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CdS Sunrise Corona del Sol High School | Tempe, AZ | Vol. 38, No.1



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Staff editor-in-chief Nikki Hinshaw managing editor Katelyn Stys online editor-in-chief Carson Pyatt online managing editor Tanner Kujawa production editor Brenna Bochenek life & times Megan Marples sports Jake Pyatt online photo editor Maria Martin copy editor Kajal Dave staff Faryal Ashraf Karly Castro Dion Deguzman Nikki Dull Juan Estrada Celeste Hayes Isabella Hulsizer Lauren Puffer Kasey Ruthardt Patricia Stoica

From the editors Nikki Hinshaw and Katelyn Stys Hello Corona and welcome to the September 2015 issue of the Corona del Sol Sunrise newsmagazine. We are here to provide you with entertaining and informative content throughout this school year. We will produce six publications during this school year and we hope you look forward to each one. This year’s Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor are Nikki Hinshaw and Katelyn Stys. We are working hard to make sure you enjoy our 2015-2016 publications just as you have in year’s past. The Sunrise newsmagazine has evolved over the years to best fit the needs of Corona students. This year, we are changing things up a bit. We want to have a publication with features you look forward to reading. In our new “entertainment” section you can find articles about fine arts, Corona’s latest trends and music reviews in every issue. In addition, we also will have the staples we always include, such as our Life & Times and sports sections. Even though we do our best to provide you with the content you want, we still encourage your input and are always interested if you have any ideas. If you have newsworthy ideas or wish to write letters to our editors, you can do so by sending an email to In addition to our print publication, you can check out daily stories by going to our website, We post new content constantly on a variety of topics. On our website you can also find slideshows of recent events around Corona. If you want to make sure you are always in the know about what is going on around Corona, be sure to follow us on Twitter @cdssunrise for sports scores and important school-wide information. Also, check out CdS Sunrise on Facebook for slideshows of photos taken by the Sunrise photography staff. We hope you enjoy this issue of the Sunrise and look forward to our next issue coming out in early November. R

What’s online? The CdS Sunrise staff works hard to produce content and post stories daily. Check out some of our newest content at R

Meet some of the newest additions to Corona’s staff. This year, there have been many additions to Corona’s faculty. Look on our website to read more about them. Photo by Isabella Hulsizer

adviser Kris Urban

Cover photo courtesy of Flickr.Commons

The Sunrise is an open forum for student expression and welcomes letters on all matters. The staff reserves the right to edit as required. All materials submitted for publication must be signed. Views and opinions contained herein are those of the author and not considered to be the opinions of the staff, adviser, administration or the Tempe Union High School District. Unsigned editorials reflect the views of the editorial reflect the views of the editorial board. Some material courtesy of American Society of Newspaper Editors/MCT Campus High School Newspaper Service.

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ViceVersa, a band comprised of six Corona students was chosen to participate in the “Plugged In” concert at Chandler Center for the Arts on Sept. 12. Check out the review online. Photo courtesy of Andrea Stoica


What’s in this issue...


Tempe Sister Cities Corona Students experience worldwide travels to learn about new cultures

Pressure Point

Corona students cope with rising levels of stress over the course of high school

20 Diving Headfirst Bryce Arrington has big goals for Corona’s swim & dive team this year


Arizona Talent Local bands showcase great musical talent in many genres

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Life & Times

The new 9 to 5

Students balance part-time jobs with education

Nikki Hinshaw | Editor-in-Chief Once the school day comes to a close, some Corona students ditch backpacks and IDs for a uniform, professional attitude and a level of customer service that’ll help pay for this month’s gas bill. As the school day morphs into the work night, students feel the effects of taking on another dose of responsibility. For some, the role of student, athlete, employee and friend collide, presenting challenges in contrast to the benefits. However, with the appeal of extra cash, a positive addition to a resume and general experience, acquiring a part-time job has become a popular option for students at Corona and across the nation. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 17 percent of high school students had jobs in 2013. This statistic evolved out of a number of different factors, including rising college costs and a need for boosts to a resume. In line with the trend of a growing young workforce, Corona students have been tacking on extra hours to their day in order to keep a part-time job. From sophomores to seniors, there are a variety of positions and places that students represent. Many workplaces have started to employ younger students, taking advantage of their ability to work often less-desired night and weekend shifts. “Grocery stores, restaurants and retail stores are common places that hire students,” counselor Dawn Milovich said. Seniors Wade Young and Kelsey Mandell both work in the restaurant industry and have gained valuable experience from their commitment to an additional time-consuming responsibility. Young recently began working at Angry Crab Shack, but has been working since the summer before junior year, where he was first hired at Rigatony’s. “I wanted to get a job mostly because I have to pay for insurance plus gas for my car,” Young said. “I’d like to have my own money to spend (for) any dates I want to go on or hanging out with friends.” Although enjoying extra money for pleasure is common, the ability to work often comes alongside the ability to drive, resulting in gas and insurance payments. Often, hard-earned checks are put right into bank accounts in order to cover the expenses that come with increased opportunity. “I need money for gas, for food, to pay for things that I want and to pitch in at home,” Mandell said. Senior Mackenzie Tanquary, who works at Rigatony’s, also utilized money earned from her job as a hostess to fund expensive desires. “I was trying to pay for my tour to Europe and also for my car,” Tanquary said. Money is always an incentive for getting a job, and, with the minimum wage reaching $8.05, there could be opportunity to

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cover bills while salvaging a few dollars to pick up some In-nOut during lunch. While money is a common motivation for many students with jobs, the experience is also extremely beneficial to a college resume or application. Working during high school demonstrates discipline, time management skills and a hardworking attitude. All of which could give applicants an advantage over other Tanquary poses at the host stand at Rigatony’s. She works as a prospective hostess about five days a week. Photo by Isabella Hulsizer students. “Colleges like for students to be well-rounded and have meaningful activities,” Milovich said. “It could be clubs, athletics or work experience.” Although working can be a helpful addition to a resume, it can also hurt an application if there is not an aspect of balance. Working may seem impressive to potential schools or employers, but the low GPA and weak course load will do little to prove your worth. “Some students are involved in athletics or clubs and some spend their time working,” Milovich said. “It’s important to keep up grades regardless of activities and to pick things that a student enjoys.” Striking a balance between school, activities and work may seem daunting, but it is necessary to perform well in all areas while keeping sanity in tact. “It is definitely a challenge (to balance everything) but you can set yourself up on a schedule; make sure you have a calendar and know what overlaps and what doesn’t,” Wade Young said. “Set aside time for everything and be diligent when you’re working.” Young, who is also DECA (Distributive Education Clubs o America) president and vice president of A Capella Choir at Corona, finds that managing school with work often gets tough but can be manageable for a student who is willing to maximize what little free time he has. “The time that most kids get on weekends to study for a big test or work on a project, I’m instead working,” Young said. “I

Life & Times just have to plan ahead, maybe stay up late, wake up early.” Despite their busy schedules, students like Young and Tanquary have developed a balance between work and numerous other activities. “If im scheduled a lot during the week then I have to seta day to do my homework for the whole week,”


Mandell, who works at Z’Tejas, is part of the DECA program, which allows her to gain more experience and hours within her job. “(DECA) gave me the opportunity to have a purpose for my job,” Mandell said. “I work about 20 hours a week, but I hope to get up to 30 so I get a better opportunity to make more money and to do better at hostessing.” Adding a part-time job to a student’s schedule can offer a variety of benefits. “Students gain many skills when working,” Milovich said. “They learn how to work with others, customer relations skills, workplace skills and responsibility. Even learning how to budget spending is a life skill students learn when earning a paycheck.” However, part-time work, when not balanced with the other responsibilities of a student, could harm other areas within a student’s life. “Allocate enough time to complete homework, get enough rest and spend time with friends and family,” Milovich said. “If a student becomes too overwhelmed, it’s time to take a look at the schedule and scale back on work hours or other activities.” As more and more students are getting part-time jobs, it has become a significant option to think about in terms of improving college chances while gaining valuable life experience, not to mention a few extra dollars for personal use. While the lack of free time, sacrifice of sleep or sometimes schoolwork may not work for all students, those who are willing to find a balance could reap the benefits. “It is worth (having a job), because you feel very responsible, you almost feel like an adult,” Young said. “(You feel) better prepared for the future. Having job experience at 16 is very good. It matures you; it definitely does.” R


Tanquary said. “I think I do pretty well.” With weeknight and weekend shifts being high in demand for employers and high school students alike, work schedules often conform around school. Young works on the weekends, leaving optimal time to complete school activities during the week. Deciding whether fitting in work is feasible depends on the individual and the workplace. “Some students thrive with a structured schedule and actually do better with time management when they have to stay organized,” Milovich said. “Some students become overwhelmed when there are too many activities to juggle. It’s important to pay attention to stress level and grades when juggling many activities.” However, for students that seek a more rigorous work schedule, Corona offers programs such as DECA and HERO to promote student employment. DECA and HERO students must have jobs, and in return, get to leave school early and take advantage of extra shifts at his or her place of employment.

Corona at work

Junior Kira Tucker Nozomi Aquatic Center Q: Why do like your job? A: It’s fun to help people, be in the sun and know you’re saving lives.

Junior Josh Onwordi Bahama Bucks Q: How do you balance school with work? A: Managing my schedule, always looking a week ahead.

Sophomore Ally Youngdahl Makutu’s Island Q: Why do you like your job? A: I like working with kids and doing parties. R 5

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Life & Times

Student Spotlights The big trend right now is the “glow-up challenge.” People take pictures from their middle school years or freshman year and compare them to what they look like when they’re older. Physical characteristics aren’t the only way a person grows and changes throughout high school. Most of the time people go into high school being one person and come out completely different. Usually no one notices because the changes are subtle and don’t really seem significant. These four freshmen from the class of 2019 are about to go through the next four years of their lives changing and growing into new people. During the next four years their values, involvement in Corona and their dedication to school will be checked up on by the Sunrise Staff. R

“I want to be meeting new people and involved and going to activities. I’m in cheer and Sol Buddies and I plan on staying involved with them.” –Alexis Bell

“I want to be that guy who’s everybody’s friend and no one really hates. I’m involved in football and I’m going to try out for boys volleyball.” –Pryor Barker

Kasey Ruthardt | Staff Writer Photos By Maria Martin

“I’m nervous for a lot of things I guess, like a new school and academics. I want to be a person who helps out and isn’t afraid to be themselves. I want to be doing more to be involved. I want to be more open to trying new things.“ – Kailey Sieczkowski

Advice To Your Future Self “Be nice to everybody.” –Pryor Barker “Don’t get distracted from school because education is the most important thing.” –Hayden Redmond “Keep trying even if you get knocked down.” –Alexis Bell “Good luck.” – Kailey Sieczkowski

“I want to be respectful and just stay on my school work and do my best to get to college. I’m in band, marching band and I do plan on staying involved. I do want to try to work harder and get better grades.” –Hayden Redmond R 7

Life & Times

Students travel to Sister Cities

Over the summer, 7 Corona students had the oppurtunity to travel to foreign countries as a part of Tempe Sister Cities. Check out for more interviews. R

Tanner Kujawa | Online Managing Editor

Zenjiang, China American delegate: Savannah Johnston Chinese delegate: Jiang (Carrie) Yinxie

What is the biggest difference between Tempe and Zanjiang?


Savannah: Almost everything in China was different from Tempe, but the biggest difference for me was the language barrier.


Carrie: The biggest difference is that it is very hot (in Arizona) and that everyone speaks English.Â

What was your favorite/least favorite food that you tried?



Savannah: My least favorite food that I tried was probably jellyfish— the texture got to me. My favorite food was the dumplings, they were so amazing and I basically asked for them at every meal. Carrie: My least favorite was the hummus that we had at Pita Jungle, and my most favorite was all of the meat (hamburger, chicken fingers and tacos).

Can you describe this experience in three words?


Savannah: Bizarre, thought provoking and adventurous.


Carrie: Unusual, memorable and happy.

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Yinxie takes a photo of an old palace in her hometown of Zhenjiang, China (left). Johnston and Yinxie laugh and talk on the last day they spent together in Arizona (top). Johnston poses for a picture in front of the Great Wall of China during her trip (bottom). Photos courtesy of Savannah Johnston

Life & Times Regensburg, Germany American delegate: Jordan Dragon German delegate: Becky Fleischmann

What is the biggest difference between Tempe and Regensburg?


Jordan: Transportation because in Germany, kids couldn’t drive until the age of 18. Public transportation was a huge deal. I had to take many trains and buses in Germany and had to figure it out.


Becky: The people are much more friendly (in Tempe), and the school system is different. The food is amazing (in Tempe).

Can you describe this experience in three words?



What was the most memorable moment of your Tempe Sister Cities experience? A:

A: Dragon and Fleischmann ride the trolley cars while visiting San Francisco, Calif. (top). The girls pose for a photo while in Sequoia National Park in Calif. (bottom). They visit an amusement park in Vienna, Austria and ride a swing ride (right). Photos Courtesy of Jordan Dragon

Jordan: My favorite trip was the Alps trip in Germany. We got to visit Salzburg, Austria, live in a hostel, water raft and go hike the Alps. I also loved the California trip with all of the delegates. It was a really fun group of people and I loved getting to know them.

Jordan: Friendship, busy, amazing (worth going through the hard interviews, that’s for sure). Becky: Friendships, experience, hot.

Becky: When we went to California on the beach trip. It was the best trip because all of the delegates were there together and we really got to know each other. Also, going to San Francisco with Jordan’s family was really fun. R 9

Life & Times

Choir concert to feature classical, jazz music Karly Castro | Staff Writer Corona del Sol choir is back and bringing new music to the auditorium on Sept. 24 and 26. With a set-list ranging from classical music to fun, upbeat songs and everything in between, it is sure to be interesting. There has already been great improvement in the choir group this year. This concert is a great chance to see how this year’s choir program is going to sound. “This year definitely has the potential to be better than last year,” director of the CdS choir program Greg Hebert said. “We have some really strong incoming kids, but we lost some really strong kids, too. I think it’ll be just as good and hopefully better.” There is definitely great potential in the incoming group of freshmen, and some will even receive solos in their first performance on stage as part of Corona’s choir group. “We don’t know (who) yet,” Hebert says about freshmen soloists. “Because when it gets closer to the concert, the students all have an opportunity to audition.” Although choir is a very well-rounded group, they do have their weak points. “I think we have very nice harmonies and we make that work,” said sophomore Kya Devery, second soprano for the encore choir group. “Sticking to the harmonies is harder; we’re not very good at learning our parts and singing them right all the time, but when we get them right it sounds so nice.” “Getting the experience to obtain the skills needed is probably our weakest thing.” Hebert said. “The thing that makes music interesting is that you really have to practice every day if you’re going to get better at it. Whether you play an instrument or you sing, it’s a skill you have to acquire, so every day we work on our sight reading, singing our songs, and improving our technique. Each day we do that, we just start to build on our skills and improve.” The songs performed will be classical music by artists such as Scarlatti, Bennett, di Lasso and Palestrina, but also pop and jazz songs such as, “God Only Knows,” from the Beach Boys, “Assassin,” by John Mayer, and “September,” by Earth, Wind, and Fire. They are expecting sold-out crowds, so be sure to grab your tickets in the bookstore on Sept. 22.R

A Capella choir rehearses for their fall concert. A Capella choir will perform four pieces in the fall show. Photo by Lauren Puffer

Band to perform various folk songs Lauren Puffer | Staff Writer So far this year, CdS marching band has performed at the half-time show of Corona’s first home football game. Their half-time show was a Charlie Chaplin themed extravaganza called the “Sound of Silence.” This month, CdS band will hold their Concert Band performance, which will go along with it’s trend of interesting performances. The performance will include a variety of different kinds of music such as folk that will be sure to take you back in time. “We’re doing a whole variety of music,” band director David Duplessis said. “like variations of ‘Scarborough Fair,’ a piece based on the folk song ‘Chester’ and just a whole lot of pieces that are written for band.” ‘Scarborough Fair’ by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel originated as a folk song in Northern England during the Middle Ages. It is believed that ‘Scarborough Fair’ was written

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about the Black Plague. Additionally, ‘Chester’ by William Billings became popular during the American Revolutionary War. The song was used as anthem to inspire patriotism. The CdS concert band has been practicing hard every weekday and it’s members also rehearse individually on their free time. Rachel Eisinger-Leavitt is a member of the bands’ wind ensemble and plays the flute. “I am most excited about our new music,” EisingerLeavitt said. “I think that the audience will enjoy being able to see all of the different levels of bands that we have, and also the different varieties of music that we play.” Come to the CdS Concert Band performance on Tues. Sept. 29 from 7-8:30 p.m.. The show is free of charge, so come watch some of our most musically talented Aztecs put on a show. R


e-books vs. books

Electronic novels or traditional texts Dion Deguzman | Staff Writer

In 2011, e-readers began to replace traditional print books and took the world by storm. Some e-readers were released before 2011, but once the Nook was released people found out all the benefits of owning an e-reader. Today, e-readers have evolved and now you can get apps on your phone to download the books without having to buy an e-reader. We’re all in love with our electronics, so toss your print books, download an app and welcome to the future. Here’s a little story for your entertainment: I was the kid in sixth grade that brought all my books in my bag and when my friends asked me, “Why is your bag so heavy?” I had to answer, “Because of my books.” Just imagine how much easier life would have been if I had an e-reader or a phone that could store about one thousand books to replace my 15-pound backpack. OK, 15 pounds is pretty exaggerated, but I’m a fragile person. You also can’t forget that you don’t have to worry about driving all the way to the nearest bookstore and hoping to find the book you need. It is a struggle when I have to go through the hassle of calling the bookstore, waiting for them to find it, and then driving all the way down to buy it. Seriously guys, gas is not cheap and effort is something we teenagers don’t have very often. Quick question: Are you an owl? No? I didn’t think so. It is hard to read at night, especially on a road trip. Yes, I understand there is such a thing as lights that clip onto your book, but that also requires a battery and is just one more thing to worry about to pack. E-readers and phones have a backlight that you can actually adjust to your liking. Also, there is a day and night mode that changes the background to black or white to make the book easier to read in sunlight or in the dark. Lastly, e-books save the trees and help the environment. We all love trees and the oxygen they give us. The more books we print, the more trees we’re cutting down. Save the environment while saving yourself from all the negatives that print books may contribute to your life. All together, the invention of the e-reader and e-reader apps is saving this generation. E-books save us time, effort and energy. Turning pages with our hands is so old school right? So apologies Johannes Gutenberg, but your invention of the printing press won’t be needed. Little did you know you can download e-books with a Chandler Library Card for free. Download the 3M Cloud Library App on any device and enjoy your beautiful e-book. R

Kajal Dave | Copy Editor

For centuries, books have been the preferred medium to record information and stories for posterity. Writing in books is as much an art as painting a picture. Today, we use books for learning and entertainment, but their role is being usurped by electronics. As convenient as my phone is for a quick search, I prefer to sit down with a physical book. E-books, as cool as they are, come with limitations. The story only lasts as long as the device’s battery. Once the power runs out, you are cut off from the story. On road trips or in school, I prefer to have a physical book. I don’t have to worry about plugging in with ink and paper. It’s solid and permanent. While some laud the convenience of e-books, I think that they are less so just because they have a time limit. There’s something that’s just comforting about holding a book. You can try to curl up with a cup of tea and a tablet on a rainy day, but in my opinion, it’s not as fun. I’m sentimental. The feeling of paper on my fingertips, and even the smell of a book, is comforting. You don’t get the same effect from a screen. When I’ve tried to read on an iPad, I have to compete with lighting and the glare from a screen. Just holding a tablet or phone to read is awkward, while the weight of a book is familiar. It’s nice to be able to pick up my worn copy of Harry Potter. That’s another thing you can’t get from an e-book. A loved book looks worn and frayed. A loved e-book, on a screen, is just a book. You can’t write notes in the margins or fold down corners to mark a spot. Paper books are more accessible. Your local library contains more novels and texts than the average online collection. I do think the ability to check out e-books is convenient, but there aren’t many books available in that format. More than once I’ve looked to check out an e-book and been disappointed. When I do get an e-book, I find it hard to sit down and read. Staring at a screen for hours on end is painful. I did it once, pulling an all-nighter to read a book the day it came out. My eyes strained, and I probably did some permanent damage. E-books, while new and cutting edge, just can’t beat traditional paper and ink. As innovative as they are, I hope that e-books never replace traditional books. The comfort and convenience I get can’t be replicated by a screen. I have a devotion to traditional books, but what do you think? Vote online at R R 11


The weight around our necks Corona students grow accustomed to new lanyard policy

Most high school rules are obeyed without question. Rules like sit in your assigned seat and don’t go down the up stairs are things we only need to be told once or twice before they become second nature to us. So why is it so hard for us to wear lanyards to school? We’re told by security to get our lanyards out the moment we walk onto campus, but we do it with a sigh and shrug our shoulders as if to say, “I hate this. I’m only putting it on because you’re standing there watching me.” We don’t do this because we see no reason for lanyards, or because it ruins our outfit. We definitely don’t do it because we prefer to break the rules. We dislike having to wear lanyards because the administration merely gave students an email telling us that it was going to be a new policy. We feel as though students should have been more informed about the new rule and why it was being implemented, before it became such an influential part of our daily lives.. In a school with 2,950 students, we know it isn’t easy keeping track of everyone and making sure that we all have the tools we need to succeed. We understand that wearing our lanyards helps security to know who is supposed to be on campus and who is not. However, there are currently no consequences for forgetting to bring our lanyards. We are still admitted onto campus and we’re merely told to remember our lanyards the next day. Many students do not feel obligated to wear lanyards because we are really not affected whether we wear them or not. We are not punished if we forget them and we are not rewarded for bringing them, which ultimately just confuses us about whether the lanyard rule is mandatory. Something that would make us more understanding about the lanyard requirement is if we knew the reason behind it. We don’t mean just a brief answer about safety. We know that the lanyards are supposed to make the school more secure, but we want to know more. We want to know what specifically the lanyards protect against and why they were chosen as the way to tighten school security. Since Corona is where we spend the majority of our time, we want to help make it a safe environment, but we can’t do that unless students are in the know. As students, we deserve to be informed about new rules and policies before they are enforced upon us, if we had been given more time to come to terms with the fact that our lanyards were going to be a permanent part of our daily lives, students would be less upset about wearing them. Still, most of us really don’t mind having to wear lanyards, we just would’ve liked a little bit of notice before the rule became such a big deal. R

65 students responded to a survey about the lanyard policy on These were the results:

64% of students surveyed do not favor the lanyard policy

26% of students surveyed are indifferent toward the lanyard policy

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9% of students surveyed think that the policy is beneficial

Staff Editorial Opinion of the Sunrise Editorial Board


Academic lab fails to meet full potential Kajal Dave | Copy Editor


to read a book. If you don’t have a book, you he addition have to do worksheets. There are no cell phones of AcLab allowed. every week I get the whole cell phone controversy. at Corona sparked Almost all of us in high school have one, yet discussions as soon they present a distraction in class. Some teachers as the rumors got out. outright ban phones; some don’t care if you Some thought it would have them out. However, I think the situation be better than the is different in AcLab. No matter your views on once-a-month AcLab phones in school, you can’t deny that AcLab system we had last is, essentially, free time. There’s no real reason year. Others pointed to ban phones because there’s no lesson to out that AcLab was seen as a waste of time. What interrupt. It might be better to give students the was to prevent it from being an even bigger flop? choice, and we can decide how to use our time. I was cautiously optimistic about the We’re young adults now and should be able weekly AcLab schedule. The sum of opinions to make these decisions. Are we only considered I heard could be summarized as, “The idea, if young adults by the older implemented correctly, is good.” population when it most The idea has not been Instead of AcLab being a suits them? At some point, implemented correctly. students have to take on AcLab, as I see it, should be productive block of time, more responsibility, and a time to get help. For years, it’s been reduced to a that can’t happen if teachers I’ve had to arrange rides and place where you sit and do are holding our hands and schedules so that I could come managing our time for us. after school to make up a test or homework. That’s not too AcLab is already taking attend tutoring. I thought AcLab bad, except that AcLab occurs class time away and putting would be a good way to help out only two periods into the pressure on teachers. There’s the kids who have to take the school day. Most kids won’t a whole new group of kids bus or have other transportation to get to know. Our already issues. It’s a nice block of time have a lot of homework, so that can be used to get help or it’s an adjustment we have to short Wednesdays are cut yet again, which makes for make up work. Instead, AcLab make. awkward classes. In the end, has been made complicated and there’s little to show for the convoluted. Right now, only two difficulty caused. kids can leave class at a time and As it stands, AcLab is a waste of time. a teacher needs to specifically call for you. What Thankfully, it looks like change is on the way. happens if a teacher forgets to call for a student Synergy will be used to keep track of students, or more than two students need help? which means that more than two kids can Instead of AcLab being a productive block leave a class at the time. Security is keeping the of time, it’s been reduced to a place where amount of kids running around low for now, but you sit and do homework. That’s not too bad, eventually more kids will be allowed to travel except that AcLab occurs only two periods from class to class. into the school day. Most kids won’t have a lot AcLab doesn’t have to be a bad thing, but it of homework, so it’s an adjustment we have to does need to change. R make. If you don’t have any work at all, you have R 13


Currently trending...

Birkenstocks Definitely the upscale version of Pali Hawaii sandals, but are they worth the price? Questionable. Sometimes I think of buying Birksenstocks, but I think to myself “why am I going to spend $100 on two small belts attached to a platform made of foam?” Don’t get me wrong, I think they’re super cute, just not $100 cute.

By Staff Writer, Dion Deguzman Photos by Celeste Hayes and Maria Martin

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Bun/Top Knot This trend has evolved to being a unisex hairstyle, the man bun or the half-up, half-down bun. Honestly, I find this trend to look really weird and awkward on certain people. Yet, I look at other people and I actually think it looks really modern and innovative. All I can say is that there’s a time and place to style your hair that way, so choose wisely.

T-shirt Dress It’s hard for me to review this because I don’t wear them, but I take it as having the same feeling as wearing an oversized t-shirt to sleep. And if I could walk around school with that much comfort and not get judged, why not? This trend is one of my favorites; it’s casual, comfy and cute.

Denim Yes, we all know it’s hot and we’re all most likely not wearing jeans to school, but the addition of a denim piece to your outfit can bring it from 0 to 100. On a style scale, denim jackets, vests, shorts, you name it, bring a really laid-back yet sophisticated Americana look that suits just about everyone.

What do you think of this issue’s trends? Want us to review any more trends for the next issue? Tweet us with the hashtag #cdstrends @ cdssunrise and you might see your favorite trend in our next issue. R



“The Visit” joins list of films stripped of quality content to reach larger audiences

Brenna Bochenek | Production Editor We live in an age where cheaply made horror films are released every other week. When I say “cheaply,” I don’t necessarily mean they are skimping on the budget. Even with a budget of only $15,000, Paranormal Activity (2007) set the benchmark for future horror films to be measured against. However, when you waste $5 million making a movie with poor plot lines and an even weaker script, you end up making a movie called The Visit. No, I have not seen the movie, and I have no intention to. This is because I cannot stand films that have no entertainment value beyond what is broadcast in movie trailers. Most horror films today are a way lazy directors capitalize on large groups of movie-going teens who have been enticed by a 45-second movie trailer which has been edited to seem suspenseful and entertaining. This marketing technique throws all of a film’s best moments into the trailer and tricks you into thinking there is more to come. At face value, The Visit fits the bill for one of these mainstream horror films. The trailer features short glimpses at creepy events, not showing you enough to know what is going on, but just enough to get you hooked, so that you want to find out what happens next. The trailers for other horror movies such as The Happening (2008) and Devil (2010) are structured almost identically as the trailer for The Visit. These are two films that I actually have seen, and can attest to their awful storylines and overall sense of confusion about what is going on. Besides their trailers, The Happening, Devil and The Visit all have another major detail in common; they were produced by M. Night Shyamalan. For those who do not know, Shyamalan was the

mastermind behind the amazing film The Sixth Sense (1999), but since then he has produced a string of poorly made horror films that usually have no success after the first weekend they are released. The Visit could be a great film if it had a rating that would allow for the filmmakers to take the horrifying aspects of the film to the next level. With an R rating, this movie would be free to expand on the gory, scream-inducing thrills that we love to see in horror films. The Visit is merely the hollow shell of an entertaining horror film. The inside, containing the compelling plot twists and creative characters, have been scooped out so that this film can have a larger audience. It purposefully is not expanded to its full potential so that teens 13 and up will flock to theatres to see it. The alternative, making an R rated film of high caliber, is not as appealing to some filmmakers because it does not earn them as much money. This is not to say that everyone will find this film as unbearable as I do. Many people will probably genuinely enjoy seeing The Visit. I am just pointing out that teen movie-goers deserve better. Movie industries need to quit cutting the quality parts out of a film that should be R rated and packaging it as a PG-13 movie to get more money. We deserve better. R

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Pressure Point

Students are forced to handle pressure from a variety of sources

Carson Pyatt | Online Editor-in-Chief


ressure has become an essentially omnipresent side effect that comes with being a teenager these days. There are various forms in which pressure presents itself, including but not limited to social, athletic and academic pressure. No matter what you are involved in, who your friends are or which classes you are enrolled in, it seems impossible to escape the suffocating grasp pressure has on teenagers. High school has become the primary spot that young adults feel the need to attain perfection. Students feel that in order to get into college and appear intelligent, one must achieve straight A’s. Society tells teenagers that in order to be successful in sports and win, they must dedicate themselves entirely to practicing and training. In order to fit in and be liked, they must do anything their friends do, whether it be wearing certain clothes or participating in questionable activities. Somehow, young adults are expected to completely have a handle on all of their activities, successfully balance their time commitments and get enough sleep to be at 100 percent again the next day. No matter which types of pressure a student feels, there is a significant problem that must be addressed.

Academic High school academics have become a major source of teenage pressure. Many students feel the need to achieve stellar grades and maintain a 4.0 just to get into college. With universities such as Stanford with rigid acceptance rates of just 5.05 percent according to the Sanford Daily, it’s no secret why students feel the need to achieve perfection in the classroom. Even students who aren’t seeking an elite university are under pressure to get good grades in order to get scholarships to pay for college. Having a high GPA and standardized test scores

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are the most common way of getting scholarships. For example, NAU’s Lumberjack Scholarship awards any applicant with a 3.5 GPA and no C’s free tuition. In a time when college is more expensive than ever, students often need to achieve high success in their classes. “I definitely see students that come in (my office) and talk about wanting to get perfect grades, wanting to get good grades, trying to study as much as they can to get into a good school,” social worker Lauri Pagano said. “There’s a lot of pressure behind that.” It often seems somewhere along the lines school became less of an institution for learning and gaining knowledge and more of a system in which the purpose is to maintain an impeccable grade point average. According to the U.S. News and World Report, the average GPA has risen from 1990 and students often feel the pressure to take more rigorous classes to gain extra rank points and appear more favorable on college applications. “Most of the students that come into Guidance to talk about college are students that want to go to college,” Guidance Counselor Dawn Milovich said. “The pressure a student puts on him or herself may have more to do with securing funding for college or when applying to selective universities.” Many students feel that they must obtain perfect grades to make it easier to apply to colleges. “(Taking higher level classes) looks good on a college resume,” sophomore Ben Quon said. “I feel like I should get straight A’s (in my classes)… I feel pressure to get them.” Students often go to extremes to get good marks, resorting to questionable measures such as cheating to keep up their grades. In a survey done by CdS Sunrise in 2015, 80 percent of students

admitted to cheating in school. While cheating may get a student a temporary good grade, it means nothing in regards to a student’s intelligence and doesn’t allow the student to receive the grade they deserve or learn the material. Students compromise their learning and their grade when they cheat, as the consequences include failing or being dropped from a class. No matter if you are enrolled in regular or honors level classes, there is some degree of pressure for students to succeed. Some feel it more than others, but high school provides some set of expectations students feel they must meet.

Athletic One of the most common places people feel the need to succeed and win is in sports. At the high school level, students are looking to make playoffs, win state and receive college scholarships. Sports take a lot of dedication and require a huge time commitment. Practices typically occur a minimum of five days a week for at least two hours a day. Outside of team practices, individuals are sometimes recommended to do strength training and conditioning, as well as eat a nutritious diet and get an adequate amount of sleep. Sports often require essentially 100 percent dedication, and it proves difficult for teenagers to manage their time with sports. “(There are) a lot of challenges,” senior Izzie Cartagena said. “I have to balance my homework and my friends and it’s really hard to, but I’ve kind of got the hang of it this year now that I’m a senior.” Even as a senior with a verbal commitment to play soccer at San Diego State University, Cartagena still faces high expectations. “Even though I’m committed (to a college) I still have to prove that I can

play at that level,” Cartagena said. “It’s a lot of pressure. I have a lot more pressure now because my college coaches know me and I have to show them what I’m capable of so that when I come in as a freshman I will be strong and ready to go. I need to be 100 percent all the time.” The most common repercussions of being an athlete include physical and mental fatigue. Athletes can suffer injuries on their bodies due to constant practicing or giving maximum effort in games. They can often become sleep deprived due to their time commitment. Student athletes are required to have at least C’s in all their classes, and those hoping for scholarships often are expected to have higher GPA’s. Many student athletes come home straight from practice or late games and do homework for hours, leading to exhaustion and sleep deprivation. Some athletes use this as an excuse to cheat or use foul play and dirty tactics to win. “I feel like when people do (cheat) it’s because they are tired and just don’t care anymore so they give up,” Cartegena said.

Being involved High school offers a multitude of extracurricular activities for students to become involved in. Corona has over 85 clubs, ranging everywhere from National Honors Society to Pokémon. Some clubs offer opportunities for service while others are simply for likeminded people to get together and discuss what common interests they have. While a large population of students are involved in school sponsored activities in one form or another, some students commit themselves to numerous clubs, which prove to be a huge time commitment. Students can feel pressure to attend various clubs meetings, which can conflict with their other clubs. “Students often have difficultly balancing homework and extra curricular

Ben Quon “I feel like I should get straight A’s (in my classes)… I feel pressure to get them.”

activities,” Milovich said. “I think students learn time management skills and how to prioritize efforts when they are busy.” Students also become involved to enhance their college resumes. Along with academics, school involvement ranks high on the list of things colleges look for in an applicant. Teenagers can overcommit themselves to clubs that they believe will show colleges their dedication to being involved and serving others. For this same reason, some students apply for leadership positions in their clubs, providing them with new pressures to better their club and successfully organize and lead many other high school students. This can take up large amounts of time. “Last year I had to put in a lot of time to make the club (Water for All) succeed,” senior Manas Subbaraman said. “Water for All is a very tiny club… so we weren’t really well known…. There’s a lot of pressure trying to make the club succeed so that people actually think of your cause and join. It’s mostly member recruitment that’s a problem.” While being very involved is believed to have certain benefits, many recommend that being dedicated to few clubs is more favorable than being in too many clubs. “We tell students to be involved in activities that are meaningful and that you enjoy,” Milovich said. “These will be authentic experiences that can carry you through your four years of high school. It’s better to be a leader and involved in a couple of things than to belong to many clubs but not contribute much to that activity.” For those that can find time, students can find jobs to earn money and show colleges that they have a strong work ethic. Many students work during the school year, forcing them to balance their schoolwork, clubs, and work schedule.

Izzie Cartegena

“I have a lot more pressure now because my college coaches know me and I have to show them what I’m capable of.”

Being involved often presents pressure to accomplish all of their tasks.

Fitting in The pressure to fit in has existed since the beginning of time, and has seemingly gotten worse as the years have gone on. With the explosion of social media in the past decade, people have been able to be surrounded by their peers on a 24/7 basis, not just at school. Websites such as Facebook and Twitter have allowed teenagers in particular to be constantly in contact with people doing fun and exciting things- hanging out with their friends, visiting new places or buying expensive things. The keeping up with the Jones’ mentality has become even more common than it used to be; teenagers see other people that project themselves to be popular and successful and feel the need to be like them. Students often find a way to fit in by succumbing to peer pressure. “I have (seen peer pressure at the high school level),” school resource officer Amy Gallagher said. “Unfortunately… If students aren’t getting what they need at home, like the love and attention and emotional support, they’re going to come to school to get it instead of coming to school to learn. I feel like with peer pressure, if you are secure in who you are and your decisions… you can’t be pressured into doing things as much. I’ve seen (peer pressure) with drugs, with what people wear, if you look differently than somebody else does, sexual activity… any of that stuff can be influenced by peer pressure.” Teenagers, regardless of their friend group or social standing, will run into a situation involving peer pressure at some point in their high school career.

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Tips to avoid procrastination Katelyn Stys | Managing Editor

their four years in high school, but they have options in dealing with these stresses. Students can consult a trusted adult to discuss their problems; if a student is feeling incredibly overwhelmed and is concerned about their health, they can talk to a counselor or doctor. “I think if a student feels like they are under a lot of pressure and they feel like they are juggling too many things at once, they can go to a trusted teacher or somebody they can confide in, like their guidance counselor or the school social worker just to get things off of their chest,” Pagano said. Pressure exists in essentially every form, and high school students are becoming increasingly prone to these pressures. Whether it be the pressure to succeed in the classroom, on the field or in the social scene, teenagers are susceptible to unhealthy levels of stress due to these high expectations. While pressure seems to be on the rise in school, it is a matter of learning to develop skills and strategies to successfully handle the pressures that burden high school students. R


Make sure your school supplies are organized. Whether you use notebooks, folders or binders, make sure you keep everything in order. Have separate sections for each class and keep handouts and classwork to help you when you are at home.


Keep a planner. Writing down homework assignments at the beginning of each class can help you keep a plan of what you need to complete each night. Write down due dates and test dates to help you be more proactive with school.



Block out distractions. If you like music playing when you work, play some in the background. Otherwise, create a quiet environment. Find something that works for you and stick with it; it will help you be more efficient.

Set your own deadlines. You have a project due in two weeks? Set minor goals for yourself throughout that time. Complete sections every few days to avoid doing the entire project the night before it is due.


Tackle difficult tasks first. If you have multiple homework assignments due, start with the most difficult. Once your longer assignments are completed, everything else will be smooth sailing. Completing the difficult tasks as soon as you begin working will result in less procrastination in the long run.

September Staff Playlist S


Here are our staff picks for some good music to check out this month...

Patricia Stoica

1. “She’s Kinda Hot”

Katelyn Stys

5 Seconds of Summer 2. “Don’t You Go” All Time Low 3. “You Are Mine “ Flight of Ryan 4. “Leavin’” Artist vs. Poet 5. “Fireproof” Against the Current

1. “2 Heads”

Coleman Hale 2. “T-Shirt Weather” Circa Waves 3. “First” Cold War Kids 4. “Tear in My Heart” Twenty One Pilots 5. “Ship to Wreck” Florence + The Machine

Megan Marples


“Clean” Taylor Swift 2. “November” Gabrielle Aplin 3. “Tenerife Sea” Ed Sheeran 4. “Drops of Jupiter” Train 5. “Turning Page” Sleeping At Last

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Local bands exhibit great talent Ozark Pappy

Patricia Stoica | Staff Writer

“Ozark Pappy started late at night in a cold room many years ago. Life was happening before my eyes and I had no choice but to write about what was happening.” That is the introduction given by Jon Cain of Ozark Pappy on its website. He continues on to say, “Entire notebooks were filled and at the time I wasn’t writing for anything in particular. These were just songs used to help me process my surroundings.” Those songs are the kind of songs that ended up being on the bands debut album, titled If Our Boat Begins To Sink.  It is an album of quiet introspection and songs that are all tied together by a similar mood. Listening to If Our Boat Begins To Sink paints an image of singing songs around a campfire in the middle of the night. It’s gloomy without being murky and bold in a quiet way. Ozark Pappy calls itself an indie-folk band. I haven’t really listened to enough folk music to know much about it’s defining qualities, but if Ozark Pappy is playing folk music, then I can really appreciate good folk music. I was first introduced to Ozark Pappy’s music at an open mic night at SoZo Coffeehouse. Like every other artist that night, the band played two songs. I was impressed right off the bat. I was so glad to hear Cain say at the end of the performance that if we’d like, we could come pick up a CD. I was happy to walk over there and ask for a CD. I think I only had $5 on me, but they were happy to give me one anyway. I’m so glad I got it because I’ve listened to it many times since that night. It was well worth the $5. Ozark Pappy’s music is available on iTunes, Amazon Music and Spotify.R

Photo Courtesy of Bears and Airplanes

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Photo Courtesy of Ozark Pappy

Bears and Airplanes

Bears and Airplanes is a group of young musicians, selfdescribed as a “rap band.” They began playing live at a local venue, SoZo Coffeehouse in November. They’re currently working on their debut EP, called “A Life Of Color,” which will include “four or five original songs that take influence from rap, jazz, pop, as well as many other places,” they said in a statement via email. Bears and Airplanes is hoping to get it out in the next two months. The band is made up of Justin Tullis, a freshman at NAU, Garrett Bowers, a freshman at MCC, Pablo Bastidas, also a freshman at NAU and Ian Graham, who’s currently a sophomore at Perry High School. And while they’ve been together only for a short time, their live show is energetic and bright. The first time I saw them at SoZo was at an open mic. Most often, artists will perform with only an acoustic guitar, so full bands that plays at open mic are already set apart.  Bears and Airplanes walked on stage, introduced themselves and began playing. Their main selling point is the rapping: it’s what makes the music interesting. But for a young band they’ve gotten pretty good at their live shows. Even if they’re not 100 percent confident, they’re pretty good at faking it. R

Entertainment “The positive reaction we got... taught us that maybe we are onto something and that we should stay true to what we want to do,” said Bears and Airplanes. After their first open mic, they landed a one hour show at the coffeehouse, and that was the next time I saw them. In that one hour they played some pretty solid original material.  

They believe that “no song is ever fully finished or completely written.” At one point I think lead singer Justin Tullis even did a freestyle. If it was in line with the rest of their lyrics, then it must’ve been a strong freestyle. Their musical influences range from Kendrick Lamar, Vampire Weekend, Incubus and Jason Mraz. Every member

of the band is a part of creating their music, and as long as they stay together I’ll be a fan of Bears and Airplanes. Check them out sometime on SoundCloud or at a show that they’ll probably be playing soon. Their Twitter is the best source to know about upcoming shows (@theBearPlanes). R

Flight of Ryan Back in March, I was lucky enough to be able to attend a four-day music festival called Pot of Gold, held in Tempe. I attended the second and third days and on the third day of the festival I watched one of my favorite bands, Fall Out Boy, headline the festival and put on a great show. After all the confetti had fallen and everyone had walked off stage, I met up with my sister and two of her friends outside the venue. We were sitting on the curb talking about everything we’d seen that day when we were interrupted by a smiling 20-year-old guy. “Hi. I have a band called Flight Of Ryan. Can I give you our CD?” Obviously, I was delighted. I had run out of money hours ago, but I should’ve given him a ten. The CD only had three songs, but I was so impressed. Those three songs were “Technicolor Souls,” “The Twilight,” and “Spellbound,” which turned out to be some of the stronger tracks that ended up on its debut album From Cocoon, released May 1. From Cocoon is a shiny nine-track album, by a band that describes itself as an “electronic, pop-rock” four piece. That is an accurate description, but FOR is also very atmospheric.

Photo Courtesy of Flight of Ryan

Photo Courtesy of Flight of Ryan

What impressed me most was how clean the songs were, without feeling over-produced or like something was being held back. This band was started when Danny Pabst, Mike Amorosi and Anthony Wallacen were juniors at a Chandler High School. They dropped the project after graduating, but picked it back up as freshmen at NAU after finding lead vocalist/ guitarist/ keyboardist Sam Voas. Under that lineup, they’ve finally released an album. From Cocoon has a fresh sound, which is light and airy without being dry and predictable. It might even be groundbreaking. It’s definitely not what I expected from a local band that’s happy to give away its CDs for free. The album is simply wonderful-- it’d be great to put on for a party, or to listen to alone. It’s an amazing album for a debut; it’d be a great release as a 10th album. There is not a single song on the album that I don’t thoroughly enjoy. My favorite song is called “You Are Mine.” Lyrically, it talks about loving the person you’re having an affair with more than the person you should actually be committed to. While I don’t agree with the subject matter, it’s incredibly catchy and the songwriting is brilliant. I give From Cocoon five stars out of five. Flight Of Ryan has definitely earned me as a fan. It’s available for purchase from iTunes, Bandcamp, and NoiseTrade and is also up on Soundcloud and Spotify. R R 21

Entertainment Restaurant Review

China Magic Noodle House Megan Marples | Life & Times Editor China Magic Noodle House offers a variety of Chinese dishes from fried rice to pigs ears. When I arrived late on a Friday night, the restaurant was packed so I ended up sharing a table with another group of people. The menu was easy enough to understand. Appetizers filled up one page and the entrees another. I decided to try one entrée and a few appetizers, which were all reasonably priced well below $10. When it came time to order I chose the teriyaki chicken, fried dumplings, and fried chicken noodles for my entrée. The first item to come out was the teriyaki chicken. Four pieces of tender chicken glazed with teriyaki sauce were skewered

A chef at China Magic Noodle House hand-stretches noodles. This process is able to be viewed by guests through a window at the back of the restaurant. Photo by Megan Marples.

on a stick ready to eat. When I took a bite, the chicken slid off the skewer quite easily and filled my mouth with a savory flavor. Within minutes the chicken was gone. The chicken itself was average, but the sauce made it one of my favorite dishes of the night. After that the fried dumplings arrived. Tucked away inside each doughy morsel was a mixture of pork and spices. A slightly salty dipping sauce was provided to enhance the flavor as well. Without the sauce, the dumplings were slightly bland. Lastly the fried chicken noodles arrived. The dish itself was nothing out of the ordinary except for the noodles themselves. At China Magic Noodle House, they hand stretch all of the noodles. Each strand had a different thickness and texture, which added to the uniqueness of the meal. There was a window at the back of the restaurant where I viewed the complicated process. Another specialty at China Magic Noodle House is its fruit drinks and smoothies. My personal favorite is watermelon juice. The cold drink has a crisp, sweet flavor that pairs with the food quite nicely. After completing the four-course meal, I would recommend this to anyone looking to try Chinese food with a unique twist. The savory sauces and sweet drinks along with a view of the noodle stretching only enhanced my dining experience at China Magic Noodle House. China Magic Noodle House is located at Dobson Park Plaza, 2015 N. Dobson Road #2 in Chandler. R

Recipe: Rangoons Faral Ashraf | Staff Writer Everyone craves that one thing when they come home from a long day at school. It could be something sweet, or something savory. This recipe and the easy dipping sauce that goes with it is an easy way to satisfy those junk food desires!

Ingredients: § 24 wonton wrappers § 1 garlic clove (finely chopped) § 8 ounces softened cream cheese § Olive oil § 4 green onions (finely chopped) § Salt and pepper (to taste)

Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 2. Beat cream cheese, green onions, garlic salt and pepper until well incorporated. 3. Place one teaspoon of mix into center of wonton wrapper. 4. Fold opposite corners over, and place on baking tray fold-side down. 5. Lightly coat with olive oil. 6. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, or until a nice golden color. Periodically check to prevent burning. 7. Enjoy with dipping sauce.

By Megan Marples

Sweet and Sour Sauce

Perfect to dip your rangoons In! Ingredients: § 1 cup white vinegar § 1 cup water


§ 1 cup ketchup § 1 cup sugar

1. Place all ingredients in a saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until sauce thickens. 2. Cool for 5-10 minutes and enjoy.

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Sports Jake’s Take

Prep basketball takes over high school programs Jake Pyatt | Sports Editor With the recent decision of Marvin Bagley III to leave Corona for Hillcrest Prep, I felt heartbroken, despite my suspicions he would leave even before last season started. However, looking past the fact that it will significantly impact Corona’s team’s composition and structure, I believe Bagley is doing the right thing for himself, and I understand his decision. With the basketball talent he has, if he wants to improve, he must play against higher talent. It seems that prep schools have taken over the high school basketball world. All the premier talent is seemingly moving away from the traditional school athletic system and enrolling in private or prep schools, sometimes even moving states to get a more competitive experience. I understand that this is not fair or what high school basketball is about, but it’s just the way it is. Many people don’t like to accept this fact, which is completely reasonable, but in this day and age, society is going to have to find a way to deal with it.  Prep schools are often considered unfair due to their willingness to “cheat the system” through tactics such as recruiting players. I agree that they are often unfair, but we must find a way to accept that this is becoming the norm. High talent is more easily found at a private school designated specifically for a certain sport, where the atmosphere is almost entirely on athletics and competition. Not often do you find the Kyrie Irvings and the Kevin Durants at a public D1 school.

Let’s face it, the Oak Hills, the Findlay Preps and possibly the Hillcrests are the powerhouses of high school hoops. You can almost compare these to traditional basketball colleges. Kids want exposure to coaches who are willing to bring top tier players into their programs. An established and accredited private prep school will get an athlete more attention than a public school in a suburb. It’s the same case once they reach the college level: athletes want to be at a big school with a history of winning. An athlete from Kentucky is more likely to get drafted into the NBA over a player from Dayton. Unfortunately, it seems today that more and more the game isn’t about having fun or trying your best. It’s all about being recognized, and many young athletes will take any opportunity presented to them to achieve their greatest success. Although this is a major change in the world of high school sports, it is rapidly becoming commonplace and society must begin to accept it. R

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Squashing the competition Katelyn Stys | Managing Editor


unior Riya Kalra has found love for a sport that is not played at school through her father, who was always an avid player. Kalra’s father has been playing squash for as long as she can remember. “I would watch him and, if the court next door was open, would mess around and try to hit the ball back and forth against the wall,” Kalra said. As Kalra grew up, she fell in love with the game of squash. She began playing squash seriously about three years ago and began playing in tournaments a year and a half ago. As an avid squash player, when Kalra came to high school, she also joined the badminton team and lettered her freshman and sophomore year. “I really enjoyed playing badminton,” Kalra said. “The whole team atmosphere along with the intense competition made it a lot of fun.” However, when her junior year came around, Kalra decided to focus solely on squash and school. As similar as they may seem, badminton and squash have some serious differences. Squash is played in a court with two people inside and the players take turns hitting the ball until it bounces twice. In badminton the game is played in on an open court with one or two people on each side of the net. In badminton lighter rackets are used to hit a shuttle, whereas in squash the rackets are heavier and round rubber balls are used. In Arizona, there is no junior squash team, so Kalra spent her summer playing alongside highly ranked players on a regional West Coast team. While traveling this summer the team attended a regional tournament at Yale University. “I spent two days with my teammates and coaches competing against other kids from different regions,” Kalra said. There are also no junior tournaments held in Arizona, so Kalra is forced to travel in order to play high competition. She has traveled to Chicago, Seattle, Santa Barbara and Connecticut to play. Kalra is currently in the under 17 (GU17) division. “I plan to work as hard Her highest national ranking to date is 69th in the country. as I can and make as Because there is so much much progress in national travel involved, Kalra trains rankings.” -Riya Kalra several times a week at home. “Training includes ghosting (practicing movements without the ball), fitness drills, matches and solo practice,” Kalra said. Kalra’s father is her coach, and he has been playing competitive squash in the United States for about 10 years. “I grew up playing badminton in Zambia, Africa,” Vivek Kalra said. “I got introduced to squash somewhat accidently and I haven’t looked back since.” In addition to playing in high school, Riya Kalra hopes to continue her love of squash as she ventures into college. There are only about 45 colleges that have collegiate squash and they are mainly on the East Coast, but Kalra plans to put forth a lot of


effort to achieve her goal. “I plan to work as hard as I can and make as much progress in national rankings as I can, since I hope to play at one of these colleges someday,” Riya Kalra said. Along with squash, Riya Kalra has created a non-profit organization. “Soul 4 Squash is an organization dedicated to helping improve the equipment and lives of underprivileged kids in Zambia, Africa, through squash,” Riya Kalra said. Riya Kalra’s parents are both from Zambia, and after visiting multiple times, she realized the kids lack basic equipment they need in order to play. Soul 4 Squash provides kids with gently used, donated equipment. “She was so impressed and touched with the passion underprivileged kids displayed for squash in Zambia even though they played barefeet or with shoes with more holes than soles,” Vivek Kalra said. “She came back to the U.S. on a mission to figure out a way to help them.” The website to find out more information about Soul 4 Squash is “I hope to encourage their love of the sport and recognize the positive influence it has on their lives,” Riya Kalra said. R R 25


Banged up, not broken Isabella Hulsizer | Staff Writer


ithout the return of senior Marin Ridge due to an ACL injury, the badminton team will undergo structural changes. Ridge tore her ACL in June at a GCU basketball tournament. “I didn’t think it was a major injury, even though it hurt to walk on,” Ridge said. “It didn’t get better after a month so I went to physical therapy.” Later on, Marin Ridge found it was a torn ACL, which needed surgery. Ridge is also a three-season athlete, competing in badminton, basketball and track. Sports are a large part of her life. “They said recovery can be six or more months so for sure I’m out of badminton and basketball, but I’m not sure if I’ll be good to go for track,” said Marin Ridge. Colleen Ridge works on her skills during practice after school. Not only Marin and Colleen have been playing badminton since their is the injury freshman year. Photo by Karly Castro affecting Ridge, it is the same hardship for her triplet sister, Colleen Ridge. “I am very sad,” Colleen Ridge said. “I don’t want to focus on Marin because she’s really sad about it too.” The Ridges’ have been doubles partners for the past three years in badminton.

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Colleen Ridge has yet to find “Even though a new doubles partner, but she expects to find her match once (Marin’s injury is) the season progresses. devastating, we “I am excited because I’ll still have to have a get to know everyone better,” Colleen Ridge said. “We have positive outlook.” nine returning players, and lots -Knight of room to grow.” Although Marin Ridge’s absence is being felt by the team, there are a lot of new players and returning players who plan on contributing to the team. “Even though (Marin’s injury is) devastating, we still have to have a positive outlook” Coach Megan Knight said. R

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Shooting for state Nikki Dull | Staff Writer back there one more time before their When people first think of golf, high school career ends,” Salazar said. words like “challenging” and “strategic” Although a few new players have a all probably come to mind. That’s what lack of experience in competitive golf, the senior Bobby Byars loves the most about team has plenty of strengths that will help the sport. Byars has been playing golf since them to improve. With four out of the he was in the seventh grade and plays a big five top players (Byars ranked at No. 2) role on the team at Corona. being seniors, leadership plays a big role in “I get along well with the team and I’m making a successful team. a good team player,” Byars said. “Besides those four seniors, everyone Not only are there new incoming else is going to be a sophomore or a players with lots of potential, but there freshman,” Salazar said. “There’s going to is a new assistant coach as well. Former be a battle for that fifth spot.” Corona del Sol student and player Patrick Even though the saying might be a Carlson has joined and will hopefully help little cliché, the boys golf team really lead the team to a successful season. does believe that practice makes perfect. “When I was a freshman, he was on Despite the excessive heat, the team the golf team as a senior,” Byars said. “We spends a couple hours each day of the also have a lot of new players, a lot more school week practicing different parts of freshmen and sophomores.” the game. Practice is the best and only way It’s no secret that boys golf has been to get better at golf, which is why the team successful over the years and although is really dedicating time and effort to each they did not make state last year, Coach Senior Bobby Byars practices teeing off. team practice. Pete Salazar said this year the team is Boys golf hopes to be successful on their “We practice every day and we usually determined and ready to do whatever it road to a state title. Photo By Maria Martin just go out and play,” Byars said. takes to win the state championship. With It has been a while since the CdS boys golf has claimed a incoming and returning players, it seems like nothing will state title, but the players feel that this is their year. All of the hold back the team from success this season. players are focused and determined to play better. R “These kids are motivated, especially the seniors, to get

Lower leads girls golf Faryal Ashraf | Staff Writer Junior Emma Lower is leading the girls golf team with a positive, confident outlook. The Lady Aztecs are hoping to make state again, as they have the past two years. Lower is currently ranked No. 1 on the team. Lower started playing golf at the age of 3, following in her father’s footsteps. “My dad was always wanting me to play,” Lower said. “So I went with him (to the golf course).” Lower is very fond of her golf team and says that no matter the reason why the girls play golf, they always bring their best game to the course. “Our team is great, and I think just as a team we’re really good, and we’ve got great team dynamic.” Lower said, “Some play very seriously and are also very good with the social aspect.” As for her role on the team, Lower says she is just another player. “I’m just feel like I’m just a part of the team,” Lower said.

Lower has also been allowed to play at Pebble Beach, a prestigious golf course in California where many of the world’s finest golfers have gone to play. This summer, she was also accepted into a tournament in Virginia and one in Minnesota. For her future plans, Lower plans on going to a college in Virginia or Denver. “I want to go to a Division I school, hopefully on a full ride,” Lower said. Lower, who started school a year early, plans on spending an extra year solely practicing golf. “I’m hoping to take a year off after high school and just play lots of golf before college,” Lower said. The girls golf coach, Pat Reed, has been a positive beacon for the girls, motivating and urging them to give nothing but their best. As for her views on Lower, Reed sees great leadership skills and strict focus in her.

“She’s a very good leader, and the thing about her is that she shows by action,” Reed said. According to Reed, Lower has perfected her practicing skill and can easily focus to help improve anything she sets her mind to. “Emma is excellent at practicing, and when she wants to do putting, she will totally be into that for two hours,” Reed said. “She’s mastered her practicing skills and show the team that if you’re prepared for what you’re doing you’ll get success.” Being the No.1 golfer on the team means that Lower is expected to get the lowest score and help drive the team forward as well. “She’s our No. 1 player right now and she’s got to go out there and hopefully have the best score, helping us win as a team.” Reed said. “This year I think that Emma can place top 10 in state and help our team place top 10 again.” R R 27


Balancing cross country and academics Megan Marples | Life & Times Editor


unior Liam Kovatch is looking to leave a mark on Corona’s cross country team this year. As a junior, he is already emerging as a leader for his teammates. One of Kovatch’s goals this season is to inspire incoming underclassmen runners. “Now that I’m an upperclassman, I’m helping to lead the team,” Kovatch said. “I’m hoping to inspire some freshmen to contribute and make sure we create a fun atmosphere.” He had mentors he looked up to in cross country such as Nate Rodriguez, Ryan Normand and Marcus Wheeler and is looking to follow in their footsteps. Kovatch also hopes that others learn from his running mistakes. “Last year I burned out and was “I have a 4.0 in all AP really injured during and honors classes, the season because I ranked top 3 percent in was trying to figure the class and then also out my body and I commit all this time to what I could do,” Kovatch said. “I think running.” -Kovatch this year I’ve kind of pinpointed it, and (I am) passing that on to freshmen and sophomores so they can vicariously live like that and not have to go through what I did.” Even as a top runner on the team, Kovatch is able to thrive academically as well. “I think something unique about me is my combination of academics and athletics,” Kovatch said. “I have a 4.0 in all AP and honors classes, ranked top 3 percent in the class and then also I commit all this time to running.” Along with a rigorous academic schedule, Kovatch runs 65-70 miles per week. As the season continues he minimizes miles but maximizes speed. Coach Pat Smith has high hopes for Kovatch this season. “I’m hoping that he is consistent through the whole year,” Smith said. “He already looks like he’s running really well right now, so hopefully we can keep that going all through the season.” Kovatch’s goal this year is to be top five in state. Smith shares similar thoughts. “Our goal is always to win the state championship and we accomplish that by hard work,” Smith said. “You get a bunch of kids, boys and girls, running a lot during the summer, and that’s where it all starts.” R

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Kovatch runs during practice after school. Kovatch hopes to balance both academics and athletics throughout the school year. Photo by Megan Marples


Arrington dives into swim season Celeste Hayes | Staff Writer Senior Bryce Arrington is ready to dive head first into the pool this swim season. However, Arrington wasn’t always a swimmer. Freshman year, he ran both cross country and track. “I wanted to try something that would make me better for track,” Arrington said about his cross country days. “I didn’t actually think it (cross country) was the sport for me.” Starting sophomore year, Arrington joined Corona’s swim and dive team. “He came to us as a sophomore,” Coach Ron Musgrave said. “He wasn’t really sure how to dive properly and his freestyle and other strokes were not up to par. (He has) drive and interest to get better and to work at it everyday. First one there, last one out of the pool. He would work on things before and after “I want to try Senior Bryce Arrington relaxes poolside between races. Arrington won The Joe Shelleh practice.” award for his character and leadership. Photo by Maria Martin to lead Corona Arrington had his sights set on state championships, to the state The Joe Selleh award honors the athletes who and his effort paid off. demonstrate high character and great leadership. championships.” “My biggest accomplishment This being Arrington’s last season at Corona, Musgrave was probably going to state my -Arrington has just one statement of advice. first year,” Arrington said. “Continue his life as he has, with the same kind of After that, Arrington threw himself into swim, dropping effort and amount of energy he has to achieve his goals,” track and joining a club swim team, called Desert Thunder Musgrave said. Aquatics. Not only did Arrington shine on the Aztec team, Arrington has big plans for the Aztecs. He wants to get but on his club team as well, placing 15th in state for his to state and wants to take his team with him. event, the 100 free. On Corona’s team, he was presented “I want to try to lead Corona to the state championships, with an academic award. maybe not win state, but get them up to second or third “I ended up winning a Joe Selleh award,” Arrington said. place,” Arrington said. R

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Coming to America Jason Park overcomes challenges of moving to a foreign country Jake Pyatt | Sports Editor Moving to a foreign country as a teenager poses many challenges. Learning a new language and embracing a culture can be difficult. Football is a major part of the American culture and, arguably, the most popular sport in the United States. For senior Jason Park, who moved from Korea to the United States in the summer of 2014, it didn’t take long to realize that it was the part of the culture in particular he wanted to embrace. “When I first came here, I couldn’t speak English, so it was really hard to make friends in America,” Park said. “I was trying to make friends by playing sports, and football is the most popular sport in America, so that’s why I started to play.” Park came to the U.S. in hopes of finding more opportunities. “I was born in Texas so I have citizenship,” Park said. “My parents thought that if I go to America it will be more helpful to me because America has more freedom.” Joining the football team last year and playing this year as a kicker has certainly helped make his transition a little easier. “I made many friends and it made me happy,” Park said. Despite the benefits, it has not always been easy to make such a drastic life change.  It is not only a new sport that Park needed to acclimate to, he also had to better his English to understand the typical “I think sometimes norms that teenagers have living in the United there is a barrier. States But he goes (and) “The language is Park stands on the sideline during a game against St. Mary’s. Park is a kicker on the varsity team. duplicates what really different,” Park Photo by Maria Martin said. “We don’t have everyone else is Park. doing and has done any sports (in Korea) like here. We don’t have any clubs. “I think sometimes there is a barrier,” Nenaber said. “But a great job so far.” Korean high school students only he goes (and) duplicates what everyone else is doing and has -Nenaber have to study to go to college. done a great job so far.” Korean high school starts at 7 a.m. Park has not let any of those barriers slow him down by and ends at 11 p.m.” any stretch of the imagination. Head varsity football coach Cory Nenaber acknowledges “His work ethic and watching how he’s been able to fit in that there are challenges, including the language difference, with others (has impressed me),” Nenaber said. R which must somehow be overcome when teaching the game to

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Marcos vs. Corona Rivalry to be tested for first time since infamous incident Isabella Hulsizer | Staff Writer Thirty-eight years ago, Corona del Sol opened it’s doors for the first day of school and most of the students attending Corona were Marcos de Niza transfers. The competition started out friendly but quickly turned into a vicious rivalry. As tensions continued to rise, students from both schools taunted each other during sports games and on a couple occurrences got into fights with each other. Finally on Jan. 31, 2013, all problems rose to a boiling point. Students from both schools congregated outside of Corona after a basketball game and began arguing. Students and one faculty member were pepper sprayed by law enforcement when the crowd of students started getting rowdy. Security guard Cal Kaluzny was the faculty member hit by the pepper spray. “It was very scary; I couldn’t see and it burned my eyes,” Kaluzny said. Corona is scheduled to play Marcos in


football Oct. 23. Many people are curious as to if there will be a conflict at this game because it is the first time Corona and Marcos are going head to head in two and a half years. “I don’t see any heightened security, just heightened awareness,” said Dan Nero, principal of athletics at Corona. Administration does not fear any problems will occur, so the usual amount of security guards will be at the game. “I am the lead security guard, so I will be the first one to jump in if anything happens,” Kaluzny said. Last time Corona played Marcos in basketball, the security team was out in full force. However, it was a basketball game, where students were more compacted together. This upcoming game is a football game, so the large field is thought to be more of a barrier. Many students are looking forward to attending the game in spite of what

happened last time. “I’m really excited for it.” senior Elizabeth Martinez said. “We play against my boyfriend’s school and it’s just going to be a crazy “I don’t game on the field see any and off.” heightened Other students security, just who have attended other schools are heightened also very excited to awareness.” see this rivalry in -Nero action. “I can’t wait to play Marcos since I used to go there and I transferred to the rivalry school,” senior Anika Torres said. “It’ll be nice seeing my friends play from both schools.” This game has been highly anticipated among students, staff, and parents. “We’re very excited about playing the Padres again,” Nero said. R

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Star volleyball player gains national attention Dion Deguzman | Staff Writer

Nuneviller bumps the ball to a teammate in a match on Sept. 3. Nuneviller is regarded as one of the nations top liberos. Photo by Juan Estrada.


his summer, sophomore Brooke Nuneviller made her volleyball debut as a top libero for the class of 2018 in the summer edition of the Volleyball USA Magazine. “I was definitely surprised when I saw my name in the magazine,” Nuneviller said. ”It was a great feeling. I definitely wasn’t expecting it.” As an elite athlete, living up to expectations can be tough, but it can also be humbling.

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“I look at myself as equal,” Nuneviller said. “I don’t see myself better than anyone else, I’m surrounded by great volleyball players every single day.” Being exposed to a sport at a young age, it’s very easy to want to venture out and explore all the other sports that interest you. However, Nuneviller fell in love with the sport of volleyball the first time she stepped onto a court. “I started playing club (volleyball) when I was 7 years old. Both my parents played, and my mom was a club coach,” Nuneviller said, “So when I told her I wanted to play, she let me.” Only being a sophomore and receiving “She the title as a top libero in her age group, volleyball coach Ben Maxfield sees motivates something very special in her. and instills “She believes she will win every time she steps on the court and then she works a lot of to win it,” Maxfield said. “She motivates confidence and instills a lot of confidence in others.” Coaching an elite athlete may seem in others.” difficult, but as long as the player has the -Maxfield right attitude, it’s not as hard as it may seem. “It is always great to have someone recognized on the national level on my court,” Maxfield said. “What’s even better though is that she doesn’t bring a cocky attitude to the court.” An athlete’s attitude is just as essential to her performance. Nuneviller’s attitude as a teammate and friend is well loved on and off the court. Senior Hayden Warnock explains. “When she is playing, she’s never not going 100 percent,” Warnock said. “She’s always working her hardest.” When put in a game situation, athletes focus on the game and focus on winning, but there’s a time where you need to smile and relax. “Brooke is always bubbly, which helps a lot with the mood of the game and outside of volleyball,” sophomore Madi Reum said. “She is fun to be around.” Although Nuneviller is a sophomore, she has been thinking about playing volleyball in college since elementary school. “I’ve wanted to go to Stanford ever since fifth grade,” Nuneviller said. “It’s super tough, but academics and volleyball are pretty much my life.” R

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