SNOWMAGEDDON PART DEUX EXTENDS THE SCHOOL YEAR
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MARCH 2020 | VOLUME 35 | ISSUE 5
A VIRAL OUTBREAK OF RACISM, PREJUDICE AND INTOLERANCE
JAZZ ENSEMBLE IS HITTING ALL THE RIGHT NOTES 6
THIS LOYAL HAWKS FAN NEVER MISSES A WRESTLING MATCH
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03/2020 Vol. 35, Issue 5
IN THIS ISSUE… News Update
Our staff picks for what you need to know in the world, nation and state.
Jazz Ensembles are kickin’
And then the snow returned
OP/ED: Music matters
The jazz bands took the Beaver State by storm last month. School is scheduled to end on a half-day – on a Monday. You read that correctly. At the top of their game again, JE1 among five Seattle-area bands to head to NYC. Op/Ed Editor Ritika Khanal shares her personal story of the impact of music.
OP/ED: An infection of hate
Spring sports out in force
The novel coronavirus is sickening bodies and infecting minds.
Norm Buntting and his dog Charlie haven’t missed a wrestling match in years. March is the first full month for spring sports. What’s in store for Terrace teams?
04 Terrace Events Calendar
Stay current with school and community events in March and April. Senior Rhiannon Aguilar is pictured delivering an impassioned solo performance on the first night of Terrace Got Talent. PHOTO BY CECILIA NEGASH | HAWKEYE
Letter from the Editor
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HOPE IS ON THE HORIZON S
itting down at my desk after getting home from school each day, I often immediately open up a tab, navigate to the school’s calendar and then search for the next school break. Mentally tracking how far I am away from the wonderful release from responsibilities that these breaks entail, I am then forced to reflect on the reality that lies right in front of me. I still have homework to complete, events to attend and occasionally a newspaper to publish. Nolan DeGarlais EDITOR-IN-CHIEF For some moments, though, it is comforting to reflect on the prospect of a brighter future ahead. As humans, we’ve always sustained ourselves off of our hopes and aspirations for the future. Thus, it is natural to dream and hope for better times ahead, especially when going through periods that we would define as hardship. However, even in times when it would be much more pleasurable to think about the future instead of facing the present, we must be careful to stay in touch with the current day. Whenever we think too far ahead or attempt to plan our lives in significant detail into the future, we are merely setting ourselves up for failure. As renowned Scottish poet Robert Burns so astutely described back in the eighteenth century, the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry indeed. Life, by definition, is filled with unpredictability, and thus each new day is filled with chances to defy anyone’s expectations completely. If we are rigid in our thinking and fail to account for the chaos that characterizes the real world and not the idyllic reality we create for ourselves in our heads, then we will end up miserable. Those who cannot adjust for the new circumstances that life throws out at a variable rate are unfortunately doomed to continually reflect on how their perfectly detailed plans left them with nothing but despair when they inevitably fell apart. It is no secret that March is often the hardest month for those of us in public school communities. The month has the fewest number of days off of any during the school year, and this is on top of the fact that the workload for second semester classes is also likely at its highest point. As a result of this reality, people often get stuck in living in a manner in which their only motivation lies in the promise of coming school breaks and a release from the everyday struggles of an American high school student of the 21st century. Of course, there are certain parts of the present moment that it may be best not to dwell on excessively. With broad
threats such as spreading diseases and uncomfortably realities such as a crushing load of homework, it often seems that the only choice we have is to become lost in an endless sea of worry or shield ourselves by disconnecting from the present. The fact is that, as individuals, worrying excessively about events outside of our control does far more harm than good. We may not be able to control what happens halfway across the world, but we can certainly control how we view life and the world that is directly in front of us. Stress can be productive in certain situations, but the things that dominate our fears in modern society generally have no productive effect. If worrying helps you study harder for a test or gives you that final burst of energy to complete that big essay, then it is undoubtedly a welcome force. However, far too often, we direct our attention to the broader issues that we have no feasible way of solving. Focusing on self-improvement and individual action is the best way to sustain ourselves through times of high anxiety and even hopelessness. You may not be able to put a stop to a global virus single-handedly, but you could encourage others to wash their hands and avoid touching their face as much as possible. While it may be impossible for any single person to control the pollution of the Earth’s oceans, you can help stop littering and responsibly dispose of waste products. While all of the dangers I have described so far are valid, a threat to our wellbeing is also presented if we grow to be complacent and shrug off the responsibilities that we do have to make the world a better place for everyone. By no means should you ever feel powerless to effect change in the world, and you certainly should never think that you cannot hope for a brighter future of your own making. Aspirations, when somewhat grounded in reality, are a necessary component of human life. Without anything to aspire to or goals to strive for, human existence becomes a sad shell of its true potential. If you want to take full advantage of everything that the human condition has to offer, then you must go out into the world with a sense of purpose and a drive to do better for yourself and especially for the communities in which you find yourself. All significant change to the world originates in the minds of people who are dedicated to making the world a better place, but nothing can be accomplished through someone working alone. Whether you are rallying for political change, working to improve a park in your local community or cleaning up a highway, it is imperative to unite with those around you to accomplish positive change wherever you may find yourself. If we can stand together, then we can be confident that there is hope on the horizon. H
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IN THE KNOW
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COMING UP: March & April
By Nolan DeGarlais EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Tuesday, March 03 Music Boosters meeting Band Quad Concert
Wednesday, March 04 Orchestra Quad Concert Thursday, March 05 Choir Quad Concert Friday, March 06 Winter Sports Assembly Monday, March 09 Auction meeting MTHS Boosters meeting
TIME/PLACE Library, 5:30 p.m. Terraceum, 7 p.m. Terraceum, 7 p.m. Terraceum, 7 p.m. Terraceum, PASS Library, 6 p.m. Library, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 10 Geology & astronomy experience parent meeting Room 124, 6 p.m. Music Boosters meeting Mar. 11 - March 12 Band Festival Wednesday, March 11 Acing College - Financial Aid
Library, 6:30 p.m. Edmonds Center for the Arts
Career Center, PASS
Spring sports mandatory parent meeting HUB, 6 p.m. Friday, March 13 NO SCHOOL Saturday, March 14 Parent Group Auction March 18 - March 21 TSA State Conference Thursday, March 19 Jazz Concert Friday, March 20 Spring Dance Wednesday, March 25 STEM speaker Friday, March 27 Acing College - Financial Aid
Lynnwood Embassy Suites, 5 p.m.
Off-site Theater, 7 p.m. HUB, 8 p.m. Theater, PASS Career Center, PASS
Class ASB Elections
Hot Java Cool Jazz
Paramount Theatre, 7 p.m.
Monday, March 30 Cheer team tryouts information meeting
Library, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, March 31 Practice for cheer team tryouts
Auxiliary gym, 5 p.m.
Thursday, April 02 Blood drive
Auxiliary gym, 7:20 a.m.
Practice for cheer team tryouts Friday, April 03 EARLY RELEASE
Terraceum, 5 p.m. 10:15 a.m.
April 04 - April 12 SPRING BREAK
EDMONDS BAND FESTIVAL
PARENT GROUP AUCTION
Terrace’s bands bring their swinging tunes out into the local community.
MAR. High-value items are auctioned off to
raise funds for various student groups.
MAR. The jazz ensembles showcase their
talents ahead of Hot Java Cool Jazz.
MAR. Celebrate the blossoming of Spring with festivities hosted by ASB.
HOT JAVA COOL JAZZ
MAR. Jazz Ensemble 1 plays for thousands in Seattle’s Paramount Theatre.
April 05 - April 09 Band trip April 13 - April 17 Cheer team tryouts
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Terraceum, 6 p.m.
EDITORS’ NOTE: The information in this calendar is taken in part from the calendar published on the MTHS webpage. Information may change. For further information on an event, contact the organizing party. For corrections, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us in Room 130.
IN THE KNOW
Coronavirus spreads fears of pandemic By Casey Carpenter HAWKEYE STAFF
Concerns over the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 forced the closure of Bothell High School late last month following heightened concerns raised over the mysterious illness. “It’s not a question of if but rather a question of when and how many people in this country will have severe illness,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the Director of the Center for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), told reporters Feb. 26, warning if the virus spreads widely, drastic methods might be required to contain it, such as closing schools and requiring employees to work from home. “The disruption to everyday life might be severe,” she said. The NCIRD is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The virus first appeared in Wuhan, NICOLE FRANCOIS | HAWKEYE China, in January. Sources say it possibly originated from the consumption of bat meat. Causing more than 2,500 deaths and infecting more than 80,000 people world-wide, the coronavirus is no laughing matter. The first instance of coronavirus in the United States occurred in Everett, just 14 miles away from MTHS. Despite being put under quarantine for a week, the victim was eventually released on Feb. 3. The virus is currently present in almost all of China, where 96 percent of the infected population resides, as well as surrounding countries, the United States, Europe, Iran, northern Africa and many other areas, according to the CDC. The only continent not impacted is Antarctica. The virus was apparently transmitted from animals to humans, then human to humans through coughing, sneezing and close contact with a person or an object carrying the virus. Common symptoms of the virus include fever, mild breathing difficulties, intestinal issues, diarrhea and general body aches. After two to seven days, a dry cough begins to develop. Potentially severe symptoms include a high fever (100.4 degrees or higher), pneumonia and kidney failure. There are also many other ways to prevent getting or spreading the virus, like wearing a respirator, washing your hands and avoiding large crowds. H
Democratic primaries heat up
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Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont currently leads all candidates in the Democratic presidential primary race with 45 earned delegates following his victories in Nevada and New Hampshire. Sanders lost narrowly to former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg in the controversial Iowa Caucuses, where officials took days to name an official winner due to technical glitches with a new smartphone app NICOLE FRANCOIS | HAWKEYE that malfunctioned the day of the caucuses. Looming large early this month are several significant primaries that will likely separate the leading candidates from those who have had difficulty gaining traction with voters. On March 3, 14 states host primary elections in what is commonly known as Super Tuesday. A week later, Washington state voters and five other states hold their primary elections, too. As of press time, here are the delegate counts for those candidates who have earned delegates: Sen. Bernie Sanders – 45; Mayor Pete Buttigieg – 25; Vice President Joe Biden – 15; Sen. Elizabeth Warren – 8; Sen. Amy Klobuchar – 7. No other candidate has earned pledged delegates heading into Super Tuesday. To become the Democratic Party’s nominee, a candidate needs 1,991 delegates. Note that 1,357 delegates are at stake on Super Tuesday. Washington state allots 89 pledged delegates. The total for March 10, when Washington, Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri and North Dakota vote, accounts for 352 pledged delegates. H
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• the update •
A lot happens in a month. From fashion to finance, we are constantly bombarded by headlines from around the world. Here are the Hawkeye’s picks for what you need to know. stories by nolan degarlais, alex park, ben hawkins and hunter michaelson graphics by nicole francois, lin miyamoto and lindee cutler
Caribbean rocked by massive earthquake
A 7.7 magnitude earthquake hit the Carribean at approximately 2 p.m. local time on Jan. 28, with an epicenter near the southern tip of Cuba. Tsunami warnings were sent out to the surrounding area affected by the shaking, which included southern Florida. As a result of these warnings, multiple skyscrapers in Miami were evacuated. There were no injuries or deaths that were reported as a result of the earthquake. This earthquake was the largest earthquake in the region since 1946, when the Dominican Earthquake of 1946 killed an estimated 100 people and displaced many more. H
Boy Scouts explores options for lawsuits
Since at least December 2018, the Boy Scouts of America have considered bankruptcy. However, due to recent lawsuits from men who claim that they were sexually abused during their time as scouts, the organization has announced it will be using the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process to protect its remaining financial resources. The Boy Scouts have been insured against sexual assault claims for many years, but recently the insurance companies have been withdrawing coverage due to claims that the organization knew about the assaults and failed to report them. H
World loses basketball icon
The world honored basketball legend Kobe Bryant when thousands gathered in the Staples Center on Feb. 24 following his early and unexpected death on Jan. 26 in a helicopter crash in southern California. The crash resulted in the death of Bryant and eight others, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna. Bryant was a five-time NBA champ and made the NBA All Star team 18 times in his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. Some controversy lingers due to the National Transportation Safety Board finding no signs of engine failure at the crash site. H
Bill in legislature aims to safeguard data
Consumers would have new data privacy rights and regulations would be placed on companies developing facial recognition technology, under a bill passed in the Washington state Senate on Jan. 13. The bill would require companies that process large amounts of personal data to allow consumers in Washington to access, correct, delete and transfer that information. It also inspired companies developing facial recognition to make the technology available for third-party testing to see if there are any issues with accuracy or bias. The legislation still has to clear the House and be signed by the governor. H
District levy passes, bond comes up short
The Edmonds School District’s $600 million Proposition 1 bond measure, aimed at building or replacing facilities to house future enrollment, failed to garner the necessary 60 percent of votes, on Feb. 11. According to results released by the Snohomish County Elections Office, the bond measure was receiving 56.27 percent yes votes, but bond measures need 60 percent approval. The construction bond would have funded school facility renewals across the district, program improvement projects and the rebuilding of several schools. The replacement capital and technology levy, Proposition 2, is certain to pass with the required simple majority, as it has received 58.21 percent yes votes. H
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ON A (DRUM) ROLL!
JAZZ Ensemble 1 selected to Essentially Ellington after earning top marks at Oregon jazz festival Story and photos by Amy Harris HAWKEYE STAFF
After 300 miles on the road, senior Jazz 2 pianist Lindee Cutler and I joined the rest of the band halfway through featured artist Sean Jones’ set, with drummer Chris Brown, bassist Dave Captein and George Colligan on piano. The former Jazz at Lincoln Center lead trumpet’s quartet was midway through “My Favorite Things,” and it was immediately apparent why he was headlining this festival. His capacity for improvisation and his soloing agility made for an astonishing performance. Next was “Gretchen,” a piece he wrote as a present for his record label’s executive. “I made a promise to the label owner, Gretchen Valade, ‘I’m going to write a song for you!’ and she looked at me and said, ‘Yeah, whatever.’ Well, 13 or 14 years later, I thought to myself….’I never wrote Gretchen that composition. I’m going to do that now,” Jones said. It’s got a Christmas crooner quality about it, the way the chords melt together. It all seemed very wistful, inspired by the snowfall outside of where Jones lived in Boston. Jones, a wonderful storyteller, illuminated each chart with instant familiarity. “This next song is a tribute, by Freddy Hubbard, to the great John Coltrane,” Jones hinted. Terrace Seniors Josh Setala, Caden Hargrave and Ernesto Torres, as well as junior Andrew Vinther, bristled with excitement. Cutler, sitting between me and them, offered clarity. “It’s ‘Dear John’. They’ve been working on this song for months,” she whispered. “Dear John” is played over the same chord progression as “Giant Steps,” one of jazz’s most legendarily difficult songs. Coltrane’s solo is considered the apex of the Bebop movement, with a mathematical complexity mind-boggling to conceptualize. Each musician delivered precise, breakneck solos true to the spirit of Coltrane. The standout of this piece was a 16-minute drum solo from Brown. Brown began with the head, or the main melody, of “Giant Steps.” This is a typical way for solos to begin. But, Brown is on a drum set. Somehow, he negotiated the complicated melody on his cymbals. His monstrous solo captivated his band members and the audience. Raw passion emanated from the kit as Brown beat upon it, occasionally emphasizing with a boyish, stuck-out tongue. He traded smirks with Jones as they swapped solos. Competing playfully,
each one outdid their previous solo with of just chilling in the hallway,” Setala said, more musical acrobatics. Brown dropped his setting a brisk pace with his long strides. “I’m sticks, and without missing a beat, flicked up worried about our first set.” a new pair to catch in mid-air. “It’s all new tunes, we’ve never played them Jones defied student trumpeter’s common before,” added Vinther, whom we had just sense, playing chop-busting licks into higher run into. and higher registers. The set “We’ve played “Dear John’ “It was really, really culminated in a breathless once,” corrected Setala. good.” standing ovation. The rhythm section gathDavid Glenn The MTHS jazz bands left ered around a piano they UNIVERSITY OF OREGON for their hotel. It was 10 p.m., found in a dead-end hallway, JAZZ FESTIVAL CLINICIAN and they’d soon rise for the discussing last-minute set 12-hour festival beginning at details. Hargrave and Torres 7 a.m. were in the now-unlocked practice room, Winding down in our room, pianists information which I forwarded to the rest of Natalie Song and Cutler, as well as guitarist the combo. Sienna McLaren, discussed their apprehenSong realized the practice room lacked a sions for the day ahead. piano, so she reviewed her lead sheets again. “Our combo plays at 7:30, Jazz 3 plays at This was their first opportunity to practice 7:45, everything overlaps,” explained Song. since picking their songs the day prior. And, There was reflection, too. A year after we because of the practice room shenanigans, attended this festival for the first time, a high they had a half hour to get their act together. expectation was set when MTHS was choTheir set consisted of “Ramblin” by Ornette sen for the final concert. Coleman, “Central Park West” by Coltrane “After last year, I feel like I’m playing betand naturally, “Dear John.” ter and I feel good about what I’m playing,” “Ramblin” went well, it’s a fun piece with Song said, while brushing her teeth. “Yeah, I a funky groove which Torres and Hargrave feel good.” solo together on, trading back and forth After breakfast, students boarded the bus and occasionally playing simultaneously, to toward Beall Hall. Two groups performed pleasantly chaotic effect. Song nodded along, simultaneously, a Jazz 1 combo consisting of Setala and Vinther couldn’t help but grin. Song, Vinther, Setala, Torres and Hargrave, “Natalie, I love how much space you’re leavand a Jazz 3 main hall performance. ing,” quipped Setala. “We’re getting ready to play with our “Honestly, your nodding was the only thing combo, the staff is telling us we’re locked out keeping me in time,” Hargrave added. of our warmup room, so we have 30 minutes Next, “Dear John.”
Featured artist Sean Jones unexpectedly solos with Jazz 1 on “Happy Go Lucky Local” as junior bassist Andrew Vinther and senior drummer Josh Setala excitedly approve.
“When Lindee said we’d been preparing this song for months, she meant we played it once, months ago,” mentioned Torres. They’d also have to live up to Jones’ performance last night. Running through it, they were delighted to discover they’d made it through just fine. Finally, “Central Park West.” Their rehearsal, however, was interrupted as their guide knocked on the door and led them to the performance auditorium. Clinician David Glenn cut a shadowy figure against the back wall of the cavernous space and scribbled notes as the combo ran through their set. Though it went well, there was a small spot of trouble. During “Central Park West,” Hargrave got lost and had difficulty recovering. Nonetheless, the remarkable work he and the rest of the band did on the other pieces made it all in all an exciting performance for an intimate audience. Glenn emerged from the shadows, becoming much less intimidating with a flocking of candy-floss hair and a cabled cardigan. He gave a kindhearted chuckle. “What are you doing to yourselves? I’m looking at this and really, ‘Dear John?’ Are you kidding me!” “We’ve never played the full set together,” Torres said, widening Glenn’s smile. “Really? Oh my God. Own up everything. It was really, really good,” Glenn said. During the next 45 minutes, they dissected each song, beginning with “Central Park West.” Glenn immediately honed in on Hargrave’s confusion whilst soloing. A slight difference in Hargrave’s lead sheet and the rest of the band’s meant Hargrave soloed over an incorrect chord. After more advice from Glenn, they had just enough time to join the audience in the main hall for Jazz 2’s performance. Opening with “Just Friends,” a song about lovers drifting apart, Jazz 2’s chosen arrangement seems rather upbeat and shiny given the context. Although it may have started as a melancholy tune, Charlie Parker’s uptempo interpretation set a precedent more commonly followed today. Soloists included talented junior Jonas Riviera on the tenor sax, Cutler on the keys and sophomore Nate Klaussen on the drums. Their last song, “Maiden Voyage,” was by Herbie Hancock, a pianist known for his continual innovation and experimentation. Meant to evoke a seascape, this chart rolls and flows at a quick and steady clip. Riviera killed it on the tenor, with a roaming solo played deftly over changes. A funky piano breakdown cut through the piece, building
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The MTHS Jazz 1 brass section looks on as senior Solomon Plourd plays a thick, blues-laden solo during the final concert of the University of Oregon Jazz Festival. anticipation for a release that came amidst a wash of china hits. Retracing their steps through the middle of campus, the group squeezed into the auditorium to listen to Jones’ “Meet the Artist” session. He was eloquent, charisma evident in every word and likability pervasive throughout his entire presence. Off the cuff, he conjured up quotable pieces of wisdom. He grew up in a small Ohioan town with no jazz scene to speak of, commuting to Columbus to play gigs that hardly paid for the gas. He was living proof that success in this field takes dedication, commitment, practice and the help of instructors. “I remember all of [my teachers] because they all took the time for me,” Jones said. “I was extremely lucky, and because of them I went to get an education in jazz.” Jones recalled the experience that cemented his passion for jazz. His sixth-grade band director, Jessica Turner, gave him two CDs: “Kind of Blue” and “Tutu,” snapshots of Miles Davis from two very different points. “Fast forward 20 years from sixth-grade, I was called by Marcus Miller [Davis’ bassist] to go on a tour called Tutu Revisited where we played the entire album throughout Europe for about two months. I had the opportunity to call Ms. Turner up, and I put her on the phone with… Marcus Miller. When we played the Hollywood Bowl, I flew
her out there, and that was kinda cool.” “My face is the same color as my tie,” said He finished the hour-long session with an Setala, flushed after an athletic performance anecdote from his teenage years, when he on “Kinda Dukish/Rockin’ in Rhythm.” toured with a select student band around As they had hoped, news soon came they Europe. In Italy, jet-lagged and hungover, he were the high school band chosen for the told himself he owed it to the audience to final concert. They met in the clinician room perform well. After the concert, an old man to rehearse, as a much larger audience jostled came up to him, holding his chest and sobfor seats in the auditorium. bing in Italian. Finally, Jazz 1 took stage for the second “So I got the translator to come over, and time that evening. Director Darin Faul, he started talking to her, and uncharacteristically, gave “Well, it looks like she started crying too. I said, no introduction. Launching the more Jim Sisko ‘What’s going on with this straight into “Kinda [director of Bellevue guy?’ and she said that mornDukish” with renewed vigor, College’s jazz band] ing, this man was contemplatSetala rode his china cymbal yells at me and the ing euthanasia. He wanted to and somehow played the more I cry, the better end his life—tomorrow. And head in facsimile of Brown’s I get.” he said, because he heard [my] performance the night prior. Ernesto Torres SENIOR TRUMPETER trumpet, he wants to continue Then, instead of heading to live because there were more into “Rockin’ in Rhythm,” beautiful things in the world to experience.” Song hit the train-whistle chord of “Happy Jones’ testimony fresh in their minds, Jazz Go Lucky Local.” Junior Emily Sallee and 1 began their rehearsal in the same room as Hargrave grinned as they swapped sax solos last year, still missing a drum set, to iron out during the intro. Torres milked the braying, wrinkles in their set. The audience of clinibucktoothed solo he had, dragging it out as cians and students from other schools was long as he could. Vinther’s capability shined responsive and invested. during elaborate bass fills. Song’s ragtime “Well, it looks like the more Jim Sisko solo played well under the following sax solo [director of Bellevue College’s jazz band] and Torres’ blues trumpet. yells at me and the more I cry, the better I Jones, trumpet in hand, looked on from get,” remarked Torres after the set, regarding side-stage with near-admiration. His engagehis successful blues solo. ment increased, as he began to tap his foot.
A trombone solo from senior Alec Raring, who has more opportunity this year to show off his soloing as section leader, followed a more contemporary solo from Hargrave that stretched to the very top of his range. Jones, to the audience’s surprise, walked out on stage for a solo. Clearly, blues chords were in his blood, as the way he played over them was masterfully evocative, riling up the audience to an even further extent. After the extended solo section, Jones joined the big band to play the last chorus. Senior Owen Moreland’s clarinet soared to heights unheard and the band reached a feverish pitch, Jones throwing his notes as high as he could, and Setala adding multifaceted fills that added further density and complexity to the chaotic song. It quickly sank down to a surreptitious ending, slinking away with a few notes from the bari sax. The audience erupted, whooping and hollering as Faul yelled soloist credits. They rose to their feet for the sole standing ovation of the night, only ceasing to clap once the band was well off stage. The night’s concert captured technical precision and improvisational brilliance, without seeming too stiff-necked. The energy that the youthful band brought rocked the room, and is what would get them accepted into the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition run by Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. H
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JAZZ 1 ON THE ROAD TO PRESTIGIOUS FESTIVAL
By Theresa Van LIFESTYLE EDITOR
Terrace’s Jazz Ensemble 1 has once again been selected to participate in the 25th annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival hosted by Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. The group was informed on Feb. 12. Essentially Ellington is an event held each year during which high school jazz bands from across the country travel to the Big Apple to compete and attend three days of workshops, jam sessions, rehearsals and performances from renowned jazz musicians. This year’s festival will be from May 7 to 9 at Rose Hall in Lincoln Center in Manhattan. During the event, students will have the opportunity to attend master classes with renowned musicians such as recording artist Elliot Mason, trombonist Chris Crenshaw, saxophonist Sherman Irby and trumpeter Marcus Printup. These master classes will include demonstrations, presentations, advice and time for the artists to help students improve their musical skills with the general goal of mentoring the musicians of the future. Senior trombonist and Jazz 1 member Alec Raring previously attended the festival during his sophomore year. “I learned so much. I really benefited from listening to the advice from the musicians and seeing all the great high school bands,” he said about the experience. “Each of us
are allowing 18 schools from anywhere in the nation to attend. This gives more opportunities for a greater number of schools to audition and compete. Terrace’s Jazz 1 is one out of the 18 that will be attending the festival, and remarkably, there are four other schools from the Seattle area, including Roosevelt, Garfield and Mount Si high schools and the Seattle JazzED Ellington Ensemble. With months of preparation ahead, Jazz 1 will present three pieces at the festival, along with sectionals (pieces performed by each instrumental section of the band) and solos from certain players. Instrumental sections that will be performed include the trombones (led by Raring), saxophones (led by senior Caden Hargrave), trumpets (led by senior Ernesto Torres) and the rhythm section (led by senior Josh Setala). For some students, a serious problem arises with LINDEE CUTLER | HAWKEYE the scheduled festival dates. In order to leave for Essentially Ellington and arrive before the festival begins, the group will have to depart on Monday, May 5, which is also the beginning of the two-week national in Jazz 1 have worked really hard over the past couple of Advanced Placement testing period. months, through hours and hours of practicing to get really Most AP students in Jazz 1 will be missing at least one AP good.” test to attend the festival. This means they will have to make Previously, just 15 schools were accepted from across the up their tests when they return on Tuesday, May 12. The country and certain regions were only allowed to send a speAP testing makeup dates set by the College Board will be cific number of schools. from May 20 to 22. H This year, event organizers got rid of the restrictions and
Snowmageddon’s sequel extends the school year, again
Story and infographic by Nina Otebele OUTREACH MANAGER
A moderately high level of snow returned to the lowlands of western Washington state earlier this year causing disruptions. Snohomish County experienced over six inches of snow, causing all schools and programs in the Edmonds School District schools to close on Monday, Jan. 13 after a winter storm swept through the area the night before. Schools remained closed through Wednesday, Jan. 15 as snow continued to accumulate in the area through multiple snowfalls. However, by Thursday, Jan. 16, schools were opened once more with a two-hour late start to account for icy road conditions in the early morning. Not surprisingly, this three day break caused much disruption in scheduled events, which included community learning programs on topics such as Black Lives Matter and 2SLGBTQIA+ community members. These events were forced to reschedule to later dates. The break also caused the end of the semester grading period to be extended,
as teachers were given a longer time frame to accept and grade final assignments. Additionally, Friday, May 22 has been made into a full day of school and the end of the school year was moved to Monday, June 22. In 2019, ESD schools were closed for a total of six days. There were also two twohour late starts and one early release to allow
students to go home before another major winter storm struck. This snow drama caused the ESD to have to be creative in scheduling. By law, Washington state schools are required to have 180 instructional days each year. This means that when a school has to close, it needs to make up that day later in the year.
When Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency because of the large amount of snow last year, school districts were allowed to submit waiver requests so that they did not have to make up all of the instructional days. For example, the Puyallup School District waived some of their snow days and were not required to make them up. There were talks about the ESD possibly requesting a waiver for many of its snow days. However, through the use of late starts and half-days, the ESD did not have to go through the process of requesting a waiver from the state. It is noticeable that the Seattle region has been experiencing a somewhat predictable snow weather pattern over the past few years. Generally, it has been experiencing a few years of zero to seven inches of snow followed by an extreme snow level of somewhere around 20 inches. Right after that spike, things revert back to the usual zero to seven inches. This may not be the last of schools closing because of winter weather, so it is important to pay close attention to the Seattle area’s weather patterns. H
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Celebrating the healing power of music A WORD FROM THE OP/ED EDITOR
By Ritika Khanal
youth academy I had grown to love. It had impacted me too ing – I wouldn’t have believed them. I didn’t know a thing about music when I first started there much to not be there. So, in February 2018, I went back as a youth academy teacher in training to and had absolutely no ear for it. I went in, recently marked my 10th year of attending the give back to the community that had with my little quarter size fiddle in my hand, Wintergrass Youth Academy at the Hyatt Hotel in shaped my confidence and musical and instantly, the staff there began to work Bellevue. ability. their magic on me. The academy is part of the Wintergrass Festival, which is I never understood what people The program directors – Joe Craven, an an annual bluegrass festival. Bluegrass lovers from all over meant when they said music heals artist and educator from California, and the nation gather in Bellevue for the weekend to play music until I began attending the youth Beth Fortune, a high together and enjoy performances from academy. school orchestra teacher – various bands that headline the event. “If I’ve learned anything For those two days, nothing matnever stopped coming up A multitude of workshops and programs from this experience, it’s that ters except the music and the people with new ideas to make are held as part of the festival and the music does, indeed, heal.” involved in making it. my lessons more fun, creyouth academy is one of the four main Ritika Khanal As my classes have gotten harder, ative and engaging. youth education programs. OP-ED EDITOR it’s been more difficult to take two A kid who knew nothThe other programs include the youth days off, but once I start working ing about music came out orchestra, Pint Grass and a program called with the kids everything else slips my loving it and wanting to learn more every MOX. The people that run the programs try their best to mind. year since that initial experience. make sure there is something for all age groups, and they do For me, it’s a way of both teachAs I got older, I started to develop relationan amazing job of it. ships with some of the instructors and every ing and learning, all while getting When I started out with the youth academy as a little year, I have left more inspired than the last. a break from daily life that I never 6-year-old, I never thought it would have the impact that it realized I needed. If I’ve learned anyEventually, I was too old to be a camper, has had on me today. thing from this experience, it’s that If someone told me back then that I would go back 10 years but there was no question in my mind that I was going to go back and be a part of the consecutively – first as a student, then as a teacher in trainNICOLE FRANCOIS | HAWKEYE music does, indeed, heal. H
UNFOUNDED FEARS FUEL HATRED WITH THE CORONAVIRUS By Phuong Lam and Cecilia Negash HAWKEYE STAFF
newly identified coronavirus, originating from Wuhan in the Hubei province of China, has been spreading across China and many other nations. This virus, COVID-19, is an infectious disease that had yet to be identified in humans before and is similar in symptoms to many common strains of the flu. With thousands affected by the Coronavirus Outbreak, an unexpectedly negative effect has emerged against many Asian communities, even in those within countries that have yet to experience a major flare-up of the disease. The Asian community has been at the center of all news concerning the coronavirus in the Western media. Information on the outbreak linking Chinese people to eating wild animals helped fuel this unfounded fear against Asians of all national backgrounds in countries far away from China. In an Instagram post made by the University of California, Berkeley about common reactions to the Coronavirus, they listed “anxiety” and “xenophobia” among the many responses exhibited by people in their community. Xenophobia is defined as fear, dislike or prejudice against something that is foreign, whether it be a group of people or some sort of object. However, xenopho-
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bia should not be normalized as a common reaction. Xenophobia is merely racism and discrimination. Developing a fear of getting the coronavirus or dying of it is, although exaggerated, one that is far more acceptable and common than being fearful of Asians because of their supposed association with the virus. Asians did not create naturally-occurring viruses like these, but they are the ones facing the greatest consequences from their spread, both through discrimination and deaths. Racist remarks and actions toward Asians can range from excluding Asians in work or school activities to the extreme of physical assault and other forms of violence. Racism is evident in cases such as one from
California’s San Fernando Valley, where a 16-year-old student was assaulted by bullies and accused of carrying the coronavirus just because of his Asian-American identity. Los Angeles was the location of another concerning case, where VietnameseAmerican 8th grader Dylan Muriano was sent to the nurse’s office after he coughed from swallowing water. After getting cleared, Muriano returned to his class, only to be met with racially motivated teasing by his peers. It should be obvious that coughing does not automatically mean someone has the coronavirus, and Asian people coughing in your vicinity does not put you at greater risk. The health of Asian businesses has also been impacted by these fears. Businesses in
New York’s Chinatown have seen a massive decrease in customers. Chi Vy Ngo, owner of New York’s Bo Ky Vietnamese restaurant says his business “dropped about 60 to 70 percent.” Although nobody has the coronavirus in Chinatown, they are still dealing with the consequences of xenophobic societal narratives. Although the Coronavirus Outbreak is relatively new, it has not been the first time a disease has sparked racism. In 2002, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, broke out in China. Asians received the same level of scrutiny from the media and society as a whole. Ignorance from the public and fearful media coverage fuel the hatred and discrimination against those of Asian descent, leading many to the belief that they are at fault for outbreaks. History is just repeating itself. The coronavirus is not a “Chinese” disease or a disease to which people of the Asian community have a special susceptibility. Racist and xenophobic behavior should not be brushed off as common reactions, but as a reflection of our society. If we blame a whole group for something like the coronavirus, what does that say about the world in which we live? In times of crisis, we shouldn’t be focusing our attention on looking for someone to blame. Rather, we must become united and overcome these threats. H
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MEET NORM BUNTTING, CLASS OF ’71
A Hawk grappler for the ages By Ritika Khanal OP-ED EDITOR
Norm Buntting, a 1971 Terrace graduate, still deeply loves wrestling 49 years after his time representing the Hawks. In fact, at every MTHS wrestling match, he and his service dog Charlie can be found sitting on the benches, cheering on the team for which he was once a central member. No matter how far away the matches may be, Buntting loves supporting the wrestlers and meeting new people connected to the wrestling program. “It’s such a friendly group,” he said regarding Terrace’s wrestling team. In high school, Buntting described himself as quiet, timid and passive. However, in junior high school, which then encompassed seventh, eighth and ninth grades, he discovered that he was good at wrestling. Wrestling soon became the sport that brought out the stronger, more confident side of his personality. Buntting particularly enjoys wrestling due to the individual challenge it presents, in contrast to the dependence on teams that characterizes most other sports. “As an individual, it’s my win or my loss even though we kept a team score, whereas any other sports you’re in, you could do your best and somebody else lets the team down,” he said. To this day, Buntting still has the personalized ribbons that the wrestlers would receive before matches, bearing individualized messages such as “Pin ‘em Norm.” These ribbons were meant to motivate the wrestlers before they faced their competitors. Buntting also experienced a boost to his social status as a result of joining the team. “After I started wrestling, girls were trying to flirt with me and I didn’t even realize it,” he joked. “Without wrestling, I was a nobody in the school, but as a wrestler, everybody knew me and would high five me in the halls to congratulate me after every match.” After high school, Buntting went on to work for various different companies, all having to do with physical and mechanical labor. However, he often came back to wrestle with the students at MTHS and eventually started a beginner’s wrestling program for kids in the area who were not as experienced with the sport. “I found the experience to be ALUMNI UPDATE super fun,” he said. “It was fun As part of our coverage of to see the kids go through high MTHS's 60th anniversary school and graduate as wrescelebration, the Hawkeye tlers.” will be featuring stories of For Buntting, wrestling is a alumni from each of the past six decades. If you have way to stay involved with the a suggestion for a future community that made him into alumnus to cover, email us who he is today, especially during the winter months when the at email@example.com wrestling season takes place.
Throughout his life, some of Buntting’s biggest inspira“Things have definitely changed a lot since I went there,” tions have been the wrestling coaches that we worked with he said. over the years. However, he thoroughly enjoyed his time at the school “I was a pretty emotional guy, and having that calming and is grateful for all of the wonderful memories that it influence in my life was nice,” he said. provided him. From his coaches, he learned the impor“I just loved being here, meeting new “The more you learn, the tance of a strong work ethic, staying calm people and hanging out with friends,” more you can grow. You in tense situations and the importance of he said. can achieve anything you excitement during times of triumph. He In terms of advice for high school want to through learning.” students today, he recognizes that many has taken these lessons with him throughNorm Bunting out his life, and was especially able to apply things for kids these days have changed. TERRACE ALUMNUS them during his time as a coach. “There are a lot more activities for kids “Just knowing that I helped someone these days, and everyone is so busy,” he develop their skills and improve is the most rewarding said. thing for me,” he said. “But the more you learn, the more you can grow. You can One of Buntting’s favorite memories of coaching is teach- achieve anything you want to through learning.” H ing wrestling positions to one of the wrestlers on his team. A couple of weeks later, the dad of that student came up to him and told him that the wrestler had used that technique in a match and won. “That was pretty cool,” he said. When he is not watching a wrestling match, Buntting can be found racing boats or going on nice long hikes with his friends. However, the interest that has remained most consistent during his life has been his love of sports. Every summer for 30 years, Buntting used to race hydroplanes competitively, taking second place in a national competition and reaching a world-renowned speed. After hearing about boat racing from a friend, Buntting decided to get involved, and for five years he would serve as the rescue boat, retrieving people from the water when their boats capsized. “It was super fun,” he said. “I still go watch the races.” In addition to the various sporting activities he is involved in, Buntting also enjoys connecting with old friends from his high school years. His class, the class of 1971, still stays in contact to this day, organizing gatherings every year and staying connected on Facebook. “It's really nice to see who will show up and to see where everybody is,” he said. “I never see those people except at those events, so it's cool to see who will show up.” Thinking back on high school, some of Buntting’s favorite memories Former wrestler and Terrace alumnus Norm Buntting kneels on the wrestling mats in were the outside hallways of the old the Terraceum with his service dog Charlie. The pair are a common sight at wrestling MTHS school, and the Hawk dome. matches, cheering on the current generation of competitors. CIARA LANEY | HAWKEYE
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MARCH 2020 VARSITY SPORTS CALENDAR
Info compiled by Sovanrom Sot Graphics by Lin Miyamoto HAWKEYE STAFF
It has been quite a while Hawks! Since the last issue in December, the winter sports season has come to a close for the most part. Our men's basketball team still has a lengthy road ahead, so good luck to you guys at State, and remember to have fun! As sad as it is to see the season pass, we are now ready to usher in our spring sports. Baseball, softball, track and field, men's soccer and women's tennis are quite an exciting way to end the year. The Hawkeye staff wishes all spring athletes good luck on their coming athletic pursuits. H
3/16/20 @ 3:30 p.m. Mariner @ Mountlake Terrace H.S. 3/19/20 @ 4:00 p.m. Archbishop @ Gateway M.S. 3/20/20 @ 3:30 p.m. Bothell @ Bothell H.S.
3/23/20 @ 3:30 p.m. Sammamish @ Mountlake Terrace H.S.
3/13/20 @ 3:30 p.m. Jamboree @ MTHS
3/24/20 @ 3:30 p.m. Marysville-Pilchuck @ Totem M.S.
3/16/20 @ 4:00 p.m. Arlington @ Arlington H.S.
3/26/20 @ 3:30 p.m. Cascade @ Mountlake Terrace H.S.
3/17/20 @ 4:00 p.m. Marysville-Pilchuck @ Marysville-Pilchuck H.S. 3/20/20 @ 4:00 p.m. Lake Stevens @ Mountlake Terrace H.S. 3/23/20 @ 4:00 p.m. Monroe @ Monroe H.S. 3/26/20 @ 7:00 p.m. Interlake @ Bannerwood Park 3/30/20 @ 7:00 p.m. Juanita @ Lee Johnson Field
3/14/20 @ 10:00 a.m. Edmonds SD Jamboree @ Lynnwood H.S.
3/17/20 @ 7:30 p.m Lake Stevens @ Lake Stevens H.S. 3/20/20 @ 7:00 p.m. Oak Harbor @ Oak Harbor H.S. 3/24/20 @ 7:30 p.m. Marysville-Getchell @ Edmonds Stadium 3/26/20 @ 7:30 p.m. Mercer Island @ Mercer Island H.S. 3/28/20 @ 6:00 p.m. Cedarcrest @Cedarcrest H.S. 3/31/20 @ 7:30 p.m. Stanwood @ Lynnwood H.S.
3/16/20 @ 5:15 p.m. Lake Washington @ Lake Washington H.S. 3/17/20 @ 4:00 p.m. Lynden @ Lynden H.S. 3/19/20 @ 4:00 p.m. Bishop Blanchet @ Mountlake Terrace H.S. 3/24/20 @ 6:00 p.m. Monroe @ Monroe H.S. 3/25/20 @ 4:00 p.m. Glacier Peak @ Mountlake Terrace H.S. 3/27/20 @ 4:00 p.m. Lynnwood @ Lynnwood H.S. 3/31/20 @ 4:00 p.m. Snohomish @ Snohomish H.S.
TRACK AND FIELD
3/26/20 @ 3:30 p.m. Oak Harbor/Marysville-Getchell @ Edmonds Stadium
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