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Sophomore Julie Nguyen donates art for Barktoberfest Page 5


Senior Karli Dugger weighs in on Bill Smith senior portrait process Page 7

The A&E staff previews this fall’s anticipated entertainment, activities Page 9

RHS coaches bond with their child athletes on the field, court Page 12

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CILT revises grading policy New guidelines discourage extra credit, zeroes BY WAFEEQ RIDHUAN

Following a Continuous Improvement Leadership Team (CILT) meeting, the Roseville Joint Union High School District CILT has released a revised grading policy and grading guidelines book, both of which are still in the draft stage and open to revision.

Throughout last school year, CILT worked to revise Board Policy 5121.1, which serves as the district’s official grading policy. One of the most significant changes in the revisions is the elimination of extra credit. According to RJUHSD assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction Jess Borjon, the revision was made to address inconsistencies in grading practices for extra credit across the district. “There’s an interesting approach to extra credit – that is that it broadly varies,” Borjon said. “What we’re trying to do in the policy is try to minimize or

eliminate that subjectivity and or the ability to create uneven playing fields.” Science teacher Robert Mahlman doesn’t completely oppose eliminating extra credit, but appreciates the ability it grants teachers to reinforce positive behavior in class. “I like to give extra credit for students who participate in class and encourage participation,” Mahlman said. “So I give participation points, which go towards extra credit. It usually isn’t a huge bump in someone’s grade, but I think having that as a way  GRADES | Page 2


Science teacher Robert Mahlman grades students work in his chemistry class. Mahlman said extra credit is a reinforcer of positive behavior for students in his classes.

RJUHSD to not weight CC credit BY COOPER BADDLEY



Left, freshman inside linebacker Alex Alcautar drinks water in between drives during one of his rare breaks at last Thursday’s game against Consumnes Oaks. Above, Alcautar runs in PE the following day.

Districts vary on PE graduation requirements Administrators tout benefits of two-year PE BY BRIAN NUEVO

Student athletes in RJUHSD are required to take two years of PE for graduation. However, other school districts in California offer Athletic Prep PE for in season athletes, allowing them to forgo PE while in season. In California Ed Code 51242

it states “The governing board of a school district may exempt any four-year or senior high school pupil from attending courses of physical education, if the pupil is engaged in a regular schoolsponsored interscholastic athletic program carried on wholly or partially after regular school hours.” This allows school districts in California to exempt any athletes that are participating in any CIF sport from PE. Palo Alto Unified High School District is one of those districts that offer the Athletic Prep. This allows students to have a prep

Photo, art departments under new leadership


Roseville High School held an interview for a teacher to replace current Art 1 teacher, Allison Lawson last Tuesday. The committee came to decision for the new hire. (Eye of the Tiger is withholding the name of the new teacher until she is official hired by the district, which is slated to occur later this month.) According to one of the members of the interview panel, VAPA Coordinator Joyce Henry, the candidate that the school se-

lected should be a strong addition to the VAPA department. “I think she is going to work well with students of all abilities – extremely artistic people and people just coming in and people who are struggling,” Henry said. “We are happy with our selection.” The new teacher will occupy RM 101 when Lawson steps in as photography teacher at the start of the second quarter. Since the departure of previous photography teacher Tammy Kaley, RHS has worked to find  VAPA | Page 2

period in place of PE. Athletes would still be required to enroll in PE and have to return to class after the season. Freshman football player Alex Alcautar, who is currently enrolled in PE 9, feels that it isn’t necessary for athletes who are taking multiple athletic classes “You should be able to do the sport you love the most while getting credit and having the free time [instead] makes it better,” Alcautar said. PE is structured to have students are required to run twice a week. Senior water polo player and swimmer Kyle Gard thinks

running on game day is a nuisance and the free time could help with academics. “Based on all the random stuff we did in PE on gameday like running really sucked,” Gard said. “It would be really nice to finish homework in [athletic] prep and not have to do it late at night after games.” Junior Brad Morin, who played soccer last winter while in AP Euro, believes the prep period could help out first time AP athletes. “It would have definitely helped, especially with AP  PE | Page 3

SIXTH HIGH SCHOOL UPDATE RJUHSD released results from a survey that collected public opinion on the mascot, colors and name of the sixth high school set to be opened for the 2020-21 school year. Currently the name Westpark High School is leading with 60% of voter approval, the colors navy blue and gold lead with 30% of votes and falcons leads the mascot vote with 25%. Superintendent Ron Severson said in an email that the results below will inform the school board’s official decisions. The name, colors and mascot will be finalized by Dec. of this year.

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Numeric percentages released at sixth high school steering meeting on Sept. 6.

Students will no longer receive weighted credit for enrollment in community college courses or any other classes taken outside of the district per new Board policy 5121.1. These classes can still be taken and used on transcripts, but will be unweighted. Counselor Graciela Fernandez believes this change supports classes being taken for enrichment rather than a grade bump. “It depends when you think about the intent of the programs at Sierra College, American River College, or any community college that has high school classes, they all call them academic enrichment,” Fernandez said. “It’s really for the students who are interested in taking those courses as enrichment and not necessarily for a grade bump or to get the highest class rank.” Fernandez said RHS will still offer the same opportunities for weighted credit as it always has and hopes students still see CC courses as useful for enrichment. (Look for the full article online at and in the next issue of Eye of the Tiger.)

Statewide start time bill fails BY SINO OULAD DAOUD

Senate Bill 328 failed in the CA State Assembly Floor vote on Thurs. Sept. 14. Previously, the bill, which would force all CA public and charter schools to adopt start times no earlier than 8:30 had passed through six votes, including the Senate Floor hearing in which four state senators gave their positions about school start times. The Assembly heard a total of 14 members’ positions before ultimately voting against the bill,  BILL | Page 3



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GRADES: Guide narrows failing margin CONTINUED FROM FRONT

of reinforcing positive feedback in class is a good thing.” English teacher Dean Gadway said he rarely uses that opportunity and doesn’t believe that the “inclusion or exclusion” of extra credit as a huge issue in the grading policy given its minor effect on grades in his classes. “Generally speaking, extra credit, if it ever happens, is a minor portion of any grade,” Gadway said. “It’s usually associated with a game we play or some bonus points on a small quiz. It’s really a tiny carrot meant to motivate students on difficult material.” RHS principal David Byrd admitted he used to give extra credit as a teacher, with restraint. “I have to be honest, when I was teaching, I did small amounts of extra credit here and there,” Byrd said. “But… I really did feel, like, look at the end of the day, the grade that I’m putting on a transcript is becoming this official document that’s supposed to be a reflection of what students have learned and how well they’ve learned it.” In addition to the removal of extra credit, classes taken outside of the district may no longer be considered for weighted credit. Currently, classes taken outside the district can be considered for weighted credit if it meets “college elective courses with prerequisites.” With the current revisions, weighted credit would only be awarded to students taking certain RJUHSD classes. The revisions still allow students to take classes outside of RJUHSD, such as at a local community college to fulfill graduation requirements, and still have the grade appear on their transcript. However,


a more permanent photography teacher. The role was initially filled by interim photography teacher Art Banks while the school searched for a long-term replacement. The school offered the photography position to Lawson, who is a freelance photographer in her spare time. “Photography is my favorite. It’s the thing I am most passionate about,” Lawson said. “I work on it on my own and I get a little too enthusiastic, but it’s a good thing.” Lawson specializes in outdoor sports and often takes action photos. Her personal photo gallery con-

it won’t be considered for weighted credit. According to Borjon, his plan is to continue the “vetting process” for the revised grading policy through this December. By Jan., he hopes to have a version ready for board approval and adoption. If it passes, the policy would be enforced the following school year. In addition to the release of a revised grading policy, a new guidebook titled, “Grading Guidelines,” was released to teachers early in Sept. It’s purpose is to “inform and support teachers, students and parents in navigating the assessment and feedback process which result in student grades.” With the guidebook in its second draft, there are currently certain lines that serve as points of contention for teachers. For example, it recommends teachers to consider the “mathematical discrepancy” of giving students a “zero” on assignments when designing their grading structure. In response, the guidebook encourages teachers to consid-

er giving a 50% to serve as a “score holder for an ‘F.’” Mahlman doesn’t fully support this recommendation and doesn’t believe in giving credit for work not turned in. “If someone doesn’t do anything I don’t think they would deserve half credit,” Mahlman said. “So that’s something I think it still needs to be worked out.” English teacher Jamie Handling disagrees with the recommendation and doesn’t believe it as an accurate representation of a student’s academic performance. “I feel like that gives even more of a discrepancy because if they don’t turn it in, they shouldn’t get a score for work not turned in,” Handling said. “Students shouldn’t receive scores for work that they don’t do, and to take that assignment out of the equation… to me implies 50% of the work.” According to Borjon, the reason behind this recommendation is to address the mathematical discrep-


ancy between D’s and F’s. Unlike other letter grades that increase in ten percent increments, an F is an estimated 40 percent decrement from a D because of it’s zero percent value. “When you look at how a student gets a grade ... it’s 10 percent increments,” Borjon said. “Well an F could be zero but that’s a huge drop from the D which is 60 percent. So while every increment in that grading scale is a 10 point increment, the question that’s mathematically being asked is, ‘Why does a student who gets a D versus an F half go from 60 percent or 62 percent to zero percent?’”

Despite this point of contention, the guidebook’s enforcement will not mirror those of the grading policy. Unlike the grading policy, the enforcement for the grading guidelines book will differ in that its purpose is for teachers to consider using its practices. According to Byrd, teachers could use the guidebook to approach grading in a meaningful way. “It’s more than just ‘hey here’s some good practices,’” Byrd said. “I think we should use that… to have a conversation and have a dialogue about what it really means to grade and evaluate students.”

sists of people biking, rock climbing, and even tight rope walking. According to Lawson, leaving her current art classes will be a downside to joining photography. “I am super excited,” Lawson said. “I love my art students and am really sad to see them at a different capacity and not everyday.” RHS Roseleaves adviser Dana Dooley sees photography’s new leadership as an opportunity to collaborate on classwork. “I have high hopes that she and I could partner our programs together,” Dooley said. “So that potentially the work that photography class is doing could support the quality of photos that we could actually get into the yearbook.”


Art teacher Allison Lawson teaches her Art 1 class. She will fill in as photography teacher full-time next quarter.


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Military Academy Night Panel open to students interested in the five service academies in the Patti Baker Theater at 6:00 p.m.

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College Application Night Seniors and families view presentations and begin applications at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria.

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PE: Other districts offer chance of exemption CONTINUED FROM FRONT

classes for the first time especially helping with my time management,” Morin said. “The extra hour and a half a day would’ve made school a lot easier.” Because athletic sports cater to a specific sport, RJUHSD assistant superintendent of curriculum Jess Borjon believes it doesn’t necessarily correlate with the curriculum as PE 10. “It’s [a] very one dimensional learning experience,” Borjon said. “Students aren’t arriving at the same learning outcomes as they would PE 10.” Borjon sees the two year requirement the district currently implies that PE as more valuable to the students rather than just taking a singular sport or athletic class. “There are learning outcomes that are associated with PE 9 and 10 that we

think is very valuable and doesn’t entirely fit a team sport,” Borjon said. “We think it’s very important that all our students reach the learning outcomes for PE”. The district understands the tradeoffs between athletes not taking PE and a free period, but according to Borjon they firmly believe in the PE curriculum and that it shouldn’t just be looked over. Borjon believes team sports have a different mentality compared to PE, as they focus more on a singular aspect instead of a multitude of sports. “By every student taking 9 and 10 there’s a sequence from [class] 9-10 there’s a slightly different focus that you would not get in athletics,” Borjon said. Athletic director Emily Dodds believes having athletes participate in PE should be required rather than be exempt from the


Underclassmen rest along the track, waiting for others to finish their weekly timed run. Athletic director Emily Dodds believes mandatory PE is beneficial.

class. “I don’t think doing PE especially for an athlete is that difficult,” Dodds said. “I’m a big proponent for movement.” Other districts like the

Rocklin Unified School District require three years of PE to graduate but accepts exemptions for the third year to athletes who participate in at least four seasons of sports. Dodds

agrees with this use of exempt and could only see it as a possibility if RJUHSD was to increase the number of years required for PE. “If we bumped it up it would bring cause for eval-

uation,” Dodds said. “With only the two, there’s a lot of people that have to give [sports] up, it’s our opportunity to get them moving and not sitting in a desk listening to a lecture.”

BILL: Opposition pushed for locally controlled start times


with 26 ayes, 30 noes, and 23 unrecorded. The bill required 41 “aye” votes to pass. Speaking before the Assembly, member Todd Gloria presented SB 328 on behalf of its author, Senator Anthony J. Portantino. A number of mentioned studies showed the benefits of adopting a later start time, including one that predicted fiscal profits for CA. “If California moves

forward with later start times, school districts are projected to return four dollars for every dollar invested in the California economy,” Gloria said. “We’ll see a ten billion dollar benefit in the first ten years of this law.” Assembly member Matthew Harper spoke supporting the studies, but opposed a statewide mandate as opposed to a locally controlled policy. “Do I think that the case that’s made in terms of the

health and the impacts of the student is very important and very compelling? Yes,” Harper said. “But each individual school board should make that determination, incorporating what are the local needs of their local communities.” Assembly member Shirley N. Weber countered that the nature of school board meetings would hinder district start time adoptions. “You can say ‘let the locals do it,’” Weber said. “I can tell you the locals

won’t do it because they will be at this board meeting where everybody is screaming and hollering about their schedule and their time.” When asked about his stance, RHS principal David Byrd went against the bill. “I wouldn’t have supported it, not so much because of the start time that they were proposing but because I don’t want the state level to get into the business of dictating start

times for schools,” Byrd said. “I would rather those decisions be made locally, by our school district.” Against start time change, Assembly member Jordan Cunningham posed that the bill would not cater to parents who have to take their kids to school early. “What are you going to tell the parent who has to be at the office at seven o’clock to open it or at the store at seven o’clock to open it but they can’t take their seventh, eighth, or

ninth grader to school until 8:30,” Cunningham said. “I don’t have anything to say to that parent. I really don’t.” Weber said she predicted the bill’s failure when speaking previously to Portantino. “I said ‘listen here, this will be killed by ignorance,’” Weber said. “‘It will be killed by fear of those who don’t want to change, who are afraid of change, who reject the information.’”

NEWSINBRIEFS FBLA takes on two new advisers after Volk retires BY COOPER BADDLEY

English teachers Kelly Capell and Amy Shishido have taken over the Future Business Leaders of America club after the retirement of the club’s former adviser Ron Volk. Both teachers are focusing on not only continuing what the club has done in the past but supporting change that the students endorse. “We want to continue what he has done,” Capell said. “As the kids want to change and improve we are going to help them do that.” Sophomore and FBLA member Finn McAnlis saw the benefit of the change going forward. “I was disappointed [by Volk leaving] but also excited because we didn’t really do that much last year, so it was kinda of like oh boy we can actually get stuff done,” McAnlis said. McAnlis also believes that new advisers are a benefit to the club because of the new ideas they bring to the table and their commitment to its growth. “Miss Capell and miss Shishido are productive and get stuff done we have plans in place and we are already doing stuff,” Anlis said. This year’s focus seems all about letting the club running itself and not by steering from the new advisors. “We have the same officers and they are doing such a great job so we just want

to support them through the club,” Shishido said.

CAASPP on transcripts, colleges won’t consider BY KAIA WHITNEY

The EAP, or the Early Assessment Program test which was taken by Roseville students every year before last, always had apparent scores on the students transcripts. The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) that juniors last year took instead of the EAP will now appear on transcripts. According to RHS Counselor Robyn Pasco, colleges won’t base admission on the scores of a student’s CAASPP test, but rather their potential placement in higher education courses. “They’re not used for admission purposes,” Pasco said. “Part of the CAASPP scores are used for placement into college-level English and math classes, but they are not used for the admission process whatsoever.” Senior Chandler Higgs expressed relief upon clarification that the CAASPP would not be considered for college admission. “The CAASPP being on my transcript does not upset me as long as it doesn’t affect my chances of admission,” Higgs said. “That fact was not clear so I was originally upset, but after finding out it won’t hurt

anymore. However, I don’t like that the test could affect your placement in college as I don’t want on class to define what classes I take.”

AVID teachers attend college conferences BY COOPER BADDLEY

Last week Avid teachers went to the annual UC conference to learn about admissions and applying from the past years. According to AVID 10 teacher Kelly Capell, teachers are focused on getting students accepted. “Our goal is for students to get accepted to a 4 year university whether they go to that university or go another route is up to them but we want to make sure they are accepted,” Capell said. “We do a lot of training to trying to stay up-to-date on what is happening in California and the nation in terms of colleges,” Capell said. Junior and AVID 11 student Emily Cruz believes that most information that teachers bring is beneficial to students. “Some of the information my teacher has given us I already knew but some information I did not know before I thought that was very beneficial to me and other classmates,” Cruz said. These meetings centered on new information involving all the UC campuses, new majors and personal insight question.




REPORTAJES Estudiante de segundo año contribuye al evento de Barktoberfest POR KAIA WHITNEY

Estudiante de segundo año Julie Nguyen donó algunas de sus obras de arte para subastar en el anual Barktoberfest de este año, dirigido por Placer SPCA. Nguyen, una artista autodidacta, nunca ha tomado una clase de arte en su vida. En vez, enseñó a sí misma y desarrolló sus habilidades artísticas que hoy tiene. Nguyen empezó a pintar frecuentemente en el octavo grado para recreación y continuo cuando vio como estaba mejorando. “Recoges lápices y crayones como niño y de repente estás dibujando,” Nguyen dijo. Aunque ella tomó tiempo perfeccionar sus habilidades de pintar, Nguyen sentía que podía captar los básicos y empezar a usar materiales más complicados, como acrílicos en lugar de acuarelas, sin mucha dificultad. Nguyen trabajó como una artista para el Placer SPCA

principalmente donde dirigió una campaña y recaudó fondos el año pasado como parte de un proyecto escolar. Estudiante de segundo año Maddie Grappo trabajaba estrechamente con Nguyen, como las dos encontraron un amor compartido por animales. “Había visto algunas de sus obras para otros proyectos que ella había hecho en clase. Yo sabía que ella iba a trabajar mucho para crear una pintura muy bella, especialmente a mis estándares,” Grappo dijo. “[El proyecto] resultó tan bien. Ella lo hizo muy bien.” Nguyen expresó su admiración por la meta del SPCA y la importancia de animales en su vida por su pintura. “El SPCA es una causa en que creo mucho, porque si puedes ayudar los animales desfavorecidos en cualquiera manera, porque no? Los derechos de los animales no aplican a solo las mascotas o los con que interactúas directamente,” Nguyen dijo. Después de su éxito anterior de su primer año y la deuda que sintió que tuvo con el SPCA después de

que ellos encontraran un de sus gatos perdidos, Nguyen creyó que donar su arte por la segunda vez podía ayudarla a devolverlos por la buena acción que hicieron para su familia. “Doné mi arte como una pieza de subasta al SPCA para que pudieran usarla y venderla para ganar dinero por su organización,” Nguyen dijo. “El SPCA tiene un alcance más lejano que yo tengo y podría hacer mucho con ese dinero.” Nguyen decidió enfocarse en pintar los perros. “Usualmente, el primer enfoque de mis pinturas es

no dijo. “No sabía si iba a clasificarme para D1, pero cuando me di cuenta de que podría asistir una universidad D1, toda mi atención estaba centrada allí.” Granno tiene familia en la área cerca de la escuela, y eso influyó su decisión de comprometerse a la universidad. “Tengo familia en esa área y estar cerca de la familia a que no veo mucho fue muy agradable,” Granno dijo. “Es una área muy bella y yo se que me divertiria mucho de estar allí.” Granno, empezando su tercer año de primer equipo en Roseville, fue notada por St. Mary’s en el Surf Cup en San Diego. El Surf Cup es un programa del verano en San Diego que atrae a más

que 400 entrenadores universitarios cada año. Ellos vienen para contratar jugadores universitarios. Equipos de seis países diferentes y 16 estado diferentes participan en el torneo, y solo los 220 mejores de los 600 equipos son aceptados. Granno ha estado en el proceso de reclutamiento hasta el primer año y ahora está aliviada. “Los momentos antes de que te comprometas están muy estresados porque es tu futuro,” Granno dijo. “Es muy emocionante saber que soy comprometida.” Estudiante de tercer año Kelsey Gill, quien ha estado jugando con Kylie durante los últimos cuatro anos, ha visto mejora constante en

sus habilidades y cree que merece su beca. “Ella tiene capaz de tanto, y

hará muy bien en la universidad,” Gill dijo. “Trabaja mucho en practica y yo se

que ella seguirá marcando y defendiendo muy bien en la universidad.”

más pronto que 8:30 había pasado, incluyendo la audiencia del senado en la cual cuatro senadores estatales dieron sus posiciones sobre las horas de inicio escolares. La asamblea escucharon un total de 14 posiciones de los miembros antes de ultimadamente votar contra el proyecto de ley, con 26 votos en favor, 30 en contra y 23 no registrados. El proyecto de ley requiso 41 votos en favor para ser aprobado. Hablando ante la Asamblea, miembro Todd Gloria

presentó SB 328 en nombre de su autor, Senador Anthony J. Portantino. Gloria habló de varios estudios que demostraron los beneficios de adoptar una hora de inicio más tarde, incluyendo un que predijo beneficios fiscales para CA. “Si California implementa horas de inicio más tardes, se espera que los distritos escolares reportan cuatro dólares por cada dólar invertido en la economía californiana,” Gloria dijo. “Veremos una ganancia de 10 mil millones dólares en

los primeros diez años de está ley.” Miembro de Asamblea Matthew Harper apoyó los estudios, pero estaba en contra de implementar los cambios en todo el estado. “¿Pienso que el caso que es hecho con respeto a la salud y los impactos del estudiante es muy importante y profundo? Sí,” Harper dijo. “Pero cada consejo escolar debe hacer esa determinación, incorporando las que son las necesidades locales de sus comunidades.” En apoyo del proyecto

de ley, miembro de Asamblea Shirley N. Weber dijo a la Asamblea que la naturaleza de las reuniones de los consejos escolares obstruirían la implementación de horas de inicio en el nivel del distrito. Miembro de Asamblea Jordan Cunningham rebatió esa idea, porque el proyecto de ley no atiende a los padres que necesitan llevar sus hijos a la escuela temprano. “¿Qué vas a decir al padre que necesita estar en la oficina a las siete para abrir-

la o en la tienda a las siete para abrirla pero no puede llevar su hijo del séptimo, octavo o noveno grado a las escuela hasta 8:30?” Cunningham dijo. “No tengo nada que decir a ese padre.” Weber dijo que predijo el fallamiento del proyecto de ley cuando hablo con Portantino “Yo dije, escuche, esto será matado por la ignorancia,” dijo Weber. “Será matado por el temor de los que no quieren cambiar, que temen el cambio, que rechazan la información.”




Estudiante de segundo año Julie Nguyen participará en el evento anual de Barktoberfest, en el cual contribuirá sus obras de arte para una subasta.

perros, porque las personas tienden preferir los perros sobre otros animales, pero hay otros animales incluídos también,” Nguyen dijo. Al ver las pinturas, Grappo expresó su admiración continuado por sus habilidades artísticas de Nguyen y pensó que otras se sentirían de manera similar. “Probablemente va a inspirar a otras personas a

hacer cosas para la comunidad,” Grappo dijo. “Si averiguan que es una estudiante de secundaria, quizá pensarán “bueno, yo lo podría hacer también.” Estudiante de segundo año y amigo de Nguyen está emocionado que Nguyen tenga la oportunidad de exhibir su trabajo por fin. “Creo que es un buen modo en que puede exhi-

bir sus habilidades, porque creo que es muy talentosa,” Sangria dijo. Aunque ella no piensa que vaya a ser una artista profesional en el futuro, está abierta a comisionar su arte otra si ha alguien que esté interesada en su trabajo. Barktoberfest tendrá lugar este sábado en el Placer SPCA.

DEPORTES Estudiante de tercer año se ha comprometido a universidad D1, St. Mary’s POR ELENA BATEMAN

Estudiante de tercer año Kylie Granno se ha comprometido verbalmente a St. Mary’s College of California para continuar su carrera de fútbol. Granno se comprometó a St. Mary’s sobre otras colegios prestigiosos, como Chico, Dominican, SDSU, USF, y Sonoma State porque St. Mary’s ha sido su escuela de ensueño por años. “St. Mary’s fue en mis cinco primeras escuelas cuando yo empecé,” Gran-


Estudiante de tercer año Kylie Granno continuará con su carrera de fútbol en la universidad St. Mary’s. Ella continuará el legado de su familia y está muy emocionada poder estar con ellos durante sus años universitarios.

NOTICIAS Proyecto de ley del Senado 328 ha fallado de ser aprobado, 26 votos en favor y 30 en contra POR SINO OULAD DAOUD

Proyecto de ley del Senado 328 falló en el Floor Vote de la asamblea estatal de California el Jueves Sept.14. Anteriormente, el proyecto de ley que iba a forzar todas las escuelas públicas y chárteres a aprobar horas de inicio no


La Noche de Academia Militar Panel abierto a los estudiantes interesados en cinco academias de servicio en el Patti Baker Theater a las 6 p.m.

OCT 12


La Noche de Solicitudes Universitarias Estudiantes del cuarto año y sus familias ven presentaciones de universidades de cuatro anos y empiezan las aplicaciones a las 6 p.m. en la cafeteria.

Exámenes Los estudiantes asisten en la primera hora y la segunda hora. Día mínimo.

OCT 13

OCT 11

Exámenes Los estudiantes asisten en la tercera hora y la cuarta hora. Día mínimo.

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Sophomore shows SPCA support with art BY KAIA WHITNEY

Roseville High School sophomore Julie Nguyen donated some of her artwork to be auctioned off at this year’s annual Barktoberfest, run by the Placer SPCA. Nguyen, a self-taught artist, has never taken an art class in her life. She coached herself and developed the artistic abilities she has today through practice. Nguyen began painting regularly in eighth grade for recreational reasons and continued once she saw how much she was improving. “You pick up pencils and crayons as a kid and all of a sudden you’re drawing,” Nguyen said. Though it took a while

for her to attempt to hone her painting abilities, Nguyen felt that she was able to grasp the basics quickly and move on to using more complicated materials, such as acrylics in place of watercolors, without too much difficulty. Nguyen first worked as an artist for the Placer SPCA where she ran an awareness campaign and raised funds for it last year, as part of a school-based project. Sophomore Maddie Grappo worked closely with Nguyen, as the two found a shared love for animals. “I’d seen some of her work for the other projects she’d done in class. I knew she was gonna work really hard to make that painting


Nguyen’s paintings are showcased in front of the SPCA building in order to encourage an increase in volunteers.


Above, Grappo (left), Tami Schmitz (middle), and Nguyen (right) pose in the Placer county SPCA building after the successful completion of Nguyen’s first time working with the SPCA. Nguyen’s paintings serve as her most frequent contributions in support of the SPCA.

[for our project] look good, especially to my standards,” Grappo said. “[The project] turned out so great. She’s really good at what she does.” Nguyen expressed her admiration of the SPCA’s goal and the importance of animals in her life through her painting. “The SPCA is a cause I really believe in, because if you can help disadvantaged animals in any way, then why not? The rights of animals don’t just extend to your pets or the ones you directly interact with,” Nguyen said. After the success Nguyen previously expe-

rienced in her freshman year and the debt she felt she owed the SPCA after they found one of her lost cats, Nguyen believed that donating her art a second time could help in her effort to repay them for the good deed that they did for her family. “I donated my art as an auction piece to the SPCA so that they can hopefully use it and sell it to make money for their organization,” Nguyen said. “The SPCA has a farther reach than I do and could do a lot with that money.” Nguyen decided to make dogs the main focus of her soon to be auctioned

off paintings. “Usually, my main signature focus of my paintings is dogs, because people tend to like dogs more than other animals – but there are some other animals included as well,” Nguyen said. Grappo expressed her continued admiration at the depth of Nguyen’s artistic abilities and thought that others would feel similarly upon learning about the artist. “It’s probably gonna inspire other people too, to do things that help out our community,” Grappo said. “If they learn it’s from a high-schooler, maybe peo-

ple will think, ‘Hey, maybe I could do that too.’.” Nguyen’s friend, sophomore Nathan Sangria, is excited that Nguyen is finally getting the chance to show off all her hard work. “I think it’s a really good way for her to showcase her abilities, because I believe that she really is talented,” Sangria said. Although Nguyen does not see herself becoming a professional artist in the future, she is open to commissioning her art once again if anyone is interested in her work. Barktoberfest will be held this Saturday at the Placer SPCA.

Science teacher adopts hedgehog as class pet Delilah joins biology, AP enviro BY WILL WAGNER

The prickly attitude and sharp demeanor of science teacher Jeffrey Underwood’s latest class addition is also responsible for the hissing and purring noises emanating from the classroom. Since arriving earlier this month, in fact, Delilah the hedgehog has really been the talk of RM 703. Delilah was originally owned by senior Olyvia Schaefer, who found that she was unable to care for her due to a busy schedule and time constraints. “I had to get rid of her because she is a very social animal that needs a lot of attention and I didn’t have that much time to take her out,” Schafer said. Underwood acquired Delilah after responding to an email sent out by social studies teacher Jon Coleman for his student, asking the staff if they wanted a new class pet. Underwood hopes that this adoption willlead to more class pets. He looks up to science teacher C.J. Addington’s room full of

unique animals as inspiration. “We are Biology, so we need animals in our classrooms,” Underwood said. Many students enjoy having her in the classroom for the new experience alone. Senior Kevria Shill, a student in Underwood’s class, witnessed the student and staff interest Delilah attracted. “More people are wanting to go near her and know what she is about,” Shill said.

Underwood has made the class quieter to help lessen the stress of the transition period. According to Underwood, Delilah’s comfort is a priority. “We are definitely trying to keep a comfortable environment for her,” Underwood said. “She’s new, she’s small, and she is scared.” Underwood has had many pets in his lifetime, but this is his first class pet. He is excited to learn how different the two of those can be.

“My family has always been animal-lovers,” Underwood said. “I had a collection of scorpions in college that I took care of, and we had horses and things like that when I was a kid.” According to Underwood, since hedgehogs are relatively unfamiliar animals to bring home as pets and it’s illegal to own one in California without a license (as they aren’t native to the state), they are frequently misunderstood. Many students believe that Delilah is like a porcupine, so her sharp quills leave her unable to be touched or held. “She has some stigma around her because they think she is spiky like a porcupine, but she’s not,” Underwood said. “They are insectivores.” Underwood hopes students will maintain their etiquette while observing her, especially as she is often asleep during the day.. “Well, she is definitely a cute animal that definitely brings something to the class,” Shill said. She has become a symbol of room 703 and Underwood hopes that more people come see Delilah. “She is overly cute,” Underwood said. “The cute meter is definitely on tilt.”



Seniors Kelly (left) and Anna (right) Pratt work on an assignment in class. The twins share a passion for writing.

Twins take on literary mag BY JASMINE LUNAR

Seniors Anna and Kelly Pratt are twins, but their outer appearance only compliments their shared inner passion for literature and writing. Both hold active roles in Roseville High’s Creative Writing club, with Anna serving as president and Kelly as treasurer. Though Anna was always an avid reader, it was her sister Kelly that inspired her heavy involvement in writing and later helped her create a literary piece. “It was my sister who started writing,” Anna said. “I did it for a little bit and then followed her up after that - we both wrote a book in 2015 and that was a good experience.” Kelly found an outlet in the Creative Writing club, which focuses on developing students’ writing abilities and giving them the chance to express themselves through words, something she strives for. “It’s where everyone

loves writing so it’s a comfortable environment,” Kelly said. “No one will judge you because if you’re a bad writer we are all in the same boat together.” Their newest project goes beyond the two of them, as they work with Creative Writing club adviser Jamie Handling, members of the club, and other outside sources to ultimately publish an edition of the Uproar - the RHS literary magazine - before the end of the semester. The literary magazine is a collection of art and literature by RHS students and staff. As Handlings’ creative writing course doesn’t take place until next semester, the task of generating student interest and collecting literary and art pieces for the magazine falls onto the Creative Writing club. Kelly feels that although it’s a daunting task, it is manageable. “There is a lot of us so I don’t think it’ll take one person to do all the heavy lifting,” Kelly said. “It

seems like a pretty ambitious project but I think we can get it done.” She believes the group dynamic is beneficial for the making of the magazine. “Mrs. Handling seems to know what she is doing,” Kelly said. “And the people in the Creative Writing club seem dedicated, like they want to work on it, and they’re passionate.” While Anna and Kelly mostly abstained from sharing the book they wrote together with others, the literary magazine has the opposite intention, as one of the goals is to reach a large audience. Anna acknowledges the difficulty of taking part in this project for those who are nervous to have their work so publicly showcased. “I think the biggest thing is that people don’t want to put their words out there because they might be afraid,” Anna said. “But it’s your words, you should be proud.”



Color guard, band students learn ASL BY DANIELLE BENNETT

While numerous students fill RHS’ Spanish and French classes for their secondary language education, a group of students from color guard and band have taken it upon themselves to broaden their language horizons just a little bit more, in the form of American Sign Language. Unlike Roseville, Del Oro offers ASL classes as an option to its students. Current color guard instructor Ashley Wyman, who first started taking sign during her later years at Del Oro, is one example of the results one program can have. She initially began to use her sign language skills in an effort to avoid straining her voice while out on the field with color guard, but piqued several students’ interests - including junior Riley Pabor. “She just practices whenever the other instructor is talking; just kind of signing a little,” Pabor said. “I was like ‘woah thats cool, can you teach me some of that?’ and so she started teaching me.” Pabor works with Wyman and others, including senior Peyton Graves from band to teach each other ASL. The students have used apps and online dictionaries in order to increase their sign vocabulary. According to Pabor, they often speak while they practice sign together.

However, occasionally the group will communicate solely through sign, allowing the language to serve as entertainment. “Me and my friends will just quote little inside jokes or Vines and stuff from each other across the room, in a quiet room,” Pabor said. “And we’ll try not to laugh really loud[ly].” Though many have not conversed with someone who is deaf, their knowledge of sign has connected them to people in other ways. “The most rewarding part is probably finding someone and connecting with them [which] you would not normally if you had not known sign,” Pabor said. “I remember I was at Olive Garden the other night and I was teaching my little sister something and a waitress walked by. She was like ‘oh’ and started signing to me and it was just really cool.” The students hope to further their ASL education. For Peyton Graves, her goal in pursuing ASL is to eventually be able to converse with people through sign. “I decided to start learning sign language because, if I do encounter anyone who is deaf, I would like to communicate with them,” Graves said. “And it’s fun just to sign in a different language - messes with people, too.” While the students develop their skills outside of color guard, signing dur-


ing practice gives them the added bonus of the help of the more proficient Wyman. According to Pabor, they occasionally sit in a circle or simply sign at each other during practice. Wyman uses her knowledge to aid the students, as she knows from friends and personal experience the perks of learning sign. After struggling with an auditory processing disorder in addition to being a visual learner, she found sign language helped her understand others. She hopes the students take on knowledge of the deaf community as well as a new ability. “I’m glad that they are learning it, because the deaf community is a beautiful community and everyone should be aware of its culture,” Wyman said. While she will have opportunities to pursue sign


A mixed group of band and colorguard students are exploring their language boundaries and learning ASL to more effectively communicatge on the field. in secondary education, Graves feels that sign language should receive more focus in high school because it allows people to

communicate with an entire community of people that frequently go overlooked. “I hope this school can get an ASL program going

because I think it should be a tool that everyone should have to knock down that language barrier,” Graves said.

Robotix joins new league BY KAIA WHITNEY

The Robotix club has recently decided to join a new competition league. After only participating in the FTC league for the past four years, Robotix club advisor John Fuller has officially decided to get his club members more involved in the robotics community by creating a VEX team, as well. While participating in FTC competitions, club members had to utilize their teamwork skills to create a single robot product. This lessened their chances of learning through hands-on experience and frequently resulted in the club losing about half of its members due to the large amounts

of participants and the few opportunities they had to be exposed to technical work The separation of the FTC league and the VEX league, as they were once a single entity, still left some aspects of the competitions unchanged. This includes the size of the arena, as well as the required size of the robot - which must remain 18 inches by 18 inches by 18 inches. As new participants in the VEX league, students have less space for creativity, but more robots can be made. Only specific VEX parts can be used to create the robots, so Robotix club has purchased 16 VEX kits to maximize the amount of student participation. Participating in VEX

competitions will benefit the students due to its incorporation of Project Lead the Way concepts - including higher exposure to handson projects and an increase in productivity. Club member Sydney Richardson, who has been a part of Robotix for two years, is ready for the club to have a VEX team. “This year we actually have a lot of lowerclassmen which is actually why we started the VEX league, so it’s actually gotten a lot bigger since last year,” Richardson said. There are 20-25 freshman that have joined the VEX team so far - which is up from the club’s 15 total members last year. Fuller is very excited for


Spencer Floyd (left), Garrett Smith (middle), and Daryl Denaga (right) walk in the Homecoming Parade with their machinery on display. his club members to experience changes in how the team competes. “I’m hoping the kids can come out and we can maybe do a couple more competitions this year, because

we have some money in the bank and I’d like to see what some of these younger, mostly the new kids who are mostly sophomores and freshmen, are doing for VEX,” Fuller said. “I’m

kind of curious just to see what it’s all about.” Their first competition will be held in January, where they will compete against teams from all over the area.

HUMANS OF RHS Junior Luis Zarate is currently working on his communication skills in Spanish, French and Chinese. After moving from Los Angeles to Roseville over a year ago, he has realized the value of working to understand different languages to better understand people. -Rachel Barber NICK CHANG EYE OF THE TIGER

Dance program outreach

For the past two weeks, the RHS dance program has been visiting local elementary schools in their mission to reach out to the children in their community. As part of a yearly project, groups of dancers tour these schools and conduct dance shows for the kids, giving them a chance to enjoy themselve. As part of the program, Kate Riley was one of many dancers that visited Blue Oaks Elementary School and taught the children about how the RHS dance program conducted itself, through demonstrations and dance-alongs.


When you go out of [RHS], you get experience. You learn how to work faster, take with people and sometimes you have to learn another language. I work at Panda Express and the people in there are teaching me some Chinese. Its cool, it was hard in the beginning trying to communicate with others in another language, [but] you learn quick. I speak Spanish at home and I’m taking French here. It’d be better if more people knew more languages. If there’s someone coming from outside of the country, yes, you will be able to speak with them but I think there’s something deeper there. You can show a little bit of respect by speaking someone else’s language.”




PE not necessary for student athletes BY EMILY WRIGHT


tudents enrolled in Roseville Joint Union High School district are required to take two semesters of PE in order to graduate – regardless of participation in school sports. And while the state does maintain a requirement regarding how much PE a high school student must take in order to graduate, there are ways to grant credit for participating in afterschool sports. This means that RJUHSD is making a choice to require freshman and sophomore athletes to also take PE. It is a choice they should not make. Athletes spend hours a week practicing their sport, so what is the need to partake in an extra athletic ac-

tivity? Well, when it comes down to it, there is none. It is a waste of time for an athlete to take physical education while participating in athletics outside of school because those sports serve as physical education. They are already exercising and building their ability to work as a team – and they are doing it voluntarily, on their own time. They do not need to take a class to develop the skills they already have. Granted, there should be a minimum number of hours an athlete has to participate in before being excused from PE. If an athlete only participates in one practice a week that is an hour long, they should still be required to take the class because they are spending far less time in athletics outside of school than they would when taking P.E. Now, some people try to speak in support of P.E. by arguing that students need exercise in order to maintain their physical health. But at Roseville students


are only required to take P.E. for two semesters, so it does not actually fix the problem. What about all of the other semesters while the student is not enrolled in physical education? And how does putting the students who already get more than enough exercise

in these classes assuage the issue? Theoretically, P.E. could help athletes branch out into sports they do not currently play. However, the two weeks that students are allotted in a particular sport are not enough for them to decide whether they truly

enjoy that sport or not. And by the time they try a sport in high school and decide to play it competitively for the first time, it is usually too late. Though P.E. gives students knowledge about a variety of sports and through those sports they

are able to learn valuable life lessons, athletes that would be excused from PE generally are already committed to the sport they most enjoy and in which they find the most success. P.E. would just be another unnecessary medium taking up a slot in their schedule.

Senior portrait process makes it real BY KARLI DUGGER


couple months into the summer of my senior year, I received an email reminding me to schedule an appointment for my senior pictures from Bill Smith Photography. School had not started yet, it hadn’t hit me until that moment that it was actually senior year. I was one year away from graduating – the whole process just made that a little more real. Unlike the other three years, each senior can take their yearbook and cap and gown photos with Bill


Smith Photography at their studio. All of the specific clothing such as the cap, tassel, and gown are all provided for you, so you basically just have to show up to your appointment and then select your photos.

Though some students have complained about taking time out of their day to have one of our senior experiences, I personally enjoy going to an actual studio to take these photos. Having to go do this on

your own time puts an emphasis on the whole experience and transforms it into a bigger deal, since you’re not just lining up at school like previous years. It is more glamorous, but more emotional as well.

That summer, my mom and I went into the studio together, ready to take my pictures. Secretly, I was a little nervous because I knew these pictures had to be good. My mom was already planning to use them for… everything. Looking over at her halfway through my pictures, I saw tears welling up in her eyes. At that moment I realized how real all this actually was. I am about to graduate and my entire future is right in front of me. To see my mom getting so emotional put everything into perspective and made me really question how fast time has flown by. To me, it meant a lot to physically be able to put on that cap and gown and realize how close I was to graduating and entering into the next stage of my life. These photos are some-

thing you’re going to remember and look back on after high school, along with being a keepsake item that all your close family and friends will see in your graduation announcements. At the end of the school year, the senior portraits in the yearbook are something that every grade looks at and looks forward to seeing each year, because they are bigger compared to the other classes and focused more on that specific graduating class. As Bill Smith Photography said themselves, these pictures are “distinctive portraits celebrating one of the most important days of your life.” And because the process of taking them is so different, there is no escaping the accompanying emotions. ing the accompanying emotions.

Digitaly cast court votes may not be viable BY NICOLE KHUDYAKOV


omecoming, a time-honored tradition that has built itself up over the years into a complicated series of events, happens to involve the epic rearrangement of the RHS student power structure as Homecoming Princes and Princesses make their bids for power. They campaign in an attempt to cement their position as presidents… sorry, not presidents, Homecoming King and Queen. I get

the two mixed up occasionally. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not against the idea entirely. You aren’t about to catch me grabbing a mic and screeching out a pathetic rendition of Emily Osment’s “I Hate the Homecoming Queen” in the middle of some rally or another. In fact, I’m all for adolescents grappling for a sense of success within a position that holds no actual power. No, really – I even have it listed as my favorite book genre on my fictional Tinder profile. This year, though… This year was different. Not only because it was Roseville’s hundredth anniversary of Homecoming, but also because the voting system was entirely digi-

talized. And while I applaud the painstaking efforts students and faculty must have gone through in order to see this project through, I’m also now stuck in the unenviable position of informing them that those same efforts were unnecessary in terms of this particular change. Maybe it’s the freshman year nostalgia that’s affecting my brain, but something about entering a classroom and hearing the scritchscratch of lead on paper and the distinct shuffle dance of an eraser as students try to remember the names of any interesting contenders is something I miss now that the voting system is entirely online. Then again, it might also be the buggy nature of the system itself, as well as the link that led to nowhere,

which two different people sent to me and I tried a multitude of times. That annoyed me to no end. The point of being able to vote online is that it’s supposed to be easy and comfortable, and it’s a solution that doesn’t require overworked student to count out over a thousand slips of paper manually. However, at least the previous system ensured that everyone that wanted to vote was given the to and those those who were not passionate about voting would be encouraged to do so, as students went door to door and allotted each class ten or so minutes of class time to fill the ballots in. This year, I was unable to access the site at all – and I wasn’t the only person I


know who faced this conundrum. What’s the point of voting if only a some of students are expressing their opinions in a quantifiable way?

While it’s nice to see that the school is actively making attempts to modernize itself, the process still has quite a way to go before it’s perfected.



More need to take part in student selection Few selectors narrow pool of nominees



re Roseville High School awards meant for everyone? I would assume not, being that they are for “above and beyond service to the school,” according to assistant principal Matt Pipitone. These awards aren’t the burnt-out ROAR bucks that you can maybe enter for a five dollar gift card (but that ends up in the bottom of your backpack), they’re accolades for outstanding work. I informally interviewed quite a few people for this article, which is slightly uncommon for opinion pieces. I wanted to confirm what I’ve heard from quite a few teachers - that a very similar group of staff participate in each award nomination

process. So what does this mean? If this is true, then there’s an easy way to hack the system and ensure yourself those awards for your college resume. You just have to know the right people. Theoretically, if you have a good relationship with a teacher that is heavily involved in every award process, you have a big fat chance of getting multiple awards. This also means that the selectors for courts and ribbons and certificates do not represent a diverse, holistic RHS staff. It represents the few that go out of their way to honor their kids, and are the kind who probably sign up to bring food to teacher barbecues or organize staff Buca de Beppo nights. So, at my journalistic request, I was able to track down the number of staff who nominated students for Tiger Pride award. According to Pipitone, staff each often nominate five or 10 students for the award, but the number of staff who actually nominate didn’t manage to pass 35 in the last three fall terms. Last fall, it was as low as 24 staff members. Out of nearly 200 staff, comprised of teachers, maintenance workers

and administrators, that’s pitiful - especially since Tiger Pride awards are supposed to be quick, for the little things and for the “right now,” according to Pipitone. (And since everyone who is nominated gets the certificate automatically anyway.) “We do not get the kind of participation that we’ve wanted to historically,” Pipitone said. Accolades like Girls State and Boys State are a little bit more coveted. Staff can only nominate five for each, and the nominees need to be approved by College and Career Center technician Jacqueline Seider. Whoever gets the most nominations by the staff gets to be one of the final five for their Boys/ Girls group. Admin was quick to correct me that this is not a “popularity” thing – but it is still a process that asks for students who are popular with the staff. In this case, you might have to know a few of the right teachers - the ones who submit nominations - in order to secure a spot. Surprisingly to me, staff participation for Girls/Boys State was consistently higher than for Tiger Pride. It’s a more detailed nomination process, it’s harder to win,


and it’s full of supposedly the best of the best, but we still see more staff filling out forms. Last year, 41 staff nominated for Boys and 55 for Girls. That’s a fair percent of the entire staff list, so that’s progress. If you’re an upstanding citizen that doesn’t know one of the outgoing staff members for these things, you drew the short stick. This is especially obvious in the Golden R nomination, which is an award only available to seniors who have already won once in their high school career. This means that a students

would need to be exposed to at least two teachers who routinely take advantage of the opportunity to nominate to nominate students for Golden Rs - and would have to have this exposure in at least two different years. It’s a relative cookie jar on the top shelf that offers no ladder to a majority of students. And hotly contested dance courts fall to the same issue. In an email, student activities director Brent Mattix estimated that maybe a few new teachers show up for committee, and while better than nothing

that hardly begins to fix the issue. That is not to say they do not try, though. “Selecting court is one of the hardest things we do because there are so many great applicants and many people who are not selected are upset and come up with a variety of untruth speculation as to why the process is not fair,” Mattix said. Most student complaints are about nominees’ qualifications. But we fail to look at the fundamental problem: the driving forces behind recognizing outstanding students are not totally reflective of the student body.

Kneeling for anthem is a student right BY NOLAN FRAME


ver the past two weeks, people have been in an uproar about President Donald Trump’s comments about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. All this talk about players kneeling during the anthem, which started last year when former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling to bring awareness to racial inequality and poked its head again this weekend, has induced endless controversy. Our school is very patriotic. Before every sports

game and rally we play the national anthem and every day during second period we stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. I know that there are people, including students, who don’t stand for either, or may choose not to in the future. Nonetheless, they are protected to do so. It does not matter if they are high schoolers or professional players players – it’s their right to protest in any way, including sitting during the national anthem. My dad was a marine who was wounded while serving in Iraq, so I have always been taught to stand during the national anthem and I will continue to throughout my life. To me the flag stands for freedom and all the men and women that have died to keep our freedom. However, that is what the flag means to me, not everyone else. I may not like it when people do

not stand, but it is still their freedom, something others would do well to remember in the coming games. We are a school of diversity with students holding countless different beliefs. If players or students refuse to stand here, people need to learn to accept that, no matter if they view the subject differently. While I understand that can be difficult – I, on impulse, feel it is disrespectful to my dad and many others who have served to refuse to stand – our diversity is what makes our school unique, and that diversity necessitates tolerance. However, if you are going to protest, at least do it quietly. Sit, stand, but do not talk during the national anthem. That’s more disrespectful that kneeling because you prevent the people who want to stand from being able to honor

their country. Just as everyone has the right to sit, it is also my right and everyone else’s to disagree with them if they wish. Accepting other people’s beliefs is a two-way street, and both sides need to participate for it to run properly. Should there be another way people can protest? Yes. Is there any other way I can think of that they can protest so they will be heard? Other than refusing to play if they are a player, no. So people are going to the most extreme way they can to be heard. And until there is another way for them to protest without kneeling during the national anthem, no one should attack them for their choice. I can agree or I can disagree with them. They can kneel. They can stand. It is our constitutional right to be on either side of the



being a basic teenager, showed up to school one day with a venti strawberry acai refresher from Starbucks. After drinking a venti Starbucks, it is human nature to have to pee. At this point, during ROAR, I walked up to my teacher to ask him if I could use the restroom as I had done at this same time in the past. I was then astonished when I heard the unexpect-

spectrum, and everyone at the school needs to respect that. Sports is a platform that many use to heal or forget about something, if only for three hours. When I go to the football games on Friday nights, I don’t go there to talk about politics and argue with people. I’m there to spend time with friends

and have a fun experience, and many other students do as well. It brings us together, something very few things can do. It’s special in that way. And if we start to argue over people kneeling during the anthem it takes away that special factor, leaving contempt in its place.

Letter to the Editor

ROAR confines bathroom use

ed response of “no,” and at first I thought he had to be joking. After a moment I realized that this was no joke at all for my teacher didn’t even crack a smile. I then asked him if he could just write me a bathroom pass, for that is the usual routine when a student has to use the restroom, and he said that if he did so, he would “get in trouble.” This is when I knew that something was strange. Without being able to use the restroom during the 30 minutes of ROAR, the only time we have to use the restroom is the six minute passing period that we are given to walk to our next class. This can be rough for


RE: “Ineffective cameras impede student privacy” Ms. Bennett, Typically, I enjoy reading Eye of the Tiger when it is published. It is gratifying to see our students gaining valuable insight in journalism. JASMINE LUNAR EYE OF THE TIGER

some students that struggle to even get to their next class in the allotted time limit due to the large distance between the classes. So, how could a student be expected to squeeze in a quick bathroom break as well? Part of the reasoning behind this rule is surely due to the shortage of people capable of monitoring the campus during that time period because so many are helping monitor ROAR classrooms and common

areas. If a fight breaks out or some sort of freak accident occurs when a student is “going to the bathroom,” chaos would arise without an adult advisor to handle the situation. There would be no one to break up the fight and serious injuries could become prevalent. How do we not have at least a couple of people with the ability to monitor the important areas of the campus during ROAR period. Let us use the restroom when we are in need.

However, I was quite dismayed when I read your opinion piece entitled: Ineffective cameras impede student privacy. While I realize that everyone is entitled to an opinion, I believe that opinions should be based in fact. I found that your article was solely your opinion and stated no facts at all. Your piece even contradicted news that was previously published in the Eye of the Tiger. You wrote about solar

panels at a sister school being a better use of Measure D funds. I don’t believe any Measure D funds were used to fund the solar panels at all. And the cameras were exactly what Measure D was for. If you go and look at the RHS proposals for use of Measure D, I’m sure you will find surveillance cameras listed. All the information that you demanded to know, like storage duration, location, Board Policy, etc. is readily available should you have investigated just a little. Have your opinion, but base your opinions on fact. Respectfully submitted, Jon Coleman






Below is a list of the A&E staff’s picks and pans of how to keep your fall entertaining with a variety of things to do and watch this season.


Happy Death Day follows around college student Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) as she re-experiences her birthday while attempting to uncover her murderer. The movie comes to theatres October 12th. Rothe played Alexis in the musical romance movie La La Land (2016), the extremely popular romance musical movie that was accidentally awarded

the Best Picture award at the 2016 Oscars. Israel Broussard (Carter Davis) and Ruby Modine

(Lori) star alongside Rothe in this horror thriller. This will be Brossard’s second time starring in a movie, with a relatively unnotable career so far. His performance is up in the air. The director is Christopher Landon, the director behind three of the Paranormal Activity movies. The unique premise of the movie and with two overqualified, excellent actors starring, give Happy Death Day potential to impress.


After eight installments of the classic horror and gore film Saw, a new spinoff will be released this October called Jigsaw. The story is said to carry on the legacy of Jigsaw and his sadistic game through a new villain linking him to the original Jigsaw who died ten years prior. I have high expectations for this film and hope that it involves as much mystery and the same dark type of themes as the original series. I know that it will be nearly impossible to imitate the same level of creep-

iness as Tobin Bell was able to through his portrayal of Jigsaw, but I hope that the new game maker brings something uniquely creepy to the screen. My favorite part about



With the start of a new season comes the annual fall festivities we’ve all been waiting for. Before we continue I know what you’re thinking, and no I’m not talking about Disney’s Monstober month, not yet at least… For now I’m talking about Barktoberfest. Barktoberfest is a non-profit event for those looking to adopt a family friend, or those wanting to roll around with adorable and adoptable companions. This event holds activities for all ages from fun runs to the Biergarten. This event provides everything any nervous pet owners to be could ask for. I mean what other fall event allows you to hang out with cute furry friends and parents or older relatives can take a stroll around a garden filled with assorted beers. This marks the seventh

annual Barktoberfest, and with all the positive feedback it’s gotten in the past, I predict this won’t be the last. Best of all the event is free except for a few activities such as the fun run, but I mean who wants to run with dogs when you could sit down and continue to hang out with them anyways. So if you’re sitting around with empty pockets and nothing to do on October 8 from 9:30am to 3:00pm I say get yourself over to Maidu park. And if you just so happen to have full pockets, aswell as something to do this October eighth then what better way to contribute to the community then by donating that money to puppies at the SPCA without a famiy or a place to call home. So I say take a break, walk a dog, if you’re legal then get a drink, and enjoy the predicted 81 degree weather.


On first viewing of The Snowman’s trailer I felt conflicted. At first it looked like a sleek, snowy thriller that could morph itself into a legitimate awards but sadly a few shots hinted at TV movie. Michael Fassbender leads the film with Rebecca Ferguson and Charlotte Gainsbourg coming in as supporting roles. Fassbender often steals the scene every

time he appears even in flawed movies but The Snowman requires him to carry for two hours.

Snowman’s cinematography as showcased by the trailer is dynamic, still shots appear rarely and when they do it’s for a reason. I’m going to love this style either way but if it can tie into the narrative this movie could genuinely be something special. When it comes to plot, the movie seems to surprisingly solid. While the “woman killer” narrative has had it run before. The Snowman stands out due to Rebecca Ferguson’s role as the killer’s bait.

STRANGER THINGS the Saw franchise is that the person responsible for all of these horrible deaths is an old man who is dying himself. It added a really unexpected element that made Saw so unique to other horror movies. I wonder how or even if this film will deliver something equally as messed up to carry on the big name. What I want from this movie is gore, a cool mysterious killer and a lot of messed up and morally questioning themes, if that movie has this to offer then it will carry on this infamous legacy of the previous series .


The Netflix Original has released two trailers for the great series and they both create a lot of hype for the show. The second trailer, made for comic-con, makes the new season feel much more action packed than the first. The new views of the Upside-Down and a huge monster also add to the excitement. The trailer shows Eleven coming back from the dead, and repercussions of the events of the first season, which many shows don’t show. That makes

Bishop’s Farm


The perfect way to kick start this Autumn season and get in the Halloween spirit is to take a trip up to 1415 Pumpkin Lane and indulge in all of the attractions of Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm. Whether you want to pick out a pumpkin, sip on some fresh harvest apple cider or just want to go out with the family to participate in a variety of fun festivities to get you fallin’ in love with the season, Bishop’s will not leaf you disappointed. Ever since I can remember Bishop’s has been mine and my families’ go to spot for getting our fix of all things autumn and Halloween themed. Every year brings the same enchantment as the last. I always look forward to purchasing a caramel apple, seeing all of the adorable farm animals in the petting zoo,

and even getting lost in the corn maze. Bishop’s caters a lot to young kids, but not too much to the point where teens and adults feel bored or excluded. For me, it brings out a childlike nature I have lost over the years and the nostalgia adds even more to the amazing experience. Along with being a great source of family fun, Bishop’s does not break the bank either. Admission is free and depending on what you want to do, you can buy varying amounts of tickets for 99 cents each or bundle packs for a better deal. As far as pumpkin prices, they are priced by weight, differently for cooking pumpkins, pumpkins over 200 pounds, and plain old regular carving pumpkins. So, if you are looking for cheap, family fun consider making the drive out to Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm.

the show seem even cooler that the whole town realizes that the threats that loom over their town of Hawkins, Indiana. The song in the trailer, Thriller by Michael Jack-

son, goes great with the trailer, as it adds to the action of the trailer that keeps the suspense. The acting has probably improved since the last season, with Finn Wolfhard, who plays Mike Wheeler, was in the thriller movie IT, and has probably improved his skills. The newest season looks even better than the first, going off of the trailer. The plot looks much better now that a lot of the people know about the UpsideDown, so there won’t be episodes wasted on doubtful characters.



In order to properly prepare for the month of October, it’s important to have little decorations to give your house a little more haunt. It’s simple to DIY any decoration and many craft stores like Michael’s and Joanne’s have the perfect supplies for any project. Joanne’s specifically has life sized (and larger) cardboard paper pumpkins that would be the perfect thing to paint and create a personalized, unique pumpkin that isn’t heavy and won’t rot before Halloween actually gets here. Paint, glitter, stickers, and other items could all be used to personalize a pumpkin and are all available at the aforementioned craft stores and they aren’t overpriced either. Of course you have to pick up the token fall color pallete in paints

so make sure to grab an orange, red, black, purple and green for the perfect fall paint pallete. Another decoration option is to pick out and paint a few wooden cut outs of various halloween symbols such as skulls, bats, cats, moons, and even a few spooky slogans like “Haunted Mansion” or “Beware.” There’s a bunch of options for these at craft stores, but even Target has a few of them set out for a very low price in the $5 or less section that you see right when you walk in the door. Just be careful to not get swallowed alive by all the deals and steals. These decorations bring the perfect, personalized look to any room you’re looking to give that spooky spice to this fall and it’s always fun to paint a bat or a pumpkin while sipping on some hot cider in the refreshingly chill October breeze.



FASHION: AMY MOWRER Through life teacher Amy Mowrer has developed from the preppy uniformed style of her high school days to one that is sensible and chic, fitting for a mother of four and and an avid traveler.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle answer the cry and satiates the hunger for a sequal to its 2014 prodeccesor and sleeper hit Kingsman: Secret Service. Ends are left loose to be tied in Kingsman three.

Kingsman keeps up golden reputation


In 2014, Kingsman: The Secret Service surprised everyone with an audacious screenplay, intense action and a completely self-aware basis. It went on to become a sleeper hit that was begged for a sequel. It’s certainly no easy task to recapture that wondrous success, but Kingsman: The Golden Circle certainly tries to up the ante, keeping the same tonguein-cheek humour intact, along with gritty action and a cast of well known names. Its problem stems from the fact that it doesn’t know exactly when to pull back, in an excessive effort to surpass its predecessor. The story is one that we’re all quite familiar with, a psychotic villain

tries to control the world, or at least the US, hostage in an absolutely preposterous manner. Our hero needs to save the day, and the odds are stacked against them when their resources are taken away. In order to make it more challenging, they need to earn the respect of their new allies. Since action is still the primary focus, the cinematography makes it much easier to follow, reminiscent of the chapel sequence in the The Secret Service. In the acting department, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Pedro Pascal and Julianne Moore are all effective in their respective roles. On the other hand, some roles feel underutilized, such as Halle Berry, Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges, who are undoubtedly reserved for the next movie. This also means there’s

a lot of fluff this time around which could have been done away with, to make it a leaner, meaner screenplay. But the director Matthew Vaughn seem to have had a lot of fun making this movie and that essence translates well on screen too. As long as you don’t expect it to be a genre-defying blockbuster, get comfortable and enjoy ‘The Golden Circle’ for what it’s worth. In an interview with FOX, Vaughn says, “Weirdly while we were writing Kingsman, we were thinking of Kingsman 3 as well, which is odd,” said Vaughn. “We’ve got a big idea for that. This is sort of the bridge and if we can pull this off, we’ll make another one.” With the box office records of this series, a threequel would be necessary to tie any of the loose ends left together.

Rick and Morty season three satisfies

Season three of cult cartoon network show Rick and Morty gives its fans another season of its infamous irreverant comedy but don’t read to deeply into it.


I know the ludicrous fanbase turns a lot of people away, but this latest season of Rick and Morty deserves so much recognition. There have been multiple stand-out episodes, including, but definitely not limited to, The Rickshank Redemption, Vindicators 3:

The Return of Worldender, The Rickatlantis Mixup and Morty’s Mindblowers. Each of these episodes are the same in one way: I have never seen an episode as unique as them. It seems paradoxical, but I will stand by my statement. I think the “X” factor, what sets Rick and Morty apart from (almost) every other show, is just how much story they can fit into one 22-minute episode.

The aforementioned episodes only span around 22 minutes, but they feel like an entire movie. I tried to come up with a show with which I could compare it, but I cannot. It’s such a niche show. Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, the creators of the show, are absolute geniuses. Even the “bad” episodes, (Rest and Ricklaxation and The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy) show have better plots than most TV shows now. The fact that the only episodes I consider “bad” fail to exceed the towering standards set by Harmon and Roiland themselves. Pretty much the largest complaint people have about the show regards something out of the creators’ reach: the fanbase. They are the “very smart” type: the type that dig far too deep into the show’s dialogue. If you are looking for a new TV show to watch, I highly recommend Rick and Morty. But avoid Reddit fanbase to continue enjoying the show.



What kind of articles of clothing do you like to wear frequently? Dresses. I am a big fan of dresses because it is one piece so it is easy and when I buy clothes I think about travel. It is like the only reason I work or do anything it is because I like to travel so anything that I buy I want to be able to do that and dresses are the best for travel because it is one piece so it takes up less packing space and they tend to work. It is more about comfort than style for you? Another thing is that everything is 100% cotton I mean it is not like I don’t care about style, I do, but I have 4 kids so I’m always doing stuff so I also need movement and length. How would you describe your sense of style? Classic. I mean I am not very flashy I like things that are understated I suppose that I would like to think that it is elegant but not in a flashy kind of way, but like an understated way like just simple. You have like kind of a signature look with your curled short hair and the rose red lips. Is that routine or was it inspired by anything? I am a big fan of red lipstick I think it works because I am pretty pale. I feel like I need some color. When I was like the year I graduated from college this movie called Sabrina came out that had Julia Ormond


as Sabrina and Harrison Ford as Linus Larrabee and she goes to France and then she comes back in this black suit with short curly hair and so I got that haircut and I have had it since for my whole adult life. When you were in high school were you into fashion or being fashionable? Yeah, I was preppy. I remember the 90s there was the whole grunge phase so I did have like plaid shirts and like that Urban Outfitters look but I also really liked blazers, things that were a little bit more structured and so I had like J. Crew and I liked that style where you wear something dressy and something casual. How do you think your style has developed since high school? One store that has really helped me with my style is Athleta where they have all

types of athletic wear and other pieces that transfer well to everyday wear and one thing that they have is skirts with shorts underneath them and pretty much all of my skirts come from them and I feel like I can wear them to work and then I can go get my kids and go to the park without having to change clothes so everything is covered and I’m all good. What do you find so attractive about the European style? I think that the French are very elegant and I find that appealing and I like the simpleness of it and the idea of having a few good pieces that you can re-wear and maybe pair with something that is more trendy like you might buy a black dress that is more expensive and then maybe you grab a cardigan a target and you can wear that dress and kind of trade out for different trends and by seasons.

SMELL THE ROSES WITH GABRIELLE HUTSON Despite the sweltering weather of late, I still feel the same sensation as I have in previous years of brisk wind and a rainbow of leaves. I know what you’re thinking we’ve all experienced fall before; pumpkin spice everything, cable knit sweaters and watching leaves fall. Well here are my ways to make the most of the season without feeling like you’re living on repeat.


Take a trip back to your childhood by picking up a copy of the book we all owned a one point or another in our youth, “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.” I remember reading this on late October nights well past my curfew with a flashlight on under the covers. Of course in turn I was then running over to my lamp because I couldn’t sleep with lights off afterwards. Meant to be told at night? Sure. But much better handled in the day. If there’s anything that makes me nostalgic of my childhood it’s utter fear. But seriously I remember this book fondly and unsurprisingly I associate it with fall specifically October so there is no better time to reread the stories that scarred as you a child than now.

VISIT: Speaking of childhood memories of fall I don’t consider it a true autumn without a trip to good ol’ Apple Hill with family or friends. It’s just so nice to be surrounded by all the multi colored leaves sipping on some refreshing apple cider and eating a fat slice of pie. Doesn’t that just sounds like the ultimate fall experience? Because it is. Beyond the basics you can take nice strolls around all these different kiosks with handmade jewelry, lotions and even christmas decorations if you’re more of a christmas over halloween type of person. See? There’s something for everybody at Apple Hill.


Need a spooky show to watch this fall to get you in an autumn mood? Well if you haven’t already then I highly recommend the ever popular anime Death Note. I know I’m extremely late to the hype but I’m glad I made it at all. Though the narrative isn’t really fall themed or even all that spooky I feel that it is still a perfect show for fall. A color palette of muted colors and looming gods of death known as Shinigamis give that haunted vibe perfect to watch in the brisk october weather with a blanket wrapped around you. That is when the weather actually reflect the month as we are still in 90 degree range. Though Death Note, as I said, isn’t really scary the murder mystery kind of plot gives the anime a dark enough to tone to make it a great show for fall. Not to mention the looming score that gives a perfectly haunted feeling and sends chills up my spine.





Ari McCurry

Kylie Granno

Athletic fields should be reserved for sports BY TOMMY SPENCER




Center commits to Rice University for basketball, medical program BY NATE RICHARDSON

Senior Ari McCurry, who will soon begin her third year as a varsity girls basketball player at Roseville High School, has committed to Rice University recently after receiving scholarship offer. According to McCurry, playing for a competitive team over the summer allowed her to gain exposure for several college programs. “Playing on club teams is really helpful to student athletes trying to get scholarships for sports,” McCurry said. “The more you play, outside of school basketball, the more recognized you get by schools.” For McCurry, offers started rolling in her junior year. McCurry immediately knew that Rice was a school she was interested in, as she knew that not only was it a prestigious academic university, but also

that the girls basketball team had recently won the Women’s Basketball Invitational and had had multiple strong recruiting classes leading up to this year. While all of those things played a role in her decision, the icing on the cake was the campus. “Right when I got on campus for my official visit, I loved the campus,” McCurry said. “I fell in love. I knew that’s where I wanted to go.” Along with the campus, one of the biggest pulls for McCurry was the school’s medical program. McCurry hopes to use the medical school to her advantage, and hopefully become a doctor. “I want to be a doctor, and Rice seemed like one of the best opportunities for me,” McCurry said. “They have one of the biggest medical centers right next door, and I mean it’s Rice University.” McCurry’s long time teammate and friend, senior Bailey BowenSeay, knew that McCurry had what it takes to play at the next level. “It was very exciting to hear about Ari’s good news because we’ve been playing together since the seventh grade,” Bowen-Seay said. “She puts in work not just on the court but in school too and I think she’s been a huge asset to our team just as she will be for Rice.”

Junior defender ends search, commits to Saint Mary’s BY BLAKE BEAMAN

After an impressive year in which she helped lead the varsity girls soccer team to a section championship, junior Kylie Granno has committed to Saint Mary’s. Granno committed to St. Mary’s over other schools, such as Chico, Dominican, SDSU, USF and Sonoma State. Granno knew she loved Saint Mary’s, and without even taking an official visit, decided on St. Mary’s “Saint Mary’s was is in my top five when I first began,” Granno said. “I didn’t know if I was going to go D1, but when they came up and talked to me, I realized I could go D1 and all my attention was focused there.” Granno has family in the area around the school, which also influenced her decision to commit there. “I have family in that area so being close to family that I don’t always see a lot was nice,” Granno

said. “It’s a beautiful area and I know I would have a great time being there.” During the offseason, Granno plays for the local competitive team, California Blues. The Blues are one of the most best teams in the Roseville area, and allowed her to play in some select tournaments, like Surf Cup. The Surf Cup is a summer showcase in San Diego, which yields over 400 college coaches each year that attend and scout future players. Teams from six different countries and sixteen different states participate in the tournament, Granno has been hoping to be recruited since her freshman year, and was happy to commit. “Leading up to everything is super stressful because it’s your future,” Granno said. “It’s really exciting to know I’m committed and the stress has come down.” Junior Kelsey Gill, who has been playing with Granno the last four years, has seen constant improvement in Granno’s game and believes she is deserving of her scholarship. “I think she’ll do great in college,” Gill said. “She works really hard in practice and I know she’ll keep scoring and defending well in college.”

Performances of the Week SEPT. 11 - 15

Boys Water polo starts CVC season strong BY NOLAN FRAME

For the week of September 11-15 and a tournament on September 22-23 varsity boys water polo comes in to the performance of the week. The Tigers won against Del Campo Cougars 15-8, Antelope Titans 15-2 and Whitney Wildcats 13-5.. The Tigers also has a tournament on September 22-23 in Napa Valley. They defeated Franklin, Liberty, and Clayton Valley Charter, overall going 3-2 in the tournament. Junior Anthony Ames believes if the team con-

tinues to play the way they have been playing, they can beat anybody. “We should be able to get into the playoffs, we should be at least the second best team if not the first best team I feel like when we play our hardest we can beat any team,” Ames said.

SEPT. 18 - 22

Girls Tennis extends bid for undefeated season BY AIDAN MUNNS

The Performance of the Week for the week of September 18-22 is the girls tennis team for their win over the Whitney Wildcats. Beating them 6-4, this is the first win in five years over the Wildcats, and

continued the Tigers undefeated season, making their record 6-0 and putting them first in league. Senior Natalie Bennett felt very proud of how the team was able to stay united and maintained their positivity, despite not being very successful against Whitney in years past. “I feel like we were able to work together, come together, and cheer and support each other,’’ Bennet t said. “I believe we were more positive and came in with a better mindset than we have the past years.” Bennett believes that this season the Tigers will be able to go undefeated due to their desire to win and the positivity throughout the team. “I think we can attain the same success because we have new coaches and everybody is so positive and

we all want it so bad.” Bennett said.

SEPT. 25 - 29 Nunez leads girls golf to impressive CVC win BY TOMMY SPENCER

The performance of the week for the week of September 25-29 is the girls varsity golf team, who won their match against Cosumnes Oaks 248-252. Leading the way for the Tigers was Emily Nunez, who shot the team low with a 47. Also posting low scores was senior Carly Nicholson and freshman Kayla Hary, who both shot 49. The win moves the team to a 4-5 overall record, 4-3 in league. Because of the

good league start, the Tigers are now in a position to make a run for their third consecutive CVC league title. Sophomore Julia Tavianini is really happy with how her team has played this year, and hopes the success will continue throughout the year. “My team played really well and I’m glad that we came out with the win.” Tavianini said. “I hope we can continue to play well and hopefully win league because that was one of the goals we set for ourselves at the beginning of the year .” The last time these two teams met, Cosumnes Oaks came out with the win with a score of 242-256. Coach Corey Fukuman is happy about the win. “It was a great win win because they had already beat us twice this year,” Fukuman said.


s a sophomore on the JV football team, getting to use the game field to practice is something that rarely happens, so it’s seen as a privilege. Recently, the band has taken up half of Hanson field so that they can practice during time we used to be able to practice on the playing field, forcing us to practice elsewhere. I am not in band, but do they really deserve the football field over the football team? When we practice on Hanson field, it gives us a feel for what is to come on Friday nights. When the band comes and starts to play their instruments and takes up half of our practice field it is harder to focus and complete plays. It is called a football field for a reason. They don’t need to take up the game field for that. When I was a freshman on the football team, the band had no problem practicing up near us on the JV baseball field, which I had no problem with. Now, I am left wondering what changed. Given the band hasn’t interrupted our practice in a couple of weeks, this wasn’t the only time that their practice schedule had interfered with a football related event. When the band showed up, they asked the team to leave the field because they said they had reserved the field. Of course this was met with opposition, because the team had been doing this for 10 years with no prior issues. When the players asked the band members what they were doing there, instead of just explaining the situation and asking nicely, they got angry and even made comments about the team’s recent struggles as a way to defend their claim to the field. Jerry’s Corner is something that the varsity football team has been doing for the past 10 years, and it is essentially a way for the varsity football team to get in the right frame of mind the night before a game. For the last two weeks, the team has been forced to use the amphitheatre, as the band has kicked them off the field. Like I said before, the team had been doing this for 10 years and never had any problems. Not only did they show up and derail a tradition that many people had been looking forward to since their freshman year, but also verbally attacked the team. Had the band just nicely asked the players to leave, I am sure that they would have been much more receptive.





When Roseville High School hired Dana Duncan this fall as the the varsity tennis coach, she became the latest varsity coach that has had the the opportunity to coach their child. Throughout the past decade, there has been several examples of this at RHS. From Hank DeMello coaching his son in baseball, to Josh Errecart coaching his daughter in varsity basketball, many parents have taken advantage of the opportunity to coach their own children in high school sports.

Strengthening the bond BY ELENA BATEMAN

By coaching their own children, the coaches are given an opportunity to enhance their relationship with them. After coaching his son Zac Cunha for two years, varsity football coach Larry Cunha believes that while coaching his own child created small issues, it allowed himself and his son to view things from a different perspective , and was helpful for both him and his son. “There were a few tough times-understanding exactly where being the coach ended and being dad began and vice versa,” Larry said.

“But, I think it allowed both of us to see up close what the other was going through and what we each had to do to support the team and each other.” Hank DeMello, varsity baseball coach from 2008 until 2014, also coached his son, Toby DeMello, and agreed with Cunha in thinking that while at times it was difficult to manage their relationship, the opportunity to coach his own son forced the two to get closer and communicate more often. “We always had a close relationship and he understood that when we were on the field I was his coach, not his dad,” Hank said. “We would talk strategy so I

think that brought us closer since there was a lot more communication.” Varsity girls basketball coach, Josh Errecart, feels that the time that he has spent coaching his daughter, Kaitlyn Errecart, has added another dimension to their already strong relationship. “It provides a different part of our relationship. We’ve got our father daughter relationship,a teacher student relationship, and now this whole other relationship,” Josh said. “It’s kind of like having a hobby with your child and it provides a really cool opportunity to build a stronger relationship.”


Creating conflict While Josh relishes in the benefits of being able to coach his daughter, at times it has caused some additional questions from family members due to like playing time. “At times my wife or other family members didn’t exactly understand why Kaitlyn wasn’t playing, but with Kaitlyn it didn’t really create big problems because she understood,” Josh said. “It was different for my wife, because she only had a parent perspective when it came to decisions and playing time.” Kaitlyn also felt that

challenges me to try my hardest, and to be more committed than anyone else is.” Similarly, Kenzie Duncan, Dana Duncan’s daughter and member of the varsity tennis team, feels that some problems arise on the court because of the relationship her -Kaitlyn Errecart and her mom share. “There’s a couple times some problems arose from where it’s a little bit strenutheir relationship because ous having her as my coach, of the extra pressure she felt just because she’s my to be more committed than mom,” Kenzie said. “I’m a everybody else. bit more intrigued to argue “Having him as a coach just because I’m her daughdefinitely puts a lot more ter, but it hasn’t cause any pressure on me to do betmajor problems.” ter,” Kaitlyn said. “It also

It challenges me to try my hardest, and to be more committed than anyone else.”


Fighting public perception Obviously, coaching your child can difficult for the parents, as they have to make sure to not look bias towards their kid. Because of the potential ability to be more favorable towards their children in terms of playing time, coaches handled this problem in different ways. For boys basketball varsity coach Greg Granucci, it was often difficult to manage playing time in his son, Sean, junior y e a r, y e t managed to give a fair amount of playtime. “[In Sean’s senior year], he made my job really easy, and it was obvious why he should be on the court,” Granucci said. “ But when

he was a junior, it was a bit more of a challenge because he wasn’t the best player, but he also wasn’t the worst player, he was kind of in between.Sometimes it may have looked from the outside that I was playing him because there was

a bias, but there was never a bias.” While Greg found it difficult to appropriate play time, Josh Errecart on the other hand, feels that while managing playing time creates problems, he never finds himself being more favorable to his own daughter, he is instead harder on her than other players. “I’m definitely not easier on her or allow more privileges, I think I’m more difficult on her,” Josh said. “It presents some problems for me, but I think we’ve done a great job with it over the years.” Like Errecart, Larry Cunha made his son work for his playing time. After not pulling Zac up his soph-

omore year, Larry made did not select him as the starting quaterback his junior year, and made him fight for his job all the way through his senior year. “He [was not] treated differently or better,” Larry said. “In fact he may have been treated slightly worse than the rest of the team to ensure that there was absolutely no favoritism on the field. He had to earn his opportunities from a freshman

where he was not the initial starter through to his senior year.” For Hank DeMello, after pulling up his son his freshman year to varsity baseball, many people were specifically scrutinizing towards Toby, and often looking for him to mistakes to prove there was a bias and didn’t deserve to be pulled up. For Hank, there was never a bias, as he felt that his son was the only catch-

In fact he may have been treated slightly worse than the rest of the team to ensure that there was absolutely no favoritism on the field. He had to earn his opportunities from a freshman where he was not the initial starter through to his senior year.” -Greg Granucci

Pathway to success In at least 3 instances, the parent coach and player connection, resulted in post high school sports opportunities, both collegially and professionally. This year, Sean Granucci graduated from RHS, and has continued to play basketball for the Cosumnes River College Hawkeyes. In 2008, Toby DeMello graduated from Roseville,

and received a baseball scholarship to Saint Mary’s College, and as a senior, was a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench award given to the nation’s best catcher. After playing for 4 years, Toby spent five years in the Mariners organization reaching as high as the triple-A level only committing 3 errors. He then became a volunteer coach for Sierra College,

and just recently, became one of the assistant coaches at Occidental College. While being coached by his dad in high school, Toby experienced hostility from others due to being pulled up to varsity as a freshman, despite. Hank believes that while he doesn’t believe coaching his son made him better, it made him stronger and more prepared for the

er capable of giving the team what it needed from a catcher, both offensively and defensively “it was hard because since I pulled in up, people were looking at any mistake he made to turn it back around on me,” Hank said. “I didn’t really want to bring him up, but the only reason I did, was because he was the only catcher that could effectively do everything we needed a catcher to do.”

challenges he would encounter in college. Zac Cunha graduated 5 years ago, and received a scholarship to Minot State University. He started as a true freshman, and was the starter his sophomore and junior seasons. Unfortunatly, he had two early season ending injuries, after breaking his collarbone and experiencing a torn ACL and

MCL. He holds the Minot State football record for passing yards and completions, and is second on the all time list for Touchdowns with a year left to play.

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