Volume 72 / 05.23.13 / Issue 7
Future Stars: Predictions for future Bearcat athletes
The Student Newsmagazine of Paso Robles High School
Baby Photos: Looking back at what seniors used to look like
801 Niblick Rd. Paso Robles, California
Blind Date: Seniors enjoy an afternoon of sweets in the park
Photo by Jordan Nevosh
Students remember freshman Nolan Eubank after his passing. NEWS >>
‘Once Upon a Mattress’
Junior Hailey Pietz played a medieval princess alongside senior Noah Norton in the spring musical. A&E >>
newsmagazine May 23, 2013 Volume 72, Issue 7
Photo by Sarah Wilson
ON THE COVER: Seniors Jonathan Kleinman, Katelyn Olsen, Rudy Binkele, and Jonathan Kisch fly towards the Golden Snitch—and their golden futures.
Photos by Jordan Nevosh
Seniors are celebrated with features, baby photos, favorites, and more in this Harry Potter themed section. SENIOR >>
Seniors Molly Donovan and Colby Kerns are awarded the Crimson title of “Bearcathelete.”
Beloved Nolan Eubank remembered and mourned by Carly Cargill, News Co-Editor
It’s nothing less than a tragedy when a friend, loved one, family member, or even an acquaintance passes suddenly. Freshman Nolan Eubank, a friend to all, died from reasons still under investigation, on Sunday, Apr. 28. It is known campus-wide that Eubank was loved graciously by everyone around, particularly by the group that gathered daily by the central campus planter bench, unified by their Bradley-Lockwood background. Classmates think of Eubank as that guy who was always happy and Nolan Eubank smiling; if a classmate needed a hug or anything, he was the one to look to. Freshman Dominique Rodriguez participated in bringing flowers to the planter on Apr. 30 and attended the memorial on May 11. “He helped me come out of my shell, and no matter what, he would always have a smile on his face--no matter what was going on in life. He really helped me through some difficult times. I'm glad that he was part of my life even though it wasn't a long time,” said Dominique, who met Eubank on the first day of Ag Leadership and said he was hyper and “cracking jokes”. Dominique also said that her favorite memory of Eubank
RIP: Eubank’s friends Eden Peterson, Jena Corea, Dominique Rodriguez, and Nathan James group together May 15 to support each other in the passing of their long time friend. Photo by Carly Cargill
was “when he kept putting play dough all over his face in Ag Leadership... He would say ‘because who needs groceries?’” The news of Eubank’s death shocked freshman Dakota Rodriguez, who’d been friends with the fifteen year-old for six years. She still finds the tragedy hard to cope with. “I met Nolan in third grade. We were instant friends and soon became best friends... [he was] the most forward and funny person you would ever meet. Whatever was on his mind, he would tell you, and it was always absolutely hilarious!” Dakota said. Since Dakota did not want to be reminded of his death, she did not participate in the distribution of flowers. But Dakota looks back on her friendship and sees the good, despite the tragedy. “Nolan taught me to take everything as a joke. When somebody said something rude or hurtful to me, he would always twist the words and make it into a compliment or something completely ridiculous... Nolan was a true friend; he always used to make me smile and laugh even when i was really angry or going through hard times. I'm really going to miss him, but I'd like to think he's in a better place now,” Dakota said. Like Dakota, sophomore Nathan James took Eubank’s death very hard. He explained that the death is still very raw. He went to the memorial all the same. “It was the beginning of his freshman year, and I saw him and was trying to recruit more kids for wrestling, and I told him to
Shake for Sportsmanship Award
join... Sure enough, the next day he showed up in the room, and I told him I’d teach him everything I knew. He was a fast learner and, God, he even taught me stuff. He was a great wrestler and [an even] better friend,” James said. As part of the the best friend trio, freshman Eden Peterson was close with Nolan in the third grade with Dakota at Pat Butler. “Me, him, and Dakota--we were all best friends... [What I will] always remember is that he would bring these cans of frosting, and we would chase him until he gave us some, and he would never wanna share,” said Peterson, who smiles with the memories of their “weird adventures”, —like the time they snuck into their third grade classroom to play with Dakota’s tortoise. “He was always just upbeat... He just kinda taught me to not take things super serious. Just be happy,” Peterson said. “I want people to remember—just remember him and not necessarily to dwell on what happened.” The memorial on Saturday, May 11took place at a small church, according to Peterson. With guests overflowing and lining the walls, Eubank’s short 15 years were remembered, cried over, and cherished by all who attended. It is safe to say Eubank will not be forgotten at PRHS, in his friend’s hearts, or in the memories of students campus-wide.
Bourgault represents Paso at Dodgers stadium
by Clarisse Dart, Reporter Surrounded by athletes from all over the state, senior Sara Bourgault stood in the lush, green center of Dodgers stadium on Tuesday, Apr. 16, holding a plaque that marked her as the athlete representing PRHS and the entire PAC-7 league. Paso Robles High School received the “Shake for Sportsmanship” after the other Pac-7 schools nominated PRHS to be the league award-winner. PRHS won a similar award in 2007, when Paso Robles High received the “Champion for Character” award on behalf of the CIF Southern Section. “Sara was chosen [to represent PRHS] because of her demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship. The varsity soccer coach specifically nominated her to receive the award on behalf of the school,” vice principal Thomas Harrington said. The Paso Robles Lions Club personally awarded Bourgault the sportsmanship
ALL SMILES: (below) Bourgault shows her plaque from the Dodgers Staduim awarded on April 16.
award after her soccer season, as well as the “Most Inspirational Player” award from her team. Bourgault was given three tickets when asked to be the representative and was able to bring her brother and sister with her to the Dodgers game against the Padres. “[CIF section representatives] lined up on the center field for the pre game show and they gave us the plaques,” Bourgault said, who played soccer all four years of high school. “I think it was really awesome that our school was selected for the award because it does boost pride in our athletes and students to receive such a great honor. It was pretty cool receiving the award along with other sportsmanship athletes at the ceremony before the game on centerfield.” Photo by Devin Corea
Top of the line: Class of 2013 The past four years of high school haven’t been all electives, parties, and easy times for seniors Jonathan Kisch and Katelyn Olsen. Through balancing athletics, clubs, and responsibilities, these students have reached the top of their class as Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the Class of 2013.
A year of success
An overview of FFA’s year long triumphs by Lauren Reed, Culture Editor
Agriculture is an integral part of Californian society, and FFA has worked hard to incorporate the art into PRHS’ umbrella of learning. The contests FFA gives students the opportunity to participate in throughout the year are Opening and Closing Ceremonies Competition, Creed Speaking Competition, Best Informed Greenhand Competition, Extemporaneous Speaking Competition, Job Interview Speaking Competition, Impromptu Speaking Competition, Manuscript Speaking Competition, Welding Competition, and Livestock Judging Competition. “When you have a competitive spirit nothing fuels your passion more than knowing you have a chance to be the best. But if you want to be a competitor it is ultimately up to you to make sure you put in the hours if you want to be the best,” said sophomore Kara Kester,who has been involved in FFA since her freshman year in 2011. On April 20, the eight members of the Livestock Judging team competed at the Fresno State Field Day where the four A-Team members, Branson Medeiros, Kaitlyn Bedell, Jacob Dilger, and Nathanael Bourgault took first place out of 41 other teams; with Branson Medeiros taking first place overall as an individual. On the same day, 20 students attended the four day FFA State Leadership conference. On May 4th, the Livestock Judging and Welding Teams went to the State Finals Field Day. “The conference was absolutely amazing! Four days of keynote speakers, leadership workshops, awards ceremonies, public speaking competitions, and inspiring retiring addresses from the 2012-2013 California FFA State Officers,” said senior Kaitlyn Bedell, who is the vice president of PRHS’ FFA chapter. This year FFA has 25 hogs, 20 sheep, and 10 cattle that will be showing at fair. There are three main events for showing beef, sheep, and swine, the first is a market class, where the judge will place the animals based on what he/she believes is the most complete, market ready animal. The second is a showmanship class, where the judges places the student based on who he/she thinks best exhibits the animal. The third is the Junior Livestock Auction, where the exhibitors show their animal to the buyers and the animal is sold to the highest bidder. 04
“I love competing at fair because it gives me the best of both worlds! I get to hang out with my very best friends all the time, but I also get to do one of my few passions of showing and selling my own cattle,” said Kester, who raises Angus Crossbred Market Steers and Replacement heifers. Although FFA does showcase a great deal of agricultural involvement, and its goals revolve around such, FFA also teaches students valuable lessons, and gives them new skill sets. “All of the competitions, overnight events, leadership conferences, and project animals have allowed me to learn how to take on the world outside of high school: teaching me things such as money management and being prepared for whatever the world throws at me,” said senior Kaitlyn Bedell, who is the vice president of PRHS’ FFA chapter. FFA teaches students the value of responsibility and management, and how to work as a team, according to Bedell. “FFA isn't just about livestock and crops, there are so many career and leadership positions available for those who choose to get involved,” said Kester, who entered into the Job Interview contest on April 18 in Fresno; senior Branson Mederos entered the Extemporaneous Speaking contest on the 18th as well. In the Job Interview contest the contender must fill out an application and create a cover letter for a mock job interview. In the Extemporaneous Speaking contest, a student must draw three topics then chose one to speak on, they then have 30 minutes to prepare a 4-6 minute speech on that topic. Kester competed and made it to regionals, which led to her to become the only sophomore from Paso Robles to make it to the state competition this year. “No part of FFA is my favorite because the organization itself is so dynamic. I have grown so much as a person and leader and this is only my second year,” said Kester. From welding to agriculture, this years PRHS FFA chapter has had an especially successful year: sending their livestock judging team to National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, Kentucky in October, and placing in all but one competition.
Valedictorian Jonathan Kisch
“I literally don’t sleep some nights. Particularly Mondays and Wednesdays because I have calculus classes at Cuesta. Maintaining a 5.0 while simultaneously taking Cuesta classes deprives you of some sleep. That, coupled with my extracurricular-activities is like juggling chainsaws, if I slip I could severely ruin my grades.”
Salutatorian Katelyn Olsen
“Being nominated means a lot to me. It means that these four years of hard work are paying off, and I’ve got a lot to show for all my effort. I put in my best effort, do my work thoroughly, study hard, and in the end hope for the best! Sometimes I think that having faith in myself is what got me through.”
–Angela Lorenzo, A&E Editor
Pickard wins award
ROP Welding teacher Justin Pickard won county ROP teacher of the year. Pickard will be honored at the next Santa Lucia ROP Board meeting for both his personal achievement and the achievements of his students. — Rachel Cole, News Co-Editor
photos by Angela Lorenzo and Andrea Lorenzo
IPhones rumors corrected
District sets the record straight about administrative cell phone support by Maddy Raithel, Reporter
Photo used with permisson by Laura Callahan
High Schoolers gathered at Lago Guiseppe Winery in Templeton for a Night of Enchantment on Saturday May 11. The students eagerly awaited the results of Prom royalty as the announcement came towards the middle of the event. Juniors Logan Ferry and Hailey Pietz won Prom prince and princess and seniors Seth Wilkinson and Laura Callahan, pictured above, won king and queen. —Danae Ontiveros
Quest for Cuesta
Available opportunities for students to better their education by Brigitte Maina, Business Team While most students are trading in their books for a boogie board, about 30 students will be snagging a new desk in the classroom of their summer class. Cuesta College, having numerous local campuses including locations in Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, and Arroyo Grande, has attracted students in taking summer, spring, winter, and fall quarter courses to catch up or get ahead in their education. “It was actually really fun and easy. The teacher was funny and interesting, and he let us use our notebooks on tests,” said junior Meredith Butz, who took US History and Biology the summer going into her junior year. “It was totally worth it. It didn't encroach on my free time over summer.” Due to the fact Cuesta courses are six weeks, rather than 36 in an academic year, lessons and units are fast paced but content difficulty is the same; the amount of time it takes a year long class to prolong at the high school only takes a semester when taken in the fall. “I didn't want to take a year long course at the high school, so Cuesta just helped free my schedule up for this year,” said Butz, who, with the help of Cuesta classes, is now taking more electives. “Cuesta has a larger summer offering this year than they have had in the last two years which is encouraging,” said counselor Michael Moore. Although taking a Cuesta Class to make up a failed class is not valid, making room for it by taking classes that include all math, all histories, foreign languages and english there is acceptable.
IPhone 5s in the pockets of district administrators led to recent rumor and clarification between district. students, and parents. IPhones, according to PRPS, are the fresh face of a district practice stretching as far back as 1997. The district’s finances have been under recent pressure from diminishing state income. It has furloughed teachers and students for 16 days so far. The district paid $3,300 last year in cellular communications. PRHS Principal Randy Nelson said he has no idea where the funding came from for the iPhone 5 the district handed him. “I’ve had a [district] phone since I started here. They used to just pay for a portion of my phone bills...but they decided that it was too expensive to do that for everyone, so they switched to just supplying phones for all the administrators. I have the sense that buying in bulk saves money.” However, Superintendent Kathleen McNamara did not receive a district iPhone and pays for her own. Technical Director Ashley Lightfoot said that “the cost for all of these cellular services is entirely covered through our agreements with the cellular companies that have cellular transmission towers on our sites. There is no cost to the District general fund or other funds that are used to purchase computers or other equipment for classrooms.” The total communications expense is $130,00 a year, which includes phone service to the classrooms. Lightfoot explained that the district’s money don’t just pay for iPhones, but also for an array of phones that accommodate employee’s needs. “For those that need remote data connections to perform their duties--HVAC Techs, for example--for those who need voice, email, and other high end services to perform their duties, we supply smartphones,” Lightfoot said. iPhones were the smartphones of choice because they were the most cost efficient and the easiest to operate. The district has always supplied certain employees with cellular devices. Some question the need for iPhones, “Are you kidding me? Using district money to buy themselves iPhones when teachers cannot even pay for classroom supplies?” said sophomore Edward Yett. “[We could be using the money for other things such as] textbooks,
Cell Phone Fast Facts $2000 raised in a March E-Waste fundraiser
District paid $11,000 last year in cellular communications
District has furloughed teachers and students for 16 days thus far
classroom supplies, programs for students.” Over $2000 raised in a March E-Waste fundraiser flared some parents and teachers in April and May into rumors--some of them discussed on the Facebook page Paso Schools Concerned Citizens-- that money and old electronics was spent on iPhones for Paso Robles administrators throughout the district. Lightfoot said that the only goal of E-Waste was to “pay for classroom equipment, parts, and technology upgrades...We’ve used most of funds this year to fund ‘Classroom of Tomorrow’ COT projects,” Lightfoot said. The only intention of E-Waste was “to raise extra funds to help repair and replace classroom and network equipment without impacting the main District budget,” and to responsibly dispose of broken equipment and save time for the community by not needing to drive to the disposal site. Compared to cell support, the district is spending $400,000 on COT upgrades to ensure access to the latest technology for teachers and students. Most students at PRHS have already seen the effects of past COT with new projectors, speaker systems, and document cameras.There is a hope to buy and install over 60 COT classroom upgrades in the next year around the entire 11-site district. Lightfoot is especially content with the district’s progress. “To my knowledge, we are the only school district in the county that has been able to find alternative ways to fund necessities such as cellular communications from sources that do not negatively impact the classroom. This is a fact that we should all be proud of.”
New on the job “I am very excited to be ASB President. I can’t wait to see what the leadership class plans out. It’s going to be a great year!” ASB President Devin Corea Photo used with permission by Devin Corea
“I am very excited to be Senior Class President. ‘With great power comes great responsibility’ and with that responsibility I plan on organizing a kick butt Senior year” Senior Class President Caitlin Knoll photo used with permission by Caitlin Knoll
“I feel super excited about the events next year and am really looking forward to start planning Prom. I am really grateful to have been elected and am going to work very hard towards putting on an amazing Prom next year.” Junior Class President Amy Cantrell Photo by Anna Hernandez
"Last year was just a test drive, so buckle down because this year is going to be a ride, and yea, that's about it.” Sophomore Class President Vincent McGranahan Photo by Brandon Kearns
Design class dives to new depths
PRHS engineers set to test new submarine at Barney Schwartz Park
by Brandon Kearns, Sci-tech Editor Not many envision themselves gliding through the depths of a lake, yet for the PRHS engineering class it is just another day. The students have toiled for four months on a remote operated submarine. The design class is building a four foot long, PVC submarine for their main project, something that has been in process since the beginning of the semester. “We’ve had the submarine as a project for most of the semester, but since a lot of time has to go into pre-building routines such as contacting the Lake and Park authorities, confirming the project and design with the school board, fundraising, and searching for and ordering the necessary parts, we’ve only had the past month or so to really do solid work on construction. That month included designing, building, testing, repairing, and improvising parts and methods of operation”, said Mcguffin. The submarine will have wings on the side, but instead of lifting it up like an airplane it will drag the submarine deeper underwater allowing it to stay submerged. 06
“The wings will be like an airplane’s except they will be inverted so that they pull the submarine down,” said Chase, the projects lead designer. A crucial part of the submarine is how the design team will collect water samples. To do so there will be a syringe attached to the side of the submarine. The team will move the syringe with a remote controlled servo, a motor commonly used on remote controlled vehicles. “We have two primary tests we’d like to run: Oxygen saturation, and turbidity. (Turbidity = cloudiness of the water, indicates purity of water.) If our sub is able to make a second dive in the time allotted, we’ll try and bring back another sample to test pH (acidity) and CO2 content”, said Mcguffin. Engineers are known for creativity, but this submarine is a testament to the four months of work that have gone into this experiment. PRHS design team continues to dive into exciting areas of science.
ALL HANDS ON DECK: Senior Miguel Beltran cuts a slot for the submarine’s rudder. The rudder will control how the submarine moves left and right.
SHIPS CREW: Ten students served as designers for one
of the most innovative class projects on campus this spring.
Senior sign-off The magic and nostalgia of Paso High by Nicolette Jolicoeur, Editor-in-Chief
Four years at one school can seem like a long time, but looking back now, I can’t >> believe it went by so fast. And yes, this is indeed a sentimental-senior issue-signoff.
Ethnic Studies teacher Stan Cooper will be leaving the district in May to go teach in Mexico. As much as I am happy that he is pursuing something that makes him happy, It feels like only a few months ago, I was still claiming Leopards are better than taking that class freshman year inspired me to pursue a Sociology degree in my higher Cougars, and now I’m perpetually ranting about how much the University of Santa Clara education. Now, incoming freshman will not have the ability to experience this with him due to the salary and benefit penalties coming from the superintendent and school Broncos suck and so do the Saint Mary’s Gaels. GO USF DONS! Yet we have so much to be loyal to here at our alma mater. It would be an understatement board members who align with her. Does PRHS have more changes to make to reach its full potential? Yes. Are there to say that Paso Robles High School changed me and changed all of us. I am so thankful some—scratch that, a lot of— things that could’ve been done differently over the past that it did. few years? Yes. But did it limit the class of 2013 from becoming amazing as a whole and It would also be an understatement to say that we didn’t prove those assertions individuals? No. wrong. As we came into Paso Robles High, we all heard about budget cuts, program We have come a long way, my class has. Remember when everyone was “scene” back improvement, and how we have the highest teen pregnancy rate in the county. in middle school? Remember when everyone was jerkin’ Now, exiting the school, we still hear about budget cuts, and wearing skinny jeans? Remember those freshman program improvement, and how we still have the highest It would be an understatement to say that year “couples”? Remember when everyone started to say teen pregnancy rate, but we also hear really commendable Paso Robles High School changed me and swag? What about YOLO? Or when almost everyone you things as well. changed all of us. I am so thankful that it talked to was “sexy and they knew it”? Those were the We hear how PRHS football has beat Atascadero High did. —Nicolette Jolicoeur days. But senior year has brought some amazing things to three years in a row. We hear how often we are scoring our horizons as well. Need I say anything more than the above the national average in Advanced Placement testing. word “ratchet” and “whatchu twerking with?” We hear how Leadership and ASB have arranged many more activities than past years But like all good things, our time at PRHS must come to an end. My time here, and and how every year the class gets better and better. We hear how the SAVE (Students this year especially, has brought me more knowledge than I would’ve expected walking Against Violence Everywhere) Club has truly made an impact on the anti-bullying movement around campus. And we hear how 70 or more PRHS students compete in on to campus first day of my freshman year. I’ve realized that, yes, some people and Skills USA, and PRHS programs continually earn regional, state, and national awards in memories at this school were foolish or pointless, but so many blessings, joys, and FFA, wrestling, track/XC, journalism, skills USA and many more. Our teachers, building blocks have occurred among these years that as I finish writing this article, my coaches, and advisors, who against every negative pressure coming from last Crimson and my years at PRHS, I can say I’m a proud Bearcat. across the street, truly believe in us: the students. With these pressures come consequences, such as retirement. Honors
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Seniors taste treats from a town they’ve called home by Jordan Nevosh, Graphic Designer, and Brigitte Maina, Photo Team With graduation day approaching, the flutter of nervous butterflies and dismal feelings of departure for universities fill the soon-to-be alumnus’ stomachs. To keep spirits up, seniors Matthew Kwiatkowski and Rebecca Tobey spent the afternoon touring local sweet shoppes reminiscing on the town in which they grew up. Beginning at Delightful Desserts, the two seniors started off with a quick verbal questionnaire to assist them in their search for the perfect treat for their date. Kwiatkowski chose a M&M-filled cookie for Tobey, based on Tobey’s preference for the color green, and Tobey picked a chocolate flavored cookie sprinkled with patterns of sugar for Kwiatkowski, based off of Kwiatkowski’s love for running. Tobey claimed that, since the sugar looked like a multitude of running trails, this was the perfect treat for him. As the couple sat down at nearby tables to eat their specially picked treats, conversation of up and coming senior events floated through the air. The seniors sympathized with each other about, over the senioritis that had set in and spilled their college plans for next year--Tobey will be attending Johnson and Wales Denver campus and Kwiatkowski will be attending Fresno State University. However, as their pastries turned to crumbles, the couple moved on to their next location. The next stop was the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.
Rate the Date Matt Kwiatkowski,12 Rate: 9 Favorite Part: “When she spilt gelato on my pants.” Second Date: “Yea, I would!”
RebeccaTobey,12 Rate: 9 Favorite Part: “When he held the door open for me!” Second Date: “Yes!”
As the couple entered, they anxiously awaited their next three questions. With Kwiatkowski answered with the Saints, not favoring a particular animal, and listens to hard rock, Tobey answered with a “I don’t like sports teams”, elephants, and indie music. With the daters new information, they set off in search of the perfect candy based off of those questions. This time, the daters secretly told the cashier what they wanted to pick. The couple couldn’t
POSING WITH POWELLE’S (above): Senior’s pose for a quick picture with their sweet treats. CHOSE WISELY (left): The couple ponders one which type of gelato they should chose for their date. CHEZZIN’ (right): Tobey and Kwiatkowski goof around while walking to a nearby park bench. 08
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see the others chosen sweets until the end of the date. After giggling over new inside jokes, the duo trotted across the street to their final location Powell’s Sweet Shoppe. For their last task they instead of basing off their choices with three questions, they only had one: to choose the type of ice cream that represented the other the most. After about five minutes of pondering what to choose for the other, the daters ultimately chose; Kwiatkowski with chocolate and Tobey choosing Cookies n’ cream. Holding their frozen swirl of goodness, the couple took a stroll through the local park chatting away. When they went to sit down on a local park bench it came to their surprise that Tobey’s Gelato was actually melting. While Tobey tried cleaning up the brown sugar mess, Kwiatkowski went to her rescue to clean it up; only to end up getting some over his pants. However they just laughed it off and went on chit chatting away. As the their cups started emptying and the bag of goodies vanished, the date came to an end. Upon leaving, they found a leftover birthday card laying on the ground. Tobey, intrigued by the card, picked it up, jokingly acting as if she got it just for Kwiatkowski. It was signed to a ‘Barbara’, so as the daters went back to the car they teased about Kwiatkowski name being just that.
Murder, romance, and ballgowns, oh my! Author Sarah MacLean serves up a bit of everything by Analía Cabello, Copy Editor
High society England in the early 1800s typically calls to mind images of massive ballrooms adorned with dangling chandeliers, women bedecked in outrageously intricate gowns, and horse-drawn carriages traversing rickety cobblestone streets. Sarah MacLean’s debut young adult novel The Season effectively captures the romance of the time period with an additional dash of adventure. This masterpiece centers upon 17 year old Lady Alexandra Stafford and her two closest comrades, Lady Vivian Markwell and Lady Eleanor Redburn; the three are better known as Alex, Vivi, and Ella, respectively. The ladies are making their entrance into “the social whirlwind of a London season”, where they will be “paraded like a piece of horseflesh in front of every unattached male in London” with money and a title. MacLean offers realistic details concerning the preparations for a young woman’s introduction to the ton (a term for the London upper class), historical events accurately corresponding with the time period, and vivid descriptions of the era. However, the novel isn’t limited to a glorified textbook account. Within the historical threads, MacLean weaves three protective older brothers, the murder of a lord, an espionage conspiracy, and an old-fashioned take on the clichéd falling-for-my-brothers’-best-friend scenario that ultimately results in a cliffhanging
paperback that is almost impossible to put down. The back cover of the book and MacLean’s website, macleanspace.com, boasts accolades from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and the School Library Journal, which praises Maclean for “her depiction of 19th-century England—the dialogue in the society scenes is spot-on.” And I concur. My personal opinion stands as such: a book’s dialogue can make or break it. Stiff and stilted lines will lend a novel a stale quality that no amount of imagery can overwhelm, while natural, fresh, and lively dialogue holds the potential to save nearly every storyline (case in point: Pitch Perfect. The dialogue was hilarious, so most of the audience enjoyed the movie). MacLean’s novel belongs to the latter category, and it delivers marvelously crafted dialogue dripping with sarcasm and wit. Certain comments, such as the one that follows, are told in third person but implied to be plucked straight from Alex’s mind: “Madame Fernaud may have been considered the most renowned dressmaker in all of England, but Alex knew better. Clearly, the Frenchwoman was waging a quiet war against her British enemies by poking the young maidens of London to death.” Though I have found, at times, that historical fiction bores me, The Season is most definitely my exception and will remain on my list of favorites for years to come.
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We may be teenagers, and we may be young –but together we are mighty
by Angela Lorenzo, A&E Editor
We laugh, we fight, we dance, and we routinely cry over simple things. We are experiencing time you still have with them. We shouldn’t always worry about getting a cold when we can focus love, heartbreak, dedication, triumph, and failure for what may be our first time. We have never on dancing in the rain. There will be some empty moments that push us down; however, we must had such raw, untapped emotions, and we will never experience life this unprocessed again. We learn to live for the occasions that will fill us up again. are teenagers; we are young. United, we are a student body of 2,000 students, ready to face each day’s challenges with It’s no secret that high school is hard. High school is the support of 1,999 friends behind us. This is what we cruel and grueling, and at times is the place you never should learn. Despite the hardships, despite the despair “United, we are a student body of 2,000 students, want to be. Each day we give up so much to people, and and anguish, there will be people to talk to. It’s ok to feel ready to face each day’s challenges with the are rarely given anything back for our efforts. lost, and it’s normal to feel lost--but don’t let those fleeting I’ve learned that happiness is not a constant in anyone’s moments, days, or weeks keep you from finishing a life so support of 1,999 friends behind us.” life. Instead, it subtracts and adds itself into our equations precious and uniquely yours. —Angela Lorenzo at the most unexpected and inconvenient moments. And We are all teenagers. We all know what it’s like to be yes, that means we are not always happy, and that’s ok. lost, to not know who we are, to not know where we belong As teenagers, being kicked down, built up, and dragged or what to do next. We all understand. So, when you’re along is a common thread we all feel. This life is a climb. And it’s easy to let the struggle knock you lost or alone, talk to someone. Your friends, your parents, your counselor. Talk to me. Because down; it’s easy, then, to let it keep you down. Although finding the faults in your family, yourself, I’ll understand. I’ll listen. You are wanted, and you are needed, and you make this world better. your work, or your surroundings is easy, it’s all the positive little things in life that make each day You help make this earth a part of your wonderful world. Don’t try to leave us early. We are united worth waking up for. Life isn’t about anticipating the loss of a sick family member; it’s about all the by this common bond of struggle. We may be teenagers. We may be young, but we are mighty. May 2013
Unheard Of Four albums for your saucy summer
by Stevie Stark, Reporter
When you want to relax
Ahh the beach. A place that reminds you that there is a time for work, a time for stress, and most importantly a time to do absolutely nothing but relax. If one band can take that feet-in-the-sand essence of the beach, it’s the three hazy rockers of Real Estate. By using amazingly smooth guitar riffs, a gentle percussion, and relaxed, collected vocals, Real Estate capitalizes on subtlety to create an album to which you can't help but relax. Perhaps best representing the easy going nature of the album is the song “Easy,” in which simple chords are played along a twangy solo as the carefree vocals revel in the nostalgia of running along the suburbs. Along with the more traditional songs, there are also songs such as “Kinder Bluman,” where the absence of vocals lets the gentle rock of guitars speak for themselves. Just like one never gets tired of listening to the repeated waves of the ocean, you’ll want to lie on your back, put Days on repeat and sink into the calming rock of the beach.
The White Stripes
I’ve heard one thing about music that is simply true for everyone: no matter what you listen to, or how much you listen to it, you have never listened to enough. And with summer right around the corner, I propose not one album but four to be enjoyed. Each of them adds a special spice that will make your summer saucy and delicious.
White Blood Cells
(2001) When If you could record you want a fistfight between to punch a Thor and Zeus you wolf in the might be listening to face something just a little
less awesome than The White Stripes 2001 album “White Blood Cells”. Ridiculous comparison aside, the picaresque duo of Jack and Meg White have a raw, unfiltered power, that shines in this album. The White Stripes’ rock-androll is direct and straightforward, yet still provides hard hitting blues with no more than Meg’s simple drumming, and Jack’s guitar and vocal prowess. There is no gentle beginning in this album. From the very start, heavy distortion and power chords kick off the album as Jack assaults the microphone with the words “Dead leaves and the dirty ground when I know you’re not around.” This song sets the mood for the whole album, as a collection of primal blues anthems where Jack’s guitar fuels the fire. There’s a primal beauty in the music of the white stripes. It’s not too complex, not over dramatic; however it has the power to pump your blood like nothing else.
When you’re on the road
When you tell someone you’re listening to Cults, you may get some strange looks. Yet instead of recordings of people speaking in tongues, you are in fact listening to one of the most originally catchy albums of the modern age. Made up of guitarist Brian Oblivion (I mean, how can’t you be awesome with a name like Brian Oblivion?) and vocalist Madeline Follin, Cults’ fresh, dreamy pop is at once rocking and adorable. Although the 60s may be long gone, Cults hasn't forgotten the foot-tapping, headbobbing goodness of a light guitar, intricate backtrack, and vibrant vocals. A great example of this is the song “You Know What I Mean” which begins with a swooning guitar intro and a snapping percussion that could be taken from a Beach Boys song. As the sweet song progresses, you’ll hear Follin’s lofty vocals sing, “I try so hard to be happy ’cause something goes wrong once again,” lyrics that contrast the bright soundscape with a story of a girl scared of happiness. This band can rock you and roll you, and their debut album will keep you smiling and moving all summer.
Merriweather Post Pavillion (2009)
When things get cray
When you want to make an omelette, you’ve got to break a few eggs. If you want to make an omelette that tastes as Animal Collective sounds, you need to break a few eggs, throw in some unicorn hair, and mix it in a warp drive, because things are going to get strange. However, if you can look past the initial shock factor and look deep into the experimental electronic beauty of Animal Collective’s 2009 album, you’ll find something truly captivating. While each of the songs in MPP have similar elements, they differ greatly in mood and tempo. In the fast paced “My Girls,” a repeated synthesized beat rings as the sound of the wind blows behind it, slowly crescendoing more and more until a full vibrant sound fills the air, as Noah Lennox’s swooning vocals call out his needs for a simple life without materials. However songs like “Summertime Clothes”, a base trodden romp capturing the drowsy energy of summer, show the eccentric fun that only Animal Collective can provide.
THE KING, THE JESTER, AND THE JESTER: (above) The king, senior Seth Wilkinson, the minstrel, junior Caitlin Knoll, and the jester, junior Ryan Ramos, sing about the king being mute.
Once Upon a Mattress dazzles with a stunning performance
SLEEPING BEAUTY: (left) Junior Hailey Pietz, who played Princess Winifred, lays down for a nap after finding out she passed the queens test of royalty. IN A LITTLE WHILE: Junior Meredith Butz and senior Alex Delbar look towards the future of being “one, two, three, four,” instead of just two. Photos by Sarah Wilson
by Clarisse Dart, Reporter
Cast and audience alike went “out of their medieval minds” for the spring musical Once Upon a Mattress. With a standing ovation after every night, the crowd was pleased with the dancing delight that was much more than your typical high school musical. Each number burst with energy, every young actor and actress fully engaged in their character. Though the cast alone would have been able to carry the show, the brilliant costumes and sets created an out-this-time-period experience unlike any other. The first scene itself transported the audience to a time of minstrels and joking jesters, with junior Caitlin Knoll on a stool in the spotlight, dressed as a minstrel and singing with only a guitar to accompany her as she introduced the old story of the princess and the pea. To the audience’s advantage, the musical had quite a few twists in store for this classic fairytale. Junior Hailey Pietz lit up the stage as unique and energetic Princess Winnifred, or Fred. Her bouncy, carefree attitude, and downright silliness had the audience laughing out loud. “Hailey as Winnifred is a dream come true as a director, she makes so many funny character choices that all come from
her,” said Marcy Goodnow, who was the director and choreographer of the production. Prior to opening night on April 19, the cast of 48 students rehearsed for ten weeks, five days a week. Lengths of rehearsals increased two weeks before opening night, where the cast and crew stayed until around ten o’clock every day after school to work on incorporating lights, sound, and costumes into the show. Songs such as “Shy,” which featured princess Fred admitting, loudly, her truly shy personality, displayed not only the vocal talent of the lead roles but a solid performance on the part of the whole cast. With varying amounts of experience among the cast, drama teacher Goodnow said that the spring musical, which held open auditions in January, has encouraged the cast members to continue to be involved in future productions. Around 75 percent of the cast were enrolled in drama this year. “I enjoyed the connection that the cast had. We really bonded and it just felt like we were a big family,” said freshman Maddie Wisler, who plans to audition for the musical again next year
after enjoying her first production experience. Each scene was filled with funny lines and outrageous behavior that coaxed giggles out of the little ones, as well as just the right amount of adult humor to satisfy the more mature audience members. One scene in particular, in which the prince engaged in a hilarious “father to son” talk with the mute king, was delivered so smoothly it allowed you to forget that both the actors were only high school students. And let us not forget the music. The cast was accompanied by local musicians who played live during the show at every performance, giving it a genuine feel. The high school actors and actresses themselves delivered stellar vocal performances that sounded uniform and very well rehearsed. Overall, the musical was a successful and entertaining performance full of life, color, elegant dresses, catchy music, and humor. It was a perfect example of the immense talent that exists among the students and staff members at PRHS.
Summer Hotspots by Brandon Kearns, Sci-Tech Editor and Samantha Garrett, Guest Writer
The votes are in! Crimson asked 200 Bearcats what their favorite summer hangout is, whether it is somewhere to escape the heat or if itâ€™s where you go to have that special night with friends. Here are the winners:
The Mid-State Fair is easily 1 the most anticipated event this summer with 1/5 of the Bearcats asked saying the Fair is their favorite summer spot. Avila Beach is the second best 2 spot according to Bearcats earning 35 votes. Enjoy having fun in the sun or just kicking it on the beach. Pismo Beach is the third best 3 summer spot with Bearcats giving it 20 votes as number 1.
Lake Nacimiento is a great spot 4 for its wide array of activities: hiking, partying, and, of course, swimming. Bearcats voted 19 times for Lake Nacimiento.
Park Cinemas in downtown Paso 5 Robles is a popular Bearcat destination with 13 votes as the best Summer spot.
Photo Illustration by Brandon Kearns
2013 SENIOR SECTION
Senior Baby Photos • 15
Senior Favorites • 19
Retiring Teachers • 20
Senior Destinations • 22
Super Seniors • 24
Teacher Shout Outs • 30
Parent Shout Outs • 32
Leadership Farewells • 35
Foreign Exchange Farewells • 36
Now and Then • 37
Baby Photos 2013
We asked parents to send in photos of where their graduates started out. Hereâ€™s their How big theyâ€™ve grown! generous response.
Clarisse Dart Hannah Clifford
Baby Photos 2013
How big theyâ€™ve grown! Riley Edwards
Jack Meznarich Colton Madrigal ft. Rudy Binkele
Collin and Morgan Moore
Maria Rodriguez Moreno Tyler Ramirez
How big theyâ€™ve grown!
Erika Smeltzer Rebecca Tobey
Rebekah Webster Tori Wilson
Matthew and Sarah Wilson
Advice to underclassmen
“Don’t get pregnant.” —Daniel Viramontes
Prama 2013 —Rebecca Tobey
“Scholarships!” —Jennifer Yuro
Cross country state meet 2012 —Jonathan Kleinman
“Don’t get sucked into drama that won’t matter once you leave this high school.” —Isabella Rokes
The first MORP —Summer Tauscher
“Try your hardest not to be a freshman.” —Emerson Hayes
Disrupting class and messing with teachers —Tim Benes
“Don’t make stupid decisions ever.” —Ben Nagenganst
CIF football game against Valencia — Rudy Binkele
“Go big or go home.” —Felix Baltazar Hypnotist —Blossom Sugiyama “Apply yourself more in school like I should have.”—Austin Yarborough “School is for fools, look at me!” —Jake Perez
Running flags at football games, having a mullet, fancy friday —Hayden Mullin
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Mr. Arnette Mr. Fairbank Mr. Olivera Mrs. Neely Mr. Ewing Mr. Land Mr. Blinkwolt Mr. Canaday Mr. Boswell Mr. Stroud Mrs. Bedrosian Mr. Frey Mr. Pickard Mr. Dimaggio Mr. Overton Mr. Harvey
“Get a lifted truck.” —Andrew Kunz “Believe in the person you want to become.” —JD Maciel “It’s not easy being Jack Mez. He is the one and only.” —Chris Dang “Don’t worry about what other think of you! Be yourself have fun but prepare to set off into teal world.” —Tori Wilson
Favorite Restaurant In-n-Out
Chris Dang and Jack Meznarich. Photos by Anna Hernandez
Radioactive by Imagine Dragons — Kaela Eden
Young, Wild and Free by Wiz Khalifa+Snoop Dogg — Karla Gomez We are young by Fun — Micheala Iunker
F***ing Problems by ASAP Rocky — Will Ford I love it by Icona Pop— Laura Callahan
Started From the Bottom by Drake — Riley Caruana Home by Phillip Phillips — Elli Bernal
Thrift Shop by Mackelmore — Erika Smeltzer
Farewell to faculty Seven faculty members retire after a combined 154 years
Linda Ward, Spanish How long have you taught at PRHS? 27 years
With students of course. I love the salsa project. The kids have the opportunity to write a recipe using the Spanish vocabulary that they learn in class, then they bring their salsa to Open House (Wed., May 22 this year) then they get to have the public to test their salsa and declare winners!
What will you miss the most? The kids. I love their enthusiasm and their smiles and just their sweet ways of encouraging me!
What are your retirement plans? Next year since I love teaching so much I will continue to teach using a new methodology I learned and I will teach adults Spanish in weekend classes.
What advice do you have for students? Sometimes taking the easy road isn’t as glamorous and fulfilling as it might appear initially. So working hard and doing your best is much more fulfilling ultimately.
Janet Lewis, English
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Jim Fisher, Spanish
What is your best memory at PRHS?
What is your best memory at PRHS?
I don’t have one best memory. Its been a good gig for 24 years.
The kids on graduation day, each year watching the kids graduate. Because I’m a special education teacher I get to work with the kids all the way through from 9th grade. So I get to see them as freshmen then progress. I think each year when I watch those kids put on their cap and gown after their fours years, that is probably the best feeling.
What will you miss the most? The daily interaction with students that are hear to learn and gain as much knowledge as they can. When you get students who are actually excited about learning, that’s exciting for a teacher.
What are your retirement plans? To not do any employment to make money. All my hobbies and stuff, that’s what I want to do.
What advice do you have for students? It’s the process that you go through when you learn that is the most important. That process builds not just knowledge but it builds experience and it also builds a method that students need for learning throughout their life. Enjoy the process of learning and not just the end result.
What will you miss the most? The students and my peer educator, Mrs. Cheri.
What are your retirement plans? I am going overseas to teach in Mongolia for two years.
What advice do you have for students? Don’t wait until your senior year to get everything done.
Photos by Jenna Wookey
Stanley Cooper, Video Production How long have you taught at PRHS? 24 years
What is your best memory at PRHS? Going on trips with students like San Francisco where they can learn in the field.
What will you miss the most? I will miss my colleagues, I’ve made some really good friends amongst the staff here, and I will miss the kids.
What are your retirement plans? Teach at an American School in Guadalajara I will teach 9th grade social studies for a 2 year contract.
What advice do you have for students? Don’t be a punk. If you’ve got some values, stand up for them. If you discover that those values need changing because you have discovered a broader truth, be courageous in the change. Be willing to be educated your entire life, because its only through that avenue that you ascend to heights.
Jacquelin Masucci, Math
Sandy Buckmoyer, Counselor
Don Volle, Math
How long have you taught at PRHS?
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What will you miss the most? All the interaction students and teachers. I couldn’t teach without my co-workers like Stephens, Riggenbach, Serpa, Jeangard, Wagner, and Schleppenbach.
What are your retirement plans? I’m still teaching at Cuesta and become more of a grandmother. Making curtains and tablecloths and make blankets for all the babies and panting. I have lots of hobbies and things to do.
What advice do you have for students? Treasure every age and stage in life. Remember when you were in grade school and you could not wait to be in high school? It did go fast. Explore your interests. Grow. Get more knowledge in what interests you, whether it is college, beauty school, auto repair. Anything. Learn a lot. Make memories. Join every club, climb every mountain, laugh a lot, dance a lot, dream a lot. Act on those dreams.
What is your best memory at PRHS? All of my best memories come from bad things that have happened and watching students, staff and families be caring, comforting and helpful way above and beyond what was expected.
What will you miss the most? I will really miss the daily contact with my colleagues and friends as well as all the students and their families that have become a part of my life.
What are your retirement plans? I am looking forward to traveling more, spending time with my daughters, and contributing to the community in some way.
What advice do you have for students? I always advise students to strive for the highest goal and study their passion, whatever that is. Life is too short to do something you HAVE to do every day.
What is your best memory at PRHS? Having four of his kids go through and being able to teach three of those four.
What will you miss the most? The students. I still really enjoy doing what I do. Just being around the students, it keeps me vibrant and healthy. I will also miss my colleagues. I have made some very close friends here that are colleagues.
What are your retirement plans? Probably a lot of travel. I would like to do some overseas travel which I haven’t had much of an opportunity to do before. I still plan to teach part time a Cuesta starting back in January.
What advice do you have for students? Discover a passion in life and to do whatever it takes to always pursue that passion and to never give up. –Jenna Wookey, Reporter May 2013
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Annapolis bound Senior Aidan Farrell achievements lead him to the Naval Academy by Kelly Munns, Feature Editor Few people consider joining the brave men and women who Gryffindor stretch their physical abilities, dress in flawless uniforms, and commit themselves to the United States military, yet top gentleman senior Aidan Farrell is beyond excited to join his new family this fall at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Farrell’s dream began two years ago when he realized he wanted to join the military with hopes of studying oceanography and becoming a pilot. “Sophomore year, I sat down with my cousin at a family reunion at a computer and I said ‘Ryan, we should do NROTC (Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps) together in college for the Navy.’ We started looking online and I stumbled across the Naval Academy. I didn’t know anything about it, but I decided I really wanted to go there. I set my sights on it and its been my goal ever since then,” Farrell said, whose father and uncle both served in the Navy for four years. With efforts of becoming a “well-rounded person,” Farrell has been involved with cross-country and track with younger sister sophomore Claire Farrell. He has excelled in Boy Scouts with his younger brother Graham Farrell in addition to moving all across the globe. All his accomplishments and worldly experiences perfectly qualify him for his future life in the Navy. Naval Academy Blue and Gold Officer John Marc Wiemann praised Farrell for being the only Central Coast appointment out of over 20,000 applicants nationwide and only 1,200 acceptances. He’ll also be one of roughly 30 on the USNA cross
country track team—and one of only a handful of Bearcats talented enough to move onto sports in college. “Every great officer in the military needs to possess the courage to lead, but also the humility to learn from their subordinates and follow the orders of their superiors,” Wiemann said. “Aidan already demonstrates this great attribute of humility.” Born in Woodland, CA, Farrell’s life drastically changed when his family moved to Yongsan Army Base in Jeoul, South Korea in 2001. His family lived in an apartment on the 9th floor that overlooked the city. They lived in Asia and visited Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, and China. In 2005, the Farrells moved to rural Ansbach, Germany, where Aiden learned German for two years. After five years, the family relocated to England, Spain, Poland, Italy, Austria, and France. “I love learning about and seeing the world,” Farrell said, who looks forward to travelling through the Navy. Aidan started running in the 7th grade with his dad as his coach. Eventually, he got on the varsity team freshman year. When Farrell moved to Paso Robles sophomore year, he was placed on varsity for the Bearcats. “I love what I get out of running. It’s pretty much been my thing outside of school. I’ve put a lot of time into it; I love my team,” said Farrell. Running “takes a high level of willingness and competitiveness to push through,” he said. Through his six years of experience, Farrell reached a personal record of a 4:24 minute mile and qualified for CIF Preliminaries spring 2012 and 2013. Farrell’s dad has also been an influence in Boy Scouts. Farrell’s grandfather was a Scoutmaster, and his father and three uncles
are all Eagle Scouts, which is the highest rank achievable in Boy Scouts. When Graham joined Troop 60 approximately two years ago, he convinced Farrell to join as well. At the age of 16, Farrell had a limited time to follow in his family’s footsteps, as it takes a minimum of two years to become an Eagle Scout and the age limit is 18. Farrell carefully and precisely planned his next two years, giving the appropriate time for each rank before Eagle: New Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, and Life. “The scout law [states that] a scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent, and I’d like to say I’ve developed a lot in all those areas through my involvement in scouting,” said Farrell. He served as a Senior Patrol Leader and eventually reached the prestigious rank of Eagle two days before his 18th birthday. Through scouting, he learned how to better relate to people and has developed a way of leading by example. His family and friends have always been his biggest support system. “I would have to say that he is one of my best friends. I am very sad about him leaving—also a bit jealous, I mean it’s Maryland,” sister Claire said. “Because of how close in age we are, we have always had this very strong friendship.” She plans to visit him this summer in Maryland. With only 34 days until he leaves for Maryland, Farrell will always remember his memories at PRHS. “I’ve found a really special, solid family of friends. Living in Paso, I couldn’t be happier with the school and community based on how I was welcomed by so many people,” Aidan said. “I’ve had an amazing three years at this school.” Photo by Jordan Nevosh
Rudy Binkele King of the court Senior dominates three sports by Josh Orcutt, Sports Director
Standing at the free throw line in Gil Asa Gymnasium is a Crimson number 10 jersey that shimmers in the light every time he exhales before his free throw. The crowd goes silent, the shot goes up, and a swish. Senior Rudy Binkele turns around and gives his teammates a handshake. Binkele’s athletics have been filled with awards: six Lion’s Club awards for Athletic Achievement, over 10 varsity letters, and a basketball award named in his honor: the Rudy Binkele Team Captain Award. Binkele is a three sport athlete: in the fall he plays defensive back on the football team; in the winter, point guard for the basketball team; in the spring, center field in baseball. He is well known for his high level of school spirit. He was a part of the California Scholastics Federation, as well as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Leadership. Binkele is also a scholar, recording a 4.2 GPA throughout his four years of high school. Binkele plays point guard, a key leadership position, who must be able to lead a team, make them cooperate, and be a key team player. He did just that, leading the Bearcats as captain and the only senior on the team. He averaged 7.9 PPG
and 1.7 rebounds per game. He torched Nipomo for 20 points and a win in December. Two year coach Matthew Drake became a mentor to Binkele. He is someone who Binkele said he strives to emulate. “I think Rudy has always exhibited leadership qualities. I knew during his junior year he would be a captain as a senior by the way he conducted himself and led by example. As a coach I try to place individuals in leadership positions that I trust and have a great amount of respect for. Rudy exhibited all the qualities you would want in a team captain: Hard work, dedication, inspiration, sacrifice, [and tons more.] He cares about his teammates, he is not afraid to stand up for what he believe is right, and he will put the good of others and the program ahead of himself. Rudy has provided a foundation for future Bearcats to build upon. Playing with a high level of intensity, possessing a strong will to win, and commitment to team goals. His character and effort will always be a part of this program. He will be missed,” said Coach Matthew Drake. As Binkele looks towards his future at Boise State University, as well as his sporting career. “In college, I’ve thought about playing intramural sports. I didn’t get any athletic scholarships or anything, but I’ve thought
about trying to play football. If I would be able to walk onto the team, that would be pretty fantastic. I just wanted to tell the future players that as tough as it may be in the future, whether it's physically demanding or mentally demanding, digging deep and finding that drive inside of you is worth it. It gives you so much more satisfaction than giving up. In the end, that end result is what really hits home, and you can really feed off that for future experiences,” Binkele concluded, who received various academic scholarships from Boise State University.
Kid at heart by Sarah Wilson, Managing Editor
She can rap to any song thrown her way. She once ran up a down Huffelpuff escalator just for the heck of it. Partially pink or blue hair is a normal occurrence for her. She can quote SpongeBob episodes like there’s no tomorrow. She is the most interesting girl in the world. Clarisse Dart is one awesome person. In addition to being a bubbly 18 year old with her fair share of quirks, Dart is a three year Journalism veteran, Ranchita Canyon 4H President, and SkillsUSA national qualifier in Early Childhood Education. Impressed yet? This Cal Poly San Luis Obispo bound go-getter with a 4.07 cumulative GPA and two AP classes avidly participates in school and the community, f r o m Yo u n g Life youth group to
Photos by Jordan Nevosh and Nicolette Jolicoeur
campus’ Adventure Club. In pursuit of her newfound career path as a teacher or paraeducator, she provides child care for the Community Church of Atascadero on Sundays, is a teacher’s aide four days a week for the St. Rose preschool class during first period, and volunteers in classes—such as Special Education—at Lewis Middle School once a week. Dart will major in Child Development at Cal Poly SLO. First joining ROP Careers With Children as a Bearkittens teacher at the start of the year, Dart found her hidden passion. “I signed up to work as a Bearkitten teacher because it was something that sounded fun. It was my senior year and all, so I thought, ‘Why not! I like children!’” She didn’t realize that it would cause her to decide on a career. She won a gold medal in Early Childhood Education at the SkillsUSA state competition in San Diego on Sunday, Apr. 7. “Clearly Clarisse has a very evident passion when it comes working with the small children and that translates into the classroom environment on a daily basis. Clarisse has a wonderful ability to connect with small children individually,” ROP Careers With Children teacher Brenda Mattysse said. She said Dart plans meaningful lessons quickly for the Bearkittens. “She understands that in order to be a strong teacher you need to understand child development and guidance and put that into practice in the classroom environment.” Between volunteering and babysitting jobs to boot, Dart manages to find time to be the Health Editor for Crimson Newsmagazine, a job requiring a keen eye for interesting stories and designs and countless hours of work. After attending
Senior Clarisse Dart is a triple threat
the National Journalism Convention in San Francisco on April 25-27, Dart now has a certificate for Honorable Mention in Review Writing. This three-year journalism veteran leaves the newsroom and playground only to don another hat: Ranchita Canyon 4H President. This year marks Dart’s seventh year competing in 4H, with seven years in dog obedience and showmanship and six years sheep showing. Dart sells her sheep at an average of eight to ten dollars per pound, with her sheep weighing an average of 130 pounds each. Her knack for success is not her only talent. Dart’s friends maintain that she also has a first place personality. “[Clarisse] has always been there for me and can almost always make the best of any situation,” senior Bryce Grijalva said, who describes Dart as having “a super contagious giggle” and trustworthy disposition. “She is so kind and I am happy to say I have someone like her in my life.” Dart’s friends and mentors affirm Dart’s place in their hearts as a one-of-a-kind human being. “She gives me hope. It is kids like Clarisse that make the grown-ups feel ok about what is happening in our world and our future. She can teach us a lot about what it means to simply be kind,” 4H community leader Sarah Lomanto said. “The best thing I can say about Clarisse is that I can only hope and pray that my girls grow up to be just like her!” Aided by instinctive abilities and uncanny Spongebobquoting skills, this future Mustang is looking at a future full of success and getting to be a child again.
Twice the trouble
Photo by Sydney Matteson
Seniors Jennifer and Brittany Yuro to set a standard for generations to follow by Rachel Cole, News Co-Editor Ditching the classroom to don track T-shirts or athletic training Gryffindor polos while keeping good grades may sound like a challenge, but twins Jennifer and Brittany Yuro make it look easy. These two seniors have dedicated their high school years to being the best they can be by branching out and trying a little bit of everything. Both are well into the world of athletic training, with Brittany in her second year and being the president, and Jennifer in her first year as an active member. Both are also in AP and other challenging classes such as English, Government, Economics, and Statistics and are ending their senior year with their third year of track. With three AP classes each, Anatomy and Physiology, and two periods devoted to Athletic Training, these girls obviously spend a significant amount of time on their homework however both manage to spend Thursdays and Saturdays at track meets, throwing discus and shotput. “Obviously, being SATO club President makes me most dedicated to Athletic Training,” said Brittany, who has been a trainer for the past two years and started off her senior year with this presidency of the Student Athletic Training Organization. As President in Athletic Training, Brittany spends several days a week teaching younger students the different taping jobs, areas of the training room, and equipment so students will
be able to rise up after the seniors are gone. “Athletic training has definitely been a top priority of mine and any volunteering opportunity that was given I would take. So, with that said, I have spent hours working at several different marathons at the first aid station, or just out on the course being a guide,” said Brittany, who also took every opportunity to take a health care class in high school. “I do put a lot of effort into school trying to balance between athletic training, school, and sports,” said first year athletic trainer Jennifer, who decided not to take athletic training last year because of the vet science class that conflicted with the sixth period program’s schedule Jennifer focuses on remaining positive and encouraging as she travels around the training room pointing out the right way to tape or wrap. She also keeps a positive outlook when taking care of her homework and making sure that nothing in school overwhelms any other activity. Both girls will be heading to San Diego State University at the end of the summer, Jennifer to study Food and Nutrition with the goal of becoming a Registered Dietician, and Brittany to study and major in Kinesthesiology and become a Physical Therapist. The two agree that the people that you surround yourself with is extremely important, as they will continue to encourage you and push you to do the best that you can, although pushing
yourself is the greatest motivator. Their parents have encouraged them to always do their best and not focus too much on just making the grade as long as they take the best classes for them and are dedicated to remaining on top of the class as far as understanding goes. They also find time to have some fun with each other, and, as the only children in their family, they are very close. “My sister is my only sibling and we encourage each other to do legit in every activity. For example, in Anatomy we are dissecting cats, and during the really tough dissections we call each other Meredith Grey and Christina Yang from the show ‘Grey's Anatomy’ because we work so well together, and it encourages us to try our best!” Brittany said. She said she feels that Jennifer is her best friend. “They have so many wonderful qualities that make them inspiring to others. They are creative, intelligent, and kind to everyone,” said Spencer Young, a fellow senior and athletic trainer who first met them when they started playing basketball together. “There is no question that we will be lifelong friends,” Young added. “They are able to maintain amazing grades in AP classes, play sports, and organize club activities all while maintaining a positive attitude and helping others. They definitely serve as an inspiration to younger students.” Photo by Sydney Matteson
A recipe worth living Senior Noah Yoshida dishes up his dream by Carly Cargill, News Co-Editor Steam rises from the boiling pot on the stove, a finger throbs with Huffelpuff pain from accidentally touching the burning racks in the oven, and eyes tear from the chopped onions on the cutting board; even after all this, senior Noah Yoshida works it up to the Culinary Institute of America in Napa, California. Winning a silver medal at the Skills USA competition in San Diego, Yoshida will be traveling to Kansas City to test his skills at a national level. With a heart for friends and skills for a career, Yoshida revolves his world around his love for culinary arts. Yoshida’s obsession with cooking for friends and family sparked at age eight and pushes on today. “I became inspired when I went to visit the Culinary Arts Academy. I always wanted to go there, and for my birthday I was able to see the kitchen and knew that this was my passion,” said Yoshida, who deboned and cooked chicken breasts, made a chicken-veggie soup, and sauted green beans and potatoes at his Skills competition in San Diego. As well as being totally involved with his career, Yoshida ran two years of track and field in the 1600 and 3200 meter races with PR’s of 4:40 and 10:14, respectively. “Toughing it” through the sweat, heat, and pain, Yoshida’s best friends are his “bff track buddies”. One of his best friends, senior Jose Lopez, admires Yoshida’s daily achievements. “Noah is a role model. I honestly look up to him. He does so much; he does track, goes to work, and still accomplishes to do all his homework,” said Lopez, who met Yoshida during
the summer of 2012 and praises him his diligence and focus. The neatly groomed senior stands at 5’9”, and he leaves people wondering what they’ve done wrong all their life and with an inspiration to do better, be positive, and strive for what they want. Juniors Ethan Serpa, Kyle Ravera, and sophomore Zachary Chamberlain praise their buddy as a one-of-akind guy. “In ten years, I can see Noah working or running a very classy and successful restaurant in New York City where he will most likely be head chef,” said Chamberlain, who says that in one word he would have to describe Yoshida as “fashionable!” All who know Yoshida know that a day can be brightened just by talking to him, listening to his comforting words, or just plain being his friend and getting to hang around him 24/7. Although a natural day for Yoshida would be school, culinary, track, work, homework, and sleep, he still finds time for his friends. “When we hang out, it is usually at a Cross Country/Track meet, accompanied with entertaining van rides... at the beach on Saturdays after practice and during the summer, to swim and play football, volleyball, or ultimate frisbee,” said Serpa, who also looks up to Yoshida and thinks of him as sincere, honest, hardworking, and always being able to do the right thing, even if it means putting others in front of himself. Ravera met Yoshida during the 2011 Cross Country season and has been friends with him ever since. “He works to the best of his abilities and is always positive. I have a lot of respect for him... he has a strong passion for what he does whether it’s cooking, running, or other activities,” Ravera said, who believes that most of all, Yoshida shows heart in everything he pursues. From running the track to running the kitchen, Yoshida proves to be the real deal kind of guy.
Photos by Jordan Nevosh May 2013
Striving for excellence by Nicolette Jolicoeur, Editor-in-Chief From the bleachers of the Gil House: Asa gym, it is easy to pass up Ravenclaw senior Jessica Gonzalez: a 5’6 senior who doesn’t look like much a threat on the court. But Gonzalez, is more of a threat than anyone could know. Gonzalez, who has played basketball for 10 years, is also a seven year AVID veteran, president of Key Club, an employee of Jack-N-the-Box and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. A day in the life begins with an early 5:30 a.m. wake up call by her alarm clock, followed by a 6:30 seminary session at her church. During these seminaries, Jessica’s seminary teacher leads Gonzalez and her classmates through lessons from the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and life lessons. “I’m super optimistic because I trust in the Lord. If things don’t go my way I don’t care. It was meant to be there,” Gonzalez says, who’s favorite verse is Proverbs 3: 5-6 which says, trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, a motto Gonzalez has took to heart. After her six period school day, Gonzalez hurries home for a quick snack and heads off to a 4:00 p.m. shift at Jack N The Box. Working both the drive through and the counter for seven hours
until 10:00 p.m., she then returns home and finishes her classes for her three academic classes. Despite the busy schedule, Gonzalez remains composed and genuine, according to friend senior Jessica Zamudio. “Her most admirable quality is that she always wants to do good . She always makes me want to do better and she has blessed my life in the most amazing way she has really opened my life to live it to the fullest,” Zamudio says, who has known Gonzalez for four years. While Gonzalez has truly earned her high academic standing, she credits much of her ambition to her family, along with her second family: her AVID class. “AVID has taught me to strive for my goals,” said Gonzalez. “It’s cool to still have a class with the same people especially in high school when you are always changing classes. It’s like having a second family.” Her foundation in AVID began as a sixth grader at Lewis Middle School and was especially memorable in her eighth grade year, with teacher Angel Reed. “Jessica was always in good spirits and willing to push herself to do better. She never made excuses about the work being too
Senior Jessica Gonzalez’s successes through determination
hard or not having enough time,” Reed says of the first generation college student. “[She is a] self-confidant young lady who is willing to work hard and maintain a positive attitude to better herself and those around her. I’m so proud of her hard work and dedication to what she sets out to do.” Gonzalez’s plans at California State University, are still unknown. However, Gonzalez has high hopes to “choose a career that serves others, pays well and allows lots of time with family.” Her exact path is unknown. But it is certain that Gonzalez will succeed in whatever she plans to do.
Started from the bottom Senior Nicolette Jolicoeur climbs ladder to the top by Anna Hernandez, Photography Director Some people hang their House: accomplishments on a wall or stack Gryffindor them on the shelf. They track their hours of service on a calendar, or represent their worth with a grade. But some students are held in high regard simply for the person they are. One of these people is senior Nicolette Jolicoeur. “I have known Nico since I was in middle school, and she’s the type of girl you want to be around. She has an amazing personality and has so much potential in life and whatever she puts her mind too,” said junior Gage Lux. As a three year journalism student and current Editorin-Chief of Crimson 28
Newsmagazine, Jolicoeur is known for the articles she writes and the award-winning paper she produces. However, Jolicoeur didn’t become a self-described loud, maternal, sassy, wise, and outgoing person by constantly writing and reviewing her own work as well as that of 25 other students; she did it by defying the prejudices and realizing she’s a lot stronger than people consider her to be. “Freshman year I didn’t really believe in myself. I just let teachers and other kids tell me I’m average, but through the years I’ve learned I can do amazing things as long as I believe in myself. Believing in myself has opened up so many doors for me and it’s given me opportunities I never would have had,” said Jolicoeur, who will be attending USF next year, stepping onto campus as an accomplished sophomore. Jolicoeur hopes to join a group of Martin-Baro Scholars who will commit to community service based education dealing with social justice on her path to becoming a civil rights attorney. Take a step aside from her academic achievements and 3.85 GPA and you will see an avid football stand cheerleader, an advanced peer communicator, and a loving girl who is as strong as she is soft. “Nico is self-aware at a young age. She’s willing to be herself even if it leaves her peers criticizing her. She’s loving, fun, and hyper. She’s intelligent. Basically, Nico has breath,” said Advanced Peer Communications teacher Jeanne Neely who admits that people don’t notice the real Jolicoeur just by looking at her. “She has a fragile side as well. She hurts just like
all humans.” As an only child, Jolicoeur always faced standards: her parents Tina and T.J. Jolicoeur held her to almost as high of a standard as she holds herself. But the praise her parents honor her with is often more rewarding than the accomplishment. “I’m proud of Nicolette because she chooses to do the right thing instead of the easiest thing. And I’m proud of her mad dance skills,” said Tina Jolicoeur, who is proud to have watched her daughter mature into the young woman she has become. Jolicoeur, proud and humble, has many reasons to hold her head high. As she walks across the stage with hoots and hollers from friends and family alike this year, she will be closing one very successful chapter, while opening the door to a world that is in need of more powerful women like her. “Nicolette is by far one of the strongest girls I know. She keeps her composure well maintained; she’s just an inspiration to the senior class. She’s one of my best friends, and one of my main supporters. I have no doubt that Nico will achieve anything she puts her mind to. I love my girl,” said senior Camelia Pacheco. Jolicoeur has proved, to both herself and others, that being blonde doesn’t correlate to your intelligence level, being a woman doesn’t make you weak, and striving to accomplish an ambitious goal doesn’t inhibit you from becoming a beautiful person inside and out. “I want to be remembered as the courageous girl—the girl who wasn’t afraid to take on anything.”
Walking to his own beat Senior Metolius Chase takes the path less traveled by Jordan Nevosh, Graphic Designer
Perhaps it’s his innovative knack for technology? Possibly Ravenclaw the carefree spirit splattered across his face? Or is it his Good Will ridden closet that makes this super senior just as unique as his name? When Metolius Juniper Chase strides onto campus, an optimistic aura beams off of him. From the toe of his worn vintage oxford shoes to his neatly buttoned up shirt, Chase walks with a hop in his step and a vision in his eye. This super senior comes from a not-so-average American home. Chase and his three siblings were raised on a selfsufficient family-owned farm, which is equipped with their very own electrical grid. Along with their sustainable energy, the Chase’s produce and run a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), which is a subscription that allows them to trade seasonal produce. A common CSA basket ranges from staples such as lettuce, carrots, spinach and beets, to other components like snap peas, zucchini, apricots, plums, watermelon cantaloupes, tomatoes and other copious amounts of veggies. Which is all certified organically grown. The small baskets are guaranteed for 12 items running at $23 a week, while the large basket is guaranteed for 14 items and runs at $28 dollars a week. The Chases grow, tend, and produce all of these vegetables on their farm year round.
“Ever since I was a toddler I have been watching, learning, and being involved with whatever I could be on the ranch. Whether it was from harvesting almonds, digging trenches, laying down pipes, barn building, or orchard planting, I was there,” said Chase. While living and working on these eco-friendly machines that generate throughout his daily life, Chase soon discovered a spark of his own: electronics. Chase, a three year member of the Endeavor Academy, an engineering based elective held on campus, has flourished in the field. “Metolius is just an incredible student, and highly motivated. He is unique in the way he approaches problem solving. He just goes for it and brings everybody along with him,” said Alisa Bredensteiner, the supervisor for the Endeavor Academy. Chase took home first out of 26 teams at last year’s Engineering Challenge Balloonfest, a science/engineering project in which teams of six put a weather balloon up to 1,000 feet in the air, collect data, and present on the project. Chase and team, who called themselves the USSR, put up a high altitude gondola that compared the efficiency at different altitudes of the two inventions. This experiment was designed to bring up the energy crisis and the fact that alternative energy will be necessary in the future. In addition to his first place win, Chase takes on the leadership role and is this years project
manager for ETC’s year long project, which is to create a functioning remote controlled submarine. With all his exertion for Engineering, Chase plans on churning his passion into a career as he attends Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, majoring in Environmental Engineering. Along with a knack for technology, Chase has also acquired a passion for music. It all started when he picked up a plastic recorder at the age of eight, which he quickly traded in for a wodden one. For the last 10 years, he hasn’t been able to keep the sound of music from his noggin. Over the years, Metolius has learned how to play the clarinet and the saxophone and is currently learning the bassoon. A dedicated musician, Chase devotes six hours a week to practicing on his instruments. Chase has also been a part of the PRHS marching band for four years, County Honor band for one, and other numerous orchestras since he was eight. “Metolius is not only intelligent and well dressed but he is also very accomplished a lot through his musical and high school career, which is why I believe he is apt for super senior” said senior Colton Weaver, who has been friends with Chase for three years. It is simple to see that, through his alternative living, gratification for gizmos, or his passion for music, this super senior will always be strumming his own beat while trotting down the path less traveled. Photo by Jordan Nevosh May 2013
Teacher Shout-Outs Teachers share memories and give advice to the Class of 2013 To My Graduating Yearbookers: Well, how can you sum up a year like we had? It wasn’t always pretty and sometimes it got rough. But, you know what? We made it and I enjoyed every minute with you all. Amanda- Wow! It’s so hard to believe that three years have come and gone. Just thinking about you not being here next makes me want to cry. I feel so blessed to have been given the chance to watch you grow up into the amazing young woman you’ve become. Your next adventure is so awesome. The Aztecs have no idea what a treasure they’re getting. Riley- If these words could shout, can you imagine how loud they’d be? They’d be Riles loud! I want to wish you the best for your future. You’re an intelligent young woman, a force to be reckoned with, and someone who has a lot to offer the world. NC here she comes!!! Julianna- Thank you so much for being a strong and independent staffer. I always knew I could count on you. Your quiet determination and smiling face made this a memorable year for me. Remember the future is yours! Rebecca- It’s been a wonderful experience having you as part of the staff this year. Your gift for creating a yearbook is unparalleled, and I know you’ll do wonderful things with your life. Leslie-: I just want you to know how much I deeply appreciate all your effort this year. You were one of my “go to” staffers and knew I could count on you for anything. Congratulations on graduating and I wish you all the best. Shanna- Thank you so much for all your hard work. You were the quiet one in the group, but boy you sure were a great worker, always there to take pictures and interview people. Thank you for wanting to be a part of this crazy group and for all your effort in making this a year to remember. To all of you, it was a crazy ride sometimes, but I enjoyed every turn, wondering what was around the corner. Congratulations on your graduation! Maggie Roberts, Yearbook
To My ‘13 AP Literature Students, I have two things to say to you. Since I am an English teacher, I’ll say them in poetry. The first advice is from The Brothers Karamazov. It is about the essential nature of love: “Strive to love your neighbor actively and indefatigably. In as far as you advance in love you will grow surer of the reality of God and of the immortality of your soul. If you attain to perfect self-forgetfulness in the love of your neighbor, then you will believe without doubt, and no doubt can possibly enter your soul. This has been tried. This is certain....Above all, avoid falsehood, every kind of falsehood, especially falseness to yourself.” I also give you these closing lines of Tennyson’s “Ulysses,” which I may have spoilt for your being have you memorize them. The concern that value of effort:
Be In the Moment It should not be our intention to arrive at a place rather what is important is the journey that we are taking. Be in the moment. While dealing with others if we are attentive to their needs we are being considerate. On the other hand if we act considerate while we are self serving we are doing. My recommendation is to be rather than do. One of the most important aspects of being with other is the ability to 30
Seniors! You have contributed so much during your 4 years at PRHS! You have endured the trimester and back, the budget cuts, the layoffs, the new buildings and more! But in the end you shine. You are headed off to all parts of the US, showing how much you have achieved and how much you think outside the box. I know that you all will go on to contribute to the places you go and thinking not just of yourselves but others. Our campus is a better place because you were here. You will always be Bearcats but now you will go on to make us Bearcat proud everywhere you go. Don’t forget to thank those who supported and pushed and nagged you: your parents, your guardians, your teachers, coaches and even a counselor or two. We will never relinquish our right to give you advice but you no longer have to take it. It’s time to ask: “who am I?” “You will never win if you never begin”. I will miss you guys. Sandra Buckmoyer, Counselor
To all the PRHS Seniors who have worked hard and kept their eye on the goal now is the time to reap your success! Enjoy every one of your last moments of high-school! There were times when you needed support and it has been a team effort to reach your goal. This is A GREAT LIFE LESSON that no goal is ever achieved alone and that surrounding yourself with like-minded people is crucial to your success. Be happy in your future and learn to savor the good moments and weather the storms of life with grace and dignity. Remember to give back from what you have been given to make the world a better place. I hope that along the way at PRHS you have learned LIFE SKILLS that will take you far: integrity, initiative, flexibility, perseverance, organization, a sense of humor, effort, common sense, problem-solving,
“We are not now that strength which in old days Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts, Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.” I wish you every possible success. I send you these words with my blessing and the hope that you’ll keep in touch. Aaron Cantrell, AP English
listen. All people are no different than us when it comes to wanting others to hear about their concerns, anxiety, interests and joys. Listening requires our full attention. It is important to show others that during the time we are with them they have our undivided attention. The most important thing at that particular time is what they have to say.
Mark Fairbank, Physics
Each year I get excited seeing which universities you will be attending and where in the country you will be living. After investing two or three years in my French classes, I want to encourage you to travel and see the world. Use your French! There are many beautiful places to see, but more important, you will meet wonderful people. Enjoy your futures. Live your lives. Fulfill your dreams. Michael Delbar, French
responsibility, patience, friendship, curiosity, cooperation, caring, and SPEAKING SPANISH! As I retire, thanks to all my students for making my years at PRHS memorable and for your sense of humor that kept me smiling and laughing! I loved it when I heard you say that taking Spanish had actually helped you in your life and now you are a part of a larger world community. A special shout out to all my Teaching Assistants over the years and my current ones: You helped me to smile during the challenging times and kept me grounded. You tutored students and contributed to their success! You were an outstanding role model for them! Special thanks to: Maria Gonzalez, Teresa Reynoso, Angelica Castro, Valentina Castro-Linn, and former Tas Kayla Cox, Ryan Allison, Kirstie Cabral, Dora Caballero, Sheridan Cook. Bless you all! Profe Linda Ward, Spanish
Class of Twenty Thirteen you know you’re lean and you're mean, and you’re the kindest and coolest class I’ve ever seen Four years pass fast, you’ll blast from here with class June comes so soon, you know high school life can’t last With trust falls and world peace games, we tried to unite If you’re yearning to be learning you know you fought the good fight Gay marriage and gun laws we loved to debate Your voice can be heard you know it’s never too late You found your worthy causes, and then tried to help out Though Sandyhook and Boston make us shake fists and shout! So don’t knock it, no don’t block it, when you leave you got to rock it You got to find yourself a code, you’re the key that will unlock it You got to speak truth to power, no matter the hour, and it’s time to remember who’s got the real power we’ve got to stand up, got to rise up, got to speak up, don’t stop ‘til you reach the top Reach for the light, we got to stand up and fight, Class of ’13 unite for what you know is still right The greatest weapon yet known to man is a working mind and a focused plan When we all stop thinking democracy starts sinking we got to understand it's the law of the Land. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again You began as my students but we ended as friends Class of Twenty Thirteen you know you’re lean and you're mean and you’re the kindest and coolest class I’ve ever seen! Geof Land, Psychology and History
Photos by Kelly Munns, Maddie Raithel, Josh Orcutt, Jenna Wookey, and Riley Caruana
Best of luck to you all! While I may not have had the opportunity to teach you, I hear your class is an outstanding compilation of exceptional individuals and citizens! One of you holds a special place in my heart and always will. I’d like to give a shout out to this individual now, and of course this person is my youngest sister Olivia “Lulu” Musial. Olivia is one of the most talented and intellectually savvy individuals I know and I am not just saying that as her brother. Out of the three Musial children her potential to impact the future shines the brightest. Olivia the world is yours, embrace it, live life to the fullest, make mistakes, and learn from the mistakes. I know you are going to have an amazing college experience wherever you choose to go! I love you with all my heart and even though we haven’t always gotten along splendidly throughout the years, I couldn’t have asked for a better little sister and couldn’t be more proud to be your big brother! Dylan Musial, History
To the Graduating Class of 2013 I recently came across an anonymous quote from 6th century China that purported to know the meaning of life. That’s quite a claim, to know the meaning of life... but I think this person may have actually had it right. It read, “The true meaning of life is to improve the life of another person or other living thing.” So I leave you, PRHS Graduating Class of 2013, to use your knowledge, talents and compassion to do just that. And if I have learned anything in my life, it is that you yourself will come out the better, more fulfilled, happier person for it. Enjoy the ride, and the adventure of a life well lived. Mark DiMaggio, Environmental Science
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. 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. 3. Work at making things happen rather than finding ways to say no. 4. Change jobs a least once. 5. Be part of the solution… not the problem. 6. While you are young and single, travel throughout the world. 7. You will face adversity in your life. Be remembered more for how many times you got back up than how many times you fell. I wish you the best in your future endeavors. Tom Harrington, Athletic Director/Assistant Principal
To my Short Story/Popular Novel classes: Thank you for being respectful, engaged, deepthinking, self-reflecting students…it’s been a privilege to be your teacher! Please, each one of you, become a leader of tomorrow for then this world will be a better place! Now...as you step out into the world of responsibilities and individual accountability, don’t “ask [yourself] if this or that is expedient, but only if it is right”...extend kindnesses like those extended by James Jarvis and Mrs. Lithbe...”fear not,” have hope, and seek restoration in light of Stephen Kumalo...BE an Arthur Jarvis! Like Siddhartha, think deeply about and seek answers to “whom you are, why you are here, and where you are going”…finally, pursue truth, purpose, and meaning! ...I’ll miss you all! To the AVID class of 2013: Congratulations on your college acceptances and your bright futures! You’ve worked hard to earn the opportunity to pursue a college education. Now with your own “individual determination”...the sky’s the limit…you’ll do wonderfully well in college! Anne Sponhauer, English
Seniors 2013: It’s been a pleasure working with you here at Paso Robles High School. You’ve shown me heart, desire, hope and friendship. I’ve learned a lot from your entire class like how to enjoy this four-year experience of deadlines, Friday night football games, class discussions, practicing drama lines in the hallways, expressing truth to each other, public prom invitations, pats on the back, sincere friendships and respect this old teacher and other adults. Thank You. I wouldn’t want any other experience than being one of your teachers; it fills me with pleasure and knowledge. I’m sure you’ll shine in the future and bring pride back on the Bearcats. “Has anyone told you (all) lately what a great person you are today? Well, let me be the first. You’re all great, and it’s been a pleasure knowing you. Thank you for all your warm smiles, laughs, intelligent comments and hopeful hearts. Take care. When you see me on the streets of America, please say, “hello.” I’ll remember you! Sincerely, Ralph Blinkwolt, English
Wow, I can’t believe my kids have all grown up!! This has been such a memorable year, and it’s because of the amazing quality of senior cheerleaders, dancers and leadership students I have been lucky enough to work with over the last 4 years. I believe that there is no better student to teach then those with a passion. So that must make me on of the most fortunate teachers on campus. My Cheer Captains Vicky, Courtney and McKenzie, you ladies know what hard work means. My Dance Officers, Chelsea, Brianna, and Workout Queen Marina, you have inspired me with your talent. Danica I’ll miss laughing with you. Jessica you can go to the bathroom anytime you want now. Josh J. don’t be late to class. Vrij the answer is yes. Cara I’ll miss your hugs. The power team Aidan, Jonathan, Sara and Anthony you have amazing abilities, use them wisely young Jedi’s. Cameron, I know it wasn’t always you talking in the back. Riley, don’t leave me!!! Nicole and Caroline, Hawaii and Kansas won’t know what hit them, but California will know what we lost. Rori, you are a great soccer player but you should have taken dance. Taylor, I’ll miss our talks, you know. Natalie I truly believe you’ll go on to shine. JD you are a real dancer now. Jessika, I want to borrow your wardrobe before you go to school. My squad Monica and Amanda who I saw grow so much this year, Cassie, Felicia, Summer, Kaylee, Leslie, Shelbi thank you for everything. Justyne and Paula you two are a force to be reckoned with. Hannah glad you came aboard, you’re an artist in so many ways. And last but not least, I can’t thank you enough for all the laughs, homecoming face, debates, sarcasm, and leadership, LaZouich. Don’t forget about us little people when you’re president. I feel that this will be my saddest goodbye to so many wonderful, amazing, talented, bright, witty and truly good people. Love you! Shine!! Jennifer Bedrosian, Dance and Leadership
Dear Seniors, Congratulations on this great accomplishment you have earned! While you will undoubtedly earn more accolades throughout your life, earning a high school diploma is something to be quite proud of. The diligence, persistence, and determination you have displayed in earning this achievement are special attributes that will serve you well far into the future. I am sure I don’t need to tell you that your life is about to change dramatically. After you walk across War Memorial Stadium on the evening of May 31, you will officially have completed your compulsory education requirements. No more will a teacher mark you tardy to class, no more Saturday School, after-school detention. No more off-campus permits. Now the real fun begins! Take the plans, the hopes, the dreams, and the skills that you have and use them all to reach your truest potential! We will miss you. Always remember to be humble about your accomplishments, thankful to those who have helped you along the way, and willing to share your talents with others. And always, always, remember to come back and visit PRHS! Go BEARCATS! Best Regards, Randy Nelson, Principal May 2013
t n e r a P tu o h S outs Cameron Andrews Cameron, we are so proud to be your parents, thank you for being the best son a parent could ask for. We have watched you mature into a young man that loves the Lord. We hope and pray that you continue to keep God close to your heart and he will guide you with your daily walk.
Aidan A. Farrell
Congrats to our special granddaughter. We’re so proud of you! whatever-wherever you go- it’ll be great! Love you bunches!
You’ve done it! Now pull up those cowgirl boots and gitter’ done! Love Ya- xoxo Wow! Eighteen years have flown by joyously watching you become an extraordinary young woman bursting with passion for life! Your positive attitude, unwavering dedication, unstoppable work ethic and perseverance will serve you well at Sonoma State and throughout life! We are overwhelmingly proud of you and love you beyond compare!
Congratulations, Aidan! We have enjoyed the pleasure of your company these past 18 years. Every milestone reached has made us very proud: from your first smile, to sounding out “hippopotamus” in kindergarten, to achieving your dream college, it has all been so much fun. We look forward to what your future holds.
-Love, Mom and Dad
Megan Berry Congratulations Megan. We are so proud of you. It’s so amazing that you are moving onto the your next stage of life. We can’t wait to see what happens next in your life. we all love you. Mom, Dad, Carly, and Kayla
We love you very much, Mom and Dad
Congratulations Megan our little lefty has grown up to be an amazing young lady. We are so proud of you. We can’t wait to watch you play softball at SFSU. Always remember your family loves you to infinity and beyond!
Love always, Mom, Dad, Michelle, Joe,&Johnny
Cara, we have watched you blossom from this little girl, into this beautiful young woman. You have made us proud to be your parents. As you begin this next chapter in your life, we pray that you continue to keep God first in your life and how much we love you. Mom and Dad.
Kaitlyn Bedell Kitty – Congratulations baby girl! We’re so proud of the beautiful young woman you’ve become. The day you came into our lives was an amazing gift that we will be forever grateful and blessed by. Now you’re beginning a whole new chapter in your life, so make the best of it and enjoy! We love you, Mom and Dad
Gabrielle A (Elli) Bernal
Hannah Clifford Hannah- So very proud of you and all your accomoplishments. Mom Jeremiah 29:11-13
Alex Cushing Congratulations, Alex, on your many achievements! You arrived a month earlier than expected and have been on the go ever since. Your high energy, hilarious sense of humor, musical talent, and creative mind have made raising you a wonderful adventure. Enjoy your next chapter as a UC Santa Cruz Banana Slug! Love you to the moon and back. Mom
Riley Edwards Riley, You are such a beautiful kind gifted soul. It seems like yesterday you were running down the hallway slapping bologna on the wall. You have grown into such a responsible hard working young woman. You have brought so much love & laughter into our lives. You will always be our Rilah Dalilah. We love you & are so proud!
James Evans Congratulations Jameson! A successful student and athlete and for the amazing person you’ve become. We’re extremely proud of you! Live, laugh, love and live life with no regrets! I tip my hat to the keeper of the stars and pray that he continues to watch over your life and bless you always! We love you, Mom, Dad, Kailey, Katalyn, Kylah, Kambrey
We love you always, Mom and Dad
Our pride is beyond words; your dedication and self discipline amaze us daily. We want to thank you for being such a positive role model for your siblings, but mostly for being such an incredible son. We are excited for your future, because we know your hard work will bring endless opportunities! Congratulations! We love you, Mom and Dad
Monica Garcia Congratulations Moni Pooh! Your accomplishments bring us tremendous joy, more importantly the young woman you have become has made us very proud. You are a good daughter, a great sister and a wonderful best friend. We know that with your determination and stubbornness your future has no other option but to be successful! We love you! Mom and Dad
Well done, Julia! You made it look easy regardless of the challenges. Congratulations on your graduation from PRHS and acceptance to Cal Poly. We’re so proud of the person you’ve become and the opportunities which lie ahead. Just remember, “To change the world, start with one step” Love from us all, Mom, Dad,
My SPP, I hope you have succeeded often enough to believe in yourself, failed often enough to learn before success there is often failure, dreamed often enough to learn they come true, prepared often enough to know luck is where preparation meets opportunity, and loved and lost often enough to know you will not only survive but thrive. Casablanca. XO
Congratulations on all of your amazing achievements during the past four years. You have strived to maintain high standards in academics, worked endless hours to become an exquisite dancer, and continued to smile and enjoy life throughout. You are an inspiration and make us proud! May your future shine as bright as your personality! Love you forever. Mom, Dad, Carissa, &Jessica
Kind, Enthusiastic, Loving, Likeable, Youthful, Meticulous, Upbeat, Neat, Nice and Sweet. These are just a few of the many wonderful qualities you have to offer this world. You will be successful in whatever you do “Little Miss Magic”. We love you and wish you the best as you enter the next chapter of your life and head to Cal Poly. Love Mom, Dad, David and your furry friend Jack.
Junior (JD) Maciel
Congratulations J.D.! We are extremely proud of you. You worked so hard these last four years and it finally paid off. We’re truly blessed to have you as our son. We love you so much! Mom, Dad, Roman, Miranda and Adrian
Congratulations, Noah. We are so proud of you. You are an incredibly gifted young man. We can’t wait to see what your future holds. Love you so much! Mom, Daddeo, Evan, &Rooney.
Congratulations, Katelyn girl! Look what you’ve done now... you reached higher than we ever imagined! Keep dreaming big and setting your sights on the sky. We are so excited that you’re going to be a Bruin next year! Your future awaits- Go live it to the fullest! Love, Mom and Dad
Andrew and Zac
Daniel Hipp Congratulations Daniel! You’re not even eighteen, yet you’re mature and responsible ways make you more like an adult. We are so proud of you and all that you have accomplished. We are so proud of you and all that you have accomplished. We wish you all the best and may all your dreams come true. Love, Mom and Dad
Cameron Holt You have received more awards than I can count in band, choir and leadership, and now you are headed to USC – CONGRATULATIONS!! I am incredibly proud of you, but what I am most proud of is what a genuine, kind and authentic person you are. I want to be just like you when I grow up! Love, Mom
Michaela Iunker Congratulations Michaela! It has been an honor and privilege watching you grow into an amazing young woman. You are beautiful inside and out! There are no limits to what you can accomplish! We love you to pieces. Mom and Dad Katalyn, Kylah, Kambrey
Congratulations Nicolette. I am so proud of what you have accomplished and so excited for the next step in your journey. Einstein said “The important thing is not to stop questioning.” College isn’t just about education. It is about discovering who you are, trying new things, meeting people from different backgrounds and cultures. Believe in your self, I do. -Love Dad
Colby Kerns Colby, it’s been an honor to be your mother. You have given me much joy for 18 years and I couldn’t be prouder of a son. You have such good character and desire to do good! I’m truly blessed. As you go forward through your kindness and good deeds make differences. With love and prayers always with you. Mom and Dad
Andrew Kunz Congratulations, Andrew. We are proud of you and so excited for you as you step out into the world. Remember to make a big splash! Love, Mom and Dad
Every parent hears “It goes so fast!” Well, here we are- WOW!! It’s been an amazing journey with you and a complete blast to be by your side every step of the way! You have made one proud mom! With all my heart, I love you! xoxo
Leslie Merkle Leslie, You have grown from a
cute little “Ghetto” Girl Scout, to an amazing and beautiful young lady! We are proud of you. Love; Your Second Family-Sheila, Darron, Jared & Mac
Olivia Musial Lulu, we cannot believe our little “Hurricane Olivia” is off to college. Look out world
Josh Orcutt It seems like yesterday when we
would all cry dropping you off at kindergarten. Fast forward in a few months we will be crying again dropping you off at college. It has been amazing watching you become the wonderful man you are today. Your family is proud of your accomplishments and will be your biggest fans at ASU. Love, Mom, Dad, and Jordan
Camelia Pacheco To our Baby Girl, Camelia. Never give up on yourself. Believe in your ability to accomplish great things. You have blossomed into a beautiful young woman. We are so proud of you. You are off to start a new chapter in your life, enjoy the journey. Love, Dad and Mom We love you so much
Michael Reitenour Congratulations Michael! Through hard work and dedication you have accomplished so much. From making County Honor Band, participation in Cal Poly’s Model UN, to making Chief Petty Officer in US NSCC. We are so proud of you! May all your dreams come true. Love, Mom, Dad, Nona, and Grandpa
DJ Rowley Congratulations DJ! We are so proud of you! Some are dreamers, some are talented... you are both! Graduations is notthe end, it’s just the beginning. We love you!! Love, Mom and Dad
Maxwell Snider Congratulations Maxwell! The last of the Snider’s to graduate from Paso Robles High! It has been a terrific journey from the first day of Kindergarten to now! I am so proud of all you have done and become. I am grateful for all you have now ahead of you ... and for the places you will go. You are a great son and I am grateful for you. Love Mom.
Belle<3 Congratulations! We are so proud of you! Not only are you the best gift from God but you are as beautiful inside as you are out, your heart shines so bright! You have always been a fighter. No one will ever knock you down! Go out and have fun! We love you! Love Mom, Dad, Kaylee and Linnybug
Kaylee Sonniksen Bug <3 congratulations! We are so proud of you! You have become such a funny beautiful young lady. It has been a joy watching you grow up along side your twin sis. Stay strong and true and have fun! We love you! Love, Mom, Dad, Shelbi, and Linnybug
Alyssa Sullivan You said that you could do it; we said we know that you can. You set your goals, you worked so hard, now relax and enjoy your accomplishments. We are so proud of you and the person you have become. Take time to breath before the next journey starts. We love you more than every star in the universe! xoxoxo Mom and Dad
Becky, this is such a special time in your life. We are so proud of you and excited to see where this new chapter takes you. We love you so much! Congratulations! Love, Mom, Dad, Andy, Amy, Steve and Kristin
Congratulations on your PRHS graduation, Daniel! We’re so proud of all you’ve accomplished, and we hope that high school has given you many happy memories of all that you’ve done and enjoyed. As you take on the challenge of college life, embrace each moment and every opportunity that comes your way. No doubt your future remains very bright! Love Mom & Dad
Vaitiare Todd Congratulations to our beautiful flower Vaitaire. You have become such an amazing young lady. We are so proud of you. Always follow your heart and remember to always stay close to your Heavenly Father. He will bless you and guide you through out your life. We love you. Mom, Dad, Reihia, Brandon, Teva, Ethan, and Tehani
Brooke Treatch Congratulations Brooke! We are so proud of you! You are an amazing young woman. We are looking forward to this exciting new chapter in your life. We love you! Mom, Dad, Amanda, and Chelsea
Rebekah Webster Congratulations, baby girl. You have grown into a thoughtful and accomplished young woman. We are very proud of you, knowing you will make the world a better place with your spirit and thoughtfulness. Love Momma and Dad
Brittany Yuro Brittany, congratulations on one of many achievements. We are so proud of you and the young woman you have become. We have no doubts that your future holds many more exciting adventures for you. All our love, Mom and Dad
Jennifer Yuro Jennifer, words can’t express how proud we are of you. Congratulations on the beginning of a new endeavor. We know you will be successful and adore the young woman you have become. All our love, Mom and Dad
Leadership Farewells With four years of high school under their belts, and leadership positions that they have maintained, seniors LaZouich Ford, Danica Boggs, and Riley Edwards send off with reflection on their four years, words of advice to lower classmen, and positivity for the future. Though high school can be filled with stress, drama, and emotion, all three leaders have found Leadership, taught by Marcy Goodnow and Jennifer Bedrosian, to be a highlight of the ‘best days of their lives.’
“ ‘You can never be upset with the people who forced you into your dream or up higher.’- Tyler Perry. Reminiscing on these past four years of agony I’m ultimately content with where I’ve ended up. I’m thankful to all my wonder teachers, especially Mr. Land, Mrs. Mensing, Mrs. Bedrosian, and Mrs. Goodnow. These four, along with the leadership classes, have helped transform the campus you see around you into something magnificent. Enjoy the remaining time you have here on campus. Don’t take it for granted, and go become involved in something you love. Join Leadership, take a dance class, or audition for a play. Because, at the end of your high school years you will look back and wish you would have just tried this or done that. Lastly, thank you to all the leadership class. I’m leaving and taking MORP with me. ZOT! ZOT! ZOT!”
“My time at PRHS has been unforgettable. I am so thankful for everyone who has been a friend to me and for all of the teachers who have made learning fun. Our school has so much to offer and I know that the best decision I made freshman year was getting involved. Serving as ASB President this year was an amazing experience and I can honestly say that I have learned so much. Thank you Mrs. Bedrosian and Mrs. Goodnow for all of the time, patience, and energy that you expend to put on all of the activities that make high school memorable. I’ve tried new things and I’ve made new friends and lasting memories. Thank you everyone for sharing this experience with me. As our class of 2013 goes out into the “real world” I know we’re prepared and I can’t wait to see what’s in store. “
Riley Edwards ASB Commissioner of Entertainment
The past four years of being a Bearcat have been an absolute blast! Being involved in many different activities around campus has taught me so much. I was able to make a ton of friends and learn valuable tools for my future outside of high school. It’s bittersweet to say goodbye to all of the teachers who’ve made a huge impact on my heart and the friends I’ve shared my life with for so long. (56) Thank you Mrs. Bedrosian and Mrs. Goodnow for all of the encouragement and support you have given to me throughout the years. 78 A big thank you and hug to all the students who made the Friday Night football games, school dances, lunchtime tournaments, and all the many other activities all the more memorable. I wish the class of 2013-2014, and those that follow, the best of luck! Embrace these years, get involved, and have fun! Go Bearcats!
–Angela Lorenzo, A&E Editor May 2013
a F r e n w g i e e l r ls o F by Jordan Nevosh, Graphic Designer and Sierra Mosely, Graphic Designer Photos by: Jordan Nevosh and Sierra Mosely
After 11 months of acclimating to the American culture, language, and people, foreign exchange students start to pack their bags and head back home. Upon their departure, they reminisce about their stay in the States.
Questions: 1. What will you miss the most about America? 2. What was your favorite memory of this year? 3. What is your favorite food from America?
Taikii Kiwakawa Japan 1. Friends. 2. Trumpet practice and Prom. 3. Hamburgers and Barbecue.
ChristophHausburg Hausburg Christoph Germany Germany 1. Probably the warm weather and nice people. 2. The successful swim meets and beach trips. 3. Tacos and steak and fast food. 36
Maria Moreno Spain
Derk Janko Blauert Germany
Katherine Liu China
1. “I am going to miss the weather and it is super nice here, and the school its easy and fun. 2. “I went LA and to Disneyland and San Francisco and it was a lot of fun.” 3. Jamba Juice.
1. Probably my good friends. 2. All the hangout sessions with friends, and asking my prom date to prom [ Jordan Nevosh]. 3. Tacos, sushi, steaks.
1. I think the school and all of the students. 2. Getting to travel like to San Francisco and Los Angeles and being with my host family. 3. Probably the fried fish.
Maria Verge Spain
Lucia Juarez Spain
Yeo Jin Hong South Korea
1. Probably my sisters because in Spain I don’t have sisters so here its a new experience. 2. America, like all the year long, Prom, Morp, dances, food, all the different things about America. 3. Hamburgers, they’re really good here, in Spain they’re not that great.
1. I’m going to miss my host family a lot and seeing peoples face around the school, and I’m going to miss Maria a lot. 2. I went LA, Disneyland, and San Francisco and it was a lot of fun. 3. Jamba Juice! I love Jamba Juice I want to take it to Spain!
1. My friends and my host family. 2. My favorite memory was my host family. 3. The barbecue.
—Brigitte Maina, Photo Team
s kids, we pick our favorites and decide our futures, absolutely sure that we will never
change our minds. But as we grow up, those decisions tend to evolve. Graduating seniors compare their favorite things and career ideas as kids to those same categories today.
Favorite food: Enchiladas Favorite game: Soccer Favorite movie: “The Lion King” Favorite place: Taco Bell Dream job: Pilot
Favorite food: Chicken alfredo Favorite game: Soccer Favorite movie: “That’s My Boy” Favorite place: Church Planned career: Flight Academy
Favorite food: Corndogs Favorite game: Hide and go seek Favorite movie: “The Little Mermaid” Favorite place: Wherever there were monkey bars Dream job: First grade teacher
Favorite food: Strawberries Favorite game: Fugitive Favorite movie: “Harry Potter” Favorite place: Stevie’s house Planned career: Surgeon
Favorite food: Enchiladas Favorite game: Operation Favorite movie: “Finding Nemo” Favorite place: Salmon Creek Dream job: Professional football player
Megan Berry THEN Favorite food: Pizza Favorite game: The Game of Life Favorite movie: “Madagascar” Favorite place: Friend’s houses Planned career: Rockstar or model
Favorite food: Orange chicken Favorite game: Temple Run 2 Favorite movie: “Grown Ups” Favorite place: Cayucos Planned career: Underwater welder
Favorite food: Sushi Favorite game: Legend of Zelda Favorite movie: “I Love You, Beth Cooper” Favorite place: The Beach Dream job: N/A
Male Bearcathlete of the YEAR
COLBY KERNS >> by Josh Orcutt, Sports Director Standing at 6’2 at the end of a long tunnel of teammates in War Memorial Stadium, senior Colby Kerns’ white 79 emblazons his chest,-as he runs out of the tunnel in the last home game of the season. Kerns now stands on the verge his future at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo after making the All-CIF Southern Section First Team senior season and Honorable Mention team junior year. He led as one of four captains during his junior and senior years. Kerns is highly ingrained in his academics, recording a 3.95 cumulative GPA during high school, and accolades at his church, the Church of Latter Day Saints, which helped him build his lead-by-example philosophy. During his senior season of football, Kerns played center, guard, nose guard, and defensive end. For Kerns, “it was pretty challenging [in the beginning], making sure I knew what to do. Every position was different, so [every time] it was learning a whole new thing, but once I learned [each position] mentally, it was a lot of fun being able to be a versatile player and play all of these different positions. I really enjoyed my senior season.” Varsity finished 6-5 and placed fourth in PAC-7. Kerns was a two-sport athlete during his senior season: in the fall, football, and in the spring, track and field. Kerns estimated that he attended over 200 practices in his senior season, and most likely over 1,000 in his high school career. His dedication to his sport is shown in his perseverance and leadership. “[Kerns] was a guy that I could count on. He was a pulse for our football team. I trusted in him and he trusted me. He is compassionate, well-versed and interesting to listen to,” said coach Rich Schimke. Kerns also spends his time off the field giving back to his community, as an Eagle Scout, and as a member of the LDS church. “My church plays a huge role in my life. Most people know that the Mormons are a very strict religion. However, our church really promotes being active in your community, especially in the venue of sports, and being a leader by example. Being a part of my community means giving back to those who have made it possible to grow up in a way that allows all to recognize the value of each individual
and the contribution that each of us can make to enhance the value of the community.” Kerns said. As Kerns looks towards his future, he hopes to get an “outstanding” academic experience, as well as an athletic program, at Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo, and ended up picking it over various other schools. Kerns plans to major in biology. “I picked Cal Poly for quite a few reasons. First, I wanted to stay local so friends and family can come watch me play. Second, that football program is on the rise; they’ve had some really good recent seasons. Third, you can’t deny Cal Poly’s academic status-they’re just amazing. Fourth, the area is amazing: close to the ocean. I couldn’t ask for much more. Fifth and finally, by going there, I hope to get my degree and have a really good experience, be able to compete at the highest level possible for football, and hopefully become a star again,” Kerns concluded. He plans to play defensive line for the Mustangs. After coaching Kerns for 3 years, Schimke saw Kerns develop as not only a player, but as a man. “[He] had other options, but chose to go to Cal Poly. I feel it is a great choice and fit for him. They have him pegged as a nose guard on defense right now, but you never know - he can also play any spot on the offensive line,[as well as the defensive line]. His perseverance and hard hat and lunch pail attitude will impress the Poly coaches. They got a good one, and I know he will make the Crimson and White PROUD.”
KERNS BY THE NUMBERS • 6”2’ • 290 lbs • Averaged five tackles a game on defense, while playing offensive line
•Over 1,000 total practices in high school •Part of 1,000 pound club •Squat: 525 lbs Photo by Josh Orcutt
Female Bearcathlete of the YEAR
<< MOLLY DONOVAN by Matt Tyra, Sports Co-Editor Dominating a sport is an art.To be exceedingly better, usually one must have more experience than the competition, The more time you’ve had to perfect to practice, the more time you’ve had to perfect your craft. Molly Donovan is an exception to that rule: despite playing basketball only since middle school, the 6”0’ tall senior averaged 15.9 points per game for the Bearcats, third most in the PAC-7. To put that in perspective, the entire Bearcat female varsity basketball team averaged 32.9 points per game, meaning that Donovan averaged more points per game than the rest of the team combined, while shooting 53%, the highest any ’Cats starter shot all year. Donovan recently signed a letter of intent announcing that she will play college basketball to Sonoma State University on a full-ride scholarship, where she projects as a forward, and concluded a four year volleyball career. To put it lightly, Donovan is a dynamic leader when she is on the court. “I talked to my team and helped them when they were down. I tried to be the one who, even when we were down, pulled us in and talked us up,” said Donovan. She believes a leader is “someone who can be positive and help lead their team in positive and negative situations.” Donovan’s scoring output and field goal percentage have been steadily increasing throughout her six year long basketball career; as a sophomore in 2010-11 she averaged 8.0 points per game on 38% shooting; the following year she averaged 14.9 points on 41% shooting; her senior season, she averaged 15.9 points on 53% shooting; such an increase in stats is encouraging for Sonoma State, who she’s decided is the right place for her. “When the coach contacted me and I had the chance to meet and play with the team I felt that it fit me the best,” said Donovan, who is looking forward to “the team camaraderie and the academics.”
DONOVAN BY THE NUMBERS • 6”0’ •15.9 points per game • Shot 53 percent from the floor
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Donovan’s high school coach, Coach Sill, has played a large role in refining Donovan’s game. Sill claims that when she first saw Donovan, she knew her physical attributes gave her the chance to be great. “She was just big and strong, pretty raw, but had a lot of athletic ability. She was competitive but (she) didn’t really know the sport well, but I saw the potential in her,” said Sill, who coached Donovan for her entire high school career. Though she is a well-known captain in the sports realm, Donovan also helps lead off of the court in the agricultural industry. She has worked on a ranch for three years now, and she says that it’s been a very beneficial experience for her. “Definitely (it has had) a maturing effect, and (helped me in) learning how to run a business, as in investing, depreciating assets, managing accounts, and what not,” said Donovan, who wants to pursue a career in the agriculture business. One of Donovan’s most outstanding abilities is being an apt role model, showing fellow athletes and students alike how to handle a spotlight. “I think that I’m personable, upbeat, and the fact that I am going to college on a scholarship makes the younger classmen realize that I can help them with their skills,” said Donovan, who credits high school athletics with building her character. “Character has been something that a lot have rubbed off on me, and I plan to carry that through college and beyond.” Sill believes that Donovan’s mix of character and talent gives her a big opportunity to succeed with Sonoma State. “I think that they’re getting a hard-working individual with great personal characteristics as far as being honest, being a good student, being a good teammate, being a coachable player. I think she’s an all-around really good person, and she’s a player that’s going to work hard for the team, and I think that they’re lucky to have her,” said Sill, who played Division I basketball at Cal Poly. Although Donovan will soon leave Paso in exchange for Sonoma State, where she will study Business Administration, her athletic accomplishments this year and in years past will not be forgotten; rather, they will be remembered and held in high regard. Likewise, Donovan will be remembered for her endeavors on and off the court and as the 2012-13 Female Bearcathlete of the Year.
BEARCATHELETES Projecting the stars of tomorrow by Matt Tyra, Sports Co-Editor, Josh Orcutt, Sports Director, and Devin Corea, Reporter
Sports are nearly at an end, so in anticipation of the 2013-14 season, we take a look ahead and attempt to, based on past success, predict who will be dominant in the seasons to come. Photos by Devin Corea, Anna Hernandez, Danae Ontiveros, and Josh Orcutt
XC/TRACK Ashley Davis: Freshman
Marc Martin: Freshman
Davis was the top finisher for the ‘Cats at every meet this year, finished 6th overall in Pac-7 League XC Finals, made first team all-county,. Davis has impressively fast PRs, a 5:14 1600, 2:25 800, 11:22 3200, and a 61.5 400. She was Pac-7 League Champion in the 3200 finishing with a time of 11:23. Davis qualified for CIF Southern Section Prelims and raced her way to a 13th place finish out of 39 competitors. That was the kicker end of the ‘13 season, however Davis, who was named a female MVP for both sports and played soccer as well, will be going places, and it won’t take her long to get there.
Martin is an all-around running back with power coming out of the backfield; he became the first freshman to join the 1,000 pound club this spring. Martin has breakaway speed to go with his strength, with a long rush of 59 yards that went for a touchdown. As a freshman, Martin led a JV offense that averaged over 27 points per game, started at running-back and averaged over six yards per carry. Martin had a breakout performance against Kingsburg on Oct. 10, rushing for a total of 263 yards. Martin also played linebacker for the ‘Cats, and has a chance to play both ways in his varsity future.
On the wings of the midfield Reyes contributed to the Bearcats the last two seasons on varsity with his speed and excellent ball control. During his sophomore campaign, he regularly started in the midfield, tallied three goals and an assist on the season, and helped the Bearcats to a 12-10-2 record and a CIF birth. Reyes’ burst of speed hopes to help the Bearcats get on the winning foot next season, and clinch another CIF birth.
Last year, Harris, a starting forward for Paso, led the Lady Bearcats in goals with 10, added in two assists, and made the all PAC-7 team for her efforts. Harris will look to build on an impressive 2012-13 campaign as a senior next year, as she seeks to lead the ‘Cats to a second consecutive winning season while improving upon a 4-7 league record.
Luis Reyes: Sophomore
Alyssa Harris: Junior
Chloe Kerns: Freshman
Bailey Gaither: Sophomore
Kerns is a varsity producer as a freshman, starting at shortstop on a daily basis. She showcased enough speed to hit leadoff for most of the season, but also has the power to assume the cleanup role for the ‘Cats, as she hit fourth down the stretch. She will be a major offensive producer next year as well as a mainstay in the middle infield next year.
Gaither has been on varsity since his freshman year, and the speedy sophomore outfielder finished the year first on the team with 30 steals. Gaither is already a top producer in most areas at the varsity level, with a team-leading 22 runs and a .312 batting average; expect Gaither’s already impressive level of production to increase in his junior and senior years. May 2013
SPRING SPORT WRAP UP
Girls: Junior Amanda Oliver(200m/500m freestyle) Senior Brooke Treatch(50m/100m freestyle) Boys: Senior Joseph Brown(100m breaststroke: 1:00.01 SCHOOL RECORD) Senior Morgan Moore(100m backstroke)
Boys record in PAC-7
4-10 4-8 4th
Overall record League record in PAC-7
Senior singles player Cooper Austin: finished third in CIF
Girls record in PAC-7
by Josh Orcutt, Sports Director
BASEBALL 6-20 2-16 7871 710 7th
Overall record League record National rank State(CA) rank in PAC-7
14-9 << Senior 8-3 outfielder Rudy 1214 Binkele: .360 batting 287 average 2nd
Sophomore shortstop Bailey Gaither: 30 stolen bases
Overall record League record National rank State(CA) rank
Senior pitcher Megan Clark: . << Sophomore pitcher Jenna Rogers:
BOYS TRACK AND FIELD GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD This season’s top times and distances
100m: Junior Matthew Mihelic (11.72) 6th in PAC-7 200m: Mihelic (23.53) 6th in PAC-7 400m: Sophomore Tommy Frey (54.86) 6th in PAC-7 800m: Senior Austin Borba (1:59:02) 3nd in PAC-7 1600m: Senior Aidan Farrell (4:24:19) 1st in PAC-7 3200m: Senior Matt Kwiatkowski (9:41:34 SCHOOL RECORD) 1st in PAC-7
110m hurdles: Junior Collin Nuworsoo (18.02) 9th in PAC-7 300m hurdles: Borba (45.43) 5th in PAC-7 4x100 relay: team (45.47) 5th in PAC-7 4x400 relay: team (3:33:36) 5th in PAC-7 Shotput: Senior Ben Nagengast (47’10.50 SCHOOL RECORD) 1st in PAC-7
Discus: Nagengast (157’11.00) 1st in PAC-7 Triple jump: Senior Cameron Andrews (40’10.50) 1st in PAC-7 42
100m: Junior Sammie Anderson (12.28 SCHOOL RECORD) 1st in PAC-7
200m: Freshman Natalie Barahona (27.46) 6th in PAC-7 400m: Sophomore Maddie Moore (59.35 SCHOOL RECORD) 2nd in PAC-7
800m: Freshman Ashley Davis (2:25.73) 6th in PAC-7 1600m: Davis (5:14.54) 4th in PAC-7 3200m: Davis (11:23:38 SCHOOL RECORD) 1st in PAC-7 100m hurdle: Junior Michaela Howard (19.28) 7th in PAC-7 300m hurdles: Howard (50.65) 6th in PAC-7 4x100 relay: team (51.23) 4th in PAC-7 4x400 relay: team (4:06.76) 2nd in PAC-7 Shotput: Freshman Kristen Thompson (33’8.00) 8th in PAC-7 Pole Vault: Junior Summer Phillips (7’0.00) t-6th in PAC-7 Photos by Jordan Nevosh, Danae Ontiveros, and Lauren Reed
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Photos by Anna Herndandez, Danae Ontiveros, Josh Orcutt, Sarah Wilson, Jenna Wookey