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Oprah drawn to Idahoan teens Idaho Teen Dating Violence Coalition interviewed on rights and wrongs in dating
On Mar. 12, 2009 junior Christi Avery was on the Oprah show to discuss teen dating violence, and the recent Chris Brown and Rihanna issue. Avery is part of the Teen Dating Violence Collation of Idaho, and helps support the “Know means No” project in the school. Christi Avery Guest Writer
Without being apart of the Idaho Teen Dating Violence Coalition of Idaho and Know Means No, I would have never had the amazing experience of being on the Oprah show with Oprah herself and Tyra Banks. Many students have heard of or seen advertisements for “Know Means No” in Capital. There are posters posted on the walls, team bracelets, key chains, and Teen Dating Vi o l e n c e We e k w h e n there was free pizza in the cafeteria. The Teen Dating Violence Coalition is a group of 20 teenagers, like myself, who were carefully chosen to be involved in this great group. We travel to schools, assemblies, and put on activities to spread the news on teen violence. It started with one call for an interview from one of the directors about five days before they wanted to film the show about Rhinna and Chris Brown. They wanted to have representatives on the subject of dating violence. While browsing the internet, they came across the our website representing
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The Idaho Teen Dating Violence Coalition takes a break during their Skype Cam interview with Oprah on Mar. 12 The group was chosen for their work on the campaign “Know Means No” and were interviewed about the recent Chris Brown and Rihanna issue. Top row: David Prompke, Hortencio Floref, Jaden Cook, Megan Keller, Rachel Uhler, Bottom row: Parker Luse, Christi Avery, Monique Betty, James Walker, Laura Hampikiam.
the Teen Dating Violence Coalition. I received a call informing me that I had an interview with the director of the show and was asked if I would like to participate. Two nights later I was informed that nine other teenagers and I were chosen to be filmed live with Oprah and Tyra
within the next 48 hours. The details were worked out by my advisor, Kelly Miller, and by the next night we were staying in a hotel in downtown Boise. The Skype Cam was an interesting process. This was the first step to being on television. It was a small computer hooked
with a web cam containing speakers on both sides with two microphones. The group and I were very excited and were nervous that the camera would somehow lose connection. Our worst fear happened… for about two minutes we lost the connection with the show directors. About a million
phone calls were made and we were finally back on air. When the show started live, I don’t think that I have ever felt my heart beat that fast. We were live the entire show so as we were on commercial break, we saw everything going on with the set or we
saw the commercials that the viewers saw. We were always directed to be ready in case we were surprisingly put back on T.V. When everything was over and the Skype Cam was packed up, it was time for the local news. Channel 7 was there interviewing us for about an hour.
Living on the edge; sophomore picks Search and Rescue as a hobby Amanda D’Anna Sports Editor
Sophomore Jacob Gillis has always had a passion for rock climbing, mountaineering, and has quite the edge for panicky situations. He knew there was a way he could put all his passions into one, and that’s when he discovered the field of search and rescue. In January of this year, he devoted one to two days of his week to a class with the Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue unit where he would learn all the necessary knowledge that pertained to his dream career. Once or twice a month a certified medical trainer from Idaho Center of Emergency Medical Training would attend these classes and teach a more in-depth version of the search and rescue field. By listening to the ICEMT trainer, Gillis became more interested in this specific field and decided to take the
leap and get certified. Gillis attended a two-day class that was full of tests and compacted knowledge. Each day lasted 12 hours, which completely drained him of his energy. “I knew this is what I wanted to do, so I made the decision to take the 24 hour course to get certified. It was a rough two days,
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Shown above is one of Capital’s defibrillators located in the gym foyer. It was donated in memory of alumni, David Norell, (‘97) by his mother.
but I handled it well. The outcome was satisfying in itself,” said Gillis. Certification comes with many advantages and insight. Gillis is entitled to go out on searches and give assistance to people in need. He’s also certified to give CPR to adults and children and run a device called a defibrillator.
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Capital High has a total of three defibrillators in the building. Units are located in the auditorium, the gym foyer and with the Sports Medicine program. The gym foyer device, a Cardiac Science unit valued at $1,495, was donated by the parents of Capital alumni David Norell (class of 1997.) Defibrillation consists of delivering a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to the affected heart with the defibrillation device. All schools around the district are required to purchase at least one in case of an emergency. Gillis is more then ready to pursue this specific field of work. Saving a life is only one phone call away for this Capital sophomore.
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Sophomore Jacob Gillis holds an IV bag while another participant practices inserting an IV during a break from his Wilderness First Aid class on Feb.. 28. “The class taught me a lot about how to deal with injuries in the middle of nowhere,” Gillis said.
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Student Council’s New Team Flight Friday April 17 , 2009
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Students Council had
2 4 o p e n p o s i t i o n s f o r the Associated Student Body (ASB) and Class Representatives. ASB elections were held first and those who are not elected for ASB could still run for Class Representative. New members of ASB include juniors Margo Bogossian, Susanna Flemming, Ryan Peterson, Sherdan Magee, and Tyler Bunderson, Talbot Vaterlaus, and Asher Sundrud. There are five offices within ASB including President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and two Ambassadors. The President is the main person in charge. They are responsible for overseeing events and activities and is the person who organizes meetings and is responsible for running the meetings. The Vice President is the back up for the President and is generally the head of committees. The Secretary keeps phone numbers and contacts of different vendors and other committee members who work alongside Student
Council. Also, the secretary takes notes during each meeting. The Treasurer is in charge of budget and money being spent on events and plans money for future events.The Ambassadors communicate with the student body and leaders from other schools. To have a chance at one of these positions a students must turn in an application and participate in an interview held by a panel of teachers and possibly school administrators who will ask questions to get a feel for the candidate’s personality and strengths. T h e s e t e a c h e r s a n d administrators look for a person with a desire to make a good example, positive impact and are responsible. Also, having these qualities and putting them into action before you run for a position is a plus. In past years the positions for ASB were decided in the fall of the following school year. This year the ASB positions will be announced after the election for Class Representatives. The voting process for ASB is somewhat similar to a real government democracy in the sense that the winners are elected and not chosen by one person.
The general election has two parts for ASB and class reps. If there is no competition, no general election is held and the person wins by default. “ ASB also has an appointed liaison who is responsible for attending board meetings with the principal and also serves as an active member of Student Council. There is no limitation on how many times a person can run for the same office. Winners for ASB are announced first during the second week in April and the Class Reps are announced the last week in April. T h e r e a r e s i x representatives for each class making a total of 18 reps. Class reps have no outlined duty but are the students who organize every assembly, fund raiser and school dance. “ E v e r y m e m b e r o f Student Council is important and provides something different,” said Rush. Paul Rush is the advisor for Student Council. As advisor his responsibilities are to oversee activities of Student Council and provide guidance. Any student with an idea for an event, dance or fundraiser can present their idea to Rush and if he approves, the idea will be
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The seven ASB members for next year are (Back Row): Asher Sundred, Talbot Vaterlaus, Ryan Peterson, Tyler Bunderson. (Front Row): Margo Bogossian, Sherdan Magee and Susanna Fleming,
pitched to Student Council. “ It is exciting to see students come in with new ideas that could help create the best high school experience possible,” said Rush. Rush’s Student Council has second period daily to discuss new topics and ideas. This class does not always sit and talk. There are three major assignments for the year. Starting next year, all three assignments will be due twice a year. The Capital Impact Project
focuses on making a positive impact to our school. One example is when a sophomore class rep decided to reward one Student of the Month with more than just their picture hung near the office. The idea was to designate a parking spot close to the building for one Student of the Month. The names of all the Students of the Month are put in a hat and the name drawn is the student who receives the parking spot. N e x t t h e r e i s t h e
Community Impact Project that connects with the community and also makes a positive impact. Cupcakes were sold at break to raise money to buy pajamas for kids in need. The Leadership Project involves each Student Council member bringing in a person who they believe is a good leader to speak to the class. The second part of this assignment is to read a book about a leader and discuss the book with the class.
a part of Student Council and a part of the Capital’s activities. Vaterlaus is looking forward to Techno for Tolerance on Apr. 24. “ Techno will ring through the halls forever and ever,” said Vaterlaus.
MEET YOUR ASB MEMBERS Tyler Bunderson Asher Sundrud Talbot Vaterlaus
Junior Tyler Bunderson wants to be “Capital’s next leader to look up to.” Bunderson’s intentions are to make a difference and be a part of a group of good people who are in Student Council. “ I ran for my position for one sole purpose: to make
Capital High a better place to get an education,” said Bunderson. He is looking forward to familiarizing himself with the student body and meeting new people. Bunderson also wants to “guide the students onto their successful lives after high school.”
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Flight Friday, April 17, 2009
Government classes play a role in mock bills with Simis
Will McQuillen Staff writer
Imagine never having to worry about a senior paper in your life or being allowed to use your cell phone without worrying about it being taken away by a teacher. That is exactly what the government classes are trying to create by presenting mock legislative bills in government classes. In Todd Simis’ classes each student create a bill addressing an issue they would like to change in the Idaho law system. After writing the bills students are spirited into committees to read them. Students present their ideas to the rest of their group and then they discuss each idea to decide which ones will be pass on to the House and Senate. The House is represented by zero hour and first period. The Senate is represented by second and third period. Once the bills are passed on to the Senate it is judged by its practicality, whether it will fit into the budget, and whether it can be regulated
once it is passed. If it passes the Senate, then it is sent on to the House where the same things are considered. If the bill passes both of these branches it is given to the “Governor” Simis for his signature or veto. The students came up with
many different ideas that they would like to enact both around school and around Idaho such as eliminating senior papers, starting school later in the day, and allowing cell phones during break and lunch, off campus topics included banning smoking
the outside of it where the fans were definitely needed to be improved. We also needed better fences so people couldn’t come into games without paying,” senior Emily Dorman said. The field preparation began on Apr. 2 as Ideal Demolition Services began tearing down the outdated field. “It’s in the $5,000 range to tear it all down. There will be a new backstop, bleachers, and dirt. All the rubbish from the field will
be 100% recycled,” David Aparicio of Ideal Demolition Services said. The new field was expected to be completed in previous years however the project was postponed. The returning players are enthusiastic. “I think it will be cool for the girls that actually get to play on it, but I wish they would have done it earlier. The girls on the team are really excited and its going to be a very nice facility,” said Dorman.
in all public areas outside of the home, speeding up the process of the death penalty, raising the penalty on not wearing seatbelts in cars as well as punishments for reckless driving with or without being under the influence.
Photos by Geoff Rankin
Students listen intently to senior Johnathan Kiser as they present their mock bills in Todd Simis’s government class. The bills go through several steps before getting finalized.
Softball is gaining more than just wins Alex Suggs News Editor
The softball season has taken off to a very successful start and players and fans will soon be rewarded with a brand new field and facility. “I feel that a new field will help with the teams’ caring of the new facility and in turn will help them take pride in their field and team,” Varsity coach Shane Alder said. “I thought the field itself was good in the past, but
Photos By Kip Stutzman
Demolition of the softball field took place on Apr. 2 as the entire backstop and bleachers were torn down. The new facility is scheduled to be completed in June.
Capital competes in Skills; Stutzman brings home silver Students excel in statewide competition Alex Jones Editor-in-chief
Junior Kip Stutzman took the silver second place medal out of 70 other photography students on Apr. 10 at the Skills USA state competition in Boise and Nampa. “I was completely surprised. I was not expecting it at all,” said Stutzman. The competition was held at Columbia High School
and Gowen Field “where students competed at the state level in that simulated real life job situations,” Photography teacher, Vicki Francis, said. The two day photo competition included students working on a location photo shoot at the Old Penitentiary, creating a formal portrait in a studio, three hours of lab work on Photoshop, a 100 question test and two interviews with a panel of three judges. Competitors had to bring in seven of their photos, turn in five, three being personal and two objective.
“It was stressful and tiring because we had to be up for hours straight and there is a lot of pressure. Having to run on schedule is hard and having a certain amount of time for Photoshop,” Stutzman said. Besides placing second, Stutzman is also the runner up for the national competition in Kansas City this June. Stutzman, whose work has been featured in the Boise Weekly, and Jones Soda, said that he loves, “the ability to share” his “views on the world in a way they can understand.”
Photos By Vicki Francis
Top: Junior Kip Stutzman (right) receives the silver medal at the Skills USA State Competition. Bottom: Students who participated in the competition take a break after their studio competition. From left to right; sophomores Laura Scott and Luke Bowden, senior Olivia Vines, juniors Hannah Houdek and Kip Stutzman, sophomore Liberty Fleming and junior Adelle Metcalf.
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Flight Friday, April 17, 2009
Poetry and art collide in English 11 Jessica Guy News editor
Poetry is coming alive as students wear their favorite lyrics and verses on their backs. English 11 students are expressing their creativity through a poetry T-shirt assignment. The requirements are simple: cover a white shirt with 15 poems from 15 different poets. Two of the poems could be songs and only one poet could be anonymous. Teachers Bret Bishop, Kristin Bothwell, Tyler Bevis, Blas Telleria, and Paula Uriarte have assigned the project to their English 11 classes. Most teachers assigned this project a week before spring break and the shirts were due the week the students returned. Bret Bishop’s classes had five class periods and spring break to complete the shirt. “ Poetry tees give the students time to appreciate the art of language and put in onto something they will take pride in,” said Bishop. Junior Amy Schenck is in Bishop’s English class. She plans on wearing her shirt as soon as she gets the T-shirt back. Her T-shirt did not have a theme, but was full of poems Schenck enjoyed. Her favorite is “Sue” by Tim Burton. “ The assignment leaves open space for creativity,” said Schenck. Junior Chase Bailey looked for his poems online and his favorite was “”Don’t Bother Me” by Family Jewels. Wearing the shirt was optional but some teachers offered extra credit. If the students want to show off their work, Poetry Tee Day is April 29.
Chase Baily Photos By Kyra dorman and Geoff Rankin
Ammany McFadden and Kirby Morfitt Robyn Kendrick Opinion editor
The following is a conversation between Flight reporter Robyn Kendrick and the two spotlighted artists: Junior Ammany McFadden and Junior Kirby Morfittt. Kendrick: Are all the poems original? McFadden: I have 21 different poets on my shirt. Morfitt: No, the requirements were at least 15 different poets, but a few are original.
Kendrick: What was your inspiration? McFadden: I picked poems that had meaning and relevance in my own life. All of the poetry on my shirts means something to me. Morfitt: I love art and poetry and the opportunity to incorporate both onto one shirt was awesome. Kendrick: Describe your shirt in one word. McFadden: Effort. Morfitt: Awesomeness. Kendrick: How much time did your spend on your shirt?
McFadden: 14 hours straight. Morfitt: Every day over Spring Break. Kendrick: What were some of the assignment requirements? McFadden: At least 15 different authors, colors, and pictures. Morfitt: Creativity. Kendrick: What was the most important thing to keep in mind while creating your shirt? McFadden: Take pride in your work. It’s something that you’ve worked really hard on so you should be
proud of it. Morfitt: Take your time. You’ll have this shirt forever and you really want to do a good job. Kendrick: What are your plans for your shirt? McFadden: I was thinking about maybe draping it from my ceiling so you can see both sides. Morfitt: Save it forever. Kendrick: How much “inclass” time was spent on the shirts? Morfitt: The full week before spring break.
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Flight Friday, April 17, 2009
What Capital thinks of it’s shoe poop Robyn Kendrick Opinion editor
Taken, directed by Pierre Morel, is about Bryan an ex CIA “protector”, Liam Neeson, who spends too much time protecting the country than his daughter in her formative years. As Bryan tries to rebuild his ruined relationship with now teenage daughter Kim, Maggie Grace, she asks him to consent on a trip to Europe with a close friend. Bryan’s instincts immediately kick in and he says no. However, with much persuasion and promises of precautionary steps, Bryan agrees to the trip. After landing in Paris, Kim and her friend reach where they are staying, only to be followed by Albanians involved in the sex trade. The two girls are abducted while Kim is on the phone with Bryan. Following that, Bryan
takes all of his training and uses it to find his daughter. The movie is action-packed and a reenactment of every parents worst nightmare. This movie reaches deep within every viewer and touches his or her heart. It is a heartwarming portrayal of a father-daughter love, unbroken by any means. “I think the father-daughter relationship portrayed in the movie is very typical for real life. Girls fight with their dad’s all the time and then they always make up in the end because there are more important things in life than what you fight over,” said sophomore Liberty Fleming. Taken is a relatively short movie at 94 minutes, yet it was long enough to make the audience happy. The quality of the movie was really remarkable. With so many fight scenes, the movie could have been confusing, but it wasn’t.
A sample of the shoe poop has been given to a chemistry teacher who is sending it onto a lab for evaluation. Results will be published when available. This is a picture taken under a microscope of the material on the floors of Capital High School.
Students and teachers where given a slip of paper, asking their thoughts on what the white stuff off the floors of Capital was. These are the best ‘quotes’ that were chosen of 50 or so participants. The Capital dust might be the either the breakdown of the floor tile themselves or the breakdown of the accumulated wax on the floor tile. …. Or evidence of Binky ~Math Teacher Craig Engdahl
It might be invisible dust from the ceiling that falls to the floor and only is visible on black stuff. Or it could be magical dust or something. ~Sophomore Kenya Hemandez I think Capital dust is dried up bits of students’ souls. ~Sophomore Victoria Sltechter
It’s the decaying bodies of the students who were murdered by underpaid, unprivileged teachers. ~Senior Harley Miranda
Capital dust is really the dust of pixies. Pixie dust. Fairies and pixies break into the school each night to deposit new dust on the ground in order to cause panic and mischief (about the mysterious dust!). ~Senior Rachel Sanchez Capital dust is the remnants of dead skin cells but also dead brain cells left behind from over stimulation then murdered miraculously by AP homework and senior papers. ~Senior Danielle Bienker
Capital Students working on “NASA” project
Photos By Geoff Rankin
How do you keep teenage boys interested in anything other than sex and violence? And when you throw complicated Shakespearean language at them the task is nearly impossible. Yet a Shakespeare group of actors kept the audience laughing and entertained through the whole play on Mar. 12 in the Eagles Nest. Supported by The National Endowment for the Arts, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival presented “A Midsummer’s Night Dream,” in front of sophomore English classes as well as the drama department. It is a difficult feat to make a play which normally takes between two hours to two and a half hours fit into a class period. The troop of actors did an excellent job. “This is one of my favorite Shakespearean plays, and
It’s the film left behind from the ghosts that walk the school halls at night. ~English Teacher Paula Uriarte It’s just left overs from Mt.. St. Helens. My parents told me. ~Junior Evan Rust
the actors did a great job on cutting it to 50 minutes. They made the play make sense and they made it fun,” said drama teacher, Tom Willmorth. The play began with Cindy Loper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” blaring through the speakers, an interesting twist to an otherwise Renascence, old-fashioned play. “We tried to make it as Victorian Punk as we could,” said one of the actors. The combination of the 80’s music, outrageously hippy costumes, and Shakespearean language made such a theme possible. With only six actors and actresses playing over twenty characters, it could be confusing seeing the same person play multiple roles, but the players slipped in and out of their roles with the poise and ease of experience.
Bevis’s Famous Quotes Skylar Sanford chsSkylars7@yahoo.com
Taste The Rainbow Andrew Musser (inspired by a button on FaceBook)
‘Capital Dust’ is obviously our brains, slowly deteriorating turning to a mush, then dust and falling out our ears slowly floating downward to coat the floor. ~Junior Kirby Morfit
A Midsummer’s Night Dream Robyn Kendrick
(Above) Junior Corey Austin prepares his machine/robot to be shown to the Principles of Engineering class on Wednesday, April 8. The class was asked to make a robot that would take three soil samples on the asteroid Eros for NASA. This was an assignment given to Alton Stafford’s second year engineering class. (Two left pictures) Juniors Cody Carlson and Brendan Nefzger made their machine to pick up three piles of M&Ms, and successfully picked up two piles, then placed them into two separate containers that sealed after each deposit.
Photos By Alex Jones
Land Before Guns Skylar Sanford
Editor: Amanda D’anna
Friday, April 17, 2009
Team leaders motivated for State Championship Alex Suggs news editor
Improving record keeps team rolling
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Freshman Abby Mocettini hits to third against Eagle. She made a run to first keeping her team ahead.
As of April 21, the Junior Varsity softball team was dominating the district with a winning record of 4-1-0 record and the team is continuing to excel. The Varsity softball team was holding their own with a record of 4-4-0 and is improving game to game. Both coaches and players feel they’ll be competitive in districts and hope to carry this intensity onwards to State. “This team has a ton of talent. They can do whatever they want to do. Making Districts or State is totally
up to them. It comes down to how hard they are willing to work and what they want to accomplish,” said Varsity head coach Shane Alder.
“The first game of the season was a learning experience and we need to work on communication but overall to work as a team and make state” -Junior Breana Finnigan. Coach Alder sees potential in both teams and is working to push the girls harder and motivate them along with the leaders on the teams. “Both of the teams can go as far as they want to when they show up with the attitude that they are the
better team,” Alder said. Another important factor in the game is also how the team develops and plays as a whole. “With both of the teams I see a good chemistry forming. As I have told them the teams that become one, are the ones that are hard to beat,” Alder said. “This should be a good season. We have a lot of talent and a lot of fun,” Finnigan said. If Capital continues to bring their “A-game” this season, the year will end very rewarding for both coaches and players alike. “This team has a ton of talent. They can do what ever they want to do. Making Districts or State is totally up to them. It comes down to how hard they are willing to work and what they want to accomplish.” Alder said.
Athlete of the Month
Amanda D’Anna Sports Editor
Grade: 12 Sport: Track Years playing: 1 Hours dedicated to track per week: About 12 Loves track because: I love to compete. Favorite opponent: The record board Benefits from track: I get in shape and meet new people. Future plans: Play football for Boise State.
Difficulty level: 9 out of 10 Activities outside of school involving track: Football and lifting One word to describe track: Dedication
photos by olivia vines
Above: Senior Gerado Hiwat soars through the air in the long jump in a meet on Mar. 13 against Rocky Mountain. He finished 1st in this event. Top right: Senior Gabe Shaw and sophomore Cole Vivig compete against Rocky Mountain in 100m hurdles on Mar. 13. Bottom right: Senior Candice Crew flies over the high jump bar during the meet against Rocky Mountain.
Track team places in top five Courtney Caudle sports editor
Both Varsity girls and boys placed fifth in the Reed Sparks Rotary Invitational in Reno, Nevada on Apr. 3-5. The JV boys placed second. Head Coach Frank Rohm felt the trip promoted team
unity. “This year we had better work ethic and attitude than the last two years. Attending Reno was important because the competition was great and the team came together as a whole,” said Rohm. Junior Christi Avery had hoped to do better in Reno, but overall she is pleased with the season. “I’ve improved my
Tennis takes three trophies William McQuillen sports editor
The tennis team selected its top nine competitors to compete at the Lewiston Invite the first tournament of the year on Mar. 12. They returned on the fourteenth with three trophies. In tennis, there are two brackets after each player plays three games. They match the players in the appropriate bracket. The whole team took third at the tournament. Senior Nick Peterson
brought home first while seniors Katie Stauffer and Grady Beck took first place in their division. Junior Taylor Morris brought home third. “Nick Peterson is my inspiration to do well,” said Morris. Junior Vince Spinazola came in high for the second bracket. “These tournaments are a good way to compete against new competitors. The coaches are great the people are awesome and I just love tennis,” said Spinazola.
strength and endurance and as a team we have faster girls then last year. It’ll all come down to the final meets,” said Avery. Junior Kasen Covington is hoping for a team State Championship. “Individually I want to improve on my jumps. Our guys team is looking really strong so far and we should do pretty well at State,” said
Covington. Senior Beaugh Meyer throws discus and shotput and also felt Reno brought the team together as a whole. “Our bus broke down in Reno so we spent a lot of time together. The rest of the season is looking great. We have great athletes in each event and we should be able to take State this year,”
said Meyer. Though there’s not much time left before the District meet, athletes have a few more meets to accomplish their goals and build toward State. “We want each team member to continue to improve and we would love to finish in the top four again at State,” said Rohm.
Editor: Courtney Caudle
Flight Friday, April 17, 2009
Lacrosse clings to high hopes Team improves as State approaches
Jame Hurst staff writer
Even with a losing season of 2-5, as of April 9, the lacrosse players are still very optimistic about their end of season outcome. Sophomore Brad Heusinkveld is confident the team will do excellent. “I expect us to definitely be state champs,” said Heusinkveld. “I think we’ll do alright. We aren’t the best team out there, but we should be fine,” said junior Levi Dennis. Some of the players aren’t satisfied with their latest games for a multitude of reasons.
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“I’m not really satisfied. We have gotten thrashed so far,” said Heusinkveld “Timberline was our biggest disappointment. They are a hard-hitting team and unfortunately we didn’t do too well,” said Dennis. The team seems to agree on who they liked beating so far this season. “Valley View was the best game we’ve had. We played really well during the second half and it was a good game,” said Heusinkveld. “Valley View was my favorite game because they were up on us, but then we came back. It was a nice win,” said Hoff. The team does feel they could improve before their next game. “I’d say we have to work on communication and more hustle in the mid-field,” said Dennis.
“I think we should improve on passing and getting open for a pass,” said Hoff. “We should work on team spirit and togetherness,” said Heusinkveld. There is mixed feelings on whether the team has the same chemistry o n a n d o ff t h e f i e l d . “No, we don’t have the same chemistry on and off the field. The defense off the field is nice, but on the field they’re blood thirsty and killing the innocent,” said Heusinkveld. “Yeah, I would say we do on and off the field. We all get along really well,” said Hoff. The Lacrosse players have high hopes of making it to state this year and they think they will with a little bit of hard work. “Yeah, I think we will make it if we put our minds to it and work it out,” said Dennis.
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Lacrosse players prepare for the second half in a game against Borah on Apr. 14.
Coming together for State Tournament
Courtney Caudle Sports Editor
Grade: 12 Sport: Softball Years playing: 10 or 11 Hours dedicated to softball each week: 15-20 Love softball because: It’s fun to play and competitive. I’ve done it my whole life. I just like the sport in general.
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Favorite opponent: I don’t have a favorite, I just enjoy playing in general. Benefits from softball: Learn moral values, make lifetime friends, and stay in shape.
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Above: Junior Varsity player Freshman Dylan Brown catches the ball during practice on Mar. 10. Top Left: Varsity player Senior Garrett Richmond makes a run to first after a hitting a line drive against Vallivue.
College plan: I’m not 100% sure, I’m looking for a college to play softball for. Difficulty level: Depends on the person, team, and level. Activities outside of school that involve softball: As a softball over the summer One word to describe softball: Mylife
Bottom Left: Varsity player Senior Brad Reid swings against the Vallivue pitcher in a regular season game.
Amanda D’Anna Sports editor
The Varsity boys’ baseball team is in full swing and they’ve set their eyes on one thing- a State Championship. With a record of 10-8, this team is trying their best to work their way to the top. During spring break
they played in the Bucks Bags tournament against various teams in Idaho. “We got out there and played our hardest. We were all fired up and ready to win. It really showed on the field when we played,” said junior third baseman Tucker Daley. Varsity Head Coach Jerry Hollow has been coaching at Capital for
GG compete from Capital to California Jessica Guy news editor
The Golden Girls have competed in the PNW, Regional, and National Competitions this past month of March. The Pacific North West (PNW) was held on Mar. 13 and 14 where the girls placed second in kick, prop, and novelty categories. PNW is an annual event that is held at Capital. Starting as a talent show over 30 years ago, the event has evolved into five category competition. S i n c e 1 9 7 0 C a p i t a l ’s dance team has won more than 50 first place titles. At Regionals the girls placed third in kick and qualified for four divisions to compete in at Nationals. “ It was a very
successful season,” said Head Coach Julie Stevens. Nationals were held March 30 in Anaheim, California where the Golden Girls placed third in military, and prop and placed fourth in novelty. The girls flew to California on Mar. 26 and returned Mar. 30. Schools from across the United States including Idaho, Texas, Utah, Washington and Nevada attended Nationals. “ Since we did so good at Regionals, I knew we were going to Nationals,” said sophomore Golden Girl Kaylan Williams. Wi l l i a m s b e l i e v e s that a smaller group of dancers helps her team’s performance because each team member knows each other. She has learned the importance of teamwork and responsibility by being
a part of the dance team. “ I’m very proud of m y s e l f . I d i d n ’t e v e n think I was going to make tryouts,” said Williams. PNW is an annual event in the spring that is always held at Capital. Other 5A schools from the Pacific Northwest travel to compete. The Golden Girls prepare for PNW, Regionals, and Nationals all year. Golden Girl tryouts will be held the final week in April. Clinics will be held Apr. 27 through Apr. 30. The girls will be scored and judged on Friday May 1. Once on the team, all girls are to go to camp the following summer. Camp is held in July at either Boise State University or Utah State University but the final decision has not yet been made.
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seven years and is hoping he will have a team that will be worth remembering by the end of the season. Earlier in the season the boys’ had a game against Timberline, which has always been the team to beat in the past. The Eagles pulled it together for a final score of 4 to 3, making that the first win since 2002 against the Wolves.
Senior first baseman Brad Reid is confident in his team and has the same hopes as everyone else for a State Title. “It doesn’t matter how the team plays in April, as long as we come together in May for the State Tournament,” said Reid. Team unity is also another factor for the Eagles. They’ve been working all season to improve on their
accomplishments as a team. Although they’re still trying to find their chemistry, this team is mostly based on seniority since they have all seniors and juniors and only one sophomore. “It’s very rewarding and an overall good experience. The talent is much better at this level and it is very competitive,” said sophomore Brandon Foley.
Editor: Robyn Kendrick
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
lost teachers, students without a choice
Courtney Caudle Sports Editor An estimated ten teachers from the English, Math, Science, Social Studies, P.E., Professional Technical Education, and Special Education departments will be missing from Capital’s halls next fall. Based on the decline in enrollment of Boise schools, the teachers with low seniority are either being cut or involuntarily transferred. The reduction in force process, called “RIFing,” consists of the school board finding departments that are overstaffed and moving teachers to other buildings where they are needed. Eight junior highs and five high schools are currently being “RIFed.” Here at Capital four first-year teachers are being cut, six others are
being transferred and we may gain one teacher. “It’s just really difficult. For the people that are being cut, I know I’ve created a tough situation for them. For those being transferred, it’s a relief to have a position with a paycheck, but it breaks my heart to see some of our better teachers going to other schools. This is my least favorite part about my position. It’s difficult knowing I’m changing people’s lives,” said principal Jon Ruzicka. The school board and other authority figures have to deal with cutting teachers they have grown to respect. Ten of our current teachers have to either look for new jobs in today’s crumbling economy or adjust to a new school and staff that have probably been faced with the same loss as Capital. But the students that haven’t experienced teachers with amazing personal stories and jokes face the largest loss. I’ve listened to my English teacher tell about the time he strapped a Tonka truck to a crippled squirrel, heard how excited he gets over The Little Prince, learned about his experience with a Japanese toilet. I’ve laughed with my Chemistry teacher
every morning, and sat through his off-key song about intermolecular forces. This matters, and this is something that today’s sophomores will never experience.
Though ten teachers may not seem like much, it’s the individuals involved that are important. These ten aren’t only teachers; they’re club leaders, coaches, and people. And though the
cuts are necessary, there’s a big difference between facts and feelings. An even greater difference between a number and the actual people involved. These teachers can not be
replaced by any form of measurement. We can only hope that the schools they end up at appreciate them as great storytellers, hilarious songwriters, and incredible people.
ONE SIMPLE QUESTION
What is your opinion on the teacher cuts and what are your concerns for future generations? “
The Government n e e d s t o i nve s t in education and spend less money and time towards the war.
I don’t think we should be cutting education because we ar e the future generation. They should be making cuts elsewhere. I don’t think that future generations will be exposed to such a cultured experience that we have now.
I believe the cuts were inadvisable. The’re transfer ring an AP teacher and evertually they will have to replace them anyway because the population is always increasing.
Zack Garner Sophomore
Laura Weathers Junior
Scott Garver Junior
Samantha Bell Sophomore
I’m so upset over t h e t e a ch e r c u t s because I believe the most important thing is education and I’m concerned that the government isn’t taking eduation seriously enough.
I think it’s ridiculous that the administration has to cut the teachers because of how the economy is. Cutting education is a really bad idea.
I think that they shouldn’t make cuts to education because we are the future and they are risking the future of our country. I’m concerned that future students are not going to have the same opportunities that we took advantage of.
William Harrington Senior
Stephanie Clark Senior
Graffiti causes unwelcome cash drain for district Geoff Rankin Staff Photographer According to the
Alex Jones Editor in Chief We as people hold the most powerful tool on the planet; our tongues. This is a strength that lies within everyone, that some hardly even take time to use or even recognize. My introduction may seem like the start of a funny teenage joke, however, it’s not a joke about kissing and far from
dictionary, graffiti is defined as “inscriptions, slogans, drawings, etc. Scratched scribbled, or drawn, often crudely on a wall or other public surface.” You see it’s the public surface I’m worried about; I can’t help but feel that people just don’t care about our school any more. There are signs in every guy’s bathroom were graffiti
used to be. Not too long ago I took a walk around to all the guy’s bathrooms to see what I could find. Some of the things I found made me cringe. There were a few I found that weren’t school appropriate enough to be quoted. One I could partially quote is: “Don’t you guys know how to Flush the !$*# Toilet???” Are people so
that, it is a serious truth. We are all in a fault because of what we say. So many times in my life I have said something that I wished I could have taken back. Our own tongue has the power to shape our minds, lives, and even our own body. What you think and feel in your heart comes first from the mouth. This is not a matter of the popular belief that if you keep thinking about something good that it will
happen to you, like in the book, The Secret. But it is an amount of truth in that your tongue can shape you. Take for instance the classic “I’m fat.” If you tell yourself you’re fat, your mind will believe it, and if your mind believes it, it attaches to your heart, and your heart is all you can live by. But it is not just negative remarks to yourself, but to others as well. Our tongues have the power to lift someone up and edify or completely destroy and ridicule them. So many times have I hurt someone, whether I was around or not. But the real point is that we as humans use our tongues for the wrong remarks. It is time that we stop slandering each other, stop making fun of each other, gossiping, hurting, and use our tongues for their real purpose; to encourage and praise. Ladies and Gentleman the matter is simple, if you have nothing good to say, don’t say anything at all.
bored during school they need to write these things? How old are you people? Because last I checked this was high school not elementary school. Why do people think they need to deface the bathrooms? All you are doing is getting them locked and causing people that need to use them to be late to class due to the fact that they have
to hike halfway across the school to find another one. More than once I asked one of my teachers if I could use the bathroom and had them ask, “Well, why didn’t you go during the passing period?” Then I wind up looking at them and saying, “because the bathroom was locked, and I didn’t have time to find another one before the bell rang.”
Principal Jon Ruzicka talked to me about the consequences of getting caught for graffiti and it is honestly not worth it. If you’re caught then you will be suspended for a short term or for a long term depending on the graffiti type and place. The school has to give up money to have it cleaned up that should be spent on education.
Madeline Duskey Sophomore
The author of the article “Spring Break Contain Yo u r s e l f ” o b v i o u s l y has a ridiculous and overwhelmingly biased opinion. She infers that girls are slutty drunks during spring break. First of all, most girls I know just have fun, my friends agree that we very rarely hear stories about drunk party girls who take their clothes off. Many girls I am friends with don’t strip their morals, let alone their
clothes. Second, no one has ever heard of the phrase “what happens in spring break stays in spring break.” I’m afraid that would be Vegas. Also, it’s not like the only time people party and have fun, for many, it’s year round. The girl is right, we are in high school and that statement in itself explains why we are in high school. It’s the beginning of the socalled best years of our life. So I say go crazy, spring break is fun.
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