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Creek Reflects on Tenth Anniversary of 9/11/01 By Ashley Farmer


Ten years ago our way of life and sense of security went up in the smoke of the twin towers, burned down in the flames that engulfed the four passenger jets in the hands of the terrorists, and died along with the nearly people that lost their lives in the attacks. Instead of letting our world spin out of control, Americans banded together to rebuild the infrastructure, the economy, and the soul of their country. On September 11, 2001, 19 al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four different planes. Two of the planes were flown into the World Trade Center twin towers in New York City. Another hit the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The fourth plane, headed towards the White House, crashed in a wooded area in Pennsylvania after a struggle between the hijackers and the brave passengers. The nation watched silently and helplessly as planes full of people crashed to the ground and buildings crumbled into giant heaps of rubble.   On October 16th of 2001, the Clear Creek HiLife published their first 9/11 story, written by Chris Kirkham and Lauren DeFrank. The story featured Creek Alumni and told of their experiences of the event just a month earlier.   “The terrorist attacks of September 11 hit the core of our nation, abusing the very freedoms that we have known for all out lives. Every person in our community has been affected in some way, and it is this imperative that we are trying to get across

in this story.” Fui Chiang, Creek class of 2001 was a student at New York University who witnessed much of the destruction. Mark Jensen, Hilife sports editor and Creek

greatly affected our lives. They have prompted the authorization by President Bush for a partial mobilization of armed forces. More than 20,000 reservists and National Guard members have been called

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class of 1986, was living in New York City at the time. Dan Kammer, brother of Mrs. Jeanne Kregel, was at a family reunion in Washington. Each of these people had a unique story to Photo share. The story ended with an update on the state of the nation.   “As these individual accounts have illustrated, the assaults on America have

to active duty. More will follow. The Bush administration is almost completely convinced that Osama bin Laden was behind the terrorist attacks. We are currently involved in air raids on the Taliban in Afghanistan. Anthrax is in the mail and our lives are forever changed.”      Today, we find ourselves in a very different situation, but with many of the

same fears and emotions. The leadership in the country has shifted. The war in Middle East has faded to the background and been replaced by debates over healthcare and debt ceilings. Bin Laden has been found and killed by the highly skilled Seal Team Six. Terrorist plots are uncovered and terrorist leaders are taken down. Ten years later, however, we have not forgotten the impact 9/11 has had on the lives of people across the county. In order to commemorate those who lost their lives and celebrate the restoration of a nation, the 9/11 memorial will be unveiled on September 11, 2011. The memorial will feature two large waterfalls and a marble slab with the names of almost 3,000 victims of the attacks. A private ceremony will be held for the families of the victims on the 11th and the memorial will be open on the 12th to people who obtained “advanced passes.” The memorial service on the 11th will be attended by former president George Bush and former mayor Rudolf Giuliani.   According to CNN, 9/11 memorials are being constructed around the country and are expected to be unveiled on Sunday. Many lost family members, many more lost jobs, but each and every American lost the peace of mind that comes with the idea that the way of life you treasure is untouchable. Fortunately, however, Americans were able to retain their resilience and are looking towards the future they play a part in shaping.

Firefighters Commemorate Casualties of 9/11 By Emily Cruz Reporter This year, the volunteer firefighters of Nassau Bay are honoring a specific group of victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center- the 343 firefighters who had sacrificed their lives in that fateful call of duty. The stairclimb is a nonprofit event organized by volunteer firefighters and families of the Nassau Bay community. Volunteers have purchased 9/11 memorial shirts for $20 with proceeds going directly to the Fallen Firefighter funds. Robert “Gaby” Chapman, former militant of the United States Army, and current volunteer firefighter of Nassau Bay, discussed his belief on the importance of remembering the firefighters, and the need to give back. “My wife’s cousin was one of the actual New York City firefighters that perished when the towers fell and her father was a retired New York City police officer. Its kind of my way of giving back

to the memory.” Chapman was responsible for organizing the fire department of Nassau Bay to contribute to the 9/11 memorial and by getting the word out to other departments. Chapman also mentioned that not only will Nassau Bay firefighters be a part of

the commemoration, but a few other firefighters from Angleton, Seabrook, Friendswood, Texas City, and Dickinson as well. The memorial will be held on September 11th at the League City training field. The purpose is to remind people of the firefighter’s strength, courage, and determination to rescue citizens in need. “The stairclimb is set up as a tribute,” says Matthew Roper, president of the Nassau Bay Volunteer Fire Department. “The idea is to honor the folks, the 343 firefighters that lost their lives that day… We’re setting up the stairclimb to recreate the amount of stairs [in the

World Trade Towers]… it is going to be kind of a slow memorial walk [in which] we will climb these stairs.” “I think it’s important to focus all on 9/11 as a whole, the firefighters being one aspect of that, because us as firefighters can relate to that call of duty,” said Matt Roper “As a firefighter/EMT, you come across someone at potentially the worst day of their life, and you have one goal, to take care of them regardless of what is going on and you have the opportunity to turn their day around and at least let them know that all isn’t lost and at least someone cares,” said Robert Chapman There were 110 flights of stairs in each Twin Tower, 2,998 men and women had died that day. 343 firefighters and paramedics and 23 NYPD police officers gave their lives to the call of duty. Two grand towers fell. For more information, you can go onto Facebook, and type in “STAIRCLIMB NEVERFORGET”.

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listened to that song all summer.” “Our Deal by Best Coast, because I -Anne Ngo use it’s all about hanging out with “Summer Night by Rascal Flatts, beca -Kerri Kroen friends.”

I Sky, because when I think of summer “My song for summer is Light Up the -Victoria Meza .” think of fireworks and the 4th of July e whimsical feel that summer does!” “Fireflies by Owl City. It has the sam -Annie Caldeiro



“I’m Yours by Jason Mraz, because it’s beachy and fun.”

-Annie VonSeggern

“It’s Going to Be a Long Hot Summer by Keith Urba n, because the song itself is about summer and was always on the radio.” -Amirah Abutair

“Summertime by Kenny Chesney, because he sings about things I do during the summer.” -Dalton Reason

“I was shuffling to the Party Rock Anthem.”

-Natalie Paul

“I like Crazy Girl by The Zac Brown Band, becau se I listen to it constantly.” -Tara French

SOPHOMORES “Firework by Katy Perry, because it reminds me of the 4th of July and having fun and being yourself.” -Julie Vaughn “Walking on Sunshine, because it’s just a good song. ”

-Eric Peterson

“All I Do is Win, because all I did was win this summ er!” -Christina Martinez

“California Girls by Katy Perry, because it talks about bathing suits and sunkissed tans.” -Morgan Bayer

“Hot in Here because it describes the heat in summ er.” -Lucia Enriquez

JUNIORS “The Lazy Song by Bruno Mars, beca use I was lazy all summer.” -Mallory Sherer

“S.O.S. by Rihanna, because my frien ds and I danced to it while playing Just Dance 2.” -Michaela Pinder “Good Life by One Republic, because it shows how great summer can be and gets you in the best mood.” -Olivia Todd “Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley, because I never want to give up summer.” -Clayton Egan “T.G.I.F. by Katy Perry- I think it’s pret ty self-explanatory.” -Jordan Cooley “Can’t Stop the After-Party, because it has that summer upbeat vibe.” -Kelsey Harlan


HiLife Staff Principal: Scott Bockart Advisor: Wynette Jameson Executive Editor: Jan O’Neil Editors-in-Chief: Ellen Gaudet Ashley Farmer Jacob Mancini Advertising Manager: Emily Cruz Centerspread Editor: Ellen Gaudet Features Editor: Madison Williams News Editor: Stephanie Johnson Teen Interest Editor: Madison Borowitz Sports Editors: Jacob Arredondo Around Creek Editor: Hannah Brinsko Creek Speaks Editor: Valerie Hellinghausen Photo Editor: Aimee Sierra Staff: Sierra Kemper Halle Scott Arlen Addison Kristina Koonce Josh Stinson Tianah Brewer Mary Veedell Dane Chronister Kara Loewenthal Teddy Warren Bailey Clelland Courtney McSwain Clarissa Melendez Regina Wiley Henry Hill Madeline Moreau Published at Mirror Publishers in Texas City Email us at: Visit us at: For ad rates call: (281)284-1889 Fax: (281)332-9079


By Ellen Gaudet Editor-in-Chief Is it time to graduate yet? Why is this year going by so slowly? When will I finally get out of high school? As a Creek senior I am already asking myself these questions, developing the contagious disease known as “senioritis” and mentally checking out early in the school year. I find myself too concerned with the finish line of graduation to actually stop and enjoy the time I have before I am all on my own, without the comfortable security of high school and living at home. This time last year, I was already buried in homework and responsibility. Junior year was the most intensive year I had ever experienced, with my first AP classes, numerous extracurricular activities, and a job. The stress was overwhelming at times. I thought I would never be able to survive my workload, and I found myself constantly wishing time would move faster and the year would be over. Fortunately, my junior year is now a part of my past, and I can officially call myself a senior. This year is supposed to be exciting and challenging, but I find that many seniors are automatically put into three categories: those that feel like senior year is the best time of their entire lives and do everything they can to celebrate that fact, those that are so ready to graduate and go to college that they begin hating the idea of high school and everyone in it, and those lost somewhere in the middle. I would classify myself as a member of the third category- stuck between trying to make the best of my last year in high school and preparing myself for the world beyond senior year and graduation. While I am more ready than ever to graduate and go off to college, I still want to have fun getting there. So many of my peers are either way too en-


Ellen’s Epiphanies

Jacob’s Jumbles

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” -Mahatma Ghandi

“Life is a gift, never take it for granted.” -Sasha Azevedo

grossed in the aspect of finally being seniors and having extreme school spirit or try to detach themselves completely from high school social activities and miss out on some of the fun. I actually hope that my senior year will not be the best time of my entire life, because I have so many things that I hope to accomplish after graduation. I have plans to go to college and medical school, and eventually become a pediatrician (and maybe even a cupcake bakery owner). If I peak in high school, my other goals might not come true. But that does not stop me from making the best of my year as a senior, and I am excited to participate in the fun high school experiences like homecoming, prom, and ultimately graduation! These stereotypes of seniors can apply to any grade level. There will always be those students who care too much about the social aspect of high school to pay attention to their grades, just like there will always be students who feel like they do not belong in the world of high school and cannot wait for the day they will “escape.” High school is really only as amazing or horrible as you make it. The bottom line is simple- spend your time doing the things you enjoy with the people you want to be around, while always keeping the final goal of graduation and college in your line of sight. No one wants to look back in regret years from now thinking about all of the things they wasted time on or did not do.

By Jacob Mancini Editor-in-Chief I recently disassembled an iPhone 4 to replace its screen. By the looks of the smashed glass, I would say it had been somehow run over. Since Apple changed the design of their iPhones, however, I hadn’t been brave enough to open up the latest model. But I had the chance, so I tool it. Pinching my magnetized micro phillips screwdriver in circles, I carefully removed the first ten screws. I was a bit concerned that all the screws were the size of cookie crumbs and that I might have lost one already. Gutting the hardware further, I took out the metal shields, battery, vibrating motor, camera, speaker and microphone, and the motherboard to reveal the badly shattered screen from the inside. With some twenty five screws, six washers, and all the alien-looking components of the iPhone sitting on my desk, a simple fascination hit me. I have my own iPhone. I always carry it in my right pocket. Perhaps you do as well. And this high-tech accessory that I use everyday is made of a bunch of tiny parts that keep it running. Miss one piece, leave one circuit unplugged, and the whole phone is a goner. That got me thinking about all the small things that make up our days, and how the “big picture” is really just a thousand pixels all playing their part. Back to school can be quite the system shock. That summer reading you didn’t do, that period you dread, that homecoming day around the corner, all can cause many of us to be dysfunctional. So in the seeming chaos of this beginning, I encourage you to tighten the screws. Under the hood of everyday there are so many small parts and little opportunities for you to set in motion. Get organized, buy a school planner if you need to, smile more, take the initia-

tive, be yourself, don’t skip meals or classes, take everything one byte at a time. Screwing clockwise at last, I set off rebuilding the iPhone 4. The new screen was lustrous on the outside, but it wasn’t much without all the necessary components behind it. Placing, tightening, gluing, plugging, I equipped the device with all of its elements, praying that my first shot at fixing an iPhone 4 would not be a miss. With everything packed into place, I turned the phone on and the beautiful Apple logo beaming from the screen conformed that my efforts had prevailed and the phone had survived the operation. Today, when you dial your friend, feel the buzz of an incoming text, or creep on Facebook mobile, think about the array of ridiculously microscopic parts that are making all that possible. Think about the small stuff that is broken, or that you have been overlooking, or taking for granted. When you wake up every morning, all the pieces are there for you to build something worth getting out of bed for. So grab your toolbox; fine tune the finest details. Make the moments count. Your chance to put it all together starts now.



Atlantic Hurricane Irene Strikes Eastern Seaboard Dylan Hill Reporter

Hurricane Irene made land fall at 5:35 a.m. Sunday August 28 Eastern Time. Irene began as a tropical depression, August 17, in the middle of the Atlantic with wind speeds of 29 M.P.H. On August 25, Hurricane Irene had grown to a category 3 Hurricane and was just to the east of Florida on its way to the eastern seaboard. Three days later it made landfall, as a category one hurricane. The eastern seaboard was not prepared to withstand hurricane force winds and debris. The first hurricane of the Atlantic this year brought swarming amounts of rains and winds that also downed trees and power lines and also flooded the streets of Puerto Rico. President Barack Obama signed an emergency declaration for Puerto Rico. Hurricane Irene hit from North Carolina all the way up to New Jersey. It did not cause as much damage as anticipated. However, it has caused $1 billion of damage just in the Caribbean. In the United States, an estimate of $7 billion to $13 billion in damage is expected. Additionally, it left

almost six million homes and businesses without power. The Consumer Federation

August 31, the death toll was 45 people. In land locked Vermont, they had the

Scott Richardson, of FEMA, survey’s the damage to beach front homes from Tropical Storm Irene on Cosey Beach in East Haven, Connecticut Wednesday, August 31, 2011. (Richard Messina/Hartford Courant/MCT)

after the storm had passed, as the rainwater entered the rivers and streams turning them into torrents. Irene dropped up to 11 inches of rain on Vermont and more then 13 inches in parts of New York. Additionally, Hurricane Irene spawned tornados over Delaware. Major flooding was reported in New Hampshire and western Massachusetts. Boston shut down its public transit. In North Carolina, the Bogue Inlet Pier and part of the pier at Atlantic Beach collapsed. Several counties lost cell phone services as a result of power failures. In Philadelphia, several buildings collapsed after two rivers around the city flooded. In Delaware and Washington, power failure affected more then a million households. In Richmond, streets were flooded and blocked by downed trees and power lines. Hurricane Irene was expected to be much like Hurricane Katrina or Hurricane Ike, however it did not destroy any American cities entirely. Puerto Rico and the Bahamas did suffer some damage before Irene dropped to a category one.

of America anticipated $5 billion in personal claims from wind damage and $2 billion in flood damage. As of

worst flooding in a century, according to the governor. In many cases, however, the moment of maximum danger arrived well

rearview mirror, slow-moving vehicle emblem, and an operational electric horn. All golf carts on League City streets also must have a permit. The permit costs $50 and is valid for two years. When getting the permit, the League City Police department inspects the golf cart. If the golf cart fails the initial inspection, it can be reinspected for $10. The League City website lists golf cart inspection events. There is also a video on the city’s website that shows how to prepare any golf cart for inspection. When operating on League City streets the following rules must be followed: Golf cart drivers must possess a valid driver’s license and must abide by all traffic regulations when using the city’s streets.

Golf carts cannot be operated on any sidewalk, walkway, jogging path or any other place that is used for pedestrian traffic. A person may not operate a golf cart on federal, state, county roads or roads with speed limit over 35 m.p.h. The number of people in the golf cart is limited to the number of factory seats in the golf car. Drivers and passengers must remain seated at all times while the golf cart is in motion. There is no sharing of seats. Children under six must wear seatbelts while the golf cart is in motion. Golf carts cannot be operated during inclement weather or when visibility is impaired by weather,

smoke, fog, or other conditions. Golf carts cannot be operated at any time when there is not enough light to clearly see the people in the golf cart or the golf cart on the road at a distance of five hundred feet. There are parking restrictions as well. Golf carts may only be parked in the same manner and at the same places designated for the parking of motor vehicles. Handicapped drivers must have a disabled parking placard. Visit League City’s official website for more information about the laws.

28 percent of the votes respectively. “You have just sent a message that Barack Obama will be a one-term president,” Michele Bachmann announced after being declared the winner. “This was a wonderful

August 13 that he would be running. “[Perry’s] an attractive candidate,” explained Tim Gibson of Clive, Iowa, after Perry won 4 percent of the vote at the poll. “He brings leadership to the race. My

3 percent. This puts Rick Perry on top with 29 percent, Mitt Romney second with 17 percent, Ron Paul third with 13 percent and Michele Bachmann in fourth with 10 percent. There are many unknowns regarding the 2012 Republican nomination. There is still time for people to enter and leave the race. In fact, it has been speculated George Pataki from New York as well as last election’s nominee for vice president, Sarah Palin of Alaska, will announce they are going to begin campaigning in September. Potential nominees have more time now, however, since both parties have worked together on a coordinated calendar that pushes the Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina events into February, as well as forcing other states beyond a March 1 barrier. When these rules were adopted, they required 35 states, which were crowding into February if not January, to move their primary or caucus dates back. Additionally, the Republicans added an inducement to later nominating events by limiting winner-take-all delegate awards, which enhance a state’s clout, to primaries or caucuses held after April 1 of next year. Texas is looking at a consolidated primary in late March or early April, and California may move all the way to June.

New League City Golf Cart Ordinances Instituted By Mary Veedell Reporter

With the high price of gas, more and more citizens of League City are using golf carts for short-commute errands or to go to shops and restaurants that are close to home. Recently, new golf cart ordinances have been instated which affect those who regularly drive golf carts. These regulations went into effect on July 12th. There is some safety equipment that every golf cart must have in it in order to be operational on city streets. Every golf cart is required to have operational headlamps, operational tail lamps, side reflectors, operational parking brake,

Prospective Nominations for Presidential Election By Stephanie Johnson News Editor

The 57 quadrennial United States Presidential Election will be held on November 6, 2012. It is expected to feature current president, Barack Obama, against an Independent candidate and a yet to be decided Republican candidate. The Republican nominees for presidency are being determined through the Republican primaries. Those running so far for the Republican nomination include Congresswoman Michele Bachmann from Minnesota, businessman Herman Cain, former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich from Georgia, former Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. of Utah, former Governor Gary Johnson from New Mexico, Congressman Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan, Congressman Ron Paul and Governor Rick Perry of Texas, former Governor Buddy Roemer from Louisiana, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney of California, and former US Senator Rick Santorum from Pennsylvania. The Iowa (Ames) Straw Poll, the first test of the strength of the Republican presidential candidates, occurred August 12. Objectively the results were a dead heat between Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul, who captured 29 percent and

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) waves to supporters at the Ames Straw Poll on Saturday, August 13, 2011 in Ames, Iowa. (Glen Stubbe/Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT)

down payment on taking the country back.” Many media outlets agreed that the poll produced a “top-tier” of candidates, which included Bachmann, Mitt Romney, and Rick Perry, who declared on

top priority is winning the election and I want to vote for someone who can win.” On August 24, the Gallup Presidential Nomination preference poll showed Ron Paul winning over Michele Bachmann by

Around Creek What’s Up With Willie


By Dane Chronister Reporter

What does it mean to be a mascot? It requires quite a bit of grit, determination, and LOTS of guts. The school mascot isn’t for the weak at heart! The hours are long, the costumes are HOT, and the crowds are rowdy as can be. But, what would the games be without the unsung hero? The expectations for a mascot are extremely high. School representation is a small portion of the largely overwhelming job. Today’s fans at all of the events just want to be entertained. However, it’s not all that easy to accomplish. Mascots are as much a part of the game as the players themselves. We have to be funny, raise excitement, and reduce anxiety caused by tense moments of the game. The problem with all of this, however, is the fact that we have to complete all of these tasks in a 120+ degree costume. It takes a unique individual to be a school mascot. I do not just play a character, I must BE a character. Many mascots, including myself, have taken acting, prop, and pantomime classes to improve our ability to work with the crowd. However, one of the hardest things to remember as a mascot is to separate myself from the mascot. I cannot use personal mannerisms that I would normally use when I am the mascot. I cannot use mannerisms that would give any indication of who I am. Therefore, a great mascot works hard at his or her craft and doesn’t take the task lightly. O n e slight s l i p of that persona would cause a train wreck of disaster. “Many of the current mascots today have Photo by Aimee Sierra fallen into the role by accident,” said NCA Mascot instructor Andrew Duong. This quote happens to be especially true for me. Going from being a rough and tough football player where I helped the defense dominate the field, to landing the role of a soft and fluffy mascot is a whole different cup of tea. It has taken me a while to get used to fulfilling this role and feel confident enough to stand up and be silly, but now it’s the only way I know to be when I put the suit on. The job is not a glamorous one, but any mascot would tell you they love what they do. It isn’t easy to walk in enormous floppy feet or see through two small holes on a gigantic head. However, the enthusiasm of the crowd and being at the center of attention makes all of the crazy and wild experiences worthwhile.

Foreign Faces From Strange Places By Hannah Brinsko Around Creek Editor

Every year a new class of freshman spend August worrying about starting a new school, with new teachers, and new friends. However, for some students at Creek, the changes are much more dramatic, as the students face a new country, language, and culture. Jessica Genari, Mimi Schneider, Aileen Holin, and Hilma Ojanen hail from three different countries (Brazil, Germany, and Finland), and have come together at Clear Creek High School to study and experience life in Texas. “It’s so chaotic. It’s a huge school, and there are so many more people here,” said Holin. Clear Creek is different than her school back home in Germany. There she stayed in one class all day with her peers, while the teachers switched rooms. Now she tries getting from class to class in the crowded hallways. “Once I get to class, I can chill. But in the hallways, it’s crazy,” Holin explains in perfect English. Fellow exchange student, Jessica Genari agrees. “My first day was the scariest day of my life, but it is getting better and better,” said Genari. Her school in Brazil was like Holin’s, much smaller with the students staying in the small room all day, and the teachers switching. “We used to watch all the American movies, with students talking by their lockers. We didn’t have anything like that. And of course, the movies also had prom and football games, which we didn’t have either.” Genari is already looking forward to having a Hollywood style prom experience. In the meantime, she is trying to figure out plans for homecoming. “For me, this year isn’t about taking the most academically challenging courses.

It’s about the experience of being an American high schooler.” Mimi Schneider, also from Germany, was amazed by the amount of electives offered to students at Creek. In Germany, all students are required to study English as part of the fourteen subjects they take daily. The short fourteen classes are in a different schedule everyday of the week. “In Germany we all had to take courses like English, German, and history. Here there is so much more freedom in what classes you take.” Schneider will be taking photojournalism this year, along with PE and audio visual technology.

“I think my favorite class this year will be US History. In the past, I’ve only taken World History, which didn’t have much focus on America. Now I will be able to study it much more in depth.” “My favorite class here is German, but I guess that is cheating,” said Holin who is in AP German this year. Besides that I really like tennis.” She hopes to make the team this year. Genari also plans to play on the school tennis team. Overall, all four of the girls are very excited to try out life in Creek for the next year.

Creek Speaks


Clear Creek Launches Creek Crumbs Campaign By Valerie Hellinghausen Creek Speaks Editor

Coach Jeff Cherry has plans to launch the Creek Crumbs Campaign in order to make a difference in others’ lives this year. Inspired by “Crumbs From Your Table,” Cherry decided it was time this community got involved and reached out to others both locally and globally. The Creek Crumbs Campaign will participate in four service projects this school year. With the help of the student body, the campaign will “act to eradicate apathy and help our fellow man.” Starting with the geography classes only, the involvement among staff has expanded out to all of social studies classes at Clear Creek High School. “We are very lucky to live where we live, and I think this project will help students to realize that the way we see the world isn’t how it really is,” Cherry said. “I hope we have a campus wide campaign… we started small and hopefully we can gain some momentum,” added Cherry. For the campaign’s first project, Cherry has asked students to bring in basic school supplies such paper, pens, pencils and old backpacks to his room C116. These donations will be donated to the American Indian Education Foundation (AIEF) in order to support reservation schools. Native Americans have some of the highest poverty rates in America, and reservation schools continue to struggle to supply their students with the materials they’ll need to be successful in school. School supplies

are being accepted in social studies rooms including Coach Cherry’s throughout the

effected. With financial support, the campaign will sponsor the building of

first two to three weeks of school. Photo by Sierra Kemper Emma’s Academy for secondary Another project the students in the newly formed campaign will support is GUAcountry of South Sudan. Africa, a charity that works to help those The Creek Crumbs Campaign will struggling with poverty and the effects also reach out to those in Eastern Africa of war by providing more secondary as well. Today the lives of approximately education opportunities. After reading the 11 million people have been threatened by incredible experiences of Emmanuel Jal, an emerging famine. Several organizations one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, in the book such as UNICEF and Oxfam and Doctors “War Child,” Cherry selected GUA-Africa Without Borders have already begun as one of the charities the campaign will working to provide food for children in help. After a twenty-year long civil war Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya. For as little in Sudan, education has been severely as $25 a month, one child can be saved

with the Plumpy Nut, an effective, vitaminenriched peanut paste that is used to treat and recover those suffering from malnutrition. By supporting this product, lives will continue to be saved and strengthened during one of the worst droughts Eastern Africa has faced in 60 years. Also on the minds of those involved with the Creek Crumbs Campaign are the men and women who have bravely devoted their lives to our safety. Coach Cherry explained that while he is a global thinker, he had to do something within the U.S. With the Wounded Warrior Project, the campaign aims to help out as these heroes transition back to society after enduring incredible emotional and physical suffering by raising funds to provide Wounded Warrior Packs, backpacks filled with goods such as clothing, toiletries, and playing cards to soldiers abroad or in hospitals. “It’s an awareness thing. In classes we get hung up on test scores, GPAs, and while these things are all important, this project is about having some sort of validity and being able to say ‘I believe this.’ That’s what social studies classes are about,” said Cherry. In order to make this campaign a success, Cherry and others involved with the Creek Crumbs Campaign ask that students and other members of the CCHS community get involved, and give to those in need. For more information, ask any social studies teacher or Cherry about the Creek Crumbs Campaign.

9/11: Where Were You When The Towers Fell? By Kara Loewenthal Reporter

“I was in 1st grade when I heard about what happened.” – Braxton Strickland (11th)

“I was in my car on the way to class when my girlfriend called to tell me that the towers had been hit.” – Coach Ward

“I was on my way to first grade and it came on the radio and my mom pulled over to a gas station and started crying as she was calling people.” - Sierra Kemper (11th) “The night before I had a dream about it and I woke up and I was very sick. I was on my parents’ bed watching it again.” – Landon Abott (10th) “I was at school when I heard about the devastation that had hit America.” – Jen Watts (11th)

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Top Three Iphone Apps Keep Consumers Pleased By Emily Cruz Reporter

In January of 2011, reported that a total of 16.24 million iPhones, 7.33 million iPads, and 19.45 million iPods were sold in just that quarter. As Apple takes the world by storm with new advanced technology, their applications do a great job of keeping the customers happy. From flinging red and blue birds at blocks for hours at a time, to discovering new songs just by holding an iPhone to the radio, the App Store provides Apple users with more than hundreds of applications. A l t h o u g h there are many entertaining and useful apps, there has been a certain interest in specific applications that have made their way up the App

years now, and has claimed it’s permanent throne for number one on the Top Paid Apps. reported that in October 2010, Angry Birds had been purchased throughout 67 territories worldwide, including the United States and the United Kingdom. The 99-cent game made a profit of about $70 million in just a little more than a year ( Angry Birds, which was once just a simple game to pass the time, became an addiction for millions of people of all ages around the globe. The concept of the game is to simply drag the bird back in the slingshot with a finger, and then release it to strike down a structure, and destroy the pig. Receiving an enormous amount of points for each bump, crash, and explosion that the birds complete and continuing onto the next level throws you into a more challenging course, thus, guaranteeing another hour reserved for completing Angry Birds. The irritated birds have shrieked and chirped their way out to other game systems, online, and it has recently been announced that the Rovio will be vending Angry Birds clothing for kids. Lockify- Inspired by the Android, Zeeplox introduces Lockify to Apple consumers. Only 99-cents, this application has miraculously Photo by Madison Borowitz of risen to #2 in the Angry Bird figure App Store seemingly

Store’s Top 25. Angry BirdsThis addicting p h y s i c s puzzler created by Rovio, has been out in the App Store for two

out of nowhere. Apple warns on the App Store that the application is not an actual locking system, but a joke; a trick screen. Unfortunately, most people overlook the disclaimer and purchase the app believing that it is more than just a lock screen image. Receiving a 1.5 rating out of 5, the app disappointed consumers. This may allow the runner-up, Fruit Ninja, to rise again to it’s spot of #2 for Top Paid Apps. Fruit Ninja- In this juicy 99-cent game, “You literally slice a fruit in mid air!” says Tyler Canada, senior. He says that this high action potassium-packed game is entertaining, easy, and extremely sweet. As a fruit detesting ninja warrior, the player must slice the fruits in an instant and yield the explosive bombs in order to achieve success and pride from the ninja Sensei Although #1 in Germany, Norway, Russia, and other European countries, Fruit Ninja comes right behind Angry Birds placing #2 on the App Store in the United States. With over six million downloads, Fruit Ninja will keep its spot for a little longer until something even tastier and satisfying ripens.

Owl City Rocks House Of Blues -Summer 2011

By Shannon O`Neil Reporter

When Fireflies, by Owl City, hit the radio scene back in 2009, it played nonstop, making it a favorite among many. With the unique techno feel of Fireflies, it was obviously no ordinary song. There was no doubt that Owl City had talent. Owl City wrote a song that stood out against all others. Owl City only consists of one member, Adam Young. Young grew up in Owatonna, Minnesota. On July 25, Owl City came to Houston and performed at the House of Blues. As the lights went down and the crowd screamed, Owl City took the stage. Young is an incredible front man, acknowledging the audience at each opportunity. However, if you were not already a die-hard Owl City fan, it was hard to enjoy the show. As a casual listener, I only knew a few songs. It would have been more interesting to hear well known songs mixed in with new songs instead of waiting an hour to play a popular song like Fireflies. After nearly a two hour performance, Young took his final bow and left the stage. Due to the interesting blend of pop and electronica mix, Owl City’s

songs seem to sound similar. Vanilla Twilight stands out as a poetic reminder of how short life is. Young wrote the song in memory of his late fiancé. With a more relaxed beat, Vanilla Twilight is able to feature how electronica and pop can relate to anyone who has lost someone special in their lives. Though it is a sad memory of losing someone, Vanilla Twilight’s underlying upbeat melody and Young’s voice offer some hope for the future being brighter. Vanilla Twilight showcases Owl City’s emotional and relatable side. One of Owl City’s strongest features is poetry. None of the songs show clear intent just from a lyric. The electronic music adds depth to the songs, making a listener look further to find more meaning. With such a distinct electronic sound, Owl City is easily identifiable, even though most of the songs sound extremely similar. Owl City has recently released a new album, All Things Bright and Beautiful highlighting in the All Things Bright and Beautiful World Tour.   One of the biggest hits off of Owl City’s new album is Alligator Sky that features Shawn Chrystopher. It’s a different style than most of Owl City’s songs. Photo courtesy of Photo edits by Madison Borowitz

There is still the usual electronica feel but with a mix of hip-hop rap by Chrystopher. Even though most of the songs require further studying to fully understand the meaning of the song, I enjoyed listening to a different side of Owl City. Owl City is talented and unique. There has never been anything quite

like Owl City that has grown into such a phenomenon. The unique sound would be nothing without Young’s talent behind it. Owl City has had great success in the few years since its first single and seems to be a contender for the ears of listeners.

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Leukemia And Lymphoma Honored in September

By Kristina Koonce Reporter

September is Leukemia and Lymphoma awareness month, and its purpose is to educate people about the diseases. Leukemia and Lymphoma are two types of blood cancers. Both proceed from cells in the immune system. Both can be treated with chemotherapy, radiotherapy, antibodies, and sometimes bone marrow transplants. However, they affect different parts of the immune system.   Leukemia starts in the bone marrow due to blood forming cells. The cells accumulate in the blood and in some organs. Cells that accumulate in the bone marrow are not able to work the same way as other blood cells.  There are multiple types of Leukemia, but the two major types are myelogenous and lymphocytic. These two types of leukemia can form into acute and chronic forms. When the acute form of myelogenous happens,  the abnormal cells grow rapidly but do not mature.  The acute form of myelogenous is very different from the acute form of lymphocytic. In the acute form of lymphocytic the cells do not grow as rapidly, but the cells tend to accumulate.   When these two types of leukemia become chronic forms of leukemia, the onsets tend to be slow. The cells grow differently and usually multiply in various organs.   Hairy Cells leukemia and T-cell leukemia are types of leukemia that are less common.   Hairy cell leukemia is a chronic form of leukemia. The malignant B-lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell, are found in the bone marrow, spleen, and peripheral blood. This form of leukemia represents 2 percent of all forms of

leukemia. T-cell Leukemia is a disease where certain cells in the lymphoid system called T-lymphocytes are malignant. Leukemia is the most common cancer found in children. Nearly 2000 children each year are diagnosed with it. People who are affected by this disease typically are on and off chemotherapy. Lymphoma is a type of cancer involving the lymphatic cells in the immune system, called lymphocytes. There are about 35 different subtypes of lymphocytes. People who deal with Lymphoma have many different emotions. People typically feel lonely, angry, and fearful. There are two main types of lymphoma.

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There is Hodgkin Lymphoma, which was formally called Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. There are 6 different types of this form of lymphoma. In 2010 there was at least 1,300 deaths due to Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Another main type of lymphoma is Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. There are more than 61 types of Non Hodgkin Lymphoma. In 2010, about 20,000 deaths were expected due to NonHodgkin Lymphoma. Young adults and older people, around the age of 55 and above, are typical ages that people tend to get the Hodgkin’s disease. Older people who are diagnosed will most likely have NonHodgkin’s Lymphoma. Even though the exact reason people develop Lymphoma is unknown, there are a few reasons linked to it. HIV, Epstein-Barr virus, Helicobacter Pylori, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C are all linked infections that may cause you to develop lymphoma. Medical conditions that affect the immune system and exposure to toxic chemicals are two other linked causes to the development of lymphoma. Depending on the histology, type, and stage of the disease, it can be curable. There are multiple ways to help people who suffer with Leukemia and Lymphoma. Leukemia and Lymphoma Society ( provides multiple opportunities to help people who suffer with Leukemia or Lymphoma.

Homecoming Excitement Reaches Its Peak By Madison Williams Features Editor

Homecoming week is one of the most school spirited weeks of the year. This week includes a dress up day everyday to energize students for the big game on Friday against Deer Park, the homecoming parade and candlelight pep rally September 6, and the homecoming carnival, and pep rally September 9. Homecoming week is also a very special time for seniors, sporting silver and white mums and crowns, and extravagantly decorated dresses, overalls, and t-shirts. “Well I moved from Tennessee and all we had for homecoming week was the homecoming court, so it was really cool moving here and getting to wear a mum. I really like all of the school spirit and all of the activities that go on all week long. I’m especially excited to wear a crown and my hot pink and white mum,” said senior Katie Ferguson. The newly restarted tradition of the homecoming parade will also occur during homecoming week. The parade includes all of the organizations in the school with the band playing as they march

through the campus and the Cavaliers kicking at various points. The homecoming court also rides in a car waving while holding signs with their names. Student

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will be a carnival that students will attend during their designated lunch. Students are encouraged to bring money so that they can play games, buy food, and enjoy other activities offered. Following the carnival, there will be a pep rally at the end of the day. During the pep rally, all of the varsity football players will be introduced along with t h e i r

been working hard since June to perfect our hip hop routine. We picked the songs at the top of the billboard charts to pump up the spirit of our student body.” That night at 7 p.m., the Clear Creek Wildcats will play Deer Park. Spirits will be high as students bang on noise makers and cheer on the mighty Wildcats. The homecoming court will also be announced as their fathers lead each nominee on the field. Then the 2011-2012 homecoming queen will be revealed and crowned on the field. On September 10 the homecoming dance will be held. The homecoming court will be in attendance at the dance. Students are encouraged to dress up and attend the dance hosted by ROTC this year.


mothers. Photo by Tia Also the senior nah B rewer cavaliers will perform a hip-hop number. Senior cavalier Jade Magalhaes said, “I’m looking forward to performing in front of the school at the pep rally September 9. The senior cavaliers have






Creek Football Kicks Off The Season With A Win By Jacob Arredondo Sports Editor

Last season was the first time in school history that the Clear Creek Wildcats football team advanced three rounds in the playoffs, breaking the cycle of mediocrity of Creek football. This year’s team looks to continue this newly forged tradition of winning while making their own stamp on Creek football history. Many questions were raised when the senior class graduated last year, but many of the returning lettermens believed that they are stronger now, more than ever. Creek has fifteen returning starters, including Seniors Brent Wagner (OL), Brandon Martin (DB), and Logan Jentzen (DB) whom were named to the Preseason All-County Team. Creek also have many athletes who are key players in the football program. Senior wide receivers Dion Lewis and Chris Mirka are both deadly threats and are considered one of the best duos in the area with their elite speed and catches. Senior Colby Davis who rushed for 891 yards and had a total of 12 touchdowns leads the talented multi running back squad. Joining him are juniors Sean Christian and Matt McCullough as well as sophomores Kaliq Kokuma and CJ Green. The offensive line is returning with Brent Wagner and Cory Zunker, the two most experienced players. They started in the offensive line since their sophomore season and are the biggest and strongest athletes on the field. They are the “anchors” of the offense. Joining the offensive line is senior Dalton Reason. He is a converted receiver and brings varsity experience as well. Leading the way for the offense is the multi-sport athlete, Austin Smith. This is Smith’s second year on varsity but his first year taking the reigns as quarterback. He is a leader on and off the field, taking initiative

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both in the huddle as well as in the classroom. The Creek defense is returning eight starters from last year’s team and is considered one of the best and feared defenses in the district. The defensive scheme was changed this year to a 3-4 front, taking advantage of the great defense line pressure as well as the athletic play of the defensive backs and linebackers. Leading the way for the defensive line are 3-year lettermens Tyler Pierce and Ben Larocca. Both are some of the strongest athletes on the field and are great run stuffers and pass rushers. Rounding out the defensive line is senior Fabricio Cabrera, and junior Andre Ross. The entire defensive backfield is all experienced with varsity play. Se-

nior corners Matt Seale and Dillon Johnson have a whole season under their belt, and Seale had two interceptions last year. Linebacker Cameron Speth is back after a great junior year, while Justin Everett gets his first shot as the varsity starter. Returning safeties Martin and Jentzen are the leaders on defense. Martin had three interceptions last year and returned one for a touchdown, while Jentzen had two interceptions as well as many hard-hitting hits in the open field. Creek opened up the season against Pasadena Memorial. All eyes were on the Wildcats since they where one of the only games in the area playing on a Saturday night. Recent history between the two schools has been back and forth, with the home team

winning by blowouts. The Wildcat defense was a major part of the victory. It was the dynamic force that started the game by forcing two turnovers on Pasadena’s first two possessions, giving the Creek offense great field position to strike first blood. Lewis was found over the middle with a ball from Smith. After a quick glance to find the defenders, Lewis exploded down the field to score the 68-yard touchdown. The Wildcats kept control after that score with the defense forcing another turnover allowing Colby Davis to score behind the big men, Zunker and Wagner. After half-time, Creek continued their great performance on both sides of the ball. Mirka scored a 6-yard touchdown after another great drive. The turning point of the game was when Pasadena was knocking on the goal line to score. The defense forced and recovered another fumble, and the offense went 88-yards to score on a 2-yard Davis touchdown. The kicker, Tanner Graeber, kicked a 20-yard field goal to seal the win for the Wildcats and beat Pasadena 30-13. Smith finished with 224 yards and two touchdowns. Davis had 82 yards with two touchdowns. Seale scooped a fumble and Jentzen had an interception. Dion Lewis had a big night with 151 yards on seven catches and a touchdown. He was named as the third best performance of the county by the Galveston Daily News. Creek starts district play on September 23rd against Dickinson at home.

Lady Wildcats Prepare For District Volleyball Play By Clarissa Melendez Reporter

After last season’s run to the Region III semi-finals, the Lady Wildcats are looking to go above and beyond their performance last year. With the experience of multiple three-year lettermen’s, the Lady Wildcats are ready to pounce on their opponents. The Lady Wildcats are returning eight varsity players to the team, a distinct advantage against the rest of the district. Ashley Smith Smith is only a junior but has already verbally committed to Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. Last year, she lead the team with 573 kills as a sophomore. She has been a huge presence as Creek’s main offensive threat. The Lady Wildcats also have junior Courtney Richardson, who last year had 1062 assists and has racked up 159 assists while only playing in 26 games. The senior leader on the team is Natalie Piznar. This is her third year on varsity and is considered one of the best liberos in the region. Last year she lead the team in digs with total of 613. Both Smith and Richardson were recognized at in March 2011, Prep Volleyball lists the top high school players in the nation. Piznar was also recognized as one of the top 78 high school

defensive players in the nation on the Defensive Dandy List in May of this year According to the head coach of the volleyball team, Coach Simonds, the star team has faced a few injuries this season. Despite these setbacks, he is confident they will reach their goal for the season is “to win district again and get to the State Tournament.” A few of Clear Creek High School’s Tr i - M V P ’s in 2009 have

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made news with their continuous outstanding achievements. The image of Haley Jacob, a junior libero, from the University of Oregon, is on the campus transportation vehicle as the “face of Oregon volleyball.” Becky Bekelija, a junior setter at Mcneese State University, was selected as a pre-season AllSouthland Conference player, and Megan Pendergast transferred to Texas A&M University as a libero. Creek started off their season against 4A Pearland Dawson. Both teams

made their respective regional tournaments and Dawson was ranked number ten in 4A. Creek won the match in straight sets 2512, 25-19, 25-23. Juniors Smith and Ariel Froeshel led the team in kills with 16 and 10, respectively, while Piznar and junior Courtney Childers both had fantastic defensive games with 17 and 11 digs, respectively. The Lady Wildcats traveled to the Duncanville tournament where they went 3-3, with wins over Keller, Atascocita, and Ursuline. Creek then beat Stratford in straight sets, but dropped the next game against Kingwood. At the Spring Branch tournament, Creek went 3-2 by beating Langham Creek, Spring Wood, and Kempner. Creek entered one of the biggest tournaments in the area, the Pearland Nike Volleyball Classic Tournament. This tournament had 84 teams from all over the state, and is a major benchmark when shaping the state rankings as well as regional competition. Creek started the tournament strong with two hard fought wins over Langham Creek and St. Anges. Creek then played two top-10 teams in the 5A rankings. Creek dropped both games in 0-2 matches, and then lost the next four games as well. Creek is currently 12-12 and starts district play against Dickinson at home on September 9th.



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