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Eaglecrest 5100 S. Picadilly St. Centennial CO 80015 - - October, 2013 - Volume 22 Issue 1 -

LOOK WHAT’S INSIDE NEWS - From California to Colorado. Vincent Orlando comes here as the new Athletic Director. Page 5

IN-DEPTH - The events this summer have caused us to look at racism. Some feel it’s a severe problem at school, while others believe it doesn’t exist at all. Page 6 ARTS - What does it mean a high school band? A look how the bands Vacuous and Federation operate gives two Page 10

to be inside Red answer.

SPORTS - In a world full of team sports, individuality is a rarity. For Senior Josh Mestas, skateboarding is the perfect way to achieve that feeling. Page 12 OPINIONS - Need some advice? Well, Luke Meacham is more than happy to give some, but you may need to think twice about taking it. Page 14




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Senior Jessica Rivera grabbed her winter coat as she left home for school. It was 80 degrees out that day. “I’m pretty sure I got sick because I have a class that’s so cold, and I wear a jacket, and then I go into a hot classroom, and it was not agreeing with my body,” Rivera said. While most of the renovations, like the new carpet and the updated College and Career Center, were complete when school started, the one problem is the new HVAC system, which controls the air conditioning and heating. The temperature can very dramatically from classroom to classroom. “The HVAC system needs to be fixed,” sophomore Danielle Newton said. “It goes from burning hot to freezing cold.” Everything was going according to schedule until mid-September, when the technicians found a problem with the valves. “They didn’t realize they weren’t working until the water started leaking through,” Assistant Principal Shane Snyder said. “So now we have to replace all of them.” Construction company Central Mechanical Corporation won the bid for the project and will replace 400 new valves by Halloween. In order not to disrupt class time, construction workers will work from 4 p.m. to midnight installing new pipes. The Sunshine cleaning crew, the school’s regular custodial staff, will clean up any mess from the repairs. Snyder hopes that the staff and students won’t be affected by it. Since the project might take a while, Snyder’s main concern is keeping student’s comfortable and in the best environment possible. “We expect to be comfortable,” Snyder said, “and the HVAC system plays a part in that.” Extremely hot or extremely cold weather could make that harder, if Photo by Dilkush Khan it comes before the system is completely fixed. District employee Freddy Gutierrez works on fixing the HVAC System. Guti“I hope good weather lasts through October,” Snyder said. errez comes up to the roof daily for repairs due to complaints. Snyder said he is just as frustrated as the students and staff, but more overwhelmed. “We have gotten 100 emails and phone calls regarding the HVAC system from staff members,” Snyder said. Freddy Gutierrez, a district employee who handles the HVAC sysauditorium sound system tem on a daily basis, has noticed a decrease in calls and complaints, carpets fire alarms though. roofing elevator band room access “Individual units are being solved, but overall it’s complete,” Gutierrez said. “The new system is efficient and designed for comfort.” The old HVAC system caused problems because each room had its PA system security cameras own thermostat that needed to be adjusted. paint locker rooms “With the new system, you just adjust the circulation,” Snyder said. plumbing exterior lighting Snyder often talks about the school building as a home – just a 308,000 square foot home. That overwhelming size means that any improvement project will bump into problems. “We’ll need daily monitoring and just small tweaking, but we’ll get to a point that everything’s fixed.”

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14 pros + 7 newbies = the new math department BY DILKUSH KHAN While the carpet was installed and the classrooms were repaired, a huge increase went underway in the teacher department, with 18 new teachers joining the staff. Here’s a look at seven new additions to the math department. Want to see more? Go to, and check out the other new staff members.

Experience 1st year In her words “I’m looking forwarc to being involved in activities oustide of the classroom.” Fun fact Her favorite show is Criminal Minds Erin Dwyer Algebra 2, Geometry

Experience 6h year, taught at Horizon and Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts In his words “I want to be a part of this community.” Fun fact Former engineer for Ford Ikechukwu Ogbuike Algebra 1 and Honors Geometry Experience 7th year, taught at Summit HS and Liberty In his words “I decided to go back to HS to continue to grow.” Fun fact Traveling to Australia Jeremy Zemen Geometry, Algebra 2

William Zukowski Geometry, Algebra 2

Katie Valentine Geometry, Algebra 2

Experience 3rd year, taught at MeadowBrook HS in Virginia In her words “I’m looking forward to working with the different student body, different standards and stuff.” Fun fact Has a fear of pigeons

Experience 5th year, taught at Abraham Lincoln HS In her words “I’m looking forward to getting to know the student’s and faculty.” Fun fact Likes scuba diving and skiing. Janine Kennedy Algebra 1, AP Calculus, Discrete math

Experience 3rd year, taught at Paxton Buckley Loda HS in Illinois In his words “Being a part of the great of the great ideas that are found in the Math assessment Fun fact Has a cat named Booger

Experience 25th year, taught at Overland HS, West HS, Denver Public Schools, and schools in Maryland, Houston and West Africa In her words “I’ve been working with teachers for Denise Golden-Dubois the past 2 years, and I missed the Algebra 1, STEM coach kids.” Fun fact in district Drummer in a Jewish rock and roll band

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ORLANDO BLOOMS IN COLORADO BY STEVEN TIBBITTS The carpet was not the only thing that changed at EHS this summer. While renovations were underway, administration faced its own set of adjustments, including the hiring of Vince Orlando as the new Athletic Director. “Mr. Orlando brings a lot of perspective,” Principal Gwen Hansen-Vigil said. That perspective includes being a student athlete, working as a teacher and Athletic Director in Los Angeles, and serving as Athletic Director at one of California’s most prestigious private schools. Orlando was a varsity player for baseball and football during his student years at the California private school Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks. “I definitely remember that experience and what it is like.” El Camino Royale In 2004, he became a teacher and baseball coach at El Camino Royale High School in Woodland Hills, California. “This job here at Eaglecrest is similar to what El Camino Real was, being in that public school realm,” Orlando said. “I was the head baseball coach, and that certainly gave me a perspective on how to communicate with athletic directors and how to approach problem situations with an athletic director.” He was able to put that experience to the test when, in 2007, Orlando became Camino’s Athletic Director. It took adaptation, but Orlando soon became comfortable in his job, which he held for five years. “I think that when I gained the experience of doing it consistently, I was able to move forward with the athletic department and figure out ways for it to improve and get better,” Orlando said. It was also at Camino that Orlando developed relationships with coaches, whom he considers to be the backbone of any athletic department. “Coaches are the face of their programs,” Orlando said. “Character-wise, we want our coaches to be examples for our kids.” Harvard-Westlake One of the premier private schools in California is Harvard-Westlake School,

where the tuition rivals that of colleges, and the teams dominate state sports. Baseball America, a major baseball magazine, named Westlake’s baseball team as the 2013 High School Team of the Year. “It’s almost the pinnacle of athletic administration in Southern California,” Orlando said. Last year, Orlando transferred to Westlake as its new Athletic Director. It was a hard decision for Orlando, but he was ready for the change. “Basically, in a sense I was looking for a little bit of new challenge,” Orlando said. “At Harvard-Westlake, it was more big picture, more how can we improve, how can we get better, more long range planning.” Westlake not only had more resources than other schools, but it also had extremely competitive teams. Every team last year made it to playoffs, and the school has also produced Olympians and national champions. These include Dara Torres, a five-time Olympic swimmer, and Peter Hudnut, who played water polo at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. The private school environment was helpful for Orlando as he adjusted to new situations where he had the resources to mold the athletic department. “It taught me not to limit yourself,” he said. Eaglecrest While being Athletic Director at a high ranking private school may sound like a dream job, Orlando had been looking for new opportunities outside of California. With a two year old daughter, the Orlando family wanted a family-friendly environment. “The decision to move out here was a family decision,” he said. He expects the first year to be mainly evaluative, but he expects to be able to use what he’s learned at other jobs farther down the line. “You take bits and pieces from everywhere you’ve been,” Orlando said. “There’s a lot of good things going on here already, but we’re always looking for an edge to make things better and for us to be more successful.” He appreciates the help his predeces-

Photo by Steven Tibbitts

Vince Orlando, the new Athletic Director. sor, Assistant Principal Shane Snyder, has offered, as well as the number of quality coaches Snyder hired. “The coaching staff here is very, very good and I think coaching stability is one of the most important things to have in an athletic department.” Orlando said. One thing he does intend to do is get more coverage of student-athletes, whether it is through media or social networking sites. “When we have that success, I want people to know about it. When our teams are making the playoff or our teams are winning championships, I want people to know about it,” Orlando said. Orlando is excited to add Eaglecrest to the list of schools he has worked at. While not much will change this first year, he intends to keep the department strong while doing everything in his power to support the coaches and the teams. “It’s just being consistent with the message of having high expectations.”

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Photo by Beau Jamieson

Junior Peter Anderson hangs out with friends in the lunch hallway. While most students say that they do not notice much racism, many races still self-segregate, and the question is why. When Security Guard Eric Oglesby was in high school in the 1980s racism was everywhere. “We actually had race riots, all the time,” Oglesby said. Today we don’t see race riots, and most students would say racism isn’t a problem here. “I don’t really see racism around me,” said senior Kate Whitfield. Oglesby also sees a mostly positive environment. “I think Eaglecrest is one of the better schools, when it comes to just a melting pot of all kids of all races and nationalities,” Oglesby said. That doesn’t mean it’s not an issue. During

the first week of school, someone reported the following incident to Oglesby. In the hallway there was a group of black females who were being loud. A white male student asked them to quiet down. When they didn’t, he got frustrated to the point where he said they needed to “shut their black behinds up,” according to Oglesby. Small incidents like this happen all time, but recent national events, like the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the Trayvon Martin case have caused us to take a closer look at where we stand on race today. America has come a long way, but it’s far from perfect, and the same holds true for the

school, where racism and prejudice are still factors. “When you see groups separate themselves in the hallway, that’s a sign that racism still exists,” said English teacher Doug Cole. Students see this too. “Some groups of kids of the same race all group together,” Senior Summer Garza said. Why does this happen though? “One thing is puberty,” wrote Beverly Daniel Tatum in Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria, an influential book in education circles. During puberty, people start to question who they are. When teenagers start to

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question who they are, they tend to group together with people of similar backgrounds and ethnicity. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. “It’s important to recognize race, but it’s when prevents us from recognizing a person that is when it becomes destructive,” Cole said. Looking back on the incident Oglesby recalled, there can be something destructive there. When Oglesby said the boy told the girls to shut their black behinds up, he then says that the boy did not say “behinds,” but a more offensive word. Students might overlook the racially charged language they hear almost every day. “I feel like racial terms have now just become a norm,” freshman Jason Valenzuela said. The problem is that racially charged language can offend certain students because of the difference in power between different racial groups, historically. “The psychological definition is when one class that holds power targets another group

that does not have power,” psychology teacher Stephanie Chamberlain said. psychology teacher Stephanie Chamberlain said. There will always be room to grow with racism and prejudice. It’s hard to grow when most students aren’t comfortable talking about it. “The more conversation we have about race, the more we will be able to prevent the harms of racism,” Cole said.


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Photo by Luke Meacham Security Guard Eric Oglesby remembers bring discrimnated against when he live in Florida, but wasn’t once he moved to Colorado.



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Growing up, racism didn’t exist in my world. I was very sheltered and unprepared for the real world. I was only taught about black and white, and the difference just didn’t seem like a big deal to me. I was taught to be “colorblind.” In elementary school, I wasn’t focused on the racially offensive and derogatory words floating around. I was more worried about what clothes I was going to wear to school. My first encounter with racism left a bad taste in my mouth, literally. My family and I were at a very fancy seafood restaurant for a birthday party. I didn’t notice the lack of black people around. There was a group of white people near us who made it their job to give us dirty looks and ask the waiter to be seated somewhere else. Away from us. I needed to have my parents explain what it meant. After the whole ordeal, my eyes were opened to see the reality of things and the bigger picture. My mom then explained to me that she used to work at a bank when she was in her teens. There was a white lady that came in, noticing a few lines. She then went

to stand in line with a white teller. My mom was a teller of one of the quicker lines, but the white lady did not want to move. You might read that story at the restaurant and think “I’m not racist like that. People at Eaglecrest aren’t like that.” Yeah, but there are lots of ways to be racist. There’s lots of ways for me, or any person of color at the school, to feel hurt or to feel uncomfortable. This year I have a class where I’m the only black person in it. Does that mean that I get treated a little differently? Well, yeah! Some people don’t realize the difference in their actions towards people of color versus white people. But trust me, it’s different. There is also a lot of “low key racism;” like the name calling such as “ghetto,” which is a poor section of a city inhabited primarily by people of the same race, religion, or social background, often because of discrimination. When people call blacks “ghetto” they say it’s because they are loud, always talking negatively about others, and can’t speak proper English. But most people who say these terms ‘ratchet’, ‘ghetto’, or whatever don’t know the

person personally. They just associate brown skin with these racial slurs. I don’t like being called “ghetto” or “ratchet.” I’m very proper. I went to great schools and I can speak proper English because I had a proper education. I am loud, but who isn’t when they’re with their friends? Being loud isn’t being ghetto and being ghetto does not just apply to black people. Why am I considered ratchet or ghetto when I’m being silly with a friend but a white person is outgoing when they’re being loud. Why do you think we stick together? Haven’t you noticed? We’re pretty segregated, let’s be honest here. It’s like that because people tend to migrate to those that are similar to them. And while I don’t necessarily have so much in common with every other black person at the school, at least I know that we get called the same names here at school because of the color of our skin.

Statistics from CCSD Office of Assesment and Evaluation, 2011-2012 academic year

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that I haven’t done the film justice. However, when someone praises something as much as I just have with Magnolia, and they still aren’t sure that they completely sold it to people, you know you’re in for something special.

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VACUOUS: A SMART WORD FOR STUPID Some people may think that fast-paced, thrashy punk rock is dead and buried, but bands like Vacuous show that it’s not dead, it’s just asleep. Brothers Jeff and Greg Mucci are the only current members to Vacuous, so they’re less of a band and more of two brothers just making sweet, hate-filled music. Jeff, a senior, and Greg, a freshman, practice in their bedroom and use an iPod to record all of their music. It’s so minimal, but it’s still art. It’s a bit of a tragedy that they don’t have better recording equipment because listening to the recording doesn’t do their talent justice. Jeff is simply an outstanding musician and can shred a guitar a dozen different ways. Greg is the steady beat this fast-paced rock needs and together they’re a deadly duo that will blow out your ear drums and you’ll thank them for doing it. Vacuous’ lyrics would probably come off to listeners as vile and disgusting, which is enough to drive most people away from their music. “It’s more about doing what we want to do and making the music we want to hear,” Jeff said. Many people like to say that they don’t care what people think, but Jeff and Greg are part of the minority of people who actually mean it. Vacuous lacks a vocalist and a bassist. Greg started off playing the bass at the age of eight, but was drawn to the drums in March shortly after the talent show that Vacuous took part in. Jeff was originally inspired to take up the guitar after seeing the intro to Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theatres at the mature age of twelve. Greg also wanted to play guitar, but Jeff, being the older brother, told him to play the bass. Now, five years later, they’re two of the most talented musicians in the school.  One of the best ways to describe their music to someone who has never heard it would be that it’s an acquired taste that isn’t worth acquiring. Vacuous has loads of reasons to stop doing what they’re doing. There are some people who will look at their song titles and that alone will be enough to deter them from listening to it, which is understandable when they have songs like “Blender Baby”, “Cool Naked Dude”, and “Dead Turtle in a Shoe Box”. Jeff and Greg have never listened to all the naysayers and probably never will. “We like it too much to stop doing it” Jeff says. They may seem like a joke, but this music is important to them and thought does go into the lyrics. “We take our stupidity seriously” Jeff says.

The Muccis get into a practice session at their house. Jeff and his brother Greg have no professional plans for the future of their band except to simply enjoy their music. Greg (bottom left) took up drums earlier this year after giving up the bass. They’re more than happy to just spend their time jamming in their room instead of playing an actual concert

Song Titles Include: - “Worthless From Birth” - “Zimples” - “Mr. Contos” - “Blender Baby” - “Human Gas Chamber” - “Cool Naked Dude” - “Amputee Killing Spree

- “Explosive Bloody Diarrhea” - “Sports Sucks” - “Oral Thrush” - “Dead Turtle In a Shoe Box” - “Suicidal Pizza Party”

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TWO SIDES OF THE SAME PICK RED FEDERATION: THE REAL DEAL On the opposite end of the serious spectrum of Vacuous is Red Federation. Red Federation, like Vacuous, has punk influences, but unlike Vacuous they’re a bit more conventional. This convention is what gives them the potential to actually make it. When Red Federation participated in The Battle of the Bands on Aug. 18 at the Gothic Theatre, they didn’t go expecting to win. “We didn’t go there to win, that was just a bonus.” says drummer Ben Eberle. There are some bands that would kill for an opportunity to play at the Gothic Theatre. Not only did Red Federation get that opportunity, they used that oppurtunity to win Battle of the Bands and a chance to record an EP. “It was just an honor. That’s the Gothic [expletive] Theatre.” said lead guitarist Matt Klasinski Red Federation has a traditional punk-rock sound, but they still find a way to sound unique. Bassist Franny Keevak, a senior, describes it as “grunge-pop-punk with an extra slice of punk”. Red Federation draws inspiration from bands like Nirvana, Blink 182, and Catch 22, but when they all came together back in July each member brought their own musical tastes and talents. Oddly enough, the inception of Red Federation began when Keevak met Eberle at a Christian conference and Eberle introduced her to vocalist Dano Geller and Klasinski, all of whom go to Cherokee Trail. After Red Federation came together they had to start thinking about their future as a band. Most people would hope to be big and famous, but Red Federation would be happy to just be able to support themselves through their music. “We don’t have to be huge” Keevak says “I just want to make enough money to not have a day job.” .

Song titles Include: - “Food For Thought” -“Waste of My Time” - “Superman”

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Photos by Brandon Diener Top: Franny Keevak strums on her bass during a practice. Franny, Matt Klasinski (middle left), Dano Geller (middle right), and Ben Eberle (bottom) make up the band Red Federation.

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Photo courtesy of Josh Mestas

Mestas practices at the Trails Recreation Center Skatepark. Mestas placed in the finals during a competition held at the skatepark.

JOSH MESTAS: Skater with a vision BY BEAU JAMIESON

Individuality is what draws many young people to the sport of skateboarding, and senior Josh Mestas fully embraces that independent stride, loving the mentality of pushing one’s self. “It pushes me past my comfort zone while getting me out of the house,” Mestas said. “Whenever I do that, all that comes is happiness.” In sixth grade, the push that put Mestas on the board was the sight of his next door neighbor “killing it” at the park. The experience captured his athletic imagination. Since then, his appreciation for the sport has grown. He admires several of the industry’s top skaters such as Mike Mo Capaldi and Daewon Song, but the skater he most looks up to is his good friend Eric Davis. “His attitude towards skating is great. He’s always trying to get tricks going and constantly motivates himself and those around him. Above all, I see that as an inspiration,” Mestas said. Through hard work and training, Mestas has developed his skateboarding ability to be competitive. One of his proudest moments was when he placed in the finals of a contest at Trails Recreation Center Skatepark. It was something he thought he could “never achieve, but ended up doing just that.” The different mindset skateboarding brings to athletics is a huge reason why Mestas enjoys it. Part of it is the individuality, but the work ethic is equally as important. “For me, skating consists of more injuries, and even more practice. That’s something that you just have to grow to love. It can do years to do even the simplest of things, and that creates great character.” Skaters also face a different set of problems. Injuries and ex-

haustion commonplace and expected, but often are often welcomed by skaters. It’s the negative image skaters receive that Mestas dislikes. “People always assume that if you skate, you’re a junkie or just a bad kid causing trouble. Sure, for some that’s true, but three-fourths of the time that just isn’t the case. In fact, many of us skate to actually Photo by Cristina Trimpe get away from those negativSenior Josh Mestas hopes to one ities that we otherwise might day own a skateboarding company. fall to.” Skaters have their goals: getting sponsored, putting out a video, turning pro, and getting their name on a board. Mestas’ main plan for his future is to start a company. Many of the top pros run their own companies. Legends of the sport like Andrew Reynolds (Baker), Rodney Mullen (Almost), Stevie Williams (DGK), and Danny Way (Plan B) have been very successful with this motif, and Mestas looks to be another addition to that list. “I hope to get my own business going within the next 10 to 15 years, having the ability to sponsor people myself and build a really solid team. Also, being my own boss is a great way to know how to have fun in your career. After all, work is play.”

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TAURCHINI SISTERS RUN OVER COMPETITION BY JAKE SKOGLAND The “Eye-talian” and the “Ninjini” duet are taking over the cross-country team. Senior Alicia Taurchini, the “Eye-talian,” and her sister, sophomore Janine “Ninjini,” are the top two on the girls’ cross-country team. Alicia took second place earlier this month at her fourth city meet, fifteen seconds behind winner Erin Norton. Janine placed 12th. Both friends and teammates say that the sister duo is a great case of sibling rivalry. Head coach Jason Jensen said that Alicia is the best female athlete this year, as she’s a three-time state qualifier and third fastest girl in school history. Boys’ team captain Steven Tibbitts said that Alicia is the fastest girl runner by far. Alicia is close to breaking 19 minutes in her 5K, an extremely fast time for girls. “She’ll beat the boys in workouts, and she helps push the guys. She has the best form of everyone around,” Tibbitts said. According to boys’ team captain Luke Meacham, Coach Jensen thinks Janine has more natural talent than Alicia. Meacham said they both work hard. “Janine may very well surpass her sister in the upcoming years if she continues to work hard. I just wish that the whole team would put forth half the effort these girls do everyday at practice,” Meacham said. Jensen agrees with the captains that these ladies have spectacu-

lar abilities and are a perfect example of hard workers. “Alicia’s work ethic is unparalleled probably to anyone in school history. Janine is learning, she’s been making great strides,” Jensen said.

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Alicia (Left) and Genine (Right) Taurchini race at the Liberty Bell Invitational. The sisters are the fastest girls on the cross country team.

ANDERSON SIDELINED WITH ARM INJURY BY LUKE MEACHAM Each day as the football team puts on their pads, Junior Peter Anderson trudges to practice in his jeans, struggling to understand and unable to participate. “Its been hard,” Anderson said, “watching the team play without me.” Anderson was blocking for teammate Eli jah Ross during an inter-squad scrimmage on Aug. 17 when his arm was crushed by an oncoming teammate and he fell to the ground in pain. It happened so fast that Anderson is still unsure when the actual breaking of his humerus occurred. “It either happened when he hit me or when I hit the ground,” Anderson said. This off season, Anderson embraced the role of team leader, earning the respect of his teammates and keeping the goal of a deep playoff run in site. “He really embraced that leadership role,” Coach Sean Emerson said. Despite the frustration that envelops Anderson each day, he is trying to make

12 receptions for 177 yards and a touchthe most of his situation. “I think it affects the team a lot with me down. Rehab is going well for Anderson, on the bench, but I try to talk like a coach although he has “no clue” when he will be and help [my teammates] when I can,” cleared to return to practice. Anderson said. “Peter remains a team leader by showing his determination to return. Despite his injury he is not letting his injury affect his spirit and that attitude spreads throughout the team,” Senior Matt Lally said. Last year as a sophomore on varsity, Anderson was the team’s leading kick returner with 312 total yards and an Average Photo by Cristina Trimpe of 31 yards per return. Peter Anderson rehabs from his broken humerus in the training He was also the fourth room. He was expecting to take on a leadership role this season. leading receiver with

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: Dear Luke, I made it onto the junior-varsity football team this year, which I am very proud of, but my grandpa won’t stop telling me how much better he was than me back in the “good ol’ days.” It’s really starting to get to me. What should i do? -Peyton Rogers


: Let’s face it Peyton, you’re most likely one of those kids that shows up on the first day of practice weighing 98 pounds and standing no more than 5 feet tall, thinking you’re going to be the next Ben Roethlisberger. My advice? Tackle your grandpa as hard as you can. If you’re able to knock him down, which I highly doubt, then he’ll probably never make fun of you again. And if you’re unable to knock him down, which is much more likely, stop living in this “fantasy” football land, and stick to just playing “fantasy football” from the couch.

DISCLAIMER: This is meant as a joke. Please do not take this seriously.

SENIORS CAN HELP THE FRESHMEN BY ONNIE LUMSDEN REPORTER I personally came to understand the helpfulness of seniors my freshman year. From the beginning, safely into the middle of my freshman year, I had no idea what I was doing. It wasn’t until I joined the spring musical that I finally found somewhere solid to land. The first day during practice, I sat in the corner with a couple of other freshmen I had recognized from my classes. I expected the seniors to avoid and ignore me like I had done to them from the start. But a couple of hotshot seniors actually walked right up to us. “Get to work!” they said, as we just sat there with blank looks on our faces. They knew our struggles as freshmen and made sure we kept busy and did our school work. Through this guidance, I got to know

many seniors on a friendly level. The seniors made me realize that high school really is about the student body working together towards a larger goal: academic success. This year, I see the freshmen and seniors interacting in much of the same ways that I observed last year. Photo by Onnie Lumsden The general kindness is available to Seniors Cameron Dwyer and Levi Castro talk with freshman any freshman that wants it. Jason Valenzuela. “They are really nice, and they help out a lot with me and with member when you were a freshman and how everybody else,” freshman Jason Valenzuela scared you were and how tough that year said. was for you? Be willing to lend a hand when To the freshmen, I would say you could needed. Be open to new ideas. Your influence always turn to the seniors without fear of can really make a freshman’s day. judgment or criticism. They are a lot less scary then they look. Trust me. To seniors, I would say be gracious. Re-

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OUR PERSPECTIVE ON: THE EXISTENCE OF RACISM TODAY We’ve come across a problem within the even bigger problem of racism today. The immoral mentality of judgement on others for no smaller a reason than the color of their skin is a horror to be sure, but the real problem that we are looking to address is the fact that some people pretend that racism practically doesn’t exist. To directly refute that claim we’ll simply point to a recent event that showcased how real the problem actually is: the controversial Cheerios commercial that aired this past summer. The ad featured a cute little girl living with her parents and ended with the typical “good for your heart” message. What was controversial about the ad was that the girl was of mixed ethnicity to a white mother and a black father. The official youtube video of the ad received such racist comments from many users that the comment section was disabled.

Though comments on Youtube aren’t the best sample to judge one’s characteristics, such backlash directed towards only a Cheerios commercial definitely suggest that all is not right. We have a racially diverse student body, but there are some troubling facts that unfortunately go along with that. Segregation amongst racial groups is clear to anyone paying attention just by walking down the halls, hanging out in the lunchroom, and even sitting in class. It’s everywhere. Sure, there are exceptions to this such as groups that include friends of various races, but to simply throw this fact under the bus is about the worst thing we can do especially considering the progress we have made as people with this issue. We understand that self segregation is not always a problem as it’s completely understandable for people to hang out with those of the same culture, but having a shared



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experience between cultures is a great way for growth within our school. For many, the most upsetting addition to the repression of this problem is the use of racial slurs in more passive, joking fashion. One could argue that a word’s meaning can change over time, and that context is what really makes a word offensive, but to truly understand the history behind any racial slur will put that argument to the test. For those who want argue about context, there’s no greater context than that of history. We’re not claiming to know the answer to this problem, but what we do know that recognizing an issue is there is the first step in solving it. No longer can we simply dismiss the problem at hand. We are not post racism. We are not post segregation. Those are still big parts of our lives and we must acknowledge that.

PURPOSE The EQ magazine is a student publication distributed to the students, faculty, and staff of Eaglecrest High School. The paper serves as an information source and a two-way communication forum for both the school and the community. Opinions expressed do not necessarily represent the views of Eaglecrest High School or the Cherry Creek School District.

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“I was proud to be with my fellow classmates ‘cuz I feel like we are the best class to ever graduate from Eaglecrest.” -- Senior LeDerian King with Quiana Dotson on the Spirit Bus tour on Sept. 18.

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