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DRAGON SMOKE SIGNALS Mock trial ranks high SVHS Mock Trial team placed 9th out of 450 groups in the mock trial state competition in Riverside. Teams were presented with a fictional scenario and have been preparing since October, and on the weekend of March 21 they battled it out in the court room. Real judges presided in the Riverside courthouse as student teams from across California made their cases. Students were challenged to use inventive means of persuasion to convince the judge and scorers of their position.

“Noche Latina 09” Los Dragones Latinos Club and SVHS will be hosting the event “Noche Latina 09” on April 4 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the SVHS Pavilion. Music will be provided by El Veneno Mexican Band and DJ Joker and profits from the event will go to supporting the club.

Earth Hour On Saturday March 28, 2009 from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM people from over 1181 cities and towns in 80 different countries will vote Earth over its opponent Global Warming by turning off lights and other non-essential power for one hour. This year’s goal is to reach 1 billion ‘votes’ worldwide which will be presented at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009 to tell leaders that action must be taken against global warming. So turn off, tune up, and drop your vote.

Illustration by Ellen Everidge

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Convention 2009 By Alana Daly

Amidst cheers, music, and 2009’s student voice, Ethan Cohen, ripping his jerseys off, Convention began. Each Slate was introduced wearing their own individual costumes with personalized statements about each member of their group. Dressed in shorts, tight shirts, headbands, and sunglasses, Slate 1 ran to the stage holding up a “RIP Slate 7” sign to commemorate the Slate that, according to one of its members, was eliminated for “partying too much.” Adorned in ninja suits, including a large inflatable sumo-wrestler, was Slate 2, who was constantly duct taping Rachel Glago’s mouth shut. Slate 3 came prepared with McDonald’s breakfasts to be passed out to the delegates in the crowd, which were happily received. To woo the delegates, Slate 4, dressed in fancy clothes, passed out roses and told unique stories about each of their candidates. Last, but certainly not least, came Slate 6 dressed in somewhat fan-

Slates and delegates singing the National Anthem

Photo by Joe Gilmore

cy and neat clothes, all except for their candidate for student voice, who was dressed in camouflage military attire. The first caucus was conducted, and after all votes had been counted, Slate 2 was eliminated and announced that they were officially endorsing Slate 4. Candidates for sophomore, junior, and senior president and vice president then took to the stage and attempted to persuade their respective classes to support them for office.

The Jaywalkers, a local SVHS band, played a three song set list and rocked Golton Hall with a few of their originals, with Cohen as a guest performer for one song. At the next caucus, Slate 3 was eliminated, one member endorsed Slate 4 and accused Slate 6 of being led by Jordan Villasenor, saying that he was saying everything for Slate 6. Assemblyman Jared Huffman also visited the convention and spoke about his experience in politics and prompted listeners

Truancy and vandalism were also listed as reasons to advance the school’s security. Though the custodial staff is usually able to hurry and fix damage before students arrive on Monday, school officials cited vandalism on the weekends as an ongoing problem. Moll admitted

that the fence would lessen “broken windows and graffiti,” which would make maintenance easier and less costly. The proposed fence would be constructed over a period of three separate phases, each of which will cover a different section of the campus.

to follow their dreams as he did. At the next caucus, Slate 1 was eliminated. Down to two Slates, the competition grew fierce. Each Slate prepared a persuasive speech about why they should be elected. Slate 4 described how they would enhance school activities, listen to the voices of the students, and better the school as a whole. Slate 6 contested the claims that Villasenor was the only real member of their Slate, and told how they, too, would better the school and try to bring more activities to it. Votes from the delegates were taken, and each Slate anxiously awaited the outcome. Finally, the verdict was in, after much silliness, shirt-ripping, and speeches, Slate 4 was victorious. Both Slates shook hands and congratulated each other on their triumphs. Slate 6 said that they believed that Slate 4 would make an excellent student government for next year. Slate 4 called Slate 6 “a force” and vowed to work together with them to make the year of 2010 a memorable year.

SVHS fence put on hold

By Anna Dwyer and Julian Minuzzo

The controversial fence, which was promised to increase security and decrease vandalism, truancy, and the likelihood of intruders, and eventually would have surrounded most of the school’s public openings, has been put on hold. Already in the process of being constructed, the fence has caught many by surprise. The proposed fence–its parameters shown to the right–would have consisted of mostly 8-foot high cyclone fencing, with multiple gates throughout. When asked about the reason for constructing a fence, Vice Principal Glenn Moll explained, “because of our wide open campus, safety is a major concern, as intruders walk onto campus unrestricted.” Moll also added that, “the bottom line is, the fence will make our campus more secure.”

Photo from Google Maps Parameters of the first phase of the fence, extending along the east side of campus

When asked for a timetable for finishing the first phase, which has already started, Moll speculated that it would be finished in approximately a month, depending on the number of workers. The other phases, which would include the areas along the science and English buildings, are expected to be completed in the next few years. In order to fund the fence, the school would use income exclusively from the cell phone tower contract, which included a clause that is guaranteed to fund the fence. While some wondered about the prioritizing of the district, as teachers and staff members are being cut due to a lack of funding, it must be noted that the money to fund the fence would be coming from a very specific, restricted budget that cannot be used on staff salaries or extracurricular activities.

Opinion - Editorial

Save our newspapers

By Lee Jasperse

Stop the presses! Because the newspaper may soon be an anachronism. The San Francisco Chronicle is now $50 million in debt, the Philadelphia Inquirer has filed for bankruptcy, The Boston Globe is losing $1 million per week, and newspaper profits have declined across the board. All this comes at a time when newspaper readership is at an all time high. Why, then, are newspapers failing to stay above the fold? The tipping point came in 2008, when, for the first time ever, more people read newspapers online than in print. This isn’t surprising, as online newspaper articles are archived, digital, and searchable. With this mass exodus from the print version of newspapers to the digital version, people have essentially ceased paying for their news.

This is because most newspapers offer their online edition for free. By doing this, newspapers have eliminated their traditional revenue triplicity. Ordinarily, a newspaper earns revenue from its newsstand sales, subscriptions, and advertising. Now, newspapers like the New York Times, which are largely read online free of charge, earn only advertising revenue. Newspapers cannot stand stably on a one-legged stool. As more and more readers obtain their news online, newspapers need to charge for their online editions. Magazines, such as Harper’s and Nature, already require a subscription to access most of their articles. Some newspapers have followed their lead, such as the Wall Street Journal, charging to access online articles. Others, such as the Christian-Science Monitor, have nearly eliminated their print editions, thus cutting many

Shouldn’t teaching skills count? Merit vs. Tenure

By Chelsea Rose Shiery In school, the contract between teacher and student is more pronounced than any other. So, shouldn’t we be the ones to decide about who stays and who goes? As of right now, teachers are being laid off because of the budget woes of California. A key factor deciding which teachers are let go is the amount of time they have been teaching us. In a classroom, we as students and our teachers build a relationship, whether it be good or bad, it is there. This, including many other arguments, is a good enough reason as to why our voice should be heard when a teacher is let go. Yes, students are responsible for their own grade. But, a teacher contributes to a percentage of that grade no matter what. If a student and teacher are not compatible mentally and academically, there is a problem. But, this isn’t something to necessarily fuss over, until it comes to the point where many student don’t agree with the same teacher. A majority of our teachers have been here for quite some time. We are now in the 21st century, and some of our teachers are still stuck in the past.

The teenagers of our generation have a very different way of learning and memorizing than the previous generations. We learn better with technology, and many teachers don’t understand this. If the school board bases their firing decisions solely on the time that teachers have been teaching, then they are not taking the students’ interests to heart. What they should be doing is base their decision on the teacher themselves. By looking at the grades that the students are receiving, and listening to the students, the school board can compile a better list of teachers to let go. If they keep teachers who are behind in learning techniques, are not compatible with their students, and who teach classes with low grade averages, how do they expect the student body to have the best opportunity we can at our school? The motivation from a wonderful teacher and the discouragement by not wanting to teach us by a not so wonderful teacher is a huge impact on the students and their grade. The question is, will we continue to be taught by teachers who have been here longer or by teachers who can teach?

~Dragon’s Tale Staff~ ADVISER - Alison Manchester EDITOR-IN-CHIEF - Max Murphy TECHNOLOGY & DESIGN - Bradley Hutchinson COPY EDITORS - Lee Jasperse, Julian Minuzzo NEWS EDITOR - Lauren Schorr, Alana Daly OP/ED EDITOR - Lee Jasperse, Alejandro Tinajero FEATURE EDITORS - Krystyna Livingston, Tara Jordan, Ellen Everidge, Shawna Bertlin ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR - Dominic Amara, Peter Armstrong PHOTO EDITOR - Joe Gilmore SPORTS EDITORS - Rachel Glago, Matt Linder, Clarke Campion BUSINESS MANAGERS - Shawna Bertlin, Ellen Everidge REPORTERS - Dominic Amara, Gabe Bassett, Clarke Campion, Caroline Ciatti, Alana Daly, Brian Donald, Anna Dwyer, Layne Ergas, Ellen Everidge, Cambria Isetta, Chelsea Rose Shiery, Tyler Rose, Elaine Stanfield, Alejandro Tinajero, Caity Tremblay, Allison Whitney. PHOTOGRAPHERS - Caroline Ciatti, Bradley Hutchinson, Caity Tremblay, Laura Roseland, Alana Daly, Chelsea Rose Shiery ART AND GRAPHICS - Caity Tremblay, Bradley Hutchinson

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of their costs not covered by advertising revenue. This latter approach, however, is morally deficient, because newspapers then become beholden only to their advertisers, not their readers, as a source of income. News becomes inextricably attached to the interests of corporations, fueled by special interest and tainted by corporate greed. Imagine newspaper coverage of the abhorrent effects of Agent Orange in the 1970’s and 1980’s if Monsanto and Dow Chemical were the New York Times’ primary backers. Therefore, an significant portion of newspaper revenue should result from actual readership, from an interest in obtaining objective, relevant, and edgy news. Of course, the transition to digital media is inevitable. Still, readers can pay for what they read online. As Walter Isaacson of Time Magazine proposed, newspapers could develop some universal, easy method of payment, much like iTunes has. ITunes illustrates that people are willing to pay for what they could have for free, when the system of

payment is streamlined and convenient. An astute reader might comment that newspapers are far from the only source of news. Indeed, a majority of Americans get their news from television. However, television broadcasting is an inadequate news source. In

look at key world events. As revenue today’s trend continues into the coming decades, the amount of funding for journalism in key areas such as foreign correspondence will be minimal. Even today, news agencies have cut the number of foreign correspondents significantly. The result is a warped, unreliable perspective of the foreign country, since it is only reported by one or two journalists. Inevitably, the broad world view provided by news will narrow, further barricading America in its already dense fortress of self-interest. As the variety of news sources thin, the public may be Cartoon by Caity Tremblayleft with only a few monoliths of news, modern television news, little actual such as Viacom and News Corp, investigatory reporting is done, while which, lacking competition, would most air time is devoted to drivel, be free to manipulate and broadcast such as celebrity arrests and runaway news as they please. Opinions and brides. viewpoints would likely narrow and Meanwhile, newspapers, despite likely biased. declining profits, have continued to For the sake of journalism, for the break essential stories to the public, sake of an informed public, for the as the New York Times did in 2005 sake of a fully functioning democwhen it investigated and reported on racy, newspapers must stay afloat. In Bush’s domestic warrantless wire- the next year, major business decitapping. Newspapers offer a filtered sions must be made.

By Chelsea Rose Shiery

different perspective of life. I know, the text books at this school aren’t that fascinating, but that is no excuse to not pick up a book. It is not that hard to find a book that you can and will be interested in. Everybody is different, so why assume that we all

Reading for a better tomorrow

“Why should I read when I could watch the movie or do something better with my time?” This, including many similar questions and statements, are frequently coming out of students’ mouths. What they don’t know is how much their reading, or lack of it, will affect them in the future. When we were younger, we had intense imaginations that took us wherever we wanted. But, our imagination had to be derived from somewhere. People, pictures, places, T.V., and most importantly, books were the sources of our dreams and hopes for the future. Without the colorful pictures and stories with morals behind them, our imaginations does not grow to its full potential. When we attach ourselves to a book, we can go on a journey with the characters. We can see what the author wants us to see or feel. Sympathy and empathy can be felt while flipping through the pages of a good book. We are broadening our understanding of the world and the people within it. Without books, we wouldn’t have an immediate source of a

Photo by Chelsea Rose Shiery Michelle Henry reading during break.

have to read the same book? Finding a book that fits you, a book that draws you in and keeps you there is easier than you think. Sometimes, as we all know, life can be very tough. Nothing can block out the pressure of school, work, parents, friends, boy/girlfriends, and just life in general. So, escape is the answer. Where, do you ask? Open a cover and flip a page, and you are instantly in

another world where nobody can judge you. Nothing beats a great novel where somebody else’s life is all you are thinking about, or in this case, reading about. Students automatically put up an anti-reading wall for their teachers to see whenever an assigned book of literature is mentioned. The word literature alone freaks students out. If teachers came up with a different approach to reading, then students wouldn’t be so against it. By providing books that students wouldn’t oppose to reading and that they would actually read for their own pleasure, test scores, IQs, SAT scores, and the number of college applications would rise. Making reading appealing is the answer, not telling us that we, “Have to read this, if you like it or not.” Still not convinced? Start searching for books by asking your friends, going on Amazon, browsing through a bookstore, or sharing your favorite books with friends on Google Book. I stand by my word when I say that there is at least one book out there for everybody. So pick up a book, open the cover, and start reading today.

~Editorial Policy~

The Dragon’s Tale is a public forum newspaper produced by the Sonoma Valley High School Newspaper class. The newspaper attempts to inform its audience in a broad, fair and accurate manner on all subjects, and to encourage an exchange of ideas and opinions on issues of prominence to the readers. The newspaper staff encourages letters for opinions and responses on the content of the publication. Only signed letters will be considered for publication. The editorial staff reserves the right to edit all letters for content. No material, opinionated or otherwise, will be printed which is libelous, irresponsible, advocates an illegal activity or which the editorial staff deems in poor taste. Editorials reflect the collective views of the staff and will not contain bylines. Other opinionated pieces will include editor’s columns, feature columns, letters- to-the-editor, and entertainment reviews. If the staff discovers that a mistake has eluded the editors, a correction will be printed in the next issue.

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No Rockstars on campus Classes cut students other choices will be taken away nating soda from all schools, not By Alejandro Tinajero from teens before students take a only in California but other states as well. Then came the dress code, State law in California is offi- stance? Students at SVHS are inCertain concerns over the forbidding certain colors for gang cially starting to infringe on stufamous for cutting classes. dent rights. Schools in Califor- drinks and their effects are legiti- reasons. It is understandable to So, how ironic is it that nia have to eliminate all energy mate. There have been a few re- try to stop certain problems, such some classes have decided drinks from the shelves of student corded deaths from overdrinking as obesity and gang violence, but to cut? stores by July 1 in order to comply certain energy drinks, and cases usurping students’ right to their The whole entire budwith state law. Another option for of sickness. The cafget crisis that is currently feine causes an almost teenagers bites the dust. happening is effecting the Will this ban on energy drinks at certain energy boost state of California and its school help? Will it lead to other or giddiness, which schools. Times are tough, bans? Banning the drinks from can be distracting durand the school is low on being sold would prevent kids ing classes. The drinks money. The logical thing to from having easy access to them. are definitely not good do is to cut some classes. But it is obvious that the kids who for a person’s body, Keyboarding, as we all have the drinks routinely will especially a growing know, is a class that is rebring their own. That will likely teenager’s. However, quired to graduate. With the lead to a no-energy-drinks-on- they’re not harmful in future leaning towards the campus ban. After that, several moderation. technological side, having Essentially, those other caffeine-filled drinks will the skills to type efficiently be banned from being sold just who like energy drinks and well seems is essential as soda and energy drinks have. will drink them; those for the future of many. The coffee sold at the No Name who don’t enjoy them But, because the future Café will sooner or later be non- will have the judgeand present is very technoexistent, and next hot chocolate, ment not to buy them. logical, many are learning which also contains caffeine. What’s significant is their keyboarding skills on Where does the prohibition stop? that the option exists. their own. Don’t young adults have the right The issue of governLiving skills, another class ment not allowing to variety? that is necessary to graduFrom a business standpoint, students to make their ate, teaches the importance the store probably will not stick own choices is an inof sexual responsibilities around. Bans of other sugar filled sult to teen’s judgeand caring for children. drinks and food will cost the Stu- ment. “If 16 year olds Photo by Caity Tremblay As important as the class dent Store a serious sum of mon- can’t choose what they A lone Rockstar lingers in the student store. seems for our future as ey. “We will be wittled down to eat for lunch, whether adults, it isn’t necessary to apples, water, and carrots if this it be a cookie or an apple, how do attire isn’t going to stop gangs have as an actual class at continues,” stated Susan Sten- you expect them to drive a thou- from expressing themselves; simSVHS. verse, head of the Student Store. sand pound machine? It doesn’t ilarly, removing sodas and energy Many students at SVHS Will we be choosing between make sense to me at all,” Mrs. drinks from campus isn’t going have already learned about to stop kids from drinking them apples and oranges rather than Stenverse commented. sexually transmitted disRestrictions started with elimioutside of school. What’s the best eases and teen pregnancy chips and cookies? How many way to handle it? Put the option in in their middle schools and front of their face and allow them they know of the deleterimake the correct decision, as ous effects that it can have Who do you think funded and teens are going to have to later in on their health. organized the oh-so-fun shenan- life, when they are on their own. Yet, when they begin their igans that ensued at Convenhigh school career, they are tion? Was it you? Unless you’re Nick Bremner, Ethan Cohen or Alicia Armstrong, then your answer is no. By Lee Jasperse dents follow a predictable set of Let’s not forget the jollificafixed action patterns, much like tion of the beloved sport UltiMembers of the SVHS stu- chickens, fish, and other lower mate Frisbee. Slate has planned dent herd may fear no more the life forms. out Ultimate Frisbee intramurals grey demarcations of the SVHS Unfortunately, gates in the Photo by Bradley Hutchinson for all those who enjoy sports campus, for the wise administrafencing must exist, as some misEthan Cohen speaks at convention. but tion — the shepherd figure that guided law mandates students be By Gabe Bassett aren’t necessarily competitive it is — has decided to surround released from school, their intelAlejandro Tinajero by nature. it with an impenetrable The whole school surely re- wall of steel and iron. Our current slate has slaved members the talented and hilariThis wall will conaway the past year. And for ous motivational speaker known sist of the aesthetically what? Accusations from the as Keith Hawkins. If it weren’t gorgeous green-vinyl student body of being useless, for student voice Ethan Cohen, dipped cyclone fencfeckless, and unnecessary. The none of us would know Mr. ing, as well as a slightly truth is that slate has done much Hawkins and his bucket/water less appealing wrought for the student’s life on campus. trick. iron fence. The added Even though we have chosen defenses, a staggering 8 Unfortunately, their actions have next year’s Slate, there is still vertical feet, will indubigone widely unacknowledged. Students at SVHS have com- time to see what tricks this Slate tably protect campus. plained about the mediocre food has up their sleeve. Some students, in their On April 1, SVHS is going adorable offered in the pavilion. Their ignorance, cries for healthier and better to break the world record of might ask, “Protect us food have been heard and some- the largest dodgeball game, an from what?” To which Photo by thing has been done. The pasta achievement only made possi- the obvious reply is, bar arrived! But just how did ble by Slate. For those who still “Yourselves, of course!” The progress of the “wall.” lectual incubators, for a certain this miraculous appearance hap- like to complain about the food Students are notorious for wanavailable, help is on the way! dering too far from their intel- period of time. pen? Slate. Fear not, however, for the kind While the students have Slate plans to install a fruit bar lectual grazing area (which the herdsmen of the administration complained and whined about for all you health nuts. school designates as a “classwill man the gates, ensuring no Every Slate has been remem- room”). The towering 8 foot the new dress code that limits confused students leak out into their freedom of choice, Slate bered for something. To say high fences will serve as an obthe external environment — has been valiantly combating what our current Slate will be stacle so immense and unyieldwhich could prove hazardous to the ridiculous and overbearing remembered for isn’t possible. ing, that juveniles, when they both Sonoma and the student. dress code. Despite the fact that There is still time left for more inevitably encounter them, will Some students (who are probathey lost the battle, their efforts change. Let’s stand back and see have no choice but to return to bly victims of the infamous Mad what else will happen. should not go unnoticed. their classrooms. You see, stuBy Tyler Rose

The great slate debate

required to hear all of this information once more. Many of the other things that are being taught, like how to raise a child, shouldn’t even be taught by the school. The student should learn all of this crucial information from their guardians. Electives will probably be the first classes to be cut out of the school’s schedule. These classes include many of the fine arts. These classes should be the last of the classes to be cut out completely. Instead of getting rid of a class entirely, the school can shorten the amount of classes that is offered for each elective. This way the school will save a substantial amount of money without eliminating the elective. Unfortunately, students will find it harder to get into the class. Sacrifices must be made during these difficult times. All classes could be spared and the threat of letting a single class go would be eliminated. If the school would cut the amount of classes being taught to multiple classes, the school would save the school some money. Cutting classes will have many ramifications regardless of the class that is being eliminated. Many people would probably disagree with the decision of the classes being cut.

Poking holes in the Berlin fence

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Student Disease) question the necessity, effectiveness, and moral implications of the fences, asking instead for freedom. Freedom? Freedom is reserved only for those in the upper eschalons of society, not for lowly students. It’s not as if the liberal arts education that SVHS supplies is meant to liberate students! Besides, such diseased SVHS students should be thankful they aren’t condemned to suffer under watch towers, like Adele has. For wealth of benefits accrued by the fences, the price tag is quite inexpensive. (Although 700 feet of the fencing will Rachel Glago be purchased with money acquired from the recent installation of the telephone pole/redwood tree, the rest will be purchased by the district.) Besides, on what else are we going to spend our vast surplus of funds? SVHS, the joyous day will soon be upon us — the day when Reagan will warmly smile on us as the sheepish students flock together and happily proclaim:

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The “Ramblin’ Rose” Strange People

Baseball players are a weird type of human being. We are superstitious, we spit like crazy, we yell, we do anything to have a good day at the plate…we do ridiculous things to make sure things on the field goes right. I have a mini troll sitting on top of my locker with a pine tar-riddled Giants helmet on its head. Before I go out on the field, I rub the helmet with my right index finger, game or practice. Keith Thompson, our second baseman, has a Buddha sitting on his locker that he rubs. One day, Sbuh, now apparently Subrick (Sean Boissin, don’t even ask how he got that nickname) touched the Buddha. Not only did Keith have a fit, but I didn’t see the Buddha until a week later after it had been washed everyday. When The Sonoma baseball team circles up to stretch at practice and games; we go to the same spot every time except when we leave. With baseball, there’s black and white issues, but in reality, there’s always an exception. Even Coach Lyons gets into it. He changed his entire wardrobe on the field in order to bring in some new luck. He shortened up the haircut, and decided to pull the pants up and show the socks, even adding in the white socks underneath the green baseball socks. This is only a slice of the pie. Pre-game is nothing compared to the actual game. If you could see what’s going on inside a player’s head at the on-deck circle, it would be like watching an out of control circus combined with the craziest fireworks show you have ever seen. “What if I strike out?” “What do my socks look like? Should I pull up the pants?” “Is she in the crowd?” “Is he going to start me off with a deuce or fastball?” “Gotta get a hit, gotta get a hit, gotta get a hit!” “Damn he throws hard.” “@#$%, I hope he doesn’t make me bunt.” “Ooooo, I hope he throws me that pitch.” “Don’t forget, keep your hands up, shoulder in, tap the plate, line up your knuckles, head in, easy swing…or no…maybe I should swing a little harder because it’ll go further…no, no, don’t need that.” Freak show, huh? Then stepping up to the plate, there is always a routine. Digging in, adjusting the helmet, batting gloves, cup, getting pine tar off the bat or helmet, even taking a glance back at the umpire or the stands (you’re not supposed to do that). So all in all, when you think about it, baseball players are very different from any other person... we act like no other human being would ever think to act. We are strange people...appreciate it. - Tyler Rose

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Fabulous films find venue in film fest

By Dominic Amara and Gabe Bassett

Every year in the first week of April thousands pour into Sonoma to enjoy good wine food, and films. This exquisite festival brings filmmakers from around the world in a five day screening of independent features, documentaries and shorts. The Sonoma International Film Festival is coming soon and is expected to match last year’s turnout of 15,000 people. Although there are fewer venues this year the quality and quantity of the films is expected to be better. The Community Center, the Sebastiani, and the House of Dock’s, the women’s club, will all be acting as some of the venues for the upcoming festival. For the duration of the festival, the Veteran’s Hall will be renamed the “Hollywood Theatre” which will show the large audience films or the ones that are likely to break out into the big screen. These films include “Merlove” which is a locally filmed and produced movie. This festival is considered a medium sized or boutique film festival. Cevin Cathell, Programming Director of the Sonoma International Film Festival, commented, “Boutique festivals are great be-

cause you get the very best films possible.” While past Sonoma Film Festivals have brought such stars as Leonardo DiCaprio, this year Sonoma is expecting none other than Bruce Willis (“Die Hard” Series, “The Sixth Sense”, “The Fifth Element”). The Sonoma International Film Festival will be presenting Willis with a Lifetime

though numerous films have been accepted into this year’s festival, there are strict criteria for being admitted. “I always ask myself, does it have story? That’s my primary concern. And trust me, these films have story,” commented Cathell. The Sonoma film festival includes full length features, documentaries and shorts. “The shorts

Joe Alexander-Short works on his film for the Film Festival

Achievement Award the ceremony will be held at Jacuzzi Winery. Another expected guest to this year’s festival is Matthew Lillard (“Without a Paddle”, “SLC Punk”, “Scooby Doo”) is starring in the film “Spooner,” which is about a socially awkward man who meets the girl of his dreams at the worst possible time. This international film festival includes films from Israel, France, Sweden, Italy, quite a few from Canada, Uruguay and Russia. Al-

photo by Gabe Bassett

are hilarious,” recalled Cathell. There will be a sneak preview of a film on the opening night of the festival. “It’s the cutest film. It has a lot of younger actors” Cathell mused. Among the shorts featured this year, “The D.D.” created by Mike Lee, a SVHS student, will be the only student film shown in the main section of the film festival. Peter Hansen, SVHS video productions teacher, thought it was good enough to be in the festival,

so he pulled some strings because it was submitted after the deadline after the deadline for films to be submitted. “Yeah, apparently they were just hours away from printing the schedule for the shorts,” commented Lee. Ethan Cohen, Student Voice of SVHS’s current Slate, prompted Lee to take on the project of producing and filming a educational video meant to deter students from drunk driving. Lee scripted the mini-drama in late January, while casting in early February. He ended up using many actors from the SVHS Advanced Drama Department. After casting, he began the production phase of the film, which took about a month’s time. The film’s crash scene was the biggest challenge for Lee, with lighting the night scene and dealing with the radio transmission becoming Lee’s paramount concerns. “It was made by kids, so I figurred it would relate to kids more,” pondered Lee. He is the first ever SVHS student to break out into the main festival. Lee’s film will be shown Saturday April 4 at 12:00 at the Hollywood Theatre (The Veteran’s Building) as part of the local shorts program. The Sonoma International Film Festival runs April 1-5.

‘Doctor’ leaves crowd in stitches

by Dominic Amara and Peter Armstrong

Sparking a new tradition, SVHS’s Advanced Drama class put on a rendition of French playwright Molière’s “The Love Doctor” (L’Amour Médecin) during lunchtime on Tues Mar. 10 and Friday Mar. 13. “I enjoy acting in this new medium because it is really easy for our friends to just come in and watch us at lunch, rather than coming after school hours to see a full play,” stated Vincent Palmero, who starred as Sganarelle, the father in

this production. The short play begins with the distressed father worrying about his daughter’s unhappiness with her life. After kicking out his unhelpful friends and relatives, Sganarelle asks Lizet, his maid, played by Dominique Rivera, what he should do. After a number of unsuccessful attempts from various doctors to help her case, by such techniques as bleeding the patient and causing her to throw up, Sganarelle consults a healer, played by Monica Bauermeister, who speaks in rhymes and uses herbs to cure her patients.

photo by Peter Armstrong Sganarelle converses with friends about what to do with his daughter in the opening scene of “The Love Doctor.”


S o n o m a n

by Peter Armstrong

Every holiday has its traditions. July 4 has its firecrackers, Valentines’ Days has candy, and St. Patrick’s Day has its green clothes and free-flowing drinks. However, a certain tradition unique to Sonoma has sprung up in the past years at Murphy’s Irish Pub, continued by the Avalon Players, a local group directed by Kate Kennedy. For the past nine years, March hasn’t come around without an Irish play gracing the Pub’s doorsteps. This year, the play was “Letters from a Love Sick Irish Farmer.”

However, she is soon expelled by the furious father. Finally, the young man Clitander, the daughter Lucinda’s secret lover, poses as a doctor and claims to have the remedy to her sickness. After explaining to Sganarelle his technique of tricking the patient into believing to be married, it becomes apparent to the audience that he really is marrying her, and the father is really the one being tricked. The play ends with the two lovers leaving on their “long term

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Centering around the tragic love story of John Boscoe, the play is a hilarious comedy about the ups and downs in every man’s love life. After Boscoe turns to a matchmaker to help out his hopeless position, the story takes many interesting turns as he goes in and out of different phases in his life. The play ends with Boscoe’s eventual suicide, after writing a final letter to his childhood friend. The final scene is the priest’s mournful eulogy to the poor man’s life. Using the technique of letters as monologues, and avoiding dialogue, the play is different from the norm

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photo by Peter Armstrong Sganarelle, played by Vincent Palmero, tries to figure out what is happening to his daughter.

therapy,” a honeymoon away from the protective reaches of the now baffled father. The production’s cast included Ella Stansfield as Lucinda, Zach Gross as Clitander the “love doctor,” Dominique Rivera as Lizet, and Vincent Palmero as Sganarelle. The five doctors were portrayed by Jesse U’Ren, Anna Haley, Ellen Labitzke, Nicki Differding, and Tony Gullikson. Haley and Labitzke also played as the relatives, along with Christian Weiss and Maya Whiteley.

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Submitted photo Rich Thompson plays the senile brother in “Letters From a Love Sick Irish Farmer”

in common theater. Kate Kennedy, director, stated “It makes everything a whole lot more interesting and fun to work with. I enjoy work-

ing on these plays very much.” The Avalon Players will be performing “The Taming of the Shrew” at Gundlach Bunscheu Winery in August.

March 2009


‘Fiddler’ rocks the little theater

By Layne Ergas and Allison Whitney

With a charming cast and hilarious one-liners, SVHS’ production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” directed by Jane Martin, was a crowdpleasing hit. Accompanied by a ten person orchestra led by Barbara McElroy, the musical turned out to be a great rendition of a classic play about family tradition and religious practices. Starring Christian Weiss as the father, Tevye the Dairyman, the play focused on the witty nature of the “Papa” of five single daughters all wishing to choose their grooms rather than following tradition and having the Matchmaker choose their destinies. Throughout the play, the three eldest daughters defy their father and marry for love rather than money. Tevye’s strong-willed wife Golde, played by Caity Tremblay and Jackie Wurst, draws in the audience as a desperate mother wants

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Tevye’s family gathers for Sabbath Prayer.

to to keep her family strong and together. Tremblay and Wurst each provided their own spin on this resilient character, enlightening the production with sassy comebacks and motherly tendencies. With dominant religious themes, “Fiddler on the Roof” weaved traditional Jewish customs with youthful ideas, creating a opposi-

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The Jaywalkers are crossing over out of the garage and into the spotlight, planning on making it big. The band consists of Adam Spry on guitar and vocals, Kyle Clouse on bass, David De Smet on keyboard and Gabe Stein on drums. The band was formed at the beginning of this year when Spry and Clouse started jamming together. They cycled through a few drummers before finally settling with Stein. “He’s pretty much one of the best drummers we’ve ever heard,” commented Clouse. David came into the band via Adam because they had played together before and Adam knew of David’s skill. The Jaywalkers recently released their self titled EP, with four songs: Ambassador, Jenny, Cupid and Midnight Dreamiing. What sets them apart from most starting out bands? Many find their clean sound

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tion between the narrow-minded adults and their rebellious children. A traditional Jewish wedding takes place under a white chuppa (a canopy) between Tzeitel, the eldest daughter, played by Anna Haley and Sarah Khalil, and the town tailor, Motel, played by Mason Thomsen and Anthony Lucchesi. Consisting of the stomping of the glass and dancing the Hora,

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“Copper Sun”, by Sharon Draper, is historical fiction at its finest. Learning about slavery through the perspective of a black slave and a indentured white girl, I could not put this suspenseful Coretta Scott King Award winner book down. Amari, the main character, is happy and content in her small village in Africa, until, unexpectedly, her sheltered world is destroyed when the white skinned men came to take her away. Amari witnesses the horror of her people being separated and her parents and younger brother being murdered. She, along with other young and strong villagers, are dragged off in chains. Nothing could prevent what Amari would have to face next. The story takes you along the gruesome and tragic adventure

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The Jaywalkers play at Murphy’s Irish Pub.

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makes them much more distinguishable, something that many bands strive for. The name of the band was born one day right in front of SVHS when Spry, Clouse and Luke Salmas, a friend of the group, were jaywalking from Easy Stop to the high school. While walking across the street, one of them

commented they were “the jaywalkers.” The Jaywalkers are selling EP’s for $4 a piece on campus, while their EP is also going to be released on iTunes in less than a month. The Jaywalkers will be playiing at The Shop on April 4th, Doors open at 7:00pm, show is at 8:00pm.

Amari takes across the ocean, into America, where she is finally sold into a white man’s rice plantation. Upon arriving at her new “home” as a slave and a toy for the owner’s hateful son, Amari meets new acquaintances. While some are friendly and helpful, others are cruel enough to tortured and kill. She quickly learns the language of her new residence and succeeds at going about day to day life unnoticed by the white monsters around her. But soon, someone else’s mistake forces Amari to flee for freedom. With a white indentured girl named Polly, a young little boy, and a ragged dog tagging along, Amari searches for the freedom that will save all of their lives. The three runaways make their way north, heading towards a

supposed place that will block them from the legal laws of slavery, running into people along the way who help them with their treacherous journey. This historical fiction book was written so that people may understand the intensity of slavery through a story in which the reader gets attached to the characters. “Copper Sun” is a wonderful mixture of tragedy, suspense, survival, history, and fiction that drew me in and compelled me to keep reading. Personally, I am not a person to pick up a historical book for pleasure. However, by infusing fiction into the reality of black slavery, Draper wrote a book that would interest even the most non historical loving reader. “Copper Sun” is a truly amazing and impacting story that gave me a clearer perspective on slavery, survival, and sacrifice.

History meets fiction

By Chelsea Rose Shiery

the wedding was a loud celebration that soon ended when police arrived and a riot broke out. Perchik, played by Peter Armstrong, was the first person to step up and break tradition by asking Hodel, played by Lisa Kasper, Ellen Labitzke, and Elena Tennant, to dance. While the community was flabbergasted when the two stood up and graced the dance

floor, Perchick found this a new beginning to change the old ways and traditions. A memorable and hilarious scene, “To Life”, took place at the local Inn where Tevye and the butcher, Lazar Wolf, played by the talented Vincent Palmero make an alcohol-induced agreement. The Innkeeper, played by Dominic Amara, poured round after round of his finest vodka, supplying everyone with the energy for intoxicated dance moves and slurred speech. At the end of the play, the Jewish villagers are evicted from their homes by the Tsar on the eve of the Russian Revolution. Ending without a typical reprise, a disappointment, “Fiddler on the Roof” captured the reality of Russian poverty. Fiddler on the Roof was a phenominal production and had an incredibly talented cast. The music was festive and provided a toe-tapping background.

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For everyone stuck in town while their friends jet off on vacation for spring break, you are actually in luck! Right now there are more critically acclaimed movies on DVD than ever before. While movie theaters are now charging over $9 a film, Blockbuster and Netflix make it more affordable to catch last year’s epic movies. Award winning Sean Penn stars in “Milk”, now on DVD. Daryn Kelley, senior, lists it as “one of my favorite movies of the year! I’m definitely gonna rent it.” “Milk”, recently out of theatres,

Photo from Google Images “Boy in the Striped Pajamas”

quickly hit shelves and is now available. We highly recommend this inspirational film for anyone who enjoys historical memoirs. This year Anne Hathaway showed her acting abilities taking on the role as drug-abuser Kym in “Rachel Getting Married.” The story of family conflict and personal crisis showcases the actress in her most challenging role yet. Hathaway, nominated for best actress, earned the honor as the leading star in this dark comedy

now also available on DVD. We recommend this movie not only for fans of Hathaway but for anyone who enjoys watching a dysfunctional family, and the humor of it, in a movie. The highly anticipated vampire flick, “Twilight” has finally arrived on DVD earning a hype as it did when it came out in Nov. 2008. The DVD includes deleted scenes, enticing cast interviews, and exclusive behind the scenes action. This film’s DVD sales will likely dominate among other movies, as it did when it became the #1 movie when it opened. We recommend this movie to anyone hungry for a bite of love and never ending suspense. Due to it’s limited release, “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas”, a popular hit among critics, was quiet to the public, making a mere $9 million at the box office. This powerful story about two boys befriending during the Holocaust takes viewers on an unforgettable journey through the torturous times of WWII. This film, seen from the point of view of eight year-old Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, focuses on a child’s unprejudiced views and his confusion on why his friendship with a Jewish boy must be separated by a barbed-wire fence. We recommend this drama to anyone looking for a tragic yet impacting story of a forbidden friendship controlled by a catastrophic war.

March 2008

Conventio Photo by Bradley Hutchinson Steven McGunagle colorfully shows off his new style.

Photo by Caity Tremblay Carlos Ramirez embraces his stylish look.

Photo by Caroline Ciatti Freshman girls went in, colorful chaos emerged.

Photo by Joe Gilmore Jeff Slack laughs at his tropical make up.

Photo by Jordan Albertson Jordan Albertson copes with her new makeover.

Photo by Bradley Hutchinson. Is that a Jonas Brother, no wait it’s Clarke Campion!

attempts to fight for various issues they feel are of prominence, attend meetings and contribute ideas to leadership. Therefore, Convention is held to decide the fate of the slates. At Convention, performers such as the Jaywalkers and “Sonoma’s Best Dance Crew” took to the stage in entertainment for the Convention attendees . Question and answer sessions, a vocal performance by Emily Hawkins, and various games such as the balloon pop game and push-up contest also took place. In addition to these events, delegates are served lunch at the affair. This year, the meal of choice was chilli and corn bread. Following each round, slates are continuously eliminated over a series of four voting periods. At the end of each round, delegates are asked to distribute 10 points

amongst the remaining slates as Alicia Armstrong read off the tally’s to Dragon’s Court. Following the tallying, the next slate to be eliminated was announced. Students also have a voice, whether or not one chooses to speak up to ask questions. Runners dressed in black and white uniforms walk around relaying messages from state to state so students may communicate amongst themselves. However, Convention at SVHS always comes with unexpected events. The Fuzzy Room is notorious for its make-overs to unforeseen victims as students arise looking almost unrecognizable. Convention, though anything but conventional at SVHS, proved to be an exciting, enticing and enjoyable way to elect new student government.

Fuzzy Room Victims

Truly unconventional

By Tara Jordan

As the school-wide rendition of the national anthem commenced, the battle for who is to be voted Slate for the 2009-2010 school year began. Convention is essentially a large gathering of delegates, or “states”, made up of four people in each group. As each homeroom is assigned a state, students file into Golton Hall to experience the political thrills of student government. This year, five slates took to the stage to fight for the title of “Slate”. A Student Activities Director, Financial Advisor, Student Voice and Campaign Manager make up the school’s slate that ultimately represents the student body. The real question: what does slate do? In general, slate is the voice of the school and

Slate One

Slate Two

“Consider us the Safeway slate- you may not need us every moment but we’re always open.”

Slate Three

Student Voice Sean Hammett, Student Activites Director Joe-Alexander Short a By Krystyna Livingston

Walking carrots accompanied Slate 4 to win the hearts and votes of delegates during convention last Friday. The newly appointed Student Voice, Sean Hammett, Student Activities Director, Joe Alexander-Short, and Financial Advisor, Dylan Howarth, will take the position of the current slate at the end of the 2009 school year. “We’re happy, we’re happy we won…it was very thrilling,” said Financial Advisor Dylan Howarth. Slate 4 has many reasons to be joyous as their determination fueled their victory. Along

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with support from the student body, the trio received the help from students dressed as carrots to pass out Christmas presents, along with a romantic entrance in which Slate 4 distributed flowers to voters attending convention. The first round of votes was overwhelmingly in support of Slate 6. Although, as convention elapsed the voters began to shed admiration for second place slate. Each eliminated slate directed their endorsement to Slate 4 and students showed support as well. Mave Greenberg, sophomore shared her opinion, “I want Slate Four to win, I think they’ll do the best.”

Slate Six

“A change from the normal.” Jesse U’Ren, Johnahan Reynolds and Dillon Adams.

Rachel Glago, Megan Cline, David DeSmet and Zach Adams. “Slate one has big ambitions, and even bigger hearts. We dream big... real big.”

“Just trying to find the balance between fun and education.”

“Slate six is all about listening to the entire student body and making changes that will benefit everyone.”

Peter Coburn, Stephen Brooks, Steven Murden and Ellie Ceja.

Kyle Clouse, Arlanne Burquez, Victor Vasquez and Braden Lyons.

Cole Aviles, Jordan Villasenor, Christian Palominos, and Manuel Heredia.

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on 2009

Caught in Thought

What was the most memorable part of convention?

Photo by Joe Gilmore Drummer Gabe Stein epically rips off his shirt during the Jaywalkers performance

Rocking Convention

By Caroline Ciatti

Photo by Joe Gilmore

er Short and Financial Advisor Dylan Howarth celebrate their victory.

Howarth explained that Slate 4 did not expect to win after Slate 6 obtained such a high percentage of votes during the primary. The percentage jumped from a 10.4% loss to a 25.6% lead. “The votes were really close [between] us and Slate 6 at the end, ” stated Howarth, “they were a good slate.” The trio had little time to celebrate the victory. These plans include the reincarnation of the popular attendance waiver. The waiver permitted students to choose a final to skip if a student demonstrated perfect attendance. The slate is also interested in making the PE waiver forms more

Slate Seven

“R.I.P. Slate 7. The new 7 is 1.” - Andie Nibbler, Kevin Phillips and Jeff Slack.

readily available to the students. The Slate ran much of their campaign embracing dragon pride in athletics. “We want to have a fan section, a better one at least, more organized and appropriate,” stated Howarth. The trio wants to meet both the expectations of the administration and the students. Seniors showed support for the newly appointed Slate, too. Convention security Troy McArdle stated, “yeah, I’m glad [Slate 4 won.] I like Joe, Joe is like the coolest I know.” Ultimately, Determination and charisma led Slate 4 to victory.

Round One

Slate 1


Slate 2


Slate 3 12.3% Slate 4 29.6% Slate 6


The 2009 convention was filled with numerous talented performers and promient speakers. Among these entertainers were the SVHS band, The Jaywalkers, singer Emily Hawkins, and member of California legislature, Jared Huffman. The creative use of different costume styles was a key element in setting the political climate. Seniors dressed as bouncers outfitted in black attire and dark shades. The Runners wore professional wear as they delivered notes from state to state. For the opening, Ethan Cohen made his first appearance by stripping away the many layers of football jerseys that he had worn since second grade. The Slates played with a variety of outfits ranging from athletic and professional, to army and sumo wrestling. One of the Slates went as far as to hand out flowers and fast food. In the midst of all this activity, Ethan Cohen rapped as the Jaywalkers performed. Shortly after the performance, the Slates sparked enthusiasm by presenting a balloon pop game. Colorful balloons were attached to their ankles as they ran around trying

to pop other balloons. The Fuzzy Room was both entertaining and humerous as the crowd was made up into disastrous decorated concoctions, complete with garments, makeup and feathers. Part of the festivity included Emily Hawkins, who sang an uplifting song from the Rent soundtrack, “Out Tonight.” Clips from the hillarious show, “Family Guy” was also projected onto the wall of the gym, earning a few laughs. The Leadership students, who served as hostbjected the Slates to a special “Challenge Day” where they were asked questions as a group. If they could relate to the questions, they would cross the line. Jared Huffman, a State Assembly member, proceeded to share his knowledge of promoting and protecting the economy. He had great enthusiasm as he bestowed his words of wisdom on the crowd. “The first thing is, if you want to be successful,” said Huffman, “not to think of the politics of the things.” Convention closed with a performance by the masked members of “Sonoma’s Best Dance Crew”, a thrilling end to a memorable Convention.

“Bringing the school together for a common purpose.” - Zach Adams Junior

“The dancing and the little skits they do whatever makes me laugh.” -Carly Land Sophomore

“The games and watching the canidates.” -Arianna Schille Freshman

Round Three Round Four Slate 1 13.3% 17.7% Slate 4 63.3% 13.1% Slate 4 37.1% 32.1% Slate 6 37.7% 41.5% Slate 6 45.2%

Round Two

Slate 1 Slate 3 Slate 4 Slate 6

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Te a c h e r f e a t u r e : M e t c a l f e

By Shawna Bertlin

Science is constantly changing and incidently so has the face of room M4. For the last two years, Cambria Metcalfe has taught lab biology to sophomores, and has this year, taken on a senior advanced biology class as well. Metcalfe who hadnt always planned on being a teacher, started out by atttending the Santa Rosa JC, right out of high school. Here she majored in the study of Anthropolgy. When she was finished wih her studies, she was given the oppertunity to go on real archiology expeditions. Metcalfe became part of a dig team in Crows Canyon, a ruin site of Cortez, Colorado. “Even though I never found anything, it was a very rewardnig expeiriance to be part of the exivation” Metcalfe adds. Metcalfe later realized she was not done exploring her professional options. From the SRJC, she transferred to,

Mrs. Metcalfe helps a student with biology.

and graduated from UC Davis, where she majored in Viticulture. Metcalfe worked in the wine making industry for 12 years, before realizing of her immense desire to pursue teaching.

Photo by Shawna Bertlin

In sights of becommng a teacher, Metcalfe attended Sonoma State University where she obtained her teaching credential. Being a teacher now for 5 years, Metcalfe has come to love

it. “Creating relationships and watching my students grow and mature” she says, is the best reward she gets from teaching. Metcalfe also added that working in this enviorment is a great change from her proir jobs. “I enjoy the way there are no hidden agendas, or adult politics to deal with in the classroom,”Metcalfe shared. Outside of teaching, Metcalfe also staying active. She delights in camping, hikng, and doing yoga. In her downtime, Metcalfe fills her days with sewing, listaining to live music and cooking. She especially finds joy in sewing and selling here own yoga mat bags along with making colthes, hats and handbags. Although exploring a few professions in her life, Metcalfe is gratified by the position she now holds as a teacher. She hopes to keep teaching and learning new things with her students each and every day.

Scrumptious cornbread

By Caity Tremblay

March roared in like a lion, bringing rains and indoor weather. What better way to spend these rainy days than munching some tasty crumbly corn bread?

til blended. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes (to be sure it’s done, insert a toothpick into the center. If it comes out without any batter on it it’s done). Served best warm. Corn bread can be used as a sweet or

savory treat; eat it with butter, jam, honey, melted cheese, or use it like bread in a regular meal. It’s also delicious plain! Note: recipe may be doubled. Use greased 13 by 9 inch baking pan; bake as above.

You’ll need: 1 cup of yellow corn meal 1 cup of all purpose flour ¼ cup granulated sugar 1 tbsp. baking powder 1 tsp. salt 1 cup milk 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1 large egg, lightly beaten Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease 8-inch-square baking pan. Combine corn meal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Combine milk, oil, and egg in a small bowl; mix well. Add milk mixture to flour mixture; stir just un-

A stack of cornbread muffins cool before being devoured.

Photo by Caity Tremblay

S o n o m a ’s i d o l s

By Caroline Ciatti Young-Dahl Music Studios created Sonoma Idol, a version of the popular show American Idol. The production made its first ap-

division and approximately seven in the senior division. The audience could vote for their favorite in each division, resulting in a top three. The panel consisted of five judges

Photo by Caroline Ciatti Jackie Worst (left) was the third place finisher in her division and Elena Tennant was a participant.

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pearance Saturday March 14 at the Sonoma Community Center, and ran from eight to eleven. The contestants could chose their own songs, whether it was pre-recorded or presented as an accompaniment. There were first, second, and third place winners that were decided by both a panel of judges and the audience. There were two divisions, a junior division, ages 12-14 and senior division ages 15-18. There were six acts in the junior

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from the community, “and they were all like Paula’s, not mean ones,” says Jackie Worst, a third place winner. Jackie Worst, a junior and sophomore Elena Tenet, were both SVHS students who performed. Jackie was rewarded by the audience, winning third place in her division. The enthusiastic crowd supported Jackie who sang “Taylor the Latte Boy”, by Kristin Chenoweth.

Spring Fashion By Alison Whitney If you are feeling like me, getting dressed in the morning has become quite frustrating. Don’t get me wrong tall boots and dark, thick wool sweaters are fabulous in their own way but, living in California most of a girl’s wardrobe is reserved for light dresses, short shorts, and sandals. This spring as ladies anticipate showing off their tans with tank tops, designers are eager to distract consumers from money

Photo from Google Neiman A Marc Jacobs patterned sundress

problems with floral fabrics and vibrant colors. As fashion week wrapped up in New York City last month, the trends and colors for the upcoming seasons became clear. Yellows, oranges, pinks, and corals popped off the runway. Those colors also appeared in the many floral and feminine blouses and Bohemian dresses. Some designers showed inspired looks reminiscent of the bollywood styles shown in “Slumdog Millionaire.” Models were dressed in turquoise floor length dresses with elaborate jewelry and jeweled sandals. Michael Kors showed cocktail dresses in hot pinks flourescent oranges and luminescent yellows. Kristen Bell star of “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” recently wore a tangerine floor length flowing dress to the Golden Globes after party. Along with fun colors try fun and bold prints this season. Critically acclaimed Marc Jacobs is showing butterfly prints and quirky florals paired with plaid fabrics. Another detail designers have chosen are large bows. Femininity is huge this season from flouncy necklines to girly details in buttons and bows. Celebrities in sunny Los Angeles are beginning to shed their heavy peacoats and black tights for lighter fabrics and hues. “Transformer”s star Megan Fox was recently photographed wearing a pair of light-wash, distressed, and loose fitting “boyfriend” jeans with gladiator sandals perfect for the warmer weather. Taking over for winter-appropriate black is navy blue and light grey. During the recent awards season celebrities such as Freida Pinto and Anne Hathwaway sported navy blue gowns a more modern color than classic black. This spring the thing to remember is to choose color! Bright electric shades will not only make your skin look more tan and healthier but they will have a positive effect on your mood. Look for fun prints and whimsical patterns and do not be afraid to wear more than one bright color at a time. As Coco Chanel once said, “The best color in the whole world, is the one that looks good, on you!”

March 2009


Looking for ‘plusses’ in the win column

By Matt Linder

Dragon’s baseball falls one run short when Casa comes to our house for the 2009 SCL season opener. It was a battle of aces with Sonoma’s Ben Graff going head to head with Casa’s Spencer Finkbohner. Graff pitched five-and-a-third hitless innings but struggled with his control hitting three and walking five. The seven Dragons fielding for Graff committed a costly 4 errors leading to Casa’s 4 unearned runs. Despite the poor defense performance the Dragons did swing the bats but unfortunately left a total of 10 men stranded on base. Steve Filippi, senior, hit a shot to dead center earning him a stand up double. Jeremy Branconi, junior, turned on a pitch hitting a homerun that was foul by only a couple feet. Branconi later replaced Graff to close the game but the damage had already been done. The Dragons played a tough preseason with a record of 4 – 4, with wins against Ukiah, Washington, Santa Rosa, and

Piner. The majority of players are not the only thing new to the Dragons this year. The team is riddled with new rituals and a new clubhouse behind Arnold Field. Griff Lucia, junior, explains, “The clubhouse is as good as a pro clubhouse, we all have our own locker’s with our names on them.” Lucia also mentioned that the clubhouse contains a big screen TV, Playstation 3, and a pingpong table. “It’s beautiful, were spoiled,” says Lucia. Last year’s team, NCS champions, would lie in on the grass, which they called “sponging” before games. This year the team does a similar ritual, but they sprawl in the shape of the plus. “It gives us time to think,” says Lucia. There is also a “plus bus” drawn in the dugout. If a player does something good they get a plus under the plus bus. The Dragons have an away game on Friday the 20 against the Windsor Jaguars. The Dragons plan to fill the “plus bus” full of pluses and the record full of wins.

Photo by Bradley Hutchinson

Tennis: a swing and a miss

Ben Graff, junior, coming out of the wind-up in the SCL season opener against Casa

By Cambria Isetta and Brian Donald

Photo by Cambria Isetta Vi c t o r H o d g s o n , s e n i o r, p r e p a r e s f o r b a c k h a n d a g a i n s t Wi n d s o r

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Serving their way into a new season, the SVHS boys’ tennis team is in full swing. The season is “going splendid thus far” Will Stephens, senior, explains as the Dragon boys’ have had a taste of victory as well as defeat. Facing a strong Windsor squad, Thursday March 12, the Dragons could not pull out a victory but put up a fight, losing 4-3 overall. With a “solid singles lineup” Sam Lee, junior, explained, the Dragon boys’ will most likely have “a successful season, with a winning record.” In the close loss against Windsor, number three singles player Conner Jeffress recorded a 6-4, 6-3 win, Flo Brett won an easy 6-1, 6-1 match at number four singles, and Stephens and David

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Cole recorded a 6-0, 6-4 victory at number three doubles. Cole, sophomore, explained that the match against Windsor was “easy, but everyone else’s seemed pretty hard.” On the other end of the spectrum, Victor Hodgson, senior, lost 2-6, 1-6 against a tough number one singles opponent, at number two singles, Sam Lee, junior, lost a close 4-6, 3-6 match. Senior Connor Martinelli’s and junior Zach Adams lost 4-6, 5-7 at a tough number one doubles. Junior Cole Aviles’ and sophomore Kyle Milner’s 3-6, 7-5, 2-6 losses at number two doubles.

Track teams

By Anna Dwyer

With the SCL season starting up, the SVHS tracksters are practicing their final handoffs and run-throughs in preparation for the tough season ahead. The Dragon boys have just finished their preseason schedule and have started the league season. After a tough 83-52 loss to Napa, who is competitive every year, the boys rebounded with a demolishing victory over Piner with a final score of 113-28. Even with captains, Niko Conner and Donny Albini, suffering from early season injuries, the varsity boys are overcoming obstacles and hoping to prove themselves as a force in the SCL. However, in the league-opening meet against the always-strong Petaluma, the boys lost by a score of 93-43. Thus far, the Dragons have been led by standouts Ryan Dieckmann, Jordan Jones, Cameron Davis, Nathanael Hargitt, and Sean Hammett. The Lady Dragons have had a very strong preseason, with impressive victories over both Napa (78-58) and Piner (100-27). With impressive new freshman, Selena Caruso, Maddie Goertzen and Sarah Summers boosting the already-strong varsity squad, the Lady Dragons have very high expectations for the season. In preseason, strong performances by Tori Dwyer, Selena Caruso, Ellen Everidge, Heather Keola, Hannah Bragstad, and Sarah Summers helped the Lady Dragons to victory. Against the Petaluma girls squad, the Lady Dragons were also edged by a score of 77-55. The Dragons have competed in several weekend meets in addition to the preseason schedule in hopes of being in prime shape for the regular season. With Healdsburg visiting Sonoma on the 25 and the Dragons facing non-league Cardinal Newman and Ursuline on April 1, the Dragons must push themselves in order to prevail, and they are preparing to do just this.

March 2009


Wrestlers send three to state

By Elaine Stanfield and Rachel Glago

With a take down and a pin, Sonoma wrestlers achieved their all time best season placing 1st in SCL, 5th in NCS, and producing 3 state qualifiers. Dressing in singlets for a few more matches, Brady Wicklund at 171 pounds, Nick Fedrick at 160 pounds, and Evan Murden at 114 pounds drove to Robobank Stadium in Bakersfield for the CIF state championships. Murden’s effort was shown, but he unfortunately pinned his first and second match, sending him home with Wicklund. Wicklund’s record was 0-2, losing to a tech in his first match, and losing in over time in his second match. “I kind of got a bad draw. I wrestled the kid who placed 1st in my first match, so that was a disadvantage,” Wicklund says of his first match. Fedrick began his state journey with a 6-0 win during his first match. His second match had a bitter ending since he was pinned in the end of the 3rd period; even though, he was only

Raising the Bar

down by 4. Eager to continue through the brackets, Fedrick pinned his opponent within a minute during his third match. Unfortunately, during his fourth match, he lost by 2 points, sending the last Dragon home. Having qualified for his first time, Fedrick’s exuberance glowed from his face as he recalls that he was “surprised at how well [he] did.” As for the Dragon team, they placed 5th in NCS, behind De La Salle, Liberty, James Logan, and College. The Dragon’s previous best was 6th in NCS, so this season set a new school record. Along with the NCS 5th, the Dragon’s defended their thrown of SCL division champions. “Hopefully we can do it again next year, or maybe be even better. It will be tough though because we are losing so many seniors,” Murden says of the Dragon’s successful season. With 11 seniors graduating, the Dragon’s will face a tough season next year, but they say they will hold their heads high while defending their SCL title.

Time-out By Elaine Stanfield and Rachel Glago

Off the court, student athletes jump into action and discuss their current season.

Connor Jeffress, junior Varsity Tennis

Photo By Joe Gilmore Nick Fedrick, senior, wrestles Petaluma opponent during SCL”s in Golton Hall, contributing to the teams overall 1st place.

1. Began: “I started playing when I was in 8th grade.” 2. Event: “My favorite event is singles.” 3. Athlete: “My favorite athlete is basketball player Dwaine Wade.” 4. Breakfast: “My favorite food in the morning is french toast.”

Time to run the bases

By Matt Linder Squatting 350, benching 150, and deadlifting 300 pounds is a mere days work out for Heather Keola, senior, and powerlifting 5 nation record holder. Keola began competitively powerlifting in junior year because her dad coaches Sonoma’s “Ikaika Ho’omau” powerlifting team. Keola has lived up to her team’s name, which translates into strength and persistence. “Yeah I hold some records,” Keola said with a modest shrug. She holds numerous local, state, and national records. She holds the United States Powerlifting Federation state full meet record with a total weight of 866.2 pounds. That consists of 375.8 pound squat, a 159.8 pound bench press, and a pound 330.6 deadlift. Even if you don’t know anything about weight lifting that’s impressive to say the least. Keola trains at Sonoma Fitness. “I strengthen my core,” and when meets are coming up we do mock meets to train,” says Keola. She competes in both the United States Powerlifting Federation (USPL) and USA Powerlifting (USAPL) leagues in both full and open meets. Afull meet is all three lifts and an open meet is a single event. Powerlifting is an extremely dangerous sport but its always “safety first,” says Keola. They wear special spandex suit that support the muscles and bones. Lifters also wear belts to support the back and raps which support the ligaments. Keola highly recommends becoming a powerlifting, and maybe if your ridiculously strong you can set national records too.

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Keeley Ray, junior Varsity Softball 1. Began: “I began at age 7.” 2. Position: “I play centerfield.” 3. Athlete: “My favorite athlete is Sarah Semenero.” 4. Breakfast: “I like Eggos for breakfast.”

Photo by Joe Gilmore

Megan McNeilly, freshman, swings the bat for a hit.

By Elaine Stanfield With only four returning players, the girls softball team slides into an anticipated new season. Four year varsity player and center-fielder, Keeley Ray, junior, expects to “win at least half of our games this season.” In Ray’s opinion this year’s most difficult opponent will “probably be Windsor.” First year head coach for the varsity softball team, Dean Merrill and assistant coach Jeff Marcias leads the team with solid performances for nonleague and

league games. The only two seniors Morgan Phillips and Liccet Guzman, both returning players, will perform as the two captains this season. Lady Dragons outmatched nonleague opponent, Elsie Allen, on the home field, finishing 4-1 into the bottom of the fifth inning on Friday March 13. Standout freshmen, Megan McNeilly, had an impressive 10 hits, 7 strikeouts, and 2 earned runs yielded. The softball Lady Dragons fell to the San Marin Mustangs in the last inning with an unexpected

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fast ball, leaving the Dragon’s down by one point, and unable to tie it up, finishing with a 1-0 loss on Wednesday, March 18. In the Lady Dragons match against nonleague Ursuline on Friday, March 20, the Lady Dragons unfortunately fell again, this time to the Bears. Ray’s 2 for 3 with three runs scored, as well as Phillips’ and Mcneilly’s 2 for 4 each with 2 RBIs each. The new team will host El Molino on Tuesday, March 24, and Analy on Thursday, March 26, in the SCL opener both at 4 p.m.

Matt Fraser, junior Varsity Track 1. Began: “I have been doing it for two years.” 2. Event: “I like to polevault, because I go high.” 3. Athlete: “I would have to say Ben Graff is my favorite athlete.” 4. Breakfast: “I eat G

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Super swimmer March madness Sports

By Brian Donald and Cambria Isetta

By Brian Donald and Cambria Isetta

Dylan Hamilton swam his way to the SCL finals for the past three years and has been one of the most successful swimmers on the team since freshman y e a r. Hamilton swam for club t e a m s Tw i n Va l l e y A q u a t i c s a n d We s t S i d e A q u a t i c s for six days a week, two h o u r s a d a y. H e h a s s w a m competitievely for twelve years. Hamilton explains he stopped swimming on a club team “because it takes a l o t o f t i m e a n d e n e rg y t o go to another town since we d o n ’t h a v e a p o o l h e r e . ” The fact of never having swam a home meet his entire four years, Hami l t o n f e e l s “ i t ’s s a d w e cant have any home meets and it kind of kills swimming for Sonoma and it is sad because everyone was stoked after the Olympics f o r s w i m m i n g b u t n o w i t ’s killed.” H a m i l t o n ’s i d o l s w e r e the stars of the Olympic games, “Michael Phelps b e c a u s e h e ’s a b e a s t , o r A a r o n P i e r s o l b e c a u s e h e ’s a good surfer too.” As one of the standout swimmers in the SCL since f r e s h m a n y e a r, H a m i l t o n has swam the 200 Individu a l M e d l e y, 1 0 0 b u t t e r f l y,

Photo by Joe Gilmore Athlete of the month, Dylan Hamilton, has dominated SCL swimming for the fourth consecutive year.

200 freestyle, and various r e l a y s e a c h y e a r. H e c o n siders his best stroke to be t h e 2 0 0 I n d i v i d u a l M e d l e y, in which he has won the SCL championship each year for the event. Hamilton considers the best year for swimming at SVHS his freshman year because there were only seven guys on the team and Casa Grande had 21, yet they still defeated the Gauchos, a memory that will stick with Hamilton. This year the toughest opponents for Hamilton and

the SVHS boys swimming team will be Casa Grande and Petaluma. Having a small team is hard because h e e x p l a i n s , “ Yo u c a n ’t r e a l l y w i n i f y o u c a n ’t f i e l d a team.” Recording his best time at the SCL championships l a s t y e a r, H a m i l t o n h a d a personal best time in the 2 0 0 I n d i v i d u a l M e d l e y. Hamilton is expected to repeat his SCL winning title o n c e a g a i n t h i s y e a r, b e i n g a four year SCL champion, a rare and impressive accomplishment.

slowly improving and becoming more competitive against that of the other schools. “The guys team has lost a few players, but likewise we’ve gained a few. But our team will definitely win a few meets later in the season as we get more conditioned,” stated Brenden Cohen, senior. As for the girls team, they have an identical record of 0-3, only losing by very small margins. “We just got off to a slow start, like the guys, but the next meets are against easier teams, so we should be able to

perform better in the next few meets,” commented Maeve Greenberg, sophomore. Regardless of the relatively unsuccessful season start, the Dragon swim teams still have three remaining swim meets against Healdsburg, Petaluma, and Saint Vincents. The swimmers are hopeful for a medal position in this year’s SCL tournament on May 9. “As a first year swimmer, I’m pretty impressed by how ripped you get from swimming. It’s a pretty hard sport, but it’s definitely a good work out,” concluded Victor Virgen, sophomore.

As mid March passes the madness is only beginning. Selection Sunday was on March 15 this year and the pandemonium of college basketball is tipping off. “I think it’s the best sporting event in America,” says senior avid college basketball fan Tony Baciocco. Many people prefer this tournament over the NBA finals, making this time of year crazy. There are 64 teams invited to the tournament but “there’s definitely not enough teams in the tournament. I like the way it is, but I’d like to see more teams involved,” says Baciocco. The opening round was on March 19 and 20 and will be played in eight locations such as Miami, FL, Dayton, OH, Minneapolis, MN, Philadelphia, PA, Portland, OR, Boise, ID, Kansas City, KS and Greensboro, NC. They are separated into West, Midwest, East and South brackets. Louisville was ranked first in the country going into the tournament and received

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the one seed in the Midwest bracket. North Carolina was ranked two going into Selection Sunday and received the one seed in the South bracket. There has been much controversy over the fact that Connecticut received the first seed over Memphis in the Western bracket. Memphis was ranked third going into Selection Sunday and UConn was ranked fifth. “I would like to see West Virginia or Duke win,” says Baciocco, but “there’s no guarantees in this tournament.” All the teams in the tournament are very competitive so there is no telling what will transpire.

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Swimmers take off By Clarke Campion

After getting off to a late start with practice commencing over two weeks after the season opening, the SVHS swim teams are slowly progressing toward a decent position in SCL’s. Second-year head coach, Hannah Martin, and assistant coach Will Martin, are intending to bring back the strength of the SVHS team this year. With three season games already completed, the boys team, massively undermanned, has a record of 0-3. However, their scores are

SVHS and Windsor girls dive off the blocks for the 50 meter freestyle competition.

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Photo by Joe Gilmore Garret Dossett, senior, drives a long shot at the Sonoma Golf Club course.

By Clarke Campion

With preseason play over and SCL league matches well underway, the SVHS golfers are hoping to clinch enough wins to be contenders in the 2009 SCL championships. So far this season the golfers have a league record of 1-2, with a win against El Molino and a loss against Petaluma, and an overall record of 3-6. Leading the SVHS golfers this season is Sam Wallace, senior and captain, who has consistently maintained low-scoring rounds throughout the season play, with lowest season scores of 38 and 42. Also reaping success are Alex Connor, freshman, Trevor Dwelly, junior, Garrett Dossett, senior, Joe Gilmore, junior, Mike Sutsos, senior, A.J. Vitorelo, sophomore, and Jake

Welty, junior, with all-around solid scores. “This year we have a solid team with a lot of good new players, so I think we will do pretty well overall. We’ve all been practicing and trying to get back into the swing of things, and hopefully we can pull off some more solid wins this season,” stated Sam Wallace, captain. The rain has already proved to be an issue, with the SCL opener against Casa Grande cancelled and the Sonoma Golf Club to muddy to practice at times. Though the season may not have started out the way they had hoped, the SVHS golfers are unquestionably gaining momentum as the season progresses. The golfers’ last season game is on April 23, followed by NCS qualifiers and championship if the team fares successfully.

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