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VOL. LXIII

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MBUSD Board of Trustees approves new AP policies BY SABRINA PICKETT STAFF WRITER

GEOFFREY ST. JOHN/ LA VISTA

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Baseball assistant coaches return to full time practice BY TAYLOR ST. GERMAIN NEWS EDITOR

TAYLOR ST. GERMAIN/ LA VISTA

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February 8, 2013

Campus

Community

FEBRUARY:

FEBRUARY:

Today

9-Saturday

Last day for Late AP Exam registration at lunch

Valentine’s Day Tea Party from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Creative Arts Center on Manhattan Beach Boulevard

“It’s Getting Yacht in Here” MCHS Winter Formal at 7:45 p.m.

11-Monday

11-Monday

“Acting Out Again” acting class at the Joslyn Community Center from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

8th grade parent orientation meeting at 7 p.m. in the Costa auditorium

12-Tuesday 12-Tuesday

LISA VALICENTE/ LA VISTA

“The Road to College: Testing Strategies for Success” at 7 p.m. in the auditorium

Mira Costa students signed up for Advanced Placement testing at the Mira Costa student store in the quad. Late registration was held from Feb. 4-8. 26-Tuesday

Band Concert at 7 p.m. in the auditorium

Junior parent night at 7 p.m. in the auditorium

2-Saturday

13-Wednesay

Hermosa Beach City Council meeting at 7:30 p.m. at Hermosa Beach Council Chambers 21-Thursday

9 a.m. Late Start

Jazz Concert at 7 p.m. in the auditorium 14-Thursday

27-Wednesday

Valentine’s Day

Test Prep Information Night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at MCHS

Hermosa Beach City Council pre-budget meeting at 7 p.m. at Hermosa Beach Council Chambers

4-Monday School Site Council Meeting at 3:15 p.m. LQ3ULQFLSDO'DOH¶VRI¿FH

28-Thursday

Valentine grams delivered during fourth DQG¿IWKSHULRG

Scholarship Notebooks due from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the CCC

15-Friday

MARCH:

MARCH: Freshman parent meeting at 7 p.m. in the auditorium 5-Tuesday Education Council meeting from 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. in the guidance room

2-Saturday Manhattan Beach Little League Opening Day Parade from 8 to 10 a.m. in downtown Manhattan Beach 8-Friday

6-7 Wednesday-Thursday “Build a Bridge” choir concert for MCHS and MBMS choirs in the MBMS Multi Purpose Room at 7 p.m.

1-Friday NHS Meeting at lunch

Overheard:

“Dancing with the Teachers” at 7 p.m. in the auditorium

On the Web:

For the upcoming Academy Awards I think ‘Argo’ will win for best picture as it is based on history and teaching people how to value history. -History Teacher Adam Geczi

Swing and Sway Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Joslyn Community Center in Manhattan Beach

www.lavistamchs.com Check out our website for a new video on how to make Whoopie Pie.

” MIRA LAING/ LA VISTA

Sports

Swimming: March 7: Green and Gold Intrasquad meet at MCHS at 3 p.m. March 13: vs. El Segundo High School at El Segundo at 3 p.m.

nament at Cypress High School March 7: vs. Buena Park at Buena Park High School at 3:30 p.m. March 9: Redondo Tournament at Redondo Union High School

Girls Basketball: Feb. 8: vs. Palos Verdes High School at MCHS at 6 p.m.

Boys Tennis: Feb. 27: vs. Palisades at MCHS at 3 p.m. March 5: vs. Loyola High School at MCHS at 3 p.m. March 6: vs. Long Beach Poly High School at 3 p.m. March 7: vs. South Torrance at South Torrance High School at 3 p.m.

Girls Softball: Feb. 23: Cypress Tournament at Cypress High School March 2: Second weekend Cypress Tour-

March 8: vs. Chadwick at Peninsula Racquet Club at 3:30 p.m. March 12: vs. Beverly Hills High School at MCHS at 3 p.m. March 13: vs. Brentwood High School at Brentwood at 3:30 p.m. Boys Volleyball: March 1: vs. Santa Barbara High School at Santa Barbara at 7 p.m. March 5: vs. Newport Harbor at MCHS at 6 p.m. March 8-9: Best of the West Tournament at Poway High School

HANNAH DEGIAU/ LA VISTA

Mira Costa varsity girls soccer team tied Redondo Union High School with a score of 2-2 on Jan. 29.


NEWS

February 8, 2013

La Vista

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Costa expands technology programs BY MADDIE NERAD STAFF WRITER :LWKÂłVWFHQWXU\OHDUQLQJ´D KLJKSULRULW\0LUD&RVWDLVWHFK QRORJLFDOO\ H[SDQGLQJ ZLWK WKH addition of a freshman iPad pilot SURJUDPDQGVWXGHQW:L)L Currently, there are four iPad carts at Mira Costa. The Span ish Department, Social Science 'HSDUWPHQW(QJOLVK'HSDUWPHQW DQG0XVWDQJ0RUQLQJ1HZVKDYH one cart with 35 iPads each. Âł:HJHWWKHL3DGVRQFHDZHHN DQG,KDYHIRXQGWKDWWKH\PDNH students more accountable,â&#x20AC;? 6SDQLVK WHDFKHU (GZDUG )ULJROD VDLGÂł,QVWDQWIHHGEDFNDOORZVXV WRJHWWKURXJKPDWHULDOIDVWHU´ &RVWD UHFHQWO\ H[SDQGHG WKH L3DGSLORWSURJUDPWRIUHVKPDQ students, who each received an iPad to take from class to class. Âł,XVHP\L3DGHYHU\GD\LQ(QJ OLVKPDWKDQGELRORJ\´IUHVKPDQ .DWH %UXQVNLOO VDLG Âł7KH L3DG NHHSV PH RUJDQL]HG LQ DOO P\ classes and prevents me from car U\LQJDURXQGORRVHSDSHU´ 7KH DGPLQLVWUDWLRQ FKRVH 

freshmen because they have VLPLODU VFKHGXOHV FRQVLVWLQJ RI WKH IRXU SDUWLFLSDWLQJ WHDFKHUV science teacher Jessica Bledsoe, (QJOLVK WHDFKHU 6KDZQ &KHQ PDWKWHDFKHU.HOO\'RQRYDQDQG science teacher Trevor Oystrick. Âł:H DUH SLORWLQJ WKH L3DGV WR VHH ZKDW LW GRHV IRU WKH VWXGHQW WHDFKHU H[FKDQJH´ &RVWD 3ULQFL pal Dr. Ben Dale said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can talk about how well the iPads work, but until we do it relative to DQDVVLJQPHQWZHZRQÂśWNQRZ´ Mira Costa also enabled new FDPSXVZLGH :L)L RYHU :LQWHU %UHDN2YHUVWXGHQWVKDYH FRQQHFWHGWRWKH:L)L Âł,WÂśVWRRHDUO\WRWHOOLIZHKDYH LVVXHV´ 7HFKQRORJ\ 6HUYLFH &R RUGLQDWRU(ULF6DQJDODQJVDLGÂł, ZLOOEHPRQLWRULQJWKHXVDJHDQG will resolve any problems.â&#x20AC;? $FFRUGLQJ WR 'DOH &RVWD ZLOO ORRN WR ÂżQG ZD\V WR LQFRUSRUDWH WHFKQRORJ\ LQWR WKH FODVVURRP HVSHFLDOO\ EHFDXVH QH[W \HDUÂśV freshmen will enter with iPads. Âł:H DUH PRYLQJ IRUZDUG RQ VFKHGXOH DQG , DP KDSS\ ZLWK RXUSURJUHVV´'DOHVDLG


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NEWS

La Vista

February 8, 2013

Students compete in Poetry Out Loud competition BY DANA STERNTHAL STAFF WRITER

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6HQLRU7D\ORU+RZDWZRQ0LUD Costaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second annual Poetry Out /RXG UHFLWDWLRQ FRPSHWLWLRQ RQ -DQLQWKH'UDPD5RRP 32/ LV D QDWLRQDO FRQWHVW KHOG NICK MATSON/ LA VISTA in high schools across the counMB HEARTS ART: Noelle Davidsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pier Side Funâ&#x20AC;? (above) was among the WU\ (DFK RI WKH  FRQWHVWDQWV PHPRUL]HG WZR SRHPV IURP WKH 13 works displayed at the â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Heart MBâ&#x20AC;? art exhibition in City Hall. RIÂżFLDO 32/ GDWDEDVH $IWHU WKH ÂżUVW URXQG WKH MXGJHV FKRVH WKH WRS  FRQWHVWDQWV WR DGYDQFH WR WKHQH[WURXQG â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was surprised that I was chosen to be in the second round,â&#x20AC;? BY COURTNEY HUGHEY 0D\RU:D\QH3RZHOOVDLG FRQWHVWDQW VRSKRPRUH .DWKHULQH STAFF WRITER 7KH &LW\ &RXQFLO GHFLGHG WR $Q VDLG Âł, ZDV JODG , WULHG RXW hold the art exhibit after attend- this new experience and was able 7KH 0DQKDWWDQ %HDFK &LW\ LQJ D FRQIHUHQFH IRU WKH /HDJXH WRVKDUHP\SRHWU\ZLWKRWKHUV´ &RXQFLO KHOG WKH ÂżUVW Âł, +HDUW RI&DOLIRUQLD&LWLHVLQ6DQ'LHJR (QJOLVK WHDFKHU 'LDQD 6LHNHU Manhattan Beachâ&#x20AC;? art exhibit at ODVW6HSWHPEHU coordinated the event and was &LW\ +DOO IURP -DQ  ZKHUH â&#x20AC;&#x153;I got the idea initially from residents were encouraged to sub- an art contest about what makes PLWWKHLURZQDUWZRUN Philadelphia the city of brotherly /RFDODUWLVWV0DU\$QQ&ROOLQV ORYH´ 3RZHOO VDLG Âł:H GHFLGHG DQG'RQ6SHQFHUVHUYHGDVMXGJ- that a similar art contest would HVDQGFKRVHZLQQHUV7KRVHKRQ- be great to get people involved in RUHG ZHUH &KDUOHV /\QQ %UDJJ 0DQKDWWDQ%HDFK´ -DPHV *LOO DQG &\QWKLD -R\FH 7KHPD\RUDQGWKH&LW\&RXQZLWKÂżUVWSODFHVHFRQGSODFHDQG cil hope to make the â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Heart WKLUGSODFHUHVSHFWLYHO\ MBâ&#x20AC;? art exhibit an annual event Âł7KHDUWGLVSOD\HGDOODVSHFWVRI and to include it in many other Manhattan Beach that we can all art-centered community events DSSUHFLDWH´ -R\FH VDLG Âł7KHUH RUJDQL]HG E\ WKH FLW\ÂśV &XOWXUDO were many of the pier, the heart $UWV&RPPLVVLRQ RIWKLVFLW\´ â&#x20AC;&#x153;We share love for our city, and 7KH MXGJHV FKRVH WKH  DUW- participating in art contests like works to display in the exhibit out these are a great way to show it RIDVHOHFWLRQRIVXEPLVVLRQV RII´*LOOVDLGÂł7KH\DUHHIIHFWLYH Âł7KLV DUW H[KLELW ZDV D JUHDW in bringing people together in the COURTESY SARAH LOCKE-HENDERSON start into giving people the op- FRPPXQLW\DQGWKH&UHDWLYH$UWV portunity to get involved in their Center has many programs to get HOWAT DOES SHE DO IT?: Senior Taylor Howat celebrates after winning Coscommunity,â&#x20AC;? Manhattan Beach WKHFRPPXQLW\LQYROYHG´ taâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Poetry Out Loudâ&#x20AC;? competition for the second consecutive year.

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Costa discusses new security changes BY KARA PATMAN STAFF WRITER

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OPINION

February 8, 2013

La Vista

5

Lack of communication negatively affects Student Leadership Council BY DANA STERNTHAL STAFF WRITER

administration to inform the stuMira Costa. In the past, the Council met ev- dents of upcoming meetings, and ery other Thursday, giving struc- the SLC should take responsibilMira Costaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to im- ture to the program and a way for ity for ensuring meetings are pubplement the Student Leadership the students to express their opinlicized and attended. Council two years ago after stu- ions. According to Hoofprints In addition, a meetdent complaints over being left Editor-in-Chief ing was scheduled for Meghan out of the decision-making pro- Burns, this year the memyesterday, but one cess was a wise choice. However, bers have only met once, successful meeting in it has become ineffective due to in September, to meet the an entire semester is its lack of overall communication Costa faculty and talk KDUGO\VXIÂżFLHQW and organization. According to Dale, about the construction of Student Leadership Council the new building. all the students who consists of students that hold were â&#x20AC;&#x153;passionateâ&#x20AC;? about Recently, there was leadership positions at Costa, a meeting scheduled the council have graduand in past years the group theo- for Jan. 10, but ated, compared to an retically met with Costa Principal it was only indifferent attitude Dr. Ben Dale to discuss issues posted taken this year. concerning the student body on on the Dale ena biweekly basis. But, the group schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s courages hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t met regularly at all this o ff i c i a l students to year, and the channel of commu- website come to nication between the administra- under events and was him indiJACKSON CASADY/ LA VISTA tion and the council clearly has not mentioned in the daily bulle- YLGXDOO\EXWWKLVV\VWHPLVLQHIÂżbeen broken. This disorganization tin, leaving many Student Lead- cient and does not allow students HOLPLQDWHVWKHPXFKRILQĂ&#x20AC;XHQFH ership Council members unaware to build a consensus between their RIWKHFRXQFLODQGWKHHIÂżFDF\RI of the planned date. However, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fellow council members. faculty-student communication at not the sole responsibility of the The SLC student members

should not be the only group responsible for facilitating discussion between themselves and the administration. With this being said, however, not all responsibility can be placed on the administration. Taking proactive measures to meet is part of the duty of the Student Leadership Council to work with Dale to plan and execute meetings. Students who wish to participate in formal councils should take it upon themselves to organize consistent meetings by utilizing Facebook, placing announcements in the daily bulletin for times and locations of SLC meetings and sending out reminder call slips to members. Despite SLC membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; busy schedules, which have FRQĂ&#x20AC;LFWHG ZLWK PHHWLQJV EHIRUH Council members should put their commitment to the group above other prior obligations and commitments, especially for such infrequent meetings. Student input should be an in-

tegral part of Costaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s functioning, and the SLC members should effectively be acting as the representatives of the student body. Clearly, students will be affected by the upcoming Advanced Placement policy changes, yet because of the lack of organization that has plagued this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s SLC, no student input was offered in a formal, consolidated way to the administration on the issue as the new policy was developed. Such is the case for many happenings on and around campus; input from those who feel the results of changes is undeniably necessary for Mira Costaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s administration in order to function well. This year, the SLC has become an empty gesture with little real impact on school policy. If members do not start to coordinate and the administration does not make more of an effort to hear studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; opinions, Mira Costa will continue to under-utilize an integral component of its identity.

Drug dog program at Costa keeps students safe make it a safe place for students at school. After school, teachers and administrators do not have the ability to stop kids from usThe use of drug dogs on Mira ing drugs. However, drug dogs Costaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campus is an effective do accomplish their tool to lessen the amount of drugs The District is surely achieving goal of reducing the brought onto campus, but it lacks the ability to prevent students the goal of stopping students from number of illegal substances used and from off-campus use. bringing drugs onto campus. passed hand-to-hand Two years ago, the Manhattan %HDFK 8QLÂżHG 6FKRRO 'LVWULFW a decrease in the number of stu- on campus. According to Wilson, students Board of Trustees passed a new dents who get caught for bringing SROLF\ WKDW DOORZHG RIÂżFHUV WR drugs onto campus. The drug dog who are not carrying illegal drugs use drug dogs to search for illegal program needs to remain in place with them should not feel violatsubstances in classrooms. Under in order to secure the continued ed or feel as if they are suspects if they have nothing to hide. Some this policy, classrooms, parking safety of Mira Costa students. lots and lockers are randomly According to Wilson, the threat students feel that it is necessary chosen to be searched by the dogs. of drug dogs on campus will bring for Costa to use these drug dogs The company that provides these a fear to the students who casu- because it provides them with services for Costa, Interquest ally use illegal substances or to a healthy learning environment Detection Canines, is funded by students who are thinking about with a reduced amount of presthe Beach Cities Health District. using illegal drugs, therefore de- sure amongst peers. To supplement the drug dog According to PACE teacher Dr. terring students from using them. Rocky Wilson, the program has The dogs not only have the abil- services, Costa holds educational tremendously dropped the rate LW\ WR ÂżQG GUXJV RQ FDPSXV EXW presentations, and parents can of substance abuse on campus, FRXOGSRWHQWLDOO\EHLQĂ&#x20AC;XHQWLDOLQ also sign up their kids to be ranwhich is a welcome change. studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; future off-campus deci- domly drug tested to lessen the use of drugs off campus. It is a Approximately $6,000 a year sion-making. is put into the IDC program by According to guidance council- very challenging task to decrease MBUSD, and some may argue or Jenny Woodie, it is very chal- the amount of drugs on campus, that this is a waste of resources. lenging to stop students from tak- but the district is surely decreasConsidering the drug dog pro- ing drugs off-campus. The main ing the presence of illegal subJUDPKDVSURGXFHGEHQHÂżFLDORQ purpose of having drug-dogs is to stances on campus. BY GASSIA ASHIKIAN STAFF WRITER

campus results, this is a wise investment that effectively achieves one of Costaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top priorities. According to Costa Security Lead Ray Lee, each year there is

Top 10 Ways to Get to School Now that the District Parking Lot is Largely Unavailable: 10. Hijack ASBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s yacht and cruise on over. 9. Use Mr. Lewisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hoverboard. 8. Make it a non-issue and sleep in the La Vista Room. We probably wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t notice anyway. 7. Ask to borrow one of Mr. Gezciâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seven Hondas. 6. Join the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fiestaâ&#x20AC;? and hitch a ride with Mr. Fauver. Pick up will be at 3:45 a.m. sharp! 5. Stick yourself to Mrs. Shales-Clarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s car. 4. Ask Mr. Knutson if heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s willing to upgrade to a tandem bike. 3. See if Mr. Brissey can take you in his DeLorean. 2. Kick Jones out of the baby seat and ride in the Prius with Mr. Westerberg. 1.Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go. Just think about it for a second: itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not your fault; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s! JACK ALLEN, ADAM GERARD, ALEX WHITE/ OPINION EDITORS DANNY KELLEHER/ EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Changes in API criteria will produce better, more holistic evaluations BY KATE ROBAK CALENDER EDITOR Last September, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1458, which changed the Academic Performance Index scoring criteria for all California schools. This new bill will effectively redirect the focus of California schools away from simply passing Standardized Tests and toward focusing on education for the sake of learning and creating a better future for students. Currently, API scores are based primarily on CSTs and are only slightly affected by other factors, such as dropout rates. SB 1458 states that beginning in 2016,

California Standardized Tests, on the California Standardized such as the STAR Test and the Tests will be more equally balCAHSEE, will compose at most anced with their attention on pre60 perparing their The new API scoring technique students for cent of a schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will create an advanced and more college and o v e r - accurate grading system. a career. all API The new score. The other 40 percent of the $3, VFRULQJ V\VWHP LV D EHQHÂżscore will be composed of areas cial change for Mira Costa and all concerning the future of Califor- California schools because API nia students, like graduation rates scoring will be extended to other and the readiness of students to areas that many schools excel in, pursue a successful college life. and will allow for schools to be However, in some ways the bill recognized for successes unrelatis vague and does not include ex- ed to standardized testing. actly what the API score will be While the bill gives some spemade up of. FLÂżFV DERXW WKH PDNHXS RI WKH The bill will ensure that teach- scoring system, it does not comersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and administratorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; attention prehensively address what the 40

percent of the API scoring will be comprised of, but State Superintendent Tom Torlakson will reSRUW E\ 2FW   WKH VSHFLÂżF breakdown of the scoring criteria. Although these new methods have not been introduced yet, they will lead to a more holistic approach to the API grading system and back away from the current, closed-minded system which focuses only on test performance. The new API criteria will also add more weight to science and social science classes. Also, because other subjects, such as foreign language and arts, are not on standardized tests, they have a greater chance of being evaluated once less emphasis in the evalua-

tion process is put on the CSTs. Some opponents believe that the scoring change will not be effective. However, while the bill PD\ ODFN VSHFLÂżFV QRZ LW KDV D clear goal and process in which the details of the scoring system will be determined. With these changes, API scores will accurately represent schoolsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; abilities. The new API scores will create an advanced and more accurate grading system that rightfully assesses schools by taking the emphasis off test-taking. This is a welcome change that will allow teachers to focus on improving the education of their students and promoting their overall academic experience.


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OPINION

La Vista

February 8, 2013

EDITORâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NOTE

Journalists must balance information and safety BY DANNY KELLEHER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

MIRA COSTA HIGH SCHOOL 1401 ARTESIA BOULEVARD MANHATTAN BEACH, CALIFORNIA (310) 318-7337 EXT 5233

When I saw an article about Aaron Swartz after he hanged himself a month ago, all I knew was that he was some legendary â&#x20AC;&#x153;hacktivist.â&#x20AC;? Recently, though, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been reading up on him â&#x20AC;&#x201C; about his upbringing, about his activism and about the ideals he fought for â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and I have become fascinated with the world he envisioned. Swartz was a super-genius, one who dropped out of Stanford after a People should not be blocked from acyear, helped create Reddit, contribXWHGWRWKHGHYHORSPHQWRIWKHÂżUVW cessing certain information unless it is RSS feed and famously hacked the truly threatening. Massachusetts Institute of Technologyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s JSTOR, one of the largest scholarly The world that so many of these anonydigital archives in the world, releasing mous hacktivists envision is one of free PRUHWKDQPLOOLRQÂżOHVRQWRWKHLQWHUQHW information, with no limits to what peoto be downloaded for free. Swartz was also ple are able to access. The morals behind the leader behind the grassroots opposition these opinions are there, and Swartz was to SOPA and PIPA, condemning the legis- undoubtedly a proponent of the common

FEBRUARY 8, 2013 VOLUME LXIII, ISSUE 5 WWW.LAVISTAMCHS.COM EDITORS-IN-CHIEF DANNY KELLEHER ALEC LAUTANEN MANAGING EDITOR HANNA MCGUIRE COPY EDITORS ZACK GILL MAGGIE ROBAK NEWS EDITORS JOANI GILLAM, EXECUTIVE SHAYLYN AUSTIN TAYLOR ST. GERMAIN OPINION EDITORS ALEX WHITE, EXECUTIVE JACK ALLEN ADAM GERARD

Budget excess needs more specific plan for spending

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As Governor Jerry Brown proposes a ÂżVFDOO\ VRXQG EXGJHW IRU QH[W \HDU WKH 0DQKDWWDQ %HDFK 8QLÂżHG 6FKRRO 'LVWULFW must also do the same. While MBUSD is awaiting some key budgetary decisions from the state, MBUSD will be receiving extra funding regardless of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decisions due to Proposition 30. The district, WKHUHIRUHQHHGVWRFUHDWHDPRUHVSHFLÂżF plan in addition to existing plans for reserve funds to address the inevitable new revenue. Governor Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget proposals highlight an increase to education funding as a result of the passage of Prop. 30. Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new â&#x20AC;&#x153;Local Control Funding Formulaâ&#x20AC;? plans to direct more funding from Prop 30 to schools with greater challenges, such as large numbers of students with ORZLQFRPHVRUDVLJQLÂżFDQWSHUFHQWDJHRI English as a Second Language students. According to social science teacher and MBUTA negotiations chair Adam Geczi, while MBUSD may not receive as much money as other districts in education funding, it will still see a revenue increase.

While this may not be as ideal of a situation for MBUSD schools, Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal has merit. There are many schools in California with minimal resources that are in need of support. These schools do not have any organization similar to the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation, and they have no way of coming up with funding on their own. Although it may be unfortunate for those in Manhattan Beach, on a state level Brown is obviJACKSON CASADY/LA VISTA ously making the right choice. With this in mind, MBUSD must craft a budget factoring in the increase in funds, however much. Because MBUSD always prepares its budget for the worst-case scenario, there is usually an excess in funding that the district puts into its reserves. Last year, the district adopted a budget with $52,321,514 in revenue, but actually received $54,629,374, therefore leaving a $2,307,860 surplus, according to district

budget reports. Since the budget didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t include this excess of funds, MBUSD was able to allocate this revenue however it wanted with little regulation. ,QOLJKWRIWKHSUHYLRXVFRQĂ&#x20AC;LFWVUHJDUGing teacher contracts and the increase in technology implementation, money must be spent to meet the increasing costs. Ideally, 20% of any excess should be directed toward teacher pay which would be added on to any contractual pay increases. Ten percent of these funds should go toward sustaining technology to account for the widespread increase of the iPad Pilot Program and Wi-Fi project in addition to covering the costs of technology mishaps. According to Bagley, money may need to be allotted toward increasing security in light of recent events such as the Sandy Hook tragedy and, thus, 5% of the revenue should be allotted toward security costs. The extra 65% of revenue should be put into reserves for future unforeseen costs. Overall, MBUSD must be cautious when crafting the 2013-14 budget. It must remain conservative in spending until state IXQGLQJLVNQRZQ+RZHYHUDVSHFLÂżFSODQ for the inevitable excess in revenue must be created before funding is even known.

Other districtsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; policies should guide MBUSD evaluations 7KH 0DQKDWWDQ %HDFK 8QLÂżHG 6FKRRO 'LVWULFWDQGWKH0DQKDWWDQ%HDFK8QLÂżHG Teachers Association agreed to a tentative system of teacher evaluation this past October. Since then, the groups have made strides toward a merit-based system within the district, but as this new pilot program continues to be tested at Mira Costa, the system should use incentives to encourage exceptional teaching through positive reinforcement, as done in other districts. The current pilot program within MBUSD evaluates teachers on six MBUSD Teaching Standards that are mandatory for all non-tenured teachers in the district. The standards range from having knowledge of the subject to being driven toward constant professional development. The evaluations are based off observations of class by administrators. MBUSD should consider a system in which bonus pay and peer evaluation are both readily available and used, similar to steps made by other districts. Bonus pay is not always a wise component to include in teacher assessment systems, but with the passage of Proposition 30, more money could be allotted toward this system. In this scenario, teachers would receive bonus pay, potentially a sal-

ary raise of $5,000 annually, for instructing would kill two birds with one stone: this in â&#x20AC;&#x153;hard-to-teachâ&#x20AC;? subjects, which would progressive, rewarding system would draw vary based on school needs, and also a talented teachers to the district, as well as similar reward for improving test results. attempt to bring ineffective educators up Merit-based pay systems have traditional- to speed with their peers. Newarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sysly received fervent opposition from unions, tem still requires tenured teachers to be but concessions, such as a peer-based eval- evaluated but less often than their nonuation system, would help facilitate a com- tenured counterparts. The middle ground promise. Such an agreement was reached they reached eases the burden on tenured in the Newark School District, in which teachers but still holds them more accountthe union MBUSD should consider a system in able than the current passed by MBUSD system of an over- which bonus pay and peer evaluation are teacher evaluation. whelming both readily available and used, similar If teachers were unm a j o r - to steps made by other districts. able to improve, even ity a meritwith attempted inbased pay system that was contingent upon struction from peers, a committee consistveteran teachers, rather than administra- ing of half administrators and half teachtors, assessing other teachers. Part of the ers would then vote on how to proceed. reason this was able to pass was because MBUSD and MBUTA are in the beginning standardized tests play a smaller role in process of a program that will clearly take evaluations, a prime example of a conces- years to polish. With more substantive insion made to teachers to make the agree- centives for both sides of the debate, the ment more feasible. district would be able to achieve a coheThe current pilot program allows tenured sive, agreeable program that would be teachers to volunteer for being reviewed more exact and less arbitrary in evaluating but gives no incentive to do so. If tenured teachers. An evaluation program such as teachers were offered to attain merit-based this should be considered as the union and pay raises that were contingent on going district continue to move forward with this through the evaluation process, MBUSD pilot program.


OPINION

February 8, 2013

La Vista

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PRO/CON

Would further gun control help keep Costa safe? PRO:

Firearm regulation would benefit U.S., Costa

CON:

Gun control would not make citizens safer

BY ALEX WHITE EXECUTIVE OPINION EDITOR

order to help prevent future tragedies like BY MORGAN THALER those at Sandy Hook before they attack. Newtown. STAFF WRITER Better mental health care access for these But, if an assault weaponsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ban is too AND JACK HADLEY people and better detection systems in After the recent shooting in Newtown, drastic, a middle ground should be found. CONTRIBUTING WRITER place to identify them is necessary. Rather Connecticut, it has become clear that fur- Making magazines smaller would make than pointing to violence in video games WKHUÂżUHDUPUHJXODWLRQLVQHFHVVDU\WRNHHS handguns more functional for self defense In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook or television, the country should aim to Americans safe against senseless violence, than attacking others. Elementary, he questions have arisen about reform the mental health systems to help especially school shootings. 3UHVLGHQW2EDPDSURSRVHGÂżUHDUPUHJgun control and school security. Changes in the people who are likely to be involved in Advocates of gun rights attempt to de- ulation legislation in January to reenter current national gun control policies would shootings. Strides in detecting those who Ă&#x20AC;HFW WKH IRFXV DZD\ IURP WKH UHJXODWLRQ the assault weapons ban and to limit magnot lessen violent crime rates, but changes are likely to commit shootings should start toward the underlying causes of gun vio- azines clips to 10 rounds, both of which should be made at Costa in order to make at the schools, with regular mental health lence. While this are excellent ways students safer. screenings from a young age. approach makes The best way to make the Costa to prevent future After shootings, many people cry for At Mira Costa, changes of this nature sense, and fac- campus safe is the same as making the ÂżUHDUP GLVDVWHUV new laws restricting gun use to stop these could be made as well. Costa Principal Dr. tors such as a It also goes even heinous acts. However, the Ben Dale says he plans on increasing secuentire country safe. failing mental furidea that fewer guns mean rity presence on campus. One worthwhile health system and a glamorizing media ther to include less violent crime, when change would be an increase in access to do play a part, federal and state govern- better mental analyzed, has little merit. mental health care for students who feel ments should work to place more restric- health services in In fact, according to they need emotional or psychological suptions on deadly weapons. Or, at the very schools, helping atHarvard crimi nologists port. This increased access could come in a least, they should take smaller measures, tack the problem at Don Kates and Gary Maus- variety of forms, including more available like reducing the size of magazines, which its source. While the ner, the number of hand- guidance counselors and mental health would come with the passage of President bill may be met with gun owners in the U.S. screenings at school. Barack Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed legislation. opposition in Conincreased over the past Additionally, reminding students that Some opponents of gun regulation be- gress, it must be passed ÂżYH\HDUVEXWWRWDOYLROHQW there are already existing opportunities for lieve that it is the portrayal of violence in order to achieve substancrime has dropped in each them to receive psychological assistance in the media, namely movies and video tial change that will help save RIWKRVH\HDUVVLJQLÂżFDQWO\ on campus should be a priority. The goal games, that lead to mass shootings, not ac- American lives. The nine European coun- of this reform is to lessen the chances of a cess to guns. However, studies that comAt Mira Costa, things are tries with the lowest gun student executing a school shooting. pared the United States to other modern excellent in terms of student ownership rates have murIn addition, Costa should give campus countries say the opposite. According to safety. Apart from being in a der rates three times higher security guards more power to protect the Washington Post, the Netherlands and safe community with good acthan the nine countries with themselves along with everyone else on South Korea both spend more than double cess to mental health resources both the highest rates of gun own- campus by giving them handguns. While the amount of money per capita on video on and off campus, like Costaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guidance ership. These studies show that WKLVVWHSPD\VHHPGUDVWLFWKHKRUULÂżFDFgames, but see less than one-sixth of the counselors, the administration and secuthe root of violent crime doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tions that some people choose to take are ÂżUHDUPUHODWHG PXUGHUV 7KH GLIIHUHQFH rity do a good job of keeping students come from high gun ownership even worse. Arming security on campus between the U.S. and both nations is sim- safe. There are rarely security issues, rates, and a separate cause for will give them the potential in some caply the more lax regulation in the U.S. and when there are they are handled the violence must be addressed pacity to protect the school in the case of a The real debate should be over how far TXLFNO\ *LYLQJ ÂżUHDUPV WR VDIHW\ RIinstead: a failed mental shooting. Helping studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mental health ÂżUHDUP UHJXODWLRQ PHDVXUHV VKRXOG JR ÂżFLDOV RQ FDPSXV LV XQOLNHO\ WR SUHhealth system. is a step in the right direction, but outside Assault weapons were invented for the vent a tragedy, especially when these JACKSON CASADY/LA VISTA One proposed change threats are just as dangerous. military, not the American communities. weapons would be able to be out-matched suggested by President Obama is a ban Preventing gun violence in our nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s A ban on these weapons that can spread by intrudersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; equipment. The best way to on assault weapons, which had previously schools should always be an American prisuch gross amounts of violence so quickly make the Costa campus safe is to make the been enacted from 1994 to 2004 and was ority, and keeping Costa safe should be a is simply common sense. entire country safe. An assault weaponsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ineffective. The Center for Disease Con- community necessity. Effective solutions Additionally, regulation should be made ban or limits on the use of handguns would trol and the National should be There needs to be an increase in based on facts, to limit the use of handguns, as opposed to greatly decrease the amount of damage a Research Council both ORQJJXQVVXFKDVULĂ&#x20AC;HVDQGDVVDXOWZHDS- shooter could do in a short period of time conducted studies in access to mental health care for stu- rather than ons. Handguns accounted for over 90% of and would give security a much better  ÂżQGLQJ ÂłLQVXI- dents who feel they need emotional emotion. ÂżUHDUPPXUGHUVLQDFFRUGLQJWRWKH chance at effectively stopping threats. ÂżFLHQW HYLGHQFH´ VXS- support. The issue is Centers for Disease Control. Restricting It has taken too many tragedies for the porting the claim that beyond our inhandgun use would go a very long way in citizens of the United States to respond to violent crime was reduced by the ban. On terpretation of the Second Amendment; it OLPLWLQJWRWDOÂżUHDUPKRPLFLGHVGXHWRWKH gun violence, and comprehensive action its face the idea of gun control seems fair, is whether we want to allow people to proobjects to be concealed and their compara- should be taken as quickly as possible. but the positive effects of further regula- tect themselves. Since we want people to tively large ammunition magazines. Final- Costaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campus is already safe, and change tion are non-existent. remain safe, we must enable them to carry ly, penalties for those who cannot safely in legislation would be the best option to Alternatively, changes should be made guns. This decision will not endanger Coskeep and store their weapons should be make Costa even more secure from danger in the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crime prevention to stop ta, but reforming mental health services is installed at the federal and state levels in moving forward. the people that commit acts of terror like vital in ensuring protection of the school.

ROVING REPORTER

Does Costa do enough to keep students safe on campus?

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Derek Hanson Sophomore

Kelly Donovan Math Teacher

Alexis del Valle Junior

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LIFE

La Vista

February 8, 2013

Model United Nations teaches debaters how to dress for success BY AVA KLEIN EXECUTIVE LIFE EDITOR AND ARI HOWORTH ARTS EDITOR While many students across Mira &RVWDœV FDPSXV are familiar with WKH SXEOLF VSHDNing skills the Model United Nations class fosters, a lesser known skill that Costa MUN stresses to its members is fashLRQ'HOHJDWHV SD\FDUHIXODWtention to the western business attire they VSRUW DW FRQIHUHQFHV Many Model United Nations students at Costa hold that success at comSHWLWLYH  FRQIHUHQFHV is determined more by how a delegate delivers DVSHHFKWKDQZKDWKHRU VKH DFWXDOO\ VD\V .HHSing this in mind, many GHOHJDWHVVWUHVVWKHLPSRUWDQFH RI DSSHDOLQJ WR WKH LQWULFDFLHVRIIRUPDOGUHVV ³'UHVVLQJXSIRUWKHFRQIHUHQFHV LV H[WUHPHO\ H[FLWLQJ HVSHFLDOO\ EHFDXVH , W\SLFDOO\WHQGWRZHDUFORWKHV that are much more rugged than western business attire to VFKRRO´ &R6HFUHWDU\*HQHUDO

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SUIT UP: Senior Jack Rosenberg (above) won the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Dressedâ&#x20AC;? award at Costaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s end-of-the-year Model UN banquet last year.

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WATT COULD BE BETTER?: After graduating from UCLA in 1988 with a major in physics, Costa physics teacher Jonathan Lewis discovered his passion was educating. He currently teaches both Advanced Placement, Honors and College Prep physics at Mira Costa. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My roommate was interviewLQJ IRU DQ /$86' WHDFKLQJ MRE DQGQHHGHGDULGH´/HZLVVDLGÂł, MXVW WRRN D ULGH DQG ZHQW GRZQWRZQ , LQWHUYLHZHG MXVW IRU WKH hell of it, and they hired me on WKHVSRW´ /HZLVÂś ÂżUVW MRE ZDV WHDFKLQJ highly gifted students at North +ROO\ZRRG +LJK 6FKRRO :KLOH an instructor there, Lewis also coached the football team for WKUHH\HDUV After bouncing back and forth between a handful of other VFKRROV DQG VXPPHU SURJUDPV

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February 8, 2013

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Students plan to channel their inner gladiator in ASB vs. La Vista Games real life,â&#x20AC;? senior and La Vista Editor-in-Chief Alec Lautanen said. Former ASB President TraFriendly rivalries throughout vis Taylor and former La Vista school organizations are common Editor-in-Chiefs Kyle Allen and at Mira Costa. Rarely, though, are Zack Rosenfeld started the â&#x20AC;&#x153;ASB LISA VALICENTE/ LA VISTA they actually settled with friendly vs. La Vista Winter Gamesâ&#x20AC;? after the rivalry between the two WHERE ART THOU, SIEKER?: English teacher Diana Sieker will teach an eight-week poetry class to fourth grade stu- competition. dents who are currently enrolled in the Gifted and Talented Education program this April at Mira Costa. Students from rival Mira Costa groups became vicious. This year, organizations Associated Student Editor-in-Chief Danny Kelleher, Body and La Vista will compete Arts Editor Dylan Fair and ASB during the week of Feb. 25 in the member Ben Sands organized the second annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;ASB vs. La Vista events. BY RISHA ROHERA gram also take the Otis-Lennon Executive Director of Education- Winter Games.â&#x20AC;? The intense riâ&#x20AC;&#x153;The Winter Games are a great THEME EDITOR School Ability Test in the third al Services Carolyn Seaton said. valry between ASB and La Vista way to boost student morale grade. According to past GATE â&#x20AC;&#x153;The enrichment classes provide has escalated dramatically within while coming together as one This April, young and talented members, this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new poetry GATE students with a great op- the past two years, after La Vista XQLÂżHGVFKRRO´VRSKRPRUH$6% elementary school minds will class will give current GATE par- portunity to study topics [in the repeatedly insulted ASB events. member Roxy Vabrey said. have the opportunity to open the ticipants a more well-rounded GATE curriculum] in more depth ASB was O n e â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Winter Games are a great the overall gate to creativity and knowledge education, especially because the and shine as students.â&#x20AC;? game of way to boost student morale through poetry. program has previously focussed Elementary school adminis- Capture winner in the Advanced Placement Eng- on only math and science. trations are optimistic about this the Flag, while coming together as one uni- games last lish and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s Literature seminar Âł,WKLQN*$7(ZDVDEHQHÂżFLDO new poetry class. According to t w o year. Although fied school.â&#x20AC;? teacher Diana Sieker will teach experience,â&#x20AC;? sophomore and for- Pennekamp Elementary School r o u n d s ASB won the a poetry enrichment program to mer GATE student Remi Dayton Principal Debbie Mabry, if the of Scholdodgeball and Roxy Vabrey fourth-grade students who are a said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It wouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been even bet- students can engage in poetry and ar Quiz Capture the Sophomore ASB member part of the Gifted and Talented ter if we were taught to examine develop new ideas, then the class and three Flag events Education Program beginning poetry as well as science.â&#x20AC;? is worthwhile. last year, La games of this April. At the end of the eightFour years ago, the district â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have no doubt that Ms. Siek- dodgeball will be held throughout Vista defeated ASB in Scholar week program, students will have created a â&#x20AC;&#x153;cluster groupingâ&#x20AC;? for erâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class will be popular with the week of the Games. Quiz with a score of 185-70. explored a variety of different GATE students, in which students the GATE students,â&#x20AC;? Seaton said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We plan on keeping our title â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am most excited for the poetry and will be able use their LGHQWLÂżHG DV JLIWHG DQG WDOHQWHG â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exciting for students to have Dodgeball event because that DV FKDPSV DQG ÂżJKWLQJ XQWLO WKH knowledge to compose their own were put into one class annually the opportunity to learn from such tends to be the most competitive end,â&#x20AC;? junior ASB member Saoriginal poems. DQG WDXJKW E\ D *$7(FHUWLÂżHG a talented teacher.â&#x20AC;? game,â&#x20AC;? ASB member Michael mantha Pulido said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love the idea of having a instructor. Several months after Sieker is still creating the of- Whinfrey said. Despite the tension between class thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only focusing on cel- the GATE program was created, ÂżFLDO FXUULFXOXP IRU WKH SRHWU\ Both ASB and La Vista are the two rival organizations, the ebrating poetry, language and the enrichment courses for these stu- classes. The elementary school highly motivated to win this Games are used to build school written word,â&#x20AC;? Sieker said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m dents were implemented. students who enroll in the program yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s games and will do what VSLULWWKURXJKÂżHUFHFRPSHWLWLRQ really excited to work with talentâ&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted to add the after-school will begin the class in April. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want this,â&#x20AC;? Kelleher said. ever it takes to be deemed ultied and gifted minds who are only courses as an option for GATE â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be a fun challenge and an mate champions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This year weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going hit ASB nine and 10 years old.â&#x20AC;? students to have time with other exciting way to connect with fuâ&#x20AC;&#x153;After the informal rivalry be- where it hurts. Their egos will be Students who take the exam to *$7(LGHQWLÂżHGSHHUV´0DQKDW- ture students I might have some- tween ASB and La Vista, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great dropping, though Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure it be admitted into the GATE pro- WDQ%HDFK8QLÂżHG6FKRRO'LVWULFW day,â&#x20AC;? Sieker said. to see the two groups compete in will be quite like a yacht.â&#x20AC;? BY TAYLOR ST. GERMAIN NEWS EDITOR

Sieker shares passion for poetry with GATE students

Manhattan Beach Cultural Arts Commission fosters creative and vibrant local color BY COURTNEY HUGHEY STAFF WRITER

and Lajos Heder, who have had multiple public art installations throughout the country, were Out of all Manhattan Beach chosen by the Commission in City organizations, only one em- November out of 160 qualifying phasizes the importance of artistic submissions. The piece is nearly expression through public art. 15-feet tall, made out of stainless The Cultural Arts Commission steel and glass. was formed several years ago â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a database of names at the request of the Manhattan that we have chosen in the past Beach City Council in the hope and from people who referred that the commission would come them to us, and we got a lot of up with unique ideas for commu- names from the San Diego Waternity art displays. Front Project [a local San Diego â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of the things we do, in- art program] for potential artcluding the pieces of art we choose ists,â&#x20AC;? Humbarger said. to publicly feature in Manhattan The Centennial art piece, titled Beach, have to be approved by the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Light Gate,â&#x20AC;? will be the largCity Council,â&#x20AC;? Arts Commission est permanent piece of art in the member Nancy Humbarger said. history of Manhattan Beach. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;The process for choosing artists display that Haries and Heders and approving art is a multi-step created costs nearly $150,000 and operation will be funded that usuâ&#x20AC;&#x153;We are constantly looking by the Pubally takes a for ways to expand the com- lic Art Trust long time to fund, which munityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opportunity for ÂżQDOO\ DSwas started exposure to quality art in dif- ÂżYH \HDUV DJR prove.â&#x20AC;? T h e by Manhattan ferent modalities.â&#x20AC;? Manhattan Beach Mayor Beach CenWayne Powell tennial art and receives Russell Samuels piece, which public and priwill be put Cultural Arts Commission vate donations. on display â&#x20AC;&#x153;It took six member on 14th months to go street between the City Hall and through the entire process of the new public library, is the most choosing the artists and getting recent project the Cultural Arts the art piece approved by the Commission has been working city council, which happened last on. The two artists, Mags Harries December,â&#x20AC;? Cultural Arts Com-

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SCULPTING A CREATIVE VISION: The Manhattan Beach Cultural Art Commission created the Sculpture Garden (above) three years ago. The Garden is located within the central area between the downtown Manhattan Beach Police Station and Library. Pieces including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tropic Birdsâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spirit of the Windâ&#x20AC;? are currently on display in the Garden. mission member James Gill said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was by far the biggest project that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done.â&#x20AC;? Nearly three years ago, the Cultural Arts Commission organized the Sculpture Garden in the Civic Center, which is the quad area in the center of the Manhattan Beach Library and Police Station. The commission chooses new pieces to place in the Sculpture Garden every year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great to have the art pieces in visual proximity to each other in the Sculpture Garden because WKHQ \RX FDQ VHH ÂżYH WR VHYHQ pieces in a short time frame,â&#x20AC;? Humbarger said. The Sculpture Garden was derived from a newly instated program in Manhattan Beach called the Manhattan Beach Temporary

Art in Public Places Program. This program loans the Commission art for several months, while the artist is given a stipend depending on the price of each piece. The artwork that is currently on display in the Sculpture Garden is composed by various artists. The pieces include â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spirit of the Wind,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tropic Birds,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tree Huggerâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not a Step.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the art from the program is usually displayed in the civic center, where it would be most visible to the public,â&#x20AC;? Powell said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a great way to expose the community to great works of art and to beautify the city as well.â&#x20AC;? The Cultural Arts Commission is currently interested in bringing a travelling art display of newly recovered photos of Los Angeles

found in the L.A. Public Library archives. World-renowned American photographer Ansel Adams took the pictures and donated them to the L.A. Public Library during the 1960s. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Photography isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t usually an art medium we display, so bringing Ansel Adamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; photography is a great idea,â&#x20AC;? Cultural Arts Commission member Russell Samuels said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are constantly looking for ways to expand the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exposure to quality art.â&#x20AC;? The Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal is to enrich the local community through public art displays and art educational programs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to encourage and support all kinds of artistic expression with all Manhattan Beach residents,â&#x20AC;? Samuels said.


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Are you currently in any classes at Costa that appeal to academic interests you want to pursue later in life?

Students at Mira Costa are using hands-on vocational activities as well as guidance from the College and Career Center to become the most qualified candidates for future college majors and job opportunities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think Naviance is a great way to get an early head start â&#x20AC;&#x153;My plan for now is to major in international relations, on the college search, especially for sophomores because the which is kind of like a real-world Model UN,â&#x20AC;? Co-MUN earlier you start the better,â&#x20AC;? sophomore Sameeha Jilani said. Secretary-General senior Taylor Lewis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Model UN has The personal section in Naviance hosts the studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grade completely opened my eyes to the global issues plaguing our point average and test scores, which are updated each semes- world, and by majoring in international relations, I hope to be ter. A personal survey on the site asks the students about ca- able to contribute to the solutions to those world problems.â&#x20AC;? reer interests and gives a list of careers that correlates directly with studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; personalities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The broadcast journalism program at Costa has really helped me When the students go back during their junior realize what I want in a future career.â&#x20AC;? year to the CCC, the focus shifts to the college component. The CCC helps narrow down the Senior Emma Jean Bedford college list from large campuses to small campuses, to a private school or a public school, to the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Broadcast journalism is the class behind the acclaimed Muslocation and so on. tang Morning News. The class, taught by Michael Hernandez, During senior year, after students have gathered all of their consists of learning skills such as news writing and research, test scores, the CCC helps students tweak their college list ac- videography, editing, web-design and sound recording. cording to what they would like to do after high school. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;The broadcast journalism program at Costa has really CCC explains the process and helps the students orga- helped me realize what I want in a future career in journalâ&#x20AC;&#x153;I think Naviance is a great way to get an early head start on the nize components required to apply. ism,â&#x20AC;? senior Emma Jean Bedford said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The CCC helped me this year by laying out steps I college search, especially for sophomores since the earlier you For some students, Costa does not offer electives that dineeded to take to apply to college and with letters of rectly correlate to their prospective majors. Thanks to the outstart the better.â&#x20AC;? recommendationâ&#x20AC;? senior Montana Hunter said. side organization Southern California Regional Occupational Sophomore Sameeha Jilani The CCC is not the only facility students use to guide Center, students are able to work in a unique hands-on class, As freshmen, students meet in the CCC to become familiar- their career paths. Costa also offers a variety of co-curriculars which is worth the time commitment after school. ized with the requirements needed to graduate high school that help prepare students for majors and jobs in almost every â&#x20AC;&#x153;I took aerospace engineering from 2010-2012,â&#x20AC;? senior Trfield of study. and get into college and make a four-year plan.The counselishen Patel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It introduced me to the basics of engineering â&#x20AC;&#x153;The wide variety of electives offered at Mira Costa allows ors give a presentation on the differences between high school and influenced my [potential] career choice for the future.â&#x20AC;? graduation requirements and college entrance requirements, for students to gain a large scope of knowledge,â&#x20AC;? junior Sydney Through these various extracurriculars and the services of Walley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe that by participating in these elective such as the A-G courses for University of California Schools. the CCC, Costa students are able to succeed in finding a suitâ&#x20AC;&#x153;The four-year plan helped put things into perspective,â&#x20AC;? courses, students create a good foundation of understanding able path to pursue their career choices. Students learn how to freshman Priya Chatwani said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It heightened my awareness within a field they may pursue in the future.â&#x20AC;? keep track of their plans for the future by using the accessible Model United Nations is an extracurricular in which stuof all that Costa has to offer.â&#x20AC;? facilities available to them at Costa. During sophomore year, students have another meeting dents debate issues by acting as United Nations delegates and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Costa can help prepare and guide you to reaching a goal reproducing UN committees. Costaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s MUN team is nationally with the CCC in the library. They go over different communiin a way that is above and beyond the standard,â&#x20AC;? junior Haty service and outreach opportunities and begin using a stu- ranked and often sparks a future career in subjects such as ley Braun said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They insure that you have all the confidence, international relations. dent resource website called Naviance. tools and experience to excel in your desired field.â&#x20AC;? Schools across the country generally have one goal in mind: educating the next generation. Through the College and Career Center and the wide variety of extracurriculars at Costa, students are learning new tips on searching for careers. At Mira Costa, CCC counselors Katherine Folkman and Gail Currey are available to each and every student through all four years of high school so that they can help students choose courses for each year and plan for the future. There are a variety of different avenues to get an education for a career. Students can choose to go to a four-year college, take courses at Southern California Regional Occupational Center or go to a community college and take career-certified courses. Students who want to pursue a job right out of high school are given advice from the counselors as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe the CCC helps students as much as they need,â&#x20AC;? senior Maurice Welch said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I genuinely feel [the counselors] care and want all students to succeed.â&#x20AC;?

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;No, because a lot of College Preparatory classes are relatively easy.â&#x20AC;?

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Sophomore Ryan Ramey

Spanish teacher Edward Frigola

Junior Jigar Bhakta

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Students at Mira Costa are using hands-on vocational activities as well as guidance from the College and Career Center to become the most qualified candidates for future college majors and job opportunities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think Naviance is a great way to get an early head start â&#x20AC;&#x153;My plan for now is to major in international relations, on the college search, especially for sophomores because the which is kind of like a real-world Model UN,â&#x20AC;? Co-MUN earlier you start the better,â&#x20AC;? sophomore Sameeha Jilani said. Secretary-General senior Taylor Lewis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Model UN has The personal section in Naviance hosts the studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grade completely opened my eyes to the global issues plaguing our point average and test scores, which are updated each semes- world, and by majoring in international relations, I hope to be ter. A personal survey on the site asks the students about ca- able to contribute to the solutions to those world problems.â&#x20AC;? reer interests and gives a list of careers that correlates directly with studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; personalities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The broadcast journalism program at Costa has really helped me When the students go back during their junior realize what I want in a future career.â&#x20AC;? year to the CCC, the focus shifts to the college component. The CCC helps narrow down the Senior Emma Jean Bedford college list from large campuses to small campuses, to a private school or a public school, to the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Broadcast journalism is the class behind the acclaimed Muslocation and so on. tang Morning News. The class, taught by Michael Hernandez, During senior year, after students have gathered all of their consists of learning skills such as news writing and research, test scores, the CCC helps students tweak their college list ac- videography, editing, web-design and sound recording. cording to what they would like to do after high school. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;The broadcast journalism program at Costa has really CCC explains the process and helps the students orga- helped me realize what I want in a future career in journalâ&#x20AC;&#x153;I think Naviance is a great way to get an early head start on the nize components required to apply. ism,â&#x20AC;? senior Emma Jean Bedford said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The CCC helped me this year by laying out steps I college search, especially for sophomores since the earlier you For some students, Costa does not offer electives that dineeded to take to apply to college and with letters of rectly correlate to their prospective majors. Thanks to the outstart the better.â&#x20AC;? recommendationâ&#x20AC;? senior Montana Hunter said. side organization Southern California Regional Occupational Sophomore Sameeha Jilani The CCC is not the only facility students use to guide Center, students are able to work in a unique hands-on class, As freshmen, students meet in the CCC to become familiar- their career paths. Costa also offers a variety of co-curriculars which is worth the time commitment after school. ized with the requirements needed to graduate high school that help prepare students for majors and jobs in almost every â&#x20AC;&#x153;I took aerospace engineering from 2010-2012,â&#x20AC;? senior Trfield of study. and get into college and make a four-year plan.The counselishen Patel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It introduced me to the basics of engineering â&#x20AC;&#x153;The wide variety of electives offered at Mira Costa allows ors give a presentation on the differences between high school and influenced my [potential] career choice for the future.â&#x20AC;? graduation requirements and college entrance requirements, for students to gain a large scope of knowledge,â&#x20AC;? junior Sydney Through these various extracurriculars and the services of Walley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe that by participating in these elective such as the A-G courses for University of California Schools. the CCC, Costa students are able to succeed in finding a suitâ&#x20AC;&#x153;The four-year plan helped put things into perspective,â&#x20AC;? courses, students create a good foundation of understanding able path to pursue their career choices. Students learn how to freshman Priya Chatwani said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It heightened my awareness within a field they may pursue in the future.â&#x20AC;? keep track of their plans for the future by using the accessible Model United Nations is an extracurricular in which stuof all that Costa has to offer.â&#x20AC;? facilities available to them at Costa. During sophomore year, students have another meeting dents debate issues by acting as United Nations delegates and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Costa can help prepare and guide you to reaching a goal reproducing UN committees. Costaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s MUN team is nationally with the CCC in the library. They go over different communiin a way that is above and beyond the standard,â&#x20AC;? junior Haty service and outreach opportunities and begin using a stu- ranked and often sparks a future career in subjects such as ley Braun said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They insure that you have all the confidence, international relations. dent resource website called Naviance. tools and experience to excel in your desired field.â&#x20AC;? Schools across the country generally have one goal in mind: educating the next generation. Through the College and Career Center and the wide variety of extracurriculars at Costa, students are learning new tips on searching for careers. At Mira Costa, CCC counselors Katherine Folkman and Gail Currey are available to each and every student through all four years of high school so that they can help students choose courses for each year and plan for the future. There are a variety of different avenues to get an education for a career. Students can choose to go to a four-year college, take courses at Southern California Regional Occupational Center or go to a community college and take career-certified courses. Students who want to pursue a job right out of high school are given advice from the counselors as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe the CCC helps students as much as they need,â&#x20AC;? senior Maurice Welch said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I genuinely feel [the counselors] care and want all students to succeed.â&#x20AC;?

Math & Engineering Math & Engineering Fine & 9.3% Performing Social Science 8.4% 20.4% Arts 7.9% Humanities 22.8% 31.2%

Are you involved in a school-based extracurricular that you believe is helping prepare you for those same interests?

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Do you think Costa prepares students well for later careers?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes, because there are a lot of different classes that can help prepare us for different careers.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes, because the classes that are offered appeal to very diverse interests.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes, because [Mira Costa] is a great school, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s academically rigorous.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes, because the classes that are offered appeal to very diverse interests.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;No, because a lot of College Preparatory classes are relatively easy.â&#x20AC;?

Freshman Raquel Gerard

Sophomore Ryan Ramey

Spanish teacher Edward Frigola

Junior Jigar Bhakta

Senior Josh Cavallo


February 8, 2013 LIFE 12 La Vista Senior Taylor Howat ignites the audience through fervent passion for poetry

Howat is victorious in the 2013 Mira Costa Poetry Out Loud competition for the second-year in a row BY AVA KLEIN EXECUTIVE LIFE EDITOR As senior Taylor Howat ascends toward the microphone, she captivates the entire drama room. 2QFH VKH ÂżQDOO\ UHDFKHV WKH PLcrophone after what seems like an arduous trek, Howat looks like a natural; she knows it is once again her time to shine. Howat won the second annual schoolwide Poetry Out Loud competition on Jan. 17 in the Mira Costa drama room. For this competition, each of the 27 participants was required to memorize and recite two poems. She was victorious for the second year in a row, and according to attendees, her performance was riveting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Taylorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance was incredible,â&#x20AC;? senior Meghan Burns said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was extremely impressed by how poised, composed and passionate she was on the stage. Her performance was effortless.â&#x20AC;? After winning the Costa competition last year with her recitation of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Time Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve Lost in Wooning,â&#x20AC;? by Thomas Moore, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Song in a Minor Key,â&#x20AC;? by Dorothy Parker, Taylor was even more inspired to improve upon her previous performance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last year, everything just lined up, and it was so great,â&#x20AC;? Howat said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was surprised when they FDOOHG PH ZKHQ , ÂżQDOO\ ZRQ ,

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SOMETHING GOLD CAN STAY: Mira Costa senior Taylor Howat won the Costa Poetry Out Loud competition for the second year in a row. She performed the poems â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ego,â&#x20AC;? by Denise Duhamel and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Testimonial,â&#x20AC;? by Rita Dove in the drama room on Jan. 17. had accomplished what I set out to do.â&#x20AC;? Howatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passion for poetry began when she became a member, DQGODWHUWKHSUHVLGHQWRI5HĂ&#x20AC;HFtions Club. The club creates a literary journal composed of short stories and poems every year. The clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advisor, English teacher Shannon Vaughan, suggested that Howat participate in the competition last year. Âł0V9DXJKDQZDVUHDOO\LQĂ&#x20AC;Xential in my participation in the competition,â&#x20AC;? Howat said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She told me that I should participate because it was a new competition. She thought that I had a very good chance at doing well.â&#x20AC;?

This year, Howat performed recitations of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ego,â&#x20AC;? by Denise Duhamel and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Testimonial,â&#x20AC;? by Rita Dove. According to Howat, it took countless hours of preparation and determination to become comfortable on stage and to recite her poems with ease. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It took several days to memorize [the poems] completely,â&#x20AC;? Howat said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would practice them in my room or in the kitchen, before I went to bed, or even in the shower.â&#x20AC;? Despite her previous win, Howat wanted to maintain a level head throughout the competition. She made sure to not underestimate the competitionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s potential

contestants. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This year I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to assume that I would win again,â&#x20AC;? Howat said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I felt that maybe the judges wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pick me again. But I recited the poems that night, and it all sort of fell into place.â&#x20AC;? According to Poetry Out Loud coordinator and English teacher Diana Sieker, Howatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance was astounding. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She gave an impeccable performance that was natural and genuine,â&#x20AC;? Sieker said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Her delivery a was effective. She did a fantastic job at embodying the poem.â&#x20AC;? Not only did the competition aid Howat in becoming a stronger individual, but it also improved her public speaking skills. According to Howat, the skills she attained through her experiences in Poetry Out Loud have helped KHUJDLQWKHFRQÂżGHQFHWRMRLQWKH ComedySportz team this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Performing in the competition has made me more comfortable with being in front of an audience,â&#x20AC;? Howat said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has given PH WKH FRQÂżGHQFH DQG GULYH WR win these past two times.â&#x20AC;? After she won the school competition last year, Howat went on to compete at the county level. According to Howat, this second round of competition differed greatly from the Costa contest. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The people at the county competition had their poems memo-

rized completely, versus the Costa competition where some contestants forgot their lines,â&#x20AC;? Howat said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of people either made drastic motions with their hands and body expression or made subtle movements, letting their poems have voices through them.â&#x20AC;? Similarly to last year, Howat moved on to the Los Angeles county competition this year as well. She competed on Wednesday at the Actors Gang Studio in Culver City. However, Howat did not win the county competition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I did my best in the county competition this year, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really just a shot in the dark for the judges,â&#x20AC;? Howat said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a great experience, but I was a little let down.â&#x20AC;? According to Howat, winning the schoolwide competition was more than simply being crowned the 2013 Poetry Out Loud champion; it was a source of personal growth and inspiration. Howat did not realize how transformative her experience competing in Poetry Out Loud until her journey ZDVÂżQDOO\RYHU â&#x20AC;&#x153;Poetry Out Loud is something that I am weirdly good at and I really love to do,â&#x20AC;? Howat said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just think it is really fun. You gain insight into what the author was thinking and the message they were trying to convey. In a sense, you are bringing it to life.â&#x20AC;?


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Despite Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second-term win, political clubs fight to create political presence Both Young Democrats Club and Young Republicans Club make attempts to remain politically active BY DANNY KELLEHER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Political activism clubs at Mira Costa have had to make new efforts to stay politically involved after President Barack Obama was re-elected for a second term. Prior to the Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s win, the main political clubs on campus focused primarily on the national election. According to members of both Young Democrats Club and Young Republicans Club, attendance at meetings almost always peaks in the months prior to presidential elections. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In my freshman year before the 2008 presidential election, [Bill] Fauverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room would literally be packed,â&#x20AC;? former Young Democrats Club President and Costa alumnus Michael Powell said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was always a struggle to ÂżJXUHRXWZKDWWRGRDIWHU´ In Young Democrats Club, presidents senior Adam Gerard and junior Joe Marine have decided to go in a direction of local advocacy and city politics in order to maintain the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relatively high attendance levels. Âł:HDUHGHÂżQLWHO\IRFXVLQJRQ local politics,â&#x20AC;? Gerard said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to stay involved in the community Manhattan Beach City Council elections, along

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REAL POLITIKIN: Young Democrats Club presidents senior Adam Gerard and junior Joe Marine (left) and vice president junior Hannah Daly (middle left) decided to alter their focus from national to local Manhattan Beach politics. In doing so, Gerard and Marine hope the Young Democrats Club can lend a hand and become involved in Manhattan Beach City Council and School Board elections. Similarly, Young Republicans Club Co-President Morgan Thaler (right) is currently deciding where to direct the funds the club has raised this year and last year. Thaler hopes to maintain the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attendance level by recruiting new members. with [School] Board candidate endorsements. These elections are great ways for us to be involved.â&#x20AC;? Young Republicans Club is currently looking for different ways to remain active and involved in both the Mira Costa and Manhattan Beach communities. Club presidents seniors Nick Jones and Morgan Thaler are currently deciding on which direction to take

their on-campus club. Âł:H DUH WU\LQJ WR ÂżJXUH RXW what we want to spend our money on because we have raised so much,â&#x20AC;? Thaler said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are having some trouble deciding which political avenue we want to donate to, but this is what the club is planning on discussing within the next couple weeks.â&#x20AC;? Thaler and Gerard both acknowledge that there has been a

dip in club attendance since the November elections. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a core of around 10 members who consistently come, EXWEHVLGHVWKDWLWUHDOO\Ă&#x20AC;XFWXDWHV by week nowadays,â&#x20AC;? Thaler said. This past October, the two clubs co-hosted a lunch debate centered around the November presidential election in the auditorium. Roughly 200 students attended. Both clubs, although there was

no declared winner, felt the event was an extreme success. 2IÂżFHUV IURP ERWK FOXEV DUH already planning another one of these debates for later in the school year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have talked to Nick [Jones], and we want to do another debate,â&#x20AC;? Gerard said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve thought about job creation, debt reduction and immigration for next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debate.â&#x20AC;?

Hayden broadens horizons by conducting Honor Choir BY GASSIA ASHIKIAN STAFF WRITER

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BONJOUR MONSIEUR: Timothy Hirsh was hired to replace French teacher Robert Lattimore. He teaches French 1-2, French 3-4 and French 5-6.

New teacher Timothy Hirsh sheds fresh, new light on the French Department BY EMILY LOCKWOOD LIFE EDITOR Mira Costaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teaching staff is one of the most reputable attributes of the school. However, the administration stops at no limit to improve the educators who inhabit Costaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classrooms. Before the start of the second semester, a panel with members of the Foreign Language Department and school administration decided to hire Timothy Hirsh to replace Robert Lattimore as a Costa French teacher. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hired Hirsh because of his background, even though he is a new teacher,â&#x20AC;? Vice Principal Jaime Mancilla said. Hirsh has a Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in French and psychology from UC Davis and a Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree from The University of Texas at Austin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was planning on getting a doctorate in French,â&#x20AC;? Hirsh said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was starting to take a toll on me mentally after being alone in

the library for so long. I needed to do something where I would interact with people, and teaching was the way to go.â&#x20AC;? Prior to being hired at Costa, Hirsh lived in France and taught students English at the middle school level. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teaching in France was very different,â&#x20AC;? Hirsh said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I mainly taught English vocabulary words to my students.â&#x20AC;? When Hirsh was a student teacher at Los Alamitos High School several months ago, Principal Dr. Ben Dale and Vice Principal Ian Drummond observed him at the school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t affect me to have them watch me teach,â&#x20AC;? Hirsh said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being a good teacher is to not let unexpected situations rattle you.â&#x20AC;? This semester, Hirsh is teaching three levels of French: French 1-2, French 3-4, and French 5-6. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hirsh has an enthusiastic personality and is a great teacher,â&#x20AC;? sophomore Erin Clifford said. Âł+HLVDJUHDWÂżWIRURXUFODVV´

members from around the central region of Sacramento. Hayden had total creative control, selectAfter over 30 years of teach- ing the songs the Honors Choir ing one subject, some teachers performed. One of these was need a new and creative forum â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vita de la Mia Vita,â&#x20AC;? a piece to express their true passions. about unrequited love, by WilSeveral months ago, Mira Costa liam Hawley. choir instructor Michael Hayden â&#x20AC;&#x153;I chose music that covered seized the opportunity to conduct a variety of time periods and the Capitol Section High School styles,â&#x20AC;? Hayden said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I selected Honor Choir in Sacramento. songs that I knew would be sucHayden has been a choral in- cessful but also challenging.â&#x20AC;? structor for 33 years but has only Hayden was only able to pracbeen instructing at Costa for six. tice with the choir a day before â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was a choir instructor at the the performance. According to University of Indiana, Purdue, Hayden, with such little time, it Fort Wayne and Butler Univer- was crucial for each sity,â&#x20AC;? Hayden said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At those uni- choir member versities, I conducted Vocal Jazz to practice the Ensembles, Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s selected songs Choir and Chamber Choir.â&#x20AC;? on his or her Dr. Don Kendrick, director of own. choral activities from the Capiâ&#x20AC;&#x153;The setol Section High School, selected lected music Hayden as the guest conductor of could not the Sacramento Honor Choir. Sev- EH WRR GLIÂżeral months ago, Kendrick attend- cult because ed a Western Division Conference it needed to where Hayden conducted one of come togethMira Costaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choirs and was very er nicely in a impressed with Haydenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elegant short amount conducting style. of time,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I keep my eyes open for talent- Hayden said. ed conductors who I think would â&#x20AC;&#x153;But we always EHJRRGÂżWVWRWHDFKRXUVWXGHQWV´ put forth all our Kendrick said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was mostly im- effort in the mopressed with Mr. Haydenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poise ment.â&#x20AC;? and elegance on stage. He really According to captivated the entire audience Hayden, it is imporduring the performance.â&#x20AC;? tant for singersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; developments as Hayden conducted the Sacra- young musicians to work and colPHQWR +RQRU &KRLU IRU WKH ÂżUVW laborate with different conductors time on Jan. 27 at Fremont Pres- to receive distinct critiques on byterian Church. The choir was their vocal skills. composed of 150 high school â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it is very important for

young musicians to work with various teachers because each teacher they earn from, they will gain new insight,â&#x20AC;? Hayden said. The choir was not critiqued based on a numeric score. It solely performed to entertain the Sacramento community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Honor Choirs come together for a great experience,â&#x20AC;? Hayden said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a time for the students to show their talents and meet new people.â&#x20AC;? Costa choir members believe Hayden has had a positive impact on their musical development and that he deserved the opportunity to guest conduct the Sacramento Honor Choir. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know that any choir Mr. Hayden instructs will do a great job,â&#x20AC;? sophomore Mckay Gillette said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is absolutely wonderful with the students and is always looking for ways we can improve as an ensemble and individually. He has been a great musical LQĂ&#x20AC;XHQFH IRU PH DQG our ensemble in general.â&#x20AC;? According to Hayden, conducting the Sacramento Honor &KRLUZDVDWHUULÂżFH[perience that helped his own personal development as a MIRA LAING/ LA VISTA high school conductor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a fantastic concert overall,â&#x20AC;? Hayden said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The kids were amazing, and the audience loved what we performed. I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be happier with their performance.â&#x20AC;?


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George Saunders’ new collection, “Tenth of December,” enthralls readers BY ZACK GILL COPY EDITOR “Victory Lap,” the opening story of George Saunders’ latest short story collection, “Tenth of December,” opens lucidly and audaciously. Through a lyrical, cryptic stream of consciousness, Saunders enters the mind of an adolescent girl in under 10 pages. But that’s only half of the story. Then she gets abducted by a knife-wielding man dressed as a gas meter reader. Saunders never fails to surprise. His newest collection is simultaneously haunted and human, often surrendering his signature technobabble for something more personal. In past works, Saunders dazzled with his vision of a world doomed by capitalism, and he touches on some of those themes in this collection. Saunders accomplished what few writers can; through his distinct voice he can enter the minds of others at will. Point-of-view seems to be Saunder’s key focus of observation throughout the collection. He describes the differences and similarities between all of us, and how they drive us in interaction and in life. Saunders re-uses “Victory Lap”’s narrative mode in the title story, this time examining two characters instead of three, namely, an anti-social child playing in the woods and the suicidal EUDLQFDQFHUSDWLHQWKH¿QGVWKHUH

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REMEMBER REMEMBER THE TENTH OF DECEMBER: George Saunders (above) masterfully demonstrates his consistent talent with his newest short story collection, “Tenth of December.” He thoroughly explores a wide variety of different characters and perspectives that are each uniquely intriguing and relatable to the reader. Saunders is masterful with voice; in a clever authorial device, the cancer patient repeatedly minces words and corrects himself in his inner monologue, denoting the progressed stage of his illness. Saunders also focuses on socioeconomic class, as he has done repeatedly in the past. “The Semplica Girl Diaries,” one of the collection’s funniest stories, features Semplica Girls, indentured servants from the third

world (complete with anglicized names; the Somali semplica becomes “Lisa”) that the American wealthy literally hang up in their yard for decoration and that act as perfect metaphors for American entitlement and exploitation of the developing world. “Puppy” chronicles two mothers from disparate economic situations and their approaches to parenting . Still, though, Saunders’ work URRWHG ¿UPO\ ZLWKLQ KLV ZKHHO-

house is the best of the collection. Saunders’ past collections, such as “Pastoralia” and “In Persuasion Nation,” take place in skewed, dystopic mirrors of the world where capitalism drives mad science and product development are national pastimes. “Escape from Spiderhead” would feel more at home in one of those collections, then, in its portrayal of a prisoner in a facility where convicts are forced to test

cutting-edge chemicals that make inmates fall in love, speak with enhanced vocabulary, and feel agonizing pain. The story reiterates Saunders’ oeuvre, but he refrains from stealing from himself. Saunders tells largely the same story, but he has found a better way to do so, and “Escape from Spiderhead”’s conclusion is one of the most arresting in literary VKRUW¿FWLRQLQTXLWHVRPHWLPH “My Chivalric Fiasco” also returns to Saunders’ past, but in a lighter manner. It tells the story of an employee of a living medieval museum (think Colonial Williamsburg, but with knights) where the actors are given pills that “enhance” their performance. In yet another inspired bit of authorial invention, after the protagonist takes his medication, the story’s prose shifts to a comical medieval dialect, and then shifts back to modern language as the medication wears off. Saunders is more magician than writer, then, in his newest collection, “Tenth of December,” an inhibitor of psychic spaces both foreign and distinctly his own. Critic Michael Silverplatt recently plodded Saunders for not having written a novel yet, but Saunders’ overwhelming brilliance might actually be too much in such a concentrated dose; it might be simply maddening. “Tenth of December” is available in bookstores and for download.


15 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Girlsâ&#x20AC;? continues its success with character development and clever script ARTS

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BY NIKKI BORDOKAS STAFF WRITER In season one of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Girls,â&#x20AC;? Lena Dunhamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s character, Hannah, told her parents in the opening scene that she wanted to be the voice of a generation. With an extremely VXFFHVVIXO ÂżUVW VHDVRQ 'XQKDP also the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creator, is doing just that, in the real world. Four episodes in, season two looks promising. By expanding upon some of the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most dynamic and interesting characters while also maintaining the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s characteristic humor and SHVVLPLVPWKHÂżUVWHSLVRGHVKDYH successfully picked up where the last season left off. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Girlsâ&#x20AC;? follows the lives of a group of 20-something-year-old women as they try to begin their adulthoods in New York City. Inspired partly by 26-year-old Dunhamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s real-life experiences, the HBO series has picked up a huge fan base of those who enjoy watching the confusing, dramatic and unintentionally comedic postcollegiate years. One of the most fascinating aspects of the show is that none of the characters are truly likable. They all have a fatal quirk: each character may be a sociopath, naively idealistic or unbelievably passive. Though the viewer roots for each characterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success, it is not surprising when they inevita-

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RUN THE WORLD: (from left) Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Lena Dunham and Zosia Mamet play the struggling 20somethings in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Girls.â&#x20AC;? Dunhamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clever writing this season allows the viewer to relate with each of the characters, despite the brief half-hour episodes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Girlsâ&#x20AC;? is steadily increasing in popularity with a season superior to its prior. EO\IDLOGXHWRWKHLUĂ&#x20AC;DZV The love-hate relationship the viewer has with each character makes the show even more lovable because it adds an element of realism. It gives the viewer the opportunity to laugh at themselves (if they are in their twenties), their old selves (if they have already lived through those treacherous years) or their future

selves, making the show very relatable for viewers of all ages. For example, in season two, episode two Hannah dumps her boyfriend (Donald Glover), simply because he critiques an essay she wrote (by her request). The viewer can relate to her immaturity. Everyone has experienced or will experience the same ridiculousness that affects each charac-

ter because it is an inevitable part of growing up. Season two also brings increased attention to one of the most interesting characters of the series: Shoshanna Shapiro (Zosia Mamet). In season one, Shoshanna made appearances, but it is exciting to see her playing a more important role so far in season two. Shoshanna is a bubbly and

almost excruciatingly innocent NYU student who acts as a stark, (and admittingly refreshing) contrast to the pessimistic tone of the series in general. One of the funniest moments of the season so far came in episode two when Shoshanna in the corner of a party sang karaoke to Sean Kingstonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beautiful Girls.â&#x20AC;? The new season also highlights some of the changing character dynamics as well, especially between Hannah and her close friend Marnie Michaels (Allison Williams). In season one, Marnie played the part of the friend who seemed very well-composed, career-oriented and mature, while Hannah couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to make a single right decision. However, in this new season, it seems as though they have switched roles: as Hannahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life is looking up, Marnie is becoming more pathetic and sad. She loses her job, begins sending mixed signals again to her ex, and also tries to have sex with an openly gay man. These shifting roles remind viewers that these characters are not one-dimensional, but rather ever evolving and interesting. Thus far, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Girlsâ&#x20AC;? is certainly growing to be even more dynamic and exciting than season one, proving Dunhamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creativity and merit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Girlsâ&#x20AC;? is rated TV-MA and airs Sunday nights on HBO at 9 p.m.

PBSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Downton Abbeyâ&#x20AC;? is historical, entertaining BY CHRISTOPH NEUMANN STAFF WRITER

during this season. Dockery and Stevens begin to show viewers the internal struggles that many After two captivating seasons, marriages face. It is this realism COURTESY ASSETS.NOISEY.COM â&#x20AC;&#x153;Downton Abbeyâ&#x20AC;? has returned that has always been the strength RI WKH VKRZ 7KHVH FRQĂ&#x20AC;LFWV DGG PRANKSTER SQUAD:5XEHQ)OHLVFKHU¡VQHZHVWĂ&#x20AC;OP´*DQJVWHU6TXDGÂľLVVH- to PBS with a witty beginning to the third season that has started much more depth to their relaverely hurt by its laughably unoriginal script and excessive violence. off faster and more engaging than tionship with a human element its two predecessor. that brings more life to a relaThe beginning of the third seationship that previously seemed BY DYLAN FAIR each scene of dialogue simply son stylistically sticks close to stuffy and dry. EXECUTIVE ARTS EDITOR serves as a 10 minute segue into the other seasons. This season, Downton Abbey explores not a new shoot-out or car chase. 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ley Estate. MacLaineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arrival to the estate represents the end of the power of the British aristocracy and the beginning of the expansion of American ideas and power throughout the era. MacLaineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s character often clashes with Robert Crawleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother (Maggie Smith). These clashes often highlight the differences between the stagnant conservatism of the British upper class and the progressivism of American society. The relationship between Smith and MacLaine gives the show much-


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Ra Ra Riotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beta Loveâ&#x20AC;? suffices despite tiring listeners with unoriginal sound BY JAKE MAHR ARTS EDITOR Ra Ra Riotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name says everything about the band: it produces fun and lively music that is easy to dance to. But after six years, the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s string-based baroque pop has begun to unfortunately blend their songs into one large mess of catchy choruses, bouncy guitar riffs and emotional strings. Luckily enough, the group members seem to have realized the rut they were stuck in and have made a drastic change. On their third studio album, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beta Love,â&#x20AC;? Ra Ra Riot has toned down the strings and has turned up the keyboards, pushing itself into the realm of synthpop. While this change shows great evolution within the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s instrumentation, Ra Ra Riot still holds true to its upbeat, foot-moving tracks. Ra Ra Riot currently consists of vocalist Wes Miles, bassist Mathieu Santos, guitarist Milo Bonacci, violinist Rebecca Zeller, and drummer Kenny Bernard. The group recently lost cellist Alexandra Lawn, which probably contributed to the shift in instrument choice. Ra Ra Riot produced two studio albums, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rhumb Lineâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Orchard,â&#x20AC;? prior to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beta Love.â&#x20AC;? Both achieved gen-

7KHJURXSKLWVLWVÂżUVWKLFFXSRQ the albumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seventh track, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What I Do for U.â&#x20AC;? The song starts with a heavy, incredibly low-toned dance bass, which is then accompanied by high-pitched singing from Miles. The two opposite levels of the volume range really do not mix well. Ra Ra Riot obviously still has some kinks to work out if the band wishes to continue with the synthpop genre. The other major issue with the album comes from its greatest strength. While individually the tracks sound as if they are Ra Ra Riot on a whole new level, the album as a whole unfortunately melts together. Each song conCOURTESY SPIN.COM sists of similar-sounding upbeat MR. ROBOTO: Ra Ra Riot (from left: Kenny Bernard, Rebecca Zeller, Milo Bonacci and Wes Miles) reveal a new sound keyboards and synthesizers, falon their most recent release, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beta Love.â&#x20AC;? The group incorporates more keyboards and synthesizers on the album and setto vocals, and simplistic, loud uses less string intruments; however, despite the shift in genre, the band lacks differentiation within the tracks. thumping drums, causing them to mesh together. eral critical acclaim. The title track of the album is things out in their new genre, usâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Beta Loveâ&#x20AC;? makes listeners The albumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opening track, not only a hysterical version of ing experimentation to see what want to get up and dance. It exhibâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Dance with Me,â&#x20AC;? immediately a love song, replacing people for sounds right. its an entirely new side to Ra Ra reveals that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beta Loveâ&#x20AC;? is not the robots (featuring the lyrics: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Ra Ra Riotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s evolution is so Riot, and while the album overall Ra Ra Riot everyone is used to. It might be a prototype/ but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re complete on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beta Loveâ&#x20AC;? that may show very little deviation, begins with Milesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; vocals and a both real inside,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;In this city Zellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presence is barely noticed the individual tracks themselves pulsing keyboard. The song then of robot hearts/ ours were made to XQWLO WKH ÂżIWK VRQJ Âł)RU 2QFH´ provide for some of the livelirevs up and stacks keyboards, EH´ EXWLWDOVRH[KLELWVVRPHÂżQH The strings give a little hint back est tunes the group has ever prosynthesizers, steady drums and a tuning in Milesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; vocal range. The to the old Ra Ra Riotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sound and duced and exhibit their success funky bass line. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dance with Meâ&#x20AC;? falsetto notes he reaches during are placed perfectly in the album in attempting and conquering an Ă&#x20AC;DZOHVVO\VHWVXSWKHIDVWHUWHP- the chorus of the song are incred- because they give the listener a entirely different genre. pos that continue to run through- ible for any man and show that chance to realize how Ra Ra Riot â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beta Love is available in retail out â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beta Love.â&#x20AC;? WKH JURXS LV VWLOO WU\LQJ WR ÂżJXUH has changed on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beta Love.â&#x20AC;? stores and on iTunes for $9.99.

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Costa wrestling boasts 12 CIF qualifiers at League of Finals Meet The Mira Costa wrestling team successfully closed out its season at the League of Finals meet on Feb. 2. The boys claimed second place in Bay League, a significant improvement from last year’s fourth-place finish. All 12 varsity competitors qualified for CIF, a large increase from last year’s seven. “This is one of the strongest team’s we’ve had in a while,” coach Jimmy Chaney said. In their weight classes, sophomores Miles Gilliam and Jimmy Millea each claimed first place, while sophomores Lars Cameron and Michael Cervantes, juniors Kit Murphy, Jake Shapiro and Adrian Navarro and senior Mustafa Hafezzada all had second-place finishes. Rounding out the team’s CIF qualifiers were freshman Kelly McNamee, junior Griffin Lay, and seniors Will Goodwin and Ben Kolodny, who each took third place. The wrestling team is currently waiting to see if it will get an at-large bid into the CIF Dual Tournament. “I think we have a good chance to get in,” Chaney said.

Boys soccer loses, 3-2, to Peninsula High School at home in overtime The boys varsity soccer team played a home game against Peninsula High School on Tuesday and lost, 3-2, in overtime. In the first half, senior forward Teddy Pappas got the first goal of the game, putting Costa ahead, 1-0. However, Peninsula scored a goal, ending the half at 1-1. “It was my fourth game since coming back from injury, so it felt good to be able to contribute to the team,” Pappas said. Junior forward Sebastian Thomas pulled Costa ahead with a goal in the second half. Peninsula responded, making the score 2-2 and pushing the game into overtime. Peninsula scored in overtime, ending the game at 3-2 . The boys’ last game of the season took place on Thursday against Palos Verdes, but results were unavailable due to the time of publication. “We played well together” senior captain Grant Southwood said. “In the end, some lazy clearances on set plays cost us the game.”

Girls water polo trumps Redondo, 11-2, improves record to 7-1 The Mira Costa varsity girls water polo team finished Bay League with a 7-1 record. The girls won their final game of Bay League on Wednesday at home against Redondo Union High School, 11-2. Costa started off the game strong, ending the first period at a score of 4-1. In the second period, senior Emily Milstead, sophomore Kelly Giery, and freshman Kaylee Brownsburger each scored a goal to add to the Mustangs lead with a score of 7-1 at halftime. “Our big lead in the first half really put down Redondo’s morale,” sophomore Sage Roebuck said. “They could not take the lead after such a big drawback.” The Mustangs CIF bracket will be released on Sunday at 9 a.m. at cifss.org. “The key to our success was how well we worked together,” Giery said. “We were passing really well and talking a lot.” BY LACY CANO, REBECCA HEXT AND ALYSSA ZUCKER/ STAFF WRITERS

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PERCHED ON THE WAVE: Senior Josh Perch rides a wave during his heat in the surf team’s match against Redondo Jan. 26. Costa won the match, continuing its undefeated season.

Costa Surf team looks to defend title, win 12th consecutive Bay League title since 2002 season By Alyssa Zucker Staff Writer Although it is not commonly known among Mira Costa students, the Mira Costa surf team has won Bay League every year since 2002. The team is undefeated so far in the 2012-13 season as well. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the surf team meets at 6:30 a.m. to practice. Mira Costa physical education teacher Tracy Geller has been coaching the team for the past four years and surfs along side his team at practice. “I love that Geller comes out and surfs with us,” sophomore Noah Collins said. “He is close by to give advice and show us how it is done. He is so passionate about surfing that it inspires the rest of us to do our best.” The surf team has a 4-0 record this season, with two more competitions to still take place. “We have such depth this year,” Geller said. “Everyone does their part, and there are no weak links on the team.” In the girls’ heats, the team is also undefeated. The girls have won every heat they have competed in this season. “Competitions are really nerve-wracking,” sophomore Sara Kohrogi said. “We know the team is depending on each individual score, so there is a lot of pressure, but we all support one another and just try

to have fun.” Every spring break the surf team takes a trip to an exotic surf spot for a fun getaway. Last year the team went to La Libertad, El Salvador, and this year they are going to Las Flores, El Salvador. “The opportunity to travel and experience the best waves in the world was amazing,” junior Codee Stamis said. “I cannot wait to go again this year,” Every year, the Bay League puts on a Hennessey Cup, which is different from all other competitions because participants compete as individuals, not as a team. Last year, Collins won the cup as a freshman. This year, Collins could not attend the competition but Stamis placed third. “It was the best feeling in the world, winning the cup as a freshman,” Collins said. “I was disappointed I couldn’t make it this year, but I still have two more years to try and win again.” After Bay League, Geller chooses the best Costa competitors in the season to participate in “nationals,” the National Surfing Scholastic Association contest, which is also based around individual advancement for the surfers. “The surf team was the highlight of my high school years,” senior Josh Perch said. “I will never forget the memories that I have made, the waves I’ve ridden, the people I’ve met, the lessons I’ve learned and the family I am truly privileged to have been a part of.”

Junior Lana Granow attends karate camp in Tokyo, Japan to help earn black belt By Tamara Knell Staff Writer While most students spent winter break relaxing, junior Lana Granow participated in an intense karate camp, called Camp Mitsumini, in Tokyo, Japan. Granow was the only American at the camp. For the past seven years, Granow has been practicing the kyokushin-style of karate. Granow had to attend the camp to take the test for her black belt in March.

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WAX ON, WAX OFF: Junior Lana Granow trained in kyokushin, a karate art form, in Tokyo, Japan at a camp called Camp Mitsumini over winter break in order to receive a black belt.

“The camp was a really great experience,” Granow said. “ It provided a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me.” According to Granow, her family has been encouraging and supporting her since she started participating in karate at the age of nine. “Karate has helped Lana remain focused in all aspects of her life,” Lana’s sister, Costa alum Nina Granow, said. Granow first began karate because her mother wanted her to learn self-defense. However, she realized that she loved the sport and has continued ever since. “Karate is something I see myself doing for a while,” Granow said. “ It is really fun, and I encourage everybody to try it.” The camp was only three days long, but it consisted of intensive training. This included early morning karate practices, a 14-mile run and a hike to a freshwater waterfall. All participants had to stand under the cold waterfall for two minutes in order to prove their determination. “Although it was tough, I enjoyed the camp,” Granow said. “I got to see a completely different culture while practicing what I love to do.” Granow trained at Power Karate Studio in order to prepare for Camp Mitsumini. She practiced three times a week and did other physical training two times a week. “Lana is the most determined person I know,” Lana’s peer, Alexis Michaela, said. “Watching her inspires me to do better.”


SPORTS

February 8, 2013

TEAM RECORDS as of Feb. 7 Sport Overall Bay League Boys Soccer Girls Soccer Girls Water Polo Boys Basketball Girls Basketball Wrestling

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Costa seniors play in annual West Torrance Lions All-Star game, earn win for Blue Lionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; team

Win Loss Tie Win Loss Tie Rank 1 1 6 7 6 11 2 BY LACY CANO 15 3 4 5 2 2 1 STAFF WRITER 19 10 1 7 1 Mira Costa hosted the 49th an16 9 5 4 3 nual West Torrance Lions Club 17 9 7 2 1 All-Star Football game at Waller 6 1 - 4 1 Stadium on Jan. 28. Five Mus-

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Mckenna Doyle (Sophomore) Girls Soccer

Grant Southwood (Senior) Boys Soccer

Doyle had one of the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two goals in the 2-0 win over Marina High School on Jan. 18. Costa is currently 5-2-2 in Bay League.

Southwood scored Costaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only two goals in the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third Bay League loss to Leuzinger on Jan. 15. Costa lost, 5-2.

Jordan Rainey (Junior) Girls Water Polo

Ben Kolodney (Senior) Wrestling

Rainey had a goal in Costaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 11-2 home victory over Redondo on Wednesday. The girls continue league play with a record of 7-1.

Kolodney placed third at the League of Finals meet on Feb. 2. Costa awaits an at-large bid to the CIF Dual Tournament.

Justin Strings (Junior) Boys Basketball

Haley Tojo (Sophomore) Girls Basketball

Strings had 12 points in Costaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tuesday win over Peninsula. The teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s record improved to 16-9 overall.

tangs were chosen to compete in the game. The chosen Mustangs were seniors Joe Markus, Raphael Lawson-Gayle, Wyatt Millea, Connor Riley and Cory Sanicky. The Mustangs, along with other Bay League teams like Palos Verdes, West Torrance and other local teams and players, helped lead the blue team to a 4314 victory over the white team, which consisted of players from Narbonne, Lawndale, Leuzinger and other local high schools. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The game was a good time for everyone and a great opportunity to play some more football after being out of season for a while,â&#x20AC;? running back Sanicky said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was really fun, especially to play with such a great bunch of guys.â&#x20AC;? The selection process of the players consisted of nominations from the high school coaches around the South Bay. The nominations were then sent to the El Segundo head coach Steve Shevlin, who decided who went on the roster. Each team had 37 players from 11 different schools and only had seven practices to prepare for the game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From coaching this game, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had the pleasure of working with some incredible kids,â&#x20AC;? Shevlin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all so talented and have had such a great work ethic for this game. [The players] can do all the things you try to coach, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great to have the opportunity to coach the best of the best.â&#x20AC;? North Torrance senior Mikey Jurado scored the gameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opening

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WRITTEN IN THE STARS: Various senior football players from surrounding areas, including Palos Verdes, Narbonne, Serra and Mira Costa, participated in the annual Lions Club All-Star Game on Jan. 26 at Waller Stadium. touchdown for the white team. Lawson-Gayle responded with a touchdown for the blue team. The subsequent two-point conversion put the blue team ahead 8-7 at the HQGRIWKHÂżUVWTXDUWHU Carson senior Kendall Sparks VFRUHG WKH ZKLWH WHDPÂśV ÂżQDO touchdown of the game in the second quarter. However, the white team suffered numerous fumbles and interceptions, allowing the blue team to dominate with touchdowns from LawsonGayle and Inglewood senior wide receiver Terrance Harvey. The half ended at 22-8 in the blue teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favor. Âł7KHJDPHZDVGHÂżQLWHO\DQLFH send-off for the seniors,â&#x20AC;? Markus said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was great that a few of us got to play with each other for one last time and to end our year with a win.â&#x20AC;? Redondo senior Nick Usher scored another touchdown for the blue team after a fumble by the white team. Palos Verdes senior Adam Hahn had an interception and 58-yard return in the third quarter for the blue team. Sani-

FN\ VFRUHG WKH ÂżQDO WRXFKGRZQ in the fourth quarter, ending the game with a blue team victory of 43-14. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a great experience overall,â&#x20AC;? Markus said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I liked getting to work with the different coaches and competing alongside such high-caliber players.â&#x20AC;? The All-Star game offers players the unique experience of becoming teammates with many of the players they face off against during the regular season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was interesting playing with guys who were my opponents for so long,â&#x20AC;? Markus said. The purpose of the game is not only to celebrate the outstanding players, but also to provide funds for various charities throughout the South Bay and give South Bay high school students college scholarships. Over $800,000 has been contributed throughout the gameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history from ticket sales. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have been happier with the kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; performance,â&#x20AC;? Shevlin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From the moment the whistle blew, they were on top of their game and working hard.â&#x20AC;?

Winter Games Volume II: More style, even more ease

Tojo had a total of 19 points in Costaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jan. 29 routing of RedonAs the games of the second GR 7KH ÂżQDO VFRUH RI WKH JDPH annual La Vista/ASB Olympiad was 66-48. draw near, we here at Burn After Reading have begun to take a serious look into updating our strategy for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s events. After a less-than-optimal performance last year, there are a the number of Mira Costa football players who were selected few choice areas that La Vista to play in the Lions All-Star game which took place on Jan. 26 could improve on. Obviously, the balance of athletic and academic at Mira Costa. events isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily even, so the number of consecutive Bay League titles the Mira Costa weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re proposing some additional, surf team has won from 2002-2012. The team looks to win more unorthodox ones. Maybe weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have a freestyle another title in the 2013 season. rap-off between advisors. Who the number of boys teams that are participating in the Un- wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to see Mac Daddy der 18 years old Manhattan Beach Youth Basketball (MBYB) and L-Clay spit mad rhymes totally off the dome? League this season. Or we may take an entirely difthe probable amount of Mira Costa students that plan to par- ferent route to even the athletic SOD\LQJÂżHOG7DNLQJDKLQWIURP ticipate in the Spring 2013 ice hockey season. the recently victorious Baltimore Ravens, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re enlisting the help COMPILED BY REGAN ESTES, HANNAH PROCTOR, AND CASEY SUBLETTE/SPORTS EDITORS RI5D\/HZLVIRURXURQWKHÂżHOG PHOTOS BY EMMA SALZMAN AND NICOLE FISHER/LA VISTA

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events, so donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be surprised if lights go out and a few ASB competitors return mysteriously VWDEEHGWRGHDWKRQWKHÂżHOG In the same Super Bowl spirit, La Vista has also been exploring the possible effects of deer antler spray on dodge ball performance. Imagine Madden Laing, except juiced out of his mind and with the possible side effect of having the antlers of an eight-point buck. Intimidated yet? Perhaps weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll expand to a new category of events entirely to increase our chances of victory. With the recently implemented district parking lot changes, maybe weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see who can amass the most pointless citations in a day. Remember those iPads that mysteriously disappeared from 3DFLÂżF (OHPHQWDU\" :HOO GRQÂśW be too surprised if a tablet-discus event pops up at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

games, as if La Vista could solidify our disapproval of the program any further. Seriously, though, who ever thought that iPads were a good idea? Who knows, maybe the games will extend into the artistic realm as well. Event suggestion numero uno would be an offensive photoshop battle. Seriously, we have that on lock. Maybe this group of humble QHZVLHV FRXOG EHQHÂżW IURP D SLracy event, too. Nothing asserts inter-elective dominance more than the pillaging and hijacking of a rented yacht. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned well, Geczi. :KDWHYHU WKH ÂżQDO FKRLFHV only time will tell if we La Vistites can redeem our place in the Winter Games this year. Maybe weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll conquer, maybe we wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, but you can be sure weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll continue our snarky jabs regardless.


February 8, 2013 20 La Vista SPORTS Boys basketball improves Bay League record with win over Peninsula High BY IAN RAPOPORT STAFF WRITER When a spot in the CIF playoffs is on the line, teams usually put their best effort into every League game. ,QRQHRIWKHLUÂżQDO/HDJXHJDPHVRIWKH season, the Mira Costa boys varsity basketball team defeated Peninsula High School E\DÂżQDOVFRUHRIDWKRPH7XHVGD\ LPSURYLQJ WKH 0XVWDQJVÂś UHFRUG WR  LQ Bay League and 16-9 overall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our win was a result of our tremendous defense,â&#x20AC;? coach Jeff Amaral said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were able to keep them down thanks to the discipline of our defenders.â&#x20AC;? Senior guard Kevin Kim and junior forward Justin Strings VFRUHG  DQG  points, respectively. Seniors point guard Cole Feaster and forward Oliver MausnerHDFKVFRUHGÂżYHSRLQWV â&#x20AC;&#x153;We played probably the best complete game of defense all year, holding them to RQO\SRLQWV´0DXVQHUVDLG 7KH WHDPV FRPSHWHG IRU FRQWURO DW WKH start of the game. Strings scored multiple baskets, but Peninsula pulled ahead and

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said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone played well, and the bench really came off great.â&#x20AC;? 7KH 0XVWDQJV IDFHG 3DORV 9HUGHV \HVterday at home, but results were unavail-

able due to the time of publication. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We played really well today,â&#x20AC;? Winnet said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We came back from a two-game losing streak and played an awesome game.â&#x20AC;?

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STRING MUSIC: (Left) Junior forward Justin Strings takes a shot during the Mustangsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 50-38 Bay League win against Peninsula High School on Tuesday in the Fisher Gym. (Right) Senior guard Connor Kernochen defends the hoop while the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; record moves to 5-4 in Bay League.

Girls soccer falls to Peninsula High School in key Bay League match BY CAMILLE JUTON STAFF WRITER

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MILLINâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; AROUND:-XQLRUJXDUG&DPLOOH0LOOVWDNHVWKHEDOOGRZQWKHFRXUWLQ&RVWD¡VYLFtory over Peninsula High School on Tuesday. The teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overall record improved to 17-9.

In crucial Bay League Match, girls basketball defeats Peninsula High BY KATIE VON BEHREN STAFF WRITER With the competition in Bay League heating up and the race for the CIF playoffs approaching, the Mira Costa girls basketball team defeated Peninsula High School, DWKRPHRQ7XHVGD\7KHJLUOVQRZ KDYHDRYHUDOOUHFRUGDQGDOHDJXH record this season. Sophomore point guard Keilani IkeharaOHG&RVWDLQVFRULQJZLWKSRLQWVLQ the game and three three-pointers. She was followed by junior guard Camille Mills, who had nine points. Ikehara began the game with two consecXWLYH WZRSRLQWHUV WR PDNH WKH VFRUH  Senior forward Taylor Lewis made both of KHUIUHHWKURZVWRHQGWKHÂżUVWTXDUWHU â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we really delivered and have been playing to our full potential in our past few games,â&#x20AC;? Lewis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At this point in the season, everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role on the team is very clear, and I feel that we have nowhere to go from here except up.â&#x20AC;? ,Q WKH ÂżUVW TXDUWHU 0LOOV VFRUHG WKUHH points and had two rebounds. With three VHFRQGV OHIW LQ WKH ÂżUVW TXDUWHU VHQLRU guard Sophie Kohrogi made a two-point VKRWWKDWJDYHWKH0XVWDQJVDOHDGRI DVWKH\ZHQWLQWRWKHVHFRQGTXDUWHU â&#x20AC;&#x153;We played really well because we knew going in that this was going to be a tough game,â&#x20AC;? Mills said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let anything intimidate us and came out with a lot of energy. It paid off in the end.â&#x20AC;?

With the season at its end and a heavy FRPSHWLWLRQ IRU ÂżUVW SODFH LQ WKH %D\ League, the Mira Costa varsity girls soccer WHDPORVWRQ7XHVGD\LQDQDZD\JDPHWR 3HQLQVXOD+LJK6FKRRO7KHORVVPDGH WKHJLUOVÂśUHFRUGLQOHDJXHDQG overall for the season. 7KH ORVV WLHG &RVWD DQG 3HQLQVXOD IRU ÂżUVW SODFH LQ WKH %D\ /HDJXH 5HGRQGR Union High School is also tied with the two schools. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a tough season so far because every team has been a challenge,â&#x20AC;? senior PLGÂżHOGHU Melina Cohen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been working hard, and I hope our hard work pays off and we win Bay League.â&#x20AC;? Sophomore forward McKenna Doyle VWDUWHG WKH ÂżUVW KDOI RII VWURQJ ZLWK WZR shots on goal, but neither was successful, setting the tone for the rest of regulation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We battled hard,â&#x20AC;? senior fullback Kara Enomoto said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With four players injured, ZHKDGDKDUGWLPHÂżQGLQJDQRIIHQVHDQG Peninsula outplayed us.â&#x20AC;? Along with the injured players, the Mustangs had to deal with other disadvantages. Compared to the smooth turf the girls are used to playing and practicing on, they had to familiarize themselves with the rough WHUUDLQRIWKH3HQLQVXODÂżHOG Âł:H ZHUHQÂśW DFFXVWRPHG WR WKH ÂżHOG

conditions, and it caused us to play kickball instead of passing and being able to PRYHWKHEDOOGRZQWKHÂżHOG´VHQLRUPLG ÂżHOGHUKirby BensonVDLGÂł,WZDVGLIÂżFXOW to make plays and predict the direction the ball was going to take.â&#x20AC;? During the second half, the game was back and forth, resulting in strong defensive stands. Later in the half, Peninsula broke through the Costa defense and scored. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By the second half of the game we were losing the ball,â&#x20AC;? Cohen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peninsula was able to gain control of it enough to score a goal.â&#x20AC;? 7KURXJKRXW WKH FRXUVH RI WKH VHFRQG half, Costa had several shots on goal from IUHVKPDQ PLGÂżHOGHU Hannah Watkins and Enomoto. However, the Mustangs were unable to score for the remainder of the game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We really needed a goal, so I wish I would have made it in,â&#x20AC;? Enomoto said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a couple really close shots on goal, so it was disappointing that we did not score any.â&#x20AC;? 7KH JLUOV FRXOG KDYH WDNHQ WKH OHDG LQ %D\/HDJXHZLWKDZLQRQ7KXUVGD\DW3DORV9HUGHV+LJK6FKRRODWSPEXWWKH results of the game were unavailable due to time of publication. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We went out there knowing it was going to be a hard game,â&#x20AC;? Cohen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Although we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t win, we went out and worked hard. We just need to come out 7KXUVGD\DQGOHDYHLWDOORQWKHÂżHOG´

,QWKHVHFRQGTXDUWHUMXQLRUJXDUGShaylyn Austin scored four points. Ikehara also DLGHGLQ&RVWDÂśVHIIRUWE\PDNLQJKHUÂżUVW WKUHHSRLQWHU RI WKH JDPH 7KH 0XVWDQJV ZHUHDEOHWRVHFXUHWKHLUOHDGDQGÂżQLVKHG WKHKDOIDW Âł7KHUHZDVDORWRQWKHOLQHLQWKLVJDPH and that may have gotten in the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; head a bit in the beginning of the game,â&#x20AC;? coach Miranda Biteler said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But once they loosened up, they were able to play to the best of their ability.â&#x20AC;? Ikehara made another three-point shot GXULQJWKHWKLUGTXDUWHU7KHJLUOVÂżQLVKHG WKHWKLUGTXDUWHUDKHDG â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am so proud of our team, especially because I think we have bonded well on the court,â&#x20AC;? senior center Rachel Humphrey said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We work well together, and our defense is leading to a great offense. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really lucky to get the chance to be a part of such a great team.â&#x20AC;? ,QWKHIRXUWKTXDUWHUVHQLRUJXDUGMorgan Thaler and Austin both scored one two-pointer, and Ikehara made her third three-pointer of the game. Sophomore point guard Haley Tojo and senior guard Cameryn Chan scored two points each, KHOSLQJWKH0XVWDQJVÂżQLVKZLWKDZLQ 7KH JLUOV SOD\HG 3DORV 9HUGHV DW KRPH RQ7KXUVGD\EXWUHVXOWVZHUHXQDYDLODEOH due to time of publication. HANNAH DAGIAU/ LA VISTA Âł7KHJLUOVKDYHJURZQWRJHWKHUDQGDUH believing in each other,â&#x20AC;? Biteler said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As SEAHAWK SHUFFLE6HQLRU.LUE\%HQVRQWDNHVWKHEDOOGRZQWKHĂ&#x20AC;HOGLQWKHWLHDJDLQVW5Hany team, we hope to continue to win in dondo Union High School at home on Jan. 30. With the loss to Peninsula High School on Tuesday, League and go far in CIF.â&#x20AC;? WKHWHDPLVFXUUHQWO\LQDWKUHHZD\WLHIRUĂ&#x20AC;UVWSODFHLQ%D\/HDJXHZLWK3HQLQVXODDQG5HGRQGR


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