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surveyors. mission The Surveyor is established as a school-sponsored open forum dedicated to informing and entertaining its readers. The staff will report as fairly and wellbalanced as possible. All activities and news will be covered to the best of the staff’s ability. The Surveyor accepts the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics as the basis for good journalism. Readers are encouraged to express their viewpoints through guest editorials. The Surveyor also welcomes letters to the editor, with these guidelines: it is not libelous or obscene, it explains the material clearly, it is not longer than 500 words, and that it is signed.

editors Francesca Hidalgo-Wohlleben, Editor-in-Chief Grant Kamin, Managing and Opinions Editor Madeline Berg, Business Editor Kiran Misra, News Editor MJ Kamin, Profiles Editor Shanay Gonder, Arts and Entertainment Editor Kitty McGurk, Life and Style Editor Joe Berry, Sports Editor Hannah Jonasson, Photo Editor Reid Rossberger, Freelance Editor

reporters Peter Holmes Gavin Jones Nick Corbett Michelle Zumhof

adviser cover photo by Hannah Jonasson

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Kyle Phillips

Ian Schweiger Eric Loeffelholtz John Kopec Amy Wilkie

organizations IHSPA, NHSPA, JEA, Quill & Scroll


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profiles

Behind the Scenes Freshman Bachelor Chef McGee Exchange Students

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Kitty’s Corner Pinterest Sunday

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on the cover

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Debate Decoded Halloween at Wash Red Ribbon Week Grassley

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sports

editorial

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Eighth Graders Lessons on Driving Luke’s Corner

life&style

(what’s inside) GO: Paramount Music Update Kaitlynn Burkle Guys and Dolls

Every Man’s Fantasy Sophomore Football Basketball Redemption

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calenders of change

A look at the development of fads, technology, and ideas as they’ve progressed since 1990.


Thinking Forward

Grant Kamin

I was part of the pilot program at Washington High School that is now commonly referred to as the “Eight Graders.” It was one class, Geometry with Mr. Throndson, with five other students from Franklin. Because of this, I am a huge proponent of allowing younger students to step up and take classes earlier than usually done, because of how instrumental it has been in my learning at Wash. However, right now the program is unsustainable. Taking thirty students from McKinley and thirty more from Franklin is ludicrous, and trucking them over to add more to our already crowded classes as well as adding strain to teachers is destroying the integrity of Wash’s status as #1. We need to transfer the eighth graders back to their respective middle schools. If there is demand for Algebra, Geometry, Spanish, and Biology, teachers in middle school need to get trained

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to be able to teach those classes at an equal level to that of at Wash. They’ve proven that they can do it with Algebra and adding three more classes to the portfolio of middle school teachers could be accomplished over the coming years with relative ease. This would be advantageous because the middle schools are a more comfortable learning environment and would also cut down on the travel problems associated with going back and forth, which in my case included missing parts and even entire classes throughout the week. Finally, the end goal. Starting math, science and a foreign language a year early also means finishing a year early. The current structure allows for students to take classes at local colleges, and you end up running into the same problems as before, with transportation and the such, and in some cases, class timing not lining up at all. Not only this, but also the cost of college enrollment for every single one of these current eighth graders will be ridiculously high, even with the current rules allowing for only one class to be taken at a time. What you end up with is highly achieving students who are left their senior year with too few classes to take. Start training the teachers now, and expanding the AP test selection as well, because even more college level classes need to come to Wash in the next four years.

Roses

Themed parties iPhone 5 “Before I Die” board Chris Christie Oversized sweaters Chick-fil-A Being able to vote The Common App No shave November Volleyball Chutes & Ladders Daylight saving time K-Philly’s hair Halloween costumes Ul timate frisbee club Kendrick Lamar Accepted to college Hurricane Sandy Twitter Camping in R.V. parks No more political ads

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Frankenstorm 7 deadly sins Slow walkers Sequined Uggs Scraping car windows Political Ads Grades College apps Dark during E.B. Little Ceasars WHAT’S IN THE BOX? Pleasant Valley Computers that crash Not being 18 Messed up schedules Forgetting to log out Actual homework Losing $3.5K Bad handw riting No more Halloween candy Broken iPhones


Don’t Underestimate Impairity Kitty McGurk After my experience in court due to a minor speeding ticket, I came to realize many things that I had never processed before. Firstly, being in court was nothing like I had read about and seen on TV and this, I was grateful for. The rooms were small and cozy, the atmosphere was rather relaxed, and the judge was a nice and understanding man who to my surprise was not wearing a white wig and a black robe. Secondly, I came to the realization that as pleasant as my experience in the courthouse was, that I would never like to return. As I sat in front of the judge I couldn’t help but imagine the feeling I would have if I had committed a true crime, such as one that could arise if I were to get into an accident from drinking and driving. Being in such an open family I was easily influenced by everyone in it, especially

my older sister. One day after are categorized as “the crazy two of her close friends had party goers.” These are the class been seriously injured from a officers, the varsity athletes, drinking and driving incident and the neighbors down the I remember her saying “Kitty, street. Majority of these DUIs you can do lots of things in high were given to kids who tried in school…if you ever drink and school and had bright futures drive, I will come back from ahead of them. And that, is the wherever I may be and take part that sickens me the most. your license away from you While yes, these students myself.” I was about nine years were foolish enough to drink old then and those words still underage and risk it all in the resonate in my head today. first place; it upsets me that Drinking and driving is they thought there was no other everywhere in high school. You option than to get behind the see it from the kids at parties wheel afterwards. There is who are already underage and ALWAYS another option. There then decide to drive on top of is always at least one sober it, you see it from the parents person at the party and there is who had a few drinks at dinner always at least one person that but continue to drive, and you these kids could have called to hear about it everywhere. Being come get them. involved in a variety of extra curricular activities and groups, I find myself surrounded by gossip and news regarding such dangerous actions. I can recall more than a handful of students DUIs in the past two years. And these, unfortunately, are not just the kids that Luke Godlweski’s take on Romney’s “Binders of

Luke’s Corner

women” gaffe during the second debate.

Grant Kamin, Editor

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Debate Decoded Kiran Misra, News Editor

As the weather cools down outside, things are just starting to heat up inside room 128- debate is in the air. A change from the political debates characteristic of this election season, Wash’s debate team is discussing a very different issue- transportation and infrastructure. “Basically we’re talking about whether the government should be required to provide transportation to everyone and whether homeless people have a right to transportation too,” summarizes Chris Barnes, ’14, a member of the varsity debate team. “The reason that no one knows anything about debate is because it is really hard to understand,” explains Barnes. The type of debate that Wash participates in is called policy debate, which generally calls for policy change by the U.S. government. Teams are judged primarily on the quality of their evidence and debaters argue both sides of the issue in different rounds. Qualification to elimination rounds. earns a team “bids” at select, highly competitive, tournaments across the country, which allow them to compete at debate championships, most notably the Tournament of Champions, which requires two bids to qualify.

Debate changes who you are as a person- “almost all debaters become atheists because debate focuses a lot on proof and facts and you don’t see that in religion,” commented Mason Buonadonna, ’13, a former debater. “But you also see people becoming a lot more neutral on issues they thought they felt strongly about,” adds Barnes. “Debate is a way of life as much as swimming or band is a way of life. It’s a partner sport.” So how do this year’s debaters measure up? “Well, we’ve already gotten the amount of bids after just one competition this year that the team last year got all season,” said Barnes. “I think we’re the best team since Chase Lehrman.” The top varsity debate team of Barnes and Evan Lehrman, ‘13 is hoping to make it to the TOC. At the end of October, Wash hosted its own debate tournament, the Iowa Caucus, not related to the Iowa political caucuses. “We hosted all 3 types of debate and awarded awesome George Washington trophies,” said debate coach, Warren Sprouse. Debaters spoke 300- 400 words per minute to get as much evidence in as possible and at most times all that was decipherable to the untrained ear was the low hum of frantic, constant speech.

Coming Up This Month

Titans’ Season Starts

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Paramount Reopens

No-Shave November

NaNoWriMo


Spooky Service This Halloween, Wash students decided to give back to their community- and not just by handing out candy.

Adastra Can Drive

Eight members of Washington’s chapter of the National Honor society, Adastra, collected hundreds of cans, (and even more candy,) on Halloween to donate to the Foundation 2 crisis center. “We went to all the houses in Green Valley and we got cans from almost every house- everyone was so willing to help out,” said Sarah Beth Coleman ,’13, one of the participants. Photo by: Kiran Misra

Photo by: Kate Ernst

Adastra Blood Drive Stats

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Interact Safe Trick or Treat

The Interact Service Club volunteered at Usher’s Ferry Safe Trick- Or- Treat, an old-fashioned Halloween event, passing out candy to kids at a stand run by Interact members. “We got to dress up and pass out candy to kids in cute costumes,” said Kate Ernst, ’13, Interact Service Chair. There were also games, and pumpkin carving and costume contests.

Photo by: Kate Ernst

Student Senate Costume Collection

People spend hundreds of hours and almost as many dollars putting together scary, shocking, and funny costumes for Halloween. But there are many Cedar Rapidians who aren’t able to afford costumes. That’s where Student Senate stepped in, collecting costumes in boxes in room 119 and the student center, which they then donated to Tanager Place, a residence for children with emotional disorders. “We collected over 30 costumes, most of them were new or almost new,” said Erika Derrick, Student Senate adviser.

Kiran Misra, Editor

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Amy Wilkie, Staff Writer

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Every minutes, someone dies from a drunk driving crash.

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of high school students have been offered drugs on school property

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of traffic related casualties are from drunk driving. Stats courtesy of SADD website.

Red Ribbon Week

Go skydiving, reconcile differences with parents, set foot in every continent, and fall in love are just a few of the hundreds of goals Wash students documented on the Before I Die Wall, a chalkboard in the foyer, the week of October 29 through November 2SADD’s Red Ribbon Week . It’s clear that Wash students have a lot they want to acheive in their lifetimes, but with 30% of Americans getting involved in an accident involving alcohol in their lifetimes, the odds aren’t looking very good. “ The Point of Red Ribbon Week is make students aware of making bad choices.” said Traci Mooney the SADD advisor. The board is an attempt to make students think about what is on their bucket list and all they’re giving up when they drink or buy drugs. “I hope students are inspired by what they saw on the wall and start dreaming big,” said Sophie Torrijos, ’13, SADD president. Throughout the week they held fundraisers such as, BYOB, bring your own banana, where students brought their own banana and could purchase an accompanying sundae from SADD for a dollar. “ We choose this name because, BYOB usually stands for bring your own beer.” added Mooney. “BYOB was such a success that we did it twice,” said Katie Karamitros, ’14, a SADD member. There were also many other fundraisers to raise awareness about destructive deisions, like the daily bake sales.

Iowa has 99 counties, and Grassley’s spoken in every one. Every year, Grassley goes to every Iowa county and speaks with his constituents at town hall meetings, schools, and Skype Q and As. “I consider myself 50% of the process, you guys are the other 50%, he said when he spoke at Wash in October. “I try to connect with as many Iowans as possible by answering every letter sent to me and speaking on radios shows a couple of times a week.” “Most people are cynical about Congress beacuse we do a lot of stupid things to make you cynical,” said the New Hartford native, “but I hope to regain that trust by providing as much transparency as possible through my weekly newsletter and twitter and facebook. Grassley hopes to reach out to high schoolers by offering internship opportunities at grassley.senate.gov to “teach government by osmosis.”

@ChuckGrassley Above: Grassley tweets about speaking at Wash.

Grass-roots Support Nick Corbett, Staff Writer

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“My parents have been cooking since I was little and I always loved working with them in the kitchen, but this summer was when I really got better at it and started cooking my own meals,” said Quincy McGee, ’13, reflecting on the beginning of his pasGraphic by Grant Kamin sion in the kitchen. Cooking is of interest to McGee not only because of the childhood memories that inspire him, but also because of the connectivity it can provide between people. “Nothing brings a group of people together better than a good meal,” said McGee. One of McGee’s peers, Kristin King, ’13, has watched his cuisine progress since the beginning. “Sometimes he would cook for the camp counselors. Our trip to Backbone State Park was the first time I became impressed with his meals,” said King. As for her personal favorite, King said, “I remember the quesadillas being really good. I’ve also heard his burgers and steaks are awesome!” McGee is more than glad to cook for friends and family, and describes that it makes him instantly happier. “I really enjoy having people over and

having them try out something that I made. It’s always an experiment,” said McGee. Naturally, McGee prefers to be creative with his dishes rather than sticking straight to the text. “Everything I do follows a basic recipe but I always add something - what I would want to taste; what I think would taste good,” he said. McGee’s personal favorite style to cook is Italian, his ingredients of choice being tomato and basil. It’s only appropriate that his favorite dish to make is “Bacon Tomato Pasta”, an Italian-influenced dish. When asked about the best-tasting dish he has ever made, McGee said, “The time I made a three-cheese orange cream sauce over chicken parmesan with sautéed peppers and onions - not the most elaborate but it was a success. I felt like everything I’d been learning up until that point had finally come together.” As far as pursuing a career in cooking, McGee doesn’t think he’ll take it much further than catering to his friends and family. “I see cooking as a social activity; I don’t see myself being a professional chef. It’s just something I enjoy doing in my free time,” said McGee.

Michelle Zumhof, Staff Writer

Quincy’s Specialty: Bacon Tomato pasta Serves 6 – 8 as a pasta course, or 4 as a main course. 1/2 Pound of Smoked Bacon Cut into 1-inch Pieces 1 Cup Finely Chopped Yellow Onions 1 28 oz Can Crushed Tomatoes 1 Cup Freshly Chopped Basil 1 Tablespoon Salt 1 Pound Penne Pasta (or Rigatoni) 1/2 Heavy Whipping Cream This recipe is adapted from James McNair’s Pasta Cookbook. Does this dish look good to you? Visit crwashsurveyor.com to read the full cooking instructions.

Photo provided by Quincy McGee

MJ Kamin, Editor

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Behind the Scenes at Wash Ian Schweiger, Staff Writer While walking through the hallways of Washington High School, you may notice older adults patrolling, quietly picking up any pieces of paper or litter they encounter. As you glance at them working in the cafeteria, the gym, or anywhere else on Wash’s campus, their faces become more and more familiar. They are the custodians. From changing air filters to checking the water boilers three times daily, the custodians are responsible for building maintenance. These are the workmen that run Wash. “There are 12 of us, and we run all three shifts, the place never closes,” said Head Custodian Rick Veenstra. Veenstra and his crew are responsible for the maintenance of school grounds, but enjoy time outside of work doing other hobbies. “Most of the guys like hunting, fishing, and spending time at the gym. They also do home repairs,” said Veenstra. During the school day, Veenstra says it is hard to see people who do not treat Wash like home, and that students should take pride in their school and not litter. “There are some certain people that make fun of them and throw trash everywhere,” said Gus Stolba ’13. “They’re important to the school and the community.”

Photo Illustration by Hannah Jonasson Veenstra plays a vital role in the physical plant that is Wash, he also feels he has another job that is just as important as maintaining the building. “Just trying to make an impact [on students], making them work hard and try to make a living. You don’t want to be 52 and cleaning toilets,” said Veenstra.

Little Light Shines Bright Gavin Jones, Staff Writer

Photo Illustration by Madeline Berg Favorite NFL Teams: Steelers and Bears Favorite Food: Corn Favorite song: Eye of

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the Tiger Favorite Athlete: LeBron James Favorite Class: Gym

Wait? You’re a funny, under 5-foot girl, who likes to party, looking for that kind and generous Mr. Right? Well look no further. Meet David Watt, ’16. This 4’7’’ iron man football player is looking for a girl he can chill with. Watt describes himself as funny, wild, and silly. Watt’s dream date would be sitting courtside at a Chicago Bulls game followed by dinner at Golden Corral. If you’re interested, you can find this issue’s Freshman Bachelor on the gridiron training or shooting hoops at the Y.


Meet: Exchange Students at Wash Ryo Ueno

Madeline Berg, Business Manager

“The food!” said Ryo Ueno, the 16 year old foreign exchange student, when asked about his favorite part of life in America. Ueno, ‘13, is far from his homeland, Japan, but is enjoying the first couple weeks of his 10 month stay so far. Some of Ueno’s favorite aspects of his new life include the classes, especially P.E., “I’m really good at P.E.,” he said. Some of Ueno’s other interests include

running and swimming. He plans to go out for the swim team this winter. One new experience that Ueno has particularly enjoyed is drinking Mountain Dew, “It’s so awesome!” he said. However, there are also a few aspects of his life in Japan that Ueno misses. One of Ueno’s most passionate activities is surfing, an extracurricular that is nearly impossible in this state known for its flat, dry, corn-covered land.

Maria Pump Eric Loeffelholz, Staff Writer “Sometimes I wake up in the morning and it is like I’m in a dream.” says German foreign exchange student Maria Pump. Pump had high expectations when she came to the U.S. Pump is from a village between Hamburg and Berlin where she has been studying English for 5 years. Upon her arrival to Washington, one thing that struck her as being vastly different from Germany is the spirit and pride of students

have for their schools. “The teaching methods are very different,” said Pump. She fights through her language limitations and finds the new methods refreshing. Pump loves American food but found that she misses brown bread and sausage, a food custom in her hometown. Outside of school Pump is an avid runner, biker, and hopes to become a swimmer.

Ayaka Shiina Eric Loeffelholz, Staff Writer Ayaka Shiina, one of Washington’s newest students is a foreign exchange student from Chiba, Japan. Shiina is enjoying her time in Iowa with her host family. She likes to go grocery shopping and to play piano. Her host family often takes her shopping and to movies. Shiina keeps busy but sometimes can’t keep her mind off of homesickness, “I miss my family, friends and dance team in Japan,” said Shiina. Although she

spends most of her time studying, she finds time to play piano and go running. Shiina enjoys the freedom of lunch every day, in Japan students are not allowed to leave campus. “Schools are a lot stricter in Japan,” said Shiina, “you can’t even eat in class.” She looks forward to Japanese class. “It is easy and very fun,” said Shiina. She also speaks highly of Japanese teacher Julie Cain.

Photo illustrations by Hannah Jonasson

MJ Kamin, Editor

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Photo Illustration by Hannah Jonasson

out with the o l d & in with the new With time, inevitably, comes change. This fact is reminded to all each season, as the world evolves and as individuals continue to grow. The rate at which society changes, however, has rapidly increased since the time our generation was born. In fact, in the last twenty years or so, we have seen the development and improvement of technology that now encompasses our day-to-day lives. We have seen fashion styles and trends come into style, and leave. Finally, we have become a part of an era of social progression- a time during which new and old ideas have come together to form new perspectives and beliefs. To see how each how these changes have occured, we look now at some of the key events that have surrounded this change.

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c h a n g e, 1990-now

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1990: Fanny Pack 1993: Beanie Babies 1995: Baggy Flannel Shirts 1996: Tickle Me Elmo Butterfly Clips 1997: Teletubbies first aired 1998: Furbies 2000: Sony’s Playstation 2 2001: Harry Potter

1989-1990: World Wide Web is created by Tim Berners-Lee 1993: World Wide Web has 130 total sites, email systems are started by America Online and Delphi

2000: Over 60% of U.S. homes own a computer

2009: Windows 7 High Waisted dresses Plaid 2010: Ankle boots Vampire Movies 2011: Angry Birds Hashtags The Hunger Games 2012: YOLO

2004: Google indexes over 8 billion pages of information on the web, Facebook is created 2006: Twitter is created 2010: Over 2 billion people use the Internet, Instagram is created

1990: Congress removes homosexuality as a reason to disqualify foreigners from immigrating 1992: Rodney King Case, addressing police brutality and racism 1993: Don’t ask, Don’t Tell enacted 1994: Violence Against Women Act passed 1996: Defence of Marriage Act passed 2000: Vermont becomes first state to offer civil unions to same sex couples 2001: 9/11 leads to the passing of the Patriot Act 2009: Iowa Supreme Court rejects the state law banning same-sex marriage 2010: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repealed 2010-12: Occupy wall street movement 2012: President Obama endorses same-sex marriage

Information from Ian Schweiger, Eric Loffelholz, Amie Wilkie

Francesca Hidalgo, Editor-in-Chief

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Photos courtesy of Sunset Parkerpix

1999: Computes are predicted to crash due to the Y2K bug, causes fear of major system upgrades to Internet and computer systems

2002: DVD’s 2003: Myspace.com 2005: Camera phones 2006: Skinny Jeans Layering clothes 2007: Amazon’s Kindle Iphone 2008: Bright tights Sheer

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go: Madeline Berg Business Manager

Photo by Hannah Jonasson

The Paramount Theatre, located in downtown Cedar Rapids, is one of the most cherished performing art centers this city has to offer. The building, which was built in the 1920s, suffered $16 million in damages due to the historic flood of June, 2008. Since this catastrophic event, the theater has been in constant repair for almost four years and plans to finally reopen on Oct. 26, 2012. The estimated cost of repairs is almost $35 million, which begs the question, what new improvements does the theatre have to offer? Some of these restoration improvements include a larger stage and orchestra pit, more modern lighting and acoustics, easily accessible seating, as well as an expanded lobby area.

For additional events go to: www.paramounttheatrecr.com

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muSIc. Up-n-Coming Artist of the Issue:

Call Me Maybe? Amy Wilkie Staff Writer Carly Rae Jepsen’s new album, “Kiss” is now available. It features fourteen songs including “Call Me Maybe”, “This Kiss”, and “Good Time,” featuring Owl City. The album’s genre samples disco pop with its harmonious beats, really putting listeners on their feet. The tracks have a similar sound however, and can become unvaried. Her music in the new album is upbeat and refreshing. Overall, the album is worth the investment if you are a Carly Rae fan.

Concert Schedule: Artists: Journey Venue: Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena Location & Time: Sioux City, IA, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7p.m. Artists: Man Overboard, Mod Sun and Me Like Bees Venue: Wooly’s Location & Time: Des Moines, IA, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 6:30p.m. Artist: Tactic Group Venue: CSPS Location & Time: Cedar Rapids, IA, Friday, Nov. 23 & Saturday Nov. 24, 8p.m. Artists: Sleigh Bells and AraabMuzik Venue: Wooly’s Location & Time: Des Moines, IA, Saturday, Nov. 27, 8p.m. Artists: The Faceless Venue: Blue Moose Tap House Location & Time: Iowa City, IA, Friday, Nov. 30, 5:30p.m. Artist: Carrie Underwood Venue: Wells Fargo Arena Location & Time: Des Moines, IA, Friday, Dec. 14, 7p.m.

Shanay Gonder, Editor

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KAit' R T Photo Illustration by Michelle Zumhof

Michelle Zumhof Staff Writer “The teacher opened the door and broke my nose.” This may sound like an unusual start to an art career, but that’s exactly what Kaitlynn Burkle, ’13, recalls about her first experience in the art room. Though it began with drawing as a hobby, Kaitlynn’s art has evolved into an array of mediums, 3-D art and sculptures being her favorite at the moment. “I make broken vases” Burkle says, “I find them captivating. There’s so many steps; it’s a cool process.” Her favorite class at Wash is sculpture class in AP Studio. As for inspiration, she finds music (anything from Regina Spektor to dubstep) to be her biggest influence, rather than any specific artist. Burke’s drive for originality is apparent in her work. “I don’t want my work to resemble other artists really.” she says. Her future aspirations include owning her own art gallery and becoming a tattoo artist, or else to become an art therapist. Burkle’s words for aspiring artists? “Just go with it. It may seem crazy but you’ll figure it out.”

d n a s y Gu Dolls

Photos by Hannah Jonasson

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AT A Glance


“I’ll take your sticky situation and make it all purrrrrrfect.” Q: Hi Kitty, How do I become friends with the cool upperclassmen? A: Well my friend, being a “cool upperclassman” myself (HAR HAR HAR insert laugh,) I think I may be able to help you out. The key is to just straight up be nice while still getting yourself out there. We upperclassmen are like vicious and protective lions... if we think you’re creeping up a little too close, it’s our natural instinct to attack. Shoot us a wave as you see us eye balling you down the hall and smile as we shove you back at a sporting game regardless of when you got there, but don’t get too cozy. Oh and another tip, stay away from upperclassmen boys. Other than ripping out your heart and leaving you out to dry, it will also get you on “the list” that we senior girls make at our meetings every Tuesday in the bathrooms. So when you see an upperclassman boy walking down the hall, look away quickly. Never look them in the eye. Follow this and you may survive. Well, maybe.

Q: MY FACE. No I’m not kidding MY FACE. I know every teenager shares my problem but WHY DO I KEEP BREAKING OUT? Do you know any tips to help fight acne?? HELP A: Honestly, I’ve got nothing. Puberty is a hellish rollercoaster. You gain a little somethin’ somethin’ here and there that will leave you wearing more v-necks and tighter jeans but you also get pizza face more times than not. It happens to most everyone so don’t freak out about it. My advice? Wash your face at least three times a day and don’t just cover up the acne with pounds of make up. Nothing is worse for your skin than suffocating your pores. Also, give my Pinterest mask on page 18 a shot :) Good luck, may the odds be ever in your favor. Q: Since I’ve started high school this year drama is ALL around me. girls make up rumors about me and it’s getting kinda old! What should I do about these girls? A: Let me fill you in on some advice sweet cheeks, the movie Mean Girls had it about as point on as it gets. High school is a cruel and miserable place at times. However, it will also be the time of your life when you let it be. Even if the drama is surrounding you, don’t let it absorb you. The girls that are focusing their time screaming in the hallways about this drama while deliberately trying to eat your brains will eventually move on to their new prey. Sadly enough these girls have been around for ages and aren’t going anywhere. I know it may be hard but block them out completely. If anything, that will drive them insane and they will move on.

Want to submit your problems?

tinyurl.com/kitty-scorner Kitty McGurk, Editor

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Pinterest Sunday While majority of my Pinterest projects are disasters, I dedicated a Sunday to test out my pins. These were my favorites, enjoy!

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Mix together well and apply to face in a circular motion. Let sit for five minutes then wash off mixture.

-3 TBSP baking soda -1 TBSP water DON’T LEAVE THIS ON LONGER THAN 5 MINUTES! I thought leaving it on longer would make it even smoother but instead it resulted in my face having a burning sensation, a 3 minute rash, and a slight panic attack.


Photos and Graphic by Hannah Jonasson

Washington PTA congratulates the Iowa Tests Award Recipients for the 2011-2012 School Year Seniors, top 10%, 3 consecutive years Nicholas Allen Megan Anderson Nathan Benya Madeline Berg Joseph Berry Bradlee Birchansky Mason Buonadonna Ian Butler Gloria Campbell Robert Carver CJ Cooper Nicolas Corbett Abigail Cross Madeline Dietz Jairdin Engen Katherine Ernst Theresa Fuller Francesca HidalgoWohlleben Joshua Hughes Hannah Johnson Abigail Kacena Grant Kamin Sarah Keppler Maliek Ketchens Kristin King Cassandra Kittredge Megan Laverty Evan Lehrman Rosa Lemos

Sofie Lenzen Bradley Lock Kiran Misra Sarah Moore Hannah Moyer Rachael Nading Amira Nash Robert Nesmith Max Newcamp Shannon O’BrienPerry Jackson Ochs Joseph Podgorski Carly Rickey William Rings Cameron Rogers David Rosenthal Reid Rossberger Nicholas Rozek Renee Runge Michael Russell Jessica Spurrell Matthew Strand Jack Sundermann Sophia Torrijos Magee Thomas Werner Tori Wheeler Connor Zuber Top 1% in the nation Grade 10 Mary Azelborn Emma Buonadonna

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Every man’s fantasy

(to be the head coach of his own team of professional athletes) Gavin Jones Like living particular sport you are playing. On average, and oxygen, cookies around 8 to 16 teams are in each league which Staff Writer and milk; men and competition are all similar because they naturally go together. There are many different kinds of competitions men participate in. Some classic ones include who can lift more weight than the other, who is faster, or who can spit the furthest. Some more recent ones include can get more people to LMS, or who has more swag. But one competition overshadows all others. It happens all year round and it comes with 12 months of tears, pain, joy, constant stress, and, for a majority of people, a bad ending. Now I know I just described all the traits of all the Tyler Perry movies, but in reality, I was talking about none other than fantasy sports. For those of you who don’t know fantasy sports are, they’re an online simulation of a sports team with an offline owner. Participants draft and form a team of players from whichever

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are created and set up by the commissioner (scoring varies depending on league). There is also the ability to trade, cut, and sign players, like a real life sports manager Fantasy sports have been around since the back stretch of World War II. In the 1950’s Wilfred Winkenbach started the concept with golf (yeah, I know golf, LOL). In 1960, a professor from Harvard University created the “Baseball Seminar” which sparked a fantasy baseball boom throughout America in prestigious universities. In 2003, The Football Sports Trade Association did a survey showing 15 million people play fantasy football and spend about $150 a year on average, making the industry worth $1.5 million. No man can ask for more than to be coach of his own professional athletes, and get to name this team of seasoned professionals as immaturely as he wishes.


An introspective journey into the depths of Fantasy Football Draft night comes once a year. Tears are shed, young adult’s lives are made, and some dreams are broken. For 14 Washington Students, I have learned, this night marks the beginning of Reid Rossberger a yearlong experience. When I joined the CR Freelance Editor Wash Fantasy League, I forgot about my real life, my fantasies became reality. Fantasy Football consumed everything. The relationship I had with Tom Brady and ESPN.com superseded the one forged with my own parents. Fantasy Football is a game played on your choice of many sports websites. NFL players are “drafted” onto teams. The player’s weekly performance is tracked using complicated scoring methods. These methods are outlined by league commissioner, Zach Gothard. In a fair league, the rules wouldn’t be changed, but in our league, rules are arbitrary. The only consistent rule is “Zach always wins.” Our league is made up of two divisions, each with seven players in it. Playoffs will be played at the end of the year for the coveted, Gothard Trophy. Each week, your team plays a different opponent. Unfortunately, I don’t get to face Mitch Blades this season. He has by far the worst team in the league. Mitch, maybe you should stick to real football. Fighting is commonplace in the CR Wash Fantasy League. The fights between David Rosenthal and Gothard have been publicly displayed on all social networking sites, even MySpace. They usually fight about trading players, Pokémon cards, or hair styling tips. (There have also been fights among the younger players in the league, but who cares? They don’t matter.) Most importantly, I have learned don’t ever trade with Brock Butterfield. Trading with him is a losing situation for you. If you don’t watch ESPN 24/7 then don’t bother attempting to make any deals.

Zach Gothard and Brock Butterfield, both ’13, are tied for the title of “Beasts of the East,” while Anthony Rodriguez, ’14, is the “Best in the West.”

So to recap, Fantasy Football is becoming more popular than ever, soon to overtake watching of actual NFL games. Does that even make sense? The point is, Fantasy Football has had huge impacts on my life. I sometimes question whether to come to school in the morning, for fear being harassed by the sophomores in our league. They are bullies.

Joe Berry, Editor

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Young Warriors win MVC

Although the stands were occupied by only worried mothers and the few devoted warrior students, Kingston was home to the best sophomore football team in the Mississippi Valley Conference. The young Warriors finished the season with an impressive overall record of 8-1. “It was a full-on team effort. There were so many team leaders on both sides of the ball,” says head Sophomore football coach Jason Wood. According to Wood, an extra 15 minutes of defensive preparations were added everyday to their usual summer practices.

Peter Holmes Staff Writer

The season was full of memorable moments, but one specifically stood out for wide receiver and defensive end, Daniel Rosenthal, ’15. “When we were playing Xavier and Jared Thorson got an interception to seal the game for us, the whole team rejoiced,” said Rosenthal. As one of the best sophomore football teams in Washington history, Wood takes pride in the teams success and looks forward to watching them become successful varsity players. “It will be tough to let these guys go, but will be exciting to start all over again next year.”

Photo by Hannah Jonasson

Trevor Thulin, ’16, walks off the field after the Warriors’ first victory of the season.

Men’s basketball hopes to rebound Nicolas Corbett Staff Writer

There is a new man calling the shots for the men’s basketball team. Adam Sanchez, A graduate from Wartburg College, already has seven years coaching experience under his belt: one year at his alma mater, three years at Drake University, and three years at Grand View University. Coach Adam Sanchez is going to be changing things up a little bit. “We’re going to change things defensively, switching up between man to man and zone defense, and try to keep the opposing team on their toes,” he said. He has a few goals he would like to achieve his first year. “I want the guys to improve everyday, and build my culture

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and philosophy, how I want the game played, and get the wins,” said Sanchez. Hes says the team has worked alot in the off season, especially this summer. They practiced three to four times a week working on individual skills, and they went to two or three summer camp as a team. This fall, they have been lifting and have had open gyms. The team is excited for this season, with quite a few returning players from last years varsity and some players coming up from the sophomore team. Considering himself more of a defensive coach, Sanchez wants to build up players who are tough and hard-working, play the game the right way, keep it up tempo and exciting, and be aggressive

and confident. “We need guys who can be tough and look for the ball, and make the shots,” said Sanchez. Sanchez feels that he has gained the respect of his players by showing them that he has experience, passion for the game, and knows what he is doing. “Every coach is different from the next. Coach Sanchez really emphasizes defense. He is young and enthusiastic, and I think he has a lot to bring to the table,” said Jason Oney, ’13, a returning varsity player. The men’s team is coming off a tough season, but Coach Sanchez is confident that with hard work and a focus on fundamentals, the guys should be able to achieve the outcome they are looking for.


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