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In this section “You’re a Good Man, GALS Club creates young scientists, Charlie Brown” gender equality excels, as expected

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“The Man with the Iron Fists� amuses despite directorial issues BY DYLAN FAIR ARTS EDITOR

properly and simply leaves the viewers confused as to what they are watching. Someone who created a multiAnother shortcoming of the million dollar career from a rap ÂżOPLVDODUJHJDSLQDFWLQJDELOgroup entitled The Wu-Tang Clan LW\ DPRQJVW WKH FDVW 7KH ÂżOPÂśV should probably know something experienced actors, Crowe and about Kung-Fu movies. HowLiu, are clearly in on the tongueever, in “The Man with the Iron LQFKHHN DWPRVSKHUH RI WKH ÂżOP Fists,â€? Wu-Tang founder RZA’s They play their roles with a subexpansive knowledge of martial tlety that shows they are not takarts culture is impeded by his ining the movie too seriously. experience as a director. However, many of “The Man $VWKHÂżOPÂśVGLUHFWRUFRZULWHU with the Iron Fistsâ€? less notable composer and lead actor, RZA’s actors, including RZA, play their style and ambition is clearly visroles far too seriously for an overible in his directorial debut. Still, WKHWRS.XQJ)XĂ€LFN “The Man with the Iron Fistsâ€? is One component of movie procinematically confusing and reckduction that RZA has experience less due to RZA’s amateur work with is the score. He made his behind the camera. However, its mark scoring Tarantino’s Kungplethora of gratuitous violence Fu homage “Kill Bill Part 1â€? as and its amusing story elevate the well as the critically acclaimed ÂżOPWRDSRVVLEOHFXOWFODVVLF “Ghost Dog.â€? In “The Man with “The Man with the Iron Fistsâ€? the Iron Fists,â€? RZA boldly unfolds in the mysterious Jungle blends various musical genres, COURTESY SHOCKYA.ORG Village, a small town in rural Chimaking a sound track composed na. The citizens of Jungle Village TIGER STYLE: Wu-Tang Clan creator RZA spent over two years developing his project, “The Man with the Iron Fists.â€? RI UDS VRQJV ÂżW SHUIHFWO\ LQWR D are informed that a large ship- 'HVSLWHKLVODFNLQGLUHFWRULDODELOLW\WKHPRYLHLVVWLOOHQWHUWDLQLQJGXHWRLWVH[FHVVLYHVFHQHVRIYLROHQFH7KHĂ€OPLV Kung-Fu movie. ment of government gold will be DOVRFDUULHGE\5=$¡VH[SDQVLYHNQRZOHGJHRI.XQJ)XĂ€OPV “The Man with the Iron Fistsâ€? passing through the town. Jungle is essentially a bad movie gone Village’s most powerful groups, brothel owner Madame Blossom from his mentor, Quentin TaranDespite excessive violence, the good. However, RZA was uncomthe Lion, Hyena and Wolf clans, (Lucy Liu) and British mercenary tino, in crafting action sequences actual Kung-Fu scenes are held IRUWDEO\ FORVH WR ERWFKLQJ D ÂżOP all make plans to steal the lot for Jack Knife (Russell Crowe) also with almost laughable amounts of back by erratic camera work. he had been developing for over themselves. devise their own schemes to ob- carnage. Scenes of RZA punch- RZA implores a technique where WZR \HDUV :LWKRXW D VLJQLÂżFDQW The clans employ the town’s lo- tain the gold. ing out a man’s eye and Lucy Liu he divides the screen into comic improvement in directing ability, cal blacksmith, Thaddeus (RZA), The most notable component kicking someone’s head clean book-like panels to show multi- he won’t be so lucky next time. an escaped American slave, to of “The Man with the Iron Fistsâ€? off his shoulders are visuals that SOHÂżJKWVRUWKHSURJUHVVLRQRID “The Man with the Iron Fistsâ€? create their weapons for the up- is its abundance of bloodshed. epitomize the delightfully shock- scene from multiple perspectives. RSHQHGRQ1RY7KHÂżOPLVUDWcoming battles. Jungle Village’s RZA has certainly taken a page ing atmosphere. However, this device is not used ed R and playing nationwide.

“Wreck-it Ralph� proves enticing, heartfelt BY ARI HOWORTH STAFF WRITER

5XVK´ZKLFKSURYLGHVWKHÂżOPÂśV camera shows a view from outmost beautiful scenes, such as its side the videogame world. In reFOLPDFWLFÂżQDOUDFH,WÂśVDOVRVXS- ality, they are comically shown as Disney has hit a high score ported by one of the year’s best pixilated versions of themselves. with its recent release, “Wreck-it use of 3-D. The voice acting in the movie Ralph.â€? Its unique plot and interThe writing is thoroughly smart is perfect. Reilly and Silverman esting characters make it an en- and engaging. The viewer is al- lead the cast with emotional perJDJLQJDQGKHDUWZDUPLQJÂżOP ways entertained by the friendly formances. Similarly, every line “Wreck-it Ralph’sâ€? potent banter between Ralph and Von from McBrayer and Lynch is combination of intelligent writing Schweetz, as shown by their charismatically delivered. Alan and beautiful animation creates a childish nicknames for each oth- Tudyk is also a standout with his visually pleasing, touching, and er. Calhoun’s humor, on the other goofy, lisped role as King Candy, IXQQ\ ÂżOP ,WV VXEWOH UHIHUHQFHV hand, is derived from her serious the king of “Sugar Rush.â€? to video games and strong cast demeanor, making her one of the 7KH ÂżOP LV SUHFHGHG E\ WKH KHOSWRSODFHWKLVÂżOPDPRQJWKH most funny characters. EODFN DQG ZKLWH VKRUW ÂżOP Âł3Dyear’s best. 7KHÂżOPLVSDFNHGIXOORIYDUL- perman.â€? “Papermanâ€? uses a style “Wreck-it Ralph,â€? directed by ous videogame references, which of animation that combines handRich Moore, is the story of Ralph add to the humor and intelligence drawn and computer-generated (John C. Reilly), the villain in the of “Wreck-it Ralph.â€? Some of animation to set an emotional vintage arcade game “Fix-it Felix these may be too subtle for the tone for the movie that follows. Jr.â€? After deciding that he doesn’t average viewer, but even without “Wreck-it Ralphâ€? is a touching want to be a villain anymore, context these references still have ÂżOP WKDW LV HQMR\DEOH IRU DXGLhe leaves his game. He travels comedic value. These jokes allow ences of all ages. Its abundance through a variety of video games WKH ÂżOP WR LQFOXGH PDQ\ IXQQ\ of laughs and references keep it all located in the same arcade, and gimmicks. In one scene, the witty and entertaining. ends up in the racing game “Sugar characters meet in the “Pac-Manâ€? “Wreck-it Ralphâ€? is rated PG Rush.â€? There, he befriends Vanel- arcade game. Although all of the and is playing nationwide in 2-D lope Von Schweetz (Sarah Silver- characters appear normally, the and 3-D formats. man), a 12-year-old girl who is outcast by the other inhabitants in the game. Meanwhile, Fix-it Felix (Jack McBrayer), the hero in Ralph’s game, searches for Ralph with General Calhoun (Jane Lynch). &DOKRXQ LV IURP WKH ÂżUVWSHUVRQ shooter, “Hero’s Duty,â€? and is looking for a bug that has escaped from her game into “Sugar Rush,â€? which if not found will multiply and destroy the game. 7KHVWURQJHVWDVSHFWRIWKHÂżOP COURTESY WOMENSENEWS.COM is its animation, which is captivatLQJO\GHWDLOHG7KHÂżOPFUHDWLYHO\ POWER UP: Disney’s “Wreck-it Ralphâ€? tells the story of video game charactakes advantage of the colorful ters (from left) Vanellope Von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) and Ralph (John C. and intricate world of “Sugar Reilly). The movie’s creative animation makes it an instant pleaser.

Critic’s Take: Bond adapts to modern times BY ISAAC SIEGEMUND-BROKA STAFF WRITER He walks across the screen, turns and shoots—23 times to date. James Bond has been one RI WKH ZRUOGÂśV IDYRULWH ÂżOP KHroes for 50 years, shooting up bad guys since 1962’s “Dr. No.â€? Despite being a staple of the action genre, Bond, as well as the franchise he leads, is not bound to what he started as. James Bond was created as the stereotypical image of machismo in the 1960s, a martini-guzzling and perpetually smoking ladies man—he’s “Mad Menâ€? plus guns and a British accent. But it would be unacceptable to perpetuate this image of Bond into the 2000s. Consequently, James Bond needed to evolve. Though modern Bond maintains his suave gravitas, Daniel &UDLJ KDV GHÂżQHG KLP OHVV E\ D traditional blend of hedonism and stoicism and more by the emotional depth that has become more acceptable—desired, even—for the modern man. In “Casino Royale,â€? he falls in love, comforts his crying damsel in distress, and nearly loses it when she dies. The evolution of the Bond franchise, however, has not stopped ZLWK LWV SURWDJRQLVW %RQG ÂżOPV of the ‘60s and ‘70s allowed a decent degree of suspension of

GLVEHOLHI7KHUHZHUHVKDUNÂżOOHG swimming pools (“Thunderballâ€?), a giant with metal teeth (“The Spy Who Loved Meâ€? and “Moonrakerâ€?), and one scene where Bond attaches wings to his car so that LWFDQĂ€\ Âł0DQ:LWKWKH*ROGHQ Gunâ€?). But with Craig at the helm of the franchise, the series has taken a stronger hold on reality. Filmgoers have become much less accepting of slight suspension of disbelief. If the fantastical nature of a movie is made clear from the start, such as in “Avatar,â€? viewers do not judge WKH ÂżOP EDVHG RQ EHOLHYDELOLW\ Conversely, other popular action movies like the “Bourneâ€? trilogy take very little liberty in distorting reality. It’s rare that a modern ÂżOPIDOOVLQWRWKHPLGGOHJURXQG DVHDUO\%RQGÂżOPVGLG Case in point: “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.â€? Though garnered with decent critical reviews, the fourth ,QG\ÂżOPZDVFULWLFL]HGE\PDQ\ fans for a scene in which Jones survives a nuclear bomb by hiding LQDIULGJHDQGIRULWVÂżQDOVKRZdown, which involves aliens. 6R DV %RQG ÂżOPV DGDSW HVSHcially in the most recent addition, “Skyfall,â€? one shouldn’t take it as an unfortunate distortion of the “trueâ€? Bond mentality—the franchise, as well as its iconic hero, has shifted to portray what we, as the audience, want it to.


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Swiftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Redâ&#x20AC;? pleases fans with experimentation BY REBECCA HEXT STAFF WRITER

Beautiful Tragicâ&#x20AC;? include some of the best lyrics of the album and show off Swiftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s writing skills. With the quiet acoustic guitar and soft piano, listeners are able to focus more on her lyrics. In â&#x20AC;&#x153;All Too Well,â&#x20AC;? Swift sings the line, â&#x20AC;&#x153;so casually cruel in the name of being honest,â&#x20AC;? describing how much the truth can hurt. This is a premier example of Swiftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new-found ability to sing softer songs, like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teardrops on My Guitar,â&#x20AC;? without needing to bring in her love life. Swift also included collaboraWLRQVRQÂł5HG´WKHÂżUVWZLWK%ULWish singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything Has Changed,â&#x20AC;? and the second with Snow Patrolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

lead singer, Gary Lightbody, titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Last Time.â&#x20AC;? Although Swift has collaborated in the past, she has never included duets on her own albums. Swift is extending into the music industry. Even though she strays from her usual genre, Swift keeps her lyrics enjoyable. While each song has its own unique sound and message, Swiftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feelings can easily be felt through the lyrics in each track. Swift relays intense emotion through her songs, which is one reason she has so many fans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Redâ&#x20AC;? proves that Swift is taking chances with new sounds and genres. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Redâ&#x20AC;? is available in stores nationwide and on iTunes for $14.99.

Like many other musical artists, Taylor Swiftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love life has DOZD\VLQĂ&#x20AC;XHQFHGKHUVRQJZULWing and melodies. Swiftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest album, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Red,â&#x20AC;? released on Oct. 22, combines her heartbreak anthems, incredible song-writing talent and some new stylistic choices to create an entertaining album for fans. Swift released her self-titled debut album in 2006, and her second album, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fearless,â&#x20AC;? in 2008. Her third, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Speak Now,â&#x20AC;? released in 2010, sold more than 1 million FRSLHVZLWKLQWKHÂżUVWZHHN Instead of an entire album of break-up ballads, as per Swiftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s norm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Redâ&#x20AC;? utilizes a wider variety of styles than she has done in the past. Although the album does include some love songs, it also has popier tracks and some of 6ZLIWÂśV ÂżUVW FROODERUDWLRQV 7KLV new variety adds a uniqueness not seen before. Swiftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two hit singles from the album, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Are Never Ever Getting Back Togetherâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Knew You Were Trouble,â&#x20AC;? both show this new side. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Knew You Were Troubleâ&#x20AC;? exhibits a dubstep-style beat during the chorus, taking listeners by surprise. This new sound adds the perfect amount of spontaneity from her typical music to keep fans interested as she evolves as a musician. Swift keeps the tone upbeat for tracks â&#x20AC;&#x153;22â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stay Stay COURTESY CDN.IDOLATOR.COM Stay,â&#x20AC;? but slows it down a bit for her typical love songs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All Too NOT JUST SOME INDIE RECORD: Taylor Swift (above) captures her listenersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Well,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Treacherousâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sad attention as she experiments with new sounds on her latest album, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Red.â&#x20AC;?

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THIS IS THE PLACE: Sean Penn (above) plays Cheyenne, a Goth rocker who struggles to mend relationships with his father, in â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Must Be the Place.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Must Be the Placeâ&#x20AC;? charms BY ISAAC SIEGEMUND-BROKA ARTS EDITOR

more like a whimper, and most of his lines are uttered in a high whisper, as though he is afraid to Who knew lipstick and black be fully present in the world. clothes would be a good look for Sorrentino and Umberto ConSean Penn? Against all odds, Penn tarelloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s screenplay is hilarious pulls off a Goth rock aesthetic in in its absurd complexity. They â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Must Be the Place.â&#x20AC;? subtly break down the notion of Directed by Paolo Sorrentino, â&#x20AC;&#x153;homeâ&#x20AC;? while exploring the relaâ&#x20AC;&#x153;This Must Be the Placeâ&#x20AC;? is a tionship between individuals and thematic masterpiece guided by families. The narrative is dense Pennâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brilliant acting, beautiful with symbolic interludes, such as cinematography and a script as the spontaneous combustion of droll as it is perplexing. Cheyenneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s truck, which leaves â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Must Be the Placeâ&#x20AC;? the viewer pondering the chaotic, chronicles the self-discovery of inexplicable nature of the world. Cheyenne (Sean Penn), a washed7KH ÂżOPÂśV WLWOH LV D UHIHUHQFH up Goth rock icon. Cheyenne has to Talking Headsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; song â&#x20AC;&#x153;This unresolved issues with his Jewish Must Be the Place,â&#x20AC;? which is feafather, who never loved him after WXUHGEULHĂ&#x20AC;\LQWKHPRYLH'DYLG he joined the Goth subculture. Byrne, Talking Headsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; frontman, After his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death, Chey- has a minor acting role and also enne learns his father had spent FRPSRVHG WKH ÂżOPÂśV H[FHOOHQW the last few decades tracking score, which mixes rock tracks 66 2IÂżFHU $ORLVH /DQJH +HLQ] with discordant orchestral tidbits Lieven), the Nazi who humiliated to mimic the tension that permeCheyenneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father when he was ates Cheyenneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life. at Auschwitz. Cheyenne takes up â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Must Be the Placeâ&#x20AC;? is not WKHTXHVWLQÂżQGLQJ/DQJH a simple movie by any means, but Sean Penn brilliantly executes its ridiculousness keeps the thethe role of Cheyenne, whose awk- matic density from ever getting wardly reserved attempts to be dull or depressing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Must Be liked are simultaneously charm- the Placeâ&#x20AC;? is rated R and is playing and sad. His laugh sounds ing at select theaters.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re A Good Man, Charlie Brownâ&#x20AC;? shows vast talent of its cast BY DYLAN FAIR ARTS EDITOR The Mira Costa Drama Department has been a model of consistency and a staple of entertainment for the student body. After a twoyear hiatus from fall musicals, its newest production, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a Good Man Charlie Brown,â&#x20AC;? is a delightful return to form. Despite an unfocused and overly simplistic storyline, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a Good Man Charlie Brownâ&#x20AC;? is carried by the Drama Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s superbly talented leads. The charisma of the cast as a whole, in combination with its vivid, cartoonish set design and costumes, come together to create a charming and energetic production. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a Good Man Charlie Brownâ&#x20AC;? is composed of various adapted scenes from the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peanutsâ&#x20AC;? comic strip. The musical contains no over-arching narrative but, instead, is made up of a multitude of vignettes that exhibit the majority of notable â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peanutsâ&#x20AC;? FKDUDFWHUV VSHFLÂżFDOO\ &KDUOLH Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Sally, Linus and Schroeder. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Charlie Brownâ&#x20AC;? is carried by multiple charasmatic performances. Junior Matt Sena pulls off Charlie Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature selfloathing character while remaning lovable; Lucy (junior Sabrina Mongiello) carries herself with the same narcissism that made her

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YOUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;RE A GOOD SHOW: (From Left) Buster Baer, Matt Sena, and Sabrina Mongiello lead the Mira Costa Drama Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fall musical, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.â&#x20AC;? The show proves to be one of Costaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best recent productions and is thoroughly entertaining due to its talented cast, intricate set design, and cartoonish costumes. one of the most unique characters in the comic strip. Charlieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sister, Sally (sophomore Julia Mcdermott), and her pet dog, Snoopy (senior Matt Phillips), are both equally lovable and enjoyable. The most notable success of the production is an abundance of talent throughout the cast. Each ac-

tor and actress is brimming with skill. Mcdermottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance is perfect in her depiction of Sally. Her nasally, high-pitched tone garners laughs with every line spoken. Her posture on stage is especially adorable, and her incredibly awkward walk adds humor to her role.

Another strong characteristic of the play is its vibrant set design. The set is bursting with a plethora of colors. The artwork on the set encapsulates and resembles the unique comic book-style of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peanutsâ&#x20AC;? series. Every character in the production is well-dressed for the part.

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Mira Costa service clubs aid organizations everywhere Water the world: H20 For Life BY JULIA SHEETH STAFF WRITER More people die from drinking unsanitary water than all forms of violence combined, including war. Costaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s H20 For Life &OXE ÂżQGV WKLV XQDFFHSWDEOH DQG LV GHWHUPLQHGWRÂżJKWIRUWKLVFDXVH Costa alumnus Alka Nath started H20 )RU/LIH&OXEÂżYH\HDUVDJRDQGLWVPHPbers are working to bring sanitary water to schools in underprivileged areas throughout the world by building improved sanitation systems. Today, Alkaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s younger sister, senior Abha Nath, leads the club as its president. â&#x20AC;&#x153;H20 For Life Club was started to help bring awareness of the severity of the global water crisis to MCHS,â&#x20AC;? Abha said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was also started to help bring safe and clean water to people who arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fortunate enough to buy it.â&#x20AC;? Costaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s H2O For Life Club is a chapter of the international H20 for Life organizaWLRQWKDWZDVDOVRVWDUWHGÂżYH\HDUVDJRE\ Patty Hall, an educator in New Brighton, Minnesota. Hall started this organization after having worked with students at her school to raise money to allow the citizens of Kathangu Village, Kenya to have sanitary water year-round. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The main goal of the H20 For Life Club is to raise money,â&#x20AC;? Nath said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This money goes toward the building of sanitation systems and wells in the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s partner schools in developing nations.â&#x20AC;? 7KHFOXEKDVIXOÂżOOHGWKLVJRDOWKXVIDU UDLVLQJLQLWVÂżYH\HDUVRIH[LVWHQFH IRUVDQLWDWLRQV\VWHPVLQVL[RIWKHSDUWQHU schools in countries including Kenya, Ma-

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THE FLOW OF H20: Students (from left) Maddie Gleason, Alicia DeMartini, Maddy Locicero, Sejal Asher, and Natalie Bargash discuss water sanitation at the H20 For Life Club, which meets every Wednesday in Room 61. The club was founded in 2007 by Class of 2011 graduate Alka Nath to raise awareness and money for water sanitation projects in the developing world. lawi, and India. This year, the club plans to raise enough money to build two additional wells in Namibia and India. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last year, we had a number of fundraisers to collect the money to build these sanitation systems and wells,â&#x20AC;? Abha said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;These fundraisers included Club Day and three nights at California Pizza Kitchen where the H20 For Life Club earned VRPHRI&3.ÂśVSURÂżWV$OVRHYHU\PHPber of the club was required to raise $20 on their own.â&#x20AC;? The club does not achieve these feats without hard work. Every Wednesday in

Room 61, H20 For Life Club members meet to discuss recent global events concerning the water crisis and water conserYDWLRQ 0HPEHUV WKHQ H[DPLQH KRZ WKH\ and the club can bring awareness to the cause and continue to work toward their goals for the year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I joined H20 For Life Club because I saw the positive impact we have on the global community,â&#x20AC;? member senior Adriana DeLeon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We attack worldwide problems with our club efforts and have helped so many people already. It is humbling to know how much our efforts posi-

tively affect others in developing nations.â&#x20AC;? Some Mira Costa students originally joined the club out of pure curiosity. Through different club projects and meetings, though, they have found themselves truly enjoying it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I joined H20 For Life Club because many of my friends were in it, but also because the name seemed a little curious,â&#x20AC;? senior Gabby Kula said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once I joined the club, I was able to learn how others less privileged than you live, and the club really opened my eyes by listening to speakers and writing notes to those who we help.â&#x20AC;?

Surf â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up at Jimmy Miller Foundation Club Jimmy Miller was a respected surfer, lifeguard, teacher, writer and contributor to the beach communities. The foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission is to use the ocean as a means of mental and physical rehabilitation for the The Jimmy Miller Foundation Club, one GLVDEOHGDVZHOODVH[SDQGLWVDFFHVVDQG of the newest clubs on campus, was found- knowledge to less fortunate children. ed this year to raise awareness and appreâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Jimmy was my best friend and a great ciation for the ocean and spread the word DPEDVVRGRU IRU VXUÂżQJ DQG RFHDQ HGXFDabout the Jimmy Miller Foundation. tion,â&#x20AC;? said Chris Brown, board member of Co-presidents Cecelia Allen, Sage Roe- the Jimmy Miller Foundation and Costa buck and Nina Wasden reconvened the alumnus. original Jimmy Miller Foundation Club Throughout his life, Miller impacted DW 0LUD &RVWD ZKLFK H[LVWHG D IHZ \HDUV many lives with his charismatic personalago. Allen volunteered at the Jimmy Miller ity, and he also volunteered to teach kids Memorial over the summer and enjoyed the wonders of the ocean as well as ocean KHUH[SHULHQFH5RHEXFNDQG:DVGHQZHUH safety. family friends with Miller before his passâ&#x20AC;&#x153;I am proud to keep his memory alive ing. through the foundation, and I applaud the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our families wanted to keep the legacy efforts of the Costa stduents who give their alive for Jimmy Miller and his wonderful time through Jimmyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s club,â&#x20AC;? said Brown. family to show our love,â&#x20AC;? Wasden said. Millerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death was caused by a mental BY DANIELA COE-MCNAMARA AND DELANEY HAWKES STAFF WRITERS

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CATCH SOME WAVES: Members of the Jimmy Miller Club (above) meet on Wednesdays at the pool to discuss their upcoming activities to help innercity kids learn to surf and swim. The club was revived this year and is connected to the Jimmy Miller Foundation, which stresses ocean appreciation DQGVXUĂ&#x20AC;QJDVPHQWDODQGSK\VLFDOUHKDELOLWDWLRQPHWKRGV

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;The club gives students a chance to see how lucky they are to have the beach and all of its opportunities,â&#x20AC;? Allen said. The members of the Jimmy Miller Foundation Club participate in the foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s events, such as surf contests and other special beach-related events. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The rewarding feeling that you get after spending time and teaching kids about the OLIHDQGRFHDQVDIHW\LVGHÂżQLWHO\ZRUWKWKH time spent at the beach,â&#x20AC;? member freshman Maddy Silver said. The Costa students also have fundraisers to raise money and spread the word about the original foundation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We love providing the less fortunate with the same opportunities that Costa students receive, as well as educating them about marine life,â&#x20AC;? Roebuck said.


LIFE

November 9, 2012

La Vista

Clubs continued: students help the sick and disabled

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Make a Wish Club: helping kids one wish at a time BY SAMMY MATSON STAFF WRITER In the year 2012, there have been over 1.6 million new cases of cancer solely in the United States. Katie von Behren and Natasha Cohen founded the Make-A-Wish Club, where students have a chance to join a well-known, worldwide organization, whose goal is to grant the wishes of people with life-threatening illnesses. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is located in many cities around the world. There are 69 chapters in the United States and 28 around the world. The Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted over 148,000 wishes across the country and 250,000 globally. "We started the Make-A-Wish club because it is such an amazing foundation with a very important purpose," Costa sophomore von Behren, club co-president, said. "We wanted to help the great cause in anyway we could, so we decided to make a club." The Make-A-Wish Foundation was originally established in 1980. It all started with

a boy named Chris Greicius, who had leu- es. We also want our fellow students to get kemia. He realized his dream was to be- involved and become aware of this great FRPHDSROLFHRIÂżFHU2QHGD\DORFDORI- foundation," said von Behren. ÂżFHUWRRN&KULVIRUDGD\RIVTXDGFDUDQG In order to raise this money, the club will helicopter rides, which gave Chris hope be holding several fundraisers both on and and joy. Ever since, the Foundation has RIIFDPSXVWKHLUÂżUVWEHLQJIRU&OXE'D\ blossomed into an international phenom- All the money they receive will be used to enon. Costa students saw this success as help give a child or adult his or her possible reason to expand the program here. last wish. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have always supported the Make-A-    2XU FOXE ZLOO KHOS UDLVH PRQH\ DQG Wish club,â&#x20AC;? von awareness for Behren said. The Make-A-Wish club allows students the Make-Aâ&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted to Wish foundashow our sup- to help people with life-threatening dis- tion, and we port for the eases live out their last wish. Students will be a part club and make will get a chance to help people in need. of the Wish for the community Wish kids promore aware of the foundation while help- gram," von Behren said. "We are planning ing other kids.â&#x20AC;? to have bake sales and other fundraising Von Behren and Cohen had the hope of events that will help the cause and be fun making Mira Costa more aware of this is- at the same time." sue. In the Make-A-Wish Club, students The Make-A-Wish Club is a great way will hold fundraisers and various activities to have fun and get involved. It is always in order to raise money to give to the es- looking for new members, and the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tablished foundation. meetings are held every Tuesday in room "We hope to raise enough money to 21 at lunch. To enjoy the club, members sponsor different children and their wish- must only have a passion for helping the

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less fortunate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hope our club continues to grow as we educate students about the cause, which we hope will interest them to come and participate in our club,â&#x20AC;? said von Behren. Joining the Make-A-Wish club allows students to help people with life-threatening diseases live out their one last wish. All interested Mira Costa students will get a chance to help people in need. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This club is helping a great foundation,â&#x20AC;? said von Behren. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So anyone who is eager to help make the lives of other kids better is welcome to join and support this great program.â&#x20AC;?

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PING PONG FUN: Students (from left) Carson Hart, Teddy Friedman, and Miles Kluth have fun playing ping pong while helping special needs students develop new skills. The Ping Pong for Life Club plays ping pong every Monday with Friendship Circle memebrs at lunch in the small gym.

Ping Pong for Hope Club: serving up charity $OWKRXJKLWVWDUWHGDVDUHFUHDWLRQDOOXQFKWLPHDFWLYLW\3LQJ3RQJIRU+RSH&OXEKDVJURZQLQWRDIXOOĂ&#x20AC;HGJHG service group, providing therapeutic opportunities for the disabled. BY SARA FELD STAFF WRITER

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By playing something he loves and helping others, junior Garrett Greller created the Ping Pong for Hope Club. Founded last year, the Ping Pong for Hope Club plays ping pong with special needs students every Monday at lunch for therapy and fun. About 20 members show up to help out each week in the small gym. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I started this club to try and help others and because I have a passion for ping pong,â&#x20AC;? Greller said. Ping Pong for Hope Club started out as the Ping Pong Club until the founders wanted to make something more out of it. They decided that they could mix ping pong and helping others in need. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Ping Pong for Hope club began as a club for students to come in at lunch and play ping pong, and recently it has changed to Ping Pong for Hope so it could focus on helping Friendship Circle students,â&#x20AC;? club president junior Teddy Freidman said. Changing the direction of the club has made some members excited for the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future and what it has to offer to the community. The new focus will now help the

Friendship Circle Club and make the club more successful. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This year should be very exciting. The members of Ping Pong Club are thrilled about starting with a new passion this year. I think that will translate well to club members and the success of the club,â&#x20AC;? junior Kayla Medrano said. The therapy of playing ping pong for the Friendship Circle students is only one of the ways itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s helpful for them. This club is constantly looking for ways to make its experience more valuable. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is great to play ping pong with them and make their Monday lunches better. What I like most about the club is that we work with special needs kids and really make an effort to try and get them involved in a fun club where they can learn a new sport,â&#x20AC;? Medrano said.    7KLV FOXE DOVR EHQHÂżWV LWV PHPEHUV DV well. From being therapeutic to improving their game of ping pong for the special needs students, this club has positive effects for all participants. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As members we have the opportunity to teach them how to play. Along with being therapeutic for the special needs students, this club is very fun and stress-relieving for members,â&#x20AC;? junior Kit Murphy said.

People join this club for a variety of different reasons; in this case, Murphy was looking for something that would help others and be fun at the same time. When he discovered Ping Pong for Hope Club, he was more than willing to join. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I joined this club because I love the sport itself, and I love helping others while sharing fun and unity through ping pong,â&#x20AC;? Murphy said. Initially, many people didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know much about Ping Pong for Hope other than it involves playing ping pong. For some members who joined, ping pong wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t their favorite hobby, but they found a way to enjoy LWDQGIRXQGWKDWLWZDVDJRRGÂżWIRUWKHP as well. In addition, the charitable aspect of it makes membrs feel like they are helping the community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I joined this club because I wanted to hang out with friends at lunch and be making new ones at the same time. This club had the perfect combination of both,â&#x20AC;? Medrano said. For most, the evolution of the Ping Pong Club to Ping Pong for Hope made more people want to join. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think people should join this club because you can do something good for others while having a great time,â&#x20AC;? Greller said.


November 9, 2012 B10 La Vista LIFE Girls Advancing Leadership in STEM Club attempts to inspire female scientists

Alison Doami brings club to Costaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campus with the goal of educating females about careers in science and math BY MADDIE NERAD STAFF WRITER In a world that is quickly advancing in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), a larger workforce is needed. Currently, very few women choose to pursue jobs in STEM. The new Girls Advancing Leadership in STEM Club at Mira Costa is seeking to change that. GALS Club was created this year by sophomore club president Alison Doami. The goal of this club is to inform high school girls about the various STEM careers available to them and to help them JDLQ WKH FRQÂżGHQFH DQG OHDGHUship necessary for success. Âł6WDWLVWLFVVKRZWKDWLQWKHÂżHOG of engineering, the ratio of men to women is nine to one,â&#x20AC;? GALS event coordinator sophomore TJ Ford said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We feel it is a real SUREOHP ZKLFK ZH KRSH WR Âż[ E\ HQFRXUDJLQJ JLUOV WR H[SORUH the sciences in hope of them one day pursuing a career in the math RUVFLHQFHÂżHOG(YHQLIRQO\RQH girl considers a job in the sciences and feels competent enough to pursue it, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done our job.â&#x20AC;? Doami started the club because VKHFRXOGQRWÂżQGDVFLHQFHUHODWed club she was passionate about at Mira Costa. After joining a couple clubs and not being satisÂżHGVKHGHFLGHGWRVWDUWKHURZQ

LQJ KDQGVRQ H[SHULHQFH IRU XV´ Ford said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the Science Center and Long Beach Aquarium we would be able to help out children visitors, help guide groups or just help out the concierge.â&#x20AC;? Doami would like to spread awareness of the different career opportunities for females in the STEM workforce beyond high school and set up assemblies at Manhattan Beach Middle School and elementary schools in the area. The members hope to demRQVWUDWH H[SHULPHQWV DQG WDON NICK MATSON/ LA VISTA about the possibilities for careers STEMMING FROM SOMETHING GREAT: Sophomore Alison Doami (center) has recently brought the Girls Advancing in STEM. Âł%\GHPRQVWUDWLQJGLIIHUHQWH[Leadership in STEM Club to Costa. Its mission is to educate female students about the career opportunities in the sciperiments that relate to different HQFHWHFKQRORJ\HQJLQHHULQJDQGPDWKHPDWLFVĂ&#x20AC;HOGV7KHFOXEPHHWVHYHU\:HGQHVGD\LQURRPDWOXQFK science careers, we could show â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a freshman, I knew that I see a few girls among many boys scientists that plan on coming and them how fun science is, and they wanted to get involved in some- in the class,â&#x20AC;? Doami said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want speaking and doing a little ques- could get an early interest in the thing that I loved,â&#x20AC;? Doami said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I that number of girls to increase tion-and-answer session.â&#x20AC;? 67(0ÂżHOGV´'RDPLVDLG wanted to start my own club that so that women can have a bigger Club members are looking to GALS Club meets every ZRXOG IXOÂżOO P\ H[SHFWDWLRQV LQ role in our society.â&#x20AC;? participate in a variety of volun- Wednesday in room 75 and is learning more about the science During club meetings, members teer opportunities at major sci- sponsored by biology and chemisÂżHOGV DQG KDYLQJ ZRPHQ OHDGHU- FUHDWHH[SHULPHQWVLQ&RVWDÂśVODE ence museums in the area, in- try teacher Yoon Hearn. The club ship positions in them.â&#x20AC;? facilities. The club also prepares cluding the La Brea Tar Pits, the welcomes new female members, According to Doami, the GALS for national high school science California Science Center and especially those with an interest &OXEZDVQRWWU\LQJWREHH[FOX- competitions, such as the Intel WKH$TXDULXPRIWKH3DFLÂżF7KH in science and math. sive when it decided to only allow and Siemens competitions, which GALS Club is also looking to ofâ&#x20AC;&#x153;As the president of the GALS females to join the club. Doami could grant them scholarships and fer free science tutoring to inner- Club at Costa, I am responsible wanted to focus on empower- help fund club activities. city students. for educating and informing our ing girls and bringing awareness â&#x20AC;&#x153;We also hope to host a variety â&#x20AC;&#x153;If weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re accepted into the vol- high school girls about the many to the fact that women currently of women as speakers that would unteering program at the La Brea opportunities in the science and make up less than a quarter of the teach about their careers and lives Tar Pits, we will actually be able PDWK ZRUOG DQG WR VKRZ H[DPSTEM workforce. as females in the sciences,â&#x20AC;? Ford to handle and clean small fos- ples of female leadership in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I see college science- said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We already have several sils and help curate and organize Manhattan Beach community,â&#x20AC;? related courses [at Costa], I only women engineers and aerospace them, which would be amaz- Doami said.

Nath educates students one app at a time BY RISHA ROHERA THEME EDITOR

Inventor, which is a part of the MIT Center for Mobile Learningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Media Lab. By using a web browser or connected phone, the Many students at Mira Costa download inventor enables users to create an app for DQG H[SORUH YDULRXV DSSOLFDWLRQV RQ WKHLU Android. phones, but senior Abha Nath has gone â&#x20AC;&#x153;The basic functionality of the app turned above using other companiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; apps and has out to be really easy to use,â&#x20AC;? Nath said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I created her own for the Android. was able to program a majority of the app, Nath, also president of H2O for Life but the aesthetic performance wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t there. Club, recently created the free Android Advanced programmers helped to educate app â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aqua Monitor,â&#x20AC;? which was released me on how to make the app much more apin October. Aqua Monitor allows users to pealing to the eye.â&#x20AC;? monitor their daily shower time and comNath created â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aqua Monitorâ&#x20AC;? in an efpare their water confort to raise awaresumption habits to ness in the national other citizens of the community about country based on the detrimental eftheir locations, age fects of the shortage groups and genders. of water in Califorâ&#x20AC;&#x153;[Users] are [also] nia. Using the app able to share their will give people results using social more information media networks, inabout their water cluding Twitter and consumption habits. Facebook,â&#x20AC;? Nath â&#x20AC;&#x153;We havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The app was the drastic effects created to help peoof limitations that GEOFFREY ST. JOHN/ LA VISTA ple across the nation could be posed on reduce their water THEREâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S AN ABHA FOR THAT: Senior Abha our state,â&#x20AC;? Nath said. consumption habits Nath designed her own Android application â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is an important in efforts to become called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aqua Monitor,â&#x20AC;? which keeps track of problem that can be more aware of water personal water consumption. Âż[HG LI ZH WDNH WKH conservation.â&#x20AC;? proper steps.â&#x20AC;? Nathâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aqua Monitorâ&#x20AC;? app is a conThe Los Angeles Chapter of The Sierra tinuation of her passion for water conserva- Club, a grass-roots environmental organition. After traveling to India several years zation, as well as the H2O for Life Organiago and witnessing the poor water quality zation has endorsed the Aqua Monitor app. and lack of conversation efforts, Nath de- Nath had an internship at The Sierra Club cided to establish the H20 For Life Club at the summer before her senior year. Costa. Last year, Nath created an awardâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Apps like this are important to have,â&#x20AC;? winning website (www. angeles.sierraclub. senior Lily Hubbard said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is not only org/water/hsproject.html) that detailed the helping and promoting a great cause, but it current water crisis in California. is also helping people learn about ways to She created the app using the Massachu- conserve water and how to apply what they setts Institute of Technology (MIT) App learned about it in a fun and unique way.â&#x20AC;?

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ROOTS RUN DEEP: Courtney Bannerman was hired this year to teach algebra CD and geometry. After attending college as a business major, Bannerman realized that teaching was her calling.

Bannerman rediscovers her passion BY EMILY LOCKWOOD LIFE EDITOR

HVS as a student. According to Bannerman, the math teachers she had at HVS, including Cindi Avol and Sylvia Gluck, were Mira Costa welcomes yet another new very inspiring. teacher to campus this school year. Alâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Gluck and Avol were awesome math though she is new to the campus, she is not teachers,â&#x20AC;? Bannerman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted to new to the South Bay community. be that type of teacher for a subject that Courtney Bannerman is the latest addi- students tend to struggle with.â&#x20AC;? tion to the Math Department as a geometry After spending four years at HVS, Banand algebra CD teacher. nerman applied for a job at Mira Costa. She While in the process of working toward was interviewed by Principal Dr. Ben Dale her masters degree in business at Loyola and math teacher Jason Robertson. Marymount University, she realized that â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was more nervous for this particular teaching was her calling. interview [compared to other interviews] Bannerman applied for a position at because this was a job that I really wantHermosa Valley School and was hired as a ed,â&#x20AC;? Bannerman said. special education assistant and a substitute Bannerman has made it a goal to bring teacher for various classes. her innovative teaching techniques to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;During my time at Hermosa Valley, classroom. In both her geometry and alI realized that I preferred being a teacher gebra CD classes, Bannerman organized rather than pursuing a career in business,â&#x20AC;? projects that allowed for creativity. Bannerman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ms. Bannerman is a really funny person Bannerman worked at HVS for four and teacher,â&#x20AC;? sophomore Haley Cameron years. She then started to work on her said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Her humor] makes the class more WHDFKHUÂśVFUHGHQWLDODVVKHÂżQLVKHGXSKHU enjoyable and fun.â&#x20AC;? masters degree in business at Loyola MarBannerman hopes to encourage and inrymount University. spire students who do not currently have a â&#x20AC;&#x153;I decided to get my credential because passion for math. I realized it was my passion,â&#x20AC;? Bannerman â&#x20AC;&#x153;I try to inspire by breaking down the said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was not too stressful because I was class material into relatable terms,â&#x20AC;? Bandoing what I loved to do.â&#x20AC;? nerman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope to help and inspire Growing up, Bannerman also attended kids who struggle with math.â&#x20AC;?


November 9, 2012

LIFE

La Vista

B11

Math teacher Linda Gesualdi reaches beyond district spotlight Costaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 Teacher of the Year went on to be a semi finalist in the L.A. County competition for Teacher of the Year BY MORGAN THALER STAFF WRITER

she did not have the chance to become the L.A. County Teacher of the Year, Gesualdi maintains Teaching excellence is meaa positive outlook on the experisured and recognized every year ence in addition to appreciating at Mira Costa, but every now and the honor. then, a special teacher receives â&#x20AC;&#x153;The process was really time more appreciation than from just intensive,â&#x20AC;? Gesauldi said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There his or her own school. were moments when I thought Over this past summer Linda about what it means to be a teachGesualdi, Costaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Advanced er. In retrospect, after the process Placement calculus AB and prewas over, it makes you think calculus teacher, became one of about your career and how youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve  VHPL ÂżQDOLVWV IRU /RV $QJHdecided to spend your life. I love les Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 Teacher of the that I am able to impact the future <HDU*HVXDOGLÂżQLVKHGDVDVHPL of Americaâ&#x20AC;? ÂżQDOLVW EXW VKH VWLOO YDOXHV WKH Gesualdi has taught math classNICOLE FISCHER/ LA VISTA overall experience. es at Costa for 27 years. AccordSome of Gesualdiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fellow col- GENUINE GESUALDI: After becoming the 2012 MBUSD and Costa Teacher of the Year, Gesualdi became one of 16 ing to students, Gesualdi fosters a leagues selected her as the dis- VHPLĂ&#x20AC;QDOLVWVIRU/$&RXQW\7HDFKHURIWKH<HDU&RVWD(QJOLVKWHDFKHU6KDQQRQ9DXJKDQDQGKLVWRU\WHDFKHU%LOO)DX- positive attitude as well as a positrict and Costa Teacher of the YHUKDYHERWKHQWHUHGWKH/$&RXQW\FRPSHWLWLRQDIWHUEHFRPLQJWKHGLVWULFWDQG&RVWD7HDFKHUVRIWKH<HDU tive learning environment. Year, but Gesualdi did not stop â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ms. G is a really enjoyable there. An MBUSD committee of Gesualdi was one of 25 teach- day, I can always count on a stu- â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every student is different and teacher that knows how to keep administrators then interviewed HUVWKDWWKH/$&RXQW\2IÂżFHRI dent cracking a joke that cheers has their own talents that I get to the class interesting but also and observed Gesualdi in order Education selected as a possible me up.â&#x20AC;? learn about throughout the year.â&#x20AC;? teaches us about morals and into be eligible for L.A. County Teacher of the Year. She then went While going through the L.A. Nearly two weeks ago, Gesu- tegrity,â&#x20AC;? junior Kirk La said. Teacher of the Year. through a second application pro- County Teacher of the Year appli- aldi found out that she is out of Though the actual teaching of Costa English teacher Shan- cess that required another inter- cation and process, Gesualdi had contention for becoming L.A. calculus is a major part of her non Vaughan, history teacher Bill view and three more essays about WKHFKDQFHWRUHĂ&#x20AC;HFWRQKHU\HDUV Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Teacher of the Year. De- job, Gesualdi knows that there is )DXYHU DQG 3DFLÂżF (OHPHQWDU\ her experiences as a teacher. After of teaching at Costa and why spite no longer being in competi- a lot more to learning than simply teacher Linda Okumura have all review by a special committee in VKH EHFDPH D WHDFKHU LQ WKH ÂżUVW tion for the award, Gesualdi has working with different numbers been awarded MBUSD Teacher Sacramento, Gesualdi was select- place. In one of her L.A. County WRJRWRWKH/$&RXQW\2IÂżFHRI and formulas. of the Year and entered the L.A. ed as an L.A. County Teacher of Teacher of the Year essays, Gesu- Education in May where she will â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ms. G works really hard and County competition. WKH<HDUVHPLÂżQDOLVW DOGLZURWHDERXWWKHVSHFLÂżFTXDO- share and discuss her experiences makes sure that every student is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ms. Gesualdi is an incredible â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like I make a difference ities of teaching that drew her to DVDVHPLÂżQDOLVW given quality time,â&#x20AC;? senior Abha teacher,â&#x20AC;? senior Jaclyn Henn said. for the better,â&#x20AC;? Gesualdi said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I the profession. In July, Gesualdi will read next Nath said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She really deserved â&#x20AC;&#x153;She is truly dedicated to her stu- like that I get to essentially work â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love the interaction with the yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s applications, a formality the award, and anyone who will dents and really deserved to be with the future of America. Plus, students because they never cease for all L.A. County Teacher of the have her in future years will be honored with this award.â&#x20AC;? itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really fun. If Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m having a bad to amaze me,â&#x20AC;? Gesualdi said. <HDU VHPL ÂżQDOLVWV (YHQ WKRXJK really fortunate.â&#x20AC;?


November 9, 2012 LIFE A12 La Vista Hadley, Humphrey shine in the spotlight after Homecoming coronation BY AVA KLEIN EXECUTIVE LIFE EDITOR As the Homecoming Court rounded the corner of the Mira Costa track in vintage Ford Mustangs on Oct. 19, the night was bound to be unforgettable. The energy and emotion in the football stands was palpable as students, parents and faculty held their breath in anticipation of the revealing of the 2012 Homecoming King and Queen. Seniors Jack Hadley and Rachel Humphrey were crowned King and Queen during halftime of the Homecoming football game on Oct. 19. Although it may appear as a cliche and cheesy tradition, Homecoming can be influential to those who win. “My heart started pounding extremely fast [after hearing the announcement],” Humphrey said. “It was one of the best moments of high school. Both of my older sisters actually won queen [when they were at Costa], and it was so surreal being in the same exact place they were seven and nine years ago.” Throughout the week before Homecoming King and Queen were announced,the Homecoming court, which consisted of six boys and six girls, participated in various activities during lunch. Activities included a balloon toss competition and racing to lick peanut butter off plexiglass.

“I had a genuinely great time during the week when we did the activities during lunch,” Homecoming Court princess Meghan Burns said. “I was able to build really close relationships with the all of the other Court

“ASB has had the biggest impact on me throughout high school,” Humphrey said. “Learning to lead and be part of a group that puts on countless events for a large school has helped me in numerous ways and

involvement in Costa clubs is another way that Humphrey feels connected to the Costa community. “Participating in clubs and service projects like the ‘Ronald McDonald House’ and ‘Richstone’

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COURTED AND CROWNED: Costa seniors (left) Rachel Humphrey and Jack Hadley were crowned Homecoming King and Queen during the Oct. 19 football game. Both Humphrey and Hadley are active members of the Costa community. Humphrey is involved in ASB and the basketball team, while Hadley is on the football team. members, especially with my partner Adam Gerard.” Humphrey’s involvement in both the Costa girls basketball team and Associated Student Body have helped to shape her positive outlook on Costa. Humphrey is currently the vice president of ASB and a member of the Varsity basketball team.

has led me to meet great people. Playing basketball for Costa has also shaped me to push myself and be efficient, both on and off the court.” Along with her dedication to ASB and the basketball team, Humphrey is also passionate about several on-campus clubs. According to Humprey, her

are really inspiring and meaningful to me,” Humphrey said. Similarly to Humphrey, Hadley also channels his passions into his extracurricular activities. He is on the Costa football team and is the president of New Life Christian Club. According to Hadley, religion has played an extremely important role in his life.

“Without a doubt, the thing that has shaped my life the most has been my Christian faith and my involvement in my church,” Hadley said. “I have also been strongly impacted by playing both football and baseball, which have both helped me stretch my mental and physical limits.” According to Hadley, several teachers at Costa have deeply inspired him. Some of Hadley’s most influential teachers that he has had thus far include history teacher Bill Fauver, English teacher Deborah Hofreiter and chemistry teacher Charlotte Shales-Clark. “Mr. Fauver taught me the material effectively and strengthened my political beliefs and activism,” Hadley said. “At the same time, my chemistry classes showed me that I could have a future in the sciences as well as the social sciences.” According to Hadley, the process of becoming Homecoming King was lifechanging and cathartic. Hadley discovered that he is more extroverted than he originally thought he was. “As soon as I found out that I won Homecoming, I was super excited that my classmates think so highly of me,” Hadley said. “It was great that Rachel and I won together since we were partners all week long, which only made it more fun.”

Zeoli, Osterhout turn the page of creativity frequently in a movie,” Zeoli said. “Bond was really slick and classy and had a variety of awesome gadgets.” One of the major emphases of the novel Art has the power to inspire imagination and creativity. Two young Mira Costa is to maintain a strong sense of realism students have embraced this philosophy throughout. This has led the authors to conduct extensive research into all the with pen and paper. Sophomores Bram Osterhout and Derek factors involved in their story. “Every building Pierce walks into, I Zeoli recently completed their first novel, “Mason Pierce.” Centered around the research everything about it,” Osterhout James Bond-esque Mason Pierce, a spy said. “I try to get interior pictures to make with an adventurous nature and suave it just as realistic as possible.” The novel is not the first writing venture demeanor, the novel has been previewed Zeoli and Osterhout have undertaken. They over Facebook throughout the last year. “We are not in it for fame and fortune,” have both started projects in the past, but none were to their Zeoli said. liking. It was not “Realistically, we until creating a just want the story partnership that to be published. their goals to Being able to say ‘I become writers wrote a published really gained novel’ would be an momentum. incredible “We had been accomplishment.” writing stories, In the novel, the and one day we Central Intelligence just thought ‘lets Agency covert collaborate on operative Pierce EMMA SALZMAN/ LA VISTA something,’” travels extensively. Part MASTERPIERCE: Sophomores (left) Bram Osterhout Osterhout said. The journey of the story plot and Derek Zeoli co-authored “Mason Pierce.” has not been occurs in Venice, Italy, which required the authors to without hardships. The process of writing a novel has been time-consuming and thoroughly research this location. “Venice serves as a good setting due to challenging for both Osterhout and Zeoli. “A year ago we sent it into editors, got it its old buildings and low security,” Osterhout said. “His first attempt goes rejected, but started another round of edits,” wrong, and the story takes off from there.” Osterhout said. The first novel is 40 chapters and ranges The authors have looked to movies and other spy novels for influence. Works like between 200 and 250 pages in its current the “James Bond” movies and the “Bourne” state. They plan to eventually make “Mason film series have served as models for Pierce” a series. “We have mapped out five books,” Zeoli “Mason Pierce.” “I was mainly impressed with Bourne’s said. “Our overall goal is to make as many combat skills, which I had not seen too stories as we can.” BY IAN RAPPAPORT STAFF WRITER

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SERVING UP GOOD VIBES: The Manhattan Beach Police Department hosted the Tip-a-Cop fundraiser for the Special Olympics at the Tin Roof Bistro. The MBPD raised $29,300 for the Special Olympics, which will fund the purchase of new uniforms and equipment for the athletes.

Police give back to a special cause BY COURTNEY HUGHEY STAFF WRITER Instead of patrolling the streets of Manhattan Beach, many police officers were at the Tin Roof Bistro serving their community in a different way on Oct. 19. The Manhattan Beach Police Department hosted the Tip-a-Cop Fundraiser at Tin Roof Bistro, which raised money for the Special Olympics organization. The Special Olympics provides an opportunity for mentally and physically disabled athletes to participate in sport events. “The Tin Roof Bistro always loves to get involved in the community,” Tin Roof Bistro General Manager Julian King said. “Getting to meet some athletes was amazing. We can’t wait to do it next year.” At the fundraiser, police officers were partnered with several Tin Roof Bistro hosts and hostesses who taught them how to perform the jobs of a typical waiter, like bussing tables, serving food and drinks and seating customers. “At first we were all a bit nervous about serving, but we soon blended right in and had a blast,” Manhattan Beach Police

Officer of Public Information Stephanie Martin said. After choosing the location site, the police department distributed flyers at local schools. “We wanted as many people to know about the event as possible,” Martin said. “We had a really great turnout, and we had an opportunity to meet and get to know a lot of people who live in our local Manhattan Beach community.” Each customer had the option to give a donation in the form of a tip to the Special Olympics at the end of his or her meal. The Police Department raised nearly $29,300 by the end of the night. “The community had a unique opportunity to meet their Police Department,” Martin said. The funds that were raised at the event will help provide uniforms and equipment, as well as various necessities for the participating athletes competing in the Special Olympics. “The Tip-a-Cop fundraiser was more than successful; we raised the bar this year,” Martin said. “We always love supporting the Special Olympics cause.”


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