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â€œThe campaign was a really tough competition, but in the end, its all about you, my fellow classmates!â€?
- Boyce Anderson,
- Tricia Flynn,
- Jed Bradshaw,
- Amanda Anderson,
- CJ Angle
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Junior President Elect
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â€œDanaâ€”I look forward to serving you, working with you and helping you feel proud of your school. â€?
â€œIâ€™m so happy to be a part of making next year the most memorable and exciting senior year ever.
â€œAs Vice President, I am here to make sure every student is involved. I will not let you down!â€?
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By Stephanie Cheng & Salil Dudani News Section Editor & Copy Editor
On Friday, April 22, current junior Jed Bradshaw was elected next yearâ€™s ASU President with current sophomore CJ Angle elected Vice 3UHVLGHQW 6L[ RWKHU RIĂ€FLDOV were elected as well. %UDGVKDZ D Ă€UVW\HDU ASU member who is currently Commissioner of Records, won with 53.4 percent. Angle, current Sophomore Class President and former Niguel Hills Freshman Representative, won with 62 percent. â€œ[I think] my message about the Student Senate appealed to a wide audience of students who felt similarly. I might have come off as an
everymanâ€”as someone who would stand for the studentsâ€™ interest and would represent their views personally,â€? commented Bradshaw. Like last year, candidates formed informal tickets; Bradshaw ran with junior Emily Horton, while Angle ran with junior Allie Gersten. And again like last year, the ticket was split. Angle commented, â€œI think kidsâ€™ seeing both of our names probably helped me. I donâ€™t know half the kids at our school. Allie really helped me campaignâ€Śand itâ€™s disappointing that she did not win.â€? Speeches for all races
were held every tutorial in the week leading up to the April 22 elections. Presidential and Vice Presidential speeches took place on Tuesday, April GXULQJ Ă€IWK SHULRG WXWRrial in the gym. About 215 studentsâ€“almost 8 percent of the student bodyâ€“attended. Last year, an estimated 600 students attended the Presidential and Vice Presidential speeches in the gym, which Activities Director Ken Nedler explained only as â€œthe Jeremy Lin effect.â€? After the speeches ended partway through tutorial, students were given the opportunity to approach the candidates. The vast majority, all but about 35, chose not to. As demanded of the Commissioner of Records, Bradshaw organized the election process this year.
Bradshaw considered a formal question and answer session between the audience and the candidates, but he said he did not follow through since the concept was unpopular with the candidates. â€œI felt it was less from having something to hide and more from not feeling comfortable enough with taking a stance when posed a question,â€? said Bradshaw. When asked if he consulted any of the candidates not on ASU about a Q & A session, he said no. After the speeches, an ASU member requesting anonymity told THE PAPER he/ she felt that Angle had been dishonest in his speech. Like Tuesdayâ€™s other three candidates, Angle spoke in support of a strong Student Senate, saying, â€œI willâ€Ścontinue to
use Student Senate as an efĂ€FLHQWZD\WRJHW\RXUYRLFHV heard. Student Senate has become a great way to get ideas from the students, and I am here to continue its legacy.â€? Constitutionally, the Vice President is the President of the Senate. Said the ASU member, â€œAll year, almost every time we would talk about Senate in ASU meetings, [Angle] would be like, â€˜Why should we [let the issue go to Senate] if we can just decide it now?â€™ I think it was hypocritical when he went up in his speech and lied, and said he was pro-Senate and said he would support the Senate, when ASU members know that itâ€™s not true.â€? When told that doubts about the authenticity of his...
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SELECTION PROCESS: How do you think the senior gift should be chosen each year?
By Gillian Slee Feature Section Editor
A $7,000 marquee, the gift from last yearâ€™s senior class, was installed in the Mall over spring break. THE PAPER conducted a survey of 300 randomly selected students to measure their level of awareness and satisfaction with the marquee. Additionally, respondents were asked to evaluate the process of senior class gift selection. Eighty-six percent of students did not believe the money ASUâ€™s Class of 2010 used for the marquee was well spent. Senior Alex Anderson said, â€œI think the money could have been used for more necessary school improvements.â€? Junior Sydney Schuman agreed, responding, â€œItâ€™s off
time, itâ€™s a waste of money [and] itâ€™s thoroughly unnecessary. Two clocks, one right above the other, are not needed.â€? While the marquee was purchased over the summer, it was not installed until recently E\ &DSLVWUDQR 8QLĂ€HG 6FKRRO District employees. ASU President Jeremy Lin said, â€œI donâ€™t like it yet, but I think it has a purpose that will be utilized as soon as we have the proper equipment to update the marquee.â€? However, Senior Director of Communications Alex 6ORDQ Ă€QGV WKH VXFFHVV RI WKH new marquee to rest upon whoHYHUVHHNVKLVRIĂ€FHQH[W\HDU â€œEventually, it just depends on who takes my job next year. It has a lot of potential,â€? said Sloan. The Senior Class President traditionally selects the gift after consulting other student council members and
classmates; however, there is no formal method. While 5 percent of students found the selection of the gift by the Senior Class PresiGHQWWREHVXIĂ€FLHQWSHUFHQW believed student senators representing senior classes should select it, 58 percent preferred a vote open to all seniors and 16 percent didnâ€™t care. Currently, the Class of 2011 has $8,124.06 to spend on the gift. More money might be procured from the remaining senior class events. â€œWe have been getting proposals from ASU members, Student Senate members and random seniors,â€? said Senior Class President Mia McKown. Senior Class PresidentElect Amanda Anderson is already planning the method through which she will lead the Class of 2012 gift selection. â€œI will consult with the VHQLRUV RI$68 Ă€UVW7KHQ ZH may possibly take the decision
to Senate and see what ideas they propose. Then we will choose from ideas from ASU and ideas from Senate,â€? said Anderson. After being shown THE PAPERâ€™s data on the student opinion of the gift selection process, Anderson said that she ZRXOGUHPDLQĂ H[LEOHZLWKWKH desires of the student body.
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SOPHOMORE, SENIOR CLASS RACES CLOSE By Stephanie Cheng & Salil Dudani News Section Editor & Copy Editor
[From 2011 Elections, Pg. 1] ...speech were expressed to THE PAPER, Angle responded by saying that he has â€œchanged his views.â€? â€œAt the beginning of the year, I wasnâ€™t so into it. But honestly, towards the end of the year, I had changed my opinion [on Student Senate] and wanted to help with it wherever I could. At the end of the year, I was actually interested,â€? he said. Amanda Anderson was elected Senior Class President, Dylan Castagno was elected Senior Class Secretary/Treasurer, Tricia Flynn was elected
Junior Class President, Sarah Martino was elected Junior Class Secretary/Treasurer, Boyce Anderson was elected Sophomore Class President and Christian Virgil was elected Sophomore Class Presidentâ€”all of them current ASU members. Flynn won in a run-off election against Deputy Commissioner Communications, Video Services Jimmy Fallon, surpassing him by 14 votes (1.1 percent) on Monday, April 25. On Friday, April 22, Flynn had come within 22 votes of capturing a majority even with third candidate Nikko Bellinghausen in the running. In the Sophomore Class President race, Anderson won by a fraction of a percent, receiving four more votes than current Freshman Class President Aubrey Rhodes. 7KH Ă€UVW FRXQW UHSRUWHG Anderson as the victor by
one vote. At this point, two ASU members independently counted each of the candidateâ€™s votes; there was a slight discrepancy. The two stacks were grouped into smaller stacks of 50 ballots each, at which point the process was repeated, this time with no discrepancy.Finally, Nedler counted the two candidatesâ€™ ballots himself. ASU members and leaders from the Student Senate counted all ballots. ASU members involved in races counted ballots not pertaining to their own elections. Seniors, assumedly more detached from the elections, were paired with underclassmen, and after each round of counting, the counters signed their tally sheets. A representative from THE PAPER attended the ballot-counting on the invitation of ASU.
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GSA Speaks With Silence By Claudia Varney Sports Editor
photos courtesy of Vijay Venkatesh and Google Images
MUSICAL PURSUITS: Dana Hills alumnus (2009) Vijay Venkatesh practices for his April 10 show in Whittier, CA.
Venkatesh Performs in OC By Alysha Shetty Intern
On Sunday, April 10, Dana Hills alumnus (2009) Vijay Venkatesh performed a concert for the third time at Vic Lopez Auditorium in Whittier. During his performance, he played, “Ballade No. 1 in G minor Op. 23” and “Nocturne in Db major Op. 42” for an audience of 1,600 people. Kevin Slee, co-president of Other Records, commented that “the audience loved it” and was “eager to hear” Venkatesh’s concert. Venkatesh said he wants his piano playing to “help au-
diences have an image of what the composer is portraying” while showing the audience how the music coincides with where he currently is in life. He continued his explanation, saying “The music I play is the story of the composer’s life and my life—a picture of life in my time.” Around 100 CDs were sold the night of his tenth concert. According to Slee, “Based on the concert, there was a spike in those of a couple hundred more [in online sales].” Due to increasing popularity, Venkatesh has scheduled other performances in California as well as an upcoming tour with two shows in Spain for December 12 and 13 and about 10-15 shows in Italy throughout this year.
Venkatesh’s love of piano began when he was young. His family was involved in music, and his three older siblings played the piano. Venkatesh said he “loved the sound of the piano” and started piano lessons when he was four years old. Although he began playing the violin when he was nine, he quit soon after to pursue his passion for piano. Venkatesh was involved in SOCSA his senior year, debuting two piano concerts that raised $5,000. In 2006, Venkatesh won ÀUVWSUL]HLQWKH&DOLIRUQLD0Xsic Teachers Association Honors Auditions. +HDOVRZRQÀUVWSUL]HLQ the 2007 Pasadena Community Orchestra Young Artists Com-
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petition and the grand prize in the 2008 Los Angeles Music Spotlight Awards along with the Davidson Fellow by the Davidson Institute. Venkatesh is currently continuing his education privately at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. His favorite composers are Chopin and Liszt, and some of his favorite pieces of music are “Rachmanioff” and “Tchaikovsky,” among others. When he is not performing or practicing the piano, Venkatesh enjoys Hollywood movies. Said Vijay of his extracurricular hobbies, “I’m a huge fan of extreme sports like parasailing, bungee jumping and jet skiing.”
On Friday, April 15, in observance of the national Day of Silence, a number of students at Dana Hills and across the country chose to remain silent for the entirety of the day. The Day of Silence is a nation-wide effort that uses silence to raise awareness of the “silencing” of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual) people due to bullying, harassment and abuse in schools. Junior Cassidy Graves, vice president of Dana’s GayStraight Alliance (GSA), said, “The Day of Silence did not go as well as past years’ because it had less exposure and fewer participants.” Junior JP Bryan, GSA president, commented, “GSA did not heavily encourage the Day of Silence this year. It is my personal belief, and that of some others, that a day of being in complete silence is not only impractical but also does very little to draw attention to the issue at hand.” “In my opinion, action, not silence, is what will put a halt to gay-bashing in public schools. In past years, GSA has encouraged the wearing of tape over one’s mouth to discourage talking,” Bryan added. “While this might have worked in theory, it really did little more
than socially ostracize those who participated in it and intimidated many students over an already sensitive issue.” Senior Amanda Hustrulid admitted, “I think it’s kind of stupid because, if anything, I think gay people should be heard.” Although some students have called the effectiveness of the demonstration into question, the legitimacy of the event’s purpose is generally accepted. Graves said, “I’m not sure how effective it is, but I think the purpose of being silent is to call attention to the issue at hand, which is antiLGBT bullying and other discriminatory acts in schools.” Students hope to organize a more concerted Day of Silence next year. Graves said, “In future years, I’d like to see more people involved and more people aware of the day.” Bryan explained, “What we need to do is create an environment in which homosexuality is not placed in a negative light. Every day at Dana, I hear the word ‘fag’ and the phrase ‘that’s so gay’ used interchangeably with ‘jerk’ and ‘stupid.’” He concluded, “Not one teacher who fears for his or her job would tolerate racism in their classroom, ‘that’s so black’ or ‘that’s so Mexican,’ yet most teachers disregard homophobic comments as if they were nothing.”
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â€œWest Sideâ€? Sells Out Seven Shows By Stephanie Cheng News Section Editor
SOCSA broke records with Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheimâ€™s â€œWest Side Story,â€? this yearâ€™s spring musical. After selling out each of the six originally planned shows (April 14-16 and 21-23), SOCSA put on an additional performance on Wednesday, April 20, which also promptly sold out. The 30 additional tickets available at the door sold out each night as well. â€œWest Side Storyâ€? also featured unprecedented school-wide involvement. Over 100 students particpated in the production, with 24 in the band and orchestra, 24 in the crew and 56 in the cast. Director Brittany Casey commented, â€œWe had a lot of new students involved. A lot of the senior boys who had not been a part of SOCSA joined the production, and they really changed the whole feel of the show. And [we had] such great support from the school and the staff.â€? Senior Ramzi Jneid addHGÂ´7KLVZDVDFWXDOO\WKHĂ€UVW time too many guys auditioned for the show. It was the most well rounded, fun, random, inclusive, loving, happy, engulfing cast.â€? â€œWest Side Storyâ€? is a modern reworking of Shakespeareâ€™s classic â€œRomeo and Julietâ€? set in New York City in the 1950s. Maria and Tony,
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â€˜TONIGHTâ€™: Tony (Tyler Hartung) and Maria (Emma Werderman) proclaim their love on the night they meet.
THE â€˜SHARKâ€™ SIDE: Anita (Lauren Johnson) and Bernardo (Marco Forte) lead their fellow Sharks in one of the numerous entertaining dance numbers in â€œWest Side Story.â€?
played by seniors Emma Werderman and Tyler Hartung, respectively, are star-crossed lovers and members of feuding gangs, the Sharks and the Jets. Junior Marco Forte played Bernardo, Mariaâ€™s brother and the leader of the Sharks, the gang of Puerto Rican immigrants who face not only the hostility of the rival Jets but also the discrimination of society. Riff, played by Jneid, is one of the two original co-founders of the Jets and is the current leader. Bernstein and Sond-
proved to prompted Casey to select â€œWest Side Storyâ€? for the spring musical, they also presented an acting challenge for the cast. â€œI felt really strongly about the themes, which are really heavy but also timeless. It was a challenge to express them honestly and realistically, but I wanted to be able to make an impact,â€? said Casey. In addition to being emotionally demanding, the musical is among the most technically challenging with regards to choreography and
heimâ€™s musical highlights the age-old thematic concept of young love but pits it against the social tension and racial prejudices of the time and their negative consequences. Several of the musicalâ€™s numbers, in fact, illustrate these ideasâ€”most notably Â´$PHULFDÂľ DQG Â´*HH 2IĂ€FHU Krupke,â€? pointing out the hostile and unwelcoming nature of 1950s New York to the Puerto Rican immigrants as well as the general apathy toward and neglect of the youth. While these themes
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brought that every day,â€? she continued. Cappies, a student-run judging competition and organization in Southern Orange County, attended the Thursday, April 21 performance. Members from the MACY Awards and JRAY Program, also high school musical theater award nomination organizations, attended as well. Wilson added, â€œSome of the individual performances were really noteworthy, and the unity of a huge ensemble was just phenomenal.â€?
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he sizzling of hickorysmoked bacon, the exotic aroma of foreign spices and a plethora of different foods from across the food pyramid make weekly appearances in the homes of seniors Ian Selzer and Eli Terrack. Together, the duo conducts what can be considered nothing less than culinary magic. With creations ranging from breakfast to dinner and all of the meals in between, the partners decided to take their love of food to the next level. â€œI woke up one morning, and it just hit me,â€? Selzer reminisced. Terrack nodded in agreement. â€œHe had a Crock Pot, and I had some bacon; then, it just sort of happened,â€? Terrack said. â€œIt was completely spontaneous.â€? The friends, already breaking the â€œcooking is just for womenâ€? stereotype, are also defying what is considered to be the norm for food collaborations. With their motto being â€œtake it or leave it,â€? the innovative chefs have no reservations and, better yet, no recipes to restrain their bizarre concoctions. 7KHLU Ă€UVW HYHU FUHDWLRQ was â€œChili Four Loco.â€? The meal was comprised of chili, hot dogs, bacon and spices poured into a trough with a mound of French fries on top. As if this werenâ€™t al-
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ready mouth-watering, the chefs then garnished the main course with sour cream, guacamole and fried cheese sticks, topping the mountain of deliciousness with Dorito crumbs. While their food combinations may not seem appealing to most, the boys remain determined. â€œThe instant reaction we receive when we tell people about our cooking is usually â€˜ewwâ€™ or â€˜thatâ€™s disgusting,â€™ but
itâ€™s all about mentality,â€? Selzer H[SUHVVHGFRQĂ€GHQWO\ His partner in crime agreed, echoing, â€œHaters gonna hate.â€? So far the boys have crafted almost 10 full meals. However, their favorite concoction so far is the â€œBreakfast Fortress.â€? This monster is piled high with beer-batter pancakes, scrambled egg casserole, bacon ELWVDQGFKRFRODWHFKLSZDIĂ HV This tasty skyscraper is then
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starry-eyed Casey Dill sat in awe while watchLQJ KHU Ă€UVW &LUTXH GX Soleil performance in Las Vegas 10 years ago. Gazing up at the graceful trapeze artists effortlessly swinging from bar to bar, Dill â€œknew she had found her passion.â€? â€œWhenever I see a &LUTXHGX6ROHLOVKRZ,ÂˇPVLWting on the edge of my seat with excitement and fear because I know the tricks they are doing are hard. Iâ€™m also very nervous for them,â€? Dill said. Every Sunday since she was 14 years old, Dill has been maneuvering the trapeze bar at the Santa Monica Pier. She works with her coaches on a variety of tricks, including the gazelle, knee-hang, birdâ€™s nest and back end-split. Dillâ€™s favorite trick, however, is the penny-roll. Â´7KLV WULFN UHTXLUHV PH to swing out from a platform at one end of the trapeze ring and bring my legs up and under the bar, holding them straight in front of my face,â€? she said. She continued, â€œI then push my straight legs over the top of the bar and follow with my body while letting go of the bar and grabbing the trapeze cables in a sitting position. Just before the peak at the front end, , OHW JR RI WKH FDEOH DQG Ă LS Another person is swinging at the other end, ready to catch me
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the popular TV talent competition â€œAmericaâ€™s Got Talent.â€? â€œI want to audition because it would be a good opportunity to perform in front of a huge audience to prepare for &LUTXHÂľ'LOOVDLGVPLOLQJ She added, â€œYou never know if someone involved ZLWK&LUTXHGX6ROHLOLVZDWFKing and scouting fresh talent.â€? After her debut on â€œAmericaâ€™s Got Talentâ€? and EHIRUHKHULQLWLDWLRQLQWR&LUTXH du Soleil, Dill hopes to attend Humboldt State University.
Although Humboldt does not offer a trapeze major, the school has a famous student-run Circus Club. The club members learn various circus skills, perform at events and festivals and hold their own shows. With a grin, Dill concluded, â€œThe satisfaction that comes from mastering a new trick and the excitement and exhilaration I feel when Iâ€™m Ă \LQJ LV VRPHWKLQJ ,ÂˇOO QHYHU forget.â€? -Madeline Nall
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A World in Color By Gina Scott News Editor
ou see the ocean and you taste salt. Thursdays appear purple to you. Katy Perry songs make your foot itch. For some people, these strange sensory experiences are a common reality. One percent of the population has a condition called synesthesia that causes their senses
to mingle. Junior Allison Payne is a member of this one percent. â€œI discovered I had synesthesia earlier this year, actually. I was talking to my friend about how I see colors when I read and she told me that itâ€™s is not normal,â€? Payne said. â€œFor my whole life, I thought that I was perfectly normal. I thought everyone was just like me.â€? Payne realized that her sensory perception was unique when her friend, junior Shana Hu, joked, â€œPeople do tests on
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IF MUSIC WAS IN COLOR: Junior Allison Payne perceives music and letters in colors due to synesthesia.
people like you.â€? The effects of synesthesia are not the same for everyone who has it. Every â€œsynestheteâ€? has his or her own particular brand of Synesthesia, in which senses mix in different ways. In Payneâ€™s case, she sees colors when she reads letters or numbers. â€œItâ€™s not as if I see colors in place of letters. I still see them; my mind just perceives them in terms of colors, I guess,â€? Payne explained. The colors of the letters and numbers are the same every time. For example, the letter â€œDâ€? always appears red to her and â€œAâ€? always appears blue. In addition, when Payne listens to music, she sees colors. â€œSometimes Iâ€™ll listen to a song and think, â€˜This song is blue,â€™ because thatâ€™s how my mind perceives it.â€? Payneâ€™s synesthesia also allows her to see time spatially, with yesterday seeming â€œphysically closer than a month ago.â€? She has not visited a doctor for testing because she doesnâ€™t see the need. â€œIt hasnâ€™t really affected my life in any way. I feel totally normal,â€? she said. If anything, her ability to perceive words and numbers as colors has been EHQHĂ€FLDO WR KHU PHPRUL]DWLRQ skills, especially for dates. Scientists are unsure of what causes synesthesia; some suspect it to be a result of â€œcrossed-wiringâ€? in the brain. Whatever the cause, no one can deny that perceiving many things in terms of vibrant colors is not a freakish abnormality but a beautiful and fascinating way to view the world.
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MY LITTLE PONY: Junior Sarah Mountjoy poses with her noble steed, Bubba, who she bought last year for about $800.
JUST HORSING AROUND By Sam Oâ€™Melveny Intern
hen most people hear the word â€œpetâ€? or â€œanimal companion,â€? they immediately think of manâ€™s best friendâ€”a dog. But when junior Sarah Mountjoy hears people talking about animals or pets, she immediately thinks of her two horses, Minnie and Bubba. â€œThese two horses are like my babies; they mean the world to me,â€? Mountjoy said. Mountjoy rides horses in her free time and competes in barrel races. In this type of race, a horse and rider attempt to complete a clover-leaf pattern
around pre-set barrels. â€œI changed disciplines and started running barrels a year ago with my new horse, Bubba,â€? explained Mountjoy. Typically, Mountjoy rides her horse for two to three hours every day. She said, â€œOne of my horses is in the San Juan stables, so I go there every day after school. â€? About a year ago, Mountjoy purchased Bubba, a rescued horse. â€œTo get this horse, my dad said that he wouldnâ€™t support me if I didnâ€™t show that I wanted it,â€? explained Mountjoy, â€œso I raised $800 and purchased this horse. He was found abandoned in someoneâ€™s backyard.â€? Mountjoy is still in the process of trying to â€œbreakâ€? Bubba, a process much like
training a dog. According to Mountjoy, it is like teaching an old dog a new trick, which can be extremely intensive. She commented, â€œOur goals are small, but my expectations for him are big. I know that he will be a strong competLWRURQFHKHLVĂ€QLVKHGÂľ She added, â€œThe best SDUW LV GHĂ€QLWHO\ P\ IULHQGV who do it with me. Without them, I wouldnâ€™t have nearly as much fun.â€? Although riding KRUVHVFDQEHGLIĂ€FXOW0RXQWjoy sees it as an opportunity to grow closer to the horses. â€œBubba is so friendly and nice to be around. He should be ready to compete this summer, and it makes me happy to see all his little achievements because I know he has come so far from such a horrible place.â€?
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REVAMPED: BRINGING BACK THE â€˜STANG By Lexi Cotcamp Editor-in-Chief
ou glance at the Dana Hills senior parking lot. For a moment, your mind stops racing. You pause. Thereâ€™s your battalion of BMWâ€™s, your slew of soccermom minivans, your hordes of Hondas and then a car that you could only begin to wish was yours. Nestled between a beatup junkyard survivor and a brand spankinâ€™ new Prius, there sits a sleek, crimson 1968 Mustang that emits more classiness
than exhaust. Suddenly, a daydream hits you in full throttle, and \RXĂ€QG\RXUVHOIFUXLVLQÂˇGRZQ a sun-bathed PCH, windows rolled down and aviators up. You begin to drive off into the sunset untilâ€Ś A polite â€œahemâ€? from behind shocks you back to reality. As your cheeks redden to the shade of the car at your side, you turn to face senior Nick Sirianni and sheepishly ask if the car is his. He replies with a â€œyes.â€? You then ask him if he would do an interview with THE PAPER. He replies with a â€œyesâ€? again. And the rest becomes history.
: How did you come to drive the Mustang? :In 1968, my Great Uncle Dan (technically my dadâ€™s uncle) bought it straight from the factory. He drove it for a little while and then sold it to my GDG IRU 0\ GDG Ă€[HG LW up and drove it through college. After that, it sat in the garage for 20 years. : Did you know it would one day be yours? :Well, when I was really young, we did a lot of projects in the garage. He told me that when I grew up, I would be able to drive the car, so it was always in the back of my mind that I would end up driving it. When I got my permit, my dad and I started working on rebuilding the engine. : Tell me a little bit more about how you and your dad ended up working together on the car. : Both my dad and I were really inexperienced. When he worked on the car at 15, he focused mostly on aesthetics. Still, we were pretty intense about it when we started working on it together. We kept a detailed photo log of everything we did. : At this point what happened? : We were always under the impression that it would somehow work, but the UHDOLW\RILWDOOĂ€UVWKLWXVDQG we were motivated when we Ă€UVW WXUQHG WKH NH\ DQG LW UHsponded. While it didnâ€™t completely start, it responded; that in and of itself was really exciting for both me and my dad.
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investmentâ€”the tools. Once you have them and learn how to use them, itâ€™s straightforward. : Obviously, most schools (including Dana Hills) donâ€™t offer auto shop anymore. What are your thoughts? : In my opinion, itâ€™s a great KREE\ IRU ORJLFDO DQGRU analytical thinkers, particularly people who enjoy math and like subjects. According to teachers and other people who were able to take auto shop in high school, such classes were really great experiences. : Do you plan on pursuing something related to cars in the future? : Noâ€”only if my other plans donâ€™t work out.
7KH0DOO1HHGVD0DNHRYHU By Shannon McNulty Feature Editor
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Break: Leisure Sold Separately By Madeline Nall Intern
As spring break drew near, I sighed with relief as I realized my time to reOD[ZDVDFRXSOHRIHVVD\VDQGPDWK formulas away. However, to my supreme disappointPHQWP\VSULQJEUHDNSODQQHUVWDUWHGWRĂ€OOXSZLWK a myriad of assignments. What I thought was going WREHDZHHNRIUHFRYHU\UHOD[DWLRQDQGUHMXYHQDWLRQ turned into another stressful week of problem-solving, essay-writing and poster-making. Not only was I looking forward to spending time with friends and family, but I was also anticipating the FKDQFHWRJLYHP\EUDLQDPXFKQHHGHGEUHDWKHU,WÂˇV KDUGWRXQZLQGKRZHYHUZKHQ,ÂˇPVWUXJJOLQJWRFRPSOHWHDZHHNÂˇVZRUWKRIKRPHZRUNDVVLJQHGWRHQVXUH my mind is prepared when I return. As a high school student, I am constantly faced with the pressures of achieving decent grades, being
involved, staying in shape and preparing for college. Breaks allow me to pause and focus on myself rather than my future. Some teachers assign homework over break because they fear we will forget everything by the time that fateful Monday morning arrives. While that may be true, a chance to recharge would result in better overall performance because the much-needed time would help restore concentration and mental health. 6WXGHQWV FDQQRW EH H[SHFWHG WR SXW IRUWK WKHLU EHVW work when their mind is buzzing from constant stress. Furthermore, several students deliberately neglect completing their assignments because they feel their free time and sanity are more important than JUDGHV7KLVXQKHDOWK\PLQGVHWRIEORZLQJRIIVFKRRO is something that can be cured with a simple, workIUHHEUHDN$OWKRXJKVFKRROKROGVDVLJQLĂ€FDQWVSRWLQ my life, my mental stability is number one. I look forward to a break where I can bask in the sun rather than the blue glow of the computer screen as I sit in front of a blank Word document for days on end. Because that is what break is all about.
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Cinemaâ€™s Main Attraction Dazzles By Taylor Steinbeck Sports Section Editor
â€œWater for Elephants,â€? adapted from the best-selling novel of the same name by Sara Gruen, is a dazzling piece of cinema eye candy that invites the audience to step into the seemingly fantasy world of a traveling circus and remains captivating to its very end. Revolving around the memories recounted by an elderly man named Jacob Jankowski, â€œWater for Elephantsâ€? is set in the Depression Era during Jacobâ€™s youth. Just short of clenching his degree as a veterinary student at Cornell, Jacob (Robert Pattinson) drops out of school when his parents are killed in a car crash and the bank claims ownership of his house. Without a family or a home, Jacob wanders aimOHVVO\XQWLOIDWHĂ€QGVKLPLQWKH form of a grand, steel train with â€œThe Benzini Brothersâ€™ Most Spectacular Show on Earthâ€? inscribed upon its surface. Hired by the circusâ€™ charismatic owner and ringmaster (Christoph Waltz) to work as a veterinarian for the Benzini Brothersâ€™ menagerie, Jacob soon witnesses the abuse of the circus animals, particularly a stubborn elephant named Rosie.
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LIFE IS A SHOW : Ivy League student Jacob (Robert Pattinson) abandons his aspirations to become a veterinarian and joins the Benzini Brothersâ€™ Most Spectacular Show on Earth, where he falls in love with Marlena (Reese Witherspoon), the ringmasterâ€™s wife. ,QĂ LFWLQJ YLROHQFH QRW only upon his animals but also on his wife, Marlena (Reese Witherspoon), the circus owner is characterized as an oppressive dictator with borderline schizophrenic tendencies. Behind the ownerâ€™s
back, Jacob and Marlena develop a secret relationship, and a perilous love triangle ensues. Above all, Christoph Waltzâ€™s chilling performance as August, the ruthless owner, steals the center stage. Waltzâ€™s past credits include Jew hunter
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villain that is August. Joined with younger cast mates Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson, the chemistry between the three stars is electrifying. Temporarily abandoning his iconic pale complexion and brooding disposition for a
role that embodies neither teen angst nor the bloodsucking of woodland creatures, Pattinson shines (not sparkles, shines) as Jacob, the compassionate veterinary student. With loud and showy FLQHPDWRJUDSK\ RYHUĂ RZLQJ with vivid visuals and bold colRUV WKH Ă€OPÂˇV RQO\ Ă DZ LV WKH lackluster romance between Jacob and Marlena. Despite adequate acting, Pattinson and Witherspoonâ€™s apparent lack of chemistry could be attributed to the fact that the two tried too hard to emulate the untouchable epic on-screen romance between Jack and Rose in â€œTitanic.â€? Then again, it could also be that Witherspoon is a decade older than her co-star. Regardless, â€œWater for Elephantsâ€? still manages to be a wild trip well worth the watch. Exciting and fast paced, WKH Ă€OP HQJDJHV LWV DXGLHQFH and doesnâ€™t fail to instigate a few gasps and cheers at its heart-stopping climax. A glimmer of hope for the future of Hollywood, Pattinson not only refused to be upstaged by Waltzâ€™s Oscarwinning presence but held his RZQLQDĂ€OPWKDWGLGQÂˇWH[FOXsively showcase his abdomen (or lack there of). â€œWater for Elephantsâ€? is not the next â€œTitanicâ€?-sized blockbuster nor the romantic gem that is â€œThe Notebookâ€? but instead a treasure in itself.
IN HANNAâ€™S SHOES: AN UNUSUAL FLICK By Alfonso Ordaz Feature Editor
Â´+DQQDÂľDSOHDVLQJĂ€OP directed by Joe Wright, features the coming-of-age story of a 16 year old girl raised in the wild lands of Finland. Hanna is the daughter and apprentice of exCIA agent Erik Heller, who
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IF LOOKS COULD KILL: Fair-skinned, with piercing blue eyes, Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) is an assassin on the run.
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STANDING OUT: Arthurâ€™s charismatic personality and childish ways help him to stand out in the midst of a bustling crowd in New York City.
â€œArthurâ€? Rich in Laughs By Marilyn La Jeunesse Entertainment Section Editor
Sitting awkwardly in the front row of the nearly sold-out showing of â€œArthur,â€? I craned my neck to focus on the 20foot tall British comedian Russell Brand. I hoped that I hadnâ€™t just wasted a precious $11 on yet another cheesy movie. Less than two hours later, despite a horrible kink in my neck and temporarily-blurred vision, I emerged from the theater with no regrets whatsoever. The movie begins with Arthur Bach (Brand), a 30 year old man-child with a nanny and millions of dollars sitting in his
bank account living the good life in New York City. That is, until his mother presents him with an ultimatum, which requires him to kick his party animal habits or lose his inheritance. From there, Arthur struggles with his decision between money and love when he discovers that, in between his partying and childish pleasures, he has feelings for (gasp!) a woman with no money at all. Romance and jokes ensue as Arthur attempts to prove to his mother that he has transformed from a careless drunk into a mature adult. Laughs are limitless in this movie. Brandâ€™s innate talent as a comedian brings Arthurâ€™s character to life, adding
nothing more than comedic genius as well as a charismatic personality to the cast. Brand is supported by the lovely Jennifer Garner, the talented Helen Mirren and the young Greta Gerwig. Together, this cast is unstoppable. Closing its opening weekend at number two, â€œArthurâ€? is one remake that doesnâ€™t crumble in comparison to its original. The original â€œArthurâ€? had premiered in 1981. The remake remains true to the original storyline, with a few minor alterations. All in all, this movie brings amusement and even a tear or two, not to mention a guest appearance from a British Darth Vader. Yup, â€œArthurâ€? has it all.
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SAN FRANCISCO SOUND: Sonny Smith combines a doo-wop vibe with twangy guitar.
7KHĂ€UVWWLPHZHOLVWHQHG to Plan Bâ€™s album The Defamation of Strickland Banks, we were completely smittenâ€” smitten with his catchy, soulful voice (and British accent), his employment of gutsy instrumentals and his bold tribute to â€™70s-esque groove. And then, we started listening to the story behind the songs. Like every true artist, Benjamin Paul Ballance-Drew, 3ODQ%KLPVHOIKDVDPXVH7KH only difference is that Drew let himself get carried away by his Ă€FWLRQDOLQVSLUDWLRQ6WULFNODQG Banks. 7KHDOEXPLVDQDFFRXQW of the life of imaginary soul singer Strickland Banks, who, WKURXJKRXW WKH DOEXP H[SHUL-
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of Light to their eager fans. 7KHĂ€UVWWKLQJWKDW,QRWLFHGRQP\Ă€UVWUXQWKURXJKRI the album was its overall mellow nature. Compared to 2006â€™s Return to Cookie Mountain and especially Dear Science, this album is not bursting with energy like most of the bandâ€™s previous works. 7KLV LVQÂˇW WR VD\ WKDW the energy is lackingâ€”maybe just toned down a few notches. For instance, cuts such as â€œNo Future Shockâ€? and the arenashaking â€œCaffeinated ConVFLRXVQHVVÂľ FRXOG HDVLO\ Ă€W LQ on either of the those previous albums and are sure to get your blood pumping. But the somewhat-lower-than-usual amount of energy is apparent in most of the other songs. 2QSDVWORYHWUDFNVVXFK as â€œStaring at the Sunâ€? and Â´/RYH'RJÂľ792QWKH5DGLR has shown that it knows how to work the slow songs just as well as the break-neck speed ones. 7KH PHOORZ WXQHV WKDW shine through on Nine Types of Light are beautiful in every sense of the word.
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Dolphins, Tritons Made Co-League Champions By Jimmy Fallon Sports Editor Senior Trevor Dell, team captain, remained undefeated in League this year, leading the team to win an impressive CoLeague Champion title alongside rival team San Clemente. On Tuesday, April 19, the Dolphins battled against San Clemente in what would
be deemed the biggest match of the year. The team ultimately fell short, suffering a heartbreaking 8-10 loss. â€œWe started off a little slow, falling behind, 2-4, in the opening round,â€? explained freshman Chase Masciorini. â€œSince Matt LaBarre had been in Canada, we put him in doubles with our top doubles player, Chris Bloom. They ended up having a ton of suc-
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RETURNING: Junior Mike Heineke rallies the ball back to his opponent during a match.
cess sweeping doubles,â€? said junior Connor Corley. â€œShu Funtano is normally Chrisâ€™s partner, but, since Chris was playing with Matt, Shu paired up with myself. Our number 3 doubles team, Jon Alami and Arlin Uddberg, battled hard but came up short on all three sets.â€? Â´,W ZDV D WRXFK PDWFK up that could have gone either way,â€? said Head Coach Justin Green. â€œEven though we lost today, we still maintain an impressive South Coast League Champions streak.â€? The team fought back hard in the second round, bringing the score to 5-7. The Dolphins were games away IURPĂ DWWHQLQJWKHVFRUHEXWXOtimately lost the last set of the round, 5-7. â€œGoing into the third and Ă€QDO URXQG ZDV H[FLWLQJ DQG we were pumped and played with purpose,â€? said junior 0LNH+HLQHNHÂ´,QWKHHQGZH fell short to the very impressive San Clemente doubles squads, losing six out of nine doubles overall.â€? On Thursday, April 14, the Dolphins defeated Capistrano Valley, 13-5. Freshman Jon Alami said, â€œCapo Valley is always a good team to play. The intensity between the two teams is what makes tennis so great.â€? The boys defeated Trabuco Hills, 14-4, on Wednesday, April 13 and achieved another victory, 10-8, against Aliso Niguel on Tuesday, April 12.
by Emily Cullen
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Cruising to First Place By Lauren Black Sports Editor
The boysâ€™ volleyball team SXOOHGDKHDGLQWRĂ€UVWSODFHLQ the South Coast League after being tied with San Clemente and Mission Viejo. â€œWe have the best team ever,â€? said freshman Christian +HVVHQDXHUÂ´VREHLQJLQĂ€UVWLV just an awesome bonus.â€? 7R VHFXUH WKHLU Ă€UVW SODFH standing, the boys defeated Mission Viejo on Tuesday, April 26. This was their second time playing the challenging team,
with which they were previousO\WLHGIRUĂ€UVW,QWKHHQGWKH Dolphinsâ€™ 3-2 victory pushed the boys ahead. Hessenauer led the team with 12 kills, while sophomore Bryce Yould followed right behind with 11 kills. Yould commented, â€œWe VWDUWHGRXWVORZEXWE\WKHĂ€IWK game everyone was playing hard.â€? The Dolphins managed to secure a 3-2 victory against Tesoro on Thursday, April 14, despite losing focus halfway through the match. Captain Riley Murphy explained, â€œOnce we got up by a lot, we couldnâ€™t get out of cruise control, so we ended up
SOD\LQJ Ă€YH JDPHV LQVWHDG RI three.â€? On Tuesday, April 12, the team competed against San Clemente, who is currently in second place in League and has been a tough opponent for the Dolphins this season. According to Murphy, the Dolphins â€œplayed scared,â€? which ultimately led to the boysâ€™ 0-3 loss. Although the two teams were equally matched, the Tritonsâ€™ stronger performance on the day enabled them to win the match. On Thursday, March 31, the Dolphins easily defeated Laguna Hills, 3-0, dominating each game.
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This yearâ€™s swim season began on a high note, as both the boysâ€™ and the girlsâ€™ teams earned what felt like win after win. However, as the end of the season loomed near, the boys continued to prove their swimming prowess, while the girls struggled to keep up. Nonetheless, both teams arguably have stronger swimmers and faster times than in previous years. Senior Craig Stuart afĂ€UPHGÂ´7KLVLVWKHEHVWVHDVRQ weâ€™ve had in recent years.â€? Â´:HÂˇYH GRQH ZD\ EHWWHUWKDQSDVWVHDVRQV:HKDYH strong freshmen, and weâ€™ve broken records this year,â€? said senior Dani Styles. The boysâ€™ team has won every league meet thus far. On April 26, the boysâ€™ team and girlsâ€™ team swam against Aliso Niguel High School in a dual league meet. The boys won 108-62, and the girls lost 66-104. Sophomore Kara KirkSDWULFN VDLG Â´7KLV LV WKH ODVW meet of the season. Even though weâ€™re not doing well, we always maintain a good attitude.â€? Freshman Mitchell +HLPEDFK VDLG Â´, WKRXJKW ZH did really well; we swept a lot of races.â€? Junior Annahita +DJKLJKLVDLGÂ´7KLVPHHWZDV a really great start to the seaVRQ,ÂˇPUHDOO\ORRNLQJIRUZDUG WR&,)DQGQH[W\HDUÂľ ,QWKH3DOP6SULQJV,QYL-
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WAITING FOR THE GUN: Members of the girlsâ€™ swim team wait for the starting gun at the Aliso Niguel meet.
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tational, the girlsâ€™ team ranked VL[WK DQG WKH ER\VÂˇ WHDP ZRQ Ă€UVWSODFH Senior Craig Stuart described the boysâ€™ teamâ€™s win by VD\LQJ Â´:H GHVWUR\HG ,W ZDV
close in the halfway point but we swam hard and won.â€? Senior Sam Fitzmaurice FRPPHQWHGÂ´,WKLQNZHÂˇYHDOO worked so hard that we deserve the success that we are having.â€?
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a team.â€? After spring break, on Tuesday, April 12, the Dolphins had a league meet against Trabuco Hills, ending in a 7992 loss for the girlsâ€™ team and a
105-65 win for the boysâ€™ team. The boysâ€™ massive win was helped in part by their impressive performance in several races. 7KH ER\V VHFXUHG Ă€UVW in every relay race, and senior Jonathan Amato and juQLRU 'UDNH 'XQQ SODFHG Ă€UVW (22.66) and second (22.87), respectively, in the 50-yard freestyle sprint. Senior Skyler Campbell ZRQ Ă€UVW SODFH LQ WKH ER\VÂˇ 100-yard freestyle race with a time of 51.32, and Amato SODFHG Ă€UVW LQ WKH \DUG breaststroke race with a time of 1:02.68. The girls, despite their close loss, won several races. 7KH WHDP SODFHG Ă€UVW DQG VHFond in the 100-yard backstroke UDFHDVZHOODVZLQQLQJĂ€UVWLQ WKHJUXHOLQJ\DUGEXWWHUĂ \ race. Â´, WKLQN WKDW HYHU\ERG\ has gotten a lot faster,â€? said seQLRU$QGLH'LOOÂ´$ORWRIJLUOV have broken personal records every single meet. Our team is getting stronger, and our team unity has really helped us this year.â€? -XQLRU$OH[%DUDWDVDLG Â´7KLV LV RQH RI WKH EHVW WHDPV that this school has ever had, and everyone got some great times this season.â€? %R\VÂˇ+HDG&RDFK0DWW 5RVD VDLG Â´:H KDYHQÂˇW ORVW D relay in league dual meets yet, but weâ€™ve had some close ones. :HÂˇUH GRLQJ UHDOO\ ZHOO WKLV season.â€? Sophomore Daniel CarSHQWHU VDLG Â´$ VZLP WHDP LV OLNH FRJV LQ D PDFKLQH :KHQ all the cogs move faster, the whole machine goes faster.â€?
Softball Stays Spirited; Hurst Wins CIF Award By Jimmy Fallon Sports Editor
Despite a slow start to the season, the lady Dolphins have been showing great improvement. On Thursday, April 28, the lady Dolphins played rival team Aliso Niguel. The results were not available at press time. The Dolphinsâ€™ match against San Juan Hills proved to be a vital victory with an impressive 3-0 win. Said senior Jennifer Hurst, â€œCommunication, stay-
ing in the game and supporting one another are all key.â€? â€œWe started off hitting very strong and then had a small slump but are back on top of things and doing well,â€? commented senior Jordyn Larkins. On Friday, April 22, the Dolphins triumphed against Trabuco Hills, 3-1. â€œWe are doing very well so far,â€? remarked Larkins. â€œI think our success can be contributed to the wide diversity of players on the team, from freshman to seniors, who are all very competitive.â€? On Thursday, April 14, the girls defeated San Clemente, 5-0. â€œWe were able to come
out on top by keeping our composure. We stayed positive and energetic and took each play one pitch at a time,â€? recalled sophomore Severina Worthington. The Dolphins defeated Capistrano Valley, 9-0, on Tuesday, April 12. In addition, Hurst received the CIF State Spirit of Sport award for demonstrating sportsmanship and being a positive role model. Worthington stated, â€œJennifer Hurst has particularly been helping the team go forward. She is a great athlete as well as a great teammate. She always tries to keep us pumped and focused.â€?
photo by Amanda White
WIND IT UP: Junior Eric Pierce pitches with intensity during a league game against Tesoro High School on Friday, April 22.
Boys Earn 6-3 Record By Claudia Varney Sports Editor
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DEDICATION: The lady Dolphinsâ€™ determination to do well this season has resulted in a current 3-0 record in league.
The baseball teamâ€™s goal was not only to start off the season strong but also to remain at the top of the League. With their consistently overwhelming wins over their opponents, the boys have achieved a league season record of 6-3 thus far. On Wednesday, April 27, the boys lost to El Toro with a score of 0-5. On Saturday, April 23, the baseball team faced Valencia in a double header, winning ERWKJDPHVZLWKĂ€QDOVFRUHVRI 3-2 and 8-0, respectively. On Friday, April 22 and
Wednesday, April 20, the Dolphins defeated Tesoro with scores of 7-5 and 10-0, respectively. On Wednesday, April 20, the Dolphins played Tesoro in a league game and won with an impressive 10-0 score. â€œI feel like Tesoro wasnâ€™t our best playing, but we pulled it off on Friday because of our offense,â€? commented senior Chris Cretel. â€œOverall, weâ€™ve struggled hitting, but our pitching and defense have been consistent with fantastic outings by Eric Pierce and great catches from Geoff Mather.â€? On Saturday, April 16, the boys beat Western High School, 9-1. The Dolphins played against San Clemente and came
out victorious with an impressive 8-0 win on Friday, April 15. This cemented their previous 2-0 win over San Clemente two days earlier, on April 13, in a home league game. The baseball team participated in the Anaheim Lions 7RXUQH\IURP$SULOĂ€QLVKing with one win, one tie and two losses. On Friday, April 1, the boys lost to Capistrano Valley, 4-11, in a league game. â€œWeâ€™re coming together as a team during this season,â€? said senior Kenny Murphy. The teamâ€™s next game is a league game against El Toro, which will take place today. Senior Eric Hsieh said, â€œIf we win the next three league games, then weâ€™ll win League.â€?
A Close Victory Against Mavericks By Madeline Diamond Opinion Editor With only two league losses, the boys have remained undoubtedly consistent throughout their season thus far. â€œWe are really excited about our season and our team,â€? commented senior Riley Murphy. Tuesday, April 19 marked another victorious match for the Dolphins. The boys faced the La Costa Canyon Mavericks and won with a close score of 205214. Adding to a successful season, the Dolphins were victorious against Aliso Niguel on Thursday, April 14. It was a relatively close match, but the ER\VZRQZLWKDĂ€QDOVFRUHRI 205-213. Dana Hills played the Mission Viejo Diablos for WKH Ă€UVW WLPH LQ WKH VHDVRQ RQ Wednesday, April 13. The match was close, though the Dolphins beat the Diablos by four strokes, ending ZLWKDĂ€QDOVFRUHRI In another match against the Aliso Niguel Wolverines, the Dolphins won with their lowest, and best, collective score of the season. On Tuesday, April 12, the boys achieved an incredibly low score of 191, compared to a respectable 197 strokes by the Wolverines. The Dana Hills boys
won a match against the El Toro Chargers on Thursday March 31, winning by six strokes. The match was conFOXGHG ZLWK D Ă€QDO VFRUH RI 206-212. In another match against El Toro on Tuesday, March 29, the boys successfully beat their opponent, 207-215. On Tuesday, March 22, the boys lost in a match against the Tesoro High School Titans. 7KLVPDUNHGWKH'ROSKLQVÂˇĂ€UVW loss in a league match, making their standing 3-1. The Dolphins ended
with a total score of 239, while the Titans triumphed with a score of 201. The Dolphins won against San Clemente on Thursday, March 17 at El Niguel Country Club, their home course. 7KH Ă€QDO VFRUH ZDV close, 201-207, though Murphy and junior Slater Shaw both achieved impressively low scores of 37 strokes each. â€œWe are two and zero in league [after] beating San Clemente,â€? said Shaw. â€œ[It] was a really big deal that we
beat them at our home course, which we havenâ€™t done in 10 years.â€? On Tuesday, March 15, the boys were victorious in WKHLUĂ€UVWPDWFKDJDLQVWWKH6DQ Clemente Tritons. The Dolphins won by an impressive VWURNHVHQGLQJZLWKDĂ€QDO score of 203-223. San Clemente is the teamâ€™s rival, so this was an important triumph for the team. â€œWe beat San Clemente DWWKHLUKRPHFRXUVHIRUWKHĂ€UVW time in 18 years,â€? Shaw said. The Dolphins triumphed
over the Fallbrook High School Warriors on Monday, March 14 at Pala Mesa Golf Course. The boys ultimately defeated the :DUULRUV E\ Ă€YH SRLQWV 217. In a match against Capo Valley on Thursday, March 10, WKH ER\V ORVW E\ D FORVH Ă€YH strokes. The Capo Cougars ended with 212 strokes, while the Dolphins fell short with 217 strokes. This match was played at El Niguel. The Dolphins played a match at the Links at Monarch
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LOOKING DOWN FAIRWAY: Junior Slater Shaw follows through on his shot, keeping his eyes focused on the green.
Beach on Wednesday, March 9. However, the boys lost to Corona del Mar, 222-195. On Thursday, March 3, the Dolphins played Capistrano Valley at the Marbella Country Club in San Juan Capistrano, winning by a respectable 10 strokes, 197-207. The team played Palm Desert on Monday, March 7 at the Links at Monarch Beach. :LWK D Ă€QDO VFRUH RI the boys won by two strokes. Wednesday, March 2 marked the boysâ€™ second match against Newport Harbor Sailors, which concluded with a painfully close loss of 204-202. This match was held at Santa Ana Country Club, the home course of the Sailors. 7KH ER\VÂˇ Ă€UVW JROI match of the season took place on Tuesday, March 1, before the start of league competition. They were victorious over Newport Harbor at the El 1LJXHO ZLQQLQJ ZLWK D Ă€QDO score of 202-215. Though the matches from March 1-14 were not considered league matches, coach Phil Wilburton was excited about the season nonetheless. â€œWe are ranked a tie for tenth in [Orange] County,â€? he said. As of now, the team is looking forward to CIF. Wilburton and the boys DUH GHĂ€QLWHO\ SURXG RI WKHLU performance so far. â€œWe are really looking forward to CIF and going low,â€? explained Murphy of the teamâ€™s hopes for the remainder of the season.
El Toro Falls to Track & Field OC Championships By Lexi Cotcamp (GLWRULQ&KLHI
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