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Volume 21 : Issue 2

January 2020

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CO-EDITORS: Alexia Stein, Ayla Thompson STAFF WRITERS Paul Castillo, Dustin Jensen CUB REPORTERS Elisa Affre Munoz, Sophia Alicea, Mary Carson, Nathan Castro, Madisen DeMille, Sophia Flynn, Myrielle Harris, Ava Hurry, Jaela Johnson, Kayde Jonavic, Hunter McCaulley, Dakota Payne, Angel Pearson, Natalie Pena, Emerald Rodriguez, Kimberly Ross, Leah Sadler, Jacob Thomas, CeLicia Troyano, Samantha Wagner, DeLacey White, Ronique Wolff, Mikayla Wright ADVISER Bill Tobler PRINCIPAL Lisa Burkhead

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in the Hillside Hotwire are the author’s and do not represent the opinions of the administration, faculty, staff, or students of Foothill High School. Student-written articles are the individual, private speech of the student and are not endorsed or sponsored by Foothill High School or the Clark County School District. The staff reserves the right to reject any advertisement deemed inappropriate. Letters to the editor may be edited for content, clarity and brevity.


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The new news

New broadcast teacher Mrs. Hemsworth took over FST News and is making a few changes to the school program By Paul Castillo • Staff Writer

Gabriel Barth and Reed Peterson, of the FST News broadcast team, anchor the news during third period. They had just finished writing the stories for the day. “Presenting [the news] can be pretty hard at first, but it gets easier over time,” said Reed Peterson. Photo by Hayden Perdue


or 15 years, Foothill Student Television News had been advised by only two teachers, Mrs. Karen Vaughn and Mr. Matthew Mayhood. But Ophelia Hemsworth is now the teacher for FST News after Mr. Mayhood transferred to A-Tech. “I know that he’s established a great program over the years, and it’s a pretty well-known program with a large legacy, and it’s a lot of responsibility, a lot of pressure taking because I know I have really large expectations. It’s an honor, but also a lot of pressure,” said Hemsworth. FST News is going through some changes, some of which students have already noticed. When asked about the changes, Hemsworth said, “I think any good program always continues to change and evolve. I want the news to look even better, and I want it to look

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more polished, and I want the talent to look more confident on air, and I want the story to have more integrity.” Evyn Calverly, who has been there for four years, said that “just small things are changing, like my job and the news director’s job.” The program is an important part of the school. It gives students information about upcoming events and real world news. “I think FST news as a program is good for the students to learn about the more technical aspects of newscasting,” said student Aiden Adwood. “There are some problems, but that is to be expected for a student-run newscast.” Some students interviewed said that there should be more segments, like movie news and feel-good stories, others say that it is good as it is. Mayhood thought that it was a good time for him to move on with his career.

Quintin Silva, Diego Vasquez, Shawn Paul and Donovan Wilson work together behind the scenes of FST News. “It’s a very serious job telling the crew what is coming up next,” Vasquez said. “Teamwork and communication is how we work best. Without that, we couldn’t have the great show we have now.” Photo by Hayden Perdue

What he leaves behind is a proud and strong newscast team. Mrs. Hemsworth is prepared for the job. “I come from a pretty large news background. I produced, I did weather, I did photography, I’ve done everything,” she said. “When I heard about this program, and how close it was to the actual thing, it made me want to teach it.”

Taking on the challenge


The journey through AP and Dual Credit Classes


ours of homework, late nights, long days, endless hours of notes, worksheets, and multiple essays. It’s challenging and extremely stressful for many students, and this is only a small piece of what AP classes look like. AP and dual credit classes both give FHS students a chance to get ahead in the game and receive more credits for their overall GPA. However, students like Makari Smith and Isabella Cordoba interpret AP classes in different ways, and Jamie Fredrickson explains her personal view between AP and dual credit classes. “There’s just more work in general than other classes,” Cordoba said. “There’s a lot more work and notes. Just make sure you portion your work throughout the week.” Cordoba enjoys AP Human Geography and believes that the credits are worth it in the end. “I wanted to take something harder, but I also wanted to get the credits for the AP class at the end of the year,” said Cordoba.

By Samantha Wagner • Cub Reporter Many students at Foothill take AP classes, but there are other ways to earn college credit, indcluding dual-credit classes. Fredrickson takes both AP and dual-credit classes and explained what she likes about them. “AP classes are sort of a hit or miss. If you don’t pass the


1 test at the end of the year, you don’t get the college credit, but you get the experience, so I recommend it. Dual- credit classes, from what I know, you get the credit if you pass the class, and it is a good run-through for preparation for college courses.” Even though these classes are challenging, many recommend taking them and enjoy what they are learning from them. “Do it,” Cordoba said. “It’s so much fun. We learn a lot of new concepts that are pretty

3 cool, and I really enjoy it!” “It’s a lot more than I’m used to,” Makari Smith said. He is now a sophomore who is taking AP Chemisty. The notes and homework can be overwhelming at times, but he also believes that it is worth it as well.

1. Anna Zapata and Grace Jones help each other with class work. “It’s a class where you carve your own path and make your own schedule,” Zapata said. Photo by Zack Jackson 2. Jace Ricciuti works on an online assignment for AP Seminar. “I like getting the research basis for college in this class,” said Ricciuti. Photo by Zack Jackson 3. Madyson McGraw and Zeriah Figueroa work in AP Seminar. “I like the freedom we have in this class,” McGraw concluded. Photo by Zack Jackson

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Dia de los Muertos

1. Ofrenda created by Puebla Culture, Las Vegas. 2. Reegan Acito presents her ofrenda in Spanish lll, 5th period. “I chose Michael Jackson because I remember us all listening to him together,” said Acito. 3. Taken at Springs Preserve in November.


The Mexican tradition of honoring ancestors known all around the world


any students at Foothill get ready for one of the most ancient traditions in America. Painted faces, colorful paper, and a variety of foods are only a portion of what Dia de los Muertos offers. “It’s a celebration where people come together to remember their loved ones who passed away,”

Miquizilhuiti The family of the altar, Miquizilhuiti, created it and explained the traditions involving Day of the Dead. The name is indigenous and from their culture. “There are three different levels, the first level is the God. the second level is the food, and the third level is the flowers. We put traditional plates on it too, like mole and tamales. We also put candles for how many souls we are expecting.”

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Bailey Ray said; being in Spanish for four years. It is celebrated from November 1st through November 2nd. November 1st is dia de los angelitos; day of the spirits of the children. November 2nd is dia de los difuntos ; day of the spirits of the adults. Around noon the same day, the people of Mexico celebrate all the dead; adults and children. “It’s not something to be afraid of, it’s something to enjoy and have fun,” Cole Bullock said, “it’s just to celebrate them.” The Day of the Dead is filled with colors and beautiful flowers. “It’s a mexican celebration originally,” Bullock added. It originated in Mexico and eventually made its way to the U.S. Spanish teacher Senora KleinRichter witnessed this tradition in Mexico. “It was amazing and pretty cool to watch. In Mexico, it is more of a religous-based holiday, and out here, it is more of a commercial holiday. Plus the Americans typically think of it as a Mexican Halloween.” Even though she does not personally celebrate it at home, she still teaches this

tradition in her classes. “I don’t celebrate this tradition at home because it is a Mexican tradition and my family is not from Mexico.” “There’s normally an altar made with different levels signifying their life,” Mia Beltrons-Hernadez explained, “They put things they enjoyed like food, drinks, and things they liked to do.” Senora Klein-Richter’s classes honored role models and created mini altars for them, “I did somebody named Juan Gabriel because as my mom was growing up, her and my grandmother always loved listening to him, and so I thought it was important for me to honor what my family enjoyed.”

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Who D NE it? The classic mystery, Clue, arrives on stage


ix letters. Six people. One blackmailer. That’s all it took to spark mayhem on the stage with the play Clue in early November. The hilarious murder mystery revolves around a group of unsuspecting Washington D.C. residents who each receive an invitation to a dinner party at Boddy Manor and a mysterious pseudonym they’re instructed to use through-

By Dakota Payne • Cub Reporter

out the night. Little do they know, their blackmailer is standing before them as Mr(s). Boddy. The mansion’s butler, Wadsworth, proceeds to expose each of their crimes to the group and provide each with a certain weapon. “I saw the matinee four times,” said Myrielle Harris. “The actors were so expressive.” Many students worked hard on this play both

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1. Make-up crew member Kayla Villa is doing Mason Martinez’s make-up. “All I could think about was how sexy I was going to look,” said Martinez with a smile. Photo by Leah Sadler 2. Professor Plum (Josh Kasmier) accuses Mr. Green of committing a murder with a lead pipe. During one of the performances, the lead pipe had actually fallen underneath the fridge and wasn’t able to be used in the scene. “I was very nervous during the whole play,” said Kasmier. “It was pretty intense.” Photo by Sara Borane Swenson 3. Alex Kreiser acts like he’s dying from a lack of energy as the rest of the cast and crew try to bring the energy back up to save him. It’s a ritual that goes back years to bring up the energy right before a show. “We finally ended it with ‘We gotta… bring it on up! Bring it on down!’” said Kreiser. “Then we ran around in a circle until the next person was ‘dying.’” Photo by Leah Sadler 4. As the stage manager of the production, Alex Kreiser calls “Stand by” to alert the other technicians that a change is about to happen. Kreiser was tasked with communicating all changes between cast and crew throughout the production. “In this picture, I’m reading along in the script to keep pace with the actors as the other members of the crew are standing by for the next cue to be called,” Kreiser said. Photo by Sara Borane Swenson

on stage and behind the scenes. Jett Gomez, who played the role of Mr. Green, has participated in a theater performance every year since he began high school. As stage manager Alex Kreiser explained, “I’m responsible for calling all of the cues. I serve as the middle ground between the actors and the technicians, so it’s my responsibility to control everything

that changes.” This year’s musical, The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee, will be arriving on February 13-15 and, as the name suggests, focuses on a fictional spelling bee and its adorable little spellers. The upcoming spring play, Boeing Boeing, playing April 1-3 is a story of romance, two-timing, and hilarious mistakes and coincidences.

MEET THE SUSPECTS Colonel Mustard An aloof politician being blackmailed for paying for Miss Scarlet’s illegal escort services. “Colonel Mustard is not very bright and pretty slow about learning what’s happening around him,” explained Jace Ouchida, painting a picture of his character.

Mr. Green A nervous gay man paying his blackmailer to stay quiet about his sexuality so he doesn’t lose his government job. Jett Gomez portrayed him as “Very dorky, like that one kid in elementary school that has four left feet.”

Miss Scarlet The owner of a prostitution company based in Washington D.C., she is paying to keep her business under wraps from the federal police. “She is attitude; she is business,” said Jade Deans. “She is really confident in herself and her business.”

Mrs. White An apathetic widow who murdered her previous husbands and is paying blackmail to keep the evidence from getting out to the police. “She’s very quiet and mysterious,” says Alison Johnston.

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As the wife of a politician, she is accused of bribing lobbyists to influence more votes for her husband. Young actress Anna Mennig compares her character to her “Super religious and southern grandma.”

Professor Plum A psychologist working for the government, he once had relations with a young patient of his, and for fear of his reputation, is paying blackmail to keep it secret. Actor Mason Martinez labels Plum as “A very smart and attractive young bachelor.”

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Ready to roll

The Journey to becoming a driver

By Kimberly Ross • Cub Reporter


earning to drive is no doubt a momentous occasion in almost every teenager’s life. It is the next biggest step in becoming an adult. “I was very nervous, because I felt like I was growing up too fast,” said Vanessa Guenther about learning to drive. “The worst thing was my parents getting frustrated with me.” Guenther said everyone is scared of trying

something new, but with time everyone will gain confidence. “I found more confidence when I practiced more because I felt that I was becoming a better driver, said Guenther. “I felt confident and more comfortable because I didn’t have to relearn everything when I got in the car again.” Kiersten Ross just received her permit on November 5 and has only been out twice with her parents.

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to 70 miles an hour.” Ross said that she feels most new drivers will feel nervous about driving at highway speeds. “There will always be a little fear, but with your parent or guardian right beside you, you’ll be all right,” she said. “I grew more confidence when I drove around more often with my dad beside me, knowing everything was going to be okay as long as he was there.”

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Useful classroom tool or distraction?


For some, smart phones help them learn faster and with more options

By Jaela Johnson • Cub Reporter


mart phones in the classroom are here to stay. Virtually every high school age student has one, (usually with a cracked screen), and until something new is invented to take their place, they are not likely going away anytime soon. While some teachers at the Hill have embraced mobile phones and found ways to use them for instruction and student learning, other teachers just see phones as a distraction and as an obstacle to learning. The truth lies somewhere in between. 94% of Foothill students interviewed said they liked using their phone in class, both for instruction or research and also for fun. Using their phone in class meant social learning, and access to educational videos. They also like being able to write essays or take notes on their phones, most saying they could type faster on their phone versus writing an essay by hand, and some with poor handwriting said being able to type their

assignments on their phones got them better grades. Students also like using their phones to access information from Google Classroom and to play review games like Kahoot. Teachers we talked to who frequently used smart phones in class liked them for much the same reasons. They liked that they could put something on Google Classroom, and then students could access it moments later. Some teachers said they liked the flexibility this tech allowed. For example, they might think of something for that day’s lesson at the last minute, and instead of having to make copies, they simply have the class access it via Google Classroom. Many teachers also liked to use smart phones for quick quizzes using Google Forms, escape rooms, review games like Kahoot! and because they allow students to do small pieces of research without having to bring in a Chrome cart or go to the computer lab.

Hunter McCaulley plays Kahoot during math class. He shows how well he’s learned the material by the number of answers he gets correct. Photo by Zack Jackson

On the flip side, some students do use their phones inappropriately to watch movies, go on Tik Tok and Youtube or to chat on social media, which makes some teachers reluctant to use phones in class. “We don’t want to have to be the phone police. We just want to focus on the learning activity we need to accomplish,” is the gist of what many teachers said about using phones in class. Some had tried using phones for activities but

found too many students were off task, so they felt traditional instruction was better for that group of students. When students use their cell phones for social media or for texting, then someone in another class receiving the messages is also distracted. The results? Mostly it comes down to the students, we found. Teachers like using smart phones if the students use them correctly. It’s up to the students then to make that happen.

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Winter Dance Concert By Alexia Stein • Co- Editor


he dancers stepped on stage

went into making the dance concert.

lot more to learn. “We prepared by

and got in position as they

“It is a lot of hard work and time that

practicing for months,” said Dance II

waited for the lights to shine

goes into the routines,” said Dillon

dancer Esme Nettles. “We spent many

Prisbey. “It took many long practices

hours learning all the dances and

on them and the music to start, ready to begin their dance. On December 4-5, the Varsity and JV dance teams, along with Dance I and Dance II classes held their annual Winter Dance Concert to show off the

I’ll miss being out there on the “floor and getting to see everyone just loving what we do. ” --Liera De La Cruz

making sure they were perfect for the stage.” Varsity and JV dancers were given the opportunity to choreograph a dance with their friends. “My group piece with Lainie, Remi and Bryce was my

skills and dances they

favorite,” said Liera De La Cruz. “It

have been working on all

was really special getting to do a


solo at the end. It was definitely a

“The dance concert was so lit,” said Bryce Green. “So many people showed up.” There were many factors that

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to be ready to perform on stage.” Since members from Dance I and

tear jerker.” The group spent many after school

Dance II have never danced in front

hours and weekends at practices to

of an audience before, they had a

prepare for the dance. “One of the




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hardest parts are the long hours and practices that go into the dances,” said De La Cruz. “At the end of the day, it was worth it though because we all got a really good feeling knowing that, as a team, we did a good job.” Many students felt that the dance concert was a learning experience for them. “The dance concert taught me to always have fun, even if you are nervous or mess up on stage,” said Nettles. “The hardest part was for sure performing in the bright lights, and

1. Members of the Dance I class. Photo by Hayden Perdue 2. Brenna Young Photo by Elizabeth Duffy 3. Dagney Goodfellow Photo by Elizabeth Duffy 4. Madison Earley Photo by Elizabeth Duffy 5. Kaylynn Nielson and Zoe Emlaw with members of the Dance II class. Photo by Zack Jackson 6. Liera De La Cruz Photo by Hayden Perdue Cover. Alohi Maruyama. Photo by Hayden Perdue

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Will Disney+ overtake Netflix?



By Alexia Stein • Co- Editor

s streaming services take over cable, the competition for the best service will start to brew. Hulu and Netflix have completely dominated their competition, but will their reign as best services come to an end? On November 12, Disney launched a new streaming service called Disney + starting at $6.99 a month, and the service already has nearly 500 movies and 7,500 TV episodes. Disney fanatics went crazy over this streaming service. There is every Disney movie from Toy Story to Star Wars movies. Disney brought back many 2000s Disney movies and shows such as Lizzie McGuire and High School Musical. This made many teens very excited because these are the shows and movies they grew up with. “My favorite thing about Disney+ is that I get to watch old movies I used to watch as a kid,” said Liera De La Cruz. “I was really happy when I got to watch The Great Mouse Detective again!” Like Netflix, Disney launched many new series that can only be watched if you have a subscription. One of the

most advertised Disney+ originals is The Mandalorian. This show is a Star Wars story that provides a background story of Yoda. “I like The Mandalorian because of all the action in the show,” said Jake Thompson. “Even in the slow parts of the show it is still super interesting to watch.” Disney also followed in Netflix’s footsteps by allowing free downloads of shows. This allows people to download shows and movies so they can watch off wifi. In a short amount of time, Disney+ already has over 10 million subscribers, and this number grows daily. Since Disney has some of the highest grossing box office movies, Netflix will have a lot more competition. Being that all Disney movies are already on Disney+, Disney will be removing all Disney produced movies and shows from Netflix for at least the first six years. Disney wants to produce more original series and movies before giving away any rights to their products. Whether Disney will become the next Netflix seems to be only a matter of a time.


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Why is procrastination an ongoing problem, and what can we do to fix it?

By Ayla Thompson • Co-Editor


hy does procrastination happen so often, and what can students do to fix it? There are worksheets, essays, projects, and so many other assignments waiting to be completed, but often these items are left to the night before their deadline or even completed just moments before they are due. Procrastination causes many students to stress, to lose points on sloppy work or to even have points deducted for late or missing work. School counselor Steve Campbell said that most people simply to choose to put off less desirable work. “We all have things that we don’t want to do, so we just put them off,” said Campbell. “Then, a deadline comes up that pushes us to actually complete the task.” He said that one of the best ways to combat procrastination is to use a rewards system. “In my job I have things that I like to do and things I don’t like doing as much, but if those things that I don’t like are on my agenda, then I do those things first, and do the things I enjoy last as a reward.” Senior Jillina Jeffries said that procrastination has been a major factor

throughout all of her years in high school. “I always have my work done,” said Jeffries, “but sometimes the work I turn in isn’t always my best because I completed it the night before.” She said that procrastination is one of the leading factors in the stress that she has. “A lot of the grades that I get that are below A’s are because points were deducted,” said Jeffries, “but most of the time the deducted points are from turning assignments in late or from rushing.” “Part of the reason students procrastinate is because the consequences aren’t severe enough,” said English teacher Sandy Buk, “and I also think that somewhere along the line, they don’t learn time management skills.” Freshman Khylie Douglas said that being overwhelmed has a big contribtution to procrastination. “I think that the main reason I begin to procrastinate is due to my mind being overwhelmed with work,” said Douglas. “Unfortunately, my thought process is that I would feel better to not do any work at all. Overall, self-discipline is the best way, in my opinion, to stop procrastination.”

Why Students Procrastinate: 1) I procrastinate because I think that I’m going to have time later, and then I end up just doing it at the last minute. Junior Gavin Martin 2) I procrastinate because I can never find motivation to do something until the last second when I have to actually finish it. Sophomore Kyle Pham 3) When I procrastinate, it’s mostly because I’m just lazy, and I’d just rather nap. Sophomore Brooke Morgan 4) I procrastinate because when a lot of work piles up, it usually doesn’t seem worth it to get it done compared to doing it later or just flat-out ignoring it. Junior Sola Knowlton

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Tik Tok : The long road to getting clout

Foothill students are going crazy and losing sleep over this new app! By Madisen DeMille • Cub Reporter @nattieb


After overturning his Jeep in the desert, Fisher Welch made a Tik Tok singing “Just Did A Bad Thing” while showing the damage to the Jeep in the Las Vegas desert to get Tik Tok fame. Read more about him below.


hen Musically ticked its last tock, a star was born. In October of 2018 Tik Tok became the new Vine. Kids started trends, got clout, and lost a whole bunch of sleep to make or watch these funny, often quirky and entertaining short videos.

Natalie Belingheri made a Tik Tok about how, instead of getting rid of plastic straws, we should get rid of glow sticks because of the dangerous substance inside. Read more about her below.

Former Falcon Makenzie Manzanares is most commonly known on Tik Tok for making videos about experiences she has working at Safe Key and comedic videos about what Generation Z parents might act like.

new and entertaining content brought to the web “I think it’s addicting because it is just a bunch of people creating funny videos bring a funny vibe to social media,” said Alohi Maruyama. Tik Tok users frequently film what happens to them in their everyday lives and post it for the world to see. One “My favorite types of Tik Toks are the local example would be former Falcon Fisher ones that make no sense. There’s one Welch, who has 156.9 that’s like, ‘We boutta get spooky with thousand followers on Tik Tok. He crashed it,’ and then they start dancing. “ his sister’s Jeep out --Madison Conwell in the desert and then posted a video of him singing, “Just Did a Bad Thing,” which blew “I’ve lost too much sleep because up on Tik Tok. This was the first time of this app. I may or may not have an one of Welch’s videos went viral, and addiction,” said Madison Conwell. Stuhis number of views and likes exploddents love this app because of all of the ed. “It took about five months to get to

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the current level,” said Welch, which is pretty fast for someone who was formerly unknown. Natalie Belingheri, who is also a popular Tik Toker, said that her most popular video was her talking about how all the VSCO girls should save the turtles by not using straws, and she believes we should get rid of glow sticks instead of straws. “It was one of my worst videos (in my opinion), and I wasn’t going to even make it public because it was so bad, but I guess people liked it,” said Belingheri. The 13,000 likes it got would seem to support this fact. Belingherri continues to make Tik Toks, but none of them have blown up like that one. No matter how addictive Tik Toks are now, everything comes to an end. The trend will one day end, and the funny Vine-like videos will disappear, and saddest of all, Tik Tok will have ticked its last tok just like musically.

Girls hope for a little more competition


With first-string players only getting minutes of play, the team looks to play better teams

By Ava Hurry • Cub Reporter Laurel Rockwood (24) goes up for a rebound with teammate Taylor Bair (22) against Canyon Springs at home. They lost 43-50, their first loss of the season after clobbering teams like Rancho (64-21) and Chaparral (49-7). The next week, they stepped up their game with a big win over Cimarron (51-27). Photo by Hayden Perdue


he Varsity girls’ basketball team has been led by returners Laurel Rockwood (captain) at post, Jailyn Johnson (captain) at point guard and small guard and Madisen Morris at post. Last year’s team went 6-4, and this year’s squad looks to top that number with returners Taylor Bair,

Maddison Beckham (captain), Reiana Wallace (captain), Aubrey Stahl and Yareth Arse already putting up big numbers. “I believe we can win the league this year and go far into the playoffs,” said Varsity head coach Vyron Wallace. The team has annihilated a few teams, sometimes qua-

drupling their score. An early loss (40-53) came to Canyon Springs, who surprised the squad with a team who had flown under the radar. “Canyon Springs surprised us,” said Rockwood. “They were way better than we thought they would be, but even though we lost, I feel like I played the best game I’ve ever played, so that’s a positive takeaway.” One of the things the team has done to prepare is to learn the strengths and weaknesses of other teams. “We watch film on the other teams to get the gist of how they play. We look for who their strongest players are and how they run their defense,” said Johnson. Another priority is team-

work, which they’ll accomplish by holding team bonding activities like the holiday party on Christmas Eve eve. “Team bonding will include us having team dinners at someone’s house and participating in community service,” said Johnson. Those who have made the move from JV to Varsity are realizing that there is a big difference in the level of play. “Many of the new players are experiencing what the season is going to be like for the first time, and most of them are realizing how much effort we put in as a Varsity team,” said Rockwood. The team has already begun the process of working together. “Everybody gets along really well,” said Morris. “It’s a lot of hard work, but we are ready for the challenge.” The team will continue to build with a talented crew of underclassmen rounding out the roster. “We have 4 seniors, 8 juniors, 2 sophomores and 1 freshman, so we will be strong the next few years,” said coach Wallace.

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Serving the community National Honor Society helps out in the area By Sophia Alicea • Cub Reporter


t only takes a few volunteers to get the job done. NHS president Renae Buckles, vice president Jet Gomez and secretary Kendyl Groth all help run National Honor Society, and creating service projects is one of their responsibilities. As president, Buckles tries to find projects that will help people in the community who are having trouble and/ or who need help in some way. She performs between 16-20 hours of volunteer work each quarter. “I find it fun that I can volunteer,” said Buckles. She and the rest of the organization help out and clean up after every volunteer job is finished. Buckles also feels like the service helps her. “I get to help people and volunteer [at different] places, and it looks good on resumes,” said Buckles. Gomez had mixed feelings at first. “I find it fun because we go help people,” said Gomez. “At first, it’s like you don’t want to go, but when you do, it’s actually fun to help.” It has also helped Gomez in other increasing his patience. “I

National Honor Society members Ellisen Lizares, Laurel Rockwood and Kaitlyn Trantina work at a booth at Hoover Dam during a marathon to gain service hours and serve the community. Courtesy photo

like to cook food and help pass it out to the people at the soup kitchen. Some are nice, but some are rude, so it teaches me to stay calm and give them the food and let them get over it. I really like being a member.” With so many chances to serve, NHS members can choose those activities they feel fits their personality best. “We have so many different events that it’s hard to pick a favorite, but I really

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like helping out at events at elementary schools like fall/ winter festivals. The runs we volunteer at are always fun too,” said Groth. “There’s a great energy whenever the community comes together like that. Most recently, I volunteered at the Mosaic Church Award night, where we cheered for volunteers. It was really cool to see them being honored for helping their community, since it’s so closely-related to what we do

as a club.” The club meets Tuesdays and Thursdays every other week. The officers go out and volunteer at places like the Vegas strip, the Mosaic Church, schools, etc. They help out at events or stay at Foothill and clean up trash. They also participate in activities like award ceremonies, cooking food book cleanings, marathons, carnivals, reading to elementary children and many more activities.

Locked down for safety How safe is Foothill’s campus? By Angel Pearson • Cub Reporter Disclaimer: Student-written article. Any opinions contained therein are those of the writer and of those quoted and not those of CCSD or FHS administration.


ince April 20, 1999, when Columbine High School was attacked by two students, school safety has become increasingly important as copycat shooters have attacked campuses fairly regularly over the last 20 years. The school district has safety teams that come to each campus to make sure that students, staff and teachers are safe. They make recommendations for the campus and work with the administrative team to develop and implement effective security procedures, some of which have to remain confidential. One of the first lines of defense are the hall monitors. They ensure that strangers aren’t wandering the halls and that visitors are properly checked in. Hall monitors are not allowed to carry weapons. Instead, they use their radios to notify school police and admin if necessary. School police officers are allowed to conduct backpack and locker searches if they suspect a student has banned items like weapons or drugs. Once students enter the school premises, any of their possessions may be searched, just like when attending the movies or a concert. Teachers and staff can also be searched as well. They also use the many security cameras to watch for anything suspicious. While we’re on the topic of staff, all staff and faculty are trained to deal with emergencies, including active shooters. If you’ve ever experienced an evacuation drill, you’ve seen teachers trying to help make sure everyone’s doing what is ex-

pected. Emergencies are the reason why the school practices evacuations. This way, students don’t find a locked gate or door in their way as nearly 3,000 students try to leave at once. Speaking of those 3,000 students, one of the best resources for student safety is the students themselves. They should report anyone strange on campus and stay aware of what’s going on around them. Students have successfully reported suspicious activity, like students bringing weapons on campus or that a fight might take place, and school officials said this has been a huge help in keeping everyone on campus safe. In addition, there are special procedures for visitors and other people like vendors coming into the building. They are required to sign in and get a visitor pass. Suspicious people can be detected easily by both the monitors and school police. School police have the power to use force on both students and adults they deem suspicious. They undergo special training where they learn to handle dangerous people and weapons. Another way the campus is kept safe is by keeping the outside campus doors locked to prevent entry from the outside except at designated areas. These doors can be opened from the inside so students can exit in case of emergencies. Safety is also why there has been renewed emphasis of existing policies, like keeping the 700 and 300 hallway’s rear doors closed, keeping gates and drives locked and having teachers stand at their doors during passing periods. Together all of these work together to make Foothill a safe place to learn and work.

Photo by Zack Jackson

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Concealed carry on campus?

In some states, teachers and other school personnel can carry firearms, but will it make for safer campuses? Disclaimer: Student-written article. Any opinions contained therein are those of the writer and of those quoted and not those of CCSD or FHS administration.

By Ayla Thompson ~ Co-Editor


chool safety has always been a priority, but recently the importance of it has increased. Being able to protect students and staff members at school is a situation of high importance. While school police officers constantly patrol campus, if there was an emergency situation in a classroom or hallway, being able to take out a threat instead of cowering in a corner might save many lives. Allowing teachers to carry or keep weappass a psychological ons in a classroom, with permits and proper evaluation. They must also training, could provide an extra deterrent to pass a drug test, and any would-be shooters as well as a means of proother random drug tests in tection for students. the future. A few states, including Idaho, Florida, KanWhile the positives of having sas, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tenadditional protection on campus is nessee, Texas and Wyoming, all allow school obvious, some of the drawbacks employees to carry firearms, with rules and might not be evident at first. Some teachers we spoke with would be reluctant to use a firearm on campus for several reasons. First, they might be mistaken for a suspect and get shot by law enforcement themselves. Second, they were worried about hitting innocent students while trying to take out a shooter or even mistaking a fellow teacher as a suspect. Most teachers interrestrictions. According to the National Conferviewed said they thought that teachers ence of State Legislatures (NCSL), Florida SB and staff who were former military would 7026, a school safety legislation put in place in be their first choice to carry weapons on response to the Parkland shooting, states that campus, as they have the experience and a school guardian must complete 132 hours of training required to act appropriately in high comprehensive firearm safety and proficiency stress situations. Whether having more guns training, 12 hours of diversity training, and on campus will help remains to be seen.


Most teachers interviewed said they thought that teachers and staff who were former military would be their first choice to carry weapons on campus.

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Ms. Burn’s road to recovery

n July 2, English teacher Leslie Burns lost her leg in a boating accident. She and two other friends had rented a boat at Lake Mead for the 4th of July weekend when the accident occurred. Burns was able to manufacture a makeshift tourniquet before nearby strangers were able to get her a real one and apply other types of first aid to save her life before she was rushed to the hospital. Burns spent a lot of time in the hospital and at physical therapy. “I was in UMC trauma for about two weeks,” said Burns. She spent a total of 26 days in bed recovering. Despite all of this happening, Burns was able to stay positive and push through, even supporting her own friends and family.

“When my doctor told me they would have to amputate my leg… I just looked at [my mom] and said, ‘Everything is going to be okay.’” While her recovery was taking place, she also began preparing for the school year. She said she wasn’t too worried about being able to teach and to move around because her physical therapy was going well, and the accident helped her focus on what was important. “It put a ton of things into perspective. I didn’t let things get to me as much as they used to,” Burns explained. “I’ve been told I make it look easy, but it’s definitely not easy. I was complimented in the rehab facility that I was the fastest amputee to recover and the most positive too, so I was like… cool!” As the school year began, Burns was still in a

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Miracle wheelchair, but soon after, she received her prosthetic lower leg and became much more mobile, and by November could jump a few inches off the ground. Burns cites her positive attitude, her willingness to tackle problems head on,

and the encouragement and help from her family, friends and students as prime factors in her recovery. Burns encourages others to live life positively and to not let the little things bother them.


1-2. Ms. Burns in her classroom with freshly-painted murals. 3 and 5. Ms. Leslie Burns recovers in the hospital fighting through recovery. “The faster I realized this was normal, the faster I was able to recover,” said Burns. 4. With her prosthetic leg, Burns can use both her sit down desk as well as her standing desk when teaching her classes.



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