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Volume 33, Issue 4 2700 NW Glencoe Rd Hillsboro, Oregon

Teacher Leaves Behind Legacy by SONJA ARROYO Over the past seven years activities director Barbara Furstenburg, has become a mentor and a friend to many Glencoe students. She can be found helping students, leading an assembly or coordinating school activities. Many beloved school activities have originated since Furstenburg became the activities director. Among the traditions brought to Glencoe by Furstenburg is the popular Mr. Glencoe Pageant. Furstenburg said she is most proud of this accomplishment. According to Furstenburg, Glencoe had nothing like this fundraiser in the previous years. “I brought it to the table and am so happy with the quality of the performances. The pageant really grew with me,” she said. Furstenburg said the pageant started out small and progressed over the years. The Mr. Glencoe pageant has been running for seven years and counting. Now, it is rais-

photo by DEVIN HERBERT Barbara Furstenberg holds the Elks Canned Food Drive trophy. During her time as activities director, Furstenburg oversaw the inception of many school traditions.

ing thousands and thousands of dollars for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Another tradition that started during Furstenburg’s time as activities director is Dancing With the Staff, a Glencoe favorite. Senior student council treasurer Cindy Najera said the 2013 Dancing with the Staff night was one of her favorite memories with Furstenburg. According to Najera, working with Furstenburg for the past four years has been a great experience because she is comedic and has a unique carefree spirit. Najera said Furstenburg has taught her many life lessons that she will carry on with her into the future. “She has encouraged me to try my best at everything,” Najera said. Along with starting activities, Furstenburg has made an effort to connect with her students and the people in the environment around her. ASB secretary Angel Mandujano said

Furstenburg is a caring and motivating person. “She has taught me not to only focus on my activities but to know my boundaries and focus on myself when I need to,” Mandujano said.

She’s a best friend and someone we can all rely on.

Furstenburg said she has enjoyed the relationships she has gained through being the activities director. “I believe that teaching and advising is a partnership. We always learn from each other. So yes, we make mistakes together, but we also learn together,” Furstenburg said. Among the students inspired by Furstenburg is senior class president Noelani Gonzales. She said she could not imagine

spending her four years in leadership with anyone better. Gonzales also said she is grateful for Furstenburg being there and teaching her what she needs to know. “Ms. Furstenburg has been more than a teacher to me and everyone in the leadership class. She’s a best friend and someone we can all rely on,” Gonzales said. Although this is her final year as activities director, Furstenburg said she will continue to teach her American studies classes. According to Furstenburg she is finding other opportunities and activities to fill her newfound time. Furstenburg said that one thing she is looking forward to is traveling this summer. Furstenburg will be traveling to Asia with her son and visiting China, Japan and Thailand. Furstenburg’s bright and bubbly personality can still be seen throughout the school. “My door is always open,” Furstenburg said.

Mitchell accepts principal position

Glencoe vice principal Greg Mitchell will be leaving his position at Glencoe to become principal of Central High School by JASMIN AGUILAR After eight years as vice principal at Glencoe, Greg Mitchell has been hired as principal at Central High School, in Independence, Oregon. Although Mitchell said this will be a big change for him, he is glad to have had the opportunity to be a part of the Crimson Tide. “I didn’t know this was going to be my last year until a couple weeks ago. I was not planning on it, but I am grateful for my time. [Glencoe] has been a really good place to be,” Mitchell said. With a smile on his face Mitchell expressed his gratitude for the relationships and memories he has created while being Vice Principal. “I will always remember the times I shared with the teachers and kids,” Mitchell said. “[Glencoe] gave me experience on managing a building and many opportunities to grow and develop my skills as a leader in the school.” Through being vice principal, Mitchell grew close with many staff members over the years. When reminiscing back smiles spread across their faces. “Greg Mitchell is such a talented, dedicated and hu-

morous man. I want to see him rise to his level of talent and this is that exact moment for him. He is one of those people that make Glencoe so great,” Principal Bob Macauley said. Now that Mitchell will be climbing the ladder from vice principal to principal, Dean of Students Jeff Meeuwsen said he is confident about Mitchell’s future success. “This is something he has wanted to do for quite some time now. He has an abundance of qualities that will make him an exceptional principal, and I am very happy for him,” Meeuwsen said. Although teachers and staff are happy about this favorable opportunity they also feel a little torn. “When I first heard that he was leaving I cried because I was so sad […] Despite the fact that this will be our last year with him, I am very happy he is getting this opportunity,” attendance secretary Vicki Brewer said. After eight years of long school days and a 45-minute commute between Glencoe and his home, Mitchell said he is ready for something new and looks forward to his future at Central High School. “Now that I will be working closer to home, I will not

have to wake up so early or spend hours after school to only get stuck in traffic on my way back home. With this new job, I will have more time to spend with my beautiful family,” Mitchell said. When taking a new job into consideration, there are many things to evaluate. Mitchell said he enjoys being surrounded by positive energy within a unified school like Glencoe. “I always look for schools that have great communities. Before being hired as vice principal eight years ago, all I ever heard about Glencoe were positive things. After spending so much time here, I now take pride in the citizenship and I am glad to have been a part of it,” Mitchell said. Although Mitchell will be closing this chapter of his life, people will remember him along his journey. Vice Principal Mary Peterson said Mitchell is an independent, hardworking coworker. “Greg Mitchell has always been very passionate about his job. He has a great sense of humor; he is self-efficient and takes care of the work place. We are definitely going to miss seeing him around the office,” said Peterson.




Tumbling into happiness

Monday, June 3, 2013

Using popular social-networking site Tumblr, Junior Vicky White posts inspirational messages and images to help those who are suffering and in need of someone by KRISTI CHAMBERS

While some teens spend time blogging about boy bands and cats, junior Vicky White does something a bit different. Last summer she launched a blog dedicated to suicidal and depressed teens called You Deserve to Be Happy. “I saw a lot [of posts] about people being depressed and who suffered from different mental disorders and decided that I wanted to do something,” White said. Since the blog launched, White has gained about 200 followers. White posts inspirational sayings and photographs about staying strong through hardships. She also posts for teens dealing with depression, suicidal thoughts and sexuality. White also gives advice to people one-on-one, who can write in anonymously if they wish. “There was once a boy, a young teen, [who] came and told me he was a prostitute. My heart broke for someone so young doing that to themselves. He told me he did it because he was gay and felt that was the only way to be loved,” White said. “I let him know that wasn’t love, and he wasn’t as alone as he thought. I suggested he started a LGBTQ club at his school or something similar to find more people similar to him. He did, and he met people who accepted and loved him and he stopped prostituting.” He has been doing really well. Helping him and hearing his story really showed me that even though what I am doing is small scale, it matters.” As the blog progressed, White found that by changing others’ lives, her life too has changed. White said she feels her happiest when she is helping people through their struggles. “When people come to you with their problems, you have to be more open-minded, and you can’t judge things based on societal misconceptions,” White said. “Also, when you talk to people …you realize the impact you have and how one ignorant remark can really hurt someone. It has made me more aware of myself and what I say and do,”

One of the many uplifting posts on Vicky White’s Tumblr blog, “You Deserve to Be Happy.” White said that helping people is something she feels compelled to do. She hopes to continue helping people once out of high school –whether it be continuing the blog or starting a career in counseling or therapy. “At the end of the day people just want someone to listen to them, help, and understand.”

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Junior Christiana Logan and sophomore Maura Palumbo qualified for the national equestrian tournament located in Lexington, KY competitions: horse judging, a written test, and a group presentation. Each is an individual event, but the scores of all four teammates are compiled for a group score. Logan and Palumbo will be performing in the same competition at Nationals. Logan, who has been involved in 4-H for the past 8 years, expressed her shock at being the best of the competing teams. “I’ve wanted to go for the past five years,” Logan said. “I was so sur-

prised!” The team will be representing Oregon at the national competition on Nov. 19 in Lexington, Kentucky – the home of the Kentucky Derby. “We will be flying into and competing in Kentucky, which is the heart of the horse world,” Palumbo said. “This is a tremendous honor to represent the state of Oregon. I’m looking forward to meeting competitors from all over the nation, who share the same love and desire for the equine field.”

He’s one Heck of a drummer Despite only playing the drums for four years, Nick Heck exceeds many expectations by CADY HERB Entering jazz band his freshman year hoping to enrich his guitar skills, senior Nick Heck said he was amazed by the drumming talent. Instead of focusing on guitar, Heck decided to take on drumming. For Heck, drumming is a hobby; one that he spends consistent hours practicing. “Drumming is not what I want to do with my life it’s just a lot of fun,” Heck said. Heck has amazed other students by how quickly he caught on to drumming. It takes a lot of hand-eye coordination to master the complexity of drumming. “He has natural talent,” senior Evan Dahlquist said. “I’ve

It’s your right

Is the Constitution still relevant to resolving today’s issues? by LORENA COLCER

Students to nationals in 4-H by ANISHA DATTA Two Glencoe students have qualified for the 4-H national competition. Junior Christiana Logan and sophomore Maura Palumbo delivered an exemplary performance in Hippology at the Spring Horse Classic last April in a group effort with juniors Justine Stalnacker from Hillsboro High School and Alyssa Andrews from Forest Grove High school. Hippology involves three different


seen other kids who have been playing since sixth grade who aren’t as good as him.” Even with a busy schedule, Heck finds time to practice with not only with the school, but with the Oregon Crusaders. OC is a competitive youth program for exceptional drumming and other artistry, such as color guard. Heck has struggled with balancing school and drumming. He considers himself lucky because the balance has taught him the value of time management and hard work. “It’s hard to find the motivation to do homework on a Sunday night after an all-day weekend camp,” Heck said. Heck plans to attend Oregon State for biochemistry. He plans to study medicine and become a surgeon.

Over 80,000 people have died in Syria since the start of their civil war in 2011. These people have died fighting for rights that Americans have by default – including the right to freedom of speech, religion, protest, press and assembly. The city of Hillsboro currently has 93,450 residents. Losing 80,000 is simply unfathomable. What would the Tuesday markets, the 4th of July parade, and even the traffic in the Glencoe student parking lot look like without all of those people? It is revolting that the world has lost 80,000 people in a war over rights that Americans too often take for granted. These rights are guaranteed to us by the U.S. Constitution, the Supreme Law of the Land. The Constitution keeps the police from breaking down your door at 3 a.m. without proper reason. We are also promised representation during a trial and the right to vote regardless of race or gender. This is why the Constitution is so essential. It not only states our rights, but shields them from being taken away as well. Former member of the Texas House of Representatives Rick Green reiterates the importance of the Constitution in the United States. “One of the unique things about our country is that when you graduate from high school, nobody hands you a pink slip that says ‘You will be a lawyer’ or ‘You will be a doctor.’ You’re not assigned a job by the government, and the reason for that is the system of freedom guaranteed by the Constitution,” Green said in a phone interview. However, there have also been setbacks due to the Constitution. The Constitution is a set of rules that must be followed closely. Thus, this approach often initiates the long, arduous, and somewhat painful debates that many have little patience for. Professor of Constitutional Law at Georgetown University Louis Seidman argues that this aspect of the Constitution is detrimental to the United States. “What happens when the issue gets Constitutional-ized? Then we turn the question over to lawyers, and lawyers do with it what lawyers do. So instead of talking about whether gun control makes sense in our country, we talk about what people thought of it two centuries ago,” Seidman said in an interview with CBSNews. While this is a considerable issue and tedious process, it happens with any set of rules anywhere. Simply “giving up on the Constitution,” as Seidman suggests, would be foolish. The quarrel that the Constitution causes is vastly outweighed by the freedoms and rights guaranteed by it. Green said it is important for Americans to educate themselves on the Constitution, to best help themselves protect their own rights. “Our freedom to choose … is the living benefit of our Constitution. It’s easy to just enjoy those freedoms and forget where they come from and why they’re guaranteed the way they are. It’s also easy to lose them if you don’t remember where they come from,” Green said. We are quite fortunate in the United States to have the rights we have. The Constitution is crucial to retaining those rights. Those 80,000 lives lost in Syria should serve as a warning to Americans to keep themselves educated on their Constitution, to better help in the protection of those rights.



Monday, June 3, 2013

Charming the world through



a graphic novel

A young artist’s passion for art emerges through her graphic novel, “Charms” by JACOB PETERS For at least three years, junior Aurora Miller has been working towards her dream to publish a graphic novel called “Charms.” “Charms” is a coming-of-age tale set in a magical world where the main character finds out her family heritage is not only tied with magic, but also with an ethnic war. Miller began the draft phase of “Charms” in her middle school years, and her inspiration to create the graphic novel came from her own daydreams and a friend, who was also making a comic. However, Miller did not have an art inspiration at the time. That all changed during her freshman

year, when she took cartooning class and met her teacher Ezra Ereckson. Since then, Ereckson has served as her main art influence. Miller has been in Ereckson’s cartooning class for three years now, and Ereckson can attest to her improving skills. “Aurora is someone with a lot of talent and inspiration, which combined with her years of improvement and hard work, has turned into true skill,” Ereckson said. Miller said Ereckson really helped her improve her art. She said that instead of teaching his students a new art style, Ereckson sits down with students and works with them to improve their

own art style. “He helps you find your own way. He worked with me on things like anatomy of the characters, color and theme. He helped me make my art look better and more professional,” Miller said. Fellow artist and friend Nathan Dixon can also speak on behalf of Miller’s improved art skills. “Her art gets better every time I see it. She improves on structure, facial expressions, line quality, human form and comic structure,” Dixon said. Dixon also said that one of the things he likes about “Charms” is that Miller is seeing the project to the end. Creating “Charms” is not just a hobby to Miller; it is a personal

passion. The experience creates a special feeling whenever she draws. “When I work on “Charms,” sometimes I feel like I’ve overcome a challenge, and overall, it just makes me happy,” Miller said. She hopes to publish her first graphic novel as her senior project. She is also thinking about putting her work on the Internet as an online comic. Miller is still unsure about how long she will write “Charms”, but overall, she plans to continue working on her art and sticking with her philosophy. “Practice makes perfect, but who knows the definition of perfect?”

artwork by AURORA MILLER This art appears on the cover of Miller’s graphic novel.

Living to the beat Beat boxing is more than percussion to Cabalitasan by ANNA BURTON With his fists clasped over the mic, he covers his mouth and drops a beat for the choir. Junior Dhan Cabalitasan harmonizes with their voices, creating sounds that resemble bass and snare drums. Beat boxing is a type of vocal percussion in which a person produces drum beats, rhythms and musical sounds using their mouth, lips, tongue and voice. Cabalitasan picked up beat boxing as a third grader after watching his brothers. Living in California at the time, he began break dancing, beat boxing and listening to hip hop. He found a deeper love for everything musical, and his aspirations changed drastically while in California. Before discovering his love for music, Cabalitasan’s biggest dream had been to act in an actionpacked, fighting movie. Now, he wishes to become a musician or dance professionally. Currently Cabalitasan’s biggest goal is to write a piece of music. Science teacher Susan Weidkamp, Cabalitasan’s partner in their performance at the canned food drive assembly, said she believes in his musical endeavors. “He’s definitely got the musical chops,” Weidkamp said. Cabalitasan beat boxes daily


and still runs into struggles. The biggest challenge involves controlling his breath so he does not end up coughing in the middle of a beat. For him, beat boxing is as much of a mental process as a physical one. “You gotta’ think about putting [the beat] together to keep the flow,” Cabalitasan said. The only thing that ranks above music for Cabalitasan is his family and friends. His cousin, senior Ryan Dela Cruz, agrees that Cabalitasan cares most for the people in his life. When Cabalitasan moved to Oregon as a freshman, the only people he knew here were his cousins. He began beat boxing and dancing with them. “Around my cousins, we just have that bond to be funny and make people laugh,” Cabalitasan said. With a guitar or ukulele in hand and a celebrity-like grin that regularly makes an appearance, Cabalitasan easily makes friends with an eclectic mix of people. According to Cabalitasan, beat boxing and music in general have proved to be an important connection with the people in his life. His advice to new beat boxers is to practice constantly. Every new beat boxer should also know that to get a basic rhythm, quickly repeat the words boots and cats in a pattern, he said. Cabalitasan makes it seem simple, but he has been working at it for eight years, challenging himself to remain consistent during long beat boxing sessions. According to Weidkamp, Cabalitasan enjoys being challenged. When she first saw Cabalitasan beat box with the choir, she was impressed. Cabalitasan had done something different by adding a new twist to the sound of the choir.

photo submitted by CHRIS STEINER

The Shockwave robotics team competed at the World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri.

Ready, Set, Robots

In its first year of competition, the Shockwave robotics team earned the Rookie All-Star Award at international competition by CELESTE WORTHY Shockwave, a Glencoe robotics team has only been in existence for one year. However, in that brief amount of time the team has experienced success. In early March Shockwave competed against more than 50 other teams at the 2013 Autodesk Oregon Regionals and won Highest Rookie Seed and the Rookie All-Star Award, the two highest awards available to rookie teams. Due to its impressive performance the team then advanced to the FRC World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri that took place from April 24-27. Here over 10,000 students gathered from all over the world for one reason: robots. This competition tested the robot’s ability to throw as many flying disks as possible into team’s designated goal area in two minutes and 15 seconds. At this international competition team Shockwave won the Rookie All-Star Award in its division, the highest honor. Head Coach, Chris Steiner said he was very pleased with Shockwave’s results. “We knew that we had a good

shot of winning the Rookie All-Star Award at Regionals, but we were not so sure about winning the award at the World Championships,” Steiner said. If it was not for the team’s dedication, Shockwave’s accomplishments would not have come. September through December is the pre-season, where the team begins meeting once every week. In the course of these months a team member can put in at least 30 to 40 hours of work. Starting Jan. 1, the building season begins and members work for six weeks straight, five nights a week and often put in time on Saturday as well. During this time, the average team member puts in upwards of 200 hours of work, Steiner estimates. Building a robot takes all

kinds of people, each have different skill sets. Some people on the team are programmers, some are engineers and others are responsible for advertising to sponsors, but all must work together if they wish to compete at a high level and be successful, Steiner said. The team was delighted with how much they accomplished in a short amount of time and are looking forward to what the coming years will bring. “Next year we definitely want to continue the expansion of the FRC Glencoe robotics team. We will be looking for people who not only have a love or interest in robots but who are talented writers, graphic designers and advertisers as these are all positions that would improve the team,” Steiner said.

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Monday, June 3, 2013

CrimsonTimes Left: On Glencoe’s Veterans Rememberance Day, Robert Seiler brought medals received for his service in World War II. Below: Golda Fabian talks about being one of the few women Marines during World War II.


Don Foelker talks about his experiences as a Marine during World War II.

WWII veteran shares his story

Don Foelker, the oldest retired U.S. Marine Corps Officer in Oregon, spent one of his last days at Glencoe recalling WWII memories by KRISTYN HELMICK


earing his heart on his sleeve always, 93-year-old Don Foelker lived his life proud to be a veteran from World War II. With smiling eyes, Foelker pinned an American flag onto his shirt. He was the oldest retired U.S. Marine Corps Officer who lived in Oregon. “Once a Marine, Always a Marine” was not just a motto to Foelker – it was a lifestyle. The integrity, courage and honor that Marines demonstrate are what originally attracted Foelker and his younger brother Bill to the Corps. Together, they enlisted in 1939. He was only 19 years old. Even though it has been 68 years since World War II ended,

Foelker’s memories remained intact. After hard years of training he eventually became an Officer and was sent to war in Guam, Saipan and other neighboring islands in the South Pacific. Foelker was only 24 years old when he led men who were barely high school graduates.

“I sincerely believe

that we’re all losers, when you’re going into armed conflict.

Again and again Foelker watched young Marines share the same idealistic view; “kill the enemy and come home a hero.” “The kids were young, [thinking] I’m never gonna die. I’m gonna get them – and some

didn’t,” Foelker explained. This kill-or-be-killed war resulted in 19,733 Marine causalities, with approximately 67,207 Marines wounded in action. Foelker had horrific memories of the use of napalm during World War II. Napalm is a chemical weapon that was used to set the Japanese on fire at excruciatingly high temperatures. The Japanese housed themselves in caves, where they hid and saved their possessions of gold and other treasures. These caves prevented any Allied soldier from getting in and taking them out. To prevent being killed themselves, the Marines did what they had to do, Foelker said. He explained the prideful nature of the Japanese and how it was considered dishonorable to surrender. The Japanese would fight to the death.

“It’s terrible to see human beings on fire. We’re supposed to love one another,” Foelker explained. This is why Foelker valued education. It is of upmost importance for this generation to learn about other cultures and find ways to communicate with each other, he said. “I sincerely believe that we’re all losers, when you’re going into armed conflict,” Foelker said. The generation that grew up during the Great Depression and later went on to fight in World War II is considered to be the “Greatest Generation.” Dean of Students Jeff Meeuwsen holds an upmost respect for this generation and knew Foelker well for the last six years. Quite often, Meeuwsen stopped by to visit Foelker at his retirement home in Hillsboro. Meeuwsen said he hopes that

Glencoe students can learn from veterans and especially those from World War II. “As we move forward we don’t know what we’ll face, but hopefully we’ll take it on like his generation did,” he said. Don Foelker was one veteran of 53, who was escorted during the 2013 Veterans’ Remembrance Day Assembly, held at Glencoe. 10 days later, Foelker passed away on Monday, May 6. He was not only the oldest retired Marine Corps Officer who lived in Oregon, but he was also greatly admired and looked up to as more than just a veteran to his community. He was, and will continue to be known as “Uncle Don,” the family man, the friend, and the Marine.

The Rise and Rise of Brenden Utting

After two years of acting and three lead roles in school productions, senior Brenden Utting reflects on his passion for theater by SARAH TRUE To many students, senior Brenden Utting is a great actor, but most people do not know what he went through to get where he is now. When Utting was 15, he moved from Kentucky to Oregon to help his grandmother who had suffered from a stroke. Utting did not have much help from anyone in his family when he went to live with her because his parents were both working and all of his siblings had to go to school. As the oldest in his family, Utting gave up going to public school and was home schooled while helping his grandmother. Towards the end of her life, she was no longer able to think clearly so Utting had to play games with her and act

things out to get her to do anything. “My grandma inspired me artistically and gave me a push in the right direction without even realizing it at the time,” Utting said. After Utting’s grandmother passed away, he decided he needed a change in his life. He enrolled at Glencoe his sophomore year because it was right across the street from where his grandmother had lived when he was taking care of her. He now lives with his uncle. Utting’s first acting experience was two years ago when he went to attend an improv festival with a few friends and got second place with no prior acting experience. At the improv festival people were put in random groups and had to make up a play on the spot. He played a girl in his act and wore make up and a wig. In the last two years Utting has had a leading role in three Glencoe plays. The most recent was “The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket.” “I liked playing Daniel a lot because the character is realistic. Usually when I am a lead I am an old guy, and in this play I was a teenager, so it was more relatable.” Getting those leads took a lot of practice. When preparing for a play, Utting practices an average of two hours every day and also additional time during the weekends to memorize his lines. Utting’s favorite part about acting is the practicing.

This summer Utting, along with 12 other Glencoe students will represent Oregon at the Oregon Chapter Select in Nebraska in June. He and five actors, Bailey LuBean, Ashley Gaston, Jesse Donnelly, Reyna Cox, and Kaleb Bacchetti won first Place in the Oregon Chapter Select One-Act Play competition. While in Nebraska, this summer Utting is going to au-

His ability to translate words into truth on stage is among the best I have ever seen.

dition for colleges in Nebraska to pursue his acting career. The drama department has been very lucky to have Utting, including his drama teacher Lori Daliposon. “Brenden is one of the most naturally talented people I have ever taught. His ability to translate words into truth on stage is among the best I have ever seen. He is a rare talent and an exceptional human being. It has been my honor to be his director and teacher,” Daliposon said.



Monday, June 3, 2013


From Laos with love


When she was nine, junior Leena Sihapanya moved from Laos to the United States leaving family and friends behind by KENDALL ROSIER

As junior Leena Sihapanya walked through the airport with her mother, she could not help but feel sad and confused. As she boarded a plane bound for the United States, she realized her life was about to change forever. Sihapanya was born in Vientiane, Laos and she came to the United States in 2004 with her mother when she was nine years old. When she lived in Laos, Sihapanya learned to speak Thai and Laotian and practiced Buddhism. She said the lifestyle here is different and everyone seems focused on getting an education, a job and having a family. There was none of that in Laos. “It was such a simple lifestyle. Children ran around barefoot in the street and there is none of that here,” Sihapanya said. Sihapanya has lived in Connecticut, Tennessee, California and Oregon while staying with multiple family members. Her two brothers remained in Laos, as well as the rest of her family. “I haven’t seen my family in 10 years,” Sihapanya said.

When Sihapanya left Laos, she also left behind some of her closest friends.

such a sim“pleIt was lifestyle. Children ran around barefoot in the street...

“It was hard, but I had to move on. Life is about meeting new people and it changes all the time,” Sihapanya said. Her mother, Saithavone Sihapanya, wanted Sihapanya to have a good education, so when she returned to Laos in May of 2012, Sihapanya was forced to stay here and live with her aunt and uncle. Throughout her time here, Sihapanya has questioned why her family moved around. They faced financial problems in Laos and all the moving made Sihapanya feel like she did not have a real home. She missed her family and wanted to go back to Laos, but through these struggles, she has learned to appreciate one thing. “I learned to appreciate life,” Sihapanya said. “It’s just about

growing up and realizing the struggles are part of life. It made me realize the things I have and I'm thankful for that. Life is an adventure, and I would never regret it.” She realized she was not the only one with problems, and it taught her to be more open minded. Her friend Theresa Wanner also realized this insight. “Leena has had a lot of experiences other people don't usually have, and it gave her a different perspective on things,” Wanner said. If Sihapanya had not come to the United States she would look at the world differently and she would not be the person she is today. “In Laos people are shy and strict; in the United States people are independent and speak out. I learned to stand up for myself and speak out,” Sihapanya said. She also said she would have struggled and communication with her family would be different. “I think I became closer with my family because of this distance. Them not being here has brought us together,” Sihapanya

Senior uprooted to start new life

Supreeya Doungchumchuen left Thailand and grew into a new person after moving to the United States by ALICIA FASZHOLZ

It all happened in a flash. Within a week of getting the news, senior Supreeya Doungchumchuen left Thailand with her mom and brother to begin a new life in the United States. “I didn’t want to move at all. It had sounded extremely intimidating having to leave all of my friends and everything that we had set up back home,” Doungchumchuen said. The cause of their sudden relocation was the remarriage of Doungchumchuen’s mother, Chanisda Dahl, to an American citizen. According to Dahl, it was really exciting to see what was ahead of them. The United States had so many more options for her kids’ future. However, Doungchumchuen was hesitant and saddened by the idea of leaving her hometown. “It was quite a shock, and everything happened so quickly. The worst part was that I was not able to say goodbye to anybody before leaving my home,” Doungchumchuen said. With great anticipation, the trio uprooted their home in Thailand to join their new family. Junior Doungchumchuen, Supreeya’s brother, responded differently from his sister. He was excited to come here. “For me it was really awesome, a new place and a new experience,” Junior said. For Doungchumchuen, the first few days were very tough. She had to act like a follower in a completely new environment. On top of that, after only three days in this country, she was enrolled in an American middle school, which she discovered was quite different from her school in Thailand. It took her a full year to finally become accus-

tomed and comfortable with the English language and American culture, but now it is a part of who she is. “The hardest thing for me to get used to was definitely the English language as a whole. It’s just so awkward to speak. People would be talking to me, and I would have no clue what to say to them. The only thing I could do was sit there and listen to a conversation I could not understand,” Doungchumchuen said. Once she knew the language well, she started to appreciate her new life in the United States.

Everything we have learned from coming here was an opportunity that you could never have experienced in Thailand.

The freedom and independence Doungchumchuen experienced in the United States dramatically contrasted with the strict nature that was prevalent in Thailand. “One day in Thailand, while I was losing focus, the teacher came over and slapped me with a metal ruler, crushing my hand really hard. It hurt so badly that I was even in tears. It was one of those moments that you will never forget,” Doungchumchuen said. Living in the United States has been beneficial and has helped Doungchumchuen grow into a more well-rounded and much stronger person. Doungchumchuen is seen as an outgoing, happy individual and she said that coming to the United States has had a huge impact on her self-esteem. “Everything we have learned from coming here was an opportunity that you could never have experienced in Thailand,” Doungchumchuen said.

photo submitted by LEENA SIHAPANYA Leena Sihapanya in Laos at age four. said. Her mother, Saithavone Sihapanya hopes to return when Sihapanya graduates. Some of Sihapanya’s goals are to go to college in the United States, become a tour guide in Laos, teach or get a job in the medical field helping people. She hopes to live in a small village while traveling around the world

and striving for a simple lifestyle. “Leena wants to have a good education and be able to help people one day,” her mother said. Although Sihapanya still misses her family and still faces struggles, she will never forget them. “Life is good for me. It’s an adventure, a human experience, and I want to keep it simple,” Sihapanya said.

Crimson Florist

All 103 greenhouse students thank you for your support! Glencoe’s greenhouse program had another successful plant sale. What we’ve accomplished this year: Hillsboro’s Public Services Building Planters will receive 225 marigold plants for the community to enjoy throughout the summer months. Remaining hanging baskets and coleus plants were donated to Free Orchard Elementary School. They held an “in house” plant sale and sold all remaining items which in turn, will be used for their new raised beds. Another generation of young gardeners! Growing Gardens was the recipient of 200 sunflowers, strawberries, and cucumbers. Their mission is to stamp out hunger, and we are participating with that cause. A donation to Groner Elementary School’s garden club will take place in September — matching the $150 the students gave this spring.

We will honor our veterans with red geranium plants once again next year.

The 2013-2014 greenhouse students will donate to help youth, animals, or our Life Skills Class — their choice.

Happy Summer and grow with your heart!




Monday, June 3, 2013

Senior wrestles to the top

Michael Schrader’s years of hard work paid off when he won the Regional Championship last winter by FERNANDO AGUILAR

Hard work and commitment have transformed senior Michael Schrader into the varsity wrestler he is today. Going into the eighth grade, Schrader knew very little about the sport. After five years of training and practice, Schrader finished his high school career by qualifying twice for the state wrestling tournament. First during his junior year and again this year. “Sticking with it and working hard is what led me to being a state wrestler,” Schrader said. This year Schrader earned his way to becoming Regional Champion of the 170-lb. weight class. Schrader said that winning the Regional Championship was his greatest accomplishment as a wrestler. He was the best of 16 competitors in his weight class from both the North Pacific Conference and Metro League During the final championship match of regionals Schrader faced a difficult opponent. After the first round, he trailed his competitor by four points. “I knew I had to come-back from the hole I had dug myself into,” Schrader explained. By the end of the second round, Schrader was up by two points. “The desire to win led my


For Milks, climbing is more than monkeying around Senior Sam Milks finds solace in climbing trees and sees the world from a different perspective by KENNEDY FRICK

photo submitted by MICHAEL SCHRADER Senior Michael Schrader stands at the top of the podium in first place after becoming Regional Champion in his weight class of the North Pacific Conference and Metro League. comeback,” Schrader said. At the end of the third round Schrader won the match by six points. “Winning gave me a sense of relief because it was a realization that all my hard work had finally paid off,” Schrader said. According to Head Wrestling Coach Jason Harless, Schrader is determined to get better with every practice because he is al-

ways focused and sets the bar for others to try to reach. His work ethic has been a model to other wrestlers. “Schrader is a lead-by-example type of guy. He steps up and is the first one in the gym and the last to leave,” Harless said. According to Mitch Messmer, Schrader’s childhood friend, Schrader is the type of guy who

steps up when a leader is needed. For Schrader wrestling is more than just a sport. “Wrestling is a lifestyle because it goes beyond practice. It has taught me discipline, how to face adversity, to make decisions, and has shaped me into the person I am today,” Schrader said.

Anderson emerges as new leader Senior Marly Anderson steps up her game to become the leader of a young team and guides them to a successful turnaround by BECCA COLLINS The whistle blew to indicate the beginning of the game. The preseason had finally begun. Senior Marly Anderson and the girls basketball team faced Westview on Dec. 7, a team that Anderson said was very talented. Throughout the first half, the game was close. The lead was shared by both teams at times. Anderson contributed by scoring 12 points in the second quarter. By halftime, Glencoe was only down by two points. In the second half, the Tide struggled to keep up with Westview. The young team, which had spent little time playing together, was tiring early. Anderson’s 21-point game was not enough to beat the Wildcats. This early preseason loss, which was the first of many, surprised Anderson. She expected to contribute more because she had prepared for her senior season by playing on a traveling club team, Team ConA.S.E. Certified Master Technician

cept, which was one of the best in the nation, according to Anderson. Playing on the team helped to make her a better player, she said. Things were finally changing. She was able to show off her skills after Glencoe lost five preseason games. The change came at the Lake Oswego holiday tournament. “I was tired of losing. I knew that since it was my senior year, I had to step up and get wins,” Anderson said. Anderson averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks during the tournament. “She helped us turn in the right direction by going 3-1 in the tournament,” Head Coach Dylan Hettrich said. The Tide ended the season with a winning record of 14-10. During the season, Anderson, who was one of the only seniors, also learned that she needed to become a leader. “She was thrust into the role of being our leader,” Hettrich said. “This was not a role that she was used to, but during our ups and downs Marly stepped up big for us when we needed her the most.” She was uncomfortable at first, but with time and encouragement from Hettrich, she Honest & Reliable Auto & Truck

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I was tired of losing. I knew that since it was my senior year, I had to step up and get wins.

One of the highlights of Anderson’s season was being chosen for the Northwest Shootout on April 20, a game between the top 10 players from Oregon and Washington. The Oregon team won the game 99-70. Anderson contributed nine points to the win. Anderson’s skills are ready for college. “She has all of the skills to be very successful at the next level,” Hettrich said. “I think the most impressive part of her game is her ability to shoot from the outside. Being as tall as she is, a lot of opponents underestimate her ability to shoot outside, especially her three point shooting.” After a season with a rough beginning, Anderson is now excited for her college debut at Eastern Washington University.

Senior Sam Milks may just seem like an ordinary student, but his talent is anything but ordinary. One day Milks began climbing anything that he and Tristan Cowden, Milks’ best friend, had encountered while walking down a sidewalk. “It makes me feel free when I climb. I wanted to stay there forever,” Milks said. Among all of the obstacles he has climbed, Milks said trees are the most enjoyable. His record height is approximately 50 ft. “Being in a tree is an amazing feeling. I love being able to see the landscape from a high up perspective,” Milks said. Milks has rarely gotten injured during his climbing, but when he does, it is pretty painful. “Timing and speed is important in climbing to prevent serious injury. Certain objects and structures need careful foot and hand placements to climb safely. Body movement is also important in climbing,” Milks said. Milks advises anyone who wants to try climbing to choose trees or objects carefully. “If you don’t think you can do it, don’t try it. Think hard before trying anything that could tweak your body in a wrong direction or put unnecessary strain on any ligaments,” Milks advised. Junior Casey Getzendaner has experienced climbing with Milks. “When I first found out about Sam’s climbing, I just went with it. I even did it with him,” Getzendaner mentioned. Milks said his advantage for him while climbing is that he is tall and thin. “I climb using my long, limber arms to grasp a limb of the tree. Then, I swing my light body up to where my legs have a perfect chance to wrap around it,” Milks explained Milks may love to climb trees, but he also has climbed other obstacles. “One day I was walking to Winco and decided to climb to the top. I used the water pipes to climb up. Once I got to the top it felt like a new-found freedom,” Milks said. Milks said he likes what he experiences in his climbing. “It’s a shift of everyday life,” Milks said.



Monday, June 3, 2013

Game on!



The Crimson Times takes a sneak peek into the daring lives of players of role playing and trading card games, which feature incredible characters and elaborate displays of strategy while a 20 would entail exemplary success. According to Dixon, good D&D players t’s late. A full moon peeks into seneed to be lucky, as well as be strategic thinknior Nathan Dixon’s dimly lit living ers. room. A half empty box of pizza “[Players] need to be able to work together sits open, surrounded by crumpled napkins as a team, problem solve, and have a great deand towers of plastic soda cups. A group of gree of caution,” he said. teenagers scrutinize an elaborate, map-like In addition, D&D requires verbal impersonboard which lies in the center of the table. ation of the characters by their respective playTheir eyes are glued to their representing ers, which requires a great deal of on-your-feet figurines, which are surrounding a villainthinking. ous orc. “D&D is improv out the nose,” Dixon said. They wait with bated breath. The orc In fact, most RPGs and trading card games has put the group’s survival through the utilize a similar skill set. The card game Magic game in jeopardy, and the lives of their is a common trading card game at Glenoce characters depend entirely upon the roll of Internet Photo where players construct their own deck of the dice. The 20-sided die shown above is a signature icon of Dungeons and Dragons, a cards, and strategically deploy cards to try to Dixon rolls. The twenty-sided die popular fantasy role-playing game. The dice are rolled to determine the effecwin the game. bounces across the table, sliding to a halt tiveness of different attacks in the game. “It’s like chess, but with more variables,” at the center of the board. The roll reveals senior Hampus Hammarlund said. geon Master who is responsible for creating the world the a 12 – an attack just effective enough to Players of Magic vary from hardcore comslay the orc, allowing the company to progress to the next characters go through and the obstacles they will face. petitors to recreational gamers. Senior Parker Groop at“The Dungeon Master is the closest thing to a God [in tested that Magic requires a degree of foresight and logic. level. Dungeons and Dragons, a fantasy role playing game the game],” Dixon said. “You need to be able to think strategically, and how an Challenges encountered by the players can be formida- individual play can affect the whole game,” Groop said. (RPG), is enjoyed by many gamers around the world. RPGs and trading-card games have become popular ble, and are only limited by the Dungeon Master’s imagiAdditionally, Groop and Hammarlund said that Magic among Glencoe students, who have created elaborate net- nation. is an expensive game, especially while card prices are in“Once I was in a dungeon and I ran into a trap where flating due to the sudden influx of players. works among their peers to play them regularly. Dungeons and Dragons, also known as D&D, allows there was this orange mist,” Dixon said. “When entered, “Even though I’ve made some bad trades, I’ve spent players customize their characters by giving them specific you hear these whispers telling you that your friends are about 500 dollars [on Magic],” Hammarlund said. traits that translate to advantages and disadvantages in the against you. It also changes your gender. So you end up Players enjoy RPGs and trading card games because of game. According to Dixon, many experienced players cre- coming out [of the trap] confused, angry and the opposite their intellectual challenge and social atmosphere. ate multiple characters to choose from so that they can gender.” “[D&D] was a perfect outlet for my creativity,” Dixon The players’ success also depends on the dice. There said. explore more of the game’s possibilities. Dixon himself are many dice used in D&D, but the most common is the has created more than 20 characters. “It’s something to do that isn’t playing video games,” “I had my dwarf, I had my druid… right now, I’m play- twenty sided die used to determine the effectiveness of Groop said. “It’s entertaining, but requires a level of intelcertain traits and attacks. The higher the roll, the more ef- ligence.” ing a cripple,” he said. The game is moderated by a player designated as Dun- fective the action – a roll of one would be a terrible failure,



Senior designs and completes new diversity mural Designed and created by senior Roman Moreno, Glencoe’s newest mural depicts key historical figures and inspirational quotes by SONJA ARROYO Glencoe senior Roman Moreno tackled the impressive task of creating a new mural for the Language Arts hallway. Moreno was first approached by English teacher Elizabeth Morgan. She wanted a mural that showcased the diversity present in the world today. Knowing his passion for art and diversity, Morgan proposed that Moreno focus his mural on different leaders of diverse backgrounds. After a period of contemplation, Moreno chose Mother Teresa, Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King Jr., and Ghandi for the mural. Then he attentively selected the quotes that would go below the painting, Morgan said. With the support of his Graphic Design teacher, Ezra Ereckson, the two began mapping out the mural.

Moreno spent countless hours both during school and after working on the mural. Morgan said that it was exciting to watch the progression as each workday went by. Many students approached Moreno during his work time to talk with him about the mural. Moreno said that he was inspired by artists Banksy’s documentary “Exit Through the Gift Shop” Banksy’s stenciling work. Moreno was also inspired when he went to the Caesar Chavez convention. “Now that the mural is finished, people stop to not only look at the amazing artwork, but also to read the inspirational quotes below each person. If nothing else, a person has walked away from gazing at this mural with something to think about,” Morgan said.

photo by VALENTINA CHAU Roman Moreno next to the mural he created, which is located in the Language Arts hallway. Comic by CHELSEA HECKETHORNE

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Monday, June 3, 2013


Senior pitches her way to Berkeley Senior Katie Sutherland-Finch has gained noteriety as one of Glencoe’s softball stars. Through hard work and determination, Finch is attending her dream school in the fall on a softball scholarship by MILES TRINIDAD Stepping up to the pitcher’s mound, senior Katie Sutherland-Finch grips the ball and stares down her opponent, readying herself to deliver an unforgiving pitch. She delivers in one smooth motion and lets a 70 mph fastball fly which results in another strikeout and win for the Crimson Tide. Sutherland-Finch was born to pitch. As one of the best pitchers in the state and having received awards like 2012 Pacific Conference Pitcher of the Year and earning a spot on First-Team All-State, Sutherland-Finch will be taking her talents to UC Berkeley, one of the top teams in Division I softball. Sutherland-Finch is eager to start playing for her dream school next season. Before becoming a star pitcher, Sutherland-Finch first started playing softball when she was eight years old and was immediately hooked. “I love the power that comes with pitching. I go crazy when I can’t pitch; It’s pretty close to an addiction,” Sutherland-Finch said. Over the years with the help of her dad, Lloyd-Sutherland-Finch, she had trained to not just be a good player, but a great one. “I promised to be her ATM, her catcher, and her pitcher to help her get better,” Lloyd Sutherland-Finch said, “She was always up at five in the morning every day for two hours […] Softball took up her life.” By age 11, Sutherland-Finch was able to pitch at 60 mph, the average speed of a college athlete. Now at the end of her senior year, she can pitch up to 70 mph. Her fastballs are not the only things catching people’s attention; her small frame is unusual for a pitcher of her caliber. Pitchers are normally 5’8” to 6’2”. SutherlandFinch steps onto the mound at 5’4”. Her small frame makes her work and train harder to maintain her level of


photo by DEVIN HERBERT Senior Katie Sutherland-Finch pitches to opposing South Medford. Glenoce won the game 7 - 0 in the first round game of the OSAA class 6A state playoffs, on May 20. skill, but she never let her height hinder her performance. “I’m not a natural athlete. I’m not super strong, super agile, or super fast. I worked hard.” Sutherland-Finch said, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” After practicing with his daughter for years, Lloyd Sutherland-Finch has seen her put her words to work. “She has something better than a natural talent; she had the will to get it,” Lloyd Sutherland-Finch said. When Sutherland-Finch first joined the Crimson Tide, she was more timid and less outspoken according to Head Coach Jacy Jukkala, but this changed the following season. “As she started playing, got older and became a start-

er, it became her year and her team. She matured and got stronger, more confident and a better team player,” Jukkala said. She appeared in newspapers, television, and radio stations for her stellar performances, but Sutherland-Finch never expected the recognition. “I never expected to get where I am. You just do it because you love it,” Sutherland-Finch said. In her final days at Glencoe, Sutherland-Finch is grateful for the school’s great support and to be blessed with a team with so much talent. Come next spring, Sutherland-Finch will be serving up strikeouts and dishing out fastballs against her next opponents for UC Berkeley as a Golden Bear.

The Final Quarter

With a win of 5-0 at their playoff game against Roseburg on May 28, the girls’ softball team qualified for finals. It was played last Saturday. Results were not available at press time.This is the fifth time in seven years that girls’ softball has gone to the state championships. On May 22, the team won the title of League Champions by beating rivals Tualatin, 3-0. Junior Courtney Clayton was named “Player of the Year” and senior Katie Sutherland-Finch received “Pitcher of the Year.” Chosen for first team all-league were Clayton and Sutherland-Finch along with senior Morgan Brown and freshman Macy Besuyen.

Boys’ Lacrosse

Winning the conference championship for the third year in a row, the boys’ lacrosse team had a season record of 9-5 and a Pacific Conference record of 6-0. The team won all its league games with ease, and many in a landslide, according to senior Midfielder Tyson Walker. Glencoe beat Tualatin, 16-9, on Saturday, May 11th. “It was a good win. I am really proud of all our boys,” Walker said. The team lost to Sherwood in the third round of playoffs ending the season with a state ranking of 10th.

Girls’ Lacrosse The girls’ lacrosse season exceeded their own expectations. They ended their league games, with a ranking of fourth and ended their season with a 6-5 record. During the first round of playoffs, the girls went into a triple overtime game, barely losing to Lincoln, 13-14. “I can’t believe how close we came to pulling it off,” Junior Sophie VanDyke said. “It may have been the best experience that I’ve had.”


Varsity Baseball faced many challenges, but the team continued to work hard. The boys had an outstanding victory against Forest Grove, winning 11-3. Varsity Coach Tim Stewart expressed his appreciation for his team’s dedication.“Although we didn’t win as many games as we wanted, the players never gave up. They played like desperate frogs. Brady Miller was our most valuable pitcher, and Jack Coates was our most valuable offensive player driving in nearly 30% of our runs. Joey Haynes hit two homeruns in one game against Newberg tying a Glencoe record, and Brady Miller had a three-pitch inning on the mound, which tied a Major League Record,” Stewart said.

Track and Field

Girls’ Tennis

Even though they do not have any trophies or medals to show for it, the Girls Tennis team had a great season. “Everyone got better and strengthened their skills … We didn’t have a winning season, but it was impressive,” senior Celeste Worthy said. The team is fairly young, with several seniors, no juniors and a lot of sophomores and freshmen. “There’s a lot of talent though. [Sophomores] Heidi Smith and Olivia Burke are going to be really good their senior years,” Worthy said. Worthy finished her season by making it to the third round at the district competition.

Boys’ Tennis

Nine athletes competed at the state track meet at U of O on May 25. Qualifiers for state were the boys 4 x 400 team (seniors Cody Newsom, Josh Melanson, Ryan England, and Trebriel Larry), the girls 4 x 100 team (freshman Rosie Hunker, sophomore Leah McLain, and seniors Caprina Crocker and Cassie Acosta), sophomore Justin Worthy in shotput, and Trebriel Larry in the 100- and 200-meter. England also qualified for state in the 800, as well as beating the 12-year meet record at the Pacific Conference. Head Coach Dennis Rice said he was pleased with the team. “You don’t see sophomores qualifying for state very often,” Rice said.

Boys Tennis placed fourth in the Pacific Conference. At the district tournament, singles player and team captain senior Dan Forbes broke into quarterfinals, seniors Josh Bailey and Jayden Clausen won a doubles round, and singles player and senior team captain Wesley Upton played well in the consolation bracket. Upton received an $8,000 scholarship from the United States Tennis Association (USTA). Upton said he was an unusual winner of the prestigious scholarship, as most winners are prepped from an early age.

Boys’ Golf

Girls’ Golf

Boys golf placed first in the league. They also tied for fifth at the 6A State Championships, and four of the five varsity players were medalists. Seniors Connor Tripp, Ethan Zickel, Nick Karich and junior Jared Duvall all received First-Team All-Conference. Tripp received “Medalist of the Year” in the conference, and senior Hayden Vetter received an honorable mention. “[There is much] to say and remember about this group. A very special group. A group characterized by their togetherness, work ethic and improvement. Without question the most successful boys golf team in the history of Glencoe High School,” Coach Tim Duvall said.

Working their way up from sixth place in the league to third, the Girls Golf team has made a lot of progress, especially for a team without any seniors. “We only had one returning player: [Sophomore] Becca Collins,” Coach Mark Ferris said. The team of six competed at a total of eight competitions throughout the year, and sophomore Caroline Smith finished sixth in the league, a mere one spot from qualifying to the state competition. “They all improved greatly, and things look pretty great for next season,” Ferris said.

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