Moreau Catholic High School - 27170 Mission Blvd. Hayward, CA 94544 - Vol 45 Issue 3 - February 20, 2013 Christine Kosmicki/ MCHS COMMUNICATIONS
Saying goodbye ... By Kathy Parra A&E/Health Editor
Principal Lauren Lek has announced she will step down as principal at the end of the 2013 academic year. The school has begun an extensive search to replace Lek, whose connection to Moreau dates back to her days as a student-athlete in the 1990’s. “It has been the greatest honor of my career to humbly serve as the school Principal over these past four years,” Lek said in a letter to the Moreau community. “To work alongside such exceptional educators has been a tremendous opportunity for me. I am grateful for all I have been able to give to all of you, and for the chance to simultaneously learn from you.” A career opportunity opened up for Lek’s husband last summer, forcing the family to split time between San Diego and Hayward. “Having an infant and a toddler made this long distance arrangement that much Principal Lek, seen here with former teacher Kathy Kyle, will be leaving at the end of the year.
more difficult,” Lek said. “As my husband and I looked down the road, we saw that for him to remain in this wonderful opportunity it would necessitate a move for the entire family.” Lek graduated from Moreau in 1997. During her time at Moreau she played basketball and was a student of English Department Chair Cheryl Steeb. “[Lek] returned a few years later, first as a student teacher and then as a full-time teacher in the English department, before she eventually became our assistant principal of curriculum and instruction and then our principal,” Steeb said. “We have remained colleagues and friends through each of the changes in her title.” Math teacher Jeffrey Stone thinks that it will be very difficult finding a replacement, because no one compares to Lek.
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A DAY FOR Fr.Moreau By Lulit Tadesse Photo Editor Bless-ed Ba-sil An-tho-ny Mo-reau! We often hear this tune during Mass, but for Father Moreau’s birthday, we celebrate a little differently. 2013’s Father Moreau Day was celebrated on Feb. 11, and featured activities organized by ASB, CMT, and Link Crew. “[It’s important] to celebrate Father Moreau and to remember the Holy Cross traditions that he taught,” Link Crew leader Jason Mageria said. “I think it’s also a day to really think about our Holy Cross theme of Building Respect and how we can [apply that to] our lives.” Father Moreau Day is always accompanied by an annual service drive. “This year, CMT is preparing for Father Moreau Day by planning out a way of helping the kids at Children’s Hospital, CMT’s Narciso-Matthew Bernardo said. “We feel that making something for them would be a great way to make the kids smile, even though they’re going through tough times.” photo courtesy of: LENNARD NERONA
GettingCLOSEUP TO OBAMA By Dana McCall & Henna Kulaly Editor-in-Chief & Style Editor
From left to right, sophomore Angela Pedrigal, freshman Liam North, sophomore Sina Abdollahian, and freshman Aaron Rodden enjoy a game of musical chairs as part of Link Crew’s activity station.
How many people at Moreau can say that they’ve seen the president and been to a Beyoncé concert on the same day? As part of the Close Up program, a select group of Moreau students had the opportunity to attend President Obama’s inauguration in late January in Washington DC. The students, ranging from freshmen to seniors, traveled with trip moderators, History teacher Robert Parker and AP of Campus Life, Katie Teekell. Before takeoff, the students really
didn’t know what to expect in the nation’s capital. “I was apprehensive but excited about [Close Up],” senior Neil Barot said. “I was eagerly anticipating the presidential inauguration.” Students were matched with three roommates for the duration of the trip – one Moreau roommate of their choice, and two students from another state. “At first I was nervous to meet [my roommates] because I thought they would be so different,” said senior Jasmine Dhillon, who roomed with students from Texas. “But they were really just like us!” “Meeting people from outside
California was amazing,” senior Scott Lowder said. “Learning about how other kids my age think and act in their everyday lives was a unique opportunity.” “It was fun to talk about the differences in our various states,” junior Savi Koka said. As a part of the program, the students were able to visit many of Washington DC’s legendary memorials, museums, and historical sties. Students had a chance to see places like the Lincoln Memorial, WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam Memorials, various Smithsonian museums, and the Newseum.
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accepting of violence, or condone extreme violence in the real world; it’s just that we’re no longer surprised by these kinds of things. The new Evil Dead, while fantastical - demon possession isn’t widely believed to be plausible - simply doesn’t
shock us. We’re a generation that’s witnessed real-life horrors such as 9/11 and devastating natural disasters like the Indian Ocean tsunami, the Haiti earthquake, and Hurricane Katrina. In the last five years alone, there have been nineteen mass shootings -- Newtown, Aurora, Tuscon, Virginia Tech. Compared to these events, how could a demonic-possession film be scary? There are worse things out there -- and these things are real. This trend towards desensitization has been duly noted by the media. In response, they’ve tried to make movies, video games, and television shows even more violent, in the hope of sparking something in viewers. Yet this just perpetuates the cycle -- while people may be excited by new levels of gore and violence for a short while, soon they become “yesterday’s news” once again, and the cycle continues.
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are old ideas just not cutting it anymore?
Creating the “next big thing” in the world of entertainment starts with something simple: an idea. Getting that idea up and running takes work, but nowadays the industry has found a simple formula for success. You take a book, make a movie, create a franchise, and the final product is a fanbase. From there, companies may seek adapting the franchise further into a videogame or a musical. “I thought Cloud Atlas and Inception were really original when I saw them,” said senior Carl Basbas. “I never read Cloud Atlas, but i thought the themes and the portrayal of the characters in the movie was original.” Sadly and truthfully, the entertainment industry is built around money. In an ideal world, it would
be comforting to have book adaptations hold its original values without being catered to satisfy an audience to rack in the dough. In a time where credits frequently display “based on a true story” or “based on the book by yada yada,” where has the creativity gone? When do we get to see “original screenplay” or a book where an author creates a piece of fiction so stunning you wonder, “how the heck did they come up with this idea?” Is the action of adapting a Mrs. Steeb thinks each work, story, by making it as absurdly whether an “original” or adaptafar-fetched from the original as tion, is judged on its own merit. possible, a display of creativity? about the quality and the criteria Or does the fact that it’s an of the quality defined by other adaptation in the first place means.” make it a crime against origiIn a sense, we get our ideas nality? from the world around us. “Originality does not guarAnd that world includes a antee success,” said English number of basic stories about teacher Cheryl Steeb. “It’s all love, and heroes, and ... got any other cliche ideas? We draw inspiration from the people, experiences, and places we encounter throughout our lives. Inspiration is what shapes who we are as artists and students in a world of diminishing creativity and originality. The question is, how far do we let our inspirations shape our ideas, and to what extent do they hinder or help get our creative juices flowing? Harry Potter is one of the most successful adaptations of our time.
To be or not to be ... your own person By Elissa Joseph Opinions Editor
Being in high school means one of two things. First it means you’re growing up and moving on to a new chapter of your life. Journey on! But secondly, it means being surrounded by a whole bunch of adventurous, risk taking, hormone raging teenagers that sometimes don’t make the best or smartest decisions. “Teens don’t make the best decisions because they lack experience and they don’t believe that they can be hurt or anything bad can come from a bad decision,” English teacher Nicole McGowan said.
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Mrs. McGowan says that teens think they are invincible. Those decisions can vary, and I could go into great, vivid detail about all of them but I’ll spare you guys and just focus on one particular decision.
“Peer pressure is when other people try to influence your decisions regardless of if you want to do it or not,” senior Lindsey Gutierrez said. In my mind it can be described as the act of letting classmates, sometimes your friends, influence the decisions you make. Or perhaps you let others define who you are by the way you act when you are around them. Which let’s be honest. We all have done. But like I said, no matter how big or how subtle that influence was, we’ve all done it. And if you’re sitting and reading this thinking that you haven’t allowed pressure from peers to change you as a person, then more power to you. Are you being honest? If yes, maybe it’s because without even realizing it you are pressuring your group of friends to look and act a certain way. Ever thought about that? Everyone wants to have friends and be liked, it’s a part of life to want to mingle and have fun. If you’ve got to prove yourself or be somebody you’re not to fit in with your friends, then you are hanging out with the wrong “friends.” And if you’re influencing
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greatly. A few were disgusted, unable to watch the clips at all. Most were morbidly fascinated, mesmerized by the blood and guts. Others were completely indifferent; even a scene involving a girl licking a knife elicited no response from them, save maybe a “You call this scary?” The staff of The Explorer has seen exemplified in our own experiences a trend towards the desensitization of society as a whole. We’re less shocked by violence, gore, scandal; things that even a decade ago would have caused uproars are now casually pushed to the side and seen as commonplace. But why is this? It’s not that the violence has decreased; conversely, there seems to be a great variety of violent and gory media present today, and the levels of violence in these media are high as well. It must be us, then. Something within our minds has changed and made us numb. It’s not that people today are
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A few weeks ago, the staff of The Explorer came upon the trailer for the upcoming remake of 1981’s The Evil Dead. As we watched the montage of extremely gory and violent scenes from the film, our staff members’ responses varied
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Frosh Alex Farangui thinks that in order for her class to make better decisions, they need more experience in high school. your friends, in negative ways, to change them to fit in, then you’re the wrong friend that they’re hanging out with. “As a freshman, we follow other people’s examples. We don’t know how the school works, therefore we can’t fully make our own decisions,” freshman Alex Farhangui said, “and I think that’s because we haven’t had our own experiences to learn from.” Bottom line is, though it may be a challenge, high school is partially about finding yourself, and all I’m saying is you will not be able to do that if the real you is always hiding.
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“She’s a very unique person. Her energy, enthusiasm, and vision have made a big difference in our school,” Stone said. “She will be missed by her colleagues, students, and friends, but her legacy as a 21st century educational leader will remain strong,” President Terry Lee said in a letter to the school community. Karen Strawn in the attendance office feels that Lek was more than her boss. “She was a mentor and friend; she is one of the wisest women I know,” Strawn said. “I knew her on a more personal level and she always gave out great advice.” “I have worked with her on various schoolwide initiatives, and I have always felt the strength of her support, her insight, and her phenomenal and energetic ability to get things done,” Steeb said. Lek will be missed by all; the school is working very hard to find our the new principal. “As we move forward in a search for the next principal over the months ahead, I will continue to do all I can
to prepare the school for a smooth transition,” Lek said. Saying goodbye is never easy, but many faculty and staff have good wishes to give to Lek. “I know that all of her gifts and virtues will serve her--and her new school community--as well as they have ours. I wish her and her family all the best on this new and exciting venture,” Steeb said. “When you have a good captain, a captain that you trust, a captain that you respect, you can expect smooth sailing,” Stone said. “It makes my job easier when I can trust in the school’s leadership. I feel better about my teaching when I trust the school direction, leadership, and vision.” With all the love she has towards this school, Lek will be keeping in touch via technology and will always come back to visit. “Moreau will never be far from my thoughts and my prayers,” Lek said. “I will forever be a Mariner at heart.”
NBD By Alexx Gray Staff Writer
Lek through the years
From student-athlete, to teacher, to administrator, to principal, Lauren Lek has been an important part of the Moreau community for years.
are you really ready? date in four years. This person was amazing, funny and smart, and was willing to take me, the elephant, out to dinner and a movie. I was reaching out for a certain experience, but when that experience smacked me in the face, I was too afraid to turn around and face it. I ended up unintentionally hurting this person and myself. Too afraid to admit my fears, I said goodbye and we haven’t had contact since. Situations like mine have a lot to do with internal-conflict, confidence, and self-worth. Learn to price yourself high, make sure you love yourself more than another can. Otherwise, the whole time you’ll be wondering how someone can like, let alone love you. It doesn’t matter how many posts
Its Valentine’s Day, time to bust out the chocolates and the tissues, but does it really have to be that way? Its understandable that its hard to look at all the couples around you, giving each other flowers and whatnot, but I think its silly to dedicate a whole day to a relationship. I never fully understood why Valentine’s day is the day to give your partner flowers, chocolates and show them affection. Everyone enjoys the big teddy bears. the bouquet of roses, and the warm yummy chocolates that come with Valentine’s Day, but it doesn’t have to be like that. Its okay to be alone on Valentine’s day. Being alone doesn’t mean that you are unhappy or sad. “True loneliness evolves from unhappiness,” said Brooke Nelson of the Art Department. Being single means that you are with yourself and there is nothing wrong with that. “One has to learn to love themselves before they can love another person,” senior Anna McCaffrey said. The personal experiences you will have and the confidence you grow in yourself when you realize that the only valentine you need is yourself, that’s valuable. “Love yourself and you will be able to love others and experiences. When you are single, it's a time to self-reflect and strengthen your own visions and thoughts” said Nelson. People expect a lot of out Valentine’s Day, whether it be they over think a gift for someone else, or they believe that they have to get something for everyone they know, but its not even about any of that. “Valentine's Day is meant to be about being loving and being selfless, putting the thoughts and feelings of others before your own and making those around you happy,” said Jaime Fernandez of the Theology department, “If you do that, single or not, then I think that's the best way to celebrate the day.” Valentine’s Day never has to be about the physical gifts that you receive, nor is it about a single day of showing love. Its about making sure that love taken is same as love given, whether it be for someone else or for yourself. So stupid Cupid, stop picking on me.
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Relationships By Reed Flores Design Editor We’re all afraid of being rejected. But what happens when you reject the one you actually want? As a complex teenager in his last semester of high school, I’m constantly asking myself, “Why am I still single? Obviously, I’m such a catch.” The simple yet complex answer is, I’m not ready for a relationship. Don’t get me wrong, like any other kid, I want to cuddle and go on dates and all that romantic crap. But, how do I even begin to show affection and intimacy when I can’t even express proper appreciation for myself. Before I launch into a relationship with another, I should work on my relationship with myself. Recently, I was handed the opportunity to go on a date, my first real
you have on tumblr or facebook complaining about how single you are, it doesn’t matter how many times you fish for compliments. Nothing is going to make you feel accepted or wanted, until you learn to accept/want yourself. So what if you’re single? It’s been you and your conscience for your entire life, that’s a long relationship. So what if you think you’re undesirable? Obviously your friends find you attractive enough to walk around with you. So here’s my clichéd advice, from one inconsolable teenager to another, love yourself. If you can’t love yourself, how are you going to love another? Love yourself before liking someone else.
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you probably shouldn’t say or write it.” Students think the anonymous aspect of course evaluations is crucial to be able to share their true opinion. “I think it’s important to be anonymous because if teachers know who they evaluation is coming from, they may not consider a student’s input as meaningful as another’s,” senior Shabnum Hamidi said. Some teachers use the evaluations as a gauge of how effective their teaching is. “The way I teach is the way I am as a person. I cannot change that,” theology teacher James Hannon said. “I read evaluations to determine how my style and methods can best help students understand concepts.”
We all know that familiar phrase shared by every teacher at the end of every quarter: “Do your course evaluations.” But what purpose do these serve for the teachers? Why is it so important for us to complete these? “The course evaluations have been useful for me,” teacher Colleen Galloway said, “either by reinforcing that what I did in class worked, or by challenging me to find additional strategies and techniques for instruction and to keep up with my grading and returning work.” Students, however, don’t always assess teachers seriously. “If the teacher has good teaching style, I don’t really take the evaluation seriously,” senior Enrique Gonzalez said. “But if I don’t really like the way the teacher teaches, I make sure to let them know that they have room for improvement.” The anonymity of writing these course evaluations can lead to some conflicts. “If we really want to live up to our pillar of “Building Respect” then the most respectful action that you can do is make your comment and put your name behind Senior Shabnum Hamidi thinks anonymity is essential it,” theology teacher Jaime Fernandez said. “I think to giving honest feedback on teacher evaluations. this is good practice for life after high school as well - if you can’t stand behind what you say or write, then She hopes teachers will consider student input.
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Blessed Basil Anthony Moreau Day Mariners take a trip to visit undersea friends in Bikini Bottom for the annual celebration
BELOW: ASB delighted students with a storyline surrounding Basil Moreau crash-landing in Bikini Bottom and enlisting the help of SpongeBob and his friends to rebuild his ship. Dressed as various SpongeBob characters, the group was available after the activities of the day for a few photo ops. Photo courtesy of Christine Kosmicki
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BELOW: Students were given the opportunity to make get-well and good-wishes cards for children staying at Children’s Hospital Oakland. The items collected during Basil Moreau Day benefitted the hospital.
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ABOVE: Senior Julian Chicoine makes a friendship bracelet as a part of CMT’s station in the activity rotation.
THE KRABBY PART Y annual crab feed fishes up much
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Student volunteers prepare for work in the locker room before the 2013 Crab Feed. By Henna Kulaly A&E/Fashion Editor
expense, getting a full roster of student, parent and faculty volunteers is a difficult but necessary process. “We sent a school wide email, putting it out for the students that we need volunteers. 60 students volunteered and another 110-120 parents helped as well,” Krisman said. This meant working through the weekend for faculty and parent volunteers. “We also had P.E. classes setting up the gym all day the Friday before, and then teams helped with clean up on Sunday,” Krisman said. And the hard work paid off, literally. “This year was the best Crab Feed ever,” Krisman said. “650 people attended [including] a large number of alumni.”
Smooth sailing for Moreau’s Crab Feed resulted in another successful year of fundraising. Moreau’s parents, students, staff and booster club worked together to hold the annual Crab Feed on Sat., Jan. 26. And their efforts resulted in a record-breaking event. “We made about $75,000,” Athletic Director Christine Krisman said, “and with the expenses, cleared, we cleared about $50,000.” Where does the money go you may ask? “The money goes to support the athletic programs,” Krisman said, “because we feel that the teams and coaches should worry only about coaching and practicing, not fundraising, so we put on this massive fundraising event for the whole athletics department, and every team benefits.” The event is Moreau’s biggest fundraiser, which requires an army of volunteers and a tremendous amount of preparation. “This event costs about $25-30,000,” Krisman said. “The biggest expense is the crab which costs us about $13,000.” Seniors Bianca Magpayo and Remy Puou took charge of Besides the financial audio and video along with alum Dennis Retallick, ‘11.
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Depending on who you ask, spring break can be many things: a weeklong party, a chance to catch up on a quarter’s worth of sleep, or possibly a sightseeing opportunity. But spending the week in service isn’t what pops up in most teenagers’ heads. This spring, Moreau is challenging the “spring break” mold by offering programs known as “Alternative Spring Breaks.” These weeklong service projects are open Covelo, home to the Yuki reservation, is to the entire school body – anyone that about three hours north of Hayward. wishes to participate. Two trips are being offered – one on a share of ups and downs. national level, another on a smaller scale. “We’re excited to be of service to the The national project, led by Peter city, because it’s suffered so much these Shelley, will involve a trip to New Orleans past few years,” Shelley said. with our sister school in Mountain View, For students who wish to spend spring St. Francis. break closer to home, yet are still inspired “They’ve been doing this [trip] for a to give back, Campus Ministry Director few years already,” Shelley said. “Moreau Ann Khristine Tabora will lead ten students on a service-oriented trip to Mendocino County. “There’s a Yuki reservation in Covelo,” Tabora said. “We’re traveling there to help address educational and health issues.” Students attending this trip will work in both on the Yuki reservation and the city of Willits, doing tasks such as cleaning, painting, and visiting senior citizens in their homes. “We’re really trying to address the problems of Native Americans within their community,” Tabora said. “They have limited access to basic educational and health care needs.” Tabora and her team will be staying at the KOA campground in Willits, and will CMT director Tabora hard at work preparbe working in partnership with the local ing for the upcoming trip to Covelo. parish of St. Anthony’s. students who attended a leadership confer“When we were looking into developence [with St. Francis] heard about it, and ing the program, we tried to pick somewe thought that we should try to collabothing local,” Tabora said. “We wanted to rate with them.” reach out to other young people.” Students attending the New Orleans trip The trip to Mendocino County costs will spend the week working with Catholic $250, and participants will receive 100 charity organizations and collaborating CCS hours for the week they spend in serwith Holy Cross School, our sister school vice. Spots are still available if you would in New Orleans. like to join Tabora and her group. Any trip to the “Big Easy” is an amaz“We’re really just aiming to change ing experience, but the city has seen its lives – both ours and theirs,” Tabora said.
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RIGHT: Junior Danny Loza speaks to the student body as a homeroom representative during the final assembly. Each homeroom was asked to give a few words about their experiences during the day.
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CELEBRATE THE YEAR OF FAITH - PROJECT HOPE CONTEST 2013 Project Hope is a national contest for Holy Cross high school students. Each year, students explore their gifts and talents in writing, art, film and music. For more information, stop by the Campus Ministry Office in G23 .
ASB INFORMATION Sophs. and jrs. interested in pre-declaring for ASB office, petitions are now available outside the Campus Life office and on the MCHS website. Petitions are due Mar. 6, and you must be a homeroom delegate for the convention on Mar. 13. Please see Mrs. Teekell with any questions!
CAL GRANT GPA VERIFICATION FORMS Seniors, if you have not submitted your Cal Grant form to counseling, please do so by Feb. 22. Forms submitted after this date may not be processed in time to meet state deadlines, thus jeopardizing your opportunity to be awarded money. Please see your counselor with any questions.
CLOSE UP cont. from pg. 1 trip, however, was the inauguration itself. “It was pretty hard to beat,” Teekell said. “Seeing a million people out there, braving the cold, to witness a part of our democracy at work – it was really incredible to see that in action.” The students all agree that Close Up provided them with a better perspective on our nation’s government. “As someone considering a career in politics and the law, this trip was absolutely amazing,” Lowder said. “I can’t wait to go back [to DC]!” “The trip really opened my mind to all the different opportunities we have in this world. I feel so blessed that I was able to go on this trip,” Dhillon said.
ferences then there wouldn’t be these problems with bullying,” sophomore Dominik Reichel said. “Having the different stories at the end was a very powerful way of showing that bullying is present in our lives. I would like to think that I took his advice, but only time will truly tell if I did.” An interdisciplinary forum focusing on gun violence was conducted during collab on Fri., Feb. 15. Students in Ms. Armstrong’s CST classes combined efforts with their peers in Ms. Galloway’s (Psychology) and Mrs. Mangiardi’s (Statistics) classes to highlight the complicated process of dealing with gun crime. Representatives from the Brady Campaign, Lifelines to Healing Project and Union City Violence Prevention Policy addressed students in the library. Stats, CST and Psych students looked at the connection between cultural factors, like poverty, and gun crime.
A junior comes forward to tell her story. It’s not long before the assembled crowd understands how difficult and cruel life can be. “I had never spoken to that many people about the challenges I had gone through with bullying and my back condition, and the amount of Students in CST learn about various support I found afterwards was truly aspects of gun control. overwhelming. I was, and still am, extremely touched,” junior Krista Schaarschmidt said. She opened to her peers during an anti-bullying presentation by guest speaker, Michael Pritchard. “I know we are all guilty of going too far with jokes, and [Pritchard] made us realize it in a very direct way,” senior Sahaj Patel said. “Sometimes people are motivated to change for the 30 minutes following the presentation, but I hope we remind each other of his message.” Members from the Brady Campaign Some students hoped the rally spoke about preventing violence. would have more of an impact. “I would have rather have him talk about bullying problems in high school, but he mainly focused on bullying in grade school and technology,” senior Christy Anschutz said. Just like past speakers Keith Hawkins and Marc Elliot, Pritchard’s assembly was a simple reminder that virtues such as tolerance and respect never change. The messages are still just as important as they were last year, and the year before that. “I think Pritchard’s message was to be more accepting of others and their differences, and Students listen as Michael Prichard speaks to the community about tolerance how if we could see past these dif- and acceptance.
LINK CREW SCAVENGERS By Lauren McGary Staff Writer
Freshmen year is the time for making memories that are still talked about come senior year. To fill this order, on Wed., Jan. 16, Link Crew hosted a special photo scavenger hunt for the freshmen, a photo scavenger hunt, testing their teamwork and guts. “It wasn’t a seminar in a classroom setting, but a chance to be silly and have fun outside of the classroom,” Link moderator Richard Spinelli said. “It [gave] them a chance to bond more with their original group from Orientation Day.” Many freshmen came out of their Photo courtesy of Khloe Heath
Juniors Christel Bloch and Henna Kulaly and their beanies A Link Crew group manages to sucpose in front of the Washington Monument. cessfully form a human pyramid.
comfort zones to engage in the activities. “We saw many of our most quiet and shy students come to life while participating” Spinelli said. Connecting with others proved to be a key element of this activity, giving the freshmen the opportunity to have a larger degree of participation. “Almost all of them Freshmen embrace Link Leader Julian Chicoine to seemed to be enjoying fulfill a scavenger hunt requirement. themselves with their peers,” junior Link leader Odiseo Jimenez said. This activity was not only about participation, but also about competition. “I think a bit of competition between the groups made it successful, as they were all competing to get the photos taken the fastest,” Jimenez said. With many Link Crew events throughout the year, what made this event different from any of the others? “Unlike other events, where the coordinators play a major role with setting up and leading, this was all done by the leaders themselves,” Spinelli said. “The Link leaders did all the work - from planning the day out to running the actual event. Freshmen pose with AP of Curriculum and Instruction Matthew Stadelman as I think it turned out to be a huge one of their challenges. success.”
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“My favorite museum was the Holocaust Museum,” Dhillon said. “It was really sad, but it really spoke to me.” Lowder and Barot both enjoyed visiting the Supreme Court building. “They had busts there of every Chief Justice, from John Jay to William Rehnquist,” Lowder said. “I even took a picture with Sandra Day O’Connor’s official portrait!” Another highlight was meeting with Moreau alum and current treasurer of the United States, Rosie Rios. “[Talking to Rios] really helped to put a tangible picture to all the concepts that we learn about through school and the media,” Barot said. The high point of the
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CHOIR EVENT DATE CHANGE Please add Tues. Mar. 5 to your calendar as the date for a landmark Choral event on campus. At 7PM, our Choral Ensembles will join forces with THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY GLEE CLUB for an unforgettable night of song.
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Staff Picks: Favorite Fictional Couples Daenerys and Drogo, Game of Thrones
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Ron and Hermione, The Harry Potter Series
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What Makes Ships Sail
The Perfect Lunch
The Explorer hosts Moreau’s very own blind date
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Lisa Machado, Senior I’m an awkward girl who loves to have fun! I like taking chances, putting myself in the craziest possible situations just to see if I can handle them without embarrassBy Jessie Wong Finding love is not an easy Features Editor process. Neither is finding two students who are willing to go on a random lunch date in order to find that perfect someone. Just in time for Valentine’s day, The Explorer staff hosted The Perfect Lunch, a blind date experiment, for two upperclassmen. After a two week application period and dozens of applicants, The Explorer staff chose seniors Casey Copeland and Lisa Machado. “I had low expectations and I wasn’t thinking about being picked,” Machado said. “I thought it was going to be awkward, and it kind of was, but that’s because of me.” Even when staff writer Kelsen Adeni and opinions editor Elissa Joseph covered their eyes to escort them to senior park, neither one of them had any idea they were chosen. “Because I wrote ridiculous things on my application, I didn’t think The Explorer would pick me,” Copeland said. The date started right on time, even though Joseph brought Copeland 10 minutes early
Casey Copeland, Senior I’m the most handsome and amazing person at Moreau Catholic. I like long walks on the beach and a girl who’s lookin’ for a good time. And
before Adeni brought Machado. “I was really surprised!” Machado said. “I was not expecting Casey!” To which Copeland replied, “I was really surprised! I was not expecting Lisa!” After dining to salad, steaks, ice cream, and abundant apple pie, the couple helped themselves to an assortment of questions and board games while listening to an interesting personalized mixtape. After dinner, the couple had a mini-photoshoot in conclusion of their date. “The date was good and fun! I was able to learn new things about Casey, who I don’t talk to a lot,” Machado said. “On the awkward scale of 1-10, it was only a 4.” The Perfect Lunch was not only a free lunch for Copeland and Machado, it was an opportunity for them to get to know each other on a personal level after four years of knowing each other as acquaintances. “I learned about how focused Casey is on a career in the music business and that he’s really outgoing with people that he doesn’t normally
talk to,” Machado said. Copeland took advantage of the questions in a box as an opportunity to learn about Machado. “I don’t think I had ever talked to Lisa before, but I learned her favorite shows, what she likes to do, and how she acts at awkward lunches,” Copeland said. After discovering who the dates would be, the question on everyone’s mind is probably: Was this the start of a relationship? Will Copeland and Machado go to senior ball together? “It was love at first sight,” Copeland said with a sarcastic smile. “We would definitely go out again,” Machado said as she laughed good naturedly.
New Music: February By Kathy Parra A&E/Health Editor
Feb. 20, 2013
“Holler If You’re with Me”
Last season’s X-Factor winner, Tate Stevens has his first country single out. “Holler If You’re with Me,” is a fun and uplifting song and I highly recommend everyone to listen to this rising star!
No words can describe how perfect this song is. With Miguel’s soulful voice and J.Cole’s meaningful lyrics, this song is a #1 hit!
“Started From the Bottom”
“Yes to Love”
Although some might think this song is “too repetitive,” I think Drake sounds amazing, as always. With a good beat and a catchy tune, Drake never disappoints.
He might not have won American Idol, but Stefano is still working hard and releasing new music. “Yes to Love,” is cute, romantic and will leave you in awe.
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Photo by Darrell Nielsen ‘12
Moreau’s got talent, and we want you to show us what you got! Theatre Club will hold its annual Talent Show in Teves Theatre on Sat. Feb 22. “When people think talent show, it’s usually just like singing, dancing, or things of that matter, ” said junior Christopher Castro.
Senior Marco Del Rio sang, with the help of his guitar, at last year’s show.
From the initial auditions to the callbacks, many people who have chosen to join the talent show become antsy and excited to see if they’ll make it. With the increasing diversity in the Moreau community, the talent show will be filled with Mariners that have different talents. “This year we have a diverse range of talents from singing to different types of dance to board breaking to whistling,” senior and president of Theatre Club Amanda Geraldo said. “The talent show is a great opportunity for Moreau students to take risks and share their skills with the school,” senior Kaitlyn O’Connell said. Many of the participants can be afraid of the big crowds and the expectancy of being good at whatever talent they have to offer. “I’m kind of nervous because I don’t know what people will think, but I’m confident and anxious to perform my acts,” senior Casey Copeland said. Some people tend not to worry about the crowd and their emotions.
“I don’t have a lot of nerves this year because it’s something I’m used to doing outside of school, but I’m definitely practicing a lot for some crowd appeal and involvement as well as stage presence,” junior Garrett Miranda said. Juniors Alex Owens and Stephanie Siri will be performing together again for this year’s show. “We love getting to work together on something we both love,” Siri said. But the performers aren’t the only ones who are anxious for this year’s show. “Theatre club officers are very excited for the talent show this year,” Geraldo said. The talent show is a great way for students to express themselves and show the MCHS community their amazing talents. “We can’t wait for our audience to enjoy all of the talent that these students have to offer,” Geraldo said. The Teves Theatre will be filled with many outstanding acts and all of us should show support and come watch our fabulous and talented Mariners do what they do best!
Junior Savi Koka dances in 2012.
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By Alexx Gray Staff Writer
Photo by Darrell Nielsen ‘12
Moreau’s Got Talent
Theatre Club president and senior, Amanda Geraldo is excited for the show.
Grandma Sweaters By Henna Kulaly Staff Writer
Move over skinny jeans, leggings, and tank tops! Grandma sweaters are the latest trend. Since the song “Thrift Shop,” became famous, more and more teens are actually wearing their grandparents’ clothes and looking incredible! (Below) White peter pan collar shirt, black cardigan, gray jeans, loafer shoes, a gold watch, and a brown leather messenger bag will make heads turn.
(Above) Old fashioned sweater, white messenger bag, white loafers, and a matching set of pearl earrings and bracelet make this outfit look amazing.
(Below) Pencil skirt, polka dot leggings, black loafers, and a stylish messenger bag complete this outfit.
(Above) Collared neck sweater, dark gray pants, ballet flats, leather messenger bag, and a matching set of diamond earrings and bracelet complete this look.
Feb. 20, 2013
The road to Oscar glory
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Picture without a Best Director nomination are very low, and only three movies have done so, the last being Driving Miss Daisy in 1990. Moreau faculty members have noticed certain trends in Oscar winners throughout the years. The tech department’s Shawna Martin says the Academy favors actors and actresses who step outside their usual comfort zone. Shawna Martin compares figure “Best Actor usually goes to some- skating with the Oscars. one who plays a physical handicap, while Best Actress is usually awarded to an actress who plays an ugly woman.” Our very own President, Terry Lee, believes the key to picking the winners from the losers resides in a movie’s ability to tug at an audience’s heartstrings. “The Academy has a lot of sentimentality,” Lee said. “Historical movies are more likely to win as opposed Senior Scott Lowder chooses his to loud war movies or romcoms.” pick for best leading actor. Sadly, fewer and fewer people are tuning in to the Academy Awards each “It’s like watching Olymyear. pic figure skating. If you’re “You can never truly predict what the not new and great, you have to Academy is thinking, and it can be very pay your dues,” Martin said. convoluted at times,” said Martin. Photo courtesy of Scott Lowder
By Jessie Wong Features Editor “I would first like to thank The Academy...” Glamorous ball gowns, stunning red carpets, and celebrities galore can only mean one thing: it’s awards season! But amongst the Critic’s Choice, SAG, and Golden Globe awards, winning an Oscar is probably one of the greatest recognitions one can receive for their work in the entertainment industry. “Something about the Academy is reminiscent of old Hollywood,” senior Scott Lowder said. “They do honor those who perform well and deserve recognition, but there are a lot of politics involved, and many people are snubbed.” The general consensus over this year’s nominees is pretty content, but no one was expecting the Academy to give Ben Affleck the cold shoulder in the Best Achievement in Directing category. “Argo was awesome and Affleck did a good job with the movie,” senior Gabe Mulingtapang said. “Not only did he win the Golden Globe, SAG, and PGA, Argo is the frontrunner for Best Picture.” Strangely, chances of winning Best
BEST PICTURE: Critics Vote... Lincoln What MCHS thinks... Argo- senior, Gabe Mulingtapang Jessie’s picks... Lincoln Who got snubbed... Dark Knight Rises BEST DIRECTOR: Critics... Spielberg MCHS... Spielberg- Tech Dept., Shawna Martin Jessie... Spielberg Snubbed... Ben Afflack BEST LEADING ACTRESS: Critics... Jennifer Lawrence MCHS... Jessica Chastain- President Terry Lee Jessie... Jennifer Lawrence Snubbed... Morion Cotillard BEST LEADING ACTOR: Critics... Daniel Day Lewis MCHS... Daniel Day Lewis- senior, Scott Lowder Jessie... Daniel Day Lewis Snubbed... NONE! Good call Academy! BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Critics... Anne Hathaway MCHS... Anne Hathaway- junior, Michael Burckhardt Jessie... Anne Hathaway Snubbed... NONE! Good call Academy! BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Critics... Tommy Lee Jones MCHS... Philip Hoffman- senior, Sebastian Rodriguez Jessie... Robert De Niro Snubbed... Leonardo Dicaprio
Read-A-Thon-and-on-and-on “Oops!...I lip synced again”
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Why should people pay to go to a concert where the artists are lip-syncing the entire time? Do you pay to go see the artist? Or to see the artist AND listen to them perform as well? Recently, there have been a lot of rumors going around that Beyonce lip-synced her rendition of the national anthem during President Obama’s inauguration. There have actually been many artists that lip-sync due to weather or just because they want to. Jan Smith, who is the vocal coach to Justin Bieber, Usher, and other artists, told Ashlee Simpson is famous for ABC News Radio, “perlipsyncing on Saturday Night Live. forming in cold weather can sometimes trip up even the best vocalists.” Ashlee Simpson performed her song, “Pieces of Me,” on Saturday Night Live 5 years ago, but if you don’t already know, she got caught lip-syncing that night. After the song finished and she was getting ready to perform her next song, “Pieces of Me” played again and Simpson awkwardly Beyonce recently caused a stir by danced while her band tried lipsyncing at the Inauguration. to save her from more embarrassment by just going along with the music. At the end of SNL, Simpson blamed her band, saying they played the wrong song. Whitney Houston lip-synced to the national anthem at the 1991 Super Bowl, and it was speculated that Chris Brown lip-synced his song, “Turn Up The Music,” at the Billboard Awards last year. For performers like Britney Spears, Madonna, and Chris Brown, it’s expected for them to lip-sync at their concerts because of the crazy and amazing dance moves they do. Is lip-syncing ever appropriate? According to Billboard executive editor, Robert Levine, “not all lip-synching is bad, especially when it comes to the national anthem. It’s a prerecording of the artist; the ‘fakeness’ is that it’s not really live, not that it’s not really them.” No matter what the reason is, if I pay money to go see an artist perform I want to actually hear them sing...LIVE.
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By Kathy Parra A&E/Health Editor
By Reed Flores Design Editor This month, the library than just hosted its annual Read-A-Thon! go through Although the amount of groups books. participating was less than last “The year, the contender’s spirit reproceeds of mained unchanged. this compeAt the beginning of the comtition and all petition, many were excited and donations go undaunted by the hours to come. to St. Martin “It’s doing great. Everyone’s de Porres, to showed up, it’s been a nice evefund getting ning,” librarian Jessica Simons new books said. and keeping And the winners are... The Antidervatives! There were some students school who were not affected by the libraries current,” librarian Anne students were given the opportunity to win brand new Nooks, a long hours. virtual reading device, with the “The read-a-thon is going capabilities of a kindle. really well! I’m not nervous at A lot of participants and all, last year I got third place. I chaperones began dropping out might win this year,” sophomore of the competition early, unable Sachi Shetty said. to stay up the entire night. A lot of students who “I suggest not drinking too participated last year returned much coffee at the beginning of to compete, but the number of the night, it’ll tire you out and teams was a tad shorter than the eventually you’ll just give up,” last contest. librarian Connie Stanton said. “The turnout is pretty close Eventually read-a-thon winto the last year, 34 teams to last ners, the Antiderivatives, won years 40, and we also had a lot their title and brand new nooks, of last minute entries,” Simons Mrs. Lek and her son visit the all for a great cause. read-a-thon. said. “I say be prepared for the Later in the night, some teams long hours, and get a lot of sleep. became disheartened and gave Arriaga said. It’s fun, but it gets really hard up while reading. But, the effort But, besides providing new later on,” Simons said. the teams put in did a lot more books for impoverished schools,
Senior Krystal Lee takes the Socratic approach by availing herself of an elevated platform.
Keep on reading Mariners!! Students shown here are reading the night away!
Feb. 20, 2013
Dancing for Physical Education ness that comes with applying to colleges, students who take advanced courses may have difficulty incorporating P.E. into their schedules. “Not having to [take PE II] allows those students to fit Dance into their challenging college prep curriculum,” athletic director Christine Krisman said. Physical activity is important in daily life beyond high school. “We discuss anatomy daily, so dancers are learning about their physical make-up, how to push their bodies in a healthy way, how to address injury, illness, etc.,” Demmel said. A study found on elsevier. org has found that “the addition of physical education to
FUNThere EXERCISING ? are ways to incorporate
By Elissa Joseph Opinions Editor
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It doesn’t feel like exercise at all if you’re joking around at the same time -- Olivia Pasion
When we think of dieting, we think of Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, and WeightWatchers. But what are we really doing when we diet? “[Dieting is] a deliberate choice to decrease the number of calories one would eat on a daily basis,” P.E. teacher Janet Chrisman said. “not only [decreasing] the number of calories but [also] decreasing the amount of fatty
“I see daily where [students] choose something healthy versus the heavier meal” -- Cindy Hedden
tian Juliette Kellow said. If dieting is difficult, can exercise alone be sufficient enough to stay healthy? Chrisman finds that dieting and exercising go hand in hand. “I think it’s best, if you’re going to diet, to exercise at the same time.” Chrisman said. Chartwells Dietician Terri LLoydJones has the job of looking out for what Chartwells is selling to us. “I look at how many fresh fruits and vegetables are offered to the [students],” Lloyd-Jones said. Additionally, students make it evident through their choices at the cafeteria that health, for the most part, is important. “I see daily where [students] choose something healthy versus the heavier meal,” Cindy Hedden of the kitchen staff said.
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foods.” Depending on the status of our health, dieting may be necessary as teens. “I think that there are some teenagers that definitely need to change the way they eat,” Chrisman said. However, to some it seems, our goals for dieting as teens are skewed. “I think most people your age diet because they want to lose pounds,” Chrisman said. Unfortunately, research shows that teens who diet are actually doing a disservice to themselves. According to the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, dieting as a teenager does more damage than help. “[A new] research studied more than 2,500 teenagers and found that those who tried to control their weight were three times more likely to be overweight five years later than those who weren’t dieting,” Dieti- Chartwells is concerned with offering students healthy options.
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I’m sure we can all agree that exercise might not be one of our favorite things to do. Sometimes it’s hard to find time in our busy schedules to run a few miles or make it to the gym. “During off season, I tend to not exercise as much as I know I should and eat more junk food than I know I should. Doesn’t everyone?” senior Nicole Stone said. But do not fret mariners, Juniors Dino Granzella and Daniel Loza hit the weights. there are many fun ways to get you just didn’t feel like getting dressed and exercise while performing your going outside to do it. That’s fine because everyday average activities. all you need are two things, and two things only. Your dog and his favorite chew toy. Chase your dog around your house. It’s fun (good bonding time with man’s best friend), exhausting, and no one has to see you break a sweat. “I think just playing games with your friends where you are running or movement involved is an interesting way to exercise The average person takes two minutes because it doesn’t feel like exercise at all to brush their teeth. Rather than just staring if you’re joking around at the same time,” at yourself in the mirror, how about making freshman Olivia Pasion said. I bet if I mentioned television in this those two minutes of minty refreshingness article you would wonder how you can fit burn. Try doing some wall sits, squats, or any type of exercise into this activity. Well even lunges. jumping jacks and commercials go together “Finding out new ways to exercise is perfectly. See how many jumping jacks you beneficial to me because I can multitask and can do during the commercial breaks of your I can have fun being creative and coming up favorite TV shows. with new ways.” senior Alphonse Simon All of the exercises listed above are fun said. ways to stay healthy without having to stick Did you forget to fit your daily dose of to traditional workout methods. Being crerunning in today, or maybe you didn’t forget ative with it, keeps things interesting and actually makes you want to do it, rather than having to force yourself. Remember Mariners, the most enjoyable way to work out is
Students stay active in and out of school.
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physical fitness in everyday life
Alphonse Simon benefits from multitasking while exercising.
the curriculum results in small the block. positive gains in academic per“Students are going to find formance as well as a positive enjoyment in many different inﬂuence on concentration forms activity, and the more and memory and on classroom forms of activity we can behavior.” introduce via our curriculum, “I always feel really alert the more likely our primary after dance,” junior Jessica objective will be achieved,” Imlach said. “It’s cool that I Cotter said. have it in the middle of the day.” Physical activity can be in the form of physical education, dance, sports, yoga, pilates, or just taking a job around Students use dance as an alternative form of fitness.
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Moreau students must complete two years of physical education in order to graduate. But now, taking an advanced dance class, or a new course, Life Fitness, can fulfill the second year Intermediate P.E. requireAngela Demmel instructs her students ment. on the health benefits of dance. “As a department, our primary objective is to ing core strength, flexibility, provide our students with the alignment and coordination tools necessary to stay active,” through a variety of methods P.E. teacher Andrew Cotter including conditioning, Yoga said. and Pilates.” Beyond physical education, “Students of dance build there are many ways to get strength, flexibility, coordinaactive. tion, and overall spatial awareLife Fitness, according to ness,” dance teacher Angela Moreau’s Course Description Demmel said. Guide, “will focus on buildAlso, with the competitive-
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By Jasmine Grewal News Editor
More opportunities open up for fulfilling high school PE requirement
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Greatminton: serving success By Reed Flores Design Editor
provement within the sport. “We have our prodigy, Ashwin Narkar, but Mitchell Hom is also showing great progress as a player, as well as Anne Marie Tran,” Lee said. Besides being able to quickly side-step around the court, badminton requires technique and reflexes in order to play well. “The most difficult aspect of the sport is probably when you have to return a smash. You have to time it perfectly to return, otherwise it’s their point,” junior varsity captain Kenrick Tankeh said. The change to MVAL has given the team quite a jolt, prompting some players to leave. However, head captain Lee remains hopeful. “The MVAL is notorious for being the kings of badminton. Not to mention that the 3rd ranked badminton team in the nation is [Mission San Jose],” Lee said. “There are a lot of talented players out there in the league. I just hope that we can break down walls and get some people into NCS.” However, the change to the MVAL hasn’t had any effect on the team’s morale. The captains are confident the team will work through the challenges and learn all they can.
The team practices many different drills, like volleying it back and forth shown here. “I feel like this is going to be a tough transition, since the MVAL is a harder league. But that doesn’t mean our team won’t progress,” Tankeh said. Moreau’s badminton team is unique in its ability to remain positive, hopeful and hard-working. Head captain Lee thinks it’s the passion for the sport that drives their energy. “I’m just waiting to fish them out and bring out the beast. I don’t really mind that people have quit the team. I think the most important part of being a good player is dedication and passion towards the sport. If you don’t love it, you’ll never be good enough,” Lee said.
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“Who’s bad? ...minton!” Tryouts began on the 4th, but the new faces are the least of badminton’s problems. Last year, our badminton team had a great record in the HAAL, going undefeated for weeks at a time. Now, with new contenders and returning stars as mentors, the team is getting ready to compete. “I feel like we have a lot of raw talent on the team, as well as some veterans of the sport,” head captain Krystal Lee said. “I’m really excited to see how the team will do during season. Conditioning is going smoothly.” Badminton is generally a strenuous sport. A typical day at badminton practice begins with a couple laps, drills, and extensive footwork. In order to play the sport well, you must be able to move well, and develop proper stamina to keep moving. “No one has really complained, even though I’ve been throwing some new footwork and drills at them. It’s quite refreshing,” Lee said. New members of the team will have to learn these complex drills from their head captains, Lee and sophomore Anne Marie Tran. Other players are also showing im-
Justin Sanchez practices smashing.
Hurricane Moreau hits the MVAL By Jasmine Grewal & Kelsen Adeni News Editor & Staff Writer
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Mon., Feb. 4, with a 4th quarter buzzer beater shot from freshman Brandon Lawrence leading to a 60-59 win for Moreau. As the intensity on the court has reached a fever pitch, so has the effect of Moreau’s vibrant cheering section,
Freshman Ryan Regner warms up by shooting a three. The MVAL literally doesn’t know what has hit it. Moreau’s varsity men’s basketball team has been making major waves in the new league with a 9-4 record. The Mariners have drawn the 8th seed against Healdsburg in NCS play. Currently third in league, the team has faced many close games, leading up to the final few points. The most recent close game took place against Logan on
Colin Suarez does a layup drill before the game. dubbed “Sixth-Man.” The team hosted its final game of the season this past Friday, Feb. 15, and also celebrated senior night for Nick Kinast, Colin Suarez, Edgar Surya, and Malcolm Solomon. The game also ended with a buzzer beater from Mariners have maintained their six-game winning streak. Surya and a 63-48 win.
Students, teachers hit the pitch The varsity girls’ soccer team faced off against a squad of teachers, faculty, and staff on Jan. 11 at the first-ever Faculty v. Varsity Soccer Game. “We had a really good time,” AP of Student Life and faculty team goalie Katie Teekell said. The teams were well-matched and extremely competitive, despite some faculty players coming into the game with zero experience. “We really appreciate when teachers come out of their comfort zone and play,” Teekell said. “It makes for an interesting game.” “I was surprised that some of the teachers were so aggressive,” sophomore Savannah Rosales-Brand said. The game ended in a 2-2 tie after back-
and-forth goals scored by theology teacher Tony Rodriguez, senior Anna Martin, coach and teacher Benjamin Greenbaum, and junior Breanna Pearsall. “My favorite moment during the game was when I scored against Teekell, because she’s such a good goalie!” Martin said. All involved seemed to enjoy the unique experience. “We were out there to have fun, and it was nothing too serious,” Rosales-Brand said. “But we still wanted to play hard.” This led to a healthy, competitive atmosphere. “Sometimes the students forget that you’re a person as well as a teacher,” Teekell said. “And this helped to break down those barriers.” “We played really well,” Martin said. “I think this game should become a Moreau tradition!”
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By Dana McCall Editor-in-Chief
The teachers stretched it out as a team.
Jaime Fernandez and freshman Ijeoma Anyanwu battle for possession.
The girls get pumped up for the game.