AU B U R N R I V E R S I D E S T U D E N T VOICE June 15, 2011 VOLUME 16 ISSUE #7
Good-bye Seniors! Class of 2011 earns 1.5 million in known scholarships.
Letter to the Editor Dear Staff Reporter Kyle Stocker, After reading your recent InFlight article, “My undivided allegiance,” I was appalled at the message you were sending out about the students at Auburn Riverside. America is a country built on freedom and rights. Our freedom to speak. Our freedom to practice religion. Even the Freedom of Choice Act exemplifies our freedom to make decisions for ourselves. Having such a gracious country, in which you are able to make choices about the things you do in your everyday life, does not suddenly disappear when it comes to the flag salute in school. We students have the right to sit during the pledge of allegiance. As children in elementary school, we are required by our teachers to stand and salute the flag. In middle school, we are expected to stand but less so expected to recite the words that go with it. In high school, we are not required to pledge our allegiance, or even stand at all. This is because in high school, we are practically adults, capable of making the choice for ourselves. And those of us who choose to sit during the pledge of allegiance should not be judged for our choice. We do not judge you for choosing to stand. There are many reasons why students don’t participate in the flag salute each morning. And you are not expected to understand each and every one of those reasons because honestly, it’s nobody’s business whether I stand or do not stand. Many people in America have been wronged by our country. Many people have been ill-treated in the system, their needs ignored by the government. Neglected by God. Who are you to say that I am supposed to pledge my allegiance to a country that wrongly sent, say, my father to prison for a crime he did not commit? Who are you to say that I am supposed to praise a nation under God that took my mother from me at a young age? Who are you to say I have to support the government that sentenced my brother or sister to die in Iraq, to fight a war that many disagree with? Who are you to tell me that I should give the country my commitment when America pulls a Houdini trick with the taxpayers’ dollars and one out of eight children go to bed hungry each night? The cost of one missile could feed a school of children lunch every day for five years, and yet, our country is geared for violence and war, instead of helping its people. That is why I do not stand each morning in second period, because I am in awe with our country. Granted, I agree that students should not be disrespectful during the pledge of allegiance by talking. But many of us just sit quietly for the two or so minutes, and after that go on with our day. It’s not fair to say that all the students who do not stand are disrespectful and are not paying “homage” to what the flag represents. I’m fairly certain that after the fourteen to eighteen years of living, most of the students have learned about the people who died for our country, and we respect them and all they sacrificed. It is not your place to tell us how and when to remember those people. Suffice to say, I completely disagree with your stance on the flag salute.
in flight Editor-In-Chief Shayla McGinness Business Manager Brianne Kopp Adviser Patrick Swenson
Staff Reporters Charles Casady Jaymes Fleury Lisa Gray Jordan Green Brianne Kopp Kayla Seamster Kyle Stocker
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Athletics VS. Academics SHAYLA MCGINNESS Editor-In-Chief In current society, a problem exists in the realm of education. The problem: athletics vs. academics. These are two vital aspects in the educational system; therefore, both should be equally assessed. The frightening thing is the lack of attention in academics and the overabundance and dedication in sports. Both have obvious merits. Athletics teaches team work, responsibility, physical and mental strength. Academics teaches dedication, management skills, and other life lessons, such as how to be financially fiscal, and motivation to follow your own path and knowledge to expand your horizons, creating well educated adults. The advantages of one can also benefit the other but the problem is when a student only focuses on sports or
when our society glorifies sports and downplays the importance of academic success. The importance of academic success is obvious: get good grades in high school, continue to college and get a job. The love of knowledge doesn’t even have to be in the form of success in school, but respect shown for the expanding and shaping of young minds is appreciated. What frustrates me is when people take school as a joke and don’t put in any effort at all. Granted, high school and college should be fun and they’re supposed to be the best years of our lives, but it also comes with the responsibility of doing work. Although sports may provide greatly valued benefits and opportunities, it should not be focused on over academics. Academics provide a stable foundation for our country. We, the people, support and further our economy and culture; this begins with a good education.
New musicians got “talent” KAYLA SEAMSTER Staff Reporter Rolling Stone magazine says that mainstream music is at an all-time high in technicality. Mainstream artists such as Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Ke$ha, and Justin Bieber are the most innovative musicians of the past 50 years, and are even surpassing Mozart and Beethoven in talent. Critics point out how much the teenage community values talent and strong composition, and the latest pop and hip hop music does just that! After artists like Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd dragged down the artistic image of mainstream music, many people were beginning to think mainstream music would never make a comeback. They were wrong. “Music is at the top of its game these days!” Rolling Stone music critic Ralph J. Gleason said. “It doesn’t get much better than drum machines and autotune to spice up your music.” Musical geniuses electrifying the community include Justin Bieber, who is at the top of his game. At only the age of 17 this kid is already working on his 33rd symphony! In
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his younger years, Bieber declined several offers to join Mozart’s chamber choir. “I was determined that my solo career would take off soon,” said Bieber in a recent interview. At this point, Bieber has written more symphonies than Mozart had written at the age of 17. Bieber has shown a lot of pride in his most recent symphony and brags about his strong staccato on the sixteenth notes and his subtle use of arpeggios. Another of these music phenomena is Lil Wayne, who has been deemed one of the most amazingly innovative singers of all time—and a god amongst guitarists! Critics say that Lil Wayne’s guitar playing makes Jimmy Hendrix look like a beginner. Last week, Lil Wayne performed at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, sight reading Beethoven’s composition Spanish Guitar Solo. Wayne played the piece near flawlessly! Afterward, Beethoven was interviewed about Wayne’s performance. “He plays even better than I could have,” Beethoven said. “He sure knows how to make it rain on them [expletive deleted], as the kids might say these days!”
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Users wrestle over search-engines JAYMES FLEURY Staff Reporter The internet has an infinite amount of websites hosting a variety of topics. Thankfully, some of these sites are dedicated to filtering through them. A handful of reliable search engines exist out there, but which one should students use? Every single day students will jump online, and their first instinct is to get onto their favorite search engine. Two engines have been in competition for a while now, but is it even worth a debate? It goes without saying that the two biggest internet filters are Bing and Google. One claims to be more precise and accurate, while the other runs on experience and an arsenal of useful tools. These two go headto-head, yet Bing is the only one trying to gain a public foothold. So while Bing fights an uphill battle, Google contently sits at the top. With today’s day and age, any question can be answered on the internet. Where do most of us go to hunt for said answers? Google.com. Why? Because we’ve been using it for years, it has better and cleaner gadgets, and it’s simple. On the other hand, we have Bing.com. First reactions will be “Ooh, what a cute animal!” or “Oh great. Microsoft has their own search engine.” These initial reactions are pretty much a perfect examination of Bing. It happens to be just a flashy, Microsoft gimmick. Here’s an assignment. Go to Bing and
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find directions to some destination from another. Now do the same on Google. If this doesn’t scream case and point, then you should get your eyes checked. Bing’s map function is so bland and dull, until you fumble through its laggy settings. Google’s is accurate foot-by-foot and has smooth aerial photos. But this is just one tool! Bing has a handful of tools left, while Google has an entire factory. Under Google’s “more” tab, it holds almost 40 options. Bing possesses almost 30. I took a quick skim through the library every day for a week to see what search
engine people were using. Only once did I see a screen with Bing’s website on it! Was I surprised? I guess what was most shocking was that anyone was using it at all. When I asked their reasoning behind such madness, their reply was simply; “I just want to see the cool pictures.” Stifling a laugh, I just nodded and walked away. Ever since the whole “Windows Vista” fiasco, Microsoft has tried to resurrect their credibility. (Saying that, I hope my PC doesn’t hate me.) With a new ad campaign, Microsoft has been attacking Google, accusing it of spreading the “search overload”
disease. Google users are found in this ad with symptoms including, blank stares, social awkwardness, and inconsistent babbling. Though the ad is pretty witty, I feel that Bing is trying too hard to emphasize its narrowed search. Yes, Bing does come up with fewer results than Google on any given search. But neither engine can be 100 percent sure on what the user is actually looking for. So sometimes, a broader search is just as useful. So think twice before picking a search engine. One may look better on the outside, while another can be twice as good. Google is still the reigning search engine champion, while Bing warms the bench.
Dueling smart phone companies duke it out JORDAN GREEN Staff Reporter As many people know, Android has recently replaced Apple as the most popular phone. But “Why?” is a question many people have. The Android and iPhone both have different features that make them unique, but some are better than others. To start with, call quality is fine between both phones. There is no static or dropped calls and they both seem to perform as a smart phone should. Each have a sleek design and are almost the same size, the Android being slightly larger. The texting on both phones is great. But the Android offers Swype which is the latest and greatest in texting. Rather than just typing each letter like on an iPhone, on an Android the user swipes between each letter, making the text much quicker and more accurate. It takes a little getting used to, but in the long run is well worth it. Both phones are touch screens, but the iPhone screen is much better. The Android features a normal pressure-based screen that is very responsive, but the iPhone has a heat-based screen. This makes it much
more responsive to touch, and when it is in your pocket, you aren’t calling anyone. The Android screen is much more vibrant and colorful, however. It also does not wash out in direct sunlight like the iPhone. The main division between the phones is the operating system. Both are very similar, but the iPhone is much better. The iPhone has never frozen or bogged down, whereas whenever the Android is running more than one application at a time it freezes. But the Android is capable of getting much more applications, whereas Apple phones can only run Apple applications. The general look and flow of the Android is much better than the rows of apps on an iPhone. On an Android, different styles of apps can be downloaded rather than the run-of-the-mill boxes on an iPhone. The moving live wallpapers of the Android also add another lever of customization to the phone that the iPhone does not have. Overall, I would choose Android over the iPhone because it is much more customizable and can support many more applications. Although it does freeze every once in a while, I would choose it over an iPhone any day.
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Android and Apple fight it out in an epic battle of smart phones.
Shakespeare in the Park Gas prices rise above average A Midsummer Night’s Dream KYLE STOCKER Staff Reporter R
iverside Drama will be performing William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Roegner Park on the 15th and 16th of July, at 6 PM. There will be a green show before the performance, where various talents will be displayed around the park, including singing, dancing, and the magic of Michael Wong. There is absolutely no cost, but there will only be two opportunities to see the show, so students and staff should make to find time to attend before it’s over. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream is Shakespeare’s most accessible show,” senior Aaron Bales said, the actor playing the role of Nick Bottom. “The fact that it will be performed outside makes it even more so. It’s easier to find, the audience doesn’t have to work as hard to invest in the world of the story, and it allows me as an actor to have a more direct relationship with my character.”
ASB UPDATE BROOKE BENEDICT Public Relations Officer As ASB winds down for the year of 2011, our new class representatives and Executive Board members prepare for the beginning of a new school year. We recently had our last student council meeting of the year, in which our new members were introduced. The new members are as follows: Sam Millang (President), Emeka Egwuatu (Vice President), Tauri Woodworth (Secretary), Brett Lee (Treasurer), Brook Benedict (Public Relations), Alice Roup, (Senior LASC Representative), Jocelyn Mitchell (Junior LASC Representative), Jocelyn Patterson (RSVP Chair), and Kim Coon (Spirit Chair). The new Executive Board had the Moving-up assembly to honor the class of 2011. Over the summer we will meet and plan for next year’s events, such as service projects, the Welcome Back assembly, and other awesome things like that. The Executive Board for 2011-2012 is very excited for the coming year!
Class Presidents What are you most looking forward to next year in office?
I’m looking forward to helping seniors become more involved with our school, and increasing school spirit.
I’m most looking forward to getting people’s ideas and making them happen.
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I’m most looking forward to the opportunity to make each individual’s life better, and giving a reason to go to school.
KAYLA SEAMSTER Staff Reporter The national average price for a regular gallon of gas hit $3.83 on May 18, according to AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report. With the rates of crude oil increasing up to $109.13 a barrel, the public can only expect gas rates to keep increasing. The lowest rate within the past five years for regular gas per gallon was $1.65 in December of 2008, and the high was $4.08 in July of the same year, according to the MadisonGasPrices.com website. Many students and parents agree that if prices of fuel continue to increase, there will be major cutbacks in things such as going out to dinner, movies, and family events. “If fuel prices continue to increase, I will need to get a job even closer to home,” said Theresa Unger, parent of sophmore Zoe Unger. “I drive an older car which consumes more gas than any newer car. I can’t afford driving 50 miles to work and back every day and running my household.”
Gas prices are predicted to hit $5 per gallon this summer, which may put many people in a hard position for money and work. “My vehicle only gets about 18 miles per gallon,” sophomore Delaney Mccausland said. “With gas prices today it would cost me about $70 to fill up my gas tank completely.” If gas prices rise this summer to $5, as some experts predict, it will cost her about $95 to fill her 19-gallon gas tank. Due to the rising gas prices, those in the middle class either need to give in and get a more efficient vehicle or find a job closer to home in order to make ends meet. Neil Gragg, a truck driver for Conway, drives 100 miles to work and back each day and drives a vehicle that hardly gets 18 miles to the gallon. Gas costs him about $20 each day, amounting to $140 a week strictly on gas, and $560 each month. “That’s almost 25 percent of what I make in a month, which I would much rather spend on groceries or things for my kids,” Gragg said.
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veryone has a story, and senior Ean Zelenak is no exception. Zelenak has amazing abilities in video production and design. Everything in Zelenak’s filming career started when he was eight. His dad had this camera that Zelenak started using and filming with. Zelenak’s dad always had a camera on him, always filming him, making videos, creating memories. Zelenak started using his father’s camera like a drug. Zelenak went through his filmography blue period. a blue period is when you get all these ideas at once and don’t know what to to with them. When Zelenak was between the ages of nine and eleven, his dad gave him full reign with his camera. Zelenak started filming friends. He received his first camera at the age of thirteen. This is when Zelenak realized he wanted to be a director. Zelenak truly started his videos when he went into middle school. “We were doing a lot of nothing,” Zelenak said. “Nothing high production, just random films.” Zelenak realized at the end of his middle school
A&E career that filming was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. During the Future Freshman night, Zelenak saw the video table in the Viscom room and decided he had to take the class. Halfway through Zelanak’s freshman year he got word about the film festival; this was the second annual film festival. Zelanak got the idea for Sketch. Sketch was one of his weird films. Zelenak wanted a three minute film of something that you probably had never heard or seen before. He wanted the audience to be awed by the emotions in the film. Nervous, Zelenak waited for the other films to finish. “My favorite part of the film festivals is watching other peoples work,” Zelenak said. Honestly, Zelenak didn’t think he was going to win, but when they called his name for first place he felt like someone had slapped him in the face. Zelenak describes his first win as “enthralling.” Throughout the rest of the film festivals, Zelenak came out on top with films like Club Soda, Isolation, and King. Though some would let all of these wins go to their head, Zelenak is different. “I hate it when people expect themselves to win,” Zelenak said. “I don’t want to be the
9 evil douche who walks in and expects everyone to bow.” In the end, Zelenak has never actually expected to win. People tell him that as soon as he’s gone everyone else will have a chance to win the film festival, but Zelenak disagrees. He looks at the film festival as a big presentation of everyone’s work. “I have never entered the film festival as a competition,” Zelenak said. “I enter because it’s what I love, and I like seeing other people’s ideas up on the screen.” In the end, its not what he does, but what he loves. Passionate as he is about what he does, he expects he will always succeed. Zelenak’s story is his success no matter what.
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Music is academic SHAYLA McGINNESS Editor-in-Chief It seems funny that a lot of the music programs are being cut back and losing funding across the country. Funny, because music, specifically band, helps with academics in a very direct way. Music offers a plethora of benefits, according to Music Learning, an informational pamphlet that promotes musical participation; these include but are not limited to: commitment, positive self-worth, and academic success. Students have mandatory requirements in performing, such as concerts and class practice. They must practice at home or on their own time to improve; it’s necessary for students to learn almost everything about their instruments and, of course, the music itself. Music is especially helpful when it comes to academics, specifically band students, who receive the highest grades, and the best scores in standardized tests. Band students also make for the best AP/Honors students. “I believe it increases my intellectual capacity and helps in all classes,” sophomore Jordan Munson said. Compared to sports, one might say that music is the lesser activity. This is not true. Music provides extraordinary mental benefits. It promotes positive brain function and actually stimulates connections in the brain that cannot be replicated any other way. Also, band is a place where everyone is welcome. Although sports is useful and beneficial, it is not for everyone, due to the physical aspects that cannot be reached by everyone. In music, each individual participates, unlike in sports where not everyone is put in the game or gets an opportunity to play. Music is clearly beneficial not only in personal achievement, but also in academics.
very student has a story and it turns out there’s no exception when it comes to teachers. Choir teacher Jon Stenson is now completing his fourth year teaching at Riverside. He was married last August to his wife Rikki and he has no kids. “I do have an awesome dog named Truman,” Stenson said. “Truman is a terrier mutt that was going to be euthanized before my wife and I adopted him. We think he is about two years old.” Stenson went to Central Washington University to get his Bachelor’s in choral education. But he was born into a family of Oregon State University Beavers, so he roots for both schools. At the age of ten, Stenson wanted to be an Olympic sprinter, when he was 12 he wanted to be a Navy Seal, and he wanted to be a choir director when he turned 15. “When I was in school my favorite classes were Symphonic Choir and Southernairs (choir classes), Band, IB European History and Weight Training.” Stenson played basketball (badly), hockey, soccer, and ran track in high school. “I also played lacrosse in college at Central Washington University,” Stenson added. When he is not in school, he loves to play and coach lacrosse, build things, and, of course, he loves to play music. He can play the trombone, piano, drums, bass, guitar, and he has also dabbled in some Irish punk accordion. “The first instrument I learned to play was the piano, but the trombone a few years after.” Music is one of Stenson’s biggest passions in life and he feels very blessed that he has made it his career. “I like to think that I am making a positive difference in some student’s lives. It makes me feel very fulfilled to help people discover who they want to be and how to get there.” Stenson adds, “I also feel very lucky to be able to teach a subject like choir that is so unbelievably awesome!”
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Contour cam wins out JORDAN GREEN Staff Reporter
GPS feature allows the user to track where they are, their height from sea level, and their speed. After uploading their video to Contour. The two main helmet cams in the business are the Contour and the Go Pro. The com, there will be a virtual map showing the affordable well marketed Go Pro, and the progression of location and speed throughout more expensive Contour go head to head, the video. The Bluetooth allows live video to be streamed to the user’s smart phone, so but which one is best? The Go Pro offers many different fea- they can adjust the camera before dropping tures. The unique on top of the head mount, in to get the best experience possible. The and all the accessories, 3D video, plus it is wide angle lens allows for more video to be very competitively priced at 300 dollars. The captured, expanding from 135 degree angle Contour offers many other features such as to a 170 degree angle, the Contour can capture the peripherals that HD video, GPS and Bluno other camera can. etooth. It is also 100 percent The Go Pro is waterproof up to 60 the new competifeet underwater. The tor in the helmet contour may be a bit cam game. They more pricey, but it are marketed has many more feaextremely well, tures. but how great are Both cameras feature they? The battery on awesome websites with many a Go Pro can hold up stories and a sleek interto two and a half hours of video and nine hours PHOTO COURTESY CREATIVE COMMONS LICENSE, face that is very user friendly. They both of standby. It can also WWW.CREATIVECOMMONS.ORG/CONTOUR make it easy to share take still photographs with the click of a button. They also come the user’s most extreme experiences with both friends and the public. with a waterproof housing. Overall, the Contour is the way to go. The Contour is the latest and greatest helmet cam. It is a bit more pricey at 500 Even though it is a bit more pricey, the dollars, but with many more features. It can features are much better and the camera hold up to two and a half hours of video. is overall better quality. But for someone The new Contour+ features GPS, Bluetooth, that is on a budget, I would recommend live streaming and a wide angle lens. The the Go Pro.
Artist of the Issue: Jade Swepston CHARLES CASADY Staff Reporter
In 8th grade, she starred in Captain Bree and her Five Lady Pirates as Shawna who falls in love with a boy dressed like a Artists have an amazing knack for what woman. In high school, she played a fairy in they do. When they create their art, they put Shakespeare in Hollywood, Amaryllis in Music all they can into it. Junior Jade Swepston is Man, a teenager in Our Town, and Lowbutt in HONK!. This year she one of these artists. starred in Once Upon a Jade Swepston startMattress as Winnifred and ed playing piano in 1st will star as Helen in a grade and has continued it Midsummer Night’s Dream throughout her life. When this July. she entered 5th grade, she Swepston started her joined band and started singing in the fifth grade singing. She played trumwhen she sang “Amazing pet until 7th grade when Grace.” That summer she she switched to French competed in Tacoma Idol horn; she still plays her and lost. The next year she trumpet for marching band went back and competed every year. in the Jr. division and reFreshman and sophPHOTO COURTESY CHARLES CASADY ceived second place. In omore year, Swepston played in Symphonic Band, but this year, as seventh grade, she competed again, except a junior, she has played in Wind Ensemble. she went to Auburn Idol, and placed second She has competed in solo ensemble and again. Her eighth grade year, she took first received excellent ratings in her woodwind and received a hundred dollars cash for winquartet, and a superior this year in her ning, and also performed in Uniquely Auburn. french horn quartet. Last year, she and the She’s performed in numerous talent shows, rest of the french horn quartet went to State the most notable being the past talent show where she sang “Dream On.” Jade also perWind Ensemble. Swepston also participates in drama. formed during the homecoming assembly. Inspiration doesn’t come easy. It’s taken She started acting in second grade in an after school program. Whackadoo Zoo was from many things but it’s not an easy thing to her first play and she played a professor. In find. Jade Swepston is inspiring people every the summer of 2007, she performed in Peter day, and that is what the definition of art is: Pan as Wendy. Swepston performed Peter Pan inspiring people to do extraordinary things through Broadway in Tacoma Star program. in an ordinary place.
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Longboards fly through summer JAYMES FLEURY Staff Reporter
new breed of skater has been growing in population as of late. One can’t go down a hill without seeing at least one. They’re everywhere! I am talking about longboarders. These overgrown skateboards are becoming extremely popular and are about to explode, now that the sun has made an appearance. Longboards come in a variety of types and everyone is different; these boards are unique down to the very last bolt. Skateboards and longboards are two completely different worlds. Skateboards are much shorter and lighter than longboards, but longboards aren’t really meant to do sick and crazy tricks. Observers or skaters will know that skateboards are generally the same shape and length, while longboards come in dozens of lengths, weights and shapes. Each varying longboard has a specific purpose and style of riding. Styles include carving, (a basic swaying motion from side to side) sliding, (the rider leans over their board and uses special gloves to slide) downhill, (self explanatory) and even dancing (yes, people dance on these boards while going over 30mph). Speaking of longboard speeds, the fastest land speed record achieved on a longboard is around 80 mph. This speed would terrify any hard core longboarder. At this speed, speed-wobbles would throw anyone right off their board and into the asphalt. Boards like these are generally made out of heavier woods (oak, maple, mahogany, etc.) and are lower to the ground. This design gives the board more forward momentum and more mass, so gravity pulls it even harder. Different designs will consist of lighter woods (bamboo, pine, mahogany) and more rounded shapes. These boards are meant for anything but downhill because their tendency to get speed wobbles. The infamous wobbles are like ridding on an earthquake, and riders just pray that they’re not thrown into a car or a nice piece of asphalt. But the first thought to be tossed through a boarders mind during a crash is: “I hope my board makes it!” This is simply because these boards are not cheap. In fact their price range is between 90 and 300 dollars. Ouch. Here in Auburn there is one perfect spot for longboarding. Lakeland Hills. Why? Because it’s basically a giant hill laden with long roads and bountiful turns, everything a longboarder craves. Students here have their own favorite spots on the hill. One very famous spot is regarded as Suicide Hill. This
hill separates the men from the sniveling pulpy mess that used to be your friend. The infamous slope can be found by Lakeland Hills Park, in the new housing development on Evergreen Way SE. Beware of student drivers and wear your brain-buckets. This place can get pretty crazy. Nearby Top Foods atop Lakeland Hills there are a couple of calmer hills. In the semi-new development called The Estates there are wide streets plentiful with turns and quick hills. This area is perfect for carving and even a little downhill. North of Top Foods is another fresh housing area with an entire grid system of hills and turns. The best part about this area is that hills vary in size. There are hills for just about any kind of board in such a small area. Longboarding is becoming just as popular as skateboarding (or more) and this is just a heads-up. More and more people will be riding these contraptions as summer arrives. As our streets and hills become overrun with boards, just try to resist the urge to join them.
PHOTOS BY: KYLE STOCKER
InFlight staff member Jaymes Fleury shows off his longboard.
Friends and family support Pawlak’s love of water polo LISA GRAY Staff Reporter
he has been playing for over three years, and has made a lot of friends from the water polo team. Wondering who this could be? It is junior Katia Pawlak; she has been playing water polo since she was in 8th grade, before practicing with the Lady Ravens water polo team. Her goal for the season was to become a leader and the best player possible. “My friends and teammates inspire me,” Pawlak said. “They inspire me because when I see them working hard, that makes me want to work hard too.” Pawlak has always loved the water and had been on the swim team 5th through 7th grade. Pawlak’s mom suprised her when she said said that she had decided to sign her up to practice with the water polo team. “My mom randomly picked out and handed me my suit and goggles,” Pawlak remembers, “I was really scared the first year, but when I came back freshman year, I loved it.” When Pawlak is not in school she likes to participate in choir. She also likes to read, swim, weightboard and hangout with friends. If Pawlak could describe her water polo season in one word it would be “awesome.” She hopes to play water polo in two years when she goes to college. “My goal for this season and beyond is to become a leader and the best player that I can be.” Even though Pawlak’s mom got her into the sport, her sister plays for the Bonney Lake team, so for Pawlak, that is one way that she can relate to her. “My friends have always been supportive and come to the games,” Pawlak said.”Also, most of my friends have made end up on the water polo team; it’s great because we have become a big group of friends and sisters.” On game days, everyone on the water polo team dresses up, and to get pumped up for the game, Pawlak listens to music. “Right before the girls warm up for their big game, they line up, hold hands, then jump into the pool as a team,” Pawlak said. Pawlak has a lot on her plate. She is currently in four Advanced
Placement classes. “With my homework load and water polo I kinda lost my sanity,” Pawlak said, “but I had the support of my friends, so I got through it all.” Pawlak would also like to be involved in swim and dive in the fall, but she usually participates in school plays instead. If she can compete on the swim team, she swims the 200 IN (Individual Medley) and the 100 Butterfly. “It’s hard balancing being a jock and a musician,” Pawlak said. “It makes it impossible to do everything.” When she gets out of high school she wants to go to college and take psychology. Most likely, she’ll be balancing even more hard work in her post-high school years ahead.
PHOTO BY: CHARLES CASADY