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Marine Science classes go to Sea world By Kaleigh Swartzlander Features Editor ot much action happens at Foothill at two a.m. in the parking lot. April 27 was the exception. Groggy students handed their bags, which were full of clothing and sunscreen, to Mr. Brooks to be checked. Once checked, they hopped onto the bus that would soon take them to Sea World. After five hours of traveling and a half hour stop at McDonalds, the students stand on their wobbly legs and make their way to their own private entrance. Mr. Dugan, who came up with the idea to go to Sea World and made it happen, explains where to meet up and check in. He passes out worksheets for everyone to complete, then leads the class to their exclusive Sea Lion show. “The Sea Lion Show was awesome,” said Mike Fields. “They showed us how they trained the animals and all the different


1. tricks they knew. They even had a little otter come out and wave to us a few times.” Once the show was over, the class was allowed to break up into groups of at least four. Taylor Stoker heads off with his group to go and ride the roller coaster before the line gets too long. The group Alesha Holt is with sprints off to the shark tank. According to the weather forecast, the high for that day was supposed to be a nice chilly 62 degrees with a ten percent chance of precipitation. Luckily,

the forecast was wrong. It was sunny all day, and many people who forgot their sunscreen on the bus soon regretted it as their skin turned pink. “When we went to check in, I could tell a lot of people had gotten burned,” said Cydney Fink. “The weather was perfect; you could ride a water ride, get off, and in ten minutes be perfectly dry again.” “There were hundreds of things to do at Sea World,” said Abbie Hay. “You could visit the penguins, go to the Shamu show, ride

large turnout to the rallies held. On an FHS trip to SeaWorld on April 27, Abby Hay noted the shows had a common theme. “They all promoted being environmentally friendly with their shows. It reflected the impact of litter on oceans and stuff like that.” The decision to go green takes a lot more than just a holiday every year. Being educated in science

can help students understand why they need to make a change. “I’ve always been interested in science, so even as a kid, I was able to understand what news reports were saying about ozone depletion and climate change. I think this is why science education is so important,” says Simoneau. “It is tough enough to make a change in your behavior, and it is especially difficult to make changes

a cable car, go souvenir shopping. It’s impossible to do everything you want to do in that short amount of time.” But promptly at five o’clock, the students headed back on the bus. Arms were full of souvenirs, duffel bags or stuffed animals they won at little carnival booths. Mr. Dugan put on March of the Penguins, and then 20,000 Leagues

under the Sea. And at midnight, the group arrived home. SEA WORLD! 1. Shamu performs as many spectators watch in awe of the giant while. Whenever he did a good trick, he was rewarded with fish as a treat. 2. Students walk around and look and watch different animals in the park. This student watches the sea turtles as they swim around in their habitats. Photos by Kaleigh Swartzlander


Falcon students bring Earth Day awareness to the hill on 4/23 By Greta Chiocchetti Assistant Editor “I started a garden and have my children help me plant and harvest vegetables,” says Mrs. Simoneau, an FHS Chemistry teacher. “This has given us more family time, and I’ve sneaked in a little science education, too.” As it turns out, Simoneau is not the only one making small everyday changes to support the environment. In fact, more than 20 million worldwide are estimated to have participated in the first Earth day. Started on April 22 in 1970, the goal was to promote worldwide acknowledgement for “going green” campaigns. One rumor is that the date was chosen because it was the birthday of Vladmir Lenin, the founder of the Soviet Union. Though his dream of abolishing private property would have worked with environmentalist philosophies, the rumor is untrue. In fact, the only reason the date is the 22nd is that it was a Wednesday, which is the day of the week most likely to attract a

when you don’t understand why you need to make a change.” Going green can be a worthwhile switch, though. It can save the green in your wallet as well as in the forest. “It can significantly reduce power and water bills,” says Simoneau. “And companies who are ‘green’ use it as an asset.” Students can help the earth this day, as well as every other day with events like the Earth fair at Town Square, UNLV’s Festival of Communities, and Mandalay Bay’s Party for the Planet. Even FHS hosted an environment fair with Simoneau’s students who participated for extra credit. “I was in charge of the overpopulation booth,” said Antonio Nunez. “It was interesting. You can learn a lot through these kinds of demonstrations. We have overpopulated from the beginning and the only solution to the problem really is for people to stop having [kids], which isn’t happening.” Breeyona Mangie, who took charge of the polar ice caps booth along with partner Andrea Ortiz,

voiced concerns for the environment. “We had three cups of ice—one with black paper covering it, one with no paper covering it, and one with white paper covering it. We put thermometers in and tested which melted the fastest.” Participants of the fair enjoyed the experience and didn’t have trouble keeping their viewers’ interest. “Public speaking wasn’t a big deal for me,” said Nunez. “But if I wasn’t in YES!, it’d be absolutely terrifying. So I’m thankful for that.” “I had no trouble keeping any rowdy kids in line,” continued Nunez. “[The fair] was pretty easy and fun in a way. Though it was really hot outside, and there was a random windstorm that blew everything over—what a way to talk up the environment!” Raising awarness! Throughout the day, Bree Mangie and Andrea Ortiz conduct the Abeido Effect experiment. The ice melted faster with a black covering, which symbolized global warming on the glaciers. Photo by Chris Deadmon/Yearbook

Senior dreams change as they grow up and move on in life By Zoe Moctezuma Cub Reporter


s young children, we are influenced highly by environmental distracter’s, such as television and toys. When we are young, we have a fantastic view of what the future holds. For the most part, what we want to have as a career at age eight has changed by the time we reach age eighteen. The seniors have had a long, perhaps enjoyable four years in high school. Many know what they are going to do afterwards, but for some, it is not something they have thought much about. When asked what she wanted to

do when she graduated, Kaylyn Kuntz said, “I’m really not sure. You’ll have to come back to me on that one. For others, working on their goal has been a meticulous process. Shane Marshall said, “When I was little, I wanted to be a zookeeper.” In fact, he used to dream of living at the zoo and sleeping with the lions. “Now I’m working on being a mechanic,” he said. Taylor Leszcynski wanted to be a scientist when she was little, but now she plans to go to the International Academy of Design and Technology so she can become a graphic designer. Some have become a little more

realistic. “I wanted to be a gymnast when I was younger, but now I’ve decided to be a dentist,” Tabitha Moctezuma said. “I legitimately wanted to be a Pokemon trainer,” said Zach Mekeel. Now he wants to become an engineer. Not all children want to be something farfetched at a young age. Maddy Kevick said that she wanted to be a schoolteacher when she was little, but now she would like to own a cupcake bakery. Scott Stigger dreamed of becoming a pilot and now he has moved on to becoming a physical therapist.

The seniors will soon be leaving and going on to bigger and better things. But, in the back of their minds, they surely still think

about their childhood dreams and maybe wonder why they changed. Graphic by Zoe Moctezuma

10 years later --->>>>


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Show choir members find new love in performing By Skyler Kowalski Cub Reporter


heck out Hailey Kowalski. That’s her dancing on stage, a smile plastered on her face with a microphone attached to her ear. Inside the theater, the only sound that can be heard is her loud singing voice and her tan, worn-out character shoes clacking on the stage. The blue sequined dress that swirls around her as she pivots on stage. The bright lights that shine down on her as she sings her heart out. The dead-looking make-up smothering her face as a tribute to “Thriller.” That’s what show choir is about. “This was my first year doing any type of choir, and I’m really glad that I had the opportunity to be in show choir. My sister had been in it before, and it inspired me to try out as well,” said Kowalski. Singing while dancing is what show choir does, but they also learned to grow as a team and to work together. “The reason I want to try out for it is because I want to be able to sing with people who also have a passion to sing, and they

seem like a family that can stick together,” said Emily Cook as she watched their performance for Principal Jeanne Donadio. “One of my favorite performances was for Ms. Donadio’s birthday. It was fun to plan, and it was fun to be able to have a flash mob in the lunch room. My favorite part of show choir is the performances. We are able to show the school what we’ve been doing, and it puts our skills to the test,” said Kowalski. “I love watching their performances!” said KateLyn Shelley, another hopeful choir member. “They are all great singers, and their dancing is dazzling.”


This is the second year of the young choir. “I hope to continue it for a while,” said Ms. Heather Grantham. “I definitely see a change in students when they are singing and dancing to songs that they love and are able to help choreograph. When I started to show choir, I wanted something new and different. Plus, I thought it was fun to sing and dance. I hope that by the end of this year, we will have a great performance.” “I love how they do more than just singing like regular choirs and more than just dancing like dance teams. They sing, dance and act; three in one, and they still look great,” said Shelley. When they perform at assemblies, they have the crowd swaying along as they preform.


DO, RE, ME! 1. Charlie Gibbs and Kenton Basinger dance together during an assembly performance. Kenton Basinger holds Gibbs on his back as they sing and dance as a pair. 2. Show Choir performs during one of Foothill’s assemblies. They end their number in a group pose. “I love watching their performances,” said KateLyn Shelley “They are all great singers, and their dancing is dazzling. Photos by Bill Tobler

Fashion students use sewing skills to make quilts By Chelsea Shehan Copy Editor McKenna Meehan sits in her fashion class. It is fourth quarter, and Meehan sews away, combining different colored squares together, as she assembles a quilt for her last project of the school year. “It’s a lot of fun,” says Meehan. “Using different patterns and colors to put together one big blanket is a lot of work, but it will be worth it in the end.” “I can’t wait until I’m done!” says Cody Harmen. “It’s going to look so pretty when I’m finished.

I’m using different floral designs for my quilt.” Students are using a large variety of colors and patterns to create their own unique quilts. A typical quilt costs around $25 to $125 to make, depending on the cost of the fabric and takes about three weeks using both hand stitching and machine stitching. Fashion class has put together several projects over the year, from dresses, bags and wallets. The class has even inspired some to consider fashion as a career. “I’m looking into different fashion colleges,” says Nicole Sene-

spleda. “I love clothes, so I think it would be a dream job for me to be a fashion designer!” “I’m a senior, so I’m looking at different career options,” says Harmen. “Fashion is something I’m passionate about. I live and breathe fashion!” NIMBLE FINGERS! 1. Nearly complete are a pair of shorts made by Angelique Casagrande. 2. Rebecka Vivas sews parts of her quilt together to make a lacit quilt. 3. Jaclyn Pineda is making a poppy twist quilt that has a windmill pattern. Katrina Corbridge is making a 6 block quilt. This includes 6 different size blocks. Photos by Bill Tobler


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By Rebecka Holmes Assistant Editor have always been a fan of All American Rejects, but I hadn’t heard from them in a while, so I assumed they fell off the face of the earth until this album came out. After taking a two-year break, the band created Kids in the Street, a portrayal of the past two years of lead singer Tyson Ritter’s life. The CD is filled with stories of goodbyes, bad behavior and becoming humble. The album’s opening song, “Someday’s Gone,” an early Christmas present, was released on video December 5, 2011. A few months later, they released the album’s first single, “Beekeeper’s Daughter.” “Beekeeper’s Daughter” is about a guy who thinks he can get away with being a player all while keeping the main girl happy. “You’re a pretty little flower, I’m a busy little bee. Honey, that’s all you need to see. I can take you for an hour, but then I’m going to leave. Honey I know you’ll wait for me.” The conceitedness of the busy little bee won’t sit well with most girls, as they’ll recognize the penchant for male cheating . “I’ve creeped on a few message boards, and the general consensus is surprise that it doesn’t

sound like When the World Comes Down, but more like our first album,” Ritter said. “That alone makes me feel like, if you were a Rejects fan and maybe have disconnected with us along our journey, Kids in the Street will be the album that reels you back in.” The band continues in the same

town. When we’d get so high we got lost coming down.” Feeling lost during the past two years doing nothing outside the band, “The worst it got was me lying on the floor talking to myself and knowing it was morning but not caring, and not even really remembering how I got there,” said Ritter. The whole time in L.A.

genre, with “Kids in the Street.” The song explains that they were just kids thinking they knew it all, only to realize that they were lost not knowing anything. “In the night, in the best, city light, we steal ourselves away and hold on tight. You were they; yeah we were all there, too young, too smart, too much for this one

was about constant distraction so I didn’t have to deal with the fact that I had to function outside of the band.” He continues, “The record tackles everything I’ve never been brave enough to talk about. Even if I may not always seem very likeable, it was important that I be truthful and open up about what I’ve been through.

Extreme Thing 2012 By Alex Waters Cub Reporter n March 31, punk rockers lined up at Desert Breeze Park for the twelfth annual Extreme Thing. With bands like The Used, UnderOath, Less Than Jake, Of Mice & Men and much more, many couldn’t resist. Shows like these consist of tons of fans near the front of the stage continuously running into each other. This is called a mosh pit and is also known as slam dancing. Normally, the pit isn’t very dangerous, and most follow the rules of a friendly pit, although it is common to come out of one with bruises and sometimes a


broken nose. “I had so much fun,” said Taylor Johnson. “I got trampled in the pit but was able to hear some great bands like Less Than Jake and Of Mice & Men.” “Last year was better,” said Justin Bemus. “There were better bands, but I still enjoyed it. My favorite part was when Less Than Jake played the SpongeBob Squarepants theme. “The pits were amazing,” said Daniel Brennan. “I was in all of them but one.” “It wasn’t too different from the past years,” said Nyssa Spotti. “I don’t really go for the lineup, I just like to hang out with my

friends, relax and have a good time.” This event began at 11 a.m. and ended at 10 p.m. “My friends and I were there the whole time,” said Bemus. “This year was crazy,” said Johnson. “There were shoes and blue slushies flying around everywhere. The craziest part, though, was the Wall of Death.” During a Wall of Death, the crowd divides in half, each half made up of aggressive fans. When the considerably heavier or heaviest part of the songs kicks in, the two halves of the crowd rush at one another.

By Rebecka Holmes Assistant Editor

veryone is always searching for a new band, singer or group that they can claim as their own. At the same time Imagine Dragons is searching for their one chance at fame. Winning four Battle of the Bands, performing at Bite of Las Vegas and Pet-a-Palooza, local band Imagine Dragons entered the studio in 2009 and won ‘The Best CD of 2011.’ The album, “Continued Silence,” was released on February 14, 2012; the band released their first single, “It’s Time” which aired February 21. Imagine Dragons is an alternative/indie rock band that can make anyone get up and shake it. The songs contain an upbeat, make-you- want- to- dance- andhead-bang tempo. Lead singer Dan Reynolds puts emotion and force into the song “Radioactive,” making it impossible not to bang your head. “All systems go, sun hasn’t died. Deep in my bones, straight from inside --- I’m waking up. I feel it in my bones, enough to make my systems grow. Welcome to the new age.” He means that he wants a clean starting he is waking up and welcoming in

the new age. Continued Silence is full of different sounds, making each song a surprise, from alternative to indie rock to indie pop. You never know what you are going to hear next. Each song has a story, whether it’s about the beast inside, love or being proud of who you are. “It’s time to begin, isn’t it? I get a little bit bigger, but then, I’ll admit, I’m just the same as I was. Now don’t you understand that I’m never changing who I am?” Lead singer explains that he is never going to change who he is, no matter he is the same person and plans on staying that way. “Demons” is about wanting to protect but hide the truth as well, but the beast inside of him is making it impossible. “I want to hide the truth, I want to shelter you. But with the beast inside there is nowhere we can hide. In this the song the vocals are phenomenal and not forced. Imagine Dragons first single” It’s Time” can be compared to Coldplay’s “Life in Technicolor, “with the intro sounding very similar. Starting from Battle of the Bands Imagine Dragons have become a must see band. I would recommend their album Continued Silence to anyone who loves alternative and indie rock. They will rock your socks off.

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What some seniors will miss about the Hill AlyssaMcArthur McArthur ByByAlyssa CubReporter Reporter Cub

As the school year comes to an end, seniors are filled with mixed emotions. What will you miss about school?

What did you accomplish during your high school career?

What do you plan on doing after high school?

Tyren Boykin

Rian Davis

Jarrett Arcangel

“I have mixed feelings about leaving the Hill. I’ll miss my friends I have now, but I’m excited to really start my life and future.”

“I have made so many memories! I’ll miss football and the senior section, ‘angry birds’ the most though.”

“I’m not going to miss Foothill very much, but I’ll definitely miss the memories and the people. High school was the best experience of my life.”

“I made so many memories but what I’ll miss most are the assemblies, the Friday night football games, and Ms. Muniz!”

“I’m going to miss a lot of things about Foothill, especially my friends. Surprisingly, cheer was the best experience for me these past 4 years.”

“I feel accomplished with my high school career because I wanted to win most spirited for the senior personality, and here I am the most spirited! I’ve also been really involved in school, Stuco, sports, and clubs!”

“With good grades, good friends, good times, and good football seasons, I’ve accomplished just about everything I wanted to these past four years.”

“I didn’t accomplish everything I wanted to, but I did accomplish most of the things.”

“I definitely accomplished everything and more these past four years. I got good grades, and I was on the football team.”

“I accomplished a lot through high school. I got my life together, matured, and made plans for my future life.”

“I plan on joining the Air Force.”

“I plan on going to college at UNLV.”

Megan Shill

“I plan on going to college at BYU.”

“I plan on going to college at Victorville.”

Gage Shaw

“I plan on going to college and becoming a firefighter.”

Own the night with prom eyes that dazzle M PRO Tip uty Bea By Greta Chiochetti Assistant Editor

By Rebecka Holmes Assistant Editor

Step 1: Prime eyes with eyelid primer so your eye make-up stays in place all day. Using your ring finger, gently pat the primer from the center of the eyelid to the brow in a smooth thin layer.

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Step2: Apply a neutral, light brown eye shadow base with a shadow brush. I used “Buck” from Urban Decay.

Step 3: Using a pencil brush apply a darker brown in the “outer V” of your eyelid.


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Step 4: Pat a bronze color on the middle of the eyelid.

Step 5: Apply a thin layer of liquid eyeliner as close to your lash line as possible. This will help conceal the fake eyelashes, if you decide to use them.

Step 6: Finally, apply mascara to either your own eyelashes or fake ones if you chose to use those.


By Ashley Parriot Cub Reporter

ailey Willis sits on her bed, laptop on her lap debating what dress to buy. Blue, purple, yellow, white, silver, gold, so many choices! Long, short, sparkles or flat. Dresses are the most important part of prom for a girl. A dress separates you from the rest of the crowd, makes you shine. It’s the first thing you see in pictures, the first thing everyone looks at. Lately, online dress shopping has become extremely popular. “All my older friends were doing it, so I decided to give it a try, especially when I saw the one!”

said Bailey Willis. “I just started out by Google-searching cheap prom dresses, and from there started searching web sites.” The first step in online dress shopping is to actually go to a store and try on different dresses in different brands, shapes, and sizes. Most girls’ dress sizes do not actually match their jean size. Certain brands tend to run big or small, just like shoes. So know what size you are in that certain brand. If you don’t want to go to a store, have a friend or family member take your exact measurement with flexible tape and write it down! Some popular websites among teenage girls for this kind of shopping are Sherri Hill and “The first dress I ordered came

out way different than it had looked online,” said Bailey Willis. The color was paler, the beads much sloppier and the length was below my knees, when it was supposed to be a few inches above. I couldn’t wear that dress, so I ordered a second online. This time the dress came back perfect. I guess it was just luck!” Not all online orders turn out badly. In fact, Macy Kearney got her dream dress online. “I ordered mine from Sherri Hill. Not going to lie. It cost a lot, but it’s my senior year, and I wanted to look good. It cost $550, and it fit perfectly! After hearing a few other girls’ stories about their dresses turning out badly I was really worried, but when I opened the box, I saw my dream dress. It fit

By Kayleigh Swartzlander Features Editor

Best/Worst Prom Moments Gentlemen


2. When she kisses you good night and you feel accomplished. 3. When she answers “yes” in a cute way. 4. When you find a fun place to go that’s inexpensive but tasty. 5. When she doesn’t order the most expensive thing on the menu. 6. When her dad talks to you about how to treat his little girl. 7. When you go in for the kiss and your date denies you.

3. When you get to go dress shopping with your best friends. 4. When he takes you to your favorite, expensive restaurant. 5. When he finds someplace fun that the both of you like. 6. When he mostly talks to his friends instead of you. 7. When you stab your date with his boutonniere while putting it on

9. When you try to make conversation, but she refuses to talk to you.

9. When your date tells you what he’s going to name your kids.

10. When she complains that she’s not having a fun time.

10. When your date has to borrow money from you to pay for dinner.



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It’s possible I will attend the dance


I’m going to Prom but not to the dance


the earrings from a friend. I was really happy with the way everything turned out!” In most cases, online dress shopping is perfectly fine, but it can also be a risk. Make sure you know what you’re ordering and are paying the right amount for what you are buying. When asked if they would buy online again, Willis and Nyamuswa said yes. “I won’t do it again, but just because it’s senior year, so I don’t really have a reason to!” said Kearney. “Online dress shopping can take much of the stress out of shopping in stores, and you can easily have any size you need. It’s a safe, fun and easy way to shop for your amazing night.” When shopping online, you have many more choices!

2. When he tells you how pretty you are on your special night.

8. When your date tells you how much prom costs.


perfectly and looked just like the one online. Once I got the dress, I went out and matched everything based on that.” Another success story is Vicky Nyamuswa’s sophomore homecoming dress. “I ordered mine from, and believe it or not only paid $35! I was so happy when it came because everything fit perfectly! Actually it was even better than expected! The material was stretchy, so it fit me just right, and the picture showed it a little brighter than it came, but it was a cream color, so it was fine. I also got a ton of compliments and people asking where I got it from while we were on the strip. I didn’t buy anything else online, but I got my shoes from Nordstrom Rack, and borrowed


1. When he asks you to prom and you feel special and loved.

8. When she tells you how hot other people are.



Best To Worst

1. When she says thank you for the fun night.


I will be attending the dance

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Have fashion sense: Be yourself when you dress. “I like a girl who is confident in whatever she wears,” said Jason Finnegan. “It’s nice to see a girl dressed up on occasion, but it is also nice to

Know how to find a bargain: Look for the clearance racks! There is nothing better than finding a shirt on the sale rack which means you can get more for your money. You don’t have to have the most expensive pair of jeans or the latest designer bag to look cute! Brands don’t matter. You don’t have to have the latest style of Miss Me’s or True Religion to be cool.

see them in sweats and a t-shirt too.” Don’t always think that you have to look like you’re in a fashion show, but then again don’t always look like you’re getting ready to go to bed.

There are a lot of knock off brands that look identical to the real thing, and they are much cheaper! Many people wouldn’t even notice they aren’t the real deal. Stretch your dollar a little further and get a little more! You can go to Ross or Marshalls and find them there!

Learn to walk in high heels: You come to school looking all cute in your skirt and high heels, but your outfit isn’t cute anymore when you can’t walk in your shoes. If you don’t know how to walk in them and you really want to wear them, practice at home until you have it down. You don’t want to embarrass your-

Know how to properly apply make-up: This isn’t Clown College; you don’t

self by stumbling around or walking like you have a stick strapped to your back. There are several YouTube videos that give you tips. Practice in front of a fulllength mirror.

have to wear eight layers of makeup to make yourself “look pretty.” “The natural look is the best look,” said Arie Dennis. “The less make-up a girl wears, the more her natural beauty shines.” You’re eyelashes aren’t supposed to look like spider legs, so don’t clump it on. In this case, less is more.

How to be smart about... 1. Boys: Don’t go for the guy you know who has a bad rep with other girls. If he is known to cheat or be a flirt with multiple girls, he probably isn’t the guy for you because you already know he’s going to do the same to you.

2. School: Acting dumb isn’t cute anymore. It’s time to grow up and focus on the one thing that will get you far in life. Guys like a woman who is smart who has something going for them. You don’t want to have to depend on someone else your whole life; you want to be able to provide for yourself.

3. Choosing your friends: Be smart about who you hang out with and who you trust. You don’t want your deepest-darkest secret to get out to the whole school. You’re reputation kind of goes off of who you know.

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Softball rallys on timely win streak

Softball seems poised to make tun at state and currently reigns in first vens with 28, Balaun with 19 and Palmer Bosanko with 15. In pitching, the team is led by Alexandria Petrolia who has a 12-3 record along with 81 strikeouts, a 1.38 earned run average and two saves. Jordyn Derflinger

By Thomas Jaramillo Sports Editor


ehind the arm of Alex Petrolia, the girls’ softball team slid into first place Thursday after blowing out SECTA 11-1 during Senior Night. They are 22-7, (12-2 in division) and look to gain momentum heading into the regional playoffs. “I thought Senior Night was amazing,” said Pamela Sakuma. “Everything was about seniors. I got a little emotional, and I will miss everyone a lot.” After riding high after Thursday’s win and the move into first, the team remains focused on fundamentals. “Right now we are trying to make sure that we are playing our best ball heading down the stretch of the season,” said Hannah Stevens. “If we play our best there isn’t anyone in the state who can beat us.” At Basic, the girls were able to defeat the Wolves 3-1 with the help of a seven hitter thrown by Alex Petrolia. After scoring on a wild pitch, Lauren Penska hit an RBI single to give the Falcons a 3-0 lead. Penska finished the game 2 for 3 with a RBI and a run scored. Hannah Stevens also went 2 for 3 and Madison Pike had a double. The game was also dedicated to Kody Clark, who currently has cancer; they also allowed Clark to throw the first pitch of the game. “The game was full of emotion and it was also cool that the whole crowd wore blue in honor

to two runs. In the seventh inning the girls were able to score two runs after Lauren Penksa drew a walk and Palmer Bosanko hit a single and then Hannah Stevens hit a double to score both runners. “We didn’t play our best in this


Batting Average Home Runs Rhiana Balaun .407 Hannah Stevens .374 Gabby Canibeyaz .351 Alex Petriolia prepares to pitch during a recent home game. Photo by Thomas Jaramillo

of Kody,” said Pike. “It was a really fun game to be a part of.” In extra innings the Falcons were able to defeat Silverado 6-5. After 10 innings a RBI single by Gabby Canibeyaz was the hit that finally gave the girls the win. The girls were one out from losing the game in the 7th inning but a RBI double by Rhiana Balaun was able to push the game into extra innings. “The Silverado games are always tough for us to win,” said Pike. “It always seems like Silverado is always playing their best games against us but it felt great to beat them especially because the

game went into extra innings.” In a game against Liberty the Falcons won 8-1. During the game the girls jumped out to an early lead 2-0 in the first inning and stayed in control from that point. Rhiana Balaun went 2-3 and supplied 3 RBIs for Foothill. Aricia Dami had 2 hits and 2 runs scored. The leaders in batting average are Rhiana Balaun with a .410, Hannah Stevens with a .381 and Chelsi Stewart with a .344 average. Leaders in RBIs are Rhiana Balaun with 17, Chelsi Stewart with 10 and Bosanko with 10. Leaders in runs scored are Ste-


Rhiana Balaun 4 Palmer Bosanko 1 Aricia Dami 1


Rhiana Balaun 17 Aricia Dami 10 Chelsi Stewart 10

Hannah Stevens 31 Rhiana Balaun 20 Palmer Bosanko 15

has 11 strikeouts and four saves. Against Coronado, the Falcons lost 4-2 and seemed to have rust from spring break when several errors lost the game. Coronado took an early 2-0 lead after two stolen bases and a suicide squeeze. The lead later grew to 4-0 after an error by the girls led

game,” said Stevens. “We just need to take this game as a learning experience and make sure we play the best we can every game.” In a game against Secta, the girls were able to win 5-1. Stevens led the team when she went 2-4 with an RBI. Petrolia threw a four hitter along with three strikeouts.

Baseball in the Sunrise Region’s top 3

Behind sensational pitching, baseball has put together it’s best team in years


By Jake Jesperson Sports Reporter


he boys’ baseball team reamains in second in the region with their 7-2 regular season record. “This season’s team is really different than our past years. Instead of getting in petty arguments and useless drama, we are all seeing each other eye to eye, and you can obviously tell by the way we are playing. In the end, that and hard work are what are putting those W’s on our record sheet,” said sophomore Bligh Madrid. In Foothill’s rival game against Basic, the boys locked down their win with a 4-2 final score. The game’s main turning point came from back-to-back home runs from Royce Salay and Janson Neff, which pulled the Falcons out of the hole and into the lead. Madrid said, “Every one of

Batting Average Home Runs Janson Neff .472 Bligh Madrid .443 Anthony Lopez .438

ERA these games has been good, but in order to win state this season, we need to be great. And winning state is something we’d love to do.”

Nicholas Cardinale winds up for the pitch against Chap at a home game. Photo by Bill Tobler

Nick Cardinale 1.78 T. Van Stone 1.93 B. Van Stone 2.89

Janson Neff 2 Tyler Morris 1 Kevin Becker 1


Bligh Madrid 21 Tyler Morris 21 Anthony Lopez 16


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Personal Profile: Taylor Mongomery

Foothill’s golf prodigy continues to work after winning state championship By Brian Marshall Sports Editor


s Taylor Montgomery walked to the 18th hole on the final day of the 2011 state championships, his mind could have been clustered. And given the circumstances, he couldn’t have been blamed. Montgomery had battled back to overcome a respectable lead held by his competitor A.J. McInrey of Coronado, the reigning state champion. But he was focused on one thing: winning. After being down coming into the most crucial day of the tournament, Taylor battled more than just his competitors. Enduring some of the most awful weather in state finals history, with winds reaching the upper 30s and a scarce sighting of snowflakes throughout the day, was something the rest of the field failed to do. Taylor, at the time a sophomore, already had two regional championships under

his belt. Not a bad start to a high school career. But for him, golfing had gone a lot further back than the last two years. “I first picked up a golf club when I was two years old,” says Montgomery. “It was kind of a thing in my family.” By the time he was six, he had already started competing in tournaments across the city, a lot of times with competition older than himself. One stroke was all Taylor had gained on A.J. after a day of great play. The weather was at its worst now, and snowflakes were now falling rapidly. Taylor launched a massive drive and watched it spilt the fairway. He then turned his focus to his competitor, whose nerves were high, realizing the legitimate chance of his dethroning. His shot sailed to the right and toward to the water. Splash. The moment the ball began to sink, and his competitor was forced to take a drop, the realization

that Taylor’s dream of becoming a state champion as just a sophomore was inevitable. Taylor went on to birdie the hole while A.J. bogeyed, leading to a three-stroke win for the new champion. “I was in shock when it happened,” says Montgomery. “Going into the day, I was a little back, and even though I knew it seemed improbable, I figured if I played my A game, the thing was still in my reach.” Since then, Montgomery has been working daily to maintain his position at the top. “A.J. is still a senior, and there are plenty of other guys who I know will be a threat, so I know that the crown is still anyone’s for the taking,” says Montgomery. “It’s just making me work that much harder. I would be very disappointed if I didn’t come back out and repeat or better my performance from last year, so I’m going to give it everything I have, all season.”

Taylor Montgomery sinks an easy practice putt while warming up at Tuscany. Photo by Nick Rae|Yearbook

Swim and dive prepares for finals

Fueled by record-setting relay teams, Foothill looks for top 3 finish By Alec Fischmann Sports Reporter


ripping wet and slightly cold, Jesse Dalton rushes toward his inviting towel. He puts his foggy practice goggles into his swim bag, proud of himself for the tough swim practice he just endured. “Swim is a good way to meet new people and definitely get exercise. I love to be in the water,” says Dalton. “I just dive in and feel like a fish soaring through the water.” Swim practice sets have become increasingly difficult in order to keep swimmers in top condition to beat the other teams. So far the swim team has done well this season, winning against Silverado, Liberty, Basic, SECTA, and Del Sol and losing to Coronado and Green Valley. The boy’s team dunked Silverado at their most recent meet, overcoming their opponents with a 185 to 115 victory. Unfortunately, the girl’s team fell slightly short of a win with a score of 108 to 185. On the plus side, many swimmers who hadn’t already

qualified for regionals qualified that at that meet. “The last meet was a lot of fun, and the weather was perfect for an outdoor swim meet,” said Jake Jesperson. “Our first couple of meets

to swim any time soon. But as the meets went on, they just get more and more fun, the weather has been better and people know each others’ names, and it suddenly turns from a stiff competition into a

Zach Jones swims against Green Valley. Photo by Alec Fischmann

were freezing. All of the swimmers were huddled together underneath blankets that they brought, and were just hoping they didn’t have

big party.” “So far, our boy’s team is doing the best they ever have,” says head coach, Keira Forney. “They have broken

“I expect the boy’s team to get third or fourth at regionals,” says Coach Forney. three relay records and one individual record already! I expect the boy’s team to get third or fourth place at regionals. Our three boy divers are doing very well also. I expect at least one of the divers to go to state.” “The girl’s team beat Basic, which is very good,” said Forney. “That’s their big competition to beat at regionals this year. Our girl’s team is kind of small, but hopefully they can get fifth at regionals.” Qualifying for regionals is what every swimmer hopes to achieve. Regionals are approaching quickly coming up next week on Thursday, May 10th. Swimmers like Jacob Ozuna and Daniel Vaughn have already qualified and plan to go far in regionals or

even to state. Vaughn will be swimming the 200 IM and 100 breast stroke, his two favorite events, in regionals and is confident he will prevail in his races. “I loved every moment of being on the swim team, especially meeting all the new swimmers. I’m glad I’ll be going to swim in regionals. I think I’ll do pretty well this year at regionals,” says Vaughn. “There’s a lot of tough competition from other schools, but I think that I’ll place within the top four. I’ll definitely work my hardest in every practice to be able to compete at my full potential and step my game up when the time comes for me to perform.”

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Powder Puff

Seniors spank juniors 21-0

By Thomas Jaramillo Sports Editor

For two straight years, the girls from the Class of 2012 have cleaned up on the field, beating last year’s seniors and shutting out the juniors last Friday 21-0. It’s a two-year dynasty no one expected...well, except maybe the seniors. “We were a very strong team with strong girls,” said Brianna Pitkin. “We were able to win the game last year even though last year’s seniors tried to fix the game and this year we were able to win easily.” During the game the seniors scored three touchdowns: two scored by Megan Shill and Brianna Higgins. Tyler Taylor scored an extra point. The juniors appeared to be no match for the senior class as the juniors were unable to score during the contest. “The juniors did have some good defensive players who were tough to get around when I ran, but, in the end, as you can see by the scoreboard, they were no match for my skills,” said Shill. “The fun part of the game was seeing how intense the seniors became during the game,” said junior Kaylie Twigg. “It was rigged as it always is, but it was a fun experience I would do again.” “It was not rigged,” rebutted Shill. “Even Mr. Phee, who was the referee, said it was the fairest game he had ever seen called.” David Winward made an $18

TAIL WHIP Jacklyn Perales grabs the flag of Haylie Brewer, who loses the ball after being twisted around. “Some of the flags were on a little TOO tight,” said Perales. Photo by Dan Brennan HEAD ON COLLISION At the scrimmage line, both teams lean forward, awaiting the snap. Photo by Evelyn Sanchez

bet with Holly Nielsen in the press box that the juniors wouldn’t make it past the 50 yard line. “I had faith in my juniors, and they came through for me,” said Nielson. Winward lost after a penalty moved the juniors past midfield. Secret practices by the juniors were reported but seemed to be of no help during the game “The seniors were beasts!” said junior Toni Trujillo. “Even though we lost, the game was a ton of fun, and next year’s juniors better watch out, because the class of 2013 will be coming back a whole new team!”

Jail Break Running back Megan Shill takes the handoff from Jessica Dougherty for a touchdown. “If it wasn’t for our strong offense, I wouldn’t have made it,” said Shill. Photo by Dan Brennan

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