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Cerritos, California

News Features


Find out how students strut their stuff on the runway.

Find out which student on campus is making a name for himself.

Fashion Find out what is not for him and her this season.

Richard Gahr High School

The Gahr Forum Thursday, December, 18 2008

Volume XLIV

Issue IV

Beads change lives half way across the world Clubs band together to sell bracelets and necklaces. Many beads were sold. By Pavan Rami Staff Writer

Photographed by Jessica Lee

Maynard Law, president of Cerritos Optimist Club, Mayor Jim Edwards, along with members of the Optimist club and ASB students packed several hundred toys collected for needy families in the area.

Giving Santa a Run for His Money Students donate gifts to those less fotunate. Hundreds of toys were collected.

toothpaste, and other amenities, not to mention the toys,” Maynard Law, president of the Cerritos Optimist Club, said. ASB gathered toys from students on Santa Claus is not the only one making campus, Dec. 8-15 and on Dec. 15. toy runs this year. ASB and the Optimists “ASB did an awesome job publicizing have joined forces to deliver toys to kids. this. They came in the mornings and held Jim Edwards and other members of posters and brought a box for collecting Cerritos Optimist came to collect the toys toys from parents in the loading on Dec. 15. area. They made giant posters “The Optimist Club is a naaround campus. This year, I used tional organization that anyone auto-dialer and called students’ can join. Our motto is ‘Friends of homes,” Velez said, “This is the Youth’,” Edwards, mayor of the first time we did the toy drive in City of Cerritos and chair of Cerhomerooms.” ritos Optimist said. Edwards enjoys rounding up When asked about why the gifts for the young ones. Cerritos Optimist decided to work “The best part is when we go to with the school, Edwards shared their houses and we see the kids’ his experience. faces light up. It brings tears to “It was mostly because I spent our eyes,” Edwards said. 30 years of my life here at Gahr as Law reminisced of the ima coach, as a teacher, and as assismense gratitude the kids showed tant principal. I know what a great the Optimists. family Gahr is, so I made a phone “This one kid wouldn’t let us call to Mrs. Zietlow and we made Photographed by Jessica Lee go,” Law said. it happen,” Edwards said. Toys collected covered over ten tables in the ASB room. Edwards agreed with Law on the The toys will be delivered close kids’ displays of appreciation. to home. “I thought Maynard and I were going “All the toys are going to local fami- out families,” Edwards said. A list of families in need has been made to have to adopt a couple of grandkids,” lies,” Velez said. Edwards said with a laugh playing in his Edwards could not fathom how many and continues to grow. “So far, there are 20 families and 78 throat. families lacking the means to provide for The toys, food, and supplies will be their family lived near a campus he had kids,” Edwards said. Despite economic problems, people delivered this Saturday. worked in for many years. Edwards said, “This Saturday is what “You never think that families right have been giving generously. “We’ve got 3,000 pounds of food and makes it worthwhile.” here in Artesia, Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens, and Norwalk don’t have much for another thousand pounds of band aids, By Maria Tuadi News Editor

Christmas,” Edwards said. Cerritos families are not the only benefactors. Families in other cities under the ABC Unified School District are selected to receive food and toys. “An organization in Artesia and sometimes people in the ABCUSD who are familiar with families in need help us pick

The “Bead Party” that was held in the multipurpose room from Monday through Friday of last week raised $2,105. “My goal was $1,000 and we got over double,” Miguel Canales, history teacher, said. The necklaces and bracelets were made by Ugandan women trying to support their families. “Over a billion people live on less than a dollar a day,” according to the Bead for Life organization. Beads for Life is a nonprofit organization to help the people in countries less fortunate

“Over a billion people live on less than a dollar a day.” than ourselves. Each bead is made of recycled paper. The women there cut out paper from magazines into long triangular pieces and then rolled each up by hand. California Scholarship Federation (CSF), Model United Nations (MUN), National Honor Society (NHS), Key Club, and Spanish Club took shifts in the MPR to sell the Ugandan jewelry. The prices of the beads ranged from $5 to $20, with bracelets going up to $15 and necklaces going up to $20. “The Bead for Life fundraiser was pretty successful for a first year event. It is nice to see that there are some students at Gahr who care about helping other people,” Jackie Burneson, CSF adviser, said.

2 Sports

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Athlete Spotlight

What motivates you to do well in your sport?

Boys Varsity Basketball Name: Gipson Lyles (12) Athlete Comment: “[The] want to win, and [to] see the team succeed, because we work hard.” Coach Comment: “Because of his intellignce, and not fearful of what he would say.” Photographed by Eric Wilson

Girls Varsity Basketball

Name: Rachel Porter (12) Athelte Comment: “My teammates (motivate) me and knowing that I could possibly pay for my college education with a scholarship.” Coach Comment: “Rachel Porter is an important part of our team, not only is she varsity captain, she is a four-year varsity starter and averages 15 points a game.”

Photographed by Eric Wilson

Boys Varsity Soccer Name: Jose Garcia (12) Athlete Comment: “It’s not just me that’s important the whole team is [important], in order to succeed. The one thing I contribute is my leadership.

Girls Soccer Strike

Girls Soccer overcame many difficulties that they had to deal with at the beginning of their season. getting used to playing with each other,” said Carrasco(12). In their second pre-season game against “Soccer is a team sport and we are still Whitney, the team pulled together and adjusting to playcame out strong ing with each with a win. other,” said Etaja “So far it seems Gilmer (11). like we have the The new playpotential to do ers who were on really well this JV last year do season,” said not know the Gilmer(11). varsity players As long as well. the girls are able “About half to connect they of our team are should not have a new players,” problem. Buildsaid team caping this relationPhotographed by Eric Wilson tain Lydia Carship and gaining rasco (12). Girls soccer keeping the ball from an oppo- an understanding Building a dy-nent. of each other’s namic team will be techniques should prepare them for essential in order to succeed this season. league. As individual players the girls are tal“That’s what pre-season is about anyented, but they are still in the process of way, right?” said Carrasco(12). coming together and making it work as The girls have high expectations for a team. this season and feel confident that they In their pre-season games, they tried will be able to reach their goals. out different players for different po“We want to win league and make it to sitions to find out what will work for CIF and win,” said Gilmer(11). them. With determination as a team and givThe team lost their first pre-season ing it their all, the varsity soccer team is game to John Glenn. looking forward to a bright season. “We could have won, but we’re just By Nadia Fonseca Staff Writer

Girls Water Polo Seek CIF

The girls water polo team plan ahead this season after losing key varsity athletes on their team. By Alisa Wong Staff Writer

Photographed by Mathais Chau

Girls Varsity Soccer Name: Lydia Carrasco (12) Athlete Comment: “I feel I can motivate the other girls; and I’m always positive.”

Photographed by Mathais Chau

Boys Varsity Wrestling

With a new season comes new players, coaches, and unexpected events. Girls Water Polo is starting this winter, and the athletes are excited to start their season. According to Varsity Captain Cori Tebbutt (12), this year is different because they have lost two of their best players. But when asked if she was excited for this year, Tebbutt exclaimed, “Yeah, of course.” Goal-setting is a key ingredient in any sport or class. “For the team, [our goal is] to have fun and have a good season,” said Thalia Placencia (12). One of the many goals of all high school

sports is to make it to CIF. Going to CIF is an expectation for Girls Water Polo. “That’s our goal, our coach thinks we can do it,” said Tebbutt (12). “Making it to CIF would be great. Yeah, it would be fun. I don’t think we’ve ever made it to CIF before,” recalled Placencia (11). Last Tuesday, the girls had a game against Culver City High. The Varsity lost the game 7-14, while they JV won their game with a score of 11-9. Last Friday, December 12, the Water Polo team competed against Roosevelt High School. The girls crushed their opponent 17-0, showing themselves how good they are at the start of the season.

Name: Brandon Romero(12) Athlete Comment: “What motivates me is the want to win, that’s what you’re there to do, to win.”

Support former Gahr HS star and current 49er,

Casper Ware

Photographed by Eric Wilson

Girls Varsity Water Polo

Name: Cori Tebbutt (12) Athelte Comment: “Making my team happy and being happy after a game and knowing that practice made us win.” Coach Comment: “She has a strong work ethic, leads by example, is a great swimmer, and could possibly be the top scorer of the seasaon.” Photographed by Nadia Fonseca

Gahr High School Night at the Walter Pyramid Long beach State 49ers vs. Temple Owls Monday, December 22 Tip-off @ 6:05 pm Free tickets for all high school students, athletes, and teams with ID. *Coaches must purchase tickets on day-of-game* Questions: (562)-985-8094


Thursday, December 18, 2008


Winter Sports Schedule Boys Varsity/JV Soccer

Brandon Romero(12) ready for action as he prepares to make his move on the opponent.

Photographed by Pavan Rami

No One Gets Left Behind

The Wrestling team does not cut anyone and still plans to make it far in season. By Pavan Rami Staff Writer

Gladiator Wrestling, one of the toughest sports in our school, is ready to bring down any opponent in its way. This year the team is no joke, and the coaches have made it clear that this year, the Gahr High School Wrestling Team is going to make it to the top. Season has officially started and the team is hyped up and ready to take on whatever any school has to throw at them. “Well our goal is to go to CIF as a team and we’ve been working very hard for it this year. Seeing all my teammates practicing hard everyday makes me pretty sure that we are going to make CIF as a team,” said Rohan Grandonlama(11).

This year, the team has very strong potential with its three fourth-year seniors Eugene Choi, Varsity Team Captain Brandon Romero, and Omar Tercero. “I hope we can make CIF this year. Last year, our team missed making CIF by only one match,” said Romero. Wrestling is not your average sport, because it’s a contact sport that takes both energy and skill. The team has no tryouts or cuts, because anyone who is willing to work hard makes the team. Regardless if you have been wrestling since you were 5, or if you don’t know the first thing to do on the mat, the sport is open to all. The Gladiator Wrestling team is divided into Varsity, Junior Varsity, and a Frosh- Soph team with a to-

tal of 15 different weight classes in which the wrestlers need to meet before a match. The team is highly dedicated with countless hours of practice every week both on and off the mat. They start off with the weight room at lunch, then they hit the mat until 4:30. “Practice is a little bit different this year since we have several new coaches. One of the biggest differences this year is that we have divided practices for Junior Varsity and Varsity,” said Romero. Different practices mean giving the new comers extra time to increase their skills. Separating the levels is not meant to discourage new wrestlers, but give them the necessary training to prepare them for the match.

Strength Grows in Numbers

Girls basketball keep their strong bond as a family and team in the beginning of the starting season. By Eric wilson Sports Editor

Girls varsity basketball had their first game on Wednesday December 2nd against the local Whitney Wildcats. They had a 50-point plus lead by half time against the Wildcats’ scoreboard. Going into the game the girls did not have a doubt that their crosstown competitors would be of any challenge. “Our goal is to do our best and to never give up,” said Tyshay Crosby (12). Each player contributed to the lead. Symone Brown (10) scored 18 points and made 2 blocks and was followed by Rachel Porter (12) with 14 points and 2 blocks. The score was increased when Kyrese Montgomery(11) scored 8 points, Jessica Kanemaru (12) 6 points, Crosby (12) 6 points, Jazleine Taylor (12) 5 points, and Erica Jackson (11) 4 points. Crystal Kim (12) scored 3 points, Cherish Bell (12) 2 points, Jasmine Skiles (12) 2 points, Ali Salone (9) 2

points, and Dana Kanemaru (11) scored 1 point in that game. “Season is great, we’re playing like a family,” said Porter. “Our goal is to defeat Lynwood, since they have not lost since 1991. We also hope to make it far, since we’re in Division III,” said Porter (12). Using that advantage, the girls varsity basketball team plans to make it further. Their own expectations to be better than other teams in other Divisions would qualify them to be ranked higher in Division III. “We have a high chance if we play as a team and work together,” said Brown. Photographed by Eric Wilson The girls have been playing Jazleine Taylor (11) shooting a free non-stop to improve themselves throw on the Wildcats. as a team. While they have their ups Last weekend at their tournament, and downs, the girls team can the girls lost their first game. be seen practicing in the gym to The girls pulled themsleves improve their plays, shooting, and together to win the other games to techniques. win second place overall. “We are really close,” said Brown, The girls would have liked to win which is the best reason for the girls all their games and have taken this to be very successful throughout the as a lesson learned. season.

January 20 January 23 January 27 January 30 February 3 February 6 February 9 February 11

Warren Paramount Downey Dominguez Lynwood Warren Paramount Downey

January 16 January 20 January 23 January 27 January 30 February 3 February 6 February 9 February 11

Lynwood Warren Paramount Downey Dominguez Lynwood Warren Para mount Downey

Girls Varsity/JV Soccer

Girls Varsity/JV/FroshSoph Basketball January 21 Warren January 23 Paramount January 28 Downey January 30 Dominguez February 4 Lynwood February 6 Lynwood February 10 Paramount February 12 Downey

Boys Varsity/JV/Freshman Basketball January 16 Lynwood January 21 Warren January 23 Paramount January 28 Downey January 30 Dominguez February 4 Lynwood February 6 Warren February 10 Paramount February 12 Downey

Girls Varsity/JV Water Polo January 20 Bell Gardens January 22 Downey January 29 St. Joseph February 5 Cerritos February 13 California

4 News Features

Walk the Walk Gahr High School is participating in Hurley’s Walk the Walk. Participants were interviewed for various jobs.

show. Positions available for students included stage managers, stage managing Select students from campus will assistants, designers, and models. be comepeting in “Walk Winners of the Walk,” a fashion show the competition competition sponsored by are decided Hurley Clothing Company by the level of to promote the release of its support and summer line. spirit each The school will be going school is given, head-to-head with Orange so all students, High School, Fountain teachers, and Valley High School, and parents are Newport Harbor High encouraged School. Photographed by Jewely Ramos to attend the “In Living Color” has Allison Chatman interviewed students fashion show. been chosen as the theme for roles in the fashion show. “Walk the for the school’s clothing Walk” will take line to showcase the school’s diversity. place on Jan. 28. The way the competition works is The location of the fashion show has Hurley sends clothing from its line to not yet been decided. the competing schools and the students For more information about Hurley’s take the clothing apart and recreate the Walk the Walk, visit clothes in their own visions. walkthewalk or speak with Allison Students auditioned and were Chatman, Ivy Roulette, or Daniel interviewed Dec. 8-15 for Fernandez. various positions in the fashion by jewely ramos arts editor

Winter Formal 2009 “I Wanna Rock With You” Date: January 24, 7-11 p.m. Location: Discovery Science Center Price: $55, without ASB $50, with ASB

Tickets will be on sale until January 16 so hurry and purchase your tickets!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Upcoming Events Dec. 22- Jan. 2 Winter Break

Jan. 5- Jan. 9

Yellow Ribbon Week

Jan. 16

Winter Formal Fashion Show

Jan. 19

No School (Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday)


Thursday, December 18, 2008

Club of the Month:

Youth Alive

Youth Alive gives Christian students the chance to connect with their religion. by priyanka patel activities editor

Youth Alive is one of the Christian Club here at Gahr High School and is advised by Phillip Elliott and led by President Christine Bakke (11). Youth Alive has approximately twentyfive members and meets every Tuesday in room 603. This club has musicians and guitarists that lead the opening prayer song. After opening the meeting with a prayer and a song, they then have Bible studies, group discussions, or games. “These games aren’t always fun games, but they are games with a purpose,” said Elliott. They have a lot of things planned for the holiday season. One plan is to go Christmas Caroling over the holidays and hand out candy canes.

A major goal of Youth Alive is to give the students an opportunity to meet Christ and have faith in God. Elliot advises “Always look for the joy of living whether it is your faith or daily life.”

Photographed by: Priyanka Patel

Youth Alive members smile at the camera while having weekly meeting

A Night of Games and “Shrink-a-dinks”


CSF and ATC join together for a celebration. Students got a chance to meet new people. by alexis taylor staff writer

club and meet new people. While playing Twister and making “shrink-a-dinks” students got to know others oustide of their clubs.

Members of the California Scholarship Federation (CSF) and the Arts and Travel Club gathered last Thursday, December 11th, for a potluck. This activitiy was planned by CSF adviser, Jackie Burneson, one of the Chemistry teachers. It started at 5 p.m. where everyone sat together anxiously waiting to eat the different kinds of food brought. Photographed by Jessica Lee Once full, everyone Claudia Vasquez (12) and Victor Victor (12) got a chance to talk to engage in a round of Twister with Jason those from the opposite Lamanski after finishing eating.

Ikaw, ako, at ang Wikang Filipino!

Gahr students and Cerritos students come together to represent their Filipino heritage. by alexis taylor staff writer

On Friday, Dececember 12, the students in the Tagalog class here at Gahr held their very own talent show at Cerritos High School. Miriam Oliva, the Filipino teacher for both Cerritos High School and Gahr High School, said Gahr and Cerritos were “fusing together to come up with a cultural show.” The talent show was for the celebration of the Filipino Language Month. The theme of the show was “Ikaw, ako, at ang Wikang Filipino!”, which means “You, me and the

Filipino Language.” The talent show was at 6 p.m. and it included more than thirty acts such as dances, songs, poems, and etc. The members of the Tagalog class had the option of inviting friends to help them perform or just perform on their own. Before the show, a few participants took the time to express thier feelings. “I’m excited to showcase what I’ve been working on for the past month,” Jerome Romana (11) said. Ashley Santos (11) said, “I hope all of our hard work will pay off.” The show was a huge success and Jackie Del

Rosario (11) said, “The show was a good experience. I got to work with my friends and Filipino culture. We had to practice alot but then at the same time we had fun.” The show was a part of the students’ “cultural participation and research,” along with a written report according to Oliva. Del Rosario said, “What mattered most was to have fun”. Next year, the talent show will be held here at Gahr so come out and celebrate Filipino Language Month!

6 Arts

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Having a Very Merry Parade

Gahr Cheerleaders and Band perform at the Belmont Shore Parade. Members expressed their thoughts. by Myia Dickens Staff Writer

The Gahr High School marching band and Gahr cheerleaders performed at the Belmont Shore Parade on Dec. 6. The parade started at 6 p.m. and the Gahr band, dressed in their uniforms with flashing Santa hats, were one of eight high school bands marching down the streets of Belmont. There were about 30,000 people planning to attend the parade. Unlike their last parade, the band participated in a no competition parade. They performed “Fairest of the Fair.” “I like how it is at night because it


doesn’t get too hot and since it is not a competition, it is more enjoyable,” sophomore Klara Eddards said. It was mandatory for every band member to be at the parade, according to freshman Kenzo Orlino, because it

Colorguards proudly posed after participating in the parade.

would prevent the band from having empty spots while performing and looking uncoordinated. Most of the band members were excited to participate in the parade. “It is going to be tiring but fun,” sophomore Robin Hong said, “I especially enjoy the people clapping for us and its enjoyable for me to play music and show off my skills.” Some of the cheerleaders also went to the parade, but attending was not mandatory. They walked with the band and performed. “It [was] really cool that Mr. Grishkoff invited us, he does everything,” Jennifer Lamanski, cheer coach, said. According to Lamanski, Rob Grish-

f d r t e u a s e t st F a r i

Critiquing Clothes and Coming to College


Students visit Long Beach City College, and took a trip to Hurley headquarters.


ATA students attended man said. a fashion show at Long The fashion show at Beach City College, and Long Beach City College traveled to the Hurley was based on student’s headquarters in Costa artwork and their inspiraMesa on Dec. 17. tions. “[At] 8:45 we’ll go to “Some students get first period and meet at [Fashion Institute of Dethe flag pole,” Allison sign and Merchandising Chatman, ATA and art (FIDM)] scholarships, and teacher said. the winner will win 5,000 A critic who visited dollars for their school’s Long Beach City College art program,” Chatman was Cynthia Vincent, a said. clothChating deman besigner lieves it’s “Meet and see where o f an exciting graphic designers work.” Twelfth opportuStreet. nity. “Meet and see where “Some of the students graphic designers work. that were in Hurley have They have a recording stu- become an intern for dio, now, and their own FIDM,” Chatman said. recording label,” ChatLater, the students man said, when asked earned the opportunity to what students did during rummage through a shopthe trip. ping spree. The art department “We also [got] to go to consists of fine art, music, the Hurley store and [each dance, drama, television person that attended got] and fashion. a 40 percent discount on “There they have a re- the clothes,” Chatman ally good program,” Chat- said.





Amber Kolb (12)

The cheerleaders support the band at the parade.

by jewely ramos and dominique santiago Arts editors

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koff was the only band director to invite the cheerleaders to participate in anything with the band. She believes that makes him a great band director. Overall, they attendees had fun.

Jennifer Saldana (12) Drawn by Lisa Kim

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“Sophomore ATA students are beginning their fashion show trash fashion project, and then the sculpture students are finishing up three projects before our winter break. Many of these students are giving their projects away as Christmas gifts.” -Ivy Roulette

“Cultural plunge. This is an optional assignment. Experience another culture tradition by interviewing members of that culture, tasting food, taking part in tradition, if possible, and making comparison to your own culture.” - Daniel Fernandez

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Playing for the Clippers

The Gahr band had the chance of a lifetime, by performing next to Ross’s band at a Clippers game. by Myia Dickens Staff Writer

Gahr High School’s marching band had the chance of a lifetime to play at the Clippers game with Ross Middle School’s band on Nov. 9. “We went to help Ross because some of their students had already planned to go on a Thanksgiving vacation,” Gahr’s marching band director Rob Grishkoff said. However, not all members participated, because it wasn’t required. One of members who went was freshman Kenzo Orlino. “I got to see the cheerleaders, and I think one of the players, but overall, I thought the game was awesome,” Or-


lino said. Preparing for the performance, the marching band went to Ross on a Saturday. It was 20 dollars for each band member, but they had to bring all of there own equipment for the performance, including instruments and uniforms. The uniforms for that night were black pants and a dark blue shirt. On the day of the performance, each attendee met up at Ross at 4 p.m. and drove to the Staples Center for the performance at 7 p.m. When the band arrived at the Staples Center, Grishkoff believed that they were going to play outside, but was surprised to find out that they were going to play on the main floor of

the stadium. “It was neat,” Grishkoff said. “We got to go backstage, [unloaded] our instruments, and marched out on to the main floor in two rows.” Both the marching band and drum line were able to perform in front of an audience during the Clippers pre-game. The performance was about ten minutes, and after, some of the band members were able to watch the Clipper cheerleaders warm


Drawn by Alisa Wong

up before the game. All of the band members were able to watch the game and have fun.

8 Features Warming Up the Winter

Thursday, Decem-

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For most students, the winter time means a break from school and presents, but for junior Stefanei Freeman, it is a time to give back. She spends her winter break making scarves for the less fortunate.

said. “If you actually take the time to talk to them, instead of just assuming that they have no life, you start to see that they are real people like you and me, and they all have a story to tell.” Although she is already busy making scarves, Freeman plans Winter break brings a lot of work for Stefanei Freeman (11), who spends her extra time making scarves and giving them away to the on learning how to make different gifts. “I am working hard to be able to make more scarves and I am homeless. trying to learn to make mittens for next “I have made them for the past two years year’s winter,” Freeman said. “The and I usually give them to my friends,” Freecare packages we make already have man said. “This year I am giving them to a things like tooth paste and tooth charity called Grateful Hearts. It is something brushes, a bit of money, some I do because that’s how my mom raised me, canned food, soap, little trinto give back, and it’s easy to give them away kets, and stuff like that.” because giving them is as great as making Freeman also said that she them.” doesn’t charge her friends Freeman has no plans to stop with her genThe campus has wel for her creations ever. erous donations. She hopes to make a tradi“I only pay like a dollar tion of donating her scarves. new teachers this ye for the yarn and one roll “I learned to crochet from my aunt and campus gives an ins can make a few scarves, so I from there I just loved messing around with By Pearl would feel bad charging,” the colors and making new scarves,” FreeBeat E Freeman said. “I like givman said. “I love giving them away to people ing them away, each one that really need them and my friends. I hope elebrations fill th is made with love, you this is something I can continue to do, even families, but E know?” when I am old.” Jolly has som The spirit of giving Freeman generally makes about 10-12 many people have never he has made Freeman scarves, but she is working hard, and hoping “Me and my friends c content to give away to work faster and able to make more over said,“It’s a holiday from th Photo taken by Payton Schachtell all but one of her the break. ly kinda weird, but we have Stefanei smiles for the camera while showing scarves, the only one “Each scarf takes me about two hours, but off the only scafe she kept for herself. grade.” that she keeps for I also do normal teenage things. I love to hang The “Festivus for the rest of herself. out with my friends, listen to music, read, and winter with three main parts: Freeman and her family are working hard I have school work,” Freeman said. plain metal pole with no decora Taking after her mom, Freeman helps her family put together full to make the winter season better for evwhich is when the family gathe care packages, including her scarves, for the less fortunate of the city, eryone this year and for many years to explaining how each of them ha come. and takes them around town or to charity drop-offs. the year; and the Feast of Strength “It’s really interesting when you talk to these people,” Freeman family is given the honor of trying Festivus is not over until the hea “None of my family does it, but year,” Jolly said. “We always have ou Airing of Grievances, and if we feel up It just sort of became tradition during was funny.” Other than the typical Festivus celeb With holidays coming families are thinking about the future. Some students explain his girlfriend to Portland, Oregon to visi how they plan to celebrate the holidays despite the effects of the economy. As for New Years, Jolly has plans to t start his New Year resolution. have planned out what they should do By Payton Schachtell “I want to get back on my regular bikin this year, and are taking action to try and Features Editor week,” Jolly said, “Basically my resolution i counter some of the effects of the economy or exercise more.” With the economy in a recession and the holidays with simple things like re-gifting and not Besides his holiday plans, Jolly is settling coming so soon, some students are feeling the heat of asking for such expensive gifts. “I think the staff is very welcoming and the money shortage this year. “This year I am planning on having Jolly. “I had to limit my Christmas list down to three a budget for myself, so I don’t spend Jolly was inspired to become a teacher beca people because my dad won’t give me money,” Serena too much,” Luis Galvan (10) said. mother is a teacher and his grandmother is a pr Chu (11) said. While this holiday season might Although Jolly is an official teacher here, he d Parents are feeling the pressure of trying to buy not be what some of us are used Jolly is known as a roving teacher, one who mov gifts for their children and helping to buy presents for to, some are trying to help, some teach classes. their children’s friends, but some students are doing don’t know what to do, “I thought the new transition would be difficu what they can to try and help out. and some simply say, “I Jolly was a high school athlete that participated “This year, I plan on making all my gifts because don’t think I’m going to clubs like the ceramic club, known as “Club Mud”, I think it’s more special that way, plus it’s cheaper,” get what I want this year,” at school. Darryl Esguerra (12) said. Gilbert Gutmuitan (9) said. “I love my students,” Jolly said. “I love kids and b Despite the fact that many students think their I really didn’t expect was working through lunch.” parents should pay for everything, some students By Payton Schachtell Features Editor



Holiday Budget


Picture frame from Walmart for $3

Mixed CD made by you for free

Scarf, hat, glove set from Target for $9.99


Candy Canes from Target for $1.66





the eason

The new year brings many wishes for change. Some students share what they hope to see happen in the coming year. By Chaniece Ponder Staff writer

to be


To get some new shoes that glow in the dark and get a job that pays more than $50 a week. - Morgan Mason (9)

lcomed a number of ear. Mr. Jolly one on side look of his life.

Drink milk everyday, build strong bones. - Sergio Parada (9)

l Aguilar Editor

he winter break for most English teacher Michael me interesting traditions eard. celebrate Festivus,” Jolly he show Seinfeld. It’s reale been doing it since ninth

f us” is celebrated during the the Festivus pole, which is a ations; an airing of grievances, ers around the table at dinner, as disappointed each other over h, which is when someone in the to pin the head of the family. ad of the family is pinned. me and my friends do it all every ur pole, we write down things for the p to it, we have the Feast of Strength. g school for us because we thought it

To become straight and to grace all the ladies at this school with my presence. - Alex Hernandez Jr. (11)

Stop cussing, flirting and gossiping. - Maureen Abad (10)

bration, Jolly plans to travel alongside it his father and step-mother. take a boat ride to the Port Harbor and

Not to get in trouble for dancing at school. Talk to different people and getting better at lady skills. - Warren Ani (10)

ng 50 miles a week and running 5 miles a is to have more me time. Play video games

To stop getting in trouble in class. - Kai Gamble (12)

into his first year teaching. e enthusiasm from my students is nice,” said

ause he grew up surrounded by teachers; his rofessor at Cerritos College. does not have his own classroom, which is why ves from class to class all throughout the day to

ult, but its fine,” explained Jolly. d in sports such as football, water polo, and joined , and the frisbee golf club, and is happy to be back

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To stop being evil and to stop dancing inappropriately at dances and to get away with texting in class. Start being nice, start coming to school - Amanda Farah (11) and get anger management classes. - Diana Carrillo (12)

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10 Entertainment Briggs Does It One of Gahr’s own has been recognized across the globe. by Kanayo Uchemefuna Staff Writer

In a flannel shirt, sunglasses, and a fresh pair of Nikes, he is the personification of cool. Establishing his name as the next big thing in music, Krishna Briggs (11) has already created a mixtape. At the age of sixteen, he is in the process of negotiating record deals with independent labels such as AFC, and is working on his extended play, “Colors of My Mind”. Inspired by the sounds of Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, Common, Pete Rock, and even Bob Marley, Briggs considers his musical styling as a mixture of Indie, Hip Hop, and Soul. “Basically what inspires me is expressing my feelings inside. I have been rapping since I was in sixth grade. It’s a self expression,” said Briggs. Released in October, Briggs’ mixtape titled “The Real Vo l u m e : 1 ” holds a few original pieces produced by himself, while the rest are pre- existing beats. The upcoming EP


titled “Colors of My Mind”, for Chocolate Records, contains all original tracks produced by himself. “One of my favorite songs is ‘Lost Love Music’ that’s the first song I produced myself and made the beat to. A lot of people in the UK dig it too,” said Briggs. When asked the average time length for making a song, Briggs said, “It depends on how detailed and serious the song is. If it is a single or serious song, then it will take two hours on average. If it is not a serious song, then about thirty minutes.” Briggs’ songs are based on life, and not inspired by people. Performing at gigs such as the Knitting Factory in Hollywood and Wesc. Clothing, Briggs’ passion for music has taken him far. Even through all this success, when asked if he will make music his career, he said “Music is going to be something I’m doing, but at the same time I’ll be in college.” One can find Briggs’ music on the MySpace pages of students. Not only is his music well appreciated here at Gahr, but is listened to and enjoyed by those in the UK. Briggs has a connection to the United Kingdom, where his mixtapes are published. Holding the interest of fans ranging from students to fans half way across the world, Briggs still holds the support of his family. Briggs considers his brother his number one supporter. “He’s a DJ in Washington D.C. He helps me with a lot of things like helping out with money for my demos.” “I did a bunch of songs, and it started a buzz,” said Briggs. When it comes to recording, Briggs occupies a home studio and the Sony Studio in Inglewood. Having never expected to become this popular

Popular Gifts

Don’t know what to ask your parents for? Or you don’t have a clue what to get your friends? Here are some ideas for you procrastinators who love to buy things at the last minute. by Christopher Feng Staff Writer

V i d eo G a m es :

For all those gamers out there, there are many new releases sure to be on their wishlists. - Gears of War 2 - Left 4 Dead - Rock Band 2 - Guitar Hero: World Tour - Fallout 3 - Call of Duty: World at War - Prince of Persia - Tomb Raider: Underworld - Little Big Planet - Fable II - Wii Fit

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A gift card is so simple that you don’t have to go through all the pressure of deciding what to get. - iTunes - Target - Walmart - Borders - Barnes & Nobles - Gamestop - Radioshack - Best Buy - Circuit City - Movie Passes

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Phones, phones, phones. With the use all these little guys do, a new one may be needed for all your texting, surfing the web, and calling your friends. Here are some popular models. - Blackberry Storm - iPhone - Sidekick LX, Slide - LG Voyager - Sony Ericsson W580i - T-Mobile G1 - EnV - LG Dare - LG Shine

MP3 Players:

Zune and ipod’s are one of the most wanted gifts during Christmas time. Here’s a list of the different available models. - iPod Video Classic 120 GB - iPod Touch 8 GB- 32 GB - iPod Nano 8 GB - 16 GB - Zune 4 GB- 8 GB - Zune 120 GB

Krishna Briggs’ Mixtape The Real Volume 1 and successful so early, Briggs said, “The support means a lot. People are supporting me, and they relate to what my music is saying. I got love for everyone who supports my stuff.” Briggs’ enthusiasm and dedication to music has taken him far, and inspired others in the process. He is one of the few students at Gahr who has turned a hobby into an expression of oneself, and an outlet that all can enjoy. For a live look and better listen at Briggs’ music, he considers displaying his talent at the school talent show, and wants to advise fans to be on the lookout for his upcoming album with DJ Rex. Briggs would like to let students know “People who need songs or beats made, I’m a song writer and producer, and I’m interested in working with talented musicians.” Check out his MySpace for his new and old creations. “His music is for the fans of real hip hop heads everywhere,” states Asha Jackson (11).

December Reviews 808’s & Heartbreaks by Fabian Zambrano Staff Writer

Kanye has been having one of the worst years of his life and his newest album, 808’s & Heartbreaks, reflects his pessimistic view on life. But even with those catchy songs and guest artist features, it still does not change the fact that 808’s and Heartbreaks is a break up album and not the next Late Registration or Graduation. Overall, the album was decent; not the most moving or exciting thing Kanye could bring, but it was fair at best.

Day & Age

by Fabian Zambrano Staff Writer

Ever since The Killers’ debut album, Hot Fuss, was released in 2004, some fans have been wondering when they will return to their true classic style. Day & Age contains what you would normally expect from The Killers and more, but still gives you that same intense feeling that you would get from listening to something from Sam’s Town or Hot Fuss, and it’s not too “over the top” like most bands tend to do. The entire album in general was good, though, some songs need to be listened to a couple times to be better appreciated. But it is still some of The Killers’ best work.

Call of Duty: World at War by Roman Duenas Staff Writer

Many gamers waited to see if Call of Duty: World at War would meet the standards of all the past Call of Duty games, and it did not disappoint. World at War does an excellent job showcasing the horrors of World War II and gives gamers a feel of the events that happened during the war. There are brutal hand-to-hand battles that will keep gamers at their feet, and World at War offers an exciting multiplayer that will make you want to come back for more. Many fans may think that World at War is a step back in the series, but it is a satisfying entry in the popular war video game franchise.

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12 Fashion Get the Kicks Get the latest men’s footwear and make great gifts out of them!

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Students share what their new look will be for the new year. By Donna Garcia Design Editor

What are your favorite stores to shop at?

“I think I’m going to start wearing electric green pants and dye my hair dark purple.”

“My most favorite Store to shop at is Nordstroms.”

How would you describe your style?

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“I would describe it like urban style.”

Do you have any style tips or must haves?

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“I don’t think my style will be any different next year, but I am down to try knew things.”

“Everyone should be unique.”


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Clarence Jasper Cruz (12)

1. Obey Winter coat 2. Acid Wash Jeans 3. Vans Half Cabs 4. Bomber Hat 5. Flannels 6. Wesc Jeans 7. Gold Nixon Watch 8. Cardigans 9. Holy Readers 10. Supreme Chukkas 11. Comfortable socks 12. Fitted Caps 13. PlUgs & Studs 14. American Apparel Hoodie 15. Beanies

“I like my style right now, but it might change next year with something different and unique.”


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“I really like to be plain when it comes to clothes. My style might not change at all.”

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Students share what their new look will be for the new year. By Donna Garcia Design Editor

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Try new and different shoes for the upcoming new year! By Petra Slaughter Staff Writer

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By Lizbeth Ochoa Beat Editor

What are your favorite stores to shop at?

“For the new year, I want to start dressing more New York like.”

“Forever 21, Macy’s, Hollister, Wet Seal, Foot Locker, Active, Finish Line, boutique fashion shops, H&M, Reference”

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How would you describe your style? “Changeable, button up, urban sleek, I would rather not match but when you see me I’m most likely matching”

Kelli Lamb (12)

Do you have any style tips or must haves?

“I want to dress more relaxed and laid back. I don’t want to worry about each outfit I wear.”

“Everybody should have a button up shirt, some type of boots, Uggs, eTC. If you are wearing something plain, you can always accessorize by wearing jewelry.

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“I like my style right now, although I do want to try out more cute outfits.”

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“I probably won’t change my style for clothes, but I do want to accessorize more.”

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1. Peacoat 2. Boots 3. MAC Makeup 4. Pajamas 5. Juicy Couture Perfume X-tra Layers 6. Accesories 7. Moccasins 8. Oversized Purse 9.Fedora Hats 10. Scarves 11.Mary-Jane Heels Year-end Sales 12. Charm Bracelets 13. American Apparel Hoodie 14. Fur Vests 15. Gift Cards

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14 Editorials

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Gladiators Generously Giving in Hard Times Despite our seeming lack of school spirit, Gladiators get in the holiday spirit and give to those in need. We should be this generous all year. By Gregory Poblete Staff Writer

This year has been very difficult for many Americans. Many families have lost their homes and even their jobs, leaving them with nothing. Even during these hardships, people are still give to others. The toy drive this year has been one of the best toy drives in years. Everyone at Gahr did an amazing job collecting toys for the needy children. Because of all of the student’s generos-

ity, one more child will be celebrating Christmas with a smile on their face. With all the things that teens have to balance, it surprises me that so many teens remembered to bring in a toy to give to the needy children. I think that it is a very good thing that students are being thoughtful and not just thinking of themselves this holiday season. The holiday season is all about giving and just being thankful for what we have. There are so many people that don’t know how good they have it. I think that it’s terrible that there are people that just want everything. They

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want the newest phone, or a car, or the newest video game system, just thinking of themselves. Then there are others that don’t have anything, but they still appreciate the little things that they own. It amazes me that so many students participated in the toy drive. I know that many students don’t have jobs and not very much money, plus they have to save up for presents for their families and friends. So it just makes me feel good that there are people willing to sacrifice that extra money for a burrito or new cd and buying a toy for

Students need to go back to basics. Everyone needs a refresher in manners and potty training to make the bathrooms better. By jessica lee Editor in chief

A bathroom should be the one place a person can expect to have some peace and quiet, especially a teenager who is constantly hassled and bothered by adults and peers all day. I often look forward to the spa-like solitude of the bathroom, but our bathrooms seem more suited to a truck stop than a Distinguished School. If I want to use the bathroom....well, I never actually want to use the bathrooms here, so let me rephrase: If I need to use the bathroom, I am first greeted by floors covered in urine so that I have to wade through puddles of someone else’s pee just to take care of business. When I actually cross the Yellow Moat, I am greeted with another vile, disgusting sight: the unflushed toilets filled to the top with pee. How lazy are you that you cannot bring yourself to flush? It’s not as if the toilet handle is out in the parking lot. Maybe I’m being unfair. Maybe you’re not lazy, but actually physically unable to flush a toilet. If you are so weak and puny that you find yourself unable to push down that toilet handle, I would suggest actually working in P.E. to develop your upper-body strength. And if neither of the above apply to you, then you just need to exercise your basic respect for other people. No one else wants to see your leftovers. Then, there are the paper towels thrown all over the place. No, let me correct myself. The paper towels are thrown every place BUT in the actual trashcan. Now, obviously our school is not nationally ranked for basketball, but surely we can all manage to throw a wad of paper into a large hole right in front of us? Can’t we? I mean, this doesn’t require any special NBA-like skills. Again, though, if you really are trying to hit that trashcan and keep missing, please put in a little extra effort in P.E. So, who’s to blame for these disgusting bathrooms? I mean, the pee and paper towels aren’t miraculously appearing on their

own every day, so this is someone’s fault. Now, I know that my fellow teens will be quick to blame the school because we like to blame the school (and adults in general) for anything that goes wrong in our lives. (We also like to take full credit for things that adults have helped us with, but that’s another story for another issue.) In this instance, though, there aren’t any adults to blame. The disgusting mess in the bathrooms you fault. Yeah, students, I’m talking to you. The adults are not going in there any peeing all over the place, nor are they standing there and forcing you to urinate anyplace but the toilet bowl. The school has not removed the toilet handles or rigged them to deliver electricity to those who flush, so they’re not to blame for the unflushed toilets. And the paper towels thrown all over the place? Again, the SIAs are not standing making you throw the paper towels two inches away from the large trashcan. You’re just lazy and take no pride in your school. We complain about never being treated like adults, but how can we expect to be treated like adults when we haven’t even mastered potty training? I know three-year olds who have better aim when they’re in the bathroom. I don’t think we should complain that it’s unsafe for us to hurry to class for tardy sweeps when you don’t care about your own safety enough to pee in a toilet bowl. I have almost slipped in the pee puddles numerous times, but I have never slipped on the way to class. When it comes down to it, I really wouldn’t blame the school for taking away more of our privileges. Driving to school? Are you crazy? If you can’t control your urine or lack the basic strength to flush, then I don’t want you behind the wheel of a car. Until we start acting like adults, or at least like toilet-trained toddlers, and keep our own bathrooms clean, then we need to shut up and stop complaining about how bad the school is.

Get out and dance!

Everyone should buy tickets for next month’s Winter Formal. So, we know you just spent money over the holidays, and we know that economic times are tough, but you should all make sure to save up to go to Winter Formal. This is one of only four dances out of the whole year for you to attend, and, if you want to do the math, just one of 16 dances in your whole high school career. Dances are what high school memories are made of.

What will happen when fashion mixes with science at the Discovery Science Center? You don’t want to miss it! Everyone’s always complaining that the dances are boring, but who’s ever attended a scientific Winter Formal before? Underclassmen, this is the only formal dance of the year that you can attend without having to drag along a creepy junior or senior.

a child that really needs it this holiday season. I think that it is wonderful that there are still kind people in the world that aren’t selfish. It gives me a nice feeling to see that people are in the Christmas Spirit. This is the reason why the holidays are so great. Not just because of getting presents, but it’s because of giving gifts. I honestly think that it is better to give gifts than receive them. Just to see the expression on their face when they open their gift, makes it all worth it.

Tardies Sweep Gahr Students scurry to get to class on time to avoid tardy sweeps. By Pavan Rami Staff Writer

It’s an average school day when all of a sudden, chaos breaks out. You hear the calm voice echo around school, “Attention students and teachers, this is a tardy sweep; you now have 30 seconds to get to class, any student caught in the sweep must report to the SIA in your quad. Please walk in a safe and orderly manner,” and see countless kids suddenly lose control. They run like maniacs because they do not want to be locked out of class and forced to march to the quad. It makes sense that they’re running, because who in the right mind wants demerits? Tardy Sweeps are a good idea, but the way the school announces them can actually make Gahr a dangerous environment for students. The school expects us to get to class on time without running. This is not as easy as they make it seem because one minute is not enough to get to class. “Tardy sweeps are really just dumb. When I’m walking to class like normal and the tardy sweep is announced, I start to hurry because I don’t want to be late to class. I, being clumsy, end up bumping into a lot of people. I think they should either stop the tardy sweeps or at least tell us right when the bell rings,” Leann Aya (10) said. Aya even crashed into other students as she ran to class during a tardy sweep. Many students have similar viewpoints about the tardy sweeps. “Simply put, tardy sweeps are a waste of time,” said Anjali Patel (11). However, the administration feels that tardy sweeps are good for the school and make a difference in the number of tardies. “The tardy sweeps are to reinforce the students’ behaviors and we have seen that they really make a difference,” Assistant Principal Michael White said. “We announce the tardy sweep about one minute before class

starts because sometimes the students need a reminder that they need to get to class on time,” White said. Teachers also feel that the tardy sweeps are making a good difference in their students’ tardy counts. “I think the tardy sweeps really make a difference, but I don’t even see the need in announcing that there is one going on,” science teacher Jackie Burneson said. “Instead, the office should announce it 10 seconds early so the teachers have enough time to close their doors.” Some students feel that the tardy sweeps are actually sort of funny. I must say though, we are actually pretty lucky when it comes to tardy sweeps. Other schools, such as Artesia High School, hold tardy sweeps every period of every day and if caught, students are forced to go to On Campus Suspension (OCS), a program still in effect since I left Artesia High School a few years ago. OCS is an in-school program, much like our detention, in which students sit for the entire period quietly and do something productive. The catch of OCS is that teachers are notified that students were sent there and get no credit for the class that day. The students’ academics would be hurt because just for being late, the student would miss the whole class period and then would fall behind. I’m happy that we have nothing like that at Gahr and I hope that they never have incorporate a program such as that, because it is a useless program that will just hurt the student’s academics. Students and school administration have two very different opinions on the tardy sweeps, but it seems that they’re here to stay. Hopefully they change some of the policies about the announcements so that we aren’t forced to scramble like little mice. Until then, the best we can do is be cautious when we hear the calm voice tell us that we have one minute to reach our classrooms.


Thursday, December 18, 2008

Letters to the Editors

Re: “To Apply or not to Apply”

As I read through this article, I realized that I disagree with the opinion presented. I don’t believe that the college applications process is futile at all. Choosing between a four-year university and a junior college is a decision we as students must make for ourselves. For those of us who know what we want to do and who have found the financial aid to fund this dream, a university is best. For those of us, however, who are still unsure or who want a more affordable option, junior colleges are great. Even though I prefer the idea of a 4-year university, I strongly believe that community colleges are just as good. By removing the stress of high tuition costs, they allow students to focus on their studies and figure out what they want to do. The writer of this article should have touched on the pros and cons of each education instead of just presenting one side. He should have outlined the different options available to students, such as loans, work-study, scholarships, and grants before telling us which choice to make. Students need to know that we have tons of options and that the admissions process isn’t so cut and dry. We need to know that attending a UC, Cal State, or junior college isn’t just a question of how smart or rich we are: it’s often a matter of how much work we’re willing to put into the applications process and finding financial aid. CAROLINE OPENE Senior I was very interested in this story due to the fact that in two years, I too, will be applying for college. I think the article is very right, considering that everyone is stressing because college is where the rest of your like is counting on. UCs are the hardest to get into and a lot of people doubt that they make it. College applications are very stressful and a lot of people are able to relate to this article. I think that its very nerve racking to just sit at home waiting for the applications to come in hoping that the college has accepted you. I know that I must try hard in sophomore year, junior year, and senior year because that was I will be more confident on my applications. The school year is going by quickly and we soon enough will be moving on to our next year. Seniors going off to college, juniors going to be seniors, sophomores going to be juniors, and freshman are going to be sophomores. I think we all should be thinking about college because if we procrastinate until we’re seniors, it’s going to be harder to make decisions. As I was reading the article, it hit me that I need to start thinking about the future.

Re: Arts


I think you guys did a great job on the arts page. I really liked how you guys put everything that ATA did on the field trip and maybe next time if you guys can take a few more pictures then it would look better, but besides that you guys did a great job and I hope you keep it up. I’m looking forward for the next arts page and I hope it’s just as awesome as this one, but with more pictures of ATA. SAMANTHA ALEJO Sophomore

Re: Entertainment

I am an ardent fan of the Twilight series and was very glad to see a review for Breaking Dawn in the November Issue of the paper! I have not read the book yet but your review was the best review by far that I have read about the book. Stephenie Meyer truly deserves the applause she receives for her books. After reading your review I feel more “thirsty” to read the book! I have been buying book after book and now I have to only ready “Breaking Dawn” to complete the series! I am so excited. I loved your review. NIDHEYA SURESH Sophomore

The things that are in there were extremely creative. The books reviews, movies reviews, and more things that are popular of the month. The books review is the best because it has a description of the books, that would made a lot of people want to read the book. Readers would love checking them out. Movie reviews also were good. The drawing at the entertainment were good. I liked the drawings. I would love to check more popular books and movies at the next issue. Thank you for your time. I hope the next issue will be as good as this one. JOO ANN PEE Sophomore

Re: Spiritless an With No Pride”

Thank you for telling us that ASB is in a financial crisis and though you were right on the part where it says that almost nobody attended the dances, and also thought it was sad, because the school depends on us to have fun activities, this means we depend on each other to have fun in the school. I believe that ASB is having a hard time with economics from last dances and thought that people that read this article are going to start helping ASB which is a great thing. I disagree when in the article says that Gahr students have no spirit. I have spirit and am proud of the school. For example, the population of Gahr is greater each year. This means that people are coming to Gahr because they want to. Also keep in mind that many people have spirit and are proud of their school. ASHLEY MERCADO Sophomore I found your article to be contradicting. You are ranting about school pride, yet at the same time, it is the school’s fault for denying students their right to have fun. There are certain codes that the school administrators must enforce to ensure safety and to promote a distinguished environment. Having been the biggest complaint, music selection choice is just an excuse to admonish the school for being “too strict” as some say. From what I have heard, the main dispute is not being able to play songs that have curse words in them at school events, rallies and dances. To have the dependency of school spirit lie upon slang words and violence in music; such an unreasonable excuse. I do agree with you that students should be able to have more input. The problem is, most students are pessimistic and refuse to take advantage of the situation. It is a stereotype, but analytically speaking, I agree with my statement. Let’s face the harsh reality. When was the last time someone on campus, excluding ASB members, made any attempt to improve school social activities such as holding a petition? Unless an individual has applied effort to incorporate ideas that will ignite school pride, they should not have the audacity to verbally bombard those working their tails off to do so. There is a difference between criticism and teamwork, and most students simply choose complaining over collaborating. I am glad that you brought this topic up, but in addition to publicizing the key issue, you should offer a solution as well. ERIC TANG Senior

Re: “Better Safe Than Sorry”

The administration is always talking to us about how they know what’s best for us, but they apparently don’t. How could they make us go to school when they know that the ashes from the fire just as bad as secondhand smoking! Someone that has really bad asthma could have gone to the hospital from an asthma attack, or worse, they could have died. I think that our parents should have done something about this issue. They should still do something about this. If they don’t more kids will be getting sick and they’ll have to skip school. KATHERINE DIAZ Sophomore



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The Forum Crossword Read this issue’s stories to find the answers.


2 - Who is the team captain as well as the Spotlight for the Varsity Wrestling team? 3 - Features mention Michael --- having “some interesting traditions many people have never heard of.” 4 - Girls Varsity Basketball Spotlight is ---. (first and last name) 5 - Many people believe that we do not need ---; they are “simply a wast of time.” (two words) 7 - What’s The Killer’s new CD called? (three words) 8 - Stefanei Freeman spends her extra time making --- and giving them away to the homeless. 11 - What is Roman Duenas dressed as on his shirt? 12 - ASB has been trying to raise money to buy a new --- by selling slushies at snack and lunch. 13 - --- is the second store listed in the “Popular Gifts” story. 14 - Who is in charge of the toy drive? (first and last name)


1 - What is the full title of the new game Call of Duty: ---? (three words) 2 - Krishna Briggs’ --- is his number one supporter. 6 - The marching band played during the pre-game of the --- on November 29th. 7 - According to Chaniece Ponder and Kanayo Uchemefuna, the administration has been distracted by catching students with electronics, cell phones, and tardy sweeps instead of ---. 9 - Who is the Girls Water Polo Spotlight? (first and last name) 10 - What issue number is this newspaper? 12 - Sergio Pranda’s resolution for this coming year is to “Drink ---, and build strong bones.”

Winners of the November Issue

ATTENTION! The first person to bring this page, completed with the correct answers, to Room 661 wins a prize!

December 2008, The Gahr Forum  

December 2008 issue of The Gahr Forum.

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