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2014 Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival KAYLA RIGSBY / Opinion Editor


s it does every year at the beginning of Spring, the Tulip Festival has begun at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn, OR. The annual festival began March 28 and will end on May 4, it is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.The farm itself has been operating since 1950, but the Tulip Festival started in 1985 and has continued ever since.

Due to the massive crowds, it is wise to arrive early, but it is worth waking up for and attending. Not only are fields of flowers gorgeous, but there are also several food stalls, handmade jewelry and other crafts. In addition, there are activities like a small rock climbing tower, bounce houses and a paintball target practice area. Photo by KAYLA RIGSBY.

Clypian South Salem High School - 1910 Church St. SE Salem, OR 97302 Friday, April 25, 2014 - Volume XL - Issue IX

McNary Aware Club Hosts 3rd Annual Outreach Event RACHAL MEZA ROJAS / Editor-in-Chief


n April 10, McNary AWARE Club, a club focused on informing the Salem-Keizer community on human trafficking and child exploitation, hosted their third annual outreach program called “In Plain Sight.” Over 200 participants attended the event which included a presentation on human trafficking, a viewing of the short film “Chosen,” a personal story by Shelby Eichner, a human trafficking survivor, and a question and answer session. Guest speakers included Kirstin Heydel from the Mid-Valley Women’s Crisis Center, Nannette Martin a volunteer from Shared Hope International and Molly Hawkins from Marion County Victims’ Assistance. According to the club’s Facebook page, the students in the club aim to stop modern day slavery. “I joined [the McNary AWARE Club] because I want the numbers to go down,” said Raquel Tell ‘16. Shared Hope International reports that over 100,000 U.S. children are exploited in prostitution every year and that human trafficking in the U.S. is a $9.8 billion


dollar industry. The organization also reports that the average age of a child first exploited through prostitution is 13

years old. April is child abuse prevention month, and there is a tree in front of the Marion

National Merit Scholars

Save the Date! April 28 No School Grading Day May 17 Junior/Senior Prom May 26 No School Memorial Day

County Courthouse littered with blue ribbons. All 10,054 blue ribbons represent a confirmed case of child abuse in Oregon during 2012. While the tree has fewer ribbons than in 2011, there is still a lot to be done to stop child abuse from happening. Shared Hope International reports that 70 percent of domestic minor sex trafficking victims have experienced physical or sexual abuse in their homes. “We need men and boys to stand as leaders,” said Kirstin Heydel. Heydel went on to say that women have less power in society and that men need to play a more active role in helping prevent human trafficking. The Oregon Men Against Violence (OMAV) in Salem is a great way for men and boys seeking to prevent men’s use of violence and respond through it through education, networking and other training opportunities. At the end of the presentation, AWARE Club students presented a $300 check to the Mid-Valley Women’s Crisis Center. The money will be used to purchase a Comfy Sack bean bag chair for those seeking assistance from the Crisis Center.

Orchestra Wins Big Over spring break, South’s chamber orchestra played at the Worldstrides Heritage Festival, held in San Francisco on March 28. Mikela Rayburn ‘14, Nikki Burtis ‘14, Rishi Seshadrias ‘14, and Camille Barnisin ‘14 were recognized as principal players and each received special recognition trophy. Playing two songs, the chamber orchestra placed first in their division with a score of 95/100. In addition to receiving a trophy for having the highest score, orchestra also received a trophy for getting a gold score, which is over 90. Overall, the orchestra took home seven trophies including an award of recognition. Photo by CHLOE CURTIS.

Out of 16,000 high school students across the country, five Souh students have been named National Merit Scholars. Pictured above from left to right: Jahrme Risner, Grace Diehl, Emily Boring, Laura Thorsett, and Anirudh Appachar. Photo by SOUTH SALEM HIGH SCHOOL.


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news State Thespian Conference 2014

Photo courtesy of JILLIE POPE.

JULIE MCGOWAN / Reporter From April 3-5, 1,200 thespians and drama students from 56 troupes around the state of Oregon converged on the Salem Convention Center and surrounding venues in the downtown area, including the Historic Elsinore Theatre, for the 2014 State Thespian Conference. Thespian and drama students enjoyed

three different main stage shows at the Elsinore, including “Holmes for the Holidays”, “Rumors”, and the favorite among South students, Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”, as well as 34 short separate One-Act shows produced by students, and two themed dances. The conference theme was based on the motto “Everyone’s a Thespian in their Own Way,” a play on the title of the song

Clypian App to be Released Late May

“Everyone’s a Hero in their Own Way,” which is a song in the television musical, “Doctor Horrible’s Sing Along Blog”. There were 29 members of South’s troupe present for the conference, including chaperones science teacher Rob Wood and South alumni. Brandon Gitchel ‘15, who has become a State Thespian Officer and takes part in making the State conference a reality for drama students. There were opportunities for thespians to learn more about improvisational theatre and stage management, and many chances for students to meet and work with educators and other students from different troupes and schools in the process. Students had their choice of 68 different workshops, with more than 20 guest artists and speakers. Mark Lewis, a professor in the School of Journalism and Communications at the University of Oregon and a favorite clinician among South’s students, had multiple workshops on storytelling and writing. A representative from Mount Hood Community College’s theater group, Mace Archer, taught a workshop on how to connect with fellow actors and build community. Other workshop topics included African dance and “howto” workshops on different accents and dialects. “My favorite part of the conference was definitely the workshops, because that is the best time to meet thespians from other schools and make tons of new

friends with common interests from all over Oregon, plus you get to learn something new about theatre at the same time!” said Isaiah Nixon ‘14.

My favorite part of the conference was definitely the workshops, because that is the best time to meet thespians from other schools and make tons of new friends with common interests from all over Oregon, plus you get to learn something new about theatre at the same time!” said Isaiah Nixon ‘14.

One particular workshop that was a favorite for South’s students was an afternoon with Jamie Peck on “Masks, Movement, and Characterization” about the use of body language to depict and embody different masks and expressions, focusing on physical movement and using imagination in order to create the character. “As most actors use facial expressions, in the mask workshop, we learned to show the masks’ emotion through only the way you move your body,” said Jillie Pope ‘15, “I had an overall amazing experience.”

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outh will be the first Salem-Keizer school with its own app with the release of The Clypian Magazine soon to be available on the App Store. Colby Moses ‘14 the creator of the app said, “We are probably going to do it

Proposal for Technical School Gaining Support ANNA SCHERER / Reporter

in 20 years anyways why not start now?” The app will include featured Clypian stories and images about everything from club sports and student accomplishments to national news and community events.


ountain West Career Technical Institute is teaming up with the Salem-Keizer School District to draft a proposal for a technical school. If the program is approved, it will launch in the fall of the 2015-16 school year, with the goal of offering high-quality educational opportunities that would help prepare students for successful careers in the future. “We are approaching the district because we work and live here, believe in public education and want to make a contribution that will benefit the students in our community,” said Charles Lee, President of Mountain West.


owntown traffic was briefly disrupted in late February while a crew filmed scenes for the indie suspense-thriller “10 Days In A Madhouse”. The movie is directed by writer and producer Tim Hines, founder of Pendragon Pictures and LHG Releasing Company. This film is based off of the novel of the same name, written by journalist Elizabeth Cochrane, under her pen name, Nellie Bly. The novel is a compilation of fictional reports made during an under-

The company has volunteered to purchase a building and remodel it for a career technical education school, but a specific location has not been chosen. All the career technical education programs would then be funded by the district. For the first year, 11th and 12th graders would have access to two classes - construction technology and manufacturing/engineering. Additional programs would be added the following years. “Relevant and real world technical career programs will prepare students for successful living wage careers, further education and training, and citizenship in Oregon’s dynamic work force,” said Lee.

cover assignment, in which the author faked insanity in order to be admitted to The Women’s Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell’s Island, because of rumors of neglected patients. Bly had heard reports of extreme brutality and neglect of patients at the Women’s Lunatic Asylum and wanted to investigate. “I think it’s a great publicity opportunity for Salem,” commented Jillie Pope ‘15. According to the Internet Movie Database page for “10 Days In A Madhouse”, the full movie will be released later this year. Information was given to school board members outlining financial estimations for the proposed school. Cost for the school has been estimated to be about $1.5 million in 2015, and up to $2.9 million by the 2019-20 school year. Hiring a principal, part-time office manager, and setting up the classroom and offices would cost about $422,680. “It seems like an advantageous head start and an opportunity for kids to have their life on track at an earlier age,” said Mya Stenlund ‘17. A work session will be on April 22, with a reading of the proposal in May and an official vote taking place in June.


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feature Tinker Tour 2014 Stops in Oregon JULIE MCGOWEN /Reporter


Reporter Julie McGowan photographed with Mary Beth Tinker. Photo by JULIE McGOWEN.

n 1965, Mary Beth Tinker and her brother John protested of the Vietnam war in a simple way that sparked a long-winded political debate. The following court case revolutionized the way that the government shapes policies about expression of the freedom of speech for students in public schools. Wearing black armbands with peace signs in a passive protest against the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam war, 13-year-old Mary Beth and 15-year-old John made waves at their school and with local officials, and were ultimately suspended. The Tinkers’ parents were very involved in social activism, and the family took their debate to the Supreme Court, asking that the kids’ free speech right be recognized at school. In a landmark 7-2 decision, the students won, changing the way that schools approach student press, political views, and religious expressions within the institution. Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas observed that “It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.”

On March 14, 2014, Mary Beth Tinker and the Student Press Law Center (SPLC) brought her ‘Tinker Tour’ to the University of Oregon’s Portland Campus. A room of High School Government and Journalism students gathered to hear Tinker and Mike Hiestand, Attorney for the Student Press Law Center, speak about the First Amendment rights that all students have in the United States, and the trials by which they have been earned. Tinker and Hiestand answered questions from students about the intricacies of the Supreme Court’s decision in favor of students, as well as current problems that students face with their schools when it comes to publishing articles on controversial topics. Because of Mary Beth Tinker’s activism in 1965 and the SPLC’s continual support of students’ First Amendment rights today, students have the opportunity to produce both standard and modern media like podcasts, blogs, and newspapers through their schools’ journalism programs. This paves the way for future opportunities and potential careers in journalism after high school, and gives journalism students an avenue for gaining experience early on.

Red Velvet Cookie Sandwiches DELIA RODRIGUEZ /Reporter

Ingredients Batter: ½ cup of butter, softened ¼ sugar, extra fine 1 tbsp red food coloring 1 tsp baking soda ¾ plain yogurt 2/3 light brown sugar 1 egg

Baking Instructions

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Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line three cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, mix together the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Beat together on low until light and fluffy (about three minutes).

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Add the egg to the mixture and blend together.

Add the chocolate syrup, food coloring and yogurt.

Slowly stir in the flour, baking powder, and the cocoa until just combined. Be careful not to over mix.

3 tbsp chocolate syrup 2 cups of all-purpose flour 2 tbsp of unsweetened baking cocoa Cream Cheese Frosting: 8 oz cream cheese 1 sticks unsalted butter, softened 4 cups powdered sugar ½ tsp of vanilla

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Though the origin of red velvet is unclear, one theory is that it was invented during World War II, when food was heavily rationed. Bakers used beet juice to enhance the color and texture of chocolate Devil’s Food Cake, turning it red. More than 50 years later, variations on the beloved classic are popular, including red velvet cake cookies.

With a spoon or ice cream scoop, place medium-sized dough rounds onto the parchment paper.

Bake for 8-9 minutes. Let cool for about 2 minutes until moving to a cooling rack. Let cool completely before frosting. To frost, mix together the cream cheese and butter on a low speed until smooth and blended. Slowly blend in the powdered sugar, a small amount at a time, until fluffy. Slowly add in vanilla and mix well.


Take two cookies and place a spoonful of the frosting in between them. Then gently squish them together to make a sandwich.

Review by Tiara Scott ‘15 It was a very tasty treat! It is a great treat for things like birthday parties. I enjoyed it. The frosting is very creamy and thick, and the velvet is moist. The cookie, overall, was soft and easy to bite into.

Makes: 18 sandwiches Time: 45 minutes


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feature Spotlight:

GSA Organizes Day of Silence Event

outh has a small, but growing Gay-Straight Alliance of about 25 students. The club strives to raise awareness of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. GSA has achieved a great deal of success at raising awareness for their cause. “We have participated in parades in the past, like the Iris day parade up in Portland, and up until this year, we walked in the Homecoming parade here at South,” Jahrme Risner ‘14 said. “We also [annually] host the Day of Silence, get-togethers in the evenings with a little bit of food and stuff like that, and on a week-to-week basis we have discussions and watch movies.” Day of Silence, annually observed on the second Friday in April, allows students around the world to take a vow of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools. Many people observe Day of Silence by covering their mouth with tape, or adorning their cheeks with stickers and facepaint. However, the Salem-Keizer School District prohibits students from covering their mouths with tape because it disrupts class participation. Regardless of the vow of “silence” students make to promote the cause, students are allowed to speak during their classes, so that they do not get penalized for lack of participation.

community talent show. The event also included free refreshments. GSA not only helps out those within their own club through community values and shared movie nights, but they also help to support those outside the South Salem High School community. The money in which GSA kept for use within the club will be used “to send the GSA to Portland Pride Northwest 2014 in the summer and also Salem Pride,” said Somerville ‘15. GSA’s purpose is not to differentiate people based on their sexual orientation; the club hopes to work toward, in fact, unity, and to promote acceptance of varying beliefs. Any way to support unity and peace would suffice to promote the same message of equality. In the past, Salem residents have celebrated Day of Silence by running face-painting booths, flower booths, fruit stands and ribbon counters. South even had its own ribbon table. “[GSA is] really good environment that offers people who want to express themselves, a chance just to relax and be themselves without having to worry about people judging them,” Risner ‘14 said. The club does not exclude anyone from joining, and welcomes new members. Meetings happen every Friday at 2:30 p.m. in room 151.


MAG PETERSEN /Reporter According to Jane Somerville ‘15, the GSA fundraiser, “Art of Equality”, held at the First Congregational United Church of Christ earlier this year raised enough money to pay for a few GSA activities.

About 15 percent of the proceeds were also donated to the Cascade AIDS Project in Portland, OR. The first hour of the fundraiser consisted of a silent art auction. The second hour was reserved for a

JULIE McGOWEN / Reporter


MUZ, 88.5 FM Radio is a local station based out of Turner that broadcasts a wide array of shows and music to the surrounding areas, including Salem, Stayton, Albany, Independence and Monmouth. According to their website, “KMUZ serves more than 250,000 listeners in the Turner, Stayton, Salem, Albany, Independence and Monmouth areas.” KMUZ is an entirely volunteer-run community radio station that brings the focus back to the listener and the vast interests of the community at large. KMUZ is dedicated to broadcasting for the “eclectic and underrepresented listeners” such as fans of jazz, electronic, or world music and those who listen to political community affairs or health broadcasts, who are often neglected by commercial FM stations. “Believe us when we say there is

something for everyone on KMUZ,” the station’s website says. This year, ten new weekly shows for a wide range of audiences have been added, with times ranging from morning to late at night. The first of these, which runs on Mondays from 10 to 11 p.m., is a new music broadcast that plays a variety of Alt, Punk, and Metal tracks, called “Noise Disturbance”. There are four more shows dedicated to playing music, with emphasis on blues, latino, punk, celtic, and local Salem indie bands. Other shows that are new to the KMUZ weekly lineup include discussions and interview-based shows about pet care, politics, transgender news and issues, gardening advice and much more. KMUZ as a station is always looking for new programmers. There are no restriction on how old you have to be to sign up and all programmers

will be trained for broadcasting. There are, however, specific requirements you have to meet to be a ‘contributor in good standing’ before you can be a DJ on the show. You must donate $40 annually, attend regular programmer meetings, help fundraise for the station, and contribute as you are able in areas such as marketing, events, fundraising, production, administration, or engineering. High school students are among current programmers: Shelby Alexander, a freshman at Sprague, has been hosting a weekly Sunday show for two years. You can find information about scheduling and community involvement at KMUZ also streams live online, so that listeners anywhere can stay tuned in to the Mid-Valley spotlight.



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opinion New Common Core Standards Cause a Stir JULIE McGOWEN / Reporter


dopted by 45 out of 50 states and begun in the first years of the Obama administration, the Common Core Standards are under scrutiny by teachers, parents, and students, who are questioning the effectiveness of the new standards and curriculum that educators are using to teach them. Officially adopted in Oct. 2010, this is the fourth year that Oregon school districts have taken part in the creation of the Common Core initiative. Across the state, schools have been slowly integrating the mathematics and language arts standards. Next year, state testing will change to adapt to these standards, marking the final step in implementing Common Core Standards. There are lots of different opinions on the subject. Most of these reflect either a sense of negativity because of perceived politically liberal ulterior motives, or a direct, positive cause and effect type of viewpoint. Positive claims include praise for the cohesive nature of learning standards that embrace critical thinking rather than memorization of information, as well as the rigor that these standards ask of students in their primary and secondary educations, forcing them to learn the standards by the end of each grade. The problem is in the interim between the implementation of the standards and the roll out of the tests next year. Teachers and current administrators really have not had much of a part in the actual formation of the standards other than tweaking and reviewing after their creation. These standards have not been officially tested in schools on a long-term basis either. In the hopes of raising the national educational standards to match up with other first-world countries that the U.S. is currently lagging behind, the standards are simply supposed to lay the groundwork for educators to create a curriculum based on yearly goals. Ultimately, the goal is to improve the American academic standards for kids all the way from kindergarten through their senior year of high school. With such varied demographics of students all across the nation, it is hard to integrate standards efficiently and quickly and to adapt a curriculum to fit the needs of everyone. That does not mean that it is not important to try to raise the standards of education in America for the benefit of the next generationsbut it does mean that it may take more than four years of careful adaptation and planning for all levels of students to do so.

Update: Twitter Confession Page Followers

‘Simply Resharing a False Statement’ JENNY TAPIA LEMUS / Reporter


n Feb. 11, 2014 a tweet on the Salem Confessions account allegedly accused a McKay High School teacher of flirting with students. Twenty McKay students who had retweeted or favorited the offending tweet were suspended. The tweet was considered cyberbullying by administrators at McKay High School and the Salem-Keizer School District who do not tolerate any form of bullying. Outside the school setting, students have their right to say, or in this case tweet what they want as long as they are not slandering others. The tweet was put out by an anonymous twitter user who violated the first amendment right, by spreading false information about the McKay teacher publicly. The people who retweeted or favorited the tweet were simply resharing a false statement about the teacher. Because the tweet was about a school staff member, a punishment should be implied to the the person who put out the tweet. The 20

students were not fabricating their own tweet, they just shared a possible false statement. While the tweet was unkind and hurtful, the punishment was too harsh. A suspension has long term effects, like preventing students from getting into

It was extreme that they got suspended for a simple retweet,” said McKay student Stephanie Frias ‘14. “They should have had a Saturday detention instead of having a suspension on their record.” colleges and being involved in school activities like athletics. Offensive content is widespread on the internet, and a gossiping tweet should not be treated so severely. The person who originally published this tweet should be held

responsible for their actions. However, because the person is anonymous they will likely not face punishment, whereas the people who retweeted or favorited it do. Incidents involving anonymous “confession” tweets have been reported across the country. It is hard to prevent or delete these accounts, and they are not going away anytime soon. Negative content inevitably will be posted; it is up to users to decide whether they want to pay attention to it. The students will get the suspension expunged from their records. The suspension will not appear on their transcripts and will not follow them beyond high school. Regardless, the students still missed school. “It was extreme that they got suspended for a simple retweet,” said McKay student Stephanie Frias ‘14. “They should have had a Saturday detention instead of having a suspension on their record.”

Anti-Smoking Ads Going too Far? TAKUR CONLU/ Sports Editor


igarette smoking is a leading cause of lung cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 18.1 percent, or 42.1 million Americans smoke. In response to this, the CDC launched the “Tips from Former Smokers” campaign. To raise awareness many former smokers have voiced their story, sharing their daily routine on video. Terrie Hall, a former cheerleader who had her first cigarette at the age of 13 and began smoking regularly at the age of 17, shared her morning ritual in her campaign ad. “First your teeth,” she begins, setting false teeth into her mouth. “Then your wig,” as she fixes a blond hairpiece on her head. “Then your hands-free device,” she adds as she plugs her tracheooesophageal puncture, a hole punctured into the trachea and esophagus to allow her to eat and breathe. “Now you’re ready for the day.” According to the CDC, the campaign has caused 1.6 million Americans to attempt quitting. Many people are shocked by the graphic images in some ads. “I think the ads are out of line. This doesn’t mean they aren’t effective though. I think they should do something else for the ad rather than scaring people out of smoking,” said Summer Pepiot ‘16.

Has the CDC overstepped the boundary of acceptable television material? Or should they show all of the consequences of cigarette smoking? “It’s okay,” said Jonnah Ferreiro ‘16, “But maybe parents would get angry because they don’t want their kids seeing

that gross stuff.” Terrie Hall died September 16, 2013, aged 53, after being diagnosed with cancer an 11th time. Footage of her shortly before her death was used in an ad by the CDC.



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opinion Banning the “B” Word: Just Another Bad Word?


JAYSA COONS / Reporter

or centuries, activists and officials from all over the world have tried to ban words they find offensive, overused, or useless. In theory, a banned word cannot be said or published in certain situations or at all. Words should never be banned because people should have a right to free speech. Proposals have been made to banish words such as “divorce,” ”alcohol,” and even “selfie.” All these words can be used, depending on the context. However, the word “retard” will always be demeaning, regardless of the situation. The majority of words should not be banned. Instead of prohibiting a word, social activists should spend more time teaching people what the word means and the implications of its usage. Recently, a lot of attention been put on trying to ban a new word: “bossy.” When girls are called bossy, advocates say, they learn that asserting themselves is negative, which prevents them from taking on leadership roles. The Ban Bossy campaign was started by Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, known for her career-oriented feminist book “Lean In” and the organization of the same name. “Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with what’s okay to say and what’s not okay. It’s pretty difficult to ban something that changes with time,” said South Salem counselor Sherri Buck-Williams. Celebrities including Beyoncé, Jane Lynch and Jennifer Garner have joined

Sandberg in pledging to stop using the word. “I’m not bossy, I’m the boss,” Beyoncé said. The campaign claims that when a boy stands up for himself, he is a “leader,” which is positive, but when a girl does the same she is “bossy,” which is negative. Some South students agree with Sandberg’s goal. “They should ban the word bossy because it makes girls feel lesser and not appreciated for their leadership abilities,” said Hannah Larson ‘17. The Ban Bossy website has a list of tips for girls regarding leaderships, on topics like speaking up, asking for help, and changing the world. Although the website has helpful information about being a leader, the idea of banning the word bossy is not. Instead, the campaign should shift their focus to teaching these leadership skills to people of all ages and genders rather than listing them on their website. Andy Honyak ‘17 said, “I believe that bossy should be available for everybody to use, including males. If you are being bossy, then you should be labeled as bossy.” If someone is being overbearing and controlling, then their behavior fits the definition of the word bossy. However, people need to be aware of the differences between being a leader and being bossy, keeping those differences in mind.

‘Get Air’ New Indoor Trampline Park



new indoor trampoline facility has recently opened in Salem called Get Air, a family-friendly venue with over 20,000 square feet of trampolines. The facility provides open jumping areas, designated dodgeball trampolines, and TV screens throughout the building so that you can watch and review your jumps. “Get Air is a nice place and the people that work there are very helpful,” said Andrea Torres ‘16. Get Air is kid-friendly, but it is still very entertaining for teens. There is a separate designated area for young children to

play without the danger posed by larger jumpers. While smaller kids enjoy jumping there, teenagers and adults can enjoy other areas of the facility. “Get Air was really fun and I would definitely go again,” said Amanda Wiley ‘16. Overall, Get Air has a very open and friendly atmosphere and offers many different options to keep people of all ages entertained. Get Air is located at 3910 Ricky Street and is open Monday through Saturday. Prices range from $6 to $11 depending on how long you jump and your age. Photo by NICHELLE HERNDON.



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sports S Baseball Photo by NICHELE HERNDON.


outh Salem’s softball team is back this year and kicking off a strong season. The team is currently undefeated with 11-0 wins so far. “The season has gone very well. A lot better than I expected because of our tough pre-season schedule I wasn’t sure how we would be… so we have beaten some good teams and it’s been a surprise, a good surprise,” said coach Scott McCormick. Of the varsity team, some stand out players include Kelly Burdick ‘14, Julia Clark ‘15, and Katie Hammit ‘14. It is Katie Donovan ‘14, however, who has really led the team to victory with 68

innings pitched and no earned runs. The team is currently ranked first in the OSAA Class 6A power rankings. “I think probably the most difficult part of this season has been who is playing where. Because of the kids we lost last year, we lost a shortstop, a catcher, and an outfielder, and it’s just been harder to figure out who fits in where the best. That’s part of the surprises of how well we’ve done is because we’ve done really well and our lineup changes all the time now. We have really had the finished product,” said coach McCormick. “Every game is a different story.”


s of April 17, South Salem’s boys baseball team was ranked sixth in the league with a loss of 8-9 against McKay High School. The team has an overall record of 6-8. The most competitive team they have played is Crater Lake High School. During the Crater Classic over Spring Break, South beat them 5-2. Coach Kerr said they are one of the best teams they have seen in the state so far this season. “I hope we continue and that we have a strong finish to our season.” said Kerr.

They are looking forward to go up against each and every single team in the league. Coach Kerr said they feel like they are the rival team for everyone in the league. “We’ve seen some improvement,” said Kerr, “we are a pretty young team, so we’ve seen some guys get better as the season has gone along and we still have room for improvement as we continue”.” The team’s current goal is to prepare for the playoffs.

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Track & Field

his year south’s track and field team has gotten some new coaching staff. “We got a new throw coach and his name is Wyatt Briggs, and we got a new sprint coach because Dave Johnson is now helping at Oregon State coaching track there,” said head track coach Alisha Murdoch. Even with the new coaching staff Saxons have not missed a beat within the season.

“For boys we have some really good jumpers right now with Jamel and Josh, in the high jump and long jump, and Daniel. We also have some good sprinters and middle distance runners with Janzen and Miles. On the girls side we are really young. I’d say distance wise we are strong. We also have a good thrower named Jordan Woodvine. We are kind of spread out in the girls. We also have a senior who is a great pole vaulter Raquel

TIARA SCOTT / Sports Editor Sanchez,”said Murdoch. So far South has competed against Forest Grove, Canby, Lake Oswego, Sprague and McKay high school. However the Saxons still have a long season ahead of them with some stiff competition as well. “Some of the top schools it seems like for the guys is West and McNary,” said Murdoch. “On the girls side we are going to have to see how it goes. We have a lot of tough competition.”

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he South Salem lacrosse teams have grown this season. The boys’ team have won two games

and lost six. Their next game is tonight against Corvallis, JV plays at 6:30 p.m. and varsity at 8:15 p.m., on Bennett Field. “We hope that the team works



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together to improve every game,” said assistant varsity coach Gerry Rasch, “We want the players to respect each other and help each other become better players.” The team’s top scorers are Joshua Liebertz ‘16 and Alec Scott ‘15. Captains this year are Heath Ferry ‘14 and Joshua Liebertz ‘16. The girls’ team has won both of their games so far. Coach Kolis Crier is hoping

to build team unity. “Aside from building a solid team environment, we are committed to getting better each day as individuals and as a team. Wins on the field will come as long as we commit to improving ourselves every opportunity we get,” said Crier. Captains this year are Samantha Schafer ‘14 and Karina Gonzalez ‘14. Players to keep an eye on are Zunyana Crier ‘17, Lily Barlow ‘16 and Holly Duvall ‘15.



xtreme sports, like skateboarding, skiing, bicycle motocross and others, are increasing among teens, and many Saxons enjoy them. Partaking in a extreme sport can help build self-confidence and perseverance, and can promote a healthy lifestyle, making new friends in the process. “I like skateboarding, not for the look, but because it’s fun,” said Bryan Mortensen ‘18. The best thing about extreme sports is that they are individual: you make the choices. But it does not have to be lonely. You can always go to a competition, or just go to the park. Extreme sports can also become careers.


Girls’ Golf

“Skate!, skate!, skate!” said Jessie Cornejo ‘17. Are you interested? All you really need is the equipment, like a bike or a board. There are many places in Oregon full of opportunities for those interested in extreme sports. For skiers and snowboarders, Mount Hood is only two hours from Salem. If you are looking for something fun and active for the summer, get out there and have some fun! But remember: no matter what, you are going to fall, so remember to always wear a helmet and be safe.



uring a golf tournament on April 8 at McNary Golf Club the South Salem girls’ golf team shot a 426, earning them first place. The high scoring medalist was Ellie Slama ‘17 with a 77. Slama was the medalist of the tournament earning the best score out of all the teams including West Salem, Sprague, McNary, and North Salem High School. “She’s one of the new freshmen coming in and doing great things,” said girls’ head coach, Brian Eriksen, about Slama. Eriksen anticipates great things from his new freshmen. “We have a young team, but we’re getting better,” Eriksen said. Their most recent tournament was at Oak Knoll Golf Course on April 15. They scored a 418, walking away with third place. The high scoring medalist was Slama ‘17 with a 73. Sprague high school won first place. The team’s next tournament took place today, Friday, April 25 at the Illahe Country Club.

Clypian 042514 Issue 8  

Clypian 042514 Issue 8 South Salem HS

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