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We’ve also seen some changes with the journalism class as well. We’ve witnessed the changing from a standard black and white newspaper to a fresh and colorful news-magazine. We’ve seen the installment of a new advisor and the change of class styles that ensued. We’ve seen the change in quality from our first issue to this final one. We’ve watched as novice freshmen and other writers grew and excelled quality of writing and journalistic integrity. We only hope that next year can contiune down the path that we have pioneered and reach new feats in terms of journalistic quality and conceptual magazine design.

Journalism Class of 2010-2011 Thank You!


Wow. It has been quite a semester, we can’t believe the year is half over. We have seen C.O.R.E. put on a breathtaking performance of Peter Pan with exceptional talent and flying. We’ve seen the Varsity Football Team defy odds and take the PVL League Championship Title away from Placer and Bear River. We’ve seen the soccer team defeat Placer with minutes left on the clock. We’ve the freshmen defeat all classes in homecoming float competition and Timmy Smith and Kelcey Joyce rightfully be crowned Homecoming King and Queen. We’ve watched the class of 2014 finally fit in with the high school environment and feel comfortable. We’ve also experienced first hand the entire college application process and some of the joys and disappointments that follow. We’ve seen great changes in Colfax this term, and we’re ready for the next.

Brady Thomas, Michelle Wells, Maira Argenbright, and Alex Hurley were all recently accepted into Cal Poly SLO

Pomp & Antediluviance As the term draws to an end, eight Colfax seniors will be saying good-bye to the campus and receiving their diplomas early. Jenna Allgeier, Luke Eaton, Anna Huckins, Liz Gugan, Nicole Martin, Amber McDonald, Clark Webb and Michaela Wood elected to take their credits and run. According to Martin, in order to graduate early “you just have to have the minimum number of credits for graduation and do your senior project early. You do your English and government classes in the same term.” Graduating early allows students to have the second half of their senior year free. It is an option that only became available af-

Seniors electing to graduate early

ter the advent of the 4x4 schedule at Colfax High. Some students use the extra time to get a head start on their post-secondary education before attending a university, others have different motives. Webb will be touring with his band in the months following his senior year and decided to graduate early to spend that time on the road. Martin and Huckins both plan on taking business classes in the free time. When asked why she chose to graduate early, Martin said, “The real reason is because I’m going to a liberal arts college in the fall and my parents wanted me to take business and life skills courses, so I’ll be able to do that in the spring.” Huckins wishes to take business courses because she aspires to own her own dance

Spencer Hitchcock Copy Editor

studio someday. Though Huckins plans on taking the business courses at Sierra College, Martin intends to go to either Thomas More Liberal Arts College or the Franciscan University of Steubenville, where Sierra College credits are not transferable. Instead, Martin will be attending Placer School for Adults. Martin recommends early graduation “because it gives you a chance to get those things done before you go away.” She also added, “I wouldn’t have graduated if I couldn’t walk with my class.” Huckins recommends graduating early as well, saying, “It’s not as hard as it looks and you’re really not missing out on much at school. I still get to walk with my class and go to grad night.”


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A Holiday Present Come Early Colfax High With the UC and CSU application process havSchool ing finished at the end of students November and the Comgetting into mon Application coming to a close, it may come college as a surprise to many that some students have already received decisions, positive or negative, from certain colleges. While the UC and CSU system does not offer this option, excepting Cal Poly San Louis Obispo, many private schools and most Ivy League schools offer a variation of an “early decision” application. This system offers students an opportunity to apply to a school early and garners receiving acceptance decisions early, and also comes with other benefits: having a greater chance of being accepted to that school and receiving financial aid. However, there is a catch. Most schools that offer this option dictate that this school is the top choice of the student’s selection and therefore cannot apply for any other Early Decision programs and also are “expected” to attend that school upon acceptance. An example of this can be found on Stanford University’s site, stating: Restrictive Early Action at Stanford is a non-binding admission option for students who have completed a thorough college search and know that Stanford is their first choice. Admission decisions are provided by December 15 but admitted students have until May 1 to respond to their offer of admission, enabling students to compare financial aid packages with those from other institutions. An estimated financial aid award is provided at the time of admission to those who apply and who qualify. The application deadline for Restrictive Early Action is November 1 at Midnight (Pacific Time). Programs range regarding Early Decision

from University sponsored programs to non-profit organizations such as QuestBridge, the latter which provides needy students the option of full-ride scholarships upon early application. Early Decision, or Early Action, requires that students notify the campus early, usually by the end of January, as a result of early application.

“ It seems like there is so

much to do in so little time and that the rest of your life – what is to come and who you are to be – are determined in a few fast, stressful months. -Andrew Sindel, 12

“It seems like there is so much to do in so little time and that the rest of your life – what is to come and who you are to be – are determined in a few fast, stressful months,” says senior Andrew Sindel who was a QuestBirdge finalist for CalTech University under QuestBridge’s early decision program. Riley Brian (12) also applied using QuestBridge’s early decision program to notable Ivy League school Yale University and also to the “West Coast Ivy” Stanford University. “QuestBridge’s applications were due September 30th. From there your application is reviewed to see if you become a finalist. Once a finalist, your application is sent to corresponding universities you identified and you are ‘matched’ with only one university, and you receive a full-ride scholarship to that school,” Brian states, explaining the application process. “That is if you are matched at all, and all that precedes the decision is countless months spent in nervousness.”

Grant Gutierrez Copy Editor

Yet, Brian’s nerves were unnecessary, as the senior was granted a full-ride scholarship to Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. This scholarship totals an award of roughly $220,000. Riley is the first Colfax High School student to be accepted to Yale, let alone the first to be granted a full-ride to an Ivy League school. Unfortunately, Sindel was not “matched” under QuestBridge’s early decision program, but was deferred to CalTech’s regular decision pool. But his hopes are high, as his qualification as a finalist gives him a 40% better chance at being accepted under CalTech’s regular decision. And while these are the only two seniors who applied under QuestBridge, other seniors applied for Early Decision. Daniel Graupensperger applied early to Stanford University in Palo Alto, California and his decision is still pending. “It’s exciting. This is a big announcement that could change my future.” Alex Hurley, Brady Thomas, Michelle Wells, and Maira Argenbright, four seniors who applied early to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, in San Louis Obispo, California, were also just recently accepted. Hurley was accepted into the Computer Engineering major and Thomas into Computer Sciences while Wells and Argenbright into Psychology and English. “It really hasn’t set in yet,” exclaims Brian, “it all just seems surreal.” And that attitude is reflected in all the other seniors who have been accepted; a goal they have strived for since they can remember – going to college – has just been achieved. As these seniors get accustomed to the looming, yet exciting idea, of college, all other seniors will not begin receiving acceptance decisions until spring of next year. Until then, as Brian stated, it is only countless months of waiting. November

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Second Term Excitement As the Fall term comes to an end, students are excited for the Spring term

Enthusiasm for the new term is what every one's talking about. New classes, different teachers, and changed prospective; a fresh mix of people to mingle with, and the year more than half way over. Things are about to get interesting! Just as every one is getting in the routine of the first term they’re thrown into the next round of classes. Everything changes and the beauty of a whole new curriculum is ahead of of them. “I'm looking forward to a fresh start of classes, and new group of people in my classes. I’m sad that I only have one term left in high school because I am not ready to graduate yet,” says Jaymee Kirby, (12.) Second term can not only be exciting but it can be stressful crunch-time to get college applications and projects turned in, and

stresses of what to do after high school is on the minds of every senior at Colfax. “Next term I am not looking forward to having Senior Projects because it seems like it will be stressful.” says Kirby. “I can’t believe it’s already the second term of my freshman year! It’s gone by so fast,” Mariah Schnittger (9) exclaimed when asked what her thoughts were on the subject. “There will be new classes I haven't experienced before which is really cool, its like the first day all over again.” Everyone has classes they look forward to, and classes that their dreading. “I am most excited for Spanish because I get to learn a new language and i think it will be fun, and I am not looking forward to P.E. because I heard Alonzo is hard teacher,” Schnittger said.

Life of Olivia Ellis The tragic On November 14th the lost a very special death of a world person. Former ColColfax High fax student Olivia Ellis passed away unexpectSchool edly just a little more Alumna

than a week before her 22nd birthday. During her four years at Colfax High School Ellis was a leader on the softball field and a friend to many. Steffany Dunn said: “She always wanted to know what was going on with people, and she was really energetic and fun to be around.” Her cousin David Campbell said: “She was always cracking jokes and making everyone laugh” Ellis began playing softball around the time that she was three years old, and built a successful career as a pitcher. After graduating from Colfax in 2006 she attended Redlands University. While playing softball at Redlands she led the team to four consecutive Southern California Intercollegiate

Athletic Conference (SCIAC) championships and four NCAA appearances. She is also a four-time All-SCIAC honoree and currently owns six pitching records. Ellis’ tragic death has affected the community greatly. Her memorial was held on November 24th, the day that should have been her 22nd birthday, at Colfax High school. The theater was packed with people who came to pay their respects and mourn the loss of such a remarkable young girl. Photos of Ellis ranging from the time she was born to more recent photos were played in a touching slide show. “The memorial was great. The pastor they had did it perfectly,” said Campbell. After the slide show, attendees moved to the lower softball field where Ellis so often played in her days at Colfax to pay tribute to her memory. There, thirty-three balloons were released to represent her jersey number and yellow rose petals were sprinkled on the pitcher’s mound. A candle light vigil was held on Wednesday, November 17, on

Haley Costanzo Staff Writer

Everyone is looking forward to the secondterm of the 2010 school year, no matter if they are in their first year of high school or their last. It is sure to be a new experience, and the beginning to an end. Briana Castorina holds her schedule for the next term. Photo by: Dylan Howell

Hannah West Staff Writer

the Softball “Field of Dreams” at Redlands University to honor Ellis.

A picture of Olivia Ellis Photo Courtesy: Colfax Record

CORE’s second annual comedy night is coming!

Laughter is the best medicine. And in January, it will be served up in copious amounts at the student-run Comedy Night. This year’s show will feature Danny Cassilagio (10), Chase Coney (12), Spencer Hitchcock (12), and Brannon Lackey (12). Brennan Wilkinson (12) will be the show’s Master-ofCeremonies. The proceeds from the show will go to CHS’ drama program Creators of Riveting Entertainment (CORE), because both Cassilagio and Coney are involved in the program. John Deaderick, the drama teacher, said that he appreciates the donations very much. Coney expressed his excitement for the upcoming show and he hopes that this time around, there will be a larger audience. Last year, the one-night comedy show brought in about 230 people, which generated $800 for CORE. In addition, Coney, Cassilagio, Jack Moran (alumna), and Skyler Souza (11) put on a comedy show in August at the Colfax theater. They made over $2000, and they divided the money to put into their college funds. Coney said, “We’ve shown what we can do with our last two shows. I think we will have a bigger draw this time.” Many students are already talking about the show. Addie Whittet (11) said that she cannot wait for the next show. “All of the guys are funny


Just for Laughs

Talia Panelli Staff Writer

off of the stage, they are bound to be funny in front of a audience.” Oddly enough, most of the comedians in the show are not interested in a future in comedy. Hitchcock has never considered a career in comedy, while Coney has. However, his main aspiration is to go into law. “[Comedy] is an avenue that I want to keep open though, because it’s one of my talents,” Coney said.

We’ve shown what we can do with our last two shows. I think we will have a bigger draw this time. -Chase Coney, 12

Lackey wants to pursue a career in the music industry with the band he is currently in, Living In Foolish Error (L.I.F.E.). Cassilagio was the only exception. He said that he definitely wants a future in comedy or acting, but especially the latter. "It’s always been my dream and that’s something I think I can fulfill,” he said. The entire cast of comedy night is enthusiastic and charismatic. The show will prove to be a hilarious and refreshing event for the student body in the midst of learning the ropes of new classes.

Winter Concert December 15 and 16

Ally Rondoni Staff Writer

The Colfax High School Theater was filled with holiday joy and music on December 15th and 16th during the annual Choir and Band Winter Concert. For seniors this concert is always bittersweet. “This was my 12th concert with the music program,” said Grant Gutierrez (12) “I’ve been in every concert since my freshman year.” Connor Sullivan (12) has also been in choir since his freshman year said: “I’m going to miss it but still, we’re one step closer to tour.” Todd Wilkinson, the band and choir director lends some insight why this concert is so special to seniors and the community saying: “For many people, the Winter Concert helps kick off their Christmas season.” He also said that “it’s a special concert for the alumni too because they get to sing the last song with us.” The stage where the Winter Concert was held on This CHS holiday tradition performed with talented soloDecember 15 and 16. Photo by: Dylan Howell ists, delightful holiday music and plenty of seasonal joy. December

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S Club, or Service Club, is one of the most popular volunteer clubs on campus. Photo by: S Club

are able to join anytime: “Everyone is welcome to come in, we are never limited on potential members.” Marcie Arteaga, the club’s advisor, says that the club is always actively involved with the community and campus. “We are always looking for new ways to help out others and new events. We would like to fill any needs that we can. If any students, staff or community members request our help we do our best to fill the need.” Some of the events that S Club puts together on campus include the three blood drives (the next one dating February 2), Red Ribbon Week, and the senior-staff basketball game. Outside of school the S Club gives trade favors to local hospitals, helps the Salvation Army with bell ringing outside of local grocery stores, and also helps with the soup kitchen at the Sierra Vista Community Center. In the past, S Club has raised money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with the Pennies for Patients Drive which Arteaga says is “on the table right now.”

Benifiting its community as well as its members

Aspen Fairchild Staff Writer

Out of the many clubs offered here at Colfax, there is only one club in particular that helps students get out of their comfort zones and helps them get involved in the community. S Club, otherwise known as Service Club, focuses mainly on community and campus events that are organized solely by students. Riley Brian (12), Noelle Gauldin (12), and Sara Van Rensselaer (12) are the presidents of the club. Van Rensselaer has been a part of S Club for four years now. She joined S club for many reasons. “I really like getting involved with the community. I know a lot of people join the club because it looks really good on college applications, but it does so much more. High school isn’t about doing things just for college but, hey, I’m doing this for myself as well as others,” said Van Rensselear. Currently there are 40 to 50 members in the S Club, 30 of which are active right now. Van Rensselaer says that people

We are always looking for “ new ways to help out others and new events. We would like to fill any needs that we can. -Marcie Arteaga

Bonnie Bellefontaine (9) a member of the S Club said, “I joined the S Club because it looks good on college applications. Also, I wanted to help out the community somehow but not take too much time out of my weekends because of my busy schedule, and S Club did just that.” If you don’t have any other activities going on, check out S Club because you may just find that it’s the perfect fit for you.

S Club boasts over 40 members this year. Here, they are posing to take a picture to send to a child in Africa

Between the Pages Chico, while obtaining my credential in Elementary Education. That job led to a position at the Fairbanks Northstar Public Library media lab in Alaska. We circulated 16 mm film projectors, movies and documentaries on film, Polaroid cameras, Videodisc players, typewriters, and all sorts of equipment that seems antiquated now. When I moved from Alaska, I was employed by Nevada County Library and worked at both the Grass Valley and Helling branches for a total of 15 years. I have been the librarian at Colfax High for almost 11 years” says Parkan. Parkan keeps the library in shape. She checks books in and out, reads book reviews from several sources, compiles and maintains order lists, catalogs and processes books and magazines, creates book displays, keeps track of overdues, stacks the shelves, gives brief orientations of the library to classes, offers assistance to students and staff with research projects, and otherwise performs all the duties a small library requires. The Colfax High library remains an underutilized resource for students Photo by: Dylan Howell


The Colfax High School Library is a noteworReading thy, welcoming place to stop and relax. Joan into the Parkan, the librarian of CHS, is another resource Colfax High to the library and also a great person. “I first worked in the main library at CSU, library

Meg Korf Staff Writer

“Ms. Parkan is a fantastic resource. She really enjoys working with students and is always eager to help them. Whether it's finding a book they would enjoy, finding resources for a paper or project, or in any other way . . . she is a treasure to this school! She is very accommodating to teachers, as well . . . I can always count on her help and support.” says Amy Besler, English teacher at Colfax High School. “Mrs. Parkan is a great librarian. She has put a number of [reading] programs for students to participate in. She is a good resource when I need specific information about a subject. She has ordered materials that teachers have requested to support their classroom curriculum. She has updated the library with much needed resources.” says Principal Rick Spears. “A high school library is a wonderful academic resource, but also a safe, comfortable place for students. Ms. Parkan is very friendly and welcoming and students should always feel that the library is a great place to stop by or spend time.” Besler exclaims.

Ms. Parkan is a fantastic resource. She really enjoys working with students and is always eager to help them. Whether it’s finding a book they would enjoy, finding resources for a paper or project, or in any other way... -Amy Besler

“The library is a place where anyone, regardless of income, social status, race, gender, creed, etc. can walk in and utilize all the resources available to learn, to better themselves, and to get a "leg up", to change life for the better. On campus, the importance of the library is no different. Students who would otherwise have either no access, or limited access, to books, magazines, reference materials and computers, can walk in and check out 5 items at a time for FREE!” said Parkan.

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Zack Schweiger looks up at the ropes course. Photo by: Dylan Howell

The Colfax Ropes Course Taking students to new heights

For around 20 years, the Colfax Ropes Course has been active and unlike any other. According to CHS’s Physical Education teacher Donna Bussinger, “The ropes course is a team building exercise with numerous initiatives.” The ropes course was created for the PE Department as well as providing Colfax with a team building experience. The ropes course has been utilized by many Colfax students as well as those who do not attend CHS, including the Wilderness Institute who joined in partnership with Colfax High School. The ropes course is run by Bussinger with help from the Wilderness Institute. The Wilderness Institute provides maintenance for the course including replacement of staples and ropes. The course consists of four high element challenges, three to four mid-level challenges, and a low level course that has numerous programs. This diversity in obstacles appeals to students and Bussinger said she likes it because it is a “little bit different from traditional sports.” Bussinger continues to run the ropes course with help from four students who approached her with an interest in climbing. Keaton Hild (10) said he has always been interested in climbing since he was little. He said when he was little he “climbed Half-

Kyle Juchau Staff Writer

Dome. You needed ropes to climb it. I really liked it.” Ever since then, Hild has shown a passion for climbing. When asked how often he used the ropes course he replied: “I go up every Monday. I just sit up at 50 feet for about an hour.” Kyle Clayton (10) also showed an interest in the ropes course and said that he, Bussinger, and the others will be helping with the ropes course after winter. Clayton said: “I like climbing. It is fun and it is something else to do.”

“ I go up every Monday. I just

sit up at 50 feet for about an hour. -Keaton Hild, 10

Bussinger usually takes her PE classes up to the course located by auto shop but unfortunately they haven’t been able to use it yet. Other kids and community members are also welcome to use the ropes course. Bussinger says those interested in using the ropes course can contact the Wilderness Institute and they will try and form a group to take to the course. The Colfax Ropes Course has been at Colfax High School for a long time now, providing entertainment for both students and the community.

Colfax students learn to lock up

There have been eighteen reported thefts so far this year on Colfax High School campus. The most common place for thefts to occur is the locker room. There have also been some reports of breaking into and stealing from cars. The advice Officer Mark Weisman, on-campus police officer, has is simple: students should lock their valuables up in their lockers.

“ I advise to not bring valuables

in your car to school, and if you have to make sure to take time to hide them from view. -Nick Ash, 12

Regarding car thefts, students shouldn’t leave items such as purses, cell phones, and iPods out. “I advise to not bring valuables in your car to school, and if you have to make sure to take time to hide them from view,” Nick Ash (12) said, a recent victim of car-theft. Thieves will be even more tempted when they see valuables lying out. Students should also always remember to lock their car doors. Weisman said some

of the reported car thefts the owners left their doors unlocked. For Ash, his car door was locked when the theft of his iPod occurred. When asked about damages to his car, he said, “The thief damaged my driver side door when they were trying to pick my lock.” “I am no longer parking in the upper parking lot because there are no surveillance cameras up there, and I always double check to make sure no valuables are in my car,” Ash stated about the extra precautions he is now taking. If a theft does occur students should immediately report it. They will also have to fill out a theft report. “When I discovered the theft I went to Officer Weisman’s office to report the crime to the school and to the placer county sheriff ’s department,” Ash said. Weisman said, “Sometimes I’ll find kids with a cell phone or iPod and I can connect it.” If a student doesn’t report there is no way for them to know of the theft.

New Year’s Resolution Students share their resolutions for 2011

Statistics from Proactive Change show that 97% of New Year’s resolutions are never followed through; 75% of them make it past the first week of the year, and only 46% make it past the six month mark. Having New Year’s resolution is widely common in many countries. With the United States being one of them, there are many people in our country who set various annual goals for themselves, which they hope to maintain for a whole twelve months or longer.

people look forward “ Many to the new year for a new start on old habits.

-Steffany Dunn, 10

The top New Year’s resolutions include losing weight, spending more time with family, quitting smoking, or getting out of debt. For teenagers the list consists of things that are more focused on them like getting money for a car, staying fit, and working on better grades. What’s your resolution? “To finally read all the Harry Potter books,” said Tori Anderson (11). Sara Davidson (11) said, “To not get a ticket

Jessica Garretson Editor


Theft on Campus

Steffany Dunn Staff Writer

all year.” “My New Year’s resolution is to stop biting my nails,” said Nelly Steinhoff (10). Ali Davies (11) said, “To eat less pizza and ice cream.” “Get a 4.0 in second term and work hard in school,” Brooke Niccoli (11). David Campbell (9) said, “I would want to learn a new language.” “My New Year’s resolution is to study abroad next year and go to either Colorado or the Bahamas,” said Sam Saccomanno (10). Madeline Richards (11) said, “To clean my room more often, be proactive on my homework, and spend more time with friends.” “I will not wear sweats to school a single day next year, and get dressed up every day,” said Haley Wall (11). Ashley Wallington (10) said, “I want to enjoy life more and be more optimistic.” As you can see, there are many different types of goals to set for yourself in the coming year. New Year’s resolutions are a great way to feel good about what you can accomplish. Many people look forward to the new year for a new start on old habits. December

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Teachers Who Moonlight:

Mr. Trombetta Trom doesn’t only plant seeds of knowlege

Spencer Hitchcock Copy Editor

There is a reason why being the teacher’s assistant for Steve Trombetta is the most sought after assistance position on campus by juniors and seniors. Trombetta is widely regarded as one of the premiere mathematical minds at Colfax High School, but after school when he drives to his home in Chicago Park, the second half of his day and his second life begins (after a 10-minute power-nap of course). Trombetta spends two hours every day after school deeply involved with a botanical fascination. “It’s 180 degrees from teaching, it’s quiet, I get to be by myself and it’s physical, so it’s a good balance.” says Trombetta about his agricultural side-job. Though Trombetta has been teaching for years, he did not become a teacher straight out of college. As soon as Trombetta graduated from California State University, Chico he became a farm labor contract, a job that required him to put together groups for harvest. His brother and he did this for eight years. Trombetta began his teaching career when he moved to Ireland to student teach. Though Trombetta has had much history in agriculture, he views his farming today as more of a hobby. “I like hobbies that I can at least break even with, a lot of my friends have very expensive hobbies.” Says Trombetta on his agricultural ventures. 16 years ago Trombetta started farming on a small scale with his wife and they have been doing it ever since. The first years of his operation, Trombetta and his wife grew 3500 tomatoes, 7000 zucchini, and 10 or 15,000 basil plants. They relative success when they sold their crops to Mountain People’s, a large

Mr. Trombetta in class Photo by: Dylan Howell

west coast organic food dispensary. Regardless of the lack of profit, Trombetta’s favorite crops to grow are corn and lambs. The lambs eat the stocks of the corn, and the

There’s not a ton of money in small scale farming, but it’s an honest job. I’d probably make more money if I taught summer school or something, but I wouldn’t be as satisfied. -Steve Trombetta

humans eat the ears and the lambs. Trom says, “I’d call it a symbiotic relationship.” “We’ve made money, definitely, when we did 7000 zucchini plants we made decent money, but it was just so much work.” says Trombetta when asked about the profit motives behind teaching, “There’s not a ton of

money in small scale farming, but it’s an honest job. I’d probably make more money if I taught summer school or something, but I wouldn’t be as satisfied.” Some of Trombetta’s plants have been less successful than others. He believes corn to be the worst commercial crop. “One year we did 400 eggplants. We didn’t have a market for them.” says Trombetta on another unprofitable crop. Though Trombetta has grown for profit before, he has ceased to farm commercially, “Its more satisfying just to give it away. It’s just less pressure that way.” Trombetta says. To people who would like to get into the agricultural business Trombetta says, “Get a real job. A lot of young people are going into small-scale farming, and they’re going to need a lot of land and a lot of capital, they know the agricultural part of it, but they don’t know the business part.”


How Santa became the face of Christmas across the world

On December 24th, children around the world try to contain their excitement. They pour a glass of milk and arrange delicious cookies on a plate. Huge, brilliant smiles stretch across their tiny faces as they look at their decorated Christmas tree. They check that their stockings are hung, and take another look at the presents under tree. Everywhere, little boys and girls climb into bed, and stay awake for more than half the night with anticipation. This traditional routine happens every year because a man from the fourth century named Saint Nicholas. Today, he is honored and remembered by Catholic, Christian, Anglican and Lutheran churches. His reputation for kindness and generosity led to legends of miracles that he performed for the poor and unhappy. Starting in the Middle Ages, devotion to Saint Nicholas became widespread throughout Europe. However,

after the Reformation, only the Dutch continued to follow him. His legend persisted as “Sinterklaas,” the Dutch modification of “Saint Nicholas.” To the English-speaking majority, he became known as Santa Claus. The legend of Santa was joined with old Nordic folktales to create a kind old man who punished bad children and rewarded good children with presents. The Dutch then brought that legend with them to New Amsterdam, now New York, in the 17th century. Although the Dutch were responsible for the idea and name of Santa, others created the image we have of him today. Thomas Nast, a German who immigrated to America in the 1800’s, was the first to depict Santa Claus as a jolly, fat, white-whiskered old man. Nast’s drawings of Santa proved to be most popular, and they are very similar to how the world pictures him now. In 1823, Clement C. Moore wrote ‘A Visit from St. Nicholas’, in which Santa Claus traveled in a red sleigh drawn by eight flying reindeer. The most famous legend of Santa reveals


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Behind the Beard: A History

Talia Panelli Staff Writer

parts of the myth today. A nobleman had three daughters, but because he was poor, they had no chance of getting married. Two nights in a row, Saint Nicholas threw a bag of gold into the window so that the father could afford the weddings. On the third night, the window was closed, so Saint Nicholas went down the chimney to leave the gold. In the morning, the daughters awoke to find the gold in the socks that they had hung above the fire to dry. This legend is the reason why children are told that Santa comes down the chimney, and families hang up stockings on Christmas Eve. The legend spread like a wildfire, reaching all the corners of the world. America latched on to the idea of Santa the strongest. He came to be used in everything from movie plots to Coca-Cola advertisements. He is one of the most famous figures on the entire planet. He is idolized by children everywhere, and he promotes generosity. Santa Claus is undoubtedly the face of Christmas.

Christmas Traditions at CHS It’s that time of the year again. Sleigh bells, Christmas carols, Santa Claus, and eating– they are always part of our celebrations this time of year. But did you know that in different corners of the world, traditions are strikingly different for people who celebrate the traditional American or Christian Christmas time festivities? History books refer to the United States as “the melting pot,” where all nations and their traditions blend together. Indeed, our holiday celebrations would indicate just that. We have carols from England and Australia, as well as trees from Germany. The legendary Santa Claus originated in Scandinavia while his arrival through the chimney to fill stockings is from the Netherlands. His sleigh drawn by reindeer began in Switzerland, and our parades to celebrate this time of year come from Latin traditions. Of course, the traditional feasting is typical for all nations.

We, in turn, have fattened up the jolly old man in the red suit and combined all the traditions until he comes down the chimney on Christmas Eve, leaves gifts and stockings filled with treats and leaves in a sleigh drawn by eight magical reindeer. Although some religions do not celebrate Christmas they celebrate other things such as Hanukkah, a Jewish holiday to commemorate the re-dedication to the holy temple. Kwanzaa, an African holiday celebrating African culture and African history is another celebration that takes place aside from Christmas. Freshman Alexis Wildmen celebrates the Jewish holiday Hanukkah with her family. “We celebrate with the traditional Jewish meal and basically just do what every other Jewish family does for the holiday like, sing songs and exchange presents.” Even students at Colfax have a variety of traditions besides the “normal” Christmas

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routine that they take place in. You might think that Hanukkah or some other rituals only take place in other countries but they in fact take place right here in our hometown. Costa Rica decorates houses with tropical flowers; Britain makes a wish while they make special pudding; Italy does not wait for a fat man in a red suit to come down the chimney but rather a witch named La Befana; Ukraine puts spider webs on their trees thought to bring good luck on Christmas morning; Venezuela closes off roads for roller-skaters, and Norway hides their brooms so mischievous spirits don’t take the out for a joy ride on Christmas eve.These are just some of the many ways around the world they celebrate Christmas. Past traditions from cultures and religions have been handed down, cut back, switched around, and embellished, resulting in a “melting pot” of celebrations. November

A Christmas Tree Photo by: Dylan Howell

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Have Yourself a Very Little Christmas How the world’s most spoiled nation spends its most expensive holiday

A man once said, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Though that man is thought to have been born in September, 2000 years after his death the biggest and most expensive birthday party is thrown in his honor around the world each year on December 25. All of this is much to the dismay of Jimmy Buffett, who was actually born on that day. Celebration on December 25 originated in Ancient Babylon where partying, eating and drinking, and gift giving were integral parts of the feast of the Son of Isis, the Babylonian goddess of nature. These solstice festivities translated into the Roman tradition of Saturnalia, a holiday in honor of Saturn, the god of agri-

culture. In 350 A.D. Pope Julius I declared Christ’s birth would be celebrated on December 25; this move was to force pagans to convert to Christianity. It is estimated that in the United States alone, $450 Billion a year is spent on Christmas. This is all despite countless books, movies, and other forms of media stressing the “true” meaning of Christmas as a day to remember Christ’s message to his followers, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Though all moral highways lead to Christmas being a joining together of friends and family in gift-giving camaraderie, our modern world is much more concerned with our materialistic desires than adornment of those who we say we love.

Spencer Hitchcock Copy Editor

billion we spend yearly “$450 on Christmas, in estimate

could provide food, water and education for the world for 16 years. - Spencer Hitchcock 12

This couldn’t be more true for modern America. Around 75% of Americans identify themselves as Christians yet 96% of Americans celebrate Christmas. Christmas is the prevailing social norm in the United States of America. More people celebrate

the holiday than practice the religion it is specific to, meaning it has sprouted an alternative cultural meaning than how it was originally intended. To put American spending into perspective, the $450 billion we spend yearly on Christmas, in estimate could provide food, water and education for the world for 16 years. The power of money spent is greatly underestimated in the United States. It is sometimes difficult to see what our money supports. Our military spending of $700 billion a year (more than the defense budgets of all other countries combined) could provide food, water and education for the world for 25 years. This Christmas, remember the true cost of your gifts, the sweatshops western children call “the north pole”, and what you’re receiving in comparison to the rest of the world. Instead of asking for material unnecessary objects, ask for only hand-made gifts and give only the same.

Holiday “Staycation” Vacations on movies lead us to believe that to have Families an enjoyable time, a lot of money needs to be spent across the on hotel rooms in a very glamorous location. Howworld are ever, a more realistic idea has changed more and realizing: more families’ ideas of a fun vacation to the idea of an inexpensive way to have a great time. “Staycastaying tions” are vacations spent at home with your family, home can and/or relatives. “I’m staying home with my family this holiday. be just I’m actually looking forward to spending some time as fun as with them,” said Logan Nicholas (9). Nicholas is not traveling taking a “staycation” solely to save money, but to spend crucial and sentimental bonding time with his family in a familiar and “homey” environment. With the economy in America in it’s current state, it is a forced alternative upon those families whose parents have been laid-off. Having to stay home doesn’t mean that it should be less fun then going somewhere for the holidays, but it could be even better, depending on the family’s attitude towards staying home. Staycations are very popular in the United Kingdom, saving money being the main reason for this trend. The British have been recognized this summer for not using the airport as much but staying home, and letting the extra cash to pocket. There are many fun ideas to add to your staycation, such as camping in your backyard, or taking a walk and having a picnic. Staying home doesn’t mean that it has to be indoors, broaden your choic-


The poet Buddy Wakefield once wrote, “Christianity has a hard time workin’ here, / Makes us believe that even when we are alone / Someone is watching us and judging us. / Now we are all narcissists. / We have a habit of giving other people’s gifts to ourselves.”

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es and make it fun for the entire family.

I’m staying home with my family this holiday. I’m actually looking forward to spending some time with them. -Logan Nicholas, 9

“I think it’s a tremendous idea, and it would be very good for the family also,” said Nancy Medeiros, an employee of Mom’s Kitchen in Colfax. So when parents say that instead of traveling to some luxury resort in Las Vegas, and staying home, don’t be put down by the idea, but take advantage of it and have some fun with the family.

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The infamous blue screen of death (BSOD) strikes Editor Alex Bonser 11. The BSOD is a familiar sight among Microsoft customers. Photo by: Daniel Graupensperger

Microsoft Monopoly Closing the window on free enterprise

Of the thousands of public schools across the nation, virtually all have one thing in common: Microsoft Windows. This operating system is a shared experience for millions of students, and affects their computer usage in their post-education lives. Not only does this phenomena force Americans to use inferior products, but it represents an encroachment on competitive business principles and an unnecessary expense for already hurting schools. First of all, what is Microsoft Windows, and how did it come to be on thousands of school computers? Windows is an operating system, meaning that it provides the link between computer programs and the physical hardware they run on. Virtually every American has used it at some point, mainly because the vast majority of per-

sonal computers are sold with the operating program pre-installed. The computers that schools buy are almost invariably Windows computers. When schools seek to upgrade their version of Windows, they buy massive licences on the cheap. While this Microsoft-oriented environment provides basic computer labs to schools, it has inherent flaws. The first and most noticeable problem is that Windows is far from the most functional operating system in existence. The bad reputation it has among geeks is well deserved: Windows suffers from massive compatibility, reliability, and performance issues that wear down the productivity of schools. Worse is the fact that students, by being forced into an environment consisting solely of Windows machines, are trained to see Windows as the only viable operating system for PCs. As adults, they continue to buy Windows computers, sometimes unaware that there

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are other (and often more useful) solutions available. On a larger note, Microsoft’s educational monopoly violates the fundamental principles of American capitalism. By mainly buying Windows computers, the public school system is perpetrating a government-funded monopoly; an institution that, in its complete form, has been ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. While Windows is certainly the most popular operating system, it is only one of hundreds available for desktop computers. One such competitor (and perhaps the best-known) is Apple’s Mac OSX, which can run much of the same programs as Windows and can offer better performance (at the cost of having to buy computers only from Apple). Another practical alternative is the schooloriented Edubuntu, a powerful, though lesser-known Linux distribution, which offers a full feature set and bulk downloads.

By mainly buying “ Windows computers,

the public school system is perpetrating a government-funded monopoly; an institution that, in it’s complete state, has been ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. -Alex Bonser, 11

The need for free enterprise in educational soft ware isn’t only ideological; computers represent an enormous expense for schools

whose funds are drying up each year. Without competition, Microsoft can charge any price they want, and abuse the privilege with a passion. After initial development, each copy of Windows costs almost nothing to produce. Yet Microsoft charges almost $100 dollars per copy. Should other operating systems be considered, Microsoft would be forced to lower their prices competitively. For example, Edubuntu is completely free. It’s distributor, Canonical, makes money on large-scale support and training, which may be a necessary expense for Windows anyway. The arguments for continuing the monopoly are few and far in between. The main advantage of Windows is that it offers support for soft ware that other operating systems lack, like the Adobe Creative Suite. However, the vast majority of student computer users do not use such high-end programs.

Instead, most school computers are used for web browsing and text editing, which can be accomplished through virtually any operating system with a web browser and access to Google Docs. While certainly some computers must run Windows for multimedia and production classes, most school computers do not require such an expensive, inefficient operating system to meet the needs of their users. In short, Microsoft holds over students a vast, immoral, and costly monopoly. The Windows operating system is neither the best nor cost effective choice for an educational computer experience. By introducing variety and competition to their computer labs, schools can ensure the best possible education for our nation’s children.


If schools stop buying only Microsoft products, they can force various soft ware firms to bid against each other and allow taxpayers to get the best possible deal.

tion to their freedom and is an obnoxious inconvenience that teachers use to demonstrate their power over students. Sean Campbell (9) believes that there is too much stipulation on what students can wear: “My hat is part my style. I wear it all the time except when I go to sleep, or when a teacher yells at me to take it off. My hat is like 90% of my head.”

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hat is part my style. “ IMy wear it all the time ex-

cept when I go to sleep, or when a teacher yells at me to take it off. -Sean Cambell, 9

The outdated courstesy at Colfax. Writer Kyle Juchau takes off his hat. Photo by: Dylan Howell

A Tip of the Hat No-hat rule struck down, but still causes controversey

Way back when, in a more formal time, men were obliged to take off their hats. It was common courtesy. A man was even expected to remove his hat when a woman entered the vicinity. For awhile schools kept this courtesy; not as strict as

Kyle Jouchau Staff Writer

taking off your hat when a woman walked in, but enough to be chivalrous. Over time, Colfax’s no-hat rule has dissolved from most classrooms’ etiquette. Ironically, Colfax’s dress code specifically states, “Hats and caps are not to be worn in any building during class time.” There are controversial feelings between those who enforce the rule and those who wish it away. For most kids, the idea that a teacher can make someone take their hat off is a viola-

However, other kids think the rule is just another rule they must follow in order to become more polite. The “no hat” rule is not a demonstration of power. It is mostly a lesson in common courtesy. By teaching kids to get in the habit of taking off their hat, the kids are better prepared to go into life with good manners. Therefore, the abolishing of the “no hat” rule results in kids not learning civility. Sure wearing a hat makes someone look cool, but can’t they go without wearing it for at least two hours at a time? And it’s only during school hours. The “no hat” rule is an important part of a students learning experience in the field of courteousness. November

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Colfax High School’s PE clothes lay in a heap. Photo by: Dylan Howell

Freshmen Forced to Forfeit Feminine Physical Fitness In recent years, freshGirls’ Fitness men athletes at Colfax no longer have had the option of counts for taking the either football PE or Girls Fitcredit

ness PE class, rather than PE9 to both receive credit and have a more advanced workout to help them more in their sports. But this year, athletes must take PE9 for credit, forcing those who want to take a more advanced class to double up on PE. Last year, the rule stood that if a freshmen took Girls Fitness or Football PE, it would count as their PE credit and they did not have to take a regular PE class. Both soccer and basketball player Laurel Robinson (10) took this route last year and found it helpful in her sports. “I got a lot stronger in girls fitness,” she explained, “it was an hour each day dedicated to basic conditioning most sports coaches simply didn’t have time for. I don’t think that freshmen should have to take both (PE classes). Girls fitness alone would help them more, and all of the PE

quirements necessary were covered. I don’t understand why now they have to take both. It really seems like an overload.” Alaina Meyers (9), a soccer player, also agrees that this new rule is pointless. “They shouldn’t have to take both.” she said, “If anything, these are more advanced classes than PE9 and it doesn’t make sense to make it not count them the same way.” PE9 is more geared towards boys. It is primarily taught by male teachers and the workouts are meant more for male athletes. For example, a sport frequently played is football which is not exactly going to help a female volleyball player during her season. Focusing on boys and their needs while taking away the credit from Girls Fitness is not only sexist, but possibly detrimental to female athletes. Also, male athletes that are playing football need the extended practice like JV and Varsity. PE9 wouldn’t give them a sufficient workout while taking both would be too much. Many athletes like having PE classes year round. They want and need a classes like these that will directly help them

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in their sports, not a program where the initial purpose is to provide basic PE credit without challenging the students. Besides simply helping in sports, many students will take two terms of PE their freshmen year to get all of their PE credit done for the rest of their high school career. Now that Girls fitness doesn’t count as credit for freshmen, they are unable to do this. After freshmen year, many students’ schedules may get a lot more stressful and may find it difficult to fit a PE in their sophomore or junior year. While something as minuscule as a PE class may seem unimportant, this irrational change in rules has affected many freshmen this year, and may negatively affect the fitness of athletes. It can affect the student’s future schedules regarding PE credits and may force more serious athletes to overload on PE classes. This recent rule is only creating double the work for freshmen, without any benefit, it’s time for freshmen affected by this rule to start changing things and voice the fact that they actually care and are willing to do something about it.


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Lead in Reusable Bags What was originally made to help the environment is now a potential health risk to users. Scientists have recently found that reusable grocery bags have a high amount of lead hidden in the paint that covers some of the surfaces of the bags. Over time, this paint can flake off and dust itself onto the items in your grocery bag. Medical and dietary professionals say that if ingested over time the lead can cause serious effects to your kidney’s and/or immune system; it can also cause birth defects to unborn children if the lead is consumed by their mother. In more short term cases, doctors say lead can also be the cause of non life-threatening symptoms like abdominal pain, irritability and sleeplessness. "Lead, when it gets into your system, takes years to accumulate to have harmful effects, and these bags are relatively new. So, if we can get rid of the lead in these bags now the danger to people is negligible or nonexistent," said Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY). Most super markets like Publix and WalMart are opening the option to their shoppers to return their reusable grocery bags for a full refund, or exchange them for different types of bags with significantly less amounts of lead. “I think it is very unfortunate that there is lead in those bags,” said Suzanna Johnson, chemistry and AP environmental science teacher at Colfax High School. “People will get discouraged and will feel obligated to go back to plastic and paper bags because of the chemicals found in the reusable bags.” However, there are bags that contain very little or no lead at all. It is more common that the bags with brightly colored designs on the sides have much higher amounts of lead than those with very little writing. Next year’s federal limits for children’s products with lead is fewer than 90 parts per million; and after rounds of testing scientists have

“Reusable” posing a heavy hazard.

shown that some bags sold at local grocery stores contain lead up to 194 parts per million. But since these bags aren’t qualified children’s products, this bag is within the national code of 300 parts per million ac-

If we can get rid of the “lead in these bags now

the danger to people is negligible or nonexistent.

- Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY)

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cording to the Consumer Products Safety Commission. “I hope that people realize that not all bags contain these huge amounts of lead,” said Johnson. “I will continue to use my reusable bags because they aren’t the type with a bunch of lead in them. And I hope other people with do the same.” These bags still are a major improvement towards helping our environment, and the use of them should continue.

An example of a lead-free reusable bag offered by Save Mart. Photo by: Dylan Howell


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Athletes of the Issue

Nicola Lorang discusses her enthusiasm for alpine skiing

Q: What got you involved in skiing, how long have you been skiing for? A: I started skiing when I was two years old. I started so young because I used to live next to a ski resort and my brother and dad would go skiing and I would tag along.

Q: What are your goals for the rest of the season? A: My goal for the rest of the season is to come in at the top three at states. Q: Who are your sports role models? A: My role models are my brother and Coach Luke. My brother is my role model because he has been able to go further than he ever thought he could. Coach Luke is my role model because, he has been pushing me to strive for my goals.

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Kai Lewis Staff Writer

Q: Do you have any pre-game rituals, if so what are they? A: My pre-game rituals consist of stretching all of the important muscle groups, and when I finish I meditate to get my head prepared for the competition.

Q: Do you practice or play on a sports team outside of school? A: Yes, I practice on the weekends; I usually practice at Sugar Bowl, Boreal, and sometimes at Alpine. Q: About how long do you spend practicing per day or whenever you get the time? A: I am usually out practicing from 7 am until 3 pm. Q: Are there any close family or friends that got you involved in skiing? A: My brother and father were the ones that got me involved in skiing. My brother and father got me involved because they would always go to the ski resort near where we lived at and would bring me along.

Nicola Lorang (right) and team-mate Stephanie Scott (left) enjoy an awesome day of ski racing on Northstar. Photo Courtesy: Nicola Lorang

Austin Oberg performs a lay up during practice. Oberg looks to his last high school season as an opportunity to improve his game. Photo By: Dylan Howell

Austin Oberg reflects on his love for basketball


Kai Lewis Staff Writer

Q: What got you into basketball, and how long have you been playing for? A: My parents got me involved in basketball by buying me a mini hoop when I just started to walk.

Q: What are your goals for the remainder of the season? A: For the remainder of the season, I hope to win league, make it to section championships, and then come out victorious. Q: Who are your sport role models? A: My role models for basketball are Chris Paul and Kobe. Chris Paul has been my role model since forever, and Kobe is my role model because he has been able to go so far in basketball. Q: Do you have any pre-game rituals, if so what are they? A: My pre-game ritual is listening to “I Can’t be Touched” by Roy Jones Jr. I listen to this song because it gets me amped up and prepared for the game. Q: What are your post high school goals for basketball? A: My post High School goals for basketball are playing at a four year college and hopefully continuing after college. Q: Do you play and practice on a team outside of school? A: I play on an AAU traveling team. Our team’s name is Cal Elite. The team has been together for many years now. Q: About how long do you practice every day? A: I am usually out practicing for about two to three hours every day to keep up my skills and stay in shape. Q: Are there any close family or friends that got you into basketball? A: My parents are what got me into basketball, they started when I was very young and continue to cheer for me at my games.


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December 17th, 2010 Issue 6

Staff: Bailey Bean Briana Castorina Haley Walker Costanzo Steffany Dunn Aspen Fairchild Kyle Juchau Stefanie Kitschke Megan Korf Kai Lewis Raegan Lillie Kylie Morrill Maddie Newman Heather Overdevest Ryan Owens Greg Painter Talia Panelli Ally Rondoni Hannah West

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Editors-in-chief: Daniel Graupensperger Dylan Laidlaw Editors: Alex Bonser (Opinion) Jessica Garretson (News) Grant Gutierrez (Copy) Spencer Hitchcock (Copy) Dylan Howell (Photo) Alex Hurley (Web) Kelcey Joyce (Arts) Michelle Read (Business) Gary Root (Sports) Zack Schweiger (Feature) Andrew Sindel (Copy) Advisor: Mrs. Page

Madeline Richards (11) starts off the race during last season. The Nordic team hopes to overcome many difficulties and obstacles this year. Photo Courtesy: Yearbook


Nordic Difficulties Twenty-two memThe rising bers were lost over the challenges last six years for Colfax of our cross- High School’s Nordic Ski team, falling from country skiing team 39 members in 2003 to

only seven in 2009. This year the team is trying to procure new athletes due to a mixture of the poor economy and the scary, up-front sport price. Practices along with meets have been difficult in the past. This year, only two schools in our area have cross-country skiing teams: Colfax and Nevada Union. Both schools drive up to practice at Auburn Ski Club located next to Boreal from two to three times a week. During January and February, the two teams have regular meets all over the map almost every week.

Unlike basketball, football, and many other popular sports, cross-country skiing depends more on the weather. The team obviously cannot start skiing until there is snow and does dry-land training in preparation for the season. When there is snow it comes with a mixture of traffic up to the summit due to chain-control with the possibility of the road being shut down. “When there is a Winter Storm Warning posted on the National Weather Service, we are not allowed to drive up Interstate 80,” said Douglas Thorley, Colfax High School Nordic Instructor. “Although the winter-sports packet shows an initial price of 500 dollars, the real price for each athlete on the team falls somewhere around 350 dollars at maximum,” said Thorley. “The more students that join the team the lower the price falls per athlete.” Thor-

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ley also emphasized that skiers who want to try out the sport do not have to buy their own equipment as the team still has a large surplus of skiing equipment from when the team was 39 athletes strong. This year’s team has been fortunate so far. With eight official cross-country skiers on the team so far and snow already up on the mountains, the only thing the team hopes for now is that more students will become interested in cross-country skiing. Half of the team is composed of seniors which means the team will be cut in half unless it gets more recruits. More students trying out cross-country skiing not only means that everybody can pay less, but it ensures the survival of the Nordic team.


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Guys Dolls and

Musical theatre class: chaos set to music.

Alli Rondoni Staff Writer

“Chaos, mayhem, bloodletting, and other misdemeanors,” is what John Deaderick predicts an average day will be like in the new musical theatre class that he and Todd Wilkinson are co-teaching next term. This 4th block class will consist of musicians, singers, dancers, technical crew, and actors and totals to around 70 kids. The class will be working and putting on the classic show “Guys and Dolls” which will be performed May 7th, 11th, 12th and 13th. “Todd and I have a lot of mutual respect,” said Deaderick, “I know that this will be a new challenge for us, but it will be exciting.” Wilkinson is equally enthusiastic saying, “I am most excited to have the opportunity to work with Mr. Deaderick. I’ve always been impressed by his shows.” “Guys and Dolls” is a classic Broadway play set in the 1940’s, centered around fast talking gamblers in New York. There is love, singing, gambling, and salvation. “It’s really good theatre, I’ve directed this show before and it’s just a fun show,” said Deaderick. Wilkinson agrees, “We really wanted to do a standard this time.” Several students have also expressed their enthusiasm with the show choice. Addie Whittet (11) said,

Photo by: Timmy Smith CHS Dance Crew performs at the champoinship dodgeball rally.

“It’s going to be so amazing doing a really classic Broadway musical. There is really a pressure to live up to the audience’s expectations with such a well known show though.” There was a great amount of interest when it was announced that CHS would be offering the musical theatre class and students quickly signed up. Deaderick calls the 70 student class size “daunting” but he knows the process will be gratifying. Wilkinson agrees saying, “The size of the class is going to be most challenging.” Students are also concerned with the challenges of the class. Chase Coney (12) said that “this class is a mix. People who are great actors and great singers may be too focused on their own talents and not learning the other components.” Chase also said that he is excited to “add in the challenging musical element to his acting. You learn best when you are out of your comfort zone.” Musical theatre will be a demanding elective filled with “chaos”, but perhaps the gratifying process will make all the “bloodletting” worth it to the musical theatre class pioneers.

Colfax Dance Crew Meg Korf Staff Writer

Placer High School recently took a beat down in a heated dance-off against our own CHS Dance Crew. Lights shone on the crew; after three weeks of dedication and hard work they stole the winning trophy from Placer and brought it back home. The competition took place at the local dance studio Pamelot. Kaity Morrill, (11), member of the dance club said, “We practiced every morning from seven to the start of school and everyday at lunch.” Morrill also said, “We were hoping to not place last, we had no idea we’d win. We are improving constantly.” The dance performed at the competition consisted of a twelve woman-crew and Brittany Spears remix, reflecting a very modern “hip-hop” style. Not only does the student-led club preform at local competitions but they have and will also perform at rallies and basketball games. Morrill recommends this club to “anyone who loves to dance but also can commit to practices because we take it seriously.”

Other Trends

Kelcey Joyce Editor

Every year, new styles are developed and widely recognized. Whether they are in fashion, music, or language, it is notably found that trends are set and followed constantly. Many people around the world will follow the same trends, like men wearing pants that are much too tight for their stature, or “The Hangover” fans forever changing the pronunciation of the word “retard.” However, some trends students see everyday are unique to Colfax, representing a special breed of falcon. First, if one watches diligently, a large portion of freshman students gather in the grass around the quad during lunch. While eating their lunch, they will all sit or lay on the grass, using backpacks as pillows and lounging around the trees. Then, ten to twenty minutes into the period, they will unanimously stand and begin mingling with other freshman. To see this happen is a monumental sight, because not one word is spoken to announce the event. All at once, the entire group rises as if nothing has happened. It is difficult to predict what prompts this occurrence; perhaps the odd “must eat at the picnic tables” rule at Weimar Hills School creates a time barrier where the naïve freshman believe they must be sitting and eating, or maybe they are all telepathic. Either way, this abnormal eating habit is undoubtedly a trend amongst freshman at CHS. Another notable trend, though probably found outside of Colfax as well, is the need to shorten sometimes lengthy words. Words like “totally” and “obvious” will be

How Colfax Falcons flock together.


Birds of a Feather

• Hacky sack • Sporadically coming to school in an attire consisting of bright tank tops often reading “Tapout” as well as board shorts, sneaks, midcalf length socks, and sideways dome caps • Wearing tall tees on Tuesdays • Crushing on K-Stow and Heimann’s calves • Brady Thomas • Senior boys creeping on underclassmen girls. Main culprits: Grant Gutierrez and Adam McCord • Senior girls creeping on underclassmen boys. Main culprits: Holly Nann and Jaymee Kirby • “Smart” phones • Foohbaahh… get some • Not being able to dance • Angering the administration with short shorts and sunflower seeds • Finding backdoors on facebook

cut to “totes mcgotes” and “obvi”, due to teenagers’ laziness, or perhaps their complete lack of enthusiasm for vocabulary building. The most commonly used shortened word has come to be “legit” derived from the word “legitimate;” however, both have very different meanings. Legit can be used to describe something awesome or really cool, while legitimate would mean real or lawful. This word is frequently utilized by those who are called “bros” referred to in an earlier issue. Lastly, one trend unique to a specific group within Colfax is the cheerleaders’ inability to give hugs on game days. Whenever they are in uniform, they are forbidden from giving hugs to anyone for the entire day. The reasoning behind this trend is unknown due to the secrecy behind the tradition, and it is unknown whether or not this tradition is prevalent throughout other cheerleading communities, but it is definitely prominent here at Colfax. While trends come and go, there will always be heart and soul flowing through the green vein-like hallways of Colfax High School!


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Connor Sullivan: Artist of the Issue This month’s Artist of the Issue expresses himself through music.

Passion and practicality rarely seem to fall hand in hand. Yet Colfax High School senior, Connor Sullivan, has a specific plan to translate his aspirations into a career and is connected to success stories that affirm that he can make a name for himself in the music industry. Connor Sullivan first discovered his love for music when he was young. “I actually started singing about ten years ago,” said Sullivan. “You know, just small stuff like church choir.” Years later, he decided that he would dedicate himself to music, and by exploring his newfound passion in depth, he was drawn to the guitar, which he has played for four years. “You know, I’ve always been interested but I never really engaged in all the aspects of it until like, let’s say about five years ago, in eighth grade,” explained Sullivan. “Yeah, there was a time where I kinda just layed it down and I wasn’t as interested in finding out different things. But, it came back to me, and I wanted to pick it up again.” By the end of this year, Sullivan will have participated in the Colfax High School Chamber Choir for all four years of his high school career. Sullivan reflected that his experiences in chamber choir broadened his horizons and triggered his asphyxiation with music. “It really opens up new doors, and it’s just interesting to study the music, and just the history on why it was written and what was written,” said Sullivan. “Which is what Mr. Wilkinson (Colfax High School’s choir and band director) focuses on.” He also said that working with fellow students helped drive his interest and motivated him because, ”there’s very little high school students that are interested in just the choral music.” Sullivan is also currently in a band with three other Colfax High School seniors. Their name is The Royal Nonesuch and also features Spencer Hitchcock (12) as lead guitar and back-up vocals, Jake Hoffart (12) on the bass, and Brady

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Thomas (12) on the drums. Sullivan is the band’s lead vocalist and plays rhythm guitar. He writes the music while Hitchcock is the main lyricist. Sullivan described their sound as a mix of genres. “We’re very blues oriented, as well as rock,” said Sullivan. “We have that indie-ish side, I guess you could say. As well as some jazz, you gotta put jazz in there.” Sullivan’s jazz influence can be traced to his uncle, Michael Franks, a professional jazz musician. Franks has released twenty successful albums between 1973 and 2006. His songs have been recorded by The Manhattan Transfer, Patti Labelle, Carmen McRae, Diana Krall, Shirley Bassey and The Carpenters. In the summer after he graduates, Sullivan will be attending the Los Angeles Academy of Music in Pasadena, a reputable music college whose success stories include alumnus Ryan Lacey, drummer for Gaelic Storm. Following his education, Sullivan plans to obtain a career in the music industry “Playing live, that is my main interest : to play live, to tour, to live that dream, but also to record and to learn all the different aspects, ways of recording and in-depth into that,” said Sullivan. Until then, Sullivan is content with the satisfaction he experiences by expressing himself. “It’s all about realizing what your passion is, I mean, what makes you feel good, makes you who you truly are,” said Sullivan. “I find myself the most in music.”

Sullivan is currently recording a demo album through the multimedia class and the school studio. The album will feature original work as well as cover songs of popular artists such as John Mayer. Sullivan has also been doing studio work with his band The Royal Nonesuch who will be playing at Sierra Nevada Coffee Roasters in Nevada City on December 17.


“ “It’s all about realizing what

your passion is, I mean, what makes you feel good, makes you who you truly are . . . I find myself the most in music.” -Connor Sullivan (12)


Pulse Magazine


December 17, 2010  

A Publication of the Falcon Free Press

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