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TIDE Redondo Beach, CA // Redondo Union High School April 6, 2012 // Vol. XCII // Edition 12


LIFESTYLE? As the “controversiality� of raves and parties continue to rise, students find peace in their music, dancing, and environments. [see more on pgs. 1o-11]

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Students like junior Ethan Pezzolo looks to the waves as a source of fun.


Spanish teacher Deborah Forster retires after 22 years of teaching at Redondo.

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Junior Freddy Smith runs the bases in a game against West.


NEWS // MAY 25, 2012

Ohana O Kekai Presents:




Surf’s up. 1. Former professional surfer Mike Purpus signs autographs at the event. 2. Redondo alumni Ben Fortune addresses the audience. 3. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the charities Coachart and the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation.

Ohana O Kekai helped organize a showing of the surf film Fresh and Easy to raise money for various charities. by Hailey Meyers

Students clad in vibrant aloha shirts, beaming community members, and noteworthy watermen filled the auditorium last Friday night to watch the almost antique, grainy footage of the surf film, “Fresh and Easy”—reviving Redondo’s almost forgotten 1960’s “surf club” culture and channeling the community’s spirit to support a good cause. “The main reason why we hold these events is to help the community. It’s not to grow the club’s treasury. We don’t take in any of the income from the movie. We give all of the profit to organizations that reach out to the less fortunate,” Redondo alumni and Ohana O Kekai club founder Ben Furtune said. According to the club president, Sofia Dilsizian, the club raised over eight hundred dollars for “Coachart”, an organization that helps children with severe illnesses experience life outside of the hospital. The club also partnered with the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation, which supports “the healing of mental and physical illness through surfing and ocean related activities” ( The ticket sales and sponsor contributions raised enough money to fund a “surf day” for children with critical illnesses. “It’s a great opportunity to get the South Bay surf community to work together,” Fortune said. The guest list included sponsors, Body Glove, ET surf, Davenport Longboards, Tyler Surfboards, Dive n Surf, Liquid Salt magazine, Maki Skateboards, and “prominent” South Bay surf board shapers, Adam Davenport and Tyler Hatzikian. According to Dilsizian, even “legendary surfers” Mike Purpus, Peter Townsend, and one of the original surfers from the film, Billy Fury, all made a special appearance and contribution. “The crowd in general was a huge mixture of everyone, surfers and non-surfers. That’s how you know the event is successful: when everyone can enjoy it,” Fortune said. Junior Emily Field attended the event and enjoyed the authenticity of the film’s 1960’s theme. “I found it inspirational. The event made me want to join the club,” Field said. According to Dilsizian, the club hopes to sell out the auditorium next year by expanding Ohana O Kekai’s “family of the sea” to not only those who surf, but to anyone who wants to help the community and simultaneously take advantage of the “beautiful” ocean that is only a few of blocks away. “Creating a family of like minded people to help the community [is our number one goal],” Fortune said.

Redondo inducts students to International Thespian Society by Shivaani Gandhi and Mannal Haddad

The International Thespian Society inducted 21 new members last Tuesday. Junior Noelle Graham, president of the Drama Club, was among the students inducted this year. “I was really happy when I got inducted,” Graham said. “[I’ve known] about it since freshman year. I had been really excited to do it.” Through the society, drama students can receive special

recognition in one or more of three categories: directing, acting, and technology. “It looks really good on college applications, and you get a special cord at graduation,” she said. Each school’s drama department is a “troop” within the International Thespian Society. “Any school can have [its] own troop, but students have to take the initiative and start it,” Graham said. While Redondo has sporadically had a troop in the past, current Drama teacher Justin Baldridge revived it.

“It honors us and recognizes us as theater people,” Baldridge said. Drama hopes to participate in more events next year. “We want to do more festivals and be more involved so [that] the department can be recognized,” Graham said. Graham hopes that the increased involvement will improve the department’s reputation. “In the South Bay there are so many good drama departments,” she said. “We want to be as good as them, if not better.”

NEWS // MAY 25, 2012

ROTC fundraises, purchases pyramid


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by Alejandro Quevedo


One-on-one There is an intimate relationship between a student with special needs and their aid. This relationship involves patience, understanding, and the willingness to help the student progress. To read the full stories, visit

Dancing up a storm. Dance gaurd performs at last night’s dance showcase. One dancer, Junior Vivian Pascual, has been practicing her three dances for over two months. “It’s a lot of sweat, but it’s all worth it,” Pascual said. “Performing in front of your peers is the greatest thing.”


Sound of music. Band performs at the annual Spring Concert, which took place Wednesday night in the auditorium. According to junior Andrew Lew, the concert was the last time many pieces will be played. “It was a fitting end to the year,” Lew said. “The sentimentality led to a lot of energy in our performance.”

Blood Drive

Supporting our troops. 1. ROTC will be responsible for cleaning and maintaining the pyramid. 2. Senior Ashley Carroll feels that the community’s reaction has been “very positive.”


Spring Concert


Dance Showcase

Marching door-to-door in the hot sun may not seem like anyone’s idea of fun, but it’s one of the many ways ROTC raised money to help support veterans and our community. For nearly two months, ROTC fund-raised money to purchase the Marine Corps Pyramid at Veteran’s Park, donating all $7000 to the Veterans Task Force of Redondo Beach. They are also going to maintain and clean the monument, and prepare it for ceremonies. “It’s something that we felt we could do, [and] that we should do, to help the military aspect of our community,” senior Ashley Carroll said. ROTC raised the money to buy the pyramid through coin drives, donation funds, dine-in fundraisers, and by raffling off items like a scooter donated by Scotty’s Scooters in Hermosa Beach. “I think it was good to have a goal and set out for it,” Carroll said. “It’s going somewhere. It’s doing something for someone.” According to senior Edwin Meyers, cadets went door to door selling tickets every day for six weeks to help raise the money. He feels that this was just one of the many ways ROTC showed its commitment to the community. “Each cadet is willing to do their part to better the community,” Meyers said. “There was a lot of dedication from everyone involved.” According to Meyers, at least 150 people attend the Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day ceremonies at Veteran’s Park, where community members can observe and appreciate the pyramid memorial. “A lot of veterans were very appreciative and happy that we were involved in helping out the different causes,” Carroll said. “We’ve had a very positive reaction [from the community].” She feels that the community appreciates the pyramid because it is grateful for all that the veterans have done. “I think [the community] really likes giving back to the veterans,” Meyers said. “I know that the veterans appreciate it and everything the community does for them.” ROTC takes pride in their past community service, and plans to continue helping retired members of the armed forces. “We enjoy reaching back to the veterans and giving back to those who have given it all,” Meyers said.


Saving lives. Mr. Brandt donates blood at Tuesday’s American Red Cross Blood Drive. Over 150 people participated, and enough blood was donated to save up to 387 lives.

For full coverage on the blood drive, watch the audio-visual soundslide with perspectives from students, faculty, and an American Red Cross representative at


OPINION // MAY 25, 2012



othing is private on the internet. Once someone posts something, it will be archived for a near infinite amount of time regardless of whether the person deletes it or not. Anything one posts on the internet can and will eventually be held against them. With this in mind, posting pictures of oneself partying on Facebook is irresponsible and potentially damaging to their future and their friends as well. When admissions officers or future employers look at prospective students or employees, they do not limit themselves to what the applicant gives them. If they look at one’s Facebook and see pictures of underage drinking, drug use, or otherwise socially frowned upon behavior, one’s chances of being admitted or hired will be lowered. Are the pictures one took one particular weekend really worth potentially missing out on a job opportunity or a college acceptance letter? Some would argue that their privacy settings will prevent admissions officers from seeing their page. While this is true for the most part, what if one’s friends do not have privacy settings on? People will still be able to see those photos, especially if you are tagged in them. Additionally, even if one does not care that people can see him or her partying, one should at least consider their friend’s futures. One owes it to his or her friends to not

damage the other’s reputations in the future. What other people post is beyond a person’s control; however, by not posting their pictures, they can limit negative perceptions of themselves which is a step in the right direction. Furthermore, there are immediate consequences for people who post pictures of their parties on Facebook. Most parents do not want to see their children at a party on the internet, especially when they know everyone else can see that photo. Posting potentially embarrasing photos not only makes the person look bad, but his or her family also. Most of the time, this stain on the family name will be punished by one’s parents in some for. The price one could potentially pay for these photos is much greater than any enjoyment that one may get from them. Truthfully, what are the advantages to posting a picture of oneself partying on Facebook. 15 minutes of fame? A message from someone else who went to the party as well? Ultimately, these things are trivial rewards. In 3 months, most people will probably not remember the party, but the pictures will remain and those pictures could come back to haunt that person. So if one decides to go and enjoy the party, they should remember that what happens at the party should stay at the party.

AROUND REDONDO SHELBY BASSMAN, 11 “There’s no problem with putting pictures of yourself.”

Compiled by Isaiah Madison // Photos by Andrew Hazeltine

HECTOR ECHAVARRIA, 12 “No. It’s not very smart and it’s a bad choice because it’s public.”


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Students often upload risque images of themselves drinking at parties that can eventually come back to haunt them.

Should students post pictures of themselves at parties to Facebook? AHMAD KABBANI, 10 “I think it’s okay, I do it all the time.”

GUNNAR REITH, 11 “I don’t think its a big deal. Just think before you post.”

BRIANNA MISQUIT, 9 “Not if you’re doing anything bad because it could impact your future.”

OPINION // MAY 25, 2012


Shannon’s Shenanigans In

Closing by Shannon Bowman


High school elections are based on HIGH TIDE popularity, not leadership qualities


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Apathetic eyes scan the ballot, lazily searching the half-sheet for a familiar name or two. Students begin to whisper and glance at the selections by Tricia Light of their friends or simply start to doodle in the margins. The ASB election season has arrived. ASB elections, the scholastic embodiment of our country’s democratic ideals, certainly seem honorable and just. Unfortunately, the vast majority of students are unaware of the issues facing student government and are unable to make an informed choice. So, elections are ultimately based on little more than name-recognition and popularity. Every year, candidates plaster campus walls with campaign posters bearing cheesy slogans and neon colors, hoping to impress, or simply to annoy, their peers into circling their name. Space on posters is almost never spared for actual substance for one simple reason: high school elections have very little to do with substance. Of course, students would remain largely ignorant even if candidates did focus their campaign on their qualifications. Anyone can print that they are “dependable,” “responsible,” and “hard-working” in block letters, so the terms have lost nearly all meaning in the context of ASB elections. The candidates could also state their plans for the year, but this too would make no impact. Year after year, we hear the same things. We are more than aware of the fact that our future leadership hope to “raise a lot of money, give back to the community, and do tons of fun activities.” Truth be told, there is almost nothing that a candidate can do to set themselves apart. After decades of elections nearly

every slogan has been written, every name has been rhymed, and every poster has been designed. At this point, I doubt even the Hollywood cliché of a student promising ice cream parties and a ban on homework would have much of an impact. We have heard it all, and we know that they are largely empty promises. No actions by the candidates can truly demonstrate their ability or devotion to the student population as a whole, and the average student is unfamiliar with the candidates and the inner-workings of ASB. This raises an unsettling question: what are our choices each year really based on? Ultimately, we end up voting for the people we know, have heard about, or are simply already in the position. It is only a year after the fact that we will know whether or not our choices were the right ones.

Marching Orders Teacher’s takes on the move out of science hall. All I have been doing is moving for weeks. It’s nice to look forward to new facilities but there isn’t a lot of help with moving things. –Linda Dillard Chemistry teacher It’s a lot of work and stress. This time of year is stressful and this adds to it. The payoff is a beautiful building. –Holly Frame Biology teacher

I can’t. I can’t go to school anymore, I can’t study, I can’t even write this column. My senioritis has progressed to total body paralysis. I’ve been told that I still go to class. I’ve apparently even held conversations. I’m not sure how this is possible. Maybe my body is so programmed to walk these halls that it no longer needs my brain to send signals. It’s a medical phenomenon, really. Since my brain is no longer needed, it has begun to think about other things. Well, one thing: next year. Next year when high school will be far behind me, when I will be living almost 400 miles away from everyone I know, when I will be independent. When my real life will finally begin! I have reoccurring dreams about my college life, brilliant fantasies that fade away when I open my eyes to my same bedroom ceiling and the realization that I’m already late to zero period. Can’t I just fast-forward through these last few weeks? I’m over high school. I’m an adult! Except, I’m not. I will not be even close to 100% independent in college if the pages of contracts and agreements I’ve had to sign are any indication. Students seem to be excited about the unlimited access to beer, bongs, and babes. It’s like daycare with vodka mixed into the spilled milk and no one to wipe you when you’ve passed out in the bathroom. Real Life will begin as soon as we throw our graduation caps in the air! Sorry to break it to everyone (and myself ) but this, currently, is Real Life. The habits you are creating (or losing) right now will affect your future. College is expensive, arguably not even worth it, and while “C’s get degrees”, degrees no longer guarantee you a job. Over 44% of recent college graduates are either unemployed or working in a job that has nothing to do with their degree ( The salaries of recent college graduates are 10% lower than the average salary a decade ago ( so good luck paying off the average of $25,000 in college loans (http:// Basically, everything sucks right now and there is no guarantee that it will suck less four years from now. It will probably suck more. I’m supposed to close this column with a witty paragraph that will cinch all of these ideas together and maybe offer a silver lining. This column, my last ever, should be my best. I should make some semblence of sense. I can’t.


FEATURES // MAY 25, 2012

SURF’S UP The salty smell of the ocean permeates the air. Grainy sand crawls between your toes. Here, we take a closer look at the surf culture of Redondo Beach.

Surfing greatly impacts teacher’s lives by Navea Diaz Dropping In. 1. The early morning surf scene of Redondo Beach. 2. Pezzolo scopes out his possibilities before catching a wave.3.Pezzolo prepares to show one of his surf videos in surf club Ohana O’Kekai.4.Pezzolo takes his time explaining what’s going on in the video.5. Pezzolo rides a wave at a surf competition.




Pezzolo paints his own surfboards by Sophia Ritchie

Junior Ethan Pezzolo has just recently started painting and drawing on surfboards and making his own surf videos. “I started painting because I love to draw creepy and weird characters,” Pezzolo said. Pezzolo’s first painting was a devil demon like painting with striped and turned out very cool according to Pezzolo. “I didn’t understand why everyone had plain white boards, so I decided to be a little different and make mine super colorful,” he said. During Pezzolo’s sophomore year he started filming when he had put a go pro video camera on his surfboard. “I eventually stacked up tons of footage and I didn’t really know what to do with it so i ended up editing it, and it all evolved from there,” he said. So far he has made eight to nine videos and is now sharing

them on “It’s getting a little more serious because people are now asking me to film them and pay me so that is exciting,” Pezzolo said. Pezzolo has also helped ad- 3. vertise a new wetsuit company coming out and recently just filmed for the ecology club editing a video about wast characterization. “I’ve been able to brach out the joy I have for filming to other aread where I can actually make some money, but I never thought of actually mak4. ing money off of it, it just kinda happened,” Pezzolo said. Pezzolo cant really compare the two, painting and filming, because besides the fact that they are both art forms that he really enjoys. “I’ve finally found a hobby that helps my other passions grow and thrive, surfing has really opened a door for me that I never new was available,” Pezzolo said. 5.

While most teachers spend their mornings preparing lesson plans or grading papers, teachers Nicole Craig, Phil Comito and Duncan Avery have developed a close bond with each other through surfing. “We have a great relationship on campus with many of the teachers here, and surfing is just another activity that we can do together that helps our bond,” Avery said. Comito has formed his own “unique bond” with some teachers. He surfs both in the morning and on the weekends. “[Surfing has] helped me develop a unique relationship with some teachers here at the school,” he said. “To go out and enjoy the water together, to catch waves together — it’s cool.” According to Comito, surfing

impacts his mindset and performance in school. “When I surf in the morning, I come to school with so much more energy,” he said. “Surfing makes me a better person and teacher. It just makes me feel good.” Comito feels “fortunate” to live next to the beach, because he can go surfing both before and after school. “I feel like [surfing in the morning] is the best way to start the day,” he said. “It just really sets the tone for the day.” Like Comito, Craig loves the feelings she gets when she’s out on the ocean, waiting to catch a wave. “The great thing about surfing is that for one moment nothing else matters. You’re just in the zone,” she said. “It’s probably one of the greatest feeling ever.” According to Craig, before having children, surfing used to be a big part of her life. “I used to surf almost everyday, and sometimes even twice a day,” she said. “It’s a lot harder than it was before to just pick up a board and go after school or before school.” To Craig, surfing is more than just a sport, and she even plans to move to Ventura to buy a house closer to the beach. “Our trips are based around it, [my husband and I] bought a house around it,” she said. “[Surfing] is a lifestyle and it’s what you build your life around.” Surfing is also an extremely important part of Comito’s life, as he values the relationship he has developed with both the ocean and the other teachers. “It’s just so fulfilling, being able to be in the water with friends, and surf and catch waves, or just hang out and see the dolphins swim by,” Comito said. “That makes my life.”

FEATURES// MAY 25, 2012



An overview of the local surf spots and shops of the South Bay

Hermosa Beach Pier

Torrance Beach

“Hermosa Beach can either be the best or the worst place to surf. While other places are going off, Hermosa can be flat. But when other surf spots are too big, Hermosa Pier can be one of the best places to surf. I’ve had some of my best surf lessons there.”

“I personally prefer Torrance Beach over Hermosa because the way the ocean floor is at Torrance it allows the waves to come in slower and more ‘slopey’ enabling surfers to get longer smoother rides compared to the walled up closeouts of Hermosa.”

- Devin Nathan, 12th

- Connor Beaty, 12th



Spyder Surf Shop

Becker Surfboards

Location: 2461

Location: 301

Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach

Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach Events: On

June 20th Becker is supporting an all day web-athon in support of the Surfrider Foundation that dedicates itself to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans and beaches.

Surf Lessons: Spyder

offers surf lessons for $85 an hour, or for a group of 2 or more $75 an hour. You can rent bodyboards, surfboards, and wetsuits as well. PHOTO BY ERINN MIDDO




FEATURES// MAY 25, 2012

HAPPY & HEALTHY Students tells us why and how they eat healthy. Tenzera alters his diet after watching a disturbing movie by Justin Lee

As lunch time progresses, senior Mateo Tenzera walks by the food cart looking at all the food that it holds, but he has to stay strong and just keep walking. “It’s really hard to stay away from processed foods, but I try doing it for my health,” Tenzera said. Tenzera does not consider himself as being on a diet but rather considers himself as a health conscious eater. “I enjoy food a lot and I like the taste of real, natural foods,” Tenzera said. “Eating healthy also helps with my performance in jujitsu.” Tenzera started to be more aware of what he ate after watching the movie Food Inc. directed by Robert Kenner. Food Inc. exposes the mistreatment of farm animals that are later killed to provide meat in markets. “[Food Inc.] not only showed me the cruelty of animal abuse, but also that what these fast food companies put into my food is just disgusting,” Tenzera said. Tenzera sometimes likes to indulge on what he considers to be unnatural foods but says that after he eats some of those foods he gets an upset stomach. “Every once in a while I eat a cheeseburger or icecream, but I still prefer to eat the healthy stuff like raw nuts,” Tenzera said. Tenzera likes to eat natural foods such as fruits, vegetables, and lean meats and prefers to stay away from sodas and trans fats. “Sodas are really expensive and water is always free, so I get to keep myself in check and save a little money on the side,” Tenzera said.

Hardy’s family becomes closer due to her sister’s disorder by Cameron Paulson

Junk food, soda, and TV dinners are all a part of an every day person’s life. For senior Erin Hardy, her family’s eating habits changed drastically after her sister developed an eating disorder. “[The eating disorder] had nothing to do with body image at all,” Hardy said. “[My sister Emily] got an eating disorder from food poisoning. Hardy’s sister Emily got food poisoning in an Italian restaurant and developed a hiatal hernia, anxiety, and post tramatic stress. “She just became scared to eat,” Hardy said. “She always thought she was going to get sick again or get food poisoning.” After Erin’s sister developed an eating disorder, “things around the house” starting changing. “My sister’s lowest weight was about 83 pounds and she has an identical twin named Elena so seeing the difference was pretty shocking,” Hardy said. “Once my sister was admitted into a treatment facility, my family turned to a nutritionist to help us eat the right foods.” All junk food or any food remotely “bad” for a person was stripped of the Hardy household in order to improve the condition of her sister. “At first it really sucked not having ice cream in the freezer or a soda in the fridge,” Hardy said. “Not that I had that stuff all the time anyways, it

was just nice to have around once in a while.” Hardy’s household now does not entail a “do it yourself ” kind of dinner but a sit down meal. “Before this all happened everyone would just microwave their own TV dinner and be done,” Hardy said. “Now we have a set meal plan so when my mom gets off work she comes home and makes us dinner and we all sit down and eat. Although it seemed like a hassle at first, Hardy says sitting down as a family has brought them closer together. “If any of us ever have a problem it gets resolved very fast,” Hardy said. “Sitting down at dinner and being forced to face each other has improved our overall dynamic as a family.” Although Hardy misses the food that used to be in her house, she thinks it will have a positive effect on her in the future. “Now that I’m going off to college I think this healthy diet will help keep me from going back to old, unhealthy habits,” Hardy said. With her sister doing much better, the family continues their healthy lifestyle. “My sister got out of the treatment program in April and things are looking up,” Hardy said. “Despite this whole mess, eating healthier will help me in the long run and my family is now closer than ever.”

FEATURES // MAY 25, 2012

Mull stays cautious about her health by Taylor Brightwell

For many of us, it is difficult to keep a diet for a month let alone a year, but one athlete on campus is able to maintain a healthy diet 24/7. Senior Lyndsey Mull’s dedication to cross-country and track keep her motivated to eat right so she can perform her best. “I try to eat healthy all the time. Since I run all year long, it is important that I’m always eating healthy to fuel my body in the right way for my training and racing,” Mull said. Her diet consists of mainly wholesome fresh foods. Mull eats very little fast food and stays away from packaged foods as well because she only wants to put nutritional things into her body. “It’s important for me to eat healthy so I can perform to the best of my ability,” she said, “What you put in is what you get out, so junk food is not an option.”

With cross-country in the fall and track in the spring, Mull’s diet stays the same year round. She enjoys always eating healthy and knows that it can only benefit her. “I love to eat healthy because it makes me feel good and I know it will help me with running,” she said. “I don’t want to eat unhealthy.” Mull eats balanced meals with snacks in between. She balances her meals with protein and carbohydrates to better fuel her body for running and on a race day she will incorporate yams into her diet because they are a running power food. “My parents try to make sure there is always healthy snacks in the house. I am a huge fan of fruit; if I could only eat one thing it would be fruit,” Mull said. With the support of her parents and nutritional advice from her coaches, eating healthy has become easy. However, she still enjoys an occasional sweet or trip

to Chipotle. According to Mull she has to watch what she eats carefully because of her weak immune system. To help her body fight illnesses she takes nine different vitamins in the morning and three before bed. “I have to be extremely careful during cross country and track season not to get sick because that can affect my performance. I take extra precautions during flu seasons by bringing Clorox wipes to class to wipe my desk,” she said. Staying loyal to her strict diet and training schedule got her a scholarship to UCLA, where she will run next fall. “I’ve sacrificed a lot for my sport, but I do it because I love it. It has given me amazing life long friendships,” she said. “Keeping a healthy diet is not any sacrifice compared to how it has helped my running and what that has done for my future.”

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With an allergy, staying away from things such as peanuts or fish can be easy. But when what you’re trying to avoid things in almost everything you eat, it can get to be a problem. Senior Claire Chiara has Celiac disease, a condition where the body doesn’t have the enzyme to break down gluten which damages the body over time. To prevent problems like kidney failure, gluten has to be avoided. “Bagels, pizza, sticky rice on sushi, sandwiches, and just plain bread are really hard to stay away from,” Chiara said. “It’s in almost everything and it’s in things people don’t even realize. It’s even in the stuff on envelopes that makes them sticky.” Avoiding gluten is a hard task for Chiara, especially with divorced parents who have differing views. Chiara’s dad helps her stay completely gluten free while her mom doesn’t actively help her be gluten free. “My dad has Celiac disease so when I’m at his house I’m completely gluten free,” Chiara said. “But when I’m at my mom’s house she doesn’t really care what I eat. She’s skeptical if I have Celiac disease and she doesn’t buy gluten free foods.” One of her main problems with avoid-

ing gluten is going out to restaurants with friends. “I spend so much time with my friends and they can eat all the stuff that I can’t. They being able to eat sandwiches and me having to eat a salad really breaks down my willpower to not eat gluten,” Chiara said. “If I want to eat gluten free I’ll have to go to places like P.F Chang’s where they have a gluten free menu.” But Chiara has a tough time eating gluten free just by her willpower. Because she spends a majority of her time at her mom’s house, Chiara tends to eat more gluten than she should, making it a health risk. “For me it’s less of a diet as it is me trying to gain the willpower because I know in like five or ten years I’m going to end up in my dad’s position when he was ill and bedridden for years before he knew he had Celiac disease,” Chiara says. But as she leaves high school Chiara plans to be completely gluten free. “I’ve been telling myself for years once I leave high school I’ll start being all gluten free,” Chiara said. “I’m going to Boston for college, so I’m basically starting a whole new life where I’m going to be a healthy gluten free Claire.”

Healthy lifestyle. Mull enjoys eating fruit so that her body is well nurished for her long distance runs.


Chiara plans on staying glutten-free in college due to her disease. by Cole Greenbaun


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Chiara sticks to her rigourous diet


Tortilla chips instead of crackers

Corn tortillas instead of flour tortillas

Brown rice instead of white rice

Rice pasta instead of regular pasta


Cover Story

MAY 25, 2012

MAY 25, 2012



Top 5 of

DJ Jester’s playlist

For the love of music. 1. 2. 3. Senior Tyler Mills has made deejaying his passion and electronic music his new world. After realizing the hip hop persona he had made for himself was fake Mills recreated his image and is now deejaying music





LIFESTYLE Mills turns his job into an electric way of life by Nageena


Standing in front of thousands of people, colorful lights flashing all around, the bass making his heart beat faster and faster, senior Tyler Mills deejays at raves and parties. “Powerful, euphoria, ecstasy- that’s what I feel,” Mills said. “There’s nothing like the feeling you get after having a phat party, everyones coming up to you, giving you handshakes, and saying ‘Great job man.’” Mills began deejaying music to make money on the side. However, he was deejaying rap music that he knew people would like and pay for. “I felt so fake, I didn’t feel like I was [deejaying] for real,” he said. “ I was being paid to download songs, stand by a speaker, and press play.” After realizing the feeling of being “fake”, Mills began to develop and produce his own music. “It makes you feel awesome inside when you’re playing your own music that you’ve worked so hard on. When

people are dancing to that and you’re fist pumping, it’s a great feeling.” Mills continues to produce his own music because it provides him happiness. “If I get home from a bad day at school, it inspires me to sit in my mini-studio, lock my door and just focus,” he said. “If I go home and do that, the bad day is washed away.” Of all the places, he loves to deejay the most at raves. According to Mills, raves are more than just drugs and trouble. “Its this music bringing people together in such a way that everyone is on the same level,” Mills said. “I’m there to see my heroes spin some magic on those turntables, [and] It’s so awesome to see.” Mills’ deejay name is DJ Jester, and he expresses his individuality through his jester mask.

“One night, when I was messing around with my stuff, I put on one of my halloween masks and I was like “oh this is pretty cool,” and people remember me like “that’s the guy wearing the mask,” Mills said. “I redesigned it a bit and it looks pretty tight, so I wear that when I deejay at parties.” He plans to attend the army after high school, finish his general education, and go to a professional school, like Berkley School Of Music, “to nail musical theory and become a producer.” “I would be happy doing this for the rest of my life, I don’t even care about the money,” he said. “I want what makes me happy, and what actually brings joy to people. It’s raw passion and energy.” Mills’ parents were skeptical, at first, of his new passion and thought it would “lead him to a bad scene.” “Once I started going to [raves] and coming home alive, they realized they could trust me at them and let me do my


Loving the moment. Junior Paola Flores enjoys herself with friends at a recent rave.

She closes her eyes as she feels the bass beat through her body. She opens them to see flashing lights above her and her friends

dancing next to her. Paola Flores, junior, is at her favorite place in the world, a rave. Flores went to her first rave in 2010 when she went to “Winter Fresh” and was immediately hooked. Since then she’s been to 10 other raves. “[At raves] no one’s judging you, you can just dance and do whatever,” Flores said “You feel free.” Another reason Flores frequents raves is for the music. She can always count on raves to have a lineup of her favorite EDM artists such as DJs Netsky and Bassnectar. “My favorite part [of the music playing] is when the bass drops,” Flores said “Everybody just goes crazy, they all start jumping and screaming.” In EDM music, a beat builds up and grows quicker until finally a powerful bass line is played. “There’s this energy at them,” Flores said“From the bumping music, and all the

people, you’re just pumped.” Flores likwa EDM for listening as well as shuffling.She takes part in the widespread dancing trend that started at raves, shuffling. “I love it,” Flores said “It goes with the beat of the music and makes it more intense.” Raves aren’t always all fun. They’re notorious for the attendees who have died of overdosing or dehydration. “It’s important to be responsible at these things,” Flores said “[I] don’t make poor choices and always stay with a group of friends.” Flores doesn’t worry about the possible dangers of raves because she feels they are only dangerous for people who get out of hand and can’t handle responsibilities. “They’re a lot like any other concert or party” Flores said “Overall they’re harmless, but there always the few people that take it too far and cause problems.” Flores stands by the fact that there are

more positive than negative aspects. “[I love] the dancing, the music, just the entire atmosphere,” Flores said “It’s a way for me to forget all my problems for a while and have fun.” In addition to the freedom at raves, the anticipation leading up to raves is also one of the best parts for Flores. “On the day of it everybody’s so excited,” Flores said “We get ready and blast music and on the way there, we all just freak out.” Raves are also known for what people wear to them. “[The clothing] is part of the atmosphere” Flores said “You’re free to dress crazy in ways you wouldn’t in everyday life.” According to Flores raves’ acceptance of everyone is the most important part of them. “Raves are all about letting people be themselves” Flores said “There aren’t any constraints, you’re free to be who you are and not care about any judgment.”

All night passion

2. Avicii Fight 3. Re Style Wasteland 4. Hardwell Spaceman 5. Avicii Level 2

Rudow shuffles to the beat of his own bass

Flores finds freedom and a judgement free enviornment at raves by Kaitie

thing,” Mills said. “They would see me coming with stacks of cash that I made, and they would be impressed.” Mills close friend, Senior Maxwell Grimm, encourages Mills music and supports him by going to his events. “I think he has a lot of potential [and] once he is able to take classes for this, he’s going to be able to get to the next level with a lot of the top deejays,” Grimm said. “He’s better than most deejays because he hasn’t been taught [like them or] taken a lot of schooling for it, he’s just going off what he knows, and all of this is from passion.” According to Mills, electric music is his life. “I would get up in the morning, turn on my stereo, and that’s what starts my day, energizes me,” Mills said. “Electronic music is a whole different world, almost a way of life.”

1. Miani

90% of students don’t think party life is equal to social life

Does party life equate to social life? 20 students surveyed

10% of students think party life is equal to social life

by Cedric

With the “techno-electronic revolution” in modern day music, shuffling has become more prominent in party culture. Senior Adam Rudow shuffles whenever a good song comes up—with the right technique. “Melbourne shuffling mostly consists of variations of the running man and T-stepping. A lot of people think it’s one hop, but it’s actually two hops for every beat.” Rudow said. A lot of people make the mistake of not bringing their knees high and not using their arms at all. Both of these make the dance look a lot more energetic.” Rudow shuffles as often as three to four times a week. He shuffles all the time at his house to electronic music. “I shuffle whenever a good songs comes on when I’m at home. It is my favorite type of dance, mainly because electronic music is my favorite,” Rudow said.

Rudow started shuffling when he started taking interest in electronic music in 2010 as a sophomore. “I was looking for videos on how you can dance to it, and shuffling came up. The gliding and energy looked pretty cool so I started to learn,” Rudow said. “I’m glad I’ve stayed so long because once you get good, you can really learn to express your style better with different variations of moves.” Rudow dances to any good song he hears at home. Rudow, however, considers “Party Rock Anthem”, a popular song for shuffling, an embarrassment. “’Party Rock Anthem’ is actually kind of an embarrassment to shufflers. They don’t do it right in the video and the song itself is too slow to really shuffle correctly,” Rudow said. Rudow thinks that although shuffling, raves, and electronic music have a strong cor-

relation, he disagrees with the stereotype that all shufflers, not to mention all ravers, are into drugs. “Ecstasy sometimes comes into the raving scene, but in no way does it mean that all ravers and shufflers do it,” Rudow said. “It’s actually more respectable among the raving community if you dance and rave without drugs.” Rudow has strong opposition to the ecstasy stereotype and does not encourage using it. “I hate that most people think that you need to be on drugs to like techno, shuffle, or go to raves. That’s like saying all people who listen to rap like to drink and smoke weed,” Rudow said. “Although ecstasy may be enjoyable for some people, it definitely is not needed to feel the music and have fun dancing.”


FEATURES // MAY 25, 2012

THE END. With the close of a school year, students and teachers are forced to say goodbye.

Forster says farewell after twenty-three years by Hana Ghanim

They hover around her desk after school, eating blondies and perfecting their Spanish. Voices and laughter fill the room and bounce off the walls as the AP Spanish students bond with their teacher. Spanish teacher Deborah Forster is retiring after 22 years of educating Redondo students. “I’m really going to miss her classes,” junior Susan Nieves said. “More than anything, her classes didn’t feel like a class, but more like a family.” Forster’s decision to retire was partially due to future AP Spanish course changes. “Sometime in the course of the year, I just thought ‘Maybe this is a good time to call it quits,’” she said. Nieves says the feeling of losing her Spanish teacher is “bittersweet”. “I feel grateful for being in her last literature class but...Redondo is losing a really

great teacher,” she said. “I feel honored for having her as a teacher for two years.” Although she wont be teaching anymore, Junior Edwin Chavez feels “proud” to have been in Forster’s class for two years. “I just loved having her as a teacher,” Chavez said. “She has a really great sense of humor so it was just a great environment to be around.” According to Forster, her class environment is intimate because her students, mainly those in the AP classes, learn more than just a Latin-based language. Forster likes to include Spanish culture and controversial issues debates in her classes. “I enjoy challenging [students] and helping them to find out more about themselves and the world around them,” Forster said. “They leave knowing a great deal about both of these things.” According to Nieves, Forster’s teaching style helped properly prepare her for her AP Literature exam.

“I loved how she gave us the sufficient amount of tools to understand what we were reading, but she also challenged us through discussions and questioning,” Nieves said. “She is an amazing teacher.” Forster has been helping students even before her 22 years at Redondo, and will have to take time to adjust to a life without teaching. “Most of my life was spent teaching or helping students,” she said. “I love to see the students through the process.” Forster’s retirement plans consist of moving back to the East Coast, where she grew up. “I’m going to miss absolutely everything [about Redondo],” Forster said. “There is nothing I’m not going to miss.” Although Forster is going to miss everything about teaching, her favorite part was interacting with her students. “It has always been more than just a job,” Forster said. “It has been my passion.”

Final goodbyes. Senorita Forster spends her mornings teaching Spanish 3 and AP Spanish Language and AP Spanish Literature.

Aguinaldo, Monier keep their bond strong by Claire Tisius

Staying strong. Monier (left) and Auginaldo (right) plan to stay together after school ends.

At the end of the year people say good bye to friends, switch schools, and graduate, but for senior Kevin Aguinaldo and sophomore Charlotte Monier, the end of the year is not the end of their relationship. Aguinaldo and Monier have been together for a year and three months. Aguinaldo is graduating and going to El Camino Community College in the fall, so he will stay close to his girlfriend. “It’s not that big of a deal, because the time spent during school is quantity. Quality, like dates and weekends, [is] still going to be there. I may not be able to see her as often, but it will stay the same,” Aguinaldo said. Even though they will be separated, long time friend Michelle Urizar believes that the relationship will withstand the distance. Urizar even helped get the couple together after Monier had rejected Aguinaldo. The

couple first met in 2009 French class where Aguinaldo had taken a seat next to Monier. “They’re the best of friends and inseparable. Kevin is the humorous affectionate gentleman, never disrespecting her and being very romantic and Charlotte [is] the humble, down to earth girl who isn’t afraid to be herself. The two are just two people who are absolutely chill and supportive towards each other,” Urizar said. Aguinaldo is not worried about the separation they will face next year because he will still be able to visit Monier and go on dates. However, Monier is somewhat upset about the separation. “It makes me sad because I’m not going to be with him like the past two years, but he’s going to El Co so he’ll be close to me,” Monier said. but their relationship did not start out as strong as it is today. In January 2009 the couple began to hang out and when Aguinaldo confessed that he liked Monier, she

shot him down. “I kind of took it personally, so I gave her the cold shoulder,” Aguinaldo said. But after spending more time together, they began to warm up to eachother, and she gave him a second chance. Since then the couple is not planning on slowing down anytime soon even if they are separated. Even with their strong bond they both have to adjust to being separated. They both believe they are very special to one another. “Kevin is very special to me; he’s my best friend. I talk to him when I don’t want to talk to anybody else. I’ll talk to him everyday and whenever; I never really get tired of him,” Monier said. Even though the couple has to adjust to Aguinaldo’s graduation, it does not seem to become a problem for the couple in the near future. “Charlotte is my best friend, who I always look forward to seeing everyday. Seeing her is the highlight of my day,” Aguinaldo said.

FEATURES // May 25, 2012

Four Daughters Kitchen makes burgers and fries family-style by Cedric Hyon

Walking into the Four Daughters Kitchen for a bite to eat is an experience one doesn’t soon forget.This overlooked, familyowned restaurant has one of the best tasting burgers in the South Bay. As one walks in, many photos of any of the owner’s four daughters can be seen on each of the walls. The daughters are three, five, seven, and nine years old. This atmosphere gives visitors a good sense of a family-oriented restaurant, a very comfortable environment. Four Daughter’s Kitchen is a very small restaurant with about 12 tables and a small bar. It is usually on the quiet side, but can become loud as crowds pick up. For the most part, however, it is quiet and cozy. Being quiet, however, does have some cost—literally. I’m only assuming that be-

Treat in Rolling Hills sells Dole Whip

cause business is sometimes slow that the food is on the expensive side. The Big Daddy’s Burger, the dish I picked, was about $13.00. Despite the pricy food, the dining is certainly worth it. The quality of the food is definitely higher than normal standards. Although I did not speak to the head chef, his food speaks for him. The Big Daddy’s Burger can only be described as a colossal mountain of taste. It’s a burger consisting of an extremely tall bun,

a fried egg, tomatoes, lettuce, onions, and some special 4DK sauce. The sauce is pretty hot, which does not fit to the other ingredients of the burger. Despite this unusual blend, it creates a unique flavor that is incredibly hard to forget. Located in Manhattan Beach, Four Daughters Kitchen can be a bit of a drive when including pier traffic. However, driving down all the way to the pier will definitely be worth the time. Anything on the menu is good to eat.

Hidden food gems of the South Bay

by Dan Furmansky

Treat is a hot new upstart in Rolling Hills that offers gourmet drinks and treats ranging from boba to macaroons to coconut ice cream served in the original shell. What makes this place such a gem is that they proudly serve the fabled Dole Whip Pineapple ice cream. For anyone who has been to Disneyland and waited in that long, grueling line outside the Tiki Room for a taste of this glorious concoction, this one’s for you. Pineapple Dole Whip is nothing short of an instantly addicting and delicious summer treat. Treat provides addicts with another location to relive the Dole Whip experience and is always there for those willing to try it for the very first time. It’s also much closer than Disneyland and less expensive. Treat has an incredibly relaxing atmosphere that includes indoor and outdoor seating, complimentary blankets, and free Wi-Fi. Its location in the Rolling Hills Plaza makes it the ideal place to stop and enjoy a one-of-a-kind treat before catching a movie at the AMC right behind it.


Not Just at Disneyland. Along with other tasty desserts, Dole Whip is a costomer favorite at Treat.

2. Back East. 1 & 2. Cousin Vinny’s Cafe was voted “Best Burger.”


Not Your Mother’s Burger. The burgers at Four Daughters kitchen are served with fries and their unique 4DK sauce.

Cousin Vinny’s Cafe serves East Coast meals by Ilana LaGraff

It’s so small, you might miss it if you drive by too fast. But once you get inside of Cousin Vinny’s Café, it’ll win you over with its great style and food so you’ll never overlook it again. Located at 5148 W 190th Street, this family owned café is small but has a big personality. Owners Vince and Christy Jarecki decorated their small venue by covering every inch of the walls. “The left side was decorated by Vince with New York sports flags and I did the right. My side has I Love Lucy quotes and everything’s related to Los Angeles, because that’s where I grew up, but we were mostly inspired by the East Coast,” Christy said. Their inspiration came from the East Coast as well as an old favorite movie. “Our favorite movie is My Cousin Vinny, and my husband’s name is Vince, so that’s how we got the name. Vince is from upstate New York, and the food is delicious there, so we decided to bring it down here. We have a very yummy East Coast menu, and our burgers are best sellers,” Christy said. “Everything is fresh and made to order in an open kitchen.” The vibe of the place is very relaxed and homey. The small staff creates family feel because of the knit group and friendly service. The “friendly waitress Peggy” is all smiles as she takes orders; the chef Mercedes Landeros makes conversation as he makes the food. Although it would be hard to fit a big group in their small front room, this quaint café is indeed a hidden gem.


FEATURES // MAY 25, 2012

Advanced Photo combines modern technology with age-old techniques by Lia Quilty


Student-oriented. Teacher Chichen Lu goes over the answers for a quiz her Chinese III students took. AP Chinese will be offered next year.

Popularity of Chinese paves way for more classes by Cooper Lovano

With a growing demand for expansion of the Chinese program, students have more foreign language options and those who have been in the program since its inaugural year now have the option to take AP Chinese next year. “Everyone [I’ve spoken] to loves the idea of the class, but fears the AP test,” junior Christian Grantz said. “I believe that the AP Exam may seem scary now, but come next Spring, I believe we will be well prepared through both Ms. Lu’s teaching and our own studies.” While AP Chinese will not be easy, teacher Chichen Lu believes that the most important factor of successful learning is actual effort. “The process sometimes is more valuable than the outcome, but that doesn’t mean we don’t do our best-- it’s not an excuse, but you have to have relaxed [and] comfortable attitude through serious hard work,” Lu said. Because this will be Lu’s first time teaching an AP class, she anticipate that the experience, though challenging, will be beneficial to herself and her students. “Of course it will be a heavy workload

but at the same time I don’t want to pressure my students too much so I need to find a balance between fun and getting what we need to do done,” she said. “To me, the most important thing is that I want my students to be life-long learners and that will be the most challenging part- how do you have the balance between [the students having] an interest and passion for the language versus them being overwhelmed and too pressured to get a good grade on the AP test.” The class will have the same general format as its prerequisite courses. “It will still be student-focused: students are always the main characters in the classroom,” Lu said. According to Lu, the feature of real-life application sets AP Chinese apart from the other levels. “There is a feature of AP classes, that is we use reality a lot. You will have more chances to use Chinese, to apply it to your daily life. It is more real-world. It is not like ‘the book is the book, my life is my life,’ always separated-- you separate your school life from your real life and AP provides us with a surrounding to give you a chance to get in touch with the ‘real stuff,’ to use it in

on Digital Electronics... “A digital circuit is essentially the brains of modern electronics. If you want to become an electrical engineer, or an electrician, or anything related, then this class will give you the fundamental basics of all electronic devices.” -Matthew Keyes, teacher

real communication surrounding,” she said. Many current students hope to use Chinese in their future careers. “I see myself either majoring or minoring in Mandarin when I go off to college, as well as studying abroad to mainland China and Taiwan. I’ve thought about having a career in international relations/foreign affairs, as well as teaching English in China or an international school in America,” junior Erin South said. The Chinese program is expanding, with about 15 students interested in AP Chinese, 27 in Chinese III, 22 in Chinese II, and 30 in Chinese I. In fact, Parras and Adams Middle School anticipate a Chinese I class in the near future themselves. “I do not worry about the low number of students interested, always look on the bright side: if I have a large number of students that means the program is developing, but if I have fewer students the quality will be more individualized , more customized,” she said. “I want to make a place that creates a life-long passion for Chinese language and culture. I don’t want a student to say, ‘The day I finish the AP test is the end of all Chinese for me’.”

These days, it seems as though anyone can be a photographer with the widespread use of cell phones, tablets, and computers. The use of film photography is now almost non-existent in the new era of digital photography. Despite the new changes in photography, the basic principles have and will remain unchanged according to teacher Mitch Ziegler who will be teaching the new advanced photography class next year. “The basics like lighting and angles will always continue to be relevant when taking pictures,” he said. Although photography is constantly evolving, the techniques that Ziegler will teach would still apply 20 years from now, much like the ones he teaches currently as an English teacher. Techniques such as lighting, sports, architectural, portrait, and photo essays will be taught and the class will be very interactive. “We will be walking around all over. I expect to go down to the beach and hopefully we could get over to Parras and Beryl Middle School,” Ziegler said. According to Ziegler, the class will not be an easy A for students to slide by in. “The class will definitely be more challenging than what students anticipate,” he said. “Students will be expected to shoot at after school and off-campus events for a grade.” There will not be any required equipment for the class, but a digital single lense reflex (DSLR) camera is recommended. “We began using the DSLR in 2001 for the yearbook, and it has completely transformed the way it looks,” he said. “I’ll be getting some cameras that students can borrow as well.” Come fall, he will face the transition from an English teacher of 26 years to an photography teacher. “It shouldn’t be too much of a transition because I already teach some photography in journalism and yearbook,” he said. “I love to learn new things. I’ve always been interested in photography. It will be nice to teach something different for a change.”

on Stagecraft... “Stagecraft is actually the construction of the back of the stage, or the seeting. Those who are talented as far as handling materials, creating things, and an otherwise wide variety of students should consider taking this class.” -Robert Van den Eikhof, teacher

FEATURES// MAY 25, 2012



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SPORTS // MAY 25, 2012


Wrapping up the by Kylie Martin

After tying Palos Verdes for the title of CIF Bay League Champions, the girls’ lacrosse team is reflecting on their season and focusing on how to improve for next year. The girls’ lacrosse team has dominated the Bay League and has won four Championships in a row, which coach Tom Borgia believes is a school record. “Because we have a tremendous tradition and did not lose a Bay League game in 2010 or 2011, tying for the Bay League title and having a 10-2 record was disappointing for our program,” Borgia said. According to Borgia, the biggest obstacles that the team had to overcome this season were the loss of their team’s fastest player and high scorer, junior Allison Kotzbach, to injury and the fact that the team was a lot younger and less experienced compared to last year. However, the team focused on their strengths to come out on top at the end of the season. “Our team worked really well together and for the most part everybody was encouraging, which helped everyone to play their best on the field,” junior Emily Horowitz said. According to junior Torrey Brugger, the team was gener-

Girls’ lacrosse continues practice to improve performance for next season.

ally focused and determined to maintain their title as Bay League Champions. However, she acknowledges the team’s periodic lack of motivation and tendency to get over confident, which she believes was a team weakness. “We need the girls to play during the summer and work hard in 6th period off-season lacrosse so they can continue to work on their stick skills and improve every day to get better for next year,” Borgia said. According to Brugger, next year’s team will struggle from losing key varsity players to college and from facing improved teams in the league. However, she feels as long as they keep practicing and working hard, next season will be just as successful as this season. “We need to practice some basic skills, improve on some of our struggling points, and use what we’ve learned this season to be more successful next year,” Brugger said. Overall, the team feels positive about the outlook of next season and that the team will once again be in the running for another Bay League Championship. “I think there will be a really solid team next year because we can only grow from here. Hopefully we will continue to reign as Bay League Champions,” Horowitz said.


On the offensive. Senior Jaden Braunwarth cradles ball.

Softball works to improve team chemistry by Jessi Shipley

This year the softball team achieved its main goal in making this year a “building” year and strengthening the team as a whole. Softball’s overall record for league was 3-7, leaving room for improvement and taking time working on all aspects of the game. “I knew that this season would be one of growth and it was definitely a challenge. We were so close in many games

until that ‘one inning’,” coach Jennifer Dessert said. One aspect the team felt they needed to work on was chemistry. With only two seniors on the team, the rest of the players are going to be playing together for a few more years and chemistry between the team will help improve their game. “[The chemistry] helped us realize when the other one was being hard on themselves, or was feeling down so we made it our job to pick each other back up,” Ruiz said.

Another aspect of the “building” year was bringing up eight underclassmen to gain the experience of a varsity level team. “The girls were very positive, had positive energy and taught me a lot. I learned I had to step up my game to compete with the other girls,” freshman Haley Reed said. According to the underclassmen, they appreciated the opportunity they had to play on varsity and feel they have gained a lot learning from the upperclassmen. “Being a freshman on varsity was at

first kind of scary because of the high expectations, but when I started making good friendships with all of the girls it was really fun and exciting. I got to learn more about my position, pitcher,” freshman Kiarra Gallini said. The team feels that they will be ready and prepared to start next year’s season with wins because of the talent that was created during this season. “Honestly, I have never been on a team that has improved so much over the course of a season,” senior Juliana Jordan said.

Boys’ tennis has a good season despite setbacks by Allegra Peelor


Match. Set. Junior Christian Grantz returns a low ball in match vs. Mira Costa.

After placing fourth in Bay League and facing an “uphill battle” all season, boys’ tennis still earned a wildcard into the CIF tournament by beating San Marcos High School 9-9 (77-64 in games). According to junior Christian Grantz, the main factor that caused the boys to keep fighting all season was a desire to win and to play in the CIF tournament. This desire to win came through in their close match at San Marcos despite missing players to injuries, illnesses, and AP testing. “A lot of us wanted to get into CIF officially rather than just a wildcard round and

we definitely did push hard,” Grantz said. “We worked well together to show what we’ve been doing this whole season.” Unfortunately, after beating San Marcos in the wildcard round, the team lost 1-17 to number one seed University High School in Irvine in the first round of CIF. However, number one singles player, junior Derek Levchenko, and number one doubles player, senior Chris Lew, made it to the finals as a doubles team in the Bay League tournament. They were able to play in the CIF individual tournament, where, after having a bye in the first round, they lost to a Sage Hills High School doubles team in the second round 2-6, 6-3, 11-13.

“Chris Lew has had an amazing four years; getting into CIF individuals is a big accomplishment,” coach Jessica Seibert said. “Derek could potentially win League next year.” According to Seibert, Lew and Levchenko were not the only players to have good seasons. She believes that the team as a whole had an okay season given the conditions. “I felt, given the injuries and illnesses, we did the best we could,” she said. “I didn’t think we had that strong of a season but we finished it out strong at the end it all kind of came together, it just took a couple months.”

SPORTS // MAY 25, 2012


Track has new star runners on the rise by Diana Luna

Out with the old and in with the new. The year is quickly coming to an end and many star seniors have hung up their track cleats for the season. As successful as the season was with the former seniors, many rising star athletes are quickly improving to meet that same potential as this year, such as sophomore Dustin Herold and freshman Amber Gore. Herold placed first in the 800 meter race Saturday afternoon and earned the title CIF Southern Section Division 2 champion. Herold holds the rank of the number one sophomore in the state and broke the 800 meter school record with one minute and fifty-four seconds. “I definitely felt that all of my hard work finally paid off,” Herold said. “I was dedicated with my workouts and I always tried to push myself to strive for the best.” According to Herold, few days prior to his race, he didn’t feel confident and was nervous for the competition he would face. “My competition wasn’t a third or fourth Division anymore. I was competing in a second Division which meant my competition was harder. The whole week before my race I didn’t think I was going to advance to


Speedin’. Freshman Amber Gore runs with the baton in the 800 m relay against Palos Verdes.

Master. I barely even expected to qualify. If I did, I would have been happy enough with that,” he said. Herold feels the next two years are going to be tough considering he must maintain his personal records, but he feels that with consistency and hard work everything will fall into place. “Next year I am going to have a better attitude entering the competition and I’m going to try to advance as far as I can and of course try and keep my title of D-2 cham-

pion. I’m also hoping to make it to state and maybe even advance to nationals next season,” Herold said. According to Herold, he had no setbacks which he is grateful for. “Every race I felt like I was improving from earlier races. I’m glad I was able to keep my body healthy this whole season, because this season was one of my best,” he said. Gore placed second in the 800 meter relay with two minutes and twelve seconds.

She placed fifth overall out of the four divisions. “All of the hard workouts and the intense training played a key role in my success. I owe it all to my coach, Bob Leetch, for helping me be determined to want to achieve a high place in the later half of the season,” Gore said. She has three more years ahead of her and feels that she will continue improving with her races. “The next couple of years I want to continue to place high and eventually win the state meet for the 800 meter relay. I hope my luck continues throughout the rest of the year,” Gore said. Coach Julie Ferron hopes for next year’s season to stay on the same track considering the number of returning athletes. “Dustin ran the race of his life on Saturday,” Ferron said. “Amber was strong all year and it really showed in her race because she was able to place second in a D-2 as a freshman. That’s quite the accomplishment.” Seniors who qualify for CIF finals: Rachel Bush Juniors who qualify for CIF finals: Evan Malone White, Kayla Ferron, Erin South

Mull’s hard work pays off, given opportunity to run for UCLA

Lyndsey Mull


by Navikka Dasz


Running for the gold. Senior Lyndsey Mull leads the pack in cross country race. Because of running, she has had to sacrifice many social events but does not regret anything.

Even though she never got to go to prom in previous years and she will probably not be able to attend graduation, senior Lyndsey Mull feels that it is a small price to pay for all the great things running has given her. Mull pursued gymnastics from a young age but decided to stop right before freshman year and take track and cross country instead. “At the middle school, they had this track meet, and in 7th grade I tried out for it. Coach Leech, our couch now, came down and looked at the runners and he told my mom [I should join]. When I was coming to high school, [my mom] always remembered what the coach said. She thought I would have a thing for it, so I just decided to try it out,” Mull said. Mull got on the varsity team her freshman year and made many friends on the team. “I met one of my best friends, Rachel Bush, through running. I’ve been on varsity with her since freshman year. We went to different middle schools and we wouldn’t have known each other without [running],” she said. Mull maintains two groups of friends, one consisting of those on the track team and one with no track friends. “It’s really nice to have both [groups of friends] to get away from the running and remember that there is more to high school that running. It’s also nice to have

a group of [track] friends that I can really relate to and share common goals in running,” she said. Running has also kept her “on the right path,” according to Mull. “Running is really healthy for you and it keeps you fit. I try to watch my nutrition and try not to eat junk food all the time because that’s not what’s good to fuel you for running,” she said. “[Running] has kept me living a healthier lifestyle, and it’s kept me away from the partying scene.” Running on cross country has also influenced her college and career paths. “I got recruited by UCLA for running, and I would never be able to go to there without [running],” she said. “I want to do something in sports marketing. I really want to work for Nike.” Mull does not plan to stop running after high school but hopes to continue as long as her body lets her. “I’m going to do it for the next four years in college, and I want to pursue it even after college. I’m going to try to take it as far as I can,” Mull said. Running has dominated much of her high school years, according to Mull, but she would not change a thing. “My whole high school experience revolved around running. I don’t know where I would be without it,” she said. “[Running] has done only great things for me. I’m just really thankful that I found something that I love and am really good at. I’m really grateful for everything it’s brought me.”


SPORTS // MAY 25, 2012

D’ANGELO, LAST MAN STANDING Senior Michael D’Angelo’s consistant play allowed him to progress in CIF as the final Redondo player to represent his team. by Colin Welch

last Monday, senior Michael D’Angelo prepared to tee off in the third round of CIF individuals. After good finishes in the first two rounds, D’Angelo came in with confidence but unfortunately missed the cut to continue by two players. D’Angelo started off well placing sixth in the first round. He attributes his performance to the amount of practice he put in. “I have spent a lot of my free time practicing and just working at my game for the past month,” D’Angelo said. D’Angelo believes the lack of his teammates presence around him is both helping and hurting his game. “When my teammates are around there is less pressure to play well, and I can typically play better, but since they are not around I have to buckle down and get my head straight,” D’Angelo said. As he continued into the next round D’Angelo placed 20th out of 110 players allowing him to continue to play in the next round. PHOTO BY JENNY OETZELL

“My consistency in my game has been good and I have had to be really focused in order to stay in the competition,” D’Angelo said. Junior Matthew Ferradas thinks highly of D’Angelo’s golfing abilities because of the amount of time they spend together on and off the golf course. “[D’Angelo] is a very consistant player, whenever we need a good score he always is someone we can rely on,” Ferradas said. D’Angelo is one of the most well respected members on the golf team according to coach Burke. “[D’Angelo] was the most inspirational member on the team and he has played outstanding this whole year,” Burke said. Although D’Angelo has consistently played well in CIF, he knows the difficulty in maintaining that level of play. “Golf is a day to day sport and you never really know what you are going to get,” D’Angelo said.

Tee off. Senior Michael D’Angelo swings in match against West. D’Angelo is happy with his overall standing this season and plans to continue to compete.


Play hard. Junior Nick Williamson and team celebrate point in match against Palos Verdes. PHOTO BY MAX PITTMAN

Just keep swimming. Sophomore Sara Curren swims butterfly in Tri Area meet. by Kylie Martin

Returning from last season, the swim team had some big shoes to fill. However, through hard work and dedication, the team worked through their weaknesses to end their season better than they had expected. “One of our biggest weaknesses was not having a dominant breaststroker because our medley relay and 100-yard breaststroke suffered,” senior Adam Rudow said. However, this was only a minor setback that motivated the team to work even harder by attending optional practices in the mornings and on the weekends to improve times. Senior Declan Andrew worked especially hard and achieved his goal of breaking a school record. “Since swim season finished last year, I was inspired to break a record so I’ve been in the pool doing club swim all year. I would sometimes swim up to 5 hours a day,” Andrew said. Andrew broke the 47.04-second school record in the 100-yard freestyle at CIF Finals when he swam 46.18 seconds, placing 5th. He also placed 3rd in the 100-yard backstroke. “What motivated me the most was that I

knew if I put in the work, I could break the record. Now that I have, it feels great to become a part of Redondo’s history,” Andrew said. Hard work also paid off during CIF for freshman Elle Inscore, who placed 3rd in the 50-yard freestyle and 9th in the 100yard freestyle, as well as for the boys’ 4 by 100-yard freestyle relay team, who placed 20th overall. According to freshman Elle Inscore, the team had a number of great swims by underclassmen at league finals. “Being a younger team has had its weaknesses at certain points this season,” Inscore said, “however, because of what we’ve proven we can do this year and all the more experience and training we will have, our future looks bright.” Coach Mark Rubke also feels that the team has potential and that their hard work will carry off into next season. “Year to year, swimmers always progress individually,” Rubke said, “I think everyone will be able to accomplish things they didn’t this year and our [next year’s] team can be on a new and improved level if we work hard enough.”

Young talent awaits by Allegra Peelor

Boys’ volleyball was able to finish out their season with a “successful” 21-13 record, despite having a younger team. However, they lost to Thousand Oaks in an “evenly matched” game in four sets, 21-25, 18-25, 25-22, 21-25, in the first round of the CIF tournament. According to junior Nick Williamson, the main reason the boys lost to Thousand Oaks was because it was most of the players’ first CIF game and nerves ran high. “I think we could have won, we just weren’t playing to our full potential,” Williamson said. “The nerves were a big factor in why we didn’t play as good as we should have but I don’t think we could have done anything better besides calming down and playing our side of the net.” However, coach Duncan Avery disagrees and believes that the team lost to Thousand Oaks because of the teams’ difference in ability level. “I would say that we didn’t serve and pass very well and at that time that team just played better than us,” Avery said. “I think some of our guys might have been a little bit nervous but i think that went away after the first ten or

fifteen points.” They had four sophomore starters this season, but according to senior Austin Bowen, the young players stepped up to the varsity level, despite being nervous and unsure at first. “We didn’t really know what to expect so I think we had a great year,” Bowen said. “With so many young people starting on the team we didn’t know which way it would go especially with all the senior-stacked teams this year but I definitely think this year will help for next year and lead to a stronger season next year.” Williamson and Bowen agree that one of the most important players on the team was also one of the youngest: sophomore Louis Richard, a second-year varsity starter who acted as a “go-to guy” and “leader.” According to Williamson, Richard was a key player who helped the team have a good season and show that a young team is not always a bad thing. “We did better than what people expected us to do in some of the tournaments,” Williamson said. “We won our preseason tournament and we got to the semifinals of our last one and we beat a couple of good teams where they had more sophomores and juniors, so that’s a success for us.”

SPORTS // MAY 25, 2012



Heart and soul. Seniors Cameron Bennett (left) and Jake Jimenez (middle), and junior Freddy Smith (right) play in home game against West, leading them to compete in CIF.


This season, baseball had two goals: to grow as a team and to win Bay League. According to the team they feel that although they didn’t win Bay League, their goals were achieved. “The goal of the season, as always was to get better, improve, and reach a place higher than what we had reached before. We achieved this goal this year, as we pushed further into the postseason than in years past,” junior Emil Shallon said. Through hard work and discipline the team improved, according to senior Johnny Albi. “We improved both defensively and offensively, we buckled down and made the adjustments needed to get better,” Albi said. The time put in as team not only helped raise their skill level, it improved their ability to work as a team also. “This season has been very different; we have bonded as a team a lot more in my opinion. We had a solid group of players and somebody different stepped up every game,” senior

Hunter Bradshaw said. All of the team’s hard work eventually paid off when the boys came close to winning Bay League. “Unfortunately we were one strike away from winning Bay League and it slipped away from us so we finished in 2nd,” Albi said. Though they did not win, the team feels that they were just as capable as any other team. “Having the opportunity to win a league championship, although it didn’t go our way, we did beat the eventual champion of the bay league all three times we played them. Winning a first round playoff game at home was special as well,” coach Baumback said. Another overall accomplishment of the season for baseball was winning a game in the first round of playoffs. “I feel great that we made it to CIF. That was a pivotal step towards reaching our goals of the season. I am disappointed slightly that we didn’t get further down the path, but I am very happy that we continued to move forward and not slip back-

BUILDING BACK UP by Taylor Sorensen

This year’s Lacrosse program has seen many changes, including a new coach, as well as different workouts in practices. These changes have proven effective, as seen in the victory against Mira Costa. Senior Tyler Clinton, a four year player has seen the team gradually develop, ultimately turning into a more rigorous, as well as challenging program. “It’s weird looking back, but I’m satisfied with the direction this program has gone,” Clinton said. This year’s most recent addition to the Lacrosse staff, coach Mark Haddad, has

done well in improving the team’s morale and skills on and off the field. “I feel like [coach Haddad] did a pretty good job this year working with us. He made sure we gave our full effort in practice as well as games,” Clinton said. Recent changes, including longer workouts have proven successful in the team’s development, as seen in the Mira Costa game. “All I’ve wanted to do for these past 4 years is to beat Mira Costa, and it was the best feeling to actually do that on the last chance that I had,” Clinton said. The team has made playoffs the past two years, gradually proving themselves more

wards,” Shallon said. Albi is happy with his team’s accomplishment and believes that they worked hard to achieve all they had this season. “It was a great accomplishment. That is what we had our eyes set on the whole year. When we made it, we won our first playoff game which is a big accomplishment and a big step in the right decision for this program. I think we have left a sort of standard that will be met in the future and Redondo baseball will become dominant in the south bay,” Albi said. Overall the team feels that this year was a successful season, and has prepared them for next year. “Naturally, I’m sad that we’re done and that we’re not going any further towards the championship. However, the entire team is proud that we got as far as we did and continued to get better,” Shallon said. “This season we have gained the respect of teams throughout the southern section, and we gained belief in ourselves that we can succeed.”

Lacrosse works on building up the program this season by working as a unit and developing a high level of competition to improve the team’s attitude and play. and more competitive. Clinton believes the team has improved the most on working as a unit. “I feel that the ending of this last season has been bittersweet, because we didn’t end up with the record that we were capable of, however, we beat Costa for the first time in Redondo lacrosse history,” Clinton said. The team has taken the necessary steps to becoming more competitive. This is the first year the team has made cuts, adding to the competitive nature of the sport. “When you know there’s a chance you might not make it on the team, it certainly adds pressure when playing out there,”

Clinton said. Senior Tyler Mills, a player who was cut from the team, has dealt first hand with the effects of a stricter program. After attending the preseason which lasted 6 months, Mills was still cut from the program. “I didn’t honestly think it would turn out that way, I was disappointed, to say the least,” Mills said. Overall, Clinton is proud of the season, and proud of the improvement the team has made. “I feel like i really found my place in this sport, and to see our team gradually get better has been awesome,” Clinton said.


FEATURES// MAY 25, 2012

BUMPIN’SUMMER The most wanted summer concerts of 2012 are in. Which ones are you going to?

by Isaiah Madison

Nicki Minaj

Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE Sun, Aug 5, 2012 8:00 PM

If you like: Lil’ Kim, Ciara.

Nicki Minaj never fails to disappoint in her concerts. Attendees can expect a show full of surprises and guest stars. Nearly all of her songs hit the top of the charts. Expect many die-heart fans singing along with the diva.

JLO & Enrique Inglesias

STAPLES Center Thu, Aug 16, 2012 7:30

If you like: Pittbull, Shikira.

With one of the biggest hits this year, “On the Floor”, Jennifer Lopez will be joining forces with Spanish artists Enrique Inglesias, Winsin, and Yandel in a concert at the STAPLES Center. Appealing to the pop, hip-hop and latin genres this concert will be diverse and will sell out.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

STAPLES Center Sat, Aug 11, 2012 7:30

If you like: Foo Fighters, System of a Down.

The Red Hot Chill Peppers will be going on their first full US tour since 2007. The grammy award winning band plays funky rock songs. They will be promoting their latest album I’m With You and have two consecutive dates to ensure that all fans get a chance to see them.


Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk Wed, Aug 8, 2012 7:30 PM

If you like: Flo Rida, David Guetta, Taio Cruz.

Pitbull will be bringing his international tour to America this summer. This concert will incorporate pop music and latin beats appealing to all attendees.


STAPLES Center Fri, Jul 27, 2012 7:30 If you like: Avicii, deadmau5.

Kaskade, a California native, will be the first Electronic Dance Music artist to have a set at the staples center. His music features harmonic female vocalist singing along to progressive house beats. The show at the staples center will be one of a kind and will appeal to all the senses.




1. Where Have You Been- Rihanna 5. Call Me Maybe- Carly Rae Jepsen 2. Schoolin Life- Beyoncé

6. Payphone- Maroon 5 Feat. Wiz Khalifa

3. So Good- BoB

7. Best Song Ever- Wallpaper

4. Party in MY Head- September

8.Let’s Go- Calvin Harris Feat. Ne-Yo



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