Volume 75 / Issue 6 / 5.26.16 / 801 NIblIck Rd. Paso Robles, CA / Paso Robles HIgh School
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Golf club incident raises safety questions
Students, teachers, and policies grapple with safety, privacy, and procedure by Emmaline Voorheis, News Co-Editor and Jessica Cole, Co-Editor-in-Chief
n unauthorized man swinging a large golf club driver entered the William’s Wing in the 100 building on Wednesday, Feb. 24 during first period, his surprise visit involved a teacher escort to the office and police transportation off campus. No notifications to teachers, students, or parents followed the incident. Yet this event, and two others involving student threats during this school year, has raised a general feeling that notifications could improve the school’s communication about potential threats to students, teachers, and parents. Concerns are high in an era of worldwide campus attacks about PRHS security patrols, teacher actions, and the readiness of students to respond to and communicate about possible dangers. The man with the golf club walked the downstairs halls unconfronted for an unknown time period, looking into four classes while swinging his club, poking his head through doorways and talking at times to students in desks near the doors. After the man had reached AP Macroeconomics, teacher Matt Drake escorted the man to the office, where he was later guided off campus by the police. “He was tall and he didn’t have a visitor’s pass, and he didn’t look like he belonged…” Social Studies Chair Geof Land said. The man did not enter any classrooms, except for the computer lab where Psychology and Peer teacher Jenny Martinez was teaching. Witnesses stated the man said, “I’m here to see the nice children of Paso Robles High School.” And then after Mrs. Martinez confronted him, he said ‘I’m looking for the trophy case.’ ” Prior to Drake’s intervention, Martinez called the office on her wall phone, though she used non emergency numbers that did not alert security. “ I believe they have
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updated the phone list in the computer lab so this doesn't happen again.” Martinez said. Students in every class who spotted the visitor hesitated to immediately alert teachers. “My students didn’t say anything. They should have said ‘Mr. Land, there’s a man that didn’t look like he belonged. He’s got a golf club.’ I would have immediately gone up and talked to him. But they didn’t say anything,” Land said. Administration stated the school’s safety system relies on the eyes and ears of teachers and students. After the incident, an administrator announced the man’s visit and reassured department chairs in a closed meeting that a plan was in place to patrol the campus. Many procedures monitor safety on campus. The daily security system, involving several adults with radios, is nicknamed the “raptor system.” This system starts with the closing of bus road gates, guards placed at the only open gate in the front of the school, and patrols of designated zones of campus. Generally one person in the security team is assigned a wing or building. Security radios and constant communication occurs throughout the day. All visitors are expected to be identified and screened at the front desk with their personal ID, driver’s license, or any form of acceptable ID. Two other incidents have also brought up questions about the importance of teacher knowledge of student’s previous behavior. Teachers and students interviewed said they generally feel less notified than they prefer. California Education Code 32282 requires a school district to “inform the teacher of each pupil who has engaged in, or is reasonably suspected to have engaged in” attempts or threats to cause physical injury, to use of force, to possess a weapon, or to use or be under the influence of controlled substances.” This mandate includes harassment, threats, or intimidation directed at school district personnel or students. PRHS policy so far uses a brief Safe
Schools Act, or SSA notification on the Aeries attendance list to notify teachers of incidents. The system requires that teachers take note of the small SSA flags, if there are any, on their attendance lists, and, in a separate step, to search the student's’ name to find their history and the reason for the flag. Teachers interviewed state that Aeries is not sufficient notification and places the burden on the teacher to inquire about potentially violent students. "As much as I respect the work security staff at PRHS are doing, the SSA notification system in place fails to honor the intent of state law, which clearly says that schools have a responsibility to notify teachers about students who may pose a threat to school communities,” Land said. However, administrators have explained a balance that is needed in an educational setting. Some students with safety incidents should be allowed to move on from their past mistakes without letting an SSA flag define teacher perception of them. The administration emphasized these are rare incidents and that PRHS is a safe and monitored campus. Students emphasized that they want to be informed about safety incidents more often.
DID YOU KNOW? The incident was a small part of the school year as a whole. It spanned only one of 1440 school hours in the school year, but unidentified intruder could change a school forever. The unidentified man with a golf club could have been a danger to students and staff, and both fell short of proper safety protocol: students involved in the incident failed to report the appearance of a strange man. Teachers did not call the right phone number, and therefore delayed a possible solution to the threat on campus. Administration has not provided all of the information on the event, nor have safety drills prepared the campus to respond to unidentified visitors.
THE GOLF CLUB VISIT A brief timeline of the actions surrounding the Golf Club stranger.
FEB 24: PERIOD 1 ENTERED THE WILLIAM’S WING
TEACHER CALLS FOR BACKUP. WRONG NUMBER LEADS TO NO RESPONSE
LOOKED INTO MARTINEZ’S CLASSROOM
LOOKED INTO TWO ADDITIONAL CLASSROOMS
ESCORTED BY DRAKE TO THE OFFICE
ESCORTED OFF CAMPUS BY POLICE
Three out of 435
Facilities plan approved Plan entails new construction and renovations by Mason Seden-Hansen, Opinion Editor
new Facilities Master Plan (FMP) was approved on an April 12 board meeting by the school board. The plan outlines $193 million in construction, modernization, and renovation in the 11 schools in PRJUSD, the War Memorial stadium, and a new community aquatics complex. In addition, the FMP details 135 million dollars in bonds to help finance the renovations. The plan was created after 44 meetings and presentations before submission to the board. However, none of the elements of the plan are final, and no actual projects will begin until after surveying the community to see which renovations are supported by the public. “There is no commitment to any funding resources,” PRJUSD District Superintendent Chris Williams said about the current state of the FMP. The plan includes a total of 80 new classrooms at elementary and middle schools, including new two-story structures at Georgia Brown Elementary school and Daniel Lewis Middle School. In addition, the planned aquatics facility includes a 50-meter pool, a 25 meter lap pool, and a solar-powered water heating system, and would be located north of the eastern leg of the parking lot at PRHS. It also entails an improved parking and drop-off area, band room expansion, wrestling rooms, greenhouse relocation, and modernization of the cafeteria, student service,
locker room, restroom, classroom and administration offices for Paso Robles High School. However, as of now, no construction is currently scheduled. The FMP is only a “wish list” for what PRJUSD would like to build, but what will actually be built and when it will be built will be determined by an “effort by administration to get the plan out to the community,” PRJUSD chief business officer Scott Lathrop said. The construction is intended to begin 18 months to two years after the final board approval in November of this year, according to Lathrop. Some board members were not entirely behind the proposal. Board president Field Gibson said that he “could not visualize” the construction of a two story structure at an elementary school and also voiced concerns about funding resources. However, Gibson voted for the plan. “I have concerns, but this is not set in stone,” Gibson said. In contrast to Gibson, board member Chris Bausch voted against the proposal, due to concerns about funding. Another construction project, although unrelated to the FMP, will give PRHS a new track and will add synthetic grass to War Memorial stadium. This project, which has already been financed, will commence in June or July of this year, and will hopefully be completed before the next school year, according to Lathrop.
THE PLAN BY THE NUMBERS $190 MILLION in construction, modernization and rennovation
11 SCHOOLS in PRJUSD
before submission to school board
80 CLASSROOMS in total
50 METER lap pool
Three juniors are chosen to attend conferences by Tegan Curren, Photographer After finishing their Junior year, upcoming seniors Graham Farrell, Matthew Horne, and Sadie Mae Mace will be attending the Boys and Girls State conferences. Elected by teachers, then successfully completing the interview process, these three Juniors were chosen to represent Paso Robles High School for their accomplishments and good reputations as students. On June 18 through June 25 Farrell and Horne will be keeping residence at Sacramento State University for Boys State where they will learn how the government system works by directly applying it throughout the camp. Through the duration of the camp they can run for office, develop public speaking skills, and pass and enforce laws. “I’m looking forward to meeting a lot of cool guys and being a part of a city and running it … [and] to be given the opportunity to learn more about the government system,” Farrell said. Farrell is a boy scout of six years and is working towards getting his Eagle Scout title. In Boy Scouts Farrell holds the position of Assistant Senior Patrol Leader which means that he helps the Senior Patrol Leader plan meetings and events, contacting participants and staff, and also promoting things like Nation Youth Leadership Training. As the Vice President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes club on campus and a two sport athlete, Horne hopes to develop his leadership skills and break out of his comfort zone at Boys State this summer. “Going to Paso High and doing sports you get in this rhythm, in this track, that you stay in, so I’m looking forward to breaking that track and expanding areas of myself that I’ve never really gone into. I’m excited to become a more all-around balanced person and learn new life styles and new mindsets,” Horne said. Two days after Farrell and Horne conclude their week at Boys camp, Mace will begin her week at Girls State at Claremont Mckenna College from June 27 to July 1. Mace hopes that while she is at the camp she makes her mark in the conference government by creating a bill and passing it through the house. “I’m really looking forward to learning how the government works and meeting 500 other high school girls who are interested in making a change in government and sharing different ideas. I would like to make a bill to try and pass through the house dealing with animal rights… and see how I can use that to start making a change,” Mace said. Mace is the Website Managing Editor and News Editor for Crimson Newsmagazine and she has been a member of the Mock Trial team and the Vet Science team. Mace aspires to be a veterinarian, currently working at the Mission Animal Hospital and volunteering at Woods Humane Society, and has a strong love for animals. The bill she hopes to pass this upcoming summer would make puppy mills illegal and therefore create a healthier atmosphere for bred dogs.
All AVID students earn college spots by Jessica Cole, Co-Editor in Chief All 33 of the senior AVID students are accepted into four year universities. All students were accepted into at least two colleges, and 11 were accepted into five or more. “I’ve been dreaming of going to college since I was in sixth grade. Thanks to AVID, especially Mr. Wagner, I’m going to be living that dream at UCSB this fall. If it weren’t for his continuous reminders to keep moving forward I probably would’ve gotten caught up in all the stress of applying and wouldn’t have finished. I am extremely grateful for him and the AVID program.” said senior Lizette Juarez, who was one of only two seniors to be accepted at seven of the nine colleges that she applied to. The rest of the seniors committed to their colleges by May 1.
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Class and ASB officers Next year’s leaders announced May 13
News Briefs Teacher of the year The new Teacher of the Year and Rookie of the Year announced by Natalie Cole, A&E Editor
“I feel humbled and honored...My biggest goal for next year is to unify our school.”
“I have no words to fully explain how PUMPED I am...It’s about the excitement, the memories, [and] the love.”
Geometry teacher Bobbie Mitchell won the Teacher of the Year award and biology teacher Susanna Real won the Rookie of the Year award. Real was the first recipient of the new Rookie of the Year award. The awards were presented by teacher Anthony Overton, last year’s teacher of the year, as well as interim Principal Jennifer Gaviola. “She makes you infectious about math and brightens this campus with a light...Being around her makes me happy to be an educator,” said Gaviola when speaking about Mitchell, a former member of NASA and current math teacher at PRHS for one year after, giving her the award. “This is a really great school and I’m happy to work with all of you in all these different aspects,” said Real when giving a speech after receiving her award. Real is a college prep biology teacher, who at PRHS as well as being a track coach along with Overton. She also took over AP Biology halfway through the year for Gaylene Ewing, a challenge for any teacher, let alone in her first year.
Google reforms Chrome book to be given to sixth through eighth graders in the fall of 2016 by Kathryn Varian, Environment Editor
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Paso Robles School District announced in May 2016 that Chromebooks will be granted to all sixth through eighth graders this fall. This district wide initiative plans on distributing chromebooks to approximately 1400 to 1500 students with around a $360,000 budget. “We are making sure that (students) are ready for college, career, and community,” said Ronalee Andersen, Supervisor of Educational Technology at Paso Robles Joint Unified School District. Students will check out the Chromebook just a like a textbook, and parents will have the option of buying insurance in case of an accidental break. Students will be able to work online, but with restrictions, due to the Children’s Internet Protection Act; the same act that limits the internet use at the high school. The life span of a Chromebook is three to four years and Andersen hopes to see the computer follow the kids into high school. The computers come equipped with a hard case to make it more durable, a swivel camera for videos and pictures, a microphone with the technology available to make podcasts, a handle for easy carrying, and a 10 hour life span for all day work time. The next step is bringing more of this technology to Paso Robles high school with the addition of better internet and more classroom computers, according to Andersen. “What is so amazing is that it’s not necessarily just the device, but the information. You can find anything you want, so it’s really proctoring that information with kids and giving them the skills they need technically to be able to get ready for college; that is our goal,” Andersen said.
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The you book Once a Bearcat, always a Bearcat.... journey starts now; this is your call to action. It may feel as if you are not ready for your quest, but just look how far you’ve come. You’ve survived the evils of all 24 different class periods you forced yourself through. You’ve undergone a cow being set on fire, a student-teacher relationship, and your principal retiring after 10 years. You’ve survived the torture of witnessing so, so many apocalyptic novels shoved into film. You’ve survived three movies with Minions in it. You’ve survived Zayn leaving One Direction. But more than that, you’ve lived 18 years on this magnificent world, and yet your life has barely begun. Which brings us to our message: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where to go.” Take a left or a right, you know what you know— you know what you’ve learned in the 720 days here at PRHS, what you’ve learned in your 6,570 days of being alive. Everything in your life-- from friends to fortitude, from tests to that one extra mile-- has lead you to this point. Be brave Bearcats, we all believe in you, and you should too. All those precious moments held here at PRHS have come to an inevitable end. It is time to place this book onto the shelf right next to your dusty copy of the horror novel titled: Middle School. This quest of first loves, best friends, SATs, and all-nighters was just the prequel to your biggest adventure yet. It’s a big, bad world out there, but “don’t worry, don’t stew. Just go right along and you’ll start happening too.”
Dear past, present, and future Bearcats, When the clock strikes midnight, a new chapter begins in everyone’s life. Every passing hour is a new page, and every second is a sentence. Each amazing moment is one of the many pinnacles in your tale. To say the least, PRHS graduate class of 2016 is starting a whole new novel; one with adventures far beyond the classic frat party and first lecture nerves. They are their own protagonists, flaws and all. Every story has trials and tribulations and great loves and great loss. There will be archrivals to come and formidable fire-breathing dragons to vanquish. Yet, have no fear, valiant seniors, for you can do anything you set your heart to. The future awaits the heroic acts you all are capable of. It’s time to go into the woods. Your hero’s
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Minimum wage set for historic heights Will it raise up low income workers, or make them fall? by Sabrina Hernandez, Graphic Designer 1.7 million people in America earn below the federal minimum wage, and around 1.4 million people earn it, scraping by on $7.25 (or less) an hour, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The statistic paints an obvious image of wealth inequality, a disease that’s been afflicting our country since day one. But what kind of remedy is there for this sort of ailment? California state law may be proposing the long awaited cure: raising minimum wage to the historic height of $15 per hour. But would this really serve as effective treatment? Most facts point to a less than satisfactory result for the low-income workers the law is meant to help, and the above minimum-wagers whose income is lessened. When the federal minimum wage first became law in 1938, it was 25 cents. In today’s numbers, that’s a whopping $4.13 per hour. Predictably, as times changed, so did the minimum wage. In 2009, the average was raised to $7.25, which was about an 11 percent increase from 2008. However, that’s just the federal minimum; the absolute cheapest, skin-of-your-teeth number that is set to ensure a certain level of economical equality and fairness. “Fairness” being a relative term, considering that working full time on a $7.25 makes a person, after state, federal, social security and Medicare taxes, about $800 a month, which isn’t even enough for rent. State law in California has a different definition of minimum wage. At $10 an hour, the Golden State was second to only Washington DC, whose average is currently $10.50. But living on $10 isn’t any easier. Full time on $10 amounts to about $12,000 a month, $150 short for rent at an apartment here in Paso. A house is even farther out of reach: median home prices in SLO county
is about $454,500. However, by 2022, California’s minimum wage will be a historic $15, making it the richest minimum wage state in the country. A month’s worth of work at minimum wage will now be worth about $2,000. But consider that with inflation. The predicted amount of inflation in 2022 will be about 1.8 percent, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Forecast’s, making $100 in today’s money $111. This leap forward is far larger than any ever attempted. Propelled by these roughly 1.3 million dissatisfied workers and multiple unions like Fight For 15 are rallying for some sort of change in the economic wage gap and the stagnant state of the federal minimum, states have been toiling individually for this raise. New York is gearing to follow on California’s heels, proposing its own laws to push minimum wage to $15 over the course of six years, allowing small business an extra year to adjust as well. But the raise doesn’t come without its concerns. Experts worry that such an increase would do nothing but hike up the cost of living, worsening the problem. A leap forward of this magnitude could widely vary labor-market conditions across the country, and possibly cause job cuts, or even reduce job supply. Small business owners whose main expense is labor might be forced to cut their staff. A minimum wage raise this drastic isn’t necessarily the most effective or efficient route to for help the income inequality
stricken poor. It could benefit many workers who are not poor, not supporting families, or both., neglecting its entire goal. According to Alan Kruegar, former head of the Council of Economic Advisers, a $12 wage would be more beneficial to lowwage workers, but “a $15-an-hour national minimum wage would put us in uncharted waters, and risk undesirable and unintended consequences.” Because the cost of living is always rising, the value of a new minimum wage begins to fall from the moment it is set, according to the United States Department of Labor. Easing into a higher minimum slowly, helps combat the problems of the cost of living climbing quicker than people can work to make money. Change is very necessary if we wish to douse the growing income inequality that thrives very easily in our country, but let us not change rashly. We have a history of throwing money at our problems; let’s not throw too much at minimum wage without clearly thinking and watch as it causes unintended consequences.
Discrimination due to faith goes against our nation’s values
by Mason Seden-Hansen, Opinion Editor
With Donald Trump calling for a ban to all Muslims coming into our country, some people have begun to wonder, should all Muslims be prevented from entering America? Terrorist attacks from radical Muslims have done grievous damage and resulted in the loss of many American lives. But should we, knowing the danger of terrorism, deny any Muslim the right to enter this country? The idea of denying people the right to come to America based on religion is unamerican and inhumane. Seden-Hansen America is unique in that it is a nation of immigrants. It has historically been a refuge from economic collapse, violence, and racial and religious persecution. The pilgrims, the founders of our country, were fleeing the state-supported Anglican church to express their own religion.. The first amendment of the Constitution states that “congress shall make no law … prohibiting the free exercise [of religion].” Creating a religious test to enter the country goes against our constitution and our founding values as a nation. ISIS has come to the conclusion that all people other than themselves can be killed, a complete us-versus-them mentality. But by fearing all 1.6 billion Muslims in the world on account of ISIS, which is only a very small portion of Muslims, we are, to a lesser extent, falling prey to the same evil folly. We are dehumanizing each individual and treating them all as one. ISIS is a minority of extremists in one of the largest religions in the world. In our country, where people are predominately
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Christian, it’s easy to see that people of the same religion are not necessarily similar in opinion-- there are 35 Christian churches in Paso Robles alone, and we do not agree on many things.It seems you’re using this as a local example for the isis being a small part of muslims, but you don’t relate it back to that at the end of the pharagraph so it seems you’re switching topics Historically, there have been extremist Christian groups, such as the KKK, but their actions do not reflect on the faith as a whole. The ultimate goal of terrorism is to instill fear that results in a distrust in others. When our mindset and perception of others is defined by terrorism, that is the ultimate victory for extremist terrorism. When we begin to distrust all Muslims based on their faith alone, when our perception of Islam is defined by terrorism, the terrorists have achieved their ultimate victory. It is not only our duty as Americans, but as humans to continue to allow Muslims into this country. When Ronald Reagan left office he described the “shining city on a hill” that America could be, “...if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here.” America should be open to people like the Syrian refugees who need asylum from the same terrorism which we fight against. People must be judged individually whether they can come into our country, not based on religion. Religious tests go completely against American ideals. Let’s not let fear blind our better judgement. When ISIS tries to extinguish the flame of our humanity, we must let it burn even brighter.
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PREPArandome para el colegio Las dificultades y oportunidades de la Preparatoria por Vianette Mendoza, Escritora Invitada
a ser dificil despedirme de un lugar que ha sido como otro hogar para mi. Es increíble creer que hace cuatro años entre a la Preparatoria. Como me dijeron muchos estudiantes del doceavo grado estos cuatro años van a pasar muy rápido y no te vas a dar cuenta. Y tenían toda la razon, estos cuatro años han pasado muy rápido. Pero también durante estos años, he hecho amistades que no voy a olvidar y he tenido memorias que han sido inolvidables. Cuando empecé la Preparatoria, tenía buenos grados y no me juntaba con mucha gente, mas bien me quedaba yo en los salones de mis maestros a estudiar. El tiempo pasó y mis maestros querían que fuera más abierta a las oportunidades que da esta escuela. Entonces lo hice, entre a Key Club y me inscribí en clases avanzadas para retarme y salir de mi zona de confort. Mi segundo año en la Preparatoria me inscribí para tomar Quimica Avanzada, no les miento esa clase fue un reto increíble. Había tardes que me juntaba con mis compañeros de clase para estudiar lo que acabamos de aprender en la clase. En
realidad eso hace una diferencia porque a lo mejor lo que yo no entendí mis compañeros lo entendieron y ellos me pudieron explicar. Estas clases aunque son muy difíciles son buenas para que los estudiantes estemos preparados para la universidad. Tomando clases avanzadas de ciencias, lenguaje, y matemáticas me ayudaron a tener más conocimiento a un nivel diferente ya que me retaron a salir de mi zona de confort y tratar de dar siempre un poco más de mi. Durante estos años he tenido maestros que me han apoyado durante mi carrera en la Preparatoria. También la clase de AVID es una clase que me ayudó muchísimo. Esta clase me ha ayudado a mi y me ha dado consejos para cómo tener buenos grados en mi clases. No solamente eso, pero tambien me ha ayudado a mi y a mis compañeros en el proceso para registrarnos en universidades. No es un proceso sencillo pero cuando tienes el apoyo necesario todo es más fácil. También les recomiendo que sean parte de un club o deporte en la escuela. Para que tengan experiencia completa de la Prepa. Siendo parte de un club hice amistades y me sentí como si fuéramos
parte de una familia. Durante mis cuatro años yo estuve involucrada en Key Club y ese club me ha ayudado a salir de mi zona de confort. Aunque no estuve tan involucrada en esos clubes se que el haber participado me ayudó a encontrar la carrera quiero seguir. Cómo Hispana yo quisiera que me vean como una persona estudiosa y trabajadora. Muchos de nosotros estamos estudiando y trabajando, para ayudar a nuestros padres y muchos maestros no saben eso. Es nuestra responsabilidad de no solamente estudiar si no también trabajar. Una manera de poder ayudar a nuestros padres y hacer una diferencia en nuestra comunidad es con un estudio avanzado. Cómo hispana quiero retar a todos los estudiantes a que estén abiertos a tomar clases que los empujen a rebasar sus límites. Haci cuando se gradúen de la Preparatoria estén preparados para entrar en la universidad y realizar sus metas de estudio. Sean un ejemplo para su familia y su comunidad para que las nuevas generaciones tengan un modelo a seguir. Todo se puede si ustedes ponen de su parte.
Cuarenta y cinco estudiantes a través de dos clases PRHS son terminar esta semana en una exposición pública dedicada a contar historias de personas que han emigrado a Paso Robles de otros países. Después de siete semanas de trabajo, los estudiantes exhiben retratos de gran formato, impresos narrativas, collages de audio de entrevistas y enlaces online Studios en el parque en el centro de Paso a partir de 20 de mayo. Los participantes, que van de 15 años de edad a través de 57, compartieron sus experiencias inmigrar de México, Tailandia, China, Brasil, Filipinas, Nigeria, El Salvador y Vietnam. “Algunos aprenden el inglés en las clases en el Campus de Cuesta colegio, algunos son parientes o vecinos de los estudiantes, y pocos son los estudiantes mismos. Algunos ya se han establecido en la comunidad, dos son maestros del distrito escolar, y uno llegó este pasado mes de abril,”según un comunicado de prensa del distrito. La exposición recorre en Studios en el parque de 20 de mayo mediados de junio. “ “No era totalmente consciente de la gran profundidad del sacrificio y la gente de inmenso dolor cara para venir aquí, escribió el periodista grado noveno Natalia Bogdan. “Esta es una oportunidad para decir la verdad sobre los inmigrantes y sus historias de dejar familia, a menudo escapando de la pobreza pulida y peligrosa violencia, para empezar en un nuevo país”
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A DAY WITH ROYALTY Junior Raul Morales fulfills his dream of meeting the LA Kings
by Ana Mendoza, Reporter
Check out a video of Raul’s visit with the LA Kings.
REFLECTING RAUL(above) : Morales reflects on his memories of meeting his favorite LA Kings player Anže Kopitar. On his three day trip, Morales got to practice with Kopitar and other players. Photo by Morgan Rego
is legs trembled as he walked onto the Staples encouraged Ramirez to apply Morales for the program Center, the gray and black LA Kings jersey on and share his story. The organization checked with his back and a black puck in hand, thousands Stanford Hospital about his condition. His wish was to of eyes on him. Out on the ice and in the see a LA Kings game live, but he got more than he spotlight, junior Raul Morales’s smile shone above his bargained. blue Make A Wish button tacked onto his jersey. He stood on the ice next to Kopitar one year later. LA Kings center-man Anže Kopitar and left wing player “He became my favorite player because he has been Taylor Hall circled and hovered in. At the ref’s sign, on my favorite team since I started watching hockey and Morales dropped the puck in the ceremonial start with I just loved his style of play. He is a good sportsman but anxiety and exhilaration. also played as a rough and elite player,” Morales said. “I always dreamt some day I’d go pro, someday I’d be The L.A. trip started off with a limousine ride 197 out on the ice with them, but I never thought at 17 I’d be miles down south to their hotel. They spent the day up there with them,” Morales said. walking up and down the City Walk with his Make A Wish Morales has been skating since fourth grade, and he button and family. plays with the North County Wolverines but still has time “Whenever a store would see [the badge] they would to work with the kids at the Boys and Girls Club, volunteer give us stuff. For example, we went to the Hard Rock at St. Rose of Lima teaching a catechism class, and help Cafe, we finished eating, the manager came out and he out with the church’s confirmation program on Sundays. talked to us and said it was on him,” Morales said. “[Religion] is probably the biggest thing in my life. That same night they got a call from a Make A Wish Without it I don’t know where I would be and if I would representative to be ready by 8 am the next morning with even be here. It just makes me feel like I always have Him no specifics, just that they were to attend a Kings game. [God] by me because of how much I feel I have been The following day the family received a private lunch in blessed and looked out for,” Morales said. the best seats in the sports stadium. After they received Morales and his family spent a surreal three days with jerseys and L.A. Kings gear, Morales was taken down by his favorite player and the team in Los Angeles where a worker for the L.A. Kings to watch them warm up and they enjoyed a day at Universal Studios and stayed in a sit with them on the bench. hotel on the Citywalk with limousine service. “We met the representative; he told us we were going His trip was the first Paso Robles award from Make down to the Staples Center, but it was really early and A Wish Foundation. He was diagnosed with a Chronic the game started at about seven or something,” Morales Kidney Disease, or CKD, ten days after his birth. As an said. “ After the game I got to go into the locker room infant, Morales was being treated for a lung issue when with my favorite player, Anže Kopitar, and [he] gave me the doctor discovered two damaged kidneys. The left a tour. They gave me my own slot to sit in where the kidney was lost not long after and his right kidney was players will dress up for the game with my name on it.” only a little healthier-- just enough to survive. The doctors The slot boasted the name R. Morales in black and told Morales’s parents that eventually he was going to white with the Kings logo plastered on both sides. need a transplant or dialysis. Dialysis would help remove On day two, a representative from the Make A Wish waste from the body and help out the kidney with its took the family 15 miles from the Staples Center to bodily function by either using an artificial kidney or the Toyota Center in El Segundo, where the Kings installing a catheter into the abdomen. At 12 years old, conduct practice. It didn’t take long before Kopitar and the time for a new kidney was drawing closer as Morales retired hockey player Daryl Evans geared Morales up began experiencing problems with his kidneys that would and treated him to a private practice session. After the drag him to the hospital and keep him there for days on practice, the family was escorted to the dining area to end as his kidney became infected. have breakfast with the team. “It was normal for him [not to have symptoms] until “I’m very happy about everything that has happened middle school when he got very bad fever due to a this past month. It’s been really awesome to have your urinary tract infection and the kidney was not doing it’s wish granted,” Morales said, “Playing for the Kings would job 100 percent,” said Morales’s mother Margarita be my ultimate goal. But I think that it would make me Ramirez, “It was the second time he was hospitalized, even happier if someday I could make kids smile and and we realized that time for a transplant or dialysis was look up to me just like I look up to Kopitar.” getting closer.” Four years later, on March 19, 2015, Morales recieved a new kidney from his father. 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ALL THE RIGHT MOVES
Freshman Oscar Gutierrez breaks down dance boundaries by Sadie Mae Mace, Managing Editor
e pauses in the center of the stage, wearing a crisp white shirt and tie, while glancing off to stage left, the figure of confidence. Just minutes later, he reappears on stage wearing a gray shirt and khakis, stretching his arms out to the side with a tortured expression. He next morphs into a jubilant dancer, as he waves jazz hands for the next performance. The next dance reveals him with his hand outstretched as if yearning for something. Next, he commands the stage in his solo, slipping on different dance personalities like a chameleon. Energetic. Passionate. Inspirational. This is freshman Oscar Gutierrez. His dance styles range from ballet, contemporary, lyrical and tap, with contemporary being his preferred style because of the wide range of character opportunities it offers. A dancer who first started in a ballet class five years ago at Class Act Dance, he has snagged the lead role as the Nutcracker Prince in the annual Christmas Nutcracker recitals and even performed a solo at the 2016 PRHS Dance Show. The types of roles he tackles only proves how versatile of a dancer he is: the acrobatic Moor Doll, the high energy Russian dancer, the amusing Chef, the courageous Nutcracker Prince, and in his own words, a “weird creepy possessed person.” “When you’re on stage...you’re in your own little world and it’s the coolest thing because you get to share part of yourself with the audience,” Gutierrez said. Getting up on stage in front of an audience ready to judge your every move is nerve wracking; however, Gutierrez draws on his self confidence to transform into different characters. “I think of becoming nothing, because you have to be nothing to be something” said Gutierrez, going on to describe that on stage, he fully embodies the character by driving negative thoughts out of his head. “It is really great to have a male dancer that other boys can look up to. He dances very masculine and powerful, which I appreciate,” Leadership and Dance teacher Jennifer Bedrosian said. His passion for dance has lead him to compete for a spot in a professional summer dance camp, also known as “an intensive.” The American Ballet Theater, company to the first colored female principal ballerina Misty Copeland, hosts a prestigious summer intensive that Gutierrez participated in last year and auditioned for this summer. Intensives comprise of up to seven classes a day, taught by professionals, with only two breaks. “You get inspired to be a better dancer, or a teacher...there’s so many great people that go there,” said Gutierrez about his experience at intensives. Competitions are also part of a dancer’s life, with Gutierrez’s favorite being the JUMP Convention held in the spring. When dancing in a workshop held by esteemed choreographer Mia
1. CENTERSTAGE: Gutierrez is held by fellow dancers in the PRHS Dance Show on March 10-12. This was the freshman’s first Dance Show at PRHS. 2. SOLO: The dancer of five years had a solo in the Dance Show. Gutierrez’s first dance role was the Nutcracker prince. 3. EMOTION: During his solo, Gutierrez showed passion with his moves. His favorite dance style is contemporary. 4. OSCAR!: Gutierrez poses for a picture during school.
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Michaels, he remembers, “I was doing this turn and she grabbed my hand...Someone who appreciates artistry just grabbed my hand,” later joking that, “I’ve been touched by a god!” in response to the experience. His dedication to dance is noticed both in the professional world of dance and close to home. “Oscar is an extremely strong and beautiful dancer. He is an original and his choreography is unique and creative,” said Bedrosian, who also describes his technique as “right on point”. Dancing will not be reduced to just an extracurricular activity for Gutierrez; instead, he plans on pursuing a career in the dance field, something he’s set his eyes on since his first ballet class. “As a teacher we often look for students to inspire us. He definitely is one of those students that fills that role,” Bedrosian said.
DID YOU KNOW...
Gutierrez has been in a total of 21 productions during his five year dancing career
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LA DANCE MAGIC
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THE BEE’S KNEES
The rapid disappearance of bees negatively affects the environment by Madi Warren, Photographer
ees don’t have knees, but they do have needs. These bugs rely on plants to make honey and keep nature balanced. Bees are a critical factor to our environment and without them we may lose the plants that bees pollinate, and all of the animals that eat those plants and so on. “They affect the environment because the plants rely on pollinators to propagate them and we rely on the pollinators for a big portion of the food supply. They say like one third but it could even be more,” said local bee keeper Anna Rempel, who keeps four bee hives. It is absolutely crucial we do something right away to fix the problem before the bees die off and disappear. Bees pollinate everything from almonds to avocados to the alfalfa used to feed dairy cows. Without bees, there would be no food for the animals who eat the plants, and then no food for us because the majority of plants and animals would be gone. As far as important species go, bees are top of the list and are known as keystone species which are species on which other species in an ecosystem largely depend on. They are essential pollinators and bees pollinate 70 out of about 100 crop species that feed 90 percent of the world. Honey bees are liable for $30 billion crops in one year, according to BBC Future. The bee population is disappearing quickly and is affecting the environment tremendously, “We are losing bees at an alarming rate. Possible reasons include the loss of flower meadows, the crab-like varroa mite that feasts on their blood, climate change, and use of pesticides,” according to BBC Future. “Our lives depend on pollinators because most of the planet now is flower based and most plants produce flowers. This is an amazing evolutionary step when the flowers showed up and then the pollinators co-evolved with it and so most of our food supply is based on pollination. Not just the honey bees are in difficulties, all the pollinators are like the butterflies and all the native bees,” Rempel said. Scientists found several reasons why the bee population has dropped, including habitat loss, global warming, parasites and a class of bee-killing insecticides known as neonics. When farmers treat their seeds with neonics, the chemicals merge their way into the pollen and nectar of the plants. The farmers don’t intend on harming the honey bees because they are trying to kill the parasites but the bees also consume the toxins. This is bad news for other pollinators and us as well because according to Environment California neonics are about 6,000 times more toxic Photo used with permission
to bees than DDT, which is a toxic poison used to repel insects from crops. On the other hand, we are also responsible for the population drop because of our huge industrial productions. Farmers have thousands of acres of the same crop, which has no diversity and is affecting the pollinators. “We humans are responsible for what’s going on because of our mindset. We are in an exploitive mind set. We try to maximize everything and raise living things in a factory model and industrial model and so we have farms and thousands of acres of one crop, which is not how the natural world operates. In fact, natural ecosystems are very diverse, so we have just created these deserts,” Rempel said. This lack of diversity is not giving the pollinators options to gather from and is greatly affecting the population. “So this mindset of ours that exploits and maximizes; and the maximum production and we don’t think about how that fits into the whole picture, the whole web of life,” said Rempel. For the past 10 years, beekeepers in the United States have been reporting hive losses of 30 percent or higher, which is a significant amount of bees. However, this winter, according to Elizabeth Grossman, who is a health author who has written Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products and Human Health, said “Declining bee populations pose a threat to global agriculture,” and many beekeepers experienced losses of 40 to 50 percent or more. The commercial bee operations prepared to move their hives to fertilize the California’s almond trees, which is this country’s largest pollinator event. Across 800,000 acres, “California’s almond orchards typically require 1.6 million domesticated bee colonies to pollinate the flowering trees and produce what has become the state’s largest overseas agricultural export,” Grossman said. But because of the extensive bee loss to “colony collapse disorder,” this winter, almond growers were able to pollinate their crop only through an extreme, nationwide push to gather together the needed number of substantial healthy bee colonies. To prevent any of this from happening, the agricultural industries need to agree on not treating their crops with poison that is harming the bees and the environment. Some ways to help the bees repopulate and pollinate more is to plant bee-friendly plants such as colorful flowers, fruit trees, carrots, strawberries, and watermelon. Bees prefer flowers that are blue, purple, or yellow like tulips and any other colorful flower that would attract them.
They are easy to grow and all that needs to be done is to scatter a variety through the yard, ensuring a good supply of pollen through the warm months which will give bees the opportunity to repopulate. Millions of bees are dying off, with shocking consequences for our environment and our food supply. What if the bee population just disappeared? It’s simple: No bees, no food. “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man,” world renowned scientist Albert Einstein said. If the pollinators continue to disappear, the world as we know it would disappear as well.
Anna Rempel, Bee Keeper “We are in an exploitive mind set. We try to maximize everything and raise living things in a factory model and industrial model... which is not how the natural world operates.” Crimson Newsmagazine
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CrImson bIds Bon VOYAGE TO A CROWD OF SENIORS WORTHY OF COVERAGE who shIne en masse WIth spunk and pIzazz, they wIll sparkle lIke stars, no matter where they go: Michelle Mcpherson (P.14), Dakota Rodriguez (P.15), Jeffrey Snowbarger (P.16), Jamison Murray (P.17), Stephen Preston (P.23), Julia Schulte (P.26), Isabella Marzielo (P.30), Jena Corea (P.31), Tyler Penn (P.33), Taylor Bedrosian (P.34), Eden Peterson (P.37), Maria Anguiano (P.38), Lizette Juarez (P.39)
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About this Issue....
This issue is dedicated to Dr. Seuss on behalf of the Crimson 2015-2016 Staff. Dr. Seuss was a inspiration for the issue and the 2016 graduating class as they grew up dwelling in his literature. All graphics in this issue have been drawn by Raegan Lomanto, Emma Corippo, Mae App, and Nichole Landon in memory of Seussâ€™s legacy.
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in the streets, star in the meets Senior Michelle McPherson
shows kindness on and off the track
reaky bleachers seemed extra blinding under the diffused sunrays, and eighth grader Michelle McPherson felt anxiety swell as she prepared for her first track meet as a Lewis Leopard. An old family friend and track coach came bearing a gift: a black adidas bag holding coach’s running shoes, old and worn from her glory days. The smell of sweat and hard work oozed out of the bag as she pulled out the black and orange tiger striped shoes and laced them on her feet. She took her place on the track. “Tigers are fast, which is what you’re going to be,” her coach told her. Those were McPherson’s first pair of spikes. Five years and 196 races later, those tiger shoes dangle on her bedroom wall. McPherson, now varsity track captain, pounded out a personal best of 12.9 seconds in the 100 and placed 4th in PAC 8 in the 100 and 5th in the 200. Senior Ty Jones, her varsity track captain and friend, describes McPherson as “the rock” and motivator. “She’s extremely competitive. She does not like to lose, but at the same time if you’re down on yourself, Michelle w i l l always be there to help. She’ll remind you of other things you’ve done correctly,” Jones said. He said she may be a star in the meets, but she always cares. “She has taught me to never get down on myself, and if I’m not feeling up to anything, to just suck it up, and it will be over soon,” Jones continued. Her track career hasn’t been sunshine and daisies. The first mountain to climb came sophomore year when she pulled a hip flexor from running too hard without stretching enough. She watched practice for the rest of her first varsity season. “I felt really sad; I felt like I was letting down the team,” said McPherson, who, regardless of the
emotional and physical pain, powered through therapy. After hours of physical therapy and cheering her team on from the sidelines, she was all set and ready to go for junior year. While track and running have been a huge part of her life, McPherson’s passion for people has been just as big of a role. Her mother has witnessed it firsthand. “Michelle loves people; she loves to help people. She always makes sure that people are having a good time,” said Deb McPherson, who teaches science at Lewis Middle School. Senior Dominic Petrillo reflects on times where the kind heart and love really shined through from his good friend of seven years. “I see Michelle’s kindness everyday. She never leaves anybody out and will go out of her way to just get to know them. She’s friends with everybody. She’s so kind that it’s not hard to be good friends with her.” Appropriately, her favorite Dr. Seuss character is the title pachyderm from “Horton Hears a Who.” Other than being an elephant, Mcpherson’s favorite animal, he, like her, can hear someone overlooked by others. Like Horton, relationships have been another mountain. Throughout middle and high school, she has had to wrestle with letting go of people who hold her back from the good she could be doing. She admitted a desire to be friends with everyone can be a phobia on the flipside. “I’m most scared of losing friends… letting go of the ones that have negatively affected me is probably the biggest mountain I’ve faced so far.” Yet her McPherson’s strength and courage amid the obstacles inspire those around her. “Watching her overcome her mountains and become who she is has been really cool. She’s a role model. She’s the person everyone wants to be. She’s real; a genuine friend, and that’s really good,” Dominic said. She will tell you the stumbling blocks and the summits vary: from dead last in every equestrian show to first in every one; from letting go of friends to making new ones; from a freshman pulled hip flexor to smoking league competition. McPherson explained she has one motto she strives to live by everyday. “Just because it’s not a perfect day doesn’t mean it’s not a perfect life.” Everyday, regardless what she’s going through, regardless the mountains she’s facing, McPherson seeks happiness and joy. She seeks ways to make others come before herself and decides that no matter what she does, she’s going to love on everyone. After June 10, a PRHS diploma, and a summer break, she will spreading the kindness at University of Nevada Las Vegas, a hospitality major with hopes of becoming a wedding planner. — Madecyn Penn, Sports Co-Editor
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•VARSITY TRACK CAPTAIN •She loves PIZZA BURGERS &DISNEY
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Las gradas rechinantes parecían especialmente segadoras bajo los rayos del sol difusos, y la Michelle McPherson en el octavo grade sentía ansiedad en su oleaje , mientras se preparaba para su primera carrera de atletismo como un leopardo de la Escuela Intermedia Daniel E Lewis . Fue en este momento en que el viejo amigo de la familia y entrenador de la pista llegó con un regalo : una bolsa de adidas negra sosteniendo el primer par de zapatos para correr de McPherson ; viejos y gastado de los días en que su entrenador era su propietario. El olor a sudor y trabajo duro brotó de la bolsa mientras sacaba los zapatos negros y naranja con rayas de tigre y los ató a sus pies . Mientras tomaba su lugar en la pista, las palabras de su entrenador le llenaban los oídos, “los tigres so veloz, y eso es lo que tu serás.”
Senior Dakota Rodriguez
s the crowd of about 150 FFA students converged onto the signup field at 8 a.m., a confident figure weaves her way through the mob, leading her Vet Science team to the check in desk. Once there, she jokes around with her teammates while adjusting the uniform required neck scarf and dark blue jacket, adorned with two FFA pins. That confidence she exuded at her competitions helped lead the team to a fifth place victory, putting the team at 24th in the state. Her extensive knowledge about 231 different breeds and parasites and a general knowledge test about veterinarian topics sets her up for success. Born and raised in Paso Robles, senior Dakota Rodriguez considers softball and agriculture as two key components of her life. She pitched for varsity softball for one year, while playing outfield for her other two, and pitched with the travel teams of Central Coast Xtreme Heat and SLO County Nitro. However, senior year brought big changes for Rodriguez, as both the FFA competition season and softball games approached in the upcoming spring events. She ultimately chose to follow her passion for agriculture, soon becoming a founder of the first PRHS Vet Science Team. “[FFA] means family to me. All of the people that are in it are just awesome people...We all have different strengths and we all feed off each other’s excitement,” Rodriguez said. Her love for cattle started at the age of three, when her grandmother gave her her first heifer. She joined 4-H at nine years old with her heifer, before switching to FFA at high school, showing heifers all four years at Salinas Valley Fair and the Mid State Fair. Her list of FFA awards is extensive, with degrees such as Greenhand, Chapter, and State, alongside winning first place in project competition her sophomore year, top three in junior and senior year, and beef proficiency her senior year. Her multiple competitions include recitation of the FFA Creed in her freshman year, Opening and Closing ceremonies all four years, and Vet Science her senior year. Rodriguez is currently working on her American degree, which is only open to graduates and awarded at the National FFA Convention to “members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their supervised agricultural experiences,” according to the National FFA Organization. She has participated in the convention once, attending this year’s sessions at Fresno. Rodriguez spends over 1152 hours per year working at her f a m i ly ’s ranch with cattle throughout the school year
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and every day in the summer. Her normal schedule includes the grueling tasks of feeding, fixing fences and troughs, checking water levels, giving vaccinations, spraying pesticides, and making sure there are no complications during calving season. Former PRHS agriculture teacher, Mark Clement, is a close family friend who had Rodriguez’s father as a student and encouraged her to join FFA and even taught her the FFA Creed at six years old. “He had a big impact on my love for FFA...He’s a great family friend,” said Rodriguez, whose first agricultural teacher was Clement. This love of FFA lead Rodriguez to apply to Cal Poly SLO, where she will attend this fall to major in Agriculture Communication, with the final goal of becoming a public relations representative focused on beef communications. Her main goal after college is to join a company that is “new and innovative that really helps the Ag culture industry”. In this case, Imutek, a business that produces colostrum supplements for calves, is her ideal company. Colostrum supplements are given to calves when born to help boost their immune system. Rodriguez’s hard work in FFA activities also helps her excel at school, such as her 4.15 weighted GPA. Her favorite classes are the Ag classes, particularly the ones taught by Clement and Vet Science teacher Amanda Gardner, closely followed by her junior year of English, particularly the utopia “Yeetville” project. Rodriguez attributes her success to her Grandma, Cheryl Gay Rambo, the most important person in her life. “She’s just always there for me...I’ve played in many softball games and she’s been to every single one,” said Rodriguez, also stating that they have both traveled together to New Mexico, Arizona, and Louisiana. Rodriguez moved in with her Grandma at the age of four due to family issues, stating, “It’s just been an insane thing to know that it was just out of the goodness of her heart that she did that...She’s just an amazing lady and I feel that everyone should strive to be like her and I definitely try to.” Rodriguez’s love for FFA does not go unnoticed by her closest friends. “She’s the kind of person that can brighten your day in no time, and she’s just all around incredible...She’s got such an incredible future ahead of her, and so many amazing accomplishments already. She’s truly magnificent,” said senior Morgan Moretti, one of Rodriguez’s close friends since freshman year. Moretti and Rodriguez, along with friend senior Eden Peterson, will all attend Cal Poly together this fall.
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A medida de la multitud de alrededor de 150 estudiantes de FFA reunidos en el campo de registro a las 8 a.m., una figura confía teje su camino a través de la multitud , liderando a su equipo de Ciencias veterinarias al mostrador de recepción . Una vez allí, ella bromea con sus compañeros de equipo mientras se ajusta el pañuelo de cuello del uniforme requerido y una chaqueta azul oscuro , adornada con dos pasadores de FFA . Esa confianza que irradiaba en sus competiciones ayudó a llevar al equipo al quinto lugar , poniéndolos en el lugar 24 en el estado. Su amplio conocimiento acerca de 231 razas diferentes y parásitos y una prueba Graphics by Mae App, Raegan Lomanto, and Emma Corippo de conocimientos general sobre temas veterinario le a preparado para el éxito. 05.26.16 Crimson Newsmagazine crimsonnewsmagazine.org
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Senior Jeff Snowbarger
e’s known for following his heart, his undoubtful work ethic, his awkward mannerisms, and his faith. He works in what he believes in and does the right thing when it comes to it. He’s known to be kind and joyful by those closest to him and this is senior Jeffrey Snowbarger. Snowbarger has been in Leadership for all four years of his high school career, and has planned assemblies, halftime shows and dances. In his middle school years he say how much fun his friends were having and decided to give it a try his freshman year and stuck with it for his remaining years. Leadership has helped him be the person he is today and couldn’t imagine himself not taking it at all. It’s impacted him and the student body and the many events it creates. “The ability to take someone inexperienced or immature and to help them grow into someone more knowledgeable and mature, but a good leader also has to be willing to be corrected and critiqued if wrong. One who is willing to lead, but also able to be led if need be,” said Snowbarger, as this is what leadership means to him and couldn’t be prouder to be part of such organization on campus that makes a positive difference to the whole school. His little sister, freshman Amanda Snowbarger, has witnessed how far along her older brother has come and has joined leadership herself for some of the reasons her older brother did as well.
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Él es conocido por seguir su corazón, su ética de trabajo, sus gestos torpes, y su fe. Trabaja en lo que cree y hace lo correcto cuando es la cosa que hacer. Es conocido para ser amable y alegre por las personas más cercanas a él y esto es senior Jeffrey Snowbarger.
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“He’s a very strong willed and motivated person that if he puts his mind into something he will do it and he will not get down on himself,” said Amanda, “I like driving in the morning with him to school and our spontaneous Starbucks [trips] where we just talk and do homework.” Along with his contributions to Leadership, a big role in his life is his religion. As far back as Snowbarger can remember, he has attended church at Paso Robles Church of the Nazarene. Last summer Snowbarger and five other teens journeyed 2,206.6 miles to Louisville, Kentucky for Nazarene Youth Conference, or NYC, which takes place every four years . NYC is where thousands of teens from all over the United States and Canada come together to listen to Christian speakers, listen to Christian bands, help the community around them, as well as grow in their faith. His faith has helped him find what he wants to do for the rest of his life and be a doctor. “In church I would always hear ‘love your neighbor’ and I think being a doctor or surgeon of some kind would be a nice synthesis of my desire to learn about the body and my desire to love my neighbor,” said Snowbarger. —Mariela Villa, Co-Editor-in-Chief
T H IS CA IN T H E HAT • has planned four halftIme shows
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head in the game
Senior Jamison Murray
is living a real life highschool musical
ec. 5, 2014. 7:30 pm. The Christmas Carol debuted under the lights of the PAC, while junior actor Jamison Murray was five miles away on the sidelines of the football field, watching varsity defeat in CIF against the Newbury Park Panthers. 9 p.m. The drama cast, including Murray’s understudy, took their bows, then rushed off stage to watch the projection of the football game and cheer him on. When the camera panned over to Murray praying on the field, the PAC erupted with pride and joy. He balancing the ‘big game’ and the school play on the same night, senior Jamison Murray has proven to be the real-life Troy Bolton of PRHS, in addition to being an Eagle Scout, a fluent Spanish speaker, and a Link Crew Leader. “CIF was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and as I got closer to it, it hurt really hard to not be able to be there on opening night,” Murray said. Murray’s football career began in seventh grade when his dad purchased a new Nike football to bribe him into playing the sport that he loved. From then on, Murray has been an outside linebacker and special teams member playing on the varsity team for two years. What may be a more prevalent focus in Murray’s life is his heavy dedication to the PRHS drama department. After being tipped off from band teacher Sonny Galvan and senior Isabella Marziello in 2014, drama teacher Marcy Goodnow handed him an audition packet in the parking lot for “Once Upon a Mattress” in which he played an ensemble member. “(Jamison) has taken every opportunity to grow on stage. He doesn’t back down from a challenge and because of his he has grown from a quiet shy kid to a risk taker!” Goodnow said. After “Mattress,” Murray fell in love with the stage. He has been cast in seven shows including “Hairspray,” “The Music Man,” and “Alice in Wonderland,” playing an ensemble member, Oliver Hix, part of the barber shop quartet, and the King of Hearts respectively. Murray just finished his seventh and final show, “The Drowsy Chaperone” in which he played co-protagonist and best man George. He was pushed out of his comfort zone and into tap shoes. “Being able to do a tap number is really fun. The first time I ever even put on tap shoes was during callbacks,’ ” said Murray, who decided after a few moments of punching the air and groaning, that either George or Oliver Hix was his favorite role. Although tap pushed him out of his comfort zone, he was never alone on stage. Murray’s brother freshman Trevor Murray was cast as a member of the dance ensemble and learned tap dance with his older brother, whom he looks up to for almost everything in life. “He has left a footprint on that stage for me to follow in, and he’s just been the best brother I could ever have,” Trevor said. Along with his brother, Murray credits his closest friends senior Daniel Vigil, junior Graham Farrell, and his girlfriend, junior Maycee
Ham, for being such supportive fellow cast members and friends. “Jamison has an incredible work ethic. I’ve worked with him in productions, and right now in the Drowsy Chaperone, we have a tap number that we spent hours on and he wouldn’t stop until he got it,” said Farrell, who played Robert Martin, the groom, in The Drowsy Chaperone. However, Murray wasn’t always this outgoing. During the summer after junior year, Murray was chosen to attend Boys State, a leadership conference held at Sacramento State University. Along with his leadership status, Murray became an Eagle Scout on April 30 after completing his project making 250 reusable bags for the food bank out of old T-shirts. Another substantial aspect of Murray’s life is his faith. Murray attends The Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or better known as the Mormon Church. “It’s been my life. I’ve been a member ever since I was little and most of the big decisions of my life, like my mission and where I want to go to school, are based around being a member of the church,” said Murray, who plans on serving on a two year mission to an undetermined location before he hopes to attend Southern Utah University, where he will major in Chemistry with hopes to continue a career in forensic science.
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T H IS CA IN T H E HAT
CRIMSON EN ESPANOL
5 de Dic, 2014 7: 30 pm . El cuento de Navidad debutó a una multitud de espectadores , mientras que Junior Jamison Murray ya estaba en las líneas laterales del campo embarrado de lodo , viendo a su equipo dar choques contra las panteras de Newbury Park . 9 pm . El elenco tomó sus arcos finales, antes de precipitarse fuera del escenario para ver la proyección del partido de fútbol y animar Murray sucesivamente. Cuando la cámara enfocó a Murray que rezaba en el campo, el PAC entró en erupción con orgullo y alegría. Después de equilibrar el ‘ gran juego ‘ y la obra de teatro en la misma noche , senior Jamison Murray ha demostrado Troy Bolton de vida real de PRHS , además de ser un Eagle Scout , un anglohablante con fluidez , y un líder Link Crew.
• Ranked thIrd In senIor class • Is an Eagle Scout • Been In seven school productIons
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18 Parent Shoutouts
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Congratulations to our beautiful daughter. We are so proud of you and can't wait to see what your next journey in life will be. Never give up on your goals. Dream big and the sky is the limit. We will support you in everything you do in life. Love always, Dad, Mom, and Miranda
se C h a s s ey, y we are so proud C of you! You have grown unto a beautiful and talented young lady with a bright future. We know you will succeed in whatever you do in this next chapter of your ife. Congratulations! Love, Dad, Mom, Riley, and Addey
A s you set out on your y career path, remember that your entire family is behind you cheering you on! We are confident that you possess the strength and courage to get through life regardless of the challenges that may come your way! Look out San Francisco State, here comes Emily! Mom, Dad, John and Alex
Congratulations to you. We are proud of you and all that you have accomplished. We are proud of your strong heart and soul, keep it up. Looking forward to your rest of your life. Be happy! Love Mom, Dad, Megan and Kayla
Congratulations to the DAVIS TWINS! You started in our SMALL pool and now you’ve made it to the BIG pool of life. GOOD LUCK! Adelaide Inn
We are incredibly proud of you Micheal. Dream big! We love you. Mom and Dad
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h Benny He I’m so proud of rn the man you are becoming. In a a couple weeks you leave for the Marines and will be a defender of our country. As a mom I don’t want to let you go but I know your Dad and I have raised you well so you’ll be just fine. I love you Benny Boo!
We love you and are e ol so proud. Continue to "Trust h c in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path". Mom & Dad.
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Congratulations Ty! We are proud of you and the young man you have become. You are a hard worker whether it be academics or athletics continue to chase your dreams and you can accomplish anything. We will always be there to support you and encourage you! Love you, Mom, Dad, Zach and Cara
er " Tr u s t that your soul has a plan, and even if you can see it, know that everything will unfold as it is meant to" - Deepak Chopra We are blessed to have you as our son. We've always appreaciated your sense of humor but more important the thoughtful and caring person that you are. Love, Mom and Dad
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n Lol G r Lor - our baby girl. We are beyond proud of you! You have a heart for compassion for all people. Your desire to follow God wherever he leads you is an inspiration to us all. Lauren, I wouldn't want anyone else to be my sister, you are the reason for making me smile everyday! We love you, shine for Jesus! Mom, Dad and Gunner
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Pride doesn't begin to e descrive how we feel about all le that you have accomplished. We are amazed at all of the challenges you have faced with determination and strength. We are excited for your next steps as you go to PLNU. We can hardly wait to see where your life's adventures will take you. Love Mom and Dad
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cannot express the love and pride we feel for you our dear Natalya. We are so excited by the achievement of your goal to play soccer in college—you can do ANYTHING! We will miss you, yet be happy knowing you are living your dream, and will always be right behind you as you reach new heights of achievement. Love, Mom, Dad, and Nick
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ree are so proud of you! Congratulations on all of your accomplishments here at PRHS over the last four years. You have worked hard but also had a lot of fun. You have made many memories with your fellow bearcats. Continue to grow, learn, love, laugh and smile. We love you! Mom and Dad
ho Congrats m you are now a Paso Robles Alumni! I am so proud of you Kristen you have the potential to fo great things. You bear an amazing strength of conviction and most of all self confidence. Live for the story God has written for you, enjoy the journey. Love Mom
F r o m the day you were born you have been such a blessing to us Samuel! As you go into this next chapter of life, remember to fight, finish the race, and keep the faith! We are very proud of you and so excited for your future at Cal Poly. We love you! Mom and Dad
The things you have accomplished are remarkable. You make us so proud! You have truly inspired us with your passion and love. We can’t imagine a day without you here, we will miss you deeply. May college be the best years of your life! We will always be there for you. Love, Mom and Dad
Daniel, I am so proud of n a you, my son! You continue to amaze me in so many ways! You were the sweetest, funniest, and happiest baby and child. Now you are an adult who makes good choices and still makes me laugh like no other. I wish for you all the BEST your adult years can offer you! Make your life an adventure, and remember that "you are P. the one who will be driving your bus!!" I know you have to spread your wings and fly away...But I will always be your mother, and will ALWAYS LOVE YOU LIKE CRAZY! Love forever, mom...aka Susan LaCasse hahaha... XOXOXO
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I t seems like it was just y yesterday we were holding you in n o our arms walking you to kindergarten, h sitting at 8th grade graduation. You have achieved so much and made us proud in such a short amount of time. We can't wait to see what lies ahead. You are amazing! We will always support and love you! Love, Mom, Dad and Momo
Son, congratulations on the massive accomplishmetns P n you have achieved in your first 18 years. Along with your commitment to your community and your education, you still managed to make time for family, friendship and fun, always striving to maintain that ever challenging balence between leisure time and resposibility. We your parents are so very proud and amazed by you!
Congratulations! We are very proud of you! Just one of the many goals you will achieve! You have become a beautiful young lady and we have no doubt that you will be able to sccomplish all your dreams. Never forget that we will always be there for you! We love you, Dad, Mom, Luis and Ale
To say we are proud of you is an understatement. You have grown to be a smart, handsome and very kind hearted yound man. Keep up the hard work and your future will only get brighter. We love you with with all of our hearts. Love Mom and Dad
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ar “ Fro m zi a Bearkitten, to a el lo Georgia Brown Tiger, to a Flamson Cougar, and finally ending your successful school career as Mighty Bearcat! You did it! All your hard work and accomplishments have made us so proud and have paid off! Follow your dreams and remember who you are and who you represent. We love you! Mom and Dad an
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We are so proud of you. Good luck for the next chapter of your life. Always remember there’s no limit to what you can do if you keep believing in yourself. We love you very much and we wish you all the best. Love, Mom, Dad, Reihia, Vaitiare, Ethan, Tehani, Brandon, Alicia, Baby Andre
Capture the dream! Always, Mom and Dad
“Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age and dreams are forever”...”All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~ Walt Disney Jena Bug we love you very much and are extremely proud of you as you courageously follow your dreams. As Ellie says “Adventure is out there” go find yours! Love, Dad, Mom & Devin.
un Wow Gwen L Gwen! We see this picture and are awe-struck at what happened to our little sassy girl!! Watching you grow from this baby into a strong, independent young lady who had an incredible 4 years at Paso has been such a joy. Your courage and warmth touch the lives of your friends and family and we look forward to cheering you on in whatever you do! We are truly so proud of you, Love Mom and Dad 05.26.16
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Baby Photos 2016
MICHEAL DYE AbIgaIl Johnson
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“KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!”- dR. sUESS
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“WHY FIT IN WHEN YOU WERE BORN TO STAND OUT?”- dR. sUESS
Matt SIlva sTEPHEN pRESTON
LIndsay SvInth mAUREEN pUSHEA
CurtIs SvInth Dakota RodrIgIez
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Island Hopping Senior Stephen Preston
strives for a life
of scientific awakening
atalina island dirt kicking up between his sandal clad feet, the salty sea air swirling through his tied-back, sun bleached hair, senior Stephen Preston heads to the docks, readying the canoes for the day’s adventure of exploring the dense island with his scouts. While maintaining his 4.1 GPA, participating in Statistics competitions, gutting and fixing computers, doing field research on Santa Cruz island, and developing his personal leadership skills through Boy Scouts, Preston spends his time doing what he loves most: being outdoors and learning about science. Three consecutive summers working at Camp Cherry Valley on Catalina Island, a place where his Scouting knowledge is put to the test for eight weeks while he becomes a “big buddy” to anywhere from six to 60 younger children, can attest to his outdoor abilities. “We spend days canoeing and hiking and just exploring the island,” Preston said. Preston also gets to bond with the younger Scouts while lifeguarding and teaching canoeing. “At camp Cherry Valley there is something called being a troop friend...in the simplest definition of a friend. You’re there for them, you make sure they are having a good time,” said Preston who began working there at age 16 as part of his Boy Scouts group. He regards it as both a wilderness, and emotionally learning experience. “The things you learn at camp are just amazing. You really get to connect to people and learn about them,” Preston said. Despite the “job” title of it, he attributes many of his skills as a leader to his summers spent at the camp. “It really gives me insight into people. There is so much more to them than when you first look at them...you’re surrounded by a million different faces your entire life but you don’t really think ‘oh there’s a person behind that face,’ ” Preston said. In addition to going to Catalina island, Preston also spent a week on Santa Cruz island where he helped do field research by measuring vegetation plots. C A T THIS “I did field research in the interior of the island...on THE IN an average day we will go out
• Camp Cherry Counselor • 4.1 GPA • Eagle Scout
and measure veg plots for hours,” said Preston who spent the week with field researchers, PRHS teachers, and other students. His time spent at camp also opened his eyes to the environmental aspects of the vegetative life and helped develop his love for it. “Ecology has become more and more important to me. Sustainability, combating climate change and shrinking my ecological footprint has really become my primary priority...I love the natural world, it’s something worth protecting. I don’t want to have to explain to my grandkids what a giraffe is,” said Preston, who recently gained his Eagle Scouts award by developing a drought resistant garden. Preston’s friends notice his passions. “Stephen is strongly in favor of environmental protection… I think GEO has strengthened his concern for the planet’s health even more,” said senior Andrew McGuffin, Preston’s friend and fellow Boy Scout. Preston took his love of nature and integrated it into his Eagle Scout project, a task that each scout must complete in order to earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout. Preston, with the help of the city for funding, north county botanists, and several GEO members, was able to develop a drought resistant garden for the Paso Robles Senior Center. “We put some Manzanita in there and some Blue Fescue grass...it should only need to be watered once a month,” said Preston, who was able to contact the city council board and receive funding for his project using the communication and leadership skills he developed in scouting. Preston’s time in nature influenced his decision to major in Biochemistry at UC Santa Cruz where he plans to studying the environment and how to reduce his carbon footprint. — Emily Ayer, Co-Editor-in-Chief
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La tierra de la Isla Catalina se levanta entre sus pies revestidos en sandalias, el remolino de aire salado del mar se atraviesa en su pelo atado atrás y blanqueado por el sol, y senior Stephen Preston se dirige a los muelles , preparando las canoas para la aventura de explorar la isla densa con sus exploradores del día. Mientras que mantiene su promedio de calificaciones 4.1 , participa en concursos de Estadísticas , evisceración y fijación de las computadoras , investigación de campo en la isla de Santa Cruz , y el desarrollo de sus habilidades de liderazgo personal a través de Boy Scouts , Preston pasa su tiempo haciendo lo que más le gusta : estar al aire libre y aprender sobre la ciencia.
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24 Senior Destinations Locations not to scale. Roughly SENIOR SECTION
Cuesta Community College MARIA ABERCROMBIE REBECA ADAME KASSANDRA ALVAREZ MAELLE APP KAITLYN ARNOLD NATHALIE BARAHONA CAMRYN BARRINGER WILLIAM BAVER NASH BRANDON STEPHANIE BRAVO ZACHARY BROWN JESSICA BUCINS NATALI CARDONA KYLE CARUANA VALENTINA CASTRO-LINN VINCENT CEBALLOS DANNY CELIO RUBEN CELIO ADRIA CAHVES JESSICA CHAVEZ RAYMOND CHAVEZ DARREN CHODKOWSKI JASMINE CISNEROS ALLIE CLEVENGER CHASSEY COELHO KIMBERLY CORNEJO EDGAR CORNEJO NICHOLAS CUMMINGS ABIGAIL DANIELS EMILY DARLINGTON GABBY DAVIS CAMERON DEHAY MERCEDES DELAROCA CAITLYN DELAURETIS HAILEY DELAURETIS TRISTIN DURFEE MICHAEL DYE TABITHA EDWARDS EMILY ELISARRARAZ NICOLE ELLART SPENCER FIRKINS JOFNI FLORES ANTHONY FORMA MATTHEW FRANKIEWICH JUAN GALVEZ RIO GARNICA SAMANTHA GARRETT HARRISON GOMES STEPHANIE GOMEZ AILED GONZALEZ ALAN GONZALEZ YASMEEN GONZALEZ BRANDT GOODMAN RYAN GRINAGER MAYA GUILLEN ERIKA GUTIERREZ OLIVIA HANNA
JACOB HERNANDEZ EDUARDO HERNANDEZ CHLOE HOLSTINE JAYLEE HUBBARD OSCAR HURTADO DRU IRWIN MITCHELL IUNKER MATTHEW KELLER DEAN KIM KAMERAN KITCHEN DAVID KRIVINKO JENNIFER LAUDERDALE THOMAS LAUDERDALE VY MNH LE KELSEY LEWIS DREAMER LEWIS JOSE LOPEZ NOELANI LUIA GWEN LUNDY CLAYTON MAGGIORE ROBERT AMRES FRANCISCO MARTINEZ JEWELIANA MARTINEZ JOSHUA MARTINEZ GRECIA MARTINEZ KAI MATTHEWS JANEA MCCLELLAN RILEY MCNIEL ALORA MCNULTY RAELYN MCPHETRIDGE CAITLYN MENDEZ VICTOR MENDEZ MAHRYKA MIRANDA KAREN MONTES CHRSITOPHER MOORE RILEY MOOS FERNANDO MORA VANESSA MORA KRISTIAN MORFIN LUNA DILLON MULLINIX MACKENNA NESBIT NICHOLAS NEWMAN EVELINA NHEK MICHAEL NOTTENKAMPER AMBRAHAM NOVELO KELSEY NUNES JUSTIN NUNEZ RUBY NUNEZ RYAN O’MAHONEY VICTORIA OSBORNE KEVIN PEREZ TAYLAN PEREZ JESUS PEREZ DIANEY PEREZ DESTINEE PERRETTE DOMINIC PETRILLO
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70 percent of the senior class surveyed.
ZACHARY PHILLIPS KASEY PRYOR MADISON RAMIREZ ALYSSA REDDEN PAOLA RENDON KENNEDY ROBERTS KARLA RODRIGUEZ SYDNEY RUTH RACHEL SACONI EMILY SALKE JAYESTON SALVADOR MEGAN SANDERS VANESSA SANDOVAL ANTONIO SAVALA HALEY SAVRYK AMANDA SCHULTZ SABRINA SCOTT JASMIN SEVERIANO JUSTIN SLANE MICHAEL SLASON BRANDON SMITH TAYLOR SMITH DANIEL SOTO KYLEE SPAGNOLA WYATT SPENCER NATALIE STANFIELD RACHEL STIARWALT CJ THOMPSON KELSY THORNDYKE MORGAN THORP REBECCA TILLMAN SARA TORRES SERENA TORRES NANCY TREJO JOHN TRESCONY ADEKAIDA URSELO NADINE VARGAS RUTH VASQUEZ REYA VELASQUEZ DANIEL VIGIL JUAN VILLA MARIELA VILLA JESSICA VILLALOVOS EDWIN VILLEGAS TAYLOR WALTON TREVOR WEIGER MADELINE WHISLER ISABELLA WILDE TIMOTHY WOLFE JEREMY WOODALL JOSIAH YORK RACHAEL YOST ANGELIQUE YOUNG ANTHONY ZANARDI
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humbolt State UnIversIty
CODY RICHARDSON JOSHUA STEINBECK DANIEL TIBBETTS
unIversIty of puget sound ISABELLA MARZIELLO
chIco State UnIversIty RILEY AUSTIN JESSICA BEJAR JOSHUA BUSTAMANTE ANDREW MCGUFFIN JULISSA RENDON ALFREDO ROJAS
montana state unIversIty GANNON CHAMBERLAIN
west oregon unIversIty DAVID GODFREY
unIversIty of montana EMILY NICHOLS
suffolk unIversIty JENA COREA
Sonoma State UnIversIty LESLIE GARCIA JABNIA HERNANDEZ
Marymount Manhattan College Sacramento State UnIversIty EMMA DART
domInIcan unIversIty NICOLE FUENTES
berkley cIty college TONY JIMENEZ
AMBER BURGH west vIrgIna unIversIty KOBE FEELEY HAYLEY THROOP
cal marItIme academy COOPER YOUNG
st. john’s college JESSICA COLE unIversIty of ConnectIcut
csu east bay
MANUEL RENDON San FrancIsco State UnIversIty EMILY AYER PAULA OLIVERA DANIELA REYES
VIANETTE MENDOZA San Jose State UnIversIty
Northern arIzona unIversIty NOAH DINGLER
ZYAN CARLSON CHEYENNE PRUITT uc santa cruz JULIANA BLEVINS NATHALIE COLETTA STEPHEN PRESTON TYLER VALLEJOZ
WHERE TO GO?
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Cal poly Slo MARIA ANGUIANO TAYLOR BEDROSIAN NICK BURNELL ASHLEY DAVIS MARY HAMBLY MARIA HERNANDEZ BLAKE IRYSH TY JONES JUAN LOPEZ MORGAN MORETTI JEFFREY NEUMANN SAM NEVOSH ALEXIS NOCERINO CAMERON PEDRETTI EDEN PETERSON MAUREEN PUSHEA MARIA RODRIGUEZ DAKOTA RODRIGUEZ
oral roberts unIversIty SARAH BROWN
unIversIty of nevada MICHELLE MCPHERSON
csu monterey bay GISELLE REA
unIversIty of texas TOWAI MAJORIE
csu bakersfIeld JACOB STANKO SIMON TORRES
santa barbra communIty college
uc santa barbra LIZETTE JUAREZ MAKENNA PUGH
unIversIty of arIzona NATALIE DUREN GEORGIA OWENS
fresno state DANIEL CALLAHAN MEGAN CLAYS JUSTIN DAVIS NATHAN FULLMER ALYSSA RABENER
allen hancock college GRACE ROSA IVY BURNS
arIzona state unIversIty HANNAH KEATING
forest traIl academy IVANN FLORES
campbell unIversIty NATALYA MARCOVE
davIdson College CASSIDY MOSES
alabama state unIversIty KRISTEN THOMPSON
out of THE country
JUAN PINO SYDNEY CLEVENGER
ANNACHIARA CAPRIOTTI PASQUALE CARVISIGLIA HUGO DELAGRAYE LAUREN GRIFFIN TIERRA TRAYLOR
csu channel Islands RONESHA NUNEZ KIMBERLY RUIZ STEPHANIE AGUILERA CAROLYN CUATEPOTZO ISIS VALDEZ uc Los angeles TYLER PENN
csu los angeles BRANDON TABAREZ MARTHA ZAVALA santa monIca college CHANEL VEGA
work force RUBEN DELGADO KATLIN JENKINS CHRISTY HANEY CHRISTOPHER HERNANDEZ MONICA LECHUGA SKYLER O’CONNOR
ALEXIS OJEDA ANTONIO SAVALA ANDREW SANCHEZ JEREMY SHAKELFORD KYLE SYLVESTER ALEX YOUNGER
csu fullerton JUAN AGUILAR EVAN ESPINOZA RYAN LEGEITER
csu long beach KRISTA NATIVIDAD KATYA RUIZ uc IrvIne HAJAR ELSAYED
bIola unIversIty NICHOLE LANDON poInt loma nazarene unIversIty
MARLEE DRAKE JEFFREY SNOWBARGER
csu san marcos ALISSA KING san dIego state unIversIty ALEXANDRA BIGELOW
trade school LATICIANNA ALEXANDER KAITLYN BURSON GUADALUPE GARCIA GABBY HAMAMOTO PEARL HERRERA DESTINI MCALLEN KAYLA MERWIN RONNIE OCHOA SYERRA PETERSON ANTHONY ROMERO JORGE VERDUZCO
mIlItary BEN ASCHENBRENER ALBERTO CORACHADO IAN MUSICO COX JAY GONZALEZ LUZMILA HALAS MICHEAL PINEDA JOSHUA PLALE JOSE RAMIREZ DAKOTA RYAN PEDRO VARGAS REBECCA WHIPP
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26 Super Seniors
NOT THROWING AWAY HER SHOT
JulIa Schulte puts her foot In every door on campus
fter clambering out of the yellow van, which her family calls “the Banana Slug,” senior Julia Schulte happily strolls to drama teacher Marcy Goodnow’s classroom, jamming to Vampire Weekend. The warm morning sun causes the golden, beaded stars on her favorite jean jacket to glitter as she walks. Her orange backpack seems to be filled to the brim with the thoughts of her day ahead. Being involved in the Drama Department, GSA+, JOOI Club, Geo, Advanced Dance, Advanced Choir, and Link Crew makes for a busy life, but Schulte finds that participating in so many clubs and classes pays off. So, she walks in her worn white hi-tops to Goodnow’s room-- one of her many homes on campus-- with a grin on her face, ready to take on the day. The freshman version of Schulte, however, walked with a lot less confidence and boldness compared to her senior self, who stands tall and speaks with fluidity and power. “Before, I was really, really shy, and I wouldn’t take chances, but now, I mean, it’s like an audition! I’m going to try,” Schulte said. And trying everything has done her many favors: along with boosting her confidence in herself, and teaching her to manage her time, her incredible involvement has allowed her to make connections that will last long after high school ends. “I think the things I’m going to remember most about high school are the shows. Definitely. Just the community and the people,” she said. Schulte played the role of the Queen of Hearts in the fall play, “Alice in Wonderland”, and Trix the Aviatrix in this year’s spring musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone.” Schulte has been in six shows at Paso Robles High School. As a sophomore, she was a tech crew member for “Robin Hood”, and has been a running member of the theatre company ever since. Participating in so many activities alongside drama has also allowed Schulte to access parts of herself that she never knew could be. Advanced Choir with Aimee Ware has helped Schulte improve her singing and exploit a belt and pitch unmatched. And thanks to Geo with Mark DiMaggio, she’s also found a powerful drive to explore that accompanies her extremely powerful voice. “She’s one of the strongest female hikers because she never stops to rest, no matter how tired she is, until she gets to her goal. It’s really amazing, honestly,” fellow Geo hiker, senior Marlee Drake said. In addition, Link Crew, JOOI CLub, and GSA+ have all allowed her to
THIS CAT IN THE HAT
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• Involved In advanced Drama, GEO, advanced Dance, GSA+, JOOI club, and lInk crew
express her passions for leadership and kindness, and everyone around her can see it. Schulte has found so many opportunities on campus to keep her busy, but she’s also found opportunities to be herself and shine. “She’s amazing,” said Schulte’s AP Lit teacher, Aaron Cantrell. “She sings like an angel, and she writes like an angel.” Even on top of the million things she does, Schulte always searches for a challenge. “There was this one hike on Santa Cruz Island called Willows… and I was one of the only girls who was able to hike all the way back up to the top, and that was really cool because it was a really difficult hike. It was a challenge but I did it, and it felt really good.” Over the summer Schulte was involved in a production of “In the Heights” with North County Theatre Works, and even in her most comfortable element-- the theatre-- Schulte pushed her boundaries. “I like how [‘In the Heights’] challenged me. I got to work with people from other schools and other drama departments, so it was like I got a taste of the real world. Also, it was musically challenging to be lifted [while singing], and, ugh, the dance was just awesome.” Schulte said. Her passion for ever plethora of extracurriculars shows in her everyday life as she goes throughout her day, whether it be in rehearsal, in class, or just talking to her friends. “Julia is very enthusiastic and hardworking in everything she does,” said senior Emma Dart, who is Schulte’s classmate and castmate. “I remember I met her sophomore year during ‘Hairspray’, and I was so jealous of her because she was a Dynamite, and she was so good. But yes, I met her sophomore year. And I loved her,” Dart said. Dart and Schulte also TA together for one of Goodnow’s Beginning Drama classes, and Dart was Schulte’s assistant director of a One Act the Beginning/Intermediate students performed May 12. “I kind of want to do, like, everything,” Schulte said about her plans for after high school. Her goals include: earning her BFA in musical theatre at Cal Poly SLO, taking on the challenge of a 60 plus mile backpacking trip, completing her creation-- “The Brothers Karamazov: The Musical”, volunteering to teach theatre to kids, and finally, she said, “I want to plant a bunch of trees.” And that she will do. Because when Julia Schulte gets an idea, there seems to be no stopping her. — Raegan Lomanto, Photographer
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Después de trepar fuera de la camioneta de color amarillo , que llama su familia “el lingote de plátano , “ Senior Julia Schulte pasea alegremente al salon de drama de la profesora Marcy Goodnow , escuchando Vampire Weekend . El sol caliente de la mañana hace que las estrellas de oro, con cuentas en su chaqueta de mezclilla favorita brillen mientras camina . Su mochila naranja parece estar llena hasta el borde con los pensamientos de su día por delante . Estar involucrada en el Departamento de Drama, GSA + , JOOI Club, Geo , danza avanzada , Coro avanzado , y Link Crew hace para una vida ocupada , pero Schulte considera que participar en tantos clubes y clases vale la pena. Por lo tanto , ella camina en sus desgastados hi -tops blancos al la habitación de Goodnow -- una de sus muchas casas en campus-- con una sonrisa en su cara , lista para tomar el día.
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”Something that I will always have in my heart is the spirit that this school has and my first football game and I had so many emotions and feeling and a super weird vibe that I can’t even describe. Looking at all those people supporting their school team, it was awesome.”
“What I like about Paso Robles High School is the fact that the campus is alive and we do a lot of stuff like clubs, sport, and crimson day. I grew up here, like I’m more an adult and I know what to do, for example I didn’t know how to do laundry. I never did my laundry before, and the first time I did it was in America.”
“Coming here in California is good luck for an exchange student. You can see places you have never seen in your life. I really like Paso Robles High School; it is very different from italian high school and people here are really friendly. The high school is really big but I felt very comfortable. I will remember all of my experiences and all of the great memories I have made.”
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“I’m going to miss my friends from this school and my host parents, everything in America. I really liked Morro Bay because I got to go surfing and I loved Universal Studios. I learned how to adapt to new people and my english is way better.”
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“I’ve got many friends, they are so funny, so cute, I love them. I’ve met many people and teachers and am having so much fun. I love this school”
“I will remember baseball and cheese burger, I had my first cheeseburger in June and I loved it! I loved the baseball Bearcat team. People are friendly, they are nice and nice to everyone.”
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“I will miss my host family a lot. I will always remember prom and just hanging out with my friends. I’ve learned a lot from coming here.”
“ I will remember the marching band; it has a lot of nice memories. I played the saxophone. I went to Disneyland with marching band and Spring Street Parade and Christmas Concert, it’s so nice. I am from Tokyo there is many building, many car and people. Here it is so peaceful and nature here.”
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”I’m going to miss everything; food, friends, class teachers. I like the people here and my friends. The teachers are so nice when I don’t know how to do the assignment they always are there to help. Here I have to do everything alone if I go somewhere I go alone I feel like I’ve grown up. I will miss all of my amazing friends.”
Hugo Delagraye “It’s discovering a new culture and new people. I don’t ever regret my choice of coming here. I will remember my host family and my friends who go here and how different it is. The biggest difference is that life is more expensive here than in France and it’s kind of annoying.”
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Teacher Shoutouts Jennifer Martinez I’d like to send off the class of 2016 with this psychology quote from Albert Ellis- Don’t be afraid if things seem difficult in the beginning. That’s only the initial impression. The important thing is not to retreat; you have to master yourself. Smiling and laughter are cures for a lot of things. Good luck to all of the Seniors. Love, Mrs. Martinez
RIchard SchImke IMP 4 - 1st period - thanks for keeping early mornings eventful... AP Stats - 2nd period - good job battling all year long... AP Stats - 3rd period - thanks for your REMIND humor... IMP 4 - 4th period - your personality evolved- all be it slowly :) Good luck to all of you SENIORS. Live life cleanly, keep making us proud of you, find your passion and enjoy each and every day! Love you, Schimke
MARcy Goodnow I’d love to give a shout out to all of my Paso High Theatre Company seniors! Please always remember: “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’ ” - Mary Anne Radmacher Crimson Newsmagazine
Dylan Musial I would like to give a shout out to 4 young ladies I coached for multiple years at PRHS, Lauren Griffin, Raelyn McPheterage, Grace Rosa, and Kristin Thompson! It was a pleasure to coach you girls from freshman year on! Congrats on all your successes and go out and kill it in the real world! -Coach Musial
Tom HarrIngton Graduating Bearcats, As you leave this wonderful institution we call Paso Robles High School, I would like to pass along some things I have learned in my life. They have served me well. 1. Be nice: Humans are social animals. You will be remembered more for your relationships with people than your intellect or the amount of money you make. 2. Do not underestimate the power of a smile or a kind word. It may not change the world but it certainly will make it a better place. I have never seen it better stated than on a bumper sticker…”Wag more, bark less”. 3. Pursue excellence in every aspect of your life. Note, I did not say achieve excellence. Be the best spouse, parent, employee and person you can be. Commit yourself to constant improvement. 4. Work at making things happen rather than finding ways to say no. 5. Be part of the solution… not the problem. 6. While you are young and single, travel throughout the world. Do not put this off, before you know it, you will have a job, spouse, children and debt. Those things do not travel well. 7. You will face adversity in your life…get over it. Be remembered more for how many times you got back up than how many times you fell. 8. When you have children, realize the word Parent…is a verb. 9. You can be stupid or angry…but not both. 10. One of the best gifts you can give your child, is the gift of disappointment. Life is not fair nor equitable. Spend time helping your children overcome obstacles, do not waste time trying to eliminate obstacles. I wish you the best in your future endeavors. Cheers, Tom Harrington, Assistant Principal
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To My Outrageous Senior Yearbookers! Thank you so much for making this year one to remember (in more ways than one). Through thick and thin, you pulled it together and I’ll always remember your push at the end to make this a book to remember. I don’t have the space I need to say a proper goodbye to each of you. But know that I am so very proud of all your hard work and positive vibes all year long. From the holiday and birthday parties, to the last spring insert deadline, you created a book that will go down as one of the best in PRHS history. I love you all and thank you for making this experience one I’ll never forget. Go out and make your mark on the world :) Robs out!
MIchael Moore To the amazing graduating class of 2016: I want to wish you all the best as you move forward with your life. Your four year school experience included the development of new academic programs, the renovation of the campus, and many local, regional, and national awardwinning activities. Your active participation in classes, clubs, sports, the arts, and CTE to name just a few, have enriched the traditions of this high school. Please be an active participant in your own life. Give yourself time every morning for a moment of quiet reflection to choose how that day will unfold. I would like to share with you a quote from William Arthur Ward: “Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do morethan forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.” Michael Moore
To My Beloved AP Lit Students of the Class of 2016: Alexander Hamilton, Garrison Keillor and I composed a song in tribute to your bright futures: “You’re just like my country Young, scrappy and hungry And you’re not throwing away your shot! You’ll conquer college and life with your knowledge I shouldn’t brag, but dang, you amaze and astonish. You’ve got brains and you’ll get polish. You may to holler to be heard With every word, I drop knowledge! Only eighteen but your minds are older. As the world get colder, your will shoulder. Ev’ry burden, ev’ry disadvantage. You’ll learn to manage; No guns you’ll brandish You’ll walk the world for honor famished. But plan to fan this spark into a flame. It’s getting dark, so be the spark That lights the night. Turn wrongs to right. “With our fond hearts turning ever to the Crimson and the White.” Be kind. Do good work. Keep in touch. A.C. Cantrel
JennnIfer BedrosIan How do I keep this short...This is my most emotional year so far... I’ve watched many of you grow up since preschool. Proud doesn’t begin to express the way that I feel about all of you. My Leadership Homies, Lizette, Stephanie, Jena, Jeffrey, you were born leaders and the running gals Makenna, Amanda, Michelle, Gwen and can’t forget Ashley, I’ve loved getting to know you all! I have my double dayers, who I have twice, Kennedy, Kameron, Megan, Stephanie B., Alissa, soon, I won’t have you at all...Georgia 4 years, twice a day...you should just take a hike, no really, through Zion, it will be great! Laticianna, thank you for being you. Angelique, Taylor W., Emily, Jade, can’t believe 4 years of bus rides and spirit, thank you for your dedication and laughs! Kasey, Kai, Gabby H., Genevieve, you know I’ll cry...keep shining...Alex B, Amber, Ivy, Zyan, Emily, Nicole, Hannah, Cameron, Julia, Nancy, Esperanza, Jonanna, Olivia, Anna, Jeweliana, Paula, Yesenia, Syerra, and Morgan, so many good memories!!! Gabby D., you are amazing. Nathalie thank you for every laugh, and hug. I’ve loved watching you grow into this beautiful young woman. And the hardest to see graduate, is the person who I held onto the minute he arrived on this Earth and I’m not ready to let go of yet, Taylor Bedrosian. Thank you for being the most amazing son a person could ask for. You are so driven and lovin and brave. I couldn’t be more proud of you. Shine! Love Mrs. Bedrosian, aka Mrs. B., B., Mom Photos by Emma Corrippo, Madi Warren and Coleen Wiest
Mark FaIrbank You have great potential and are capable of rising to the challenges of changing the world forthe benefit of those you come into contact with.You are the leaders for positive change. Focus your external and internal conversation on the best in others. As you see the best in others they become part of the positive change.One of the most important aspects of your interactions is your ability to listen. Listen with your heart, ears, mind and body. It is important to show others that during the time you are with them that they have your undivided attention. The most important thing at that particular time is what they have to say. As you show interest in them they will actually share their concerns, worries, fears, loves, joys and interests. As trust is created they will share personal stories that will bring about positive change in our community. Thank you for being the best you can be. Live for the benefit of other and you will be the leaders I know you are. 05.26.16
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crescendo of her career Senior Isabella Marziello
discovers music education is her forte
er ringed fingers danced delicately across the keys as she led the Lewis Middle School seventh and eighth grade choir through their morning warmups. She showed only nervous excitement at the prospect of leading the class for the day, the ease in her deep brown eyes and small, calm smile showed that she knew teaching music was what she was meant to be doing. Senior Isabella Marziello picked up her first instrument, the trombone, at the age of 10. It was then she found her first love: music. Now, she plays seven instruments and practices at least seven hours a week. In order to spend as much time as she can doing what she loves, she has taken on an eight period day, starting with zero period jazz band and ending with seventh period advanced choir. Along with her passion for music, Marziello has nursed a love for theatre throughout her life. It started back in elementary school, when she and senior Alex Bigelow would scrounge up dimes and pay their younger sisters to join them in their backyard productions. However, she was always told by teachers that she was simply too shy to belong on the stage. Marziello never let them clip her wings and continued to dream of one day becoming an actress. When tasked with creating a career board in sixth grade, it was a no brainer for her that acting was her future, and she created a board draped by red curtains all about her dream job. Then, in seventh grade, her GATE class took a trip to see PRHS’s production of “Seussical.” As she watched the first show she had ever seen at the high school, she reaffirmed that the theatre department was the place for her. “I remember seeing the ensemble members, who played the Who’s, and just thinking, ‘you know, I could do that. I don’t have a big role. I just want to be there.’ At that moment I was like, ‘yeah, I want to do theatre when I get to high school,” Marziello said. When she played the title role of Alice in “Alice in Wonderland” earlier this fall, her costume was created from the dress of Gertrude McFuzz, a principal character in the show that served as powerful inspiration for her. Bigelow, who shared Marziello’s dreams of being on the stage, sat next to her during this show and remembers the moment they realized they belonged there.
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“We turned to each other, and I don’t remember our exact words, but it was something along the lines of ‘we’re going to be here and this is what we’re going to do,’ ” Bigelow said. While theatre has been an important part of her high school career, it is only one layer of Marziello’s deep well of passion. At this year’s homecoming game, as she warmed up in the Flamson band room and realized it may be her last time standing in what had been a safe place for her throughout middle school, her eyes welled with tears as her mind shifted to her own graduation and the prospect of never performing again after high school. When she voiced her fear to choir teacher Aimee Ware, Ware reminded her that she still had time to change them. From that point on, Marziello knew she wanted to continue on in music, but not in the same capacity as she was currently doing. “I didn’t want to be a performer in music. I just wanted to be involved in it in some way, so I decided I wanted to do music education,” Marziello said. After that, she became the TA at Lewis for Ware’s seventh and eighth grade choir, joining them every Tuesday to guide them in vocal warm-ups and lead various sectionals, taking a small portion of the choir aside and ensuring they know their individual parts. Along with her duties as a TA, Marziello readily snapped up any opportunity to teach, whether it be running sectionals at lunch and over breaks for her fellow “Drowsy Chaperone” cast members or giving up free time to teach friends to read music. “I’ve gotten to see her in that teaching position. She’s just so good at it and she has the heart for it. It’s her passion and I think that’s really important for a teacher,” said Bigelow, who has witnessed first-hand Marziello’s ability to adapt to student’s needs and find perfect analogies to explain concepts. “It is apparent throughout her life that Bella has loved the performing arts and she has done everything she can to succeed in each discipline area. Her dedication and drive will help her go far in life. She strives for the highest in all she does, and works for the betterment of the group. Her compassion for others and the empathy she feels are also some of her greatest strengths,” said Ware, who has worked with Marziello for four years and watched as she blossomed in confidence. With every step she takes in growth, she raises higher towards her goals. In her first show her freshman year, she climbed a ladder to look at the moon as Rebecca Gibbs in “Our Town” Now, in her last production at PRHS, she’s quite literally dancing among the clouds as a dance ensemble member in “The Drowsy Chaperone”, and undoubtedly, in years to come she will lift her future students to the stars. —Marlee Drake, Copy Editor
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Sus dedos anillados bailaron con delicadeza a través de las teclas mientras conducía a el coro de séptimo y octavo grade de la a Escuela Media Lewis a través de sus calentamientos de la mañana . Ella mostró sólo excitación nerviosa ante la perspectiva de dirigir a la clase para el día, la facilidad en sus ojos de color marrón oscuro y , sonrisa tranquila pequeña mostró que sabía enseñanza de la música era lo que estaba destinada a hacer.
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BALANCING ACT Senior Jena Corea
gives back through leadership
er favorite color is a happy yellow. Not a regular yellow, but a happy yellow. Because she isn’t a regular Jena Corea, she’s a happy Jena. Her lucky number is three, and every Thursday she eats lunch with her aunt Annie. She is involved in everything from Crimson Crew to Every Fifteen Minutes. Corea was born in Fresno and moved to Paso Robles not long after that for her parents work. In her time at Paso, she has accomplished great things. She is the president of the Superintendent Advisory Board, vice president of the senior class and she is a three year leadership veteran. She shows pigs through Chaparral 4-H, is a Crimson Crew and Link Crew leader, and has above a 3.0 GPA to boot. And then in the few seconds that she has free, she squeezes in time for leading activities like Every Fifteen Minutes, volunteering at Twin Cities Hospital, and rereading the “Perks of Being a Wallflower” for the seventh time. As a part of leadership, she does everything from putting on events to helping others when it’s their time to lead. In the three years Corea has been in leadership, she has been involved in major school events, such as the Car Show BBQ, the homecoming assembly, and the senior citizen tea party. Leadership and dance teacher Jennifer Bedrosian has gotten to know Corea very well in the three years she has been a part of her class. “What's so great about her is that she is absolutely self motivated,” Bedrosian said. Bedrosian found Corea keeping busy even when there was nothing to do and knew that whenever she or anyone else needed anything, the class could rely on her. When Corea first joined, she found herself taking on too much and trying to live up to her sister Devin Corea’s high reputation, but when she figured out her place and stopped trying to be anyone other than herself, she was in her element, according to Bedrosian. “She became Jena and that is the most beautiful person,” Bedrosian said. Corea has not always been so self-motivated though. Sophomore year she found herself struggling to find a purpose. “I was just there. I was just existing,” Corea said. Towards the end of the year there was a very big downfall, according to Corea. “One week I decided, I’m done with this; I can’t do this and (...) I’m better than this. I kinda just decided that wasn’t who I was and that wasn’t what I was going to do,” Corea said. Luckily, painting, music, books, and movies brought her back to reality. After watching The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Corea decided to read the book; it was her saving grace, and she said she felt a lot more at peace after she read it. It was also at this time in her life that she found her calling. “Doing things for other people is what brought me back up,” Corea said. One way she stays positive and involved, is through doing what she loves, helping others, and being president of the Superintendent Advisory Board. As the president, she helps fix everyday campus issues. One of the board's biggest accomplishments is campaigning to get the installation of two new counselors this year. “We meet and talk about problems that are on campus and then we talk about how to fix them,” said Corea, who gets to work directly with Superintendent Chris Williams in helping PRHS become a better place.
If being involved with just about everything on campus wasn’t enough, Corea is also a super kind and caring friend, according to senior Ty Jones. “She's always so happy, she wants to be around you or wants to be around people and she wants to make everyone happy,” Jones said. She has been there for Jones in rough times and always knows how to cheer him up. “After I got my concussion, as a junior, I had been not allowed to leave my house and she came to me and brought me some candy and some really cool Flash socks,” Jones said. Through Corea’s many years at Paso High, she has grown into a driven, kind, compassionate, and giving person. Ten years from now, she sees herself doing what she knows best: helping others. “I really want to help people and I think it would be really interesting and a good experience to be able to help people on a daily basis,” said Corea, adding, “I want to be involved with people.” Though her time in high school is done, she will continue to follow her passion at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts with a major in sociology and eventually a career in occupational therapy or event planning. —Kathryn Varian, Environment Co-Editor
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Su color favorito es el amarillo feliz, no el amarillo ordinario, pero el feliz. Porque ella no es una Jena Corea ordinaria, ella es un Jena feliz. Su número favorito es el número tres y cada Jueves come almuerzo con su tía Annie. Está involucrada en todo desde el Crimson Crew hasta el programa Cada Quince Minutos.
• Vice President of the senior class • Volunteers at Twin Cities Community Hospital
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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF SIGN OFFS We’ve spent the past three years working with each other. We’ve had fights and built some of the best friendships. We’ve taken each other’s senior pictures, made each other countless pancakes, and watched each other grow individually and as a team. We are the group of people behind Crimson, and we’ve spent more time at this school sitting in front of computers than laying in our own beds. These are our last words to you.
his is the end. Soon we will all be sitting on the field we have watched our football boys play on countless Friday nights. Soon we will hear those who have been teaching us the past four years call our peers’ names, our best friends’ names, our name. Soon we will get up and walk across stage while our families yell and cheer. And soon can’t come soon enough. You will listen to the crowd’s muffled voices. You will stare off across the sea of crimson caps. You will feel the energy running through the stadium as you are handed your diploma, the last paper handout you are ever going to receive in high school. All this sounds absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to leave. I can’t wait to find myself in a new city, surrounded by new people, learning, growing. While that is what I ultimately want, I need to remind myself, and probably you all too, that we are here in large part due to our hard work and effort, but also due to the fact that for the larger part of the last four years, these teachers, these administrators, these parents, have always been here to help. Yes, we will be leaving this place. Yes, we probably won’t want to turn around and come back anytime soon, but please try to keep in mind that all these wonderful people in our town will always be here to help and support us. Once a Bearcat, always a Bearcat.
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couldn’t wait for this moment to happen, and now that it's actually here I don’t know what to say to you all. I can talk about how much I’ve changed, all the things I’ve learned, all the bridges I’ve built and burned, and how PRHS is home for me.While all of these things are reasonable, it’s not what I want to sign off with. I do want to sign off with words about the unexpected. What I had planned for after high school isn’t going to happen right away. It’s not a bad thing, it was just something that I never thought would be an option for me. My high school career is something unexpected, and a lot of you can relate to it. I didn’t expect to lose certain friends or be friends with certain people. I didn’t see myself being apart of journalism till someone told me I should take it, nor being one of the Editor-in-Chiefs. Journalism has been one of the best surprises in my life. I got to tell other people's stories and capture some of their favorite moments. This paper means a lot to me since I’ve dedicated so much time to it, more than my parents would like, but this paper is a part of me. So what I want to say is live for the unexpected because you never know what blessing can come out of it and that’s what I plan on doing. Don’t take the unexpected as a dread because something truly great can come out of it.
our years ago, the graduating class of 2016 wrote our names down on a banner in a pledge to graduate. Well, the school lost our banner (I’m still not sure how you lose a banner) but we still made it. Four years… It doesn’t seem that long until you realize that all of the miserable Monday mornings and the rowdy Friday nights are over. Done. Finished and finalized, and our education is coming to an abrupt halt. Of course, there will be college and our futures. We’ll have more Mondays and late nights, and stress, but we’ll never have another moment as a high school student. Once we walk across that stage, it’s over. There is no going back. For some of us that is a welcome end and a new beginning, but for others it the snap of the final thread that connected us with our childhoods, with the “Up next on Disney channel,” and the Kim Possible movie, and that weird phase in seventh grade when silly bandz were so cool that even Shakira wore them. So we can cry, and live it up in equal measures, because we’re only going to be here in this moment once, but I urge you, class of 2016, don’t let who you are in high school define you forever. If you are proud of the last four years, great, push yourself to do even better and soar to new heights. If not, tomorrow is another day; start afresh and become the person you couldn’t be yesterday.
or those of you who know me well, you know that I’m an emotional mess and am struggling to hold back tears as I think of how to say good bye. I think I would like to say thank you. Thank you all for being the best audience and biggest supporters of Crimson. Thank you for letting me tell the stories of stellar athletes, dying wishes come true, my favorite teachers, and some of the most absolutely amazing people I have ever met. Thank you for letting me grow as a photographer and capture memorial celebrations at a volleyball game, players wrestling on the floor at a basketball game, and that perfect home run swing at a baseball game. To everyone I’ve ever written about, thank you for being the coolest subjects ever and making my job easy and so so fun. And finally, thank you to my lovely Journafamily, Mr. Mount, Ms. Hawley, and my fellow leaders. Although sometimes we want to throw things at each other, you have all made my time at Crimson the most memorable three years I could ever imagine, and I could never thank you enough. Congratulations Class of 2016. Always have faith in yourself.
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NOT JUST A GPA SenIor Tyler Penn InspIres peers wIth personalIty
is 6’2 lanky body stood tall, and his brown hair peaked above his group of friends. Surrounded by his joking friends, Penn’s whole body shook with laughter as he struggled to eat his goldfish. His contagious laughter is echoed by the fun, colorful way he dresses, especially in his wacky socks and cobalt blue UCLA sweatshirt. Sitting out on more than half of the games during his senior basketball season wasn’t a part of senior Tyler Penn’s plan. Penn has been playing on the court since he was eight years old, but even so, an unexpected concussion didn’t put a damper on Penn’s ambitious goals, as he will be attending UCLA’s prestigious Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science in the fall while still toting his 4.54 GPA and high academic title. But, to Penn’s tight knit group of friends, his skills on the court, straight A’s, and graduation status aren’t what make Penn great: it’s his personality. “He’s pretty goofy, especially because this year’s his senior year, and he knows where he’s going and stuff. He’s just having fun and enjoying himself,” said senior Evan Espinoza, Penn’s close friend and teammate for six years. The Penn family of six moved to Paso Robles from Corvallis, Oregon six years ago and Tyler began the seventh grade at Lewis Middle School. It was there that Penn realized his love for academics and basketball. After playing two years of middle school basketball at LMS, Penn played Bearcat Basketball all four years of high school, two of which were on varsity. Penn was unable to play much his senior year due to a concussion after taking a charge in a league game against Pioneer Valley. After slamming his skull against the paint, a smacking sound echoed in the Gil Asa Gym and Penn blacked out for a few painstakingly long seconds.The concussion kept him off the court, but Penn continued to go to every practice and game to support his teammates. “Tyler is a really great guy, and he’s just super smart and such a team player. Even when he was injured for part of the season, he still came to every practice, every game, and cheered us on. He did every part he could to improve C S A I T H the team and motivate us. As a new T
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•Going to UCLA •10 AP classes •Top Cat
player on the team, he really helped me out and told me what to do,” said junior Mason Wiesner, a walk-on player who moved to Paso Robles at the start of the school year. Academics play a major role in Penn’s life, and the 10 AP classes he took during his time at PRHS earned him a Top Cat’s award for being in the top 10 percent of the senior class for grades. The avid video game fanatic says he only needs to study less than 30 minutes a night. The lack of a sixth period also gives Penn the opportunity to set aside specific time to play Legend of Zelda, for his so-called “nerding out.” “I have a good memory. Like when I read stuff, it sticks pretty well...so I’ve just always made sure I knew the content of my classes. I always have a concept of what’s going on,” said Penn, whose favorite class was AP Physics with Mark Fairbank. “Tyler is a very cordial student who worked especially well with other students. He was always prepared for class. He has an outstanding work ethic as well as a pleasant demeanor. My advice for Tyler is to be who you are. Be the kind, generous, hard working student you are,” said Fairbank, who taught Penn during his junior year. Another influential part of Penn’s life is his family’s commitment to faith. His father became a pastor before he was born, making it routine to attend Paso Robles Community Church every Sunday, not only for service, but also to have volunteered in the children’s ministry, and he is currently a visual technician. “I’d say my faith really affects my everyday decisions. Like it has really helped define me as a person. I try my best to be kind to everyone, but even more than that try to [not swear] and also like respect women, which is really different from most guys in highschool. This has led to some challenges in high school because many people around act that way and it takes a lot of self control to resist falling into it,” Penn said. Penn is attending UCLA’s school of Engineering in the fall to become a Civil Engineer. He is looking forward to the college life, and the traditions they uphold on campus. — Lauren Wassam, People Editor
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Sentado hacia fuera en más de la mitad de los juegos durante su temporada senior baloncesto no era parte del plan senior Tyler Penn. Penn ha estado jugando en la cancha desde que tenía ocho años, pero aún así, una conmoción inesperada no puso un regulador en metas ambiciosas de Penn, como él asistirá a UCLA del prestigioso Henry Samueli School of Engineering y ciencia aplicada en el otoño mientras sigue cargando su 4.54 GPA y alto título académico. Pero, Penn tight knit grupo de amigos sus habilidades en la corte, de recta A y el estado de graduación no son lo que hacen grande a Penn: es Hola. Graphics by, Mae App , Raegan Lomanto, and Nichole Landon Photos by Maureen Pushea
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BUILDING HIS WAY TO THE TOP
Senior Taylor Bedrosian finds uniqueness in
robotics and academic success
h e P a s o Bedrosian had other goals in mind for his high school years, one of them being a self motivated journey to become valedictorian. “The biggest driving force was originally trying to get into a good college Robles Robotics Club because I’ve heard that getting valedictorian is a good symbol for getting huddled around their into college, but after that it became a personal motivator of something to creations, attentive and eager to shoot for because it was like, ‘I have the chance to go for it’... my motivation see the Vex steel mechanisms they has been to go for it, because why not?” Bedrosian said. The path to valedictorian was no bed of roses, and Bedrosian has needed had worked on for the past three months come to life. After school hours and nights at home support from many around him. Through counselors, teachers assistance were drained into programming, developing, wiring, and support from friends and family surrounding him, Bedrosian kept on top and testing David, the robot that would be sent to the Skills of his mountain of deadlines and work. “It’s been rough trying to manage the time and making sure everything USA robotics competition and rise up against Goliath-like state competitors. David, named after the ancient king of is done when it’s supposed to be done in school and do everything else Israel detailed in the Bible, would sling styrofoam balls with outside of school,” Bedrosian said. “Trying to juggle everything, as I’m sure ease across the competition floor, even in the face of stiff every senior is quite aware of, is a little more difficult than it otherwise might competition. Through the Robotics Club, state competitions be in other (years) .” Bedrosian has undergone massive changes, according to mother and and exceptional class achievements such as realizing his dream of becoming valedictorian, he has risen up above the 15 million leadership teacher Jennifer Bedrosian. “He’s grown as a leader. He swore he would never want to do leadership other high school students in the nation. Through Bedrosian’s high school career, one friend has stood when he came into high school because that wasn’t his thing, but now he’s close beside him, whether he was constructing robots, participating taking up leader roles, putting on big events, DJ’ing out in the quad” she said. His mother also described how he has become more diverse in his in study groups, or relaxing at home. Bedrosian’s friend and robotics partner, senior Andrew McGuffin, has made the journey from passions, especially concerning classes originally outside his comfort zone. “He didn’t really want to do GEO (Geographic and Environment Options) elementary school through high school with him, and notices significant and he was kind of talked into it by Coach Ewing,” Bedrosian said. “He can’t potential in Bedrosian. “He stays on top of his work and is someone I can rely on. Taylor was able even imagine what it would be like to not go on the trip, now he likes going to balance being my partner in robotics while also competing in varsity hiking, and he bought a bunch of his stuff because he’s inspired to do all track. He’s my best friend and I’ve known him for most of my life,” McGuffin these things.” said. All through his life, she remarked, Taylor has had a constant forward Over the course of the years, the duo have become fearless in their ability pressure to succeed. to produce working robots, and their senior project marked the height of “His driving force, his little steam engine, had never stopped, and I guess their prowess. in that sense he never changed because he’s always wanted to be number “Completing our final robot design for the SkillsUSA State Competition this one.” year was definitely our highlight over the last four years of teaming —Grant Scheiffele, World Editor together,” McGuffin said.
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El Paso Robles Club de Robótica acurrucado alrededor de sus creaciones , atento y dispuesto a ver los mecanismos de acero Vex en que habían trabajado durante los últimos tres meses anteriores venir a la vida . Después de las horas de clase y las noches en el hogar fueron drenados en la programación, el desarrollo , el cableado y pruebas de David , el robot que sería enviado a la competencia de Habilidad de los Estados Unidos robótica y se levantara contra los competidores estatales como Goliat. David , llamado así por el antiguo rey de Israel detallado en la Biblia , lanzaría honda de espuma de poliestireno en forma de bolas con facilidad a través del área de la competencia , incluso en la cara de la dura competencia . A través del Club de Robótica , competencias estatales y los logros en la clase excepcionales, tales como la realización de su sueño de convertirse en el graduado con mejores calificaciones de su clase, que se ha elevado por encima de los otros 15 millones de estudiantes de secundaria en la nación.
EnglIsh Teacher Steve Arnette retIres after a dazzlIng teaching career
rom copious cups to the art of Kandinsky, it’s hard to forget anything from English teacher Steve Arnette’s classes. He is vibrantly passionate, and his southern drawl and massive frame bring literature roaring to life. From scuba diving in Bali to living in Puerto Rico, Honors and AP English teacher Steve Arnette has done it all, and he isn’t stopping any time soon. Arnette has taught math, both upper and lower levels of English, Journalism and Yearbook at three different schools, including King City and Paso Robles High School. Arnette has touched his students through poetry, art, and literature. And as fellow English Teacher Aaron Cantrell famously said, “A day without a hug from Arnette is like a day without sunshine.” Ar nette’s favorite part about teaching is the students. “I love i n t e ra c t i n g with them, and learning about their lives, and presenting g r e a t literature to them. I love g ra d i n g t h e i r essays and
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talking to them. And what I have also truly loved in the last ten years has been my collaboration with [Aaron] Cantrell, that has been phenomenal,” Arnette said. Arnette visited Bali last summer and Cuba at the beginning of March, but his life, and his eventual romance with his wife, started 61 years earlier in Dillon, South Carolina. At the age of six he moved to Wadesboro, North Carolina, and then during the middle of eighth grade he moved to Mayaguez, Puerto Rico after his father transferred from his job. He has five step-siblings, two daughters, and three grandkids. But his family started with his wife, Katherine, whom he met when she transferred to his high school on the Ramey Air Force Base. It was love at first sight. Well, almost. In mid-March of his senior year, Arnette was standing by the library when he saw her, and though as he told his friend, “I will be meeting that new girl right away,” he actually met her younger sister, Wendy, first, when he discovered that he was a tutoring assistant for Wendy’s English class and investigated the origins of her and her “beautiful, blonde” sister. Arnette found out that she was from Mullins, South Carolina, a mere 25 miles from Dillon, and that she was also a teacher’s assistant that period, and even better, she worked in the library. Arnette fumbled out an excuse to his teacher and went straight to the library, where he found her near the back, sorting books. He struck up a conversation using their past in South Carolina, and then asked her out two days later to go see a movie. And the typical American love story transitioned into their college years, where Arnette as a freshman at Elon college, and Katherine, still a senior in high school, wrote each other letters every single day while they were apart. They will have been married for 41 years this December. They have two daughters together, and three grandchildren, from ages 18 months to 13 years old. Arnette attended Elon College in Burlington, North Carolina, where he played football and wrestled, and started as a P.E. major before quickly deciding that it wasn’t for him. He then switched to Biology for two years, before he realized that he had difficulty breathing in formaldehyde, which is used in almost all biological fields. He then decided to switch to English for his last year and a half. He went on to teach at Cal Poly for four and a half years. He taught Freshmen Composition, Critical Thinking, Summer School, and lab classes. And during those four years, Arnette was tenacious as he worked in King City, teaching English, Journalism, and yearbook before driving home, managing an apartment complex in Paso Robles, then driving to Cal Poly to teach two college classes, four nights a week, before he started it all
again the next morning. Arnette has wanted to teach since he was in the ninth grade, when his English Teacher and football coach, Ted Fitzpatrick, inspired him by inciting a revolution. “He had a major impact on me. He was the best teacher that I’ve ever had. I knew I wanted to be a teacher, but I didn’t know what I wanted to teach. I knew that I wanted to be like him. I don’t know if I ever reached that goal. I idolized him,” Arnette said. Fitzpatrick was opposed to the government’s position at the time on Vietnam and threw a chair through a glass window in protest. The school fired Fitzpatrick, which lead to a school wide sit in that Arnette led, followed by a protest that involved taking over the principal’s office, though he relinquished it after Fitzpatrick warned Arnette and the other boys in the room that the principal had called the police. Arnette started his career at Paso Robles High School in an unexpected way. He applied for an opening for an infamously hard to teach math class called Math B, which was first semester Algebra and first semester Geometry. He had taught math as an independent study director for five years, and he took the opportunity to get into the circle of teachers at Paso High School. But the following year there were no openings left, so Arnette sold Coca Cola, and U.S. Today magazines around the county to make ends meet for a year before an English position opened up. Arnette applied and was hired a week before school started 20 years ago. For the first 10 years, Arnette taught regular English, despite Cantrell’s frequent attempts to get him to teach AP and Honors curriculum. With the retirement of Glen Smeltzer, Arnette started teaching Honors English to sophomores, and moved into his room. He did a year with just sophomores, and a year where Cantrell split it with him, before he took on his first AP English senior class. And after that Arnette’s students have taken him in a similar way to the way that Arnette latched onto his teaching inspiration. “Arnette is hands down the best teacher I’ve ever had and maybe will have. There is roaring passion and love to be felt by him for his students. I feel so lucky to have been in his class and be his pupil when it came to Poetry Out Loud. He’s one of my biggest role models,” said senior Daniel Tibbits, who had Arnette for English his sophomore year, and was a teacher’s assistant for him his junior year. And it isn’t just Tibbits that feels this way, “Arnette is a teacher who teaches the most important subject of all; how to be yourself, respect yourself, and think for yourself.” senior Stephen Preston said. —Jessica Cole,Co-Editor-in-Chief and Mae App, Managing Editor
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Brandt Goodman Senior Class President
As I sit in my Leadership class as a Senior, I recall being a freshmen that wanted to plan events yet was very shy. I would have never imagined what the class of 50 people would have taught me in four short years. Leadership, to many people is the action of guiding.Yet, to me Leadership is a class that has changed me from an unsure freshmen to a confident leader. From the teachers and the people to the opportunities that came with Leadership, it has taught me to become a self-motivated and determined person that loves to help people grow like that class taught me. I know that as I leave this school, it will be left with some amazing leaders that will make it even more amazing than it has ever been before. And as I leave I want to just tell all underclassmen one thing, “Someday it will all make perfect sense. So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason” by John Mayer.
I can honestly say that my 4 years here at PRHS have been some of the best years of my life, from all the extra curriculars to activities on campus I have made some amazing memories. This such school is so unique and special I don’t believe there is a school like this anywhere. Our students are so motivated and talented, not to mention the amazing faculty that support our growth as students. All I have to say to anyone with any time left here is this, this place is what you make it, try to find something here, I promise you there is a place for everyone.
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I ’ve been here at Paso for fifteen years, and I’ve never worked any where longer. I have never had any other people who made a a school feel like a home. I will miss tremendously the students and the schools and the bearcat spirit. I will certianly miss the faculty and the staff that I worked with tremendously. Photos by Maureen Pushea, and Tegan Curren
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LIzette Juarez ASB President These four years in the ASB/Leadership class have flown by. I still remember the summer workshop before my freshmen year where I met students and a couple of advisors who began to inspire me since the first moment I stepped on campus. I’ve been lucky enough to have seen myself, and many other students, grow as individual leaders taking on important roles to make a change on our campus. PRHS is truly lucky to have teachers like Mrs. Bedrosian, Mrs. Goodnow, and Mr. Overton who truly care about the student body and our campus. Fortunately I know my peers very well and I am thrilled to see what the future years bring, I am positive the new leaders will work with a passion for our school. The students have fueled our school’s spirit to reach new heights and I hope every student continues to get involved and enjoy coming to school everyday. The idea of graduating is bittersweet but I’m proud to say that I will always be a bearcat and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
Jena Corea Senior Class Vice-President High school is a time to grow, a time to become a better version of yourself, it’s a time to find who you are, who you want to become, and what you want to do with your life. Every decision you make and action you take can influence not only your life, but lives around you. High school is a time to influence your community, and it is your job to decide wether your influence will be good or bad.
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VET SCIENCE STAR Senior Eden Peterson
shines in the
Shakespeare asked, “What’s in a name?” For Eden Monroe Peterson, her name is wrapped in four years of Ag Leadership, two years of journalism, a state medal in Veterinary Science Team, and years of awards and profits raising three lambs. Animals are in her name, too. She studied the lady bugs at her grandmother’s apartment in Reno at the age of five, and can say now that she has loved animals her whole life. She lived in a four bedroom house with eight people before she moved to Reno, Nevada and started kindergarten there. After a year, she moved back to Paso where she soon met senior Dakota Rodriguez. They have been friends for 12 years after her aunt orchestrated a playdate in an attempt to make Eden new friends. “I’ve just always thought that we became friends because she thought ‘Oh that is a cool kid and I’m going to approach her, and be her friend,’ but it turns out that my aunt told my teacher that I needed friends, and my teacher told Dakota to be my friend. So really we are only friends because Dakota felt bad for me,” Peterson said wryly. Freshman year, Peterson started a class that pushed her sense of comfort zone. She had signed up for Ag Leadership based on the registration book, yet soon she was in over her head. A large number of juniors and seniors in the class intimidated her. Then there was Ag teacher Mark Clement’s requirement to show an animal. With a freshmen version of the determination and depth of thinking that has shone in all her years, she didn’t drop the class and soon was finishing well in FFA contests. “I kind of got thrown into stuff, like Mr. Clement told me that I was doing Creed, and Opening and Closing. So I kind of got thrown out of my comfort zone, which I think is good, because I would have never done that stuff on my own,” Peterson said.
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Her Vet Science Judging Team record speaks of her intense success drive. Peterson had the second highest score on the written test portion in a Modesto competition in which she classified over 500 breeds of animals, 200 tools, and many parasites. At the second competition at Cal Poly Pomona, the team jumped to fifth place out of 40 teams, and the individuals all placed in the top thirty of 111 individual competitors. Peterson placed 11th. Two years on staff of Crimson Newsmagazine also proved her mettle and sophistication. She earned monthly Studmuffin awards among the staff for consistent quality of writing and researching. Staff showed her universal respect for tackling hard hitting stories and writing unflinching long form journalism, according to adviser Jeff Mount. She traveled to two national conventions in Boston and Washington DC and won the Top Reporter trophy last June. Writing more stories than nearly everyone on the 30 person staff, she tackled homelessness, the drought, cool recipes, special needs students, and social media evils. Her forte was the long profile on a fellow student, from artists to leaders to the super senior lineups among which she now finds herself. Her humble sweetness wins universal respect, no matter the awards. “I really admire Eden because she’s so kind and super funny! Being around her always lightens up my day and puts a smile on my face because she is so hilarious and thoughtful. She’s going to go on to do amazing things and I can’t wait to see what those are,” junior Jacob Bausch said. Morgan Moretti, Peterson’s friend for over five years, praised her kindness, comedy, and dedication. “Even if she hates something she’ll keep trying. She always brightens my day, because she’s really funny and so uplifting. And even if she’s not happy she’ll do her best to make other people happy, which is really admirable,” Morgan Moretti said. What’s in a name? Certainly Peterson has made a name for herself. —Jessica Cole, Co-Editor-in-Chief
•Vet Science for 4 years •Started first Vet science team
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La dulzura de Eden Peterson lanza la gente fuera de la pista de su determinación de acero , pero su espíritu persistente brilla a través de sus competencias FFA . Preguntó Shakespeare , “ que hay en un nombre ? “ Bueno, si su nombre es Eden Monroe Peterson , hay mucho . Existe sus cuatro años de liderazgo Ag , dos años de periodismo, su lugar en el primer equipo de Ciencias Veterinarias de Paso, y su experiencia de criar a tres corderos.
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OVERCOMING CONTENTION Senior Maria Anguiano
shows leadership in helping the
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eing the simple humble help that she occasionally dropped into and slowly fell in love with the scene around her,A ruckus of screeches and complaints about homework fill her ears and the blue tables cluttered with an array of backpacks and children, as she makes her way around to every five year old in her care. She found her home away from home by helping her community, and was able to find her escape from her preconceived labels. This is senior Maria Anguiano. Anguiano joined Key Club her sophomore year and has a total of 450 hours of community service, throughout all three years of being a member, and she has more hours than any other member. And she soon became President of the club and gained the respect from the other members. Yet she didn’t stop there. She nearly tripled membership and increased member retention throughout her presidency. Along with organizing club expo booths, more community service opportunities for member and planning the Key Club Fashion Show that raised $700for the club. “I like doing community service because I like seeing people’s expressions and how their face lights up after the day is done,” Anguiano said, which is why she chose to join Key Club because it offered more opportunities to help. “She would sign up to almost all the events we hosted, and help me come up with different service projects, fundraisers,, and fun club events for our members. Maria has been a great leader and I admire the fact that she’s always looking for improvement in our club and follows up with members,” said senior Vianette Mendoza, who was the Lieutenant Governor for Key Club this year and worked closely with Anguiano. Mendoza isn’t the only one who’s seen Maria’s accomplishments. Senior Addy Ursulo, who has been her best friend since they were three, agrees. “Maria helps me a lot, if it wasn’t for her I don’t think I would be graduating this year,” Ursulo said Anguiano fell victim to preconceived stereotypes that came with being who she is, from her own family and the world around her trying not to conform to certain family traditions. “My biggest feat in high school has been to educate my parents on the benefits of me going to college,” said Anguiano, who constantly had to fight for her further education,
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“The biggest obstacle was to have my parents understand that I wanted to go to college and because of the endless respect and love I have for them, I agreed to not push their limits and give them time to understand the transition that would be happening.” Anguiano had to prove to her parents that she belonged here in the states and she had something to prove, rather than going back to her parents home town back in San Juan, Mexico, and not conforming to traditional cultural views. Her parents were worried since she is a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals student and feared that at some point she would have to be deported, making it impossible for her to go to college. Which she had to prove that it wasn’t a worry and that she would be able to make this happen. But she couldn’t have done this alone and gives much credit to her success to her AVID family, which aids students on their journey to college. “Within the AVID class she’s certainly someone others look up to and follow her example, she’s a leader that other want to emulate,” said Ted Wagner, who is Anguiano’s favorite teacher, “She for one? has been through a lot of difficult situations facing a lot of adversity and to get to this point as a senior she got into Cal Poly and she has aspirations to go into the medical field I think she will definitely meet her goals. She’s driven she’s determined she’s honest she’s also really involved in the community. She does community service so much that it’s a part of her life” Anguiano aspires to be a pediatrician and be able to work at a health center to help low income families get the assistance they need, because she sees the need for even in our own community. She plans doing this by attending Cal Poly in the fall, and majoring in Nutrition, to further her education in topics such as proper exercise, physiology. Along with the other people in Maria’s life, her sister, sophomore Lupita Anguiano, has the upmost respect for her older sister. “Determined, stubborn, caring, overachieving, and willing. She’s the type of person [that] once she sets her mind on something, she gets it done, and she won’t change her mind about it. She’s always there for the people she loves and will do anything for them. She sometimes shows off but she does this without even noticing. She just does more than what is expected,” Lupita said. Anguiano has much love for the world around her and has become ready for anything that was coming. “I think the most valuable lesson that I have learned in high school is to do things for myself that I actually enjoy doing. And to put in effort to everything I do because you never know who’s watching,” Anguiano said. —Mariela Villa, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Carmesi CRIMSON IN ESPANOL Siendo el simple trabajo humilde que ella ocasionalmente hizo y muy despacio se enamoró con la escena a su alrededor. Un jaleo de discursos y quejas sobre la tarea llena sus oídos y las mesas azules desordenadas con una colección de mochilas y nino, en que ella se dirige alrededor de cada niño de cinco años en su cuidado. Ella encontró un hogar fuera del hogar en ayudando su comunidad y fue capaz de escaparse de sus calsificaciones preconcebidas. Ella es Senior Maria Anguiano.
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Senior Lizette Juarez
UCSB helps the community in every corner
izette Juarez was just a sophomore, but her age did not pose a challenge as she led juniors through SAT practice questions in preparation for something wasn’t going to take yet. In her sophomore year she worked six to 20 hours a week at the Oak Park Housing Authority to aid children from the ages of five through 18 to become first generation college students. Juarez was a valuable asset to the students at Oak Park who lacked the support they needed to succeed from home. Her estimated 375 hours spent helping with the Oak Park Acorns after school program for elementary schoolers and Youth Works helping to teach job skills and preparation for the working world were for things beyond the college application process. In the end, her efforts to aid the Oak Park community extended beyond herself to simply wanting to give to the future generations. Her leadership touched all corners as she spread herself and made herself known in AP classes, Key Club, Varsity Cheer, ASB, Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church and Leadership. “I just totally fell in love with all these kids. It’s so crazy because I started with them the summer after my sophomore year and I just stopped working with them this last month. It’s so crazy to see how much they have improved,” Juarez said, as her voice changed tone, emphasizing the word love. Running the summer camp for the kids last summer of 2015 pushed her limits, because she was also participating in a Cuesta class, cheer camp, her church, and working at the Oak Park Housing Authority, but in the end she got more than she bargained for. Through experiences like the summer camp, Juarez has grown to enjoy the way the children admire her and how much they have made a difference in her life in the midst of teaching her patience and how to balance herself. Before she could become the well rounded student she aspired to be, she had to overcome fears. As a freshman, Juarez says she was just like any other freshman stuck in her own little bubble. It wasn’t until she stopped caring about what the crowd would say that she could become the person she is today. “There’s just this really big step you have to take to learn to not care what the crowd is going to say. You have to be sure of yourself and you have to do things to make yourself happy,” Juarez said. Through this change she became a confident, outgoing 17 year old, cheerleader, goal setter, and achiever. Her new mindset and personality assisted her in her effort to leave her mark on people and the community. “The community has definitely made me care about others. It’s a nice feeling to put others before you and then see them be happy...that’s what makes me happy--making others happy,” Juarez said. Her work extends past the Oak Park community to St. Rose of Lima church with food fundraisers to raise money to send kids seven through 12 years of age and C A teens ages 14 through 7 years of age to retreats S T I TH in the church to connect with them and connect
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them to God. The fundraisers often take place at the St. Rose parish before and after the Sunday 10 a.m. mass and 12:30 a.m. mass. “I really like helping put on the retreats for teens because when they go there it’s because they want to get closer to God and I think it’s really important for us to be able to put on those events for people to go and find what they are seeking,” Juarez said. Juarez is a believer in the Catholic faith because the religion has made her into a person that can make her own opinions and become a tolerant and understanding person of other people’s beliefs. Growing up Juarez had been a person that constantly formed opinions on anything she came across. This has made her strive to learn about other religions and understand them in order to form her own opinions and not just have to conform to what others say. Juarez believes that one must have an open mind to listen to other people’s beliefs in order to form your own without necessarily having to believe that idea yourself. High school has grown her as an individual, and made her step out of her comfort zone. “If you looked at me when I was a freshman compared to now, I’m a totally bigger person. As a freshman, I never would’ve imagined myself being able to perform in front of a crowd of hundreds of people during a halftime at a football game. I would’ve never imagined myself being able to talk in front of other students my age or adults,” Juarez said. She started cheering at the end of her sophomore year for the Varsity squad after being encouraged by teacher Jennifer Bedrosian. Juarez’s enjoys reaching out to others, meeting new people, and encouraging them to be the best they can. Her best friend, senior Daniela Reyes, has experienced it first hand since they met freshman year. “She’s grown into a great leader and leads others in a great way. She encouraged me to apply to college, and now I will be attending SFSU thanks to her encouraging me to apply,” Reyes said. Juarez’s loveable personality has taken her best friend, other half, and soul mate, Senior Jose Lopez, by storm. Lopez says she has changed his perception on life, made him feel loved, opened his mind, and taken him out of his comfort zone. —Ana Mendoza, Photographer
carmesi CRIMSON IN ESPANOL Lizette Juárez era apenas era un estudiante de segundo año, pero su edad no presentaba ser un desafío cuando ella condujo a estudiantes de Photos by Katie Pannone tercer año a través de preguntas de práctica del SAT Graphics by Raegan Lomanto en preparación para algo no iba a tomar todavía. En su and Mae App segundo año trabajó seis a 20 horas a la semana en la autoridad de vivienda de Oak Park para ayudar a los niños de las edades de cinco a 18 años para convertirse en estudiantes universitarios de primera generación. 05.26.16 Crimson Newsmagazine
40 Senior Advice
“Carpe diem. Seize the day, don’t let the days fly by and melt into one.” —Mary Hambly
“Get involved, work hard, go support the sports teams, watch the school plays, and have as much fun as you can.” —Rubi Nunez
Do homework “Do your homework!! It really isn’t that hard to pass a class. At the end it will all be worth it.” —Erika Gutierrez
JoIn clubs “Make the best out of high school, join all the clubs and sports you want to be in.” —Stephanie Gomez
“Always stick to those who love and care for you and don’t change yourself to fit into a group. Find people that will accept you for who you are.” —Natalie Stanfield
“Don’t limit yourself for your fear of tomorrow. Have a mind that is attracted to everything, but is attached to nothing.” —Nicholas Newman
“Take in every minute and enjoy your time here it goes too fast! Have fun but continue to work hard to set yourself up for success after high school, you can do it!” —Alissa King
“Live your life to the fullest, don’t look back and realize you never fulfilled your potential in high school. Don’t take life too seriously!” —Natalie Duren
Help Helps “Always take help when it is offered. Also, it’s okay to ask for help if you need.” —Maddi Ramirez
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leep makes you feel better, but its importance goes way beyond just boosting your mood or getting rid of under-eye circles. Enough sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more. As a nation, the United States appears to be more and more sleep deprived. This may be our busy lifestyle that is keeping us from napping. A short nap of 20-30 minutes can help to improve mood, alertness and performance, according to National Sleep Foundation. Nappers are also in good company, with famous nappers including Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Napoleon, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison and George W. Bush, who were known to take an afternoon nap. Short and long naps provide significant benefits for enhancing alertness and performance without feeling groggy or interrupting with nighttime sleep. Sleeping is rejuvenation for our brains, and not getting enough sleep could be harmful for our bodies and cause us to not function as well. We tend to be groggy, moody and lazy. During sleep, important body functions and brain activity occur. These can include better heart function, hormonal maintenance and cell repair, as well as a boost in memory. Basically, sleeping gives your body a chance to deal with everything that happened during the day, repair itself and reset for tomorrow. Without the sleep one needs, they could look bad, feel moody, and perform poorly. Tiredness can cause frustration, so getting along with parents or siblings is tough, and concentrating on an exam or sport game would be very difficult. When someone's brain is hungry for sleep, it becomes drowsy and sometimes one can end up falling asleep without control. So a quick nap during the day can solve the problem of feeling exhausted while awake. “A study at NASA on sleepy military pilots and astronauts found that a 40-minute nap improved performance by
34 percent and alertness 100 percent,” according to the National Sleep Foundation. Scheduled napping has also been prescribed by doctors for patients who are affected by narcolepsy, which is an extreme tendency to fall asleep in a state of relaxation. Napping has psychological benefits, which can be a pleasant luxury during a stressful week. It provides an easy way to get some relaxation and rejuvenation. It’s also critical for drivers so they are well rested to ensure the safety of themselves and others. Most people are aware that driving while sleepy is extremely dangerous. However, many drivers keep on going, even if it is putting themselves and others in harm's way. Getting a full night's sleep before driving is ideal, but taking a short nap before driving can also reduce a person's risk of having a sleepy crash. “Sleep experts also recommend that if you feel drowsy when driving, you should immediately pull over to a rest area, drink a caffeinated beverage and take a 20-minute nap,” the National Sleep Foundation said. Studies have shown that if you break up your day with a nap, you will be as alert and energetic for the second part of your day as you were for the first. A study done found that those that took a 30 minute nap at least three times a week had 37 percent less risk of dying from a heart-related condition. “Napping bathes your brain in serotonin, reversing those effects and creating a more positive outlook,”Psychologist Sara Mednick said. All in all napping increases alertness, improves learning and working memory, prevents burnout and reverses information overload, heightens your senses and creativity, improves health and minimizes stress hormones, and improves mood.
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The outdoors: It isn’t just for boy scouts anymore
The health benefits of spending your time in nature
by Marlee Drake, Copy Editor
he great outdoors are calling, but in a world where there’s so much entertainment to be found in our own cozy homes, it’s pretty easy to drown that call out with a netflix binge session. As tempting as it may be to draw the blinds and have a marathon gaming session, it’s time to go beyond the entertainment value of nature and discover the numerous health benefits it offers as well. Out in nature is this wonderful thing called the sun. Beyond warming our planet, it’s the easiest way to get something vital everyone needs: vitamin D, which improves function of the immune system, adds a glowing tan, and prevents heart disease and multiple sclerosis, according to heathline.com. Cancer Institute studies link a higher vitamin D intake to a lower probability of cancer. The outdoors benefit mental health as much as physical health. Take a walk on the wild side (or at least wilder than a sidewalk), and you may experience decreased levels of stress, a more positive outlook, and just overall enhanced well being, according to a study by University of Michigan. Strength of the mind also increases. Regular walks outdoors can actually improve focus and help students improve on tests, according to a study by Psychological Science. Engineering teacher Alisa Bredensteiner works to get outside as often as possible and encourages students to do the same, experiencing the beauty our area has to offer in addition with the numerous health benefits. “The biggest thing is just get out and walk. Find places, even if it’s just from your house down the street. You get an experience out of every hike that you do,” Bredensteiner said. There’s a whole world out there to explore, and with all the benefits that these adventures bring, it’s time to take that first step out your front door. And don’t forget the best benefit of all: a walk outside is absolutely free.
kills it every time SenIor Chloe Kerns leaves her legacy
t the age seven her father pushed her to play at first base and behind the plate catching and her .419 batting average, softball, and she hated it. On a team filled with it’s no surprise that Kerns was named Pac-8’s First-Team all league pick older girls, due to her father being the coach, for her sophomore and junior year. Aside from her captain role on she was uncomfortable. Coming back a year the softball field, she was also Co-Captains with Riley Austin on the later, she loved the new team with girls her own varsity volleyball team for two years. age surrounding her. Ten years later, senior Volleyball has been a part of Kerns’ life since fourth grade. In T H I S CAT her varsity career, Kerns has had approximately 70 aces and 300 Bearcathlete Chloe Kerns has four all league county titles, one Lion’s Club award, and she has digs in 190 assists according to MaxPreps. THE IN played seven seasons on varsity teams. Her love Although Kerns dominated the court, her love for softball is the HAT for softball now soars, and so does the plane that’s reason she’s attending UCONN in the fall, where a scholarship whisking her 3,040 miles away from her home guarantees that she’ll play the game. to Storrs, Connecticut on a scholarship from the “It’s like my world could be falling •.419 BattIng University of Connecticut. apart that day, and I will still go to “You’re kind of signing your life away,” Kerns softball and I won’t think of anything Average said. “It’s so far from home, but I’m excited. I except for softball. It literally makes me •4 All League know I’m going to miss home but I also need to so happy,” Kerns said. TItles experience my own experience on the East Coast, She is sad to leave behind her mom, •1 LIons Club far away from home. And still having that family who drove Kerns to be the talented girl environment with my team and coaches will help she is and has “done so much” for Award me be able to do that, but still be on my own at her, her brother, PRHS alumni Colby the same time.” Kerns (2013 Bearcathlete)-- who is Kerns has played softball for over half her life returning from his two-year mission in Colorado and four years varsity at PRHS , but the game wasn’t something she this spring, her grandpa, “the father figure” Kerns always wanted, and always loved. her best friend since she was eight, senior Sabrina Scott. “My dad made me play and my sister played, so I started when “She’s pushed me [Scott], she’s always been proud of me, she’s been I was seven. I quit after a year, came back and fell in love with it, my friend through it all. Everything I’ve gone through, I know I can and I’ve played since then,” said Kerns, who was a role model for count on her,” Kerns said. But Kerns is up for the challenge that college the softball team with her hard work and dedication. precipitates. “Chloe Kerns is the type of player who never gives “My friendship with Chloe means the world to me. She isn’t just my up and always sees the potential in her best friend; she is truly family. Both of our families love each of us as teammates. Chloe Kerns is the type of their own, and it’s such a special bond. Chloe is somebody that I trust player who wants to get everything right with my life. She always tells me the truth even if it isn’t what I want to every time, even if that means staying hear. It breaks my heart that UCONN is so far away, but I am so proud ten minutes after practice taking of her I can’t even put it into words. I couldn’t imagine my life without backhands at first,” freshman her,” Scott said. teammate Amanda Kerns will be attending UCONN on a softball scholarship and plans Snowbarger said. to study Allied Health Services in order to become an Orthodontist. Known for her positions —Nicole Raithel, Environment Co-Editor & Lauren Wassam, People Editor
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A los siete años su padre la empujó para jugar softbol, y ella lo odio. Pasan diez años y ahora ella es una seniors Bearcathlete Chloe Kerns tiene cuatro todos Condado de títulos, un León de la Liga Club premio y ha jugado siete temporadas en equipos del varsity. Su amor para el softbol se eleva ahora, y lo mismo ocurre con el plano que está batiendo sus 3.040 millas lejos de su casa a Storrs, Connecticut con una beca de la Universidad de Connecticut. Crimson Newsmagazine crimsonnewsmagazine.org
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Senior Matt Keller
dominates three varsity sports
ith a calm but confident demeanor, he fist bumps youth baseball players and invites them onto the field for the national anthem alongside himself. When they run off the field with the biggest smiles on their faces, they say, “I got to go on the field with number 39!” Making stretches and jumps for throws that weren’t quite perfect, and being quick on his feet to pick off a runner, he graces the diamond with four years of varsity baseball experience as a first baseman under his belt. When he walks up to the plate and his name is announced, the crowd goes wild. Senior bearcathlete Matt Keller is such a dominant force in varsity football, basketball, and baseball that he has earned the 2016 Bearcathlete title from this newsmagazine. Keller has a .259 batting average with an on base percentage of .333, 22 hits, 17 RBI’s, and 11 runs in his senior season alone *. However, it doesn’t stop with the bat. Keller has dominated first base for the past four season and has made his pitching debut this season with only 3.50 runs earned against him with 140 pitches in eight innings pitched, while striking out 12 of 36 batters faced. “Being a pitcher, there’s more responsibility, and I like the pressure that’s put on you to get the batter out. And when you strike him out there’s this rush of hype and excitement—and it’s awesome!” Keller said. Keller’s enthusiasm for baseball began when he was three years old playing catch in the backyard with his father. Ever since then, he was swinging the bat from T-ball to high school “for the love of the game.” In baseball, Keller has earned All League honors twice, making Second Team sophomore year and First Team junior year while advancing to the second round of CIF sophomore year. Keller has piled up honors for football, as well, receiving All League honors twice. Junior year he was granted Second Team, and senior year First Team. He played on the varsity level for three years and was one of three captains this season along with seniors Blake Irysh and Justin Davis, playing middle linebacker for the varsity squad ever since he was pulled up as a freshman for CIF playoffs. As the captain of the 52 man team, Keller led the Bearcats through a five win, five loss season while mixing it up on the football field like he did on the baseball diamond. While Keller is known for his powerful defense, this season he rushed a total of 100 yards for three touchdowns, and received 86 yards for one additional touchdown on the offensive side. “He was the heart and soul of our defense this year. Matt is a positive role model. He became more vocal as the season progressed, but mostly he leads by example. It’s tough being a leader... Matt did a great job the last few years leading us the bearcat way,” said varsity football coach Rich Schimke, who has been coaching Keller for the past three years. Along with baseball and football, Keller developed a love for basketball after his father played center throughout his high school career at PRHS. Keller began his 10 year basketball stint as a power forward playing alongside Davis, his best friend since kindergarten, in elementary school in the Paso Robles recreational league. “I have always loved being on a team with Matt because we have a lot in common, and we both love to compete. Matt has showed me to never quit and how to be a great leader. He is a great guy to look up to,” Davis said. “I push him, and he pushes me, and we just help each other out,” said Keller.
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On Dec. 11, 2015, things took a turn for the worst. While playing Garces high school at the North High Shootout tournament in Bakersfield in the fourth quarter, Keller jumped up for a rebound when an opposing player pushed him from behind causing him to fall and slam his right knee on the court. On Jan. 12, 2016, Keller went under the knife to repair the torn meniscus obtained that night. Although sitting out the entire basketball season was heartbreaking, Keller had a strong support team made up of Davis, his family and fellow Bearcathlete Chloe Kerns to get him through it. After eight weeks of rehab, Keller was able to return to his most beloved sport; baseball. He hopes to continue his baseball career at Cuesta College next fall playing as a Cougar. Keller would like to be remembered as an athlete “who doesn’t quit no matter what the outcome of the game or the score or anything,” and with his humble, loving personality, combined with immense amount of skill, there is no doubt that he will be remembered as anything less. —Maureen Pushea, Co-Editor-in-Chief
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Con un comportamiento tranquilo pero seguro, le chocó los puños a jugadores de béisbol de la juventud y les invitó a la cancha para el himno nacional junto a sí mismo. Cuando los niños corren fuera de la cancha con la mayor sonrisa en sus rostros dicen “, Estuve en el campo con número 39!” Extendiéndose y saltando por tiros que no eran absolutamente perfectos, y siendo rápido en sus pies para elegir fuera un corredor, el adorna el diamante con cuatro años de experiencia de béisbol con el equipo varsity como jugador de primer base bajo su cinturón. Cuando él camina hasta la placa y su nombre es anunciado, la multitud va salvaje.
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Say Goodbye to the SprIng Season The Baseball varsity baseball team has qualified for the first round of CIF after a season record of 19-11 and a PAC 8 record of 13-8 leaving them in third in the league. “We really showed outr personality as a team. We could’e given up, but we put in the work and came back,” Senior Jeff Neumann said
v The varsity diving team contributed to the swim team’s successful season. The six member team competed at various meets such as the SLO Invitational, Thousand Oaks Invitational, and PAC 8 League finals.
The varsity softball team ended the season fifth in PAC 8 with a 5-7 record in league. “The season was super fun, I made bonds with the team and even though we didn’t win all of our games, it was still a great season overall,” said junior Lindsey Sonniksen.
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team left the season with victory. With a record of 9 - 5, they finished fourth in league. The team qualified for CIF. “It went great! Almost half of our team from last year graduated so we were definitely at a disadvantage coming into the season, but I think we did well,” Sophomore Zach Smith said.
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PRHS swim team went out with a splash this season, with many personal records set and school records broken. The boys team broke the 4x50 school record with a time of 1.29, and individual event Josh Dewhurst broke the 100 backstroke record with a time of 53.77.
T d Track rac & Fiel k was successfull at league: varsity boys took fourth, and the varsity girls took third this season in the PAC 8 League. Three school records were broken, in both the miles and pole vault. 15 athletes continued onto CIF prelims and five athletes will continue on to CIF finals.
After olleyball a rough beginning to the season, the boy’s volleyball team came back strong at the end. “The season started out a little rough and we lost some games we should’ve won but we really came together near the end,” said Junior Libero Micah Canales.
The Tennis Paso Robles varsity boys tennis team finished their 2016 season with a 4-8 league standing, 6-13 overall. Sophomore Ryan Stronks said, “It was an improvement from last year only winning one league game. We’ll be even better next year, mark my words.”
Getting second place at our first invitational was definitely the highlight of my diving experience. It really boosted my confidence and excited me for the rest of the season. —Camryn Curren, 9 Varsity Diving
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By the end of the year we all came together and placed 3rd at the state meet in Clovis. Crossing the line in Clovis I knew that our top four had placed well, but wasn’t sure where our fifth man was in the field of 280 athletes. Once all five of us were finished we stood anxiously waiting for the results. We found out we had placed 3rd in the state meet. This is the best Paso High has ever placed in the state competition for cross country. —Josh Potter, 12 Varsity Cross Country 05.26.16
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CAL POLY MUSTANG CROSS COUNTRY
Natalya Marcove CAMBELL UNIVERSITY SOCCER, NC
Two Bearcats continue their athletic careers Two of the most awarded PRHS senior athletes this year have crossed the elusive threshold: they’re playing in college, folks. That’s indeed rare: the NCAA estimates only 3 percent of high school athletes will play on the NCAA college sport level.
NATALYA MARCOVE Senior Natalya Marcove steps weekly into the green 100 by 60 rectangle second home, the goal, the same size they play with in North Carolina. This 24 foot wide home for Marcove is the place that she looks forward walking onto everyday. Her ability to jump 8ft over the top of her home is one of the many reasons that Marcove received a full ride scholarship to be a goalkeeper in Campbell University’s division two soccer program in North Carolina. Campbell, in North Carolina, offered a full-ride scholarship to the goalkeeper, who has played varsity soccer all four years of high school, the summer before her junior year and she accepted a couple months later. Marcove had been interested in other colleges, but after receiving this offer she knew it was the place for her. “This was the right fit, I wanted this school,” said Marcove, about her future college which has 6,182 students on campus. After the next four years in North Carolina, Marcove hopes to gain more skills and become more consistent. She feels that over the past four years she has been focusing on improving her consistency, and it has payed off.
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Marcove eventually hopes to play professionally, but for now she is focused on her journey for the next four years at Campbell. She hopes to reach the next level of soccer and even travel the world to find it.
ASHLEY DAVIS It all started with the 7th grade Flamson Middle School 5K when she won the race. Now first place is a normal occurance for senior Ashley Davis: easily taking first in the 800 and 1600 at PAC 8 League Finals. Davis received a partial scholarship to California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo to run cross-country and track for the Division 1 program. Davis feels as her strength in her passion for running and her discipline and work ethic when it comes to training is what makes her stand out than other runners. As a freshman, sophmore, and senior, Davis managed to be the Bearcat cross country team’s MVP and shared the title her junior year. She has ran in the cross country State meet as an individual runner two times, placing 43rd in 2013, 13th in 2015, and once with her team in 2014 where they placed 7th . Davis has ran eight varsity seasons, recieving high honors for both cross country and track. She recently broke the school record in the 1600 meter, or one mile, crushing alumni Maddy Cline’s record of 5:02:17 with Davis’s new record of 5:02:09. “I’m very excited to have the opportunity to run the elite Division 1 program,” Davis said. Davis plans on studying Kinesiology with an ultimate goal of becoming a physician’s assistant in the orthopedics or emergency medicine. —Morgan Rego, Reporter & Madison Wineman, Guest Writer
BRIGHT FUTURES AHEAD (above) : Seniors Ashley Davis and Natalya Marcove have starred on the varsity level of their sports since freshman year.
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