see that eventually, all of the major issues today will be dealt with. Of course new problems will arise, but they probably won’t be quite as bad in the future. In any case, progress will be good. By Rahul Verma

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Editors’ columns

The wacky, tacky & ridiculous Weird trends are here to stay A

ll things eventually come to an end and trends are no exception. Most fads are relatively short-lived and once they are considered out of style, are pretty much gone for good. People look back at the trends of the past and always think of how strange they are no matter how cool they used to be. Likewise, people cringe when looking back at old photos, and at their questionable clothes and hairstyles they were donning back in the day. Some trends are, and will always be thought of as just plain weird. The weirdest tends to be the most popular and the most talked about. Humans like the unusual because it “makes us different”. But with everyone trying to be different through the same trends, doesn’t that just make is more similar? A little paradoxical if you ask me. Not uncommonly, the weirdness factor is the sole purpose we buy an item, e.g the Shake Weight. Weird trends have faced the challenge of time. Some date back centuries ago. In the past, because of lack of communication between cultures, trends differed by region. For instance, some strange culture-specific trends include foot binding, corsets, human sacrifice, and pagan rituals. As communication and technology caused information to spread, worldwide fads began to emerge. Strange trends continued through the decades and even defined them. No one can forget the troll dolls, tie-dye, or go-go boots of the 60’s or the lava lamps, mood rings, or bell bottoms of the 70’s. But how does something once thought of as completely out of the ordinary become incredibly popular? The answer is our friend the media. It tells us how to dress, how to talk, how to act, and what to like no matter how ridiculous it may be. From TV, magazines, and the Internet, we see what everyone else likes and follow suit. Models show us how to dress no matter how uncomfortable or unusual the fashion may be. Just look at the unique

stylings of Lady Gaga and the effect they have. Not saying that everyone is walking around wearing meat dresses but she has influenced some to be more creative and daring with their attire. Popular television shows influence the way we talk, like how Jersey Shore has taught us such interesting terms such as GTL and guido/guidette. The media has even led some people to catch a case of Beiber Fever. To be honest, it doesn’t get much weirder than our world’s obsession with a 17-year-old pop star with nice hair. We also use the Internet to collectively talk about strange things through outlets such as Twitter with trending topics like #robotpickuplines and #vegetablesongs. Not to mention the many crazy fads that have started from advertising through media. The Snuggie, Pajama Jeans, and the ShamWow would not be any where near as popular as they are if it weren’t for their weirdness factors combined with their comical infomercials. Trends may go in and out of style regularly but the types of trends that become popular have stayed pretty similar. Because of our affinity with all things unusual, weird trends aren’t going away anytime soon.

“Always remember

that you are truly unique. Just like everybody else.” -Margaret Mead

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Our legacy and the impact we’ve had on this school will no doubt last beyond June 8th.

Class of 2012

Has our class left a lasting impact on our campus or will we be forgotten once we graduate?

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igh school is transient. It’s nothing more than a stage in life that we all go through before moving on to adulthood. The four years that we spend here are over before we know it, and for the class of 2012, our four years are almost up. It’s hard to believe that after June 8th, we will no longer be a part of Rocklin High School. But does that really mean it’s all over? In more ways than one, our graduating class will leave a part of itself on this campus. Our legacy and the impact we’ve had on this school will no doubt last beyond June 8th. One way the class of 2012 has left its mark is through the many clubs that were started by current seniors. Disc Golf, Dragonball Z, Invisible Children, Outdoor Adventure, Pokémon, S Club, SMOSS, Speed the Light, and Yoga Club were all started by members of the class of 2012. These clubs are part of how Rocklin High’s student body becomes involved in extra curricular activities. From taking part in community service to organizing events, clubs offer students the unique opportunity to bond with their peers through a common interest. In addition to founding many of the clubs we have on campus, this year we were also the first class to win both the Homecoming rally and float competition in the same year. Despite suffering a major blow when part of our float was knocked over by an overhanging tree branch, we came together to rebuild the float and take first place. This would not have been possible without an

enormous amount of teamwork and camaraderie. This sense of unity that brings our class together is owed in part to modern technology. Facebook is making social networking easier and more accessible than ever, and this year’s graduating class has been the first to take advantage of it. By making a Class of 2012 Facebook group, our class officers have successfully created a way for anybody in the group to quickly communicate with the entire class. This has proved useful for things like making up rally cheers, reminding people about dress up days, and providing encouragement when our float got damaged. There are also some members of our class who have become involved in creating their own band. Seniors Zach Martinez, Kyle Toepke, Austin Dudley, and David Kelly, along with junior Alex Crossland have come together to create Constellations. Their band already has over 300 likes on Facebook and they are currently raising money to create their first EP. They are off to a promising start and may be a part of the legacy that our class will be remembered for. Who knows if we will even need clubs or a band to be remembered? Perhaps we will live on as the last graduating class Rocklin High ever sees! With the world supposedly coming to an end in 2012, this may very well be the case. Only time will tell, but even if we’re not the last, we certainly are the best. By Alie Onea, Managing Editor-in-Chief

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Rocklin roots

ROCKLIN [column]

home sweet home

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kay, so we don’t have a beach, but there’s not much else we can complain about. I hear over and over again about how boring Rocklin is and how there is nothing to do here, but I strongly disagree. For the past nine years, I have truly enjoyed living in Rocklin and although it’s time to graduate and explore the world around me, a part of me doesn’t want to leave. The thought of staying in Rocklin may be too much for some people to bear. Although I agree that it is important to leave our bubble of a town, in the end, Rocklin is going to be the safe haven to which I return, settle down, raise a family, and grow old. There are specific qualities that should be highlighted. Community: With a population of a little over 57,000, Rocklin is neither too big nor too small. We live in a community where we share a variety of similar interests and values and seem to be connected through someone else. It is easy to meet new people and make new friends at any age especially when the community comes together at sporting events, fundraisers and VAPA performances. Anyone can find something to take part in. Tradition: Although Rocklin is a relatively young town, it is not lacking in tradition. In fact, in the past couple of years, a few new traditions have become rooted into the community such as the annual Quarry Bowl between Rocklin and Whitney High Schools and Battle of the Shield between Rocklin and Del Oro. Another example is Fourth of July’s Celebrate America where the whole community comes and enjoys fireworks, food, and music. Without a strong community vibe, there would be no tradition and vise versa. Proximity: We are at the center of everything with only an hour drive north to Tahoe, two hours west to San Francisco, thirty minutes to Sacramento and twenty minutes to Folsom Lake. We have easy access to all of our basic needs such as hospitals, top ranking schools, shopping, restaurants, movie theatres, gym facilities, parks etc. Although we may have to travel out a ways to find famous attractions and culture, everything else can easily be found or created right in our own back yards. Our little town of Rocklin has a lot to offer, but it is up to us to make the most out of it. We have to learn to be creative and appreciate the little things because we are all very fortunate to be living here. By Natalie Pinna, Co Editor-in-Chief

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A teacher’s perspective

with Mr. Werner

Likes: “the closeness of the communtiy. I can go to any community function and I will know someone there. I never feel alone.” Dislikes: “the bubble. We’re not forced to confront issues. . . .the issues the rest of America has to deal with, we don’t have to deal with.”

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legacy Ruhkala “The legacy of the Ruhkala family lives on in Rocklin.”

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Transamerica building in San Francisco. he city of Rocklin is so deeply ingrained in my The shed has more than served its purpose, and life, my history, that it’s nearly impossible to maybe its practicality has seen its day. Despite the imagine living anywhere else. In 1889, 19-year-old Matt Ruhkala left his home historical properties either gone or at risk, the impact of the Ruhkala family is still very much evident in the form in Finland for America. of memorials. After arriving in New York like most immigrants, he The Roy and Peggy community service award is lived in Wisconsin, followed by Wyoming, working in given each year to a Rocklin resident, named for Roy coal mines. Just a year after coming to America, he Ruhkala and his wife Peggy. Roy, one of the three settled in Rocklin. original children still living, was a city councilman for 10 Matt Ruhkala immediately found work in the thriving years, three of which he was mayor. His wife was also Rocklin quarries, and eventually established the locally tremendously involved in the community, and started the renowned Union Granite Company. committee that petitioned to He married another Fin, open a high school in Rocklin. Eva Aidantausta, and toRuben Ruhkala, my great gether they had 11 children, grandfather, was on the one of which was my great school board for many years, grandfather, Ruben Ruhkala. and was highly instrumental Five generations later, in bringing about Rocklin only three of the original 11 Elementary. siblings remain (Roy, Ruth, A trip to the Rocklin Hisand Margo), but the legacy torical society is full of referof the Ruhkala family lives on ences to the original Rocklin in Rocklin. families, not just the Ruhkalas, The old house that Matt but the Whitneys and the and Eva originally lived in, once located on what is now Matt and Eva Ruhkala stand in front of their original house, over a Dominguezes. Local schools and parks bear the names of Ruhkala Road, was torn down hundered years ago. these distinguished families. in recent years despite its historical value. Much of the Ruhkala family still remains in Rocklin, Similarly, the last standing work buildings that repreand continues to contribute to the city. Paul Ruhkala, sent the 61 quarries that once dominated Rocklin are in a 3rd generation Ruhkala, is the Parks and Recreation threat of being torn down. Commissioner and on the Board of Appeals. His 92These buildings, specifically the shed, were owned year old father Roy still belongs to the Rocklin Historical by my great grandfather and two of his brothers for over Society. 50 years. The shed has stood the test of time and is Ruhkala family reunions consist of hundreds of family iconic to Rocklin’s past. Roughly 250 artifacts that aid in members from four different generations, and Royce telling the story of Rocklin’s granite mining history have Ann Burks and her daughter-in-law Casey have been recently been identified on this property. trying to complete the extensive family tree for years However, an engineer was hired to review the strucnow. ture, and deemed it unsafe. It will be a 50,000 dollar Although I had no part in any of the legacy my family repair job just to make it safe enough to tear down. has left on this town, I am filled with an enormous sense The shed helped to produce granite that sits at of pride when I think of all my relatives have done. Being Washington DC, the Sacramento Capital building, the among the youngest Ruhkala generation, I realize that Bank of America building in San Francisco, and the there are big shoes to fill. However, I am up to the chalBlue Cross building in Oakland. Additionally, the Union lenge. My roots are here in Rocklin, and I think it’s safe Granite Company processed and crushed all the quartz to say that the Ruhkala family is imbedded in the city. handpicked from the Bear river to build the famous By Holly Petersen, Editor-in-Chief November 2011 rhsflash@gmail.com / The Flash / 25


More than you know

TattED... T

attoos. They’re a growing trend in today’s culture, and a rapid at that. They are very common with young people, and sometimes looked down upon by older generations. According to the Harris Poll in 2006, 16 percent of Americans have a tattoo and 1 in 4 people ages 18-25, sport a tattoo. Why do people get them? It could be because they think it looks cool, or possibly even due to peer pressure, but most, such as Junior, Lily Atkinson, get tattoos that are meaningful to them. “When my mom was having a lot of intense medical issues, it made me put a lot Courtesy of L. Atkinson of things in a different perspective. I wanted to get something that represented our relationship,” said Atkinson. The legal age to get a tattoo in California is 18, though there are ways around the law such as parent consent for minors. Most adults frown upon it, however, because they think that kids might regret it later in life. Lily’s parents thought otherwise. “My mom took me to get it done; my parents were both Thirty-six percent of those ages 18 to 25, and 40 percent of those ages 26 to 40, have at least one tattoo, according to a fall 2006 survey by the Pew Research Center. (see pdf of tattoo poll numbers)

National Geographic News stated in April 2000 that 15% of Americans were tattooed (or approximately 40 million people!) Esquire Magazine estimated in March 2002 that 1 in 8 Americans was tattooed. According to the American Society of Dermatological Surgery of all people they treat, only 6% are getting a tattoo removed. Harris Poll, 2003, estimates that fully 36% of those aged 25-29 have one or more tattoos. A 2006 a study done by the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that 24% of Americans between 18 and 50 are tattooed; that’s almost one in four. And the survey showed that about 36% of Americans age 18 to 29 have at least one tattoo!

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Junior Lily Atkinson gets a tattoo with a meaning close to her heart.

very supportive.” Lily’s tattoo is her mom’s birthday in roman numerals. She knew she wouldn’t regret getting it because it was something that touched her. Lily chose her mom’s birthday because “that’s what I wanted from the moment I thought of it. Plus birthdays are a celebration of a person’s life.” The ink that makes tattoos is sent through needle that pierces the skin. Although it sounds painful, Atkinson described the experience: “The first Roman numeral hurt but the rest was easy. It feels like you’re being deeply stung by a bee, over, and over again with a lot more maintenance afterwards,” said Atkinson. Tattoos are permanent and stick around forever, unless you do a tattoo removal which can cost thousands of dollars. Most of the time, when people do get a tattoo they often regret it as they get older, because the lack of thought put into the tattoo at the time. “I knew I would never regret it because it was something I truly cared about,” said Atkinson. Surprisingly, older Americans appear to have tattoos more than the younger generation. Among Americans ages 18 to 25 (according to the Harris Poll) 36 percent have one and ages 30-40, 40 percent have one. Though 17 percent of tattooed Americans do regret getting their tattoo. Where you live also can determine the amount of people who get tattoos. In Western America, 20 percent of the population have a tattoo, while in the Midwest only 10 percent of Americans sport one. Tattoos are a growing trend, but are they here to stay? In 10 years will they still be cool or “in style”? Tattoos continue to grow in popularity so there’s no decline anywhere in the near future. Frowned upon or not, Lily’s tattoo will always have a special meaning in her heart.

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By Ryan Peterson

November 2011


Post Secret I know you are bad for me, but I still want you.

My friend is in LOVE with Mr. Underwood. It’s kind of weird...

You came into my life, took everything, and left.

I wish I was s k i n n y like my sisters... I like to gossip because I feel important when I have information that somebody else doesn’t.

I KNOW YOU BUT YOU DON’T KNOW ME.

People annoy me for no good reason, and I can’t find peace anywhere even though I strive for it.

I just really want to kiss you!

I hate how easily people forget about me. My parents don’t know I’m seeing a 23-year-old. I’m found out 16...

I am no perfect so stop expecting me to be!

My friend about the Post Secret avoid you because I don’t I submitted about him Ifeel like I’m good enough last year. for you.

I’m starting to believe that true love is only for thin and beautiful women.

I have to pretend to like you...

I’m a 43-year-old trapped in a 16-year-old’s body.

My parents want me to go to Stanford and become a doctor, but all I want to do is go to beauty school.

I’m hiding a kitten in my room because my parents won’t let me have one. I am seeing my best friend’s girlfriend behind his back. I borrowed my mom’s car and then my friend puked in it. I hope she doesn’t notice...

I can’t do this alone.

My best friend is my dog because she doesn’t judge me. My next best friend is my mom.

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FINAL A steadyPAGE progression

Students of the Week sponsored by your Associated Student Body government

RHS Students of the Week: Brandon Kharaka - “dedicated musician” Lexi Sincere - “eager to learn” Tanner Boberg - “hard-worker” Beth Knight - “great passion” Forrest West - “challenges himself” Eveline Gibson - “leads by example” Marvin Gardner - “motivated” Michelle Mota - “positive attitude” Nick Nelson - “interested in engineering” Taylor O’Rourke - “dedicated” Jaskirat Hothi - “self-starter” Jannah Fusenig - “great team spirit” Important Dates November 10: Winter Jig Dance 8-11pm December 1-3: 4wrd Dance Show @ Whitney December 6-7: Choir Concert 7pm December 8: Instrumental Concert 7pm December 20: Faculty Follies December 21: End of 1st Semester January 20: Runaway Dance 8-11pm

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Editor-in-Chief Holly Petersen Co-Editor-in-Chief Elisabeth Hartman Co-Editor-in-Chief Natalie Pinna Managing Editor-in-Chief Alexanda Onea Administrative Editor Shilpa Amalkanti Design Editor: Chrisy Sharkey Sports Edior: Devin Moss Assistant Ediors Ashley Brown, Franchesca Awwad, Amanda Wong, Michelle Tran Adviser Casey Nichols

Staff Writers:

Lily Atkinson, Kiersten Austefjord, Yasmine Bouzid, Ashley Brown, Rahul Verma, Kainaat Bajwa, Amber Calzada, Nina Casiple, Rhiannon Chuter-Davies, Mason Ganz, Alina Holtsman, Marc Holtsman, Ashley Jones, Taras Maksimuk, Ryan Peterson, Marissa Romeri, Julie Schwarzkopf, Liz Vasquez, Sabrina Wilson, Kacy Wilson, Jillian Lerner, Ally Corsetti, Maddie Lowell, Natasha Piniero The Flash is a public forum produced by students for students in an attempt to inform and entertain its audience. Journalism students have the final authority for any content found in this publication. The Flash Staff encourages letters regarding content to constitute a constructive avenue for student opinion. Letters should be directed to the newspaper’s email, rhsflash@gmail.com. Rocklin High School 5301 Victory Lane Rocklin, CA 95765 916-632-7498 http://rhs.rocklin.k12.ca.us/

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