katelyn reinhart cs press 2018
reflection #2 photos managed to encompass all of them in one assignment. I am extremely afraid of driving hile this may seem like places if I don’t know how to get a small contribution, I am most there, going to people’s houses if proud of my paintball photos that I don’t know them very well, and went into the May issue. I have multitasking while trying to come never been super into pictures but up with an important game plan. am capable of taking a photo, but These fears may be ridiculous, but these pictures were different. They so was the sweat that collected may not have been particularly on my forehead while I feverishly great or compelling, but the plan- wondered if this was the right ning that went into them and the street, or the right house, or if I execution are something that leads had somehow followed the wrong me to be proud of them. car, or if my camera wouldn’t It all started with plans. And then work, or ahhhhhhh. Things like cancellation of those plans. And this make me realize that I still then plans again. And then anoth- have a very long ways to go before er cancellation. This continued for I can call myself an adult. Howa few cycles and before I knew it ever, I got it done and I’m really production day was right around proud of what I came up with. the corner and I had no photos. Staging the photos was nerve So, I used one the the most highly wracking enough, but working valued skills to be learned in with someone who takes paintball newspaper: I staged the heck out as seriously as he did made me of those photos. The plan was sim- even more self conscious when my ple. Meet up with a guy that I had camera would click a second too known in elementary school but late or when I asked him to do a hadn’t talked with since, befriend pose that he may not have done him, and then ask him to take me on the field. However, for photos to his house in paintball gear so I done with just one person in a could take photos. backyard, I am so proud of what I I have very few fears, but these came up with.
In my final semester as an editor of the CS Press, I have learned a great deal about both the class and myself. Being the sixth time I have written one of these essays, the production skills and selfreflection aspects of this essay are bound to be similar; certain lessons are just bound to stick with you. This year, I learned a great deal about my own morals and goals when it comes to journalism. It goes without saying, but this year has been the most emotionally investing run of the CS Press in my three years on the staff. While the issues and conflicts that came up were extremely frustrating in the moment, I know that the lessons I learned from them will serve me well in the future as I pursue journalism. When it comes to production skills, I have grown a considerable amount. Looking back on where I was in my first year of being an editor, I feel extremely more confident now. I am proud of my advancements and am still excited because there is so much left for me to learn. Of course, my design skills could improve greatly, but I have developed my own sense of style that I am proud of. I came into this class fairly confident in my writing, but design is one of my most heartwarming accomplishments. For deadlines, I have dealt with the same issues that I have in previous years. Procrastina-
tion has always been an issue for me, but senioritis has made deadlines especially difficult to uphold this year. There is really nobody to blame but myself, but I am proud to say that, similar to previous years, I turned in every article and photo assigned to me. Adamson made a comment that makes me laugh to this day, seeing that I was working on my pages when Lauren was talking to Sean. He said, “Come on Lauren, even Katelyn is working on her pages and it’s not even three hours before the deadline!” I couldn’t even defend myself
I wasn’t particularly close to a lot of the editors to begin with. However, I felt like I had lost friends that I didn’t even have the opportunity to make. I hate to sound pouty and that isn’t the purpose of this paragraph, but I am going to make a personal plea (quoting someone I know, haha) to please keep an eye out for the cliques and pair up people from opposite groups as much as possible. They might have more in common than they think. I learned a lot about myself when it comes to journalism ethics. More importantly, I surprised myself with how much I value them. Obviously I always have, but when new staff members considered just making up people to quote or changed stories around in weird ways to fit a certain idea, I was completely appalled. My hardships and problems can be summed up in my teamwork paragraph, as that was really the only issue that I had this year. I am a little worried for next year, but I am confident that the problem we had this year will graduate with the seniors. There is no one person to blame, and there is nobody who could have changed anything for the better once the ball started rolling, but I am glad that throughout all of the stupid high school drama and disagreements, we were able to publish a kickass newspaper. Not sure if I can say that, but I’m doing it because that’s what it is.
reflection #1 because he was so spot on. Well said Adamson, well said. Teamwork this year was rough, no use in sugarcoating it. It almost seems as if the editors this year was split into three groups: republicans, democrats, and the people who stayed away from the issues like the plague. As someone who usually falls in the middle of the political spectrum, I felt extremely distanced from those outside of my immediate friend group. From being blocked on instagram accounts to hearing negative words from across the room, I felt like I had lost friends just for the people I hung out with. Newspaper has always been a bit separated with editors and staff members, so
Zeeb starts a new year
Wrapping up her first year of teaching, Kristine Zeeb, a math teacher, reflects on the journey that has brought her to teaching in room 1003. Starting as a student-teacher, Zeeb picked up the job mid-year last year and was hired as a Geometry teacher. This year she is teaching Pre-Calculus and Algebra 3/4.
“We’ve been friends since last summer; we actually met when both of our ex-boyfriends, who were best friends, dumped us at the same time. We learned that girls are definitely better than guys; we stick together through everything,”
At the age of 22, Zeeb knew she wanted to be a teacher after previously studying film editing. “I went to Scottsdale Community College and got my Associates in Arts, and then became the lead technician of the film school. Then, eventually worked my way up to becoming a faculty member there and teaching film editing. I knew I wanted to do more with this kind of profession and help out kids,” said Zeeb. Last year, Zeeb taught Geometry for a semester, and now promises she will never go back to the subject. “I don’t like Geometry. I’m much better at teaching Algebra and Calculus. Now that I’ve taught for more than a semester for the same students, it’s so much easier. And, this year I’m dealing with juniors and seniors, which is day and night to teaching freshmen or sophomores,” said Zeeb. “My classes now are individually unique. I have so many different students with different wants and needs. There’s so much growing each kid does through these periods of their life.”
LAUREN LOCKET AND LAUREN BLAU, juniors
ATT Blackert, a visual artist and senior, began shooting skating videos at a young age, and has cultivated his craft of filming music videos. Although he has been filming since age 9, he began skating years before 5. “I started skateboarding at the age of 5 because my sister had mentioned that she thought skating was the coolest thing ever and I just really wanted her to think I was cool,” said Blackert.
Collabs and Connections
Making a Difference
Currently, Zeeb is learning to appreciate those special Cave Creek moments. “Teaching has taught me that everyone has their own expectations of themselves. Everybody has problems, a different way of thinking, or has struggled with some type of education. And, it’s just recognizing the fact that everyone is unique through learning and teaching. You really have to appreciate those differences in people,” Zeeb said. “No matter what happens, I try to remember after all of the politics that the most important thing is the reason I’m here is for you guys and this is why I teach.” To Olivia Palmer, a junior in Zeeb’s Pre-Calculus class, her fourth period classroom has become much more than just a place to learn unit circles. “Zeeb can be very real with her students. During the digital citizenship assembly when all the boys left, she gave the girls actual real advice about sexual harassment in the workplace and what to do. What she said was actually valuable,” said Palmer. Zeeb admits that, not only did she prioritize this subject to the girls, but to the boys as well. “Generally, everyone should expect to be treated well. If they aren’t being treated well, they should be asking, ‘Is this normal? Is this weird?’ One of the biggest things I want to make sure my students know the type of communication and openness of the subject they should be having,” said Zeeb. “I want to be breaking down the barriers for women and for them to know it’s not their fault. Instead, learn exactly how to deal with the situation.”
Through growing up skating and networking within the community, Blackert has developed a web of connections to showcase his work with. “He hit me up through Instagram and told me that he was working on a pretty big project that he wanted me to be a part of, and he gave me some names of the other people in it, and I’m homies with most of the people on the project, and they're all really dope skaters so I was down,” said Dre Young, a skater currently working with Blackert. As of late, Blackert has been adding more variety to the types of films he is creating. He started shooting music videos with some local rappers to the Phoenix area such as Terner. “I love collaborating with skaters mostly because I can often times suggest tricks that I will never be capable of doing, that they never thought of actually being able to land. But I prefer collaborating with musicians most, because we can just spitball ideas back and forth that will lead us to visions we may never have had if it weren’t for collaborating. I also just love seeing the vision come alive,” said Blackert.
“Fashion is a form of expression; it helped me express myself more and stand out from the crowd. I would describe my personal style as bohemian fairy,”
BRIANNA FOGELSON, a sophomore
Connections and Quirks
Known for her caffeine addiction, Zeeb claims that she’s been drinking sodas out of sippy cups since she was two years old. Once she hit the age of 14 or 15, she started drinking Red Bulls daily. Additionally, Zeeb is also known for her obsession with Stars Wars, decorating her classroom with quotes and pictures of the cast. “My brother was the one who really liked it. I remember whenever I was too sick to go to school, my mom would have my brother stay home with me, and we would watch Star Wars all day. After that, I really got into the books since my teacher was encouraging me to read more,” said Zeeb. “The movie and books have just been there for me through all of my struggles and I like the idea that they are just good people promoting the idea of good vs. evil.” Julee Negron, a Pre-Calculus student, has also made a personal connection with the new teacher. “Mrs. Zeeb is a really genuine person and cares for all of her students. Teachers tend to take her for granted since she is so young, but I’ve learned so much from her with math and the outside world,” said Negron. Living by the quote, “If you help one student, you’ve changed the world,” that her friend once told her, Zeeb will continue to move through this year and the years to come, hoping to become a role model or mentor to each of her students.
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FEBRUARY 2018 intrigue
Starting off with best picture, nominees include Call Me By Your Name, The Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, Get Out, Lady Bird, Phantom Thread, The Post, The Shape Of Water, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Of these nominees, I would select Get Out as my choice winner solely because of its uniqueness and different approach to the horror genre. The nominees for actor in a leading role are Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name), Daniel Day-Lewis, (Phantom Thread), Daniel Kaluuya, (Get Out), Gary Oldman, (Darkest Hour), Denzel Washington, (Roman J. Israel, Esq.) Out of the picks, I regretfully do not have a solid choice because I feel as though there are multiple actors deserving of the award. The nominees for lead actress include Sally Hawkins, (The Shape of Water), Frances McDormand, (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Margot Robbie, (I, Tonya), Saoirse Ronan, (Lady
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spotlight Busy crowds form around precious gems as the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show displays its finest offerings. As one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tucson, the show features several vendors across town. Open to both buyers and the public, this show features famous stones such as the Logan Sapphire, the Star of Asia, and Arkansas Yellow Diamond Crystal. With different shows spread throughout Tucson, their focus shifts from fossils to rare gemstones depending on the show. Some shows are open to buyers only and require registration. Each show starts and ends at different dates; larger-scale show Crystals and Crystal Forms go from Feb. 8 to 11 at the Tucson Convention Center. Some shows that are available to the public have more of a family-oriented attitude, with events that focus on kids in attendance. The Tucson Gem and Mineral show features two annual events that cater to children, aiming to leave an impact and encourage curiosity in earth sciences. Drawing in people from around the world, many come to Tucson specifically for this show. Kelli Orzech, whose business is in crystals, made a trip from Seattle to visit the event. “This is my 8th or 9th year, I lost count. I’ll never miss one again if I can help it! As for my expectations, it’s really hard to describe. I just always know it’s going to be magical,” said Orzech, owner of
Instagram page KellEye. Welcoming the public to these shows has worked in Tucson’s favor, attracting all kinds of people. Even those who do not have a business in crystals are drawn to this show, including students with an interest in gemstones and minerals. “I’m going in a few weeks with a friend of mine, super excited about it. I have always been interested in crystals, I need a box for all of mine,” said Xandra Squier, a senior. While crystals and minerals can be expensive, many find that the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show offers a cheaper and higher quality alternative. This is a benefit of the show that reaches both public and businesses who are interested in wholesale events. “This is my second year going and it’s been amazing. There are hundreds of shows happening in the city so it can be overwhelming as a buyer because you want the best deals. I try to purchase a variety of stuff and get special orders from customers. Tucson gem shows are the best place to get the best deals right now,” said Shama Patel, owner of Florida-based company Jewels by Serendipity.
WITH CAMERA IN HAND, Matt Blackert has made a reputation for himself as a film maker.
Bird), Meryl Streep, (The Post). I want Robbie to win this title because I feel like her portrayal of Tonya Harding was so immersive and real I cannot see any of the nominees coming close. For best supporting actor, the nominees are Willem Dafoe, (The Florida Project), Woody Harrelson, (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Richard Jenkins, (The Shape of Water), Christopher Plummer, (All the Money in the World), Sam Rockwell, (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri). I am rooting for either Rockwell or Harrelson purely because I want Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri to win this category. Best supporting actress nominees are Mary J. Blige, (Mudbound), Allison Janney, (I, Tonya), Lesley Manville, (Phantom Thread), Laurie Metcalf, (Lady Bird) and Octavia Spencer, (The Shape of Water). I would love for Janney to win best supporting actress, because not only have I loved her prior works, but she was exceptional as the dark LaVona Harding. As for the best director category, the nominees include
Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk), Jordan Peele (Get Out), Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread), and Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water). Of these, I hope to see Peele win for Get Out, because of how surprising the movie was and I loved his view. One more category includes best visual effects, a personal favorite, which includes (Blade Runner 2049) John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer, (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick, (Kong: Skull Island) Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, Mike Meinardus, (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould, Neal Scanlan, and (War for the Planet of the Apes) Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Joel Whist. I undoubtedly want Blade Runner 2049 to win, not only because of my previous review, but also I truly loved the effects in that movie alone.
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necessary activities. “I joined the program because it is what I am interested in and I want to pursue a career in health and medicine,” said Hannah Schmitz, a senior and nursing student. The nursing program also offers real-time nursing experience through clinicals, where the students go to Lifecare of Scottsdale, a nursing home, to put their knowledge to use. Clinicals are required for students to attend, as they are a nationwide standard that was set by the Nursing Practice Act. Students must put in at least 75 hours of clinical practice in order to pass the course.There are five clinical meetings in the semester, which take place on Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. At the end of the semester, there is a written test that covers all of the lecture material, lab techniques, and information obtained from the clinicals, which students must receive at least a 74 percent on to pass. “We get to practice all the skills that a nursing assistant is able to perform,” said Hollis Johnson, a senior and nursing student. The nursing program is a great prerequisite for any career in medicine, especially for those aspiring to be a physician’s assistants or nurse practitioner. The total cost for joining the program is approximately $1,000, which includes the down payment for the course, all the equipment and tools students have to purchase, safety vaccinations, and drug tests.
TWO PERSPECTIVES Phoenix’s second women’s march took place Jan. 21, thus stirring up the debate about...
PRO- KATELYN REINHART
Banners call for change as women march through streets in protest. Celebrities wear all black in calm solidarity at the Golden Globes to speak out against sexual assault. Feminism has become one of the most emotionally charged issues of the decade. Many people claim that women’s problems have been solved in the United States; their movements for equality should have ended when they got the right to vote. However, the push for justice is still necessary. Globally, women make up around 3.6 billion of the population. Out of these, 15 million girls are expected to become child brides each year. Women in Saudi Arabia have just this year been granted the ability to drive. While women have acquired many undeniable victories, there is still much work to be done. For example, in 2005, an average of three women a day were killed by their spouses. How could anybody not be infuriated at the fact that women experience about 4.8 million intimate partner-related physical assaults and rapes every year? When the Justice Department estimates that one in five women will experience rape or attempted rape during their college years, the need for a modern feminist movement is clear. Another reason women continue to speak out is the continued inequality in politics. The fact remains that out of all 43 presidents in America, none have been female. Regardless of personal opinion, Hillary Clinton was the closest that women have ever been to the presidential title, which is why thousands of women took to the street after the election to register their protest. A popular misconception about the modern feminist movement is that it attacks men. However, the crazy few often speak louder than reasonable majority, especially in such emotionally charged debates. There are women who have held their hand over their heart, cried for equality among sexes, and then viciously attacked men for being men. Those women do not represent the movement of modern feminism. The goal is and has always been equality among men and women, and those who preach violence and blame against all men are defying the very philosophy they speak for. Another issue is that some perceive that the modern feminist movement excludes conservative women. This is seen in women’s marches, general media, and rallies. And indeed, the election of President Trump has been polarizing. Once President Trump was elected, people of all political parties were outspoken about their opinions, positive or negative. There is hope, however, with Ivanka Trump. As a businesswoman and advisor to the president, she is a public supporter of women's rights as well as a conser-
vative Republican, though she often remains tight-lipped about her own political views. This is a strong woman who has advocated for equality, and yes, she was raised by President Trump. Modern feminism is not perfect, especially with people speaking for the group as a whole that do not represent the movement. The movement is not filled with hate for anything but the fact that even now, there are women in the world who do not have basic rights.
Armed with stethoscopes and dressed in blue, high school students are pursuing their Certified Nursing Degrees through a Paradise Valley Community College program.
Maja Peirce discusses Matt Blackert’s passion for film and skating, as well as his tie between the two.
“The push for justice is still necessary.”
Nurses call the shots
OING into the medical field takes time, hard work, and dedication, with some students beginning to work towards their careers as early as high school. Maricopa County sponsors a certified nursing program in operation since as early as the 1980s. The program was originally run through 10 different sites, geographically, but now there are only eight community colleges in Maricopa County. Students at Cactus Shadows register for the course through Paradise Valley Community College, however classes are held on the Cactus Shadows campus. “This is the cheapest way to get an associate of science degree in nursing and become a registered nurse,” said Professor Rose, the nursing programs’ instructor. Nursing classes are held every day during fifth and sixth period in room 403. The class is made up of lectures, which are every Monday through Wednesday, but also contains skill labs every Thursday and Friday, which allow students to practice hands-on techniques and procedures, such as how to properly care for patients and use basic medical equipment. In the lab room, there is a realistic dummy that can breathe, blink, sustain a pulse, and perform many more human-like behaviors, which students use to practice on. Aside from using the mannequin, students also practice on each other, performing skills such as taking and recording blood pressure, pulse, and respiration rates. They learn how to properly feed, bathe, and dress the sick and elderly, along with other essential skills, like helping them out of bed, brushing their teeth, and other
With over 100 videos on his YouTube channel, and various connections with skaters and musical artists, Blackert has built a budding film career. He plans on following in the footsteps of Hunter and Buster, O’Shea, Jackson Casey, Eric Danescu, Brian Masterson, Cole Bennet, and Nicholas Jandora. “I mostly want to direct my focus onto doing something fresh and new that impacts another filmer to potentially incorporate into their style,” said Blackert. The desire to contribute to as many genres and styles of film drives Blackert’s aspirations and moves him to nurture long lasting relationships with clients and friends. “I chose Matt for several reasons, mainly because he’s a good friend before anything and I trust him completely so that helped a lot with the decision making. He’s also a very nice guy, very down to earth, loves doing what he does and you can just vibe off his energy on set. He brings a very creative mindset to the table and I find it extremely unique,” said Barlow. Blackert has fabricated a network and business of producing and directing skate films and now, music videos. These elements add up to create a successful visual artistry in his performance.
intrigue FEBRUARY 2018
february ALL KINDS of gems and rocks were available for purchase at the Tucson show. Among the most popular was opal.
Building a Career
Kickflips and cameras
ACADEMY AWARDS On March 4, Jimmy Kimmel will host the 90th annual Academy Awards, or Oscars. The nominees were announced on Jan. 3.
ABIGAIL NOSAN, a sophomore
The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show has officially begun, bringing in people from all over the world. Katelyn Reinhart recounts the details of the event.
Since skate videos are typically centered around the tricks and less on the edits and cuts made in the footage, Blackert enjoyed the idea of shooting music videos. It was a more creative way for him to develop his style in the editing room. “Matt is the most understanding person ever. I could tell him a general idea of what I want and he would nail it better than I envisioned. The vision for the Revenge video, which is the project we most recently worked on, was all about trippy visuals. I knew his editing skills were top notch so I wanted to use that to my advantage for the project,” said Aaron Barlow, also known as Terner, a local rapper to the Phoenix area.
“I’m currently listening to Migos’ new album. My favorite artist would be Oh Wonder; I like a lot of different music, but I was drawn to Oh Wonder because their sound is so unique,”
Minerals rock Tucson
HUMANS OF CACTUS SHADOWS
Feminism, a term used by many, but understoo streets and cheer vulgar sayings, all in the name However, if you are a pro-life woman, count yours you unfit. Likewise, utter the word Trump, and you ing your mind. Feminists act under a platform of respecting everything in between, but all of that is a lie. M exclusionary culture, filled with hate instead of lov are some of the most discriminatory our nation ha Let's rewind a bit, and head back to Jan. 21, one Trump. Women took to the streets in cities all phrases, threatening the President, and most of all of the phrases so tasteless, they would be inapprop women who support Trump, this display was alien Feminists, instead of focusing on legitimate issue East, spend too much time focusing on Presiden indeed won against a woman in the election, and tion of feminism has nothing to do with him. Spe ment to be truly feminist, there should be a place f Another issue that taints the current feminis ket hatred of men. As much as the modern day f “equality,” they often choose to attack men, and des take advantage of women, get paid more, and sex. This stereotype is where feminists not o where they lose half of the population’s sup To clarify, nothing is wrong with sprea about, but where it does turn wrong is women only in fact empowers some. In supporters, they should be reachin those of all backgrounds and beliefs, because the definition of feminism is the advocacy of
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How relevant is the feminist movement in today’s NATHAN OLARI, JUNIOR
WSARA WINDOM FEBRUARY 2018 intrigue
“Women get $0.77 per $1 that a man makes... it’s harder for them to get higher positions in companies and how women are treated differently, but I also believe that men and women are both of equal opportunity.”
COLIN SALIBA, JUNIOR “I think the movement has changed for the worse since the sixties. It’s started to just target men instead of figure out what’s wrong.”
SARA PAU SOPHOMO
“I’ve noticed that I’m tre differently from men in a l places, like in the classr or at home with my bro He’s allowed to do m things because just be guy means a lot of situa wouldn’t be dangerous for like they would for
M Lemon Aid
Get to know the man who serves lemonade for a good cause
ix, pour, repeat. Creating something sweet from something sour, dubbed the “lemonade man” by students, Gregory Lousignont sells sweet drinks after school hours. “I see him all the time and he always waves. I haven’t stopped there, but I always make a point to wave back. You really have to be ready for it, sometimes you’re driving by and almost pass him before you can get the wave back,” said Jeremy Valentini, a senior. Lousignont has no set price for his product, instead, he goes entirely off of donations that he then gives to charity. “There’s a number of different charities. The Phoenix Children’s Hospital is one, St. Jude’s, breast cancer research, Lymphoma Leukemia Society. There’s a few more in there, but I kind of pick and choose. The last one I did was Time’s Up,” said Lousignont, as he cut a lemon into a wedge. Donation to charity is a big priority for Lousignont, but human connection is another. He has many locations for his stand, and meets all kinds of people during his sales. While all of these social experiences may be nerve-wracking for some, Lousignont revels in it. “It fills a void with people that was put in by a lot of technology, and that kind of personal interaction with people over something as simple as lemonade really surprised me. I was actually really nervous when I started doing this but the reaction has been so positive that I got a lot more comfortable,” said Lousignont. After a student suggested the location by school campus, Lousignont’s lemonade stand gained popularity with parents and students. He both maintains repeat customers and greets new people each day. “I stopped by last semester and gave $2 for a cup. We talked for 10 minutes about how he wanted to expand his business with the stands, and he was a really cool guy,” said Tyler Fleming, a senior. As the lemonade stand gained popularity, Lousignont made a reputation for himself among students, with both his personality and his product.
“It has always been my favorite thing to do with Drama Club because of all the goofy things that happen when we're all sleep deprived,”
Katelyn Reinhart spotlight editor
Mackenzie Moller, 24 Hour Theater participant and member of drama club
IN THE SHADOW OF GREATNESS, members of
Drama Club have limited time to write a script, memorize lines, and put on a show from scratch.
Theater shoots for the moon
MAKING A DIFFERENCE, Gregory Lousignont has found a hobby in selling lemonade around the town of Cave Creek. However, Lousignont does not sell his lemonade for his own profit, he takes the money from lemonade sales and donates it to charity. He would also like to expand his stands to more spots around town.
Drama Club attracts viewers with annual 24 Hour Theater event. Sara Windom discusses the details of the theatrical tradition. intrigue MARCH 2018
ZACK SETTLES THE SCORE Zack Paul, a young musician, was chosen to compose the soundtrack for the student-led film Introspect from local production company Spaghetti Films.
WITH THE RIGHT NOTES, Zack Paul
tries out for title of Mr. Cactus Shadows. He uses his musical talents in many forms, such as writing songs and performing.
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Growing up unable to speak English, Romanian was Paul’s first language, which presented him with a challenge very early on. “I didn’t really have much of an option, I was kind of thrown into the English language. I didn’t know English going into kindergarten and first grade, but no one spoke Romanian. I just had to learn and movies and books helped me do that,” said Paul. Starting his music career in sixth grade, Paul joined his school band playing the French horn. He decided to turn his passion into a paying job, playing gigs wherever he can. “I really only started listening to music and playing after I heard Johnny Cash in the game Red Dead Redemption. Then I made my Pandora account and started listening and listening and spreading out,” said Paul. Having fallen in love with classical music, Paul felt inspired to further his knowledge of music. He joined the school jazz band as a sophomore and his love for music only grew. Becoming more involved was the key to his musical career as he began to write and learn all of the clockwork behind composing works of art. From many years of learning and practice, Paul has the ability to play the French horn, trombone, tuba, electric and acoustic guitar, bass, drums, mandolin, harmonica, piano, and sing. After establishing himself as a talented musician and writer, lifelong friend Jack Mehl came to Paul, seeking help with a
Almost empty Starbucks cups and pizza boxes line the green room, as a jam packed theater hosts students of all ages. Currently many lay passed out, making pillows out of jackets and beds of metal fold-up chairs, after hour 14 the participants are exhausted. Although the Fine Arts Center is quiet for now, the moment will not last for long. Through blood, sweat, and a lot of tears, 24 Hour Theater is an annual tradition for Drama Club that attracts many. “I wanted to do 24 Hour Theater to challenge myself. It's really exciting to perform in general, but adding such a short time limit and sleep deprivation means that you have to adapt,” said Maya King, a freshman who participated for the first time this year. Although King participated as an actor, students can involve themselves in a number of ways, ranging from writing and casting a scene, designing costume and makeup for a show, or running scene changes. Drama Club members started out the night immediately preceding a two-day dance show held in the auditorium, and got to work. “First, we have the actors audition, and then we start writing,” said Andrew Cupo, Drama Club adviser. Mackenzie Moller, a senior who has participated each
soundtrack for his short film. The short film Introspect is a tribute to Arizonan culture through the eyes of the main character, Emily. The film is based around her roots and love for her home, Phoenix, Arizona, and her artistic passion. “In writing the score, the first thing you need is the movie. Basically, you are merging two arts. You’re merging music and you’re merging screenplay. You have to make these things inseparable, they have to become one in the same. They work together to deliver one experience, one emotion,” said Paul. Paul and Mehl have been friends since eighth grade. The two sat at a park one day during the summer when Mehl presented the idea of making a movie. Mehl has kept his word over the past five years as Paul claims that the original idea that spawned that day is the exact film that he is working on now. He takes inspiration from a number of different artists such as Howard Shore, the composer of the score for The Lord of the Rings series. According to Paul, this trilogy is one of the best composed series of all time. “Being able to write music is a different art of its own. Being able to convey mood and tone just by ink on a page is like writing with words but now your words are pitches and intervals and chords and harmonies and the relationships between them,” said Paul. The aspiring musician plans to go to Northern Arizona University for the next four years to major in musical composition. His dream after college is to continue writing sound tracks for films and hopefully work with Mehl on more projects in the future.
of her four years in Drama Club, went out the same way she went in: as an actor. Although she has also worn the hat of tech director and costumer in previous years. “It has always been really fun when I've done it in the past. It is such an amazing experience to create a few mini shows in just one day,” said Moller. “It was really fun, but chaotic, like always. This year, I actually slept well, unlike a few times before. I felt like the shows were actually comprehensive, unlike past years where playwrights just write whatever. It seemed like this year they actually tried to make something entertaining and cohesive.” “Staying up 24 hours is worth it because of the experience. Each hour everyone slowly gets into the same moods, we all start out happy and excited and then suddenly it's 11 am and we're all irritable, and then we go into our "tech week" and everyone is pretending they're fine when they've clearly not slept and are trying to memorize lines like a maniac. It has always been my favorite thing to do with drama club because of all the goofy things that happen when we're all sleep deprived,” said Moller. Although her years of 24 hour theater have wrapped up, she hopes many others follow in her footsteps. Up next for Drama Club is the musical Into the Woods, which will be playing at the Fine Arts Center March 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17.
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The Marvel movie franchise expands with their new action film Black Panther, led by the newbie Creed director Ryan Coogler. The film marks 17 on Marvel’s growing film list, and will be the last Marvel movie to be released before the (somewhat) concluding Avengers: Infinity War. Black Panther is stocked full of some of Hollywood’s biggest stars including Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa or Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan as the villain N’Jadaka or “Killmonger”, Lupita Nyong’o as the undercover Nakia, Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, and many other notable actors. A quick synopsis (for the very few who may not know) of the film is that the transition of power from the now dead Wakandan king to T’Challa is challenged by a new foe, and he must join forces with Captain America: Civil War’s C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and some willing friends to take down those who threaten his country. This film was without a doubt one of the few Marvel movies I feel as though I could watch multiple times and still have that new, fresh suspense and excitement as the first time. Between the star-
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studded cast, there are no unnecessary characters--each character has their own purpose and meaning. Boseman, just as his other movies, floored me again in his way of delving deeply into his character. After watching the film, I honestly cannot imagine anyone else even being close to matching his portrayal as the comic character. The same goes for the other characters, as Jordan has a way of speech that is truly intimidating and truthfully made me teeth-grindingly mad at his villainous portrayal. As for the soundtrack, this movie has one of the best original songs I have ever heard in any movie. As a fan of movies that have famous musicians make the soundtrack of their movie, I also feel like this movie had the most connection between song and movie and each song I honestly listen to on the daily. With A-list artists such as the Weekend and Kendrick Lamar, the song pack a contemporary rap vibe. Originally, I did not think that the producers would include the songs in the film, or if they did that it would be at the wrong time and end up being cheesy. However, they managed to incorporate them really well and I loved it.
The costume department of this movie should get major kudos for their astonishing outfits. Every character had a distinct style, all featuring native African accents. They also managed to make rural outfits futuristic—reinforcing that high tech feel of the movie back into the outfits. Looking at this movie from afar, it was a great addition to the Marvel Universe and overall an entertaining film. However, there is one seemingly minor flaw I have to point out. There are a multitude of distinct lines, or something a character says at an important time, in the movie that were very poor and when should have had a serious vibe instead made me laugh. Seriously writers, it is not that hard to look at what you write and think about the audience’s perspective. Other than that however, I honestly have no other marks for this film. Well done Marvel. Olivia’s Opinion: Inner lower lip tattoos have NEVER been this cool. 7
HUMANS OF CACTUS SHADOWS “I play defense in soccer, and, last game, my keeper was sick. I was playing goalie, and one of my teammates got a concussion when a kid knocked him over. Our team was really angry; the rest of the game was pretty aggressive.” -Hunter McCulloch, a freshman
“I love running because it gives me time to think. I do track and I run the 400; I like it because it’s longer distance, so it’s not adrenaline the whole way, and you get a chance to get ahead if you’re behind. If I’m having trouble with family or I don’t know what to do with my friends, I get time to really think about it when I run.” -Marina Bender, a freshman
“I play golf; it’s fun to play with friends. My favorite part of the season was when we went to Flagstaff; we struggled a little bit at the tournament, but we had a good time. We’re a really hardworking team.” -Carter Forrest, a sophomore
“There are a lot more females skating now; skateboarding used to be all about boys. Especially when Tony Hawk became popular, skating was all ‘boys, boys, boys.’ But now, in the era we’re living in, a lot of girls are rising up not only to skate, but also rising up in everything. Women are coming out of their shells and really blossoming in the world.” -Alessandra Zamora, a senior
Staying on point in the pen business
herry blocks of wood sits sedentary on the lathe. A quick flick of the switch and the machine buzzes to life, sending the block twirling. From a hunk of lumber to a finely polished pen, Brian Faires, amateur wood worker and pen enthusiast, crafts his writing utensils from scratch.
MANNING HIS STATION, Brian Faires uses a lathe to craft his pens. A lathe is a tool that removes metals form a piece to give it a specific shape and size. 4KIERA RILEY 8
“I’m pretty sure when Brian is working on anything in my stats class, he looks at his pen and thinks, ‘Hey, I made this. And that’s awesome. And I’m awesome, so I can do this.’ Making pens is good for one’s self esteem,” said Kathleen Roberson, AP stats teacher. Faires began making pens about a year ago after exploring videos of the craft online. Since then, he has crafted over 50 pens, each one different from the last. “I was drawn to the craft because it seemed like something that wasn't too difficult to do but there would be a significant challenge in mastering it,” said Faires, whose process is in four steps. First is preparing the block, or the blank. But with any blank, the artist must measure, cut, and drill the block. From here, they insert and glue brass tubes and places the block on the lathe. This then feeds into the turning process. Wood workers use special tools to mold the block of wood into a tube shape while making sure to maintain the width at the ends. Once the wood takes on the imagined or ideal shape, it undergoes the sanding and finishing process to ensure a sleek shine. Finally, the pen
comes off the lathe and the different elements of the pen are squeezed together. “It is super rewarding to press all the pieces together and see it all finally come together because up until the very end it doesn't really resemble a pen at all,” said Faires. Faires’ attributes his interest to pen making to his background in math and engineering. “There's definitely a relationship between the two [engineering/crafting pens]. I think it stems from wanting to work with my hands and my affinity for problem solving, because both fields have a tendency to have some problems along the way that you have to solve,” said Faires. Although handmade pens can go for upwards of $400 online, Faires makes his to use for himself or give to friends, family, and teachers. “What I love about his pens is how obvious it is that he puts so much effort into each one of them. He has an amazing patience that makes him perfect for this hobby and the pride he feels from doing it is incredibly admirable to me,” said Jeannine Jones, a senior and friend of Faires. When Faires is not crafting pens, he is most likely building his own computers or wearing shirts displaying math and science puns. As for the future, Faires cannot take his lathe to college but plans to continue the hobby when he has the space for woodworking. Kiera Riley editor in chief
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COUNTING ON COLLENTINE In her career, Tandehl Collentine has done it all. Known as a coach, teacher, and role model, Faith Hasher discusses Collentine’s impact at school.
HAVE A SEAT Brandon Hagen, vocals and guitar behind Vundabar, squats while slashing a solo to their hit song $$$. Hagen did several solos, and even attempted a Boston accent during the set.
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and the resurrection of Jesus Christ himself aside, Vundabar still managed to capture the spotlight of April 1. Playing the Rebel Lounge, previously known as the Mason Jar, which hosted a variety of notable acts including Nirvana and Slayer, the band kicked off their set with various oohs, aahs, and giggles as they checked the mics. Then, a cold opening to Acetone, one of two singles released in Oct. prior to the debut of their sophomore album Smell Smoke in Feb. It was obvious Vundabar had proved themseleves the first time they hit Phoenix. Having toured only five months ago, opening for surf rock legends the Frights and up and comers Hockey Dad, Vundabar nearly sold out the entirety of their first headlining tour. After enduring two opening acts, It’s Embarassing, a band with a name that accurately describes their sound, and Ratboys, a Chicago based, soft indie sounding act on tour with Vundabar, the crowd grew antsy for the headliners. As Brandon Hagen (vocals and guitar), Drew McDonald (drums), and Grayson Kirtland (bass), WSARA WINDOM took the stage, the energy in the room immediately shifted. What was drowsy swaying and dull head nods to appease opening acts turned into shaking, shuffling, and full on diving to Vundabar’s beat. The trio had a fully charged power, something almost unimaginable for most bands just hitting the month mark of tour, and the audience ate it up. Almost halfway into the set was a perfect rendition of one of Vundabar’s most recognized songs, Oulala, prompting the crowd to shout along back to them. Fast beats and funky time signatures made their songs especially fun to chant, dance and listen to. Watching them perform such intricate songs live, especially because Hagen was the sole guitarist playing insane leads while singing beautiful melodies. Wether it was just pure adrenaline or an influence Hagen was under, he gave a killer performance, and joked around inbetween sets about everything from being a horse to the giving a sopt-on Boston accent. Whatever inspired the comedy, it was well perceived, they even managed to crack up the sound engineer and their merch guy. Closing out the night involved Hagen putting on a Pharell-esque cowboy hat mid guitar rip, trying an auidence friendly dance, and McDonald circling the drumkit, playing while standing. The Vunda-folks did not disappoint, and actually shattered my high expectations for the evening.
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Papetti shows AmeriCorps values Jackie Papetti, a graduate of Cactus Shadows, joined AmeriCorps a little under a year ago and has been working around the country.
was taken care of, and I would even get paid while serving with them. It seemed like the total package so I applied and here I am now,” said Jackie Papetti.
“I was so so proud of her for choosing a path to help others in need,” said Gina Papetti, Jackie Papetti’s mother. AmeriCorps is a voluntary civil society program sponsored by the government that helps others in need.
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“I decided to apply to AmeriCorps NCCC when I was applying to colleges,” said Jackie Papetti. “I knew college was important and that I wanted to go, but I kept thinking there had to be something more I could do before I went back to school for another four years. I needed something that was productive but enjoyable, so I did some research and found AmeriCorps.” Once she learned about all of the benefits of the program, Jackie Papetti was unable to resist and sent her application in. “I knew I wanted to join when I read that you would travel for free, a new place to be every one to two months. Room and board
In AmeriCorps, people are placed into teams. In Papetti’s case, she was introduced to 12 other people from all over the nation ranging from 18-24 years old. “I met one of her teammates, Jared, in person and I’ve met most of her other team mates on FaceTime. Jared met my vision of what someone in AmeriCorps would be like. He was kind, thoughtful, considerate, and humble. Her other team mates fit that mold in my opinion as well,” said Rachel Papetti, Papetti’s sister. Throughout the months spent together, Jackie Papetti’s team created strong bonds and friendships after living in close quarters and working together to accomplish goals. “We did a whole month of prep before we were sent into the field. Now, my team, Delta 4, has been to eight states,” said Jackie Papetti. So far they have served with five different non-profits, and plan on working with two
more before their term is finished. “We have done all types of service from painting homes for low-income families to clearing out an abandoned cemetery to working in a shelter after Hurricane Irma. We’ve stayed in South Beach Miami, Florida in hotels and cramped in cots in a small house in Columbia, South Carolina,” said Jackie Papetti.
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From paint jobs to stickers, a car is an extension of self. Can you match these students to their cars?
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O Sophia Cardinal, life without dance is absolutely pointless. Cardinal has been an avid dancer since the young age of 2, and is raising the barre as she takes on the world as not only a senior IB student but also an incoming freshman at Colorado State University. “Like most kids I originally did dance because I was forced to by my parents, but after a few years I ended up loving it and knew it was something I had to keep in my life,” said Cardinal. Cardinal is a versatile dancer, who practices ballet, jazz, hip hop, modern, and contemporary styles, crediting her success and growth as a dancer to her ballet teacher. “She has given me opportunities to teach and choreograph and do dances that I never thought I would get to experience. I wouldn't be where I am today as a dancer without her,” said Cardinal. Cardinal’s dedication and passion for dance shines through everyday, with a hectic dance and school schedule, it is a tricky balancing act to manage. Between practicing five days a week for four to five hours each day, plus extra rehearsals when competitions are approaching, she spends much of her days devoted to the art. “Sophia is very hardworking. In order to be successful in IB dance she has completed all the assignments of her peers in the honors company and the additional requirements for the IB component. Sophia goes above and beyond by choreographing pieces outside of those assigned for our shows,” said Elissa Ericson, a dance teacher. Since sophomore year, Cardinal has participated in productions put on by the various dance classes, and began helping choreograph this year. Within the past year Cardinal choreographed solos and duets for herself and other dancers. “Whenever I am dancing with Sophia, there's a connection that can't really be explained. But it is always so much fun dancing with her. It helps being super close friends too, which makes dancing with her even better and easier. It’s a great feeling dancing with your best friend,” said Alanna Hallsted, a fellow dancer. When Cardinal is not dancing, she attends Prima Dance Arizona, where she takes multiple classes and competes in competitions throughout the country. As the door slowly closes on Cardinal’s high school dance career, a new one opens at Colorado State University, where she plans to double major in dance and business. After college, Cardinal hopes to dance professionally with a contemporary company and choreograph pieces for studios and professional companies.
READY PLAYER ONE Steven Spielberg lands another box office hit with Ready Player One, released on March 29 as an adaptation of Ernest Cline’s novel of the same name. Ready Player One takes place in dystopian 2045, where a virtual reality video game called the Oasis has taken over the lives of nearly every civilian. When the public is informed of the Oasis creator’s death, and how he left an easter egg where its finder will be the new owner of the game, it sends society into a free for all. Years pass, but when the protagonist, Wade Watts or “Parzival” in the Oasis, finds a lead towards the egg, the world sets out to find him, and some to kill him. One thing that stuck with me before even watching the film was how much of a lack of starpower there was from the get go. With this movie having the potential of being a legendary blockbuster, it was surprising to me how the only actor that I actually knew was T.J. Miller,
who starred in Deadpool, Cloverfield, and TV show Silicon Valley. Miller is just a side character, with main character, Parzival, played by Tye Sheridan and Art3mis (Artemis), played by Olivia Cooke. Sheridan is noticeable from X-Men: Apocalypse, and Cooke from Ouija, but apart from those films, the two actors have no major accomplishments in the film or TV industry. The lack of starpower, however, did no foul on the quality of the acting or film itself. In fact, the actors in this film have jump started their career with how talented they were in the film. An interesting fact about the film that some may not know is that it is not just animation from an animated movie standpoint, but rather each of the actors seen in the Oasis are acting in 3D motion capture. This means they each wear a bodysuit with targets on them and act out the scenes as they normally would, but computer generated images or CGI around them they use the tracking the computers pick up from the targets and animated them into a scene.
This takes extreme practice and lots of retakes to get everything to look just right-3D motion capture is meant to look like reality. Because of this, the movie is meant to be seen in 3D, or even better IMAX 3D. I have been fortunate enough to see the movie twice, once in IMAX 3D and once in regular digital. In IMAX 3D, you see the film as it was intended, and it feels like the audience is truly in the Oasis. There are things I notice in 3D that I could not in regular-- the amount of detail they put into this film is astonishing. Something else I thoroughly enjoyed in this movie was how nostalgic it was. No, I was not born in the ‘80s, but I love the pop culture from that decade, and the entire movie is practically based on ‘80s references. From the soundtrack to the script to each plot point, everything has a retro theme to it because the creator of the Oasis, James Halliday played by Mark Rylance, was born in the decade and was obsessed with its culture. Honestly it made the whole movie more enjoyable because
without it, the film may have been too futuristic yet lacking any charm. When it comes to the negatives, I have one and one alone. I remember first seeing the original trailer and loving it, however I quickly pointed out the film’s demise, including any virtual reality game/movie out there. Directors, video game creators, and anyone working with virtual reality always forget one key point-objects exist in the real world: you cannot have virtual reality on the same plane as Earth because people would run into buildings, into traffic, anything. Also, if it is an alternate dimension to earth, then it would have to be scaled the same, which is never the case. Ready Player One is definitely a good time, and a must see for video game fans, 80s kids, or anyone ready for a two hour CGI thrill ride. Olivia’s Opinion: 2045, a.k.a. the year of everyone becoming cross eyed or blind.
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“Collentine is dedicated to the team and the athletes. She tries the athletes in different events to see where they would compete best in.”
it’s a vundaful life Rock up-and-comers Vundabar played the Rebel Lounge on April 1.
moving to the high school,” said Collentine. ANDEHL Collentine is a teacher, Collentine is very passionate about coachmother, and the coach for the track and ing, going to practice five days a week as well as field team. Collentine is head coach for attending 12 hour track meets on Saturdays. her fourth year, mother of two children, Every Sunday, Collentine has a track program and teacher for the past eight years. for young kids in the area, where she teaches “Collentine them the basics of track. is dedicated to “Up so far north we do the team and not have a track program the athletes. so having Kids on Track She tries the exposes the kids to the athletes in difsport to show them that ferent events to there is more to track see where they than just running. It is also would compete my way of giving back Jeric Schneider, a junior and track athlete. best in,” said to the community,” said Jeric Schneider, Collentine. a junior and track athlete. Collentine is also a health and Physical For the past three years, Collentine has lead Education teacher. Half of the day Collentine is the distance team, but this year she switched in her classroom teaching and the other half she back to coaching sprints. She is an all around is in the gym coaching. coach who coaches any event during the track “Collentine is more personal in the classseason. room. She interacts with the students instead of “I played sports all throughout high school just lecturing at them. She relates with us and and college, so coaching was just always in my it keeps us engaged in the class,” said Marina future. Even when I was student teaching, I Bender, a freshman. was coaching. I got my first track coach job at On top of being a coach and teacher, Sonoran Trails Middle School, and taught for a Collentine is a mother, with a child due at the year before end of June.
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“I like to read and do yoga. I figured yoga would be the easiest [activity]. I’ve been doing it about seven to eight months, probably. It’s usually easier to do it at my house so that I don’t have to drive, but sometimes I’ll go to the place next to Whole Foods. I think there’s a lot of interesting things that you can read, and I like seeing different stories being told not necessarily always in a film. My favorite book is Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood.”
BELLA SAYEGH, junior “This summer I’m going to Bolivia as an exchange student thing, I’ll be going to Bolivia for two weeks for a Spanish and medicine program where we go to hospitals, treat patients. I definitely want to go to Florida because I was born a Gators fan, but definitely, probably [study] at the UK, get a sexy British accent. I’ve just always wanted to help people, I’m a people person, I love talking to people.“
RUSSEL LIBERMAN, sophomore
“My favorite class at school is math. I don’t know why, I just like the teacher, O’Brien. I haven’t had him before this year, but we had Roberson before, but she left us for him, so we got him. I do basketball at school, it [the season] this year was good.”
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Jackie Papetti’s daily life in AmeriCorps varies depending on the project she’s working on. Currently residing in Macon, Mississippi, she works from 9-5 on weekdays. When she was stationed in Key West, Florida directly after Hurricane Irma hit, Jackie Papetti and her team worked longer hours and weekends. “After my term with AmeriCorps I plan on attending a university in Washington, along with someone I met on my team. NCCC provides you with a $5,920 education award at the end of your service, so I’ll use that to go to school next fall,” said Jackie Papetti. Jakcie Papetti is happy with her choice to take a gap year.
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New age radio Podcasts have become the new happy medium between radio and streaming services for smart phones. By BROOK BOWMAN g staff writer
“When the week was done, I was a bit underwhelmed. I knew that I did not have a huge dependence on social media to begin with, but I surprised myself at how easily I was able to give up apps like Instagram.”
SOCIAL OUTCAST? Would a week with social media make me a ...
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“This no social media thing is going to kill me,” I sent to my friend in a Snapchat message. When I saw the article idea on the board, I welcomed the challenge and volunteered right away. Maybe it was for self-discovery, maybe it was just me being a teenager and trying to prove that I was not obsessed with Instagram. Either way, the results surprised me. I put all of my social media apps in a separate folder on my phone, and they remained unopened for an entire week. Before I started, I needed a clear definition of what qualifies as social media. Facebook and Instagram were obvious no-go’s, but video media such as YouTube remained on the nice list. My only concern was with Snapchat, where I do the majority of my messaging, as well as read news articles. With a frown on my face, I accepted that Snapchat would have to go in the “do not
touch” folder. Out of all of the apps kept in that folder, Snapchat was the most difficult to stay away from. Giving away my username and password to my boyfriend so he could keep up my streaks was a mundane source of calm. I went into the week with no worries and an instinct to Snapchat message people instead of using actual text, but I felt relatively confident. The first few days were rough, but not in an obsessive way. I saw how many times I would usually pull out my phone and scroll through Instagram in dull moments and there were a few absent-minded close calls. It was less about needing to see other people’s posts or sending things to my Snapchat story, but more about breaking a habit. Surprisingly, Instagram was an easy habit to break. Maybe it’s because I follow mostly shops and very few people, but Instagram did not put up much of a fight to stay at the forefront of my mind. The one thing that I actually found difficult in my week without social media was the
lack of instant information. I found out that Stephen Hawking died from a class discussion the next day, and I could not help but sit in the classroom and resent that everyone had known about it but me. Through the week, a general lack of information was the only thing I really missed out on. When the week was done, I was a bit underwhelmed. I knew that I did not have a huge dependence on social media to begin with, but I surprised myself at how easily I was able to give up apps like Instagram. I thought I would struggle my way through the week and discover that yes, I actually do have an unhealthy dependence on validation through likes and comments. None of that proved true. I went into the week wanting to learn more about myself and my relationship with social media, and I exited the week with the feeling that I could have gone a lot longer without it. Aside from the availability of current events, I can honestly say I surprised myself at how much I did not need social media to get through the week.
In 2014, the Serial, an investigative journalism podcast, kicked off the podcast boom around the world. Now, podcasts have become a new, popular form of digital audio media that allows people to listen to content while on the go, at home, or for fun with millions of different genres to choose from. “I think podcasts can be a really engaging format for learning and listening about specific topics of interests,” said Jacob Bombaci, a history teacher. Sean McGregor and Ryan Bartholomew, freshmen, have joined in on the fun by creating This Creeker Life, a podcast for the CSPress online. Each week, they put out a new podcast that discusses topics like the Academy Awards, Food in Cave Creek, and New Years Resolutions. “It’s fun for us to be able to do something we like for a grade in our class. It’s interesting to see the work that goes into creating content,” said McGregor. According to Entrepreneur Magazine, 68 million people between the ages of 18 to 34 listen to podcasts on a monthly basis, which is about one in four people across the United States. With a new form of media comes a new form of advertising. In 2017, advertisers spent 220 million dollars in sponsorships without any data on whether people were listening to the ads. Apple recently launched Apple’s Podcast Analytics which will help advertisers and producers of podcast understand what listeners are listening to. “Podcasts have probably gained so much popularity because they are easy to listen to. Just like music, you can listen to them on your phone on any streaming platform, which brings in a lot of advertisers,” said Bartholomew. Since the attention from Serial, This American Life, and the Joe Rogan Experience, many other types of genres like comedy, news, or storytelling have risen from iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, or Stitcher With only a year of data, Wired Magazine reported that Apple’s analytics show that over 90 percent of listeners are listening to the each full episode without skipping any ads. This makes podcasts the new gold mine of the digital age.
me that I am able to compete at this level.”
sport. It is nearly a quarterhurdling coach. mile long, all-out sprint, with STATE CHAMPIONS eight 36 inch tall hurdles on Marchica is not the only star the way to the finish line. hurdler on the track team, but is This event requires a lot of Michael Marchica, senior actually followed close behind speed-endurance and good track athlete. by Logan Hasher, a sophomore. form to get over the hurdles The two know each other very as fast and efficiently as poswell and feed off of each other sible. to perform at their best. They have been train“It’s exciting to me that I am able to compete ing together for two full seasons now. at this level and I can’t wait to see what I’ll do in “We do a lot of the same workouts together. It the future,” said Marchica. helps a lot to have someone to push off of,” said Marchica closed his senior season with a Hasher. gold medal at state and a personal record of Now that the 2018 season is over, Marchica 38.86 seconds, only 0.08 seconds off the school will be focusing on staying in shape and trainrecord, which he ran in the state finals. To give ing for his next season in college. He has been an idea as to how fast that is, the Arizona State discussing scholarships with the coach at record for that event is 36.24, making him only Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. a couple seconds off.
IN THE CLEAR, Michael Marchica leads the pack in the 110 hurdles race at a home meet. Steven Dodd, hurdles coach, awarded Marchica the Most Valuable Player award for the 2017-2018 season. 4 KAYLEIGH RHEA
PAINT BALLIN’ OUT
Katelyn Reinhart discusses the schematics and intrigue of paint ball. ASIDE FROM THE STEADY inhale and exhale of a group, a loading room is silent. People stand inches away from each other, nerves building and guns pointed. For most people, getting shot is an event from a nightmare. However, getting shot is a typical occurrence for paint ballers.
THE RULES OF THE GAME A sport for the adrenaline junkie, paint ball caters to all kinds of people. From nervous beginners to experienced players with thousands of dollars poured into their equipment, the games are split into teams at random. There are two rules in paint ball that must be obeyed in order to win: be quick and avoid getting shot. “I think everyone starts off a bit nervous, and there’s a really big adrenaline rush to it. It’s the kind of thing where you get better the more you do it,” said Colin Dooley, a senior and paint baller.
A TEAM SPORT Known for it’s team building attributes, paint ball has built up a sense of community among players. From entry
level players to near-experts, participants gather before a match until the alarm rings for the round to begin. This time allows players of all kinds to connect before and during the match. “Everyone who does paint ball is super friendly and up for anything, so you know that you’ll make friends when you go. It’s almost like it’s a requirement to play the games,” said Robert Griffiths, a senior.
GETTING INTO THE GAME As people get more into the sport, it is not uncommon to see players with extremely expensive gear mixed into the rounds. Equipment can run anywhere from twenty to thousands of dollars, with some electing to spend money on thicker gear, rapid-fire paint ball guns, and elaborate masks. However, the equipment used does not always dictate the skill of the player. “You can absolutely pour your wallet into gear for paint ball, but you don’t necessarily need to in order to get good. There is an incentive when you buy some nicer stuff because you bond
morning air taps shoulders of customers as they browse through booths. One carries cacti jams, another shines in the light as a vendor lifts a bracelet to demonstrate it’s color. Tents are strewn about and people of all ages to gather to see the last assembly of the North Scottsdale Farmers Market of the season. Opening weekly, the North Scottsdale Farmers Market was held at the General store on Pinnacle Peak road. Vendors such as Precious Sauces and The Jojoba Beef Company unpacked and sold their goods every Saturday, running on good vibrations and positivity. “I started this market after I went on a trip to Kauai and there was such a sense of family at the farmers markets there. Everyone came to get what they needed and it was really special, and I wanted to bring that atmosphere here,” said Lori Cordova-Benson, who runs the market. Branching out to local talent as well as vendors, this farmers market has
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the buzz of new students, adjustments to a new schedule, and a new disciplinary program titled Pride Academy. Aiming to be an alternative to in-school suspensions, Pride Academy is set up with good intentions but a lackluster execution. For as long as teenagers have existed, schools have taken preventive measures to ensure students make the right decisions for themselves. This includes seminars ranging from bland to passionate, educational videos, and pleas from schools themselves. However, despite the whir of “do not,” messages, teenagers often take the action they know best: they do. In this new program, students who would have gotten a suspension and missed school are instead placed into instructional time in which they are shown informative videos and given to get caught up on class work. Instead of missing school days entirely, students are participating in the Pride Academy program at school when they would have been at home. The days are split into three sections, with the first being social and self improvement skills, the second focusing on the offense itself, and the third is time for students to finish coursework from classes they miss. However, many students who are in the Pride Academy program for non-drug issues are spending a third of their day listening to lectures that do not apply to their offense. Along with that, previous school efforts of discussing social issues have fallen extremely flat, leading to another wasted section of the day. While it is currently undecided on exactly what offenses would warrant involvement of Pride Academy, tardies and absences make up a great deal of disciplinary action. People who are made to participate for these reasons are spending a great deal of their day listening to lectures that have no relevance instead of participating in class discussion, leaving them no better off than they would be with a regular suspension or Saturday school. By instituting these in-school suspensions, decisions on disciplinary actions are also taken away from the parents. When it comes to raising children, parents should have the ultimate say. By getting rid of regular suspensions, power is taken from the parents and given to the school. With a generalized program suited to fit everyone, Pride Academy struggles where parents do not: personalization. In a school where hundreds of kids are getting in trouble for hundreds of different reasons, administrators have no chance of disciplining students in a way that will leave an impact on individual people. Not every student will need a lecture on being kind and respectful, not every student will need a lecture on the harms of cocaine. Schools may not know who needs what, but parents know exactly what will apply to their children. Pride Academy will struggle because it swaps specificity with generalization in discipline, and students who participate will do the same things they’ve done in previous programs: daydream.
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AT HIS HOME, Colin Dooley practices his paint ball skills. Dooley is an avid paint ball player and often goes out to play with friends at places like Splatter Ranch on Scottsdale and Jomax road. 4KATELYN REINHART
with other paint ballers over gear, and having some nice stuff inspires you to play more,” said Dooley. While many students have gotten involved, paint ball has left a unmistakable splatter in family life. For many parents, paint ball has proved to be a well-received bonding experience. “I used to take my boys and their friends, and it was a blast to get everyone out there. It was an experience you can’t get anywhere else,” said Roger Gannon, a Cave Creek parent. With people of all ages and experiences, paint ball is a sport that offers something for everyone, from expensive gear to paint splatters.
given many a place to grow in skill or test out a new product. Supporting and encouraging the local youth has proved to be a priority for CordovaBenson, as local students have participated in the market as well. “I got involved through mutual friends, and I’m really glad I’ve been able to play there. It’s pretty relaxed and you can tell everyone is having a good time,” said Carter Homan, a junior and piano player at the market. With the plethora of vendors and talents, many students have found the market to be a standout weekend event. “Farmers markets are always really interesting and fun, and this was no different. There’s something about getting a bunch of people together for a market like this that you can’t really find anywhere else,” said Lydia Meredith, a senior. While the market has come to a close for the season, it has reached out to members of the community and offered experiences and products that will leave an impact until its next arrival.
Directing brothers Anthony and Joe Russo lead the third installment in the Marvel’s The Avengers film series, Avengers: Infinity War. Infinity War takes place after every Marvel movie before it, at the pinnacle of conflict within the universe. Thanos, seen as the most powerful being in the universe, is coming to steal the six Infinity Stones in hopes to use them to carry out his evil plans. Marvel characters then team up in an epic group to attempt to take down the purveyor of the downfall of life as they know it. Having directed both of the other Avengers films, the Russo brother’s cohesive and consistent vision and style is seen throughout Infinity War as it is in the others. This film in particular had a major challenge--trying to fit in upwards of 30 significant characters. I think the Russos did all they could to even out the screen time of the different characters, and cleverly split the main characters into multiple distinct groups as to allow as many characters into one shot as possible. There is no lack of good acting in Infinity War. I had high hopes coming into the movie since I was already familiar with each actor from previous films, and was not disappointed from an acting 12
LIKE BEES TO HONEY, visitors of the market found products of all kinds. Among the vendors was Dragan Pecic of Carefree Honey. With everything from lavender honey to pollen, Pecic brought something sweet to the market. 4KATELYN REINHART
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standpoint. The only acting that I was unsure about was that of Josh Brolin and his character Thanos. He, in my opinion, is the most normal, yet horrible villain there has ever been in the Marvel Universe from a film standpoint. Thanos’s character makes the viewer both understand and feel for him yet also want him to be defeated for how horrible he is. I am actually glad that some catastrophe happened in the film. One thing that Marvel has hesitated to do, due to possible fan outbreak and lack of attendance at future Marvel films, is to do anything in finality. They stray away from killing off any characters or destroying anything special permanently, so they do semi-permanently bad things as to cause conflict, yet they never have anything bad happen that will stay that way. Infinity War differed, as it had some heart crushing events happen that even new Marvel fans knew were final. With incredible CGI and facial tracking technology, Infinity War paves the way to how far technology in movies can go. However, the extensive amount of animation may have have been to distract the viewer from the bad aspects of the film. The most prominent aspect being the Scarlet Witch’s negligence by screenwriters. Played by Elizabeth Olsen, Wanda a.k.a the Scarlet Witch is
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
honestly the most powerful character in the immediate Marvel universe. Every time they give her screen time, she destroys the enemy faster than anyone else. Wanda is hardly seen in the film, perhaps due to most of the screen time given to more popular characters. The other big problem I have with the film is the ending. Marvel has never had a bigger cop out to pull audiences in for the next movie than the end of Infinity War. Unlike everyone else in the theater who was crying, I sighed and crossed my arms. It is no lie that this Infinity War was legendary, and by my third time of watching it I realized how close the 2000s Marvel movie franchise is pulling to an end, and how desperate Marvel is for viewers. Overall, anyone who likes action movies should watch this epic throwdown, but if you are the type who cuts deep down into movies and their individual aspects like me, you may be slightly disappointed. Olivia’s Opinion: Someone had to spend at least two years just editing Thanos’s chin. Think about that.
MAY 2018 intrigue
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Katelyn Reinhart SKILLS Communication skills, good mediator, quick thinker and problem solver. Timely, empathetic and hard working.
EXPERIENCE Babysitting 2015- present ●
Gained experience in child care
Communication with parents and family
Adaptability in scheduling
Kiwanis, Carefree — Intern/writer 2017- present ●
Working with a team
Petsitting, Scottsdale/Cave Creek 2015 - present ●
Farmers Market North Scottsdale — Entertainment/performer 2017-present ●
Managing a tight schedule
Quick setup and cleanup of equipment
Working under pressure
EDUCATION Cactus Shadows High School 2014-2018, Cave Creek Took Honors English classes, writer and editor of the CS Press (school newspaper) for three years. GPA of 3.39
Paradise Valley Community College 2016-2018, Cave Creek Acceptance into the Puma College Connections Program, accumulated almost a year’s worth of college credit while in high school. Taken classes from Communications to Biology, 3.79 GPA
REFERENCES Lori Hart (CS Press advisor):(602)541-0054 Lori Cordova-Benson (Farmers Market): (602)999-9645 Brooks Warner (Babysitting):(203)509-3722 Jen Warner (Babysitting):(203)499-7114