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The Phoenix October 9, 2012
Fremont High School, Issue No. 1
New homecoming, same old spirit? By Steven Canalez
Homecoming is typi‐ cally a topic of excitement for students at Fremont High School. The rallies, the parade, the football game and the dance get students !"#$%&'(%)&*%*+,-%.#/"%,-% $,0#"#1*2 The biggest topic of discussion among students this year isn’t about how ex‐ cited they are for homecom‐ ing, but what they think of all the new changes, which have been implemented for numerous reasons. The biggest, by far, is safety regarding the parade and spirit battles. “We’re trying to be pro‐ active and make new, much more safe traditions before something bad happens, rather than after something
bad happens,” Associated Student Body Adviser Amy Gibson said. In previous years, the homecoming parade has always taken place after school in the surrounding neighborhoods. Students /1$%34/*-%5"46%#/7+%78/--% exit the student parking lot and travel in a rectangular path around Fremont and Hollenbeck avenues, Rem‐ ington Drive and Sunnyvale Saratoga Road. The City of Sunnyvale has limited the parade to 41#%8/1#%45%*"/97%/1$%/% 45‐minute time limit. This minimal space means that students participating in the parade are walking along‐ side moving vehicles, which
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Hot on the (campaign) trail By Janet Lopez
The 2012 election is just around the corner and both students and teachers are waiting for Nov. 5 to hear the big news. Fremont students vary from 14 to 18 years old, which plays a big role in how much an individual may know about this year’s election. This year’s presidential candidate for the Democratic Party is President Barack Obama, who is running for his second term alongside vice president Joe Biden.
Former Massachusetts’ governor Mitt Romney is running with vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan as the Republican candidate. In order to have a better understand‐ ing of both positions, it is important to understand both sides’ views, beliefs and '8/1-%54"%D6#",7/%,5%#8#7*#$%,1*4%497#2% Political platforms for Democrats and E#'&)8,7/1-%/"#%?#".%$,0#"#1*%5"46%#/7+% other and can help you decide where you may stand. Most Democrats who tend to be
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College Fair comes to Fremont By Courtney O’Hanneson
Despite construction zones and limited park‐ ing, Fremont managed to successfully host the annual College Fair and provided eager students the chance to grab knowledge about the possibilities of the future after high school. Fremont made it an experience to remember for all who attended. Right when entering the campus from any entrance, student volunteers, mostly from the AVID program, welcomed guests and handed out bags convenient for carrying any 3.#"-%*/:#1%5"46%7488#;#% representatives. <=*>-%6.%!"-*%*,6#%?48‐ unteering and its fun,” Levi
Torio, sophomore, said. The volunteers, earn‐ ing additional community service hours for participat‐ ing, had also set decorations around school for hours before the start of the fair to lightly decorate the area. @/)8#-%40#",1;%5&"*+#"% information were located for assistance from guidance counselors and other help‐ 5&8%-*/0%6#6)#"-2% Even before the event started, parents, along with their children, stood outside of the big and small gyms waiting for doors to open. A wide array of colleges had been showcased, including private colleges, California state universities, UCs, out of state, international
schools and many others. “I was really under‐ estimating this somewhat, but it turned out great,” a representative from St. John’s University, New York, said. “I’ve already run out of things to hand out and ,*%A/-%$#!1,*#8.%A4"*+%*+#% !?#B+4&"%*",'2C% Goodies, such as pen‐ cils, magnets, water bottles and other small accessories were handed out along with 3.#"-%741-,-*,1;%45%6&7+% information based upon the college. Additionally, repre‐ sentatives were not hesitant at all to converse with stu‐ dents and discuss important aspects of being accepted into college and what the
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Bringing back the bell By Alex Bernauer
On Sept. 21 Fremont beat longtime rival Homestead 33‐32 in an overtime thriller. This game not only showed Fre‐ mont High School football team’s chem‐ istry and resiliency, but also the spirit and unity of Fremont as a whole.
Two weeks prior to the Homestead ;/6#(%*A4%'8/.#"-%A#"#%:,7:#$%40%*+#%*#/6% and one was suspended for one game as a "#-&8*%45%/%*#/6%!;+*2% The Fremont versus Homestead non‐ league football game is important to both schools because of pride. Since Fremont and Homestead are so close to each other,
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Oct. 9, 2012
36,500 Days of Sunnyvale By Kayla Layaoen
After 100 years, the City of Sunnyvale has gone from being mostly encompassed by orchards and farms to becoming a driving force in the Silicon Valley, housing businesses like Yahoo! and Lockheed Martin. !"#$%&'&()*+&,-.$&+/& work here, we did a lot of manufacturing of silicon wafers,” Sunnyvale Council‐ man Jim Davis said. “That was the primary source of a lot of the income here. And now that’s changed, and we’ve become much more oriented towards education and invention.” Davis has spent the most recent 28 years of his life in Sunny‐ vale. “It was much smaller and there were more crimes back then,” Sunnyvale 0/12,$&34,$)&5%+#/%6&7-%2& said. “It’s changed for the better with the schools, and the [people] that have moved in.” Twenty years of Tani’s life were devoted to 8/)92%:&-*&-&;/12,$&/4,$)&2%& the city. On Aug. 25 and 26, this growth, as well as others, was celebrated at the Sunnyvale Centennial celebration. The celebration 92,9$<&/=&82+#&-&+8/>#/?)& parade starting at Fremont High School, the only public high school in the city, and (%2*#2%:&-+&+#$&@?%%6A-1$& Community Center, about a mile‐long walk. A sec‐
Class shirts gain !"#$%& look By Melanie Keegan
“So fresh so clean, so 2013!” “Junior power! Junior power!” “SOPHOMORES!” “…freshmen?” These chants deafen the halls of Fremont and channel into the large gym year after year. They mean one thing: homecom‐ ing. Class‐designed T‐ shirts are always a big part of homecoming week. The spirit, the pride and the friendly competition )$B$,+$<&2%&+#$&,1-**&,/1/)*& <$(%$&+#$&$N,2+2%:&-+./‐ sphere. For two years, each class designed its own T‐shirt and wore it along with other colorful acces‐ sories such as posters, tape, socks, paint, hair dye and headbands. However, this year’s homecoming will be subdued by a change in apparel. Each class will
tion of the California Air National Guard Color Guard led the parade, followed by Mayor Tony Spitaleri in a 1912 Ford Model T. A num‐ ber of groups marched in the parade, from Girl Scout troops (who were celebrat‐ ing 100 years of service as well) to NASA representa‐ tives. Other groups, like West Coast Martial Arts, /;+$<&+/&92,9&-%<&B2;& through the streets instead. Fremont’s own Firebird Marching Band ended the parade with a bang. “We had a bunch of people come out,” Firebird percussionist Abby Duerr said. They cheered us on and they gave us all the spirit to do what we do, and we are proud to represent Fremont.” Once parade goers reached the community center, the festivities con‐ tinued with plenty of 20th century‐themed booths and activities. Spectators could pan for gold, take pictures in a mock 1900s jail cell, participate in a scarecrow making contest, take a hayride along the apple orchards, learn about pre‐anesthesia dentistry, take photos in period attire and enjoy a night of swing dancing. A time capsule was buried into the ground with the memories and belong‐ ings of today’s residents, not to be unearthed for another 100 years. The festivities were a
hit among Sunnyvale’s resi‐ dents. “We only expected about eight hundred to one thousand people to show up, and I’d say about thir‐ teen hundred to fourteen hundred actually came out,” Melinda Hamilton, parade organizer and former Mayor, said. “I would say it was a really great success.” Many Sunnyvale resi‐ dents signed up to volunteer for the parade, either with their schools, clubs and organizations, or of their own accord. “Well, I’ve lived in Sunnyvale almost all my life, and I feel like this is a pretty big event that I wanted to be involved in, to give back to the Sunnyvale community,” Tingyee Chang, a parade volunteer with Homestead High School’s Interact Club, said. Volunteers dealt mostly with the parade itself, guid‐ ing walking groups and directing spectators. “We couldn’t have done it with‐ out them,” Hamilton said of the volunteers. “I feel like it was a great opportunity to build the community. It’s a great way to get everyone to all come together.” Over the course of two years, the city has collected about $76,000 from taxes, grants, and donations in order to pay for the celebra‐ tion. It was, in the most lit‐ eral sense, the festival of the century.
Justin Hawthorne | The Phoenix
COLUMBIA Middle School marching band uniformly await to play another song on their route down Sunnyvale Saratoga Road.
Justin Hawthorne | The Phoenix
!"##$%&'()*+,-./)+0./12)345)61/6789/12)28+:)+;)98/-1).1-</=6789-47)91342*+1939-+4)-4)98/)293;)345) visitor parking lot of Fremont High School before the start of the parade.
If you could spend 10 minutes with any person, dead or alive, who would it be and why? Courtesy of ASB
HOMECOMING shirt design contains the theme of each class and pulls it together as one for the upcoming annual events made by Annabelle van Schravendijk, P.J. Ponciano and Mayer Feldman.
no longer create their own shirts; instead, there will be one central design printed /%+/&E/?)&<2=$)$%+&,/1/)$<& shirts. The design will be decided with a school‐wide contest. “For a while, shirts didn’t make much money and they’re meant to be fun‐ draisers. Last year, only the seniors broke it even — all the other classes lost money on the shirts,” Amy Gibson, Fremont teacher said. Financial reasons play a huge part in the ac‐ tivities that are cut and the events that replace them. Some students forget that T‐shirts do not pop out of thin air. People have to design them, have to get them printed and money needs to be spent to make all of this happen. Gibson thinks that creating one overall design will be far more prudent money‐wise. She also hopes the new T‐ shirt design contest might encourage less‐involved students to enter their designs. She believes that
there are a lot of amaz‐ ing artists hidden among their peers at Fremont and should be given the chance to shine. As for the student population, most have mixed feelings about this year’s homecoming shirts. A few freshmen have voiced disappointment that they will not be able to design their own class T‐shirts, something that they have heard so much about. “I think for freshmen, it’s something special either way, it’s homecoming; full of energy, mad fun, and still equally cool,” Senior Marie Campos said. Some students are rebelling against the change, while /+#$)*&-)$&(%$&82+#&+#$&%$8& idea; they are even able to see the positive side. “I look at it as a good thing because it is a big risk in losing money, and we really ,-%D+&-=/)<&+#-+&+#2*&6$-)IG& Campos said. Although students have argued that these changes are breaking a tradition
that people have enjoyed in the past, class designed shirts are not a tradition, it’s only been present for the past two years. “I think that people will miss having the customized shirts, but the new concept will make the school more united,” Mallory St. George, recent alumni, said. This a crucial idea in celebrating home‐ coming, one that some people stand with and some people will stand against. The T‐shirts have not been taken away and the school 1//9*&E/)8-)<&+/&-&*2.;12($<& and more united homecom‐ ing. True, there are many changes circulat‐ ing through the air for this year’s Homecoming, but “we are leaving an old tradition and starting a new one,” Campos said. Change can be good, successful and wonderful if we let it. De‐ spite the competitiveness in the past and the struggles of this event, at the end of the day, we are all still Fremont.
Lisa Freitas, guidance counselor:&!C6&()*+&+#/?:#+&8-*& someone famous, but you know what? I would love to spend time with my grandmother, who passed away when I was very young. I always knew her as the woman who took care of me, but I want to meet her as a woman. I’ve never had a real conversation with her, and I want to ask her questions about my family history, about what her life was like, about who she is.” Pat Lawson, P.E. teacher: “I don’t want to sound corny, but I would choose to spend time with my mom. She was such a good mother, so strong and happy and healthy. You don’t appreciate it until it’s too late.” Joe Kelly, band director and music theory teacher: “If it were right now? My dad. We weren’t close. I want to tell him, look at what I’m doing now! I want to ask him 8#6&8$&<2<%D+&.-9$&./)$&/E&-%&$=/)+&+/&#-A$&-&+8/>*2<$<& )$1-+2/%*#2;F&7#$)$&2*&-&A/2<&'&8-%+&+/&(11FG& Tammy Tai, senior:&!@-116&H2<$I&+#$&()*+&8/.-%&2%&*;-,$F& J?+&#$)&-,,/.;12*#.$%+*&*#/?1<%D+&K$&<$(%$<&K6&+#2*& L&+#$6&*#/?1<&K$&<$(%$<&K6&#$)&-,,/.;12*#.$%+*&-*&-& woman. When people interviewed her, she would answer, ‘You wouldn’t be asking me these questions if I were a man!’ She was a bad‐ass feminist.” Gabriel Vareles, junior: “Walt Disney, because I love Disney.” Ryan Pugh, sophomore: “My great‐great grandfather, so +#-+&'&,-%&(%<&/?+&./)$&-K/?+&.6&#$)2+-:$F&M2*&;-*+&2*&.6& past.” Priyanka Kulkarni, freshman: “Someone from the 1950s, because it would be really cool to meet someone from that time, just to see what it was like. It would be cool to hear -K/?+&12E$&2%&+#$&;-*+I&-K/?+&#/8&2+&8-*&<2=$)$%+&82+#/?+&-11& the technology we have today.”
Oct. 9, 2012
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1279 Sunnyvale Saratoga Rd. Room 153 Sunnyvale, CA 94087 (408) 522‐2422 firstname.lastname@example.org Managing Editor Courtney O’Hanneson News Editor Steven Canalez Sports Editor Alex Bernauer Arts and Entertainment Editor Parisa Ayoubi Lead Photographer Priya Lee Business Manager Justin Hawthorne Courtney O’Hanneson | The Phoenix
FRESHMEN start their daily stretch in preparation for their seventh block volleyball P.E. tournament with Ms. Pat Lawson.
Fresh prespective on Fremont
Ninth-graders arrive with mixed feelings, searching for purpose By Katelyn Beck
They’re new. They’re purple. They’re class of 2016. There’s a whole new group of freshmen being added to the Fremont community this year. Since they are new, their views of the school are the most crucial, as well as how they’re going to con‐ tribute to this school. High school is com‐ 0/(-(/9&6#)("(,-&-3%,& middle school, but some freshmen transition well. “It’s not as scary as I thought,” Vincent Fateh, said. “People talk about bul‐ /#(*&%,6&-"9#,>&-+&C-&#,&21-&#-& hasn’t been too hard for me. Since I have an older broth‐ er who’s a senior, he sort of prepared me for Fremont. I feel like I’ve been here a mil‐ lion times already.” It isn’t unusual for siblings to attend the same high schools so having that type of guidance while jumping into a whole new environment certainly helps *+<(+,(&C-&#,&%,6&1,6("‐ stand what the school is actually about. But others have to go in it alone “I felt scared because it’s a huge campus and I’m not used to being the smallest person,” Rasika Kale said. Coming to a new school can certainly be terrifying and with Fremont having a large campus, it can be easy to get lost. On the bright side, once someone has been here for a few years, it becomes easier. “I felt a little odd about coming to Fremont because almost everyone from my middle school (Lawson) went to Cupertino or Monta Vista High School,” Mat‐ thew Hammers, said. The fact that some of students’ friends wouldn’t be attending the same high school can cause people to either be more outgoing to create new friends or to keep to themselves. Being %&,(.&*-16(,-&-+&%&6#)("(,-& school can produce several 6#)("(,-&(<+-#+,*5&(*0(‐
cially when that new school excited people were.” is a high school. At Fremont, a lot of “I felt nervous because the students like to show it would be a new start,” up and try to out‐shout all Joshua Alvarez said. the other classes to try and New starts can be prove which class has the tough but the good thing most pride. about them is that it is a Fremont tries to get clean slate. Students can everyone to be treated equal discover who and for they are on students not a whole new to be judged !"#$$%"&'(&"!"'()$" level and by others for #*+(%%,"#-.+/"("0%(1$" meet new who they are. !"1(+"2$%-+3"&-4 people. A few of the As the clubs that freshman Matthew Hammers eighth week help enforce of school these are approaches, these new stu‐ the Gay‐Straight Alliance dents become acquainted (GSA), Peer Counseling, and with their schedules, course n be themselves and not load and their surroundings. be directly judged and now “I feel more comfort‐ -3%-&E&*((&%//&-3(&6#)("(,-& able because I know the super cool personalities, I’m place,” Kale said. interested to see what other Once someone is famil‐ activities and clubs Fremont iar with their surroundings, variety has to show me,” all nerves fade away, like Jones said. Kale experienced. Now that they are “Now that I am at Fre‐ in their second month of mont High School, I’m even school and the Back to more excited,” Allocianna School dance and rally have Jones said. “I’m a lot more passed, what else are the myself and enjoying all the freshmen looking forward new people to meet.” -+&#,&-3(#"&C"*-&9(%"&%-&;"(‐ DE&4((/&-3%-&E&3%B(&C,%//9& mont High School? found a place I can belong “Rallies because they’re to,” Hammers said. “I have very exciting,” Kale said. triple the friends I had Others are eager to at Lawson and also more learn. amazing teachers.” “I’m looking forward to One of the perks of learning more and reading high school is meeting all more books,” Alvarez said. 6#)("(,-&-90(*&+4&0(+0/(& But, most of all, it’s and seeing how they con‐ about the connection. nect. Making new friends is “I’m just mainly look‐ a common way to enhance ing forward to meeting new your high school experi‐ people,” Fateh said. “Most of (,8(@&E-&%/*+&2(,(C-*&.3(,& <9&4"#(,6*&.(,-&-+&%&6#)("‐ the teachers are willing to ent high school so it should help their students succeed be fun meeting new people.” while also creating those Going to clubs, joining student‐teacher bonds to sports and attending the help make the students feel games are good ways to go comfortable. out and meet new people Since schools have their and make new friends. own programs, classes and Overall, Fremont has the other activities, there are activities and clubs to help -+,*&+4&6#)("(,-&-3#,>*&-3%-& get students involved and freshmen should like about C,6&%&0/%8(&-3%-&-3(9&2(/+,>& Fremont. to. Fremont is all about “I love the spirit at this participating in the school school,” Fateh said. “I went activities and going to the to the rally, which is the school games to show that second one I’ve been to, Fremont has pride. and I enjoyed how loud and “I’m already on the JV
volleyball team and excited for Track and Field,” Jones *%#6@&DE&.#//&6(C,#-(/9&-"9&-+& attend every football game. I’m a huge ‘jock’ and love sports.” Besides sports, there are other ways to get in‐ volved. “Besides DECA, I plan to participate in Speech and Debate Club, and Voce an a cappella group started by the choir teacher Mr. How‐ ard,” Hammers said. “Also, I plan to see some of the plays being put on by advanced drama and go the numerous dances with my friends.” The advanced drama class is full of kids who have the passion of acting or be‐ ing a part of the theatre in general, like the stagecraft crew. The drama depart‐ ment works their hardest to put on plays for the whole Fremont community so look forward to seeing their skills whenever they put on a play. Another thing that is important to Fremont is how the students give to the school. Even though the freshmen are new to the school, they already have ideas on how they’re going to contribute. “I am going to try to do a lot of volunteering,” Fateh said. “Hopefully some good volunteering opportunities will show up later in the school year.” F&.%9&-+&C,6&+1-&.3%-& -3(&*83++/&3%*&-+&+)("&4+"& volunteer options is to see Ms. Villagomez in the library at the Career Center, who specializes in helping students with volunteer opportunities and getting them prepared for college. Adding your own personal style to the school contributes to making the school more diverse as well as exciting for some students. “I am going to contrib‐ ute to this school by adding a little bit of me,” Jones said. “I’m outgoing and fun to know. I want to leave a gigantic footprint in any way possible.”
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Homecoming: Creating traditions for tomorrow Continued from page 1 can be highly dangerous. The minimal time that is given means that the pace of the parade needs to be quick in order to complete the approximately two and a half mile long route. The limited time frame causes students to go from a stroll to a sprint at random points in the parade in order to make up for lost time. As an alternative, a new style of parade has been introduced and will be imple‐ mented this school year. Rather than pa‐ rading around the neighborhood, students !"#$%&!'$()**$(!*+$&,-./0,./&$&,1$%2,..*$ campus. Homecoming Court will ride in a rickshaw, a two‐passenger cart, pulled by %&!'$)"%&1!#$.3$&,1$&-!#)&)."!*$4.-#$5,/"‐ derbirds. There will be four rickshaws for each individual class to decorate. Another major change is the introduc‐ tion of a new uniform class shirt instead of independent shirts for each class. Shirts will all have the same design, but will be in the respective color of the four classes. This new idea was put into action in order to 6!+1$!$7-.8&$3-.6$&,1$%,)-&%9$-!&,1-$&,!"$ lose money. “Last year, only one class made as much money as they spent,” Gibson said. “This year we plan on making a pretty #121"&$7-.8&:; Homecoming shirts proved to be a huge loss and only the senior class earned as much money as they had spent. Making money out of the shirts is highly important <12!/%1$7-.8&%$#)-12&*=$!'12&$>/").-$!"#$ Senior proms. Venues must be reserved early and if there is not enough money, a less than desirable venue may be the only option.
4./-$%17!-!&1$%,)-&%$61!"%$3./-$%17!‐ rate orders, which means a larger price per order. With the new idea, there will only be one bulk order, which will be much less expensive. “I think it’s a good idea to make the %2,..*$6.-1$/")81#9;$>!"%1"$?%&-!#!9$%1‐ nior, said. “But I still wanted custom shirts for my senior year.” Custom shirts were eliminated in order to avoid huge losses of money and to promote class unity, but some students are not happy about the change. Wall painting, spirit week, the rally, the football game and, of course, the dance will still reel in students. 5,1-1$!-1$%1@1-!*$%&/#1"&%$(,.$8"#$ these changes to be positive and continue look forward to homecoming. “I’m still excited for homecoming,” Omri Levia, junior, said. “The changes don’t matter to me, it’s still going to be fun.” Students are particularly excited for both the class and homecoming rallies. “I like it,” Bradley Parent, junior, said. “I’m pumped for the rally and it’s going to be super.” Homecoming will remain a reason for students to get excited and show their school spirit. Students have a chance to be 7!-&$.3$!$"1($4-16."&$A)0,$B2,..*$&-!#)‐ tion. “It’s up to the students to make it a great new tradition,” Gibson said. The festivities began on Oct. 2 with wall paintings and will end with the homecoming football game and dance on Oct. 26.
Election: Students, staff weigh in Continued from page 1
liberal believe in gay rights and marriage equal‐ ity. They believe every woman should have the right to choose whether to have an abortion and have birth control avail‐ able. They also believe in creating clean energy and caring for the environ‐ 61"&:$?2.".6)2!**=9$6.%&$ Democrats want to cut spending on defense and raise taxes on those who make more than $250,000 per year. Republicans tend to be conservatives and don’t support gay rights. Most are pro‐life and are in favor of little or no forms of birth control. Lastly, Republi‐ cans want to increase the amount of spending going toward defense and cut everybody’s taxes. Amra Sivic, a junior at 4-16."&9$%,!-1#$&,!&$%,1$ is not very involved in this year’s election due to her age. However, she does care and is interested to see who wins. “Romney is doing the same thing that Bush did,” Sivic said. She notices that Obama wants to create more jobs, which she sup‐ ports. “I would vote for Obama if I could vote and believe that he will win, because he cares more about the people and the /"167*.=1#9;$5)'!")1$ Snider, junior, said. She is not very involved in this year’s campaign also due to her age, but does have
concerns for who wins the election and would like to know more about Romney’s background. Keith Martinez, sophomore, is not involved in the election. He only knows Obama is president and predicts he will win, because being president al‐ ready increases his chances. Martinez admitted to not even knowing the name of the Republican candidate. “I don’t really want to
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know anything about the election because I don’t re‐ ally care,” Martinez said. On the contrary there are some students who care very much. “Whoever wins could !'12&$6=$2.**101$&/)&)."9$ future health care and plays a large role in the educational system,” Terry Huynh, senior, said. If Huynh could vote, he’d go for Libertarian can‐ #)#!&19$I!-=$>.,"%.":$ “I have Libertarian ideas like small govern‐ 61"&$!"#$>.,"%."$,!%$ both Democratic and Republican ideas,” Huynh said. He still thinks Obama is going to win, because
Obama has a stronger campaign compared to Romney. Ari Rangel, senior, is eligible to vote this year. He will turn 18 this month and is more interested this year because he will <1$!<*1$&.$@.&1$3.-$&,1$8-%&$ time. “I like the way things are and I don’t want much to change,” Rangel said. Whichever candidate is chosen will not only af‐ fect the education system, but also every student, &1!2,1-$!"#$%&!'$616<1-$ !&$4-16."&:$ History teacher Brian Irvine is the adviser of the Young Democratic Social‐ )%&$F*/<$!&$4-16."&:$A1$ said he’s not as involved in this year’s election as he was four years ago when he joined a phone bank to convince others to vote for Obama. “I enjoy the secret ballot,” Irvine said. He later admitted that he will #18")&1*=$@.&1$3.-$J<!6!:$ The best advice he 2./*#$0)@1$&.$!**$8-%&K&)61$ @.&1-%$!&$4AB$)%$&.$-1%1!-2,$ both candidates for unbi‐ ased information. Irvine recommends www.polit‐ 3!2&:2.6$&.$8"#$./&$(,!&$ ()**$!'12&$=./$&,1$6.%&$!"#$ whose policies and ideas you most believe in. Most importantly, to know that all politi‐ cians lie and it is very easy to be fooled. “Pick the candidate who is lying the least,” Irvine said.
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A representative from Sierra Nevada College provides two parents with key information.
Fair: Picking the perfect match for you Continued from page 1 lifestyle would be like. “The overall experience is pretty good,” Raechel Chen, junior, said. “It gives a chance to look at academics so we can be a part of it.” Not only did students enjoy it, but so did parents who chose to accompany their children in this educa‐ tional event. Being able to become involved with not only them but also the col‐ leges themselves gave reas‐ surance and more direction to wherever they choose to send their kids after high school takes its end. “It was so much more than I had expected,” Sean O’Keefe said. “They could have extended it a bit more though to make more room for everything.” Parents thought it was good to have this take place, but the fair did have its downsides. Minor com‐ plaints were mainly focused upon the spacing and gym temperatures. Having such
a compacted space with al‐ most 90 schools had people constantly fanning them‐ selves, but that didn’t push them to leave. “I’m really glad I’m here,” Maia Goodman, ?"0*)%,$&1!2,1-9$%!)#:$CD1E-1$ at the edge of the district, so kids go out for it and 4-16."&$%&/#1"&%$!-1$6.-1$ willing to attend, because it’s right on campus.” College fairs have regularly been hosted by A.61%&1!#9$</&$4-16."&$ did also have a go at it dur‐ ing the 2009–2010 school year. It was a quick walk during lunch through the overly crowded large gym of much fewer schools. No one truly had a chance to explore the schools. “That attempt at a fair was horrible freshman year and seriously just wasted my entire lunch,” Melchor Bongato, senior, said. Students and parents
from other schools, such as Monta Vista, Homestead and Lynbrook, seemed to list no complaints about 4-16."&$,.%&)"0$&,)%$=1!-E%$ fair, because they couldn’t 8"#$!"=&,)"0$(-."0$()&,$)&:$ “I admire how the many colleges really came together and reached out to us personally rather than via email or other forms of communication not in person,” a Lynbrook student said. Although there are typically low expectations 3.-$4-16."&9$&,1$F.**101$ 4!)-$(!%$1G12/&1#$)"$!"$ effective way for all mem‐ bers of the high school families within the area. It proved to the district that despite all other negative -121"&$!2&)@)&=9$4-16."&$)%$ capable of doing some‐ thing big within the com‐ munity and being a leader among the other schools )"$&,1$4-16."&$H")."$ High School District.
Football: Sweet, sweet victory Continued from page 1 many of the students from both schools know each other. This creates compe‐ &)&)."$."$!"#$.'$&,1$81*#: Going into the game, Homestead had the mo‐ mentum because of its ,.61$81*#$!#@!"&!019$</&$ also because last year they (."$LMKN$.@1-$4-16."&:$ Last year’s blowout made 4-16."&$,/"0-=$3.-$-1‐ venge. “The atmosphere at the game was awesome” Mason McCloskey, junior, said. “It was the most exciting game I have ever been to.” H%/!**=$,)0,$%2,..*$ football games are social events and the game is just elevator music to the crowd. O/&$(,1"$4-16."&$7*!=%$ Homestead it’s a community event and everyone pays attention There were highs, such as Keenan Smith’s 92‐ yard touchdown run and there were low’s, such as Ricky Teo’s interception in the fourth quarter. But what remained constant through‐ out the game were the 4-16."&$3!"%E$1"&,/%)!%6$ and cheering. “The atmosphere we were able to create away
3-.6$./-$,.61$81*#$(!%$ !6!P)"09;$>!"%1"$?%&-!#!9$ senior, said. 5,1$4-16."&$3!"%$ enthusiasm demonstrated &,1$%7)-)&$.3$4-16."&$A)0,$ School. They were jump‐ ing around, screaming and ,)0,K8@)"0$1@1-=."1$)"$ their section because they were proud of their team and their school. The game was won on a gutsy call by coach Ron DeMonner to go for the two‐point conversion in overtime. “We have practiced that play so many times in practice, I knew it was going to work out,” Ricky Teo, junior, said. Q3&1-$4-16."&$(."$ the game the excitement in the stands was so high that
students couldn’t help but %&.-6$&,1$81*#:$ “It was a lot of fun and I think it meant a lot to the football play‐ ers who worked so hard to defend our school and bring the bell back to 4-16."&:;R!-)1$F!67.%9$ senior, said. 5,1$*!%&$&)61$4-1‐ mont won the bell was in 2009. The passing of the bell started in 1985, and represents more than just a victory; it represents school pride. 4.-$".(9$&,1$<1**$-1%&%$ in the main office as a reminder of the victory. It will be up to next year’s team to defend the title and keep the bell ringing 3.-$4-16."&:
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Phoenix rises from ashes, ignites news passion By Editorial Staff
he Phoenix has been absent from the Fremont High School campus for almost three years, but it has risen from the ashes for the 2012‐2013 school year to provide a voice for the student body. Three years ago, pro‐ duction of the newspaper was canceled for numer‐ !"#$%"&#'()*+)%,(-#!&#.% Protests put on by students followed the cancellation, but since then, things have been quiet. Losing The Phoenix made Fremont the only school in the Fremont Union High School District without a newspaper. Fol‐ lowing this loss, it managed to receive regional coverage from several news sites, but there still seemed to be no hope in bringing it back. After all drama related to the paper had simmered down, Fremont seemed to have quickly forgotten about producing one in the past. Never did we hear anything being spoken along the lines of journalism or a school newspaper. Out of the ordinary, Breanne Hubbard, former journalist, was hired onto /0(%1,(2!&/%#/-3.%40(% began something that could bring us back to the past, only in a better fashion. By starting from the roots of journalism, Hubbard taught the class that got many un‐ familiar faces involved into the newspaper program.
When this new applied academics class Writing for Publication was intro‐ duced during the 2011‐2012 year, none of the Phoenix #/-3%2(25(,#%6&(7%0!7% valuable the course would be for their futures. Being a preliminary class designed to teach students about newspaper and magazine style writing, it unexpect‐ edly prepared us to become part of the newswriting #/-3.% Unfortunately, Writing for Publication became one !8%/0!#(%+99(,%)9-##(#%/0-/% students got placed into as a last resort. This was the case for several students, where some were assigned to the )9-##%/!%#*2'9:%8"9+99%-%#*;/0% block opening. Others tried to drop the class after being placed and did nothing besides dread entering that classroom door through‐ !"/%/0(%+,#/%#(<(,-9%7((6#.% Although these students did not sign up or wish to be in the class, many took a strong liking to it by the end of the school year. Only a minority of the class had moved on to the following journalism class. =<(&%#!$%/0(%#/-3%2-&‐ aged to reel in more new members than had initially been expected. Flyers were made by the Writing for Publication students with their personal experiences, opinions and descriptions of the class. They were handed out with a further in‐depth explanation of the course by Hubbard during elective
nights for freshmen and at lunch for current students. Before the cancellation of the program at Fremont, The Phoenix had been writ‐ ten almost if students were being forced into writing for the newspaper rather than enjoying the task of being a writer. The lack of desire to be a part of the newspaper led to the cancellation of The Phoenix. In contrast, students of the previous year’s publica‐ tion class soon became fond of the news writing style. >/%/-6(#%!&%?*3(,(&/%#/:9(#%
Ask Esteban Q: How do you survive high school? A: Go outside of your com‐ fort zone, accept change and focus on your studies. Know that there will be plenty of drama and relationship ',!59(2#%C!-/*&@%-,!"&?$% 5"/%?!&B/%9(/%*/%-3()/%:!"$% because there’s an entire future ahead of you. Be yourself and make friends, but don’t be afraid to lose people along the way. Q: What should I do if a zombie apocalypse happens? A: Nothing. You’re screwed. Q: !"#$%&'()#*+,#-''(#.&%/‐ ing with this girl I like and he already knows I like her. I don’t know what to do. A:%>8%0(%#/-,/(?%C*,/*&@% with her before you, then you clearly didn’t like her enough to approach her +,#/.%=*/0(,%@-*&%#!2(% )!&+?(&)(%-&?%/(99%0(,%0!7% :!"%8((9%!,%+&?%-&!/0(,%@*,9% /!%8-99%8!,%/0-/%:!",%C*,/:D friend has no contact with. Q: Why do other schools think we are not equal and are ghetto? A: In the past, Fremont was basically the destina‐ /*!&%8!,%+@0/*&@$%70(,(% even students from other
schools would come here. Plus, we still make it seem that way. Alcohol poison‐ ing on campus, constant marijuana scent in every bathroom and teammates beating each other up? Go Fremont. Q: How can you stop being so insecure about yourself? A: No one is perfect and ev‐ eryone has insecurities. Ac‐ )('/%:!",%C-7#%-&?%9(-,&%/!% 5(%+&(%7*/0%5(*&@%/0(%7-:% :!"%-,(.%>8%:!"B,(%)!&+?(&/% in your own body, other people will notice and will adore you for who you are. Q: How can you relieve stress for everyday life? A: Find something you can do on your own that forces you to get rid of all of your tension and let it all out, whether it be a sport or sim‐ ply punching a pillow. Take a moment each day to stop, take a deep breath and don’t dwell on what’s wrong. Q: Advice for keeping straight A’s. A: Have habits where you complete and keep up with all class assignments. As much as you will be inclined to procrastinate, don’t. Study in places where you
can fully retain the informa‐ tion you need to know. Take courses you know you can pass or challenge yourself and work even harder. Q: So I have a problem with a certain person. We aren’t talking anymore and our lockers are next to each other and it’s awkward. What should do I do? A: Talk to them. Be the bigger person and resolve :!",%)!&C*)/%!,%(9#(%:!"B,(% going to have to avoid them and continue to have the same locker issue for the remainder of the year. Q: My dad has this new girlfriend. They’ve been dat‐ ing for four months and he’s been buying all of her kid’s ,/012#3'#-405*/#*'%#)+05*‐ ter softball equipment and he wouldn’t buy me anything for softball last year, so I couldn’t play. Is this a stupid reason to be upset? A: It’s a very logical reason to be upset. Feeling ne‐ glected by your own parent is one of the worst feelings to have. Talk to him and let him know what’s going through your mind. You’ll both be able to see where each of you are coming from in the situation.
and aspects of subjects that don’t mimic the essay writ‐ ing done in English classes. Being able to write freely 5-#(?%!&%-%#'()*+)%/!'*)% reeled us in to continue to have the desire to write for the paper. Additionally, there was the idea that we would be the foundation of start‐ ing something back up again. People, including ourselves, will remember us as the ones who took on a huge challenge to improve something for the future generations of
Fremont. Some people gener‐ ally lack the ability to be a leader, which is why being *&)9"?(?%*&%/0(%#/-3%*#%-%5*@% part of student leadership. Although our environment only consists of a small number of students, togeth‐ er we each are in charge of something that is portrayed to the bigger audience‐‐the entire school. That is why all 18 stu‐ dents on the 2012‐2013 Phoe‐ nix%#/-3%)0!#(%/!%5(%-%'-,/%!8% the newspaper. We all want to be a part of something
that gives a voice to even those who can’t speak for themselves. Having a so‐ called “voice” in high school is especially important, because students want to be heard and feel a part of something. The main goal of this newspaper is to not only pro‐ vide pleasure for the readers, but also to give the Fremont High School student body a voice. We intend to unite /0(%#/"?(&/#$%#/-3%-&?%(&/*,(% school with the creation of The Phoenix and do some‐ thing bigger for the school.
Degrading D’s to failure By Justin Hawthorne
ow would you feel if you earned a 60 percent or higher in a class, only to get an F on your transcript? Many schools are starting to get rid of D’s and give students who earn a D in their class an F. They say that students shouldn’t want to receive a D because they should strive to do better. Another reason that they want to get rid of D’s is because colleges do not accept D’s, and taking sum‐ mer school to earn a higher grade isn’t an option for a D. A!%+;%/0*#$%#/"?(&/#%@(/%1B#% and get to make up the class in summer school. Everyone wins, right? Wrong. Many people who are for the no D policy believe that students should have to work harder or put more (3!,/%*&$%&!/%/-6*&@%*&/!% account their family and personal life. In this genera‐ tion, students have to deal with divorce, abuse, death, -??*)/*!&#%-&?%+&-&)*-9% problems. It’s impressive that many are even going to school. In reality, these are /0(%!&(#%70!%-,(%-3()/(?%5:%
!"#$%&'(#)*%+,-.$% $./$.%'/%&,&.0%123%#3% #$%+'0.%'4%"#/50,/).% 3",/%".(&6 the policy, not the students who are planning on getting into Stanford right out of high school (those high‐ achievers probably have all A’s). Supporters of this policy assume that everyone wants to go straight into a four‐year college directly out of high school. This isn’t the case for some students, and their goal is just to graduate and get out of high school. These students will prob‐ ably take the community college route. The no D policy puts many students in jeop‐ ardy of graduating. It also discourages students, and could possibly push them
over the edge to just drop out. High school students are already dropping out at an alarming rate. Have you checked Fremont’s dropout rate lately? I have been a victim of the no D policy. Some sub‐ jects are just not my strong suit; it’s not that I wasn’t /,:*&@%!,%9-)6%!8%(3!,/$%5"/% everyone has a class they aren’t the best in. I ended up with a high D in that class, almost a C. But a D is a D – well, in this case, an F. Now I have to make up that class in night school on top of all of my other classes. I don’t want to go to a four‐year college right away; I just want to get my diploma. Now, I have to work twice as hard because I didn’t receive the grade that I worked for. This policy makes sense on paper but it is more of hindrance than help. We need to take a closer look at this policy. Is it good for all students? It would be better to give students who are just trying to survive the educational experience a chance to pass classes. Let those who want to jump in the four‐year col‐ 9(@(%'!!9%+@0/%!<(,%#'-)(%*&% night school.
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FROM the left, class of 2016, marching band and the class of 2015 show their class spirit at the Back to School rally on Aug. 24.
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FREMONT High School’s choir sings for parents during Back to School Night.
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After a summer of freedom, students return to Fremont with a variety of welcoming activities. From choir to the award‐winning band, the music program has started the school !"#$%&'%()*+%#%,#-./%0+")$%*#1"-*2%("$"%3)241#!"3%#*%*+"%5#67%*&%86+&&1%$#11!9%5#67%*&%86+&&1% :).+*%#-3%&*+"$%";"-*2/%0&%2<$;);"%*+"%$"=#)-3"$%&>%*+"%26&$6+)-.%2<=="$%3#!29%*+"%?#*"$‐ ="1&-%@<-%#11&("3%#11%4#$*)6)4#-*2%*&%."*%)-%#%A<)67%"B6"$6)2"%#-3%"-C&!%2&="%(#*"$="1&-% ()*+%#%6&&1)-.%2()=%*&%"-3%*+"%";"-)-./%0+"%D1&+#%E#-6"%,$&<.+*%*+"%2<=="$%>""1%,#67% during the school year and a taste of Hawaii right among the ampitheater.
PRINCIPAL Bryan Emmert, right, gives a speech to Fremont parents during Back to School Night in the ampitheater. Ashley Chavez | The Phoenix
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JUNIOR Alexander Hyunh, senior Allen Dinh and senior Katie Luotto play table tennis durning the Back to School barbecue.
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FREMONT High School students dance in the ampitheather during the Back to School Dance.
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Opinion Oct. 9, 2012 Looking through different eyes: Girls and guys 8
A female perspective By Parisa Ayoubi
eople say men are from Mars and women are from Venus, but for high school‐ ers, perspectives can be far more confusing. Why do girls wear makeup? Why do most boys insist on playing a sport and working out to enhance their manly manliness? Why are the ways we dress, !"#$!%&$#!'($)%*+,%",&$-.$ what we see in the media and what seems to be the most desirable? Teenag‐ ers do these things more often compared to other age groups, and it’s because during the teenage years we aim to only impress and express. During a time when everyone wants to please that certain someone or just people in general, physical appearances are becoming increasingly important and essential for two reasons: attracting others and want‐ )%/$#0$1#$)%$2)#3$!$",4#!)%$ image. But sadly, it’s not as easy as it seems. Stereotypes in high school are often examined and followed, and even if you look like a label but don’t fall under the
category, you may very well be judged. I can easily admit that a lot of girls I know are wary of guys when it comes to high school relationships, or lack of, actually. We hate to generalize, but from what we see in the media nowa‐ days, especially the music industry with its derogatory remarks to women, most guys can be pretty intimi‐ dating with how easily they approach girls, as if they could do it in their sleep. Girls are always looking for security from guys in and out of relationships. You might call a girl beautiful a thousand times, but if only once you call her ugly, she’ll never forget it. Boys and girls are two worlds apart, and yet a lot closer than they might seem. I believe that while most guys have the stereo‐ typical “spitter” in them, there has to be a soft side to that hard core. Maybe boys are programmed from child‐ hood to keep up their walls,
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probably even more than girls are, but when it comes to that one important thing in their life that motivates them and keeps them go‐ ing, it’s only human to get emotional. And that’s ok, because some of us, includ‐ ing me, have a mindset that showing emotion is showing weakness. But is it really? When it comes down to it and we really think about the past events in our life that have shaped us to be the people we are now, we see that all of them have been emotion‐ al or emotion‐provoking. Showing emotion connects us to the people we love and the people we might love one day. In the end, it’s all based on whether you think the person of your interest is worth tearing down your walls for, because with risks can some great reward.
Reshape your mindset like this By Ashley Chavez
here will you be a year from now? Four years? Ten? Keep counting, I dare you. Whether we want it to or not, life goes on. With a teenage mindset, we believe the littlest things will result in the end of the world. Sometimes things that aren’t little to us right now will be in the long run. We have our whole lives ahead of us. By only believing in right now, you are depriv‐ ing yourself of an opportu‐ nity to grow. As cheesy as it sounds, it’s the truth. Sometimes things go so wrong, we just want to give up. We don’t want to go on without something we had or something we wanted. It’s understandable; it’s a big deal, right? Not always. As teenagers, we love to make a scene. We take tiny things and turn them into bombs that we drop on everyone around us. We have the power to blow things com‐ pletely out of proportion, but we also have the power of self‐control. Now, it’s OK to be upset. I’m not trying to stop you from that. I’m try‐ ing to stop you from shaping your mindset around the way your life is going at this very moment. I mean, maybe your life is perfect. Maybe, so far it has been a great ride and you want it to be this way for the rest of your life. But, for those of you that have
!"#$%&#'()*#(+%&,#(# -*).%/#*/%&01#,%#023*# .%4*,12/0#*5.*#&-#"%)# ,1*46#,1*$#.1%&57#'()*# */%&01#(+%&,#$%&#,%# /%,#5*,#$%&8 ever felt like you couldn’t carry on, you can. I promise you there is something great waiting for you, you just 3!5,$#0$1%&$)#6$708,#)8,9$ good things end so that oth‐ ers can begin. When it comes to something like a friendship, it’s important to keep in mind that not every one of them is going to work out. Letting go of someone or something is always hard, and we’ve all done it. It might seem like the worst‐ case scenario, but it might actually be for the best. As painful as it might be to admit it, it is better to let go. If someone is keep‐ ing you from doing what you want to do with your life, then you have a little rethinking to do. If you care about a person enough to give something else up for them, they should care enough about you to not
let you. Don’t ever allow someone to tie you down. It 2)''$%,5,4$:!.$0;6$ I learned the hard way that being tied down can damage you in more ways than letting go can. I lost my best friend when enter‐ ing high school because we -0#3$-,"!8,$9+"3$&);,4,%#$ people that we just weren’t compatible anymore. It seemed as though the only reason we were friends was because we had history together. It was hard to call ourselves best friends, when the only reason we were was because we felt obligated to be. As hard as it was, we had to let go. I don’t regret it; I might have just gone about it &);,4,%#'.6$<%$4,#409:,"#=$)#$ taught me a lot. I learned my lesson well enough then, that I can be telling you this now. In life, there are going to be people that try to bring you down in more ways than one. You just have to be wise enough to never let them. Remember there are always going to be bigger things, and better opportu‐ nities. It might be a struggle #0$1%&$#3,8$04$)#$8)/3#$ come easily to you. Whatev‐ er it is or whoever it’s with, reshape your mindset like this. You have your whole life ahead of you. Anybody or anything that stops you now, is a god‐given sign to reshape what’s important and prevent it from stop‐ ping you in what matters, your future.
A male way of viewing it By Ruben De La Cerda
irls are constant‐ ly complain‐ ing about how there’s no good guys left, but what about them? When it comes to girls at Fremont, most of them can’t be taken seriously. I mean, have you seen how most girls dress nowadays? They wear low‐cut shirts and tight booty shorts, 9302)%/$0;$!$/00&$!80+%#$ of skin and they’re hypo‐ critical, because they wear revealing clothes and expect you not to look. And when you do, they get mad at you. How I see it, girls now‐ adays just want a two‐week relationship or some quick action with a guy. Most of
91*.*#02)5.6#%)#(.#!#52:*# ,%#'(55#,1*46#,1*#)()*# +)**76#()*#5%%:2/0#"%)# .%4*,12/0#4%)*#,1(/# ,;%#;**:.8 these girls don’t care about your manners or personali‐ ty; those things are dead. It’s all about how you dress and your popularity by keeping up with the modern‐day trend. Girls go for guys who wear snapbacks, have big hair, and overuse “YOLO” and “swag” because that’s what’s “in” right now. Honestly, I don’t see what they see in these guys. Girls and guys in this case both look stupid. As long as you have those characteristics, you don’t even have to try. The sad thing is, these girls are so foolish; they don’t see that most of these guys are jerks who treat them badly and end up dumping them sooner than later. The worst part is that for some reason, these girls still go back to
them instead of going for a guy who cares for them and treats them right. These girls don’t care about you; they care about what’s new and popular. Even with that being said, I don’t think that all the girls here are as gull‐ ible as the ones previously described. Here at Fremont, there are some girls who care about your person‐ ality and how you act. I view them as smarter and more sophisticated women because they take the time to see the inner you. It’s like the old days where men ac‐ tually had to put in work to make a girl his rather than giving herself up to him. These girls, or as I like to call them, the rare breed, are looking for something more than just two weeks. They want to go out there and explore their choices and meet new people. These girls appreciate every loosely‐based joke, every last petal on a rose you give them. They appreciate and consider the time you invest in them. That’s a real woman. Unfortunately, a lot of the girls at Fremont have lost their values and have high expectations, but I still have hope that there are some decent ones here that want to get to know you and enjoy your company.
Good athletes, bad grades By Priya Lee
ith great talent comes great responsibility. There are many exceptional athletes at Fremont High School, but in order to play a school sport, students need to be responsible and keep their grades up. It’s disappointing to see how athletes can’t be involved in something they worked so hard for just because their grades don’t make the cut. However, it’s the athletes’ fault that they have been restricted. When trying out for any sport, you know exactly what is expected of you. The Athletic Code of Conduct even states that every student enrolled in an extracurricular activity needs to maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average to participate. However, how well is this rule enforced? If we checked every “eligible” athlete’s grade would they meet the standards set by the school? Coaches letting athletes play when their academics aren’t up to par may be contributing to their grades slipping up. When a coach says that it’s OK if you’re ineligible, you can play anyway, it sends out a message to the players that you don’t need grades to play on a team. If one applies themselves and tries in school, it is possible to do anything. It is known by the student body that athletes have brought their grades up to play sports, so it is achievable. There’s really no excuse for ineligible athletes to be sitting on the bench while the game is going on. Some of Fremont’s best players are typically the ones that aren’t allowed to play. If certain athletes were eligible, then we’d have a better chance of winning. With Fremont having a reputation of
being the underdogs, we shouldn’t give other schools more of a reason to continue to think so. When rivals spot ineligible athletes sitting on the bench, they might think poorly of us or believe that they have a better chance of getting an
easy victory. Due to the fact that these are school sports, it’s only reasonable that there’s an academic aspect to them. You can’t go to school and focus only on sports, because academics don’t revolve around extracurricular activities. Getting an ,&+"!#)0%$930+'&$-,$#3,$149#$:4)04)#.$!%&$ everything else can be something you do on your free time. If an athlete can’t balance school and sports, then maybe they shouldn’t have become involved or be on the team to begin with. If you’re on a sports team and are trying to get your grades up, maybe you should take a step back. You can take a break from your sport for a week or two and use that practice time to get caught up on schoolwork. You can go to Students For Success where there are people to help you with schoolwork, ask your teachers for extra help or make up assignments. No one is going to deny you help because we’re all rooting for you to succeed. If you don’t want your academic weaknesses to prevent you from practicing and doing what you love, think about club sports. Although they can be costly, they allow you to pursue the sport of your choice without needing the grades to play. Next time you see a sporting event at school, cheer for your team. Athletes not only have the talent to play their sport, but also portray the dedication to get good grades too.
Oct. 9, 2012
Ghostly gatherings, ancient traditions By Tali Perelman
Witches, vampires, ghosts and tiny princesses. Orange and black. Pump‐ kins radiating light. It is highly likely that every single person read‐ ing those words immedi‐ ately thought of the same holiday: Halloween. This dark celebration dates back thousands of years, borrowing traditions from B,-<#70C&<&"$#B&5$0?)(5:#D%&# Roman Feralia Festival commemorated the dead, the Roman Pomona Festival honored the goddess of fruit and trees, the Celtic Samuin Festival celebrated sum‐ mer’s end, and the Catholic Hallowmas period of All Souls’ Day and All Saints Day was instigated by the church to eliminate the Celtic Samuin Festival. The tradition of trick‐ or‐treating has ancient origins as well. This custom evolved from the practice of souling, a pagan ritual prac‐ ticed across Europe as early as the 10th century. On All Souls’ Day, the poor would go door to door asking for gifts of food. In return, these early trick‐or‐treaters promised to pray for the de‐ parted. This is still common in many Catholic countries, particularly Ireland, where soul‐cakes are left outside for the dead. The tradition evolved over the years to become the modern Halloween of today, during which it’s increas‐ ingly common to go door to door, asking for candy. In 2005, the National Confec‐ tioners Association reported that 93 percent of children, teenagers and young adults planned to go trick‐or‐treat‐ ing or to participate in other Halloween activities. But at what age are stu‐ dents too old to trick‐or‐treat? At Fremont High School, one can see an enormous discrepancy in opinions. While 90 per‐
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cent of students surveyed said trick‐or‐treat‐ ing is appro‐ priate all the way through high school and up to college, adults $%0"4#E-0$FC&<&"$(*:# According to 40 percent of adults surveyed at Fremont, students should not trick‐ or‐treat past elementary school. “You’re too old,” math teacher David Heinke said. “Buy your own candy.” Heinke added that stu‐ dents of this age put minimal &C,<$#0"$,#$%&0<#9,5$-1&5:# “Kids just put on a hat and call it a costume,” he said. Principal Brian Em‐ mert agreed that it is a fun opportunity to get out, but ,"(*#0B#5$-7&"$5#'-$#&C,<$# into the costume. “As long as students are behaving themselves,” he added. On the other hand, high school students feel dif‐ ferently about the tradition. “It’s awesome,” senior Maddie Lalor said. “It’s such a great way to have fun. All children should get the chance to trick‐or‐ treat.” Lalor spends half of her time on this night attempt‐ ing to scare others from her home, which she decorates as a haunted house every year. The rest of the night, she goes trick‐or‐treating with a group of friends. However, Lalor does believe that there comes a time when you are too old to trick‐or‐treat. At some point, she said, “You’re just mooching.” “It’s fun to go out with my sisters and friends,” freshman Mackenzie Cox added. “[Trick‐or‐treating] is the best use of time on Halloween. When you’re a kid, it’s like a holiday. Until I legitimately have some‐ thing else to do, I plan on going trick‐or‐treating.”
parties, also known as Masquerade Balls, long before it became an annual event for children. With the increasing popu‐ larity of trick‐or‐treating, children soon joined adults in dressing up. Before long, 2)((,3&&"#"0.%$#3)5#6((&7# with spooky, creepy, fright‐ ening or even funny and cute costumed folks going door‐to‐door begging for goodies. An enterprising busi‐ nessperson saw the mar‐ keting possibilities for Hal‐ loween costumes, and soon there were far more options available than just ghost costumes made from white sheets. The use of pre‐ fabricated, store‐bought costumes gained popularity in the 1930s – ironically, the era of the Great Depression – as community groups in the 1920s and 1930s tried to move young people away from the vandalism that had long been associated with Halloween. Halloween is one of the greatest and best‐known party holidays on the west‐ ern calendar, ranking third behind Super Bowl and New Year’s Eve parties. In terms of amount of money spent, Halloween falls right behind Christmas. Whether you believe the age of trick‐or‐treating is behind you or that there is no limit at all, or whether you choose to dress up as a traditional ghost or Justin Bieber, there is no question that the holiday is now an inherent part of our culture — and it will likely stay that way for a long, long time.
Heinke conceded that “Halloween is a lot of fun at school, with random kids dressing up. But once you pass the threshold of middle school — in fact, middle school is already pushing it — you should celebrate in more age ap‐ propriate ways.” So what can high schoolers do for fun? “Go to parties,” Heinke said. However, one year Heinke did choose to dress up to school. He chose to, quite literally, become the front of his classroom by )$$&1'$0".#$,#9)1,-F).&# with the whiteboard and brick wall behind him. “It was the one time I in‐ dulged,” he said. Typically, today’s teenagers borrow ideas from popular culture for costume ideas. Hoards of Angry Birds, black swans, Lady Gagas, Charlie Sheens and zombies roamed the streets during Halloween 2011. Decades ago, costumes were more generally themed and most often homemade. D%3)((#@6?&G)"7G701&H# stores of the 1930s sold costumes for children to dress up as clowns, devils, gypsies, hobos, jesters, pirates, witches and ballet dancers. There were also ethnic‐based costumes that would likely be considered ,C&"50?&#$,7)*+#5-9%#)5#$%&# commonly sold Negro, Jew, Chinaman, Mexican and Turk costumes. How did the trend of costumes begin? Many years ago, adults began dressing in elaborate costumes for Halloween
Climb aboard the ship to Treasure Island
By Eric Leese
Coming this month, Fremont High School’s own Drama Department will be presenting the swashbuckling story Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. The play will run from Oct. 18‐20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Shannon Theatre. All tickets are $5, and will be sold at the door for all performances. Snacks will be available to purchase. Based on the novel and adapted by Ken Ludwig for the theatre, Treasure Island is a classic tale of friendship, trust and adventure. Set in 1775, the story begins at a quiet hotel on the coast of England, and quickly escalates into may‐ hem and chaos, following the shenanigans of Billy Bones (played by Parker Kaeding), the dan‐ gerous Israel Hands (played by Ronen Burd) and the sinister pirate Anne Bonney (Hannah Kackmarsky). Treasure Island features a full cast of more than 40 Fre‐ mont students. The main characters are Jim Hawkins (played by Brandon Cross), a 14‐year‐old teenager who will do anything for a little adventure, and Long John Silver (Dennis Perez), a ruthless, bloodthirsty pirate. !"#$%&#'()*+#)#*,-".#/01#2)340"5#6"75#)"#,(7#1)'#0"# )"#)8)"7,"&7#9%&5$:#2)340"5#6"75#,-$#$%)$#$%)'#-5&7# to belong to an old friend named Bones, a man who used to frequent the pub with Hawkins. He later brings the 1)'#$,#8&#)")(*;&7#8*#%05$,<0)"#=<:#>0?&5&*+#)"7#$%&*#6"7# ,-$#$%)$#$%)'#(&)75#$,#)"#05()"7#6((&7#30$%#$<&)5-<&# – a pirate’s heaven. Hawkins sets sail on the Hispaniola, along with squire Trelawney, and a pirate name Long John Silver. However, Hawkins doesn’t know that Silver used to be a deckhand for the infamous Captain Flint, and plans to overtake the vessel – along with his men – to steal the treasure for himself. “The cast is really coming together to make this play work,” Cross said. Older and more experienced drama participants also have a positive outlook for this new‐coming play. @A($%,-.%#0$#05#$%<5$#'()*#8&0".#'-$#$,.&$%&<#$%05# year, I feel each cast member has found the niche in their unique character that will allow them to build on and utilize that will eventually contribute to the overall appeal of the play to our viewers,” Perez said. Treasure Island has been in production for about four weeks. Set design was led by Kayla Mahoney, and the whole set has been built by the students in Stagecraft. For more information about Treasure Island, contact William Houck in the Shannon Theatre during lunch or after school.
!"#"$%#&'()*+&,%-./(%&0)&)1&()("#&.)2 By Tatiana Castillo
How about a healthier alternative for lunch other than the usual pizza and soda? Falafels have come to be common in the Bay Area, either accompanied by pita or on their own. Although they are quite popular, many people are still unaware of what they are. A falafel ball is made of chickpeas and garbanzo mixed together, seasoned and fried. Surrounding those in the pita pouch are organic garbanzo beans, spices like cumin and cilantro, mixed vegetables like cucumber and lettuce, homemade pickles, sauerkraut and optional tahini sauce. A few months back, Jonathan Laor, a new owner of the property next to Dairy Belle bought out a previous ,3"&<I5#F,3&<#5%,':#2&+#)(,".#30$%#%05#30B&+#7&907&7#$,# open Falafel Stop here in the Bay Area. This new restau‐ rant is open seven days a week from 11 a.m.‐8 p.m. Prices are decent, where a whole falafel is $5.55 or half for $3. =<0"45#)<&#'<,?07&7#B,<#)"#&J$<)#9,5$:#D%&*#7,#,C&<#)#705‐ count for Fremont students and with it you can get a whole falafel and drink for only $5. When walking into the small restaurant during Fre‐ mont’s lunch break, it was very empty, which was surprising considering students often migrate in that direction. There were only four other people in there. A worker quickly took the order. The cashiers generally recommend the whole
THE Falafel Stop after a busy lunch rush.
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falafel rather than a sample size, which would be half. It was ready right away, but that was only because they were already cooked and losing temperature. It seemed like they %)?&&"#50$$0".#$%&<2"9&#$%&#"0.%$#8&B,<&:#D%&*#,C&<&7# a variety of sodas and juices with the falafel. After receiving the falafel and drink, a thanks was said but none replied. Even though it wasn’t the most pleasant guest service, it was time to carry on and give the new cuisine a try.
K',"#6<5$#80$&+#$%&#B)()B&(#3)5#9,(7#)"7#$)5$&7#1&70,‐ cre. It was chewy, but almost too chewy to satisfy someone with braces without hurting themselves. However, the pita 8<&)7#3)5#&JE-050$&#)"7#.)?&#,C#)#%,1&1)7&#F)?,<:#!$#5$0((# had some warmth to it, which made it easier to savor. The B)()B&(#8)((5#0"507&<	%0((&7#)"7#%)<7#)"7#70L9-($#$,#&)$# due to their old pizza crustlike texture. However, the taste was much better than the texture. They had almost a smoky with a hint of spicy Middle East‐ &<"#F)?,<#$,#$%&1:# Towards the bottom of the falafel, something started to taste similar to an old soggy salad. It was sliced lettuce and cucumber. Considering there was really no wait, it was expected that the falafel would be warm and fresh, along with the contents in it. Overall, the falafel was do‐able, but would not be recommended as the best. The noticable atmosphere was somewhat lonely, but clean and small too. There was not much room to move around inside so it was preferred to dine outside. It didn’t %)?-9%#,B#)#<&5$)-<)"$#B&&(+#0$#3)5#7&6"0$&(*#1,<&#,B#)# grab‐and‐go. The experience was somewhat bland; there was no real communication between the workers and customers other than the basic “What would you like?” and “I’ll take this.” The food was average but satisfying for someone craving a falafel at the moment. Rating: 2.5/5 stars
Arts & Entertainment
Oct. 9, 2012
Fremont Firebird Marching Band makes their 2012 debut By Ashley Chavez
There are a lot of things that come with going back to school, but one thing you cannot miss, back with another highly anticipated season, is the Fremont Fire‐ bird Marching Band. Beginning on Aug. 11 the band hit the ground running and jumped into summer practices by start‐ ing a week of band camp. Joe Kelly, the band director, has already seen improvement. “They have a strong work ethic and learn really quickly,” he said. The band practices Tuesdays and Fridays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and again on Saturdays for eight hours, unless there is an event interfering with that. Throughout the year the marching band per‐ forms in numerous school events, but recently they played a huge part in the Watermelon Run and the !"#$%&'()%*''$+,--%.,()/% Their appearance at the Watermelon Run on Sept. 6 was much needed to
pump up the crowd of run‐ ners consisting of over 500 #$48)7$#%,78%#$,9/%%:"4(% Major Alysyn Martinez led the band through a few of their pep songs such as the Fight Song and All Right Now. Although the band was limited to their section of the bleachers, they still kept up their spirit by danc‐ ing in their places along to the songs they played. The following day, Sept. 7, the band made an appear‐ ,75)%,$%;")('7$<#%!"#$%&'()% football game of the season. All 126 musicians were pres‐ ent in the stands, as well as the 46 members of the color guard down on the track. The marching band was also joined by the nonmarch‐ ers from Concert Band and Wind Ensemble. During football games, the band members get to be a little more laidback and play a little more loosely 84"07.%$&)%!.&$%#'7.#/% “I like playing at the games because it’s fun to cheer on the players with
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FREMONT Firebird Marching Band takes the stands at the 30th annual Watermelon Run.
the crowd,” Nick Del Rosa‐ rio, junior in drumline, said. “I’ve heard from the players that we actually pump them up and that’s really cool that we get to do that.” Football games are con‐ sidered to be one of the big‐ gest gigs for the band, after competitions. Typically the band plays more than half of $&)0"%102+''3%'*%(4#05/% As for another back‐to‐ back event on Sept. 8, Wind 67#)(+-)%&'#$)8%,%+)7)!$%
concert with appearances by a classic rock cover band and San Jose’s Premiere Jazz Band. Although it was not a marching band perfor‐ mance, all band members were asked to support the musicians in Wind Ensem‐ ble. They performed seven pieces that they learned )=5-4#0>)-?%*'"%$&)%+)7)!$% concert, such as Firedance by Allen Vizutti, Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO, and We Found Love by Rihanna.
End of Watch: Cop duo keeps crowd on edge
-)*$%$'%8'%$'%2)"*)5$%,%!)-8% show. Recently on Oct. 6, the band performed their !"#$%!7,-0@)8%!)-8%#&'A%,$% the Fremont Union High School District Exposition. On Saturday the band A0--%)7$)"%$&)0"%!"#$%5'(2)‐ tition of the season. Tourna‐ ment of Bands is one of the most popular local compe‐ titions because bands all throughout California come to Cupertino High School where they take place in a parade and then again in $&)0"%'A7%!)-8%#&'A/% It is only the begin‐ ning for this year’s Fire‐ bird Marching Band and Kelly has big hopes for this season. With competitions and community events, the marching band will be busy wooing the crowd and mak‐ ing Fremont proud. “I don’t need them to win but I want them to be good,” Kelly said. “I want the audience to go ‘Wow, the Fremont band is really good.’ That’s the goal, that’s the goal every year.”
Ocean’s Channel Orange dives into mediocrity By Erika Jefferson
By Ruben De La Cerda
two partners show great chemistry whenever they’re David Ayer, writer of out patrolling the streets ‐ Training Day and director telling jokes, talking about of Street Kings, makes a women, sex and stories grandiose comeback with from the past. However, the his new cop thriller End of streets of L.A. aren’t as they Watch, starring Jake Gyl‐ make it seem. The duo have lenhaal and Michael Pena to respond to crimes all over playing two steer‐straight South Central and eventu‐ D'#%B7.)-)#%2'-05)%'E5)"#/% ally come across the leader Unlike Ayer’s previ‐ of a small Mexican gang ous movies that focus on called Big Evil that work crooked police and cor‐ under the direct control of rupt justice systems, End one of Mexico’s most notori‐ of Watch takes a bold turn and has a take on the honest ous cartels. After a chain of busts, side of the law. The movie follows two best friends and Taylor and Zavala begin to police partners, Brian Taylor gain a reputation. Although thinking (Gyllenhaal) highly of their and Mike Za‐ !"#$%&'()*%)+,$-% success what vala (Pena), in ./0#%1#+2+10$2-% they don’t South Central know is that -0+34%/50%+34% who continue )+4$%0#$%+54'$31$% the op‐ to disrupt the erations they operations &$$(%(',$%0#$672$% of a danger‐ 2$+(%1#+2+10$2-%+34% have been involved with ous cartel. 8+20%/&%/52%('9$-: were orga‐ Their lives nized by the are savagely cartel. Thus, turned upside having a hit put on both of down after they learn that them and forcing each to a hit has been put out on evade Big Evil and his crew. both their heads and their B?)"<#%8,"07.%!"#$%,$‐ crusade against Los Angeles’ tempt at a found footage underworld. angle was surprisingly good, Both characters are given the fact that most portrayed as average cops with average lives. Taylor is a found footage movies are often too shaky and make #07.-)%.4?%-''307.%$'%!7,--?% people feel uncomfortably settle down, while Zavala nauseas. The camera switch‐ is married with a child on )#%'9%*"'(%C,?-'"<#%&,78‐ the way. They have been held camera, which gives lifelong friends and are try‐ $&)%!"#$%2)"#'7%#&''$)"%$?2)% ing to do the right thing for of feel, to the original third the community by putting person perspective. Which away criminals and clear‐ doesn’t leave the audience ing the streets of drugs and dazed and confused. violence. Ayer also exempli‐ Throughout the !)8%&'A%)>)7%07%$&)%#053M% movie, the guys refer to demented world we live in, each other as brothers. The
The pep band also made a quick appear‐ ance at Fremont’s Back to School Night, where they performed a few of their !.&$%#'7.#/%B-$&'4.&%'7-?% around 40 members of the band volunteered to play that night, it was a great way to show the parents just how spirited they are. With the upcoming season right around the corner, the band is improv‐ ing more and more on their !)-8%#&'A/%C&0#%?),"<#%!)-8% show is from the musi‐ cal Evita by Andrew Lloyd Weber. It is a Latin musi‐ cal about a young girl who +)5,()%$&)%!"#$%-,8?%'*% Argentina. The band has only 2)"*'"()8%$&)0"%!)-8%#&'A% for an audience roughly once at the second home football game, where they only had about three and a half minutes of the show 5'(2-)$)/%C?205,--?%,%!)-8% show ranges from eight to nine minutes, leaving the band with plenty of work
we can still enjoy it through Pena’s character. After a depressing moment or ugly crime scene, Zavala bright‐ ened up the mood with entertaining jokes or a great story. Ayer’s technique of smacking the audience with a sad scene of child abuse or a near‐death experience in a burning house, then gradually building the audi‐ ence’s spirit back up with nothing too morose, proves to be genius. It makes both characters stand out and made the audience feel like they’re real characters and part of our lives. End of Watch is 8)!70$)-?%A'"$&%$&)%$"02% to the movies and money spent due to its realism and comical moments. Anyone who enjoys a good laugh and wants an action‐packed thrill ride consisting of cry‐ ing and clapping will love this movie. It single‐hand‐ edly changed the cop thriller
genre and is one of the best movies of its genre. It shows true partnership and team‐ work whereas all other cop movies are dark and gritty stories were partnership is loosely depicted by duties and a few crappy jokes. The relation between Taylor and Zavala is strongly founded by showing their friendship in and outside of their job. Their great words of wisdom to one another show how they would be willing to take a bullet for each other. Based on the prodigious storyline, acting and memorable characters, End of Watch earns 4/5 stars. End of Watch is cur‐ rently in theaters. It is rated R for strong violence, some disturbing images, pervasive language, including sexual references and drug use. Make sure to take an adult or someone of age, and re‐ member to watch your six.
F0#07.%FGH%,"$0#$%;",73%I5),7<#%#&02%#,0-#%07%,%809)"‐ ent direction. Ocean has been the talk of the town since the bold alternative hip‐hop crew OFWGKTA (also known as Odd Future) came out and quickly gained popularity. Ocean is the only R&B singer out of the group of rappers. Ocean, born Christopher Breaux on Oct. 28, 1987 has been in the music business since late 2009, when he joined Odd Future. Ocean has been known to twist the traditional style of R&B, which has a more soul sound, and incorporate his own style. But Channel Orange is nothing near R&B. This album has more of an old school blues sound to it; some of the songs sound great, but others are not as appealing. The album was expected to be a love story or a tell‐ all; some of the songs, in fact, are inspired by the rela‐ tionship he had with a mystery man. The ongoing theme throughout the album is wealth, drugs and sex. Fans have supported him throughout the past and ,A,0$)8%,%7)A%,-+4(/%I5),7<#%!"#$%#'-'%(0=$,2)%nostalgia, ULTRA was a huge success. Channel Orange was released J4-?%KLM%NLKNM%#)--07.%KOKMLLL%5'20)#%A0$&07%$&)%!"#$%A))3/ The second song of the album “Thinkin Bout You” was the summer single. The track has a slow beat and Ocean talks about thinking about someone and won‐ dering if they’re thinking about you as well. The song’s chorus is catchy and makes you want to sing along to the related lyrics. Each song has its own meaning, some of which are hard to comprehend, but leave your imagination running. The song “Sierra Leone” is one to listen to when you’re just trying to relax. The beats mixed with the lyrics are a pleasant mixture. The track “Super Rich Kids” featuring OFWGKTA’s 6,"-%PA),$#&0"$M%$,-3#%,+'4$%,Q4)7$%308#%.)$$07.%)>)"?‐ $&07.%&,78)8%8'A7%$'%$&)(/%;"'(%809)")7$%2)"#2)5$0>)#M% the song can seem like it portrays jealousy, but it shows that Ocean cherishes everything he receives and takes nothing for granted. The ninth track on the album “Crack Rock” is a good song with a soft beat and certain portions of the lyrics stuck out. Although the track is obviously about crack, it shows how alone a person can get once they become ad‐ dicted to the substance. Not only are Ocean’s lyrics mov‐ ing, they also give out a positive message to listeners. “Forrest Gump” is a soft love song where Ocean talks about not forgetting the person he loves. This is a lovely track that shows the more feminine side of Ocean and illustrates vulnerability. Out of 17 songs on the album, 13 are actual full‐length songs, with chorus and verses. The album is somewhat of a disappointment, given how popular Ocean is, but has good moments. If you like R&B and are not that much into the old school blues sound, then this album is not for you, but giving it a try wouldn’t hurt. The album may not be typical R&B but it 0#%,%705)%$,3)%'7%,%809)")7$%.)7")%,78%#&'A#%I5),7<#%'A7% style through the music. The album is 3/5 stars.
Oct. 9, 2012
Living like Mo A day in the life of Coach Clark By Courtney O’ Hanneson
/%7(*3('"(1(6".%/%7(:".2‐ out, which lasts for about Being a full‐time 1%(4"*.=(0"184(81++$(7"( teacher on its own just on during the time given !"#$%&'()*+,++(-"./$(0+1.2&$( before classes begin and a 34/+"$"345(")(612/%7(#184( daily polo practice ends the and every moment count, $84""+(!15=(0+1.2(41%!+#$( so coaching and a variety of all his remaining business "'4#.(18'/9/'/#$(,++('4#(6/$$‐ duties in the evenings. On ing void. Priya Lee| The Phoenix '4#(:##2#%!$;(4/$(34"%#( MORIS Clark, the girls’ water polo coach, poses for a picture. “The hardest thing /$('*.%#!("A;(19"/!/%7( to do is to be able to focus ance. Polo players may not any possible distractions %":;<(0+1.2($1/!=(CD'&$(E*$'( on the present and how to be the fastest runners, but to focus especially on his a really great experience, 8"%%#8'(:/'4(/';<(0+1.2($1/!=( because I don’t get to spend they are always the best con‐ “I need to realize who I have family. ditioned athletes out there.” Seeing how family is as much time with her to be at each moment and This sport has taught $*84(1(>/7(31.'(")(0+1.2&$( and even Dylan now that execute that role.” 0+1.2(6".#('41%(E*$'(1($#'( life, they are also highly they’re much older and we Although life for him of rules and guidelines for involved in his coaching don’t get a lot of extra time is a constant act of balanc‐ a competitive game. Even experience. His son, Dylan together.” /%7($#9#.1+(18'/9/'/#$;(0+1.2( after a close loss, he has to 0+1.2;(:1$("./7/%1++5('4#( B#''/%7(4/$(2/!$(/%'"( +/2#$('"(>#(>*$5;(>#81*$#( >#('4#('#16&$(>182>"%#(1%!( junior varsity water polo the sport was as simple as there is always more for provide them with mental coach. For personal reasons, $#%!/%7('4#6("A('"($:/6( him to do. He wants to live toughness to continue their however, his son stepped teams in their youth, then life to the point where he journey through the season. >182()."6('4/$(8"184/%7( allowing them to move on has lived out fully and can One of his main goals for to club polo. leave life as the fall 2012 is to push the Similarly, exhausted !"#$%&'()(&*+&,"+$-&.'(/&+0*))1&2*#/$++&"/-& girls on their way to win 0+1.2(41!( as possible. leagues. Whether it turns begun as a '34+*5")&+#%$/6#378$*/6&*/$&9"#$%&2(%&(/$&3(.%& This is why out in a loss or win, giving coach for he has chosen "/-&/$:$%&#(.53*/6$&,(##(;&(2$&'(()&+3(9+& some of the /'('4#/.(8"63+#'#(#A".'(1%!( to do more determination is all he most tal‐ than just have (.#+#"/-*/6&'34+*5")&+#%$/6#3&"/-&*/5).-$+&"/&*;< ented youth the single ;$/+$&";(./#&(2&$/-.%"/5$7&=()(&')"4$%+&;"4&/(#& swimmers. 8"*+!(3"$$/>+5(1$2()".()."6( the players. occupation ,$$&2"+#$+#&%.//$%+1&,.#$4&"%$&")9"4+$&,$+#& During his 0+1.2(41$(>##%(1'( of teaching Fremont for the majority of experience high school 5(/-*#*(/$-&"#3)$#$+&(.#$%$7 his teaching career, but he as a swim students the Coach Moris Clark wouldn’t want to be any‐ coach, he value of past where else. He has taught noticed that and modern at other schools; however, position for the rest of the '#184/%7('4#(2/!$(:1$(6"$'( social sciences. Fremont proves to be the season. Even so, the short #A#8'/9#(:4#%('4#5(+#1.%#!( Along with this job, >#$';(:4/84(4#(2%#:("%('4#( time of being on a coach‐ from their own and others’ 0+1.2(41$(1()16/+5(")()"*.;( ,.$'(!15(4#.#= to‐coach level formed a 6/$'12#$(/%$'#1!(")('#++/%7( in which he is a full‐time “I love the diversity of !/A#.#%'('53#(")(>"%!('41%( them exactly what to do. He father and husband. Being thought and culture, the the normal father‐son rela‐ still applies this method to a water polo coach, realtor, tionship. players during practices and students and I admire and 7#%#'/8(1%'/?17/%7(:".2#.( .#$3#8'(1++(")('4#($'1A;<(0+1.2( B1>5(0+1.2;($#%/".;(/$( games to this day. and life‐mentor all add up said. also a part of the water polo So, why does water '"(612#(4/$(#%'/.#(:".2( All in all, a busy life is team, in which her father polo stand above all other ,#+!= not always a stressful life. is coaching. He wishes that sports? “I do consider myself One who can raise and she could have been a part “Water polo is based to be busy, but life is an uphold a family, teach and of the team throughout the *3"%($2/++;(,'%#$$(1%!( @1%!&(716#;<(0+1.2($1/!=( coach among the student entirety of her high school 345$/81+($'.#%7'4;<(0+1.2( “There’s always more to 81.##.;(>*'(/$(7+1!($4#(/$(,%‐ said. “Being in the water for body and help contribute to do.” other people’s lives is truly ishing it by being a member one hour and never touch‐ Figuring out how to an extreme occupation, but of his team. ing the bottom of the pool manage time is often a dif‐ “I wish she could have shows outstanding physical 0+1.2(61%17#$('"($3#%!( ,8*+'('1$2;(>*'(0+1.2(!"#$( #184(1%!(#9#.5(6"6#%'(+/2#( played all four years, but I strength and includes an so in an orderly fashion. A really enjoy her being there immense amount of endur‐ '53/81+(!15($'1.'$(:/'4(:12‐ its his last.
Football team moves forward
By Alex Bernauer
In sports, there will always be bumps in the road and '4/%7$(:/++(%"'(1+:15$(7"(1$(3+1%%#!=(F*'(:41'(612#$(1( sports team great is how a team responds to adversity. On Sept. 10, members of the varsity Fremont High G84""+()""'>1++('#16(7"'(/%9"+9#!(/%(1(,74'('41'(.#$*+'#!( /%(':"(3+15#.$(>#/%7(2/82#!("A('4#('#16(1%!("%#($*$‐ pended for the following game. (CD(16($1!!#%#!(>5('4#(,74'(1%!(D(4"3#(/'(%#9#.(413‐ 3#%$(171/%;<(8"184(H"%(I#-"%%#.($1/!= J".('4#(.#61/%!#.(")('41'(:##2;('4#.#(:#.#(6*+'/3+#( rumors circulating throughout the school about what happened and the punishments the players received. Setting all of rumors aside, the biggest concern for the football team was how they were going to respond to the adversity that had been presented to them. “We just want to put this incident behind us and 6"9#()".:1.!(1$(1('#16;<(04./$'/1%(K1$L*#M;($#%/".;($1/!= People predicted that the team would fold and throw in the towel. Others suggested that the team would become better because of the incident. However, the majority of people believed that only time would tell how the team would respond to the incident. The great thing about adversity in sports is that it allows people to step up. That is exactly what happened Sept. 14 against Prospect High School. Joe De Los Santos, senior, carried Fremont to a 33‐25 victory over Prospect. De Los Santos ran for 248 yards, )"*.('"*84!":%$(1%!(8"%'./>*'#!(NO('182+#$("%('4#(!#)#%‐ sive side of the ball as well. “It is always nice to get a win against Prospect,” Lexy P/%'#.$;($#%/".;($1/!=(CQ"3#)*++5(:#(81%('12#('4/$(6"6#%‐ '*6(/%'"('4#(Q"6#$'#1!(716#(%#R'(:##2=<( The Fremont versus Homestead game was special to all the players because Homestead is the cross‐town rival and there are surely bragging rights involved. Leading up to the Homestead game there was still doubt about whether the team had overcome the incident or not. Overall, the speculation around Fremont’s football team was set to be answered on Sept. 21 on the football ,#+!(171/%$'((Q"6#$'#1!= Fremont’s thrilling 33‐32 overtime victory demon‐ strated team chemistry and unity because the team went on the road to a hostile crowd and came out victorious. CB"/%7(/%'"(65(,%1+(716#(171/%$'(Q"6#$'#1!;(D()#+'( '4#(6"$'(8"%,!1%'('41'(:#(:#.#(7"/%7('"(:/%(/%(1++(65( 5#1.$(>#81*$#(:#(41!(>#8"6#(1()16/+5;<(K1$L*#M;($1/!=( Fremont hadn’t beaten Homestead since 2009. Jason Townsend, athletic director, said he had “re‐ $3#8'()".(4":(41.!('4#(J.#6"%'(2/!$(1%!(8"184#$(:".2#!( to get a victory.” With Fremont beating Homestead, it gave the team a >""$'(")(8"%,!#%8#= “The incident is behind us,” Abraham Arias, junior, said. “ Our next goal is to become league champs.” The Fremont football team had a bump in the road but it was nothing they couldn’t weather. High school sports always teach life lessons, this time it happened to be overcoming adversity.
Fall Firebird Athletes
Name: Katie Luotto Sport: Volleyball Grade: 12 Position: Middle Hitter Why is volleyball important to you? I’ve never been the best player, but it’s important to me that I keep working at it every day. I’ve met some of my best friends on the team, and we’ve bonded over the hard work we put into the sport together. What are your expectations for this season? I know we’ll have our ups and downs, but I love all 14 of my teammates. We’re going to play every game as a team, and hopefully pull off a winning season.
Name: Anna Kei Black-Hogins Grade: 12 Position: 1st doubles, captain Sport: Varsity girl’s tennis Why is tennis important to you? Tennis is a sport that challenges you not only physically, but also mentally. Tennis can be an individual sport on the courts, but off the courts, we become one big, supportive team no matter what the score is. What are your expectations for this season? My expectations for this season is to make sure our line up is very stable, making sure every player is in the right position, enabling them to use their strengths on the courts . Something I want our team to keep in mind is that tennis is a sport that allows us to constantly adapt to changes on the court, I want are team to be ready for any player.
Name: Ricky Teo Sport: Football Grade: 11 Position: Quarterback
Name: Issac Allen Sport: Water Polo Grade: 12 Position: Hole Set (center)
Why is football important to you?
Why is water polo important to you?
Football is important to me because it’s the only place where I can show my talent and be me. I also enjoy being part of a team.
Water polo is important to me because it’s my outlet. It’s my way of escaping from all the stress of high school and it’s what I love.
What are your expectations for this season?
What are your expectations for this season?
My expectation for our team this year is to win league and advance to CCS.
I expect my team to be a threat for the league championship title. I hope we can be first place in our league and make it to the CCS tournament in November.
Name: Pablo Lozano Sport: Cross Country Grade: 12
Name: Varsha Sirvastava Sport: Water Polo Grade:11 Position: Goalie
Why is cross crountry important to you?
Why is water polo important to you?
Cross Country is important to me because it is a team sport but also it’s a sport where you challenge yourself individually. It is a sport where you represent your self while you aslo representing your school
I enjoy the competitive spirit of the game, and bonding with the other girls on the team. Also, being a goalie, I love being in the net and having that good feeling after blocking a hard shot. Finally, I love feeling like a stronger player after every practice knowing that I’m working hard.
What are your expectations for this season? My season expectations are to get a personal record in every meett. I want to get better every time I run. Also I expect to go to CCS for the third time in my high school carreer.
What are your expectations for this season? This season I expect all of us on the team to be stronger players, that we’ll communicate with each other more on the field and outside of it, and of course, that we continue to play hard every game.
Oct. 9, 2012
Athletes back into the swing of things By: Melanie Keegan
Fremont High School’s athletics are up and run‐ ning for the fall season with a variety of athletes and multiple sports. A large number of athletes showed up for the !"#$%&'(%)*+#%,&%-",##. country training, and the numbers gradually declined as the workouts increased in tempo and endurance. Despite the loss of a few students, this year’s cross country team con‐ sists of more students than ever before, readying for the tough season. Coaches Regina DeCesare and Fitz Nocon, both Fremont graduates, along with the students, are looking forward to a successful season. Fremont teachers Steven Puccinelli and Mo Clark are the coaches for girls’ and boys’ water polo. Water polo is known for its intense and aggressive nature and both teams are excited for a riveting season. “We have high ex‐ pectations,” Puccinelli said. “Our goal is CCS.” Puccinelli has played water polo since his high school years, and he enjoys coaching Fremont’s team. “Our core group con‐ sists of seniors, so this is a big year,” Puccinelli said. Despite the rough nature of
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the sport, the girls and boys ,&%(*$'"%/,0,%*"'%!"')%1/% for the season ahead. The Girls’ Volleyball team has started their sea‐ son as well, and they bring an edge onto the court and energy over the high net. Coaches Kevin Corral and Debbie Witt will be lead‐ ing the girls to a hopeful and victorious volleyball season. “I expect us to put our all into this season and make the best of the out‐ comes,” Louisa Yzabel Sum‐ ilang, senior, said. “About the team, I feel happy to be part of a team full of amaz‐ ing and talented girls.” With a strong team bond and resilient determi‐ nation, the girls’ volleyball team seeks to achieve suc‐ cess on the court and have
fun at the same time. Football season is here and it looks to be extremely promising. Esteemed Coach Ron DeMonner will lead the boys to conquer a tough season of arduous training and aggressive games. Both junior varsity and varsity’s !"#$%2*3'#%('"'%45-$,"5,1#6% “This year we expect $,%3*7'%5$%$,%/0*+,8#%*9)% hopefully like every other sport make CCS champion‐ ships,” Paulo Tamez, senior, said. “I think the team’s chemistry is real good because, of the thirty two players, twenty are return‐ ing from last year’s team.” As for tennis, the girls are looking forward to an exciting season full of serves, net points, and backhand winners. “We
hope to improve our skills,” Kirandeep Singh, junior, said. Roberto Gutierrez is the head coach for girls’ tennis as he has been for a while. All fall sports seem to be loosening up and getting ready for the hard season ahead. There is a talent in training the mind to focus enough for a set, a match or a game. The drive to suc‐ ceed and to win is strong for these athletes as they endure the sweat and tough practices to aim to come out on top.
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TAHA Babar of varsity water polo makes a wet pass to a teammate in the game against Saratoga.
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