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Pulse Magazine Olympic Week

Special Edition

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Exclusive interviews with the four flagbearers who will lead the classes into the opening ceremonies: Jack Baldoni, Kyra Heimann, Lauren Klug, and Jake Buol.

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Meet the Flagbearers

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Lauren Klug Kyra Heimann 1. What sports do you play? I play center in volleyball and mostly midfield in soccer. Soccer is a family thing so it’s really important to me.

1. What sports do you play? I run the mile, the 800 meter, and the 400 meter in track in addition to volleyball and basketball. Being involved in a team is really rewarding.

2. What is your favorite class at CHS? I really like Leadership because it gets you more involved and makes you more aware of what’s going on [at CHS].

2. What is your favorite class at CHS? I really enjoy the atmosphere of the classroom in my AP Statistics class, plus I like math.

3. Who is your hero? My dad because he’s very hard-working and sup portive of my family. 4. What is your favorite thing about yourself? That I’m outgoing because it’s easy for me to talk to people, make friends, and get connected.

3. Who is your hero? My entire family, even my younger siblings. They inspire me to try to be the best I can be. 4. What is your favorite thing about yourself? I am really sincere in everything I do. I’m not going to say something if I don’t mean it.

5. What are you most proud of that you have done? My 4.35 grade point average.

5. What are you most proud of that you have done? Breaking the school track record last year. I had to work really hard for it, it wasn’t handed to me.

6. What does school unity mean to you? I want CHS to be like other schools that have a ton of school spirit. It would be nice if we had something on that level too.

6. What does school unity mean to you? I was born and raised in Colfax and I love the close community here. I think we should keep that relationship strong

7. What are you most looking forward to for Olympic Week? The LARP!

7. What are you most looking forward to for Olympic Week? The Obstacle Course.

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Jake Buol

Jack Baldoni


1. What sports do you play? I play infield in baseball. My dad was really good at baseball so it’s nice to follow in his footsteps. 2. What is your favorite class at CHS? PE Tennis because it was really laid back and tennis is pretty fun to learn. 3. Who is your hero? My dad. He’s really hard-working and supports our family. 4. What is your favorite thing about yourself? How outgoing I am because I’m never awkward in social situations so it’s easy to make friends. 5. What are you most proud of that you have done? Starting on the baseball team as a junior. 6. What does school unity mean to you? You see other schools with a lot of spirit and I would love to see Colfax up to that level. Spirit is really good at all school functions, especially sporting events. 7. What are you most looking forward to for Olympic Week? LARPing for sure.

1. What sports do you play? I swim currently, I’m a 100 flyer. I just got back from the Junior National Meet in Florida. I’m passionate about it.

2. What is your favorite class at CHS? Anatomy with Heimann. I’m really interested in how the body works. 3. Who is your hero? My dad. He works really hard and he’s kind of like my trainer in a way. 4. What is your favorite thing about yourself? I love being an athlete. That’s really what I sur round myself as. 5. What are you most proud of that you have done? Becoming a Division I athlete. 6. What does school unity mean to you? With the support of a community, anything is possible. It makes everything easier 7. What are you most looking forward to for Olympic Week? Seeing the seniors dominate!

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Let the Games Begin A

s in all Olympic Games, the Opening Ceremonies provide an outlet for the host nation to flaunt their national pride to the rest of the world. For the Colfax High School Olympic Week, it is no exception. To start off the week, each class will participate in a march into the gym to the beat of their chosen class anthem. The administration will lead their selected class to a pre-assigned section in the bleachers, where the crowd will cheer on the rest of the students. Presiding over the Opening Ceremonies and the rest of the Games is the Olympic Committee, which will judge the march based on best entrance, flag bearer, most participation, best dressed, and overall spirit. The Olympic Committee will “open the games and the school,” says Wade Wolff, the teacher in charge of arranging these festivities. An assortment of staff throughout the entire school will

Bryan Sykes Editor-in-Chief

Teachers from all subjects will be participating. . . [the games will] shed light on all aspects of Colfax. - Wade Wolff

make up this Committee. Wolff says that the Games will “shed light on all aspects of Colfax,” and during the Opening Ceremonies all of the Performing and Visual Arts Departments will be emphasized. “Teachers from all subjects will be participating,” says Wolff, which gives the message of a school united both in character and in spirit. These Games will not just highlight any particular class’ physical specimens (of which the Senior class

Graphic courtesy of CHS Engineering Department.

Bring honor to your school, and to yourselves

clearly has an advantage in). No, instead these Games will test the limits of each and every participant. In these events, brawn will be as essential as brains and patience in order for a team to prevail. Friendships will be forged and forgotten during this week that will be ripe with competition and valor, and fraught with biting disappointment. Support your teams. Celebrate with your classmates. Revel in the rampant glory that will be sure to permeate the entire campus. Win.

Photo by Emily Zentner

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Performing and Visual Arts Chamber Choir: Each year the Colfax High School Chamber Choir prepares for a national competition that takes place in any number of locations. This year the choir ventured to Anaheim, California where - after performing three collegiate-level choral pieces - they spent two days in Disneyland. The choir received a Gold Award, which protects their 17 year straight Gold award streak. The Chamber Choir, along with Colfax’s Concert Choir, will be performing in their annual Spring concert on the evening of the 22nd of May. Musical Theatre: As May approaches, the Musical Theatre class of CHS prepares for The Trial of Juanita. An original work with the words and lyrics by John Deaderick, the drama teacher and the music by Todd Wilkinson, the music teacher, The Trial of Juanita follows the story of a Mexican woman who must go through an unjust trial as her life hangs in the balance. Racism and the injustices that go along with it are prevalent throughout this ironic take on the dark and shady past of California’s early days as a nation. Art Show: The Art Show is an opportunity for the many talented and artistic students at CHS to showcase their work. On May 20, from 5-7 PM, pieces from the art, photography and ceramics classes will be on display in the Performing Arts Center. This event is free, and all are welcome. During the show, Local Links will be hosting a workshop called Spring Into Art. The purpose of this is to get kids interested in the many arts programs that Colfax has to offer. People will be able to engage in hands-on artistic activities. All proceeds for this event will go to the Art Department. Creative Writing: Marking the third time they have shared the date with the Art Show, Creative Writing will be having their annual Cafe Night on the 20th of May. There will be baked goods to benefit the department, and students will have the chance to read their poetry and stories in front of an audience. Modern Dance: The Modern Dance show will take place on May 29th and 30th at Colfax High. There are about 30 girls in the class this term, and every girl will be in at least 10 dances. Each dance is student-choreographed, and the various styles include hip-hop, jazz, reggae, and contemporary.

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Off to the Races

Photo by: Sara Bush

Four brave students from each class will compete in a horse race around the track


n Tuesday, April 8, 2014, the student body will fill the football stadium, eagerly awaiting the first afternoon event of Olympic Week. In a cloud of fog, 16 silhouettes appear, and the Horse Race will begin. Taking place on the track, two people from each class will run to the start of the 100 yard straightaway where hobby horses will be waiting. Competitors will gallop with pony sticks for 100 yards. At the end of the 100 yard gallop, their partners will be waiting with shopping carts. The partner will push the cart with their teammate around the corner, through obstacles, and finally, make a last dash to the finish line. At the end of the dash two more people will be waiting and will trade off with the cart. They will then complete the same 8 |

course backwards. Then, the competitor in the cart must get out of the cart, pick up the pony stick, and gallop the 100 yard straight away. The first class to get their racer through the finish line will win a gold medal. Each class is responsible for creating and decorating their shopping cart, but their cart must meet the requirements of the event to participate in the race. Each cart must incorporate something that comes up out of their cart that is at least five feet tall, and nothing may protrude from the sides that is any longer than one foot. Before the actual race, there will be a few events to prepare the school and the racers for the race to come. Classes will be shown a flyover the of the race track that will include obstacles and challenges that balance the playing field and force the teams to begin

thinking about how Riley O’Keefe they are planning to Editor attack the course. The teams will be revealed on the Thursday before Olympic Week in order to give the students a chance to figure out who they want to bet their money on. The Math Department, the event sponsor, will be creating a betting book, where students can bet on which team they think will win, with funny money given to them. They will be getting statistics, and odds to simulate a real betting situation. There are three opportunities for classes to win medals in this event. Medals will be awarded for the most creative cart design, the most money won, and for actually winning the race.

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Add To the Mix T he Colfax High Math Department is in the midst of a total evolution in the way things are taught and applied. Math classes are being extended into extracurricular clubs, and the department is trying to move away from the classic math class template of books, worksheets, quizzes, and exams. Math classes here at Colfax are becoming more “project based” to try to find solutions to “real world problems.” Mr. Schwartz has observed that many students who struggle with classroom-based, worksheet academics have found that hands-on, problem-solving engineering is an alternate route for these students to discover their passion for mathematics. The InvenTeam have demonstrated their ingenuity and passion with one of their more recent inventions. Hailey Elias (10), Autumn Turner (11), Alec Cobabe (11), and Tayler Nielsen (11) have created the Fast Forward, an apparatus that attaches to the back of a person’s ski boot that vibrates when a skier gets in the “backseat” or leans back too far while skiing. Elias originally got the idea while at practice for the ski team, where her coach kept having to remind her that she was leaning too far back. Elias said that, “I wished I had something to remind me while I was skiing.” The InvenTeam has been working with the company Quirky to try to get this invention into production. Quirky is a company that lets anyone submit their idea for an invention, and if it passes through their evaluation, the company begins to produce and sell the product. The Fast Forward was evaluated

at the South by Southwest Festival by the Quirky board, along with Bill Nye the Science Guy, General Electric, and Andy Samberg and will be going into production soon. According to the Auburn Journal, Mr. Schwartz, the InvenTeam advisor, says that in years past, Colfax has been the recipient of two 10,000 dollar grants from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but this project has been funded directly through the Sierra College STEM Collaborative, which has provided both money and technology that have made the Fast Forward possible. Working just as hard but on a different avenue, Mr. Hild’s Math Club has been meeting every week to practice for the SAT. These students take a full Mathematics SAT, in order to try to increase their scores. The student with the highest score of the week wins donuts and an iTunes gift card as an incentive. Students are also training and preparing for the National Math Competition, where the top 5,000 students in the country compete to win a $5,000 scholarship. Continuing down the line of academic mathematics, Mr. O’Keefe’s geometry class has been using more technology, and “real world application” in his geometry classes. He says that “Math instruction is shifting to have more practical application.” For example, O’Keefe has geometry students using Chromebooks, iPads, and smart phones, to apply trig into real world situations. Whether those solutions are found through engineering and design, or a trigonometry class, Mathematics here at Colfax are evolving and changing for the better.

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Live Action Role Playing Bailey Bean Editor-In-Chief

More than a game! Bring honor to your guild, and your class


n the land of Live Action Role Play, fantasy encaptures the heart and soul as the passion of the primal battle between people erupts into a frenzy of foam swords. The brothers you have fighting next to you cry out as they are slain and cut down by a Barbarian warrior, adorned with only the finest tunic labled: MADE IN CHINA. This guy is the perfect example of what LARP really is. You do not choose LARP. LARP is in your blood. In all seriousness, LARP is a fun filled way to take out some of that pent up frustration over the fact that you were not born as one of the 300 Spartans, or as an elf in Lord of the Rings. Gearing up in some legitimate looking armor with a sweet Nerf weapon can really put things in perspective as you are caught up in the character’s persona; the person that you should have been born as.

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Colfax Rules of Engagement

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The sole mission and purpose of this journey of foam swords and make believe characters is simple: to slaughter everyone outside of your own class. Despite this simple, lighthearted pleasure, there are setbacks called rules. Forgething thy Holyeth Weaponeth: There are no pre-bought weapons allowed at this skirmish. All weapons must either be home made and approved by the Guild Masters. The esteemed Mr. Wade Wolff, Hunter Crawford (12) and Michael Sunding (12) have been elected to occupy such honorable roles. Materials will be presented by the leadership program in order to cultivate the mightiest of arsenals, in order to gain victory on the battlefield. Shields and armor may also be made, but armor is mostly to impress the maidens. No throwable objects are allowed on this role play, so leave the spellballs and throwing daggers at the castle. Unfortunately, that means that all of those mages attending CHS are out of luck, and need to branch out and further their LARPing expertise. Healers are also an important part of the guild. The healer is allowed to heal anyone within his/her guild. The healing will consist of a ritual and “Pixie Dust”. Whichever guild wins

the medieval fashion show gets a one time protection spell that revives all of the members of their guild. Buildething thy Guildeth: Each guild is allowed a maximum of seven members. All guild members must be fellow classmates in the same class. There is no limit to how many guilds can be in a single class, so the class with the most guilds will have a significant advantage. The Banner Carrier is the pride of the group, holding the crest of their esteemed guild. They are allowed to attack with a one-handed weapon while the flag is equipped. The Warrior is allowed to hold two one-handed weapons, or one twohanded weapon. This class is the “Hack and Slash” type of class. There must be one Healer, five Warriors and one banner carrier. Each guild must forge their own guild crest to exemplify the honor in their group. Students be warned: There will be no mercy on the battlefield. It will be absolute mayhem and carnage that will bring some to the fetal position, rocking back and forth, crying, sucking their thumbs. But we at Colfax will not judge you. This battle will strike fear into most of us.

Photos by Bailey Bean

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The Great Race Stumble, bounce, flip, dance, or crawl your way to the finish line


n Thursday, April 10th, an event shall go down in the archives of Colfax history. An event of majestic proportions: a length of 34 feet, a width of 23 feet, and a height of 14 feet. Yes, the sun shall beat down upon a field of glory - one where both comrades and combatants will be made. The obstacle course: a labyrinth of formidable nylon that only the bravest and most dextrous souls will be able to survive. Courses such as these have long been used to test physical capability, mental toughness and push athletes to their limit. This grueling track will be met with exhilarated smiles and giddy excitement, and never will more fun be had. There are a number of ways someone could approach Thursday’s challenge. First, they could charge at it with a footballer’s mentality. This mentality is similar to that of a herd of stampeding bison: “nothing will get in my way, and if it does, I shall flatten it.” Another popular way will be to skate around the edges, and try to avoid as much contact as possible. The reasoning for this stratagem is that with less things touched, more speed can be gained as the athlete darts between the obstacles. These are only some of the many tactics that will be employed. It is safe to say that the spectators will never cease to be surprised by what the competitors decide to do. Between the hours of seven and eight AM, the course will be available to all interested students. They will be able to inspect and try out the athletes’ racing track by experiencing a run through of what the athletes will be racing later in the day. Give it a try, then cheer on the contestants as they vie for gold.

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Lauren Peevers (9) 1. How do you like to spend your free time? -Listening to rock music and writing short stories. 2. What is your favorite inspirational quote? -The road to hell is paved with adverbs. 3. Who is your role model? -Probably Stephen King for his writing. 4. What extracurricular activity are you most involved in? -Sports, currently tennis. 5. How have you contributed to it? -I play on the varsity team as a freshman.

Annie Bellefontaine (10) 1. How do you like to spend your free time? -With my friends or playing sports. 2. What is your favorite inspirational quote? -Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another. 3. Who is your role model? -My sister. 4. What extracurricular activity are you most involved in? -Soccer and volleyball. 5. How have you contributed to it? -I play middle blocker and digger in volleyball and I’m the captain of the soccer team.

Jake Breeler (11)

Jared Putnam (12)

1. How do you like to spend your free time? -Practicing basketball and hanging out with my friends. 2. What is your favorite inspirational quote? -Do or do not, there is no try. 3. Who is your role model? -[LA Clippers point guard] Chris Paul. 4. What extracurricular activity are you most involved in? -Basketball. 5. How have you contributed to it? -I ’m a point guard which means I have a role of helping to lead the team.

1. How do you like to spend your free time? -I like to play soccer and video games, and eat food. 2. What is your favorite inspirational quote? -Obey the constitution 3. Who is your role model? -My father. 4. What extracurricular activity are you most involved in? -Soccer and Leadership. 5. How have you contributed to it? -In Leadership I run the Tech Commission. I contribute to soccer by bringing speed and agility. Pulse Magazine | 13

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together as one. Olympic Week showcases the way that Colfax provides a unique, comprehensive educational experience that acts as a foundation from which students futures are built upon. Here at Colfax High School we are making a point: that as a united community we are greater than our individual parts and through collaboration amongst peers we are capable of incredible feats. Olympic Week is a chance for Colfax to be set apart from other schools and to show our surrounding community that we are able to overcome diversities and excel. All of the things that individuals and groups have succeeded in have built up to make a whole week’s worth of celebration and recognition for CHS. Putting on this extravaganza might have been spearheaded by Mr. Wolff and leadership, but it has been embraced by the our schools’ passion to bring into being an event that reflects who we are and what we can do, and it will resonate through the community as one of the greatest happenings in school history.



arping, obstacle courses, horse races, and a weeklong celebration, but why? Olympic Week brings many things to the table for a wide variety of students. The number of opportunities and events for each student to get involved are nearly endless in this week long extravaganza. Though this may be the most epic, exciting week of the entire year, the question arises: why are we rewarded with such an enthralling event? This phenomenon is meant to bring the community together as students and staff compete against one another in the variety of events offered throughout the week. Hard work, perseverance and dedication of each student towards their academic careers have been spotlighted. The leadership class has designed a whole week dedicated to spreading spirit all over the campus and recognizing the excellence of Colfax High School and its students. Not only does this week highlight the spirit of each class as a whole, but it also embodies the spirit of friendship, the spirit of fair play, the spirit of solidarity, and the spirit of our small, yet united school coming

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