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H1N1 invades Boise Schools Nurse sends home 15-20 students daily during Homecoming week

Volume 44, Issue 2


Thursday, November 12, 2009

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Senior Anna Stobbe wears a protective mask to prevent herself from getting the Swine Flu. Stobbe wore the mask for a week straight and never received any symptoms of the H1N1 influenza.

Athena Hanna staff writer

An outbreak of H1N1 (Swine Influenza) has affected the Treasure Valley and has hit Capital High very hard. During Homecoming week Oct. 4- Oct.9, the outbreak spread and there were up to 326 students absent. Junior Andrew Henderson said, “on Homecoming day I felt really hot. At first I thought it was just a cough.”

Henderson was out of school for six days. He went to the doctor to have his temperature and throat checked, which is when he was diagnosed with the H1N1 virus. “I was mad because I had no energy,” said Henderson. Sophomore Samantha Thurlow began getting hot flashes and was out of school a week and a half. Thurlow treated Swine Flu like a normal flu and stayed home because of the past medical issue she has had, but was aware of the virus that was

going around. Thurlow was scared that her immune system was not going to be able to handle the virus. Another victim, sophomore Kyle Simon, was also affected by the virus. “It started out as a headache, sore throat, and a fever,” said Simon. He then went to the doctor and was prescribed medication and got a lot of rest. “It felt like it was effecting my respiratory system more than anything.” “I felt like I had the flu and I had a stomachache when I

first got sick,” junior Beck Lowe said. Lowe got the virus the week of homecoming. He went to the doctor, got tested, and was out of school for a week. Junior Kelsey Richardson said her outbreak of Swine Flu came all at once. She was out of school for a week and stayed home and slept. The doctor took tests and proved that she was positive for the H1N1 virus. She was with someone who had it and believes she might have caught it from a friend.

Pathfinders define Capital

Unifies school with significance of Eagle Pride

Mark Mouser staff writer

If you had made plans to spend time with your girlfriend and your friends call and want to hang out, what would you do? During fourth period on Oct. 15, all of Capital wrestled with this question presented by a group called Pathfinders. A character education and sophomore mentoring program, they have recruited ten teachers and 90

student mentors. In pairs of two, the student mentors are to deliver five character education programs, at the rate of one a month, to every student in the school. The lessons are based on the five leaders in the word PRIDE (Performance, Responsibility, Integrity, Diversity, and Excellence). The session held in October, of course, was on P for Performance. Pathfinders is being ran

slightly different this year because in previous years they contracted with a company called Varsity Gold Leadership. VGL provided them with lesson plans and training, but recently went bankrupt. Therefore, this year Pathfinders is running off of its own resources, doing the training themselves, and has created its own lesson plan. “I enjoyed discussing performance with the class. I’m glad that the classes participated. I’m also glad that they include the

whole school now,” senior Pathfinder mentor Kayla Alder said about the October session. Alder said she hopes Pathfinders unifies the whole school and reinforces the significance of Eagle Pride. “I feel like I can get to know my peers better as a whole and individually, and by doing that I know what they need and how I can help. If students don’t look at Pathfinders with as much depth as they should, then they don’t see as much meaning as they could. If you want to, you can find something out of Pathfinders,” said Alder.

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Pathfinder mentors from left: senior Joel Sheir, junior Karlie Andrews, senior Justice Emily Cook, senior Sydney Balstad, junior Kelsey Alder, and senior Hsin (Donny) Yu Huang participate in an activity during their mentor training on Sept. 15 .

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  H e a d i n g i n t o t h e playoffs, the number one seeded Varsity football team has no stamina for losing. Hence their 10-0 perfect record.    In the first game of the playoffs on Oct. 29, Capital was matched up against their first victim of the regular season, Boise High.    Senior Kyle Sosnowski started off the game with a quick and easy touchdown against the Braves. In the second quarter senior quarterback Jeremy Powers threw a total of 78 yards resulting in two touchdowns by senior Eric Niblett and Sosnowski. Capital only allowed the Braves two touchdowns in the fourth quarter which made the final score 35-

14, eliminating Boise from the playoffs.   In the next round of the playoffs, Capital will be taking on the Mountain View Mavericks on Nov. 6.    Capital went up against Vallivue on Oct. 16. To conserve gas and to allow more students to attend, Student Council provided buses for everyone that signed up.    “I thought the bus to Vallivue was so much fun. We all got to bond and hangout before the game while listening to some sick beats. The bus ride back was the best. Everyone was singing and celebrating our 42-14 win,” said senior Jenna Cacchillo.     In the first 3 minutes of the Capital vs. Centennial Homecoming game on Oct. 9, McMartin recovered an outside of the end zone fumble and ran it in for See V Football, pg. 6


Thursday, November 12, 2009

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Left: Holding clipboards, junior Joannah Cortez and seniors Leneda Fowler and David Paul gather to help coordinate. Above: Junior Jessica Stein fills up Dixie cups full of circus animal cookies for trick or treating kids.

Boise Zoo hosts annual Halloween event Students help organize “Boo at the Zoo” 10 years running. Jesseca Pattee Opinion editor

If lions, tigers and bears aren’t enough to scare you, add Halloween into the mix. On Oct. 24, Boo at the Zoo took place at the Boise Zoo. Children from all over Boise came to trick-or-treat and to see the animals big and small. Capital students volunteered for this event, surveying zoo-goers, handing out treats for children, stamping and tattooing hands, face painting, and passing out maps and pamphlets to find your way around the zoo. From Disney characters to classic monsters like Dracula, many children

came dressed up in their Halloween costumes. “I liked seeing some of the kids in costumes. My favorite were these little twins both dressed up as Nemo,” said senior David Paul Holland. “The

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family dressed up as the characters from the Wizard of Oz were my favorite.” senior Leneda Fowler said. For most, the best part about volunteering was being able to write it on a scholarship application. “Volunteering looks good for college and I love the zoo!” said Holland, who surveyed people for their opinion

on which of six foundations should receive a grant from the zoo. These included Woodland Park Zoo; Oregon Spotted Frog, South Luangwa Conservation Society; Thornicroft’s giraffe, Associação Mico Leão Dourado; Golden Lion Tamarins, La MICA

Biological Station; education center, International Rhino Foundation; Javan and Sumatran Rhinos, and Snow Leopard Trust; Snow Leopards. “I liked seeing all the people. Going around asking people questions [for surveys], it really kept me warm,” said senior Megan Wood, “I also got to pet the snakes.” After Boo at the Zoo

was over, all volunteers stayed after to clean up the zoo. “I was there all day, until almost 5:30,” Wood said.

College Fair helps prep for future Olivia Mann Staff writer

The College Fair hosted 120 to 130 colleges from all over the country on Oct 26 at the Boise Centre on the Grove. Students attended hoping to plan their future. Senior Ashley Carpender said, “I want to go to BSU because it’s close to home and saves money with room and board and I’m looking to do graphic designing, I’m hoping,” she says.” What was surprising to Carpendar were all the colleges from New York, Pennsylvania and others from the East. “I plan to go to Idaho State University,” sophomore Brenna Carlson said. The fair was nothing new or surprising to her; she has been going since the 7th grade. Carlson plans to work in the medical field. “I went to talk to ISU and they told me about their nursing program. I’m not sure what kind of nurse, I just know I want to be in a nursing program,” said

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Students flock around tables to gather pamplets and other important information on various colleges. Senior Tawney Sabitin said “I want to do anything art related.”

Brenna. “ I use to want to be a veterinarian but I couldn’t handle the dying animals and being a doctor was too extreme for me.” Sophomore Sam Johnson wants to attend American Musical and Dramatic Arts Academy. “I got to talk to college representatives and learn

about their programs,” Johnson said. “I was surprised by how many colleges had theatre programs.” She wants to look and study dramatic arts and acting. Previously, Johnson was really into the medical field. “At first I wanted to be a doctor because I like helping

people,” she said. There were informative sessions on navigating the college application process. Also on how to survive the freshman year of college. Juniors and seniors were released during 2 nd – 4 th period to attend the fair and had the option to return in the evening.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Over 7 gallons collected at blood drive Students offer second chance to those in need. Robert Benson Staff writer

There was a significant amount of blood donated for just one school, not to mention the number of lives that were being saved when Capital donated 59 pints of blood on Oct 22. Anyone 17 and older was eligible to donate at the Red Cross Blood Drive. Out of the 80 participants, 57 were first time donors. They had a positive outlook on the drive. “It was for a good cause and I really wanted to do it, I wanted to know what it felt like to donate blood,” said senior Katrina Vanleeuwen. Va n l e e u w e n s p o k e very strongly when she said, “Definitely, I would

encourage everyone that can donate to donate.” Seniors Jessica Lewis and Tylyn Rodgers felt it was important to help others. “ It’s good knowing that you have saved someone, I know there is someone out there that is in need,” said Lewis. She said that she had always wanted to donate as soon as she turned 18. Although Rodgers admitted, “I need to get over my fear of needles.” She claimed it was a great experience overall. “It was an interesting process and it was fulfilling to know that I could be saving some ones life.” Junior Marque Surles had her opinions on the blood drive as well. This isn’t Surle’s first, but her third time donating blood. Her sister was in a serious accident and needed blood.


(May 21-Jun. 20) Now, more than ever, you’re looking towards your future and making the decisions that will affect the rest of your life. Instead of setting expectations and evaluating your choices, go off of what feels right.


(Jun. 21-Jul. 22) Don’t compare your present situation with a past one. The circumstances are different and the outcome will be different as well.


(Jul. 23- Aug. 22) Part of doing a good deed is not expecting recognition. You may be inclined to show others something you have done, but don’t be discouraged if they don’t appreciate it.


(Aug. 23- Sept. 22) To avoid being taken advantage of, set your boundaries and stick to them. Sometimes those that you feel are walking all over you just don’t realize where the line is drawn.

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“I donate in her name,” said Surles. “My opinion on donating blood is that it is very professional and goes by fast.” Co-Adviser of Capital’s National Honor Society Susan Nickel shared her thoughts,” I think it is a very worthy cause,” said Nickel. “Many people need blood transfusions and many people wouldn’t survive without the support. It is a simple thing we can do to help others that are in need.” Capital senior Nathan Katsuki also donated his blood on Oct 22. “It was my first time donating, I felt nervous in the beginning but in the end I felt good about myself. The main reason for my donation was because I really wanted to help people.” Katsuki said that it was a

goal in his life to donate his blood. “I would encourage people to donate, it is for a worthy cause and you get the chance to save lives,” said Katsuki. Nickel mentioned that she attended a Red Cross Volunteer Convention last spring. One of the blood recipients was a new mother, who was grateful for the blood donors because, without them,ß she probably wouldn’t be alive to raise her child. Donor Recruitment Representative Ann Callanan said the Red Cross comes to Capital because, “ there is a large population and we can collect a lot of blood at one time. High schools are one of the most helpful sources. These donations are very important because 230 pints are needed each week in Idaho.”

Your Horoscope Libra


(Sept. 23- Oct. 22) You fear change because it may disturb the balance you’ve recently achieved. Following someone that is approaching the same stepping-stones boldly will show you that change can be a good thing.


(Oct. 23- Nov. 21) Your directness and ability to critically assess any situation is usually useful, but avoid expressing your opinions now. You may find you have a lot to say, hold back.


(Nov. 22- Dec. 21) A worthwhile experience will add insight to your daily life. Take this as a chance to broaden your horizons without leaving home.


(Dec. 22- Jan. 19) Stop trying to please everyone. If you never take a side on a situation, others may feel you’re not being supportive.

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Above: Senior Kyle Nick flinches as blood is drawn. Bottom Left: Senior Nate Katsuki, in full Rowdie uniform, offers his veins to the nurse. Bottom Right: Senior Katrina Vanleeuwen said, “It felt good to know that someone would be helped by me donating.” Vanleeuwen plans on donating in the spring as well.


(Jan. 20- Feb. 18) You’re known for being unpredictable and have a variety of unusual ideas for all life’s problems. Nothing ordinary will solve the situation presented to you now.


(Feb. 19- Mar. 20) Rules are simply guidelines. Now is not the time to let life’s limitations stop you from pursuing what you want.


(Mar.22-Apr. 19) You have a tendency to be short-tempered and a knack for getting your way. If someone lets you win a hard-fought battle now, don’t use this as an opportunity to pick a fight over something else.


(Apr. 20-May 20) As one of the most practical signs, you are content to look at life and its situations sensibly. But sometimes, what you’re looking for isn’t black and white. Take a step back and look for beauty, inspiration, and understanding in the grey areas.



Thursday, November 12, 2009

you haven’t seen it like this before photo students focus on the beauty Kip Stutzman


Photography has quickly become one of the most popular forms of art. The possibilities now with computers and editing software can make anyone’s i m a g i n a t i o n r e a l i t y. The Photography classes at Capital are a great way for students to express themselves using creativity and technology. Classes range from Photo 1 to Photo 6. Students are given many assignments in Photo 1 and 2, but once students learn the basics the real fun begins. They started the year making their own camera and learning the basic definitions and history. “I took photography because it has always seemed interesting to me. I would love to pursue a career because it is something I

enjoy. I was interested in photography before I took the class, and I intend to take the next classes,” sophomore Victoria Ferguson said. Advanced students are given the opportunity to participate in Community Service projects to learn and grow from professional, real life experiences. These experiences give students an advantage when applying to college or a career. Students are given the freedom to work in class and more independently outside of class on projects of their choice. Time is dedicated to entering photography contests for prizes, as well as preparing for a national competition at the end of the year. “Photography is one of my favorite classes in the day. The projects are fun, and there is always something to do. I am excited for the Skills USA competition at the end of this year,” Photo 5 senior Hannah Houdek said.

Top Right: Catherine Wheaton

Center: Thomas Uecker

Top Middle: Liberty Fleming

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Top Right: Kelsie Jenkins

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Middle Left: Megan Willis

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artist spotlight: Amie Duran award winning student; the girl behind the lens Amanda D’Anna editor-in-chief

Senior Amie Duran, one of Capital’s noted photographers, has been capturing awardwinning pictures for roughly two and a half years. Duran has participated in Capital’s annual art show for her sophomore and junior year and received numerous first, second, and third place awards. “The feeling of taking a picture and having people understand it on more of an emotional level is what I like


most about photo. I enjoy hearing the reactions I get, good and bad. It’s also fun venturing out and photographing places I’ve never been or things I’ve never seen,” said Duran. Currently enrolled in Capital’s photo 5 class, Duran also uses her skills to take various senior pictures for students and snaps photos for her own personal portfolio. “The best part of taking senior pictures is getting input from different people. And also, I really enjoy talking and hanging out with the people I’m photographing,” said Duran. Duran is available for senior pictures upon request, contact her at

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Making clothes proves to be worth the challenge

Margo Bogossian

“C lothes

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Stephanie Geschke

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Brian Jones

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are all about s h o w i n g off your personality. It’s not so much what you wear , as how you wear it.”

-Margo Bogossian

Alyssa Henbest

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Kaitlyn Gervase

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Ty McCurdy

Huma aattifi

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a k i n g clothes allows m e to g e t e x a c t ly t h e style I want at an inexpensive price and it shows individuality and my own creativity.”

clothes takes tolerance and time, and sometimes i have too much of each. So I buy some fabric and make clothes!”

-Huma Aattifi

“You take the creative juices inside of you and express it by your apparel.”


emilee cook

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Capital students find inspiration in making their own clothes

Liberty Fleming Fashion editor/ photographer

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Alyssa Henbest

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When thinking about the word “fashion” many people think of designer clothing and expensive name brands. However buying this high end clothing is not necessarily the most reasonable method for a typical high school student. Fellow classmates at Capital High have found an alternative to spending a high price to show off their unique styles by making their own clothes. Whether an entirely new outfit is made out of an old one or everything is sewn from scratch, the benefits of designing and making your own clothes

seem to be worth the challenge. Senior Margo Bogossian validates this statement by saying, “If you became good enough to be able to wear what you make the process of doing so would be worth it.” Some advantages of making your own clothes include: getting exactly the style and fit you want without any hassle, spending a cheaper amount of money on outfits, and being able to translate your style and opinions onto a plethora of individualistic clothing. Although making clothing can sometimes sound difficult and too time consuming, there are ways to avoid these problems entirely. For instance, instead of

making something from scratch find an old or used item of clothing. With a pair of scissors and some thread one can transform an old baggy t-shirt or dress into a more modern, stylish version of it. Making headbands or other accessories is also a way to add your personal style to complete an outfit. They are typically not very difficult to make and do not take a long amount of time to complete. Designing and making your own clothes is an effective way to show off your style and wear exactly what you have been looking for. There are many different methods of how to achieve this art, yet in the end they all seem to be worth the reward.



Thursday, November 12, 2009

V. Football Continued From Pg. 1 Amanda D’Anna editor-in-chief

the first touchdown of the game. Also in the first quarter, Hyland recovered a blocked punt in the end zone later resulting in a touchdown. Centennial set foot in their end zone once in the fourth quarter, but missed their kick for an extra point leaving the final score 40-6.   On Oct. 2 the Eagles f a c e d o ff a g a i n s t t h e Meridian Warriors. Only one touchdown was made in the first quarter by senior Mackenzi Hyland, but the momentum picked up at the start of the second with a touchdown by senior Josh Moore. Seniors Charlie McMartin and Ben Duncanson also contributed to the score towards the end of the second quarter. The Warriors tried to put up a fight by scoring two touchdowns, one in the second quarter and one in the third, but didn’t manage to come out on top. The Eagles walked out of the Warrior stadium with a 52-14 win.

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Varsity player senior Eric Niblett runs the ball and contributes to the Varsity player senior Charlie McMartin defends the ball as he struggles to gain yards against 38-14 win against Mountain View in the second round of playoffs. Mountain View on Nov. 6th.

Former Eagles remain undefeated Robyn Kendrick assistant editor

As Capital enters state playoffs with a perfect record of (9-0), Boise State University also goes undefeated (8-0). Capital graduates on the BSU team, Bryant Thomas, Kyle Efaw, Jarrell Root and Geraldo Hiwat have entered the nationally ranked level of football. Thomas said, “Capital Football was fun, but college is on a whole new level.” With workouts six days a week and school, there is no doubt about that. “The workouts are hardcore, they make you a better player,” said Thomas. Thomas values football and plans to finish school at BSU. During a three-year career at Capital, Efaw caught 89 passes for 1,210 yards and 14 touchdowns, rushed for 149 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries, had 149 tackles and 10 interceptions and punted 31 times with average of 35 yards per punt. He was named FirstTeam All-State and FirstTeam All-Southern Idaho Conference as a tight end, defensive back and punter as a senior after pulling down 53 receptions for 675 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also rushed for 149 yards on 19 carries and had 51 tackles and two interceptions. Junior Corey Efaw, Kyle Efaw’s younger brother, said,

“It’s really cool to see [Kyle] play. It’s a big honor for him to be playing, and it’s a big honor to be his brother.” The Efaw family has a set of four season tickets so they can see Kyle play. Geraldo Hiwat came to Capital last year from Amsterdam hoping to play for Boise State. Those hopes have come true and currently, freshman Hiwat can be seen on the “smurf turf.” As a senior at Capital, Hiwat caught 41 passes for 502 yards and five touchdowns. With eight kickoff returns for 303 yards, averaging 37.8 yards per return, he has returned one kickoff for a touchdown and six punt returns for 107 yards and one touchdown. “Boise State’s traditions are very different from the ones at Capital. I miss Capital, but I’m having fun playing for a college team,” said Hiwat. As a junior at Capital, Jarrell Root had 40 tackles, seven sacks, five tackles for loss and a recovered fumble. As a senior he had 25 tackles, four sacks and five tackles for loss before suffering season-ending injury in the fifth game. These boys give their Capital roots a salute for their thus-far perfect record. “Capital has its head screwed on straight,” said Thomas, “Playing for Capital is a great building block for BSU. Work hard, it’ll pay off.”

Athlete of the Month

Tony Totorica

Courtney Caudle Sports Editor

Grade: 12 Sport: Soccer Years playing: 11 Hours dedicated to soccer each week: 20 Love soccer because: The feeling of achievment I get after working hard to win a game. Favorite opponent: Timberline

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Benefits from soccer: Fitness and learning to work with a team. College plan: I’m not sure which college I’ll be attending but I plan on playing soccer. Difficulty level: High Activities outside of school that involve soccer: Club soccer on the Boise Nationals Soccer Club One word to describe soccer: Challenging Top Left: Sophomore BSU player Kyle Efaw carries the ball down the field during a home game. Efaw graduated from Capital in 2007 and during his high school career caught 89 passes for 1,210 yards and 14 touchdowns. Bottom Left: Sophomore BSU player Jarrell Root discusses strategy in a team huddle. Root graduated from Capital in 2007.


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Editor: Courtney Caudle


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Fourteen swimmers head to State

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Varsity swimmer Freshman Mattie Cupps swims breaststroke in the last meet before District.

Courtney Caudle Sports editor

At the District swim meet, held on Saturday, Oct. 31, the boys placed 5 th and the girls placed 8th out of fourteen teams. Compared to past years the team was much larger than usual and did much better competitively overall. “The season went really well. It was the first time that we held tryouts ever

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and we had a lot more boys interested in swimming. Four years ago we only had five boys and fifteen swimmers total, this year we had 21 boys and forty swimmers total,” said Head Coach Matt Brown. Not only did the number of swimmers increase but the team’s overall success improved as well. Last year the boys placed 9th at District and the girls didn’t place at all, making

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Varsity swimmer junior Jordan Feeney swims the 100 butterfly in a meet against Borah and Timberline on Oct. 27. Feeney took four seconds off his time the following Saturday at the district meet.

the boys 5th place finish and the girls 8th place finish this year great accomplishments. “The thing about this team and swim team in general is that while it’s an individual sport it truly takes a team to improve. You need the coaches and the kids swimming next to you to push you. This team has bonded together and taken our coaching and advice to heart and I think the way they’ve worked together

has made them each more successful,” said Assistant Coach Bryan McMartin. Individually, eleven swimmers made State qualifying times, and three others are attending State on relays. These swimmers are freshmen Mattie Cupps, Claire Erickson, Mariah Southwick, and Sammy West, sophomores Nathan Stark and Mason Wassmuth, juniors Kyle Anderson, Sam Baldazo, Brooke Berry, and

Andee Phelps, and seniors Tucker Daley, Freddy Genther, Matt Naylor, and Rebecca Honsinger. “District was full of personal bests for a lot of our swimmers and I expect State to go well. If everyone keeps improving I think we’ll make a good impression,” said McMartin. “Our boys have a really good chance of placing in the top 16 in individual events and relays. Andee has a good

chance of placing in the top 16 as well, and Mariah has a good chance of placing in the top six,” said Brown. Anderson, Daley, Genther, and Stark swam the 200 free relay in District placing 2nd out of 20 and the 400 free relay placing 3 rd out of 17. According to the coaches, this relay team has a lot of potential and if they’re competitive and drop more time, they may place in the top three at State.

Three runners go on to compete at State

Michael Howard

Courtney Caudle Sports Editor

Grade: 11 Sport: Football Years playing: 9 Hours dedicated to football each week: 17 Love football because: It’s physical, and teaches you about life. Favorite opponent: Borah

Larson and Maki place in top twenty

Benefits from football: Creating a brotherhood. College plan: Get a scholarship and play for a skilled college team. Difficulty level: 10

Liberty Fleming fashion editor

Activities outside of school that involve football: Lifting and film. One word to describe football: Intense

Top Right: Varsity runner junior Cody Larson competes at District. Larson was one of three runners that went to State and overall he placed 14th. Bottom Right: Varsity cross country member senior Myja Maki crosses the finish line at the Disctrict meet on Oct. 23. Maki received a qualifying time with this finish that brought her to State. Photo by LIBERTY FLEMING

Editor: Courtney Caudle

Capital Cross Country finished their season by sending three individual qualifiers to the State Competition in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Senior Myja Maki, junior Cody Larson, and sophomore Lena Zugnoni received qualifying times at the District meet on October 23rd. The following weekend they ran in the State meet in Coeur d’Alene. Larson placed fourteenth over all, competing against over a hundred other runners. Maki, the top varsity girl runner, placed nineteenth overall, medaling for the seventh time this season. “The competition was tough. Everyone was really good and the course was one of the hardest due to


the weather,” said Maki. The course was a difficult challenge. “The course was really hilly and muddy and the wind was blowing really hard. Everyone’s times increased because of it,” said Zugnoni. In an upset, some of the Boise district varsity teams did not qualify for the State competition although their times were better than other state qualifying teams from other districts. Despite the disappointment among some of the athletes, part of the team decided to join Maki, Larson, and Zugnoni in Coeur d’Alene for moral support. Zugnoni said, “Having the rest of my team there really helped. State was nerve racking enough, and it was nice to have our usual team cheers and warm ups.” Even though the regular s e a s o n i s o v e r, s o m e members of the crosscountry team will continue running and competing throughout the year. Most of the varsity athletes are racing in a Nike National Championship on Nov. 14 at Eagle Island Park, and will be participating in a variety of events until the majority of them leave for college.



Thursday, November 12, 2009

Does Varsity football shadow other sports?

YES Shannon Ross Staff Writer

Being a sophomore coming from a private school I’ve noticed that at Capital, football is a monumentally big deal around here. It’s normal for a high school to be excited if one of their

Ye s , i t ’s true that our football team is seemingly impenetrable, but that gives us no right to f o rg e t o t h e r sports. sports is undefeated this long, but I can’t help to think that football is the only sport this school cares about. Sure some of them get

honorable mentions, but really, how many people care about them? Football is America’s favorite past time but there are other sports here. This school should not just be about the football games. What about the swim team? They’re doing really well, but do they get any coverage? No. And just how much coverage did soccer and volleyball get? Not much from all that I’ve seen. Even if a sport is losing doesn’t mean it shouldn’t get coverage. They need to be shown that the Capital community cares about them just as much and I don’t see why it’s so hard for us to show the losing teams our Eagle PRIDE. On the video announcements, only once a month do they do something for the other sports. I never hear anything about the volleyball games, or the soccer games. They’ll announce when a football game is but they seem to leave out the other sports. I want to know why the other sports don’t seem as important as football. They’re just as great, even though maybe some years they won’t do as well. Could Capital be ashamed of its other sports because they are not doing as well? I would hope not. As a school, we are all one big family, and we need to show it. Show some emotion for the other sports, football is not everything.


Courtney Caudle Sports Editor

Overrated: to rate or appraise too highly; overestimate. Recently, it has been said that our football team is “overrated” and that other sports here at Capital do not get the credit they deserve. This isn’t the case. Our society bases success on winning, not the talent of the individual athletes involved. This is because a team can not win based on one person’s drive. It’s what the players can do overall, together, that counts. With this in mind, what we need to look at is the overall success of our teams. Boys and girls soccer both ended their seasons early in District without the trip to State they’d been hoping for. Volleyball had a similar outcome and the cross

country team only sent three runners to State. These losses and disappointments were hard for our teams and there may not have been enough acknowledgements given to them, but that doesn’t mean that we should hold back the support for our football team now. “We only had fans for a couple home games and I don’t think we got the credit that we should have, but our football team has a reason to be proud. To win, they have to believe they’re going to win and have a positive attitude. That does n’t make them overrated, their record shows it,” said senior volleyball player Taegan Berreman. “I think we get more credit than the other sports because we’re undefeated, and have a chance of going to State. If soccer, or any other sport was undefeated they would get the fame and credit that they deserve too,” said senior football player Levi Dennis. With Eagle pride at an all time high, football has a growing number of fans. Football Foxes and Rowdies show their dedication every Friday as well as many of our students showing their support and enthusiasm in the stands at BSU. And why shouldn’t we? Our team is undefeated so far. 9-0 is something to be proud of. And by no means is 9-0 overrated.




Jesseca Pattee Opinion Editor

You can text a friend when you’ve decided where you want to go to lunch. You can text your mother asking for a ride. You can text your boyfriend or girlfriend a picture that’s less than reputably appealing and possibly be arrested for distributing child pornography. Sexting (a portmanteau of sex and texting) is when sexually explicit messages or photos are sent electronically, primarily between cell phones. In the state of Idaho, sexting can result in charges against creation, possession and distribution of child pornography and crimes against a minor. Should teenagers be prosecuted when their hormones run away with their mobile devices?

“No. What someone does in their own privacy is their choice,” senior Jacob Whitfield said. According to http:// communication. htm, what most people don’t realize is that even if you’re not talking or texting, your phone is constantly sending and receiving information from a cell phone tower through a control channel. When you send your “message”, it must follow this control channel, intercepting with other messages, to get to the telephone tower to the SMSC (smart-mixed signal connectivity), and then to the destination. Now it’s determined that text messages are never private. So why “sext” at all? Is there a legitimate reason for doing it? “I think it’s stupid. It’ll just get you into trouble. Save your naked self for somewhere else,” said junior Rachael Vassion. “I believe it’s taking something good and making it perverted; taking someone’s sense of innocence,” said sophomore Nathan Stark. Our bodies are sacred, don’t let our phones take that away.

Problematic America

Mark Mouser Staff Writer


One Simple Question

How could Capital be more supportive of other sports? “They need more cover a ge. Fans need to know when games are so they can get out there.”

Logan Staudt Sophomore


“It would be cool to have Rowdies and Football Foxes show up for different games.”

Austin Johns Junior

“We could have parties and tailgates to get things pumpin’ before games.”

Samantha Sprague Senior

There are so many things happening these days in the world of politics, but does the press care too much about topics that aren’t newsworthy? One of the major things that is getting in the way is healthcare. This bill should have been passed months ago, if not years ago. But due to misinformation and lies by the media, many Americans now fear “death panels” and “socialism,” which are leading to protests and causing this debate to take up much of our government’s time. The reason all these things can be considered “distractions” is because they aren’t vital setbacks. Because the media turns some of these small snags into preeminent problems, the issues that I consider to be truly pressing seem to be forgotten. These are what I believe are the most dangerous threats this country is facing: First of all, the inevitable climate change becomes less and less deniable as more evidence comes in. Mass

extinctions of many species, possibly including humans, is what many respected scientists are predicting. This is a widely feared situation, and although the whole world faces this complication, America is one of the main sources of this monster’s strength. We are roughly 3% of the world’s population, but we use roughly 25% of its oil. Investing in environmentally safe energy and living more sustainable lifestyles is by far the best thing Americans can do for themselves and the world. Second, most Americans are very unhealthy. The food we eat is full of steroids, hormones, and chemicals. We try to cope with our physical problems by taking prescription drugs, many of which are not positively safe. What we should do is outlaw all food products that contain extremely unhealthy or dangerous substances and encourage healthy dieting. Lastly, America’s economy is so bad that it is hard to find the real source of the problem. I believe that our whole capitalist system is simply broken and needs to be changed. We have corruption on Wall Street and in Washington, our Healthcare is a mess, and this whole buy-in-large mentality that America has is not working. Let us take the European and Canadian example and build a system that actually works without killing the environment and wrecking the economy.

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CHS Flight November 2009 issue