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One of the coaching changes that took place this year was on the football team. Coach Joe Ramunno looks to build character in his players.

September / Volume 29 Issue 1

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Reinventing the iPhone by Jay Shearrow is an informing piece on the new iPhone Apple software update from the new features to the new design. It covers what the new update is like, how it is affecting the users and how people like it.

From Flames to Floods by Kierra Hall digs into the lives of people dealing with the floods personally and with those whose lives have been affected by them through family. Cross Country by Jaden Krueger covers the intense competition within the Cross Country team.


Building Character One Dog at a Time by Olivia Barrows gets the secrets and tips to coaching from Coach Rammunno. It covers everything from building character to having faith and spirit in the team.


NHS Helps at Wine Fest by Jacob Strickland covers the story of the NHS’s adventure in helping out at Wine Fest.


Surviving in Pink by Felicity Pennington raises awareness about breast cancer and breast cancer awareness month.

LET TER FROM THE EDITOR This summer I attended the Washington Journalism and Media Conference in Washington DC. There I met other students, journalism teachers, and professional journalists such as Hoda Kotb and Candy Crowley. These people I met, these people I spent the week with, made a huge impression on me regarding the way I see the world and what I want to do in it. I can say that these people are my role models; the people who have me a better person. But role models don’t have to be famous people or people you meet on an adventure. Role models can be every day

citizens, people you eat lunch with, students you sit next to in class, the football coach you see on the sidelines. So I challenge you this year to find a new role model, someone who inspires you to be better, whether it be passing a math test or picking up trash. People can make sure great impacts in our lives, and that’s something we should recognize that a little more. Sincerely, Olivia Barrows

Cover Photo by Olivia Barrows

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apple reinvented the iphone, again. Apple gets a face lift. by Jay Shearrow staff writer While developers and technicians slave away over their brightly lit computers, teens spend countless hours with their heads hung over iPhones. While they spend all of their time on Facebook or Twitter, the developers who make Facebook and Twitter are gearing up for the reinvention of the iPhone. The new software update, iOS 7, had finally come onto the scene. The new update came out September

“We’ve considered even the smallest details.” 18th, sporting a new minimalist design comprised of a new color palate and grid system. De-cluttered and simplified, the new update has a reason to be noticed. Jony Ive, Director of Design at

Apple, said in the public iOS 7 video “There’s enduring beauty in simplicity… and iOS 7 is a clear representation of it. In iOS 7 we’ve considered even the smallest details.” “We’re going to witness an event almost unprecedented in our industry,” said Craig Federighi, Senior VP of Software Engineering at Apple. The new update will give the iPhone a total face lift. According to Joe Talbott, 11, “Everything about the phone looks different, and has new stuff you can do, like iTunes Radio, which is basically Apple’s version of Pandora.” The new update is loaded with new features that answer other technology rivals like Samsung and Google. Talbott said, “I really like the new slide up control center, which has everything where you need it, like a flashlight, calculator, and your music so you don’t need any other apps. Another thing that’s nice about the new update is the airdrop feature, which I use share pictures and other files with other iPhones.” The new version has out matched the old in terms of stylish appeal, but hasn’t given users a entirely different system to figure out. Talbott said, “I definitely like the new version better. It looks new, but it’s still easy to use.”

Apple Press Release

Apple unveils the new iPhone 5C and 5S.

What technology trends do you follow? Austin Amos,11 “I follow Reddit, E3, and Apple Announcements.” Jay Shearrow

Stellan Wright, 9 “I follow iPods, that’s about it.” Jay Shearrow

Caitlyn Charlesworth, 10 “I follow, iPod Touch, Pandora, Songza.” Jay Shearrow

Hayden Harrell, 12 “I follow Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Snapchat, Pandora, iPhones, and YouTube.” Jay Shearrow


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From Flames to


Road WCR1 in Longmont after the flash flooding in the middle of September. Photo courtesy of Teresa Marney by Kierra Hall advertising editor

If your house was flooding, what three things would you grab?

Colorado has gone from too dry this summer to too wet now. The rain has been relentless and the eastern plains of the state paid for it. 1,500 houses and 30 bridges have been destroyed by the flooding. Justin Powell, a student at the University of Colorado in Boulder (CU), witnessed the effects of the flood on campus. The campus was closed on the September 12 and 13 due to flash floods. Powell said, “Everything, like homework or quizzes, got pushed back to a later date.” The dorms haven’t had much water come in so they haven’t had to evacu-

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Latissia Avila, 12 “The three things I would grab are my dog, a picture of my family, and my Bible.”

ate. Powell who was living off campus at the time had a different story though. The basement of his and his roommate’s home flooded. The water was knee deep when he had to wade through it. His roommate lost a lot of personal items that can’t be replaced. Powell said, “He got some stuff out in time, but water kept coming in.” They are getting their basement fixed, but it will be about two weeks until everything is back to normal. While there was no threat of flood on the Western Slope, it still affected families over here. Teacher Danielle Bagwell had a sister that endured the flood. Because of the flood, Bagwell became even more addicted to the news than usual to

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John Moss,11 “Me, me and me.”

make sure her sister, nieces and nephews were safe. Bagwell’s sister was pretty well protected from the water because of the position of her house. Her house sits on a hill directing the water away from it so their home didn’t have much damage but the flood’s affects were still visible. Bagwell’s sister took a video of a road behind their home completely covered in water that flowed like a river. As scary as this was, Bagwell said, “They just feel blessed that their house is on a hill, which is kind of ironic because she used to complain about its position.” Whether dealing with relentless rains or fierce fires, Colorado residents have hung tight, waiting it out, being thankful for what they have.

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Kylee Williams,11 “My dog and my two hamsters.”

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Erick Gaffney, 12 “My family, supplies, and food.” news

Anders VanCalcar, 12, at Canyon View Park for a cross country meet on September 13th. Placing in 8th against teams from the valley. Jake placed 2nd.

Battle for Top Spot Ashton Pratt

by Jaden Krueger staff writer Cross Country is a sport that has both individual and team success. Anders VanCalcar has been one of Palisade’s greatest runners in both track and Cross Country.

“I will beat him eventually. I know I could’ve ran better”

Healthy Rivalry?

“The greatest thing about Anders is his energy. He gets things organizedish and he is a great vocal leader. He has been the only one on the team for 4 years. He is a very huge and important person on the team.” Said Tim Reetz. However, Anders is not the only great


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runner on Palisade’s team; those including Monty Metzler, Gary Honda, and Keino Davis. This year, a junior named Jake Erikson has been giving Anders a run for his money. No pun intended. The battle for “top spot” on the team is very one sided right now. “Jake is 1 minute faster than me now. But once I knock that minute off of my run time, the battle for top spot is going to be intense,” said Anders. However, the brotherhood and cooperative feel between the two runners is still there. Anders said “Jake is still a humble and cool kid and he isn’t cocky, even though he is the best on the team right now.” “Anders is our team leader and our vocal leader. He finishes in the top 10 of every race. Jake is a superstar. He wins most of the races and kicks butt on every

Men’s Cross Country runners shoot for the top. workout. He was an incredible find. I don’t think there is a battle for top spot because they are about even with each other.” Said Reetz Tim Reetz appreciates how good his team is this year. There are 12 teams in the region and 7 of them are really good according to Reetz. There are only places for 4 teams in state. However, he believes his team has the ability to be one of those teams. The end of cross country is around the end of October and Reetz is really looking forward to this being a great end to the season. Reetz says overall that, “The cross country team is looking very good this year and they look just as good, if not better than they did last year.”

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Superstitions Run Times This Year 17:39 None

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Building Character One Dog at a Time Olivia Barrows

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by Olivia Barrows editor-in-chief “I think the best story that shows how he is as a coach is during weights over the summer. We had to do sets of 5 reps and Levi was squatting 500 pounds for the first time. He was right there with Levi spotting him, making sure he was safe, but still pushing him to his limits and making Levi, and the rest of the team better, because we knew that we had a coach that was willing to help us and push us all at the same time,” said Bo Mello, 11. So drives this coach, this man? Why does he ask this much from his players? He is a coach who stood on the maroon sidelines coaching Bulldogs for 10 seasons, winning the 3A State title for four of those years. He then coached maroon of a different kind at Colorado Mesa University for 14 years, winning two RMAC titles. Now he’s back to the Bulldogs again. Coach Joe Ramunno has been a football coach for the majority of his adult life. And that’s just the way he always planned it would be. As a child, Ramunno knew he wanted to coach kids in all sports, but football was the ticket, the sport. He knew how to play it, and he had a passion for it, wanting to always be involved with it in

some way. And he has through both playing and coaching. “They [this year’s football players] had good mentoring with Coach Arledge,” he said.

“It’s all about the relationships and Character you build.” This mentoring was something Ramunno carried through when he began coaching. Ramunno had many strong role models throughout his life that helped him make good on his plan to be involved in football. One of those role models was his father, Carl Ramunno who was a six-time state champion wrestling coach with a Hall of Fame career. Ramunno’s two brothers were also football coaches. “Those people meant a lot to me,” Ramunno said. Ramunno reflected his role models during his own career. He and his staff used

the same values as before like work ethic and character. He said that his biggest success as a coach was “being an influence on these guys [football players]. It’s all about the relationships and character you build.” The 1988 team and the state championship teams that Ramunno coached were just two examples of the many moments he has had as a positive role model. “They were good people. We had a good connection,” Ramunno said. As for the football players this year, “He loves each and every one of us and knows how to make us better and knows that we can all achieve greatness. He is definitely a mentor to me. He just shows me how to keep composure and how to become a better teacher and person,” said Mello. In fact, to Ramunno, having strong character is better than just having a strong body. “When he’s teaching us he is showing every player one at a time how we need to move in our position, but articulating it so we understand the play. And then we practice it until it is perfect,” Mello said.

LEFT: During the football season opener against Central, Coach Ramunno talks to one of his players.

q&A with Steven Martinez by Jay Shearrow staff writer

How does Ramunno interact with students in class? How is this different from when he’s coaching? “Coach [Ramunno] gets more serious when he’s coaching,” said Martinez. What’s one instance where Ramunno was a positive role model to you in class? “He’s a positive role model when he lets me do my projects, and when he helps me with my projects too,” Martinez said.

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Stevan Martinez, 9, works with Mr. Ramunno during his carpentry class. feature

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National Honor Society Helped at Wine Fest by Jacob Strickland staff writer Here in Palisade, Wine Fest has become a tradition. After 21 years of annual events, the 22nd. Mr. Kennedy and Mrs. Scroggins alongside the National Honors Society planned to help organize the Wine Festival’s bike race for the 20th and 21st of September.

“Students learn a lot more of people relations because you’ve got all kinds of people coming in some are angry, some are tired, some are very happy, some are thrilled to be here!” “We work with some of the sellers, the bike race specifically, on Friday night. On Friday night, people come in to Palisade...” Kennedy said. The people who registered early

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came in to get all their supplies for the race at Palisade’s front foyer. That is when NHS went to work. People from all around the country came here for their t-shirts, registration packets, and bike routes. Students who are members of the NHS were responsible for all of the belongings. The students learned to handle the needs and wants of customers in order to maintain balance throughout the night as the materials were handed out. “It [the relationship with Wine Fest] has been going on for about a decade now,” said Kennedy. He also said that they’ve continued to help the vendor and help with parking at and around the dollar general store. The parking was for those who sought to compete in the bike race. Not only do they help the community by volunteering and helping around Palisade, but they also learn great responsibility and people skills. “Students learn a lot more of people relations because you’ve got all kinds of people coming in some are angry, some are tired, some are very happy, some are thrilled to be here!” Said Kennedy. NHS will also help out with Shoot the Moon, in October. Palisade High’s help has been greatly appreciated throughout the years and was greatly appreciated this year.

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Mr. Kennedy stands in front of his board which show all of NHS’s activities.

Would you be interested in helping with NHS, why or why not? Collin Sowell, 11 “No I wouldn’t because I’m not really sure what the NHS is about.”

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Gracey Higman, 9 “Yes because I like to volunteer and help people out.” Jacob Strickland

Ashlyn Brown, 10 “Yes because I like to help people, it feels like the right thing to do.” Jacob Strickland


Among the Colors of Fall, Pink Thrives in October October helps families center around breast cancer awareness by Felicity Pennington staff writer October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and many of our students here know, or have known, someone with Breast Cancer. Kira Curtis, 10, has had a family member struck with the disease. Her Nana, age 69, was diagnosed earlier this year. “It was kind of scary for my whole family, but the doctors were super supportive and they caught it very early, so we were all hopeful that everything would go well.” Curtis said. Curtis said that her Nana was “Very tired and scared when she first started treat-

ment,” Fortunately, they caught it early enough that it wasn’t at all severe and they only used radiation to treat her and there was no need for Chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is a much more intense form of treatment, and it can make the person feel and act sick. “Aside from just being really tired, she seemed well. Not sick looking at all”, Curtis said. Her Nana beat the cancer at the end of May, and has now made a full recovery. “I don’t think I’ll be doing anything to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I feel really bad about it but I’m just really stressed out and I don’t know what I would do any ways. Although, my fam-

ily might be doing something doesn’t personally know anytogether to celebrate my Nana one with the disease, she feels and how strong she is.” like it is a very important that Curtis is just one of many she lets people know she suppeople who has had the expeports the cause. She will be rience of knowing someone wearing lots of pink in Octowith breast cancer. Her Nana ber, as that is the color known seemed to be a common case, to represent breast cancer. caught early and easy to treat. Other students who want to Usually, breast cancer is not show their support can wear fatal since it can be caught pink throughout October, so early. This seems to be a dye their hair, or help out by typical story, being diagnosed purchasing products that help with breast cancer can strike fund research. fear into the hearts of any There are many other ways family, but aside from being to support it, so feel free very tired, the patient usually to get creative and do some pulls through just fine with research. It is definitely worth minimal treatment. it. Leta Hanson, 10, want’s to show her support. Even How do you plan on supporting Breast though she

Cancer Awareness Month?

Lexie Linwood,9 “I’m going to wear pink... I like pink.” Kalli Dickey

Zeeda Nkana, 10 “I’m going to wear pink and wear bracelets.. all that good stuff.”

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Trevor Alberts, 11 “I guess I’ll wear pink.” Kalli Dickey

Jaden Krueger, 12 “I plan on wearing pink.” Kalli Dickey


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Students Pack for Costa Rica by Katerina Geisler staff writer

“The students will get to experience a new culture and gain an understanding of its people, all while experiencing it with your friends,” said Joshua Guajardo, Spanish teacher. Guajardo will be chaperoning this trip to the tropics coming up in fall of 2014. This experience of a lifetime is available to all students who attend Palisade, and it is recommended for its cultural value and fun traveling. “With well-protected national reserves and an unparalleled diversity of wildlife, Costa Rica is the jewel of Central America.” (Educational Tours Costa Rica pamphlet) This pamphlet is available to all students through Guajardo, and explains what you will be doing and when. Students will be able to see all of the beautiful wildlife, visit historic places, and even take a zip-line tour over all of this scenery. This trip will cost around $2000

dollars, but fund raising is available for those who wish to participate. “I don’t want money to be an issue if at all possible” said Guajardo, who will help with fund raising if the students want. “Fund raising is entirely up to the students… Last year they did not chose to fund raise but this year’s students might be different,” Guajardo said. The trip isn’t until October of 2014, which will allow students more time to prepare. Many students are already excited to go and have started getting ready. “I can’t wait to be able to get out of town and learn more about the culture,” said Riley Bryan, 10, who has already started planning for

this educational vacation. There are trips almost every year, but this year is unique due to the fact that those taking Spanish can practice speaking it. “Overall this should be a fun experience and we hope many students can attend… We are definitely looking forward for this trip of a lifetime,” said Guajardo.

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October - Calendar Monday

Tuesday 1

World Vegetarian Day Story Starter Theater Class @ 5:00


World Smile Day Story Starter Theater Class @ 5:00


Columbus Day Story Starter Theater Class @ 5:00


National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day Story Starter Theater Class @ 5:00


Story Starter Theater Class @ 5:00


White Cane Safety Day Story Starter Theater Class @ 5:00


National Nut Day Story Starter Theater Class @ 5:00

by Cora Lemon & Samantha Gallegos staff writers

Wednesday 2


Little Britches Rodeo @ Mesa County Fair Grounds Story Starter Theater Class @ 5:00



Story Starter Theater Class @ 5:00

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Story Starter Theater Class @ 5:00

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Emergency Nurses Day


Dictionary Day Story Starter Theater Class @ 5:00

Tv Talk Show Host Day


Story Starter Theater Class @ 5:00

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National Frankenstein Day


Name Your Car Day Family Science night @ 2660 UnStory Starter Theaweep Ave. ater Class @ 5:00 Story Starter Theater Class @ 5:00


Plush Animal Lover’s Day


National Candy Corn Day

National Angel Food Cake Day

Story Starter Theater Class @ 5:00

United Nations Day

Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day

Story Starter Theater Class @ 5:00

Trick or treat Street @ downtown Palisade Story Starter Theater Class @ 5:00

Halloween Story Starter Theater Class @ 5:00

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Palisade Journalism staff

Editor-in-Chief Olivia Barrows

Visual Editor Anthony Calacino Business Manager Kierra Hall

Proofs/Index Editor Karissa Holcomb Organization Editors Megan Wethington Tiana Latshaw

Copy Editors Abby Bridgett Zeeda Nkana Reporters Julisa Campos Kalli Dickey Taylor Espino Samantha Gallegos Esmeralda Garcia

Katerina Geisler Leta Hanson Nicole Harkreader Allyson Kissell Jaden Krueger Cora Lemon Lexie Linwood Sonia Lopez Felicity Pennington Ashton Pratt

Jay Shearrow Lorena Smith Jacob Strickland Rachell Valdez Dillon Wagstaff Adviser Darcy Hall

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Paw Print September Magazine 2013  

Palisade High School journalism issue #1 of the 2013-2014 school year.